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Pope appears in public
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[BB] VATICAN CITY – Days after some cardinals gave dire descriptions of his health, the Pope led a long and lively ceremony yesterday to give the Church new saints, capping the appearance with a spin in a “popemobile” around St Peter’s Square to wave to tens of thousands of cheering well-wishers. He held up rather well throughout his two and a half hours in the public’s eye, although near the end of the canonisation mass he began heavily slurring his words.

New road opens up Korea

DORASAN, South Korea – Hundreds of South Koreans crossed into the Demilitarised Zone by bus yesterday, using a new road to cross the world’s last Cold War frontier for the first time in such large numbers.

The South Korean group – to be followed by trucks carrying 100 cows as a gift to the impoverished North – began to cross into the DMZ from the southern side near Dorasan railway station on the west coast of a peninsula divided since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Tongans in protest march

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga – Thousands of people brought Tonga to a standstill yesterday with a march on the Pacific nation’s Legislative Assembly in protest against constitutional changes that would give more powers to the King.

More than 6000 marchers took a petition asking the assembly to reject changes to the constitution, which they said would limit the freedom of the media and give even greater power to King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV.

Malaysians kidnapped

KUALA LUMPUR – Up to eight Malaysians were kidnapped from a tourist resort in Malaysian Borneo, security officials said yesterday.

The group was taken late yesterday from a resort near the town of Lahad Datu, 300km south-east of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, said a state security official on condition of anonymity.

No foreigners were believed to have been taken and there were no immediate details about the reason for the kidnapping.

Landslide buries children

JAKARTA – A landslide has buried five elementary school children in Jambi on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, police said yesterday.

The five children were on their way home from school on Saturday when part of a hill being dug up for a landfilling project of a pulp company in the Tanjung Jabung Barat district slid and buried them, police said.

The bodies were retrieved hours later, said Sergeant Hakim, adding that an investigation was on course to determine whether negligence was to blame.

Drinking water poisoned

BEIJING – A man has admitted throwing pesticide into a reservoir in central China in order to boost sales of the water purifiers he sold, state press reported yesterday.

Sixty-four people were poisoned in the October 1 incident which affected the water supply to more than 9000 homes.

Police were quoted to have said that Cao Qian, 27, had admitted poisoning the water in Ruyang county in central China’s Henan province to save his struggling business.

NZ storms claim lives

WELLINGTON – A boat with special sonar equipment was called in yesterday as a search continued for a cargo plane believed to have crashed into the sea near New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, during a storm.

The two-man crew were believed to have drowned as vicious unseasonal storms swept the country over the weekend, killing a teenager whose car was swept away in a flooded river and a 90-year-old man whose fishing boat was overturned by a freak wave.

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LGH meeting on cardiologist’s fate

DECISION: Dr ForrestThe committee determines the credentials and other clinical matters for doctors at the hospital, and Health Minister David Llewellyn has said he would take the committee’s advice over the recommendations of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
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Last week the commission found that the committee had not observed its own procedures and had denied Dr Forrest procedural fairness.

Commissioner Tim Abey recommended that Dr Forrest’s contract be extended to allow issues between the hospital administration and Dr Forrest to be fairly addressed with the aim of his being offered a normal contract.

The LGH has declined to renew Dr Forrest’s contract after it expires next Monday, October 13, but will not give reasons. The credentials committee has privilege and does not have to give reasons.

Dr Forrest has been told that the non-renewal was not based on clinical or ethical grounds.

It emerged yesterday that there are two hospital committees that consider the credentials of doctors, both made up of senior clinicians, but the exact make-ups and purposes of the committees are unclear.

A State Government spokesman said the credentials committee would meet today to consider the clinical aspects to Dr Forrest’s work but would probably not have time to look at the commission’s finding that the committee denied Dr Forrest procedural fairness, an industrial matter.

Last week, the Australian Medical Association warned Mr Llewellyn he ignored the commission “at his peril” and a senior Tasmanian politician yesterday joined the call.

Legislative Council President Don Wing urged Mr Llewellyn to request the LGH to extend Dr Forrest’s contract until January 31, as recommended by the commission.

“As the LGH has made it clear there are no clinical reasons to prevent an extension, this action would be entirely appropriate,” Mr Wing said.

