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Kidnapper’s 459 jail calls to ex-partner

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and then called her 459 times from jail to get her to drop the charges or he would get someone to “burn her house down”has been jailed for a maximum of five years and six months in Newcastle District Court.
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Rex Vincent Ranger Green, 32, of Edgeworth, appeared in court on Thursday for sentence after pleading guilty to five offences, including take or detain a person in company with intent to obtain advantage and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Green, who was shot in a home invasion in 2016 and still has“pellets in his heart”, was under the influence of amphetamines when hetrackeddown his ex-partner, who wasstaying with a friend at the Executive Villas at Jesmond,on February 4 this year.

Green armed himself with a handgun and recruited two other men to confront his ex about her alleged infidelities, according to an agreed statement of facts.

He pushed his way inside her unit about 6am, assaulted a male friend she was with and pulled out a firearm, pointing it at his ex-partner’s head.

Green was arrested when police responded to another domestic violence complaint on February 21.

Between his arrest and April 18, Green called the victim 459 timesfrom jail, abreach of the apprehended violence order that was in place, court documents state.In many of those calls he asked her to drop the AVO and the charges against him.

On March 11, 2017, Green told the victim: “Go into the cop shop and retract that f—ing statement and I want proof that you retracted it.. I’m not copping six years over ya and if you think about not turning up to court and not retracting that statement, I’ll get the boys to come burn your house down, alright?”

Judge Tanya Bright said the “continuing episode of domestic violence” was “very serious” and should be denounced.

Judge Bright said charges ofperverting the course of justice “strike at the integrity of the criminal justice system”.

She sentenced Green to a non-parole period of three years, meaning he will be eligible for parole in 2020.

Former Wanderers golden boy linked with return to the club

Western Sydney Wanderers appear increasingly likely to overhaul their squad as new coach Josep Gombau continues to target signing rival players, including a former face of the inaugural Wanderers.
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Only a week after notifying Sydney FC of their intentions to sign as many as three starting defenders, Gombau’s former club Adelaide United are the next club to be notified their players are wanted by the Wanderers.

Fairfax Media understands the Wanderers sent a notice to Adelaide early this week confirming their desire to approach up to four Reds players who come off contract at the end of the season, including Australian international and former Western Sydney fullback Tarek Elrich.

Elrich, who was one of the first players signed by the Wanderers, is firming as the man most likely to receive a transfer offer from the club where he could make a shock return after a frustrating single-season with his hometown team.

The 30-year-old was the first face of the Wanderers as they were unveiled in 2012 but endured a frustrating spell, limited to only 11 appearances, most of which as a substitute. However, Western Sydney are looking to bring Elrich back home where he could be reunited with Gombau, who has a close bond with the defender.

Elrich has credited Gombau as the coach who turned his career around and transformed him into an international player. Elrich was one of three players at Adelaide United who requested a release clause put in their contracts that would provide them with the option to leave the club as free agents should Gombau leave Adelaide. It’s understood none of the players exercised that option in 2015.

On the comeback from a torn ACL, Elrich is yet to play for Adelaide this season but is close to making his season debut early in the new year.

Among the other Adelaide United players on Wanderers’ radar is young central defender Jordan Elsey, who has been an ever-present feature in the Reds side this season. The 23-year-old played under Gombau in the 2013-14 season but is understood to already be in talks to re-sign with the club.

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Court rejects push to outlaw extramarital and gay sex

BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA – APRIL 18: Muhammad Taufik, along with another Acehnese man arrested for gay sex, is whipped in public for violating sharia law on May 23, 2017 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. A sharia court on May 17 sentenced two men to be publicly caned for gay sex for the first time in Indonesia’s conservative province of Aceh, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country. Two men received 85 lashes each. Jefri TariganJakarta: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has narrowly rejected a petition to outlaw extramarital and gay sex after more than a year of fierce debate.
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Last May the conservative Family Love Alliance petitioned the court to amend the criminal code to punish sex outside of marriage and to ban homosexual acts.

The proposed legislation would have carried penalties of up to five years’ jail.

