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Rio Paralympics day 2 | Photos RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Brent Lakatos of Canada celebrates after winning the men’s 100 meter T53 final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Sophie Hahn of Great Britain celebrates after winning the women’s 100 meter T38 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for Tokyo 2020)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Song Maodang of China celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly – S8 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Liam Malone of New Zealand leaves the track after competing in the men’s 100 meter T44 final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Liam Malone of New Zealand, Jarryd Wallace of the United States and Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain compete in the men’s 100 meter T44 final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Gold medalist David Nicholas of Australia celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for Men’s 3km Pursuit C3 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Bronze medalist Tiffany Thomas Kane of Australia celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women’s 50m Butterfly – S6 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Aurelie Rivard (L) of Canada and Sophie Pascoe (R) of New Zealand congratulate on winning the gold and silver medals after competing in the Women’s 50m Freestyle – S10 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: David Nicholas of Australia celebrates the victory and gold medal in the Men’s 3km Pursuit C3 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Ben Weekes of Australia plays Tur Francesc of Spain in men’s singles on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Libby Clegg of Great Britain, with guide Chris Clarke, competes in the women’s 100 meter T11 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McSweeney of New Zealand competes in the Men’s Javelin F44 final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images for the New Zealand Paralympic Committee)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Maroua Brahmi of Tunisia, Mounia Gasmi of Algeria and Gemma Prescott of Great Britain pose on the medals podium after the ceremony for the Women’s Club Throw – F32 Final on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Mary Fisher of New Zealand competes in the Women’s 100m Backstroke – S11 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Coan McKenzie of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle – S7 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Sophie Hahn of Great Britain celebrates after winning the women’s 100 meter T38 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 9: Mariana Mohnen of Germany and Paola Klokler of Brazil during the Women Wheelchair Basketball match between Germany and Brazil at the Olympic Arena on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Dylan Alcott of Australia plays Sharga Weinberg of Israel in men’s quad singles on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Juan Jose Mendez Fernandez of Spain competes in the Men’s 3km Pursuit C1 Individual Pursuit Qualifying on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Hakim Ibrahimov and Elena Chebanu of Azerbaijan in action during the Women’s 100m – T12 Semifinals at the Olympic Stadium on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Mary Fisher of New Zealand competes in the Women’s 100m Backstroke – S11 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Ellie Cole of Australia competes in the Women’s 400m Freestyle – S9 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Brenden Hall of Australia competes in the Men’s 400m Freestyle – S9 Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Gold medalist Zhangyu Li of China celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for Men’s 3km C1 Pursuit Final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 09: Dirk Passiwan #11 of Germany stretches to block Jake Williams #2 of the United States on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookKurt Fearnley is fired up for for his final Paralympic [email protected] “I have my family over there in the stands and my other family in the village with me. It is awesome” pic.twitter上海m/asKBbEWGk1

— Kate McLoughlin (@katemcloughlin4) September 9, 2016Live event tracker: Follow the 2016 Rio Paralympics here.

NRL Finals: Brisbane Broncos eliminate Gold Coast Titans but disputed calls dominate final

NRL: Broncos eliminate Titans, disputed calls dominate final | Photos Alex Glenn of the Broncos is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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Sam Thaiday of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Tempers flare during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Anthony Milford of the Broncos is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try as Jarryd Hayne of the Titans looks dejected during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Oates of the Broncos scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Oates of the Broncos scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Konrad Hurrell of the Titans bumps off Sam Thaiday of the Broncos during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Josh McGuire of the Broncos attempts to break through the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Jarrod Wallace of the Broncos celebrates scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Leivaha Pulu of the Titans takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

A fan holds up a sign during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Alex Glenn of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Darius Boyd of the Broncos looks to pass during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Jordan Kahu of the Broncos attempts to break away from the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Alex Glenn of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Sam Thaiday of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Parker of the Broncos during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Oates of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Alex Glenn of the Broncos is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Ash Taylor of the Titans is injured during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Adam Blair of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Tempers flare during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Luke Douglas of the Titans looks dejected during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Nene Macdonald of the Titans is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

James Roberts of the Broncos breaks through the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Matt Gillett of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Anthony Milford of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Greg Bird of the Titans during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Anthony Milford of the Broncos scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Ash Taylor of the Titans passes the ball during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

David Mead of the Titans is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Corey Parker of the Broncos and Jarryd Hayne of the Titans embrace after the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Darius Boyd of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Josh McGuire of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

James Roberts of the Broncos breaks through the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookIt has taken exactly one match for the NRL finals to descend into controversy around referees. The Gold Coast Titans are out, the Broncos advance but the post-game focus will surround a series of highly controversial calls at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

History will show the Broncos winning 44-28and even with some generous decisions in their favour, it would be difficult to argue that they weren’t the better team in a 13-try Queensland derby that surely now has some serious electricity.

The first sticking point surrounded a penalty try to Jordan Kahu early in the first half, the first in a finals game since Jamie Lyon’s against the Roosters in the 2013 grand final.

Titans centre Konrad Hurrell swung his boot around as Kahu was inches away from planting the ball and kicked it clear of his hands. It looked a neat piece of play but Bunker referees had little hesitation in awarding the penalty try.

They were right to the letter of the law and were later backed by referees boss Tony Archer. But it didn’t stop fierce debate from unfolding and the Titans would have little cheer about on that front for much of the night.

Down 22-18 early in the second half, Brisbane back-rowerAlex Glenn crossed for his second. It went upstairs but Bunker officials somehow managed to miss James Roberts kicking Ryan Simpkins after playing the ball.

Combined with David Mead being controversiallypenalised for dangerous contact with Corey Oates, who had climbed high to take the ball in his own 20m zone, the Titans were having one of those nights were little went their way.

That included losing halfback Ash Taylor for the final 45 minutes and back-rower Zeb Taia, who didn’t even make it to kick-off after injuring a quad during the warm-up.

Star signing Jarryd Hayne had his good moments but dropping the ball off the kick-off to start the second half was a telling error as Brisbane quickly pounced and were on their way to victory.

The first half was frantic from the opening whistle. Josh Hoffman was denied a try within the first two minutes, only for Chris McQueen to score minutes later and give the Gold Coast – notoriously slow starters of late – a welcome 6-0 lead.

Points avalanche: Jarryd Hayne can’t stop Anthony Milford scoring. Photo: Getty Images

Pulsing with energy and go-forward, the Titans were getting the best of things before a stunning series of plays that preceded the penalty-try ruling. Former Gold Coast man Robertscut them open on the left and was collared by Hayne a metre short.

Kahu would wrestle his way over on the next play before Hurrell’s boot sent the ball flying as he went to put it down. The penalty-try call appeared to be the right one and Archer, perhaps sensing the fan backlash, backed up his men in the middle during the half-time break.

“From our point of view, it’s a penalty try. Where they kick the ball out of his possession, it makes a significantdifference. He kicked it out of his hands,” Archer told Nine.

David Mead put the Titans back in front 12-6 after 15 minutes as Brisbane failed to clean up another kick before Kahu hit back after an Anthony Milford break down the left again, which would prove brittle all night for Gold Coast.

Hometown star: Alex Glenn enjoys the attention of teammates after his try. Photo: Getty Images

The Broncos were flying and Jarrod Wallace, powerful off the bench, went over under the posts as Brisbane settled clinically into their work. Battered and running on empty, the Titans somehow managed to conjure a try to Hoffman and lead 18-16 at half-time.

But halfback Ash Taylor was gone for the night and with him would go Gold Coast, who were hammered by referees in a second half that started in disaster for Hayne, who dropped the ball before watching Glenn score moments later.

Glenn’s second in the 51st minute came after the Roberts kick and the Titans were fuming.Down and effectively out by this point,Oates and then Milford hammered in the final nails.

Driver caught speeding on Hume Highway on the way to a funeral

Hume speeder heading to a funeral caught at 169km/h A 20-year-old Victorian man has had his car impounded after being caught speeding on the Hume Highway at Tarcutta. He and his passenger were on the way to a funeral, police said. Picture: NSW Police Force
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A 20-year-old Victorian man has had his car impounded after being caught speeding on the Hume Highway at Tarcutta. He and his passenger were on the way to a funeral, police said. Picture: NSW Police Force

A 20-year-old Victorian man has had his car impounded after being caught speeding on the Hume Highway at Tarcutta. He and his passenger were on the way to a funeral, police said. Picture: NSW Police Force

TweetFacebookTwo young men were on the way to a funeral when police caught them driving at almost 170km/h on the Hume Highway at Tarcutta on Thursday night.

Cootamundra Local Area Command highway patrol officers were on duty and patrolling the major highway when truck drivers alerted them to a car travelling at high speeds around 10.30pm.

It wasn’t much later that they came across a northbound Mazda 6 whizzing along the highway. A speed check indicated it was cruising at 169km/h, police said.

Soon after, the vehicle was intercepted and police spoke to the driver and passenger, both 20-year-olds from Victoria who police said were on the way to a funeral.

It emerged the driver had a provisional Victorian licence and was in the possession ofan expired NSW P-plate licence.

The vehicle, registered in the driver’s name,was allegedly not displaying P plates.

The young driver was issued infringement notices for driving at more than 45km/h over the speed limit, driving in the right hand lane with the speed limit over 80km/h and not complying with licence conditions (not displaying P plates).

The fines associated with those offences tally up to $2928.

As well as the tickets and fines, the young man will be without his car for three months and his NSW licence for six months.

The sedan was towed to Wagga and will remain impounded until December.

Acting Assistant Commissioner David Driver from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the driver’s actions could well have led to friends and family needing to attend another funeral.

“With this driver and his passenger travelling to a funeral and given their high speed, any crash would have potentially resulted in friends and family attending their funeral also,” he said.

“We know that speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seat belt or proper helmet, driving fatigued or distracted are all risks in fatal crashes on our roads.

“Whilst this driver has learnt a costly lesson, and will be without a vehicle and licence, at least he gets to go home. Sadly, many don’t.”

The pair arranged alternative transport after police transported them to Wagga.

The NSW road toll is currently at 274, 37 more than this time last year.

Brekkie Blog: Saturday, September 10, 2016

North-West weather
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A trough is slowly moving across Tasmania this morning, while an associated low moves through eastern Bass Strait. The low will move away to the east tonight, as a narrow ridge of high pressure extends over Tasmania. A front is expected to cross the state on Sunday bringing a cold southwesterly airstream, which will tend southerly during Monday as a ridge of high pressure extends to the south of Tasmania. A low is then expected to develop along the southern New South Wales coast during Tuesday.

North-West news

►RAINor shine thousands of people are set toflock to Latrobe for the NWFL grand final on Saturday.Latrobe Football Club general manager, Kandice Blake, said a crowd of 4000 would be wonderful. Read more.

► THEthreatenedDevonport Show will be held again in Novemberbutorganisershavecalled for morevolunteers to come forward.The future of the 108-year-old Devonport Show wasassured forthis year saidAgricultural and Pastoral Society presidentLesley Young. Read more.

►DESPITE the wet weather, students were happy to get their hands dirty for the Latrobe BioBlitz.The aim forBioBlitz is to discover and record as many species as you can within 30 hours, and involves students working closely with naturalists, volunteers and scientists within the community. Read more.

State of the nation

Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► ILLAWARRA:Father’s Day started like a normal Sunday for Joseph Meli.That was until he was out walking through Crown Street Mall around Midday and noticed models on the catwalk during Heat 2 ofIllawarra’s Top Model.

Joseph has suffered from mental health personally and thought to himself“what a great thing they are doing”.

But it also got him thinking about what he could do to raise some more awareness and turn the depressing feeling that comesfrom the impact of a mental illness episode on itshead.

Lingerie Lad: Joseph Meli in the mall reflecting on all the interest he generated with his 20 second appearance on the Illawarra’s Top Model catwalk. Picture: Greg Ellis

► NEWCASTLE:Corrective Services NSW has unveiled its world-class training centre for new recruits in the former Tomago Detention Centre.

Corrective Services revealed it has started the recruitment process for150 officers who will be based at Cessnock CorrectionalCentre and undergo training at the new Tomago facility.

In a major milestone, the first recruits have become the first to graduate underCorrective Services’biggest recruitment drive in its history.

► TAS:Creating intrinsic sculptures is something that brings a great deal of enjoyment to artist Paul Brunyee.

As you drive up to his luscious green property you are greeted by some of his sublime sculptures.

“I’ve always been creative, in 1990 I had a small introduction into art cutting glass for a Dutchman,” Brunyee said.

“He was able to show me the benefits of cutting glass then I ended up for many many years with a leading glass designer namedJeffrey Hamiltonin Sydney.”

CREATIVE CIRCLE: Artist Paul Brunyee is a finalist in the Artentwine West Tamar Council Acquisitive Outdoor Sculpture Prize.

► BENDIGO: A formerBendigo Healthconstruction manager will next month plead to corruption and deception charges relating to goods and services said to be part of works clearing the way for the city’s new hospital.

It’s alleged Adam DavidHardinge, 39, stolemore than $30,000 in tools and equipment belonging to Bendigo Health, and allegedly gained more than $15,000 throughdeception.

Hardinge appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Friday where his matter was adjourned to a plea hearing on October 19.

► VIC:Among the many images gleaned from the Tromp family’s ill-fated car journey from outer Melbourne into the wilds of NSW – a long, 1500-kilometre road to nowhere – one remains more frightening than the rest.

The finer details of it are thin because the man who found Riana Tromp, 29, the eldest child of the successful berry farming family from Silvan, has opted not to elaborate beyond the basics. But what we know isKeith Whittaker, of Goulburn, got in his uteto drive to Canberra last week and felt a kicking on the back of his seat.

► PORT MACQUARIE:It might say spring on the calendar, but lifeguards operating in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region will get their first taste of summer this weekend when they are put through their paces at their annual proficiency and induction day.

Approximately 30 lifeguards will be at Flynns Beach on Saturday, September 10 for the formal induction process and testing of their skills and fitness.

The aim is for the recruits to be in peak condition and able to respond to any coastal emergency during the 2016/17 season.

► BATHURST:A crisiscan occur at any momentand having people reading and willing to help can make all the difference.

To markR U OK? day and World Suicide Prevention Day, which both occur this week,Lifeline Central West’s volunteer crisis supporters have stepped up to the mark.

The Bathurstcall centre, which takes crisis calls from across Australia usually operates from 6am-10pm, but from Thursday until Saturday this week volunteers will man the phones 24-hours-a-day.

HERE TO LISTEN: Lifeline Central West crisis supporters Astrid Taylor, Stephanie Robinson and (back) Vicki Byrnes are part of a marathon effort to answer as many calls for help as possible. Photo: NADINE MORTON

► WARRNAMBOOL:Elderly people who are being abused by family membersare encouraged to speak out.

Warrnambool police Acting Sergeant Shannon Kavenaghsaid elder abusewas a complex and hidden problem that occurred in thecommunity.

She said oftenfamily member or friend abusedthe older person, who did not report it for fear,shame or because they loved the perpetrator.

► WAGGA: MarcusStanford, the twin brother of the man who murdered schoolteacher Stephanie Scott, has been freed from the Junee jail.

Stanford hid in the back of a silver four-wheel-drive believed to be driven by his mother, going past waiting media camped at the gates of the Junee Correctional Centre this morning.

Stanford, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact of Ms Scott’s murder, was released after serving a 15-month fixed term jail sentence handed down on August 24 but backdated to June 15 last year when he went into custody.

National news►It has been just over10 years since John Bradley’s daughter,Heather–a budding actor – took her own life.YetMr Bradley, who has two other children, says grief still manages to “ambush” him.

“Last Sunday was Father’s Day,” he says. “I had some contact with my surviving children, but obviously notwith Heather. Those days, I feel, you get ambushed in your grief.

“I can hear just a bit ofmusic, see something –a photograph–orbump into someone.

►The education company at the centre of the donations furore that halted the front bench career of Labor senator Sam Dastyari is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the government’s new streamlined visa program, new data from the federal Department of Education reveals.

John Bradley says grief still manages to “ambush” him. Photo: Penny Stephens

Data released this week shows that 98.5 per cent of Top Education students are international, more than double the Australian private higher education institution average of 42 per cent. It has one of the highest proportions of international students of any private higher education institution in NSW.

Of the 13 local students the institution has enrolled, only 46 per cent successfully completed their first year.

National weather radar Top Education chief executive officer Minshen Zhu with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Top Education

International news►London:A furious Norwegian newspaper has taken Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to task for “abusing his power” as the world’s most powerful editor, after the social media company demanded censorship of the famous Vietnam war ‘napalm girl’ photograph.

Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of theAftenposten, the country’s biggest newspaper,has published a long tiradeagainst Mr Zuckerberg after receiving an email from Facebook saying the image contravened the site’s rules on nudity.

On this day Aftenposten’s editor-in-chief, Espen Egil Hansen. Photo: Aftenposten

The faces of Australia: Harris ‘Chip’ RedheadFor decades Harris ‘Chip’ Redhead has been seeing to the health of Blayney Shire residents as one of its longest serving GP’s, but if fate had turned a different corner, Dr Redhead could well have become an architect.

Chipping away: Harris ‘Chip’ Redhead will have a selection of drawings at the Barry Art Exhibition on September 17 and 18. Photo: Mark Logan

“I’ve always been interested in drawing, always, and before television of course I used to have a box of watercolours and I would copy the paintings on the wall,” he said. “I still have the original box of watercolour paint.”

That was in 1938 as an artistic 10 year old but it wasn’t until just after the Second World War had ended that Dr Redhead had his first lesson. Read more here.

Photos of the week: September 5-10, 2016

Photos of the week: September 5-10, 2016 ADELAIDE: Exhibitor Dusty Jones is the third generation of her family to show Romney sheep at the Royal Adelaide Show. Photo: JACQUI BATEMAN
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BATHURST: MacKillop College Year 8 students Joely Drinan, Lauren Muir, Saige Dwyer, Marnie Watson and Meg Wilson on Wednesday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BENDIGO: Are You Ok Day, included a petting zoo at LaTrobe University, Bendigo. Charlotte Bodenhamer. Photo: NONI HYETT

BATHURST: Johnno Seaman of Sid Newman Rural Supplies with a pallet of bloat block supplies. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

BATHURST: Deputy mayor Ian North and Phil Brock with the signed VZ Commodore back at the National Motor Racing Museum. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

BENDIGO: U15 Girls Cycling Time Trials. Neve Bradbury, St Kilda Cycling Club. Photo: NONI HYETT

BENDIGO: HDFL Football Grand Final. North Bendigo Vs Leitchville-Gunbower. Photo: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: HDFL Football Grand Final 2016. North Bendigo Vs Leitchville-Gunbower. Photo: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Mario Espana is a forth gerneration circus performer on the wheel of death. He has broken over 17 bones in his body. Photo: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: HDFL Football Grand Final 2016. North Bendigo Vs Leitchville-Gunbower. Photo: GLENN DANIELS

BUNBURY: Harvey ended Bunbury’s season on Sunday with a 29 point win in the first SWFL elimination final of 2016. Photo: CHRIS DE BLANK.

DUBBO: Jessica Willmott and Holly Taylor have spent months training to walk the Kokoda Trail. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

COLLIE: The Griffin Social Club will be winding down their operations after more than 60 years in the Collie community.

BUNBURY: Tim Seinor, Peter Gianfrancesco, and Antonio Gianfrancesco have been bestowed the title of Best Italian Gourmet Sausage in the South West

COWRA: Nicholas James shows off the hard work done by Carinya’s students for the pumpkin decorating competition at this year’s Cowra Show.

DUBBO: Kerrianne Nichols, Samuel Berryman, Marty Frew, Nicholas Steepe, Beverley Tyson, Joel Pickering, Anna Arrow, Kevin Jones.

DUBBO: PT Lord, Dakin and Associates agents, auctioneers Tony Morcom, Paul Dakin, Mark Garland, John Shadwell, at the Dubbo cattle sale. Photo: RACHAEL WEBB

FORBES: Flooding at Forbes. Photo: RACHAEL WEBB

DUBBO: Starting next week Karen and Jamie Manning, as well as their three children, will ride for 22 days to raise awareness and funds for Limbs4 Life. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

FOBRES: Flood waters on Friday morning at Landrace Rd, Forbes.

HUNTER: Actress Kellie Taylor will play the summoned spirit of Elvira the ex-wife in the Maitland Repertory Theatre’s new production, ‘Blithe Spirit’. Photo: PERRY DUFFIN

FORBES: Water on the road at Forbes. Photo: RACHAEL WEBB

FORSTER: Tina Gogerly has been turning trash into art. Photo: TINA GOGERLY

HUNTER: Holmesville resident Chris Halton with his unhappy neighbour

HUNTER: Firies work to put out grass fire in Woodville on Wednesday. Photo: PERRY DUFFIN

HUNTER: Hunter restaurants hold their own at annual Good Food Guide awards

LAKE MACQUARIE: Inside the Catalina Conference Centre, at Rathmines, ahead of its official opening. Photo: DAVID STEWART

LAKE MACQUARIE: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to The Art House, at Wyong, in time for the September school holidays

HUNTER: Maitland’s Family Hotel General Manager Neil Hedges is delving into the historic pub’s past. Photo: JONATHAN CARROLL

HUNTER: Paranormal investigator Renata Daniel silhouetted outside Grossmann House. Ms Daniel will host a ghost hunt in the historic property next month. Photo: PERRY DUFFIN

LAKE MACQUARIE: Mary Parkinson with Christine Wenta from Toronto Workers Club after shopping for new garden ornaments. Photo: SIMONE DE PEAK

LAUNCESTON: Richardsons Harley Davidson’s Manager Chris Travers trains for the Strong Man Truck Pull for the Power Surge event on Saturday. Photo: PAUL SCAMBLER, The Examiner

MANDURAH: Coby, a three legged rescue dog, listens to Assumption Catholic Primary School students read in thier new Story Dogs program. Photo: JESS COCKERILL

LAUNCESTON: Songwriter Daniel Townsend and singer John Flanagan in the final throes of rehearsal before the opening of the Junction festival. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON, The Examiner

LAUNCESTON: Clare McCracken, artist behind the VILLAGE installation at Junction Arts Festival. Photo: PIIA WIRSU, The Examiner

MANDURAH: The Duyfken replica arrives in Mandurah from Bunbury. Photo: RICHARD POLDEN

NAMBUCCA: Bert Gray asks R U Ok. Photo: BRITT RAMSEY

NEWCASTLE: Joanne McCarthy with Royal Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan at the close of the Catholic hearing. Photo: IAN KIRKWOOD

MANDURAH: The Mandurah War Memorial is back to its former glory after vandals destroyed it last year. Photo: NATHAN HONDROS

MANDURAH: The Duyfken replica on track to Mandurah from Bunbury. Photo: RICHARD POLDEN

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle surgeon Daron Cope devises brilliant way to remove facial tumour from Yvonne Boraso. Photo: MAX MASON-HUBERS

TAREE: Dave Quinlivan at Black Head, near where he was attacked by a great white shark last year. Photo: SCOTT CALVIN

PORT STEPHENS: Bernie Fitzsimons, president of the Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network, standing next to the memorial made of rocks at Boat Harbour. Photo: ELLIE-MARIE WATTS

PINJARRA: The feature film Three Summer was launched with a traditional Noongar ceremony at Fairbridge Village

PORT STEPHENS: Hunter Koala Preservation Society carer and rescuer Sue Swain with Dexter. Mrs Swain has been with the society for 13 years. Photo: ELLIE-MARIE WATTS

NYNGAN: Sonia Lane, Aime Taylor and Marley-Jo Wilson cross the finish line after the Cheetah Chase 10kms at the Dubbo Stampede. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

NEWCASTLE: Hamilton business operators have had enough. Photo: MATTHEW KELLY

ORANGE: Lolli Redini owner Simonn Hawke picked up a coveted hat with co-owner Leah Morphett at the Good Food Guide Awards. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle Knights awards 2016_ Dane Gagai, Trent Hodkinson recognised after club’s year to forget. Photo: JONATHAN CARROLL

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle Jets have sacked coach Scott Miller, barely a month before the A-League season kicks off

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