April, 2019

McLaughlin takes Supercars Island double

Ford’s Scott McLaughlin has won both races of the Phillip Island 500, a rare Supercars double.Ford’s Scott McLaughlin has proved untouchable in his Falcon at the Phillip Island 500, with the Shell V-Power ace claiming a rare Supercars double.
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The New Zealand driver has backed up his winning efforts from race one a day earlier by taking out the second 250km event on Sunday.

The 24-year-old started from pole in both races and again proved too strong in race 10 of the season to shoot ahead in the championship standings.

Veteran Nissan driver Rick Kelly looked to be a chance of edging McLaughlin for the first half of the 57-lap race but slipped up in his second pit stop.

It was left to Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds, in his ZB Commodore, to put pressure on McLaughlin and he briefly held the lead.

But McLaughlin snatched back the advantage on lap 31 by overtaking Reynolds in almost identical fashion to his race-winning move against Red Bull Holden rival Jamie Whincup on Saturday.

He was comfortable from there as Reynolds and Kelly joined the Kiwi gun on the podium.

It was McLaughlin’s sixth victory at the Victorian circuit, taking him to fourth on the all-time list at the venue behind Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Glenn Seton.

His repeat success comes two years after he claimed both races at Phillip Island, taking his consecutive poles at the track to an extraordinary six.

McLaughlin’s terrific results, combined with a costly error from Whincup on Saturday, have shot him into a commanding lead after the fourth event of the year.

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile’s James Courtney was the only driver not to finish, bombing out on lap five.

Rounding out the top-five was McLaughlin’s Shell V-Power teammate Fabian Coulthard and Nissan’s Michael Caruso, while Whincup finished a disappointing ninth.


Newcastle Rugby League: Cessnock Goannas recruit Paul Carter back in the bad booksphotos, video

Cessnock Goanna’s Paul Carter faces suspension plus on-field scuffle Cessnock’s Paul Carter Picture: Michael Hartshorn
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POWER: Western Suburbs prop Tama Koopu takes the ball up in the Rosellas’ 20-6 win over Central Newcastle at Harker Oval on Sunday. Wests led 12-6 at the main break and kept the Butcher Boys scoreless in the second half. Ryan Walker, James Elias and Brad Tighe all crossed the stripe for the hosts. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

ON THE RUN: Western Suburbs captain Ryan Walker makes a break during the Rosellas’ 20-6 win against Central Newcastle at Harker Oval in Sunday’s season opener. The reigning player of the year scored the first try in the 21st minute. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookPaul Carter (1:02:00 to 1:04:00) – video by BarTV SportsThe five-eighth makes a tackle in the 46thminute. He isthe sole defender about 20 metres out from the opposition tryline and his arm makes contact high on Maitland’sJarrod Smith. Referee John Taylor opts to put Carter on report rather than send him off. The Pickers were leading 30-0.

Less than 60 secondslater in the game, during the ensuing set of six, Carter and rival half Ryan Walsh throw punches at one another following a tackle.

Both were given 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

It was less than the ideal comeback for Carter, who was chasing redemption and a fresh start but instead found more trouble.

The 25-year-oldjoined the Goannas in 2018 following a controversial exit from the Sydney Roosters last season, a stint in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Thailand andbeing placed on a two-year good-behaviour bond by the courts in January for cocaine supply.

Over the last few months there had also beenissues with gaining a financial clearance from his most recent club at Coffs Harbour.

Maitland captain-coach Luke Dorn, his first game in the new role, saidthe Pickers’ “great attitude” was most impressive in that performance.

Elsewhere on Saturday and title holders Macquarie defeated Lakes 28-12 at Lyall Peacock Field while South Newcastle were beaten 26-10by Kurri Kurri.

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— Josh Callinan (@joshuacallinan) April 22, 2018

Sunday’s sole fixture saw Western Suburbs silence a few critics and Central Newcastle leave Harker Oval with more questions than they answered.

The Rosellas accounted for the Butcher Boys 20-6.

“It’s nice to get the monkey off the back a bit because a number of people, both internally and externally, questioned the pathway that we’ve taken in relation to who we let go and who we recruited,” Wests coach Matt Lantry said.

In the other dressing room, Central coach Craig Miller wasn’t impressed.

“That wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We were out-enthused,dropped too much ball and weren’t fit enough. I think we would have been beaten by most sides today.”

ROUND 2: Cessnock v Kurri; Central v Macquarie; Lakes v Wests; Souths v Maitland.


Turnbull urged to help fund veterans’ care

Soldier On chief executive John Bale says is lagging on veterans’ mental health care.The federal government has been urged to help fund a mental health centre for army veterans in Sydney, with a study revealing three out of four ex-soldiers report an issue.
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The study, published in early April, found around 46 per cent of people who left the defence force struggled with a mental health condition within the first year, and around half of them had multiple conditions.

