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Rain and storms to make it a wet weekend in Sydney

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Sydneysiders should brace themselves for a very wet weekend and the rain will set in for days.

While no warnings for the five-day rain event have been released yet, thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected throughout eastern NSW.

The storm will reach Sydney by Saturday evening.

It will be the second spurt of heavy rain the city has experienced this week after a cold, wet start to the week with a top rainfall of 28mm.

“For inland parts today we’re expecting to see the higher rainfall totals and tomorrow along the coastal areas and particularly in between the Illawara and south coast northern parts,” said a a spokeswoman at the Bureau of Metereology.

“We’re expecting a bit more rain and wind than thunderstorms to begin with,” she said.

“We could see rainfall totals around 30-60mm more widespread but a little bit higher in localised areas in those parts.”

Helen Kirkup, a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said the rain event began on the western side of the Great Dividing Range on Friday afternoon.

“There’s a massive cloud out there that’s heading this way. We’ve already had solid rains of more than 35mm out west,” Ms Kirkup said.

A deepening trough will cause constant rain throughout the weekend and into early next week.

The first downpour should narrowly miss the game between the Swans and St Kilda on Saturday afternoon but could arrive just in time to drench the first match of the Bledisloe Cup in the night.

The focus of the storm is likely to be along the NSW south coast.

“Exactly where and how intense it’ll be is still too early to forecast but these storms often build up a focal point of up to 200mm of rain,” Ms Kirkup said.

Temperatures in Sydney are expected to reach a maximum of 18 on Saturday and 17 on Sunday, dipping to 14 overnight.

Despite relatively light rainfall across the state, the bureau would not rule out the possibility of minor flooding.

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Canberra tipped to receive average monthly rainfall in 48 hours

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Heavy rainfall is expected in the capital this weekend. Photo: Melissa Adams. Meteorologists have urged Canberrans to make the most of drier conditions with the territory tipped to exceed its average monthly rainfall within a 48 period from Saturday evening.

Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Brown said conditions should remain dry in Canberra until late on Saturday afternoon when showers would develop before “dumping” rain into Sunday morning.

“We’ll see up to 10mm on rainfall on Saturday evening with anywhere between 20 and 40mm on Sunday and up to 10mm on Monday morning easing into the afternoon,” he said.

Mr Brown said thunderstorms were a possibility on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon although this was only a small chance.

“Winds should remain light to moderate over the weekend although they may become a little gusty on Monday but nothing too significant,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Sean Carson said there was a good chance Canberra would receive more than the August average rainfall of 45.9mm by Monday afternoon.

“The rainfall is not likely to start in Canberra until late Saturday round sunset and the bulk of the rain should fall overnight and on Sunday morning – that’s a solid 12 to 18 hours of soaking rain,” he said.

Mr Carson said the weekend would bring the largest amount of rainfall to drought-stricken parts of New South Wales and Queensland, providing much needed relief for farmers and communities.

“Most of inland New South Wales and southern Queensland are looking at similar figures where they may reach their average August rainfall in just a few days,” he said.

Mr Brown said this weekend would bring the most rainfall Canberra since the 10.8mm recorded on July 16, with small showers of less than 1mm  recorded on August 2, 5 and 9.

“Temperatures should increase overnight on Saturday to about 3 degrees by Sunday morning although temperatures should stay around freezing on Saturday morning,” he said.

“Daytime temperatures on Saturday should hover around 15 degrees before rain and cloud appear late in the afternoon, dropping to 13 degrees on Sunday with cloud cover.”

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NSW minister Dominic Perrottet endorses Uber and Airbnb

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NSW minister Dominic Perrottet has endorsed Uber and Airbnb.A senior NSW cabinet minister has endorsed ride-sharing service Uber and home-sharing app Airbnb by saying “governments should not stand in the way” of them despite both services being under scrutiny by his government.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet said in a speech on Thursday night at Sydney’s Intersect showcase that the apps – part of what he called the “collaboration economy” – were a good thing for society.

“As someone on the Liberal side of politics, we should welcome the sharing economy as something profoundly conservative,” Mr Perrottet said.

He’s even asked the Office of Finances and Services to consider using a car-pooling scheme for government employees using such apps and services, because he said they could help “drive savings”.

“This is the free market on steroids. It’s individuals, or businesses, seeking to make the best use of their existing assets, for a profit. It’s being an entrepreneur at a grassroots level. It’s a mix of technology, trust and low-cost options to effectively meet demand – and it’s all done without government intervention.”

The sharing economy was “here to stay”, he added.

“The more people move online and take up social, mobile and reputational platforms, the more this is going to grow. It’s an efficient use of resources and the uptake so far already shows that the market has spoken. My view is that governments should not stand in the way of this change but seek to facilitate it.”

