Prince of Arran’s future in doubt after trainer Charlie Fellowes sounds warning, jockey Hollie Doyle creates history in Saudi Arabia


The poor effort prompted Fellowes to take to Twitter, warning punters and those who are fans of his nine-year-old stable star to wait to hear on future plans.

“All plans on hold for PRINCE OF ARRAN for the time being after a 2nd very slow start in a row,” he tweeted. “He owes us absolutely nothing and we will take our time before making any further decisions on his future. He is safe and well after his race and flies back to England on Monday.”

Prince of Arran is an iron horse who has won nearly $2 million stake-money despite having won only six of his 47 starts.

He has always shown improved form when racing outside England, which is why this latest below par effort is causing some consternation.

A lot of his earnings have come from his efforts in Australia, where Newmarket-based Fellowes has often said he seems to grow an extra leg.

Last November he ran third, beaten less than a length by Twilight Payment, in the Melbourne Cup.
Prior to that he had been a close up fourth in the Caulfield Cup.

In 2019 he went down in a Melbourne Cup photo finish to Vow And Declare having won the Geelong Cup and run second in the Herbert Power Handicap in lead-up runs.

The year before he introduced himself to Australian racegoers by finishing third in the Herbert Power, winning the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day to get a place in the Cup field, and then finishing third in the Cup itself behind Cross Counter.

Bookmakers have installed Prince of Arran as favourite or second favourite in early long-range markets for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Meanwhile, there was much brighter news for Melbourne-based Terry Henderson, boss of the OTI syndication group, whose game mare True Self picked up close to $1 million winning the Neom Turf Cup over 2100-metres at Riyadh.

True Self is trained by Irish maestro Willie Mullins and contributed to a first for Saudi Arabia as she was ridden by Britain’s top female rider, Hollie Doyle, who became the first woman to win a race at the Saudi Cup meeting.

Hollie Doyle with True Self in Saudi Arabia. Credit:Getty Images

“That was quite exciting,” Henderson quipped when contacted on Sunday.

“She’s such an enigma really. She’s one of those horses, she was bought to go jumping and she has won over the sticks but she is pretty good on the flat too.

“We wondered if that distance might be a bit short but we also knew they would go a fast pace and that might make it more like a 2400m race.

“Hollie rode her well, I have been communicating with her via text during the lead-up.”

Plans for True Self are fluid but Henderson says that the long-range target will be a tilt at the Melbourne Cup, a race for which she has failed to make the field previously.

Her record at Flemington is terrific, however, as she has won the last two runnings of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a group 3 handicap over 2500m, and earlier in her life ran a close second to Prince of Arran in the Geelong Cup.

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Colourful murals are popping up throughout Albury-Wodonga forming a public art trail ahead of this year’s Upstream arts festival in March. Melbourne-based artist Lukas Kasper, who simply goes by Kasper, said 2021 would be his first time attending the Upstream festival and he was exciting to contribute as much art as possible to the event while on the Border. “Within these six months I’ll be looking to create as many murals as possible around Wodonga to liven some otherwise forgotten spaces up,” he said. “Each wall will have a different artwork with a different story behind it. If you keep your eyes peeled you might even see a new artwork coming to life close to you.” Kasper’s latest mural at the Mahony’s Nextra Newsagency is inspired by the Murray River, transforming a ‘dirty brick wall’ into a lively Murray Cod over about five days of painting. “The newsagency’s back wall was perfect, nice and big and could do with a little kiss and a hug so to speak so we approached the owner of the building with an idea for a big mural to liven up the space and he was more than happy to provide his wall,” he said. IN OTHER NEWS: A Wodonga Council spokeswoman said a range of murals have been commissioned across the Twin Cities as part of the festival. The works will be added to a public art trail across the two cities that has been mapped for the first time. The 2021 Upstream festival, which is a two cities one community event held by both Albury and Wodonga councils, will be held from March 5 to 8 and includes online, livestreamed and in-person events. Capacity at the physical events has been restricted due to COVID-19 and precautions are in place. The spokeswoman said events were planned to be as agile as possible in the changing environment. The full program of events can be found on the Wodonga or Albury council websites.

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Canada creates coalition with allies to denounce arbitrary detentions amid fight to free Kovrig, Spavor


Canada and a coalition of 57 other countries offered vocal support Monday for a new international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes.

