North Queensland Cowboys end Parramatta Eels’ season, but Jason Taumalolo faces nervous wait

Cowboys end Eels’ season but Taumalolo faces nervous wait TweetFacebookPictures: AAPParramatta’s season is over, but perhaps so too is that of North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.

The Eels’ premiership drought will now stretch into a 32nd year after the Cowboys once again defied the odds to march to within one game of an unlikely grand final appearance. Whether Taumalolo will be part of the side that takes on the Roosters next weekend remains to be seen after he put a shoulder charge on opposing No.13 Nathan Brown.

The Cowboys have already progressed further than most expected without injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, but a suspension to Taumalolo would be a blow that perhaps even Paul Green’s men wouldn’t be able to recover from.

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The blue and golds came into the game as favourites after pushing Melbourne to the limit, but couldn’t reproduce that performance against the plucky side from Townsville.

The battle of the 13s was a ripper. The buy of the year against, to borrow a line from Billy Moore, the buy of the decade. Taumalolo and Nathan Brown were again among the best for their teams. They seemed to find each other on multiple occasions, although Taumalolo’s hit on Brown in the 29th minute didn’t appear a legal one. While the whistleblowers took no action, replays appeared to show a copybook shoulder charge. It will be a nervous wait for ‘JT’ and his side.

Taumalolo again ran for more than 200 metres. Tackling him is often an exercise in futility. Just ask Daniel Alvaro. The Parramatta forward was a tad lucky to be playing after throwing a reckless elbow against the Storm. Luck deserted him when he got his head in the wrong spot trying to stop ‘JT’. He knocked himself out just five minutes into the game and didn’t return.

The match also marks perhaps the last for in the NRL for Semi Radradra. He will leave the game not only as the pre-eminent winger but also its most dangerous player. His latest try, the 82nd of his short but eventful career in the 13-man code, was a cracker. When Te Maire Martin put up an attacking crossfield kick, it would have been a Cowboys try had one of his teammates come down with it. Instead, Radradra leapt above the pack, marked it like he was playing at the adjoining Spotless Stadium, and ended up putting the ball under the posts 100 metres upfield. When he is in one of these moods, there is no stopping him.

Radradra has the No.2 on his back, but couldn’t be confined to the sideline. There were times when he was playing in the centres, while on other occasions he was pushing forwards out of the way in the middle of the field. Toulon have got themselves a special buy indeed.

While he can score them, so too can opposing wingerflanker Kyle Feldt. His put-down – fighting the sideline, the cover defence and gravity- was just as spectacular.

The Cowboys’ third try could well have been the eight-point variety. Microseconds after Coen Hess put down the ball, Eels hooker Cameron King cleaned him up with a late hit. The visitors took umbrage, players ran in from everywhere and punches were thrown. Officials decided not to give Ethan Lowe an additional shot at goal.

This is will go down as yet another season of disappointment for the Eels. They finished fourth to earn two cracks in the finals, their first since 2009, but went out in straight sets. Two of the tries they scored were from opposition kicks. The only other, from the boot of Mitchell Moses, came after the full-time siren.

Wrecking ball: Jason Taumalolo goes for a gallop. Photo: AAP

Brown was again outstanding in a beaten team. However, their attack, so potent during the back end of the season, didn’t click on the biggest stage. Perhaps the physical and emotional energy they expended against the Storm last weekend was greater than that used by the Cowboys in their extra-time thriller against the defending premiers.

The difference was Michael Morgan. He may be playing without Johnathan Thurston but is playing more and more like him in recent months. With Morgan firing, particularly if Taumalolo is available, the Roosters will do well not to underestimate them. Too many teams have already made that mistake.

Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash

The Nissan GT-R R35, which burst into flames after crashing near Darling Harbour. Photo: SuppliedCrash investigators may soon turn to a vehicle “black box” to reveal what caused a fiery car crash in Sydney’s CBDin which three people were burnt to death.

Shortly before 3am last Saturday the white $200,000 Nissan GT-R R35 was travelling down Goulburn Street at speed, approaching Haymarket.

It is understood the car had only been bought days before the accident.

Joseph Bagala, 39, brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr, 39 and 31, and Bree Keller, 22, were just moments from the horror crash that would leave two families reeling and the latter three dead.

Brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr were farewelled by hundred of mourners on Friday. Photo: Facebook

Among car enthusiaststhe high-performance Japanese vehicle has earned the nickname “Godzilla”, dominating racing around the world, including the Bathurst 1000 in the 1990s.

The supercar can surge from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, while its top speed is more than 300km/h.

From Leichhardt, Wiley Park and Narrabeen, just how Mr Bagala, the Nasrbrothers and Ms Keller came to be in the car together that night remains a mystery to the families.

NSW Police have confirmed “considerable speed … along with a loss of control” were major contributing factors in the accident, however they are yet to confirm just how fast the car was travelling when it flipped and burst into flames next to the Novotel Rockford hotel.

Crash investigators will examine every aspect of the accident and will now likely refer to the car’s event data recorder (EDR), which stores crash information, much like a “black box” flight recorder used in aviation.

