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August, 2018

Treble beckons as Sydney FC ease into FFA Cup final

Sydney boss Graham Arnold is determined that his team complete the domestic treble of the Premiers Plate, Championship and FFA Cup, and they are now one win away from doing so after seeing off the challenge of South Melbourne in the FFA Cup semi-final on Wednesday night with a 5-1 win at Lakeside.
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In the final they will face the winners either Adelaide United or Western Sydney Wanderers, who will play the second semi later in October.

The Sky Blues have been turned into a ruthless side by Arnold and they showed no sympathy to their Victorian NPL opponents.

Within four minutes the A-League champions, fresh off a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory last Saturday night, had their noses in front.

The part-timers of South Melbourne had not played a competitive match for a month or so following their quarter-final triumph and the end of the NPL Victoria season, and their ring rustiness showed.

The hosts failed to clear a forward pass, the rebound was played forward and Alex Brosque found former Socceroo David Carney who drove past Nikola Roganovic with ease.

South tried to hit back but they lacked fluency, not surprising given their layoff. In contrast, Sydney were fit and confident after their successful start to the season.

Marcus Schroen headed just wide from a cross by South wide man Nicholas Epifano, but that was as good as it got for the former Melbourne City attacker. Within five minutes Schroen was limping to the bench, unable to continue, after suffering an injury.

South coach Chris Taylor, who only returned from holiday on the eve of the game, was forced to reshuffle his pack early, but his team’s task became even harder a few minutes later when Sydney doubled its advantage.

Dutch defender Jordy Buijs was allowed far too much time and space when he embarked a bullocking round from defence, charging forward as the South midfielders backed off. His pass found Brazilian striker Bobo, who picked his spot to fire past Roganovic.

Sydney was comfortably in control at this point although South’s Matthew Millar found Milos Lujic in space, but the forward’s shot lacked any power.

Sydney skipper Alex Brosque’s header was saved by Roganovic before the keeper then dealt with a shot from Carney and another from Milos Ninkovic.

South gave themselves hope shortly after the restart when they pulled back a goal, Leigh Minopoulos showing good technique to control Kristian Konstantinidis flighted cross before driving past Andrew Redmayne in the Sydney goal.

Millar then fired over after a good South break as the part timers sniffed a chance to get back on terms, and the same player caused Sydney palpitations when his long range effort almost caught Redmayne out after the keeper came well off his line.

South, energised by their goal, began to show plenty of self belief. The underdogs started to move the ball more quickly and take on their Sydney opponents.

Lujic tested Redmayne with a good shot on the turn but Sydney snuffed out hope of a comeback in the 65th minute when Bobo scored his second, scuffing the ball home after a Brosque cross.

Sydney made it four with 16 minutes remaining through Sebastian Ryall, and substitute Matt Simon emphasised the gulf in class with a header six minutes from time.

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The hidden bias eating away at Parliament

When Tony Abbott announced his frontbench team in the wake of the 2013 election, the nation’s eyebrows went north for two reasons.
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Firstly, because on paper, he made himself the minister for women (as Michaelia Cash was only the minister assistingthe prime minister in this portfolio). And secondly, because there was only one woman in his 19-member cabinet.

While privately, some Coalition women were fuming, Abbott brushed off the criticism. As he explained, there would have been a whopping great two women in cabinet had Sophie Mirabella been re-elected.

Scoot forward to 2017, and Julie Bishop – that sole woman in cabinet – has witheringly reported that actually, this was an “extraordinary outcome”. And that personally, it was tough.

As part of a panel discussion about women and careers and feminism at a Women’s Weekly event last week, Bishop spoke of her loneliness. She’d suggest an idea, which would be ignored by the rest of the cabinet. Then it would be re-suggested by a man and everyone else would praise it as “genius”.

So, when the numbers of women in cabinet finally reached the dizzying heights of two following an Abbott reshuffle, and then grew to as many as six with Malcolm Turnbull, Bishop made a “little deal” with her cabinet sisters.

“It didn’t matter what the other woman said, the rest of us would say, ‘oh, that is brilliant’!”

Bishop – who has some of the best comic timing in Parliament – played the anecdote for laughs, which she easily got from the room (minus perhaps Peta Credlin, who was also in attendance). But she wasn’t joking, either.

There is an insidious double standard in politics. And just because you’re one of the most senior members of the government (Bishop was a minister under John Howard), that doesn’t mean your less-qualified male colleagues are going to listen to what you have to say.

So where do you suppose the debate on this went next? To a reflection on the fact that many of the men in that Abbott cabinet are now senior members of the Turnbull government, including Turnbull himself? Or did commentators like 3AW’s Neil Mitchell get cranky about Bishop and Co.’s “totally illogical” pact to agree with each other, while Andrew Bolt decried Bishop’s “sexism” against men?

These analyses aside, if you talk to other female MPs, Bishop’s cabinet experience was not a high-profile one-off. Unconscious bias is alive and well at every stage of parliamentary life.

The Liberal member for Chisholm, Julia Banks, had witnessed plenty of unconscious bias in her corporate career before politics. So, during her preselection, she knew exactly what was happening when a female party member asked her who would look after her children if she made it to Canberra.

This is not a question that is typically asked of male MPs – or men in general. And the media is also to blame on this front. While there have been countless recent stories (some by this reporter) about women in Parliament with young kids, there haven’t been similar stories about how male MPs are sacrificing and juggling. Even though there has been an influx of male MPs welcoming babies, from ministers Christian Porter and Alan Tudge, to Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers and Greens MP Adam Bandt.

The bias can also be revealed in the expectations around how women seeking leadership should behave. When then backbencher Kelly O’Dwyer called then frontbencher Kevin Andrews to lobby for a promotion after the 2013 election, she was reportedly told she was viewed as “pushy”, while her male colleagues were just “ambitious”. WA Liberal Melissa Price recently told the AustralianFinancial Review of female MPs’ caution when contributing to party room discussions: “if you speak too often, people stop listening to you”.

Labor’s Clare O’Neil says the culture is very different in her party, where quotas since the mid-1990s now mean 44 per cent of federal ALP parliamentarians are women, compared to 21 per cent of Liberals and 14 per cent of Nationals. She was promoted to the frontbench last year when she was eight months’ pregnant. When O’Neil asked a senior male whether this was going to pose any problems, they assured her, “no one is going to raise this because it’s not relevant”.

But Labor’s justice spokesperson does not argue Labor is perfect. And when she has to interact with the rest of the Parliament, in multi-party committee meetings, she has had issues similar to Bishop’s: “I’ve said things that should change the course of the discussion, but the meeting just moves on.”

Unconscious bias is not the on the same level as say, barring women from running for Parliament. Or publicly denouncing them as idiots. But the little, hidden perceptions that mean women need to jump through additional hoops to succeed in politics are there. And they add up.

And they continue to make a difference in the wrong direction.

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New England Highway reopens after fiery truck crash at Singleton

CARNAGE: A truck bursts into flames after careering down Singleton’s George Street. Picture: Singleton ArgusTHE out-of-control truck. The trail of destruction. The inferno. The terror and the screams.
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This was Singleton’s main street on Wednesday, with the morning routine anything but, as an allegedly stolen truck collided with several cars, dragging one for up to 50 metres, before crashing into a power pole and bursting into flames shortly before 9am.

Another truck driver said stepping out of his rig was like walking into a “war zone” as the fire raged and the street was covered by the wreckage of twisted cars.

Bystanders rushed to rescue those trapped in their car as police converged on the scene.

“It was pure carnage,” Clifton Brett told theNewcastle Herald.

“He would have been doing a good 70 or 80 [km/h] and he just didn’t stop; he went from car to car and just punched through them like they weren’t there.”

What finallystopped the truck was a power pole, ending a joy ride that began in Murrurundi, more than 100km away, where it was allegedly stolen from a BP service station as its owner bought fuel.

DESTRUCTION: Smoke billows out of the truck after it crashes into a power pole. Picture: Supplied

Police deployed road spikes outside Singleton but it did not immediately stop the truck.

As the truck finally ground to a halt, its driver, Rodney Johnson,29, allegedly attempted to run away from the burning wreck.

At least seven officers, with guns drawn, jumped on top of a shirtless Mr Johnson to make the arrest.

He was charged on Wednesday night with multiple offences.

The victims included a 67-year-old man who was suffering multiple injuries and in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

In total there were eight victims, including four who were hospitalised, and seven cars caught in the path of the truck.

Two cars were wedged either side of a popular cafe. Two more in front of a car carrier. Others were scattered down the stretch of road, following the path of the truck.

The licensee of Singleton’s Royal Hotel, Andrew Herd, said seeing the trail of destruction was “enough to send a chill down your spine”.

The George Street pub, a neighbouring heritage-listed home and a bus shelter were severely damaged.

Building debris were still attached to the burnt-out truck.

“The whole building shook,” Mr Herd said of the terrifying ordeal.

“People were just literally sitting in the gutters just crying – you couldn’t get sense out of anyone. I was around for the ’89 earthquake and it was like that. Fire and destruction everywhere.”

Mother Rachel Furnissraced across the road after hearing the noise of the truck crashing down the street.

She said school children had just been picked up from the bus stop.

FLAMES: Emergency on George Street after the truck crash. Picture: Singleton Argus

“I heard the bang, bang, bang,” she said.

“I’m amazed there weren’t more people hurt …I’m surprised the driver survived.

“There could have been many more people there –the kids had only been there five minutes before.”

Gabrielle Brown saw the destruction and began to evacuate as a fuel tanker was parked nearby.

“I was scared there was going to be a massive explosion,” she said. “It still really hasn’t sunk in yet, how close to danger we actually were.”

INTENSE: Police close the road as the truck catches alight. Picture: Supplied

Trail of destruction a daunting scenePOLICE are set to comb over their own response in the wake of a truck causing a trail of destruction, before bursting into a fireball and leaving one man with critical injuries, on Singleton’s main street.

The investigation comes as police charged the 29-year-old driver, Rodney Johnson, with multiple offencesovernight.

