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Search under way after US military helicopter ‘mishap’ off Queensland coast

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An MV-22 Osprey pictured at an RAAF Base in Townsville. Photo: US ArmyA search is under way after a US military helicopter crashed off the coast of Queensland.
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The aircraft, anMV-22 Osprey, is believed to have crashed on Saturday afternoon, with several of those on board unaccounted for.

Other military aircraft and ships have been sent to the area, where they arecombing the water for any sign of the missing service members.

In a statement, the US Marine Corps Public Affairs Office said there had been a “mishap”.

“The United States Marine Corps confirms there is an active search and rescue mission ongoing for service members involved in an MV-22 mishap off the east coast of ,” the statement said.

“Ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are conducting the search and rescue operations.

“We will provide more details as they become available.”

The crash occurred off the coast of Rockhampton.

US forceswere in forTalisman Saber, a joint military exercise involving 33,000 US and ntroopswhich isheld each two years.

The combat readiness training, which was expected to end in late July, was basedat Shoalwater Bay Training Area, near Rockhampton.

MV-22s have been involved in several serious crashes, some of them fatal, in the 10 years they have been used by the US military.

An MV-22had a “hard landing” during a raid in Yemenin January this year, injuring three soldiers on board. The $75 million aircraft was then destroyed by an air strike.

In December 2016, the USgrounded its fleet of the aircraft in Japan, after one crash-landed off Okinawa. That incident was also described as a “mishap”.

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‘When I asked for sex, I was said to be a bitch’

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Hela Jaffar , who works at the Migrant resource centre in Parramatta. Pic Nick Moir 2 August 2017
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Hela Jaffar , who works at the Migrant resource centre in Parramatta. Pic Nick Moir 2 August 2017

Hela Jaffar , who works at the Migrant resource centre in Parramatta. Pic Nick Moir 2 August 2017

Hela Jaffar had been married for two years before she mustered the courage to see a gynaecologist in secret.

It was two years of not knowing how her body worked sexually, not knowing what her body was capable of, or how to be intimate with her husband. He was just as naive.

“My husband didn’t know what a woman’s [sexual] organs were,” said Ms Jaffar, who migrated to from Iraq. “He just didn’t know what to do and neither did I.”

“He didn’t allow me to see a gynaecologist, so I went without his consent,” she said.

At first, her husband had blamed her for their sexual inadequacies. Once she’d gained a little knowledge and some semblance of sexual agency he punished her for it, she said.

“As a woman, you are doomed either way,” Ms Jaffar said. “On one side you’re not supposed to know anything about sex because that means you might have tried it [before marriage]. On the other side they blame you because you don’t know anything.”

Ms Jaffar was made to feel her own sexual desire was abhorrent, and her partner felt his own desires were a sign of weakness.

“When I asked for sex, I was said to be a bitch and abused with words,” she said of her now ex-husband.

“I was scared of him. If I ever was not obedient he would threat to take my kids away. I was scared of being humiliated.

“It was hell for 16 years.”

Ms Jaffar now supports migrant women as a case worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre in Parramatta.

Shame, secrecy, silence and fear were keeping many new migrant women in the dark about their own sexual and reproductive health, found a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Cultural and religious beliefs were major barriers to many women accessing health services, warned the researchers who held focus groups with 169 single, married, divorced and widowed women who arrived in or Canada from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and Latin America within the past six years.

Migrant and refugee women had higher rates of sexual health problems, said lead researcher Professor Jane Ussher at Western Sydney University’s Translational Health Research Institute.

“Many of the women in the focus groups were not allowed to talk or even think about sex before marriage,” said Professor Ussher of the study participants, who were aged between 18 to 70 years old and of various religions including Islam (66 per cent), Christianity (20 per cent), Hinduism (7 per cent), Sikhism (2 per cent), and Buddhism (1 per cent).

A woman who spoke about sex was tarred as a “whore”, “vulgar”, or “not a good girl”, several women told their focus groups.

“Any knowledge that these women have about sexual health issues is often pieced together from female friends, relatives and the media,” Professor Ussher said.

