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The Panthers are looking to end the Raiders' slim finals chances, while the Bulldogs are simply playing for pride against the Sea Eagles. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary in our NRL ScoreCentre.


Posted August 20, 2017 13:30:49

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    Topics:nrl, rugby-league, sport, canberra-2600, penrith-2750, belmore-2192, brookvale-2100

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    Luke Burgess on the Wallabies’ poor showing against the All Blacks Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:52:02 +0000 Former Wallaby Luke Burgess discusses Australia's terrible showing against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup in Sydney.]]>

    Posted August 20, 2017 11:52:02

    Former Wallaby Luke Burgess discusses Australia’s terrible showing against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup in Sydney.

    Source: ABC News | Duration: 6min 22sec

    Topics:rugby-union, australia, sydney-2000, new-zealand

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    Lynagh savages woeful Wallabies but Cheika backs defensive coach Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:18:32 +0000

    World Cup-winning fly half Michael Lynagh lashes the Wallabies' "non-existent" skill levels as "schoolboy level" following another Bledisloe Cup bloodbath.


    Updated August 20, 2017 11:54:22

    Australian rugby legend Michael Lynagh has savaged the Wallabies’ “schoolboy” skills and revealed how his offers to help have fallen on deaf ears.

    Commentating on Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup opener for Britain’s Sky Sports, Lynagh pulled no punches after the Wallabies slumped to a humiliating 54-34 loss at Sydney’s Olympic stadium.

    “I can’t overestimate how angry I am at seeing an Australian team who have skills that are non-existent,” said Australia’s 1991 World Cup-winning fly half.

    “Passing and catching and making tackles and trusting the bloke beside you are pretty basic, even at schoolboy level.

    “Australia had a month together to try and create stuff … and they come up with that in the first half. Very, very disappointing.”

    Lynagh was later asked on Twitter why, as such a key player during one of the golden eras of Australian rugby, he hadn’t been used as a talent scout.

    “Have offered. But never asked to do so,” he replied.

    The Wallabies trailed by 48 points after 48 minutes before winning the last half-hour 28-0 in Sydney.

    But, in an ominous warning for the Wallabies ahead of next Saturday’s return bout in Dunedin, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said, “We got seduced by the scoreboard” and “buttoned off mentally in second half”.

    The late rally merely masked the deficiencies after the Wallabies’ haphazard first-half attack included a forward pass from playmaker Bernard Foley as well as an intercept that led to a try after he tried to transfer a bad ball.

    Coach Michael Cheika, though, stunningly said he had no problem with his side’s attack after four tries from Curtis Rona, Israel Folau, Tevita Kuridrani and Kurtley Beale saved the Wallabies from their biggest-ever loss to the All Blacks.

    “With the team we’ve got, the points should be coming,” Cheika said.

    “We’ve got an attacking-type team, so we should be scoring points. But you’ve got to have both sides of the game.

    “I’m not going to respond about not being up to standard defensively.”

    Cheika livid with defence but backs coach

    Cheika is vowing to stick by defensive coach Nathan Grey despite the Wallabies leaking eight tries against the All Blacks for the first time in 81 years.

    He condemned the Wallabies’ diabolical tackling after the All Blacks’ record-setting rout to open the Rugby Championship.

    The rampant world champions piled on six tries in the first half alone in racking up their highest total against Australia in 114 years of trans-Tasman Test battles.

    “It was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn’t good enough, at all,” Cheika said.

    “The adherence to the way we want to defend, plus also the tackling in itself, it’s got to be better.

    “That first part of the game was not the level that you can be at — not in any game, let alone against them.”

    The Wallabies missed 39 tackles in a disastrous first-half performance that left any realistic hopes of winning back the Bledisloe Cup in 2017 in tatters.

    Yet Cheika will continue backing Grey’s defensive system, saying the Wallabies’ problems stemmed from indecision.

    “It’s not attitude. It’s maybe that little bit of doubt creeps in,” he said.

