Netanyahu insists government is stable

Israeli police are likely to recommend indicting PM Benjamin Netanyahu over two bribery cases.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists his coalition government remains stable and he will continue to govern despite police recommendations he be indicted for bribery in two investigations, including one that allegedly involves n mogul James Packer.
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“I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable. No one, not I, not anyone else, has plans to go to an election. We will continue to work with you for the good of Israel’s citizens until the end of the term,” Netanyahu said at a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

“After reading the recommendations report, I can say that it is a biased, extreme document full of holes, like Swiss cheese.

“I am certain, as I have always been certain, and nothing has changed, that the truth will come to light and nothing will come of this.”

His remarks came the morning after Israeli police made public their recommendations.

It is now up to Israel’s attorney-general to decide whether to file charges.

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in both investigations, which have gone on for more than a year.

One case, known as Case 1000, alleges the “committing of crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu”.

Police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Packer, saying they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewellery to Netanyahu and his family.

In all, the merchandise was worth more than one million shekels ($A392,000), the statement said.

Any legal proceedings would likely focus on whether political favours were sought or granted.

Netanyahu’s lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship.

The n Federal Police interviewed Mr Packer last December and he reportedly corroborated previous testimony by Milchan that the gifts were organised in response to demands by the Netanyahus.

The n billionaire said the gifts were organised by Milchan’s assistant.

On Tuesday night, Israel’s Channel 10 television quoted a lawyer for Milchan as saying that occasional gift-giving was devoid of any business interests.

In an emailed statement on Tuesday, after the police recommendations were made public, a spokesman for Packer said: “There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packer’s behalf. The Israeli and n police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.”

The second case, Case 2000, also alleges “bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister” relating to his dealings with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

The two men, police said, discussed ways of slowing the growth of a rival daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, “through legislation and other means”.

Police said they believed there was sufficient evidence to charge Mozes with offering a bribe.

The opposition Labor Party has called on Netanyahu to resign, saying his coalition allies need to choose between supporting the prime minister and upholding the rule of law.

FBI contradicts White House on aide

FBI director Christopher Wray has contradicted the White House account on clearances for Rob Porter.FBI director Christopher Wray has contradicted the White House version of events surrounding the background check for a former top aide accused of domestic abuse.
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Wray, in testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, said the agency in late July completed a background check for security clearance for former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned a week ago amid allegations of abuse from two former wives.

Wray’s comments conflict with the White House assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies had not completed investigations into Porter. White House officials had no immediate explanation.

“I’m quite confident that in this particular instance, the FBI followed established protocols,” Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee as the White House faces questions over when it learned about the allegations against Porter.

Questions have arisen about how security clearance investigations are handled as the White House grapples with the fallout over the accusations against Porter, who resigned under pressure last week.

Porter had been operating under a temporary clearance that gave him access to some sensitive information without a final security clearance.

Wray said a partial report on Porter was issued in March and a completed report was submitted in late July. The FBI received a request for a follow-up inquiry, provided it in November and passed along additional information earlier this month.

“Soon thereafter we received a request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November and administratively closed the file in January,” he said. “Earlier this month, we received some additional information and we passed that on as well.”

Asked if the White House had been informed of the allegations against Porter, Wray said, “I can’t get into the content.”

The White House has yet to outline a specific timeline on who knew what when in the Porter case.

One official said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had wondered last (northern) autumn why Porter’s clearance was taking so long – along with those of other top officials, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The extent of what he was told about Porter at the time is unclear. The White House has said Kelly became “fully aware” of the accusations last Wednesday and promptly obtained Porter’s resignation.

On that day, photos were published in a Daily Mail article, showing one ex-wife with a black eye that she said was a result of an altercation with Porter, 40.

Court told of ‘domino effect’ in Pell case

Cardinal George Pell’s legal team will return to a Melbourne court for administrative matters.The first sexual offence complaint against Cardinal George Pell set off a “domino effect” of allegations but should not be believed, a court has been told.
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The initial complaint came from an “unreliable and uncredible” source, Pell’s legal team told the Melbourne Magistrates Court during an administrative hearing regarding documents on Wednesday.

Defence barrister Ruth Shann said the first allegation to police came via a royal commission in 2015, 40 years after the alleged acts.

Ms Shann said newspaper coverage of the royal commission prompted the complainant to come forward.

