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Hells Angels’ RAW deal

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

The Hells Angels outsourced the shooting and bashing of rival gang members to a feeder group calling itself RAW, bikie sources have said.
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Last Saturday, a Rebels bikie associate was shot and three other men were seriously hurt when a group of balaclava-clad men armed with bats and a gun stormed their gang’s clubhouse in Huskisson on the south coast.

Bikie sources have told The Sun-Herald the attacking group is known locally as Red And White, or RAW, and has links to the Hells Angels, who rely on the men to disrupt the Rebels’ illegal activities.

”They are a gang of about 30 blokes and the Hells Angels use them because if they tried to push in there themselves there would be a serious blue on,” a source said. ”They don’t ride bikes or are that organised but do the Hells Angels’ dirty work in the area.”

Shoalhaven police confirmed the existence of the RAW group but said the NSW State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad had taken over the investigation into the shooting.

The Gangs Squad Superintendent, Arthur Katsogiannis, declined to comment on theories behind the latest bikie attack.

”We are concerned there could be retribution for this incident and we are appealing to anyone who may have information to assist police,” he said.

Superintendent Katsogiannis said police investigations ”had hit a brick wall” because of Rebels gang members refusing to talk to them.

”It is difficult to investigate when people don’t co-operate with police,” he said.

While details remain sketchy, police confirmed a 27-year-old was shot in the leg, a 39-year-old was left with serious head injuries, fractured ribs and a fractured hand, and a 37-year-old sustained severe head injuries. The men went to Shoalhaven Hospital on Saturday night with a fourth man arriving later with head and back injuries.

On Tuesday, a Seven Hills tattoo parlour, Confederate Ink, which has links to the Rebels, was set on fire.

Police sources said there was no connection between the two attacks.

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Melbourne slip into top gear

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

MELBOURNE last night returned to their relentless best against a South Sydney side that was simply outclassed. Craig Bellamy’s men ran in four tries to one and handed their well-fancied rivals a 24-6 beating in a performance that will have them pushing for favouritism for the title given they now have a two-week rest and a home preliminary final.
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Souths, making their first finals appearance since 2007, were only in this game for as long as it took the Storm to open the scoring – and that was early in the first half, after they had weathered an early offensive from the visitors.

After that it was one-way traffic, and Souths did not even get on the scoreboard until Eddy Pettybourne spared the Sydneysiders’ blushes with a try seven minutes from time. Ryan Hoffman’s toughness epitomised the Storm’s desperation when he recovered from an early knock-out to put his side in front in the seventh minute. The Storm stretched the advantage to eight points in the 13th minute when Cameron Smith kicked a penalty goal. Greg Inglis, for so long a favourite of the fans in purple, is now the poster boy for the Rabbitohs, but there was little in the way of threat from the superstar in the opening period. In fact, one of his best moments came when he intervened to deny Mahe Fonua a first NRL try as the Storm piled on the pressure.

It paid dividends for the home side in the 23rd minute when Billy Slater went over and, after a delay for the video referee, the all clear was given for another try. Smith’s kick stretched the lead to 14 points but worse was to come for the Rabbitohs in the shadows of half-time.

Fonua, the first player to have come through the Victorian junior development system and progress to first grade, got his first NRL try in his first final after being set up by some good approach work by Storm’s English five-eighth Gareth Widdop. The move happened because of a mistake by South’s winger Nathan Merritt, who knocked on the ball to give the Storm possession in a dangerous position, but it would be unfair to single out that error as numerous teammates made other blunders at critical points of the opening half.

The improbable became the impossible for the Rabbitohs soon after the interval when the Storm’s pace and movement opened them up again, Widdop once more feeding the winger, this time Sisa Waqa, in space on the right. Smith’s conversion made it 24-0 and Storm could afford to take a breather and look ahead to the preliminary final.

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Bowen weaves his magic spell

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

MATT BOWEN taught us you can grow knee cartilage in a petri dish. On last night’s evidence in the first elimination final against rivals Brisbane, you can grow premierships in them too.
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Playing the 250th game of an NRL career that seemed to be over more than once, Bowen was nothing short of dazzling as North Queensland ended Brisbane’s season and the decorated career of prop Petero Civoniceva. The 30-year-old fullback scored the Cowboys’ first try, kicked for their third and beat two defenders cold to set up their fourth before finishing with a field goal in a 33-16 win before 21,307 fans, setting up a qualifying final appointment with defending premiers Manly at Allianz Stadium on Friday.

The stands were full of members of the Bowen family. ”Every second week, Mum and Dad come down,” he said. ”This time there was a truckload. I don’t know where I’ll be sleeping tonight. We’ll be all dogging up on the floor somewhere.”

Not even the great Johnathan Thurston could outshine his foil in a commanding, entertaining performance which featured a hat-trick to halfback Michael Morgan. It was 18-0 at half-time and 26-6 with 16 minutes left before the Broncos made it somewhat more interesting with consecutive touchdowns to captain Sam Thaiday and winger Dale Copley.

Winger Ashley Graham looked like being tackled over the right touchline – before an amazing piece of play. Graham lobbed an infield pass with his entire body out of bounds and airborne, Bowen on the spot to flash over. Brisbane had two scoring chances over the next six minutes – and missed out on both.

First centre Jack Reed skilfully fielded five-eighth Corey Norman’s bomb in intense traffic but what would have been the final pass before a Broncos touchdown was intercepted by Bowen. Before long, the Cowboys extended their lead. Thurston’s bomb was dropped by Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman and Morgan capitalised to scoop up the error and score. Thurston made no mistake with his close-range conversion attempt, and the scoreboard ticked over to 10-0.

Andrew McCullough’s 40-20 gave Anthony Griffin’s men some territory but they did nothing with it. Instead, Reed was pinged for blocking Brent Tate and Thurston opted for a 12-0 lead from a penalty goal.

That decision seemed contentious – for six minutes. That’s the period that elapsed before Morgan scored another eye-catching, skill-laden try. Bowen’s little dab bounced tantalisingly in Hoffman’s face – before the Cowboys star reached out with his right claw, snatched it out of the air, and raced to the try line. If the scoreline at that stage was an insult to Brisbane, then injury was soon added to it. Hoffman was struggling with a rib injury, Copley’s leg was causing a pronounced limp and Reed had a head knock. The Cowboys lost hooker Aaron Payne to a leg injury early and he did not return.

Brisbane’s 46th minute try put the Cowboys on the back foot, before a Thurston penalty and a Tate try steadied the ship for the victors.

Coach Neil Henry said the Cowboys were better placed than 2011 ”given that we limped into the finals last year”. ”We know it will be a tough game against the defending premiers so. We’ll get ourselves ready.”

Brisbane counterpart Griffin said: ”Referees didn’t cost us the game tonight. They got in the way a bit but they didn’t cost us the game.”

NORTH QUEENSLAND 33 (M Morgan 3 M Bowen B Tate tries J Thurston 6 goals M Bowen field goal) bt BRISBANE 16 (D Copley C Norman S Thaiday tries P Wallace 2 goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Gerard Sutton. Crowd: 21,307.

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Storm within an ace of the big dance

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One measure of Roger Federer’s sustained brilliance was that, during an incredible stretch, he reached 23 consecutive grand slam finals. In a similar vein, it is testimony to the Storm’s enduring excellence that, in two weeks, they will contest their sixth preliminary final in seven years.
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Indeed, on the strength of a powerful 24-6 win during which they overwhelmed a Souths team replete with big names, Melbourne will not merely contest another grand final eliminator. Regardless of who they play, the Storm will start heavy favourites at their AAMI Park fortress – just as they had when ambushed by the Warriors last season.

The memory of that defeat will, no doubt, ensure any sense of complacency is banished from Melbourne’s collective subconscious. Just another motivational bullet in coach Craig Bellamy’s already well-loaded gun.

It has been difficult to tell in the past two seasons whether Melbourne’s trademark was excellence or bloody-minded defiance. Yesterday, there was a touch of both – a comprehensive victory produced despite the withdrawal of winger Anthony Quinn and forwards Jason Ryles and Sika Manu.

The lines through those names seemed to have tipped the balance in South Sydney’s favour. Instead, as a tribute to how the Storm’s system is almost as important as their personnel, Melbourne were left with the pleasant dilemma of adding those three to a team that had hardly missed a beat.

For the Rabbitohs, a finals campaign that presented the best opportunity in decades to break the now 41-year premiership drought hit a speed hump. Was it big-game nerves for a club that had not reached the play-offs since 2007? The excellence of vastly experienced opposition? The exposure of a Rabbitohs team that had the worst big-game record of the so-called Big Four?

Whatever the reason, coach Michael Maguire will have his work cut out restoring the confidence of his team before the cut-throat semi against Canberra or Cronulla – a task made no easier by the arm injury to centre Matt King. At least the new finals system guarantees a home final.