“I recognise the legal and administrative constraints which have restricted the minister from taking direct action in this matter.

“The circumstances, however, have now changed with the strong recommendation from Commissioner Abey, as an experienced member of an independent tribunal appointed by the State Government.

“It would be a serious reflection on the Tasmanian Industrial Commission if its decision were to be ignored.”

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Buninyong back on cycling map

THE AUSTRALIAN Open Road Cycling Championships are returning to Buninyong next year.City of Ballarat and Geelong-based promoter Caribou Publications have secured the rights to run the titles at Buninyong for three years.The Ballarat City Council and Caribou partnership hosted the Australian Open Road Cycling Championships on the world class Buninyong circuit in 2002, 2003 and 2004.Adelaide has been the setting for the event for the past two years.Cycling Australia says the return of the titles to Buninyong is the most notable development in determining the Australian Cycling Championships calendar for 2007-09.The men’s and women’s road and time-trial championships will run from January 10-14 next year.Regaining the event confirms Ballarat as one of Australia’s premier cycling road racing venues.The City of Ballarat is also the home of the new Australian Cycling Grand Prix for the next five years.Another project being run in conjunction with Caribou, the inaugural grand prix will be contested on August 18, 19 and 20 this year.The three-day event will be the second leg of the Tattersall’s Cup Series and also incorporate the Victorian open road championships.The grand prix will feature men’s and women’s time-trials, criteriums in Sturt Street and road races on the Buninyong circuit.The Australian Open Road Cycling Championships traditionally attract the nation’s best riders.Ten-time Tour de France stage winner Robbie McEwen won the road race at Buninyong in 2002, while another susperstar Stuart O’Grady saluted at year later.The Queenslander has made the time-trial his own this decade, winning the title four of the past five years.Oenene Wood, Olivia Gollan and Sara Carrigan have been leading lights in the women’s events. The Buninyong course earned the accolades of the Australian cycling road racing fraternity in the three years the open championships were contested there.This was backed up by the public, with an estimated 15,000 watching Matthew Wilson win the men’s 180-kilometres road race when it was last held at Buninyong in 2004.
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Sport briefs

Tax man KOs former
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[BB] COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mike Tyson suffered a six million-dollar knockout yesterday when the three-member Ohio Board of Tax Appeals rejected the bankrupt former world heavyweight boxing champion’s bid for a huge refund. Tyson made the claim in 2001, saying that he should not have to pay taxes from 1995 and 1996 because when he was released from prison in 1995 he moved his primary residence from a mansion in suburban Cleveland to a Las Vegas home.

The state used testimony from prior Tyson court cases in which the fighter proclaimed Ohio residency, including to probation officials after his departure from an Indiana prison after serving three years for rape.

Ricketts faces friend

for first squash title

LONDON – Even after his impressive charge into the semi- finals of the British Open, Anthony Ricketts was in no hurry to claim his first major squash title.

Ricketts set up an all-Australian clash in today’s semis of the world’s most prestigious tournament against boyhood friend and second seed David Palmer, but said he was still at least a year away from becoming a serious threat.

Ricketts, 24, upset Scotland’s third seed and world No. 2 John White 15-5 8-15 15-5 10-15 15-7 in their quarter final yesterday in the purpose-built glass court at the Albert Hall in Nottingham after thrashing England’s Nick Taylor in three games in the first round.

World champion Palmer eased past Finnish qualifier Olli Tuominen 15-9 15-8 15-13.

Dent tarnishes Swiss

tennis star’s shine

MOSCOW – America’s Taylor Dent stayed on course for his second successive ATP tour title when he beat Swiss veteran Marc Rosset to move into the semi-finals of the $3.37 million Kremlin Cup yesterday.

Dent clinched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win in the first ever head-to- head meeting of the big-servers to set-up a last-four clash with Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The 22-year-old Dent, who won the Bangkok tournament last weekend and who is chasing his third crown of the year, broke Rosset in the sixth game of the opening set on his way to winning it in 37 minutes.

Police want restraint

in soccer rape probe

LONDON – Police said yesterday they would “take as long as necessary” to investigate the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl by a group of Premier League soccer players.

The 17-year-old schoolgirl says she was raped or sexually assaulted by up to eight players at a luxury hotel in London in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

No arrests have been made. The names of the clubs and players allegedly involved have not been released, although a newspaper reported a Chelsea player was at the centre of the case.

