Monthly Archives: January 2019

Israeli troops being redeployed, not withdrawn from Gaza: Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday. Photo: Oded Balilty/AP Israeli soldiers stand on top of a tank near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on August 2. Photo: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Smoke rises after an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli border on August 2. Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Gaza City: Israeli tanks appeared to be pulling back from a number of border towns around Gaza, as its military continued an intensive bombardment of the southern city of Rafah after one of its soldiers went missing.

But a suggestion that Israel may unilaterally withdraw its ground troops in the next 48 hours appeared unlikely, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying however long it takes and with whatever force is required, Israel would bring back peace to its border.

His former deputy defence minister, Danny Danon, who was fired for public criticism of the government, said on Saturday that “the cabinet is gravely mistaken in its decision to withdraw forces from Gaza. This is a step in the wrong direction.”

But Mr Netanyahu, in a nationally televised speech with Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon beside him, insisted that Israel was achieving its goals.

The Israeli army announced the death of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23. But on Sunday, a military spokeswoman declined to say whether Goldin had been killed along with two comrades by a suicide bomb one of the militants exploded, or later by Israel’s assault on the area to hunt for him; she also refused to answer whether remains had been recovered.

The soldier’s parents called on Mr Netanyahu and on the army not to leave their son behind.

Adding to the confusion, the Israel Defence Forces announced that it would soon have destroyed all the tunnels built by Hamas from Gaza into southern Israeli towns.

Palestinian residents of towns including Beit Lahiya and east of Shujaiya  were told by the IDF on Saturday afternoon they could return to their homes, but there was considerable suspicion about whether it was safe for them to do so.

Even though people are desperate to go home, or at least attempt to recover some personal items from the rubble, most have chosen to say in the overcrowded UN schools that are providing a temporary home for up to 250,000 Palestinians.

At least three temporary ceasefires have collapsed in the last week, leaving thousands of Palestinians who elected to return to their villages and towns stranded in live fire zones.

Hamas and its military wing denied any knowledge of Lieutenant Goldin.

Mkhaimar Abusada, associate professor of political science at al-Azhar University in Gaza, said Hamas was now in a position of strength, moving from a state of political and economic weakness to the centre of the political stage.

“One of the main goals for Hamas has been the end of the siege of its borders,” Professor Abusada said.

“In Gaza we know that many people are very angry with Israel because of the destruction of Beit Lahiya, Shujaiya and Rafah … but there are also so many Palestinians left homeless that it is generating some private criticism of Hamas as well.”

The most that can be achieved from negotiations in Cairo on Sunday is a unified Palestinian voice on the conflict and some concrete proposals for ending the siege and a two-state solution, he said.

Israel has already said it will not attend the Cairo talks, which were designed to capitalise on the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that collapsed on Friday. A Palestinian delegation, minus representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, arrived in Egypt on Saturday.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the organisation had no information about the missing Israeli soldier.

“I do not mean that we regret capturing soldiers, we want them for the release of our prisoners in Israeli jails.

“We are not kidnapping them in Tel Aviv,” he said. “They are in Gaza and they are here to kill women and children.”

He said the IDF was undertaking a “scorched earth” policy in Gaza, admitting that Palestinians had lost a lot since this war had begun.

“But 1.8 million Palestinians were dying slowly before the war because of the siege, we had no option but to act for our survival.”

with New York Times, agencies

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Goodall gets boxing lesson in superheavyweight final

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Outboxed: Joe Joyce of England pins Joe Goodall of Australia. Photo: James BrickwoodJoe Goodall, the first Australian to challenge for a Commonwealth Games super heavyweight gold, has been beaten by classy Englishman Joe Joyce in the final bout of the boxing tournament.

Joyce was the favourite going into the fight and Queenslander Goodall, who has only been fighting for four years, was going to have to make a huge step up to be in the hunt.

He started promisingly but the experienced Joyce quickly asserted his dominance at centre ring, taking the wind out of the Australian’s sails with some big rights and a dangerous uppercut.

Goodall moved well in the first round and often beat the Englishman to his punches. But Joyce was stalking his every move and managed to find a few flush shots late to take a close round.

Joyce hasn’t got much speed but he works the ring with precision and throws punches with power from both hands. Goodall didn’t want to stand and exchange but kept finding himself backed into a corner, where Joyce was able to score and inflict damage.