Those offences include two counts of police pursuit (Skye’s Law), steal vehicle, two counts of use weaponto avoid arrest, two countsassault police, resist arrest and two counts of malicious damage. Skye’s Law alone carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail and five years for a repeat offence.

Police launched a critical incident investigation to examine the response of authorities in the lead-up to truck crash, which is protocol when a member of the public is injured or dies during the course of a police operation.

DRIVER: Rodney Johnson, 29, was facing serious charges.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Hunter Valleyacting commander Inspector Robert Post batted away questions about the effectiveness of road spikes during a short pursuit at Singleton Heights, which shredded some of the truck’s tyres.

Inspector Post said the driver was allegedly able to travel at least two kilometres after spikes were deployed.

The driver’s behaviour was described by police as “reckless” and “erratic” as he made his way down the highway, with the truck allegedly stolen fromthe BP service station atMurrurundi.

The truck – which was refuelling at the time it was allegedly stolen about 7.30am – was loadedmushroom compost and originally bound for Tamworth.

At least one other car collided with the truck near Murrurundi.

Inspector Post said the destruction that unfolded on George Street was overwhelming for authorities.

“It was quite a daunting scene for our first responders,” he said. “It took quite a while to get under control.”

Ambulance NSW Inspector Luke Wiseman said Singleton residents were in shock after the incident.

Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to Singleton, with four people taken to hospital.

One man, 67, was in a critical but stable condition in John Hunter Hospital on Wednesday night.

“It seems that the people involved were just going about their usual morning business, having coffee along the main street when this accident happened out of nowhere,” Inspector Wiseman said. “It’s always going to be tough dealing with a scene like this. The scale and the suddenness of the incident and the fact that it has happened in a smaller community means a lot of people are in shock, so it was a challenging scene.”

ARREST: Police pounce on the driver as he allegedly attempts to flee.

Investigators remained on the scene overnight as debris started to be cleared.

Authorities hoped to have the road open, with most businesses to resume normal trade on Thursday. Damaged buildings were still being assessed for their safety as there was concern a handful could be unstable.

Police appealed for witnesses who saw the truck between Murrurundi and Singleton to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Owners prepare for brave run at Everest

Brave Smash, right, winning at Moonee Valley on September 9. Picture: AAPNEWCASTLE thoroughbredowner Paul Davis hopes his wife Karen’s luck can rub off on Brave Smash when the Japanese import tries to beat the odds in The Everest (1200m) on Saturday at Randwick.
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The couple arepart-owners in the Darren Weir-trained five-year-old stallion which was brought Down Under by Hunter-based syndication company Australian Bloodstock (AB) with the aim of making the inaugural $10 million The Everest –the richest turf race in the world.

AB founders and directors Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett are also part of the ownership group of Brave Smash, which has one win and two seconds in listed company in three runs since coming to Australia. The debut start was a close second to Everest $5 chance Vega Magic and helped Brave Smash secure the Australian Turf Club’s slot in Saturday’sfeature.

Brave Smash was a $34 hope with TAB Fixed Odds on Thursday.

Paul Davis, a retired formerCOO of Peabody Energy, said he hadbeen involved in the thoroughbred industry all his life and hadowned many horses with his wife, who was listed as the stakeholder in Brave Smash.

He said they take turns in having horse ownership undertheir respective names andKaren was“well in front” when it came to who had the most success.

“She’s had pretty much all of the good ones. I get the slow ones,” he laughed. “But I don’t mind being second if we have good ones.”

Davis,a co-director of Kingston Bloodstock, was excited to be part of the first Everest, which was easily the biggest race he and Karen have had a runner in.

“It’s very different certainly from most of the races we’ve been in,” he said.

“It’s a lot of prizemoney and the first time this race is being run so this is a unique opportunity to be involved.

“When Luke first got onto the horse he indicated he had run some fast times over in Japan and that’s what brought our interest, particularly becausehe’s a stallion as well and that may bring value later on if he performs.

“If he runs up to his first run, he’s certainly got a chance. We hope so anyway.

“I’ll be there on Saturday to support Karen, I wouldn’t miss it.”

The couple also have an interest in the Matthew Smith-trainedTouch Of Mink, which will race in theReginald Allen Quality at Randwick.

Murrellsaid Brave Smash was an exciting prospectbut he was not expecting anEverest win.

“Darren said there’s one or two little signs that he’s struggling to acclimatise, which can often happen,” Murrell said.

“I’m going there hoping he beats a couple home. If he doesn’t, he still wins $175,000 [for finishing last] and gives everyone a day out.

“We’ll put him in the paddock and start again.

“Damian Lane said he’s the fastest horse he’s ever ridden, he’s potentially a superstar. But he’s just trying to grow a winter coat at the moment, because they are about to have snow over in Japan, so his body’s taking a little time to catch up.”

Watch a mountain of 1 million tyres disappear

Watch a mountain of 1 million tyres disappear EPA’s Danny Childs
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Water beneath a large pile of tyres.

A pump taking out all of the water.

TweetFacebookA time laps video shows the extent of the EPA-driven projectEPA chief executive Nial Finegan said about 9500 tonnes of tyres and shred was clearedafter repeated failure by the site’s owners to comply with orders to reduce thefire risk at the site.

