Ryan Callinan pushes world No.1 all the way to end European tear

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LOOKING AHEAD: Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan in action at the MEO Rip Curl Pro at Supertubos on Thursday (AEDT) against Gabriel Medina. Picture: WSLRyan Callinan was focused on sticking to his own game on the championship tour after ending his amazing European stint with a controversial loss to world No.1 Gabriel Medina in Portugal.
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The Merewether surfer lost 13.6 to 7.33 in round three but itwas far closer than the score indicated. Callinan, competing on the CT again as a wildcard, trailed 13.6 to 12.76 and needed a 6.28 when the pair had a fierce paddle battle with one minute,40 seconds left. Medina had priority and Callinan the inside line when they paddled into a wave. Medina grabbed Callinan and appealed to judges as both pulled out.Officials later hit Callinan with an interference call, which wiped his second-best score, a 5.43.

The dramatic end took nothing away from Callinan’s tear on the CT, which came after victory in the 10,000-point qualifying series contest in Portugal last month. Itall but secured hisspot on the 2019 CT and gave him a start at the Quiksilver Pro France, where he lost the final to Julian Wilson.

“I’ve had an amazing run over here. I can’t be disappointed at all,” Callinan said after the loss to Medina.“I’m so happy just to be here and to be here so long.

“He’s a ferocious competitor and I guess that’s why he’s got the yellow jersey, but it’s always good to have a battle with the guy in yellow. He’s obviously the best in the world right now and just to try and push me and push myself to overcome him, it was exciting.”

Asked if he neededto battle harder for continued success on the CT, he said: “I don’t think so.I think my wave selection was maybe a little bit off …I tried to make him make a mistake but it kind of backfired on me unfortunately.I don’t think I need to battle hard, just stick to my own game and try not to get caught up in everything that’s going on.”

Medina, who lost to Callinan in the semi-final of the QS event in Portugal, was relieved to get through. The win kept him on track to claim the world title, possibly at the current event at Supertubos.

“He was a really dangerous guy to surf against,” Medina said.

“He’s been having a good time with results and everything has been working for him, so he was like a sketchy guy, so yeah, no space.”

Meanwhile, Merewether’s Philippa Anderson won her first heat at the 3000-point Hyuga Pro in Japan on Friday with a 13.1 total.

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Major changes to My Health Record laws needed to safeguard Chinans, Senate inquiry finds

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Health Minister Greg Hunt’s changes to My Health Record do not go far enough, a Labor-led Senate inquiry has found. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENThe deadline to opt-out of the federal government’s controversial My Health Record system should be extended by 12 months and legislation substantially rewrittento safeguard patients’ safety and privacy, aSenate inquiry has found.
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The Labor-led inquiry, which released its findings on Thursday, found that Health Minister Greg Hunt’s implementation of an opt-out model had meant that “an unreasonable compromise may have been struck” between the system’s utility and patient rights.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King renewed Labor’s call for the government to suspend the My Health Record rollout and “commission an independent review of privacy provisions”.

Labor has already promised to extend the opt-out period by a year beyond the November 15 deadline if the party wins government.

But Health Minister Hunt refused to further extend the opt-out following the Senate report’s release.

“The opt-out date has already been extended and the opt-outs are travelling at a significantly lower rate than expected,”a spokesperson for Minister Hunt said. “We will not be extending it further as it would not be appropriate to delay the benefits to patients.”

The spokesperson added that the government would “review and respond to other items in the report”.

Submissions to the inquiry by privacy advocates, domestic violence campaigners, medical practitioners and unions had raised a raft ofconcerns about the potential for sensitive data to be misused by employers,insurance companiesand evenviolent offenders seeking information about the whereabouts of their former partners.

Shadow Health Minister Catherine King says she has concerns about how the roll-out is being managed. Picture: AAP

Default access codes, locking out employer doctors, restriction on data matching by government agencies and a blanket ban on commercial use of data were some of the amendments proposed in the Senate report.

“Access codes should be applied to each My Health Record as a default and … individuals should be required to choose to remove the code,” the report said.

Currently, it is up to patients to set-up access codes and most people enrolled in the system have not done so.

“The committee further recommends that the ability to override access codes in the case of an emergency should only be available toregistered healthcare providers for use in extraordinary and urgent situations,” the report said.

