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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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AIA Australia moves to new St Kilda Road location

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Life insurance group AIA Australia will lease three refurbished floors at 509 St Kilda Road but the deal is unlikely to dent the area’s 11.4 per cent vacancy rate.
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AIA will take about 7000 square metres on levels 5, 6 and 7 and claim exclusive naming rights, main signage rights and 85 car bays in the building owned by a Calibre Capital fund, Colliers International’s Ben Christie said.

”The lease was executed just prior to Christmas, making this the largest transaction completed on St Kilda Road in 2013,” Mr Christie said.

On the sales side, the Julliard Group is believed to be close to finalising the transaction of 424 St Kilda Road to a Chinese group, with expectations around $45 million.

A three-level office building with 4008 square metres of net lettable area and 156 car spaces at 20 Queens Road is also on the market, expected to lure residential developers.

AIA will relocate from 553 St Kilda Road to space formerly occupied by MLC (NAB’s wealth management division) which left 11,500 square metres vacant when it moved to 700 Bourke Street in Docklands late last year.

Mr Christie would not disclose leasing terms but rents for similar assets are believed to be around $300 per square metre per annum. The hole left by MLC had the potential to create a ”significant spike” in the area’s vacancy but the AIA deal and Webjet (1670 square metres) and Transfield Services (3378 square metres) partly neutralised the impact, Mr Christie said.

”We’re forecasting vacancy on St Kilda Road to peak at 11.43 per cent in July 2014, then gradually trend down,” he said.

Colliers’ forecast is slightly higher than the latest Property Council estimate of 11.4 per cent total vacancy, with only D grade recording no vacancy. Melbourne’s overall office market vacancy rate fell from 9.8 per cent to 8.7 per cent.

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Lemon, Middle and Orange – a cafe by the lane – offers view of industrial past

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Lemon, Middle and Orange in Rokeby Street, Collingwood. Photo: Peter Hyatt People can either stand at the bench in the front courtyard or move inside to one of the tables. Photo: Peter Hyatt
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Like DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in New York or Brick Lane in London, Rokeby Street in Collingwood is quietly undergoing a transformation. As industry continues to move to the outer suburbs, offices and cafes are taking over the spaces that housed those industries.

When John Wardle first came across the 1940s brick building that became the home for his practice, John Wardle Architects, a couple of years ago, it not only reminded him of changing urban areas in New York and London, it inspired a belief in him that the architect was British.

”The polychromatic bricks and steel-framed windows spoke of a British architect,” says Wardle, who traced the titles to Goodlass Wall & Co, a paint manufacturer from Liverpool.

Wardle gutted the three-level building, transforming it into a two-level office for his practice and bringing in creatives at ground level: Spacecraft, a leading textile printing practice, together with Bus Projects, an artists-run gallery combined studio.

”The idea was to develop a community, so it seemed obvious to include a cafe, where everyone in the building, as well as those in the surrounding offices, could meet,” Wardle says.

The cafe is LM&O, which stands for Lemon, Middle and Orange. It is fronted by a perforated steel screen, which speaks the language of a neighbouring factory.

A friend of Wardle’s found an old sign, thought to be from the 1950s, from Goodlass Wall & Co’s Bombay factory on eBay. Coincidently, the letters that form the name of the cafe also stand for the cafe owners’ names, Liam Ganley and Margaret Lawless.

”There’s also our own corporate colour in the mix,” says Wardle, referring to orange.

The main thing driving the design, a collaboration with Projects of the Imagination, was to celebrate the laneway that fronts the cafe.

Open at both ends with large glass and steel doors, LM&O features a simple palette of materials, including concrete-block walls, polished-concrete floors and fine Victorian ash joinery; the joinery is a hallmark of Wardle’s practice.

The cafe is 30 metres long and six metres wide. Wardle has loosely defined its spaces as a ”front porch” arrangement, an extension of the pavement.

And beyond the large glass and steel door is a continuous banquette, conceived as a series of strategies to accommodate uses such as seating and magazine racks.

People can either stand at the bench in the front courtyard or move inside to one of the tables. For larger gatherings, or even office meetings, there’s a dining table setting to the rear.

”We tend to use that space as another meeting room,” says Wardle, who also has two meeting rooms above, as well as a roof terrace, which doubles for functions.

On Top of the World was born out of textile designer Stewart Russell’s love of flags (Russell is from Spacecraft). Various commissions are displayed on the roof, and Wardle hosts monthly talks there.

”I wanted this place to become a focus in the area, as well as bring people into the building,” says Wardle, who also landscaped one of the adjoining laneways to include a vegetable garden.

Margaret Lawless, originally from Ireland, was keen to give the cafe a sense of her culture. So the menu includes soda bread and black pudding.

”The place has a distinctly Australian feel, but there’s a certain Irish twist,” says Lawless, who wanted a clean and minimal space in harmony with the light and streetscape.

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Sonny Bill Williams may play in Roosters’ trial against Newcastle

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The Newcastle Knights are preparing to play against code-hopping match-winner Sonny Bill Williams and other Sydney Roosters superstars in a trial at Wyong on Saturday.

Featuring players not involved in the Auckland Nines this weekend, the Knights and Roosters will meet at 6.30pm at Morry Breen Oval.

The reigning NRL premiers plan to use the game as part of their preparation for the World Club Challenge against Wigan at Allianz Stadium the following Saturday.

Of the team that eclipsed Manly 26-18 in the NRL grand final last October, only five players – Mitchell Pearce, Jake Friend, Aidan Guerra, Daniel Tupou and Shaun Kenny-Dowall – were named on Tuesday in the 16-man Roosters squad for the Nines.

That will leave the likes of Williams, Anthony Minichiello, Michael Jennings, James Maloney, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner and Frank-Paul Nuuausala at home and potentially available to play against a predominantly second-string Knights squad.

Dally M winger of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is still recovering from the leg injury he suffered in New Zealand’s 34-2 loss to Australia in the World Cup final last November but is reportedly making steady progress and could also be considered.

The Knights have been told the Roosters will field some members of their senior squad alongside players from the Newtown Jets, their NSW Cup feeder team.

“They haven’t finalised their team yet, the Roosters, but we’ve heard a whisper that they’re going to give a few blokes a run before the World Club Challenge and Sonny Bill and ‘Mini’ might be among the blokes they use,” a Knights source told Fairfax Media.

The Knights team is expected to be based around a nucleus of senior players such as Clint Newton, David Fa’alogo, Korbin Sims and Travis Waddell, and emerging prospects Jake Mamo, Josh Mantellato, Matt Minto and brothers Pat and Sione Mata’utia.

In the absence of coaches Trent Robinson and Jason Taylor, who will be in Auckland in charge of their Nines squad, the Roosters will be guided by assistants Steve McNamara and Craig Fitzgibbon on Saturday.

McNamara, the England Test mentor, joined the Roosters’ coaching staff in December.

Robinson said on Tuesday that the Roosters, who have included premiership-winning former captain Brad Fittler in their Nines squad, had done no training for the pre-season tournament because they were concentrating on the game against Wigan.

“We’ve focused on the World Club Challenge,” Robinson said.

“We’ve talked clearly about the Nines with the players that are going, and even the squad that haven’t, about the approach that we want to take to playing the game but we haven’t spent time practising. We’ve spent time on our 13-a-side game, as we should.”

The Knights’ only full-blown NRL trial will be against Canberra at Tamworth on February 22.

Newcastle’s National Youth Cup and NSW Cup teams will play the Raiders and feeder club Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve at Hinchinbrook the following day.

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Toyota closure: Explanation is needed on cold decisions that preceded car industry’s demise

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Federal politics: full coverageAbbott to workers: “I can’t offer false hope”
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If the electoral ramifications of the Toyota’s decision to quit production in 2017 are unclear, it is because the decision has been cast as supra-political. Indeed, as even supra-national.

But was it that aloof from Canberra’s influence?

The line emanating from the Abbott government since the bombshell is that nothing it was doing or could have done would have changed anything.

