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    Four teenage girls arrested after police chases

    18/08/2018 - Author: admin

    Four teenage girls have been arrested after allegedly leading police on three separate pursuits in a stolen car through Sydney’s west on Thursday night.
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    Three girls – aged 13, 15 and 17 – were passengers in the Nissan Altiva, which was being driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old.

    Police said the car had been reported stolen earlier in the week.

    At 10pm on Thursday, police were conducting random breath tests on Doonside Road, Doonside, when the car allegedly failed to stop when directed.

    A police police began but was ended a short time later after police lost sight of the car.

    At 11.20pm, the car was seen again by police who were also conducting random breath tests on Maxwell Street in South Penrith, 16 kilometres west of where they were first seen.

    The driver allegedly failed to stop and another pursuit began.

    That chase was again terminated due to the allegedly dangerous speeds at which the car was being driven.

    The car was seen again at 11.40pm, on Greenway Parkway, Jordan Springs, and a third police pursuit began.

    Police deployed road spikes to stop the vehicle which hit a gutter near Lakeside Parade.

    The four girls all fled on foot but were arrested a short distance away.

    They were taken to Penrith police station.

    The driver was charged with several offences including taking and driving a conveyance without the consent of owner, driving unlicensed and two counts of police pursuit.

    The three passengers were released pending further investigations.

    The driver has been refused bail and is due to face a Children’s Court on Friday.

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    Brewer pleased with her place in final fight

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    FINAL TEST: Newcastle defender Hannah Brewer says the Jets are keen to get the job done against Canberra on Sunday and book their place in the play-offs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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    JETS defender HannahBrewer could easily have been on the other side of the crunch game with Canberra United on Sunday.

    But in career-best form and with the chance to end her first club’s finals drought with victory over United at McKellar Park, Brewer said there’s nowhere else she’d rather be.

    Brewerwas part of Canberra’s W-League premiership-winning campaign last season and played in their extra-time 1-0 semi-final loss to Melbourne City.However, she was not part of new coach Heather Garriock’s plans, which opened the door for a return to Newcastle.

    Brewer sat on the bench as a 15-year-old in Newcastle’s only finals appearance –a 1-0 loss to Canberra in 2009 –and played another five seasons with the Jets before campaigns with Melbourne Victory, City and United.

    The return to Newcastle cameperhaps sooner than expected, but the Central Coast-basedformer Matilda was glad to be part of coach Craig Deans’squad.

    “Home has always been my goal, to come back here and play,” Brewer said.

    “I loved playing here before but had to move away to better my football. Whether it was this year or a few years down the track, I was still questioning, but obviously I didn’t make the cut for Canberra last year and it threw me up in the air.

    “But I wanted to come back here.I spoke to Deansy early on and he was keen to get me back, so I look back now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than right here, right now.”

    Third-placed Newcastle (17 points) will move four points clear of fifth-placed Canberra (16) with victory on Sunday and guarantee themselves a top-four finish with a round to play. A loss or draw may leave them needing a result against City (16) in the final round.

    Brewersaid making the finals with Newcastle would be special.

    “I was 15 when I started here and wasplaying alongside Em [Van Egmond] then,” she said.“We’re the only ones still here, along with Gema [Simon], so to be possibly making the finals,with thisgame’s result, is massive and exciting for us and I wouldn’t want to be at any other club.”

    As for clinching a finals berth inCanberra, she said: “I’d love to. I’ve got nothing against the club down there but obviously playing against your last club, it’s always a big game and I certainly want to go out and give them a go.”

    Newcastle created far more chances than Canberra in their first encounter this year but went down 2-1.Deans said thatperformance, especially the first half, would give Newcastle confidence for Sunday’s game.

    Brewer expected a tougher assignment in Canberra, who now have Norwegian strikerElise Thorsnes.

    “It’s really a whole new team [this year] and it’s taken them a while to gelbecause they are all so new and don’t know how each other plays,” she said of United. “When we played them here we should have take our chances and won, but we didn’t and I think even at the end of the game we were on top of them, so it’s a massive game for us but one we can certainly win and show them that we’re the better side.”

    The 24-year-old, player of the match in the win over Melbourne Victory, said this was possibly her best season in the W-League.

    “Last season I thought I had areally good season,but I think this season I’ve taken that next step,” she said.

    “Deansy has had confidence in me and given me opportunities to get forward and play a different style of game.”

    Deans will have an injury-free squad for the trip to Canberra, although several players have battled illness recently.

    Newcastle had the bye last round and lost 2-1 to cellar-dwellers Adelaide before that.

