Go wild on Cape Breton Island

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While the beauty of Atlantic Canada isn’t exactly a secret, there are few places where that beauty is as pronounced as along the raw and rugged coastline of Cape Breton Island.

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Crashing surf, frolicking whales, dramatic highlands and bald eagles are just a few of the sights.

Factor in the island’s fiddling and Celtic music traditions, along with an authentic Scottish-style whiskey distillery and a surprising connection to Alexander Graham Bell, and you’ll begin to see why travellers in the know make this an annual destination.

Here’s how to maximise your time there:

NATURE

Kayaking is a popular way to explore some of the island’s inland waterways. Wildlife, undisturbed wilderness and the chance to work off a big breakfast are some of the perks. If you’re not comfortable striking out on your own, affordable guided excursions can be booked through North River Kayak. Its half-day experiences start at $C64 ($A62.40) and include instruction, paddling past historic ruins, and a break on a secluded beach with hot chai and homemade rhubarb jam on freshly-baked banana bread.

Whale-watching tours are another way to experience the local wildlife. A fun place to work one in while cruising the Cabot Trail is Pleasant Bay. A number of local companies operate there, with prices starting as low as $C35 ($A34.12) per adult. Captain Mark’s goes the additional step of allowing visitors to ride on an actual research vessel where children can listen to the undersea whale song through an on-board device. Pilot whales, seals, leatherback sea turtles and more have been sighted in this area.

For those who prefer a more personal interaction with Mother Nature, there’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Featuring stunning scenery, 26 hiking trails catering to a variety of skill levels and eight separate campgrounds, it’s worthy of an extended visit. There’s also road access around a significant portion of the outer perimeter, for those who want to visit civilisation for a restaurant meal or a night at a local pub.

ATTRACTIONS

Cape Breton Highlands National Park isn’t the only attraction on Cape Breton Island operated by Parks Canada.

The historic Fortress of Louisbourg features costumed actors throughout the site, plus period demonstrations of children’s dancing, soldiers’ living conditions, cannon firing and more. With a per-person entry fee of $C17.60 ($17.16), plan to spend a day here.

An affordable lunch option is available oin site at the Grandchamps Inn. For $C5 ($A4.87), you can enjoy homemade soup and bread the way it would have been eaten when the fortress was still occupied. Large linen cloths tied around your neck and pewter dishes add to the experience.

Many people are unaware of the connection Alexander Graham Bell had to Cape Breton Island. The inventor spent much of his life here, and is buried on a peninsula in the town of Baddeck, where a number of his descendents still reside.

There is a national historic site in the village. It’s actually a full-blown museum of his drawings, inventions and personal artefacts. This is a great educational experience, particularly for those travelling with school-age children.

Consider buying a national parks pass before your trip. It costs $C136.40 (about $A133), but the majority of that will be paid for with a visit to the fort alone. Add on a day’s entry to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (roughly $C30 for four people) and you’re even closer.

The entry fee for four to Alexander Graham Bell facility in Baddeck has a similar price tag. Since these three venues basically cover the majority of the national pass cost, and you’ll still be granted access to other parks and historical sites throughout the country, the pass is good value.

CULTURE

In addition to the indigenous Acadian, Mi’kmaq, and Gaelic communities, Cape Breton Island has deeply-rooted traditions in both fiddling and Celtic music. You’ll realise just how deep when the guy behind the cash register takes out a fiddle to play a tune during a lull – or when your nature guide whips out his guitar and starts singing after you break from a canoe trip. These people are the real deal. Music is like breathing to them, and permeates many experiences across the island. If you’re really a fan of this style of music, schedule your trip to coincide with the annual Celtic Colours International Festival, held in the middle of October. Cultural events and concerts take place across Cape Breton, and the autumn foliage is a bonus.

DINING

While there’s no shortage of affordable local seafood, I was particularly excited about the veg-friendly dining options. At Glenora Distillery, you can start off with an affordable $C7 facility tour that includes tasting samples. From there, it’s an easy stroll across the storybook grounds to its pub, where you can enjoy fireside treats such as the $C6 whiskey sorbet and $C12 breads and spreads starter with tapenade, hummus and red pepper dip. There’s also a mean homemade lentil burger.

The Dancing Goat Cafe in Margaree has good coffee (with soy milk available for the vegan crowd) and a daily selection of veg-friendly soups and sandwiches. You can walk away satisfied for less than $C15.

Governor’s Pub and Eatery in Sydney is loaded with atmosphere and offers a number of affordable vegetarian dishes, including a $C9 tomato bruschetta and a $C16 mushroom and asparagus risotto. If you prefer the live entertainment of the pub upstairs, the bar menu offers meatless burgers and vegetarian nachos.

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Korean Air scheme to help local sliders hit new heights

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Korean Air said on Tuesday it would form a consortium in April and invite experts from several universities, including Korea National Sports University (KNSU), to help design and produce two and four-man sleds and blades.

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However, an official at Korea’s bobsleigh association told Reuters on Wednesday that there had been no consultations with the airline company and certainly no decisions made.

“Korean Air has announced this unilaterally, we have not been in talks with them regarding the matter,” he said by telephone. “None of the coaches or athletes knew about this before it came out in the media.”

He added, however, the airline’s help would be most welcome.

“We are grateful for Korean Air’s offer and we will consider using the bobsleighs they make.”

South Korea’s bobsleigh team were dubbed “Miracles on Asphalt” ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, a reference to their inadequate training facilities which lack a proper ice-track for athletes to practice the all-important push start.

The team have also had to make do with second-hand sleds, even having to borrow them from rivals at competitions when their equipment broke.

National bobsleigh coach Lee Yong had called on local automakers to make the sleds, in the same way as BMW does for the U.S. team, and while news of Korean Air’s involvement may be a surprise, it would be a welcome development.

Korean Air said in a statement it would apply its “cutting-edge aerodynamic technology and composite material manufacture technology” to make the sleds, adding that the project was born out of chairman Cho Yang-ho’s affection for winter sports.

Cho had heard about the Korean bobsleigh team’s struggles and decided to step in, ordering his staff to launch the project, it said in a statement.

Development is to take place in May, with a prototype to be completed around November with testing and additional work to continue through February next year. Upgraded models are to be produced every year until the Olympics in 2018.

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The airline’s media relations department said no one was being kept in the dark about the project.

“I think the only one who doesn’t know this is the PR person at the bobsleigh association,” the spokesperson said by telephone.

South Korean Kang Kwang-bae, vice president of international bobsleigh’s ruling body and a professor at KNSU, said he and Cho had come up with the idea of a partnership in Sochi.

“It is true that the Korean association doesn’t know whether the sleds Korean Air makes will be used in 2018 for certain,” Kang told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “It a long-term project and no one knows exactly what will happen.”

Kang said that while other nations’ bobsleigh teams used automaking technology from prestigious car companies such as BMW and Ferrari, South Korea would be the first to take advantage of aerospace engineering.

“The biggest lesson we can learn from this… is that it can be an exemplary case of joint collaboration between sports and conglomerates, who will muster their knowledge and experience for the advancement of sports science,” added Kang.

“In order for South Korea to become a strong sports nation, we need help from big companies. There are things that the government alone cannot solve. I hope this project provides hope and opportunities for other sports that are struggling to find assistance.”

Kang, who said that the national skeleton team would also benefit from Korean Air’s technology, added that the financing details of the project had yet to be worked out.

“I am not sure if Korean Air will finance the entire budget or will ask other parties… to split the bill because it was a top-down decision,” he said.

“I couldn’t really ask him how much he was willing to pay when we were first talking about the matter. We will work it out in our first meeting in April.”

(Writing by Peter Rutherford; Editing by John O’Brien)

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More intrigue in Captain America sequel

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Captain America is back for round three and this time, he really knows how to pack a punch.

