Nevada Republican, Michele Fiore, sends family Christmas card featuring guns

Guns and family: Nevada state representative Michele Fiore (third adult from left).They are “just your ordinary American family”.
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Nevada state representative Michele Fiore, a Republican, posted her Christmas card to Facebook on Monday, US time, featuring her heavily-armed family smiling for the camera.

“It’s up to Americans to protect America,” the caption read. “We’re just your ordinary American family”.

The caption was signed “with love and liberty”.

Along with the usual Christmas decorations, the card shows seven members of the family holding weapons, including her daughters, Sheena and Savanah, and her mother Lill.

Grandchildren Jake, Jayden, Mara and Morrigan are also pictured.

Jake, who Ms Fiore’s website says is at least five, is holding a Walther P22.

A detail in the top-left of the card even lists the model of guns.

A Beretta 92FS, Glock 30 .45ACP, Serbu Super Shorty 12-gauge shotgun, Extar EXP-556, Walther p22, Glock 19 9 millimetre, and a Glock 30 .45ACP.

Ms Fiore is well-known in the US for her gun advocacy, and her Facebook page is littered with images of her posing with automatic weapons.

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60 drug arrests at Melbourne Stereosonic

Revelers at Stereosonic Music Festival in Melbourne. Photo: Craig SillitoeMan dies at Stereosonic Adelaide
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A man has died at the Stereosonic festival in Adelaide on Saturday in the touring event’s second fatality in a week, while 60 people were arrested for drug offences at Melbourne’s Stereosonic.

Of the 16 women and 44 men arrested, 50 are facing diversions, six were cautioned, two were released on summons and two were charged and bailed.

Police seized ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and GHB.

An estimated 25,000 people attended the event at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics had not treated any festivalgoers by late Saturday.

The arrests come despite warnings by Victoria Police that sniffer dogs and plain clothes officers would be out in force.

Last Saturday, 25-year-old pharmacist Sylvia Choi died after reportedly drinking ecstasy dissolved in a bottle of water at Sydney’s Stereosonic.

At last year’s Melbourne festival, police arrested 120 people for drug offences and seized drugs including ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis.

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Devendra rocketing up charts

TASMANIAN-OWNED and bred pacer Devendra has rocketed up the betting charts to be second favourite for the $1.3 million Inter-Dominion final in Perth next Sunday.
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Before the two-week series started, Devendra was quoted at $81 to win the final. He is now $4.50 with online bookmaker tab南京夜网419论坛 and $4.80 with rival firm Sportsbet.

Trained in Sydney by former Tasmanian James Rattray, Devendra recorded his second heat win at Gloucester Park on Friday night in a sensational last-to-first performance.

Rattray allowed Devendra to settle at the rear of the field from his wide barrier and stayed there until the field approached the final turn.

He then pulled Devendra to the outside of the track and the six-year-old scorched home to score by almost two metres in a mile-rate of 1:57.3 for the 2536 metres.

Devendra also won his opening-round heat at Gloucester Park before finishing fifth in the second round at Bunbury when he had a torrid run after making an unsuccessful bid for the early lead.

The driver who refused to hand up the lead to Devendra in his Bunbury heat was taken to task by the stewards over his tactics after his own horse weakened to finish last.

Devendra finished the preliminary rounds as the third-highest points-scorer behind Victorians Lennytheshark and Philadelphia Man.

James Rattray is chasing his third successive Inter-Dominion final, having won the past two runnings of Australia’s premier harness racing event with Tasmanian star Beautide.

Beautide earned $425,000 for each of his wins but, with a major increase in prizemoney for the Perth series, Devendra will be chasing a winner’s cheque of $780,000.

It is the richest Inter-Dominion since 2006 when the Betfair-funded Tasmanian final carried total stakemoney of $1.5 million and winner Blacks A Fake earned $900,000.

Leading points scorers –

39 Lennytheshark, Philadelphia Man; 34 Devendra; 32 Lovers Delight; 27 Avonnova; 26 My Hard Copy, Waylade; 22 Flaming Flutter, Our Blackbird; 21 Libertybelle Midfrew.