The new declaration was born out of a year of behind-the-scenes diplomacy, spearheaded by former foreign affairs minister François-Philippe Champagne, and was the result of a campaign to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who spent their 798th day in Chinese prisons on Monday.

While ending the Canadian men’s imprisonment in China remains Canada’s top priority, the new declaration was meant to be a broad denunciation to also end the coercive practice in other countries, such as Russia, Iran and North Korea.

In an interview, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau wouldn’t name specific countries, saying the new Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations is “country-agnostic.” He said he wants to recruit more countries as signatories with the goal of ending the practice everywhere and to discourage other countries from taking it up.

But Kenneth Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, was blunt about blaming China and the case of the “two Michaels” as a particularly egregious example.

“The Chinese government’s detentions of the Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor epitomizes this despicable practice,” Roth told the 2-1/2-hour virtual launch of the initiative.

Roth said China has also subjected Australian citizens to similar tactics.

China became incensed as Canada built the coalition of countries to speak out on behalf of Kovrig and Spavor. China warned Canada of negative consequences if it continued.

British lawyer Amal Clooney said Monday that authoritarian regimes shroud the practice in the trappings of legal proceedings ‘to give a veneer of legitimacy to that act.’ (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Asked in an interview whether the declaration was intended as a message to China, Champagne said: “My message is to all those which have been arbitrarily detained in the world: That your liberty has been stolen, but your voice won’t be silenced. We stand by you, and we will fight for you at every step of the way.”

A spokesperson for China’s embassy on Monday evening expressed his country’s “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the declaration. “The Canadian side’s attempt to pressure China by using ‘Megaphone Diplomacy’ or ganging up is totally futile and will only head towards a dead end.” 

China’s Global Times newspaper, an organ of the Chinese Communist Party, earlier denounced Canada for the new initiative by quoting unnamed “experts” who said it was an “ill-considered attack designed to provoke China” and would “rebound in the worst possible way.”

Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat working for the non-governmental International Crisis Group, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were rounded up by Chinese authorities nine days after the RCMP arrested Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou at the Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Canada and its allies have denounced the subsequent national-security charges China laid against Kovrig and Spavor and called for their release from arbitrary detention — exhortations that have fallen on angry and deaf ears in Beijing.

British lawyer Amal Clooney, an international human rights activist who has represented imprisoned journalists and other victims of arbitrary political detention, said Monday that authoritarian regimes shroud the practice in the trappings of legal proceedings “to give a veneer of legitimacy to that act.”

Clooney said she hopes more countries would sign on and that the declaration would develop more “teeth” to punish offending political leaders with travel bans and financial penalties. In the interim, she said she was endorsing Canada’s initiative.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the new declaration is meant to be a broad denunciation to end the coercive practice of arbitrary detention in numerous other countries, such as Russia, Iran and North Korea. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

“As the brilliant Canadian Supreme Court Justice [Rosalie] Abella once said, what matters is not what you stand for, but what you stand up for,” Clooney said.

Garneau said it is fine for countries to have differences of opinion in their diplomatic relations.

“But it is totally unacceptable if citizens from our country go to another country either to visit or to work there, that they have to live in fear that they could become a bargaining chip,” he said in an interview.

“It’s illegal. It doesn’t respect human rights.”

U.S. says it ‘wholeheartedly’ supports declaration 

Canada and its major allies in the G7, the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network and countries on every continent support the new declaration, which is non-binding but aims to shame countries that engage in targeted detentions of foreign nationals to achieve a political end.

Instead, it aims to stigmatize arbitrary detention in the same vein as the Ottawa Treaty to ban anti-personnel mines.

“It is something that is intended to put pressure on countries that do practise arbitrary detention,” Garneau said, adding it is “very similar to when Canada decided back in the days of Lloyd Axworthy,” Canada’s then foreign minister, to spearhead the landmine treaty.

Champagne said the declaration was also modelled after NATO’s Article 5, which declares that an attack on one of its members constitutes an attack on all 30 member countries.

“The concept behind that is that if you were to take one of our citizens, we will, on a voluntary basis, come together to make sure that these issues do not remain bilateral.”

Champagne said the concept had its roots in discussions with British officials and won support among the countries in the Five Eyes, G7, European Union and across the world.

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“Canada’s Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention is an important moment of international leadership, bringing together like-minded allies to take a stand against this unacceptable practice,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was “wholeheartedly” endorsing the declaration and calling “on all like-minded countries to work together to pressure the nations that engage in such detentions to put an end to this practice, to release those detained under such conditions, and to respect the rule of law and human rights.”

