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  • NRL: Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown on contrasting halves against Gold Coast Titans


    Half good, half bad for Knights DISAPPOINTED: Newcastle Knights halfback Jaelen Feeney (right) after the Gold Coast Titans scored one of their seven tries at home on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images
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    Weight of possession and comical errors.

    They were the main points addressed by Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown on Saturday after his last-placed NRL team slumped to a seventh straight loss, going down 38-8 to theGold Coast Titans.

    The visitors led 8-6 at the break but were kept scoreless in the second half as the Titans piled on 32unanswered points in front of 10,511 spectators at Cbus Super Stadium.

    And Brown said much of that momentum swing came down to not having the ball and giving it upcheaply –with the Knights holding just 37 per cent possession, making 109 more tackles and having 15 less completed sets of six.

    “What the guys will get to see [on the video] will be some mistakes they made in the secondhalf that were quite comical,” Brown said.

    “One or two of the tries they see, guys will thinkif Ijust did myjob here, which isn’t a lot what they needed to do but very basic, what effect it would’ve had on the score board.

    “They’llalso see in the first half, doing exactly the same thingvery well, what effect that has on the team and the scoreboard.

    “And that’s the challenge for us, is being able to do things wellfor long periods, and generally, which is only commonsense, the longer wedo it for the closer we’re in contests.

    “But when we have those weights of possession against us inboth first half second half, we’re not in position at the moment to compete. We handle it for the first half, but in the second half they burnus bad.”

    Knightsskipper Sione Mata’utia, who left the field fora head injury assessment [HIA], said when he returned down20-8 just inside the final quarter he felt the game was still in the balance.

    “When I came back on after I passed the HIA, I thought we could come back,” Mata’utia said.

    “But then we leaked a few more tries and after that point it was about finishing strong, showing pride in the jersey and trying to get the most out of the time left.”

    The round nine fixture started with such promise, Matat’utia saving a try at one end before fellow second-rowerSam Stone scored from a repeat set down the other.

    Five-eighth Brock Lamb added the extras and a penalty goal in soon after, on the back ofa 50 metrebreak in midfield from prop Daniel Saifiti, and the Knights led 8-0 followingan impressive opening 20 minutes.

    But for the next hour the Titans scored all the points, slowly wrestledcontrol and eventually ranaway with it, including doubles to new Gold Coast centre pairing Jarryd Hayne and Konrad Hurrell.

    Brown also namedlate changes for Newcastlebefore kick-off, including Josh King starting for the first time this seasonafter12 appearances last year while Luke Yates shifted back to the bench and Anthony Tupou missed out.

    “Joshhas beenin reserve grade, he’s been back there for a fair period and been playing really well,” Brown said.

    “Toops was desperate to come to theclub and offer his experience, but it means he plays some weeks and other weeks he gets overlooked in favour of younger kids. He understands his role.

    “So it’snot a form thing for Toops, it’s just Josh deserves to play and so does Stoney and Yatesy.”

    As for recently dropped captain Trent Hodkinson, who was part of a 42-26 loss to Wests Tigers in NSW Cupon Saturday, it would be the same situationas everyone else according to Brown.

    “Trent played today in reserve grade at a similar time to usso I’mnot sure how he played and couldn’t answer that,” Brown said.

    “He will be judged on his performance as all players are.”

    The main injury concern for Newcastle was recalled halfback Jaelen Feeney, who was taken to hospital after full-time for precautionary scans on his ribs following a crunching tackle from Hurrell leading to a try in the 73rdminute.

    “There’s a few knocks but we’re not seeing anything that concerns us long term, Idon’t think,” Brown said.

    Brown said the upcoming bye had arrived at an ideal timefor the Knights, who have recorded just one win in 2017,and gavethe squad a chance to freshen up before hosting Canberra at McDonald Jones Stadium on May 14.

    “It’s good for us andgives guys time off to recover,” he said.

    “We’ll train parts of the week, have the weekend off to freshen up and then come backinto the Canberra game at home on a Sunday afternoon.

    “As we showed today in the first half we are more than capable, we just need to do things a little bit better andfor a little bit longer.”

