Loosen the shackles during season to stop players going off the leash

Printouts are provided of schedules and videos are emailed of their previous game, with the plusses deliberately outnumbering the negatives lest the player becomes distressed. Clubs employ experts to monitor their “wellness”. They are in a disciplined, controlled environment, often with alcohol bans. Interaction with the public at the local pub is almost non-existent. Furthermore, the game demands they be aggressive – and the best act on instinct. When the season finishes, they are released from the bubble and are often on their own. The end-of-season trip, once a focal…

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Bernardi to call time on political career

The Adelaide Advertiser said Senator Bernardi had told family, friends and colleagues of his decision, which will see him exit on the final day of federal parliament for the year. “I realise that my enthusiasm to return to Parliament in the new year had gone and it’s time to move on with other aspects of my life and let others pick up the cudgels,” he told the SMH. Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi during a censure motion at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP/Mick TsikasSource:AAP Because the South Australian was…

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Loosen the shackles during season to stop players going off the leash

Printouts are provided of schedules and videos are emailed of their previous game, with the plusses deliberately outnumbering the negatives lest the player becomes distressed. Clubs employ experts to monitor their “wellness”. They are in a disciplined, controlled environment, often with alcohol bans. Interaction with the public at the local pub is almost non-existent. Furthermore, the game demands they be aggressive – and the best act on instinct. When the season finishes, they are released from the bubble and are often on their own. The end-of-season trip, once a focal…

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Cameron Smith in line for shock switch to halfback for Melbourne Storm

Jahrome Hughes, who finished last season at halfback, would shift to the centres to cover for the expected departure of Curtis Scott to Canberra. The move would make it even more difficult for Brodie Croft, already on the outer, to earn a halves spot in 2020. The Melbourne brains trust came up with the plan in a bid to maximise the talents on their roster after Smith confirmed he would be playing on in 2020. The 36-year-old had indicated he may have played his last game after his side’s preliminary…

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Controversial scene in The Crown slammed: ‘Absolute nonsense’

The hit show’s third season hit Netflix in full on Sunday, but one particular episode seemed to rub viewers up the wrong way. One plot line sees the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, rebuffing pleas from Prime Minister Harold Wilson to visit grieving families in Aberfan, Wales, after a tragic accident. The infamous Aberfan coal tip claimed 144 lives, mostly of children, devastating the small community. After finally relenting, HRH is warned by an aide: “You may wish to consider this is Wales, not England. A display of emotion would…

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Fraser-McGurk denied in final-ball thriller as SA prevail at MCG

The result meant little, with both sides already eliminated from the title race after Queensland and Western Australia secured spots in next week’s final in Brisbane. Fraser-McGurk, who had made two domestic half-centuries in seven days since his Sheffield Shield debut last week, finished 41 not out from 34 balls. Loading The Vics have a couple of Shield games to come before the BBL begins on December 17. Fraser-McGurk is contracted to the Renegades but will be away from early January on Australian under-19 duties. However Renegades captain Aaron Finch…

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Caitlyn Jenner calls life before her transition the ‘dirty secret’ in the Kar-Jenner family

Already a fan favourite of the reality show, Jenner held a candid conversation with her I’m A Celeb co-stars on her second night in Springbrook National Park, NSW about what it was like leading up to the year she transitioned. She said things were particularly difficult in the late 80s, when she “didn’t feel like she fit in anywhere.” RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner reveals fear of being found out as ‘fraud’ RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner jokes about ‘retiring her penis’ at Alec Baldwin roast “I did, like, 500 episodes (of Keeping Up…

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Private health premiums tipped to soar as more young people drop cover

Grattan Institute health economist Stephen Duckett said Mr Hunt’s bid to secure an average premium increase of less than 3 per cent for next year was looking unlikely after APRA revealed insurer costs had increased by 3.98 per cent in real terms over 12 months. Dr Duckett predicted a rise of about 3.5 per cent, higher than this year’s 3.25 per cent increase and more than double the rate of inflation. Loading Mr Hunt is weighing up insurers’ proposed annual premium increases for 2020, which he will decide on next…

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Cameron Smith in line for shock switch to halfback for Melbourne Storm

Jahrome Hughes, who finished last season at halfback, would shift to the centres to cover for the expected departure of Curtis Scott to Canberra. The move would make it even more difficult for Brodie Croft, already on the outer, to earn a halves spot in 2020. The Melbourne brains trust came up with the plan in a bid to maximise the talents on their roster after Smith confirmed he would be playing on in 2020. The 36-year-old had indicated he may have played his last game after his side’s preliminary…

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