But yesterday was, in every sense, a Melbourne sort of day. Bright sunshine replaced, just before the kick-off, by showers. But, more pertinently, it was a Melbourne day in the manner the home team produced its customary blend of disciplined defence, highly structured attack – peppered with sufficient individual brilliance to befuddle a bigger, more cumbersome, opponent. In the much anticipated battle of the fullbacks between Billy Slater and Greg Inglis, Slater scored the first points on his way to a resounding victory. Seven minutes in, Slater dodged and weaved the first 40 metres of a 90-metre burst by the Storm that led to Ryan Hoffman’s opening try. Although, given Hoffman had earlier been stunned by a heavy blow, the veteran forward might well have thought he was on a ride at Wet’N’Wild rather than sliding across the AAMI Park turf.

Slater’s next move was less stunning, but equally devastating. Seizing a pass from Hoffman, he rolled to the line – and not one centimetre further – with the video referee ruling momentum had taken him that far. More spring in Melbourne’s step, more air out of Souths’ tyres.

On the rare occasions Souths penetrated Melbourne’s defensive 20, they coughed up possession far too easily with misdirected chips or bombs that Slater easily defused. Only late in the first half did the Rabbitohs create any concerted pressure, and then winger Nathan Merritt’s fumble at the other end led, indirectly, to the Storm’s third try.

By half-time, it was hard to tell whether the 18-0 scoreline, or the crowd of 19,750 jubilantly performing the actions to YMCA, was the best indication of where the game was heading. Sisa Waqa kept the party going six minutes into the second half with the game-clinching try. Melbourne’s tireless defence did the rest, with Eddy Pettybourne’s late effort mere window dressing. Thus, with the inevitably of Federer in his pomp, the Storm had made the final four. All that is missing is the single-handed backhand, and the trophies in the cabinet.

MELBOURNE 24 (M Fonua R Hoffman B Slater S Waqa tries C Smith 4 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 6 (E Pettybourne try A Reynolds goal) at AAMI Park. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 19,750.

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AUSTRALIAN wool growers are being ”ripped off” an estimated $64 million a year by counterfeit products marked by the well-known Woolmark label.
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Australian Wool Innovation, which owns the trademark, has been involved in 44 counterfeit cases in 2012 compared with 12 in 2010. Two cases have been in court this year with legal action taken in another 12 disputes.

Employing a team of lawyers internationally to protect the mark for products made from 100 per cent Australian wool, AWI has found that most infringements are being committed in China and southern Europe.

The industry body has invested heavily to promote the label in recent years and commissioned world-renowned Australian photographer Anne Geddes to take images of babies in nests of wool. She is also currently shooting a calendar for Woolmark.

Now the body is fighting back against counterfeit products with the introduction of high-tech identification labels known as Near Field Communication, where a chip is identified and read by a smartphone app. The chip is usually placed on the washing instructions label and likely to appear on an increasing number of garments as the technology is rolled out. Some products are embedded with a Woolmark hologram that can only be seen with a magnifying glass.

AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough, said: ”We know we are getting ripped off and we know that our brand is being used out there illegally. In one court case won by the AWI a company had even painted the logo on the front of its building, it’s not like they were putting it on a handkerchief.

”We are very touchy about it because in the ’90s every physical asset the Australian wool industry had was sold … The Woolmark is one of the few that we have left – it is a wonderful asset and it is certainly worth protecting and we will protect it vigorously. If our licence holders are buying a licence we don’t want them competing against someone who hasn’t paid for it, one that’s a rogue and providing an inferior product. We want to protect them.”

In January, a Queensland manufacturer, Gold Coast Wool, had to pay a $6600 fine after being pursued by the ACCC for contravening consumer protection laws. ACCC tests found wool doonas and underlays sold mainly to Asian tourists as pure Australian wool contained 42 per cent polyester. The Woolmark logo was falsely used by the company.

Global wool retail apparel sales equate to about $80 billion a year. It is estimated that 8 per cent of this is marked with the Woolmark logo. The AWI estimates that about 1 per cent of that – or $64 million a year – is counterfeit and illegal use of the logo by retailers.

AWI’s chief marketing officer, Rob Langtry, said the crackdown on fake products was also about protecting jobs. ”When people don’t have strong brands they have tried to use the woolmark as a substitute and that’s about pricing,” he said.

”Their belief is, if it has got a recognisable symbol on it, then they can sell it for more. I think if it were allowed to go unchecked and we weren’t doing the policing that we are doing then it would cost jobs.

”If merino wool out of Australia, which is a certain quality, is substituted for a poorer quality wool fibre from a different place, that costs an Australian wool grower a sale opportunity.”

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