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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”.

‘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.

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.”

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”.

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.”

After beating a shark, Mick Fanning runs with the bulls

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Mick Fanning, shoes off and sipping a take-away coffee, appears as if he’s been clutching clear quartz close to him.
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The crystal, known as the “master healer” in wellness circles, is said to amplify energy and intention. Two things Fanning is radiating right now.

“Life is great,” the 36-year-old surfing and shark-punching legend tells The Sun-Herald. Adding a six-month sabbatical has “definitely” changed his outlook. He’s finally started to “let go” following several close encounters with sharks at Jeffreys Bay, the death of his brother and the breakdown of his marriage.

“It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to things that happened in 2015, it was a build up of things that had been happening over the years,” he says. “I felt the need for a break coming on for a few years. I sat down with a mate and said, ‘I think I need a breather’, but I always had that fear of when to do it. It all sort of just came to a head. I was tired and I didn’t have anything left so that was the perfect time.

“We think about work, we think about just living day to day. Trying to break that cycle was extremely scary because I didn’t know what was going to happen, what was life going to look like? But it was really enlightening in the fact that everything always turns out OK.

“It was great to just be a passenger for a while. My whole career I’ve been in control of where I’m going, where I’m staying. So a lot of the time I was in the back seat and didn’t even know where I was going half the time,” he says of his time off that led him to Alaska, twice, Norway and Ireland.

But relaxed is an unfamiliar state for the over-achieving Fanning. Being “kidnapped” by his mate, surf filmmaker Taylor Steele, in 2013 for three weeks helped prepare him for this next, more mindful, chapter.

“I didn’t know anything. All I got told was when I would be home. We went to seven different countries in three weeks and did some wild, wild stuff. We went and sat with the gorillas in Rwanda and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. We did some dumb things, too, running with the bulls was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.”

He’s also laid back about his less than stellar return to the world tour, where he is a 16-year champion and the latest inductee into the Surfers Hall of Fame.

Fanning is ranked 11th in the championship race midway through the season. In the six events so far this year he’s not made it past the quarter-finals.

As he prepares for the Tahiti Pro this week, he admits being back in the surf is an adjustment and is toying with the idea of retirement, ruling out a tilt at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“I didn’t know if I liked it or not,” he says. “The first two events at the start of the year, I guess, I was trying to do the same things I had done in the past, that I knew would get results. But it felt like I was lying to myself, so I didn’t enjoy it and then I did really bad in those two events so I just had to sit down, scrap it and start all over again. It feels a lot better now, just changing it all up.”

He’s also evolving onshore with his brewing company and a new job as the ambassador of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans X-Class ute.

His review of what will be the most expensive ute in : “It’s better than a horse and cart.”

Coaches in firing line as NRL looks to curb spending

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NRL head coaches will cop a pay cut; assistant coaches will be sacked; strength and conditioning staff numbers will be trimmed and lavish overseas pre-season camps will end.
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That’s the prognosis if a projected cap on the spending of the football departments of NRL clubs is introduced.

While all NRL clubs knew a ceiling on football department spending was inevitable, most assumed the cap would be set at the average of the top three spending clubs.

In 2016, those clubs were the Raiders ($8.3 million), Eels ($7.9 million) and Bulldogs ($7.8 million).

This is the money spent on running a club’s football department and does not include the salaries of players.

Alarmed at an increase of $6 million in this spending across the NRL’s 16 clubs from 2015 to 2016, the governing body has told clubs the cap will be set at the level of spending of the sixth highet club. Over-spending clubs will be given two to three years to budget down to this level.

Based on 2016 figures, the next three highest spending clubs – the Broncos, Roosters and Panthers – recorded the same expenditure of $7.4 million.

The actual average of the 16 clubs was $6.3 million, up from $5.9 million the previous year, a 7 per cent increase.

Assuming all clubs maintain their positions on the football department spending ladder in 2017, the Raiders, Eels and Bulldogs will have to shed staff, or cut salaries, or curtail other costs, while the Roosters, Panthers and Broncos will have to stabilise spending.

Coaches accuse the NRL of blindly following the AFL, which introduced a cap on football department spending three years ago. The AFL also imposed a tax on clubs that exceed the cap.

NRL club executives attended a presentation by Swans boss Andrew Ireland where he spoke positively about the cap acting as a brake on an arms race between clubs.

