Crash ends in loss of licence

A WARRNAMBOOL driverwho panicked and drove away after crashing his work ute on a notorious corner has been grilled about his drinking habits.
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James Dalton, 23, previouslyof Jamieson Street andnow of Surrey Hills,pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to careless driving and failing to report an accident.

He was fined $800, with $117 costs, and his licence was suspended for two months.

Police saidDaltonwas driving along Daltons Road when he took a sharp corner and crashed his silver Nissan ute into a brick fence, where the road becomes Bromfield Street, at 4am on June 13.

A large section of the wall collapsed andthere was glass from the ute left at the scene.

Dalton reversed his vehicleand drove home without reporting the accident.

Police called for witnesses in The Standard and Dalton came forward two days later, makingadmissions he crashed his ute.Dalton said he panicked and drove home after he fell asleep.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said there were obvious questions about Dalton’s drinking before the crash.

He said Dalton had made a deliberate and conscious decision to drive away, had not facedup to his responsibilities and he may have escapeda drink-driving charge.

Defence counsel Tony Robinson said Dalton had started work at 5.30am the previous day,returned home to visit his family in Warrnambool and then went out with friends.

He said Dalton had a couple of mid-strengthbeers at dinner at a Warrnambool hotel and feared he would lose his licence because of the accident.

The solicitor said without his licence, Dalton did not have a job as a refrigeration mechanic in Melbourne.

Mr Coghlansaid it was not a minor accident.

The magistrate said Dalton had “done a runner” and the natural suspicionwas the defendanthad too much to drink even though he was no longercharged with that offence.

Mr Coghlan said Dalton had been involved in a significant accident,a substantial brick fence had been knocked down and it was a case that required a driverlicence suspension.

He said if he didn’t know of a more deserving case for a licence suspension.

Dalton has appealed against the severity of the penalty.

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State to review Local Government Act

EDITORIAL:Time for state government to review Local GovernmentAct
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The Victorian government willreview the Local Government Act1989, to improve accountability and create a more contemporary, accessible Act to meet the current and futureneeds of Victorian communities.

It comes as the Bendigo Advertisercalled on thestate government to review the Local GovernmentAct last week.

Local government minister Natalie Hutchins announced on Tuesday the terms of reference and members of an advisory committee tasked with providing independent advice on the review – the first since the Act’s inception.

Ms Hutchins said the terms of reference provided for a comprehensive examination that would consider all aspectsof the current Act.

The six-member advisory committee will be chaired by Member for Yuroke Ros Spence and is made up ofcouncillors Mary Delahunty and David Clark, former local government chief executives Kathy Alexander and KayRundle, and public policy academic Nicholas Reece.

The committee will provide advice to Ms Hutchins, who will also consult with local government organisations,including the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association and LGPro.

Ms Hutchins said the review would ensure local councils could improve their service delivery and build strongercommunities for local residents.

“We’re reviewing the Local Government Act to bring it into the twenty-first century and give communities thestrong, transparent and efficient local councils that they deserve,” she said.

“The Act needs to be modernised and the Labor government is ensuring that local residents, councils and expertsall have their say, so that we have the best possible system.”

The review will be a conversation with communities across Victoria on what they want from their localgovernment, with the first round of consultation running from August to December 2015.

The terms of reference are available at梧桐夜网delwp.vic.gov419论坛/local-government

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Fine for offender who hurt little dog

Warrnambool’s Peter Pedretti has been fined for damage and an assault.
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A WARRNAMBOOL man who stood on a small white dog in anger while demanding money from his ex-partner has been fined $750.

Peter Pedretti, 50, of McKnight Street,pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault and causing criminal damage.

Police said Pedretti and a woman had been involved in a relationship for seven months before splitting up.

On June 1 Pedretti arrived at the woman’s home unannounced. Hehad been drinking, asked the woman for money and she initially refused but then relented in the hope Pedretti would go away.

When the woman went inside, Pedrettistood on a small white dogin anger.

Pedretti then got into his car and blasted thehorn.

The woman came outside, she was pushed to the ground and suffered red marks to her shoulder.

He then used his vehicle to push the woman’s car, damagingthe car’sbumper.

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‘Mini tornado’ hits Ulverstone businesses

A number of Ulverstone residents are mopping up after several businesses and a home were battered by strong winds and rain, which was described as being like a “mini tornado” overnight.
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Just after 7pm yesterday, a number of businesses and a resident in Queen and Flora streets at West Ulverstone sustained damage from the high winds.

Large amounts of debris and other building materials were strew along the streets.

Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night. Picture: The Advocate

Senior Constable Nick Patten said a residence on Queen Street and a business at the corner of Queen and Alice Streets had lost their roofs, exposing the insides of the buildings to the elements.

He said other nearby businesses had also suffered damage to external fittings such as guttering, fascias and antennae.

Police from Ulverstone and Penguin along with the State Emergency Service and technicians from Aurora attended the scene and ensured that members of the public were safe and no-one had been injured as a result of the incident.

Police later discovered that the Lions Club building at the Ulverstone Showgrounds had also lost its roof. It was later found in Flora Street.

A large tree had also landed on the rail line and Tasrail services were suspended while it was removed.

Police said that thankfully, no injuries were reported.

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Herald Breakfast – August 11

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @kate_giuliano shared Tuesday’s sunrise over the port.Weather: Sunny in Newcastle (20 degrees), Maitland (21 degrees) and Scone (21 degrees). A gale warning is also in place for the Hunter coast on Wednesday.
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Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Beachwatch:It’s going to be another fantastic day beachside with offshore winds and clear blue skiesbut there won’t be many waves for the surfer. The wind will be west to north-west withthe swell fading away to around 0.5m to one metre from the south-east. Wave conditionswill be nice and clean but a lot of beaches may struggle to break.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @kate_giuliano shared Tuesday’s sunrise over the port.

UrbanGrowth reveals rail corridor concepts:POLL, PHOTOS SOME say it’s the ‘‘generational opportunity to dream big’’ about Newcastle’s future, although some are sceptical.Either way, UrbanGrowth began a six-week public engagement process on Monday, putting future development of the city’s former heavy rail corridor in the community’s hands.

Business’ warn against Woolworths’ dominance: THE dominance of Woolworths retailers in the centre of Raymond Terrace will suffocate attempts to revitalise the town, business owners warn.

Dad asks MPs to pay for his holiday:A FATHER of three has set up a crowd-funding campaign hoping federal politicians will help fund his family holiday to Uluru.

David Carney’s return from exile: THE Jets wingerfeels like a new man. What’s more, heis determined to make up for lost time – starting with the FFA Cup battle against Perth Glory at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

Defiant Newton refuses to surrender:IF the Knights finish the season with the wooden spoon, departing forward Clint Newton reckons they will have earned it.

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Ute, tanker crash closes Cunningham Highway

The Cunningham Highway west of Brisbane was cut in both directions after a crash.The Cunningham Highway remains closed south of Ipswich following a head-on collision between a milk tanker and a ute early Tuesday that claimed the ute driver’s life.
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The collision occurred at Mutdapilly, about 20 kilometres south-west of Ipswich, just after 1am.

The driver of the ute, believed to be aged in his 20s, died at the scene.

The truck driver was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition suffering chest pain, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

The Cunningham Highway is closed in both directions at Mutdapilly as the clean-up continues in the wake of the crash.

Police expect to reopen the highway before 10am.

They have advised motorists to avoid the highway where possible and seek alternative routes.

Traffic diversions are in place.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. #BREAKING: Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash near Mutdapilly. #9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/PFer22b4Jx— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) August 10, 2015

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On the go | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Good morning central Victoria!
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We’re in for a partly cloudy day with avery high (90%) chance of rain, most likely later tonight -Bendigo 13, Echuca 15, Maryborough 13, Kyneton 11, Redesdale 13, Castlemaine 12.

Making news this morning…

Saying no to family violence:A messageof respect will be beamed to thousands of punters across Australia from Maryborough in October when the town’s Rotary Club uses a harness racing meet to say no to family violence. More here.

Speeder says it was ‘spur of the moment’:A Bendigo man who drove more than 40 kilometres per hour over the speed limit in a Golden Square back streettold police it was a“spur of the moment kind of thing”. More here.

Bendigo Bank’s $424 million profit a ‘solid’result: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst has described a $423.9 millionprofit as“solid” and says the result keeps it in a strong position to support regional communities.More here.

Ship-shape cafe to combat youth unemployment:The rustic exterior to a blue-green shipping container holds the bright hope of promise for some of Eaglehawk’sunemployed youth. More here.

PHOTOS: CFA volunteersdecorated:Bendigo firefighters were decorated for their service on Black Saturday at a ceremony in Eaglehawk on Monday night. More here.

WIN: Weather on the radar | Photos:Check out the latest entries in the weather photo competitionhere.

SPORT:Blues, Hawks surge clear in title race:The Bendigo Amateur Soccer League division onechampionship race is down to two. More here.

Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► TASMANIA: A formerRisdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard. FULL STORY

►DUBBO: Dubbo has made a not-so-flattering13th-worst place in NSW for domestic violence – a crime which occurs so frequently women’s advocates thought the ranking would be even closer to the top. READ MORE

► RIVERINA:Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be foundThe price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. FULL STORY

►BALLARAT: ProminentBallarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett believes a decision to name the city’s newest suburb Winter Valley instead of Mullawallah is race-motivated. Mr Lovett has dismissed excuses by a number of residents for not wanting the original name, saying it was nothing but racist.READ MORE

Ballarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett is one of many disappointed Ballarat’s newest suburb won’t be named Mullawallah as originally proposed.

►ILLAWARRA:A driver has punched a motorcyclist in his helmet in a mystifying road rage incident captured on film at Warrawong.The footage, filmed on dashcam, shows a Toyota exiting the Warrawong Westfield car park onto Northcliffe Drive shortly before 11am Saturday, in between two motorcycles. What comes next is shocking. WATCH, READ MORE.

►MANDURAH: Foodiesand amateur cooks have the opportunity to create a meal using the State’s best fresh produce in a bid to win the title of WA’s Signature Dish for 2015. FULL STORY

►ORANGE: Seekingrefuge in the old Orange Base Hospital site, under bushes and on other people’s couches – homelessness in Orange is an invisible problem that community organisations say needs to be recognised. READ MORE

Fusion Central West team leader Bev Rankin says homeless people are known to use the old Orange Base Hospital site as a shelter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

►TASMANIA:‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son.”

SenatorJacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children. FULL STORY

►ALBURY-WODONGA: A Border church leader has hung posters supporting gay marriage. READ MORE

►Hangovers are causing 11.5 million ‘‘sick days’’ a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests.There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing ‘‘Weepy Wednesdays’’ because of the delayed effects of their drug use. FULL STORY

Excess drinking at weekends puts a tax on a body’s immune system. Picture: Simon O’Dwyer

►Police are searching for a man who tried to have sex with a dog in front of two dog owners in Sydney’s west on Sunday. READ MORE

►The Department of Finance will keep secret the outcome of its investigation into the questionable use of taxpayer-funded entitlements by three prominent federal politicians. FULL STORY

► CHINA:China has handed former senior military officer Gu Junshan a suspended death sentence in the latest milestone of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out corruption in the country’s armed forces. FULL STORY

►LONDON:Australian flight safety experts will examine a reconstruction of part of the MH17 plane to test their theory on why it crashed.

The experts have joined colleagues from five nations in the Netherlands to discuss their report on last year’s MH17 disaster. READ MORE

► SYRIA:Medical care in besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has gone back to the “Stone Age”.Anaesthesia, antibiotics, blood, saline, replacement joints, frames: none of these basics have been available in Yarmouk or the surrounding towns for almost a year. FULL STORY

Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine on 2 August, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

AS a 15-year volunteer firefighter, Nathan Rogers has faced and overcome many challenges.

Next month he will tackle arguably one of his biggest.

The father of three, who is stationed at Eaglehawk Fire Brigade, will be one of 400 firefighters from across Australasia to battle it out in the second annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.

