Scott Jamieson believes Melbourne City mean business when it comes to winning the A-League title.There isn’t much Scott Jamieson hasn’t seen in his decade in the A-League, but after ticking off a big first on the weekend, he hopes a maiden A-League title can follow.
The Melbourne City left-back was named captain for the first time in his professional career on Friday night, when City beat Brisbane Roar 2-0.
Jamieson said it was “an honour” to take the armband, and even better to get the win.
But the 29-year-old is aching for a team-wide honour that has eluded him for his professional career.
Jamieson has played in four finals through his career, losing each one.
At Adelaide, Jamieson was part of the team that came up short in the 2008 Asian Champions League final and the 2009 A-League decider.
With Perth Glory, he came up short in the 2014 FFA Cup final against his former employers United.
In 2016, he felt the pain of another lost A-League grand final – against the Reds once more – with Western Sydney.
And so it is you can understand his burning desire to put that right this season as City hunt for another
“I don’t want to go throughout my career and say I didn’t win anything,” he told AAP.
“I’ve had four goes and I’ve fallen four times so winning this A-League title would be pretty bloody special.”
In many ways, Jamieson epitomises the City way under Warren Joyce; quietly going about the business.
Jamieson has been one of the league’s most consistent fullbacks, providing run and cover and the odd set piece, when required, of quality.
Like many other City players, he’s also been around the block.
Having been a part of five different A-League set-ups – with a stint in Sweden – Jamieson said what set his City team above was its single-mindedness.
“This team is one of the most cut-throat I’ve been a part of,” he said.
“It’s hard to get across in words. This team is really just about being successful.
“There’s good camaraderie around the team, this team is close – and don’t take this the wrong way – but we’re business-like.
“There are friendships but this team is about winning.
“We’ve got mutual respect and we want to win. And there’s real belief that we can.”
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A 25-year-old man has been charged with 10 counts of murder following the van attack in Toronto.The man accused of ploughing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto footpath, killing 10 people in Canada’s deadliest mass killing in decades, left a “cryptic message” on social media before the attack, police say.
Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder following Monday’s incident.
One possible clue to his motive emerged as Facebook confirmed Minassian wrote a post before the incident that referenced an “incel rebellion.”
The term is shorthand used in some online message boards for “involuntary celibacy”, a loose social media movement of men who blame women for their celibacy.
Canadian authorities have declined to say whether anger toward women had motivated the attack.
The post also voiced admiration for a man who killed six college students before taking his own life in California in 2014 and who cited the “cruelness of women” for his virgin status.
“The accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook minutes before” the attack, Graham Gibson, a Toronto police detective sergeant, told a news conference. The majority of the victims were women, ranging in age from their mid-20s to early 80s, Gibson said.
He said the question of whether the attack was driven by anger against women was “going to be part of our investigation.”
Facebook has since deleted Minassian’s account, a representative said. “There is absolutely no place on our platform for people who commit such horrendous acts,” she said in an email.
Minassian kept his shaved head down during a brief court appearance in Canada’s largest city, speaking quietly with a defence lawyer and stating his name in a steady voice when asked to do so.
The incident had the hallmarks of deadly vehicle assaults by Islamic State supporters. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there was no reason to suspect any national security connection.
Trudeau called on all Canadians to stand united with Toronto as flowers and scrawled messages in multiple languages piled up at a makeshift memorial in the city’s north end, an ethnically diverse neighbourhood of office buildings, shops, restaurants and homes.
“We cannot as Canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business,” Trudeau told reporters outside parliament in Ottawa.
Minassian had briefly served in Canada’s armed forces in late 2017 but asked to be voluntarily released after 16 days of training, defence ministry spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande said.
The suspect’s two-story red-brick home in a suburb north of Toronto was a crime scene on Tuesday, taped off and surrounded by police vehicles.
Two South Korean nationals and a Jordanian citizen were killed in the attack.
