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Queanbeyan teen pleads not guilty to killing his 10-year-old brother

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A Queanbeyan teenager charged with accidentally killing his little brother has pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The 16-year-old appeared in Queanbeyan Children’s Court on Tuesday, where he is charged with assault causing the death of his 10-year-old brother.

The charge was introduced recently as part of legislation designed to address the problem of one-punch attacks.

On the same day the Queanbeyan teenager pleaded not guilty to the offence, a Newcastle court recorded the first conviction of a person under the new legislation.

In the Newcastle case, the man was charged with manslaughter, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of assault causing death. He will be sentenced in June.

The Queanbeyan incident occurred on May 23, 2016. It is alleged the teenager grabbed hold of the 10-year-old’s wrist and punched him in the ribs. The younger boy attempted to get away when the teenager allegedly pushed him, causing the boy to hit his head on the corner of a door frame.

The 16-year-old and his mother commenced CPR on the boy, however he was pronounced dead at the Canberra Hospital days after the incident when his life support was switched off.

Previously in court, the boy’s solicitor Michael Bartlett said the autopsy found the 10-year-old had a tissue disorder affecting his cerebral artery.

While a second opinion was sought on the previously undiagnosed brain condition, Mr Bartlett said he’d been told the expert view of the forensic psychologist who diagnosed the condition “doesn’t need to be questioned”.

Following the not guilty plea, both parties agreed the matter needed to be committed to trial because it was a homicide.

But the parties could not immediately decide which superior court should hear the matter.

Mr Bartlett called for the matter to be heard in the district court, where he said other matters with maximum 20-year sentences were heard.

The crown prosecutor suggested the matter should be committed to the supreme court, as this charge was a “statutory alternative” to murder and manslaughter.

The court concluded the case would be heard in the district court.

An application to waive a committal hearing was granted and the case will proceed in May.

‘Lost the biggest bet’: Gambling king convicted of insider trading

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Four times, authorities went after famed Las Vegas sports gambler William T. Walters, and four times the man known as Billy emerged victorious.

But on Friday, Walters’ luck turned, as a federal jury in Manhattan convicted him on fraud and conspiracy charges in one of the biggest insider trading trials in years.

“To say that I was surprised would be the understatement of my life,” Walters, 70, told reporters as he left the courtroom.

“If I would have made a bet I would have lost. I just did lose the biggest bet of my life. Frankly I’m in total shock.”

His lawyer, Barry Berke, said he would appeal the verdict.

Walters, one of the most successful professional sports gamblers in the country, was accused in the latest case against him of using non-public information from Thomas Davis, a board member of Dean Foods of Dallas, to make more than $US40 million from 2008 to 2014 by realising profits and avoiding losses.

The investigation into Walters’ activities and subsequent trial drew in prominent figures like Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and unpaid adviser to President Donald Trump, and Phil Mickelson, the champion professional golfer. Swift decision

The conviction of Walters lifted something of a cloud that had hung over the US attorney’s office in Manhattan since December 2014, when a federal appeals court threw out the insider trading convictions of two hedge fund managers. That ruling led prosecutors to vacate the convictions and guilty pleas of several other people.

The verdict against Walters was also a coda to a series of insider trading prosecutions led by Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired days before the trial began.

The jurors in Walters’ case reached their decision after deliberating for a little more than half a day, rendering a swift decision in a trial that lasted 14 days spread over four weeks.

The quickness of the verdict vindicated the government’s trial strategy, including a decision to give a central role to Davis, an acknowledged embezzler and philanderer who had pleaded guilty to several offences connected to the insider trading scheme.

Davis, the government’s main witness, had his credibility repeatedly called into question by lawyers for Walters. The defense team said Walters had been falsely implicated by Davis, who was desperate to escape punishment for his own misdeeds.

One juror interviewed outside the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan where the trial was held said that he and the rest of the jury had not been swayed by that argument.

“We looked at his credibility,” the juror, Lonnie Drinks, said of Davis. “Everything was factored.”

Walters was convicted of 10 charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, the most serious of which carry a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

“Armed with his illegal edge, Walters made huge, perfectly timed trades, at times accounting for over a third of the trading volume in Dean Foods stock,” Joon Kim, the acting US attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement.

“In engaging in his yearslong stock fraud scheme, Walters underestimated law enforcement’s resolve to pursue and catch those who cheat the market.”

Walters, who was once profiled by “60 Minutes” because of his betting prowess, was not the only big name to come up during his trial. The Icahn connection

Icahn emerged in testimony and court filings as having had frequent discussions with Walters. A broker for Walters testified on cross-examination that some of Walter’s stock-trading ideas had come from Icahn, who was not charged with wrongdoing.

During a hearing outside the presence of the jury, one of Walters’ lawyers told the judge that Walters and Icahn were friends.