    Deans said United would provide a challenge to the Jets defence, which conceded both goals from set pieces against Adelaide.

    “They have everyone all fit now and they’ve since signed a national team striker from Norway,” Deans said of Canberra.

    “She’s scored goals for them and contributed in pretty much every game she’s played.

    “They’ve got Ashleigh Sykes and Michelle Heyman as well and are similar to Melbourne City, with good quality players in the front third.

    “They are a challenge for us. They’ve scored 10 goals in their past two games and we’ve got to make sure we’re nice and tight at the back and try to keep a clean sheet.”

    The match and Newcastle’s last-round game will be streamed live on the Fox Sports website.

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    TV’s highest paid actress selling stunning Hamptons farmhouse

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    She might be TV’s highest paid actress but that hasn’t stopped Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo, from downsizing her property portfolio.
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    The actress has listed the four bedroom, four bathroom converted Hamptons farmhouse she owns with her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, for US$3.75 million ($4.68 million).

    Pompeo and Ivery purchased the property, located in the historic village of Sag Harbor, in 2011 for US$925,000 ($1.15 million) and soon transformed the existing farmhouse into the modern cedar strip-sided home it is today.

    “I loved the history of the property,” Pompeo told Architectural Digest. “There was a cabin, which was built by a woman who was a civil rights activist lawyer. She actually built it with her own two hands.”

    Set on 3.3 hectares, the light-filled home has been designed to balance modernity with the farmhouse’s authentic charm.

    Related: Grey’s Anatomy star speaks of fair pay battle Related: The Money Pit home is up for sale Related: Why celebrities love a country estate

    “I was looking to do something modern and hip and young, and I wanted to do something you don’t see out there???I wanted to do something different,” she said.

    “It’s decorated in a way that’s a fresh look compared to those Hamptons places that all look like they’re owned by 60-year-old Hamptons billionaires, with the shingles and the light columns. They all put me to sleep.”

    The home is also equipped with an open-plan living area with a double-height ceiling, a rustically-styled screened porch, a media room and a large heated pool.

    Pompeo recently made headlines for a candid interview she gave about her battle to earn fair pay on the hit TV show, where, for 13 seasons, she’s played lead character Meredith Grey.

    “I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a now viral interview.

    This article was originally published on Stuff.

    The home is equipped with a country-style kitchen.Photo: Brown Harris Stevens

    The large cabin has four light-filled bedrooms.Photo: Brown Harris Stevens

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    Hunter gamblers put $4.4 billion through pokies

    13/07/2019 - Author: admin

    HUNTER punters put more than $4.4 billion through pub and club poker machines in the 12 months to the end of Augustlastyear, part of a state-wide mania that put more than $80 billion through the one-armed bandits.
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    Hunter clubs made net profits on their machines of $262 million and hotels $114 million, meaning Hunter players lost more than $376 million out of statewide losses of about $8 billion.

    Nine of the top ten gambling areaswere in Sydney, but Central Coast local government area was number six,with a turnover of $3 billion and punters’ losses of $261.8 million.Newcastle came 14th, with 3091 pokies turning over $1.73 billion and returning $143.7 million in profits.

    Newcastleis at “relatively high risk of gambling related harm” according to the NSW government’s own rating of poker machine harms.

    NSW Greens gambling spokesperson Justin Field said NSW poker machine turnover had risen by more than $11 billion since 2013-14.

    “Poker machine financial data purchased from the government by the Greens show the extent of harm caused by poker machines in the community,” Mr Fieldsaid.

    “Poker machines are designed for addiction and to strip billions a year from the NSW community.This is money taken out of people’s pockets and away from the benefit of families, communities and local businesses.”

    The Coalition government’s tax take from pokies, revealed in last year’s budget, shows revenues rising from $1.3 billion in 2014-15 to $1.5 billion in 2016-17 to an estimated $1.7 billion in 2019-20. The tax take from clubs is rising at 3.1 per cent a year, and from hotels at 4.9 per cent, reflecting a push from publicans to install more gaming machines.

    The Productivity Commission says 40 per cent of pokielosses comefrom problem gamblers.

    In the Newcastle local government area, more than $1.7 billion was put through 3091 pokies in 96 venues, for net profit of $143 million and a tax take of $30.6 million. More than $1.2 billion went through 2162 machines in 31 registered clubs, while 929 machines in 65 hotels turned over $501 million.

