Geale out to surprise opponent

Launceston’s Daniel Geale will face off against Kazakh middleweight Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. DANIEL Geale and Gennady Golovkin will enter the ring at Madison Square Garden on Sunday week with a mutual respect to go with their mutual self-belief.

In a stark contrast to the trash-talking of his two head-to-heads with outspoken compatriot Anthony Mundine, Geale and his Kazakh middleweight opponent have spent this week complimenting each other on their record and technique.

“He has tremendous power and is very skilled at what he does,” said Launceston-born Geale.

“He’s been able to dominate people, mostly with his footwork and he’s fought some pretty good fighters and disposed of them pretty well and the US love him because of that knockout power that he’s got.”

However, the 33-year-old is firmly of the belief that Golovkin and his camp are underestimating him.

“They’ve already written me off, they don’t believe I’m going to be able to go two rounds with Golovkin.

“But I’m not going to be standing in front of him letting him do what he wants.

“He’s going to be finding it very difficult to be able to catch me and in the mean time if he drops his guard he’s going to pay the price.

“I like people telling me you’re not going to win because that just drives me to want to prove them wrong.”

German-based Golovkin, whose pro record shows a daunting 26 knockouts from 29 wins, has been in a training camp in Big Bear Lake, California, since late May in preparation for his 11th title defence.

Despite having not fought since a seventh-round knockout of Osumanu Adama on February 1, the 32-year-old told ESPN he had done his homework on his Tasmanian opponent.

“Daniel Geale is a former world champion and this is the toughest fight of my career,” he said.

Training partner Abel Sanchez agreed that Golovkin was ready.

“Geale boxes a little more [than other opponents],” Sanchez said. “We’ve been very confident of the past opponents running away, but we don’t anticipate that from him.

“Hopefully, he will bring out the very best of Gennady. The better he is, the better it will be for Gennady to perform.

“Geale is more accomplished. He has [won unified world titles] and he’s the most experienced boxer at the top level that we’ve fought.

“He has got the most to gain and is on the cusp of being a world champion again.”

Geale has lost two of his 32 pro fights, the second of which also saw his world title claimed by Englishman Darren Barker, but believes there are cracks in the Golovkin armour.

“Golovkin is not going to knock me out, he’s going to have to fight 12 rounds with me – 12 hard rounds.

“I have been in those world championship fights later rounds, I have been able to push and dig deep against tough opponents, especially in their backyards when the odds have been stacked against me.

“I have to capitalise on his weaknesses and he hasn’t been taken late into fights, he hasn’t been tested at this stage yet.

“If you stand in front of him he’s going to hit you so at times he doesn’t worry about his defence as much as he should and against good fighters he’ll pay the price for that.

“My plan is to be more skilful, to make him miss, to frustrate him and to take him where he’s never been taken before and I think he’s got a bit of a surprise coming.”

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Five months after detainee killed, no suspect charged

Papua New Guinean police are yet to interview any suspects for the murder of Reza Barati in the offshore processing centre on Manus Island, more than five months after his death.

A PNG police spokesman, Dominic Kakas, said the investigation was currently under way and that it was an “ongoing case”.

Mr Kakas said no one had been charged, nor interviewed, for the murder of the 23-year-old asylum seeker. “It’s got to be soon,” he said.

On Monday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refused to comment on the progress of the Barati murder investigation, telling reporters in Canberra: “I have no further information to provide you on that than what is currently publicly available and as I have provided previously.”

The Robert Cornall report into violence at the detention centre found a Salvation Army worker led the attack onBarati.

In May, headway was being made with the investigation when PNG police asked security firm G4S for a full list of employees working on Manus Island in mid-February, as well as photos of them.

At the same time, Mr Kakas said one of the four chief suspects in the killing of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati had fled Manus Island and his whereabouts were unknown.

Since the violence in February, not one asylum seeker has been taken to Manus Island, it was revealed during the Senate-run Manus inquiry last week.

Tensions rose between security staff and detainees in the Manus Island detention centre on Monday night, resulting in two asylum seekers being confined by Wilson security staff. It is believed the two men were taken from their compound by security after they became aggressive, complaining about their treatment on the island.