Eaglehawk CFA volunteer Nathan Rogers is preparing for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on September 5. Picture: Emergency Services Photography – Emily Rogers

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Riverina brekkie wrap | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

@ellielnoon: Rain makes canola!Looking for a news fix from around the country and the world this morning? Well, we’ve got you covered. But first, around the Riverina we go…
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►A woman suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body after an explosion at a Tumut caravan park. FULL STORY

►Adisqualified driver has been told to choose between kids and going to jail. FULL STORY

►Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be found.The price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. READ MORE

►In the poker fraternity, to wina World Series of Poker gold bracelet is a sign thatyou’ve made it.Next year, Griffith man Anthony Smith will have that chance. FULL STORY

►A prisoner’sadvocate group has labelled the decision to ban smoking in Junee’s jailas“deliberatetorment”. READ MORE

►Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has confirmed he met with parents over concerns about Yanco Agricultural High School’sfinancial position.Last monthThe Irrigatorrevealed a commissionedreport into the boarding school showed it was losing $1 million a year.The Department of Education denied the school was in financial trouble. FULL STORY

►30 BC: Cleopatra commits suicide following the defeat of her forces against Octavian.

► 1824: New South Wales was constituted a Crown Colony. The Colony as it was established in 1788 was a penal colony. Crown Colony status was the first step towards responsible government; NSW had more freedom but the administration and legislature was still controlled by the British Crown.

►1999: Up to 350 million people watch the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century.

► BIRTHDAYS: Chris Hemsworth (1983), Hulk Hogan (1953), Viola Davis (1965), Enid Blyton (1897)

Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► TASMANIA: A formerRisdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard. FULL STORY

►DUBBO: Dubbo has made a not-so-flattering13th-worst place in NSW for domestic violence – a crime which occurs so frequently women’s advocates thought the ranking would be even closer to the top. READ MORE

► RIVERINA:Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be foundThe price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. FULL STORY

►BALLARAT: ProminentBallarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett believes a decision to name the city’s newest suburb Winter Valley instead of Mullawallah is race-motivated. Mr Lovett has dismissed excuses by a number of residents for not wanting the original name, saying it was nothing but racist.READ MORE

Ballarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett is one of many disappointed Ballarat’s newest suburb won’t be named Mullawallah as originally proposed.

►ILLAWARRA:A driver has punched a motorcyclist in his helmet in a mystifying road rage incident captured on film at Warrawong.The footage, filmed on dashcam, shows a Toyota exiting the Warrawong Westfield car park onto Northcliffe Drive shortly before 11am Saturday, in between two motorcycles. What comes next is shocking. WATCH, READ MORE.

►MANDURAH: Foodiesand amateur cooks have the opportunity to create a meal using the State’s best fresh produce in a bid to win the title of WA’s Signature Dish for 2015. FULL STORY

►ORANGE: Seekingrefuge in the old Orange Base Hospital site, under bushes and on other people’s couches – homelessness in Orange is an invisible problem that community organisations say needs to be recognised. READ MORE

Fusion Central West team leader Bev Rankin says homeless people are known to use the old Orange Base Hospital site as a shelter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

►TASMANIA:‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son.”

SenatorJacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children. FULL STORY

►ALBURY-WODONGA: A Border church leader has hung posters supporting gay marriage. READ MORE

►Hangovers are causing 11.5 million ‘‘sick days’’ a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests.There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing ‘‘Weepy Wednesdays’’ because of the delayed effects of their drug use. FULL STORY

Excess drinking at weekends puts a tax on a body’s immune system. Picture: Simon O’Dwyer

►Police are searching for a man who tried to have sex with a dog in front of two dog owners in Sydney’s west on Sunday. READ MORE

►The Department of Finance will keep secret the outcome of its investigation into the questionable use of taxpayer-funded entitlements by three prominent federal politicians. FULL STORY

► CHINA:China has handed former senior military officer Gu Junshan a suspended death sentence in the latest milestone of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out corruption in the country’s armed forces. FULL STORY

►LONDON:Australian flight safety experts will examine a reconstruction of part of the MH17 plane to test their theory on why it crashed.

The experts have joined colleagues from five nations in the Netherlands to discuss their report on last year’s MH17 disaster. READ MORE

► SYRIA:Medical care in besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has gone back to the “Stone Age”.Anaesthesia, antibiotics, blood, saline, replacement joints, frames: none of these basics have been available in Yarmouk or the surrounding towns for almost a year. FULL STORY

Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine on 2 August, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

AS a 15-year volunteer firefighter, Nathan Rogers has faced and overcome many challenges.

