Dogs don’t need to sack Hasler. They need a player to get angry

People in rugby league seem to be losing a lot of things lately.
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Jason Taylor lost the support of the Wests Tigers board and then his job. Wayne Bennett has apparently lost his aura and his dressing-room. Nathan Brown would be losing his hair if he had any left to lose.

The Bulldogs just keep losing matches. They’ve lost seven of their past eight. Their 36-0 loss to Manly at Fortress Lottoland on Saturday afternoon wasn’t so much a loss as a humiliation.

It was shanking your drive on the first tee in front of a dozen or so people. It was cheering home the wrong horse. It was the walk of shame on a Sunday morning.

There’s quite a few angry Bulldogs fans out there who will tell you Des Hasler must lose his job, and if he doesn’t the club will start losing their memberships.

The Bulldogs don’t need to lose the coach. They need to find a leader.

It seems like a strange thing to say when they have an angry red-headed captain in James Graham who can almost single-handedly drag his side back into matches with one angry run, one angry tackle, one angry exchange with the referee, one angry howl at the moon before eating Billy Slater’s ears.

But that angry man who as a teenager refined his running style by charging at garage doors just isn’t there at the moment. Indeed, none of the Bulldogs are playing angry.

They don’t have a cranky forward – and certainly not a playmaker – who will bark at his teammates to follow his lead as he rips the opposition a proverbial new one. Against Manly, the best they could do was David Klemmer face-slapping halfback Daly Cherry-Evans in frustration.

This isn’t an attack on Graham or the side’s commitment. It doesn’t mean they don’t respect the coach. But the fabled “Dogs of War” have put their guns back in the holster. Most of their once-feared pack just seem like frustrated halfbacks.

Every successful team relies on a player to drag their side into the streetfight but at a club like Canterbury-Bankstown it’s in the woodwork. It’s in their DNA.

Steve Mortimer, Terry Lamb, Peter Kelly and any number of hard-headed forwards all sailed close to the line of aggression and legality but left opposing sides without any doubt about who they were playing.

Oh how I loved watching Chris Mortimer play in the 1980s, even against my own team, and then you hear his former teammates talk about him and you understand why.

They tell you he had a signature instruction to those standing next to him in the defensive line and the politically correct should look away now: “Take your f—ing skirts off. This is how you rip into them.”

And then he did.

Simple stuff, but effective nonetheless. When was the last time the Bulldogs gave away a penalty in anger, just to prove a point?

Far better students of the game than this one have had their say on what’s wrong with the Bulldogs and the universal observation is they are “playing slow”.

It’s reflected in the yardage of the men who should have the most.

In 2014, Graham was averaging 150 metres a game. Last year, he was churning through 167 a game. So far this year, just 111.

His fellow prop, Aiden Tolman, is averaging 100m a game. Tolman’s new three-year deal has raised as many eyebrows as Hasler’s persistence with hooker Michael Lichaa. His persistence with Josh Reynolds. With Moses Mbye.

With a style of play that starts and ends with a quick play-the-ball and one that looked revolutionary when the Bulldogs were making grand finals a few years ago but now seems as fluid as porridge.

The frustrating thing for Dogs fans is these are issues that have been identified for the best part of a year.

When the Bulldogs lost to the Panthers in the first week of the finals last year, some of their directors – including chairman Ray Dib – were watching from a private suite at Allianz Stadium.

It was interesting to be a fly on the wall that day. The look on their faces at fulltime told the story: something had to change.

But will it?

I was told on Friday afternoon that an extension on Hasler’s contract was basically done. He had conceded that he had to change, that he had to embrace that unmistakable Bulldogs DNA we’ve been talking about, and that he wasn’t the central figure at the club as he was at Manly and as he has been at Belmore in recent years spending millions on his football department.

Despite the loss to the Sea Eagles, the feeling I’m getting is that Hasler is more likely to be re-signed than not.

Bennett’s Broncos may well flog them at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night but Hasler has been given ample time to secure a few wins and a few more years at Belmore.

Dib’s decision to get on the front foot and do the rounds with selected media on Sunday was telling.

A shrewd operator who doesn’t usually broadcast what he’s thinking, Dib told Fairfax Media: “We’ve stuck to our plan and we’re not going to expedite a decision early. We’re not going to be pushed. We’re not a reactive board so we’ll stick to our plan.”

But Hasler cannot deny he’s on shaky ground. He fronted his first media conference at the start of this season and declared reports about his potential demise as “fake news”. He mustn’t be talking to the very nervous board members who wanted him gone for this season.

Des is my favourite person in rugby league. His eccentricity keeps reporters in a job. Although it’s probably time for both him and the Bulldogs to go in separate directions, he still has an ocean of football knowledge and experience.

That’s something you never lose.

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‘We’re at the tip of a new paradigm’: radical asthma treatment unveiled in Canberra

n scientists unveiled a “radical” approach that could revolutionise asthma treatment at a research conference in Canberra on Monday.
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The research, described as a “world first”, used subtle changes in diet to help keep the respiratory disease under control.

