Friday, September 17

Month: July 2021

NRL referees caught up in Covid-19 scare, Level 4 Biosecurity Protocols

Atkins is one of the three match officials missing Saturday night’s game. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Two NRL match officials have been caught up in a Covid-19 scare, forcing the league to make last minute changes to Saturday night’s game between the Bulldogs and Roosters.The referees have been classified as possible casual contacts of a Covid-19 case after attending an exposure site while shopping this week.Both are awaiting the results of Covid-19 tests.Read NextAs a precaution, Grant Atkins, Belinda Sharpe and Liam Kennedy have been relieved of their duties for Saturday night’s game.Adam Gee, Peter Gough and David Munro, the officials who oversaw Thursday night’s clash between the Raiders and Sea Eagles, will take their place.Gee, Gough and Munro did not train with the referees...

Star jockey makes Victorian racing history

Jamie Kah celebrates her record-breaking 100th winner after returning to scale on Deep Speed at Caulfield. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesJamie Kah celebrates after her record 100th winner of the season. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesCenturion Jamie Kah is the new benchmark in Victorian racing.Incredibly after surpassing Brett Prebble’s highwater metropolitan mark, 99½ winners set in 1999-00, with five city meetings to spare, the 25-year-old will only continue to rewrite history.It was the R-word Kah could not get out quick enough after she returned to the mounting yard at Caulfield triumphant aboard Deep Speed in race 2 on Saturday.Read NextNo, not the “record”, not initially anyway, but “relief”.A “big relief” as Kah, finally able to exhale at the culmination of her s...

Swifts remain on first place on Super Netball ladder

The Swifts were much too good for the last-placed Vixens. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)The New South Wales Swifts claimed the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup and surged further atop the Super Netball table with an ominous 62-48 win over the Melbourne Vixens on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Klau formed a deadly defence with Maddy Turner and was eminently instrumental in the victory, claiming 44 deflections, 17 intercepts and 11 rebounds.Turner combined her own 27 deflections with 11 rebound 11 intercepts, and was supported at the other end of the court by a flawless Sam Wallace, who converted 32 goals from as many attempts.Read NextJo Weston fought hard in defence all afternoon for the hosts, as captain Kate Moloney tried to spark her side at wing attack with 19 feeds and nine assists.But an...

Super Netball star Geva Mentor becomes 10th player to reach 200 games, Collingwood Magpies

Mentor has the most games of any current Super Netball player. (AAP Image/James Ross)Trailblazer is a word that gets flung around repeatedly when talking about the career of Geva Mentor.The English international will line up in her 200th national league match on Sunday when her Collingwood Magpies take on the Giants at Melbourne’s John Cain Arena, to become the 10th member of the prestigious 200 club.Already, Mentor has lined up in more national league games – in Super Netball and the old Trans-Tasman Netball League – than any other current player.Read NextAnd you could make a solid case that she has had as great an impact as anyone currently playing the game.In an Australian career now in its 14th season, Mentor became the first international import at an Australian club when she was r...

AFL coach Matthew Nicks comes clean after thrashing at Marvel Stadium

The Crows managed just nine points to halftime on Friday night. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says his team “embarrassed ourselves” on Friday night in what he described as the most disappointing performance of his short time in charge of the Crows.Essendon held Adelaide to its lowest-ever score of just 2.9.21, which was also the worst score recorded in the 22-year history of Marvel Stadium, as the Crows crashed to a 63-point drubbing.“It goes against the body of work we’ve put together for the year, it’s one out of the box that I can’t explain … the effort wasn’t at the level it needs to be able to play AFL footy,” a perplexed Nicks said post-match.Read Next“It’s a hard one to swallow, I feel for our members and our supporters … this ...

Spain’s Catalonia reimposes virus rules as Delta strain wreaks global havoc

Spain's Catalonia region will reimpose virus restrictions as it faces a surge in cases linked to the deadly Delta variantThe Spanish region of Catalonia was on Saturday set to reimpose virus restrictions in the face of rising coronavirus infections, as the highly contagious Delta strain forced nations worldwide to put the brakes on a long-awaited return to normalcy.The highly transmissible Delta variant, first detected in India, is sweeping the globe as countries race to inoculate their populations to ward off fresh outbreaks that are increasingly affecting the unvaccinated young.Nightclubs will be closed as of this weekend and a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination will be needed to take part in outdoor activities involving more than 500 people.Read NextAlso set to reimpose c...

Australian T20 side takes knee ahead of clash with West Indies in support of Black Lives Matter movement

July 9 marked the first time an Australian national cricket side had taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)Australian players made history when they took a knee against the West Indies on Saturday morning (AEST), while Josh Hazlewood stood tall with the ball to remind selectors why he should be on the plane for this year’s T20 World Cup.But the big quick’s form was a rare highlight as the Aussies crumbled with the bat to lose by 18 runs on a night that saw the men’s team take a knee for the first time to support the Black Lives Matter movement.The forgotten man of white ball cricket was at his frugal best on a deck that didn’t offer the quicks much, finishing with an unplayable 3-12 from his four overs that was only spoiled by a si...

Qantas passengers from Tasmania to UK via Melbourne told to isolate

Victorian authorities are investigating an emerging situation as restrictions ease around the state. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David GeraghtySixty-one passengers on a Qantas flight have been told to isolate after a health worker who left Tasmania and travelled via Melbourne to the UK tested positive to the virus. In a daily Covid-19 update on Saturday, Victorian testing head Jeroen Weimar said the person travelled via Melbourne on QF1542, which departed Launceston at 10.15am on July 2.The person tested positive more than 72 hours after leaving Melbourne, and 61 passengers on the Qantas flight have been told to isolate and get a test.Read Next“It is an exceptionally long shot, but out of an abundance of caution both ourselves … (and the) Tasmanian public health team have decided to take th...

Family of slain Cambodia activist Kem Ley mark five year anniversary

Kem Ley, a popular analyst and critic who dabbled in grassroots politics, was shot at point-blank range at a gas station cafe in Phnom Penh in 2016As the family of slain Cambodian activist Kem Ley rebuild their lives in Australia, his youngest son, born just months after the assassination, acts as a human timepiece measuring the years since the five brothers lost their father.Kem Ley, a popular analyst and critic who dabbled in grassroots politics, was shot at point-blank range at a gas station cafe in Phnom Penh in 2016.On the eve of the fifth anniversary of his death Saturday, his widow Bou Rachna visited a Melbourne temple to pray.Read NextHis work bag and laptop is on display in the family's Melbourne home along with his portrait and a pot of incense sticks."It's like he is still wi...

India’s poor can’t afford to beat the heat

Animals also need some respite from the intense heat in the desert city of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan where temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) are nothing out of the ordinaryBeating the merciless heat is hard in the Indian desert city of Sri Ganganagar, a reality facing millions across the vast country as the climate changes in the coming decades.While people in richer nations can find some respite from a warming planet with air conditioners and other modern luxuries, many here -- and elsewhere in India -- don't even have running water.So the district's two million people -- equivalent to the population of Slovenia -- get up early during the long summer months.Read Next"By noon only those who can't avoid it are outside. We just sit under this," said fruit vendo...