17 Dec

Eagle Shuey’s dog rumour is half true

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West Coast Eagles’ Luke Shuey has been chuckling over rumours his dog injured his ankle.Finals time always sends the rumour mill into overdrive, but did you hear the one about Luke Shuey and his dog?

Shuey is a certain starter for Saturday’s grand final against Collingwood despite injuring his left ankle in last week’s win over Melbourne.

After injuring his ankle in that game, whispers emerged that Shuey may have actually tweaked it in the lead-up – and that his dog played a part in the saga.

As it turns out, the rumour is half true.

“I had to chase my dog in the backyard and I tripped over, and my missus thought I might have hurt my ankle,” Shuey said with a chuckle.

“But it was fine. It wasn’t as bad as what people thought.

“I don’t know how the rumour got out. And the dog’s fine.”

Another rumour doing the rounds is that Jeremy McGovern has broken ribs.

West Coast have flatly denied that is true, saying the star defender is merely nursing a corked hip.

September has already been a big month for Shuey after welcoming his first child into the world – a boy named Oliver.

Shuey wants to cap off the month with premiership success.

“The new bub’s good. I’m very lucky to have him out happy and healthy,” Shuey said.

“My partner (Dani Orlando) has taken a fair share of the load and taken him into the spare room and let me have my seven or eight hours sleep every night.

“Hopefully I can bring something back to show off to him.

“It would be pretty special to win the grand final. It’s really the only reason you play football.”

Shuey tallied 26 disposals, six clearance, and a goal in the 46-point loss to Hawthorn in the 2015 grand final.

The 28-year-old is confident the Eagles are far better prepared this time around to deal with the big occasion.

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17 Dec

Rooster Ferguson set to break 5km barrier

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Blake Ferguson is set to crack 5000 metres run in 2018 during the NRL grand final.Sydney Roosters star Blake Ferguson isn’t just eyeing a maiden premiership and an n recall, he can also claim a share of NRL history during Sunday’s grand final.

After the best season of his 10-year career, the Roosters winger is on the cusp of becoming just the third player to break the 5000 metre barrier in a single season.

According to Fox Sports Stats, the 28-year-old goes into the game with 4878m from his 26 appearances.

And considering he has gobbled up 188m per game, he’s expected to make the requisite 122m at ANZ Stadium against the Storm.

The only two players to achieve the feat are Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (5795m), in his magical final season with the Roosters in 2015, and Jason Taumalolo (5050m) when he led North Queensland to the grand final last year.

Roosters fullback James Tedesco is second in the league for running metres with 4306m and even he was floored by his teammate’s output.

“That’s so good,” Tedesco told AAP.

“I’ve been feeling for him for a bit because he had a rough start to the year. But he’s played consistently throughout the year.

“He’s one of my favourite players to play with. I’m going to miss him next year.

“Whenever we get the ball on our 10 metres or inside our own 20, he’s there taking that carry, creating that quick play-the-ball to start our whole set.

“He’s huge for our team and I don’t think a lot of people see that.”

The Parramatta-bound 28-year-old has bounced back in emphatic fashion after the twin disappointments of being dropped from the n squad for last year’s World Cup and losing his NSW State of Origin jersey this year.

After swearing off alcohol and getting his life right off the field, he was rewarded on Tuesday night when he was named the Dally M winger of the year.

Despite being overlooked for state selection, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has said he was keeping an eye on Ferguson.

He has plenty of competition to earn an n recall in the likes of Valentine Holmes, Josh Addo-Carr, Tom Trbojevic and Dane Gagai.

However he’s put his best foot forward – sitting in the top five for tries (4th, 18), linebreaks (2nd, 24) and runs (1st, 516) this year.

“He’s been massive,” Ferguson’s right-side partner Joseph Manu said.

“He’s been doing it consistently. He takes those hard carries, he does them all game.

“He’s special for me and he’s been special for the team.”

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17 Dec

War of words between AFL stars erupts between Mo Hope and Mick Malthouse

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A grand final luncheon in Ballarat today resulted in controversy after AFLW star Moana Hope stormed out of the function over comments made by league legend Mick Malthouse.

