Brisbane Heat lose AB de Villiers for 2020-21 Big Bash League season

The Brisbane Heat have confirmed they will be without AB de Villiers for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season.

The South African great ruled himself out of the 2020/21 BBL season because of family reasons and the uncertainty of travelling to Australia amid COVID-19 border restrictions.

De Villiers, a star signing for the Heat last season, said he and his wife Danielle were expecting their third child.

“It’s exciting for Danielle and me with the arrival of our new baby very soon,” de Villiers said in a Heat statement.

“So, with a young, growing family, and the uncertainty around travel and conditions due to COVID-19, we reluctantly decided it wasn’t going to be this season.”

De Villiers, who scored 146 runs at an average of 24.33 last season, said he was “very open” to returning to the Heat in the future.

“The team didn’t get the results we were hoping for [last season] and I consider there is some unfinished business to deal with,” said de Villiers, who is currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said he respected de Villiers’s decision and hoped he would return to the club at some stage beyond this season.

“We have always stressed the importance of family within the Heat and this is an instance where we fully back any decisions that AB makes in this regard,” he said.

“We’ll stay in contact and see what develops. He has been in excellent touch in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, so he obviously remains a player we’d like to keep working with when the circumstances allow.”

Although the Heat have lost de Villiers, they have been buoyed by the re-signing of Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Mujeeb is the International Cricket Council’s number two-ranked T20 international spinner.

He joins England’s Tom Banton as the Heat’s two overseas signings.

“I know Mujeeb enjoys coming to Brisbane and the challenge of playing in the BBL so it’s exciting he is coming back,” Lehmann said.

The 10th BBL season gets underway in December.

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Uber and Lyft lose appeal, leaving only one road to avoid classifying drivers as employees in California

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must classify their drivers as employees, California judges have ruled.

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Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must classify their drivers in California as employees, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.


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had appealed a San Francisco Superior Court judge’s August decision that called for the ride-hailing services to immediately comply with the law, which led to the companies threatening to stop serving their home state. California and the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego won the injunction in a lawsuit seeking to order the companies to comply with a California law that took effect in January.

From August: Uber and Lyft must make drivers employees because California law has ‘overwhelming’ edge, judge says

“We address here whether the trial court abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction that restrains Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors,” Judge Jon B. Streeter wrote on behalf of the three-judge California Court of Appeal panel. “Seeing no legal error, we conclude the trial court acted within its discretion and accordingly affirm the order as issued.”

“This is a victory for the people of California and for every driver who has been denied fair wages, paid sick days, and other benefits by these companies,” said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a statement Thursday.

In his statement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra referred to the unemployment crisis: “Remember, companies like Uber and Lyft… don’t pay into unemployment benefit funds for workers. That means that American taxpayers… are covering the unemployment benefits that gig workers are receiving from the COVID bailout.”

Erica Mighetto, a Lyft driver and worker organizer with Rideshare Drivers United in the Bay Area and Sacramento, said she hopes the court’s decision makes a difference with voters. “With all the Uber and Lyft advertising inundating our screens with deception about Proposition 22, it’s reassuring to know that our courts will not allow the companies to rob workers of basic protections,” she said.

Lyft said Thursday night that it is considering appealing to the California Supreme Court, whose 2018 ruling in a different worker-classification case set in motion the state law that went into effect earlier this year and which the two companies are now being ordered to comply with. Uber is also exploring its appeals options, it said.

“This ruling makes it more urgent than ever for voters to stand with drivers and vote yes on Prop. 22,” said Julie Wood, spokeswoman for Lyft.

Uber repeated its threat to leave the state, or at least to cut back on its service in California.

“If the voters don’t say Yes on Proposition 22, ride-share drivers will be prevented from continuing to work as independent contractors, putting hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work and likely shutting down ride-sharing throughout much of the state,” Uber spokesman Davis White said.

William Gould, professor emeritus at Stanford Law School and a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, said Thursday he wasn’t surprised that the appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling: “These companies have defied the law and seem to willing to do so. I think they have zero chance before the California [Supreme Court].”

The ruling gives Uber and Lyft 30 days to comply after the appeals court follows certain legal procedures, which will likely not occur before the election. The companies have 10 days to appeal to the state Supreme Court, but it’s unclear whether they’ll do so with 12 days until the election, during which they’ll have another chance to avoid classifying drivers as employees. California residents are voting on Proposition 22, which seeks to exempt gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft and delivery services from the state law.