It also called on Mr Hunt to “extend the period for which a My Health Record can be suspended in the case of serious risk to the healthcare recipient, such as in a domestic violence incident” beyond the current 30 days, and strengthen the legislation to ensure that patient data could not beused for commercial purposes.

Currently, while data may not be used soley for commercial purposes, it can be used for a mixed public health and commercial purpose.

The Community Affairs References Committee also recommended that the government amend the My Health Record Act “to protect the privacy of children aged 14 to 17 years unless they expressly request that a parent be a nominated representative”.

Doctors had warned that the current system could undermine the ability of young people to access confidential medical care, by discouraging them to discuss their sexual health with their GP.

Mr Hunt has alreadydrafted an amendment to the My Health Record Actto ensure that patient records will be destroyed if the person decides to opt out of the system, and the police will only be able to access records with a court order.

A separate Senate committee last week recommended that those amendments be passed.

The Community Affairs References Committee said the agency in charge of My Health Record, the n Digital Health Agency, shouldengage with “vulnerable groups” and provide additional support “toensure that they have the means to decide whether to opt out, whether to adjust the access controls within their My Health Record and how to do this”.

A ban on third-party access without patients’ explicit consent, except “to maintain accurate contact information”, was recommended by the committee, which said the legislation must be amended to make clear that a person’s My Health Record “cannot be accessed for employment or insurance purposes”.

Data matching by government agencies should be restricted to a person’s name, address, date of birth and contact information, it said.

The ADHA should “revise its media strategy” to provide “more targeted comprehensive education” andreport regularly and comprehensively to Parliament” on the My Health Record system’s management, the report said.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Religious freedom: the decision lies with us

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Leaked details from the Ruddock Inquiry into religious freedom have led some critics to baselessly whip up fears that gay pupils are in imminent danger of being expelled from religious schools simply because of their sexuality.
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Religion has been front page news since last year’s vote on same-sex marriage. Faith-based opposition to gay marriage was denounced as “homophobic bigotry which would lead to youth suicide”. Then Malcolm Turnbull appointed the Ruddock Inquiry to examine the true extent of our religious freedoms.

Ruddock received 16,000 submissions and reported back in May. But nothing was known about the report until last week’s leak. The big story was that now religious schools were to be given the freedom to expel gay students. Christianity’s critics leapt on the rumour.

Totally ignored was the fact that the federal Sex Discrimination Act already allows schools to discriminate if their reasons are in accordance with religious teaching or doctrine. Also ignored was the fact the Ruddock actually wants to tighten those provisions and limit the exemptions — and ensure that faith-based schools always act in the best interests of the child.

No Christian school is going to expel any student simply because of their sexuality. Nor has any journalist yet been able to identify a single Christian school in where booting gay kids is standard practice. It would go totally against the grain of what a Christian school aims to be: a place of tolerance and inclusion.

Certainly, it’s not a stance shared by leading Muslim educators, who would prefer Islamic schools uphold that religion’s very strict teachings about homosexuality when it comes to enrolling students. Yet blatant discrimination by any religious schools against gay kids strikes most ns as harsh and cruel.

But the position becomes more complex when the debate turns to the rights of religious schools to hire staff – especially teachers – who conform to, and uphold, the fundamental tenets of the faith.

’s Grand Mufti has already expressed open hostility to the idea of Islamic schools hiring gay teachers; saying they engage in “abnormal practices that contradict nature.”

Most Christian leaders and educators will distance themselves from the Grand Mufti’s tirade and would never denigrate a person in that way. Instead, their concern is with upholding the culture and Christian ethos of schools so that the tenets of the Christian faith can inform every aspect of the school’s life.

After all, it is precisely because of that ethos that many parents — of all faiths (and sometimes none) — choose to send their kids to Christian schools. They want their kids to be imbued with the values expressed in Christian life: tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, and attention to the needs of others.

And because we live in a free country, those who don’t want their kids exposed to that kind of environment are completely free to choose other schools they consider more appropriate.

But in order that religious schools can maintain their distinctive ethos, few would deny they need to appoint staff sympathetic to the tenets of the faith.

