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cultural burning at bundanon brings life back to the land

on a day topping 30 degrees in tinder-dry bush at haunted point, indigenous elder sonny timbery is showing a group of teenage boys how to light fires.firefighters from the nsw rural fire service watch as the teenagers use firesticks made from bark to ignite leaf litter that has accumulated on a ridge above the shoalhaven river. indigenous fire management techniques are being used at bundanon, arthur boyd’s ‘gift to the nation’, on the nsw south coast. photo: louise kennerleythe flames catch quickly yet burn slowly, barely reaching knee-height, producing a plume of white smoke that wafts through the branches of towering spotted gums.mr timbery points to the ground, which is alive with ants and beetles scuttling from the flames. cul...




north shore rapist graham james kay back behind bars

a serial rapist who terrorised women on the north shore in the 1990s has been charged over an alleged attack on a teenage girl and is back behind bars after breaching tough supervision orders, including failing to disclose he was in an "intimate relationship".graham james kay, 66, was responsible for a wave of sexual assaults on women aged from 16 to 39 between december 1995 and december 1996 in balgowlah, artarmon, epping, eastwood and wollstonecraft. graham james kay was refused bail. photo: seven newshe was released on parole in february 2015 after serving about 18 years of a 20-year maximum jail sentence. but in 2017 the state applied for, and was granted, extended supervision orders on the basis he remains a high-risk sex offende...




phil davis speaks about jake carlisle contest

gws co-captain phil davis has suggested that he may have been fortunate not to concede a potentially match-winning free kick for his spoil on st kilda's jake carlisle in the dying moments of saturday's nail biting draw.with only seconds left on the clock and scores level, carlisle rose to mark a kick into st kilda's forward line, however he fumbled it, which allowed davis to spoil the ball with his fingertips.fremantle trounce the bulldogs at optusvideo duration01:29previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30saints comeback falls short in draw with ...saints comeback falls short in draw with gwsst kilda came with a plan to scrap, fight and hold greater western sydney close like a boxer wanting to restrict their opponent's swing, but the g...




fittler calls for drop-kick rule change

rugby league legends brad fittler and peter sterling have called for the nrl to change the drop-kick rule which allowed for billy slater's controversial try on friday night.slater was awarded a kick-and-chase try in melbourne's win over brisbane at suncorp stadium, after he was ruled to have drop-kicked the ball close to the line as he attempted to grubber it before he regathered it and scored. billy slater celebrates with teammates after scoring against brisbane in round seven. photo: glenn huntthe rule from the bunker caused confusion throughout the nrl after slater himself admitted he dropped the ball and didn't believe it was a try.however under rugby league's official laws, a player is able to drop kick the ball i...




bulldogs 'better' than loss to dockers showed: beveridge

western bulldogs coach luke beveridge was left scratching his head after  his side's 54-point loss to fremantle on saturday night, but says he still has belief in his players.“we’re better than that,” he said after what he called a “deflating loss” to the dockers. the bulldogs left their coach baffled on saturday night. photo: aap“as a coach i believe in our players and their capabilities, so in some ways it becomes surprising when you have a total breakdown in skill or there’s a perceived pressure that creeps into one or two of your players’ heads.“sometimes with younger players it’s just par for the course and that’s going to take a while to work itself out.“but all we can do is keep developing the...




sampa the great's show lapses into legendary

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april 19 sampa the great performing last year. her sydney show was an expertly-woven tapestry of african-influenced neo-soul and hip-hop. photo: anna warr★★★★☆ 
 there are concerts, gigs and experiences - and tonight in sydney the zambian-born, melbourne-based singer and mc, sampa the great, presents the latter to a sold-out crowd that is excited at the start and ecstatic by the finish.it's the kind of show you feel lapsing into legend - "i saw sampa the great in a small room in 2018" - even as you evict your bag from the piles tossed in corners so people can dance.in march, she won the $30,000 australian music prize for her 2017 record, birds and the bee9, over contenders including jen clohe...