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The owners of an allegedly unauthorised structure at a district olive grove have launched court action against Goulburn Mulwaree Council. Late last year the council issued a demolition order against the large, ornate building which the owners described as an olive storage shed. Planners had alleged the structure was non-compliant and gave the owners an opportunity to lodge a development application. Environment and planning director Scott Martin said when this was not forthcoming, a demolition order and $3000 penalty infringement notice were served. READ MORE: Goulburn Mulwaree Council ups ante on unapproved works Goulburn Mulwaree Council heads to court over Forest Siding Road shed Goulburn Mulwaree Council orders demolition of farmshed house Goulburn Mulwaree Council orders shed demolition, issues penalty Goulburn Mulwaree Council issues consent for Run-O-Waters shed Councillors heard at their recent meeting that the owners have since launched a class one appeal in the NSW Land and Environment Court. The council will defend the matter, arguing it doesn’t meet exempt development provisions or match the characterisation of an olive storage shed. Mr Martin said his department is currently assessing a DA for the building. “We are at an impasse waiting on additional information. We are trying to characterise what it actually is,” he said. But he said demolition was a “last resort” given the building’s quality. The matter is just one in a long list of developments the council is either investigating or claiming are unlawful. In October, councillors were told that penalty and infringement notices, stop-work, stop-use and demolition orders had been issued as part of a compliance crackdown. They included a large shed housing people at Forest Siding Road, Middle Arm, ‘unauthorised’ granny flats, dwellings, land clearing, ‘vehicle hoarding’ and wastewater systems, among others. That list of 25 has grown to 38 matters. “Much of this can be attributed to a growing public awareness based on the amount of media coverage and a growing number of community members that are less tolerant of ‘rule breakers’ and queue jumpers,'” Mr Martin said. “Overall this has necessitated a more ‘hard line’ approach towards compliance from the council.” But it is also coming at a cost. From October to January 21, three compliance matters had incurred $15,640 in legal costs. Mr Martin expected the figure to increase with the class one appeal but said staff had minimised costs by preparing evidence and documentation. “We are doing more of that but the catch-22 is…it takes away from our day to day work,” he said. “(But) I think the message is getting through to the community. We just need to keep chipping away at it.” ALSO READ: Hospital contractor parking ‘spills over’ into residential streets The council has also issued $40,000 worth of penalty notices over the same period. In response to a question from Cr Leah Ferrara, Mr Martin said not all of this had been collected and some could take several years to recover. It sometimes depended on a person’s financial situation and other mechanisms, such as community work orders, to recoup the fines. A revenue collection service administers the process. Meantime, the council is pressing ahead with Land and Environment Court action against the Forest Siding Road property owner for allegedly unauthorised native vegetation clearing, earthworks, a shed’s construction and conversion of a garage to a dwelling. Planners claimed the shed was housing 13 people. Demolition, stop-work, restore and stop-use orders were issued last year. Two clean-up directions were also sent out, with which the owner had partially complied, a report stated. ALSO READ: Women to share their experiences of surviving climate hardships Elsewhere, a Cowper Street homeowner has challenged the council’s disposal of vehicles it impounded in December, 2019. The vehicles were allegedly blocking a rear private laneway which gave access to nine other properties. However neighbours remain concerned about cars in the front and back yards. Mr Martin said his department was investigating further action over the home’s lack of downpipes and gutters, which had caused runoff to neighbouring properties, and the state of the structure. The owner of an Avoca Street unit block of units has mounted Land and Environment Court action over the council’s refusal of a DA. The latter claimed that under-floor car parking spaces had been illegally converted to habitable accommodation. Meantime, draft stop-work and demolition orders have been issued to a Tiyces Lane, Boxers Creek property owner for the alleged illegal clearing of 35 hectares of natural bushland, a truck wrecking facility, polluted runoff and an ‘unauthorised shed’ with habitable rooms. The council also issued a $4000 penalty infringement notice in regard to the wrecking operation. ALSO READ: ‘Political posturing will not get the job done’: Pollies trade barbs over Yass water Other matters included a stop-work order on an unauthorised truck depot in Lockyer Street which had sparked neighbour complaints about noise. A DA has since been lodged but Mr Martin said the owner was seeking a ‘more suitable’ site. Staff are also investigating complaints that a southern Auburn Street business is being used as a place of worship, and an ‘unauthorised’ bed and breakfast at Wollumbi Road, Marulan. Mr Martin told the meeting the long list disappointed him but the approach was correct. “It makes people aware they have to deal with the council when they work outside the guidelines,” he said. We care about what you think. Have your say in the form below and if you love local news don’t forget to subscribe.

