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Childcare groups demand urgent action

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Childcare is a sleeper issue in the election, with Labor yet to release its policy and the Coalition proposing a single new subsidy paid for by separate cuts to family payments. Photo: Peter Braig Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met four-month-old Ezekiel during a street walk in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Australia’s peak childcare bodies have joined together in an unprecedented bid to push childcare to the forefront of the election campaign, calling for an immediate boost in government support to help parents cope with rising fees.

With the Coalition’s $3 billion childcare package delayed until 2018 at the earliest, the groups are demanding an immediate increase to the Childcare Rebate cap from $7500 to $9000 a year to cover out-of-pocket costs. They also want a 25 per cent increase in the separate Childcare Benefit, which would see payments rise by $52 a week from the current $209.

Childcare is a sleeper issue in the election, with Labor yet to release its policy and the Coalition proposing a single new subsidy paid for by separate cuts to family payments.

Paul Mondo, secretary of the Australian Childcare Alliance, said the value of childcare payments had eroded significantly in recent years and was forcing some parents to delay returning to work.

“Parents cannot wait another two years for action,” Mr Mondo said.

“Families need a commitment from all parties that they will move as quickly as possible to address the significant affordability issues they face.”

Figures released this week show the cost of childcare has grown at five times the rate of inflation, with costs ballooning to up to $200 a day in city centres.

This is the first time the Australian Childcare Alliance, Family Day Care Australia and the Early Learning and Care Council – which serve a combined 900,000 families through their centres – have united to create an election manifesto.

The groups welcomed the Coalition’s investment in childcare but called for low-income families to be provided with 15 hours of subsidised care a week, up from the proposed 12 hours.

“The sector is concerned that the proposed Jobs for Families package does not give adequate recognition to child development objectives and increasing access to early learning for children who need it most,” the groups write in a letter sent to the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team.

The groups are also calling for all parties to commit to: Investing at least an extra $3.1 billion in child care, and de-linking that spending from cuts to family payments.An immediate 25 per cent increase in the Childcare Benefit and lifting the Childcare Rebate cap to $9000 a year.Increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood education.Funding universal access to preschool programs in the year before school beyond 2017.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said: “The Coalition is the only party with a fully funded childcare policy.

“We’ve made tough decisions to find the savings to pay for our childcare policy but at every turn, Labor and the Greens stood in the way of the savings needed to pay for a policy that would put downward pressure on prices and provide more accessible, affordable and fairer childcare for families.”

Senator Birmingham said annual fee increases had been restricted to an average 3.6 per cent per year under the Coalition compared to 7.8 per cent per year during Labor.

Labor education spokeswoman Kate Ellis said: “Labor has announced that we will support the additional investment in early childhood but we want to make sure it is spent the best way possible.

“Independent modelling shows that one in three families will be worse off under the Liberals’ changes.

“We have severe concerns about the impact of their proposed changes on children and families, including low-income and vulnerable children who will have their early education cut in half.”

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Family mourns for Jamie Bright, killed by an Islamic State bullet

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Jamie Bright’s twin brother Andrew, his mother Faye-Marie Kenny and his sister Leah. Photo: Karleen MinneyJamie Bright’s body lies frozen in a Kurdish hospital in the centre of one of the most geopolitically fraught places on Earth.
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Mr Bright, 44, a former sapper in the Australian Army, was shot through the head by an Islamic State fighter on Wednesday last week, after about 16 months fighting with the Kurds during which he disposed of more than 100 booby-trap bombs.

Now his family want to cremate his remains and spread the ashes over the sea off Western Australia where his 21-year-old son Jake lives.

It won’t be easy. Speaking for the first time, Mr Bright’s family say the cross-border conflict between the Syrian Kurds and Turkey is at an explosive pitch.

“We can’t get him back yet. The borders are closed and we can’t get his body through,” said his twin brother Andrew, a forestry worker who lives in Canberra. “It’s all going to be a political shitfight … because Turkey’s already denounced him as a terrorist.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the department was “providing advice to Mr Bright’s family”.