Their wedding night was often a frightening experience; one Iraqi woman said: “I thought he was doing the wrong things, and I started screaming.”

“After the first night, I felt like running back home to my mother,” a Tamil woman said.

Professor Ussher said there was “a lot of shame around sex and very little knowledge about sexual desire”.

“They either had no experienced desire or if they had they were not allowed to express it,” she said.

The exceptions were some Islamic women, whose beliefs dictated a husband must please his wife, but women were still not permitted to ask for sex.

Pain and discomfort was a common complaint, but the women felt they could not tell their husbands or stop the encounters.

“I hurts every time,” one Afghani woman said.

A Sudanese participant said: “I have to keep quiet. In my culture it’s shame to talk about this pain, it is considered a normal [part] of having sex.”

Many said they felt they had no consensual rights and couldn’t say no “because God or the angel would punish them”, Professor Ussher said.

Several women said they were shocked and frightened when they got their first period, thinking they were sick, injured, or they were being punished for some unknown wrongdoing.

“I thought I must have ripped something in my belly,” one Afghani woman said.

A Somali woman said: “I couldn’t look at my father and mother faces [sic].”

Many women felt too ashamed to use contraception or feared the contraceptive pill would cause cancer or make them permanently infertile.

They had very little knowledge about cervical cancer, or the need for cervical screening.

Some believed a pap smear would affect their virginity, and the human papillomavirus vaccine was not considered important for young women.

Most women had never heard of STIs except for HIV/AIDS and believed if they were faithful to their husbands they would be safe from infection.

Despite many participants reporting having had urinary tract and yeast infections, they avoided or put off seeing a doctor because they did not know they should and, instead, used home remedies or put their health in the hands of fate or God’s will.

Many women were too shy to seek out additional information, and there was a lot of fear around talking to health professionals and not knowing what they could offer. Sexual rebellion

But several women had found ways to resist control and embrace their sexuality in subtle ways.

When they were in the mood, they would put on perfume and acceptably alluring clothing, Professor Ussher said.

“They’d find ways to be more seductive to gain some control, instead of asking outright,” she said.

Others rebelled by educating their daughters about their sexual rights, learning about consent and finding their own sexual pleasure when they came to .

“One woman went along to her daughter’s sex education class so she could learn and talk with her daughter afterwards,” Professor Ussher said.

The research showed a clear and immediate need for culturally safe medical care, health education, and health promotion for new migrant women and to increase capacity to access sexual and reproductive services, Professor Ussher said, outlining several recommendations in an accompanying report.

“It’s also about involving the partner or husband so they are involved in the discussion, not reinforcing patriarchal control but educating both men and women so couples can talk about these things together,” Professor Ussher said.

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Cleary v Cleary: Battle starts at home on eve of family showdown

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – August 4, 2017: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SH NEWS/Sports: 040817: Story by Michael Chammis: Portrait of former Rugby League football player and current West (Balmain) Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary, with his son Nathan who play’s for the Penrith Panthers. The two teams will come up against each other during this weekend’s round. Family loyalties are light-heratedly divided by the impending clash. (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media).Just before Ivan Cleary’s shock departure from Penrith at the end of the 2015 season, he sat down with son Nathan to discuss how long it would take before he would get a taste of NRL football.
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“He said it probably won’t be until 2018,” Nathan recalls as he looks over to his old man on the back porch of their Leonay home.

Really, Ivan? That long?

“Yeah, that was pretty bad judgment from my end,” Ivan says.

It’s all hypothetical, but the common consensus is that had Ivan not been surprisingly moved on from the Panthers, “son of Ivan” would still be just that.

“Things have changed,” Ivan says. “I’ve been ‘Nathan’s dad’ for a while now.”

Ivan never wanted to leave the Panthers. He still can’t understand why he isn’t the coach of the team he built from the ground up. More on that later.

But here’s why those who know the Clearys well regard them as stand-up people.

Because even though he would have loved to have been walking into the home ground’s coaches box at Pepper Stadium on Sunday to call the shots against Wests Tigers, he’d change nothing because of the doors his departure has opened for his boy.

