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new canberra women's cycling team to compete in national road series

"the community has come together to support canberra women, and we'll move into men soon, to be able to create a proper pathway."they hit under-19 then can go on to under-23 and race fully supported in the national road series. there seems to be a bit of drop out at that level because of the expenses, so we want to support canberra riders and we have a good team to start the tour this weekend."chamberlain, 42, will join allison rice, 24, emma viotto, 36, ayla rudgley, 22, and lauren thomas, 17, for the the seven-leg nrs which starts in august."it’s a lot of money to support that number and get them there and fitted out properly and be competitive," chamberlain said."i’m hoping this will lift women's cycling and put us back in the spotlight. gracie elvin and chloe hosking, w...





spreading the benefits of the boom. where had i heard that before?

treasurer scott morrison has flagged tax cuts in the budget.photo: aapi had a sinking feeling in sydney’s four seasons hotel listening to treasurer scott morrison guarantee that he would be able to deliver permanent tax cuts and properly fund the national disability insurance scheme “in this year’s budget and beyond” without any longer needing an extra levy.i’d heard it before, more or less, in the great hall of parliament house in 2012. the speaker was wayne swan, morrison’s long-term labor predecessor, who after years of bad luck including the global financial crisis was finding revenue turning up.“i am proud to announce a new *spreading the benefits of the boom* package,” he told us. it was time to share the proceeds of the mining boom with families and businesses, and t...





debutants abound in round six teams

sydney b harry marsh, heath grundy, nick smithhb zak jones, dane rampe, robbie foxc jake lloyd, luke parker, callum millshf jarrad mcveigh, gary rohan, george hewettf tom papley, isaac heeney, oliver florentfol callum sinclair, kieren jack, josh p. kennedyi/c harry cunningham, will hayward, daniel robinson, ben ronkeemg aliir aliir, tom mccartin, nic newman, colin o'riordanin robbie fox, daniel robinson, ben ronkeout dan hannebery (injured), lance franklin (injured), dean towers (injured)new ben ronkenorth melbourne v port adelaideetihad stadium, saturday april 28, 2.10pm aestnorth melbourneb scott d. thompson, robbie tarrant, marley williamshb jamie macmillan, majak daw, ryan clarkec billy hartung, jed anderson, trent dumonthf shaun atley, jarrad waite, luke mcdonaldf jack ziebell, ben ...





rebels bring rain, now to break their own drought

the rebels face the cape town stormers at newlands rugby stadium on friday night as they find themselves in great need of a win.but the stormers “grow another leg” when playing at home, according to wessels, and he has primed his side to be ready for an onslaught of attacking play.the rebels have fallen three points behind new south wales waratahs on the australian conference table and would love to come home with a win heading into the pivotal month of may.“if we can play with similar intensity as we did in our game in pretoria and we have a little more luck in not losing important players at half-time and key things like that then will give ourselves a good shot,” wessels said.“it should be an attacking game. the stormers have the second most line breaks in the comp and we have...





mcgregor praises rep hopefuls, even if selection could decimate red v

come round 16 and a thursday night game against parramatta after origin ii, mcgregor could be forced to check on the physical and mental wellbeing of his five blues hopefuls, as well as hunt and possibly centre euan aitken, plus gareth widdop, james graham and jason nightingale, who are likely to play in the denver test the weekend before.hard man: jack de belin was 18th man for nsw last year, and could take the next step this season.photo: aapfrizell is an incumbent, de belin was 18th man last year, mcinnes is in the box seat to wear the no. 9, while sims and vaughan face stiff competition from other blues incumbents, including josh jackson, wade graham, jake trbojevic, aaron woods and david klemmer."as you know, individual players get rewarded when teams are winning, so we'll need to c...





texts from dr octopuss88 predicted downfall

"we have a massive problem."it was the afternoon of september 12, 2016, and roberto zalapa was expecting a package to be delivered to a home at adamstown heights, near newcastle.the 33-year-old was tracking 16 kilograms of cocaine, which was sent to the address from los angeles. personal trainer craig phelps, 31, of wamberal, was waiting outside with a fake id ready to collect the package.cocaine seized as part of the investigation. photo: afpthe men did not know the shipment had been intercepted by australian federal police, who swapped the cocaine worth $3.8 million for an "inert substance" and were ready to pounce once the package was delivered.more than a week earlier, police had arrested another man involved in the importation, bennet schwartz, and had used his blackberry to mess...