In order to shape the life of the community according to its religious tradition, a faith-based school is likely to have a hiring policy that covers the personal lives and opinions of its staff. A person who openly renounces the school’s stand on Christian ethics or doctrine might struggle at interview.

Equally, if somebody was applying for a position with Greenpeace or the n Greens, the applicant’s beliefs, lifestyle, and opinions would certainly be relevant. A person committed to eating whale meat and who thought the future lay with fossil fuels might struggle in those interviews.

If we really are committed to a diverse society where a wide range of beliefs and practices can be openly adopted, we will also need to be committed to a wide diversity of organisations and communities – even though at times the beliefs and practices they espouse offend us.

The debate about religious freedom shows we need to make an important choice: either we can opt for all the constraints of a totalitarian society where dissent is stamped out and conformity rigidly enforced, or we can cherish living in an open society with all its untidy complexity and diversity. The decision lies with us.

Peter Kurti is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.

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Pull of home trumps AFL success for Hogan

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Being back with family and friends in the west is where Jesse Hogan needs to be in 2019.Happiness off the field and being closer to family and friends means more to Jesse Hogan right now than potential finals success which is why he was keen to leave Melbourne for Fremantle.
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Being away from his family in Perth while his father passed away, and as he battled testicular cancer, the 23-year-old key forward realised that there was more important things in life than success on the football field.

Hogan has nothing but positive thoughts on how Melbourne treated him over his 71-game, 152-goal career at the club, but the pull to return home proved too strong.

“Melbourne were extremely supportive and it’s not too often you have two incidents like that happen so close together and I couldn’t have asked for any more from their side of it,” Hogan said.

“But not being able to get back to Perth and having that pressure to perform week in, week out and having other things on my mind probably started to impact my performance and general well-being to the point I ventured into what might be best for me on and off the field.”

Hogan is fully aware of what he might be leaving behind at Melbourne after their preliminary final appearance in 2018.

“To come from the bottom and see the list now and how close they potentially are to winning a flag, that was a serious factor going into this,” he said.

“But I sat down with Simon Goodwin at the end of the year and had a really good chat about where I was at mentally and as a footballer.

“Obviously I do want to play in finals and flags, but at this stage it was more important to get back around my family and friends, and have a fresh start.”

While Hogan had flirted with a return to Perth previously and even met with Fremantle coach Ross Lyon and captain Nat Fyfe during the 2017 trade period, he never seriously thought a move was possible until this year.

“I caught up with Nat and Ross last year in the case of a random trade and the way they were talking with a bit of a five-year plan, it kind of aligned with where I was at,” Hogan said.

“Then this year we had further conversations about it with a bit more depth and they aligned with where I was at. I agreed with what Nat and Ross were saying so the natural pull to Freo was on the back of those conversations.”

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Mahazi returns after wandering in Kenya

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Former Melbourne Victory midfielder Rashid Mahazi is set for an A-League return with Western Sydney.When Rashid Mahazi waved goodbye to the A-League a year ago, he thought it was for good.
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“I’m not stupid,” Melbourne-born Mahazi tells AAP ahead of his return with the Western Sydney Wanderers in Perth on Sunday.

“I knew that meant that it was a high chance that I would never play professional football again, but I was willing to take that risk at the time.”

Not only was he just 24 at the time, but he had just been part of a Melbourne Victory squad that lost the A-League decider to Sydney FC on penalties.

Mahazi was believed to have been pencilled in to come off the bench for Carl Valeri, but all plans were diverted when he suffered a pre-game migraine.

The defensive midfielder later revealed he had suffered an emotional breakdown following the death of his father.

Despite a number of reported offers on the table, Mahazi quit football indefinitely to keep a promise to his dad and return to his father’s homeland, Kenya.

“Every year my dad would go over for Christmas and every year I said, ‘I can’t go this year because obviously I’m in the middle of a season,” Mahazi recalls.

“And then last year I said to him, ‘I’m going to come with you this Christmas’. Unfortunately he wasn’t there, but the rest of us went.”

While he had planned to stay there six months, he ended up staying six weeks, meeting over 50 family members and catching up on lost time.

Some relatives he hadn’t seen since he was 11.

“It brought heaps of us closer, made my immediate family way closer,” he said.

“We’ve shared stuff that we haven’t before, had conversations we’ve never had. I’ve lived about five years of a normal crammed into six weeks.”

