Anna Meares' former coach, Gary West, dies after MND diagnosis

Anna Meares' former coach, Gary West, dies after MND diagnosis

Updated August 20, 2017 23:39:33 Photo: Gary West enjoyed a gold-medal-winning career as a cyclist before turning to coaching. (Supplied: Cycling Australia) Related Story: Meares fights for coach with motor neurone disease The man who famously coached Anna Meares to Olympic gold in 2012, Gary West, has died at the age of 57 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). West stood down as the track sprint coach of the Australian cycling team after last year’s Olympic Games when he revealed he had the disease. Meares said West “kept…

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Survivor twist bound to shock

Survivor twist bound to shock

SUNSHINE Coast barrel racer Tara Pitt is prepared for the backlash from Survivor purists, after she was saved after being voted out on Australian Survivor. In a move away from the traditional format of the long running series, Pitt and Victorian student Anneliese Wilson were easily voted out by their Samatau tribe, but were saved by host Jonathan LaPaglia. They were sent to an island dubbed “exile island” for the night, before joining rival tribe Asaga. Pitt said she is ready for any potential backlash from fans. “They are not…

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Security evolving with terror threat: PM

Security evolving with terror threat: PM

VENUE operators of crowded public places and architects of new buildings are being urged to have security top of mind under a new plan revealed by Malcolm Turnbull. The prime minister’s new national security program has been in the planning for a year but comes after the latest attack in Barcelona, in which a vehicle was once again used to mow down innocent people in a crowded area. “It is part of our continuous program of optimising, improving the way we can keep Australians safe,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in…

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Has Canberra's weather changed according to BOM records?

Has Canberra's weather changed according to BOM records?

The weather is an ongoing topic of conversation for Canberrans and out-of-towners alike, who struggle to deal with its sub-zero temperatures in winter. But as spring approaches, the mercury is definitely on the way back up, even as early as August, when daffodils start to bloom. Lifelong Canberra resident Jacqui White strongly suspects that spring and autumn are both blowing in earlier than they did in the past. She asked Curious Canberra: “I wanted to know if the weather has changed noticeably in the last few decades according to the…

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19 killed in South Africa minibus crash

19 killed in South Africa minibus crash

Story highlights Crash happened outside city of Pietermaritzburg Officials said minibus was overloaded and its brakes may have been faulty The crash happened near a bridge on the main road outside of Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, according to authorities. Eighteen people died on the scene, according to a post on the official Facebook page of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport. A later post said 19 died in the crash but did not elaborate on the circumstances of the additional death. Seven who were on board remained in the…

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