After all, if clubs are forced to operate under a strictly enforced salary cap and there are only two or three NRL head coaches who can attract players to clubs, what other ways are there to woo players?

Players will always be tempted to sign with a club capable of winning a premiership, but a first-class centre of excellence with a gym and indoor pool, sophisticated video equipment and comfortable lounges and dining facilities is an obvious winner.

Indications are the NRL does not want to impose a brake on spending on facilities, equipment and camps. It’s the salaries of assistant coaches that have caused most concern.

An assistant coach on $400,000 would not receive equivalent money in any other profession, given that, say, a PE teacher, would earn about $70,000 or $80,000.

There are a few former head coaches, including Jason Taylor, John Cartwright and David Furner, who are now assistants at other clubs, adding to the inflationary pressure on salaries.

The NRL expects the salaries of many assistants won’t be renewed at the same level they were previously. Some argue that head coaches deserve to be highly paid, given the scrutiny and responsibility they undertake. But the massive salary paid to Wayne Bennett by former Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler set a benchmark for other top coaches whose contracts have been renewed since.

NRL documents indicate there is no correlation between football department spending and on-field success. The past three premiers have all ranked outside of the top eight in terms of total football spend: South Sydney ($5.4 million), the North Queensland Cowboys ($5.1 million in 2015) and Cronulla ($4.5 million).

Of the top eight spending clubs in 2016, five made the finals, while the other three finalists – the Cowboys, Sharks and Titans – were ranked 11th, 15th and 16th respectively.

The Titans are the lowest spenders on their football department in the NRL, outlaying only $3.9m last year, less than half the Raiders spend.

Football department spending will be a very busy agenda item in coming months at NRL meetings, with high-spending clubs seeking to set it at the level of the average of the top three.

They will argue that the pursuit of excellence on the field requires heavy investment in resources.

Low-spending clubs will seek to drive the cap down to the average, rendering the big spenders less competitive.

Given that six of the NRL clubs are privately owned, there will be some intriguing clashes between owners and coaches.

Owners will lobby for a cut in football department spending in order to lessen their losses, while coaches will argue that sustained success, such as the Storm’s on-field record, is dependent on an annual investment of $7 million.

Canberra’s mid-winter auction market heats up

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Allhomes. Canberra. Domain. August 4, 2017. July auction clearance rates.The Canberra housing market continues to provide robust results for sellers with no sign of the usual mid-winter slowdown in activity.
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Canberra recorded an extremely solid 71.6 per cent auction clearance rate over July which was a sharp increase compared to the 62.8 per cent increase recorded over the previous month and also well ahead of the 66.8 per cent recorded over the same month last year.

The Canberra result was just behind the market leader Melbourne that reported a July auction clearance rate of 71.7 percent and well ahead of the Sydney clearance rate of 64.9 per cent.

Mid-winter auction listings were also on the rise in Canberra over July with 214 homes scheduled to go under the hammer which was well ahead of the 185 listed over July last year.

1821 homes have been auctioned in Canberra this year so far which is an increase of 288 or 18.8 more than the 1533 listed over the same period last year.

Canberra recorded a median auction price of $700,000 over July which a sharp rise over the previous month’s median of $677,500 and 9.9 per cent higher than the $637,000 recorded over July last year.

Sydney recorded the highest median auction price over July at $1,190,000 followed by Melbourne $742,000, Canberra $700,000, Brisbane $657,500 and Adelaide $574,500.

The Canberra housing market will commence August on the rise with heady confidence from both buyers and sellers fuelling higher prices and increased listings despite the usual distractions of the winter market. Related: Canberra rents ease but market toughRelated: Belconnen leads Canberra’s auction marketRelated: Tough competition at ACT auctioneering championships

Official interest rates will predictably remain on hold again over August and likely for the reminder of the year, although there is still an outside chance of a near-term cut if the dollar continues to surge.

Dr Andrew Wilson is Domain Group chief economist. [email protected] join on LinkedIn and Facebook at MyHousingMarket.

Meet the Wallabies … who may need some introduction

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For those who aren’t purists – and we mean purists – of rugby union, Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad announced on Friday may have prompted a bout of furious Googling.
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Even for devoted fans who follow the weekly rumblings of Super Rugby, there was a surprise or two. If there was ever a group to suggest that this was a new era in the n game, this was a decent effort, with the inclusion of hooker Jordan Uelese (28 minutes in three games for Melbourne) topping the list.

The winds of change are clearly blowing through the n ranks. Quade Cooper remains on the outer, while Stephen Moore, who retires from Test rugby at the end of the season, has been replaced by Michael Hooper.

All in all, there were seven uncapped faces in the 34-man squad tasked with winning the Rugby Championship and being competitive against the might of the All Blacks, who will start the shortest of favourites in the race for the Bledisloe Cup.

The two best known are refugees from rugby league. Curtis Rona, the former Bulldog and current Western Force winger, and ex-Storm flyer Marika Koroibete may be given their chance to impress in the green and gold.

That’s not to say the other rookies aren’t worthy of their place, but their lower profiles say something about the depth of rugby in this nation, which managed to make it through an entire Super Rugby campaign without a solitary win over Kiwi opposition.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we find out who’s who in a Wallabies squad short on experience but long on intrigue.

Curtis Rona

League of his own: Curtis Rona. Photo: AAP

The 25-year-old was born in New Zealand, used to play rugby league at the Bulldogs, moved to Perth for a chance in rugby and now finds himself among the candidates for a Wallaby start.

Rona was a solid top-grader in his time in league and a prolific try-scorer, something that he would hope to bring to the Wallabies fold if given some clean air. In 50 games for the Dogs, he crossed 35 times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Prior to that, he managed to find the line six times in seven games for the Cowboys. Alas, he only crossed once in 14 games for the Force in his debut season.

Suffice to say, he would need to rediscover his touch, or at least play in a team where he gets a sniff.

Marika Koroibete

Fijian flyer: Marika Koroibete. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

It’s fair to say Koroibete hasn’t exactly been missed by the Storm, who are playing sparkling football in the NRL and are the clear premiership favourites.

In that case, let’s hope the 25-year-old Fijian product can be of some use to Cheika and the Wallabies. A strong ball carrier, he helped himself to 34 tries in 58 games for the Storm before switching codes at the end of last season. He’s crossed six times for the Rebels and has been tough to contain when given a chance, busting 35 tackles during the Super Rugby season.

Izaia Perese

Fast feet: Izaia Perese. Photo: AAP

Izzy Perese, the Queensland Reds winger, has trod a familiar path to the Wallabies set-up. He was educated at rugby nursery Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane before being selected for the n schoolboys side of 2014.

Always recognised as a special talent, Perese has fast feet and some genuine speed, something the Wallabies have perhaps been missing in recent campaigns. He crossed three times in 12 games for the Reds and looks well placed to take the next step, even if he needs to eradicate some errors from his game.

Izack Rodda

Tall order: Izack Rodda. Photo: AAP

It’s a good time in n rugby to be 202 centimetres tall and weigh 119 kilograms. Cheika doesn’t have locks falling from the sky (although he left out Brumbies captain Sam Carter) and Rodda was the man to benefit from a push towards the future.

Born in Lismore, but educated at Ipswich Grammar School, Rodda made his way through the schoolboy rep teams, then the n under-20s before finally ending up in the senior squad. He made 12 appearances for the Reds this season and likes the rough stuff in the middle, something that clearly appeals to his new gaffer.

Adam Korczyk???

Reds product: Adam Korczyk. Photo: AAP

The name may be a giveaway, but Korczyk’s parents are Polish, even though he was born in New Zealand. The 22-year-old back-rower has been a solid contributor during a tough few years for the Reds, taking the field 13 times for Queensland this season.

He can play anywhere in the back row and has made his way back from a knee injury that saw him sit out the 2016 campaign at Ballymore.

Jordan Uelese???

Bolter: Jordan Uelese. Photo: ARU Media

???He’s big. He’s young. He’s an absolute bolter and he might yet get a game if either Stephen Moore or Tatafu Polota-Nau do themselves any sort of harm before the Bledisloe opener on August 19.

Whether it’s desperation, lack of depth or just Cheika going with his gut (it might be all three), Uelese comes into the Wallabies squad unheralded and, for many, unheard of. That might all change should he be thrust into the deep end.

He was with the n under-20s for much of the year and was on the Rebels list three times, seeing 28 minutes on the park.

Born in Wellington, schooled in Melbourne.

Rising force: Billy Meakes. Photo: Travis Anderson

Billy Meakes

The 26-year-old has done the hard yards on the way to what could be a Wallabies cap in coming months. He’s been selected by way of Randwick, then Gloucester in the UK and back to Perth just in time for a dramatic Super Rugby campaign with the Force.

