Trampoline gymnasts to represent Hunter on the world stage Bulgaria bound: Shaun Swadling, Brett Austine and Blake Rutherford watch Jessica Pickering in the air. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Bulgaria bound: Shaun Swadling, Brett Austine and Blake Rutherford watch Jessica Pickering in the air. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Bulgaria bound: Shaun Swadling, Brett Austine and Blake Rutherford watch Jessica Pickering in the air. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Bulgaria bound: Shaun Swadling, Brett Austine and Blake Rutherford watch Jessica Pickering in the air. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Up, up and away!HUNTER athletes are taking their dreams of success sky high, by preparing to soar up to eight metres into the air during the Trampoline Gymnastics WorldChampionshipsin Bulgaria.

National coach for Gymnastics Australia’s trampoline team and Belmont High physical education teacher Brett Austine left the country on Mondaywith Marks Point Public teacher Shaun Swadling and Blake Rutherford.

Mr Swadling and Mr Rutherford will participate in a four day training camp before competition begins on November 9.

Bulgaria bound: Shaun Swadling, Brett Austine and Blake Rutherford watch Jessica Pickering in the air. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Belmont High year 10 student, Jessica Pickering, will leave next week to compete in the under 17’s section of the World Age Group Competition, also to be held in Bulgaria.

“I consider trampolining to be one of the toughest sports you could enter,” Mr Austine said.

“What you do once in diving you’ve got to do 10 times in a row without a break in trampolining.

“These athletes are training six days a week and are either full time students or working to chase their dreams and have an international career.”

Mr Swadling and Mr Rutherford will each perform two routines in the qualifying rounds, in the hope of making it through to the semi finals and the top eight for the final.

“They will be marked on time aflight, how accurately they keep to the middle of the trampoline, degree of difficulty and execution,” he said.

“They will have 60 seconds to start the first rotation and will then get 10 contacts with the mat and have to show 10 different skills.”

Jessica will also perform two routines in the qualifying round in the hoping of making it straight through to the final.

“All of her 10 moves are at least a double somersault with a half twist.”

Adelaide United are one of Melbourne Victory’s biggest rivals, but Victory boss Kevin Muscat will be forgiven this week for looking over the border at them for some inspiration.
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His side’s failure to beat Central Coast Mariners on Sunday night – Victory were lucky to escape from Gosford with a point – means last season’s grand finalists have made their worst start to an A-League campaign.

Muscat’s side is winless in four games and has drawn twice, giving it a miserly two points from a possible 12.

Already Victory are in danger of falling too far off pace-setting Melbourne City and defending champions Sydney.

City have 12 points, with four wins from four matches. Sydney have 10 points.

That’s where Adelaide United come in. In season 2015-16 Adelaide failed to win until December, nine rounds into the season. Yet by the end of that campaign the Reds had topped the table, hosted the grand final and wore their first champions crown.

Adelaide had taken three points out of a possible 24 and had a goal difference of minus 10 before they scraped a 1-0 win over Perth Glory on December 6, 2015.

After that they went on an extraordinary run where they lost only once more, won 13 other games and finished a point clear at the top ahead of Western Sydney.

That said, Muscat and the Victory faithful will be wanting something to happen quickly.

So far Victory have looked stodgy through the midfield and lacking in purpose going forward.

Had it not been for two inspirational actions from Dutch import Leroy George their season would have looked far worse.

His free kick to set up Besart Berisha’s opening header in Adelaide in a 2-2 draw was a perfect example of how to deliver a threatening set-piece, while his free kick from distance on Sunday night against the Mariners rescued a point for the visitors.

Muscat will point to the opening two games – home defeats by a single goal to Sydney and Melbourne City – and argue that his side was unlucky not to get something out of either fixture.

But things will get tougher for the Melbourne Cup eve fixture against Western Sydney, as Victory will be without some of their key players through suspension and international call-ups.

Kosta Barbarouses will be away with New Zealand for their World Cup play-off against Peru, while James Troisi will be absent with the Socceroos as they try to see off Honduras, their final obstacle to a place in Russia 2018.

Berisha is still suspended, having picked up a two-game ban for putting his hands on a match official in Adelaide.

The only silver lining is that Mark Milligan will be allowed to play in the November 6 match in Melbourne even though the Socceroos captain is suspended from the first leg of the tie against Honduras, which will be played in Central America on November 10.

Victory’s main problem, as Muscat identified in the wake of Sunday’s draw, is that that they are not imposing themselves on games enough.

The lack of continuity in the forward third, with Troisi, Milligan and Barbarouses on international duty, has meant Victory are not playing with the attacking cohesion they had in previous seasons.

“We started off very sloppy in possession of the ball, going backwards, taking the easy option instead of going forwards,” Muscat said after the Mariners draw.

“We have to be honest with ourselves. There are two reasons why you do that … you are not confident in yourself to pass the ball forward or the people in front of you are not moving.

“Our quality when it counted was just a little bit lacking, it was off.”

He is taking solace from the fact that Victory have at least picked up two points on the road in their last two games but knows that there should be a lot more to come from this squad.

It’s too early to talk of a crisis, as the Adelaide example of a few years ago shows. Poor starts can be overcome.

But Victory need to get their skates on if they want to be a significant player this season, or City and Sydney may well be too far ahead for Victory to entertain thoughts of a top two position.

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Beersheba: On the plains to the south-east of Be’er Sheba, a young boy’s donkey stands stubbornly in a field, as its rider whacks at its flanks.
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Behind him in a gully, a flock of camels wanders up the banks of a stream.

And in the distance, dust flies up in the wake of a horseman, galloping across the Negev desert, a tiny echo of a turning point in history.

