Toddler Lindo visits ‘a royal tradition’

Prince George, carried by the Duke of Cambridge, before meeting Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015.Prince George and Princess Charlotte could pay a visit to the Lindo Wing to meet their new baby brother or sister when he or she arrives – if the Cambridges keep up with tradition.
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George visited newborn Charlotte a few hours after she was born in 2015, arriving with his father, the Duke of Cambridge.

The 21-month-old slightly nervous looking youngster was carried up the steps to the private hospital by William, and gave the crowds a small wave.

George, dressed in blue shorts, a white collared shirt, a blue pullover, long blue socks and black bar shoes, was given a reassuring a kiss on the forehead by the duke.

More than 30 years earlier, two-year-old William held hands with his father, the Prince of Wales, as he entered the hospital in Paddington, London, to see his mother, the Princess of Wales and one-day-old Prince Harry early on September 16 1984.

The newspapers at the time reported how William, who was dressed in red shorts, a white shirt with red embroidery, white ankle socks and traditional leather bar shoes, ran down the corridor into Diana’s arms as she called his name.

He was said to be “very, very excited about seeing his new brother”.

The introduction was judged a success, with William holding baby Harry’s hand as he lay in his cot.

He spent 20 minutes at the hospital before waving to the crowds as he was taken home by his nanny, Barbara Barnes.

While four-year-old George has already experienced adjusting to a sibling, it will be Charlotte, who is nearly three, who will need to get used to no longer being the baby of the family.


Boogaard gets green light for Jets’ semi

Nigel Boogaard has recovered from injury and is set to unexpectedly take part in the A-League finalsNewcastle coach Ernie Merrick has all but cleared captain Nigel Boogaard to play a role in Friday night’s A-League semi-final with Melbourne City.
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Boogaard has been sidelined since fracturing his knee during the Jets’ upset of Sydney FC nearly two months ago and was expected to be out for the season.

But in a huge boost for the club’s first final in eight years, the centre-back has been tracking ahead of schedule and appears set for a spot on the bench.

Ronny Vargas is also nearly back to full fitness after a groin problem kept the injury-prone marquee attacker out of the Jets’ final-round 8-2 thumping of Central Coast.

“They did really well so they’re part of the squad and I suspect they’ll play some part in the game,” Merrick said.

“The only one out is (Ben) Kantarovski, but Ronny and Nigel are looking very good. It’s good to see them training so well.

“We know the formation and the style we’ll play … there won’t be too many changes from that last game when we scored eight goals against the Mariners but there’s always places up for grabs.”

Despite their remarkable resurrection the Jets haven’t beaten City this season and most recently succumbed to a 3-0 home loss.

That came during a mini-slump during which the team were adjusting to the loss of Andrew Nabbout to Japan, Boogaard’s injury and striker Roy O’Donovan’s suspension.

“There were a couple of close games (against City),” Merrick said.

“In one game their goalkeeper was man of the match so we’ve created lots of chances, it’s about finishing.

“And also having the full squad available, and we’ve virtually got that now apart from Ben Kantarovski.

“Our midfield is operating so much better now and we’ve got numbers forward and our defence is pretty well rock solid.”


Military mutts paw-fect war companions

‘s modern-day dogs of war will also be celebrated this Anzac Day.Simpson’s donkey is fondly remembered as a great Anzac hero, but it’s often forgotten that man’s best four-legged mate has proved equally useful on the battlefield.
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At the same time the legendary donkey trudged Gallipoli’s blood-stained soil shouldering dead and wounded n diggers, military dogs were carrying out fundamental feats of their own on the Western Front.

As World War I drew to a close a century ago in 1918, British, French and Belgian forces had employed about 20,000 dogs to match Germany’s 30,000 hound count.

, too, dabbled with military mutts for the first time, borrowing some of the British Army’s canine brigade.

“We used the dogs for carrying messages between headquarters and also for pulling wire out into the battle space,” retired Lieutenant Colonel and vice-president of Trackers and War Dogs Association George Hulse told AAP.

More conscripted canines were called up to accompany Aussie troops in World War II and the Korean War for tracking purposes and to alert soldiers of nearby enemies.

‘s first homegrown canine squadron made a debut in the 1960s Borneo confrontation, Lt Col Hulse said.

Their roles have since grown across tours of Vietnam, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville and most recently Afghanistan.

“It wasn’t until Afghanistan that the dog capabilities really came into its own,” he said.

“So brilliant were the dogs for finding the IEDs, remote control bombs, caches and weapons stores that the demand for them grew exponentially.”

But the perks of having a trained woofer go further.

“The diggers would come up and give the engineer dogs a pat and it might remind them of something they’ve left behind in ,” he said.

