Poore cleared to play Raiders

Justin PooreDragons prop Justin Poore is free to play the Canberra Justin Poore will spearhead St George Illawarra’s charge for a club record-equalling eight successive victories on Saturday against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium after having a dangerous throw charge downgraded last night.The three-man NRL judiciary panel took just minutes to rule that Poore’s tackle on Penrith winger Shane Elford should be reduced to a grade one charge.Facing three weeks on the sideline if found guilty, the decision meant Poore received just 93 penalty points and is free to line up for the Dragons as they close in on the minor premiership. Full coverage of The St George Illawarra Dragons”I’m very happy with the hearing I received and I’m very excited to play Canberra this week,” a tight-lipped Poore said after the hearing.Poore’s defence was based on a claim that Elford had contributed to the tackle by being off his feet before he was able to use force in the tackle – and that the Dragons prop had just broken from a scrum and had a limited time to react in effecting the tackle.Poore and the Dragons likened the tackle to a grade one dangerous throw by Brisbane prop Dave Taylor against Canberra a fortnight ago.Earlier, NRL judiciary counsel Peter Kite argued that Poore’s tackle was of the same severity as grade two dangerous throws by Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood on Manly’s Glenn Stewart earlier this season and another made by Gold Coast playmaker Mat Rogers on Parramatta’s Luke Burt.Eastwood took the early guilty plea and was suspended for two weeks while Rogers was found guilty at a judiciary hearing.Elford was taken to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital after the Poore tackle, in the 14th minute of Friday night’s 25-6 victory over Penrith.It was initially feared he had suffered bleeding around the eye, but he was discharged later that night.Kite claimed Elford’s injuries were a direct result of the Panthers winger landing on his head after Poore had driven him into the ground, as he twisted in the tackle.Meantime, the NRL judiciary suspended Dragons centre Beau Scott for one week last night for a separate dangerous throw charge on Penrith’s Wade Graham.In Scott’s defence, Sydney barrister Geoff Bellew claimed the Dragons centre was a passenger in the tackle as Graham drove forward and second-rower Matt Prior attempted to bring the Panthers playmaker to the ground.However, it was ruled Scott had made a significant contribution to the tackle.Prior earlier accepted a one-week ban for his part in the tackle and will miss Saturday’s showdown with Canberra.Chase Stanley is expected to come into the team to replace Scott, but there is doubt over centre Matt Cooper, who is battling a heel injury and has not trained this week.However, New Zealand international winger Jason Nightingale is on stand-by for Cooper.
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TATTERSALLS

Powerball: 21. The total prize pool was $4,851,088.98.
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THURSDAY TATTS 2 – Drawn numbers: 19 and 16. Division 1 dividend: $500.

THURSDAY KENO – Drawn numbers: 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 26, 28, 29, 36, 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, 49, 51, 56, 72, 74 and 80. Jackpot: $1,525,400.

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World’s biggest waterslide stunt a fake?

Bruno launches off the ramp and lands in a tiny paddling pool.A video on YouTube apparently showing a man riding down a waterslide, launching off a ramp and landing in a tiny paddling pool has become an online hit.But viewers have been left wondering whether the viral video is a genuine stunt or a case of digital trickery.The clip has attracted nearly 1.2 million hits since it was posted on the video-sharing website on August 3.It purportedly shows daredevil Bruno Kammerl sliding down what is described as “the biggest waterslide on earth”.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Pheasants Nest murder: man faces court

Ling Mao was reported missing to police on August 3.A man has faced court charged with murdering missing Sydney woman Ling Mao, whose dismembered body was found in bushland near Picton this week.Huan Sun, 34, did not apply for bail when he appeared in Ryde Local Court this afternoon, and the case was adjourned until September 30.Police believe Ms Mao, 33, was murdered some time between July 31 and Monday this week at Pheasants Nest.A property owner raised the alarm this week when his dog retrieved human flesh from bushland, sparking a large-scale search in the area.Police found more human remains during subsequent searches, but say there are still more parts of Ms Mao’s remains to be found. Ms Mao went missing from her Eastwood home on July 31, and her husband reported her missing to police on August 3. She was identified through her fingerprints.Sun, from Epping, sat silently in the dock at court today as his matter was mentioned. “This is a serious allegation … the allegations are linked to Pheasants Nest but I don’t know where the (alleged offence) is said to have occurred,” Magistrate Jennifer Betts said. The case was adjourned to Sydney’s Central Local Court on September 30.
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Tackling the rugby league conspiracy theories