The story “Five months after detainee killed, no suspect charged” (July 16) should not have said the government report into violence at the Manus Island detention centre in February found a Salvation Army worker was responsible for the final blow toReza Barati’s skull with a rock. The report said a Salvation Army worker “led” the attack on Barati.

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Game on as graphic designer scores contract

Graphic designer Patrick Brown has scored a contract with PlayStation Australia. Picture: MARK JESSER.GRAPHIC designer by night, internationally acclaimed artist by day.

The Examiner graphic designer Patrick Brown has scored the biggest coup of his career, a contract with PlayStation Australia.

Mr Brown was selected to create the artwork for a promotional competition run by the gaming company for the game The Last of Us Remastered.

It’s not the first time he has worked with big companies.

“That was exciting, to receive an email from PlayStation Australia,” Mr Brown said.

“I’ve also worked with the game developer of Hitman, releasing an artwork each month to get fans hyped up.”

While working full-time at night, Mr Brown said he strapped himself to his Wacom Cintiq throughout the day to meet deadlines.

The hard work pays off -his artwork will soon be displayed on the cover of new French magazine The Game.

“When I enjoy games myself, I draw it,” he said.

“I’m very passionate about my work and I like to do it for myself just for fun. It has really grown over the years.”

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Spies, internet firms in firing line of national security reforms

Putting and end to leaks: Government to introduce sweeping national security laws. Photo: Greg NewingtonSpies who leak sensitive information will face tough new penalties of up to 10 years’ jail and internet firms could be forced to store customers’ data for up to two years under sweeping national security reforms.

Prompted in part by the leaks from renegade US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the Abbott government will on Wednesday introduce legislation clamping down on intelligence officers who leak to journalists, lawyers and other members of the public.

Separately, Attorney-General George Brandis has given his strongest hint yet that the government will move ahead with controversial ”data retention” laws.

This would mean basic records of internet communications such as emails and Skype calls would have to be stored by providers for up to two years to help intelligence and law enforcement agencies carry out investigations and prosecutions.

The reforms come amid growing concern over the terrorism threat posed by an estimated 150 Australians who are involved with extremist groups in the Middle East, though they are also aimed at combatting international espionage.

Senator Brandis told Coalition MPs at a joint party room meeting on Tuesday that ”this is the way the West is moving”.

Last week, Britain introduced data retention laws that will force firms to store information such as the time and destination of phone calls, text messages, emails and Skype calls for up to a year.

Previously Senator Brandis has been reluctant to indicate whether the Abbott government would back data retention, despite strong calls from ASIO, the Australian Federal Police and similar agencies, all of whom say it is needed to keep the law up to date with technology.

The so-called ”metadata” – which does not include the content of communications – would be kept by the companies themselves rather than the government. Currently authorities can access such metadata without a warrant.

A parliamentary inquiry that examined the issue last year recommended that, if data retention were established, the current rules should apply, though if content and metadata were inseparable, a warrant would be needed and any system should include additional oversight.

However, privacy advocates argue data retention represents a massive expansion of surveillance powers. As recently as last week, a senior government source said there were no plans ”at this stage” to introduce data retention.

But on Tuesday, Senator Brandis’ spokesman said: ”The matter is under active consideration by the government as part of its comprehensive review of national security-related legislation.” The legislation to be introduced on Wednesday, meanwhile, is largely based on recommendations from a bipartisan report last year by a high-powered parliamentary committee that deals with intelligence and security.

It includes giving ASIO the power to hack into an innocent third party’s computer to access a target computer, and to infiltrate entire computer networks on a single warrant.

But Fairfax Media understands that in addition to those moves – which are supported in principle by Labor – the legislation includes a dramatic increase in the maximum jail sentence for spies who leak information from two to 10 years.

Also, the Abbott government will move to plug a ”legislative gap” by making it an offence to copy, keep or remove sensitive intelligence information, or to make a record of information without authorisation – such as making notes of a meeting without approval.

These offences will carry up to three years’ jail. At present, no crime is committed unless the copied material is actually handed over to someone else, but Senator Brandis told colleagues it could often be difficult to prove that the information had been passed on.

It is understood that these tougher penalties are in response to leaks by Mr Snowden and also by a case closer to home in which a former officer of the foreign intelligence agency the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is accusing the government of spying on East Timor during sensitive oil and gas negotiations.

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the bipartisan nature of the legislation ”shouldn’t be mistaken for Labor giving a blank cheque to the government”.

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Caravan group voices concerns after council meeting

A LEADING recreational vehicle lobby group has voiced frustration at delays in moving forward with council proposals to establish freedom camping and free waste-disposal dumping points for caravans, campervans and motorhomes.

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Earlier this month, Ballarat councillors voted to defer the two contentious items due to the city’s request to seek legal assistance on the matters.

The legal assistance was sparked by an urgent letter submitted to the council by Victorian Caravan Parks Association chief executive officer Elizabeth White on the advice of her legal advisor, outliningthe concerns of the association.

But Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia board director Keith Moxham criticised the late submission of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association and said it had undermined a submission by CMCA, which had taken more than two years to create.

“CMCA and the City of Ballarat have been working together to make Ballarat recreational-vehicle friendly and boost the city’s tourism industry for a number of years,” Mr Moxham said.

“The Victorian Caravan Parks Association was free to raise any legal issues regarding Pioneer Park at any time during that process, but decided to do this only at the last minute.”

Mr Moxham said in the past 10 years there had been a significant increase in the number of travellers in self-sufficient RVs with bathroom and toilet facilities preferring to access community-operated low-cost camps.

The CMCA is advocating for freedom camping at Pioneer Park along with a 12-month trial where existing caravan park operators allow visitors to dispose of their waste at their parks.

Mr Moxham said it would deliver economic and social benefits to the city.

But Ms White denied the letter was a blocking tactic and that it had not been the intention of the association to cause any delay.

She said the association had been in discussions with the council on the dump point facilities for more than 18 months but had been unaware of the freedom camping proposal until the end of May.

“At that time, the council was developing a report on freedom camping, which was not complete until July,” Ms White said.

“I awaited the completion of the council report to see what it entailed. Following that, I went to get further legal advice on the matter and the approval of caravan park owners before putting forward my submission.”

City of Ballarat’s acting chief executive officer Natalie Reiter said reports on freedom camping and dump point voucher trials were prepared for council consideration at last week’s meeting but both reports had been adjourned.

Ms Reiter said further advice was being sought on both items and they would be considered

again by the council in the coming weeks.

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Raiders out to break ‘milestone curse’

Raiders lock Shaun Fensom celebrates a try against the Titans. Fensom will play his 100th NRL match this weekend.It’s the milestone curse that already boasts Josh McCrone and Glen Buttriss as victims, but the Canberra Raiders are desperate to reverse the rout for a man they believe could be their next captain.

Raiders lock Shaun Fensom will play his 100th NRL match for the club in Melbourne on Saturday and will be hoping to avoid the fate of teammates who have had their party gatecrashed.

Canberra lost 68-4 at home to Melbourne – the biggest loss in club history – in McCrone’s 100th game late last season. In round eight this season – against Manly, when Buttriss brought up his ton – the Raiders trailed 42-0 in the first half en route to a 54-18 hiding.

Raiders skipper Terry Campese believes Fensom has the qualities to one day be his successor.

He also joked Canberra should sideline him from the Storm match, given their horror record in 100th games, as they look for back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

In Fensom’s favour is that Canberra has won its past three matches at AAMI Park, one of the more astounding statistics in the NRL.

“We might have to sit him out a week,” Campese said.

“It’s always good for guys like Fenno to get those milestones. Hopefully we can turn that luck around [in milestone games].”

Asked if he could fill his boots as captain, Campese said: “One hundred per cent. I think you could put him up against [former Raiders skipper] Alan Tongue who does a lot of work for the squad, on and off the field.

“He wouldn’t look out of place if put in that role.”

In-form centre Jarrod Croker echoed those sentiments, rating Fensom one of the most consistent players in the competition.

“He’s definitely got the qualities and attributes [to be captain],” Croker said.

“He’s going to show up for you every week and there’s not too many players in the comp who can do that.”

Fensom is known for extracting every ounce of effort out of himself and Croker hopes his teammates can repay that favour against Storm.

“Fenno deserves a big win on his 100th. He’s already won a couple of Mal Meninga medals,” Croker said.

“Buttsy and Macca didn’t deserve what they got on their 100th games. We’ll go out there and bust it all for Fenno because he does it for us week-in, week-out and deserves a good win.”

Croker was the last Raider to avoid the curse. In fact, his 100th game was a fairytale.

In round eight last year against the Roosters at Canberra Stadium, he scored a late try to level the scores before booting the match-winning conversion.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart pulled a surprise at the selection table on Tuesday by naming back-rower Jarrad Kennedy at right centre to replace the injured Brenko Lee (hamstring).

Kennedy deputised for Lee when he left the field during the second half of Sunday’s win over the Gold Coast and also filled in for Jack Wighton after he broke his thumb against Wests Tigers.

He performed well on both occasions, convincing Stuart to gamble on him ahead of regular outside backs Matt Allwood and Bill Tupou.

Prop Brett White also returns to the starting line-up after he was omitted from the Titans match for tactical reasons.

Despite only playing a couple of under-20s games at centre, Kennedy is confident he is up to the task.

“I’ve played a bit there the last couple of weeks and felt pretty comfortable. It’s more running the right line and what to do in attack more than anything,” he said.

“There’s a bit of space out there and coming up against faster players. It’s just something I need to deal with.”

Croker said Kennedy is similar to former Raiders star Joel Thompson, a back-rower who could slip easily into centre when needed.

“They’ve both got that good leg speed to defend and attack as well. I do see some similarities there,” Croker said.


NRL round 19: Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park, 5.30pm

TV: Live on Fox Sports 1

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Graduates in triple bill of classics

Rehearsing for Swan Lake at the Princess Theatre, Launceston, is Robyn Hendricks. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSNIGHT AT BALLETWHAT: The Australian Ballet School presents its regional tour, The Dancers Company.WHEN: Tonight, starts at 7.30.WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.Tickets: Adult, $56; under 26, $38; concession, $48; child 17/U, $29; subscriber and friends, $48. Available from the Princess Theatre Box Office on 63233666 or theatrenorth苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.THIS is what it has all been about for these talented ballet students.

After more than four years, even seven for some, 24 students are graduating from the Australian Ballet School.

The school, which is part of the prestigious Australian Ballet, is celebrating the graduation with The Dancers Company regional tour and Launceston’s Princess Theatre is the first stop.

It has been three years since the company has brought its graduation tour to Tasmania and tonight’s audience will see a triple bill of ballet classics, including Paquita, Act III from Swan Lake and new work Rimbombo.

The curtain will go up at 7.30pm.

Dancers practised on the Princess Theatre stage for the first time yesterday.

Graduates in triple bill of classics Swan Lake rehearsals. Photos by Phillip Biggs

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Ballet dancers to watch professional company

BALLARAT’S brightest ballet dancers will want to be on their toes this week.

Telstra’s Bill Mundy with, from top left, Anita Coutts School of Dance students Maidie Widmer, Annaleise Davson, Ellie Sbardella, Emily Crockett, Mio Bayly and Camilla Butler. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Four students at Anita Coutts School of Dance will be given the opportunity to see the professionals of The Dancers Company perform when they are in Ballarat onJuly 23.

And two particularly promising dancers will attend an open class taught by one of The Dancers Company’s artistic staff.

The six ballet experiences were given to the central Ballarat ballet school by long-time Australian Ballet supporter Telstra.

Ms Coutts said the six would be selected from the dance school’s Vocational Training Program.

“To be honest, I have a school of 200 students who work very hard and who would all be worthy,” she said.

“I’m thinking (dancers) from our Vocational Training Program would get the most out of it because they’re looking to have a career in dance, especially for the openclass.”

