Former Edmund Rice teacher jailed for sexual abuse of 13-year-old student

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Unforgiven: Disgraced former Edmund Rice College teacher Brother John Roberts during a previous court appearance. He was jailed for at least six years on Friday.

Friday afternoon marked the start of a long weekend for most people in the Illawarra.

For Tom*, it was the beginning of the rest of his life.

In an almost empty courtroom in Wollongong, hewatched on as the man who had sexually abused him as a“vulnerable,naive”teenager was jailed for a decade.

Tomhung his head between his hands for a moment as the sentence was read out,before turning to embrace family who were in court to support him.

He had earlier struggledto describe the impact Brother John Vincent Roberts’ actions had had on his life.

“It’s beendecimated,” hesaid, his voiceheavy with emotion.

“My life hasbeen a continuous circle of pain…my being, my innocence and my self-expectations have been expelled as a result of this.

“I dub thee unforgiven.”

Roberts was a teacher at Edmund Rice College in the late 1980s andTom, just 13 at the time, was astudent in need of some tutoring.

Roberts offered his services and Tom’s mother, unaware she was placing her son in the hands of a sexual predator, readily agreed.

Roberts drove Tom to the university one day to use thecomputers.On the way home, Robertstook him to a secluded spot on Mount Keira Road and raped him.

From then on Roberts bypassed the university and their“studysessions” entirely, instead taking Tom straight to Mount Keira to abuse him on a weekly basis for the best part of a year.

Abuse also occurred in the Brother’s Cottage on school grounds, the court heard.

In sentencing Roberts on Friday,Judge Andrew Haesler said Roberts had “grossly” breached the trust of Tom and his family.

“He exploited the youth and vulnerability of his victim,” Judge Haesler said.

“He betrayed him andhe betrayed himself as a Christian Brother.The assaults were planned, they were persistent andthey were degrading.”

The 74-year-old was handed an overall prison term of tenyears, with a non-parole period of six years.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in 2022.

*Name changed to protect identity

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Show support for Diabetes, walk to work

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Newcastle and Lake Macquarie residents have been urged to walk to workthis Friday in support of Diabetes Australia.

Walk to Work Day this Friday is now in its 18thyear and raises money and awareness for Diabetes Australia.

Regular walking has been linked with a reduction in the riskof developingdiabetes.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald has called on people across the Hunter to take the healthy option and walk to work thisFriday.

“Walking is a free and relatively easy way to improve your health and reduce your chance of developing chronic conditions like diabetes,” Mr MacDonald said.

“There’s no reason to feel afraid of changing your routine a little to get in some extra exercise.

“One idea might be to hop off public transport earlier or park the car a bit further away from work so you can get a few extra minutes of walking into your day.

“Australians are living longer and chronic diseases such as diabetes are on the rise so it is vital we make exercise and good nutrition a part of our daily lives.”

Mr MacDonald said spring provided the perfect platform to be more active.

“It’s the time of year we are all looking to shape up for summer and that can start by simply walking more,” he said.

“Walking is such an easy thing to incorporate into your daily routine, so put on some comfy shoes, get out in the fresh air, and enjoy Walk to Work Day.”

According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day.

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Wandoan Santa sale tops $26,000

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Top bull: Vendor Celia Mackay, Celamba Santa Gertrudis stud, and Joe Keppel, Landmark, Wandoan, with top priced sire Celamba Felcon L503.It was a day of milestones at the third annual Wandoan Santa Gertrudis bull sale today where one of the sale’s founding members topped the sale for the first time.

Among the sale of 55 bulls averaging $5872, Celia Mackay, Celamba Santa Gertrudis Stud, sold sale topper Celamba Felcon L503 for $26,000.

With a 39cm scrotal measurement and weighing in at 956kg, the 23-month-old sire was bought by Craig Hindle of Bullamakinka Santa Gertrudis Stud, Bungunya.

Ms Mackay said Mr Hindle was a first time buyer of the Celamba genetics but had a strong connection with his purchase in that the bull was sired by Bullamakinka Ferrari F188.

“The bull runs right back to the good Sentury bloodline which is where the Bullamakinka stud originally made its mark,” she said.