Referee Steve Clark, right. Picture: STEVE CHRISTOThere are some Dragons fans who are also conspiracy theorists.They’re the ones who are convinced that the NRL, the referees, the media or some other power brokers are working behind the scenes to steal the premiership from the Dragons.I understand where this sort of thinking comes from – it always feels better to blame someone else when your team loses. It’s certainly easier than admitting that – maybe, just maybe – your team wasn’t good enough on the day. Read more Try Hard blogs But like conspiracy theorists, their beliefs don’t make any sense.For instance, these fans have a huge grudge against referee Steve Clark, stemming from a 1998 semi against the Bulldogs. The fans contend that Clark’s decisions cost the Dragons the game. As he left the field someone poured a “bucket of spit” on his head (which makes you wonder, who brings a bucket of spit to the footy?”).To this day they’re convinced that Clark despises the Dragons and tries to penalises them out of the game. This is despite the fact that he was the ref in the video booth when we played the Dogs and who denied their last-minute try.He was also the video ref who disallowed a try to a resurgent Panthers side in last weekend’s game that, for my money, should have been awarded.And his penalty stats during Dragons games aren’t any worse than for any other team.There’s another conspiracy surrounding the judiciary’s citing of Justin Poore, Beau Scott and Matt Prior.Apparently, that’s been done because the NRL wants to bring the Dragons back to the pack to ensure a tight and more interesting finals race.They seem to forget that Poore’s tackle was a bit dodgy and that, if a Dragons player had been on the receiving end, they would have been screaming blue murder. Scott and Prior’s tackle, however, I can’t even recall. But that’s not evidence of a conspiracy, just of the vagaries of the NRL judiciary.Of course, now that Poore has gotten off the serious charge that’s further proof the judiciary has no ax to grind with the Dragons’ run this year.Then there’s the big one – that the NRL will do anything it can to ensure the Bulldogs win the comp (and, by inference, denying it to the Dragons).There are two reasons for this. Firstly it’ll be a fitting farewell to cleanskin winger and role model Hazem El Masri, who is retiring at the end of the year.Secondly, it would mean the Dogs went from a last-place finish to first in just 12 months – which is a huge feel-good story.The conspiracy fans are right – those two things would make great stories. And the NRL probably would like those stories.But a Dragons premiership would be just as good for the NRL. It’d be an iconic club winning their first grand final exactly 30 years since their last one (1979). It’d be a club who had potential for years but finally realised it. It’d be a club that, after years of struggle, years of getting close, finally got its hands on the trophy. That’s a great story too.It would mean sinner to saint and NRL icon of the year Wendell Sailor could go out a winner (if the rumours of him retiring at the end of the year are true).And think of the bucks the NRL would make in merchandise – a Dragons premiership would be a huge moneyspinner. After waiting three decades for a premiership, Dragons fans would go nuts buying any piece of 2009 premiership memorabilia they could get their hands on. I know I will be.What I won’t be doing is buying into the ridiculous idea that the NRL already has the premiers name engraved into the trophy.That’s just ridiculous. The grand final will be decided by the players. And no-one else.
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Music industry survey plans

Funded by Ausindustry Canberra, it is part of a feasibility study into potential for infrastructure investment in the State.
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An online survey and information Web site has been created to encourage Tasmanians to have their say on issues facing the industry.

A link to the survey can be found at www.tasmusic南京夜网.

Results from the survey will be submitted to Ausindustry in March.

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Miss Australia Rachael Finch’s outfit raises eyebrows

A few eyebrows were raised when Miss Australia Rachael Finch stepped out for the national costume section of the Miss Universe competition.Picking exactly what element of our national character her outfit was depicting was not immediately clear to all.With its showgirl elements of sparkles, large head dress and revealing slit it left many digging deep to fathom its symbolic meaning. PICTURES: Patriotic couture at Miss Universe The designer, Perth-based Ruth Tarvydas, said the outfit represented sunset over the Opera House.”The Opera House has always been my favourite piece of artistic building, it is particularly magnificent at sunset,” said Perth-based Ruth Tarvydas.”The shapes are very conducive to a bust line and so it is sort of an abstract concept of sunset over the Opera House where I have visualised the yachts sailing, which is represented in the shape of the body which are spinnakers and sails sailing on the ocean at sunset.”The headdress represents the clouds at sunset and was designed by fellow Perth designer Tania Tehane.Tarvydas loves the design and will be launching a mini-dress version at the Perth Fashion Festival next month.She is no stranger to receiving strong opinions for her work having designed the revealing red dress that made Rebecca Twigley a household name for the 2004 Brownlow Medal. “I know it’s a national sport to criticise it,” Tarvydas said. “Criticism for the sake of criticism is not worth reading.”The Miss Universe competition is currently underway in the Bahamas.
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