Wednesday, December 1

NRL reject Corey Norman field goal at Central Coast Stadium

The Dragons left it late to get the job done. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)It was comical, it was farcical and it was thrilling.And at the end of 88 minutes of NRL mayhem, a field goal from unwanted playmaker Corey Norman gave St George Illawarra an unbelievable 19-18 golden point win over a Warriors side which simply did not know how to win.This game – played before an empty house at Central Coast Stadium – had it all.Read NextAnd not all of it good.There was poor defence, a multitude of horrible mistakes and some option-taking that belonged in park football.Both sides did their best to lose it but in the end the Dragons held it together long enough to come away with the scrappiest of two points.The Warriors led 18-10 with six minutes to go before a bizarre decision by newly-sig...

USA plans to charge airlines refunds if bags are delayed

The US Department of Transportation will propose that airlines be required to reimburse checked baggage fees if bags are not delivered to passengers quickly enough.The proposal, if made final after a lengthy regulatory drafting process, would also require quick refunds for additional fees like internet access if the airline doesn't provide the service during the flight.A department official said the agency will issue the proposal in the next few days and that it could go into effect next summer.The proposal will require refunds if airlines fail to deliver a suitcase within 12 hours of landing the passenger's US flight or within 25 hours of an international flight.Current regulations require refunds only if bags are lost, although airlines must compensate passengers for "reasonable" inci...

Lockdown-imposing public servants are ‘talkers’ who are ‘detached from reality’

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Research Fellow Cian Hussey says the public servants who imposed lockdowns on ordinary Australians are risk-averse “talkers” who are “detached from material reality” and “spend all day sitting behind laptops”. “[Public servants] are able to tell everyone what to do and to enforce these lockdowns measures and they don’t suffer in consequences and so there’s a bit of a perverse incentive,” he told Sky News host Cory Bernardi. ‘I think the lockdown strategy and this zero-risk approach to COVID is a talking class policy, it’s their preferred policy and what they’ve done so effectively is enforce that policy on everyone else. “So the doers, the mainstream Australians who understand that to live means to take risks, they...

Postecoglou’s Celtic appointment a boost for Rogic

Tom Rogic (right) celebrates with Ryan Christie during happier times at Celtic. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesNew Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has signalled his intention to revitalise the career of Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic.Having elected to sit out Australia’s recent World Cup qualifiers in Kuwait to ensure he’s fully fit for Celtic’s 2021-22 campaign, Rogic needs to deliver after a disappointing 2020-21 season.The appointment of former Socceroos boss Postecoglou is perhaps the key to Rogic returning to his devastating best as Celtic attempt to regain the Scottish title from arch-rivals Rangers.Read Next“I’m happy to reconnect with him,” Postecoglou said.“He’s been a fantastic player for a long time here at Celtic.“I’ve always rated Tommy very highly. I’m looking forward to...

‘Telstra has conned regional communities’: Australians being denied the right to mobile roaming

Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson says Telstra "has conned so many regional communities" by denying Australians "the right to mobile roaming", calling for the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission to re-examine the issue. "Currently, there is no requirement that infrastructure companies like Telstra and Optus are required to share their critical infrastructure telecommunications towers, yet if you're an overseas visitor coming into Australia, you get that right to roam and use any carriers infrastructure," she said. "Frankly, Telstra have been absolute bastards ... they've just been fined $50 million by the ACCC for engaging in the most disgraceful, unconscionable conduct in selling phone plans to Indigenous Australians who did not understand ...

Australians trapped abroad say flight cuts are ‘a major kick to the stomach’

Jordan Smith's sister Tiffany has been trying to get home from Canada to her husband and three children for over a year.Its flights have been canceled 10 times due to the federal government restricting the number of people who can reach Australian shores.It is a devastating blow to the tens of thousands of Australians who remain stranded abroad.Jordan Smith's sister Tiffany and her family have been trying to return to Australia for a year. (Nine)"Not being able to hug them, see them, high-five. It breaks my heart to know that we are missing such crucial formative years," Smith said."Those few weekly flights from Los Angeles to Sydney are full, they are jammed to the brim, they just can't get on."Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that international arrivals will be cut in half, pos...

Fool’s gold, pyrite contains a newly discovered real gold element, more valuable than previously thought

By Denis Fougerouse, Researcher, College of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin UniversityThe mineral pyrite was historically nicknamed fool's gold due to its misleading resemblance to the precious metal.The term was used often during the California Golden fever in the 1840s because inexperienced prospectors would claim gold discoveries, but it would actually be pyrite, composed of worthless iron disulfide (FeS₂).Ironically, pyrite crystals can contain small amounts of real gold, although it is very difficult to extract.The gold that is hidden within pyrite is sometimes called "invisible gold" because it is not observable with standard microscopes. (David Gray / Getty)The gold that is hidden within pyrite is sometimes called "invisible gold" because it is not observable with standar...

Russia’s hacking techniques exposed

US and British agencies have disclosed details of the "brute force" methods that they say were used by Russian intelligence to try to break into the cloud services of hundreds of government agencies, energy companies and other organizations.An advisory published by the US National Security Agency describes attacks by agents linked to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency, which has previously been linked to important Cyber ​​attacks abroad and efforts to disrupt the 2016 and 2020 U.S. elections.In a statement, NSA cybersecurity director Rob Joyce said the campaign "was probably ongoing, on a global scale."US and British agencies have revealed "brute force" methods that they say were used by Russian intelligence to hack government agencies. (Nine)Brute force attacks involve t...

NRL coach Josh Hannay “extremely disappointed” in Cronulla Sharks centre Josh Dugan, Covid-19 breach

Hannay was not impressed by Dugan's actions.Sharks interim coach Josh Hannay says the club was “extremely disappointed” by Josh Dugan’s decision to breach Covid-19 protocols last week.Dugan allegedly attended a Potts Points restaurant on June 25 despite the NRL’s Covid-19 biosecurity protocols prohibiting players from leaving their homes unless training, playing or for an essential reason.The NRL alleges Dugan had “been fully informed of his obligations by his club and chose not to comply with them”.Read NextDugan, who last played for the Sharks in round 11, has until Monday to challenge the breach notice issued by the NRL or else accept a $25,000 fine.He is currently completing a 14 day isolation period away from his teammates before he returns to training.However, as one of three vete...

Pandemic fatigue and complacency are Australia’s biggest fears after the latest Delta strain breakout bombed

Fears of a Delta variant outbreak across Queensland never eventuated, but experts say the lack of cases may cause complacency about a very serious Covid strain. Picture: Tertius Pickard / NCA NewsWirePandemic fatigue could bring Australia undone after fears of a Delta variant breakout that plunged parts of Queensland into lockdown never eventuated, experts have warned.A casual worker contracted the Delta variant while working outside a Covid-19 ward at Prince Charles Hospital and travelled for 10 days while infectious, including a return trip to Townsville.So far only her sibling has contracted the virus, but experts fear complacency about the highly contagious Delta variant may set in.Read NextAssociate Professor Stuart Turville, a virologist from the Kirby Institute, said each infecti...