Stunning duo earn win

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Stunning is a word that best describes the performance by Jim Meldrum and Leo Hauville to be outright winners of the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club 2BBB Stableford event played on Tuesday last.

Their astonishing effort in compiling no fewer than 40 points to outscore 33 other rival members becomes even more awesome as both good blokes hold the honour (so to speak) as the Club’s highestmarkers.

In fact their respective high-in-the-30’s individual handicaps does indicate they do not make many visits to the winner’s dais. But they are triers to the limit.

With 40 points to their names in the game where the best score is carded at each of the 14 holes contested, it would be reckoned either Jim or Leo would figure as a B-grade winner.

But neither made it a double on the day, in fact Leo did score 31 points and will drop a stroke, whilseJim was accredited with five less and maybe get a stroke back (so to speak).

Seven days prior Jim was awarded his grade’s Monthly Medal so it has been back to back successes for him. Last week it was $20 the week prior just a much valued token.

And of course his medal win has him amongst those previous qualifiers going for that prestigious Gold Medal in a few weeks time. You have to be in it to win it, eh!

Now, Bob Kingdon, in again from that beaut seaside village of Crescent Head, topped the A-grade listing with a bold 36-point round.

In B-grade it was none other than Dick Smith on top with 33 points, a fine effort when one considers he did lose two balls along the way.

It is hard to fathom that Kingdon’s partner, Milton Riggs, accounted for 28 points of their eventual 39 points all up. Must plan your attack a little better one suggests.

Also just the lone point from being the best was the Aldavilla connection of Michael Brady and Max Gleeson.

Nearest the pin at the third hole once again was taken by David Tolman, but this time he was an A-grade contstant, while the lesserlight Allen Doyle was right on target, too.

Great work by Riggs (he’s 90 you know) to claim the honour on a solo basis at the tougher eighth hole. Milton just continues to amaze!

Chip-ins were recorded by Alan Macdonald, Des O’Brien, Kingdon and Smith.

President Alan (Macdonald) told a short story of the new Srixon balls prior to presentation and informed fellow members that the Annual General Meeting was just three weeks away.

The boss urged anyone to nominate for the various official positions and also gave notice that the annual Christmas Dinner Party is scheduled for Tuesday, 13th December.

It is no secret that maybe, just maybe, a ukulele solo performance will be enjoyed during this function. What tune will it be is the secret.

Although still sidelined by his doctor’s orders, our Captain Robert (Dykes) had plenty to say and he notified all of today’s Hermiston-Fleming Memorial Shield Single Stableford.

It is only the second staging of this special event that lets us remember Charlie and Paul, two good blokes who left us in December of 2014.

Michael Brady’s name is adorned on the trophy.

An improvedfield of 35 contested last week’s competition andhopefully it is increased at the 9.30am tee-off today as the recent drop off has been worrying.

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Port Neill wins over Lock

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Port Neill and Lock

LOCK won the toss and chose to bat. It was set to be a high pressure game between the two winless sides.

A sharpcatch from A. Masters in slip, off of Davey bowling, saw T. Reynolds back in the shed for one.

This got the home side off to a good start.

Lock was unable to get on top of the bowling from then on.

With the score on 34, Alex Rattery and D.Hannemanncombined to send Ty Habner on his way for eight.

One run later Justin Beard was also dismissed, falling to a catch by Cooper Llewelyn off Cort Duncan`s bowling.

This saw Lock sitting at 3/35.

Siebert and Guy Morton then tried to steady the ship with a stand of 41, but then three middle order wickets fell without addition to the score.

Morton fall to some good bowling from T. Masters.

R. Siebert fell straight after drinks as did T. Polkinghorne taking Lock from 4/76 to 6/76.

Then Lock youngsters got them to 109, with Duncan and Davey taking three wickets each.

Davey and B. Hannemannopened for Port Neill and needed to chase down 109 runs.

Davey didn’t waste time and hit 27 until an ‘on fire’ Beard bowled him.

Four more runs and A. Masters was on his way, trapped in front by Ryan Siebert for a duck.

Two more wickets fell with the total on 44, Beard did the damage with the ball, bowling both D.Hannemannand Solly.

D. Lienert was made aware of the ‘on point’ Siebert, and decided toslog across the line, giving Siebert his second golden duck from his three innings of the season.

This left the game on a knifes edge at 6/70.

N. Hannemann joined his brother at the crease, who was holding up the ship.

N. Hannemann wanted a quick run which lefthis brotherrun out in the 24th over by Wright, for the best knock for Port Neill of 29.

All that was left for Port Neill to take the win was three runs.

