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September, 2018

NRL Rd 6: Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters

NRL Rd 6: Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images
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Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Scenes from the Broncos 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

TweetFacebookThat thud from north of the Tweed was the sound of the Roosters crashing back to Planet Earth. After a brilliant start to the NRL season, the tricolours were left to ponder a night of brittle defence that saw them on the end of a hiding from a resurgent Brisbane Broncos – and Roosters coach Trent Robinson was not pulling any punches after the loss.

“There were signs that I definitely didn’t like – that was poor,” Robinson said afterthe five-tries-to-two loss.

“I haven’t seen that in a long time, even at training.

“Some signs were disappointing and we will have to change it pretty quickly.”

Pacquiao not expecting to break a sweat in Brisbane

Manny Pacquiao has such little opinion of Jeff Horn that the Filipino WBO champion wants to use the July 2 bout at Suncorp Stadium as a chance to ‘say hi to the Australian fans and media’ before heading onto bigger and better fights later in the year.
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After a spluttering start in April, when a proposed bout was scuttled by fantasy money in the Middle East, the welterweight title fight is now on the verge of official confirmation as both parties wait to sign the final contracts.

Duco Events, who co-promote Horn with Top Rank supremo Bob Arum, issued a statement on Thursday playing down ‘speculation’ over the fight, saying there was ‘no event to be announced’ until pens hit paper.

But that hasn’t stopped Arum or Pacquiao’s camp freely letting the cat out of the bag, while Fairfax Media understands Suncorp Stadium has been provisionally booked despite venue management refusing to confirm or deny any arrangements.

Online boxing bible Boxrec has already listed the bout as Pacquiao’s next assignment, while his advisor Michael Koncz has confirmed the WBO title will be on the line, not that they are expecting to have to hand it over to Horn, who has been installed as a $6 underdog.

With the clash against Englishman Amir Khan off the table, Koncz said they would now step into the Horn deal, which has been backed by the Queensland Government in anticipation of a near sold-out stadium and mass eyeballs from international audiences.

Pacquiao and Konz have both been openly lukewarm about the prospect of fighting Horn (16-0-1), a 29-year-old former schoolteacher from Brisbane that fought in the London Olympics before turning professional.

He has a feel-good story but limited international profile, while Koncz and Pacquiao also clearly feel he has limited skills in the ring as they plan what amounts to little more than a flying stopover in the Sunshine State.

“We signed it, so yeah, we’re excited about it. But again, my preference was to fight Amir Khan,” Koncz told Fox Sports. “That didn’t work out. We had this on the table so we decided to take it.

“Manny will train and do the best he can and hopefully we get the fight over with very quickly, we get out of there, we say hi to the Australian fans and media and come home.”

Pacquiao (59-6-2), now 38, has won titles across eight divisions and at the tail end of a career that in his prime, had him rated behind only Floyd Mayweather as the best fighter on the planet.

He now spends his time between boxing and his duty as a senator in his home country, where he remains nothing short of a national hero. Should he beat Horn, he would aim for a fight with Khan in his next window or October of November.

But the clear upside in the fight rests with Horn, who could shock with the world with victory or put his name on the map with a bold performance. His profile has already had a massive boost purely from being in the conversation.

Pacquiao stands to make around $10 million from the fight, while eyes now will fall on the cost of tickets as promoters try to ensure every seat in the 52,500-capacity venue gets sold.

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Terrorism probe on fatal servo stabbing

NSW police officers and SES personnel attend the scene of a fatal stabbing at the Queanbeyan Caltex service station. Photo by Karleen Minney. Photo: Karleen MinneyBe the first to know. Sign up for our breaking news alert
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Counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation after two teenage boys allegedly stabbed a service station employee to death and attacked three other men during a “horrific” crime spree in Queanbeyan.

Police have told Fairfax Media that the victim’s blood was used to scrawl letters, possibly saying ISIS, on the window of the Caltex service station on Bungendore Road in Queanbeyan, near the NSW-ACT border, on Thursday just before midnight.

Police are investigating whether two boys, aged 15 and 16, stabbed the service station’s attendant, Zeeshan Akbar, 29, to death in an act of terrorism.

NSW Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said police had “sufficient information” to believe the 16-year-old boy had terrorism-related motivations.

“That information comes from physical evidence at the scene and other sources,” she said.

Fairfax Media understands the mother of the 16-year-old boy told police she thought her son had been radicalised in recent weeks, but no concrete links to religious extremism have emerged so far.

It’s understood the 16-year-old had made concerning Facebook posts related to Islamic State in recent weeks.

However, he also has a history of committing petty offences around the Queanbeyan area and had issues with the drug ice.

He had a current AVO out against him in Young Local Court to protect a female and is awaiting trial in a District Court on aggravated sexual assault to inflict actual bodily harm with a weapon.

Ms Burn said another line of inquiry was whether the incident was drug related.

The boys are also accused of robbing a bottle shop, bashing a man with a tyre iron during a home invasion and bashing a homeless man in a park with a beer bottle, before stabbing another man in the stomach in Queanbeyan about 6.20am.

They were arrested following a police pursuit that crossed into the ACT.

