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cyclist hurt in crash with 4wd in mitchell

a cyclist was injured after a collision involving a 4wd in mitchell on monday morning, police say.the crash happened at the intersection of gungahlin drive and sandford street in mitchell about 6.30am.the cyclist was injured and taken to hospital by the act ambulance service.police ask anyone who saw the crash or who has dash-cam footage of it to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the crime stoppers act website.





don't be afraid of the dark

1kg meaty fish bones200ml white wine2 onions6 cloves garlic2 celery stalks, thinly sliced1 carrot, thinly sliced4 dried red chillies1 tsp fennel seeds1 tsp coriander seeds2 fresh bay leaves3 sprigs thymepinch of saffron500g spaghettinipinch of chilli flakes1kg squid, cleaned and tubes sliced thinlysea salt3 tbsp tomato paste1 tbsp squid ink*18 pipis (about 250g)handful parsley sprigs, leaves picked and choppedzest and juice of half a lemonmethod1. to make the fish stock, clean the bones really well and if you are using fish heads, ask your fishmonger to remove the gills and clean out any of the bloodline that may be attached to the spine. (the blood and any remaining internal bits that might be attached make fish stock taste "fishy" in a bad way, as opposed to being deeply flavourful but...





state takes a second shot at home acquisitions for hospital expansion

in the new notices, health nsw told property owners it was withdrawing the previous notices and issuing new ones to “address any uncertainty” from the desane judgment.and it warned homeowners that if an agreement to sell could not be reached by july 17, their properties would be compulsorily acquired shortly afterwards.sam sarkis received a new acquisition notice last week for his randwick home. photo: louise kennerleydavid newhouse, a lawyer acting for about a dozen clients at randwick, said homeowners had already undergone significant stress and they wanted to know why they had been given only 30 days to reach a settlement before their homes were compulsorily acquired.“my clients have all been under stress," he said. "they have been given no explanation."loadinghealth nsw said ...





the age real footy podcast: only two teams can beat richmond at the mcg

richmond have won 16 straight games at the mcg. when they beat geelong at the ground on sunday it was a year to the day of their last loss at the famous stadium (a nine point defeat to sydney in round 13, 2017).it looks quite likely that richmond will have a home qualifying final and even more likely that, given their mcg record, they will play a home preliminary final.win that and it's an mcg grand final and a chance to go back-to-back for the tigers. basically, if someone other than richmond wants to win the premiership they need to beat damien hardwick's men at the mcg. but who can?well, our real footy podcast panel of michael gleeson, jake niall and geelong brownlow medallist and premiership star jimmy bartel thinks there might be two teams that can.also on this week's episode t...





people are split over meghan markle's latest appearance

but less than 48 hours after the spencer family wedding, which was held at a small church in lincolnshire, eastern england, a number of writers – and keyboard warriors – took aim at meghan's dress, which sells for about $7000.harper's bazaar us wrote the dress appeared to be "a little baggy on the duchess, but the floaty fabric, and her matching fascinator, created the perfect outfit for the summer nuptials", proving the point that dressing for a day wedding is tricky, even for a royal.the telegraph was slightly less diplomatic in its home page headline, which read: "overpriced dressing gown or style inspiration? the duchess of sussex's latest outfit splits opinion." in fairness, the inside story did describe the dress as "pitch perfect" for the occasion, suggesting women wil...





act government responds to royal commission into child sex abuse

these standards included minimising the opportunity for abuse in person and online, and requiring institutions to develop policies describing how children would be kept safe in their care.the act government said it would soon begin consultations to gauge how such standards might work in the territory.“the act government will commence consultation in mid-2018 to understand the impact of the child safe standards on the complex regulatory environment that exists in the act in government and non-government sectors.”one of the highlight measures singled out in the act’s response was an overhaul of the working with vulnerable people scheme.“the act government has proposed to adopt a risk-based approach to monitor compliance, bringing the act into line with nsw and victoria, and prepare t...





eagles not scarred by losses to swans: yeo

"it's one of those ones where it's a little bit more frustrating, because personally i feel we should have won (on friday)."and we probably should have won in round one if we had have capitalised."the confidence and belief is there that we can beat them and we can take it up to them. it's just a matter of being able to execute it."west coast won the clearances (36-24) and inside 50s (63-52) in friday night's 15-point loss, but their young forward line failed to capitalise.forward jack darling is still sidelined by a fractured ankle, and west coast are hoping fellow spearhead josh kennedy won't join him on the injury list.kennedy, who underwent foot surgery during the off-season, looked sore during the end of last week's game, with the pain in his achilles tendon seemingly flaring...





get a real job, son: military service creeps up on south korean star

the old switcheroowhile we're on the subject of south korea, their coach has admitted to telling his players to wear different numbers on their shirts in recent warm-up matches because their opposition couldn't tell one player from another.the bbc reports that shin tae-yong used the tactic in friends against bolivia and senegal, with only star forward son heung-min and skipper ki sung-yueng in their standard kit."we switched them around because we didn't want to show our opponents everything and to try and confuse them," tae-yong said."they might know a few of our players but it is very difficult for westerners to distinguish between asians and that's why we did that."loadingquaking in their bootsthey say sport can move mountains when done right. that proved to be the case in mexic...





more days, shorter games, a fresh look

the drop in tv footy ratings this year would be a concern to both the broadcasters and the afl alike.anomalies such as the commonwealth games and now the soccer world cup mean that some softening was unavoidable. but there have been very few nail-biting finishes to friday night footy, which is the marquee game of the each round, and it sounds as if channel seven is looking to have greater input into fixturing next year.port adelaide's patrick ryder last week: players like thursday night footy.photo: aapin my time, there was a saying among players that the only thing better than friday night footy was thursday night footy. for some, this was because their nerves did not increase over the weekend as they watched other teams play, or because they got an extra couple of days the following wee...





le mans: matt campbell wins on debut at the world’s biggest race

“matt was on the radio and he was just really calm and knew what he had to do. he just had this look in his eye and i was like 'this guy is the real deal'. these are young stars emerging and we are a part of it.star appeal: dempsey proton racing team manager and actor patrick dempsey after matt campbell's win at le mans.photo: epa“i’m lost for words. everyone did a fantastic job, it was a victory for the whole team. the race was incredible, we made no mistakes and our work was rewarded with this great success. i can’t tell you how incredibly proud and happy i am for porsche, too."campbell’s crew seized the lead from porsche, ferrari and aston martin rivals before holding them at bay from the front of the pack.“the car was mega all race. it was absolutely perfect,” campbel...





eagles fans face afl rush hour to optus stadium after bridge delay

it means fans who normally use transperth services to travel to the stadium must board a train shuttle at perth station or bus shuttle at elizabeth quay on thursday instead.regular armadale and thornlie line services will start stopping at stadium station from 1pm, with special event services from 3pm. regular game-day train services will be in operation for fans after the match but the suburban event bus network won't be operational pre-game.despite the traffic conundrum for the government and football fans, the pressure on transperth services to the burswood precinct is likely to be dulled by expected wet weather on thursday evening and the highly-anticpated clash between australia and denmark at the russia world cup.that clash kicks off at 8pm and, combined with the inclement forecast,...





gold coast mid-season report card: ain't no sunshine

gold coastrecord: 3-9grading: e+summer expectation:given the suns weren't going to play on their home deck of metricon stadium until round 11 – and the small issue of one of the greatest players of all time leaving to go home – the expectations weren't high. gary ablett walking out was always going to leave a significant hole in their midfield, and while lachie weller looks a very handy young player, eyebrows were raised when fremantle forced the suns to cough up pick no.2. many people were asking where their first win was going to come from, so to be 2-0 and 3-2 was relatively unexpected.tom lynch's will-he, won't-he contract drama adds to the horror show that is gold coast's 2018 season.photo: aapthe story so far:it’s been a horror show for the suns, which sounds a little stra...





laura bush echoes melania trump's criticism of child separation policy

"mrs. trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said stephanie grisham, a spokeswoman. "she believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."melania trump has urged "both sides" to govern "with heart" in response to questions on her husband's policy of separating parents and children at the border.photo: apwhile the statement suggested the matter was an issue for congress, democratic lawmakers and others have pointed out that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border. a new trump administration policy, which went into effect in may, sought to maximise criminal prosecutions of people caug...





brian burston under fire over clive palmer alliance

senator burston had to consider alternative pathways because without the endorsement of hanson's one nation he faced an enorsmous challenge keeping his senate seat when facing an election within the next year.“he would contest the upcoming nsw election as the number one pauline hanson’s one nation candidate in the legislative council,” mr breen wrote of the plan on june 8.“he would deposit the sum of $350,000 in a party campaign account in nsw.“the funds would be provided by his ‘billionaire mate’.“if necessary, he would pay the $350,00 himself as he has plenty of money.“the name clive palmer didn’t even cross my mind.”burston has come under scrutiny after claiming in the senate early on monday that he would sit as an independent only to appear at a press conference ...





'intentional' umpire contact rule changed

"taking into account recent tribunal decisions, particularly involving the incident with steven may in round eight, it was decided to charge dustin under the careless contact provisions.""because those guidelines around intentional umpire contact are not specific, at match review level we have decided to interpret those guidelines for intentional umpire contact as being when a player disrespectfully, aggressively, dismissively or indeed forcefully intentionally touches an umpire."but christian denies they have changed the rules."no, what we are doing is trying to interpret the rules as they are laid down," he said."there's nothing really to change because at the moment there's no real clear, specific guidelines around what constitutes the various aspects of umpire contact … we...





in defence of debt: treasurer jackie trad hits back

but ms trad, who handed down her first budget on june 12, defended projections the state's total borrowings would reach $83.09 billion by 2021-22."there has been a lot of commentary post-budget and a lot of that commentary has been about debt, about the state's balance sheet, and whether it's the right time to borrow to build," she said.ms trad said when it came to borrowings, it was important to acknowledge there were costs to inaction."we can't allow our population to grow and not build the infrastructure to support it," she said."failing to invest in the infrastructure we need now hurts future generations as well."ms trad said an infrastructure deficit also hurt the economy, likening it to "throwing the can down the road" for another generation to fix.loadingms trad said in ...





have you seen missing man scott williams

authorities are trying to find missing 28-year-old man scott williams and have concerns for his wellbeing.scott williams, 28, is missing.photo: suppliedact policing said mr williams was last seen about 11.50am on monday in gilmore.he is described as caucasian, with short dark hair and a solid build. he was wearing a grey jumper, black jeans and a black cap.he drives a black vw amarok with act registration ykm93z and it has a sticker for "first class tree care" on the back.anyone who may have any information that could help them is asked to contact act policing operations on 131 444.





bassam safetli's 'stupid loyalty' to his brother kept him quiet on murder plot

a man whose "stupid loyalty" stopped him telling police about his brother's role in a plot to murder sydney businessman michael mcgurk has been spared jail.bassam safetli was given a suspended nine-month jail term. photo: ben rushtonbassam safetli, 50, received a suspended nine-month jail term and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to two counts of concealing a serious indictable offence involving the plot and the subsequent murder in 2009.in the nsw district court on monday, judge robyn tupman accepted that safetli led a blameless life before and after concealing the actions of his brother haissam safetli.more to come. aap 





'gaslighted': greens' fury at attempted 'takeover' of darebin branch

loadingnumbers on the council are controlled by a faction close to both victorian leader samantha ratnam and senator di natale and some darebin branch members are furious, branding the administrators idea a “takeover” of darebin by the dominant moreland faction.it is unclear if the party can appoint administrators without the consent of the branch, which is set to call an urgent meeting to discuss the idea with its hundreds of members.but one senior darebin member told the age that the party’s hierarchy would never secure the agreement of the 380-strong branch to the idea of appointing administrators, saying members would not consent to being punished for the actions of a few.“this is like being at school and a few kids muck up but the whole class gets into trouble” the source s...





roseanne spin-off all but set as star 'waives rights' to characters

quoting inside sources, the hollywood reporter says the star has agreed "in principle" to walk away from the spin-off."now the negotiation is over what, if any, one-time payment she should receive as 'go-away money'," a source told the hollywood publication.the spin-off makes financial sense for abc, which had already greenlit a 13-episode second season before barr's offending tweets. under sag union rules, the deal meant abc would still have to pay salaries to the show's top cast members – over $us7 million – even if nothing went to air, the hollywood reporter previously noted.a spin-off would focus on darlene, played by sara gilbert (centre).photo: abcof course, as a source quoted by the paper noted, the deal still hinges on barr's sign-off, and insiders are wary of her "vo...