“We will be saying that that complaint and the basis for it lacks reliability and credibility,” she told the court.

Ms Shann said the initial complaint set off a chain of events of others making allegations against Pell, noting it was the first time they made a complaint to anyone at all.

“The domino effect which occurred with those other people starts from an unreliable and uncredible source,” she said.

The court was told Pell’s lawyers will challenge that first step, arguing it was flawed and not to be believed.

The comments were made during an administrative mention of Pell’s case, before a March hearing to determine if he stands trial on historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington denied the defence access to the complainants’ medical records.

A further mention will be held next Wednesday to finalise matters before the March 5 hearing.

Pell, the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse, denies the charges.

The 76-year-old was not in court on Wednesday.

The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop and Ballarat priest has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges.

Acquitted Flori has Qld top cop in sights

Former Queensland police officer Rick Flori is awaiting the jury’s verdict in his misconduct trial.Police whistleblower Rick Flori believes Commissioner Ian Stewart’s position as Queensland’s top cop is untenable after he was found not guilty of misconduct.
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Former Gold Coast sergeant Flori, 47, was acquitted of a single count of misconduct in relation to public office by a majority 11-1 jury verdict following a six-day trial at Southport District Court.

Mr Flori was charged after leaking CCTV footage of a violent January 2012 arrest during which officers bashed a handcuffed man in the Surfers Paradise station basement.

The prosecution alleged Mr Flori leaked the footage as part of a vendetta against Senior Sergeant David Joachim, an officer involved in the arrest, who had been promoted ahead of him in 2011.

Six years after the footage went public, Mr Flori’s supporters shouted “yes” and “justice” when the verdict was delivered following eight hours of deliberations.

Outside court, Mr Flori, who has since resigned, said Mr Stewart’s position was “absolutely” untenable.

He said the commissioner had questions to answer about his involvement in the decision to pursue a prosecution against him.

“He’s made public comment on the ABC and tried to pre-empt things in public and he was just not on the money, not right in any way,” Mr Flori said.

“The result is proof of that really.”

Mr Flori said he’d been vindicated by the result, which he felt would be a boost to any other police who wished to speak out about illegal conduct.

“I don’t regret it and I’d do the same thing, over and over again,” he said.

“This is the difficulty. The ethical standards command, the police service, the CCC (Crime and Corruption Commission), continued on this path – not necessarily to get me – but to send a message to those within the service ‘don’t say anything’.”

During the trial, Mr Flori’s barrister Saul Holt QC labelled the accusation of a vendetta by his client against Sen Sgt Joachim as nonsense.

Mr Holt said Mr Flori had made complaints about several other officers during his career and his behaviour towards Sen Sgt Joachim wasn’t exceptional.

He told the court Mr Flori’s motivation to leak the footage was “pure” and intended to ensure those responsible for the violent arrest were exposed.

“This incident is astonishing,” Mr Holt said. “The fact we know about it through the leak is a good thing.”

Mr Flori said he would leave his options open about taking legal action against the QPS.

He also refused to rule out returning to the service – but only in one role.

“I’d take a job but the only one I’d be taking is the commissioner’s job,” he said.

Cricketers help save the life of a player who suffered a heart attack mid-game at Lakeside Sports Complex

LIFESAVING: Belgravia Leisure lifeguard Stephen Amess, Seaham Cricket Club captain Michael Akerman and Hinton Cricket Club secretary Adam Cooper at Lakeside Sports Complex where Robert Mathew (Inset) suffered a heart attack on Saturday. Picture: Simon McCarthy. The collective efforts of two cricket sides anda pool lifeguardhelped save the life of a man who collapsed during a match at Raymond Terrace last weekend.
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Robert Mathew, a Hinton Cricket Club player, suffered a severe heart attack while fielding in a Maitland & District Cricket AssociationC-grade game at Lakeside Sports Complex near Grahamstown Dam on Saturday.

Players from the two teams, Hinton and Seaham cricket clubs, rushed to the 52-year-old’s aid and began immediate CPR.

Their efforts, along with a lifeguard from nearby Lakeside Leisure Centre who used the pool’s defibrillator, were instrumental in keeping the father of four alivebefore paramedics arrived.

Teammate and best friend, Chris Parkinson, was one of the first to administer first-aid. Mr Parkinson emotionally recounted the incidentto the NewcastleHerald, describing the heart-wrenching moments after his mate dropped to the ground.

“Bob and I have known each other for 25 years,” he said. “I was standing at cover and Bob was at fine leg, and some of the scorers’ just yelled out. We saw him down, and I was like a flash –I think it was the fastest I’d ever run.

“We rolled him over [and] it was obvious there was something wrong. He started to vomit and not breathe properly. When he went blue, I just panicked … I just panicked. There was a couple of other guys who took over.”

Adam Cooper, Hinton Cricket Club secretaryHeraldher father’s condition was slowly on the improve after he responded to commands from hospital staff on Wednesday morning. She read a statement on behalf of the family thanking those involved.

“We’re very grateful for the quick actions of the cricket teams from Hinton and Seaham, the staff at the Lakeside Leisure Centre and the emergency services personal,” she said.

“We would also like to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit Dad and offer support.”

The Maitland & District Cricket Associationhave offered to fundcounselling for any of the cricketers involved on the day.

A GoFundMe page titled ‘Raise a glass for Bobby’ has also been established to help with Mr Mathew’s recovery.

Beale back but Wallabies halves miss trial

Kurtley Beale will turn out for the Waratahs in their trial against the Rebels on Thursday.NSW Waratahs “barometer” Kurtley Beale is playing in Thursday’s rugby trial against Melbourne Rebels but the nation’s two most established halfbacks will be missing.
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Both teams will field eight Wallabies in their starting side with Test lock and new Rebels captain Adam Coleman making his first appearance for the Victorian franchise.

However among the notable absentees are Rebels and Wallabies halfback Will Genia (back) and his Test deputy and Waratahs No.9 Nick Phipps (calf).

Also missing will be three Wallabies with knee issues: Rebels winger Marika Koroibete and backrower Richard Hardwick and Waratahs lock-blindside flanker Ned Hanigan.

Beale, who is about to begin his third stint with the Tahs and is a former Rebel, pulled out of last week’s Tens tournament with an elbow injury.

“He’s like the barometer of the team, KB, when he’s up the whole team is up and you feel when there’s a loss that he hates it,” Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said.

“He’s great to have in the changing room, he lives and breathes the Tahs, so it’s great to have him back.”

Former Reds lock and Wallabies stalwart Rob Simmons will make his debut for NSW.

“He’s been fantastic since coming to Sydney, he’s pumped to play and pumped to prove a point,” Hooper said.

The match also marks the return of Waratahs and Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, who was rested from last year’s spring tour.

“He’s mentally refreshed, he looks in fantastic shape, so I know he’ll be coming out and wanting to prove a point,” Hooper said.

Both teams will be looking to build combinations and confidence after being heavily beaten in their first trials.

Tha Tahs were defeated 55-29 by the Highlanders and the Rebels were flogged 50-19 by the Brumbies.

NSW Waratahs: Israel Folau, Alex Newsome, Curtis Rona, Kurtley Beale, Andrew Kellaway, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper (capt), Michael Wells, Rob Simmons, Tom Staniforth, Paddy Ryan, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tom Robertson.

Melbourne Rebels: Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks, Tom English, Reece Hodge, Sefa Naivalu, Jack Debreczeni, Michael Ruru, Amanaki Mafi, Angus Cottrell, Lopeti Timani, Adam Coleman (capt), Matt Philip, Jermaine Ainsley, Jordan Uelese, Tetera Faulkner

The pitfalls of an office romance

Workplace relationships between a boss and subordinate should be declared early say experts.Barnaby Joyce’s extra-marital affair with his former media adviser has made him the latest poster boy for the pitfalls of office romances.
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The scandal surrounding the deputy prime minister’s relationship with Vikki Campion comes months after AFL executives Simon Lethlean and Richard Simkiss, Seven West Media boss Tim Worner and QBE chief executives John Neal had embarrassing details about their affairs with junior staff aired in public.

Workplace and relationship experts say each case is a wake-up call for employers and employees about how to handle themselves when office romances bloom.

With office relationships increasingly common, they advise employers to have clear policies in place about what happens when co-workers become a couple.

And a key plank of those policies should be for loved-up colleagues to declare their relationship pretty early on to a human resources executive or their boss, especially when a manager and subordinate are involved.

Mr Joyce, 50, has repeatedly stressed his relationship with Ms Campion, 33, who is expecting his baby in April, is private.

