Sydney import Josh Childress capable of leading Kings towards NBL crown

An NBL import needs to have two things – the ability to drastically improve his team and box office appeal. Sydney Kings forward Josh Childress has both.
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Judging by his NBL debut, Childress has the attributes to improve Sydney’s chances of making the finals, perhaps even challenge for the crown, while also dragging casual fans back to the Kingdome.

He was a class above everyone else on the court in the 86-83 home win over Wollongong last Saturday night.

Childress filled up the box score, finishing the game with 26 points, eight rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks. More importantly, he made his teammates better, something last season’s NBA recruit, Sam Young, didn’t always do even though his own stats were usually impressive.

The former Atlanta and Phoenix veteran unselfishly did not appear to be trying to dominate but he controlled proceedings often simply with his presence. The Hawks defenders always knew where he was and their focus on Childress led to a few easy buckets for his fellow forward, Tom Garlepp, who was Sydney’s next highest scorer with 20 on 8/11 shooting.

Due in no small part to the interest created by Childress’ debut, a crowd of 6928 created a rousing atmosphere at the Entertainment Centre. They’ll all be back this season and if the wins keep coming, they’ll be joined by many more from Sydney’s unfailingly fickle sports fan base.

Encouragingly for Kings fans, it was the kind of match they would have lost last year. Repeatedly. In fact they lost all four clashes with their NSW rivals in 2013-14, usually out-hustled and out-muscled by Hawks players proudly wearing a chip on their shoulders against their higher-profile counterparts up the freeway.

Was this just a flash in the pan, yet another false dawn for frustrated Kings fans? Or was this the opening step in the storied franchise’s return to the playoffs after last season’s pathetic fade-out to a disappointing 12-16 record and sixth place.

Granted, it’s only a small sample size but these Kings look to be made of sterner stuff.

Garlepp has continued his rapid improvement from last season, new centre Angus Brandt overcame a shaky start to show he will be a presence in the paint and shooting guard Ben Madgen played his role effectively – now that he doesn’t have to handle the ball as much, he can start hitting his outside shot more regularly like he did two seasons ago when he made the All-NBL first team..

Sydney’s only sour note on opening night was the performance of their other import, point guard Kendrick Perry.

The word from the Kings camp was that Perry was extremely nervous in his NBL debut going up against the more-experience former league MVP in Gary Ervin. Perry got into early foul trouble and never found his groove with only four points on 2/9 shooting in less than 20 minutes on court. However, he did feed some nice passes into Childress, who found the bottom of the net with seven of his 11 field goal attempts.

If Perry can strike up a good combination with his fellow American so Childress doesn’t have to continually create his own shot, he will probably average more than the 26 points he dished up for his opening match in the Australian ranks.

In another good sign for the NBL’s bid to regrow the game, there was an air of unpredictability over the first round of the NBL season. Last year there was an inevitability about Perth winning the title from early in the season. It was just one loss but the Wildcats’ heavy defeat in their fortress-like home gym at the hands of the New Zealand Breakers was a good sign for the competition overall even if the 12,000 plus fans in red shirts went home with faces to match.

And nobody predicted a coach would head for the exit after the first weekend with Chris Anstey sensationally parting ways with Melbourne United after their drubbing at the hands of surprise competition leaders Cairns.

It’s never easy to predict how the Kings will fare week to week, let alone for an entire season, but the early signs were promising that Childress can be the catalyst for this team to become a legitimate title contender.

Taking it to the poll … 

The first Double Dribble poll of the new season asked who will win the NBL title  and it resulted in Perth as the clear favourite from the 1500-plus votes with Sydney, the Breakers and Melbourne the best of the rest.

Court told Daniel Fing used baseball bat in attack on female acquaintance

A 2006 file photo of Daniel Fing.A DRUG-fuelled sleepover ended badly for a female acquaintance of Daniel Fing who says she was beaten about the head with a baseball bat by Mr Fing when she tried to leave.
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The 28-year-old, Tugba Zuban, has told police she was involved in a fractured, intimate relationship with Mr Fing which revolved around the purchase and use of heroin.

She had a boyfriend at the time but she nonetheless sometimes slept with Mr Fing who was living in Belmont North at the time, in October of 2012.

According to her statement to police, tendered in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday as part of the brief of evidence, Ms Zuban, 28, said she woke up and felt sick on October 22 and announced to Mr Fing she was leaving.

