FFA tells video assistant refs to back off

Reeling from criticism sparked by heavy handed intervention from video assistant referees,, FFA has issued fresh guidelines to match officials, ordering them to back off for the remainder of the A-League season.
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In a memo sent to club CEOs on Wednesday, the game’s governing body made clear that they have told the VARs to think more clearly about when they get involved, and if possible, get involved much less than they have been so far. There has been significant criticism of the system from A-League clubs, coaches, players and fans as the trial period unfolded.

“In simple terms don’t go looking for infringements that are by definition not match-changing,” the FFA memo says.

The memo underlines that the “overriding principle of VAR is based on minimum interference for maximum benefit and to overturn clear errors in match changing situations.”

FFA has told the match officials that the VAR: Should only intervene when there is a clear/obvious error or a completely missed incident by the on-field referee;Should use a high threshold for intervention on fouls; Should focus on match-changing situations.

It means that on-pitch referees should no longer fear that the game will be “re-refereed” by officials high in the grandstand who, with the benefit of multiple angle coverage and slow motion replays, decide to completely change the original decision.

“Where potential serious foul play tackles have been seen and acted on by the on-field match officials by way of yellow card caution, the incident will not be reviewed by the VAR with the effect of being able to regrade to a send-off,” the memo says.

“The on-field referees should back themselves to identify the appropriate sanction (yellow and red card offences) knowing that the VAR will not upgrade a yellow to red on review.

“VARs will act on any serious missed incident that has not been seen by the referee. However the VAR is to use a high threshold for intervention.”

FFA also want the VARs to have more of a feel for what is going on in the game at the time of incidents.

“VARs are asked to be aware of game empathy. If the incident has not been noticed or affected the player on which the foul has occurred and no reasonable person would expect the game to be interrupted or action to be taken, then the VAR should allow the game to continue.

“‘Limit the use of on-field reviews (OFR) to when it is absolutely necessary. VARs should only be recommending a review and changing an on-field decision when the footage absolutely and clearly shows that the on-field decision is incorrect.”

The memos says that clear and obvious errors are the primary reason to overturn decisions which lead to the awarding of or disallowing of goals. These include when the ball crosses the line, when a player is offside or when a defender commits an offence in the penalty area which has not been seen.

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There’s more to drones than unwrapping and flying

WARNING: Mark and Jackie Dujmovic from Hover UAV want people to know that there are safety and privacy regulations that come with owning a drone. Picture: Simone de PeakDrones are expected to be a popular gift this Christmas, but an accredited Port Stephens drone pilot is warning the public that there are responsibilities that come with drone ownership.
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If not flown properly, drones can poserisks to people, property and aircraft.

Fines of up to $10,000 can be imposed for breaches of dronesafety regulations, which is whyJackie Dujmovic from the Port Stephens-based drone company HoverUAV said it was important people logged ontodroneflyer南京夜网419论坛and download theCan I Fly There? app as soon as they received one.

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“The Tomaree Peninsula (Bay area) is one of the hardest spots to fly in because there is so much restricted air space,” MrsDujmovic said.

“It’s important for safety of the operator and other people like friends and family to know how to control your drone, where’s safe to fly and to be aware of privacy.”

While not discouraging drones as gifts, MrsDujmovic, who is a fully licensed drone pilot, said there is more that goes along with owning one that just setting up and flying it, especially in the Nelson Bay area.

Due to the number of heliports in the area –spaces where helicopters are cleared to land –plus defence force operations, there are restrictions on the air space across the Peninsula.

These concerns have been echoed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

But CASA’s director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody, said teaching people to stay safe in the skies with adroneis easy.

“The keydronerules are really simple – stay more than 30 metres from people at all times, never fly within 5.5 kilometres of major airports, never put aircraft at risk, keep yourdronein your sight at all times and stay below 120 metres,” he said.

“CASA wants everyone to have fun with their drones but we need to make sure the safety rules are followed.

“Parents and carers have a responsibility to teach their kids aboutdronesafety and to supervise flights until it is clear the kids know how to fly safely.”

Also read:Mid-air incidents involving drones increases

The drone flyer website and app contains need to know information for operators.

Covered on the website and app is the rules for flying drones including respecting people’s privacy,where you can and cannot fly, best practice tips and tricks, safety videos by CASA, how to report unsafe flying, resources and a quiz.

MrsDujmovic recommended that drone owners brush up on their knowledge and took the quiz before flying.

She also said the website was valuable for the public who may have concerns about drones, and potential breaches of privacy.