The lawyer, Paul Schoeman, added: “Mr. Walters has a long history of investing in stocks that Mr Icahn has publicly announced he’s interested in.”

Mickelson was also mentioned during the trial as someone who had traded in Dean Foods shares and once owed nearly $US2 million in gambling debts to Walters.

Mickelson made roughly $US1 million trading Dean Foods shares; he agreed to forfeit those profits in a related civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Known as “Lefty” for his left-handed stroke, Mickelson was not criminally charged. Though he was once seen as a potential witness at Walters’ trial, he was never called to testify. Tips on the Bat Phone

Prosecutors said that Walters had tried to hide his actions by supplying Davis with a prepaid mobile phone called the Bat Phone to use while conveying secret information and by sometimes speaking in code.

During the trial, prosecutors displayed phone logs and trading records, and an agent with the FBI testified that Walters sometimes made major trades within moments of speaking with Davis on the phone.

For instance, the agent testified, Davis and Walters spoke on the phone for 10 minutes one day in 2008 beginning at 12:54 pm. At 1:05 pm, Walters bought 462,200 shares of Dean Foods stock for about $US9.3 million.

Davis provided Walters with secret Dean Food information about future earnings statements, the planned purchase of another company and a pending initial public offering, prosecutors said.

At the same time, Walters arranged for loans of nearly $US1 million to Davis, who had financial problems and repaid only a small portion of what he borrowed, prosecutors said. ‘Babe Ruth of Risk’

Defense lawyers offered a contrasting account. They said that Walters was a skilled and fearless trader, referred to by one of his brokers as “the Babe Ruth of Risk,” who did not need inside information. Davis, Walters’ lawyers said, was trying to save himself by maligning Walters.

The competing narratives were on display throughout the trial. Davis testified that he had acted as a “virtual conduit” of secrets and had supplied Walters with an “enormous” amount of information.

At one point, Davis said, Walters provided him with the Bat Phone to use while communicating about Dean Foods, adding that later he had thrown it into a creek after federal agents visited his home.

Davis also testified that Walters sometimes spoke in code, using “Dallas Cowboys” to refer to Dean Foods and asking “How’s the milkman doing?” when inquiring about the company, then the country’s largest dairy processor.

Defense lawyers cross-examined Davis at length, eliciting acknowledgments that he had been squeezed for money, had taken $US100,000 from a charity he ran, had mislabelled expenses on his taxes and had lied to many people, including investigators with the SEC.

Walters’ lawyers suggested that Davis had misled prosecutors about his sports gambling habits and his contact with prostitutes, at one point reading into the record phone numbers for escort services in Chicago, Denver, New York and San Francisco that Davis, who told prosecutors he had not hired prostitutes in recent years, had called in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Berke also questioned the existence of what he called the “so-called Bat Phone,” which was never recovered, pointing out that Davis had first told prosecutors that it was black before then testifying at trial that it was maroon.

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Tigers stars align to topple Eagles

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was smiling after his side outlasted West Coast at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

It was a performance won more through grit than polish, ably led by his side’s four best players – Alex Rance, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin all outstanding – but with solid performances from his second tier.

“I thought our first half was a bit untidy, we looked a little bit flat,” he said. “We challenged our boys a little bit at half-time, and I thought all of our leaders stood tall – Trent, Jack, Alex, and then Dusty came to the fore as well.”

It wasn’t just about the leaders. Reece Conca continued his fine start to the season, and at the fall of the ball, the Tigers’ small forwards were dangerous. Daniel Rioli had nine touches, but his impact was undeniable, his agility and balance sublime, his third-quarter goal brilliant.

But it was the Tigers’ determination to hunt the ball inside the contest that outworked the Eagles.

“I thought we got our mix right of our inside and then guarding the outside,” Hardwick said.

“They hurt us a little bit on the outside early. I thought Lambert did a terrific job on Mitchell from about halfway through the second quarter, which probably stifled them a little bit, but I was really pleased that our guys, when challenged, lifted the bar.”

Adam Simpson acknowledged that his side had been beaten for intensity around the ball.

“Our poor intent in the third really cost us. We probably should have been hurt by that a bit more, but hard-ball gets – your ability to stick our head over the ball when it really mattered – went away from us in that third quarter in particular. Having said that, the game was still on the line right up until the last five minutes.”

The Eagles have just a five-day break before they take on Sydney, who are in the unfamiliar position of being without a win after three rounds, but Simpson said he expected no more from the Swans’ renowned hardness than any other side.

“I think every team wants pressure and intensity in the contest and to win the contested ball,” he said.

“That’s coming every week. The Saints were the same last week; North the same round one. So that’s just a given now, I don’t think it’s any team’s particular style, just some teams are better than others. We’ve got to move on pretty quick. On Monday we’ll start working on the opposition with our players.

“We’ll take some positives out of today, but we’ll also take some big areas of improvement and like I said, Richmond were consistent all day in that area of the game, and in the end it’s hurt us.”

