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    Mumford looking for four-year deal

    27/07/2018 - Author: admin

    Swans premiership ruckman Shane Mumford is out of contract, with negotiations yet to begin on what his management hopes could be a new four-year deal. He is sure to attract attention from several clubs if talks break down.
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    Melbourne’s Max Gawn is another ruckman seeking a new deal, with discussions also on hold.

    Mumford’s current four-year deal, estimated to be worth between $250,000 and $300,000 a season, is about to expire.

    His agent, Anthony McConville, of Mac’s Sports, and the Swans agreed over summer to wait until at least the mid-season break to open discussions.

    Mumford, who will turn 27 in July, is one of the competition’s premier ruckmen, although he appears to have been hindered by injury this season.

    He has played 64 matches for the Swans since leaving Geelong, after he was unable to dislodge Brad Ottens and Mark Blake during the 2009 finals campaign.

    ”He is 26. In a perfect world, I would like to look at four years, to be honest,” McConville said of imminent contract discussions.

    ”If it is three years, it’s three. If it’s two, it’s two. I haven’t had the conversation with them [Sydney].

    ”I will go to the table with an open mind. In saying that, we have a relative amount of expectation … We will see where it takes us.”

    The lucrative deal the Swans offered four years ago raised some eyebrows, but both parties have prospered. Mumford was traded for pick 28, which the Cats used to secure Mitch Duncan.

    ”It was a good, fair deal considering the output they have got from a player over the last three and a bit years now,” McConville said.

    ”I am sure they [Swans] are happy with the result.”

    Mumford has worked well alongside flourishing ruckman Mike Pyke, although just what the Swans do in terms of selection of their big men when Kurt Tippett is available after his league-imposed suspension is intriguing.

    Former Swans premiership coach Paul Roos this week acknowledged the importance of stockpiling ruckmen, having watched Fremantle’s big men department decimated by injury.

    ”I would say there is always interest from clubs, especially with his quality,” McConville said.

    ”I would expect to have the conversation with the club around midyear. I wouldn’t imagine there would be too many issues going forward – hopefully not. But, I mean, we’ll see.

    ”There are a lot of things to take into consideration, obviously, when players are out of contract, both for the player and the club.

    ”It was always said from the start of this season that we won’t start talking until midyear. We are still a few weeks from that period. They were happy with that, I was happy with that.”

    Mumford’s hitouts to advantage have dipped from 28 per cent last season to 21 per cent, but he still wins 52 per cent of all hitouts.

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    No muzzle on Clarke’s men for Ashes

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    There is no danger Australia will follow England’s lead and ban players from talking about the Ashes, after James Pattinson revealed the bowlers’ plan to ”open up” England by targeting their captain and best batsman Alastair Cook.
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    England coach Andy Flower has muzzled his players, who have been told they will face disciplinary action if they shift focus from the series against New Zealand and the Champions Trophy to talk publicly about the more glamorous Ashes assignment that follows.

    Australian captain Michael Clarke has no such concerns, and has encouraged his troops to keep talking and tweeting as the Champions Trophy and Australia A squads prepare to depart for Britain this weekend.

    ”I’m very open to the guys talking about whatever they want to talk about. I love the fact that in the Australian team we allow people to be themselves,” Clarke said. ”That’s probably one of the great advantages of social media … We understand there’s a line and don’t overstep the mark. [But] there’s no restrictions in regards to guys not talking about the Ashes.”

    Pattinson, the potent young paceman, took immediate advantage of the licence, taking early aim at Cook. The opening batsman scored 1249 runs at 48.03 last year but was dismissed by left-arm quick Trent Boult in both innings in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s, for 32 and 21.

    ”The big thing for us is Cook, he’s their star batsman, their captain, their leader, so we want to get into him as much as possible, not really verbally,” Pattinson said. ”As a bowling group, we’ll be working hard on trying to get into him early on, bowl to his weaknesses and try to get his wicket because we feel like if we can do that, we can open them up quite early.

