Jobs slashed at company

Celi Group managing director Ted Celi shows some Bradflo products following the acquisition of the company in 2012.
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A NUMBER of residents have lost their jobs just days out from Christmas.

The Celi Group has sold Bradflo, which comes under its umbrella, resulting in the loss of an undisclosed amount of jobs.

Bradflo is an Australianmanufacturer and distributor of air distribution, air handling and ventilation products, components and accessories.

The Celi Group acquired the company in 2012, but managing director Ted Celi said the decision had been made to sell the company.

It has been picked up by a larger corporation.

Mr Celi said Bradflo had been struggling for some time.

“It is unfortunate that people have lost their jobs, but we didn’t just say ‘bang, you’ve lost your job’ and not help out,” he said.

“We’ve made sure they’ve had something to go to.

“At this stage I think there are only one or two that haven’t found other employment.

“It’s not a decision we made lightly.

“Most of the work Bradflo did was for places like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and in Tasmania …the freight costs were killing us.”

Mr Celi said as the businesses was based in Leeton it couldn’t cope with next day orders.

“It was just impossible,” he said.

However, in some good news, the Celi Group will be expanding its Malmet operations in Leeton, which will result in the possibility of more employment opportunities.

“We’ll always have a strong presence in Leeton and we’re looking forward to expanding Malmet,” Mr Celi said.Leeton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Jodie Ryan said it was unfortunate the jobs had to go.

“Any sort of job loss isn’t good,” she said.“In saying that we are continually hearing of other job opportunities that are around.The shire is still strong.

“My work background shows that people are positive and employing people.There’s so many opportunities for apprentices and trainees out there at the moment.”

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Mixed fortunes for Tigers

Callum Mackay. Photo: COURTNEY WARDTHE Christmas break has arrived and all four senior Bomaderry Cricket Club teams are in the top four, while seconds through to fourths have all secured one day finals spots.
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Kinghorn Motors first grade:After day one was rained off at Sanctuary Point Oval, theTigers went down by 39 runs in a one day match. The Tigers did well in restricting Basin to 9/153 thanks to good spells from Stu Jeffrey (3/35) and Jarryd Sue (2/13). However in response, Bomaderry werebowled out for 114. Youngster Callum Mackay (Tiger of the match) was the best of the batsmen with 42*, while Blake Munilla made runs again with 30. The loss made it four in a row and the boys will have to bounce back after the break.

Bomaderry Post Office second grade:Another good win for theTigers, as they secured third spot going into the break. Ben Minnis (4/25) and Justin Ganderton (4/32) combined with the new ball in rocking Basin’s top order and bowling them out for 84. The Tigers got the runs relatively easily as vice-president and veteran Greg Wellington (TOTM) led the way with 39.

Kel Campbell third grade:The Tigers suffered a 49 run defeat to Ex-Servos. Exies batted first in making 198, as the pick of the bowlers was Steve Wallacewith 3/28. A positive to come out of Bomaderry’s response of 149 was the form of Dayne Johnston (TOTM), as he top scored with 38.

Kiteleys Roofing fourth grade:won by forfeit, meaning they received a max points win to secure a one day finals birth.Craig Kuncio was TOTM.

Action returns January 7 and one day semi-finals kick off January 15.

Bomaderry Bowling Club under 11s:made it seven straight wins against Bay and Basin Red in the last game of the year. Losing the toss, the Tigerswere sent in to bat and managed toput a decent score on the board with 17/125 after 25 overs, for a net score of 91. Stars were Jackson Ingram (50), Jeb Brownhill (16) and Elijah Guyatt (14). In reply, the Tigersrestricted Basin to 9/90 for a net total of 72. Lindsay Muller (2/10) was the pick of the bowlers supported byJack Woods with 2/11.

Jaffa Images under 16s: had a bye.

JuniorChirstmas wrap: A great start to the season for the two Tigers junior teams the u16s are currently sitting second on the tail of hot favourites North Nowra-Cambewarra. Some notable performances from the season so far are Ryan Henry with 261 runs including one century and two fiftys and Max Lans with 155 runs including two fiftys. In the bowling Max Whelen is leading the way with eight wickets with for a total of 106 runs, Chantelle Downey has taken six wickets with 89 runs and not far away is Jacob Higgins with four wickets for only 55 runs.