As she got up to leave she allegedly felt a blow to the back of her head and she turned to see Mr Fing holding a steel baseball bat with two hands. Ms Zuban said she screamed, then he swung and hit her in the forehead.

He then swung the bat a third time, hitting her in her right arm.

Mr Fing’s mother came to her aid but she did not go to hospital straight away, she said.

When she did attend Belmont Hospital a couple of days later, requiring stitches, she said she had fallen down some stairs. It was not until five days later when she decided that Mr Fing did not show any remorse that she reported the incident to police, she said.

Mr Fing, 30, was committed to face trial in the Newcastle District Court and has not entered a plea to the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He remains in custody until his next appearance via video link in the local court on a separate charge.

Medibank Private boss George Savvides says people paying too much for a range of surgeries

Medibank Private chief executive George Savvides says ”Australia cannot afford to let healthcare costs get out of control”. Photo: Mal Fairclough Medibank Private chief executive George Savvides says ”Australia cannot afford to let healthcare costs get out of control”. Photo: Mal Fairclough
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Medibank Private chief executive George Savvides says ”Australia cannot afford to let healthcare costs get out of control”. Photo: Mal Fairclough

Medibank Private chief executive George Savvides says ”Australia cannot afford to let healthcare costs get out of control”. Photo: Mal Fairclough

Medibank Private managing director George Savvides has said Australians overpay for common surgeries such as hip replacements and caesarean sections, as the health insurer ramps up its campaign to put a lid on private hospital costs before its $4 billion-plus float.

Across the $19 billion health insurance industry the cost of medical claims is rising faster than revenue from membership premiums. As the government-owned insurer approaches its December initial public offering, Mr Savvides has made no secret of his goal to rein in the amount it pays to private hospitals for care.

Medibank’s ability to put the squeeze on hospitals as a way to boost future earnings is expected to be a key selling point in the insurer’s prospectus, which is due to be lodged with the corporate regulator early next week.

Mr Savvides will meet potential investors next week before travelling overseas in the coming weeks to promote the float, which banks have said could reap between $4.1 billion and $5.7 billion

He also gave a presentation about the sale to staff in Sydney on Wednesday, but declined to provide further comment about the process. The float’s pre-registration closed on Wednesday.

Mr Savvides told a conference that “Australia cannot afford to let healthcare costs get out of control”.

“We’re seeing [customers] who are saying to us … ‘I’m finding it hard either to afford the constancy of health insurance premium increases, year on year, and also I’m tempted to downgrade my cover’,” he said.

Medical claims account for about 87 per cent of Medibank’s $5.6 billion in annual premium revenue.

The insurer, which has a market share of about 30 per cent, has recently begun promoting new “quality and affordability criteria” in contract negotiations with hospitals. Mr Savvides has previously said Medibank does not need to contract with all of the country’s private hospitals.

He told the Australian Healthcare Summit that the insurer’s move from just “paying bills” to having a greater say in where and how its members are treated has riled some in the medical industry. “That’s raised a few eyebrows,” he said.

Mr Savvides pointed to 2013 data from the International Federation of Health Plans, which show the average costs for a range of surgeries. He said he was “worried” that on some measures Australia is in line with the US, which spends 18 per cent of gross domestic product on healthcare, compared to Australia’s 10 per cent.

“There are some things we don’t really want to do well against in terms of US comparatives,” he said.

A hip replacement in Australia was $US26,297 ($30,116), compared to $US26,489 in the US, but just $US19,011 in New Zealand and $US19,722 in the Netherlands, according to the data.

Caesarean sections, which account for about a third of births locally, cost $US10,263. In the US the same procedure cost $US15,240, compared to $US5492 in the Netherlands.

Mr Savvides said Australia performed much better on the cost of a day in hospital, which was $US1308 last year, compared to $US2491 in New Zealand and $US4293 in the US.

But the rising claims costs faced by insurers is not just a function of hospitals charging more, which the providers argue is underpinned by the rising cost of labour and medical supplies.

The jump is also due to an increase in the utilisation of healthcare. Mr Savvides said some of that care could be avoided by having a better functioning healthcare system. Medibank is running a trial in Victoria to better manage the care of chronically ill patients.

Across the industry, patients often described as “frequent flyers” are responsible for a large proportion of an insurer’s outgoing costs. About 2.2 per cent of its 3.8 million members account for 35 per cent of hospital and medical expenditure and 70 per cent of this group have a chronic disease.

