Germany too good for Socceroos in Russia, winning 3-2

Like the surprise local concert before a rock band’s world tour, the Confederations Cup is rarely remembered.
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It’s a chance for FIFA to test the infrastructure, the local organisers to run through security and logistics, teams to sample tactics, personnel and most importantly, learn valuable lessons before the World Cupa year later.

The question is, what will Ange Postecoglou take from Russia 2017? Thus far, the Socceroos’ coach has shown a complete unwillingness to waver from his all-out attacking ethos.

His dogmatic adherence to his philosophy is commendable when it works, but becomes frustrating when it falls flat andAustralia’s 3-2 group stage loss to Germanywas another case of the latter.

After spruiking his ambition to win the Confederations Cup, his pre-tournament statements drifted further into the realm of lofty ambition as Australia’s defeat raised more questions over the direction of the squad. A spirited fightback and two fortuitous goals made for more respectable reading than their performance deserved as the scoreboard masked a pedestrian performance for the Socceroos.

For the most part, Australia looked defensively frail, remained largely rudderless in attack and disjointed throughout the spine. In their last friendly, the Socceroos’ lasted just 12 seconds before conceding against Brazil. A week later, they kept a second-string Germany scoreless for only five minutes as elementary defending gave Lars Stindl a chance to open their account, and critics of Postecoglou’s new 3-2-4-1 formation a chance to sharpen their pitchforks.

Attacking brightspot: Tommy Rogic shoots for goal for the Socceroos against Germany. Photo: Getty Images

In its fifth deployment, Australia’s tactics showed no ease of letting-up from the defensive problems it has presented. Germany ran riot down the unguarded flanks and roamed free inside the box. It made for uncomfortable viewing as the Socceroosambitiously tried to beat the world champions with a high press and attacking system, one Postecoglou admits didn’t work.

“There’s no question [Australia] is a team full of character and courage. We’re trying to play a certain way against the very best and it’s not easy to do,” Postecoglou said. “In terms of a result it’s a loss and the loss falls on me. It’s my responsibility.”

A firebrand of attacking football, Postecoglou’s determination to play fast, risky, aggressive football stems from his faith in Australian players’ ability to match it with the best. But he can only work with what he’s got and in expecting players whose employers are Huddersfield, Bristol City, Celtic, Jiangsu Suningand QPR to outplay regular starters of Schalke, PSG, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and Arsenal, a system proudly boasted as ambitious is at risk of being remembered as naive. In its deployment against the world champions, it failed to leave an impression.

The Germans were far more concerned by their erroneous goalkeeper Bernd Leno than any problems caused by Australia’s playmakers. The headlines of national sports newspaper,Kicker, praised the new-look German side, while labelling the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper a “loser” after his role in conceding goals from Tom Rogic and Tomi Juric.

If Australia are trying to make a statement, they need to first learn exactly where they sit in world football. Some of the most successful nations don’t go out to prove a point in every match, they balance ideologies with pragmatism.

While Postecoglou seems on a steadfast mission to purge Australian football of every last remnant of the Pim Verbeek years, others show how football doesn’t have to be a definitive choice between “Tiki-Taka” or “Catenaccio”. The lack of a middle ground between two polarising ideologies is becoming a sore point of frustration for the Australian public.

While there is no shame in losing to the world champions in a competitive game, there is cause for concern in expecting to outplay them with such an aggressive, attacking style.

Australia’s latest defeat was a further drift away from the balance and character that provided so much hope for the national team after the 2015 Asian Cup.

By contrast, the Confederations Cup carries little significance beyond its conclusion. It’s why Germany arewithin their right to field an inexperienced team to Russia and Postecoglou free to trial his renewed attacking system.

He will likely stick with it for the last two group games against Cameroon and Chile, but the true success of the tournament won’t just be determined by progress to the next stage, but whether he can discover the flexibility required to make his mark at a World Cup.


Bushfires kill dozens in Portugal

Bushfires kill dozens in Portugal TweetFacebookThe Courier reporter Caleb Cluff was holidaying when the bushfires tore through the towns and has cited the huge eucalypt plantations in the area as another factor in the Australian-style inferno that caught authorities unexpected.
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Locals and experts alike talk of an unholy combination of extremely hot weather, an unusually dry year and ferocious winds that created a sort of hurricane of fire. Many of those who died burnt in their cars as they fled.

“I believe in witches, I believe in anything now,” said one man who had briefly fled from his village over the weekend.

The deaths, the most in memory caused by forest fires in Portugal, have shown shortcomings in communication systems to evacuate people from villages.

“It’s still hard to identify what failed, but it’s a bit of everything,” said Xavier Viegas, an expert on forest fires in Portugal.