One hundred years ago, this was the scene of an astonishing moment in the ANZAC story. It sits sandwiched between the coming-of-age tragedy of Gallipoli, and the grinding horror of the Western Front, and many only dimly remember the heroics of Beersheba, possibly the last great cavalry charge, probably Australia’s first great military victory.

Hamish Gibbons, lieutenant colonel in the New Zealand army, looks down at the plains and tries to picture how it was.

“The actual charge was quite an audacious plan,” he says. “It was not what the enemy would have thought anyone would have tried, not how the war had been fought.

“I can only imagine what would have been playing on the minds of the troops.”

The 800 light horsemen, 6km south-east of Beersheba, had ridden their Australian ‘Waler’ horses through the desert night to get into position for the charge. They would have been tired and dehydrated, and then faced a long wait for their do-or-die moment.

Their Anzac allies cleared the way, taking a Turkish machine gun emplacement on a hill that could have picked them off as they charged (this vital New Zealand contribution to Australia’s proud moment is often underplayed).

And then, mid-afternoon, they formed up and charged, first at a trot, then finally at a gallop as the Beersheba defenders woke too late to the threat, then melted away within hours in the face of the ferocious attack.

Through the machine gun fire and artillery to victory.

“It was very brave, very audacious, and ultimately successful,” says Lt-Col Gibbons. “Unlike the Western Front, they could fight the sort of battle that they wanted to fight.”

Historian Jonathan King is part of a recreation of that charge, a group of 100 men and women who wanted to honour the Anzacs by walking in their footsteps – or hoofprints.

“The whole point is to bring history to life,” said King, whose great-grandfather was among the soldiers in the original assault on the town.

“This great cavalry charge at Beersheba 100 years ago turned the tide of the war in Palestine, but very few Australians know about it. This was one of the greatest moments in Australian history and it should be a celebrated cornerstone of our culture and national identity.”

The victory also created the conditions for the foundation of the modern state of Israel – which the locals have not forgotten, King said.

King and his comrades have donned the full World War One uniform – “which I might say is really hot”, right down to the slouch hats with the emu plumes, and found local horses to play the part of the old Australian ones. They have followed the whole three-day track of the original regiment, which patiently circled the town to attack from the less-defended south.

“It is different now – we are coming in from the desert, so there hasn’t been a lot of development in a century,” says King. “But there’s the huge city of Be’er Sheva in the background.

“You’ve got to close your eyes, and in your mind just try and visualise what it would have been like.”

“We ignore the buildings and think that we’re doing what they would have loved us to do, the troopers, especially the 31 killed.”

The re-creation hasn’t been smooth sailing. The Israeli horses are frisky, and their riders not exactly battle-hardened. The 3-day journey through the desert has taken a toll.

On Tuesday afternoon, their moment will come, as part of a day of commemoration attended by the prime ministers of Australia and Israel.

“We are like the WW1 troopers thirsty, covered in dust, saddle sore and tired,” says King.

“But the morale is very high, we are all conscious that we are bringing history to life and honouring the troopers who made history with that great charge

“To me personally it will be spine-chilling.”

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German trainer Andreas Wohler knows what it is like to win the Melbourne Cup, having enjoyed victory in 2014 when Protectionist romped to an easy triumph under English champion jockey Ryan Moore.
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Now the 55-year-old horseman is back in town and keen for a repeat effort next week courtesy of Red Cardinal, a horse who has gone under the radar somewhat as he has not had a preparatory run in this country.

Red Cardinal, a son of Coolmore stallion Montjeu, has not been seen in public since a disappointing fifth of eight in one of Europe’s key lead-up races, the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville.

That race was won by well-fancied Cup contender Marmelo, who ran an impressive Melbourne Cup trial when sixth in the Caulfield Cup.

But Wohler counsels punters against reading too much into that form, saying his galloper was not at his best that day.

“The Kergorlay is a good race but that day Red Cardinal was not himself, he didn’t like the ground [described as good] that day, and he also had a skin allergy,” Wohler told a Cup carnival launch crowd at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday.

And he is confident that he will not be far from the leaders next week, especially if Marmelo is in at the finish.

“I think where Marmelo is, we are at least,” he declared when asked about his horse’s prospects.

A cursory glance at Red Cardinal’s previous efforts suggests his trainer might not be far off the mark, even though Moore, who enjoyed such success with him three years ago, has changed his mind and will not now partner the horse as he cannot easily get to Australia from the Breeders Cup meeting in the US. Kerrin McEvoy, successful on Almandin 12 months ago, will now look for back-to-back wins aboard the German galloper.

Before his Deauville disappointment, Red Cardinal went to Belmont Park in America and saw off the useful English stayer St Michel in the Belmont Gold Cup.

And at the start before that he was too good for another very handy English horse, Nearly Caught, in a group 2 race at German track Hoppgarten in May. Both those races were over 3200 metres, the Cup distance.

Wohler was feted when he won at Flemington with Protectionist, famously being treated to a free breakfast the next morning at the cafe he had been patronising regularly while looking after his horse.

The memories of that success, and how big an event the Cup is, have made him determined to be involved on a regular basis.

“I have been racing all round the world but I have never experienced anything like the hype around the Cup.