It was an emotional journey Mahazi knew he needed to experience, a time out of the game that prepared him for another shot at the A-League.

And perhaps even a dream international call-up with the Socceroos or the Kenyan national side, a door he has left open after the year that he’s had.

“I’m not closed to that option but at this time point in time it’s club first, and then is my country.

“It’s my home. has given me everything in my life so I told Kenya I don’t want to make a decision until I have to.”

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StarKist admits to fixing US tuna prices

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StarKist faces a fine of up to $US100 million for fixing the price of canned tuna.StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the US Department of Justice announced.
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The DOJ said on Thursday that StarKist faces up to a $US100 million ($A140m) fine when it is sentenced.

Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high.

“We have cooperated with the DOJ during the course of its investigation and accept responsibility,” said StarKist chief executive Andrew Choe.

“We will continue to conduct our business with the utmost transparency and integrity.”

StarKist is owned by South Korean company Dongwon Industries, one of the largest tuna catching companies in the world.

The parent company’s website carries pledges to abide by ethical standards and good corporate citizenship.

The scheme came to light when Thai Union Group’s Chicken of the Sea attempt to buy San Diego-based Bumble Bee failed in 2015, according to court records.

Chicken of the Sea executives then alerted federal investigators, who agreed to shield the company from criminal prosecution in exchange for cooperation.

Bumble Bee Foods last year pleaded guilty to the same charge and paid a $US25 million ($A$35m) fine, $US111 million ($A$156m) lower than prosecutors said it should have been.

Prosecutors said they feared putting the financially struggling Bumble Bee out of business with a high fine and agreed to let the company make interest-free payments for five years.

Two former executives of Bumble Bee and one from StarKist have also each pleaded guilty to price-fixing charges.

None of them have been sentenced.

Former Bumble Bee chief executive Christopher Lischewski has pleaded not guilty to a price fixing charge.

“The conspiracy to fix prices on these household staples had direct effects on the pocketbooks of American consumers,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim.

In addition, the three companies face myriad lawsuits from wholesalers, food service companies and retailers such as Walmart, Target and Kroger.

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The Wombats drummer Dan Haggis talks breakdowns, wine and The Beatles.

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TICKLED PINK: English indie-pop band The Wombats are massive fans of n music fans and wine.ROCK’N’ROLL isn’t always jet-setting, champagne-drinking and limousine-riding. English indie-pop stars The Wombats know this all too well.
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When Weekender catches up with Wombats drummer Dan Haggis he’s backstage in Denver, Colorado, a few days removed from a tour bus breakdown that left the three-piece perilously close to missing their gig in San Francisco.

“We had a few bus problems, but I think we’re getting a new bus sent out today,” Haggis says in that unmistakablyLiverpudlian accent.

“This bus made it from San Francisco to Salt Lake City and then last night it made it from Salt Lake City over the Rockies to Denver, so I think maybe we’re gotten through the worst of it.”

Did Haggis, lead vocalist and guitaristMatthew Murphy or bassistTord Øverland Knudsen pop their headunder the bonnet to investigate what the problem was with the tour bus?

“We’re three very useless individuals when it comes to practical things like cars,” he laughs.“I don’t even own a car, so I haven’t got a clue.”

Next month The Wombats tour bus returns to the familiar surroundsof , which includes a headline appearance at Roche Estate’s new music festival Grapevine Gathering.

Ever since The Wombat’sbreakthrough single Let’s Dance To Joy Division cracked No.12 on the triple j Hottest 100 in 2007, hasbeen among their favourite tour destinations.

The band already played Splendour In The Grass in July and traveled through Maitland for Groovin’ The Moo last year.

Maybe it’s because their name is taken from our own burrowing marsupials or maybe it’s because they’ve constantly pumped out energetic indie-pop singles like Moving To New York, Lemon To A Knife Fight and Greek Tragedy?

The Wombats – Bee StringEither way, loves them too.

“We absolutely love coming to ,” Haggis says.“There’s so many good festivals and always such a good ambience and atmosphere at the shows.

“I think Aussie crowds are very similar to the UK, they just want to let themselves go and enjoy themselves. That’s what we love about music as well, or one of the things we love, it puts a smile on ours and other people’s faces and they can forget about real life for a bit.”

Haggis admits the band were particularly excited when they spotted Grapevine Gathering on the band’s forthcoming itinerary.

The self-confessed winos have never performed at a vineyard, but already have plenty of experience of nshiraz and semillon.

“I had a friend who was working at Penfolds and we went there and saw it being made and got to taste the Grange, the No.1 bottle in the world,” he says.

“Another time we took all the crew from Sydneyon a day off to the Hunter Valley and did some wine tasting.

“We ended up buying some of the wines we liked and thought we’d drink them over a few days of touring and maybe bring some home for the family and we pretty much drank all the wine we bought in the three-hour drive back in the van, singing our heads off. It was awesome.

“As soon as we found out about the winery we were very excited we were going to play there.”

Besidesmaybe Manchester, no British city possesses a richer musical pedigree comparative to its size than Liverpool. The post-industrial port city will forever befamous for giving the world The Beatles, the most popular and influential band in pop music history.

The Merseyside flag has been flown by acts like Echo & The Bunnymen, Flock Of Seagulls andLadytron since, but today The Wombats are undoubtedly the city’s most successful musical export.

The Wombats’ global popularity has almost run parallelwith Liverpool’s own transformation from dirty industrial city to being named the European Capital Of Culture in 2008. Much of the revitalisation has occurred in the harbourside Baltic Triangle precinct.

It was there that The Wombats first rehearsed as a band in 2003. Haggis says Liverpool has always proudly supported live music.

“I guess when four people from the city you’re in have managed to transcend pop culture and they’re one of the biggest bands ever in the whole world and have influenced so many other bands, it does make you think, ‘if these guys are from this town and managed to do it, then why not’?” he says.

“There’s so many venues and as a young band starting out there were so many places you could go and play with the three or four chords that you’d learnt and smash it and sound like a dishwasher falling down the stairs, but still get friends and family coming out to see you.

“Without that infrastructure in place, I don’t see how you could become a band.”

The Wombats perform at Roche Estate’s Grapevine Gathering on December 1.

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China’s Q3 GDP growth slowest since 2009

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China’s economy grew slower than expected last quarter amid a trade war with the US.China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in the third quarter, with regulators pledging further policy support as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite.
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Chinese authorities are trying to navigate through numerous challenges, as the trade war fears have sparked a blistering selloff in domestic stock markets and a steep decline in the value of the yuan versus the dollar, heightening worries about the growth outlook.

The economy grew 6.5 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, slower than 6.7 per cent in the second quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the economy to expand 6.6 per cent in the July-September quarter.

The GDP reading was the weakest year-on-year quarterly growth since the first quarter of 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.

“The trend of slowdown is strengthening despite Chinese authorities’ pledge to encourage domestic investment to support the economy. Domestic demand turned out weaker than unexpectedly solid exports,” said Kota Hirayama, senior emerging markets economist at SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo.

After another big decline in Chinese stocks on Thursday, policymakers sought to soothe markets, with central bank governor Yi Gang saying equity valuations are not in line with economic fundamentals.

Yi and senior regulators pledged targeted measures to help ease firms’ financing problems and encourage commercial banks to boost lending to private firms.

The Shanghai Composite index, which slumped more than 1 per cent in early trade, bounced back following the comments to be virtually flat at the midday break.

Third quarter growth was dragged down by the weakest factory output since February 2016 in September as automobile makers cut production by over 10 per cent amid a sales slowdown.

“The 6.5 per cent figure is definitely below our consensus expectations. Weakness is largely coming from the secondary industry – most notably manufacturing. We may review our Q4 forecasts,” said Betty Wang, senior China economist at ANZ in Hong Kong.

Recent economic data have pointed to weakening domestic demand with softness across factory activity to infrastructure investment and consumer spending, as a multi-year crackdown on riskier lending and debt has pushed up companies’ borrowing costs.

Before the data release, economists had expected China’s full-year growth to come in at 6.6 per cent this year – comfortably meeting the government’s 6.5 per cent target – and 6.3 per cent next year.

But now some say growth could slow even more dramatically next year.

“Looking ahead, the economic outlook is not optimistic with exports facing further headwinds as US tariffs kick in and demand from emerging countries ebbs. GDP growth is likely to slow to 6.0-6.2 per cent next year,” said Nie Wen, an analyst at Hwabao Trust Shanghai.

