Court remembered as a visionary

The order of service at the funeral of former WA Premier Sir Charles Court, who died last month aged 96.PERTH – Former WA Premier Sir Charles Court was a visionary who laid the foundations for Western Australia’s resources boom, his memorial service was told yesterday. More than 1000 people turned out in Perth yesterday for the State memorial service for Sir Charles, who died last month aged 96 surrounded by his close-knit family. Farewelling the Liberal elder statesman were Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith, representing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; former Prime Ministers John Howard and Malcolm Fraser; WA Premier Alan Carpenter and federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson. Sir Charles was a politician for 29 years and Premier of WA from 1974 to 1982.
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NZ foot find

A foot found in a New Zealand national park may have been frozen for decades in a glacier before it was located last month, police say.Officers are trawling over lists of missing hikers to try and find the identity of the foot, which was discovered on December 7 but only recovered yesterday. Sen-Const. Brent Swanson from the Twizel police said the remains were found in a plastic boot located at the Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park. Because that type of footwear was introduced in the 1970s it was possible the remains were decades old, Swanson said.
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Carreras to pay tribute to good friend Pavarotti

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SYDNEY – Singer Jose Carreras will pay tribute to his old friend and fellow tenor, the late Luciano Pavarotti, by performing some of the Three Tenors’ favourite songs at the Sydney Opera House this week. Carreras will sing pieces from opera, pop and musical theatre as well as his own selection of Spanish and Italian love songs at two concerts tomorrow and Sunday.

Australian soprano Emma Matthews will join the Spanish singer on stage, and the concerts will be backed by a full symphony orchestra conducted by David Gimenez.

Speaking in Sydney yesterday, Carreras said he, Italian Pavarotti and fellow Spaniard Placido Domingo had become very close while working as the Three Tenors.

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Disharmony

Multicultural celebration Harmony Day will not be held this year due to a lack of funding and volunteer support. It was incorrectly reported in the Big Squeeze that it would be held on March 16.
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Bridge check

Police will decide today whether to continue the search for a man reportedly thrown into a Gold Coast river. Two male witnesses have told police they saw a group of people throwing what looked like a man off Chevron Island Bridge into the Nerang River during New Year celebrations about 3.15am on Tuesday.They did not see him resurface. Water police used underwater cameras but were unable to find anything.
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Drag mum

A woman has been charged after she was caught drag racing in Sydney’s inner west with her two children in the back seat of her Holden Commodore station wagon.Police caught the woman street racing with someone on a black motorcycle on Victoria Rd, Drummoyne, at 10.10pm on Tuesday. Travelling south, the pair reached speeds of 109kmh in a 60km zone.
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Your numbers

WEDNESDAY LOTTO – Draw No.414: (Drawn order): 26, 13, 15, 18, 9 and 33. Supplementary Numbers: 39 6. Division 1 Prize Pool $934,853.43 TATTS 2 – Drawn numbers: 26 and 2. First division dividend: $500.
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KENO – Drawn numbers: 3, 13, 17, 18, 22, 25, 27, 33, 36, 38, 49, 50, 60, 63, 64, 68, 69, 71, 75 and 78. Jackpot for the next draw is: $1 million.

OZ LOTTO – OZ Lotto draw No. 724:

Winning Numbers (drawn order): 18, 37, 10, 13, 17, 5 and 21. Supplementary: 27 and 43. Division 1: Jackpot; Division 2: $77,600.20; Division 3: $2904.80; Division 4: $278.55; Division 5: $35.65; Division 6: $19.05; Division 7: $11.85.

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Murphy tries again

Eddie Murphy and new wife Tracey Edmonds. Eddie Murphy and new wife Tracey Edmonds.
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Comedian Eddie Murphy married film producer Tracey Edmonds on a private island in French Polynesia on New Year’s Day. The sunset ceremony, attended by 25 guests, took place off Bora Bora.Murphy, 46, was divorced from his wife of 13 years, Nicole, in 2006. They had five children. Last year, he fathered a daughter with Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls, but did not acknowledge paternity until four months later.

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Time to relax

A GREAT first home for a young family is on offer at Westbury.
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88 William St, Westbury, is for sale for $239,000 through LJ Hooker Deloraine. This weatherboard home was built in 1950 and is 127 sq.m in size on land of 0.996 ha.

The three bedroom home has a study/sunroom, large kitchen and dining area, a wood heater, drapes and carpeted floor.

Two of the bedrooms are double and also contain built-ins.

Outside there are lovely established gardens that will blow you away, as will the beautiful rural views.

There is a large undercover entertainment area and a double Colorbond garage which are also impressive.

There is also a vegie garden, woodshed and chicken house.

This home is within walking distance to all that Westbury has to offer, including schools, shops, churches and sporting facilities, and is only 20 minutes to Launceston.

For more information contact Cristy Hall at L.J. Hooker Deloraine, look for the advertised open home times, or see more @ Domain南京夜网.au

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Our $50m bloom

Charles, Alex, 5, and Andrew Dowling inspect mature poppies on their farm at Cressy. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON Charles, Alex, 5, and Andrew Dowling inspect mature poppies on their farm at Cressy. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON
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TASMANIAN poppy farmers are keeping their fingers crossed that poor weather doesn’t damage this year’s $50 million crop.

Promises for next year of guaranteed minimum area and prices from GlaxoSmithKline and competitive pricing offers from Tasmanian Alkaloids suggest that the State’s five-year poppy downturn is over. After a dry start to the season, most crops are looking good, but with only a few weeks to go before harvesting, the crop is approaching its most vulnerable as poppy heads start to dry.

Heavy rains or strong winds towards the end of January will reduce the amount of alkaloid in the poppies, reducing the return to farmers.

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