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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tigers V Panthers in NRL Trial match at Kirkham Oval. Picture: Jonathan Ng

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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Green light for bigger backyard granny flats

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A granny flat and clothes hoist out the back of an Ainslie house. Photo: Graham Tidy Simon Corbell. Photo: Graham Tidy
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Homeowners in the ACT can now build larger granny flats in their backyards following the approval of an amendment to the city’s territory plan.

Secondary residences, most often referred to as granny flats, were limited to a size of 75 square metres under previous planning laws.

The ACT government has now approved an increase in size of the dwellings to 90 square metres following industry concern over the limitations of the previous size.

The technical amendment, which came into effect in mid-January, also contained changes to slightly relax the rigid solar rules on home building in the territory.

Variation 306 implemented solar access rules for new homes which were heavily criticised by the industry for creating complexity and additional cost to building a house.

The variation also made it easier for Canberrans to build a secondary residence by removing eligibility conditions on the then termed “habitable suites” or re-locatable units.

Planning Minister Simon Corbell said the increase in size would help builders meet the adaptable housing standards for a variety of layouts, including two-bedroom dwellings. “This means anyone can occupy a secondary residence and provides for more affordable housing options,” he said.

Secondary residences up to 90 square metres can be built on blocks that are a minimum of 500 square metres. While they can be rented out they cannot be separately titled or sold.

Housing Industry Association ACT south eastern NSW executive director Neil Evans said the increase in size would allow a second bedroom to comfortably fit into the dwelling and provide more manoeuvrability.

He said under the previous size restriction it had been difficult to design homes to meet adaptability standards. But he said the government should go further in its laws surrounding secondary residences to allow a small townhouse to be built and also enable the subdivision of blocks on a separate title or lease.

He said this was particularly relevant in the established suburbs of Canberra where houses sat on very large blocks of land.

“That is going to meet the government’s policy on the 50 per cent higher density in brownfield sites,” Mr Evans said.

He said it would allow a bit of flexibility with dwelling types and encourage the construction of small townhouse dwellings, which the territory lacked.

ACT Shelter executive officer Leigh Watson said any decision that made it easier to build a secondary residence was welcomed.

This concession to planning laws follows a decision made in 2013 to remove the lease variation charge imposed on such projects.

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Hands on: Fetch TV IPTV box

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Fetch TV personal video recorder for free-to-air and subscription IPTV.Recording free-to-air and pay TV, with minimal monthly fees, makes Fetch TV one of Australia’s most attractive lounge room companions.
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Fetch TV is one of Australia’s online subscription video services which has risen up in the last few years to challenge Foxtel. Fetch TV doesn’t sell direct to the public, you can only buy a Fetch TV set-top box through a handful of ISPs; iiNet, Internode, Optus, Westnet, Adam Internet and TransACT.

Deals vary between ISPs, but generally you can buy the Fetch TV box outright for $299 or else rent it for $9.95 per month on a 24 month contract (although you don’t own it at the end of the contract). If you buy the Fetch TV box outright you still need to pay $4.95 per month for the basic free-to-air service, which lets you plug in your aerial and record two channels at once while watching a third. That third channel can be from any network, not just one of the networks you’re recording.

PAYING FOR A BETTER EPG

Some people might balk at the thought of paying a monthly fee to watch so-called free-to-air television, but in return the box has access to a customised Electronic Program Guide which is far more reliable than the EPG embedded in the broadcast signal.

Any Personal Video Recorder which relies on the EPG embedded in the broadcast signal is going to let you down if you’re trying to automatically record your favourite shows each week. For example one week the The Big Bang Theory might be called The Big Bang Theory (Includes sneak peek – Power Games – The Packer Murdoch Story), which means your PVR won’t record it because the name doesn’t match. You can thank the commercial free-to-air networks for this mess.

The way to get around this problem is to use a PVR which downloads a hand-curated EPG, one which someone has edited to ensure that every episode of The Big Bang Theory is recognised as the same show and all the metadata is intact. Other Australian PVRs which offer a hand-curated EPG – such as the Telstra T-Box, Foxtel iQ2 or an IceTV-compatible recorder – also charge a monthly fee. The exception to the rule is TiVo, which charges a monthly fee in the US but not in Australia. Here TiVo’s local backers decided to incorporate the fee into the one-off cost of the box.

