“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change”: Former Knox Grammar teacher and current Kings headmaster Tim Hawkes. Photo: Daniel MunozThe faces of Knox’s dark eraWilkinson ‘appalled’ by ribbon removalBoys ‘cheered’ while girl ‘assaulted”Gobsmacked’ paedophiles still there
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King’s headmaster Tim Hawkes has apologised to his school community and admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his actions almost 30 years ago at Knox Grammar, where he failed to report the sexual abuse of a young boarder.

“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change,”  Dr Hawkes wrote in a letter to King’s School parents on Tuesday. “There are moments when you cannot believe your stupidity. There are moments when you want to run away.

“I was met with such a moment last week when being pounced on by the media when leaving the Royal Commission looking into the Knox case. How on earth can you disentangle the appalling impression given that, ‘I had no regrets’ in relation to a Knox matter some 27 years ago.

“Regrets! I have thousands.”

Dr Hawkes had given evidence to the royal commission into child abuse that, while he was a housemaster at Knox, he was unaware of the mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse introduced in 1988, soon before a 14-year-old boy was groped by a man who had hid under his bed, wearing a balaclava and an old Knox Grammar tracksuit.

Nor did Dr Hawkes confront two teachers who had been possible suspects, Chris Fotis and Damian Vance, but he believed he had done his duty by reporting the attack to then Knox headmaster Ian Paterson. Nobody reported it to authorities.

In his letter to his school community, Dr Hawkes said: “My heart breaks for the boys whose trust in some Knox staff was betrayed. I, along with much of Australia, have been appalled at the revelations coming out of the Royal Commission. Regrets? None of it should ever have happened.

“I can make no excuses for my comment. I was tired after three hours in the witness box. I was alarmed – even frightened by being ambushed by the media scrum, and greatly angered by the hostility of their questions.

“I should have said absolutely nothing. What I tried to say was that I had no sense of not having done the right thing by reporting the matter to the headmaster at the time. However – it did not come out that way, and people, quite rightly, were appalled at the apparent heartlessness of my comment.

“The media have offered to re-interview me. That is kind, but it will come across as a revisionist attempt by me to make me look good – and that thought appals me.

“Regrets? Absolutely! Regrets for an insensitive remark – yes  – but even more so, for the things that happened at Knox. There needs to be justice given, care provided and lessons learnt – not least, by me.”

Mr Fotis remains at large after a warrant for his arrest was issued last Wednesday, following his failure to appear before the royal commission the previous day.

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Forget the pictures you’ve seen in adult films and the “lifelike” drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide for the average penis size – and hopefully it will put some men at ease.
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British researchers have pooled the measurements of more than 15,000 men’s penises to more closely determine what constitutes “normal-sized” anatomy.

They found the average penis is 13.12 centimetres when erect and 9.31 centimetres when flaccid.

The team, led by psychiatrist David Veale, created graphs of both length and girth, finding the vast majority of men range between 11 and 15 centimetre in length and between 10 and 13 centimetres in circumference when erect.

“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr Veale, a specialist in body dysmorphic disorders at King’s College London Medical School.

Only 2.28 per cent of the population have an abnormally small penis.

A distribution of penis length among 15,000 men.

The researchers didn’t measure 15,000 men themselves – they combined the measurements of 20 other studies, from a variety of countries, into a meta-analysis.

The report dispelled several myths about penis size being related to a man’s shoe size or index finger. While urban legend says men of African descent tend to be well-endowed, the report found there was insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions about differences in the penis size of different races.

The question of size is one most men consider at some point in their life. One study included in the analysis reported that 55 percent of men were not satisfied with their size.

“This is a centuries-old issue,” Dr Veale told Fairfax Media. “It may have gotten worse as men may compare against models in porn films over the internet.”

But the same study found only 15 percent of women took issue with their partner’s anatomy.

“Girth is usually more important than length – and technique is more important,” said Dr Veale.