The feud at the luncheon, hosted by the North Ballarat Sports Club, started over commentsHope labelled as “disgusting”.

Hope wasfront and centre of the event when she stormed out and did not return.

The furore erupted over a discussion regarding proposed rule changes in the AFL and injuries to women.

Hope says she took offence to the comments, but Malthouse claims his words were taken out of context.

Watch The Courier’s interview with Malthouse, Hope and Jason Akermanis before the function.

After the event, Hope told AFL苏州楼凤.au she felt Malthouse was insinuating women shouldn’t play football.

“He was saying stuff about how women get injured and women should just not play AFL because it’s a man’s game,” Hope told AFL苏州楼凤.au.

“When he was asked about the AFL changing the rules of the men’s game and the square (goalsquare), he then went onto talk about the game back in his day and if the AFL did change the rules, they may as well put skirts on the men, let them play netball and call them women.”

Hope posted this on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

“The fact he said it’s a man’s game and women shouldn’t be playing and only should play without contact, it really upset me.

“I put my mic down and left the appearance, something I’ve never done before. I was so disgusted and embarrassed, I almost cried, I almost had a panic attack.”

Malthouse responded on Thursday night, believing Hope had taken his comments out of context.

“It was a very unprofessional way of approaching this… clearly she had the opportunity to talk, and to get up and walk out because of a different opinion, I’ve never seen it before.”

“I was asked about the rules and I said the 18-metre rule is ridiculous,” he told Fairfax Media.

The AFL Competition Committee has recently signed off on recommendations that would see the length of goal square extended from nine to 18 metres, and six-six-six starting positions enforced at every centre bounce.

READ MORE:Malthouse sets a challenge to hasten assault on cancer in Ballarat

“Two, I said a game divided up into divisions is netball and they wear a skirt. We do not want to make it into divisions… we do not need a football ground broken into divisions.”

He said he would “never apologise” for his opinion that there should be a modified game for women.

“As far as AFLW, I don’t like it in its present format… they subject themselves to massive injuries. I suggested the ball should be smaller and should be no bumps and only tackle, not go to ground, that would make it uniquely women’s football,” he said.

“I’m all for women playing sport, however the casualty wards in hospitals have too many girls with broken collarbones, busted knees etc.”

In a now deleted post on Instagram, Hope’s partner – model Isabella Calstrom- also spoke out against the former Carlton coach.

“I cannot believewhat this disgrace of a man just said while on stage in front of so many kids and my partner. It’s sickening. How can you have a daughter and speak so poorly of woman and woman in sport,” she wrote.

Onlookers at the event toldThe Courierthe event continued with little fuss after Hope’s dramatic exit.

Hope and the North Ballarat Sports Club did not respond to requests for comment.

– with The Age

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18 May

Kavanaugh accuser lauded as honest, brave

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Christine Blasey Ford has been lauded as brave and honest after testifying against Brett Kavanaugh.Christine Blasey Ford began her testimony in front of a Senate committee by saying she was “terrified,” and at times she looked it.
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But by the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and brave.

Before the Senate hearing on Thursday, Ford had never appeared on camera, and was only depicted in news media reports with a grainy photo lifted from the internet.

She emerged in the eyes of many American women as a compelling figure in the #MeToo movement that is usually associated less with the names of victims and more with a list of high-profile men accused of misconduct.

Thousands of conservatives took to social media to accuse Ford of lying to bring down Kavanaugh, who angrily and tearfully denied her accusations in a day of dramatic, high-stakes testimony from both the accused and the accuser.

While Republican senators depicted her testimony as part of a partisan attack orchestrated by Democrats, they – and Kavanaugh – were careful not to attack Ford personally.

And outside Congress, even many prominent conservatives were willing to praise Ford.

“Dr. Ford comes across as a credible person who has suffered the serious emotional impact of a disturbing incident in her teens,” said Alice Stewart, a conservative strategist who has worked on several Republican presidential campaigns.

“This will boil down to the sincere credibility of someone with nothing to gain versus the sincere credibility of someone with everything to lose.”

