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Haydo – where are you? Perth’s missed connection love search grips the internet

The search for Hayden sparked some creativity… Photo: Facebook”Were you at Broken Hill Hotel, Vic Park tonight? Is your name Hayden?”
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In a love story worthy of The Bachelor, a Perth woman has brought internet traffic to a standstill through her posts on a missed connection at a south of the river watering hole.

Kira Mockford and her friend Rachael were at the Broken Hill Hotel in Victoria Park on Friday night and got chatting to a pair of gentlemen, one a “really nice guy” named “Hayden? Haiden? Haeden?”

Posting to the Perth Beer Economy Facebook page, Ms Mockford said the young man’s spade work was going very well, but when it came to the crunch, he forgot to seal the deal.

“He left before she could offer her number, now she’s in regret town party of one,” Ms Mockford wrote.

Now she and Rachael have deployed a social media dragnet to find “old mate Haydo” and see if they can become a perfect match.

“Specifics – he was 33 years old with a greyish beard (yet she swears it was super sexy), he was with a lumbersexual mate who has a GF of two years he met on Tinder.

“She doesn’t know much else besides the fact that he’s super scared of heights, hates gluten (not sure if intolerant or just mad at it for unknown reasons) and he has a strong dislike for duck face…

“Again I am just the messenger. If you know of this quote unquote fine specimen please comment and if it’s the right Hayden, she will reward you with a 6 pack of your choosing. Please help someone must know of him!”

This tale of modern love has captivated scores of people, with many commenting and sharing the posts to help track down Hayden – eventually finding him when his Facebook profile matched the scant information Rachael remembered, with his hate for gluten specified on his page a dead giveaway.

“Hayden, where are you? Show yourself! The suspense is killing everyone,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Numbers are down at the Royal Show due to people unable to leave their devices waiting for updates on “Haychael,” another said.

“I’m so glad you guys have provided me with entertainment while I’m at home with no life,” said one more.

Then a twist came – Hayden joined the Facebook group, and Rachael made contact through a private message.

“I can confirm Hayden received her attempt to inbox, he has “accepted” the message,” Ms Mockford wrote.

“But nothing further…. Come on Hayden we’re all hanging out for an outcome. Take the girl out for a damn drink it’s not hard!”

The end of the story has been left as a cliffhanger with Ms Mockford breaking hearts in a final parting line.

“So I’m gonna disable comments guys but I’ll leave it up. I don’t think he wants to be contacted.”

WAtoday will update this story as soon as we hear anything.

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Sara Connor’s boyfriend apologises to family of dead Bali police officer

Ketut Arsini, the widow of slain police officer Wayan Sudarsa. Photo: Jewel Topsfield Sara Connor and David Taylor. Photo: Supplied
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The boyfriend of Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has “come up with the courage” to apologise to the family of a police officer found dead on Kuta beach.

British DJ David Taylor, 34, and Ms Connor, 45, have been named suspects over the death of Balinese police officer and father-of-two Wayan Sudarsa, who died after being brutally bashed on August 17.

Mr Taylor’s lawyer, Haposan Sihombing, said Mr Taylor told police during a further interrogation on Friday that about two weeks ago he had hand-written a letter to Mr Sudarsa’s family to apologise.

“He try to come up with the courage and apologise. He’s very sorry, it takes time for him to come up with the courage to apologise because the incident caused the victim his life.”

Mr Taylor, who is also known as DJ Nutzo, has admitted bashing the police officer with weapons including a smashed beer bottle and binoculars, after accusing him of stealing Ms Connor’s missing handbag.

The couple face possible charges of second degree murder, group assault or assault, which carry a maximum sentence of 15 years’ jail.

Ms Connor,who was further interrogated on Monday, insists she is innocent and was trying to separate Mr Sudarsa and Mr Taylor as they were fighting on the beachin order to protect the victim.

Her legal team say she was under the impression the police officer had only passed out and was shocked to later learn he had died.

Mr Sudarsa’s bloodied corpse was found spreadeagled in the sand, with 42 wounds including gruesome head injuries.

Police say Ms Connor cut up Mr Sudarsa’s identity cards and threw them away.

“It was Sara who cut [them] up. The intention was to get rid of evidence,” Denpasar police chief Hadi Purnomo said last month.

The couple later burned the bloodied clothes they had been wearing on the night of Mr Sudarsa’s death before going to the Australian Consulate for assistance.

Ms Connor’s lawyer, Erwin Siregar, said he did not agree with the charges proposed by the police for his client.

He said under further interrogation on Monday, Ms Connor had told police she was 50 metres away searching for her handbag by the beach when Mr Taylor and Mr Sudarsa were fighting.

“When she arrived at the incident scene she tried to separate David and the victim, as a result she fell on top of the victim,” Mr Siregar said.

He said Mr Sudarsa then bit her on the leg and hand and pulled her hair.

Mr Siregar said Mr Taylor then pried her hair free from the police officer’s hand and Ms Connor resumed the search for her handbag.

Mr Siregar believed that even if Ms Connor were to be found guilty, it could only be for trying to get rid of evidence, which carries a maximum of nine months’ jail.

