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    Ravi Bopara: English cricket must stop being so … English


    2019 - 03.21

    Ravi Bopara believes England can only catch up with the rest of the world in one-day cricket by developing a new carefree attitude and stop being so “English”.
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    Bopara gave the most honest assessment yet by a player involved in England’s World Cup squad when he admitted they were haunted by a fear of failure and unsettled by the changes to the team on the eve of the tournament which saw him dropped once more by the selectors.

    “We need to change the culture. We need to change it quickly,” he said. “We need to be a bit more free as players and stop worrying about the consequences and at times stop being so English. We are very, very English and it feels quite institutionalised at times. If you look at other countries they are more open about things and more honest about things.

    “You had India eating McDonalds on the outfield here last summer [during a net session at Headingley] – does it matter? What’s wrong with that? They were hungry! They are not worried about how they look – they were hungry they want to eat.

    “For too long we have been worried about what people think of us sometimes that media has influenced the way we do things. We should be honest with everyone – say it straight up. We weren’t good enough in the World Cup – our skills weren’t good enough. Other teams have developed their skills a lot faster than we have because they were honest enough to say it earlier.

    “We can’t be 200 after 40 overs and then try and slap the last 10 and end up with 300 – we lose games when we get 300 on the board. I don’t think it is enough for us – we need to get 350 on the board and we now need to develop our games to that level where we are taking those high risks to get those scores like other teams.

    “They are scoring six an over and then crashing it at the end. We need to start doing that and we need to stop limiting ourselves. I think we do limit ourselves as English cricketers – I think the system limits us. We always focused on building a foundation – let the engine room at 5,6,7 do the hard yards and that’s not the way the game is going.”

    Bopara is off to the IPL next week to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad determined to rediscover the free-spirited way he played the game when he broke through with Essex. After being dropped “at least a dozen” times by England he admitted he feels the pressure after just a couple of low scores but has learnt to be magnanimous about the whims of selectors.

    “When I’m playing for Essex I know I’m not going to be dropped – I can get six noughts and I just play my shots. You know you’re not going to get dropped and it’s funny as that’s the best way to play as you score runs like that and put fear in bowlers like that. I have to start playing like that when I go out and put an England shirt on. That’s what I have told myself and promised myself I will do from now on. The IPL is the perfect place to start.”

    Bopara says he was dropped for the match in Australia because England were not going to use his bowling and it is no wonder he is confused because when he was left out of the side last summer he was told it was because he lacked urgency in his batting. “I got angry – very angry. It was with myself, the guys that made the decision and I said: ‘Right, from now on I’m going to move ahead and be better than the rest now. Now I am focusing that anger and using it as a positive.”

    The Telegraph, London

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    The week in pictures across regional Australia Photos


    2019 - 03.21

    The week in pictures across regional Australia | Photos ALBURY-WONDONGA: William Oupatham, 6, and his mother Jinyapa shared Thai food. Picture: KYLIE ESLER The Border Mail
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    BENDIGO: For 12 years bookshop owner Ben Kemp has been collecting stuff that falls out of secondhand books, including photos of weddings, families and even a man pointing a gun. Photo: Simon Schluter The Bendigo Advertiser

    LAUNCESTON: Red Bull Racing’s Craig Lowndes signs the V8 Lowndes Commodore of Melbourne’s Carolyn Weston. Her special edition Lowndes commodore has less than 1000km on the clock, and was brought over from her home in Victoria on the Spirit of Tasmania just for the occasion. Photo Scott Gelston – The Examiner

    TAMWORTH David Peachey taps the ball up to gift a try to the NSW League Legends at Jack Woolaston Oval on Saturday night. Photo: Barry Smith – The Northern Daily Leader

    TAMWORTH: Kindy kid sisters Makayla Clark, pictured left, and Ashley, right, had a run through of a special story with Year 6 student Jackson Grainger to get into the spirit. of Anzac Day Photo:The Northern Daily Leader

    BULADELAH: Four boys burnt in an accident with nitro boat fuel at Nerong. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers. The Newcastle Herald.

    SINGLETON: All the colour and action from the Newcastle Knights Community Open Day at Pirtek Park, Singleton. Picture: Jonathan Carroll The Newcastle Herald.

