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The dramatic improvement in Joe Daniher’s goalkicking has come on the back of fanatical dedication to honing his skills, including a dawn training session at club headquarters on a day off.
Daniher’s outstanding past month – during which he has kicked 17 goals in five games – has upped his market value as he prepares to re-sign with the Bombers, a deal expected to follow the finalisation of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The athletic big man’s set shot goalkicking has long been a point of concern, with the issue rearing its head in the Dons’ round six loss to Melbourne, a game in which Daniher kicked 1.6. Following that game, Essendon coach John Worsfold refused to publicly chastise the emerging star, suggesting that Daniher was putting in the work at training to improve his area of weakness, as well as his ruckwork and marking.
In the three games since, Daniher, 23, has kicked a combined 13.2, including 5.0 in a dominant showing against West Coast at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Daniher’s commitment to improving his craft was highlighted by an episode last week, when Bombers players made visits to country Victoria. Despite the day being free of training commitments for players, the Dons have confirmed that Daniher, goal sneak Orazio Fantasia and midfielder Zach Merrett turned up to train at around 7am before the players departed for their visits.
“They came in early because that was the only time to do some extras on that day,” Essendon forwards coach Hayden Skipworth told Fairfax Media.
Skipworth has been working closely with Daniher and said his work ethic could not be questioned, with Daniher, Merrett, Fantasia and captain Dyson Heppell among those who were regularly going above and beyond on the track. However, Skipworth said he was trying to keep Daniher on an even keel.
“He’s working extremely hard on all aspects of his game. His vision long-term is to be a really accurate goalkicker,” Skipworth said.
“He’d do probably three or four goalkicking sessions on top of his normal training throughout the week.
“I’ve just trying to be really consistent with Joey as far as not going over the top. The thing that I’ve been working with him on is just focusing on the processes, not the outcomes. Goalkicking varies from week to week.”
The Bombers and Daniher’s agent Nigel Carmody have remained tight-lipped about contract negotiations, even though there is little doubt Daniher will remain at the club where his father, brother and three uncles all played. Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro told a Bombers podcast last month that new deals for several players – including Daniher, Darcy Parish and David Zaharakis – were likely to be signed only once the new CBA was in place.
There is a feeling in the Daniher camp that a long-term deal of up to five years would provide the forward certainty, but that a shorter-term contract would likely mean more money, especially if his form continues in its current trajectory. Some at Dons have privately acknowledged that Daniher’s recent form spike means they will probably end up paying more for his services.
Another player agent suggested on Monday that Daniher should be hoping for at least $2.6 million over a three-year deal, taking the view that Daniher had added $150,000 a year to his worth with his outstanding football over the past month.
Daniher has kicked 134 goals from 79 games since making his debut in 2013. In 2015 he worked closely with Essendon great Matthew Lloyd on his goalkicking, a partnership that was discontinued.
Peter Wallace has been ruled out of the State of Origin series opener, clearing the way for fiery Titans hooker Nathan Peats to make his NSW debut in game one.
Wallace joined an extended NSW squad in Sydney on Monday morning and had scans and extensive medical treatment on an injured groin in a bid to prove his fitness.
Unfortunately for the veteran rake and for the Panthers, he now faces four to six weeks on the sidelines with a grade two adductor tear.
While Wallace will miss out on what would have been his first Origin match since 2009, it has opened the door for Peats to make his maiden Origin appearance ahead of incumbent Robbie Farah.
“He’s a guy that will fight for everything. He’s a guy that I’ve got a huge amount of respect for. I know he’s a professional and I know he prepares well,” Blues coach Laurie Daley said on Monday night.
“And you know what you’re going to get. Peatsy will get through a huge amount of work, he’ll be competitive, and he’ll give you everything he’s got.”
Peats is one of two debutants named in Blues coach Laurie Daley’s team for the clash against Queensland on May 31. Representative Jake Trbojevic also earned a spot on the bench.
