Monthly Archives:October 2019

Flu-ridden Cronk misses Storm training

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Melbourne Storm’s rise to the top of the NRL ladder has been built on stability but those foundations may be rocked with halfback options Cooper Cronk and Ben Hampton both in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Manly.

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The Storm have really only suffered one serious injury in the opening seven rounds of the competition, with star fullback Billy Slater suffering a shoulder injury.

On that note Slater made a surprise appearance at training ahead of their Anzac Day clash at AAMI Park, raising hopes he may return earlier than the projected four to six weeks.

Coach Craig Bellamy said he “couldn’t imagine” Slater being available this round.

Slater may have been up and about but the Storm were forced to train on Wednesday without a halfback – Cronk ill with the flu and his first-choice replacement Hampton suffering a hamstring problem.

“He’s still not real well,” Bellamy said of Cronk.

“We expect him to play on Saturday but at this stage missing two days training is not ideal, so hopefully he will be right for Friday’s session.”

Hampton lost a pre-season tussle to Blake Green for the five-eighth jersey but has tried to fight his way back in through a strong showing in in the Storm’s feeder side.

“Ben’s been in tremendous form but he’s not training today either so we’re down on halfbacks for our training session, ” Bellamy said.

“Hopefully he will be OK if Cooper doesn’t make it.

“They tell me his hamstring soreness is nothing serious and he will be right for the weekend.”

While Manly is in last place and the Storm first, Bellamy said the Sea Eagles always rose for the challenge – proven in their two-point victory over Melbourne in round two.

“A few weeks ago they were in turmoil and we went up there and they put us to the sword,” Bellamy said.

“Any Manly team you play – we’ve had so many battles through the years – we know it’s going to be another one on Saturday night.”

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Guardiola weathers first Bayern Munich storm in style

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Never had one of his teams lost before the semi-finals in the competition but that prospect suddenly seemed real.

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Damned to succeed, Guardiola repeatedly said he was aware of what he needed to deliver at the five-time European champions for whom a league and German Cup double was just not enough.

He arrived at Bayern after their 2013 treble-winning season and expectations have not been lowered since. A semi-final exit last season only heightened pressure on Guardiola to deliver another treble this time round.

But plagued by injuries in recent months and a rare internal strife after long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt quit after 38 years, saying his medical team was blamed for the loss to Porto, Bayern had a far-from-perfect preparation.

The doctor is hugely respected by Bayern players with many saying they would continue taking his advice and Guardiola suddenly in the firing line for allegedly falling out with a Bayern icon.

Failure to advance against Porto would have added to an already difficult week and would no doubt fan speculation about the coach’s future in Munich despite having a contract to 2016.

With Premier League clubs circling, a slip-up on Tuesday could prove decisive for both the club and the coach.

But the Spaniard, who won 14 titles in his four seasons at Barcelona, thrived under adverse conditions with his team playing arguably their best game this season, even without injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba.

“I felt it in the last few days that we would advance,” Guardiola said after Bayern fired five goals in 26 first-half minutes.

“This is about life or death and I know how very important it was,” he said. “I know what is expected of me in this team. It is about winning just like at Barcelona.”

Fans are now dreaming of a trophy on German soil in June’s final in Berlin and with players gradually returning from injury, Guardiola is confident Bayern will further improve.

“We can play even better,” he said in what is no doubt a warning to other title contenders. “After the loss in Porto the players were my heroes. Now it’s easy to love them.”

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Indian veterans seek recognition

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(Transcript from World News Radio)

 

The role of what were then British Indian forces in the First World War has been described as an important but often overlooked contribution.

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Now fresh efforts are being made to acknowledge a century-old alliance forged in battle

 

Karen Ashford has the story.

 

The shores of Gallipoli saw slouch hats shoulder to shoulder with Sikh turbans.

 

However, former Indian army officer Vikram Madan is wondering why there’s so little public awareness of that.

 

“Indian army played a very important role at Gallipoli; in fact they were the first troops to land alongside Anzacs. And why aren’t we anywhere on the scene? Why is this subject so neglected?”

 

For many years it has been believed that around 5,000 Indian troops served at Gallipoli, with about 1600 killed.

 

Military historian Peter Stanley says his recent research at the National Archives of India shows the degree of Indian involvement was higher than initially thought.

 

“There was just a brigade of mountain artillery which fought with the Australians and a brigade of infantry – a total of about 16,000 men including many mule drivers because the Indian forces provided all the transport for the allied troops on Gallipoli.”

 

Illiteracy meant few Indians were able to send letters home recording their feats, but Professor Stanley says friendships forged with Anzacs have enabled accounts of their deeds to survive.

 

“They formed particularly close bonds with individual Australians and perhaps the best known Australian is John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the man who went down in history as Simpson and the donkey. And he lived not with his own unit, the Third Field Ambulance, but with the Indian mule drivers of the mountain artillery, and he lived in the mule camp with them, he shared rations with them, and he left of the 19th of May to bring casualties down and of course was killed on that day.”

 

General Madan served with India’s Gurkha regiment for 40 years before migrating to Australia.

 

He’s been leading the charge to raise the profile of India’s role at Gallipoli in his home state of South Australia.

 

Adelaide’s Anzac Day march is arguably the most traditional in Australia – open only to Australian veterans or their direct descendants.

 

General Madan has been campaigning to open up the march to acknowledge other nations that fought alongside Australia in the Great War.

 

He says the 17 Indian veterans who are members of the state’s Indian Defence Veterans Association may not have direct ties to Gallipoli, but this shouldn’t inhibit their desire to see their nation represented.

 

“We are few but it all matters to us to be part of this big celebration of, I would call it a celebration of our achievement, really. But it’s a commemoration for the Anzac Day.”

 

The chair of South Australia’s Anzac Day Committee is the RSL’s Bill Denny.

 

Mr Denny says special effort has been made to preserve the integrity of Adelaide’s Anzac march compared with those elsewhere.

 

“It’s a balance between wanting to honour the work of these allies a hundred years ago, somehow representing them, and not compromising what’s been in place here for a hundred years. It is very difficult because the other states, their marches are more along the lines of pageants and parades – ours is very clearly a commemorative march.”

 

Mr Denny says the Anzac Day Committee has come up with a compromise which allows representatives of Australia’s allies to join the march for the four years of the Anzac centenary.

 

“There were a number of allies. Of course we had New Zealand, we had the French empire, the Indian, British Indian empire, the Russian empire, and Newfoundland and they were in fact our allies at Gallipoli. Over the years those states have changed and the current nation states are India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada representing Newfoundland, New Zealand of course, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Russia.”

 

The opportunity to march has delighted Indian veterans like Lieutenant Colonel Jitender Passan.

 

“This Anzac spirit is not only Australia and New Zealand, it’s all the allied forces, that’s what it symbolises and embodies.”

 

A former Lieutenant Commander with India’s submarine fleet, Akhilesh Verma, says the decision is a mark of acceptance.

 

“We have adopted this country as our own now so we would like to integrate with it, and marching in Anzac is one way of integrating with it and feeling for the cause.”

 

A pair of husband and wife medics are travelling 300 kilometres to march.

 

Dr Mylapanahalli Shivashankaraiah is a former Indian Army major who is now a doctor at the outback town of Port Augusta.

 

“So many of my patients, they are veterans and all the time they’ve been asking me as to why I’m not marching with them. And already so many of my patients they actually want to come to Adelaide because we will be marching here in Adelaide, and they want to take part with me.”

 

His wife, Anupama Shivashankaraiah, is a former group captain.

 

“We’ve been attending the Anzac marches for the last 10 years, we’ve just gone there and watched people march – this year I’ll be able to march.”

 

Veterans Affairs Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has applauded the RSL’s Anzac Day Committee for striking a balance.

 

He says it acknowledges allies for the centenary period, but preserves the integrity of the Adelaide march beyond that.

 

“We acknowledge the service of our Indian comrades during that campaign – I’m pleased that the RSL has also acknowledged that, and they’ll be included on Anzac Day during the march.”