Police are treating the three earlier attacks as motivated by robbery but the fatal stabbing of the service station attendant as a possible act of terrorism.

Mr Akbar, from Pakistan, was stabbed multiple times in a “brutal” attack but police were not yet sure if he was specifically targeted.

The man’s colleague arrived at the service station to start his midnight shift, and found the victim lying on the floor and the front windows smashed. He could not be revived and died at the scene.

Friends paid tribute to Mr Akbar, a Muslim man who was hoping to get his Australian citizenship.

His friends had posted photos online of him celebrating New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour and sightseeing at the Blue Mountains and Collins Beach in Manly.

“This is really an unbearable loss for his family,” one friend posted.

Superintendent Rod Smith, from the Monaro Local Area Command, described the night’s events as “horrific”.

“It doesn’t need to be said, but it doesn’t get more serious than this,” he said. “It’s an absolutely horrific series of events.”

He said the service station’s front doors had locked during the incident, trapping the two alleged offenders inside.

They had to “smash their way out” of the front windows to escape, he said.

Both boys were being questioned by ACT police on Friday evening.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the circumstances of the stabbing warranted the involvement of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team.

“I can say that the circumstances have raised sufficient concern, as I’ve discussed with the Commissioner of the AFP, Andrew Colvin, raised sufficient concern to warrant the involvement of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team,” he said.

“The involvement in this crime of two males, two youths, teenagers, is a shocking matter and one that underlines many of the concerns we have raised in this field.”

Alan Webber, the owner of the Caltex store where the fatal stabbing took place, said he was shocked by the crime and “sincerely and desperately sorry” for the families involved.

Queanbeyan residents quickly took to social media to share their distress at the news of the service station employee’s death.

“I used to go here all the time, the staff were all really wonderful,” a local said.

“They are genuine and ask how your day is going. My thoughts are with them and their family.”

Another added: “This is so incredibly sad. They are the nicest people who work there and that is heartbreaking for all of them and the poor family who don’t have their loved one.” /**/

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Legendary comic and voice of Mr Potato Head Don Rickles dead at 90

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has died at his home at the age of 90, according to his publicist.
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Rickles rose to fame in the 1960s for his rapid-fire wit and the way he hurled insults at Hollywood royalty and politicians. More recently, he found a new generation of fans thanks to his role as Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films.

The 90-year-old helped insult comedy become mainstream, and once said he turned to insulting people because he was bad at telling traditional jokes. Frank Sinatra was a big fan and ended up becoming one of his close friends.

Rickles was renowned for his no-holds-barred approach, earning him the nickname ‘the Merchant of Venom’. He came under fire in 2012 for a joke in which he called former president Barack Obama a janitor.

There has been an outpouring of grief from celebrities – comedians and actors alike – in the wake of Rickles’ death. On Twitter, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said 90 years was not long enough.

“One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing,” he wrote. “We miss you already.”

Tom Hanks, meanwhile, said the comedian’s death hit the entertainment world hard.

“A God died today,” he said. “Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Rickles attributed his longevity to his busy work schedule. The comedian was due to record lines for Toy Story 4, which is scheduled for release in 2019, later this year.

“What keeps me going is that young people still want to see me, which is flattering and great,” he said.

Rickles is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter and two grandchildren. He would have turned 91 next month.

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What’s changed, asks medicinal cannabis advocate

Lucy HaslamMedical cannabis progressMedical cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam says federal government legislation “set up to fail”Health minister Greg Hunt announces plan to import medicinal cannabis to improve accessTHOUSANDS of medicinal cannabis users in Australia are still criminal, Lucy Haslam says as sheprepares to shine a light on the issue for one of the government’s top advisors.
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Mrs Haslam says there is “an elephant in the room” when it comes to patients getting access to medicinal cannabis.

Her calls come nearly two months after the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, authorised the importation of a stockpileof medical cannabis“until domestic production meets local needs”.

Next week, Mrs Haslam will meet with Professor James Angus, who wasappointed as chair of the federal government’s Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

Media release: Action to deliver faster supply of medicinal cannabis products https://t.co/GcofkZLYFM

— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) 22 February 2017

“At themoment, nothing has really changed for patients in Australia,” Mrs Haslam said.

“We’ve still got thousands of patients using cannabis medically, for very valid reasons, who all have to get it from the black market.

“The pathways the governments have set up are so restrictive and so difficult that [patients]either don’t qualify or they can’t find a doctor who can help him.

“I’m going to be telling him about these kind of problems.”

The advisory council was established in February 2017 to “provide expert advice to government”.

Tamworth’s medical cannabis campaigner said she had concerns about the advisory council.

“When you look at the advisory council, it’s really been stacked against medical cannabis, which is completelyinappropriate,” Mrs Haslam said.

“That’s what I want to see him about, that really worries me a lot.”

A statement from the Department of Health said the appointment of the council would be to ensure the nation’s supply was “safe and responsible”.

“Professor Angus will assist in ensuring timely and safe access for patients including improving co-ordination between the federal and individual state regulators,” the statement said.

Lucy Haslam became a campaigner for medical cannabis after her son fought atorrid battle with bowel cancer. Dan Haslam died in February 2015.