N. Hannemann and C. Duncan got Port Neill over the line for Port Neill’s first win ofthe season.

Siebert and Beard got three wickets each.

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Port Neilland Lock

Port Neill also took the points in the colts.

Aaron Siebert top scored for Lock with 25 andthen retired.

Port Neill`s openers gave the sidea solid start with K. Goldsworthy-Spiers making 22.

Cooper Llewelyn retired on 25.

The team batted on to make 162 in reply to Lock’s score of 101.

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International stage for young Lake athletes

Have you ever been to Kaunas, in Lithuania?
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Chances are you haven’t, as this charming European city is not frequently visited by Australians.

But, that is where the Lake Macquarie team for the International Children’s Games (ICG) will be going next year.

One of the great things about the ICG is that it takes place in some really interesting locations around the world.

Unlike the Olympic Games, this annual international gathering of young sportspeople is not confined to capital cities – indeed, Lake Macquarie hosted it in 2014.

Neither is the ICG restricted to elite athletes.

The emphasis is on participation, which makes it a fantastic platform for emerging athletes who want to gain international experience and push their performances to the next level.

Lake Macquarie City Council and the Hunter Academy of Sport have called for nominations for the city’s 2017 team in five sports.

The city will be sending representatives in swimming, athletics (track and field), sailing (Optimist and Laser 4.7 classes), basketball (three-on-three) and football (six-a-side).

The Games are open to children who will be aged from 12 to 15 on December 31, 2017, who live in or attend school in the Lake Macquarie local government area.

Nominations are open until December 19 and you can find more information on the website of the Hunter Academy of Sport, which will manage the team.

I look forward to supporting the the 2017 team for Kaunas and encourage eligible young sportspeople to take advantage of this opportunity and put their names forward.

Lake Macquarie has a long association with children’s games, which is the largest multi-sport youth event in the world and sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.

Past competitors from Lake Macquarie speak in glowing terms about the experience of representing their city and country, living in the athletes’ village and mixing with children from other countries.

The ICG offers a unique chance for young athletes to make new friends and, through their shared love for sport, develop an understanding of and respect for people from other cultures.

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Katy Perry donates $13k to Planned Parenthood in wake of Trump election win

Katy Perry with Hillary Clinton last week. Photo: Daniel AckerIn the midst of anti-Trump protests, people who support the reproductive rights of women have started making donations to the cause, including pop star Katy Perry.
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Perry, the daughter of two Protestant Christian pastors, donated $A13,000 last weekend to Planned Parenthood – a nonprofit organisation that provides reproductive health services for women, including affordable birth control and access to safe, legal abortion.

Other women have started donating to the organisation, which Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States promised during his campaign he would stop funding.   It’s time to turn words into action❗️There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organisations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it’s like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California. I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally. Go to: https://南京夜网,plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgobackA photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Nov 11, 2016 at 5:19pm PST

Perry, one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters, said Planned Parenthood had helped provide the sexual education that her “sheltered upbringing” had not provided.

“I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing,” she wrote.

“I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family … Without this education, I may have had a different life path.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the man spearheading the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. The governor of Indiana and staunch evangelical Christian is a strong anti-abortion advocate and in 2007 he sponsored an amendment to block funding to the organisation.

“He continued to introduce similar legislation until 2011, when the House of Representatives passed a bill blocking federal funds for the organisation. (The bill later failed in the Senate.) Under his time as governor of Indiana, he passed severely restrictive laws regulating access to abortion in the state, and he slashed state funding to Planned Parenthood in particular. This led to five Planned Parenthood clinics shutting down; these closures were later tied to a HIV outbreak in one of the counties where a clinic was forced to shut its doors,” Bustle explains.

Women who want to send Trump, who once described breastfeeding as “disgusting”, and Pence a strong protest message have also started donating to Planned Parenthood … in Pence’s name.   Done and done @ppactA photo posted by @amyschumer on Nov 12, 2016 at 11:39am PST

Amy Schumer isn’t the only one: Just donated to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name, it’s easy & a certificate will be sent to his office: pic.twitter南京夜网/GJx3GdyBZl— Gabrielle Moss (@Gaby_Moss) November 12, 2016some friends of mine are donating to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s honor, so he gets a letter every time they do it— V.V. Ganeshananthan (@V_V_G) November 11, [email protected]_pence I just gave Planned Parenthood $2,000 in your name and that’s just the fucking beginning.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) November 12, 2016

As well as donations, others are encouraging women to get long-acting contraceptives like IUDs immediately, in case of Planned Parenthoods closures or cutbacks. GET AN IUD TOMORROW— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) November 9, 2016Making an appointment to get a 10 year IUD this week cause who knows what’s going to happen to my reproductive rights :-)— Katherine Williams (@Kate_williams12) November 9, 2016That’s where #IUDs will be useful as they last longer than a #USPresident term! Worried about #WomensHealth in US 🙁 https://t.co/uip01qUhHc— Alex Perera (@AlexGlobalNut) November 13, 2016

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement after Trump’s win: “There are almost no words to capture the threat that this election result poses to our democracy, to our economic security, to access to reproductive healthcare and most especially to the safety and dignity of people of colour.”

