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Roos’ run to continue

SEASON STARTS. Reigning E.H. Hunt Medallist, Tom Isma and his Ultima teammates will begin their Golden Rivers Football League title defence against Macorna tomorrow.
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REIGNING Golden Rivers Football League premiers, Ultima will be looking to chalk up a unique statistic with an opening round win against Macorna tomorrow.

If Luke O’Toole’s men win their first match of the season, it will mean the side has won its past 18 consecutive games – effectively going through a whole year undefeated.

The Roos last lost in round two, 2014 – the club’s opening match of the season – and the Tigers will be looking to stop the premiers’ run.

Ultima has kept the majority of its premiership team, adding Mitcham under 19 player, Lachlan Button to its line-up.

This stability will be beneficial to the club’s aim of successive flags.

On the other hand, Macorna has been busy during the summer period, with club personnel working hard to develop a team capable of breaking a 45-year premiership drought.

New coach, Wayne Ladson and his recruiters have been able to bolster the side’s forward and midfield options.

Former Central Murray Football Netball League leading goalkicker, Brett Collins will play for the Tigers in 2015, as well as Matthew Ladson, who returns after a stint with Strathfieldsaye.

Regan Williams and Joel Woolhouse left during the pre-season, but the club is confident their new recruits will be up to the challenge.

Those going to this match could see reigning E.H. Hunt medallist, Ultima midfielder Tom Isma, battle with Ladson, with O’Toole and Tigers talisman, Wayne Mitrovic to battle it out for another match.

The Tigers back line, led by Mathew Trigg and Warren Ellwood, will also need to stop the ball reaching the variety of avenues the home side boasts in front of goal, ranging from tall option Stewart Broussard, rover Jarrod Rogers and playmaker Kyle Symons.

The Tigers failed to get within seven goals of Ultima last year, but a closer encounter may occur tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Ultima will record an 18th consecutive win with a 30-point victory.

Rivals’ night strike

ONE of the most anticipated GRFL opening round encounters in the past decade will start after the opening three games of the season have finished.

A large crowd is anticipated to watch Murrabit and Wandella’s historic night encounter, with the local rivals certain to provide an entertaining spectacle.

The home side will be looking to rebound from a poor 2014, which resulted in two wins and an eight-place finish.

Despite losing forward, James Murphy and defender, Callan Randall during the pre-season, Blues coach Nathan Henry is confident that the club’s new batch of recruits will guide the side back to finals contention.

These new players – led by Alan Egan, Sheldon Nelly and Michael Wall – have shown in the club’s two pre-season hit-outs that they can filter between the midfield and forward line.

Wandella will go in to the match after a season to remember in 2014, bouncing back from missing the finals in 2013 to finishing as preliminary finalists.

The Bombers picked up former premiership player, Peter Morris during the pre-season, who will coach the side in 2015.

However, missing from line-up that took the field in the preliminary final loss to Nullawil are ruckman Joel Osbrough and utilities Nick Farley and Mitch Treacy.

Tomorrow night will also mark the return of one of the most talked-about match-ups within the GRFL.

After one year of reprieve, Henry will face off against returning Bomber, Tim Robinson across Murrabit’s half-forward line.

The battles between the veteran Blue and the GRFL and Central Murray Football Netball League premiership defender have mesmerised crowds for the past five years, and another exciting chapter will be added tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Wandella will open its 2015 season with a 25-point win.

Maroons, Saints seek perfect beginning

NULLAWIL and Quambatook will be looking to begin season 2015 in positive fashion tomorrow.

The Maroons are one of the sides tipped to challenge for the premiership come September, and will be buoyed by the return of key players from injury.

The only confirmed player missing from the 2014 grand final side will be Geordan McLoughlan, who will play for Donald in 2015.

The challenge of playing a consistent top-three side to open the season will be something new Saints coach, Steve Reeves will look forward to.

The Saints may have lost forward Paul Messer and youngsters, Dylan McGrath and Zac Wandin during the pre-season, but a number of new players will give the club hope for a return to finals action.

One player to watch for the Saints tomorrow will be Palmerston recruit Brodie Bennett, who spent the past few months playing alongside former AFL players Alwyn Davey, Daniel Motlop, Shannon Motlop, Marlon Motlop and Liam Patrick.

Another highlight will be the battle between Nullawil forward duo, Sean Bedggood and Kal Heslop, and Quambatook defenders, Luke Parker and Ash Davis.