In a close ruling on Thursday, five of the nine judges rejected the petition, arguing it was up to law-making bodies to define new crimes and was not the authority of the Constitutional Court.

The ruling was a fillip for human rights in Indonesia and came as a huge relief to the LGBT community, which has recently faced a spike in anti-LGBT discrimination.

There had been fears the ruling would go the other way after judges – including Patrialis Akbar who has since been jailed for bribery – appeared to be swayed by conservative religious arguments during the hearings.

In August, The Jakarta Post quoted Patrialis as saying that Indonesia’s legal system was “too liberal”. “We are not a secular country, this country acknowledges religion,” he said at the time. Huge relief from the Constitutional Court. But remember, it won only by *one* vote! Would have gone the other way if Patrialis Akbar was still there. So important to prevent our judiciary sabotaged by fundamentalists and corrupt hacks. Also, thank you, ICJR and YLBHI! Rocky Intan (@Rockintan) December 14, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

ASX snaps winning streak

Australian shares snapped a five-session winning streak to end in the red on Thursday, with Myer falling hard after a profit warning and Telstra also losing ground.
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The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index declined 10 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6011 while the All Ordinaries slipped 6 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6096.

Myer shares dropped 9.7 per cent to 66 cents after the department store chain issued a shock profit warning less than two weeks before Christmas.

Telstra ended the day down 1.3 per cent at $3.68. The telco said it splurged more than $72 million on additional mobile spectrum in a bid to back its current mobile network and support the development of 5G technology.

The Australian dollar lifted off recent lows to trade at US76.66c after CPI data in the US was followed by a relatively cautious Federal Reserve statement and stronger Australian jobs data.

The jobless rate came in at 5.4 per cent in November, as expected, unchanged from October, but the economy added 61,600 jobs in November, well above the 19,000 economists had expected.

“Another month of extraordinarily strong growth in employment leaves little doubt about the current health of the labour market,” noted Capital Economics.

In addition, data out from later in the session from China reinforced signs of a modest slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Miners, which count China as one of their biggest customers, were some of the stronger performers in the Australian market on Thursday, with Independence Group up 6.5 per cent at $4.28 and Whitehaven Coal up 4.9 per cent at $4.31.

UBS mining analysts said that they expect China’s focus on reform and pollution to remain through 2018 and expect that focus, together with producer discipline outside China, to lead to elevated commodity prices and healthy profits and increased returns for the Australian mining sector.

South32 jumped 3.2 per cent to $3.26 after an upgrade to ‘overweight’ at Morgan Stanley.

Caltex advanced 3.7 per cent to $34.77. The competition body said that it will block the sale of Woolworths petrol stations to BP. Caltex stood to lose its fuel supply contract with Woolworths if the deal went through. Woolworths declined 0.6 per cent to $26.88.

Qantas moved lower by 2.8 per cent to $5.21 per cent. High-flying Qantas executive Jayne Hrdlicka has quit the national carrier to join the a2 Milk Company as chief executive. A2 shares rose 3.4 per cent to $7.31. South32

South32 shares climbed 3.2 per cent to $3.26 after Morgan Stanley upgraded the firm to ‘overweight’ from ‘equalweight’. The broker said that commodity price revisions will affect 2018, 2019 and 2020 earnings by negative 6 per cent, plus 24 per cent and plus 30 per cent, driven by changes across all of South32’s commodity exposure and revised South African rand currency assumptions. It’s now expecting total buybacks of $US1.25 billion between fiscal 2017 and 2020, which it said is equivalent to around 10 per cent of the firm’s market capitalisation. Morgan Stanley also expects special dividends of 8 cents in the first half of 2018 and 8 cents in the first half of 2019, totaling around $US910 million. “South32 is generating strong free cash flow at spot commodity prices and with a net cash position,” it noted. Aussie

The Australian dollar jumped to 76.66??. The economy added 61,600 jobs in November, well above the 19,000 forecast by economists. October jobs added were revised higher to 7,800, from 3,700. Part time jobs rose 19,700, while full-time jobs increased 41,900 in the month. The participation rate reached 65.5 per cent, compared to 65.1 per cent a month ago. Earlier, a bit of doubt crept into markets about the pace of US interest rate hikes following a slightly soft CPI print and steady commentary from Fed chief Janet Yellen after the Fed hiked hikes. China data

China’s industrial output and retail sales grew at a steady pace last month, while fixed asset investment cooled slightly. Thursday’s data showed industrial output rose 6.1 per cent in November from a year earlier. China’s fixed-asset investment growth slowed to 7.2 per cent in the January-November period, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. Growth of private investment slowed to 5.7 per cent from 5.8 per cent in January-October. Retail sales gained 10.2 per cent in November on-year, meeting expectations. Global rates

China’s central bank raised interest rates on Thursday rates, though marginally. Later in the session, it’s the turn of the European Central Bank to update on policy. It is likely to bump up some of its economic forecasts on Thursday and may debate tweaking its pledge to keep money at its current, ultra-easy level, but will ultimately reaffirm its policy stance. In addition, investors will sift through the Bank of England’s views on Brexit when the central bank announces its policy decision later on Thursday. The BoE is seen holding policy steady after raising rates last month for the first time since 2007. Asia stocks

Asian stocks edged higher after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the US dollar and US Treasury yields. Equity indexes in Japan fluctuated, while they rose in Hong Kong and South Korea. Shanghai shares and the Chinese yuan were marginally lower after the Peoples’ Bank of China hiked the reverse repo rate by 5 basis points to 2.50 per cent and raised the one-year medium-term lending facility rate by 5 basis points to 3.25 per cent .

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Short Takes

THE decision to remove the interior showers and dressing rooms from Nobbys Beach is deplorable. Members of the public must now shower outside, undress and dress in public view or be forced to enter a toilet cubicle. The councilresponse was to inform me that a second outdoor shower is planned and interior facilities are available to surf club members only. It’s a bad decision for visitors and tourists, and I urge people to contact the council about this substandard provision of amenities.
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Peter Wickham,TelarahLAST Friday, my wife and I went by train from Wickham to Sydney.The station looks fine, the gap between platform and carriage is minimal, the staff pleasant, polite and helpful.The only thing that appears to be missing is signage of how to get there out of Hannell Street. Returning on Sunday, we alighted at Broadmeadow.What an asset the two lifts are, especially for someone in a wheelchair or a walker, or carrying a load of luggage. A long awaited improvement.

Fred Saunders,Waratah WestI COULDN’Thelp notice the ironic appearance of former PM John Howard on the hustings in Bennelong. I mean last time Mr Howard campaigned in Bennelong it didn’t work out well for him or the Libs did it.

Mac Maguire, CharlestownI GUESSI’m not alone in growing tired of reports of paedophilia within the church. The link between celibacyand paedophilia is still being debated but I believe any institution that denies its leaders sex has to be suss. A strange god that demands celibacy as, according to the Bible, he invented sex.Isn’t it about time this peculiar practice was abandoned? Maybe the Pope should take the lead and get married?

Neville Aubrey,WallsendMORE than $1.5 million to restore the Shepherds Hill Cottage butyou can get a four-bedroom, twobathroom, two-cargarage house put on your land for under $400,000.

Royalene Anderson,MardiMAREE Eggleston (Letters, 14/12) thinks that public housing in a $2 millionper block suburb is throwing pearls before swine. Would she rather throw such valuable pearls before the greediest swine from the big end of town?She seems to findthe appearance of the poor disquieting. Would she rather they were all shuffled off to somewhere less salubrious and visible? After all, who wants to be reminded of the lack of jobs and adequate assistance provided by business and governments for generations? She should realise that the poor are the face of capitalism; the rich are the other end.

