Player claims Muswellbrook’s $1.3m Saturday Lotto prize

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AFTER five days, a NSW Lotteries player has come forward to claim the $1.3m prize from Saturday Lotto $20 Million Superdraw that was won with an entry bought from Muswellbrook’s Southside Newsagency.

The 36-game QuickPick entry won Muswellbrook’s newest millionaire a division one prize of $1,333,333.34.

But, just who exactly landed the windfall will remain a mystery, as the winner has spoken to NSW Lotteries in secret to claim their cash bonanza.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Matt Hart said while all Saturday Lotto customers dreamt of becoming an overnight millionaire, the winning Muswellbrook ticket had made that dream a reality for another player this week.

“We speak with winners every day and while most winners dream of winning big, many don’t ever expect it will happen to them,” he said.

“In fact since July 1 this year, there have already been 77 division one winning entries purchased by NSW Lotteries customers – that’s a lot of winning smiles on the faces of players.”

The division one winning entry was purchased from Southside Newsagency in Maitland Road.

Southside Newsagency owner Pankaj Monga said the store was excited that it had sold a division one winning ticket.

“Congratulations to the winner! It’s great that our missing millionaire has come forward to claim their prize,” he said.

“We’ve been really busy this week with a lot of people coming into the store to check their tickets because they had heard that we’d sold a division one winning entry.”

NSW Lotteries reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Players Club Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.

Ninja Warriors get a grip in Newcastlevideos, photos

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Ninja Warriors get a grip in Newcastle | videos, photos NEW CHALLENGE: Snowboarder Stephanie Magiros, who competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, races at Ninja Parc Cooks Hill on Thursday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

BALANCING ACT: Elite competitor Josh O’Sullivan warms up before Thursday night’s race.

HANGING TOUGH: Newcastle teenager Xanthea Vazey.

Stephanie Magiros

Tommy Leung

April Mutton

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Gemma Rolfe

Elite competitors warm up.

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Elite winner Josh Gray on the podium.

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Some of the competitors from that series, including former army fitness instructor Michael Gleeson, flexed their muscles at Ninja Park Cooks Hill, formerly known as Howzat, on Thursday.

14-year-old Xanthea Vazey shows how it’s doneAlso competing was Olympic snowboarder and former gymnast Stephanie Magiros, of Sydney, and Newcastle bouldering youth national titleholder Ben Abel.

But 24-year-old Josh Gray upstaged them all, completing the Ninja Parc in three minutes and 22 seconds.

Also on the podium in the elite category were two bolters from Cardiff, 30-year-old rigger and vegetarian Reuban Keeley and 26-year-old gymnastics and fitness instructor Ryan Phillips.

Kotara High student Xanthea Vazey, 14, who trains six times a week at Pulse Climbing, was second against a field of adult men and women in the open category.

Ninja Parc regular April Mutton was third, behind winner Matt Turner.

Stephanie Magiros conquers an obstacle.“I’ve pushed myself as a snowboarder,I’ve pushed myself as a gymnast, and now I get to push myself as a ninja,” Magiros said.

Gray took home a cheque for $1000 in what Ninja Parc managing director John Pirlo said would be the first of many races at the venue.

Man jailed for 11 months after bashing a kangaroo to death in Bunbury

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A man was jailed for 11 months after bashing a kangaroo in near Bunbury. Photo: ABC NewsA man who brutally bashed a kangaroo to death with a crowbar with another man near Bunbury will spend almost a year behind bars.

Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis, who represented themselves in court, both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday to ill-treatment of an animal, according to the ABC.

Mr House was jailed for 11 months’ while Jarvis was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

It’s believed to be the first ever jail sentence for someone charged with animal cruelty in WA.

The court was shown confronting video footage of the kangaroos’ death in June 2015, which police found on a computer after raiding a home on an unrelated matter.

The video showed the two men and a dog collaring the kangaroo into a dam before House strikes the roo with a crowbar before dragging the animal’s lifeless body from the dam.

Magistrate Evan Shackleton said House struck the first blow to the kangaroo and instructed Jarvis to join in, according to the ABC.

“Sneak out to it man, as soon as it lunges ‘boosh’, take ya thongs off,” House can be heard yelling to Jarvis.

House told the court he killed the kangaroo for food because he had fallen on hard times and used the metal bar because his gun license was confiscated two years earlier.

“I tried to put out the roo in the most humanely way I could,” House told the court.

The magistrate disagreed with House claiming there were “large elements of animal cruelty”.

“In my view, you were having fun tormenting that kangaroo,” he said.

RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran told the ABC it was it was “incredibly rare” for someone to be given a jail term for animal cruelty.

“I can’t think of a time in recent years and decades where this has occurred,” Mr van Ooran said.

“This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty … it was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal, behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.

“It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.”


Racing: Bjorn Baker breaking the rules but confident Songlike can measure up

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Bjorn Baker doesn’t make a habit of starting off his two-year-olds in group 2s but he admitted Songlike will have more of a chance of winning Saturday’s Sweet Embrace Stakes than she would have had at Rosehill on Wednesday.

Baker has an opinion of the Your Song filly but after watching Limbo Soul land a plonk from $26 to $3.20 in the race he had originally targeted for her on debut, he was glad he waited until Saturday.

“Songlike was second emergency for that race, so we decided to wait rather than see if she would get a run on Wednesday. It might be a good thing we did, because the winner looked very good,” Baker said. “If she got beaten in a maiden it would have taken away some of my confidence.

“We have a filly that has impressed us at both her trials and there is good and bad things about jumping in at the deep end.

“We are going to find out very quickly where she stands and at this time of year that means she could put herself into the bigger races. If she wins she is in the Slipper,” the trainer said.

“But you are always worried about overestimating her ability.”

Songlike had to chase Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign in her first barrier trial and although beaten by nine lengths by the flying filly on February 7, she had the others covered and then won her second trial a week later.

“It’s not often you get beaten by nine lengths in a barrier trial and come away happy, and think ‘I have a nice horse’,” Baker said. “She had six [lengths] on the rest of them and what impressed me was she was holding her own on She Will Reign in the straight.

“It was really like she won the trial because the other filly was so far in front she was in a different postcode. She came out and won her next trial, which just confirmed what I thought.”

Jason Collett was in the saddle for both trials and shares Baker’s high hopes.

“I really like her. She does things right,” Collett said. “It is a big step first-up but she is talented. We will find out how talented on Saturday.”

Baker’s confidence is shared by the Ladbrokes punters, who have supported her on debut as a $5.50 third pick behind Exceeds at $4.60 and the unbeaten Teaspoon at $4.80.

“I really think she is a good filly but I’m breaking a few rules with her on Saturday. It is mainly due to there being no other options with her,” Baker said.

“I think she is going to be competitive across the carnival and a race like the Percy Skyes at The Championship is something we have in mind.”

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Brumbies to blood seven new players against Crusaders

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Wharenui Hawera (right) will start at flyhalf for the Brumbies. Photo: Jay Cronan Chris Alcock will replace David Pocock as the Brumbies’ No. 7. Photo: Karleen Minney
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ACT Brumbies captain Sam Carter has backed the team’s new faces to handle a Canterbury Crusaders onslaught in a daunting Super Rugby initiation on Saturday.

The Brumbies will throw seven club rookies into a Christchurch cauldron for the first game of the season and an attempt to break a 17-year drought against the Crusaders.

New Zealand-born duo Nic Mayhew and Wharenui Hawera will start at loosehead prop and flyhalf respectively while Chris Alcock, Kyle Godwin, De Wet Roos, Lolo Fakaosilea and Isaac Thompson are also part of the travelling group.

The Brumbies have lost more than 500 Super Rugby caps of experience in the off-season after some star departures, but Carter says a new breed is ready to stand tall.

“We’ll look to our experienced guys and leaders in the team to step up,” Carter said.

“I think we’ve got five or six Wallabies in our starting pack so they need to step up and show the way for the team.

“There’s are a lot of blokes who got experience last year and came through really well. We’re feeling confident in what we do and what we’ve got out on the park.”

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham will lean on the experience of his Wallabies players as the team targets its first win since 2000 against the Crusaders in New Zealand.

Jordan Smiler will start at No. 8 while former Western Force and NSW Waratahs flanker Alcock has the job of filling the hole left by superstar David Pocock.

But the halves combination of Joe Powell and Hawera has played just a handful of minutes together and have a total tally of 11 games between them. All of those games rest with Powell.

Hawera, 23, joined the Brumbies just two months ago after the club went searching for a new flyhalf when Christian Lealiifano was diagnosed with leukaemia.

“He came just to purely trial with us and we ended up offered him a contract,” Larkham said.

“He played the two trial matches and I thought he played exceptionally well. He found good combination and steered the team around the park really well.

“His skillset is exactly what we need. You expect your [scrumhalf and flyhalf] to be challenged in defence every week, but they’re good defenders.

“We’ve looked a bit of footage [of the Crusaders] and we’re well aware they like to come down that challenge. We’ll be ready for that.”

Injuries ruined Scott Sio and Jarrad Butler’s hopes of playing in the Super Rugby season, but their absence has opened the door for a new breed of Brumbies.

Scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli will miss at least the first four months of the season while winger Lausii Taliauli won’t play a game in 2017 after having a knee reconstruction.

“There were a lot of tough decisions in this first team,” Larkham said.

“Some guys were disappointed, but there is a Brumby Runners game this weekend so they will get some good game time.

“All of the guys know how to play rugby … this is just another game. We feel these guys add to that combination, that’s why we have full confidence in them.

“Maybe a few people will write us off. But internally, we’re going about business as though we’re ready to play.”

Mayhew, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Auckland Blues in 2015, faces a baptism of fire against All Blacks prop Owen Franks.

“Nic’s an excellent scrummager, he’s got great awareness of where he needs to be on the field so his understanding of rugby is good coming out of the New Zealand system,” Larkham said.

“He’s a top-notch scrummager and we pride ourselves on set piece. He fits into the mould of loosehead prop perfectly.”


Saturday: Canterbury Crusaders v ACT Brumbies at Christchurch, 5.30pm. TV time: Live on Fox Sports 1.

Brumbies team: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. James Dargaville, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Jordan Smiler, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Scott Fardy. 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Scott Sio. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Lolo Fakaosilea, 21. De Wet Roos, 22. Andrew Smith, 23. Isaac Thompson.

Crusaders team: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Scott Barrett, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Whetu Douglas, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 15. Israel Dagg. Reserves: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Ereatari Enari, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. David Havili (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook苏州夜场招聘/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Brumbies Rugby 2017

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Pope Francis’s commission members say the church is ‘struggling’ on child safety responsibilities

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Struggling: The Vatican. Two members of Pope Francis’s commission on child protection have told a royal commission hearing that the church is “struggling to come to terms with the safety of children and its responsibilities in that area”. THE Catholic Church is a world organisation“struggling to come to terms with the safety of children and its responsibilities in that area”, two members of Pope Francis’s child protection commission told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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“I think the Pope does understand the seriousness of it and I think there are many other leaders who do, but I think that the organisation, with the leadership that it has, there are some people struggling to come to terms with it,” psychiatrist and Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors member Baroness Sheila Hollins told the royal commission on Thursday.

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Baroness Hollins and papal commission member Bill Killgallon told the royal commission they were under-resourced, under-staffed and had not seen evidence of research-based decision-making in the global church on issues relating to child sexual abuse.

“It seems to me that you’ve had a very systematic, well thought out program and you’ve commissioned research widely into some really important topics,” Mr Killgallon told the royal commission at the 16th, and final, public hearing into the Catholic Church.

“We as a commission can follow that example.”

A recent example of the church making decisions directly related to child sexual abuse involved whether child sex offenders within religious orders should be kept within communities or not, Mr Killgallon said.

“As far as I can see, there’s no evidence base for taking a decision on that. There has been no research that I’m aware of as to whether sending people –detaching them from the community or keeping them in community –whether one works better than the other,” he said.

Commissioner Andrew Murray told Baroness Hollins he was “not yet convinced” of the church’s ability to change the “culture of secrecy and concealment” that led to a global child sexual abuse tragedy.

“Overcoming a culture like that is a massive enterprise,” Mr Murray said.

Baroness Hollins, whose career as a psychiatrist has concentrated on the sexual abuse of adults and children with intellectual disabilities, agreed that to change that kind of church culture was “really, really difficult”.

Papal commission members believed “very strongly” that the church should pay for its work and “we shouldn’t beraising money from outside or from philanthropy, that we should be looking to the church to fund it”.

“But trying to work out what we need to have in place in order to be able to have the influence that we need is quite difficult,” she said.

“We’ve been trying to establish relationships and trying to understand how things are done within what is essentially an Italian kind of organisation.

“When we see the organisation and the competencies involved in the n royal commission, we don’t have that level of support.”

Papal commission member Baroness Sheila Hollins

Royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan told the papal commission members that “we see the work that you’re doing as a very important part of the church’s response, which of course will assist the church to perhaps come to terms with the recommendations we will make in due course”.

“Insofar as this commission has identified…real change will only occur, as we understand the process, if it’s coming from Rome,” Justice McClellan said.

He asked Baroness Hollins why the papal commission couldn’t “go to the Pope and say ‘We don’t have the resources we need to effectively carry out our work’?”

Baroness Hollins replied: “I think that may well be something that we will be wanting to feed back to him when we complete our review that we’re undergoing at the moment. We’re looking at the future of the commission at our next meeting.”

Racing: Blue Diamond has come a along way since being in shadow of Golden Slipper

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Ciaron Maher’s Jukebox (front) is a contender in this year’s Blue Diamond. Photo: Vince CaligiuriIn the late 1960s racing powerbrokers and influential breeders decided that Victoria needed a high profile and strong two-year-old race to combat the increasing notoriety of the Golden Slipper Stakes, which was gathering nearly as much momentum as the Melbourne Cup.
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Respected racing executives and breeders could see that without a flagship juvenile race the focus of two-year-old racing would continue to drift into NSW.

After some frank discussions and heavy lobbying, the Blue Diamond Stakes, complete with a sparkling diamond, arrived on Victorian Racing fixtures in 1971.

Like all major races that were newly gazetted, every heavyweight stable in wanted to be part of it.

In 1971 it seemed only appropriate that Victoria’s leading trainer of juveniles, Angus Armanasco, should be successful with his speedy colt, Tolerance.

A year later Tommy Smith brought his outstanding grey two-year-old John’s Hope to Melbourne and he comfortably had the measure of the Victorian two-year-olds, which had some locals gnashing their teeth at the intrusion of interstate stables so early in the Diamond’s history.

In 1973 the race was beginning to gain valuable traction in the media when the Flemington-prepared youngster New Gleam was pitted against arguably one of the fastest two-year-olds to come out of Adelaide, War Talk.

Since War Talk went within one-hundredth of a second of smashing the five furlong Moonee Valley record, War Talk and New Gleam took on the guise of a match race.

And they successfully managed to take oxygen away from the Golden Slipper.

New Gleam gained the upper hand in the closing stages to win the race in 1973. Tragically, War Talk was floated to Randwick and just a week before the Slipper shattered his knee and had to be euthanised.

It’s said that the death of War Talk affected trainer Colin Hayes deeply, as he maintained the youngster was the fastest horse he’d ever had on his Lindsay Park establishment.

In 1975 Bart Cummings captured his first Diamond when Lord Dudley came from well back to win. Twelve months later Hayes opened his Blue Diamond account, and his family would go on to win the group 1 event eight times.

However, in 1985 the publicity machine that now surrounded the race appeared to falter following the Diamond of that year.

A young Ballarat trainer, Robert Smerdon, won the race with his speedy Let’s Get Physical, but the performance of the second placegetter, Acumen, overshadowed the post-race publicity.

The VATC had invited world champion jockey Lester Piggott to and he picked up the plumb ride on the Geoff Murphy-trained Acumen.

Let’s Get Physical went straight to the lead while Acumen went back through the field and ran to the outside rail before balancing up and being narrowly beaten.

Murphy, who was never tolerant of a poor ride in the smallest of races, had to be restrained when making his way to the mounting yard.

“They kept telling me that he’s the f—–g best jockey in the world and he steers it like that,” Murphy yelled as horses returned to the mounting yard.

“How did I ever fall for this bloke. He must have given the leader 20 lengths start and that’s including going via platform three at Caulfield Station.

“He must be joking.”

It was all just part of Blue Diamond history.

Since then the race has still managed to uncover brilliant two-year-olds who went on to reshape the breeding industry of , including Redoute’s Choice and many other youngsters who underpinned the pedigrees of some of ‘s finest families, and it’s share of dramas.

Golden Slipper hope Menari repays George Altomonte’s faith

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Slipper type: Menari won on debut at Randwick in Janaury. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州夜总会招聘.auWizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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Even before Menari got to Gerald Ryan’s yard, he had big raps on him. So much so that he didn’t even make it to the sales yard.