Trbojevic made his Test debut for the Kangaroos in last year’s Four Nations tournament, forming a close relationship with fellow Blues forwards David Klemmer and Aaron Woods.
Sunday night’s call-up was a bitter-sweet moment for the Trbojevic family after younger brother Tom missed out on certain selection after picking up separate knee and ankle injuries just over a week ago.
Penrith’s Matt Moylan was called into the squad, which gathered in Sydney on Monday morning, as standby for the injured Josh Dugan.
However, the Cronulla-bound Dugan is expected to get the green light and take his place in the centres alongside Jarryd Hayne.
Hayne will make his return to the Origin arena after a two-year hiatus playing NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and rugby sevens for Fiji.
He is one of just five players – including Brett Morris, Boyd Cordner, Dugan and Woods – who featured in NSW’s rare series triumph under Daley back in 2014.
Hayne’s future will remain a topic of discussion throughout the Origin camp as he weighs up an option in his favour to remain at the Titans next season before deciding by the May 31 deadline, which coincides with the opening Origin game.
Morris, who has 12 Origin games to his name, returns to the Blues fold after missing last year’s series when a knee injury forced him out of most of the 2016 season.
At the start of the season, Morris was resigned to the fact his representative career was likely over, telling Fairfax Media he was comfortable with the likelihood that he wouldn’t wear the sky blue jersey again.
“That’s OK,” he said in February. “I feel I’ve had a pretty good rep career. So if it was to be that I never play rep footy again, I can hack that.”
Boyd Cordner is the new captain of the Blues following the retirement of Paul Gallen, getting the nod ahead of Woods and Josh Jackson.
James Tedesco hasn’t managed to recapture his old form in 2017 but Daley has placed his faith in the Tigers No.1 to do the job after an impressive maiden Origin series last year.
The Roosters-bound fullback will team up with Blake Ferguson and Morris as a back three combination to match up against Queensland’s Darius Boyd, Corey Oates and Dane Gagai.
The much-maligned Mitchell Pearce returns to the Origin arena after an off-field indiscretion cruelled his chances last season.
He will partner former premiership-winning Roosters halves partner James Maloney, who was one of the first players picked in Daley’s team weeks ago.
Woods, who overcame a hamstring injury to make his return for the Wests Tigers last week, has been given the all clear to play, despite just one game under his belt in the past month.
Controversial Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita retains his position in the Blues line-up, and James Tamou is the obvious omission.
Fifita has been called into the starting side alongside Woods, leaving David Klemmer and Trbojevic on the bench as part of a four-man front row rotation.
Jack Bird, who was impressive in his debut series last year, has pipped Matt Moylan for the utility position on the bench.
Moylan, Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean and St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin will travel with the team to camp in Kingscliff as part of an extended squad.
NSW TEAM FOR GAME ONE
1. James Tedesco 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Brett Morris 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Aaron Woods 9. Nathan Peats 10. Andrew Fifita 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Boyd Cordner (c) 13. Josh Jackson
14. David Klemmer 15. Wade Graham 16. Jake Trbojevic ???17. Jack Bird
A man has tested positive to HIV at a Melbourne clinic while participating in a trial of PrEP, an antiretroviral drug credited with preventing the spread of the disease.
This has sparked fears in the gay community about possible resistance to the medication – particularly after rumours about the strain circulated on social media over the weekend.
However, it is not yet known whether the man has contracted a drug-resistant strain, or if something else is to blame.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken daily by HIV negative people, and when taken every day PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV transmission by up to 99 per cent.
Globally, hundreds of thousands of people use PrEP and there have only ever been two confirmed cases of infection with a drug-resistant strain of the virus by someone taking the medication correctly.
Both of these were reported in 2016, one in Toronto and one in New York.
In Amsterdam earlier this year, there was a third case of PrEP failure in a man following the prescribed course, through transmission of a drug-sensitive HIV strain, however this is still being investigated.
There has never been a confirmed case of HIV resistant to PrEP in .
