Shah back on song for beloved Charlestown

DEDICATED: Charlestown’s Parth Shah has been with the Newcastle district club since 2002. The recently-turned 30-year-old responded to a mid-season stint in second grade with 27 wickets. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Parth Shah is an electrical engineer who recently turned 30.
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This week he’s working on a mine sitein outback NSW,around eight hours from home at Charlestown.

Saturday, it seems, remains firmly at the forefront of his mind.

“As long as Imake it back for cricket that’s the main thing,” Shah said.

The right-arm paceman has delivered countless overs for the Magpies since joining the club as a teenager in 2002-2003 and couldn’t envisage being anywhere else.

“I’ve been there since I was 15,” Shah, whoplayed juniors at Adamstown, said.

“My brother [Jwalit] played for the club and a couple of years later I started at Charlestown as well.

“It’s a great place, a great club and I’ve never seenthe the need to leave.”

During his career with the boys in black and white, Shah has played in first grade finals across all three formats featuring a Tom Locker Cup crownfrom 2009-2010.

Three club championships have been collected in that same period while two-day, T20 and minor premierships have eluded him.

He rates the current 2017-2018squad, sitting fourth on the Newcastle District Cricket Associationladder with four two-day matches remaining in the regular season,quite highly.

“It’s one of the better sides I’ve played in, especially compared to the past five-to-seven years,” Shah said.

“We’ve got really good depth at our club with a lot of quality young guys pushing for first grade so that’s helping massively.”

Such was the competition for spots, in round three Shah was dropped to seconds for the first time in a decade.

He responded the only way he knows how –by taking wickets.

Twenty-seven in fact across six outings, including a 50-over title and senior-best bowling figures of 8-81 from anotherinnings in late November.

Coupled with the mid-seasondeparture offirst-class importSaliya Salan, back to Sri Lanka with his wife and young child, Shah was recalled for Charlestown.

There have been10 victims fromfour appearances,featuring5-25 just before Christmas, and he’salsocontributed 108 runs, made up mostly staving off an outright loss to Wests last start.

“I started the season pretty slowly and the first couple of games I wasn’t really getting wickets, but other guys were,” Shah said.

“We’re pretty strong this year and Iplayed a few games in twos. I pretty muchhad toforce my way back with wickets.

“Thatwas good and itwas probablywhat I needed. It helped me in the short term and hopefully I can keep it up for the rest of the season.”

Shahlives just a “couple of minutes away” from Kahibah Oval.

Allianz, Suncorp refund $62.8m to customers from insurance sold by car dealers

Insurance giants Allianz and Suncorp will refund a combined $62.8 million in premiums to more than 100,000 customers after selling policies via car dealers that were of little or no use.
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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission on Wednesday said Allianz would refund $45.6 million to 68,000 customers who bought the insurance between 2010 and last November.

ASIC also said Suncorp would refund $17.2 million to 41,228 customers who bought the insurance, which was sold under its MTA Insurance brand, which Suncorp bought in 2014.

The payouts take recent compensation payments from add-on insurances to $122 million, after ASIC also announced last month that Swann Insurance would pay out $37 million.

ASIC has repeatedly raised concerns about “add-on” insurance, claiming that in many cases insurers were paying car yard staff big commissions to sell policies that were near useless to customers.

The regulator’s acting chairman, Peter Kell, said a previous review had found the add-on insurance market was “failing consumers,” with only a small fraction of premiums actually paid out to customers who made claims.

In an opinion piece for BusinessDay, Mr Kell said the regulator was “determined” to see an end to poor practices in the industry, such as inadequate disclosure and heavy sales pressure.

“Too many consumers have simply not understood what they were being sold,” Mr Kell said. “We have commenced a two-stage strategy of seeking large-scale customer compensation, while also working with the industry to improve its performance.”

“A combination of poor or misleading disclosure, allied with point-of-sale pressure, meant that customers very often agreed to buy products or services that were not in their interests.”

The Allianz compensation scheme will cover a range of questionable products that ASIC said provided little or no value.

These included cover for customers who were unable to pay their car loan because of sickness, tyre and rim insurances, and guaranteed asset protection insurance (GAP), which covers a customer for losses if their car is written off and their car loan exceeds the insured value of the car.

The regulator outlined a series of problems with the cover, including that GAP insurance customers were unlikely to make claims because of how the policies were designed, and that many customers were over-insured.

