Hashim Amla and Aaron Finch hit contrasting centuries on Wednesday in Canberra, as Australia took a 2-1 lead in their one-day series against South Africa.
Finch blasted 109 and Steve Smith finished 73no from 55 balls in Australia’s 5-329 at Manuka Oval, the equal-highest total at the venue proving the ideal platform for a 73-run win.
Amla had looked every part a zen master in response, peeling off the runs with textbook strokes and exquisite timing.
The veteran passed 100 while sharing a 76-run stand with AB de Villiers, two of the best batsmen in the world looked set and the visitors had seven wickets in hand.
The equation was a reasonably straightforward 106 runs needed from 77 balls when things started to go pear-shaped for the Proteas.
De Villiers, who brought up his half-century off 32 deliveries, went shortly after being dropped by Mitchell Marsh.
He was trapped lbw by Kane Richardson, one of three inclusions as Australia rejigged their attack and rested Mitchell Johnson.
De Villiers reviewed the decision, but third umpire Billy Bowden was unable to help him.
The next over, Amla was clean bowled by Josh Hazlewood for 102 – his greatest ODI score against Australia.
Mitchell Starc kept the foot on the throat, dismissing David Miller, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn in quick succession as the hosts steamed towards victory.
South Africa finished on 9-256, with Imran Tahir unable to bat.
The contrast between the bouncy WACA pitch and the batsman-friendly deck in Canberra could not have been more stark.
Morne Morkel, man of the match in Perth on Sunday when he claimed 5-21, went from behemoth beanpole to powerless praying mantis.
Morkel finished with 2-84 from 10 overs – his worst ODI figures.
Philander (1-70) also copped some brutal treatment, while it was the first time since 2009 that Steyn went wicketless against Australia in a one-dayer.
Finch smashed his fifth ODI century, while Smith’s stocks climbed further.
Finch and David Warner (53) made a typically aggressive start to the game, racing to 0-118 before Philander snagged a breakthrough to end the 20th over.
Finch continued to plunder runs alongside Shane Watson (40) and Smith before he was clean bowled by part-timer de Villiers in the 41st over.
It was one of few sources of joy for the Proteas’ skipper, who watched the hosts take 19 runs off the final over in front of a crowd of 10,583.
“It’s disappointing. I thought we were in the game and I got out at a bad time,” de Villiers said.
“Throughout their innings, they never had two new batters at the crease. That was part of our game plan tonight.”
Finch praised man of the match Smith.
“He’s such a hard guy to tie down,” he said.
“He’s a very similar-type player to AB de Villiers. You really struggle to bowl dot balls to them in a row.”
Real last month agreed a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) that will help finance a planned stadium overhaul costing around 400 million euros (320 million pounds) and due to be completed by 2017.
IPIC’s holdings include Spanish energy firm Compania Espanola de Petroleos (CEPSA) and Perez was captured on the sidelines of an event on Tuesday by a camera from television show ‘El Chiringuito de Neox’ saying: “We are going to put IPIC Bernabeu or whatever they want … or CEPSA Bernabeu”.
Real chose a design led by German architects GMP for the remodelling of the stadium, which was opened in the 1950s and holds just over 80,000 spectators.
The project, to add a striking new roof and exterior to the current structure and include a hotel and a shopping centre, is meant to help the world’s richest club by income boost revenue.
However, a Madrid court has thrown the plans into doubt by ruling that a deal between Real and the Madrid council, which would allow land adjacent to the stadium to be incorporated into the work, should be suspended because the European Commission is examining it for possible illegal state aid.
Perez did not reveal what the revamped stadium would be called when the IPIC deal was announced but said the agreement marked “the start of a long journey and the beginning of a strong partnership”.
Real became the first soccer club to amass annual revenues of more than 500 million euros in the 2011-12 season and Perez announced in September that income had surged to 604 million in 2013-14.
The European champions last year agreed a five-year shirt sponsorship deal with Dubai-based airline Emirates that Spanish media reported was worth 30 million euros a season.
On Tuesday at the event where Perez was filmed, the construction magnate unveiled an agreement between Real and Microsoft Corp to create a digital platform to connect the club’s fans around the world.
(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
A pig’s head has been thrown at a mosque in Newcastle – the second racist attack at the site in less than a week.
The head was discovered by worshippers in the mosque’s courtyard in Wallsend just before midday on Wednesday.
The incident was caught on CCTV.
“It’s a sad incident,” Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah told AAP.
“It’s not so much the action itself, but it’s the intention and hate behind it.
