Wild weather to return for NSW and Qld on Monday

Severe thunderstorms with the possibility of wind gusts in excess of 90km/h and large hail have been forecast for south-western Queensland and central NSW.

After rain battered parts of Queensland and NSW on Saturday and a lull on Sunday, wild weather is forecast to hit parts of the two states on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe thunderstorms for large sections of south-west Queensland including Quilpie, Windora, Cunnamulla and Thargomindah.

BOM meteorologist Rosa Hoff said severe thunderstorms were forecast to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail.

A flood warning is also in place for the Bulloo River near Quilpie after heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours.

While the river was falling on Sunday afternoon, renewed rainfall on Monday was expected to see it rise again on Monday.

Parts of Queensland and NSW experienced heavy rainfall on Saturday – with Vergemont Creek near Longreach in central Queensland copping 125mm in the 48 hours to 9am Sunday.

The same low pressure system which is expected to batter Queensland will also affect central NSW.

A broad area of the state west of the ranges is expected to receive severe thunderstorms on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain and damaging winds.

On Saturday Broken Hill, in outback NSW was hit by flash flooding after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 15 minutes.

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Kieran Foran opens up on late fan’s hope for his return to Manly Sea Eagles

‘‘What transpires between her family and the club is confidential. We do not comment on who donates what to our foundation. That’s between the individual and the club. What I will say is that there is no link between anything that may happen and any player being signed by our club. That can’t happen.’’

Duchen was a highly respected figure in the legal fraternity. She had close relationships with Foran, Api Koroisau and Dylan Walker.

Foran this week paid tribute to her on Instagram.

‘‘I want her family to know how much I respect her,’’ he said. ‘‘We always talked about me going back to Manly and she would ask me all the time if I could make it happen. Obviously if things fell into place and I ended up there again she would be in my thoughts every day I was there. I know it’s what she wanted and of course the move has appeal to me. I don’t know if it’s possible. It would be a lovely way for me to honour her memory and her contribution to my life.’’

The pending departure of Addin Fonua-Blake will free up room in the Sea Eagles’ salary cap for Foran to finish up at Manly, but a deal is yet to be struck.

Bunker blues

The bunker is such a headache for the NRL that officials have privately floated the idea of utilising the views of its biggest critics – television commentators such as Phil Gould, Paul Gallen and Andrew Johns – to help officials make decisions.

The discussion has been held internally and was raised by NRL head of football Graham Annesley. But with Peter V’landys in charge, the focus is on ramping up technology and reducing the number of voices in the bunker.

It’s something I’ve heard externally, but we need to go the other way and remove the voices.

Peter V’landys

The latest moves to restore the bunker’s credibility – cutting back to one official – are high risk. Tapping into TV commentary to avoid howlers is something Annesley liked the idea of, but it won’t happen.

‘‘It’s something I’ve heard externally, but we need to go the other way and remove the voices,’’ V’landys said. ‘‘My view is the way we need to move is towards a greater reliance on technology. Things like Hawkeye are changing all the time and we need to be at the cutting edge. We will review the technology and develop that area.’’


Annesley was clearly frustrated this week when the bunker denied Roosters prop Lindsay Collins a try in their game against the Knights. The bungle occurred when the senior review official in the bunker and his assistant – a former player – could not agree on the decision. So Annesley dumped ex-players from the bunker. It is a high-risk strategy that will heap more pressure on officials who make the wrong call.

Many believe a better strategy involves three officials reviewing contentious decisions to ensure the worst-case scenario is a 2-1 verdict. Another model discussed at the NRL entails somebody listening to the TV commentary and giving the official a ‘‘heads up’’.

‘‘The experts don’t always get it right in commentary,’’ V’landys said. ‘‘In fact, I think the bunker criticism is over the top. It gets the right decision 99 per cent of the time.’’

Sam dunk

The Sam Burgess ‘‘comeback’’ story has plenty of appeal. We’ve seen the publicity generated by Sonny Bill Williams’ return.

The potential return of Sam Burgess is fraught with issues.Credit:Getty

But the idea carries a fundamental flaw: when he left the NRL at the end of last season, Burgess signed a document stating he would never play professionally again. The mere suggestion has prompted a backlash from clubs.

There is also another can of worms that could be opened around his retirement and the way it happened if Souths start to push the envelope. Stay tuned.