Goodall found himself on the end of a standing count in the second round, although it seemed to be after a low blow. Even still, the matter was largely beyond doubt.

There were a few bright moments for the Australian in the final round but it ended with Joyce banging away and winning a clear decision and the gold medal.

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Shelley Watts, the pugilist pioneer for women

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It was war: Shelley Watts lands a blow on Laishram Devi of India. Photo: James BrickwoodIn time, Shelley Watts may become to Australian boxing what Annette Kellerman was to swimming and Phyllis O’Donnell was to surfing: an original whose name will forever be linked with her sport’s professional origins. There have been other Australian female boxers of note, but there will never be another first Australian female gold medallist. Watts has that for good.

Nor has there been any Australian with the substantial career Watts now has ahead of her, with world championships and an Olympic Games on her agenda. Having taken up the sport in 2010, just as it was made legal and professional in Australia, the 26-year-old criminal law student has dominated the lightweight division in Glasgow, although her final, against India’s Laishram Devi, was rugged enough for Watts to describe it as a ‘war’.

Watts’s style may best be described in contrast to the bout before hers. In the women’s flyweight final, England’s Nicola Adams’s spunk and bluff took her a fair way towards a contentious split decision over Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh. ‘I was cheated,’ Walsh later tweeted.

Adams, the sport’s inaugural Olympic gold medallist at London in 2012 and a world number one with an iconic career already behind her, inhabits that celebrated crossover space between ringcraft and stagecraft. But if Adams has something of the Apollo Creed of women’s boxing about her, Shelley Watts is the Shelley Watts and none other. There is little adornment or salesmanship; her boxing is nuggety and streamlined, as she bunches herself into a ball of efficiency that is ever on the advance. Her balance and speed suggest that she would be good at any number of sports, which indeed she was until a knee reconstruction curtailed her soccer and touch football days and sent her into a Lismore boxing gym four years ago.

There is plenty of personality in Watts’s boxing, but it’s not for show. Only after winning does she let loose her genuine happiness and kiss the camera. In the first round of her gold medal bout against Devi, she was consistently beaten to the punch. She regrouped with coach Don Abnett and stuck to her plan, which was to wear Devi out with high-intensity combat. “The coaches knew she was going to tire eventually,” Watts said. “The fast pace was going to take its toll, and I knew I would have plenty in the tank.”

The second and third rounds were frenetic, Watts engaging the taller and more experienced Devi with rapid-fire exchanges and landing some heavy blows with her right hand. Her hair came loose from its moorings and her ponytail flew as her straight right kept pummelling Devi. By the fourth, both fighters were clearly tired, though Watts said she still had energy to spare. By that stage she didn’t need it, as Devi was spent. “It was a great fight, it was a war,” Watts said. “Not a lot of tactics, just a lot of punches thrown, but sometimes you’ve just got to brawl it.”

Her wonderful tournament at an end, Watts was looking forward to having a plate of ribs and then getting home to reunite with her friends in Australia and her family on New South Wales’ north coast. For some, the sight of women boxing is as unseemly as women’s swimming appeared a hundred years ago in Kellerman’s time and women’s surfing fifty years ago in O’Donnell’s. Times change in big historic moments, and one has Shelley Watts’s kisser all over it.

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Smaller Diamonds stand tall against Jamaica

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They might have been outsized and outmuscled, but the Diamonds used all their smarts and mobility to overcome Jamaica on Saturday and set up a Commonwealth Games netball final against New Zealand.

The Jamaicans did not allow Australia any comfort in the first half, and it was only in the third quarter that the Diamonds broke free. Captain Laura Geitz kept the imposing Jamaican goal shooter Jhaniele Reid to 32 points in Australia’s 57-42 win, a performance coach Lisa Alexander praised for its composure.

Outstanding for the Australians was wing attack Madi Robinson. The pocket dynamo had a near-perfect match with 22 goal assists and four interceptions. The most vital of these were two early in the third quarter which contributed to Australia breaking out of the arm-wrestle that the first half had been. The 168-centimetre Robinson outmanoeuvred her far-larger direct opponent, Vangelee Williams, who eventually grew frustrated and conceded seven penalties on Robinson before being replaced by the even bigger Kasey Evering, who had no greater impact. Alexander lauded her players for “staying calm when we know Jamaica are very physical and will try some tricks here and there. It’s important to let the umpires take control of the game, and we were terrific at that today.”

Robinson’s combination with Kimberlee Green in the first half was vital to Australia’s transfers from defence into attack, and when Green was replaced by Kimberley Ravaillion at half-time, Robinson continued to work with high efficiency and to throw some visionary passes, providing eight goal assists in the pivotal third quarter alone. “Madi was incredible,” said an admiring Australian goal attack, Natalie Medhurst, who contributed 16 points to complement Caitlin Bassett’s 41. “Her feeds, her work using the ball around the circle, and her defensive effort were incredible. She’s like a little crumber back in the AFL, picking up those loose balls coming out.”

Thoughts then turned to the gold medal match against New Zealand, who came back from a six-goal deficit in the final minutes to overhaul a nervous England in the other semi-final. Medhurst, looking forward to the final, said, “Our countries are both so passionate about our netball, right down to the grass roots. Off the court, believe it or not, we actually do like each other, which is a bit strange! But we want to beat the Silver Ferns, and they want to beat us.”

Four years ago, New Zealand beat a heartbroken Australia for the gold medal in Delhi. For the four Australian players who remain from that match, and for the team as a whole, Alexander said, “There’s a lot of burning desire and hurt there. You can’t ignore it. In my opinion it drives us further. It’s a positive.”

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Good Morning Bendigo – 03.08.2014

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Good Morning Bendigo!

Good Morning Bendigo!

The freezing temperatureoutside this morning meant that I had to spend 10 minutes getting rid of ice all over my windows. Myvery kind housemate helped me scrape ice off while I splashed water over the windscreen.

A freezing morning (literally) starting at minus 2 degrees and frost with a later top of 12 degrees and sunny!

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No delays.

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight

Legislation for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put toParliament this year, sources have revealed.

The move is aimed at quelling backbench dissent on the issue and is also a recognition itmay be voted down by rebel government senators if put to the test.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said in June that PPL legislation would be introduced ‘‘soon’’ and described as ‘‘absurd’’ suggestions the policy had been stalled due to internal unrest.

Advice service fails to woo couples

Kevin Andrews’ love revolution is a slow burner.Almost all of the free relationship counselling vouchers under the Social Services Minister’s scheme to introduce more harmony in Australians’ love lives remain up for grabs.

With a limit of 100,000 vouchers available to couples, a spokeswoman for Mr Andrews urged people to register as ”soon as possible” when the scheme launched on July 1.

So far, only about 1400 couples have taken the government up on the offer, leaving about 98,600 vouchers going spare for sessions on parenting, conflict resolution and financial management.

Families thrown into medical marijuana wrangle – THE AGE

A knock at the door of a home in Melbourne’s outer suburbs last month threw three parents, all with children who suffer debilitating epilepsy, into the centre of a political debate about legalising medicinal marijuana in Australia.

Mernda couple Cassie Batten and Rhett Wallace had recently appeared on national television talking about giving their toddler a cannabis tincture oil to stop his life-threatening seizures.

The man standing at their front door was Epping Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Detective Sergeant Brett Meadows, who had been tasked with investigating the couple after a report about Cooper’s welfare was made to police.

Does skipping school hinder kids’ learning? – THE AGE

Missing just one day of school has negative consequences for a student’s academic achievement, the first major study linking poor attendance to lower NAPLAN results has found.

And school attendance patterns established as early as year 1 can predict how often a student will show up to class right throughout high school, according to the research.

Australia is alarmingly slack when it comes to school attendance, with high school students skipping more days of school than almost any other developed country.

1914 – Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany. Britain’s declaration of war meant Australia was also at war. Bendigo did not find out the news until August 6.

1945 -Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.

1958 – The first nuclear submarine USSNautiluspasses under the North Pole.

1967 -President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.

1811- Elisha Otis, inventor of the automatic safety brake for elevators.

1856- Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister.

1924 Leon Uris, writer whose works includeBattle CryandExodus.

1926 Tony Bennett, singer (“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”).

1941 Martha Stewart, business magnate and television personality.

1. Entomology is the study of what?

2. What continent is the nation of Eritrea located in?

3. What was the name of the party under which Hitler came to power in 1933?

4: Epsom in England is most well known for what sport?

5. Golf player Vijay Singh comes from what country?

Answers: 1; insects, 2; Africa, 3: Nazi party, 4: horse racing, 5; Fiji

Why did the chicken run onto the football field?

Because the umpire called a foul.

Have a lovely day!


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