A-League: Jets hold out Victory to strengthen grip on second

Posted on 04/18/2019

DROUGHT BREAKER: Skipper Nigel Boogaard celebrates after scoring his first goal in 15 months to help steer the Jets to a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Darren Pateman (AAP)SKIPPER Nigel Boogaard ended a 15-month drought and Riley McGree opened his goal-scoringaccount as the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 in a tense clash at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
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Boogaard, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and the midfield pair of Ben Kantarovski and Steve Ugarkovic were also strong, especially in the opening 45 minutes.

The Jets just shaded Victoryin a tense first half. The visitors had59% of possession but the Jets had the upper hand on the scoreboard.

Roy O’Donovan was pitched into the Jets starting side after missing eight games with a torn groin and the Irishman had a golden chance to put the home side ahead in the 16th minute.

Petratos took a quick freekick after Kantarovski was fouled and swung a wicked cross to the far post. O’Donovan got in behind the defence but his header flashed past the right post.

It had been a cagey opening up until that point.

Victory are lethal in transition and nearly made the Jets pay for a sloppy turnover in the 19th minute. Kosta Barbarouses exploded down the right and fired a stinging shot which was well saved by Jack Duncan at the near post.

Rhys Williams blazed a volley wide in the 29th minute as the visitors started to build pressure.

But the it was the Jets who opened the scoring a minute later.

Nabbout was fouled five metres in from the left touchline. With a southerly at his back, Petratos whipped a cross into the penalty area for Boogaard, who muscled in front of Williams and glanced a header into the right corner.

The Jets needed another brilliant save fromDuncan, dropping low to his left to denyBerisha, to ensure they went to the break in the lead.

In a helter skelter start to thesecond half, Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas was carried off on a stretcher with a head injury after a collision with Nabbout.

They both were going flat out for a Petratos through ball. The keeper got their just ahead of Nabbout and punched the ball and then collided with the Jets player.

Thomas received treatment but couldn’t continue and was replaced byMatt Acton.

There was no intent by Nabbout, but he was given a yellow card by referee Shaun Evans.

With Victory winning ascendancy in the middle of the park, Jetscoach Ernie Merrick introduced McGree for a tiring O’Donovan.

Berisha, who has only scored two goals in 10 visits to Newcastle, had a header slip past the far post as his chances continued to rack up.

Then, against the run of play, the Jets struck in the 72nd minute.

Jason Hoffman, breaking on the counter, threaded a ball forward for Nabbout, who cut back a cross from near the byline for McGree to slot home at the back post.

* Western Sydney Wanderers beat Melbourne City 3-1 in extra-time to win the final of the National Youth League championship at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

Phone radiation linked to male rat tumours

Posted on 04/18/2019

Male rats exposed to radiation from mobiles have been found to be at risk of developing tumours.Male rats exposed to very high levels of the kind of radiation emitted by mobile phones developed tumours in the tissues around their hearts, according to a draft report by US government researchers on the potential health risks of the devices.
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Female rats and mice exposed in the same way did not develop tumours, according to the preliminary report from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), a part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The findings add to years of research meant to help settle the debate over whether mobile phone radiation is harmful.

Although intriguing, the findings can not be extrapolated to humans, NTP scientists and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday.

They noted that the animal studies were meant to test extreme exposures to mobile phone radiation, and that current safety limits on mobile phone radiation are protective.

However, the two 10-year $US25 million ($A35 million) studies – the most comprehensive assessments of health effects and exposure to radiofrequency radiation in rats and mice to date – do raise new questions about exposure to the ubiquitous devices.

In the studies, about six per cent of male rats whose entire bodies were exposed to the highest level of mobile phone radiation developed schwannomas – a rare type of tumour – in nerve tissue near their hearts, while there were no schwannomas in animals that were not exposed to radiation.

“The intriguing part of this is the kind of tumours we saw were similar to tumours noted for quite some time in some epidemiological studies in heavy duty mobile phone users,” John Bucher, a senior scientist with NTP, said in a telephone interview.

“Of course, these were in the nerves in the ear and next to the brain, but the tumour types were the same as we saw in the heart.”

Dr Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, noted that the studies were negative for common tumours.

“These draft reports are bound to create a lot of concern, but in fact they won’t change what I tell people: the evidence for an association between cellphones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

Brawley said if mobile phone users are concerned about this data in animals they should wear an earpiece.

Unlike ionizing radiation such as that from gamma rays, radon and X-rays, which can break chemical bonds in the body and are known to cause cancer, radiofrequency devices such as mobile phones and microwaves emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing radiation.

Morton, Glaetzer win cycling sprint golds

Posted on 04/18/2019

Amy Cure (file) has won the 25km women’s points race at the track national cycling in Brisbane. Cyclist Stephanie Morton (file) has easily defended her women’s national sprint title in Brisbane.
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More than two hours of heavy lifting in an early morning leg session at the gym wasn’t enough to slow Stephanie Morton as she charged to back-to-back national sprint crowns in Brisbane.

Morton was too quick for Caitlin Ward in Saturday night’s final at the Anna Meares Velodrome, defending her national title with ease on the same track she’ll aim for back-to-back Commonwealth Games sprint titles in April.

Ward had upset 13-time national champion Kaarle McCulloch, who had beaten Morton in Friday’s 500m time trial final, to reach the final.

But she was no match for Morton despite the fatigue, with the race-day gym session a clear indication of where the focus was.

A full house cheered Morton’s name as she won in the velodrome named after the five-time Olympic medallist many hope she can succeed.

“It’s always leg day for us,” the 25-year-old quipped of her pre-race activities.

“We had some pretty big lifts … your body’s telling you ‘no I’m tired’ but your mind’s saying ‘no you’ve got to come out and win a national title tonight’.

“(At an Olympics or Commonwealth Games) your body can be screaming from four days of racing and you’ve got to tell it to shut up and that you’ve got a job to do.”

Also on Saturday, Matthew Glaetzer added another highlight after Thursday’s record-breaking time-trial win with a commanding victory in the men’s sprint over Jacob Schmid.

The men’s sprint field was thrown wide open after reigning champion Pat Constable was caught off guard by Victorian Tyler Meunier in Friday’s qualifying stage.

“It’s the big one; it’s the blue ribband of track sprinting and it’s one I really wanted to win,” Glaetzer said.

Earlier, defending champion Amy Cure held off surprise packet Kristina Clonan to win the national 25km, 100-lap points race title in a thrilling last-lap sprint finish.

Clonan won the 90th-lap sprint to edge within three points of the 2014 world champion and Rio Olympian and set up a two-woman tussle for the title.

The crowd favourite had a chance to steal the win on the second-last turn, with double points on offer, but missed her narrow opening on the inside and was boxed out as Cure enjoyed a clear run to the line.

Cure finished with 25 points in 31:46.72 minutes, five ahead of Clonan with Ashlee Ankudinoff third a further two points back.

Joshua Harrison capped a big day at the track with a gutsy win in the men’s 15km scratch race ahead of Stephen Hall and Rohan Wight.

The South set the early pace then out-sprinted a pack of five in what were a brutal final few laps.

Zverev first impression not good: Kyrgios

Posted on 04/18/2019

Nick Kyrgios admits his first impression of Germany’s Alexander Zverev wasn’t that glowing.At just 20, world No.5 Alex Zverev has been hailed by Boris Becker as the man to lead Germany out of the tennis wilderness.
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But ‘s Nick Kyrgios has revealed his first impression of Zverev wasn’t as glowing.

Kyrgios, 22, will resume what has the makings of one of tennis’ great rivalries against German No.1 Zverev in their key Davis Cup reverse singles clash in Brisbane on Sunday.

The n No.1 admitted Zverev posed a tough challenge but wasn’t as complimentary about their first meeting back in junior tennis.

“I would have been 17 or 18. I played him in London in a juniors event, the final of a tournament before Wimbledon,” Kyrgios said.

“Honestly, if you want to know my honest thoughts, when I played him in the final I didn’t know he was going to be that good.

“I broke him first game and he was just carrying on.”

World No.14 Kyrgios now says he is not surprised that Zverev is one of the game’s best.

“I knew he was going to be decent though. He was always pretty confident,” he said.

The first meeting didn’t stop the pair becoming mates – a friendship that will again be tested at Pat Rafter Arena on Sunday.