It’s understood just over a week ago, a male patient on the trial tested positive to HIV at a Melbourne clinic.
On Monday, a spokesman at The Alfred confirmed researchers were “reviewing the clinical details of a man who has tested positive to HIV while being a registered participant of the Victorian PrEPX study.”
Another Melbourne man, who also uses the antiretroviral drug, said the case highlighted that there was still a risk with PrEP, even if it was small.
“This is not a silver bullet. It makes the risk real,” the man, who has requested anonymity, said.
But he said would continue to use the medication because it remained “the most persistent way to combat HIV”.
Doherty Institute director and infectious diseases physician, University of Melbourne professor Sharon Lewin said all people who start HIV treatment have a test for their own resistance to the drug before they begin the medication.
She said once researchers at The Alfred have determined whether the man had been correctly and consistently taking PrEP, the HIV virus itself will be analysed for resistance.
“In cases of someone testing HIV positive while taking PrEP, we would first take a detailed history to understand how PrEP is being taken and potential exposures,” she said.
“We would then look at the genetic code of the virus as this can tell us whether it is a drug-resistant strain, or a non-resistant strain. We would also look quite closely at drug levels in blood and the immune response to the virus, when the anti-body test became positive.”
About 3000 Victorians have enrolled in the PrEPX research study, which is examining how PrEP could reduce the rate of new HIV infections in Victoria.
Experts estimate 10 – 15 per cent of gay men in Sydney and Melbourne were using PrEP by the beginning of 2017.
There are up to 600 Victorians on the study’s waiting list.
Professor Lewin said PrEP was extraordinarily effective and there was still an urgent need to expand access to PrEP nationally.
“We closely track circulating strains of drug resistant virus in the community,” she said.
“On average 10 per cent of new diagnoses of HIV in Victoria are with a strain of virus that has evidence of drug resistance.
“I don’t think there is any reason for alarm here. PrEP works and any rare cases of failure need to be investigated fully so we fully understand why this can very rarely happen.”
PrEP is not yet listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, but will be considered in July.
A generic version of the antiretroviral drug, known by the name Truvada, costs about $1200 a month to buy in , but can also be bought on the internet for less than $100.
Hurricanes make national mark at Tokyo 2020 camp EXPOSURE: Jake Robinson was one of five Hunter Hurricanes juniors that took part in a Water Polo camp called Tokyo 2020 in Canberra this week. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Bailey Sheather (far right)
TweetFacebook Hunter Hurricanes at Tokyo 2020 campPictures by Max Mason-Hubers, Marina Neil and Jonathan CarrollIt may be another three years away but five Hunter Hurricanes juniors hada taste of the 2020 Olympics in Canberra this week.
The Robinson brothers, Jake and Mitch, Matt Humby, Bailey Sheather and Kate Hughes have just wrapped up a six-dayToward Tokyoidentification camp at the n Institute of Sport.
National senior water polo head coachesElvis Fatovic and Sakis Kehagias oversaw the event, which involved training sessions both in and out of the water before a mini tournament that finished on Monday.
It doubled as selection trials for n junior and youth squads contesting overseas tours and world championships later in 2017.
* AUSTRALIANschoolgirls representative Dakota Thomas will return home to Kilaben Bay with a silver medal from theDigicel Punjas International Secondary School Netball Challenge.
The goal keeper was part of the national under-15 squad that lost Friday’s final 40-28 to Aotearoa Maori in Fiji.
They beat Auckland Samoa 35-31 in the semi.
* ALSOheading overseas on a School Sport tour is Floraville’sKy Willott and Maitland Rams pair Brad Paterson and Wade Harry.
The national under-16 hockey squaddeparted for Europe late last week with warm-up matches scheduled for Belgium and The Netherlands before a four-nation tournament in Germany.
Darius Boyd. Photo: Getty ImagesDarius Boyd has won the battle for the Maroons fullback spot with returning superstar Billy Slater missing selection completely after the Queensland squad was announced in Brisbane on Monday afternoon.
