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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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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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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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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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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De Goey to learn from AFL ban: Treloar

Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey received his second club-imposed ban in the past 12 months.Provided Jordan De Goey shows he’s learned his lessons, Collingwood teammate Adam Treloar thinks he could return from AFL exile for round one.
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De Goey is serving an indefiniteAFL ban after he was caught drink driving.

He is working in landscaping and must train in the evenings with the Magpies’ VFL squad for at least four weeks as part of the club-imposed suspension.

It is the second time within a year the talented 21-year-old has been in trouble for off-field misbehaviour.

The month-long work stint is only part of a range of measures Collingwood imposed and ends just before the regular season starts.

De Goey is also on a season-long booze ban.

He again showed his value to the Magpies with a strong game in last Thursday’s intra-club hitout.

De Goey played because it was a combined AFL/VFL scratch match.

Asked if he could see any reason why De Goey would not play in round one of the AFL, Treloar said: “If he’s available, no … (it’s whether) he’s really gone back and assessed where he’s at as a person and I suppose putting the club first, I reckon.

“That’s the thing he’s missed the last couple of times he’s stuffed up.

“In saying that, he’s a great person, a great character and he’s one of our favourite people at the club because of the way he is as a person.

“In terms of his footy, if he’s up for selection, I wouldn’t have any doubt he’d be in the team because he’s an absolute star.”

Treloar also had no doubt De Goey will be the better for his enforced time away from the club.

“You can really see how lucky we are as athletes and footy players, that we don’t have to do that,” Treloar said.

“Him missing it, he realises he takes it a bit for granted.

“I know he’d be missing playing, missing being here and I know once it’s done, he’ll come back with a much better attitude and he’ll be (better) for it.”

Treloar and teammates Jeremy Howe and Mason Cox welcomed Harlem Globetrotters Corey “Thunder” Law and Scott “Scooter” Christensen to the club for a promotion.

Treloar is a massive basketball fan.

“I’ve actually said, if I had the opportunity to trade my AFL career, just to be a bench player in the NBA, I would well and truly do it,” he said.

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NBL’s Kings retain Andrew Gaze as coach

Andrew Gaze has been reappointed coach of the Sydney Kings despite their poor NBL form.Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze has been put on notice after retaining his job despite his team finishing second-last in his first two NBL campaigns.
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Kings owner Harvey Lister said on Tuesday Boomers great Gaze had been reappointed for next season following a review.

Lister said key injuries had hampered the team this season – they were without captain Kevin Lisch for much of it and improved markedly when he returned to combine with gun mid-season signing Jerome Randle in the back court.

But he has stressed to managing director Jeff Van Groningen and Gaze that only a play-offs berth will do next season.

“We always anticipated it would take three years to stabilise this club and find success and I believe that we are on track to do that,” Lister said.

“However, I have made it clear to the managing director and head coach heading into the 2018-19 season that anything other than reaching the play-offs will not be acceptable.

“I am very encouraged by the retention and recruitment plans that they have outlined and look forward to the season ahead.

“We always anticipated it would take three years to stabilise this club and find success and I believe that we are on track to do that.”

The Kings record in the past season – 11 wins and 17 losses – was slightly worse than the previous year when they were 13-15.

But six wins from their last seven games plus the strong late season form of shooting guard Jason Cadee, veteran Brad Newley and import forward Perry Ellis and the development of young big men Isaac Humphries and Dane Pineau were seen as factors to support the current regime.

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Labor pounces on NSW stadiums reports

Gladys Berejiklian is under pressure over plans to rebuild Olympic Park and Moore Park stadiums.Labor says it will consider a royal commission-like inquiry into the NSW government’s $2.5 billion splurge on sporting stadiums if elected in 2019.
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Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Tuesday declared he was putting Premier Gladys Berejiklian “on notice” over plans to knock down and rebuild stadiums at Sydney’s Olympic Park and Moore Park.

It follows a leaked cost-benefit analysis by consultants KPMG that suggests demolishing and rebuilding Allianz Stadium would merely “break-even”.

While a simple refurbishment would deliver “significantly negative net economic outcomes”, the economic return on a rebuild would be no greater than the investment, according to the analysis obtained by News Corp Australia.

Mr Foley said the proposal was untenable and questioned the government’s haste to commit to the projects ahead of the state election in March 2019.

“If you want to rush indecently here and bypass public scrutiny, parliamentary scrutiny, the proper planning system, proper due process, then an incoming Labor government will reserve the right to establish a special commission of inquiry with royal commission powers into this stadium scandal,” he said.

