• Trent Hodkinson signs with NRL Knights

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Newcastle have secured their best halfback since Andrew Johns’s retirement after Trent Hodkinson signed a three-year deal with the Knights.

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    While the recruitment of the NSW halfback is a coup for the Knights, it is a massive blow for Gold Coast Titans who are still without a senior playmaker for next NRL season following Daly Cherry-Evans’s backflip.

    The Knights were in the market for a big-name player, with the club set to lose senior members Kurt Gidley and Beau Scott next year and after granting Joey Leilua a mid-season release to join Canberra.

    “Trent’s signing is a major coup for our club,” Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said.

    “Trent is the current NSW halfback and has proven on many occasions, in grand finals and Origin matches, his ability to steer his team to victory.

    “Our club has a young and talented backline in place and we look forward to Trent assisting our team to realise their potential.”

    The Knights have not boasted a big-name playmaker since rugby league Immortal Johns retired in 2007.

    Since then the Knights have made the semi-finals just three times and not finished higher than seventh.

    Hodkinson’s arrival will put the future of Knights half Tyrone Roberts under a cloud.

    Roberts still has a year to run on his contract but the Knights may allow him to negotiate elsewhere for next year.

    The Gold Coast shapes as a possible destination for Roberts with the Titans desperate for a playmaker.

    Their recruitment plans were thrown into turmoil when Cherry-Evans backed out of a deal to join the Titans and sign a “lifetime” contract with Manly.

    After believing they had landed Cherry-Evans, the Titans allowed five-eighth Aidan Sezer to sign with Canberra and the Queensland club is in desperate need of a halves partner for young gun Kane Elgey.

    The Titans this week reportedly tabled a two-year $800,000 contract to Hodkinson however he turned it down to sign with the Knights.

    Despite being the Blues’ current playmaker – and will line up in the State of Origin decider in Brisbane on Wednesday – Hodkinson was squeezed out of Canterbury because of salary cap restraints.

    Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has favoured investing in young playmaker Moses Mbye instead of re-signing Hodkinson.

    Despite Hodkinson’s loss, the Bulldogs will still boast a potent halves pairing next year with Mbye to partner former NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

  • Wimbledon rolls out the creche carpet for player families

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    “One week’s tough, two weeks is brutal, three weeks I just won’t do it, so I have to either travel back to Miami or bring them with me,” Bryan, 37, said of playing away from home for extended periods.

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    Bringing along Micaela, 3 1/2, Bobby Jr, 1 1/2 and his wife Michelle, who is expecting the couple’s third child, requires, by Bryan’s reckoning, at least six months advance planning for flights and hotels, packing 12 bags and being sure there is a grocery store around the corner from wherever they stay.

    But for Bryan, and a growing number of other tennis players who are bringing their children on the tour, it is worth it.

    “We’re ultra competitive and the losses still hurt, but it does ease the pain when you walk off the court and see two kids run at you and tackle you right outside the player lounge,” Bryan said after a practice session at Wimbledon.

    Wimbledon, like the other main championships, is bending over backwards to cater to tennis players like Bryan, who travel with their families — and the uptake is noticeable.

    On any given day, there may be a table at the players’ restaurant with two or three young mothers, their toddlers and a helpful coterie of grandparents sitting alongside. Players with children can also be spotted taking their toddlers to drop them off at the creche that Wimbledon provides, free of charge.

    This year Wimbledon inaugurated its renovated Aorangi Pavilion, at the far end of the complex, near the practice courts and in the shadow of Henman Hill/Murray Mound, as a facility 100 percent dedicated to players, having formerly been shared with stewards.

    The pavilion now contains two of Wimbledon’s eight new ice baths — which proved particularly popular during last week’s blistering heat, a player restaurant and the renovated creche.

    Access is strictly limited to players with children, but its popularity is attested by Bryan who said there were so many strollers at the entrance “it looks like a parking lot”.

    CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS

    Richard Stoakes, Wimbledon’s head of player liaison said the remodelling of Aorangi, and the improvements made to the creche, were simply a matter of keeping up with the changing demographics of professional tennis.

    “Increasingly, if you look at the profiles, the ages of the players are getting older,” he said. “You’ve got Roger (Federer) at 33, you’ve got a lot of players who are playing into their 30s, so they’re playing into that time when they are having children.”