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Why remote working creates security headaches for SMEs


The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many
Aussie SMEs into changing their company policies and allowing their staff to
work from home. An unwelcome consequence has been an increase in risky
behaviour by those remote workers using company-issued devices for personal
business.

In a Mimecast survey of over 1000 remote workers across the globe which included small businesses, 78 per cent of Australian remote workers admitted to using their work tools for personal matters – higher than the global average. Over half of those respondents (53 per cent) confirmed that their personal use of work tools had increased since COVID hit.

Emails a a weak spot

Activities ranged from using personal email
(53 per cent), to social media (40 per cent), financial transactions (51 per
cent), and online shopping (38 per cent).

Personal email and shopping are particular areas of concern for IT support staff. As online shopping ramps up, opportunities for malicious actors to infiltrate corporate networks through malicious online retail sites and bogus ads and scam emails will be abundant.

Awareness
is high, but it’s not fully translating into practice

Encouragingly, 97 per cent of Aussie
respondents said they were aware that links in emails, social media, and fake retail
websites could potentially infect their devices and the company network.

The proportion of employees who have received dedicated cybersecurity awareness training relating to working from home during the pandemic is also high (71 per cent), but there is a disconnect between acquiring this knowledge and actually putting it into practice.

Training is key

The primary reason for this is that most

training fails to engage staff to the extent that the knowledge is fully retained,
and future practices are influenced to any great degree.

In short, much of the training is boring.

By introducing short, snappy, visually
engaging and entertaining learning modules, the message resonates. People are far
more likely to remember and share training content that is fun, and more
importantly, use it to change their online habits for the better.

Additional
measures

Engaging and amusing training is one
important factor in reducing the risk posed by malicious actors, but it is by
no means the only option open to IT teams.

SMEs can take other actions to maintain network security in the new hybrid office/home work environment:

  • Have clear policies around the personal use of work devices, with regular reminders sent to staff about these policies.
  • Limit what software and websites can be accessed through the business network when working remotely.
  • Consider whether it is worth the inherent risk of providing employees with the option to access the corporate network through their non-work devices. This can be complex when using contractors, but it does need some risk vs. benefit analysis.

With so many of us now using our homes as offices, and with the holiday retail period already in full swing, SMEs must address any weak spots in their network security, to ensure that 2021 really is a Happy New Year for their business.

Garrett O’Hara, Principal Technical Consultant, Mimecast Australia



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Trump creates a crisis for his business empire


The Trump Organization didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

In a span of a few days, Trump has been rejected by Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Washington. Internet giants took away his social media megaphone after his posts encouraged violence, with Twitter suspending his personal account and Facebook extending a ban indefinitely. Shopify said it shut down his e-commerce stores, impacting the Trump Organization’s official store and a campaign shop. The firm “does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a spokeswoman said.

Some of the banks that Trump and his family have worked with for years are distancing themselves.

Deutsche Bank, PGA cut ties

Deutsche Bank has decided to refrain from further business with Trump and his company, said a person with knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified because the deliberations were confidential. Trump owes the Frankfurt-based lender more than $US300 million ($386 million).

Signature Bank, the New York lender where Ivanka Trump once served on the board, said it’s cutting ties while it presses for his resignation. Signature is closing two personal accounts in which Trump held about $US5.3 million, said a spokesperson for the firm. The New York Times reported the bank’s moves earlier on Monday.

Finance firms more broadly say they’ll use the power of their campaign donations to condemn the politicians whose attempt to overturn the November presidential election spurred last week’s riot. In Washington, House lawmakers are on course to try to make Trump the only president in US history to be impeached twice.

His brand is toxic. That will have real consequences for his businesses.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina

Even Trump’s favourite elite bastion is taking its business from him. The PGA of America said its board voted to end an agreement to host next year’s PGA Championship at a golf course owned by Trump in New Jersey.

“It’s become clear that conducting the PGA championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand,” Jim Richerson, PGA of America’s president, said in a video message. When Trump announced his presidency with a speech that said Mexican immigrants include rapists, the PGA decided not to hold its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National in Los Angeles.

