Nick Kyrgios’ biggest win hurt him, says Rod Laver

Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times. Photo: Max RossiShanghai Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes the biggest win of Nick Kyrgios’ career encouraged a low-percentage style of play that is now damaging his ability to win major titles, and regards part-time mentor Lleyton Hewitt as the wise head capable of overseeing his reform.
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Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times from the young Canberran, who meets sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

“His charisma is that he likes to show off all the shots he’s got, and his great forehand and big serve, and I think because he won at Wimbledon against Nadal he feels that it’s gone up a little further, and that’s where he’s got to try and understand that that type of showmanship doesn’t win matches,” Laver said at Tuesday’s Australian Open launch.

“You need a whole range of different shots to win a match, and I think that’s potentially in my mind where he’s vulnerable; he’s got a lot to learn [such as] how do you win a point without exploring every shot that you’ve got. How about just keeping the ball in the court and making sure it’s a nice deep shot, and if I want to come to the net, don’t try and hit it like you’ve got to bust the ball, and hit the ground and put it over the stand somewhere, that sort of showmanship gets him in trouble.

“This last US Open, he could have won the tournament but he comes to the net [against Andy Murray] and he’s half-volleying it between his legs, and you figure well, ‘yes, if you don’t have any other way of hitting it, then you have to do it that way’.

“Maybe it’s boring for him, to be on the court not being able to show all the shots he has, but that’s not going to make him a champion and he does have the ability to be a champion, and I think it’d be a shame if he doesn’t allow himself to be that much better.”

While Laver predicts Hewitt, the soon-to-be Davis Cup captain, “could heal a lot of the things Nick has been doing”, Kyrgios believes his attitude has already been improved by his recent period of turbulence, the lowlight of which was the Montreal sledging incident involving Stan Wawrinka.

“I feel as if it’s helped me a little bit, everything that’s happened in the last couple of months,” Kyrgios said after an opening round 6-3, 6-2 win over Austrian world No.60 Andreas Haider-Maurer here. “I feel like I’ve definitely picked up my act a little bit. But I’m playing well and I’m enjoying myself, so that’s what matters.”

The 20-year-old was also defended by his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis, the day after the bizarre match against Haider-Maurer in which Kyrgios — who is on a six-month probation period from the ATP — received his second code violation warning in a week.

“To be fair, I’ve been watching him and he’s playing well and he’s probably a bit more switched on then I’ve seen him before,” Kokkinakis said. “He’s not going to change completely and not get frustrated. But he’s toning it down a bit.”

A semi-finalist in Kuala Lumpur and quarter-finalist last week in Japan, Kyrgios remains without a coach, but is in no great hurry to appoint one. He believes the mutual agreement to leave him out of last month’s Davis Cup semi-final after a controversial stretch in the headlines was “the best decision” for his welfare.

“I know what I need to get better at in my game. I don’t think a coach is necessary right now. I don’t think there’s any rush to get one,” he said. “The last few weeks have been really good. I think I’ve played some good tennis. I think I’m going OK at the moment.”

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Bill Shorten’s AWU ‘sold out’ workers for $300,000

Bill Shorten in Canberra on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares Witness Julian Rzesniowiecki outside the royal commission. Photo: Edwina Pickles
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Ex-Thiess manager admits company issued bogus invoices

A serious cloud hangs over Bill Shorten’s record as a union leader. He ran a union that took $300,000 from an employer in disguised payments based on fraudulent invoices as part of a deal that hugely benefited that employer.

That’s the damning conclusion from Tuesday’s evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, and documentary records, of former Thiess John Holland senior executive Julian Rzesniowiecki.

Unfortunately for Shorten and his then AWU sidekick, Cesar Melhem, Rzesniowiecki kept a detailed diary from his mid-2000s dealings with the AWU duo over the $2.5billion EastLink tollway in Melbourne.

In the diary he records that Shorten, now Opposition Leader, proposed in December 2004 that builder Thiess John Holland pay for four AWU staff on site at the tollway project.

That would have equated to at least $1 million to the AWU over the three years it would take to build the road through Melbourne’s south-east.

That figure was later negotiated down to $300,000 to, ostensibly, pay for one union organiser.

The diaries also show that Shorten’s proposal came at a time when the parties were negotiating an industrial agreement that halved the number of mandatory rostered days off for workers.

