Bali nine: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s latest appeal adjourned until next week

Presiding Judge Ujang Abdullah: Adjourned the appeal case of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran till March 25th. Photo: Kate GeraghtyJakarta: Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have had their latest appeal against the death penalty adjourned until next week so their lawyers can present evidence to support their argument.
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Lawyers for the duo are appealing against an earlier ruling that the State Administrative Court does not have the jurisdiction to rule on their case.

Presiding judge Ujang Abdullah adjourned the case until March 25 so the lawyers can present their evidence. They may also provide witnesses if they wish.

Lawyers presenting Indonesian President Joko Widodo will then respond on March 30.

Judge Ujang said the court would summarise the rulings on April 1 and deliver the verdict a couple of days later.

The adjournment comes as Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the government was unlikely to execute the 10 drug felons on death row for weeks or even months as they await the outcome of their appeals.

“Actually [the executions] should have been carried out weeks ago but some of them have filed judicial review to the court,” Mr Kalla told the El Shinta radio station. “The attorney-general has to await the rulings . . . so that there would be no legal problem in the future.”

Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo finally confirmed that the execution of all 10 drug felons had been postponed due to the ongoing legal processes.

“There are still ongoing legal processes. There are fresh legal processes that we have to [a]wait,” Mr Prasetyo said at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran are challenging Mr Joko’s rejection of their clemency pleas. They claim he did not assess their cases individually or take into account their rehabilitation as required by the law.

The appeal was thrown out by the Administrative Court last month on the grounds that the court did not have the power to rule on a presidential decree. However Chan and Sukumaran’s lawyers, led by prominent human rights advocate Todung Mulya Lubis, have appealed against this finding.

Lawyers representing the president said the Administrative Court did not have have jurisdiction over clemency pleas to the president. They said there was already a Supreme Court ruling that the president’s authority was unquestionable.

But a lawyer for the Bali nine pair, Leonard Aritonang, said they were not disputing that the president had the right to grant clemency.

“We know it is the President’s prerogative right as mandated in the constitution,” he said. “We didn’t dispute the president must grant or not grant the clemency pleas. But the President has a legal duty to fulfill. And he didn’t abide by it.”

 

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Australian game classification gets much-needed streamlining with international rating tool

The new system will result in Australian ratings being applied to games on digital storefronts, without each one needing to be analysed by the ACB.Australia’s video game developers are welcoming the federal government’s participation in a new program that could bring our classification system further into line with the rest of the world.
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The program — which justice minister Michael Keenan announced last week would apply to Australia on a trial basis — allows game-makers to have their digital products classified for release simultaneously around the world by completing a free online questionnaire about the content in their game.

Currently, any game made available in Australia must be classified by applying to the Australian Classification Board (ACB), a process that can take months, cost up to $2460 and is largely impractical and unenforceable when considering the hundreds of games released on digital platforms every day.

The switch to the new online tool — run by the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) — means developers in participating countries will have their games automatically rated in Australia for free, and Australian developers can similarly use the tool to get classified in all participating regions, which includes the US and Europe.

Each participating region sets its own guidelines for classification, meaning the online tool will ideally apply the same familiar Australian classifications (from G to R18+) to each game that the ACB would have applied if its members had sat down to analyse it personally.

 

The tool applies only to games released on digital platforms, so publishers of the blockbuster games available in brick and mortar stores will still need to go through the ACB.

Leigh Harris, co-founder of Sydney independent developer Flat Earth Games, said the changes won’t have an immediately noticeable effect for consumers, but that it was a relief the government had chosen this route over more restrictive or expensive alternatives.

He said it’s widely understood that the government currently allows digital games to be sold without official classification — online marketplaces like the Apple App Store and Steam apply their own age ratings to games — but that this was merely a stopgap measure until government could find a way to easily and consistently get official ratings into the digital space.

“The government wants to have their say in the kind of content available for Australian consumers, and rather than trying desperately to contain digital games within the old legacy system they’ve made the positive step of [joining the IARC]”, Harris said, adding that replacing each digital storefront’s rating symbols with the ACB’s would make for more consistency, and hold the government accountable for making sure classifications reflected Australian values.