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Hawthorn’s James Sicily’s guilty plea to serious misconduct will see him miss one match.Fiery Hawthorn defender James Sicily says he has learned his lesson after the AFL tribunal banned him for one game.
Sicily was referred directly to Tuesday’s tribunal hearing on a charge of serious misconduct, after he stepped on Shaun Atley while the North Melbourne player was lying on the ground.
The Hawks backman has served a one-game ban already this season for kneeing Geelong captain Joel Selwood.
“I’m a bit disappointed – partly with the result, but more disappointed with the fact that I’m here,” an emotional Sicily said after his hearing.
“I’m disappointed in the act and it’s something that I need to get out of my game – it’s definitely something I’ve learned from.”
Tribunal advocate Jeff Gleeson recommended the one-game penalty after a pre-hearing negotiation with Sicily’s advocate Peter O’Farrell.
Gleeson said his talk with O’Farrell was “time well spent” and the tribunal jury took all of one minute to agree with the penalty recommendation.
Gleeson noted that vision showed Sicily sneaking a look at the umpire before he stepped on Atley and that showed it was a calculated act.
O’Farrell said Sicily was remorseful, while Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson and football manager Graham Wright had taken him to task for the Atley incident.
“Like me, they were disappointed in what happened, with my actions,” Sicily said.
“They’ve still got my back in a sense and they still want me to do well.”
Selwood is also fronting the tribunal later on Tuesday night on a charge of striking Port Adelaide’s Lindsay Thomas.
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The AFL tribunal has handed Port Adelaide’s Lindsay Thomas a three-week ban for a dangerous bump.Port Adelaide forward Lindsay Thomas is out of action for a total of four AFL matches after pleading guilty at the tribunal.
The tribunal handed him a three-game ban for rough conduct, plus earlier on Tuesday he had accepted a one-game suspension for striking Joel Selwood.
Thomas’ case was heard immediately before Selwood, the Geelong captain, also fronted the tribunal on Tuesday night to fight his one-game suspension for striking.
Thomas and Selwood were charged with striking each other.
Their incident happened immediately after Thomas had ironed out Selwood’s brother Scott with a bump during the second term of the Saturday night clash at Adelaide Oval.
Tribunal advocate Nick Pane QC had argued that Thomas should receive a four-game ban for the bump on Scott Selwood.
Thomas’ advocate Ben Krupka said if the goalsneak was banned for a total of five games, it would be a “crushing blow” to his chances of playing in the AFL again this season.
Thomas has a one-year contract at Port and is on their rookie list after leaving North Melbourne at the end of last season.
A medical report from Geelong said Scott Selwood was vomiting in the rooms after the Thomas bump.
He missed a couple of days’ training and is in doubt for Saturday’s home game against Sydney because of his concussion.
Krupka used two previous tribunal cases to argue that Thomas’ bump was at the lower end of the severe range and did not warrant a four-game ban.
The advocate referred to GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron ironing out Brisbane’s Rhys Mathieson in the 2016 pre-season.
That bump left Mathieson with a fractured jaw and Cameron was banned for four games.
Krupka also brought up a high bump from Fremantle defender Zac Dawson on Sydney’s Jake Lloyd, also two years ago.
Dawson’s poor record meant he received a three-game ban.
Krupka said Thomas did not intend to land a high bump on Scott Selwood, saying it was accidental.
“He is only here because of that head-high contact,” Krupka said.
Krupka added that Thomas was remorseful for what happened.
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Gayle WoodfordTwo years ago outback nurse Gayle Woodfordwas abducted and murdered in the APY Lands in South Australia’s north.
Gayle’s sister, Andrea Hannemann, and the rest of her family are still fighting for safer working conditions for remote and regional nurses and health workers.
Mrs Hannemann said it was important to her family that all nurses and health workers hada safe place to work.
“It must never happen again; we never want another family to go through the pain and trauma we have,” shesaid.
Gayle’s Law, abolishingsingle nurse postings in remote and rural areas, passed the South Australian parliament in November 2017, but it only covers the state-fundedOodnadatta and Leigh Creek areas, not the APY Lands.