“Politically the AWU has sold out the 36 day [hour] week,” Rzesniowiecki wrote in his diary, noting also questions about how to publicly “package” the workplace deal to avoid criticism and how to “pay it out”.

There is no doubt the workers were paid well on the project, their actual pay being above then current rates.

But the ground-breaking “flexibility” around weekend work and rosters was worth huge money to Thiess John Holland, tens of millions of dollars in fact, and possibly as much as $100 million.

The project was completed as much as six months ahead of time.

EastLink was celebrated by employers and conservative institutions like the Institute of Public Affairs because the builder had been able to minimise the influence on site of militant union the CFMEU, and reduce the conditions it had gained over many years.

In return the AWU got its kickbacks.

As Rzesniowiecki admitted on Tuesday, Thiess John Holland was prepared to receive and pay false or inflated invoices from the AWU for work either the company did not need or was not done.

That included for seminars and forums organised by the union, for AWU magazine advertisements and back strain research.

The true purpose was to disguise payments for an AWU organiser on the project.

Yet the builder had so little interest in what it got for its $300,000 it did not care if an organiser even turned up on EastLink.  “It wasn’t a concern to me,” Rzesniowiecki admitted.

The AWU could spend the $300,000 as it saw fit, he told the royal commission.

From Rzesniowiecki’s evidence and records, the payments were suggested by Shorten but implemented by Cesar Melhem, now an embattled Victorian MP.

Shorten on Tuesday said he struck no such deal for payments. True there is no document headlined “deal for dodgy payments”.

Yet it was Shorten who ran the union as its state and national secretary when the money started to pour in from Thiess John Holland. His denials, and failing memory, are becoming harder to believe.

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Throat and tongue cancers linked to sexually transmitted virus on the rise

Dr Matthew Magarey, a surgeon who uses robotic technology to remove cancer from people’s throats. Photo: Simon O’DwyerThe sexual revolution is producing a new wave of throat and tongue cancers among middle-aged people, who are falling victim to a rare side effect of the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections”.
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A growing number of Australians with oropharyngeal cancer are testing positive to the human papillomavirus (HPV), suggesting it has caused their disease rather than smoking or heavy drinking – factors responsible for many head and neck cancers in the past.

Oropharyngeal cancer is usually found in the back third of the tongue or the tonsils. In 2014, about 125 Victorians were diagnosed with it. Most were men.

An Australian study of 515 patients diagnosed with the condition between 1987 and 2010 found that the proportion of people with an HPV-related diagnosis increased from 20 per cent between 1987 and 1995 to 64 per cent between 2006 and 2010.

Over the same period, the proportion of people diagnosed with throat cancer who had never smoked increased from 19 per cent to 34 per cent, suggesting HPV may overtake smoking and drinking as a cause of the cancer in future.

American doctors say more oral sex following the sexual revolution of the 1960s probably spread HPV to more people’s mouths and throats. Actor Michael Douglas said he believed oral sex was to blame for his HPV-related throat cancer in 2013. 

But Dr Matthew Magarey​, an ear nose and throat surgeon at Epworth and Peter MacCallum hospitals in Melbourne, said while HPV-related throat cancers were occurring in more people aged 40 to 60, it should not necessarily be associated with oral sex because scientists believe HPV may be transmitted through kissing or simple hand to mouth contact as well.

Up to 80 per cent of the adult population is thought to have had some sort of HPV infection during their life (there are more than 100 strains) and most of them will not have experience any symptoms. Many people clear the virus within months of getting it.

Dr Magarey said a tiny proportion of people will get an HPV-related cancer, such as cervical, anal, or throat cancer. He said HPV in the throat probably took 30 to 40 years to turn into a cancer in the minority of people it affects in that way.

He said treatments were getting better for the cancer, which has a high survival rate if found early. Depending on the circumstances of the cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and sometimes surgery are used to treat it.

While the surgery has been long and complicated in the past, Dr Magarey said a new robotic procedure available at Peter Mac and Epworth was helping surgeons remove cancers more precisely and in less time. This was reducing long-term recovery problems such as difficulty eating and drinking and swallowing.

Dr Magarey said the most common first sign of throat cancer was a lump in the neck that persists for more than two or three weeks. Symptoms can also include a sore throat that persists for more than three weeks and difficulty swallowing.

“If you have these symptoms, see your GP and get a referral to a qualified ENT surgeon who can properly examine the throat. Just looking in the mouth is not enough,” he said.

