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Tigers V Panthers in NRL Trial match at Kirkham Oval. Picture: Jonathan Ng Tigers V Panthers in NRL Trial match at Kirkham Oval. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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WESTS Tigers coach Mick Potter was a happy man after his team’s 32-8 win over Penrith Panthers in the trial at Kirkham Oval on Saturday night.

Potter was looking for attitude from his players — a sign they wanted a spot in his NRL squad this season.

And that’s what he got, particularly in defence.

“You saw how important it was for them to stop the other team from scoring tries,” Potter told the Advertiser after the game.

“We had players everywhere trying to scramble and we were getting numbers in tackles.

“The way they worked together was really refreshing.

“It wasn’t a surprise but it was better than I was expecting at this time of the year.”

The Tigers dominated the Panthers, with sharp, quick ball movement and a smart kicking game the highlights in attack — thanks largely to young halfback Blake Austin who showed great confidence in barking orders and directing players around the field.

Austin may have played himself into the No.7 jersey ahead of young gun Luke Brooks who missed the trial because of injury.

Potter agreed it’s a hard choice between Austin and Brooks but he wouldn’t be drawn on who would make the run-on side.

“It’s a problem. It’s a good problem to have,” Potter said. “We’ll worry about that once we get to [the season opener on] March 9.”

Whoever gets the spot, Potter said it was likely they would be paired with the experience of Braith Anasta at five-eighth.

On a sour note, utility Dene Halatau broke his ankle during the game and will miss up to five months of footy after surgery.

■ Aaron Woods has re-signed with the Tigers for three years, with an option for a fourth.

“I’m really happy with the new deal, it’s great to get it out of the way before the season starts so I can concentrate on footy,” Woods said.

“We have a good platform for the next couple of years with talented young guys coming through and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay.”

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Samuel L Jackson blasts TV reporter: ‘I’m not Laurence Fishburne’

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A Los Angeles TV reporter has been roasted by Samuel L Jackson in a toe-curling on-air interview after he mistook the Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained star for Laurence Fishburne.
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KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin asked Jackson about a Super Bowl commercial – the only problem was that it was Fishburne not Jackson who starred in the ad for Kia cars.

“What Super Bowl commercial?” said a visibly aghast Jackson. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne.”

Leaving Rubin tongue-tied, he went on: “We do not all look alike. We may be all black and famous but we do not all look alike.”

Obviously mortified, Rubin desperately tried to get the interview back on track, but Jackson was having none of it, at one point listing other black actors that he isn’t.

“You are the entertainment reporter for this station?” he asked the hapless Rubin. “There must be a very short life for your job.

“I’m the other guy,” he continued. “There is more than one black actor doing commercials.”

Half an hour later Rubin delivered an abject on-air apology for his “very amateur mistake”, insisting that he does, in fact, know Samuel L Jackson’s identity.

This is not the first time Jackson has been “mistaken” for Fishburne, but at least on that previous occasion he was in on the joke.

A 2005 episode of the Ricky Gervais series Extras featured Jackson as special guest – and a script in which Maggie (Ashley Jensen) humiliates herself by making the same error.

“I like lots of other things white or black. I like you for example,” she tells Jackson. “… I don’t normally watch films more than once but the Matrix … I loved it.”

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Simon Gittany jailed for 18 years for killing Lisa Harnum

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Sentenced today: Simon Gittany. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Showing support: Simon Gittany’s partner Rachelle Louise, left, holds a sign outside court with other protesters last week. Photo: Peter Rae
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Lisa Harnum: was thrown from a balcony by Gittany.

Simon Gittany with his girlfriend leaving the Supreme Court in Darlinghurst before the guilty verdict. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Breaking News: Simon Gittany has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years in jail with a non-parole period of 26 years.

The judge who is sentencing Simon Gittany for killing his fiancee Lisa Harnum by throwing her off a Sydney high rise has told the court she did not believe the murder had been premeditated or planned.

“The intention to kill was formed suddenly and in a state of rage,” Justice Lucy McCallum told the NSW Supreme Court today.

She did not believe Gittany had planned to kill Ms Harnum until the day of her death.

Justice McCallum said the offence was of sufficient seriousness that the standard non-parole period of 20 years would provide “a strong guide”.

Shortly after beginning her sentencing remarks, Justice McCallum found that Gittany’s act of throwing Ms Harnum off the balcony could “only have been done with the intention of killing her”.

“Ms Harnum must have been in a state of complete terror in the moments before her death.”

In November last year, Gittany, 40, was found guilty of murder by throwing Ms Harnum, 31, from the 15th floor of their luxury inner-city apartment block in 2011, in what the judge described as a “fit of rage”.

