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VAR fails to deny offside grand final goal ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Melbourne Victory fans are calling it the ‘heist in the Hunter’.
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And an extraordinary admission from A-League chiefs regarding a technical glitch in the video assistant referee (VAR) system has confirmed the club’s grand final win over the Newcastle Jets was, indeed, highway robbery.

Football Federation Australia has launched a probe after conceding the VAR on duty, Craig Zetter, did not have access to the camera angles which would have enabled him to rule out Kosta Barbarouses’s ninth-minute goal.

Social media went into meltdown when replays showed James Donachie had drifted past the last Jets player when he headed Leroy George’s set piece across the box and into the path of Kiwi international Barbarouses.

The assistant referee never raised his flag but it’s understood some members of the Victory coaching staff hesitated before celebrating because they believed Donachie was offside on their first viewing.

A-League chief Greg O’Rourke said Hawkeye had a “malfunction of software” that meant the broadcast feed was partially lost from the VAR system 30 seconds before Victory’s goal.

By the time it was restored it was too late to overturn the goal.

It was perhaps a fitting finish to an A-League season that was marred by VAR controversies, and comes as a dramatic warning of the system’s fallibility before next month’s World Cup in Russia, where it be used at football’s showpiece tournament for the first time.

“We are extremely disappointed at this failure of the VAR technology and we understand the disappointment and frustration of the Newcastle Jets, their fans and indeed all football fans,” O’Rourke said.

“VAR was introduced here and in other parts of the world as a technology based solution to correct the human errors that inevitably are made from time to time when officials are making judgments in split seconds.

“The technology itself failed … we are working with Hawkeye to thoroughly understand why it did and what can be done to prevent this happening again.”

Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna half-heartedly requested a replay of the grand final when told of the revelations by O’Rourke.

“That was the first thing I asked,” McKinna told NBN Television.

“At least FFA have put it out there that they got it wrong. It doesn’t change the result.

“There’s been quite a few issues through the year with the system. FFA need to address it more and they need to train more people up to do the job properly so this doesn’t happen next year.”

Victory coach Kevin Muscat told AAP: “I reckon there’s been a few technical glitches throughout the season.”

“Three weeks ago when we played Adelaide, their goal was offside and the VAR didn’t have the correct footage.

“When we sent them our footage they acknowledged that it was offside.

“I don’t want to rub people’s noses in it.

“What I am saying is that we’ve got to allow more resources to give these guys all the correct software and technology that they need.”

Australian Associated Press

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Taylor Swift visits 8-year-old burns girl ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Taylor Swift has surprised an 8-year-old girl in a US hospital with devastating burns.Taylor Swift has surprised an eight-year-old girl at the Phoenix hospital where she is recovering from devastating burns.
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The Arizona Republic reports the pop star showed up unannounced on Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center to see Isabella McCune.

The girl’s family made a video on Wednesday of her asking for Swift to visit because she couldn’t leave the hospital for the singer’s concert next week.

Swift stayed for about 20 minutes. She signed autographs and gave Isabella merchandise from her concert tour.

The McCune family says Isabella suffered third-degree burns over 65 per cent of her body when a fire erupted at a neighbourhood party on St Patrick’s Day in March.

The girl says hugs sometimes hurt but asked for one from Swift.

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Labor not rushing to end live sheep trade ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Labor is refusing to put a timeline on its plan to end live sheep exports as a cross-party push to stop the controversial trade gains momentum.
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Independent senator Derryn Hinch is working alongside the Greens to introduce legislation to parliament later in the week which will phase out the trade.

“I have been pushing this for 37 years, it’s never been closer than it is right now,” Senator Hinch told Sky News on Monday.

More than 97,000 people have signed Senator Hinch’s petition to ban live exports.

While the coalition government awaits the outcome of an independent report into the trade, former Liberal cabinet minister Sussan Ley plans to introduce a private bill to end live exports.

Ms Ley has the support of her partyroom colleague Jason Wood, while WA Liberal Ian Goodenough has also raised concerns over the industry.

Labor has pledged to phase out the trade if it wins government, but will also consider Ms Ley’s private bill.

The opposition’s agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said Labor wanted to work with sheep farmers to make the transition out of the trade, but wouldn’t say how long that would take.

“The last thing farmers and the industry more broadly want is a stop-dead date,” Mr Fitzgibbon told Sky News on Monday.

WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan wants quick decisions about ships travelling to the Middle East in the upcoming northern hemisphere summer.

“Let’s deal with that immediate issue. We’ve got to make some decisions this week if we are going to be able to manage this through the next summer,” Ms MacTiernan told reporters on Monday.

A veterinarian-led review into the northern summer trade is under way, with the final report due next week.

In a submission to the review, the Australian Veterinarian Association recommended voyages carrying live sheep to the Middle East during May to October be stopped.

Unions are also ramping up opposition to industry practices after further revelations of cruelty to animals and dire conditions for workers on live export ships.

New footage emerged over the weekend of crew onboard the Emanuel Exports-chartered Awassi Express clearing decomposing sheep carcasses.

Maritime union boss Paddy Crumlin said the barbaric practices showed the industry was failing community expectations.

“Sadly, the utterly disgraceful treatment of animals onboard live export vessels is often mirrored by the equally dismal treatment of seafarers, and this new footage is a terrifying reminder of what life can be like at sea when workers have no rights,” Mr Crumlin said.

“It’s a living hell.”

The Australian Meat Industry Employees Union wants to see a shift to onshore processing.

Conditions on the Awassi sparked widespread outrage last month when animal cruelty was exposed on a 2016 voyage to the Middle East on which 2400 sheep died.

The government is expected to announce tough new measures for dodgy exporters, including 10 years’ jail and multi-million dollar fines.

Australian Associated Press

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What is blocking change success ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

BRAKES ON: Why do employees fail to engage in change?Is your organisation struggling to gain employee engagement in change projects? Do you really know the answer to the question?
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Prosci’s most recent best practice change managementresearch shows employees fail to engage in change for four reasons. One reason isatendency to use a top-own approach and force change on employees rather than involve them. Secondly, many employees are facing change saturation. Many staff have past negative experiences of change or don’t trust an organisation’s leadership. A fourth reason is that there is no senior sponsor or they are not adequately involved in driving change.

A change readiness assessment is a very handy tool to identify and deal with roadblocks to successful change. It is a smart and a small investment given the resources you’re likely investing in your project.

LenoreMiller is aHunter-basedProsci certified change management practitioner and an employee engagement and capability expertlenoremiller出售老域名

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Newcastle Jets midfielder Dimi Petratos makes World Cup preliminary squad ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Newcastle Jets midfielder Dimi Petratos makes World Cup preliminary squad Dimi Petratos
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TweetFacebook Dimi PetratosNewcastle Jets midfielder Dimi Petratos and former teammate Andrew Nabbout have been picked in an extended 32-mansquad for the World Cup.

Selection in coach Bert van Marwijk’s preliminary squad will be some consolation for 25-year-old Petratos after the disappointment of Saturday’s grand final loss to Melbourne Victory.

Petratos was joint runner-up behind Sydney FC’s Polish international Adrian Mierzejewski in the A-League player of the year award, the Johnny Warren Medal.

Winger Nabbout was instrumental in the Jets’ record-breaking season before moving to Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds in March.

Both players made their Socceroos debuts in a 4-1 loss to Norway on March 24 in Oslo.

Veteran striker Tim Cahill won a place in the extended World Cup squad, as did exciting Melbourne City 18-year-old Daniel Arzani.

The squad will be cut to 26 next week before a training camp in Turkey and friendlies in Austria and Hungary. Australia open the tournament in Russia against Franc e on June 16.

Full squad: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Danny Vukovic (Genk); Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Lens), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers Zurich), Aleksandar Susnjar (Mlada Boleslav), Bailey Wright (Bristol City); Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory); Tim Cahill (Millwall), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Robbie Kruse (Bochum), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets).

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Road, rail upgrades for SA in budget ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

South Australian road and rail projects will receive $1.8 billion in Tuesday’s federal budget but the opposition fears the state may have been “sold a pup”.
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The Gawler rail electrification project will get $220 million while $160 million will be used to duplicate Port Augusta’s Joy Baluch Bridge – an improvement to the national freight network.

The remainder of the funds have been allocated to the South Road upgrade.

Premier Steven Marshall says these “significant projects” will create jobs and help grow the state’s economy.

“Once completed these projects will also improve the lives of South Australians by easing traffic congestion, reducing travel times and deliver a more efficient and reliable public transport service,” he said on Monday.

But Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas warned the details of the funding had not been revealed, and may not be included in Tuesday’s budget.