The u11s are currently sitting fourth with the first game back after Christmas against the currently undefeated Batemans Bay. Leading the waywith the bat this season isJackson Ingram, with an amazing 325 runs with a top score of 57, while Elijah Guyatt with 175, Riley Ingram 135 and Jeb Brownhill 137 are contributing greatly to the team’s current position. In the bowling, Elijah Guyat has 10 wickets at an average of 7.4 and is leading the way. Next best is Jackson Ingram with eight wickets at 11.5 and closely followed by Jeb Brownhill who has taken seven wickets at an average of 11.7. Riley Ingram and Hunter Woods have contributed greatly with six wickets each.

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How some Millennials are buying property without family help

Kirti Mahraj, 23 and Adil Mohiuddin, 25 bought a house in Sydney without family money. Photo: Anna KuceraWhenAdil Mohiuddin asked his girlfriend Kirti Mahrajwhat she wanted for her 22nd birthday in early 2015, she casually replied that she wanted a house.
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Most people in their early 20swould smile at the comment and move on, but Sydney-based Mohiuddinmade it his mission to get his girlfriend what she wanted.

By the time October 2016 rolled around,Mohiuddinand Mahraj, now 25 and 23, had become joint owners of a large house in the newly created suburb of Jordan Springs.

The street they live on is yet to appear on Google Maps, so even finding your way to their house is complicated.

But that hasn’t stopped a number of families and young people buying their own plot of land in the suburb.

In fact, Jordan Springs was named as Australia’s best selling residential project in 2014.

Before buying the land,Mohiuddindrove around the suburb and says he fell in love with it.

“It had a nice feel to it. I also liked how it was close to Penrith CBD,” he says.

Buying a home without family money seems like a pipedream for many young people especially in Sydney and Melbourne, and the numbers of first-home buyers have been falling in recent years.

So how do young people likeMohiuddin and Mahraj make thedream a reality?

“I didn’t have plans to own property once I left uni,” Mohiuddin says.

“But after I started doing well at my sales job I thought before I foolishly go waste this money elsewhere I’d better put it to good use.”

Mahraj, who works as a technical officer for a security firm, agrees that it’s best to invest your money wisely. “So many young people waste their money on partying and other things. We live in a society where if you work hard you can get a good job and make good money. The property crisis is just going to get worse, so better get your foot on the ladder now while you’re young.”

Mohiuddin took advice from his father who had worked as a bank tellerfor many years. “I found out from him the kind of loan I could get and the monthly repayments I would have to make. I then started doing research into the kind of areas I could buy a place.”

Research is vital when looking for your first home. Zain Zama, 23, who works for a finance firm and runs theYoung Property Investor websiteon the side, says young people should familiarise themselves with the ins and outs of buying property before they start house hunting in earnest.

“Get to know the free online resources such as Domain and other property websites,” Zama says. “And then get yourself out there, meeting real estate agents, and other property professionals. Go to open homes and see how buying a property works. Go to the bank that you’ve always been banking with, have a conversation with them and ask all the questions that are in your head, no matter how stupid they seem. And then go on to the next bank and the next bank. Understand the process of home ownership. All this information isfree.”

Zamabought his first property when he was 19 years old and working in retail. He lets it as an investment property and rents his home.

Zama believespeople get too hung up on the area in which they want to buy. “If you’re fixated on an area then you need to do whatever you can to buy there. That may involve saving more and increasing your income. But it’s best to not be too romantic about where you can own a home.”

Zama suggests setting your maximum budget (say $700,000) and then searching for property under that amount. “Find out what’s at your price range and then start filtering away to get to the best compromise,” he says.

For Alex Heneberry, 25, on the other hand,being picky about the suburb is important for the resale value of the property.

Heneberry bought his first house in the suburb of Sydney suburb of Colyton at the age of 20.

He was doing an apprenticeship in building when his boss advised him that rather than spend all his money on buying and doing up cars, he buy property instead.

Alex took his boss’s advice. He sold his car and put the money towards the deposit for his first property.

He now owns a property portfolio that has him on track to be semi-retired by the time he’s 30.

Heneberry believes young people have time and the ability to take risks on their side.

“If you don’t have dependents and are living at home it’s easier to take risks,” he says.

