Mum fights deportation to stay with son, 8

A Filipino woman has gained her first desperate wish – to enjoy Mother’s Day with her three children – but is still braced for the fight of her life to keep her family together in .

Brisbane-based Bernadette Romulo is begging Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to save her from deportation, saying she’ll be torn away from her eight-year-old son, who cannot go with her.

Giro was born in and cannot leave due to partial custody arrangements with his Filipino-n father.

Ms Romulo met with immigration officials on Tuesday afternoon, on the day her bridging visa expired, fearing she and her overseas-born daughters – half-sisters to Giro – would be deported after 11 years living in .

But she was given some renewed hope with another bridging visa extension until May 26.

“I have my fingers crossed but I’m still hanging in the air,” she told AAP.

Ms Romulo arrived in in 2006 on a 457 visa with her first husband and two daughters before that marriage failed.

She has lived on a bridging visa since applying for permanent residency in 2012 when her second marriage to Giro’s father broke down. Her bid for permanent residency was rejected last December.

Ms Romulo has been waging a social media campaign in a desperate bid to remain in , including a change成都模特佳丽招聘 petition that’s generated more than 22,000 signatures of support.

The single mother has also produced a tearful video, begging Mr Dutton not to take her son away from her.

“The Family Court said Giro must live with me. But the department of immigration is deporting me. Should I cut myself in half?” she told AAP on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what to do. But I’m not going to just give up. Because it’s cruel, very cruel. He’s only eight.”

Mr Dutton’s office says he’s not handling the case, and the matter is with Assistant Home Affairs Minister Alex Hawke.

Mr Hawke’s office says the case has already been comprehensively assessed by the department and the assistant minister only intervenes in a “relatively small number of cases”.

“Child custody matters are beyond the scope of this department and are addressed through the appropriate jurisdiction of family law,” the department said in a statement.

Ms Romulo still fears imminent deportation along with her 12- and 13-year-old daughters from her first marriage.

But she said it was a great relief for them all that they can stay together for Mother’s Day. Giro had already made his mother a card for Sunday, worried he wouldn’t be with her.

“Dear mummy. You have a heart better than a universe and love from Pluto to Venus. You are smarter than Einstein and greatly loveable. You are more important to me than anything else,” it reads.

Ms Romulo said her six years of fighting for permanent residency was all about staying together as a family.

“If we get deported, doesn’t matter as much, as long as we can keep my son,” she said.

NBA: Ben Simmons vows to help 76ers create play-off history

FLYING: Newcastle raised guard Ben Simmons take the ball to the rim in the 76ers’ series saving win over the Celtics. Picture: AP​Ben Simmons, with a smile on his face and a diamond-studded boxing kangaroo chain hanging around his neck, declared the Philadelphia 76ers were ready to make NBA playoffs history.

The 21-year-old n rookie made the bold proclamation minutes after his Sixers staved off elimination in their series against the Boston Celtics with a 103-92 victory in Philadelphia on Monday.

“I’m not ready to go home and start my vacation,” Simmons, who had a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, told reporters in the post-game press conference.

“Definitely not.”

It was the 76ers’ first win in the series and they still trail 3-1, with Boston needing just one victory to move on to the eastern conference finals.

Simmons and the 76ers are aiming to win four-straight games to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 0-3 series deficit in the best-of-seven series.

There have been 129 teams attempt a comeback from three losses in a row to start a series.

All failed.

Simmons and his 76ers now head to Boston for Wednesday’s game five knowing a loss will end their season.

“We believe our time is now,” he said.

“It is going to take a lot, but it is just the way our mindset is.”

The 76ers were so confident of winning game four they arrived at the Wells Fargo Center arena with their luggage and a plane on the tarmac ready to fly them to Boston.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been the master strategist in the series but Brown countered with the game-winning move by shaking up his starting line-up.

He replaced forward Robert Covington, who missed all eight field goal attempts in game three, with the energetic but unheralded TJ McConnell.

The back-up point guard took some of the ball-handling pressure off Simmons and made inspirational plays with a career high 19 points.

“There’s an injection of energy you immediately know you are going to get with him,” Brown said.

Simmons had error-filled games in the game two and three losses but was determined to play more aggressively and take open shots in the game four victory.