The Dancers Company is the Australian Ballet’s regional touring troupe. Soloist Robyn Hendrick and Jared Wright, from the Australian Ballet, will join graduating students from the Australian Ballet School in the company to perform Swan Lake Act III, Paquita and Rimbombo at Her Majesty’s Theatre inBallarat.

Telstra has sponsored the Australian Ballet for 30 years, making it the telco’s longest-standing sponsorship.

“Supporting The Dancers Company tour is part of that sponsorship, so I’m looking forward to the chance to bring the company to Ballarat,” Telstra southwest Victoria general manager Bill Mundy said.

“We’re especially pleased to give young up-and-coming dancers the chance to experience ballet of the highest quality here inBallarat.”

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Coffee breaks and private planes lighten estimates hearings

Katter MP Ray Hopper was caught out sneaking in a coffee stop before estimates.A funny thing happened to Katter Party leader Ray Hopper on the way to estimates.

He stopped to get a coffee.

In a day in which the Opposition landed no real blows on prepared and stubbornly patient ministers, the member for Condamine’s caffeine break served as a humorous repast to the humourless proceedings.

Having arrived late to the Education and Innovation Committee estimates hearing, of which he is a member, Mr Hopper blamed traffic.

But in parliament, someone is always watching, and watch they did as Mr Hopper ordered a coffee on his way to estimates.

And then reported him.

“Maybe some of the time that you said you were caught in traffic was in the coffee shop?” committee chair Rosemary Menkens asked.

“I had to have a cup of coffee when I came, yeah.

“There’s not a problem with that, is there, surely?  I just spent two and a half hours in the car Madam Chair.

“And if a man can’t have a cup of coffee when he gets to parliament, there’s something going wrong.”

But Mr Hopper was not the only one whose exasperation provided some light relief.  Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney got in early, alerting the Opposition, who had asked him for the past two years how much his chartered flights between his central Queensland electorate of Monto and Brisbane had cost tax payers, before questions even began.

“Could I assure the Opposition at the beginning, that they don’t need to waste any time on it today, they [my travel expenses] are exactly the same as they were last year.

“My travel arrangements are exactly the same, the figures are exactly the same, I think last year we were 44 per cent under budget, this year we are 41 per cent under budget, in regard to my travel expenses to and from regional Queensland.”

Premier Campbell Newman provided his own light moment, gleefully responding to Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s statement that her “simple question” be answered with a “yes or no”.

“There was an article that was on the Brisbane Times website ‘Opposition puts government on notice as LNP defends estimates scheduling’ … I quote the Leader of the Opposition ‘and to the ministers, let me say this, don’t for one minute think you can give yes or no answers’.

“I have heard what the Leader of the Opposition said.  I respect what the Leader of the Opposition said and today, wherever possible, I will do my utmost to give fulsome answers, wherever possible, I will not give yes or no answers today, because that’s what the Leader of the Opposition has quite stridently demanded and I respect that.”

But not all the fun happened within the seven chambers where the first of two days of estimates hearings played out in parliament on Tuesday.

Scott Emerson and Jackie Trad, neither shy of using social media to make their point, had their own little conversation.

The fun continues on Thursday.

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Piece by piece city mall gets a Lego look

Brothers Noah, 8, and Ethan Baker-Dowdell, 5, of Trevallyn, cast their eyes over the Lego models in the Brisbane Street Mall yesterday. Picture: MARK JESSER.THE Lego Movie has been brought to life in Launceston’s central business district.

Cityprom held its Lego Building Competition judging day in the Brisbane Street Mall yesterday.

Almost 20, five to 16-year-olds entered the school holiday competition.

Cityprom promotions officer Kristy O’Byrne said entrants had a week to put together their displays before they were put on show for public judging.

Two winners took home a $200 Birchalls gift voucher.

Oliver Christmas won the five to 11-year-old category and Kahlia Monk-Morcom took out the 12 to 16-year-old section.

Brothers Noah Baker-Dowdell, 8, and Ethan Baker-Dowdell, 5, both of Trevallyn, were two of about 500 people to vote yesterday.

Ethan said his favourite was number 12.

“It looks like the Lego movie,” he said.

He said he loved Lego.

“We’ve got about a million pieces.”

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