AFL asks Collingwood to explain phone incident during loss to West Coast Eagles



Collingwood has been issued a “please explain” by the AFL after stars Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were spotted with their phones midway through Friday night’s loss to West Coast.

The injured Magpies pair left the ground and headed for treatment in the change rooms, with De Goey (concussion/broken nose) caught on a TV camera picking up two phones and giving one to Howe (hamstring).

AFL rules bar players from using their phones during matches due to integrity concerns, with only 10 people per club allowed to access them.

Players are expected to hand over their phones to a club compliance officer before the start of each match, with the devices then placed in a secure box.

The AFL confirmed it had requested the club explain the actions of the two players.

Collingwood’s season is on thin ice at 1-4 and it faces a defining match against Essendon on Anzac Day.

Coach Nathan Buckley is keen to continue the Darcy Moore experiment despite the side’s defensive struggles in the 27-point loss in Perth.

Moore was swung into attack in a bid to fix the Magpies’ goalscoring woes, and the All-Australian defender finished with three goals and eight marks from nine disposals.

“It’s not a one-week thing. We need to get a little bit more evidence to see if that’s something sustainable going forward,” Buckley said.

“He looked dangerous at times. It’s going to take him time to get a handle on it.

“The last time he played forward, the game was pretty different. So that’s going to take time. But we needed to change things up, we’re looking to get better.”

Buckley cut a flat and frustrated figure after Friday night’s loss, with the pressure ramping up on the out-of-contract coach to turn the season around.

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NRL 2021: ‘Embarrassed’ Ricky Stuart lets rip at ‘individuals’ in Canberra Raiders’ loss to Parramatta Eels


Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has said he was “embarrassed” with the efforts of his Raiders side and called out the performances of “certain individuals” in his their loss to Parramatta.

The Raiders have now won just three from their first six and their clunky attack left Stuart frustrated as they fell to a 35-10 loss on home soil.

The Canberra coach also admitted he “stuffed up” his bench rotation which left him “sh***y” with himself.

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“It was disappointing, we had a massive crowd and every reason to make them proud of us,” Stuart said.

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‘Miracle’ there was no loss of life in WA cyclone



The number of buildings destroyed by Cyclone Seroja has now increased to 32 – 23 of them homes – with more than 800 confirmed damaged from the powerful weekend storm.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Kalbarri, one of the hardest hit communities, during his WA visit today.

The damage inflicted on the small tourist town has now been declared an “insurance catastrophe”.

Mr Morrison said the Australian response in helping those affected was “truly humbling” and commended those travelling from all over the country to offer assistance.

“We’ve seen too many disasters in this country over recent years,” Mr Morrison said.

“But on each occasion, the Australian spirit and the Australian response is truly humbling.

“My message to the people of Kalbarri today is that Australia is standing with you, as Australia has stood with all of those Australians who have faced such terrible natural disasters.”

While a disaster relief fund was originally just available to those affected in the Shire of Northampton, this has now been extended to other areas.

People in Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Perenjori and Three Springs local government areas can now also access the support package.

Mr Morrison thanked the Australian Defence Force personnel who are in Kalbarri and surrounding areas, helping with the recovery effort.

He also commended the local SES who helped ensure thousands of locals were safely evacuated prior to the storm hitting.

“Some 7000 or so weren’t there. People who were in this town before that cyclone hit and the commander of the local SES made sure that people got out. That clearly saved lives,” Mr Morrison said.

“That quick thinking, that experience that was needed in that moment, the work that was done as a community to get people to safety was extraordinary and we are now in the position where the injuries here are minor, substantially, and there has certainly been no loss of life and that is, indeed, a miracle, given what we’ve seen happen as a result of this terrible cyclone.”

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Super Rugby AU: Refereeing blunder ends Brumbies’ home final hopes after loss to Queensland Reds


It flew under the radar in the immediate aftermath of another epic domestic derby, but the Brumbies were robbed the chance of hosting another Super Rugby AU final on Saturday.

With the Brumbies trailing by two points and metres away from the Reds’ line with the full-time siren about to sound, the ball spat loose from the ruck and it helped the home side clear their own line and, ultimately, prevail.

But how did the ball come out?

As replays showed, Liam Wright clearly had his hands in the ruck and should have been sent to the sin bin as the ball spat free. Twice he attempted to knock the ball loose and the second time, with Brumbies halfback Ryan Lonergan ready to clear it, he achieved his desired result.

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire press conference after loss to North Queensland Cowboys


Michael Maguire has threatened to revamp his team list ahead of the Tigers’ next game, after the Cowboys upset the joint venture 34-30 on Sunday.

On an afternoon commemorating late Wests legend Tommy Raudonikis, the Tigers went into halftime on the wrong end of a 28-6 scoreline.