“Just the sight of a dog was enough to cheer some guys up who were in a dangerous place a long way from home.”

After more than a century in the trenches, the war dog’s duties are likely to keep expanding.

“We’re only starting to learn what we can get out of the capabilities of a dog’s senses,” Lt Col Hulse said.


Broncos’ Thaiday OK as No.9 ‘just in case’

Sam Thaiday is willing to play wherever he is asked to help Brisbane win in the NRL.Desperate times may call for desperate measures at Brisbane after Sam Thaiday again put his hand up to be Broncos fill-in hooker, despite his NRL first-round debacle.
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Even Wayne Bennett couldn’t help but joke that Thaiday wouldn’t be considered for the vacant rake role after classy No.9 Andrew McCullough suffered a serious elbow injury in their 34-20 loss to Melbourne.

“I have no idea (who will be next hooker)…(but) I don’t think Sam will be going back,” Bennett said.

Bennett was referring to Thaiday’s woeful dummy-half stint in their season-opening loss to St George Illawarra, a move the Broncos coach admitted at the time was a “mistake”.

But Thaiday remains undeterred before Thursday’s NRL clash with South Sydney, saying he was available “just in case”.

McCullough could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Thaiday admits Kangaroos forward Josh McGuire is the hot tip after finishing the match against Melbourne at dummy-half and also playing a Test for Samoa at rake.

“I am happy to pass the baton on…but in saying that I am there just in case,” Thaiday said.

“I wasn’t overly ready to play dummy-half at the start of the year and I hadn’t done any training throughout the pre-season in that position.

“There’s a couple of guys who played there, we’ve got a couple of options.

“We will work out what is the best fit.”

Thaiday’s money was on McGuire to wear No.9 after filling the bulk of the role at training on Monday but did not rule out utility Kodi Nikorima.

“Moose (McGuire) did most of it (dummy-half training) out there today so we’ve got him,” he said.

“I think he went really well when he went into dummy-half at the end of the game last week.

“And with some of the smaller players (like Nikorima) you can hide them a bit in defence but if he has to ply that position he will muscle up for sure (in defence).”

But Thaiday admitted Brisbane would find it hard to replace McCullough.

“It is always hard when you lose someone like Andrew McCullough,” he said.

“Macca makes so many tackles for us. His presence out in the field is always felt.

“He is definitely a world class dummy-half.”


Roos AFL star Higgins out of hospital

Shaun Higgins is out of hospital after being concussed during a bump from Ryan Burton on SundayNorth Melbourne veteran Shaun Higgins has been reunited with his wife and newborn baby girl after spending a night in hospital.
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The 30-year-old was knocked out in a sickening collision with Hawthorn’s Ryan Burton on Sunday, just hours after his wife gave birth to their first child.

A motionless Higgins was taken from Etihad Stadium on a motorised stretcher after a nasty head clash during the third quarter of the 28-point win.

But he was coherent and in good spirits after the incident and was transported to Epworth Hospital.

He underwent cosmetic surgery to repair facial damage and was released on Monday afternoon.

“Shaun Higgins has had successful surgery to repair his lip and is now resting happily with his wife and baby girl,” Roos communications chief Heath O’Loughlin tweeted.

Ed Vickers-Willis was also concussed in a third-quarter collision, but was able to jog from the field.

The pair will go into the club’s concussion protocol and haven’t been ruled out of Saturday’s clash against Port Adelaide.

Burton was found to have no case to answer for his part in the collision by AFL match review officer Michael Christian.

“Contact was made from Burton’s shoulder to the chest of Higgins,” Christian said.

“I think it’s really important to understand that he took reasonable care to execute the bump fairly.

“He couldn’t reasonably foresee that there was going to be an accidental clash of heads.

“It was unfortunate for Higgins, but I just want to emphasise that when we’re assessing incidents we look at the conduct first and foremost.”

Speaking before the verdict was announced, North skipper Jack Ziebell harboured no ill will toward Burton.

“It’s a tough one … I’ve been in that situation before where you have to choose to bump or tackle,” Ziebell said.

“It’s a split-second decision and it’s a really tough one to make.

“I’m not going to sit here and judge anyone on that one act.”


Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to third child

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed their third child and second son into the world.
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Kate, 36, delivered the baby boy, weighing 8lbs, 7oz, at the exclusive Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 11.01am on St George’s Day.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,”the palace said.

Prince William was present for the birth.

“The Queen, The Duke of Ediburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

As with the birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate’s labour appears to have been swift.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018″My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy. I wish them great happiness for the future.” – PM @theresa_may

— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 23, 2018The Queen was told firstThe Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in the “early stages of labour”, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge in the early hours of Monday morning.