“I think it is an open race this year. If everything goes right he can really be up in the mix. “

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The Location
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Canberra’s Northbourne Avenue is a busy road that stretches right into the city centre. Straddled either side with deserted public housing buildings of a bygone era (namely, the 70s) which will eventually be demolished as part of the ‘urban renewal strategy’, turning the road into a “grand tree-lined boulevard”. A new light rail service will run down the avenue’s original nature strip, whipping guests from the Mantra into Civic in less than ten minutes, perhaps within the year. The Place

Right now, there’s not much on the block but construction, with more private suites being built, a car park underway, and public spaces yet to be landscaped. But it won’t be long before this is transformed into an urban village, proposed here for the intersection at MacArthur, with shops, transport stations, parks and cafes. The Space

The only hotel to open in the nation’s capital in 2017, a $19 million retrofit has converted the former drab 10 story office building into a bright modern hotel housing 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites. There’s secure underground parking on its way, but the hotel also features conference facilities, a gym with brand new equipment, 24 hour reception and a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, Podilato. The Rooms

We were lucky to be in a two bedroom suite. The suites, behind one door, are two separate hotel suites with their own bathrooms that can be locked as such, or opened up for families. Huge windows allow for impressive natural light. The bigger suite has ample space even with a small dining table, two armchairs and a coffee table, a kitchenette with fridge, sink and microwave in place. The smaller suite resembles a larger room, minus the kitchenette and dining table. The bedding was extremely comfortable, and in the bathroom we loved the drainage that stretched right across the edge of the double shower which stopped the bathroom floor from getting flooded. The Food

The restaurant Podilato is Mediterranean, mostly Greek, and has a variety of dishes to suit those wanting to snack or settle in for a three course meal, with some good wine choices. The balcony attached to the restaurant will be good for a sundowner once the construction outside is complete. Breakfast is also served here in the morning with barista made coffee available, fruit salad, bircher muesli, chia puddings, toast and pastries, and there’s a hot food available to order (at an extra cost). Stepping out

There’s not much to do right now directly outside of the hotel, but not for long; that being said, Canberra is not a huge place with Civic a 20 minute walk or five minute Uber ride away. The light rail will make it even more convenient. The Verdict

Immaculate and spacious digs that don’t skimp on comfort close to the heart of the action. Highlight

Top marks for space, light, and shower drainage. Using the remainder of your clean towels to mop up the bathroom floor is never fun. Lowlight

Our street-facing room had noise from the cars in the mornings which can be bothersome. Ask for a room that doesn’t face the street. The Essentials

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Battle of Beersheba: The charge that changed the Hunter Charge: An Australian War Memorial photo of the charge at Beersheba which is now believed to be a recreation held the following day.
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History: Bloomfield’s Guy Haydon and the mare, Midnight, at Beersheba.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

Historic: Australian horses and men at Beersheba near the historic Ottoman Bridge outside the town. Picture held by the Australian War Memorial.

Custodian: Peter Haydon of Haydon Horse Stud at Bloomfield. The property has been in the family hands since the 1830s.

TweetFacebookThe battleWorld War I was fought on two fronts, the western one in France and Belgium, and the eastern onearound the Mediterranean Sea against the Turks.

The battle for Gaza was a disaster, described by some as a second Gallipoli, but after it, the English GeneralAllenby became Commander in Chief of the Egypt Expeditionary Force and Australia’s Lieutenant General Chauvel took control of the Desert Mounted Column.

From this, a new plan of attack was hatched. Read on.

Donald Cameron’s connection toBeershebaItwasn’t long before he died in 1950 that Upper Hunter man Donald Cameron talked to his son about the pivotal World War IBattle of Beersheba, where men and horses from the Hunter changed the course of history.

“My grandfather said to my father, ‘Some time people will remember what we did’,” Lieutenant Colonel Cameron’s grandson Dick Cameron said on Friday.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

On Tuesday, 67 years after Mr Cameron’s death, people across Australiaand in Israelwill remember the heroic charge of 800 men from the 12thand 4thLight Horse brigades on the then Turkish town of Beersheba in the afternoon of October31, 1917.

People will gather at the tiny cemetery of Rouchel, near Scone, at the grave ofDonald Cameron; in Muswellbrook at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the crucial role played by the Upper Hunter-bred waler horse at Beersheba;and in Murrurundi on Saturday where one of the most famous of the Hunter walers –the Bloomfield Homestead mare Midnight and her rider, Captain Guy Haydon –will be honoured. Read on.

The pilgrimageA group of Australians has made the journey to Israel to take part in the centenary commemoration of the Australian Light Horse’s Beersheba charge.

Fairfax Media journalist Sally Cripps, who is the descendant of General Sir Harry Chauvel,is taking part in the pilgrimage. Follow here story:

Battle of Beersheba outlined ahead of centenaryBeersheba charge remembered by Australian Light Horse descendants in Israel Wearing with pride: Austin Short at the grave of his grandfather, Howard Taylor, in Haifa, northern Israel. Picture: Sally Cripps.

Muswellbrook to unveil commemorative statueIsrael is a long way from Muswellbrook.

But, on Tuesday, October 31, the two locations will be joined by a defining moment in history – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. Read on.

The Battle of Beersheba reenactedIt was the scene of an astonishing moment in the ANZAC story 100 years ago that sits sandwiched between Gallipoli and the Western Front.

And now history enthusiasts and descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZACMounted Division soldiers prepare for reenactment of the Battle ofBeersheba. Read more.

Military hero Lieutenant-Colonel Donald CameronForGeoff Harrison, it’s been a labour of love.

What started as a personal project about his great uncle Donald Cameron has now turned into a couple of books, with the latest entitled Cameron of Beersheba.

The late Lieutenant-Colonel, of Rouchel in the Upper Hunter, was well-known from World War I, as the commander of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, which together with the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment, captured the town of Beersheba in Palestine. Read on.

PROUD: Author Geoff Harrison, from Soldiers Point, with a copy of his latest book, Cameron of Beersheba.

Battle of Beersheba by Ron Marshall THE CHARGE: Ron Marshall’s work, on display at Morpeth Gallery, commemorates 100 years since the last great horse charge in history. Picture: Ron Marshall

The assault on Berrsheba, a legendary battle in the First World War, was immortalised by Ron Marshall in his paintingThe Charge. Read on.

