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blink and you'll miss it: why martin ran off field after three seconds

a comical three-second cameo by rhyse martin in canterbury’s reserve-grade match on sunday has allowed the bulldogs to qualify him for the intrust super premiership nsw semi-finals.unlike the bulldogs’ nrl side, steve georgallis’ second-tier side are in the mix for the title and now they will have the added benefit of having first-grade forward martin to assist their cause next month.replayreplay videoloadingplay videoplay videoplaying in 5 ...the 25-year-old started canterbury’s nrl match agai...




barty out ill as gavrilova defends title

daria gavrilova is primed for her first wta title defence but fellow australian star ashleigh barty has pulled out of the connecticut open battling illness a week out from the us open.barty cited a viral illness as she withdrew from the field in new haven on saturday.ashleigh barty has had to pull out due to illness.photo: epapreparing for the year's final grand slam in new york, world no.16 barty has played strongly and is coming off back-to-back losses to world no.1 simona halep - in a semi-final at the canadian open in montreal and then in t...




cheika could banks on brumby to replace folau

maddocks went to fullback and took just three minutes before he scored the wallabies' only try of the night.cheika said he had several options to cover folau, one of which was banks.banks starred for the brumbies this season and played a key role in their last-season surge that fell narrowly short of a super rugby finals berth.he was overlooked for the first bledisloe, but will have this week's training in new zealand to state his case to claim folau's no.15 jersey.cheika said melbourne rebels back jack maddocks, who scored a try on debut, was another option at fullback, as was inside centre kurtley beale."it's an opportunity for someone who's going to come into the team. i thought maddocks had some nice touches when he came on and h...




‘boundless pain’ as italy mourns victims of motorway collapse

in a news conference in the port city, held only hours after a state funeral for many of the victims, chief executive giovanni castellucci voiced his deep condolences for the victims' families but declined to give an unreserved apology.autostrade per l'italia presiden, fabio cerchiai and ceo giovanni castellucci speak on saturday.,photo: ap"apologies and responsibilities are things that are interconnected. you apologise if you feel you are responsible," he said, adding that he would wait for official investigators to determine responsibility for the collapse.autostrade would set aside around 500 million euros ($782 million) for disaster recovery, including funds for a new bridge and to help bereaved families and people who will have to ...




not again: lombok hit by magnitude 6.3 earthquake

jakarta: a strong earthquake has jolted the indonesian island of lombok as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people.the us geological survey measured sunday's quake, which was centred in the north-east of the ...




sydney uni lecturer investigated for defending 'death to israel' badge

dr anderson this month returned from his second trip to pyongyang in just a year alongside mr tharappel. before the trip, mr tharappel published an article on the website fort russ news and pledged to "write the rest after i come back from north korea where my stalinism will intensify".it is understood mr tharappel ceased tutoring at the university about six months ago. he, too, was investigated by the university - for describing a journalist of armenian background as "traitorous scum who desperately wants a second armenian genocide".syrian president bashar al-assad meets australian academic tim anderson in damascus, in a photo released by syrian news agency sana.photo: aapdr anderson, who lectures in the department of political econom...




mitchell johnson retires from all cricket

former test pace great mitchell johnson has announced his retirement from all levels of cricket.johnson, 36, said he had hoped to continue playing in twenty20 competitions around the world but his body was "shutting down" and some back problems during the indian premier league had reinforced that it was time to finish.mitchell johnson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.photo: ap"it's over. i've bowled my final ball. t...




wa truck driver charged over death of cyclist

a wa truck driver has been charged with careless driving after he allegedly caused a crash that killed a cyclist earlier this year.at around 11.35am, police were called to the crash near the intersection of forrest highway and old coast road, just north of noble street on june 3.north of noble street.photo: suppliedthe male cyclist...




lightning slay giants to reach super netball grand final

defending champions sunshine coast lightning will play west coast fever in the super netball grand final after ousting minor premiers the giants in the preliminary final.the lightning won 59-50 on the giants' home court in sydney on sunday to earn a spot in the title decider. the fever qualified a week earlier after beating the giants in sydney in the major semi-final.agony and ecstasy: the lightning celebrate their victory over the giants.photo: aapthe giants had two chances ...




marta dusseldorp a triumph in nora's return

marta dusseldorp is positively amazonian as nora, commanding the stage as if it were her plaything. the fact the helmer home resembles, in this production, a denuded doll’s house, only intensifies the alice in wonderland-like incongruity of scale, and everything else falls away during dusseldorp’s magnetic delivery of nora’s marvellous monologues.marta dusseldorp as nora and greg stone as torvald.photo: jeff busbyshe’s barely walked in the door before launching into a swingeing screed against marriage (and in favour of free love) that makes her former maid anne-marie’s hair curl, and the reunion between the two women – anne marie (diedre rubinstein) looked after nora’s children when she left – is poignant, laced with pain and...