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Marvel continues its run of excellent superhero films with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a thrilling sequel that steps up the action and intrigue.

Chris Evans is back as the patriotic super soldier. He first donned the snug blue outfit in 2011 for Captain America: The First Avenger, followed by the box office smash The Avengers in 2012.

But this is the movie where ol’ Cap really comes into his own.

Let’s face it, Captain America is naturally a harder sell in comparison to say, the quick-witted, scotch-swilling and charming Iron Man, because he’s SO straightlaced. And, unlike Batman or Wolverine, he doesn’t have a dark side.

Unfortunately, in The Avengers, that made him the somewhat boring character out of the bunch.

But this time around, although Cap is still the same guy, he’s seriously tested. And that makes for some great cinema.

The whole time he’s been working for SHIELD and Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Cap thought he was batting for the good guy, but he soon realises everything isn’t so black and white.

When a colleague comes under attack, Captain America must team up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), to follow a trail and find the truth about a dangerous plot.

It’s cleverly crafted by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who have impressed Marvel so much, they’ve already been signed onto the third Captain America movie.

Alongside the growing conspiracies, cover-ups and who-to-trust conundrum, there’s the fact that Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, is still struggling to understand the modern world after being on ice since World War II.

It’s a great basis for some laughs, particularly with Black Widow dishing out dating advice while she punches up baddies.

This is also the first time you really get to see the extent of Captain America’s power. He charges through walls, flings his shield willy-nilly and jumps out of planes without parachutes.

And that’s not including the fight sequences – there’s a particularly spectacular one inside the confines of an elevator.

Humans are barely a match for him, until he comes across the mysterious Winter Soldier.

If you’re a Marvel fan or have been paying attention in recent months, the identity of The Winter Soldier isn’t exactly a surprise.

But the film offers up so many interesting twists and quirks that it really doesn’t matter whether you know or not.

Robert Redford stars as government-type Alexander Pierce, and Anthony Mackie appears as new character The Falcon. Also keep an eye out for Aussie Callan Mulvey (Rush, Underbelly) as SHIELD Agent Jack Rollins.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has all the humour, fun and action of your typical Marvel movie, but an entirely different feel and tone as it delves into fascinating conspiracies.

*Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in Australian cinemas on April 3.

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BP’s deep water drilling potentially risky

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BP’s plans to drill for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight are potentially risky, but the energy giant is eager to avoid a repeat of the $40 billion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The global energy company is preparing to explore for oil and gas in a deep water basin about 300 kilometres off the South Australian coast.

International marine chemist Professor Piers Chapman from Texas A&M University says the project is “potentially risky”.

“There’s always some spill risk when you drill,” he said.

“You get hefty sea conditions out there.”

An exploration team would need to contend with extreme ocean conditions as it negotiates depths of up to 5,000 metres near a large marine park, Mr Chapman said.

But deep water oil and gas rig stability has improved since the Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico in the US in 2010, he said.

Major companies were now using better technology, and determined to avoid compensation payouts running into the tens of billions of dollars, Mr Chapman said.

BP secured a drilling rig worth more than $800 million in 2013 to explore the 24,000 square kilometre permit area, as part of a $1.4 billion drilling program.

Mr Chapman said deep water drilling brought new challenges, but the biological effects of a deep water oil spill were probably no more serious than from a surface spill.

Australia has never experienced a catastrophic oil spill.

Mr Chapman said gas spills were less problematic than oil spills, as bubbles rise to the surface and into the atmosphere.

BP’s vice president for new ventures Mark Stanley has described the ocean conditions in the Great Australian Bight as “extreme”, compared to other areas around the world.

BP has opened an office in Adelaide as it considers locations for supply, and aviation bases to service the exploration project.

BP, Chevron, Norway’s Statoil and Europe’s Northern Petroleum have expressed interest in the Great Australia Bight since The federal government awarded exploration permits in the region in 2011.

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NSW puts ‘cowboy’ CSG operators on notice

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Shonky coal seam gas operators across NSW risk losing their exploration licences as the government cracks down on “speculators and cowboys” in the market.

