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A Sydney man who stabbed his girlfriend’s lover to death has been sentenced to six years in jail for manslaughter.
When Roy Tabalbag, 31, walked into his Darling Point unit in November 2013, he found his partner Geecy Rebucas having sex with her colleague, Amin Sthapit.
Mr Sthapit ran into the bathroom and Tabalbag grabbed a knife, forced his way in and started stabbing him.
The attack continued after Mr Sthapit fled to the bedroom.
At a trial last year, Tabalbag was convicted of murder and sentenced to 17 years’ jail.
However, he successfully appealed that conviction earlier this year and at a second trial, a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, accepting he had lost control of his actions.
“It was clearly a huge shock when he opened the door to reveal what was happening inside the apartment,” Acting Justice Jane Mathews said.
“As far as Mr Tabalbag was concerned, they were planning to get married and have children.”
Ms Rebucas and Mr Sthapit had first met at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay, where they worked as chefs.
She was also attending a cooking school, which is where she was meant to be on the day Mr Sthapit was killed.
Partner was suspicious
Tabalbag knew she was not at the school, because he had been monitoring the whereabouts of her mobile phone, using an application, since growing suspicious of his partner sometime earlier.
Acting Justice Mathews said the level of violence involved in the attack was “serious and sustained” but added Tabalbag had shown remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions.
Tabalbag had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter but this was rejected by prosecutors.
The judge imposed a total sentence of six years, with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years.
With time served, Tabalbag will be eligible for parole in May 2018.
Source : abc.net.au
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The government of New South Wales, led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government’s decision to build Utzon’s design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect’s ultimate resignation.
The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres – hosting well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. Performances are presented by numerous performing artists, including four resident companies: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. The building is managed by the Sydney Opera House Trust, an agency of the New South Wales State Government.
On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The facility features a modern expressionist design, with a series of large precast concrete “shells“, each composed of sections of a sphere of 75.2 metres (246 ft 8.6 in) radius, forming the roofs of the structure, set on a monumental podium. The building covers 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) of land and is 183 m (600 ft) long and 120 m (394 ft) wide at its widest point. It is supported on 588 concrete piers sunk as much as 25 m (82 ft) below sea level.
Although the roof structures are commonly referred to as “shells” (as in this article), they are precast concrete panels supported by precast concrete ribs, not shells in a strictly structural sense. Though the shells appear uniformly white from a distance, they actually feature a subtle chevron pattern composed of 1,056,006 tiles in two colours: glossy white and matte cream. The tiles were manufactured by the Swedish company Höganäs AB which generally produced stoneware tiles for the paper-mill industry.
Apart from the tile of the shells and the glass curtain walls of the foyer spaces, the building’s exterior is largely clad with aggregate panels composed of pink granite quarried at Tarana. Significant interior surface treatments also include off-form concrete, Australian white birch plywood supplied from Wauchope in northern New South Wales, and brush box glulam.
Of the two larger spaces, the Concert Hall is in the western group of shells, the Joan Sutherland Theatre in the eastern group. The scale of the shells was chosen to reflect the internal height requirements, with low entrance spaces, rising over the seating areas up to the high stage towers. The smaller venues (the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse and the Studio) are within the podium, beneath the Concert Hall. A smaller group of shells set to the western side of the Monumental Steps houses the Bennelong Restaurant. The podium is surrounded by substantial open public spaces, and the large stone-paved forecourt area with the adjacent monumental steps is regularly used as a performance space.
Wednesday, October 15, 1924. : Actor Mark Lenard, best known as Spock’s father, Sarek, in Star Trek, is born.
Mark Lenard was born Leonard Rosenson in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 15 October 1924. Lenard was best known as the actor who played Vulcan Spock’s father, Sarek, in Star Trek: The Original Series and later in Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as several of the Star trek movies. However, he also played the first Romulan seen on the show and the first Klingon with a ridged forehead.
Lenard was not restricted to Star trek roles. He was in the television series “Gunsmoke”, and early episodes of “Mission: Impossible”. He appeared in the TV series “Here Come the Brides” as character Aaron Stempel, Urko in the television series version of “Planet of the Apes” and played the part of Charles Ingalls’s older brother in one episode of “Little House on the Prairie”.
Lenard died of multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, on 22 November 1996.