“Obviously, certain things that should have been done had not been done – especially in terms of communicating with the population, telling them about the danger levels, areas to be avoided.”

Other countries prone to forest fires have systems in place to warn people of danger. Australia, for example, revised its warning system after fires killed 173 people in 2009, and now uses text messages and emergency broadcasts to warn people.

“There’s an urgent need to organise that kind of alerting,” Viegas said. “Here, at best, someone from the parish council would go knocking on doors telling people to leave.”

Some locals blame the fires on the gradual replacement of pine and oak forests by highly combustible eucalyptus, which has been grown in this region by the paper and pulp industry. Others say the fires flared up so quickly because landowners hadn’t obeyed the law and cleared their plots of undergrowth.

The most intense fires broke out on Saturday, but huge blazes still raged on Monday. The blazes may not die out until cooler weather arrives, possibly by the end of the week. More than 1000 firemen are still working to put out the flames .

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Woman tied up in terrifying armed robbery

A woman was tied up with duct tape and forced to open gaming machines by two armed robbers at Abermain Bowling Club on Monday night. Picture: MARINA NEIL A woman was tied up with duct tape and forced to open gaming machines by two armed robbers at Abermain Bowling Club on Monday night.
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An armed offender smashed the front door of the club with a sledgehammer about 10.30pm.

The bandits forced the female employeeto the ground and tied her wrists and ankles with tape.

One of the offenders was armed with the sledgehammer and the other had what was believed to be a rifle.

The robbers went into the main bar, accessed a safe and emptied the contents.

They then took the tape off the woman and walked her to the gaming area. The female was forced to open the ATM, eBetmachine and pokies.

The offenders again restrained the womanand attached her to the leg of a table. Theyfled the scene with a large amount of cash about 10.39pm.

After the bandits left, thewoman managed to reach into her pocket to grab her mobile phone to call police.

The two people of interest were spotted at the scene in a white Nissan Pulsar, which police saidwas later found burnt out in Bathurst Street.

Abermain Bowling Club secretary-manager Cathy Flegg said the woman was “very shaken up” by the incident.

Police want to speak to two men who may be able to assist inquiries.

The first man is described as being of Caucasian appearance and of thin build.

The second man is described as being of Caucasian appearance and of medium build.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A woman was tied up with duct tape and forced to open gaming machines by two armed robbers at Abermain Bowling Club on Monday night. Picture: MARINA NEIL

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Dogs brutally killed and fed to tourists in Bali, ABC report claims

Australian tourists are unwittingly being fed dog meat in Bali, with more than 70 restaurants serving it, an explosive ABC report claims.
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Evidence provided to the ABC’s 7:30 report claims the dogs are brutally caught and then butchered not far from the beaches on Western Australia’s favourite holiday island.

Some of the animals are poisoned, posing a risk to human health, a leading toxicologist told the program.

Dog meat is being sold at the beaches in Bali, the ABC’s 7:30 program reports. Photo: Animals Australia

Whilst eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali, killing animals cruelly or eating meat contaminated with poison is against the law, Animals Australia’s campaign director Lyn White said.

“The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a statement of fact,” she told the ABC.

In an investigation led by Animals Australia, 7.30 obtained evidence that dogs are being bludgeoned, strangled or poisoned for human consumption.

“Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain,” Ms White said.

Behind 66 Beach in Seminyak a street vendor admits he’s selling dog, but this is not what he tells his tourist customers.

It’s not just being sold on the beach, specialty restaurants sell dog meat as well.

“Tourists will walk down a street, they’ll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realising is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served,” Ms White said.

An undercover Animal Australia investigator – identified as Luke by the ABC 7:30 report – infiltrated the Bali dog trade, saying despite being trained to watch cruel scenes, nothing had prepared him for the brutal catching of dogs in Bali villages.

“I focussed on my camera work but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs … screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow,” he said.

The report interviews a Balinese villager who admits to killing thousands of dogs over three decades, while another man, from Denpasar, rides through back streets on his scooter, shooting dogs with a gun.

Other animals are killed using cyanide bait, a method which was a severe health risk for people according to Doctor Andrew Dawson, director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre.

“Because you are going to be exposed to a very toxic poison,” Dr Dawson said.

“Firstly, cyanide is not going to be destroyed by cooking. So there will be cyanide throughout the dog’s body.

“The actual risk depends upon how much poison is in the dog meat.”

The clinical toxicologist said concentrations of cyanide in the flesh of the dog commonly used in a satay stick could result in minor symptoms such as “feeling nauseated, diarrhoea, aches in the muscles and shortness of breath”.

But there are people in Bali fighting to end the cruel industry.

Influential Hindu spiritual leader Gusti Ngurah Harta told the ABC he was shocked to hear people were eating dog meat.

“It means they forgot their elders’ teaching,” he said. “We are not allowed to eat dog meat in Bali. This is upsetting,” he said.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association is working to protect the island’s dogs said the organisation was currently looking after about 150 dogs but??? had documented 70 restaurants serving dog in Bali.

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Hunter Morning NewsTuesday, June 20, 2017

INSTA: @stevebgeorge Good morning folks! #villagelife #HunterValley #winecountryMorning Hunter
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It is budget day for the NSW Government! Excited?

Privatisations have supercharged NSW finances, with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet set to announce an expected surplus of $4.5 billion for 2016-17when he delivers his first budget on Tuesday. Visit our website during the day for updates on the budget, as it is handed down about midday.

WEATHER:Partly cloudy. Morning fog. High (70%) chance of light showers about the Lower Hunter, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures between 15 and 19.

► Nearlythree years ago, Sayle Kenneth Newson demanded to know the truth about what happened to his then girlfriend,Lake Macquarie woman Carly McBride.

He would offer $10,000 cash as a reward. He would maintain a Facebook page that encouraged tip-offs from the community. And he would speak candidly to the media about how the couple’slives were just “taking off”.

On Monday, police alleged Mr Newson knew the truth all along: that he had killed Ms McBride. Read the full report.

Carly McBride murder: boyfriend Sayle Newson in custody with second arrest still to come

► Thefirst section of the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange, at Glendale, will be officially opened to traffic this Friday at 10am. Take a look.

►Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison has called onthe state government to contribute moremoney to upgradeTesters Hollow, takinginto account the cost of theApril 2015 super storm. Read on.

Aitchison wants more dough for Testers Hollow

►With a flair for floristry and an ability to create beautiful bouquets, Lili Robinson is highly regarded and admired for her work at WOW flowers.

And now her reputation as a talented florist is quickly spreading throughout the Hunter, having been named the 2017 Floristry Trainee of the Year at the Hunter Regional Apprenticeship and Traineeship Advisory Committee (HRATA) Awards for her efforts during her Certificate III in Floristry. Read on.

IN HER ELEMENT: Lili working at WOW Flowers.

► NSWMLC and the Greens spokeswoman for koalas Dawn Walker met with residents at the Mambo Wanda Wetlands and Tomaree Headland on Sunday.

The fragmentation of the Mambo Wanda Wetlands was of particular concern to Ms Walker. More here.

PLEASED: NSW MLC Dawn Walker said her visit to Port Stephens on Sunday was productive

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Regional news

►Albury: A rare albino wallaby and her joeyhas been spotted out and about near the Border.Parks Victoria rangerJohn McDonald said the wallaby had been living in the same region for five years.Read on.

► Tamworth:TWO Tamworth schools are set to benefit from a multi-million-dollar cash windfall to be announced in Tuesday’s state budget.

The Leadercan reveal Tamworth Public School and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School will receive funding for extensive upgrades including new classrooms and learning centres.Read on.

FUNDING: Farrer’s Latrell Allan, Austin Scrivener, Jai Gilmore, Patrick Hickey, Fletcher Shearman and Jack Dawson are looking forward to the new buildings. Photo: Peter Hardin

► Mount Isa:The office of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has released a Facebook videoof his visit to the Cloncurry Show on the weekend.

The video features some aerial shots of Cloncurry and surrounds plus highlights from his speech formally opening the pavilion on Saturday. More here.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

► South Australia:A man has died after a quad bike crash at Wompinie near the New South Wales border.

Just before 11pm on Sunday, June 18, police were called to a private road on Wompinie Station near Cockburnafter a 37-year-old man from the station had crashed while riding the bike. More here.

National news

► Port Macquarie engineer and surfer Dale Carr has a joke about how he got bitten on the “fart gun”.

But there was nothing very funny about his experience one August afternoon in 2015, when he was attacked by a 2.7 metre shark, about 150 metres from the shore at Lighthouse Beach.Read on.

►Australians fear foreigners and robots, the governor of the Reserve Bank says, creating the “real crisis” in the economy of record low real wage growth through increased competition.

Speaking at the Crawford Australian Leadership forum in Canberra on Monday, Philip Lowe also took aim at the ongoing gridlock of the Australian political system, blaming it for lost opportunities and stifling economic growth. Full report here.

National weather radar:Faces of Australia:Mitch Oxborrow A-GAME: Former Jets and Glory midfielder Mitch Oxborrow hopes to play his way back to the A-League via a strong season with Broadmeadow Magic. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MITCH Oxborrow was the first at a sodden Magic Park for a recovery session on Monday night.

The 22-year-old had a smile on his face and a spring in his step. It wascompletecontrast to the midfielder’s final training session atPerth Glory in May. Read on.