Correction: This article has been corrected to remove a reference to Mr Savvides meeting potential investors this week.

Ebola outbreak: Frontier jet made 5 flights before being taken out of service

US-based Frontier Airlines said Wednesday it thoroughly cleaned a plane that carried a Dallas health care worker the day before an Ebola diagnosis.
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Denver-based Frontier issued a statement in response to news that the unidentified health care worker flew Monday on Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth with 132 passengers.

Ebola front line hard to walk away from for Cook Hill Red Cross nurse Libby Bowell

The airline said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contact all the passengers on the flight.

The passenger “exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on Flight 1143, according to the crew,” Frontier said.

The Airbus A320 that carried the health care worker was put away for the night on Monday after it carried the woman from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. But Tuesday morning the plane was flown back to Cleveland and then to Fort Lauderdale, back to Cleveland and then to Atlanta and finally back again to Cleveland, according to Daniel Baker, the chief executive of the flight monitoring siteFlightaware上海龙凤论坛m.

He said his data does not include any passenger manifests, so he cannot tell how many total passengers flew on the plane Tuesday.

In a statement, Frontier Airlines said the plane was taken out of service on Tuesday after the carrier was notified by the CDC that the aircraft had carried an Ebola patient.

The health care worker also had flown to Cleveland from Dallas three days earlier on Frontier Flight 1142, the airline reported.

In response to the news that another Ebola patient flew on a commercial flight, the union that represents 60,000 flight attendants on 19 airlines is asking the CDC to monitor and care for the four flight attendants who were on flight from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth.

The Association of Flight Attendants “will continue to press that crew members are regularly monitored and provided with any additional resources that may be required,” the group said.

The Ebola scare prompted the union last week to call for better measures to protect flight attendants from exposure to the deadly disease.

The group’s international president, Sara Nelson, suggested that flight attendants are being asked to do too much in the fight against Ebola.

“We are not, however, professional health care providers and our members have neither the extensive training nor the specialised personal protective equipment required for handling an Ebola patient,” she said in a statement.

Earlier this month, United Airlines was rushing to contact passengers who flew on two flights that carried a Liberian man infected with Ebola from Brussels to Washington, DC, and then to Dallas.

The Ebola-stricken health care worker who flew on Frontier had been treating the Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who has since died.

Airline-industry stock prices have taken a beating in recent weeks, with some analysts blaming the Ebola scare.

On Wednesday, stocks of Delta Air Lines and American Airlinesfell more than 6 per cent in early trading before partially recovering. With less than 90 minutes remaining in the regular trading session, the two stocks were each down about 2 percent from Tuesday’s closes. Frontier is privately held.

iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 details leaked … by Apple

Leaked: features of the soon-to-be-announced iPads include a Touch ID sensor Photo: 9to5Mac Further screens reveal the iPad Air 2 can take images in burst mode. Photo: 9to5Mac
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An apparent error on Apple’s part has prematurely detailed a new line of iPads ahead of the company’s unveiling event Friday, with images of the devices appearing in the iTunes store.

Named iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, the images confirm that the pair of tablets will include a Touch ID sensor integrated into the home button, but that their design will largely remain unchanged.

An image of the iPad Air 2 also indicates it will be capable of taking images in burst mode, a feature included in the iPhone since the 5s model.

The details appeared in screenshots for a guide to iOS 8.1, the operating system upgrade which is also expected to be unveiled Friday. The premature screens were live in the iTunes store for around an hour after they were first picked up and published on 9to5Mac. Apple then appeared to have removed them but the guide still showed images detailing iOS 8 at time of writing.

The leak follows a long tradition of Apple device details emerging before release, although the apparent leaker is rarely so directly associated with the company. The details come at an uncannily inopportune time for rival Google, which today announced its latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as a range of devices that will be in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and Apple TV.

Beyond the all-but-confirmed inclusion of Touch ID and the return of a numbered naming convention for iPads, the tablets are widely expected to include a faster A8X processor, an anti-glare screen and the option of a gold case. Announcements at Friday’s event are also rumoured to include the launch of OS X Yosemite and new iMacs.

Top five weirdest TV series showcased at Mipcom

Chasing flies around a padded cell? Watching toilet tubes sing? The state of television is parlous enough, but with a slew of strange and seemingly ridiculous formats on show at the annual Mipcom market, you can only wonder how far we are from watching paint dry.
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Mipcom – or, more formally, Marche International des Programmes de Communication – is television’s giant European shopping mall. In physical terms it’s like the Easter Show: pavilions, showbags and a myriad of sideshow alleys.