Peter Ronne,WoodberryHUNTER Research Foundation’s lead economistDr AntheaBill(“Time ripe for debate about regional growth plan”,Opinion, 14/12)confirms the known endlessstruggle for the prosperity of regional Australia. Don’t take Newcastle off global Sydney’s railway system. BringAustralia’s leading distance railway corridor up to standard, to ideally placed Newcastle Station,for a powerful economic link with globalSydney.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin Park

Would you live here? Council floats student digs for Roundhouse

Would you live here? Council floats student digs for Roundhouse BOLD: Newcastle council’s City Administration Centre was built in the 1970s along Brutalist lines. A Herald online poll this year found 55 per cent of readers liked the design and 45 per cent did not.

The administration centre’s motorised revolving door.

Protesters inside the CAC during the Laman Street figs saga.

A view of Hunter and Burwood streets from 1980 with the City Administration Centre in the background.

An erial view of the City Administration Centre

The Fred Ash building in the 1910s before the Town Hall and administration centre were built.

TweetFacebook“That civic precinct is really, before our eyes, turning into an education and legal precinct, so it would make sense that the Roundhouse would be utilised consistently with that new purpose.”

Developer Jerry Schwartz has proposed a 175-roomtower for upto 350 students a few hundred metres away in Wharf Road, and it is understood the university’s plans for Honeysuckle include student accommodation.

Mr Bath also said the council had fielded inquiries in recent months about converting the 1905 Fred Ash Ltd buildingon Hunter Street into a boutique hotel.

“In terms of the Frederick Ash building, personally I’ve always seen it as a boutique hotel,” he said. “I certainly don’t think that its best use is as office accommodation, having worked in there.I spend the best part of several hours every day in that building with staff, and I know the limitations that come about.”

He said councillors would have to decide in the new year whether to lease thebuildings or sell them.

But both Mr Bath and lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said City Hall, which is nearing the end of a multimillion-dollar restoration, would stay in council hands and continue to host civic and private functions.

“There’s nointention to dispose of City Hall. It has a valuable role to play in terms of civic events,” Mr Bath said.

“It’s a valuable earner for council in terms of the venue’s capacity.

“It’s certainly not something that I will be taking to the council, for it to be sold.”

A voyage into an unearthly world

By the time we meet Le Boreal’s captain and expedition leader for our first briefing, the calm waters of the Beagle Channel are a distant memory. We are sailing across the Drake Passage, the wind is forecast to hit 60 knots and the gist of the briefing is to expect the unexpected.

“We take time to see as much as possible, and stop meals or lectures to announce wildlife sightings or a spectacular sunrise,” says Captain Marchesseau. “Chocolate mousse or killer whales? It’s your choice.”

He outlines the plan for our Antarctic voyage; we are going to cross the Antarctic Circle and head as far south as possible into Marguerite Bay. Conditions to the north are “not so good” and the Weddell Sea is already inaccessible because of the ice.

Expedition leader Louis Justin gives a succinct explanation about the IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and why its rules are so vital for protecting Antarctica’s wild and fragile environment. He also explains that the animals we will see are in their moulting season, which makes them hungry, itchy and grumpy because they are confined to land until their feathers or fur are ocean-ready again.

Before we leave the lecture theatre to collect our parkas and boots and decontaminate anything we will wear or carry that will come into contact with the land, Captain Marchesseau stresses the importance of attending daily briefings. “My best advice is to listen to all announcements and put the daily program into the bin!”

At the glamorous welcome reception that evening, the officers stride up to the stage accompanied by their signature tunes. Ship’s doctor Celine Pelzer’s is Staying Alive, chief engineer Emmanuel Paro’s is Mission Impossible and the captain’s is the theme song from Pirates of the Caribbean. This is because he was awarded the Legion of Honour for his role in the 2008 hijacking of Le Ponant by Somali pirates – and also because he has a great sense of humour.

We head off for a decadent gala dinner in La Licorne restaurant bearing more captainly words of wisdom in mind: “Our home is definitely on the move. Remember, Veuve is the French cure for mal de mer.”

As I have never suffered from seasickness I complacently ignore the Stugeron I packed “just in case”, only to regret it the following morning. And much as I love French champagne, the only cure is to lie very still for a day and eat green apples.