    “When something goes against you early — and we’ve been preparing a certain way — if it creeps in, a little bit of doubt, [you’re thinking] half, ‘will I go? Will I hedge?’ That causes some of the problems.”

    Asked if he’d persist with Grey and his structures, Cheika said: “100 per cent … 100 per cent”.

    A crowd of just 54,846 fans – the lowest-ever for a Bledisloe battle at the Olympic stadium — witnessed one of the Wallabies’ lowest-ever performances.

    “It’s not the start we’d hoped for in this series and in particular this game,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said.

    If history is any guide, the Bledisloe Cup will remain in New Zealand hands for a 15th straight year with the Wallabies having never won a series after losing the first match at home.

    In Dunedin, Cheika’s demoralised troops need to somehow conjure a first win across the Tasman since 2001 to keep the series alive before game three in Brisbane in October.

    In the Rugby Championship’s other match, South Africa overcame Argentina 37-15 in Port Elizabeth.


    Topics:rugby-union, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, australia, new-zealand

    First posted August 20, 2017 08:18:32

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    Grave fears for Australian boy Julian Cadman as father arrives in Barcelona Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:27:00 +0000

    The father of an Australian boy caught up in the recent Spanish terrorist attacks touches down in Barcelona and is taken immediately to an official justice building, the place where victims of the attacks are being identified.

    By Europe correspondent James Glenday in Barcelona

    Updated August 20, 2017 10:26:08

    The father of an Australian boy caught up in the recent Spanish terrorist attacks has touched down in Barcelona.

    Grave fears are held for Andrew Cadman’s son Julian, who was separated from his mother during the van attack.

    There has been no formal word on the condition or whereabouts of the seven-year-old Sydney boy, since the assault on Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday (local time).

    Spanish officials confirmed overnight that all those injured or killed in the attack have been located.

    Mr Cadman was met by consular staff at Barcelona Airport and taken immediately to an official justice building, the place where victims of the attacks are being identified.

    He then travelled to the hospital where his wife, Jumarie, is being treated for serious injuries.

    Jom, as Ms Cadman is known, is doing “really well”, according to information the family has received from the hospital.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his thoughts were with the family.

    “I think we should all in our quiet moments say a prayer for that little boy,” he said.

    “All of us as parents know the anguish his father and his whole family is going through.”

    Ms Cadman and her son had travelled to Barcelona to attend her niece’s wedding.

    Topics:terrorism, unrest-conflict-and-war, missing-person, sydney-2000, nsw, australia, spain

    First posted August 20, 2017 05:27:00

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    Terror cell ‘dismantled’ as police hunt Moroccan over Barcelona attack Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:08:33 +0000

    A massive manhunt is underway for the 22-year-old Moroccan man suspected of driving the van in the deadly Barcelona attack, but officials say the extremist cell behind the carnage has been "fully dismantled".


    Updated August 20, 2017 10:27:22

    A massive manhunt is underway for the 22-year-old Moroccan man suspected of driving the van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, but the Spanish Government says the extremist cell behind the attack has been “fully dismantled”.

    Key points:

      Police have arrested four people in connection with the attack at the famed Las Ramblas on Thursday and another in the Catalan seaside town of Cambrils, where a woman was killed when a car rammed passersby early on Friday.

      Police shot dead five attackers in Cambrils and said they were wearing fake explosive belts and had an axe and knives in the vehicle.

      The driver in the Barcelona attack abandoned the van and fled on foot after speeding into Las Ramblas, leaving a trail of dead and injured among the crowds.

      Spanish media named Younes Abouyaaquoub as the presumed ringleader of the cell responsible for the attacks, and named him as the driver.

      On Saturday police spokesman Albert Oliva said he could confirm “the manhunt is on for the person [identified in the media]”.

      He said authorities had carried out nine searches of apartments in Ripoll, the northern Catalan town where Abouyaaquoub and other suspects lived.

      The flat had been occupied by a man named as Abdelbaki EsSatty, according to a search warrant seen by Reuters. Neighbours said he was an imam, a Muslim prayer leader. His landlord said he had last been seen on Tuesday.

      Scraps of paper covered in notes were strewn around the flat, which had been turned upside down in the police search.

      The Spanish Government said it now considered the cell behind the attacks out of action.

      “The cell has been fully dismantled in Barcelona, after examining the people who died, the people who were arrested and carrying out identity checks,” Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told a news conference.

      Investigators are focusing on a group of at least 12 suspects believed to be behind the attacks.

      The four under arrest include three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla.

      Another three people have been identified but it is unclear whether they are still at large.

      One or two of them may have been killed in Alcanar, where a house was razed by an explosion shortly before midnight on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Catalonia’s home affairs department said. The third is Abouyaaqoub.

      Police believe the house in Alcanar was being used to plan one or several large-scale attacks in Barcelona, possibly using a large number of butane gas canisters stored there.

      Mr Zoido said Spain was maintaining its security alert level at four, one notch below the maximum level that would indicate another attack was imminent, but would reinforce security in crowded areas and tourist hotspots.

      “We are going to redirect our efforts and will adapt these to every place or area that needs special protection,” he said.

      Father of 7yo Julian arrives in Barcelona

      Seven-year-old Sydney boy Julian Cadman was separated from his mother Jom Cadman during the van attack.

      Ms Cadman is in a serious condition in hospital, but is doing “really well”, according to reports the family has received from the hospital.

      Julian’s father Andrew Cadman has arrived in Spain to be with his wife.

      Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his thoughts were with the family.

      “I think we should all in our quiet moments say a prayer for that little boy,” he said.

      “All of us as parents know the anguish his father and his whole family is going through as they rush to seek to find him in Barcelona.”

      Ms Cadman and her son had travelled to Barcelona to attend her niece’s wedding.


      Topics:terrorism, unrest-conflict-and-war, sydney-2000, nsw, australia, spain

      First posted August 19, 2017 20:08:33

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      Wallabies thrashed 54-34 by rampant All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup opener Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:26:45 +0000

      The Wallabies are outclassed by the world champion All Blacks, who embarrass the home side 54-34 in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test at Sydney's Olympic stadium.


      Updated August 19, 2017 23:12:44

      If Australian rugby fans needed any further reminding of the poor state of the game in this country it was provided by the All Blacks, who destroyed the Wallabies 54-34 in their Bledisloe Cup encounter in Sydney.

      The final scoreline flattered the Wallabies, who were outclassed at the Olympic stadium by the All Blacks, with the World Cup winners taking their foot off the pedal after they led 54-6 early in the second half courtesy of eight tries.

      It was the most points the All Blacks had ever scored against the Wallabies, who eventually grabbed some consolation tries through debutant Curtis Rona, Tevita Kuridrani, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau.

      The night belonged to the All Blacks, who issued a statement of how far they are ahead of their trans-Tasman rivals despite going through the motions for much of the second half.

      Australia’s provincial teams could not muster a single win against their New Zealand counterparts during the Super Rugby season, an embarrassing statistic which was reflected in the All Blacks’ dominance of the Wallabies on Saturday night.

      The two sides will meet in the second Bledisloe Cup Test as part of the Rugby Championship in Dunedin next Saturday.

      Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was proud of his team’s late fight-back, but admitted 39 first-half missed tackles took their toll.

      “It is not the start we would have hoped for,” he said.

      “Being 50 points behind, you start to throw everything we had, I’m so happy with that.”

      The All Blacks scored six of their tries in the first half, with Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty both registering doubles before the break, and Liam Squire and Sonny Bill Williams also touching down for five-pointers.

      The contest was already over at half-time when the All Blacks led 40-6 and they moved further ahead inside eight minutes of the resumption of play through converted tries to Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith.

      “It’s nice to play in when it’s coming off like that,” All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.

      “We obviously came here to try and play our game and it really came off. All the passes stuck and a pretty awesome first half.

      “It showed the quality of the Aussie side in the second half to come back there and perhaps we just took the foot off the throat there.”

      Wallabies show fight too late in the contest

      A crowd of just 54,846 spectators, the lowest ever for a Bledisloe Cup match at the Olympic stadium, were witnessing one of the Wallabies’ worst performances before Rona finally scored the home side’s first try in the 51st minute.

      Kuridrani, Beale and Folau followed with their efforts across the stripe but it was clear the All Blacks had shut down, perhaps with their thoughts already turning to the Dunedin encounter in a week’s time.

      Read conceded the All Blacks would look to improve on producing an 80-minute performance after giving up 28 points in the second half.

      “I think in the second half we let frustration strangle us a little bit,” he said.

      “We just needed to dump that and get back to playing some simple footy. We showed in the first half we really just let the ball do the work, nothing special but it just worked for us.

      “I think the first half was good and we were okay in patches of the second half but we conceded 34 points, which means most days of the week you’re going to be losing Test matches.

      “But you can’t fault that first half. It was bloody fantastic.”

      If history is any guide, the Bledisloe Cup will remain in New Zealand hands for a 15th straight year with the Wallabies having never won a series after losing the first match at home.


      Topics:rugby-union, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, australia, new-zealand

      First posted August 19, 2017 19:26:45

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      Winx dramatically wins 18th straight race Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:21:28 +0000 Winx has posted an 18th straight victory with a dramatic win in the Warwick Stakes.]]>

      Posted August 19, 2017 16:21:28

      Winx has posted an 18th straight victory with a dramatic win in the Warwick Stakes.

      Source: ABC News | Duration: 32sec

      Topics:horse-racing, randwick-2031

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      Baby among five people injured as car crashes into Sydney shop Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:18:25 +0000

      Five people are being treated in hospital after a car crashed into pedestrians at Chatswood Mall in Sydney's north. Police say the incident was not a deliberate act.


      Updated August 19, 2017 19:10:51

      Five people are being treated in hospital after a car crashed into pedestrians at Chatswood Mall in Sydney’s north.

      NSW Police received reports of the incident at the intersection of Anderson Street and Victoria Avenue just after 3:45pm on Saturday.

      A 22-year-old woman was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital with serious injuries.

      Four others, including a 16-month-old girl, were taken to hospital and are being treated for minor injuries.

      Police said the incident was not a deliberate act and they believe the 50-year-old male driver may have suffered a medical episode before mounting the footpath.

      “We’ve been talking to the driver,” Inspector Kylie Smith said.

      “It’s a motor vehicle accident where it appears the driver has had some sort of medical episode.”

      Crash evokes Barcelona attack for Spanish onlooker

      Evita Barboza, who was at the scene, said her first thoughts were of the recent attacks in Spain.

      “My son saw the whole thing, lucky he didn’t get hit,” she said.

      “I heard the helicopter and all these things and I didn’t know what was happening.

      “It’s really scary, I’m Spanish and because of what happened in Barcelona yesterday and all the things that are going on in the world.”

      A worker at a nearby store, who asked to remain anonymous, said the car mounted the footpath before hitting pedestrians.

      “It went up the walkway then went past the shop, next to our shop and I think it crashed with a pram and a pair of grandparents,” they said.

      Officers from North Shore Local Area Command have established a crime scene and police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit will be investigating.

      Topics:accidents, chatswood-2067

      First posted August 19, 2017 16:18:25

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      Winx makes it 18 straight wins with Warwick Stakes thriller Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:23:12 +0000

      Winx produces a storming finish to record her 18th consecutive victory with a dramatic win in the Warwick Stakes at Royal Randwick.


      Updated August 19, 2017 17:21:52

      Winx has produced a storming finish to record her 18th consecutive victory with a dramatic win in the Warwick Stakes at Royal Randwick.

      The mare, making her first appearance since winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April, was made to work for her latest triumph after missing the start by four lengths.

      Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, was last and about six lengths from the front when the field entered the straight but found the sprint when required to pip stablemate Foxplay at the line to win the Group Two race over 1,400 metres.

      In front of a crowd used to cheering her home down the straight, there was silence as Winx made her move and finally wore down Foxplay to score by a mere half neck.

      The trouble started at the barriers when a fractious Winx missed the jump.

      Trainer Chris Waller prepared himself for an upset but Bowman did not panic, easing the mare onto the back of the field then bringing her wide around the turn.

      She responded like the champion she is. As she left the gate she knocked the timing device out of her saddle cloth but with Foxplay running 32.42 seconds for her last 600m, Winx obviously ran faster with one data company clocking her at 31.88.

      Bowman admitted he had some concerns but also a wealth of confidence even though at 1,400m, he did not have much time to get her to the line.

      “She’s just so much better than them and I had to rely on that to win the race,” Bowman said.

      “I was thinking it could be mathematically impossible to catch them but there was nothing I could do about that I just had to rely on the engine that I know is in her.

      “I want her to win as much as anyone else but after what happened coming out of the barriers I had to renegotiate where I was obviously, and it was a concern halfway through but it was a good feeling the last 200 metres.

      “I’m proud of her and I’m proud of everyone involved with her. It’s been such an amazing journey for all of us and judging on what we saw this afternoon we might be in for a few good runs yet.”

      Waller admits Winx was feeling ‘jittery’

      If the crowd was on edge, so was Winx.

      “She was a bit jittery being first-up,” Waller said.

      “She will tighten up from that. They can’t win all the time and I don’t want to be making excuses if she gets beaten. Foxplay was really good. They are mates. They do everything together and she is in for a good spring.”

      The race was named for Bob Ingham, the father of Winx’s part owner Debbie Kepitis who was prepared for the worst.

      “Even if she had been beaten, she still would have been a champion,” she said.

      “And it is extra special that she has won the race named in honour of my father.”

      Waller said despite the close call, Winx’s program would not be changed and she would head to the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes (1,600m) in two weeks.


      Topics:horse-racing, sport, randwick-2031

      First posted August 19, 2017 15:23:12

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      Video shows rescuers looking for people during Coalcliff fire Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:42:36 +0000 Several teenagers ran into burning houses in Coalcliff worried there were people inside as strong winds fanned the blaze.]]>

      Updated August 19, 2017 15:00:04

      Several teenagers ran into burning houses in Coalcliff worried there were people inside as strong winds fanned the blaze.

      Source: ABC News | Duration: 13sec

      Topics:residential, fires, coalcliff-2508

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      Turnbull asks for prayers for missing seven-year-old in Barcelona Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:27:58 +0000 Speaking to a Liberal Party conference the Prime Minister said all parents would understand the anguish the family of missing seven-year-old Julian Cadman was going through.]]>

      Posted August 19, 2017 12:27:58

      Speaking to a Liberal Party conference the Prime Minister said all parents would understand the anguish the family of missing seven-year-old Julian Cadman was going through.

      Source: ABC News | Duration: 37sec

      Topics:terrorism, turnbull-malcolm, spain, launceston-7250, north-sydney-2060

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      Milford’s return to form after his NRL season was on ‘death row’ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:51:46 +0000

      Wayne Bennett says Brisbane Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford is enjoying playing again not long after his NRL season was "on death row".


      Posted August 19, 2017 09:51:46

      Wayne Bennett has credited Anthony Milford’s stellar form with the joy of playing again after his season was “on death row” not so long ago.

      Brisbane held onto second spot after five-eighth Milford and two-try hero Alex Glenn sparked their 24-12 NRL win over a gutsy St George Illawarra on Friday night.

      Milford made up for a quiet night from half-back Kodi Nikorima by stepping his way over for a 20th-minute try then setting up another two as the Dragons suffered their 10th straight loss at Lang Park.

      Broncos coach Bennett said Milford was just happy to be on the field after suffering what was first thought to be a season-ending shoulder injury against South Sydney in round 14.

      Milford missed just four weeks and hasn’t looked back.

      “He’s just enjoying his footy,” Bennett said.

      “He was on death row with his shoulder, then he realised he could finish the season.

      “I think he is just appreciating being able to play every week.”

      Bennett paid tribute to Milford’s resilience after overcoming the shoulder drama.

      “He’s a tough little player,” he said.

      “You have to be tough to play this game. Some are just tougher than others.”

      The ninth-placed Dragons must now win their final two games and hope other results go their way after remaining winless at Lang Park since 2009.

      “We were a bit flat tonight but I thought our defence was our feature,” Bennett said.

      “If you want to be a quality football team you have to be able to defend.

      “And I thought Anthony [Milford] was very good tonight but [half-back] Kodi Nikorima was off the pace. But that is okay, he’s had plenty of good games.”

      The Broncos led 14-6 at half-time after piling on three tries.

      Glenn all but sealed the result when he completed his double in the 50th minute.

      “He’s taking some ownership for the first time in his footy career,” Bennett said of Glenn.

      “All of a sudden he realised he had a lot more to offer the team than he thought he had.”

      Brisbane will sweat on Tevita Pangai Jr (hamstring) but has cleared fellow forward Jai Arrow (elbow).


      Topics:nrl, rugby-league, sport, brisbane-4000, qld, wollongong-2500, nsw, australia

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      ‘We struggled to find any coral life’: Researchers shocked by bleaching in Pacific Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:30:39 +0000

      Scientists on a French research ship that has dropped anchor in Sydney say they are shocked at the extent of bleaching across the Pacific Ocean.


      Updated August 19, 2017 09:37:12

      Scientists aboard a French research ship say they have been shocked to see the extent of coral bleaching across the Pacific Ocean, just halfway through their two-year voyage around the world.

      The vessel Tara has been sailing around the globe for more than a decade to study the effects of climate change on the ocean.

      Its current expedition will cross 11 time zones and span 100,000 kilometres from Europe to Asia and back again, and the group claims it is the biggest study of this scale across coral reefs.

      The focus is how coral reefs in the Pacific are adapting to climate change, and on a stopover in Sydney, captain Nicolas De La Brosse said the extent of damage is already deeply troubling.

      “What we’ve seen in really isolated spots like Samoa for example, even though it’s very far away from [developed] countries with pollution, we struggled to find any coral life,” he said.

      Mr De La Brosse said nowhere was immune to the effects of global warming.

      “It doesn’t matter where you are in the Pacific, coral is starting to bleach.”

      He said data was still being collected and analysed and the final results would be released at the end of 2019.

      The ship is not just a floating science lab — it is a temporary home for 16 people, including engineers, scientists, sailors, crew and, of course, a cook who whips up French dishes and sometimes, local favourites.

      “When we arrived in Australia I made a banana cake because I know in Australia you have this cake,” chef Dominique Limbour said.

      Spending months at a time at sea together in the 26-metre vessel can be a challenge.

      “We have to work all together. You can’t argue with someone else — you have to be pretty easygoing,” Mr De La Brosse said.

      After its Sydney stop the ship will head north to study the extent to which coral in the Great Barrier Reef is adapting to climate change.

      Topics:environment, environmental-impact, climate-change, research, sydney-2000, samoa, pacific

      First posted August 19, 2017 09:30:39

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      Teenagers record their charge into a NSW house fire Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:49:53 +0000

      Teenagers record on Snapchat as they run into a burning house near Wollongong in the midst of a fire that destroyed three homes in the NSW town of Coalcliff.


      Updated August 19, 2017 15:14:12

      Three houses have burnt down after a house fire spread to two neighbouring homes, fanned by strong winds on Lawrence Hargrave Drive in Coalcliff, 25 kilometres north of Wollongong, last night.