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  • Black Diamond AFL: Stretched Newcastle City show character to out-last Warners Bay


    IMPRESSIVE RETURN: Cameron Keast kicked three goals for the Blues in his first hit out of the season. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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    NEWCASTLE City coach Mitch Knighthas neverdoubted the talent ofhis young troops.

    Now he knows that the have character to go with it.

    The Blues made it consecutive Black Diamond AFL wins with a hard-fought 12.13-85 to 6.6-42 win over Warners Bay at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday, despite playing almost three quarters with only one substitute.

    Centre half-forward Nick Gill (hamstring), midfielder Macaulay O’Malley (foot) and full-forward Max Quinlan (groin) succumbed to injury inside two minutes of the second quarter.

    “We lost two key targets up forward and one of our starting midfielders,” Knight said. “The fact we were able to hold them outshows their character. The boys were absolutely stuffed at the end of the game. Hugh Blanchfield is a 17-year-old kid who played really well last week and had another solid game today. He got time in the midfield due to injuries and was great. He is growing in confidence week to week.Due to the recruitment ban we haven’t been able to blood the young ones as we would like. They have been thrown in the deep end a little in that respect. I was very happy with the character we were able to show to grind out the game.In saying that, we were up against a young Warners Bay side who were without a few senior guys.”

    The Blues set up the win with a dominant first quarter in which they held Warners Bay scoreless.

    “We have been trying to improve our starts,” Knight said. “The past two weeks have been reallypleasing.We kicked eight goals in the first quarter last week and today we kicked 5.8. We have a pretty solid backline and I was impressed with their work again today.”

    Cameron Keast kicked three majors in his first game of the campaign and Pat Gilligham also bagged three.

    “Having Cameron back was great,” Knight said. “He was another key target up forward and kicked a few goals which was pleasing.Pat is a class act and it is pleasing that he has run into some form.His work rate was high, presented really well through the centre of the ground and was able to kick a few goals as well.”

    Youngster Corey Deverell andRobSchindler-Taylor were the Bulldogs’ best.

    In the other games, Kurt Fleming kicked four majors to help steer unbeaten leaders Terrigal Avoca to a20.15-135 to8.7-55 victory over an under-manned Cardiff at Moore Oval.

    At Dick Burwell Oval, Luke Price landed five majors and Billy Barton and Ben Eddy four each as Nelson Bay stormed past Killarney Vale21.16-142 to10.8-68.

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  • Sydney Swans’ Gary Rohan stretchered off at MCG


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    The Sydney Swans entered this match with a precarious 0-5 record. This was the personification of a must-win match for last year’s grand finalists and a constant of the AFL finals.

    For a club that was last in this position all the way back to 1993 – when half of Carlton’s team on Saturday wasn’t even born – there was an element of entering the unknown when nothing but a victory would suffice to ignite their season.

    But no one bothered to tell Carlton about what was at stake for the red and white brigade in this MCG encounter.

    The young Blues pulled off a magnificent coup at the ‘G, on the back of a dominant second half, to keep the Swans winless and improve their own stocks to two wins and with some handy momentum heading into the middle stages of the season.

    On a forgettable day for Sydney, they also had to endure the pain of seeing Gary Rohan fall heavily on his head in a contest with Sam Rowe in the third quarter. The Swan was later up and talking in hospital with a fullrange of movement and awaiting scans.

    Carlton had a range of contributors but special mention must be made of the game of defender Alex Silvagni in his first game for the Blues. The former Fremantle defender won his battle with Lance Franklin, the Sydney forward finishing with just one goal.

    Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, the evergreen Kade Simpson, along with Sam Docherty and Sam Rowe, were all excellent contributors

    At half-time it was Sydney’s six goals to Carlton’s five majors. Most were still anticipatingthe inevitable Sydney surge and an eventual victory over their more inexperienced opponents.

    The opposite happened. The Blues were revitalised by the break. Ed Curnow managed a goal after just 30 seconds and Matthew Wright’s second goal 90 second later saw them snatch the lead. They weren’t to relinquish it again.