six boys arrested after crime spree through perth and fremantle

six boys have been arrested after a string of robberies throughout perth last night triggered a police pursuit through inner city perth and fremantle.wa police said a group of teens terrorised several people with an axe in northbridge and elizabeth quay and stole two cars - one in booragoon and another in burswood. six boys were arrested after a crime spree through fremantle and perth, including elizabeth quay. photo: shutterstocka police pursuit in south lake ended in hamilton hill, with police arresting six teens, while the hunt for other alleged offenders continues on sunday.charges are yet to be laid on the boys, aged between 14 and 16.police said the spree started about 10.15pm on saturday night when a man on john street...




bugg voice proves an earworm

jake buggfactory theatre, marrickville, april 19★★★½ anybody who had not heard jake bugg's speaking voice before this solo acoustic show was in for a surprise.as he politely rebuffed the shouted requests that began from after opener how soon the dawn – "i think i'll pick the songs, ok mate?" – he was still the boy from the nottingham council estate. jake bugg has fine songs to marry to his unique voice. photo: tom oxleybut when the 24-year-old opened his mouth to sing, there emerged a keening, nasally creature from somewhere between the american prairie and the moorlands near his english hometown.knowing the records did not diminish the surprise of hearing bugg's vocals live. one could try and name the antecedents – jimm...




barty puts australia into winning position in fed cup playoff

ashleigh barty has put australia within sight of the fed cup world group with an impressive win over netherlands no.1 lesley kerkhove.barty defeated kerkhove 6-4 6-2 in sunday's first reverse singles rubber to give australia a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five-match indoor tie at the wollongong entertainment centre. ashleigh barty of australia defeats lesley kerkhove of the netherlands. photo: craig goldingdaria gavrilova can secure australia's return to the eight-nation world group in 2019 with victory over world no.295 quirine lemoine in sunday's second singles match.defeat for gavrilova would leave barty and samantha stosur needing to beat demi schuurs and indy de vroome in a do-or-die doubles encounter to avoid a shock loss to t...




south-east fuel prices hit three-year high, renewing calls for price comparison service

fuel prices in south-east queensland have hit a three-and-a-half-year high, with the average cost of unleaded petrol surpassing $1.50 per litre.the record levels have seen the state opposition put pressure on premier annastacia palaszczuk to introduce a real-time fuel price tracking service to allow motorists to compare and choose the best deal. new south wales drivers are saving $6 per tank of petrol on average compared to south-east queensland. photo: glenn huntracq spokeswoman renee smith said brisbane hit 153.2 cents per litre at its peak at the weekend, while ipswich was the highest in south-east queensland at 153.6 cents.“there’s simply no good reason for prices to have gone this high," she said."while recent oil price hikes...




teens charged over alleged fatal hit and run in wantirna

police have charged two teenagers who allegedly fled the scene of a fatal hit and run early saturday morning.a stolen lexus 4wd allegedly ran a red light and collided with a holden commodore, killing its two occupants, matt goland, 38, and bita zaeim. the lexus was allegedly stolen on wednesday night.  photo: paul jeffersa 19-year-old boronia man was charged with two counts of culpable driving...




europe and mexico strengthen trade pact in signal to trump

washington: the european union and mexico have  announced a major update to their free trade pact signed nearly two decades ago, a development that will allow almost all goods, including agricultural products, to move between europe and mexico duty-free.the deal, which has yet to be formally signed, is expected to increase trade in dairy, pork, services, digital goods and medicines between the economies. it will also give mexico greater access to an advanced consumer market, as negotiations with the trump administration over the modernisation of the north american free trade agreement still appear to be on uncertain ground. european commission president jean-claude juncker says trade can and should be a win-win process. photo: apand i...




teens charged over queensland house fire

two teens have been charged over a house fire north of brisbane.emergency services were called to the unoccupied caboolture home at 6pm on saturday, with the house ex...




