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AFL Round 19 – Geelong vs Hawthorn

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Arguably the biggest match of the weekend, Geelong will verse Hawthorn at the MCG tonight in what will surely be a blockbuster match.

Hawthorn are red hot favourites to win the flag this year at around $2.50, whilst reigning premiers Geelong are sitting at around $17, but are looking to finish the season strongly.

Five games on Saturday for football lovers and just the three on Sunday will surely finish the season of at least one more team. Carlton ($123) is set for a huge match against Sydney ($5.70) at Etihad Stadium, which will definitely determine their role in September. Without skipper Chris Judd Carlton have won two games and lost zero, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep up this form against a serious premiership contender.

Round 19 Matches (our tips in bold)

Hawthorn vs Geelong, Friday, 7.50pm, MCG
Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne, Saturday, 1:45pm, Etihad Stadium
GWS vs Port Adelaide, Saturday, 2:10pm, Skilled Stadium
Fremantle vs West Coast, Saturday, 2:40pm, Patersons Stadium
Brisbane vs Richmond, Saturday, 7:40pm, Gabba
Collingwood vs St Kilda, Saturday, 7:40pm, MCG
Melbourne vs Gold Coast, Sunday, 1:10pm, MCG
Carlton vs Sydney, Sunday, 3:15pm, Etihad Stadium
Adelaide vs Essendon, Sunday, 4:10pm, AAMI Stadium

Apple Pie Robbery in City’s East

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Police today are searching for a masked man who robbed the McDonald’s store on the corner of Blackburn Road and Waverley Road in Mount Waverley just before midnight last night.

The man allegedly entered the store and asked, politely, for the money out of the till and an apple pie. The staffer did not hesitate to do as the man requested, he was described as holding a knife, wearing a full black tracksuit, white mask and gardening gloves.

Police are asking the public for more information about this event, and for any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Taxi Stabbing Update

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We decided to scope out the area around the Victorian Police Academy due to its proximity to our old office and the conflicting reports from other news publishers, and here’s what we found.

Heading along Gallagher’s road, you’ll be asked to turn down Remington Drive as a detour to avoid the Waverley Road intersection. Traveling down Remington Drive, we noticed plenty of cars heading in the opposite direction, so traffic is being diverted from both ways. There are lots of police cars in the area, and the round-about has a green temporary fence around it.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to get any closer than the detour turn-off, but residents in the area told us their electricity is up and running.

Police are waiting for video footage from the taxi as well as GPS information as to the location and direction which the Taxi was travelling in the early hours of the morning.

The taxi driver was a 30-year veteran of the industry, and his colleagues are devastated that such an incident has occurred.

Drivers should expect delays along Waverley Road and Gallagher’s Road on their way home this evening.

Taxi Stabbing in Mount Waverley

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Police are on the scene this morning in Pinewood Drive, Mount Waverley and at the corner of Gallaghers Road and Waverley Road in Glen Waverley after reports of a shocking 3AM attack on a taxi driver.

Police believe a man allegedly stabbed the taxi driver to death in Pinewood Drive, and then fled down Waverley Road in the taxi. Upon approaching Gallaghers Road, a notorious round-about that sees many motorists sideswipe each other due to two lanes becoming one, the man approached the round about at high speed and ended up colliding with a power pole. The car then burst in to flames, and the man died inside.

The intersection, well known for being the location of the Victorian Police Academy, is locked down this morning with motorists struggling to make it through. Gallaghers Road is open, but View Mount Road is closed heading towards Ferntree Gully Road, and Waverley Road has been reduced to one lane between Blackburn Road and Stephensons Road.

A police spokeswoman said the man who crashed the taxi was so badly burnt that they would require DNA testing if they can not work out who he was through other means.

Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward to help determine a motive and help identify the man.

Your Local IGA … With Pokies?

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Metcash, the wholesaler that operates grocery chain IGA, today have announced they are looking to invest in pubs around the country to profit from the ever increasing popularity of pokies in Australia.

For a company that advertises their differences from Coles and Woolworths by marketing themselves as anti-pokies, the news has come as a huge surprise to both market analysts and share holders.

The news follows a $375 million-plus equity raising by Metcash which will include cutting up to 600 jobs, cutting debt, and analysing bolt-on acquisitions.

Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon has encouraged Metcash to reconsider the pokies plan.

IGA has suffered sales woes due to the competitiveness of Coles and Woolworths in recent years, and requires a healthy injection of funds for sustainability. However, for a company that prides themselves on being ‘local’ and benefiting communities, pokies machines will contradict their core marketing strategies.

Metcash, who also owns Mitre 10 and Campbells Wholesales, seems to believe that if the big two can get away with it, they can too, however Coles and Woolworths have both been under increased criticism lately due to their market share in pubs around the country.

Poker machines contribute to 40% of the overall losses from problem gamblers in Australia.

Costco Ringwood Takes Market

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  • Open August 2013
  • 400 new jobs for Ringwood
  • Almost 1000 new parking spots

Ringwood is set for a revamp next year with construction beginning for the second Costco store in Melbourne.

With a large member base already established from its Docklands store, the US company looks set to expand into the suburbs and has chosen Ringwood due to its central location amongst the Eastern suburbs.

Costco have announced figures including 260 jobs during construction, 400 new jobs once the store is open, and almost 1000 new car spaces with the construction of a double level car park.

The warehouse store will be just a short walk from Eastland Shopping Centre, making its mark on the old Ringwood Market site.

With the Maroondah Highway already a large hub for warehouse-sized stores, Costco will be very well placed for both businesses and consumers, with hundreds of millions of dollars being injected into the commercial area.

Costco is a membership based store where buyers must have a Costco card to shop there. Membership is $60 annually and gives you access to discounts on up to 3600 product lines across a massive variety of goods including everything from sausages to wedding rings.

Costco is currently scheduled to open in July or August 2013.

Jennifer Kanis Safe as Greens Concede via Twitter

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Jennifer Kanis has all but been declared the winner in the 21 July Melbourne Council bi-election with Greens candidate Cathy Oke taking to twitter to congratulate her rival.

Cathy Oke today posted on Twitter, “congratulations @JenniferKanis on winning the state seat of Melbourne. Thanks to all our supporters for your hard work” in what analysts are saying is a sorry end to the Greens campaign, as voting preferences place Labor in front due to the Sex Party taking more than 6.5% of the votes, and independent David Nolte taking just over 4.6%.

Going from 1st preferences, the Greens were clear winners with 36% of the votes compared to just 33% for the Labor party, but due to some behind-the-scenes deals the Labor party have secured their 104 year-old seat for at least another four years.

Jennifer Kanis is a strong anti-Baillieu protester, stating on her campaign website that the Liberal government has caused the loss of 49,000 jobs so far and that Melbourne is going backwards under their governing.

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