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18 Jul

Doubt over Eagle McGovern for grand final

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West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he has issues ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final against Collingwood.

Simpson expects a secret Friday training session to clear his defensive linchpin Jeremy McGovern of a hip injury.

“We anticipate he will play, we just want to tick a few boxes,” Simpson told reporters on Friday ahead his club’s last training session before the premiership decider.

“Someone like Gov, he just gets up. It’s just making sure it’s up enough to play in a grand final.”

But Simpson is openly pondering his other big problem: how can he cut down a man he describes as Collingwood’s spiritual leader, ruckman Brodie Grundy?

“That is a good question,” Simpson said.

He reckoned the answer was not complicating things for his unheralded ruck tandem of Scott Lycett and Nathan Vardy who are tasked with covering the injury-enforced absence of first-choice ruck Nic Naitanui.

“They did a pretty good job last week on (Melbourne ruck Max) Gawn,” Simpson said of his ruck duo.

“But this … it’s another level. Grundy has different strengths.

“Obviously it’s his ruck craft but it’s also around the ground … his work-rate and ability to connect is like a midfielder really.

“He’s a bit of a spiritual leader as well for the Pies.”

Simpson saw great similarities between his outfit, seeking a first premiership since 2006, and Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood, chasing a first flag since 2010.

Which is why he’s wary of Grundy being the game-breaker in a grand final between evenly-matched teams.

“We have got a lot of role-driven positions, I think Collingwood are exactly the same,” Simpson said.

“Both clubs have got talent but we rely heavily on each other.

“There’s no doubt a tremendous spirit at our club. I feel like we’re in a position now where there’s a lot of maturity in our group, there’s a pretty good connection.

“And I have got no doubt that Collingwood are in the same situation.”

West Coast enter the finale with consecutive wins this year against the Magpies.

They won by 16 points in a qualifying final in Perth three weeks ago and claimed their round 17 fixture in July by 35 points at the MCG.

However, Collingwood’s Buckley dismissed any relevance of those results entering the grand final.

“I would be pretty comfortable being in West Coast’s shoes having been able to best us those couple of times,” he told reporters on Friday.

“But at the same time we’re not uncomfortable, given that we have continued to explore our best and find our best.

“And we seem to have taken steps forward and have a bit of momentum around where we’re at at the right time of the year.”

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18 Jul

Newcastle and Hunter volunteer surf season begins with Bogey Hole rescue on new jet ski

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MAKING A SPLASH: Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes and beach inspector Paul Bernard on the new “guardian angel” jet ski. Picture: Peter Lorimer for City of Newcastle

A NEW jet ski will bolster lifeguard efforts on Newcastle beaches as the season begins across the Hunter today.

The “guardian angel” craft will be based at Nobbys, which is patrolled all year, and will help extend lifeguards’ reach from Stockton Bight to Merewether beach.

It got an early call into action on Thursday, when Nobbys lifeguards Ian Gordon and Scott Hammerton helped save a man swept off rocks behind the Bogey Hole.

Police said the 28-year-old was taken to Newcastle beach, receiving treatment for a hand laceration before going to hospital for further assessment.

“This bloke was really lucky,” Mr Hammerton said. “Ian was in the water training, already in his wetsuit, and I took the jet ski out to him when the call came in.

“He hopped on and was over to the Bogey Hole about two or three minutes after the call came in from the Westpac rescue helicopter.”

“That’s just one example of how having the jet ski helps us be more flexible and responsive. We use it for shark sightings, mass rescues, in large surf when the rescue board is not adequate, when boats are in distress close to shore, to assist the Westpac when they need back-up, and on busy days just keeping it in the water to patrol the flagged area.”

The volunteer surf lifesaving season officially begins today. Port Stephens Council lifeguard supervisor Phil Rock said beachgoers should remain vigilant as the weather warmed up.

“Our safety message is simple — always swim at a patrolled location, always stay between the red and yellow flags, and never swim alone,” Mr Rock said.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes will hand over $60,000 to Hunter Surf Lifesaving at a ceremony at Nobbys to mark the raising of the flags.

Further inland at Beresfield, a giant inflatable will welcome the first swimmers at the suburb’s pool.

The 12-metre Mighty Medley inflatable arrives with new shading and seating, and extended hours announced last year.

“The new additions are designed to make the pool a better place for kids to play and for families to relax in summer,” lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

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18 Jul

Plane safety ‘no brainer’: Qld inquest

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A Queensland skydiving boss whose plane crashed killing five people had refused to install a key safety mechanism despite it being a “no brainer” to put it in the plane, an inquest was told.

Paul Turner, former owner-operator of Adrenalin Skydivers, oversaw workplace safety when skydiving first-timer Joey King and his fiancee Rahula Hohua were killed just after take-off from Caboolture Airfield.

Pilot Andrew Aitken and instructors Glenn Norman and Juraj Glesk also died when the Cessna 206 crashed and burst into flames north of Brisbane in March 2014.

The inquest has heard pilot seat movement may have caused the crash.

Ian Robert Colville, director of the engineering company that maintained the plane, told the inquest Mr Turner refused to have the mechanism, known as an inertia reel, installed to prevent pilot seat movement.

“(He said) it was too heavy,” Mr Colville said.

The 50-year aircraft maintenance veteran said he was surprised by that decision because not only was it free from Cessna, who was supplying the reel to all relevant plane owners, but it weighed only about one kilogram.

