Aussie beach makes ‘sexy’ list

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Byron Bay was the sole Aussie beach to get a nod from Forbes Traveller, which compiled the list based on research by their own journalists, and other industry experts including tour planners, meteorologists, hotel owners and marine biologists.

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The north coast New South Wales beach was lauded for its “chalky-white sands, deliciously temperate weather and occasional visits from dolphins and migrating whales”.

Byron Bay’s cosmopolitan population, local festivals and nudist beach were also given the thumbs up.

Forbes Traveller journalist Bruce Kluger said it was difficult to narrow the field to just 25, and that the criteria for the sexiest beaches was a special combination of “sensuality, sassiness and scenic beauty – both geographic and human”.

It’s a description that could fit many of Australia’s beaches, however, no other part of the country’s coastline made the exclusive list.

The snub has already drawn criticism from at least one region that relies heavily on its beaches as one of its biggest tourism drawcards.

Surfers Paradise Management CEO Lilliana Montague today defended the Gold Coast’s 42 beaches in an article in the local newspaper, saying that sexiness was a state of mind.

Tourism Australia chairman Tim Fischer said he believed Byron Bay may have pipped the Gold Coast because it better balanced development with natural beauty.

“Full marks to Byron Bay on what I call the Bold Coast… which stands for Balance Over Licentious Development,” he said.

“I congratulate them on their win and say to all the other beaches, don’t give up… you have plenty to offer, right around Australia.”

Byron Bay ranked alongside other stunning destinations such as Eleuthera in The Bahamas, Lover’s Beach on the Baja Peninsula, and Fiji’s Natadola Beach.

Rio took two of the top 25 places, with Ipanema Beach and Copacabana recognised for their hedonistic atmosphere and plethora of bronzed bodies, and two of Hawaii’s iconic beaches, Ka’anapali and Kauapea, also made the grade.

Europe also featured highly, with the Greek Islands, France, Spain, Cyprus and Italy rating a mention.

Mulrunji case may be reviewed

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Mr Beattie visited the island off Townsville to meet with the Palm Island Council and address a public rally protesting the decision.

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Mulrunji Doomadgee, 36, died in a police cell on Palm Island after his arrest for public drunkenness in 2004.

Despite state Deputy Coroner Christine Clement’s ruling that Mulrunji’s fatal injuries were caused by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, the Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Clare last week said there was not enough evidence to support criminal charges.

Palm Island Council chief executive Barry Moyle today said the premier had promised to ask Ms Clare to consider an independent review.

But Mr Moyle said Mr Beattie had reiterated he could not order her to do so as she was an independent officer.

“He said he would ask her to consider it, he said that she’s independent and he can’t instruct her and we understand that but he will ask for it to be considered,” Mr Moyle said.

Mr Moyle said the family of Mulrunji had not met Mr Beattie as planned. He said he did not know whether the family had declined the meeting.

Protesters burn flag

Meanwhile protesters outside Queensland’s parliament burned the Australian flag in a show of anger against black deaths in custody.

It was one of the final gestures after a lunchtime demonstration in Brisbane protesting Doomadgee’s death.

The death and the release of an autopsy report sparked a riot a week later on the island in which the courthouse, police watchhouse and police accommodation were burned down.

Mulrunji’s cousin Alec Doomadgee, in Brisbane for the protest, said the six people charged over the riot faced a similar fate to the dead Palm Islander.

“Half of them are getting dragged back, back into jail so they can kill them,” Mr Doomadgee told the crowd.

“These brothers and sisters are in jail right now for fighting for the rights of a dead black man who was incarcerated for no reason whatsoever.”

The rally also presented a wide-ranging petition to the Clerk of the Parliament, calling for the replacement of Ms Clare and the resignation of Mr Beattie and Police Minister Judy Spence.

Protests were also held in Townsville, Melbourne and Cairns.

Warne, McGrath ‘set to retire’

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The Nine Network reported that Warne, 37, was poised to announce his retirement as early as tomorrow, while McGrath, 36, is expected to follow suit.

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The two bowlers will play their final Tests in the fifth Ashes Test against England at the SCG, Channel Nine reported.

Cricket Australia (CA) would tonight neither confirm nor deny the report. CA spokesman Peter Young said it was up to Warne and McGrath to make any announcements regarding their futures.

“Those two players are the masters of their own destiny and the owners of their own futures and when they announce decisions on their futures is up to them,” Mr Young said.

Shocked

The cricket world was in a state of shock after reports that Warne is expected to announce his retirement.

National selector David Boon said the first he heard of Warne’s possible retirement came when journalists began inundating him with calls tonight.

“I haven’t heard anything official yet from Cricket Australia and people have been ringing me non-stop,” Boon said.

“My take on it is that, until he does it officially, I can’t pass comment because I don’t know the facts.

Australian coach John Buchanan wasn’t commenting “at this stage”.

Warne’s former Australian captain Allan Border said he was “in a bit of a state of shock” about his possible retirement from cricket.

Border spoke about Warne minutes after the news broke that the leg-spinning genius might announce his retirement tomorrow.

“It’s just caught everyone by surprise,” Border said on Fox Sports.

When asked if Warne needed to retire, Border replied: “Well, definitely not – he’s in superb touch, he’s bowling well, physically he’s very well.

“I just got the inkling that he was even considering one more tilt at England in England and that would see him out.

“I suppose there’s a lot of innuendo about what the reasons are … I’m in a bit of a state of shock.”

Border captained Warne in his first Test, when the leg spinner returned 1-150 against India during the 1991-92 Australian season.

“There was something special about him, right from the word go,” Border said.

“We just knew there was something about his kid … not many of us in the team had seen Shane bowl.

“He got 1-150 in his first Test, so you wouldn’t predict 698 more but we knew he had something special.”

When asked where Warne would rate in the history of the game, Border put him near the top of cricket’s best players.

“Bradman – it’s hard to make comparison with that guy’s record, but the next level of cricketers, Warne is right there,” Border said.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air, what he’s brought to the game is immeasurable.”

Warne’s former Victorian and Australian team-mate Damien Fleming said he was also “shocked and surprised” at the news.

Former Australian vice-captain Ian Healey, who kept wicket to Warne for seven years, said he wouldn’t: “be saying anything until he makes the announcement himself”.

“I don’t want to steal his thunder or be wrong,” Healey said.

“It’s sort of hard to believe. He’s certainly in good form, that’s for sure.”

Ian Chappell, leading batsman and Australian Test captain of the 1970s, said the timing was right for both Warne and McGrath to retire. “I’m delighted for both of them that they are calling it a day at the end of this series,” Chappell said.

“I think it’s perfect timing for a champion player … if you make a mistake it’s best to get out a little early than a little late.”

Crews brace for ‘monster’ fire

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“They are just so sure that the fire will jump containment lines if the wind picks up as predicted,” said a spokesman for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

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The spokesman said the fires, which have blackened more than 800,000 hectares in Victoria, were now so large that a wind change could make conditions much worse.

“In terms of how dry the bushland is – the fire situation – it really is a monster out there,” he said.

Fire has surrounded Mount Buller, with Mirimbah, Sheepyard Flat and Sawmill Settlement to the north and Howqua Hills and Tobacco Flat to the south on alert.

Although conditions today were calmer, a fire yesterday briefly broke containment lines at Mansfield and resources are stretched at other danger points.

Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology Richard Carlyon said northerly winds would pick up a little this afternoon and tonight, and would be strong tomorrow.

He said in ridge-top areas, around where fires are raging, it would get to about 25-30 knots tomorrow, with gusty winds of up to 15 knots in valleys.

Temperatures in Melbourne were forecast to reach 35 degrees today, with conditions in the fire areas to reach the low 30s today and tomorrow, Mr Carlyon said.

He said the cool change would not likely hit fire areas in the high country until just before midnight tomorrow, when rains of 5-10 millimetres are expected.

Deputy chief officer with the Country Fire Authority Graham Fountain said there was no end in sight to the bushfire emergency.

He said if containment lines broke, there were too many towns at risk to list, but those in the Mansfield-Mount Buller corridor and on the southern and eastern edges of the fire were among areas that could be worst affected.

Mr Fountain said if only 5-10 millimetres of rain fell, it would make conditions worse for fire-fighters.

“That amount of rain does more harm than good. It makes roads slippery and makes it harder to do back-burning,” he said.

There are now 4,700 fire-fighters on the frontline fighting the fires and thousands more working behind the scenes to help coordinate efforts, Mr Fountain said.

Top End crews pitch in

Fire-fighters from the Northern Territory (NT) are heading south to help fight Victoria’s bushfires.

Ten grassfire units and other equipment will be trucked to the fire ravaged state this week, while 25 fire-fighters and incident management personnel will fly to Victoria after Christmas.

The CEO of NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) Paul White entered into the agreement with Victorian authorities yesterday.

“Resources from NTPFES and other territory resources are among many resources being drawn upon to battle these fires and the ongoing threat,” Commissioner White said.

Commissioner White said the agreement was an example of cross-jurisdictional cooperation and the ability to provide assistance in response to critical incidents.

“It’s not just a matter of battling blazes that are burning at the moment, but also about providing relief for those personnel caught up in the efforts at the moment,” he said.

McGrath retirement under wraps

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McGrath is widely expected to announce some time over the coming days that the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month will be his 124th and last.

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His manager Warren Craig did not return calls today. Cricket

Australia officials said they could not comment and inquiries to

Cricket NSW met a similar response.

Any statement from McGrath will be timed to avoid intruding on Warne’s announcement.

McGrath has increasing responsibilities at home. In recent years he has three times put his cricket career on hold to care for his English-born wife Jane, who has had complications from breast cancer. They have two children, James and Holly, and McGrath has made it clear that his family is the No.1 priority.

There is speculation that McGrath may try to hang on as a one-day player until the World Cup in the Caribbean next April, at which Australia will be bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive trophy.

But there are doubts that the fast bowler, who turns 37 in February, would be able to keep his place in the side, given the all-round demands of one-day cricket.

McGrath has looked slow in the field this summer, and suffered the ignominy of being pulled from long-off after dropping a catch off England’s top batsman Kevin Pietersen in Perth. NSW team mate

Michael Clarke, 11 years his junior, was sent to the position instead.

McGrath has not let captain Ricky Ponting down with the ball, despite being out of cricket for 10 months leading into the series.

He is the third highest wicket-taker on either side over the three Ashes Tests, with 13 wickets at 25.69. Only Stuart Clark (16) and Warne (14) have more.

McGrath has taken 555 Test wickets, more than any other fast bowler in history, and is third on the all-time bowling list behind Warne (699) and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (675).

Against England he has 149 wickets at the miserly average of

20.92, including the scalp of former England opener and captain

Mike Atherton 19 times.

The only two Tests Australia lost in England last year were the ones McGrath did not play.

Of the 28 Ashes Tests he has played, Australia has won 21, drawn four and lost three.