Right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted, “Ford seems kind. This doesn’t strike me as partisan.”

Fox News commentator Chris Wallace called Ford’s testimony “extremely credible” and a “disaster for the Republicans.”

Moira Donegan, a writer and prominent voice in the #MeToo movement, said Ford struck a chord among American women.

“So many women around the country were watching it together in rooms and texting one another about what they were seeing, identifying with her,” said Donegan said.

Still, even many Republicans who believed Ford was honestly recounting what happened to her took the view that it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony that he was not there and did not attack her.

Ford, a 51-year-old psychology professor from California, began her appearance by asking for a cup of coffee, her jaw tight with nerves. Her voice cracked at times as she then gave an emotional account of the alleged assault in 1982.

When a male senator read Kavanaugh’s denial, Ford appeared to shudder. She appeared to be close to tears at times, but she was firm and dignified throughout.

A GoFundMe page to support Ford and pay for her security and legal expenses quickly doubled its fundraising total after it was mentioned during the hearing.

It had already raised the initial target of $US150,000 ($A206,500) before the hearing and that jumped about $US250,000 on Thursday to over $US412,000.

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18 May

NSW man who killed mum with hammer jailed

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A mentally ill Sydney man who used a hammer to kill his sleeping mother in her bed in the middle of the night has been jailed for at least three years.
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Nathan Connors had pleaded guilty to the May 2017 manslaughter of Lynda Connors, 55, at the Sylvania home they shared with his older brother.

The plea was based on substantial impairment of the mind at the time due to his untreated and longstanding undiagnosed mental illness schizophrenia.

Connors, 29, had become convinced unidentified people would come and take his mother’s soul and if this occurred it would be trapped and she wouldn’t be able to get to heaven, the NSW Supreme Court previously heard.

Justice Robert Allan Hulme on Friday sentenced Connors to five years and eight months in jail with a non-parole period of three years. He will be eligible for release in mid-May 2020.

At the sentencing, the judge said he accepted that Connors’ capacity to judge whether his actions were right or wrong and his capacity to control himself were “more than substantially impaired by his abnormality of mind arising from his mental illness”.

“The brutality and inhumanity of the killing is shocking but the circumstances in which it occurred make the case one that is tragic at a number of levels,” Justice Hulme said.

Connors told psychiatrist Dr Andrew Ellis that on the day he killed his mother he saw signs in the clouds which told him someone was plotting to take his mother’s soul, Justice Hulme said on Friday.

That night a deep voice told him to “take your mother’s soul before someone else does” and he decided to act immediately, killing his mother with a hammer.

Connors told Dr Ellis the act haunts him but he still believes he “had to do it, it was meant to happen, it was destiny”.

He still hears voices every day and believes people are watching him through the television, the court heard.

He told Dr Ellis he doesn’t know what he would do if he saw someone he thought was a demon or someone whose soul he believed needed saving by killing them.

Connors told the psychiatrist he hates himself for having killed his mother and there was probably another way to protect her.

Connors said he should have just told her she was under threat from demons.

The “process of coming to terms with his responsibility for ending her life in such a terrible way is something that he will find exceedingly difficult and probably impossible,” Justice Hulme said.

Upon his release, Connors would be returning to the community without the best support he’d had in life – his mother, the judge concluded.

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18 May

Merewether Golf Club members vote for seniors living redevelopment

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Merewether Golf Club members vote for seniors living redevelopment GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the Merewether Golf Club redevelopment, including a new clubhouse, left, and seniors village. The development is subject to council approval.
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The pool in the seniors village.

The car park and clubhouse entry.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the Merewether Golf Club redevelopment.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Merewether clubhouse.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Merewether clubhouse.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Merewether clubhouse.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Merewether clubhouse.

GRAND PLANS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Merewether clubhouse.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldreported last year that the club was investigating redevelopment plans to shore upits long-term financial position.

Those initial plansincludedbetween 115 and 150 “high-end” apartments catering for up to 200 seniors on the club’s existing car park and short ninth hole.

SomeHunter golfclubs are in financial difficultydue to a general downturn in the industry and an ageing membership base.

But it is understood Merewether, which has 1100 members, is in a relatively strong financial position.

Ms Heritage said on Friday that the deal with Thirdi would provide the club with long-term lease revenue and a replacement for its dilapidated clubhouse.

“Our membership is great, but the membership alone is not going to replace our facility,” Ms Heritage said.

An artist’s impression of the pool in the proposed seniors village.

Shortland Waters, Cessnock, Newcastle (Fern Bay) and Belmont are among other Hunter golf clubs to have entertained redevelopments to prop up their finances.

Cessnock has gone into voluntary administrationthis year with debts of more than $11million after entering into a $30 million joint venture with Daracon Group in 2005.

Shortland Waters also went into administration this year and has fallenout with aged care company Aveoover a seniors development and partial course rebuild.

The Shortland club’s use oftemporary holes during construction work has discouragedgolfers from playing at the course and cutthe club’s revenue.

Ms Heritage said all work on the Merewether course would be completebefore the clubhouse and apartment construction began.

“We have learnt a very big lesson,” she said. “…We will always have an 18-hole golf course throughout this project.”

Mr Berry described the joint venture as the “perfect templateon how a club can engage with a developer and create a win-win for both companies at the time of the development and well into the future”.

Ms Heritage said the club plannedto upgrade the Merewether course to a significantly higher standard.

“It will be a five-star course when we have finished,” she said.

“It will be a fantastic facility. We’re looking to make this a premier inner-city course.”

The club will hold a briefing for nearby residents on October 8.

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18 May

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Capitalise on opportunity

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18 May

Cronk’s NRL romance set for fairytale date

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Sydney Roosters player Cooper Cronk addresses the media at the NRL grand-final press conference.It’s the modern-day rugby league romance that could finish with a fairytale ending.
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The tale of a champion halfback, one of the best of his generation, cutting ties with a decade worth of friendships. A club he was synonymous with for 14 years.

A year ago, Cooper Cronk declared to the world he was skipping town for love.

“I’ve been pretty selfish in my approach to my football career and I think it’s time to put someone else and something else first,” Cronk said last April.

It didn’t come without some heartache.

Cooper’s long-time teammate for club, state and country, the both of whom had formed two of the Storm’s big three, remembers when Cronk broke the news to him.

“I was caught off-guard a little bit. I didn’t really expect that to happen, that he was going to leave our club,” says Cameron Smith.

But he understood the reasons why.

For over a decade, Cronk watched on as Smith, and the other member of the trio in Billy Slater, started and grew a family in a city where most rugby league players have little family support.

Engaged to Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton, Cronk yearned to come home to family.

“We’re all from interstate, or from overseas somewhere, all down there together just looking after ourselves. We knew the situation with Coops, and Tara being in Sydney,” Smith says.

“That was really the extent of it for me.

“I was caught off-guard a little bit when Coops told me, but that was it. I don’t know where the other theories and suggestions come from.”

Smith is referring to reports of a falling out between him and Cronk, a breakdown exacerbated when the Storm captain was met with a cold handshake in their only clash so far in May.

There were also claims he was upset about Cronk joining a modern-day rival, a team he knew was a chance of denying them a shot being the first time in over 20 years to defend their title.

“The grand finals that both these clubs have been involved in since the early to mid-2000s is quite a bit. There was every likelihood of (them meeting the Roosters),” Smith says.

“But I think it’s great for our game that two strong clubs are vying for the trophy on Sunday.”

Cronk’s once unbreakable bond with Smith wasn’t the only heartbreak of his decision.

For months the former Kangaroos halfback was linked with the Sydney Roosters, who have renowned for splashing the cash in chase of the game’s best superstars.

From Arthur Beetson to Ron Coote, Russell Fairfax, Bob Fulton, Brad Fittler and Sonny Bill Williams, the glamour club have long been the envy of rivals clubs for luring the missing piece.

And it was no different in their pursuit of Cronk.

Not only did he play the position of a club favourite, but he had also been the source of sustained State of Origin heartache for Mitchell Pearce that made him an Origin punching bag.