simmons posts nba playoff triple-double in fiery encounter

ben simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years as the philadelphia 76ers outlasted the miami heat 106-102 to move within one victory of the second round.the 76ers lead the eastern conference series 3-1 and can close out the heat when play resumes in philadelphia on tuesday night. ben simmons guards miami's goran dragic. photo: joe skippersimmons scored 17 points to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first rookie since magic johnson in 1980 to post a playoff triple-double.jj redick scored 24 points and joel embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for philadelphia.dwyane wade led all scorers with 25 points off the bench for the heat, who led by 12 points in the second half b...




united through as spurs suffer eighth-straight fa cup-semi defeat

playing in their temporary home of wembley stadium, there was a distinct air of familiarity in the way tottenham hotspur once again failed on the big stage, losing 2-1 to manchester united for their eighth-straight fa cup semi-final defeat.dele alli's opening strike was cancelled out by goals from alexis sanchez and ander herrera as mauricio pochettino's men were outplayed by savvier opponents. manchester united's alexis sanchez, right, celebrates with chris smalling after his equaliser. photo: kirsty wigglesworthit was the same scoreline in spurs' other big test of the season at wembley, the champions league last-16 second leg against juventus, where they once again took the lead only to falter under the weight of th...




more than 5000 homes without power as storm hits wa

thousands of west australians have woken to a home without power as storms bringing thunder and lightning dumped up to 40 millimetres of rain over the state on sunday morning.a severe weather warning is still in place for the south west as the first big storm of the year hit the state in the early morning hours. lightning storm over perth. photo: dean kelley, twitter"it's the first major cold front this year, but it's not unusual weather," bureau of meteorology duty forecatser jun chen said.multiple suburbs around the state were affected by power outages, with 5600 homes without electricity by 7am on sunday. the first storm of the season has hot the perth metro area and the south west. photo: bureau of meteorologya we...




who killed jenny rose ng? police offer $1m reward to find her killer

in 1982, jenny rose ng’s body was found by her two oldest daughters with 30 stab wounds to her chest, throat, back and arms.the two girls aged nine and ten were returning home from school for lunch when they found their mother in the living room. jenny rose ng thier brother had remained at school, however, their younger sister was in the apartment at the time of the killing.now, 36 years after she was killed, victoria police are making another attempt to find ms ng's killer, offering up to a million dollars reward for information. jenny rose ng was murdered in 1982. her daughters want answers. photo: angela wylie"as time passes people may feel like there's less impact, it's not as important, people have moved on with their l...




rebels fall to bulls in more super misery

melbourne's super rugby misery in south africa has continued with the rebels falling to a 28-10 loss against the bulls in pretoria.the rebels were looking for a breakthrough win after 13 previous attempts on south african soil but again fell short on saturday, unable to claw their way back from an 18-point half-time deficit at loftus versfeld.compounding the disappointment, melbourne may be without three wallabies for their next clash with the stormers in cape town with skipper adam coleman, fullback dane haylett-petty and hooker jordan uelese suffering injuries.coleman didn't return after half-time having appeared to suffer a head knock, while haylett-petty failed a hia (head injury assessment) in the first half in a worrying sign...




hastings speaks on manly dramas, is determined to learn how to fit in

banished manly rugby league player jackson hastings says being outcast by the nrl club has brought him to tears, but he's determined to learn how to fit in.hastings has been dropped to the sea eagles' feeder team blacktown, with first-grade coach trent barrett saying the utility is unlikely to be considered for nrl selection again this year. jackson hastings turns out for blacktown workers sea eagles against the wyong roos. photo: suppliedit's due to issues the club says relate to team balance and culture, and hastings' inability to get along with his teammates.but the 22-year-old told news corp that rather than let the fallout define him, he's working hard to rectify the differences."it's about trying to make mysel...




kaepernick protests earn amnesty international honour

amnesty international has given former nfl quarterback colin kaepernick its ambassador of conscience award for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.one-time san francisco 49ers teammate eric reid presented kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in amsterdam. former nfl quarterback colin kaepernick receives the award. photo: apin his acceptance speech, kaepernick described police killings of african americans and latinos in the united states as lawful lynchings."racialised oppression and dehumanisation is woven into the very fabric of our nation - the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarcera...