Defending fours champions upset

(2/3) Longford’s Simon Zaporozec releases his bowl in yesterday’s fours final.(1/3)
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THE grand final of the State men’s open fours bowls championship yesterday resulted in an easy victory to the North Launceston trio of Bradley and Brendon Peck, Jarrod Howard and Trevallyn’s David Minns when they easily accounted for the Longford four skipped by Mark Strochnetter. It was a reversal of last year’s result in Hobart when the Longford four won the title.

Strochnetter led 4-2 after three ends but it was all one-way traffic from then with Peck leading 12-4 after seven and 20-5 after 12.

They only played 18 of the 21 scheduled ends before Strochnetter conceded victory being 15 shots in arrears.

The winners were outstanding during the five-day championships and in their three finals game scored 76-34 to show that they were streets ahead of their opposition.

It was the third State title in three years for Howard but for Minns it completed a full set of championships during the last five years as in this period he has won the singles, pairs, triples and fours titles.

During the five days, Minns scored 12 straight wins as he qualified for the grand final of the pairs winning his semi-final by nine shots in the morning game.

Strochnetter and Chris Dudman had an easy win against clubmates Bruce Howard and Darryl Castles in the other semi-final winning by 17 shots without playing the last five ends.

Minns and Col Ward had a high- scoring game against Derwent City’s Paul Chamberlain and Peter Williams with only two single shot ends scored in the first 16 ends played.

Five shots on the 18th end put the result beyond doubt.

Due to the players having seven hours on the green in high humidity and 28-plus degree temperatures the tournament committee from the NTBA had no option but to postpone the grand final of the pairs until a later date.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS – FOURS GRAND FINAL: Brad Peck, D. Minns, J. Howard, Brendan Peck d Mark Strochnetter, S. Zaporozec, M. Saltmarsh, C. Dudman 25-10.

PAIRS SEMI-FINAL: M. Strochnetter-C. Dudman d B. Howard-D. Castles 25-8, D. Minns-C. Ward d P. Chamberlain-P. Williams 29-20.

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Everton kickedout by Oldham

LONDON – The romance of the FA Cup was in full bloom yesterday as Oldham shocked Premier League high-flyer Everton with a 1-0 third round away win. Fellow League One side Huddersfield also enjoyed victory over top-flight opposition by beating Birmingham City 2-1 in the third round – the stage when teams from English football’s top two divisions enter the competition.
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Premier League club Blackburn Rovers also fell at the first hurdle, beaten 4-1 at home as Championship side Coventry enjoyed its second surprise result in Cup competition this season after knocking Manchester United out of the League Cup.

Sheffield United, also of the Championship, ensured that top-flight Bolton’s FA Cup campaign fell at the first hurdle with a 1-0 away win, Socceroo David Carney scoring his first goal for the Blades.

Elsewhere non-league Havant and Waterlooville, in a match where both sides had a man sent-off, came from behind to draw 1-1 away to League One leader Swansea.

Holder Chelsea beat west London rivals and big- spending Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers 1-0 while Middlesbrough came from behind to defeat Premier League promotion hopeful Bristol City 2-1.

Manchester United knocked Aston Villa out for the second time in two seasons, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney scoring late on to secure a 2-0 win.

Oldham, 13th in League One two divisions below the top flight, saw Scottish midfielder Gary McDonald make Everton, sixth in the Premier League, pay for fielding an under-strength side with a goal in first-half injury time.

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Town in shock after car crash leaves four dead

BRISBANE – The close-knit community of Warwick in Queensland is reeling from shock following the deaths of four young people in a horror road smash. Three men and a woman – aged between 17 and 21 – were travelling along the Cunningham Highway near Warwick, west of Brisbane, about 11.20pm on Saturday when their car lost control after overtaking a truck. Police said the car collided with the semi-trailer, which was carrying corrosive liquids. The three men were past students of Assumption College while the woman recently graduated from Scots PGC, both in Warwick.
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Council will plead for lives of Balibombers

SYDNEY – An inner- Sydney council will plead with Indonesia to spare the Bali bombers less than a month before their scheduled execution. News Ltd newspapers say the left-leaning Marrickville Council will write to Indonesia’s Government this month asking it to commute death sentences imposed on three convicted Bali bombers.
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The council will also ask Indonesia to spare six Australian members of the Bali Nine, sentenced to death by firing squad for trying to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

The move follows Amnesty International Australia’s recent controversial bid to save the Bali bombers. To defend its position, the organisation cited its universal opposition to capital punishment.

