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  • admin 13:56 on 15/07/2019  

    The serious injury to Newcastle forward, Alex McKinnon, is an unfortunate consequence of the new rule prohibiting the third man in a tackle attacking the knees of a ball carrier.
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    Three Storm players tackled McKinnon in the match on Monday night, with one attempting to lift the 22-year-old’s leg and turn him, seeking to force him to the ground, or at least prevent him playing the ball quickly.

    McKinnon dropped his head in the tackle, meaning it was the first point of contact with the ground.

    Had there been no rule preventing the third man attacking the knees, it is likely he would have gone into the tackle around the legs, rather than join his other two partners in an unstable and potentially dangerous dance with McKinnon.

    Put crudely, even cruelly, the NRL must ask what is more crucial: protecting a player’s knees, or his spine?

    McKinnon suffers vertebrae fractures in Knights loss

    Former teammate shocked after Alex McKinnoninjury

    Storm centre backs Cameron Smith over McKinnon comments

    Blanket rules are vulnerable to unfortunate consequences, the better option being to allow the referee to punish low tackles which are dangerous and allow those which are not.

    McKinnon’s coach, Wayne Bennett, was a member of the rules committee which voted in the new rule which has achieved its purpose: faster play-the-balls.

    A distressed Bennett, who would opt for a healthy McKinnon over a thousand quick rucks, may dispute the notion that the new rule had anything to do with the injury.

    But there can be no doubt the basket of new laws has created some spectacular football and ingenious plays.

    The no time-off rule when the ball is out of play in the final five minutes has created some thrilling finishes and innovative acts.

    Storm captain Cameron Smith stab-kicked from the halfway restart after the Panthers levelled the scoreline in round two, forcing a knock-on and a scrum.

    Half Cooper Cronk edged his team ahead with a field goal from the subsequent set but the more difficult and rarely seen kick was Smith’s grass-cutter which bounced wickedly into the fumbling arms of a Penrith forward on the sideline.

    The Panthers responded with a clever short kick-off of their own, drawing a penalty for accidental offside.

    As half Peter Wallace was setting up for a long-range penalty goal, Cronk approached the referee and asked whether there was a rule against a rugby union style line-out lift to prevent the ball going over the cross-bar.

    The referee told Cronk that once the ball is kicked, it is in play.

    The half immediately positioned himself in front of the posts with the tall winger Sisa Waqa and fullback Billy Slater either side, with the object of them propelling him into the air to bat the ball forward.

    A Penrith player read their plan and was poised to race through and scoop the ball up for a try but the kick fell low and wide of the posts.

    Referees are also adjudicating the 10 metres more accurately and with greater consistency. The NRL track their positions on a grid, allowing them a half-metre margin of error.

    Rather than referees standing back 13 metres, or a thin eight metres, almost every ruck in all games played in the first three rounds has seen them stand the 10 metres required in the rule book.

    You will still hear the crowd cry “get ‘em back the 10” but it has less meaning now.

    The pocket referee and his partner also rotate more, meaning the end of the system where the referee standing at the ruck moves at the next set of six to adjudicate the 10 metres, meaning he stays with one team for extended periods.

    Coaches can no longer protest they are stuck with a referee who stands back 13 metres, while his colleague positions himself only eight metres.

    The new rule of a zero tackle on the 20-metre line following a kick going dead has had less impact.

    While teams are less inclined to kick the ball over the goal line to prevent it going to brilliant fullbacks, they are not running it on the last as much as could be expected.

    The Broncos scored all their tries against the Bulldogs from this tactic but their three are one-quarter of the 12 scored in the first three rounds from 127 runs on the last tackle.

    Sportsdata reports there were 11 tries from 126 runs at the same time last year.

    There have only been four tries from 83 zero tackle restarts, with Bennett’s Knights scoring two.

