Thousands rally in London over NHS crisis

Posted on 07/18/2019

Thousands of people have marched in London to demand an end to the “crisis” in the NHS.Thousands of people have braved rain in central London to demonstrate in support of fixing what they say is a “crisis” in the NHS.

Warren Street was teeming with demonstrators brandishing placards who turned out to line up in large numbers in the wintry conditions.

The demonstration began at Gower Street in Central London at midday and the crowds began their march to Downing Street at 1pm.

They were there to draw attention to the NHS funding shortage, with signs urging “kick the Tories out”, and “more staff, more beds, more funds”.

“Keep your hands off our NHS,” they chanted as they began marching at 1pm on Saturday.

The demonstration, called “NHS in crisis: Fix it now”, was organised by the People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together.

Among the demonstrators was Jamie, a disability rights advocate who attended the march in his wheelchair.

He was injured in a serious car crash 21 years ago. “I owe my life to the NHS,” he said.

“There is a tragedy unfolding and the fact is that so many desperate people are traumatised, stigmatised and stressed by work capability testing.”

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigner Tamsyn Bacchus, who carried a life-size vulture prop hovering over a bloody-painted NHS placard, said she feared the UK could morph the NHS into a US-style, user-pays health service.

“I have faith, and so do all these folk here, that it’s so important to have the principle of service that is great the point of use so that when you are ill, when your child is running a high fever, when you need the hospital or a doctor you can get them without worrying about having to pay for it”

In rallying Britons to attend the demonstration organisers, the People’s Assembly said stories of patients dying in hospital corridors and overcrowded waiting rooms revealed a crisis.

“It is time this government stops blaming patients, nurses, doctors, immigrants, flu and the elderly for their shortcomings.”

Actor Ralf Little, who is expected to speak at the march this afternoon, has previously told how his mother was saved by NHS treatment for free when she suffered a stroke.

He said: “My mother was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, received expert emergency care, stayed in hospital for two weeks to recover, was treated daily by consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff, was escorted home in a taxi and checked on three times a day for a further five weeks.”

Following a Twitter row with the Health Secretary, Little penned an open letter to Jeremy Hunt inviting him to attend the demonstration.

Adelaide down Perth in A-League

Posted on 07/18/2019

Ersan Gulum of Adelaide United and Andrew Keogh of Perth Glory contest the ball in the A-League.Adelaide United have outclassed Perth Glory 2-1 to rise to fourth on the A-League ladder.

United’s Nikola Mileusnic netted the decider on Saturday night at Coopers Stadium as the Reds took fourth on the ladder from Melbourne Victory.

Perth’s Andy Keogh opened the scoring in the fourth minute but his teammate Dino Djulbic’s own goal eight minutes later gifted Adelaide momentum.

The Reds then turned the screws, controlling possession and territory against the Glory who remain in eighth spot.

But Adelaide’s win came at a cost – centre-backs Jordan Elsey (concussion) and Ersan Gulum (ankle) were both forced from the field.

The Glory took an early lead when Keogh scored his ninth goal of the season – the Irishman was pinpointed by a Scott Neville cross five metres out and calmly slotted a header.

Perth defender Djulbic also scored with a header – but for Adelaide, in the 12th minute.

Djulbic, sensing Reds spearhead George Blackwood approaching from behind, launched at a cross into the box from Adelaide’s Ryan Strain and inexplicably headed into his own net.

Adelaide pounced after the mishap and were rewarded for a period of sustained dominance when Mileusnic scored in the 38th minute.

The goal was crafted by Reds captain Isaias, who expertly arrowed a 30m pass downfield and into the speedy winger’s path.

With only goalkeeper Liam Reddy to beat, Mileusnic took aim from 10 metres and converted a low right-footer.

Adelaide continued its command in a second half until a late attacking flurry from Perth.

The visitor’s best chances of equalising came In injury time: a close-range Jacob Italiano header was narrowly wide and a Diego Castro shot in the last minute went straight to ‘keeper Paul Izzo.

“We pushed to get something out of it,” Perth coach Kenny Lowe said.

“But maybe a little of bit of (lack of) finishing our opportunities, that is the way it is going for us at present.”