His aggression backfired early, missing five of his first six field goals, but midway through the second quarter he found his range.

Simmons frustrated Brown with reckless passes leading to turnovers in the final quarter but he was more relaxed in the press conference when asked about his boxing kangaroo chain.

“The bling?” Simmons replied.

“That’s just something to represent home.”

The Celtics’ n centre Aron Baynes had another strong game battling with 76ers’ All-Star Joel Embiid with nine points and six rebounds.

Baynes hit two three-pointers, although he missed four others including an air ball, while Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Ben Simmons bounced back to formto record a double-double as Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination from the NBA playoffs with a 103-92 victory over the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers faced being swept by Boston but with the Philadelphia crowd behind them on Monday they earned their first win in the series.

The 76ers still face an ominous fight for survival with no team having come back from being down 0-3 in the NBA post-season.

The Celtics lead 3-1 and need just one more win in the best-of-seven series to progress to the eastern conference finals.

Game five is in Boston on Wednesday.

Simmons was determined to play more aggressively and take open shots but it backfired early with the Newcastle-raised 21-year-old missing five of his first six field goals.

He was not deterred and midway through the second quarter found range and ended the game with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Simmons did frustrate his coach Brett Brown with reckless passes leading to turnovers in the final quarter, as his team attempted to preserve their sizeable lead.

The Celtics’ n centre Aron Baynes had another strong game, battling with 76ers’ All-Star Joel Embiid, to finish with nine points and six rebounds.

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NPL: Josh Rose savours that winning feeling at Edgeworth in next stage of football career

STAR ADDITION: Josh Rose in action for Edgeworth against Maitland at Cooks Square Park on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli

JOSH Rose admits he wasn’t sure about playing on at a lower level after retiring from professional football following a 17-year career.

But after a win in his first game with Edgeworth on Sunday, the 36-year-old former Central Coast Mariner was glad he did.

After just one training session at Edgeworth, the left-back showed his class in a 2-1 victory over Maitland at Cooks Square Park on debut for the three-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers, who moved to the top of the table.

It came just three weeks after Rose ended his 218-game A-League career with an 8-2 loss to the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium.

The victory with Edgeworth was Rose’s first since Central Coast beat Sydney 2-0 on November 10 last year.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the league but I thought all the boys were really good,” Rose said.“It’s a good quality team, they knocked the ball around well andit was really enjoyable.

“I was joking with the boys after, that it was nice to have a win.It’s been a while.

Josh Rose on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli

“It was good to get a win on the board and get that winning feeling back, so I just really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to more games.”

Rose has joined former Mariners teammate Daniel McBreen at Edgeworth following an almost 400-game league career also taking in stints with Brisbane Strikers, New Zealand Knights, Romanian clubUniversitatea Craiova and Melbourne City.

And after all that, Rose admitted playing on was not a priority as his focus turned to his coaching career and growing the Rose Football Academy.

However, he said the link toMcBreen and Edgeworth’s help in developing his nextcareer convinced him to stay on the field. He hopes now to learn from Eagles coach Damian Zane while taking on a junior role at the club.

“I wasn’t too sure to be honest,” he said of playing.

“It wasn’t something that I’d thought too muchabout. I thought a few offers might come in but I wasn’t sure if I’d continue to play or not.

“But after speaking to Macca, [Edgeworth treasurer] Warren Mills and Zaney, the Edgeworth offer came in. I’d met the boys before so I knew it was a good group. I’d heard a lot of good things about Zaney and from the chats we’ve had, his football knowledge is quite good.

“So for me it’s about learning off these guys and I’m looking forward to continuing in my coaching role. Ijust want to learn off as many people as I can.”

Zane was excited about what Rose has brought to the club as they chase more NPL silverware and a fourth consecutive FFA Cup round of 32 appearance.

“He just looks so smooth,” Zane said.

“He’s not one of those flashy type players. He’s just really effective and the quality of him, he just lifted the training session on Friday night. Ithink the boys wanted to impress and show him that the level is decent around here.

“Our boys, when the cup comes around, there’s a real buzz and it was there on Sunday. He’s been a good addition at a really good time.”

Rose, who lives in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast, said “it’s fantastic to be able to join a successful club like Edgeworth” and he was keen to do his part in the push for trophies.