    Cook averages 50 against Australia and Peter Siddle foreshadowed a new approach.

    ”In the past we have tried too many different things instead of sticking to what we knew would work. If we keep that consistency we know we can build pressure on him,” Siddle said.

    The Australians have also been monitoring Cook’s opening partner Nick Compton, who has made two centuries in his first eight Tests, and young middle order batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, one of whom is expected to make way for Kevin Pietersen if he proves his fitness before the Ashes.

    ”Joe Root looks a pretty composed player … Compton is finding it hard, getting lbw a lot, he closes off quite a bit,” Pattinson said. ”You look at those things, find out weaknesses, but they’re all class batsmen. The big thing for us is don’t have any doubts, trust our ability, that will shine through in the end.”

    The 23-year-old fast bowler, who has recovered from abdominal surgery, has milked his older brother and Nottingham veteran Darren for information about bowling at Trent Bridge, the seam-friendly venue for the first Test.

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    Ryan in mix to join revamped Storm

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    GreenEDGE Cycling boss and Melbourne businessman Gerry Ryan says he will decide early next month whether to join the consortium that has taken control of Melbourne Storm.
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    European-based Kiwis Bart Campbell and Michael Watt and Melbourne millionaire Matthew Tripp have been identified as members of Holding MS, the company that assumed control of the Storm from News Limited on Tuesday.

    Ryan has also been mentioned but told Fairfax Media he was yet to commit to the group.

    ”I think we’re all going to meet on the fourth or the third of June, when we’re going to discuss the final rollout of the new structure,” Ryan said.

    ”We’ll have some dialogue then and I’ll decide what I’m going to do.

    ”I don’t have time to be the owner or major shareholder. But I have said before I think the club can work.”

    Ryan said it was his understanding that three individuals were already committed and five more had been asked to take part.

    Ryan said he was impressed with new chief executive Mark Evans and that the new owners would ”bring value to the club” but believed it would ”take a few years to turn the club around”.

    ■ Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he always believed James Maloney, who lines up for the Roosters against Melbourne on Saturday, would be a first grader and added the ex-Storm player would not be out of place in the NSW team. Maloney left the Storm for the Warriors in 2009 after playing four first-grade games.

    ”I used to play against his old man,” said Bellamy. ”He was a tough unit, his old man. James is of the same ilk. He’s a tough, gritty player , he’s probably made for origin.

    ”I don’t really think about, when they leave here, what level they’re going to get to. I knew he was a first-grade player, without a doubt. He’s done tremendously well. He’s had a real good career over there at the Warriors.

    ”If he does get that [blue] jumper, it’s going to be an enormous credit to him. He hasn’t had the easiest start to his career … but he’s worked really hard and it will be a real pride thing for him and his family if he gets that blue jumper.”

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    Cross the deep Blu-ray sea

    28/05/2019 - Author: admin

    I walked into a big electrical retailer last week and asked for a disc player that would play American Blu-ray discs and also local ones. The guy told me it was illegal to sell such a player. At the next store I was told there was no such thing. And at the one after that, the salesman sold me one.
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    Purely out of interest, I asked at a few more places. One salesman told me they used to sell them but were forced by law to stop. Another said they had none and wouldn’t sell them if they had – the fascinating point being that there was a stack of them behind him.

    I guess the lesson is that if you want to play American Blu-rays, you’ll need to exercise dogged persistence. There are certainly players around that do it, but in finding them you do start feeling a bit grubby, sort of as if you’re trying to buy drugs.

    Toshiba has several multi-region-capable players but they need a separate firmware upgrade that some retailers will give you for free, while others won’t.

    If not, you can find the download and instructions in mere seconds online. You load the upgrade just once, but every time you want to change Blu-ray regions you must go into the set-up menu and enter a code.

    Laser freely advertises multi-region Blu-ray players on its website and even on the boxes.

    There’s also a local internet retailer selling players it assures customers are multi-region Blu-ray capable, but you have to first buy the unit and then go through customer service to get an unlock code. Forgive our cynicism, but that worries us a little.

    Or you can buy a Blu-ray player from the US and play your American discs on that (you’ll need a step-down transformer), and use your existing Blu-ray player for local ones.The US option

    About $150

    American Blu-ray players are made for Region A Blu-ray discs (we’re Region B), so buying a player from there means access to American discs. We saw a Sony BDP-S1100 for $US75 ($75.85) plus postage on one US website (several local retailers have it at $99). However, the American machine needs a 110-volt power supply and will fry if plugged into Australian 240-volt mains power, so you’ll need a step-down transformer offered by Jaycar and Dick Smith, among others, for about $50. Some internet sellers, such as Amazon, won’t send an American player to an Australian address.Toshiba BDX3200KY

    Spotted for $169, toshiba南京夜网.au

    Toshiba has Blu-ray players that can be made multi-region capable. Ask the retailer – some are still handing out the firmware upgrade disc. If not, you’ll find the software on the internet. From then on, you’ll need to go into ”set-up” and enter a code whenever you want to swap regions. It’s actually quicker than it sounds. The BDX3200KY is a premium Toshiba and a terrific player for the money, with 3D and high-definition upscaling. It gets BD Live through an ethernet cable. The image quality is crisp and fast and Blu-ray sound is fabulous. It’s quick to crank up, too.Laser BD1000

    Spotted for $99,www.laserco.net

    To change Blu-ray regions, you go into the set-up menu and enter a code. There’s no firmware upgrade but everything is in the handbook. This is the cheapest of the three Blu-ray players Laser says are multi-region capable. It packs a lot for the money, including full-HD video upscaling and a USB on the fascia, and it comes with a month of unlimited movie rental from Quickflix. The picture and sound quality are good for the money but there’s no resume function and no internet connectivity.Verdict

    Changing the region on the Toshiba and the Laser involves mucking around, but it works. The Laser is the easiest to get working, but if you make the effort with the Toshiba, you’ll note the quality increase and its operating superiority. With these two machines available locally, the US option is overkill, but will appeal to purists.

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    A Galaxy far, far away

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    The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 presented a familiar moral conundrum: how could we justify ditching the Samsung Galaxy SIII – a perfectly good smartphone that had never faltered in the 10 months we’d owned it, unlike two iPhones in the family that had been replaced in roughly the same span – for the new Samsung unit?
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    Having been branded a ”gadget-obsessed spendthrift” by the chancellor of the household exchequer, we might have spent weeks coaxing the funds out of the joint account. There were, of course, so many productivity-enhancing elements in the new model to support our case. And also, if we put the SIII up on eBay, we could recoup some of the cost.

    It seemed a reasonable investment, given the enhanced productivity one could surely expect from the S4’s larger five-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and faster quad-core processor, additional battery life and it’s ability to respond to finger-hovering (Air View) and hand gestures (Air Gesture).

    If those arguments didn’t work, we planned to deploy the convenience of the S4’s WatchON app. We would never again have to disturb the chancellor’s recreational time by asking her to help us find the TV or Foxtel remote, because WatchON can control both.

    It was at that point of our preparations that our subconscious mind stepped in and contrived to allow us to lose the SIII while going through security at Sydney Airport, little more than a week before the S4 hit the street. It might have cost us some cash, but it gave us one of those compelling arguments so necessary for the advance of technology.

    Too bad our subconscious mind hadn’t stepped in previously to back up the SIII, which would have made setting up the S4 so much easier.

    Instead, we had to fire up Google’s Play Store and download all our apps and then adjust the settings – and immediately back everything up to the PC, using Samsung’s Kies software, which we generally don’t use for simple file transfers because it’s so easy to plug in the USB cable and drag and drop between folders using Windows Explorer, or Directory Opus, which we use as our Windows file manager.

    It underlined again our affection for some key Android apps that have substantially enhanced our enjoyment of the platform, since we moved away from the iPhone.

    The first is SwiftKey, a predictive keyboard from Britain-based TouchType Ltd, which makes the iPhone keyboard look second-rate in comparison.

    The SwiftKey prediction engine learns how you write from your usage and, if you allow it, the history of your Gmail and social networking accounts, allowing it to accurately predict your next word. Increasingly these days, it offers us the correct word after we’ve entered a single letter. And its Flow feature, which lets the user write words without lifting the finger from the keyboard, and, indeed, enter entire phrases by gesturing to the space bar, is even more uncanny.

    Last week’s update, SwiftKey 4.1, offers some new keyboard themes, among a range of other improvements.

    Another useful app is the free Snapdragon BatteryGuru. It gives users of Android devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor a range of options to improve battery performance, in essence stopping ad hoc refreshing by apps, which consumes both data and battery power.

    BatteryGuru takes a couple of days to learn how you use your device. It then applies the information to reduce unnecessary background activity. Once it knows which hot spots you use, for instance, it turns wi-fi on only when necessary, rather than letting it burn battery power by constantly trying to find a connection.

    You can manually override the interval for specific apps, which you might want to do in the case of Gmail or for chats with Google Hangouts – the replacement for Google Talk, which has just become available for iOS devices – as well as Android and the Chrome web browser.

    In the meantime, we have just started playing with Apex Launcher Pro as a replacement for Samsung’s TouchWiz.

    We would love to hear what Android applications our readers regard as indispensable. The chancellor might even allow us to buy some.

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    Telstra cuts jobs amid market woes

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    The changes will be the “most substantive” for 10 years: Telstra Chief Operating Officer Brendon Riley. Photo: Rob Gunstone Customer confidence is unpredictible: Chief Executive of Myer Bernie Brookes. Photo: Matthew Piper
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    Telstra is poised to make deep cuts to its 30,000 strong Australian workforce, amid a slump in consumer confidence and falling mining investment.

    The telecommunications giant unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the divisions that contain half its staff on Wednesday, in a move that could lead to substantial job losses.

    The announcement came as federal Treasury and the new Parliamentary Budget Office blamed both sides of politics for Australia’s slide into a structural budget deficit – a deficit Treasury warns is now likely to remain for another six years.

    The news was a blow to government hopes that jobs growth would pick up outside the mining sector. Record low interest rates have so far failed to reignite the economy and the latest data will add to pressure for further rate cuts.

    The government’s official commodity forecaster confirmed the resources investment boom had already peaked this year.

    Cost blowouts had caused $150 billion worth of projects to be scrapped or delayed in the past year, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics said, as it predicted mining investment would decline from its current level of $268 billion from now on.

    The Westpac Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment dropped by 7 per cent this month, from 104.9 to 97.6, a level where pessimists outnumber optimists.

    The fall, which came despite this month’s cut in interest rates, was blamed on a budget that removed key benefits from households and forecast deficits until 2015-16.

    It comes as the chief executive of Myer, Bernie Brookes, said that consumer confidence was patchy and there were no signs of a significant turnaround in overall sentiment.

    ”This is not a heyday for discretionary retail,” Mr Brookes said. ”We’ll continue to invest, getting ready for the consumer to come back but the budget as evidenced by the consumer sentiment is not particularly good.”

    Although the overall reading of confidence fell sharply, a sub-index on whether now is a good time to buy a house jumped by more than 10 per cent in the month and is up by a fifth in the past year.

    In its debut research paper, the budget office estimates that Australia will still be in significant budget deficit in 2016-17, even though the budget papers forecast a $6.6 billion surplus by then.

    If so, the paper says, it would be only because mineral export prices remain unusually high, swelling tax revenues. It predicts the structural balance – which assumes long-run average prices and levels of activity – will then be in deficit by between $5 billion and $28 billion.

    In a separate paper, Treasury gives similar estimates, saying the budget will remain in structural deficit until 2018-19, three years after it is officially forecast to be in surplus.

    Telstra would not say how many jobs would be affected by the changes, but its chief operating officer Brendon Riley described the move as the ”most substantive changes for 10 years”. It will brief union officials next week.