Richmond, by contrast, are three and zip. Next week, they take on an improving Brisbane on the road: win that, and you have to go back to 1995 for the last time the Tigers opened a season with four straight. “Brisbane are actually playing some pretty good footy at the moment, have taken it up to a couple of sides,” Hardwick said.

“It’s always tough going interstate, but we travel pretty well, so we look forward to that challenge up on their hostile deck.”

Turnbull denies interfering in PNG politics

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Malcolm Turnbull has rejected claims that he has interfered with domestic politics in Papua New Guinea by visiting Port Morseby on the eve of national elections and praising Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
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Mr Turnbull was asked by local media to respond to claims that he has given an endorsement to Mr O’Neill’s re-election campaign just before writs are issued for the election.

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta has bitterly attacked the timing of the visit, Mr Turnbull’s first to PNG as prime minister, saying he has placed himself in a “dangerous position”, especially “with the prospect of a new government just around the corner”.

But Mr Turnbull dismissed the complaint, saying the timing of his visit was “entirely unrelated” to any domestic political events in PNG.

Declaring the election was a matter for the people of PNG “absolutely”, Mr Turnbull said: “The relationship between PNG and and the engagement between PNG and is of vital importance to both countries and it continues before and after elections.”

“We’re democracies. We regularly have elections. We have them more often than you do. We have three-year terms. Yours are five-year terms.”

Nominations for the election open in the next fortnight, with polling to start on June 24.

During a joint media conference over the weekend, Mr Turnbull praised Mr O’Neill for his continued co-operation in the “vitally important fight against people smuggling” and for his commitment to strengthening relations between the two countries.

Before departing for India, Mr Turnbull also deflected questions about PNG’s poor economic performance after a period of massive growth.

Asked if it was a concern to that the Papua New Guinea government was “broke”, Mr Turnbull said management of the finances of PNG was a matter for the PNG government.

“The n government works closely with PNG. As you know we have a very large development aid program here in PNG and we look forward to continuing that work,” he said.

“But matters concerning the administration of the public finances of Papua New Guinea should be addressed to the government of Papua New Guinea and no doubt all of those issues will be lively ones in the weeks ahead.”

Davis Cup fervour transforms Kyrgios into Hewitt’s leading man

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Perhaps the best measure of the success of Nick Kyrgios at the Davis Cup over the weekend was his readiness to lay the credit at the feet of others. On the court, he was the undoubted star. Later, he would swiftly shift the conversation.
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“I think Thommo [Jordan Thompson] hasn’t gotten enough credit. He played Jack Sock, who’s a top-15 player in the world, same semi-finals of Masters events, he’s playing probably the best tennis he’s ever played,” Kyrgios said.

“To beat him in four sets, it’s not easy. He came up massive this tie.”

And on Lleyton Hewitt, his team captain and the man now shaping as one of the greatest influences in his career and life in general: “He’s helped me a lot this year. It’s easy to play for him. He’s always there. He’s given me so much support, I can’t say enough. He does everything.”

On Sunday on Brisbane’s Pat Rafter Arena, Hewitt had tasked his No.1 player with stepping up to the plate and putting the USA challenge to bed once and for all. With a 2-1 lead going into the reverse singles, the tie was in his hands.

After a slow start, down 0-3 against Sam Querrey, Kyrgios steadied, rallied then hit full stride. After a similar lull in the third set, he fought back from 4-1 down to close the match and the quarter-final 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4.

The victory made it two-from-two following his win over John Isner on Friday, while Thompson’s upset of Sock, the USA number one, would ensure Sam Groth’s loss to Isner in the final match on Sunday was a dead rubber.

If Hewitt was a crackling ball of emotion on the sideline all weekend, the contagion has spread to his players, with Kyrgios on top of the list.

He embraced his captain and his team upon victory, later talking about the relief in an expansive press conference that would have pleased even his harshest critic.

“I’ve been looking forward to this tie for a long time now. Ever since Melbourne, we all kept the group chat going, we all kept supporting each other when we’re on the road and then we always had one eye on it – or at least I did,” Kyrgios said.

“When I was in the States playing, always kind of knew I had this big preparation to come here and play two big matches. I was trying to play well over the last couple months to try and set a good example and try and just get myself better and ready to compete.

“It’s just a bit of relief. Honestly, it’s another thing to say I’ve been preparing but to actually deliver, it feels pretty good.”

The Davis Cup bubble and the unrelenting pump-ups from Hewitt have been transformative for Kyrgios since he was booed off the court following a five-set loss to Andreas Seppi at the n Open, a loss John McEnroe would label a ‘black eye’ for tennis.

“I got booed off the court at the n Open. And honestly, I don’t know why. I lost in five sets and I gave my best effort there.