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Comanchero bikie ex-president Amad “Jay” Malkoun believed to have fled from Thailand to Dubai

Victorian Comanchero ex-president Amad “Jay” Malkoun is believed to be in Dubai. Photo: Supplied/FairfaxNotorious Melbourne bikie Amad “Jay” Malkoun, who was present at the abduction of international drug trafficker Wayne Rodney Schneider in Thailand, is believed to have fled to Dubai.
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Malkoun had been questioned as witness by Thai police in relation to Schneider’s abduction and murder last week.

But a source close to Malkoun denied he had left the country without permission, claiming Thai police said Malkoun was “free to go”.

Malkoun, himself a convicted drug trafficker, has been living in Dubai with his family since resigning as the president of the Comanchero bikie gang in 2013.

It is understood that Malkoun is a close associate of a member of the Gulf state’s royal family who has allowed him to stay in the United Arab Emirates despite his extensive criminal history and organised crime connections.

The relationship is apparently based on a mutual interest in horses, with the Dubai royal giving Malkoun an Arabian stallion as a gift.

Malkoun has been claiming he slept through Schneider’s abduction despite reports of bullet casings being found nearby and the presence of a large pool of blood in the villa near the seaside tourist city of Pattaya.

Witnesses and Thai police say Schneider was bashed and kidnapped by five armed assailants last Monday as part of an alleged extortion attempt. The body of the former NSW Hells Angels member was discovered the next day in a shallow roadside grave.

Sources told The Sunday Age that Schneider was a well-known drug trafficker who ran extensive criminal network in Europe and Asia worth tens of millions of dollars. He has been the subject of at least one previous extortion attempt in Thailand.

Malkoun was able to leave the country despite being a potential witness. He was interviewed by Thai police in the hours after Schneider was kidnapped last Monday.

It is unknown how Malkoun managed to leave Thailand where police have put members of outlaw motorcycle gangs on a watch list.

Police have made a series of breakthroughs in Schneider’s murder investigation after a GPS tracker fitted to a hired pick-up truck led police to the grave site.

A prime Australian suspect, Antonio Bagnato, has been arrested after fleeing to Cambodia and faces extradition to Thailand on kidnapping and murder charges. If found guilty he could face a death sentence.

Bagnato, 26, is a former Sydney bikie and business partner of Schneider.

Thai police say they have established the identities of the five men involved in the murder.

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Lets bring Terry Home – last seen in the Pillaga

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Terry is a familiar face to many in Goondiwindi . Having worked for Care Goondiwindi’s Medico Run before it ceased due to lack of funding, and is a man know for his kindness.

Now police want your help to return him to his family.

Goondiwindi figure, father and Granfather Terry Lloyd is still missing, after his car was located in a tree in the Pilliga Forest.

“We are sure that he is fine but at the same time we are very concerned, as it is not like him to do this to his family,” Terry’s daughter Kayla Johnson said.

That was Tuesday of last week.

Terence Lloyd, 51, was reported missing from Goondiwindi, Queensland, and was last seen on Wednesday,November 25, 2015, in the Pilliga area, however he has not been seen or heard from since.

Police respondedto reports of a car into a tree in the Pilliga Forest, west of Gwabegar, about85km north of Coonabarabran, on Wednesday.

Police arrived at the location and found a black Toyota RAV4, owned by Mr Lloyd that had crashed into a tree.

The Toyota was unoccupied, a search was commenced in the vicinity of the RAV4, however no one was found.

Inside the car there was no wallet, no overnight bag or luggage just his glasses.

Terry didn’t take his mobile phone with him when he left, he simply took his wallet and his bank cards.

“We know from his bank account he has been from Goondiwindi to Toowoomba to Brisbane to Narrabri.”

Police cannot confirm if Mr Lloyd was driving the car at the time of the accident but also cannotspeculateifthere was another driver.

Land and air searching resumed on Thursday and Friday in the area with the help of local police, trail bike officers, PolAir, State Emergency Service (SES), and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

No one has been located.

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Searching will resume in the Pilliga Forest with the assistance from local police, Police Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service and SES on Saturday.

Investigators and family have concerns for Terence’s welfare and are appealing for anyone that may have seen him in the area or have information that may assist with locating him are urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Muslims and Christians gather in Perth to discuss ‘tough issues’

Rev Richard Pengelly, who is organising the event.Muslims and Christians have organised a joint meeting for Saturday night in Perth to discuss the “tough issues” facing both societies.
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“Islam has an image problem with terrorism and Christianity has an image problem with child abuse. Both will be discussed tonight,” the Reverand Richard Pengelly, who organised the meeting, told Fairfax Media.