qut wants you to have your say on healthcare experience

“the survey is straightforward - we ask participants to rate, for example, how easy they find it to describe their health symptoms to a practitioner.“our aim is to explore how people from a range of ages and backgrounds feel about their communication as patients with healthcare professionals.“whether your experience as a patient has been positive or negative, we want to hear from you,” she said.ms lum also understands there are limitations to the study highlighting how important it is for the survey to gather balanced patient group results.“previous research indicated that men and women report different experiences as primary healthcare patients, and we are keen to ensure that we understand the implications of this.“recruitment c...




gabba name up for sale as $100 million upgrade plans move ahead

secondly, treasurer jackie trad announced $2 million to begin a business case to redevelop the “surrounding section” of the gabba as part of the cross river rail project, as the brisbane times predicted in may.“we estimate it (the total cost) will be around $100 million,” ms trad said.“but we are going out to the market to test that,” she said.she declined to say how much the queensland government would contribute before talking to the business community.mr de brenni labelled it “as an outstanding announcement and a great day for queensland sport and for this community.”“this business case will ensure that the gabba stadium is re-elevated to the number one cricket and afl stadium in the world,” he said.however, the redeve...




towel thrown as aussie jackson fails in world title tilt

australian luke jackson has failed in his bid to become a world champion after suffering a ninth-round defeat in his interim wbo featherweight title bout with carl frampton.jackson's trainer billy hussein threw in the towel in belfast with his overmatched and outclassed fighter suffering constant punishment.outclassed: carl frampton (right) in action against aussie luke jackson during their wbo interim featherweight title fight.photo: pabrave and determi...




queensland derby has spice, but fagan doesn't want slanging match

but among the spice and drama, brisbane coach chris fagan won't let the rivalry descend into an annual slanging match.fagan apologised to the suns after his team’s narrow victory, saying he was disappointed with defender nick robertson, who called the suns “soft” during the week.fagan was subdued after the win. “i’m just disappointed with the last few days; i’m disappointed with nick robertson’s comments about the gold coast suns. it’s not what we think about them, and it’s not really what he thinks about them, either.“it just takes a bit of gloss off it. i know it added a little bit of spice to the game from an observer’s point of view, but that’s not the way we want to conduct our business and we apologise to the go...




if anyone would want to ban muslims it should be me - but i don't

it would be frighteningly easy — and i choose those words deliberately — to keep indulging this train of thought. it is not that hard, really. a muslim killed my father. his parents were muslims. he was manipulated by other muslims. they are related to muslims. they probably came from a muslim country. it is all their fault, kick them out, keep them out. bob’s your katter.i might as well go all out and issue the claim that if we had no muslims in this country, my father, curtis cheng, would still be alive. if we had no muslims, we would not be in the "mess" we are today.this is the narrative those who wish to divide us would have us believe. if i continue this train of thought, and victimise and persecute an entire group because of th...




naming rights to perth arena sold in deal with rac

“we inherited not only a record level of state debt, but also the perverse situation where wa taxpayers were forking out compensation for perth arena to not have a naming sponsor," mr wyatt said.“this decision allows us to continue to fix the finances and focus our spending on essential services.”rac group chief executive terry agnew said rac became a founding partner of the venue in 2013 and more recently became a sponsor of the rac local lounge.the venue hosted about 80 events annually and up to one million people, he said.“through this partnership we aim to continue communicating and engaging with the community a...




brisbane medical entrepreneur gets approval to sell product in us

a 31-year-old brisbane entrepreneur who developed a smaller, stronger and cheaper screw to fix fractures has been given the approval to sell it in the us.dr chris jeffery can now add us food and drug administration (fda) approval for his medical micro screw to his list of accolades, which includes the 2018 qut young alumnus of the year and the 2017 lord mayor young business person of the year.dr chris jeffery, founder of field orthopaedics which has won fda approval for a tiny screw that it claims allows faster and more accurate repairs of delicate hand fractures. photo:...




teenager with suspected spinal injures after mandurah boats crash

a 17-year-old boy has suffered suspected spinal injuries after a boat collision in mandurah's canals on saturday evening.the boys were on a boat travelling north along sticks canal at around 6.50pm when police say they collided with another vessel.the boys were travelling towards mandurah using the sticks canal.photo: mandurah mailone of the boys was thrown from the boat, and...




gws mull shock afl recall for zac williams

greater western sydney's rebounding defender zac williams could be rushed back for the injury-hit afl club's final game of the regular season.williams is yet to play an afl game this year, having ruptured his achilles during pre-season training.strong comeback: gws defender zac williamsphoto: jay cronanthe 23-year-old returned during saturday's neafl curtain-raiser at spotles...




white van found abandoned in centre lane of kwinana freeway

a white van abandoned in the centre lane of the kwinana freeway southbound has caused traffic to slow to a stop on sunday morning.the report was made to main roads just after 10am, after the van was found empty and turned off in ...