But in business terms it’s a crucible in which billions of dollars worth of TV deals are done. Many are for quite substantial things: the Idols, the X Factors and a slew of inventive, original scripted programming. But somewhere in the swirl of madness are some of the most truly ridiculous TV shows you will ever find.

Which brings us, as the market closes for another year, to the dishonour roll: the weird, wonderful highlights of the back alleys of the market.

Man vs Fly

Exactly as it sounds, this reality format puts a man inside a padded room with a fly so the audience can watch them quietly go bonkers attempting to swat it. There is a UK version in development with expert commentary provided by Australian “competitive fly swatting champion” Pat Cowell. It will feature celebrities, such as Pineapple Dance Studios’ Louie Spence. Fortunately it’s short – the episodes are three minutes long. The series is backed by Sony Pictures Television.

Minimello

Described by its marketers as “The Voice with toilet rolls” this is Sweden’s answer to The Voice Kids, in which audience members fashion puppets out of cardboard inner tubes retrieved from used toilet rolls and send them into the show. They are then featured as either audience members or singers. The series launched in 2010 in Sweden and is, to be fair, pitched at kids. But it has become a hit, drawing more than 1 million votes every week in a country with a population of only 10 million people.

Release The Hounds

Fancy being chased through a dark woodland at night by ferocious dogs and, possibly, eaten to death? Welcome to a format billed as a “horror game show”. Three contestants begin each episode, tasked to make their way through a forest so they can unlock treasure chests. On their tail, a handful of set-up scares, including the eponymous releasing of “the hounds”. This also comes from Sony Pictures Television. A version airs on ITV2 in the UK.

Love Prison

Doesn’t that sound fun? From A&E Networks, this is Survivor meets The Bachelor with a prospective couple dumped in a remote location, and forced to cohabit in a small cabin which has been rigged with hidden cameras. It’s true romance meets going off the grid, intended to see how the couple survive in an extreme scenario.

Celebrity Pole Dancing

You’ve seen them dance, dive, get fit, get fat and sit, plonked on the Big Brother couch. But now you can see celebrities pole dance. One from the “you didn’t know you needed to until a small production company told you so” files, this is exactly what it sounds like: celebrities gyrating on poles, hoping to be declared the poliest pole dancer of them all. The show comes from Newen Network Distribution and Imagina Sales in the Netherlands.

In truth, there are thousands of formats on offer at Mipcom, and few crack the big time. An Australian version of Celebrity Pole Dancing is unlikely to surface anytime soon, though the Man vs Fly and Release The Hounds formats, despite being bizarre, did command some serious discussions in the bars and cafes of Cannes’ Boulevard de la Croisette.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of Mipcom has been the emergence of scripted formats as genuinely hot properties in television. For the reality TV format buyers who have historically come to Cannes to outsource their research and development to smarter minds in Scandinavia, that’s been bad news all round. Everyone used to chase the “hot” reality format, but in truth each successive market yields fewer interesting options.

Scripted content, meanwhile, has become a hot property at the market.

Among the scripted series which seemed to make the most noise were the Swedish thriller 100 Code, from Red Arrow, which stars actors Dominic Monaghan and Michael Nyqvist as detectives from opposite sides of the world paired to tackle a murder investigation.

BBC Worldwide, meanwhile, unveiled The Refugees, a science-fiction thriller which tackles a widespread global issue in an extremely inventive way: 3 billion people flee an apocalyptic event in the Earth’s future by travelling back in time to our present.

And the new US drama Wayward Pines, from Fox International Channels, brought a touch of Hollywood to the market, with director/producer M. Night Shyamalan and actor Matt Dillon turning up to spruik their series about a secret service agent who finds himself trapped in a too-perfect small town which is nothing like it seems.

After four days, during which about 12,000 attendees trawlthrough content from some 1700 exhibitors, the Mipcom market effectively wraps up later today. As the last stragglers wander through the Palais des Festivals, many will leave with the market’s overarching theme on their minds: barriers between platforms and screens are breaking down rapidly.

“It isn’t about the size of the screen,” Anne Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney ABC Television Group, said during her keynote speech. “Sometimes it’s about the experience. Sometimes that can be inspired by a relationship, and sometimes by your relationship to the content we’re giving you.”

One can only presume she hadn’t seen Man vs Fly.