    A third Carlton goal for the quarter, this one off the boot of Jacob Weitering, had them out to a 10-point lead after seven minutes. Time to throw away the script.

    Wright managed his third goal in the confusion when Rohan went down and, upon the restart, the small forward picked up his third goal for the quarter upon the re-start and Carlton had surged to a 23-point lead.

    Late majors to Zac Jones and Callum Sinclair calmed Sydney’s nerves but the job was still ahead of them in the final stanza.

    Carlton kept up their intensity and a trifecta of majors through Patrick Cripps, Matthew Kreuzer and Charlie Curnow sealed the contest and put icing on the cake.

    Earlier, the opening of the match before 32,678 fans was very much 16th versus 18th. Both teams were stop-start in their approach and style. Indecision was the order of the day.

    The Swans did eke out their way to an 11-point quarter-time lead, courtesy of three goals to one, but without doing anything of consequence. The Swans of 2016, and of modern history for that matter, hadn’t yet materialised in 2017 and now, may not ever do so.

    After Simpson snagged the first major of the second quarter, Franklinreplied two minutes later with a classic, well, a very classic Buddy moment. Buried deep in the left forward pocket on the 50-metre arc under the MCG scoreboard, he slotted his solitary goal on his left foot off just one step.

    To Carlton’s credit, they hung on. Forward Levi Casboult came into the game in a big way and his excellent pack mark and conversion on nine minutes had the Blues grasping at Sydney’s feet.

    In typical fashion, the Swans put their noses over the ball and the next two goals – through Tom Papley and Isaac Heeney after a questionable free kick – gave them the edge at the main breakbut not by much.

    The sides had combined for 11 goals at the main break and uncertainty hovered over the outcome.

    Franklinhad been patchy but Carlton were being well served by Docherty (22 possessions), Murphy (19 touches) and Simpson (14 possessions).

    That pattern continued and the rest is history. And the Swans are too for 2017. Another finals campaign is an eternity away.

    TheSwans now host Brisbane Lions at the SCG next Sunday while resurgent Carlton meet old foes Collingwood in an intriguing clash at the MCG next Saturday.

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  • Breakthrough as Kenya poised to elect first female governors


    Joyce Laboso Kenya’s?deputy parliamentary speaker Photo: Twitter/@DrJoyceLaboso
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    Nairobi:Women are likely to be elected for the first time to some of Kenya’s powerful governor positions after making historic gains in party primaries this week, experts said, heralding a political breakthrough for the patriarchal society.

    Kenya has East Africa’s lowest female representation in parliament – at 19 per cent – and women have struggled to make gains in the face of violence, intimidation and sexism.

    That looks set to change in August’s elections.

    “This time, at least two women are almost guaranteed for the position,” said Macharia Munene, a professor of international relations at Nairobi’s United States International University.

    “They might win because they have proven themselves as capable leaders in previously held positions.”

    Kenyans will vote for their president, parliament and county representatives on August 8.

    The ruling Jubilee party and the opposition National Super Alliance, known by its acronym NASA, both elected women to run as county governors in primaries concluding on Sunday.

    None of Kenya’s 47 counties, which manage local infrastructure, are headed by a female governor, an influential position overseeing budgets worth billions of shillings.





    [Martha Karua, former Kenyan presidential candidate, is running a governor position.]

    Martha Karua, former Kenyan presidential candidate, is running a governor position.Photo: Supplied

    The counties get about 20 per cent of national revenues. They can also raise local taxes. In return, they must provide most health facilities, pre-schools, and local infrastructure.

    Anne Waiguru, who is standing in the Jubilee stronghold of Kirinyaga, some 100 km northeast of the capital Nairobi, has a good chance of victory, Munene said.

    She was the powerful minister for devolution and planning until she resigned in 2015, saying that unsubstantiated corruption allegations had taken a toll on her health.

    Joyce Laboso, the deputy parliamentary speaker, is also well poised to win the western county of Bomet for Jubilee, he said.

    “We have stepped up this year,” Labososaid. “Society must stop thinking that women are mere flower girls.”

