“Crows holding cards close to their chest”


Potential No.1 draft pick Elijah Hollands says he doesn’t know what the Adelaide Crows will do with pick one in the upcoming AFL draft.

Speaking on 1629 SEN SA on Thursday morning, the Murray Bushrangers prospect and self-confessed Crows supporter said the club had given him no indication as to who they might take with its first selection.

“It’s all pretty close knit discussion wise. Adelaide are keeping its cards close to its chest. They don’t really want to give too much away which is fair enough,” Hollands said.

“There’s still a lot to play out between now and draft night as well, especially with picks still being able to be traded, so there haven’t been too many indications of what they’re going to do.”

As for the clubs who’ve shown interest, Hollands said there wasn’t too much to go on other than those clubs’ he’s interviewed with twice.

“I’ve done one round of interviews with most clubs and did two rounds with a couple, so if you want to be really picky about it I guess you could say the clubs I’ve done two rounds of interviews with have shown a little more interest,” Hollands said.

“I’ve done two rounds with Adelaide, North Melbourne, Carlton, Hawthorn, and GWS.”

Hollands, the son of former Richmond player Ben, said he prefers not to know where he’ll begin his AFL career until his name is called on draft night.

“I actually like the build-up. I think me finding out what club I’m going to the same time as my family and friends will be pretty cool,” he said.

The exciting forward-midfield hybrid says he’s recovering well from a devastating torn ACL he suffered in February.

“It’s good. I’m starting to feel like I’m really getting back into things now. The running’s ramping up,” Hollands said.

“You sort of just start to feel every day that footy really is getting closer so I’m starting to apply some curved and angled running to my program which is a big step towards getting back into things.”

Hollands will be nervously awaiting his name to be called when the draft kicks off on December 9th, with the entirety of the draft to take place virtually on the one night, moving away from the two-night concept of previous years.







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The Benefits of Using Dumbbells Over a Barbell for Chest


Doing barbell bench presses may not work your chest optimally, unless you hit the genetic lottery and everything works wonders for you. For most lifters out there, the barbell bench press is not a chest exercise at all, rather a deltoid or a triceps exercise.

This is because the chest muscles (pectorals) have a whole lot of functions and when you do barbell bench presses they can choose between transverse flexion or transverse adduction movements.

These two movements seem similar, but they’re not the same since they are very much differentiated by the position of your elbows when you perform them. Both of these movements make your upper arm move upwards to lift the weight towards the middle portion of the body in a horizontal fashion like with a dumbbell flye.

When you use a barbell to do this, your upper arm doesn’t have as many options in lifting the weight upwards because it’s essentially a bar, which means that only the first third of the entire exercise has any semblance of transverse flexion and adduction.

Since the pectoral muscles don’t lift the weight themselves while you’re doing presses, they’ll find their action in the first third of the entire exercise. After that third, your pectorals are pretty much just fixator muscles that give you more isometric tension.

This means that yes, they’ll still be useful but they won’t give you the desired results. There is, of course, a way to make barbell bench presses better and more effective at their task which is to bolster your chest, but it requires improper form and doing the presses unsafely. You can do this by pushing your elbows out of their socket meaning that they will protrude forward when you get to the top of the movement.

This will provide a little bit of extra transverse flexion and adduction, but you’ll still mostly get some scapular abduction, if your shoulders don’t wreck themselves in the process. This is risky, don’t try it.

So What Should You Do?

That’s right, use dumbbells instead of a barbell to bench press. It’s a far better alternative if performed correctly, which means you have to be very careful. Dumbbells have a much bigger motion spectrum than a barbell because you can use them to go all the way down instead of having them stop at chest level because a bar is in the way.

When you have a greater range of motion while doing presses, you can activate your pectoral muscles far more because you can boost your transverse flexion and adduction movement which happens when you start lifting.

Also, when you’re doing dumbbell bench presses, try to press your movement inwards, as if you were doing a flye. Make sure that your dumbbells don’t touch each other when you bring them to the top of the movement, but they will need to be as close as possible to make the exercise effective. This means that when you do dumbbell bench presses correctly, you will achieve more loaded transverse adduction and flexion, which means the exercise will simply do more for you.