In what was undoubtedly the most difficult call for the selection panel and coach Kevin Walters, Slater will be a spectator for game one despite some sparking form since returning to the Storm from a long-term shoulder injury.
Bill Slater. Photo: Getty Images
In his absence, Boyd has put a stranglehold on the fullback jumper and there was no compelling argument for him to be shifted from his favourite position. Slater played some wing early in his career but specialists Dane Gagai and Corey Oates have been preferred on the Queensland flanks.
With retirement on the horizon, Slater may well have played his final Origin but anything can happen during the series and he would be the first called up should injuries force any sort of backline reshuffle.
But as it stands, Boyd’s powerful returns from fullback and ultra-consistent form at all levels of the game made him a lock at the back for the first instalment of the 2017 series.
Meanwhile, Boyd’s Broncos team-mateAnthony Milford is set to make his State of Origin debut with Jonathan Thurston next to no chance of overcoming a shoulder injury. Milford has been named in the starting line-up with Thurston included as 18th man to give himevery opportunity to prove his fitness.
Johnathan Thurston. Photo: Getty Images
“I believe it’s very unlikely that he’ll [Thurston] play but we’ll give him the chance to prove his fitness throughout the week,” Walters said onSky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast.
“I don’t think he’ll be fit enough with his shoulder. We’ve got to keep in mind that this is game one of a three-game series.”
Wayne Bennett said he wouldn’t release Milford to Queensland if he was no chance of playing in Origin I.
Should Thurston miss out as expected, a number of Queensland’s leading lights will be missing. Both Matt Scott and Greg Inglis are out with injury, although Cameron Smith seems to be playing as well as ever after he helped steer Melbourne to victory over Souths on Sunday night in Perth.
Justin O’Neill. Photo: Getty Images
Justin O’Neill has been the beneficiary of selection loyalty and had retainedhis place in the centres, while Dylan Napa is one of the new faces in the side as the Rooster gets set to step into the Origin arena.
2017 Queensland State of Origin squad:1. Darius Boyd
2. Corey Oates
3. Will Chambers
4. Justin O’Neill
5. Dane Gagai
6. Anthony Milford
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Dylan Napa
9. Cameron Smith (c)
10. Nate Myles
11. Josh Papalii
12. Matt Gillett
13. Josh McGuire
14. Michael Morgan
15. Sam Thaiday
16. Aidan Guerra
17. Jacob Lillyman
18. Johnathan Thurston
AFR, GENERIC, OFFICE Businessman walking out of a revolving door — money, business man, commuters, employment, wages, jobs, economy, CBD, city, building, property. Monday 24th November 2003S photo illustration Louie Douvisafrphotos苏州夜总会招聘 AFR, SPECIALX 21948 ***afrphotos苏州夜总会招聘*** Photo: Louie DouvisScott Morrison’s budget projections rely entirely on orthodox economic thinking about what drives wages. Unfortunately that orthodox thinking is demonstrably wrong.
The textbooks say that, as unemployment falls, the labour market tightens and wages rise. Supply and demand and all that. But it’s not happening.
The fancier version of that story is that we’re enjoying a surge in national income as our resources export volumes rise, a surge that will result in higher profits that labour will subsequently want a share of. But wanting and getting are two very different things.
Last week’s n Bureau of Statistics wages index showed wages growth falling to 1.9 per cent and lower in the private sector. Real wages shrunk despite the economy overall motoring along reasonably well.
It takes a huge leap of faith – or perhaps blind belief in old textbooks – for Morrison to forecast in the face of present experience that wages growth will double in the next four years. It’s more likely that we’ll run into the problem of inflation rising and wages failing to respond.
And it’s not just an n problem. Much of the developed world is suffering weak wages growth . Over the weekend, Bloomberg offered eight possible reasons why wages aren’t picking up despite the US unemployment rate dropping to 4.4 per cent.
