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Nun vows to atone for Qld orphanage abuse

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A senior Catholic nun who admitted to treating child abuse victims without compassion has vowed to “right the wrong of the past”, as a public hearing into a Queensland orphanage wraps up.


The public apology by Sisters of Mercy national head Berneice Loch came as it was revealed that elderly nuns from her congregation were ashamed and upset after being accused of abusing children.

Sister Loch initially reacted with scepticism when adults who had grown up at the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, came forward in the 1990s with claims they had been physically and sexually abused by nuns and priests.

On Wednesday she reiterated a 1997 formal apology made to former residents by the Sisters of Mercy, who ran the orphanage until it closed in 1978.

“Where we have made decisions that were wrong, where we have let down or disappointed past residents, I apologise,” Sister Loch said outside the Rockhampton court house, where a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded.

“We have learned much over the past 20 years and we have over the past two weeks also learned.

“I guarantee that we will continue to work as hard as possible to right the wrong of the past.”

Inside, a former senior member of the nuns’ congregation revealed that in the 1990s she had contacted up to five surviving sisters (now deceased) who had been named as perpetrators by abuse victims.

Di-Anne Rowan testified they mostly didn’t recall abusing the children, but the allegations “changed” them.

“It did affect them very deeply and they were ashamed, embarrassed, upset,” she said.

Ms Rowan said just one nun agreed to meet with her accusers because the others were anxious about not recalling the abuse, and causing further hurt.

The inquiry heard the Sisters paid out $555,000 to 75 abuse victims after selling the Neerkol property for $1.43 million.

Ms Rowan agreed it was modest compensation but said the rest of the money was put towards providing ongoing financial and other support to former residents.

Lawyers have been given 10 weeks in which to file closing written submissions before the three presiding commissioners prepare their final report on Neerkol.

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Back? I was never away, says Barca’s Iniesta

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The playmaker’s outrageous skills were on full display again on Tuesday, however, as he cut through the Paris St Germain midfield and released Neymar in front of goal to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg.


Already leading 3-1 from last week’s first leg in Paris, Neymar’s goal, the first of a double in a 2-0 win for Barca on the night, effectively killed PSG’s chances of a comeback.

The Catalan giants eased through to the last four for the seventh time in eight seasons and a record 11th time in the Champions League era.

Iniesta’s stunning slalom in the buildup to the opening goal brought the home fans at the Nou Camp to their feet.

Receiving the ball from centre back Javier Mascherano deep in the Barca half with his back to the PSG goal, a clever feint took Iniesta past advancing midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Forward Edinson Cavani attempted to rob the ball but Iniesta simply motored past him before a burst of pace took him away from midfielder Marco Verratti’s desperate lunge.

Advancing on the retreating PSG back line, Iniesta waited until the perfect moment before threading a pass between the defenders and Neymar took the ball around PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and poked it into the empty net.

It was only a third assist of the season for Iniesta in the Champions League, while he has made none in La Liga and two in the King’s Cup as Barca chase a treble of trophies to match their historic haul from 2009 under Pep Guardiola.

“I was never away but some people see things one way and others another,” Iniesta told reporters.

“I always try to do things well,” he added. “I am very happy with the way everything is working out. I think you can always improve everything.”

Barca will learn who their opponents in the last four are in Friday’s draw, with Bayern Munich already through after they crushed Porto on Tuesday.

Holders Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid later on Wednesday with the city rivals locked at 0-0, while Italian champions Juventus have a 1-0 advantage when they play at Ligue 1 side Monaco.

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Giants not bigger than Suns, yet: Cameron

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Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says it’s too early in the AFL season to judge whether the Giants have advanced past rival expansion club Gold Coast Suns.


Starting the season with wins over St Kilda and Melbourne, before losing to Sydney, seventh-placed GWS are favourites for their clash with the winless Suns at Startrack Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

Cameron remains wary of the Suns, who will once again be without dual Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett as he rehabs his troublesome shoulder. “Most judges would have said at the end of last year that the Suns are way more advanced than the Giants,” Cameron said.

“So how that can actually change in the space of three games has got me miffed.”

“They’re (the Suns) a good young side. They’ve had some injuries.”

One of those injuries is the aforementioned Ablett and the lack of the man widely considered the best in the game, means Cameron can rest a little easier.

“I’m probably happy that he’s not playing this week,” Cameron said.

“He’s such a good player – he can give you nightmares.”

Sleepless nights may become more common for AFL coaches across the board if Cameron is correct in his expectation that this AFL season is more even than any in recent memory. “The season is so brutal and the competition is so even… I wouldn’t be surprised if top spot is on 15 or 16 wins and bottom spot is probably on six, seven wins.”

Cameron also said that while finals are not on his mind right now the Giants will continue to rise up the ladder and that anything is possible.

That statement is no surprise given the ominous form of some of their young midfielders thus far. Highly-rated youngsters Dylan Shiel, Adam Treloar and Lachie Whitfield have all been impressive and with the support of experienced players including co-captain Callan Ward and ex-Bulldog Ryan Griffen.

“There’s a number of our players that are on 50, 60 games now – they’re starting to get that connection,” he said.

“The more and more we play together, the progression up the ladder is obviously inevitable.

“Anything is possible. I don’t put a ceiling on our players.”

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Blackhawks win triple-overtime thriller

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Chicago won a triple overtime thriller against Nashville 3-2 on Thursday to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead in their NHL first-round playoff series.


Calgary also went up 3-1 in its all-Canadian series against Vancouver, Washington squared its series against the New York Islanders at 2-2 with an overtime victory, and Detroit went up 2-1 against Tampa Bay.

Chicago’s Brent Seabrook scored on a booming slap shot one minute into the third overtime to finally settle the marathon contest.

Seabrook’s long drive beat screened Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on the 100th shot of the game.

Rookie goalie Scott Darling made 50 saves for the Blackhawks, who can close out the Predators with a win in Nashville on Thursday.

Colin Wilson and James Neal scored for Nashville, which carried a 2-1 lead into the third period. Rinne finished with 45 stops.

The first overtime featured a memorable duel between Rinne, who found some of the magic he had during Nashville’s strong start to the season, and Darling, who was making his second career postseason start.

Calgary’s Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist as the Flames beat Vancouver 3-1.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his first playoff goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his second in as many games.

Dennis Wideman had a pair of assists for the Flames, who split the first two games of the series in Vancouver before back-to-back wins at home.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 28 saves during the win.

Captain Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks. Starter Eddie Lack was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period. Ryan Miller turned away the 15 he faced in relief.

The Flames head to Vancouver with the chance to win the series in Thursday’s Game Five and move past the first round for the first time since 2004.

Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout, helping the Red Wings defeat Tampa Bay 3-0.

Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit.

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ARU eases Wallabies eligibility rules

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Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock suspects Michael Cheika is already hunting down Matt Giteau and George Smith for a spectacular Test comeback at this year’s Rugby World Cup.


Giteau, Smith and winger Drew Mitchell can all return to play for the Wallabies after the ARU on Wednesday announced a stunning backflip on its eligibility rules.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver revealed the change to allow an elite few, much-capped players based offshore to be selected for Australia – immediately.

Until granting Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley its first-ever “flexible contract” last week, the ARU had refused to entertain the possibility of overseas-based players being selected for Tests.

But those who have earned 60 Test caps and held a contract with Australian rugby for at least seven years can now be picked.

Giteau, the reigning European player of the year, welcomed the “massive news” with an early-morning tweet from Toulon.

The 32-year-old’s Heineken Cup-winning teammate Mitchell and champion flanker Smith, currently also in France at Lyon, are the other two big winners from the dramatic shift in policy.

Looking beyond the World Cup, a swag of other stars heading overseas, including Wallabies vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper plus Will Genia and 2011 World Cup skipper James Horwill, will be available for selection if they play at least two more Tests this year.

Despite calling France home for the past four years, Giteau retains a burning desire to play in the World Cup after being bitterly disappointed to have been controversially overlooked by former coach Robbie Deans for the 2011 global showpiece.

Only on Monday, the 92-Test playmaker told The Times in London the ARU needed to change the rules and he’d cherish a return to the Wallabies.

“I miss the big games, the big atmospheres, but the rules are there for a reason,” Giteau said.

“They need changing, but if it was something the coaches were interested in, then I’d love to play for my country again.”

The policy change was approved by the ARU board and endorsed by the Australian Super Rugby franchise CEOs and the Players’ Association this week.

“It’s a decision that recognises the changing dynamics of a global rugby market for professional players,” Pulver said.

“Combined with our other recruitment and retention strategies, we feel this decision allows the ARU to assert more influence over player movement and contracting in Australia and abroad.

“The policy also encourages those players who have not yet reached that point to commit exclusively to Australian rugby in the prime of their career.

“In this way, we believe the policy supports Super Rugby by encouraging our top players to remain in Australia for longer.”

Under the revised ARU policy, players returning to Australia from overseas who make a two-year commitment to an Australian Super Rugby Club will also be eligible to represent the Wallabies immediately upon their return.

Pulver said the ARU believed having the option to select overseas-based players to represent the Wallabies would encourage the repatriation of Australians currently playing in foreign competitions.

Mortlock welcomed the “fantastic news”, saying the likes of Giteau and Smith would be welcome additions if Cheika wanted them back in the fold.

“Often when you look at a World Cup campaign, you need leaders to be the ones who can stand up under the pressure of the big matches that matter,” he told AAP.

Australia’s 2007 World Cup captain, Mortlock described Smith as the best player he’d played with.

“He was a freak,” he said.

“I don’t know what his position is, but the reality is the last time he played for the Wallabies (against the British and Irish Lions in 2013), he was more than up to it.

“So he actually has more recent experience playing for the Wallabies (than Giteau).”

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