“After the n Open, it was tough. I wasn’t in a good place but I guess the one thing that fixes that is wins – getting out there and delivering. That’s the main thing, that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’ve been doing it the right way.

“It was good to come back here and have that support, I thought they really embraced me this time. I’m playing better but I’m just in a happier place. I’m going out there and playing the game how it’s supposed to be played – and I’m playing hard.

“That’s how I’ve been rewarded. I haven’t been going back to the hotel hating the game or trying to just get through every day. I’m trying to get better every day and it’s a massive difference.”

Hewitt has managed to create a chemistry within his Davis Cup team that has helped them feed off one another, even when they are on the road. Kyrgios has become his centrepiece, with the 21-year-old saying he had been tasked with becoming a leader from the start.

“Lleyton made it clear from day one that I can be the leader of this team so I had to start setting a good example,” Kyrgios said.

“I’m the youngest in the team, we have our little orange boy [Alex] De Minaur but apart from him I’m the youngest in the team. Those guys watch me play a lot when I’m at the Masters events or playing semi-finals or finals and I can set a good example if I beat a lot of these guys.”

The next tie will be in September, away to Belgium after they edged out Italy three rubbers to two.

Hewitt said he felt there was no reason why his team couldn’t be the first n side to win since 2003.

“Semi-final is still a long way off. We’ll be well prepared, I’ll promise you that. I think we’ve got a good shot.”

CricketNewcastle’s former Test leg-spinner Robert Holland is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour

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NEWCASTLE cricket legend Robert “Dutchy” Holland is facing the fight of his life after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour last week.
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Holland, 70, was diagnosed after CAT scans a fortnight ago and was admitted for neurosurgery within a week.

Cricket icon battling against brain tumour LEGEND: Newcastle leg-spinner Bob Holland in action during ‘s Ashes tour of England in 1985.

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“It’s a high-risk operation, but he’s come through it with flying colours. He’s won round one.

“The day after it he was sitting up in his room and chatting. He didn’t even look like he’d had an operation, other than the bandage on his head.

“He came home on Friday and has just been resting. He was going to come and watch my son play baseball this weekend, but decided he didn’t want everyone making a fuss over him.”

Craig said the Holland family were still waiting for a definitive prognosis.

“The specialist thinks it’s a grade four, but that hasn’t been confirmed,” he said. “We’re still waiting for the results of pathology tests.”

He said that the family had been “been noticing a few things”, which prompted Robert to undergo a CAT scan in December.

“But that came up clear,” Craig said. “Then at the [district cricket] grand final in second grade a few weeks ago, a few funny things happened with him not recollecting things, so we sent him off again, and the second CAT scan revealed what they called a ‘shadow’.”

Craig was optimistic that his father’s active lifestyle and physical fitness would give him a fighting chance.

“I think it’s got to help,” Craig said.

“If you’re fit and your body is ready to fight, your immune system is healthy, there is only good that can come out of that.”

The cricket community has already rallied behind the Holland family, who have received phone calls from a host of former teammates.

Holland became a household name in the mid-1980s when, at the age of 38, he was chosen for his Test debut against Clive Lloyd’s mighty West Indies.In his third Testhe bowled to a famous victory at the SCG, taking 6-54 and 4-90.

Six months later, the wily leg-spinner from Toronto’s Southern Lakes club helped win another Test, this time against England at Lords, with a second-innings haul of 5-68.

In total he appeared in 11 Tests, taking 34 wickets, as well as two one-day internationals and 95 first-class matches.

After retiring from professional cricket, the Lake Macquarie City Council surveyor continued to play forSouthern Lakes and serve the club in a host of off-field roles, including chairman, coach andgroundsman.

He was still playing in golden oldies matches as recently as last year.

Hewas awarded an Order of Medal for services to cricket in January.

In August last year, he was involved in an unfortunate incident when he and wife Carolynwere allegedly assaulted at Awaba Oval by twomotorcyclists.

Police charges ofaggravated robberyandinflicting actual bodily harm were laid against a man and a woman. The matter was adjourned inNewcastle Local Court until May.

Jeff Horn claims ‘big advantage’ in Brisbane bout with Manny Pacquiao

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Biggest fight in ? That’s a given. But Jeff Horn’s camp want to make his impending bout with Manny Pacquiao the best fight of the year as they hatch plans to help the former schoolteacher unseat one of the sport’s legends.
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In what can only be described as a dream scenario for Brisbane’s aspiring world champion Horn, Filipino great Pacquiao will fight on the afternoon of July 2 at Suncorp Stadium, putting his WBO welterweight belt on the line in the process.

It’s a bout he has accepted through gritted teeth but that matters little to Horn, the unassuming 29-year-old London Olympian who now finds himself in the middle of the highest-profile bout ever staged on n shores. Even now, it’s bordering on the surreal.

