Australian Security Medals for Valour awarded to five security guards

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Security guard Caglar (Charlie) Erdogdu leaped on a deranged man who had doused himself in fuel and was trying to set himself alight in a crowded supermarket. Photo: Brendan EspositoHe faced a crazed man who had doused himself in kerosene and splashed it around the aisles of a supermarket in a bid to kill himself and others.

Staff were trying unsuccessfully to calm the man who had pulled out a box of matches was about to set himself alight.

But despite the obvious danger, Caglar “Charlie” Erdogdu threw himself on top of the offender to stop him from lighting the matches.

The 25-year-old security guard from Parklea also ended up covered in the fuel as he pinned down the man’s arms, forcing him drop the kerosene and the matches.

Mr Erdogdu was one of five security guards recognised with an Australian Security Medal Of Valour for extraordinary acts of bravery during the past year.

Steve Pierce from Securecorp described the actions of Mr Erdogdu as a “tremendously heroic act” that saved not only the life of the offender, but also stopped a possible explosion which could have hurt or killed many other people.

“Security Officer Caglar Erdogdu gave no thought to his own safety or wellbeing and his decisive action and bravery is to be commended,” said Mr Pierce who successfully nominated Mr Erdogdu for the bravery award.

The awards were established by a group of security professionals to recognise acts of bravery and achievement in a dangerous profession and change perceptions of the security industry.

The patron of the Australian Security Medals Foundation is MP Philip Ruddock.

Also awarded for their bravery were Gary Jannese and Emir Balicevac, from SNP, for disarming a man armed with a large knife who was trying to harm himself at the University of Sydney.

Jye Nevins from Asset Group Solutions was recognised for his bravery after he was injured while grabbing a hunting knife from a man wrestling with police and security guards.

Matthew Newman, from Southern Cross Group Services, was recognised after he ran to help protect people after a man was fatally stabbed at a Parramatta Shopping Centre.

The awards have also recognised lifetime achievements of a number of industry professionals including George Zeitoune from Asset Group Solutions; Tom Roche, managing director of SNP, the country’s third largest security company; Neville Kiely from Central Monitoring Services; and Kathy Pavlich from Sydney TAFE.

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North Melbourne v GWS, round 12 AFLpictures, photos

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North Melbourne v GWS, round 12 AFL | pictures, photos Images from Saturday’s North Melbourne v GWS game at Spotless Stadium. Pictures: Getty Images

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Images from Saturday’s North Melbourne v GWS game at Spotless Stadium. Pictures: Getty Images

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Images from Saturday’s North Melbourne v GWS game at Spotless Stadium. Pictures: Getty Images

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Saints march clear at the top

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GOTCHA: St Arnaud captain Ben Batters lays a tackle on Birchip-Watchem’s Connor Walsh on Saturday. Picture: JASON SMITH

ST Arnaud marched two games clear at the top of the North Central Football League ladder after defeating Birchip-Watchem by 21 points on Saturday.

In a clash of 1 v 2, the Saints led at every change in winning 13.16 (94) to 11.7 (73) at Birchip.

The win moves the Saints to 7-2 and gives them an eight-point buffer at the top.

The Saints were off target in the first half in kicking a wayward 6.13 to lead by just 21 points at the main break, despite having had 11 more scoring shots than the Bulls.

But the Saints straightened up in the second half in kicking 7.3.

The regular names of ruckman Luke Wells and midfielder Gavin Vassallo (three goals) were again the best for the Saints.

Also playing well for St Arnaud were Harley Durward, Nick Baldwin and Robert Elliott.

As well as Vassallo, coach James McNamee and Adam Tipungwuti also kicked three goals for the Saints.

Forward Daniel Castellano was lively for Birchip-Watchem, kicking six of the Bulls’ 11 goals to be one of their best players.

Also among the better players for the Bulls were Dale Hinkley, Jacob Noonan and ruckman Zac Holmes.

• Wedderburn survived a massive scare from bottom side Boort.

The winless Magpies – having gone into the game with an average losing margin of 110 points – trailed the Redbacks by less than a kick at three quarter-time.

However, the Redbacks staved off the challenge from the Magpies, kicking five goals to one in the final term to win 11.21 (87) to 8.4 (52).

Brett Strange was influential in the win for the Redbacks, kicking three of his four goals in the final quarter.

Danny Benaim also kicked four goals for the Redbacks, who constantly squandered chances in front of goal in the second and third quarters when they kicked a combined 4.13 that kept the Magpies in the contest.

The Redbacks’ best players featured Robert Tonkin, centreman Nathan Bell, onballer Nathan Holt and reliable key defender Jacob DeAraugo.

