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Buchanan mosque: Newcastle Muslim Association outlines plans for Maitland site

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Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah outside Newcastle Mosque at Wallsend. BUCHANAN could host the Hunter’s first purpose-built mosque if a Newcastle Muslim Association proposal revealed on Thursday wins approval.

Almost four years after the Association’s plans for a place of worship at Elermore Vale mosque were scuppered in court, the Wallsend-based Islamic group has announced it will seek approval to build a prayer space and small funeral home on a property between Maitland and Kurri Kurri just off the Hunter Expressway.

While formal plans are yet to be lodged for the site, Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah said specialist studies had been completed.

The existing Islamic community will not relocate from Wallsend, she said, but the NMA was striving to be proactive with neighbours and the wider community from the beginning.

‘‘We are confident that this site is suitable to fulfil the needs of our proposal,’’ Ms Rah said.

‘‘It is in a central position within 20 minutes from Newcastle, has a zone that permits a place of worship and ticks all the boxes.’’

Documents given to neighbours estimate 200 people will attend the site on a Friday between midday and 3pm for prayer.

During two annual festivals, that number may increase to 450 people.

An illustration on the documents features no minarets and states there will be no call to prayer.

Laurence Beveridge, one of the residents who lives opposite the proposed development site, said he and his wife retired to the area for a rural outlook and peace and quiet, which they believe would be ruined by the mosque.

“I object in the strongest terms,” Mr Beveridge said.

“I have owned the property for 30-odd years, but I would not live next door to that.”

Another neighbour, who wished to remain nameless, said he was not 100 per cent against the development but did have concerns.

“I don’t like it being so close to the road and I am worried about the traffic it will add to the area,” he said.

“We are a rural community, I don’t think it is a suitable development for the location.

“It also concerns me that it might bring vandalism and things to the area because of the reaction to buildings like this in other places.”

News of the Buchanan plan comes almost four years after a $6.8 million plan for an Elermore Vale mosque on Croudace Road was denied in court.

The Land and Environment Court ultimately quashed those plans in March 2012 when updated zoning plans prohibited a place of worship on the 8300 square metre site.

The Newcastle Herald reported at the time more than 1022 individual submissions were made against the mosque, with 32 supporting the plan.

While the Hunter Expressway has reduced travel time between Newcastle’s west and Buchanan, Ms Rah said it was not simply a matter of finding a new site for the old plan.

‘‘The purpose of the new prayer facility is a little different to the Elermore Vale proposal and is on a smaller scale with a layout more suited to the area,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the main purposes is to accommodate for the two festivals held each year.’’

In a wider context, the Hunter proposal also follows far-right groups clashing with counter-protesters in the latest chapter of a long-running wave of ugly opposition to a mosque proposal in Bendigo.

An illustration in documents given to Buchanan residents near a planned Newcastle Muslim Association mosque. No plans have been lodged for the building yet.

Hundreds clashed in the town centre in late August, forcing police to shut swathes of the town as United Patriots Front met with counter-protests by No Room for Racism and the Socialist Alternative.

Asked whether that reaction had guided how the Newcastle Muslim Association approached its proposal, Ms Rah said the Islamic community was taking a consultative approach.

‘‘We request that whoever has a query or question to please come forward,’’ she said.

‘‘We are open and committed to any concerns of the community.’’

Maitland doctor and Muslim Fazal Moughal, who has publicly called for a prayer area to be established in the city, said the development was good but still too far away for residents.

“We still need one here in Maitland,” he said.

“I’m sure it will be very peaceful but it is too far away.”

While the national Mosque Open Day will be held on Saturday, a lack of space has forced Wallsend’s community to hold its main activities on Sunday.

The Wallsend mosque will be open between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, with tours and a broader schedule of events running between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday.

North Stradbroke mining: Labor yet to bring in repeal bill for 2019 end date

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The public has been told by the Environment Minister, the Mines Minister, the Deputy Premier and by the Premier herself, that Labor will end mining in 2019, but the repeal bill has still not been introduced. Photo: Robert RoughDuring the January election campaign the Labor party promised to “act immediately to repeal the disgraceful North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Amendment Act”.

The LNP’s amending legislation extended mining company Sibelco’s mining interests on North Stradbroke Island, potentially to 2035.

The Bligh government’s 2011 legislation extended expired mining leases to 2019 but imposed a restricted mine path of 337 hectares. Sibelco was dissatisfied and became a very substantial financial supporter of the LNP and Campbell Newman prior to the 2012 election. The subsequent “cash for legislation deal” called into question Newman’s honesty and the Quandamooka people launched a High Court challenge.

Throughout the events, Sibelco also was on trial for criminal charges connected with unlawful sand mining activities on Stradbroke.