Adelaide’s only downers were the injuries to Elsey and Gulum.

Elsey was substituted with concussion with about 35 minutes remaining after falling heavily when leaping in an attempt to volley.

And his central defensive partner Gulum hobbled off with 10 minutes to go with an apparent left ankle injury.

Reds coach Marco Kurz said Elsey appeared to have avoided serious injury.

“He is okay (but) the doctor asked him … and he didn’t know the result,” Kurz said.

“I’m not sure with Gulum’s ankle, but we will see.”

Lions dominant in AFLW grand final rematch

Posted on 07/18/2019

The Brisbane Lions have dominated in an AFLW grand final rematch against Adelaide.The late scratching of reigning AFLW best and fairest Erin Phillips has proved costly for the Adelaide Crows in a much-anticipated grand-final rematch.

The Lions looked dominant on Saturday night against the defending premiers, sealing a 4.7 (31)-3.1 (19) win before a crowd of 11,120 at Norwood Oval in Adelaide.

The Crows ruled Phillips out an hour before the first bounce after she strained her quad on Friday night at training.

After the match, coach Bec Goddard conceded Phillips was a very important player but said her withdrawal was an opportunity for other players.

“One on one across the ground, I reckon we had one winner tonight and that was Chelsea Randall,” she told reporters.

“So there’s a lot of work for the other girls to sort of lift up.”

After a goalless first quarter, Randall starred in the second, converting a 50m penalty to put the Crows 10 points ahead at halftime.

Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich called the penalty dodgy and said the club would be flagging it on Monday morning in an umpiring review.

He said the decision and conservative kicking on the Lions’ part had put the side down at halftime.

“At that point, I thought we were right in the game but the scoreboard didn’t reflect it at that point.”

Brisbane forward Jess Wuetschner booted two goals in the third quarter to put the visitors in front, and their lead grew to 12 by the final siren.

Forward Sabrina Frederick-Taub took 10 marks in a performance described by Starcevich as enormous.

“Put the ball in her area and she looked like marking everything,” he said.

Kate Lutkins, Emma Zielke and Alexandra Anderson also impressed.

In a promising sign for the Crows, debutantes Eloise Jones and Ruth Wallace kicked two of their three goals.

Adelaide will travel to Melbourne next week to take on the Demons, while Brisbane will play their first home game against the Western Bulldogs.

Sydney spoil Cairns NBL home finale

Posted on 07/18/2019

Sydney’s Jerome Randle has spoiled Cairns’ final home game of the NBL season in a 93-86 Kings win.Sydney have spoiled Cairns’ final home game of the NBL season, beating the Taipans 93-86.

Local fans might not have cared the clash was between two teams with no finals hopes, but the sold-out Cairns Convention Centre didn’t get the farewell they would have wanted.

Out to avoid the wooden spoon, Sydney point guard Jerome Randle was un-guardable as he took on the Taipans off the dribble at every chance.

The pint-sized point had 17 points from seven out of 11 shooting at halftime, taking Sydney out to a nine-point buffer.

The visitors’ lead blew out to 18 points in the third quarter after Jason Cadee (14 points) and Kevin Lisch (16 points) joined Randle’s party.

Sydney’s superstar sent shivers through the Kings’ camp when he appeared to slip on his ankle in the fourth quarter, but was able to finish the match with 24 points.

Kings coach Andrew Gaze praised all three of his guards as they escaped from a notoriously hard court to win at with a victory.

“There are no gimmes, Cairns are a remarkable team they are coached very well, we had to earn it and we made some shots,” Gaze said.

For Cairns, veteran forward Alex Loughton increased his odds to take out the club’s MVP award with 19 points, while point guard Jarrad Weeks went home with 18.

Weeks was nothing but despondent after another disjointed effort from the men in orange.

“The way we played, we go through patches were we just play terribly and it’s not enough in this league,” he said.

The Taipans will play Perth on Friday, while Sydney are set to host Brisbane on Sunday week.

Stanlake makes himself known in Aussie win

Posted on 07/18/2019

Billy Stanlake has taken 3-15 off four overs to rip through NZ in the T20 tri-series opener.Billy Stanlake announced himself on the international stage before cruised to a seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in a rain-affected opener to the Twenty20 tri-series.

