Euro 2020: Fratellis’ Yes Sir I Can Boogie charity cover backed by celebs

A GLASGOW band’s Euros song backed by a number of Scottish celebrities has been officially released as a charity single.

The Fratellis covered Yes Sir, I Can Boogie for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show earlier this year, racking up 300,000 views on YouTube in the process.

The band’s version of Baccara’s 1977 disco classic came after Scotland qualified for the Euro 2020 tournament. Following the team’s historic win, they celebrated by singing the song together in their dressing room and sparked a nationwide connection to the hit.

The Fratellis are set to donate 100% of the income from their single to three children’s charities – the Tartan Army Children’s Charity, SoccerAid and The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund.

The Tartan Army charity said it was “hugely grateful” for the cash to help disadvantaged Scots children, while Gordon Brown of the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund said they are “so honoured to be involved” in the project.

“Jon Fratelli is a patron for our charity and without him Baz and Mince we would not have been able to build our respite home for children living with cancer. They are best guys and best band, we love them,” he added.

The band’s charity cover has been backed by a range of Scottish celebrities, with author Irvine Welsh declaring: “Great tune, great band, great cause.”

Meanwhile Outlander star Sam Heughan said: “Fantastic and a great cause too!”

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Other famous faces promoting the charity song online include Martin Compston, KT Tunstall, Gordon Smart, Greg Hemphill and Simon Donnelly.

The Fratellis version has also been endorsed by Mary Dostal, widow of Yes Sir, I Can Boogie lyricist Frank Dostal.

She said: “Of course I always knew this is a great song – and every time we get a request for permission to make a new version I have to ask myself if Frank (my husband) would like it! This time I know for sure he would. The Fratellis have shown what potential this song has! A great version and myself my children and grandchildren just love it – well done!”

Click here to listen to the song on streaming services.

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Federal government announces reinsurance pool to cover cyclone damage in northern Australia

The government has announced a reinsurance pool backed by a $10 billion government guarantee.

The pilot program will subsidise the cost of insurance coverage for cyclones and related flood damage. 

The government expects this will reduce premiums by more than $1.5 billion for households, strata and small businesses north of the Tropic of Capricorn over 10 years.

In excess of 500,000 property insurance policies are expected to be eligible to receive cover.

“Homeowners and businesses have been faced with crippling insurance costs, and in some cases, can’t get insurance at all,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“It’s not OK, and we’re going to change that.”

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Community development workshop to cover COVID-19 and bushfire response

Professionals working in the community development sector and passionate residents will have the opportunity to gain local insights on the impacts, similarities and differences of supporting the community through disasters like bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the upcoming Community Agents of Sustainability (CAOS) session on Tuesday 13 April, Sharna Whitehand will share her experiences in her role supporting the community though numerous disaster situations as the Municipal Emergency Management Officer at Corangamite Shire Council.

Ms Whitehand’s experiences with recent bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic draw similarities and stark differences, with many lessons to be shared with attendees.

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan said the CAOS events are a great way for industry professionals to develop their skills.

It’s really important those working in the industry have the opportunity to learn from each other and experts in the sector, which in turn strengthens community development capacity within the region.

Cr Sarah Mansfield, Chair of the Community Health and Aged Care portfolio said participants would benefit from the insights in this session as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming session is a very timely one, as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in our community.

I encourage those working in the industry or residents considering a career change or passionate on this topic to consider attending this free event.

CAOS is a community development network that was established in 2004 with the goal of enabling community sector professionals to engage with each other on a regular basis, share insights and improve knowledge within the sector.

The CAOS free professional development workshops will be delivered bi-monthly throughout 2021 and cover a variety of topics through presentations from expert guest speakers.

The free event takes place at 10:00am on Tuesday 13 April at City Hall.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions places are limited and bookings are required. To book to attend this event and find out more visit

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Sydney Roosters have leadership to cover the loss of co-captains Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Lachlan Lam believes the club has the leadership depth to cover the loss of co-captains Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner.

