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18/08/2019

The Ashes: Steve Smith blow from Jofra Archer could cause 'rethink' over divisive neck guards

A brutal blow to Steve Smith's exposed neck has reignited debate over the use of neck guards in cricket, which could potentially become mandatory in Australia as soon as next year.Smith wasn't wearing a StemGuard, the protective attachment designed by helmet manufacturer Masuri in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death in 2014.Smith has never worn the helmet extension during a match.The former skipper tried using the clip-on attachment in the nets when it was launched in 2015 but felt the guard was uncomfortable and irritating.For somebody as eccentric as the unique batsman, whose quirks include taping his shoelaces to his...
18/08/2019

From widow to diamond dealer, a tale of perseverance in remote Australia

by Kristy O'Brien Survivor is a word thrown around fairly lightly, but in the case of German migrant Frauke Bolton-Boshammer, you can't help but feel she's earned the title 10 times over. Frauke has been many things in her life — a mother, farmer, immigrant, widow, diamond dealer and now author. "Today I am thankful because of what happened in my life, I could handle. Sometimes it's very hard to accept what happened," she said.Her life began just after the war in Germany. Her father, a farmer, was struggling to cope; a fact compounded by her mother's death from cancer...
18/08/2019

Whim Creek copper mine faces questions over possible Pilbara river pollution

ABC Pilbara By Susan Standen There are fears poisons are leaking from a copper mine into an outback river system used for camping and fishing in Western Australia's Pilbara region. The problem appears to have been made worse by the torrential downpour that came with Tropical Cyclone Veronica in March when more than 500 millimetres of rain soaked the area over two days.Four months after the deluge, the Whim Creek Copper Project, about 100 kilometres south of Port Hedland, is under investigation and has been issued with an Environmental Protection Notice.Inspections by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)...

18/08/2019

Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup disaster does not mean World Cup is a write-off

By Simon Smale As the initial disappointment of another failed Bledisloe Cup campaign fades, there are still reasons for Australian rugby fans to be positive ahead of the World Cup.The heady levels of excitement that imbued Australian rugby in the wake of last week's record victory in Perth feels like a long time ago.Saturday's 36-0 defeat was a chastening reminder of the All Blacks' quality, particularly given the Wallabies travelled to Auckland with genuine hopes of ending their drought.Instead, the All Blacks turned up the intensity and punished the Wallabies for entertaining such ideas of stealing the trans-Tasman trophy from...
18/08/2019

Richmond v West Coast, GWS v Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn v Gold Coast: AFL round 22 live scores, stats and commentary

It's a huge finals preview with Tigers v Eagles, then GWS takes on the Bulldogs, before Jarryd Roughead's AFL career comes to a close as the Hawks face the Suns.Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary. Richmond v West CoastLive streamLive summaryLive stats GWS v Western BulldogsLive streamLive summaryLive stats Hawthorn v Gold CoastLive streamLive summaryLive stats AFL ladder More stories from Victoria
18/08/2019

Roosters v Warriors, Sharks v Dragons: NRL round 22 live scores, stats and commentary

The Warriors are trying to make a push for the tail end of the finals spots against a Roosters side that is eager to shore up its position in second spot on the ladder.Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary. Roosters v WarriorsLive streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard Sharks v DragonsLive streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard NRL ladder

18/08/2019

The dark side of 'voluntourism' causes orphanage numbers to boom in developing countries

By Madeline Palmer Young Australian backpackers venturing overseas are being warned to rethink volunteering in developing countries as a booming trend of "voluntourism" exposes a darker side of the industry.According to Save the Children Australia, popular voluntourism destinations for Australians such as Bali, Thailand and Cambodia have seen the number of orphanages increase by up to 6,000 per cent since the trend began. "Most people mean well, so 'voluntourists' are … choosing holidays or holiday packages and they want an element of doing good in it, and orphanages seem to have been one of the things that attracts people," Save...
18/08/2019

Steve Smith and Jofra Archer engage in one of the truly great Ashes battles

By Geoff Lemon at Lord's It's easy to get used to the idea of cricket as genteel. Especially in English grounds, with the hats and the cakes and the crust-off sandwiches, the way a Test match can burble along until it becomes a background to the catering.The intervals, the rain breaks. The odd surge or swell, returning to the lull. The good night's sleep before the next late-starting day. And then a match that has damply pulsed for days can explode into gory visceral life, tearing through the caul to land fully birthed on the ward's linoleum floor before scuttling...
17/08/2019

The construction crisis isn't just a Sydney problem. How bad could it be in your state?

Four Corners By Sean Nicholls, Sharon O'Neill and Naomi Selvaratnam 667,000 apartments in 18 years. What could go wrong? For the past two decades, Australia has been in an apartment building boom.Governments have got out of the way, removing red tape and introducing private certification for an industry that's worth more than $141 billion*. But when Sydney's Opal and Mascot Towers were evacuated because of structural cracking, the issue of defective high-rises was laid bare. Experts have told Four Corners that the problem stretches across the country and many apartments built in the last 20 years are likely to contain...

17/08/2019

Steve Smith lauded for incredible courage after frightening head blow from Jofra Archer in Ashes Test at Lord's

Steve Smith has been praised for showing incredible bravery in his Ashes innings of 92 after copping a blow to the arm and sending a massive fright around Lord's when he was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer.Smith's battered and bruised performance at Lord's will live long in the memory after a spell that saw him advance to 70 before he copped a brutish delivery flush on his unguarded forearm.He received immediate treatment from the Australian physio, and looked in some discomfort before getting his arm strapped with protective padding.But the hostile spell was far from over as Archer, bowling...
17/08/2019

The Ashes live blog: Second Test at Lord's, day four

By Dan Colasimone and James Maasdorp All eyes will be on Aussies supremo Steve Smith as he strides to the middle of Lord's on day four of the rain-interrupted Test.Follow all the action in our live blog. Contact Dan Colasimone
17/08/2019

Bledisloe Cup live: Wallabies take on All Blacks at Eden Park, live stats, scores and commentary

The Wallabies are 80 minutes away from an unlikely and long-overdue triumph in the Bledisloe Cup, after their stunning win over the All Blacks in Perth last weekend.Australia has not beaten New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland since 1986 — can they do it tonight? Follow all the action in our live ScoreCentre.Live streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard