Symonds fined $4000 for McCullum slur

Andrew Symonds has been fined $4000 for his drunken radio slur against Kiwi batsman Brendan McCullum.
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While the Kiwi was plundering a century in the tour opener against the Prime Minister’s XI, Symonds was fronting a Cricket Australia (CA) tribunal in Melbourne to answer a contrary conduct charge for referring to McCullum as a "lump of sh*t". ————————————– YOUR SAY: Enough, too much or just a slap on the wrist? ————————————– The Code of Conduct Commission hearing upheld a charge that Symonds had breached the Code of Behaviour Rule 9 relating to detrimental public comment.

Code of Conduct Senior Commissioner Gordon Lewis issued a fine of $4000 as penalty for the breach.

Symonds had already apologised for the gaffe and flew to Melbourne to face the tribunal in person, before returning to ready himself for Queensland’s Sheffield Shield match with WA in Brisbane starting tomorrow.

Estate unrest under investigation

Investigations into the disturbance at the Gordon Estate last Friday, which police believe was caused by two feuding families, have started according to Department of Housing Building Stronger Communities strategy manager Donna Hinchcliff. Ms Hinchcliff said both the Housing Department and local police were investigating the situation which occurred last Friday, speaking at yesterday’s weekly community meeting organised by the Housing Department during the dismantling of the Gordon Estate . Police were called in last week after reports that between 60 and 80 people were fighting on Spears Drive. Ms Hinchcliff was also called to the scene. “We are currently investigating the incident and so are the police, so I won’t make further public comment,” Ms Hinchcliff said. At the same time she said much of what was occurring on the estate was a “law and order issue” not a “housing” issue. “A lot of this stuff is law and order and I’m a little tired of Housing being blamed in the media. “We can be responsive with regard to incidents and the prevention of incidents but the Housing Department is not the responsible agency. “I think Housing is the one agency in this town that is being pro active.” Ms Hinchcliff said the department would act against tenants causing disturbances but needed police proof to take them to the tenancy tribunal and evict them. “That’s why I say over and over again you must report anything to Housing and to the police. “I know at times it seems like nothing is happening but I assure you the department acts on every complaint. “I can put my hand on my heart and tell everyone in this room that we respond and take these issues seriously.” One resident said they understood the Department of Community Services should be looking into the action of some of the young children on the estate “but the main reason we pick on the Department of Housing is because we don’t see DoCS and the police used to come to meetings but not any more”. As of yesterday, 30 families had been relocated from the Gordon Estate and a further seven offers accepted. [email protected]苏州美睫培训
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Goalie deflects Tiatto swipe

If Griffin McMaster wasn’t a professional footballer, he would make a fair peacekeeper with the United Nations.
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As Queensland Roar’s cold war of goalkeepers gained fresh impetus with Danny Tiatto’s call for regular first-choice Liam Reddy to be recalled for the A-League semi-finals, McMaster refused to return fire with a missile, instead playing the diplomat in a fashion that would make Henry Kissinger proud.

"Everyone’s got an opinion, that’s the way it goes," the 25-year-old said when asked what he thought of Tiatto’s publicly-aired view that he’d rather be in the trenches with Reddy behind him.

The veteran midfielder declared Reddy the top goalkeeper – "I’d rather have behind me – anytime" – but McMaster, the up-until-three-weeks-ago-reserve-keeper, put the "civil" into civil war following a training session at Ballymore.

"I’m only really worried about my input in training … so I’ll just keep working hard," said McMaster, who is vying for his fifth consecutive start in the Roar’s semi-final first leg against Central Coast on Friday week.

McMaster had appeared in an all-together less tolerant mood on the training pitch earlier, appearing to spray a few choice words in Tiatto’s direction as Frank Farina’s squad cheered his comfortable save from the midfielder’s driven shot.

He said the pair had shaken hands – "it’s nothing to be worried about" – before the training session and insisted he was unfazed to have Tiatto in Reddy’s corner.

"I just want to give 110% for the team – again I’m not really phased one way or the other," McMaster said, the Kofi Annan in him shining through.

