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Chauffeur Nader Rida in court accused of dealing cocaine from his Mercedes

Police arrest Nader Rida in Haymarket after a two-month investigation. Photo: NSW PoliceChauffeur Nader Rida​ allegedly drove around in his shiny black Mercedes hire car selling cocaine on the streets of Haymarket.

Police arrested Mr Rida on December 15, when he was allegedly caught selling two grams of the drug in a car park in Sydney’s CBD, and charged him with several drug supply offences.

The 41-year-old on Wednesday faced Downing Centre Local Court, where police documents described him as a family man, with a full-time job and “minimal” criminal history.

Mr Rida, from Turrella, in Sydney’s south, was this week charged with three new supply offences, as well as a stolen property charge relating to $340 cash found in his car, the court heard.

Police bail documents before the court showed that, although Mr Rida is married, employed and from a good background, investigators are concerned about his links to sophisticated drug rings.

“The offences are serious in nature and involved premeditated and organised criminal activity,” the documents said.

“The accused has some criminal associations and the nature of these offences suggest he has links to organised drug supply syndicates.

“The prosecution case is extremely strong with drugs seized [and] corroboration from police witnesses.”

Mr Rida now faces a total of nine charges, including possessing the steroid testosterone enanthate.

Police said Strike Force Dogal had been investigating Mr Rida’s activities for two months before the arrest.

Mr Rida remains on bail on the condition that he reports to police every day.

He will appear in court again on March 10.

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Facebook, Twitter drive record number of calls to Lifeline crisis support

Rate of female suicide on the riseThose who feel alone at Christmas don’t miss much

Feelings of isolation enhanced by our increasingly technology-obsessed lives have contributed to a record-breaking year for crisis support service Lifeline, which received more than one million requests for help from troubled Australians in 2015.

It is the first time in the charity’s 52-year history that the number of crisis and suicide prevention calls passed the one million mark in a year, while September to December was the busiest four-month period ever for the service’s 24-hour crisis phone line.

Lifeline Australia chief executive officer Pete Shmigel said it was no coincidence that more Australians were seeking help at a time when they were also spending more time online, particularly on social media.

“We’ve seen the restructuring of the conventional way of our society. We don’t know the neighbours on our own streets … and at the same time you’re getting this amazing phenomenon called social media, which I believe has the capacity to accelerate those senses of loneliness and isolation,” Mr Shmigel said.

“The more connected we are online, physically we don’t have time to be connected in real life, and that goes against the grain of hundreds of thousands of years of human experience.

“We’ve been in families and we’ve been in communities because we need direct, real, human, sticky, gooey, social contact. It’s what keeps us well.”

Mr Shmigel said many people also cultivated idyllic versions of themselves and their lives on social media, a process that has been named “digital amnesia”.

“We filter out all of the things that are unattractive about our lives and our personas for the purposes of social media, and only put our best foot forward,” he said.

As a result, many people were left wondering whether, for example, they were the only unhappy person on Facebook, while there was also an intense pressure to have the “best car, the best holiday or the right dress”, Mr Shmigel said.

The demand for help from Lifeline was both heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming, because more people felt they could reach out and discuss their mental health issues with others, Mr Shmigel said.

“Mental health has become a mainstream discussion, whether it’s in the media, whether in a pub or in the workplace,” he said.

“We’ve made it socially acceptable to increasingly reach out and share about the things that concern us, and that is wonderful. People now have the green light to say ‘I’m in trouble here, and I need somebody else to help me get out of trouble’.”

Lifeline Australia said 977,503 telephone calls were made to its crisis line in the past year, while it received 44,470 online chat requests for help. On average, there was one phone call made to the Lifeline crisis line every 32.2 seconds, records show.

Mr Shmigel said the charity was hoping to introduce a new text message-based support service in the near future.

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Man charged over alleged attack on champion jockey Peter Wells

Sickening attack: Peter Wells. Photo: South Coast Register Peter Wells racing in Sydney in November. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名备案老域名

A man charged in connection with the alleged late-night bashing of jockey Peter Wells is believed to be an employee of a NSW race club.

A 35-year-old man has been charged over the alleged attack, which was triggered after Wells tried to intervene in a dispute between a man and his ex-girlfriend after leaving a pub in Berry in the early hours of January 3.

The champion rider said he was walking a female friend home when the pair noticed a man allegedly becoming aggressive towards the woman’s friend before trying to intervene.

Wells, who tips the scales at 53kg, was allegedly knocked unconscious by a single blow.

Wells suffered serious facial injuries after the alleged attack, including bleeding behind his eye, and has only just started to regain sight in his left eye.

He is also booked in for surgery so two plates can stabilise fractures in his face, including to his nose and eye socket.

His return to the saddle is scheduled for  four and six weeks.

The charged man is due to appear in Nowra Local Court on Friday.

Racing NSW stewards have been working in conjunction with NSW Police on the case because the alleged assailant is an employee of a club under its jurisdiction.

The chief executive officer of the club in question declined to elaborate further to Fairfax Media.

“I can’t comment at this point in time but we are working with Racing NSW to reach a satisfactory outcome,” the CEO said.

It is understood the club’s management is yet to meet with the employee while it is also believed Racing NSW stewards are still waiting to question the man.

Wells, a former champion Sydney apprentice, has enjoyed a renaissance of such in recent months and rode a rare winning double at Rosehill late last year to complement his prolonged success on the provincial circuit.

He won the Kembla Grange jockeys’ title last season despite missing four months of the season with a broken kneecap.

His biggest success in the saddle came when he won The Metropolitan in 2008 on Paul Perry’s Newport, a horse he rode in the Melbourne Cup the following year.