Of course that doesn’t make buying property any less intimidating.

“The first property purchase I made was terrifying. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make the repayments and the property would sink. It’s scary to have a big mortgage in your bank account.

“But somehow you have to find a way to let go of the fear and throw yourself in the deep end. In the end, a lot of my fears were unfounded.”

He advises young people to get over the fear of buying a property.

“Do your research, don’t be afraid to take risks and get the right people on your side.”

All three of these young people have managed to overcome the odds to buy property in a housing market that ranks as one of the most expensive in the world.

It hasn’t been easy, and all three have worked hard to get where they are. But of course owning a property isn’t the end all and be all.

As Zama puts it, “owning a home doesn’t mean you’ve got your life sorted or you’ve made it”.

“It just means you’ve put aside a significant amount of your capital on an idea that you’re hoping will bring you a return on investment.”

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Rural Bank launches FMD interest offset option as rates trends up

Rural Bank’s new offset account lets primary producers offset farm management deposit interest earnings against variable rate term loans, just as home loan borrowers can do to help ease mortgage repayment costs.Rural Bank has taken the lead with a new farm management deposit (FMD) option aimed at helping farmers pay down loans faster.
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It’s new FMD offset account, the first of its kind, follows legislative changes to the federal government’s FMD scheme earlier this year which aims to let farmers use interest accumulated in management deposits to help repay borrowings.

The maximum amount able to be salted away in FMDs has also doubled from $400,000 to $800,000.

Rural Bank is getting in early to encourage farmers to use their FMD reserves to help speed up loan repayment options before interest rates inevitably climb.

Although Australian farm lending costs are now at a record lows, or close to them, new year interest rates are tipped to bite, at least a little bit.

Industry analysts expect2017 will see interest rate activity across the board, partly because US government 10-year bond yields are up from all-time lows of 1.3 per cent in July to 2.5pc this week, and are pressuring global deposit and lending rate trends.

The looming Trump presidency in the US has fuelled expectations of a government spending spree with borrowed money, lifting bond yields.

In Australia variable bank loan rates and first home lending costs began climbing last month with the likes of Westpac, St George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and Ubank starting with rises of up to 0.6pc.

FMDs already allow farmers to better manage their cashflow fluctuations by setting aside earnings from profitable years in accounts which can be drawn on when needed most.

The funds are not taxed until withdrawn, giving producers potential tax advantages if they useFMD funds (after 12 months) in low income years.

Rural Bank’s new offset account lets primary producers offset FMD interest against an eligible variable rate term loan, just as home loan borrowers can do to help ease mortgage repayment costs.

Chief financial officer, Will Rayner, said the offset account would not require any special notice period if farmers suddenly needed to draw on FMD funds.

Linking the offset account to a customer’s term borrowings would incur one low upfront linkage charge, but no ongoing fees.

Rural Bank chief financial officer, Will Rayner.

“Although the current low interest environment hasn’t necessarily made interest costs a major concern, anecdotally we’ve had a good number queries about the new offset option since we began talking about launching the product,” Mr Rayner said.

As broader offset loans repayment options were common elsewhere in financial sector, he said it was timely to see the option opening up to farmers with FMD funds available.

The offset deal can only be linked with a single loan taken out by the FMD owner or a farming partnership the owner isinvolved in.

FMDs held by family trusts and companies are not permitted to use the offset option.

Mr Rayner said the new account was an example of how Rural Bank, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, wantedto provide innovative and supportive financial tools to help farmers better manage income and risk variability.

“Australia has virtually the lowest level of farmer policy assistance in the OECD – just 3pc of our gross farm receipts,” he said.

“That’s well below the EU’s average around 20pc and 10pc in the US and Canada.

“With this context, it’s appropriate for policy makers and industry consider ways to back

innovation and assist farmers to overcome income volatility.

“We see FMD offsets helping provide access to the right financial levers to help producers ride out the bumps from season to season.

“We’re not doing this to generate extra revenue for the bank – this will be interest income from loans we’ll forego as customers use FMD earnings to reduce their debt.”

While debt repayment may not be a priority for every farm business, especially those focusing their funds on expansion initiatives, he said it would be no surprise to see interest rates rising to some degree in the year ahead and prompting farmers to review loan cost options.