The primary function of an EDR is to sense a developing collision and decide whether to deploy airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.

Crash investigations expert Mark George is one of about 20 civilians in skilled in analysing crash data.

A former military police warrant officer and NSW police sergeant, Mr George launched the inaugural crash data retrieval training course for n police and civilian crash investigators in 2011.

The Nissan GT-R R35 series, which retails for around $200,000.

At that time the Sydney metropolitan crash investigation unit said greater use of the technology in crash investigations was “coming”.

Mr George said most EDRs were housed in the airbag control module of a vehicle, “but they also kept a record of crash and pre-crash data”.

Northern beaches hairdresser Bree Keller, 22, who died in the horror crash. Photo: Instagram

He estimates about half of all n vehicles made since 2007 have the device.

“That data is useful for determining … impact forces, injury likelihood, and what the vehicle was doing immediately prior to collision,” he said, adding that it was rare for an EDR to be so damaged that the data could not be used, even in a fire.

On Wednesday the family of Ms Keller, a northern beaches hairdresser, spoke of their grief in the days it took for police for police to formally identify her body using DNA and dental records, due to the severity of the fire.

“The circumstances of her death are horrific and this week we’ve been having to live with the fact we can’t bring her home,” her mother Tania Keller said on Wednesday.

Stepfather Peter Francis said the entire family remained “at a loss” as to why Ms Keller was in the car, adding that the family did not know “any of the people in the car”.

According to court documents, Jeff Nasr appeared before Burwood Local Court last month for two separate AVO applications sought by police for two different women.

At the time of the accident he was also on bail for charges of destroying property and common assault.

It has been reported Steve Nasr was fined $800 after pleading guilty topossession of a prohibited drug in 2014.

Hundreds of mourners farewelled the Nasr brothers at a memorial service at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Punchbowlon Friday.

A hearse carrying two white coffins was led through the street by a procession of luxurycars and men on motorbikes, some covering their faces with bandanas.

Sole survivor and father-of-four Joseph Bagala remains at St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition, after suffering serious burns and arm, rib and and head injuries.

A NSW Police spokesman said police from Sydney City local area command were “preparing a report for the information of the Coroner which will outline the full circumstances surrounding the deaths”.

The story,Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tasmanian tiny house movement dreams big

Living big in tiny houses One of the tiny house models from Wagonhaus, out of North-West Tasmania. Picture: supplied

Inside a Wagonhouse, where the outside is welcomed in.

Tiny houses still include the necessities.

The kitchen inside a Wagonhaus tiny house.

The bathroom of a tiny house.

Sunlight streams into the living area of a Wagonhaus tiny house.

TweetFacebookGone are the days when a sustainable home was equated with mudbricks and limited electricity functions.

The sustainable homes of today are intelligent, innovative, and attractive.

Sustainable House Day has been run nationally since 2001, and invites the interested public to step inside these environmentally friendly homes to discover more about the new age of building practices.

In Tasmania, five properties will take part in the day on Sunday, September 17.

Some have been renovated to incorporate sustainable aspects, others have been purpose-built to function in harmony with the environment.

The Bell sisters have brought an international sustainable house concept to Tasmania –the tiny house movement.

The tiny house movement, the details of which are exactly as the name suggests, began in the United States and quickly spread across Europe, and into the Southern Hemisphere.

Katie and Tamika Bell began Wagonhaus last year, and on Sunday, will open their tiny doors into big ideas, at Forth.

Since launching, Katie said the business, which operates out of the North-West, has been flooded with interest, and is booked out into next year.

Katie attributes it to a fast-growing level of engagement with environmental awareness and sustainability.

“More and more people are becoming excited by eco-tourism, farm-to-plate food systems, permaculture and thermally efficient design,” she said.

“I think it is, in part, a reaction to the perception that government and big business are failing in their role as responsible environmental custodians.

“Increasingly, everyday n families want to take back control over their environmental future.”

The smallest Wagonhaus build is less than one-tenth of the size of the average n house, at 2.4 metres by 3.5 metres.

The largest, the family model, is 2.4 metres by ninemetres. They still include bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and lounges.

“I think the most surprising thing people find is just how spacious it feels,” Katie said.

Katie studied at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture in Launceston, and said she and her sister were inspired by the movement’s success overseas, coupled with Tasmania’s fostering attitude towards innovation.

“My sister and I thought to ourselves, ‘the tiny house movement might have started overseas, but it is here, in our incredible Tassie backyard, that we can take it to the next level’,” Katie said.

“As young entrepreneurs, both Tamika and I know just how difficult it can be for young people in Tasmania.”

Katie said the sisters were inspired by their own circumstances: “We did not have access to secure, affordable housing, let alone the freedom to travel, to live debt-free, to live in harmony with nature and to protect the environment.”

They further saw the challenges that faced community members in Northern and North-West Tasmania – housing affordability, the cost of education and transport, and workforce changes.

“Wagonhaus Tiny Homes is the vehicle helping us face that challenge head-on,” Katie said.

“Our tiny homes are going to drive change (both literally and metaphorically) for our communities, by creating more green jobs, more sustainable development and encouraging a shift towards green living at home and in our community. I believe in thinking globally and acting locally.”

