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Archive for April, 2018
Giants not looking down on winless Lions

After their draw against St Kilda, Greater Western Sydney aren’t underestimating Brisbane, despite the Lions’ winless start to the season. April 27, 2018 Greater Western Sydney ares bracing for a tough home game following their “disappointing” showing against St Kilda last week, despite Brisbane’s cellar-dweller status. The Giants enter round six in third spot on […]

Haas is ‘definitely’ a Blue: NSWRL boss

Teenage prop Payne Haas has already been claimed by NSW after just one NRL bench stint for Brisbane. April 27, 2018 Just 21 minutes of NRL football may be under his belt but Brisbane teenager Payne Haas has already done enough to be claimed by NSW. Haas made his NRL debut off the bench on […]

Dennis maintains spot in Tour de Romandie

Australian Rohan Dennis is in second place in the Tour de Romandie’s overall standings after stage two of the six-day road race in Switzerland. April 27, 2018 Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis has held onto second place in the Tour de Romandie’s overall standings after Thomas De Gendt claimed stage two honours in the Swiss road race. The Belgian […]

Ex-Wallaby O’Connor’s long pain battle

Former Wallaby James O’Connor has used Instagram to share his battle with an ankle injury that now requires surgery. April 26, 2018 Former Wallabies star James O’Connor has used social media to reveal a two-season battle to play with injuries that needed pain-killers to take the field. The 27-year-old, who plays for English premiership side […]

Team USA stars set to come to Australia

NBA star-turned Sydney King Andrew Bogut believes Team USA’s visit to play the Boomers in Melbourne will draw the biggest names in basketball to Australia. April 26, 2018 Andrew Bogut believes two games between Team USA and the Boomers will draw the biggest names in basketball to Australia and lead to growth in the NBL. […]

Scot ‘annoyed’ after Comm Games collapse

Scottish runner Callum Hawkins isn’t angry about the slow response after his collapse during the Commonwealth Games marathon but he is annoyed at himself. April 26, 2018 Scottish athlete Callum Hawkins has revealed he asked ambulance workers if he had won the Commonwealth Games marathon as he was taken to hospital in a distressed state. […]

Hewitt back on court with Alex de Minaur

Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has accepted a wildcard to play doubles with up-and-coming Australian Alex de Minaur at an ATP tournament in Portugal. April 26, 2018 Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement again to play doubles at the ATP Estoril clay-court tournament in Portugal with emerging Australian talent Alex de Minaur. “We have […]

Holmes still covets Cronulla fullback spot

Cronulla winger Valentine Holmes says he hasn’t given up on his dream of wearing the Sharks’ coveted No.1 jersey. April 25, 2018 Cronulla ace Valentine Holmes hasn’t given up on wearing the NRL club’s No.1 jersey long-term. After starting the season in his preferred position at fullback, the Queensland and Kangaroos star was shifted back […]

Canoe veteran Wallace eyes fourth Olympics

Olympic canoeing gold medalist Ken Wallace has pulled out of Australia’s World Cup and world championship teams to focus on the 2020 Tokyo games. April 24, 2018 Olympic canoeing gold medalist Ken Wallace has pulled out of Australia’s World Cup and world championship teams but remains determined to compete in a fourth Olympic Games. The […]

F1 ace Ricciardo faces August deadline

Australian F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo has until August to resign with Red Bull or the team will begin looking elsewhere, says franchise boss Christian Horner. April 22, 2018 Red Bull boss Christian Horner has given Australian F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo until August to re-sign or the team will begin looking elsewhere. The Red Bull boss’ […]

How UK cricket 100-ball format works

Cricket fans in the UK may soon enjoy an audience-friendly, 100-ball version of the professional game. April 20, 2018 ENGLISH CRICKET’S PROPOSED NEW 100-BALL CRICKET FORMAT  * A UK-based, eight-team professional tournament to be played in a five-week window in the middle of the English summer from year 2020. * Each side faces 15 six-ball […]

Bulldogs players don’t lay down, says Pay

Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay denies NRL veteran Josh Morris milked a penalty against the Rabbitohs that led to Sam Burgess being rubbed out for two weeks. April 18, 2018 Canterbury coach Dean Pay has dismissed accusations of “rolling around and milking” levelled at Josh Morris over the penalty that led to South Sydney star […]