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NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on Wednesday announced a six-month freeze on processing new exploration licences, while his government reviews the controversial process.

He accused the former Labor government of granting licences “like confetti” and allowing exploration “from Palm Beach to Cronulla and from Bondi Junction to St Marys”.

“We’re taking decisive action to ensure the state’s resources are developed for the people of NSW and not for the benefit of Labor MPs, their cronies and their union mates,” he told parliament.

The premier warned his government was also auditing existing petroleum exploration licences – a process that could lead to licences being revoked.

The government is concerned about the application process, which has seen small companies – sometimes run by one person – being allowed to explore large areas, despite not having the experience or financial backing for the projects.

Mr O’Farrell said the former Labor government granted 39 exploration licences while his government had yet to grant a single one.

He pointed out that three-quarters of the licences granted under Labor were issued by former ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, who were later found to have acted corruptly by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

He slammed Labor for only charging $1000 for exploration applications.

That fee is now being raised to $50,000.

Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said it had been “far too easy for speculators and cowboys to be granted petroleum exploration licences over large areas of land with little regulation and little oversight”.

The Greens welcomed the decision but urged the premier to allow farmers and the community to stop CSG projects near them.

Phil Laird, from anti-CSG group Lock the Gates, commended the announcement.

“The previous regime seemed to focus entirely on mining and gas, whereas this is showing that the government’s trying to clean up the process,” he told AAP.

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Santa worker accused of touching girls

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An elderly man working as Santa Claus indecently touched five girls despite onlookers taking photos at the time, an Adelaide jury has been told.

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“He used his Santa Claus costume as a thin and pitiful veil to indecently assault these children,” crown prosecutor Melissa Wilkinson said in her opening address on Wednesday.

William John Graham Webster, 77, has pleaded not guilty in South Australia’s District Court to five counts of aggravated indecent assault of girls aged between five and 12 in December 2012.

He is accused of touching their genital areas or bottoms or both, over their clothes, when he worked as Santa in an Adelaide shopping centre and at a community event.

The younger girls were sitting on his lap at the time, while the 12-year-old refused his request to do so and moved away.

She then told her mother: “he is a f*****g pedophile” and that he had touched her “arse”, Ms Wilkinson said.

Ms Wilkinson said dressing as Santa gave Webster access to the children.

“But for the fact that the accused was dressed as Santa Claus, these children would not have sat on his lap,” she said.

“But for the fact that the accused was dressed as Santa Claus, the accused would not have had the opportunity to touch these child inappropriately in plain sight of witnesses.”

The touching took place despite some parents or carers taking photos of the children with Santa, Ms Wilkinson said.

When interviewed by police, Webster described the claim as unbelievable.

But the prosecutor said any suggestion that the touching was accidental was “fanciful” given there were five individual cases.

The jury would hear evidence from the recruitment company which hired Webster that all Santa Clauses underwent a seven-hour training session which included topics such as hand placement, and appropriate and inappropriate comments and levels of affection.

The trial is continuing.

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Govt to proceed with Medibank sale

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The Abbott government will go ahead with the sale of health insurer Medibank Private as it attempts to heal the budget.

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says an independently-prepared scoping study into the planned sale has reaffirmed the government’s long-held view that there is no compelling reason for it to own a private health fund.

The sale will be conducted in the 2014/15 financial year, but the precise timing and structure of the initial public offering are yet to be determined.

“The scoping study found no evidence that premiums will increase as a result of the sale,” Senator Cormann told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

He was coy on what the government hoped to raise from the privatisation, but it has been previously valued at around $4 billion.

Further details will be announced in the May 13 budget.

Labor said the sale would mean the government would miss out on annual dividend from Medibank of as much as $500 million.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also launched an attack on the government’s handling of the mid-year budget review, saying it was lying about the budget situation to justify its agenda of cruel cuts.

It made a mockery of former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello’s Charter of Budget Honesty, he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

The budget will be a test of leadership for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey and that framing a budget requires more than fudging figures and accounting trickery, he said.

Independent analysis commissioned by Labor from the Parliamentary Budget Office had shone a light on the government’s deception, Mr Shorten said.

“It shows Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have tried to doctor the debt and deficit figures to set the scene for severe cuts and broken election promises.”

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said the analysis showed the impacts of the coalition government’s decision to drop the former government’s fiscal rules and commit to nearly $14 billion in new spending.

Gross debt would be 40 per cent lower in 2023/24 than forecast by the government in the mid-year budget review and the budget would be $34 billion in surplus that year, rather than a $12 billion deficit, according to the analysis.

Mr Hockey insists his budget numbers tell the truth and “Labor’s didn’t”.

He ridiculed the suggestion that if the coalition had kept to Labor’s budget rules the budget would be coming back to surplus.

“The problem is that Labor never kept to their budget rules,” he told an exceptionally rowdy parliamentary question time.

He reminded the house yet again that on more than 300 occasions Labor had promised to deliver a surplus, but they never did.

“They have no economic credibility, they got every single number wrong and they left the Australian people to pick up the bill from a very bad Labor government,” he said.

Separate modelling suggests there would need to be $55 billion worth of savings in 2023/24 alone to achieve a surplus.

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Government to sell Medibank Private

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The Abbott government will go ahead with the sale of health insurer Medibank Private as it attempts to heal the budget.

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says an independently-prepared scoping study into the planned sale has reaffirmed the government’s long-held view that there is no compelling reason for it to own a private health fund.

The sale will be conducted in the 2014/15 financial year, but the precise timing and structure of the initial public offering are yet to be determined.

“The scoping study found no evidence that premiums will increase as a result of the sale,” Senator Cormann told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

He was coy on what the government hoped to raise from the privatisation, but it has been previously valued at around $4 billion.

Further details will be announced in the May 13 budget.

Analysis: Sale not entirely unexpected, says Eureka Report commentator James Kirby

Medibank Private has around 3.8 million policyholders, so what does its sale mean for them?

And which other widely used government business may be next?

 

SBS Business reporter Ricardo Goncalves spoke with Eureka Report financial commentator James Kirby for more.

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Opposition attacks decision to sell Medibank Private

Labor said the sale would mean the government would miss out on annual dividend from Medibank of as much as $500 million.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also launched an attack on the government’s handling of the mid-year budget review, saying it was lying about the budget situation to justify its agenda of cruel cuts.

 

It made a mockery of former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello’s Charter of Budget Honesty, he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

 

The budget will be a test of leadership for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey and that framing a budget requires more than fudging figures and accounting trickery, he said.

Independent analysis commissioned by Labor from the Parliamentary Budget Office had shone a light on the government’s deception, Mr Shorten said.

“It shows Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have tried to doctor the debt and deficit figures to set the scene for severe cuts and broken election promises.”

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said the analysis showed the impacts of the coalition government’s decision to drop the former government’s fiscal rules and commit to nearly $14 billion in new spending.

Gross debt would be 40 per cent lower in 2023/24 than forecast by the government in the mid-year budget review and the budget would be $34 billion in surplus that year, rather than a $12 billion deficit, according to the analysis.

Mr Hockey insists his budget numbers tell the truth and “Labor’s didn’t”.

 

He ridiculed the suggestion that if the coalition had kept to Labor’s budget rules the budget would be coming back to surplus.

“The problem is that Labor never kept to their budget rules,” he told an exceptionally rowdy parliamentary question time.

He reminded the house yet again that on more than 300 occasions Labor had promised to deliver a surplus, but they never did.

 

“They have no economic credibility, they got every single number wrong and they left the Australian people to pick up the bill from a very bad Labor government,” he said.

Separate modelling suggests there would need to be $55 billion worth of savings in 2023/24   alone to achieve a surplus.

Key facts about Medibank Private sale

– Australia’s largest private health fund with 3.8 million members in a market of 34 funds.