While the Magpies are still winless, Saturday’s result was the first time this season they have kept their losing margin to less than 85 points.

The Magpies produced their best quarter of the season in the third term when they outscored the Redbacks by 20 points, kicking 5.2 to 2.2.

Forward Shaun Pearce bagged four goals for Boort, becoming the first Magpie player this year to kick more than two in a game.

Aaron Wilson, Keiren Wilson, Jack Smith and Craig Rutley were the best for Boort.

The victory was Wedderburn’s 12th in a row against Boort.

• Charlton bounced back from consecutive defeats, while inflicting Donald’s third loss in a row.

The Navy Blues kicked five goals to two in the last quarter to win 12.6 (78) to 8.9 (57) at Donald.

Just three points had separated the sides going into the final quarter.

Coach Aaron Walklate was superb for the Navy Blues, playing a fine leader’s game.

Matthew Winsall, Rhys Thompson and Ben Walklate were also prominent for Charlton, which had Mark Vigus, Luke Kyriakides, Joe McGrath and James McGrath each kick two goals.

The loss cost Donald its position in the top four, with the Royals now at 4-4, having one stage been 4-1.

Coach Luke Fisher, Glenn Wyatt, Joshua Reichman and Daniel Pearce played well for the Royals.

Brody Haddow and classy forward Seamus Young kicked two goals each.

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North Melbourne v GWS, round 12 AFLpictures, photos

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Images from Saturday’s North Melbourne v GWS game at Spotless Stadium. Pictures: Getty Images

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Wagga’s Charlie Hamilton claims Tour de Riverina

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FEMALE CHAMPION: Wagga Cycle Club’s Sophie Mackay (leading) on the final stage of Sunday’s race, overall women’s champion of the 2015 Tour de Riverina. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

YOUTH is no barrier in cycling, as15-year-old Charlie Hamilton has won the 2015 Tour de Riverina.

Hamilton can now boast he’sthe youngest champion in the history of the tour.

After coming fourth in 2014, Hamilton acquired a new coach in Ian Hume, upped his training regime, and aimed for one better.

“Just showing up” was key, as he rode inall six stages including the 75 kilometre course on Sunday.

Scratch finishedjust behindthe leaders, andChristian McDonald from Combram had the fastest time atonehour, 45 minutes and50 seconds.

Hamilton finished the tour on 30 points, threeahead of Tolland’s Peter Treloar.

An otherwise successful final stage has been soured for organiserswho lost more than a dozen trafficsigns, valued at $80 each.

Tolland CycleClub president Barry O’Haganhopesthe ‘caution, cyclists ahead’signs materialise before the club has to replace them.

“I’d rather put the moneyin the bike riders’ pockets,” O’Hagan said.

Tour results

Charlie Hamilton, Wagga, 1Peter Treloar, Tolland, 2Charlie Mitchell, Tolland, 3Mal Blake, Griffith, 4Craig McMillan, Albury, 5Race winners

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Far more resting on the Matildas match against Brazil than just 2015 World Cup success

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Moncton: There is far more riding on the Matildas’ advancing further into the knock-out stages of of the 2015 Women’s World Cup than just glory.

Australia will face Brazil at 3am on Monday morning [AEST] in the round of 16 where a victory could be the first step to major advancements in women’s sports, particularly football. Payment, sponsorship, investment and participation rates of women’s football lag significantly behind that of the men’s game and Matildas defensive midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight is striving to rectify that by her team at least reach the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Players contracted with the Football Federation of Australia earn a base remuneration of approximately a quarter of the national salary. Players are payed $21,000 plus $500 per match with incomes often supplemented by short-term club contracts as well as other part-time jobs away from football.

Kellond-Knight hopes the Matilda’s knock-out match against Brazil in Moncton will further capture the imagination of the public, attract more interest in the game and establish Australia as one of the world’s best football nations.

“For the future I hope that happens,” Kellond-Knight said. “Once we become one of the top one or two nations in the world I can really see that happening and to enable that I think we have to win something and that starts here.”

A win over Brazil will set-up a likely quarter final match against regional rivals and defending champions Japan in Edmonton which is a fixture that could prove influential for major events in years to come. Both Japan and Australia are set to bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup and improving Australia’s ranking and stature within the women’s game will be a major benefit to the FFA’s likely bid.

Australia were ranked 10th coming into the 2015 tournament in Canada but have never won a knock-out match at a World Cup before.

“If we can keep progressing I’m sure it will take the game forward a lot more steps and hopefully even encourage the FFA,” Matildas coach Alen Stajcic said. “I know we’re bidding for the 2023 [Women’s] World Cup so I see these as massive turning points in our code and our culture to bring football to be the number one sport in our country.”