The team said the size scale may offer comfort to men who are overly concerned by the size, a condition known as “small penis anxiety”.

Dr Veale said about 10 percent of males, mostly young men, may have the condition. An even smaller proportion suffer body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), where they are preoccupied with the size of their penis and find it shameful.

A distribution of penis girth among 15,000 men.

“We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position, or what they think they should be,” said Dr Veale, whose analysis has been published in the scientific journal BJU International.

One bone of contention is that only a few studies collected measurements while men had an erect penis; most studies had men stretch their flaccid penis to infer its erect size.

Dr Shomik Sengupta, from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, said for those men who fixate on the issue of size, these comparisons may not reduce their anxiety.

But he said treatments for penile enlargements, while widely advertised, were often not effective and potentially dangerous.

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Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a likely option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club’s Abu Dhabi-controlled owner, City Football Group, has revealed.
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And while Marwood stopped short of agreeing that the David Villa signing – where the Spanish World Cup winner played only four games for City – was a “disaster”, he admitted that both the Melbourne club and the CFG had learnt plenty of lessons from an experiment that left a sour taste in the mouths of many City fans, especially those who had swelled the club’s membership in the expectation that Villa would play 10 games for the Melbourne team.

Results in the first half of the season, when City struggled badly for form, were unacceptable, Marwood said. But coach John van ‘t Schip’s job was not dependent on making the finals.

“We will assess it in the summer. We will take a view. We are happy with JVS and the group. We have a lot of faith in the staff. And when you are on the inside you know what they have to work with in terms of the dynamics of certain aspects,” said Marwood, an English League winner with Arsenal in his playing days.

Nevertheless the Manchester-based executive believes that Melbourne City’s first year under CFG’s control has been, with some exceptions, more successful than not as the UAE-based owners seek to bed the Melbourne franchise into a group in which EPL champion Manchester City is the jewel in the crown and New York City is the bold new frontier.

“In some areas, yes (it’s gone the way CFG hoped), in other areas, probably no,” Marwood said. Referring to the club’s newly opened training centre at Latrobe University, he said: “The yes bit is if you look at where we are sitting today, it’s much different to the Epping experience that I walked into.” Back then, City used to train at a suburban ground, often using wheelies bins full of ice as cooling baths.

“Some of the big highlights for me have been the emergence of the young players. Ben Garuccio, Jacob Melling and Connor Chapman are three players who have found their feet this year. They look extremely promising for the future of the club.

“I was really pleased by the fact that the youth team won their league. That was a great achievement. We have got some interesting emerging talent. The plans we have, the academy, the first team, we have an interesting summer coming up. We have a number of players who are out of contract.

“In a salary-capped league it was frustrating for me that people seemed to miss the point when they saw the City group taking over Melbourne City. They just expected us to throw a lot of money at the team. You can’t do that … it’s not the world we live in.

“It wasn’t like Man City six years ago, where we could take a team that was a potential relegation Premier League team to one that was going to compete for the championship.

“I think there’s been more pluses than minuses. The minuses have certainly been the amount of injuries we have had this year. A lot of them have been impact injuries rather than soft-tissue injuries.”

While City will still consider sending big-name players who are probably in their twilight years to Melbourne, it seems more likely that they will send younger players from the under-21 squad over for training or to play a season if they fit into the team dynamic. Currently a youngster from Manchester City’s under 21s, James Horsfield, is training with van ‘t Schip’s team to gain experience and develop his football.

“The Villa experience taught us a lot of things. Was it the right thing, the wrong thing … in certain times you have to test it and see whether it works or not.

“Frank [Lampard] had struck an agreement last summer to go to New York. The team were not going to start playing until March (when the MLS kicks off). He needed to keep himself fit in that period between August and March.

“We talked about the potential of Melbourne and the situation with Manuel (Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini) came up, and Manuel felt that Frank could add something to the City squad. It never got past the concept idea of talking within the group. When Manuel felt he could contribute and Frank realised that was the case, everybody felt that it was probably the best [for him to stay in Manchester],” said Marwood.