“He’s a naturally quiet bull that has never been shown and that’s a trait I really like to see in bulls.”

Ms Mackay said she aimed to breed the perfect bull and while she felt it was virtually impossible, she enjoyed working with Santa cattle for their versatility and overall performance.

“I’m pretty new to the game so I’m very thrilled with this result. I’ve only really been around Santas since 1998 and grew up around my father and his dairy showing endeavours,” she said.

“I started out on my own with the purchase of two cows out of the Tara Stud dispersal and sold my first bull in 2008.

“I’ve been averaging $5500 for a while now and today I’ve averaged $8625 so I’m over the moon.”

The Wandoan Santa sale achieved an 85 per cent clearance with a number of bulls selling back into the Taroom Wandoan region.

The second top priced bull, Valleyview Kirk, sold to R and HG Rohde of Clifton for $14,000.

Two bulls were purchased for $12,000 on sale day-KA Geddes, Telemond, Springsure, picked up a single sire, Triple S L66, while vendors Jamie and Allison Becker, Alkoomie, Taroom, also bought one bull.

Volume buyers were active at the sale with Don Stiller, Wandoan, taking home eight bulls for a total of $24,500.

Mayes Grazing, Chilgerrie Hill, Wandoan, found four sires to suit their operation and paid a total of $13,000 for a quality lineup.

Wandoan Santa sale president and vendor Jamie Becker said the sale had encountered a testing lead up on account of wet weather but the bulls had held up well and he was proud of the quality offering the seven vendorshad provided.

Selling agents: Landmark and Elders.

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AFL: Barry Hall caught in the Western Bulldogs fairytale ahead of Sydney Swans grand final

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Barry Hall with Bob Murphy in 2012. Photo: Vince CaligiuriThe moment Barry Hall hoisted the 2005 AFL premiership trophy in the air, 72 years of heartache was lifted from the shoulders of the Sydney Swans faithful.

Eleven years later the Swans will again line up in the grand final, this time against the club Hall grew up cheering for and ended his career with in the Western Bulldogs.

While his eight-year stint in Sydney has left Hall a Swans man, he can’t help but get caught up in the Bulldogs’ fairytale run to the first Saturday in October.

It has been a long time coming for the Bulldogs. Since their lone premiership in 1954, they have staved off financial troubles, mergers, and come undone in countless preliminary finals.

Twenty years ago they truly became the sons of the west, leaving the Footscray moniker behind in favour of the Western Bulldogs title.

But it was ‘new brand, same story’ as the Bulldogs fell short in the 1997-98 preliminary finals. A decade later they bowed out at the same stage three years running.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge’s arrival heralded a return to the finals in 2015, but a spate of injuries threatened to derail this year’s campaign.

Still, the Bulldogs have come from seventh to earn a spot in the grand final. Now years of near misses have Sydney’s 2005 premiership-winning skipper wishing for a Bulldogs victory.

“My brain says the Swans … but my heart is saying Western Bulldogs,” Hall said.

“The Swans have won it recently but I think the story of the Western Bulldogs, I don’t think anyone will be barracking for the Swans too much — they’ll want the Dogs to win.

“Probably because of the story — they’ve had injuries, they’ve had players leave the club, they were a struggling club financially and they haven’t won one for 60 years.”

Hall said the Swans would get the spoils on the back of their midfield, but expected “a good tight game” between two of the competition’s three best defensive sides.

The 289-game great tipped Swans star Luke Parker to win the Norm Smith medal.

“He loves the pressure situation — the way he plays footy he will suit finals,” Hall said.

But the romance of the Bulldogs isn’t lost on Hall.

Having spent the final two years of his career at Whitten Oval, Hall met those enduring a long wait between drinks with an unwavering faith in the club.

“They’re the people you want to see rewarded with a premiership,” Hall said.

“That’s probably another thing people don’t understand. It’s such a good feeling to break that drought when so many before you have failed. I hope the Dogs get to experience that.”

Hall and his Swans teammates were greeted with the reactions of success-starved fans upon their return to Sydney after their four-point defeat of West Coast in 2005.

A ticker-tape parade down Sydney’s George Street was celebrated by tens of thousands of fans before the Swans were presented the keys to the city.