Although Labor’s “immediate repeal” promise has been broken, the Labor government has consistently said it would repeal the LNP’s amendments and that mining would end in 2019.  But the delay in acting has been remarkable. Is Labor sliding back into old habits of spin and trickery? Or is it just too slow or incompetent to act?

The Institute’s October 8 report “Too close for comfort”, which exposed the mining industry’s undue influence over some politicians and public servants in Queensland, may also provide some insight. The institute refers to Stradbroke in its hard-hitting forward.

Labor’s inaction has led to the current situation where member for Cook Billy Gordon announced that he might not support the repeal.

The LNP’s controversial legislation extending the mining interests of Sibelco, potentially gifting the company $1.5 billion in revenue, genuinely disgusted many people. It was an election issue, with both the Quandamooka people and Friends of Stradbroke Island leafleting Ashgrove and other electorates to ensure that voters knew more about the scandal.

Jackie Trad, in a dissenting parliamentary report in 2013, said that the LNP’s legislation “had all the hallmarks of a morally corrupt cash for legislation deal”.  Labor promised to hold an inquiry into it.

Since the election, the public has been told by the Environment Minister, the Mines Minister, the Deputy Premier and by the Premier herself, that Labor will keep its election promise to end mining in 2019, but the repeal bill has still not been introduced into parliament.

Last Friday Ms Trad said the 2019 end date was “set in stone”. A few days later, Mr Gordon, whose vote is essential, announced that he had concerns about Labor’s policy. This is recent. In June I spoke to Mr Gordon and he told me he had no concerns about the repeal of the Newman amendments. He told me the repeal was supported by the majority of North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal people. I had also sent him information about the legislative favours for Sibelco, including a copy of a paper which I presented to a corruption-related conference held in Brisbane in February this year.

In April, I spoke with Labor’s Environment Minister, Steven Miles. He told me he expected to introduce the repeal Bill to parliament in May. That would have been reasonably consistent with Labor’s promise to “immediately” repeal the Newman amendments.  Miles later told me the expected date was June. He later changed this to “sometime this year”.

The delay has allowed Sibelco and its allies, the LNP and the AWU, more time to “lobby” the three crossbench MPs, all from North Queensland incidentally. Haven’t they got other issues of more concern to their electorates? Sibelco also has been allowed more time to offer “financial incentives”, at least on Stradbroke Island.

The Katter Party has been allowed to take the initiative away from the government by putting forward Sibelco’s so-called “compromise proposal” in the form of their own bill and parroting Sibelco’s exaggerated claims to justify their bill. If successful, this may permit Sibelco to mine out all the remaining heavy mineral resources. A letter to the n Securities Exchange by the mine’s former public company owner revealed this could be achieved by 2024.

2035 was an ambit claim. Sibelco’s PR company in 2012 revealed the real goal in a leaked report tabled in parliament by Ms Trad. It was to “Achieve public endorsement by the then Queensland Opposition Leader, Campbell Newman, for the continuation of Sibelco’s NSI operations until 2027” (page 4). It is no wonder that today Sibelco welcomed the Katter Party “compromise”.

Time will tell whether this Labor government was genuine in its commitments to the voters of Queensland prior to and following the January election – not just about North Stradbroke Island. But if Labor does not succeed in repealing the Newman amendments, many voters are likely to “smell a rat” and may not forget.

Richard Carew is a partner at Carew Lawyers.

Witches of Westeros: using and subverting the witch trope in Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones … Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo: HELEN SLOAN Melisandre is arguably the most powerful woman in Westeros Photo: Supplied

This article contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones TV series and the books upon which it is based.

Ask people what they know about witches and the most common response is that they were burned alive during witch trials in early modern Europe and America.

But if you’re an avid fan of the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011-), chances are you know more about witches, medieval Christianity and early modern religious iconography than you think.

George RR Martin – author of the books on which Games of Thrones is based – has openly drawn on medieval and early modern history and religion in crafting his world.

Yet just as interesting as his engagement with religious themes and ideas is his playful subversion of them – particularly when it comes to his depictions of witchcraft.

In Season 1, the Lhazereen “godswife” Mirri Maz Duur embodied all the key aspects of the witch trope: she was deceitful, vengeful and met a fiery death. When the Red Priestess Melisandre was introduced in Season 2, the series’ use of witch tropes became more complex.

Like many of Game of Thrones’ powerful women, who both embody and subvert traditional representations of gender, Melisandre challenges our perceptions of witchcraft. Melisandre: priestess or witch?