Clause and effect

The Joseph Suaalii story has a life of its own. At 17 he is a walking headline, as league and rugby do battle for his services while he completes his year 11 exams. It makes for uncomfortable reporting but the money, hype and talent put him on the radar of every media outlet. His family was criticised because someone advised them to try and insert clauses into the deal he is negotiating with Souths and Rugby Australia that would allow him to leave whenever he wants.

As Paul Gallen said on 100% Footy, it’s the kind of demand befitting Sonny Bill Williams. Wayne Bennett wasn’t happy and confirmed the clauses are a stumbling block. Souths believe the Olympics are Suaalii’s goal. One club insider told me he needs to tell them which sport he wants to play before they can make another offer.

Interim measures?

The delay in the interview process for the Broncos coaching job has led to all kinds of stories. The most interesting suggestion to come my way is Stephen Kearney to be an interim coach next year, followed by Craig Bellamy in 2022. It’s hard to think the Broncos would want to sacrifice a year, and Bellamy has said 2021 will be his last. But rugby league is full of odd happenings and if you can get Bellamy it may be worth burning a year.

Tough to watch

Fox Sports gets a lot of things right with its NRL coverage, but last Saturday night it dropped the ball during the pre-game tribute to Joel Dark. He lost his life a few days short of his 20th birthday playing the game he loved. It devastated his famous cousin, Australia, NSW and Roosters captain Boyd Cordner.

The way Fox trained a camera and zoomed in on Cordner’s face during the minute’s silence was, at best, poorly thought-out. At worst it was trying to exploit a man during a moment of genuine pain.

The camera was on Cordner in the hope Fox would capture a tear. The same image was broadcast on the big screen at the SCG, so Cordner could see himself in pain.

There were 25 other players on the field. Not one other was shown. The silence was for Dark, a Newcastle Knights junior. He died from a head knock suffered playing in the Newcastle competition. The Roosters were playing Newcastle.

We get that Fox Sports wanted to capture the emotion of the moment, but there is a way of doing it that allows all involved to retain their dignity. They could have shown the shot of Cordner on replay.

It was ghoulish. I felt so uncomfortable for Boyd.

One of Cordner’s inner circle

It would have had the impact they wanted and it would have appeared more respectful.
As one of Cordner’s inner circle said to me: ‘‘It was ghoulish. I felt so uncomfortable for Boyd. I didn’t want to bring it up when we spoke because he’s had a difficult week.’’

I spoke to some of Fox Sports’ on-air talent about the coverage and they said they were uncomfortable. Yes, I work for Nine – the owners of this masthead – and my view will be dismissed as an agenda. Only a brave Fox employee would publicly raise their concerns.


‘‘Emotion plays a major role in professional sports and our audience shared Boyd’s tragic loss,’’ Fox’s executive director Steve Crawley said. ‘‘He is a powerful, much-admired public figure and I think that minute’s silence drew everyone closer to him. When he set up the first try, I think even opposition fans felt good for him and when he banged his head and had to go off … that was sad. I’m not saying we were right or wrong, I’m just saying we told the story as it was.’’

Fox’s tabloid approach to the way it covers the sport is entertaining and can be informative. But it should leave the tabloid style for its magazine and panels programs, not the game coverage.

It was a difficult night for Cordner, but his tough mindset shone through, as it does whenever he plays. He was all class and started the game with vigour and power, as if he was making a point or dedicating himself to his younger relative, who he loved so much.

And Joel was on his mind after he suffered the head knock that resulted in him leaving the game. After passing all of his concussion tests, Cordner started talking to the Roosters doctor about his family, not the game. At that point the doctor rightly ruled him out of the match as he knew he was not in the right frame of mind to play on.

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Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward nears a return to Tottenham

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground on Friday as he neared a return to the club.

Wales international Bale, 31, is expected to rejoin Spurs on loan.

He flew into Luton Airport before travelling to the training ground in Enfield, north London.

Bale originally joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 before moving to the Spanish giants for a then world record £85m in 2013.

He has gone on to score more than 100 goals for Real and won four Champions Leagues.

“Until I’m told Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact he’s a Real Madrid player,” said Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

It is also anticipated Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon will complete his transfer to Tottenham on Friday. The 23-year-old Spain international played last season on loan at Sevilla, winning the Europa League.

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told BBC Wales Sport on Wednesday that talks over a move were “slowly progressing”.