Beijing and Washington have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on each other in recent months, sparked by US President Donald Trump’demands for sweeping changes to China’s intellectual property, industrial subsidy and trade policies.

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Hawthorn confirm Mitchell’s AFL return

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Sam Mitchell is heading back to Hawthorn after two years in the west with the Eagles.AFL great Sam Mitchell is officially back at Hawthorn, signing a three-year deal to work under Alastair Clarkson as an assistant coach.
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The deal comes as no surprise, with Mitchell himself confirming two months ago that he wanted to leave West Coast for family reasons.

Mitchell has broken a four-year deal with the Eagles to rejoin the Hawks

Earlier this month, Clarkson also re-signed with Hawthorn until 2022.

Friday’s announcement completes a tumultuous two-year period for the four-time Hawthorn premiership midfielder, who captained the Hawks to the 2008 flag and also was the joint winner of the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

At the end of the 2016 season, Clarkson moved on Mitchell and fellow Hawks great Jordan Lewis.

Mitchell went to West Coast on a deal where he played a final season and then was supposed to be an assistant under Adam Simpson for three more years.

He was a key figure in West Coast’s premiership campaign and Simpson paid tribute to Mitchell in his post-match media conference.

“Sam Mitchell’s been sensational for us. We’re really sad to lose him, because he’s been great for these guys and our mids once again stood up really well,” Simpson said.

Mitchell said it had become too hard for his family to stay in Perth and he spoke to the Eagles mid-year.

“Perth is a great place, but it became apparent that with the heavy travel commitments, and living in an isolated city away from our support network, was not conducive with a young family,” he said.

“(Eagles football boss) Craig Vozzo was so supportive and we worked together to ensure that this would not be a distraction for the players.

“I am glad we did, as finishing my two years at West Coast with a premiership was a special experience.”

Mitchell, 36, played 207 games for the Hawks and another 22 for West Coast.

When it became clear in late July that Mitchell would return to Melbourne – but it was not yet certain that he would re-join Hawthorn – Clarkson said he sent him a text.

“I know Sam full well, his response to me was, ‘Yeah, we’re coming home Clarko but now’s not the right time to talk’,” Clarkson said.

“So I was put back in my box pretty quickly by Mitch.”

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Robert Dillon: Sporting Declaration

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DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: Knights coach Nathan Brown talks tactics with Ken Sio last season. The winger has signed for Salford in Super League. Picture: Jonathan CarrollSOMETIMES it seems the only certainty in rugby league is uncertainty.
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Just a few months ago, for instance, Craig Bellamy was pondering a massive offer to replace Wayne Bennett as Brisbane’s coach.

At about the same time, speculation was mounting that Sydney Roosters were planning to ditch Trent Robinson and sign Ivan and Nathan Cleary in a remarkable package deal.

With the benefit of hindsight, it is almost unthinkable that either scenario was even a talking point.

Bellamy re-signed with Melbourne and now looks certain to spend his entire first-grade coaching career at the club he has fashioned in his own image.

Likewise Robinson, who has now steered the Chooks to two premierships in six seasons and, having recently agreed to a new four-year deal, won’t be departingBondi Junction any time soon.

A host of other clubs, however, are in a state of flux.

Trent Barrett has clearly reached his use-by date at Manly, and all the indications are that Des Hasler will make a dramatic return to Brookvale.

Ivan Cleary has maintained he will honour the remaining two years of his contract with Wests Tigers, although he is at short odds to be back at Penrith before the start of next season.

Bennett, unable to convince Brisbane’s officials that he was worth retaining beyond the end of 2019, was touted as the likely candidate to replace Cleary at the Tigers. The old fox has since reportedlyhad second thoughts and reassured Brisbane’s players he is committed to them for one more campaign.

That could well change, however, if the Broncos were to secure the signature of South Sydney’s rookie coach Anthony Seibold for 2020 and beyond.

If the Rabbitohs were to lose Seibold, would they be willing to wait 12 months to replace him –or would it be in their interests to grant an early release and instal a replacement?

It’s all as clear as mud, andgiven thatmost clubs are about to kick off pre-season training inside the next few weeks, far from ideal.