As well as their size and ethos, the compact homes incorporate eco-friendly architectural design to boost their sustainability factor.

They use passive solar gain, double-glazing, universal insulation, and cross ventilation for starters, and then there’s the off-grid extras of solar power and composting toilets.

“While rapid technological development such as solar panels, lithium batteries and composting toilets have certainly made the dream of building green homes easier, much of our work still lies in harnessing old wisdom,” Katie said.

“Technological fixes can improve things, but more important is thorough planning in the design and construction phase.

“Attention to detail, correct positioning of the building envelope and the use of thermally appropriate materials is the main game when it comes to designing an eco-friendly home.”

The Wagonhaus tiny homes will be on display at Forth, from 10am to 4pm.

Other homes taking part in Sustainable House Day in Tasmania are:

“Our retirement home”, Evandale: A renovated 1970s house that has been built to sustain its “elderly” residents into the future. It includes recycled timber and stained glass, and a drip-irrigation garden with vegetable patches and a healthy mix of flora.“Renovation”, Westbury: Five years on from its initial renovations, the owners of this property are inviting the public to see how its updates have aged. Its attributes include bamboo flooring, a greywater system, a low-emission woodfire, and outside, a composite wooden deck and a cob pizza oven.“Organic living”, Sheffield: This house is an owner designed and built, solid timber construction. It was designed to be a self-performing passive house, which utilises a range of timbers to maximises their best assets.“Andrew’s House”, Devonport: This home scores an 8.1 rating for passive solar, and has been designed to be energy efficient. The owners brag that with their solar power system, they haven’t paid a power bill since they moved in 12 months ago.All properties will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

To find out more about Sustainable House Day, and to register to view a house, visit sustainablehouseday苏州夜网

Minding the gender gap: how schools are trying to stop boys falling behind

Triplets (from left) Aidan, Bailey and Corey say they are reading more after their school library’s makeover. Photo: Joe ArmaoThe gender gap reared its ugly head in the testresults.
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Most boys at Park Ridge Primary School lagged behind girls in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation in NAPLAN.

Desperate for a solution, the Rowville school turned to its library, an outdated space full of books that didn’t interest boys.

“Boys weren’t reading for enjoyment,” said Anna Christofis, the school’s leading literacy teacher. “So wesurveyed students and identified which authors they connected with.”

The school refurbished the space, stocking the shelves with books about extreme sports, elite athletes, cars and graphic novels.

Co-ed schools arerolling out initiatives geared towards boys in a bid to help them educationally and socially.

Boys areless likely to complete year 12 and more of themaresuspended and expelled.

Park Ridge Primary School worked to get boys reading more for enjoyment. Photo: Joe Armao

A recent study found that one in five year 3 boys hasan emotional or behavioural problem that leads them to lag ayear behind their peers in reading and numeracy.

A greater proportion of Victorian girls meet the national minimum standard in all areas of NAPLAN, including numeracy.

And malesare outnumbered by female students at university.

Triplets Aidan, Bailey and Corey said the library makeover at their school hadinspired them to read more.

“There’s more books to choose from,” Aidan said. “There are books that entertain me.”

The 10-year-old brothers are also improving their reading and writing skills through the school’s literacy program for grade 4 boys.

Assistant principal Adele Gregson meets themtwo times a week, one on one, and helps them decode words, discuss texts and select books suitable for their skills.

“We wantto engage them and support them with the development of their reading skills,” she said.

A focus on girls’ education in the 1980s led to a higher proportion of girls finishing year 12 and pursuing tertiary education. It also helped close the achievement gap between boys and girls in maths.

The focus now needs to shift to boys, according to Marymede Catholic College deputy principal Tracey Kift.

Her co-edschool in South Morang recently employed a counsellor who specialises in mentoring adolescent boys. He has been running sessions with year 9 and 10 boys about organisation, self-esteem and regulating emotions.

The school has also been providing training for teachers on educatingboys.

“The education system has valued compliance,” Ms Kiftsaid. “But boys tend to becharacterised as more significant risk takers. We need to capitalise on those tendencies for boys to push boundaries.”

Monash University senior lecturer David Zyngier said the notion of boys and girls having different learning styles had been debunked.

But he said boysdeveloped more slowly than girls.

“It is scientifically shown that boys develop more slowly with language,” he said.

Amanda Keddie, a professor of education at Deakin University, said that while girls performed well at school, they faced huge inequities when they graduated, including lower pay and high rates of violence.

Tackling inequity in education was more complicated than focusing on gender, she said.

“Gender is not the most accurate predictor of educational disadvantage, but it does matter.”

Warning over commonly prescribed immunosuppressant after two die

Patients taking a commonly prescribed immunosuppressantare being urged to consult their doctor after two people using it died during a clinical study.
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Methylprednisolone, first used in the 1950s, is a commonly prescribed drugfor a wide range of conditions including arthritis, allergies and cancer. But it also has potentially dangerousside-effects.

Experts sayanyone using it should continue, as it is dangerous to stop using the drug suddenly.

Methylprednisolone was first used in the 1950s.