But the Nationals leader and deputy prime minister has been under intense pressure to explain how Ms Campion left his office last year to take high-paying jobs with Nationals Senator Matthew Canavan, and then with the party’s whip Damian Drum.

n Human Resource Institute chairman Peter Wilson says while inter-office romances are not illegal and there’s little point banning them, bosses sharing intimate relationships with staff have a duty to declare it because of potential conflicts of interest.

“Where people who are working together side by side and they have power over finances or decisions of the organisation where that has a risk of being compromised, that’s where the problem comes, especially when it’s not declared,” he told AAP.

“You can see the problems that the Barnaby Joyce revelations have had on both counts, declaration and implications in terms of allegations about what it might have meant for the appointments of his partner.”

Mr Wilson says if a manager and subordinate reveal they are in a relationship, their employers should separate them to avoid any conflict of interest and calm any worries among co-workers.

“Co-workers can feel that their rights to fair treatment in the workplace for promotion can be influenced by pillow talk, so they might think their chances for promotions or pay rises are prejudiced,” he said.

“We did a survey on business ethics recently and it found that people expect leaders to be ethical, and the higher ethical obligations fall with people in the most senior positions.

“So whether it’s the chief executive of a top company or the deputy prime minister or prime minister, people expect those people to hold the higher standards.”

Associate Professor Angela Knox, of the University of Sydney’s Business School, says a boss who declares their relationship with a subordinate is ultimately protecting their lover.

“More than anything it’s to protect the subordinate because there is a power imbalance,” she said.

“You never know; yes, it might turn into 50-odd years of marriage but it also might turn sour and very nasty.”

A Relationships survey in 2011 found 40 per cent of 35 to 49-year-olds met their spouse or partner at work.

The head of the organisation’s NSW branch, clinical psychologist Elisabeth Shaw, says while the workplace is an obvious source of dating opportunities, office affairs involving married people can have huge impacts.

“It depends how popular the people are. If everyone likes them and understands the attraction there can be a certain amount of benevolence towards it even if it’s not appropriate,” Ms Shaw said.

“But it can be that you find people are morally compromised. If you have social functions where you’ve brought your partner along routinely and so everyone knows them, it’s harder (for colleagues) to disengage and say, ‘well what they do is their own business’.

“I think if you know their partners, people can feel all sorts of compromise if they are asked to keep a secret.”

Careers can also be put at risk for those dallying in office affairs.

Ms Shaw says in Mr Joyce’s case, even if there is no evidence to substantiate suggestions that public funds may have been misused and favouritism show towards Ms Campion, incorrect perceptions may linger.

“No doubt if he leaves politics he will go on to board roles or other things but you need to look at what is it going to mean for her.”

Stoinis keen for more Eden Park action

It will be a happy return for Marcus Stoinis to Eden Park where he launched his international careerMarcus Stoinis is relishing his return to the ground which launched his international career as ‘s Twenty20 side prepare to face New Zealand in Auckland.
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With a spot in next week’s tri-series final already locked up, the visitors will be out to maintain their unbeaten run when they face the Black Caps on Friday night at Eden Park.

The ground holds fond memories for Stoinis, who became the talk of the cricket world when he scored an incredible 146 not out during last summer’s one-day international series.

fell six runs short of their target when Josh Hazlewood was run out at the non-striker’s end without facing a ball.

But it was a special knock from Stoinis who, in just his second ODI, became the first n to make a hundred and take at least three wickets (3-49) in the format.

Even the famously raucous Eden Park crowd showed their respect by giving Stoinis a standing ovation when he reached his ton.

“I’ve heard it’s pretty rare. Our coach apparently got hit by a fish one time off the boundary,” Stoinis quipped on Wedneday.

“That was amazing for me and very respectful from the crowd. I found out later how rare that it is so a very special moment for me.”

trained briefly at Eden Park on Wednesday although heavy rain prevented them using the nets.

Stoinis made his limited-overs debut during ‘s tour of England in 2015 but it wasn’t until his Eden Park master knock that he felt he had arrived on the international scene.

“My career pretty much started here so I’m excited to be back,” he said.

“To come back after 18 months and do well and help the team out, it was just a ‘thank God’ sort of thing … ‘I’m here now and I can get a few games’.”

With 221 runs at 44.20, Stoinis was ‘s second-highest scorer behind Aaron Finch during their 4-1 ODI series defeat to England.