    Wavinya Ndeti, who was a member of parliament until 2013, is vying on a NASA ticket, while two of the three women to have stood for the Kenyan presidency – former ministers Martha Karua and Charity Ngilu – are both running under their own parties.

    “Women have proved that they can be good leaders who want to change the lives of their people,” said Ngilu, who was Kenya’s first female presidential candidate in 1997.

    Women usually lack the political clout and money to get nominated by the main players in primaries, where voters choose party candidates, often amid violent clashes.

    “Apart from the physical violence we suffer during campaigns, we are also subjected to a lot of emotional abuse,” said Laboso.

    Female candidates often hire bodyguards after threats of rape and beatings, sexual slurs or curses from elders for violating tradition.

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  • Half arrested in Donald Trump’s immigration raids had traffic convictions or no record


    Washington:About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Donald Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offences, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious crimes, according to data obtained byThe Washington Post.
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    Records provided by congressional aides Friday offered the most detailed look yet at the backgrounds of the individuals rounded up and targeted for deportation in early February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assigned to regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York.

    Two people had been convicted of homicide, 80 had been convicted of assault, and 57 had convictions for “dangerous drugs.” Many of the most serious criminals were given top billing in ICE news statements about the operation.

    The largest single group – 163 immigrants convicted of traffic offences – was mentioned only briefly. Over 90 percent of those cases involved drunken driving, ICE said Friday. Of those taken into custody in the raids, 177 had no criminal convictions at all, though 66 had charges pending, largely immigration or traffic offences.

    The raids were part of a nationwide immigration roundup dubbed Operation Cross Check, which accounts for a small portion of the 21,362 immigrants the Trump administration took into custody for deportation proceedings from January through mid-March.

    The two-month total represents a 32 per cent increase in deportation arrests over the same period last year. Most are criminals, administration officials have said. But 5,441 were not criminals, double the number of undocumented immigrants arrested for deportation a year earlier. The administration has released a detailed breakdown of the criminal records only of the raids in early February.

    Trump has said that public safety threats are his top priority. Shortly after he was elected, he vowed to first deport serious criminals from the United States.

    But critics say immigration agents instead have also targeted students, parents of US citizens who do not have serious criminal records and minor offenders.

    “That makes me so angry,” said Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, which is organising demonstrations Monday to protest Trump’s immigration policies. She said that many of the DUI convictions are years-old and that the data “confirms our worst fears, which is that this administration is really trying to deport as many as possible regardless of whether they have a criminal record.”

    President Barack Obama also deported thousands of people who never committed crimes, but toward the end of his administration, he imposed strict new rules that prioritised the arrest of criminals.

    The Trump administration has said the current president also wants to prioritise deporting criminals. But officials add that anyone in the United States illegally could be detained and deported.

    “As Secretary Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” said ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea, referring to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

    ICE arrested immigrants across the United States in February as part of Operation Cross Check, an initiative that seeks to detain immigrants that also occurred during the Obama administration.

    Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Centre for Immigration Studies, which favours limits on immigration, said ICE is properly enforcing immigration laws by arresting criminals and people in the United States without papers.

    “Those are legitimate reasons to remove people,” she said. “ICE officers are no longer operating under the restraints imposed by the Obama administration. They’re not forced to look the other way when they encounter people who are removable.”

    Congressional aides said the information from ICE follows months of frustration from lawmakers that the agency is not responding fast enough to requests for information.

    After initially being supportive of Kelly, many Democrats have turned on him, believing he is being less than forthcoming about his sprawling department’s moves to implement Trump’s immigration policy.

    Kelly, a retired Marine general, shot back at congressional critics last week in a speech at George Washington University.

    “If lawmakers do not like the laws they’ve passed and we are charged to enforce, then they should have the courage and skill to change the laws,” Kelly said. “Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.”

    That kind of approach “wasn’t a constructive way to deal with Congress,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in an interview Friday. Democrats, he said, are frustrated by Trump’s immigration policies but are unable to change laws because they don’t currently control Congress.

    “That kind of language ought to be jettisoned,” Hoyer said.