Promoters Duco Events expected the 52,500-seat stadium to be full for a winter’s afternoon bout that will be beamed at prime time into the United States, while Pacquiao’s fights are essential viewing in his native Philippines, where he sits as a senator.

Horn (16-0-1) will start as a distant outsider but insists he won’t enter the ring like a deer in the headlights against the eight-division champion and former pound-for-pound kingpin.

And for all of the Pacquiao camp’s suggestions that they are here for little more than a flying visit, knocking out Horn in between signing a few autographs, nobody surrounding the n prospect believe for a moment the 38-year-old will be taking shortcuts.

Horn said he would press often and early and welcomed an all-action affair against Pacquiao (59-6-2), who hasn’t stopped an opponent since his 12th round TKO stoppage of Miguel Cotto back in 2014.

“I keep picturing myself winning. I keep picturing my style upsetting him throughout the fight. And I can see myself landing those big punches. And I think that’s what is going to happen,” Horn said on Sunday.

“I am (ready to trade punches). If that’s what I have to do, if that’s what works, I’ll stand and trade with Manny Pacquiao. I’m a pressure fighter, high-tempo from the word go.

“I’m going to showcase my skills against a guy that’s an absolute champion. If he’s not ready, I’m going to look 10 times better against him. Manny will be at the next level. But on my home ground, I’m going to have a big advantage.”

Horn has been in training for months, with the original bout scheduled for April 23 but cancelled as Pacquiao fruitlessly pursued England’s Amir Khan. Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, said his man would be at peak fitness and the longer it went, the better it would align to their plans.

“In a perfect world, a late KO would be the ultimate. I want this fight to be the fight of the year. That’s how I’m planning it. This is not a cat and mouse game. It’s a cat and cat game. You’ve got two hunters in there, two guys that can really punch, efficient legs, move well, great angles,” Rushton said.

“I’m happy for Jeff to trade because he can punch and he’s got a jaw of granite. He can stand and bang. He’s a bigger man, a younger man and I think that would be to Manny’s downfall if he thought he could just out-bang Jeff.

“But Manny is hardened. He’s been tempered over many, many years, 11 world titles over eight divisions. He’s a tough, tough man. But I know we can get the job done.”

Horn has been dismissed out-of-hand by international pundits and fans but that hasn’t dented his confidence one bit. A smart fighter and fast learner, it simply hasn’t occurred to him that he could be the one leaving the ring on the wrong end of decision or stoppage.

“They’re all going to talk me down. They don’t know who I am. Even when they watch my videos they don’t think I’m that good. But when you get in the ring with me, put a top fighter in against me, they’re going to see that I belong in there,” Horn said.

“He’s sounding a bit cocky, saying they’ll quickly come to Brisbane, knock over Jeff Horn and take their millions. That’s definitely not going to be the case. I hope they keep thinking that way. I know what it’s like to underestimate an opponent. If he does that to me, he’ll be the loser.”

Pacquiao will arrive in Brisbane for a promotional tour from April 24, before visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Duco have said tickets will start from $39, with at least 25,000 tickets available for less than $100.

Wanderers midfielder rejects international call-up

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Kearyn Baccus, one of the form players for Western Sydney Wanderers this season, has rejected the chance to play international football after turning down an option to represent his country of birth, South Africa.
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The central midfielder’s form hasn’t gone unnoticed on the other side of the Indian Ocean, with Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter understood to have been interested in bringing Baccus into the national team set-up to get a closer look at the 25-year-old. The South African team is in a state of flux after failing to qualify for the 2017 African Cup Of Nations and undertook an extensive search for talent, selecting no less than 60 players for national team squads in the past 12 months.

That scouting mission led them to , where Baccus’ form for the Wanderers has underpinned their late charge towards the A-League finals, with a top-six finish already sealed. Although he was flattered, Baccus turned down the opportunity to be part of South Africa’s recent friendlies against Angola and Guinea-Bissau last month, with his priority being to keep his options open for the Socceroos.

“I would rather play for , that’s first and foremost. I’m here playing my football, I’ve been here all my life really. If came first, I would probably pick them but we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to close my doors,” he said.

Complicating matters for Baccus are visa issues that could potentially arise with playing abroad should he become a South African international.

On Saturday, Baccus was left frustrated with the Wanderers’ inability to beat 10-man Melbourne Victory despite spending almost half the match with an extra man, firing 25 shots at goal but landing just three on target. The Wanderers were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw at ANZ Stadium and despite their domination of possession and territory, Baccus said there was no way Western Sydney were ever going to break down a defence as well-disciplined as Melbourne’s.

“Credit to them, they kept their structure really well, they held their block tonight. I think that even if we played for an extra two hours it would have been the same scoreline,” Baccus said. “It was one of those games, we like to play very narrow and they kept everyone in the middle of the park and blocked everything. Credit to them.”