When confirmation came of Cronk’s prized signing – barely a month after the Roosters fell one game short of a grand final – there were instant rumours of unhappiness in the playing group.

It didn’t take long for Pearce to wave goodbye and leave town for Newcastle.

“We had to deal with it because it was a bit abrupt, but that’s footy. Pearcey got his role up there in Newcastle and Coops came here and now it is what it is,” Jake Friend tells AAP.

“Coops is here now. He’s one of us and he’s a big reason why we’re here in this grand final.”

All year, Cronk refused to consider the possibility of meeting his old club in the decider.

But this week, sitting on the opposite end of the table of Smith and Storm coach Craig Bellamy at the traditional pre-grand-final press conference this week, he is anxious.

“The team on the far left of the table (Melbourne) have contributed to me being the person and the player I am today,” Cronks says.

“The team on this side has allowed me to have the two loves of football and my family, together. I think they can contribute to an immense amount.

“If I had stayed in Melbourne, I wouldn’t have gotten married and have a beautiful family.”

Ironically, it’s the physical pain of a shoulder injury that could lead to the heartbreak of him missing out of a grand-final appearance against his former club.

All year he’s shouldered the burden of leaving a club he loved, in pursuit of a woman he loved, while carrying the hopes of a club he’s grown to love.

And he is refusing to let a tear in his shoulder be the final page in his script.

“(The Roosters) have sacrificed a hell of a lot for me to be here. And that’s part of the reason why I’m working around the clock to be right for Sunday,” he says.

“While it’s great to play football for yourself and individual accolades, I think these guys have given up a lot for me to be here. And I think it’s only fair that I return that favour back.”

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18 Apr

Eagle Darling praises ‘fun’ forward line

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West Coast forward Jack Darling will be a crucial player in the AFL grand final against CollingwoodWest Coast forward Jack Darling is in the form of his life but it’s not the only reason why he’s having so much fun.
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Darling is averaging a career-high 2.35 goals per game this season, with his strong contested marking a highlight.

West Coast are a perfect 12-0 when Darling and Josh Kennedy have played together this year, and the pair will be crucial planks in Saturday’s grand final against Collingwood.

But as good as Darling and Kennedy have been this season, it’s West Coast’s small forwards who have also been key to the team’s success.

Willie Rioli and Liam Ryan have been revelations in their debut seasons, while Jamie Cripps is enjoying a career-best year.

Veteran Mark LeCras has also been vital with 32 goals.

“The forward set up we’ve got going at the moment sure is a lot of fun to be part of,” Darling said.

“The new guys that have come in this year have really bought in and played their role, especially with their defensive pressure.

“A massive part of my game in the air is to make sure I at least bring the ball to ground.

“If I mark it, then that’s a bonus.

“I definitely try not to get outmarked. If I bring it to ground, we have those amazing smaller guys who can do some amazing things.”

Darling endured a nightmare performance in the 2015 grand final loss to Hawthorn.

The 26-year-old managed just one goal from 10 disposals, with his horror dropped mark in the third quarter costing the team dearly.

But Darling feels far better prepared to deal with the occasion this time around, and has gained confidence from his hot form this year.

However, he is keen to improve his accuracy in front of goal.

The 191cm forward has booted 19.16 since returning from a serious ankle injury in round 17, including 3.3 in the preliminary final win over Melbourne.

“All year haven’t really been kicking straight,” Darling said.

“If I play a good game, it’s usually 4.3 or something like that.

“At least I’m getting shots. Hopefully in the grand final it will come together.”

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18 Apr

Mick Horne followed his police instincts and it cost him his life

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Mel Horne and son, Tom, who are in Sydney to commemorate husband and father Mick Horne (inset) at National Police Remembrance Day. Photo: Dominic LorrimerFor 24 years Mel Horne knew her husband’s work put him in danger.
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As a NSW Police officer for the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, then-Senior Constable Mick Horne was often the man between dangerous or drunk drivers, and other innocent users of the road.

Long shifts, late nights and fatalities were just a part of the job.

“When they are in the force, it’s always in the back of your mind … something might happen one day, something could go wrong,” she said.

Once Mr Horne retired as a senior constable in 2009, there was no longer a need to worry; surely they were in the clear.

A career in policing was a life-long dream for Mick Horne. Photo: NSW Police

But on June 1 this year the 54-year-old retired officer again put himself in harm’s way, when he risked his own life and fell victim to another man’s alleged hammer attack.

Mr and Mrs Horne had been driving home from Bega to Merimbula when they allegedly drove into the path of Murray Deakin, a 20-year-old man who had allegedly stabbed both his grandparents Gail and Thomas Winner at their Bega home, before fleeing in their vehicle just hours earlier.

Mrs Winner later died.

Driving along Sapphire Coast Drive, Bournda, Mr Horne noticed a car driving erratically and with his policing instincts still sharp, decided to “call it in” and report the number plate.

When Mr Horne stopped his car, the man allegedly struck him in the head with a hammer, before stealing his car. Mrs Horne escaped without injury.

Mr Deakin was later arrested after a five-hour manhunt and has since been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of wounding with intent to murder, among others.

He will next appear before Bega Local Court on October 23.

On Friday, Mr Horne will be one of more than 270 police officers acknowledged for their courage and sacrifice at National Police Remembrance Day services across the state.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the day was a reminder of the constant dangers that come with a police officer’s oath to protect.

“These men and women often place themselves in harm’s way, risking their own lives to help others,” he said.

“Their determination to protect the community sometimes has tragic outcomes and our duty is to ensuretheir courage and selfless action is never forgotten.”

Retired police officer Mick Horne, 54, who was killed in June this year.

Almost three months since his shock death, Mr Horne’s wife and son Tom, 29, have travelled to Sydney to commemorate the former officer, for whom a career in policing was a life-long dream.

And yet they still laugh at the reason it nearly didn’t happen.

Before 1986 Mr Horne was about 1.5 centimetres away from the 174-centimetre height minimum required to don the blue uniform.

“He did everything he could. He went to the chiropractor to be stretched, he lay flat [on the way] to his interview … but he didn’t get in, because they knew he was half an inch too short,” said Mrs Horne.

Luckily for Mr Horne, by 1986 NSW became the first police jurisdiction in to do away with minimum height requirements for officers, placing him front and centre for the force’s first intake in 1987.

When he was forced to retire early due to injury, he declined the option of a role behind a desk, because he “wouldn’t actually be out there, stopping people doing wrong. That’s just what he was about.”

Mr Horne was awarded a medal in 2004 for his 15 years as an officer.

On Wednesday his name was added to the Memorial Wall at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills, in recognition of his bravery and service to the community.

“It’s nice to think people will walk past it and know he’s so much more than what happened to him,” Mrs Horne said.


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18 Apr

Opening of 100th surf season heralded by century-old bugle

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SOUND, SOLDIERS AND SURF: Maryland’s Kye Jeffriess will play the Last Post on a 1912 issue bugle on Saturday. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAKThe sounding of ahistoricbugleon the sands of Nobbys beach this Saturday will recallthe pivotal contribution of WWI soldiersto the region’s surf life saving clubs.
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The Hunter Surf Life Saving branch formed in 1918,the same year the Great War ended.

BUGLE SOUND: Kye Jeffriess with his 110 year-old bugle. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAK

According to Cooks Hill Surf Club’s member services officerJohn Mayo, the branch rapidly expanded in the 20s and 30s due to the number of men who returned from service to the region’s coastline and signed up as surf life savers.

“Fromwhat I can best estimate there was somewhere between 200 and 300surf life savers whovolunteered to go to WWIfrom the surf clubs in Newcastle. Quite a few of them didn’t return,” Mr Mayo said.

“Many other guys joined after returning from the war. They were very enthusiastic for surf clubs because they wanted the comradeship,” Mr Mayo said.

To commemorate this contribution, 16-year-old Kye Jeffriess will play theLast Post during the Hunter branch’s centenary celebration on Saturday morning.