Kate has given birth to her two children, George and Charlotte, at St Mary’s Hospital. A police guard has been established outside the Lindo wing.

As with her previous two pregnancies, Kate, 36, has suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.

The Queen, who turned 92 on the weekend, was the first person to be told of the birth of the baby.

Buckingham Palace will announce the arrival of Prince William and Catherine’s third child with thetraditional bulletin on show at the palace.

Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she and Prince William visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo: AP

The formal announcement will confirm the gender of the baby and the time of birth.

As with George and Charlotte, Kensington Palace emailed the initial official announcement to the press, and that coincided with a confirmation of the birth via Twitter.

News of the new arrival was announced once the Queen and members of both families were informed.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018

Uncle Harry and Aunt-to-be Meghan will be on hand to dote on the royal baby when the prince or princess arrives.

The couple are neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, living in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the royal residence.

US star Meghan Markle recently hinted at having her own children with Prince Harry.

On a trip to Belfast, the American former actress joked when she was shown an innovative range for newborns: “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole (lot).”

In an interview in 2016, Markle said becoming a mother was on her “bucket list”.

“I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,”she said.

Harry has also said he would love to have children.

The topic cropped up in the couple’s engagement interview.

The Duchess of Cambridge last month.

“You know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” the prince said.

Markle has been spending time getting to know William and Kate’s eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The celebrity, who shot to fame playing paralegal Rachel Zane in the American drama Suits, already has two “fairy god-daughters”.

She described the children of her close friend Benita Litt as such in a 2016 post on her since-deleted Instagram account.

The bride-to-be and Prince Harry, who will wed in Windsor on May 19, will be among close family expected to attend the christening of William and Kate’s baby in a few months time.


Roosters forwards fit for Anzac Day

Roosters hooker Jake Friend is set to be fit for Anzac Day despite being concussed last round.Trent Robinson has declared three key Sydney Roosters forwards will be fit and raring to go for Wednesday’s Anzac Day blockbuster with St George Illawarra.
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Despite having the extra day turnaround on the Dragons from last week, the Roosters were left bruised and battered by their effort to stonewall Canterbury’s attack on Thursday night.

Co-captain Jake Friend failed to finish the match with a concussion, while Dylan Napa also spent time off the field with an injured AC joint in his shoulder.

Five-eighth Luke Keary claimed the win to be the most physically taxing of his career, while the Roosters were also without Sio Siua Taukeiaho in the middle as he recovered from a knee injury.

But the Roosters coach said on Monday he expected Friend, Napa and Taukeiaho to recover for the Allianz Stadium clash, with none of his other players carrying serious injuries out of the win.

“(Jake’s) been really good,” Robinson said.

“Obviously I think it’s a five-six day protocol so we will finish that off tomorrow but he’s on track.

“Sio Siua trained well today. And he will be ready to go as long as he gets through tomorrow. Dylan is right to go as well.”

The Roosters effort to hold the Bulldogs to nil last week was the first time they have kept a team scoreless in two years, and was particularly impressive given the Bulldogs had 52 play-the-balls in their opposition’s 20-metre zone in the tri-colours’ 6-0 victory.

“We’re an improving team,” Robinson said.

“Not many teams have done that, what we did last week, this year. To be able to stand and deliver for that long showed some great courage and technique.

“We want to improve on that this week.”

But the Roosters will need to rebound quickly.

The ladder-leading Dragons have one of the most complete forward packs in the NRL, and the Anzac Day clash is traditionally one of the toughest regardless of form.

“It’s going to be massive,” Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner said.

“They turn up every week and they’re a tough formidable side at the moment. We’re going to have to roll up our sleeves for the 80 minutes.

“All of them are in really good form and getting the praise they deserve. They’re playing with a lot of confidence. But we’re confident if we’re playing our best footy we’ve got enough to stop them.”


Ley and farmers disagree over sheep

Liberal MP Sussan Ley says she remains “unpersuaded” by arguments in favour of live sheep exports.A Liberal MP is pressing ahead with laws to ban live animal exports despite efforts by farming groups to convince her against it.
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Sussan Ley met with the National Farmers Federation’s Tony Mahar and WAFarmers’ Tony York in Albury on Monday to discuss her plan.

The ban is gaining support on the Liberal Party backbench, but Nationals MPs insist it is the wrong way to approach it.

Mr York, whose state represents 85 per cent of the live sheep trade, told AAP after the meeting it was a chance to inform Ms Ley of the economic impact of any ban.

“The impact will be $80 million to $150 million in lost income a year for farmers in WA if we lost the live trade,” he said.

