Wednesday, December 1

Last protest leader in Belarus dances in court as trial starts

Kolesnikova helped led last summer's rallies against LukashenkoMaria Kolesnikova, the last remaining protest leader still in Belarus, danced and smiled as she went on trial on Wednesday accused of violating national security when she challenged President Alexander Lukashenko's rule last year. Kolesnikova has been in custody since September, after resisting a forced deportation by the KGB security service by ripping up her passport.The start of the high-profile trial comes as critics accuse the Belarusian regime of killing an activist in neighbouring Ukraine and trying to forcibly bring an Olympic athlete home from Tokyo.Read NextTogether with opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and another campaign partner, Veronika Tsepkalo, Kolesnikova led last summer's rallies against Lukashenko...

How West Sydney Businesses Are Coping With The COVID Lockdown

After being thrown into Sydney's toughest lockdown, Fairfield's businesswoman Sylvia Garcia's first reaction was understandably negative.When Ms. Garcia arrived at Theo's Cecinas Butchery & Smallgoods to start the work week on Monday, July 19, she left the store's wall-to-wall display case unusually empty."I felt like people wouldn't want to come to Fairfield at all," he recalled. "It was a horrible feeling, really isolating."And financially devastating. Up to 90 percent of Theo's sales are to out-of-area customers.But it didn't take long for her and her family to shake off the sadness of closure and set out to make the best of a bad situation.Ms. García's son, Nicolás, a fourth-generation butcher, caused the change in attitude and activity. He had long wanted Theo's to make deliveri...

Tsuneari Yahiro makes karate cut after near amputation

Tsuneari Yahiro will be the first Australian to compete in karate at an Olympic Games. Pic: Richard DobsonIt just felt like a bad cork. Painful, but not too bad.Tsuneari Yahiro was more worried about the blood dripping from a cut lip than his calf when he fell at training and a rival fell on top of him, crushing his leg.The karate exponent went home, grabbed some ice and elevated his sore calf.Read NextThe next morning, in excruciating pain and with a calf bigger than his thigh, Yahiro went to emergency where a nurse discovered his leg was icy cold.Tsuneari Yahiro will be the first Australian to compete in karate at an Olympics.“She asked me had I just iced it and I said no. It was cold and it was starting to lose circulation and I was straight into theatre,’’ said the Sydney karate exp...

Super Netball news; Super Saturday will decide the finals after a win for the NSW Swifts

The Swifts were too strong for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Brisbane Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)A spot in the Super Netball top two could yet belong to the NSW Swifts who set up a thrilling final two games which will decide the make-up of the top four. In their penultimate game of their season, the Swifts powered to a 58-53 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Brisbane to join the other three finalists all locked on 32 points with a super Saturday set to close out the regular season this weekend.It was a first win for the 2019 champions after being reunited with coach Briony Akle following her release form an extra-long stint in isolation in Adelaide.Read NextThe Swifts, who had lost back-to-back matches with Akle attempting to coach via zoom, were never headed, leading from st...

All-NPL Victoria clash to start round of 32

Jamie Young will link with his former Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi at Western United. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesThe FFA Cup round of 32 will start next Wednesday night but two more matches have been postponed because of border restrictions and Queensland’s Covid-19-caused lockdown.An-all NPL Victoria clash will open Cup round-of-32 action, with Hume City to meet the Port Melbourne Sharks SC at ABD Stadium in Broadmeadows.But two other games that has been scheduled for next Wednesday night – Queensland side Lions FC’s meeting with Northern Territory outfit Casuarina at Lions Stadium, and West Australian team ECU Joondalup’s clash with South Australian club Adelaide Olympic at Dorrien Gardens – have been postponed.Read NextElsewhere, A-League club Western United have confirmed...

Labor introduces bill to stop pork-barrelling

Bridget McKenzie resigned as deputy leader of the Nationals after the sports rorts affair. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gary RamageLabor has taken aim at the Coalition’s “pork-barrelling” and will introduce an “anti-rorting” Bill into the Senate in a bid to stamp it out.The Bill aims to improve transparency and accountability of ministerial decisions within grant programs by making it mandatory for ministers to report on grants that could potentially be classified as pork-barrelling.“There has been sports rorts, regional rorts, safer seats rorts and, most recently and perhaps most egregiously, the pork-and-ride commuter carpark rorts that have seen billions of dollars in grant funding pork-barrelled across the country,” Labor senator Katy Gallagher said.Read Next“Scott Morrison is addicted to ...

Daniel Venables announces retirement, West Coast Eagles news

Daniel Venables announced his retirement at the age of 22. Picture: Julian Smith / AAPWest Coast Eagles midfielder Daniel Venables has announced his retirement from the game after an AFL medical panel recommended the youngster avoid contact sport.The 22-year-old suffered a brain trauma injury during an Eagles clash against Melbourne in 2019 when he was hurt in a marking contest.Venables was the youngest member of the Eagles’ 2018 premiership-winning side.Read NextThe midfielder, who has just 21 AFL appearances to his name, is maintaining a positive outlook on the future despite receiving such devastating news from the medical panel.“It’s hard talking to all of your mates,” said Venables.“I’m sad, but I guess I’m relieved because the pressure’s off and now I can focus on my rehab.Venable...

Ange Postecoglou adds to his Celtic squad

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined Celtic. Picture: Oli Scarff / AFPAnge Postecoglou’s bid to revive Celtic’s fortunes has been aided by the signings of former England international goalkeeper Joe Hart and Irish midfielder James McCarthy.In a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the Hoops’ Europa League first-leg third-round qualifier on Friday morning against Jablonec in the Czech Republic, Hart, 34, has joined the Scottish giants from Tottenham on a three-year deal, while McCarthy, 30, has signed a four-year contract in moving from Crystal Palace.“I’m delighted that we have signed two top-class players in Joe and James,” former Socceroos boss Postecoglou said.Read Next“Both of them have a wealth of experience at both club and international level, and that is something which can only bene...

George Christensen threatens split with Coalition government over vaccine passports

​Mr Christensen’s vote is critical to the Coalition government, which holds a one-seat majority in the House of Representatives. Picture: Gary Ramage / NCA NewsWireOutspoken MP George Christensen has left the door open to a split with the Coalition on vaccine passports as a “matter of principle”. In a statement to NCA Newswire, the Member for Dawson said he had made his views clear to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition party room on Tuesday.“I’ve told the Prime Minister as recently as the party room meeting yesterday that we should not be pushing for the invasion of people’s medical privacy by enabling businesses to ask staff and customers to confirm their vaccination,” Mr Christensen said.Read Next“We should not be pushing for discrimination against Australian citizens who...

destruction in the village and chaos on the return flights

Related news Al Australian Olympic Committee have made his face red because of his athletes and it is that several of them, some entire teams, have dedicated themselves to generating problems and disturbances both in the Olympic village as on your flights home. Such a lack of civility that has caused them to receive a public reprimand from the authorities. The case could be classified as a scandal because some of these problems that have been reported have been registered in the middle of the flight back home when part of the delegation was already back to Sydney after their participation in the Olympic Games. In addition to vandals, reckless, which has ended up causing chaos. Australian sport, in general, is going through some very bad last hours since the com...