“Me leaving has probably been the best thing for Nathan,” Ivan says. “If that’s what we take out of this then I’m happy. It probably hasn’t been the worst thing for me either. It’s funny how things work out.”

Funny, you say? A bit like how you “accidentally” undercooked Nathan’s chicken for dinner this week?

“That was a mistake,” Ivan fires back.

“Mistake?” the 19-year-old asks. “Mine was the only one undercooked.”

Sounds like sabotage from where we’re sitting.

“Sadly, it’s true, but an honest mistake. It must have been a bit dark out here on the barbie,” Ivan says with a smile from ear to ear.

There’s something eerie about sitting down with the Clearys. They look the same. They speak the same. They have the same mannerisms. They even think about rugby league in the same way.

“Yeah, but he’s got some pretty lame dad jokes,” Nathan says.

Like the one about Nathan not being able to find his car keys on game day this Sunday, perhaps?

In a way, Ivan’s legacy at the Panthers lives on through his son. A chip off the old block who spent his childhood trying to escape the shadow of his father.

“When I was younger I didn’t really like it too much,” Nathan said of living with the “son of Ivan'” tag.

“It was annoying. But I like it now. I can appreciate it now. Some people used to think I got special treatment because of who I was. That used to piss me off the most. Once dad was out of the picture, everyone accepted it and I’ve been fine with it.

“I think I’m on the way to being my own man. The last two years, people haven’t been saying ‘you’re Ivan’s son’.”

So the question on everyone’s lips since Ivan signed with the Tigers has been whether father and son will reunite?

“It couldn’t work if he’s not established,” Ivan believes. “If he’s established then that’s different.”

So in other words, get the cheque book ready Gus, because the man you sacked is coming for the man you need most.

“I like him as a player,” Ivan jokes. “And obviously I like him as a person … sometimes.

“But at the end of the day, it’ll be his decision. I have discussed it with him and with them [Panthers], too. But I’m not his manager. I’m involved so I’ll listen to what they propose.

“But really he’s 19, just started playing first grade and has two years to go on his contract. I don’t think he should be in a hurry. He knows that. I think the Panthers should just enjoy what he’s doing for them at the moment. If he wants to stay, he can stay.”

As for Nathan, he couldn’t be happier with his surroundings at the Panthers. So much so he removed a clause allowing him to leave the club if his father left. But even he can’t hide the appeal of playing under his father in the future.

“I definitely think down the track I’d be keen to do it,” Nathan says. “I can’t lock anything in. But you don’t know what can happen in two years. I’m happy at the Panthers and when the time comes we can talk about what’s next. I just have to get out there, be consistent and stay in first grade.”

Yes two years is a long time in rugby league. In fact, two years ago Ivan was at the helm of the Panthers and despite a horror season plagued by injury, looked as though he was on the verge of something special at the foot of the mountains.

But without notice and in arguably the most contentious coach sacking in recent memory, Phil Gould decided it was the end of the road for the Ivan Cleary regime.

Ivan, who on Sunday returns home to Penrith for the first time since his sacking, insists he’s not bitter. But that relationship hasn’t, and will never be, the same.

“I haven’t spoken to him a lot since, maybe a couple of times,” Ivan says of Gould. “But I don’t know if that will ever be the same, if I’m being honest. I’m not bitter about that. It just didn’t quite work out like it was meant to.”

Gould claimed Ivan was “tired” and then acted in what he thought were the best interests of the Panthers when he removed the man he once coached at the Roosters in the 1990s.

“I don’t agree with that,” Ivan says of Gould’s claims he was tired. “It was a hard year, that’s for sure. I’ll admit that for a number of reasons. But it happens all the time. I don’t think … it’s a little condescending actually. If he actually thinks that, then that’s OK. But I don’t agree with it.”

Nathan wasn’t always destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. It wasn’t until he was 12 years old did this “soccer skinny boy” living in Auckland tried his hand at rugby league. That experience alone almost saw him lost from the game forever.