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    Superhero puts fitness company in its place in trademark battle

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    Superman: Trademarked tighter than his lycra suit.He’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, can leap tall buildings in a bound, and now Superman has claimed victory in a Federal Court case.
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    High up in the towering law courts in Sydney, DC Comics went to fight for Superman’s good name, appealing a decision allowing a fitness company to register ”superman workout” as a trademark.

    Justice Annabelle Bennett on Wednesday found in favour of the superhero, ordering the application for Cheqout to use Superman’s name be refused.

    The case went deep into Superman’s history, dealing with everything from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s ”Ubermensch”, the original comic strip character from 1938 to a mysterious earlier figure by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster who was actually a villain.

    Justice Bennett considered several meanings of the word ”superman”, including the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition, which refers to Nietzsche’s concept of ”an ideal human being who by virtue of greater spiritual powers rises above the usual notions of good and evil”.

    This definition also lists the character introduced in the comics, while the Oxford English Dictionary describes ”an almost invincible superhero having the power to fly and typically depicted wearing a tight blue suit with a red cape”.

    The judge found that when Cheqout applied to use the trademark last July, it did so in ”bad faith”, having used ”Superman” with a shield symbol and the colours red, white and blue.

    In July a delegate for the Registrar of Trade Marks ruled there would be no confusion between the workout classes and Superman because DC Comics itself had never conducted fitness clinics.

    DC Comics appealed on the grounds that ”superman workout” would be ”likely to deceive or cause confusion”, and that Superman had ”acquired a reputation” in Australia.

    Justice Bennett concluded: ”I am satisfied that at the date of application for the trademark, Cheqout’s conduct fell short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour observed by reasonable and experienced persons.”

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    Telstra to axe jobs in major shake-up

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    Significant job losses are expected at Telstra after the telco announced sweeping changes to its operational structure.
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    About half of Telstra’s domestic workforce of 30,000 is affected by the changes – which were announced to staff via the company’s intranet – being rolled out by July 1.

    As the company shifts from its legacy copper network and phone directories businesses, it will concentrate on high-growth areas such as wireless networks, the national broadband network and cloud computing, while cutting back on loss-making areas such as the Sensis directory business.

    Chief operations officer Brendon Riley described the move as the ”most substantive changes for 10 years”. He said Telstra would continue to drive improvements in core businesses and increase investment in growth businesses such as network application services, cloud and media assets.

    ”Our traditional businesses are coming under increasing margin pressure and the largest portion of our budget is spent supporting them. This is not a sustainable business model and we have an obligation to redefine our contributions to Telstra,” Mr Riley told staff on Wednesday.

    One of legacy businesses, the YellowPages directory, was once a cash cow but has been under pressure as people turn to internet search engines. Telstra slashed 648 jobs from Sensis in February.

    The so-called rivers of gold that once flowed from Telstra’s monopoly hold over the copper wire network are expected to ease as the introduction of the national broadband network gathers pace.

    The overhaul is expected to produce a cut in Telstra’s headcount at home as it expands overseas, in Asia in particular. The company

    refused to comment specifically on the number of jobs to be lost.

    ”I anticipate that we will be creating efficiencies which will mean we have jobs that will go in certain areas but on the other hand there is investment in jobs creation that we need to do,” Mr Riley said. But he admitted the job number was likely to be down overall.

    Telstra has cut about 2500 roles over the past year. At the end of December the telco had a total workforce of 38,663.

    It will reorganise its operations into five groups, Mr Riley said, and three of them – IT solutions, networks, and customer service delivery – will be new.

    Two existing operational units, covering the telco’s work with and for the national broadband network and Telstra’s new growth engine – network applications and services, which manages data for business customers – will be retained.

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    A big drop, but Rinehart is still richer than everyone else

    29/04/2019 - Author: admin

    The richest of the rich.Gina Rinehart’s personal wealth has shed a staggering $7 billion in the past 12 months, but even her losses exceed the total wealth of Australia’s next richest person, according to the BRW Rich 200 list, released on Thursday.
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    The mining magnate easily retained her position as Australia’s richest individual, with total wealth estimated at $22.02 billion, down from $29.17 billion last year. However, the $7.15 billion drop sustained by the mining magnate surpassed the total wealth of the man in second place, shopping centre developer Frank Lowy. His total wealth was up $400 million this year to $6.87 billion.

    Mr Lowy replaced commodities heavyweight Ivan Glasenberg in second place on the list after the chief executive of the newly merged GlencoreXstrata shed $1.79 billion, to drop to $5.61 billion and fifth.

    Mr Lowy is one of 18 people who has appeared in the Rich 200 every year of its 30-year run.

    Conspicuous by his absence from the Rich 200 is Nathan Tinkler, the coal mining tycoon who was beset by a series of debt problems and falling asset values that devalued last year’s listing of $915 million to a paltry-by-comparison $235 million.

    Another to depart the list is Therese Rein, the Queensland-based work services entrepreneur and wife of federal politician Kevin Rudd. Her absence reduces the number of women in the Rich 200 to 14, down from 16 last year.

    Making one of the biggest debuts in the history of BRW’s Rich 200 List is Hui Wing Mau, a Chinese-born property developer who resides in Hong Kong, but whom BRW discovered was educated at the University of South Australia and holds Australian citizenship.

    The 62-year-old is one of China’s largest real estate developers, with more than 70 projects in progress, rising to seventh on BRW’s list with an estimated wealth of $4.8 billion.

    He is one of 16 list members to be based overseas, up from 14 last year.

    Old money in general played a solid game over the past 12 months, with eight of the 18 long-time Rich 200 listees finishing the year with greater personal wealth than when it started.

    The country’s biggest private developer of residential apartments and another 30-year Rich 200 veteran, Harry Triguboff, lifted his wealth to $4.95 billion from $4.85 billion last year and rises one position to sixth.

    Solomon Lew bounced back after a few tough years for the retail sector, lifting his wealth to $1.70 billion from $1.15 billion this year.

    One of the best performers this year is James Packer, whose growing gambling and hospitality business boosted his wealth to $6 billion from $5.21 billion last year.

    Anthony Pratt and family move from fifth to fourth with $5.95 billion after good performances at their packaging business.

    Other standout performances include private hospitals owner Paul Ramsay. His wealth rose by $1.04 billion to $2.70 billion after strong share price growth by Ramsay Health Care.

    Retailer Gerry Harvey has also proved a few people wrong by lifting his wealth to $1.44 billion from $1.10 billion last year.

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    Khawaja plans to silence his critics with key role in bringing home urn

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    Stranded on the periphery: Usman Khawaja (left) wants to confirm himself as a worthy member of Australia’s top six. Photo: Brendan EspositoUsman Khawaja says he is misunderstood by some in the Cricket Australia hierarchy, admitting a casual exterior is often mistaken for a bad attitude by those who ”don’t really know me well enough”.
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    The 26-year-old has pinpointed the Ashes series in July and August as the battleground to finally confirm himself as a worthy member of Australia’s top six. He has been largely stranded on the periphery in the past two years, playing only six Tests since his debut in an Ashes Test in Sydney in 2011, and against England is desperate to put his days of being 12th man, a standby or an extra batsman on tour behind him.

    Khawaja, based in Queensland after quitting NSW last year, is well aware of a belief held by some within Australia’s management that his attitude needs improving.

    Being one of four players controversially stood down for a Test in India during that abysmal tour did not help his cause but the gifted Pakistan-born left-hander is adamant he works as hard as anyone.

    ”I think there has been a lot of new people in Cricket Australia and I think I get a lot of people that do say that don’t really know me well enough,” said Khawaja, who heads to England having clinched the County Championship Division 2 title for Derbyshire last year.

    ”I don’t think you can get to state level, or even playing for Australia for that fact, without working your arse off. I think it’s impossible. I’ve done a lot of hard work to get where I am. All I can do is go out there and prove myself on the field. All we’re thinking about right now is getting those Ashes back. I know if I can contribute to that then I can get a bit more comfortable where I am in international cricket.”