    In Lake Macquarie, $1.15 billion was gambled, with punters losing $102 million and the tax office taking $18.9 million. The lake’s 37 clubs had 1992 pokies taking $843 million (and keeping $74.3 million): its 27 hotels had 448 machines that kept $27.8 million of the $305 million wagered.

    Although the $4.4 billion gambled is only 0.7 per cent above the $4.37 billion gambled in 2015-16, it’s the sheer size of the industry that disturbs Mr Field, who joined the NSW Legislative Council in August 2016.

    “The cost of poker machines is not only financial, these addictive machines ruin the lives of individuals and families,” Mr Field said.

    He said the Coalition government should protect people from gambling harm rather than protect the “vested interests of the industry”.

    “The government must remove dangerous features of poker machines, introduce $1 maximum bets and cap the losses that the community faces from these addictive machines,” Mr Field said.

    Under NSW gambling laws, pubs and clubs wanting to add more pokies must complete a liquor impact assessment that satisfies the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority that the extra pokies “will have an overall positive impact on the local community”.

    This is increasingly done by promising extra donations to community organisations or to state hospitals, as Fairfax Media reported last month.

    At present, two Hunter premises –the Australia Hotel and Peden’s Hotel –have applications pending to increase their poker machine numbers. The Australia wants to add six machines for a total of 20 and is promising $30,000 each to Cessnock Hospital and Cessnock Minor Rugby League ontop of the $23,000 in cash and $26,000 in kind it says it donated in 2016-17.

    Peden’s Hotel wants to go from 12 machines to 20 and is offering $30,000 to Cessnock Palliative Care Services and $20,000 to Cessnock Rescue Squad, sayingit had already donated $8000 in November “alone . . . to local charities”.

    The Australia Hotel application says there “may be some intangible negative effects created . . . in relation to problem gambling” but its $60,000 donation to “organisations that provide support to people dealing with problem gambling” would be “offsetting any potential negative impacts that could arise from the approval”.

    The Institute of Public Affairs says the amount of problem gambling is “overestimated”

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    Clear eyes, new start in All Saints’ big redo

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    Next chapter: Tim Cleary, pictured at St Mary’s campus, said the school year would “start at 100 miles an hour”. Picture: Max Mason-HubersNEW principal Tim Cleary describes it as the birth of a “new era” for two of the Hunter’s most historic schools.
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    The separately run schools that fallunder the All Saints College (ASC) banner – the years seven to 10St Peter’s at Maitland and StJoseph’s at Lochinvar plusyear 11 and 12 St Mary’s at Maitland–have overhauledtheir alliance.

    The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has consolidated the St Mary’s and St Peter’s campuses under a new unified leadership model and will now treat it as one school –the largest in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, with 1445 students.

    St Joseph’s has become a stand-alone year seven to 12 school.“It’s a time of regrowth, rebuilding and renewal,” Mr Cleary said.

    “To come to this school, find this hidden jewel and have the opportunity to polish it up is unbelievable.”

    As ASCprincipal, Mr Cleary will oversee two heads of campus, plus three assistant principals who will work across both campuses.

    “The structures were [previously] more nebulous than they were strong,” he said. “The disjointedness of having two schools instead of one college is educationally not as favourable as having them combined. We’ll have the learning teams working across bothcampuses so you have oversight of a student from year seven to 12.

    “I come from private schools in Sydney and this school as one college will –once you combine those resources –compare favourably to any of the best schools in Sydney. It’s about a big city education in the country.”

    The school will unveil its new visual identity including a new banner, badges, crest and colours on February 8 and is moving towards ashared uniform.

    Mr Cleary was last principalatSt Augustine’s Collegein Sydney, which he grew from 440 to 1350 students in the 15 years to 2016, when he left tobecome chief executive of the NRL’s Manly Sea Eagles.

    “I’m an administrator, a builder, and Manlybrought me in because they saw me build a lot of buildingsopposite Brookvale Oval,” he said.

    “It was a move that wasn’t fulfilling for me after a short period of time. What I’m bringing from that experience is I belong in schools.” Mr Clearysaid he could see ASC’s already-full campuses expanding.

    “I’m confident…that demand will peak,” he said. “There’s plenty of spaces we haven’t utilised plus plenty of old buildings that need to go into a time of renewal. If you can dust off the cobwebs and give them a lick of paint they will once again be magnificent. It hasn’t reached its potential yet, there’s a lot to be done and the capacity is there.”

    The CSO will also open St Bede’s Catholic College at nearby Chisholm this year. NSW students will make a staggered return to schools from Monday.

