Melbourne Demons face ‘fantastic problem’ after Hawthorn clash, Hawks set to replace Jonathon Patton in mid-season draft


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Goodwin left the door ajar for the Dees to play a stack of the key forwards in the same side.

“We’re really open-minded about the opportunity that may present for us. We were very tall in the VFL today and we functioned really well,” he said.

“There is potential to play an extra tall at some stage and have a look that. We’ll have to weigh that up.”

Goodwin said the Dees were “really hopeful” of May playing against the Tigers while Fritsch is a “possibility.”

Goodwin added that former skipper Nathan Jones was a guaranteed starter in what will be his 300th AFL game.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson pointed to a lack of experience in attack as an issue for the Hawks. Part of the reason for that dearth of seasoned players inside forward 50 is the retirement of Jonathon Patton on Friday. The former No. 1 draft pick called an end to his career as he struggles with the fallout from a series of lewd messages he sent to women.

Clarkson said he was comfortable with the manner in which the situation had been handled, adding that the Hawks would strongly consider filling Patton’s spot in the mid-season draft.

“It’s an enormously complex situation, and I think it’s been handled with real respect and dignity by all parties,” Clarkson said.

“I’m just pleased with his declaration that he wants to get on with his life, and also the acknowledgement that he’s made some mistakes in the past. He wants to move forward, that allows us now as a football club to actually use that spot on the list.”

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Drysdale service set to go ahead


Drysdale RSL has announced modified Anzac Day commemorations for this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ms Nisbet asked those attending the service to arrive by 10am for a 10.30am start, and to sign in using sheets provided or QR codes available at several locations around the cenotaph.

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Google set to establish Adelaide office


Global tech giant Google is poised to announce the establishment of an Adelaide office, InDaily understands.

Premier Steven Marshall set his sights on attracting Google’s head office to Adelaide in 2018, not long after he was elected, but that pitch came to a dead end.

However, Google is now poised to announce it will establish a presence in Adelaide, but not the shift of its head office, according to sources who have knowledge of the announcement.

The Premier’s office would not comment when asked by InDaily about the impending announcement today.

Google Australia also did not respond to InDaily’s queries this morning.

Google currently has two offices in Australia located in Melbourne and Sydney.

Marshall put a proposal to Google in 2018 to relocate to South Australia, after the NSW Government rejected a proposal to build a mixed-used technology hub in Sydney with Google as the anchor tenant.

“We would bend over backwards to get Google to South Australia because they’re a great international company which inspires young people,” Marshall told reporters in April 2018.

“South Australia and in particular Adelaide has got a huge amount to offer Google.”

The premier at the time said one of the possible locations offered to Google was the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, now known as the innovation hub Lot Fourteen.

The former Labor government also made a pitch in 2015 for Google to come to South Australia.

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Reserve Road upgrade set to significantly improve safety


Works are
underway on a major upgrade of Reserve Road, in Charlemont.

The upgrade includes include pavement
reconstruction, stabilisation, shoulder widening and drainage upgrades.

The City is delivering the works with funding from the
federal government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

The
$500,000 upgrade will greatly improve safety and cater to increased traffic on
Reserve Road, between Barwarre Road and Barwon Heads Road.

Drainage
upgrade works are already complete, and the next stage of works involving
shoulder removal, reinstatement and widening will begin on Monday 19 April.

The works
will require a temporary road closure for up to six days. Traffic management
will be in place including signage with detours to assist in movement around
the area. Emergency access will be provided, along with local access only.

The third
stage of works, which includes the pavement reconstruction, are scheduled to
commence in the first week of May and is likely to require temporary road
closures.

Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair of the City Works, Parks
and Gardens portfolio acknowledged that while the temporary road closure was an
inconvenience, the works would deliver a much-needed upgrade to Reserve Road.

These works will deliver important safety improvements for
drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on Reserve Road, where there has been an increase
in traffic in recent years.

This project is of one of nine infrastructure projects in
Greater Geelong that received support through the Federal Government’s first
round of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure fund.

We are grateful for the support from the federal government
for these vital projects, and I am excited to see the Reserve Road upgrade now
underway.

Users of this road will be thrilled with the completed
works, making for a safer and more convenient commute.

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Tulip Top Gardens set to re-open in spring but still no decision on Floriade




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Sharon Johal, Neighbours actor, latest to allege racism on set of TV show


Another actor has made accusations about racism on the set of Neighbours, saying the set of the long-running soap opera needs to be overhauled to make it a safe workplace for all cast and crew.

In a lengthy statement on her website, Sharon Johal, who played Dipi Rebecchi on the show, said she experienced “direct, indirect and casual racism” in her four years on the set.

She outlined several such instances, including a fellow cast member referring to “you people” when discussing people of Indian origin, and she said management failed to take her complaints seriously.

She is not the first Neighbours actor to go public with accusations of racism in recent days.

Last week, Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton said she twice heard the N-word used on set, one of “multiple racist traumas” she said she endured on “this highly problematic show”.

She was followed by Indigenous actor Meyne Wyatt.

“On more than one occasion a current cast member,” not a person of colour, “directly referred to me as ‘you people’ when speaking in derogatory terms about an altercation they were involved in with an Indian person,” Johal said in her statement, which was first reported by Guardian Australia.

Johal said she had been told that the same cast member has also claimed “the show only employs ‘Indian actors” and diverse actors of colour to “fill their diversity quotas” and “not because they are any good”.

When she raised these comments with management, she said, they were sympathetic and spoke to the cast member but “no action was taken”.

“Management’s position was that I needed to speak to management directly at the time each of these incidents occurred,” she said.

“This practice does not take into consideration the reticence of a victim to come forward in a workplace culture where perpetrators are not seen to be held accountable (so why report?), and where the person reporting is afraid of being further targeted by the perpetrator and in fear of losing their job.”

In another instance, a former cast member compared her to a bobble-head toy, saying, “Oh, it’s like you guys”, referring to Indians.

“The same cast member repeatedly mimicked the Indian character Apu from The Simpsons with accompanying Indian accent and movement of head in my presence, despite me requesting they desist.”

Fremantle, the production company behind Neighbours, said: “We remain committed to ensuring a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees on the set of Neighbours and take very seriously any questions about racism or any other form of discrimination.

“We are engaging an independent legal investigation to work concurrently with [Indigenous consultancy] Campfire X’s cultural review and hope to work directly with the individuals that have raised concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps are appropriate.”

Network Ten, which airs the show, provided the same statement in response to a request for comment.

Johal said the fast-paced nature of production on the set had created a culture in which issues were overlooked in favour of getting on with the job.

Management then mishandled disputes it was not qualified to address, she said, leaving her “powerless, isolated and marginalised”.

She commended Fremantle for initiating an investigation, but said it must be broad in scope, arguing it was clear management’s systems had failed.

“Racism is part of a wider issue and conversation.

“It’s both heartbreaking and telling of our industry that a show considered diverse on screen still struggles with protecting people these behind the scenes.”

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Women’s over 80s running relay team set world record at ACT Masters Athletics Club in Canberra


Corry Collins was 55 when she took up running — 29 years on she’s still setting Australian and world athletics records.

The now 84-year-old holds the 400m Australian record for women in her age group, but was recently talked into running an 800m relay by her friends to set a new world record.

“I took a bit of convincing; I was thinking that 800 metres was a bit long,” she said.

“I trained two to three times a week just going on short runs and hoping I was doing enough.”

The training paid off, with Corry, alongside Jo Klemke, 83, Consie Larmour, 85, and Anne Young, 85, clocking 26:03.52 for their W80 4x800m relay.

“It was very thrilling,” Jo said.

The women encourage each other to participate in sport, but say they also love the friendship and support it offers.(

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The four women already hold the Australian titles for the W80 4x100m and 4x400m and encourage each other in the sport.

Jo started running when she was 68 after Consie introduced her to athletics.

She says she found that she loved the “freedom” running allowed.

“It’s all up to you. You can go as fast and as slow as you want to,” Jo said.

The 83-year-old also enjoys participating in pentathlons and received a javelin for her birthday last year.

“I just love [athletics] and I love to be with the people that I’m doing it with,” Jo said.

Another of the squad, Anne, recently completed her 250th Parkrun event — seven years after turning up to the casual 5-kilometre events.

Club offers fitness and friendship

But it is not just the fitness and thrill of setting records that keeps these women racing around the track.

Being part of the ACT Masters Athletics Club has seen them build new friendships and travel around Australia and the world.

“People are very friendly,” Consie said.

“We’ve made a lot of good friends, not only in our particular age group, but right throughout.

“People have been encouraging and wonderful.”

A women with a pole vault.
Lucy Kobier says she has been addicted to pole vaulting since breaking a 20-year-old record on her first night.(

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That encouragement and support saw 38-year-old Lucy Kobier take up pole vaulting, after not having done athletics since school.

She turned up to a club meet two years ago to find a group of people practicing pole vault and, after being shown some basic techniques, she gave it a go.

“I’ve been addicted ever since.

“I really like the comradery and everyone is really encouraging and supportive. It’s a really nice place to hang out.”

‘Never too late to have a go’

A woman throwing a shot put.
ACT Masters Athletics Club member Suzie Gaynor says many people come to improve their fitness and stay for the comradery.(

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The ACT Masters Athletics Club caters for anyone over the age of 30 and has about 260 members — some who are still competing into their 90s.

“It’s never too late to come and have a go,” club committee member Suzie Gaynor said.

“So many people join our club and say, ‘I haven’t done this since school’.

“Many people come back in their 40s, 50s and 60s and give it a go for the first time and then stay with it for life.”

The 53-year-old joined the club as a runner to improve her fitness but took up shot put with the support of her fellow club members.

“You’re not there alone, even though it’s a sport that you do alone because you’re not in a team.

“The team is more about the camaraderie and support in seeing you do better with your personal best.”

It is reaching her personal best that has Corry setting her sights on breaking more records at next year’s Australian Masters Athletics National Championships in Brisbane.

“I just enjoy running; it’s the sense of being out in the fresh air and the sense of achievement that is really nice,” she said.

“I wish I’d started earlier!”

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Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions are set to ease on Thursday. What happens next?


At a press conference on Wednesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the restrictions would be relaxed from 6:00am, slightly earlier than the initially anticipated time of midday.

So, what does that mean? Here’s a reminder.

The shift back to previous advice means looser rules on wearing masks.

There will be no legal requirement to wear masks indoors — including grocery shopping, on public transport, or in restaurants and pubs when not eating or drinking.

However, Premier Palaszczuk is continuing to encourage people to carry a mask and wear it wherever they cannot socially distance.

Masks will still need to be worn inside airports and on planes — that’s an Australia-wide requirement.

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Joe Biden called Putin after Russian Armed Forces were set in motion


Joe Biden’s call to Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, April 13, was prompted by Moscow’s reaction to the crisis in the Donbass. The Americans are trying to tame Putin with  carrots and sticks.

Biden called Putin after Shoygu’s speech

The US President was advised to call the Russian leader not to have Ukraine reformatted as a result of Russia’s response to the escalation in the Donbass. 
It appears that Biden called Putin following the statements from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, who announced the redeployment of two armies and three airborne units to the western borders of Russia in three weeks.

The statement that the US administration released following the telephone conversation, said that Biden asked (did not demand!) the Russian president to ease tensions with regard to Ukraine. Biden also stressed out the unwavering commitment of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In fact, this is about nothing from the point of view of Realpolitik.

Russia prepared for financial sanctions

There is always big money behind US interests. The Kremlin may have assumed that the Russian banking system was fully prepared for disconnection from SWIFT, Visa and MasterCard. Indeed, over seven years, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has created its own system for transmitting financial messages (SPFC) and the MIR card. The transnational SWFT, Visa and MasterCard systems do not want to lose such clients as Russian companies, many of which are also transnational.


USA does not need serious problems in Europe

One may also presume that the third reason behind Biden’s call to Putin was about USA’s unwillingness to deal with serious problems in Europe. The United States already has China and Taiwan in the South China Sea, let alone the always unpredictable DPRK that has withdrawn from any negotiations with the United States. The Iranian issue has been gathering pace as well: the Islamic Republic has launched the 60-percent enrichment of uranium (a nuclear bomb requires 90-percent).

Does Putin want to meet Biden in person? 

The US President proposed holding the summit with his Russian counterpart in a third country in the coming months to discuss a full range of problems that the USA and Russia are facing. It does not matter where the summit takes place  – the question is whether this summit is worth it at all. 

Not that long ago, Putin asked Joe Biden for a meeting, after the latter called Putin the “killer.” Biden preferred to fence away, so does Putin need to hurry to some third country to have a chat with his boorish counterpart? 

We do not know whether Biden apologised to Putin for his affirmative answer to the question from ABC News journalist. In a decent society, people do apologise for such things in order for the dialogue to resume. The apology from Turkish President Recep Erdogan  for the downed Russian plane in Syria is fresh in memory. Does Russia need to shrug off that insult from Biden? 

The return of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to Washington would mean that an apology has been made and accepted. Perhaps the Americans will wait for Camilla Harris to do it in a year or two, when Biden has to retire for health reasons. 

Washington’s carrots and sticks

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said that Biden’s meeting with Putin would provide an opportunity to take the Russian-American relations to a new level. “Time is running out,” said the former head of the Soviet Union. As they say, listen to Gorbachev and do the opposite, as everything that he had done did not bring any good to Russia. 

Obviously, the Americans are trying to tame Moscow with carrots and sticks, but we would like to hope that Vladimir Putin is immune to this type of policy.

Russia has held many summits with the Americans during the  recent years, and the result has always been the same – sanctions, sanctions and even more sanctions. Why not ask Washington to lift sanctions in return for the summit? Iran is walking this path already and agrees to resume the talks regarding its nuclear program provided that Washington lifts sanctions against Teheran. 

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New Zealand is set to ban live exports by sea as animal welfare comes under ‘increasing scrutiny’



New Zealand will continue to allow live exports of animals by air, which has lesser welfare concerns, a practice used for the sale of horses.

Citing reputational risk from poor animal welfare practice, New Zealand is banning live exports of animals by sea.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor on Wednesday announced the controversial practice would end within the next two years.

“There’s a lot of public pressure here, a lot of concern,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We must stay ahead of the curve in a world where animal welfare is under increasing scrutiny.”

The practice was paused in September 2020 after the Gulf Livestock 1 ship sank on a journey to China, drowning 41 crew – including two Kiwis and two Australians – and almost 6000 cattle.

While exports resumed a month later with more rigorous welfare standards, Jacinda Ardern’s government has now decided to phase out the trade over the next two years.

Unlike Australia, New Zealand does not export live exports for slaughter, only for breeding.

The ban will mainly affect cattle farmers, with sheep exports already banned.

New Zealand will continue to allow live exports of animals by air, which has lesser welfare concerns, a practice used for the sale of horses.

The country has exported cattle to Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and Mexico in the last five years but since 2020, solely to China.

Kiwi exporters sent 118,000 cattle overseas in that time, with 129 dying during the journey.

Mr O’Connor said after “a bit of a gold rush”, the industry was worth around $NZ260 million ($A240 million) last year, but said he didn’t expect a hit to GDP.

The government informed the Chinese Embassy a fortnight ago of the move.

“We have a mature relationship with (China). I’m sure they understand our position that we want to uphold our reputation that everything we trade is from an ethical base,” he said.

Animal welfare advocates have congratulated the government, while export bodies have slammed the call.

World Animal Protection NZ executive director Simone Clarke called on Australia to follow suit.

“The New Zealand government’s announcement to phase out live exports in the coming years is a significant moment in our history for animals, one which other governments around the world must now follow, including Australia,” she said.

Mr O’Connor refused to join them, saying live export policy was a matter for individual countries.

Sheep destined for the Middle East make their way to be loaded onboard the Al Messilah livestock vessel at the Fremantle wharf in February 2019.

Sheep destined for the Middle East make their way to be loaded onboard the Al Messilah livestock vessel at the Fremantle wharf in February 2019.
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The West Coast-Tasman MP said many farmers supported the ban, while acknowledging others would lose out.

The Animal Genetics Trade Association called the ban an “ill-informed, massively consequential decision for the nation, to earn short-term political brownie points from a few activists”.

“This is an immoral ban against a trade being conducted humanely. There is no morality in removing half a billion dollars from our economy and forcing the early deaths of up to 150,000 animals a year,” AGTA spokesman Dave Hayman said.

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