Coal train may not steam into Bathurst

IN DOUBT: Titans forward Dave Taylor may not make the trip to Bathurst next month to play the Penrith Panthers as he currently faces cocaine supply charges. Photo: GETTY IMAGES 022315taylor
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WHEN it was announced the Gold Coast Titans would be the team to take on Penrith in the second game of their five-year Carrington Park deal, league fans were relishing the prospect of seeing the man known as the ‘coal train’ – Dave Taylor – in full steam.

The Queensland representative and former Kangaroo forms part of a much acclaimed Titans pack, which also includes Nate Myles and Greg Bird.

It was a group of big men who were expected to dish it out to the Panthers in the round two NRL match on March 14.

But now it seems highly unlikely that Bathurst league fans will get to see the 188 centimetre, 122 kilogram forward in action.

On Sunday afternoon Taylor was served with a notice to appear in court on March 9 by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (QCCC) on cocaine supply charges.

He was immediately stood down by the club and now has to plead his case to the Titans board not to have his contract ripped up.

But Taylor is not the only member of the Titans’ squad who may not be making the trip to Bathurst.

Australian back rower Bird, outside back Kalifa Faifai Loa, hooker Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling were also charged as a result of the same QCCC investigation.

Bird, a 30-year-old representative star, looks particularly in danger of finding himself on the NRL scrap heap considering he has already been put on notice after being stripped of the club’s co-captaincy and fined following a public urination incident in December in the aftermath to his wedding in Byron Bay.

When Taylor arrive at the Gold Coast Airport on Sunday after a trial loss to the North Queensland Cowboys, he only offered “no comment”.

He was whisked away into a waiting car outside the terminal as the media pack pressed him for information.

Bird was another target of media attention as he left the airport, refusing to comment on the scandal which has also resulted in Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt facing drug supply charges.

With much uncertainly surrounding the future of those Titans players, the make up of the side which takes to the Carrington Park turf could be vastly different to what was originally anticipated.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley said a decision on the players’ future could take “a little bit of time” because of the uncertainty over the case against them and what is alleged to have occurred.

He anticipated the meetings with the board should take place within the next couple of weeks.

“It was damaging on Friday, it’s more damaging today,” Annesley said on Sunday evening.

“Each of these revelations places the club in a more difficult position.

“I’ve kind of run out of words to explain it. It’s incredibly difficult for everyone to deal with, all the good people associated with this club.

“To be constantly dragged through these kind of scandals is incredibly difficult for the club.

“The club will recover, I have no qualms about that.

“This is the sixth largest city in the country, in the middle of rugby league heartland, it deserves to have an NRL club and we’re doing everything we can to deliver that.”

Though the Titans’ line-up is in some doubt, Bathurst league fans will still get to see some big name players at Carrington Park.

Penrith’s 2015 squad includes former NSW State of Origin players Peter Wallace, Jamal Idris and Brent Kite as well as men who have played for New Zealand in Elijah Taylor, Dean Whare and Sika Manu.

Tickets are now on sale at Bathurst Panthers for the match, which is set to kick off at 4.30pm.

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State election coverage: Camden

Camden Community Connections welcomes new wheels
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Camden Community Connections says it is excited about the recent purchase of a new car for staff to transport clients. Manager Sue Robinson said a $9000 state government grant as part of the Community Building Partnership program would enable staff to transport clients to services and programs. Family and Communities minister Gabrielle Upton, who visited the Narellan based group recently, said: ‘‘Family and Community Services funds non-government organisations to deliver a range of programs to strengthen our communities and help vulnerable children, young people and families.” Camden MP Chris Patterson said: “It was wonderful to have the minister visit and see first hand the work the Camden Community Connections does in our community.”

Narellan Public School library receives a boost

Narellan Public School’s library will receive a $15,000 upgrade thanks to a state government Community Building Partnership grant. Camden MP Chris Patterson said with the area’s growing population, the school was also growing. The school boasted 300 pupils, including children from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, he said.

St Benedict’s Catholic College expands

Construction of the fourth stage of St Benedict’s Catholic College at Oran Park is set to begin soon after NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced almost $1.7 million in funding for the school as part of the government’s Building Grant Assistance Scheme. The new stage is for general and specialist learning areas and will cost almost $3 million. Camden MP Chris Patterson said: ‘‘It is wonderful to see this highly regarded school receive the much needed funds to enable it to grow.”

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Rudolph Giuliani’s attack on Barack Obama: how far is too far?

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Barack Obama doesn’t love America. Photo: John Minchillo Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Barack Obama doesn’t love America. Photo: John Minchillo
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Barack Obama doesn’t love America. Photo: John Minchillo

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Barack Obama doesn’t love America. Photo: John Minchillo

Washington: With his attack last week on Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York who won near universal regard for his poise after the attacks on September 11, 2001, has cozied up to the uglier elements of America’s right wing.

But more than that, he has made life harder for his party, which after sweeping victories in last year’s mid-term elections, has been trying to recast itself as a party of government rather than of perpetual opposition.

“He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up, and I was brought up through love of this country,” Giuliani said of the president in an address at a private dinner for business leaders last Wednesday.

Since then he has been given the opportunity to walk his statement back, but decided instead to press home the attack.

By Sunday morning his comments were the focus of America’s political morning TV programs.

Levelling personal abuse at the current president has a rich history in the Republican Party, and like most traditions it has different branches and codes.

Some assailants found it useful to demonstrate the muscularity of their loathing for the president by going out of their way to belittle him in public.

In 2009 the president addressed both houses of Congress to outline his proposed healthcare changes. The Republican congressman Joe Wilson twice bellowed at the president, “You lie!”

In April 2012 the ageing rock singer and NRA board member Ted Nugent said in a speech at an NRA conference, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

In response Republican congressman Steve Stockman invited Nugent to be his guest at the next State of the Union address, demonstrating his patriotism by preening alongside a man who had obliquely threatened to murder his president.

Since then Nugent has called Obama a “subhuman mongrel” in an interview.

The Arizona governor Jan Brewer greeted the President as he alighted from Air Force One during a visit to her state in 2012 by waving her finger in his face (before cameras) and chastising him for his immigration and border control policies.

Later she told Fox News she thought he was very thin-skinned.

But by far the richer vein is that mined by Giuliani, in which one dog-whistles the racist right by questioning the president’s fitness for office by casting doubt on his nationality, patriotism and religion.

It is an attack that works because of Obama’s name, and his skin colour.

This sort of attack began as soon Obama appeared as a viable candidate, but it was codified by the commentator Dinesh D’Souza who sought to legitimise it by dressing it up with half-baked social-psychological theory in his 2010 bestseller, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

In it he argued that Obama hates America, a hatred he inherited from the Kenyan father he famously barely knew.

“This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realisation of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son,” wrote D’Souza in the article that formed the basis of the book. “The son makes it happen, but he candidly admits he is only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost.”

Since the publication of the book D’Souza has given up claims he might have once had to be a serious commentator. He makes his coin by feeding red meat to conservative conspiracy theorists. Last week after Obama appeared on a BuzzFeed video D’Souza tweeted, “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO…Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO…Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment pic.twitter南京夜网/C9yLG4QoOK — Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 18, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

NSW state election 2015: Labor promises $430m upgrade for Westmead Hospital

Health Minister Jillian Skinner, pictured with construction workers at Westmead Hospital, says Labor is “late to the party”.NSW Labor has made a commitment to spend $430 million to redevelop Westmead Hospital without privatising the state’s electricity network.
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Opposition Leader Luke Foley made the announcement on Sunday saying Labor’s infrastructure plan for schools and plans would provide $1 billion more than the Liberal government has promised.

Similar to the Baird government’s commitment made in June last year, Labor has promised to provide a new emergency department, up to 14 new operating theatres, state-of-the-art pathology services and additional beds, based on demand.

“Labor’s commitment is unconditional whereas under the Liberals, the redevelopment will only proceed if NSW families agree to Mr Baird’s blackmail and the privatisation of the electricity network,” Mr Foley said. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

WELCOME HOME:7 Chelmsford Street, DubboPhotos

WELCOME HOME: 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo | Photos Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo
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Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

Take a look around 7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

TweetFacebookWelcome Home is the Daily Liberal’s weekly column which features one of Dubbo’s premier properties – the best part? They are all for sale!

Our Welcome Home page will bring you photos and details of local houses for you to take a look through.

This week take a look through7 Chelmsford Street, Dubbo

The pages of your favourite design magazines burst to life when you enter this impressive home. Completely reinvented with designer flair and high attention to detail, the ultra-chic black & white interior offers luxury fittings throughout and many practical features. Set in an unbeatable central location, just minutes to Orana mall or the CBD, this stunning abode is an absolute must see!

Accommodation consists of four bedrooms, three of which have built-in robes and the fourth bedroom, a separate master bedroom, includes a timber feature bulkhead, pendant lights and a walk-through wardrobe.

The huge open plan living area offers a brand new kitchen complimented with stainless steel appliances and a black quartz stone kitchen sink.

Entirely transformed, the resort style bathroom is tiled to the ceiling and has a freestanding bath and rain shower.

Climate is controlled by ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans & an electric fire place.

Outside offers a double carport with drive through access to detached double lock up garage which has plumbing for a second bathroom. The low maintenance rear yard has a built-in BBQ and tiled rear patio.

Note: Current owners would be interested in a rent back opportunity for investors.

Listing Agent:Raine and Horne.For more information click here

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NBL finals beckon for Bruce, Creek

READY: Horsham basketball export Mitch Creek and fellow Wimmera product Shaun Bruce are ready for the NBL finals. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
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HORSHAM basketball exports Shaun Bruce and Mitch Creek looked to maintain momentum heading into the NBL finals at the weekend.

Bruce’s Cairns Taipans finished atop the league ladder after beating New Zealand yesterday afternoon, while Creek and the Adelaide 36ers put themselves in third position with two wins at the weekend.

It was a big result for the 36ers, giving them 10 wins on the trot.

Perth had a three-point lead against the Sixers at halftime on Friday nightbut Adelaide responded with a big third quarter, holding the visitors to just 16 points.

The Sixers held on in the final term to win 101-94 against the reigning premier.

Creek was outstanding in the win, notching up 17 points and eight rebounds.

He worked his way to the free throw line and helped contain dangerous Wildcat DeAndre Daniels at the other end.

The American import is one of the top 10 scorers in the league but was held to just eight by Creek.

The win was clearly important to Creek and the Sixers.

After the game, he took to social media, posting a photo of him fighting for a loose ball on the floor with two Wildcats players.

The photo was accompanied by the caption: ‘‘Nothing more I’d rather be doing in life than playing for the club I love most, alongside some extraordinary gentlemen!’’

The win put Adelaide in third position on the ladder, meaning the team only had to defeat bottom-of-the-ladder Wollongong to stay there.

The team easily accounted for Wollongong yesterday, winning 105-85 with Creek scoring 21 points.

Bruce’s Taipans finished atop the ladder after downing second-placed New Zealand 81-77 yesterday afternoon.

Warracknabeal’s Chloe Bibby and the Dandenong Rangers did not fare well in their WNBL final against the Sydney Uni Flames.

The Rangers went down 89-80 despite leading by 13 points at halftime.

Bibby played just over two minutes in the contest, scoring two points.

The Rangers have now been eliminated from the finals.

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Braving bald

AFRO: Greg Wheeler’s afro is his defining character, something that makes him stand out from a crowd. This identifying feature is being sold off to the highest bidder in the name of leukaemia.With the World’s Greatest Shave nearing, many locals have decided to sacrifice their hair to support those battling blood cancer.
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For 22-year-old Greg Wheeler, his afro is his defining character, something that makes him stand out from a crowd – an identifying feature he is selling off to the highest bidder.

“I’ve been wanting to do the shave for a few years now,” he said.

So it seemed like fate when an advertisement for the shave popped up in Greg’s Facebook news feed.

“My aunty had cancer and battled her way through it, the chemo messed with her a bit, so I thought it would be good to do it for such a good cause,” he said.

Greg has been fundraising for the shave online with a goal of raising $1200 for the cause.

The shave will be held in Westland Shopping Centre on Thursday, March 12 with hairdressers from Dare to Be Different taking the honours.

“I’m hoping people will walk past and donate, I will be out there a couple of hours before trying to collect with cans and posters,” he said.

Greg said he had the support of his friends and family for the shave who all thought it was ‘brilliant’.

Not the slightest bit vein, Greg said he wasn’t apprehensive to lose his hair, beard and possibly his eyebrows, given the right amount of money was donated.

“I’ve had a bald head before, it wasn’t a good look,” he said.

“It will look good this time [though] because it would have been well worth it and for a good cause.”