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    What the Socceroos will look like under Bert van Marwijk

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    A stronger emphasis on defence, flexible tactics and a lack of regard for reputation will be at the forefront of Bert van Marwijk’s approach to the Socceroos according to the only Australian to have played under the Dutch coach.
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    Socceroos legend Brett Emerton spent three seasons with van Marwijk at Feyenoord in The Netherlands where he was given his first opportunity to play European football. Signed directly from Sydney Olympic to the Eredivisie club by van Marwijk, a 21-year-old Emerton was immediately injected into the first team upon his arrival and says the direct and succinct man-management of van Marwijk enabled him to adjust to the leap.

    “He’s got a good knack of making his players know what their role and responsibility is within the team,” Emerton said. “He made it very clear what my role was on the football pitch and what was expected of me.”

    That clarity in his instructions is one of the strengths of van Marwijk, according to Emerton who says the Dutch coach has a gift of getting the most from players and balancing a squad with egos and big name players.

    Van Marwijk is renowned in his homeland for a direct and, at times, blunt approach. With the Socceroos, that could mean a lack of patience for reputation when it comes to squad selection.

    “I think he’ll go more on form than reputation,” Emerton said.

    In terms of tactics, van Marwijk had one system he used in the Eredivisie while at Feyenoord but would make significant adjustments and changes whenever they played in Europe. A 4-3-3 formation was most common in the league but he would adapt to each opponent in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup, which he won in 2002 with Feyenoord.

    “Throughout my time there we played quite a few games in the Champions League and Europa League and we came up against unfamiliar opposition. He was quite versatile and able to adapt to different styles of football,” Emerton said.

    A 4-2-3-1 formation has been his most preferred in recent years but Emerton said van Marwijk is not dogmatic about one style and tailors tactics to circumstances.

    “Knowing him, he’s a manager who will take into account what players he has at his disposal and who can fill what particular role. He won’t come here with a particular style of play that he wants to play from day one. He’ll take a look at the players and see where he can go from there,” Emerton said.

    One of the reasons van Marwijk was Football Federation Australia’s number one target to guide the Socceroos at the 2018 World Cup in Russia was his proven track record of achieving results instantly. A strong defence is his priority and once the backline is structured, only then will his attention turn towards playing attractive football.

    “First of all, he makes his teams hard to beat. He makes them solid at the back but at the same time he wants you to play an attractive style of football. We’ve seen in the past he’s able to do both. He’s done it with Saudi Arabia, he’s done it with the Dutch national team, he did it with myself at Feyenoord. He’s able to adapt to all circumstances and he’s going to need to be able to do that to be a success with our national team,” Emerton said.

    The 95-time Australian international wasn’t sought for a reference from FFA, but would have given a glowing endorsement for van Marwijk.

    “I would have endorsed him if they spoke to me,” he said.

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    Curious joy of being human

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    INQUIRING MINDS: Some of the participants who took part in the executive program at Singularity University, Silicon Valley.For one week in December, I was the kid in the candy store. I was experiencing the executive program at Singularity University, Silicon Valley.For six days my insatiably curious mind was bombarded with ideas, challenges and information. Eighty-seven attendees from 38 countries working together.
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    Here’s a taste of what is happening.

    Quantum computing is on its way. What currently takes a small team, the latest computer software and three weeks to accomplish, a 15-bit quantum computer spits out in three minutes. It could take 10 years until quantum computing is mainstream, which may give us enough time to shift our thinking.We are living in a time of abundance and opportunity. Humans are living longer, there are fewer wars, less poverty, childhood mortality has dropped, the cost of food has dropped and global literacy has gone from 25 per cent to 80 per cent. We have the ability to extract problematic genes and avoid disease. It’s already happening. The ethics debate has begun.

    Immersion in augmented and virtual realities has led to the creation of alternate or renewed brain pathways in paraplegics. Movement is happening where it was previously impossible. It’s still early days in the research.The jury is out on Bitcoin but Blockchain and alternate methods of exchange are inevitable.

    Yet…When our grandparents played in the dirt, their immune systems were strengthened. In some cases we are ‘oversterilising’ and our immune systems are suffering. It seems gardening and having a dog, are great for your body as well as your soul.

    At the end of the day, for all our computers, technology, robotics and research, we remain human. We experience joy when we help another, increased immunity when we are grateful. We want to belong to a tribe and we have a desire to contribute.

    Christina Gerakiteys is a creativity and innovation educator and the founder of Ideation At Work.