We cross the Antarctic Circle (66?? 33′ south) in the middle of the night and the 6am announcement informs us that we are in Marguerite Bay. Four officers are on iceberg watch and glacial winds are blasting off Bongrain Point at 50-plus knots. The decks are covered in ice, the sun is shining and the landscape is, quite simply, sublime.

Mountain ranges are covered in icing-sugar snow, vast crenellated icebergs are tinged with brilliant turquoise and inky blue streaks and the pewter ocean is broken by whitecaps and wild wind patterns. Sea-spray flies past our balcony window (we’re on deck six) – later I am amazed to see our cabin steward, wearing her short-sleeved uniform, cleaning the outside glass. It’s about 2 degrees.

When the wind has dropped Le Boreal anchors off Bongrain Point, on one of the Pourquoi Pas Islands, and we set off in Zodiacs for a wet’n’wild ride. We pass spotty Weddell seals basking on bergs and are surrounded by hundreds of Adelie penguins and fur seals as we walk along the rock-strewn shore; it is surreal. Bird expert Catherine tells us about the different types of “pingwings” we see over the following days and at one of the recaps does a brilliant impersonation of their calls.

On the journey further south into Marguerite Bay, a minke whale is spotted surfacing off the bow of the ship. Then the captain announces that we are sailing at 68?? 40S – the furthest south Le Boreal, indeed any Ponant ship, has ever ventured. This thrill is compounded by a magnificent, mesmerising sunset that lingers for hours. It is the final voyage of the season, at the end of February, and it never really gets dark; the sun sets about 10pm and rises again at 4am.

Gleaming black-and-white killer whales swim past the ship as we head into The Gullet, a stunningly beautiful narrow channel between Adelaide Island and Graham Land. The ship’s bow is wedged into thick sea ice and the crew lays on a champagne reception – on the ice floe – to celebrate the 68?? 40S record. It’s another extraordinarily surreal experience but, oh la la, the ice is freezing so fast that the Zodiacs can’t transport everyone back on board. A group of revellers (mostly Australians) becomes stranded, the ship is slowly turned around and after several hours the passengers are walked back to the ship. That afternoon, the hard-working expedition team leaders pilot Zodiacs past glistening, mountainous icebergs to Longridge Head, where we set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent for the first time. We see fur, crab-eating and leopard seals – the latter regularly dine on penguins and it’s disconcerting to see them so close to each other.

Gentoo and chinstrap penguins inhabit the next anchorage, in Port Charcot; nearby Petermann Island is home to a breeding colony of about 3000 pairs of gentoos. We leave Petermann late in the evening and sail (very slowly) through Lemaire Channel, a narrow passage just 560 metres wide. Spotlights sweep over surrounding icebergs – the scene is breathtakingly dramatic and, as the captain likes to say, “Dear passengers, once again the show is outside on Le Boreal today.”

Next morning, in the sun-spangled waters of Wilhelmina Bay, four humpback whales are feeding. We sit spellbound for at least an hour in our Zodiacs, observing them from about 20 metres away as they flash their tails and spout stinky fountains of white mist high into the air. Naturalist Miles explains that humpbacks’ lungs are about the size of a Volkswagen, they weigh up to 40 tons and propel themselves at 300 kilometres an hour from below the ocean to breach the surface.

The bi-lingual, multi-cultural expedition team members are not the only experts on Le Boreal. We meet Laurent Mayet, founder of Le Cercle Polaire, an NGO dedicated to the protection of the Arctic and Antarctica; he and fellow member Bernard Kouchner deliver an illuminating lecture about the NGO’s work. Former prime minister Bob Hawke is Le Cercle Polaire’s honorary president and will be joining Mayet on a Ponant Antarctic voyage this November to spread the message.

