Ollie Wines to Carlton is a “watch this space”


Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines has once again been linked to Carlton with AFL Media’s Damian Barrett saying the situation is a “watch this space”.

Wines is contracted to the Power until the end of 2022, but the midfielder’s management reportedly approached the Blues during last year’s trade period.

Tim Watson is also convinced that Wines has spoken to both Carlton and Essendon over a potential move back to Victoria.

The Blues are the favourites to land GWS free agent Zac Williams and Barrett says they will look to further strengthen their midfield once the trade and free agency period opens.

“I think they (Carlton) will go again when it comes to a midfielder. They are really happy with securing, or effectively securing, Williams,” Barrett told AFL Media’s Ask Damo on Facebook.

“I still reckon it’s a watch this space on Ollie Wines and what he chooses to do. I know Carlton certainly has had a form of contact with him.

“He’s going to be a big-name player in the trade period unless he goes public going into the finals series about his intent to stay as a Power player.

“Until we hear something from him of a meaningful nature about his future as a Power player, I think it’s game on when it comes to his movements potentially.”

Wines, 25, has been key in Port Adelaide’s resurgence in 2020 averaging 21.5 disposals and almost five clearances.






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South Australia’s The Border Watch makes a comeback after shutting down during the pandemic


One of regional Australia’s oldest newspapers that closed due to the pandemic-fuelled downturn has been rescued by a consortium of independent newspaper proprietors.

The Border Watch — which covers South Australia’s second largest city — closed suddenly late last month, throwing nearly 40 people out of work in Mount Gambier.

The first edition under new ownership is expected to hit newsagency stands next month.

Former The Border Watch editor Brett Kennedy will return as managing editor to lead the relaunch of the iconic masthead.

“I’m delighted a number of my former The Border Watch colleagues, who are among the finest journalists and media consultants in the industry, are also re-joining the team.

“We feel a great sense of pride and privilege to be restoring a community service that has served Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast so well for almost 160 years.”

Saved by ‘passionate’ investors

The Border Watch has been purchased by a partnership of independent newspaper proprietors from South Australia and Victoria, and a media consultant from Queensland.

Andrew Manuel — owner of The Plains Producer in Balaklava and Clare, and a director of the newly founded TBW Today Pty Ltd which purchased The Border Watch mastheads, websites and digital records — has confirmed their commitment to restoring The Border Watch as the journal of record for the region.

“We have a small group of passionate second- and third-generation regional newspaper proprietors and a multimedia consultant as part of the ownership, and we’re delighted to be getting this rare opportunity to carry forward a newspaper with such a rich and respected legacy.”

The Border Watch will soon again be displayed at newsagencies in Mount Gambier(ABC South East: Sandra Morello)

Mr Manuel said having The Border Watch be part of a larger publishing network would provide a range of benefits, including an advertising service for local businesses.

The next edition of The Border Watch will be on sale in newsagents on Friday, October 16, and will initially be a weekly newspaper supported by a digital presence.

There are plans to add a second edition each week once the paper is re-established and to also resume printing The South Eastern Times, which is based in Millicent.

Media union says sale ‘inspirational’

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance SA regional director Angelique Ivanica said today’s announcement was “amazing news”.

She said too many regional newspapers had been “left to die” during the pandemic.

“The Border Watch has a place in the Mount Gambier community and in South Australia,” Ms Ivanica said.

She commended the new owners for taking on the publication, which provided crucial information for the Limestone Coast community.

“The staff — some of whom worked for the newspaper — know what to do, and I hope the new owners let them do that,” Ms Ivanica said.

She said the regional community must now support the paper.

It is understood several media companies flagged their interest in purchasing the masthead, including the Taylor Group Newspapers based in South Australia.



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72 Hours with the New Apple Watch Series 6


What It Is:

The Apple Watch Series 6 debuted last week, along with a new, less expensive Watch, called the SE.

The Series 6 offers more new features than the SE, naturally, and it could be one of the sneakiest great new fitness devices for both home and outdoor workouts. Also, there’s a new, higher performance chip, promising 20 percent faster performance, 5G for the SIM version, and something called a U1 chip—about which, I’ll decode below, along with all the rest of the features.

What are the SIMs for? SIM-enabled versions enable you to talk and text from your wrist, without having an iPhone anywhere nearby or tethered. Prices: Series 6, $499 w/SIM, $399 without; SE, $329 w/SIM, $279 without.