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    Maxwell considering giving up Test dream for Twenty20 riches

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    Should Glenn Maxwell give up Test cricket for life on the Twenty20 circuit? “It’s a question that’s been on my mind for the last six months,” Maxwell said. And it’s not one he is about to answer straight away either, but you don’t get the feeling one of the most mercurial batsmen in world cricket will be finishing his days as the old pro in the Sheffield Shield.
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    Not many players of his ability do any more since the emergence of Twenty20 leagues, which allow players to make six-figure sums for six weeks’ work.

    Maxwell’s priority is still “100 per cent” to wear the baggy green, but if it becomes apparent his days in the international arena are numbered, he will consider his future in the game.

    At 29, Maxwell is in the prime of his career but despite enjoying the best summer of his career he has lost his positions in Australia’s Test and one-day international teams.

    He won a recall to the ODI side in the days after this interview, but it’s a Test berth he covets most. He made great strides in 2017, but 10 months after scoring his maiden Test century – and one of the finest by an Australian on foreign soil in recent years – he is not considered by selectors to be among the seven best batsmen in the country.

    Australia are due to play a series against Pakistan in the Middle East in March next year. Whether Maxwell, who has played all his seven Tests in Asia, is picked could play a major factor in the route he takes.

    “Subcontinent tours I’ve been more favoured than some other players – it’ll be interesting to see where I am, coming to that time,” Maxwell told Fairfax Media last week.

    “I might have to make some decisions over the next one or two years. I’ll chat to a few of the guys at Cricket Australia and see where I sit. I’d love to play that 2019 World Cup, I’d love to be back in the Test side.

    “If there’s no chance of me getting back into that Australian team, or they don’t find a place for me, I’ve got to start thinking about my career moves and what I want to get out of cricket moving forward.”

    Maxwell has been both nowhere and everywhere this summer. He has not played a game for Australia but has seldom been out of the headlines. His relationship with Steve Smith was in the spotlight after the captain’s controversial “train smarter” comments in the wake of Maxwell’s axing from the one-day side.

    They have since caught up over coffee – neither party has divulged what was said – but the public criticism took its toll on Maxwell’s family, particularly his parents.

    “When I first saw my parents they were both in tears and pretty upset for me. It hurt them a lot more than it hurt me,” Maxwell said.

    “That was the hard thing to take. For them to be upset at something that is pretty much uncontrollable. It felt like to them there was a red line through my name for a reason they didn’t know about. I couldn’t give them an answer, I couldn’t explain it to them.

    “After chatting to Steven since and getting that clarity around it I was able to calm my parents down. Dealing with them being upset about something they can’t control but they just want to see their son be happy and successful. To see that in the media was painful for them.”

    Maxwell is desperate to change perceptions of him as a limited-overs slugger who does not have the patience or technique to flourish in the longer format. He wants to be seen as the batsman who can survive the final over of a session, get through tough periods when the ball is moving and who can be trusted not to give his wicket away.

    The captain and selectors clearly remain unconvinced otherwise they could easily have made a strong case for his retention based on his numbers on the two subcontinent tours of 259 runs at 37. Maxwell acknowledges he was probably one big innings away from sealing the deal.

    “I’m hoping at some stage I can get back in there and make my spot my own and it can’t be taken away from me at all,” Maxwell said.

    “That’s probably what I did wrong in Bangladesh; I gave them opportunity to give my spot to someone else.

    “Looking back, if I could have turned one of those starts into a hundred, I got a start in every game, it’s pretty hard for them to drop you come Gabba time.”

    His goals for the rest of the summer are to transfer his Big Bash League form into the Twenty20 tri-series and make the most of his omission from South Africa by posting what would be his first 1000-run season in the shield. He has three games left to achieve the latter.

    “Even though there’s not another Test series until later in the year it’d still be nice to keep stacking up those numbers I was producing before Christmas,” Maxwell, who has 590 runs at 73.75 this season, said.

    “If you perform well for Australia in any format, hopefully that goes a long way to putting your name up in lights and remind selectors what you can do.”

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    Finals frontier beckons Charlestown

    13/06/2019 - Author: admin

    CHARLESTOWN skipper Steve Mace has played in so many Newcastle District Cricket Association semi-finals and finals he has lost count of them all.
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    VETERAN: Charlestown skipper Steve Mace will provide crucial middle-order experience in Saturday’s run chase against Newcastle City, in a game that shapes as crucial to both team’s semi-final hopes. Picture: Marina Neil

    What he does know is it’s been too long since the last one.

    Mace, who turned 49 two days ago, is the last survivor of Charlestown’s golden era through the mid-1980s to the early ’90s, when the Magpies were a dominant force.