“If the money is in the budget tomorrow night, I’ll be the first to applaud it,” he told reporters on Monday.

“But if the money isn’t actually in there, or in the forward estimates, then we’ll know that Steven Marshall and his Liberal mates have been sold a pup, and that would be a bad result for South Australia.”

Several parts of South Road, which stretches from Adelaide’s north to its south, have already been upgraded as part of a Coalition promise to complete the work within a decade.

It is likely the next section to be funded will be Anzac Highway to Torrens Road, pending a detailed business case from the state government.

The South Road and Gawler rail projects will be funded 50-50 by the state and federal governments, while the federal government will pay for 80 per cent of the bridge project.

Australian Associated Press

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NSW’s ‘raw deal’ in federal budget ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

NSW is getting a “raw deal” from the latest federal budget when it comes to the GST despite being the nation’s top earner, the state’s treasurer says.
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Only $1.5 billion of new national infrastructure spending will flow to NSW while Victoria will pocket $7.8 billion in the budget, to be handed down on Tuesday.

On Monday, the federal coalition announced nearly $1 billion for a Coffs Harbour bypass on the Pacific Highway in northern NSW.

It will also commit to $400 million for Sydney’s Port Botany rail duplication between Mascot and Botany and $50 million for a business case into a rail link from St Marys to the new Badgerys Creek airport.

But NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants to see more “hard earned money” returned to NSW taxpayers through GST allocation.

“The people of NSW are getting a raw deal when it comes to GST,” he told AAP in a statement on Monday.

“The more we reform, the better we perform, the more penalised we get.”

CommSec’s 2018 State of the States report, released in January, ranked NSW as the top-performing economy in the nation, “solidly” ahead of Victoria.

But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull denied NSW was being short-changed, pointing to the current and combined state and commonwealth infrastructure spending of more than $21 billion in the state.

“NSW is the largest state and it obviously has a very large share of the infrastructure spending,” he told reporters.

“We have an enormous amount on track in NSW.”

Mr Turnbull pointed to work benefiting from federal funding now underway, including WestConnex, the western Sydney airport and the North-South rail link.

“The Victorians were saying we hadn’t committed enough money there in the past and they were pointing to big projects like the Western Sydney airport, so sometimes the timing can be an issue – but right across the country now there is a massive amount of infrastructure underway,” he added.

Ahead of the federal budget, Mr Perrottet refused to be drawn on what other specific projects he’d like to see funded.

“Like all great Liberal treasurers Scott Morrison will be making careful and fiscally responsible decisions that will see the federal budget return to surplus in coming years,” Mr Perrottet told AAP in a statement last week.

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is still hoping to see more federal money flow toward her government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure undertaking.

“Of course any support from the federal government in relation to our major infrastructure program would be welcome and I’ll be watching with everybody else to see what happens,” she said.

The federal government had already confirmed it would set aside $155 million for a new bridge in Nowra and $25 million for a new monument at the Kurnell landing site of Captain James Cook.

The NSW government has off its own bat committed some $22.3 billion for infrastructure projects including, the controversial $16 billion WestConnex road network.

Australian Associated Press

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Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Hezbollah and its political allies have won just over half the seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, unofficial results show, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran’s growing regional influence.
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If confirmed, the preliminary results cited by politicians and media might also add to the risks facing Lebanon, reliant on US military help and hoping to secure billions of dollars in international aid and loans to revive its stagnant economy.

Branded a terrorist group by the United States, Hezbollah has grown in strength since joining the war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2012. Its powerful position in Lebanon reflects Tehran’s ascendancy in territory stretching through Iraq and Syria to Beirut.

The unofficial tally in the first parliamentary elections in nine years indicated sharp losses for Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. But he was still set to emerge as the Sunni Muslim leader with the biggest bloc in the 128-seat house, making him the frontrunner to form the next government.

Lebanon’s prime minister must be a Sunni in the country’s sectarian power-sharing system. The new government, like the outgoing one, is expected to include all the main parties. Talks over Cabinet posts are expected to take time.

International donors want to see Beirut embark on serious economic reforms to reduce state debt levels before they will release billions pledged at a Paris conference in April.

Lebanon has been a big recipient of foreign aid to help it cope with hosting one million refugees who fled the war in neighbouring Syria, equal to one-in-four of the population.

