Crows laud their need for AFL speed

Adelaide have taken just one AFL game to dispel the biggest knock on their side, Crows wingman David Mackay says.

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Adelaide’s resounding season-opening win against Greater Western Sydney was built around a fleet of speedy onballers – a facet many pundits doubted the Crows possessed.

“It’s one of our assets, there’s no doubt about that,” Mackay told reporters on Tuesday.

“The recruiting team has tried to put a bit of focus on that area because it’s so important.

“But having said that, ultimately it’s how quick you move the ball that can determine how quick you look as a team, so that is one of the things we have improved.”

The Crows unveiled a new-look midfield in their 56-point drubbing of the flag favourite Giants, with the likes of Wayne Milera, Charlie Cameron and Rory Atkins adding speed to their line-up.

“We have been working on our flexibility to get a number of guys to run through that midfield,” Mackay said.

“And we saw guys like Milera and Atkins and Cameron, who are really young and have added that energy and that speed to us.”

The Crows expect captain and key forward Taylor Walker to return from a hamstring strain for Saturday’s clash against Hawthorn at the MCG.

And while the Hawks lost their season-opener against Essendon, Mackay said the Crows remained wary of the perennial powerhouse who will likely recall ex-captain Luke Hodge from a club-imposed suspension.

“We haven’t managed to beat them for a couple of years so we’re not underestimating them at all,” Mackay said.

“(Hodge) is an absolute champion and he really does help their team out.

“We will focus a bit of time on them and the way they like to play.

“But ultimately it’s about how we execute our game plan … we think if can do that, we can be competitive with every team in the comp.”

Daily Mail’s ‘Legs-it’ headline fuels outrage

The UK newspaper Daily Mail has come under fire for a front page headline on the Brexit discussions between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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The headline read ‘Never mind Brexit, who won legs-it!’ alongside a photograph of both leaders seated and wearing skirts.

This is how the Mail talks about the UK Prime Minister and the Scottish First Minister in 2017, FFS #legsit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/1RgKDbdOnV

— Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) March 27, 2017

The front page has been labeled “sexist” and “demeaning” on social media, and inspired alternative versions of the headline.

Ignoring an actual story in an attempt to demean & humiliate successful women..dated, unimaginative & so, so boring #EverydaySexism #legsit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/AJCVx4jSfX

— Chloë Wood (@chloe_s_wood) March 27, 2017Nice pins. #legsit #newspaperoftheyear #nevermindbrexit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/hXdK1KbrN2

— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 27, 2017Nice cocks? #legsit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/bElb4rrZuy

— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) March 27, 2017Phowar love me them legs, I do#legsit #nevermindbrexit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/VNBMJ4vUlu

— Alana Calvert (@AlanaCalvert) March 27, 2017Every time I think no paper could be tackier and sleazier than the Sun, along comes the Daily Mail to challenge for pole position #legsit

— Tony Parkin (@tonyparkin) March 27, 2017Not srue about the new #DailyMail intern, but he can’t do no harm #legsit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/ci2qoEw13e

— Ian Chamberlain (@Ianshad) March 27, 2017Hello, Daily Mail? 1972 called. They want their casually sexist & demeaning front page headline back #everydaysexism #legsit 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/GZ6QNTawgm

— Sharon Glaas (@SLGlaas) March 27, 2017Now, this is much better! Thanks @GavinWorby #dailymail #legsit pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/5gEj6Xmctx

— Skint London Mag (@SkintLondon) March 27, 2017Aren’t 52% of #DailyMail readership women? Why the f#@k do they buy it? #Legsit

— Wogan Jones (@Wogan_Jones) March 27, 2017

The same image of Prime Minister May and First Minister Sturgeon was used on the front page of the Scottish edition of the Daily Mail with a different headline.

FM and PM’s oh so frosty meeting and Scotland’s failing schools: Tuesday’s Scottish Daily Mail. pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/eUezqAiA1X

— Michael Blackley (@Mike_Blackley) March 27, 2017Scottish Daily Mail has different headline. Would be good if they thought they couldn’t get away with that 70’s nonsense in Scotland. 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/f7naYFk7mq

— Pete Wishart (@PeteWishart) March 27, 2017

The Daily Mail hasn’t responded to the backlash.