“It gives us [Australian creators of digital content] legitimacy within Australia. Plus it’s free, and it makes it easier to release in other countries. The government gets their say and we at least know we’re abiding by the rules to get our games out to as many people as possible.”

Harris got to know the Australian classification system well while working with developer Rockstar — makers of Grand Theft Auto — and said the expense involved in the current system would be prohibitive if applied to independent game developers.

“Even games that get huge on the App Store often come from really humble beginnings, and those are the kinds of games you would not see in Australia if the government had instituted something like the current classification system for digital games,” he said.

The new system is currently reliant on digital marketplaces opting in to co-operate with the IARC and display official classifications. This week Google Play became the first major marketplace to sign on, meaning games on Android devices will soon carry ACB classifications.

Australia’s Interactive Games and Entertainment Association said the government’s participation in the program was a good step towards fulfilling the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations, handed down in 2012, to ensure enforceable classification rules.

Minister Keenan said Australia’s trial of the IARC online tool will last for 12 months, during which time the ACB will continue to scrutinise the assigned game classifications “to ensure they reflect the Australian community’s expectations and standards”.

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Hallowed Crown attracting plenty of interest heading into Rosehill Guineas

Hallowed Crown is a two-time group 1 winner with an imposing record of six wins from seven starts but rivals are lining up thinking they can get his measure in Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas.
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The Street Sense colt’s nature is one of his biggest assets heading to the Doncaster Mile, where he is among the favourites and he can only be labelled “unassuming”.

It has led to him being underestimated and it even fooled champion jockey Hugh Bowman, who admitted he got under his guard at the beginning of his autumn campaign.

“When I trialled him at the start of the autumn he was aimed up at the Apollo Stakes against the older horses and I thought he was just not ready for that sort of race,” Bowman said. “Maybe I got him wrong, maybe he was ready for that because he just keeps doing it.

“That’s him, he does enough. He is an unassuming horse, if that is the right word. I don’t think anyone is underestimating what he can do now but maybe they are.”

Even with a Golden Rose and Randwick Guineas under his belt, Hallowed Crown was made equal favourite for the Rosehill Guineas when betting open with Sweynesse, a horse he beat in the Hobartville Stakes and Randwick Guineas during this preparation.

It’s not unusual for rivals to think they should have beaten Hallowed Crown, but the only time he was downed he had excuses himself as he came to the end of his spring preparation.

Without that defeat, there would be little doubt he would be the pin-up horse of the autumn but he may still be underestimated in some quarters. That doesn’t extend to his co-trainer, James Cummings, and Bowman.

“He has beaten his own age and he has done it comprehensively to my mind,” Bowman said. “His record speaks for itself, he has been beaten once in his life. That was 1400 metres back to 1200 metres and Brazen Beau beat him, which has won a Coolmore [Stud Stakes] and a Newmarket [Handicap] since.

“They can think what they want but I don’t think there is any query that he is the best of the bunch.”

Cummings adding, “I’m happy to take the three-year-olds on again this week. He is relaxed and the trip won’t worry him.

“It is probably a better lead-up for the Doncaster for him and I’m very confident going to both races. It is just a pity Hughie can’t ride him in the Doncaster.”

The rider for Hallowed Crown remains up in the air but there is little doubt it will be the only time he will give up the seat on the emerging star.

“We are just at the beginning with him. The best is yet to come, he [has] still got more to come this autumn,” Bowman said. “He is an excellent Doncaster candidate with 52.5kg because he is so strong.”

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ICAC witness Jeff McCloy makes $1 million donation to Vanuatu disaster appeal

Former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy has donated $1m to the Vanuatu appeal. Photo: Darren PatemanVanuatu cyclone: Tanna’s homeless desperate for waterCyclone Pam: At least eight Australians missing in VanuatuJeff McCloy disputes corruption findings over developments in New South Wales
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The man who told a corruption inquiry he felt at times like a “walking ATM” for politicians has made a $1 million donation to the Vanuatu disaster appeal.

Wealthy developer Jeff McCloy, the former mayor of Newcastle, kicked off the The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in cyclone-torn Vanuatu on Thursday with a donation he described as a “no-brainer”.