“We’ve got a lot of support from the wider community, so it’s a shame that there are elements in the community who commit these sorts of crimes.”
Newcastle Superintendent John Gralton would not comment on the motivation behind the attack and has appealed for information from the public.
“This type of incident does not belong anywhere in Newcastle or in NSW,” he said.
“The command will use all resources to bring those responsible to justice.”
Last Wednesday, a Muslim man was punched in the face and racially taunted outside the mosque as he left prayer.
Ms Rah wasn’t sure if the two attacks were linked.
“In the last couple of months there has been a heightened level of verbal abuse, especially with women in the community being targeted because they’re easily identifiable wearing hijabs,” she said.
“But that had started to die down and we thought we’d hopefully seen the end of it.
“But the incident last week, and this incident again this week, has probably put a bit of fear into our community.”
The NSW member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery, condemned “the sickening racist attack” on the mosque and said she hoped the perpetrators were brought to justice quickly.
“This is the second attack on the mosque within seven days and I will be seeking more information from local police to see what can be done to ensure that this stops,” she wrote on Facebook.
Rising labour and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that virtually all events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village – one of the key points in its successful hosting bid.
In addition, the IOC on Tuesday made some of the biggest changes in decades in the way the Games are organised and run, issuing 40 recommendations and putting more of an emphasis on sustainability in an effort to ease the burden on host cities.
“(The IOC) has come out and specifically said that we should make the maximum use of existing facilities, and that, so far as I am concerned, overrides the 8km philosophy which we had as part of the bid,” Coates told a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday after a two-day IOC review of Tokyo’s preparations.
“We have suggested to the organising committee that for the preliminaries for basketball, just as for football, they may care to look at cities like Osaka that might have large venues.”
Tokyo has said from the start that some preliminary events for soccer would be held in parts of northeastern Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in an effort to broaden the economic impact, but this is the first time holding events in other regions has been mentioned.
Osaka is some 400 km (255 miles) west of Tokyo.
Planners allotted $1.5 billion for venues in Tokyo’s Olympics bid but that estimate more than doubled late last year after recalculation.
Such budget worries mean plans for a new basketball arena may be dropped in favour of an existing venue about 25 km (17 miles) out of Tokyo, with badminton moving a similar distance outside the city.
Coates said he had visited both prospective sites and felt “very positive” about them.
No decision has yet been made but Tokyo hopes to have a fairly complete final plan pulled together by February 2015, officials said on Wednesday.
“What we’re trying to avoid above all is swelling expenses that become a huge burden for the people of Japan,” said Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo organising committee.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Aussie Dante Exum has sparked the Utah Jazz to a blowout 98-81 NBA win over Oklahoma City.
The 19-year-old sank three three-pointers to ignite a 16-point Utah run across the third and fourth quarters.
He shot three from five from the field as he contributed nine points in just 15 minutes of court time.
Exum said he was caught up in the emotion of the side’s charge over both sides of the final break.
“The crowd was crazy tonight and, hitting those threes, I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts,” he said.
“I didn’t know what to do. It was just run to the bench and kind of get around the guys.”
Alec Burks collected 20 points with 14 rebounds, Enes Kanter had 16 points and 15 boards, as the Jazz (5-7) rallied from a slow start to hand the injury-depleted Thunder a third straight loss.
Elsewhere, Kobe Bryant dropped in 28 points as the struggling Los Angeles Lakers clipped the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 for just their second win of the season.
Bryant’s three-point play with one minute 11 seconds left gave the Lakers a 108-102 advantage. It also put him in an elite club of just four players to reach 32,000 points for his career, joining icons Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
The Lakers led 111-106 with 17.7 seconds left but had to sweat out the final seconds.
The Hawks drew to within 112-109 on Kyle Korver’s three-pointer and had a shot to force overtime after getting the ball back with 7.7 seconds left.
Out of a timeout, centre Pero Antic launched a wide-open three-point attempt from the right wing but it bounced off the back of the iron.
Jordan Hill grabbed the rebound, hit two free throws to cap an 18-point, 10-rebound effort, and the Lakers stopped a four-game slide with their first road win of the season.
Sarfraz Ahmed (28) and Yasir Shah (one) were in the middle at stumps with Pakistan, who lead the three-match series 1-0, still trailing New Zealand by 122 runs with four wickets in hand.
After cheaply removing Pakistan’s openers late on Tuesday, New Zealand needed early wickets to take the upper hand but were thwarted by Younus and Azhar, who negotiated pace bowlers with aplomb and used their feet effectively against spinners.
Younus, who turns 37 later this month, was the more aggressive of the two, hitting off-spinner Mark Craig for two sixes — one over long on and the other over midwicket.
The right-hander hit the spinner for his sixth boundary to bring up his 29th test fifty in the final over before the break.
After dominating his 113-run third wicket stand with Azhar, Younus was dismissed by Jimmy Neesham, having extended the red hot form that had produced three centuries and a double hundred in his last six test innings.
Azhar took three runs off a Craig delivery to register his 18th test fifty in 150 balls and provided a glimpse of his aggression when he stepped out to hit Craig over long off for a six.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (28) also looked solid at the other end until he edged a Trent Boult delivery to slip.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi ended Azhar’s 322-minute vigil with a delivery that brushed the batsman’s pad before hitting the stumps.
Boult bowled Asad Shafiq with an incoming delivery after the batsman offered no shot but, much to Pakistan’s relief, TV replays showed the bowler had overstepped.
Shafiq, then on 21, could not make the most of it though and edged a Tim Southee delivery to Ross Taylor in the slip to depart on 44 in the penultimate over of the day.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Ken Ferris)
On November 19th 2004, Cameron Doomadgee, also known as Mulrunji, was arrested for allegedly causing a public nuisance.
He was taken into custody by Senior Sargeant Chris Hurley, accompanied by the Indigenous Liaison Police officer Lloyd Bengaroo.
Within an hour Mr Doomadge was found dead in a cell at Palm Island police station. He suffered a cut above his right eye, four broken ribs, his portal vein was ruptured and his liver almost split in two against his spine.
“I rang the Police Station. Chris Hurley answered and he asked me who I was,” explained Mr Doomadgee’s sister, Valmae Doomadgee-Aplin. “After I gave him all my information he handed me on to somebody else. He just said “we can’t talk about it” and just hung up.”
A week later an autopsy report revealed the gravity of Mr Doomadgee’s injuries, and sparked a riot that saw its police station and barracks burnt to the ground.
A state of emergency followed where 80 police officers, including a riot squad, were deployed.
“He was like our backbone of the family,” said another of Mr Doomadgee’s sisters, Jane. “We all help each other today. We’re here to be strong for each other.
“We will never ever forget our baby brother because they took him away from us.”
Then and nowPalm Island resident Lex Wotton was there when Mr Doomadgee was picked up by police, and would go on to serve two years of a seven year prison sentence for inciting the riots. “I’d still do what I did then,” he said. “It was about making a statement. I don’t regret it all. “(It cost me) not only my liberty by also the suffering of my family. I know they went through a lot.” Sergeant Hurley became the first police officer in recent Australian history to stand trial over a death in custody. He was acquitted of manslaughter, prompting further outrage. “The judicial system in this country is not controlled by black Australia. It’s controlled by white Australia,” said Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Alf Lacey. “The pendulum is also going to be on their side and not our side.” The final coroner’s report, along with the state anti-corruption agency report found police colluded to protect Sergeant Hurley and their investigation tainted the evidence.What’s changed?
Deaths in custody investigations and police disciplinary procedures were overhauled, but the recommendation that six officers be charged never happened.
After $7 million spent prosecuting the case, some police received compensation while two Palm Islanders were jailed for rioting.
“I think things have changed for the better,” explains Greg Shadbolt from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. “There’s a lot of respect for the commissioner and deputy commissioner. But Palm Island specifically, things haven’t improved.
“Justice reinvestment is the key. Governments need to address underlying cases, that will reduce offending rates making for safer communities. It’s far cheaper to address offending behaviour than locking people up.”
In a statement, the Crime and Corruption Commission said it’s “working with the QPS and the State Coroner to finalise a new Memorandum of Understanding, which will further define the roles of each agency following a death related to a police operation to ensure there is appropriate transparency and independent oversight of these investigations.”
Lex Wotton is now leading a class action against Queensland on behalf of Palm Islanders. Though Aboriginal rights advocate Professor Gracelyn Smallwood said it’s not about the money.
“It’s about justice and letting the world know that the unresolved trauma is still there on Palm Island,” she said.
Jakarta says it will monitor the implications of Australia’s decision to ban asylum seekers recently arrived in Indonesia and will act if it affects its national interests.
Australia will continue to resettle some refugees who registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia before July 1, 2014, but fewer places will be allocated.
Those who’ve arrived in Indonesia since that date will be refused the chance to settle in Australia.