“OnAugust 2, 2017it was decided that little to no effort had been made by the stockpile’s owner to comply with aCFAFire Prevention Notice or any of three EPA notices issued on the site that required the owner to reduce the risk of fire at the site and to segregate tyres into smaller piles,” he said.

“Unacceptable environmental and community risks remained on the eve of the forthcoming fire season.

“EPA was of the view that the stockpile appeared to have been abandoned or was being handled in a manner by the owners that was likely to cause an environmental hazard.”

More than 380 trucks filled with tyre and shred were taken from the site, with the majority going to Melbourne to be processed at an EPA-licensed site.

Trucks removing tyres and shred from the siteThe site was inspected twice-weekly during the process to ensure appropriate management.

About 35 per cent of the tyres and shred were unable to be processed due to contamination from mud and dirt, and went to landfill.

Mr Finegan said if the stockpile had caught fire it would have had many environmental, economic and social risks for Stawell and its surrounds.

“The environmental impacts would have included air quality, firewater runoff into local waterways and land contamination,” he said.

“By removing this stockpile, EPA has removed these risks to both the local community and our environment.

“In the event of a fire there would likely have been a need to evacuate about 7000 people from Stawell. A fire also would have impacted on the brand of Grampians tourism in areas such as the Great Western and the Pyrenees and Grampians wine regions.”

Mr Finegan said there would also have been agricultural impacts, waterway impacts from fire water and contamination, and a likely closure of major highway and railway connections.

“As well, one of the Stawell region’s largest employers is a local abattoir, located just 300 metres away from the stockpile site and employs 450 people. A fire at the stockpile would have closed this company for an unspecified amount of time that would have had consequences on the local economy,” he said.

EPA’s action to remove the stockpile was seen as a“last resort”and it will seek to recover costs from current and/or previous owners and occupiers of the site.

“For 10 years, various owners of the stockpile were given every opportunity to comply with legal and regulatory obligations but failed to take material steps to properly manage the site’s risks to the community,” Mr Finegan said.

“The removal of this fire hazard has cost about $5 million, but EPA will use its legal powers to seek to recover these costs from the owners of the site through the courts.”

EPA seized control of the tyre yard in August, shortly after thesite’s owner, Used Tyre Recycling Corporation, had’gifted’ the property to amysteriouscompany registered in Panama, which then tried and failed to get a Supreme Court injunction against the EPA.

An aerial view of the Stawell Tyre YardAlawyer for the company told the court it only became awarof fire prevention notices issued on the site by the Country Fire Authorityand the EPA only shortly before EPA took control of the tyre yard.

The lawyer said the company needed more time to implement measures to reduce the risk of a toxic blaze.

But JusticeKarinEmerton found there was “overwhelming evidence” infavour of the EPA.

The ruling allowed for EPA to clear the hazardous mountain of rubber before the next fire danger season.

Northern Grampians Shire Council mayor Tony Driscoll welcomed the news.“Our community’s safety is paramount and we are grateful to the EPA and all agencies for finding a resolution.”

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Canberra lose fixture after Super Netball draw released

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Netball ACT hopes it is part of the ACT government’s vision to move indoor sports to Civic as the future of the AIS Arena hangs in the balance.

Giants Netball will return to Canberra for Super Netball action but after visiting the capital twice in the competition’s inaugural season, they will only play one fixture next season.

The ACT government provides funding to bring the Giants to Canberra and it is understood cost factors are the reason behind dropping a game.

The AIS arena is still Canberra’s premier indoor venue, despite the Canberra Capitals moving to their WNBL fixtures to the National Convention Centre this season.

Due to slightly bigger court dimensions netball cannot be played at the 1700-seat venue in Civic but the Giants may need to find somewhere they can fit in Canberra soon.

The Australian Sports Commission is midway through an extensive review of its Canberra-based facilities and may sell Canberra Stadium and the AIS Arena to the government.

ACT Chief Minister Barr is willing to negotiate with the commission about buying venues to bulldoze them and then sell the land to fund an indoor-outdoor stadium in Civic.

Netball ACT general manager Benita Bittner said she was open to all options moving forward to accommodate the Giants and their feeder club the Canberra Giants.

“It’s a well-known fact there’s a shortage of indoor facilities in Canberra and if one was to close for whatever reason, we’d be looking for other options,” Bittner said.

Bittner said it was great to see the Giants return to Canberra and hopes to bring more netball content to the capital in the future.

“We’re delighted to see them come back, it’s a great opportunity for Canberra to witness some of the best netballers in the country in our back yard,” Bittner said.

“Netball ACT are really looking forward to creating that culture with the Giants family and supporting grassroot initiatives on the ground.

“Obviously we’d like to have more games but there is a cost to that, we’re still excited to have the one game and look forward to the ANL draw being released in a couple of weeks.”

A Giants Netball spokesperson said Netball Australia was ultimately responsible for final scheduling decisions.

The governing body releasing a statement: “A number of factors are taken into account, including home and away team travel and production crew availability. We will continue to work with Giants Netball on more opportunities to showcase the game in Canberra.”