Perhaps, but Labor says the government goaded Holden to leave and that Toyota’s decision was an inevitable consequence of that departure.

With a detached coldness, Toyota’s Japan-based management has simply decided to wind up its Australian operations up citing global conditions and market realities that make Australia’s bit of the show uneconomic.

Nonetheless, when it came late on Monday, the final shock after the pre-fatal blows by Ford and Holden, was no less devastating for the company’s 2500 direct employees.

Its implications extend well beyond them, marking the sad end of an extensive sophisticated industry that for all its critics, had substantially shaped the Australian economic achievement, molding the cultural, architectural, and technological character of post-war Australia.

But markets do not run on emotion alone, and industries cannot survive on past sales and nostalgia.

Rationalists argue persuasively that the automotive industry has been extended more than enough taxpayer assistance – some $30 billion in the past decade – and that to continue was pointless.

Supporters of assistance point to competitor car-makers around the world, arguing Australia’s assistance is lower than almost all others.

Toyota’s withdrawal is the brutal cutting edge of a broader economic transformation being championed by the new Abbott government.

Even before it has its first budget in play, it has enunciated a new guiding principle of economic responsibility in both the personal and corporate spheres. Hand-outs are out, the age of entitlement is over.

The danger for the government is that in its blind adherence to this textbook ideal, it forgets those caught in the middle.

And in the case of the death of a whole industry, the numbers are huge – as many as 30,000 to 40,000 in the components manufacture and supply chains.

For the Prime Minister, the first challenge is to demonstrate he understands the depths of the personal crisis for workers and their families. The wider economic effects are also potentially massive.

When Holden announced plans to quit, the federal government was full of sympathy, mouthing excuses that it did all it could and could have done nothing more.

However Holden insiders say as little as another $80 million a year would have seen the car-maker stay.

There were reassuring words spoken about doing more to keep Toyota operating. So the question for Abbott and his ministers is, what was done?

Whatever it was, it was clearly unpersuasive.

Labor’s former industry minister, Kim Carr is incredulous at Canberra’s apparent indifference.

He says when he was minister six months ago, Toyota was very keen to invest in new models.

If that’s true, the government has some serious explaining to do.

It could start by explaining what its plan for economic transformation actually means.

Where are the new jobs that the Prime Minister so confidently predicts will arise to fill the vacuum of the automotive sector?

In the absence of this information, Labor’s claim that the Coalition’s industry policy amounts to a white flag will have plenty of cut-through with voters.

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Schapelle Corby interview: Seven executives might have to pray for an audience

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Before and after … Schapelle Corby’s face is unforgettable to most, but her shroud would suggest she would rather it be a distant memory. Photo: AFP/Reuters Masked from the glare of the cameras … Schapelle Corby is released from Kerobokan prison in Bali. Photo: Justin McManus
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Koch hits out at $2m Corby dealCorby interview not certain: Mike Willesee

What’s the useful TV shelf-life of a controversial civilian superstar on a first-name basis with the country? For bruised and nervous executives at Seven and Nine the signs are that Schapelle Corby, the once sure-fire ratings draw, just ain’t what she used to be – the one-time viewers’ sweetheart appears to have become a turn-off.

After Nine’s ratings disappointment with its Schapelle telemovie on Sunday night, a fresh round of Corby programming on Monday evening delivered even more embarrassing figures, with the all-day hype surrounding Corby’s release not enough to excite viewers.

A Corby news special hosted by Peter Overton scored only 627,000 capital city viewers — barely enough to squeak past the ABC’s Media Watch. Next up, Nine offered an “encore screening” of the telemovie, hoping to make amends for the production’s poor showing on its Sunday night debut. Viewers weren’t interested: a paltry 241,000 tuned in.

That’s two bad days gone for Nine, but for Seven the headaches are still to come. Having stitched up the family in a deal for an exclusive interview, estimated to have cost north of $2 million, Seven executives will now be very nervous about the likely bang for those bucks — if Nine’s bleak experience over the past two days is anything to go by.