When she first appears, Melisandre burns statues of the Westerosi gods The Seven at Dragonstone. In the same scene, she becomes the Merlin to Stannis Baratheon’s King Arthur, encouraging him to pull a burning sword from a flaming statue. Through this alliance, her magical powers have been instrumental in destroying all five Kings who appeared in Season 2.

In fact, Melisandre is arguably the most powerful woman in Westeros. Across the series, her actions and influence alters the balance of power. Though she is called the “red woman”, or a “priestess”, Melisandre’s religious practices blur the lines between the mystical and the magical – a line which early modern people often understood as the divide between the Godly and the diabolic. The Seven and R’hllor: Westeros’ God and Satan?

The official religion of Westeros is worship of The Seven: the Father, the Mother, the Maiden, the Warrior, the Smith, the Crone and the Stranger.

There are several strong parallels between The Seven and the Roman Catholic Church in medieval and early modern Europe.

It is essentially a monotheistic religion as The Seven are seven aspects of one deity, invoking the Holy Trinity. The Father correlates with God the Father while the Mother and the Maiden have Marian connotations.

Without making a simplistic comparison with the Devil, the motifs used to represent Melisandre’s god R’hllor, the Lord of Light – notably fire, magic and prophecy – have counterparts in medieval and early modern religious iconography.

Historian Stuart Clark argues in Thinking with Demons (1997) that witches were viewed by early modern people as practitioners of a Satanic religion, which inverted Christian social order. It was this heresy that caused the fiery executions of witches in many jurisdictions.

Like witches, R’hllor’s priests and priestesses are clearly viewed by servants of the Seven as a subversive threat to the religious conformity of Westeros.

Early modern witches were believed to be part of a religious inversion of Godly society. In Game of Thrones Melisandre is in many ways the early modern Christian’s nightmare made real. She has tangible magical power, political authority, and she is winning (at least early in the series) new converts to her cause. Not the wicked witch

In Westeros, as in early modern Europe, not all witches resemble the Halloween stereotype of the old witch – an ancient crone covered in warts. Westerosi witches do, however, recall other stereotypes about the power of sex, blood and magic.

Medieval and early modern witches had many faces. Francesco Maria Guazzo’s Compendium Maleficarum (1608) contains images of men and women, young and old, participating in acts of Devil worship – such as The Obscene Kiss (1608).

Since one of the primary concerns about witches was that the lustful nature of women – especially young women – put them at a greater risk of being tempted into sin by the Devil, it is unsurprising that early demonological works took those fears a step further, into actual sex with the Devil.

The Malleus Maleficarum (1487), one of the most significant texts for the period of the great European witch-hunt, claimed that witches “persistently engage in the Devil’s filthy deeds through carnal acts with incubus and succubus demons”.

German printmaker Hans Baldung Grien’s 1514 drawing, alongside dramatic works, such as The Witch (c.1609-1616) and The Late Lancashire Witches (1634), depicted witches of all ages acting lewdly. In Thomas Middleton’s The Witch, one character declares:

What young man can we wish to pleasure us But we enjoy him in an incubus?

Like these witches, Melisandre is highly sexualised. In only her second episode she encourages Stannis to “give himself to the Lord of Light” by sleeping with her, in betrayal of his marriage vows. Bloody Rites

Melisandre also requires blood for her strongest magic, and this is the motivation behind many of her most atrocious acts (more on this below). Blood magic has a long pedigree in historical depictions of witches.

In early modern England, many witch trials depicted witch’s familiars demanding blood from witches. Bodily fluids such as blood and hair were also used by both cunning-folk (good witches) and malefic witches (bad witches, who committed acts of maleficium, or harmful magic).

In season 5, Game of Thrones introduced its third representation of a witch, Maggy the Frog. Maggy explicitly uses blood magic. But unlike Martin’s description in A Feast for Crows (2005) – ancient, warty, terrifying yellow eyes – the television adaptation morphs Maggy into a young, attractive woman.

When Maggy sucks the young Cersei Lannister’s blood, this recalls the familiars in English witch trials who suckled witches in return for acts of magic. It also recalls the way cunning-folk used urine for scrying, or telling the future. Subverting our preconceptions

The depiction of witchcraft in Game of Thrones therefore engages with many historical witch tropes. But Melisandre is at her most powerful, and compelling as a character, when she subverts these tropes and becomes the facilitator of ritualistic burning.

R’hllor might not be an evil god, but his servants do terrible things in his name. The most striking is when Melisandre convinces King Stannis to let her burn his daughter Princess Shireen alive in exchange for a “miracle”.

Melisandre also orders the burning of wildling leader Mance Rayder, as pictured in the main article image. Her authority is strong enough to order his execution despite strong opposition on several fronts.