the canberra times editorial cartoonist's latest work

97/98the canberra times editorial cartoon, november 14, 2017. pauline hanson, one nation, fraser anningphoto: david pope





digging up bodies from queen vic graves among lord mayoral promises

he said that if he won he would promote excavation of the grave sites first set aside in 1837 for a cemetery and divided into five sections – presbyterian, catholic, jewish, wesleyan and aboriginal.the cemetery was closed in 1853, when it was declared too close to central melbourne.mr morgan said the idea to excavate the bodies was to allow parking now above ground to instead be put beneath the surface.“there would be a park on the top; dig a decent hole, put parking underground, remove the bodies, the people of melbourne would like it.”six hopefuls to replace lord mayor robert doyle, who quit in february, attended the forum.greens candidate rohan leppert pledged to dump the chauffeur service mr doyle had kept since his election in 2008 – at a cost to ratepayers of more than $100,0...





rawiller could face jail time after racing ban

the difference in the rawiller case was that it was the honk kong jockey club that uncovered the suspicious betting patterns after months investigation.“people should know we have an extremely vigorous system and that we can uncover things that perhaps others can’t [see],” hkjc chief executive winfried engelbrecht-bresges told the south china morning post.“we monitor markets, both legal and illegal, in hong kong and around the world, and we have a dedicated team that does that.“we can use the data we find to be more specific in investigations and we identified this as a significant case.“the analysis we do of markets, both legal and those overseas, helped us identify a pattern. we had sufficient evidence we could start the investigation.”rawiller was running third in the hong...





'contemptuous' powerhouse business case remains shrouded in secrecy

the berejiklian government has evaded a parliamentary order requiring it to produce the business case that justifies the relocation of the powerhouse museum to parramatta.coalition backbencher matthew mason-cox risked suspension from the liberal party room to cross the floor of the upper house in support of a greens' motion to have the critical set of documents released within 14 days.the powerhouse museum in ultimo. photo: louise kennerleyat the close of business on thursday night, the secretary of the premier and cabinet, tim reardon, asserted to the parliament that no documents covered by the resolution were held by the office of the premier, the office of the minister for arts, department of planning and environment, including create nsw, and infrastructure nsw.this seems at odds w...





healthscope gives $4.11 billion bid a cool reception

in a statement to the asx, healthscope described the bid as "unsolicited and conditional" noting that the bid was subject to due diligence, debt financing, foreign investment regulator approvals and each member of the consortium gaining internal approvals.loading"the healthscope board has commenced an assessment of the proposal," the company said in a statement.the indicative price of the offer would be reduced if dividends or other distributions were paid, it added.neither healthscope, the consortium or australiansuper was prepared to comment on thursday.healthscope has been under pressure as private insurers have sought to cut costs and have pushed hospitals to reduce charges and increasingly used public hospitals as a cheaper option.at the same time, consumers are dropping out of th...





myer and djs falling sales hit retail landlords

for the 12 months to march 31, department store sales for scentre were down 3.6 per cent.loadingthis, according to retail analysts, will put further pressure on both the stores and landlords to review rents.commsec chief economist craig james said ''consumers remain in the ascendancy over retailers in the low inflation environment''.fuelling the woes for the retail sector, in general, has also been the unseasonably warm weather across most parts of the country. this has prompted a fresh round of discounting by stores - even before the traditional mid-year sales - to clear out autumn clothing to make way for winter woolies.some chains are offering as much as 30 per cent off already discounted items, with others offering free clothes with some purchases.because of their size, department...





koch kicks an 'own goal' on powell-pepper case

in his statement to triple m, koch also made this comment, which borders on outrageous: “my biggest issue was they are railroading a kid and trying to re-build their reputation with women because of the misdemeanours of their own former executives.’’koch was referring to the office affairs that led to the resignations of simon lethlean and richard simkiss last year. clearly, the afl’s internal problems of 2017 have zero connection with allegations against a drunken player by a woman at a nightclub. one can only assume koch’s comment was calculated to gain the maximum attention.powell-pepper in action during round three, hours before the incident.photo: aapport had pushed back hard against the afl in the days before the deal was struck. unlike a few other clubs that have taken on ...