The Block proves competition’s tough

SOME WIN, SOME LOSE: Contestants of The Block 2014. Set in Melbourne, the show may have proved that the housing market in that city is cooling.THE Block Glasshouse auction last Sunday night illustrated the highs and lows of renovating to sell.
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Two contestant couples had a stunning result, selling hundreds of thousands of dollars above reserve, while the other three struggled to reach the reserve, eventually selling for just a tad over.

For the latter, it was a lot of hard work and a long time away from family and jobs for little result.

But as Scotty Cam said on the night – from The Block’s perspective – the show was a competition to win $100,000.

Anything more the couples took home above that was a bonus.

Three couples, though, were very disappointed – and understandably so.

I wonder if the reserves set on all of the apartments were a little optimistic. Watching each auction, it certainly appeared so.

Perhaps the take home is that the Melbourne property market is coming off the boil.

It will be interesting to see the location of the next Block in 2015.

Newy would be just perfect!

Are silent sales good?

IF you were selling your car, how would you go about marketing it? Would you give it to a dealer or sell it yourself?

Either way, would your marketing strategy aim to hit the widest target market, or would you adopt a narrow marketing strategy to save on costs?

It’s an interesting question vendors of property face every time they decide to sell.

If they are a supporter of a wider marketing campaign, encompassing database, web and print, their agent could actively steer towards a multi-platform strategy.

But if they are not, they could advocate what is called a “silent listing”.

What that means is that they only want to market towards their database clients and they may not even advocate signage.

This can be a good strategy if you have reasons for hiding that you are selling. Celebrities are a good example of people who go for silent sales. Also, people who are fearful of neighbours or the general public finding out their personal business.

This can sometimes be in times of stress, such as divorce or bankruptcy.

But generally, are silent listings a good idea?

One thing to consider is whether or not the agent’s database is as large as they claim, or if it is up to date with genuine, ready-to-buy, qualified buyers.

Managing large databases and keeping them current takes manpower, so it pays to ask the question: how current is your database and what strategies do you have in place to ensure buyers are still active?

Databases are constantly evolving so take careful note of their answer.

People buy, opt to drop out of the market for a while or even choose other locations to focus on. Hence agents need to be contacting prospective database clients at least weekly to ensure the database remains current.

Do the numbers. If the agency employs five agents and claims to have 2000 active database clients, that is 400 calls each a week.

How do they achieve that, given much of their week involves showing property for sale or chasing up details for sales that have already occurred and new listings?

So while a silent sale can sound like a good idea, the question always has to be: will a narrow marketing strategy achieve as good a result as a multi-platform approach?

The adage – “you can’t sell a secret” – is still relevant.

Gerard Vaughan named National Gallery of Australia director

Gerard Vaugan Photo: Josh Robenstone Gerard Vaughan will direct the NGA after a turbulant few years under Ron Radford. Photo: Josh Robenstone
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Gerard Vaugan Photo: Josh Robenstone

Gerard Vaugan Photo: Josh Robenstone

Art historian Gerard Vaughan reflects on a changing MelbourneMystery surrounds NGA director appointmentOutgoing director Ron Radford on the Shiva scandalShiva scandal leads to calls for museum audits2011 profile of then NGV director Gerard Vaughan

New National Gallery of Australia director Gerard Vaughan says he wants to “draw a line under” the recent controversy over stolen antiquities that saw Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally hand back a statue to India last month.

The former National Gallery of Victoria director, whose three-year term at the Canberra institution will begin on November 10, said he wants to ensure the NGA will in future “do the right thing” regarding items such as the 11th-century Indian bronze sculpture, bought by the NGA for $US5 million in 2008.

Professor Vaughan said new protocols announced by federal Arts Minister Senator George Brandis this week will provide a clear and credible guide for all Australian collecting institutions.

“Certainly going forward, the NGA will do the right thing. It must, and according to that protocol,” Professor Vaughan said on Thursday soon after Senator Brandis officially announced his appointment (which was first reported several weeks ago by Fairfax Media).

The new collecting guidelines for museums and galleries, “notwithstanding the difficulties of the past in relation to the NGA”, put Australia in a very strong position and at the forefront in terms of global best practice for acquisitions, Professor Vaughan said.

Asked if the saga had damaged the gallery’s reputation, he said: “Of course. The NGA has come out itself and said it’s regrettable, that whole process.”

But he was determined that the gallery move on. “Now, it’s not – I can’t go back over the details – it’s not appropriate here, but there are some issues about the way things have been handled. But I would just say let’s look forward.”