“The investigation is still at an early stage,” Commander John Yates, who is in overall charge of the case, said in the first substantial police statement on the matter.

“I will not put a timescale on how the matters will progress,” he said.

“Rape and sexual assault investigations are by their very nature extremely complex.

“This will take time and I urge all those involved to show patience and restraint. Our investigation will take as long as necessary.”

Newspapers claim they know the players’ identities but cannot report them for legal reasons. Names have circulated on the Internet.

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Campbell Town tale on calico

VISUAL MAP: Christine Davidson, Elizabeth Fox and Adrienne Bouzaid in front of St Luke’s Anglican Church at Campbell Town. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLERHer three daughters also walked down the aisle of the historic church to meet their future husbands and her grandchildren have been christened there.
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“It has always been a special place for my family,” said Mrs Fox yesterday.

That’s why it will be included on the huge calico visual maps being produced by Mrs Fox and her colleague Christine Davidson for a community exhibition early next month.

Mrs Davidson’s contributions to the visual maps will include stories and mementoes from the waterhole where her children learned to swim and the tree by the river on the family property where her husband Ronnie proposed.

More than 150 locals have been busy for the past six months producing art works and other exhibition pieces to demonstrate the development of their region.

The Settlers Walk project, only five weeks away from the end of stage one, has been a huge effort which has brought the community together, said project coordinator Adrienne Bouzaid yesterday.

Locals and visitors have called into the town hall to leave their mark on a giant quilt which will be another exhibition attraction.

Carefully stitched and embroidered on to its emerald green background are snippets from local identity Steve Kerrison’s tie, a zip from a pair of Vera Taylor’s work trousers, a piece of one of Mrs Davidson’s daughter’s favourite T-shirts, and a button from her wedding dress.

Half a dozen local legends will be at the November exhibition to chat over cups of tea and biscuits about their district.

There will even be an 1850s cafe and servants in authentic calico and flax uniforms made by Barbara Ashman and Margaret Sonnemann.

The community project has been funded by the Australia Council, Tasmania Regional Arts, Regional Arts Macquarie, Northern Midlands Council and a number of businesses.

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Treasury hunts for traitor in its midst

ANGERED:Paul Lennon(1/2)Frustrated at the number of confidential documents that detail high-level negotiations, being leaked to Tasmanian Greens, the Government has instigated a thorough hunt to find the culprits.
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Consistently throughout this parliamentary year, leaks have exposed Government dealings over gas and forestry – leaving Labor ministers fumbling to respond.

Recently, employees in every departmental unit of Treasury were grilled over the leaks and reminded of document security procedures.

But a source said yesterday that many staff were left perplexed after the lectures because rigid document security procedures barely existed in Treasury before the series of leaks began.

Greens energy spokesman Nick McKim has regularly questioned the Government over the contents of documents discussing the State’s gas roll- out negotiations.

The questions have visibly angered Deputy Premier Paul Lennon and Treasurer David Crean.

This week, Mr McKim produced a leaked copy of Aurora’s bid for the gas contract and used it to critically judge the deal the State had secured from New Zealand company Powerco.

He was previously leaked part of the bid – which the Government dismissed – but was delivered the whole document this week as the gas debate continued.

What annoyed the Government more, however, was a leak earlier this year of a letter jointly written by Mr Lennon and Dr Crean about Forestry Tasmania’s financial concerns.

The letter signalled a poor credit rating, weak business plans and a denial of further borrowings for the Government business enterprise.

Greens leader Peg Putt presented the media with a file copy of the letter that was signed by Dr Crean but not yet signed by Mr Lennon.

The omitted signature led the Government to determine that the letter had been leaked from Treasury before being sent to the Deputy Premier.

A spokesman for the Treasurer confirmed yesterday that there had been security reviews taking place at Treasury.

“A great deal of private information is held by the public service and it is vital for the public’s confidence in the bureaucracy that this confidentiality is protected at all times,” he said.

“From time to time, Government agencies review their processes to ensure confidentiality and integrity is maintained.”

Mr McKim said the number of leaked documents coming the Greens’ way was indicative of serious unrest in the public service.

“It’s true that Government departments will leak if people are dissatisfied with the Government,” Mr McKim said.