The orchestration of these two deaths is the most dramatic demonstration of Martin’s subversion of the traditional “witch” role. Instead of practising her magic quietly for fear of persecution, like Maggy the Frog, she wields her magical abilities as an integral part of her religious and political power.

Melisandre, Mirri Maz Duur and Maggy the Frog embody familiar tropes about witches and witchcraft. But Melisandre also subverts and plays with our preconceptions of her role in this world – which is exactly what Game of Thrones does at its finest.

Sheilagh O’Brien, PhD Candidate, Early Modern History, The University of Queensland

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Bowe Maddigan in court over murder of Wangaratta schoolgirl Zoe Buttigieg

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ACCUSED: Bowe Madigan is led into a vehicle by police officers outside Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court. Picture: MARK JESSERThe man accused of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Zoe Buttigieg has faced court.

Bowe Maddigan, 29, of Mildura sat in the Wangaratta Magistrates Court with a straight face as his case was heard, closing his eyes multiple times.

He has been charged with murder, sexual penetration of a child under 16 and indecent act on a child under 16.

The accused wore a white shirt and black pants, his long hair tied into a bun and his beard kept neat.

Three police guarded Maddigan in the dock, but the man had not been any trouble in the holding cells so they did not place him in handcuffs.

Maddigan did not have any support in the courtroom, while one person representing the victim’s family did attend.

The case was adjourned until February 11, 2016.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Heath Dosser said he was unsure of Maddigan’s health.

“He was released by Kerferd (mental health unit at Wangaratta hospital) and arrested immediately after his release,” he said.

“It’s not known if there are any drug or alcohol or mental health issues.”

Solicitor Joe Battiato did not make an application for bail.

The court requested extra security on Thursday.

Police checked bags and used metal detectors to scan everyone walking into the courtroom.

The man charged with murder of 11yo girl has arrived at Wangaratta court. @bordermailpic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/NQuPOLK0hp

— Shana Morgan (@shana_morgan) October 28, 2015Bowe Maddigan has been remanded until February 2016 over the alleged murder of a Wangaratta girl. Said nothing in court.

— Shana Morgan (@shana_morgan) October 28, 2015

There wasa party at the house on Saturday night, and an altercation is believed to have occurred after midnight.

Neighbours had reported a loud wailing scream about 11am on Sunday before police and paramedics arrived at the home.

The grieving family has asked for privacy as they prepare for the funeral.

Border Mail

Glue Society’s comedy-horror Watch with Mother is a sketch show like no other

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Watch with Mother will have you laughing while gripping the edge of your seat. Photo: SuppliedWhen you hear the word “sketch”, inevitably you think of comedy. And there are laughs to be had in Watch with Mother. But really this is a sketch show of an altogether different kind. Sketch horror.

The six-part, n-made series features 10 regular storylines, and the action within any one episode zips speedily and disconcertingly between them. One minute we’re in a basement with a middle-aged man who’s recording the screams of the much younger man he’s torturing (he’s composing a symphony of terror); the next we’re on a deserted country road at night, where an elderly woman is attacked by a back-from-the-dead killer kangaroo; then we’re in the garage of a suburban house, where a man is dragging the body of a young woman from the boot of his HR Holden.

“The challenge for us really was to make this series both comedy and horror, says Peter Baker, director of Watch with Mother and member of The Glue Society, the seven-man team that made it.

“We really wanted to make something that didn’t exist. We wanted moments where it’s horrific to watch, but also with humour in there as well.”

It’s a difficult line to walk, Baker admits, but one he thinks they’ve managed, citing one sketch featuring the “chicken dance torture scene”.

Clearly, this isn’t your standard television half hour.

In fact, Watch with Mother didn’t start as a television half-hour of any sort.

Originally released in September 2012, the show was originally produced as a piece of interactive content for tablets.

“It was self-funded, and we set out to create something experimental,” says The Glue Society’s Jonathan Kneebone.

It was a big production, with Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd shooting it, and a crew of 100 and a cast of 80 reportedly on board.

The show was released via Google Play and Apple’s app store, and much was made of the fact the app allowed viewers “to watch each episode in a ‘Shuffle’ mode – as well as including behind the scenes material, plus image galleries and character biographies”.

“I’m really surprised other broadcasters aren’t doing this,” Baker says. “I mean you can buy episodes of other series, we packaged this up as a ‘virtual box set'”.

Kneebone won’t reveal how many copies were downloaded, but concedes that, “In reality I think we were somewhat ahead of the curve, with people only now coming to terms with content on their devices.”

In retrospect, he says, “this kind of idea might best be launched as a YouTube channel finding its audience that way”.