Professor Vaughan said he was keen for the gallery to focus on art from the Asia-Pacific region and to engage in what he referred to as “cultural diplomacy”.

He laughed at the suggestion of any rivalry between his former employer and his new one (where the complaint about the Victorian institution referring to itself as a national gallery is oft repeated). “My problem is I’m changing horses, because I used to always have to defend the NGV’s position.”

He said it had been a “tongue in cheek sparring match” between directors of two institutions, but said he hoped they could continue to work together and share items from their collections for key exhibitions.

NGA  chairman Allan Myers, who worked with Professor Vaughan in an equivalent role at the NGV, said he would be an “outstanding” director. Mr Myers said there would be three key challenges for Professor Vaughan: pushing through stage two of the gallery’s expansion, dealing with the Shiva issue and dealing with the gallery’s tightened budget.

Professor Vaughan, who was born in Tasmania but has spent most of his life in Victoria, said he would miss Melbourne and its culture, but he had always been “intrigued” by Canberra and was excited at the move.

With Natasha Rudra, Canberra

Exclusion zone for Newcastle harbour

CLIMATE WARRIORS: Adrianne Kassman, of Papua New Guinea, George Nacewa, of Fiji, and Milar Loeak, of the Marshall Islands, will be joining the protest. Picture: Dean OslandA 100-METRE security zone will be enforced around ships in Newcastle harbour during a planned blockade of the port on Friday.
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The 30 Pacific Climate Warriors who plan to block the world’s largest coal port have been warned they face fines of up to $5000 for breaching the restricted zone.

The warriors have travelled from 12 countries to participate in the protest against plans to increase coal and gas exports.

“It’s important for us as people from the Marshall Islands to take action because our islands mean everything to us,’’ Marshall Islands representative and daughter of the country’s president, Milan Loeak, said. “Who else will stand up and fight for our people and our islands and culture? When will we be assured that we can continue to live without continuously fearing for the future and that of our children, grandchildren and our islands?”

The warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project site on Monday. They will lead the protest in traditional indigenous canoes, five of which have been brought to Australia for the event.

They are expected to be followed by a flotilla of kayaks and canoes.

The Port of Newcastle has advised that the restricted zone will extend 100metres in all directions from the ship at and below the water level. A port spokeswoman said vessel scheduling for the port would continue, based on safety parameters approved by the Port of NSW harbourmaster.

‘‘Port of Newcastle is liaising with NSW Police, which will maintain waterside exclusion zones around vessels for safety,’’ she said. ‘‘Port of Newcastle respects the right of lawful peaceful protest, but requests that community members comply with directions from the police to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and within the port, ’’ the spokeswoman added.

Picture: Ryan Osland

A 100-metre security zone will be enforced around ships in Newcastle harbour during a planned blockade of the port on Friday.

The 30 Pacific Climate Warriors who plan to block the port have been warned they face fines of up to $5000 for breaching the restricted zone.

The Port of Newcastle has advised that the restricted zone will extend 100 metres in all directions from the ship at and below the water level.

The warriors have travelled from 12 countries to participate in the protest against plans to increase coal and gas exports.

“It’s important for us as people from the Marshall Islands to take action because our islands mean everything to us,’’ Marshall Islands representative and daughter of the country’s president Milañ Loeak said.

“Who else will stand up and fight for our people and our islands and culture? When will we be assured that we can continue to live without continuously fearing for the future and that of our children, grandchildren and our islands?”

The warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project site on Monday.

Caitlin Forrest dies after fall at Murray Bridge Gold Cup

Jockey Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a four-horse fall at the Murray Bridge Gold Cup. Photo: FacebookJOCKEY Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a four-horse fall at the Murray Bridge Racecourse.
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The 19-year-old crashed to the turf and was collected by the pack of horses behind her when riding in the race before the Murray Bridge Gold Cup.

Forrest was semi-conscious and responsive when airlifted to hospital, but her condition deteriorated and she died from her injuries

Her boyfriend, Scott Westover, paid tribute to the former Strathalbyn High School studenton Facebook.

“Today has been the worst day of my life. I lost the love of my lifeCaitlin Forrest,” his post read.”I know there will be an angel up there watching me everyday and riding with me.

“I love you so much my beautiful girl and I’ll never forget the best three years of my life I had with you.”

Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a fall at the Murray Bridge Gold Cup on Wednesday.