"I just want to put in the hard yards. It’s just an opinion isn’t it at the end of the day? Again, I’m only worried about my efforts in training."

Worry he needn’t because Farina, the Roar coach, has made it clear he intends to stick by his ‘if it’s not broken don’t fix it’ policy and retain McMaster for the visit to Gosford in eight days.

"He’s backing me yeah, that’s right," McMaster said .

"There’s another eight days or so until the semi-final so you’ve still got to put the hard yards in at training and get better and better."

Despite appearing to hold the ascendancy on the brink of the semi-finals, McMaster said his tussle with Reddy – who he displaced after the previously first-choice custodian suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the month – was one waged "day by day" at training.

Reddy was shuffled off quickly to a post-training massage at Newmarket. And while the pair are hardly spending their spare time playing Wii together, McMaster was adamant the goalkeeping arm-wrestle had not become personal.

"There’s a lot of competitiveness which I reckon is what it’s all about," he said.

"There’s 23 players that can all make the 11 and you’ve just got to put in at training and always put your hat in the ring and see where it takes you.

"The best preparation I can do is work hard at training. That’s all I can really worry about. The gaffer [Farina] makes the selection at the end of the day and you’ve got to live with his selections."

As is customary Farina is likely to wait until the day before the match against the Mariners before taking both candidates aside to inform them of his decision.

"[Farina] looks at your performances throughout the week and he’ll make a decision based on that," McMaster said.

"Next time, if given the opportunity, I want to capitalise on it more, and I’m sure whoever gets the nod is going to have a very good performance."

If it’s safety that the coach wants, both between the posts and at the centre of a potential internal club storm, he can hardly go past McMaster.

Drought yields for harvester

Dubbo may be in the midst of the worst drought on record, but try telling David Slack-smith that. Despite parched and cracked paddocks surrounding his property, ‘Lucernevale’, the cropping manager yesterday harvested what local agronomists have called “one of the best yields in years.” After five years of sowing sweet corn Mr Slack-smith took a gamble this year and planted 34 hectares of Arrivato durum wheat – a punt that paid off with the farmer obtaining a yield of nearly five tonnes per hectare. Mr Slack-smith credits the properties’ location, right on the banks of the Macquarie River about 10 kilometres south of Dubbo, as the primary reason for the yield – considering only one inch of rainfall has fallen throughout the growing period. He also said centre pivot irrigation and soil moisture retained from last year’s harvest had contributed to preferable growth. “It looked magnificent throughout the growing period,” Mr Slack-smith said. “But we wouldn’t have got anywhere without this irrigation. “It goes to show that if you’ve got the water and you’ve got a good paddock you can generally do alright.” With wheat currently priced at $290 a tonne, and tipped to keep rising, the yield will be a profitable one for the family-run farm, according to Furneys CRT agronomist David Strahorn. However he said many other local farmers haven’t been so lucky. “After seeing so many failed crops it’s good to see someone making good money this year. It’s been very tough out here this year and a lot of guys didn’t end up stripping anything,” Mr Strahorn said. “This year was really shaping up to be a good year, and it needed to be a good year, but it turned out to be a shocker.” [email protected]苏州美睫培训
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A-Rod’s ready for Roger … and hopefully a different result

FOR 8½ minutes on YouTube you can watch the most perfectly executed tennis you have ever imagined – a sublime mix of backhands down the line, drop shots that fall with the softness of a landing butterfly and forehand winners that deserve their own extreme heat policy, all set to Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb .
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It is an apt choice of tune to accompany highlights of the 2007 Australian Open semi-final in which Roger Federer demolished a hapless Andy Roddick – part of a string of 11 consecutive victories in which the Swiss player single-handedly destroyed the aspirations of the man many had picked to be his career-long rival.

Seventeen times they have played. Federer has won 15. Today they will play again. Fifteen defeats is a lot for any sportsman. Roddick has been magnanimous; he has admitted he was beaten by the better man. Over and over again.

Has the American been comfortably numbed? In 2007, Roddick was a man with no answers, only gags. What were his tactics going into the match?

"There’s a lot of strategy talk," he said. "We didn’t talk so much about if you’re down 6-2, 6-0, 2-0. Oops."

"Your performance here is better than on court," one reporter observed.

"No s—. If there were rankings for press conferences, I wouldn’t have to worry about dropping out of the top five."

Federer in recent times has been struggling, and Roddick could have been forgiven for wondering, again, if the gap between them had narrowed. This time he knew better than to say it aloud.

Roddick goes into today’s match taking succour from his win last year in Miami but knowing he faces a very different Federer now. "I think it helps that, you know, I stopped a big streak against him last year," Roddick said.

"It’s certainly not going to hurt."

TRAGIC ACCIDENT

The life of a young Dubbo tradesman has been tragically cut short following a freak workplace accident in West Dubbo yesterday. Police believe the 26-year-old Dubbo man received a fatal electric shock while working inside an air-conditioning vent on the rooftop of the Dubbo Appliance Centre yesterday afternoon. The 26-year-old was found about 1.30pm but police say it is unclear how long he had been suffering cardiac arrest. The Dubbo Fire Brigade and Volunteer Rescue Squad were called to assist paramedics to the rooftop of the Young Street trade centre where they frantically administered CPR in the stifling afternoon sun. Distressed on-lookers watched as emergency crews lowered a stretcher carrying the young tradesman down a ladder and into the back of a waiting ambulance. Paramedics could be seen still working on the 26-year-old in the back of the ambulance as it screamed down the road. Police could not confirm the circumstances surrounding the tragic workplace accident at the time of going to print yesterday, but Orana Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Alan Cusack said Country Energy and Work Cover had attended the scene. A spokesperson from Work Cover confirmed an inspector had visited the Dubbo Appliance Centre following the emergency and would be conducting a full investigation.
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A-Rod’s ready for Roger … and hopefully a different result

FOR 8½ minutes on YouTube you can watch the most perfectly executed tennis you have ever imagined – a sublime mix of backhands down the line, drop shots that fall with the softness of a landing butterfly and forehand winners that deserve their own extreme heat policy, all set to Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb .
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It is an apt choice of tune to accompany highlights of the 2007 Australian Open semi-final in which Roger Federer demolished a hapless Andy Roddick – part of a string of 11 consecutive victories in which the Swiss player single-handedly destroyed the aspirations of the man many had picked to be his career-long rival.

Seventeen times they have played. Federer has won 15. Today they will play again. Fifteen defeats is a lot for any sportsman. Roddick has been magnanimous; he has admitted he was beaten by the better man. Over and over again.

Has the American been comfortably numbed? In 2007, Roddick was a man with no answers, only gags. What were his tactics going into the match?

"There’s a lot of strategy talk," he said. "We didn’t talk so much about if you’re down 6-2, 6-0, 2-0. Oops."

"Your performance here is better than on court," one reporter observed.

"No s—. If there were rankings for press conferences, I wouldn’t have to worry about dropping out of the top five."

Federer in recent times has been struggling, and Roddick could have been forgiven for wondering, again, if the gap between them had narrowed. This time he knew better than to say it aloud.

Roddick goes into today’s match taking succour from his win last year in Miami but knowing he faces a very different Federer now. "I think it helps that, you know, I stopped a big streak against him last year," Roddick said.

"It’s certainly not going to hurt."

Nationals resolute on single desk

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The Nationals are standing firm in their support of the single desk wheat export system, but not all grain growers are thanking them for it.

Nationals primary industry spokesman Duncan Gay was in Dubbo yesterday and reaffirmed his belief the single desk should remain.

“It’s essential for NSW and for farmers to maintain the single desk,” he said.

Most grain growers throughout the region agree but there are also some, like Grant Holland, who would be only too glad to see the end of the single desk.

“AWB has absolutely trashed our trading reputation. They’ve been dishonest with the the Government, the UN and growers,” he said, arguing AWB was able to do these things because of the structure of the wheat export system.

“The single desk has no transparency. The Wheat Export Authority (WEA) was meant to be a watchdog but the AWB had more power than it.”

Solutions such as strengthening the WEA or giving control of the single desk to another company have been suggested but Mr Holland has rejected these.

“Whoever took it over would end up doing exactly the same thing AWB has done. The structure is flawed and needs to be changed.”

Mr Holland said growers would be able to handle a transition from AWB’s monopoly to the open market because most of them were already selling grain domestically on an open market.

He also claimed prices would be no lower, and in fact probably higher, on a free market.

“I just can’t understand why growers are stubbornly clinging to the single desk. It doesn’t make any sense.”

He also took aim at the National Party for its continued support of the single desk.

“I’ve been a member of the National Party since I was 19 and I can’t wait for the day when the whole party disappears,” he said.

“They’re only doing this so they can differentiate themselves from the Liberals. They only had two issues to fight for, Telstra and the single desk, and they’ve already lost Telstra. They’re just hanging onto the single desk now out of stubborness.”

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A-Rod’s ready for Roger … and hopefully a different result

FOR 8½ minutes on YouTube you can watch the most perfectly executed tennis you have ever imagined – a sublime mix of backhands down the line, drop shots that fall with the softness of a landing butterfly and forehand winners that deserve their own extreme heat policy, all set to Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb .
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It is an apt choice of tune to accompany highlights of the 2007 Australian Open semi-final in which Roger Federer demolished a hapless Andy Roddick – part of a string of 11 consecutive victories in which the Swiss player single-handedly destroyed the aspirations of the man many had picked to be his career-long rival.

Seventeen times they have played. Federer has won 15. Today they will play again. Fifteen defeats is a lot for any sportsman. Roddick has been magnanimous; he has admitted he was beaten by the better man. Over and over again.

Has the American been comfortably numbed? In 2007, Roddick was a man with no answers, only gags. What were his tactics going into the match?

"There’s a lot of strategy talk," he said. "We didn’t talk so much about if you’re down 6-2, 6-0, 2-0. Oops."

"Your performance here is better than on court," one reporter observed.

"No s—. If there were rankings for press conferences, I wouldn’t have to worry about dropping out of the top five."

Federer in recent times has been struggling, and Roddick could have been forgiven for wondering, again, if the gap between them had narrowed. This time he knew better than to say it aloud.

Roddick goes into today’s match taking succour from his win last year in Miami but knowing he faces a very different Federer now. "I think it helps that, you know, I stopped a big streak against him last year," Roddick said.

"It’s certainly not going to hurt."

CountryLink services to stay for the long haul

By NICK COOK
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He may not have taken the train to get here, but transport minister John Watkins is a keen supporter of CountryLink and yesterday he reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to not cut back on any of its services.

Mr Watkins was in Dubo yesterday to announce a planned upgrade of all 19 of the XPT engine carriages.

“This is keeping faith with our CountryLink passengers,” he said.

“We made the announcement last year we would maintain all CountryLink rail services currently available in NSW. We’re not going to downgrade them and we’re not going to move off to coaches.”

Dubbo MP Dawn Fardell was on hand for the announcement and welcomed it as good news for Dubbo.

According to Mr Watkins country people love CountryLink services and he has the figures to prove it.

“There’s been an increase in CountryLink patronage of almost 2 per cent over the last 12 months. We want that to continue,” he said.

This was in contradiction to figures published in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday which stated CountryLink journeys had actually fallen by 1.7 per cent, or 30,000 trips, but Mr Watkins had an explanation for that.

“I understand there’s been a recent improvement in CountryLink services and patronage. The figures that were outlined in the paper today relate to the 05/06 calendar year. There’s been quite a change in public transport patronage since July this year.”

Mr Watkins is committed to CountryLink, but he does not intend to remove the contentious booking fee on the free tickets pensioners receive.

“There was a package of measures last year to make our services viable into the future. We rejected the option of moving away from rail services to more coaches and that’s what country people told us they wanted to avoid. They told us they wanted to maintain rail services and that comes at a cost.”

Mrs Fardell also supported the booking fee as a necessary evil.

“It seems hard and cruel but if we didn’t have the booking fee I was told by the previous transport minister we could have lost the XPT so I guess we can’t have it both ways,” she said.

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