08/16/18

Business takes the lead

Business owners have been told the pick up of Industrial Waste will finish in the local government area from September 30 in line with a number of other councils.
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A letter has been sent to businesses. Some are not happy with the decision however local business owner Peter Lewsam at the Cow and Calf believes after a meeting with the mayor of Wellington and Technical Services says there is a strong possibility of the decision being a gain for the community.

‘’I and other business owners believe there is an opportunity for a local business to take on the pick up and delivery of industrial waste and at the same time maintain a reasonable cost for business and a return on investment for the new local business that picks it up’’

The mayor agrees with Mr Lewsam and is urging the Business Chamber to chat about the issue at its Monday meeting.

Mr Lewsam says affected business owners can call him on 0400376535.

Cr David Grant asked questions about the service at Council’s Ordinary meeting citing he was pleased that staff and Mr Lewsam were talking about the options going forward.

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08/16/18

Alan’s a shooting star

ALAN Collins has been selected as the 2014 Northern Mallee Sports Star of the Year for the month of May.
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CHAMPION: Alan Collins saw huge success at the Australian National Smallbore Championship in April.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Collins was nominated by the Mildura Smallbore Rifle Club.

In April, Collins competed at the Australian National Smallbore Championship in Adelaide.

He placed second in the Open and A Grade 50m Class 3 events.

Collins also competed against 30 competitors in the veterans class and was the top shooter in that class.

Collins was selected as a state representative and was the top scorer for the team, which came second in the team competition.

As the May winner, Collins receives a voucher proudly sponsored by Sportspower and is now eligible for the 2014 Merbein and District Community Bank 97.9 Sun FM Northern Mallee Sports Star of the Year.

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07/9/18

Event attracts Olympian

A RECORD number of competitors will take part in this weekend’s Mildura Horse Trials.
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LUCY Boseley and Kelly Fyfe, pictured with her horse Zed, will compete in the annual Mildura Horse Trials this weekend. A record number of entrants Awill take part in the trials, hosted by the Mildura-Alcheringa Pony Club. Picture: Clancy Shipsides

About 140 horses have been entered for the event, including by Beijing Olympic silver medallist Megan Jones and former Australian representative Robert Palm.

The horse trials, the biggest of its kind in northern Victoria, will consist of dressage and show jumping on Saturday and cross country on Sunday, with about 75 per cent of competitors coming from outside the region.

Local riders Lucy Boseley and Kelly Fyfe will compete in the top class (pre-novice) in a field of 20.

Boseley, who has been riding since she was three years old, said it would be good to test herself against riders who have competed internationally.

“It’s not so much the competition but being able to experience that different standard of competition, which you don’t get a pony club level,” Boseley said.

“Megan Jones is my idol so it will be good to compete against her, which you probably don’t get in too many other sports.

“There’s a few other big names coming up here as well.”

The trials will attract competitors from across Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

It will be Boseley’s first pre-novice event.

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07/9/18

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika backs push for global game

A push for an integrated global rugby season from as early as 2016 appeared to die in recent months but there are powerful voices claiming it must not be given up on.
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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said the growth of rugby internationally depended on the integration of the northern and southern hemisphere seasons and the flow of players between markets.

“Rugby, if it wants to go forward as a sport, has to have a global season,” Cheika said this week.

“Right now, they’re just trying to squeeze all the juice out of a small orange, whereas if you had a bigger orange, you’ll get a lot more juice out of it.

“Just like you see the A-League benefiting from having players come here after their careers are over, it would let the game flourish across the globe because you can increase the number of major players if you have a global season.”

The plans, championed by the International Rugby Players’ Association and supported by the southern hemisphere unions last year, were effectively killed off for a while by the member unions of the Six Nations tournament.

A global season would have moved the southern hemisphere Test window from June to July, leaving Super Rugby to run unbroken from February to July.

In the northern hemisphere, the European domestic season would have started and finished later (October to June) but the Six Nations schedule and November Tests would have stayed put, as well as the Rugby Championship and World Cup windows.

A global season would not only do away with the momentum-sapping June Test window, but also have an impact on player movements.

“I’m not talking about the big teams, the smaller nations will be able to have access to players to grow their game,” Cheika said.

“When players are getting to 32 or 33 and their game is ending, they might have the opportunity to go and play and get paid well in a young country. The global season would let them market to players directly. I think the linking-up of teams internationally makes all sorts of things possible.”

His comments tie in nicely to speculation the Waratahs are exploring the idea of formally linking with Japanese clubs.