The Wanderers’ hopes of sealing a home final were dashed as a result of the draw, which ensures they can’t finish higher than fifth. They will have to play Brisbane Roar or Melbourne City in the first week of the A-League finals in a sudden-death match and, if successful, will then play either Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC away from home.

That makes for an arduous task, given their Asian Champions League commitments which fall in between key fixtures, but Baccus isn’t concerned with the draw given the Wanderers’ poor record when hosting and their lack of a permanent home venue.

“For us, it doesn’t really change anything whether we play at home or away,” he said. “Our away record is better than our home record to be fair. We don’t have a proper stadium. If we played at Parramatta, then it would be a home game but every game feels like an away game for us.”

Western Sydney host FC Seoul in the ACL at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday night, before finishing the regular A-League season away to Adelaide next weekend.

Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union: Southern Beaches claim late first round win away against Maitland

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Southern Beaches coach Johan Laurens joked that he had a couple of stroke scares in his team’s last-gasp 22-20 win against Maitland at Marcellin Park on Saturday.

OVER THE LINE: Southern Beaches. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The visitors prevailed in a thrillingNewcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season opener after reclaiming the lead from the Blacks with a try scored on the brink of full-time by substitute and league convert James Vaka.

After receiving an unexpected penalty in front of the posts Beaches opted to strive for victory rather than level proceedings with a gift three points and it paid dividends whenthe 2015 Lakes premiership winner madethe most of an overlap.

“I reckonI had two strokes along the way,” Laurens said.

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“And I keep getting greyer with games like that.”

Prior to sealing the result, Beaches hadn’t scored in the second half after leading 17-7 at the main break.

Delore brothers Michael and Andrew crossed for Beaches during the first half along with prop Matthew Lanzini while New Zealand recruit Travis Brooke was the only player to make inroads for Maitland in the opening 40 minutes.

Brooke’s double was secured early in the second half and was followed by back-to-back penalty goals from insidecentre Jye Estatheo, giving the Blacks a 20-17 advantage approaching the dying stages.

“We’d been going really well up until half-time, but I think the boys got a little complacent after that,” Laurens said.

“The Blacks had a different idea and really took it to us in the second half.

“In the end we adjusted and started getting back to our systems and processes, but by that point we were trailing.”

Beachesretain the Hawthorne Cup after holding it at the end of last season.

Over at No.2 Sportsground and Wanderers led from start to finish in a close battle with Merewether Carlton, eventually triumphing 19-10.

Two Blues coach Viv Passi said it was a typical first round encounter with plenty of mistakes, but he was most pleased with debutants Nikolas Mylonas, Douglas McKillop, Carel Strydom, Gus Locke and Josh McCormack.

“They all came in and did a good job,” Passi said.

Elsewhere,University edged out Nelson Bay 16-10 at Bernie Curran Oval, two-time defending premiers Hamilton ran in eighttries as part of a 52-15 demolition of The Waratahs at Passmore Oval while Lake Macquarie eased past Singleton 39-15 at Walters Park.

LADDER: Hamillton, Lake Macquarie, Southern Beaches 5, Wanderers, University 4, Maitland, Nelson Bay 1, Merewether, SIngleton, The Waratahs 0.

Meanwhilethe NSW Country women’s team, featuring 10 Hunter representatives, finished runner-up at theSouthern States Championships in Wagga Wagga on Saturday.

The Corellas, who next play Sydney in Pittwater on April 23 before nationals on the Gold Coast in May,beat Victoria 49-12 after going down 12-0 to the ACT.

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Decor and Design: How to create the perfect dining room

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The n Interior Design Awards shortlistThese design trends have an expiry dateThe interior trends you’ll love in 2017

A thought experiment: Cast your mind back to your most-cherished memories at home with your loved ones. It could be a conversation over a glass of red wine and a slow-cooked stew, a board game night on a cold winter’s evening or something else entirely. Whatever you recall, I’ll hazard a guess that some of those recollections happened at the kitchen table.

Informal dining areas have always been important – but now that many people in heritage houses are converting their formal dining rooms to home offices or forgoing the space entirely in new builds, they have become indispensable.

If you’re pressed for space, a round table can work well, as it allows for the maximum amount of seating in a small area.

The Eero Saarinen pedestal table, also known as a tulip table, is a mid-century classic that is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Many companies, including IKEA, produce similar-looking designs if the price of the real thing gives you sticker shock.

Pair one with the sinuous curves of bentwood chairs such as Le Corbusier’s B9 armchair, another classic, for an on-trend look that will also stand the test of time.

Another direction is mix-and-match seating – for example, a combination of different styles such as bentwood and spindle-back chairs with timber stools, or the same style of chair in different colours.

Lighting is all important for a cosy, convivial mood.

For pendants, the general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the light should be 75 centimetres above the table top, but this can depend on personal preference, ceiling heights and furniture sizes.

One of my favourite designs is Poul Henningsen’s PH lamp. Launched in 1925 following a decade of experimentation, the PH has layered shades to create a soft, diffused light. The inner side of one of the elements is red to bring the harsh white of the electric globe back to a warmer hue.

Fiona Parry-Jones, of Von Haus Interior Design Studio, says there is a move towards oversized pendant lights in informal dining areas.

“Oversized lighting adds a bit of drama and creates conversation,” she says. “It’s a talking point that brings the audience together.”

Materials are another important consideration. For those with young children, hard-wearing laminate tabletops can be a good option (check out Hay’s T12 table for a great-looking version).

That said, timber and marble tables can develop a beautiful patina over time, if you’re the sort of person who can handle a bit of wear and tear.

Sally Bevan, founder of online interior design and styling service Milray Park, says that the desire for materials that show marks and stains is itself a direction in interiors.

“People are looking for things that have a bit of character,” she says.

“The preference is for something that has been banged up a bit.”

Budget measures to encourage migrants out of capital cities

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The Turnbull government is considering new measures to encourage more migrants to settle in regional or remote areas to relieve pressure on house prices and infrastructure in Sydney and Melbourne.

With one month until budget day, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says his department is working closely with the treasury and finance departments to assess the likely impact of a possible shift in the migration program.

House prices rose 19 per cent in Sydney and 16 per cent in Melbourne in the year to March, locking more people out of the market.

The government is believed to be looking at the NSW central coast and Goulburn as key areas that could host migrants who might otherwise settle in Sydney.

Ahead of a major speech by Treasurer Scott Morrison on housing affordability – an issue which is set to be the centrepiece of his second budget – Mr Dutton said ‘s 190,000-strong annual migration intake had to be driven by ‘s national interest.

“There are ways we are looking at that we might be able to provide support to people to choose a regional city, for example, if they can find work there,” the minister told Sky News on Sunday.

Describing housing affordability as a “whole of government effort”, Mr Dutton said there were good reasons many migrants wanted to settle in the capital cities, including access to jobs and proximity to family and expat communities.

But getting them to move “beyond the city limits” and directing them towards regional centres could bring many benefits, he said.

“If we can encourage more of that – people moving away from capital cities – then I think that’s something we can embrace.

“The argument is how can we marry them up with regional communities where there is a supply of work, where there is the ability to send kids to school? Living in regional towns is a great way to raise a family, a great way to be involved more intimately in the life of that community. And housing and the cost of living otherwise has the potential to be much cheaper than living in a capital city.”

Is goalscoring a skill Socceroos can afford to overlook?

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The robust debate about whether the A-League’s top-scoring n, Jamie Maclaren, is good enough for the Socceroos tells us everything about what’s wrong with player development. Who sees the wood for the trees?

Maclaren scores goals, and goalscoring is a skill. How you arrive at the ball, and what you do with it, in the nanosecond when the ‘chance’ usually arrives is what makes goalscorers the most precious commodity in the game. Not that you’d know it.

Listen to the commentariat, and the judgement about Maclaren is all about whether he can play in a ‘system’. Mark Viduka once famously said the only system he knew about was a hot-water system. In those days, strikers were measured by their goals. These days it seems they’re measured by their GPS.

What’s not in doubt is that Maclaren is a goal-poacher – 38 goals in 50 games since joining the Roar last season – and the national team needs goals. This is not so much about whether Maclaren deserves to be picked, it’s more about whether a player like him deserves to be picked. That’s the dilemma.

For decades, the philosophers have agonised about why struggles to produce players who can master the ball in the area where it counts – the goalscoring zone. Over the years, there have been a thousand theories, and almost as many re-calibrations of programs designed to manufacture these type of players. Truth is, there’s only one solution. Repetition. Which takes time.

Strangely enough, in the era of full-time professionalism, time to develop skills is seemingly in short supply. has made great strides tactically, but the technical revolution has been neglected. The key contributing factors to most goals – crossing, shooting and heading – are ancillary to game-based training in both junior and senior programs. You reap what you sow.

In my memory, no n player has ever hit a dead ball better than Con Boutsianis. In the A-League era, only Nebojsa Marinkovic comes close to his level of unerring consistency, but he’s a Serb. Boutsianis is passionate about re-focusing player development on goalscoring. He’s spent years fine-tuning a methodology so advanced its attracting huge interest from overseas. But in his own country he’s ignored.

Boustianis, and other former NSL players like Zlatko Nastevski and Peter Katholos, have been trying to convince clubs and elite programs to invest in specialist coaching, but the door usually gets shut in their face. A-League coaches aren’t inclined to engage specialist coaches, while the development curriculum also sidelines one-on-one skills training.