Whalers Bay on Deception Island presents yet another face of the Antarctic landscape. Rusty fuel tanks and collapsing wooden buildings are all that remains of a British scientific base that was wiped out by successive volcanic eruptions in the 1960s. Memorial crosses stand over the original graveyard site; long before that, Whalers Bay was a Norwegian whaling station. It is a solemn reminder of the unforgiving nature of this remote continent and the awe-inspiring spirit of the early pioneers and explorers. Our last stop before returning to Ushuaia is Livingston Island. Walking around Elephant Point we see great heaps of elephant seals “in wallow” – they huddle together, writhing, snoring and grunting, to get rid of their moulting fur in a mutual body-scrubbing process. Great terns are nesting on the shoreline, which is significantly less snow-covered than more southerly points – not for long, though.

The Drake Passage crossing is remarkably smooth and there is much excitement as we approach Cape Horn, an unscheduled addition to the schedule. Setting foot on the fabled headland is unfortunately not possible because recent storms have destroyed the wooden landing structure but cruising past is an incredible thrill, even for those who have seen it many times.

As Captain Marchesseau said at the start of the voyage, it’s all about expecting the unexpected. TRIP NOTESMORE



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Sally Macmillan travelled as a guest of Ponant.ANTARCTICA FACTS


No country owns or rules Antarctica. Under the 1959 Antarctic Treaty signed by 12 countries, the Antarctic continent is “??? a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”. It’s unique and complex; for a full explanation, see antarctica.gov419论坛/law-and-treaty.


Although temperatures have been recorded at minus 89.2 degrees, many studies show that the Antarctic peninsula is experiencing warming faster than the rest of the world. It has been estimated that if all its ice melted, global ocean levels would rise 60 to 65 metres.


The world’s southernmost continent is its fifth-largest; at 14 million square kilometres it’s twice the size of Australia, surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is also technically a desert; some areas receive less than 75mm of rain, which is almost as dry as the Sahara Desert.


Antarctica has a summer and winter, and is totally light and totally dark around the summer and winter solstices. Average monthly temperatures range from 1 degree to minus 15 degrees and cruises operate in summer, between November and March.


About 4000-5000 people stay on scientific bases in summer, 1000 in winter and 30,000-40,000 tourists visit in summer. Antarctica has never had a native population.

Terence Crawford has Jeff Horn at the top of his hit-list

If you thought the notion of Jeff Horn fighting – and beating – Manny Pacquiao was a spin-out, try this on for size. Next April, a guy almost nobody had heard of until July will headline a card at the biggest arena in Las Vegas, against arguably the best fighter on the planet.

The rise and rise of the ex-schoolteacher takes more digesting by the day. A stoppage of Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday night to defend his WBO welterweight title has set up a 2018 bout even the most blindly optimistic Australian boxing fan couldn’t have dreamed up six months ago.

Horn has options, of course. Anthony Mundine would make him an easy dime but put his international standing into freefall. Pacquiao occasionally flirts with a return but has a life beyond the ring. Terence Crawford? Now we’re talking.

It took just moments after Corcoran’s corner threw in the towel in the 11th round for Crawford’s name to be mentioned. The superstar American is managed by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who also has a deal with Horn he intends to extend, such have been the fruits of their association.

Arum insists a deal is as good as done for an April date at the T-Mobile Arena, the same venue that hosted the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor. He emphatically ruled out Suncorp Stadium as an option, saying it wasn’t feasible for the Queensland Government to continue to borrow from the public purse to subsidise major fights.

Anyway, he needs Horn in front of a US prime-time audience and estimates 5000 Australian fans would travel for the show. It would also serve as Crawford’s entry into the welterweight ranks, with the Nebraska native being installed as a mandatory despite never throwing a punch in the division.

For those unfamiliar with his talents, Crawford (32-0, 23KOs) is nothing short of a sensation, rated in most lists as one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. After unifying the Super Lightweight ranks, he wants to move up to 147 pounds and do nothing less than “clean out the division”.

“Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done tonight but I’m a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran,” Crawford said overnight via a statement.

“I have more power and more speed than Corcoran. When he [Horn] steps into the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story.

“When I move up to the 147-pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds. I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140, and clean out the division.”

Typically, American media were quick to dismiss Horn’s prospects. They have a point; for all of the 29-year-old’s progression, he’s never seen anyone like Crawford, who is fast, strong and savage in the ring, able to stand and trade or counterpunch at his leisure.