JOCKEY Justin Potter has spoken about the race fall at Murray Bridge that left two of his competitors, apprentice Caitlin Forrest and Libby Hopwood, in hospital.

“I jumped out from a wide gate and ended up getting a forward-ish position, one out and one back from the leaders,” he said.

“Just before we straightened I saw the horse in front of me go, I lost sight of it, the jockey at the last minute I lost sight of her, then there were two horses against my horse’s chest.There was no time to do anything except go straight over the top.”

His mount, Ethbaal, was driven into the running rail and he was thrown from his saddle but suffered no worse damage than a sore thumb.

“I hit the ground andknew the field was still behind me so I knew I had to get out of the way,” he said.”The ambulance came over to check on me (but I pointed them on).”

Race stewards held a private meeting with the remaining jockeys shortly before 6pm.

They subsequently announced the race meet would continue and the feature race, the Gold Cup, would still be held at a time yet to be determined.

That race had been scheduled to go at 4.43pm.

“That’s the nature of the sport, how things can go wrong in a matter of minutes,” Mr Potter said.

Great Lakes police search resumes for lost fisherman William Lam at Tuncurry

Fisherman’s body found at Tuncurry Divers have been called in after a man went missing at Tuncurry. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate
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Divers have been called in after a man went missing at Tuncurry. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate

Divers have been called in after a man went missing at Tuncurry. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate

Divers have been called in after a man went missing at Tuncurry. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate

Divers have been called in after a man went missing at Tuncurry. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate

Detective Acting Inspector Natalie Stephens will address the media this morning about the search operation. Photo by Shane Chalker Photography.

TweetFacebookPOLICE have found the body of a fisherman missing at Tuncurry in the second day of searching.

William Lam, 32, gotinto difficulty when he entered the water at Wallis Lakes to retrieve his child’s shoe just before 2pm on Wednesday.

Emergency services were alerted when the Berala man failed to surface.

His body was found near Regatta Island just after midday.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Police earlier in the day said they believed Mr Lam, who was not a strong swimmer, had “most likely drowned.

“Wecan’t sugar coat this, the conditions were bad yesterday,” Great Lakes Local Area Command Inspector Charne Musgrove said on Thursday.

Police divers were called into the area shortly before 10am Thursday to scour the lake.

“There were a few witnesses who saw Mr Lam in the water but theweather yesterday (Wednesday) was too atrocious to get a boat in,” Inspector Musgrove said.

“The witnesses grabbed the son once they saw the father in the water andcalled police. The little boy was then taken back to Forster Police Station and is ok.”

The search for a missing man at Tuncurry has entered its second day. Pic: Great Lakes Advocate

Mr Lam, whowas in the Great Lakes area with his wife and two children, waslast seen by witnesses near a yellowbuoy just out from theTuncurry boat rampbefore a strong current pulled him under the water.

Dubbo MP elected unopposed to lead NationalsPHOTOS

Dubbo MP elected unopposed to lead Nationals | PHOTOS Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL
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Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is in the running to assume leadership of the National Party. Photo: DAILY LIBERAL

TweetFacebook9.30am:Nationals MPs met for half an hour in Parliament House on Thursday morning to elect Mr Grant, a former police inspector who is the member for Dubbo.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli remains deputy leader of the Nationals.

In a statement, Mr Grant said that to be elected Nationals leader was an “extraordinary honour”.

He said he felt “humbled” by the decision of his colleagues and would “work my backside off” in the role.

Mr Grant, a relatively inexperienced politician who was elected to the NSW Parliament only in 2011, said he held dear the principles of “honesty, integrity and hard work” and intended to pursue those in the job.

9.15am: Former policeman Troy Grant has been anointed Deputy Premier of NSW.

Mr Grant, 44, who has been a minister for six months, was on Thursday elected unopposed by his Nationals colleagues a leader of the party, Nationals Whip John Williams said.

EARLIER: Dubbo MP Troy Grant was remaining tight-lipped about his political future as reports suggested he could succeed Andrew Stoner as leader of the National Party and the deputy Premier of NSW this morning.

Mr Stoner announced yesterday that he would retirement from parliament at the upcoming election and made the decision to step down as party leader immediately, which has triggered a leadership ballot.

It is understood Mr Grant, who is the Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and Minister for the Arts, will contest the leadership against Education Minister Adrian Piccoli with some predicting that Mr Grant was the favourite.