After pricing itself out of the market TiVo is now dead in Australia, so perhaps the subscription model will have more success. There’s currently a TiVo at the heart of my lounge room but I’m on the lookout for a replacement and I think Fetch TV might be the box for the job.

DON’T MISS YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS

In terms of core PVR features Fetch TV can stand toe-to-toe with TiVo and outshines off-the-shelf competitors from consumer electronics giants such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and LG. With Fetch TV you’ve the ability to create a Series Tag to automatically record your favourite shows each week, with global and custom padding so they start recording early and run over in case the show is running late. It doesn’t just blindly record the same timeslot and hope for the best, it actually checks the TV schedule for changes every day.

Other PVRs might promise Season Pass-style features, which check the guide, but they can’t be trusted if they’re relying on the flaky EPG embedded in the broadcast signal. Unfortunately, unlike the TiVo, Fetch TV can’t create Series Tags based around specific actors or keywords – which is frustrating if you only want to record the football when your team is playing.

The Fetch TV box features a generous 1 TB hard drive, but more impressive are its intelligent storage management options, which again are on par with the TiVo. You can tell Fetch TV to only keep the last few episodes of a show, so it doesn’t take up too much space. Alternatively you can keep every episode but automatically delete the oldest if you’re short on space. Otherwise you can keep them all and only delete them manually.

Such flexibility means the hard drive should never fill up, so you won’t miss recording your favourite show due to lack of space. To me intelligent storage management is one of the most important aspects of a PVR and the reason I’ve favoured TiVo for so long.

Fetch TV’s inclusion of three TV tuners also offers intelligent conflict management, so you still catch the beginning and end of recordings even if they overlap. You can also prioritise Season Tags, to tell the box that Homeland is more important than The Octonauts. You don’t have the ability to only record first-run episodes and not repeats, but this is on the roadmap. Fetch TV is smart enough not to record the same episode twice, unlike my TiVo, which is handy when it comes to kids’ shows.

In terms of free-to-air television Fetch TV’s only major shortcoming is the lack of ad-skipping, but I don’t see this as a deal-breaker. One of the reasons I can live with the lack of ad-skipping on my TiVo is that when I press play after fast-forwarding through an ad break it automatically jumps back a few seconds to allow for my slow reflexes. I’m told this feature is coming to Fetch TV as well, which would make the lack of ad-skipping much more tolerable.

EASY TO USE?

Usability has always been one of TiVo’s strong points, making it a great option for less-tech-savvy friends and relatives. Fetch TV is a lot more user-friendly than something like a convoluted Beyonwiz, but it still falls short of the TiVo and Telstra T-Box’s slick and easy-to-use menus. Fetch TV’s interface is a rather drab grey, it really could do with a makeover. I’m a technobogan so I don’t care much about appearances, but a more attractive and colour-coded interface might be less daunting for new users.

While they’re at it they could revamp the remote control, which is also a little busy and would benefit from more colour coding. If you’ve got poor eyesight you’ll struggle to distinguish the volume buttons from the channel buttons. The central button with the paw symbol, designed to call up the onscreen menus, doesn’t work if you’ve just changed channels and the Now/Next information is still visible. Such an odd limitation will certainly frustrate and confuse some users. A “Live TV” button would also be a nice touch for people who like to keep things simple. UPDATE: I assumed that paw button acted like the TiVo button to call up the menus, but it’s actually an Enter button. Press it when no menus are on the screen and it calls up the menus, thus my confusion. So people will figure this out, others won’t.

Fetch TV’s onscreen menus could also do with a tweak. In an effort to make life easier, the menus feature a “My Stuff” tab. This offers easy access to your recordings, rented movies and network devices such as a Plex server. This sounds useful, but what it actually means is that these features aren’t where you’d logically expect to find them.

Look under the TV tab and there’s no option to watch shows you’ve recorded. Look under Movies and there’s no list of your active rentals. It’s a nice idea, but the My Stuff tab actually makes life more complicated if you’re migrating from another PVR. Including these options under My Stuff as well as where they logically belong might help.

On the plus side, once you’ve found your list of recorded shows you’ll find they’re sorted into folders. Within each folder, episodes are listed not only by name but also by series and episode number (another benefit of that hand-curated EPG). It even ticks the episodes you’ve watched and there’s the option to resume playback if you stopped in the middle.