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  • Chinan news headlines: April 29, 2017


    Need anational newssnapshot first thing?Well, we have you covered.
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    ​Regional news:► QUEENSLAND:THEY may be the largest irrigated cotton farm in the Southern Hemisphere but not even Cubbie Station were left unscathed by this season’s dry hot summer.

    ► DARWIN, NT:An n woman is fighting for life after becoming the first local victim of a global airbag recall crisis that has left drivers with gruesome injuries and affected millions of car owners.Read more.

    ►WAGGA WAGGA, NSW:A Wagga resident has called for large dog ownersto consider using a muzzlein the wake of avicious dog attack which left afamily forced to watch their cat die in their arms.Read more.

    ►BENDIGO:“Imagine what it is like to be told you can’t have this choice [to go out after 10pm] because you are disabled, and make no mistake this is what it says. This is our government forcing our disabled citizens to be out of sight, out of mind. This is discrimination.” Read more.

    Harry Styles is heading to for his first solo world tour. But just over 4000 fans will be able to see him perform here. Read more.

    Eye on the weatherWhat does it look like in your neck of the woods today?

    National news:► The head of the NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad recently warned a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into human trafficking that exploited overseas workers were slipping through the cracks because there was now no way to identify – or stop – underground brothels.Read more.

    ►Labor has referred Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to Queensland authorities amid claims the party has breached electoral rules. Read more.

    ►Multinational gas companies will soon sell an annual $50 billion worth of n liquefied natural gas to foreign markets, but the nation will have to wait more than a decade for any revenue boost and some projects will never pay a cent in tax for the resources they extract.​ Read more.

    World news:► North Korea unsuccessfully test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state’s main ally, China. Read more.

    ►Nairobi:Women are likely to be elected for the first time to some of Kenya’s powerful governor positions after making historic gains in party primaries this week, experts said, heralding a political breakthrough for the patriarchal society. Read more.

    ►About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Donald Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offences, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious crimes, according to data obtained byThe Washington Post.Read more.

    Faces of Jeff McCloy, the larger-than-life personality who dramatically won, and then lost, Newcastle’s lord mayoralty between 2012 and 2014, has remained a highly visible figure in the city’s political scene since he resigned in the heat ofthe Independent Commission Against Corruption’s inquiry into political donations made before the 2011 state election.

    From interventions about the controversial light rail route, to challenging the ICAC in the High Court of , Mr McCloy has lost none of his famously forthright nature.

    But since the conclusion of ICAC’sOperation Spicer investigation, which found Mr McCloy“acted with the intention”of evading laws about thedisclosure of political donations and the ban on donations from property developers, the question being asked in some circles is:would he ever run again? Read more.

    On this day …

    ►311Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire

    ►1789George Washingtonis inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America

    ► 1859 Charles Dickens'”A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov 26).

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  • NRL: Newcastle Knights beaten by Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadiumphotos


    Knights crash to seventh straight loss | photos TweetFacebook Knights v Titans on Gold CoastPictures by Getty ImagesThe Newcastle Knights suffered their seventh straight loss on Saturday afterthe Gold Coast Titans scored 32 unanswered pointsin the second half.
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    The visitors were beaten 38-8 in front of10,511 spectators at CbusSuperStadium after leading 8-6 at the break, but remaining scoreless on the run home.

    This result keeps the Knights (two points)anchored to the bottom of the NRL competition ladder, now four behind the Titans (6) and two arrears of the Penrith Panthers (4).

    Newcastle started the round nine fixturewith much promise,Knights skipper Sione Mata’utai produced a try-saving tackle over the lineknocking the ball free from the arms of Titans hooker Nathan Peats in the sixth minute.

    After being held up next to the posts and forcing a repeat set, Newcastlethen made the most ofextra possession with second-rower Sam Stone latching onto a short ball from hooker Danny Levi and swiveling past Jarryd Hayne to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Brock Lamb added the extras for a 6-0 lead.

    Lamb made it 8-0 with a penalty goal four minutes later, shortly after Knights prop Daniel Saifiti made a 50 metre break in midfield.