It remains a difficult task in overcoming the South American giants who boast the greatest female player of all time, Marta, but there is a sense of calm matching the Matildas confidence. After progressing out of the group of death at this tournament, Australia’s players are more relaxed than before the start of the World Cup.

“I think I actually feel more confident and less nervous. Thinking back to the US game, there was a lot of nerves around the game, it was our first World Cup game and we were really unsure if we could compete with the world’s best,” Kellond-Knight said. “Now that we’ve done that we know we’ve got a good squad, we know we can play a good brand of football and we’ve grown in confidence with the group games and we’ve taken that to the knockout stage.”

It may also be the biggest game of Stajcic’s coaching career but feeling suitably prepared, the Matildas boss shares his players’ confidence in continuing their stay in Canada.

“You really and truly get nervous and over aroused when you haven’t done your preparation,” Stajcic said. “I think with the work this team’s done and the preparation that we’ve done, we feel calm and relaxed because I know we’ve done everything we can possibly do to be as good as we can.”

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Reddies hold off Turvey Park charge

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LOOKING FOR OPTIONS: CSU goal shooter Briane Cusack sizes up her next move as the Reddies go on to defeat Turvey Park on Saturday night. Picture: Les Smith

In a rough and tumblebattle for the wooden spoon, CSU Reddies held on to win46-42 over Turvey Park.

The Reddies won the match in the first half when they extended a two-goal lead at quarter-time to a four -goal advantage at half-time.

Despite the valiant efforts in defence byTurvey’s Jaimee Smith and Della Winnell, Reddies’ shootersBrianne Cusack andHannah Williams rarely missed and managed to convert many long-range shots.

Bycontrast, the three shooters used by Turvey Park, Morgan Watts, Kelly Eisenhauer andGrace Carmichael,had towork much harder for their goals.

The second half saw both teams add another 25 goals apiece, asTurveyPark cut down Reddies’ lead late after they took a seven-goal lead into the final quarter.

Kimberley McKenzie worked hard for the Reddies in the centre, whileCarmichael had another serviceable game for Turvey Park.

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Far more resting on the Matildas match against Brazil than just 2015 World Cup success

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Moncton: There is far more riding on the Matildas’ advancing further into the knock-out stages of of the 2015 Women’s World Cup than just glory.

Australia will face Brazil at 3am on Monday morning [AEST] in the round of 16 where a victory could be the first step to major advancements in women’s sports, particularly football. Payment, sponsorship, investment and participation rates of women’s football lag significantly behind that of the men’s game and Matildas defensive midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight is striving to rectify that by her team at least reach the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Players contracted with the Football Federation of Australia earn a base remuneration of approximately a quarter of the national salary. Players are payed $21,000 plus $500 per match with incomes often supplemented by short-term club contracts as well as other part-time jobs away from football.

Kellond-Knight hopes the Matilda’s knock-out match against Brazil in Moncton will further capture the imagination of the public, attract more interest in the game and establish Australia as one of the world’s best football nations.

“For the future I hope that happens,” Kellond-Knight said. “Once we become one of the top one or two nations in the world I can really see that happening and to enable that I think we have to win something and that starts here.”

A win over Brazil will set-up a likely quarter final match against regional rivals and defending champions Japan in Edmonton which is a fixture that could prove influential for major events in years to come. Both Japan and Australia are set to bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup and improving Australia’s ranking and stature within the women’s game will be a major benefit to the FFA’s likely bid.

Australia were ranked 10th coming into the 2015 tournament in Canada but have never won a knock-out match at a World Cup before.

“If we can keep progressing I’m sure it will take the game forward a lot more steps and hopefully even encourage the FFA,” Matildas coach Alen Stajcic said. “I know we’re bidding for the 2023 [Women’s] World Cup so I see these as massive turning points in our code and our culture to bring football to be the number one sport in our country.”

It remains a difficult task in overcoming the South American giants who boast the greatest female player of all time, Marta, but there is a sense of calm matching the Matildas confidence. After progressing out of the group of death at this tournament, Australia’s players are more relaxed than before the start of the World Cup.

“I think I actually feel more confident and less nervous. Thinking back to the US game, there was a lot of nerves around the game, it was our first World Cup game and we were really unsure if we could compete with the world’s best,” Kellond-Knight said. “Now that we’ve done that we know we’ve got a good squad, we know we can play a good brand of football and we’ve grown in confidence with the group games and we’ve taken that to the knockout stage.”

It may also be the biggest game of Stajcic’s coaching career but feeling suitably prepared, the Matildas boss shares his players’ confidence in continuing their stay in Canada.