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Rwanda election win
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[BB] KIGALI, Rwanda – The ruling party of President Paul Kagame won nearly three-fourths of the vote in Rwanda’s first multiparty legislative elections since independence from Belgium in 1962, election officials said. With all votes counted, the head of the electoral commission, Chrysologue Karangwa, said the five-party coalition headed by the Rwandan Patriotic Front won 73.78 per cent of the vote, ensuring a majority of the 53 elected seats in the 80-seat lower house or Chamber of Deputies.

Women’s group crash

CHICAGO – A tractor-trailer ploughed into the back of a tour bus yesterday, setting off a chain reaction crash that killed eight members of an international women’s group, state police said.

Seven people were pronounced dead at the scene at Hampshire and 16 were taken to hospitals, police and fire officials said. One of those died at a hospital, according to state police trooper Doug Whitmore. At least five others were in critical condition.

The bus was carrying 22 members of International Women Associates back to Chicago from a trip to a Japanese floral exhibit in Rockford, said the group’s founder, Doe Thornburg.

The group offers support for women from overseas and in the diplomatic field, she said.

Solomons improving

UNITED NATIONS – The biggest multinational troop deployment in the South Pacific since World War II has broken the reign of gangsters and warlords in the Solomon Islands and has given the country a chance to begin cleaning up rampant corruption, its foreign minister said.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Laurie Chan told the General Assembly yesterday that since the regional mission, spearheaded by Australia, was launched in July “security in terms of law and order has been re-established and the Government’s finances are beginning to stabilise”.

In a General Assembly session dominated by denunciations of the US-led invasion of Iraq without UN approval, the Pacific coalition deployment in the Solomons stood out as a model of regional cooperation at the invitation of the Government of that crime-ridden island.

The Australian Government, which faced opposition at home for its participation in the US-led war in Iraq, also was in charge of the move to crush militias and warlords in the Solomons.

Toddler home alone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A two- year-old girl left home alone for nearly three weeks while her mother was in a US jail is out of hospital after being treated for malnutrition and dehydration, officials said yesterday.

The child survived by eating ketchup, mustard and dried pasta.

The little girl had been left alone since her mother, Dakeysha Telita Lee, was jailed on September 10 for aggravated assault and petty theft, police said. The mother was charged on Monday with child abuse, and was being held on $250,000 bond.

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Agents put emphasis on safety

BALLARAT real estate agents have welcomed the release of WorkSafe Real Estate Agent Out-of-Office Safety guidelines.The Real Estate Institute of Victoria and Worksafe have been working on the guidelines since the death last year of Melton real estate agent Lorelle Makin.The body of the 48-year-old was discovered on September 15 in an empty house for sale in Melton.REIV chief executive Enzo Raimondo said, while workplace deaths were a very rare occurance for estate agents, one death or injury was one too many.”We know that the risk to agents primarily arises from the fact that they often have to work alone,” he said.”The guidelines that we have developed in conjunction with Worksafe will help agents to minimise the risks to their safety.”Jens Gaunt Real Estate founder Neil Jens said Ms Makin’s death had sent “shockwaves through the industry”.Mr Jens said while many real estate companies already had their own guidelines, there had been a much stronger emphasis on safety since her death.”We welcome the guidelines,” he said.”We are a lot more cautious – especially with our female members out there on their own – and we ask for more details about clients before meeting them in isolated spots.”Mr Jens said his company was also very careful about leaving people on their own in offices when sales staff were out on the road.Ballarat Real Estate general manager Allister Morrison said while Ms Makin’s death was “terrible”, it was a positive move for the REIV to formalise guidelines and ensure all agents were at the same standard.Mr Morrison said his own company had been briefed on safety before the incident and already had many safety guidelines in place, including agents keeping the office informed of their movements.The Worksafe guidelines include:* ensuring procedures are in place when conducting individual tours of properties, including maintaining regular phone contact and establishing a person’s bonafides;* limiting the amount of personal information available about agents;* checking properties for hazards which may result in injuries; and* reporting all incidents.
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US out of Liberia[BB] MONROVIA, Liberia – US military planes and helicopters carried the last few American ground forces out of war-ruined Liberia – leaving Liberians thankful for their help, but dismayed at their silent withdrawal. The US Marines’ departure overlapped with yesterday’s transfer of peacekeeping responsibility from a 3000-plus West African force to a UN force of up to 15,000.
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Pope “in a bad way” VATICAN CITY – The Pope is “in a bad way,” a German cardinal and close papal adviser was quoted as telling a German magazine, but the cardinal’s aide hastened to say yesterday that there was no new alarm about the pontiff’s health.