The Maroons hold a 14-match winning streak against the Saints, which should expand to 15 tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Nullawil should win by 30 points.

Southern battle

WAKOOL and Moulamein – two teams whose recruiters have been busy behind the scenes during the pre-season – will meet for bragging rights tomorrow.

The home side will go in to the match against its southern New South Wales rivals as favourites, despite the loss of its Picola and Mathoura contingent.

The group, which includes six 2013 premiership players – have returned home, impacting on the side’s back line.

The contingent included Callum Harding Davis, Justin Hartshorn and Ashley Neal – all who were capable of holding some of the competition’s major goalkickers.

Despite this, the Hawks have boosted their midfield, thanks to the return of premiership midfielder, Ben Jones, and forward, Tyson Webb.

Add in the recruitment of Mernda premiership forward David Hutchinson – who will link up with reigning leading league goalkicker, Luke Kirkland and former Melbourne player, Paul Wheatley – and attack may be the new form of defense for Locky Gleeson’s men.

Moulamein will take to the field tomorrow with a new-look side, with the club aiming to bounce back after a one-victory year in 2014.

Peter Spinks role as coach, as well as his past links at Tooleybuc/Manangatang, played a role in securing former Central Murray Football Netball League Rookie of the Year Jack Spinks, Joshua Standen, as well as Cody Wilkins and Ricky Wilkins to the club.

These players, as well as the recruitment of James Maney (Koondrook/Barham), Michael Morson and James White (both from Wakool), will easily cover the loss of key defender, Colin Keatch.

The Hawks won by more than 10 goals on each occasion these sides met last year. A closer result may be on the cards tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Wakool should win by 40 points.

* HAY has the bye, and will open its season at Macorna on April 18.

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Adnan Syed: new podcast to examine Serial case

Case re-opened … Adnan Syed was convicted of the 1999 murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Photo: This American LifeThe case of convicted murderer Adnan Syed, the subject of Serial, the world’s most popular podcast, is to be further examined – in a new podcast.
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But in a move sure to arouse further controversy, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed is to be presented by Syed’s lawyer Rabia Chaudry and will be clearly biased in favour of Syed, convicted in 1999 of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Serial smashed all records, reportedly being downloaded more than 76 million times. Presented by journalist Sarah Koenig, it attempts to give an even-handed if somewhat tortured account of the myriad twists and turns in Syed’s case.

Undisclosed, according to Chaudry, will answer many of the questions Serial left unanswered.

“Undisclosed will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one,” says a statement on the podcast’s website.

It will begin its bi-weekly episodes on April 13.

A spokesman for This American Life, who produced Serial, told Buzzfeed there was no connection between the two productions.

“There is no affiliation between Undisclosed and Serial,” said the spokesman. “We have not been working with the Undisclosed team on their podcast.”

Funding for the new podcast has come from public donations to the Adnan Syed Trust, which has so far raised $US93,000 of its $US250,000 target.

Syed’s case is to come before the courts again after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals allowed a request in February to re-open it.

Syed, who has maintained his innocence all along, claims his original lawyer, who has since died, didn’t represent him adequately.

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Derek Rielly: I…uh…might have downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club

Let’s just presume Derek Rielly did download Dallas Buyers Club – then let’s also presume he might have given up on it half-way through. Photo: SuppliedDallas Buyers Club slays iiNet in landmark caseDBC wants to shut down pirates’ connectionsPirates may pay only $20 compo each
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What surprises life throws at a man. Who knew that, one day, I’d be thrilled to’ve signed an overpriced two-year contract with Telstra’s Big Pond, one hundred slugs a month for a paltry 200 gigabytes of downloads. And all wrapped up in Telstra’s aggressive late-fees.

But now that Voltage Pictures have come after iiNet and a handful of smallish ISPs, I feel like tap-dancing up and down the street. Why?

I, uh, might’ve downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club.

Not saying I did, because that would put me in the sights of the American intellectual property lawyers who plan to cut a swathe through Australian piracy. And that might lead to one of those terrifying letters that are called “speculative invoices” by lawyers but are referred to by everyone else as blackmail.

As in, give us, $100, $1000, $10,000 – or we’ll take you to court and attempt to ruin you financially as a deterrent to anyone else who might want to download and share one of our films.

Sure, they might lose the case. But you’ll lose everything trying to defend the reason why, on that windy Saturday night, you thought, oh, wouldn’t it be nice to see a Matthew McConaughey film.

Maybe you thought it would rouse your spousal into some kind of marital fervour and so you figured, yeah, I’ll watch this crummy American film. McConaughey won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, yes, but this is more a reflection of the Academy’s desire to see handsome, and beautiful, actors ugly themselves in the name of cinema than the quality of the film.

Presuming I did download Dallas Buyers Club, I might then admit I switched off half-way through as the narrative arc became boringly apparent.

The only people safe from Voltage Pictures action are autistic kids and their carers, the disabled, the mentally ill and anyone on the dole. Interestingly, if you’re a pirate in uniform you’re immune, too, a legacy of Voltage’s American roots. What patriots!

Like everyone else, of course, as soon as I heard the Voltage Pictures action was successful, I hit the panic button or, more accurately, the delete button.

All those flms, all those TV shows that I might have, but can’t say for sure, downloaded via a third-party BitTorrent browser are gone. Trash securely deleted. Hard-drives wiped. People will claim they never shared the films they downloaded but peer-to-peer downloads mean every time you have the program open you’re automatically sharing everything in your library. We’re all guilty.

I knew this day would come. It had to. There’s a moral frenzying by defenders of free downloads, and some of the excuses are fairly convincing, as in “we want it… now”, but you would have to have sticks in your head not to think the film studios wouldn’t come after you eventually. Why wouldn’t they want to defend their turf?

I don’t believe downloading a film that I wouldn’t have gone to the cinema to see anyway is the same as shoplifting or knocking off someone’s car. But it does fall in the realm of tweaking your insurance claim, the same sense of righteousness that says, “Those companies are ripping us off anyway. Let’s get something back”.

Eventually, you pay. You pay higher insurance premiums to cover the scammers.

And, right now, as the piper demands payment, you might be paying a lot more than the $20 you would have tossed over the counter at the cinemas.

What’s going to be worse than any kind of punishment, however, is the shrill, “I told you sos” from all the luddites who couldn’t work out the whole downloading thing, anyway.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Mack Horton on his 1500m ambition: “I have a goal time, but I think that is a secret”

Mack Horton has a “secret” target time in mind for the 1500-metre final at the Australian swimming championships on Friday night and pledged after qualifying in Thursday morning’s heats to “attack” the race in an all-out bid to reach or better it.
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Horton, 18 and a world junior champion, swam within himself to place second in his heat of the 1500-metres at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in Homebush.

He swam 15 minutes 26.66 seconds. His heat, the second of two for only nine entries, was won in 15:12.63 by NSW’s Jarrod Poort who later withdrew from the final.

“I was just trying to save energy for tomorrow night,” Horton said after his heat. “I want to go pretty fast tomorrow night. I was just doing what I need to do to do that.”

The first heat saw Jordan Harrison win in 15:28.95, from fellow Queenslanders Jack McLoughlin who was second in 15:29.47 and Joshua Parrish, third in 15:39.25.

Horton, who has already won the 400-metres and 800-metres freestyle titles, would not reveal what time he believe he can go for in Friday’s final, but he is on the cusp of bettering Grant Hackett’s Australian age record for the event.

Horton, touted as Australia’s next distance star, has a 1500m personal best of 14:48.76, recorded at last year’s Commonwealth Games where he won silver.

That time was just outside Hackett’s 1999 age record for 18-year-olds of 14:48.63.

These national titles at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in Homebush is the last chance Horton has to break the mark, as he turns 19 on April 25.

Asked on Thursday morning what time he hopes for, Morton said: “I have a goal time, but I think that is a secret. I will tell you if I get it or not tomorrow night.”

As for his race plan, he said: “Traditionally, I tend to attack it and it usually works pretty well, and just try and hang on for those last couple of hundred metres.”

He said with a conservative start, “you might get to the end and have heaps left and you could have used that at the start. It’s just better to get out there and attack it.

“Keeping in mind … you still have 1500m to go, so [it is] a steady strong attack.”

He then quipped, smiling, that his plan was: “The Australian way,” before walking off.

Harrison, 19, his confidence boosted after his 4 x 200-metre relay success with the Miami club in a club record time on Wednesday night, didn’t hide his intent to shadow Horton in the final and then see what he has left to take him on.

“He’s been 14.48 before and he is swimming faster in the 400 than he was at ‘Commies’ when he went 14.48,” Harrison said.

“Your logic would say he is swimming faster at the 1500 as well, and I guess if he is swimming fast at sub-14.50 I will try and stick with him and see what I can pull out.”

Meanwhile, the Campbell sisters – Bronte and Cate – qualified first and second fastest for the women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals that will be held on Thursday night.

The pair both admitted to being short on some sleep after world champion Cate Campbell, 22, beat Bronte, 20, to win the 100-metre final on Wednesday night.

But again they were pleased with their heats that – like the 100-metres heats – saw Bronte clock the fastest time of 24.72 seconds. Cate was second fastest in 24.76.

However, the sisters were still beaming with a mixture of joy and even relief after both qualified for individual spots on the Australian team – the Dolphins – to race the 100-metres event at the world championships to be held in Kazan in Russia in August.

They stayed up to 2am to relax, enjoy a late dinner, and also watch a movie – the romantic comedy, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ that Cate labelled as “an oldie but a goodie”.

Cate Campbell revealed how important the Australian titles are for a swimmer, as they double as trials for the world championship team.

“I find trials the most stressful competition of the year,” she said.

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Australia 108 penthouse sale smashes national price record

The penthouse of the super skyscraper Australia 108 has sold for national record price of $25 million.
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Spread across the entire 100th floor of what will be the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, the ultra luxury penthouse is the most expensive single apartment ever sold in Australia.

The buyer, a businessman based in China – whose identity has not been disclosed – has inked the off-the-plan deal, agency CBRE has confirmed.

Building has started and Australia 108 is due for completion in 2019.

The sale launches Melbourne into the national stratosphere of luxury real estate.

The previous benchmark was set by the sale of two apartments in Sydney’s Bondi for a combined $25 million in November last year.

The off-the-plan purchase of the amalgamated apartments atop The Bondi Pacific development was made in a company name linked to Andrew Roberts, the former chief executive of Multiplex.

The previous highest recorded apartment sale in Melbourne was a $19.3 million pad in the deluxe 150 East complex.

On the edge of the Fitzroy Gardens, 150 East is dubbed the “tower of power” for its wealthy and influential residents from business and entertainment.

The sale of the 750 square metre penthouse of Australia 108, which will hover in the clouds at 319 metres above the Southbank promenade, was promoted as the highest dwelling in the southern hemisphere.

The new owner will enter through a private grand foyer on level 98, and have use of a private glass elevator.

He will come home to a multi-million dollar view – the apartment takes in a 360 degree vista of city, the bay and the mountains.

 

Australia 108 from CBRE on Vimeo Domain last month there were three local buyers who had shown interest in the penthouse.

“The interested parties couldn’t be more different with their background, their demand and use of the property,” he said.

There had been dozens of inquiries for the penthouse, which had been marketed with a “certain level of sophistication” in the package of printed material they handed out to prospective buyers, Mr Leoncelli said.

“Some of it goes to the highest level of detail and quality and consideration, so it’s different to what we give to people on the lower levels,” he said.

Australia 108 trumps the height of the 297 metre-tall Eureka tower and has secured the monster sale that has not been achieved at Eureka.

A full-floor apartment in Eureka, occupying all of level 82 – with 360 degree views and a plush, designer fit-out – has been on the market through RT Edgar and Christie’s for several months, with an expected price of $20 million.

The 82nd Eureka penthouse, like the Australia 108 penthouse, is designed by architecture firm Fender Katsalidis. It’s owned by self-made business and property developer Elias Jreissati.

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China’s stock boom puts Australian housing in the shade

That’s not a bubble, this is a bubble. Or is it?
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Australians, and the RBA, may be concerned about soaring property prices and a possible bubble, but compared to the appreciation on the Shanghai Composite Stock Exchange in China, our housing market looks tame.

As this chart shows, China’s main stock index has risen almost 100% year-on-year, briefly climbing through 4000 points before closing at 3994.8 on Wednesday.

 

The rise has been fuelled by local policy, tech company valuations, and by a flattening in the domestic property market, tempting Chinese investors into higher-return investments.

This smashes the 8.8 per cent growth in the Australian stock exchange over the same period, and is far greater than 12.5 per cent and 8 per cent property price growth experienced in Sydney and Melbourne.

“China is experiencing exactly what the rest of the western world has been experiencing over the past few years, a wall of money chasing assets,” Investment Director at Fidelity Worldwide Investment Alva Devoy said.

“It’s the restrictions by the government on the amount of money that can actually flow out of China.”

“A lot of money is chasing a finite number of shares and assets … there’s limited places for it to go,” she said

The question is, is it a bubble? Quite possibly, according to Ms Devoy, but she can’t see it bursting in the short-term.

“There is possibly a level of being overvalued on the A-shares basis, because of supportive policy measures. But could you expect the bubble to burst anytime soon? No, quite the opposite. If you think about it, it’s only going to increase, however I would say the head of steam comes out of it,” Ms Devoy said.

As this second chart shows, the current rise still puts the Shanghai bourse at only two-thirds of its pre-global financial crisis value of 6092 points, which was reached in October 2007. That high was followed by a crash over the following year, which knocked two-thirds off the market by November 2008.

Chinese stocks only really began to recover from that fall in the past year.

 

China’s central bank has cut interest rates twice since November and analysts predict authorities will ease policy further to keep economic growth above their 7 per cent target. The nation’s individual investors, who account for about 80 percent of equity trading, may view the 4,000 milestone as a signal to boost holdings, according to Shenwan Hongyuan Group Co., the nation’s second-largest brokerage by market value. “Breaching the 4,000 level can be read by retail investors as a bullish signal,” said Gerry Alfonso, a director at the international business department of Shenwan Hongyuan in Shanghai. While the market’s rapid ascent has fuelled concerns about a bubble, Shenwan Hongyuan estimates the Shanghai index may rise to 4500 as individuals shift more of their assets into equities.  Currently there are limited channels for international investors to put money into China, but with the upcoming opening of the “Shenzhen Connect”, expected near the end of the year, Ms Devoy says that foreign capital available to companies is likely to increase, further fuelling the rise of the Chinese tech sector. “I actually think that they could extend their price appreciation …some of the smaller to mid cap companies, a lot of which are on the tech side of life, they’ll have more access to capital flows,” Ms Devoy said. But not all agree with that assessment. Valuations have climbed too high, the head of China research at Credit Suisse Group AG,  Vincent Chan, says. He sees a correction that will take the Shanghai gauge back down to 2,800 by the end of the year, amounting to a drop of about 30 percent. Losses may accelerate as margin traders liquidate their positions, he said. China’s stock market has a long history of booms and busts. The Shanghai Composite has recorded more than 50 bull and bear markets, defined as a move of at least 20 percent from a recent peak or trough, since Bloomberg started compiling the data in 1990. The current gain of about 100 percent compares with an average advance of 122 percent during previous rallies. “It’s the nature of the Chinese bull market that every seven to eight years, a few investors get rich quickly,” Earl Yen, the chief investment officer at CSV China Opportunities Ltd. in Shanghai, which oversees more than $200 million, told Bloomberg. “Then the bubble bursts and mass retail investors stay away from the market.”

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Cheese toastie lovers have more sex according to new survey

There’s no aphrodisiac quite like it: grilled cheese. Photo: Bert Wagner CC BY 2.0 There’s no aphrodisiac quite like it: grilled cheese. Photo: Bert Wagner CC BY 2.0
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Start your engines: A grilled sandwich cheese with tuna and Swiss. Photo: Bert Wagner CC BY 2.0

There’s no aphrodisiac quite like it: grilled cheese. Photo: Bert Wagner CC BY 2.0

There’s no aphrodisiac quite like it: grilled cheese. Photo: Bert Wagner CC BY 2.0

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, give him grilled cheese.

That’s the implication of a US survey which found people who love a grilled cheese sandwich – that most American of comfort foods – were more likely to have sex.

According to the poll, 73 per cent of grilled cheese lovers had sex at least once a month, compared with 63 per cent of people who don’t love grilled cheese. Also, 32 per cent of cheese fans were doing the deed at least six times a month – that figure fell to 27 per cent among non-cheese-goers.

Although maybe that’s simply a function of being in the clear majority – 86 per cent of all respondents said they “loved” a grilled cheese.

It should be noted that the survey was not rigorously scientific and said nothing about the ability of grilled cheese to actually procure opportunities for sexual intercourse. The survey – which had a large sample size of 4600 Americans – was an online poll of members of Skout, a location-based social network and dating service similar to Tinder or Grindr.

The poll was conducted in advance of National Grilled Cheese Day, which takes place in the US on April 12. The promotion was part of a partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank.

But whether you’re stimulated by Swiss, banging for brie or gagging for gruyere, it’s hard to see how a good grilled cheese could fail to put anyone in the mood.

And for some, there’s no aphrodisiac like a big hunk of cheese oozing between two soft, sumptuous slices of bread. See, for example, this gallery of “grilled cheeses that are better than a boyfriend” – which certainly qualifies as hard core food pornography.

Among the survey’s other findings: 81 per cent of grilled cheese lovers said they had donated their time, money or food to people in need, compared with 66 per cent of grilled cheese grinches84 per cent of grilled cheese aficionados also loved to travel, compared with 78 per cent of the anti-grilled cheese campOpinion was divided on whether to mix types of cheese – 60 per cent were in favour, while 40 per cent were single cheese purists

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Belle Gibson’s cookbook still for sale, despite doubts about cancer survival claims

Belle Gibson built a business around her story of surviving malignant brain cancer. The book on sale at Readings in St Kilda.
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A Melbourne bookstore chain continues to sell Belle Gibson’s recipe book, despite other major retailers pulling it from shelves amid accusations the author faked her remarkable story of cancer survival.

Readings has stood by its decision to continue promoting and selling The Whole Pantry, saying the publisher had not recalled stock and “we don’t ban books”. On its website, Readings spruiks parts of the controversial author’s story, including her cancer diagnoses, which have now been called into question.

Publishing house Penguin last month stopped supplying the cookbook after Ms Gibson failed to explain discrepancies about her health claims and fundraising activities detailed in the book’s 3000-word preface.

The overseas release of the book, based on Ms Gibson’s top-rating smartphone app by the same name, has also been scrapped.

Australian retailers including Dymocks, Collins Booksellers and Booktopia say on their websites that Ms Gibson’s book is no longer available. Bookworld, a division of Penguin Australia, has removed the book from its website.

Department store David Jones has also stopped selling the book, saying the decision was made after Penguin pulled it from circulation. David Jones has expanded its returns policy to permit full refunds with proof of purchase only, regardless of the book’s condition.

However, The Whole Pantry is still being sold for $35 on Readings’ website and at its St Kilda, Carlton and Hawthorn outlets. Readings spokeswoman Emily Harms said while the book was no longer being supplied, it had not been officially recalled and stock was still available.

“It’s not banned or anything; it’s just not been supplied any further,” she said. “If a book’s published and it’s not recalled, it’s not up to us to censor what can or can’t be bought. We feel really strongly that lots of different books from different perspectives are published and it’s up to the customer to have that choice whether to buy it.”

On Readings’ website, Ms Gibson is promoted as a young woman “diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at the age of 20” who “shares what she has learned about getting back to basics and discovering what it means to be truly nourished”.

Ms Gibson launched her global business off her story as a young mother healing herself from cancer, but she has come under fire after admitting that claims the cancer spread to other organs might be false. Close friends have also spoken out to say they do not believe she is sick and doctors have said they doubt her story is plausible.

According to Ms Gibson’s own business filings, she is 23, not 26, making her a teenager in 2009 when she claims to have been diagnosed with malignant brain cancer at age 20.

Penguin, which has admitted never verifying Ms Gibson’s “inspirational” story, said it pulled the book after she failed to explain allegations raised in the media last month. But the publisher has refused to comment on its contractual agreement with Ms Gibson, including any details about payments to her, or whether it planned to terminate its deal.

Spokeswoman Camilla Subeathar said: “It is not our practice to comment on commercial arrangements, so on this topic, and to your other questions, we have no comment.”

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Premier trainer Chris Waller’s fine fillies ready to shine in Australian Oaks at Randwick

Premier trainer Chris Waller knew he had a great group of three-year-old fillies at the beginning of the autumn and the Australian Oaks was always going to be grand final day.
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He arrives with a trio runners in the group 1 blue riband for fillies, including favourite Winx, the emerging Ballet Suite and Wine Tales. Thousand Guineas winner Amicus is the only one of the team not to make it to the Oaks but she has dropped back to the Queen Of The Turf.

“She probably struggled at the 2000m in the Vinery Stud Stakes but we rode her out of her comfort zone,” Waller said. “She is a group 1 winner and I think her run in the Coolmore Classic [when fourth] was very good and it is the right form for the Queen Of The Turf.

“She probably could have gone for a spell but there is a $1 million race for her, which is the beauty of The Championships. There was not much between Winx and Ballet Suite in the Vinery and It think it will be similar on the weekend.”

This is the beauty of Waller’s steady building style of training, his horses almost always get to their targets. “If they don’t have ability to make it you reassess, these nice fillies have all shown that they are good enough to be at this level,” Waller adds.

His day isn’t strictly for the girls. Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal will ltry to lift  another Sydney Cup for him and Adelaide and Royal Descent are in the $4 million shootout in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

But the Queen Of The Turf and Oaks could define his day. Catkins, owned by the Inghams and a stable favourite, is his other Queen Of The Turf runner. She is still looking for her group 1 but Waller believes it might come on Saturday.

“She is in the best form of her career. It has always been hard to get it right with her because she puts so much into to her races,” Waller said. “She gets to this race with the right build-up and is ready to run the 1600m.”

Waller’s planning for the Oaks has been exact as usual and a month ago he split his four fillies, to give all their chance to win a race.

Ballet Suite beat up on a midweek race, while Wine Tales was runner-up in the Keith Nolan Classic at Kembla, Winx took out the Phar Lap Stakes and Amicus was only a long neck from winning the the Coolmore Classic.

The trainer runs through his assessment of the Oaks.

“Wine Tales simply didn’t handle the conditions [in the Adrian Knox Stakes] on Monday and I would [not] sell her short,” he said. “Ballet Suite is the filly that has been looking to get this sort of trip [2400m] and she is going to improve from her crack at this level [in the Vinery].

“Winx didn’t have the best of luck in the straight and has been at this level for a while and I think she will run a great race. I think her and Ballet Suite are very similar and there isn’t that much between them.”

Ballet Suite carries the navy blue silks and will have the services of Coolmore’s jockey Ryan Moore, who arrives to ride Adelaide but a decision is still pending on whether the Cox Plate winner runs on Saturday.

“He is best on rattling tracks and it will come down to how the track recovers because we know he is not the best on soft and heavy tracks,” Waller said.

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Traumatised police officer forced to resign after having loaded gun pointed at his head

A senior police officer traumatised after having a loaded gun pointed at him by an ice addict during a routine surveillance operation was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder and had to resign from his job of 25 years, a court has heard.
Nanjing Night Net

An emotional Sergeant Sean Raab, 46, told the Supreme Court on Thursday he has violent nightmares every night since the dramatic confrontation with Joseph Christiansz in a Docklands car park in November 2012.

Sergeant Raab said that whenever he saw the letter O on a signboard it reminded him of the end of the barrel of Christiansz’s revolver.

He suffers anxiety attacks and rarely leaves his home because he is worried about being attacked, and has installed CCTV cameras and large gates at his house to protect his family.

Sergeant Raab said he had always been someone who liked to help others but now he could not even help himself.

Christiansz, 37, also known as Mark Christian who was shot at least twice by police during the incident, was found guilty by a jury of one count of using a firearm to prevent arrest and one count of assault for pointing the gun at Sergeant Raab’s head.

Three other officers claimed Christiansz had pointed the gun at them but the jury found this could not be proved and found him not guilty of three other assault charges.

Christiansz had also been charged with attempted murder but Justice Betty King ordered this charge be dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Sergeant Raab, Detective Senior Constable Simeon Parker, Detective Senior Constable Warren Normoyle and Senior Constable Sarah Rogers had set up a surveillance operation on level two of the Victoria Point Docklands apartment complex where two luxury cars stolen by Christiansz were parked on November 12, 2012.

The officers saw Christiansz get out of the lift from his rented 40th floor penthouse suite just after 3pm and walk to the car park.

Sergeant Raab told the jury that when he confronted Christiansz, the ice addict pulled out a loaded revolver from the front of his jeans and pointed the gun directly at him from two metres away.

Sergeant Raab believed Christiansz tried to shoot him but the gun failed to discharge.

“I think I’m going to be shot in the face so I spin …” the police officer told the jury.

“I didn’t want to be shot but hopefully if it did hit me it would hit me in the back rather than in the back of the head.

“I had my head down and was concentrating on nothing else than waiting to get a bullet.

“I obviously thought if I was shot, I would be killed.”

Constable Parker then opened fire on Christiansz, who was struck in the buttock and arm.

Justice King said on Thursday that Christiansz, who was on bail at the time for other offences and claimed he was unarmed when shot by police, was “one of the most obvious liars I have seen in a long time”.

The judge said Christiansz had claimed he was the victim and police had tried to murder him but this was not true.

Justice King remanded Christiansz, who has been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder, for sentencing on a date to be fixed.

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