Cooper Cronk will be atthe Sydney Roosters next year –but will Mitchell Pearce?
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The Roostersconfirmed on Monday they had signed the 33-year-old Kangaroos and former Melbourne halfback to a two-season contract, a coup that casts doubt on the future of their incumbent No.7.

While Roosters chairman Nick Politis has insisted he wants Cronk and Pearce to play alongside each other in the same team, the latter is reportedly disappointed and disgruntled about his treatment after 11 seasons and 238 games for the tricolours.

And waiting in the wings, along with Manly and Cronulla, are the Newcastle Knights. Knights coach Nathan Brown told the Newcastle Herald last week: “If he [Pearce] was to become available, we’d be silly as a club not to at least entertain the thought of trying to sit downandhave a talk with him.”

It has since been reported that Brown has contacted Pearce’s father, former Balmain star Wayne Pearce, to express interest in the NSW Origin playmaker, and that there havebeen high-level conversations between Roosters and Knights officials.

Nonetheless, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was quoted on Monday saying he “absolutely” wanted to retain Pearce, even though the presence of livewire Luke Keary would suggest something has to give.

Pearce has two seasons to run on a deal estimated to be worth $800,000 per year. No clubwould appear in a better position to offer him top dollar than the Knights, who have a number of vacancies on their 2018 roster and considerable room to manoeuvre inside their salary cap.

If the Knights were successful in luring Pearce out of Sydney, it would instantly solve some of their problems while creating others.

Pearce’s former teammate, Connor Watson, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle and been guaranteed first shot at five-eighth.

FormerNSW halfback Trent Hodkinson and up-and-comers Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger all have another year to run on their deals. Should Pearce sign for the Knights, it will surely be a matter of when, not if, Lamb and Cogger start talking to rival clubs.

ROOSTER BOOSTER: Test halfback Cooper Cronk, as expected, is heading to Bondi. Picture: AAP

As if cheaper prices are not enough, Qantas is now giving you an even bigger incentive to Uber to and from the airport.
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Qantas has partnered with Uber to allow Frequent Flyer members to earn points on Uber trips to the airport.

Passengers will be able to earn points travelling to and from some of Australia’s most popular airports.

To be eligible, you’ll have to download the latest version of the Qantas app, and book your Uber trip through that app to qualify.

The Uber icon will appear at the top right hand corner of the app, from which you will have to request the ride.

The higher the membership tier, the more points you will be able to earn from an Uber trip.

Bronze members will be able to earn one point per dollar spent, Silver will get two points, and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members get three.

Those who are not yet signed up to Uber and book a ride through the Qantas app will earn themselves 2000 points for their first trip, which can be taken anywhere in Australia.

Uber passengers will be able to start earning points with Qantas from November 3.

In 2014, Virgin Australia cancelled a promotion with Uber following a backlash from the taxi industry and members of the public. At the time the ride-sharing service was still technically illegal. It has since been legalised in most Australian states, but remains illegal in the Northern Territory.

Several Australian airports, including Melbourne and Sydney international airports, now allow Uber drivers to pick up passengers from the terminal in designated zones. Airports eligible to earn Qantas points through Uber rides:AdelaideAvalonBrisbaneByron BayCairnsCanberraGold CoastHobartMaroochydoreMelbourneNewcastlePerthSydneyToowoombaTownsville

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Newcastle will not have former skipperGema Simon before round five but will be boosted by the return of three Young Matildas when they face Sydney FC on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
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STALWART: Newcastle foundation player Gema Simon is set to return for round five of the W-League. Picture: Peter Stoop

The Jets beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 on Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium to start their W-League campaign but they face a tougher task against the two-time premiers and champions in round two.

Matildas defenderSimonwas not expected back from overseas in time for the Sydney game and the scheduling of the Norway Cup final means she will miss the opening four rounds of the 12-game W-League season.

Simon is playing with Norwegian club Avaldsnes, who play their Cup final on November 19 against Valerenga –the same day Newcastle host Canberra in round four. The foundation Jet will likely be back for the away clash with Adelaide the following weekend.

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Although yet to sign for Newcastle, coach Craig Deans said: “I can’t see there being too many problems.”

While Simon’s return has been delayed, Deans will welcome backSophie Nenadovic, Cortnee Vine and Clare Wheeler from China, where the Young Matildas fell at the final hurdle in the hunt for anUnder-20s Women’s World Cup berth. Australian lost 3-0 to China at theAFC Under-19 Women’s Championship on Saturday.

“We’ll probably have to pick them up a bit,” Deans said.

“It willbe disappointing for them but at least we’ll have three more players and they are quality players.”

The boost in stocks will help the Jets, whowent on the attack against Wanderers with a back-three formation. It meant the likes of former Wanderers player Nikola Orgill, American Arin Gilliland and midfield general Emily Van Egmond got through a mountain of work racing back in defence.

“The back three works,” Deans said.“We’ve got Arin, who can run all day, Nik Orgill is the same. [Gilliland]has just played 20-odd games in America, so she’s fit.Gema Simon is the same and hopefully she’ll come back in a couple of weeks.

“She and Sophie can play in that position, soI think the system works well for the players we have, because there’s people around the ball in the front third.

“But it will take a little bit of time. A back three is a little bit of extra work coaching-wise, but I think it suits our players. The style of play doesn’t change though.

“We finishedwith a 4-4-2 because it suited the game better and I think it’s nice to be flexible.”

The W-League Jets kick-off at 5pm Saturday in the second of five home double-headers with their A-League side.

Injury-riddled Collingwood defender Ben Sinclair has retired from AFL football, while teammates Adam Oxley and Jackson Ramsay have been delisted.
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Collingwood have committed to pick Oxley in the 2017 rookie draft should he be available for selection at the time of the Magpies’ pick.

Sinclair, 26, has battled a series of concussions and serious hamstring injuries since he was selected by the Magpies at pick No. 62 in the 2009 national draft.