– Set up in 1976 under the Fraser government to provide competition to for-profit health funds.

– It will be sold through an initial public offering in 2014-15, subject to market conditions.

– Analysts expect the sale to raise up to $4 billion.

– The government has appointed three new board members – David Fagan, Linda Nicholls and Christine O’Reilly – ahead of the privatisation.

   

Source: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann/ Senate Estimates/ Medibank Private Annual Report 2013

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Vic killer suffered domestic abuse: lawyer

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A Victorian mum who killed her partner with a pickaxe before dating his best friend was a victim of family violence, her barrister says.

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Angela Williams hit Douglas Kally 16 times with the axe and buried his body in the yard of the Indented Head home they shared with their two children.

She then told people that her partner of 23 years had left her to move to his favourite NSW fishing spot, the Victorian Supreme Court heard on Wednesday.

Williams, 45, admits to killing Mr Kally but claims she lashed out to protect herself after years of abuse.

Her lawyer Leonard Hartnett told her murder trial that domestic violence would be a key issue in the case.

He said Mr Kally “terrorised the family and terrorised them for a number of years”.

Prosecutor Brendan Kissane said Williams started a relationship with Mr Kally’s best friend, David Granger, within two weeks of killing him in July 2008.

He said when friends asked about Mr Kally’s whereabouts, Williams staged a telephone call in front of them, claiming Mr Kally was on the other end of the line.

“At that stage he was well and truly in the backyard,” Mr Kissane told the jury.

Williams also gave a watch to their son, saying Mr Kally had posted it as a birthday present, Mr Kissane said.

Police did not find Mr Kally’s body until December 2012, when Williams admitted to killing him, the court heard.

She told police Mr Kally had been pushing and shouting at her in their bedroom as he accused her of infidelity with Mr Granger.

She said she grabbed a pickaxe from behind their bedroom door and Mr Kally taunted her by saying “do it you f***ing fat slut”.

Williams then attacked him, leaving him lying dead on the bed as she sought comfort at the home of Mr Granger.

She returned the next morning to drop her kids to school and bury Mr Kally, Mr Kissane said.

The trial continues.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin splitting up

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Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have announced their separation, signalling the end of the A-list couple’s 11-year marriage.

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In a statement entitled “Conscious Uncoupling” posted on Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop广西桑拿,, the stars said they had decided to “remain separate” after reviewing their marriage over the past year.

“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” said the couple, who moved back to Los Angeles recently after spending several years in London.

“We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that, while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.”

Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, have two young children, Apple, nine, and Moses, seven, and appealed for privacy as they navigated their break-up.

“We are, however, and always will be a family,” the couple said. The statement was accompanied by a snapshot of the couple smiling in a happier moment.

“We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”

Paltrow, who co-stars in the successful Iron Man movies, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for her role in Shakespeare in Love.

As recently as January, the couple had been seen cuddling affectionately together at the Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills.

However, the state of the marriage has been the subject of tabloid speculation for years, with recent reports in February indicating that Martin was unhappy at the couple’s move to Los Angeles.

In a wide-ranging interview with Harpers Bazaar last year, Paltrow said her marriage to Martin was sometimes challenging.

“We are growing into very similar people,” she reflected. “It’s cool, it’s good. It’s not always easy though!”

In a 2012 interview Paltrow had hinted that managing two artistic temperaments in one household was the couple’s biggest challenge.

“Probably our artistic temperaments together,” she said. “Artists are sensitive; there are ups and downs, mood-wise. Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write.”

Paltrow and Martin reportedly met backstage at a Coldplay concert in late 2002, after the singer asked an assistant to arrange a meeting with the actress.

The following year, the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony in California soon after announcing they were expecting their first child together.

Martin founded Coldplay with a university friend in 1996 and the band enjoyed huge critical acclaim with their first two albums Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head.

Since then they have sold tens of millions of albums. The group’s sixth album, Ghost Stories is due for release in May.

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