And today, the man expected to hold the interview’s reins, Sunday Night journalist Mike Willesee, told reporters in Bali that he is not even certain that an interview with Schapelle Corby will take place, saying only: “I really hope so”. He said he still had not met or spoken with Corby, nor any members of her family.

As criticism mounts from within his own network over the paid interview, Willesee said he did not know the figure, but that those published — between $2 million and $3 million — were “crazy … [and] way silly”.

The atrocious ratings for Nine came at the end of a day in which Australian television — all of it, the ABC included — had pushed the button on a broadcast concept that proved immensely popular when first deployed nine years ago. Back then, going The Full Corby worked a treat, especially on the day of her conviction. The nation stopped and turned to the tube for wall-to-wall Schapelle.

On Monday, this tactic looked far more risky, and the results on screen were never enough to deliver the same emotional punch of that unforgettable day in May 2005. There was no suspense, for starters, and not much to see besides. Of Corby, we saw a tiny, masked figure being squeezed through a heaving media pack to a waiting van, and it was all over so fast the moment hardly seemed to justify the media dramatics involved in trying to record it.

What Schapelle was feeling had to be assumed. What the broadcasters were feeling was written all over their faces. We could see it in the weary eyes and glistening pink foreheads. It was hot and tiring work of uncertain duration or reward.

As happens with live news events, there were delays and there was padding. Like a royal baby, Schapelle Corby was not going to be delivered according to the schedules of network executives in Australia.

For a long while her appearance was ever “imminent” – which in Bali can mean anything from two minutes to sometime next Thursday.

The money shot, when it came, was a messy television moment, an unedifying spectacle for participants and viewers alike. We at home had to take the reporters’ word for it when they said she’d been freed – on screen, all that could be detected was a crush of body parts thrashing around with the desperation of a thirsty crowd in a pub about to run out of beer. We were assured the shrouded noggin atop the tiny figure at the centre of the scrum was, indeed, Schapelle Leigh Corby, but for all we could actually see it might have been Camilla Parker Bowles.

Then came the chase; camera-wielding optimists on scooters pursuing the Corby convoy through the streets of Bali to the parole office, where we were told that somewhere inside release papers were being signed. By that point it could be assumed many viewers had decoded the reality of the day and realised that no matter which station they tuned to, all they would ever get was a promise.

The eternal promise of Schapelle, but when the moment finally came, she was nothing but a blur. In that respect, what we didn’t see on Monday was emblematic of the past 10 years: you think this Corby business will become clear any minute now, but it never quite does.

The question now is, can enough viewers muster the interest for one more close look? Seven’s Sunday Night and its star interrogator will be praying we do when their expensive exclusive is aired. To be on the safe side, Willesee — who once tried to prove the existence of God on a TV show — might be wise to ask for divine intervention again.

– with Michael Bachelard

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Labor demands Tony Abbott detail jobs plan after Toyota announcement

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor’s industry spokesman Senator Kim Carr have criticised the Abbott government after Toyota announced it was ending manufacturing in Australia. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Federal politics: full coverageMark Kenny: Explanations needed on Toyota’s demise

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has accused Tony Abbott of ”wilful neglect” in the wake of Toyota’s decision to quit manufacturing in Australia.

Labor has demanded the Prime Minister outline his government’s plans to create new jobs and support workers after the shock announcement, which Mr Shorten described as an ”economic tsunami”.

Mr Shorten, who was flanked at a press conference by industry spokesman Kim Carr, employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor and MPs representing electorates in Victoria that stand to lose thousands of jobs after Toyota’s decision, said Mr Abbott was sending jobs overseas that would never come back.

“What a disgraceful day yesterday,” Mr Shorten said on Tuesday.

”There is the Abbott government and their ministers cooking up political games and instead at the same time as they are playing political games, we see 2500 people being told by their employers that is it, your job no longer exists.

”The shockwaves of this economic tsunami are unprecedented in terms of employment.”

He added: “Even the Australian car industry could not survive the wilful neglect of the Abbott government.”

The world’s largest car maker announced on Monday evening that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017. Some 2500 of the 4000 workers employed by Toyota locally will lose their jobs, and hundreds more positions are expected to go in the components sector and other related supplies industries.