UNKNOWN HISTORY: Markings on the bugle’s bell show the bugle was of government issue in the NSW Citizens Military Force in 1912. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAK

The son of a keen military collector and former Nobbys nipper, Kye will sound a 110-year-old bugle believed to be connected to ’s effort during the Great War. The instrument bears the markings of the NSW Citizens Military Force and was found in Britain.

“I love the fact thatI’m able to go these ceremonies and play for everyone, because music doesn’t die. I can play exactly what was played 110 years ago and people can hear it now,” Kye said.

MAKERS MARK: Markings show the bugle was made in 1908. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAK

With a long line of relatives who have served overseas Kye said he hadn’t tired of playing the military refrain.

“It’s got a soft spot in my heart. It’s very meaningful to me.”

The opening of the Hunter’s 100thsurf season begins at8.30am on Nobbys beach.

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18 Apr

Letters to the editor Saturday September 29 2018

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HIT HARD: Billy Slater after the judiciary hearing that cleared him to play in the grand final on Sunday and, inset, the tackle that landed him there.AS EXPECTED, Billy Slater walked away from what I considered a blatant anddeliberate shoulder charge hearing free to play. This is very bad look for a game that talks a lot about cleaning up this sort of nonsense, yet turns a blind eye on what I considera blatant breach of the rules regarding shoulder charge offences.
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Firstly, the rules are very clear:Billy Slater should have been sent off. Secondly, he should have received a four-weeksuspension and, thirdly, he should have been made an example of so young players learn that even high profile players are subject tothe same rules as they are.

It is no wonder that league fans are leaving in droves as these types of decisions, coupled with the refereeing that fans and players are forced to endure, leave us wanting to find a game that is above allfair, unbiased and consistent.NRL, pleaseclean up your act.

Dennis Crampton,Belmont NorthOUTCRY SHOULDERS BLAMEWHAT a joke, thisfiasco created from Billy Slater’s shoulder charge.

This fiasco was created a few years ago by the public pressure that led to outlawing theshoulder charge in the NRL.

Thanks to the public outcry about how dangerous the shoulder charge is, the NRL bowed to demand.

Apparently facing a dramatic loss of registered players in the code’s juniors,the NRL decided to outlaw a fundamental part of their game due to public backlash from parents who said they would not allow their kids to play rugby league because of the contact, especially shoulder charges. I believe it was afair point for them not to allow their kids to play, but not fair that the rules had to be changed to allow for theirneeds.I understand rugby league needs to compete with other footballing codes, but does this mean you have to change the rules?

Rugby league and rugby union have butted heads for years, but at least rugby union outlawed the shoulder charge a long time ago. At least rugby has stuck to their policy, with any player guilty of a shoulder charge being heavily punished and facingsuspension. For God’s sake, both league and unionarecontact sports. That requires contact of bodies, whether it be high or low impact.

I believe that if the Billy Slater shoulder charge was in round onethis year rather than the game before the grand final there would have beena suspension, so why havespecial circumstances seemingly been made?Is it because of his standing in the game? What if a lesser player committed the same offence, would they be treated they same? I think not. Commonsense would change the rules and deal with shoulder charges the same as tackles. If they were deemed dangerous, they would be sent to the judiciary and dealt with accordingly. Is that unreasonable?If not, why is this the way they deal with tackles?

If you are not happy with the physical contact made in these sports, that’s fair enough. But please don’t support a player who made an illegal shoulder charge and think he deserves to play in a grand final because of the many deeds he has done in thegame.What about the players and families who have suffered at the outcomes of a dangerous shoulder charge, how do you think they feel?

Groiden Schammell,Hamilton NorthWE’RE SHORT ON HONESTYIT SEEMSwe are unable to constitutionally recognise our Indigenous peoples. We can’t possibly establish an exclusively Indigenous body, as that might express an opinion contrary to the wishes of our parliament.We can’t seriously consider moving our national day so that it doesn’t coincide with British seizure and occupation of this continent, and the associated dispossession and destruction of Indigenous society.

Of coursein truth, we could quite easily do all of these things and be a better place for doing so. However, that would require a degree of national, political and personal honesty and introspection that is, clearly, in short supply.Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to promote the government’s dishonest misrepresentation of calls for a “third chamber” which any informed observer knows to be false (‘Indigenous voice rejected’, Newcastle Herald,27/9).