“The best thing the do is download the app, jump on the website and do the quiz. It’s important for safety,” MrsDujmovic said.

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Ashes defeat more painful than cracked rib for England bowler

England fast bowler Craig Overton still holds some hope of experiencing the tradition of a Boxing Day Test but could face two months on the sidelines should he aggravate a rib injury.
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The struggling tourists had a day off on Wednesday but there was still much to ponder in terms of fitness, form and selection ahead of next week’s fourth Test.

Overton, 23, played out the Perth defeat with a hairline rib fracture after he dived awkwardly in a bid to take a catch off his own delivery. He risks a punctured lung should he declare himself fit in Melbourne and take another hit to the ribs.

While it appears unlikely he will play, Overton – arguably the tourists’ best bowler so far – says he will do all he can to in order to step out onto one of world cricket’s greatest venues, the MCG.

“The draw of playing in that game will be absolutely massive but I think you’ve also got to be realistic,” he said.

“There’s another game after Melbourne and then the New Zealand Test series as well. So it’s the bigger picture, not just one game.

“There’s quite a lot of swelling in it, so we’ve been dealing with that. We’ll wait and see but I hope three or four days will help.”

Overton, who has six wickets in his first two Tests after being overlooked in Brisbane, said his injury could have been much worse, and was told by medical staff to manage how he dived for the ball while fielding in Perth.

“It could have made it worse, or punctured a lung or something. That’s why I was making sure I didn’t dive too much on it, because then it could break properly and you could probably puncture a lung,” he said.

Overton’s absence in Melbourne would hurt England, for he has provided an aggressive ethos while also challenging batsmen with his bounce.

“I have felt like I’ve given it everything I can. Obviously, the results aren’t going our way quite at the minute but we feel we’re not that far off competing with them for periods of time. But they’re prolonging that and are playing better than us,” he said.

“I am still proud showing what I can do but for me it’s not about how proud I am as a cricketer, it’s about winning games for England. That’s what hurts the most at the minute – we’re not winning games. So we’ll be trying everything we can in the next one.”

Overton’s injury isn’t the only issue the tourists are dealing with. Stuart Broad, who was wicketless in Perth and has been criticised for appearing disinterested, is reportedly battling a left knee problem and had fluid drained from it last week. Broad is a man under pressure, with skipper Joe Root to weigh up whether to retain the status quo, take the new ball off him or make a bold call and drop him.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said “magical spells are becoming few and far between” for Broad, who has five wickets at 61.8 this summer.

Paceman Mark Wood, who reinforced what he is capable of by bowling at 145km/h for the England Lions last week, is likely to come into the frame for selection. Uncapped leg-spinner and former Sydney grade cricketer Mason Crane and South African born paceman Tom Curran, also uncapped, could be given a chance.

For all the finger pointing that has gone over why the tourists have failed to win the big moments, with Broad, James Anderson and Alastair Cook in the spotlight, former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that trio will still be around come the rematch in England in 2019.

“Decisions have to be made moving forward about what is going to be in the best interests of the England Test match team,” he told the BBC.

“I still think all three will play a part in 2019. It’s just, over the next couple of years, they will probably disappear and it is what is to come after them.

“They are going to take some replacing and that is going to be the difficulty for Joe Root, the management, Trevor Bayliss, how they manage that situation.”

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BHP warns peak body over coal

Coal stockpile at BHP’s Mount Arthur coal mine near MuswellbrookBHP says it will quit the Minerals Council of Australia in 12 months’ time unless the council backs away from its high-profile lobbying for the coal industry.
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After pressure from shareholder activist groups, and differences of opinion with the minerals council over coal policy, BHP this week published a review of its intentions.

The reviewsaid BHP had made a preliminary decision toleave another body, the World Coal Association, by the end of March. It would make a decision on its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce at the same time.

A spokesperson for the minerals council said: “BHP has been a valued member for many years and we look forward to that relationship continuing.”

The review noted that BHP paid the minerals council $1.86 million last year in subscription fees, an amount that made up 17 per cent of the council’s income from members. Although this was reported without comment in the review, it was presumably published to emphasise BHP’s importance to the financial future of the minerals council.

The Newcastle Herald has approached the minerals council for a response but there was nothing publicly available on its website as of Wednesday afternoon.

Climate group 350.org Australia welcomed the move by BHP, while others pointed out that BHP still owns coal mines, including Mount Arthur Coal, described by the company as the highest producing mine in the Hunter region.

In the review, BHP says: “Industry associations are . . . an important forum for debate and we believe they are most effective when they allow discussion of a wide range of views.

“However, having a range of members can also make it difficult to form a consensus or ‘industry’ view, particularly if the topic has different impacts for different members.

“We believe that in areas where no broad industry consensus exists, associations should generally refrain from advocacy in those areas, with individual members being best placed to outline their views independently.”

In setting out its “material differences” with the minerals council, BHP says the council “has at times argued that energy policy should prioritise reliability and affordability over other policy goals”.

BHP believed “climate policy and energy policy are inextricably linked, and that energy reliability, energy affordability and emissions reduction should be considered on an integrated basis”.

BHP said the minerals council had been lobbying the federal government to back so-calledHigh Efficiency Low Emissions (HELE) coal power generators, whereas the company believed “government intervention in resources and energy markets should only be in response to a demonstrated market failure and informed by cost-benefit analysis”.

Thirteen-year-old boy recovering after Braidwood crash

The 13-year-old boy airlifted to Canberra Hospital after Tuesday’s horror crash near Braidwood is awake and recovering in ICU, according to his mother.
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Thomas ‘TJ’ Campagna, from Jerrabomberra, was travelling with his mother, Alanna Davis, and a family friend on the Kings Highway on Tuesday afternoon when a car crossed onto the wrong side of the road colliding with two vehicles.

Five people, including TJ and his mother, were transported to Canberra Hospital for treatment.

Ms Davis said her son underwent surgery on Tuesday night and was kept sedated until Wednesday morning when he woke up and was able to communicate with his family. TJ is expected to remain in ICU for several days at least.

“I’d particularly like to thank all the firemen, paramedics, police, nurses, doctors and surgeons for all they have done for our family,” Ms Davis said.

“It’s a debt that can never be repaid. Also thanks to all the people who stopped [on the road] to help.”

TJ is a keen rugby union and league player. Ms Davis said TJ would be particularly upset that he won’t be able to start the season with his teammates while he recovers.

She asked for the Canberra and Queanbeyan community to show support for her son by wearing their favourite league or union jerseys on Friday and posting an image to social media with the hashtag #Footy4TJ.

A Batemans Bay woman was charged with dangerous driving and will face Queanbeyan Local Court on Wednesday afternoon.

A police statement said two other people from the crash remained in a serious condition in Canberra Hospital.

The crash closed both lanes of the Kings Highway on Tuesday, between the Shoalhaven River and Larbert Road, affecting traffic for hours.

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Woman’s death after pelvic mesh complications: ‘The pain is just too much’

Close: Alison Blake and daughter Leesa Tolhurst. Mrs Blake committed suicide in June, 2015 after multiple pelvic mesh surgery operations that left her with severe and disabling pain, and unable to urinate without a catheter.
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ALISON Blake took her own life in June 2015 only two weeks after a doctor told hernothing couldbe done to easeher pain oraddress the devastating consequences ofpelvic mesh device surgery.

“I cannot bear the thought of leaving you but the emotional torment and physical pain I’m going through are just too much,” Mrs Blake, 64, said in a final letter to her only child, Leesa Tolhurst.

“I simply cannot bear to be lying on a couch for months on end and to have to rely on catheters, enemas, Temazepam, pain killers and be a burden to my family and friends.”

Read more: Senator Derryn Hinch calls for total ban on mesh devices

Mrs Tolhurstsobbed this week as she remembered the turning point forher mother.

“She’d gone to the doctor hoping that perhaps something could be done. She was hysterical when she came here and said there was nothing left. I just tried to comfort her. I remember her as she drove away from my house, there was just a look in her eyes,” Mrs Tolhurst said.

Mrs Blake, a primary school teacher, was implanted with a prolapse pelvic mesh device in October, 2013 and suffered immediatecomplications, including severe and consistent pain. Her surgeon tried to remove the mesh six weeks later. She had further unsuccessful surgery to treat the complications in May and July, 2014. By November, 2014, the pelvic mesh device was one of the first in the world to be removed from the market because of lack of evidence it was safe and effective to use.

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Power back at Bulldogs as list manager

Former Western Bulldogs’ utility Sam Power is replacing Jason McCartney as the club’s list and recruiting manager.
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He will be responsible for TPP management, contracting and player acquisition.

The 34-year-old has been working in Carlton’s football department since 2014 as integrity and operations manager, performing a range of roles including talent identification at the Blues.

He completed a law degree at Melbourne University and played 84 games at the Western Bulldogs and 39 games with North Melbourne between 2002-2009.

The role became vacant when McCartney joined Greater Western Sydney as a list manager last month, a little more than 12 months after the Bulldogs won the flag.