The decision will be the culmination of an extraordinary trial and sentencing process, attracting media attention across the globe.

Rachelle Louise not in court

Gittany’s lover Rachelle Louise was not in court for his sentencing, amid reports she has signed a deal with Channel Seven to hold her silence.

A Sunday Night reporter had told journalists sitting in court that Ms Louise was not coming to hear how long Gittany would be sentenced to spend behind bars.

Gittany’s brother and sister and a few family members waited in the public gallery at 10am with no signs of Ms Louise.

Ms Louise’s no-show was a complete contrast to a circus-like protest she held last week during Gittany’s sentencing hearing.

She and the Gittany clan entered the Supreme Court complex holding a number of placards with points they claimed proved his innocence.

Ms Louise told Channel Seven she knew her boyfriend was innocent.

“I don’t make a statement based on something Simon’s told me. I have worked through the case completely,” she said.

“Simon is an innocent person and someone needs to help him, and that is exactly what I’m doing and I plan on standing by him until justice prevails,” she said.

Possessive rage

On the morning of the murder, Gittany grabbed Ms Harnum, a Canadian, by the throat in a possessive rage as she tried to flee and dragged her back inside.

Neighbours say they heard a woman screaming “Please help me! God, help me!” followed by a man’s voice, and then complete silence.

Gittany had knocked the young woman out, Justice McCallum found.

He then carried her out to the balcony and “unloaded” her over the edge.

This was Ms Harnum’s punishment for making one final, desperate attempt to leave her controlling, dominating boyfriend.

For weeks she had been planning to go, leaving bags of clothes with her personal trainer and a counsellor so that Gittany’s suspicions would not be aroused, and discussing one-way flights back to Canada with her mother.

When Gittany discovered the plan, he was consumed by rage.

“For all his vigilance, his errant fiancee had found a way to secretly remove her belongings,” Justice McCallum said.

Virtually from the start of his relationship with Ms Harnum, Gittany exhibited a burning need to control virtually every aspect of her life – how she dressed, where she went and how she behaved.

When police arrived at the murder scene on the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth streets, they found a torn-up note in the woman’s jeans pocket with the words “there are surveillance cameras inside and outside the house” scrawled in her distinctive handwriting.

This was a reference to the near-constant surveillance Gittany kept his girlfriend under, including monitoring her text messages through a program he had secretly installed on her phone and a bristle of CCTV cameras monitoring the apartment.

During the sentencing process the Crown prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi, QC, described the murder as “cold and calculating”, submitting that that it warranted a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

The defence argued that the sentence should be “significantly less” than 20 years.

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Milicic Socceroos assistant coach

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has appointed highly-regarded tactician Ante Milicic as his new assistant coach for this year’s World Cup.
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Initally, Milicic will stay on in his present position, as assistant coach of the Western Sydney Wanderers, until the end of the season. He will then become full-time as Postecoglou’s assistant.

The Wanderers will permit the popular 39-year old to travel to London for the Socceroos friendly against Ecuador on March 5, his first interaction with the senior national team in his new role.

“I’m honoured to have been handed such a tremendous opportunity to work as an assistant coach with the Socceroos,” Milicic said. “As a former Socceroo I am passionate about the National team and I look forward to the challenge. I’m excited to be able to work with Ange, especially with the World Cup coming up as well as the Asian Cup in Australia and with so many talented players starting to break through.”

Milicic said he’d already learnt for the very best coaches and was ready for a new challenge.

“I’ve had a good apprenticeship under John van’t Schip and “Poppa” [Tony Popovic] as well as the 2009 and 2011 under-20 World Cups as an assistant to Jan Versleijen and I’m looking forward to continuing that under Ange,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the Western Sydney Wanderers for allowing me to take this opportunity and I am determined to finish the A-League season with the same passion and dedication I will take to the national team.”

Postecoglou will retain Aurelio Vidmar as his other assistant but said Milicic would bring his own qualities to the role.

“One of my priorities after becoming national team head coach was to secure quality staff to help drive the Socceroos and Ante is a driven coach who will fit into our environment,” Postecoglou said. “I wanted the best people to come in and contribute to the growth and success of the national team and I’m confident Ante will add further expertise to our existing staff.”

Postecoglou said Milicic would be pivotal to helping him reconstruct the senior team over the coming years.

“Ante has experience at domestic level and International level with both senior and junior national teams and will play a part in an exciting new era as we look to build the next golden generation of Australian footballers, ” he said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Western Sydney Wanderers for their cooperation to ensure I was able to appoint the people I thought were best for the job.”

Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said the club would always keep their door open for Milicic if he wanted to return.

“The role of assistant coach of the Socceroos is a tremendous professional and career development opportunity for Ante and we wish him well, safe in the knowledge that should the time come in the future for him to return to a coaching role in the A-League it will be with our club,” he said.

Milicic played six times for the Socceroos and scored five goals between 2002 and 2005 and still holds the record transfer fee a domestic transfer when he moved from Sydney United to Sydney Olympic for $110,000 in 2002.

He enjoyed a prolific club career in Australia, the Netherlands, Croatia and Malaysia, bowing out of the A-League in 2008 after a year at Newcastle was followed by two years with Brisbane Roar, bagging 11 competition goals.

Since turning his hand to coaching, Milicic was in charge of Sydney United in the NSW Premier League before taking the assistant’s role with the under-20 national team.

Milicic has been hailed for his knowledgeable and hands-on approach to coaching, leading most of the drills at the Wanderers training while senior coach Tony Popovic observes.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that young defender Curtis Good is line to make his senior international debut in the match against Ecuador.

In what could spell the end for Socceroos captain Lucas Neill, 20-year old Good was told he could secure his place in the World Cup squad if he was able to find a club during the January transfer window where he would find regular football.

Good, who is contracted at Newcastle United until 2018 after a $600,000 move from Melbourne Heart, subsequently picked up a loan move to Scottish club Dundee United. The Terrors are currently fifth in the Scottish Premier League and Good has already made both his league and cup debuts.

The news that Postecoglou is grooming Good to step up is a further blow to Neill’s chances, which appear to be fading by the week.

Postecoglou has already promised he will not call-up players who are not playing regularly and Neill hasn’t played competitively since he was released by J-League club Omiya Ardija in December.

Neill’s quest for playing time has taken him back to England, where he has been allowed to turn out for under-21 side of his former club, Blackburn Rovers.

The ex-Rovers’ captain played 90 minutes in Monday’s night’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Could watching a romcom together save your marriage?

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Love Actually.Having loved my husband for 20 years we have our fair share of memories. Mostly good. Some not so great. Like that time I convinced him to go and see My Best Friend’s Wedding by failing to tell him that it starred Julia Roberts, an actress he maintains a strange, somewhat unhinged pathological hatred for. Oh, and there was that other time we went to see Clueless. Which he did not get. At all. And don’t get me started on the grief he gives me for watching Drop Dead Diva.
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But now, ladies (and any gentlemen who do not happen to fit the romcom-loathing-male-stereotype), it’s our time to shine. A new study conducted by the respectable University of Rochester in New York suggests that couples who watch romcoms together are better at relationships and less likely to get divorced.

So there.

Authors of the study said that, ‘The results suggest that husbands and wives have a pretty good sense of what they might be doing right and wrong in their relationships. Thus, you might not need to teach them a whole lot of skills to cut the divorce rate. You might just need to get them to think about how they are currently behaving.’

Watching romantic comedies together, the study concludes, can be more effective than marriage counselling if couples discuss the film afterwards.

I like to think my husband and I are pretty good communicators. Yet even so, we are busy with two young kids and don’t get a huge amount of “us” time. Besides, there is always room for improvement, right? So naturally I decided to evaluate the credibility of the “romcom saved my marriage” premise.

While the study used a range of romantic comedies to test its theory, there were no guidelines dictating the kinds of romcoms you can and can’t choose. When I asked my husband for any suggestions he scoffed. “It’s very female-centric, isn’t it? I mean, why can’t we watch a military documentary?”

Hmmm…

In the end we went for Along Came Polly as a tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is kind of hilarious as Ben Stiller’s crass, yet loveable bestie. And even though Jennifer Anniston may not be the world’s greatest actress, she has the inoffensive and accessible girl-next-door charm of many a romcom leading lady.

“We’ve seen this before!” my husband said in the first 10 minutes. “It’s that one where he has all those pillows on the bed like you and she makes fun of him because there’s no point to it.”

We were already getting somewhere. Discussing my home decorating habits. Turns out my husband’s romantic comedy memory storage is better than mine. Who would have thought?

“And the uptight one cheats on him during their honeymoon and then he meets the messy, unstructured woman who teaches Ben Stiller to live a little. Remember?”

Ah yes. So I hadn’t chosen the most memorable film. But still, it would be close to impossible not to laugh out loud when Ben Stiller’s irritable bowel syndrome makes him get all sweaty while eating Moroccan food during his first date with Polly.

Sure it was hard to get a serious relationship discussion going based on the interactions between characters in a cheesy romcom. I was distracted by Jennifer Anniston’s frizz-free boho waves and we couldn’t stop speculating on what it was that drove Philip Seymour Hoffman to heroin abuse.