But an audience there certainly appears to be. The Glue Collective were invited to take the program to the annual TV salesfest Mipcom​ in Cannes, where Sony picked it up for the US (to be screened on the now-defunct cable channel Fearnet). Locally, SBS bought it, and Kneebone is especially excited about the idea of people watching it via the network’s On Demand service.

Over this past weekend, he says, the trailer has been viewed 100,000 times on Facebook.

Still, it’s been a long journey from bold idea to finding a wider audience. But Kneebone and co are anything but discouraged.

“We are already in development of new characters for online sketches – some horror, some simply comedic – to unveil on our own channel,” Kneebone says. You have been warned.


Watch with Mother


SBS On Demand and iTunes, available now

Murder charge over 1982 Elizabeth Dixon cold case

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Police at the scene where Elizabeth Dixon was murdered in 1982. Photo: Allan Jolly Elizabeth Dixon was found slumped across the front seat of her own car in the bush.

Detective Sergeant Frank Tracey investigated the murder of Elizabeth Dixon in 1982. Photo: Chris Cole

Elizabeth Dixon was a Northern Irish lass who fell in love with and stayed, living a simple existence as a squash-loving secretary with a happy-go-lucky disposition and a close circle of friends.

But the body of the woman known as Betty was found slumped across the front seat of her car in bush near Ashtonfield in Newcastle’s north-west in 1982. An autopsy found she had suffered 27 stab wounds.

Despite several leads and huge public interest, detectives could never get close to any suspect and the case became one of the Hunter’s most enduring murder mysteries.

Then on Wednesday, more than 33 years after her death, and acting on a fresh piece of evidence, Central Hunter detectives knocked on the door of a house in William Street, a few doors from Stockton Public School in Newcastle, and took a 64-year-old man into custody.

Within hours, he was charged with Ms Dixon’s murder.

The Newcastle Herald understands the breakthrough resulted from fresh information from the public.

It prompted Central Hunter detectives to blow the dust off the files of the mystery and start looking back into what happened in 1982.

It was the Saturday before Easter when Ms Dixon, 31, left the Greenhills Hit-N-Dip Sports Centre where she was a regular squash player and vanished.

She was known to have made a quick visit to some nearby shops and possibly went back to her flat in Metford.

The following Monday, a jogger made the discovery, telling investigators that he had seen the car during a run the previous day but decided to have a closer look when he passed it again about 5.45pm the next afternoon.

Ms Dixon was slumped across the front seat.

A murder investigation was launched into her death and would continue sporadically until Wednesday’s arrest.

Two years ago, a reward for information was increased from $50,000 to $150,000 although it is understood the public tip-off was given to detectives recently.

Ms Dixon flew from Northern Ireland in 1979 for a year in and fell in love with the place. Before long, she decided it was her new home.

A squash fanatic, she had done some casual work at the sports centre, worked as a secretary at Cobden Jones Mining in Kurri Kurri and lived alone in a flat in Tennyson Street, Metford.

Sports centre owner and Maitland City Council deputy mayor Bob Geoghegan on Wednesday recalled that Ms Dixon was well-liked.

“She was always a very happy-go-lucky girl, very popular and loved her squash,” Cr Geoghegan said.

“[The arrest] is very good news.”

When the Unsolved Homicide Squad revealed the increase in the reward to $150,000 in 2013, detectives were quick to point out there was no sinister side to Ms Dixon.

“This was a respectable young woman who held down a full-time job, was active in social settings and in squash tournaments, who enjoyed a good circle of friends and had family here. There was nothing which pointed to her becoming a victim of such a crime,” Detective Sergeant Steve Davis told The Newcastle Herald.

The suspect, who was a well-known Maitland sportsman in 1982, was arrested at his home at Stockton and taken to Maitland police station for questioning.

He was charged with murder and refused bail to appear in court on Thursday.

Newcastle Herald

Gino and Mark Stocco face court, charged with murder

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Mark and Gino Stocco have been caught after eight years on the run. Photo: NSW Police Gino and Mark Stocco were arrested 20 kilometres outside Dunedoo in central western NSW. Photo: NSW Police

Gino Stocco is taken from Dubbo police station to hospital by ambulance. Photo: Brook Kellehear-Smith

Mark and Gino Stocco on a visit to their father in Ingham during the.2000s Photo: Supplied

Mark Stocco at Dubbo police station. Photo: Nine News

Mark Stocco at Dubbo police station. Photo: Nine News

Mafia history of victimBody found on remote propertyHow the Stoccos evaded policeThe tip-off that led to the final hide-outWill o’ the wisps in Kelly Gang country

Fugitive father and son Gino and Mark Stocco will remain behind bars until at least the new year after appearing in Dubbo Local Court, charged with murder.