The answer to the conundrum for is likely to be a combination of those factors.
Rising underemployment on top of unemployment is an obvious suspect. The increasing casualisation of the workforce, the rise and rise in part-time rather than full-time jobs, eats away at labour’s ability to demand wage rises.
The collapse of organised labour. Over the past quarter century, trade union membership for the individual’s main job has fallen from 40 per cent to 15. In the private sector, 942,000 workers are trade union members in their main job – 10.4 per cent. There are more private contractors now than private sector unionists.
Globalisation – the pressure to be internationally competitive – weighs on wages even when local unemployment is down.
Low inflation expectations become self-fulfilling – since the global financial crisis, workers have become used to wage increases of about the inflation rate and have accepted low inflation. The Fair Work Commission determining minimum wages tends to stick around the inflation rate.
Corporate culture since the GFC has swung towards chief executives and chief financial officers relying on cost cutting or containment to get their bonuses. In a highly competitive business environment, where there’s often little confidence to invest in the business to grow the bottom line, reducing costs has become an important KPI. The boss just says “no” – and gets paid more for saying it.
At the extreme, there are cases such as Coates Hire looking to cut wages by as much as 40 per cent by terminating an existing pay agreement. And that’s despite Coates doing increasingly well from the infrastructure boom taking off on the east coast.
Yet Treasury is sticking with its textbook fairy tale despite the official family’s wage price index forecasts being consistently wrong, as the accompanying Reserve Bank graph shows.
While Treasury and the RBA sip from the same forecasting cup, it seems our central bank is becoming less assured of the Happy Ever After projections.
The May board minutes released last week sounded much more cautious than Treasury:
“Members noted that, although it seemed unlikely that wage growth would slow much further, wage pressures were expected to rise only gradually as the effects of structural adjustment following the mining investment and terms of trade boom, which had weighed on aggregate wage growth, continued to wane.”
A research paper in the RBA’s March bulletin on low wages growth concluded it was difficult to identify if structural changes were driving the wages outcome, but they need to be monitored.
The paper noted that only about 20 per cent of workers have wages determined by awards, with another 10 to 15 per cent indirectly influenced. Wage growth in industries that have a higher prevalence of individual agreements has declined most significantly over recent years.
Individuals did well when the economy was booming, when employers were willing to compete for them, but with the boom days over, so is the average individual’s bargaining power.
And aside from the falling proportion of organised labour, much of the remaining union movement has mellowed. With a few obvious exceptions, unions such as the shoppies seem more interested in maintaining jobs – and union membership – than pushing for wage rises that could threaten employment.
Disruption is heavy upon the land. The great achievement of the internet isn’t the ability to go online and buy a cheap shirt from China, rather it is the empowerment of customers – they can’t be fooled any more. Everything is effectively up for tender, resulting in competitive pressure being a daily reality. That generally means containing costs.
The irony of retailers and cafes pushing for reduced weekend penalty rates is that such employers want to pay their own staff less, but want all other employers to pay their staff more so they can afford to eat in cafes. It could prove a bitter victory for the business lobby to find that pushing for a “more flexible” labour force ends up meaning fewer customers.
The bigger danger for the budget is the possibility of a double whammy. The lack of much faster wages growth means the government won’t get the income tax boost it’s relying on. On top of that, inflation edging higher through energy and housing costs means real wages shrink more, which would flow onto lower consumption growth – unless we blow out our debt levels even further.
RBA board members this month “noted that the ABS would issue revised expenditure weights for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the December quarter 2017 CPI release, which would reflect changes in consumption behaviour over the preceding six years in response to factors including large changes in relative prices”.
In other words, we might find our inflation rate is higher than we thought. If workers can’t win wage increases to at least keep pace with it, the government will have another political fire to put out before the next election.