More on Prop. 22: How Uber and Lyft’s business model could be changed on Election Day

The most expensive proposition campaign in California history has raised more than $190 million from its proponents, with Uber ($53.5 million) and Lyft ($48.9 million) the biggest backers. The initiative’s opponents, largely made up of unions, have raised about $16 million.

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NT’s auditor-general finds Government could lose millions to costly superannuation bungle

It is “uncertain” if the Northern Territory Government will recover some of the millions of dollars in superannuation mistakenly overpaid to high-earning public sector employees because of a payroll error.

The finding is made in a highly critical report by the NT auditor-general, tabled in Parliament, that questions whether employee entitlements are being paid correctly across the sprawling NT public sector, the territory’s largest employer.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner asked auditor-general Julie Crisp to audit public sector payroll systems after substantial errors in the calculation of superannuation payments were identified late last year.

At the time, the NT Government said four types of superannuation had been underpaid over a period of up to 10 years.

It vowed to repay an estimated $30 million in superannuation and interest owed to about 57,000 current and former employees.

Two superannuation categories had also been overpaid — one of them an entitlement for politicians.

The other overpayment related to a cap that should have been placed on super contributions for earnings of more than $55,270 per quarter, but was never applied.

According to the auditor-general’s report, the Department of Corporate and Information Services sought to recover some of the $7.1 million dollars paid over three years to about 415 employees — the majority of them medical staff.

The NT public sector is the Northern Territory’s largest employer.(ABC News)

But the report noted that “there has been resistance from medical officers to repaying the overpayments” and a union, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation (ASMOF), initiated legal proceedings on their behalf.

“On 3 June, 2020 I was informed that the NTG [NT Government] has written to lawyers representing the ASMOF advising that the NTG will no longer be seeking repayments of the ‘overpayments’ and will repay any amounts previously recovered,” Ms Crisp wrote.

The auditor-general found some of the staff involved had non-standard employment contract terms and conditions, which could mean they were not, in fact, overpaid.

“Of concern is that there is the ability to contract with an NTPS employee outside of their established EA [enterprise agreement] arrangements,” she wrote.

Some errors could be systemic: auditor

After the superannuation bungle was revealed last December, the Department said the payroll system had been reprogrammed and strengthened to correct the superannuation issues.

But in her report, Ms Crisp wrote she was unable to conclude the issue had been resolved — or that the method used to calculate the over- and underpayments was reasonable.

She wrote that she was also unable to conclude that enterprise agreement entitlements were being paid correctly in the system.

Ms Crisp’s five-month audit, handed to the NT Government in June, also examined a sample of 25 employees to see if their enterprise agreements were being honoured.

The sample turned up a series of anomalies — in some examples, overtime and shift allowances were paid at incorrect rates, and at least one error appeared to be systemic.

The auditor-general also found evidence that one of the super underpayment issues was known by “senior government personnel” in two departments since 2013 but not acted upon.

“It is evident from the number of errors identified during this audit that since 2009, there has been no person/position in the Northern Territory Government with responsibility for ensuring superannuation guarantee amounts have been paid correctly across the Northern Territory Public Sector in accordance with superannuation legislation,” she wrote.

Creating such a role is among 15 recommendations made in the report.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Corporate and Digital Development (as the department is now known) said half of the audit recommendations had been completed and the others were “well progressed”.

The report says the quarterly superannuation cap is now automatically applied.

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Paul Kirby is the Minister for Public Employment.(ABC News: Michael Donnelly)

Public sector ballooning beyond cap

It comes as the most recent snapshot of the NT public service shows the sector has continued to swell beyond a cap set by a government trying to reign in escalating debt.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment’s annual report, tabled in NT Parliament this week, showed an average of 21,836 full-time equivalent staff were employed in the sector in June 2020.

The NT Government set a cap of 21,118 public servants in March 2019 but that was revised to 21,395 later the same year.

The report also shows the sector has continued to swell in the past two years, even as the broader labour force plateaued and the territory’s population declined.

The Minister for Public Employment, Paul Kirby, has been contacted for comment.