At least one of the parties interested in a private equity takeover of the minor premiers has this sort of scenario front and centre of their plans to maximise the Waratahs brand – and their own investment.

CHEEKY CHEIKA

Brumby Jack is the story that keeps on giving, with Cheika cheekily telling the Breakdown this week the Brumbies mascot could call him for tickets if he struggles to get a guernsey at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Cheika also told us he would not mind if the polyester horse galloped sideline during the match, and jokingly speculated he may take the reins and lead him down from the stands in the manner of a gracious host.

That would be a sight, although Brumby Jack might be forgiven for shying away considering the impression the NSW coach left the last time he was in Canberra.

TOOMUA’S LOVE NEST

Will Brumbies five-eighth Matt Toomua drop into his new Sydney love nest during his stay in the big smoke this weekend?

Toomua and partner Ellyse Perry are the new owners of a house in Chatswood, which was quietly but strategically purchased after the in-demand playmaker inked a long-term deal with the Brumbies two months ago.

BACK-ROOM SHUFFLE

One year and 18 Tests into his tenure, Ewen McKenzie continues to fine-tune his Wallabies set-up.

While the 32 players selected in his squad for the Rugby Championship dominated headlines this week, McKenzie has been making changes behind the scenes as well.

Three key figures have moved on. Analyst Andrew Sullivan, physiotherapist Andrew Ryan and logistics manager Matt Sheppard have all left the Wallabies since the side’s clean-sweep of France last month.

They join former team manager Bob Egerton, who resigned earlier this year.

Cathal Garvey, who was employed as a business analyst at the ARU for two years, has taken over from Sullivan in the important role of rugby analyst. Replacements for the others are yet to be determined.

TOMBLESON MOVES ON

In other movements, Waratahs strength and conditioning coach and former England sevens representative Tom Tombleson is leaving NSW to take up a role with the England Test side.

Tombleson, a strength specialist working alongside the Waratahs’ director of physical performance Haydn Masters, has been instrumental in the minor premiers’ superior fitness this season and will be a huge asset to Stuart Lancaster’s side as it prepares for next year’s World Cup.

WALLAROOS HEAD TO WORLD CUP

Best of luck to the Wallaroos, who leave for France on Sunday for the women’s World Cup.

Australia are in Pool C alongside South Africa, Wales and the hosts. The tournament starts on August 1.

Fox Sports, which has broadcast the past two women’s World Cups, will televise all of the Wallaroos’ pool matches, plus the semi-finals and final, live.

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07/9/18

Julia Gillard said she’d stand down to make me prime minister: Greg Combet

Former climate change minister Greg Combet and prime minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Andrew MearesFormer Labor prime minister Julia Gillard offered to resign in favour of Greg Combet at the height of Labor’s leadership instability ahead of the 2013 election.
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Mr Combet makes the explosive claim in a new book about his time in politics.

The former climate change and industry minister has revealed he spoke privately to Ms Gillard about the difficulties she faced in a closed door meeting.

“I thought there needed to be a caucus ballot for the leadership once and for all, we couldn’t have had two leaders going to the election fighting Tony Abbott which was the situation we were in,” Mr Combet has told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

“Julia surprised me at that discussion by suggesting she would stand down in favour of me if I stood”.

Mr Combet added that he didn’t know if he would have won in a ballot against former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Mr Combet says he was also offended by Mr Rudd’s suggestion, in 2007, that he needed to be “de-unionised” after being elected to parliament “a bit offensive”.

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07/9/18

Julia Gillard asked me to take over, Greg Combet says

Former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard offered to resign in favour of Greg Combet at the height of Labor’s leadership instability before the 2013 election.
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Mr Combet makes the explosive claim in a new book about his time in politics.

The former climate change and industry minister has revealed he spoke privately to Ms Gillard about the difficulties she faced in a closed door meeting.

“I thought there needed to be a caucus ballot for the leadership once and for all, we couldn’t have had two leaders going to the election fighting Tony Abbott which was the situation we were in,” Mr Combet has told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

“Julia surprised me at that discussion by suggesting she would stand down in favour of me if I stood.”

Mr Combet added that he didn’t know if he would have won in a ballot against former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who took over the prime ministership from Ms Gillard.

Mr Combet says he was also offended by Mr Rudd’s suggestion in 2007 that he needed to be “de-unionised” after being elected to Parliament.

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07/9/18

Cascade Coal to appeal cancellation of licences

Cascade Coal, which had its licences cancelled by the NSW government without compensation after a corruption inquiry involving former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, will seek to have the decision overturned in the High Court.
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On Thursday, the mining company announced it had filed a writ seeking an order that the legislation passed by the NSW Parliament, allowing for the cancellation of two lucrative exploration licences, was invalid.