The election was held under a complex new law that redrew constituency boundaries and changed the electoral system from winner-takes-all to a proportional one. The interior minister said official results would be declared on Monday.

An Israeli security cabinet minister said the gains in the vote showed that Israel should not distinguish between the Lebanese state and Hezbollah in any future war.

The staunchly anti-Hezbollah Lebanese Forces, a Christian party, appears to have emerged as a big winner, nearly doubling its MPs to 15 from eight, according to the initial indications.

Hezbollah, along with allied groups and individuals, secured at least 67 seats, according to a Reuters calculation based on preliminary results for nearly all the seats obtained from politicians and campaigns and reported in Lebanese media.

Hezbollah’s allies include the Shi’ite Amal Movement led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and the Christian Free Patriotic Movement established by President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally since 2006 who has said its arsenal is needed to defend Lebanon.

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Lake mozzie tests find no evidence of viruses ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

Testing of mosquito habitats across Lake Macquarie has found no evidence of harmful viruses such as Ross River or Barmah Forest.
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TESTED: Council and the Department of Medical Entomology monitors local mosquitos annually at three locations. Picture: Stephen Doggett

Council recently completed its annual monitoring program for the year with the Department of Medical Entomology.

The monitoring found no trace of harmful mosquito-borne diseases in samples collected at Dora Creek, Teralba and Belmont South between December 2017 and May 2018.

“While none of us enjoy having mozzies around, there’s at least some comfort to be found in the news that the ones we caught were unlikely to cause more harm than an annoying, itchy bite,” council’s acting waste, environment and rangers manager, Derek Poulton, said on Monday.

“Apart from a recent spike brought on by a prolonged period of dry weather followed by heavy rain, it was also great to see that mosquito numbers were relatively low across the habitats surveyed.”

Council offered a few simple steps people could take to avoid mosquitos:

Insect-proof the house by screening all doors and windows. Make sure all gaps are sealed as mosquitos can wriggle through openings as small as 2mm.If you need to be outside, especially in shaded areas and at dawn and dusk, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and use insect repellents on bare skin.Keep breeding sites to a minimum by making sure that pot plants and drip trays are emptied regularly.Do not become complacent as the weather becomes cooler as there may be disease carriers even within a smaller mosquito population.Council’s monitoring program begins again in late 2018.

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Delicate art of backing yourself ( admin posted on April 27th, 2020 )

GO CONFIDENTLY: Choose your thoughts. See where it leads.For a range of reasons, I have a lot of conversations in my life that lead to people sharing with me – in some way, shape or form – that they are not backing themselves.
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Even my little girl has on her list of goals this year ‘trust myself more’.

It is a delicate art to understand: knowing when to back yourself and be confident of your view, versus when not to –choosing to collaborate,discuss, get advice.

Each of those judgements can be wrong.

At times it is easy to create a situation in yourlife that actually could have been prevented if you had backed yourself more.

Our business is all about building human potential. Thismeans that if any of us have a chance to reach our human potential in any area of our life it requires confidence, clarity of thought and to have a deep level of trust in ourselves.

It is only when we can feel like this that we can genuinely start to interact with others around us in the same way.

However, if you are overly confident, moving towards the end of arrogance or narcissistic, you don’t value the other person’s opinion and you are not likely to engage your team. This will put a lot of people off side and you’ll end up with a trail of disaster in your personal and professional relationships.

This is not likely to help any one around you and will most certainly make your life more difficult.

However, if you are under-confident, passive and not willing to back yourself, constantly questioning your judgement, you will not being able to influence people.

You will feel resentful and that you are emotionally manipulating yourself or others, wishing that you could feel empowered.

What can be done? How do we walk the artful line of trusting our own judgement and constructively collaborating at the same time?

Like most things in life, it is not a case ofeither/or. In fact, it is this either/or thinking that creates so much conflict.

I suggest that you considerwhat useful action you can take to increase the possibility of creating the outcome that you need or desire in each situation.The more able you are to consciously take a breath in the moment and to choose from your behavioural toolkit (and genuinely choose not to react), the easier your life will be.

True confidence is regularly stepping back, in the moment, and making a choiceinstead of being on autopilot every time you have a conversation.

To truly choose our behaviours and actions is the essence of freedom.So, to experience more freedom, you need to develop internal confidence.

The way to feel confident is to choose your thoughts that lead to your behaviours.

Michelle Crawford is the founder of Newcastle-based human resources firm Being More Human

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