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Save Our Voices: Senator Jacqui Lambie says regional Australians can’t afford to lose their local voices | Goulburn Post

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Regional media needs help to continue telling the important local stories that no-one else will, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie says. The crossbencher – fresh from a widely applauded speech in the Senate passionately condemning legislation which would result in university fee hikes – reckons local media beyond the big capital cities has to be supported or it risks going out of business. Asked to comment on the Save Our Voices campaign launched by key regional media companies, Senator Lambie said: “I’m with you that regional media needs help”. The fiercely independent Senator struck a public chord last week when she spoke against the Morrison government’s changes to university funding. Her emotional speech about the impact on disadvantaged kids from regional areas like her home in North-West Tasmania went viral. “It’s essential in this country that we have really broad media voices,” Senator Lambie said. “What we do know about the local newspapers is they get out and about, and they do their job; they don’t sit behind a bloody desk and do it from there and get it off the internet, which is rubbish. “They need to stay out there in their local community to get those stories, and if they are not out there doing them, we won’t get those stories which are really important to all of regional Australia. “I can tell you now you can’t have it all right or all left, and the last thing most of us want to see here is to have the Murdoch papers running the country. Sorry, not into it. “If the regulations around it are making things worse, then it’s common sense to say we have to look at them. But if there are other ways to keep things ticking, I’d want to look at those first.” She did not want to see local media outlets being swallowed up by a few big players. “You can’t protect media diversity by clearing the way for big players to gobble up little ones,” Senator Lambie said. “You can’t look at companies going bust and say that’s a win for media diversity either. “Whether a small player gets bought out or goes belly up, we’re still losing them, and regional audiences get a raw deal no matter what. The goal’s got to be finding a way for the sector to stay afloat, and it’s something nobody’s been able to fix yet.” Five-time Gold Logie winner Ray Martin is the face of the Save Our Voices campaign led by broadcasters Prime Media Group, WIN Network and Southern Cross Austereo, as well as publisher ACM, the owner of this masthead. The campaign calls on the federal government and regional MPs to move urgently to overhaul 30-year-old regulations preventing traditional media outlets in regional areas from competing fairly with the metropolitan media and global digital giants like Netflix using the NBN to reach regional audiences.

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IPL 2020: Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer impress but Rajasthan Royals lose to Delhi Capitals

Archer has taken 12 wickets in this year’s IPL
Indian Premier League, Dubai
Delhi Capitals 161-7 (20 overs) Dhawan 57, Iyer 53; Archer 3-19
Rajasthan Royals 148-8 (20 overs) Stokes 41; Nortje 2-33
Delhi Capitals win by 13 runs

Jofra Archer took three wickets and Ben Stokes hit 41 but Rajasthan Royals were condemned to a fifth loss of the Indian Premier League by Delhi Capitals.

Archer bowled Prithvi Shaw with the first ball of the match and finished with 3-19 as Delhi posted 161-7.

Stokes and England’s Jos Buttler gave the Royals a rapid start, reaching 37-0 before Buttler fell for a nine-ball 22.

Steve Smith was out for one and Stokes holed out in the 11th over as the Royals lost from a strong position.

They were 86-2 – needing 76 from 59 balls – with Stokes at the crease before losing three wickets for 24 runs.

They still only needed 39 from the last 30 balls but only managed 25, eventually losing by 13 runs as Delhi’s South Africa bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje impressed.

Stokes, who hit six fours in his knock, was playing just his second innings of the tournament after arriving late because compassionate leave.

Archer also dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Marcus Stoinis and is now the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

However, Rajasthan are second bottom in the table after eight of their 14 group matches with their hopes of finishing in the top four and progressing to the play-offs fading. Delhi, meanwhile, retake their position at the top of the standings.

You can listen to live commentary of the IPL on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. More details.

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Judge rules Nationals will not lose out on $250,000

The Liberal Party can continue giving money to the National Party in Victoria despite corruption fears, after a judge ruled in the parties’ favour.

Supreme Court of Victoria judge Melinda Richards said the deal was not a “gift” or “political donation”.

Instead, she said the transfer of cash was “adequate consideration in money’s worth” to the Nationals for agreeing not to run candidates in competition with their Coalition partners.

The Nationals stood to lose about $250,000 in campaign funding after the Victorian Electoral Commission decided the deal was not legal following the 2018 election.

VEC lawyer Chris Horan QC, told a previous court it could “open the door” to corruption.

“A candidate could say, ‘I’ll join your group ticket if you pay me a million dollars’ – and that would be fine,” he said.