It’s understood Australia’s Ambassador in Ankara, James Larsen, is involved in the case. But negotiations with Turkey are likely to be tricky given the deterioration in relations with the Kurds, with whom they are locked in a civil war that has killed thousands of people in the past year and destroyed Turkish towns near the north-east Syrian town of al-Malikiyah where Mr Bright’s body is being kept.

Fairfax Media understands Kurdish authorities believe they may have to take the remains through the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq – a long and difficult transit.

Mr Bright’s family don’t know exactly what prompted him to go and fight. He had no previous contact with Kurdish issues. He spent a few years in the army in the 1990s before being medically discharged with a back injury. His mother Faye-Marie Kenny, 67, said her son remained a frustrated soldier.

“He wanted to be a soldier from the minute he was born. He used to march round with a stick and at his first opportunity he did join,” she said. “He was out well and truly before his time. He hadn’t achieved what he wanted to achieve and he saw a cause [in fighting with the Kurds] and something he could do to help.”

Ms Kenny had a two-hour visit from ASIO last year. The family continued to talk, text and email with Mr Bright regularly. Mr Bright sent his mother some money as recently as May 20 – just five days before he was killed.

Andrew said his last conversation with his brother on April 6 gave him the sense his brother wanted to come home, that “he was getting a bit ground down by the whole situation … the kids, the women and children and whatnot … wiring the kids up [as bombs]”.

The family is being treated with reverence by the Kurdish community, representatives of which visited them at Andrew’s house on Thursday and presented them with a framed picture and a flower arrangement.

“It was a lovely thing that they did,” Ms Kenny said. “Very comforting.”

Data analysis is the new frontier for retail landlords

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By using data analytics, tenants and landlords can tailor their centre to their customers. Photo: Christopher PearceRetail landlords are discovering that the secret to making a shopping centre more profitable and relevant is using consumer and business data captured by banks through cashless payment systems.
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While the use of tools to track spending habits is not new, using it to offer tenants real-time statistics to help improve their business is – and it’s being embraced.

Knowing where customers spend their money is invaluable for the landlord and tenant to curate a centre that offers exactly what customers demand.

Such data will improve small-business operations and enhance banks’ value proposition for services. According to George Wragge, associate director for project leasing and retail at Colliers International, this level of data analytics could be applied on a larger scale – not only to smaller retailers, but larger department stores and shopping centre landlords.

Mr Wragge said at a time when the shopping centre offering is evolving – with more food, and space – getting the right leasing plan is crucial. Data analytics help this.

He said shopping centres were trying to adopt more consumer tracking with Bluetooth, but actual payment data was far more comprehensive. Bluetooth beacons usually rely on shoppers choosing to participate, whereas transactional data is produced regardless.

He said three key groups benefited.

“The landlords will be able to create better leasing plans and provide an enhanced value proposition to tenants; the tenants will have better consumer insights and be able to streamline their operations through promotions, inventory and staffing; and consumers will have a better experience through faster transactions, better product placement and a more enjoyable, seamless and logical shopping experience,” Mr Wragge said.

“Australian banks are increasingly relying on technology to boost profitability and competitiveness. To enhance their value proposition to the business sector, banks are supplying extensive levels of consumer data so that business owners can streamline their business models. But how can this technology be implemented on a larger scale?

“The Australian consumer economy is steering further away from cash-based transactions and more towards contactless and card payments. As a result, banks have become the stewards of immense consumer data sets giving intelligence on consumer profiles and their spending patterns.”

Cancer researcher Dr Heather Lee awarded Metcalf Prize for stem-cell science

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FIGHTING ROGUE CANCERS: Dr Heather Lee, NSW Cancer Institute’s early career fellow at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, where she is conducting award-winning research. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Dr Heather Lee movedto Sydney and then Cambridge to advance her study of genetics, onlyto find herself“about five minutes” from her childhoodhomeofNew Lambton Heightspursuingher most promisingwork yet.

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The cancer research fellowat the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the University of Newcastlehas received one of two $50,000 Metcalf Prizes from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia for“early-career leadership” in the field of stem-cell science.

The awardrecognises Dr Lee’swork in creatingamethod of identifying rare and “rogue” cancer cells, which she believes may help scientists developnew ways of killingcancers that are resistant tochemotherapy.