He readily admits that the Melbourne club did not make the most of the opportunities that it was presented with at the start of the season.

“Certainly the results in the first half of the season were poor, not acceptable,” Marwood said. “We didn’t capture the momentum earlier in the season when membership went to 10,000. We had nearly 16,000 to David’s first game. But because the results weren’t there … people used to say at first that it was always same old City in Manchester and I heard it here too, that Melbourne City will take you to the point, then disappoint you. But hopefully symbols like the new training ground will show that we are here for the long term.”

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There are fears BHP will not renew its tugboat contract with Teekay.Port Hedland tugboat workers may give up some of the concessions they won just four months ago, amid fears tugboat operator Teekay may not have its contract to operate in the nation’s biggest iron ore port renewed by BHP Billiton later this year.
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Despite striking a new four-year workplace agreement in November, Teekay and the tugboat unions are back in negotiations over workplace conditions in a bid to help the company retain its contract beyond its expiry around September.

Teekay has written to unions informing them of an urgent need to reduce costs ahead of the expiry, with sources suggesting the tugboat operator may be the latest contractor to feel the force of BHP’s drive to reduce contracting costs.

BHP has recently invited Teekay and rival tugboat operators to tender for the contract, and sources have suggested BHP has given an outline of the terms under which it would ideally like to award the next contract.

There is a belief that BHP will favour bidders whose workforce is employed on an “even time roster”; such as where workers are rostered on for four weeks, then have four weeks off.

The tugboat workers were living under such an “even time” roster prior to November’s workplace deal, which gave them an extra four weeks of annual leave.

BHP has been pushing its entire contractor base for savings over the past three years in a bid to offset the impact of falling commodity prices, and has shown a willingness to change contractors in pursuit of savings and better results, as seen by the installation of mining contractor HSE on Queensland coal mines in place of Thiess and Leightons.

BHP sent a clear message to Teekay and the tug workers in December when it introduced a second tugboat contractor, Rivtow, to run four tugs at Port Hedland.

Teekay declined to comment on the sudden resumption of negotiations with the tugboat unions, while BHP confirmed Teekay’s contract would expire later this year.

“BHP Billiton has contracted Teekay Marine to provide towage services in the Port Hedland Port for more than ten years. BHP Billiton’s contract with Teekay will expire this year, and in anticipation of this, a competitive tender process is currently being conducted. Teekay Marine was invited to tender as part of this process,” said a spokesman for BHP.

BHP would not comment publicly on whether it had indicated the workplace terms it would like to see under the next contract.

Port Hedland is the epicentre of Australia’s iron ore export industry, and the tugboats are crucial to the operation of the port because the ships carrying the iron ore to Asia cannot enter or leave port without the assistance of tugs.

Australian Maritime Officers Union spokesman Robert Coombs, who represents one of the three classes of workers on the tugs, said tug workers may be willing to give up the extra annual leave if Teekay were successful in the tender.

“The best conditions are not worth anything if you don’t have a workplace,” he said.

“If Teekay wins the contract we may have to consider a variation [to the workplace deal struck in November].”

The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, which represents a different class of tug workers, has indicated it is willing to negotiate with Teekay, and would potentially be willing to part with the extra annual leave entitlements won last year.

“We stand prepared to engage in discussions aimed at retaining your current business case in Port Hedland,” the union said in a letter to Teekay this week.

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The Reserve Bank fears the economy is even weaker than when it met one month ago.
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Tuesday’s board meeting considered new data released since its last meeting showing much lower than expected investment intentions for the third quarter of this year.

After the bank cut rates in February, it published a forecast for economic growth centred on 2.75 per cent for 2015-16.

The investment data casts doubt on that forecast and suggests it will be revised down when the bank updates it in May.

While deciding to keep its cash rate steady in March, the bank issued guidance that “further easing of policy may be appropriate over the period ahead”.

The guidance is understood to be the clearest about the future direction of interest rates for about two years.

The governor’s statement said “the available information suggests that growth is continuing at a below-trend pace, with domestic demand growth overall quite weak”.

The bank is concerned that in the past month investment has slipped more sharply than expected, unemployment has climbed to a 13-year high and that the December quarter economic growth figures (due on Wednesday) are likely to be weak.

Its forecasts already factor in a further rate cut by May. After digesting Tuesday’s statement, the futures market factored in a near certain rate cut by May followed by the certainty of another cut by November.

Those two cuts would take the bank’s cash rate from 2.25 per cent to 1.75 per cent.

Former Reserve Bank economist Paul Bloxham said Tuesday’s meeting was “a nail-biter”.

“In the days leading up to the decision, the market had been pricing a 50:50 chance of a cut, so it was a close call,” the HSBC economist said.

“The post-meeting statement was fairly short, downbeat, and continued to note that the Australian dollar was overvalued on most measures of fundamental value. Working in the other direction, the statement noted that dwelling prices continue to rise strongly in Sydney.”

The only things that could stand in the way of a further cut in interest rates in April or May would be inflated lending to real estate investors or a sharp drop in the dollar.

The bank was “working with other regulators to assess and contain risks that may arise from the housing market”.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned banks not to lower their standards for investment loans in order to chase business.

A sharp drop in the value of the dollar would boost the economy, making a further cut in interest rates less necessary.

The Australian dollar jumped more than half a cent after the Reserve Bank’s decision to leave interest rates on hold. It closed near US78¢.

Peter Martin is economics editor of The Age.

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GAI WATERHOUSE has not had a win in the Newcastle Newmarket, but may be represented this year by Woodbine, part owned by Racing NSW chairman John Messara. THE time-honoured Newcastle Newmarket is the highlight of Newcastle Jockey Club’s autumn racing, and the 2015 $125,000 group 3 event on March 18 will be the 60th anniversary of the race.
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The legendary TJ Smith trained the first winner of the Newmarket, Seacraft, in 1955, and his daughter, Gai Waterhouse, has won the race three times, with Secret Savings (1997), Hey Pronto (2002) and Platinum Scissors (2004).

The closest Waterhouse has come to winning the Newmarket in the past decade was in 2013 when the talented Laser Hawk was beaten by a long head.

Waterhouse may be represented by four-year-old Woodbine, which is part-owned by Racing NSW chairman John Messara.

Woodbine has had only two runs from a spell and indicated he was close to a win when beaten three-quarters of a length at Rosehill recently.

The late Max Lees won the Newcastle Newmarket three times, and his son Kris will be chasing his first win in the group3 event on March 18.

Kris Lees got a good sight in last year’s Newmarket when his imported galloper Slow Pace flew home for third behind Mercir.

Lees is yet to decide on his Newmarket starters.

Chris Waller’s foreman, Liam Prior, said the stable expected to have runners in the Newmarket, but Waller is a week away from deciding on his nominations.

The $100,000 Provincial Championship Qualifier is also on the March 18 program

Thermomix demonstrator Lauren McKinnon puts a Thermomix to the test at a presentation at the field days. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA FARMER
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A TRENDY cooking appliance made quick work of a traditionally tricky dish at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days this week.

Thermomix demonstrator Lauren McKinnon showed the crowd how easy it was to make a mushroom risotto with the multi-skilled device.

“It’s so hard to make but the Thermomix makes it so simple,” she said.

MEGA GALLERY: Day one at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days

Mrs McKinnon said the aim of the demonstration was to show people how versatile and handy the appliance was.

“People judge the Thermomix on the price tag,” she said.

A Thermomix costs about $2000.

Mrs McKinnon said one of the best features about the appliance was the recipe chip feature which displayed instructions on the Thermomix screen.

She said the interactive session was well received by the crowd.

“A lot of people were interested to see it,” she said.

More than 50 people attended the presentation.

Mrs McKinnon will hostThermomix presentations in the auditorium of the Country Gourmet Pavilion every day.

