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Sydney restaurants’ logo wars: What constitutes the letter ‘S’?

It’s the stellar battle over an upmarket Sydney restaurant’s logo in which the stakes could not be higher.
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The Star casino in Pyrmont and a prominent Sydney restaurateur are locked in an escalating dispute over use of a signature “golden star” symbol which threatens to boil over into the federal court.

Peter Petroulas, the managing director of GPO Grand restaurants in Martin Place and Balmoral Beach, accuses the Star Entertainment Group of infringing his copyright on branding he has used since 2002.

Mr Petroulas claims the matter dates back to 2009 when he was asked to a meeting with then Star casino chief executive Larry Mullin, managing director Sid Vaikunta and head of hospitality Victor Tiffany.

The executives were embarking on a redevelopment that included high-end restaurants and Mr Petroulas says he walked them through his strategy during a five-hour meeting at his Martin Place headquarters in the historic GPO building.

The executives subsequently left the Star, most notably Mr Vaikunta, who spectacularly resigned over a sexual harassment scandal.

But in a rebranding exercise, in November 2015 the Star unveiled its current logo, a gold star featuring what may or may not be an “S”, which Mr Petroulas believes is so similar to the one he has used for more than a decade that it infringes his copyright.

Mr Petroulas says he was not aware of a concurrent application to trademark the gold star logo until after it was registered and the objection period had expired the following May.

He says this was because the application was made by a lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons, a firm engaged by the casino group.

The rights were later transferred to The Star by the lawyer. Mr Petroulas argues the process is a breach of the trademark act which says a logo can only be registered by its owner.

What precisely constitutes an “S” is also in dispute after the Star objected to an application by Mr Petroulas to register two new gold star logos featuring the letter.

This was done to brand his Greek restaurant Subterranean Bar and Grill and Japanese eatery Sosumi Sushi Train.

“By definition a symbol can only be defined as the letter “S” when the ends of the letter curl back into the spine of the letter,” he asserts in a submission to IP , which manages trade mark issues, defending his applications.

“I note that by definition the squiggle in the centre of the Casino Device is not the letter ‘S’. “.

In March, Mr Petroulas wrote a letter of demand to the Star’s board which called on the company “cease and desist” from using the gold star logo, destroy all copies of it and remove it from its premises in Sydney and Brisbane.

He says he will take The Star to the federal court.

“In my opinion it’s a clear breach of my rights to actually see the application going through and be able to object to it,” he says. “They’ve denied me that opportunity.”

But a spokesman for The Star labelled Mr Petroulas’ claims “spurious and insulting”.

“The Star Entertainment Group proudly embraces the highest professional standards,” he said.

“We trademarked our logo after following the registration process to the letter.”

“There were opportunities for objections to be lodged and that did not occur. Now we seek to protect the brand equity in the logo and the brand we’ve developed.”

Staying dry and consistent

Interstate trainer Tony McEvoy will wait as long as possible before heading to Sydney for Saturday’s $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.
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Victorian visitor Hey Doc will be primed for Saturday’s $1m The Star Doncaster Mile. Picture courtesy Racing Photos

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McEvoy will be represented by one of the fancies Hey Doc ($15), an impressive last start n Guineas winner at Flemington.

“We won’t head up from Victoria until later in the week,” McEvoy revealed.

“I prefer to work him at home in the dry rather than go up to Sydney where there’s been a lot of rain.”

Hey Doc has won two of his only three starts this campaign and claimed the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington prior to his Group 1 n Guineas victory.

“The Doncaster is obviously a big step up for him. Only the top line three-year-olds can win these types of Group Ones and we’re hoping he is up to the task.”

Hey Doc has been a model of consistency with six wins and three placings from his 12 starts, accumulating $900,000 in prizemoney.

“He is a very good prospect. He is honest, sound and on Saturday has no weight (51kg) on his back so we’re expecting a huge run from him,” McEvoy said.

Regular jockey Luke Currie cannot make the weight with local rider Tim Clark being booked for Hey Doc, with Clark having won the race five years back aboard Sacred Choice.

McEvoy will also be bringing talented colt Aspect to Sydney for Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Inglis Sires’ (1400m).

Aspect has only raced four times for a win and a second, the latter being a nose defeat in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Flemington on March 11.

“He’s a lovely horse and we’ve always held him in high regard,” said McEvoy.

Luke Currie had to ride the horse upside down last start in contrast to the colt getting back in the field and running on late.

“He was trapped wide early and Luke had no choice but to go forward and sit outside the leader rather than cover extra ground.

“He was out of his comfort zone and ran super.