Mr O’Connor said it was not good enough for the Prime Minister to wait until 2017 to intervene on behalf of the Toyota workers.

“We call upon the government today to outline exactly what plans it has to provide opportunities for these workers to find new jobs,” Mr O’Connor said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Abbott said he couldn’t ”offer false hope” to workers who may use their jobs. He said he understood his words would be “of little comfort” to workers who have been hit with the devastating news, but he had been assured that Toyota’s management would look after its employees.

”Some consolation ought to be there in the fact that Toyota aren’t going tomorrow, they’re not closing down next week or next month or even next year,” Mr Abbott told ABC radio.

Mr Abbott, who is meeting with Victorian Premier Denis Napthine on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue, said he was confident Toyota’s workforce could move ”from good jobs to better jobs” in the long run.

”The job of government is not to offer false hope or miracle cures. The job of government is to sit down and carefully and methodically . . . sort out what is best done in difficult situations,” he said.

Mr Abbott cited the example of Newcastle, which lost its steel works in the 1990s, but was now a ”different and many would say somewhat better city today”.

Asked repeatedly what he would be offering the Victorian Premier by way of Commonwealth assistance to deal with the economic fallout of Toyota’s decision – which economists warn could tip Victoria and South Australia into recession – Mr Abbott refused to provide specific detail.

”I will be offering [Dr Napthine] a good hearing,” Mr Abbott said, adding that ”the best thing the government can do is get the fundamentals right”.

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Julia Roberts’ sister dies of apparent drug overdose

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Happier times: Julia Roberts with Nancy Motes and their mother, Betty Lou (L).Julia Roberts’ younger, half-sister Nancy Motes has died of an apparent drug overdose.
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The 37-year-old spoke last year of her struggle in growing up as the “fat little sister” of the actor who starred in Pretty Woman.

“When you’re in a family of very, very exceptionally beautiful people, it’s intimidating,” she said.

Motes, who dropped half her body weight after having gastric bypass surgery in 2010, also claimed that her star sister used to tease her over her weight.

“When I was in high school and she was an adult, she would just let me know that I was definitely overweight,” Motes told New York Daily News in August.

“She would make it quite clear to me and in a not-so-nice manner.

“It just makes me feel incredibly hurt and very sad.”

In spite of this, she said Roberts was a “good big sister who played with me a lot”.

But the relationship between the two was strained.

Motes, who worked as a production assistant on the TV show Glee – a job Roberts helped her secure – said depression led to her weight ballooning to nearly 140 kilograms.

She expressed hope that by losing weight and attempting to turn her life around she would start to repair her damaged relationship with Roberts.

“I think we’re both trying to change our opinions of each other,” Motes said.

“It’s a work in progress. It’s not going to be fixed overnight, nor do I think it’s going to be fixed at this point by me just getting skinny.”

Motes was set to marry her partner in May this year and, despite reports that Roberts was not planning to attend, she said: “My family, we love each other absolutely. I love Julia absolutely, and I have no doubt she loves me.”

Roberts, 46, has yet to make a comment on the death, but her family released the following statement: “It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose. There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”

Motes is the daughter of Roberts’ mother Betty Lou and stepfather Michael Motes. She is also is the half-sister of actors Eric Roberts, 57 and Lisa Roberts Gillan, 49.

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GrainCorp to invest $125m in oils and spreads

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East coast grains handler GrainCorp will tip $125 million into its Australian edible oils and spreads manufacturing operations in a bid to shore up the division’s competitiveness.
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GrainCorp Oils group general manager Sam Tainsh said the investment is a “vote of confidence in Australian food manufacturing operations at a time of uncertainty for many manufacturers in the country.”

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Toyota said it would follow GM Holden and Ford pull out of Australia, sealing the demise of car manufacturing in the country.

The investment will create a “strategic hub” within Victoria that is closer to oilseed growing regions and the expansion and upgrade of GrainCorp’s operations in Numurkah and its food’s facility in West Footscray.

GrainCorp Food’s Murarrie site in Queensland will be phased out and is set to close in 2016, and around 130 staff will lose their jobs.

Mr Tainsh said that 44 new roles will be created at the expanded plants and the investment is expected to generate 400 new indirect jobs.

“The priority for us is giving our people in Murarrie as much certainty and ability to plan ahead as possible. That’s why we have informed our people over two years in advance,” Mr Tainsh said.

“Where possible, we will seek to redeploy our affected staff to other parts of our business. Where redeployment is not possible we will provide comprehensive training and assistance to find new employment.”

The upgrade comes as the nation’s biggest listed agribusiness licks its wounds in the wake of the failed $3 billion takeover approach from US giant Archer Daniels Midland, which was blocked by Treasurer Joe Hockey in a surprise late last year.

The move saw GrainCorp shares tank and the company is facing earnings pressure due to adverse weather and weaker harvests.

In the wake of Mr Hockey’s decision, highly regarded GrainCorp chief executive Alison Watkins announced her departure to take up the top job at Coca-Cola Amatil.

GrainCorp is now being led by its chairman Don Taylor as the company undertakes an executive search.

The upgrade forms part of GrainCorp’s strategic initiatives to deliver an additional $110 million per annum of incremental underlying earnings by the end of fiscal 2016.

The investment in the oils manufacturing segment is expected to contribute around $22 million per year of underlying earnings once commissioned.

GrainCorp’s capital expenditure will be funded with existing cash and debt facilities. The grains giant will incur a restructuring cost of $20 million, which is expected to be reported as a significant item in its 2014 earnings.

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Dale Begg-Smith comes out of his shell after Olympic moguls exit

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It’s usually easier to line-up an interview with Schapelle Corby than Dale Begg-Smith, regardless of whether you want to stump up $3 million.

As it turned out, the elusive Canadian-born moguls skier didn’t need financial enticement from a commercial TV network. He didn’t require prompting from team officials, who for years have shielded him from those who just want to know our most successful winter Olympian a little better.

All that was needed was an unceremonious and spectacular face-plant on the second run in qualifying, which brought an abrupt end to his Olympic career, to coax the 29-year-old out of his shell.

“That was like burying your head in the snow like an ostrich,” beamed the American announcer over the loud speaker after Begg-Smith crashed and burned on the final jump of his second run.

Nobody expected Begg-Smith to end his Olympic career like that, just as nobody had expected what came next _ that Begg-Smith wanted to talk about it.

“There wasn’t much I could do when I was on my face,” he joked of his gaffe. “I just wasn’t feeling it today.”

The reason, in part, was the snow. It hasn’t snowed in Sochi for weeks. In fact, it’s becoming so mild in the ski resort of Rosa Khutor that some people are wearing t-shirts, if only for a matter of minutes.

The snow is melting, and conditions and changing on the mountain.

“I got really soft,” Begg-Smith said. “I haven’t skied in the soft snow for four years. You have to train in Australia if you want to get some of that. I just wasn’t feeling it. I felt a little bit off. I couldn’t get centred. In a desperate move, I tried to change lines and move things around. The line I was in wasn’t working for me. It is what it is.”

When Begg-Smith speaks, it is usually engaging. It prompts the question: why didn’t he ever speak more?

He admitted a medal was always going to be a long shot after a three-year hiatus from serious competition.

“It was a desperate move coming back this year,” he said. “My body wasn’t there. If you don’t ski for three years, you are kind of hoping for a miraculous performance, and there were a few good ones along the way. It just didn’t work out here.”

And where to now for the Australian/Canadian/Cayman Islands international man of mystery?

“We’ll have to see,” he laughed. “I’m an international man of mystery, right? I have to keep you guys guessing.”

And those words, you sense, were the last we’ll ever hear from Dale Begg-Smith.

We will certainly be hearing more from Matt Graham, though, and it is the influence on him and other mogul competitors that will be Begg-Smith’s legacy.

After Sam Hall also bombed out in qualifying, and Brodie Summers went out in the first round of the finals, Graham almost made the final six _ the “super final” _ only to narrowly miss out.

It had come down to the last run, with Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev squeezing him out.

Like many moguls events, the judging seemingly favours those with reputation. Canadian favourite Alex Bilodeau won the gold.

“I was happy with my runs,” Graham said. “But to miss the Super Final by 0.01 is heartbreaking.”

Begg-Smith had stayed there until the end, trying to give Graham as much of his “energy” as he could.

“It was fun coming and I’m glad I went out on my own terms,” he said.

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Exotic squad named for T20 World Cup

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When Australia and New Zealand played the first ever Twenty20 international in 2005, players wore body-hugging kits and terry-towelling hats in keeping with a retro theme that captured the novelty of it all.
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Nine years on, there is a distinct retro flavour about Australia’s squad for next month’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, but nothing gimmicky about the inclusion of the three Brads – Hogg, Hodge and Haddin. At the grand old ages of 43, 39 and 36, their inclusion dispels the notion that Twenty20 is a young man’s game.

Hogg could become the oldest man to play a Twenty20 international in Bangladesh and although he has the boundless energy of a younger man, he is ancient compared with the other specialist spinner, 20-year-old Victorian leggie James Muirhead.

Kenya’s Steve Tikolo, who was 42 when he played against Canada in November, is the oldest player in a Twenty20 international. ”It was good to see there will be someone older than me in the side so I won’t be referred to as grandpa,” said Hodge as his selection in the pivotal finishing role was confirmed.

Hodge’s recall has made him wonder how much cricket he might have played for Australia if Darren Lehmann and John Inverarity had been picking the teams during his lost years.

”Everyone thinks that [it’s a game for young players], but the brain takes over. It’s a special and important tool in T20 cricket,” said Hodge, who has played 222 Twenty20 games for a multitude of teams in India, England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh and is the format’s highest run-scorer.

”It’s a staggering amount, if I haven’t learnt something in that period of time there’s something wrong. Youngsters have to work it out. You ride on your skill and then all of a sudden a few demons enter your head, you’ve got to work it out.”

Hodge felt ”like a 20-year-old” when he broke a six-year international drought at the MCG a fortnight ago. ”When you look back, it hurts a little bit. You think, how can one regime look at it one way and another in a different manner? Runs are runs, performances are performances. But that was the path that was presented. You can’t wind back the clock.”

Hogg was Australia’s oldest player when it was blasted out of the World Twenty20 by Chris Gayle in the 2012 semi-final, and few thought he would be back. But as he turned in a virtuoso performance for Perth Scorchers with 2-17 in the BBL final, Mark Waugh declared he was still the best spinner in Australia.

Nor has the excitable spinner lost any of his cheek.

When Inverarity called, Hogg couldn’t help but tease about a Test comeback. ”I must admit I was a little bit cheeky with it,” Hogg said. ”Shaun’s [Shaun Marsh] obviously gone over there [to South Africa] with Watto [Shane Watson] injured, and I said: ‘So John, has [Nathan] Lyon gone down? You need another spinner for the Test team do you?’

”He said: ‘Don’t get too far ahead of yourself, settle down mate.”’

The selectors completed a hat-trick of golden oldies by picking Brad Haddin ahead of Matthew Wade. There was no room for finger-spinner Xavier Doherty, or for batsmen Chris Lynn, who performed well against England. All-rounder James Faulkner, out of the Test tour of South Africa because of knee surgery, is expected to be fit for the tournament.

The 15-player ICC World Twenty20 squad is:

George Bailey (Capt, Hobart Hurricanes)Dan Christian (Brisbane Heat)Nathan Coulter-Nile (Perth Scorchers)James Faulkner (Melbourne Stars)Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades)Brad Haddin (Sydney Sixers)Brad Hodge (Melbourne Stars)Brad Hogg (Perth Scorchers)Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)James Muirhead (Melbourne Stars)Mitchell Johnson (Brisbane Heat)Mitchell Starc (Sydney Sixers)David Warner (Sydney Thunder)Shane Watson (Brisbane Heat)Cameron White (Melbourne Stars)

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