The final show is at 11.30am onThursday.

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Sussan LeyMILDURA GPs have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to scrap its controversial Medicareco-p­ayment­ proposal.
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Health Minister Sussan Ley yesterday confirmed the government had “hit the pause button” on changes to the public healthcare system.

During Question Time in Parliament, Prime Minister Tony Abbott reiterated the hugely unpopular proposal to charge patients a $5 co-payment when they visited their GP was “dead, buried and cremated”.

Tristar Medical Group GP Afshan Shariff said the arrangement would have put an “unnecessary burden” on people who were already struggling to cover daily living expenses.

“For patients who come in on a regular basis, with chronic disease or disability, it was too much for them to pay every visit,” she said.

“I think most of GPs would be happy that’s been axed.

“I have some patients on Centrelink payments who are taking medication and can’t afford it – they say, ‘I can’t be taking it until my next (Centrelink) payment’.

“That is really sad to see. So if there was a co-payment, I fear they won’t even be coming to see us.”

The co-payment proposal was part of the government’s budget measures introduced last year to reduce the nation’s debt and deficit.

It was contested by the Opposition,­ the Greens and cross-benchers­ in the Senate, leading to the original $7 co-payment being reduced to $5.

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Updated: Bob Kotic with some of the new branding, which retains a modern interpretation of the Illawarra Flame Tree logo. Picture: GREG ELLISIllawarra Credit Union chief executive Bob Kotic launched a new brand identity on Sunday for the locally grown financial institution.
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The new look, designed with input from staff and members, is designed to confirm the credit union’s commitment to serving its members.

During the last 40 years Illawarra Credit Union has used the Illawarra Flame Tree as its logo and the new one is a modern interpretation supported by new visual identity and a new tagline of “Your money, your way”.

Mr Kotic said it highlighted the credit union’s dedication to serving its members, understanding their needs and providing competitive products.

“Our members are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make,” he said.

The new look coincides with the introduction of new services.

An Android moneytree app has been launched following the success of the iPhone moneytree app in 2014.

A new member centre on the ground floor of the Wollongong head office building is the first of many being rolled out across the branch network.

Work is also under way on a new user-friendly website.

Forum speakers

First female premier of NSW Kristina Keneally and former politician Kathryn Greiner are among the speakers at the Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama on March 10 and 11.

Illawarra Forum chief executive Nicky Sloan said the conference would look at success in the community services industry. Registrations are now open at trybooking南京夜网/GPNS.

Kristina Keneally

Zookeepers go wild

Images of Symbio Wildlife Park zookeepers mimicking animals continue to spread globally.

The #zookeepersasanimals photos on Facebook have now appeared in many daily newspapers in Europe.

Community grants

An information session on the IRT Foundation Community Grants program is being held at North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club on Monday.

It is open to community groups, charities and councils interested in applying for grants of up to $20,000 for initiatives that help build age-friendly communities in the Illawarra.

Applications are open until April 10.

IRT Foundation Committee chairperson Dr Lee Moerman, Wendy Harmer and IRT CEO Nieves Murray at the launch of the foundation at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach in late 2014. Picture by Greg Ellis.

Zonta picks leaders

The Zonta Club of Wollongong is hosting its Young Women In Public Affairs Award at Centro CBD on March 8 as part of International Women’s Day.

Zonta International District 24 Lieutenant-Governor Dr Janette Curtis said the finalists come from high schools.

Dr Curtis said Zonta looked for young women who were good students and had a commitment to their community.

“We also expect them to demonstrate how they currently do, or plan to, empower women financially, educationally or socially,” she said.

“For this award, it is about thinking outside of themselves and giving back to the community, whether that be their school community, their local community through charities or clubs, or internationally by active support of specific charities.”

Heather Stuart, Kate Martin, Jessica Sparks, Thea Stephenson and Sheldri Weston at the 2014 Zonta Club of Wollongong International Women’s Day afternoon tea at Diamond Offices. Picture by Greg Ellis.

Top shop once again

For the fourth year in a row The Good Guys Warrawong was recognised as the top furniture/electrical store for customer satisfaction by Roy Morgan Surveys in 2014.

Warrawong’s Michael Seaman said it was a great result for the whole team who made customer service its number one priority.

Power for Manus

Electro Power Equipment recently completed construction of a power station switch room at Unanderra for the Manus Island Detention Centre. John Arthur said the facility was designed and built at Unanderra, and after construction in Wollongong it was shipped by road to Brisbane before being transported by barge to Manus Island.

Motivational event

Kiama Council, Inspiring Women Kiama and Illawarra Business in Heels are hosting a motivational International Women’s Day lunch at the Pavilion from 12 noon on March 6.

Further information on 4232 0405.

Network expands

Former Wallaby and rugbybusinessnetwork南京夜网 (RBN) convener Adrian Skeggs is including Wollongong in the rollout of the network across Australia.

Events feature a key business leader presenting on a specific topic followed by a rugby personality talking about their transition from rugby to business.

The inaugural network meeting is at iC Central at the Wollongong Innovation Campus.

Guest speakers are former Hungry Jack’s Australia chief executive Tim Tighe and former Waratahs players Peter Palmer, Michael Hayes and Richard Tombs.

Tim Tighe

Lunch celebration

This Saturday VIEW Clubs of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands are joining together to celebrate International Women’s Day together at the Chifley Hotel.

The lunch includes entertainment by Katherine Akele and a tribute to the Anzacs on the centenary year presented by TIGS year 12 student Tahlia Jackson. A year 12 Learning for Life student will also speak on the opportunities provided to her by The Smith Family Learning for Life program.

Katherine Akele. Picture by Greg Ellis.

The Keynote speaker this Saturday is NRMA deputy director Wendy Machin.

Breast workshop

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant is hosting and sponsoring a free BreastAware Australia education and empowerment workshop on March 10. Jonni Nicolaou is so passionate about BreastAware’s life-saving message she became a board member.

Reservations at breastawareworkshop.eventbrite南京夜网.

Sustainable growth

Applications close on March 9 for the next round of Economic Gardening starting on March 24.

It is a free service to help Illawarra businesses achieve increased profits and sustainable growth.Online applications at economicgardening南京夜网.au.

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March4 – Pride of Emergency Services Awards launch in Sydney.

Warilla Business Chamber hosts a free networking event at Southern Youth Family Services in Warilla from 5pm to 7pm.

March 4 to 15 – International Women’s Day Exhibition called Women: Equality: Art: at Project Contemporary Artspace.

March 5 – Illawarra Credit Union launches its new brand in its new member centre.

March 5 to 30 – On Flinders Life Drawing and Painting Exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery.

March 6 – Kiama Council, Inspiring Women Kiama and Illawarra Business in Heels are hosting a motivational International Women’s Day lunch with guest speakers Melissa Browne and Dr Susan Ang at The Pavilion Kiama from 12pm to 2.30pm. Further information on 4232 0405.

March 6 to 8 – Kiama Jazz Blues Festival with more than 60 free gigs in 30 venues.

March 7 – VIEW Clubs of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands will celebrate International Women’s Day together at the Chifley Hotel Wollongong.

March 8 – Zonta hosts its Young Women In Public Affairs Award as part of International Women’s Day activities with a lunch at CBD Centro.

March 9 – IRT Foundation Community Grants program will be held at North information session at Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club 2pm.

March 10 – The Illawarra Business Chamber is focusing on infrastructure needs for the region by hosting a local candidate debate from 11am at the ITeC in Coniston. Illawarra businesses are invited to come and hear what both major parties are doing to address the infrastructure backlog and the needs of regional businesses.

A free BreastAware Australia workshop at the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant from 5.45pm.