When you press record it takes a few seconds to kick in and it doesn’t add what’s already in the buffer. I’d really like to see an onscreen timeline, stretching across the bottom of the screen, which makes it easy to see how far you are into a recording and how far you are behind a live broadcast during chasing playback. UPDATE: It’s there, but you don’t see it all the time. It doesn’t appear when you press Play or Pause, but you can see it in the Now/Next bar when you fast-forward or rewind.

If you’re running a few minutes behind live – perhaps you paused for five minutes to answer the phone – the PVR doesn’t stop you if you forget that you’re time-shifting and start to channel-flick. Switch back to what you were watching and it’s jumped to live, so you’ve lost that five minutes in the buffer. To be fair almost every PVR is guilty of this, but it’s annoying. Unlike TiVo, even if you’re recording the channel you can’t rewind to watch that lost five minutes. Overall Fetch TV’s chasing playback feature feels a little rough around the edges.

PAY TV AND RENTALS OVER THE INTERNET

Fetch TV is an impressive free-to-air PVR but what really helps it stand out from the crowd is that you’ve the option to pay for IPTV subscription packages. You can pause, rewind or record these channels just the same as the free-to-air channels. This is a lot more useful than the Foxtel channels on Telstra’s T-Box or the Xbox 360, which are watch-only and can’t be time-shifted or recorded.

The choice of subscription channels on the Fetch TV service is rather underwhelming compared to Foxel on T-Box or a full Foxtel service, but if you’re just after a few general entertainment channels then they might meet your needs. In my book the TV1-style TVH!ts is the only channel worth getting excited about. The rest of the Entertainment package ($15 or $20 depending on your ISP)  is a mix of sport, music, docos, lifestyle and kids. You’ll also find extra sport and world movie options.

If you’re looking for Showcase, FX, Syfy, Fox8, Arena or live AFL/NRL then you’re going to be disappointed. Shows on TVH!ts are still crammed with ads, most of them for other Foxtel channels which you can’t get on Fetch TV.

In my home I don’t think it’s worth paying extra for subscription TV channels, but it’s nice to know the option is there on the Fetch TV. It’s also good to know that Fetch TV is no longer reliant on multicasting in order to deliver its full spread of services, so customers on a Telstra Wholesale DSLAM have access to the same content as everyone else. Now the NBN is a fragmented mess it’s hard to know which homes will have access to multicasting features.

Other Fetch TV internet features include the ability to rent new release movies, plus there’s free access to an ever-changing library of 30 movies – with a nice mix of old and new that offers something for everyone. With only 2500 movies in total, the library falls short of what you’ll find on something like the Apple TV. Yet Fetch TV also lets you watch Catch Up TV from the ABC and SBS along with other online music and video services, depending on your ISP. The box is also a DLNA client with broad format support, letting you stream video from your computer or Network Attached Storage drive. Most of the data consumed by Fetch TV should be unmetered, but once again this can vary between ISPs so check the fine print.

Fetch TV’s cross-platform search features are also impressive, letting you simultaneously search through the TV guide, your recorded content and the online movie store. Incorporating Catch Up TV listings is also on the roadmap. Unfortunately the actual search page feels rather clunky and would be assisted by predictive search.

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The icing on the cake for Fetch TV is an impressive iOS/Android app. Along with scheduling recordings remotely, it also lets you lets you stream recordings from the box to your handheld gadgets over wi-fi – perfect for people who want to access the Fetch TV’s hard drive from the bedroom. You can also watch the live subscription IPTV channels over wi-fi or 3G, but not the like free-to-air channels (thanks to the Optus case). You can’t even get around this by pressing record on the Fetch TV and using chasing playback on your mobile device, because you can’t stream recordings in progress. Unfortunately you can’t stream recordings to another Fetch TV box elsewhere in the house either, a feature which is creeping into mainstream gear from the likes of Panasonic.

One surprising omission is the box’s lack of built-in wi-fi. If you can’t run Ethernet to your lounge room then you’ll need to use either a wireless bridge or Powerline AV adaptor. They should be available as optional extras when you buy the Fetch TV, but you’ve the freedom to use your own solution. The lack of support for a USB wi-fi dongle is surprising, but Fetch TV tells me that it’s concerned about wi-fi dongle with the streaming IPTV channels.

SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?