The men, who had been on the run for eight years, did not appear in court as magistrate Andrew Eckhold ordered they remain behind bars until their case returns to court on January 20.

They did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by Mr Eckhold

Gino, 57, and Mark Stocco, 36, were each charged with 17 offences, including the murder of Rosario Cimone, the 68-year-old caretaker of the property that served as the men’s bush hideout.

The men are accused of murdering Mr Cimone at the property, called Pinevale, between 6am and 6pm on October 7, police charge sheets revealed.

On October 8, his daughter made a missing persons report at Green Valley police station in western Sydney.

Their heads bowed, the men were escorted handcuffed into the backs of separate police vehicles and moved from Dubbo police station just before midday on Thursday by Corrective Service’s high risk transport unit.

Speaking outside Dubbo police station superintendent Clint Pheeney confirmed the men were en route to Wellington Correctional Centre for assessment before being transferred to another prison.

He said the move was “appropriate”, given the men stand accused of murder but would not comment on whether they would eventually be taken to Goulburn Supermax, ‘s highest security prison.

The pair were arrested on Wednesday morning, when a covert operation of heavily armed officers surrounded them at a rugged property, near Elong Elong, 50 kilometres east of Dubbo.

Hours after their arrest, police found Mr Cimone’s “fairly decomposed” body on the property.

Wanted for a string of property and violent offences in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, the men became the focus of a large manhunt after police were shot at during a high-speed pursuit near Wagga Wagga on October 16.

In relation to that incident, both men face three charges of shooting with the intent to murder Constable Benjamin Kerslake, Constable Matthew Shaw and Senior Constable Stephen Woolatt, and shooting with the intent to resist arrest.

The pair then led police on a 12-day-long wild chase, travelling more than 2000 kilometres across rural NSW and Victoria.

The men now stand accused of a slew of violence and property offences from that period, including the unauthorised possession of a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, ammunition and suspected stolen power tools, camping equipment and towels.

They were also charged with a number of offences relating to the two vehicles they allegedly stole during their 12 days on the run – a silver Nissan Navara and white Toyota LandCruiser ute.

On Wednesday, police revealed that a tip-off from an Elong Elong resident led them to the men’s bushland hideout.

Police then monitored the Stoccos for 16 hours after the neighbour reported seeing the LandCruiser parked in the Gunnoo State Forest not far from Dunedoo.

Just before midday on Wednesday officers from the tactical unit descended on the pair, who struggled with police as they were forced to the ground and cable-tied with their hands behind their back.

The men are expected to face further charges, including those allegedly committed in interstate jurisdictions.

The 116 things that can give you cancer

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Sausages cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has declared. Photo: Fairfax Media Sausages cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has declared. Photo: Fairfax Media

Sausages cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has declared. Photo: Fairfax Media

Sausages cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has declared. Photo: Fairfax Media

Many people reeled in shock when it was revealed the World Health Organisation had classed processed meat as a cancer risk, alongside smoking.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we also found we can’t trust exactly what goes into our sausages.

The sausage problem still hasn’t been solved, but people worried about processed meat can either relax about the fact a lot of things we encounter pose a cancer risk, or freak out that there is a list of 116 everyday objects and activities which can give us cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has released a list of these for our perusal. Red meat doesn’t feature, although processed meat does, because red meat is only probably linked to the diseases.

The list does however include contraception, smoking, sunbeds, the very air we breathe – if we live in a polluted city – solar energy from the sun, and many more objects and activities many of us encounter in our day-to-day lives.

This list doesn’t include probable cancer risks – everything featured definitely causes cancer.

1. Tobacco smoking

2. Sunlamps and sunbeds

3. Aluminium production

4. Arsenic in drinking water

5. Auramine production

6. Boot and shoe manufacture and repair

7. Chimney sweeping

8. Coal gasification

9. Coal tar distillation

10. Coke (fuel) production

11. Furniture and cabinet making

12. Haematite mining (underground) with exposure to radon

13. Secondhand smoke

14. Iron and steel founding

15. Isopropanol manufacture (strong-acid process)

16. Magenta dye manufacturing

17. Occupational exposure as a painter

18. Paving and roofing with coal-tar pitch

19. Rubber industry

20. Occupational exposure of strong inorganic acid mists containing sulphuric acid

21. Naturally occurring mixtures of aflatoxins (produced by funghi)

22. Alcoholic beverages

23. Areca nut – often chewed with betel leaf

24. Betel quid without tobacco

25. Betel quid with tobacco

26. Coal tar pitches

27. Coal tars

28. Indoor emissions from household combustion of coal

29. Diesel exhaust

30. Mineral oils, untreated and mildly treated

31. Phenacetin, a pain and fever reducing drug

32. Plants containing aristolochic acid (used in Chinese herbal medicine)

33. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – widely used in electrical equipment in the past, banned in many countries in the 1970s

34. Chinese-style salted fish

35. Shale oils

36. Soots

37. Smokeless tobacco products

38. Wood dust

39. Processed meat

40. Acetaldehyde

41. 4-Aminobiphenyl

42. Aristolochic acids and plants containing them

43. Asbestos

44. Arsenic and arsenic compounds

45. Azathioprine

46. Benzene

47. Benzidine

48. Benzo[a]pyrene

49. Beryllium and beryllium compounds

50. Chlornapazine (N,N-Bis(2-chloroethyl)-2-naphthylamine)

51. Bis(chloromethyl)ether

52. Chloromethyl methyl ether

53. 1,3-Butadiene

54. 1,4-Butanediol dimethanesulfonate (Busulphan, Myleran)

55. Cadmium and cadmium compounds

56. Chlorambucil

57. Methyl-CCNU (1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea; Semustine)

58. Chromium(VI) compounds

59. Ciclosporin

60. Contraceptives, hormonal, combined forms (those containing both oestrogen and a progestogen)

61. Contraceptives, oral, sequential forms of hormonal contraception (a period of oestrogen-only followed by a period of both oestrogen and a progestogen)

62. Cyclophosphamide

63. Diethylstilboestrol

64. Dyes metabolized to benzidine

65. Epstein-Barr virus

66. Oestrogens, nonsteroidal

67. Oestrogens, steroidal

68. Oestrogen therapy, postmenopausal

69. Ethanol in alcoholic beverages

70. Erionite

71. Ethylene oxide

72. Etoposide alone and in combination with cisplatin and bleomycin

73. Formaldehyde

74. Gallium arsenide

75. Helicobacter pylori (infection with)

76. Hepatitis B virus (chronic infection with)

77. Hepatitis C virus (chronic infection with)

78. Herbal remedies containing plant species of the genus Aristolochia

79. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (infection with)

80. Human papillomavirus type 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59 and 66

81. Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-I

82. Melphalan

83. Methoxsalen (8-Methoxypsoralen) plus ultraviolet A-radiation

84. 4,4′-methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline) (MOCA)

85. MOPP and other combined chemotherapy including alkylating agents

86. Mustard gas (sulphur mustard)

87. 2-Naphthylamine

88. Neutron radiation

89. Nickel compounds

90. 4-(N-Nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK)

91. N-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN)

92. Opisthorchis viverrini (infection with)

93. Outdoor air pollution

94. Particulate matter in outdoor air pollution

95. Phosphorus-32, as phosphate

96. Plutonium-239 and its decay products (may contain plutonium-240 and other isotopes), as aerosols

97. Radioiodines, short-lived isotopes, including iodine-131, from atomic reactor accidents and nuclear weapons detonation (exposure during childhood)

98. Radionuclides, α-particle-emitting, internally deposited

99. Radionuclides, β-particle-emitting, internally deposited

100. Radium-224 and its decay products

101. Radium-226 and its decay products

102. Radium-228 and its decay products

103. Radon-222 and its decay products

104. Schistosoma haematobium (infection with)

105. Silica, crystalline (inhaled in the form of quartz or cristobalite from occupational sources)

106. Solar radiation

107. Talc containing asbestiform fibres

108. Tamoxifen

109. 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin

110. Thiotepa (1,1′,1″-phosphinothioylidynetrisaziridine)

111. Thorium-232 and its decay products, administered intravenously as a colloidal dispersion of thorium-232 dioxide

112. Treosulfan

113. Ortho-toluidine

114. Vinyl chloride

115. Ultraviolet radiation

116. X-radiation and gamma radiation

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold slams plans for new Sydney A-League team

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“I’m even worried about my job and my family and all the players and all their families”: Graham Arnold. Photo: Brendan Esposito Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has trashed the idea of a third Sydney A-League team in the city’s south, saying they would cannibalise a massive chunk of the Sky Blues’ supporter base and demean the value of local derbies.

Football Federation chief executive David Gallop appears committed to launching a third team in Sydney in the coming years, perhaps as soon as next year, having eyed the expiring licence of the Wellington Phoenix as an opportunity to increase the A-League’s presence in ‘s largest city.

Ironically, while Arnold grew up in the location of the proposed team, he believes it is no place for a professional club given the proximity of Sydney FC.

“I know David means well but the research Sydney FC have got is that 30 per cent of our members come from the Sutherland Shire and St George area and 40 per cent of our junior membership come from there,” he said.

