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Indon embassy urges fisherman explanation

Indon embassy urges fisherman explanation

A statement from the Indonesian embassy said Muhammed Heri, the captain of the fishing boat Gunung Mas Beru, died while detained on his boat in Darwin harbour last Thursday.
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The Australian Fisheries Management Authority said on Friday that the man was the master of a vessel which was caught for illegal fishing in Australian waters on April 18. The vessel arrived in Darwin a week ago and Mr Heri, 37, and nine crew members were detained.

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Monster mako has Rhiannon on top of world

Monster mako has Rhiannon on top of world

Warilla schoolgirl Rhiannon Halling set a world record with a 118.1kg mako shark caught 50km off the Illawarra coast. Picture: ANDY ZAKELISchoolgirl Rhiannon Halling's tussle with a monster mako shark three times her size has earned her ultimate bragging rights.Not only has the 11-year-old outdone her father Mark in the big fish stakes, her name has also been etched into the record books, after the 118.1kg catch was officially certified as a world record."When I saw it come up next to the boat I was shocked, I couldn't believe how big it was," Rhiannon said."I was puffed and my arms were really sore but I was really happy to have caught my first shark."The haul came while she was fishing in the family's boat 50km off the Illawarra coast in November.The gentle sound of the sea was suddenly broken by the squeal from Rhiannon's fishing rod reel, as the shark hooked up and headed for the ocean depths.The initial burst of energy from the end of the line indicated a massive fight ahead for the Warilla girl.Incredibly, the battle lasted just 15 minutes, before a family friend was able to secure the fish and pull it aboard the boat."The mako shark is a very aggressive fish, and they will often come back to bite the boat, and that's what happened here," her father Mark Halling said."Because of that, Rhiannon only had to battle with it for 15 minutes when it could have potentially been hours."For her efforts, Rhiannon is the proud bearer of an official world record for her age division, as well as a swag of NSW and Australian records.Amazingly, the catch was made during only her second venture out into open waters.Mr Halling said the family had to go to great lengths to confirm the world record, which had taken considerable time."We had to weigh the shark on certified scales, get measurements and take pictures of the teeth," he said."Then we had to submit a length of the line used to the International Game Fishing Association in Florida, where they verify everything."Rhiannon caught the shark on a 6kg line, and was completely unaided, qualifying for the record.
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Boy injured in Midlands accident

Boy injured in Midlands accident

The accident occurred at 6pm and the boy, a pedestrian, was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance.
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He was in a serious condition late last night.

Also in Hobart, a person was injured in a minor car accident in Elizabeth St last night.

The person was taken to the Calvary Hospital and was not in a serious condition.

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TOP TEN …

TOP TEN …

4 Star Wars - Revenge Of The Sith by Matthew Stover
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5 March by Geraldine Brooks

6 Always and Forever by Cathy Kelly

7 No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark

8 Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

9 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

10 If You Faint Fall Backwards by Dr Frank Madill

- Supplied by Birchalls

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DRAGONS BLOG: Give the refs a break

DRAGONS BLOG: Give the refs a break

Those of us with long memories probably found it amusing to read former ref Greg Hartley’s criticisms of the current crop of whistle-blowers.Seems he takes a dim view of their abilities and fears that one of their mistakes will cost a team in the finals.Now, here’s a little history lesson for you younger fans. Back in 1978, Manly and Parramatta played in the minor semi - in the days when there was just a top five.The two sides bashed each other for a 13-all draw. In the replay, on Greg Hartley awarded the match-winning try to Manly on the seventh tackle, which sent the Sea Eagles into the grand final. On top of that, he also miscounted the Eels tackles on at least three occasions - giving them five instead of six.So for him to whinge that one of today’s refs may make a blunder that costs a team in the finals is a bit rich indeed. He’s criticising others for something he’s done himself.His comments are the latest in big bout of referee bashing lately. Apparently everyone thinks today’s referees are woeful and make mistakes all the time. Some commentators (and I’m thinking of Phil Gould here) complain when the officials use the video ref too much but then also complain when the refs back themselves and make a decision.Well, guys, you can’t have it both ways. You either let the ref back themselves or let them use the video.And while I’m here, if you only spot a mistake after watching three replays then don’t go criticising the ref of missing it. Because you did too.You ask me, I don’t reckon the refeering is any better of worse than what it used to be. What it is, is more scrutinised. Back in Hartley’s day, there was no video ref and only a handful of camera angles available during the TV telecast, most of which told us nothing.Nowadays there is seemingly a camera to cover every possible angle and give a sharp picture as well. And TV producers can call up a replay really quickly, so we get to see the ref’s mistake straight away. Where in the old days, we mightn’t get to see it at all.Then there’s the raft of pundits wanting to bang on about the game - to a level that didn’t exist back in the day. So not only is there more TV coverage of the referees, there’s more people to comment on them.But guess what? Referees make mistakes. They always have and they always will. Some won’t mean anything, others will cost a team a grand final spot - won’t they Mr Hartley. Sure, I get mighty angry if the ref makes a dud call against my Dragons, but I live with it. Because I’m not perfect - and it would be enormously hypocritical to expect them to be.A good team should be able to overcome a bad call. Blaming the refs is always the easy way out.If a team gets a dud call a few minutes from full time in a close game and, on that set of six the other side scores the matchwinning try, who cops the blame? The ref of course. The fact that the dudded team still had the chance to win by defending well is completely ignored.We need refs - without them there is no game. If we keep scrutinising them and complaining every single time they make a mistake, no-one will want to be a ref.So get off their backs.
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Big `bus’ takes to the skies