While the future of the organisation stands in limbo, its message on Twitter was powerful and simple: “These doors stay open.”

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‘Don’t agonise, organise’: Lena Dunham’s call to action after Trump’s win

Lena Dunham speaks to a crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in January. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty The Lenny Interview: Lena Dunham interviewed Hillary Clinton in September 2015. Photo: Lenny Letters/ Youtube
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After actively campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the US election, actress Lena Dunham has penned an essay, urging people not to agonise, but organise, saying now is not the time for minorities to understand the mindset of Donald Trump voters.

The creator and star of the HBO series Girls, who labelled a Trump victory “unconscionable” during the “Emergency Election Edition” of her podcast Women of the Hour last week, has taken to her corresponding site, Lenny Letter, to reflect on her year and a half of campaigning and to lament Clinton’s loss, before delivering a striking call to action.

“As horrifying as I found Donald Trump’s rhetoric, as hideous as I found his racism and xenophobia, as threatening to basic decency as I found his demagogue persona, I never truly believed he could win,” Dunham penned.

Reflecting on the campaign’s culmination of her experience and built friendships, Dunham pointed out that being a staunch supporter of Clinton subjected her and others to vitriol and threats online.

“We wanted a female president. We wanted guaranteed control over our own bodies. We wanted equal pay. That made us nasty. That made us targets,” she wrote.

“Now, more than ever, our power is in numbers and in our refusal to accept the idea that our leaders intrinsically know what’s best for us, better than the people we meet every day.”

She continues by detailing the “worrying” behaviour she witnessed in the days after the election including, “watching a little girl cry, wondering if her mother would be deported” and listening to an African-American reporter ask “how to explain to his sons, ‘You tell them, over and over again, not to be a bully or a bigot, to respect women, to be kind, that’s how you get ahead. And now a bully is the president. How do you explain that?”‘

“In this new reality, we have all been radicalised. It’s no longer a word for those living on the fringes. It’s a word for everyone who walks in pain with the results of this election, who feels their identity being crushed under the weight of the half of the country who voted for a man who denounces and denies the basic rights of women, the queer community, immigrants, Muslims, people of colour and the differently abled. We’ve been radicalised and therefore we’ve been deputised to do our parts.

“What that means will become clearer over the coming months, and we will all have to use the tools we have to speak for ourselves, but moreover speak for the voiceless, the people who can’t demand change for fear of very real and violent losses. Those who are gagged by the system Donald Trump proposes.”   Like so many of you I have been gutted, breath taken in the worst way, by the results of this week’s election- a sadness like a death or a separation, crushing and fresh every hour. But in the words of the immortal Flo Kennedy we most organize, not agonise. My thoughts up now on @lennyletter- link in bio. AND: if you wonder why comments are disabled on this post? I refuse to take any more verbal abuse, threats of violence, taunts, jabs at my body, my family, my humanity. I refuse not just for me but for all of us. Across many intersections, we are done. There is no space left- the caverns of begrudging acceptance have been emptied and filled with fight. Just like she would want. Just like all the those who have fought for us would demand.A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Nov 11, 2016 at 8:59am PST

Dunham borrowed the concept of “don’t agonise, organise” from championed African-American activist, feminist and lawyer, Florynce Kennedy, proving the fight for change is just as important now as it has been over previous decades. Using similar quotes from various influential women throughout the essay, including Clinton herself, Dunham noted the power of millennials rejecting Trump and where she sees the movement moving forward.

“Our generation says no, as do first-time voters, to what this man and his presidency represent. We reject, wholesale, his brand — any brand — of hatred and bigotry. We are the generation with the strongest and most vast understanding of identity politics yet. We recognise intersections and contradictions and want to make room for them in people and in government. Our hearts are open, but our resolve is strong. We want to create a different kind of America than has ever existed. America will not be great until it fulfils its promise of liberty and justice for all.”

After thanking Clinton for her campaign and 30 years of political service, Dunham concluded the letter with a strong call to action, saying that the work isn’t complete, “it is only the beginning”.