From the Golden Slipper nursery of Corumbene Stud, the Snitzel colt was supposed to go to the Magic Millions sale last year. With a good page and outstanding conformation, he would have been expected to bring north of $500,000.

“Then two weeks out we got the X-rays and there were a couple of little faults, little issues,” owner George Altomonte said. “It would have been enough of a knock on him for him not to sell well.

“There was nothing we could do about it. We decided that he was such a nice colt we would keep him at the farm.

“He had a big stride and was comparable to Sebring, but I think a better type.

“You don’t want to send a horse like him to the sale and get nothing for him. I didn’t want to do that to the horse, so we decided to keep him.”

It was a big decision not to cash him in but since he arrived on the track at Randwick on Magic Millions day, it has proven a wise decision.

Menari scored a strong win on debut then never got a clear crack in the Canonbury Stakes until inside the final furlong when a fast-closing second to Pariah after going back to last.

He arrives in the Skyline Stakes as favourite and the leading colt in Golden Slipper betting.

“You saw what happened last time, we never got to see the best of him because he was blocked for a run,” trainer Gerald Ryan said. “When he got clear he was very strong.

“He has done well since and I just want him to get a clear run on Saturday to show what he can do.”

Tm Clark will replace Josh Parr in the saddle for the Skyline and Ryan will be hoping the inside draw doesn’t count against Menari again and he can win his way to the Golden Slipper.

If he does, he will only be living up to the opinion Corumbene stud master Toby Frazer had of him.

“I know a couple of blokes at another farm that have got $151 about him in the Slipper after listening to Toby,” Ryan said.

Corumbene has produced a couple of Slipper winners in Sebring and Overreach while Frazer has also been a part of the early development of Marauding and Burst, but he has always been of the opinion that this colt was better than all of them.

“He is at the top of the tree,” Frazer said. “He didn’t have the X-rays to go with it but he just needed time.

“If we had him in [at the] Easter [sales] he might have been OK but he was a great colt to have, an outstanding colt.

“He has just kept improving with everything he did and I would have been disappointed if he didn’t do what he has already done.

“He was just a lovely horse from the time he was on the ground. You get a bit biased when we rear these horses but he has always been special.

“I’m not going on Saturday but I will be there for the Golden Slipper if he is there because that’s where I thought he would be.”

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Head knock rules out Foley for Tahs opener, Hegarty to start

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The Waratahs’ round one ambitions have taken a hit after Test No.10 Bernard Foley was ruled out with ongoing concussion symptoms.
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Bryce Hegarty will take over at five-eighth against the Western Force on Saturday after Foley failed to pass mandatory head injury assessment protocols this week, with David Horwitz coming onto the bench.

Coach Daryl Gibson said his regular No.10 was still experiencing dizziness and did not pass a computer-based cognitive test after taking a head knock in the Waratahs’ trial match against the Highlanders a week ago, but would still travel to South Africa with the team for their round two and three games.

Gibson backed Foley’s replacement, Hegarty, who joined the Waratahs at the start of last year but suffered a season-ending knee injury.

“The reason we recruited Bryce in the first instance was because of his experience, the number of years he’s played down at the Rebels,” Gibson said.

“We get an excellent replacement, someone who can really step in and run the show, without skipping much of a beat.”

Hegarty played 33 Super Rugby games for the Rebels at fullback and five-eighth before signing with NSW at the end of 2015.

Second rower Ned Hanigan was also scratched from the line up with a knee problem. Dave McDuling comes on to the bench in his place.

Gibson said losing a Wallabies playmaker was “never great” but backed the squad’s depth to get the job done against the Force at Allianz Stadium.

“It’s never great but if you’re going to win this competition you’ve got to have a good squad adn have faith in that squad,” he said.

“We’ve been practising for the last month without him, for these moments, so I think we’re well-prepared.”

Waratahs team (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Rob Horne, Irae Simone, Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Andrew Kellaway.

Reserves (one to be omitted): Hugh Roach, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, Ned Hanigan, Brad Wilkin, Matt Lucas, Taqele Naiyaravoro, David Horwitz.