Mr Perrottet’s comments came after NSW Roads and Maritime Services began cracking down on Uber by issuing fines to drivers. The City of Sydney has also warned residents they risked fines by sharing or renting out their home for money on Airbnb without approval.

On Friday, Roads and Maritime Services confirmed it was continuing enforcement action for drivers who are found to be breaching the Passenger Transport Act 1990.   “Fines already issued have been paid,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

It is understood Mr Perrottet is making his views known to cabinet colleagues, including Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

Mr Perrottet said it was no surprise that “most left-wing jurisdictions like New York” cracked down on sharing economy companies. He did not mention the NSW government was cracking down on them too.

“This is because they are stuck in the old world of heavy regulation, union dominance, high fees, high taxes and inflated prices that please no one but those at the top who reap a profit,” Mr Perrottet said of New York and other governments that had not embraced the new services.

“The sharing economy presents an opportunity for conservatives, if they are savvy enough to see it.”

Mr Perrottet also noted and welcomed news the Western Australia Liberals passed a motion to consider the regulations surrounding companies like Uber last weekend.

Despite endorsing the apps, he said they should still be regulated.

“Some have argued that governments should play no role in regulating these new app businesses,” he said.

“I disagree. I think we very much have a role in ensuring that the public are safe and things like health and safety are considered.

“These are paramount. Even the freest of markets requires some regulation to function.”

The question for government should not be “should you regulate”, he said, but “with what mindset do you regulate?”

“Do you regulate to stifle innovation? Or do you regulate to ensure certain basic principles like safety are met – and let the free market take care of the rest?”

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Life’s good for Logan: Emus mentor nominated for nationwide coaching award

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JUST REWARD: Orange Emus coach Andrew Logan (pictured with Wallabies mentor Ewen McKenzie) has been nominated for the Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year award.AFTER Orange Emus’ 2013 season many could be forgiven for questioning head coach Andrew Logan’s influence on the club.

However, those people have since had to break out the fine china and serve themselves a slice of humble pie just about every Sunday since April.

Logan has taken Emus from the outhouse to the penthouse in the space of 12 months – in 2013 the greens finished last, now, with one game left in the 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup regular season, Logan’s side is equal first.

As a result, Logan has been nominated for the inaugural Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year award – a nationwide award to recognise coaches across the country at the grassroots level.

“I can’t believe I’ve been nominated. This is a real honour,” Logan said.

“[After 2013], there was definitely a show of faith. In a way I’m seeing the benefit of a lot of people’s hard work.

“I’ve always said any success we have as a club is the result of an ensemble effort. Guys like Paul Ringland (Emus’ forwards coach), Graydon Staniforth (backs coach), Jeremy Wallace (strength and conditioning) and Mitch Dansey (reserve grade) all put in a lot of effort, and deserve recognition too.

“I don’t know who nominated me, but it’s very gratifying that people have noticed what we’ve done as a club.”

Emus’ turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable. The greens won just five of 18 games in 2013, in 2014 they have lost just two.

“We always thought we were on the right track, “ Logan, a former Sydney University second XV coach, said.

“But it doesn’t mean much if you aren’t winning football games. We’d like to think this season has justified the decisions we’ve made [throughout the last two seasons], but no one will remember it if we don’t take it all the way [this year].”

Emus skipper Nigel Staniforth said the nomination was just reward for Logan, who “puts everything into it”.

“He has turned a lot around at the club, he’s very passionate and behind the scenes he does a lot of work people don’t see,” Staniforth explained.

“He often does too much in fact, which is a good thing. He definitely deserves it.”

The award will be presented at the John Eales Medal ceremony at Randwick Racecourse on Thursday, October 23.

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Sharks still have some fight in them

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Cronulla head to AAMI Park tomorrow, Saturday, for a 5.30pm kick-off against Melbourne Storm.

Talent: New Sharks winger Valentine Holmes. Picture: Chris Lane.

The Sharks are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon and are at the bottom of the competition.

But the Sharks have showed plenty of fight this season with a shocking injury roll and coaching staff changes.

What could have gone wrong this year for the Sharks, has gone wrong.

Only last weekend, prop Andrew Fifita broke his arm and is out for the season and had surgery last Tuesday.

Luke Lewis, Anthony Tupou, Jacob Gagan, are all sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Their stocks have been stretched, but still the Sharks have ‘‘aimed up’’ and tried hard each week.

Lock and skipper Paul Gallen is back after bicep injuries and missing the Warriors’ game with a bad virus which floored him.

But they have unearthed several new young players in the NRL competition who look to be genuine prospects.

One of those is 19-year-old Valentine Holmes, who has graduated from their under-20s team.

The Queensland speedster debuted against Parramatta and played with courage and skill against the powerful New Zealand Warriors last Sunday in Auckland, in the 16-12 loss.

Melbourne have dominated the Sharks in recent times winning seven of the past eight games between the two clubs.

What do you think the Sharks chances of winning are?

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