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    Hunters fire warning shot at farmer who caught them on property

    29/06/2019 - Author: admin

    Committed to allowing hunting in NSW national parks: Premier Barry O’Farrell. Photo: Dean OslandPolice are looking for two men who bailed up a farmer at gunpoint and fired a warning shot near Orange after he caught them illegally hunting on his land.

    The 43-year-old property owner was working on his farm when he heard shots and then saw two men chasing kangaroos.

    He followed them over his property boundary into the neighbouring Canobolas State Forest, but when he tried to take a photograph of their number plate, one of the men trained a gun on him, police said.

    One of the hunters smashed the phone and fired a warning shot at the farmer’s feet.

    This week Premier Barry O’Farrell confirmed that the government remains committed to allowing hunting in many of the state’s national parks.

    A similar program allowing the hunting of feral animals in parks in South Australia was shut down this month when one hunter shot another in the ankle during a supervised cull of feral goats.

    The NSW opposition says there is a ”very real risk to public safety” from hunters operating in parks.

    Park rangers have also objected to their role of supervising recreational hunters in parks, and have documented many close calls when hunting has spilled over onto private property or groups of hunters have acted carelessly.

    Game Council NSW says it only endorses hunting when it is done responsibly, by people with an appropriate licence.

    The Orange farmer was uninjured but badly shaken by the incident, police said.

    Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Dave Harvey said the two men were less than four metres from the farmer when they shot at him.

    “It’s out of the ordinary and police are very keen to speak to any of the men who were there,” Inspector Harvey said. “All resources have been made available to investigate the matter.”

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    Cooney out as Dogs hit fresh snag

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    The Bulldogs’ dismal season so far has been hampered further by a hamstring injury to one of their few success stories, with Adam Cooney to be out until the round 12 match against Collingwood.

    The Brownlow medallist is set to miss the next two matches after scans revealed the tightness he experienced late in Saturday’s loss to Gold Coast was actually small bleeding in his right hamstring.

    The bleeding was below that required to be graded, but the Dogs have taken a cautious approach with their star, leaving him out of this Saturday’s match against St Kilda and the following week’s game against Port Adelaide.

    Given the match against the Power is in Darwin and the week before the club’s mid-season bye, it makes sense for the Dogs not to risk Cooney on the interstate trip next week.

    “Adam felt tightness in his right hamstring towards the end of the game on Saturday. An MRI revealed a small bleed within the muscle, which will keep him sidelined for two weeks,” a club spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

    Cooney had started the season well, moving more freely after cutting-edge treatment on his troublesome right knee in the off-season. He has led the team in key statistical categories such as disposals, uncontested possessions and is second for goals.

    Although on the same leg, medical staff are certain the hamstring issue is unrelated to the degenerative knee problem Cooney is now managing better than ever.

    Losing one of its in-form senior players will test the under-siege Dogs even more when they take on the Saints at Etihad Stadium.

    The club has endured more criticism this week than in any other time throughout Brendan McCartney’s short reign, with the loss to the Suns prompting several commentators to point out the Dogs have won only one of their past 19 games.

    Facing the media on Wednesday, McCartney said he believed the criticism was “partly” fair.

    “The scoreboard’s the scoreboard, the ladder’s the ladder and your wins and losses and percentage . . . reflect how you’re playing. It probably doesn’t reflect how we’re training and preparing for games – actually, it doesn’t reflect it – but those bottom-line results also reflect your draw, your injuries, the youth of your list, the inexperience of your list.”

    McCartney said he had “no doubt” the Dogs were on the right track, despite the external criticism this week.

    “We’re disappointed with our results but we’re very clear about where we’re going. Outside our club not everyone might see that – and at the moment it’s quite clear very few people would probably agree with what I’m saying – but internally we believe we’re a lot closer to some better results than people realise,” he said.

    “We know where we’re at and we know that we’ve got a lot of work in front of us. We haven’t shied away from that, for almost 18 months now. The challenge is when we do get presented with opportunities, we take them.”

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    Waterhouse is ruining betting: rival

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    Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker, Sportingbet, has backed calls for a complete ban on the spruiking of live odds in sports broadcasts and launched a withering attack on Tom Waterhouse.

