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'never seen anything like this': how sydney's trains came to a grinding halt

loadinghowever, after that roll-back, about 5am, the system was still showing “intermittent anomalies and some performance issues”, mr braxton-smith said.at 6am, those anomalies started to cascade. the systems affected included those that locate trains on the network, the train crew and rostering systems, and those providing information to passengers.“where it left us was with effectivelyflying blind in its key operational and management systems - seeing where the trains are and managing its crew,” mr braxton-smith said.by that stage, the top brass at transport for nsw had been alerted to the issues – they had received a priority one alert, telling them that the it system was down, on a day that would feature tens of thousands of p...




friels on song, a clown in the face of tragedy

scaramouche jones ★★★by justin butcherthe arts centreuntil august 25the more i see him act, the more i become convinced colin friels only flowers with a sharp-minded director behind him. that doesn’t always happen, as the mtc productions of beckett’s endgame, say, or david hare’s skylight showed, though his most recent stage outing for the company, faith healer (directed by friels’ formidable wife judy davis) was an acting masterclass.he shone, too, under alkinos tsilimidos, portrayi...




sydney's not full, but berejiklian says some parts might be

the premier, however, would not offer an opinion on where development was no longer appropriate in sydney.“i'm not going to say,” she said.“often that's a subjective view and people who live in those communities have views about that, and some others who have an objective view will think well that community can sustain it.“i don't want to list suburbs specifically but what i will say is this: we're a government that listens, we appreciate and respect that we need to get the balance right.”the premier’s comments come amid concern expressed by some development groups about uncertainty in the government’s housing policies.for instance, a major scheme to encourage medium-density dwellings has been moth-balled for at least a year,...




'he is being punished': the real reason turnbull is under siege

some reckon those who don’t read history are doomed to repeat it. they’re wrong. humans – or at least politicians - are stupider than that. turns out they’re doomed to repeat history even if they lived through it themselves, and pretty recently.one of the oddest, saddest things about australia’s climate debate is that it has been based almost entirely on a series of verbal fictions. every couple of years we get a new code word or phrase that means nothing to voters, but furiously divides our politicians. right now it’s the national energy guarantee – before that the “emissions intensity scheme”. and before that it was a carbon price, or perhaps a carbon tax. i’d be surprised if more than a hundred australians could expla...




dybbuks a terrifying, unforgettable night of theatre

the monster has exercised our theatrical imagination before: barrie kosky staged the dybbuk with gilgul in 1991, and there’s an elegant otherworldliness to this version that will put you in mind of the yiddish theatre kosky made in that period.this is theatre as ritual, invocation, and we’re seated in the round, ringing a central stepped altar on which two veiled bodies pose frozen, entwined. between us, a choir of jewish women sings and chants, the discordant whine of an experimental soundscape rising to meet them.through a transgressive tale of passion beyond the grave, ancient horrors slowly emerge. di...




only one chance to see winx in sydney this spring

what path the godolphin team now chooses for kementari will be interesting. he is still favoured to run in the atc slot in the everest.time expert vince accardi rated winx’s return as good as she had ever gone first-up, a view that vindicated what chris waller and hugh bowman believed before the race.“she is a freak,” waller said. “she shouldn't be getting better.”the premier trainer would have been delighted with the returns of his other runners. libran, an out-and-out stayer, ran the second fastest final 600m, 400m, and 200m sections and when he gets to his trip, he will be very hard to beat.unforgotten and d’argento, which was a game third after being three-wide without cover, will only improve from the run and it would not b...




from black caviar to winx, with love

among the many congratulatory messages trainer chris waller fielded on saturday evening, after super mare winx set a new australian record of 26 consecutive wins, was a phone call from the broome cup.on the other end of the line was peter moody, the trainer whose mare, black caviar, had held the previous record."one of the special things yesterday, i got a call from peter...




'school yard politics': point piper stands by its man

the affluent eastern suburb is home to more multi-billionaires than any other in australia (including westfield's frank lowy, businessman jack cowin).  if the crane index still counts as an indicator of prosperity, the three huge ones helping to renovate a few of the mainly terracotta-tiled hacienda-style homes, show this suburb has no sign of slipping from its no.1 spot as australia's wealthiest suburb.bordered by the royal motor yacht club to the east and the royal prince edward yacht club to the west, those out walking the well-heeled streets, mostly with names beginning with w – wolseley, wenworth, wyuna and wunulla – were asking why the liberal party would want to oust their leader."it is disappointing," said edwina kwan, who...




the crook and the chef: zumbo in near miss as conman comes raw prawn

while he has extensive experience in hospitality, it was not the kind mr zumbo needed.in 2015, mr calabrese was handed an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in the county court to setting up a front company, gourmet produce pantry, which was used to steal 5500 kilograms of prawns worth $82,000.posing as a victoria market trader, he made off with another $12,700 worth of seafood in a separate scam.celebrity chef adriano zumbophoto: suppliedeven mr calabrese's forays into apparently legitimate businesses such as a butcher and la porchetta pizza franchisee have ended in bankruptcy. he's also been disqualified by the corporate regulator from acting as a director.unaware of mr calabrese's criminal background – or even his rea...




bulldogs upset warriors with late field goal from lachlan lewis

canterbury young gun lachlan lewis has slotted a clutch field goal to jag a 27-26 nrl win over the the warriors and throw a speed bump in front of their nrl finals ambitions.the bulldogs upset the warriors after their five-eighth booted a 30m one-pointer in the 79th minute to quell a warriors fightback.fairytale match: lachlan lewis is mobbed after scoring a try, but before sealing victory with a field goal.photo: aapthe visitors rallied fr...