The Roosters’ senior stokes have copped a hit with Friend and Cordner sidelined with concussion for an extended period.

Star fullback James Tedesco will fittingly be named captain for Sunday’s clash against his former club the Wests Tigers, but Lam says the Tricolours have a host of players who can fill the leadership void.

“I think we’ve got a big group of leaders here,” Lam said.

“There is Teddy, Jared (Waerea-Hargreaves) and even Keary, there are a lot of boys there.

“I think Robbo is lucky – he has got a good choice there.”

Friend’s latest concussion has Roosters officials concerned about the veteran hooker’s future.

The Queensland Origin representative suffered his third concussion in six months after clashing heads with Sea Eagles forward, Andrew Davey in the Roosters’ win over Manly at the SCG on Saturday.

Friend was present at Roosters training on Monday, and Lam is confident that his teammate will make a full recovery.

“After the game was all right – he was just a bit shattered,” he said.

“I’m not too sure what is going to happen, but he is in good hands here so I’m sure he will get looked after in the right way.

“He is in the hands of the best medical staff, so he is going to be all right.”

Lam excelled at five-eighth against Manly in the season-opener to prove he is more than capable of stepping up following Kyle Flanagan’s move to Canterbury and Keary’s shift to halfback.

“I was a little bit nervous, but I’ve been nervous for all of my games that I’ve ever played so I don’t think that is going to change,” he said.

“It was good to get the first game out of the way and to start the season like that is awesome.

“Teddy, Keary and the boys were just on fire, so it was cool to be a part of it.”

Lam believes the new rule changes, aimed to make the game faster, could be felt against the Sea Eagles.

“It was definitely faster – the first 10 minutes was quick and then it started to slow down a bit after that,” he said.

“Teams will definitely be training to get used to the speed.”

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COVID vaccine research to hopefully cover all known strains

Queensland researchers are hopeful a vaccine they are developing could provide coverage for all the strains of COVID-19.

Scientists from the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University, along with colleagues from Canada and China, have been working to develop a vaccine that targets specific parts of the virus’s spike protein.

The  researchers used antibodies from people who had fought off COVID-19 to test which parts of the viral protein they bound to.

The researchers used antibodies from people who had fought off COVID-19 to test which parts of the viral protein they bound to.Credit:Dr Michael Joyce, University of Alberta

That protein — the small spikes seen in pictures of a coronavirus molecule that give it the “crown” that inspired the coronavirus name — has been the focus for researchers trying to create a vaccine against the virus.

Lead research author Michael Good said the initial wave of vaccines focused on the whole spike protein but their candidate zeroed in on a specific part of the protein.

“Our research was focused on finding what parts of the virus are recognised by antibodies which protect against the virus,” Professor Good said.

“We identified three in particular where we were able to show that antibodies to those fragments could actually neutralise the whole virus.”

Key to the findings was the fact the vaccine candidate should work against all known strains of the virus because it targeted parts of the spike protein they all had in common.

“All of the vaccines currently being rolled out look at the entire spike protein in one form or another … but when you use the whole protein there’s no guarantee at all that the proteins will form on the part that you want,” Professor Good said.

“In some people they will, of course, but in others they may not, which is why none of the vaccines are 100 per cent effective.

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Dashcam video captures moment men duck for cover during Melbourne drive-by shooting

Dashcam video has captured the moment a group of men were forced to duck and run to escape a daylight drive-by shooting in Melbourne’s north last year.

The video shows three men standing outside a Dallas house on October 27, when a stolen black Mitsubishi ASX speeds past them on Washington Street, with the male passenger leaning out of the window with a gun.

The passenger fired shots at the group about 7pm as the men quickly rushed to take cover.

“An unknown male passenger in the Mitsubishi discharged a firearm at the group before the vehicle fled at a fast rate of speed,” Senior Constable Alistair Parsons said.
“No one was injured as a result of the shooting.”
The car was found torched later that evening in Thomastown East Reserve.