The four-time All-Australian expected similar scenes if the Bulldogs snap their premiership drought, saying the fans would turn out in droves and paint Melbourne red, white and blue.

Hall’s premiership win was sandwiched by a grand final losses as a 19-year-old with St Kilda and the 2006 rematch with the Eagles where a mere point separated the sides.

Hall then departed to the Bulldogs for the “two most enjoyable years” of his storied career. There was only one flaw in his Bulldogs stint.

“The disappointment was not to win a premiership because there’s so many good people behind the scenes who should experience that,” Hall said.

The hype around the Bulldogs’ long-awaited grand final appearance has seen them attract the majority of the media attention. Hall said it was important for the inexperienced Bulldogs to keep their heads in check.

The Swans have been there and done it before. They have 13 players with grand final experience, and among them eight premiership players.

The Bulldogs have no players in their match day 22 with grand final experience after former Hawthorn player Matt Suckling was left out.

“The Swans have almost flew under the radar a little bit, which sounds stupid in grand final week,” Hall said.

“But they’ll be quite happy. They can slide into Melbourne, prepare well, and have a crack at a flag.”

Of arguably bigger interest in Sydney circles is the Cronulla Sharks’ long-awaited grand final appearance. Again something Hall was privy to.

The Swans were premiers in 2005 when Sydney’s Wests Tigers won the NRL decider. A year later, the Swans fell short when there were no NSW teams in the rugby league grand final.

“You do notice the difference,” Hall said.

“The landscape around you makes a big difference, too, particularly in Sydney.”


Saturday: Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs at MCG, 2:30pm. TV time: Live on Channel Seven.

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Things to do in Lisbon: Twenty reasons to visit Portugal’s capital city

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Portuguese sweets in Lisbon.1. VISIT: Lisboa Story Centre

Romantic, cultured and inexpensive, moody Lisbon is the European city of the moment. Start your exploration with an entertaining glimpse of the city’s history at the Lisboa Story Centre on the newly renovated Praca da Comercio, Lisbon’s main square, on the Tagus River. Portugal’s great voyages of discovery departed from here in the 15th and 16th centuries: these days you’re more likely to run into a televised soccer game than Vasco da Gama. A scale model of the city will help you get your bearings.  visitlisboa苏州美甲美睫培训学校 2. EXPLORE: Lisbon on the number 28 tram

Lisbon is hilly and its funiculars and vintage trams, which rattle perilously around steep corners and up inclines, are a great way to experience the city. Avoid the touristic trams, which are red and green, and more expensive. The number 28, the most famous route, will take you to the lofty viewpoint of Castelo De Sao Jorge but it’s often crowded. Try the 25 or 18 instead. You can buy single tickets from the driver or purchase a Via Vagem rechargeable ticket from offices near major transport hubs.  3. VISIT: Bairro Alto, Alfama, Baixa

The fun way to get to the heights of Bairro Alto, with its expansive views, is to take the vintage funicular “Glory”, which shudders up the hill from central Baixa. Not far from the tram stop is Igreja Sao Roque, a less touristy church than the popular Se Cathedral in Alfama. It’s no less beautiful, though – the opulent 16th-century baroque church features chapels of gilded wood, ceramic tiles and inlaid marble. The dazzling St John the Baptist Chapel was constructed in Italy using 22 different kinds of semi-precious stones.  *4. EAT: The Mercado da Ribeiro

The Mercado da Ribeiro at Cais do Sodre is Lisbon’s largest produce market. The down-at-heel, 19th-century industrial hall next door was taken over by Time Out magazine in 2014 and transformed into a food court of 35 stalls selling regional specialities. Graze on Alentejo ham, croquettes, roast suckling pig and some of the many versions of salted cod, bacalhau, washed down with vintages of local wines and craft beers. The soaring glass-roofed space, set with tables and high stools, is perfect for dinner, lunch or in between. Inexpensive. From 10 am every day until late. *5. EXPLORE: Belem