Boutsianis remains unequivocal. “With kids, we’re not teaching the fundamentals. That starts with a dead ball, that’s where you learn the mechanics. There are 20 ways to kick a ball. Once you get that sorted, you switch to a moving ball. That’s how you take the game from A to B. But we’re not asking the right questions about why our players struggle with the basic skills. Let’s stop the bullshit about possession, and start focusing on how to score goals.”

How? Ten to 12 hours per week training, building up to 50,000 touches of the ball. That’s the Boutsianis mantra. Incredibly, full-time pros in the A-League struggle to get to those benchmarks. Poignantly, there’s evidence that a growing number of them are getting frustrated by the rigidity of their training and have started to engage in secret one-on-one sessions to work on their skills.

A-League coaches often lament the poor technique they inherit, but few do much about it. Factor in their average weekly training schedule – recovery, rest, fitness sessions, defensive shape, offensive shape, 7v7, 8v8, 11v11 – and they’ll tell you there’s not much time left for crossing and finishing drills.

A good strength and conditioning coach will incorporate ball work in the warm-up, but it’s not the same. Indeed the same strength and conditioning coaches will often forbid players doing ‘extras’ after training because of the modern-day obsession with loading. Hitting too many dead balls risks soft-tissue injuries, so the story goes.

Like Boutsianis, former Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss believes the game needs to re-think it’s approach. And he’s seen the issues from the inside: “Individual skill, at the top level, is about execution under pressure. That’s what creates the exciting moments, the goals, we all want to see. But to get there, we need to change the system, the program. If we do that, if we create more time for specialist coaching, things will improve dramatically. I’m sure of that.”

And so we come to this. Forty years after the introduction of a coaching and development pathway, the game still lacks goalscorers, and there’s no sign the production line will be making up the deficit anytime soon. If you’ve screamed at the TV when a fullback puts a simple cross over the byline, or a striker shoots wildly over the bar from close range, you get the big picture.

Putting the ball in the net is as much about individual skill as collective effort. Perhaps more so. So instead of talking about what Maclaren can’t do, start talking about what he can do. Do that, and we start to identify the crux of the problem. The next step is to do something about it.

Youth Week Drive In in Dubbo 2017photos

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A weekend at the drive-in to celebrate our youth INSTA @eden.gunter The drive-in was syst-o-matic, hydr-o-matic, ultr-o-matic, why it could be greased lightning (dundundundundundundundun) 🏎⚡️🍦

INSTA @yafscape Best Youth Week event in #westviewdrivein #dubbocityyouthcouncil #dubbo

INSTA: @annrky Ready and waiting for the movie to start at the drive-in. Pretty exciting for all of us, as none of us have ever been to a drive-in before 🎥🚗

INSTA @starbons I am at a drive-in.

INSTA @amythorncock Drive in 📽🍿 #drivein #movies #westviewdrivein #dirtydancing #ivehadthetimeofmylife

INSTA @dale_johnson95 Day 98/365 Busy day today in Dubbo. Had three kids games of soccer starting at 9am (they all won 😃), then had a nice little lunch with the family, went and saw a close friend then finally to the drive in tonight to see grease!!! It was a full on day but a great one at that, only a few more hours before heading home tomorrow ☺️ #takelifesjourneyonestepatatime #lookbackat2k17 #newchapterofmylife2k17

INSTA @fotosbyfee We had the time of our lives #westviewdrivein #driveinmovie #saturdaynight #timeofourlives #dirtydancing #grease #fotosbyfee #youthweek #dubboyouthweek

INSTA @fotosbyfee Maree Barnes sharing her wonderful dorky Drive-In memories. So much fun at the weekend re-opening of the Westview Drive-In #westviewdrivein #drivein #dubbo #youthweek #remanising #timeofourlives #saturdaynight #grease #dirtydancing #fotosbyfee

INSTA @tahlia_rhiann #dubbodrivein #goodnight #westviewdrivein #youthweek #favemovie #dirtydancing #ihadthetimeofmylife

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INSTA @faye_jones Stranded at the drive-in. Branded a fool. #westview #westviewdrivein #grease #dirtydancing #doubledip #twomovies #dubbo #dubboskies #dubboyouthweek

INSTA @lottymack So excited for the one off re-opening of #dubbo’s Westview Drive in and to be here tonight for the viewing of #grease 😊 #smiledubbo #westviewdrivein #dubbo #centralwestnsw #nsw #visitcentralnsw #driveinmovie #grease #vintagecars #holden #holdenspecial

INSTA @teesha_anne DRIVE-IN MOVIE feels… can’t believe this was the luxury back in the days to casually sit back in your car to watch a movie in your Pjs and chill out and still be able to talk. Time to watch ‘Top Gun’ for the first time in full swing at the WestView Drive In Movies 🌟 #westviewdrivein #driveinmovies #movies #oldschool #topgun #classic #feelgood #experience #instagood #instacool #chill #olddays #memories #

INSTA @robbo_mac Move is about to start at the #drivein #westviewdrivein 😀

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