    The Titans reduced the margin to two in the 24thminute when Hayne, who received a penalty 10m out, took a quick tap and crashed over. Gold Coast halfback Ash Taylor converted to make it 8-6.

    The Knights managed to hold the Titans enterprising attack at bayjust before the break and took the same lead into half-time.

    Gold Coast crossed twice in the space of six minutes shortly after the main stoppage to first reachthe frontvia five-eighth Kane Elgey and then double their advantage to 16-8 courtesy of Hayne’s second for the afternoon.

    Just shy of the hour mark Titans centre Konrad Hurrell dived full stretch and caught a clever chip kick from Taylor to extend the home side’s advantage to 20-8.

    The Titans kept on coming and tries in the 68th,73rd and 77th minutes put the result beyond the Knights’ reach.

    Gold Coast replacement Jon Greenwood produced a one-on-one strip from Lamb just 10m out and nabbed a four-pointer, Hurrell crunched Knights halfback Jaelen Feeney in a tackle to force a turnover and then crashed over him for his double before Titans captain Ryan James was also addedto the score sheet.

    Meanwhile, in late team changes before kick-offJosh King made his first appearance for the Knights this season, the 13thof his career, starting at lock with Luke Yates shifting back to the bench. Anthony Tupou dropped out of the squad.

    For the Titans the main shufflesawHayne moving to the centres and Tyrone Roberts going to fullback. Elgey was elevated to No.6and Morgan Boyle became one of four interchange players.

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  • NSW Country rugby union: Newcastle beat Illawarra to lift Caldwell Cup


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    Stu Pinkerton

    “There’s a few good stories,” Pinkerton said.

    “Josh Stewart’s played Country for different provinces for six or seven years but has never held the Caldwell Cup. He’s been captain of Country.

    “Ben Ham, in colts and seniors, has been here six times and never won.

    “Potentially Jay Strachan and Steve Lamont this was a last opportunity to play for Newcastle.

    “I think they’re thinking about not representing this year. It was great for them because they’ve been stalwarts in the team. It was great to see them with the trophy.

    “And then there’s 11 debutants in the team as well, so it’s great for the future to see so many young guys be part of the team that wins.”

    Newcastle’s only blemish in the final was an intercept try just on half-time.

    “We got out to 17-0. I thought we were the better side. We were comfortable,” Pinkerton said.

    “In the second half we kept them scoreless. Our defence really held them in check and when we had the opportunity to score our backs were really slick. All weekend, both games, they were top-class.”

    The coach also praised his physios and trainers for keeping the players fresh across the weekend.

    “Yesterday was really hot. We’ve only played two or three club games. It’s a high standard. It’s a hard thing to do. It’s the team that can manage that the best, too,” he said.

    “It was a great off-field effort as well.”

    Newcastle flyhalf and goal-kicker Dane Sherratt was named playerof the tournament.

    The Newcastle under-19s lost their final 14-8 against Central Coast, but halfback Gus Locke was namedplayer of the colts tournament.

    The Hunter’s women won their sevens semi-final over Mid North Coast 17-0 but lost the final 19-10 to Central West.

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  • Darwin woman almost killed by faulty Takata airbag subjected to worldwide recall


    The Takata airbag in a RAV4 SUV responsible for injuring a 21-year-old Darwin woman on Monday. Photo: NT Police
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    An n woman is fighting for life after becoming the first local victim of a global airbag recall crisis that has left drivers with gruesome injuries and affected millions of car owners.

    The 21-year-old Darwin woman was struck in the head by metal shrapnel propelled from her faulty airbag during a low-speed crash on Monday.

    The Takata airbag in her Toyota RAV4 SUV was one of about 100 million worldwide, including 2.1 million in , to be recalled.

    It’s believed tens of thousands of ns may be driving death trap cars capable of decapitating passengers by sending shrapnel flying through their car during crashes that may only be minor.

    Takata airbags have been attributed to 16 deaths worldwide including the near decapitation of American manCarlos Solis, who had​a piece of metal fly into his neck when the airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord deployed after a minor bingle in Texas.

    Florida driver Corey Burdicklost an eye when he crashedhis 2001 Honda Civic into another car at just 24 km/hr.