    Whether it’s the laconic gait that can give an impression he is not going full tilt, at training and on the field, he is not quite sure. ”What’s going on on the exterior is not always what’s happening on the interior for me,” he said. ”I might look very calm or whatnot when I’m batting, but it’s funny because sometimes in my head things are happening a lot quicker than what’s happening on the outside. All I care about is my teammates and what Pup [captain Michael Clarke] and the coach think and they’ve never said anything of that sort.”

    Speaking for the first time about being a member of the so-called Mohali Four – the players suspended for March’s third Test for not completing performance feedback on time – Khawaja explained his bitter disappointment but said he had learnt from the experience. He would likely have been recalled there, after the also dumped Shane Watson returned home for the birth of his son, but instead watched on from the naughty corner and did not play a Test all tour.

    ”I was training as hard as I could, as long as I could, trying to tick all the boxes, and it was unfortunate, probably miscommunication on my part, that I didn’t hand in what we had to hand in on time,” he said. ”I was disappointed, a bit frustrated, a bit angry, but … I’m just grateful to be on this Ashes tour.”

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    Wanderers and Eels unite

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    Strange bedfellows: the Western Sydney Wanderers and Parramatta Eels have teamed up in a bid to get Parramatta Stadium a much-needed upgrade.Parramatta and the Western Sydney Wanderers might be cross-code rivals, but they have joined forces in their campaign for a better stadium.
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    Eels officials have been in talks with their Wanderers counterparts about their future venue needs, with a revamp of Parramatta Stadium or the construction of a new facility in the region their preference. The teams are in heated competition for fans, members and sponsors, but they have found common ground in their desire to provide them with the best possible amenities. Both have ambitions of building membership bases that far outstrip the 20,000-seat capacity of their current premises.

    Eels chief executive Ken Edwards, who has extensive experience in stadiums strategy as the former chief executive of ANZ Stadium, confirmed he was in talks with Wanderers officials. ”We’ve had some discussions with the Wanderers around what their plans and what our plans are,” Edwards said. ”Our public position is that Parramatta is our home and where we always want to be. At the end of 2012 we had 12,000 members and now we have 16,000 members. Our market research, coupled with the work we’ve done with the NRL, tells us we should have up to 40,000 members by 2017.

    ”That obviously brings into sharp focus our stadium issues in terms of capacity and the facilities that go with it. Parramatta Stadium was built in the ’80s, and pretty much nothing has happened to it since then. In the meantime, there have obviously been redevelopments at ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium, meaning that, as a club, unless there are upgrades at Parramatta Stadium we are at a significant financial disadvantage and our members aren’t getting the sorts of facilities other members are getting. Anything that we and the Wanderers can do to get a better facility at Parramatta Stadium – or a new facility somewhere in Parramatta – is a good thing.”

    Parramatta have managed to grow their membership base during difficult times on the field – they ”won” the wooden spoon last year – while attendances for home matches remain fairly stable. However, the Wanderers became the hottest ticket in town during their fabled run to the A-League grand final. Their supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, grew exponentially throughout the club’s debut season, and Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop is on record as calling for an upgrade of Parramatta Stadium ”based on the phenomenal success of the Wanderers in year one which has seen three sold-out matches”.

    The NSW government has outlined a stadium consolidation strategy, with ARL Commission boss David Smith confirming there will be a move towards playing matches in two or three larger venues in future. The Eels also plan to create a centre of excellence to replace their aged training facilities.

    Asked if they could share a high-performance unit with the Wanderers, Edwards said: ”It’s very difficult to share high-performance facilities, there aren’t too many examples that we’re aware of where that works. Our rugby league high-performance training requirements are very different to those of football. That’s not to say it couldn’t work … While have been having some informal discussions with the Wanderers we haven’t done anything formal with them. We’re still pursuing our own stand-alone high-performance community centre.”