Spaghetti legs steps up after Foley blow threatens NSW

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Time to shine: Bryce Hegarty will start at No.10 in place of Bernard Foley. Photo: Ben HolgateHis coach concedes he has no rights to be playing rugby with legs like that, but that hasn’t stopped Bryce “Fettuccine” Hegarty getting the tick of approval to start in the coveted NSW No.10 jersey on Saturday night.
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With Wallabies No.10 Bernard Foley battling concussion symptoms, Hegarty has been handed the playmaking duties in the Waratahs’ season-opener against the Force at Allianz Stadium.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said the “unusual player”, who spent three seasons with the Rebels before moving to Sydney, was hugely popular within the squad, not least because of his unlikely build.

“The reason he’s so popular is because he shouldn’t be playing No.10 – or rugby – in a really nice way,” Gibson said.

“We call him ‘Fettuccine’, which is a reference to his legs, because they’re like spaghetti in that they look like they’re going to fall off at any moment.

“But he can play the game, he’s got wonderful game sense, a good skill-set and an excellent rugby brain. That’s the thing that attracts me to him, he gets the game, he’s a rugby player. While he doesn’t have all the talents in the world he utilises every ounce of them.”

Hegarty signed with the Waratahs ahead of the 2016 season but spent most of the year on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in March. Foley’s extended absence during the pre-season after a gruelling Test calendar last year allowed the Brisbane-born playmaker some solid playing time.

Gibson said while losing a Test No.10 was a setback on the eve of the new Super Rugby season, he had complete faith in Foley’s understudy.

“It’s never great but if you’re going to win this competition you’ve got to have a good squad and have faith in that squad,” he said.

“We’ve been practising for the last month without him [Foley], for these moments, so I think we’re well-prepared.”

Foley was injured during the Waratahs’ trial match against the Highlanders last week and has been following concussion protocols to determine his return to play. Gibson revealed the 27-year-old was still having dizzy spells and had not passed a computer-based cognitive assessment, but would travel with the team to South Africa for their games in rounds two and three.

It is an undeniable blow for the 2014 Super Rugby champions, who take a young squad into the new season and will be relying on their experienced big names. Young second-rower Ned Hanigan was also scratched from the bench after suffering a hamstring injury, with Dave McDuling filling his spot.

The Waratahs will still pack plenty of firepower into their back line, however. Israel Folau and new recruit Irae Simone are lining up in midfield, with Reece Robinson and veteran utility Rob Horne on the wings and Andrew Kellaway at fullback.

They will come up against a lower-profile but no less exciting back line from the Western Force, with Sydney-raised former Gloucester centre Bill Meakes teaming up with former NRL winger Curtis Rona, and Wallabies outside back Dane Haylett-Petty at fullback.

Kellaway said he expected more creativity from the Force this year under head coach Dave Wessels.

“They’re going to have a crack … you’ve got [Rona] from rugby league, it will be great to see what he does, and he’s up against Izzy [Folau], so hopefully the rain stays away,” he said.

In Foley’s absence, Hegarty and Robinson would potentially share the goal kicking duties, Gibson said. The Waratahs’ territory game will also be put under the microscope after the Highlanders heaped pressure on the hosts with a succession of high balls last week.

Waratahs team (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Rob Horne, Irae Simone, Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Andrew Kellaway.

Reserves (one to be omitted): Hugh Roach, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Brad Wilkin, Matt Lucas, Taqele Naiyaravoro, David Horwitz.

Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman’s 10-year association sealed with a Winx

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Chris Waller, Hugh Bowman and Winx. It is a combination that is becoming as familiar to n sports fans as Newcombe and Roche, Lillee and Marsh or Lewis and Langer.

As the superstar mare heads to her 15th successive win and her 10th group 1 in Saturday’s Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick, the latest dominant combination of the turf can look back at the milestones she has given them.

Before Winx arrived, Waller and Bowman were outstanding in their fields but lacked a “major” to join the elite. Winx gave them that with her first Cox Plate, and the Apollo Stakes win to start this preparation chalked up 250 wins for trainer and jockey together.

“I didn’t think I would do that with a jockey in ,” Waller said. “It is something pretty special I guess.”

While Winx has taken the pair to another level in the past couple of years, it is an association that started when Waller came to Sydney.

“I always hoped I would be the main rider for a leading stable at some stage,” Bowman said. “I did it for Gai Waterhouse in my 20s and I thought that was going to be my stairway to heaven but that didn’t work out.

“Chris and myself have sort of evolved together. We had a lot of success prior [to Winx]. The relationship is more than 10 years now and we have had our differences at different stages.

“But I think ultimately we have a similar vision and the best interests of the horses at heart. That’s why it works.”

There is admiration between the two and a respect and confidence that comes from being the masters of their trade.

“I can put Hughie on a horse and have the upmost faith in his horsemanship, his will to win and his feedback post-race. And then we are capable of [having a] beer after the races,” Waller said.

“He is the last link in the chain that starts at 4am every morning and to have the upmost confidence in him is something I can’t quantify.”

Bowman and Waller are not yet at the stage of their career where they will look back. “We are still thinking forward, that is just the way it is,” Bowman said, but the Cox Plates have been landmarks in their careers.

“That was very satisfying, I felt I was missing that major win and to get it will be something I will alway remember,” Bowman said.

But to have a champion such as Winx is a completely different experience.

“It is like winning a Melbourne Cup, you want it but by working harder you aren’t going to get it. It is luck of the draw,” Bowman said. “I’m very grateful for Winx. It has been very fulfilling for me as a person and rider to be involved with a horse like her.”

Winx is a $1.10 favourite to take a second Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday and Waller and Bowman can find no chink in her armour.

“I think she has certainly come on from her first-up win [in the Apollo],” Bowman said. “She is certainly stronger in her work. She is a bit more relaxed in her demeanour. That suggests to me she is where she needs to be at this stage of her preparation.

“I was quite vocal in my thoughts that she was quite away from where she was leading into the Cox Plate [ahead of her first-up run] but I feel like she has really progressed since the Apollo Stakes.”

Waller has been happy with the progress in the 10 days since the Apollo Stakes as she steps out to the mile.

“Physically I couldn’t be happier with her. She has maintained her weight and she has the benefit of that race and race pressure,” Waller said. “She has probably muscled up and strengthened up a little bit more.

“I’m talking small quantities but at least she’s gradually heading forward and certainly maintaining her brilliance.”

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‘I rely on weekends to pay my bills’: How taking away Sunday penalty rates will hurt workers

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Caboolture hospitality worker Selina Young says she depends on weekend penalty rates to pay the bills. Photo: Lisa Maree WilliamsCaboolture hospitality worker Selina Young has been left wondering how she will pay her bills from July, after the Fair Work Commission decided on Thursday to slash her weekend and public holiday penalty rates.
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The FWC announced Sunday penalty rates for full- and part-time workers in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries would be slashed, in some cases, from double time to time-and-a-half.

Ms Young, who worked at the Caboolture RSL, faced a reduction in her Sunday penalty rates from 175 per cent to 150 per cent, with the pay decrease to come into effect from July.

She said while she was not surprised by the FWC’s decision, that did not make it any easier for her to swallow.

“You expect it, but you don’t want it,” Ms Young said.

“This will impact my finances quite a lot, because you don’t get a lot through the week when you’re working in this industry.

“I rely on my weekends to pay my bills, pay my rent and contribute to (buying) food.

“I sacrifice weekends with my husband so that we can afford to live, pretty much.”

Ms Young, 32, said she had been in the hospitality industry since she was 18 and it had always been a tough slog.

It was a hardship, Ms Young said, that would be lost on the Fair Work Commission.

“The ones who are calling the shots here don’t know what it’s like to work nights and weekends,” she said.

“They get to sit down for Sunday lunch with their family every week, while we miss out on all of this and we seem to be the ones who cop everything.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she knew how important penalty rates were for people who gave up their family time to work on a Sunday.

“I know that this has been a very vexed issue, people have very firm views on it but we have to accept the umpire’s decision,” she said.

But Queensland unions showed no sign of accepting the umpire’s decision in the immediate aftermath of the commission handing down its decision in Melbourne.

They marched in Brisbane to the commonwealth government offices in Eagle Street to protest the decision on Thursday morning. Marching down to offices of Qld LNP politicians allowing wages cut to #penaltyrates Brandis, Evans pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/2mPPSyVJap— QCU (@TheQCU) February 23, 2017

Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan said the FWC decision was a “game changer” for industrial relations in .

“The independent umpire makes decisions based on the rules they are given,” she said.

“These rules are contained in our laws. If it is possible that penalty rates can be cut, then it is clear these rules need to change.”

But Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland state advocacy manager Kate Whittle praised the FWC’s “common sense” approach.

“Today’s decision has not seen an abolishment of penalty rates altogether, but a more sensible approach to how penalty rates are applied so small and medium businesses can continue to thrive and employ,” she said.