At the Knights, there has also been significant upheaval and uncertainty, but in their situation it does not surround the head-coaching position.

Nathan Brown was re-signed last season on a uniqueopen-ended contract, at which point Wests Group/Knights chief executive Phil Gardner declared: “We think thatNathanis a really good fit for us,andwe like the idea of having a long-term coach …there’s no great club that has ever been built on continual changes of coaching staff.

“You’re not going to build any great organisation without stability.

“You’ve got to build that by creating an environment that fosters it,andhopefully the communityandour fans will be rewarded with some great results, over time.”

While Brown is entitled to feel relatively comfortable about his job security, that has not been the case for a host of Newcastle players and staff.

Since the start of last season, the Knights have parted company with Brown’s assistant coach, Mick Potter, their NSW Cup coach, Simon Woolford, under-20s coach Todd Lowrie, physical-performance manager Tony Ayoub, strength coach Luke Portese,football manager Darren Mooney andhead physiotherapist Travis Maude.

As for the game-day ball boys, I’m not quite sure, but they are entitled to be nervous.

Meanwhile, another cleanout of the playing ranks is under way.

Brock Lamb (Roosters) and Nick Meaney and Jack Cogger (both Canterbury) signed with rival clubs before last season finished.Luke Yates and Cory Denniss have since followed them out the back door, while Ken Sio –Newcastle’s top tryscorer in 2018 –has joined Salford after receiving what his manager described as a “shitty” and “pathetic” offer from the Knights.

Moreover, the future of two players under contract for two more seasons, Danny Levi and Nathan Ross, hasapparently been clouded by suggestions that the Knights are willing to release them.

As it stands, the Knights still need six players to fill their 30-man roster for next season, which will be eightif Levi and Ross were to leave.

Looking at the glass half-full, the Knights have already recruitedCronulla duo Jesse Ramien and Edrick Lee, Tim Glasby (Melbourne) and Mason Lino (Warriors), and more than $2 million of their salary cap remains unspent, which equates to possibly the largest war chestof any club in the NRL.

That leaves them in a strong position to pounce on any suitable players who belatedly become available, as occurred almost 12 months ago when Mitchell Pearce decided to leave the Roosters.

By the start of next season, it could be that Brown has played his cards shrewdly and secured imports capable of transforming the Knights, who finished 11ththis year, into play-off contenders.

It could also be that the wholesale makeover of support staff pays dividends and improves Newcastle’s players physically and technically, both individually and as a group.

But at this pointthe only thing that can be said with any confidenceabout the Knights in 2019 is that they are an unknown quantity.

Like so many of their rivals, how they will perform is anyone’s guess.

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Hazlewood amps up workload, ready for ODIs

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n fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is on track to return to national duty against South Africa.Josh Hazlewood is unsure who will be vice-captain of ‘s ODI side but fully confident he’ll be fit to face South Africa, having blown out the cobwebs while bowling for NSW’s second XI.
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The workloads of star pacemen Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who haven’t played for since the scandal-plagued Test series in South Africa, are being carefully monitored ahead of the ODI series that starts in Perth on November 4.

They each delivered 22 overs during this week’s Futures League fixture in western Sydney, the biggest test of their fitness since suffering back injuries earlier this year.

Hazlewood suggested he and Cummins passed with flying colours and are on track to face the Proteas.

“There’s the usual general soreness after a four-day game but things are going really well. The body feels pretty good and I’m pretty happy with how Pat and I went,” Hazlewood told AAP.

“We both got out of it what we wanted.

“There’s another second XI game next week. They’re just weighing up now whether we actually need to play it, we spent close to 200 overs in the field and bowled 20-odd overs, so it’s a nice build up for South Africa.”

Hazlewood and allrounder Mitch Marsh were appointed vice-captains of the Test side prior to the current two-match series in the UAE.

Aaron Finch will lead the national Twenty20 team, with Marsh and Alex Carey to serve as deputies, in the series against Pakistan that follows the second Test.

Tim Paine is the incumbent ODI captain but there is widespread speculation he could be dumped, allowing Carey to take the wicketkeeping gloves in the 50-over format as selectors start fine-tuning plans for next year’s World Cup.

Hazlewood is unsure whether he will be part of the formal ODI leadership group.