He’s managed to keep the faith and the tenacious centre did enough to catch the eye of Cheika, although he will be down the pecking order in the Wallaby midfield.

Newcastle Rugby: Beaches rise as top two stumblephotos

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STRONG: Michael Delore landed a conversion and penalty to help steer Southern Beaches to a 20-14 win over Wanderers.
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COACH Johan Lourens couldn’t think of a better performance –or game – after Southern Beaches hung on for an emotional 20-14 triumph over Wanderers at Alan DavisField on Saturday and take a stranglehold of third place.

Beaches lift to hold out Wanderers in tense struggle TweetFacebook NHRU Round 15 actionPictures: Stewart Hazell and Michael HartshornBoth sides went at it from the get go in a fierce contest that ebbed and flowed.

After trailing 8-5 at half-time, Beaches found their groove to lead 20-9.

In the end, it took a desperate tackle by fullback Adrian Delore to nudge Wanderers breakaway Tom Eymael into touch just short of the tryline on the last play of the game to seal the win.

“It was one of the best games I have watched this year,” Lourens said. “It was an absolute slog. Neither team stopped.It was one of those games, I want to watch it again. It was that good.”

Beaches were without captain Va Talaileva (concussion) and experienced breakaway Marlon Solofuti (overseas) but the rest of the pack lifted.

“Forwards win games of rugby and our tight-five really stepped up,” Lourens said.

The win moved Beaches to 53 points, eight clear of fourth-placed Maitland, and they also received the Tony Wansey Sheild. Wansey, who has been an integral member at both clubs, suffered a stroke earlier this year and requires 24-hour medical assistance. As well as play for the shield, Beaches ran a series of fund raisers.

“Tony means a hell of a lot to the club,” Lourens said. “Thereis not a player in the club that Tony hasn’t affected in some way.”

Elsewhere, Lake Macquarie scored two converted tries in the final eight minutes to snatch a 37-all draw with leaders Hamilton at Walters Park.

After edging ahead 18-16 at half-time, the Hawks, fueled by a 10-1 penalty count,scored three tries to open a 37-16 advantage midway through the half.

But the Roos refused to lie down.Junior Osasa crashed over from close range and Ken Viliamu did likewise to close the gap to 37-30.

Then on the final play of the game, Roos fly-half Brendan Hollidayfloated a pass on the inside for Caileb Gerrard, who exploded through a hole and raced 20 metres to score besides the post.

However, the Roos slipped out of the top five on percentages after Merewether made it four straight wins with a 52-34 trashing over University at Townson Oval.

At Marcellin Park, Max Stafford and Pat Batey scored two tries each as Maitland disposed of Nelson Bay 45-15.

Chase Hicks scored a brace to help steer The Waratahs to an emphatic 52-22 win over Singleton at Waratah Oval and keep their finals hopes alive.

Pointscore: Hamilton 70, Wanderers 64, Southern Beaches 53, Maitland 45, Merewether 38, Lake Macquarie 38, Waratahs 35, Nelson Bay 28, University 23, Singleton 1

Premier 1: Lake Macquarie 37 (J Osasa, K Viliamu, D Alo, C Gerrard, K Lam tries; BHolliday 3 con, 3 pen) drew Hamilton Hawks 37 (Seva Rokobaro 2, Steve Sione 3, C Mulhearn 3 con, 2 pen)

Southern Beaches 20 (ADelore 2, JVaka tries; MDelore con,pen) def Wanderers 14 (D Rowney try, L Simmons 3 pen)

Merewether Carlton 52 (C Nash 2, JStrachan 2, TUini, THawes, JStewart, F Price tries; EBacigalupo 6 con) def University of Newcastle 34 (J Cooke 2, D Wells 2, ASerhan 2 tries; F Delli Carpini 2 con)

Maitland 45 (MStafford 2, PBatey 2, T Brooke, CMartin, JO’Toole tries; J Maloney 5 con) def Nelson Bay 15

The Waratahs 52 (C Hicks 2, T Taufaao, I Rokotolu, S Olive, S Bailey, C Manu, O Vosuqa tries; D Sherratt 5, J Ford con) def Singleton 22 (B Mason, NBrennan, RMason, DJordan tries; con HMeihana)