“This is just a hiccup for America,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He is at the Cannes Film Festival to help promote a documentary about underwater life, called Wonders of the Sea. Spectacular as it is, everyone wants to talk to Arnie about his attitude to Donald Trump. For a start, they have had closely followed spats on Twitter. More importantly, Schwarzenegger’s career shift from body-builder to action movie star to the governor of California makes him perhaps the ultimate American immigrant success story. Even as a high-profile Republican, surely he can’t support bans on Muslim visitors or walls along the border
At first, the Terminator doesn’t want to be drawn. “We are promoting Wonders of the Sea, not Trump,” he says. “This is a whole other campaign.” But Schwarzenegger is a born campaigner – he is particularly proud of having signed off on America’s toughest environmental legislation when governor – insists he’s not bothered by Trump’s proposals for budget cuts to environmental protection and reducing refugee numbers. “I think America will work its way through it. You will see the reaction and the way it is all going to unravel very quickly.”
The United States is still a democracy, he insists. Nothing depends on the will of just one man. “I think everything will sort itself out. I think that the kind of un-American tone has been struck down by the judges, so I am not worried. We have gone through Watergate, all these different troubles and America always came out well.”
Wonders of the Sea is a 3D film shot and edited by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the great oceanographer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau, who won the top prize in Cannes with his The Silent World in 1956. It follows a spectacular journey across the Pacific, with stop-offs on reefs in Fiji, Hawaii and California. The point, says Cousteau, is to encourage children and their parents to love the underwater world and want to help preserve it. It carefully avoids any hint of political ideology or blame for the toxic pollutants still poured into the sea by Industry.
“It presents something so beautiful to people they will fall in love and want to protect it,” says Schwarzenegger, who narrates the film’s commentary. It was knowledge, he says, that turned him into an environmentalist. “I wasn’t into it at all, like everyone I ws just living my life, I appreciated the environment because I grew up in Austria but when I became governor I saw people die because of pollution and saw what offshore drilling does, all this stuff.” He approached the Democrat bloc in the state legislature to help him push through new regulations. “They said: ‘You’re a Republican, are you serious?’ And I said ‘I’m very serious because I don’t see this as a political issue. We must do it.'”
Why that isn’t working for President Trump he can’t explain. “I don’t know what makes people tick. All I know is that when I see him going in the wrong direction, as we have done, whether it’s about him striking the budget of after-school programs or the environment or in any other way, we will speak up. We have the power to make changes. Let’s not wait for this one guy to change his mind.” Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show??? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017Hey, @realDonaldTrump, I have some advice. See you at Hart Middle School? Here’s more info about #afterschool: https://t苏州夜场招聘/NOgdhBHyyppic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/NQI2OdVqtF??? Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 21, 2017
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou praised the way Celtic have managed Tom Rogic’s return from injury and expects the Canberra product to be fresh for a big month for .
Postecoglou named Rogic in his 30-man squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, as well as the friendly against Brazil and subsequent Confederations Cup.
The squad will be cut to 23 next Wednesday ahead of the Saudi clash at Adelaide Oval on June 8.
Rogic came off the bench at half-time in Celtic’s 2-0 victory over Heart of Midlothian on Sunday to wrap up their record-breaking Scottish Premier League title triumph.
The 24-year-old scored in his first full 90 minutes after overcoming an ankle injury in a 5-0 victory over Partick Thistle on Friday and will finish his Celtic campaign with the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen this Saturday.
Rogic missed almost four months due to the injury, which required surgery, but returned to the pitch in early April to finish the season.
He faces a hectic couple of months with not only the Socceroos games, but also Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers in July.
Postecoglou was happy to have the Canberran back in the selection mix as the n team begins their push to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
“It’s good to have him playing again obviously and he missed an extended period of time, but I think Celtic are using him pretty wisely – they haven’t just thrown him back in there,” Postecoglou said.
“He’s playing bits and pieces of games and [Friday] night was probably his first 90 minutes, which was great for us because I think they [Celtic] have already programmed in that he’s got a big June ahead of him and are looking after him.
“So from that perspective I guess the positive is that Tommy won’t come in jaded after a long season. If anything I think he’ll be looking forward to having some games.”