But ProfessorVladoPerkovic​, oneof the authors ofthestudy, which was released last month, advised users to see their doctor to “ask if the benefits of this treatment outweigh the risk”.

The clinical study involved researchers from the NSW-based George Institute for Global Healthpartnering with researchers in China. The study set out to test whether methylprednisolone was an effective treatment for IgA nephropathy, a kidneydisease also known as Berger’s disease.

The immunosuppressant is sometimes used to treat the condition, despite there being no convincing clinical trials supporting its use.

IgA nephropathy is a common autoimmune condition affecting 1 to 2 per cent of the population. It damages the filtering ability of the kidneys; sufferers often find blood in their urine. In about 30 per cent of cases it leads to kidney failure.

Despite a lot of work, specific treatments for the condition are still lacking.

The researchers followed 262 IgA patients from and China for three years.Half were given the drug and half were given a placebo. They planned to eventually enrol 1300 patients.

But the trial had to be stopped early when 20 people in the methylprednisolonegroup suffered “serious adverse events”. Among this group two died, 11contracted serious infections, two suffered gastrointestinal bleeding andtwo suffered bone-tissue death.

“Participants were more prone to catching infections, and if they got an infection it was much stronger than it otherwise would have been,” Professor Perkovic said.

“Two patients treated ended up dying,” he said.

“We weren’t expecting risks anywhere near this large.”

The study, published in the peer-reviewedJournal of the American Medical Association, found the rate of serious adverse effects was five times higher in the group taking the treatment. However, the study also found evidence the drug might prevent serious kidney damage in IgA nephropathy.

Independent experts say the study reinforces what is known about methylprednisolone: it is effective but potentially dangerous.

“The results are not surprising,” said Monash Medical Centre director of nephrology Professor Peter Kerr.

“One of the reasons we have not used it in the past is the treatment may be worse than the disease.

“Like many medications when you give it, it has a risk-benefit assessment. If you had someone who was deteriorating quickly, you might use it.”

Kidney Health ‘s clinical director Dr Shilpa Jesudason​ encouraged anyone using the drug to consult their doctor to ensure it was still right for them.

“This study is a good reminder that we should be assessing the risk profile of methylprednisoloneevery time before it is administed.”

The country where the pursuit of happiness is a national, economic goal

Thimphu, Bhutan:Given significant levels of dissatisfaction with the performance of politicians in Western democracies, what can we learn from a country that assesses all of its government policies based on how much they contribute to the happiness of its people?
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Looking at the stats, Disneyland may have to give up its claim to being The Happiest Place on Earth. Bhutan’s recent Gross National Happiness Index found 91 per cent of its citizens are happy, with almost 50 per cent of people being deeply happy or extensively happy.

Come to the think of it, Disney’s claim to being The Magic Kingdom also gets a run for its money from Bhutan. With its mist-shrouded mountains, ubiquitous monks and universal acceptance of reincarnation, there is a real sense of magic here.

The story of the monarchy rivals any Cinderella, Mulan or Pocahontas tale. A benevolent king devolves his power to a democratically elected parliament. He then resigns early to hand over the role to his handsome son and his glamorous, humble and compassionate princess. Together the family lives in a couple of single-level bungalows in the nation’s capital, Thimphu, having refused overtures from the parliament to build them a grand palace.

Photos of the young king, his queen and their new son adorn most houses and businesses. These are not stiff monarchical portraits, rather they could be snaps from a family album, with the young couple kissing, holding hands or, together with the former king, playing with the young prince.

This is not a place caught in time warp – there has never been anywhere like Bhutan. This is a unique Himalayan kingdom whose borders have never been invaded and who only opened to the world some 40 years ago.

A daughter of Bhutan. Photo: Scott Woodward

In 1979 the then-king captured the world’s imagination when he said in an interview “we do not believe in gross national product. Gross national happiness is more important”.

This is different to theWorld Happiness Reportasurvey of the state of global happinesswhich ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, and this year putNorway at the top of the list, with in ninth.

The results of Bhutan’s focus on the happiness of its citizens speak for themselves. Bhutan is one of the top 20 fastest-growing economies in the world (6.5 per cent last year). It was the only country in South Asia to meet all of the UN Millennium Goals. It has a free press, a good education system and there is universal free healthcare.

Not bad for a country that, up until the 1960s, had no national currency, no telephones, no schools, no hospitals, no postal service and no public services.

The Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan. Photo: Steven Berry

It is the only country in the world that is actually increasing its level of forest cover – 72 per cent, with the constitution enshrining that the level can never drop below 60 per cent.

While it has its share of troubles: high national debt, stubborn youth unemployment and a recent border dispute with China, it does make a claim to being a real-life Shangri-La.

Bhutan has no traffic lights and no advertising billboards. Cars are banned from city roads one day each month to reduce carbon emissions. The country absorbs three times as much carbon as it emits. On the food side, the government is close to achieving its goal of becoming the world’s first wholly organic country.

Just celebrating the eighth birthday of its parliament, it is one of the youngest democracies in the world and, according to the Global Peace Index, it has very low levels of corruption.

