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Barking up the wrong tree over dogs

Man’s best friend is not everyone’s best friend, especially when they bark incessantly or wander the streets unaccompanied.
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In fact, these delinquent dogs quickly become a serial nuisance, generating more complaints to councils than any other issue.

A yapping Fifi next door can test nerves of steel, as can a free-spirited Fido who insists on using your yard as a toilet.

Curiously, when approached about the issue, pet owners can become quite aggressive, defending their pooches, making excuses, even denying the crime.

Who would want to be a ranger wading into this belligerent battlefield?

But as in any war zone, there are the good guys and bad guys. The baddies keep their pets cooped up in small yards, rarely exercise them and spend most of the day absent so they don’t witness the bad behaviour. Alternatively, the animals escape, wander the streets, litter the neighbourhood and launch the occasional attack on unsuspecting victims.

Then you have the responsible owners doing the right thing – exercising their dogs, picking up their excrement, keeping them under control. The difficulty is when the council does a “blitz”, bailing up the good guys but failing to pull in the baddies.

So it was in our Shoalhaven village recently. The trigger was several photographs of a couple of escapees – a blue cattle dog and white Maltese terrier – sent to council by an irate resident.

I witnessed the photographic session, sympathised with the fellow who said the dogs barked incessantly and were always escaping. I managed to get bluey back into the yard but the fluffy number evaded my efforts.

The next day the ranger sailed into town, headed straight to the foreshore where a few of us were having our early morning constitutional and harangued us for having our dogs off leashes.

We were the only people around, the dogs were sniffing beside us, we had leads in one hand, litter bags in the other, and were enjoying an amiable chat.

“Hey man, we’re the good guys,” I protested. “I know there are some bad dudes in town, but we’re the responsible dog owners, the ones who look after our pooches, exercise them, make sure they are not harassing anyone.”

“Bad luck,” he replied. “You picked the wrong day to be out walking.”

“How can it be the wrong day when we are out walking every day?” I retorted.

It is a dilemma for council. Theoretically we were in the wrong as our dogs were off leashes, but there were no behavioural problems and the pooper scoopers were in action.

One lady who has four elderly pooches – old Jess has to sit down every few metres to rest – abandoned her recreational ramble for a time; a poor outcome for her, her dogs, and community engagement.

The problem is there is plenty of beautiful parkland in our town but no designated off-leash area. As with many of our beaches, it would make sense to decree certain parts off-leash areas in the early mornings and late afternoons, with the bulk of the day on-leash.

Such a simple solution – one that would keep many two-legged and four-legged friends very happy and leave the rangers free to target the bad guys.

Postscript: Bluey was hit by a car and killed outside his home a week after starring in the council photos. Some people should never be allowed to own a dog.

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‘I’ll be back’ is top movie quote

‘I’ll be back’ is top movie quote Arnold Schwarzenegger has terminated the opposition to top a British poll to find the most memorable movie line of all time.
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The actor-turned-politician’s famous line from The Terminator – “I’ll be back” – picked up 16 per cent of votes, beating Clark Gable’s “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” from the American Civil War epic Gone With The Wind.

Other popular lines included “May the force be with you” from Star Wars and Humphrey Bogart’s immortal “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine” from the wartime classic Casablanca.

The poll of 2000 people, commissioned by Sky’s UK movie streaming service NOW TV, also asked film fans to pick a recent quote they think will live on in cinema history and almost a third (32.65 per cent) went for the line “With great power comes great responsibility” from Spider-Man.

“The research shows that movies have become a fundamental part of our everyday lives,” NOW TV’s Simon Creasey said.

“Following this research, it will be interesting to see how many of us are able to catch our friends, family and colleagues using movie quotes in everyday conversation.”

Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Quotes:

1. “I’ll be back.” The Terminator – 16 per cent

2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Gone With The Wind – 15 per cent

3. “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13 – 8.8 per cent

4. “May the force be with you.” Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope – 8.4 per cent

5. “My mamma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'” – Forrest Gump – 6.05 per cent

6. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Dirty Dancing – 5.8 per cent

7. “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” Casablanca – 4.75 per cent

8. “There’s no place like home.” The Wizard Of Oz – 4.2 per cent

9. “Here’s Johnny.” The Shining – 4.15 per cent

10. “No, Mr Bond. I expect you to die.” Goldfinger – 4.15 per cent

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Sonic scale back Healthscope deal

Sonic Healthcare and Healthscope have pared back their proposed pathology deal, after the competition regulator raised expectations the deal might be rejected by delaying its decision last month.
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Sonic Healthcare announced in May its intention to buy Healthscope’s pathology businesses, which is private equity-owned, in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory for $100 million.

But the ACCC, in a statement of issues released last month, said it was its “preliminary view” the acquisition might raise competition concerns.

Now, the two companies say Sonic will attempt to buy only the Western Australia and Queensland businesses, for a combined price of $47 million.The sale of the NSW and ACT businesses had been dropped “due to the time elapsed since the transaction was announced,” Healthscope said in a statement.

The company has been contacted for further comment. Sonic added that it was unable to specify a likely completion date for the Queensland and WA purchase.

The statements follow a report last week that Healthscope was updating its lenders and analysts, just a couple of years after TPG and Carlyle bought the business for $2.7 billion.

Shares in Sonic finished the day down 36 cents, or 2.7 per cent, at $12.88.

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European rally takes a breather

European stocks dipped in early trade on Monday as investors took a breather following a sharp two-week rally and a key index hit a strong resistance level, although the retreat could be short-lived as recent central bank moves boost risk appetite.
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The FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.4 per cent at 1,116.09 points, slipping from a 14-month high hit on Friday, while the euro zone’s blue chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 per cent to 2,580.64 points, after running into strong resistance just below 2,611 points on Friday, a peak hit in mid-March.

“There is still good upside potential for stocks as we are re-pricing the ‘non-break up’ of the euro zone. We’ve just started to realise all the downside that came from the debt crisis,” Louis Capital Markets trader Jerome Troin-Lajous said.

“Now, the main signal we need that would fuel this rally won’t be coming from the economic outlook, it will come from the investment flows. A lot of foreign investors have been strongly ‘underweight’ European stocks and should start to switch out of bonds and out of U.S. equities and into European stocks.”

The euro zone bank index – up 50 per cent since ECB head Mario Draghi said in late July that the central bank was ready to take all necessary measures to preserve the euro – was down 1.4 per cent on Monday, with UniCredit down 2.7 per cent and Commerzbank down 1.8 per cent.

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Live coverage: 2012 AFL All-Australian team

With every new season the prestige attached to being selected in the AFL All-Australian team increases. All-time greats Wayne Carey and Nathan Buckley can boast selection seven times each but they don’t hold the individual record. That honour belongs to Robert Harvey and Mark Ricciuto with eight jumpers each.
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In 2012 you can reasonably expect a couple of first timers to earn selection. But who will they be? Rohan Connolly has already nominated his team of the season. Somewhat controversially he has left out Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt, preferring Tom Hawkins, Matthew Pavlich and Lance Franklin in the forward line.

However, Pavlich today let the cat out of the bag about his non-selection, revealing he hadn’t been invited to the All-Australian function.

Follow our live coverage from 8.15pm AEST to see this year’s team as it is named. As always, selection controversies are bound to arise.

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New A-League boss targets growth

Damien De Bohun, the new head of the A-League, has no doubts about the chief task facing the competition in the next few years as he gears up for his first season in charge of the premier domestic league.
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Restoring financial equilibrium to the A-League’s 10 loss-making clubs, partly through revenues generated by the new broadcast deal, has to be top of the agenda.

But, he says, clubs also have to work hard not just to bolster funding from the game’s governing body through slick marketing and aggressive pursuit of sponsorship of their own, but to grow their fan base and convert those interested in the sport at the margins, turning them into regular supporters.

The league is due to kick off in just over a fortnight and impetus is building after what feels like an inordinately long off season.

The signing of Alessandro Del Piero by Sydney FC has put a spring in the step of all associated with the game who point to it, rightly, as a coup given the level of interest shown in the Italian World Cup winner by better-known clubs in Europe.

And the imminent agreement of the crucial broadcast deal, widely tipped to contain a mix of programming from major partner Fox Sport and free-to-air candidate SBS, is also expected to lift spirits after a messy end to the last campaign when one team, Gold Coast, crashed out of existence amid rows and recriminations between its owner, billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer, and the FFA’s billionaire boss Frank Lowy. That wasn’t the only end-of-season drama last year. The future of Newcastle hung in the balance before agreement was reached on its continued existence as a club.

De Bohun is due back in Sydney tomorrow from Wellington after completing an itinerary that has taken him to meet club officials at all A-League sides. While he has missed the blizzard of publicity that accompanied Del Piero’s arrival, that has only whetted his appetite for the new campaign which kicks off with the Melbourne derby between Heart and Victory on October 5.

“I am very excited by the overall feeling within the clubs and the game. I have met personally with all the clubs in the off season to find out what their views are, what their opportunities are and their major issues,” De Bohun says.

“Its been a very interesting experience. There’s a very strong sense that the competition will be very even and that performances on the field will continue to improve,” said the ex cricket official, who also had a spell in charge of Football Federation Victoria earlier in his career.

“We are waiting for the outcome of the broadcast deal that is currently in discussion but there is a strong feeling about the viability and the sustainability of the clubs. And an FTA element will help the game grow, reach parts of the community that don’t have pay [TV]. It will help with converting people who play the game or who are interested in it to become fans. A mixture of the two is the perfect storm.

“We have got to get the message to the fans that the competition is better than they might think and that it is up there with some better-known leagues. With average gates of around 10,000 it is one of the better-supported leagues in the world.”

De Bohun believes a strong start to the season is vital, and what better way than to hit the ground running with a Melbourne derby.

“Victory seem to be setting themselves for a new direction and they have made important decisions both on and off the field, while Heart are building a competitive squad for what will be a very balanced league. Not only do we have that for the first game, but then Ange Postecoglou is going up against the team he won the title with twice. There is a genuine Sydney derby now too.”

De Bohun also forecast deeper TV coverage this season.

“We are working closely with the host broadcaster to maximise coverage and integrate it with clubs, players and managers. We will be working a lot closer with Fox. There will be a lot of insights, a lot more interactivity with the players. But FIFA rules prevent us from miking up referees and officials.”

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SIRU grand final 2012

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LETTER: Exit fees not so super

Hampshire Lifestyle Villages. Supplied pic.WE recently attended a retirement expo and made inquiries about the over-55s complexes. I was horrified at the additional costs and exit fees these complexes charge retirees.
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Not everyone receives huge super payouts. How can they justify exit fees of up to 30 per cent of someone’s estate? The monthly fees I can understand but I feel the government should look into the exit fees as they are ridiculous and people in their golden years should not have to worry that their biggest asset will be affected and their children will lose part of the inheritance their parents worked so hard for in life.

It’s no wonder that relocatable home villages are becoming so popular. No stamp duty, no rates, no exit fees, security, great lifestyle and friendly people.

I urge all people thinking of these complexes to read the fine print before making their final decision.

Jan Wells, Fern Bay

LETTER: Film no threat to Islam

THE recent disturbance in Sydney, in sympathy with similar efforts elsewhere in the world, is described variously as a riot by uncontrolled rabble or a peaceful demonstration set upon by vicious police.
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How sad that this kerfuffle was inspired by a “movie” of such inept production values as to be far more insulting to its makers than to whom and whatever they were trying to portray.

Such talentless twits are far less a threat to Islam than those who use the schism between Sunni and Shia as an excuse to destabilise regimes and murder their fellow Muslims.

That said, the sight of children carrying signs suggesting anyone should be beheaded brings to mind the opinion that religion is a form of child abuse.

Peter Ronne,Woodberry

Fing rises to the top

BELMONT’S Katie-Rae Fing has taken out the Lake Macquarie Junior Open in stellar fashion over the weekend.
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As a Tennis Australia Optus Junior Tour white tournament, the Lake Macquarie Junior Open attracts a number of quality players.

Katie-Rae won the 12 and under girls’ singles from Hamilton’s Holly Pearson, along with the 12-and-under girls’ doubles with her partner Eliza Rainey.

Katie-Rae was also runner-up in the 12-and-under mixed doubles with Jake Foster.

Jordan McFadyen, of Raymond Terrace, won the 16-and-under boys’ singles from Manly’s Boyd Blackburn and the 16-and-under boys’ doubles with Blake Clarke, from Tuncurry.

The other singles title winners were Corey Clarke in the 12-and-under boys’ and Sara Stanisic in the 14-and-under girls.

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