    But their most recent appearance in the play-offs was a heart-breaking loss to Cardiff-Boolaroo in the 2009-10 final, an anomaly Mace is determined to address.

    “Through the ’80s and ’90s we had a good run, but I can’t imagine we’ve had too many longer stretches [out of the finals],” Mace said.

    “It might be abouttime.”

    Charlestown are unlikely to get a better chance.

    When round 11 of the season started last weekend, they were fourth on the competition ladder, five points behind third-placed Newcastle City (48), their opponents at No.1 Sportsground.

    A point adrift of Charlestown’s tail are Hamilton-Wickham (42), followed by Wallsend (40), Belmont (38) and University (37).

    With three rounds to play after this one, only Merewether (66) and Wests (53) appear assured of finishing in the top four, but Charlestown can take a significant step towards joining them by chasing down the 224 City posted last week. They will resume at 2-45.

    “It’s a big game, for both teams really,” Mace said.

    “It’s pretty delicately poised and it’s going to come down to who wants it the most, I guess.

    “It’s going to go a long way towards determining where we finish.

    “There’s going to be a lot of pressure on both teams, but I know we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

    Meanwhile, the semi-final aspirations of both Hamwicks and Belmont will be under siege when their respective matches resume.

    Hamwicks, the defending champions, need to take three wickets against Waratah-Mayfield to prevent a costly loss at Passmore Oval.

    The visitors finished last week at 7-110 in pursuit of 169.

    Belmont, meanwhile, will need something special to avoid being the first team to be beaten this season by cellar dwellers Cardiff-Boolaroo.

    Cardiff last week racked up animposing 9-306 on their home ground, and ifthey successfully defend it on Saturday, Belmont will be left needing a minor miracle to reach the finals.

    At Wallsend Oval, Wests skipper James King faces an intriguing decision. Will he bat on so that he and Ben Chew –who put on an unbroken 304 last weekend – can chase the record first-grade partnership of 327?

    The Rosellas already have first-innings points, and a 234-run lead, and will be eyeing an outright.

    In the remaining games, Uni (0-1) will be chasing Merewether’s 255 at Townson Oval.

    At Lynn Oval, Stockton (0-23) will need a big effort with the bat to overhaul Toronto’s 8-295.

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    Questions on suspension of employees

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    UNCERTAINTY: A recent decision confirmed the question of an employer’s right to suspend an employee is still not fully understood by a lot of employers.A question that often gets posed to employment lawyers is that of an employer’s legal right to suspend an employee.
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    A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia looked specifically at this issue and confirmed that the question of an employer’s right to suspend an employee is still not fully understood by a lot of employers.

    The case involved circumstances where an employee was “suspended” while certain aspects of that employee’s conduct was the subject of a review by the employer.

    While it is accepted that a detailed contract of employment may confer upon an employer the right to suspend an employee for a range of reasons, the case dealt with the circumstances of a right of an employer to suspend an employee at common law (in circumstances where the contract of employment did not specifically provide for the employer to suspend the employee for the purposes of an investigation).

    The case reaffirmed that at common law, an employer has no right to suspend an employee without pay for misconduct, even if that misconduct would justify summary dismissal. An employer must take an “all or nothing” approach and either dismiss the employee or treat the contract as continuing. The employer must make a decision one way or the other.

    However, it must be recognised that the common law has treated differently, suspension of an employee on full pay for a limited period, as compared to suspension without pay.

    Referring to other decided cases the court accepted that an employee may be suspended on full pay by an employer while the employer carries out an investigation into a complaint about, or actions of, the employee.

    In a previous court decision cited as part of the case, the court accepted that a suspension on full pay during the period of investigation may not be a breach of employment contract at common law.However, the court also accepted that at common law, an employee does not have a right to suspend an employee indefinitely.

    In the previous case, it had been held that in the case of an employee who holds a senior, and highly skilled position where it is implicit the employee would have the opportunity to exercise and develop their skills, a direction not to perform work indefinitely was not “reasonable and equitable’, nor was it “necessary for business efficacy, not obvious, not capable of clear expression.”

    The case highlights, firstly, the need for properly drawn employment contracts to clearly define the rights and obligations of employees and employers, including the right of suspension, and secondly, in the absence of a written contract, the right of an employer to suspend an employee is limited at common law to a reasonable period to carry out an investigation but also that the reason for the proposed investigation and the timing of the proposed investigation should be reasonable.

    Dean Frith is a lawyer and partner at Baker Love Lawyers.

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    Pietersen’s BBL warning to Cricket Australia

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    Kevin Pietersen has issued a parting warning to Cricket Australia as he leaves the Big Bash League, expressing his concern that expansion of the competition could preclude overseas players and coaches from signing with clubs.
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    Pietersen, 37, is set to play his final game for the Melbourne Stars in their clash against the Hobart Hurricanes at the MCG on Saturday, drawing to an end his four seasons playing with the club.

    The Stars have crashed horribly this season, winning just one of their nine games. Even victory against the Hurricanes won’t be enough to avoid a first wooden spoon for the club. However, Pietersen’s four seasons in Melbourne could still be described as a qualified success, with the flamboyant England Test great averaging 36.60 with a strike rate of 136.4 from 33 games with the Stars, while helping the Stars to three straight finals series, including a narrow loss in the 2015-16 decider against Sydney Thunder.

    Pietersen has used much of his time in Australia working around his time with the Stars, doing television stints with Channel Ten and Channel Nine. He has also missed one game annually to head back to England for Christmas.

    Speaking ahead of his farewell match, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Australian Rhino Project, a charity of which he is an ambassador, Pietersen says he wants to be remembered for his dedication to the Stars.

    “I think I want to be remembered as someone who was as committed to the club as anyone that’s played for the club, somebody who gave absolutely everything, was truly professional, and helped a lot of the youngsters and some of the experienced players along the way,” Pietersen said.

    He lauded the club’s “incredible” management, who had allowed him to keep up his Christmas tradition.

    “[They’ve been] super accommodating with my Christmas trip home to make sure I keep my priorities right, which is my family,” he said. “That’s the amazing thing about this club.”

    Both Pietersen and compatriot Luke Wright are leaving the Stars, which now has two spots for fresh overseas players.

    Each BBL team played 10 games this season, up from last summer’s eight, and league boss Kim McConnie has said CA is exploring the possibility of even more games soon.

    But Pietersen cautioned against that, arguing that it could lead overseas players and coaches – almost all of whom are aligned with other cricket clubs and governing bodies around the world – to rethink their involvement in the BBL. Stars coach Stephen Fleming is missing his side’s final game of the season to be in India for the Indian Premier League auction.

    “I worry about the expansion of the league,” Pietersen said.

    “I worry from an overseas player’s perspective. I worry about it from an overseas coach’s perspective. Can you afford to spend two months, 2?? months maybe, as a coach in Australia? I’m not so sure.”

    Pietersen said the Stars’ dramatic fall this season had come as a shock to him, but was clear that it was time for the club to start afresh. “We’ve probably come to the end of a cycle where some players probably need to get a shift on, but the loyalty that this club delivers and has delivered for all those years needs to be commended and needs to be applauded because it’s quite easy to start getting rid of players at certain times,” he said.

    He reiterated that he would love to stay involved with the club in some capacity, noting how touched he’d been that the club had allowed him to promote his passion for rhino conservation. “It’s probably the most humbling thing for me in the whole setup, that rhino game they afforded me last year,” he said.

    “I think the awareness that’s been created over the amount of time that we’ve been doing it.

    “A little girl gave him a note saying ‘you’re my favourite player, thank you for what you’re doing for the rhinos.’ People talk to me more about rhinos than they do about cricket.”

    Saturday’s match also marks veteran Rob Quiney’s last appearance with the club.

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    ‘It must be lonely out there’: Lee lauds fiance Wozniacki

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    When it comes to pressure in big moments, former NBA star David Lee knows all about it.
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    The two-time All Star, who started his career with the New York Knicks, won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.

    But the humble giant (206 centimetres) says he knows only half of what his fiancee Caroline Wozniacki is going through as she prepares for Saturday night’s Australian Open final.

    “That’s what we’ve laughed about before. I always say: you know, it’s gotta be a lonely feeling out there,” Lee told Fairfax Media.

    “It’s gotta be lonely because you don’t have anyone to blame it on.

    “Whereas I can say, my coach didn’t do this or my teammate didn’t do that, so it’s a little bit of a different situation in a team sport.”

    Without teammates to lean on, Wozniacki has dragged herself out of the darkness and less than 18 months after being ranked 74 in the world, she’s back competing on the biggest stage of all.

    The Dane and her opponent Simona Halep enter the match looking for their first grand slam title, having both been twice unsuccessful in finals.

    Halep has lost both of her attempts in French Open finals (2014, 2017), while Wozniacki has also lost two finals at the US Open (2009, 2014).

    And while so much of the build-up has been around the pressure on both players to win their maiden slam, Lee has a much more measured approach.

    “I think she’s actually going through what every athlete goes through. To be in a big moment and not feel any pressure, that just doesn’t make sense,” Lee said.

    “There isn’t a tennis player that’s been in a grand slam semi-final that has gotten to that moment and hasn’t felt any pressure, that’s just not realistic.

    “And I know from playing basketball, every single superstar that I’ve either played with or against is feeling that exact same thing. And afterwards when you hit the big shot or you when you win the match you say – yeah I wasn’t feeling any pressure.

    “You can make it sound good after the fact.”

    The No.1 and 2 seeds have also come desperately close to elimination in the early rounds, with both Halep and Wozniacki saving multiple match points before even reaching the second week of the tournament.

    Wozniacki was trailing Jana Fett 5-1 and 40-15 in the second round before producing an astonishing comeback.

    Lee believes it was a significant moment mentally for Wozniacki.

    “She faced a tough situation in that second round when she had every reason to give up,” he said.

    “By coming back in that match gave her new life and she’s been playing really with house money this entire time and I think that’s propelled her to continue to move forward.”

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    Women open up the field, the door and the horizon

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    At one end, Simona Halep had her hands on her knees. At the other end, so did Anqelique Kerber. It seemed impossible that either would take another step. It might be the single defining image of the 2018 Australian Open.
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    But it needs this context, that it wasn’t the end of the match, and that when at length the ball was reintroduced to play, each immediately hared off after it again, finding new reserves. Their efforts were called courageous. Once, they might have been called manly. But that was a long time ago.

    It’s been a good fortnight for women at the Australian Open. New York Times tennis writer Chris Clarey reckons he might have seen the best three women’s matches of the year already, and it’s still January. Perhaps the women’s tournament even has outshone the men’s. It doesn’t matter. We’ve gone way past the time when the worth of women in any sporting endeavour was measured against the men’s standard. On those terms, we men could hardly lose, could we?

    Now, for the first time, women’s sports acoss the board get to stand as and for what they are.

    The women’s Open will end on Saturday night with a new champion. Some will demur about the good in this, saying that without Serena Williams, the tournament lacked star quality. Tennis is more susceptible to this bind than other sports. When it is even, it is said to be devoid of stars. When stars emerge and dominate, it is said to be uncompetitive. Surely the moral of this tournament is that a range generally is better.

    Serena did make her presence felt, by slapping down Tennys Sandgren, a peculiar man in more than just name, for homophobia. Serena said if she had let his epithet pass, she could not have looked her new-born daughter in the eye. Serena was not always so obviously politically aware, for instance, when unapologetically playing in Dubai in a tournament from which an Israeli player was banned for being Israeli. If her horizons have broadened since, that is laudable. Sandgren apologised.

    Look around. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley got a big Australia Day gong. Billie Jean King got to reprise her role in emancipation for gays in sport, and women sportspeople generally. As for Margaret Court, the latterly controversial contemporary of Goolagong and King, she acts at least as a reminder that women make up more than half the population, and so come in as many types, minds and guises as men, and that it is plain weird looking back to see that in golf, for instance, once there were “men” and “associates”, but not women. Oh, no, never women.

    Lift your eyes further still. A woman soccer player, Samantha Kerr, is the Young Australian of the Year. The descriptor “brother of AFL star Daniel” has long been redundant.

    Another woman, a scientist, is Australian of the Year. Gone are the Howardian days when you only had to become Test captain also to be made Australian of the Year; three in a row were. This year, Belinda Clark, a true cricket pioneer, at least got an OA.

    Half a world away, Anya Shrubsole, star of England’s cricket World Cup win, this week became the first woman to feature on the cover of Wisden in its 150-year history. “Hopefully the first of many to come,” she said.

    In another part of the world, the reptilian Larry Nassar, once doctor to the US gymnastics team, was locked up for life for abuse of his charges. “I wouldn’t send my my dogs to you,” said the judge, a woman. It is not a sporting feat, but it is a development that was made possible by the empowerment of women in sport.

    The revolution rolls on. The WBBL season is winding up, season two of AFLW about to begin.

    As drawcards, the men’s games will continue to outrank them for now, but that is not the point. It is that they are established in the sporting landscape, and so soon after their causes seemed forever lost. These ladies are not for turning.

    Look even further afield. Royal Adelaide, host of last year’s Australian women’s golf Open, was so chuffed that it went right out there on the cutting edge and a month later allowed women members to play there on Saturdays.

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