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  • admin 13:56 on 15/07/2019  

    Alex McKinnon’s former St George Illawarra teammate David Gower has expressed his shock at the Newcastle back-rower’s sickening injury but says rugby league is still a safe sport.
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    The Parramatta prop was in the Dragons side when McKinnon scored two tries on his NRL debut against the Gold Coast in 2011.McKinnon moved to the Knights 12 months later and his career is in the balance after he sustained neck fractures at the C4 and C5 vertebrae in Monday’s loss to Melbourne.

    VIDEO: Alex McKinnon suffers vertebrae fractures in Knights loss

    Storm centre backs Cameron Smith over McKinnon comments

    OPINION: Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

    The back-rower was stretchered from the field at AAMI Park in a neck brace and taken to hospital after landing head first in an awkward tackle by Melbourne forwards Jesse Bromwich, his brother Kenny and Jordan McLean.

    The tackle, which happened 30 seconds before halftime, was put on report by referee Gerard Sutton but the full extent of the injury is not yet known.

    Gower said every player would have been shocked by the sight of McKinnon leaving the field in such a bad way but said there was no question of any malice from the Storm players.

    ‘‘Alex is a good young player: he’s had a good couple of years of first grade and he’s only going to get better,’’ Gower said.

    ‘‘It’s scary. It’s not a nice thing but what do you do? It’s an aspect of the game.

    We understand that when we take the field but no one intentionally goes out there to do it.

    “It’s just one of them really unfortunate awkward tackles that just went wrong.

    “But the boys, they haven’t gone in there intentionally to tip him on his head.’’

    The NRL outlawed the shoulder charge last year and outlawed third-man-in tackles below the knee this season to prevent cannonball tackles, but Gower said it would be wrong to change tackling rules further.

    ‘‘If you lift and it goes wrong, you get cited by the match review committee and, if you they find you guilty, you serve suspension,’’ he said.

    ‘‘It’s just an area in the tackle, just went wrong. You’ve got a split second. It’s just something that’s gone wrong.

    “Fingers crossed Alex is alright.

    ‘‘The danger is, if you get get rid of many tackles, you can’t tackle.

    ‘‘The rules are there. We all understand them … and I think it’s a safe game. It’s just unfortunate incidents happen every now and then.’’

    Veteran centre Willie Tonga said he was stunned at the news of McKinnon’s injury.

    ‘‘I’ve got no words for it. I’ve had my share of injuries but, when you hear something like that, it sends tingles up your spine,’’ he said.

    ‘‘I send my best wishes to him and I can only imagine what he going through at the moment.’’

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  • admin 13:56 on 15/07/2019  

    Melbourne centre Will Chambers has defended skipper Cameron Smith for questioning Alex McKinnon’s action in a tackle that left the Newcastle forward with a fractured neck.
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    McKinnon suffered the injury in Monday night’s NRL match at AAMI Park when he landed on his head in a three-man tackle by Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich and Jordan McLean.

    VIDEO:McKinnon suffers vertebrae fractures in Knights loss

    Former teammate shocked at Alex McKinnon injury

    OPINION: Alex McKinnon incident unfortaunte consequence of cannonball tackle rule

    He was carried from the field and the tacklers were put on report by referee Gerard Sutton but Smith said the 22-year-old back-rower’s actions in the tackle contributed to the injury.

    ‘‘I don’t want to see that happen to anyone in our game but, if he doesn’t duck his head, it doesn’t happen,’’ Smith told Sutton on the field.

    Asked whether such comments were ‘‘insensitive in light of the injury’’, Chambers said it was part of Smith’s role to talk with the referee during a match.

    ‘‘No … that’s his part. He obviously saw something and had a chat,’’ said Chambers.

    He said he couldn’t watch as McKinnon was put into a neck brace and stretchered from the field, with scans at a Melbourne hospital later confirming a fracture.

    The full extent of injury won’t be known for at least a few days.McKinnon could initially be heard via the referee’s microphone saying he couldn’t feel anything.

    Chambers said it was tough to see any player suffer a serious injury in a tackle.

    ‘‘I walked away last night when it happened because you hate to see people in that situation,’’ he said.