Why We Like It: 

The Series 6 offers a few upgrades from the Series 5 right out of the gate. While the prior Watch had an always-on screen, this one is 2.5 times brighter. I’ve tested a lot of these devices from several different brands and not being able to see a screen in the middle of an interval workout, running stairs, doing kettlebell swings, or riding a gnarly single-track when you’d really like to know if you’re on your fitness target is profoundly frustrating.

Thankfully, the new always-on screen on the Series 6 isn’t just on, but it’s more legible in bright light, so just a glance let me see my mid-workout metrics — or if I had a text I should respond to. They also added a small red dot that appears at the top of the screen to inform you of received messages that haven’t been read yet, which is a handy, silent reminder.

The Apple Watch Series 6 with SIM will retail for $499. Courtesy of Apple

Speaking of sound, the onboard speaker is now 50 percent louder, which makes a real difference. During an outdoor gravel ride I was able to catch up on a call on my wrist; or at least until my buddy got sick of listening to my heavy breathing.

But there’s much more going on.

Overall Health Monitor

Apple added a blood oxygen sensor. But since it takes about 15 seconds to do manually, we’d guess you’re unlikely to bother too often. Luckily, it’s been set to operate passively, and especially when you’re asleep, which is like getting an extra health checkup nightly.

Why does this matter?

Blood oxygen has made a lot of headlines during COVID-19 as an indicator of very sick people who didn’t know they had the disease and weren’t admitted to the hospital until they were in dire need of medical assistance. So knowing if you’re roughly normal (above 90 percent) is important.

Beyond COVID-19, low blood oxygen levels are closely linked with sleep apnea, asthma, and other ailments that can cause health complications even in otherwise healthy people. During testing I luckily scored just fine, but getting this ancillary metric in a world where you could be a passive carrier of the coronavirus offers a bit of mental relief.

Track your blood oxygenation levels.
Track your blood oxygen levels from your wrist. Courtesy of Apple

As for the rest of the sleep tracking experience, there’s an important aspect of the Watch Series 6 to note here: It charges about 20 percent faster. That’s important. It meant I could recharge the Watch each morning, wear it all day, use it for fitness, let it monitor my sleep all night, and plop it back on its charger the next morning while the coffee brewed and have it topped up by the time I was dressed and out the door.

Beyond blood oxygen, sleep tracking also means you set your own target schedule for when to sleep, when to rise, an alarm if you like, and each morning you’ll get a report on your phone that includes metrics like heart rate during the night, as well as the aforementioned blood ox, etc.

Another daily measure is VO2.

Newer Apple Watches already covered VO2 max, which is a strong metric for fitness and health, and something you can track over time in response to the efficacy of your workout routine; frequently it’s useful to check if it’s dropping due to over-training.

But now Apple’s measuring low VO2.

That’s important.

A 2016 American Heart Association urged clinicians to consider lower levels of cardiovascular fitness as a predictor of risk for death, even more than factors like smoking and hypertension. While the Apple Watch Series 6 measures V02 max, seeing and being warned about low VO2 is likely to save a lot of lives, hopefully spurring people to talk to their doctors about getting more exercise and at least walking or hiking.

Outdoor Fitness, Adventure, and HR Tracking

Speaking of the latter, presuming you’re already active, Apple added a few more features that you can use now, and one huge one that’s not available for a few months. First, there’s an always-on altimeter and compass. The compass is handy for backcountry wayfinding of course, but the altimeter is supposed to be accurate to within just a few feet, and when you combine the two features finding your location on a map is now a heck of a lot easier.

The always-on altimeter on Apple Watch Series 6 provides real-time elevation all day long.
The always-on altimeter on Apple Watch Series 6 provides real-time elevation all day long. Courtesy of Apple

Apple also updated its entire OS for all versions of the Watch ecosystem, adding more sports, including bodyweight exercises, core training, and functional strength training as well as cool-down.

Heart rate reading seems very good, thanks to new sensors. Over the course of testing, from lifting to stability work, running and cycling, I tested the Watch against an ECG chest strap (which are known to be more accurate than wrist-worn devices). Yet the Apple was nearly always within just a beat or two. That’s very good.

Indoor Fitness

Of course what’s coming around Thanksgiving is the biggest news of all.

It’s called Apple Fitness+ and it’s guided classes for $9.99 a month with elite level coaches customizing workouts for Apple. Apple’s talking about hundreds of classes that you can join on your phone, Apple TV, iPad, etc., or bounce from phone to smart TV. Workouts include strength, functional, HIIT, yoga, flexibility, spin, running, rowing, treadmill, etc., and a library that expands every week.

The Blood Oxygen sensor employs LEDs, along with photodiodes on the back crystal of Apple Watch Series 6.
The Blood Oxygen sensor employs LEDs, along with photodiodes on the back crystal of Apple Watch Series 6. Courtesy of Apple

The nifty innovation here is beaming your workout metrics from your wrist directly to the screen, so you can see your calories, HR, etc. at eye level, rather than needing to monitor your progress on your wrist. If you’re doing some kind of interval, the countdown to the next phase is also displayed onscreen.

Apple promises to incorporate recommendations for what classes to do next based on the exercises you already do indoors and outside, as well as classes based on existing metrics captured via the Watch. You can also target your workouts based on time, from 5-45 minutes, and customize the backbeat/artist/genre that you like and have Apple DJ the songs for your sweat session. If you love that mix, download that playlist for listening later when you’re not lifting/running/stretching.…

Future Tech

Even more is coming, too. That U1 chip will allow using the Watch to unlock your car, depending on the model, and we’ll bet there are more functions Apple will add because this chip is designed as a proximity sensor that works like Find my Phone. So finding other objects is logical, as is reading your location in relation to other digital tools in your life, whether that’s illuminating the lights of your home the moment you enter your driveway, or firing up your Sonos sound system as your feet hit the doorstep—or killing it the moment you’re on your way out the door.

Nitpick:

Apple’s updated OS for Watch includes a hand-washing detector that counts down for 20 seconds and is supposed to monitor the unique pattern of your mitts as you slop them with soap and water. But…so far it’s a little imprecise. It launched when I was doing the dishes and even when I was tightening a screw using a ratchet. It got busy when I was opening the gas valve for the barbecue grill.

I appreciate Apple’s serious focus on health. And Apple keeps adding more tech to its Watch ecosystem while retaining a dead-simple interface. This is in massive contrast to the bulk of the wearable landscape that’s littered with devices that do far less, yet take nearly constant manual consultation to understand. But my guess is that timing hand washing is one of those cute ideas that quietly dissolves down the drain a few OS updates from now.


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NRL 2020: Melbourne Storm, Craig Bellamy, Cameron Smith, flips the bird, video, watch


Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has reiterated that he won’t rush Cameron Smith into a decision on his playing future after escaping a fine for flipping the bird at his skipper.

Smith is 37, but has showed no signs of relenting in his quality as he bagged his 47th try on the weekend against the Wests Tigers.

That try saw Smith overtake Bellamy’s career tally of 46 which prompted a tongue-in-cheek one-fingered salute in the direction of his skipper.

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While it was all meant in good jest and he apologised afterwards, the Storm coach was nearly hit with a fine by the NRL.



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AFL 2020, AFL Draft 2020, top AFL draft prospects, AFL draft order, rankings, Matt Balmer, draft watch, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Will Phillips


The task for list managers and recruiters in 2020 is unlike any others compared to past years.

Some clubs are already stocked with top picks, others need to be precise in their search for gold nuggets.

Foxfooty.com.au and Champion Data assess the chasms at every club – and which draftee they could target at the 2020 AFL draft.

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Schitt’s Creek sweeps categories; Winners, nominations, best dressed, how to watch


Well, that’s a sweep!

Annie Murphy wins best supporting actress for her turn as Alexis, the ditsy Schittsy daughter, and that means the show has won all four of the comedy acting awards, plus writing and directing. How good is that?

As I wrote last week, Schitt’s Creek is a show that grows on you. Outside of Canada it was virtually unknown until its third season, which is when Netflix picked it up. And in some ways that was a bit of a blessing, because it meant people could get past the first few episodes, which felt a little mean-spirited at times. That meant fans could grow along with the formerly wealthy, now-destitute Rose family as they found themselves forced to try to make a life in the rural backwater of Schitt’s Creek (a town bought by father Johnny, played by Eugene Levy, as a joke birthday present for his son David, played by Daniel Levy, and now the family’s only remaining asset).

By the time the show ended this year after six seasons – it wasn’t cancelled; Daniel Levy felt it was time, and wrapped it up perfectly – the Roses had grown, and so had the town. And so, of course, had the show.

“I’m so proud to be part of a show that stands for love and kindness and inclusivity and acceptance,” says Annie Murphy in her acceptance speech. “Because those four things are things that we need more than ever right now.”

Amen to that.



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Super Rugby final: Brumbies vs Reds, live stream, live blog, start time, how to watch, live score, highlights, Jordan Petaia, teams, odds, latest news


Big-game experience has proven telling as the Brumbies outlasted a gallant Reds outfit 28-23 to take out the Super Rugby title.

Brad Thorn’s youthful side were eyeing their first championship since 2011 and it was already a huge challenge for them to step up on the biggest stage of all.

But they had to deal with all kinds of adversity, losing Jordan Petaia and Lukhan Salakai-Loto as well as contending with a yellow card in the second half.

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Brumbies vs Reds live scores, start time, how to watch, updates, video


Former All Black Brad Thorn’s rebuild of the Queensland Reds will be put to the ultimate test in the Super Rugby AU final, with the Brumbies standing between his team and the title.

Many questioned the 2011 World Cup-winner’s wisdom when he ditched Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper in 2018 and several other senior players as part of his grand plan.

But his young team are now in their first Super Rugby final – albeit a domestic version, after the coronavirus pandemic halted international rugby – since the Reds won the tournament in 2011.

While Dan McKellar’s Brumbies have been the standout during a coronavirus-impacted year, winning six of their eight regular season games to top the table and book a home final in Canberra, the Reds have taken giant strides.

They won five from eight then beat the Melbourne Rebels in last weekend’s playoff, and go into tonight’s crunch clash buoyed by convincingly upsetting the Brumbies 26-7 this month.

“Grand final week – this is what it’s all about,” said Thorn. “Many of our guys in this group have come through our pathway and club rugby – they’ve thrived and have grown as men during this year.”

Their emergence was recognised by Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, who named 11 Reds in his squad to play Bledisloe Cup Tests against New Zealand next month, then the Rugby Championship.

They include uncapped players Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Filipo Daugunu and Hunter Paisami, along with skipper Liam Wright, who is still only 22.

Queensland, however, haven’t won in Canberra since 2014 and will again be looking to the experience of playmaker James O’Connor to pull the strings.

Once the bad boy of Australian rugby, after a string of disciplinary problems, a more mature O’Connor has been a pivotal figure this year.

“We know what we have to do and we want to go down there and just finish it off,” said O’Connor, who was also in Rennie’s squad.

After being cleared of concussion, the dangerous Jordan Petaia will shift to the right wing for the Reds with Chris Feauai-Sautia ruled out with a groin injury.

It means Paisami will start at outside centre. In the forwards, JP Smith starts at loosehead prop with Harry Hoopert dropping to the bench.

McKellar, whose side made the Super Rugby semi-finals last year, sprung a surprise by picking Noah Lolesio in his starting line-up despite the 20-year-old not playing since July 18 due to injury.

Lolesio, another of Rennie’s uncapped call-ups, will form a halves pairing alongside recalled Wallaby Joe Powell, with experienced scrum-half Nic White coming off the bench.

“To be able to play a home final in front of our family and our supporters is something we set out to do at the start of this competition and we can’t wait for that opportunity,” said McKellar.

“We’ve prepared well over the last two weeks and we know the Reds are going to be a huge challenge on Saturday night but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

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WATCH: Teen busted 51km over limit on suburban road



TWO drivers, $2495 in fines and 16 demerit points in a matter of hours.

The shocking speeds at which police allege two drivers were travelling on suburban streets is a timely reminder for motorists to slow down and survive the drive these school holidays.

Police allege a Beaconsfield boy, 17, was driving a Holden Rodeo ute on Mackay Bucasia Rd at 9.16pm Thursday when he was clocked doing 131km/h in the signed 80km/h zone.

Mackay Road Policing Unit officers intercepted the boy and questioned him on whether he was aware of the alleged speed.

“I want you to finish high school,” the officer told the teen.

 

 

The boy was fined $1245 and stripped of eight demerit points.

Just hours earlier, a 21-year-old Bowen man was allegedly travelling at 120km/h in a 70km/h zone on Woodlands Rd at Bowen.

Police intercepted the Holden Commodore about 6.45pm.

The Bowen man was fined $1245 and lost eight demerit points.

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Mackay Crime Prevention Unit Senior Constable Steve Smith said being fined by police and losing points from your driver’s licence was an inconvenient and costly process.

“Causing an injury or worse to an innocent member of the public because of a preventable traffic crash is considerably worse,” Senior Constable Smith said.

“Speeding at any level increases the risk of a crash happening.

“Speeding at levels like these is a choice – a poor choice.”





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