“Thank you, Hillary, for bravely taking every shot and standing tall, for weathering assaults from every direction, for telling us that no, this wasn’t politics as we know it. Thank you for showing our daughters something beautiful to aspire to. Thank you for reminding us what we are capable of when we are focused and ferocious. Thank you for 30 years of that. Thank you for not abandoning us now,” she wrote.

“We will stun ourselves with what we are capable of. We will laugh with surprise like kids who finally threw a punch back at the schoolyard bully. We will watch our friends in awe as they step forward and demand more, as they recognise and wield their politicised identities. We will not be governed by fear. We will show our children a different way. We will go home like shooting stars.”

Dunham also took to Instagram after being criticised for her comments on plans to leave America if Trump claimed victory.

She wrote: “And for those demanding I move to Canada based on something I said when this man seem like a steak salesman with a long shot at the presidency: stay busy revelling in your new regime. I will go many places during my lifetime, surrounded by kindreds on a mission to spread justice and light.”   And for those demanding I move to Canada based on something I said when this man seemed like a steak salesman with a long shot at the presidency: stay busy reveling in your new regime. I will go many places during my lifetime, surrounded by kindreds on a mission to spread justice and light. I can’t wait for all of of this, and for the change to come, as we use what we’ve been given to protect those who can’t protect themselves. What are you living for?A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Nov 11, 2016 at 9:03am PST

Her words echo other celebrities that have spoken out against the election result. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence wrote an impassioned essay calling supporters not be be afraid but to “be loud” and Amy Schumer lambasted Trump supporters, labelling them “kicking and screaming babies.”

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Crown Resorts says China releases one of 18 detained casino employees

Crown’s Shanghai-based administration assistant Jiang “Jenny” Ling and her husband, American expatriate Jeff Sikkema. Photo: SuppliedBeijing: One of 18 Crown Resorts employees detained a month ago in China has been released on bail, suggesting authorities have concluded their preliminary investigations and could soon move to formally arrest and then charge those remaining in custody.
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Chinese national Jiang Ling, a Shanghai-based administrative employee for Crown, was released on bail on Thursday.

Crown confirmed a “junior” Chinese employee had been freed on bail, but did not provide a name or other details. The gaming group declined to comment on whether it expected any of its other staff to be released or charged in the coming days.

Neither Ms Jiang, who also goes by the name Jenny, nor her husband, American expatriate Jeff Sikkema, could be reached over the weekend. In China, it is not uncommon for police to warn against making public comment about an ongoing investigation or trial as a condition of bail.

Mr Sikkema has argued that Ms Jiang’s responsibilities did not extend beyond organising Australian visas for Crown’s Chinese customers and that she was not involved in any sales or marketing.

The news of Ms Jiang’s bail was received with surprise by relatives of other detained employees, who have also been unable to contact the pair.

While glad for Ms Jiang, any elevated hopes of their own loved ones being bailed in similar circumstances were fading as the clock ticked down to the 37-day deadline next week, the maximum period Chinese police can hold criminal suspects without formal arrest, which almost always leads to charges being laid.

It is possible more employees could be released before then, but family members acknowledged it would have been more likely that police would release those it intended to at the same time.

“There’s no news,” said one family member of another Chinese Crown employee who declined to be named.

“There’s not much we can do other than wait.”

Standard procedure dictates that police obtain approval from court prosecutors to formally arrest within 37 days of detention based on preliminary evidence. Further investigation will then be carried before charges are formally made and the case handed over for prosecution, a process that could drag on for months.

Three Australians are among the 17 Crown employees remaining in detention in China after a series of coordinated police raids on October 14 and 15.

They include Jason O’Connor, the head of Crown’s international VIP program, Jerry Xuan and Pan Dan. A fourth Australian, who is not a Crown employee and who has not been named, is understood to be among a number of “junket” operators who recommend gamblers to Crown detained in connection with the case.

At least some of the junket operators were also due for release, The Australian newspaper reported, including Chinese nationals Tian Di and Ou Hui, who is also known as Johnny. Both men are understood to have links to the Melbourne-based “China City” junket.

The Crown employees have been detained on suspicion of “gambling crimes”, and it is illegal to promote or organise gambling activities on the mainland. It also comes amid a broader anti-corruption blitz targeting money laundering and illicit money transfers offshore.

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Daily World Dispatch – the season of ‘truthiness’

How do we know what we know? In the wake of Donald Trump’s US election victory, journalists and pollsters around the world are asking this question.
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We judge people by what they say they will do. In Trump’s case, that is a variable. We also look at data. The data tells us that Trump’s victory was not a “landslide”, so the idea that anyone who opposed him is discredited electorally or in terms of the positions they hold does not follow.

What’s more, there are still facts. If those protesting against Trump’s election are not paid to do so, then calling them “professional protesters” is a travesty. And such lies have consequences.

When the government of Myanmar treats everyone in its province of Rakhine as a separatist militant, or the Syrian regime dismisses those who oppose it as “terrorists”, the same sins of commission and omission are perpetrated.

And, it should be said, that when people are called “deplorables” that is also a travesty.

But when someone asks a tough question and is dismissed by saying “she had blood coming out of her eyes . . . out of her wherever”, then the media is also obliged to call that what it is. “Deplorable” is one word for it.

As the far right continues its march in France, the challenge will certainly be to bring the narrative of those voting for Marine Le Pen to our audiences – but also to make it clear when that narrative deviates not only from facts but also from the basic decency which every member of society is entitled to expect.

A tough task, but still a worthwhile and exciting one.

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Emirates airline to only fly Airbus A380s, Boeing 777s after retiring older planes

Emirates is the largest customer for the Airbus A380.Emirates has become the first airline in the world to only operate Airbus A380 superjumbos and long-range Boeing 777s in its passenger fleet.
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The Middle East carrier recently retired its last remaining Airbus A330 and A340 planes from active service.

Emirates retired its last A330, registered A6-EAK after 14 years of service. The plane flew more than 60,000 hours and 45 million kilometres during that time.

Emirates’ A380s and 777s are relatively new planes with similar interiors, both feature a 3-4-3 layout in economy class. This means passengers on the narrower 777s get one inch (2.54 centimetres) less width for their seats. Seat pitch (legroom) varies from 32 inches to 34 inches on both aircraft types, depending on the location of the seat.

See: Airline review – Emirates A380 economy class

The airline recently announced it would start flying the world’s shortest A380 route from December, a 379-kilometre hop from Dubai to Doha, Qatar. The A380’s maximum range is more than 15,000 kilometres.

Emirates is the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft with 85 Airbus A380s and 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet. The airline has 150 orders on its books for the new Boeing 777X aircraft. It’s is due to take delivery of its first 777X in 2020.

The new version of the 777 is designed to compete with Airbus’ A350. Boeing says the plane will be the largest and most efficient twin engine jet in the world. The interiors will feature some elements taken from the company’s 787 Dreamliners, including larger windows and mood lighting.

Emirates has grown rapidly over the past decade and in 2016 alone has taken delivery of 36 new aircraft – 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777. However, the election of Donald Trump in the US may curb the carrier’s ambitions in North America.

The US aviation industry has been lobbying the federal government for some time about the influx of Middle-Eastern carriers – specifically Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – into the American market. The industry argues these carriers receive billions in unfair subsidies from their respective governments.

See also: Direct Australia-London flights are just around the corner

See also: Cathay Pacific’s last 747 jumbo jet makes final flight

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IVF clinics caught making false and misleading claims about success rates

Some of Australia’s leading IVF clinics have been caught advertising false or misleading information about their success rates in what the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has described as a “race to the bottom” targeting vulnerable people.
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On Monday, the ACCC said “several major IVF clinics” and some smaller ones had been asked to change claims on their websites following an investigation into the increasingly competitive and profitable industry.

The ACCC refused to name the IVF clinics but Commissioner Sarah Court said a significant number had been notified of potentially illegal behaviour, and that patients had reported some doctors for making misleading claims about their chances of success during consultations.

“In a market like this, what you can often see is … a bit of a race to the bottom where one firm starts doing it and another copies it,” she said.

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Ms Court said the ACCC reviewed the websites of Australia’s 34 IVF providers and found that some were making success rate comparisons without adequate disclosure about, or qualification of, the nature of the data used to make the claims.

She said some IVF clinics had been advertising success rates of up to 90 per cent within two cycles for women in their 30s based on their own in-house data, looking at people who had never tried treatment before. The data excluded clients who had unsuccessful cycles or who had moved clinics after failed attempts, skewing the results.

Ms Court (above) said some clinics were also using technical terms that could be misleading to consumers without further clarification or explanation. For example, she said some IVF clinics were using data on the creation of embryos in laboratories and ‘clinical pregnancies’ as success rates, rather than live birth rates.

This is despite data showing not all embryos result in pregnancies and about one in four pregnancies ends with a miscarriage. In some cases these success rate claims were accompanied by photographs of newborn babies – a decision the ACCC said was likely to be misleading.

Ms Court said given many people paying for IVF were vulnerable and desperate to have a baby, it was “particularly egregious” behaviour. However, she said because the conduct was widespread throughout the industry, the ACCC had made a strategic decision to work with providers and fire a “warning shot”, rather than enter years of legal action that might delay more honest behaviour.

“We feel like they’re squarely on notice,” Ms Court said.

A spokeswoman for Genea, one of the largest IVF providers in Australia, said it had made “small changes” to the way it illustrates its success rates on its website this year. However, she said it was not in response to the ACCC investigation, but rather “anticipation of the development of an agreed set of reporting standards”.

Thousands of Australians are paying about $5000 in out of pocket fees for single IVF cycles each year without any independent data on clinics’ success rates to help them choose a provider. Data which does not name individual clinics shows the live birth rate resulting from IVF treatment varies wildly across clinics, ranging from 4 per cent to 31 per cent.

President of the Fertility Society of Australia Professor Michael Chapman welcomed the ACCC’s warnings and said some advertising was making IVF clinics and their staff look like “used car salesmen”.

He said a new code of conduct being developed by the Fertility Society of Australia would recommend clinics only publish live birth rates per embryo transfer and cumulative pregnancy rates over time for people according to how many cycles they undertake.

Professor Chapman said the code would also recommend clinics not advertise “breakthroughs” without peer-reviewed research. He said patients should ask fertility specialists about their individual chance of success based on their age, weight, and other circumstances.

While some countries have introduced league tables for IVF success rates, Professor Chapman opposed them because they could induce clinics to reject unfavourable patients, or transfer multiple embryos to improve success rates even though the practice increases the chance of higher risk pregnancies.

Ms Court said the ACCC would continue to monitor IVF providers and prosecute them if they flout the law. Penalties for false, misleading and deceptive conduct include fines of up to $1.1 million.

She said people concerned about being misled by success rate claims could make complaints to their clinics, which may offer refunds. People can also complain to health regulators, including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Medical Board of Australia.

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Newcastle Jets: Dan Mullen’s dad helps recruit A-League defender Iain Fyfe I photos

Mullen’s dad helps recruit Jets defender I photos Iain Fyfe at his first Jets training run.
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Iain Fyfe at his first Jets training run.

Iain Fyfe at his first Jets training run.

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Iain Fyfe at his first Jets training run.

Goalkeeper Pierce Clark

Goalkeeper Pierce Clark

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TweetFacebook Jets training, Monday morningPictures: Marina NeilDaniel Mullen’s father helped the Newcastle Jets recruit veteran Iain Fyfe as a replacement for his injured son.

Fyfe joined the squad at training on Monday after agreeing to join Newcastle for at least six weeks as the club struggles with a cripplinginjury toll.

The 34-year-old former Sydney FC and Adelaide United centre back has played the past three seasons under Joe Mullen at South Australian Premier League club Campbelltown City.

And Jets coach Mark Jones said on Monday that Mullen senior had not hesitated inrecommending Fyfe after captain Nigel Boogaard limped off with an ankle injury against Melbourne City, becoming the fifth central defender on the club’s injury list.

“I spoke to everyone at Campbelltown, and obviously spoke to Dan’s dad, and he was very glowing in the praise of Fyfey, and he’s a good footballer, a good lad and a good communicator,” Jones said after watching the 2006 grand final winner at training.

“I thought he did well. He gives us experience. He’s been playing with Campbelltown in the South Australian NPL and did well. They won the grand final there, and he’s a decent player, good background, he’s played at the highest level, and hopefully he’ll be good for us.”

Fyfe has not played since Campbelltown won the SAPL grand final on September 10, but Jones said he had “kept himself fit” and could come into contention for a Jets debut on Sunday against the Central Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, but he’d probably be better for a sort of seven- to 10-day preparation, but we’ll see how he goes,” Jones said.

Makeshift centre back Ben Kantarovski could come into consideration for the derby after resuming full training this week.

The Jets have conceded twice in each of their past four games, and all but one of those eight goals have come in the first half.

Jones was clearly frustrated after two “soft” goals left his side playing catch-up again against Melbourne City last week.

He was particular disappointed that his wide defenders did not put more pressure on Fernando Brandan and Bruce Kamau before they delivered crosses for Bruno Fornaroli to score.

“If we get to half-time [on Sunday] without conceding a goal, I’ll be extremely happy.We just have to make sure teams don’t score against us.

“We had numbers where they should be; wejust one-on-one didn’t do a job. We can put them in the right system and right shape and put them in the right areas, but if one-on-one they can’t do a job, you’re going to concede goals, and that was the most disappointing thing in all our games.