HUNT: Dr Heather Lee at the lab at Hunter Medical Research Institute. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

“One ofthe big problems withtreating canceris that thecancer can change and it can come back,” Dr Lee said.

“When a cancer returnsthis is thought to be driven by rare cancer cells thathave special propertiesthat allow them to surviveinitial chemotherapy.

“We want to studythesereal cellsusing single cell analysis, and hopefullyidentify new ways of stopping cancers from coming back.”

Dr Lee’s current research into an aggressiveform of blood cancer, called acute myeloidleukaemia, uses a techniqueshe developed with colleagues in Cambridge to read the genetic sequence of individual cells.

STEM-CELL THEORY: A diagram showing the theory that catching cancer cells with rare properties or ‘cancer stem-cells’ is more effective than targetting other cancer cells. Picture: Public domain

The method also identifies“chemical flags” that govern which parts of the sequence the cell uses to function.

“The thing about this technique is that we can study one cell at a time, whereaspreviously we had to studythousands ofcells at a time.So now we can see differences between individual cells,” Dr Lee said.

The techniquewas particularly pertinent to cancer research, she said,because cancer cells often have chemical markers in the wrong place whencompared to surrounding tissue.

“The chemical flags make sure the cell’sdoingthe job it’s meant to be doing,” she said.

“So the cell starts misbehaving or starts growing more rapidly or failing to perform the properfunction.”

SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS: Dr Heather Lee at the lab at Hunter Medical Research Institute. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

Dr Lee is currently using her ability tostudy the diversityin leukaemia cells to understand why some cells are resistant to treatment.

“No one has had the opportunity to look at how individual cells respond tothe drug until now,” she said.

The Merewether High School alumnussaid she felt “privileged” to conduct the researchin her hometown.

“We have quite abit of freedom here and the strength ofresearch in Newcastleis that it’s relativelysimple to work with clinicians,” she said.

“Personally, I had a daughterin theUK and it just makes a worldof difference tobe back home close to two sets of grandparents.”

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Veteran Milligan relishing UK opportunity

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Mark Milligan (c) is the most capped player in the Socceroos squad for the game against South Korea.Mark Milligan couldn’t be happier to be finally achieving his ambition of playing professionally in the United Kingdom.

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The 33-year-old contemplated retirement after the World Cup in Russia but realised a life-long goal in August when he signed with Scottish Premiership club Hibernian.

After spells in China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, playing in a professional European league has been everything Milligan hoped for.

“I’m loving my football at the minute,” Milligan, who has made an instant impact for Hibs including captaining the club last weekend against Aberdeen, said.

“It took me a long time to get into the UK and even getting Hibs across the line wasn’t really smooth sailing in terms of visas and things like that.

“Getting it done and now being over there, being in that environment day-to-day, it’s been very enjoyable.”

Milligan’s move to Hibernian has also ensured he’s fully match fit for Australia’s friendlies against South Korea and Lebanon.

Those games are the final chance Milligan and company to impress Arnold before the Asian Cup title defence in the UAE in January.

Milligan was part of the successful 2015 Asian Cup campaign – which included victory over South Korea in the final but defeat to the same opposition in a group stage fixture at Suncorp Stadium.

“We’ve got a score to settle, they did us here in the group stages,” Milligan said.

“We all get extremely excited when we get the chance to come back to Australia and play.

“I hope the fans feel the same and come out in big numbers.”

Trampoline: Newcastle’s Ty Swadling claims bronze medal in men’s synchronised event at World Championships

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RESULT: Newcastle trampolinist Ty Swadling (far right) on the World Championships podium in Russia with his bronze medal from the men’s synchronised event. Picture: SuppliedTy Swadling only just made the national trials following the birth of his son, but the trampolinistwill return home to Newcastle with aWorld Championships medal.

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The 30-year-old, who trains out of Eastlake Trampoline Sports at Belmont under long-time coach Brett Austin, claimed the international bronze with Australian teammate Dominic Clarke in the men’s synchronised event in SaintPetersburg, Russia, on the weekend.

Swadling and Clarke scored 51.27 in the final, finishing behind Belarus and France.

He was sixth in the same discipline with brother Shaun in the US four years ago. They also combined for a synchronised bronze at the Minsk World Cup in 2014.