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Survey locates rare fish species

EXCITING TIMES: The rare River Blackfish – one of only three populations of this species left – found in a creek at Caramut. Picture: Georgia Mann
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Good numbers of a rare species of River Blackfish have been found on a Caramut property.

The River Blackfish was found as part of Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority’s Drought Refuge Program.

Senior research scientist from Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Tarmo Raadik, said finding good numbers of the rare blackfish on the Mann’s property was good news.

“There are only three populations of this species of River Blackfish left and this area has one of them,” he said.

“The persistence of this blackfish here tells us that this is a long-term drought refuge habitat. This means looking after this area is important for the conservation of the River Blackfish.”

The rare species of River Blackfish were found on the property of Bob and Georgina Mann, who said taking part in the fish survey was a great way to start the holidays for her three children.

“The kids had a ball helping with the survey.It was hilarious fun dealing with the slippery little suckers,” she said.

She said knowing there were rare fish in their creek would feed into management of the property.

“We knew the blackfish were here, but we didn’t really know the significance of them. Now we are thinking about how we can look after the site in an effort to protect the population of this declining fish,” Ms Mann said.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA Waterway Planner Stephen Ryan said managing drought refuge areas was important.

“During dry times these drought refuge areas provide habitat for fish and other aquatic animals while the rest of the creek runs dry.

“It’s a place for fish to live until the drought breaks,” Mr Ryan said.

“If we don’t look after these areas, it could devastate the health of the creek system as a whole.”

While scientists from Arthur Rylah Institute caught, identified and weighed fish,members of the Glenelg Hopkins Ararat Drought Crew repaired fences along the creek on the Mann’s property.

Mr Ryan said repairing fences along the creekwas one way to protect the vital drought refuge area.

The Drought Employment Program is a state government initiative providing employment and training for residents, including farmers and rural workers, affected by drought.

If anyone catches a River Blackfish, they should contact Steven Ryan at Glenelg Hopkins CMA.

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Glen Willow clash to launch Waratahs’ Super Rugby title bid

LOOKING FORWARD TO IT: Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson is looking forward the his side’s trip to Mudgee. Photo: GETTYIF the NSW Waratahs are to challenge for the 2017 Super Rugby title, coach Daryl Gibson says the Tahs’ trip to the central west next year will act asa crucial springboard.
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The 2014Super Rugby champions will take on the ACT Brumbies at Mudgee’s Glen Willow on Saturday, February 4.

A week-long trip tothe region, the star-studded NSW outfit will engage in junior clinics in both Orange and Bathurst before a intensive training camp at Burrendong Dam in the lead-up to the Mudgee trial.

With such a short preparation ahead of the first regular season clash with the Western Force in Sydney on February 25, Gibson believes there’s no better way to bring his side together than a trip to wine country –not that his side will be sampling muchsauv blanc.

“We see the trip to Mudgee as a real pivotal part of the season in terms of the foundations of our team and setting all our goals and values for the year,” Gibson said, entering his second year as coach of the Tahs.

“The best way we’ve found to do that is on a week-long road trip that includes Mudgee and other local communities in the area and the central west.

“It’s a really big part of our pre-season campaign. The great thing is we’ve got a number of players with country origin, so it’s good that we’ve out supporting them and their area.”

NSW Waratahs are deep into their pre-season summer slog, but won’t boast the likes of Wallabies guns Israel Folau and Michael Hooper until after Christmas.

Initially, Gibson remained coy about the chances of one, if notboth playing at Glen Willow come February 4.

But given the ACT Brumbies have already indicated most of their best XV will get a run in the season-opener,Gibson saidhis two highest profile players are in contention to play in Mudgee.

HAPPY CAMPERS: NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson (left) and Israel Folau (right) are confident a strong camp in the central west will propel the two blues into a strong Super Rugby campaign. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

“They’ll definitely be on the trip …we’ll be taking it easy with them, but I know the Brumbies have indicated a lot of their players may start the game,” Gibson said.

“But it’s probably more likely the players that are training with us now, this is a good opportunity for them.

“But certainly a number of our guys that were on the spring tour will play.”

Gibson said his squad could already feel the love from the wider Mudgee community –with a stack of the Tahs’ best, including Wallaby prop Tom Robertson and rising lock Neg Hanigan, both from Dubbo, hailing from the far reaches of the central west region.