    ‘‘You don’t want to look.

    It’s a scary thought, and I stayed away from it.’’

    Chambers, a member of the Storm’s leadership group, didn’t want to be drawn on any possible penalties from the match video review panel over the tackle.

    ‘‘I haven’t spoken to them (the tacklers),’’ he said.

    ‘‘Obviously you don’t go out to do those sort of things.

    ‘‘It was an accident and we just hope that he recovers now and he’s back on the field soon.’’

    The Storm travel to Perth on Thursday ahead of their Saturday NRL clash with the Bulldogs.

    It’s believed the three players involved in the tackle will speak with the club’s welfare officer, while the club said it would also work with the Knights and the NRL in offering support and assistance to McKinnon and his family.

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  • admin 13:56 on 15/07/2019  

    Fargo stars Billy Bob Thornton.The Australian television rights to the highly anticipated television adaptation of the film Fargo have been secured by SBS.
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    The multicultural public broadcaster will launch the series in May, screening it within weeks of the show’s US debut.

    The updated Fargo has been produced by the creative collaboration behind the film, producers Joel and Ethan Coen.

    It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk.

    The original film was released in 1996, and was a black comedy thriller about a series of murders in a small town. It starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi.

    A pilot for television was filmed the following year, with a storyline that more closely mirrored the film. It starred Edie Falco and was directed by Kathy Bates but did not have the involvement of the Coen brothers.

    The US cable network FX announced its reboot in 2012, as a 10-episode “limited series”.

    This new version, produced by FX Productions and MGM Television, has been adapted by novelist/writer Noah Hawley and follows a new “true” crime case.

    SBS has built a suite of high-quality scripted drama, notably the historical drama Vikings, the US drama Masters of Sex, the critically acclaimed UK drama Skins, the Danish political drama Borgen and the Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge.

    “The legendary Coen brothers are synonymous with cutting edge drama, and they’ve produced a series full of their trademark black humour and unexpected plot twists,” SBS’s director of television Tony Iffland said.

    “We’ve already cemented our reputation for bringing Australian audiences the best in high quality, bold international drama series with programs like Borgen and The Killing,” Iffland said.

    “Fargo is the next step in building our reputation for offering the world’s best scripted English language dramas.”

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  • admin 13:56 on 15/07/2019  

    Marshall Islands hit by king tides earlier this month as it prepared to host a global climate meeting. Photo: B.D. YamamuraAn upcoming United Nations report on climate change has been altered after the expert review stage, with changes added that downplay the economic impacts of a warming planet, according to one of the reviewers.
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    Bob Ward, an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also said alterations to the economics chapter of the draft report sent to governments included an assessment of a paper by the chapter’s own lead co-ordinating author Richard Tol that contained at least one error.

    An added section also included a line likely to be hotly contested if it survives a final review by IPCC delegates gathered this week in Yokohama, Japan, to approve the Working Group II report: “Estimates agree on the size of the impact (small relative to economic growth) but disagree on the sign.”

    Mr Ward said disagreement over whether the sign of climate change’s economic impact is positive or negative “is patently not supported by the evidence presented”.

    Of the data assessed, only one study out of about 18 suggests there would be a significant positive impact on gross domestic product from global warming, Mr Ward told the IPCC in an email seen by Fairfax Media.

    Earlier analysis of economic costs by one of the assessed papers – by Professor Tol – also “excluded a long list of important impacts, including those relating to recreation, tourism, extreme weather, fisheries, construction, transport, energy supply and morbidity,” said Mr Ward, who is also a policy director at the London School of Economics.

    Professor Tol, who is a professor at University of Sussex in the UK, said Mr Ward’s complaints were reviewed “and found that most of them were unfounded”. One typo was identified and a dropped minus sign was re-instated. “Both errors have been corrected,” Professor Tol said.

    Climate costs

    In a paper published last year, Professor Tol stated that “the impact of a century of climate change is roughly equivalent to a year’s growth in the global economy,” and that “carbon dioxide emissions are probably a negative externality”.