Australia won a team bronze at the World Championships in Belarus in 2013.

The 2018 Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame inductee qualified for the current national team in October,travelling to the Gold Coast for selections two days after first child Cooper was born.

The Australian trampoline squad are scheduled to havea training camp in Japan over Christmas. The Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020.

“It’s not everyday you win a World Championships medal,” Swadling posted on social media.

“I could not be happier for the opportunity to compete alongside such a superstar Dominic Clarke in such a high quality final.

“I’m proud to wear the green and gold and grateful for the experience.”

Meanwhile, the Australian Gymnastics Championships will remain in Melbourne for the next two years with the 2019 event taking place from May 20 to June 4.

Newcastle 500: Fabian Coulthard in title support of Supercars teammate Scott McLaughlin

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TEAMMATES: Supercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard in the Newcastle 500 home straight on Tuesday. Track construction continues ahead of next week’s season-ending race. Picture: Simon McCarthy Title aspirant Scott McLaughlin may bein the spotlight ahead of next weekend’s season-decidingNewcastle 500, but the role of teammate Fabian Coulthard has come into sharp focus for the finalSupercars round.

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Coulthard is seventh on the overall standings and out of the championship race, but the 36-year-old will play a crucial part in helping fellow Shell V-Power Racing driver McLaughlin attempt to keep nearest rival Shane Van Gisbergen at bay andbreakthrough in 2018.

And being the “ultimate wingman” isn’t a new concept for Coulthard.

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“Obviously we sacrifice our position,” Coulthard said while inspecting the track in Newcastle on Tuesday.

“We’ve done it a few rounds this year –Gold Coast, Bathurst and places like that where we’ve been in a good position but we’ve done what we can to help the 17 [McLaughlin].

“Be it by pitting, not pitting me and pitting Scotty so he doesn’t get stacked and things like that.

“We’ll help out where we can and obviously you need to be fast enough to do that.

“If we’re fast enough, like we were last year, I think I’ll be the ultimate wingman.”

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Twelve months ago Coulthard, who was a career-best third in the driver’s championship last year, finishedsecond behind McLaughlin in Saturday’s race of the inaugural Newcastle 500.

Coulthard retired from Sunday’s race with a driveshaft issue andMcLaughlin copped a controversiallast-lap penalty as rival Jamie Whincupclaimednot only the chequered flag but the 2017 silverware.

This time around approaching the Newcastle 500, McLaughlin leads Van Gisbergen by 14 points.

“I’m just going to be my normal self,” McLaughlin said.“I don’t want to change anything because that’s the reason why we’ve got here.”

Newcastle 500: Hunter Paralympian Maddi Elliott takes Supercars pair on golden ride before ‘hot lap’

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MEDALS: Supercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard with Maddi Elliott (left) in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture: Simon McCarthySupercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard knew they were meeting a Newcastle 500 competition winner at Fort Scratchley on Tuesday, but they didn’t expect the Paralympic medals.

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Title hopeful McLaughlin and teammate Coulthard were quite impressed with the golden haul they were shown by Maitland’s Maddi Elliott, who will be taken on a “hot lap” of the trackFriday week.

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“I think I made their day,” Elliott said.

But it wasn’t Elliott’s achievements in the swimming pool that has put the two-time Paralympianin the V8 passenger seat, it was simply a bit of luck.

The self-confessed Supercars fan, who turned 20 earlier this month, had entered multipleonline competitions before being randomly selected for this prize.

SPEED: Two-time Paralympian Maddi Elliott overlooks the Newcastle 500 track at Fort Scratchley on Tuesday. Picture: SImon McCarthy

“I’ve actually been a Supercars fan for at least four years, if not more, and I’ve entered that many competitions since 2013, 2014 that it’s not funny.

“I don’t even know which competition I won, but it was obviously a good one. I’m really excited for it next week.”

Elliott, who as a teenager claimednine Paralympic medals acrossLondon 2012 and Rio 2016, said she was “an adrenaline junkie” and looking forward to “a completely different thrill”.