There are 10,507 people on the UNHCR’s books in Indonesia.
Of them, 6202 are asylum seekers and the rest have been deemed refugees.
Between January 1, 2014 and the end of October, an average of 443 people registered with the UNHCR Jakarta office every month.
This is 36 per cent lower than the whole of 2013, when an average of 694 people registered monthly.
Foreign ministry spokesman Michael Tene on Wednesday said Indonesia would monitor the new policy closely.
“Should it have adverse implications to the interests of Indonesia then naturally necessary measures will be taken in due course to protect our interests,” he said.
“Indonesia continues to hold the view, we’re of a firm view actually, that the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in this region, in our region, must and can only be effectively addressed though a comprehensive approach, through the origin, transit and destination countries.”
Mr Tene called for all nations to work within the framework of the Bali process “that covers all steps, prevention, early detection, protection as well as prosecution”.
While Indonesia was not a party to the UN convention, it had complied with its basic principles, he said, “particularly with regard to the issue of expulsions, return and refoulement as well as co-operation with UN agencies.
“We do hope countries other than Indonesia will continue to uphold their shared responsibilities.”
WHERE INDONESIA’S ASYLUM SEEKER POPULATION IS FROM:
Afghanistan (59 per cent)
Iran (10 per cent)
Somalia (6 per cent)
Iraq (6 per cent)
WHERE THE REFUGEE POPULATION IS FROM:
Afghanistan (37 per cent)
Myanmar (19 per cent)
Sri Lanka (8 per cent)
Somalia (8 per cent)
(Source: UNHCR Jakarta)
Israel has demolished the home of a Palestinian behind a deadly car attack in Jerusalem, following a bloody assault on a synagogue.
Four rabbis and a policeman were killed on Tuesday after two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers and a pistol launched a rare assault on a place of worship.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a harsh response to the synagogue assault, which was the bloodiest attack in Jerusalem in years.
“I have ordered the destruction of the homes of the Palestinians who carried out this massacre and to speed up the demolitions of those who carried out previous attacks,” Netanyahu said late on Tuesday.
Hours later Israeli forces razed the east Jerusalem apartment of the family of Abdelrahman Shaludi, who deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians on October 22, killing a young woman and a baby.
Shaludi was shot by police as he fled the scene and later died of his wounds.
Israel is struggling to contain a wave of unrest in annexed Arab east Jerusalem that has seen a growing number of deadly attacks by Palestinians.
Israel has used punitive house demolitions for years in the West Bank but the policy was halted in 2005 after the army said they had no proven deterrent effect and was likely to encourage violence.
The family home in the densely populated neighbourhood of Silwan was little more than a shell after the demolition, its inner and outer walls blown out and piles of rubble covering the floor.
The family had moved out ahead of the demolition and were staying with relatives.
“Where can we go now? We have nowhere to live, no home,” said Shaludi’s teenage sister Nibras.
Aside from the homes of the two Palestinians behind the synagogue attack, three more east Jerusalem apartments are earmarked for demolition in connection with a spate of attacks in the past three months.
The latest wave of violence comes amid heightened tensions in the Holy City, fanned by Palestinian anger over right-wing Jews pressing to overturn a long-standing ban on their praying at the compound that houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock.
Palestinians are also angered by Jewish settlers moving into east Jerusalem and either buying up properties, or building new ones.
The Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday said it approved the construction of 78 new homes for settlers in the Har Homa and Ramot neighbourhoods.
Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend.
The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital station this weekend, carried there by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Astronauts on the station will finally be able to enjoy a decent brew thanks to the 20-kilogramme machine designed by famed Italian coffee makers Lavazza and engineering firm Argotec, which specialises in making space food.
Cristoforetti, 37, who is also a captain in the Italian airforce, “will be not only the first female astronaut from Italy to go into space, but also the very first astronaut in the history of the conquest of space to savour an authentic Italian espresso in orbit,” the two companies said in a statement.
The designers say it uses “extraterrestrial” capsules and can operate in “microgravity” conditions.
“ISSpresso is a technological achievement that conforms to the technical requirements and ultra-strict security measures imposed on us by the Italian space agency,” said David Avino, Argotec’s director general.
Among the challenges for the engineers was figuring out how to get the liquids flowing properly in zero gravity. Its steel components also had to be able to withstand enormous pressure.
Cristoforetti will be travelling with an American, Terry Virts, and Russian Anton Shkaplerov in a Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan — and will stay there until May 2015.
They will join American astronaut American Barry Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, who are returning to Earth in March.