Muslim mother-of-two Aisha Novakovich will be one of the speakers.

“We want to know what is in people’s minds at the moment. We want people to know we are willing to have this conversation and nothing is off the agenda,” the UWA law student said.

Rev Pengelly said there would be a panel of six speakers; three Muslim and three Christian.

“I want to ask them why they are a follower of their faith and what they admire about other faiths. Also we will have an expert in the Islamic Sharia Law and why the west may be afraid of it,” he said.

It’s the second such meeting in recent weeks. Representatives of various faiths came together for a prayer vigil in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris.

“Most of those who attended the prayer vigil were Muslim and all of them condemned the terror attacks.”

Saturday night’s meeting is at 6pm at St George’s Anglican Cathedral on St George’s Terrace and is open to the public.

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Canberra’s first permanent saltwater crocodile moves into his new home

Amelia Miller, 7, with sister Emmerson, 5, and volunteer Brian la Rance with the first saltwater crocodile ‘Charlie’ at his new home at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Photo: Elesa Kurtz Volunteer Brian la Rance with the first salt water crocodile ‘Charlie’ checking out his new home at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
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The Northern Territory has lost its status as the only Australian territory that saltwater crocodiles call home.

The ACT’s “salty” population has just risen to one, thanks to the Canberra Reptile Zoo’s acquisition of 10-year-old, 180cm long Charlie.

Canberra already has several freshwater crocodiles, but Charlie is the first saltwater specimen who will remain in the territory permanently.

Visitors to the zoo on Saturday and Sunday had the chance to get up close and personal with Charlie, who was allowed to roam outside his exhibit and amongst patrons with his snout banded shut.

Zoo co-owner and education officer Peter Childs said most visitors on Saturday morning were surprised by Charlie’s calm demeanour.

“People have been surprised that such a prehistoric-looking creature is so easygoing,” he said.

“Freshwater crocodiles are lot more highly strung – they’re very wiry and afraid of everything – so they’re much more likely to bite, whereas saltwater crocs tend to be a lot calmer.”

Charlie is used to the attention, having spent most of his life performing in shows in Victoria.

Mr Childs said bringing a saltwater crocodile was his “holy grail”, albeit one that will require renovations to the zoo once Charlie outgrows his first enclosure.

“There’s just something so magnificent about them, not least of which is that you know when they look at you that they’re sizing you up,” he said.

“From here on in his growth will be incredibly slow, so we won’t need to move him to his permanent home for another five years. We’ve already started work off-site on that enclosure.”

The turtles and fish who currently occupy Charlie’s enclosure do not need to worry about becoming lunch; they will be moved and the new occupant will be fed dead chickens and rats.

It’s unlikely Charlie will be interacting with the public after this weekend, however; once he moves into the enclosure he will become territorial.

Mr Childs said he hoped Charlie’s presence at the zoo would help educate visitors about saltwater crocodiles’ importance to northern Australia’s ecosystems.

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The Classic: ones to watch

Neil Van Der Ploeg gets over the line in wet conditions to win the 2014 Classic. Track records of Classic contenders —
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ELITE WOMEN

Lauren Perry

Launceston, Tasmania

Team: High5 Dream Team

Age: 19

Lauren Perry was just 16 when she won the elite women’s criterium at the 2012 Launceston Cycling Festival. After adding Australian, Oceania and World Champion track titles to her name in the ensuing years, Perry is back and eager for more success at her home-town event. The local has recently returned from the Colombian leg of the Track World Cup series, and has squeezed in a brief trip to Launceston before the National Omnium Championships begin in Adelaide later this month. While Perry has only spent limited time on the road in the past months given her heavy track schedule, a strong performance from High5 Dream Team could position Perry to take another Classic win.

Macey Stewart

Devonport, Tasmania

Team: Orica-AIS

Age: 19

Australian cycling’s newest golden girl, Macey Stewart held three junior world championship titles last year across the track and road. The Devonport-born rider won the team pursuit national championships in early 2015, and went on to spend the season with Orica-AIS. While she was unable to secure a podium finish during her first extended stint in Europe, Stewart has a bright future ahead. A Mersey Valley Cycling Club member and Tasmanian Institute of Sport graduate, Stewart is the latest in a long line of local riders to excel overseas.

Annemiek van Vleuten

Utrecht, Holland

Team: Orica-AIS

Age: 33

A three-time stage winner at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, Annemiek van Vleuten has recently joined Orica-AIS for the 2016 season. With an impressive palmares including wins at the Dutch national time trial championships, Tour of Flanders and GP de Plouay, van Vleuten is an experienced European professional. Although a training accident in August saw the 33-year-old hospitalised with multiple fractures, van Vleuten is back on the bike and ready to help her new team to success in Launceston.

Kimberley Wells

Coonamble, New South Wales

Team: High5 Dream Team

Age: 30

A qualified doctor, reigning national criterium champion and Amy Gillett scholarship holder, Canberra-based Kimberley Wells has had a busy year. After sprinting to victory at the 2014 Launceston Cycling Classic, Wells continued her form into January to add a second national criterium champion jersey to her collection. Several domestic National Road Series stage wins in 2015 provided the medical practitioner with a strong platform for a brief Europe season, where she came third on stage two of La Route de France. Back in Australia, Wells is now eager to defend her Launceston crown.

Rowena Fry

Launceston, Tasmania

Team: Individual

Age: 32

A world-class mountain-biker and former Orica-AIS rider, Rowena Fry will line-up at the Launceston Cycling Classic as a dark-horse after spending recent years focused on the dirt rather than the road. Fry and her partner Ben Mather won the female and male editions of the Pure Tasmania Wildside events in 2014, and both have enjoyed mountain biking success in recent years. A former national champion in the cross-country mountain bike discipline, Fry is also a qualified physiotherapist.

ELITE MEN

Nathan Earle

Hobart, Tasmania

Team: Team Sky (2016: Drapac Pro Cycling)

Age: 27

After riding with team-mates Chris Froome and Richie Porte at the 2014 Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic, it will be just Nathan Earle flying the Team Sky flag in this year’s edition of the race. But while his famous colleagues may be unable to return in 2015, Earle will be looking for a strong showing in Launceston as he prepares to join Drapac Pro Cycling. Following two years’ experience as a domestique on the World Tour, Earle will be back in the spotlight at Drapac and expected to lead the team with strong results. One of the friendliest riders in the peloton, be sure to cheer on this fellow Tasmanian as he speeds around the new circuit.

Matthew Goss

Launceston, Tasmania

Team: MTN-Qhubeka (2016: ONE Pro Cycling)

Age: 29

One of the greatest cyclists to hail from Launceston, Matthew Goss has two Giro d’Italia stage wins and a Milan-San Remo victory to his name. Yet the former track rider endured a quiet time with Orica-GreenEDGE after joining the Australian outfit in 2012, and struggled for results with MTN-

Qhubeka this year. Gossy will be hoping his forthcoming switch to British team ONE Pro Cycling, where he links with fellow Australian Steele Von Hoff, will help him return to the form that once saw him finish second at the World Road Race Championships. A strong performance at the Stan Siejka would be a great start.

Will Clarke

Campbell Town, Tasmania

Team: Drapac Pro Cycling

Age: 30

A former Tasmanian 800 metre running champion, this versatile athlete switched to cycling after an injury in 2009 and has not looked back since. Will Clarke won the prologue at the Herald Sun Tour in 2015, before spending the year travelling the world with Drapac Pro Cycling. Appearances at the Tour of California, Tour de Korea, RideLondon & Surrey Classic, USA Pro Challenge, Tour of Alberta and Abu Dhabi Tour followed, although Clarke failed to find stage or general classification success. Clarke won the Launceston Cycling Classic in 2009 from fellow Tasmanians Wes Sulzberger and Tom Robinson, and would love to find himself on another all-Tasmanian podium this year.

Neil van der Ploeg

Victoria

Team: Avanti Racing Team

Age: 28

A permanent fixture at the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic, Neil van der Ploeg won the 2012 race, finished second in 2013 and secured victory again in 2014. The former mountain-biker will be hoping to find his way onto the podium once more, after a strong season with Avanti Racing saw van der Ploeg collect a stage win at the Tour of China and the green jersey at the Tour de Kumano. Nicknamed Kramer and with an impressive head of hair, van der Ploeg will be unmissable climbing up the City Park hill.

Koen de Kort

Gouda, Holland

Team: Giant-Alpecin

Age: 33

Dutchman Koen de Kort enjoyed a strong 2015 season in the World Tour peloton, helping team-mate John Degenkolb to a prestigious Paris-Roubaix win. In the country over summer to spend time with his Australian wife, de Kort has joined CharterMason Giant on a guest basis and will add a European flavour to the Launceston Cycling Festival. Earlier in his career, de Kort won the Grand Prix Eddy Merckx and Ronde van Vlaams-Brabant, before becoming a well-respected workhorse for Astana and Skil-Shimano. de Kort raced in the Tour Down Under, Tour of California, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana this year, and will be hoping to use his time in Tasmania to prepare for another World Tour season.

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The Blues prepare for history-making first Shield game in Mackay

“We don’t really know what to expect. But it’s a new challenge”: Nic Maddinson of the Blues. Photo: Getty Images The NSW Blues will make history on Sunday as they take on the Queensland Bulls in Mackay, the first time a Shield game will be held in the regional town.
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Newly appointed captain Nic Maddinson said the Mackay pitch was an unknown prospect, which makes the game that much more exciting.

“We don’t really know what to expect,” he said. “But it’s a new challenge.”

Maddinson has taken over the captaincy after Moises Henriques was ruled out with an injury to his left calf. The 23-year old is coming off a century against the Bulls in their last game and is relishing the chance to lead the team out for the first time.

“Noticing how the game develops and then being the one in charge is a new challenge, but one I’m looking forward to,” he said.

Daniel Hughes has been called up for the match after making a staggering 300 in the Futures League. Hughes said it was a “very good feeling” to be back in the team.

“I’m very excited to get up to Queensland and get my spot,” he said. “It’s nice to know that I’ve earned my way back in the team just on my runs, and I’m very excited and can’t wait to get up there.”

Hughes is the leading run scorer in Grade cricket, which led to his recall to the first team. Despite scoring 300, he doesn’t think he’s at his best form just yet.

“I won’t say I’m hitting the ball that well,” he said. “But I’m just mentally in a good spot. I just don’t want to get out. It’s not like I’m going out there and dominating the bowling. I’m just going out there and wanting to bat long periods of time and not wanting to get out.”

Maddinson said Hughes’ had deserved his call up as he “had scored a lot of big scores” in the Futures League and in Grade cricket.

“It’s good to see Hughesy really put his hand up,” he said. “Apart from making a hundred, he went on to make three hundred, and I guess at the end of the day that’s what you’re looking for when you’re trying to make a Shield team.”

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Premier League’s T20 return

THE top teams in the five team Premier League are within a win of one another heading into the second half of the season beginning on Saturday. (JAN 9)
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The Premier League returns from the Christmas break with a full day of T20 Summers Cup and four of the five teams in contention for next month’s T20 final

The Rail victory over Oak Flats in the two-dayer before Christmas left the Razorbacks just 12 points behind the Rats in the premiership ladder.

Second-placed Lake Illawarra are just five points behind the Rats, while third-placed Kookas are only two points behind Lakers in a congested table.

Kiama are fifth, but batted well in the second day against Lakers and skipper Nathan Barr believes his side will play improve in the second half of the season.

The Lakers dominated day one, dismissing Kiama for only 88, and pushed on from 6/188 to declare at 8/246.

Kiama batted well in their second dig and finished 2/149, with Mark Brockman unbeaten on 77.

Kookas and Oak Flats lead the T20 competition with two wins from three games but only Kiama is out of contention for the final on Sunday February 7.

In Saturday’s T20 matches, The Rail host Kiama at Croome Road (10am), followed by Lakers taking on Kiama at 1pm.

In the third match at Croome Road, the Rail host Lake Illawarra (4pm), while Oak Flats take on Kookas at Geoff Shaw Oval (4pm).

Premiership ladder: Oak Flats 59, Lakers 54, Kookas 52, The Rail 47, Kiama 22.

T20 ladder: Kookas 15, Oak Flats 15, Lakers 8, The Rail 8. Kiama 2.

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