Waratahs coach praises team’s unity

Coach Daryl Gibson has applauded NSW Waratahs Super Rugby players for their unity after Israel Folau’s controversial gay comments. April 17, 2018 NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has praised his Super Rugby players for the support they’ve shown Israel Folau despite the Wallaby fullback’s latest controversial comments on gay people. Gibson said although many players […]

Waratahs coach unsure about Folau’s future

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson admits he doesn’t have much of a say whether Wallabies star Israel Folau remains in rugby beyond 2018. April 17, 2018 NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson concedes Israel Folau’s playing future remains up in the air after the Wallabies fullback doubled down on his controversial comments on homosexuality. Folau used […]

Optus admits ‘racist’ ad was unacceptable

Optus is investigating an “unacceptable” job ad which sought “Anglo Saxon” candidates for a retail job on Sydney’s lower north shore. April 13, 2018 Telecommunications giant Optus has become embroiled in a racism row after a store on Sydney’s affluent lower north shore advertised for “Anglo Saxon” retail assistants. An ad posted on Seek on […]

Boy died due to antidepressants: inquest

Powerful antidepressants are the likely cause of a NSW toddler’s death in 2005, an inquest has heard. April 6, 2018 A NSW toddler likely died due to a powerful antidepressant being given to him while his mother was out shopping, an inquest has heard. Twenty-one-month-old Jordan Thompson was accidentally or deliberately given the lethal dose […]

Sydney drug boss spent $6k a day on drugs

A Sydney drug syndicate frontman says he spent all the profit from his multi-million dollar business on his own 24 gram, $6000 per day habit. April 5, 2018 The frontman of a Sydney drug syndicate that called itself “The Rock Show” says he spent all the profit from his multi-million dollar business on his own […]

Indonesia tougher than Somalia for refugees
Indonesia tougher than Somalia for refugees

After Somalian militants burned down her hotel, Igra fled to Indonesia for safety, but the former business owner has fallen through the aid safety net. April 2, 2018 Somalian refugee Igra hadn’t heard of Indonesia before being dumped in Jakarta by people smugglers. The former hotel owner fled her civil war-wracked country in 2015 after militants threatened to cut off her […]

Refugees in Indonesia selling sex to survive
Refugees in Indonesia selling sex to survive

Somalian refugees fleeing war and violence are being taken by people smugglers to Indonesia where many turn to sex work to survive. April 2, 2018 Homeless mother-of-three, Sahra, fled to Indonesia for safety after Islamists killed her family in Somalia, but with prostitution as the only way to survive, she tearily says life in Jakarta is “much […]

Refugees in Indonesia may be put to work
Refugees in Indonesia may be put to work

The UNHCR wants refugees in Indonesia to be able to work for food and shelter as resettlement options dry up and international aid budgets are stretched. April 2, 2018 Refugees in Indonesia may be put to work as the UN Refugee Agency battles a growing global humanitarian crisis, fewer resettlement options and stretched aid budgets. The humanitarian agency has asked the […]

Homeless refugees do it tough on Indonesia streets
Homeless refugees do it tough on Indonesia streets

Photo essay: People-smugglers promised them new lives in Australia, instead, they were dumped penniless on Jakarta’s streets where they’re forced to sleep rough. April 2, 2018 Some of the saddest stories I have heard are those of Somalian women living rough on Jakarta’s streets. Most had lost their family to war or were raped – […]

Faces: Somalian refugee women in Indonesia
Faces: Somalian refugee women in Indonesia

Photo essay: Penniless Somalian refugee women forced to live rough on Jakarta’s streets after their families were killed by Islamic militants and they were smuggled to Indonesia in the hope of finding a better life. April 2, 2018

Sevens veteran Stannard lucky to be alive

Australian rugby sevens captain James Stannard says he’s heartbroken after a one-punch attack ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games. April 2, 2018 Australian rugby sevens captain James Stannard says he’s heartbroken but not angry after injuries resulting from a one-punch attack ruled him out the Commonwealth Games. Stannard was allegedly struck by a British […]

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