The Giants host Adelaide Thunderbirds in round nine on July 1 at 3pm.

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Gilchrist: Jason Behrendorff is Ashes ready if needed

Jason Behrendorff has launched his Ashes campaign with a stellar Twenty20 man-of-the-match performance against India and earned the backing of Australia’s greatest wicket-keeper.
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In just his second international Behrendorff opened the bowling and skittled the Indian top order on the sub-continent to claimed 4-21 and lead the Australia to victory on Wednesday.

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli was Behrendorff’s second scalp and Adam Gilchrist said the figures prove the 27-year-old is an international calibre player.

The performance has given Australia a shot at an upset series win and after they were comfortably beaten 4-1 in the one-day series which Behrendorff did not feature in.

James Pattinson was ruled out of the Ashes last week after re-aggravating a lower-back stress fracture which has opened the door for Australia’s second-tier fast bowlers.

“Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I’m sure all cricketers aspire to – I certainly do,” Behrendorff said.

“That’s something I’ll be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket.”

Gilchrist says the left-arm quick is ready for the Test arena and would deliver if called into the Australian squad this summer.

“Taking wickets for Australia in any international format is going to help the cause, that’s been the whole dialogue coming out of selectors mouths,” Gilchrist said.

“Weight of runs and wickets is what’s going to decide the Ashes team, I’m not sure Jason would expect to feature in the first Test but if an opportunity came up he’s more than capable of taking it.

“He certainly deserved his chance to play for Australia, whether that’s limited to T20 remains to be seen but he’d feel confident he could do the job in any format of the game.

“Whether he gets an opportunity elsewhere, we’ll see, but he’s earned his call up in T20, there’s nothing token about it, he’s a genuine player at that level.”

Behrendorff has taken 46 wickets at 18 in his past two Sheffield Shield seasons with Western Australia, which included a record 9-37 against champions Victoria in February.

The Canberra export has battled stress fractures in recent years but has enjoyed a nine-month injury-free spell to reach career-best form and Gilchrist believes he’ll only get better.

“Jason is still a year younger than when I made my Test debut so he’s got plenty of time but it’s not too soon either, I don’t see him as a rookie, he’s an experienced cricketer,” Gilchrist said.

“He’s had injuries and the great challenge of fast bowlers is just staying on the park, but with all those setbacks he’s learnt how to manage his body and work load.

“He’s a guy that really knows his game well and I’m confident he’d be able to get the best out of himself should an opportunity come up.”

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all on track to play the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 23.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was the leading wicket-taker in Australia’s one-day international series against India, while Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers are waiting in the wings alongside Behrendorff.

Gilchrist said players in the modern game can comfortably adapt between formats and backed Behrendorff to transition from T20 to Test cricket.

“When I was playing T20 cricket was just so new and so young in the history of the game that players were learning out how to play and adapt back to the longer formats,” Gilchrist said.

“But I think the players are much more aware of the requirements for transition nowadays and Jason has shown his value in all cricket.”

Behrendorff will play in the T20 series decider against India on Saturday and turn his attention to the first three Shield games leading up to the Ashes.

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Superjumbo makes incredible, swerving landing in strong winds

27TH NOVEMBER 2010. SHD NEWS. The first Qantas A380 Airbus leaves Sydney Airport after having it’s Rolls Royce Engines replaced following the grounding of the fleet after a mid air incident out of Singapore when an engine exploded. Photo Adam HollingworthAn incredible video of an Emirates A380 superjumbo landing in crosswinds has gone viral, clocking up 10 million views in less than a week.
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The flight, which touched down at Dusseldorf airport on a flight from Dubai last Thursday, was buffeted by winds as it came into land as major storms hit the country.

The action really starts after the A380 hits the tarmac, with the world’s largest commercial aircraft swerving violently as the pilots try to keep it aligned with the runway.

Anyone who has flown on an A380 superjumbo will have noticed it feels like the aircraft takes a long time to take off once it starts down the runway. And it’s true – an A380 requires a longer runway than many other aircraft.

Getting the right runway for the right aircraft is crucial. On January 21, 2017, a Tigerair A320 en route to Brisbane was taxiing for departure at Cairns Airport and lined up for takeoff via the wrong taxiway, B4 instead of B5. Since taxiway B4 is considerably further down the runway, a takeoff from there would have shortened the available runway by 410 metres. Before that could happen Cairns air traffic control spotted the mistake and sent the pilot to taxiway B5.

Different aircraft types have different power/weight ratios that determine how quickly they can become airborne, and how much runway they need. The takeoff runway length requirement for the Airbus A380-800 is 2900 metres. For a Boeing 747-8 the figure is 3050 metres. For a 777-200, it’s 2440 metres.

These are minimum requirements that apply to an aircraft at Maximum Certified Takeoff Weight (MTOW), taking off at sea level under ISA conditions, i.e. a temperature of 15 degrees, but there are several factors that determine when an aircraft achieves sufficient airspeed for takeoff, and therefore how much runway it needs. Even the same aircraft departing from the same airport on the same routing with an identical load will leave the runway at a different point on consecutive days.

As well as aircraft type, weight, wind strength and direction and altitude are factors that play into the runway length an aircraft needs for takeoff. Higher altitude equals less dense air, and therefore less lift and greater takeoff distance required.

According to the performance chart for the Boeing 737-800, at sea level under ISA conditions with a takeoff weight of 140,000lbs, the runway length requirement is 1510 metres. At an altitude of 1220 metres that same 737-800, requires 1830 metres. At 2440 metres that figure is 2470 metres. Denver International Airport’s 16R/34L runway measures 4877 metres, the longest commercial runway in North America. The airport’s altitude of 1665 metres is the reason why.

Temperature also comes into the equation. Hot air is less dense and this affects the output of the engines as well as the aircraft’s aerodynamic capabilities, increasing the required runway distance.

See also: Dreamliner’s incredible near-vertical take-off

For that reason runways at Middle Eastern airports need to be far longer than those in cooler climates. The longer of the two runways at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar’s capital, is 4850 metres. Dubai International Airport’s main runway is 4447 metres. The longest runway at London’s Heathrow is 3902 metres. The main runway at Melbourne’s Tullamarine is 3657 metres while the runway at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is relatively short at 3065 metres yet it’s used as an emergency landing runway for large aircraft on trans-Atlantic routes.

As temperatures spike with global warming, flight delays caused by high temperatures could become a more common feature of air travel. During the intense heatwave experienced in western states of the US over the summer of 2017, extreme temperatures made it difficult to generate the required lift for planes to take off, leading to flight delays.

As well as the individual factors that determine how much runway a specific aircraft needs under specific conditions there are overarching regulations governing the length of runway from which an aircraft type is authorised to operate. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) takeoff field length applies inherent safety features to account for engine failure at critical times during takeoff.

If an engine fails during the takeoff roll before or at the point where the aircraft reaches decision speed, known as V1, the pilot can continue the takeoff on the remaining engine or engines, or shut them down and apply full braking. In the first case the length of the runway must be sufficient for the aircraft to take off with one engine down from V1 and achieve an altitude of 11 metres before the end of the runway, or, in the second case, to come to a complete stop on the runway.

It’s surprising just how many runways and airports there are around the world capable of handling even the largest passenger aircraft. According to Airbus, the A380 lands regularly at more than 140 airports. Including diversionary airports, where the aircraft could land in case of an emergency, the total figure comes to more than 500.

A recent example happened at the end of September 2017 when an engine disintegrated on Air France A380 flying from Paris to Los Angeles. The pilot made an emergency landing at Goose Bay in Canada’s Newfoundland, which has a runway measuring 3368 metres, used in emergencies for trans-Atlantic flights. Goose Bay is a Canadian Forces Base that goes by the name of Happy Valley, a fact probably not lost on passengers and crew of the stricken Air France jet.

See also: Super flop: The era of the A380 may be over already

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Shock exit as Sophie’s Monkey business brings out the animal

Sophie Monk as a unicorn on The Bachelorette Australia. Photo: Supplied
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There’s a shock departure on this episode of The Bachelorette Australia, one that we, and most certainly he, did not see coming. But there’s lots of fun and games before the (semi-genuine?) heartbreak as the funniest show on television delivers a masterclass on turning idiocy into entertainment.

We open with a discussion of Jarrod’s seed, which appears to have been spilled, Onan-like, on barren ground. His potted love plant just won’t sprout and he suspects (rightly) foul play.

To rub salt in the wound, he reads out the single date card and it’s for that charming, seemingly likeable, not-obviously-psychologically-disturbed, pub-owning multi-millionaire blow-in Stu. Pretender.

“Stu could definitely be a threat,” Jarrod says in voiceover. Given the bunch of numbnuts he’s up against, I’d say the rest of them ought to just pack their bags and go home now.

Mack is fretting. He and Blake are the only ones who haven’t yet had a date, and what with all the other blokes here, “I can’t see my opportunity happening”. Aww. Poor little sad-sack Mack.

As he waits for Sophie to turn up, Stu reveals their fleeting pre-show history. They met a year ago, he invited her out on his boat, she didn’t go. Apparently, he’s been fretting ever since.

Going on The Bachelorette was his obvious next move (so much easier than texting or calling). “This may be the biggest gamble of my life,” he says. “But I’m here chasing happiness.”

Sophie turns up on a boat. A very big boat. Actually, let’s call it a small ocean liner. I’ll see your boat date, and I’ll raise you one.

They have a little getting-to-know-you chat. Turns out they’ve both got two sisters and a brother. OMG! And they’re each the second oldest. Double OMG!

They chat about their working lives, and they have so much in common it’s like they’re practically the same person.

It’s like looking into a mirror: Sophie Monk on her date with Stu Laundry. Photo: Ten

“I might work for six weeks or two months, and then I have the rest of the year off,” says Sophie, patron saint of the underemployed-and-overpaid everywhere.

“I’m very similar,” says Stu. “I try and do deals and I have a lot of time in between.”

They’re just a pair of regular working stiffs, and they are just sooooo made for each other. OMFG!

They see dolphins. The storm clouds are clearing. Could this date be going any better?

There’s a golf driving range on the front of the boat. Wait, is this Seinfeld? Is the aim to get the ball into the dolphins’ blowholes? No, there’s a small target bobbing around in the waves.

They make a wager – he’s got five shots at hitting it. The prize? “You get to kiss me,” she says. Game on.

Yacht golf: Stu takes a swing at impressing Sophie with his big aim. Photo: Ten

He shoots, he misses. “Ohh, that didn’t go in,” she mutters disappointedly. She is so clearly into him.

The second shot is long. “Too big,” says Stu.

“Better than too small,” says Sophie, queen of the double entendre.

The third shot falls short. “Come on,” Sophie urges, a hint of desperation in her voice. “Seriously.”

Shots four and five miss too. “Let’s high-five it anyway,” she says.

It’s couch time. “I wish I’d asked you out 12 months ago in a better way than I did,” Stu confesses. “It would have saved me a lot of heartache, because this is not the way I intended things to happen.”

He’s come on the show as a blocking move, he admits. “Through this experience, you would have ended up with someone else. I didn’t want that to happen.”

‘I am dead-set in’: Stu shoots for the star – in this case Sophie – on The Bachelorette Australia. Photo: Ten

But his intentions are honourable, he insists. He’s serious about this wooing business. “I’m here,” he says. “I dead-set am.”

She is so smitten that we might as well just fast forward to the final episode and roll the end credits now. Game over, manchilds in the Mansion. Get out of there so these two can set up home and move his kids in and they can convert the Playstation room to a nursery.

“When I met Stu a year ago, I really, really misjudged him,” she tells the camera. “I’m so happy that he took the chance and came here.”

She gives him a rose, and she gives him a kiss. Violins swell. Then he starts talking, mid-pash.

Shut up and just kiss me: Sophie and Stu got passionate despite his tendency to kiss-talk. Photo: Ten

“Can you not talk,” she says.

They go again, but just as he’s chowing down on a mouthful of Monk, he blurts out: “You look beautiful.”

“Oh shit,” she says, barely believing it. “You talk through kisses.”

Could this be the first male-female relationship ever to founder because the man communicated too much? Sheesh.

After the ad break it’s group date night at Chez Soph. “I thought we’d have the perfect night in,” she says as she greets her nine remaining boyfriends at the door. “I thought we could make Mexican, play games, and put on some onesies.”

The kids table: All for one and onesies for all on The Bachelorette Australia. Photo: Ten

Sophie claims she has more of these all-in-one animal costumes at home than she does shoes. I don’t even think she’s joking.

She’s dressed as a unicorn, which probably means she’s a replicant. Blake is an elephant, with a weird trunk-penis on his head, which probably means ??? well, you know what it means. “It suits him,” says Jarrod.

Much innuendo was made of Blake’s elephant trunk being on his head. Photo: Ten

Captain Serious heads into the kitchen to prepare dinner with AJ, the pro chef, while everyone else heads outside to drink and chat with Sophie. Once again Cap’n S has opted for duty rather than fun, and soldier boy wants a medal. If only Sophie would notice.

Outside, Sam wheels out his best old-codger voice in impersonation of 44-year-old Stu, and everyone has a right old chuckle. Except Jarrod, who is fuming. “Sophie wants to have an adult conversation,” he says. “How can she have an adult conversation with the kids on the couch?”

Can I just say if there is a sillier sight than an angry man in a giraffe onesie I have yet to see it.

One angry giraffe and 200 childish faces: Jarrod continues to fume on The Bachelorette Australia. Photo: Ten

Sophie arrives with a bowl full of questions. Goodie, a parlour game.

First question: who has the biggest crush on Sophie? Crowd-sourced answer: Mack.

Second question: Who is the biggest threat in this competition? Answer: Jarrod, Stu.

Third: Who feels they could have their heart broken? Answer: Everyone.

Fourth question: Who sabotaged Jarrod’s pot plant? Answer: Blake. Everyone knows it, Sam says it, but Blake keeps denying it.

I’ll piss on your plant again, I mean … what? Blake puts the blank into blanket denial. Photo: Ten

“I think these boys are missing the point,” says Stu of the spat between the grumpy giraffe and the elephant with a penis on his head. “I just don’t think it looks great.”

Now here’s Sophie with another game: she produces an artefact from the childhood years of each of her suitors. Yay. It’s regression therapy time!

James tears up at the sight of his first teddy bear, but can’t really say much about it, possibly because he has suddenly reverted to the language skills of a 12-month-old teddy-clutching bub.

Boys do cry: James and his bunny aren’t the only softies. Photo: Ten

James pees on the couch and smears carrot puree in his hair as Jarrod gets his gift – a scrap of his blanky. He’s so in touch with his infant side that he’d have plenty to say about blanky if only Blake – who is clearly drunk – didn’t keep butting in.

“Just shut up,” says Captain Serious. “Just shut up.”

The others get photos, drawings, sporting trophies. It’s all too much for Jarrod, who tears up and leaves the couch.

“I just need a minute,” he says, sobbing. The blanky reminds him of his grandparents, he tells Sophie. “They’re gone now. It’s sad.”

