Sheffield Shield: Steve Smith makes century for NSW against Queensland

Big Blue: NSW captain Steve Smith salutes the crowd after reaching his ton. Photo: Chris HydeAustralian captain Steve Smith has roared into form ahead of the opening Test of the summer, posting a commanding century against Queensland in the day-night Sheffield Shield game at the Gabba.
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Smith (117) combined with Kurtis Patterson (111) to help the Blues rebound from the early loss of David Warner (12) and Ed Cowan (10), who found himself an unwanted social media star after he failed to offer a shot to Queensland quick Luke Feldman and had his off stump rocked.

NSW would declare at 7-327 and give themselves an hour to make in-roads against the Bulls, with Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja surviving a testing examination from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to give themselves a chance to press their Test claims on Wednesday.

Earlier, Smith and the in-form Patterson took NSW from 2-23 to 3-251 before the pair went as part of a collapse as night descended, with NSW losing 5-24 under lights as Feldman (5-68) tore through the middle order.

Test incumbents Moises Henriques (11) and Peter Nevill (1) had short-lived stays while Trent Copeland produced a nine-ball duck to put Queensland momentarily back in the contest.

But Starc would slog NSW out of trouble, ending up on 36 off 28 balls as he combined with Ryan Carters (27 not out) to see their side safely past the 300 mark and prepare for the early declaration.

Starc was having little trouble with the cut on his leg at the crease and would soon give it the full test as Smith unleashed he and Hazlewood deep into the evening against the Bulls top order.

Charlie Hemphrey was cleaned up by Hazlewood for a duck but Burns (21 not out) and Khawaja (18 not out) withstood a high-pressure period to take their side to 1-39 heading into day two.

It was a key session for the Queensland pair, who are both trying to force their way back into the Test team after being dropped for the final match in Sri Lanka in August.

Shaun Marsh compiled a watchful 73 for WA in the Shield game against South Australia in Perth, with suggestions that should be enough for him to retain his opening spot if his hamstring continues to hold firm.

But Burns is facing the better calibre of attack and came through with flying colours on Tuesday night, giving himself a launch pad to hit back against Marsh should he be able to go on with things on day two.

Khawaja stands to be given a recall despite his suggestion that he was made a ‘scapegoat’ for the poor results in Sri Lanka.

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Dreamworld fatalities come after history of theme park accidents

Multiple witnesses said there were problems with the ride on Tuesday morning, several hours before the fatal accident. Photo: AAPA fatal accident at Dreamworld that has closed the theme park until further noticecomes after a series of incidents haveleft visitors injured or strandedat the park over the past two decades.
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The most recent unfoldedsix months ago, whena man almost drowned when he fell from the Rocky Hollow Log Ride.

The man swallowed water and was taken to hospital with cuts to his head when he fell from the ride on April 17.

Health and safety bodyWorkSafe investigated the incident and the ride was reopened two days later.

The log ride is nextto the BuzzSaw roller-coaster, whichwas shut down for more than a week in February2015 after a problemwith a safety harness was investigated.

The Thunder River Rapids ride,on which four adultsdied on Tuesdayin one of the worst Australian amusement park accidents, is in the same area of the theme park.

​In January 2004, about 50 people were trapped on cable cars in the park when a tree fell on the main cable suspending the ride in the air.

This is not the first safety incident to occur at one of Australia’s premier theme parks. Photo: Getty Images

Four years earlier, a problem with the gearbox on the WipeOut ride left thrillseekers stranded.

Dreamworld is not the only theme park on the Gold Coast to have had issues with its rides.

Last month,a roller-coaster at Sea World stopped mid-rideand a group of teenagers were forced to wait until park staff could rescue them.

On Tuesday afternoon, emergency services rushed to Dreamworld’s”Goldrush Country” areabut two men and two women on the ride were unable to be revived.

Dreamworld will remain closed after the tragedy. Photo: Nine News

Multiple witnesses said there were problems with the rideon Tuesday morning, several hours before the fatal accident.

One girl told Nine News that engineers were called in to drain and inspect the ride.

“We were waiting there for about half an hour and the engineers had to come.

“They drained all the water out and then had to refill it back up. Then we were allowed to go. We were stuck there for about 30, 40 minutes at least,” the witness told Nine News.

Two other witnesses, New Zealand touristsKaylahand Lisa Walker, said they lined up at the rideseveral times but it was broken down.

“We were standing on the bridge watching and the water had stopped,” Lisa Walker said.”There was no rapids.”

They said the incident happened about 10 minutes after they walked away.

At a press conference on Tuesday,Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson said his park would remain closed until further notice.

“Dreamworld is working closely with police and emergency services and authorities to establish the facts around the incident,” Mr Davidson said.

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Brumbies team manager Ben Gathercole joins Triathlon Australia as high-performance director

Former Brumbies team manager Ben Gathercole is the new Triathlon Australia high-performance director. Photo: Jay CronanRugby union wasn’t ACT Brumbies team manager Ben Gathercole’s first love, but he grew to love it over his two seasons with the Super Rugby province.
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Now he’s got the chance to lead his true love “back to the glory days” after Triathlon Australia announced him as its high-performance director on Tuesday.

It means the Brumbies are now looking for a new chief executive, a new team manager and also a playmaker.

Gathercole will remain in Canberra where he’ll work closely with Australia’s best triathlon coaches to take Australia back to the top after it “faded a bit” at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

He’s a former triathlon coach – guiding Simon Thompson to the Athens Games – author of the book Better Than Winning, and his father Terry won a silver medal in swimming at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Gathercole brought a different perspective when he joined the Brumbies, but now returns to his original sport.

He said this year was a tough one due to the controversy surrounding the departure of former chief executive Michael Jones, but he was proud of the way the club had come through it.

Now he’s looking to get Australian triathlon back on track after he said it “punched above it’s weight” during and after the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The Australian women won one gold, two silver and two bronze across the four Olympics leading into Rio de Janeiro, but neither the men nor women stepped on the podium in Brazil.

“I really enjoyed rugby and I enjoyed the people, it was fantastic, but it wasn’t my first love, so to speak, although I grew to love certain aspects of it,” Gathercole said.

“The chance to lead a sport that you love and to have the ability to influence elite coaches and elite athletes [drew me back to triathlon].

“We’ve always had that rich history [in triathlon] and maybe that’s just faded a little bit, but as we know in truly elite sport that comes and goes … and we’re hoping to evolve that and get back to our glory days.”

Brumbies acting boss Phil Thomson will now begin the search for a new team manager, while the board is searching for a new chief executive.

Thomson said Gathercole had already put in place a lot of the planning for next season, which would allow assistant team manager Sam Rolfe to take over the role in the interim.

“I’d say he’s got his ideal job by the sound of it. He did a good job while he was here, adapting to a different sport and different requirements,” Thomson said.

“He’s offered a different look on things, which was good for the organisation.

“He was a good operator and we’ll go through the process of identifying a replacement.”

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Australian paedophile Robert Ellis sentenced to 15 years’ jail in Bali

Australian paedophile Robert Ellis prays before his sentencing in Denpasar District Court on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa Robert Ellis outside Denpasar District Court after his sentencing on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa
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Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has been sentenced to 15 years’ jail after being found guilty of persuading children to commit an indecent act.

The 70-year-old Victorian last week insisted he did not deserve to be imprisoned because his crime was “not a serious thing” and he “paid them generously”.

Ellis, who sexually abused 11 girls aged under 18 between 2014 and 2015, requested a brief moment to pray before his sentencing started on Tuesday.

Head judge Wayan Sukanila sentenced Ellis to 15 years’ jail minus time already served and a fine of two billion rupiah  ($200,000) or an additional six months’ jail.

He said aggravating factors included that Ellis had damaged the children’s future and children were a human resource to build Indonesia in the future.

Judge Sukanila said Ellis had also damaged the image of Bali as a tourist destination, which could lead to a decrease in income for Indonesia.

Mitigating factors were that Ellis had admitted his guilt, felt remorse and had never been convicted before.

Ellis said via his lawyer he objected to the sentence and would appeal.

The Australian, who appeared dazed by the sentence, said outside court: “I am 70 now, it will take me to 85. I don’t know if I will live for that long.”

Prosecutors claimed Ellis admitted to the digital anal penetration of some of the girls while bathing them in his rental property in the Bali town of Tabanan, where he had lived since 2013.

Former Victorian police officer Glen Hulley​, whose anti-child sex exploitation organisation Project Karma helped facilitate Ellis’ arrest, said he was satisfied with the sentence.

He wrote on Project Karma’s Facebook page last week that Ellis had been grooming children in the streets of Tabanan for years, often buying toys or food for children as young as four.

“Robert Andrew Ellis, you are a child sexual predator who indulged your urges for many years undetected before we caught up with you,” Mr Hulley wrote.

“You are a vile, despicable human being who shows no sign of remorse for your actions. It’s offensive that you continue to portray to the court and the media that you are some caring old man who was just helping some poor children, whom you claim have been paid for their “inconvenience” and that they love you and miss you and that they don’t want to see you punished…. “

Ellis told reporters last week he would give the girls a “mandi”, the Indonesian word for bath. He said they would negotiate a price of 200,000 to 300,000 rupiah ($20-30) if the girls had a bath.

“If you don’t want it that’s ok,” Ellis said he told them. He denied having “sexual relations” with any of the girls.

Asked if the parents had been aware of what was going on, Ellis said: “The parents know now but they didn’t know before.”

Referring to the girls he abused as his “friends”, Ellis said: “I haven’t murdered anybody and none of my friends want me in prison I am sure of that. None of them want me in here.”

Indonesia has recently passed legislation that would allow judges to impose chemical castration for child sex offences.

However this did not apply to Ellis as the legislation is not retrospective and prosecutors had instead requested 16 years’ jail.

Bali Police Chief Sugeng Priyanto told Fairfax Media the community became suspicious because of the number of children who visited Ellis’s home.

“It aroused the people to wonder, suspect what was really happening there, were they really there to play, or were there other unusual activities?”.

Mr Sugeng said the case was a very serious one because the victims were children.

“The targets, the victims in paedophilia cases are children, teenagers, they are the hope, the future of each nation. If they are victims when they are children, in a wider sense it can be seen as crippling a generation, it can’t happen, we can’t allow it to happen.”

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