But sitting in bed on a week night watching a movie on our laptop was the kind of thing we might have done a decade ago, before the responsibility of parenthood took over. And it was really fun, much more fun than if the movie had have been all serious and worthy.

So can romcom viewing replace marriage counselling? Probably not. But if it means having a laugh and spending time with your loved one, go for it. And remember: military documentaries don’t count.

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Simone Strobel murder: German police offer reward

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Killed on her dream holiday: Simone Strobel. Photo: Supplied Tobias Suckfuell: an inquest heard there was a “strong suspicion” Simone’s boyfriend was involved in her death. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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Nine years have passed since the body of German backpacker Simone Strobel was found, apparently suffocated and hidden on a sports ground near her campsite in northern NSW.

The 25-year-old’s parents in Germany remain haunted by so many unanswered questions about the night of her disappearance in Lismore, on February 11, 2005.

Who would want to kill their daughter, a kindergarten teacher who worked with children with a disability, and who was on a one-year holiday of a lifetime with her German boyfriend?

And what exactly happened to her in the hours after she and her boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, and two other companions returned to the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park after a night out drinking at a local pub?

“The answer to that would be extremely important for us,” Ms Strobel’s father Gustl Strobel told German newspaper Main Post in his home town of Wurzburg this week.

“Then we could finally say goodbye. Whether and how someone is punished for us is not so important – but we need to know what happened. “

On the ninth anniversary of her disappearance this week, police in Germany have offered a 10,000 euro ($15,090) reward for information leading to the resolution of the case.

They are hoping that someone in Australia or Germany has information that finally will lead to an arrest and conviction.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Mackie, from Casino police, said Ms Strobel and her boyfriend arrived in Australia on August 3, 2004.

The couple, who had been together for six years, planned to travel around the country on a one-year working visa, and had stopped in Lismore less than 24 hours before Ms Strobel vanished.

Mr Suckfuell’s sister Katrin and another friend, Jens Martin, had joined the couple a few weeks before they arrived in Lismore, and were with them at the pub on the night Ms Strobel disappeared.

“On February 11, 2005, they checked in at the tourist caravan park in Lismore, NSW and spent the evening together at a pub in downtown Lismore and afterwards returned with friends to the campsite,” Senior Sergeant Mackie said.

“From there Simone disappeared. Her body was found on a sports ground near the campsite on February 17, 2005.”

Ms Strobel’s body was badly decomposed, naked, and covered with palm fonds at the sports ground about 90 metres from their campsite.

While no definite cause of death could be established, a coroner in 2007 found it was most likely she died of suffocation or smothering asphyxia.

The inquest heard that the group had gone to the hotel, where Ms Strobel was reduced to tears after arguing with Mr Suckfuell. Another row followed at the campsite, witnesses said, after which Ms Strobel stormed off.

By June 2005 the Suckfuells had stopped cooperating with both Australian and German authorities, exercising their right to silence.

The inquest heard that the friend with them on the night, Jens Martin, became suspicious after Ms Strobel’s body was found, and began to question Mr Suckfuell’s insistence they maintain a uniform story about what happened that night.

Mr Martin accepted an invitation to attend the inquest, where he told Deputy NSW Coroner Paul MacMahon that Mr Suckfuell ordered him to lie to the police about the fact he and Ms Strobel had been arguing bitterly.

During that inquest, Mr MacMahon said he had a “very strong suspicion” that at least Tobias and perhaps Katrin Suckfuell were involved in the smothering or suffocation murder of Ms Strobel.

A piece of forensic material at the site where her body was found also supported the suggestion Mr Suckfuell had been present.

“Unfortunately at this stage current technology is not sufficiently advanced to confirm that suggestion,” the coroner said.

He found there was insufficient evidence to recommend charges.

NSW Police and the Prosecutor’s Office in Wurzburg, Germany both opened homicide cases into Ms Strobel’s death.

Senior Sergeant Mackie said the reward was payable to residents both in Germany and Australia.

“It might be a financial incentive for potential witnesses to provide the police with their knowledge not revealed so far,” he said.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Wurzburg Criminal Police in Germany on 0931/457-1732, or any other police station in Germany or Australia.

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CSL sees bright future for new drug

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CSL chief executive Paul Perreault says strong sales growth of the biotechnology giant’s specialty products could see the division grow to be larger than the legacy haemophilia group, which has been hampered by increasing competition.
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The specialty division, which sells diagnostic products and drugs to control bleeding during surgical operations, was the standout performer in CSL’s interim financial results.