“The expectation, Zaney has been good in trying to tone that down a bit, but obviously coming from where I’ve come from, the expectation is there,” he said.

“But guys like us –Macca, the Griffiths brothers, Matty Thompson, Leo Bertos – in the comp,we’re all competitors anyway. We always strive to get the best out of ourselves no matter whatand that competitive edge never dies within us.”

John LewisMeet the family behind innovative wine brand Fossil Hill

FORMIDABLE TEAM: The Crossings at their Angullong property. From left, Heidi, Ben, Hatty, Jim and Edwina.BACK 450 million years ago the area that contains Angullong vineyard on the foothills of Orange’s Mount Canobolas was awash by sea and home to some of the earliest forms of marine life.

As the seas retreated they left behind limestone and a rich residue of fossils gradually covered by basalt loam from Canobolas volcano.

Which explains why the Crossing family has called one of its most innovative brands Fossil Hill.

It’s highly appropriate because the fossil sites first discovered in the 1890s are classified as internationally significant – as are the network of limestone caves extending under Crossings’ land and that of neighbouring properties.

Known as the Cleifden caves, they were added to the NSW Heritage Register in 2017.

The caves are not open to the public, although experienced cavers are able to get permits to abseil down into the caverns.

The Fossil Hill range includes familiar grapes like riesling, a shiraz-viognier red and a chardonnay-pinot noir sparkler, but it’s also a fine showcase for alternate varieties, largely of Mediterranean origins.

The Crossings are no “Johnny-come-latelies” with these varieties, planting pinot gris, sangiovese, barbera and viognier 19 years ago.

Their current releases feature the Spanish-origin tempranillo variety and Italian-origin vermentino, sagrantino, barbera and sangiovese – the latter producing a table red and the Rosato rosé – and montepulciano will soon be added to the portfolio.

Angullong had its genesis in 1950 when Bill and Hatty Crossing bought the 1838-hectare Panuara property overlooking the Belubula RiverValley, 40 kilometres from Orange.

They built a successful fodder cropping, Angus cattle, Boer goat and sheep grazing operation. In 1998, with the help of their sons Jim and Ben, they diversified into wine on part of the property.

Bill Crossing died at the age of 77 in 2015 but Hattie remains an active participant in the family business and regularly presides over the cellar door in the beautifully restored bluestone stables next door to the historic Commercial Hotel in the thriving village of Millthorpe, on the outskirts of Orange. Ben’s wife Heidi and Jim’s wife Edwina are also key parts of the Angullong team.

Ben and Jim are joint owners of the wine and grazing operation. With Ben as general manager andJim as vineyard manager.

Angullong winemaking is supervised by wine master Jon Reynolds, well remembered for his days in the Hunter and his Orange Region trail blazing.

WINE REVIEWSSPICY CHERRY BARBERATHISbeautAngullong 2016 Fossil Hill Barberais bright garnet and has 14.5% alcohol and potpourri scents. The front palate shows spicy cherry flavour, the middle palate plum, briar, cloves and savoury oak and the finish minty tannins. It and today’s other wines areatangullong老域名出售.au, theMillthorpecellar doorandwine stores.

PRICE: $26

DRINK WITH:veal scallopine.

AGEING: eight years.

RATING: 5 stars

COOL-TAKE TEMPRANILLOBEN Crossing saysthe vines that produced thisAngullong 2016 Fossil Hill Tempranillohave taken well to Orange’s cool climate. The wine has 14% alcohol, purple hues, berry pastille scents and juicy blackberry front-palate flavour. The middle palate shows Maraschino cherry, peppermint, spice and vanillin oak and the finish ferric tannins.

PRICE: $26.

DRINK WITH:moussaka.

AGEING: six years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

CLONAL SWITCH PAYOFFFROMGrosso clone sangiovese vines grafted in 2011 to the small-bunch and berry Brunello clone, theAngullong 2016 Fossil Hill Sangiovesehas 14.5% alcohol, ruby red hues and herbal scents. The front palate displays juicy mulberry flavour, the middle palate bramble jelly, spearmint, licorice and cedary oak and the finish chalky tannins.

PRICE: $26.

DRINK WITH: lasagne.

AGEING: eight years.

RATING: 4.5 stars