But Justice Richards disagreed.

The Coalition’s lawyer Peter Hanks QC successfully argued that it was legal to run a group ticket – and that the agreement facilitated that.

With Justice Richards’s decision released on Wednesday, the VEC will have to continue honouring the agreement between the two parties.

In Victoria, candidates for state elections are given a certain amount of taxpayer money to refund them for their campaigns, distributed after elections.

Lower house candidates get $6 for every first preference vote cast for them and upper house candidates get $3 per first preference vote.

But the Liberal and National parties have an arrangement in country Victoria for their upper house candidates that, rather than receiving the money per vote like everyone else, they split any money, with two-thirds going to the Liberals and one-third going to the Nationals.

In exchange, the Nationals agree that the Liberals can run first on the ticket.

Without the deal, the Liberal Party would have been allocated $757,000 for the relevant seats, with only $1400 going to the Nationals, after the 2018 election.

But after Justice Richards’s decision, they will take about $250,000.

Justice Richards said she was “satisfied” that without the agreement, the Nationals would have received about one-third of total Coalition votes, and it was therefore fair for them to receive the money they had voluntarily given up.

Originally published as Judge rules on Coalition election deal

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England 0-1 Denmark: Harry Maguire sent off as hosts lose in Nations League at Wembley

Harry Maguire’s red card after 31 minutes was the second earliest by an England player in an international, after Rob Green vs Ukraine in October 2009 (14 minutes)

Harry Maguire’s miserable start to the season continued with a red card as England had two men sent off for the first time in their Nations League defeat by Denmark.

Manchester United’s captain suffered a 31-minute nightmare, shown a yellow card for a reckless early challenge on Yussuf Poulsen and then dismissed by Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano after he brought down Kasper Dolberg trying to retrieve his own poor touch.

England’s night got worse four minutes later when Christian Eriksen scored his 34th goal for Denmark on his 100th appearance after Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney.

Chelsea defender Reece James was shown a red card after the final whistle for confronting referee Manzano.

In a low-key affair, England had their moments and it took a magnificent save from Kasper Schmeichel to claw away Mason Mount’s close-range header as Denmark closed out the win.

England are now third in their group, with only the winners progressing to the Nations League finals in 2021.

Maguire misery sums up England’s night

Maguire endured what must have been one of the most miserable nights of his career before he was sent off after only 31 minutes.

It was bad from the opening moments when he needlessly left his foot in on Poulsen, and the rest of his performance was distracted and chaotic.

Maguire was ill-at-ease with England’s three-man defensive system, often out of position, even pulling up holding the top of his hamstring at one point before his fate was sealed by a shocking first touch which he tried to retrieve with a lunge that injured Dolberg.

He looks like a player suffering mentally as well as physically following his recent arrest in Greece and it would be no surprise if he was also taken out of the line of fire at club level given his recent poor form.

He made an error that led to Tottenham’s first goal in United’s 6-1 home defeat before the international break and his display earned him a rating of just 1.85 out of 10 by BBC Sport readers – which was still higher than he carded for this defeat.

England never seriously troubled Denmark apart from a couple of late scares, Harry Kane looking out of sorts and the failure of manager Gareth Southgate to introduce the creativity of Jack Grealish ahead of Jordan Henderson – which is no slight on the Liverpool captain – a mystery.

There was also more uncertainty involving goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Walker that led to a somewhat dubious penalty award – summing up what was a very unsatisfactory and disjointed night for England and Southgate.

James indiscipline mars fine display

Chelsea’s James was arguably England’s best player on his full debut – only to ruin all that good work after the final whistle when he got verbally involved with referee Manzano and was shown a red card.

It was a moment of frustration for the 20-year-old but also inexcusable ill-discipline, which has been a trend in England’s recent games given Walker’s sending-off in Iceland last month and the two dismissals here.

This was a bad night for England but James was one of those who could have held his head high, until he unwisely showed dissent to the officials.

James had been solid in defence and a real threat in attack, on a night when England were struggling with reduced numbers and were being held at bay by a resilient Danish rearguard.

Sadly for James, a fine performance will now be remembered for the wrong reasons.

‘Very proud of the performance’

England manager Gareth Southgate talking to Sky Sports: “I was very proud of the performance. I thought we were excellent with 11 men and causing them all sorts of problems down our right-hand side. The sending off alters everything and the penalty – it’s a foul on Kyle Walker and I don’t see the foul at all. The less said the better.

“We showed resilience and showed a great example of how to play with 10 pragmatically, and when to press. Their keeper made an amazing save to keep it at 1-0. I couldn’t be prouder of the boys in the last 10 days, they are learning and improving. We’ve had any number of changes to our preparation and showed resilience.”

Player of the match

SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

Three defeats in 50 – the stats

  • This was only England’s third home defeat in their past 50 competitive internationals on home soil.
  • Denmark have lost just two of their past 40 international matches, keeping clean sheets in nine of their past 11 games.
  • Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 32 goals in his past 35 appearances for his national side (24 goals, eight assists).
  • This was Marcus Rashford’s 40th England cap, making him only the third player to reach that tally before the age of 23, after Michael Owen in 2002 and Wayne Rooney in 2007.



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Roosters lose Caslick for rest of NRLW

Sydney Roosters star recruit Charlotte Caslick has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2020 NRLW season with back fractures.

The Australia rugby sevens star has played both games for the Roosters so far this season, with the Tri-Colours having already booked a grand-final berth against Brisbane despite still having one more round-robin fixture to play.

In a short statement released on Wednesday the Roosters announced the 25-year-old had sustained two small fractures in her lumbar spine.

The Olympic gold medallist will miss Saturday’s game with the Broncos and the grand final the following week, and it is unclear how the injury will affect her rugby union commitments.

Caslick will remain with the Roosters squad in a support role until the end of the 2020 season, the club said.

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Sydney Roosters lose injured Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Caslick for remainder of NRLW season

The Sydney Roosters have lost Olympic rugby sevens star Charlotte Caslick to injury for the remainder of the NRLW competition.

Caslick, who made her NRLW debut earlier this month, was sidelined after sustaining two small fractures in her lumbar spine.

She has already commenced a recovery program and will remain with the Roosters’ NRLW squad as they continue their build-up to the grand final on October 25.

Caslick was a member of Australia’s gold medal-winning rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Her availability to play NRLW this season came after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.


She will return to the national rugby sevens program ahead of next year’s Games.

“I’ve enjoyed my short rugby league stint and I’m so grateful to the Sydney Roosters for giving me this opportunity,” Caslick wrote on Instagram.

The 25-year-old backline star appeared in both of the Roosters’ two victories so far this NRLW season.

She posted an impressive 163 running metres in the Roosters’ opening 18-4 win over St George Illawarra and backed up that performance in attack with 119 running metres in the 22-12 defeat of the Warriors.

The Roosters and Broncos are guaranteed to face each other in the NRLW grand final, despite one round remaining in the competition.

They are both undefeated ahead of their regular-season clash at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Saturday.

They will meet again at the same venue eight days later.

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Telstra chair calls for simpler pay model after execs lose $750k in bonuses

“This is a discussion for another day but it would greatly simplify the whole executive remuneration debate.”

Mr Mullen said key executives had missed out on their incentive outcomes for underlying earnings because of reduced revenues, decisions to defer redundancies and the introduction of packages to assist customers who were struggling because of the pandemic. Challenges with international call centres related to social distancing restrictions also reduced customer experience, which led to missed NPS targets.

Mr Penn and two other key executives also had payments reduced by $758,000 – 10 per cent – because of bad sales practices that occurred in several stores primarily in the Northern Territory. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started an investigation last year into the way Telstra’s products were sold to vulnerable customers.

“Our view in these matters is that the responsibility ultimately stops with the company’s leadership and the board’s decision on remuneration outcomes for Andy [Penn] and two of his executive team reflected that while there was no specific adverse conduct by them personally, they were ultimately accountable,” he said.

Mr Mullen’s commentary on remuneration was very different to his presentation last year and in 2018. Last year Mr Mullen slammed critics of Mr Penn’s $5 million-a-year pay packet and argued kids playing popular video game Fortnite, social media influencers and professional athletes are paid similar sums of money. In 2018, Telstra shareholders revolted with 62 per cent voting against the company’s remuneration report.

“It was very pleasing this year to see broad support from proxy advisers and others for our approach to executive remuneration which, as I have said many times, is a responsibility the Telstra board takes incredibly seriously,” Mr Mullen said.

Telstra shares opened up 2.5 per cent to $2.85. As of yesterday, Telstra had lost 20 per cent of its value in 2020.

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