Allianz acknowledged the refunds, which it said were part of a package of changes that also included improving guidance to car dealers, as well as cutting premiums for some products and the commissions paid.

“As part of an analysis of our motor vehicle add-on insurance products, we have identified some policyholders that purchased cover which may not have been suited to their circumstances and others that did not notify us to cancel their cover,” Allianz said.

The Suncorp refunds also related to GAP insurance policies, which were sold to customers between 2009 and 2017. ASIC said it was unlikely customers would be able to make claims under the policies, the cover was often unnecessary, and clients were sold more expensive cover than they needed.

A Suncorp spokeswoman said it anticipated it would be contacting customers shortly, and that it had made various improvements to its products to provide “better value” for customers.

“Both Suncorp and MTAI continue to focus on delivering high-quality products that provide good value and protection for our customers,” the spokeswoman said.

Consumer groups have long raised concerns about types of add-on insurance, and a senior policy officer at the Consumer Action Law centre, Susan Quinn, said there would be other people outside those identified by the insurance companies who could be eligible for a refund.

“There are groups of people who bought this insurance and should not have been sold it, but there’s lots of other people who bought this insurance through pressures sales and may still be able to get a refund,” Ms Quinn said.

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Short Takes

STEPHEN Rabbitt (Short Takes, 16/1): dogs have more rights than humans, it seems. Every week I see a couple of happy blokes sit their toy poodles on the table at the cafe next door and hand-feed them, letting them lick the plate. So much for health regulations. I will never eat at a dog-friendly cafe becausedogs lick their own genitals and then lick their owner’sface. Under the house is wherethey belong
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Steve Barnett,Fingal BaySO the Greens want to put a stop to Australia Day celebrations because they offend a section of the community? Well how about we put a stop to celebrating a fictitious character by abandoning Christmas and Easter because it offends atheists and non-Christians like me? Personally I love Christmas Day: it means just one more sleep until the Boxing Day Test!

Greg Hunt,Newcastle WestIT’S no surprise that at this time of the year we are again debating if the date of Australia Day should be changed. MrTurnbull has already indicated that the country should become a republic after the present monarch passes. Malcolm could quite easily quell the argument by announcing that the day Australia becomes a republic could serve as the new date for Australia Day.

Neil Meyers,Warners BayIF Bernard Tomic thinks counting money is all that matters, maybe he could consider that if he’d bothered trying and had a more appealing attitude, he’d probably have twice as much money to count.

Michael Jameson,New LambtonI BELIEVEBernard Tomic is enjoying his millions. To each his own but somehow I feel that sometimes the wrong person is given the talent.

Daphne Hughes,KahibahWITH the storms coupled with severe winds and incredible heat wave conditions a person could wonder what we are in for next.I suspect the ants suspect something as they busily go to higher ground. Floods in February perhaps?

Bruce Donaldson,KahibahTHE thing about cyber-bullying is that it knows no boundaries.It can invade every place and time in your lives,and that of your children if we let it. To start with, we need to insure that we have time out and a private space like a bedroom thatexcludes this evil invasion.Please talkto your kids.

Robyn Burtinshaw,Nambucca HeadsBILLIE Jean King has come to Australiaas a guest of Australian tennis and is asking for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed because of Ms Court’s views on sexuality. She was one of the fivemillion votes to say no in the postal vote, as was I. Doesn’t everybody have a right to their opinion without being vilified? Margaret is one of our greatest sportspeople of all time. Billie Jean, please butt out. It has nothing to do with you.

Don Fraser,BelmontIN reply to Daphne Hughes (15/1): yesDaphne, that’s when the railway had acommissioner that came up from the ranks and knew about the system.

Colin Atkins,Wyong

Toronto’s Ford snares seven with gloves

COLLECTION: Toronto’s wicketkeeper Jeremy Ford claimed seven dismissals, four catches and three stumpings, against Belmont on Saturday. Picture: David StewartJEREMYFord had a game to remember behind the stumps.
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The Toronto wicketkeeper finished with seven dismissals, four catches and three stumpings, in their Newcastle District Cricket Association first-grade encounter against Belmont.

Six were gloved on day one of the two-day fixture at Ron Hill Oval while his last was Saturday’smatch-winner.

It’s unclear whether this marks any sort of record, but regardless it’s a fair effort.

* MANY from the sporting community have tuned into watch the NCC Summer Bash during the last fortnight.

COVERAGE: Pumas pair Mark Dries and Ben Balcomb out in the middle of No.1 Sportsground for Tuesday’s NCC Summer Bash fixture against the Tigers. Picture: Simone De Peak

BarTV Sports have been live streaming the opening-round games at No.1 Sportsground and attracted some interest –both at home and abroad.

Outside those also playing the competition or fans from the wider Newcastle region, viewers have been picked up in over 20 countries.

Theyinclude more traditional cricket nations like the UK, India,New Zealandand South Africa as well as a few from left field –Sweden, USA, Japan,Indonesia, Poland, Vietnam andIsrael.

* THIS week marked 21 years since Newcastle cricketer Anthony Stuart claimed ahat-trick in his third and last one-day international for Australia.His figures of 5-26 against Pakistan at the MCG earned the right-arm paceman man-of-the-match honours.

Twenty-one years ago yesterday, Anthony Stuart takes a hat-trick for Australia against Pakistan, giving him 5/26 for the innings. The last wickets he ever took for his country. https://t.co/jSk0pjHAVx

— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) January 16, 2018

* GETTING hit in the “box”, that all-important cricketing piece of protective equipment,only seems to be funny when it’s not you.

ROUND 11: Cardiff-Boolaroo v Belmont, Wallsend v Wests, City v Charlestown, Hamwicks v Waratah-Mayfield, Stockton v Toronto, Merewether v University.

But feel for one Wests batsman earlier this month who needed assistanceto deal with an unfortunate and painful split ofthe plastic.

Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital after horror South Coast crash

Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital after horror South Coast crash Lars Falkholt, his wife Vivian, and their daughter Annabelle died as a result of the Princes Highway crash, while Jessica Falkholt (right) remains critical. Picture: Facebook.
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Four people have died after a crash on the Princes Highway at Bendalong on Boxing Day. Picture: TNV

Investigators asses the scene of a deadly crash between two vehicles at Bendalong. Picture: Hayley Warden

Investigators asses the scene of a deadly crash between two vehicles at Bendalong. Picture: Hayley Warden

Four people have died after a crash on the Princes Highway at Bendalong on Boxing Day. Picture: TNV

TweetFacebookJessica Falkholthas died in hospital weeks after her family was killed in a fiery head-on crash on the South Coast.

The 28-year-old actress, who appeared inHome and Away, diedat St George Hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, six days after her life support was switched off.

“The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time,” the hospital said in a statement.

Ms Falkholt, her 21-year-old sister Annabelle and their parents Lars and Vivienne were driving in thefamily car on December 26 when it was hit head-on on the Princes Highway at Mondayong​.

Lars Falkholt, his wife Vivian, and their daughter Annabelle died as a result of the Princes Highway crash, while Jessica Falkholt (right) remains critical. Picture: Facebook.

Mr and Mrs Falkholt died at the scene, as didCraig Anthony Whitall, 51, who was behind the wheel of the other car.

Passers-by dragged the two sisters to safety before both cars went up in flames.

Annabellewas airlifted to hospital, but died three days after the crash. She and her parents were farewelled at a funeral on January 10, where mourners remembered Lars and Vivian as “inseparable” and Annabelle as a kind and radiant person who loved life.

Read more: Hundreds of mourners farewell Falkholt family after Boxing Day crash

“Their lives ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense,” said Vivian’s brother Paul Ponticello.

“We take little comfort in knowing that they are together and always will be.”

Jessica was taken off life support the day after the funeral and clung to life in a critical condition for nearly a week.

She previously gaineda Bachelor of Arts from UNSW, where she starred in campus theatre productions such asCabaret.

Jessica played Hope Morrison on the long-running soapHome and Awayfor 16 episodes in 2016, and will appear as the title character in the filmHarmony, due to be released this year.

The crowd gathers outside the church after the funeral of Annabelle Falkholt and her parents Lars and Vivian Falkholt at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Concord. Picture: Kate Geraghty

The Falkholt family were among 29people killed on NSW roads over the Christmas and New Year period.

Following a second fatal head-on crash on the South Coast, Roads MinisterMelinda Pavey urged motorists to respect how dangerous cars can be.

“Please at all times respect the deadly weapon that is between your hands,” Ms Pavey said.

Sydney Morning Herald