If you want your pectoral muscles to look like the guns that they could be, always follow the rules and tips of experienced weightlifters that worked for years, even decades on their bodies.

What Should You Avoid?

I’ve seen a lot of people use dumbbells incorrectly and it’s hurting their workout. In order to avoid this, make sure that you’re not actually shortening your range of motion with dumbbells instead of extending it. It might be because of ego fragility or because the bar, as an indicator of movement and location, is removed from the equation.

Weightlifters will make use of the weight plates on the ends of the dumbbell to be able to tell when to stop lowering their weight, which leads them to misjudge and stop way too early, when the edge of the dumbbell starts reaching their shoulder. This is wrong since you’re basically shortening the motion by a few inches, so drop those dumbbell bench presses all the way down – you need them lower than your chest and you won’t get results otherwise. Always get the best out of your exercise.





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Texas boy, 3, dies after accidentally shooting himself in the chest at birthday party


A Texas child is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the chest during his birthday party, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in Porter, Texas — about 25 miles north of Houston — on Saturday for a wellness check, according to a press release.

When the officers arrived, they were told the child, 3, who has not been identified, had been shot in the chest. Family and friends had gathered at the home for the birthday party.

While playing cards they heard the gunshot go off.

The child found the gun, a pistol, after it fell out of a family member’s pocket, according to the press release.

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The boy was taken to a nearby fire station where he later died from his wounds.

It was unclear if an investigation was ongoing into the death, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said its “thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident.”



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Labor’s $3b election war chest as Budget horror hidden


 

The Queensland Labor Government has built itself a $3 billion war chest for fighting next month’s election, as debt soars past $100 billion and coronavirus carves an $8.36 billion black hole in the state’s finances.

But Queenslanders will need to wait until a month after they vote to find out the full horrors of the Budget, with the long-awaited economic update only revealing the bad news to the end of this financial year.

The dire figures were revealed as total debt balloons out to $101.9 billion in 2020-21, up from the $100.7 billion predicted just two months ago.

A 2019-20 surplus of $151 million forecast in December’s Mid Year Fiscal and Economic review has transformed into a $5.898 billion deficit and will further widen to $8.136 billion in 2020-21 – $364 million better than forecast in July.

Unemployment is forecast to reach 8.5 per cent in 2020-21 rather than the 6 per cent rate hoped for in December, with more than 138,000 Queenslanders having already their jobs.

The economy will grow by an anaemic 0.25 per cent this year and resource exports, particularly coal, have been badly hit.

Mr Dick said the economy was better than other states thanks to strong border measures that had helped claw back jobs lost earlier in the pandemic.

He said Treasury did not factor a reopening of state borders into its figures, although it does assume international borders will be closed until at least mid-2021.

Escalating debt was impacted by a two-month extension of the payroll tax holidays for struggling businesses until August and continuing to waive payroll tax on JobKeeper payments, which will cost $925 million in lost earnings.

The government will also borrow $1 billion to invest directly into businesses to create jobs in a move that got a mixed reception from business groups.

That includes $500 million so that publicly owned energy companies can invest in renewable projects to help the state create three new renewable energy zones and meet Labor’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Another $500 million will be invested in reputable small and medium-sized Queensland businesses that require capital to grow.

The money is part of $4 billion in new stimulus being borrowed.

 

 

Treasurer Cameron Dick addresses a media conference yesterday. Picture: Tertius Pickard/NCA NewsWire

 

But taxpayers remain in the dark on what the remaining $3 billion is for, with Mr Dick saying that will be announced “in the coming weeks and up until the election”.

The Government will also undertake an audit to collect an extra $488 million owed to it over the next three-and-a-half years.

Mr Dick said he had no choice but to borrow more to protect jobs, but low interest rates meant that was entirely serviceable.

“We don’t have any intention of increasing taxes and revenue at this stage,” he said.