Yet everyone that steps in with Horn come out the other end saying the same thing – we didn’t know he was going to be that tough. Corcoran’s team was the latest to be deceived by looks, only to later say Horn deserved to be rated along with fellow welterweight title holders Errol Spence and Keith Thurman.

“He can beat Terence Crawford. He’ll run more though, Crawford. Jeff is a very good fighter. He’s a good chance. I sparred Kell Brook (former IBF champion) and all those guys. He’s on that level. Definitely. Until I’d seen him there, he’s definitely on that level,” Corcoran said after the fight.

And his co-trainer Frank Greaves, who was a convert after the stoppage: “Jeff will be competitive with any welterweight he gets in there with. He’s not going to get knocked out with a single shot, I don’t believe. Crawford is a very good fighter. The unknown is whether he’s a very good welterweight. Jeff is a big boy, he’s very strong.

“But the guy (Crawford) has sublime skills. He is super skilled. For me, Jeff is going to have to work on his outside game to be able to get close enough to Crawford to do his good work on the inside.”

Arum has urged Horn to move to Las Vegas for an extended period before any fight, offering him a house, meals plus exclusive use of the Top Rank gym. That would ensure Horn has access to prime sparring partners as well, although with a baby due any week his camp aren’t keen on spending that sort of time on the road.

As he warned before the Pacquiao fight, Arum has warned the insular American pundits to write off Horn at their peril.

“Terence Crawford is the mandatory contender. Terence Crawford is one of the best fighters around. But it’s a big jump for a guy that started as a lightweight to go to 147 pounds,” Arum said.

“That’s 12 pounds. Anybody that says that because of Terence’s skill set that Jeff doesn’t have a chance is crazy. This is going to be a very, very competitive fight.

“As an observer, as far as skills are concerned, I would favour Crawford. But as far as strength and size are concerned, you have to go with Jeff. It may end up being a ring classic, maybe it’s one of three fights we do in this category.”

The purse could be a sticking point, with a figure of $1 million being quoted. That won’t be enough to get Horn over the line but with the title in his keeping, he enters negotiations with significant bargaining power.


Age: 30

Record: 32-0 (23KOs)

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Stance: Orthodox

Along with super-featherweight freak Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence “Bud” Crawford is regarded as one of the finest talents in any division of the sweet science. Since turning pro in 2008, he’s yet to lose a fight and cut a swathe through the lightweight and super-lightweight divisions, becoming the first man to collect all four belts at one weight since Bernard Hopkins beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. In short, he’s a superstar of the sport and now has his eyes on the welterweight ranks, starting with Horn in April in Las Vegas. He’s fast, clever and has stopping power at his disposal. Should Horn be able to beat Crawford at his prime, it would be a more significant achievement than his win against Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium

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Truth the first casualty in the Bennelong byelection

Christmas is, traditionally, a time for important discussions such as whether or not All I Want For Christmas Is You is the best modern Christmas carol, or if Love, Actually is the greatest or worst film ever.

It is a time for peace on earth and good will to all people.

Everyone who lives in Australia’s other 149 electorates should spare a thought for Bennelong’s burghers who must also consider whether they want one-time tennis player, the Liberal’s John Alexander, or one-time NSW premier, Labor’s Kristina Keneally, to represent them in the Federal Parliament.

It is on nobody’s Christmas wish list to have to consider the speed of the NBN, which side of politics has cut more from health and education and whether one candidate is a better stretcher of the truth than the other.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said disgraced NSW politician Eddie Obeid had been one of Ms Keneally’s “first picks” for cabinet when she became premier in 2009.

Mr Obeid never reappeared in the cabinet after 2003.

When Ms Keneally announced her candidacy, she blamed the Coalition for the closure of the Eastwood Medicare office.

Days later and the Department of Human Services general manager, Hank Jongen, told Fairfax Media the decision had been made in 2013 – when Labor was in office.

And so it goes. It seems like there are more mistruths in this campaign than one can count.