“You really and truly get nervous and over aroused when you haven’t done your preparation,” Stajcic said. “I think with the work this team’s done and the preparation that we’ve done, we feel calm and relaxed because I know we’ve done everything we can possibly do to be as good as we can.”

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Chev dominates at home

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Ruby Evans winning the ball against Redlands. Photo supplied

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‘TWAS a beautiful day for play with most Chev teams playing at home.

All of the school netball, hockey, rugby and girls soccer teams played in a busy morning of sport.

Most of the netballers had a good morning with some great shooting, just like the Swifts and Firebirds.

The firsts expected a much closer game than what eventuated.

On the lovely new court surface they totally outplayed Central Coast and a five point round one winning score line ended in a 50 point win at home.

In a really good team effort, it was difficult to single out any individuals, but Clover Menzies was on fire under the net.

Special mention to all the umpires who made sure the games were played and the rules abided by.

They do a great job every week.

In the hockey, there were plenty of goals in all matches except the firsts.

A 0-0 stalemate between Chev and arch rivals Central Coast.

The possession was mostly in Chev’s favour and plenty of chances were created, but near misses were the order of the day.

Coach Tony Sewll was very happy with the team performance and said the girls kept improving each week and would continue to do so.

In the rugby, Chev hosted Redlands and all matches were good contests except the firsts, which was a very one-sided affair.

Chev started well and the tries flowed freely.

It was great to have Blake Pittolo back from injury and the entire pack rolled forward all day.

Lachlan Huntington had a good day with the boot, kicking at least a dozen goals.

In the girls soccer the firsts played quite well, but St Andrews took its chances.

The Chev girls are having trouble finding the back of the net, unlike the seconds and thirds that can’t stop scoring.

Tayla Adcock did a good job filling in as keeper in the firsts and Laura Veness never stopped running.

For the travellers, the tennis Firsts had a really good win against St Pats.

Gabbi Murphy and Sam Crittendeden were just too good for their opponents.

In the boys soccer at St Pauls the 14s, 16s and Firsts were winners.

The firsts got home 2-1 with goals from Taylor Delahunty and Peter Majetic.

So round six has been completed and students take a break until July 18 when the ISA competition resumes.

Most Chev teams are doing really well in the respective competitions.

For up to date scores and tables, check the ISA website 梧桐夜网isa.nsw.edu419论坛

By Andew Bell

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Opposition leader Bill Shorten says it was ‘entirely possible’ businesses paid members’ union fees

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has broken his silence on controversial deals struck when he was a trade union leader, saying it was “entirely possible” businesses had paid members’ union fees when he ran the Australian Workers Union.

Mr Shorten had previously declined to answer specific questions about agreements reached with businesses during his time as state and national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) until his appearance at the Royal Commission into trade union governance.

But after a week in which his record as a union leader came under intense media and parliamentary scrutiny, Mr Shorten on Sunday publicly addressed claims he oversaw deals that advantaged businesses and the AWU at the expense of workers.

In a strident defence of his time at the AWU, Mr Shorten said his record as a “modern” and “pragmatic” union leader shows he has a “better vision” for Australia than Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Commenting on a controversial deal with Melbourne builder Winslow Constructors, Mr Shorten said it was “entirely possible” businesses had paid the union fees of AWU members during his time at the union, even though this was not his preferred way of operating.

“My preference is employees pay their union dues but what I also get is that someone be in the union than not in the union,” he said. “When we get further into the detail of particular transactions, it would be foolish of me to simply say yes or no to every question.”

Fairfax Media reported this month that Mr Shorten’s AWU Victorian branch invoiced Melbourne building firm Winslow Constructors $38,000 to pay for 105 union memberships.

Current AWU state secretary Ben Davis has said the deal “profoundly” weakened the union’s industrial position in the workplace.

Mr Shorten told the ABC’s Insiders program he was “100 per cent relaxed” about his record as a trade union leader. 

“I’m proud of being a moderate trade union official, working cooperatively between employees and employers,” Mr Shorten said. “I’m interested in better wages for workers, better safety, job security, and profitable companies because I understand that if you get cooperation in the workplace everyone wins.”

Mr Abbott has said some of the deals allegedly overseen by Mr Shorten verged on “identity theft” and that the Labor party was in “crisis” over the issue. 

Mr Shorten said on Sunday the attacks on him had been “hysterical” and that Mr Abbott was in fact paying him a “perverse compliment” by accusing him of working too co-operatively with business.

“I think sometimes some of the critics say this is all bad for myself and for Labor,” he said. “You know, I think it demonstrates why the Labor Party’s got a better vision for the future because we’re not into dividing the joint, we’re not into dividing worker versus employer.”

Asked about $300,000 worth of payments made from Theiss John Holland to the AWU, Mr Shorten said the payments were made for health and safety training.

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