The NSW women’s cricket team has smashed through the glass ceiling to become the first fully professional female team in Australian domestic sport.
In a major breakthrough, all Breakers squad members will be on full-time contracts, with international players having the potential to earn more than $100,000 per year.
“It enables the girls in our squad that flexibility to train more often. That is going to only make us more successful in our competition. Hopefully we can see some of the other teams follow,” Southern Stars wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy said.
When I started out I was playing for Australia, attending university and also working.
“So, to cut out that requirement and be able to focus solely on sport is a fantastic opportunity. Some players may work part time or study part time but it gives them that flexibility now.”
The minimum wage will be $35,000.
“I think it is a great starting point. Back when I was playing I would have paid that much myself to represent South Australia and Australia. So the fact these girls are getting that in one hit in a season is just an amazing thing for our sport,” Breakers coach Joanne Broadbent said.
Children with disabilities have joined hundreds of Sydneysiders to welcome home Australia’s Paralympic heroes after a top-five finish at the Rio Games.
Surrounded by flags, streamers and admirers at Martin Place, 15-year-old swimmer Tiffany Thomas Kane, said she was pleased the national campaign had brought para-sports into the mainstream.
“I think it definitely has, considering the results we got, the medals we won and world records and even PBs [personal bests] that people got,” the Paralympian who bagged one gold and three bronze medals, said on Tuesday.
The Australian Paralympic Team won 22 gold medals, 30 silver and 29 bronze in Brazil last month, maintaining a top-five finishing streak since the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Thomas Kane’s message for young athletes with disabilities was to “just do it”.
“No matter how young you are or old you are … just do as much training as you can then that could be you [at the Paralympics] one day,” she said.
“I’m only 15 and I made it.”
Quadraplegic Ben Ackland’s mate, Andrew Edmondson was part of the men’s wheelchair rugby team who beat world No 1. America 59-58.
“I played wheelchair rugby [for NSW] with a lot of these guys so I know them quite well,” he said.
“It means a lot. They’ve done us all proud.
“”It great to get that wider recognition within the community.”
Source Taken from: https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/32796471/nsw-paralympians-welcomed-home/#page1
The Boeing 737 had taken off and was on its way to Brisbane when an air-conditioning fault caused the cabin to lose pressure.
The crew was forced to turn the plane around and land in Darwin, where emergency services were on standby.
There were 172 passengers on board along with six crew members.
John, a passenger on the plane and a regular flyer, said he noticed something was amiss about half an hour into the flight.
“We suddenly started dropping,” he said.
“For five minutes we kept dropping. Then the pilot came online, said we had lost cabin pressure and we would be turning back to Darwin.
“It felt like he [the captain] had put the wheels down and it felt like we were falling from the sky.
Chairman of the Board Cruzerio do Sul Graos Ltda
May 2010 – May 2014 (4 years 1 month)Brazil.
Cruzeriro do Sul Graos Ltda (CSGL) is the Brazilian operating company of Macquarie Crop Partners. CSGL owns, leases and operates farms that produce grains and oilseeds in Brazil.
Director of Paraway Pastoral Company
January 2010 – May 2014 (4 years 5 months)Sydney, Australia.
Paraway Pastoral Company is the operating company of the Macquarie Pastoral Fund and is one of
the largest operators of sheep and cattle stations in Australia.
Chairman of the Board Lawson Grains Pty Ltd
2010 – May 2014 (4 years)Sydney, Australia.
Lawson Grains owns and operates a geographically diverse portfolio of farms in Australia that produce
grains and oilseeds. Lawson Grains is is one of the largest grain producers in Australia.
Head of Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management
2008 – May 2014 (6 years)Sydney, Australia
Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management owns and operates farms on behalf of investors and Macquarie.
Executive Director of Macquarie Group
January 2002 – May 2014 (12 years 5 months)Sydney, Australia
During my time at Macquarie I undertook a diverse range of roles
Director of Harris Dairies – (3 years 4 months)Sydney, Australia
2013 – 2014 (1 year)Sydney, AustraliaMelro Holdco is the holding company for Melro Dairy, a dairy farm which was owned and operated by Macquarie Group.
2004 – 2005 (1 year)Sydney, AustraliaThe Fort Street Foundation supports Fort Street High School by raising funds for the school