Spinning a prayer wheel helps accumulate wisdom and good karma in Bhutan. Photo: Nick Abrahams

Buddhist philosophies are at the core of this country. Its national prosperity and security over the centuries is put down to not so much their “external soldiers”, as the army is known, but the power of the “internal army”, being the 12,000-strong Buddhist monk population. While there is a sharp decline in numbers joining religious orders in the West, in Bhutan more people than ever are joining to become monks and nuns.

A core value is the good treatment of all sentient beings, including animals. Stray dogs are everywhere, but unlike mange-riddled street dogs in other developing countries, these dogs are surprisingly fit and healthy, barking not to be menacing but in the hopes of picking up a friendly pat. They used to have a zoo but it was closed down as it was not a natural environment for the animals.

The concept of Gross National Happiness is a major driver of government policy and the GNH Index done in 2010 and most recently in 2015 is a tangible way of measuring success.

The GNH Index is not a simple survey of wellbeing. It is not Pharrell Williams euphoric dancing in the street-style happiness that is being measured. Rather it measures prosperity, using nine domains including the physical and emotional health of its people, the strength of communities and the condition of the natural environment.

Bhutan’s 10-year plan states “the GNH Index is a critical evaluation tool for results-based planning …to ensure that development truly contributes to the achievement of GNH”. This has been echoed by the Prime Minister,Tshering Tobgay, including in a TED talk.

According to Tshewang Tandin, the director-general of Bhutan’s Royal Institute of Management, “people need to have certain subsistence needs met first, adequate food, shelter, healthcare and so on. After that, the GNH Index is a way of measuring real wellbeing of people – their true contentment”.

People walk near a billboard of the Chinese military reading “courageous”, in Beijing, last month. Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet. Photo: AP

Bhutan sits as a beacon of peace and prosperity in a world that has become increasingly fractured and unpredictable.

But it is not all fairytale. The kingdom has its challenges. Most serious is arecent Chinese road-building project in the Doklam Plateau, an area on the disputed border between Bhutan and China. Given the proximity of the area, India has responded strongly leading to yet another significant dispute between China and the maturing global superpower.

Economically, Bhutan needs to diversify its revenue base from its hydro-electric power exports to India, which have been the engine room of its economic prosperity. The investment in hydro projects has led to national debt levels outside normal International Monetary Funds (IMF) thresholds.

General unemployment is at an enviable 2.5 per cent, down from 36 per cent in 2000, thanks to targeted government policies including skills programs and incentives for small businesses, especially in rural areas. The problem issue is youth unemployment, sitting at 9.6 per cent.

Bhutan is a country of contrasts. From the solemn sight of devout followers, with shoes on their hands for protection as they make kneeling prostrations every step of long pilgrimages, to youths with boy-band haircuts, traditional dress and mobile phones.

“We are doing a staged transition to a modern economy while protecting our culture,” says Dasho Karma, president of the Centre for Bhutan Studies, then noting with a chuckle that his daughters were out that afternoon to see a touring Korean pop band.

The US Declaration of Independence says governments need to protect the inalienable right of humans to live their lives in the “pursuit of happiness”.

Management thinker Peter Drucker said “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”. So perhaps it is incumbent on governments to measure their success in terms of the happiness of their citizens.

Nick Abrahams is a lawyer, author and entrepreneur. He leads the APAC Innovation Practice for Norton Rose Fulbright and is a director of global think-tank The Institute for Economics and Peace. He was in Bhutan for the launch of the institute’s 2017 Global Peace Index.

Matildas great Cheryl Salisbury collects PFA’s Alex Tobin Medal in Newcastle

Cheryl happy to see Matildas in spotlight HONOURED: Cheryl Salisbury with her PFA Alex Tobin Medal at Merewether on Sunday night. Her dress is by Q’nique from Atelier Rose at The Junction and her earrings from Williams the Jewellers, The Junction. Picture: Local FC
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HONOURED: Cheryl Salisbury with her PFA Alex Tobin Medal at Merewether on Sunday night. Dress by Q’nique from Atelier Rose at The Junction. Earrings from Williams the Jewellers, The Junction. Picture: Local FC


“We’ve got such a good breeding ground.Matildas who went through my era,there was myself, Bridgette Starr, Michelle Prouten, Amber Neilson, Lauren Colthorpe, Katie Gill.

“Newcastle has a big history of women’s football, so to bring it to Newcastle on the back of a sellout in Penrith, I think it’s going to be huge.”

Salisbury played in an era when female stars would get changed on the bus because there were no dressing rooms for women, and her national teammates would tape over worn boots because they had no sponsors.But she is conscious that, despite recent improvements in pay and conditions in and overseas, elite female players are still light years behind their male counterparts.

“Do I wish I was 16, 17? Absolutely. There’s a lot of challenges along the way to try and play andsupport yourself.Yes, you can work and play, but you need to find an employer willing to give youfive or six months off at the drop of a hat.”

The world No.6 Matildas beat the USA for the first time, Japan and Brazil at the Tournament of Nations.

“Everyone loves a winning team, but I think the girls have started to put those together back-to-back,” Salisbury said.

The modern Matildas had done a “great job” of carrying on the work of promoting the women’s game.