“I’ll never forget it,” Nathan says. “I came from a soccer game to play an open weight game of footy. These kids … I just couldn’t believe it. We got flogged. I was 12. A real soccer skinny boy.

“These kids were huge. I mean, they had like moustaches. I remember coming halfway through the game watching someone I knew getting carried off with a dislocated shoulder. I was like, ‘what have I gotten myself into’.”

That following year he moved into a weighted competition.

“If it wasn’t for that, there’s every chance he never would have played again,” Ivan admits.

“When you move house, or in our situation, move country after I left the Warriors, one of the things you have to do is sell it to the kids. That was one of the ones with Nat, telling him the footy is going to be totally different. It’s only luck he was playing at all.”

Thankfully, for Penrith – and NSW – he did.

Yes, we know. Origin is 12 months away. We shouldn’t put pressure on the kid. But how can you not after watching what this teenager has produced on a football field since he was handed his chance last year.

After all, not even his dad thought he was ready for the NRL and he’s still wiping the egg of his face.

It’s an awkward one to get into. Phil Gould says he isn’t ready. Of course, Nathan has to say he isn’t ready. So what does his father, and one of the best judges of talent in rugby league think about the debate about his son’s potential promotion to the NSW team as early as next year?

“If they are looking for a cultural shift, he would suit that,” Ivan admits. “But they have to make a commitment to him for three or four years and have some experience around him.”

It’s ironic that when Ivan talks about the skills his son possesses, he references Origin.

“He doesn’t do TV passes,” Ivan says. “He does what’s needed at the time. He plays like a Queenslander, actually.

“He tackles, he doesn’t make errors, he kicks well, he supports. He just does what he is supposed to for the team. He’s had that in him since he was a kid. The higher the grades he’s gone up, the more valuable those traits have been.

“He’ll go out this weekend and do the same thing he does every other. I wish he didn’t, but he will.”

Ivan isn’t a mushy kind of guy. But even with his son sitting next to him, he can’t hide his pride in what his eldest son has made of himself.

“I’m very proud,” Ivan says. “Not just about footy, but how he carries himself.

“He’s already edged into that role-model phase. Kids really like him. He takes his time to go and see kids. The way he handles himself on the field as well. I’m massively proud of him.”

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Search after Queensland military heli-plane crash

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A search is under way for three missing US Marines after a military heli-plane crashed off the coast of Queensland on Saturday.
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The aircraft, an MV-22 Osprey, crashed near the Shoalwater Bay military training area, north of Rockhampton, at about 4pm.

A US defence official said there were 26 people on board the aircraft when it crashed, and only twenty-three of those had been rescued by Saturday night.

Other US military aircraft and boats responded to the area, where they are combing the water for any sign of the missing service members.

In a statement, the US Marine Corps Public Affairs Office said there had been a “mishap”.

“Search and rescue operations continue for three US Marines that were aboard an MV-22 Osprey involved in a mishap off the east coast of around 4pm [on] August 5,” the statement said.

“Twenty-three of 26 personnel aboard have been rescued. The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water.

“The ship’s small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search and rescue efforts. The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation.”

Defence Minister Marise Payne said she had been in contact with her US counterpart, and confirmed no members of the n Defence Force were on board.

“I have been advised of an incident involving a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey helicopter off the coast of Shoalwater Bay today,” Ms Payne said on Saturday night.

“I can confirm no n Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft. The United States are leading the search and recovery effort,” she said.

“I have briefed Prime Minister Turnbull and spoken with Secretary [of Defence James] Mattis this evening to offer ‘s support in any way that can be of assistance.

“Our thoughts are with the crew and families affected.”

The downed aircraft was part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which the US military said was “part of a regularly-scheduled deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region”.

Other MV-22s have been training in central Queensland as part of Talisman Saber, a joint military exercise involving 33,000 US and n troops which is held each two years.

The combat readiness training, which ended in late July, was based at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

MV-22s have been involved in several serious crashes, some of them fatal, in the 10 years they have been used by the US military.

In January this year, an MV-22 had a “hard landing” during a raid in Yemen, injuring three soldiers on board. The $75 million aircraft was then destroyed by an air strike.