Dogs’ recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple and McCartney built a list that was the envy of many clubs when they won the 2016 premiership under the guidance of senior coach Luke Beveridge, who was in his second season at the club.

But the Bulldogs missed the finals in 2017 and new CEO Ameet Bains, who finished up with St Kilda to start at the Bulldogs in early December, took the opportunity that McCartney’s departure presented to examine the recruiting department’s structure in consultation with football director Chris Grant.

The Bulldogs have made some superb selections at the national draft in recent years with Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae, Caleb Daniel, Josh Dunkley, Toby McLean and the recently traded Jake Stringer all playing critical roles in the club’s drought-breaking premiership.

At the 2017 national draft they added defender Aaron Naughton, line-breaker Ed Richards and determined midfielder Callum Porter, while also adding talented young forward Josh Schache, midfielder Hayden Crozier and utility Jackson Trengove during the trade period.

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The $71 million Opera House upgrades that patrons will never see or hear

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPGRADE- Stage hands bump in one of the sets from the Opera La Traviata on the Dame Joan Sutherland theatre at the Sydney Opera House, they are demenstrating how much easier it is to change sets with the new uprades to back stage technologie and lifts on December 20, 2017. Photo: Jessica Hromas THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPGRADE- Stage hands bump in one of the sets from the Opera La Traviata on the Dame Joan Sutherland theatre at the Sydney Opera House, they are demenstrating how much easier it is to change sets with the new uprades to back stage technologie and lifts on December 20, 2017. Photo: Jessica Hromas
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Production manager of Opera Australia, James Wheeler stand on the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, after speaking to media about the changes that audiences will experience when the world-famous venue re-opens on New Year’s Eve, after seven months of renewal works.on 20 December 2017. Photo: Jessica Hromas

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron stands on the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, and speaks to media about the changes that audiences will experience when the world-famous venue re-opens on New Year’s Eve, after seven months of renewal works.on 20 December 2017. Photo: Jessica Hromas

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPGRADE- Builders stand on the Dame Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, as the Sydney Opera Houses renovations are nearly complete, ready for the opening night of the Merry Widow on New Years Eve, on December 20, 2017. Photo: Jessica Hromas

They’re likely the most expensive changes to the Sydney Opera House that patrons will hopefully never hear or see.

After seven months and $71 million of work, the Joan Sutherland Theatre will reopen on New Year’s Eve with a performance of Merry Widow.

All patrons are expected to notice is a warm and vibrant sound that does justice to the orchestra, thanks to improvements to the acoustics and the orchestra pit.

Behind the scenes, the improvements include a $45 million upgrade to the theatre machinery including a massive lift built by Austrian firm Waagner-Biro. Unlike the old lift, also built by the same firm, the new one is safer, quieter and 2.5 times faster. It can carry about 20 tonnes of scenery, baritones, sopranos, even elephants and horses to stage level with barely a whisper. The old lift had become unsafe and performers were banned from riding on it.

Above the stage, more than 400 tonnes of wire and steel was removed.

In its place new rigging was installed above the stage managed by a new theatre flying system – that is capable of lifting scenery and cast, even Violetta in La Traviata into the stars – safely and noiselessly.

Previously scene changes were sometimes audible to the audience, making it hard for them to suspend their disbelief.

Opera Australia’s production manager James Wheeler said the changes were designed to provide the best possible performances for singers, dancers, performers and patrons.

“All this work will be happening behind the scenes, as it always has, but less obtrusively, because you won’t hear stuff, everything will work, nothing will break down.”

“We don’t want patrons to know what we are doing, and we don’t want them to see our stuff, unless we are pointing attention, to say, ‘look at this fantastic reveal’,” he said.

The old lift was noisy enough that a member of the Opera House staff swore he could hear it whirring during the overture when watching the simulcast on ABC television.

“What we don’t want is to distract a patron’s attention from what’s happening on stage.

“We don’t want to have someone in the middle of an aria, and suddenly you hear a clunk,” said Mr Wheeler, who started off at the Opera House as a flyman moving rigging. He said he could identify each piece of old rigging by the sound it made during a performance. Now, he hopes to hear nothing.

The improvements to the Joan Sutherland Theatre are the first in the Opera House’s $273 million renewal program, which will include similar improvements to the Concert Hall, changes to the entry foyers and the construction of a new exhibition and performance space under the Opera House stairs.

Inspecting the new changes on Wednesday morning, the Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the improvements “signal a new era for one of the world’s great performance venues and an Australian icon, opening up new possibilities and ensuring it is able to continue to meet the needs and expectations of artists, audiences and visitors for many years to come”.