Next month he will tackle arguably one of his biggest.

The father of three, who is stationed at Eaglehawk Fire Brigade, will be one of 400 firefighters from across Australasia to battle it out in the second annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.

Eaglehawk CFA volunteer Nathan Rogers is preparing for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on September 5. Picture: Emergency Services Photography – Emily Rogers

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Border breakfast wrap-up | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It might be getting warmer but this photo from @willstayclassy at Albury Airport shows we still have some way to go until we get to spring. Good morning and welcome to the Border Breakfast Wrap-Up. Over the next fewhours we will bebringing you as much information as possible from across the Border regionand nationally.
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Weather, road conditions, breaking news, we will have it all – and we’d love to hear from you!If there’s anything happening in your part of the world, drop usa line! Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

Albury surgeon still restricted Dr Roland von Marburg.

A BORDER medico will still have some limitations on his surgical work, despite saying he has won an appeal.

Dr Roland von Marburg told The Border Mail he won his appeal against the surgeryban with the handing down of a decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Appeal Tribunal.

The Medical Council of NSWhad made a ruling against the ear, nose and throat surgeon in late March, ordering that he could not carry out “any surgical procedure in an setting, including the practitioner’s rooms or hospital”.

Jail for firearm threatAn Albury woman who pulled out a sawn-off shotgun to threaten her partner suffered horrific abuse as a child, Albury Local Court has heard.

Kathleen Miller was choked, bashed and even thrown down stairs in a devastatingpattern that continued into her adult years.

On Monday, she was jailed for 13 months for a crime the court heard was in retaliation for ongoing abuse from her partner.

Father Peter MacLeod-Miller supports marriage equality Father Peter MacLeod-Miller.

FORMER MP Sophie Mirabella laughing at her wedding with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former speaker Bronwyn Bishop is the image that is hoped to gain support for marriage equality.

St Matthew’s Father Peter MacLeod-Miller hung the posters of the politicians around Albury on Tuesday.

The poster reads “all in the family –politicians against marriage equality working together for a fairer Australia?”

Father MacLeod-Miller hopes to drum up support for marriage equality within other churches on the Border.

Albury won’t sanction Elliott Powell despite Dederang dramaALBURY young gun Elliott Powell is likely to escape club sanctions, despite his decision to play for another club on Saturday.

Elliot Powell.

The Tigers say they were unaware Powell had played for his former club Dederang-Mount Beauty in the Tallangatta league reserves, until reading it inThe Border Mailon Monday.

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Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► TASMANIA: A formerRisdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard. FULL STORY

►DUBBO: Dubbo has made a not-so-flattering13th-worst place in NSW for domestic violence – a crime which occurs so frequently women’s advocates thought the ranking would be even closer to the top. READ MORE

► RIVERINA:Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be foundThe price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. FULL STORY

►BALLARAT: ProminentBallarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett believes a decision to name the city’s newest suburb Winter Valley instead of Mullawallah is race-motivated. Mr Lovett has dismissed excuses by a number of residents for not wanting the original name, saying it was nothing but racist.READ MORE

►ILLAWARRA:A driver has punched a motorcyclist in his helmet in a mystifying road rage incident captured on film at Warrawong.The footage, filmed on dashcam, shows a Toyota exiting the Warrawong Westfield car park onto Northcliffe Drive shortly before 11am Saturday, in between two motorcycles. What comes next is shocking. WATCH, READ MORE.

►MANDURAH: Foodiesand amateur cooks have the opportunity to create a meal using the State’s best fresh produce in a bid to win the title of WA’s Signature Dish for 2015. FULL STORY

Ballarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett is one of many disappointed Ballarat’s newest suburb won’t be named Mullawallah as originally proposed.

►ORANGE: Seekingrefuge in the old Orange Base Hospital site, under bushes and on other people’s couches – homelessness in Orange is an invisible problem that community organisations say needs to be recognised. READ MORE

►TASMANIA:‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son.”