The old industrial district of Belem is easily reached by the 15 tram or the excellent train service. It’s worth the short journey for the luscious Pasteis de Belem, the original, commercially made Portuguese tart, which was first produced in 1837 using an ancient recipe from the Jeronimos Monastery. The fabrica on Rua de Belem 84-92 is the place you’re looking for – there will be a line. Other things to do while you’re in Belem: visit the monastery, the UNESCO-classified Torre de Belem, the quaint National Coach Museum and the Berardo museum of contemporary art.  6. EAT: Bistro 100 Manieras

It’s not all grilled sardines and bacalhau in Lisbon. Try Bistro 100 Manieras, recognised as one of the top 10 restaurants in the country. Chef Lujubomir Stanisic is a champion of Portuguese gastronomy, with a TV program and four published books on the subject. It’s comfort food with class. restaurant100manieras苏州美甲美睫培训学校  At Mini Bar, Portugal’s most progressive chef, Jose Avillez, serves wildly creative food in “acts” inside the opulent São Luiz Municipal theatre. minibar.pt7. SHOP: Ebaixada

Lisbon’s newest shopping precinct, Ebaixada, can be found within the walls of the beautiful Ribeiro da Cunha Palace on Praça de Principe Real. The 1856 neo-Moorish mansion has an Arabic courtyard, grand staircase, stained glass windows and art nouveau fireplaces. The boutiques include local fashion designers, furnishings, footwear and men’s accessories. In the courtyard, Gin Lovers & Less is a bar dedicated to gin. At the rear of the building is a bucolic garden cafe that backs onto the Botanic Gardens. embaixada.pt8. VISIT: The National Azulejo Museum

Lisbon is all about the beautiful tiles, or azulejos, some 500 years old, which cover the facades of its buildings. A stroll along any street is an opportunity to admire a number of styles of ceramic tiles. The National Azulejo Museum is housed in a medieval convent that is worth visiting for its cloisters and extravagant baroque chapel, aside from the magnificent collection of ceramics. It includes tiles dating to the 15th century and a 53-metre-long mural of 1300 tiles from 1738. museudoazulejo.pt9. SHOP: A Vida Portuguesa

Portugal still produces high-quality handmade goods, from beautiful ceramics to bags and kitchenware made from cork. Head for A Vida Portuguesa in the central shopping district of Chiado. It’s a well-stocked store housed in an old perfume factory that is dedicated to Portuguese crafts. The shelves are laden with old-fashioned soaps and toiletries, ceramics by local artists, cork platters, embroidered hand towels, fine papers and traditional foods such as brightly labelled cans of those ubiquitous sardines. avidaportuguesa苏州美甲美睫培训学校 10. EXPLORE: Moorish architecture

The fashionable, once-grungy, neighbourhood of Alfama is the historic heart of Lisbon. Built on the ruins of a great Roman city, it was a Moorish possession from the eighth until the 12th century and survived the 1755 earthquake. There are still many examples of Moorish architecture among the mostly red-roofed houses. Wander the delightful and hilly maze of narrow streets that wind up to the Sao Jorge Castle, visit the 12th-century Se Cathedral, stop by the Fado Museum, and join the locals grilling sardines on the streets during festival months.  11. DRINK: Coffee

No chance of you missing your coffee fix in Lisbon – the city centre has a number of historic coffee shops and pastelaria where you can imbibe “an Italian” (espresso.)  A Brasileira on Rua Garrett was the first cafe to serve coffee imported from the Portuguese colony of Brasil in 1905. Pastelaria Bernard (1868), a few doors away, bakes croissants that are supposed to be the best in the city. Sweet teeth will love the homemade cakes at Confeitaria Nacional (1829) on Praca da Figueira. Casa dos Ovos Moles near the Basilica of Estrela serves old-fashioned treats known as “convent sweets”. *12. SHOP: Chiado district

After coffee, explore the streets of Chiado, the elegant central district renowned for its century-old bookstores and beautiful Art Deco and Art Nouveau shops. Don’t miss tiny glove store Luvaria Ulisses (1925) on Rua do Carmo, the small department store Paris Em Lisboa (1888) on Rua Garrett and Caza das Vellas Loreto on Rua do Loreto, an artisan candle manufacturer continually producing beeswax candles since 1789. Shoes are great value in Lisbon – visit Sapataria do Carmo on Largo do Carmo, which is more than 110 years old. 13. RIDE: The Santa Justa elevator