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Issues in dealing with children who abuse

Isolating a child who has engaged in harmful sexualised behaviour and making them sit outside the principal’s office during recess does not help, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

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Forensic psychologist Jessica Pratley says schools need to ensure that the child and other children are safe, but a child or young person who engages in harmful, problematic or abusive sexual behaviour has their own vulnerabilities as well.

“Unfortunately, what we sometimes see is quite an extreme reaction by the agencies where they’re placed, by foster carers, by schools, and sometimes that extreme reaction can be quite counterproductive to that young person’s recovery,” Ms Pratley said.

“A child who is attending school, for example, where the school says that every recess, every lunchtime, this child has to sit outside the principal’s office and can’t socialise with other children, and that’s viewed as being a protective strategy but actually isolates that child further, and increases their risk and their likelihood to use inappropriate coping strategies.”

Ms Pratley said the child may not necessarily repeat the harmful sexualised behaviour at another school and there needs to be individualised assessment and support.

She said whether the parents of other children should be told about the behaviour depends on the situation.

“I understand the concerns that schools and other parents have but at the same time, there needs to be a position around school staff, with support from appropriately qualified clinicians, being able to manage those scenarios.”

American child protection expert Dr Elizabeth Letourneau said US policies requiring that a child be registered as a sex offender and schools notified do nothing to improve community safety and have no positive effect, but do harm the child.

“Disclosing a youth sex offence status places them at risk for predatory behaviour by adults,” the director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse said.

Dr Letourneau said there has been an increase in juvenile sexual conduct cases being dismissed or reduced on plea bargain to keep children off registries.

“I don’t believe those practices of dropping, dismissing or pleading juvenile sex crime cases serves victims and I don’t think it serves the youth very well either because then they tend not to get slated for specialised treatment as part of that outcome.”

US juvenile justice records are sealed with the exception of sex crimes.

Kyrgios reaches Miami Open fourth round

A frustrated Nick Kyrgios has prevailed over big-serving Ivo Karlovic in three tough sets to progress to the fourth round of the Miami Open.

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The Australian was never broken in the 6-4 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 victory at Key Biscayne on Monday (Tuesday AEDT), winning the deciding tie-breaker 7-2.

He won 94 per cent of points on his first serve, but displayed his frustration by banging his racquet into the court or onto his shoe when his Croatian opponent refused to yield in the second set.

The 21-year-old also drew some boos from the crowd when he appeared to reprimand a ball boy for the way the ball was thrown at him.

But Kyrgios, seeded 12th, regained his composure to reach the fourth round of his fourth straight ATP tournament, keeping his 100 per cent winning record over Karlovic from three matches.

The Canberra-product smoothed things up with the ball boy at the end of the match by giving him his towel.

Kyrgios will next play the winner of eighth-seed David Goffin’s clash with Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer moved into the fourth round, beating No.4 seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 6-4.

The 35-year-old Federer, who was facing the 29th-seeded del Potro for the first time since 2013, never lost serve and improved to 15-1 this year.

He broke del Potro twice, once in each set, and that was all he needed.

“A good match overall,” said Federer, the 2005 and 2006 champion on Key Biscayne.

“I enjoyed it.”

Federer next faces 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who needed three sets to top American Sam Querrey.

Tenth-seeded Tomas Berdych was another third-round winner, beating Gilles Muller 6-3 6-4, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino prevailed over Borna Coric of Croatia 6-4 2-6 7-6(7-3).

Also in the fourth round is Stan Wawrinka who beat Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-3 6-3 and will meet rising star Alexander Zverev, who won an epic encounter against American John Isner.

The German triumphed 6-7 (7-5) 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5), saving three match points, in a game that went on for two hours and 40 minutes.

Syria, Palestinian-Israeli conflict high on Arab League agenda

Along the northern banks of Jordan’s Dead Sea, Arab leaders have met to discuss the latest developments in the Arab world.

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Arab League heads of state and government are holding their annual summit but ahead of the meeting, they gathered to set the agenda.

That includes the ongoing Syrian civil war, which has entered its seventh year.

Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, says partner nations must not abandon the crisis.

“We must not leave the dangerous conflict for international and regional parties to run as they see fit, and control its developments according to their own interests. I believe that Arabs, represented by the Arab League, must find a way to intervene and stop the bloodshed in Syria, and end the war, and find a solution to the conflict.”

Leaders will also deliberate over the continued turmoil in Yemen.

But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and prospects of a two-state solution is the primary focus of the summit.

An Arab peace initiative offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries, in return for a deal that secures Palestinian statehood.

Jordanian foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, says the initiative must be used as the basis to find a solution.

“We agree that the Palestinian issue is a central cause, and that lifting injustice and occupation from our brothers the Palestinians on the basis of the two-state solution, is a prerequisite to achieving regional safety and stability. We also agree that the Syrian catastrophe is a wound that must be tended to through peaceful means.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Brussels at the time Mr Safadi’s comments were made.

President Abbas held high-level meetings with European Union leaders on the generations-old conflict, and says he is ready to make peace with Israel.

He added that the Palestinians want their capital to be in East Jerusalem.

“This capital, we want it to be an open city for all the worshippers, to all holy religions. The continuous expropriation of lands, settlements and this policy will create the status quo of ‘one-state’, and therefore repressive policies and the occupying policies will not bring about peace in our region because peace and stability can only be reached through being good neighbours and this is precisely what we are ready to do – to be good neighbours and we are hoping that the Israeli government and the people of Israel will not miss this opportunity in order to make peace.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that, for him, there are two prerequisites for peace.

He wants Palestinians to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, and for Israel to maintain security control over the entire West Bank.

During a video-link address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Mr Netanyahu also acknowledged there is a rare “opportunity” to achieve peace.

“Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbours. I believe that the common dangers faced by Israel and many of our Arab neighbours now offer a rare opportunity to build bridges towards a better future – a future more prosperous, more secure, more peaceful.”

June the 5th this year will mark 50 years since the Six Day War, where Israel captured territories that became a major point of contention in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 

Sam Stosur falls to Halep at Miami Open

Australia’s Samantha Stosur wasted a match point before crumbling to a three-set loss to Simona Halep in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

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Stosur broke the Romanian third-seed twice to win the first set before charging to within a point of an upset victory with a 5-3 lead in the second.

But the world No.5 rallied to take the next seven games before running away a 4-6 7-5 6-2 winner on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

Halep will meet Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals after the Briton steamrolled Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1.

It was world No.19 Stosur’s best WTA tournament performance this year after bettering third-round efforts in Doha and Taipei.

Top seeds Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova reached the quarter-finals while French Open champion Garbine Muguruza retired from her match with Caroline Wozniacki after dropping the first set.

German Kerber, the top seed, cruised by Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2 6-2 while Czech second seed Pliskova beat 15th-seeded compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-4.

Kerber was barely tested in her 62-minute match during which she displayed a great arsenal of shots and was all over her opponents’ serve.

Pliskova cruised through her first set in 22 minutes and looked ready to wrap up a quick victory when she went ahead 5-2 in the second but Strycova found life late in the match breaking Pliskova then holding at love.

“Everything was fine, going well, until 6-1, 5-2,” Pliskova, who fought off three break points in the final game, said in a report on the WTA website.

“I was happy to close it because the end was tricky – the end was a little bit shaky.”

Sixth seed Muguruza took a medical time-out after dropping the first set 7-6 (7-1) to Wozniacki after feeling dizzy and decided she was unable to continue against the Dane.

“I started normal, and then like at 3-3 or something like this I started to feel headache, pain in my stomach,” Muguruza said. “And then it kind of went more and more during the match.

“When I was getting to the 5-4, something like this, I started to feel a little bit dizzy. I think it was the heat? The heat affected me suddenly like that.”

With the win, Wozniacki advanced to sixth quarter-final in seven 2017 events.