The company reported a 3 per cent rise in net profit to $US646 million ($715 million) in the first half of 2013-14. Underlying profit of $US685 million, which removes the effect of a $US39 million legal settlement, beat analyst expectations.

Revenue for the six months ended December 31 rose 5 per cent to $US2.7 billion. The specialty products division accounted for 15 per cent of CSL’s revenue and grew sales at 16 per cent on a constant currency basis to $US403 million.

Mr Perreault said although the specialty division had lower sales than CSL’s Immunoglobulin ($US1.1 billion) and haemophilia ($US550 million) divisions in the half, it had grown at double-digit rates “for the last number of years”.

“We expect those [specialty] products to continue to grow,” he said.

Mr Perreault said the division’s “exceptional” performance was underpinned by the drug Kcentra, which was approved for use in the United States in 2013. Kcentra can reverse the effect of blood thinning agents such as warfarin within two hours, Mr Perreault said.

This action stops the risk of a patient on warfarin ‘bleeding out’ in surgery. “Typically for elective surgeries, the physician will titrate down the [blood thinning agent], but in emergency surgery there’s no time to titrate the dose,” Mr Perrault said. “That’s when patients can get into trouble.”

Mr Perreault said the approval of Kcentra was the United State’s “first change in transfusion medicine in 50 years.”

In a further boost to the demand, the US Food and Drug Administration granted Kcentra ‘orphan drug’ status in August, which prevents competitors from entering the space for seven years. The drug has been marketed in Europe for a number of years under the Beriplex.

UBS analyst Andrew Goodsall said the specialty division was “the one to watch” in the second half of 2014, because Kcentra presented an opportunity for significant revenue growth.

Haemophilia product sales fell 4 per cent on a constant currency basis in the half. Mr Perreault said there were “numerous competitors scrambling” to develop new treatments for the rare disease. This had lead to an increase in clinical trials, which meant many patients were discarding their current regime in favour for free medicines offered as part of trials.

“Haemophilia is a rare disease,” he said. “There aren’t that many patients.”

In addition, a large proportion of CSL’s haemophilia products are sold to healthcare providers on a tender basis, which meant growth tended to be uneven, Mr Perreault said.

However, Mr Perrault said he expected sales growth CSL’s recombinant drugs to treat the disease, so the jostling for size between the specialty and haemophilia divisions would be a “good race.” “It could be a neck and neck race over the next few years,” he said.

In the current half, CSL will embark on a phase two trial of its heart attack prevention drug CSL112, which Mr Perreault said presented “significant potential to transform our business.”

CSL hopes to show that its drug which removes cholesterol from plaques on artery walls will prevent the risk of heart attacks in patients who have already suffered an initial cardiac event. About 80,000 Australians have a heart attack each year and, of those, about 12 per cent suffer a subsequent attack, stroke or die.

Mr Perreault said CSL expects results from its clinical trial towards the end of 2015 or early 2016.

The company announced an interim unfranked dividend of US53¢, which was US3¢ higher than the previous corresponding period. The dividend will be paid on April 4.

CSL shares have gained 21 per cent over the past year. At 12:22pm AEDT, the stock was trading down 3.3 per cent to $67.59.

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Best of Sochi: Day 4GALLERY

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A competitor trains before the Biathlon Women’s 10km Pursuit during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES Jorge F. Birkner Ketelhohn of Argentina skis during training for the Men’s Alpine Skiing on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
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Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland in action during training for the Men’s Alpine Skiing on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Sarah Reid of Canada makes a run during a Women’s Skeleton training session on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center at on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Works spray down the halfpipe before competition begins in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Teodor Peterson of Sweden competes in Qualification of the Men’s Sprint Free during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland skis during training for the Men’s Alpine Skiing on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Yumie Funayama of Japan slides with the stone during the Curling Women’s Round Robin match between Japan and Republic of Korea during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Shelley Rudman of Great Britain makes a run during a Women’s Skeleton training session on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center at on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Dara Howell of Canada competes in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Gregory Bretz of the United States competes in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Nikita Avtaneev of Russia competes in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Linnea Backman #17 of Sweden fights for the puck against Nina Kamenik #7 and Kerstin Spielberger #22 of Germany during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Image was created using a variable planed lens) A general view of the action in the men’s round robin session during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Danny Davis of the United States competes in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Scotty James of Australia competes in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Agnieszka Szymanczak of Poland competes in Qualification of the Ladies’ Sprint Fee during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Skiers compete in the Finals of the Men’s Sprint Free during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Lisa Zimmermann of Germany competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle Qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Anna Mirtova of Russia falls while competing in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Qualification on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Devin Logan of the United States slides down the mountain at the end of her run in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain makes a run during a Women’s Skeleton training session on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center at on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Michelle Lowenhielm (1st L) #28 of Sweden celebrates scoring their third goal against of Germany with her teammates Josefine Holmgren #9, Johanna Olofsson, Cecilia Osterberg and Maria Lind #19 of Sweden in the third period during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Michelle Lowenhielm #28 of Sweden scores their third goal against Jennifer Harss #30 of Germany in the third period during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Marsha Hudey of Canada competes during the Women’s 500m Race 1 of 2 Speed Skating event during day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway (L) and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway celebrate winning first and second place in the Finals of the Ladies’ Sprint Free during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Shirley Temple, 1928-2014PHOTOS, VIDEO

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Actress and political activist Shirley Temple has died in her California home at age 85, media outlets have reported.
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Temple started acting at age three and soon became one of the most recognisable child actors in the world.

She appeared in more than 50 films, including Poor Little Rich Girl,The Littlest Rebel(1936),Heidi (1937), Little Miss Broadway (1938),The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(1946), Fort Apache (1948)and The Story of Seabiscuit(1949).

Shirley Temple, 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a grass skirt and plays a ukulele in a promotional portrait for the musical ‘Captain January’ in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, 1935. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, circa 1944. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple reading some of her fanmail in 1943. Picture: Getty Images

In 1944, Shirley Temple, 17, married Sgt John Agar Jnr, an army aviation engineer, in a Wiltshire Methodist church. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple accepts the Life Achievement Award from presenter Jamie Lee Curtis onstage during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple speaks in front of a poster of Richard Nixon at a Republican Party election press conference at the Cafe Royal in London in September 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple in Rome in 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple sitting by her Christmas tree with presents from 20th Century Fox and a decorated Christmas tree in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a fairy godmother costume in a promotional portrait for her television series of dramatized fairy tales, ‘Shirley Temple’s Storybook’. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her first husband John Agar play with their infant daughter, Linda Susan, in the living room of their home in 1948. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple on set circa 1936. Picture: Getty Images

The trademark curls of Shirley Temple. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her daughter Lori in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her son Charles in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her second husband, Charles Black, pose together at the premiere of ‘Roman Holiday’ in 1953. Picture: Getty Images

Then-President Bill Clinton and wife Hilary applaud Shirley Temple, a recipient of one of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. Picture: Getty Images

A Christmas card or promotional portrait of child actress Shirley Temple in the 1930s. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Gold prices rise amid China’s missing bullion mystery

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Gold has hit a three-month high. Photo: Phil CarrickGold has hit a a three-month high, defying most expert views that 2014 would see further falls in the precious metal a day after a report revealed 500-tonnes of bullion is missing somewhere in China.
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However, the recent rally still has many analysts questioning whether the recent turnaround is just a “dead cat bounce” or a sustained revision in market sentiment?

The yellow metal is up 6 per cent since the beginning of the year at around $US $1290 an ounce, but still a long way off the historic high above the $US 1900 an ounce that was achieved in 2011. Gold endured its biggest price collapse in 30 years in 2013 as investors shifted assets out of exchange traded funds and into higher yielding equities.

But one broker believes that the outlook for gold is once again about to change positively.

“While the fundamental situation has brightened, the technical picture has also improved, which could spark follow-up buying that in the short term would probably drive the gold price even further up,” wrote Commerzbank analysts on Tuesday.

According to the bank, trading volume on the Shanghai Gold Exchange on Monday totalled 25,725kg, the highest it has been since early May last year, “pointing to robust demand for gold there”.

China’s love of the precious metal seem once again to be the main driver behind the current rebound in prices. China consumed 1176 tonnes of gold in 2013, 41 per cent higher than in 2012, according to data released on Monday by the China Gold Association (CGA).

This was made up of 717 tonnes of jewellery, 376 tonnes of gold bar investment and 49 tonnes in industrial use. The remaining 35 tonnes was in coins and other items, said the CGA.

However, the CGA report, which cites a figure similar to the net gold imports to China from Hong Kong of 1157 tonnes, has created a mystery surrounding what has happened to the country’s indigenous supply. About 500 tonnes of gold from Chinese mines and scrap is unaccounted for by the CGA.

According to brokers at Macquarie it “remains a mystery what happened to the other gold available in China”. The missing gold will again raise questions over the strength of demand in the world’s largest market for the metal amid concern that more gold is being traded on the black market. One conspiracy theory is that the People’s Bank of China is simply stockpiling gold off balance sheet.

Somewhat less mysterious is the emerging market turbulence that has certainly helped to support gold prices, with investors seeking out the precious metal as a safe haven as has the change in leadership at the US Federal Reserve and the central bank’s schedule for tapering monetary stimulus.

The Telegraph, London

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Imam charged over marriage of girl, 12

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AN imam accused of conducting the illegal marriage of a 12-year-old girl has been granted conditional bail as police decide whether to lay charges against the child bride’s father.
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The arrest of the imam came as the 26-year-old man accused of marrying and having a sexual relationship with the girl prepared to apply for his release from custody on Tuesday.

Child abuse detectives allege the 35-year-old imam performed a marriage ceremony in the Hunter Valley this year.

Detectives arrested the imam at Parramatta police station on Monday and charged him with solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person.

Police will allege the imam conducted the Islamic ceremony after he was approached by a Lebanese man who was visiting Australia.

The victim’s father consented to the marriage and for the ceremony to take place in his home on January 12.

He then allowed his daughter and the accused to move to south-west Sydney.

Police said they believed the imam had been associated with an Islamic centre and mosque in the Hunter region ‘‘on and off’’ since 2009.

It is understood the imam made frequent trips from Australia to Pakistan during this time.

He was released on strict conditional bail and is expected to appear before Parramatta Local Court on April 2.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said yesterday that he was pleased the Muslim religious leader had been arrested.

‘‘I’m delighted charges have been laid,’’ Mr O’Farrell said.

‘‘This charging of this person sends a strong message, whether to religious celebrants or civil celebrants.’’

Police arrested the victim’s husband last Thursday and charged him with 25 counts of having sexual intercourse with a child between January 1 and February 4 this year.

The accused had been living in Australia on a student visa and attending the University of Newcastle.

It is understood he had no ties with the town he was living in but met the under-age victim through a local mosque.

He was formally refused bail at Burwood Local Court last Friday and will remain behind bars until he makes an application for bail.

Police say they do not believe the girl’s mother had any knowledge of the marriage or that her daughter had moved to Sydney with a 26-year-old man.

It is understood the girl’s father and mother are separated.

Police learnt of the man and under-age girl’s marriage after the accused tried to enrol the girl, who recently turned 13, at school and applied for legal guardianship.

The girl has been taken into the care of the Department of Family and Community Services until a permanent home can be found for her.

One man’s generosity attracts internet fame

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A random act of kindness has made Lewis Richards a sensation on Facebook, with more than 2100 people showing their appreciation after he painted the bike of a young boy free of charge.
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Lewis was working at Geoff Richards Panel Beating when the young Aboriginal boy came in, looking for someone to help him tighten the chain on his bike.

The bike was in poor condition and Lewis said he felt the sudden compulsion to help the boy out and he offered to paint the boy’s bike. The youngster was ecstatic and was even more impressed he saw the result of Lewis’ work a day later.

An initial post on Facebook about the encounter from Lewis attracted 2100 likes and when he posted photos of his handywork, he attracted a further 1800.

Lewis said he didn’t expect the reaction but had felt compelled to help the boy.

Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy’s bike for him free of charge. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The bike during its construction process.

Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy’s bike for him free of charge. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy’s bike for him free of charge. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy’s bike for him free of charge. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

“I really didn’t expect that. When I posted it I didn’t think anyone would even read it,” he said.

“It hit close to home. He came over with a big ring spanner, way too big, and asked if we could tighten his chain for him.

“It just reminded me of me when I was a kid. He was cruising around with his mate and his bike was pretty average. It didn’t have handlebars and it was pretty beat up.

“We gave him a hand and he looked around and asked if we had painted everything. He couldn’t believe we painted this stuff and said ‘prove it’ so I told him to drop his bike round and we would paint it for him.

“He was a bit surprised and he thought I was joking. He said ‘you’re going to paint it pink’. I assured him I wasn’t and told him if he pulled the bike down and brought the pieces back in I would paint them up.”

The boy couldn’t choose what colours he wanted so Lewis chose a range of custom pearlescent and candied paints and worked his magic. Simmo Signs donated some custom graphics for the bike and Lewis purchased some new handlebar grips.

Lewis gave the back the finished pieces and asked him to come back into the shop when he had put it back together but so far he hasn’t seen him again.

“He was really excited and really thankful. It was really nice and you could see it meant a lot to him. I hope he comes back in because I would like to get a photo with him and his bike,” he said.

“My dad [Todd Richards, the business owner] was good, he allowed me to do it all in work time and told me to make sure I went all out with it. It was good of the sign company to do them free of charge too.”