Kyrgios holds a 3-1 head-to-head record against Zverev – all matches played last year.

“I guess for us it doesn’t matter what our rankings are – we played juniors together, we grew up together,” Kyrgios said of the German star.

“And we’re good mates. Rankings go out the window with us.

“I don’t mind playing him. We both know what we bring.

“I had some luck against him last year and that’s all it is.”

Zverev showed why he has been celebrated as the future of German tennis by six-time grand slam champion Becker in the first round tie’s opening singles rubber in Brisbane.

The 20-year-old’s booming serve proved the difference, finally silencing a raucous Aussie crowd when he prevailed over plucky rookie Alex de Minaur in a four hour, five set epic on Friday.

Zverev has emerged as a shining light for Germany which won the last of their three Davis Cup titles back in 1993.

They have lost in the Davis Cup World Group first round the last three years.

The once mighty Germany are now ranked 14th in the world.

“I think German tennis is coming back,” said Becker, now the German head of men’s tennis.

“We have had some years it has been not as good but Sascha (Zverev) is leading the way.

“And he is only 20. I am happy he is committed to Davis Cup, because these days they have so many other options.”

Centrelink consultancy spend in spotlight

Posted on 03/18/2019

The government is under fire for paying a US firm $430,000 to improve Centrelink call centres.The Turnbull government is under fire for handing over $430,000 to an American consultancy firm for ideas about resolving problems with Centrelink call centres.
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Centrelink telephone services have attracted sustained criticism in recent years, with more than 55 million calls met with an engaged tone in the past financial year.

Telephone wait times also ballooned over the year, with people calling the welfare agency waiting on average 15 minutes and 44 seconds to speak with someone.

Pressure on the system prompted the federal government to team up with outsourcing group Serco late last year to help operate the service, taking on an extra 250 staff to cut through the backlog of calls.

Now, in a development first reported by The Guardian, the federal government has brought in a foreign consultant to improve the call centre’s operations.

The contract was awarded on a limited tender to US-based consultancy Brad Cleveland Company LLC for $430,000.

Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood described the spend as an outrageous waste.

“This is an absolutely outrageous amount to spend for this American consultant to tell us what any Centrelink call centre worker or customer already knows,” Ms Flood told AAP.

“DHS desperately needs more permanent staff to provide the service standards that ns need and deserve.”

Labor human services spokeswoman Linda Burney said throwing money at consultants and outsourcing groups would not fix the problems at Centrelink.

“Turnbull cut 1200 jobs from Centrelink at last year’s budget, and unanswered calls doubled to 55 million,” Ms Burney said.

“Centrelink needs permanent, full-time staff, who are qualified and familiar with the often complex issues facing ns who require income support.”

However, Human Services Minister Michael Keenan said the coalition was cleaning up a mess created by Labor.

“The previous Labor government slashed the department’s average staffing level and caused call-wait times to balloon,” Mr Keenan said.

“The coalition government is investing in major business and IT projects to modernise services, making it easier for people to interact with the department.”

Unique Victorian property ready for restoration in Kangaroo Flat

Posted on 03/18/2019

Unique Victorian property ready for restoration HISTORIC: Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867. New owners Joanne Mananis and Michael Bonavita plan to restore the property.
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Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

TweetFacebookJoanne Mananis and her husband Michael Bonavita looked all over Victoria for a unique property.

They found 12 Weir Court in Kangaroo Flat –a historic site known as Hope Park that was designed and built by Scottish immigrant architect David Weir in 1867.

The stone house was built with stone quarried from the site and, prior to Joanne and Michael buying it, had been in one family’s hands for more than 110 years.

“We walked through the first time and knew it was really special,” Joanne said.

“It’s nice that it has been in one family for so long. We love the area and feel very fortunate to have the house.”

Hope Park is an orne-style cottage that has an L-shaped plan, steeply pitched roofs, stone or masonry drip mouldings, prominent chimneys andcanted bay windows in the projecting wings.

Asa geologist, the stone and rock design appealed to Joanne.

“It has a beautiful European feel. I like to work with stone,” she said.

“We settle in about a month and are planning to move and do as much restoration as we can ourselves.

“It’s going to be a labour of love. When you do the work yourself, you really care about it and do it well.”