The quick and tough-as-nails Oakleigh Chargers product, who played 63 games after making his debut in round 19, 2011, against Essendon, didn’t feature at all in 2017 after tearing his hamstring in a JLT Community Series match prior to the season.

Ramsay, 22, rated as a shut-down back pocket prospect by Collingwood, also struggled with injury during his career.

In 2015 he battled shin injuries while his 2016 was cut short due to a knee reconstruction.

Collingwood general manager of football Geoff Walsh said the attitude of the pair in the face of challenges was commendable.

“It says something about both men that they shared reasonably long careers with Collingwood despite their numerous setbacks,” Walsh said.

“Ben and Jackson were extremely popular teammates who leave us with a lot of friends and goodwill. The game is tough, it can be punishing and it isn’t always fair. Ben, who has had to retire from the game at 26 years of age due to his physical issues, and Jackson understand this as well as anyone.

“As I said, AFL football is a tough caper. We can only thank them for giving all they had to Collingwood in their time with us.”

Ramsay played 17 games after being selected at pick No.38 in the 2012 draft.

Oxley, a rebounding and intercept-marking defender from Queensland, has played 31 games since being selected by Collingwood at pick No.35 in the 2013 rookie draft.

He played 12 games in 2016 but couldn’t manage any in 2017, in a season that was interrupted by hip and groin complaints.

“Adam’s shown some promising signs over his career and unfortunately due to injury hasn’t always been able to play to the full potential we know he’s capable of,” Walsh said.

“We plan to have Adam remain part of the club by selecting him in the Rookie Draft should he still be available.”

Collingwood’s defensive stocks have been through plenty of changes in the past two seasons.

At the end of 2016 Nathan Brown (free agent), Jack Frost (trade), Tim Golds (delisted), Jonathon Marsh (retired), Alan Toovey (retired) and Marley Williams (trade) exited the club.

The Pies brought in Lynden Dunn and Henry Schade to fill that void in the 2016 off season but Schade was delisted at the end of the 2017 season. Another defender, Lachie Keeffe, was also delisted at the end of 2017 after he returned from a doping ban at the beginning of this year.

Schade revealed earlier this week that father-son young gun Darcy Moore may move to Collingwood’s back line for 2018 after playing predominantly as a forward since he was drafted in 2014.

It remains unclear whether 2011 All-Australian centre-half-back Ben Reid will play as a forward or defender in 2018. He switched between the forward line and defence for the Pies in 2017 but ended the season as a goal kicker.

During the trade period Collingwood brought in rookie defender Sam Murray from the Sydney Swans in a complicated deal that involved the Pies swapping a 2018 second round pick for Murray, pick 70 in 2017 and a future third-round pick.

Collingwood also lost forward Jesse White (retired) at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile Geelong announced on Monday that they had delisted Tom Ruggles and Matthew Hayball, however they will select Hayball in the rookie draft.

Adelaide announced they had delisted Jonathon Beech, while they also delisted Cam Ellis-Yoleman but have committed to selecting him in the rookie draft.

The Crows also committed to selecting potential father/son recruit Jackson Edwards, son of Tyson Edwards, in the rookie draft. Tyson played 321 games for the Crows.

“There are no guarantees for us or Jackson, but there is an ongoing commitment between the Club and the Edwards family that we will take Jackson in the Rookie Draft if he is available,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

Gold Coast Suns also announced the delistings of Daniel Currie, Trent McKenzie, Matt Shaw and Mackenzie Willis

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Less than half of those able to join the National Broadband Network have done so and those who have joined are accessing it at some of the lowest speeds available, a draft report released on Monday by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission shows.
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The NBN is available to 6.2 million Australian premises but only 3 million of those have migrated to an NBN plan, according to the ACCC.

According to the NBN Co, this number is misrepresentative of the uptake percentage, with 75 per cent of those connected to the NBN migrating to an NBN plan after 18 months.

The ACCC report said that another of the reasons behind the gap was that some providers were being incentivised to keep customers on the older network where they are able to earn better margins.

The poor retailer margins and low uptake of high-speed NBN plans could impact on NBN Co’s ability to recover its costs as most consumers opt for the cheaper plans.

While the NBN can achieve maximum speeds of up to 100 Mbps, just 16 per cent of those currently on the network are using it at speeds above 50 Mbps. It leaves the remaining 84 per cent using it at speeds comparable to those available on the copper wire network.

The low uptake was put down to consumers being satisfied with the current internet speeds and unwillingness to pay for higher speeds.

The report revealed there has been a 79 per cent increase in NBN-related complaints received by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the past year, even when adjusted for an increase in activations.

In 2016-17, the TIO received more than 27,000 complaints related to NBN services. While the increase in complaints was expected, the larger-than-anticipated rise was cause for concern, the TIO said.

Edgecliff resident Bernard Shirley said that intermittent failures on the network meant that he was often left unable to trade shares and send emails.

“You are paying for a service and your options are limited,” he said. “People like me cannot trade shares on the NBN. It’s not the end of the world but it means I can’t conduct my business.”

Mr Shirley said that his previous broadband service on the copper wire network was satisfactory to conduct business and didn’t experience failures with the same regularity as the NBN.

In its report the ACCC said the allocation of responsibilities in fixing service faults was an issue that was affecting consumers.

“The allocation of responsibility for connections and service faults between NBN Co and service providers is an issue that will affect consumer experiences, especially where consumers suffer detriment,” it said.

Many consumers reported an unsatisfactory experience with the NBN during the migration process from the copper wire network to the new network.

In submissions collected by the ACCC, there is also discontent with the speeds and costs associated with accessing the NBN.

A computer applications programmer living near Port Macquarie detailed the significant cost being placed on them because the NBN was not available at their home.