Paramedic’s bone marrow gift a legacy of friendship

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Source: Illawarra Mercury
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It was for an old friend that Gerringong dad Shane Wicks added his name to the bone marrow donor registry 17 years ago.

But when he makes good on his offer – submitting to surgery and a week of painful recovery – it will all be for the good of a stranger.

Mr Wicks, a NSW Ambulance paramedic attached to Kiama station, will undergo surgery at Westmead Hospital today after he was found to be a match for a person with serious health problems.

He was one of about 50 area surf lifesaving volunteers who signed on to the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1997, when Gerringong lifesaver Bob Churton was diagnosed with leukaemia and required a transplant.

Mr Churton’s cousin was identified as a suitable match, but the father of four ultimately died from complications resulting from his condition.

“Bob was a well-respected family man – and extremely community minded,” said Mr Wicks, 38.

“It was quite hard, and you just feel for his family. If you can help somebody – if you can help a family not go through what Bill’s family – and a lot of other families – go through, you definitely would.”

Mr Wicks will be placed under general anaesthetic for the procedure.

Waiting for him to wake will be his wife of 16 years, Katie Wicks.

The two started dating when he was 15 and she was 13, and went on to have three children together – Kirralee, 10, Harrison, 9, and Darcey, 6.

“Shane is just one of those people who genuinely likes to help,” Mrs Wicks said.

Mr Wicks said he hoped his experience would show his children “it doesn’t hurt to help somebody”, and would encourage others to sign on to the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

The requirements for a donor match are so specific that only about one in 1000 would-be donors are asked to make good on their offer each year.

Mr Wicks will get progress reports of the person who receives his bone marrow after six months and 12 months, with the details decided by the recipient.

Katie Wicks plans to be bedside today as her husband, Shane Wicks, a paramedic, donates bone marrow in aid of a person he has never met.Picture: GREG TOTMAN

“Hopefully we’ll find out how the person is – how they’re travelling – that they went on to have a long and fulfilling life and beat whatever disease they were fighting,” Mr Wicks said.

ANZ Bank boss Mike Smith urges tax breaks for regions

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ANZ chief Mike Smith has urged governments to provide tax breaks to businesses setting up in regions hit by the exodus of car manufacturers, amid fears the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in Victoria and South Australia would push the states into recession.
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The chief executive of Australia’s third-largest bank said tax and other incentives for new businesses were a proven way of tackling the social and economic impact the closure of the auto industry would have on some towns.

”If you were starting up a business at the moment in Australia, I think those businesses should be encouraged to look at those areas where there is likely to be a labour supply,” Mr Smith said.

”There are all sorts of ways to [encourage] businesses to set up in areas, and frankly the most effective one is using some sort of tax incentive and we’ve seen that around the world.”

Despite the looming loss of Toyota, economists on Tuesday issued an optimistic outlook for the manufacturing sector, saying the industry remained strong despite the structural changes it has undergone over the past few decades.

The exit of such large firms is tipped to have a severe impact on local regions already suffering from jobless rates twice as high as the national average.

Even so, economists said the exit of Toyota, Ford and Holden would have a small impact on the wider economy. But they called on state and federal governments to use the pull-out to boost productivity in manufacturing and other sectors, by cutting regulatory burdens and introducing tax reforms.

Without a local industry to protect, policy makers could also abolish all tariffs on motor vehicles, which would, in turn, make cars cheaper and allow households to spend their money on other goods. The move would reduce the fall-out from the industry’s shutdown, Deutsche Bank’s chief economist Adam Boyton said.

A boost in government infrastructure and retraining investment would also soften the blow on the Victorian and South Australian economies, analysts said.

The manufacturing industry has seen its share of the workforce decline over the past three decades, with the services sector

employing the largest share of workers at more than 75 per cent.

At the same time, the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the Australian economy has fallen since it peaked at just under 30 per cent of gross domestic product in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Manufacturing is now estimated to make up about 7 per cent of GDP.

A shift has also taken place within the manufacturing sector. While Australia has struggled to compete in the low-cost, mass-produced sections of the industry, it has seen a rise in the production of high-value goods such as scientific equipment and specialised machinery.

The services sector was expected to fill the hole left by the auto sector, analysts said. ”Low interest rates are supporting the housing market, supporting the pick-up in retail sales and a turn in the housing construction cycle, and we think that’s going to lead to job creation across those industries, as well as in the services industries,” HSBC’s chief economist for Australia Paul Bloxham said.

In the short term, Toyota’s production withdrawal from Australia would undermine confidence and could prompt consumers to be more cautious about their spending, National Australia Bank’s chief economist Alan Oster said.

A key question would also be where and what industries the affected car workers would move to, Mr Oster said.

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