“If you take 30 per cent of 12,000 [adult members] and 40 per cent our junior members, it leaves a big hole for us. If a club does go in there, do they end up taking over the inner west, because it’s close? If they do take over that area, [plus] Mascot, and build something at Barton Park, we’re going to end up left with Bondi.

“I’m a Sutherland Shire boy, I grew up there and played all my junior football and I’ve got friends there. We’ve got four-five young kids: [Alex] Gersbach, [Alex] Naumoff, [Anthony] Bouzanis and [Aaron] Calver who’ve come from that area.

“For me as a coach, and for us as a club, what we would lose would be enormous. I think that really needs to be thought through properly before any hasty decisions have been made.”

Arnold said Sydney FC owner David Traktovenko and his son-in-law Scott Barlow could re-think their investment in the Sky Blues if the FFA gives the green light to a new team so close to Sydney’s heartland.

“My biggest concerns at the moment are if Sydney FC are still going to be around. I think that’s how big a decision this is going to be,’ he said. “

“Sydney FC have been a leader in parting with money for the A-League to bring marquee players in. I’m even worried about my job and my family and all the players and all their families.

“Scott Barlow and David Trakotvenko will make a decision whether to stay or not and if they aren’t happy with what’s going on, and if they’re not happy with a potential Sutherland Shire team, and they walk away, what’s next?”

According to Arnold, Barlow was highly agitated about the FFA’s decision to move on a third Sydney team without consulting the city’s original A-League club.

“I spoke to Scott over the phone yesterday and he was extremely upset on how he’s getting treated. He feels disrespected in all of this and that’s sad to hear,” he said.

“Scott and David bought a licence for 100 per cent of Sydney. That’s already been cut to 50 per cent by the Wanderers coming and if Sutherland come in, that cuts it back to 33 per cent. Within a year, Paul Lederer loses 17 per cent of his licence and Sydney FC is the same.”

While the future of the Wellington Phoenix also seems heavily clouded, Arnold said the New Zealand side had done nothing to warrant their expulsion.

“Wellington Phoenix may not bring the so-called “metrics” to the game but there is a good market there,” he said.

“They’ve got a great coach in Ernie Merrick who plays really good football and they’ve been easy on the eye for the last couple of years. Plus you’ve got to worry about all those players. Where do they go? It’s worrying times.”

Third favourite Mongolian Khan out of the Melbourne Cup

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With the shock scratching of Mongolian Khan from Tuesday’s $6 million Melbourne Cup, Japanese stayer Fame Game is poised to start one of the shortest-priced favourites in recent Cup history.

In fact most bookmakers, including the huge Ladbrokes bookmaking firm, tightened Fame Game into $4, maintaining the scratching of the Caulfield Cup winner early on Thursday is a major stumbling block out of the way for the international galloper.

It was revealed Mongolian Khan came down with a sudden bout of colic and it soon became obvious the stallion could not take his place in the Cup due to the bowel complaint.

While Fame Game continues to tighten in markets across the world, amazingly in his home country, it is illegal to bet on overseas race meetings.

However, the Japan Racing Association has legislated, as from next year, certain races will be selected for the country’s punters to bet on.

It’s understood that the races chosen will have Japanese starters in the field. Japan racing has become one of the most dynamic industries on the world stage of racing.

It’s understood racing fans across Japan are warming to their two starters, Fame Game and Hokko Brave. Track watchers who have monitored the work of the pair maintain they will be at peak fitness by Tuesday.

In , Ladbrokes traders have made no secret of the fact Fame Game is the key runner for punters betting on the race.

“We knew his form coming to , we saw his run in the Caulfield Cup and we’ve been keeping pretty safe all along,” a Ladbrokes spokesman said. “Taking out a horse who looked one of the few who could potentially match it with him over the two miles, we really had no option but to tighten him up again.”

Prior to Mongolian Khan’s scratching, he was a $9 third favourite with Ladbrokes behind Fame Game ($4) and Trip to Paris ($8).

Fame Game comes into $3.80 but many believe he’ll be shorter by race time.

It was a bitter blow for New Zealand trainer Murray Baker who watched Mongolian Khan put in a staggering Melbourne Cup trial by winning the Caulfield Cup.

Colic is a general term used to describe any sort of abnormal pain or discomfort. Problems range from a mild transient discomfort or cramping to the unrelenting pain of a twisted bowel, which requires surgery to remedy the problem.

Horses have a complicated intestinal tract, including more than 20 metres of small and a large intestine the size of a full chaff bag.

Racing Victoria vets are examining all 42 Melbourne Cup aspirants and have announced that Sky Hunter and Quest For More, who are guaranteed a place in the Cup at 17th and 19th in ballot order, will be required to undergo further tests on Saturday morning.

It was reported that both imports had twisted shoes and required veterinary attention.

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