    Judy Murray, the Scottish coach whose son Andy won Wimbledon in 2013, said it made a huge difference to players to know that facilities like the creche were available.

    “If you’re there with your children and you want to go and watch your partner playing, you need to know that your children are safe,” Murray said.

    “It’s not every player that has the money to employ an entourage of nannies — the top ones can, but not the next level, so it’s very important.”

    Bryan swears by the Wimbledon creche, and the people who run it.

    “The teachers are so nice, they have the pictures Micaela did… they remember her name right when she walks in the door,” Bryan said. “Micaela is crying to come back and play here.”

    (Writing by Michael Roddy; Editing by Clare Lovell)

  • McIlroy suffers ankle injury ahead of British Open

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.

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    “Continuing to asses extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…working hard to get back as soon as I can,” he said, alongside a photograph showing him standing on crutches with his left ankle in a heavy surgical boot.

    McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.

    McIlroy, who won last year’s Open at the Royal Liverpool course, Hoylake, may also be doubtful for his scheduled defence of the US PGA Championship title next month.

    The 26-year-old Northern Irishman is the current world number one and has won four major titles, the 2011 US Open, the 2012 PGA Championship and, in 2014, the British Open and the PGA Championship.

    He is one of only three men, along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to have won three majors by the age of 25.

    After a strong start to the 2015 season, he showed signs of fatigue when he missed the cut at two successive events in May and said that, after five successive tournaments, he needed to take a break.

    McIlroy has injured his ankle playing football before. He suffered a similar, but less severe, problem in December 2013 after which he revealed: “I was off my ankle for about a week over New Year.”

    He was due to play in the Scottish Open this week as part of his preparations for the Open.

    McIlroy was out of contention to win at the two majors won by Spieth this year.

    At the Masters, in April, he was four strokes adrift and at the US Open he was five shots back and finished tied ninth.

    (Editing by Toby Davis/Amlan Chakraborty)

  • Fed delivers Xmas cheer for investors

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Australian shares rallied for a second straight day as investors welcomed the first rise in US interest rates in almost a decade.

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    The ASX jumped 1.5 per cent on top of two per cent increase on Wednesday, raising hopes that the battered S&P/ASX200 will finish the year close to its 2014 closing level of 5,411.

    “We’ve got positive momentum now,” said CMC Markets chief market strategist Michael McCarthy.

    “We will build towards the top of the trading range and we’ll finish somewhere between 5,300 and 5,400.”

    Inspired by a positive Wall St response to the US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25 percentage points from near zero, the local bourse soared nearly two per cent during Thursday’s session.

    Healthcare, utilities and IT stocks led the drive up, while the telcos and financials also performed strongly.

    Telstra ended two per cent higher, while the big four banks also rose by a similar level.

    The gains add to hopes that the market will enjoy a Santa Claus rally before investors unwrap their presents on Christmas Day.

    “Markets had been on tenterhooks ahead of this Fed’s meeting and now that’s out of the way I think investors have realised that the hike’s not as bad as been feared,” said AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.

    “They’ve realised it’s a sign that the US ecosystem is stronger, and future hikes by the Fed will be gradual and conditional on continued improvement in the US economy.”

    Dr Oliver said buyers could now pile into the discounted Australian market, which saw massive sell-offs in August and October.

    “Compared to alternative investments like cash and bonds, the sharemarket is quite cheap,” he said.

    He said year-end salary bonuses and a feeling of Christmas spirit coupled with the tapering off in share volumes would all help drive the buying enthusiasm.

  • SA to post record December heatwave

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Adelaide is on track to post a record December heatwave with four consecutive days topping 40C.

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    Such a stretch of extreme heat has never before been recorded in December, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed.

    In January 2009 Adelaide had six days above 40C and four above 43C during a heatwave that lasted 16 days.

    On Wednesday the mercury reached 41.1C, topped 42C on Thursday and is forecast to reach similar highs on Friday and Saturday before a cool changes sweeps through South Australia on Sunday.

    The scorching conditions prompted warnings from health authorities for people to take particular care of the elderly and the very young who were most vulnerable.

    SA Health chief medical officer Paddy Phillips said so far only a handful of people had presented to local hospitals with heat-related issues.

    “Heat can be a killer and we don’t want to see that,” he said.

    The SA Ambulance Service said its workload had not increased so far, but that was expected to change as the heatwave continued.

    The Red Cross also began calling about 1000 vulnerable people to check on their wellbeing.

    If calls go unanswered or if a person is in distress, emergency services will be contacted.

    The extreme conditions are the result of a stationary high in the Tasman Sea which is pushing hot air from central Australia down into SA.

    “It’s ground to a stop and it’s pouring the inland heat down across our state,” Bureau of Meteorology acting regional director John Nairn said.

    “It’s sitting there and it’s unrelenting.”

    Fortunately for the state an end is in sight, with the latest forecast models confirming the change early Sunday morning.

    But Mr Nairn said the extreme conditions could return until the onset of the northern monsoon which would act to cool inland soils.

    In other responses to the heat, Adelaide Metro warned the heat could damage train lines or force trains to go slow, impacting schedules and services.

    The city’s airconditioned central bus station was to remain open 24 hours a day to offer some people relief.

    TRACKING THE TEMPERATURE IN ADELAIDE ON THURSDAY:

    *6am: 25.0

    *7am: 25.4

    *8am: 31.8

    *9am: 34.9

    *10am: 37.3

    *11am: 38.5

    *12pm: 39.9

    *1pm: 41.2

    *2pm: 42.1

    *3pm: 41.4

    *3:55pm: 42.9 (max)

    *4pm: 42.1

  • More than 100 charged over Vic jail riot

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    About 40 prisoners will be the first people in Victoria charged with sabotage for their role in a jail riot sparked by a smoking ban in the state’s prisons.

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    They are among more than 100 current and former inmates to be charged over the violence at the Melbourne Remand Centre in Ravenhall, which began on June 30, the day before the smoking ban took effect.

    That includes 13 former inmates who were arrested on Thursday and will be charged on summons over their alleged role in the riot, which caused up to $12 million damage.

    The arrests follow investigation by Taskforce Gallium, formed the day after the riot, which gathered more than 300 witness statements and viewed hours of CCTV footage to identify the rioters, many of whom were disguised.

    Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana say all will be charged with riot, with about 40 to be charged with sabotage and others face offences such as criminal damage.

    Sabotage offences were introduced by the Victorian government in 2003 as an anti-terror measure.

    Another six former inmates will be arrested in coming days, but most accused are still in custody.

    “I think this is a bit of a wake up to those contemplating something like this in the future,” Mr Fontana said.

    “I think some of the people looking at those charges will be quite nervous.”

    Prisoners broke doors and furniture, set fires and torched bedding, wrecked staff areas and smashed toilet bowls and basins before heavily armed police quelled the 12-hour uprising early on July 1.

    Inmates remained in lockdown for more than two months as riot damage was repaired.

    Precautionary lockdowns, or other restricted regimes, were put in place at other big prisons to prevent copycat flare-ups.

    WHAT IS SABOTAGE?

    Damaging a public facility by committing a property offence or by causing an unauthorised computer function.

    Offenders will be deemed to have intended to cause major disruption to government functions; or major disruption to the use of services by the public; or major economic loss.

    MELBOURNE REMAND CENTRE RIOT BY THE NUMBERS

    Damage bill: up to $12m

    Arrests: 13 on Thursday, six to come

    Police involved in arrests: around 50

    Total number to be charged; more than 100

    Sabotage charges: about 40

    Witness statements collected: more than 300

    Source: Victoria Police

  • Info fail caused fire deaths: Vic coroner

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    No operations officer had enough information to know to pull two Victorian firefighters out of danger while they were battling a bushfire in a remote Alpine region, an inquest has found.

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    Steven Kadar, 34, and Katie Peters, 19, were back burning part of the Harrietville bushfire on February 13, 2013, when a giant alpine ash tree fell on their truck and killed them.

    The inquest into their deaths was previously told they could have been pulled out of Pheasants Creek Track if the operations manager had known a storm cell was approaching.

    Coroner John Olle said on Thursday the purpose of his inquiry was to identify areas for improvement not attribute blame but he couldn’t reasonably criticise those who were in charge.

    He found there was sufficient information available for Incident Control Centre staff to act but “not one person was in possession of all the fragments”.

    “I find that each of these individuals expressed reasonable judgment with the information available to them,” Mr Olle said.

    Sector Commander Michael Ritchie, Deputy Operations Officer Brian Leith McKenzie, Divisional Commander Craig Hore and Incident Controller Anthony Long could not reasonably be criticised for not withdrawing Mr Kadar and Ms Peters that day, Mr Olle said.

    “In hindsight, I find the system failed to ensure all available information was collated and considered as a whole, by ground and operational managers,” he said.

    “However, I am unable to find that, if the information had been collated, the decision to withdraw fire crews would have been made clearer.”

    Mr Olle said it was not reasonable to expect even an experienced firefighter to have marked the tree in question as hazardous because of its position on the down slope about 25 metres from the track.

    Mr Olle made 10 recommendations, including designing fire trucks better able to withstand falling trees, and to avoid sending firefighters into alpine ash forests unless absolutely necessary.

    Australian Workers Union Secretary Ben Davies said workers should always leave when they feel in danger.

    “It’s not about weighing up risks: it’s about saying this is a place you shouldn’t be, you need to go right now and you don’t need managerial approval to do that,” he told reporters on Thursday.

  • ATO has powers to hunt tax dodgers:O’Dwyer

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    New ATO figures show that more than a third of all large public and foreign companies in Australia with an income of $100 million or more paid no tax last year.

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    The ATO’s tax transparency report released on Thursday published the names of the 579 firms which paid no tax.

    Among them are Qantas Airways, which earned $14.9 billion, ExxonMobil Australia ($9.617 billion), Virgin Australia ($4.3 billion) and General Motors Australia ($4.138 billion).

    Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said just because some entities haven’t paid tax doesn’t mean they are avoiding their tax obligations.

    “There are some reasons why it would be some companies are not paying tax at all, particularly in circumstances where there might be losses,” she said.

    The report does not specify the circumstances of each company, but tax is usually paid on profits after paying all expenses including wages, machinery and equipment replacement, supplier costs, fleet costs and other operating expenses.

    The report also says the economic impact of the global financial crisis, followed by the worst world recession since WWII, has been costly and long-lasting, with effects still being seen in 2013/14.

    Tax commissioner Chris Jordan believed it is a step forward in improving corporate tax transparency.

    “Most large corporates, particularly domestic Australian companies, meet their tax obligations, notwithstanding that we do have some significant disputes with some of them,” he said in statement.

    But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was not impressed, describing the results as “remarkable”, coming at a time when the government in this week’s mid-year budget changed the bulk billing arrangements for cancer payments.

    “Why is the Turnbull government hard on patients and soft on large companies?” Mr Shorten said.

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand raised concerns about “naming and shaming” the tax arrangements of big business.

    The group’s tax leader Michael Croker said it appears tax morality concerns have outweighed the privacy principle.

    “Name and shame reporting will add to the disclosure costs of those companies which seek to mitigate the reputational damage of ill-informed reporting,” he said.

    Business Council of Australia boss Jennifer Westacott said the report was an important input to the transparency and integrity of the tax system, but agreed the data should be interpreted carefully.

    “Many small and medium sized businesses, in particular, do not make a profit in a given year, and even large businesses go through cycles where profits from large investments take time to be realised,” she said.

    The Minerals Council of Australia also stepped in before the ATO released its report, releasing a commissioned survey by Deloitte Access Economics that shows the mining sector paid nearly half of every dollar of profit as royalties and company tax in 2013/14.

    Top ten Australian companies paying no tax

    Firms are listed in descending order, alongside 2013/14 annual 

    income.

    Qantas Airways, earned 14.9 billionGHP 104 160 689 Pty Ltd, earned $11.731 billionExxonMobil Australia, earned $9.617 billionLend Lease Corporation, earned $7.683 billionCitic Resources, earned $5.051 billionMitsubishi Development, earned $4.615 billionGlencore Investment, earned $4.612 billionHope Downs Marketing, earned $4.445 billionVirgin Australia, earned $4.3 billionGeneral Motors Australia, earned $4.138 billion

    (Source: ATO)

    Why some companies don’t pay taxTaxable income may be $0 depending on impact of “adjustments” such as income not being assessable under tax law, expenses being tax-deductible and tax losses being carried forward.Tax payable is reduced by tax offsets such as franking credits for dividends received and credit for foreign taxes paid.Special rules apply to calculate tax paid by some companies, such as insurance firms.

  • Big medical benefits in egg unboiler

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    A device that won an Australian scientist an Ig Nobel award for uncooking an egg has now concocted a widely used anaesthetic, with big implications for drug making and healthcare in remote places.

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    Flinders University’s Colin Raston and his research team successfully synthesised Lidocaine in the thermos-flask sized device, showing the numbing agent can easily be produced on the spot.

    The chemistry professor made headlines around the world earlier this month for the development of his desktop “vortex fluidic device” (VFD), which unscrambles proteins.

    The device has broad applications in the biochemistry and pharmaceutical industries and had the unintended application of being able to unfold the proteins in egg whites back to their natural state.

    The Ig Nobel awards, parodying the Nobel Prizes, are given out each year for the most unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.

    Prof Raston said Lidocaine, one of the World Health Organisation’s most important medicines, could be made in a VFD in less than an hour in remote locations and war zones with only basic instructions.

    It signalled a paradigm shift in pharmaceutical production away from mass batch processing, he said in a statement on Monday.

    “This device creates a unique way to develop more sustainable and cost-effective products, services and technologies which can accelerate innovation in a range of industries, from drug manufacturing to food and biodiesel production,” Prof Raston said.

    He said the use of VFDs would lead to less manufacturing waste, with up to half a tonne of waste generated from the production of just 1kg of many drugs.

  • Tough tackles in AFL spotlight

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    High tackles are in the AFL’s sights for the 2016 season, with heftier punishments likely for tackles that threaten the head.

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    Tackles with a lifting, slinging or rotating technique will come with a stricter adjudication from umpires.

    The match review panel will also enforce a stricter definition of dangerous tackles which cause forceful high contact.

    The league will also be able to appeal if a match review panel punishment is deemed too lenient.

    A pair of high tackles brought the issue to the fore in 2015, when similar tackles from Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs and Port Adelaide’s Jay Schulz drew different results.

    The AFL wrote to all clubs to advise of the AFL Commission decisions on Thursday.

    In other rule changes, Matt Suckling and Lance Franklin are likely to be the beneficiaries of an extension to the protected area around the mark.

    The ex-Hawthorn pair have pronounced arcing run-ups when kicking for goal from the set-shot, and will not be waved to play-on when they deviate from a straight approach.

    Umpires try to find more deliberate out of bounds decisions with a tougher stance on players looking to find the line.

    AFL operations boss Mark Evans said the AFL believed these changes would improve the game more than radical shifts.

    “Tighter interpretations in the areas of dangerous tackles, boundary line play and the protected area for the player with the ball will deliver an effective result for how the game is played and how it looks next season,” he said.

    AFL players that make intentional contact with an injured player will also be fined.

    The AFL previously advised of the biggest rule change for 2016; the abolition of the substitute and the introduction of a 90-rotation interchange cap.

  • NAB urges govt to get back to surplus

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Outgoing National Australia Bank chairman Michael Chaney has urged the federal government to get the budget in the black to boost consumer and business confidence.

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    Mr Chaney said Australia hadn’t had a debt to GDP problem, but people were starting to realise that in the next five to 10 years the nation would have an unhealthy 35 to 40 per cent debt to GDP ratio.

    “It’s really important for the government in the budget next year to map out a credible return to surplus over the decade because unless you have that I think you then have a reduction in consumer and business confidence and that feeds through into lower economic activity and higher unemployment,” Mr Chaney told reporters after NAB’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Perth on Thursday.

    Mr Chaney said the national economy was “mixed” and growing below trend, with the struggling resources state of Western Australia now in the slow lane.

    “The good thing is unemployment has fallen rather than risen and I think it’s evidence of real resilience in the economy that even though we’ve had this major downturn in resources, other things are coming in and taking its place,” Mr Chaney said.

    “In resources, things have turned down and it’s getting harder by the week in WA, but in the rest of the economy, in services, tourism, education and so on it’s really picked up.

    “In the consumer area of WA its tough and getting tougher.”

    He believes people will take the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate increase “in their stride” as rates slowly rise.

    In his last AGM after 10 years at the helm, he brushed off a barrage of questions from climate change activists concerned about NAB’s financing of polluting industries.

    “That was mild compared to the activism 10 years ago at Wesfarmers on the forests,” Mr Chaney said afterwards.

    He said the bank would continue to support electricity generators and would not look at new ways of financing companies in the future despite mounting pressure.

    Mr Chaney also refused to support quotas to increase female participation on company boards.

    He added that the length of time it had taken to exit the company’s UK assets had been one of the disappointing aspects of his tenure as chairman.

    NAB is disposing of its Clydesdale Bank and now wishes to focus on its Australian and New Zealand operations.

    Mr Chaney now chairs Perth-based Wesfarmers and said he was leaving Australia’s largest business bank in good shape.

    The bank’s new chairman, former Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry paid tribute to Mr Chaney and said the past 10 years had not been easy for financial institutions around the world.

    “NAB is clearly a stronger company today than it was 10 years ago,” he said.

  • MPs defend ASIO boss’s phone calls

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Government and opposition MPs have rushed to the defence of intelligence chief Duncan Lewis who telephoned coalition MPs, urging them to tone down their comments on Islam.

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    That prompted a backlash from some Liberals who accused the director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation of playing politics.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it was appropriate for Mr Lewis to speak out if public debate put counter-terrorism work at risk.

    Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said Mr Lewis had done nothing wrong and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had failed to rein in some of his own backbenchers.

    One of those backbenchers is former prime minister Tony Abbott who has written that Islam had never undergone its own reformation and needed to modernise from the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Mohammed.

    Other Liberals have also commented, specifically criticising ambivalent comments of the Australian Grand Mufti following the Paris terror attacks.

    The Australian newspaper reported on Thursday that Mr Lewis had telephoned a number of MPs, saying their robust comments could be a risk to national security. Just who was called hasn’t been revealed.

    Mr Lewis urged them to be more temperate in their remarks, more like the prime minister.

    The paper cited unnamed MPs who said they were angry at this improper intervention into legitimate political issues.

    Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming said it appeared that Mr Lewis had been playing politics in calling MPs and briefings to the whole party room would be more effective and helpful.

    Ms Bishop wasn’t concerned.

    “If the director-general of ASIO has formed a view that the public debate might have the potential to put at risk the work that his organisation is undertaking in counter-terrorism, then of course he should speak out,” she told reporters in Sydney.

    Defence Minister Marise Payne said she had total confidence in Mr Lewis.

    “I think Duncan is an exceptional chief of ASIO and his judgment is judgment which I would back all the way,” Senator Payne told reporters in Adelaide.

    Mr Dreyfus said there was nothing wrong with Mr Lewis, the public face of ASIO, talking to MPs who should not have disclosed those conversations.

    “Duncan Lewis has behaved commendably in taking the trouble to ring these Liberal Party members and explaining to them what the imperatives of security are,” he told Sky News.

    The chairman of federal parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Dan Tehan, told ABC radio Mr Lewis “has every right to do what he needs to do to keep the nation safe”.

  • Everton’s Martinez impressed by Ranieri’s Leicester

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Ranieri, who took over from Nigel Pearson in the close season, has lost just once in the league so far — against Arsenal on Sept.

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    26 — and Martinez said the Italian was the perfect choice for Leicester.

    “He has very good experience and is someone who fitted in well to their dressing room,” the Spaniard told Everton’s website (杭州桑拿,evertonfc杭州桑拿会所,).

    “They are a group of players with a very strong spirit but he has brought that know how and a tactical awareness.

    “They are having a fantastic season. It’s one of those incredible stories. They are a team that have got no fear.

    “They have scored a lot of goals and a team that can do that the way they are doing has a chance to be successful.”

    Much of Leicester’s success is down to their in-form duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez, who are first and third in the league scoring charts, but Everton has a weapon of their own in Romelu Lukaku, the league’s second-highest scorer.

    Lukaku is hot on Vardy’s heels, trailing the Leicester striker’s 15 goals by three, and has seven in his last six league games for Everton.

    But the Belgian says he is impressed by Vardy, who broke the league record for scoring in consecutive games last month.

    “I am happy for him and he deserves the recognition he’s getting,” Lukaku said.

    “It’s something special. Scoring 11 goals on the bounce is incredible. It’s not easy at all. You are playing against top defenders so to break that record means you have a lot of quality.

    “Credit to him, he’s done great and is having a really good season. As a striker you always want to score goals and on a personal level you always want to be in that number one spot in the scoring charts.

    “So he is enjoying that moment I’m sure but for me, is if I score and we win, that’s good enough for me.”

    (Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)