“We’ve heard a lot of great things about the town and particularly impressed with how much they’ve gotten behind the game,” he said.

“It’s creating a lot of community interest and we’ve got a lot of good things organised. We’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve heard great things about the facility at Glen Willow, and we’re hoping we can fill it. That’d generate a great atmosphere.

“It’s important we make the most of the Mudgee game.”

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Morgan set for netball’s top role

Chris Morgan will be president in 2017. Picture: Tracey Duffield-Kruger
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Woorndoo-Mortlake’sChris Morgan waselected president of theMininera and District Netball Association for the 2017.

Morgan ran unopposed at a board meeting on December 12.

The former Woorndoo-Mortlake netball director said her main goal was to continue the work of former association president Anne-Maree Huglin.

“She has done thejob for a long time and has done a lot of work and took on roles that were not her responsibility,” she said.

“I see the initial stage as just seeing where we are up to as an association and what things are in place to progress the association.

“Junior development is a big focus for all clubs and a clear focus will be totry to find out ways to help the clubs out so they can remain viable in the future.”

Morgan will have a lighter load at Woorndoo-Mortlake with a significant amount of her duties already delegated to others to allow her to focus on her new role.

“It would be definitely a focus to make sure that lots of people whoput their hand up for jobs take them on,” she said.

“I have been playing netball since Iwas seven, so havebeen involved in the sport for 42 years.

“Being president is a bit of a personal challenge.

“I have passion forthe association not falling in a hole and I do not want to see things go backwards.”

The Hamilton resident said she has already been adjusting to the role with plenty of things to work through before the season.

“This last week has been full on already since the meeting,” she said.

“There is lots to do preseason administration wise before the first game is even played.

“To make sure everything is right to go before the season starts is important.

“I just want to ensure I am approachable and proactive during myterm of being president.”

There has been other changes to the board with Jill Wade taking over theadministration secretary position.

Kate Julius was electedvice president.

David Wade will manage the MyNetball program while Karen Finch-Huf moves into the umpire coordinator position.

Hawkesdale-Macarthur’s Andrea Drendel and Brenda Noonan were appointed the new results recorders.

Moyston-Willaura’s Lyndee Bond was appointed the public officer secretary.

Maree West has retainedthe role oftreasurer for2017.

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The South Coast Regional Wrap | Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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8.31am: That’s a wrap for this morning. Remember to check in on your local paper’s website for breaking news throughout the day.

8.29am:What do a green and purple dinosaur, a plane doing a nose dive and a bunch of ever-changing fiberglass cows have in common?

For visitors to the South Coast these kookylandmarkssignal you are getting closer to your holiday destination.

We’ve collected a few, but if we’ve missed your favourite landmark,feel free to share it with us and we’ll add it to the mix. Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

8.25am:Into fishing? You’ll be into this.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all was quite, except for the Australian Bass which were on the bite, especially during twilight.

This weekI hit the Shoalhaven River at daybreak to chase some Australian Bass on surface lures. It wasn’t long before I was treated to some top surface action with bass and estuary perch smashing soft cicada lures. I ended up catching a dozen fish, including a couple of estuary perch around the 40cm mark. Find out more.

8.11am: For around 10 years Kevin and Wendy Lyons have not spent a single night of December away from their South Pambula home. Mr and Mrs Lyons are the faces behind one of the regions most well-known and highly frequented home Christmas light displays. But that’s about to change. Find out why.

7.58am: A warm and fuzzy one this morning.

7.52am: Had it not been for the alertnessof two young North Wollongong Nippers and a post-patrol gathering of surf lifesavers, you would be reading a very different story right now. Read on.

HIGH FIVE: Duane Arnold (left) with Laiken Turner, 11, and James Brighton with Summah Arnold, 7. All four are from the North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and played a role in Sunday evening’s ocean rescue. Picture: Robert Peet

7.45am: A 64-year-old Bombala man sustained serious injuries when he was attacked by a dog at the Bombala Caravan Park yesterday around 8.30am. Find out more.

7.41am:Two South Coast teens at the centre of a murder plot coordinated from inside a Sydney prison are only alive today thanks to the most unlikely of heroes – their would-be executioner’s hard-nosed cellmate. Full story.

7.13am: Cherry Flower Sheldon started fielding requests about her Christmas busin August.