He attempts to muddy the waters by promoting the idea of a national day of Indigenous recognition and celebration (‘Smile and dance: it’s a new Aboriginal day’, Herald, 27/9) seemingly unaware that one issue does not address the other. On this issue real honesty and genuine goodwill remain in short supply.

John Buckley,FloravilleMOST ARE GOOD APPLESI WOULD also like to give my praise to Amaroo Lodge (Letters, 25/9).My brother Ron spent his last years at Amaroo.

We cannot complain of the care the staff gave to him, in fact I am sure he enjoyed his tenure. He made friends easily and always had good stories about the mates he had there. The staff?He never had a bad word to say about any of them.

He was always kept as clean and tidy as his room. He was fussy about his foodbut he survived. I will never forget how the staff came to his aid in the end, compassionate and caring.Thank you.

Mum also spent 18 years in care. She was 14 years at St Vincent de Paul New Lambton and she enjoyed her time there. The friends she made and the staff were excellent, the food was pleasing and she never complained. It was only the last fouryears, when she became immobile, that mum went into high care at Narla Village.They were also very caring. God bless you all.

Not all aged care are bad places and have bad staff, so how about we give praise to the good ones?I am sure there are more good ones than bad. Ron did complain to me once: he said they did not iron his hankies.

Jan Thomas,ShortlandTHE SUNNY SIDE OF POWERI FREQUENTLY read comments by various writers deriding the reliability of renewables.

In the April 2015 storm the grid failed and our caravan solar, battery and inverter gave us a degree of civilisation with lighting and communication for three days.

Because of that outage, I have taken a section of our house off grid and run the TV and ancillaries, radio, modem and phone, device charging and six lights, one of which is over the barbecue,on renewables.

This equipment runs permanently on solar panels via a battery and inverter. There is adequate power even in cloudy weather.

On sunny days we have an abundance of power and we can vacuum or iron or use power tools.

Dave Hamilton,JewellsLETTER OF THE WEEKTHE pen goes to Gwen Tonge, of Cooks Hill, for her letter about green space.

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18 Apr

NZ PM plays anti-Trump at United Nations

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Rejecting isolationism and protectionism in favour of kindness and collectivism, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s key speech to the United Nations lived up to the “anti-Trump” nickname she was once given.
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Ms Ardern – who made waves this week by bringing infant daughter Neve into the UN chambers – didn’t name the US or its president during her nation’s address on Thursday, but nonetheless played counterpoint.

“In the face of isolationism, protectionism, racism – the simple concept of looking outwardly and beyond ourselves, of kindness and collectivism, might just be as good a starting point as any,” Ms Ardern said.

“We must demonstrate that collective international action not only works, but that it is in all of our best interests.”

In a speech focusing heavily on climate change in the Pacific, generational change and equality, Ms Ardern also made a plea for international cooperation on social issues.

“I for one will never celebrate the gains we have made for women domestically, while internationally other women and girls experience a lack of the most basic opportunities and dignity,” she said.

“Me Too must become We Too.”

The line received applause.

The statement was in stark contrast to US President Donald Trump’s, which – along with drawing laughter from other world leaders – stated: “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the doctrine of patriotism.”

However, afterwards Ms Ardern told New Zealand reporters the speech had been written before the general assembly and was not intended to hit at Washington.

“We have held those values long before I was around. It’s not new,” she said.

Ms Ardern, the 38-year-old leader of New Zealand’s centre-left Labour Party, in June became only the second female world leader to have a baby while in office.

But while Vogue magazine this year described her as “the anti-Trump”, she has avoided directly criticising the US president during her year in office, in line with her generally positive political style.

Ms Ardern met briefly with the president while in New York and says he congratulated her on her daughter, while she raised the issue of aluminium and steel tariffs being applied on her country.

During an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she reiterated she wasn’t among those who laughed during Mr Trump’s speech, commenting she had just “observed”.

A heavily export-dependent nation, New Zealand’s leaders have for decades advocated for multilateralism and open trade.

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