    BALLARAT: Special showing: Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary director Martin Scuffins with Kevy the nankeen kestrel. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER The Ballarat Courier

    BALLARAT: Daylesford Secondary School student Jacki Lipplegoes with her school SHE believes to be airbrushed photo. PICTURE: JULIE HOUGH Photo: The Ballarat Courier

    BALLARAT: Loud and clear: DBS’ Phil, karaoke regular Leanne Musgrove and Ondine Zvirbulis test their vocal cords. PICTURE: KATE HEALY The Ballarat Courier

    NEWCASTLE: Nitro Circus live at at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers The Newcastle Herald.

    MAITLAND: Lucie Bruvel (front) with Shepherds Ground residents Marco Forman and Nels Bjarke. Picture: The Maitland Mercury

    MAITLAND GOING: Kurri Kurri students will step back into the 1950s for Nostalgia Festival celebrations. The Maitland Mercury

    MAITLAND Rachael Clements is deperately looking for the right donor to help daughter Addalyn, who has two rare cancers. Picture by CATH BOWEN The Maitland Mercury

    ALBURY-WODONGA: Corowa’s Nancy Smith has led a team of knitters in stitching together more than 4000 poppies to be displayed on Anzac Day. Picture: DAVID THORPE The Border Mail

    ALBURY-WODONGA: Things can get fiery in the kitchen when celebrity chef Manu Feildel is around and yesterday was no exception at Wodonga TAFE. The Border Mail But Feildel quickly threw a fire blanket on the stove-top blaze and soon after was joking with Wodonga firefighters David Brown, Mathew Johnson and Alan Foster.Then it was down to business with master class participants enjoying the chance to cook and enjoy a meal with Feildel.Full story, another KYLIE ESLER picture, page 10

    BENDIGO: Abe Sheahan had his head shaved by Dimity McCann from Bendigo Beauty and Hair Care as team-mates from the AFL Central Victoria Academy’s under-13 squad looked on. Picture: BILL CONROY

    BENDIGO: Sharon Hickey with staff from Bendigo Health’s Wound Clinic. She has made progress in addressing a wound she has carried on her ankle for 18 years. The Bendigo Advertiser

    WAGGA WAGGA: Country High Tea House waitresses Louise Roy and Mia Glasson switch off their phones to enjoy a cuppa. Picture: Les Smith The Daily Advertiser

    WAGGA WAGGA: Katie Burgess and daughter Chloe, 7, are left without a water connection after Riverina Water decided to cut them off. Picture: Les Smith The Daily Advertiser

    BATHURST: Melaine Settree tends to one of the lots which went under the hammer at Sunday’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. This particular yearling, a Roll With Joe El Ess Ee colt, was purchased for $25,000. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA The Western Advocate

    FORBES: Council’s director of engineering and technical services Ray Graham and mayor Phyllis Miller stand beside The Escort Way, where 100 trees will soon be planted to mark the Anzac centenary on April 25. The Forbes Advocate

    COWRA: Cowra’s Mae Eldridge with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and fellow Australian volunteer Nina Kerridge. Mae and Nina were rescued from Ambae Island following Cyclone Pam. Photo: ANDREW MEARES

    ORANGE: Councils from throughout the state will vie for the bragging rights to having the best tasting water in the state at today’s NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition. The Central Western Daily

    COWRA: An Essential Energy crew was called in when a cat got stuck up a power pole in Carleton Street on Tuesday. The Cowra Guardian

    DUNEDOO: It was a day of celebration in Dunedoo on Saturday, as the farming community celebrated the centenary of the local show.

    BURNIE: Ella Mackrell, 9, has been doing the Relay For Life since 2010, this year her great-aunt, Sharon Mullins, and other family members have raised $1000 for the charity. Picture: Jason Hollister. The Burnie Advocate

    BURNIE: Launch of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre featuring award-winning ensemble, Circa with their production, Beyond. Pictures: Stuart Wilson. The Burnie Advocate

    LAUNCESTON: Launceston runner Josh Harris with some of the 21 state titles he has collected. Photo Scott Gelston. Photo: The Examiner

    LAUNCESTON: Glass blower James Dodson. Photo by Geoff Robson – The Examiner

    LAUNCESTON: George Town four year old Caleb Baker tears through the corridoor in ward 4K at the LGH as Clown Doctors Dr Do Little (Peter Dowling) and Dr Sox (Meredith Cole) play along. Photo Scott Gelston The Examiner

    PORT PIRIE: .Wandearah A grade premiers, back row, Nelson Ferme, left, Scott Gray, Dave Clark, Greg Carmody, Rhys Gillett, James Ganley, middle row, Matt Bessen, left, Steve Athanasos, Marcus Ganley, Will McCourt, Marc Congdon, Matt O’Shaughnessy, and front row, Jordan Ganley, left, Alyssa Ganley, Lucas Congdon, Tyron Congdon, Liam O’Shaughnessy, Ashton Gray. The Port PIrie Recorder

    BUNBURY: A crew from the Dolphin Discovery Centre worked tirelessly to save a pod of pilot whales which were stranded at Bunbury’s McKenna Point on March 23. Photo: Justin Rake/Bunbury Mail.