“I’ve just put the government on notice.”

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres in a statement said: “The NSW government is awaiting the final business case for Allianz Stadium and Infrastructure NSW is developing a strategic business case for ANZ Stadium.”

Meanwhile, Liberal MP Matthew Mason-Cox criticised the government for prioritising “a couple of sporting stadiums before the welfare of the most vulnerable children and families in our community”.

The former Baird-government minister said the party room hadn’t yet been told where the business case stood but “all the evidence points to it being difficult to justify”.

“The party room hasn’t had time to reflect on this, we haven’t seen a business case, and I think the government needs to be more transparent in its decision-making,” he told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

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Tax cuts would hit welfare: SA premier

South Australia’s three main political leaders will debate social welfare issues.The social services sector will bear the brunt of tax cuts promised during the South Australian election campaign, Premier Jay Weatherill says.
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At a debate focused on social issues on Tuesday, Mr Weatherill said the sector was not “industrially strong” enough to fight off cuts promised by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall and SA-BEST leader Nick Xenophon.

He referred to a commitment by Mr Marshall to scrap payroll tax for some businesses Mr Xenophon’s promise to reduce the state’s land tax.

“With razor think surpluses and presumably they don’t want deficits, we’re going to see cuts and it’s going to fall on the social services,” Mr Weatherill said.

The debate was hosted by the South Australian Council of Social Services, and focused largely on the living standards of South Australians.

Other issues raised included digital inclusion, energy prices and child protection laws.

The premier said Mr Marshall’s promised state-based productivity commission and Mr Xenopon’s proposed royal commission into the state’s health system would also jeopardise funding to the welfare sector.

“That’s what’s happened at the national level and that’s what’s going to happen at the state level,” he said.

But Mr Xenophon and Mr Marshall found common ground refuting the comments, both leaders accusing the premier of running a scare campaign.

Mr Xenophon defended his health investigation which he said would focus on how to better harness the power of the public and not-for-government sector to better deliver services.

“These are the sorts of things a government ought to be able to do,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the premier could rethink Labor’s advertising campaigns and proposed tram lines to direct funds into programs that supported disadvantaged South Australians.

He also assured those at the debate, many employed in the industry, an effective social services sector would be a measure of success if his party were to win government in March.

“I know we talk a lot about economic growth, and I make no apology for that,” he said.

“But I make this commitment to each and every one of you today. If we are elected on March 17… we will not consider ourselves successful unless we address the entrenched disadvantage.”

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Stats paint a violent picture of the impact and occurrence of abuse

University of Newcastle Associate Professor Deb Loxton, who is also the deputy director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and the co-director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, praised the report that showed the impact and occurrence of violence in the community.THE effectsof abuse can last a lifetime, but a new report showing the occurrence and impact of violence could help trigger change, a Newcastle academic says.
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report,Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018, has found that on average, onewoman a week and oneman a month is killed by a current or former partner.

It found women weremore likely to experience violence from a known personin their home, while men were more likely to face it from strangersin a public place.

Related reading: Domestic violence victims face catch 22 The report, released on Wednesday, pooled information from 20major data sources to paint a picture of what is known about family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

University of Newcastle associate professor Deb Loxtoncontributed to the report via data from theAustralian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

“The statistics are very upsetting,” she said.“This sort of information can guide the delivery of practice, and policies to prevent violence,tohelp women, and men and children, to recover from violence that has occurred inthe short and long term.”

The report found one-in-six girls, and one-in-nine boys, had been physically or sexually assaulted, while one-in-sixAustralian women, and one-in-16 men, had been subjected –since the age of 15 –to physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner.

Related reading: Hunter to trial new domestic violence app One-in-two women, and one-in-four men, had experienced sexual harassment, and one-in-20 Australians believe violence against women may be justified.

The report estimated the cost of violence against women and children in Australia in 2015–16 was$22 billion.

For women aged 25-to-44, domestic violence causedmore illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor, such as smoking, alcohol use, overweight, or inactivity.

In 2016–17, about 72,000 women, 34,000 children and 9,000 men seeking refuge services reported that family and domestic violence caused or contributed to their homelessness.

The report showed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young women, pregnant women, andthosewho had experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence as children,were most at risk of family violence.

“Despite the fact some groups are more vulnerable to experience abuse at different life stages, abuse does cross all of those socioeconomic and cultural boundaries,” Associate Professor Loxton said.

“It’s important to have targeted interventions for particular groups at risk, but it’s important to remember it crosses all boundaries, it’s not limited to those groups singled out at different points in time.”

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