The person, whose details were redacted, said that they had to pay for a separate office space and internet connection, a half-hour drive away, costing $300 a week.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that the report had given the commission a good idea of the problems consumers were facing.

“The study has highlighted a number of areas of consumer concerns which will benefit from some immediate actions,” he said.

The ACCC has said it will establish a Broadband Performance Monitoring and Reporting program in a bid to provide consumers with accurate information about broadband speeds.

Even at its highest speeds, Australia is trailing many other countries in the delivery of high speed broadband. In Japan, consumers can access an average download speed of 756 Mbps for an average price of $60.96 a month compared with Australia where an average download speed of 100 Mbps costs an average of $106.77 a month.

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Newcastle Grammar closes amid Supercars transport confusion Wharf Road grandstands
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TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldon Monday afternoon that school buses would run as usual that day.

The school closure highlights a breakdown in communication over transport plans for the race, which is 25 daysaway.

The Herald reported last week that Transport for NSW, Supercars and Keolis Downer hadnot publicly released a transport strategy for the race weekend, despite the challenge of moving anestimated 150,000 racegoers in and out of the CBD.

It is understood this plan will be released in the next week, but that will come too late for Newcastle Grammar.

“The biggest problem for us is that we have been told that school buses can’t get in and can’t get out on that day,” Mrs Thomas said.

“Darby Street’s closing on that Friday. A section of Darby Street, I believe, will be closed, and we have been told that on that day all the buses will terminate at Civic Park.”

Supercars said this was not correct and all traffic would be allowed as far east as Bolton Street.

The school’s website also says buses will terminate at Civic Park, staff may struggle to find parking spots on the street, and noise from the track will be “significant”.

“We have expressed our concerns to the Supercar organisers, council and our local member,” it says.

Mrs Thomas said she had been working “positively” with Supercarsand that the race would bring benefits to Newcastle.

But it had been “difficult” to make decisions about her school without access to information about student transport.

“That’s probably my problem, that we’re not 100 per cent sure,” Mrs Thomas said.“That is where it’s been tough for us, and I had to make a call.

“You don’t make this decision lightly. We have spent months doing research, trying to work out the best approach, and in the end I felt there was no other option other than to close the Hill campus.

“You can’t just make these sorts of decisions a week out or even two weeks out, because familieshave got to get time to prepare.”

The school’s Hill campus caters for 580 children from years 5to 12. Students from years 5 to 8 will have teacher supervision at Grammar’s Park campus at Cooks Hill on November 24 if required.

Newcastle East Public School, which is two blocks west, will stay open, although comparatively few of its students catch buses.

Mrs Thomas said some of her staff would be at the Hill campus during the race to judge if the school could open in future years.

“We’re well aware that this could go for five years;it could go for longer. My idea is not thatthe kids have a holiday every 24thof November,” she said.

“We’re less than about 200 metres from one of the points on the track, and it’s a practice day. We don’t know what the impactof noise will be and how possible it will be to run lessons.

“I’m not saying it’s an obvious issue, although obviously we’re concerned about that given our proximity to the track.”

Schools a similar distance to Supercars tracks at Adelaide, Melbourneand Winton remain open on race days, and race organisers use school ovals at Adelaide’s Christian Brothers College and Townsville State High for concerts and parking.

For the past two seasons Melbourne Victory’s women’s team has played second fiddle to the all-conquering Melbourne City.
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But on Friday night, when the clubs meet for the first W-League Melbourne derby of the season, Victory will run on to the pitch with a spring in their step, confident they can strike a blow against the back-to-back champions.

City’s title defence got off to an embarrassing start in Perth last weekend when they crashed 4-1 to a Sam Kerr-inspired Perth Glory, while Victory’s women pulled off something of an upset when they defeated highly-regarded Canberra United 2-1 in their season opener.

The win over City was the perfect grand final revenge for the Western Australians, who were beaten on their own turf by City in last season’s title decider after going into that match as favourites.

The scale of the defeat, in which City conceded three times in the last 15 minutes after getting back on level terms early in the second half, will be worrying for coach Patrick Kisnorbo and he can ill afford to have his team show such defensive frailty on Friday evening when Victory and City meet in the curtain raiser for the top of the table A-League clash between City and Sydney FC.

Victory have been in the doldrums in recent W-League seasons but Jeff Hopkins’ side could not have made a better start with their win over Canberra, a game that 15-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross will never forget as she made her debut.

Natasha Dowie, the England international, made sure of the win after Kristen McNabb had given the Navy Blues an early lead.

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Barnaby Joyce at the Longyard Pub, after the High court ruled he was a New Zealand Citizen.?? CREDIT:?? Peter Hardin, 27-10-17.Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has dared the Labor Party and the union movement to bring a legal challenge against any of the decisions he oversaw before he was thrown out of Parliament by the High Court.
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More than 100 Turnbull government decisions could be vulnerable to legal challenge as a result of Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash’s dual citizenship status, with lawyers engaged by the Labor Party concluding there is a high likelihood the work the pair has done over the past year will end up before the courts.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has also commissioned legal advice about the validity of a parliamentary vote on penalty rates.

The question mark over decisions that were made while Mr Joyce and Ms Nash were in Parliament adds to the sense of chaos Labor is trying to create around the Turnbull government following the High Court’s decision on Friday which disqualified five MPs – Mr Joyce, Ms Nash, Malcolm Roberts, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam – from Parliament because they held dual citizenship.

Mr Joyce – who is now fighting a byelection in his NSW seat of New England – dared the Labor Party to bring on a challenge.

“If the Labor Party want to challenge a whole heap of decisions to make poor people poorer and to show they’ve got absolutely no vision for regional Australia, go right ahead fellas,” Mr Joyce told ABC’s Radio National on Monday morning.