    FAIRBRIDGE: Ruby Liddlelow will be hosting body art workshops at this year’s Fairbridge Festival. Photo: Amy Martin/Mandurah Mail.

    DUNSBOROUGH: Yobs took out the final glory against Dunsborough in the Busselton-Margaret River Cricket Association A-grade grand final. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

    WARRNAMBOOL: Teenager Jack Hutt is throwing himself into TAC Cup football with the North Ballarat Rebels but won’t be disappointed if he doesn’t progress beyond Cobden. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE The Warrnambool Standard.

    WARRNAMBOOL: Deakin’s football training at the Pond. Picture: AARON SAWALL The Warrnambool Standard

    WARRNAMBOOL: The 14,500 acre Mount Fyans property, near Darlington, is coming on to the market, as the Earl and Countess of Stradbroke have decided to sell. Henham Rous, one of the Earl’s children, is the current property manager. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE The Warrnambool Standard

    REDLANDS: Redlands College dance students Lara Addley, year 5, and Elle Wood, year 8, have been enjoying the school s new dance program. Photo by Chris McCormack The Bayside Bulletin

    NEWCASTLE:Charlestown Public School: Jayne Thompson gets the sausages, eggs and BBQ going. on Election Day Picture: Phil Hearne The Newcastle Herald.

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    Kurri Kurri puppy killer Nathan Thompson receives life ban, sentence to come


    2019 - 03.21

    Puppy killer receives life ban, full sentence to come Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.
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    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    Nathan Thompson (right) leaving Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

    TweetFacebookPuppy killer pleads guilty

    CONVICTED puppy killer Nathan Thompson has been banned from having anything to do with animals for life after pleading guilty to an additional nine cruelty charges relating to the ‘‘massacre’’ of most of a litter of bull-terrier cross pups.

    Widespread public outrage over the brutal killing of nine of an 11 puppy litter at Kurri Kurri earlier this month prompted heightened security on Thursday, with the matter moved from East Maitland District Court to the more secure Newcastle Supreme Court building.

    Magistrate Ian Cheetham ordered an ‘‘exclusion zone’’ be placed around the complex, with Newcastle City police, security guards and court sheriffs posted outside and only media and a few members of Thompson’s family allowed inside.

    Slumped in his seat, Thompson kept his head down as he listened to prosecutors lay nine fresh charges against him and make an application to ban him from having anything to do with animals for the rest of his life.

    Thompson was previously prohibited from being around animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to four charges on March13, and on Thursday defence solicitor David Fleming made no objection to that order being extended indefinitely.

    ‘‘I make an order that Mr Thompson is not to purchase or acquire or take possession or custody of any animal during his life,’’ Magistrate Cheetham said.

    Thompson also pleaded guilty to eight more animal cruelty charges, taking the total to nine – one for each of the nine puppies he bashed to death in bushland.

    He also previously pleaded guilty to causing prolonged suffering to the surviving puppy, Lucky, and resisting arrest.

    The pups were first advertised for sale on March5 on the classifieds website Gumtree. When they had not sold by March11, the owner took the animals to Mr Thompson at his home because he had sold puppies in the past, court documents stated.

    Thompson put the 11 puppies in the back seat of his car about 4.45pm and drove to McLeod Road at Kurri Kurri. He drove some way down a dirt track and found a large brick in nearby scrub.

    He removed the first puppy from the rear of his vehicle and began striking it in the head with the brick. The puppy died from its injuries and Thompson threw it into the bush, before repeating the process on the others.

    As Thompson continued to bludgeon the puppies, a witness walking his own dogs heard a number of them yelping.

    ‘‘[The witness] has observed the accused holding one of the puppies down with his left hand while repeatedly bludgeoning it with a brick held in his right hand,’’ court documents stated.

    ‘‘[The witness] momentarily watched in horror as the accused removed yet another puppy from his car and proceeded to strike the animal four times in the head. ‘‘At this point [the witness] has run towards the accused, trying to coax his own dogs away from the massacre.’’

    Once Thompson noticed the accused he threw the puppy into the bush and drove off at high speed, court documents stated.

    He took off with five of the puppies still alive and later told police he killed four of them in bushland off Northcote Street at Kurri Kurri. The remaining living puppy was given away to a family at Cessnock.

    When police came to arrest him, Thompson resisted before he was subdued.

    Outside court Thompson was mobbed by media and flocks of animal welfare campaigners calling for him to be jailed. He will know his fate on May 4 when he returns for sentencing.

    Lucky, who survived the killing of his litter.

    Tropical rainfall on the rise as big storm events increase, study finds


    2019 - 03.21

    Wetter: The number of multiple storm cell events is rising, satellite data shows. Photo: Glenn Campbell Wetter: The number of multiple storm cell events is rising, satellite data shows. Photo: Glenn Campbell
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    Wetter: The number of multiple storm cell events is rising, satellite data shows. Photo: Glenn Campbell

    Wetter: The number of multiple storm cell events is rising, satellite data shows. Photo: Glenn Campbell

    Rainfall is increasing in the tropics across the world with the rise attributed to more big thunderstorms, new research by an Australian-led team has found.

    While observations and models have found that “wet gets wetter” and “warmer gets wetter”, the mechanism of what has been going on has been unclear.

    A study of 12 years of satellite data, though, has indicated the trigger for the extra rain is that the number of so-called deep convective storms – events that clump together multiple storm cells – is rising.

    “What we are seeing is more big and organised storms and fewer small and disorganised storms,” Jackson Tan, the lead author of the paper published on Thursday in the journal Nature, said.

    These deep convective storms occur about 5 per cent of the time but result in about 50 per cent of the rainfall, the researchers from the Monash University branch of the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and NASA found.

    “Our results highlight an area of priority for future model development in order to achieve accurate rainfall projections in a warming climate,” the researchers said in their paper.

    Professor Christian Jakob of Monash University said the findings covered too short a time to identify a climate change signal itself. The results, covering 1998-2009, did not find an increase in rainfall per major storm event, but found more such events.

    “We do not say why [the number of storms] increased,” Professor Jakob said. “It is really about trying to understand the mechanism not the cause of the rainfall increase.”

    The rainfall rise was clearer over the tropical oceans, rather than land, underscoring the complexity of interactions at play, he said.

    While climate models are in broad agreement about the effect rising greenhouse gas levels will have on temperatures – lifting them as much as four degrees by 2100 on current emissions trajectories – predictions of rainfall changes are more varied.

    Those variations are particularly true for tropical regions.

    Shifting patterns

    Climate change is expected to make southern Australia drier, particularly in the cooler months of the year – trends that are already evident, particularly in south-west Western Australia. Rainfall patterns have been harder to predict for northern parts of Australia.

    Steve Turton, a professor at James Cook University, said southern Australia got much of its rainfall from frontal activity, as colder moisture-laden air collides with warmer air masses. As the tropics expand, those fronts are shifting further south, reducing the amount of rain falling on the continent.

    However, rainfall in the tropics tends to be more random, with a much smaller role for fronts.

    “That’s why models show tropics have a range of minus-20 per cent to plus 20 per cent [in terms of future annual rainfall predictions],” Professor Turton said. “In tropical Australia or anywhere in the tropics, you may as well flip the coin when it comes to rainfall.”

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    Top ten classic travel scams


    2019 - 03.21

    Scam: “Can you please leave a donation?” Where: Asian temples. Avoid: “I’ll give you a dollar, and since your religion warns against telling lies, I’m writing that in the book.” Photo: iStock Scam: “Can you please leave a donation?” Where: Asian temples. Avoid: “I’ll give you a dollar, and since your religion warns against telling lies, I’m writing that in the book.” Photo: iStock
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    Scam: “Can you please leave a donation?” Where: Asian temples. Avoid: “I’ll give you a dollar, and since your religion warns against telling lies, I’m writing that in the book.” Photo: iStock

    Scam: “Can you please leave a donation?” Where: Asian temples. Avoid: “I’ll give you a dollar, and since your religion warns against telling lies, I’m writing that in the book.” Photo: iStock

    They’re ingenious, the ways that the scam artists of the world have found to separate you from your cash and valuables. Here are 10 reasons to keep your wits about you.