Each side has made claims about what happened to education funding during Ms Keneally’s time as premier.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said Ms Keneally “as premier was happy to cut $318 million out of New South Wales schools”.

Ms Keneally said “education funding increased in every key area under my government”.

The ABC ran these claims past several experts and found neither person could be said to be 100 per cent honest.

Is it any wonder people are disenchanted with politics?

On Wednesday, the Labor campaign visited Ryde Hospital. There was a fundraising cake stall. You can imagine the Labor Party advancer’s joy at discovering there was a cake that could actually be cut to demonstrate its case cuts were being made to health funding.

But the Liberals were ready with a mind-numbing press release that was supposed to show funding has increased.

There are only two things that are certain about claims like these – that voters do not have the time, energy or resources to check politicians’ statements, so their default position is an assumption much of what they are being told is, if not an outright lie, then at least involves some kind of obfuscation.

Funding claims are notoriously difficult to check. There are all sorts of things that have to be kept in mind such as what was going on with state government funding at the same time, what the funding was in previous years and whether the state/federal agreement in a funding area had recently changed.

It’s like suggesting the quality of Christmas cake declined between 2009 to 2014.

The statement might be true but neglects to mention the cake was made in 2009 by Grandma, who had perfected it over 60 years of baking, whereas in 2014, Uncle Mervin, who had never previously cooked, took over.

It’s not a new thing to note the disenchantment among voters around the world.

But Australian politicians might care to look at a report released on Thursday by the World Economic Forum that found Australia is at the bottom of a list of 15 countries that ranks people’s levels of trust in their governments.

At the top place were Switzerland and Indonesia where 82 per cent of people trust their governments.

Last came Australia where only 43 per cent of people said they trust the government.

Truth is an essential part of trust.

If the behaviour by all participants in the Bennelong byelection is anything to go by, it’s no wonder trust is at such a low.

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5000 new homes: Hundreds of hectares of land in city’s north west rezoned

About 270 hectares of land adjacent to a metro rail station in Sydney’s north west have been rezoned by the state government, following a controversial three-year consultation period.

The Showground Station precinct has been the subject of significant dispute between the Hills Shire Council and the state government over the past two years, with the council pushing back on what it said was the overdevelopment implied in earlier plans.

The council was also agitating for the rezoning to include provisions for larger apartments, in order to attract families from the area into units, while local member Ray Williams has also questioned the approach of Planning Minister Anthony Roberts over the proposed development.

Mr Roberts released the rezoning plans on Thursday, which include provision for 5000 new homes in the next 20 years.

“The beauty about planning is no one is ever 100 per cent pleased,” Mr Roberts said in an interview with 2GB’s Ray Hadley.

But he said the plans would “transform” the Showground precinct into a “dynamic area”.

The plans represent something of a compromise between the Department of Planning’s original proposal, which was released at the end of 2015 following consultation that had started a year earlier, and the council’s push for larger dwellings and less intensive development.

“At least 30 per cent of total permissible floor space will be larger apartments,” said Mr Roberts, who had earlier warned he did not want to see an abundance of apartments “that are just McMansions in the sky”.

“So we will just see how the market responds to that,” he said on Thursday.

Mr Roberts told 2GB the plans included 8500 homes “over the long term”. But dwellings would be initially capped at 5000 approvals “to ensure the delivery of new homes doesn’t outpace the provision of infrastructure”.

Building heights will rise to as much as 25 storeys near the metro station.

The general manager of Hills Shire Council, Michael Edgar, said the council would “probably find we are not going to get everything our own way”.

“But I do think that the government’s had a genuine listen to the council’s concern as well as to community concern,” said Mr Edgar.

He said the test would be over the next 20 to 30 years as development applications took advantage of the rezoning.

“If we are going to win the hearts and minds of the community, both within and outside the precinct, we need to make sure that developments proposals and development applications actually hold true to the the aspirations of the precinct,” he said.

The Showgrounds rezoning is the third major land change along the Sydney Metro Northwest rail line, due to open in 2019. The two prior were Bella Vista and Kellyville.

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