Lisboetas have used the Santa Justa elevator to connect the lower streets of Baixa with upper Carmo Square since 1902. Originally powered by steam, the imposing 45-metre-high neo-gothic steel lift was converted to electricity a few years later.  Now it’s a major tourist attraction, with lines often snaking along Rua Santa Justa for a ride to the observation tower and walkway. It’s free for holders of the tourist pass, the Lisbon Card. You can also use the Via Vagem transport pass; otherwise it’s €2.80 ($4) per person. lisboacard.org14. EXPLORE: Cais do Sodre station

Lisbon’s situation on the Tagus River near where it enters the Atlantic Ocean means a beach is never far away. For a day trip, take the train from the art deco Cais do Sodre station, which has an underground waterfall, to the resort town of Estoril, about a 40-minute ride. The pretty fishing village of Cascais is the last stop on the route. Another option is a 40-minute train ride from neo-Moorish Rossio station to the cooler climates of Sintra, a former royal enclave of castles and painted palaces, like stepping into a whimsical fairy tale. cp.pt15. VISIT: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Lisbon’s newest museum is the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology on the banks of the Tagus, which brings together an old building, the industrial Tejo Power Station, and a new one, a striking, organic structure by British architect Amanda Levete. The site also incorporates the new Museum of Electricity. Directed by a former curator at New York’s MoMA, MAAT highlights contemporary art, film and photography and features exhibition halls, artistic residencies, creative workshops and a restaurant. maat.pt16. VISIT: Oceanario de Lisboa

Kids will love the Oceanario de Lisboa, which is among the three largest aquariums in the world. Seven-and-a-half million litres of water are divided between 30 tanks, showcasing 8000 living organisms, including animals and plants. The illusion created is of walking through one large ocean. As well as permanent and temporary exhibitions, there are fun activities such as Fado concerts for babies and “sleeping with the sharks” pyjama parties for small groups of children. oceanario.pt17. SHOP: Portuguese porcelain

Vista Alegre Porcelain is the retail outlet for the renowned 200-year-old porcelain manufacturer, which supplies fine handcrafted porcelain to many royal tables and the White House. The porcelain is renowned for its whiteness, resilience and bright glaze. From traditional glazed ceramic cabbage leaf bowls to collaborations with contemporary artists, the work is surprisingly affordable. The store will ship to Australia. There’s a museum and factory north of Lisbon in Aviero. vistaalegre苏州美甲美睫培训学校 18. DRINK: It’s not difficult to find a good panorama in hilly Lisbon. One of the best rooftop bars in the city is the terrace wine bar of the Memmo Alfama, a whitewashed, contemporary, 42-room hotel overlooking the port in Alfama. Sit poolside – the dramatic infinity pool is red tiled – and watch the mega cruise ships sail in and out of port. For more bars with views, try Terrace BA at the Bairro Alto Hotel, the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Mundial, Limao at the H10 Duque de Loule boutique hotel and Park, on the sixth floor of a carpark in Bairro Alto. 19. VISIT: Fado clubs

Lisbon’s sultry Fado clubs, most in the old Alfama district, are legendary. Clube de Fado is no secret but it’s still one of the best, featuring many renowned singers. Established by guitarist and composer Mario Pacheco, who accompanied the great Amalia Rodrigues, it’s the real thing. Don’t eat there, as the tour groups do. Instead, go after 10.30pm when the crowd thins out and pay the €10 cover charge. If it’s mid-week, you may find you have the singers almost to yourself. clube-de-fado苏州美甲美睫培训学校20. STAY: Pestana Pousada de Lisboa

The Pestana Pousada de Lisboa, perfectly situated on the city’s main square, Praca do Comercio, once housed the Ministry of Internal Affairs. (The suite Dom Perignon was the dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar’s office.) The colonnaded hotel, built on Roman ruins, is part of Pousadas de Portugal, a collection of 33 hotels, which all occupy palaces and other national monuments. The hotel is filled with treasures from the national museum, fascinating for art and history buffs. The 90 rooms feature high ceilings, wide corridors and there’s a stylish atrium restaurant for breakfast. slh苏州美甲美睫培训学校/pousada-de-lisboa

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