Police have released dashcam footage of the shooting in the hope that witnesses who were in the area come forward.
“Investigators are keen to identify a female witness who can be seen walking along Doy Street as the incident unfolded,” Senior Constable Parsons said.
“Anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed or have dashcam footage of a black Mitsubishi ASX driving erratically is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.”

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‘Exhausted’ councils sign joint plea for urgent federal help to cover disaster clean-up costs

Mayors and councillors from disaster-affected regions of New South Wales and Queensland fear the cost of cleaning up after frequent natural disasters is not financially sustainable and are seeking urgent Federal Government help.

Seventeen local council representatives signed a joint statement released today, calling on the Morrison Government to recognise the spiralling impacts of natural disasters caused by climate change and to do more to protect communities from the fallout.

The statement also calls for less reliance on fossil fuels and more investment in clean industries that create regional jobs.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley, one of the signatories, said her region had been hit particularly hard by fires, storms and floods.

She said while the council had covered much of the clean-up for these natural events, it had come at a cost.

“The burden on the ratepayer becomes enormous,” Cr Findley said.

“Things like roads, curbs and guttering are the things that really suffer under wet weather conditions like what we’ve seen this summer.

Lismore councillor Elly Bird said her region in north-eastern NSW was one of the most flood prone in the country.

She said the Lismore City Council needed funding to help individuals increase their preparedness for such events rather than only focussing on the clean-up.

“We need funding to help people lift their properties for example,” Cr Bird said.

The joint statement by Australian mayors and councillors shows these concerns are reflected across NSW and QLD.

The statement says in part:

The joint statement also calls on the Federal Government to address climate change, which Climate Council researcher Dr Simon Bradshaw said was influencing natural disasters.

“All types of extreme weather events including storms, coastal erosion, flooding, bushfires, heatwaves and drought, are influenced by climate change,” he said.

“And it’s going to get worse — by 2038, the price tag of climate impacts could climb to $100 billion a year.”

The statement signed by the 17 mayors and councillors says:

Deputy Mayor of MidCoast Council Claire Pontin said governments were not doing enough in relation to climate change.

“The overall issue is being downplayed and ignored by both levels of government,” Cr Pontin said.

“Every time we have to deal with a climate emergency, it just pulls money out of the standard maintenance fund.

The joint statement will be presented to the Federal Government with all seventeen signatures today.

The signatories are from the following NSW councils: Bega Valley Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Dungog Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Lismore City Council, MidCoast Council, Parkes Shire Council, Shellharbour City Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Tweed Shire Council, City of Wagga Wagga, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Wollongong City Council.

And from Douglas Shire Council and Noosa Shire Council in Queensland.

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Haig Park is getting a makeover, but will it be enough to cover up the park’s ugly reputation?

Few places in Canberra have changed more this century than Braddon.

Once the place to get your car repaired, it is now the city’s main entertainment strip, home to cafes, restaurants and boutique stores.

But Haig Park, at the northern tip of Lonsdale Street, has not enjoyed the same transformation, and still holds the dubious title of being considered the most unsafe place in the ACT.

Despite efforts to clean up its image, a 2019 report by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) found it remained the most reported location where Canberrans felt unsafe.

But a project to populate the park is now in full swing, with a regular farmers market flourishing, and a community centre in its final stage of approvals for construction.

Haig Park Village Market organiser Alexandra Webb started the event to give families a place to go.(

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Alexandra Webb started the Haig Park Village Markets earlier this month because she thought Canberrans were missing a space to gather in the city.

“[I wanted] a place where families could come, people could meet up with friends, as well as get your produce for the week, pick up some flowers, that sort of thing,” Ms Webb said.

It’s been a successful venture so far, with locals reporting they are “tickled pink with it”.

But will the park’s reputation ever be overhauled?

Mission to bring people to the park

Trees in Haig Park in Canberra. Sept 2014.
Haig Park stretches across Turner and Braddon, dividing the city from the suburbs.(

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The site of a homicide, assaults, robberies, arsons and stolen cars, Haig Park has had a reputation for crime.