Barnett said: “Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years. We are still negotiating. We shall see how it goes.”

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho refused to speculate on the discussions, saying: “He is a Real Madrid player and I don’t comment on players from other clubs. I have to respect that. It’s better not to speak.

“I tried to sign him for Real Madrid, which was not possible to do during my time there. But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club. It’s not a secret, even Gareth knows that.”

In July 2019, Real cancelled a deal for Bale to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, and he played 20 times for the Spanish champions last season.

Tottenham were beaten 1-0 at home by Everton in their first game of the new Premier League campaign on Sunday.

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Saints are Steeled for AFL finals return

Brett Ratten says there’s more in the tank after ending St Kilda’s nine-year finals drought at first attempt.

The coach liked what he saw as Saints ran away from a disappointing Greater Western Sydney in a 52-point win that sewed up their first finals appearances since 2011.

“Everyone was crossing their fingers, the build up was tense, but they really embraced it,” Ratten, in his first season at the helm, said.

“You set the bar at the start of year to say you want to play finals, but it’s not the destination.

“It’s how far can you go and that’s in our hands again now.”

All players and staff linked arms for the team song in the Gabba changerooms after their small Brisbane fan base had filled the stadium with sound.

“We’ve left our homes, our family; it’s been a challenging year but we’ve done it together,” Ratten said.

“And our fans have been starved of finals and all fans have done it extremely hard in Melbourne.”

Momentum is building after Dan Hannebery was eased back from injury, while fellow veteran recruit Paddy Ryder continued his good form in the ruck.

And emerging midfielder Jack Steele dominated in a sign he was ready to make a finals impact.

“Dan doesn’t have to touch the ball that much to influence others and his voice and leadership out there is critical,” he said.

“Their experience out there was really important and that’s why they’re at the footy club (to make finals).

“He’s (Steele) grown as a player on and off the field; his leadership has gone to another level.

“It’s just a joy to watch him go about his craft and do what he has to do in the midfield.”

St Kilda will remain in sixth unless Collingwood beat Port Adelaide on Monday in the regular season’s final game.

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Public appeal after 14-year-old Lake Macquarie boy fails to return home

Police have launched an appeal to the public to help find a teenager missing in NSW.

Chase Scorey, 14, was last seen leaving a home on Buller St in Charlestown in Lake Macquarie after 8.15am on Friday.

When he failed to return home police from the Lake Macquarie Police District were alerted and have since been working to try and find the missing teenager.

NSW Police said in a statement there are concerns for Chase’s welfare due to his age.

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He is described as caucasian, about 170cm tall with a thin build and brown hair. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie with a thick grey stripe on the chest and arms, and blue dual toned board shorts.

He is believed to be wearing a grey helmet while riding a black mountain bike and carrying a grey and white backpack.

Anyone with information about Chase’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown won’t return from injury until second week of finals

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has urged his struggling Eels to step up with star five-eighth Dylan Brown not expected to return from his injured ankle until the second week of the finals.

The Eels’ attack has suffered while Brown has been on the sidelines for the past two weeks.

The New Zealand-born No.6 will miss Friday’s clash against Brisbane at Bankwest Stadium, but Arthur revealed he was on track to return in the second weekend of the finals in three weeks’ time.

Brown, who is out of his recovery boot, has started restricted running but will increase to full weighted running next week.

“So, we’ll see how he goes,” Arthur said.

“They have indicated maybe week 2 of the finals, so our job is to make sure that we get to that stage so we can get him back on the field.

“That is the indication, but we are not putting any pressure on the kid, and we’ll just wait and see what happens.”

On a positive note, Parramatta welcome back hooker Reed Mahoney for Friday’s Brisbane clash after he missed last weekend’s loss to Penrith with a shoulder injury.

“We’ve had two sessions this week and he (Reed) has already got through those, so I’m sure he will play,” he said.

“It is pretty unfair on Stoney (Ray). He has done a good job. He is a 13 and not a noted dummy half but he was one of our better players.

“But it will be nice to have Reed back, so we can get back to playing the way we want to play.”

The Eels have lost their mojo in attack, as shown when they were held to two points against Penrith, while they didn’t register a point against Souths in round 16.

But coach Arthur hasn’t lost faith despite this disappointing patch of form.

“We can’t be worried about the past – we’ve got an opportunity to make sure that we get it right,” he said.