It follows a similar move by a former Cascade Coal director, Travers Duncan, and another company, NuCoal Resources, last month.

Special legislation to cancel the licences held by Cascade Coal and NuCoal Resources passed State Parliament in late January.

The legislation – which cancelled the licences and confirmed compensation would not be payable to the companies – was announced by then premier Barry O’Farrell after he received advice from the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Last year, the ICAC found Mr Macdonald and Mr Obeid acted corruptly by agreeing to create a mining tenement over the Obeid family’s farm at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley in 2008.

The decision delivered the Obeids $30 million with the promise of at least $30 million more.

Five Cascade investors were found by the commission to have acted corruptly by concealing the Obeids’ involvement in the mining tenement.

The ICAC also found Mr Macdonald acted corruptly in 2008 by granting a licence at Doyles Creek to a company then headed by former union official John Maitland. The company, Doyles Creek Mining, was later taken over by NuCoal Resources.

The commission subsequently advised the NSW government the licences were so “tainted by corruption” they should be cancelled.

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07/9/18

Radical preachers needed to correct misconceptions, says former terrorism detainee

“If they can’t change these radicals, then no one can”: Zaky Mallah. Photo: SuppliedSending controversial sheikhs into prisons to deliver speeches and “re-teach” Islam is the only way to address the risk of radicalisation behind bars, Australia’s first terrorism detainee says.
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Parramatta man Zaky Mallah, who was jailed in 2003 under anti-terrorism laws, said deradicalisation programs in prisons were “ineffective and a waste of money” and the only option was to call on former radical preachers to “correct the misconceptions”.

“Salafi leaders started this ‘call for jihad’ in Australia in the mid-’90s and now we are stuck with the radicals that these imams have created,” he said. “These leaders are the only hope we have right now.”

Fairfax reported on Thursday that recruitment to Islam was active inside NSW jails and Corrective Services was co-operating with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to crack down on the radicalisation of inmates.

Mr Mallah said many of the headline-grabbing sheikhs of the 1990s, including Feiz Mohammad and Jamil El Biza, have become moderate in the past few years but the jihad rhetoric has stuck with their former followers and students.

“These leaders need to be permitted into the prison system, be on the patrol to speak to these inmates to get them rethinking on their ideology,” he said. “If they can’t change these radicals, then no one can. Not ASIO, not the Feds, and no ‘program’.”

Mr Mallah claims he converted 12 inmates to Islam during his two-year stint in Goulburn and Silverwater jails. He said he had “no idea” where they were now.

“Radical inmates talk the talk; I doubt they will walk the walk upon their release,” he said. “Most will be on heavy parole and most just want to get on with their life.”

The Australian National Imams Council is preparing to send volunteer imams into jails for Friday prayers.

Council secretary Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman told a Corrective Services-sponsored conference last month that radicalisation exists in prisons because “emotions are very high and they have this sentiment of being oppressed by the authorities”.

He said the only way to counter-attack it was to have imams visit prisons “to try to put some sense into their minds”.

Corrective Services NSW has 34 chaplains, including two Muslim chaplains, who provide spiritual care to inmates in about 30 jails. Sheikhs and imams also visit Friday prayers in some jails.

A spokesman for Corrective Services NSW said the prison chaplaincy service was considered a “global leader” and all chaplains were carefully selected.

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07/9/18

Lenders’ mortgage fees rise

BALANCING ACT: Borrowers should do a review every so often to make sure their mortgage is still competitive with other lenders.  
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While the big banks have been attracting headlines as they cut interest rates on their fixed interest mortgages, home buyers have to keep a sharp eye on the fees and charges.

That is especially so as the falls in lenders’ revenue from mortgage fees, which have occurred since the Global Financial Crisis, have come to an end. The year to June 30, 2013 was the first year-on-year rise in the home loan fees revenue since the GFC, Reserve Bank data shows.

Households paid $1.226 billion in home loan fees for the year to June 30, 2013 compared with $1.221 billion for the previous year, or an increase of 0.4 per cent. That is in sharp contrast to the falls of the previous financial years. For example, for the year to June 30, 2012, fees fell 0.5 per cent and fell 10.8 per cent for the year to June 30, 2011.

And the lure of discounting on home loans should not distract from the fees and charges. Home buyers borrowing at least $1 million with at least a 20 per cent deposit and a good credit history are able to obtain discounts of up to 1.2 percentage points off the advertised rates on standard variable rate mortgages, says Philip Sangster, a mortgage broker with Mortgage Choice.