mcc increases crowd forecast after pies win

collingwood’s spike in form has led a to significant boost in the melbourne cricket club’s estimated crowd for sunday’s clash between the magpies and richmond at the mcg.the mcc had tipped a crowd of 71,000 for the game, but upped that number to 78,000 on thursday.the increased estimate follows the pies’ 49-point win over essendon at the mcg on anzac day before a crowd of 91,440. the victory was collingwood’s third on the the trot, with nathan buckley’s side starting to hit their straps ahead of the meeting with the reigning premiers.the tigers are themselves enjoying a purple patch. their win over melbourne on tuesday night in front of 77,071 at the mcg was also richmond’s third win in the succession, and 11th straight win at the venue. it also moved the tigers to the top of...





is trent barrett strong enough to coach manly?

instead, a handful of players were trotted out as part of their weekly media commitments, deflecting questions about the amateur way their club is going about their business.winger aku uate took his frustration out on the media. it’s understandable even if it was misguided.“man, the main thing for me is that you guys can actually help us by being positive,” he told reporters. “i feel for chez [captain daly cherry-evans]. he’s got three beautiful girls to go home to every afternoon, every day, and he comes in and rips in at training. he’s done nothing wrong.”really?is this the same cherry-evans — the captain who is on an eight-year, $10 million mega deal that ultimately caused the club to be sanctioned for busting the salary cap — who patronises a gladstone strip club aga...





hayne plane stocks plummet while grounded with hip injury

it is understood the kind of money hayne could command now would be closer to $300,000 a season, especially with clubs keen to splurge most of their cash on key positions like the halves, hookers and fullbacks."we're only seven rounds in, i've played two-and-a-half games, we're not even mid-year, so there's plenty of footy left,'' hayne said."i'm not thinking about it. my thoughts are about getting back on the field and we'll see how it all pans out.''when asked if he was worried rival clubs might be turned away by his recent injuries and age, hayne said: "you'll have to ask other clubs. my focus is getting the body right and let the rest look after itself."i'm just doing me, staying in my lane, and whatever happens, happens.''pressed on getting back to his best, hayne sa...





best of the world in photos

updated26 april 2018 — 8:04pmfirst published 19 january 2018 — 12:01am





tennis corruption interim report finds 'lamentably fertile breeding ground for breaches of integrity'

many of the proposed changes have been carried out in some form over the past two years, with tennis already pulling back from several major betting sponsorships.the australian open has a deal with betting company william hill and introduced courtside advertising at melbourne park’s three major arenas for the 2016 tournament. but in the wake of the sport’s match fixing crisis, organisers stepped back from that arrangement the following year.then tennis australia president steve healy said at the time: "the arrangements that were struck with william hill before this issue had such a high profile and so we’ve worked with our partners to address that."australian tennis has been closely affected by the scourge of corruption in the sport’s lower tiers. in one case, former australian o...





best of fairfax cartoons april 27, 2018

best of fairfax cartoons april 27, 2018openmenuthe sydney morning heraldsubscribeadvertisement12 imagesfairfax media's talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. 26 april 2018 — 8:16pm1/12matt golding2/12matt golding 3/12matt golding 4/12matt goldingadvertisement5/12matt golding 6/12andrew dyson 7/12simon letch 8/12jim pavlidis 9/12cathy wilcox10/12cathy wilcox11/12david rowe12/12oslo davis





medicare levy reprieve raises more questions than it answers

his critics in the alp and on the crossbenches were quick to suggest another option; dropping the billions of dollars in corporate tax cuts the coalition seemed hellbent on ramming through."why," people were asking, "do we have to come up with extra cash to bail out the ndis at the same time the government is giving big business a massive free kick?"considering the proposed reduction in the corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent by 2026-2027 would have cost the budget $65 billion, this was a good question.the explosive revelations that have been coming out of the banking royal commission in recent weeks haven't helped. most australians would prefer to kiss a snake than sit down to lunch with a senior banking executive and promises of an economic recovery built on the "tri...