“We’ve not been caught out of shape; it’s just been individual errors, and that’s something that sort of kills you as a coach.”

Fyfe was a vocal presence at training on his first day, and Jones said he needed more talk from senior players in what he regards as a quiet, mild-mannered squad.

“His expectations are high, and hopefully that can press us to another level,” Jones said. “He’s a voice, he’s a leader. He demands the best of other players, and we need to do that.”

Youth team goalkeeper Pierce Clark is expected to return from injury this weekend as Jack Duncan’s back-up after Edgeworth’s Jim Fogarty filled that role in the past two games.

Jones said he would look for a longer-term signing in the January transfer window after the Jets lost Ben Kennedy to an Achilles injury just before the season.

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Wayne Bennett has accused his England side of beating themselves against Australia

Wayne Bennett has accused his England side of beating themselves against Australia and pinpointed skipper Sam Burgess as a chief culprit.
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The ruthless Kangaroos punished the error-prone hosts with 38-16 win at the London Stadium to end their Four Nations campaign in front of a crowd of over 35,000, leaving Bennett in a frustrated mood after the game.

NRL stars Gaeth Widdop and Josh Hodgson both failed to find touch with penalties in the first half and Burgess was penalised twice just before half-time by English referee Robert Hicks, much to the dismay of his coach.

“The problem is our inability to continually maintain pressure… not finding the sideline on two occasions, which is pretty important in any context let alone against the best team in the world,” Bennett said.

“Then the stupid penalties we continually give away.

“Sam gives away far too many penalties – I’ll be quite candid with you.

“He does that at South Sydney as well so he needs to change his behaviour.”

Burgess said he agreed with Bennett’s comments about his indiscipline but slammed Hicks’ performance and accused him of being swayed by verbal pressure from Australia skipper Cameron Smith.

“They’re a class outfit, but I think we’re a better side than that scoreline,” Burgess said.

“I agree with Wayne, I did give two penalties away at the end of the first half and one led to two points. It’s something I have to improve on.

“Some of the calls were not good enough at all, you’ve got to put the whistle away at some point, and I’m not saying that is why we lost.

“But this is an international and there were 13 or 14 penalties in the first half.

“I don’t know what agenda he’s got there but at this level I don’t think they were penalties.

“He was being made aware of the penalty count by an Australian player and made sure it was even by halftime.”

Asked if it was Cameron Smith, Burgess responded: “Yeah, he’s a smart player.”

Australia coach Mal Meninga hailed his side’s second-half display as the Kangaroos maintained their 100 per cent record ahead of next week’s final at Anfield against New Zealand.

“I was very happy at half-time and full marks to England who I thought played extremely well and we had to to match them,” Meninga said. “I thought our second half effort was outstanding. We put the ball in the right places and at one stage we went 11 [sets]from 11 and put a lot of pressure on the English side in defence.”

Meninga brushed aside an incident late in the game where prop David Klemmer was punched by Sam Burgess during a melee.

“He’s fine, he loved it, it’s Test match footy,” he said.

“He had a smile on his face. That’s all good from our point of view.

“We don’t expect it. But it’s two teams going at each other. It was a very physical game all competitive and that is what happens sometimes.”

Meninga said aside from Sam Thaiday, who suffered a fractured eye socket that will end his tournament involvement, he’ll stick with the same squad of players for the final next Sunday (1.30am AEDT).

Cooper Cronk, rested for the win over the Kiwis in Coventry, showed his worth to the team with a sparkling performance that earned him the man of the match award.

Skipper Smith said it was one of the best performances he’d seen from his long-time Melbourne and Queensland teammate.

“He was very good, he played a very professional game today which is what we are all accustomed to,” Smith said.

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“He took a lot of good options, ran the football a fair bit and asked a few questions of their defence.

“He’s a champion of our game and champions of our game play well in the big matches and it was no difference today.”

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I hate this new life: Kerri-Anne Kennerley opens up on husband’s recovery

Kerri Anne Kennerley on Sunday Night. Photo: Seven Network Kerri Anne and husband John at home. Photo: Seven Network
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TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley has opened up on the fall that left her husband John paralysed from the neck down, during an emotional interview on Seven’s Sunday Night.

“I hate this new life to be quite frank. I hate it. It’s just awful,” she told host Melissa Doyle.

“If I could rub Aladdin’s lamp or get a magic wand, I want my old life back and I want my husband back.

“I have my husband, we’re just different now,” she said.

In March, John Kennerley slipped off a balcony verandah at a golf resort in Coffs Harbour, landing on his head and back and fracturing his C2 and C3 vertebrae.