The Polish-born Pope, who was elected in 1978, is 83 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

Earthquakes hit NZ WELLINGTON – Two strong earthquakes rocked southern New Zealand yesterday, part of a series of aftershocks from a much bigger quake that struck the area six weeks ago, officials said.

A magnitude 5.8 temblor was followed two hours later by a second quake of magnitude 4.7. Both rattled homes across the southern region of the South Island.

Emergency services said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quakes, which struck yesterday morning.

Girl left home alone JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A two-year-old girl survived on ketchup, mustard and dried pasta for nearly three weeks after she was left home alone while her mother served time in jail.

The child was recovering from malnutrition yesterday and was listed in good condition at hospital.

“She’s sitting up in the bed and laughing and playing with the nurses,” hospital spokesman David Foreman said.

Hunt for missiles BANGKOK – Thai authorities are hunting for a number of surface-to-air missiles smuggled in from Cambodia, a minister said yesterday, after reports said the weapons were destined for use in terror attacks during this month’s APEC summit.

“Concerning the SAM we have discussed it almost every week in meetings of intelligence agencies and we have been hunting them for a long time,” Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said.

Mr Chavalit, who is responsible for security matters, said the unspecified number of portable missiles were smuggled into Thailand through Cambodia, which has a thriving illegal weapons market.

Korean nuke talks SEOUL – South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, sidestepping North Korean scepticism, told his armed forces yesterday he expects a second round of talks on the North’s nuclear ambitions to be held and to produce good results.

In Tokyo, US envoy James Kelly said the follow-on talks to August’s inconclusive first six- way meeting in Beijing could possibly be in November, although no date had been fixed.

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Power tells players to take aim for East Point

OUTSPOKEN Sunbury coach Mark Power is confident his side will bring East Point’s winning streak to an end in the Ballarat Football League this Saturday.Power added spice to the round eight blockbuster yesterday, saying Sunbury was set to “pop East Point’s bubble” and shutdown star full-forward Dan Jordan.Happy to be back on the winners’ list with a 72-point win over Sebastopol yesterday, Power called on his players to take aim for the undefeated Red Lion Kangaroos. “I’m confident enough that we will pop East Point’s bubble,” Power said.”Everyone’s saying it’s the mission impossible – we’ll see about that.”They’re the best side ever, but we’ll be okay. We’ve got nothing to lose.”The RegionalOne BFL match will put the competition’s new powerhouse side against the former power side.The Lions have won only three games for the season, while the Kangaroos have won seven in a row.East point coach Shane Fisher took little interest in Power’s comments, wanting to leave the talking for after the game.”If they’re going to talk the talk, we will wait until 5pm on Saturday to see who walks away with the victory,” he said.”Mark Power can talk as much as he likes. We don’t need to talk.”Fisher said the match would be the hardest so far this season.”Sunbury has been the yardstick, so we know it’s going to be a ripper game.”The Lions have a plan to silence Jordan, who booted 14 goals against Ballarat on Saturday.Power said he could match Jordan with Geelong VFL player Simon Clarke, who could be available for Sunbury. Jordan has booted 60 goals in seven games, averaging more than 8.5.Power repeated comments he made earlier this season that he would be a poor coach if his side failed to keep Jordan to less than 10 marks.”He’s a super player, but there’s a lot of ways to stop a player,” Power said.”We’ll keep him to six goals. That depends though if we’ve got Clarke. If Clarke plays Jordan will kick three.”If he doesn’t play, Alan O’Connor will get the job. He didn’t play today because I’m freshening him up.”Power said he would also target East Point’s inter-league midfielders Chris Banwell, Shane Hutchinson and Ben Jordan.The Lions have finally got two of their best onballers, in Power and captain Daryl Griffin, back on the field after injury spells.”Let’s show how (Banwell, Hutchinson and Jordan) stand up against myself, Griffin and (Justin) Lewis,” Power said.Power’s only concern was how the five-day break would affect his players.
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