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The Cowboys, who were yet to win a game in 2021, punished their sluggish opponents, running in five tries to one in the first half.

While the Tigers put on five tries of their own in the second 40, it wasn’t enough to steal victory away from the North Queenslanders.

“It was poor,” Maguire said of the Tigers’ first-half performance in his post-match press conference.

“It’s definitely not what Wests Tigers are about.”

The performance enraged fans at Leichhardt Oval, who booed their own team and chanted “bulls***” as they headed into the sheds for halftime.

“Madge” was equally angry at the break, with Fox League commentator Warren Smith saying Maguire was “in Craig Bellamy-mode” — referencing the Storm coach’s reputation for firing up in the coach’s box.

“It hurt … it was disappointing,” Maguire said in response to the booing.

“(The fans) are riding this with us. It was a special day today and I understand that, the players understand that, so it was tough to take.”

Asked whether he would make changes to his side ahead of its clash with the third-placed Rabbitohs, a visibly emotional Maguire delivered a brutal response.

“Our reserve grade’s going well, so we’ll have a look,” he said.

Maguire’s men copped it from all angles during and after their round five loss.

“The Tigers have just come up with way too many errors coming out of their own half and they gave themselves no opportunities,” said Fox League’s Braith Anasta.

“Their defence was average.”

On social media, punters called the side’s performance “woeful”, “heartbreaking” and “a disgrace”.

The Tigers will go into their round six game with just one win to their name in 2021.

They currently sit in 13th place, above only the Cowboys, Sea Eagles and Bulldogs.

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Richmond Tigers coach Damien Hardwick clash with fan over loss to Port Adelaide Power, offered a tissue by fan


Despite the spectator run-in and Richmond copping their second straight defeat, Hardwick’s mood was decidedly jovial and upbeat post-match.

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After looking miles shy of the mark in last Saturday’s shock 45-point loss to Sydney, Hardwick felt his Tigers took a big step forward in Adelaide, almost pipping a fellow premiership contender in a down-to-the-wire thriller.

“There was always going to be a sorry loser and that’s us,” Hardwick said.

“Our [forcing] turnover game was very strong, we transitioned the ball well and denied the vast majority of theirs.

“If you play deep into finals, you do start a bit slower and you’ll start to see us play a better brand of footy going forward.

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“Overall I thought our intent and endeavour was very good.

“You always want to win, there’s no doubt about it, but I think the way we played the game was a step forward for us.“

Meanwhile, Port coach Ken Hinkley is optimistic Xavier Duursma has avoided a season-ending knee injury following an evening of physical carnage for the home side.

Connor Rozee, Aliir Aliir, Tom Jonas, Tom Clurey, Scott Lycett and Orazio Fantasia all soldiered on despite sustaining an array of corked thighs, rolled ankles and head knocks.

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Zak Butters was subbed out in the fourth term after hurting his left knee while being tackled by Shane Edwards and Jack Graham but the bigger concern came when Duursma hyper-extended his right knee in the dying minutes, also while tackled by Edwards.

“Without being too optimistic they [the doctors] are positive it might not be the worst case with a knee injury and we all know what they are – ACLs,” Hinkley said.

“It doesn’t mean it’s not [an ACL] but at this stage there’s some optimism around that.

“There was a bit going on … Port Adelaide-Richmond games are just great games.

“I think we had six blokes who were copping it here and there, whether they be corkies, sore knees or ankles, there was a fair bit going on out there.

“That was a remarkable performance by us by the end of it.″⁣

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Loss of historic Brisbane home prompts calls for heritage overhaul


By Matt Dennien and Tony Moore

Last month, a group of residents watched as a bulldozer demolished a Toowong house, Linden Lea, which originally belonged to the family that created Webster’s Biscuits and gave Brisbane its Shingle Inn tearooms.

They had put in an application to protect the home, but it was too late for the largely part-time Queensland Heritage Council to consider.

That failure has prompted a state government investigation into why that Toowong character home was demolished.

It also galvanised community groups keen to protect character housing saying both the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council are out of step with communities.

Toowong residents, led by retired Queensland Health deputy director-general John Scott, argued that after continual protests in Kangaroo Point, Spring Hill and Toowong, legislative changes were needed.

“You go to Sydney and you walk around the Rocks, you walk around Paddington, you walk around places that have got character, that have a sense of history,” Dr Scott said.

“The fact that they are build of brick because of their climate, they seem to have a permanence that our tin and timber homes are not afforded because they are tin and timber, but they are no less important to our heritage than those places.”

One of the three timber homes on Kangaroo Point’s Lambert Street which will be shifted elsewhere if a three-tower Kangaroo Point development approval gets the final go ahead.

One of the three timber homes on Kangaroo Point’s Lambert Street which will be shifted elsewhere if a three-tower Kangaroo Point development approval gets the final go ahead.Credit:Tony Moore

Dr Scott said cost and the time needed for research frustrated community groups, which were forced to pay town planners or heritage architects to lodge submissions.

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Apparently rapid weight loss can work


When we spoke with dietitian, exercise physiologist and CEO of Be Fit Food, Kate Save, we didn’t expect rapid weight loss to go on the ‘must do’ list.

With over 17 years’ experience in the weight loss industry, Kate Save has had it with slow weight loss.

Speaking on Body+Soul’s daily podcast Healthy-ish, Save says that in her practice she’s noticed a trend that rapid weight loss where a lot of weight is lost, actually yields longer-lasting results than gradual weight loss of just a few kilograms – if done correctly.

“Between myself and my co-founder, we’ve seen twenty thousand patients for weight loss and this is a trend that we’ve noticed,” she tells host Felicity Harley on the Healthy-ish episode Apparently rapid weight loss can work.

“We’ve actually noticed that the people that get started actually get the health change. The people that talk about it, try and do it gradually and slowly – I feel bad after ten years, taking ten thousand dollars of them and their weight is the same as, you know, when they started.”

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Kate’s point is that weight loss must be attacked with a gung-ho attitude and rapid results. A slow, mediocre investment in it won’t be enough.

The science proves it

“The studies, particularly one that was done in Melbourne by Dr Joe Proietto, shows that the more weight you lose in the first six months of a weight loss journey, the more weight you keep off for two years.”

The study found that people who lost 13 kilos over six months kept 11 kilos off, while those who lost five kilos kept three off after two years. Not only that, but the people who kept the 11 kilos off showed sustained health improvement at the end of it.

“What’s more important about that, is the health change that is associated with the weight loss. If someone is to lose a small amount of weight, they don’t always improve their health. So what is the point of the weight loss without the health change?

Losing a larger amount of weight promotes better overall health

Research into weight loss has shown the obvious overall health effects of carrying less weight.

Kate save says that rapid weight loss should focus on the longevity, quality of life and happiness that ultimately comes from being healthy. She says study participants showed this health benefit if they lost more weight in a small period of time.

“If it comes off the right areas of the abdominal area and, you know, it’s visceral fat that they’re losing, then not only do they feel better, but they actually they are healthier,” she says.

But how should you go about your rapid weight loss?

I only believe in rapid weight loss with real food because otherwise it’s not a good habit forming,” explains Save.

So no – you certainly shouldn’t try fad diets to achieve rapid weight loss.

“It’s not good for the gut, it’s not good for the brain. That’s not good for the human being, because at the end of the day, we should be eating real food, fruit that comes from plants and some proteins and whatever else. But anything other than real food I would never endorse or recommend.”

“To me, the conversation’s not so much about their rapid weight loss. It’s about eating the right food that makes your body drop the weight that is hazardous and dangerous.”

There you go guys, the science has it!

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Daniel Howe not to blame as Hawthorn Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson counts many errors in loss to Geelong Cats


“I thought Geelong was the better side on the day to be fair.

“It was a spirited comeback, which we were proud of. We hung in there and gave ourselves a chance. We won a close one a couple of weeks ago [against Essendon], but we couldn’t quite get it tonight. Swings and roundabouts.”

Clarkson said there were “little wins” and reasons for optimism from the loss, such as the performances of Changkuoth Jiath off half-back, Jarman Impey and Jack Scrimshaw.

While Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell was tagged and shut down early by Mark O’Connor, Clarkson felt Mitchell, who finished with 24 disposals, had fought back well.

“Still made a contribution for us,” he said.

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Hawk-turned-Cat Isaac Smith almost missed what ended as another Easter Monday classic meeting, Geelong coach Chris Scott revealed after his team’s narrow escape.

“I don’t normally divulge these things, and I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for him, but he only just made it to the line,“Scott said. “He was ill in the last couple of days. That added to the pressure a bit for him. We had a few other issues as well, but we didn’t treat it like another game. We treated it like an Easter Monday.”

Smith had 15 touches – every one of them booed by Hawthorn fans – and contributed to his new team’s win without starring. “He seemed like he handled it pretty well for me,” he said. “He’s a confident sort of guy. Our players supported him really well. He was never one that was going to be completely overawed.”

Scott admitted that the Cats were not at their best, but said he was pleased at how they hung in against the fast-finishing Hawthorn. “We’ve got some ideas and some reasons,” he said. “But sometimes really valid reasons sound like excuses and I’m not prepared to offer them.”

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One, obviously, is diminished manpower, with at least half a dozen first choice players unavailable, including superstar Patrick Dangerfield, boon recruit Jeremy Cameron and the talented Sam Menegola.

”The team we were looking at four or five weeks ago is different from the team we put out there last week and today. But the good teams find a way way through,” Scott said.

He added that one good year did not guarantee another in modern footy because the game was always evolving.

“If you miss the paradigm shift, you can be left behind really really quickly,” Scott said.

“Let’s use Sydney as an example. The game’s changed, and those teams look sharp. We’ve got to find our way through this little patch at the moment, and then we’ve got to find a way to compete with some of those teams.”

Scott said Menegola would be available next week and Dangerfield “soon enough”. But Shaun Higgins (hamstring) and Frank Evans (ankle), who both were unable to complete Monday’s match, are unlikely.

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Taiwan mourns the loss of 51 people after deadliest train disaster in decades


Grieving relatives of those who died in Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in decades held prayers at the crash site on Saturday as salvage crews worked to remove the tangled mass of wrecked carriages.

Officials said Friday’s devastating collision, which killed at least 51 people and injured nearly 190, was caused when a parked railway maintenance vehicle slipped down an embankment and onto the tracks.

A train packed with as many as 500 people at the start of a long holiday weekend then hit the truck just as it entered a narrow tunnel near the eastern coastal city of Hualien.

The truck driver – who railway officials said may have failed to secure the parking brake properly – has been released on bail after being interrogated by prosecutors and is barred from leaving Taiwan pending further investigation.

Around one hundred relatives held an emotional Taoist prayer ceremony near the crash site on Saturday afternoon, shaded under a canopy of black umbrellas.

Many wept openly as they surveyed the scene, some holding makeshift shrines inscribed with the names of those who died.

Some called out the names of their loved ones as other family members held them tight.

Taiwan’s transportation ministry said 51 people died and many others were injured when a train carrying 490 people derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien.

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Rescuers described an appalling scene as they rushed into the tunnel and found the front of the train pulverised into a twisted mesh of metal.

“Car number eight had the most serious injuries and number of deaths,” rescue worker Chang Zi-chen told reporters on Saturday, referring to the most forward passenger car.

“Basically more than half of the carriage was split open and bodies were all piled up together.”

Specialist teams spent hours extracting victims and survivors on Friday.

On Saturday, focus shifted to removing carriages now blocking one half of the sole train line down Taiwan’s remote and mountainous eastern coastline.

Two giant cranes were being used to move the carriages and rescuers said further bodies might still be found inside the most damaged cars inside the tunnel.

‘Really devastating’

The Interior Ministry ordered all flags to be lowered to half-mast for three days while President Tsai Ing-wen visited the wounded in Hualien’s hospitals.

“Government agencies are making an all-out effort in the hope of minimising the impact of the disaster so the deceased can rest in peace and the injured can recover soon,” she told reporters.

Friday’s crash took place at the start of the Tomb Sweeping Festival, a four-day public holiday when many Taiwanese return to villages to tidy the graves of their ancestors.

A French and two American nationals were among the foreigners killed, authorities said. The youngest victim was four-years-old.

Two Australians were treated for minor injuries after the crash, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed on Saturday.

It said officials were in the process of checking with Taiwanese authorities whether any other Australians were involved.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) visits those injured in a train derailment at a near by hospital in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) visits those injured in a train derailment at a near by hospital in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.

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Survivors gave terrifying testimony of their ordeal inside the train after the crash.

Many of those on board were standing in the aisles because the route was so busy with those leaving the capital Taipei and heading to their home villages.

“I saw bodies and body parts all over the place, it’s really devastating,” a man surnamed Lo told the Apple Daily newspaper.

“Humans are fragile and their lives are gone all of a sudden.”

Investigators are focusing on how the maintenance truck could have slipped onto the tracks.

The driver was part of a team that conducts regular landslide checks on the mountainous route.

Officials said he may have failed to properly engage the parking brake.

Apple Daily reported that prosecutors had also raided the offices of the company contracted to do the trackside maintenance work.

 

Taiwan’s eastern railway line is a popular tourist draw down its less populated eastern coastline.

With the help of multiple tunnels and bridges, it winds its way through towering mountains and dramatic gorges before entering the picturesque Huadong Valley.

Friday’s crash took place near two of the most famous landmarks on the eastern shoreline — the Tarako Gorge and dramatic Qingshui Cliffs.

A world-class bullet train system also serves the heavily populated western side of the island.

Friday’s crash looks set to be one of Taiwan’s worst railway accidents on record.

The last major train derailment in Taiwan was in 2018 and left 18 people dead on the same eastern line.

That crash was the island’s worst since 1991, when 30 passengers were killed.

Other major crashes that killed dozens have taken place in 1981, 1978 and 1961.

Taiwan’s most deadly rail disaster on record was in 1948 when a train caught fire and 64 people perished.

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