His middle-order position means he has only been required to bat once so far in the T20 series, although he has also contributed some handy overs of medium-pace.

will be hoping for another strong top-order performance when they face New Zealand, who claimed a 12-run win over England in Wellington on Tuesday night.

A Black Caps victory on Friday would guarantee next week’s final is a trans-Tasman affair.

Stoinis said it was possible the visitors would take the opportunity to try a few new things.

“Maybe it just plays into the brand of cricket we want to play which is fearless cricket,” he said.

“We are in the final so now we can really just continue that.”

Advertising feature: Healthy living 2018

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Lunchtimes in particular can be tricky, kids are invariablybusyat school and need healthy snacks that are easy to tackle, while workplace lunch options can be high in salt and fat as convenience and speed are often the priority.

Keeping little bellies fuller for longer with an appealing variety of food at school doesn’t have to be hard for mums and dads and if you’re packing for them, why not pack for yourself and save both your wallet and your waistline at the same time.

And variety in a lunch box is the key, saysaccredited practising dietitian Lisa Donaldson.

Ms Donaldson, a spokesperson forthe Dietitians Association of , said it was important to pack a variety from the five food groups.

“Limit the amount of pre-packaged foods for lunches and opt for a variety of fruits and vegetables,” she said.

“Whether it be crunchy, cooked, raw or stewed -try a variety of textures, particularly when it comes to kids and opt for colourful foods like capsicum, tomatoes, cucumber.

“A cooked carrot may get refused at the dinner table but can make a terrific dipping stick with hummus, or a great sandwich filling when grated.”

Ms Donaldson said foods that wererich in protein and healthy fats wouldkeep little bellies fuller for longer.

“Try packing a cold chicken drumstick, some seeds, yoghurt, avocado or some cheese,” she said.

And getting the kids involved in putting together their own school lunches could be a way to create interest and excitement around eating.

“Planning ahead, and choosing healthy options that both you and your kids enjoy, can be a great way to promote positive lunchtime choices and establish healthy eating habits in the whole family” Ms Donaldson said.

A healthylunch generally consists of a main item (e.g.sandwich/ wrap/soup/pasta with veg), a fruit/vegetable snack (apple/in season fruit, veggie sticks, side salad), a second snack (reduced fat yoghurt, wholegrain crackers with cheese) and a drink (water or plain milk).

“Always try and pack a dairy option if you can.In the warmer weather pack an ice brick to keep school lunch boxitems cool,” she said.

Top tips for a healthy lunch1. Sandwiches:vary bread and fillings.Alternate multi-grain or wholemeal rolls, wraps and bread and store leftovers in the freezer. Cut sandwiches into shapes such as squares or trianglesor, for a bit of fun, try a large cookie cutter.

2. Nibble mixes are great to graze on -popcorn, dried fruit, seeds or cubes of low fat cheese and grainy crackers. While nuts are usually not accepted in schools, they provide great protein for a workplace snack.

3. For an easy snack for the kids, cut raison bread or fruit loaf into quarters.

4. Pack crunchy veggie sticks such ascarrot, celery andcapsicum withhummus and tzatziki.​​

5.Replace juice for water. While juice appears to be a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks, it contains high amounts of sugar, so always opt for water as a first choice.

​6.Eggs make a great high protein snack and can be boiled and placed in the fridge to save time.

7.Rice cakes can be a good alternative to bread and less filling, topped with avocado and tomato is a tasty, nutritious snack.​

8.Home cooked is best: if you have the timethen home cooked treats like savoury muffins, frittata, and slices can be great fillers for hungry kids and by baking them yourself you know exactly what’s inside them.

If the idea of organising your lunch ahead of a busy family morning is just too much, then there are services that can do all the hard work for you and still ensure you have a healthy balanced lunch.

Fast fuel meals have a variety of locations across Newcastle and the Hunter anddeliver healthy, nutritious lunch meals and snacks to workplaces everyday.

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The system allows the user to select the date for the order to be delivered.

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The Fast Fuel meal delivery service has been designed to go beyond the notion of healthy lunches and really drills into the opportunity for employers to embrace workplace health and the long term impact it can have on productivity, along with rates of sick leave taken and overall employee engagement.

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Regardless of who in your household is lunching, taking the time to prepare fresh food and consider what you and your family are consuming day to day is well worth thinking about.

