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.
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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.

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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
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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
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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

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.
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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.
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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.

James Packer and Robert De Niro in Nobu restaurant joint venture

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Business buddies: James Packer and film star Robert De Niro during a news conference in Macau this week. Photo: Kin CheungFresh from working together on film sets, casino billionaire James Packer and Hollywood star Robert De Niro have struck a business deal in the kitchen.
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Crown Resorts, the casino operator half-owned by Mr Packer, has paid $US100 million ($141 million) for 20 per cent of Nobu, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant chain owned by De Niro, along with celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and film producer Meir Teper.

Three Of Nobu’s 32 restaurants around the globe are in Crown casino complexes: Crown Perth, Crown Melbourne and City of Dreams Manila, which is part-owned by Crown’s Asian casino venture, Melco Crown.

Part of Crown’s business strategy is for the brands within its casinos to be replicated across its global properties.

Mr Packer and De Niro have forged a relationship via the n casino mogul’s film production company, RatPac Entertainment, which he owns with Hollywood production guru Brett Ratner.

De Niro also starred in The Audition, a short film made at a reported cost of $US70 million to promote the opening of Melco’s latest Macau casino, Studio City. The $US4 billion casino opened this week.

Crown chairman Robert Rankin said several new Nobu hotel and restaurant openings were planned.

“We see the Nobu brand as complementary to Crown Resorts’ global luxury entertainment positioning and the Nobu business has an attractive near-term growth profile,” he said. “James Packer established Crown’s relationship with Nobu some years ago . . . This acquisition cements that existing strong relationship.”

As part of the deal, Crown will nominate Mr Packer to join the Nobu board as one of four directors.

Hong Kong: The three minute guide

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The night view over Hong Kong harbour. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board The night view over Hong Kong harbour. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board
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The night view over Hong Kong harbour. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The night view over Hong Kong harbour. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The writer travelled as a guest of Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

WHY

It’s easy to get sucked into the consumer-driven, frenetic, adrenaline-rush pace of Hong Kong, renowned for its glittering harbour skyline, fabulous shopping and clash of traditional and contemporary lifestyles. But this is also a city in which to dawdle through a dim sum brunch, linger over lunch and take in neon-lit panoramas from a bar-topped skyscraper. After all, from simple noodles to elaborate top-end seafood extravaganzas, Hong Kong is a world-class gourmet destination.

VISIT

The Peak (thepeak杭州龙凤论坛m.hk) provides the classic cityscapes; walk the looped, bamboo-shaded Harlech and Lugard roads for more spectacular outlooks. A cross-harbour ride on Star Ferry  (starferry杭州龙凤论坛m.hk/) is another bargain-priced scenic delight. Man Mo Temple is Hong Kong’s oldest temple and stands on Hollywood Road, known for antique stores. Escape the concrete jungle at beachside Stanley (hk-stanley-market杭州龙凤论坛m), which has good seafood restaurants, or take a hike on Lantau Island (discoverhongkong杭州龙凤论坛m/lantau​) to the giant Buddha at ornate Po Lin Monastery (plm杭州龙凤论坛.hk).

EAT

Mouth-watering caramelised-pork char siu bao and other dumplings at Tim Ho Wan (timhowan杭州龙凤论坛m), provide one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meals; at the other end of the scale, Spring Moon (hongkong.peninsula杭州龙凤论坛m) has the city’s best dim sum and top-quality teas. Lung King Heen (fourseasons杭州龙凤论坛m/hongkong) offers superb seafood menus. For mid-range dining, head to Serenade Chinese Restaurant (maxims杭州龙凤论坛m.hk) for delicious red-bean buns and deep-fried fish, or Tim’s Kitchen (timskitchen杭州龙凤论坛m.hk) for traditional, home-style Cantonese fare.

LOOK

It’s a pity so many visitors overlook Hong Kong Park (lcsd.gov.hk/tc/parks/hkp/), a lovely Central district oasis that offers fish-filled ponds, odd sculptures, greenhouses bursting with begonias and a terrific walk-through aviary. In one corner, you can take in demonstrations of Chinese tea at the charming little Museum of Tea Ware (hk.art.museum), housed in the city’s oldest colonial building, Flagstaff House. It outlines the history of tea culture and sells interesting teas and teapots.

MUST

Nothing beats cocktail hour in Hong Kong’s ultra-chic bars with a view. The world’s highest skyscraper watering hole (490 metres) is dizzying Ozone Bar (ritzcarlton杭州龙凤论坛m), notable for champagnes and Asian tapas. Maritime-themed Eye Bar (elite-concepts杭州龙凤论坛m) has a rare outdoor deck, and telescopes for peering at passing ships; adjacent Nanhai No. 1 (elite-concepts杭州龙凤论坛m) has Michelin-starred seafood cuisine. The old-time classic is Felix (hongkong.peninsula杭州龙凤论坛m), with decor by Philippe Starck​ and views even from bathrooms.