    Sportingbet joined market leader Tabcorp in voicing concern at the damage being done to the gambling industry by the growing public outrage at the intrusion of betting into football coverage.

    Michael Sullivan, chief executive of Sportingbet, said he would support a full ban for the good of the industry, and accused Tom Waterhouse of ”acting irresponsibly”.

    ”What he’s doing now is affecting all our businesses,” said Mr Sullivan. ”I’m the biggest consumer of rugby league in the world and it makes me sick in the guts when he comes on TV. The frequency of his appearances is what’s also driving people mad and Channel Nine has a lot to answer for.

    ”Prohibition of advertising full-stop is going too far but there’s some middle ground. If it means banning live odds on TV to sort this out then that’s what should happen. I wouldn’t have a problem with it.”

    Tabcorp, Australia’s largest betting operator, has also gone public with its concern at the public outcry and a call for the Gillard government to step in with a national regulatory framework to replace state-based systems.

    It is understood Tabcorp -which is the only other live odds provider alongside Mr Waterhouse on televised sport through its expert Glenn Munsie – would support a ban as long as the playing field was equal for all wagering operators.

    In a statement, Tabcorp said: “Sports betting makes up a fraction of the gambling market but we acknowledge the extent and nature of the advertising is causing growing public concern. Tabcorp supports the introduction of further controls on sports betting advertising but if they’re to be effective they need to be nationally applied and enforced.”

    Mr Sullivan told Fairfax Media from London that he had ”held his tongue” on the Waterhouse issue for 12 months but had now had enough. ”About 98 per cent of the gambling market has been doing the right thing for years. Tom represents probably 2 per cent of the market. He’s trying to court this hype – perhaps with an eye to selling his business – and, quite frankly, I think he’s acting irresponsibly,” he said.

    Mr Sullivan said Sportingbet had grown from a $500 million a year business to $3 billion through promotion – ”and no one said a word”, he said. ”We’ve been there building our business for 12 years, as has Sportsbet, as has Tabcorp but this whole thing is about Tom. Quite frankly, it’s gone too far.”

    Betfair said it would be comfortable with tighter controls. The company stepped back from paying for odds placement on TV three years ago as it became established in the market.

    The appetite for change by the major players could give the opportunity for the government to take a tougher stance. It sidestepped more calls on Wednesday to stop live odds being ”rammed down the throats” of sports fans. The government is waiting on a new TV code of practice to be approved by the Australian Media and Communications Authority despite claims it would simply cement the status quo.

    Two-thirds of Australian gambling advertising on television should be banned, a poll has found. Just 16 per cent of 1400 people surveyed by the Australia Institute think unrestricted gambling should be allowed during sporting broadcasts. A fifth of those surveyed said they wanted gambling advertising only after 6pm. A spokesman for Mr Waterhouse declined to comment.

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    Feeding the soul gives new hope to anorexics

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    New research could help anorexics physically and psychologically.Weight can become the whole world in anorexia, with every gram lost and gained the subject of intense focus. But new research has found people with severe and treatment-resistant anorexia, which kills one in five sufferers, may fare better if their doctors stop trying to get them to gain weight.

    The international study of people who had anorexia for an average of 16 years found giving them therapy to improve their physical and psychological quality of life and get them back into the community helped where all other past treatments had failed.

    “It’s never been tried before, because in anorexia nervosa treatment getting back to a healthy weight is the main motivation for treatment,” said study leader Stephen Touyz.

    “But it’s not something some patients feel able or capable or willing to do so they simply drop out.”

    Not only did the patients show improvements in a range of tests of their social, physical and mental functioning, they also gained a small amount of weight.

    “A year later they were still doing well, so it wasn’t a temporary thing,” said Professor Touyz, the executive chairman of the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders at the University of Sydney.

    Globally people with long-term eating disorders are often refused insurance coverage and treatment because of the lack of treatments proven to have any effect, according to his paper, published in Psychological Medicine.

    Professor Touyz said although one patient in his study had died, the majority had shown improvements and one had even gone on to have a baby.

    The president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Anthea Fursland, said the research provided hope to clinicians and patients.

    “When you have had an eating disorder for a long time your quality of life and your health is pretty compromised,” she said.

    “It isn’t about being thin or attractive, it’s about staying in control and a fear of losing control, and a number of other things.”

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