“The family want Gayle’s Law to be recognised by every state government and federally across Australia,” Mrs Hannemann said.
“Every workplace across Australia should be safe.
“Itis the responsibility of our government to ensure laws are in place to guarantee workers’ safety.
FIGHTING: Andrea Hannemann, pictured with a photo of her with her sisters, Wendy and Gayle, is fighting to get Gayle’s Law recognised federally to provide safer working conditions for remote and rural nurses and health workers.
“Gayle’s Law will ensure higher levels of safety for health workers across Australia.”
Andrea Hannemann, Gayle Woodford’s sister
Mrs Woodford’s family isasking for everyone concerned with the conditions in these remote and rural areas to contact their local federal member to more pressure on the federal government to pass the law.
Mrs Hannemann said Nganampa Health Council in the APY Lands had made changes to the protocols and procedures for nurses, despite Worksafe SA initially finding Mrs Woodford’s death was not work related.
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“Worksafe SA made its decision from a round table in an office in a city without visiting Gayle’s workplace to do an investigation,” she said.
“The decision was an insult to Gayle and her work ethic and left the family in further anguish.”
Worksafe SA apologisedto Mrs Woodford’s family for its decisionon the eve ofthe second anniversary of her death and acknowledged herdeath was in fact a workplace incident. It has reopened theinvestigation into herdeath.
“The family welcome the apology and look forward to a thorough investigation into Gayle’s workplace and all other similar workplaces across Australia.”
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Picture: Jake BadiorA NEWCASTLE army musician will herald the dawn in Villers-Bretonneux this Anzac Day.
Shaun Manning admits playing The Lament from the Australian National Memorial over more than 2000 World War I soldiers’ graves will be an emotional moment.
“From the top of the tower, I’ll be looking out over the Western Front and thinking about those young guys who lived through such terrible times in the trenches,” he said.
“The place is so peaceful and beautiful now, it’s hard to imagine what it would have been like during the war.”
Musician Manning, who works at the University of Newcastle as a chemical engineer and has been an army reservist for 31 years, travelled to France as part of the Australian Army Band.
“Now that I have seen the Somme, I feel very strongly about having the opportunity to be here and pay my respects to these guys, who answered the call, volunteered, and gave up their lives for the cause of freedom,” he said.
“I have been surprised to see all the Australian flags flying throughout the towns and how much regard the people in this part of France still have for our diggers and what they did during World War I.
The father of three said it was confronting to see memorials to servicemen who had died for their country in their early 20s, the same stage of life as his three children Cameron, Bianca and Duncan were now.
“Walking through the Commonwealth cemeteries in this area has opened my eyes to the fact that the average age of the people who came here, and died here, is the same as my own children,” Musician Manning said.
CHEERS: Braddon Archer from the Thirsty Crow Brewery has spent a month perfecting the Anzac Biscuit Beer, available at Wagga RSL on Anzac Day. Picture: Stephen Mudd.The mad scientist brewers at the Thirsty Crow have come up with a fitting tribute for Anzac Day, infusing the flavours of golden syrup, oats and coconut into a beer.
The Anzac Biscuit Beer, available at Wagga RSL on Anzac Day, is slightly heavier than you’d expect, a full-bodied beer, with a sweet aftertaste that’s reminiscent of its namesake.
That sweetness means it’s not the sort of thing people could drink all afternoon, but it’s worthy to sit alongside the Thirsty Crow’s vanilla milk stout as a beer that has to be tasted to be believed.
Brewer Braddon Archer spent a month working on the golden drop, using the Thirsty Crow’s experimental techniques to get the flavours right.
“I reckon it’s bloody beautiful,” Mr Archer said. “We do small batches for our experiments and we’ve come up with a few shockers, but this is pretty good.”
Jo Thomas from Wagga RSL was impressed with the finished product.
“I love it,” Ms Thomas said. “I think it tastes like an Anzac bickie, with the oats and the syrup. It’s really good.”