    Professor Tol is a member of the academic advisory council for The Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate change sceptic think tank founded by the UK’s Lord Lawson. The council also includes prominent Australian sceptics Bob Carter and Ian Plimer, according to its website.

    Unless resolved in the final week, a row over the contents of UN report may cast a cloud over some of its major findings, which include the prospect of widespread social dislocation of climate change and big impacts for eco-systems such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

    Mr Ward said the IPCC had been widely criticised after an early report in 2007 was later found to assert more rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers than supported by the cited peer-reviewed report.

    “The IPCC is supposed to be an assessment,” Mr Ward said. “It’s not supposed to just regurgitate the information but be a critical review of it.”

    Mr Ward has also sought corrections from Professor Tol and the publisher of the original paper, Elsevier.

    Professor Tol on his blog has described Mr Ward as “Nick Stern’s attack dog” in reference to Lord Nicholas Stern who wrote the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006, and accused him of reaching “a new level of trolling”.

    Delegates in Japan will get to vote on each chapter of the report before approval.

    Stanford’s Professor Chris Field, co-chair of the Working Group II report, said the authors “did carefully review the issues” raised by Mr Ward. He said the additional material had been transferred from another chapter.

    Mr Ward’s comments “arrived outside the normal review process, but everyone in the IPCC is glad for the chance to triple-check all of the contents of the report,” he told Fairfax, adding the authors “agreed that at least one of the items [Mr Ward] identified was a small error”.

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  • admin 12:56 on 15/06/2019  

    The Search for MH370
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    Saturday, March 8

    3.41am (Australian time): Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people, including 12 crew, scheduled to arrive in Beijing just under six hours later.

    5.40am: The plane disappears from Malaysian radar.

    March 9

    3pm: Vietnam confirms the plane went missing in its airspace.

    5.30pm: Vietnamese media claim that a navy official said the plane had crashed into the sea between Vietnam and Malaysia is later denied.

    9pm: Six Australian passengers confirmed to be on flight,  plus a Perth-based New Zealander.

    Italian Luigi Maraldi and Austrian Christian Kozel, believed to be on the plane, contact authorities to say their passports had been stolen.

    A report emerges that a pilot who made contact with missing plane received no distress call.

    Investigators check CCTV footage of two passengers using stolen passports.

    Search area widened after reports the plane might have tried to turn back.

    Two oil slicks spotted by Vietnam air force planes in South China Sea.

    March 10

    FBI called in to investigate possible terrorism link.

    Malaysia dismisses the objects in South China Sea as not from the plane and intensifies its search efforts.

    Senior Malaysian investigator says it is likely the plane ‘‘disintegrated at around 35,000 feet’’.

    March 11

    Malaysian authorities say the most likely cause is a catastrophic mid-air explosion caused either by a bomb or a highly unusual technical fault brought about by sabotage, hijack or ‘‘mental or personality problems’’.

    Stolen passport holders identified as Iranians.

    Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid revealed to have once invited young women into the cockpit.

    March 12

    Malaysian authorities admit they are unsure which direction the plane was flying when it disappeared, saying it might have turned back two hours into the flight.

    Pilot’s final words released: ‘‘All right. Good night.’’

    March 13

    Chinese government releases satellite images of ‘‘floating objects’’ in the ‘‘suspected crash area’’ in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Revealed that communications signals continued for four hours after the plane disappeared.

    March 15

    Satellite data shows the plane flew for seven hours after communications equipment was turned off, possibly towards Iran or south-west to the Indian Ocean.

    Police raid homes of pilots  Zaharie Ahmad Shah and Fariq Abdul Hamid.

    March 16

    Media reports a British-born al-Qaeda supergrass claims a handful of Malaysian men were planning a shoe bombing on the MH370.

    Malaysia Airlines reveals plane’s communications were deliberately turned off.

    March 17

    New Straits Times reports the plane may have flown at low altitude to avoid radars.