Origin beyond team hosting two games: QRL

The NRL is yet to say when NSW or Queensland will again host more than one Origin game in a series.Queensland Rugby League boss Robert Moore says State of Origin has “gone beyond” the days of a team hosting two games every year after Adelaide was unveiled as the latest venue.
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The NRL confirmed on Wednesday that one of the first two games of the 2020 series would be held at Adelaide Oval.

It will be the third consecutive series in which a game will be played outside NSW and Queensland with matches allocated for the MCG in 2018 and Perth next year.

The Origin schedule beyond 2020 is yet to be confirmed.

NSW are next to host two games a year after Queensland had their turn in 2017.

But they will not get their first chance until at least 2021 after the Adelaide announcement.

While Queensland will have to wait until 2022 at the earliest, Moore had no problem with neutral venues and believed the benefits to the game far outweighed a home series advantage.

“I don’t know if the days of a team hosting two games a year are numbered but the game has gone beyond that,” he told AAP.

“We will always maintain that on occasion there will be two games in each of the states.

“But I can see the benefits of playing outside our states from the point of view of promoting expansion and the benefits to the game through revenue which goes back to grass roots footy.”

Moore said it made sense to take Origin games to other venues – even throwing out Townsville’s new 25,000-seat stadium to be completed by 2020 as a potential host.

“Origin is played in 50,000 seat stadiums and Townsville is not that, that could be an issue,” he said.

“But who is to say in the future. I wouldn’t want to discount it.

“New Zealand is also a very strong market.

“I am not convinced that the market is mature enough for us to take games to Hong Kong or Singapore like other sports but maybe in the future – we will wait and see.”

Meanwhile, NRL football boss Brian Canavan talked down the prospect of a backlash from Queensland or NSW fans for taking the game to neutral territory.

“We’ve been through that before with Melbourne and that doesn’t seem to worry us,” he said.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters added: “They’d play in a bindi field if they had to, they just love what Origin’s about.”

Canavan and South sports minister Leon Bignell declined to say what SA paid to host the game.

The AFL usually have scheduling priority at Adelaide Oval but have guaranteed a date will be available in June 2020 for the Origin clash.

Adelaide Oval will also host Sydney Roosters’ Round 16 NRL clash with Melbourne this year.

Three NRL matches have been played at the venue since 2010 with a combined crowd of 41,800 – well short of the ground’s 53,500 capacity.

Newcastle District Cricket Association: England-bound Keith Moody delivers win for Stockton at home

RUNS: Stockton 18-year-old Keith Moody scored a match-winning 98 not out for his hometown club in Newcastle district’s first grade competition on Saturday. Picture: Merrillie ReddenEnglish-bound batsman Keith Moody may have fallen two short of hismaiden first-grade century, but the Stockton 18-year-old wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Moody made a career-best98 not out at Lynn Oval on Saturday and fortunately didn’t run out of partners, rather his belovedSeagulls past the total of their opponents and recorded what was a rare win this season.

“I came off the field and got toldI only needed two more, I couldn’t believe it,” the right-hander said.

“The next day we realised it was two-day rules so we could have kept playing after we won, but we didn’t realise at the time.

“Ah well, at least we got the win. That was the most satisfying thing. It wouldn’t have meant as much to me if we didn’t win. I wasreally happy.”

The result could have quite easily gone the other way, as it has plenty of other times for the tenth-placed teamin 2017-2018.

Chasing down Newcastle City’s 5-238 from 45 overs on day two of the round 12 fixture, Stockton-Raymond Terrace were 2-9 and then 3-54 with both skipper Jeff Goninan and NSW Country representative Nick Foster back in the pavilion.

Enter Moody, who combined with Laurence Kelly (83) for a 163-run fourth-wicket partnership, before eventually reaching the required target five down with 33 balls to spare.

“Me and Laurence have been struggling a bit with scores this year so it was good we both got one and were able to get over the line in the end,” Moody said.

“We always knew we could chase theruns at Lynn Oval–smallboundary, fast outfield, pretty flat wicket – it was just about hanging around.

”It’sbeen a tough year. Ithink those close results come down to a lack of experience, most of our team are 23 and under. We’ve alwayshad the potential, butit’s just about doing it week in and week out now.