WorkCover NSW hosts a Safer Communities event at Jamberoo with a safety information sessions for local farmers, inspectors visiting businesses in the main street and workplace visits. Further information on 4428 6700.

iAccelerate welcomes and inducts its new residents following the completion of applications for the first intake of 2015.

After receiving a quality field of applications the new cohort of residents will soon be announced.

March 10 and 11 – Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama with Kristina Keneally and Kathryn Greiner among the guest speakers.

March 10 and 11 – THE first female premier of NSW Kristina Keneally and former politician Kathryn Greiner are among the speakers at the Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama.

March 11 – Better Health By Daniella opening party at Figtree. Further information at www.betterhealthbydaniela南京夜网.au.

CleverLINK presents a Bartercard information evening at Corrimal.

March 13 – The Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free coffee with the candidates at Helensburgh Tradies to ask small business candidates what they would do for small business.

Pulse 94.1fm Gala Night at Panorama House featuring Brittany Cairns from The Voice and Karl Faase as keynote speaker. Bookings on 4228 8941.

March 14 – A three hour cartooning workshop for primary school age children with a full lunch included is being held by Little Leonardo’s Art Studio in Shellharbour.

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Finding the best way to keep track of your daily tasks is a very personal mission for all of us as this helps you with your notifications and reminders to keep you organised. Here are three of my favourite task apps you can use on your PC, Mac and hand-held device.
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Any.Do is a task management app for iPhone or Android smartphones. When you start to type in a task, it will offer suggestions for auto-completing it. It also will automatically link you to your email. Any.Do does not automatically come with a calendar feature, so you will need to download the companion app called “Cal,” in order to get this.

Google Keep lets you take down thoughts, take photos, dictate notes and have everything to hand. You can take a photo that can then be used as part of a note and you can also use the microphone option to dictate, with what you say being transcribed and ready for editing if need be. Photos can be edited using the built-in camera features of Android.

Wunderlist is a program that works with both desktops and mobiles for a to-do list manager with apps for iOS and Android, Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s also a webapp, so you seriously have no reason to be without your to-dos on any platform you choose to use. It’s my personal favourite. It’s simple and easy to use, supports timed reminders, recurring to-dos, separate reminders from the due date of the task, notes and additional information associated with your to-dos and more. Its broad platform support – and its webapp – mean you’ll always have access to your to-dos.

Robert Morgan is a digital solutions consultant at Digital Phenix.

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FIGHT GOES ON: Trainer Darren Smith faces a long disqualification period. Picture: Jenny EvansNEWCASTLE trainer Darren Smith has been found guilty by Racing NSW stewards on 42 cobalt charges, but he will have to wait until March 20 to find out his penalty.
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Smith was charged with 62 offences, but 20 relating to race-day swabs were deemed unnecessary by stewards.

It is expected Smith, who has eight previous offences for use of banned substances, will face a long disqualification which could end his career in racing.

Smith said he was determined to clear his name.

‘‘I really don’t have a lot to say and I will be guided by my lawyers,’’ Smith said. ‘‘We have to wait to see what [penalty] they give me, but I will be appealing and continuing to fight these charges to prove [myself] innocent.’’

Stewards have indicated that at the March 20 hearing they will also rule on whether the horses would be disqualified, as is usually the case, from the races where cobalt was found in their swabs.

Smith’s case has had a high profile, and chief steward Ray Murrihy decided to speak on the findings.

‘‘It is not the standard practice of the stewards to give detailed written reasons, nor is there any requirement to do so,’’ Murrihy said in a statement. ‘‘However, in this instance, it is the view of the stewards that they should deliver written reasons in respect of the more critical findings.’’

The statement said stewards had found cobalt was a prohibited substance ‘‘as it is an agent that is capable of causing either directly or indirectly an action or effect, or both an action and effect, on the blood system.’’

Murrihy addressed an argument from Smith’s counsel, Paul O’Sullivan, that without a threshold cobalt was not a prohibited substance.

‘‘The intent of the threshold is to recognise that cobalt naturally occurs within horses and elevated readings can result from horses being administered registered supplements in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines,’’ Murrihy said.