Mr York described the MP as “very determined” to introduce her bill to parliament at the first opportunity.

The next private member’s business session is scheduled for May 21.

Ms Ley said she remained “unpersuaded” by arguments in favour of long haul live sheep exports beyond any transition period for the industry.

“For decades the suffering of animals has underpinned the operating model of the live sheep trade,” she said in a statement.

“ns will no longer accept rural export industries with animal welfare practices that are inferior to those our farmers willingly comply with every day.”

More processing in would be a positive outcome for the country, she said.

The issue returned to the spotlight earlier this month when it emerged that 2400 sheep died from extreme heat during a voyage from WA to the Middle East in August 2017.

Footage of suffering sheep was provided to federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and later aired on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program.

Three reviews are under way and the industry wants to see the results of these before any new regulation or laws are considered.

One idea being debated among rural groups is that of an Inspector General for the Welfare of Exported Animals.

But many farmers say this would add unnecessary bureaucracy and the process should be driven by industry.

Labor says it wants to work in a bipartisan way to improve animal welfare.


Stockton Centre delays and NDIA’s contracting of Serco causing disability sector concern

A LOUD ‘NO’: An early 2013 protest against the closure of the Stockton Centre. Five years on, Stockton, Tomaree and Kanangra still hold hundreds of residents.FRIDAY’S announcement by the National Disability Insurance Agency, that it was hiring an n subsidiary of the controversial British outsourcing companySercoto run its call centres nationally, has not gone down well in the disability sector.
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WA Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John led the charge, when he said: “People in the disabled community have been warning about lobbying by Serco with regards to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for years and their worst fears have now come true. The last thing disabled people need when trying to interact with the NDIAis to be treated as a commodity.”

The Coalition federal government, which inherited the NDIS from Labor, would presumably disagree with any contention that it was treating one of the most vulnerable groups in our society as a commodity.

But it may be that the arrival of such a behemoth as Serco –even if it’s only as a call centre operator –signals the start of a new era for the NDIS, which has dramatically increased the commercial opportunities for those who wish to make a profit by providing a service in the sector.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Profit is a wonderful motive when it comes to providing innovation in products and services alike. But as the banking royal commission is showing us all too clearly, too much freedom in the pursuit of profit –often because of a lack of contractual or procedural transparency –can quite quickly lead to the customer or client coming second.

And if there is one sector where care of the individual must be the primary concern, it’s in disability. While many people have had their lives enhanced by the NDIS, there are plenty of families who have found it a difficult road to travel, especially for those who are looking after someone with profound and complex disabilities.

The Stockton Centre may not have been a perfect organisation, but it was a long way from the Dickensian institution the NSW government painted it as when its closure was announced in 2013.

No-one is doubting the effort that the government has put into implementing its policy.

But it is equally fair to say that the task of rehousing the hundreds of Stockton, Tomaree and Kanangra residents is taking far longer than the government had insisted would be the case. Five years of uncertainty will be taking its toll on all involved.

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Port fume as AFL player probe drags on

Port Adelaide are frustrated the AFL’s probe into a Sam Powell-Pepper incident is taking so long.Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has publicly vented his frustrations with the AFL as Sam Powell-Pepper’s immediate playing future remains in limbo.
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The 20-year-old served a one-match club-imposed suspension in round four following an alcohol-fuelled incident at an Adelaide nightclub earlier this month.

He also missed last week’s loss to Geelong after he ruled himself out as the AFL investigation continued.

Koch revealed on Monday that the integrity unit’s investigation was actually completed last week.

Club officials have seen a summary, but have not been allowed to view a copy of the completed report.

“We have been asking to see that report and it still hasn’t come a week later,” Koch said on Adelaide radio station FiveAA on Monday.

“Our view is the report does not reflect properly what actually went on at the nightclub. We have video of the entire night at the club and our view of that video doesn’t match the findings of the integrity unit’s report.

“We are backing our player. We think the allegations, particularly some of the media allegations against Sam – on our evidence – are completely misleading.

“That’s why we want to see the report, to see what other evidence that report contains, if any.”

Port aren’t debating that Powell-Pepper broke team rules by being drunk in a public place and out past curfew.

But Koch is standing firm in the face of any further sanctions given the lack of evidence and is bewildered by the AFL’s decision not to make the report available.

“We are stumped by that. We are frustrated by that … so frustrated because it is putting enormous pressure on this young man,” he said.

“If there’s evidence of any serious sexual abuse then we would throw the book at any player.

“(But) our vision of what happened on the night bears no resemblance to any of that.

“They’re alleging inappropriate behaviour. We don’t even think it goes that far.”

Koch said the club was prepared to argue its case with legal representation at an AFL hearing if necessary.


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