After Stanlake’s electrifying 3-15 helped keep New Zealand to 9-117 at the SCG, Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40no) powered to a revised target of 95 with 3.3 overs of the allotted 15 to spare.

Following an hour-long rain delay in the innings break, the pair came to the wicket when David Warner (6) and D’Arcy Short (4) fell early but rarely looked troubled until Lynn was caught on the boundary eight runs shy of the target.

Renowned for being two of the best T20 batsmen in the country, Lynn’s 33-ball knock included six fours and one six, while Maxwell also whacked five fours and one six.

But the star of the show was Stanlake, after he’d earlier ripped through the Black Caps’ top order with wickets with his first two balls and another in the second over of his opening spell.

In just his fourth international match, 23-year-old Stanlake nudged 150km/h throughout his four overs as he dismissed Colin Munro and Tom Bruce when both were on three.

His inswinging delivery to remove Martin Guptill was his best, beating the Kiwi star all ends up and taking the top of off stump.

“He’s getting quicker, he’s getting taller and he’s swinging the ball,” said Lynn, who has seen Stanlake develop in Queensland.

“It’s great for him to hit the ground running, because he’s a guy who can get nervous early on so it was great for him to get early wickets.

“We’re going to see him go from strength to strength with that confidence, especially in T20. We’re going to see some pretty special things and we’re going to see some pretty quick spells.”

Such was the early dominance of Stanlake and fellow opening quick Kane Richardson (0-28), they sent down 18 dot balls in the first four overs and held New Zealand to 3-29 in the six-over powerplay.

They also helped to limit Black Caps captain Kane Williamson to the slowest innings of his 47-match international T20 career, before Andrew Tye had him caught off a leading edge at cover for eight off 20 balls.

Tye finished with 4-23, as he returned to clean up the tail and kept world No.2-ranked New Zealand to less than a run a ball in an innings for the first time since 2012.

Only Colin de Grandhomme provided any real counterattack for New Zealand, with his unbeaten 38 from 24 balls featuring three massive sixes square off Tye and Adam Zampa.

“Two wickets in (Stanlake)’s first two balls set the tone,” New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said.

“It wasn’t a quick wicket but he bowled well with some good pace and he’s going to be someone to watch out for in the future that’s for sure.”

A-League: Petratos stars in audition for Socceroos as Jets shoot down Victory |photos, video

Posted on 06/18/2019

HAPPY DAYS: Captain Nigel Boogaard (second from left) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the Jets opening goal in the 2-0 triumph over Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Darren Pateman (AAP)ERNIE Merrick is not about to tell new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk who to the select but the Jets boss doesn’t believetrump card Dimi Petratos can do much more.

SCOUTING MISSION: New Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk (right) in the stands at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Darren Pateman

Van Marwijk ison whistle-stop tour of and was in the stands at McDonald Jones Stadium for the Jets’hard fought 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday. It was the second ofthree A-League games theDutchman will attended as he assesses talent ahead of friendliesnext month against Norway and Colombia.

If it was an audition,Petratos certainly out-shined Victory opposite and Socceroos regular James Troisi.

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Merrick was equally impressed with Boogaard and central defensive partner Nikolai Topor-Stanleyat the other end of the pitch.

“I thought the two of them were immense defensively,” the coach said.“Theyare among the best combinations in the league.”

It wasn’t the most fluent performance from the Jets. Indeed, they relied on desperate defending and a series of superb saves by Jack Duncan to bankthree points.

“Anyone onthe ball was closed down very quickly,” Merrick said. “We defended extremely well throughout the game from the back four to our midfield to our front runners. The longer the game went on, especially with us up 2-0, they were going to throw numbers forward and we had to weather that storm.”

The win propelled the Jets to 37 points –the most in a season in their history – and leaves them within touching distance of a home final, despite eight rounds remaining.

“It wasa bit of a rehearsal,” Merrick said. “Next time we play Victory it will be in the finals, the way the cards look like they will fall. We really have to work on keeping the ball in midfield, defending well and getting numbers forward. We did pretty well.”