Trump’s business future isn’t bright, according to Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who ran against Trump in the 2016 primaries.

“His brand is toxic,” Fiorina said Monday on Bloomberg Television. “That will have real consequences for his businesses, even as perhaps he continues to have support from some in the Republican Party and some in the nation.”

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Even so, Trump’s career is a story of stormy falls and improbable rebounds — and his brand may be stronger than ever among the fervent fans he drew to the Capitol. Supporters said there would still be lucrative opportunities for him in right-wing media, including a possible role at a news channel, his own media venture or a book deal. Simon & Schuster has already moved to distance itself from one backer of election-fraud claims, cancelling plans to publish a book by Republican Senator Josh Hawley.

“I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy,” Trump wrote in the university’s 2008 book on branding. Eight years later, just before moving into the White House, he agreed to pay $US25 million to settle claims that the defunct school cheated thousands of students.

Rebecca Horan, a brand strategist, said it’s hard to imagine Trump’s brand “coming back from treasonous actions.” She added a caveat: “History shows us that we have short memories.”

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Victorian health department text bungle creates confusion for Sydney travellers


After being mistakenly turned away at the NSW-South Australia border on Sunday night, they entered South Australia on Monday and went straight to get a COVID-19 test.

Both received negative results from the South Australian health authorities via text on Tuesday night. “We thought, ‘Great, we finally can start our holiday,’ ” Ms Gyles said.

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But on Wednesday morning both received a second text. This time it was from Victoria’s DHHS, telling them they were close contacts of a confirmed coronavirus case, must immediately quarantine for 14 days and get tested on day 11.

The family’s only interaction with Victorian authorities had come when they needed to spend a night in Mildura after being turned away at the South Australian border.

The text that hundreds of people received from the DHHS.

The text that hundreds of people received from the DHHS.

“We can’t figure out how on earth we’ve been exposed. We haven’t been in the same place together aside from our own home in more than two weeks,” Ms Gyles said.

The DHHS did not have any answers for her when she called. She was told the department could not be sure whether the information provided to the couple was correct, and it was suggested about 400 others had received similar texts.

“We have to stay around and wait to see if we’ve been sent a text in error, and have lost yet another day getting messed around by incorrect communications by state governments,” Ms Gyles said.

“We’re trying to do the right thing. We’ve had the most mammoth journey through the outback. Now we think we’re finally free, and the Victorian government is saying to isolate. At the moment, for us, Christmas is off again. It’s getting down to a joke, the lack of clarity and errors over something that should be relatively straightforward by now,” she said.

Hours later, they received a call saying their Victorian border passes had triggered the text because their local government area had been classified as an “amber zone”. They were not a close contact as initially suggested.

Another Sydney resident received the text about 8am on Wednesday, after arriving in Victoria late on Sunday night before the shutdown.

“When I finally got through to the Victorian COVID helpline, I was told the message was sent out to ‘a number of people’ by mistake and to disregard the information on the message,” she said.

“The woman on the phone could not give me any more information but it was clear that there had been some technical hitch and they had been receiving numerous calls.”

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Alan Sunderland received the text message while still in NSW. He had applied for a permit to travel to Victoria but did not end up going.

“I got this message regardless and spent a long time on the phone to DHHS answering lots of questions to confirm I don’t need to quarantine. No one told me it had been sent in error,” he said.

Finn Sleigh and his father arrived in Melbourne from Sydney before the border closed on Sunday.

“When we got to Melbourne we got tested straight away and both got negative results,” he said.

“However, this morning we got a text telling us we were close contacts of a COVID case. When we spoke to the Victorian department of health they weren’t able to explain why.”

The text message told people they had been “assessed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as a close contact of a person who has been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19)” and that they must quarantine for 14 days.

It is not the first time DHHS text messages have caused confusion. News Corp reported that the DHHS mistakenly told people in self-isolation they could leave quarantine early due to a data entry error in July.

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Jose Mendez had never seen anything like it in his 18 years living at his usually peaceful Tallong district property. Tuesday afternoon was far from peaceful when a tempest came calling across their region and much further afield. “It was like a tornado,” the international equestrian coach told The Post. “I couldn’t see the sky for all the branches and debris flying around. The trees were turning around on themselves. It was horrible.” READ MORE: Goulburn, Crookwell and region hit hard by super storm cell Mr Mendez and a helper were training horses at his Badgerys Lookout Road property at the time. His wife, Fay, was travelling back from Bowral but said her husband later told her he’d never been so scared in his life as winds reached what he estimated to be well over 100km/h. “They saw the storm coming and ran for shelter inside,” Mrs Mendez said. “The house was shaking and the front tiles came off the roof. It took down about 25 trees, which all twisted as though a tornado had come through.” Unlike previous storms, it blew in from the west but turned back on itself, shaking up the home’s rear section. Mr Mendez tried to pull down a roller door on a nearby shed as the wind threatened to lift the structure, but was almost lifted himself. The rain was “horizontal.” The fury was over within about 30 minutes and conditions calmed. But it left a trail of destruction, including broken external fencing, damage to the horse yard, house roofing and trees downed everywhere on the property. ALSO READ: Men die in helicopter crash in bushland near Tallong | PHOTOS The storm also cut power in much of Tallong for 24 hours from about 5pm Tuesday. “You couldn’t see the (property) entrance for the trees. It took us five hours to clear just those yesterday and there’s still more to do,” Mrs Mendez said on Thursday. Meantime, Mrs Mendez was having her own difficulties. Driving back from Bowral in her 4WD felt like “landing a plane and trying to keep the wheels down.” Fallen trees and downed power lines over Highland Way, off the Hume Highway, cut access and like many others, she was turned around. A long procession of vehicles travelled back and accessed Tallong via Wingello. Mrs Mendez finally made it home after several hours. Badgerys Lookout Road was filled with fallen trees, which the RFS was removing. Her husband later helped clear passage for an ambulance trying to reach an elderly neighbour whose oxygen support failed with the blackout. Fortunately, it had a good outcome. ALSO READ: ‘Short-sighted’: Aged care developer takes swipe as he withdraws project On Thursday, Spanish-born Mr Mendez was back teaching equestrian students as a contractor secured house roofing. The property is insured and is awaiting assessment. Sitting on her back veranda, his wife was still reeling from the storm’s intensity. “I think we’re still a bit in shock from it. We sit here and think ‘did that really happen?’ Our neighbour has been here 30 years and he said he’d never seen anything like it.” But despite nature’s fury over the past year, she said she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. At Tallong Park, RFS member Cheryl Weston said trees fell in the residential estate but it compared well to Caoura, Long Point Lookout and Badgerys Lookout Roads, which “copped it.” ALSO READ: Goulburn Golden Boy Troy Herfoss Returns Home For ASBK Title Fight “With the fires, COVID and the storms, it’s been one hell of a year. I can’t wait to see the back of 2020,” she said. Tallong RFS Brigade captain Jack Watling’s family has a long history in the village. “It was by far the worst storm I’ve seen since I was 11 years old,” the now 70 something said. The council, contractors and Essential Energy continue to repair the damage. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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AFL creates ’18 Collingwoods’ telling clubs to back end contracts


The league has begun visiting and briefing clubs about the cut to the salary cap and has told clubs it was up to them how they got under the salary cap and that they should back end contracts to fit under the cap next year.

Collingwood this year underwent an aggressive trade period in large part to address salary cap issues that were created by constantly back-ending contracts.

They dumped more than $2milion out of their salary cap for next year by trading out Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips.

Former Magpie Adam Treloar.Credit:Getty Images

“The advice from the AFL is to just back-end contracts to get under the cap. Fine. We will have 18 Collingwoods next year with everyone forced to push the problem down the road,” said one list manager who wanted to remain anonymous.

“We have worked for years to get our cap under control and keep it under control – as have other clubs – and the AFL advice is to blow it up again.

“We traded in good faith for draft picks that we may not be able to use because they announced these cuts after the trade period and the reality is we may not be able to bring in as many players.”

The AFL has told clubs that a player cutting their salary by 8.5 per cent next year can recoup 5 per cent of that cut the following year when the salary cap is hoped to normalise back to the pre-COVID levels.

One list manager said it was misleading to say reduced list sizes off-set the size of the salary cap cut.

While the reduced salary cap is spread among fewer players the clubs say it is only the lowest-paid players who were cut from lists and so the clubs’ players wage bill only reduced by about $80,000 per player.

The league has mandated new draftee’s wages will be cut by 10 per cent.

“The AFLPA was representing the players but who was the AFL representing? It wasn’t the clubs,” one club list manager said.

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