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The forum

Dioxin
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PETER Hudson (Letters, Jan. 2) and the anti-pulp mill brigade’s misinformation campaign is becoming a real bore.

A toxicologist has told me that Launceston puts out more dioxin through the burning of wood fires and effluent pumped into the silt- filled Tamar River than the pulp mill will discharge into Bass Strait each year. If the Greens are correct about the effects of these theoretical but unmeasurable levels of dioxin then shouldn’t we all be dying of dioxin related illnesses by now?

Is the sky falling in?

Maybe the Launceston City Council should look at dioxin levels in its own backyard if it is seriously concerned about the effects of the pulp mill.

– ANDREW SMITH, South Launceston.

Democracy

BASICALLY, democracy is the wish of the majority.

Lacking a referendum, from evidence available, “on the balance of probabilities” (the basis of civil law) the majority does not want the pulp mill.

State and federal politicians have to accept that they have made a mistake, recognise the wish of the majority and stop the mill now.

If this error is not corrected now and, inevitably, is corrected later, investors, shareholders, directors, employees and taxpayers will want restitution from those who knowingly acted undemocratically.

– GEORGE CHANDLER, East Tamar.

Plantations

MANY Tasmanians like Jane Wardlaw (Letters, Jan. 3) are misled by forestry’s spin about it being a renewable resource.

Plantation forestry as conducted by managed investment scheme corporations unfairly propped up by Federal Government 100 per cent tax free incentives is not a renewable resource.

It is unsustainable.

It does irreversible damage to the soil, reduces or cuts off water availability and seriously reduces the productivity and viability of local and downstream genuine farmers.

We cannot take millions of tonnes of soil nutrients in the form of pulpwood from our soil and keep doing it without replacing them.

Plantation forestry is the irreversible selling out of our resources and in that respect is no different to mining.

However, the environmental damage of MIS plantation forestry is many times worse than mining.

– BOB LOONE, Chudleigh.

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Prescription cost: I have been on the same pain medication for many years and recently my doctor insisted I make an appointment to renew it.In the past I was able to phone for same. In other words, our esteemed GPs are getting a full bulk-bill fee for writing out a prescription. No wonder the medical situation in this country is in such a shambles. I would hope that this Federal Government will give thought to nationalising medicine. It appears there is no way that self-regulation – as applied to anything that can be manipulated by human greed – can succeed.
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– PAINED, Launceston.

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ROAD STATISTICS

Fatalities as
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at January 4:

2008 – 0

2007- 1

Fatalities as

at December 31:

2007 – 46

2006 – 55 Serious injuries as

at January 4:

2008 – 0

2007 – 7

– Figures supplied

weekly by the Road

Safety Task Force

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Unity government offer rejected

NAIROBI – Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga yesterday rejected an offer to form a unity government to end an electoral dispute that has sparked deadly ethnic violence in the East African country. Mr Odinga told a news conference that President Mwai Kibaki, re-elected by a narrow margin in a vote count that international observers said was deeply flawed, “cannot offer us anything because he did not win the election”.
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“There cannot be peace without justice,” Mr Odinga said.

He welcomed the expected arrival this week of Ghanian President John Kufuor, chairman of the African Union, to mediate.

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Ulverstone rescues prompt safety warning

TWO potentially serious incidents at Ulverstone yesterday left surf lifesavers urging people to be careful at the beach. Surf lifesavers were kept busy with three separate rescues involving five people, four of which were children. Patrol captain Steve Crocker said the first rescue involved a man who had swallowed a lot of water needing a lift into shore from a lifesaver.
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Later, a wind change made conditions hazardous.

“To the west of the surf club, four children had lost their rubber raft which had started to cartwheel out to sea,” Crocker said. “They swam after it and got caught in the rip. We had to give two of them a lift in.”

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EVEN THE DRESS WINS AN AWARD

Knightley and co-star James McAvoy in a scene from Atonement.THE emerald green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement has been voted best film costume of all time in a survey by Sky Movies and In Style magazine. The bias-cut, backless silk gown had fashion editors raving when it first appeared on screen last year.
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Knightley’s character, Cecilia Tallis, wore it during a pivotal scene in Joe Wright’s period drama, which is tipped for Oscar nominations.

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