SLEEP

For a great location amid the eateries, markets and shops of bustling Kowloon, head to Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon (novotel杭州龙凤论坛m), which provides mid-range accommodation without sacrificing style and comfort. InterContinental Hong Kong (intercontinental杭州龙凤论坛m) has an absolute waterfront location and three Michelin-star restaurants, including Yan Toh Heen for sophisticated Cantonese fare. Hong Kong’s evening Symphony of Lights over the harbour is perfectly timed for cocktail and canape hour in the lobby lounge.

TIP

Foodies should aim for Hong Kong during late October and November’s Wine & Dine Month (discoverhongkong杭州龙凤论坛m), which starts with a four-day Wine & Dine Festival, featuring 150 food stalls from some of the city’s top restaurants along the harbour-side promenades in Kowloon.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield ‘broke up a few months ago’

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Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have reportedly split up after four years of dating.
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According to People magazine, the Amazing Spider-Man co-stars “broke up a few months ago”.

“There was no drama, they’ve been apart while working. They still care about each other,” a source told the publication.

“They still have love for one another. They are on good terms with each other and remain close.”

The news comes after People reported the couple had parted ways in April this year.

Stone, 26, and Garfield, 32, were last spotted together in Los Angeles in August.

It is believed that their respective filming schedules have kept the two apart over most of the past year.

Garfield has been working on Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence, in Taiwan, while Stone has been filming La La Land (in which she stars opposite Ryan Gosling) in Los Angeles.

Garfield’s latest project, Hacksaw Ridge, started filming at Sydney’s Fox Studios last month.

Despite often giving joint interviews to promote the Spider-Man franchise, the high-profile pair have endeavoured to keep their private lives private.

Last year, the pair made headlines when they held signs in front of their faces encouraging people to donate to a number of charitable organisations after they realised they were being photographed on a lunch date.

“Good morning!” Stone’s sign read. “We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let’s try this again. We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organisations do.”

The sign covering Garfield’s face featured the websites of multiple charities.

In June, Stone said her relationship felt too “special” to talk about in interviews.

“I never talk about this stuff for this exact reason – because it’s all so speculative and baseless,” she told The Wall Street Journal.

“I understand the interest in it completely, because I’ve had it, too. But it’s so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don’t talk about it.”

True to form, neither party has released a statement regarding the reported break-up.

Murder accused Rodney Lawrence in court over Elizabeth Dixon cold case

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Elizabeth Dixon murder accused in Maitland court | PHOTOS Detectives from Central Hunter LAC arrive for court. 2015
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Elizabeth Dixon’s funeral.

Police examine a car at the murder scene in April 1982 and inset, Elizabeth “Betty” Dixon. Main pic: Allan Jolly.

Det Sgt Frank Tracey in 1982 with a knife similar to one missing from Ms Dixon’s flat and her car key wallet, which is similar to a wallet which was missing.

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— NSW Police (@nswpolice) October 28, 2015Man in #RaymondTerrace court today charged over 1982 alleged stab murder in #CentralHunterhttps://t杭州龙凤论坛/TF7AEJQiNE

— NSW Police (@nswpolice) October 28, 2015BACKGROUND MURDERED IN 1982: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Dixon.

Elizabeth “Betty” Dixon was stabbed 27 times, beaten with a blunt object and dumped in her car on a dirt track in Ashtonfield.

Now police have arrested and charged a man for her murder.

Artie Dover, the junior detective who helped in the initial murder investigation, had always thought the case needed to be solved for Betty.

“I remember the night like it was yesterday,” Mr Dover said.

“It was horrific. She was stabbed so many times she was like a pin cushion.”

Ms Dixon was brutally stabbed 27 times in her chest and neck, five of those piercings hit her heart.

The murder occurred some time between Saturday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 6, 1982.

She had been beaten across the head at least three times with a blunt object, while her hands were bound behind her back with a black shoelace that had been tied in a neat bow.

Ms Dixon was 31 at the time of her death and had been living in Tennyson Street, Metford. The last time she was seen was at East Maitland Hit ‘N’ Dip the Saturday before she was killed.

It was not until April 6 about 5.45pm that the body was discovered.

Pharmacist Bill Leahy found Ms Dixon inside her yellow 1977 Mazda that was parked on a bush track off Stronach Avenue in East Maitland.

She was slumped in the front seat just a short distance from her flat. Her car keys and wallet were missing.

At the time, Mr Leahy said he only checked inside the car because of its bright colour and he had seen it in the bushland the previous afternoon.

When news of the murder broke, the government posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer on January 2, 1985, but the case went cold.

It was not until 2013 that investigations reopened when the state government upped the reward to $150,000.