The Shoal Bus driver decked outher bus in festivecheer for the first time last year and she definitely hasn’t let her passengers down againthis Christmas. See more.

South Coast weatherPartly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower, most likely this evening. Winds W/SW 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming E 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 30.

Roads and railFor those hitting the road this morning we’ve got a clear run so far. Good news for train commuters, there are no delays on the South Coast line.

Regional He’ll be missed: Sam Fraser lifts the Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League under 16s trophy after captain St John’s to victory in September. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

DUBBO |Dubbo clubs grieve after death of Sam Fraser

Teammates and friends of Sam Fraser are struggling to come to terms with his death after he drownedwhile swimming at Churchies Reserve on Monday afternoon. More here.

Focused: Courtney Hardwick from Valentine said the Higher School Certificate was not for everyone – and it was possible to succeed without it. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NEWCASTLE |Hunter TAFE student bypasses Higher School Certificate to achieve study goal

COURTNEY Hardwick will never forget the disapproving looks and comments she received after she announcedshe was leaving herselective high school in year 10. Watch here.

LITHGOW | Lithgow’s mental health resources at a crisis point

LITHGOW City council has held its first mental health summit. The summit took the form of a panel discussion, with Dr John Dearin facilitating the event. More here.

National news

Nick Kaldas tried to prevent the Ombudsman’s report being released. Photo: Daniel Munoz

NSW | Police top brass Nick Kaldas and Catherine Burn criticised in bugging report

Former deputy NSW police Commissioner Nick Kaldas may face criminal charges for allegedly giving “false and misleading testimony” in a secret hearing over a police bugging scandal, while his one-time rival for the top job Catherine Burn engaged in “unreasonable” and “unlawful” conduct. More here.

Police are searching for a man who held up the Calwell Club Sunday morning. Photo: Rohan Thomson

ACT |Gunman holds up Calwell Club, stabs patron who tried to stop him

A club patron who wrestled a masked gunman to the ground was repeatedly stabbed and remains in hospital with serious injuries. More here.

Warilla woman handed good behaviour bond for using dead dad’s money to pay for tattoos

A Warilla grandmother has been convicted of fraud after she withdrew money from her father’s bank account in the days after he died to pay for tattoos and Christmas presents. More here.

National weather radarInternational news Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov makes an address at the gallery moments before he is shot by Mevlut Mert Altintas, who is seen over his shoulder. Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

RUSSIA |As Russia’s ambassador was assassinated, a photographer witnessed it all

WARNING: Some readers may find the photographs appearing in the story distressing.

When aneatly dressedman fired at the Russian ambassador to Turkey, aveteranphotographer covering the “routine” event thought it was a “theatrical flourish”.More here.

The street in Ubud, Bali,in which the suspicious backpack was found. Photo: Supplied

BALI | Police in Ubud detonate backpack containing fireworks with sign saying ‘Bomb’

Bali police have detonated a backpack containing fireworks after it was found with a sign attached that said “Bomb” in the popular tourist village of Ubud this morning. More here.

Police stand in front of a black lorry that ploughed through a Christmas market in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

GERMANY |Berlin stunned into silence after truck rams through Christmas market

“It doesn’t sound like it was deliberate to me. It couldn’t be, could it?”

The words of an American woman pricked my interest as I walked into my hotel foyer, having just arrived in Berlin from Amsterdam on Monday evening. More here.

On this day | December 211913 – Arthur Wynne published a new “word-cross” puzzle in the “New York World” in England. The name was later changed to “crossword.”

1937 -Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood,CA. The movie was “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

1968 -Apollo 8was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.

1972- In Chicago, IL, 10 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines flight was hit by a North Central Airlines flight that was trying to takeoff. Ten people, out of a total of 45, aboard the North Central flight were killed. All 88 people aboard the Delta flight survived.

CRAFTSMANSHIP: Marg Callaghan in her shed working on her latest project. She is currently filling a three-storey doll house with furniture. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

The faces of Australia: Marg CallaghanMarg Callaghan’s house, garden and shed give the impression she has been handcrafting furniture for decades. So it’s difficult to believe it was only this time last yearthe 81-year-old completed herfirst piece.

“I just came out one morning and decided I would have a go at something,” she said. Read here.

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