“We are not exactly where we want to be, but the good thing about it is that we have got a couple of weeks to make sure that we try and consolidate that top four spot.

“From there we will worry about what is after that.

“Over the last couple of weeks our possession rate has been poor. We haven’t built any pressure, and we haven’t played the style of footy that we want to play, and that is disappointing, and that is what we need to get back to.”

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Lolesio to lead Brumbies in injury return

Young gun Noah Lolesio will lead the Brumbies into the Super Rugby AU grand final against Queensland despite not playing for two months.

Coach Dan McKellar has opted for a new halves pairing for Saturday night’s clash in Canberra, with Lolesio partnering Joe Powell and Wallabies halfback Nic White and Bayley Kuenzle relegated to the reserves,

Lolesio injured his hamstring in mid-July but impressed enough before that issue to be named in the Wallabies squad last week.

“As a team we’re really happy for Noah,” McKellar said.

“He was playing good footy before his setback, he’s done a lot of work to get himself right and trained very well over the last two weeks.

“We’ve got full confidence and belief in his ability.”

Following their last-round loss to the Reds, the Brumbies have named an all-Wallabies front row with props Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa along with hooker Folau Fainga’a.

Murray Douglas returns to the starting XV to partner Cadeyrn Neville in the second row while Lachlan McCaffrey will wear the No.6 jersey.

Brumbies: Tom Banks, Andy Muirhead, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Noah Lolesio, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Will Miller, Lachlan McCaffrey, Cadeyrn Neville, Murray Douglas, Allan Alaalatoa (capt), Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Res: Connal McInerney, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Bayley Kuenzle, Solomone Kata.

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Navalny posts hospital photo of himself, plans Russia return

BERLIN — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed in Germany where he’s recuperating from being poisoned with a nerve agent, wryly joking about being able to breathe on his own.

“Hi, this is Navalny,” he wrote in the Russian-language post on Instagram in the first image of the 44-year-old since he was taken to Berlin’s Charite hospital. The photo shows him being given a hug by his wife Yulia and flanked by his two children as he sits upright in his bed in a hospital gown.

“I have been missing you. I still can’t do almost anything on my own, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day,” he added in the post, which got over 1.1 million likes in several hours.

Separately, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh tweeted that once he has recovered, Navalny plans to return to Russia, where he has supported opposition candidates and waged anti-corruption battles. “No other option has ever been considered,” she wrote.

Navalny fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on Aug. 20 and treated at a hospital in the city of Omsk. Two days later, he was flown to the German hospital, where he was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote. On Sept. 7, doctors said his condition had improved enough for him to be brought out of the coma.

On Monday, the hospital said he had been removed from a ventilator and was able to leave his bed for “short periods of time.”

In his Instagram statement, Navalny displayed his well-known sarcastic humor when he talked about being able to breathe without a ventilator.

“Just on my own, no extra help, I didn’t even use the simplest valve in my throat,” he said. “I liked it very much. It’s a remarkable process that is underestimated by many. Strongly recommended.”

Despite his recovery, doctors have said they cannot rule out long-term health issues associated with the poisoning.

Leonid Volkov, a top associate of Navalny, refused to give any details on his condition or his possible return when reached by The Associated Press.

A German military lab has determined that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018. On Monday, the German government said independent tests by labs in France and Sweden backed up its findings.

The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also is taking steps to have samples from Navalny tested at its designated labs, Germany has said.

The Kremlin has bristled at calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders to answer questions about the poisoning, denying any official involvement.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said he had expressed “deep concern over the criminal act” that targeted Navalny directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. The Kremlin said Putin in the call “underlined the impropriety of unfounded accusations against the Russian side” and emphasized Russia’s demand for Germany to hand over analyses and samples.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that Russia is puzzled by Germany’s refusal to share Navalny’s analyses and other medical data, or compare notes with the Russian doctors who said they found no trace of poison in his system while he was at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk.

“Russia has been absolutely open for cooperation in determining what happened,” Peskov said. “Russia needs cooperation with the German side in getting the patient’s biological samples to be able to advance.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who canceled a scheduled trip Tuesday to Berlin, said Russian authorities have conducted a preliminary inquiry and documented the meetings Navalny had before falling ill, but he emphasized they need to see the evidence of his poisoning to launch a full criminal investigation.