‘‘However, those issues do not arise in this case as Mr Smith has admitted that he was provided with a bottle by Mr Shannon Wonson that contained cobalt and he administered cobalt to horses in his stable.

‘‘In this respect, Mr Smith maintained that he administered cobalt to horses that were ‘poor eaters’ and that each of those horses detailed above, in which elevated levels of cobalt were detected, were poor eaters.

‘‘Mr Smith does not maintain that the elevated levels arose from administration of registered supplements in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines but has instead defended the charges on the basis that cobalt was not a prohibited substance until a threshold was introduced.

‘‘For the reasons outlined above, that construction is not supported by a proper analysis of the Australian Rules of Racing.’’

Wonson is a disqualified harness racing trainer.

Another cobalt hearing is in the wings, against Kembla Grange’s Paul Murray, but stewards have not set a date for that inquiry to resume.

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop
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Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City in an  A-League grand final, with the match held interstate? It sounds ludicrous, but, it seems, it’s not impossible.

The likely venue for a title decider should either of the Melbourne clubs qualify to host the event remains up in the air. Etihad Stadium, the FFA’s preferred venue, is unavailable on May 17, the date of the grand final, and Damien De Bohun, the head of the A-League, has admitted that time is running out to find a suitable ground should either of the Melbourne teams win the right to  stage the match.

“We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne,” De Bohun told radio station SEN on Tuesday evening. “We have met with the government recently … but there is still work to be done.

“We need a stadium at the right level. Every major stadium in the country has kept Sunday, May 17, free in the hope they could host the grand final. We have not been able to secure a suitable venue in Melbourne. If it comes to it we have made it clear to all and sundry including both Melbourne clubs and the government that if we had to we would take the grand final to the opposing team.”

Victory currently lies second on the A-League ladder, while City sits in sixth spot.

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Warning: Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas. Photo: Louise Kennerley Western Sydney Wanderers have issued a statement to their members condemning the violent action by a minority of their fans and vowed to stop troublemakers attending matches.
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Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas sent a letter to the club’s 18,700 members on Monday reiterating that anti-social behaviour towards opponents and rival fans will be met with severe punishment from the club, FFA and police in the wake of the violence that marred the Sydney derby on Saturday night.

Dozens of fans are facing potential police prosecution and long bans from attending all Australian football games after the FFA confirmed the identity of people involved in either an ugly brawl, throwing flares on the field towards an opposition goalkeeper and one for assaulting a rival player inside the stadium.

A Wanderers fan who was invited into the corporate area is facing a 10-year ban for striking Sydney FC defender Aaron Calver in the face after the full-time whistle.

The incident preceded a violent attack on Sydney FC fans near Parramatta railway station which left two men hospitalised. A few Sydney FC fans were allegedly attacked by a group of up to 30 men wearing black clothing believed to be associated with a Wanderers supporters group.

“As a club it is our job to ensure that we maintain this atmosphere at every match and reaffirm to all our members that anti-social behaviour at any Wanderers matches will never be tolerated,” Tsatsimas said. “This expectation of respecting fellow attendees will never be compromised or diluted by the Western Sydney Wanderers.  It does not matter what colour jersey or t-shirt your fellow attendee is wearing we will strive to ensure that there is no behaviour that compromises your match day experience or the safety of you or your fellow spectators.”

NSW Police are investigating the incident in conjunction with the FFA. It is understood witnesses, victims and officers analysed CCTV footage on Tuesday capturing the alleged assault. Tsatsimas confirmed the club are working to assist in the investigation.

“Our club has dramatically reduced the number of anti-social incidents since our inception and we remain totally committed to working with the authorities, venue and Football Federation Australia to remove any individual who is misplaced in their belief that Pirtek Stadium or any other venue allows them the right to express themselves illegally or in an anti-social manner. Any incidents that arise at any of our home matches will be investigated and serious punishments will be handed down to those involved,” Tsatsimas said.

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