Australia has South Africa on the ropes

AUSTRALIA remains in charge heading into day four of the third and deciding test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Skipper Michael Clarke declared on 7-494 at the start of the third day, before his boys went to work, bowling the hosts out for 287.

Fox Sports reports, with the series tied at one-all Australia will resume tonight on 0-27, a lead of 234 with two days to play.

Australia’s cause has been helped by a hamstring strain to the world’s best fast bowler, Dale Steyn, who has the potential to return on day four.

Seven story could land Corby back in jail

GOLD Coast drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could end up back behind bars.

Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin has indicated he may revoke her parole after watching the Seven Network’s package about her release, which aired in Australia on Sunday night.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, the Minister did not even wait for a question from a small group of journalists at his office before saying: “I am waiting for a complete report from the Bali Corrections Board, and in the meantime I’d like to announce that there’s a possibility I will revoke Corby’s parole.”

The Indonesian government explicitly warned the Corby family that Schapelle should not do a post-release interview.

But the Seven Network believed they could get around the conditions by not airing a tell-all interview with Schapelle, but instead using candid footage of her and an interview with her sister, Mercedes.

There is no indication of when Mr Amir might make his decision but it is likely to be within days.

Titans lose utility Dowling for 2014 season

THE Gold Coast Titans have suffered a major blow, just days out from their NRL season-opener.

Centre Jamie Dowling looks certain to be sidelined for the entire 2014 season after suffering a knee injury in the opening minute of the Burleigh Bears’ clash with the Central Queensland Capras on Sunday.

Dowling, 23, had scans yesterday, confirming damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will visit a specialist in coming days.

He played nine NRL games for the Titans last season and had trained solidly in the off-season with the hope of breaking into John Cartwright’s side as a utility.

“It’s a tragedy for Jamie,” said coach Cartwright. “He’s trained really well and would have played a role in the team at some stage of the season.”

“It’s heartbreaking when it happens to any player at any stage but for him to suffer it in the first minute so early in the year is very tough for him.”

The Titans meet the Sharks in Cronulla on Monday night.

Qld Health focuses on retrieving $28 million of overpayments

QUEENSLAND Health today revealed they will contact more than 14,000 former staff members over the next few months to recover almost $28 million in overpayments.

Department of Health Director-General Ian Maynard said the former staff members would either continue existing discussions or be sent a letter about overpayments they received following implementation of the payroll system.

“Although we’ve been working with some former staff members to resolve overpayments, we know many others have been waiting patiently to hear from us,” he said.

“Writing to former staff members is a way to start the discussions needed for outstanding issues to be resolved.

“I’d also really like to thank everyone who has already made arrangements to repay their overpayments. Each step we take is getting us closer to resolving this whole issue.”

Mr Maynard said new repayment options had been introduced to make it as easy as possible to repay overpayments.

“Former staff can now repay by BPAY, online with a credit card or in person at Australia Post―just like an electricity or phone bill. It’s easy and you can sort it out straightaway.”

He said it was important to finalise the overpayments, particularly given the significant concerns staff have had.

“The reality is many people just want to clear the decks and move forward without this hanging over their heads.

“However, it’s important to remember people received money they weren’t entitled to and we need to recover it.

“While this whole experience has been very hard for many current and former Queensland Health staff, it’s only fair that they repay their overpayments.”

Mr Maynard said there might be some challenges associated with contacting staff members who had left the department.

“We have no way of knowing what happened to people since they left Queensland Health,” he said

“It’s possible some may have experienced a significant change in circumstances. In any case we need to work through the process—but we’ll be making sure it is done with resp

Young man cries tears of joy after winning $25,000 on scratchie

A YOUNG Gold Coast man who won $25,000 on an Instant Scratchie says he will repay those who’ve helped him by sharing some of his winnings.

The winner, aged in his 20s, said he cried tears of joy when he realised he’d won the top prize on his Instant Scratch-Its $1 ticket.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first scratched the ticket!” the winner exclaimed.

“I even went to a nearby newsagent to get them to confirm what I was seeing; that I had a winning ticket.”

The happy winner said once he finally believed he had the top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket, he couldn’t part with it.

“I even slept with my winning ticket in my pocket until I could claim my prize!” he laughed.

“Now I’m going to go on a holiday and help those people who’ve helped me in the past.”

The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its $1 ticket was purchased at Labrador Park Newsagent, Shop 1-2, 100 Brisbane Road in Labrador.