The Socceroos squad will start arriving in Adelaide on June 2 to begin preparations for the crucial clash against second-placed Saudi Arabia.
sits three points behind the Saudis, who are level with group B-topping Japan on 16 points.
They have to finish in the top two in the group to avoid a couple of tricky play-off games to force their way to Russia.
A win over Saudi Arabia would see them draw level with them on points ahead of their final two group games – away to Japan on August 31 and then home against Thailand on September 5.
Postecoglou felt the Socceroos were in good shape going into their deciding three games.
“We’ve done a lot of work over the last couple of years for these games. We kind of knew the final three games in qualification were going to be the key ones and starting with Saudi at home,” he said.
“I think we’re in good shape – the work we’ve done over the last couple of years, the players we’ve exposed to international football and the experiences they’ve had.
“I’ve got no doubt we’ll be up for the contest and hopefully start June off with a really strong performance and the right result and carry us through the rest of June.”
While the World Cup qualifier was the most important in the Socceroos’ June schedule, he was hopeful they would be able to add a trophy to their cabinet in the Confederation Cup, where they have drawn Germany, Cameroon and Chile in their group.
They’ll warm up for that with a friendly against Brazil in Melbourne on June 13.
“When you look at Brazil, Germany, Chile and Cameroon – particularly the first three – you’re talking about three top-10 nations,” Postecoglou said.
“It’s exactly the arena we want to be in and the environment we want to test ourselves.
“It’d be great to get to the end of that month knowing we’ve acquitted ourselves well and maybe have another trophy in our cabinet.”
Socceroos squad: Mark Birighitti, Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Dylan McGowan, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Bailey Wright, Mustafa Amini, Craig Goodwin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak (captain), James Jeggo, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Riley McGree, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tomi Rogic, James Troisi, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Jamie Maclaren.
The Parkville tram derailment has created traffic havoc and left the driver shaking. Photo: Channel 7Fourteenpeople havebeen taken to hospital after dozens of passengers wereinjured when a truck slammed into a tram in Melbourne’s inner-north on Monday morning.
Emergency servicesrushed to the scene of theserious smash in Parkville after a truck slammed into a crowdedWest Coburg route 58tram on Elliott Avenueabout 8am.
The force of the accident buckled one side of the tram, forcing it several metres off its tracks, and tippedthe truck on its side causing it to leakfuel.
Paramedics treated29people for mostly minor injuries at a triage area set up at the scene. Police were also at the scene.
Fourteenpeople were taken to hospital, including threetoThe Royal Melbourne Hospital, fourto St Vincent’sHospital, four to The Alfred hospitaland three to Footscray Hospital.
The remaining injured did not need further treatment.
The tram driver was photographed lying next to tram witha defibrillator after reportedly complaining of chest pain but hiscondition is unknown.
Twelve firefighters are on the scene of the diesel spill with the clean up expected to take hours.
“The tram has been derailed so Yarra Trams heavy maintenance will attend to put the tram back on its tracks,” aMFB statement said.
Elliott Avenue between Flemington Rd and Royal Pdein Parkville remainsclosed in both directions and is not expected to reopen until after Monday afternoon’s peak-hour commute.
Drivers have been advised toavoid the area and seek an alternative route such as usingBrunswick Rd to Mt Alexander Rd and then travelling to Flemington Rd from there.
Tram services on routes 70, 75 and 58 have also been affected.
Photos from the scene show the tram’swindows have been smashed by the force of the smash and the inside of the tram is covered in dirt the truck was transporting.
One woman named Jennifer who witnessed the crash told ABC Radio Melbourne thatpassengers heard screams before being thrown from their seats.
She said after the crash the truck driver had been seen sitting next to the tram, shaking, and passengers were “lying everywhere”.