“Cyclone Pam has done untold damage to infrastructure in Vanuatu. With Australia being such a close neighbour, we need to do whatever we can to lend a hand,” Mr McCloy said.

“I’m personally committed to this task and I am calling on businesses, individuals, sporting groups and churches across the nation to get behind the Salvos’ Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Disaster Appeal by donating generously.”

Mr McCloy became famous for his largesse when admitted at the Independent Commission Against Corruption last year to giving envelopes containing $10,000 in cash to state Liberal candidates before the 2011 election.

As a property developer, he was prohibited from making political donations in NSW under laws which came into force on January 1, 2010.

“They all come to see me for money,” Mr McCloy said in the witness box. “I feel like a walking ATM some days.”

Mr McCloy launched a pre-emptive strike against the ICAC when he filed a High Court challenge to the political donations laws, seeking to have the ban on developer donations struck down on the basis it infringes the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution.

The outcome of the case, which is due to be heard by full bench later this year, will affect the findings that can be made by the ICAC.

The Salvation Army’s Major Bruce Harmer said the Salvos were “extremely grateful to Mr McCloy for his significant donation to launch this appeal and for his ongoing support of the work of The Salvation Army”.

At least eight Australians have been missing in Vanuatu since the cyclone tore through the Pacific nation on Friday, claiming at least 24 lives.

“Tropical Cyclone Pam has caused extensive damage to communities in Vanuatu, especially those in more remote outlying Islands. Some have been forced to drink salt water in an attempt to remain hydrated whilst many have begun the long and costly process of putting their lives back together, one small step at a time with almost no support,” Major Bruce Harmer said.

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Baird refuses to answer questions over UBS phone calls

NSW Premier Mike Baird at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital on Thursday. Photo: Darren Pateman The Premier has refused to say who in his office phoned UBS about its report on electricity part-privatisation. Photo: Darren Pateman
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Premier Mike Baird has refused to say who in his office called an investment bank before it altered a report on electricity privatisation to make the findings more favourable to his government.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Thursday questioned if global investment firm UBS was offered “inducements” to rewrite the report, and said Mr Baird was “treating people with contempt”.

Just nine days out from the March 28 election, Mr Baird has been forced into a fresh defence of his cornerstone re-election policy: part-privatisation of the state’s electricity “poles and wires”.

It emerged on Wednesday that UBS, one of the two banks handling the power proposal for the government, had released a report saying it would damage the state’s budget in the long term because billion of dollars in dividends and other payments would be lost.

But the bank, which stands to benefit by earning millions of dollars in fees if the transaction proceeds, reissued the report with an addendum removing a statement that the transaction was “bad for the budget”.

On Wednesday, Mr Baird admitted staff in his office had contacted the bank shortly before it reissued the report, indicating UBS was told the original version did not take into account broad economic benefits flowing from the power plan.

Mr Foley said reputable firms such as UBS “don’t lightly change the public advice they issue”.

He demanded to know who in the government contacted UBS, and whether Mr Baird spoke to UBS Australia chief executive Matthew Grounds.

“Were inducements made, was pressure brought to bear? There’s many questions to be answered here,” Mr Foley said.

“Did Mr Baird direct one of his people to place a call to UBS and put pressure on them to rewrite their advice to their clients?”

At a news conference on the Central Coast on Thursday, Mr Baird refused to answer questions about the report, including who in his office called the investment bank, whom they spoke to or when the Premier’s office first learned about the report’s damaging contents.

“The MD of UBS put out a statement on this yesterday,” Mr Baird said. “He has dealt with it. End of story.”

Mr Baird denied directing any staffer to call the bank himself but would not provide details.

Asked again at a later press conference to reveal who called UBS, Mr Baird said: “UBS acknowledged in their own research that they did not take account of the broad economic impacts. At their own instigation. Full stop. End of story.”

On Wednesday, a UBS spokeswoman said the initial report was independently determined by the bank “to be incomplete as it had not taken into account the budgetary impacts of the investment proceeds”.

“The analyst then reviewed publicly available information about the investment proceeds and reissued his research based on his own views,” she said.

