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  • admin 20:44 on 09/18/2019  

    Glenn Maxwell staked his claim for a one-day international recall but his fighting effort couldn’t mask the same old problems for the Melbourne Stars, whose season is now surely just a salvage mission after they slumped to their fifth loss from as many games on Tuesday night at Adelaide Oval.
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    Axed from ‘s ODI side last week before having his training habits questioned by captain Steve Smith, Maxwell was innovative at times on Tuesday night, hitting seven fours and one six as he compiled 60 from 39 balls, eventually falling to Peter Siddle with the last ball of the 18th over after the Stars won the toss and elected to bat. Some late hitting from captain John Hastings (17 not out from 10 balls) helped the Stars to 6-151, giving them a fighting chance.

    But forget about the “Big Show”, there weren’t enough side acts for the Stars. Half-centuries from Alex Carey and Travis Head, and some late thrashing from Colin Ingram – dropped in the deep by Maxwell with 13 balls remaining – was enough for the Strikers to secure an eight-wicket win with eight balls to spare, and move them back to the top of the ladder.

    It was something of a different looking Stars XI, with Scott Boland back in place of Michael Beer, and Seb Gotch replacing Luke Wright, who the club said had hurt his back slipping in the bathroom on Monday night.

    But despite the inclusions the early overs had an all too familiar look for the Stars. Against his former side, Ben Dunk was dismissed for one by Michael Neser, Dunk’s fourth single-digit score in five knocks this season. Having made public that this would be his last season with the Stars, Kevin Pietersen went for a wild swing and was bowled by Billy Stanlake for five, while Handscomb – wearing a shirt in which his name was missing the letter ‘S’ – looked a man short not only on letters but on time in the middle, gone for just one after top edging Ben Laughlin to be caught by wicketkeeper Carey.

    With a replacement for the injured Chris Lynn set to be announced imminently ahead of ‘s first ODI against England at the MCG on Sunday, Maxwell had the public backing of n cricket great and new national Twenty20 team assistant coach Ricky Ponting, and thrived, rescuing the struggling Stars from a seemingly dire position at 4-51 in the eighth over against the Adelaide Strikers when Marcus Stoinis fell for 39.

    Maxwell ensured it wouldn’t be a rout, but the Stars had the same old problem with the ball: they couldn’t build enough pressure with wickets. They have taken a measly seven in their past three games, not a winning formula.

    The recalled Boland was again punished, conceding 26 runs from his two overs, while Stoinis also went for more than 11 an over from his four.

    Ponting had said on Channel Ten’s coverage of the game that Maxwell should be the man to replace Lynn, but the at-times outspoken Maxwell was content to let his cricket do the talking. He wasn’t done after his efforts with the bat, combining with gloveman Peter Handscomb to end a 50-run opening stand from the Strikers, with Jake Weatherald stumped for 18, but it was all to no avail on the night.

    The Stars remain on the bottom of the ladder, with their next match against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium on Friday night. They will lose one-day representatives Stoinis, Adam Zampa, and who knows, maybe Maxwell, for that match, although the club said it was hopeful Wright would be available to return.

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  • admin 20:44 on 09/18/2019  

    AFL legend Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson has been arrested as part of an investigation into drug trafficking, but the premiership coach has been released without charge.
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    In a short statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed a 54-year-old from Port Melbourne was arrested and released earlier that day, “pending further enquiries”.

    Thompson’s Port Melbourne renovated warehouse was raided at 9.30am last Friday.

    Mark Thompson (left) has not been charged. Thomas Windsor (top right) has been charged as part of the drug probe, as has Karl Holt. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo and Bendigo Advertiser

    It can be revealed that two men allegedly involved in the drug trafficking operation that resulted in a police raid at Thompson’s home have links to outlaw bikie gangs.

    Karl “Bang Bang” Holt and Thomas Windsor were charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, after raids in Geelongand Port Melbourne.

    Mr Holt – who purports to drive a black Mercedes-Benz sedan with the numberplate NOBA1L- and Mr Windsor both have links to bikies in the Geelong region, sources say.

    The pair are heavily tattooed, with Mr Holt having a picture of a gun and the words “bang bang”, his nickname, tattooed on his hands.

    Mr Holt, 31, from Lara, and Mr Windsor, 28, from Port Melbourne, were both remanded in custody.

    A22-year-old woman from Mill Park was also charged with trafficking a drug of dependence.

    It is understood the charges related to varioussubstances.They have beenremanded to faceGeelong Magistrates’ Court at later dates.

    A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed three people had been charged, and had been remanded in custody.

    “No further arrests have been made and, as the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage,” she said.

    It is not clear how Thompson is allegedly connected to the investigation.

    The police involved in the search at Thompson’s home were from the Southern Metro and Geelong divisional response units, who are broadly tasked to investigate property crime and illegal drug activity.

    When contacted on Saturday, Mr Thompson denied his home had been raided, but footageof police executing a warrant on the Rouse Street property,taken from a neighbouring home,emerged on Monday.

    Thompson, 54, led the Cats to premierships in 2007 and 2009 but quit the club in 2010 to join Essendon, the club he had once captained, as a senior assistant to James Hird.