AUTOGRAPHS: Maitland’s Maddi Elliott gets her Supercars Monopoly board signed by driver Fabian Coulthard in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture: Simon McCarthy

McLaughlin and Coulthard, with Shell V-Power Racing, also signed Elliott’s limited edition Supercars Monopoly board.

No driver has yet to be assigned for the “hot lap”, but Elliott’s favourite isChaz Mostert.

The second edition of the season-ending Newcastle 500 will take place from November 23 to 25.

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Aust Open to draw on Presidents Cup stars

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Stephen Pitt is hoping to attract some International players to the Australian Open.Next year’s Australian Open will go head to head with Tiger Woods’ Hero Challenge in the Bahamas – and officials believe that’s a good thing.

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The 2019 Open, to be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, will take place from December 5-8, a week before the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

While the clash rules out the possibility of Woods returning to contend for the Stonehaven Cup, Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt believes the timing of the national championship can help secure many of the game’s other big names.

The Woods-captained United States team will take on The Internationals just four days after the Open at Royal Melbourne.

“This is great news for the Australian Open and we’re excited about what this means for Australian golf fans,” Pitt said on Tuesday.

“That was a critical moment in 2011 in terms of the Australian Open being before the Presidents Cup. We were able to leverage that pretty well.

“We had a star-studded field that year and we’re really confident about doing the same in 2019.”

With Woods’ field limited to just 18 players, Pitt is confident the 2019 edition will attract a raft of the world’s premier golfers.

“Last time I think we got nine out of the 12 US players,” he said.

“This time around the thought is probably that will flip and we will be targeting International players.”

Australian PGA Championship officials had also wanted to lock in December 5-8 for their event next year.

“We had very fruitful discussions with the PGA of Australia to reach this decision and admire the respect they’ve shown the national championship,” Pitt said.

“It’s an important decision. It’s the right decision for golf and I applaud them for making that decision.”

Having spent the past few days defending the 2018 Open field, which is devoid of Australian golf’s big three of Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, Pitt came under fire on Tuesday for the event being staged in Sydney for a 14th straight year in 2019.

“It’s hard to move and that’s been the reality of tournament golf in Australia,” he said.

“State government partnerships are absolutely critical to the health of the tournament.

“What I would say is that while the Australian Open hasn’t been around the country (in recent years), we have seen other tournaments around the country.

“We’ve had the PGA (regularly) in Queensland, Perth has got the Sixes, Melbourne’s had its share with different things; World Cup and Presidents Cup, and Adelaide’s had the women’s Open.

“So there’s been a good spread around the country.”

Port Stephens Pro: Nikki Van Dijk dashes Newcastle hopes on way to title and guaranteed spot on tourphotos

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Victorian Nikki Van Dijk ended the hopes of Merewether’s Philippa Anderson on the way to guaranteeing herself a sixth year on the championship tour with victory at the Port Stephens Toyota Pro at Birubi Beach on Tuesday.

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Port Stephens Pro: Nikki Van Dijk dashes Newcastle hopes on way to title | photos SO CLOSE: Philippa Anderson reacts after her quarter-final loss on Tuesday. Picture: Ethan Smith/WSL

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1234567891011121314151617181920 – Van Dijk beat Anderson in the quarter-finals13.27 to 11.56, Costa Rican Brisa Hennessyin the semis 16.57 to 14.76and Central Coast’s Macy Callaghan in the final 14.56 to 13.34 at the last qualifying series contest of 2018.

Results at the 6000-point event werecrucial to several contenders for 2019 championship tour spots and Callaghan, Van Dijk and Costa Rican Brisa Hennessy were the big winners.

Callaghan, 18, secured her maiden place on the tour when making the final and Hennessy is certain to debut. They jumped to sixth and seventh respectively on the QS, which is effectively third and fourth when surfers in position to qualify through the CT top 10 are taken out. The top six from the QS are promoted each year.

Anderson was 11th on the QS and seventh on adjusted rankings before the Port Stephens Pro but she finished 13thand ninth.

Results at the CT finale in Maui from November 25could change the qualification picture. Van Dijk is now second on the QS and safe, as well as 10thon the CT, where Malia Manuel could still double qualify. The wildcard spot and injuries to Silvana Lima, who is justinside qualification, and Keely Andrew, who is just outside, could also befactors.