Lavrov said Navalny’s life was saved by the pilots of the plane who quickly landed in Omsk after he collapsed on board and by the rapid action of doctors there. He accused the West of trying to smear Russia and use the incident as a pretext for new sanctions against Moscow.

In a phone call Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Lavrov warned him against politicizing the situation with Navalny, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Lavrov said Moscow would view Germany’s continued stonewalling of Russia’s request for analyses and samples as a “lack of desire to help determine the truth as part of an objective and thorough investigation.”

Berlin has rejected suggestions from Moscow that it is dragging its heels on sharing evidence. Asked why no samples from Navalny have been given to Russia, a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Monday that “Mr. Navalny was in Russian treatment in a hospital for 48 hours.”

Sergei Naryshkin, the director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, said that studies by Russian labs found no indication Navalny was poisoned while still in Russia.

“It’s a fact that at the moment when Navalny was leaving Russia, there were no toxic agents in his body,” Naryshkin said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies. “In that context, we have many questions to ask the German side.”

He emphasized that Russia has fully met its obligations under the international chemical weapons ban and completely destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles.

“It’s disinformation to say that Russia has production assets or old stockpiles of military nerve agents,” he said.

Most of Germany’s political parties have joined Merkel in calling for an investigation, but leaders in the far-right Alternative for Germany, known for its pro-Moscow sympathies, have said Berlin should not be involved. On Tuesday, it invited media to a discussion with a Russian lawmaker on “the Russian view of the Navalny case.”


Isachenkov reported from Moscow.

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Ablett rejoins Cats on final leg before return match

Gary Ablett rejoined his teammates at a Tuesday morning training session on the Gold Coast as he prepares to play for the Cats against Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday, 66 days after his last game.

The 36-year-old completed his 14-day quarantine in the AFL’s transition hub in Carrara and immediately headed to Southport, where the Cats are based, to participate in a searching session with teammates that stretched until midday.

Patrick Dangerfield and Gary Ablett chat during Tuesday’s training session at Southport.Credit:Getty Images

He has not played since round seven against Collingwood, having returned to Victoria to be with his wife Jordan and son Levi.

Ablett completed his preparation alongside premiership teammate Andrew Mackie, Richmond premiership star Shane Edwards and the Saints Dan Hannebery with the aim of playing in the final round and the finals in what is expected to be the dual Brownlow medallist’s last season.

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Return to pre-coronavirus JobSeeker rate could cost 145,000 jobs

Economists are warning of a $31.3 billion hit to the economy over two years if the Jobseeker welfare payment reverts to pre-pandemic levels.

A Deloitte Access Economics analysis commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) found winding back the supplement this month, and then removing it entirely in December, would reduce the size of the economy by $31.3 billion over two years — equivalent to almost 1 per cent of GDP.

The analysis also predicted a return of the JobSeeker payment to pre-pandemic levels of $40 a day would lead to about 145,000 job losses.

Economist at Deloitte Nicki Hutley said financial support for unemployed Australians and low-income earners would be critical to the nation’s economic recovery.

“If we take it away too soon and too harshly, we will end up adding to the unemployment queue,” Ms Hutley said.

Ms Hutley said every dollar invested in JobSeeker was generating significant economic return.

“If people don’t have the supplement, they can’t consume as much,” she said.

“That affects demand for all sorts products right across the Australian economy but particularly the services sector and that’s where we will see the biggest job losses.”

The Federal Government effectively doubled the JobSeeker payment — formally known as Newstart — by introducing a $550 “coronavirus supplement” when the pandemic first took hold and forced the mass shutdown of businesses.

Ms Hutley says low-income earners will be critical in helping the economy recover.(Supplied: Deloitte)

The temporary supplement will be cut by $300 a fortnight on September 25. The Government is yet to reveal what the future of the payment will be beyond the end of December.

ACOSS chief executive officer Cassandra Goldie reiterated the organisation’s calls for the Prime Minister to stop the imminent cut to the supplement and instead legislate a permanent increase.

“There are a lot of things that are not in our control in this pandemic but one thing that the Government does have control over is ensuring that everyone has enough to cover the basics of life, including a safe place to live,” she said.

“Not only is this the right thing to do, it’s one of the best things we can do to support jobs now and on the long, hard road to full recovery.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously said he was “leaning heavily” towards extending the supplement in some form beyond the end of the year.

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