    1. “My friend, there’s pigeon poo on your trousers/jacket.” The kind and compassionate bystander is right, there it is, a messy dribble. Just by chance, he happens to have tissues and a water bottle handy. Too good to be true, right? While you are being cleaned, you are also being cleaned out. When friendly Franco departs, you will most likely find that your  wallet, phone or something else of value has gone with him.

    Popular in: Spain

    Avoidance tactic: “It’s okay, I actually like this colour. In fact I’m going to spray the rest of my clothes with bird poo. Now beat it because I’m calling the police.”

    2. “Hey big boy, buy me a drink?” This pretty young thing has just sashayed up to irresistible you and wow – your lucky day! You will go to a nearby bar, you will drink and chat, she will laugh appreciatively at your man-of-the-world charm and when you come to leave, you will find yourself presented with an excruciatingly large bill, cash only. Accompanying the bill will be a couple of burly bouncers who will even provide another kind of escort  service, to the nearest ATM.

    Popular in: Thailand

    Avoidance tactic: “I’d love to but I’m in a rush to meet my wife.”

    3. “Excuse me, sorry to push in, I’m late for my flight” This comes as you’re about to pass through the airport’s electronic arch, and now there’s a holdup. He’s got something that sets off the sensor, but they just can’t find it. When you finally make it through, the laptop and phone you put in the tray are gone. Protesting is futile, since airport security is in on the scam.

    Popular in: Thailand, USA

    Avoidance tactic: Put the tray with your valuables on the belt at the very last moment

    4. “I’m police, I need to check your passport.” When they do, there’s something dodgy about your visa, which they can fix, for a fee, payable on the spot.

    Popular in: Eastern Europe

    Avoidance tactic: Ask to see their id card. If they persist, tell them loud and clear you want to go to their police station.

    5. “Signor, you have a flat tyre.” It’s flat because at that last traffic light some lowlife ran behind your car and slashed it. In Good Samaritan guise, a motorist will pull in behind when you stop, say he’s a mechanic and offer to assist. While doing so he or his accomplices will steal whatever they can from your car.

    Popular in: Spain

    Avoidance tactic: When helpful Juan approaches, get in your vehicle, lock the doors, take out your phone and photograph him and his conveyance. Make as if you are dialling and mention the word “Police” several times with full voice.

    6. “I think you dropped this?” A pedestrian stops to pick something up as you pass by and voila! It’s a gold ring. Surely this must be yours?  If you express surprise and delight at its swift recovery, the finder will ask for a reward, and make it pretty obvious you won’t get away without paying. While it might look like gold to a casual eye, the ring is brass, and worth about 10 cents.

    Popular in: Paris

    Avoidance tactic: “It’s not my ring.”

    7. “Thanks for visiting the Temple of the Mother Goddess, can you please leave a donation?” The monk is showing you a visitors’ book that lists astronomical sums left by other tourists. This is intended to guilt-trap you into parting with something similar.

    Popular in: Asia

    Avoidance tactic: “I’ll give you a dollar, and since your religion warns against telling lies, I’m writing that in the book.”

    8. “That hotel is now closed.” You’ve got the name of a hotel where you want to stay but the taxi driver insists it’s shut. It’s not but he’ll take you to another hotel where he gets a commission from shoehorning you in the door.

    Popular in: India

    Avoidance tactic: “Take me there anyway or I’ll find another taxi.”

    9. “This is the number one place to buy carpets/pashminas/sapphires, cheapest price, best range. Would I cheat you?”

    Yes you would. You’re my guide and you’ll get a big slice of whatever the merchant can squeeze out of me, and they’re experts. Most guides make far more out of these under the table payments than they do from their guiding services,

    Popular in: anywhere from the Bosphorus to the South China Sea

    Avoidance tactic: Tell your guide “no shopping” at the start of the day.

    10. “Here, catch my baby!” This is pretty brazen. It involves throwing a baby at you, with the high probability that common humanity will prevail, you will catch the lobbed infant, your hands will thus be engaged and the baby thrower and her accomplices will rifle your pockets.

    Popular in: France, Spain, Italy, common around tourist hot spots.

    Avoidance tactic: The “baby” is actually a doll. Keep your hands in your pockets and walk away.

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