Mr Grant was available for comment on Wednesday afternoon because of parliamentary duties but in a one-line statement he neither confirmed or denied that he would run.

“My focus is on representing the interests of the people of Dubbo to the best of my ability and work hard as a Minister in the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government,” he said.

If he is elected, it would cap a meteoric rise for the former policeman, who is still in his first term in politics.

He ousted Independent Dawn Fardell at the 2011 election and was promoted to Cabinet earlier this year, being given the portfolios of Gaming, Racing and the Arts.

There are 19 Nationals MPs in the NSW and a further seven members in the Legislative Council but they look set to lose a lot of experience next March, with veterans George Souris and Don Page also choosing to retire after losing portfolios in the April Cabinet reshuffle.

Source:Daily Liberal, Dubbo

need2know: Wild ride ahead

Taking their queue from overseas markets, local investors should prepare themselves for a day of volatility.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures down 31 pts at 5190

• AUD at 88.10 US cents

• In late trade, S&P 500 -1%, Dow -1.2%, Nasdaq -0.4%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -3.6%, FTSE -2.8%, CAC -3.6%, DAX -2.9%

• Spot gold up $US7.70 to $US1240.53 an ounce

• Brent oil down $US1.58 to $US83.46 per barrel

What’s on today

Ten Network Holdings full-year results; Australia employment data, Reserve Bank of Australia assistant governor Guy Debell panel participation at Thomson Reuters FX Benchmark event, Sydney; US industrial production, Philadelphia Fed index, unemployment; FOMC Charles Plosser speaks.

Stocks to watch

At one point overnight, SPI futures were down as much as 80 points.

Morningstar raised News Corp from “hold” to “accumulate” with a fair value uncertainty pegged at “high”.

RBC Capital Markets has an “outperform” recommendation on Rio Tinto. It notes that third quarter attributable iron ore production of 60.4mt was a record, “but 6 per cent below our 64.1mt forecast”, though in line with consensus.

Global insurers are lining up for National Australia Bank’s life insurance division, despite the fact there’s no formal process under way, according to The Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk column.

Currencies

The $A traded in a wide range overnight, according to Bloomberg data; it slid to a low of 86.76 US cents before rallying to as high as 88.12 US cents in late New York trading.

The US dollar hit a three-week low against the euro and a more than one-month low against the yen after weak US economic data led to a rethink on the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was last down 0.83 per cent at 85.106.

Commodities

Brent and US crude futures fell, a day after posting their biggest daily drop in years, with more production, less demand and deflation expectations weighing heavily. US crude closed below the $US82 a barrel mark.

Bank of America has lowered its 2015 forecast for Brent to $US98 a barrel from $US108, and its outlook for WTI to $US90 from $US96. Brent still has “strong support” at $US85 a barrel because OPEC will probably trim the supply surplus, while WTI may fall to $US75 as new pipelines bring additional supply to the US storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, the bank said in a report.

Gold continues to struggle for direction. Bullion overnight rose to less than $US1 below key resistance at $US1250 an ounce before sharply paring gains. “Gold is vulnerable to more selloffs after it failed to hold earlier flight-to-safety gains,” said Eli Tesfaye, senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago. “With the IMF cutting its global growth forecast last week, inflation is not a key concern right now.”

United States

US stocks were down more than 1 per cent in late trading as economic data added to worries over the health of the world economy and concern increased about the spread of Ebola. But each of the three major indexes were well off their lows of the session. The S&P 500 had been down more than 3 per cent earlier in the day.

The pace and depth of the selloff have taken many investors by surprise, while others had been anticipating a pullback. “It’s normal and it’s long overdue – markets can’t grind higher for that long without some sort of get-back here,” said Scott Armiger, portfolio manager at Christiana Trust in Greenville, Delaware.

Europe

A sell-off in European stocks accelerated on Wednesday with a key index suffering its biggest one-day slide in nearly three years, as investors slashed exposure to risky assets such as equities on mounting worries about global growth.

Greek equities were among the biggest losers as Athens’s benchmark ATG index succumbed to a second day of selling pressure and sank 6.3 per cent. Traders cited political uncertainty and a spike in Greek 10-year bond yields, which rose above 7.6 per cent.

What happened yesterday

The Australian sharemarket extended its recovery to a second day running on Wednesday, as Telstra Corp and the banks took over from the miners in leading the rebound and upbeat corporate news helped to lift spirits.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 38.2 points, or 0.7 per cent to 5245.6, extending the previous session’s strong gains.