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A woman who tried to rob and assault an elderly Catholic nun in broad daylight has been refused bail at Parramatta Bail Court.
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Police say 49-year-old Christina Vachon-Coco stood closely behind the 77-year-old nun while she took cash from an ATM on the corner of Castlereagh and Liverpool Streets at 1pm on Friday.

The nun told police she noticed how close Ms Vachon-Coco was standing to her, so she put her money straight into her purse and held it tightly to her chest as she walked away.

But it is alleged the nun was followed for about 50 metres before her pursuer grabbed her around the waist and tried to wrangle the wallet from her grasp.

Refusing to budge, the pair struggled. The nun hit her head on a wall after falling, and her attacker then fell on top of her. The whole time the nun never let go of her purse.

A group of bystanders helped the nun, while Ms Vachon-Coco walked away empty handed. She was soon arrested by Australian Federal Police who happened to be in the area.

Ms Vachon-Coco will appear at Central Local Court on Monday.

The nun remains in St Vincent’s Hospital where she is being treated for a non-life threatening head injury.

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US motorists have been hurt in a storm that has hit the Oklahoma City area and several people are missing, local authorities say.
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The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city’s downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.

Trooper Betsy Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists are stranded.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging motorists to get off Interstate 40 and drive to the south.

A tornado touched down near El Reno and the storm moved to the east, toward Oklahoma City.

Television cameras carrying the storm on statewide television showed debris in the air.

Damage was reported in Canadian County, immediately to the west of the capital city, and video footage showed debris falling from the sky and power transformers being knocked out by high winds.

A storm last week killed 24 at Moore, on Oklahoma City’s south side. Friday’s storm is north of Moore.

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The sale of the Annandale Hotel to a private buyer indicates more owner-operators are returning to the sector.
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In the past, the pub sector had fallen into disarray as properties were bought by investors at inflated prices. These owners were not publicans and many of the businesses felt the pressure from poor management. They were then sold at low prices to repay the debt.

Oxford Commercial hotels director Adam Spencer-Carr said it was encouraging to see these operators return, adding that John Singleton had climbed on board, with the Laundy and Short families also active.

”More investors are looking at hotels as genuine cash-flow propositions,” Mr Spencer-Carr said. ”These operators are entering the freehold pub sector in recognition of the intrinsic value of the hotel licence.”

Another recent sale was the East Sydney Hotel, which was bought by the Marsden family for about $3 million.

”In the case of East Sydney, accommodation revenue played a key role in the marketing of the hotel,” Mr Spencer-Carr said.

”There is an increasing level of inquiry from non-core hotel operators who are keen to exploit the lack of well-priced short-term accommodation within close proximity to rail and bus links.”

Other recent sales included the Dry Dock Hotel at Balmain to a private investor, while the Kurrajong at Erskineville, the Henson Park Hotel at Marrickville, and the Buckland in Alexandria were also bought by private owner-operators.

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Source: Newcastle Herald
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A FISHING trawler has sunk in Newcastle harbour after ploughing into the ferry wharf and opening up like ‘it had been hit with a can opener’.
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Stockton ferry deckhand Dylan Austin said the trawler hit the wharf around 9.25am, narrowly missing the Stockton ferry.

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‘The trawler opened up like it had been hit with a can opener,’ Mr Austin said.

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‘It didn’t miss us by much.’

Mr Austin said that he and Stockton ferry skipper Stephen Doley rescued the captain of the fishing trawler before it completely submerged.

‘He was in shock, but he managed to get up on the roof and we got him across to the wharf,’ Mr Austin said.

Mr Austin said a number of people witnessed the accident while breakfasting along the harbour.

Newcastle Port Corporation issued a statement saying the vessel’s crew was safe.

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The port corporation has also placed containment beams around the vessel, in accordance with oil spill prevention procedures.

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