“I cannot say what the future holds.”

The update gave just two years of predictions, rather than the usual four, with Mr Dick saying conditions were too unpredictable for reliable forecasting past June 30 next year.

Instead, Mr Dick said he would deliver a full four-year Budget the week beginning November 30, should Labor be returned to power.

Meanwhile, a decision to bring Building Queensland into the Treasury department as well as the Queensland Productivity Commission and task it with cutting red tape under national reforms was criticised by the Property Council of Australia for restricting their independence and leading to “more politically-driven decision making”.

CCIQ economist Jack Baxter there was finally some transparency around the government’s planned expenditure, with the COVID crisis not the time for tightened spending.

“Without large volumes of government spending today we risk the ability to rebuild and recover for tomorrow,” Mr Baxter said.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington slammed the Government as being “debt deniers” and took aim at them for announcing an “election slush fund” paid for by taxpayers.

She said it was “a bit rich” Mr Dick was unable to produce a full budget when he had the resources of government behind him.

 

 

 

Originally published as Labor’s $3b election war chest as Budget horror hidden





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Geelong’s Jack Steven continues recovery in hospital after suffering chest wound


The Geelong Football Club says Jack Steven is “very lucky” to have avoided a more serious injury after he sustained a chest wound during an incident on Saturday night.

Victoria Police are investigating the incident after Steven presented to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury at the weekend.

Steven is recovering in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, having been transferred from Cabrini Hospital.

Geelong’s general manager of football, Simon Lloyd, said Steven was fortunate not to require any further surgery.

“Our medical team have spoken to the trauma doctors at the Alfred and where he received the injury was under the right thoracic, so in his chest,” he said.

“Jack’s very lucky as we speak. He’s recovering, he doesn’t require any further operation or exploratory surgery so that’s a real positive in what is not great circumstances.”

Lloyd said the Cats were only concerned about Steven’s condition at the moment, rather than when he might be able to return to training.

“We’re not even thinking about that [a training return] at this present point in time,” he said.

“Since he’s arrived at the Geelong Football Club he hasn’t missed a beat and he’s training really well and he’s been in great spirits and he’s really popular.

“Really, now we need to give him the space that he needs during this point in time and hopefully he does have a quick recovery and then we’ll assess where we go from there.”

Steven, 30, is yet to play a match for the Cats.

Steven (centre) won four best and fairest awards at St Kilda.(AAP: Daniel Pockett)

He moved to the club during the off-season following a decorated stint at St Kilda.

Steven was drafted by the Saints in 2007 and played 183 senior matches for the club, winning the best and fairest award on four occasions.

The Cats players returned to training today ahead of the AFL’s scheduled season restart on June 11.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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Geelong footballer Jack Steven recovering in hospital after suffering chest wound



Geelong midfielder Jack Steven is recovering in hospital after suffering a wound to the chest inflicted by a sharp object.

Hospital staff called police when Steven was admitted to hospital.

Victoria Police have confirmed detectives are investigating the incident.

Former Geelong captain Cameron Ling told ABC Grandstand Steven was not in a critical condition.

“The injury is certainly serious but not life threatening which is good news,” he said.

“But a really serious incident that Jack’s been involved in and we hope he’s OK.”

In response to questions from the ABC about Steven’s injuries, a Victoria Police spokesperson said Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit detectives were investigating after a 30-year-old Lorne man presented at a Melbourne hospital overnight with a non-life-threatening injury.

“Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and hope to speak to the victim again later today,” the spokesperson said.

Geelong Football Club said in a statement it did not know how the incident occurred.

“The club is aware that Jack Steven was injured in an incident last night,” the statement said.

“Jack is in hospital and recovering. The club’s concern is for Jack’s health and well being.

“The matter has been referred to police and until their investigations are completed the club will not be in position to offer further comment.”

Steven joined the Cats at the end of last season after 11 years with St Kilda Football Club.

He was one of the Saints’ best players, winning four best and fairest awards during his 11-year stint at the club.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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