However he said given this is not one of the charges against her that prosecutors are considering, she should have been freed.

The strain is showing on Ms Connor, who has requested to be transferred from her cell in Denpasar police station to holding cells where other prisoners are kept so she can exercise and interact with others.This is likely to happen on Monday or Tuesday.

On Friday she told police she had never seen Mr Sudarsa’s destroyed mobile phone, which was found near where the couple had burned their clothes.

Ms Connor said Mr Taylor had told her when they burning the clothes that he had destroyed it and thrown it away.

The prosecutors had sought further clarification from police after receiving the initial dossier of evidence. The police now have two weeks to return the brief to the prosecutors.

Another of Ms Connor’s lawyers told Fairfax Media that his client, who has two young sons, was anxious about why the legal process was taking so long.

“She asked: ‘What’s happening next? Why is it taking so long? Can’t it go faster?'” I Ketut Ngastawa said last week.

“Understandably she is anxious, worried, she is in a foreign country. As her legal team we explained to her that this is part of the legal process, the stages.”

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Australia runs risk of driverless cars becoming modern-day version of state railways

A prototype of Google’s driverless car. Photo: Fairfax Technology for driverless cars such as the Mercedes F015 is developing rapidly. Photo: Supplied
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Opening up NSW roads to driverless cars is likely to be held back in the same way as different track gauges for states stymied the railway industry more than a century ago unless a national approach is taken to the new technology, an inquiry has found.

The national regulation of autonomous vehicles will maximise the road safety benefits of the technology while minimising the risks, a report by a joint NSW standing committee on road safety concluded.

Driverless technology in Australia is developing rapidly and, unless a national approach is taken, the committee warned the country runs a major risk of fragmentation due to each state taking its own approach.

“Just as state-based railway gauges in the 19th century held back interstate travel and trade, and national economic development, state-based regulatory frameworks have the potential to foster incompatible technology and regulatory development,” the committee said in its report.

With semi-autonomous vehicles already on the roads, the committee warned that NSW was entering a transition stage where a mixed vehicle fleet had to be managed.

“Perhaps the single most important thing we can do is to be prepared,” it said.

“As levels of automation increase, the capacity of our current regulations to govern vehicles with greater autonomy will be tested.”

Late last year in Adelaide, Volvo conducted the first test of an autonomous vehicle in the southern hemisphere. Several months later, South Australia passed laws allowing on-road trials of driverless vehicles.

The committee recommended a national trialling regime for autonomous vehicles, as well as country-wide safety and performance standards.

In the meantime, it wants the NSW government to outline the conditions for trials of automated vehicles on the state’s roads, or adopt a code of practice.

One of the biggest safety benefits from driverless cars is an expected reduction in injuries and deaths on roads by removing human control. It is estimated that about 90 per cent of road crashes are caused by human error.

However, driverless vehicles present their own risks in that data can be hacked, while the technology might be unable to detect roadside barriers, pedestrians or wildlife.

The committee said there was also a risk of motorists “placing excessive trust in [autonomous vehicles] before it is warranted”.

The report comes ahead of the release in November of the National Transport Commission’s recommendations on regulatory barriers to autonomous vehicles.

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Elders deal won’t restrict StockCo loan arrangements

StockCo Australia chief executive officer, Richard Brimblecombe, says the Elders network has a lot of natural synergies with the young financier, but his business also relied on the diverse customer platform provided by other livestock agents and agribusinesses.Fast-growing livestock finance specialist, StockCo, will keep offering services via a broad range independent selling agents and the Ruralco network despite 30 per cent of its business being sold to Elders.
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Elders expects to stitch up a deal to acquire almost a third of the Australian arm of the trans-Tasman company next month.

The 11-year-old StockCo helps sheep and cattle buyers fund purchases at saleyards or direct from vendors, with its main focus being on short-term lending against the value of the livestock being traded.

Invariably these three- to 12-month loans enable buyers to finish or background store quality beef cattle and lambs before resale into prime markets or direct to feedlots and meat processors.

Established in New Zealand by former livestock agent and stockbroker, Marcus Kight, the company has since funded more than $1.1 billion in lamb and cattle transactions across the Tasman and more than $250 million in cattle purchases in Australia after ramping up its presence here in 2014.

It is now the largest specialist livestock financier in Australia and NZ, with alocal customer base of about 420 regular customers growing by about 20 each month.

Many of thosecustomers are in the feedlot sector as well as beef and lamb backgrounders or traders and dairy farmers.

StockCoalso provides tailored on-demand structured finance packages valued from $1 million for corporate and large family farming businesses with irregular cashflow.

StockCo Australia chief executive officer, Richard Brimblecombe, said the Elders network had a lot of natural synergies with the young financier and the two shared a “long-term alignment and commitment to the livestock sector”.

However, independent livestock agents and the Ruralco network would still remain valued outlets for StockCo finance after Elders bought in.

“In fact, most of our business is actually with thecustomers of independent agents,” he said.

“We’re very comfortable with the healthy distribution relationships we’ve established, including arrangements with independent agribusinesses and the SproutAg farm finance advisory and broking service.”

StockCo’s founder and managing director Mr Kight confirmed the sale of an equity stake to Elders would not change its multi-channel approach.

“From our perspective it’s business as usual,” he said.

Elders Managing director, Mark Allison, said StockCo’s specialist funding products were well received by his company’s customers as a convenient and simple way to cover livestock acquisitions.

“This equity proposition will strengthen our relationship with StockCo and align the growth ambitions of both companies,” he said.

Further developing Elders’ financial services business was also in line with hiscompany’s eight point business recovery plan.

StockCo’s lending model has been available in Australia since 2006, but gained traction after the introduction of the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) which gave the company the confidence to push the relatively novel approach of lending money against the full value of livestock and then closely monitoring and controlling the arrangement.

“Banks do an excellent job of providing the agriculture sector’s primary finance needs, but their lending criteria is based on the value of farm real estate,” Mr Brimblecombe said.

“Our service is about enhancing the producer’s existing capacity with funds which complement their bankingrelationships.”

That complementary funding and the security offered by the herd or flock being traded had been widely appreciated by producers as livestock values shot up in recent years.

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database is monitored daily to ensure stock over which the lender may have a potential future claim are continually accounted for during the loan period.

StockCo’s short-term lending rates are at a premium to mainstream finance costs, but loan terms are mostly for less than six months and extend no longer than a year.

Mr Brimblecombe said borrowing costs on a typical $1000 steer for six months worked out about 40 cents a day, including finance charges and a 1.5 per cent administration fee.

Current rates ranged from 7.65pc for three months to 10.65pc for 10 months.

Mr Kight said the Elders deal would not changethe facilities offered by StockCo or the company strategy “to make our facilities available to all Australian livestock producers regardless of the agent they use, or the target market for their livestock”.

He said StockCo would continue to be managed by a separate board, and its own management team and wouldcontinue operatingas an independent business.

The company’s farm sector focus is also to continue to be with the livestock sector only, possibly expanding in future to cover more species and potentially livestock products such as wool.

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Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan faces selection dilemma for NRL grand final

In the mix: Joseph Paulo runs the ball at training. Photo: Brendon Thorne In the firing line: Cronulla rookie Kurt Capewell. Photo: Cameron Spencer
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Big game, big decisions. But does Shane Flanagan really need to make one – or two – for that matter? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, never change a winning formula, things are going smoothly and all that.

But the Sharks coach won’t make a more important decision all week than who he gives the nod for the grand final cut.

To the outsider, Flanagan should be happy as the proverbial pig in the sticky stuff. Since when does a grand final coach have the luxury of ruling a player or players in for a grand final rather than out?

Flanagan has two of them bashing down his door.

Sam Tagataese (shoulder) and Joseph Paulo (knee) have been two of his most loyal foot soldiers all season, providing spark off a bench that has rarely missed a beat during the club’s record 16-game unbeaten run earlier in the year.

But both haven’t played in a significant period of time; Tagataese in almost two months and Paulo close to a month after hobbling off injured in the minor premiership showdown against grand final protagonists Melbourne. Both trained lightly on Monday morning.

The inclusion of one – or both – will go a long way to determining what type of spectacle the game’s biggest advertisement will be.

Tagataese, it would appear, is the better chance of a recall. You could sense a tinge of frustration early in the week before the Sharks’ preliminary final rout of the Cowboys when he said he thought he would be ready, but knew he would just be shy of targets set by the club’s strength and conditioning staff. They erred on the side of caution.

Given the Sharks effectively fell in a late-season rut after his injury – he was hurt in the Raiders’ loss and missed the last four rounds, of which they won only one – his importance cannot be underestimated. Those inside the four walls of the Sharks rate him very highly, where others may not. His ability to bend a defensive line after the sting is taken out of the game in the early exchanges is crucial.

The fall guy is likely to be Kurt Capewell, a “veteran” of just four NRL matches.

But Paulo is where it gets interesting. Given the forecast of a steamy day in Sin City on Sunday – a top of 28 degrees in the golden west – his nimble footwork and ball movement in the middle against Melbourne’s tiring man-mountains could be invaluable. And that’s where the Sharks could boast a significant advantage.

Jayson Bukuya is on the bench and is cut from a similar cloth, while Gerard Beale has filled that utility role all year despite playing an almost inconsequential 26 minutes combined in two finals matches. His role could be greatly expanded given the conditions forecast.

And what type of statement would a bench comprising Beale, Bukuya and a fit-again Paulo send to Craig Bellamy about the Sharks’ intent to run their rivals ragged at the back-end of each half, however unlikely?

Melbourne will want the game to be played in the middle trench. Substance over style will be the order of the day for the perennial contenders.

They turn it into an arm wrestle they win. Simple as that.

But Flanagan, never one to shirk a big decision, can change all that. Grand finals can be won and lost as much in the selection room as on the park. And he might just be tempted to tinker with something the purists would be warning him not to. Playing small might be the best way to think big.   This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net. Continue reading

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