Archive for February, 2019

  • Brisbane fires: Three house fires in under 30 minutes

    Date: 2019.02.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    A woman has burns to her face after a housefire in Brisbane’s south. Photo: 7 News/TwitterFires blazed out three houses in south-east Queensland on Wednesday afternoon, with one woman taken to hospital with burns to her face.
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    Seven fire units were called to a two-storey brick building engulfed in flames on Danyenah Street in Loganholme at 2.06pm.

    Two people were evacuated, with a 26-year-old woman transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital in stable condition with burns to her face.

    A firefighter was transported to Logan Hospital with heat exhaustion along with two other people who were transported with signs of emotional distress.

    Firefighters had the fire under control just after 3pm.

    A fire investigation unit was requested.

    A house Danyenah Street in Loganholme has burst into flames. 5 fire crews on scene. (pic by @9NewsBrisbane) pic.twitter南京夜网/mOeyBcOuHT— 4BC News (@4BCNews) November 4, 2015

    Eleven minutes after the call to Loganholme was put through, five fire units were called to another two-storey brick home at Renoir Court, Mackenzie.

    The fire was extinguished and all occupants were accounted for.

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services then received a call at 2.35pm, just 18 minutes after the previous call at Mackenzie was put through, to a double-storey house on Petersen Road, Morayfield.

    Four units attended the house, which was engulfed.

    Firefighters controlled the fire just before 3pm, with all persons accounted for.

    Southeast Qld firefighters rush to three house fires in 35 minutes: https://t.co/3sz2Spddb4#9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/n3S6MBJxJk— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) November 4, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 南京夜网.

  • Bill Shorten’s best mates are knee-deep in gift card branch-stacking scandal

    Date: 2019.02.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s power base in Victorian Labor relies on alliances and and membership numbers. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Factional allies: Bill Shorten and Senator Stephen Conroy. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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    Analysis: Branch stack inquiry a bad joke

    One of Bill Shorten’s closest allies and friends had his own ALP membership paid by an anonymous gift card, as the fallout of the branch stacking scandal engulfing the Victorian ALP widens.

    Plumbers’ union federal and state secretary Earl Setches, a key factional lieutenant of Shorten, had his own membership paid for by an Australia Post Gift Card in both 2013 and 2014.

    A Fairfax investigation has discovered that nearly 1000 ALP memberships and renewals have been paid for by anonymous gift cards over the past four years by prominent suburban Labor warlords. The scam is centred on Setches’ plumbers union and factional powerbroker David Asmar – two factional players rusted on to Shorten’s political machine.

    The scandal has also widened with new evidence of the cards being used to pay for the party memberships of about 250 western suburban members – many with Turkish names – who are linked to notorious branch stacker Hakki Suleyman.

    Mr Shorten has called for tough action against branch stackers, but many of those involved in the scam are the Opposition Leader’s close political allies. Shorten backers were also  at the forefront of the move last week to avert a truly independent probe of the membership rorts.

    The gift cards were used as part of an elaborate scam to build and maintain the numbers which underpin the power base of Mr Shorten and federal frontbencher Stephen Conroy. If Shorten is to face a leadership spill these members, controlled by the “warlords”, will each have a vote, which they will presumably cast for him.

    Mr Asmar, who is renowned in the party for his Lebanese “stacks”, and for being a close ally to the Plumbers Union. Together they appear to be behind the purchase of more than 600 of the Labor memberships.

    Mr Asmar was called as a witness to the royal commission into union corruption on Thursday, but he will not appear as he is in Lebanon. The royal commission said it was “considering its position” regarding his absence.

    Mr Asmar has been working in the electoral office of senator Stephen Conroy, who with Shorten runs the dominant “ShortCon” faction of Victorian Labor. His wife, Diana Asmar, is secretary of the troubled Health Services Union No. 1 branch.

    Mr Suleyman is a key figure in Shorten’s dominant right wing faction and played an important role in the Opposition Leader’s preselection for the seat of Maribyrnong in 2006.

    He was a central figure in the saga that led to the sacking of the Brimbank council in 2009 after which he was dismissed from the electoral office of then state planning minister Justin Madden.

    Like Mr Asmar he was later employed in Senator Conroy’s electoral office.

    The Fairfax Media investigation has uncovered more detail on the massive scam including: Almost 100 memberships were paid for from one computer. The batch included Mr Asmar’s own membership;Mr Setches’ membership was one of 46 paid for using these cards between 10.38pm and 1.11am on the night of May 28, 2014, at intervals of about one  every five minutes;Four separate types of anonymous cards have been used, including the Australia Post Load & Go Travel card, Australia Post Gift Card and VISA Debit card;The cards were used to pay for nearly 1000 Labor memberships or renewals since 2011 at a cost of about $30,000 to whoever paid the bills;More than 700 of those memberships and renewals appear linked to Mr Asmar and the Plumbers Union.

    Under party rules not paying for your own membership should lead to suspension or expulsion from Labor.

    Last week Mr Shorten wrote to the Victorian ALP saying: “Those who contravene the integrity of our membership rules by branch stacking must be made to feel the full force of the disciplinary measures available to the party … including expulsion.”

    However, rather than an independent inquiry, the party’s powerful administrative committee last week appointed Shorten-aligned numbers man Garth Head to co-head the probe. The meeting also appointed branch stacker Mr Suleyman to the committee that oversees party membership.

    The revelations come as furious party elders step up their demand for a truly independent investigation of the rorts.

    For factional warlords, the “stacks” represent numbers and power within Labor – numbers to be traded in factional and sub-factional deals and wielded in policy and preselection battles.

    Some of the cards used by the branch stackers are, in effect, disposable debit, credit or gift cards that do not show who the cardholder is or who paid for them.

    The difficulty in tracing who paid for them makes them ideal for branch stacking.

    Race Mathews, a former state and federal MP, has criticised the decision to appoint Labor Right figure Mr Head and the Left’s Liz Beattie to investigate the use of the pre-paid gift cards. He wants an independent inquiry.

    Jieh-Yung Lo, co-founder of group Poliversity, which wants to encourage cultural diversity within the ALP, also called for an independent investigation.

    “We are concerned that branch-stacking activities only entrench the exploitation of members from multicultural backgrounds and undermines trust,” he said.

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  • Travellers affected by Mt Rinjani’s eruption should check their insurance

    Date: 2019.02.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Mount Rinjani spews clouds of gas on Lombok island, east of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Julian Sihombing Mount Rinjani spews clouds of gas on Lombok island, east of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Julian Sihombing
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    Mount Rinjani spews clouds of gas on Lombok island, east of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Julian Sihombing

    Mount Rinjani spews clouds of gas on Lombok island, east of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Julian Sihombing

    Travellers caught out by the latest volcanic eruption in Indonesia may find their insurance nullified by a previous eruption from a different mountain five months ago.

    An insurance industry source who asked not to be named said the “chatter” among insurers was whether the eruption of Mt Raung​ on July 2 was related to Tuesday’s eruption of Mt Rinjani​. If so, the second eruption could be classified as a “foreseeable event”, which in many cases exempts the insurer from paying out.

    Both Virgin and Jetstar have cancelled flights to Bali over the past two days after Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok erupted earlier this week. The eruption comes less than a month before hordes of Australian school leavers will descend on Bali for the annual Schoolies week.

    Fairfax Media has established that Cover-More, which provides travel insurance for a number of popular travel brokers, has decided not to deem the two eruptions as related, meaning losses from Tuesday’s eruption will be covered.

    The insurer has warned those who purchase cover after Tuesday that cancellations and flight changes will not be covered.

    Other insurers may make different decisions.

    Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey warned that it was possible some insurers  might refuse to provide cover for claims lodged in the days after the eruption because they will consider it to be a “known event”.

    “If you are in the process of booking flights and accommodation, it’s important to contact your travel insurer and confirm you’ll be covered if the ash cloud continues to cause problems,” he said.

    The warning follows a report in Fairfax Media last month  on publican Guy Greenstone  being denied coverage by his insurer after Mt Raung erupted in July.

    Denpasar’s airport has been declared closed until 8.45 am Thursday, Bail time. AIr Asia has also cancelled all flights to and from Bali and some flights within Indonesia are also affected.

    Mr Godfrey said travellers should check their flight for delays or cancellation before going to the airport. If there are any problems, call the airline to re-book or claim a refund. After this, contact accommodation to re-arrange your booking.

    Only then should the insurer be contacted to look for cover of any out-of-pocket expenses.

    Mitchell Watson, research manager with consumer research firm Canstar, said travellers needed to first understand how the eruption might  affect their plans before contacting their insurer. That meant checking flights and booked accommodation to understand any postponement or cancellation policies that might trouble their plans.

    “The travel insurer shouldn’t be the first point of contact,” he said. “First understand what your disruption is going to be because that will be what your travel insurer is going to be requesting of you.”

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  • Cap fits for Naden: former City all-rounder selected in western zone side

    Date: 2019.02.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    SET YOUR GOALS HIGH: Former Orange City all-rounder Stu Naden is one of seven Dubbo players in the Western Zone side, fulfilling a goal he set three years ago. Photo: BROOK KELLEHEAR-SMITH
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    IT took one tough season in the Orange District Cricket Association top grade, a shift to Dubbo and another 18 months hard yakka, but former Orange City all-rounder Stu Naden finally fulfilled a goal he set when he first landed in Australia three years ago.

    Earning a Western Zone cap.

    Way back in 2012-13 Naden set himself lofty goals before his first season for Warriors, he wanted to “score 500 runs” and “push for higher representative honours”.

    The former, well, he definitely didn’t achieve that, only scoring 130 runs at an average of 10.

    But, he did snare 17 wickets with ball in hand and earn a spot in Orange’s representative side, and a call-up into the Mitchell Cricket Council squad.

    But, the royal blue cap of Western Zone evaded him.

    Until now.

    Naden is one of seven Dubbo-based players named in the Western squad to contest the 2015 NSW Country Cricket Championship.

    “I’m over the moon,” Naden said.

    “It’s hugely satisfying, when I first came to Australia my goal was to push myself as far as I possibly could, and play at the highest level I could.

    “I’ve been working towards this [for a long time] and just wanted to put a decent string of performances together early this season, to have an impression on Dubbo representative cricket, and maybe then Western Zone selectors as well.

    “I’ve worked pretty hard since September at both club and representative level and I’ve benefitted from that at the start of the year.”

    Naden is Orange’s only link to this year’s Western squad, with Bathurst’s Josh Toole, Ryan Peacock and Aaron Seymour, Parkes’ Anthony Heraghty and Cowra’s Nick Berry the only players named who are not from Dubbo.

    Western will look to defend last year’s title when the side heads to Wagga Wagga from November 20-22.

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  • Mixed results for Monaro rep cricket sides

    Date: 2019.02.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Archie Allen starred for the Monaro Under 14s hitting a half century.
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    Monaro Under 16s lost Goulburn

    The Monaro Under 16s played their first home game yesterday against Goulburn. Monaro lost the toss and Goulburn elected to bat.

    The Monaro bowlers struggled with the tough leg side wides and the Goulburn batsmen got off to a fantastic start. The first breakthrough for Monaro came in the 17th over from Andrew Devereux (1/24), caught and bowled.

    The spin twins of Andrew Devereux and Andrew Bartell (1/35) were able to slow down Goulburn’s run rate and with the re-introduction of SamTaylor (3/46) and James Hayden (2/36) wickets began to become more regular for Monaro.

    Monaro was able to bowl Goulburn all out for 199 in the 43rd over. Goulburns top score was the sundries with 59 which included 46 wides.

    The chase was on for Monaro and with the opening pair of Andrew Bartell (53) and Sam Taylor (32) Monaro looked right in the game.

    Monaro’s middle order collapsed with James Hayden (13*) being the only other batsmen to reach double figures, as he ran out of partners. Monaro was rolled for 151 with the last four wickets falling with out a run scored.

    The side extends a thank you to both umpires, Bill and Zach and Steve Summerville for setting up the ground and to Tabitha Williams, Annie O’Keeffe and Eliza Icke for drinks and lunch. Thanks was also extended to Andrew O’Keeffe for coaching. The side take on the Highlands next week in Bowral.

    Monaro Under 14s beat Goulburn

    The Monaro Under 14s travelled to Goulburn for a match on the turf wicket at Seiffert oval. With overnight rain, there was a bit of a delay to the start, to allow a bit more time for the wicket to dry out.

    Goulburn won the toss and sent Monaro in. The turf wicket was difficult to play on and Monaro was in trouble early and were 3/15 after 8 overs.

    This brought captain Archie Allen to the crease with Matt Rebus and the pair set about building some sort of an innings

    for Monaro. They steadied the ship and worked their way through two changes of bowlers to put on 42 runs before Rebus (16) was given out lbw.

    Archie built on his total with help from Noah and Will Saddler who came to the crease and when he was dismissed for a great captains knock of 58.

    The score had reached 118 and through some good late hitting from Darnel Bartlett (10) saw Monaro reach a very defendable 128 runs in the 40th over.

    Our bowling started perfectly with Jake Quodling (2-11) taking a wicket with his first ball. Remy Oldrey (3-11) also picked up early wickets and Goulburn was 3 -5 after 3 overs, then 5 – 19 at the end of the openers 10 over stint.

    Some resistance followed with slow and careful batting from the Gouburn players, until Will Cahill (1-7) broke the next partnership.

    From there, Monaro shared the remaining wickets with one each to Archie Allen (1-10), Jakob Asanovski (1-10) and Russ Haylock (1-2). Goulburn’s innings finished all out 49.

    This week coming, Monaro Under 14s and 16s travel to play the Highlands teams in Bowral.

    There will be cricket in Cooma the following weekend and the side would love a bit of local support for these games.