“They’ve proved at the weekend they can sell out a stadium. It just never got really tried before.

“I don’t think people put in enough effort and belief.”

Politicians who voted for Parliament House fence alarmed now they’ve seen it

The giant steel fence slowly encircling Parliament House is a “monstrosity” and risks furtheralienating the public from their representatives, one of the few politicians to vote against the fortification says.
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Construction workers placed the first2.6-metre steel panels across the upper reaches of the building’s sloping roof this week, withwork to acceleratebefore MPs return to Canberra in mid-October.Large gum trees have also been chopped down, and manicuredlawnsripped up to dig trenches for the structure.

The fence – and a series of new guardhouses –will eventually seal off vast stretches of the Parliament’s exterior currently accessibleto the public. The security overhaulwill cost taxpayers$126 million.

The security fence is installed across the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares

Workers install the first panels across the building’s sloping lawns. Photo: Andrew Meares

Fairfax Media has spoken with a number of MPs who voted for the fence but arealarmed by the scale of the structurenow they’ve seen it.None would criticise the project publicly because they still acceptsecuritytook priority overthe symbolism of broad public access to “the people’s house”.

But Greens leader Richard Di Natale said he was stunned by theimpact of the fence and questioned why it was being built.

“The fence is an absolute monstrosity,” Senator Di Natale said. “It goes against everything this building was designed to represent when it was built but it’s a perfect symbol of where politics is at these days.

“Most politicians want to wall themselves off from ordinary people as much as humanly possible, and this fence is just a physical representation of that trend. It’s everything that’s wrong with the political establishment.”

Of the 226 MPs, includingsenators, in Parliament, just nine voted against the fence: Senator DiNatale, his Greens colleagues, and independent senatorDerrynHinch.

The project has been shrouded in secrecy since it was announced in December last year, with the Senate president Stephen Parry, House of Representatives speaker Tony Smith and parliamentary officials refusing to release exact costings, designs or any security advice to justify the upgrade. These details were released for earlier security upgrades.

MPs were given secret briefings about the fence last year prior to the plan being rushed through both houses of Parliament in December. Fairfax Media understands MPs were not told nearly two dozen towering gum trees would be chopped down around the building, and there is a dispute about whether the final appearance of the fence reflects the briefings.

The upgrades were prompted by the 2014 terror attacks against the Canadian Parliament.

Test cricketer Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer

Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer LEGEND: Newcastle leg-spinner Bob Holland in action during ‘s Ashes tour of England in 1985.
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HAPPIER TIMES: Carolyn gives Robert a congratulatory kiss after he was named in the 1985 Ashes touring squad, two days after NSW won the Sheffield Shield final.

LOYAL SERVANT: Robert Holland batting for the Hunter Lord’s Taverners against a Central Coast side in 2011 at Awaba Oval. Picture: Ryan Osland

Celebrating a wicket for NSW against WA

Holland dismisses Indian great Sunil Gavaskar caught and bowled while playing for Northern at No.1 Sportsground in 1978.

Holland with Murray Bennett in 1985.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Sunday night.

“He showedno pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My familywere amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two.

“He went to the grand final of the Newcastle baseball and watched his grandson play intwo games.

“He had a bad night last night and Mum decided to take himto hospital this morning. It was confirmed he had broken a few ribs.”

Holland was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer in late March and had surgery a week later to remove part of the tumour, followed bychemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Craig said his father had “quickly and peacefully passed away” after suffering the brain bleed.

“We knew this day was coming, but we thought considering how well he had been we had more time,” he said.

“My family are humbled by and appreciate the support of the community and his friends fortheir support in the past and recent difficult times.”

Holland made his Test debut in 1984 at the age of 38and famously spun to victory with 10 wickets against the West Indies at the SCG in early 1985.

He played in that year’s Ashes series in England and took another 10-wicket haul against New Zealand in Adelaide.He appeared in 11 Tests in all, taking 34 wickets, and in 95 first-class matches, most of them for the Blues, and was still playing state cricket into his forties.

Friend and Test batsman RickMcCoskertold the Newcastle Heraldin July that Holland’s popularity extended throughout the cricketing world.

“They’ve always respected him, not just the guys he played with but the guys he played against, whether it was for the n team or the NSW team,” McCosker said at a function where his friend was presented with life membership of the Hunter branch of The Lord’s Taverners .

Holland last played for the Lord’s Taverners, a cricketing charity organisation, early last year.

The Southern Lakes life member and former president was awarded an Order of Medal in January after decades of service to the sport as a player, coach and administrator.

“He’s already got a wonderful legacy of what he’s done. Nothing can take that away,” McCosker said.

He is survived by hiswife Carolyn, sons Craig and Rohan and daughter Naomi.

Cricket NSW pays tributeCricket NSW has paid tribute to former NSW and n spinner Bob Holland.

Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said Mr Holland was not only a fine player, coach, administrator and mentor but also a delightful man.

“Bob’s death is a sad loss for Newcastle, NSW and n cricket,” Mr Jones said.

“He was an inspiration as a player, not only because of his skills but also his persistence. He was first picked for NSW at the age of 32 and became a cult hero during the mid `80s when chosen for at the age of 38.”