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    Tigers board cools on Marshall

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    Just hours before Benji Marshall returns to the Wests Tigers’ starting side against North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval, chief executive Stephen Humphreys will hold talks with the five-eighth’s manager about his future at the club.
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    Marshall’s desire to sign a long-term deal with the club has been complicated by coach Mick Potter’s decision last week to dump him to the bench, potentially jeopardising the prospect of the Kiwi international finishing his career as a one-club player.

    In another potential sticking point, Humphreys announced his resignation on Saturday following the Tigers’ eighth straight defeat, a 54-10 shellacking at the hands of South Sydney.

    Humphreys has signalled his intention to leave the club in good shape and has made retention and recruitment a priority before he departs in two months. However, it is understood there are factions on the board who are opposed to parting with a large chunk of the club’s salary cap on a player struggling to regain his best form.

    Marshall is contracted until the end of 2015 but has a clause in his contract allowing for a renegotiation following any increase in the salary cap. Tigers powerbrokers viewed the discussions as an opportunity to also extend his tenure, on a deal believed to be worth $4 million over five years. However, it’s likely the Tigers will table a revised – and probably lower – offer for the next two years and put extension discussions on the backburner.

    It’s unclear whether Marshall will get an update on the talks before marking up on the world’s best pivot, Johnathan Thurston, later that night.

    ”It’s a situation that needs to be watched because Benji is a great and talented footballer, a very valuable property,” Tigers chairman Mike Bailey said. ”We are intending to get down to business on that before too much longer.”

    In a further development off the field, Bailey wrote to ARLC boss David Smith to formally invite him to propose a new corporate structure for the Tigers.

    After years of infighting, the Balmain and Western Suburbs factions have resolved to work together with the league to improve their corporate governance. One of the first things the ARLC is likely to review is the policing of rotating chairman, where a member of each faction chairs the joint-venture club for 12 months at a time. Smith and commission chairman John Grant expressed reservations about the structure at a meeting with Tigers officials on May 2, and the joint-venture club’s directors resolved to ask for the ARLC’s input at a board meeting last week.

    ”I’ve actually written a letter back to the league to thank them for the time they spent with us and tell them we’re only too happy to hear from them on the various fronts that were raised in the meeting in terms of what they wanted to put to us,” Bailey said.

    ”We’re asking for that assistance and guidance, and we will listen to what they have to say. It will then come back to the board to make a decision as to where we go from there. It’s in the post now, so to speak, and we are happy to hear from them.”

    The club expected to appoint a recruitment firm to find a replacement for Humphreys next week.

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    Security footage after ordeal

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    DETECTIVES investigating the apparent abduction of a man at gunpoint believe a man caught on security cameras at two Hunter railway stations could help them in their hunt for the suspect.
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    Closed circuit television footage at Beresfield and Hamilton stations within hours of the abduction show a man getting onto a Newcastle-bound service at Beresfield before alighting at Hamilton.

    Central Hunter detectives said the man in the stills was only wanted for questioning as they continued the hunt for the person who ordered a salesman into the boot of his car after forcing him to drive from Thornton to the outskirts of Woodberry on Monday.

    Mystery still surrounds the motives of the gunman who, after getting the 22-year-old victim to drive him to a dirt road at Millers Forest, forced the man into the boot with his mobile phone and fled on foot.

    The victim, who told police he was first threatened as he walked to his car in Huntington Drive in the Thornton Industrial Estate, was able to ring police from the boot of his white Holden Commodore sedan.

    The operators then directed him to pull an emergency release switch on the back of a seat and crawl to safety.

    He was found uninjured and trying to flag down passing motorists.

    The abduction caused a major search through scrubland surrounding Raymond Terrace Road on Monday afternoon.

    Crime scene experts have scoured the Commodore for clues and possible fingerprint and DNA profiles before sending samples to Sydney for further forensic analysis.

    Information should be forwarded to Central Hunter police on 4934 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    QUESTIONS: Police believe this man may be able to help them in their investigation.

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