 

 

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Cyclonic storm in NSW – emergency round-up

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WHERE WE’RE AT 6pm AEST

DEAD:

* Three dead – Colin Webb, 79, Robin MacDonald, 68, and Brian Wilson, 72 – in Dungog flooding, Tuesday

MISSING:

* 2 people missing, suspected dead, after car washed away in Fishery Creek, Maitland

WARNINGS:

* Slow-moving storm cell off Hunter coast, moving south

* Gale force winds easing in Sydney, but periods of heavy rain and gusts for Illawarra

* Severe weather warning in place for Illawarra and parts of south coast

* Minor to moderate flooding continues in parts of Hunter, Sydney and Central Coast

* Stay out of flood waters, don’t attempt to drive through

* Congestion on roads, public transport delays

* Residents in parts of Milperra, southwest Sydney, ordered to evacuate

EMERGENCIES:

* More than 110 flood rescues

* Almost 8000 calls for assistance since Monday

* More than 205 SES teams operating in Hunter, metropolitan Sydney and Illawarra regions

* ACT, Vic, Qld emergency teams assisting

WORST AFFECTED:

* Sydney northern – 3660 emergencies

* Hunter and Central Coast – 3815

* Sydney southern – 2242

POWER:

* Power out to 205,000 Ausgrid network homes, businesses

* Affected areas are Newcastle (95,000), Hunter Central Coast (97,000) and Sydney (11,500)

* Hunter worst affected with 130,000 customers blacked out

* Extra crews being brought in from across NSW and Qld

* Could be well into weekend before backlog cleared

TRANSPORT:

* Roads in many areas flooded, trees and power lines down

* Central Coast and Newcastle, Hunter, South Coast affected by flooding, buses replaces trains some sections

* Cronulla to Bundeena, Palm Beach to Ettalong and Empire Bay to Woy Woy ferries are not operating, buses replace Parramatta River ferries between Parramatta and Kissing Point Wharf

* Bus delays throughout Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

* Sydney Airport open, but delays of up to an hour for domestic flights, some international flights diverted

DAMAGE:

* NSW government expects to declare Dungog, Maitland, parts of Central Coast natural disaster zones

* Insurance Council declares catastrophe for storm affected areas

* Losses estimated at $129 million

* More than 19,500 claims received

(Sources: SES, Ausgrid, NSW government, others)

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Works of Indigenous artist preserved in print

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(Transcript from World News Radio)

 

The life and works of one of Australia’s best-known Indigenous artists has been put into print, two months after her passing.

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Sally Gabori’s paintings are exhibited around the world, her innate connection to country captured on canvas.

 

Abby Dinham reports.

 

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori put onto canvas a connection with Gulf of Carpentaria country that she couldn’t explain in words.

 

Art collector Patrick Corrigan has a large collection of her works.

 

“She’s painting the clouds, she’s painting the storms, she’s painting the land on Bentinck Island where she was born and on Mornington Island where she’s lived the last 40 years.”

 

Her career as a contemporary artist was short.

 

She only began painting on canvas in her 80s.

 

But in the decade before her death in February this year, she gained international acclaim.

 

Patrick Corrigan describing her paintings as powerful and emotive.

 

“The first time I saw the works I was blown away, that an elderly lady with a few brushes could come up with these stunning pieces.”

 

Her paintings tell the story of her traditional upbringing on Bentinck Island.

 

She lived a traditional life, learning very little English.

 

Curator and art historian Djon Mundine says Mrs Gabori was of the Kaiadilt people, who were very isolated from Western influence

 

“They lived by fishing and collecting they lived completely naked, exposed to the elements, they had another consciousness that is what comes out here, another connection to nature.”

 

In the 1940s she was forbibly removed from her country.

 

But Patrick Corrigan says her continued connection to her country was evident in her artwork.

 

“Even though they’ve left that community, there is something in the DNA where the memory is there of where they were 30-40 years ago.”

 

Mrs Gabori’s paintings are exhibited around Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe.

 

People attending an exhibition of her work in Melbourne say her work is abstract, but the story she tells is clear.

 

“I just see such strength, I love her later work which is so abstract. They’re so determined and so direct, you feel that communication from her about her country. They’re all so beautiful.”

 

Djon Mundiine says Mrs Gabori was a story teller, who had a lot to tell.

 

“I think she had another consciousness. She lived a very full life with an enormous number of children and she lives life and that energy comes out in the paintings.”

 

The story of her life and her artworks now immortalised in print, in a book titled simply Gabori.

 

 

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