Eighteen months of data collected by the WCHM found it was the number one place in Canberra women reported feeling unsafe, in particular because they felt isolated there.

The Government have already installed new lighting and pathways at Haig Park to improve safety, as well as removing the lower boughs of trees for visibility.

They also have plans to convert the former Haig Park depot into a community centre at a cost of $1.7 million.

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A concept image of the proposed Haig Park community centre in Braddon.(



The community centre, which will be built this year and opened in 2022, will include a workshop, a meeting room, a multi-purpose space, as well as a courtyard and play area.

City Renewal Authority Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said the perceived safety of the park was already changing.

“My nickname for it was the Black Forest — it wasn’t so much about Hansel and Gretel, more about the fact that it was a place that really wasn’t terribly welcoming,” Mr Snow said.

“But like all public spaces in cities that are experiencing change and increases in population, we can see great potential in Haig Park to be a very popular, well used space.”

Local traders hopeful for the future

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Kel Watt, spokesman for Braddon United Retailers and Traders, said investing in Haig Park could benefit the wider area.(

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Braddon’s United Retailers and Traders spokesperson Kel Watt said the new centre would add a new dimension for local residents.

“We’re going to see community groups using the area instead of relying on meetings in coffee shops and restaurants,” he said.

Mr Watt hoped that it would mean more pedestrian traffic for businesses at the northern end of Braddon.

“So as Haig Park becomes more of a destination and events are held here… it is going to attract more people,” he said.

“I think we can expect to see that become a seven day a week event, rather than just the occasional Sunday.”

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NBL 21: Melbourne United confident role players can cover for injured stars Chris Goulding and Shea Ili

Melbourne United has been dealt a blow with star Chris Goulding set to miss up to a month of basketball.

Goulding suffered a calf injury late in the third quarter of United’s tight 75-71 victory over arch rival Perth.

Scans on Monday confirmed the 32-year-old sharpshooter had a low-grade calf strain that would keep him off the court for three to four weeks.

The injury is compounded by the news defensive dynamo Shea Ili will also be stuck to the pine for up to four weeks with a moderate-grade ankle injury.

It presents the first test for Melbourne United’s much-vaunted depth, with the reserves to be called upon in the coming weeks.

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The injuries are not ideal, but it is something Melbourne United — more than any other NBL club — is equipped to deal with.

“One of the biggest strengths of our team is our depth — when one man goes down or comes out of the game, we’re not losing anything at all when the next guy comes in,” rookie stud Jack White said Sunday after United’s.

“Even when you know we have these unfortunate injuries that stack up with the schedule that we’re starting to have now, it’s great to see guys are ready and able to come in and contribute and step up.”

Hope springs eternal for Vickerman and United and the coach says the injuries present a golden opportunity for struggling import Scotty Hopson to put his stamp on the team.

He’s almost urged Hopson, who hasn’t been himself since crossing from New Zealand to Melbourne in the off-season, to seize the day.

“We might need a little bit more from him (Hopson) over these coming weeks with those extra couple of guys out, but I’m more into the leadership that we are going to need from him and the way that he carries the ball, the way he can set the table for other people and then pick his moments to score,” Vickerman said.

“We have a rotation captain policy. He was our captain for the game (against Perth) and he embraced the opportunity to captain the team and we’re going to need really good leadership from him and Mitch McCarron to make sure this team functions the way we want it to over the next month, so I think it’s a great opportunity for Hop to grab right now.”

Both Ili and Goulding exited early from the contests, but United was able to weather the storm and take away victories.

“It was a great challenge for the guys in Brisbane when Shea went down for the whole game pretty much and then to close out the second half without Chris (against Perth), really pleasing again,” Vickerman said.

“Sam McDaniel, Yudai Baba, Sam Short … there’s so many roles to adjust.

“We’ve got to find a way that’s simple for those guys to be really effective in playmaking roles.

“It’s a great challenge for our team and a great challenge as a coach.”

United faces The Hawks Wednesday and then Cairns Taipans Saturday before entering the Melbourne bubble with all eight other teams for the NBL Cup event.

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