GWS upbeat Deledio will return in finals

Injury-prone GWS midfielder Brett Deledio is on track to overcome his latest setback.GWS are confident injured veteran Brett Deledio will return in week one of the AFL finals with coach Leon Cameron adamant his side have the depth to survive the latest chapter of their injury-cursed campaign.

The Giants have clambered into the top four, winning eight of their past nine games, but another round of setbacks threaten to stall their push for a maiden premiership.

Gun forward Toby Greene and young defender Sam Taylor are likely to be on the sidelines until September, having both tweaked a hamstring during the 105-point win over Carlton.

Dawson Simpson’s season is over after he fractured an ankle in the same game while young ruckman Matt Flynn is unavailable to replace the ruckman due to a quad problem.

Deledio, who has managed a total of 16 games in his two seasons at the Giants because of recurring calf injuries, also failed to finish Sunday’s game at Etihad Stadium.

“They were waiting this morning for some clarification on the tendon damage but that looks really positive,” GWS coach Leon Cameron told reporters.

“He’s probably first week of finals, all going well.”

Veteran Heath Shaw admitted disconsolate Deledio was a “sad sight” after his latest setback.

“It’s a tough time for him. We’re feeling for him,” Shaw said.

“We’re going to put our arm around him and back him in when he gets back.”

In better news for the club, Dylan Shiel, Ryan Griffen, Tim Taranto and Sam Reid are all on track to return on Saturday night against Adelaide in Canberra.

The Giants have had a stack of injuries this season, with Deledio, Greene, Josh Kelly, Jon Patton, Tom Scully, Rory Lobb and Zac Williams among the stars to have endured long stints on the sidelines.

“It’s annoying,” Cameron said.

“Our depth has been tested all year. It’s going to be tested over the next couple of weeks, we’ve probably got 14 or 15 on the injury list.

“That’s life. You have to deal with it.

“We can sit here and whinge about it but we’ve got a game in three days and a formidable opponent.”

Cameron wasn’t bothered by the prospect of recalling three underdone players in week one of the finals.

“We’re not there yet … but I’d prefer a bunch of players coming back and putting their hand up than not,” he said.

Shaw noted GWS have been unable to boast a settled 22 during the past two months, a stretch of hot form that includes a win over ladder-leading premiership favourites Richmond.

“We’re very confident the guys we put our there will do the job,” he said.

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It’s getting worse, I swear

I’ve become one of those old women who are appalled at the language of the young.

I realise this has been happening for millennia, I just never thought it would happen to me (along with neck wrinkles and a taste for red wine). I’ve worked in foul-mouthed newsrooms most of my adult life (you know who you are), and I thought I was relatively shock-proof. Turns out I had sensitivities I never expected to see tested.

Many journalists can’t get through a spoken sentence without some salty adjectives (not me, of course), but I’m finding that younger people have expanded their repertoire beyond the usual suspects.

The one that really hurts my ears is a word no self-respecting feminist of the last century would let past her lips (I can’t even imply it in that “fudge, shoot, gosh darn” pre-schooler code –you’ll have to guess), but these whipper-snappers of today incorporate it into their car decals and bandy it about on social media without the slightest blush.

I guess that’s what happens –each generation finds the words that upset their parents the most, for whatever reason. They don’t use them regardless of their sensitivities –they use them because of them.

A couple of generations ago, many of the words that were beyond the pale had blasphemous overtones. Saying ‘damn’ or ‘bloody hell’ would have drawn gasps in the drawing room, but people long since stopped batting a (bloody) eyelid.

Today, sexual themes predominate in curse words, emerging perhaps from several decades where sex has replaced religion at the apexof society.Now, those words are themselves losing whatever powers they retained.

What next, then? I’ll find it interesting is to see which words will eventually shock the young people of today.My prediction is the ones that they can’t bring themselves to say relate to offending minorities.Those words have been off-limits their whole lives (rightly so –I’m not arguing with it), but here’s betting their own children will seize on them, ready to shock and upset Mum and Dad like every generation before them.