The advice from senior silk Matt Collins, QC, and barrister Matt Albert says Mr Joyce’s and Ms Nash’s ministerial decisions are now at risk under section 64 of the constitution, which requires ministers to be members of Parliament..

Mr Joyce, the former agriculture and water minister, disputed this saying he and Ms Nash, the former regional development minister, remained members of parliament up until the moment the High Court disqualified them.

“You stay in until such time as [one of] three events occur: you die, you resign or you are found ineligible by the High Court. And, at that point, you are out of Parliament – not before,” Mr Joyce said.

Speaking after the High Court’s decision on Friday, Mr Joyce said had been worried the court would find against him.

But on Monday he denied he should have resigned from the ministry and cabinet as Matt Canavan did.

Senator Canavan was one of the two MPs – along with Nick Xenophon – cleared by the High Court.

“Just because you thought something doesn’t make it a fact. I relied on the more competent advice which came from the Solicitor-General and just because the Solicitor-General says something doesn’t mean it’s right every time. But it’s obviously vastly more competent than my musings as an accountant who had a practice in St George,” Mr Joyce said.

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop said “there may be a few decisions” the government would need to examine but she was confident the “vast majority” of the government’s decisions were not open to challenge.

Mr Joyce also called for a multi question referendum to deal with a number of issues he said people wanted dealt with – including constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and section 44 of the constitution.

“People are saying, how could you be born in the Tamworth Base Hospital, when your great grandmother was born in Tamworth, your great grandfather was born in Glen Innes, you’ve served in the Australian Army Reserve and somehow you’re not an Australian. How does that work? To be frank, I have a hard time trying to explain that to them,” he said.

The Turnbull government has already ruled out taking section 44 of the constitution to a referendum but it has flagged the possibility of amendments to the Citizenship Act to clarify the position of people who were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas and want a career in politics.

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EMPOWERING: Opening Doors has been performed 32 times across the Hunter and Central Coast since 2013 and more than 2000 students have participated.TEENAGERS are being called on to help turn the tide on domestic violence.Tantrum Youth Arts is releasing a new round of performance dates for itsOpening Doorsinitiative, thanks to funding from Greater Charitable Foundation.The fourth season of the theatre-in-education experience will be offered to more than 4000 students across NSW between May and August, 2018.
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Opening Doorsaims to empower young people with knowledge on the causes and impacts of domestic violence and the avenues of support available.Written and directed by Tantrum’s producer Tamara Gazzard, it features local young actors as well as input from police officers, solicitors and counsellors.

“Four local government areas across the Hunter – Cessnock, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Port Stephens – rank in the top 50 for highest recorded cases of domestic violence in NSW,” Ms Gazzard said.

“However, these statistics are hard to measure as …reporting rates are still far below actual incidence rates.

“Opening Doors … aims to bridge this gap by not only educating young people but also giving them a voice as well as the means and confidence to seek help if in need.”

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive Anne Long saidOpening Doors resonatedwith the foundation’s core focus of improving life outcomes.

Hunter high schools have an opportunity for anOpening Doorsperformance to be staged at their campus in 2018. School should register their interest by Friday, December 22, 2017.For details, visit tantrum.org419论坛.

Mesh, money and the damage done Bypass: University of Canberra academic Dr Wendy Bonython criticises health watchdog funding model for “complete bypass of the interests of consumers”.
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Regulator: The Federal Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration complex in Canberra.

Frosty: Professor Chris Maher said he had a “frosty relationship” with the Federal health regulator because of pelvic mesh devices.

Alarm: Victorian Health Issues Centre executive Danny Vadasz said legislative reform was needed to protect health consumers.

Suffer: Australian women have suffered in silence for years because of systemic failures in the health system that allowed pelvic mesh devices to be marketed.

Devices: A sample of pelvic mesh devices marketed in Australia and the United States since 2002.

Campaigned: Women members of the Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group campaigned for a Senate inquiry into how devices were approved for use in Australia.

TweetFacebookThe current regulatory framework is a complete bypass of the interests of consumers. They don’t have a stake at the table.

University of Canberra academic Dr Wendy BonythonWith hindsight, I think, everyone in the Therapeutic Goods Administration would say they wished that they didn’t allow these products through when there wasn’t much evidence supporting those products.

Professor Chris MaherUntil we have legislative reform public health will remain hostage to the sales and marketing targets of medical device manufacturers.

Victorian Health Issues Centre executive Danny Vadasz

“The recent quiet announcement of the up-classification of mesh devices still does not reassure as there is no guarantee consumers will be provided with relevant consent documentation and there is still no commitment to create a register to track the devices being implanted,” Ms Brennan said.

“There must be a separation between income for our regulatory body, and the approval of devices. No-one has a higher stake in a medical device than the patient who is having something permanently implanted and yet consumers are not at the decision making table of the TGA. This needs to change.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office referred questions to the TGA, which “totally rejected” claims it had a too-close relationship with industry because of its funding model.

“Industry has no say whatsoever in how TGA spends the revenue it receives from other industry charges. This system has been in place for more than 20 years and there has been no evidence of any sort of ‘regulatory capture’,” a spokesperson said.

“Other medicines and device regulators internationally also are fully or significantly funded by industry fees and charges and operate in the same way.This takes the burden off the taxpayer for such time-consuming scrutiny.

“It is accepted as best regulatory practice for regulators to have a good understanding of and working relationship with the regulated entities. So, while the TGA meets frequently with industry and other stakeholders, including consumer and healthcare groups, it maintains a professional but arm’s length relationship and does not include them in any final decision-making once consultations are completed.”

The TGA said it accepted evidence from an expert committee in 2008 that recommended it continue to monitor meshes, but the reported rate of complications was low. By 2013 an internal TGA report acknowledged its adverse event reporting systemonly received 10-20 per cent of all adverse eventsbecause it relied on manufacturers to report complications.