To donate to Greg’s cause, head to his online website here or head to Westland Shopping Centre on Thursday, March 12 at 1pm.

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Welcoming women to celebrate in Murray Bridge

Getting together: International Women’s Day committee members Alison Barr and Melinda Rankine, chairwoman Annette Korzeba and committee member Peggy Bennett will welcome women from all walks of life into the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery on Thursday, March 5, for the International Women’s Day celebration.Women of all ages and from various cultural backgrounds will unite at the Murray Bridge Gallery on March 5 for the rural city’s International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations.
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At the event, secheduled three days before the international day, guests will be able to enjoy morning tea, stories from Valmai Hankel and entertainment from the Willunga Playback Theatre all at no cost and all in a peaceful and relaxing environment.

IWD committee member Peggy Bennett said women and men who cared about the world and the future were encouraged to attend.

“It just about creating awareness of women and it’s fun,” she said.

“It’s for men too, but it’s focusing on the role women play in the society.”

The international event, which has a ‘Make it Happen’ theme this year, gives people around the world the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of women from all walks of life, while calling for greater equality.

It encourages effective action for advancing and recognising women in local, national and international communities.

“Our goal is to raise awareness but I’d encourage people to come because they will enjoy it,” Mrs Bennett said.

“There are a lot of women who are focused to take themselves too seriously now.”

IWD was first held in 1911 and has spread world-wide with thousands of events taking place to mark the economic, politic and social achievements of women each year.

IWD will be celebrated around the world on Sunday, March 8.

– Details: Everyone is invited to attend the Murray Bridge IWD celebration from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday, March 5 at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, on Sixth Street.

If you want to attend the free event, RSVP to Peggy Bennett on 8539 1420 or [email protected]南京夜网 before Friday, February 27.

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Another service station for Murray Bridge

Peregrine Corporation has plans for an On the Run at Murray Bridge.THE company behind the SA Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend has unveiled plans for a $2 million investment in Murray Bridge.
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Peregrine Corporation plans to build an On The Run service station, car wash and drive-through restaurant at 179 Adelaide Road, formerly Robbie Dee’s Cafe.

The corporation operates co-branded restaurants including Subway, Oporto and Hungry Jack’s at 45 service stations around South Australia.

On the Run chief operating officer Michaela Webster claimed the opening of the station – which would be the eighth in Murray Bridge if all others remained open – would put downward pressure on petrol prices.

“As reported by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), Adelaide has had the cheapest fuel prices in the country over the last four years,” she said.

“That is thanks to OTR being a local, independent retailer and the support of Adelaide because we are local.

“The same approach will be applied at Murray Bridge.”

The Adelaide-based Development Assess-ment Commission is currently considering a development application for the property and will make a final decision after a public consultation period ends on March 2.

If approval were granted, the new service station would open in September and would open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Another On The Run service station will sit on the corner of the Dukes and Mallee highways at Tailem Bend if Peregrine gains approval for its SA Motorsport Park development.

– Details: To formally comment on the proposed development, write to the Secretary, Development Assess-ment Commission, GPO Box 1815, Adelaide, 5001 before March 2.

Peregrine Corporation has plans for an On the Run at Murray Bridge.

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South Australian regional lab shake-up ruled out

Staff and patients at SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge laboratory can breathe a sigh of relief after the State Government ruled out any changes to the service.Staff and patients at SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge laboratory can breathe a sigh of relief after the State Government ruled out any changes to the service.
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A review of the organisation had floated the idea of outsourcing the operations of regional laboratories to a private company, but State Health Minister Jack Snelling said the idea had proven unpopular with communities and pathologists alike.

“It’s clear that these services are greatly valued by country communities and the high-quality, efficient pathology diagnostic services are integral to the workings of country hospitals,” he said.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received, it’s apparent this recommendation should not proceed.

“It will not be considered as part of a final response to the review.”

Family First MP Robert Brokenshire, who had criticised the outsourcing option as a step towards privatisation, praised Mr Snelling for his common sense.

“The loss of SA Pathology services and collection centres from regional areas would have been a disaster for country people who need the government to support them,” he said.

“The sell-off of the regional laboratories never made sense from an economic or societal viewpoint.”

None of the other five proposed changes to SA Pathology focused specifically on regional areas.

The State Government is still considering how it will respond to the rest of the review and to 100 public submissions received so far.

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