Big `bus’ takes to the skies

"We had a very successful first flight and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it," said Claude Lelaie, one of the two pilots and the head of the Airbus flight division.
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The mammoth long-haul airliner, which can carry between 550 and 840 passengers, is due to enter commercial service in mid-2006, debuting with Singapore Airlines.

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Foster’s takes Southcorp slice

Foster’s takes Southcorp slice

Beer, wine and spirits firm Foster's is offering $4.26 a Southcorp share under its $3.17 billion takeover bid.
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Foster's held a stake of 18.8 per cent in Southcorp before it launched its offer in January this year. Foster's said the most recent acceptances of its offer included 11.5 per cent through an institutional facility and 6.9 per cent from other investors.

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DRAGONS BLOG: Last season’s best biffs

DRAGONS BLOG: Last season’s best biffs

I make no bones about it - I like the odd dust-up mixed in with my footy.So I like this three and a half minute video of some of the punch-ups from last season.Pity about the soundtrack - Reg Reagan’s Am I Ever Gonna See the Biff Again?. Hate that Matty Johns character and the way he backed down and said the whole ‘‘bring back the biff’’ thing was a joke after he started copping some criticism from the politically correct set.So maybe watch this one with the sound turned down.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

21 -0.05 Tin 8050 -40 Zinc 1257 -19.5 Tasmanian shares
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STOCK BUY SELL Forest Aust 52.5 52.5 Gunns 379 380 Aust Ethenol 22 21.5 Oriel Comm re 1 1 Roberts 830 830 Tasgold 9.5 10.5 Tas Mines 22 22 Tas Pp Trust 500 510 Tassal Group 87 88 Webster 76 76 9% cum pref 106 106

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Drink-drive conviction ends Canada trip

Drink-drive conviction ends Canada trip

Two months ago Kellie Samways spent a Sunday afternoon enjoying drinks to celebrate the future - a year's break from her job on a working holiday in Canada.But what followed led to a tearful day in Wollongong Local Court yesterday which left the young professional ready to tear up her airline ticket for Toronto on July 20.The 22-year-old insurance worker received a sobering lesson on the domino effect of drink-driving with a conviction that in effect has locked her out of Canada.The court heard Samways, 22, from Lake Heights had been drinking vodka and limes at the Harp Hotel on May 3 and stayed the night with a friend.But she was caught by police at 7am the next morning at Warrawong when seen overtaking another vehicle across unbroken lines.When pulled over police noticed her breath smelled of alcohol and she returned a reading of .135, "just a notch below high range", police prosecutor Sergeant Darryl Hahn said.She pleaded guilty yesterday to the mid-range drink-driving charge and to crossing unbroken lines.Her barrister, Peter Nematella, told the court the focus was to save his client from a conviction that would dash any hope of her getting into Canada on her non-refundable $2500 ticket. People with criminal convictions including drink-driving over .08 are not allowed into Canada."But this is not your garden variety PCA," he told the court.He said Samway's job (in assessing motor insurance claims) had made her acutely aware of the perils of drink-driving "so she is very disappointed in herself".Mr Nematella handed up a number of references to show she was a respected member of the community and of good character.Her record showed she had only two matters on her record - two convictions for driving while talking on a mobile phone.Prosecutor Sgt Hahn, however, opposed the section 10 bond without conviction saying the reading was high and it was her manner of driving which attracted police attention."Many people come to court with good characters but we have to get the message out we will not tolerate drink-driving."Magistrate Michael Stoddart said he had to look at the facts and .135 made a person three times more likely to be involved in an accident."There are certainly matters in your favour but I can not overlook this high reading and the dangers it presents," he added.He convicted Samways, fined her a total of $1200 and disqualified her from driving for six months.
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