Schapelle Corby (right). Photo: Dimas Ardian. Cassandra Sainsbury faces 20 years jail if convicted. Photo: StarNowSix days from freedom, many years later and a million years wiser, you could easily imagine what Schapelle Corby was thinking if she had a60 Minuteslive stream in Bali on Sunday night.
Just who got their money’s worth here?
Answer: Not the woman behind bars. And probably not the program waving the big bucks.
Almost 13 years to the day after the Corby family pocketed its first alleged Channel Nine cheque to tell the alleged story of an alleged innocent waif abroad caught up in an alleged drug-smuggling sting, the family of alleged Colombian jailbird Cassandra Sainsbury took the same alleged time-honoured route to … what?
What – allegedly – indeed?
It’s hard to know what anyone is thinking when these cluster-farts of media hysteria and foreign judicial systems collide in an explosion of moral outrage and moral confusion, breathlessly presented to a national audience over Sunday night dessert.
Colombian police released this photo of Cassandra Sainsbury with the drugs she is alleged to have smuggled. Photo: Colombian National Police
But once again on60 Minutes– direct from the streets of Bogota, Colombia and the red-lit doorways of Sydney – came a tale of moral turpitude and questionable ethics, most of it related to the program delivering the story.
Here were some of the opening lines from a program Nine flagged as a “special edition”.
If only there had been anything special about it; alas, it was entirely predictable.
“The most extraordinary development….”!
“But that’s not all about Cassandra’s secret past…”!
“Her life as a prostitute…”!
“An admission she did it…”!
“Her lawyer tells us she…”!
The latter line – “our investigation” – should be treated with caution when dealing with a program whose investigative techniques have sometimes amounted to throwing large sums of money in the direction of people who’ll talk to them.
In 2004, it was60 Minutesand Nine who did more than most to forge the national belief that Schapelle Corby came from a Brady Bunch-like clan from the classier areas of the Gold Coast, and that her unjust incarceration deprived the nation of a young heroine’s wisdom on eyebrow maintenance. And when Corby went down in 2005, it was60 Minuteswho paid their way into both the courtroom and the family’s post-conviction Bali villa.
Cassandra – Schapelle for a new generation? Please, no! – risks the same fate, at least as the subject of gratuitous media carry-on.
One wonders what Sainsbury’s mother, Lisa Evans, and sister, Khala, are thinking this morning, after viewing Sunday night’s chequebook-laden tale. It came complete with staged jail phone calls and pointless but camera-friendly hollering outside the prison walls – juxtaposed with a second story reported from Sydney.
In this back-after-the-break knees-up, the harbour city’s allegedly long-dead nightlife was given an alleged new lease on life: “This is ‘s party strip, the notorious Kings Cross in Sydney’s eastern suburbs”.
One imagines the only people cheering were the city’s tourism chiefs, relieved to finally have someone painting the area allegedly known as “the notorious Kings Cross” as still breathing, let alone notorious.
60 Minutes’ endeavours to convince us that it, too, is still breathing consisted of interviews with Cassandra’s mother and sister, conducted in environs ranging from the back of a cab, to a park bench, to the aforementioned hollering outside prison walls, to breast-laden pictorial renditions of Sainsbury’s alleged previous life as a Sydney sex worker. (Corby-case aficionados will recall that Schapelle’s downfall included allegations that she had taken a similar path in Japan, prior to her alleged Bali misfortune.)
On60 Minutes, the story of Sainsbury’s alleged previous life was delivered with the implication from an alleged former colleague that Cassandra’s alleged life was (take your pick) illegal, immoral or that she-got-what-she-allegedly deserved: “I can guarantee you 100 per cent that is her body, that is her in that profile”.
This was a judgment no doubt encouraged by the60 Minutespromise to the woman making it: “We have agreed to conceal her identity and change her voice.”
The main alleged conclusion to draw from it all?
That60 Minutesmay be willing to conceal the identity and change the voice of the people it pays for stories … but none of it conceals the modern identity of the program itself.
You can pay for anything – but you can’t buy credibility. Allegedly? No, you can bank on that.