The Jets have four days off and don’t play again until Friday week away to Western Sydney.

“We have played consistently well all year,” Merrick said.“We have played 19 games and lost four.I don’t want mental fatigue, I want them fresh. The best time to have a breakis when you have just won a match against a quality side.”

Jets add to Victory’s A-League Hunter pain

Posted on 06/18/2019

Nigel Boogaard has scored, ending a long goal drought in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory.They weren’t at their exhilarating best, but Newcastle still managed to compound Melbourne Victory’s A-League pain, prevailing 2-0 to hold second place on the ladder.

Nigel Boogaard scored for the first time in more than 15 months before recruit Riley McGree came off the bench to tap home his maiden club goal on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Ernie Merrick’s side move seven points ahead of third-placed Melbourne City – who play on Sunday – and nine behind leaders Sydney FC.

The Jets are on the verge of securing a finals berth for the first time since 2010.

“It was a very tight affair because there wasn’t much given away in midfield and anyone on the ball was closed down very quickly,” Merrick said.

“The longer the game went on, especially when we went up 2-0, they were going to throw numbers forward. So we had to weather that storm.”

Victory have only one win from their past 12 trips to the Hunter.

While they adjusted well to life without Mark Milligan, Besart Berisha missed a host of chances that could have changed the game.

The billed match-of-the-round was rife with turnovers and mis-hits – not the most enthralling for new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk to watch.

Roy O’Donovan, in his long-awaited injury return, fired a header wide from point-blank range and then lazily drew a strike across the goal face.

Socceroos hopeful Dimi Petratos was lively and provided the free-kick for Boogaard’s 31st-minute opener, a terrific cross that skimmed the skipper’s head and diverted into the far corner.

“We created a number of chances, possibly twice as many strikes on goal as them,” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said.

“We were starting to impose ourselves on the game away from home, and then to concede off that set piece – them moments are huge.”

The Jets perhaps had a slight upper hand but Victory were not short on chances. Jack Duncan made two top-class reflex saves to deny Kosta Barbarouses and Berisha.

After halftime, Andrew Nabbout was shown a yellow card for a bad head clash with Lawrence Thomas.

Nabbout was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Matt Acton.

Thomas was taken to hospital but the club said he’d been cleared of serious injury.

Duncan came to the fore again to stop a barrelling Barbarouses strike while Berisha, who had not scored at this venue since 2014, fluffed a header, was denied in a scramble and dragged a late shot wide.

It was all to Victory’s detriment when McGree replaced O’Donovan in the 65th minute.

The former Adelaide midfielder had been on only five minutes when Jason Hoffman played in Nabbout and the winger-cum-striker crossed for McGree to tap in at the far post.

Minjee Lee leads by one at Vic Open

Posted on 06/18/2019

Cheyenne Woods (file) is among a group tied for fifth heading into the final round at the Vic Open.Fast-rising talent Karis Davidson will get a second crack at toppling global star Minjee Lee in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach.

Playing her first four-round tournament as a professional, the 19-year-old Davidson stormed into outright second spot with one round to play after carding a six-under 67 on Saturday.

It left her at six-under 213, a single stroke behind world No.20 Lee, who had to contend with the most difficult of the afternoon conditions and eventually signed for a two-over 75.

n Hannah Green (71) and 2015 Vic Open champ Marianne Skarpnord from Norway (75) were tied for third at 215.

Lee and Davidson will play together in the final group on Sunday, reprising their clash in the 2014 n Amateur final when Lee, then 17, beat a 15-year-old Davidson 6 and 5.

Davidson has made a flying start to life in the professional ranks by successfully negotiating the notoriously tough qualifying school on the Japanese tour to earn full playing rights for 2018.

“I had a really good round today but I really wasn’t expecting to be one shot off the lead,” said the Queenslander.

“My goal coming into this week was top 20.

“This is my first four-day professional event but I’m not feeling any pressure.

“I’m just going to go out tomorrow, and do my best and have fun.”

As a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Lee remains the favourite to win a second Vic Open title, having previously saluted as an amateur back in 2014.

Among the group tied for fifth spot at two-under 217 was American Cheyenne Woods.