Joanne said the restoration will be a project that the couple will slowly complete over a number of years.

“We want to make it look nice in the gardens andmaintain the unique features inside but modernise it a little bit,” she said.

“We won’tchange to much about it. The walls are made of stone so we can’t knock down too many of those but rooms nice and large.

“Hopefully we can have an open house and garden in years to come. It’s nice that people are interestedin that sort of history.”

When shopping for their new home Joanne and Michael weren’t necessarily looking at Bendigo.

“We were looking all over Victoria for a unique property and found this online. We loved the whole design and structure with the stone,” Joanne said.

“There is also a nice community feel in Bendigo. It really ticked all the boxes.”

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A-League rivals unhappy at Roar’s FFA coup

Posted on 03/18/2019

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says Pedj Radinovic will play a big part in the team’s set-up.Brisbane Roar have scored a massive off-field advantage after recruiting former FFA employee Pedj Radinovic as their new football director in a move that has irritated rival A-League clubs.
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Coach John Aloisi said it was a “massive plus” that the embattled Roar were able to snare the unheralded Radinovic as a replacement for the departing Craig Moore.

Radinovic will start work next month and bring with him an enviable amount of inside information from FFA having worked there for the past six years, most recently as compliance manager.

Not only does he have an intimate knowledge of all relevant rules and regulations, he was in charge of A-League salary cap reporting and policing – meaning he has seen almost every contract in the competition and is aware of what players are earning.

It’s understood other teams are unhappy that the Roar will benefit from that influx of FFA intellectual property, but have largely given the hard-working and well-respected Radinovic their blessing in his new endeavour.

Brisbane have 17 senior players coming off contract and will be a big player in the end-of-season transfer market.

“I’m sure he’ll have his hands full once he does come in because there’s a few contracts that are up and also, we have to plan for next season,” Aloisi told reporters on Saturday.

“We have to make sure we build a squad that we believe is going to win it. That’s our goal.

“He’s going to be very important for us, Pedj.

“He’s going to be great support for myself and the football department but also the club, because his work ethic is second to none. He’s passionate about the game.”

One of the first players Radinovic will speak to when he arrives in Brisbane is left-back Corey Brown, the reigning club champion who has attracted strong interest from Melbourne Victory.

“I’ve been at the club for seven years, I’ve grown up in Brisbane. I love the club immensely,” Brown said.

“Obviously if that’s an option, I’d love to (stay). We’ll see what happens. I just leave all that talk to my agent.”

Further changes to the Roar’s football department are likely, with a new physiotherapist having recently started following a review of the club’s fitness and medical operations.

PM to meet Trump and address US governors

Posted on 03/18/2019

Malcolm Turnbull will meet with US President Donald Trump next month to talk economic growth.Malcolm Turnbull will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and address a conference of American governors when he visits the United States later this month.
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The prime minister will sit down with Mr Trump on February 23 to talk terrorism, economic growth and expanding security and defence co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The United States is ‘s most important ally,” Mr Turnbull said in a statement.

“And there is more we can do to strengthen our partnership and drive economic growth and prosperity across the region.”

It’s expected Mr Turnbull will also raise the issue of the US taking part in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership, after Mr Trump signalled he could re-engage in the trade pact if it was in his nation’s interests.

“President Trump looks forward to further enhancing our partnership and alliance, and demonstrating our shared commitment to the democratic values that underpin peace and prosperity around the world,” Mr Trump’s press secretary said in a statement.

The prime minister will also deliver a keynote speech to the National Governors Association, which is partnering with the n embassy in Washington.

“This is consistent with our objective of deepening engagement with the US at all levels of government,” Mr Turnbull said.

The White House also flagged a celebration of “100 years of mateship through war, peace, and prosperity, charting the course for the coming century of partnership”.

Confirmation of the visit came 12 months after details of a robust phone call between the two leaders was leaked to US media.

The Washington Post reported at the time Mr Trump claimed the refugee resettlement deal struck with Barack Obama was “the worst deal ever”.

However, the US president later honoured the agreement.

The leaders held a face-to-face meeting in New York in May, at which Mr Trump declared he and Mr Turnbull “get along great”.

BBL finalists welcome back key players

Posted on 03/18/2019

D’Arcy Short will be released from the n Twenty20 squad to play in the BBL final.BBL grand finalists Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes have praised as common sense the release of some n players for the tournament decider.
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Strikers captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey and Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short fly to Adelaide on Sunday, in time to play in the BBL finale.

The trio have been granted a release from the n Twenty20 squad in Sydney, in a move welcomed by Hobart skipper George Bailey and Strikers vice-captain Colin Ingram.

“You just want your best players playing so it’s great for both teams and great for the tournament,” Bailey told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

“As players, if we want top be winning a tournament, we want to be winning against the absolute best.

“And you want to be playing in the best possible team you can, so it’s a great compromise.”

Adelaide’s Head was his side’s match-winner in a white-knuckle last-ball semi-final win against Melbourne Renegades on Friday night.

Head cracked 85 from 57 balls and then flew to Sydney to rejoin the n T20 squad – but he won’t play in the tri-series opener against New Zealand on Saturday.

Head will fly back to Adelaide with Carey and Short for the grand final, which starts at 4.30pm AEDT.

“It’s just another big confidence boost going into the grand final,” Ingram told reporters on Saturday.

“Getting a couple of players back is great for the group. Everyone is in the best space we have been in through the season.”

But Adelaide will be without their legspinning trumpcard Rashid Khan, who flew out of Adelaide on Saturday to join his Afghanistan teammates for a series against Zimbabwe.

Rashid took 18 wickets – the equal-most in the competition – and conceded the least runs per over of any bowler.

“Someone should have just hid his passport away, to be honest,” Ingram said.

“He has been a great contributor for us .. he’s a wholehearted cricketer and it’s obviously sad to see him go.”

Fellow leggie Liam O’Connor, who hasn’t played all tournament, is in the frame to replace Rashid.

“We have been planning for it for a number of weeks,” Ingram said.

“Liam has been preparing for this game … he’s an exciting spinner so if he gets a chance, I’m looking forward to seeing him bowl.”

Lucy Gichuhi steps out as Liberal senator

Posted on 02/18/2019

Senator Lucy Gichuhi’s defection has secured an essential upper house vote for the government.South n senator Lucy Gichuhi has given the Turnbull government a handy boost ahead of parliament’s return by joining the Liberal Party.
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The surprise move eases the coalition’s pain in the Senate, reducing the size of the crossbench and boosting its numbers to 30.

The Kenyan-born crossbencher, who was catapulted into federal parliament to replace disqualified Family First senator Bob Day, hit the streets with senior South n Liberal Simon Birmingham on Saturday.

Senator Gichuhi said learning from Liberal politicians over the past nine months had convinced her to join the party.

“For me, this is an opportunity to learn how to serve South ,” she told reporters in Adelaide.

“I have been a student – I mean literally, a student – learning from parliamentarians because as you may all know I’m not coming from a political background.”

Senator Gichuhi said Liberal Party values closely aligned with her own core beliefs.

Senator Birmingham said his party’s new recruit would help the Liberals connect with communities from a broad diversity of views and backgrounds.

“This is a wonderful testament to the fact that we have, over the last year, worked co-operatively with Lucy in the Senate and here in South to build a strong relationship,” he said.

“I am confident that in Canberra Lucy will be a strong advocate for South and for Liberal values, and that here in South , Lucy will continue to be a hard-working senator.”

The government will now require the votes of nine of 11 crossbenchers to pass legislation opposed by Labor and the Greens, rather than 10 of 12.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is ecstatic about the surprise manoeuvre, which comes days before parliament’s first sitting day for the year on Monday.

“She is a true n success story and we are honoured that she has chosen to join the Liberal Party,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Lucy’s values are fundamentally Liberal values; freedom of choice, conscience, thought and belief, a fair go, mutual obligation and contributing to society.”

Senator Gichuhi took Bob Day’s seat following a vote recount after he was ruled ineligible to stand for election.

She then quit Family First after it merged with the n Conservatives.

Her defection is another boost for Mr Turnbull after the resignation of Labor MP David Feeney who was unable to prove he was no longer a British citizen.

The Greens are a big chance to win the by-election in Mr Feeney’s Melbourne seat of Batman, which would give the government some breathing space in the lower house where it currently holds a one-seat majority.