In December 2016, the US grounded its fleet of the aircraft in Japan, after one crash-landed off Okinawa. That incident was also described as a “mishap”.

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Resurgent Raiders send warning to rivals after thrashing premiers

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Canberra sent a chilling warning through the NRL on Saturday after thrashing Cronulla, putting the teams immediately above them on notice that their finals charge is genuine and gathering steam.
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The Raiders moved to within two points of eight-placed St George Illawarra with arguably their strongest performance of the season, one which resembled their form of 2016 when they finished second, rather than what has so far been an underwhelming 2017.

Coach Ricky Stuart will relish the two competition points his side desperately needed, but it’s the manner of victory that will give him the most satisfaction.

Saturday’s mauling of Cronulla had all the makings of what led Canberra to the preliminary final last season – their ball movement was willing and slick all over the park, their forwards were dominant and their back line looked threatening every time the ball was spun through their skilful fingers.

Compounding the misery for Cronulla, who still have work to do to wrap up a top-four finish, was what appeared to be a right shoulder injury to Jack Bird late in the game.

Should Penrith beat the Wests Tigers on Sunday, Canberra will finish the round still four points adrift of the finals standings, but with four matches still to play there is still enough time to slide into the play-offs. If they manage to pull that off, they will be the team every other finals contender wants to avoid.

This was a fiery clash between these two fierce rivals and both Cronulla Origin pair Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham were frustrated into giving away multiple penalties.

Yet it was Canberra’s Josh Papalii who irked the referees the most, earning 10 minutes in the bin midway through the second half for a professional foul on his old sparring partner Paul Gallen. Incredibly, the Raiders used the next 10 minutes, while down to 12 men, to ice the cake on this ninth win of the year.

Shark Jayson Bukuya dropped the ball cold just 20 metres out from the Raiders line off the first play after the penalty, and the Raiders were out of jail. Canberra then proceeded to kick three penalty goals while Papalii was in the bin.

It was an intriguing battle through the middle between the likes of Fifita, Graham and Gallen for Cronulla, and Shannon Boyd, Elliott Whitehead and Junior Paulo for the Raiders. But the defensive play of the night went to Canberra centre Joey Leilua, who yanked Ricky Leutele over the eastern touchline early in the second half in a scene reminiscent of the 2002 State Of Origin match when Gorden Tallis rag-dolled Brett Hodgson.

The Sharks started the better before 11,639 fans and their opening 15 minutes suggested this was going to be the home team’s night.

Canberra gave away three penalties early, which would have left Stuart fuming, and Sosaia Feki’s fourth-minute opener in the left corner came all too easily as the Raiders rushed up out wide to no avail.

Six minutes later the visitors were on the rack again after giving away a penalty on their own line, but the Sharks opted to give Valentine Holmes the shot at goal rather then putting Canberra to the sword.

That seemed to spark the Raiders into action, and Papalii kick-started the fightback when he crashed over the top of Bird and Chad Townsend from close range. Canberra then slotted their own penalty goal after Graham was called for a block on Elliott Whitehead, who was chasing through a Blake Austin bomb, and soon after the Raiders’ forwards had wrestled back the momentum.

Jordan Rapana’s first try came from another Austin bomb, and he jumped over Feki to put the Raiders in front. His second came via a Joey Leilua bullet which will go down as one of the passes of the season.

He picked the ball up from acting half and fired it perfectly from left to right out to Rapana, who was able to use the sideline to his advantage and reach out and ground the football. The Sharks had the numbers but were powerless to stop the latest piece of magic from Canberra’s dynamic centre-winger combination. When hooker Josh Hodgson took a Whitehead offload and ran through some flimsy defence by Bird and Luke Lewis on half-time, the margin stretched to 16 points at the main break.

“There were three tries that we should’ve handled,” Sharks coach Shane Flanagan lamented. “The lady down the corner shop would’ve known BJ Leilua was going to come out and pass to Rapana. We knew they were all coming, we just didn’t handle them. There’s 18 points that we just leaked in. It was all over after that.”

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