UBS has been contacted for further comment.

Mr Foley said the Premier’s request that voters “trust” the government will reap $13 billion for the privatisation, rather than the $11 billion suggested by the report, was “treating people with contempt.”

“Saying ‘trust me’ doesn’t cut it in an election campaign when all of our party’s policies are rightly scrutinised,” he said.

“I trust the expert advice. If he can only get $11 billion, what are the $2 billion worth of infrastructure projects … he will ditch?”

The government says the sale proceeds will be used to fund a range of big-ticket infrastructure projects including a second rail crossing of Sydney Harbour.

Labor has promised a more “modest” $10 billion suite of spending, which would delay construction of the harbour crossing by four years.

Mr Foley on Thursday announced a Labor government would spend $55 million to help NRL clubs expand their community programs, by strengthening links to their local areas.

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Sydney resident Javier Camelo killed in Tunisia museum attack

Last picture:Javier Camelo in a selfie with his his father, José Arturo Camelo, and his mother, Miriam Martinez Camelo, in the Italian city of Palermo. Photo: Facebook. Javier Camelo with his parents at his graduation. Photo: Facebook
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‘I couldn’t see anything except blood and the dead’Australian killed in deadly museum siege

Just last week, Sydney resident Javier Camelo graduated from university with an MBA and was looking forward to a future in business.

To celebrate, the 28-year-old organised to go on a cruise around the Mediterranean with his parents.

Mr Camelo, an Australian-Colombian dual national, who lived in Waterloo in inner Sydney, had never been on a cruise before, and thought it would be a good way to relax and mark the end of his years of studying.

The last photo Mr Camelo posted on his Facebook page shows him grinning in a selfie with his parents – his father, retired Colombian Army general José Arturo Camelo, and his mother, Miriam Martinez Camelo – in the Italian city of Palermo.

On Tuesday, when their ship docked in Tunisia, Mr Camelo and his parents were among a group of tourists who decided to visit the National Bardo Museum in the country’s capital, Tunis.

He and his mother were among 19 people killed when at least two gunmen in military uniforms launched an attack on the popular museum in the heart of city.

The militants fired on a group of tourists as they got off a bus, before chasing survivors inside the museum where the deadly attack continued.

Mr Camelo’s father survived the ambush. Colombian media reported that Mr Camelo’s brother was also on the trip, and also survived.

“I just think the world is such an unfair place, how it takes such good people,” one of Mr Camelo’s friends from Sydney told Fairfax Media on Thursday.

“He was such a well-rounded person, I can’t believe it. Do you know how you meet some people and they’re just so relaxed and friendly? He was a global citizen, very smart, switched on, interested in finding out new things.

“You read about these things [terrorist attacks] and then you think ‘That’s never going to affect me, it’s never going to come close to anyone I know.’ It’s so sad.”

The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Mr Camelo, originally from Bogota in Colombia, went to the University of Sydney in 2008, before starting work as an analyst at American Express in Sydney.

In 2013, he moved to London for a year to work, before returning to Sydney in June last year where he took up his job again at American Express’ King Street Wharf office.

Mr Camelo had studied for his MBA via correspondence with the IE Business School, a graduate school of IE University in Madrid, and last weekend was photographed standing proudly with his graduation certificate in the Spanish capital.

Mr Camelo’s devastated classmates inundated his Facebook page with tributes and messages of condolence following the news of his death.

“Javi, thanks for great MBA journey together, thanks for great trips together and thanks for great parties together. As I said to your mom at our graduation, you are the most gentle person I have ever met, it was great to have you in my life! Rest in peace. Thank you for being with us,” one friend wrote.

Another friend wrote: “Javi, may your gentle soul rest in peace. You’ll live on in my memories of you, my memories of your kind and hard working nature, your respectful demeanor and your sweet smile. I feel robbed of our upcoming trip to Iceland! Robbed of the all the catching up was looking forward to. Robbed of seeing you feeling accomplished after this MBA you worked so hard for. Yet I feel even more so lucky to have known you. May your family know no more sorrow

One of his classmates wrote: “I can’t believe it was just a few short days ago we shared one of the biggest moments of our lives, and we were talking hopefully about the future. There’s never enough time, but we’re honoured to have known you and shared part of our lives with you. Rest in peace, my friend.”