    March 18

    Revealed that someone altered the flight path by typing a code into a flight management system.

    Australian-led search of the Indian Ocean begins.

    March 19

    Malaysian defence minister asks US to share data from Pine Gap bases in Australia.

    March 20 

    Images released of potential wreckage 2300 kilometres south-west of Perth.

    Australia dispatches four Orion P3 maritime surveillance planes and RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, New Zealand sends another and the US sends a Poseidon submarine-hunting plane.

    March 21

    Revealed that US satellite supplied the images of the floating debris.

    March 22

    University of Western Australia oceanographer says the debris may have originated 500 kilometres away.

    March 23

    Chinese satellite identifies another large object in the Indian Ocean.

    March 24

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott tells Parliament more possible wreckage been spotted. March 25

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean killing all on board.

    Australia’s HMAS Success only ship in the southern search area. Ten Chinese ships and six Malaysian vessels, with three ship-borne helicopters, expected on Tuesday.

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  • admin 12:56 on 15/06/2019  

    Kieran Loveridge is escorted from the NSW Supreme Court after being sentenced for the manslaughter of Thomas Kelly. Photo: Kate GeraghtyTelevision cameras will be allowed into the NSW Supreme Court for verdicts and sentences in criminal trials, the Attorney-General, Greg Smith says.
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    The proposal, which will go before Parliament later this year, will help “demystify the court process” and “increase the transparency of the decision-making” of judges, Mr Smith said.

    Cameras have already been allowed in court for a few high-profile cases, including the Court of Criminal Appeal’s verdict in Gordon Wood’s successful appeal against his conviction for the murder of Caroline Byrne, and the sentencing of Keli Lane for the murder of her baby, Tegan.

    The new regime would create a presumption in favour of allowing filming and broadcasting of verdicts in judge-alone trials and sentences, rather than media organisations having to apply and receive permission on a case-by-case basis.

    “Broadcasting would be the norm, rather than the exception,” he said.

    But filming of jurors, protected witnesses or victims would be prohibited, ad there would be no cameras allowed in any cases where non-publication or suppression orders are in place.

    Material that could prejudice other trials or investigations or reveal police methodology would also be excluded.

    “It may open up into streaming, even of evidence, but at this stage we are limiting it to the remarks on sentence and verdicts,” Mr Smith said.

    The move is likely a response to the widespread outrage following perceived lenient sentences given to some offenders in the past 12 months, such as Kieran Loveridge, who received a minimum four years’ jail for the manslaughter of Thomas Kelly.

    The Chief Justice, Tom Bathurst is holding three symposiums – one for MPs, one for members of the media and one for the general public – “in an endeavour to explain and clarify the principles which courts are required to adopt in sentencing offenders”.

    Mr Smith said the judiciary were supportive of increasing the presence of cameras in their courtrooms.

    “The public don’t fully understand the difficulties of sentencing and the intricacies of it. I think this will give them more chance of understanding when the judge sets out the background, then gives reasons for why, ultimately, he or she decides to give a particular sentence.”

    NSW will be the first state in Australia to introduce this type of legislation.

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  • admin 12:56 on 15/06/2019  

    Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann announced the government is delaying implementing the proposed FoFA changes. Photo: Alex EllinghausenYesterday was a good day for investors. Finance Minister, Senator Mathias Cormann, yesterday announced that the government’s planned roll-back of the ‘Future of Financial Advice’ reforms would be put on ice while it considers feedback from stakeholders.
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    We can only hope Senator Cormann’s common sense decision will result in the government permanently shelving the changes.

    Of course, politicians of both stripes are lining up to spin the decision, but this isn’t – or shouldn’t be – a political issue.

    Furious agreement… don’t change FoFA

    There has been a chorus of common sense commentary from right across the financial world. The likes of Ross Gittins, Michael Pascoe and Christopher Joye have all lined up against the flawed FoFA changes. Financial commentator and news presenter Ross Greenwood is another who has been vocal on the topic. On this very page as far back as October last year, we argued for the watering down of investor protections to be abandoned.