“I and many others will never forget Bob’s performance at the SCG in 1984 against the West Indies, when the world’s nicest man beat the world’s most feared cricket team”.

​Cricket NSW chairman John Warn said that in addition to his career at State and International level, Holland made an enormous contribution to the game at grassroots level.

“Bob gave us an enormous amount of pleasure as a player and put even more back into the game,” Mr Warn said.

Holland’s contributions include:

• 427 games for Southern Lakes/Toronto Workers Cricket Club, where he took 1,127 wickets, including 67 five-wicket hauls

• Holding all committee positions at Southern Lakes at various times, Culminating in 16 years as President

• Regular contributions as a coach to Toronto Workers Academy, Hunter Academy of Sport, Hunter Sports High School, various Newcastle youth representative squads, multiple Newcastle Grade clubs, many Level 1 coaching courses and numerous young spin bowlers

• Leadership in the implementation of MILO in2Cricket in the Newcastle region, which is the game’s entry-level program

He is a Life Member of Toronto Workers Cricket Club (1978) and Newcastle District Cricket Association and was also inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.

“We will miss Bob’s genial and warm-hearted nature,” Mr Warn said. “Our thoughts are with his wife Carolyn and family at this difficult time.

“Bob will forever be a member of the NSW cricket family.”


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NSW Women’s Premiership: North Newcastle Maidens make grand final in inaugural season

SHOWDOWN: NSW Women’s Premiership player of the year and Jillaroos representative Caitlin Moran in action during North Newcastle’s 20-14 preliminary final win over Glenmore Park on Sunday. Picture: NRL PhotosTwelve months ago there was no North Newcastle women’s team.
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After forming the Maidenslost their firsttwo games of theseason by almost 100 combined points.

Now the rookie squad has qualified for the 2017 NSW Women’s Premiership grand final and inaugural coach Mick Young couldn’t be prouder.

“It’s a reward for all of their hard workand I’m just sohappy for them to make a grand final,” Young said.

“Some of the girls started training in November and we didn’t even know if we were going to have a team. Some of the girls travel from as far as Port Macquarie, Taree, Singleton and Penrith. Some of the girls are working mothers.

“They just genuinely love rugby league andto see how far they’ve come in such a short time frame is unbelievable.

“They lost their first two games of the year by almost 100 and have stuck at it and now they get such a great opportunity.”

North Newcastle stayedcomposed in Sunday’s 20-14 preliminary final victory against Glenmore Park at Leichhardt Oval, scoring three unanswered triesin quick succession midway through the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit.

“I never had doubt there, I was just more worried about the way we were playing,” Young said.

“But only being 10-4 down and not playing well, I knew if we could just hold the ball and get back to our game we would be a chance.”

Maidens centre Isabelle Kelly, a NSW and n representative vying for a World Cup spot later this year, crossed in either half to take her finals tally to seven from three appearances.

This featured a hat-trick in last weekend’s 28-20 minor semi-final win over Mounties and another double against Greenacre in a 32-18 elimination semi-final triumph.

North Newcastle will now meet minor premiers the Redfern All Blacks in the state showdownat Leichhardt Oval on Sunday (4:20pm).

NORTH NEWCASTLE 20 (Isabelle Kelly 2, Theresa Wilhelmus, Holli Wheeler tries; Wheeler, Moran goals) defeated GLENMORE PARK 14 (Thalia Hunter, Monique Donovan, Anneliese Hughes tries; Stevie-Lee Foster goal)

Newcastle Rugby League: Macquarie defeat Central 60-0 in preliminary final

RUNAWAY: Macquarie’s Randall Briggs crashes over for one of the Scorpions 11 tries despite the best efforts of Central’s Justin Worley. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Macquariewill ride a wave of unbelievable confidence into a third straightNewcastle Rugby League deciderafter producing a 60-0 preliminary final annihilation ofCentral at Townson Oval on Sunday.
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A week after being beaten 35-8 by grand final opponents Western Suburbs and with their 2017 campaign on the line,the Scorpions turnedit completelyaround by crossingfor an incredible 11 tries and managing tokeepthe Butcher Boys scoreless.

Macquarie were relentless, clinical at either end of the field and made the most ofalmost everysingle opportunity, scoring 40 second-half pointsand running outcomprehensivevictors.

Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge can’t remember seeing anything like it.

“Never, ever,” he said.

“Last year we beat Lakes40-0 I think, but this one 60-0, and especially being a preliminary final.It was just one of them days.

“Central had a good year and they’ve got a few injuries, but for ourboys to adjust and play what was in front of them was fantastic.

“We’re a happy camp, we’re going to enjoy thisweekand we’re already looking forward to getting down there on Saturday.”

It was a disappointing note for Central, striving for their first grand final appearance since 1963, to finish their season after improving from second last to third in the space of 12 months.

The Butcher Boys’ cause wasn’t helped during the week with captain Ethan Cook ruled out and still in hospital after undergoing unexpected surgery on an infected knee on Friday.

“We’ve not offering excuses,” Central coach Craig Miller said. “Embarrassed by the scoreline but we will come back better for it next year.”