The niece of Tiger Woods has had a rollercoaster tournament to date with rounds of 68, 80 and 69.

“I would love to get back out tomorrow and shoot another 69, 68,” said the 27-year-old Woods.

“I think there is (a low number out there). I didn’t even birdie the birdieable par-five and the driveable par-four. I did leave maybe two shots out there.

“My goal today was to get inside the top 10.”

NBL leaders United hold off dogged Bullets

Posted on 06/18/2019

Melbourne United have taken another step towards the NBL minor premiership with a win over Brisbane.Melbourne United has taken another step toward the NBL minor premiership after closing out a 69-61 home win over the Brisbane Bullets.

The ladder leaders ground out a tight final quarter with the Bullets closing the margin to four points in the final minute but held on to move two wins clear of second-placed Perth with four matches left in their regular season.

United imports Casper Ware and Josh Boone combined for 14 third-quarter points to settle the home side and Chris Goulding held his nerve with four late free throws to close out the win.

Ware led United with 17 points and Boone added 15 points and 12 rebounds while Tai Wesley (14 points, eight boards and five assists) provided valuable support.

Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman was pleased with his side’s defensive effort but felt that missed opportunities in attack left them vulnerable to Brisbane’s late fightback.

“Holding the best offensive efficiency team in the league to low 30s (shooting) percentage-wise, you are going to take that every day,” Vickerman said.

“We were just disappointed that getting that many stops, we weren’t able to convert that into points going the other way.”

Brisbane struggled in attack with gun import Travis Trice (elbow) missing, but Daniel Kickert kept the visitors in the contest with 10 second-quarter points and a Reuben Te Rangi triple with 49 seconds kept the Bullets in the game.

Kickert finished with 17 points while former United guard Stephen Holt chipped in with 11 points.

“Certainly we had our struggles putting the ball in the basket,” Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis said.

He said a combination of poor shot selection and missing open shots contributed to the Bullets’ offensive woes.

The home side found themselves under pressure in the fourth quarter as Perrin Buford hit consecutive baskets for Brisbane, and Adam Gibson cut the gap to four points from the free throw line after being fouled on a three-point attempt.

But the Bullets could get no closer with Wesley and Ware keeping the home side in front.

Melbourne United now prepare for a vital home clash with New Zealand Breakers on Friday night, while Brisbane host the Illawarra Hawks on Thursday.

Journalist Michael Gordon dies during swim

Posted on 06/18/2019

Award-winning Fairfax journalist Michael Gordon has died.Award-winning journalist Michael Gordon has died after suffering a suspected heart attack during an ocean swim on Victoria’s Phillip Island.

The 62-year-old Fairfax writer was pulled from the water and brought to shore at Cowes about 10.30am Saturday but died at the scene despite efforts to revive him, The Age reported.

Gordon won a Walkley Award – one of the profession’s highest accolades – for most outstanding contribution to journalism in 2017, the year during which he left his long-term role as political editor.

He worked at the newspaper for 37 years.

The Age described Gordon as “a giant of n journalism” and said he was one of the publication’s most loved, respected and lauded writers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Gordon was “one of the most wise and calm” journalists and offered love and sympathy to his wife Robyn and family.

“A good friend and great mentor to so many,” Mr Turnbull posted on Twitter.

“He left us far too soon.”

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Gordon was simply “one of the good guys”.

“A passion for truth-telling, a champion for social justice, his every word was wielded for a cause,” Mr Shorten tweeted.

“I’ll miss reading him and talking to him immensely.”

In addition to his long tenure at Fairfax, Gordon was a former political editor of The n and US correspondent for The Herald.

Gordon wrote about his formative years as a cadet in a column published in June 2017, describing how securing the position at age 17 and when his father Harry was the editor was viewed with suspicion by some.

He spent “long spells” on real estate, police rounds and the Trades Hall – the “perfect prelude to observing national affairs” – before moving to the press gallery in Canberra.

Former Prime Minister John Howard was named by Gordon as the catalyst for a focus on the plight of asylum seekers, one of many subjects he covered with passion.

As he left journalism at the same age his father did, Gordon said his overwhelming emotion was one of “immense gratitude”.