Fetch TV ticks a lot of boxes for the modern lounge room. As a TiVo user there are little frustrations but if you’re looking for a TiVo replacement then Fetch TV or a Foxtel iQ2 are most likely to impress you in terms of core PVR features.

It’s true that some of the IceTV-compatible recorders are slick, such as the Humax 7510T, but the schism between local and remote EPG and scheduling options can be frustrating. The Fetch TV EPG is tightly integrated into the box, just like a TiVo or iQ2, so you’ve got full functionality whether you’re holding the remote control or your smartphone. IceTV is talking about releasing its own PVR this year to address these issues, but Fetch TV has set the bar pretty high.

Fetch TV’s movie service isn’t as broad as Apple’s. The subscription channel options are very disappointing compared to Foxtel’s. But as an all-in-one box Fetch TV is hard to beat. Even if you don’t care about pay TV, which I don’t, you might find it’s worth the money just for a reliable free-to-air PVR with remote scheduling and streaming along with the added bonus of Catch Up TV, movie rentals and DLNA streaming support.

If you’re in the market for a new PVR and your ISP offers Fetch TV, you should consider it the benchmark which other devices must meet before they deserve a spot in your lounge room.

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Parents not as uncool online as previously thought

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Owling: strange things happen on the internet. Photo: Bruce Clay/FlickrAs a parent if you don’t know your planking from your owling, then today is the day to get up to speed with all things internet – it is international Safer Internet Day.
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According to new research commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, 78 per cent of all young people said that they were most likely to turn to their parents as their main source of information if they had an issue relating to online safety.

This is at odds with the commonly held belief that kids would not regard their parents as being knowledgeable enough to assist with these issues. The high response rate does, however, underscore the need for parents to be informed about online safety issues.

Online safety for their children is a vexed issue for many parents. Kids are no longer allowed to play on the streets of their neighborhoods for fear of the dangers that exist outside the home. Keeping kids inside has led to increased use of computers where dangers exist but present in different ways. The ACMA research found only 5 per cent of parents had no concerns in relation to their children’s cyber safety, while 70 per cent were concerned about exposure to inappropriate content, 69 per cent concerned about unwanted contact from strangers and 63 per cent worried about cyberbullying.

It is these widespread concerns that has driven this government’s focus on educating parents. To that end, earlier this week Paul Fletcher, parliamentary secretary to the Communications Minister, announced the release of a new online resource for parents, Chatterbox.

“It is important that parents feel confident and capable to answer questions their children have about the Internet. Chatterbox will equip parents with the information to initiate conversations about online experiences,” Mr Fletcher said.

Mr Fletcher has taken a special interest in the online safety area and recently released a discussion paper about proposed policy measures, featuring:

–         establishing a children’s e-safety commissioner as a focal point for all government activity in the area;

–         developing a complaints system to get harmful material down from social media sites faster;

–         examining the need for a simplified cyberbullying offence.

The e-safety commissioner and the process to fast-track the removal of harmful material has raised the ire of the likes of Yahoo!7, Facebook, Google and Twitter – who claim the proposals are an attack on free speech. Fletcher seems unmoved by the challenge, simply focusing on the mantra that “the Government is committed to protecting children from online dangers.”

Submissions in relation the discussion paper, Enhancing Online Safety for Children close on 7 March.

With the proliferation of smart mobile devices now, it is not possible to simply follow the old advice of “just keep the computer in a family room so you can see what the kids are doing”. Kids can access the internet everywhere these days. So the best advice is to have a constant dialogue with your kids to understand what they are up to online and try to set boundaries that they buy into.

Safer Internet Day is as good a day as any to start or continue these conversations with your kids. Plus it is easier to embrace the activities of Safer Internet Day than it is to get excited about 9 April – International Be Kind to Lawyers Day.

Nick Abrahams is the APAC Technology Practice Leader with global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright and a technology investor. Nick has been on the Government’s Online Safety Consultative Working Group for over 4 years. The group provides advice to government on online safety issues.Follow Nick on Twitter

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Accident-prone US sledder ‘stuck in Sochi lift’

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If there was a gold medal for getting into scrapes at the Sochi winter Olympics, it would surely have already gone to US bobsleigh team member Johnny Quinn.

Two days after using his “bobsleigh push” skills to smash a hole in a door to escape a Sochi hotel bathroom when the door jammed, he found himself stuck in a lift.