the island paradise where the wallabies will search for answers

their coach, michael cheika, said there was no rhyme or reason to the choice - a departure from their regular choices on the mainland - just a bit of variety."there's no magic pill here ... i just thought we'd stay somewhere a bit different. it's all about training well, preparing well, in the mindset, and also for our footy," cheika said.all the good work you do can get undone in a very short space of time when you aren't concentrating ... for the 80 minutes.michael cheika"i've never been there myself so i don't know. i just thought there's a footy field there, there's a gym there, it's something different for the lads, [so we can] get into our work straight away and get the disappointment of yesterday out of our system. understand ...




queensland mps who support abortion reform face voter backlash: poll

voters were asked: "do you believe that when considering having an abortion, a woman should receive free, independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision, so that she can make a fully-informed decision?"the "yes" response was selected by 88 per cent of voters, with 91 per cent of women and 85 per cent of men taking this view.those polled were also asked: "do you believe that a woman considering abortion should receive information on the development of the unborn child, the nature of the procedure, the physical and psychological risk associated with abortion and the support available should she wish to continue with the pregnancy?"this achieved an 85 per cent "yes" response, seven per cent said...




bob dylan review: things have changed – and stayed the same

bob dylanicc sydney theatre, august 18★★★★trying to offer a fair and objective assessment of a bob dylan concert is a mug's game. you are on a greasy slope to critical damnation.a rare smile from bob dylan during an appearance in los angeles in 2012. photo: chris pizzellofirstly, bob doesn't give a damn. secondly those punters who went along expecting to hear the hits as bob sang them more than 50 years ago, will not only be disappointed but are likely to walk out.and thirdly the hardcore bobsters, like pre-pubescent justin bieber fans, having worked themselves up into a lather of anticipation (for weeks they have deluged social...




mourinho labels manchester city 'disrespectful' over documentary

manchester united manager jose mourinho claims english premier league rival manchester city were "disrespectful" and lacking "class" in a behind-the-scenes documentary released this week.amazon's eight-part documentary of city's title-winning year in the epl last season gave a tv crew almost unlimited access to players and managerial staff, offering insight into pep guardiola's locker room.not happy: jose mourinho wasn't pleased by...




retallick swamps rodda as all blacks read wallabies like a book

picked off: australia's lineout was picked apart by new zealand in the first bledisloe.photo: aapit’s not a question of athleticism here – rodda also pinched one off retallick – but the wallabies were read like a book.2. reputation precedes the propsthe wallabies really struggled on the tight-head side to contain joe moody. jermaine ainsley should not feel too dispirited by a tough introduction – sekope kepu had his issues too.however, on the loose-head side it appeared that tom robertson was not only battling against owen franks, but their respective reputations too.that is a combination of skills which is going to cause the wallabies a lot of issues over the next 5-10 years and he already looks like a strong chance to be the all bl...




'too late to leave': emergency warning for hunter bushfire

"motorists should exercise caution as firefighters continue to work in the area and visibility reduced due to smoke."salt ash, north of newcastle.photo: google mapsresidents in tilligerry, tanilba bay, mallabula and lemon tree passage have been advised to monitor the situation closely and remain vigilant.the fire has burnt more than 1700 hectares.it's believed a caravan may have been destroyed in the fire but crews are yet to confirm, rfs deputy commissioner rob rogers said.loadingas weather conditions eased late on saturday and into sunday, the fire was downgraded from emergency to "advice", the lowest level of bushfire alert. firefighters continued backburning operations overnight.more than 80 grass and bushfires continue to burn ac...




muted english reception for tainted hero stokes

hidden from root's gaze on the warm-up days was strain, over-eagerness or a lack of match sharpness. whichever it was, england were guessing when they assumed stokes would pick up where he left off in birmingham. he does not come over as the most reflective of cricketers, so it was reasonable for root to think stokes would not be lost in introspection.from the start, he appeared unaffected by the legal jeopardy he was facing, as if sure he would not be found guilty.loadingthe next time we saw him after the end of the trial, he was enacting a rather clumsy, media-evading arrival plan. in the stand beneath which his luxury motor was parked on thursday, the first-day trent bridge crowd only tapped their hands together at 11.28 when stokes took ...




saints aim to end tough afl season on high

now they've restored their pride, st kilda want to close out their disappointing season with a big win.they went so close on saturday night, falling four points short of a massive upset against hawthorn.the saints had endured a week of media scrutiny on the back of two bad losses and they will finish in the botto...




annan's legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on

in 1994, at least 800,000 rwandans were slaughtered in a 100-day genocide, when hutu soldiers and militias slaughtered members of the tutsi ethnic group. at that time, annan was chief of un peacekeeping.in a 2004 interview with pbs's frontline, annan called the genocide "a very painful and traumatic experience," both for himself and the united nations."it's not something that you forget," he said. "it's an experience that, if you go through, becomes part of you, and part of your whole experience as a human being."journalist stanley meisler wrote in annan's obituary in the washington post: "he and his aides worked behind the scenes to prevent the widespread killing in rwanda, but they said the forces of ethnic hatred were too strong t...




police officer hurt in brawl during wild parties on northern beaches

police on sydney's northern beaches were forced to call for reinforcements from the air wing, dog squad and strike force raptor, which targets outlaw motorcycle gangs, to disperse more than 250 drunk people from separate wild house parties on saturday night.more than 100 intoxicated youths were moved on from an "out-of-control" house party at charles street in freshwater after northern beaches police were called to the residence about 8.15 on saturday, police said.a...