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    Rural show powers on


    2019 - 06.16

    Rocket engine: A hatchback with a jet pack will be a feature of the Luddenham Show.The111th Luddenham Show will be launching, quite literally, on February 21-22.
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    The annual country show will be returning again to give people a feel of the “old world atmosphere”.

    “It’s like a time capsule,” president of the Luddenham Show Show Society Wayne Wilmington said.

    “It’s like the country shows from days gone by.”

    The Luddenham Show began in 1891, when locals formed a committee to open up their grounds for all to see.

    The country show has come a long way since then, and new headline attractions will feature alongside the usual favourites.

    The most exciting addition to the country show line-up is a Daihatsu Mira, said Darren Adams, a member of the Luddenham Show society.

    “Now a little old hatchback may not seem all that exciting, but this is no ordinary car,” Mr Adams said.

    “It is actually powered by a jet engine.”

    The Daihatsu Jet Car has been featured on Top Gear Australia and featured at various air shows.

    For those who don’t think attaching a military jet engine on a kei car is hardcore enough, the show will also feature lawn mower racing.

    In between the burning rubber, the weekend will feature horse classes, cattle, sheepdog trials, wood chopping, home brews, and art classes.

    The Luddenham Show will also be holding a special ceremony for the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

    The Luddenham show is one of few showgrounds in the state still owned by the community, Mr Adams said.

    “As a result the annual show is the … main fundraiser for the upkeep of the grounds.”

    The Luddenham Show will run February 21-22, on the corner of Park Road and Campbell Street, just off the Northern Road.

    Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 16 and pensioners.

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    Second man charged over cold case deaths of Michael Chye and Rita Caleo


    2019 - 06.16

    Arrest: Rita Caleo and Michael Chye. Photo: NSW Police Media Breakthrough: Gerard Caleo is arrested on his arrival at Sydney International Airport from Kuala Lumpur on August 15 last year. Photo: NSW Police Media
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    Police have arrested and charged a second man in connection with the deaths of a wealthy doctor and his sister in Sydney’s eastern suburbs more than two decades ago.

    The 52-year-old man was arrested at his home in Ramsgate in Sydney’s south early on Wednesday.

    He was taken to Kogarah police station where he was charged with two counts each of murder and solicit to murder.

    The man, who was known to the two victims, was refused bail and is to appear at Sutherland Local Court  on Wednesday.

    The arrest comes more than two decades after Michael Chye was shot dead in the garage of his Woollahra mansion in 1989.

    The following year, his sister Rita Caleo was stabbed to death in the en suite of her bedroom in her Double Bay flat.

    Mrs Caleo’s brother-in-law, Gerard Caleo, 42, was arrested in relation to the case at Sydney International Airport last August in what police described as a “major breakthrough”.

    Detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Team charged Mr Caleo with solicit to commit murder, accessory before the fact to murder and accessory after the fact to murder. He remains in custody, AAP reports.

    Wednesday’s arrest is a long time coming for Strike Force Nichola, formed after the deaths of the siblings, whose father was a senior-ranking police officer in Malaysia.

    Dr Chye, 36, was shot three times in a gangland-style execution as he drove his Mercedes into the garage of his house in Attunga Street, Woollahra, on the night of October 16, 1989.

    An inquest into his death in 1991 found that Dr Chye, his sister and her husband had been been involved in a dispute over a $3.6 million waterfront property in Blakehurst, in Sydney’s south.

    Mrs Caleo, 39, was so worried about her brother’s death she handed her solicitor a sealed envelope which read: “To be opened only if my death is unnatural”.

    The envelope contained the names of two people she accused of organising her brother’s execution.

    She was stabbed in the stomach during the night of August 10, 1990, while her children slept in an adjoining bedroom.

    A live-in nanny heard sounds coming from the main bedroom of the unit in Bay Street, Double Bay before finding Mrs Caleo’s body at 1.30am.

    Mrs Caleo’s husband, Mark Caleo, was working at one of his two Sydney Italian restaurants at the time of the killing, police said at the time.

    Detectives anticipate making further arrests.

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    Peter Greste flying home to Brisbane


    2019 - 06.16

    Peter Greste’s first tweet since being freed from prison. Photo: Peter Greste on Twitter: @PeterGrestePeter Greste is on his way home to Brisbane.
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    The freed Australian journalist, whose Brisbane-based family spearheaded a year-long campaign for his release from an Egyptian prison, is scheduled to touch down in the River City shortly after midnight on Thursday.

    Mr Greste was on temporary assignment in Egypt for Middle Eastern news service Al Jazeera in December 2013, when he and two colleagues, Egypt bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohammed, were arrested and charged with aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

    Following a trial widely regarded as farcical, Mr Greste was last year sentenced to seven years in jail.

    He was suddenly released this week after a concerted campaign by journalists worldwide and protracted negotiations between Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    The award-winning correspondent was freed and deported on Sunday and he immediately flew with his brother to Cyprus.

    For the first time on Tuesday since spending 400 days in a tiny cell in Cairo’s Tora Prison, Mr Greste posted a widely shared picture of himself standing in the ocean with the words, “Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet.”

    Mr Greste and his brother Mike departed Larnaca airport early Wednesday, Brisbane time, where Mr Greste told the ABC he was “elated” to be going home.

    But he again expressed concern for the colleagues he left behind.

    The pair remain in prison.

    Mr Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, is thought to be close to release, after his family said on Tuesday he had renounced his Egyptian citizenship in a bid to pave the way for his deportation.

    At a media conference in Brisbane on Monday, Mr Greste’s elated parents Juris and Lois and brother Andrew, confirmed the long-awaited news of his release.

    “I’m ecstatic. I just can’t say how happy I am about it,” Mrs Greste said.

    “It’s also difficult to realise that this day has actually come. Even though I sort of dreamed about it quietly not daring to think about it too much, it’s arrived now.” Brother Mike and I due to head home to Australia shortly. Can’t wait for the family reunion. Keep shouting #FreeAJStaff — Peter Greste (@PeterGreste) February 3, 2015 Special thanks to all who’ve supported us over the past year. MUST NOT FORGET THOSE STILL IN PRISON @Bahrooz#[email protected] — Peter Greste (@PeterGreste) February 3, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

    Tea leaf readings at Immersion


    2019 - 06.16

    IMMERSION Vintage Style Wares & Teahouse is looking to the future.
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    For Valentine’s Day on Saturday February 14, Immersion is offering a special mini High Tea and tealeaf reading for $19.

    Bookings are essential so call 6586 0542.

    Choose your tea from the generous selection of black, green and herb teas.

    If tealeaf reading is not your cup of tea, come and enjoy a great coffee and a sweet treat from the homemade cakes, cookies and scones, as well as gluten free options.

    Stay for a light and healthy lunch, made in house using fresh local and organic produce where possible.

    Immersion also makes a variety of fresh juices and smoothies.

    While visiting, immerse yourself in their collection of antique and vintage furniture, china, glassware and interesting curios.

    Immersion is located at 36 Cameron St Wauchope, and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm.

    Saturday lunches and functions, including hens’ parties and kitchen teas are available by reservation.

    Come and join us, have a cuppa and enjoy a look in to the future!

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    LONG BLOWS: Elvis, knighthood and the Latin language


    2019 - 06.16

    We have watched with interest the progress and subsequent success of the now famous ‘Elvis Festival’ at Parkes. Possibly some Boorowa fans of ‘The King’ may have visited Parkes during the recent festivities. While not an Elvis aficionado, your columnist has always admired the initiative and determination of the people who conceived, and then organised, the unlikely pairing of a prominent American ‘rock and roll’ singer with an Australian country town.
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    The growth of this phenomenon is highly intriguing. And we wonder, when it was first mooted, how many people at Parkes said: ‘It will never succeed,’ or ‘It will be a waste of money,’ or yet again ‘Why don’t we do what other towns are doing?’

    Whatever anyone suggests there are always the ‘knockers’, people who’ve never achieved anything themselves and don’t want anyone else to. In country towns there are those who view with suspicion anyone or anything which is different from their own narrow perception. Thank God there are people who are prepared to think outside the square and be creative. The people of Parkes enjoy the spending power of some 20,000 visitors each year because somebody was prepared, as they say, to ‘have a go.’

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    We think that our embattled Prime Minister should now ‘go all the way,’ as they say and confer an Australian knighthood on the Pope. This could have some positive results for someone who is ‘on the nose,’ with voters. For instance, it would be popular in the Catholic community, and would certainly be applauded by those fond of wearing funny clothes. And no doubt His Holiness, who has a well developed sense of humour, would see the funny side. After all, in the wake of Tony’s knighting of the husband of a foreign monarch people are still laughing.

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    Both the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and our Prime Minister are no doubt familiar with the Latin language, even though it has been long dead. They might then appreciate the old Latin phrase: Vox populi, vox dei, which means: ‘The voice of the people is the voice of god.’

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