One friend wrote of a planned meeting in London this week: “I can’t believe any of this. This is so unfair. I always remember you saying all the things you wanted to do after your MBA. We should have meet in London in few days. Rest in peace my friend.”

Another tribute read: “Javier Camelo – It was an absolute HONOUR to meet such a golden hearted boy. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed the death of a dual Australian-Colombian citizen in a joint statement with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday.

“Our consular officials have now confirmed that a dual Australian-Colombian citizen, who was a resident of New South Wales, was among the deceased,” the statement said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family, to whom we will extend all consular assistance.”

In question time, Mr Abbott said: “Plainly this is a terrorist outrage.

“Plainly, it is an attack by Islamist extremists on a fledgling democracy, a democracy which had thus far proven quite effective in resisting the kind of extremism characterised by al-Qaeda and its variants and the ISIL, or daish, death cult in the Middle East,” he said.

“Madam Speaker, obviously the Australian government condemns in the strongest possible terms this atrocity.”

The Prime Minister said the government’s thoughts and prayers were with the families of the dead and wounded.

“I regret to say, Madam Speaker, that there was one Australian dual national reported to be among the dead,” he said.

“Madam Speaker, this person cannot currently be identified but obviously our deepest sympathies and condolences go to his family and friends and his family are being rendered every possible consular assistance.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told the Parliament on Thursday: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the fledgling democracy of Tunisia and citizens of Tunisia and, of course, the families and friends of those who’ve lost their lives, many of them international tourists.

“It is an act of murder, Madam Speaker, designed to shake the foundation of a new democracy,” Mr Shorten said.

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Motley Fool: Feeding frenzy for the telco sector

10 years ago, Australia’s telecommunications sector looked vastly different to what it does today, with many more companies.TPG Telecom’s recent bid for iiNet has certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons, coming hot on the heels of the merger between cable providers Vocus and Amcom, and raises questions about more activity in the sector.
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iiNet shares are trading above the price TPG is offering, suggesting investors expect a higher bid to come over the top. That’s unlikely for several reasons, but several smaller players may well have attracted the attention of the bigger fish.

BigAir, MyNetFone, Speedcast International and Nextdc could all be on investors’ minds, and even Newsat and micro-cap Skyfii could be on the menu.

Calling all iiNet bidders

Optus appears unlikely to make any moves to mount a competing bid for iiiNet, while the corporate regulator, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) would take a dim view of Telstra bidding.

That’s the two largest Australian telco companies sidelined. Another potential bidder in M2 Group also appears unlikely. M2 is still digesting its recent acquisitions, and would have to raise substantial capital to get a deal over the line.

But clearly, size and scale are on the menu in both mergers above. And the one big-daddy driving them all is data.

Clear the pipes

Data usage is still growing rapidly, via our smartphones, streaming video on demand (SVOD) services such as Stan, Netflix and Hulu, and the continued growth of YouTube. And that’s just consumers. Corporates are ever more likely to access software and applications in the cloud, consuming and generating even more data.

Owning the data ‘pipes’ and the services that sit atop them is likely to be lucrative for many years to come.

Cheaper options?

And that’s where the smaller players mentioned above come in.

BigAir has its own unique data ‘pipes’ – being microwave transmissions. Businesses can use the microwave links provided by BigAir for high performance data transmission to both up- and download, and the company has also targeted student colleges and universities. Those customers, as well as BigAir’s technology, may well be highly attractive to the larger telcos.

Speedcast International focuses on remote or offshore locations, providing internet access to oil rigs, remote mining camps, shipping vessels and a whole range of users, via satellite. In fact, Speedcast boasts more than 1,000 customers across 4,700 separate locations, with 1,700 offshore. The company has been on a bit of an acquisition binge recently, buying Hermes Datacomms and Geolink Satellite Services in just the past month, but both purchases look like complementary add-ons.

And then there’s Nextdc, which designs, builds and operates data centres across Australia. While data centres may become commoditised products, Nextdc is virtually the only independent data centre provider in Australia – a factor that appears highly unlikely to remain as such for long – and most likely under the microscope by the combined Vocus/Amcom entity.