Dr Marcus Chen, a sexual health specialist with Alfred Health, said the Australian government’s HPV Gardasil vaccination program for young people will reduce such cancers in future. In the meantime, he said testing for HPV – the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections” – was not recommended because there is no way of treating the virus or preventing it from being passed on to others.

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Understanding dyslexia is the key to cracking complex code

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AMERICAN author Frederick Douglass once said:“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

It stands to reason, therefore, that those in society without the ability to read are forever captive.

Throughout his schooling, local man Jason Carty was dismissed as “dumb” and “slow” for his inability to read.

As a consequence he was subjected to almost daily bouts ofbullyingand quit school aged just 16 years.

As it turned outMr Carty was neither dumb nor slow, but he was dyslexic.

Dyslexia is a disorder that is almost impossible for those not afflicted to comprehend.

After all, the words on thepage of a book, magazine, newspaper or computer screen are there in black and white, right?


For Mr Carty and, according to some estimates, about 10 per cent of the population, they simply do not appear in a legible order.

To many sufferers, words are jumbled in a nonsensical sequence that requires a veritable age to unscramble.

Their brains can quickly become exhausted as they struggle to decipher acode that comes so naturally to most.

It is no wonder that without the proper tuition and supportover the years many have given up and withdrawn –just as Mr Carty did –robbing society of some of its otherwise best and brightest.

Scouring through a list of some of the most well-known people throughout history thoughtto beafflicted with dyslexia reveals the potential lying within.

From novelist Agatha Christie, to businessman Sir Richard Branson, to director Steven Spielberg, to America’s first president George Washington –the list is endless.

There is no doubt the Australian education system has become better at identifying and assisting people with dyslexia.

But there are still students who fall through the cracks as they struggle to overcome the stigma of their learning difficulties.

There is a lot of money spent helping people with dyslexialearn to read.

Perhaps the next greatstep forward is to educate the rest of the population on the plight these people face every day of their lives.

– Ross Tyson, deputy editor

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‘Irresponsible’: council investigates mysterious chemical dump at showground

CHEMICAL DUMP: on Tueaday morning Orange City Council staff were called to investigate the dumping of chemicals at Orange Showground shortly before the foam covering the chemicals dissipated. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1013sgshowgroundTHE person who illegally dumped chemicals on a large patch of grass in the middle of the Orange Showground this week could face a hefty fine if they are caught.
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Orange City Council spokesman Nick Redmond said council staff learnt of the chemical dumping early on Tuesday morning.

“Staff responded quickly and what looked like a 20-metre-wide strip of foam was found on a grassed area to the north of the fenced showground ring,” Mr Redmond said.

“The foam evaporated quickly, but not enough of the material was able to be gathered to gain a sample for testing.”

Mr Redmond said while staff were unable to work out the chemical’s content they formed the opinion that someone with an agricultural boom spray had come to the showground early on Tuesday morning and emptied the contents of a chemical tank onto the grass.

“It’s hard to fathom how potentially irresponsible this action could be,” he said.

“There’s been no rain, but the chemical could have run into a nearby creek.

“There was no obvious odour so staff are reasonably confident there is no ongoing risk to anyone in the area.”

Council staff approached nearby residents to see if they had noticed anything at the time of the incident.

Council also reported the incident to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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Questions over gasworks remediation delay

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THE NSW government has been asked to explain why it has taken 30 years to remediate one of the Hunter’s most contaminated sites.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp condemned the government and the Environment Protection Authority in a speech in Parliament on Tuesday about the former AGL Hamilton Gasworks site, after Newcastle Herald articles about planned remediation and concerns raised by two women who’d spent their childhoods there.

Mr Crakanthorp will meet with Planning Minister Rob Stokes later this month over documents showing that carcinogenic and toxic materials have been leaking from the site into groundwater for an unknown number of years.

‘‘I’m concerned about the health and wellbeing of residents who live around there,’’ Mr Crakanthorp said.

Though the NSW government had to answer questions about what action it had taken since the Environment Protection Authority declared the Gasworks a significantly contaminated site in 2011, requiring remediation under threat of prosecution, he conceded previous Labor governments had also failed to act.

‘‘The Labor Party can’t walk away from this, but as the elected MP now I am making a commitment to the people of Newcastle to get some action,’’ he said.