However, Anderson, 26,appears certain to miss out again. It is the third time she has finished 13thon the QS. She has also been12thtwice across eight years on the second tier.

Anderson needed at least a semi-final to improve her position and shestarted well against the eventual champion, locking in a 6.63 to lead. Van Dijk, who was fourth on the QS before the event, took over with a 6.13 to back up a 6.5 at the halfway point.

Anderson needed a six-point ride to go top before Van Dijk improved with a 6.77 inside the final nine minutes. Anderson bettered her back-up score with a 4.93 with seven to go but she still needed a 6.65.

The waves, already small, were few and far betweenand Anderson had a desperate attempt at an aerial in the last seconds.

“Obviously all the girls here, we’re all such good friends and I think when you come up against your friend in a heat like Philippa – honestly, I’ve been cheering her on all year – it feels funny,” Van Dijk said after winning her quarter-final.

“But we’re really good at crossing the line and it’s basically like we’re going to work out there, so we put ourgame faces on.We had a bit of a chat out there, like ‘Oh gosh, it’s so small’.

“But all the girls are surfing so well and there’s so many points on the line, and it’s really close.”

Callaghan led the final early with a7.17 on her first wave. She backed that up to have a competitive13.34 total. But Van Dijk shone in the final 10 minute with scores of 7.33 and 7.23 from big backhand turns to take her second 6000-point win of the season after prevailing at Manly in March.

“This feels really incredible,” Van Dijk said. “I started the year off with a win at the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro and then finished one of here — which is awesome.

“Two wins in Australia is super special. It’s been such a great week surfing against all of these girls, I was pushed so much in every heat.

“It is a really good warm-up before I head to Maui for the final CT event of the year – it could be just the confidence booster I need.

“Knowing I’m safe on the CT next year is so huge. It was such a reality check for me as every heat I had was against someone who was looking to qualify or re-qualify, but I knew I did too so it made it really intense.

“Knowing I’m safe now means I can head to Maui and just try to enjoy it and hope that the reduction in pressure will allow me to surf my best.

“Obviously the last event of the year is always pretty scary. There’s so many points on the line in this event.

“Every heat I was up against girls who had crazy important points on the line, the same with myself actually. I was needing a lot of these points as well so it was so exciting and what better place to have it than here in Birubi.

“Macy got that seven at the start and I almost thought no more waves are going to break, and I was ‘oh gosh, just please bring another one’.It was a little unfortunate we couldn’t go wave for wave but I guess I got a couple underneath her and I lucked out.”

Callaghan narrowly missed out on qualifying at Birubi Beach last year but was safe before going into the final on Tuesday.

“Finishing second never felt so good,” Callaghan said.

“I came second as a wildcard in France on the CT recently, but I think this one feels even better than that.

“My friends and family on the beach knew that I was on (next year’s CT) but didn’t tell me so it was such a surprise when I came in.

“I’m stoked with how I performed this week and had such a fun time in here in Port Stephens, so to leave knowing I’m on the CT next year makes it a dream come true. I’ve wanted to be on the CT since I was a little girl and I know it’s where I’m meant to be.

“I knew coming into this event I had a big task, and I feel I put all the hard work in and I’m just really happy it all paid off.”

Hennessy was also celebrating.

“No words can describe how I feel – this is a dream come true,” Hennessy said.

“There are so many people I need to thank and that have helped me along the way I just don’t know where to start.

“This is my best result all year so I when I was eliminated in the semi-finals it was kind of bittersweet as I wasn’t sure I had done enough to qualify. My goal at this event was to solidify myself on the CT and when I was beaten by Nikki and qualified at the same time it made it all good. It was great to surf against Nikki today — I’m just over the moon.”

Japan’s Mahina Maeda and CT competitors Sage Erickson and Paige Hareb lost in the quarter-finals. Hareb requalified through the QS but Erickson will needs a huge result at Maui to jump up from 14th. She finished 12thon the QS.

Fundraising bid for guard after Vic attack

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Bourke St on Novemeber 9. Photo: AAP Image, Benita KolovosA fundraising campaign is under way for a brave security guard who tried to resuscitate dying terror victim Sisto Malaspina during Friday’s attack in Melbourne.

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Eamon Davie was working on the door of the Carlton Club when the attack unfolded and rushed to the scene where he tried to save the restaurateur’s life.

His sister Jackie told radio 3AW on Tuesday she launched the online campaign for her “hero” brother, a university student and casual doorman, to help pay his bills over the next couple of months while he recovers from the traumatic event.

“He was just starting work on the door and he saw the car coming down the road and saw the guy jump out of it and he was just running at people,” Jackie said.

“My brother’s first instinct was to run back into the Carlton Club and lock the doors to lock all the other people inside.”

He called Triple 0 then ran to the wounded restaurateur who’d been fatally stabbed and desperately tried to resuscitate him.

“He doesn’t see himself as a hero, because in his eyes, he didn’t save him,” she said.

Jackie said her brother won’t ask for help, but he has bills to pay and she does not want him to return to work before he’s ready.

“If he’s not working, he’s not getting paid,” she said.

She has set a $5000 fundraising target.

Another crowdfunding campaign launched for the homeless man dubbed “trolleyman” who helped police during the Bourke Street attack has now raised more than $133,000.

Michael Rogers, 46, used a shopping trolley to ram Hassan Khalif Shire Ali as police officers tried to disarm the Somali-born radical before fatally shooting him on Friday.

Celebrating 40 years of the ground-breaking Allandale winery

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LATEST CHAPTER: Allandale’s owners Michael and Cecilia Lee and May and Dominic Leung.THISmonth the Hunter’s trend-setting Allandale winery marks its 40th birthday – an event harking back to an English migrant’s enchantment with a Tulloch 1964 Pokolbin Dry Red.

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When founded in 1978, Allandale broke new ground by owning no vines and relying on grapes from growers in the Hunter and beyond.

The migrant was Ed Jouault, born on Jersey Channel Island and an accountant. After he migrated to Australia in the 1960s, the Tulloch red ignited a burning desire to switch from accounting to a career in wine.

That brought him to the Hunter to jobs with the old Saxonvale company, part-time winery cellar hand work and to a Wagga Agricultural College winemaking course.

Then came a post as sales manager and assistant winemaker at the McPhersons winery, now Bimbadgen Estate, in McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, and in 1975 he earned a study tour of France’s Champagne Region by winning the Australia-wide Vin de Champagne Award based on knowledge ofChampagne.

Next came realisation of an ultimate dream.With the backing of a group of investors, Ed Jouault bought 12 hectares of sloping land in Lovedale Rd, choosing the name Allandale in memory of winery that ceased operation in 1920 after being one of the Hunter’s largest producers in the 1890s.

A winery and cellar door were set up on the brow of the hill with panoramic views of the Brokenback Range and, using 25 tonnes of grapes from premium growers Ed had signed up, began producing wine.

It was a rare business model for those times, but paid off grandly thanks to Ed’s hard-earned winemaking expertise and the excellent fruit from such suppliers as Petersons at Mount View, the Jack Leonard vineyard in Palmers Lane and Lovedale Rd neighbour Ben Dawson.

The 1982 National Wine Show in Canberra gave the little new venture a stunning triumph when the Allandale 1980 Dawson Vineyard Chardonnay won the Farmer Brothers’ Trophy for the champion chardonnay.

It was the forerunner of decades more of major show awards for Allandale, but Ed Jouault parted company with his fellow shareholders in 1986 and took a job with Wyndham Estate and shortly afterwards but was grievously injured in a car crash and died in 1991 after spending four years in a coma.

He is now remembered in a Hunter Valley Wine Show trophy for the best one-year-old dry semillon.

In the wake of Ed’s departure, Allanandale was caringly owned between 1987 and 2016 by founding shareholders Sydney shoe repairs and shoemaking businessman Wally Atallah and his pharmacist wife Judy.

In January 2016 the Atallahs sold to Hong Kong-based May and Dominic Leung and engineer Michael Lee and his wife Cecilia. Dominic Leung has had a long association with Allandale as its Hong Kong distributer.