Macquarie and Wests have met once beforeon grand final day in 1991. The Scorpions, then known as Toronto, won 21-10.

Wests had this weekend off but Rosellas hooker Chad Redman posted on Twitter shortly after full-time.

“Congrats Scorps!! 2 best sides go at it next weekend! Will be a cracker can’t wait,” the former NRL rake said.

Saturday’sshowdownat McDonald Jones Stadium will also showcase four otherclubs in the lower grades with Souths and Wests in reserves, Lakes and Cessnock in under 19s and Souths and Central in ladies league tag.

Meanwhile the Shortland Devils, featuringformer Knights premiership winner and dual international Timana Tahu, were beaten 31-26 by the Fingal BayBomboras in Saturday’s Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League grand final at No.1 Sportsground.

The remaining second division major premierships were claimed by theDudley Magpies (B-grade), Waratah-Mayfield Cheetahs (C-grade) and Glendale Gorillas (D-grade). Ladies league tag titles went to the Aberglaslyn Ants (tier A) and CardiffCobras (tier B).

MACQUARIE 60 (Matt Hay 2, Nathan Cantor 2, Andy Sumner 2, Ryan Pywell, Matt Simon, Randall Briggs, Daniel Abraham tries; Scott Briggs 6, Sumner, Abraham goals)defeat CENTRAL 0

POINTS: Macquarie winger Matt Hay nabbed a double and was one of seven try scorers in a 60-0 preliminary final triumph over Central Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Tim Crakanthorp says government planning to move Broadmeadow rail assets to Sydney

ON THE MOVE: Newcastle Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp says the government is secretly planning to move Broadmeadow rail assets to Sydney.THE Berejiklian government will put the Hunter’s rail history at risk if it moves assets from the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot to Sydney, Tim Crakanthorp has warned.
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The Newcastle MP was speaking after fire tore through the Richmond Vale Railway Museum last week, causing an estimated $1 million worth of damage to many of the Lower Hunter’s rail assets that hold historical industrial significance.

Mr Crakanthorp said it was now “more important than ever” to safeguard the region’srail assets, with a cloud continuing to hang over the Broadmeadow depot after much of the land was declared “surplus to operations” last year, stoking Laborfears that large chunks of the 18-hectare site could be sold off. The MP said he believed the government was secretly planning to moveBroadmeadow’s rolling stock to Chullora, in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Under questioning from Labor heritage spokeswoman Penny Sharpe in budget estimates earlier this month, Transport Minister Andrew Constance repeatedly refused to rule out the move, saying only that the government was doing “everything we can” to protect the rail assets and accusing Labor of “letting them rot”.

NSW TrainLink chief executive Howard Collins admittedthat the trains were “deteriorating very quickly” but they couldn’t fit inside the depot’s roundhouse.

Hunter’s rail assets are at risk, MP says Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

TweetFacebook“The physical problem is that there is very little space to accommodate what are probably 70-, 80-, or 60-foot long pieces of heritage infrastructure and we cannot squeeze anymore into the existing covered round house,” he said.

“The trains and carriages that are left out in the open are deteriorating very quickly and as a heritage member I am absolutely committed to ensure that we get these things under cover from the sun and the rain and everything else that is causing them damage.”

Mr Crakanthorp called on the government to restore the Broadmeadow depot.

“We need to keep Newcastle’s history in Newcastle,” he said.“Why does this Government insist on sending Newcastle jobs and assets to Sydney?”

Gosford beat Norths to win Hunter Coast Premier League Hockey grand final

Unbeaten Gosford win grand final thriller THRILLER: Gosford celebrate victory after Rory Walker’s last-ditch penalty corner deflected over. Picture: Marina Neil
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“It was a good win. We tussled it out there at the end. That second half was something special,” Gosford captain Liam Alexander said.

“They had the ball and they just kept going at us and going at us, and we just managed to keep them out.The last two minutes was frantic.”

Norths had won seven of the previous 10 grand finals, but Gosford were clear favourites after winning 17 and drawing one of their games in the regular season.

The Magpies scored twice in the last five minutes of the first half. Rhiley Carr arrowed a short corner inside the left post then Brett Giffin doubled the lead on the buzzer when he deflected in a cross from Lloyd Radcliff.

They had chances to put the game out of Norths’ reach in the second half, but goalkeeper Shaun O’Brien made two stunning saves.

The Blues steadily took hold of the game, controlling possession and forcingGosford keeper Nick Holman, a NSW squad member, into a series of good saves.

“He’s missed most of the season through an injury, and fortunately for them he came right at the right time of the year.He was outstanding,” Norths captain Theo Gruschka said.

“It was a disappointing end to the game, but I was really proud of the boys, particularly in the last 35 minutes.I thought we had the batter of that second half. It was 1-0 in the second half, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Gruschkapraised his goalkeeper and a trio of young stars for helping the Blues make a game of it late on.

“Rory was great,Ky Willott was great. Olly Flack up the back was really good, and I think our players’ player was definitely Shaun O’Brien. He made some amazing saves in that second half.

“A couple more games of experience in big games like this will certainly put us in the right stead for next year.”