Mr Crakanthorp said his questions to the NSW government would include why the alternative Newcastle transport option of a Woodville Junction rail terminal with a transport interchange on the old gasworks site was so quickly dismissed.

‘‘It looks like the contamination has meant the idea of Woodville Junction has gone into the too hard basket.’’

Maitland transport petition tabled

A PETITION signed by more than 1000 residents who want better public transport for Maitland and a return of heavy rail into Newcastle has been tabled in State Parliament.
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The petition, tabled by Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison on Tuesday, also calls for the interim introduction of the same stops for existing bus shuttles as are proposed for light rail, make Victoria Street station accessible for people with mobility issues, and introduce stations in the western growth areas of Maitland to service Bolwarra Heights, Oakhampton, Aberglasslyn and McKeachie’s Run.

‘‘Despite a court ruling and intense public dissatisfaction, the Baird Liberal government has continued to ignore the wishes of people in Maitland and the Upper Hunter by passing legislation in the lower house to permanently remove the line.

The government is expected to introduce legislation into the upper house this week to remove the rail line.

Ms Aitchison said the government’s plan to truncate the rail line was an attack on democracy.

‘‘This truncation has been rejected by all Hunter communities, it is also an attack on the democracy of our state,’’ she said.

‘‘This truncation has been rejected by all Hunter communities since the 2011 election. Pro-truncation candidates in the Hunter have suffered massive swings against them and in most cases lost their seats.’’

Ms Aitchison has sought to establish a Hunter Planning and Transport Authority for the Hunter.

The authority would be charged with ensuring an integrated transport, land use and development plan for the Hunter Region to ensure the economic development and social inclusion for Hunter communities.

BoM issues storm warning for parts of the Hunter

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a thunderstorm warning for eight NSW weather forecast districts, including parts of the Upper Hunter.
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The Bureau said large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging wind is possible.

Areas included in the Bureau’s yellow warning zone are Scone and Murrurundi to the north, and further west throughDenman, Sandy Hollow, Merriwaand Cassilis.

BoM said flash flooding may occur in some weather forecast districtsover the next several hours.

Areas likely to be affected outside the Hunter includeLismore, Grafton, Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Bathurst, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

The Bureau said heavy falls have already been recorded in a short space of time in the Northern Rivers, where 43mm of rain fell in 30 minutes between 3:30pm and 4:00pm atBrays Creek on Tuesday.

On the Mid-North Coast,32mm of rain fell in 30 minutes between 3:35pm and 4:05pm at Girralong.

The Bureau will issue an updatedwarning around8pm on Tuesday night.

If hail, heavy rain and damaging winds are forecast, the State Emergency Service (SES) always advises residents to do the following:

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One titanic tractor put Red Cliffs on the map

INVENTOR Frank Bottrill built his dream tractor, Big Lizzie, in 1915 with the help of the A H McDonald and Co engineering works that was situated at the time in Richmond, Melbourne.
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The construction began early that year and by mid-October, Big Lizzie, and two trailers were completed and ready to begin their journey north.

They set out from Richmond in early 1916, heading towards outback New South Wales where Mr Bottrill intended for Lizzie, below, to work.

Mr Bottrill had worked in Broken Hill years earlier and that experience was the genesis of his massive tractor invention.

They reached Mildura in October 1917 to find the Murray River in flood.

Without a bridge to cross the river, the big tractor’s journey could not be completed for several months at least, so Mr Bottrill began to seek work in the area.

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Buoyant sale at Wattle Wood Springs

Wattle Wood Springs principal Gary Gum, Myponga, Elders Jamestown’s Scott Fleetwood, and buyer Jamie Helyer, Penneshaw, KI, with the $1500 ramWATTLE Wood Springs, Myponga, had its “best sale”, with the average up almost $200 and a jump in the clearance and top price.
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The auction got off to a strong start with the first run of eight rams sold at an average $1131.

The first 24 Suffolk rams were sold individually with the final eight offered as a pick of the pen.

Jamie Helyar, Penneshaw, KI, returned to pick up the top price ram for the second year, paying $1500 for lot 3.

The August-drop ram, from an Allendale sire and Blackbutt dam, had a fat score of three and an eye muscle depth of 37.

It weighed in at 99 kilograms, with a weight increase of 50kg during the 88 day period since weaning, an average gain of 568 grams.