Sunday Night’s Mike Willesee had visited the couple in hospital just weeks after the accident, where Kennerley, mascara streaming down her face, spoke of the pain of “not being able to talk to” John.

Last night’s segment showed a more hopeful couple, buoyed by John’s recovery efforts.

The 76-year-old is now able to speak, and was shown moving his right hand just enough to pat his beloved golden retriever, Digger.

“It was only about 800 millimeteres,” he told Sunday Night, publicly discussing the fall for the first time, “but I remember coming to and realising I couldn’t feel anything.”

“I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my legs. Kerri was with me within a second, and I remember saying to her, ‘I think I’m paralysed. I can’t move.’ And soon after that I fainted.”

“I pretty well have always known that he wasn’t going to get a lot of movement,” added Kerri Anne about his recovery.

“It’s just never been possible for his level of injury. But I never discussed it with him, because miracles do happen.”

In an interview with Fairfax earlier this year, Kennerley discussed her “Christmas wish to have John home”.

The episode delved further into those efforts, showing Kennerley overseeing a range of refurbishments to make the couple’s Sydney home wheelchair accessible, including ramps, widened doorways, and a lift up to their bedroom.

A glimpse of Kerri Anne accidentally slamming John’s wheelchair into a hallway wall also teased her trademark giggles.

“I need to be a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, I have even cooked,” she laughed, while discussing the massive effort involved in now being John’s full-time carer.

“I’m starting to learn all those skills, from the slings to the medication and how to put his gloves on at night. It is pretty time consuming, and it will get more so.” CATCH-UP: “I hate this new life, it’s awful, but it’s not something we’re alone in” Kerri-Anne Kennerley #SN7https://t.co/KjtTbbypM5— sunday night (@sundaynighton7) November 13, 2016

The couple also revealed they’re looking into a groundbreaking US trial of spinal cord stimulation, with hopes to bring it to Australia.

“It’ll be what it’ll be,” Kerri Anne added.

“I’ve figured out there’s no magic wands, but there’s always hope.”

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ICAC target Mike Gallacher ‘guest speaker’ at East Maitland branch meeting

Former police minister Mike Gallacher FORMER police minister MikeGallacher was set to offer hisversion of history at a Hunter Liberal Party branch meeting on Monday night.
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Mr Gallacher, the onlytarget of theIndependent Commission Against Corruption’s Operation Spicer investigation still sitting in parliament, was listed as a “guest speaker” at an East Maitland branch meeting on Monday night.

His attendance at the meeting has drawn criticism from Labor’s Port Stephens MP Kate Washington, who said it showed Mr Gallacher was still being given a role in the party.

“It’s clear that he’s still in the Liberal Party fold and not only that he’s being held up as someone to aspire to,” she said.

“And yet, his involvement in everything that came out in ICAC is clearly problematic.

“It just shows the Liberals are still, even in the Hunter, soft on corruption.”

Mr Gallacher did not respond torequests for comment on Monday, but branch president Bob Geoghegandefended his right to attend party meetings.

“It’s an internal matter and I’m not going to comment one way or the other on whether he is attending [but] he’sentitled to come to any meeting,” he said.

Mr Geoghegan said there were“a lot of faults” with the ICAC report, and said“my own opinion about Operation Spicer is that it was a kangaroo court”.

Advertised as“discussing” theinquiry with the branch, the one-time architect of the Liberal Party’s success in the Hunter at the 2011 election was accused in May 2014 of hatching a “corrupt scheme”with Nathan Tinkler’s company Buildev to channel illegal donations to the Liberal Party before the 2011 election.

He vigorously denied the claims and said outside ICAC: “I know in my heart I am not corrupt.”

No corruption findings were made against him, but theinquiry found that hehad engaged in conduct with the intent of evading electoral laws which banned developers making political donations in NSW, and had not always been a truthful witness.

“The commission does not consider Mr Gallacher was always a truthful witness and places no reliance on his evidence unless it is corroborated by other reliable evidence or objective facts,”ICAC says in its report.

After the report was released in August the Premier Mike Baird said Mr Gallacher would not return to cabinet or the parliamentary Liberal Party.

A spokesman for the NSW Liberal Party said it was “common that branches and conferences of the Liberal Party invite guest speakers to address meetings”.

“The NSW Liberal Party has publicly acknowledged and apologised to the people of NSW for matters that occurred six years ago, which were revealed by the Independent Commission Against Corruption during its Operation Spicer investigation,” the spokesman said.

“The Party has since taken detailed steps to prevent such issues reoccurring.”

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