French President Emmanuel Macron is on a state visit to Washington for talks with Donald Trump.A sit-down between United States President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader’s second day in Washington.
The pageantry of Macron’s official state visit, the first of the Trump presidency, will come on Tuesday night with a lavish state dinner at the White House which is expected to be attended by about 150 guests.
Monday night was a more relaxed affair, featuring a helicopter tour of Washington landmarks and a visit to the Potomac River home of George Washington with their wives for dinner.
The private dinner came one night before the leaders sit down for talks that will include security, trade and the Iran nuclear deal.
“This is a great honour and I think a very important state visit given the moment of our current environment,” Macron said on Monday after his plane landed at a US military base near Washington.
Macron’s pomp-filled three-day state visit to Washington underscores the importance that both sides attach to the relationship: Macron, who calls Trump often, has emerged as something of a “Trump whisperer” at a time when the American president’s relationships with other European leaders are more strained.
Trump, who attaches great importance to the optics of pageantry and ceremony, chose to honour Macron with the first state visit of his administration as he woos the French president.
But Macron and Trump disagree on some fundamental issues, including the multinational nuclear deal, which is aimed at restricting Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
Trump, skeptical of the pact’s effectiveness, has been eager to pull out as a May 12 deadline nears. Macron says he’s not satisfied with the situation in Iran and thinks the agreement is imperfect, but has argued for the US sticking with it in the absence of a “Plan B.”
The Trumps and Macrons helped plant a tree on the White House grounds before boarding Trump’s Marine One helicopter for a tour of monuments built in the capital city designed by French-born Pierre L’Enfant as they flew south to Mount Vernon, the first US president’s home along the Potomac River.
The young oak is an environmentally friendly gift to the White House from Macron, and one that also bears historical significance. It sprouted at a World War I site in France, the Battle of Belleau Wood, that became part of US Marine Corps lore.
After Trump’s helicopter landed at Mount Vernon, the two presidents, each holding his wife’s hand, walked a short distance and posed for pictures before they boarded golf carts that ferried them to the front door of Washington’s plantation house.
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Malcolm Turnbull and NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg have discussed boosting the rules-based global order.Malcolm Turnbull has met with NATO to discuss the security situation in Russia, North Korea and a potential new commitment in the Middle East.
He met NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday and the pair also talked about strengthening the rules-based international order in the face of authoritarian governments.
Mr Stoltenberg said NATO and Australia had been allies in the Middle East, especially providing security in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“At our summit in July, we expect to launch a new training mission in Iraq,” Mr Stoltenberg said in a statement.
“This could be another area where NATO and Australia could join forces.”
The prime minister said Australia has been one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the war in Afghanistan.
“We must never again let that country become a haven for terrorists,” Mr Turnbull said.
He said the pair discussed the response to the poisoning attack on a former Russian agent in the United Kingdom.
Australia expelled two Russian spies from its Canberra embassy.
“Australia is the only country outside the EU and NATO to take this action,” Mr Turnbull said.
The pair talked about the importance of NATO in countering rising authoritarianism.
“More than at any time since the end of the Cold War, NATO is central to that task of maintaining the security and compliance to rule of law that is the foundation of our freedom,” Mr Turnbull said.
He said sanctions must be maintained against North Korea until it abandons its nuclear weapons program.
Mr Turnbull also said Australia this week joined the NATO co-operative cyber defence centre of excellence in Estonia.
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Egypt’s former anti-graft chief Hesham Genena has been found guilty of insulting the armed forces.Egypt’s military court has convicted former anti-graft chief Hesham Genena of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison, a defence lawyer says.
Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership”.
Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a March presidential election. He was accused of incitement against the military and forgery.
El-Sissi ran virtually unopposed, winning the election with 97 per cent of the vote.
Defence lawyer Hossam Lotfy says Tuesday’s verdict against Genena will be appealed.
Another defence lawyer, Ali Taha, confirmed the verdict in a Facebook posting.
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