The changes also include six new toilets for women, improvements in the lighting system and improvements to the air conditioning in the orchestra pit, which previously ranged from freezing to very cold, said a source.

Michael Dixon, a French horn player who has worked in the pit for 12 years, said they worked hard to make a beautiful sound, “rarely achieving anything for the audience other than an echo”.

“I had buried any hope of hearing the warm and vibrant sound that emerged from the section today,” he said after he had tried the new pit.

Now the sound was “truly gorgeous”, he said.

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Jarryd Hayne accused of rape in US while playing for 49ers

Parramatta Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne has been accused of raping a woman while he was in the US playing for the San Francisco 49ers, US court documents reveal.
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Civil lawsuit papers filed in the Santa Clara County court on Tuesday allege Hayne engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse with a Santa Clara woman identified only as “Ms V” in December 2015.

The civil suit comes more than one year after the case was reviewed and rejected by the District Attorney’s Office, which concluded there was not enough evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond reasonable doubt.

The action filed this week includes claims of sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

It is understood Hayne was flying back to Israel when news broke of the allegations.

The league star travelled to Israel earlier this month on a religious holiday, in an effort to strengthen his Christian faith, but returned to Australia halfway through the trip to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday.

Ramy Qutami from Madison Marcus Law Firm issued a statement on behalf of Hayne, who “unequivocally and vehemently” denied the claims.

“Mr Hayne and his management are aware of recent media speculation in relation to a civil complaint filed in the United States of America making certain allegations in relation to an event which allegedly occurred in 2015 whilst playing for the San Francisco 49ers,” Mr Qutami said.

“Mr Hayne has not been served with any proceedings or formal complaint relating to the incident.

“Mr Hayne previously addressed a complaint made to the District Attorney’s office in the County of Santa Clara, California in 2016 and the District Attorney did not proceed any further with the matter due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. Mr Hayne provided all reasonable assistance to the District Attorney with that investigation.

“Mr Hayne unequivocally and vehemently denies the allegations which are the subject of the civil complaint. Mr Hayne will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter.” #jerusalemA post shared by Jarryd Hayne (@jarrydhayne38) on Dec 10, 2017 at 2:30am PSTAngel 1st bday.A post shared by Jarryd Hayne (@jarrydhayne38) on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:29am PSTJarryd Hayne documents by FairfaxPolitics on Scribd

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“I bought the bookshelf from Ikea, and it adds a lot of character to the place,” Mitchell says.

“I don’t want to add colour for no reason. There was a lot of deliberation regarding the cushions on the couch. The black clock was Stephen’s. It’s just there for aesthetics. I took the battery out because the ticking was driving me nuts.”

Mitchell describes his room as being shaped like the Superman emblem, which is nicely complemented by his stand-up bass. Although he does play, he says it’s there for aesthetics. He has the smaller bedroom, but he gets the bigger bathroom.

“I like that there’s the rooftop, that’s sick,” Mitchell says. “Everyone shares that. It’s a nice view of the city, you can see the interchange.”

He’s adjusting to downsizing in space, but he says now it just feels like the whole house is his bedroom. They have a balcony with a view of the city where Ben likes to eat his breakfast. Here he’ll watch people test-riding new bikes as he’s right next to the bike shop.

“I think it works well because I have extremely weird, long, different hours,” Roberts says. “I don’t think my lifestyle would have worked with a 9-5 person. But me and Ben are pretty free-flowing. Last night at 1amBen asked me to buy some laundry detergent on my way home from the Roost.”

Mitchell isn’t just an illustrator, he also creates a comic series called Storm Clouds.

“My whole last comic was about living in a share house, and all the stuff that was really driving that narrative is no longer a part of my life,” Mitchell says.

“There’s nothing that I regret or dislike about that time of my life, but it’s interesting to see it on the page and starting a new chapter of my life with apartment living. In a share house no one feels like they own anything. We never decorated the living room because we’d have to check with everyone. Stephen enjoys anything I do to it. He loves the cushions. He loves the bookshelf.”

Mitchell loves holding rooftop dinner parties. However, when he first moved in, he had a bit of a mishap while cooking and sliced his finger open. Stephen ended up taking him to the hospital.

“If I had done this in my other house I would have died,” Mitchell says.

“Since Ben’s come along it’s added some character to the house,” Roberts says.

The apartment block just became open for residents earlier this year, and the space is a perfect example of modern urban living. Throw in Mitchell and Roberts with their unique personalities and creative endeavors, and Newcastle West becomes a little more interesting.

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