Who is being a giant child? Jarrod needs his blanky after Blake’s rebuke. Photo: Ten

Inside, Luke, the George Clooney look(un)alike, sums it up. “That, what you just saw with Jarrod, is the realest thing out of this whole experience.”

Really, thinks Blake, who simply looks baffled by it all. Emotion? Empathy? What are these strange concepts of which you speak?

Finally, it’s time for Sophie to have some special time with one of the chaps, and she picks her stalker.

“I am so excited,” Mack says to the camera. “Like, really excited. Chuffed. I’m bursting with excitement. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for.”

He’s practically hyperventilating. I swear, his leopard onesie is starting to moult with the stress of it all.

On the couch, Mack gushes all over the girl of his dreams. “I’m so chuffed that you asked me to come,” he says. Steady Tiger.

I like all of your traits if only I could remember what they were: Mack’s schoolyard crush worries Sophie. Photo: Ten

To the camera, he goes on and on about his decade-long crush. She’s gorgeous, she’s blonde, she’s tall, she’s “A-class celebrity”. She sounds like a poster on his teenage bedroom wall.

Confronted with all this unbridled fanboy creepiness, Sophie looks decidedly freaked out.

“Why do you like me,” she asks, and again he gushes all over her.

“Mack gives me so many compliments, it’s very flattering,” she says to camera. “But it’s a bit uncomfortable.” Hell, lady, you should try watching it.

“It’s hard for me,” Mack says, once again over-sharing. “It’s hard for me, with your presence and your beauty. I get over-excited.”

Does he even know what he’s saying? Surely not.

Easy, tiger: Sophie is searching for the stage exit. Photo: Ten

Sophie tells the camera it feels “like he won free tickets to get backstage to have a meet-and-greet with me rather than a date”.

He gushes some more about her many, many qualities – which basically boil down to “you’re beautiful” – and leaves feeling it all went very well indeed, thanks for asking.

It’s rose ceremony time, and Osher tells us two are going home. The gushing geezer is so gone.

Jarrod says, “I would die for a rose”, and I suspect he might kill for one too.

He gets one, and so does Apollo and even Blake, who has not yet had any alone time with Sophie, and finally it comes down to just three of them: Mack, Sam and Luke.

Two got sent home on The Bachelorette Australia. Photo: Ten

Mack is clearly gone, but given Sophie had a hot date with Luke Clooney on the beach and Uncle Sam still has a double delight rose up his sleeve, one of these boys is going to feel rather hard done by.

Sam survives.

“This is pretty tough,” Luke the George Clooney look(un)alike says to Sophie as he says goodbye. “I hope you find what you’re looking for.”

“A pleasure, an honour,” says Mack, and Sophie unexpectedly ushers him outside, where she tells him she’s really sorry.

Fan crush-ing: Sophie walks her biggest fan Mack to the door in a non-romantic gesture. Photo: Ten

The microphone doesn’t pick up the rest, but I’m pretty sure it goes something like this:

“I’m sorry Mack but I don’t feel that way about you. But my fan club is looking for a new secretary. Interested?”

He gushes tears of joy, and says yes. This has been the best night of his life.

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Sutherland to make debut for Victoria

Will Sutherland is making his debut for Victoria on Thursday, replacing Cameron White after earlier being called up to fill in for fellow teenager Will Pucovski in the Bushrangers’ JLT one-day series squad.
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As revealed by Fairfax Media on Wednesday night, the batting all-rounder, who made a half-century for Prahran in Premier Cricket on the weekend, joined the Bushrangers for their match against South Australia at North Sydney Oval on Thursday. He was included in the XI at the toss on Thursday morning, replacing injured veteran White, who is believed to have hurt his ribs in recent days.

Pucovski left the Victorian squad after suffering concussion symptoms after being hit on the helmet while batting during the Bushrangers’ match against Queensland on the weekend.

The young batsman has a history of concussion, most notably a heavy blow sustained during his Sheffield Shield debut against New South Wales this year.

Cross-code star Sutherland, who doesn’t turn 18 until later this month, chose to pursue a career in cricket midway through this year despite being considered a likely first-round pick in this year’s AFL draft after impressing for Scotch and for Vic Metro in the national under-18 championships during the year.

His decision was a subject of considerable attention given his father James is chief executive of Cricket Australia and mother Heidi is a director at AFL Victoria.

The Bushrangers are third on the one-day cup standings with 10points from four games. Following Thursday’s match, the Bushrangers face New South Wales on Sunday at North Sydney in what is their final preliminary round game. The top team qualifies automatically for the final, while the second and third place teams contest an elimination final, with the winner to take on the top side in Hobart on October 21.

Speaking last week about his call to pick cricket over football, Sutherland said the prospect of a switch down the track was not at the forefront of his mind.

“There’s definitely no plan B,” Sutherland said. “Because I’m giving it all to cricket in the next few years and I haven’t made the decision knowing that I can go back to footy. I made the decision because I love cricket and want to take that as far as I can.

“I think I’ve loved footy and cricket equally and looked forward to the upcoming season equally. Passion was the main driving force. And friendships in cricket. I’d been in that environment for a long time. Probably just got me over the line.”

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