13/10/2019

Addo-Carr faster, stronger for NRL season

Melbourne Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr insists he will be faster and stronger in the 2018 NRL season.Melbourne Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr has sounded a warning to rivals that he’s faster and stronger.
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Already rated one of the quickest players in the competition, the 22-year-old winger has been working hard in the off-season on his technique with Melbourne’s conditioning coach, former Olympic sprinter Adam Basil.

And he hopes to be rewarded with back-to-back NRL titles as well as NSW State of Origin honours.

“As everyone knows my best attribute is speed and I’m working really hard to try to get faster and stronger,” Addo-Carr said.

“People say that I’m looking pretty fast and I’m certainly getting stronger.

“I used to hate doing leg weights but I love them now and I’ve gotten stronger there.”

Addo-Carr says he’s still pinching himself about his fairytale past 12 months.

After making his debut and playing nine games with Wests Tigers in 2016, Addo-Carr joined the Storm and finished the season as joint NRL top tryscorer with 23 tries, including a grand final double, and a premiership ring.

Late last year NSW coach Brad Fittler also named him as a possible 2018 Blues debutant.

“Honestly I couldn’t believe the last 12 months – I always sit in bed and think, ‘Wow, why me?’,” Addo-Carr said.

“All the hard work I put in over the years has finally paid off but I’ve got the opportunity to go back to back so I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

He said it was no secret he hoped to play Origin this year but planned to just focus on playing well for the Storm.

“Hopefully Freddy (Fittler) sees I’m doing a good job,” he said.

While initially thinking he would return to his close family in Sydney, Addo-Carr revealed he’s already thinking of staying in Melbourne beyond 2021 when his current contract expires.

“I’m happy at the moment and enjoying life and playing football,” he said.

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13/10/2019

Why puzzles are the clue to brain power

We alllove a daily challenge – from Sudoku and word searches to cryptic crosswords. But did you know that doing the morning crossword is more than just a boredom-busting exercise?
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Filling in all those little white squares could boost your brain power in later life.

While it’s been suggested before that Sudoku number puzzles improve memory, while crosswords improve vocabulary, boffins in the UK found the more regularly people do puzzles the better their brain function when they get older.

A 2017 study by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London – one of the largest of its kind – found the more regularly participants engaged with word puzzles, the better they performed on tasks assessing attention, reasoning and memory.

In the online trial, researchers looked at data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over. The team asked participants how frequently they played word puzzles such as crosswords and used online cognitive test systems to assess core aspects of brain function.

They found “puzzlers” have brain function equivalent to 10 years younger than their age on tests of grammatical reasoning, speed and short term memory accuracy.

“We found direct relationships between the frequency of word puzzle use and the speed and accuracy of performance on nine cognitive tasks assessing a range of aspects of function including attention, reasoning and memory,” said University of Exeter Medical School Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Keith Wesnes.

“Performance was consistently better in those who reported engaging in puzzles, and generally improved incrementally with the frequency of puzzle use.”

This backs up a 2011 study which found mental “cross-training” can boost IQ.

A Swiss-American team found that a group of college students improved their performance on a pattern recognition test – a commonly used IQ test – after training their working memory.

The researchers say the study found mental exercise really does limber up the brain and make it more quick-witted.

They found those who had trained on the working memory test scored slightly higher on average than the control group in a test of 29 questions.

Lead researcher Martin Buschkuehl from the University of Michigan also gathered anecdotal evidence of real-world effects from participants.

“They said that after the training they were more attentive,” he said.

“They could more easily follow lectures, or had less trouble understanding the papers they read.”

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13/10/2019

Brumbies bracing for Qld Reds Super storm

Brumbies fullback Tom Banks tips Queensland Reds to hit back strongly in their Super Rugby clash.Fullback Tom Banks knows the Queensland Reds better than most at the Brumbies and he expects a strong response from Brad Thorn’s side in Friday’s Super Rugby meeting.
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The Reds had a disastrous season opener against the Melbourne Rebels, thumped 45-19 and losing captain Scott Higginbotham to a three-week suspension.

Banks, who has cemented his spot at the Brumbies since joining them last year after being on the fringes with the Reds, said his old team would have been gutted with their first-up performance.

“When there’s so much hype around a team after the pre-season, with what they’ve (the Reds) tried to do and they have a season opener like that, they’ll try to bounce back as hard as they can,” Banks said.

“We’ll have to weather that storm early because it’s such a crucial match for us and they’ll be really wanting to win after that performance.”

Brisbane-raised Banks made just two appearances at his hometown club before last year’s breakout season with the Brumbies.

His rapid rise saw him come into national team calculations, earning a call-up to the Wallabies training squad and impressing for the Barbarians.