In the days after the alleged attack he said he “was a lot happier the man took his anger out on me than anyone else there” and that he was “very, very lucky” that he walked away with just the injuries he did.

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Jordan Spieth replaces Tiger Woods as golf’s top money earner

Tiger Woods has lost his place as golf’s top earner for the first time in 12 years.

Jordan Spieth leapfrogged the 14-time major champion for the first time since Golf Digest started compiling the list in 2004.

Spieth, who also tops the world rankings, jumped from 16th place in 2014 to first with a total of US$53 million ($75.2 million), with US$23 million ($32.6 million) coming from on-course winnings.

The 22-year-old American enjoyed a bumper 2015 on the course, winning the Masters, the U.S. Open and the FedEx Cup, while supplemented with his off-course earnings with sponsors Under Armour, Rolex, Titleist helping to rake in US$30 million ($42.5 million).

Woods, who dropped to third on the list, made US$48.5 million ($68.8 million), a far cry from the US$115 million ($163.3 million) he reportedly earned in 2007.

Woods made less than US$1 million ($1.4 million) on the course in 2015 and has been in decline since his infidelity scandal in 2009, alongside battling injury troubles in recent days.

Australian golfers Jason Day and Adam Scott also made the list, coming in No.7 and No.18 respectively.

Day made a jump from No.28, helped by his winning of the 2015 PGA Championship that saw his stocks rise on and off the course, rising to No.2 in world golf rankings while taking in US$19.4 million ($27.5 million).

Former world No.1 Scott dropped from ninth place after suffering the longest win drought of his career, failing to produce a win in a calendar year since turning pro in 2000.

Scott took home a total of US$9.4 million ($13.3 million), with a mere US$1.4 million ($1.9 million) of on-course earnings accounting for his total.

The world No.11 will return to competitive gold at the Sony Open in Hawaii this week in a bid to end his 600 day winless streak.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review: a very different Android tablet

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro has a built-in projector. Photo: Lenovo The Yoga Tab 3 Pro features a hinge to allow it to be propped up. Photo: Adam Turner

An idea of the Yoga Tab Pro 3’s picture quality over a short distance. Photo: Adam Turner

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has the potential to be an excellent on-the-go hybrid device. Unfortunately the current state of the software was such that it delivered a buggy and frustrating experience, particularly when trying to use it as a filing device at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas after my laptop gave up the ghost.

Screen sensitivity

First off the touch screen is not nearly responsive enough. I found myself continually mashing the screen with my fingers trying to get apps to open or words to type.

It suffers from fat finger syndrome, where — as I type this — I’m having to fend off unwanted commands like Google Voice, and other apps accidentally opening because apparently if your fingers are not precisely on the letter of choice, the Yoga will take you all of the places you didn’t want to go, like back to the homescreen or to review all of your open apps (both buttons are located directly under a rather skinny space bar). As a result, it takes three times as long to achieve the task at hand.

The volume keys don’t work properly

The volume keys only work to make the audio louder, even when trying to decrease the volume. I had to manually adjust the audio in settings which meant exiting Netflix / Amazon Video / Spotify to make this work.

The buttons are also located directly above the charging port. Even touching that side of the screen while plugged in caused havoc with the volume and charge settings.

Some apps wouldn’t download

This included Spotify and Amazon Video. Amazon Prime Video is not available to Australian customers. However a VPN and adjusting location settings will rectify this. It took me about an hour all up to fix.

I have no explanation for Spotify except to say nothing happened when I clicked the app to download in Google Play.

Multitasking? Forget it

I could only run one app at a time to achieve a fluid experience. This is particularly true for video function. Netflix would shudder and crash whenever I received another notification or message.

The page reloads automatically when navigating between apps which I found especially frustrating and I can’t imagine is particularly healthy on the data consumption front. Google docs takes you back to the beginning of the page, so I find myself continually scrolling down to find where I was up to.

It’s light as hell

At 1.6 kg it’s a perfect device to carry around a tech convention all day without it weighing down your backpack.


While Lenovo claims 18 hours of battery life, my device couldn’t push it that far. Nonetheless it lasted about 12 before I had to recharge. This was with heavy use. Recharging the device took longer than 24 hours however, keep in mind this was probably partially due to having to use an adapter for my Aussie plug and Vegas hotel rooms not having the best voltage in the world.


It has a projector which you can use to throw video against a wall or ceiling of choice, or continue playing with your tablet (though I can’t imagine why anyone would except maybe in a board room type scenario). It works fairly well, and makes for a pleasant in-bed viewing experience. Nothing worse than winding down with Netflix trying to make sure your partner can see the 10 inch screen as well as you can.

However, it only produces 50 lumens of brightness and the resolution of 854×480 has not been upgraded from previous models. The projected video experience pails in comparison to the screen’s 2650×1600 resolution.

Should you get one?

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is primarily an entertainment device and will make for a nifty secondary device once the bugs are ironed out. Despite all the problems, I like the look and feel of the Yoga. It has potential. The tablet retains the bulged hinge from previous iterations containing a 10,200 Ah battery and a kickstand. Given the Yoga is designed as a hybrid device I would have thought a keyboard that doubles as a kickstand would have been the more logical option, but why make customers’ lives easier when you can make them purchase a keyboard adapter instead?

The settings button is also hidden away in the drop down menu and cannot be navigated to any other way. This isn’t immediately obvious and will be a giant pain in the arse for mum and dad type users.

Claire Connelly attended CES as a guest of Lenovo which also provided her with the Yoga to use during the trip. This review is the result of around 2-3 weeks of daily use.

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