“The winner zipped away from him halfway down the straight then my bloke charged to the line – one more stride and he wins the race.”

TAB fixed odds have Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic the $4.60 favourite for the Inglis Sires’ ahead of Menari and Tulip at $8. Aspect is quoted at $51.

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WineTaste of offbeat varietiesJohn Lewis

MASTERFUL: Applying his skills to montepulciano, DiGiorgio chief winemaker Peter Douglas.OVER the past 30 years Peter Douglas has emerged as one of the grand masters of Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, but his formidable skills are now also being applied to the rare-in- montepulciano variety.
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This month I’ve sampled a DiGiorgio 2015 Montepulciano made by Peter and assistant winemaker Bryan Tomkin among the trio of intriguing new-release alternate-variety reds.

It is part of theDiGiorgiofamily company’s commitment to alternate varieties and is the second montepulciano vintage from the seven-year-old vines of a grower in South ’s northern Limestone Coast.

It’s a commitment that also shines at the Crossing family’sAngullong operation at Orange, which has released its $26 2015 Fossil Hill Sagrantino, the maiden wine from its plantings of this grape of Italian Umbrian origin.

At McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg company the interest in alternate varieties can only be described as rampant, with chief winemaker Chester Osborn last week launching the inaugural $29 d’Arenberg 2016 Anthropocene Epoch Mencia, made from a variety of Spanish and Portuguese origins.The fruit came from a five-hectareBlewitt Springsplot,planted to merlot in 1996 and grafted to mencia in 2014.

The wine joins Chester’s list of offbeat varieties that include sagrantino, cinsault, roussanne, marsanne, arneis, aglianico, tinto cao and petit verdot and eccentric wine names like Galvo Garage, Laughing Magpie, Vociferate Dipsomaniac and Cenosilicaphobic Cat.

Angullong has a commitment to Mediterranean grape varieties dating back to 1999 and, in addition to the new sagrantino, its alternate-varietial portfolio includes vermentino, tempranillo and barbera – 2015 Fossil Hill version of which has been released at $23 with the sagrantino.

DiGiorgio’smontepulciano comes from a grape that gets its name from the Montepulciano region of Italy’s Siena Province and which, along with sangiovese, is a “workhorse” variety of central Italy.From his time in Sicily as chief winemaker for major Italian producer Casa Vinicola Calatrasi, Peter Douglas is well acquainted with Italian varieties.

His wine fame grew from his 14-year term as manager-chief winemaker of Wynns Coonawarra Estate. He quit in 1998 to become chief winemaker- manager of the Canandaigua Salinas Valley winery in California, then went to Sicily.After two years overseas, Peter and his family returned to their beloved Coonawarra, where he now presides over the DiGiorgio winery.

Icon to repel invaders

HERO: Prized Icon is seen here ridden by Glyn Schofield. The colt is one of Sydney’s best chances of claiming the BMW n Derby at Royal Randwick this Saturday. Image by Bradley Photographers*Sponsored by Racing NSW
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Home track hero Prized Icon will attempt to repel a strong interstate and overseas invasion in Saturday’s $2 million BMW n Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

The colt is one of only two Sydney representatives among the top seven in the TAB fixed odds market for the Group 1 event, alongside the Team Hawkes-trained Inference ($4.60).

Prized Icon sits on the fifth line of betting at $11, with Victorian three-year-olds Anaheim ($8), So Si Bon ($11) and Hardham ($15) joining Kiwis, Gingernuts ($3.60 favourite) and Jon Snow ($6) near the top of the betting.

The James Cummings-prepared youngster isa dual Group 1 winner, having taken out the Champagne Stakes at Randwick as a two-year-old and the Victoria Derby last spring at Flemington.

After flopping in the Rosehill Guineas behind Gingernuts, Prized Icon then finished well for second to Jon Snow in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.

“It was good to see him bounce back to form,” Cummings said.

“He needs a few runs to reach his peak and I’ve kept a bit up my sleeve, but I would need to.

“He was good as a spring three-year-old but he needs to now be the ‘improved version’ as he will be taking on two powerful New Zealand stayers (Gingernuts and Jon Snow).

“I feel he will back up well and is a horse that only needs two things – light exercise and racing; he just loves to race.

“It should be a wonderful Derby with the good Kiwi horses plus other horses on the fringe such as the Victorians Anaheim and So Si Bon.

“We just want some good weather now.”

Cummings had entered Rock and Swing for the Derby but will now look at the $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on April 15.

“We have a lot of time for him. We were tempted to go for the Derby but he’s a work in progress and is probably six months away.

“It’s a bit soon and we would be asking a bit too much of him. We’ll happily slot a path after that race.”

Impressive last start, Newcastle winner Whispered Secret was entered for the $1 million Inglis Sires’ but Cummings decided to head to theFernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on April 8.

“We thought about throwing her in the deep end (Sires) but will take our time with her and run the filly in the Fernhill.

“She will run a mile sweetly,” Cummings said.

“She has only had three runs as a two-year-old and last time defeated the older horses at Newcastle.

“She should turn out a nice spring three-year-old.”

Villa Carlotta who failed on the heavy surface last Saturday is heading to the spelling paddock.

“She didn’t enjoy the heavy track at all but we have a lot of time for her and the spell will do her the world of good,” he said.

‘Grey flash’ Chautauqua has been installed the $4.60 favourite for one of the other highlights on Day 1 of The Championships, the $2.5m Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

The gelding ran a brave third to champion mare Winx in last Saturday week’s George Ryder Stakes and will be aiming for his third successive win in this event.

This preview of The Championships is brought to you by Racing NSW. Mark Brassel writes for Racing NSW Magazine, racingnsw苏州夜总会招聘.au and thechampionships苏州夜总会招聘.au

Aboriginal leader slams NSW Government over development blocks

‘Mixed messages’ jibe | photos, video Questions: Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council chief executive Sean Gordon says the NSW Government is preventing his organisation from developing its potential, after controversial mine and rail decisions.
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Darkinjung chief executive Sean Gordon and planning and development manager Lynne Hamilton on the Bushells Ridge site.

Constraints: Lynne Hamilton and Sean Gordon at the access point where coal infrastructure is proposed, and where Darkinjung believes access to its land will be blocked.

Stopped: Sean Gordon on Darkinjung land only metres from the Sydney-Newcastle rail line. Transport for NSW rated Darkinjung land as the preferred site for a rail maintenance facility.

Prevented: Sean Gordon on Darkinjung land on the other side of the Sydney-Newcastle rail line, where the Aboriginal Land Council had hoped to sell land for a rail maintenance facility.

Flood: Kangy Angy land under flood, showing the depth of water at the area’s access point beneath a rail bridge.

Wet: The level of flood waters through parts of Kangy Angy where Transport for NSW has proposed a rail maintenance facility.

Wetter: Another section of Kangy Angy flood plain under water.

TweetFacebookDarkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council is a shining example of what an Aboriginal organisation should and can be. We don’t sit around waiting for a hand out from government. We take it upon ourselves to create our own revenue.

Darkinjung chief executive Sean GordonThe view of Darkinjung is that all residents should have the same types of rights that Darkinjung has so that it forces governments to sit down and negotiate fair outcomes, rather than just use their own deadline to force people out of their homes.

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The department also rejected a Subsidence Advisory NSW (the former Mine Subsidence Board) request that Wallarah 2 accept responsibility for any damage to existing surface improvements by mine subsidence, after noting significant expected subsidence impacts.

Transport for NSW expressed concerns about negotiating with Darkinjung over its Bushells Ridge or Blue Haven land for the rail maintenance facility because Darkinjung had made native title claims over parts of the land.

It cited the 2019 deadline for when the Intercity trains are in operation.

“These trains need a maintenance facility open in time for the fleet to be in service,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“We cannot risk entering into negotiations with any party who is likely not to be in a position to help us meet this important deadline for our customers.”

Mr Gordon rejected Transport for NSW’s explanation, and said Darkinjung had completed rezonings and subdivisions over land while native title claims were outstanding.

“Native title’s not a deterrent. It just means they have to sit down and negotiate with us,” Mr Gordon said.

“Their problem is that they can’t compulsorily acquire the land, which is what they were able to do at Kangy Angy so that families were forced out of their homes.

“The view of Darkinjung is that all residents should have the same types of rights that Darkinjung has so that it forces governments to sit down and negotiate fair outcomes, rather than just use their own deadline to force people out of their homes.

“It’s a pretty poor excuse on the part of Transport for NSW.”

Mr Gordon said he was reminded of Noel Pearson’s recent speech in which he raised the issue of the “soft bigotry of low expectation” facing Indigenous ns.

“Darkinjung is a shining example of what an Aboriginal organisation should and can be. We don’t sit around waiting for a hand out from government. We take it upon ourselves to create our own revenue to fund our ambitious community programs,” he said.

We’re focussed on improving the journeys of tens of thousands of Newcastle and Central Coast train customers by delivering a new fleet of state-of-the-art Intercity trains from 2019.

These trains need a maintenance facility open in time for the fleet to be in service. We cannot risk entering into negotiations with any party who is likely not to be in a position to help us meet this important deadline for our customers.

Pattinson and Gotch take Vics into box seat

Alice Springs: A historic third consecutive Sheffield Shield title is within Victoria’s reach after the Bushrangers overcame a turbulent start to day two of the final at Traeger Park.
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South ripped through the Victorian middle order early on Monday morning but were denied for more than 63 overs by the seventh-wicket partnership of Seb Gotch and James Pattinson, who put on 139 to quash the Redbacks’ resistance.

Pattinson (80) and Gotch (52) both topped their previous high first-class scores before falling shortly after South took the third new ball as Victoria lost 4-3 late in their innings. But by then it was probably too late for the Redbacks, with the Bushrangers all out for an imposing 487. No team has ever lost a Shield final with a score that big when batting first, and the Bushrangers need only to draw this final to win three Shields in a row for the first time in the state’s history.

Pattinson’s outstanding day continued when he bowled Redbacks opener John Dalton for a duck in the first over of the South n innings.

Jake Weatherald and Callum Ferguson clawed their way to to stumps, but the Redbacks’ chances of breaking their 21-year Shield drought seem remote with three days left to play at 1-19, still 468 runs behind.

Redbacks seamer Chadd Sayers kept alive his chances of breaking Colin Miller’s record of 67 wickets in a Shield season. Sayers took 7-84, needing another seven in Victoria’s second innings to claim the record outright. South n wicketkeeper Alex Carey also finished with five catches for the innings, drawing him level with the Shield record of 58 in a season.

But while South enjoyed the statistical spoils, the silverware looks likely to remain in Melbourne.

Resuming the day at 3-322, the runs flowed freely early for Victoria, before Rob Quiney (48), Cameron White (17) and Daniel Christian (four) all fell in quick succession.

The turning point might have been when Pattinson survived a big LBW shout from Sayers before scoring. Both men said later that they thought the right decision had been made.

After that scare Pattinson and Gotch battened down the hatches before accelerating shortly before the third new ball was taken, consigning spinner Adam Zampa to the unflattering figures of 1-175.

Pattinson said he was glad his diligent approach to batting had paid off. “I’ve always hoped I could get to No. 7 one day and become an all-rounder so I’ll just keep working towards that hopefully.”

The word cricket must remove from its vocabulary

PC f***wit, idiot, f***ing idiot, ponce, attention-seeker, snowflake, cancer, pretend victim.
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Now that the name-calling’s out of the way, let’s have an adult discussion.

Cricket has a problem. Not a major problem, perhaps even what social media types like to call a first-world problem. But a problem nevertheless.

Cricket has many quirky and whimsical terms, the origins of which even many tragics of the game would struggle to explain. Fielding positions like silly mid-off, third man, fine leg and cow corner (in an unofficial capacity) are but a few.

They are part of the rich fabric of the sport, and may they live on for as long as cricket is played. With the exception of one – the “chinaman”.

It’s not a term that is commonly heard in cricket, but one that will get a lot of air play this week after spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s dream start to his Test career for India.

Why? Because he is what is known in the game as a “chinaman” bowler – a left-arm spinner who turns the ball back into the right-handed batsman.

Uncomfortable at how often and insensitively the term was being used after Kuldeep’s efforts, this correspondent challenged cricket to get rid of the racially offensive term. It met a mixed response on Twitter, which fell broadly into three categories:

– support from those who can see its racist overtones;

– curiosity from those wanting to learn;

– and streams of abuse from those outraged that I was upset by something they deemed innocuous. My challenge to cricket: get racially offensive terminology out of the game #IndvAus#KuldeepYadavpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/tp9uePlZ2D??? Andrew Wu (@wutube) March 25, 2017Aussies fail to comprehend India’s Chinaman! #KuldeepYadav#IndvAus#IndvsAuspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/6zxG6dLU48??? Sanket Jack (@sanket_jack) March 26, 2017

Canadian folk band The East Pointers wow Newcastle

Going off: The East Pointers in Newcastle on Friday night. Picture: Jim KellarA magnetic bundle of energy, better known as The East Pointers, caused a firestorm in Newcastle on Friday night.
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The trio of Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson and Jake Charron were preaching to the converted from the moment they took the stage at the Unorthodox Church of Groove in Hamilton.

It was the perfect venue, as close to a comfy lounge room as you can come. The atmosphere was close to a house party, or more like, a barn dance.

Post by The East Pointers in Newcastle.

The showmanship of these Canadians was dazzling, at least to a first-timer. The truth is they have trod the backroads of on three other occasions, playing major festivals and intimate folk clubs as their international reputation keeps growing.