Soldier On, a charity group providing support for soldiers and their families, says the Centre of Excellence being developed at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital would be the first world-class facility in to care for those veterans with mental health issues.

” is behind other nations when it comes to the holistic care of service personnel and families. This facility will change that,” Soldier On chief executive John Bale said.

With the public focus on ANZAC Day, Mr Bale said it was important to remember the men and women struggling as a result of their time in the military.

“It’s time to put the people (ex-armed forces) first. They need and deserve it”.

Mr Bale said the government was spending $200 billion over the next ten years on defence, and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allocate a portion of that to the Centre of Excellence.

“There is no doubt this facility will save lives,” he said.

Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony at the n war memorial in London on Saturday night, Mr Turnbull pledged support for the members of the armed forces.

“We best honour the Anzacs of 1918 by supporting you, the service men and women of today,” he said.

Mr Bale said Mr Turnbull and Veterans Affairs Minster Darren Chester had offered positive feedback about the centre and was hopeful they would announce funding in this year’s budget.


Who will captain the Newcastle Knights in Mitchell Pearce’s absence?

IT is perhapsthe least of his concerns, but Knights coach Nathan Brown islikely to need anew captain –as well as a primary playmaker – inthe long-term absence ofMitchell Pearce.
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Pearce’s pectoral injury, sustained late in Newcastle’s 22-20 win against the Tigers in Tamworth, leaves Brown without an official skipper in his starting line-up.

Pearce was named as co-captain with Jamie Buhrer at the start of the season, but the latteris yet to feature in Brown’s first 13 this year.

Instead he has been used in six games as a bench utility, largely because his versatility covers so many options.

EXPERIENCED: Aidan Guerra could be a candidate to captain Newcastle in Mitchell Pearce’s absence.

Unless Buhreris promoted to the run-on team for Friday’s clash with Manly at Brookvale, Newcastle will need a new man to lead them out.

Back-rower Aidan Guerra, a Queensland Origin and n Test representative, would seem a logical candidate.

If so, he would become the seventh captain ofBrown’s three seasons at Newcastle’s helm.

The other possibility is that Brown might consider reinstatingcentre Sione Mata’utia, who spent much of last season as co-captain before the coach decided he would be better served focusing on his owngame.

BODY BLOW: Mitchell Pearce

Buhrer’s hopes of starting a game in his preferred back-row role would appear slim, given that Guerra, Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Mitch Barnett are established in those positions.

He spent several minutes at five-eighth against the Tigers, and conjured up the matchwinning try with a precise kick for Shaun Kenny-Dowall, and filled in as pivot on a handful of occasions at his former club, Manly.

Brown is hopeful his first-choice five-eighth, Connor Watson, will be cleared to return this week, after missing four games with a shoulder injury. If fit, Watson isexpected to partner another Central Coast product, Jack Cogger, who impressed Brown against the Tigers.

VERSATILE: Jamie Buhrer

“He had a terrific little game, Jack …he had some nice subtle touches, which he’s really worked hard on the last two or three years in his game,” Brown said. “He’s certainly put his hand in the window to deserve another shot next week.”


Aged-care homes must offer staff flu jab

The government is making it mandatory for all aged-care homes to offer the flu jab to all staff.All aged-care facilities will be required to offer the flu jab to all staff to prevent a recurrence of last year’s horror outbreak.
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More than 1100 people died of influenza-related illnesses in 2017, the majority of them aged 65 or older.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt announced on Sunday the government will make it mandatory for “every aged-care provider to offer the flu vaccine to every single worker”.

Mr Wyatt said he was not concerned about those who refused to get the flu jab.

“There will be some individuals who will take a stand, but then again, that is up to the provider to make a decision in respect to that individual … they can move staff to other locations,” he told reporters in Perth.

Asked what right the government had to tell workers they must get the vaccine, Mr Wyatt replied: “What right does a senior, frail n have to be protected from someone who chooses not to (get the vaccine) and then ends up with a virulent flu that then causes their death?”

A national review has found a correlation between low vaccination rates among staff and a higher incidence of the flu in aged-care homes.

Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group corporate services manager Daniel Hitchcock said staff at the Tuohy facility in suburban Perth had been educated about the importance of getting the vaccine for almost 20 years.

“If they don’t have the vaccine, they’ll have to stand down from work if there is an outbreak,” he told reporters.

“We are outbreak-free at Tuohy since the program commenced.”

Mr Hunt said the government had made two new flu vaccines available free of charge to more than three million ns aged 65 years and over.

“Today we are taking further steps to ensure those seniors are protected even more, ahead of this year’s flu season,” he said.


* Only 3.5 per cent had the recommended staff coverage of 95 per cent or higher to gain herd immunity

* 35.9 per cent had the recommended resident coverage of 95 per cent or higher

* 43 per cent reported at least one influenza outbreak in the previous year

* Those providing in-house staff vaccination programs had higher coverage than those who only encouraged staff to go to an external immunisation provider.