It was presented for the first time at the annual meeting of the Thoracic Society for and New Zealand.

“This is the first time anyone has looked at the impact of altering the gut microbiome on asthma control in humans,” the society’s president Professor Peter Gibson said.

“We’re at the tip of a new paradigm for how diet can be used to treat asthma.”

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects more than two million people throughout and at least 300 million across the globe.

It is projected that between 2016 and 2019 the treatment of asthma will cost the n taxpayer at least $4 billion.

The study, led by the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, used fibre supplements to change the composition of bacteria in the gut.

These changes were associated with reduced airway inflammation and had a beneficial effect on asthma control.

They were particularly effective in groups of asthmatics who struggled to control the disease, such as those who were overweight or obese.

“For many obese asthmatics, using puffers to control their asthma simply isn’t working and it has doctors baffled,” Professor Gibson said.

“With almost two out of three adult ns obese or overweight, this is becoming an increasingly pressing issue.

“These studies – which shed light on how diet can impact asthma by its effect on the gut microbiome and airway inflammation – hold particular significance for this group.”

Professor Lisa Wood, the study’s lead researcher, said the breakthrough could have a massive impact on the way asthma was treated.

“This ground-breaking research offers hope of a viable, complementary treatment for tens of millions of asthmatics around the world struggling to control their asthma with existing medications,” she said.

Another study presented at the conference probed the effect of fatty foods on asthma, showing that meals high in saturated fats could worsen inflammation and bring on symptoms such as coughing and chest tightness.

“These studies show both how diets high in fat can worsen asthma and how, conversely, a diet high in soluble fibre can help manage it,” Professor Wood said.

“It illustrates just how vitally important it is that ns eat healthily and how fundamentally important gut bacteria are to our well being.”

Your guide to music, movies & theatre around the Hunter

PURE CLASS: Pop music and film star Jessica Mauboy will light up Newcastle on Thursday night at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Robert Pierse.MUSIC5 Sawyers Thursday, Salt Tree. Friday, DJ Timmy Coffey.Saturday, Devultra.
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Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Hunter Singers –Sacred Rites.

Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, David J Bull.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, The Remedy.Sunday, Kim.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Open Fire.

Bar Petite Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, Jerome.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday,John Larder.Friday,Nano.Saturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Nicko.

Beach Hotel Friday, In Motion. Saturday, Club Esky.

Belmont 16s Friday,Rave On,Marissa. Saturday, DV8, All Access 80s,Anthology. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmont HotelSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Gen-X. Saturday, Blues Bombers.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Pelican Romance.

Bimbadgen Saturday,Blondie (US), Cyndi Lauper (US), Montaigne, Alex Lahey.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Ty. Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Friday, The Way. Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, Jacinta.

Broughtons at The Bay Sunday, Mick Jones.

Burwood Inn Friday, Bucko. Saturday, Pap’N’That.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Kyle Lionheart. Friday,Sleepmakeswaves (Glass House), Gooch Palms, Raave Tapes, Wavevom. Saturday, Client Liaison (Glass House),Gooch Palms, Vacations (Warehouse). Sunday, Kill The Noise, Blanke.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Carrington PlaceThursday, The Frenchman St New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Loui Abell. Saturday, Joe Cox.

Catho PubSaturday, Shawn Lidster.Sunday, The Search Party.

Central Sunday, Thirsty Merc.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, The Milestones.

Cessnock Hotel Friday, Mick Jones.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Counterpart.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Mardy Leith.

Civic Theatre Thursday, Jessica Mauboy,Isaiah Firebrace.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms.

Club Kotara Saturday, Bobby C.

Club LemonTree Friday, Redline. Saturday, Big Pete.

Club Maitland City Friday, Mardy Leith.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Murray Byfield.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Adrianna Mac.Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Teddy Cream. Saturday, Dola.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Saturday, Peach Studio 54.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Customs House Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Mick Jones.

Denman HotelSunday, James Naldo.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, Redline.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, 4 Letter Word.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Shivoo.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Alias.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, Sass And The Boss.Saturday, Purple Hearts.Sunday, Lennie Live.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, The Andy Show. Saturday, Tori Foryth & Carl TheBartender. Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus& Her Bluegrass Playboys.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday, The ‘So What’ Supper Club. Saturday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Loose Lips.

George Tavern Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday,The De Lisle Project.

Grain Store Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Junction Hotel Thursday, Archer. Friday, LD Express. Sunday, Neil Murray, William Crighton.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Dave Owen.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Loose Bazooka.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, The New Cool.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday,Panhandler (SWE), Tiger Can Smile, Wilson & The Castaways, Suburban Haze, Tear You Apart. Sunday,Laura Mardon,Nothing Rhymes with David,Spencer Scott,Jack Lundie&JimDusty.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, McKenzie. Sunday, Jerome, Banddits.

Hotel DelanyFriday, AK Morris. Saturday, The Urge.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Michael Mills.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Jungle Duo.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, R nR.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Kylie Jane.