    There is – or should be – a very simple approach to providing financial advice. Everything done by a financial adviser should be focussed solely on the clients’ best interest, without the opportunity for that adviser to be corrupted by the offer of commissions from product providers. And to paraphrase the old saw, financial advice not only needs to be independent, but needs to be seen to be independent.

    If my doctor received a kickback from prescribing certain drugs, would I be certain I was getting the best possible healthcare? And wouldn’t there be a small minority who found it nigh impossible to ignore the money and have their judgement compromised by same? If my lawyer was being paid by someone else to provide legal representation, wouldn’t I worry about their commitment to my cause?

    Trust is paramount

    So if my financial adviser is receiving commissions of up to 10% to recommend a certain product, or 2% to recommend a different product, can they really resist the lure of the extra money? And even if they are completely convinced that the 10% commission product was the best one, can I be sure of their motivations?

    Aren’t I entitled to have my adviser acting in my best interests? Aren’t I entitled to receive honest and impartial advice? Shouldn’t anyone trying to sell me a financial product have to be called a ‘salesperson’ rather than the independent-sounding ‘adviser’ or ‘planner’? And shouldn’t such a person need to be qualified? Aren’t I entitled to have my adviser receiving money only from clients, and not from vested interests?

    Put another way, why would product promoters pay commissions to financial advisers, if not to gain favour? These promoters aren’t stupid. They wouldn’t be paying money if it wasn’t achieving their desired aims. If the product was good enough, and advisers weren’t being paid commissions, they’d get the business anyway.

    Australian investors deserve better

    The financial services industry is littered with the wreckage of bad products and terrible advice.

    I made this plea to Prime Minister Tony Abbott (back in October):

    “Mr Abbott, you took a commendable step in deciding that it was inappropriate for lobbyists to hold executive positions in the Liberal Party. Conflicts – and even the appearance or possibility of same – must be avoided.

    “The individual investors of Australia deserve no less than transparent, conflict-free (including any appearance of and potential for same) financial advice. Please resist the temptation – and intense lobbying – of those who seek to protect themselves at the expense of their clients.

    Foolish takeaway

    I previously met with Senator Sinodinos, who had responsibility for the roll-backs and put these same concerns to him.

    I am now calling on Senator Cormann to follow the imminently sensible decision to halt these changes with another sensible decision – to act in the best interests of individual investors and leave the FoFA changes in place. Australian investors deserve no less.

    Attention: Foolish, dividend loving investors and BusinessDay readers alike who are looking for Australian investing ideas can click here to request a Motley Fool free report entitled Secure Your Future with 3 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks.

    Scott Phillips is a Motley Foolinvestment advisor. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TMFGilla. The Motley Fool’s purpose is to educate, amuse and enrich investors. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691).

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  • admin 12:56 on 15/06/2019  

    Questions on whether Perth can cope with the potential influx of families of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. Photo: Louie Douvis Questions on whether Perth can cope with the potential influx of families of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. Photo: Louie Douvis
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    Questions on whether Perth can cope with the potential influx of families of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. Photo: Louie Douvis

    Questions on whether Perth can cope with the potential influx of families of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. Photo: Louie Douvis

    As it happened – confirmation of crashRelatives told by text messageOfficial statement

    Hotels in Perth will do all they can to accommodate the family members of the passengers on the stricken Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 if they head to Perth, Tourism Council Western Australia chief executive Evan Hall said.

    It has been reported that the families of those on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could be flown to Perth to be closer to the base of the search for the plane’s wreckage following the Malaysian Prime Minister’s confirmation that the plane “ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean”.

    There were 239 people aboard the plane, meaning there could potentially be hundreds of family members arriving in the coming days, Perth being the closest point to where the plane is believed to have plunged into the ocean, more than 2000 kilometres out to sea.

    Mr Hall told Fairfax Media “in a situation like this the industry would find a way to accommodate people.”