The show was a reminder that so many good things happen at the grassroots level. A good third of the 100-plus crowd enjoyed dancing, and truthfully, it was an irresistible temptation. If this is representative of the music they brew on Prince Edward Island in the far north-east of Canada, then it must indeed be a special place.

The fast-pace set licked off with Meals by Maurice and Secret Victory, eventually slowing down for the moving ballad, Blainey’s Laughing Eyes. But they fired up again, running through Places You’ll Go, and then the eerie 82 Fires, written in Tasmania with Liz Stringer when they surrounded by smoke and flames during their tour. The delicateEbb Tide followed, allowing an opportunity to ponder the exquisite interplay of fiddle, banjo and guitar.

And then, they off running again, with raucous melody of The Drift and Woodfordia.

Should The East Pointers ever find that elusive mass cross-over audience, it could well be Cold that brings it. Foremost, it is lyrically-driven song.

The tail end featured The Stubborn Mule,Ken the Hen and their addictive cover of David Bowie’s Heroes.

It was 95 minutes of sheer joyful music, about as uplifting of a musical experience as you could ask for.

Beecroft Weapons Range fire after defence drone crashes

RANGE FIRE: A crashed defence force drone has sparked a bushfire on the Beecroft Weapons Range, east of Nowra. Photo: Gary Barton, NSW RFSA crashed defence force drone has sparked a bushfire on the Beecroft Weapons Range, east of Nowra.
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It is understood the alarm was raised around noon on Mondaywhen the drone, being tested over the range, made what defence has described as “a hard landing”.

It is not known at this stage whether the drone has exploded on impact or if the fire was sparked due to the landing.

The fire is burning in a south easterly direction towards in the coast in a section of the range which has previously been burnt out.The bush is alight off Impact Road at Beecroft Peninsular.

Fire crews have established a safe zone around the fire and are awaiting the arrival of army engineers who will be needed to clear possible unexploded ordnance in the area before crews can enter the drone crash site.

NSW RFS Fires Near Me has the bushfire listed on its website.

The Royal n Navy is currently trialling three different varieties of drones, known as unmanned aerial systems.

The defence spokesperson dismissed social media reportsthat a plane had crashed.

“It is definitely not an aircraft but an unmanned aerial systemand no personnel have been injured in the incident,” the spokesperson said.

Fire fighting crews from Fire and Rescue NSW Nowra, three Rural Fire Service crews and defence personnel are fighting the fire which is in heathland.

Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat crew from Shellharbour are also on the scene.

Twenty RFS personnel from Culburra Beach, Callala Bay and Currarong and defence members are fighting the blaze.

Firefighters are undertaking a small area of back burning to assist with containing the fire.

No properties are currently under threat.

The bushfire is burning off Impact Road at Beecroft Peninsular, east of Nowra.

Cancer study finds nervous system implicated in tumour growth

One step closer: Professor Hubert Hondermarck, a member of the HMRI Cancer Research Program, says the nervous system can stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
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THE nervous system plays a bigger role in the onset and spread of cancer than previously thought, aUniversity of Newcastle professor says.

Professor Hubert Hondermarck, a biochemistry researcher at the University of Newcastle, led a pioneering study that confirmed how thenervous system isactivelyimplicated in the growth of cancer.

He said while tumour cells were known to invade nerves, up until now it was thought the nerves themselves were not involved in the initiation of cancer and its progression.

“The nerves are getting into human tumours, and they stimulate the growth of the cancer,” he said.

“There is a cross talk between nerves and cancer cells. The cancer cells are able to attract nerves, and once the nerves are inside the cancer, they stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

“The more nerves there are, the more aggressive a tumour is.”

The phenomenon has been demonstrated by several teams, including Professor Hondermarck’s, in prostate, gastric, breast and pancreatic tumours, leading the research team to suspect it is relatively widespread.

Given the nerve dependence, they believe it relates to the body’s failed regeneration process.

The study has just been published in the international cancer journal Cancer Cell.

Professor Hondermarck said the nextchallenge was to translate the laboratory finding into clinical practice.

“In the future, anti-cancer drugs could potentially block the stimulatory impact of nerves,” he said.

“There is also potential to develop diagnostic and prognostic tools for cancer, either by determining tumour aggressiveness through the presence of nerves, or using neurotrophic growth factors as a blood biomarker to signify a cancer is starting to develop.”

Professor Hondermarck was reluctant to call the research a “breakthrough”, but said it was “one step forward” to better understanding cancer.

“There are still things we don’t know, but once you identify a new mechanism, you can propose a new treatment,” he said. “It is the basic science ofcancer.”