Fusion Central West team leader Bev Rankin says homeless people are known to use the old Orange Base Hospital site as a shelter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

SenatorJacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children. FULL STORY

►ALBURY-WODONGA: A Border church leader has hung posters supporting gay marriage. READ MORE

►Hangovers are causing 11.5 million ‘‘sick days’’ a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests.There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing ‘‘Weepy Wednesdays’’ because of the delayed effects of their drug use. FULL STORY

►Police are searching for a man who tried to have sex with a dog in front of two dog owners in Sydney’s west on Sunday. READ MORE

►The Department of Finance will keep secret the outcome of its investigation into the questionable use of taxpayer-funded entitlements by three prominent federal politicians. FULL STORY

Excess drinking at weekends puts a tax on a body’s immune system. Picture: Simon O’Dwyer

► CHINA:China has handed former senior military officer Gu Junshan a suspended death sentence in the latest milestone of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out corruption in the country’s armed forces. FULL STORY

►LONDON:Australian flight safety experts will examine a reconstruction of part of the MH17 plane to test their theory on why it crashed.

The experts have joined colleagues from five nations in the Netherlands to discuss their report on last year’s MH17 disaster. READ MORE

► SYRIA:Medical care in besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has gone back to the “Stone Age”.Anaesthesia, antibiotics, blood, saline, replacement joints, frames: none of these basics have been available in Yarmouk or the surrounding towns for almost a year. FULL STORY

Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine on 2 August, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

AS a 15-year volunteer firefighter, Nathan Rogers has faced and overcome many challenges.

Next month he will tackle arguably one of his biggest.

The father of three, who is stationed at Eaglehawk Fire Brigade, will be one of 400 firefighters from across Australasia to battle it out in the second annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.

Eaglehawk CFA volunteer Nathan Rogers is preparing for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on September 5. Picture: Emergency Services Photography – Emily Rogers

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China gives former senior military officer suspended death sentence for corruption

Beijing: China has handed former senior military officer Gu Junshan a suspended death sentence in the latest milestone of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out corruption in the country’s armed forces.
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Gu, 58, a former lieutenant-general and deputy logistics chief of the People’s Liberation Army, was tried behind closed doors due to the existence of “military secrets” in his case. He was convicted of embezzlement, abuse of power, bribery and the misuse of state funds, China’s Defence Ministry announced on Monday evening.

First charged last year, Gu was the first senior military figure to fall foul of the targeted campaign seen by Chinese leaders as a key step to modernise and invigorate a military that had become encumbered by pervasive graft.

Both serving and retired officers have warned that corruption in China’s armed forces had become so endemic it threatened to undermine its ability to fight wars.

“The military court determined the amount of bribes Gu Junshan accepted was huge, the harmful consequences especially grave, the amount of misappropriated public funds immense, and the details of his abuse of power especially serious,” an unnamed military court official said in a separate statement.

Gu’s sentence came with a two-year reprieve; suspended death sentences in China are typically commuted to life if no further charges are brought after that period.

The length of time that had lapsed after the first announcement of Gu’s arrest had led some analysts to question whether Mr Xi’s anti-corruption campaign – which has spanned across the military, government organs and stated-owned enterprises – had met with some resistance.

But recent months have seen the downfall of other even more senior military figures including Guo Boxiong, a former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Xu Caihou, who held the same rank. Xu died in March of cancer, government officials said, after confessing of his corruption-related crimes.

All three disgraced military officials were said to have engaged in the widespread practice of accepting bribes in exchange for aiding promotions – effectively ‘buying and selling’ military ranks and the perks and patronage that came associated with them.

“For leading cadres at all levels, this is a profound warning to remember that the ‘perks’ given to you today are just the ‘bomb’ that will destroy you tomorrow,” a commentary carried on the Chinese Defence Ministry website said.

Gu, in particular, became especially notorious in China after state media reported the vast cache of gold bars, jewellery, expensive artwork and liquor hidden in his basement.

The apparent desire to step up the military purge comes with an increasing desire to project a powerful and modernised armed forces as tensions heighten in the disputed waters of the East and South China Seas.

China is also readying for a major display of its military might in a large-scale parade scheduled for early next month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the Second World War.

With Reuters

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