“He’s nice framed and not too long in the legs,” Mr Helyar said.

“He’ll hopefully make a lot of lambs for us.

“I’ve been buying here a few years and they do perform well where we are.”

Stud principal Gary Gum said the sale, now in its fourth year, was the “best sale we’ve had”.

“We had repeat buyers, which is really pleasing, and some new ones,” he said.

He said the rams had stood up to a tough season quite well, with average weights even higher than last year.

The sale was conducted by Elders with Scott Fleetwood of Elders, Jamestown, taking bids.

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Big celebration to mark Lizzie’s 100

THE Red Cliffs community will celebrate the history of their town’s shops and the centenary of Big Lizzie this morning.
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Staff pose on the latest model bicycles at Bayliss Red Cliffs Cycle and Motor Depot.

A historical shopping trail of the Red Cliffs town centre will be launched in Barclays Square, coinciding with a celebration of 100 years since its iconic tractor was built.

Red Cliffs and District Historical Society has been working on the project, Our Town Red Cliffs, for the past year with grant support from the Public Records Office of Victoria.

The society’s Christine Cook said the shopping trail was among several projects to be completed in the lead-up to the town’s centenary in 2021, to “collate the town’s history and stories before they are lost”.

“This year, we chose the shops as our focus and next year there will be a different theme of things related to water, such as the river and flooding,” she said.

“It’s an ongoing project and we’re still getting information from people who have seen some of our publicity and said ‘oh yes, my grandfather…’ and we get the story.

“A lot of people have become interested, got engaged and are happy to share stories … it has revived memories and we’ve heard all these stories of people shopping as kids.”

Mildura deputy mayor John Arnold will launch the shopping trail brochures about 9.30am, which contains information for self-guided tours, supported by historic photos and posters displayed in the windows of participating shops and businesses.

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Perth bookworms rescue Save the Children from watery disaster

Save the Children depot staff lost a significant amount of stock when a water main burst in July. Thousands of books had to be dumped after the flood.
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Flood forces charity to cancel fundraiser supporting Perth kids

The local branch of youth charity Save the Children are on their way to a full recovery after a burst water main damaged their East Victoria Park depot in July.

On Tuesday, staff and volunteers began setting up for an impromptu garage sale of donated books – to be held in the restored depot – to raise money for programs to help migrant and refugee children.

Volunteer coordinator Sonia Holmes said while they had missed out on their annual five-day book sale at Canning Exhibition Centre, the public’s generosity had allowed them to hold a smaller charity drive.

“The depot has been running red hot since the minute people heard they could donate,” Ms Holmes said.

“I keep the books here at the office, but now what’s happened is people have been ringing up because they want to come buy books to support us.”

She said they had been “inundated with books” and had huge volunteer support following the flood.

“I cannot thank everyone enough. You just don’t realise how much people care, and how good they are until it comes to such a disaster. People really came to help us,” Ms Holmes said.

Save the Children uses the charity drive to fund their It Takes a Village program, which it sustained with funds from a book sale at UWA in August.

While the insurance repayments are yet to be finalised, Ms Holmes praised the Water Corporation’s  commitment to cover the cost of flood damage.

“They told us to let them know if we have any out of pocket expenses and have been touching base constantly to make sure everything is being sorted out,” she said.

The book sale will be held in October 24 at the Save the Children depot on Milford Street in East Victoria Park.

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Classic cycle launches Cycle Classic

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-HubersIT is a sight more suited to a 19th century English countryside.
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Coasting along the Honeysuckle boardwalk on Tuesday morning, whizzing past the mothers pushing prams and those out for a run, was Hunter District Cycle Club member Jonah Kennedy atop a penny-farthing.

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The old school two-wheeler was there as a reminder of where bicycle racing began at the launch of Orica Newcastle Cycle Classic. The event, in its fourth year, is a highlight on the racing circuit and is expected to attract 150 athletes and 5000 spectators on October 25.

The day includes the Mick Chapman Memorial Criterium, a community ride, market stalls and entertainment.

‘‘The cycle classic is another example of Newcastle’s ability to host a large-scale events,’’ NRMA President and cycle classic ambassador Kyle Loades said.

‘‘I encourage Novocastrians to come down to Honeysuckle for a great day of racing action and to get involved in the community ride.’’

There will be prizes for the best dressed male, female, child and bike and all proceeds will go to Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance and Procare.

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers