Classic battle looms

FISH OF THE WEEK: Ryan Boyal wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this bull mahi mahi caught fishing on Fear Not with crew Craig Fuller and skipper Grant Warren.A fleet of 70 boats and 300 anglers will vie forover $60,000 in cash and prizesat this year’s East Coast Classic, hosted by Newcastle Game Fishing Club this weekend.

The weather forecast is looking hot and sunny and fishing has picked up.

“There are lots of blues and mahi mahi about out wide, juvenile blacks in closer,and encouraging signs of spearfish, wahu and the odd good-size yellowfin tuna about,” NGFC secretary Scott Morris said.

“That’s sure towhet the appetite of anglers chasing the $5000 cash prizes on offer in each of the the major divisions.”

Penn have put up over $10,000 worth ofof rods, reels and accessories to be won and given away.There will be heaps of $500 cash giveways and lucky door prizes, including a $2500 voucher from Magic Boat Details and much much more, Scott said.

“Great Northern Brewing Co, Strata Worldwide (Australia), Raymarine and JSE Marine Electrical, Triple M Sheetmetal, Marmong Poing and Koolewong Marinas have also lent generous support to the second running of our tournament.”

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is showing their support by offering two free nights berthing for competing vessels and the use of facilities over the tournament.“They’ve been excellent,” Scott said.

Anglers will be briefed tonight at the yacht club. Boats hit the water at 7am Saturday and fish through to 5pm.

“Keep an eye on the harbour between 5pm and 7pm Saturday afternoon and you should see some impressive vessels ranging from 18 foot to 80making their way back to berth at the yacht club,” Scott said.

Fishing starts same time Sunday morning and wraps up at 4pm with a presentation to follow at the yacht club.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the event and catering for all the boats coming from up and down the east coast of Australia,” Scott said.

“I was out on the water withMitch Birt, John Balcombe and Daniel Meekaboard the Penn boat, the Play Penn, on Sunday, and got a black and a blue and there was a lot biting.

“Hopefully there’ll be more of that.”

Sydney gloryIt was pretty hard going for the two weekends.

Well over 100 marlin were tagged over the two weekends of Interclub which wrapped up last weekend.

Competition came down to the last day with Southern Zone boats leading on the third day only to be overhauled by the Sydney boats on the last day, who ended up winning by only one fish.

“It was that close,” NSW Game Fishing Association secretary Nigel Rush, said.

Sydney Game Fish Club, made up of Galeforce, Hoodlum and Casey, wonChampion Team tag and release.

Champion team capture went to the Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club combination ofGloriana, Redemption and Offshore.

MP Bob Baldwin’s boat The Omen waschampion boat tag and release and Bob waschampion angler tag and release with eight marlin.

Champion boat capture went to Gloriana, with Paul Hogg skipper, champion angler capture wasLuke Ashman on Gloriana.

“He weighed a 103kg blue on 10kg line and then weighed another 111.5kg blue on 15kg line last Saturday,” Nigel said.

Champion female capture was Kelly Sweetenam with a tiger shark 189.5kg on 15kg line fishing on local boat Public Enemy.

Chloe Laurence, from Ulludulla Game Fishing Club, took out champion female tag and release with five marlin.

The heaviest marlin, a blue weighing 134.5kg, was caught by Tristan Davies from Port Hacking on24kg line.

For full results got to NSWGFA website.

“Condition on weekend two were perfect but the water wasn’t that good,” Nigel said.

“Reports were it was green and it was hard to find bait and when you did there was no fish.

“The blues turned up on the shelf on the second weekend, and there was fair few caught midweek, but the stripes which are traditionally very active this time of year seem to be bypassing us on the current.

“Game fishos love coming to Port Stephens for the marlin, they call it the port of gold, but each year is different as far as the fishing goes.

“Nonetheless, it was one of the most enjoyable tournaments and everyone had fun which is what we’re trying to promote.”

Benefit dayCharlestown Bowling Club is holding abenefit day for little Archie Percival, a two-year-old boy who has a very rare condition called Anterior Horn Cell DiseaseandAcute Flaccid Myelitis.

He has very little movement in his arms and legs, and is in the ICUunit in the John Hunter Hospital on a ventilator unable to eat or breathe by himself.

CBC is holding a massive raffle to help his family with the ongoing costs they are enduring.

The major event will be held on Sunday March 20 with some fantastic prizes to be won.

“He is starting to respond a little bit, but we hope as many people as possible turn up to help him and his family,” a spokesperson said.

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McLachlan on board to equal record

MAKING WAVES: Redhead’s Stewart McLachlan will chase a record-equalling fourth national board title next month. Picture: Ryan OslandREDHEAD’SStewartMcLachlan hopes this weekend’s NSW Surf Life Saving Championships reveals thathe is on track to win a record-equalling fourth national board title next month.

Umina will host the three-day state titles from Friday, where McLachlan has previously finished first and second in the past two campaigns.

Due to increased work commitmentsStewartadmittedhe is underdonecompared to past years, but said the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Maroochydore from April 16remained his toppriority.

“Certainly it’s a good gauge,as longas you’re in the top three to six in the state, then you’re sitting where you need to be for the Australian title,” McLachlan said. “There’s six weeks between state and Aussies, so a lot can change in fitness levels. I’d be disappointed if I didn’t get top six, but I think I’ve still got a lot more to go.”

At Aussies McLachlan will chase Mick Porra’s record four consecutive national board titles set in the 1980s. However,in those days the race featured water starts and finishes and no beach running.

The 28-year-old has previously signaled that the upcoming Australian titles could be his last as the dedication required was becoming increasingly difficult.

“It’s more about specific training and more quality than quantity,” he said. “In the past it was more just train until you can’t go anymore.”

Redhead are expected to be the Hunter’s dominant club at the NSW titles over the weekend.Besides McLachlan, Daniel Collins willchallenge for theunder-19 swim and ironman titles. Former Swansea-Belmont member Hayden Copping (under-17 board) and open competitors Peter Scott, Mark Stowe, Isak Costello and Ethan Whiteman will also be in contention for the podium.

Swansea’s campaign will be spearheaded by 39-year-old reigning Australian 2km beach run champion,Angela Leadbeatter, who is chasing her sixth straight NSW crown. Hannah Trypas will also challenge in the open board and ironwoman.

Redheadfinished 10thlast year, nine ahead of Swansea.

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Malware hijacks big four Australian banks’ apps, steals two-factor SMS codes

Bogus login screens are targeting Android-wielding customers of Australia’s largest banksMillions of customers of Australia’s largest banks are the target of a sophisticated Android attack which steals banking details and thwarts two-factor authentication security.

Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank customers are all at risk from the malware which hides on infected devices waiting until users open legitimate banking apps. The malware then superimposes a fake login screen over the top in order to capture usernames and passwords.

The malware is designed to mimic 20 mobile banking apps from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, as well as login screens for PayPal, eBay, Skype, WhatsApp and several Google services.

Apart from Australia’s Big Four banks it targets a range of other financial institutions including Bendigo Bank, St. George Bank, Bankwest, ME Bank, ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand, Kiwibank, Wells Fargo, Halkbank, Yapı Kredi Bank, VakıfBank, Garanti Bank, Akbank, Finansbank, Türkiye İş Bankası and Ziraat Bankası.

Along with stealing login details, the malware can also intercept two-factor authentication codes sent to the phone via SMS — forwarding the code to hackers while hiding it from the owner of the phone. With access to this information, thieves can bypass a bank’s security measures to log into the victims’ online banking account from anywhere in the world and transfer funds.

The malware attack has evolved over time, becoming more sophisticated as hackers update the software to defeat security countermeasures, says ESET senior research fellow Nick FitzGerald.

“This is a significant attack on the banking sector in Australia and New Zealand, and shouldn’t be taken lightly,” FitzGerald says.

“While 20 banking apps have been targeted so far, there’s a high possibility the e-criminals involved will further develop this malware to attack more banking apps in the future.”

Detected by ESET security systems as Android/Spy.Agent.SI, the malware sneaks onto Android devices by imitating the Adobe Flash Player application which many websites require in order to play streaming video. Once installed the app requests device administrator rights, checks for installed banking applications and then reports back to base in order to download the relevant fake login screens.

The infected Flash Player application does not come from Android’s official Google Play app store, instead phone users are tricked into installing via infected websites or bogus messages. To become infected Android owners must override the default security option and accept apps from unknown sources. The download comes from a range of bogus domains including flashplayeerupdate苏州美甲美睫培训学校, adobeflashplaayer苏州美甲美睫培训学校 and adobeplayerdownload苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

A Google spokesperson warned against allowing your phone to install any applications downloaded from the web.

“It’s important to only install applications from sources you trust, such as Google Play”, the spokesperson said.

“Over 1 billion devices are protected with Google Play which conducts 200 million security scans of devices per day.”

Infected Android devices include ‘Flash Player’ in the list of device administrators found under the Settings > Security > Device Administrators menu. Attempts to remove Flash Player from this list generates a bogus alert warning that data may be lost, but it is safe to press OK. With its device administrator rights disabled it is possible to uninstall the malware via Settings > Apps/Application manager > Flash Player > Uninstall.

In some cases the malware superimposes a fake warning over the Device Administration list to prevent deactivation. The solution is to restart the Android device in Safe Mode, which restarts the device with all installed apps disabled, preventing the malware from blocking access to the Device Administration list. Safe Mode is accessed in different ways on different devices, so consult your manual or a support website.

The latest Android malware attack comes as Google steps up its efforts to block websites containing bogus advertisements and pop-ups which often link to malware. These bogus messages often insist that visitors must install extra media player software, or update existing software such as Adobe Flash, in order to watch online video.

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News Corp extends CEO Robert Thomson’s tenure with $2.3m pay rise

Robert Thomson’s term as News Corp CEO has been extended, and his pay package sweetened.News Corporation chief executive Robert Thomson is getting a pay rise and will see his tenure at the helm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire extended until the end of the 2019 financial year.

In an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange, News Corp said the contract of Mr Thomson, who became chief executive in January 2013 following roles at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, will now run to June 30, 2019.

While Mr Thomson’s base salary of $US2 million ($2.7 million) will remain the same, next financial year his potential annual cash bonus will be bumped up to “not less than $US4 million”, up from $US3 million in 2015. His long-term equity based incentive will lift to at least $US5 million, up from $US4.3 million in fiscal 2015.

Overall, Mr Thomson has the potential to earn $US11 million ($14.7 million) next financial year or more, up from $US9.3 million in the 2015 fiscal year.

More than 80 per cent of Mr Thomson’s compensation will be performance-linked.

News Corp also extended the contract of chief financial officer Bedi Singh, who from the 2017 financial year onwards will have a potential total pay package of $US5.5 million, up from $US4.3 million. More than three quarters of Mr Singh’s compensation will be performance-linked.

Mr Singh, whose contract extension also goes through to June 30, 2019, will see his base salary rise to $US1.3 million, with potential cash bonuses of $US2 million and long-term equity incentives of $US2.2 million from next financial year.

“The effect of these changes is an increase in the at-risk performance-based portion of annual total target compensation,” News Corp’s statement said.

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Doctor charged with sexual assault

CHARGED: Dr Jeremy Coleman faces seven counts relating to six alleged female victims. Picture: Simone De Peak.

UPDATE, 5pm:

WELL-KNOWN immunologist Dr Jeremy Coleman stands accused of preying on female patients while treating them at his city clinic.

Within hours ofDr Coleman being charged on Thursday withsex assault charges relating to six women between 2003 and 2012, investigators were taking calls with fresh information.

The63-year-old currently faces seven chargesinvolving women aged between24 and 55.

The charges include two counts of sexual assault, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of inciting an act of indecency.

The allegations include penetration and groping.

Dr Coleman attended Newcastle police station on Thursday morning where he met with Strike Force Yatala investigators before being charged.

The allergy specialist was overseas when detectives arrived at his Watt Street clinic on March 2 armed with a search warrant.

Strike Force Yatala investigators spent several hours at the clinic, seizing a range of items includingpatient reports, a computer and DVDs.

The computer and DVDs have been sent away to be analysed by technical experts.

It followed a significant investigation into Dr Coleman, which began in November 2014 after detectives were approached by female patients complaining about the doctor’sbehaviour during consultations.

It is understood the alleged victims donot know each other.

The Health Care Complaints Commission is also believed to be aware of the allegations.

Police will allege that Dr Coleman had preyed on the women at his clinic on Watt Street where he specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2003 and 2012 and during consultations.

Dr Coleman arrived at the police station with a legal representative and briefly spoke to investigators before he was charged and processed.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on April 7.

Acting Detective Inspector Scott Wheeler said Strike Force Yatala was continuing.

“Weare encouraging anyone who feels they may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation to contact Newcastle detectives,’’ acting Detective Inspector Wheeler said.

The Newcastle Herald understands that within hours of a statement being released regarding the charges,detectives began receiving further phone calls with fresh information.

It is also understood Strike Force Yatala detectives wouldneed to fully investigate all of the information before anydecision could be made on what could be done with it.

Information should be forwarded toNewcastle detectives on 4929 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


A NEWCASTLE doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting six female patients over a 10-year period.

Police allege the patients were sexually and indecently assaulted by the male specialist during consultationsbetween 2003 and 2012.

Police also allege one of the women had an act of indecency performed on her.

The women, who are aged between 24 and 55, reported the matters to police andStrike Force Yatala was formed to investigate the allegations.

Detectives searched the Watt Street clinic on March 2 and seized a computer and a number of documents.

As a result of further inquiries, police say they arrested a man, 63, at 10am on Thursday.

He was charged with two counts of sexual assault, four counts of indecent assaultand act of indecency.

He was granted bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on April 7.

Meanwhile, inquiries are continuing and police are encouraging anyone who feels they may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation to contact Newcastle detectives.

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