    Takata, a Japanese auto parts company,was fined $1.3 billion in Februaryfor deliberately hiding evidence that its airbag inflaters could explode with too much force, sending shrapnel flying.

    It has led to the biggest recall in automotive history.

    However, many n owners who have received recallnotices have also reported that local dealerships are out ofreplacementparts, with somepredictionsthat it willtake five years to complete the global recall.

    On Friday, Northern Territory police issueda warning following the near-death of the 21-year-old woman.

    Police said shewas driving a Toyota RAV4 SUV when another car turned across her path on a suburban street, resulting in a low speed collision.

    It is understood the woman was not at fault.

    She received serious head injuries and remains in Royal Darwin Hospital.

    Sergeant Mark Casey, a crash investigator with NT emergency services, said in a statement that “this type of crash, in normal circumstances, would not have caused this level of injury”.

    “Investigations have revealed the vehicle was the subject of a worldwide recall for faulty airbag manufacture in 2015,” he said.

    “The recall involved approximately 100 million vehicles around the world, including 2.1 million vehicles in .”

    Police have urged people to check theRecalls websiteto see if their car is affected, and to make sure vehicles with the issue are rectified as soon as possible.

    Toyota and Honda lead the local recall count, which includes 13 manufacturers and models ranging from city hatchbacks to four-wheel-drives and top-end Ferraris.

    A spokesman for Toyota said this is the first Takata-related injury in , and that the manufacturer is “cooperating with Northern Territory Police in their investigation”.

    Ammonium nitrate airbag inflators supplied by Takata are susceptible to moisture damage that can make them explode in an uncontrolled fashion, turning dashboard trim into lethal shrapnel.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobilies has stopped using ammonium nitrate airbags in its cars.

    n drivers frustrated by lengthy delays to airbag repairs have previously contactedDriveto say it is “wrong for us to be expected to drive potentially dangerous cars” while waiting for replacement components.

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  • Wary owner calls for muzzle use after vicious dog attack


    MUZZLE UP: Elvis, a 14-week-old staghound-cross, and Cathy Southwell, who believes pet owners with large dogs should consider using muzzles. Picture: Les Smith A Wagga resident has called for large dog ownersto consider using a muzzlein the wake of a vicious dog attack which left afamily forced to watch their cat die in their arms.
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    Council’s manager of environment and city compliance Mark Gardiner revealed on Thursday there had been29 dog attacks in Wagga in the past three months, with an average of 150 dog attacks per year, ranging from small bites to full scale attacks.

    Owner of a 14-week-old staghound-cross, Cathy Southwell, said she intends on using a soft muzzle on her dog, having previously used one on her great dane.

    “You never know exactly what is going to trigger an animal to behave in a certain way,” Ms Southwell said.

    “Someone looking at a dog and making them feel threatened could be enough and that someone could be a three-year-old child.”

    Ms Southwell said she “couldn’t live with herself” if her dog attackeda child, after her great dane uncharacteristically bit her partner.

    “We took our previous dog to trainers, dog school and had specialists working with her,” Ms Southwell said.

    “She was a beautiful dog but you just never know.”

    Dog trainer Brydie Charlesworth, who services the Wagga area, said muzzles were a good management technique for fixing dogs behaviour, but not as a stand alone treatment.

    “There is no possible way a dogcan bite through a muzzle so it does keep the public safe,” Ms Charlesworth said.

    “It can be a great tool but must be used in conjunction with behaviourmodification.”

    Ms Charlesworth saidthe use of muzzels was becoming more prominent among dog owners.

    “I’m seeing an increase in people being responsible and using muzzles,” Ms Charlesworth said.

    “I guess people are becoming aware of the damage dogs can do when they’re not trained appropriately.”

    Both Ms Southwell and Ms Charlesworth emphasised that using a muzzle on a dog was not cruel.

    “I think dog attacks in Wagga are getting worse with people letting their dogs roam,” Ms Southwell said.

    “People are getting bigger dogs that they can’t control andthey need to understand not everyone likes dogs or feels comfortable with them.”

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