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Newcastle Rugby: Hamilton have eyes on grand club prize

BACK: Point-scoring fly-half Dane Sherratt will return from a broken nose for Hamilton in the lower grades on Saturday. Picture: Stewart Hazell

HAMILTON are poised to win a fourth straight first grade minor premiership but coach Scott Hamilton has his eyes firmly on another title.

The Hawks are sitting first on 748 points in the club championship, 13 points clear of Merewether with two rounds to play.

“We spoke about it last week and think it is a true testament of the club,” Coleman said. “We won it a couple of years ago and it’s a title we want back. As first grade coach, I put a lot more emphasis on that than anything else.”

Hamilton are at home to Southern Beaches and Wanderers in the final two senior rounds. Their colts play Merewether and Wanderers.

Merewether are away toLake Macquarie and Southern Beaches.

“We just have to win all grades,” Coleman said. “There is a bit of incentive for the players.We get $3 beers for two hours if we win all four grades. That is part of the club culture.”

The Hawks welcome back Pete Maxwell andSam McNeil for the clash against Beaches. In a further boost, Dane Sherratt returns in the lower grades after missing three games with a broken nose.

* It has been a long time between drinks for Merewether prop Josh Gane. Gane played first grade for the first time in more than five years in the Greens 64-17 win over University.With Wendall Wilhelmus hampered by ashoulder injury, his experience could be vital in the finals.

* Wanderers flyer Tim Marsh looks to have found a home at outside centre. After starting the year at fullback and moving back to wing, Marsh has scored five tries in two games with the No.13 on his back.

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Testing times for new educational approach

HARD AT WORK: Reader Ken Godwin argues that educational standards have slipped, with academic skills less advanced in modern school leavers. Picture: Rick StevensBACK in the 1970s I was a tech instructor in what is now called Telstra. Trainees were 17 to 30 years old and a lot had Higher School Certificate (HSC)qualifications.

When they started we had to teach them about sixweeks of basic maths and practical science so they could actually do the work of a basic lineman.Compared to my days in school, I could see there was a failure in the schooling of the time. This was really brought about by the implementation of the Wyndham Schemeof education by the director-generalfor education SirHarold Wyndham. The emphasis was removed from maths and English and associated forms.

Nowwe are seeing peoplethat were graduating from university in the 1980swhoare now teachers or in management. The only maths and English skills they seem to have are basic.

I believe there is something wrong when anHSC can be awarded apparently without having English or maths skills tested.

Ken Godwin,ValentineWE MUST TAKE BETTER ROADSO, WE seem to have another revhead wanting to open the speed limit on the M1 to 130kmh (Letters 6/8). He will need to wait a while.

We simply don’t have the type of roads the Germans have that sustain such high speeds, and we certainly don’t have many drivers that could handle these speeds in a freeway-type situation. Those who can are already using the speedways. I think many drivers on our roads are already suspectanyway. Imagine giving them free rein to go even faster than they do now, not to mention the hazard of massive trucks that abound. The mind boggles.

The M1 is a nightmare in its present state, and there are parts of it where even the 110km/h limit is excessive. Of course, relocation to Germany could be an option if those speeds excite you.

Lyall Rissler,Raymond TerraceA BALM FOR THE NERVESBARRY Boettcher (Letters8/8) shouldn’t worry about health insurers using personal data to “risk rate” and penalise people based upon age or inherent disease risk. The principle of one price for all is both deeply enshrined in the law and our values as a company. Fundamentally, insurance is about protecting the vulnerable.

Rather, Mr Boettcher should be excited about the potential of “big data” and artificial intelligence to interpret our individual health information and actually better predict and prevent illness. If it does arrive, a world of “precision medicine” may then guide us to the best cure. All of this is much closer than we think and My Health Recordwill become a crucial source of data. Realising the reality will take a level of investment in technology, scale and business systems that only companies like nib bring.

Mark Fitzgibbon,nib managing directorREPLACE WITH SOME SPACETHE car-free zone for the Honeysuckle university campus (‘FeWspace’, Herald 8/8)is of no surprise,but rather expectedas a way to create a captive market for the white elephant tramway.

University students who live on one-minute noodleswith little moneywill more than likely use bicyclesfor free ratherthan pay to travel on the tram.Therefore l would not be surprised if bicycles would be banned during peak travel times, blaming safety concerns of being caught in the groove of tramway lines orfalling in front of trams.

One can only wonder why so many students and residents are forced into congested living when Newcastle has many outer suburbs of bushland more suitable for university training and residential purposesat far less cost to the taxpayer.

A previous letter published suggested the ex-BHP land be converted into a green sporting and recreational suburb, which would make the perfect place with spaceto build the university buildings and student accommodation.

Some may say it may be too late because of what is already built, but the building in question would easily sell and convert to residential and commercial usage.I believe it’s not too late to change direction, if council and government can only admit there are better ways, at better places, at better prices.

Carl Stevenson,Dora CreekA DEARTH OF GOOD CHOICESTHE Newcastle Herald letters to the editor page has had many robust opinions on how bad both the main political parties are at the moment, with some pretty valid criticisms by voters of all persuasions.

One would have to wonder if Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have a death wish for their government, whatwith their stubborn refusal to scrap theproposed tax cuts for big businessthat are going down like a lead balloonwith not only the general public, but so many of their own party members. With the chance of it getting through the Senate next to nil, why not back down gracefully and give yourselves a fighting chance of winning the next election with one less unpopular idea?

As for Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen, neither of these men arein my opinion worthy to be considered as alternative Prime Minister and Treasurer, neither having had,as far as I know, any experience in running a business.Shorten is joined at the hip to the unions, whohave been reported latelytohave put pressure on himshould he be elected Prime Minister to open the floodgates for illegal immigrants.

Since when has it been the role of trade unions to influence Australia’s border control and immigration policies?

The unions should stick to what they were formed for and keep their noses out of government business.Bearing in mind only about 10 per centof the private workforce are union members, they are well and truly in the minority and would gain more brownie points by looking after their members’ interest as I see it.

Ian King,Warners BaySOME DISTANT WEDDED BLISSREGARDING the article about the same-sex wedding (‘Whitsundays marriage an equality win’, Herald 3/8)I absolutely loved it. The Whitsundays lookslike a great place to be married.

I voted yes. I believe happiness is a human right. I don’t care if you are black, white or a Calathumpian purple people eater who flips pancakes. I believe marriage is not something that has a gender nor is it a business transaction . It’s something unique to each couple, and a responsibility.

I hope this lasts.

Belinda Paterson,BenallaSHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]出售老域名.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.

LETTER OF THE WEEKTHE pen goes to Robert and Evelyn Gibson, of Charlestown, for their letter encouragingtourism into drought-affected areas. The pen is in the mail.

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Short Takes August 11: readers have their say on the day’s news

IN REPLY to theGibsons (Letters 8/8):if the NSW government was to lower the registrationon caravans for Grey Nomads to a fee-only status, imagine how much disposable income would free up to be spent in the towns affected by the weather. It’s easily done with a stroke of the ministerial pen. Pensioners spend, they do not hoard.

John Bradford,BeresfieldIN LIGHT of Phil Gould seemingly making an attempt to have Ivan Cleary break his contract at the West Tigers and return to Penrith, I believe itis a disgrace.He should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Gould seems to thinkhe is the be-all and end-all of rugby league. All he is doing iscausingfans to hate Penrith because of his actions.

Ross Gillard,ArgentonTO MAC Maguire, there is another word that is rarely used but should be used regularly. The word “imbecile” should be paramount in this day and age.

Brad Hill,SingletonAFTER being sacked by Penrith, why would Ivan Cleary even contemplate going back there?I get that he would like to coach his son one day butthe Wests Tigers threw him a coaching lifeline. He should honour his contract.

Andy McFadden,Warners BayENERGYAustralia, now Ausgrid, announces a 198% rise in profits for the firsthalf of 2018($129 million to $375 million ) but believes upward cost pressures will ease soon. Move on, nothing to see here.

Chris Peters,NewcastleDONATIONS to drought relief are essentialbut are as effective as putting a Bandaid on a cancer unless climate change is seriously addressed. We’re soothing a symptom and not treating the cause. As a collective group we have immense power to change political decisions. In addition to your donation, write to your political party of choice and demand immediate action. If they refuse, vote for a party that has a strong history of climate change action and support an activist group that will actually fight for a liveable future, not only for our farmers, but for our children and grandchildren.

John Arnold,SingletonNEWCASTLE is already a harbourside jewel, (‘FeWspace”, Herald 8/8), so why isn’t there 90-minute intercity trains bringing global Sydney to our doorstepat the former ideal Newcastle station? Battery-powered with a CBD cut and coveror a single stanchion sky trainis 21st century in-depth infrastructure efficiency. Nowthat’s a smart city.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkWITH the Defence Force’s march towards political correctness, officers may soon be required to tuck in new recruits each night and read them a story about gender diversity before lights out.

Jim Gardiner,New LambtonHAS anyone else tried to find a phone number for the ATO in the current phone book? On further investigation only contacts for local MPs are given. Is the government in hiding or is this a cost cutting exercise?

Betsy Watson,Swansea

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Moment of truth for Turnbull’s NEG

Electricity generation in an era of changeIN October last year,the Turnbull government’sproposed National Energy Guarantee, or NEG for short, was being hailed as a workable electricity policy that the nation could live with.

Now, 10 months later, the consensus of that time has evaporated, and a stable full of hobby-horses are being whipped into position before Friday’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments –a date that has long loomed as the NEG’s political day of reckoning.

Things may calm down once the doors of the COAG meeting close, and the participants have to weigh their individual positions against the real and pressing demands of an Australian nation demanding itspoliticians do the job they were elected to perform.

Nobody is pretending that the NEG is a perfect solution: indeed, it is probably impossible to come up withan energy framework that completely satisfies every one of the competing demands pulling the nationalelectricity market in a variety of directions at once.

But politics is above all the art of the possible, so if the NEG – as it stands – is the best option that the states and Canberra have to work with at the moment, then it should be adopted without delay to end the uncertainty that electricity market participants say has been the major impediment to large-scale investment in the grid.Those who say the NEG’s carbon reduction targets are too low should remember the decision a decade ago by the Greens to scuttleKevin Rudd’s carbon pollution reduction scheme for similar reasons.

Those coming from the other direction should accept that the NEG gives existing coal-fired generators and the big industrial energy users a degree of stability in the lead-up to a federal election that will almost certainly have power prices as a major campaign topic.

At the same time, it would be wrong to promise that power prices will fall as a result of the NEG. There are so many technological uncertainties with Australia’s –and the planet’s –shift from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy that realistic price prediction is all but impossible. With climate change a global imperative, the NEG must help keep our electricity-powered society running, while guiding it to a less carbon-intensive future. No small ask, but a reality that our various governments must accept as inevitable.

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Vic lists demands for energy guarantee

Josh Frydenberg has rejected Victoria’s proposed changes to the federal energy policy.Victoria wants the federal government to stare down the “climate crazies” in its ranks and commit to increasing, not decreasing, future emission reduction targets.

The state Labor government on Wednesday made the demand as part of a list of conditions it wants met before it considers signing up to the coalition’s energy policy.

But Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the state risks blackouts and higher energy prices by failing to support the national energy guarantee which aims to cut power costs for households by up to $550 a year.

It also includes targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to the ire of some federal MPs who believe it downplays the importance of coal in the energy mix.

The Labor governments of Victoria and Queensland have also challenged the policy, saying it doesn’t go far enough and questioning how well it’s supported by the coalition party room.

“We can still get this right, but only if Malcolm Turnbull stares down the climate-crazies in his party and puts a workable scheme on the table that doesn’t hurt local jobs and households,” Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said on Wednesday.

Victoria wants emissions reduction targets set every 36 months, at least three years in advance, that “never go backwards” and are set by regulation rather than legislation, as the federal government is trying to do.

“It’s got to be flexible and not tie the hands of future federal governments that want to potentially have greater ambition in terms of reducing emissions,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

But Mr Frydenberg was quick to reject some of Victoria’s “11th-hour” demands.

“We are certainly not going down the path of regulation,” he told reporters in Melbourne.

He added the state’s energy supply was under threat if Victoria failed to sign on to the scheme.

“They will be risking blackouts here in Victoria and guaranteeing Victorians higher power prices, costing Victorians jobs and investment.”

Among the Labor government’s other requests, are a registry – accessible by regulators and governments – to ensure the NEG works “in the best interests of consumers”.

Victoria has set its own emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

Australia’s current reduction target is 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.

Greenpeace congratulated Victoria on its demands but said they overlook the federal plan’s “fundamental flaw” of low targets.

“The NEG as it is, simply won’t cut coal pollution, and it won’t cut power prices,” spokesman Alix Foster Vander Elst said.

“Victoria should not support a scheme that so dramatically lowballs its own sensible state renewable energy target.”

Environment Victoria called on Canberra to consider state Labor’s “compromise proposals”, noting that the proposed federal “pollution reduction target is a disaster for renewables investment”.

State and territory energy ministers will gather in Canberra on Friday to consider the energy plan.

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Travel health tips to keep you safe

Your flight tickets have been arranged, the dog is booked in the kennels, everything is organised for this year’s holiday. But have you considered your families health when on holiday?

Travel health is more important than your holiday wardrobe but the average person probably spends more time worrying about what to take than thinking about keeping healthy when away.

Is there malaria in the country you are visiting? Can I catch any “exotic” diseases? Can I drink the tap water? Travel Health is for anyone travelling overseas – from a 2-week family holiday to Bali, a business trip to China or even a trip to Europe.

The number of travellers throughout the world has dramatically increased over the last few decades.

The World Tourism Organization estimates that in 2016 there were more than 1.245 billion international tourist arrivals with travel to developing countries being the fastest growing area in the travel industry. Therefore, travellers need to be informed and well prepared in order to minimize health risks.

“In travel medicine, as in much of clinical work, prevention is better than cure” as discussed by G. Kassianos, an acclaimed travel health writer and researcher. There are numerous travel health issues, some of which will now be discussed.

Don’t panic.

By taking some general advice from a Travel Health Practitioner your travel health risks can be greatly reduced. Remember prevention is better than cure.

Vaccinations“It is now generally accepted that no other measure taken by man, apart from the provision of clean water, has ever saved more lives than immunization against infectious diseases.

Vaccines are among the safest and most successful public health tools available for preventing infectious diseases and their complications.” G Kassianos A Travel Health Practitioner will determine the vaccinations required for the specific area you are visiting.

It is helpful if you can; bring any previous vaccination documentation/history with you, be aware of the exact area of the country you are visiting, know the dates you are going and the length of stay, type of accommodation and the medical facilities available at the destination.

This will enable the Travel Health Practitioner to complete a risk assessment and determine what vaccinations are recommended. As mentioned previously vaccinations are advised to all travel destinations including Europe.

Flu and tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough vaccinations are always advised for travel to developed areas of the world, including Europe and Australia.

Measles vaccination/immunity is also recommended (there are pockets of measles cases in Europe presently). If the travel is more extensive, for example backpacking for a year in rural Asia, additional vaccinations may be advised.

Although vaccinations are extremely important in preventing disease, additional travel advice is also necessary.

It must not be assumed that travel health is just vaccinations, but that it encompasses a wide range of information – a selection of topics will now be discussed.

Further advice may be discussed by your Travel Health Practitioner depending on your travel itinerary.

MalariaMalaria is one of the more common and serious of the tropical diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is endemic in over 91 countries which are visited by more than 125 million international travellers each year. The majority of deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa, but South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East are also affected.

Malaria cases result from the bite of the female anopheline mosquito. They bite between dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes like a humid environment and breed in fresh water so their numbers increase after heavy rains. Consult with your Travel Health Practitioner prior to travel to see if the area you are visiting is affected by malaria and what medication and precautions are required.

Travellers’ diarroheaTravellers’ diarrohea is one of the most common health risks associated with travel. I am sure the majority of people who have travelled extensively have had a bout of diarrohea. Thankfully, the majority of cases are mild but still can disrupt your holiday, especially if you are away for a short time. Precautions and treatment can be recommended. Remember children and the elderly can get dehydrated quickly from diarrohea. A travellers’ diarrohea medical kit is always a good idea to take with you.

AccidentsTravellers are much more likely to be injured in an accident whilst on holiday than catch a disease. People on holiday appear to lose their common sense. There is no reason not to enjoy yourselves but you still need to be careful.

Road accidents cause more deaths amongtravellers than any other cause. Be sensible when crossing roads, ensure hired vehicles are well maintained, wear seatbelts, keep to speed limits and do not drink and drive.

Drownings can be prevented by being aware of the tides, ensuring a life guard is present, avoiding swimming alone, not swimming after drinking alcohol and making sure that children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

Pregnant TravellersThere are numerous considerations to consider before choosing a destination and itinerary when pregnant. For example, in early pregnancy it is important to establish antenatal care such as routine blood tests and ultrasound scans.

Therefore travel, if possible, should be postponed until the necessary tests are completed. There needs to be a discussion on the risk of mosquito borne diseases such as Zika Virus. Also, in the early weeks of travel, nausea and vomiting tend to be aggravated by travel.

Miscarriage is more common in the early weeks of pregnancy. In the later stages of pregnancy, premature labour is a risk. Consult with your Travel Health Practitioner and Obstetrician before any travel whilrpregnant or planning pregnancy.

Travelling with ChildrenSome basic advice to ensure each family member has a great time; Plan your destination/itinerary – Is there malaria? Are vaccinations up to date? Does the hotel have activities for the children? How long is the journey? Would a stop over be less tiring? Do you have adequate toys/milk/nappies/snacks for the journey?

A good ideal is to pack a medical kit as children are more liable to get ill when travelling than adults.

Travelling with a Chronic Medical ConditionWhat is your state of health? How fit are you? Should you really be going white water rafting with unstable angina? If you suffer from a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular problems, mental illness or even a chronic dental or gynecological condition you need to take ensure it is safe for you to travel.

Consult with your GP or Travel Health Practitioner to discuss your destination/itinerary and have a check up prior to travel, either with your GP or specialist to ensure you are fit to travel.

There is no reason why you cannot travel but being sensible can ensure your health risks are reduced.

InsuranceInsurance is vital before going on a holiday. Insurance is not only required to cover lost luggage but also your family’s health. Ensure adequate insurance cover is obtained to cover for example hospitalization and repatriation. Remember private medical can be expensive if not covered.Use the web and check out the medical facilities in the country you are visiting before travel.

Travel should be an exciting experience but it is strongly advisable to take a little time prior to travel to discuss the possible travel health risks. Prevention is the key.

I hope you have a relaxing and healthy holiday or business trip.

Catherine Keil is a Nurse Practitioner Travel Health and Immunisations and based in South Australia.

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Bennett remembers ‘terrified’ Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos stalwart Sam Thaiday is poised the join the NRL’s 300 club in Townsville.Wayne Bennett remembers how “terrified” Sam Thaiday was when he rocked up at his first NRL training session at Brisbane as a fresh-faced teenager from up north.

Thaiday will celebrate his 300th match in Thursday night’s clash against North Queensland in front of friends and family in his home town of Townsville.

He will become the third Broncos player to reach the milestone after Darren Lockyer and Corey Parker, and only the 33rd overall.

Bennett reckons he’s come a long, long way since shedding his reputation as a glorified tackle bag for established players in his early days at Red Hill.

“He was terrified,” Bennett told reporters.

“He’d come from Townsville, he came down and obviously we had a lot of stars here at that time like Shane Webcke, Petero (Civoniceva) and (Brad) Thorn and those guys.

“It was a good induction period for him, they used to beat him up every training session.

“It hardened him up and helped him be the player he is today.”

Now 33, Thaiday will retire at the end of this season – making the clash at 1300SMILES Stadium the last Broncos-Cowboys derby for himself and former State of Origin teammate Johnathan Thurston.

“He knows it is time for him to go, he realises his body is at that point,” Bennett said.

“But he has done multiple thousands of tackles and a lot of carries.

“He’s been a great club player and one that’s highly regarded and respected by us all.”

The Broncos can’t afford to slip up, given they sit precariously in seventh position on the ladder after last week’s shocking defeat to Canterbury.

“Every bottom-eight team we’ve played, we just haven’t aimed up,” Bennett said.

“That’s the dynamics of the group. But that won’t be the case tomorrow night, because no one’s looking where (North Queensland) are on the table.

“We’ve played them too many times – they’ll want to beat us and they’ll want to play well.

“They bring the best out of us, we bring the best out of them. I think it’ll be another one of those games.”

The Broncos have been boosted by the availability of Tevita Pangai Jr, who has overcome a groin injury and will start on the bench after training freely on Wednesday.


* The past eight Cowboys-Broncos matches have been decided by 10 points or less, with four of these matches decided by one point, including three Golden Point games (2015 grand final, round 4, 2016 and round 2, 2017).

* The Broncos are making the fewest errors (9.4 per game) of any NRL team while the Cowboys are making the most errors (12.3 per game).

* Brisbane has won just five of 10 matches as the away team this year, with two of these wins coming in the past three matches.

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Vic heroin toll worst since 2000 ‘drought’

Heroin overdose deaths are on the rise in Victoria.Victoria’s heroin death toll is at its highest level in 17 years and overdose hot spots are spreading beyond the notorious inner-city suburb of Richmond, a coroner says.

Coroner Audrey Jamieson has found heroin was the main contributor in 220 overdose deaths in Victoria in 2017, more than double the number in 2012.

This is the highest toll since the “heroin drought” of late 2000, when the supply of the drug on Melbourne’s streets plummeted.

The new figures also show heroin accounted for the vast majority of the state’s total illegal drug overdose fatalities in 2017.

It comes after Ms Jamieson investigated the heroin overdose death of 24-year-old Samuel Morrison at his suburban Melbourne home in June 2016.

The case prompted her to order a broader report on the state’s drug overdoses, focusing particularly on heroin-related fatalities.

As well looking at the number of heroin overdoses, the report examined the locations, finding the City of Yarra had 16 deaths in 2017.

But heroin deaths in Yarra, which encompasses the hot spot of North Richmond where a safe injecting room was opened in June, actually fell slightly in recent years.

The City of Brimbank, which is in Melbourne’s northwest and includes the suburbs of Sunshine and St Albans, recorded the most heroin overdoses in 2017 with 19 deaths.

Ms Jamieson says the data suggests the rise in heroin-related deaths is manifesting in a number of areas across metropolitan Melbourne.

She threw her support behind the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in North Richmond and hoped it marked the start of a renewed and broadly co-ordinated push to prevent harm to people who inject drugs.

“So that lessons learned from interventions in one area are shared and applied in a timely manner to other areas where they could have a positive impact on the lives of people who inject drugs,” she wrote.

The figures also showed the City of Yarra was the only local government area where the majority of overdoses were of people who didn’t live in that area.

“The City of Yarra attracts people from other areas to use heroin to an extent that does not occur anywhere else,” Ms Jamieson wrote in her report.

Meanwhile, overdoses from methamphetamine dropped from 119 deaths in 2016 to 91 in 2017, although that figure is still nearly triple what it was in 2012.

Total drug overdoses in Victoria are also on the rise with 523 recorded in 2017, including both legal and illegal drugs, the figures show.

The sedative Diazepam, also known as Valium, was responsible for the highest number of fatal overdoses with 242 in 2017, up from 133 in 2012.

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