Unsolved Homicide Team detectives, through Strike Force Wickfield, reinterviewed every person who had initially spoken to police in the hope of reigniting the trail of evidence.

Now, 33 years later, police have found the breakthrough they had hoped for.

Ms Dixon, known as Betty to most people, had moved to from Ireland more than two years before she was killed.

She was well-known around the Maitland area, lived close to her sister and spent her spare time playing squash.

She would have been 64 years old this year.

Corey Webster stars as NZ Breakers beat Cairns Taipans in NBL

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Dominant: New Zealand’s Corey Webster shone against the Cairns Taipans. Photo: Brian CasseyToo much Corey Webster, too much Tai Wesley.
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That was the one-two punch that powered the NZ Breakers to a statement 90-67 victory over the Cairns Taipans in the much-anticipated first matchup of the new NBL season between last year’s grand finalists at Vector Arena.

Both Webster and Wesley posted career-best points totals as they had their way with a surprisingly soft Taipans defence throughout a game that was close for a half (42-37 at the break), but ended up being decidedly one-sided in the Breakers’ favour as they coasted home over the closing two quarters.

Webster simply oozed class as he took his play up several notches from his return from NBA duty last week against the Kings. We’ll call that one (22 points) his sighter.

He was nigh on unstoppable in this Wednesday night clash in front of a disappointingly small crowd of 4347 in downtown Auckland, finishing with a career-high 35 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals. He made 14 of his 26 shots (three of eight from distance) and produced such a glorious array of step-back and pull-up jumpers that he made the difficult art of scoring look decidedly easy.

Wesley was also magnificent as he made a serious statement about his importance in the larger scheme of things for the Breakers who have now won two straight and are 3-3 for the season.

On a night when the Breakers’ two biggest players struggled, Wesley produced a monster effort in his favourite spot on the low block, spinning past or powering through outmatched defenders with ridiculous ease.

He also surpassed his club best with 26 points on nine-of-14 shooting, including one of two from beyond the arc. Throw in eight rebounds and it was some sort of night for the Guam-qualified American power forward.

Cedric Jackson added 10 points, eight boards and five assists for the Breakers, while Tom Abercrombie (eight points, seven boards and a pair of blocks) and Mika Vukona (seven points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes) were reduced to minor roles.

The Taipans scored just 30 second-half points and gave up 48, as they went flat right when they couldn’t afford to. They were paced by 17 points from Saints marksman Torrey Craig but there was too little of consequence from normally reliable operators like Mark Worthington, Cameron Gliddon, Stephen Weigh and Alex Loughton.

“We talked about being a little bit second and third gear in the first half … we knew they were at the end of a tough road trip and if we just locked down on our defence we had a chance to break the game open in the second half,” coach Dean Vickerman said.

“I thought Mika’s effort early in the third quarter when he comes up with two offensive rebounds and a score was the effort required to start the quarter.

“After that Corey and Wesley were outstanding. You get very good players like that you keep things pretty simple, and we gave Corey enough catches and enough space to make great decisions. A lot of teams in the world now don’t like the mid-range jump shot but it’s something he’s perfected and when that thing is going every one of those ball looked like they had a pretty good chance of going in.

“Wesley just had a great balance of scoring in the middle and making his baseline spins. He made really good assessments in the postup about the way he scored.”

The Breakers did well to shake off a slow start – they missed their first five shot attempts – and a handful of early fouls to build a 21-16 lead by the end of the opening quarter. They were helped by a couple of audacious step-back triples from Webster late in the piece (he had 11 points for the term, nailing all three of his attempts from deep), after the Taipans had built the early lead.

But the Snakes hung tough through the second period, and with the calls going their way (the foul count was 12-6 against the hosts for the half) the Breakers struggled to put any separation between themselves and the North Queenslanders, leading just 42-37 at the major break.

But for the three-point shooting it could have been even closer, the Breakers knocking down seven of their 12 long-balls, and the Taipans – the NBL’s worst team from the land of plenty – going just one of eight.

The Webster magic continued in the third as the Breakers won the quarter 20-12, with the classy Tall Black contributing half of that total with an array of step-back jumpers that are fast becoming this young man’s specialty. With the lead at 13 (62-49) this one was all but in the bag, and soon was as the hosts, spurred by Vukona’s early flurry, started the final quarter with the urgency they needed to seal the deal.

“I thought we did some really good things that first half,” Taipans coach Aaron Fearne said. “The second half we started the very first possession by giving up two offensive rebounds and a layup, and it just snowballed big time from there. Corey got hot and just went to work and we had no answer for that.”

The Breakers shot a tidy 51 percent from the floor, 44 from deep and won the rebound count 44-31. They also had just 10 turnovers and kept their opponents to just 38 percent shooting in their best overall effort of the season.

Next up are the Adelaide 36ers at the NSEC next Thursday.

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