He says discounts of up to 1 percentage point are usually available to home loan customers borrowing at least $500,000 and up to 0.7 percentage points for those borrowing more than $250,000. At the time of writing the big banks, with the exception of ANZ, had slashed their 5-year fixed rate mortgage rates to 4.99 per cent – a record low rate.

Analysis by comparator website RateCity shows these five-year rates, after factoring-in fees, are market-leading. However, Michelle Hutchison, a spokesperson for comparator website finder南京夜网.au, says fees and charges can add thousands to the cost of a loan.

Many of the trickier fees have been removed or reduced in recent years, making it easier for consumers to assess the true cost of the loan. For example, exit fees on home loans taken out since July 1, 2011 have been banned.

Exit fees usually apply when a loan is terminated within the first three to five years, though the period can be longer. They go by a variety of names including deferred establishment fees and early repayment fees. Exit fees should not be confused with the standard discharge fees charged on the termination of the loan or with the “break” fees that can be charged on early termination of fixed-rate mortgages and reflect any financial loss by the lender.

The Australian Bankers’ Association points out total bank fees from households are about 20 per cent below the peak in 2009. Housing loans fees, despite the recent increase, have fallen by 11 per cent since 2009.

The association puts that down to competition and the reduction or removal of a number of fees such as mortgage exit fees. “Exception” fees, which include penalty fees on late mortgage payments, are almost 60 per cent lower than 2009, in part as a result of class legal actions against unfair penalty fees.

“There are plenty of home loans that do not charge fees and non-bank lenders are often more competitive than banks”, Hutchison says. “So it is worth shopping around for a cheaper deal,” she says. “Just make sure you find out all of the fees involved, not just the interest rate,” she says.

She says borrowers should do a review every so often to make sure their mortgage is still competitive with other lenders. That is what Peter Forster, a 37-year-old office manager from Melbourne, did.

Not happy with what he was paying on his mortgage he went online to see what was available. He switched to the National Australia Bank after the bank offered him a discount of 0.7 percentage points off its advertised standard variable rate on his average-sized mortgage as part of NAB’s wealth package.

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07/9/18

Australian squash player Zac Alexander leaves Glasgow after losing verdict

Disappointment: Zac Alexander has been forced out of the Australian squash squad at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Lannon HarleySquash player Zac Alexander has flown out of Glasgow after losing his place on the Australian team on the eve of the Commonwealth Games due to a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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The New York-based 25-year-old was a member of the five-man men’s doubles squad in Scotland but was replaced at the last minute by Newcastle’s Matthew Karwalski, who won a two-month legal battle for selection on the eve of competition. While Karwalski is en route to Glasgow to take up his spot in the team, Alexander left the athletes’ village before Wednesday night’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park.

“He left Scottish soil [on Wednesday],” Australian team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said. “I certainly did [speak to him] and may I say if you talk about people and the way they conduct themselves, Zac Alexander has been exemplary in this process. An outstanding Australian.

“He was seriously so good. I was just amazed at the way he understood the process. I was just chatting to him about making sure that he realised that it was a decision that was made, it was no reflection on him. As a team we stood behind him, and at the end of the day he’ll learn from the experience. There was no difficulty in the delivery because he was so professional and so strong with it.”

Alexander, the seventh-ranked Australian, had been selected ahead of third-ranked Karwalski when the team for Glasgow was announced in May, triggering the 28-year-old’s appeal. Moneghetti said the Australian Commonwealth Games Association paid for Alexander’s flight out of Scotland but the Queenslander had minimised disruption on the team by taking the bad news well.

“He organised his own bookings, so got on the internet and changed his own flights. He was happy to go,” Moneghetti said. “We had to go through the process for a like-for-like replacement and he understood that and was keen to go. The effect [on the team] can be unsettled but he made he did it so quietly and didn’t want to have any ruffles to the rest of the team. Seriously, he was an outstanding individual in the way he coped with the situation.”

Moneghetti believed there would be no awkwardness when Karwalski arrived in the athletes’ village to link up with the doubles squad, which begins competition on Tuesday. “It’s very clear-cut. The appeal process has been done and Squash Australia and the ACGA have been responsible for that process,” he said. “He comes into this village as an Australian Commonwealth Games team member. He’ll certainly be welcomed into the village.”

Meanwhile, Moneghetti confirmed track star Sally Pearson and rugby sevens captain Ed Jenkins had been chosen as the Australian representatives at an athletes’ lunch with the Queen in Glasgow on Thursday.

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