The TGA has not prosecuted one mesh manufacturer for failing to report complications, despite it being a criminal offence carrying a jail term and substantial fine.

In 2014 the regulator cancelled the first of more than 40 pelvic mesh devices and increased monitoring and reporting requirements for remaining devices.

In its statement the TGA said “it must be emphasised that the TGA does not regulate clinical practice and decisions by doctors to use these devices”.

It may have the Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments firmly in its corner, but the Adani super-mine is facing a formidable new opponent: the Christian faith.
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The Catholic and Anglican bishops of Townsville have issued a joint statement to their followers criticising “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and accusing politicians and big business of failing to protect the common good.

The bishops’ message puts them head-to-head with Adani, the Indian mining behemoth behind the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine proposed for the Galilee Basin. It also puts them at odds with the local council and state and federal governments, which resoundingly support the project.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s campaign speech was interrupted by anti-Adani protesters. Photo: Darren England

Adani has located its regional headquarters in Townsville, and the statement will fuel debate in the already divided community over what would be Australia’s biggest coal mine.

The Right Reverend William Ray of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland, and the Most Reverend Timothy Harris of the Catholic Diocese of Townsville, issued the statement to their parishes on Saturday.

They cited Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment in June 2015, in which he said “the Earth, our home, is beginning to look … like an immense pile of filth”.

“We, too, as bishops in north Queensland, have concerns about many global and local issues that are impacting negatively on our environment and which require greater dialogue, examination, prayer and action,” the statement said.

The bishops said human dominion over the planet should be understood as “responsible stewardship”, especially to future generations.

“The elephant in the room is obviously the impending loss of the Great Barrier Reef with back-to-back yearly coral bleaching across two thirds of its length,” they said.

The bishops lamented toxic run-off, increased sea freight traffic and marine pollution, adding that government spending to fix the reef’s problems was “not matching needs”.

They did not name the Adani mine, but warned against “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, adding such projects sought to exploit a “coal resource for all ages.”

“Politics and business have been slow to provide strong leadership or urgency for the common good: a leadership that incorporates environmental issues as much as the financial, social or political issues,” the statement said.

“Although there are a limited number of politicians who are active on behalf of the environment, they are to be commended.”

The statement reflected the personal view of the bishops. It also expressed concern about a lack of recognition for indigenous people, land clearing, a lack of transparency by big business and a gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.

Adani’s Carmichael mine has emerged as a key issue in the Queensland state election, to be held on November 25.

Adani protesters reportedly heckled Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls on the campaign trail on Sunday and Monday.

The mine would extract 2.3 billion tonnes of coal over its 60-year life. Supporters say it will bring much-needed jobs and social benefits to Townsville and the broader region. Detractors fear the effects on tourism and the environment – especially the Great Barrier Reef – and say the company’s promise of 10,000 new jobs is vastly inflated.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan – back in the job on Friday after the High Court confirmed he was eligible to sit in Parliament – reportedly listed the Adani project and a new coal-fired generator as his first priorities.

The local coal industry has other firm backers – Nationals MP George Christensen took out several full page ads in Mackay’s Daily Mercury last week, urging that a “clean” coal-fired power plant be built in north Queensland.

President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Thea Ormerod, applauded the bishops’ stand and said it “could help shift the mood of the electorate over time”.

She said in the 2016 census, 26.5 per cent of Townsville residents identified as Catholic and 15.2 per cent as Anglican.

“Australia needs such prophetic witness to the importance of protecting our common home over profit-seeking extractive industries,” Ms Ormerod said.

“Adani’s Carmichael mine should never be allowed to go ahead … as a nation, we have the resources to support those communities who are being impacted by our necessary transition away from mining.”

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Westpac is readying to fight allegations by the corporate watchdog that it rigged one of Australia’s key interest rates, despite its co-accused, ANZ and National Australia Bank, settling their cases.
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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission alleged the three banks separately rigged the bank bill swap rate, a key benchmark rate used when setting the cost of business loans, for financial gain.

Lawyers for Westpac told the Federal Court on Monday it would continue with the landmark case, despite the bank facing increasing pressure to settle with ASIC.

The trial is expected to result in Westpac’s top trader, Colin Roden, being called to give evidence to explain chat room and phone transcripts that include him saying in regards to moving the bank bill swap rate: “I know it’s completely wrong … But f–k it, I may as well.”

On Monday, ANZ and NAB confirmed they had concluded their respective settlement discussions with ASIC.

Justice Jonathan Beach adjourned the case against the latter two banks and referred them to a penalty hearing in November.

Last week, NAB settled with ASIC for $50 million, while ANZ reportedly settled its case for a similar amount.

It is understood informal talks between ASIC and Westpac continued over the weekend and a settlement is still possible.

However, Westpac has long maintained that it has a stronger case than ANZ and NAB because its treasury desk was separate from its trading desk and its bankers were not impacting customers, but rather strengthening the banks’ balance sheet.

NAB’s treasury desk was also separate from its trading desk at the time of the alleged trades.

NAB confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange late on Friday it had settled with ASIC for $50 million. As part of the settlement, NAB has admitted to attempting to engage in unconscionable conduct on 12 occasions.

Last Monday, ANZ confirmed it had reached an in-principle agreement with ASIC.

NAB has agreed to pay ASIC’s costs of $20 million as part of its settlement and ANZ’s deal is also believed to cover ASIC’s costs.

The bank bill swap rate is a key rate at which banks lend to each other over a short period. It is one of the most important interest rates in the economy, providing a benchmark for the setting of a range of business loan interest rates.

Westpac has been accused of 16 counts of unconscionable conduct by ASIC. NAB faced 50 counts and ANZ 43 counts.

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