      Jarrod Kinchin, 16, was in the area and rushed into one of the houses with his friends, worried there were people inside.

      He said they found a chaotic scene when they arrived in the early stages of the fire.

      “People were running out, carrying dogs and valuables,” he said.

      “There was an alleyway between the two houses, it was all on fire, it was pretty bad.”

      He said he and his friends found keys on the porch to open the door to search the house.

      “Our first instinct was to get people out, so one of the doors was locked and nobody knew if there were people in there,” he said.

      “We went inside and we were screaming to see if there were people in there.

      “We went through the bedroom to search it and there was nobody in there, so we just went house-to-house, door-to-door to see if there were other people.”

      Mr Kinchin said others were coming out of nearby houses in shock.

      “I’ve never been through something like this before, it was pretty new to me,” he said.

      Firefighters battle strong winds

      Fourteen fire trucks battled the flames for about two hours in 70kph westerly winds.

      “The weather down there at the time made firefighting very difficult with those strong winds,” Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said.

      “We also had difficulties with gas bottles, firefighters had to protect those gas cylinders to keep them cool to prevent them from exploding.”

      Sixteen people were evacuated from the homes and no-one was injured.

      Crews remained at the sites overnight and investigators will return on Saturday morning.

      “The cause and origin of this fire will be investigated throughout the morning by police and fire investigators,” Superintendent Dewberry said.

      Damaging surf conditions: Bureau of Meteorology

      The windy weather that caused destruction across parts of the state yesterday is expected to continue this weekend.

      The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned peak winds will develop over much of the coastal fringe on Saturday afternoon and evening.

      A severe weather warning for dangerous surf affecting beaches in parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney City and Illawarra has been issued by the bureau.

      Those areas could see waves higher than six metres through Saturday and into Sunday afternoon.

      “We actually have a severe weather warning that covers parts of the coastal fringe and that’s to advise of damaging surf conditions with some large waves expected to increase as the day progresses,” BOM senior forecaster Jake Phillips said.

      “The waves offshore could get as high as six or seven metres but nearer the coast, some of those areas will see waves in the order of five to six metres.”

      A hazardous surf warning was also issued for the same area, to advise beachgoers that surf and swell conditions will make activities like rock fishing, boating and swimming dangerous.

      Topics:fires, disasters-and-accidents, weather, nsw, coalcliff-2508

      First posted August 19, 2017 08:49:53

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      Beaten Crows won’t rest AFL players: Pyke Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:06:09 +0000

      With a top-two finish in the bag, Adelaide coach Don Pyke has ruled out resting players ahead of the AFL finals.


      Updated August 19, 2017 08:12:10

      Adelaide coach Don Pyke says there is no chance his AFL pacesetters will put the proverbial cue in the rack next weekend.

      The Crows slipped to a three-point loss to Sydney on Friday night but are still guaranteed a top-two finish.

      But Pyke says he won’t be resting players in next Sunday’s last regular-season match, against West Coast in Perth.

      “We will take a no-risk policy with guys,” Pyke said after the loss to the Swans.

      “But you have got be very careful because then you get a week’s break, and then you go into the finals.

      “So if guys don’t play next week, there’s a chance they won’t have played a game for nearly 20-odd days into the first final.

      “We want to go to West Coast and play to win. It will be the same mentality … I’m a great believer that at the end of it, the way we want to play is habit.

      “And we need to keep building those good habits.”

      Pyke was far from downcast at the defeat to Sydney, saying it offered a great learning opportunity.

      “When you finish the wrong side of the ledger by three points, you’re disappointed. But that is life, sometimes you end up there,” Pyke said.

      “We did a lot right but we didn’t get the result.

      “We learn every game and what we learnt was we’re more than capable of matching it against a side like Sydney and pushing them right to the end.

      “That is what high-pressure, finals-type footy is about — it’s an arm wrestle.

      “And you have just got be able to stay in the arm wrestle for long enough to get your opportunities.”


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      First posted August 19, 2017 08:06:09

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