Quinn had spent the morning on a media tour of the US networks to explain quite how he managed to smash the gaping hole in the Sochi door using his own strength alone.

The episode garnered huge interest, coming amid keen attention on the standard of accommodation for athletes and media.

But a few hours later, he tweeted: “No one is going to believe this but we just got stuck in an elevator.”

The pictures taken by teammates — who will know who not to take the lift with next time — showed Quinn again trying to use his brute strength to prise open the doors.

After such a debut at Sochi 2014 before his own event has even started, the question now is…. Where will Quinn’s next adventure take him?

Chances are you will find out about it on @JohnnyQuinnUSA

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Partnership a win-win for Charles Sturt University and Anson St School

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A conversation between Charles Sturt University lecturer in physiotherapy Kay Skinner and Anson Street School physiotherapist Jennie Kempson in 2011 has resulted in a rewarding ongoing partnership between CSU and Anson Street School.
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Every year since, physiotherapy students from Charles Sturt University have had the opportunity to undertake a five-week final-year placement in paediatric physiotherapy at the school, under the supervision of both Kay and Jennie.

Final-year physiotherapy students Rebecca Norris, Yongmin Jin and Sophie Szabo have recently started their five-week placement at the school.

Rebecca and Sophie have been studying physiotherapy at CSU in Albury, while Yongmin has studied in both Albury and Orange.

During their time at Anson Street School, Rebecca, Yong and Sophie will be assessing, consulting, and treating students from the school in both group and individual sessions.

There are other highlights to their time at the school as well – getting to know the wonderful staff and students at the school, and participating in school activities, especially the ever-popular sailing on Lake Canobolas.

CSU supervisor Kay Skinner highlights the huge benefits to all concerned.

“Over the three years, the physiotherapy students and I have been privileged to learn with, and from, the children and staff of Anson Street School as we have provided them with physiotherapy services,” she said.

“We are constantly impressed by how welcoming, positive and respectful the staff and students of Anson Street School are, both with each other and also everybody else who enters the school.”

Kay has calculated that, so far, CSU has been able to provide 2800 hours of volunteer physiotherapy services to the school’s students, while also providing physiotherapy students with hands-on opportunities to learn about working with children with disabilities.

This partnership between CSU and Anson Street School is a win-win for all involved.

CSU physiotherapy student Rebecca Norris works with Anson St School student Ivy during a gross motor skills group. Photo contributed

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Bendigo MP hits out at ‘wasteful’ union inquiry

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Federal Member forBendigo Lisa Chesterssays the government’s Royal Commission into union corruption is unnecessary anda waste of money.
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Ms Chesters criticised the government’s motives in setting up the Commission, labelling it a “cynical attack on their own political opponents”.

She said any wrong-doing or illegal activity should be investigated by the police, in conjunction with Fairwork Australia.

“It is frustratingthat there’s so much focus by this governmenton trying to bring down their opponents and union-affiliated members,” she said.

“It’s a political exercise. It’s money that could be better spent elsewhere.”

Ms Chesters, a former representative of the United Voice union, said a Royal Commission was the wrong outlet to investigate corruption and would not have the powers to lead toconvictions.

“Where there is a case of corruption – and they’re rare cases – let the police do their jobs,” she said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Commission would work with the police to pursue cases of intimidation, corruption and stand-over tactics.

“There is no reason why a Royal Commission cannot run concurrently with police investigations and indeed prosecutions,” he said.

“One of the problems that we’ve got here is that the police traditionally have tended to stand back from industrial matters.”

Mr Abbott said the broad-reaching commission would fulfill the government’s election promise to look into union slush funds.

He said it would extend to theAustralian Workers Union, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Electrical Trades Union, Health Services Union and the Transport Workers Union.

“This Royal Commission is designed to shine a great big spotlight into the dark corners of our community to ensure that honest workers and honest businesses get a fair go,” he said.

The opposition has suggested the Commission could cost up to $100million.

Ms Chesters said that was an exorbitant amount that would better tospendon supporting jobs.

“What would you prefer it spent on?An assistance package for SPC, assistance for creating jobs in our region, or an inquiry into union officials?”

A 2003 Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry cost tens of millions of dollars.

It resulted in the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which was later disbanded by the Labor government.

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