In other women’s action, former Czech world No.5 Lucie Safarova beat Slovakian fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to reach the last eight.

For unseeded Safarova, who is on the comeback trail from a bacterial infection that hampered her for parts of the past two seasons, the win marked her first top-10 victory since 2015.

Big brain cancer study offers ray of hope

For far too long little has been known about who’s at risk of brain cancer, a rare yet deadly disease that appears to strike people at random.

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However that is changing, with scientists uncovering 13 new genetic errors associated with an increased risk of developing glioma – the most common form of brain cancer.

One of the newly discovered genetic changes increases a person’s risk by as much as a third, according to a study published in journal Nature Genetics. The others influenced risk by at least 15 per cent each.

This “hugely” exciting new research means doctors may be able to identify patients at risk earlier, said Michelle Stewart, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Head of Research Strategy.

It could also mean that there are targets for “badly needed” new drugs to be developed.

“The information that they’ve learnt means that they can work out what drugs may be effective at those new targets because currently the treatment is not very effective at all,” Ms Stewart told AAP.

Around 1600 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year.

It kills more children than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.

Wanting to know more about the genetic causes of this deadly disease, scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research in London, along with colleagues in Europe and the US, led an international study of more than 30,000 people with and without glioma.

The 13 new genetic changes detected were found to affect a variety of cell functions, including nerve cell division, DNA repair, cell cycle control, protein production and inflammation.

Different sets of genes influenced a person’s risk of developing the two subtypes of glioma – glioblastoma and non-glioblastoma.

One of the DNA changes that influenced the gene HEATR3 increased the risk of glioblastoma – a particularly aggressive type of glioma with an average survival of only 10-15 months after diagnosis – by 18 per cent.

The study doubles the total number of genetic changes associated with risk of glioma to 26.

Co-lead author Professor Richard Houlston, a Professor of Molecular and Population Genetics says this was a gigantic step that has uncovered a “treasure trove” of new information.

“The changes in the way we think about glioma could be quite fundamental. So for example, what we thought of as two related sub-types of the disease turn out to have quite different genetic causes which may require different approaches to treatment,” he explained.

Brain cancer is rare but research like this new study is essential to improving patient outcomes, Ms Stewart said.

“As we understand more about the biology of the disease we hope that the treatments can be developed effectively as well.”

“Brain cancer prognosis has been poor for far too long and we believe investment in brain cancer research is what is necessary to improve health outcomes.”

A senate select inquiry into brain cancer research in Australia is underway in Canberra, led by survivor and Labor Senator for Tasmania, Catryna Bilyk. Submissions close on Friday.

Stay inside during cyclone’s eye: experts

Residents and tourists on the normally idyllic Hamilton and Hayman Islands are being warned to stay indoors as the eye of Cyclone Debbie passes over.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said the calm of the eye often brought a false sense of security.

“Just because the cyclone passes, you may see beautiful blue skies, but the truth is the back end of the cyclone may not have come through,” he said.

“This could be many hours, so listen to the radio and we will advise people when it’s clear.”

Residents on Hamilton Island have reported that the eye wall – the most destructive part of the cyclone which comes before the calm eye – has damaged buildings and brought torrential rain.

Holiday makers stuck on Hamilton Island are bunkered down in their rooms away from windows and doors.

Helena Mo told AAP the wind had got worse throughout the morning.

“It just feels like it’s ripping through,” she said.

Wind gusts of 230-260km/h have been recorded on the island, as the Category 4 Cyclone makes its way towards the north Queensland coast.

Mr Roche said huge wind gusts had damaged buildings and ripped trees from the ground.

“There is significant damage occurring with the rain, we are going to see debris, we are going to see powerlines down, we are going to see structural damage,” he said.

“So we’re saying to people stay inside, ride the cyclone out.”

Tourist Chris McMahon told Nine his two young children were “taking it pretty well” on Hamilton Island but friends on the western side of the island had sent a message saying their apartment was “getting smashed”.

“We haven’t heard any of the rain or wind all week until today,” he said.

“About one this morning is when it really picked up and it hasn’t let off since.”

Labor disrupts parliament over 18C

Labor is disrupting parliament over proposed changes to race-hate speech laws, lashing the federal government for failing to consider the views of indigenous Australians.

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Leader of the opposition in the Senate Penny Wong has moved to suspend standing orders in a bid to push debate on the legislation to Thursday instead of Tuesday.

She accused the government of trying to push the legislation through so it could lose quickly and get it off the agenda, given it does not have the numbers to pass the changes.

The government hadn’t provided the opposition with amendments on the legislation before debate began on Tuesday, she said.

She said the government had denied indigenous Australians an opportunity to give evidence to an inquiry into the legislation.

“It really does say everything you need to know about this government… when it denies indigenous Australians the right to be heard,” she told parliament.

Attorney-General George Brandis accused Senator Wong of playing politics with what had been a “major issue” in public discussion for more than three years.

He said a joint parliamentary committee that looked into freedom of speech in 2016 held nine full days of public hearings, including a hearing in every capital city in Australia before a report was tabled in November.

The government consulted with Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs and took up many of her suggested amendments, Senator Brandis said.

“The merits had already been extensively canvassed,” he told parliament.

“We are now ready to debate the bill.”

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the proposed changes were about internal coalition politics and Malcolm Turnbull satisfying the right wing of his party.

The Greens thought they had seen the end of the 18C debate when former prime minister Tony Abbott dropped the matter.

“This is like some bad zombie movie, it just keeps coming back and back and back,” he told parliament.

The government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act would swap the words “offend”, “insult” and “humiliate” to “harass and intimidate”.

Manager of government business in the Senate Mitch Fifield said there was no attempt by the government to curtail debate on the proposed changes, with 20 speakers listed to debate the matter in parliament on Tuesday.

The government would move “purely technical” amendments to the legislation which were the product of discussions with Professor Triggs to satisfy issues she had with the initial draft, he said.

Labor’s bid to delay the debate failed after the majority of the crossbench including the Nick Xenophon Team voted with the government.

Don Dale girl’s self harm ‘out of control’

A girl who attempted suicide six times over five days at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre had just been returned from hospital for self harming and was put straight back into isolation.

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The man in charge of Don Dale operations in March 2015, James Sizeland, told the Northern Territory juvenile justice royal commission he didn’t have the authority to take the inmate out of lock down.

The girl, known as AN, had a history of trying to kill herself when placed in solitary confinement.

She had just arrived back at the jail from hospital after another self harm episode when she was put back in a cell for 34 hours with only a 30 minute respite, AN’s lawyer Stewart O’Connell said.

Then “all hell broke loose” and the young offender was hospitalised three times over the next five days.

Last week, AN told the inquiry that “dying was better than staying in isolation”, saying she constantly pleaded to be taken out.

The situation was completely out of control yet a mental health team didn’t show up for four days, Mr O’Connell said.

“Did it ever occur to you that that decision was actually making the situation more traumatic and less safe for this young girl?” he asked.

“You doggedly pursued a process … knowing you were actually increasing the risk of harm to this girl.”

“If she was not in an at risk cell we could have very well lost her life,” Mr Sizeland replied.

Co-commissioner Mick Gooda said doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results was the definition of insanity, and asked why alternative options to detention weren’t explored.

But Mr Sizeland admitted the approach was ineffective, but said he didn’t have the resources or a suitable facility, and putting the girl into normal cells placed herself, other detainees and staff in danger.

“If we dropped the ball it could have had a very tragic effect. That was the absolute best we could do in the situation we were in,” he said.

Mr Sizeland said in January 2015 the girl was made to wear handcuffs during an ambulance ride to the emergency department after self harming, despite bleeding from an injured hand.

He said another incident where a group of guards cut the girl’s clothes off with Hoffman knives while her hands were held through a Judas hatch wasn’t a commonly practised move.

Earlier on Monday, another former Don Dale detainee said he was paraded in front of adult prisoners who yelled “fresh meat” and threatened to rape him when they were kept in the same court cells.

The hearing continues.

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