The Lees, the Leungs and the Atallahs will all be joining in Allandale’s 40thbirthday celebration at the winery on Saturday week, November 24. Bookings for the $185 per person event, featuring a four-course Ros Baldwin dinner and a fine array of Allandale wines, live music and dancing, can be made on 4990 4526,[email protected]杭州龙凤m.auandallandalewinery杭州龙凤m.au.

For the past 32 years the post of Allandale chief winemaker-general manager has been held by Bill Sneddon, who had joined the winery as assistant winemaker to Ed in 1983.

Under Bill, Allandale’s chardonnay excellence has been maintained – with the 1997 Hunter River Valley Chardonnay being declared the top chardonnay of 1998 by Winestate magazine.

Bill, born and schooled in Cessnock, put himself through a Newcastle University economics degree by working in Hunter wineries then won a Charles Sturt University winemaking degree.

Allandale has gained its own seven hectares of semillon, chardonnay and pinot noir plantings below the winery and continues to buy in quality grapes from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Wrattonbully, Goulburn Valley, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Bill and Alex Woods, who joined Allandale in 2006 after switching from a UK IT project management career to winemaking in Australia, produce an interesting and diverse Allandale portfolio that stays true to the tenets of Ed Jouault.

WINE REVIEWSEXCELLENCE UPHELDTHEAllandale 2017 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnaymaintains the brand’s fine chardonnay reputation. Green-tinted straw, it has tropical fruit salad scents, smooth, ripe peach front-palate flavour, apricot, lemon curd, almond and vanillin oak on the middle palate and flinty acid at the finish. It’s at cellar door andallandalewinery杭州龙凤m.au.

PRICE: $50.

DRINK WITH: paella.

AGEING: six years.

RATING: 5 stars

SHIRAZ IS PLUM ONTHISmulti-faceted, 15%-alcoholAllandale 2017 Matthew Hunter Valley Shirazis bright garnet-hued and bouquet garni-scented. The front palate introduces intense Satsuma plum flavour, the middle palate shows dried cranberry, black olive, mint chocolate, spice and mocha oak characters and the finish chalky tannins.

PRICE: $40.

DRINK WITH: roast pork loin with prune stuffing.

AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

HILLTOPS VIBRANCYFROMthe Young area that’s supplied fruit for 25 years, theAllandale 2016 Hilltops Tempranillohas 15.5% alcohol and gamey aromas and is deep purple in the glass. The front palate shows vibrant raspberry flavour, followed on the middle palate by Morello cherry, spearmint, cloves and savoury oak and on the finish by dusty tannins.

PRICE: $30.

DRINK WITH: veal scallopine.

AGEING: five years.

RATING: 4 stars

Woman who killed fiance ‘loved him dearly’

07/08/2019 | 杭州桑拿 | Permalink

Cathrina Cahill An Irish woman who killed her fiance in Sydney has told a judge she did not leave the “controlling and fairly unpleasant” man as she loved him dearly.

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Cathrina “Tina” Cahill also told her sentence hearing she believed David Walsh every time he said he would change but he always returned to his bad behaviour after a few weeks.

She was giving evidence on Tuesday in the NSW Supreme Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of her 29-year-old fiance.

She stabbed Mr Walsh once in the neck in the early hours of February 18, 2017, at the Padstow home they shared with two other Irish nationals.

Cahill was originally charged with murder, but the Crown accepted her plea to the less serious charge on the basis of substantial impairment due to an abnormality of the mind at the time.

Prosecutor Nanette Williams on Tuesday noted Cahill told police in September 2015, after an AVO was issued against Mr Walsh to protect her, that she held no fears against him.

“I was in fear of getting in more trouble from David if I told the truth,” she said.

“He would call me a rat and a dog.”

She agreed she also told police Mr Walsh was not a risk to her in any way, but she said she was trying to protect him.

She had packed her bags many times to leave him, but Mr Walsh would tell her everything was going to be different.

“He would be making me dinner, buying me flowers, buying me a teddy bear but after two to three weeks it would go back to the way it was.”

She agreed with Justice Peter Johnson that her evidence revealed they had a “pretty stormy relationship” and that Mr Walsh might be seen to be a “controlling and fairly unpleasant person”.

But she said she stayed with him as “I loved him very dearly” and he did have some good features.

The hearing continues.