“Anyway, a few of the old boys and other grades were in the sheds after the game and the song was very loud. It was one of the best renditions I’ve heard for a while.”

Moody, born and bred on the peninsula, started playing with the club at under 9s and followed the footsteps of father Andrew, better known as Paul, into first grade when making his debut last summer.

“I’ve never been anywhere else and always wear that cap with pride,” Moody said.

In April Moody, who finished school at Hamilton’s St Francis Xavier Collegelast year, will venture further afield for six months by deferring PE teaching study at the University of Newcastle to play in England with West Midlands club Pelsall in the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship.

“I’ve always wanted to do it and I thought this was the perfect opportunity,” he said.

Moody said the direct link was Pelsall’s Todd Henderson, who played with Stockton in 2011-2012 and midway through the summerled the district’s first grade bowling ranks with 30 wickets at an average of 11.83.

A-League: Hired gun O’Donovan primed to strike for Jetsvideo, photos

LOCKED AND LOADED: Coach Ernie Merricks expects striker Roy O’Donovan to be better for his return game and extra week of training when the Jets take on Wanderers at Spotless Stadium on Friday. Picture: Sproule Sports FocusNEWCASTLE Jets coach Ernie Merrick can see it in thebody language and more importantly in the timing of his runs –Roy O’Donovan is back in the groove.
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O’Donovan worked tirelessly but didn’t have a major impact, firing two shots, in the Jets’ 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory last round.

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— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 13, 2018TweetFacebookI think it is the timing of his runs, they are getting better and better.

– Ernie Merrick

“Pato has never really been a goal-scorer,” Merrick said.“He has always been a person who delivers crosses into the box.Now he is getting in the box and scoring some fantastic goals at training. I have to get him to do that more often in matches.He is one of a couple of players who are fairly new. Riley McGree is getting the hang of how we play.If we can take advantage of the next seven weeks, we can be a better team in the finals and that is what we are focused on.”

Merrick had also hoped to have injured marquee midfielder Ronny Vargas in the mix over the next fortnight but the Venezuelan international is now unlikely to return for at least another month.

“Ronny’s target was the Sydney game, but if he is going to make that on the March 3, he is going to have to step up his program big time,” Merrick said.

“I still feel we will have him in plenty of time for the finals. to get two or three full games under his belt.”

Anti-bikie strike force to investigate feud between rival Hunter gangs

GANGBUSTERS: Strike Force Raptor detectives at the Islington headquarters of the Nomads bikie gang last week. Police have announced a new strike force to tackle Hunter bikies.FRUSTRATED policehave raised the stakes in the fight against feuding Hunter bikie gangs after confirmation authorities will establish ananti-bikie strike force for the region.
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News of the announcement came a day after another brazen drive-by shooting in Tenambit on Tuesday night – the same home that had been shot at a month ago – and the third public shooting inMaitland this year.

The shootings follow anescalation in bikie tensions, primarily between the Nomads and Finks outlaw motorcycle gangs, stemming from a feud that has simmered for more than a year and spilled out into a series of tit-for-tatattacks.

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Police confirmed Strike Force Darnay would be made up of highly trained detectives from across the region, and bolstered with members from theState Crime Command’s highly successful Strike Force Raptor.

The focus of the new strike force would be trained on bringing down those responsible for the attacks.

“The message I want to get out to the public is that these are not random shootings – they are targeted,” Port Stephens/Hunter Detective Superintendent Craig Jackson said on Wednesday.

“I want to allay any public fears in relation to that and they will be subject to investigation.”

Detective Superintendent Jackson added: “Any public place shooting is a concern for us.

Bullet holes seen in a Gillieston Heights home after a shooting earlier this month. Picture: Simon McCarthy

“Any criminal organisation that is involved in this will be subject to investigation and there are a number of inquiries being conducted.

“Some of those will involve outlaw motorcycle gangs.”

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No one was inside the home on Clarence Street, Tenambit, when it was sprayed with bullets from a car shortly before 10pm on Tuesday.

The bullet holes had barely been patched over from when the same house was shot at on January 17.

Another early-morning shooting took place at a Gillieston Heights home onFebruary 2.

Last weekpolice landed a blow on the Newcastle chapter of the Nomads bikie gang after the NSW Supreme Court declared their Islington clubhouse a “restricted premises”. The Restricted Premises Act 1943 prevents criminals from gathering at the clubhouse.