“I’m not too worried about whether I’m named vice-captain or not,” he said.

“It’s probably been my longest break not putting on an n cap.

“I’ve missed a little bit of ODI cricket through being rested and injured during the last couple of years, so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and being really fresh for a white-ball series.

“It rarely happens … Patty and I have talked a lot about it. We can’t wait.”

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Police vow to work around the clock to catch Windale child sex attacker

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MANHUNT: Officers from the Sex Crimes Squad in Windale on Friday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Police say they will work around the clock this weekend to find the man responsible for a daylight sex assault in Windale which has left the neighbourhood reeling.
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One resident in Yertala Close, a sloping, dead-end street that backs on to the gully where a 14-year-old girl was attacked at knifepoint on Wednesday,said the incident had been confronting.

“The brazenness of it. It hits home real hard,” the woman said.

“A lot of us out here are victims of it. We’ve all come from some diverse homes, some of us mums. And it’s just rattled us, really rattled us, opened up doorways that were shut a long time ago.”

Windale sex attack reaction: ‘Some of us mums, it’s really rattled us’ TOO CLOSE: Police tape next to houses and the park off Yertala Close where the attack happened. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookPictures: Jonathan CarrollThe woman’s teenage daughter was at home with friends when, only metres away, the 14-year-old girl was dragged into bush on her way home from school.

“All we can do now is just keep them close,” the woman said.“The afternoon it happened all the girls were sitting out the back there.

“It’s just made us sick. You’ve got no idea. My poor daughter, it’s rocked her because it was not even 25 metres away. I’ve got cameras I’m about to get set up.”

The woman said the attack hadbrought back memories of Windale nurse Renee Mitchell’s killing by local man Graham Sloane in nearby Bangalay Reserve in 2014.

Officers from the state Sex Crimes Squad canvassed residents in Windale on Friday and were pursuing CCTV footage that could help in the investigation.

Lake Macquarie Police District Commander Daniel Sullivansaid police hadreceived“wonderful support” from residents.

“Any and all sexual assaults are terrible, but when the attack is by a stranger on a young child, it sends chills throughout the community,” Supt Sullivan said.

He said police were sifting through the information they had received from the public.

“That said, investigators are still appealing for more. No matter how small that detail may seem, it could be the key to justice for this brave young girl.”

Schools in the area addressed students on Friday about stranger danger.

Another resident in Yertala Close said many children lived in the street.

“Everyone’s keeping them indoors and away from that bush area,” he said.

The attacker isdescribed as30 to 40 years oldwith aprominent nose and lips,asolid build. Hewaswearing a dark hoodie, dark long pants andgrey joggers and left the scene in a silver car.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. LOOKING FOR CLUES: Police searching near the crime scene on Thursday, the day after the attack. Picture: Marina Neil

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World’s second largest mining trucks arrive at BHP’s Peak Downs

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World’s second largest ultra-class mining trucks arrive in Queensland TweetFacebookFive massiveUltra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks have arrived atBHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland.
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National Group’s heavy transport solutions brandNational Heavy Haulagedelivered the massive mining trucks with police escorts and road closures.

The journey went from Mackay to Peak Downs over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October.

National Group managing directorMark Ackroydsaid this was not the everyday type of haul.

“The trucks are some of the biggest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonne so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars,” Mr Ackroyd said.

“It takes a highly efficient and reliable team to deliver a haul of this size and our NHH guys were able to do it without any concerns at all.”

Red Bull recently listed the Liebherr T 282 C as the equal second largest mining truck on the planet in their article;5 biggest dump trucks in the world, with a payload capacity of 400 tonne.

NHH general managerIan Scottwas surprised with the sheer size of these machines but was never worried about their fleet of trucks capabilities.

“These were definitely some of the biggest loads we have dealt with but that is what we are known for,” Mr Scott said.

“We utilise top of the range Kenworth prime movers and Drake heavy duty trailers, so when you combine these with a team focus on safely delivering the biggest and best equipment there is, nothing is too hard or too big to shift.”

Now that the lastLiebherrTruck has been delivered to Peak Downs, they will each undergo a final on-site assemble byNational Mining Services, who are also a part of MrAckroyd’s National Group, and then be officially handed over to BHP to go to work.

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