Kent Hotel Friday, Hell Rad. Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Khartoum HotelFriday, Witchery.

King Street Hotel Friday, Valentino Khan. Saturday, Scndl.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Sunday,Orchestra Novapresents TheArtof theScherzo.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Tim Harding.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubFriday, Maryanne Rex.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, The V Dubs.

The Landing Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Tim Harding.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Grant Walmsley.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday,Binjuice,Great Gable,Tobias.Saturday,Unfit For Human Consumption,Flight to Dubai,Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Martha Tilston (UK). Friday,Dave Graney &the Coral Snakes,Georgio “The Dove” Valentino. Saturday,Soul & Cirque. Sunday,The Grigoryan Brothers.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelSaturday, Mark Wells Duo.Sunday, Hornet.

Mary Ellen Friday, Gen-R-8. Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Full Throttle.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Damien. Saturday, Jackson Halliday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Adam Gear. Satruday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Triple Zero.Saturday,Cruzers.Sunday,Blues Bombers.

Morisset Country ClubFriday, Duplexity.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Flatline.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Frets With Benefits. Saturday, Frick-n-Orson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The Vault Friday,Hollow World,Daemon Pyre,Zeolite,Grim Demise,Blade of Horus.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, John Larder. Saturday, Phoenix Pritchard.

Pedens CessnockFriday,Blake Saban.Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, Smokin Rosie.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Kylie Cartner, Banddits. Saturday, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Potters Brewery Friday, Pistol Pete.

The PourhouseSaturday, James Osborn.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, Busta Thong.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Little Cents. Saturday, Nicko.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Hayden Shepherd. Saturday, The Sue & Mikey Show, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, The Years.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Royal HotelSingletonSunday, Zac And Ben.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Joel Oakhill.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Garry Booth.Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Soul Play. Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain.

Shamrock HotelSaturday,Duplexity.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Brenton Williams.

Small Ballroom Friday,Tijuana Cartel.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Dreams.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Jon Matthews.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Archer, Amy Vee. Saturday, Bad Luck Kitty.

Star Hotel Friday, DJ Benny B. Saturday, Phonic Duo.Sunday, Steve Cowley & Friends.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Witchery.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Damien.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, KaDenCe.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Outerphase.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Kim & Mik.Saturday, Sarah Christine.

Toronto Diggers Friday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Wicked. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Thursday,BandaluziaFlamenco with NaikePonce(SPAIN). Sunday,Hinterlandt.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Jake Davey.

Wangi HotelSunday, Wesleys Edge.

Wangi Workers Club Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Allan Freihaut. Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Warners At The BayFriday, Tim Broadway. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Jumpin’ Jutebox.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Wayne and the Wanderers.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, Dr Zoom. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,Whiskey Business. Saturday,Jye Sharp,The Years. Sunday,Codi Kaye,Blues Exile.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Vegas.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

MOVIESA Street Cat Named Bob(PG) Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

A United Kingdom (PG)Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. (Lake Cinema)

Beauty and the Beast(PG)An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Fight Club (R)An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Ghost In The Shell (M) Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybridleads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Hidden Figures(PG)A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Kong: Skull Island(M)A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Life(MA)Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Lion(PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home. (Regal)

Logan(MA)In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Manchester By The Sea (M)A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Regal)

Moonlight(M)The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

National Theatre: Hedda Gabler (CTC)Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience(G)On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a barbecue, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and see the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine.

Power Rangers(M)A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

The Boss Baby(G)A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Coming War On China (CTC) John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the United States and the world’s second economic power, China are on the road to war.

The Edge of Seventeen (M)Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian starts dating her best friend. (Regal)

The LEGO Batman Movie(PG)Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

The Light Between Oceans(M)A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. (Regal)

THEATREDreamtimeTwo male teenagers find their dreams of adventure are different to reality whenthey try to steal a couple’s money; drama by Maura Campbell, based on real events. ReamusYouth Theatre, at Maitland Repertory Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Newcastle Comedy Showcase HourTen Newcastle comedians showcase their skills in thisfundraiser for the new University of Newcastle Comedy Club; with Jarrod Moore as MC.Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm.

On CueWEA Hunter’s 2017 Diploma of Musical Theatre students in song and dancenumbers from classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle.Friday, at 7pm.

Queen of MarsA young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director JohnWood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday,dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.

Soul & CirqueA band of musicians recreate the classic Motown sound, while internationalaerial and ground acrobats perform amazing routines. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Saturday, dinnerand show from 6pm, show only at 8.30pm.

The BusinessA woman who helped to make a family company an n success findsherself in conflict with her children when her husband is dying; comedy-drama by JonathanGavin. Valley Artists, at Laguna Hall, Laguna. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 8pm.

The World of MusicalsA large international cast in numbers from 18 musicals, includingLes Miserables, Cats, Jersey Boys and Singing in the Rain. R.K.T.Z Group & MayoEntertainment. Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Saturday, at 8pm. Cessnock Performing ArtsCentre, Monday, at 8pm.

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.

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

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