It was “nonsense” to worry about the weight and a “no brainer” to have it fitted, he said

Mr Colville said all the other Cessna owners his firm serviced agreed to have the device fitted, he said.

“It was at no cost to the owners, so why wouldn’t they do it?”

The upgrade wasn’t mandatory but Cessna manufacturer, Textron Aviation, had sent a directive recommending operators install the device.

Mr Turner has earlier denied he had been offered a seat stop and refused to accept it, instead claiming Cessna couldn’t supply one.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority national manager of operations and standards, Anthony Stanton, told the inquest that although skydiving operations carried fee-paying passengers on their planes, they didn’t operate under commercial aviation regulations at that time.

Instead, the n Parachuting Federation was charged with overseeing an audit system carried out, at the time of the crash, by volunteers lacking specialised aircraft knowledge and with fewer risk controls than other aviation activities, such as scenic flights.

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18 Jul

Jail over 30-hour binge murder in Sydney

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A Sydney strip club regular will spend at least 20 years behind bars after a 30-hour bender ended in a former DJ being senselessly shot and left for dead in a luxury hotel suite.

Hasan Fazlilar, 32, on Friday was sentenced for murdering Central Coast man Donovan Mileham, who died in 2015 after a bullet fired into his leg passed through his bowel and struck a vital vein.

NSW Supreme Court Justice Natalie Adams says the “senseless killing” stemmed from Mr Mileham’s killer finding a phone contact listing for “police crime” and thinking it meant the victim was a police informant.

Having formed that irrational and incorrect opinion, the unemployed Fazlilar beat Mr Mileham about the head with a pistol and then shot the whimpering man’s leg, the judge said.

Justice Adams suggested the 44-year-old victim, who was curled in the foetal position on a couch when shot, could have survived if given immediate medical attention.

But instead, Fazlilar and eyewitness Elias Dimarelis left the Fraser Suites Sydney room within minutes of the shooting one Saturday afternoon in November 2015.

The 44-year-old’s body wasn’t discovered until Monday morning by hotel staff.

Justice Adams said Fazlilar was an extreme drug user and had consumed ice, coke and whiskey as he partied with Mr Mileham and others at a Kings Cross strip club and brothel and the CBD hotel.

Evidence linking Fazlilar to the murder included fingerprints, CCTV, the victim’s blood on his shoe, Dimarelis’ evidence and accounts the killer always carried a pistol.

Yet, he denied being in the hotel, pleaded not guilty at trial and planned to appeal his conviction, Justice Adams said.

Mr Mileham’s mother, Cynthia Baillache, told the court in an earlier hearing the family had been completely broken by the death of her son who had an “open heart” and got on with everyone.

Dustan Mileham and Danie Sims carried portraits of their older brother into the court on Friday.

“My brother was a good man, a normal bloke like us … and then he met that psychopath,” an emotional Dustan told AAP outside court.

Fazlilar was sentenced to 26 years behind bars with a non-parole period of 19 years and six months. With time already served he’ll be eligible for release in May 2035.

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18 Jul

Short Takes September 29 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

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COLIN Fordham and Adz Carter (Short Takes 26/9):it seems middle aged white males such as myself are the only ones to cause offence these days.If the obese checkout operator simply greetedme and smiled without making disparaging remarks about me purchasing sardines, I would not have cause for reply.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayWITH but one game to decide the 2018 NRL champions, media experts who have been referring to the last-eight playoffs as preliminary finals, qualifying finals and/or elimination finalsbut never as quarter- and/or semi-finalscan now use the correct delineation. They are finally calling the final final the final. Or, hang on -should that be the grand final?

Ron Elphick,Buff PointTO OUR lord mayor and Jeremy Bath (‘Mayor warns councillors’, Herald 26/9)I would say “show us the figures.” To Cr Jon Church I would say that I appreciate you taking a stand and asking the questions of council. It reminds me of a former politician, Don Chipp, who once said he wanted to “ keep the bastards honest”.

Denise Lindus Trummel,MayfieldTO WAL Remington (Letters12/9): happy 75th Wally, put a smile on your dial by changing the dial to Question Time in Canberra. Listening to the Libs trying to get out of trouble will conquer all the prophets of gloom that regularly write to this paper.Remember your days at the Sandgate Fruit and Vegetable Markets? You always wore a smile and I vividly recall when the grandstand at Cumberland Oval burnt down (‘twas only a coincidence that Parramatta won the premiership). I vividly recall you nearly needed a plastic surgeon to remove your infectious grin. Happy birthday, Wal.

Neil Pitt,CarringtonBASED on the last Four Corners program, the tip of a big iceberg,and the upcoming Royal Commission into aged care, I find it is quite obvious that the government is incapable of delivering the right to age with dignity. So please, let’s stop beating around the bush and fast track the right to die with dignitybefore many more poor souls suffer a death that we would neither want nor let animals to go through.

Allan Earl,ThorntonIT LOOKS like South is heading toward 100 per centrenewables around 2025, according to the n Energy Market Operator’soutlook (‘Telsa big battery defies skeptics’, Renew Economy 27/9). It seems that Nathan Vass (‘Blackout: two years on, SA now needs us’, Opinion 27/9)has got it all wrong.

Agner Sorensen,TeralbaTHE POLLSSHOULD Kalyn Ponga have won the Dally M Medal for this season?

Yes 60%, No 40%WHATdid you think about Cher’s show?

Best ever 71%, Okay 20%, Not that great 9%SHOULD the Mariners be seeking to retain Usain Bolt?

Yes 53%, No 47%

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