Banks, 23, said he didn’t have a point to prove to the Reds and he was looking forward to being back at Suncorp Stadium.

“I always love playing Queensland because I got my start there, any Super Rugby game against them is always good. It’ll be a good Aussie derby,” Banks said.

The Brumbies will be out to make it two-straight wins to open their season after last Saturday’s 32-25 triumph in Tokyo against the Sunwolves.

Wallabies prop Scott Sio is unlikely to return from a calf strain, while 19-year-old Rob Valetini is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in his Super Rugby debut.

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13/10/2019

There’s no other store like . . .

There’s no other store like . . . David Jones NSW North regional manager Ben Webster inside the new store.
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NOT LONG NOW: David Jones NSW North regional manager Ben Webster inside the new store.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The cafe area inside the new store. Pictures: Simone De Peak

BRAND NEW: The store will carry a host of big name brands including SPORTSCRAFT, SABA and Witchery.

TweetFacebookFairfax Media took a sneak peek tour of the Hunter’s newest department store.

The high-end franchise will open at Stockland Green Hills next month as part of stage four of the centre’s redevelopment.

The single-level store will feature fashion for men, womenand kids including personalised shopping suites for both men and women.

The shopping suites will be used by the store’spersonal shoppers, which customers can book in with for free online and in store.

“This is a downtown service we offer in some of our CBD locations that we’re bringing to regional areas like Maitland,”David Jones NSW North regional manager Ben Webster said.

Some of the fashion brands available instoreinclude Seed, SABA, MINKPINK, Country Road andWitchery, which have been chosen specifically for the Green Hills store through customer feedback, analyticsand surveys.

“We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes with both local and international brands, which are tailored to the local market,” Mr Webster said.

“We’re bringing the best of David Jones to the local community.

“Customers no longer need to go anywhere else but Green Hills to get their favourite brands.”

The store also incorporates an extensive cosmetic section, including brands such asMAC, L’Occitane, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinque andDermalogica, and there are twobeauty rooms for skincare therapies andmakeup sessions.

“They’re generally booked out well in advance,” Mr Webster said.

A cafe has also been built within the store in collaboration with chef Neil Perry.

About 200 staff will be called in to startstocking the store from March 12 in time forthe grand opening 10 days later.

The first 100 customers through the doors on the 22ndwill receive a free gift bag.

There will also be a David Jones ambassadorin store on the day, but it has not yet been announced who that will be.

Stage four of Stockland Green Hills will also includeTimezone, JB Hi-Fi and Harris Scarfe.

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13/10/2019

Medich spoke of killing, Sydney jury told

A witness has told a jury Ron Medich said if he had a gun he’d kill business foe Michael McGurk.Millionaire property developer Ron Medich said “if I had a gun I would kill him” referring to the business foe he is now accused of murdering, a Sydney jury has been told.
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Under cross-examination in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, Senad Kaminic denied a suggestion that Medich had never said those words at a Leichhardt restaurant in 2009.

“I heard them,” said Kaminic who received a 50 per cent discount on his jail term after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact to murder.

He was giving evidence at the trial of Medich, 69, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael McGurk, 45, in September 2009 and to intimidating his widow, Kimberley McGurk, in August 2010.

The businessman was fatally shot at close range in the side of his head outside his Sydney home in Cremorne after he pulled up in his car with a takeaway meal he’d just bought for his family.

The Crown alleges Medich directed the contract murder after his once-close relationship with Mr McGurk soured and they became embroiled in multi-million dollar legal disputes.

Medich’s former close friend and confidant, Lucky Gattellari, who is serving a reduced sentence for his involvement in exchange for his testimony, has told the jury the developer ordered him to arrange the killing.

Kaminic, who was Gattellari’s driver and collected debts, told the jury of overhearing Medich talk about Mr McGurk.

He was angry and said “if I had a gun I would kill him”, Kaminic testified.

Under cross-examination from Medich’s barrister, Winston Terracini SC, he denied a suggestion he did not hear Medich saying those words to Gattellari.

Speaking through an interpreter, Kaminic said after the murder Gattellari asked him to pick up what he said was the final payment for the killing.

He went to Medich’s Leichhardt office and while he did not see him, he collected an envelope from reception which contained a cheque for $250,000.

He said he deposited it in one of Gattellari’s bank accounts.

“Were you present when Ron Medich discussed giving Lucky Gattellari money for the murder?” Mr Terracini asked.

“No,” Kaminic replied.

He agreed he hardly ever spoke to Medich and their conversations were cordial, and did things only if Gattellari told him to do them.

The trial is continuing.

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