The others, including voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) and data communications services company MyNetFone which has diversified considerably in the past few years, potential satellite builder Newsat if it can get past its myriad problems, and Skyfii, which provides WiFi networks for small to medium businesses and the software to capture and analyse information provided by users on those free networks, could also be on several watchlists.

Foolish takeaway

10 years ago, Australia’s telecommunications sector looked vastly different to what it does today, with many more companies. In another decade, it will again look vastly different, and many of the smaller stocks mentioned above may have already been integrated into the large telco players or have gone on to become big players in their own right.

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Vixens unbeaten, despite being below their best

Star burst: The Vixens’ Madi Robinson in flight in her last match against the Thunderbirds. Photo: Grant TreebyAs the first draws in ANZ Championship history were played out in Sydney and Adelaide last Sunday, the Melbourne Vixens remained unbeaten three rounds into their title defence.
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After an emphatic 24-goal thrashing of the Central Pulse in round one, the Vixens followed up with uglier, closer wins against the Adelaide Thunderbirds  and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.

“Even though the last couple of weeks has been a hard slog, I think that’s good for us as well,” said Vixens coach Simone McKinnis.

“But we know that each week we have to get better at what we do. I don’t think we’re near where we can be.  You look at the weekend just gone and you had four teams that couldn’t win, and it was looking like it was going to be another case, but we found a way, and I’m rapt with that.”

While three of the five Australian conference teams are undefeated,  the Thunderbirds enter round four without a victory and on  Sunday face a second match in 15 days against a rival they have struggled  to beat – the Vixens.

“It’s incredible how sometimes you just have that bogey team that you really struggle against,” said star Vixens wing attack Madi Robinson. “I think the thing with Adelaide is that across the court and across our starting seven we do line up very well against them. There’s some incredible match-ups, and that’s probably why it’s always a tough encounter. But it’s obviously good to be on the winning side … that’s for sure.”

Robinson will line up against her close friend and Diamonds teammate Rena Hallinan, the T-birds’ captain and former Vixen due to play her 100th game.

As is their custom, the pair will not speak in the lead up. “Mentally after Sunday I’m going to really look forward to the rest of the season and know I can actually have my best friend back and start calling her every week because the last few weeks have been a bit difficult,”  Robinson said.

The Vixens lead the head-to-head with the Thunderbirds 12-6 overall, and 5-4 in Adelaide, where the match will be played this weekend.

While the current Thunderbirds do not appear close to replicating the former glories of their two title-winning seasons in 2010 and 2013, they are prepared to experiment and innovate, and will be determined to pinch the win they need to avoid their worst start to a season.

Shooter Carla Borrego, who appears low on confidence, was terrible (13/25) in round two, but better in Sunday’s draw with the Mystics and remains a barometer of her team’s fortunes.

The problem is that formidable Vixen defender Geva Mentor has regularly had Borrego’s measure, and will anchor a team that continues to get the job done.

“I think even our first few games have shown a little bit of just what the ANZ Championship is always like,” Robinson said.

“You win one by a lot, you have a hard grind and you play horrible but you still win, and you fight out and just secure it. “It’s good to get the three wins, regardless of how we did it.”

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NSW state election 2015: Baird tries to win back trust in Hunter, Central Coast

NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital. 19th March 2015 pic Darren Pateman Photo: Darren Pateman NSW Premier Mike Baird at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for a door stop. 19th March 2015 pic Darren Pateman Photo: Darren Pateman
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NSW Premier Mike Baird on the campaign trail in Newcastle after a visit to the Hunter Business Chamber points out the benefits of closing the railway line that splits the city in half. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Premier Mike Baird has continued his campaign focus on healthcare as he tries to restore the faith of seats at the centre of a donations scandal that caused eight MPs in the Hunter and Central coast either to resign or stand aside from the Liberal Party.

The Premier promised $18 million to complete an upgrade of the neonatal intensive care unit at John Hunter Hospital at a campaign stop in Newcastle on Thursday morning.

The Premier also revealed a re-elected government would allocate $25 million to begin planning and construction of a new hospital at Maitland in its next term. Singleton, further north-west, will also receive $7 million to improve its facilities.

The new announcements will be funded from proceeds of the lease of the port of Newcastle, which went for $1.7 billion last year.

The announcements take to more than30 the number of hospital upgrades announced for the government’s next term, if it is re-elected.

“The hospital boom is coming to a corner near you,” Mr Baird said.

The Baird bus then rolled into the Central Coast, where the Premier pledged $400 million in funding for new roads, including more than $100 million for duplicating the Pacific Highway at Lisarow.

The government says it projects an extra 60,000 residents will live in the region by 2031. Its population currently stands at about 280,000 people.

It wants extra jobs and infrastructure and announced on Thursday plans to relocate public servants to the region.Three hundred positions, employees in the state’s finance department, will be moved to Gosford and create a kind of “financial services hub”.

The federal tax office recently shifted some of its operations to Gosford, creating a further 600 jobs. That building will open in 2017.

The Premier conceded his government was facing a tough battle to impress voters in both regions, after Liberal MPs in each were connected to a donations scandal that unfolded at the ICAC.

“We let those communities down,” Mr Baird said. “But we’ve learnt our lessons.

“People are very positive about our plan.”

Last October the ALP welcomed two traditionally Labor-held seats in Newcastle back into its support base, with wins in two by-elections caused by two Liberal MPs resigning following an ICAC investigation into alleged illegal donations from developers.

ICAC will not release its report until later this year.

Labor enjoyed a large two-party-preferred swing in the elections. But the government did not field candidates in either as an act of political “atonement”.

In this month’s election the ALP will be looking to capitalise on the remaining fallout from donations scandals in the Hunter:

Liberal MPs Garry Edwards, for the ultra-marginal seat of Swansea, held by 0.3 per cent, and Craig Baumann from Port Stephens have both stood aside from the party. Mr Edwards will stand as an independent in Swansea.

On the central coast, three MPs including former minister Chris Hartcher (Terrigal), Chris Spence (The Entrance) and Darren Webber (Wyong) are not recontesting their seats in the wake of the investigation. Terrigal is held by nearly 25 per cent, but the other seats look vulnerable on margins of about 11 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively.

The Hunter and Newcastle areas have an unemployment rate of about 9 per cent, according to figures released by the state government last month – the fourth and fifth worst in the state, respectively. Unemployment in the central coast is lower, at 6.7 per cent, but youth unemployment

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Tasmanian teen spreads word about road safety

Whitney Carter, who was cut free from her car after an accident at the weekend.A SHEFFIELD woman had to be cut from her car after a single-vehicle accident at the weekend and now the 18-year-old wants to spread the message about driver safety.
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Whitney Carter was driving home to Sheffield from work at Tasmazia on Saturday afternoon when her car slid out of control in the wet and slippery conditions.

Miss Carter was navigating a small bend in West Kentish Road travelling towards Sheffield when the incident occurred.

“I’ve never had that kind of thing happen to me before,” Miss Carter said.

“There was a four-wheel-drive coming in the opposite direction and my first thought was ‘I’m going to hit them’ and then my second was ‘I can’t control this car’,” she said.

As she attempted to correct the slide she lost control of her car and ended up sideways in the ditch off the side of the road.

Miss Carter walked away from the incident with only minor bruising to her legs and some neck pain, but said she had to be cut from the car as a precaution in case she had a spinal injury.

“I wasn’t trapped. I could have climbed out easily, but the car could have rolled on top of me and killed me,” she said.

“They [emergency services] had to cut the roof off my car because I might have had a spinal injury. “They weren’t sure, so they didn’t want me to move.”

Miss Carter was taken to the North-West Regional Hospital as a precaution, but was later discharged and said she wanted to raise awareness of how easily an accident could happen.

“People should just take care on the roads; don’t be an idiot, basically,” she said.

Miss Carter said her mother and her friends had also had trouble on that corner and said while she wasn’t speeding it was just unlucky circumstances that her car ended up where it did.

“If that other car hadn’t been coming the other way I think I might have been able to correct it,” she said.