Ms Whittle said the decision would allow many Queensland small businesses to employ more staff and give existing staff more hours.

“The policy behind penalty rates represented a failure to recognise the requirements of industries operating in the 24/seven economy, such as retail, tourism, accommodation, and hospitality,” she said.

“… Penalty rates are a drain on productivity and Queensland business competitiveness. Reform has been long overdue.

“Queensland businesses have resoundingly told us that they want a workplace relations framework that meets the needs of their contemporary workplaces and positively impacts on their productivity and competitiveness – and penalty rates were a top priority.

“The current penalty rates regime inhibits economic growth by providing a disincentive to employers from having longer trading hours or offering staff additional hours.”

Ms McLennan said there was “absolutely no evidence” reduced wages created more jobs.

“But we do know that it would be much harder for many families to pay their bills and put food on the table,” she said.

For Ms Young, the commission’s decision meant a potential re-evaluation.

“The problem is, you don’t earn enough money to study to get a different profession either, so you’re sort of trapped because you can’t afford to go anywhere else,” she said.

“I love my job, but I’m going to have to try to do something because you can barely survive now on a minimum wage job.

“It’s just too hard.”

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Phillip O’NeillWhat you can do to take the sting out of a very hot summer

13/04/2019 Posted by admin

BEAT THE HEAT: A lot of small changes around the house can make a world of difference in a hot summer. It’s one thing to bid good riddance to a very hot summer. But there are ways to make summer aseason to look forward to, without resorting to long days inside air-conditioned living rooms orexpeditions to air-conditioned shopping malls. Summer should be a time for relaxation andpleasure.
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We can start with making our homes perform better. Twelve months ago we decided to upgrade ourhouse so that it is cooler on hot days. Our belief is that large houses like ours on big blocks of landshould be comfortable all year round without need for air conditioning.

Our approach was to do a hundred things that made a difference. This summer we monitored ourinterventions. Rarely did the inside of the house top 24C. Even during that horror heatwaveearlier this month we stayed under 27C. By early evening we were enjoying – yes, enjoying –outside life on our verandas and in our garden.

Our list of renovations included some heavier hitting: whirlybirds on the roof and thicker ceilinginsulation. Then we added a vertical drop metal shutter on a large western window.

And there were smaller measures. Close fitting interior Holland blinds are cheap and effective. Weswapped two bulky heat-absorbing metal door and window frames for wooden varieties. Someirritating carpeted areas were stripped leaving a cool concrete slab which we covered in slate. Wefilled the verandas with large pots of flowers and herbs. A heat reflecting lawn area near the housewas allowed to grow a little wilder. We refreshed the kitchen and interior walls with lighter colours.

A fridge and a freezer and their ageing hot pump units were sent packing.

Throw in shorts, loose t-shirts, a very good iced-tea recipe from Spain, good books and a large jigsaw puzzle and our summer holidays were well spent.

Obviously not everyone has the house options we have. But everyone can benefit from better neighbourhood-scale adaptions to heat. There are lessonsfrom overseas cities – like Madrid – for coping with hot days, where good urban design meanspeople enjoy local parks and water bodies, outside-eateries, shady plazas and pathways.

There are lessons too from Canberra, of all places. We ventured to the national capital in the heat ofJanuary for a few days at the galleries. Each evening we walked to local high streets in Kingston andManuka. The footpaths are well kept and covered by tree canopies – not pruned to an inch of theirlives by power-line maintenance crews.

The shopping centres are clean with cared-for plant boxesand quality pavements meaning patrons don’t wrestle with unstable café tables and chairs. Sensibleliquor laws enable families to enjoy good food and a civilised drink at reasonable prices.

Fingers ofparkland invite strollers and their ice creams down to the edge of Lake Burley Griffin – an artificialwater body created by damming a small river, it is worth noting. In all, an otherwise hostile hotvalley a long way from the coast has been turned into a pleasant place to be in the middle ofsummer. Heat is sucked out of these Canberra neighbourhoods by the effects of many smallmeasures, most of them inexpensive.

Summer in has long been a time to be on the coast. For generations there has been plenty of beach to go around. Now, in a bigger growing , summer at the beach means expensiverentals or congested day trips. We need to appreciate life beyond the beach.

There are easy gains away from the air-con switch.

Phillip O’Neill is professor of economic geography at Western Sydney University.