    He became embroiled in the supplements saga which led to 34 past and present Essendon players being suspended for the 2016 season.

    Thompson was fined $30,000 for his role in the scandal, one which had seen him replace a suspended Hird as coach in 2014 but later lose any interest in the sport.

    He revealed last year the saga had made him “bitter and twisted” and contributed to the breakdown of his marriage.

    The Age

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  • admin 20:44 on 09/18/2019  

    Education Minister Rob Stokes says opening up selective schools to local students would create a more equitable education system, as the NSW Department of Education reviews the decades-old system for teaching the state’s brightest students.
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    Mr Stokes said the selective system should not “create a rigid, separated public education system”.

    “While recognising that selective schools have a history and are popular, is it correct that local kids must walk past a local public selective school that is closed to them?” he said.

    “We need to have public schools that are inclusive of everyone rather than deliberately separate children on the basis that some are gifted and talented and others are not.

    “There may be merit in opening up selective schools to local enrolments and providing more local opportunities to selective classes in comprehensive schools.”

    It is understood the idea involves introducing comprehensive streams to selective schools.

    It comes as the department continues a wide-ranging review of its gifted and talented policy for NSW public schools, including an overhaul of the entry test for selective schools amid concerns that wealthy families are able to game the system by engaging expensive tutoring services.

    NSW currently has 19 fully selective and 29 partially selective schools, the most of any state, and the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) shows that the state’s top-performing selective schools such as James Ruse, Baulkham Hills and North Sydney Boys are significantly more advantaged than exclusive private schools such as The King’s School and Knox Grammar.

    ICSEA scores are used by the n Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to assess the socio-educational background of a school’s student cohort based on geographical location and parental education and occupation, with a higher score indicating a higher level of advantage.

    “Is it correct that local kids must walk past a local public selective school that is closed to them?” Education Minister Rob Stokes said. Photo: Robert Pearce

    The median ICSEA score in NSW is 1000.

    James Ruse has an ICSEA score of 1240 and North Sydney Boys has a score of 1210, compared with King’s score of 1160, and Knox’s score of 1178.

    Additionally, selective schools consistently outperform private and comprehensive schools in the Higher School Certificate, and comprised nine out of the top 10 schools by performance in last year’s exams, including the privately selective Sydney Grammar.

    Professor of education at the University of Sydney, Anthony Welch, said that a local intake to selective schools could ensure they better reflect the wider population.

    “What we know about those schools is that they’re increasingly selective not merely in academic terms but in social terms too,” Professor Welch said.

    “Having a wider intake and more mixed classes would improve equity.”

    Professor Welch said selective schools also impact nearby comprehensive schools.

    “They cream off all the high-achieving kids from the whole area, so the impact on neighbouring schools is quite the opposite,” he said.

    Mother-of-two Licia Heath, from Sydney’s east, said having two selective schools, Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls, in the area has contributed to overcrowding at her local comprehensive school, Rose Bay Secondary College, which had 1132 students in 2017.

    “We think the school’s going to be in absolutely dire straits,” said Ms Heath, who is a spokeswoman for the Community for Local Options for Secondary Education (CLOSE), which is calling for a new comprehensive co-educational high school for the area.

    Ms Heath said she’d be happy to send her sons Jude and Leo Jungwirth, aged 9 and 6, respectively, to Sydney Boys if it was opened to local students.

    “I’ve had a look at the academic requirements and possibly one of our sons would get into it, but we want them to be at the same school,” she said.

    Labor’s spokesman for education Jihad Dib said that he supports opening up selective schools but is also pushing for more selective streams in comprehensive schools.

    “Opening up selective schools to students who are otherwise excluded will ensure they’ve got the opportunity to go to a high-performing school,” Mr Dib said.

    “But what I’d really like to see are selective streams in every school so kids who want a selective school education can go to their local school.”

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  • admin 20:44 on 09/18/2019  

    I guess I could boycott travel to Israel – but I doubt it would make much difference. No one really cares when you make grandiose statements and you’re a nobody.
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    A few Israeli restaurants would miss out on some business as a result of my decision. A few bars would sell fewer beers. Maybe a hotel or two would miss out on a booking.

    In other words, my boycott would serve only to hurt the normal nobodies of Israel – the people such as myself. A few businesses might be harmed, slightly, but world leaders wouldn’t blink an eye.

    If I were Lorde, however – if I were a musician who’d sold millions of records and had almost 8 million followers on Twitter – then a boycott of Israel would mean something. Then, people would take notice.

    And of course, it has, and they have. A few weeks ago the Kiwi singer announced she was cancelling a concert in Israel after fans wrote to her, claiming that to perform in the country would show tacit support for its continued encroachment on Palestinian territory.

    So Lorde pulled out, and people in certain quarters have obviously been upset. Jewish leaders, plus the Israeli ambassador to New Zealand, plus, you know, lots of angry people on Twitter, have criticised the decision. An American rabbi took out an ad in the Washington Post to label the 21-year-old a “bigot”.

    For the record, I’m on board with Lorde’s decision. While I don’t think a boycott from me would make any difference in the world to the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a boycott from Lorde does. If nothing else, it starts a conversation. It increases worldwide awareness that maybe there’s a problem here that needs addressing with more than just America’s ham-fisted neo-diplomacy. See for yourself

    For us regular travellers, however, I would definitely not encourage any similar actions, regardless of how you feel about the situation in the Middle East. Maybe you think Israel’s increased occupation of Palestinian territory is wrong. Maybe you think Israelis are in an incredibly precarious position and should do whatever they can to protect themselves.

    Whatever you think, you should go to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. You should see these places for yourself. You should meet the people involved. You should judge it for what it is, rather than what you’ve been told.

    And that’s not to say that your opinion, once you arrive, will necessarily be swayed one way or the other. Maybe a visit there will change your mind; maybe it will just serve to confirm the things you already believed.

    I spent a few weeks in 2016 touring Israel and the Palestinian Territories and I loved every second of it. I loved the people I met, Israeli and Palestinian. I loved the history of the place. I loved having the chance to taste and feel this amazing part of the world.

    Food tours are taking off in an area that is far better known for its religious tourism.

    On the final night of my stay there I was sitting with a few fellow travellers, talking about the things we’d seen, saying how amazing it had been to see everything with our own eyes and better understand it all. “Exactly,” one of the people there said. “I mean, the things the Israelis have to go through just to survive … It’s horrific.”

    That’s kind of funny, I thought, because I was feeling the exact opposite. I’d been touched by the stories I’d heard in Palestine, by the sight of walls dividing territory, by the experience of queuing up in a car to get into Ramallah, by the clear case of haves and have-nots – those with rights and those with no rights – that was taking place in front of me. Surely it’s the Palestinians who are suffering?

    But not everyone sees things the same way, and that’s fine. The important thing is simply that you see it.

    I’ve never been a fan of travel boycotts. You don’t strike a blow against a powerful and detested regime by staying at home. You just strike a series of small blows against everyday people in foreign lands who could very well feel exactly the same way as you do.

    You don’t just deny yourself the chance to meet these people and hear different stories and make judgments for yourself. You also deny those citizens your business, and your viewpoints, and your experiences. Everyone remains as they were. Everyone loses. Except, of course, that hated regime.

    Lorde’s decision to boycott Israel is a powerful one that has a lot of meaning. But as travellers, your decision, and my decision, means very little to the world at large. In fact electing to boycott a country inevitably does more harm than good.

    So yes, you should go to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. You should go to Tel Aviv and Haifa, Jerusalem and Ramallah. You should go to Nablus and Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jericho. You should meet people there. See things. Make your own decisions.

    And then tell the world.

    Have you travelled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories? Would you recommend it? Do you think travel boycotts are effective, or a waste of time?

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  • admin 20:44 on 09/18/2019  

    October 7, 2017 – Turnbull Stakes day – was a beautiful one at Flemington racecourse.
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    Crowds had flocked to the course to see world champion racehorse Winx make her return to Melbourne.

    While all eyes were fixated on the great mare, Aquanita stablehand Greg Nelliganushered another runner that day, the Robert Smerdon-trained Lovani, into the swabbing stall.

    It was an ideal time. All eyes were on Winx and few were concerned with Lovani apparently having a nervous pre-race urination.

    But unknown to Nelligan, Racing Victoria’s integrity team were hard at work and caught him in the act of administering an oral paste to Lovani.

    The sheer arrogance – to treat a horse on race day, metres away from officialdom in the stall normally used to collect drug samples – beggars belief.

    The investigation that followed the detection of Lovani’s treatment uncovered a vast and intricate web of alleged corruption and raceday treatments dating back nearly 10 years.

    Now Racing Victoria stewards have levelled more than 250 charges at eight employees from the all-powerful Aquanita racing stable, making this the biggest corruption scandal in racing since the Fine Cotton ring-in nearly 35 years ago.

    Those charged include Aquanita trainers Smerdon (115 charges), Tony Vasil (7), Stuart Webb (3) and Queensland-based Liam Birchley (3).

    The other Aquanita staff charged were Nelligan (123), Denise Nelligan (13), Danny Garland (2) and former Aquanita employee Trent Pennuto (4).

    All were charged under a rarely used rule, AR 175(a), involving “any dishonest, corrupt or fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing”.

    Other charges relate to betting activity on the Aquanita horses, including “laying them”, or betting to lose.

    This is a shocking indictment on Aquanita racing, the biggest thoroughbred training operation in .

    So serious are the charges that Racing Victoria have left the door open for the accused to be stood down from racing.

    The investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that more charges will be laid soon.

    Greg Nelligan, who incurred the most charges, was also charged with possession of syringes, needles, stomach tubes and other instruments used for treating horses.

    Fairfax Media understands that a number of other regulatory bodies have been briefed or a likely to follow the enquiry now that the charges have been made public. These include the Office of Racing Integrity, Victoria Police, the n Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the n Tax Office.

    This is because the alleged race day treatment and subsequent betting activities might be perceived as “defrauding the betting public”.

    A number of harness racing identities in Queensland have been charged by the Queensland Police Racing Squad with such charges and are awaiting a court date.

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