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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 18, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Dogs have their day while their owners celebrate in style Darryl Turley with Turbo and Michelle Cooper with Merlot at the dog obedience trial held by Sydney All Breeds Dog Training Club at St Lukes Park, Concord, on Sunday. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP191971 ZILKA GROGAN SYDNEY'S first dog training club celebrated its 50th birthday in Concord on Sunday. Sydney All Breeds Dog Training Club held an obedience trial, followed by cake and bubbly, at St Lukes Park to celebrate. Sydney's first specialist dog training club was established in 1958. Clubs have since been formed across the state, stretching as far as Wagga Wagga, Orange and Broken Hill. Member Fay Smith said the Concord club attracted owners of all ages who wanted to have fun while training their dogs. ''It attracts responsible owners, those who want a dog who is a pleasure to live with and is not a nuisance to others,'' she said. Ms Smith admits to being biased in her view about which dogs are the most obedient. ''As I own a miniature poodle, Lulu, I would argue that they are the most obedient and easiest to train,'' she said. ''Others might think staffies, cavalier king spaniels, airedales, border collies, westies, and a host of others are better. All dogs can be trained.'' Other breeds can be more difficult to train, including some of the hound dogs. ''It is important that big dogs learn early that they are not the boss as their sheer size can sometimes frighten children who are not used to dogs,'' she said. Two men charged over 'bizarre' sex TWO Inner West men have been refused bail on numerous charges over allegations they repeatedly raped a woman to rid her of a fictional religious curse, in a case the magistrate described as ''bizarre and evil''. In a 50-page document tendered at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday police outlined the case against Tony Golossian, 61, of Dulwich Hill who faces 151 charges and his alleged ac- complice Arthur Psichogios, 38, of Enfield, who faces 79 charges. The woman, aged 23 in 2001 when the alleged assaults began, was allegedly told by the men that someone in the Greek community had cursed her using black magic. The men allegedly told the woman that as a result of the curse she and her family -- including her 15-year-old sister -- would suffer cancer and possible infertility. ''Having read the allegations . . . I must say that if this is proven it would be one of the most bizarre and evil cases I have come across in more than 40 years,'' magistrate Graham Johnson said. A defence solicitor said Mr Golossian was happy to comply with strict bail conditions, includ- ing a night-time curfew and com- mitment not to contact the victim. However Mr Johnson refused bail. ''Of concern is that the victim moved . . . and changed her name but was tracked down by the perpetrator of these offences who (is allegedly the) mastermind of this series of charges,'' Mr Johnson said. Police allege the two men told the woman they could rid her of the curse and that Mr Golossian terrified her with details of the alleged curse. ''The (victim) and her 15-year- old sister at the time would get breast cancer and their fallopian tubes would no longer function,'' the police document said. ''Her mother would contract kidney cancer and her father would contract lung cancer. The most significant curse would be that her 15-year-old sister would die before 2004.'' Between January 2001 and June 2005 the woman allegedly paid the men between $70,000 and $100,000 for a number of prayer sessions during which she was raped and, at times, videotaped. The men arranged the sessions to take place at four different hotels. Both men are due to appear in Burwood Court on October 29. Top award for website THE Inner-West Weekly has won a prestigious award for its website design and content. The Community Newspapers of Australia Northern Division award for Best Website was pres- ented to editor Robyn Ainsworth at a gala function at the Conven- tion Centre at Darling Harbour last Friday night. The judges remarked: ''Well, haven't newspaper websites come a long way in the last few years? ''A great balance of revealing news content, design and layout. Well structured with easy navi- gation, there is certainly some- thing here for everyone. ''A veritable array of practical and visually appealing links help maintain online reader attention. Great template development and professionally executed.'' Ms Ainsworth said her team had been working hard to develop an even better site to engage the readers and deliver more content. Visit innerwestweekly.com.au Would a short-term cash loan help you get back on top of things? 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