    He said while some hotels in Perth could hold up to about 400 guests, the occupancy rate had been up near 90 per cent, so families may have to be put up in different hotels.

    Mr Hall said he was not aware of any specific plans to accommodate passenger’s family members in Perth.

    A statement from Malaysia Airlines released on Tuesday morning said “when Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area”.

    Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi expressed her sadness over the confirmation of the news that flight MH370 went down in waters south-west of Perth on Twitter.

    “I feel so sad our City is now the closest to where plane is,” she tweeted.— Lisa Scaffidi (@LisaScafPerthLM) March 24, 2014

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  • admin 12:56 on 15/06/2019  

    Essendon coach Mark Thompson. Photo: Pat Scala Essendon coach Mark Thompson. Photo: Pat Scala
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    Essendon coach Mark Thompson. Photo: Pat Scala

    Essendon coach Mark Thompson. Photo: Pat Scala

    Mark Thompson will not be drawn on whether James Hird’s planned return to resume duties as senior coach after this season is the best outcome for Essendon, as the club desperately tries to put the supplements scandal behind it.

    With the Bombers’ board set to meet on Wednesday to discuss Hird’s future in the wake of a 7.30 interview with his wife Tania, the club confirmed on Tuesday that Tania had been invited to attend, although it’s believed she will now decline the offer.

    The board wanted to give Tania Hird the chance to tell her side of the story, along with her husband James who the club has confirmed will be part of the meeting via a video link-up from overseas.

    The club says it wants to be as transparent as possible with both James and Tania as to their position, however it’s understood Tania took offence to her invitation being presented in the media as a club order for her to front the meeting.

    Thompson, meanwhile, remained adamant on Tuesday that he will not be the senior coach next year, telling the media he did not expect to be asked to continue in the job beyond 2014, and would not do so even if he was approached.

    Thompson is convinced Hird will return take over the team, even if the club’s board is yet to reach that position.

    Chairman Paul Little is still refusing to guarantee the Bombers legend will be given the next two seasons post 2014 as promised to him after his 12-month suspension for involvement in the supplements saga was agreed.

    The media frenzy created by public comments by Tania Hird, and fuelled further by Little’s response, sparked speculation last week that the Bombers might seek a fresh start by cutting ties with one of the club’s most famous figures.

    Thompson was asked directly on Tuesday if he thought Hird’s return was best for the club. After a pause, he replied: “He’s coming back. That was the plan. Until it changes, we can’t do anything else”.

    The uncertainty around Hird will continue to linger until more information is presented after Wednesday’s crucial board meeting, however it took only a round one win against North Melbourne for the first group of Essendon supporters, and other commentators, to suggest the club might be better off sacking Hird and sticking with former Geelong premiership coach Thompson long term.

    Thompson, speaking at training on Tuesday, said he had not been approached by the Bombers to coach beyond his one-year agreement.

    “I wouldn’t expect the club to ask, and I wouldn’t change my answer,” he said.

    Essendon legend Tim Watson, father of captain Jobe Watson, said on Monday night he still had some doubt as to whether Hird would coach the club again, although he thinks he will – provided he and the “Hird camp” give assurances that they will not spark further distractions for the club by speaking out publicly about the drugs drama.

    Another Bombers champion in the media, Matthew Lloyd, said he had strong information that Hird would be the coach post 2014, and that the board meeting was more to work out a strategy of how that could happen without causing more interruptions to this season.

    Pleased but not surprised by how his players were able to block out the constant speculation about the furture of their coach, Thompson said he did not expect the Hird issue to disrupt preparations for Friday night’s blockbuster against arch rival Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium.

    “I don’t think it will have any impact at all,” he said.

    “We won’t talk about it, we won’t use it. The best way to play good footy is to concentrate on good footy.

    “It’s not my issue. It’s the club’s issue.

    “They’ve got to work it all out and I’m happy for that, and the players are happy, because we can get to do what we do – and that’s concentrate on footy.”

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