Retirement a little bit scary says New Zealand’s McCaw

“It was always going to come to an end at some point (and).

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.. part of (retiring) scares you a little bit,” he told the New Zealand Herald newspaper on Wednesday.

“I’ve done the same thing for so many years, so all of a sudden to be having to figure out something else to do is a bit daunting.”

The 34-year-old McCaw has not yet said he will retire at the conclusion of the Sept. 18-Oct. 31 World Cup in England.

The signs, however, are that he will call time on a career that has earned him three World Player of the Year awards and set the record for caps (142) and most tests as captain (106).

McCaw got a standing ovation when he was substituted during New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park last week.

The reception was a rarity amongst the traditionally stoic New Zealand crowds, whose normal manifestations of feverish excitement amount to an “All Blacks! All Blacks! All Blacks!” chant for a few seconds during games.

Part of that reaction could be related to the fact McCaw was one of six stalwarts who have likely played their last test in New Zealand after being part of an All Blacks side that have dominated world rugby in the past decade.

Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Dan Carter have all committed to lucrative club contracts in France following the World Cup, while Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu, like McCaw, are expected to retire.

The reason for choosing to wait on confirming the decision, McCaw, like Mealamu, has said, was because he did not want to close off his options.

“I haven’t shut the door totally because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel come the end of October,” he added.

“I really wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught up in the ‘It’s your last game here, last game there’ stuff.

“The door is open a little bit but I just want to concentrate on what I’m doing now and get a bit of separation after the World Cup.

“There’s no doubt when you start having to watch a few games, I’ll miss it like hell”.

(Writing by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ken Ferris)

What Michael Clarke needs for 50 average

There was no fairytale ending at The Oval for Sir Don Bradman, but that’s where Michael Clarke requires an unlikely 222 runs to finish with a career Test average above 50.

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History shows a googly from English wrist-spinner Eric Hollies 67 years ago denied Bradman a mind-blowing 100-plus Test average.

Now Clarke returns to the famous London venue on Thursday with a long-shot chance of proving himself – by batting average standards – at least half the batsman that the mighty Don was.

Until his recent run of outs, Clarke seemed certain to join Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting, Jack Ryder, Mike Hussey, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and Allan Border as only the ninth Australian batsman to wind up with a 50-plus Test average.

But after watching his average dip to 49.30 after compiling just 117 runs in eight digs during Australia’s forgettable Ashes series, Clarke needs a special swansong to join one of cricket’s most exclusive clubs.

The scenario is simple enough.

If he’s dismissed twice, Clarke must tally 222 runs to finish with a half-century Test average.

Otherwise, he could rack up a big ton – which would equal Bradman’s 29 Test centuries – and perhaps set up a face-saving Australian victory to achieve the rare milestone.

A total of 172 runs in the fifth Test would be enough, providing Clarke is only out once.

Regardless of how he fares, Clarke will be remembered as one of Australia’s greatest-ever batsmen.

Only Ponting (13,378), Border (11,174) Waugh (10,927) scored more runs wearing the baggy green.

And even Bradman, the finest batsman the game has known, bowed out in disappointment.

After blasting an unbeaten 173 in a spectacular fourth-Test win over England at Headingley in his penultimate Test innings, Bradman arrived at The Oval for his farewell to international cricket to a standing ovation and with an average of 101.39.

But he was bowled second ball for a duck and, with England collapsing to an innings defeat, Bradman never had the chance to bat again.

As it turned out, Bradman only needed four runs in his last innings to finish with a 100-plus average.

Instead, as any real Australian cricket fan knows, Sir Donald’s mystical average will forever be etched in the record books as 99.94.

THE EQUATION AT THE OVAL

HOW MICHAEL CLARKE CAN FINISH WITH A PLUS-50 TEST BATTING AVERAGE

– Clarke needs 222 runs (if dismissed twice) to lift his career average from 49.30 to above 50

If he is dismissed once in his final Test, Clarke needs a total of 172 runs.

AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS TO FINISH THEIR CAREERS WITH PLUS-50 BATTING AVERAGE

Sir Donald Bradman – 99.94

Greg Chappell – 53.86

Ricky Ponting – 51.85

J Ryder – 51.62

Mike Hussey – 51.52

Steve Waugh – 51.06

Matthew Hayden – 50.73

Allan Border – 50.56

Kids speak up for children in detention on World Humanitarian Day

“Please help me.

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I need help. Please, I’m not happy in this camp. Please, I need freedom.” 

This is just one of the quotes spoken by an 11-year-old boy from Australia, on behalf a child in detention who wrote it.

The boy features in a new video by student-run organisation, Kidz4Kidz Australia as part of a social media campaign focused on advocating for children in detention. 

Students from Mount St Benedict College in New South Wales began the group in 2013. 

Hard at work on our next campaign – make sure you let us know of any of ur events we could be a part of! #kidz4kidz pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/DhCip4AiP2

— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 22, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Pereira helped create the video and said she and her peers were confronted by the stories from children in detention. 

“These quotes, messages and horrific images were used as the basis of our video,” she said. “We felt as though they demonstrated exactly what we as a group wanted to inform the public about and especially people of our age. We were also confronted by the amount of laws the Australian government is breaking in relation to international human and child rights.”

The quotes used were taken from the The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 Report. 

According to the report, about 800 children were in mandatory detention last year.

On average, children are held in detention centres for 14 months. 

Ms Pereira wanted to spread awareness about children in detention to other young Australians. 

“As children ourselves, we understand the opportunities that they are lacking in and we want to voice this inequality,” she said.  

Great to be a part of the @childdetention protest on Monday – check out our Facebook for photos & info! pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/ybCXIFdpgq

— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 16, 2015

Mount St Benedict teacher Christina He has been helping the young group. 

She said it was important to get young people informed about asylum seekers around the world, as the issue dominated headlines not only in Australia, but overseas. 

“As teachers, we need to continue empowering our students to take learning beyond the classroom and contribute to the world respectfully and meaningfully throughout their schooling and beyond,” she said.

The video was launched in conjuction with World Humanitarian Day, a global celebration of people helping people.

The day is aimed at inspiring action and solidarity against conflict, torture, disease, famine, suffering and poor leadership that often turns a blind eye.

Kidz4Kidz_AUS are aiming to get 100,000 views of their video on their Facebook page and get the issue of children in detention trending on social media.

Suu Kyi won’t be Myanmar’s president – in name

Aung San Suu Kyi’s bid to become the next president of Myanmar has come to an end after her party named an alternative candidate.

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The decision confirms Ms Suu Kyi could not convince military leaders to suspend the part of Myanmar’s constitution that disqualifies her from the presidency.

But she will likely lead the country by proxy, with her close confidant Htin Kyaw now expected to win the presidency.

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has missed out on becoming Myanmar’s president.

That comes despite her National League for Democracy party sweeping 80 per cent of the contested seats at last year’s election, the country’s first openly contested one in 25 years.

Many of her fellow party members say they are disappointed at the news.

(Translated) “Aung San Suu Kyi was born and lives here. She is the daughter of our hero, Aung San. Why shouldn’t she be president? We need to work to change the law that stops such a person becoming the president, with the support of the people.”

Myanmar’s constitution bars Ms Suu Kyi from the presidency with a clause that disqualifies anyone whose spouse or children have foreign passports.

Her two children are British.

Many believe the clause was drafted specifically to target the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent years in prison for opposing the country’s former military rulers.

But Ms Suu Kyi is still likely to rule the country by proxy.

Her party has circumvented the restriction by nominating her close friend and confidant Htin Kyaw, expected to follow her instructions in running the country.

Htin Kyaw is the clear favourite to win the presidency, with the backing of the ruling party.

National League for Democracy politician Pike Ko says the proxy arrangement is good enough, for now.

(Translated)”The meaning of politics is to be patient, so I’m not angry about Aung San Suu Kyi and the presidency. The thing about her is that, even though she won’t be president, she will still lead the country, either from within the government or from within the party.”

Ms Suu Kyi’s supporters had hoped for a last-minute deal that would allow her to take the presidency.

She had been meeting with the military’s commander-in-chief, trying to strike a deal where parliament would suspend the part of the constitution that locks her out of the presidency.

But the military, which still controls 25 per cent of the seats in parliament by law, may have asked for additional powers in return.

For one reason or another, no such deal materialised.

Some in the party, like Myo Aung, say they have not given up hope for a Suu Kyi presidency in the future.

(Translated) “I feel the same as everyone about the fact that Suu Kyi cannot become president. She is the true leader chosen by people. We still need to work on that.”

Senior military figures have declined to comment on whether they are satisfied with the proxy arrangement.

 

 

China outdoing developed nations in controlling pollution: minister

China has been under increasing pressure to halt pollution of its air, soil and water caused by more than three decades of economic growth, and at this year’s full session of parliament it promised to cap energy use and draft new laws to decontaminate its soil.

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Beijing frequently features near the top of the list of China’s most polluted cities as emissions from vehicles and heavy industry combine with weather conditions to raise smog levels. The worst bouts of air pollution tend to coincide with periods of low wind.

Large parts of China suffered a three-week bout of heavy smog in November and December, but the situation had improved in the first two months of 2016, Minister Chen Jining told reporters.

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Brushing off suggestions that the improvement only came about because of heavy winds, Chen said China had already made huge efforts to tackle pollution and acid rain.

“We have solved the problems earlier and better than developed countries,” he said. “I believe that on the treatment of smog, we will also do it well and our development will become increasingly green.”

China said this week that it would aim to pass a law aimed at tackling soil pollution, which has raised concerns about food safety.

Chen said the legislation was taking a long time because the issue was complex, but he insisted that even without the law, the government was working hard to improve agricultural land.

He also said China was drafting a law allowing it to levy an “environmental tax” on its biggest polluters. He said the aim was not to increase the tax burden on enterprises, but to create a system that would encourage them to reduce emissions.

He said China would also work to tackle the problem of “dispersed coal”, or coal burnt directly by households or small businesses, where emissions are not controlled.

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According to industry experts, around 400 million tonnes of coal are sold on the market every year for direct combustion, with emissions five times the level of power plants.

Parliamentary delegates have this year called for tighter restrictions on the sale and distribution of coal for direct combustion.

“Overall, we will need a long period of time to adjust our energy structure, so we need to positively promote clean energy … and at the same time promote the clean use of coal,” Chen said.

Minson suffers hamstring blow for Dogs

The Western Bulldogs’ ruck stocks have taken a hit with Will Minson in doubt for round one of the AFL season with a hamstring injury.

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Minson, the 2013 All-Australian ruckman and veteran of 189 games, fell out of favour at Whitten Oval last year, playing just 10 games, but coach Luke Beveridge said the 30-year-old had worked back into his thinking after a strong pre-season.

“It isn’t great timing, he’s had a strong pre-season,” Beveridge said.

“Some of the things we asked Will to improve on we’ve seen some great signs in his performances not just in the NAB Challenge but in our intra-club stuff.

“He was right in the mix, so it’s terrible timing for him and us because he’s been going pretty well.”

Beveridge preferred more versatile ruck options Tom Campbell and Jordan Roughead in the second half of 2015 but the coach said that decreased interchange rotations and the scrapping of the substitute could work in Minson’s favour at the selection table.

“Tactically the change to the sub rule is going to open up a Pandora’s box for everyone,” he said.

“It’s obviously got us all thinking and how it plays out is going to be extremely intriguing.”

The Bulldogs take on Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with both clubs naming strong squads for their final hit-out of the NAB Challenge.

The corresponding fixture last year proved pivotal for Beveridge’s side, with a 61-point smashing of the Pies propelling them into a barnstorming season that ended in a surprise finals berth.

Beveridge is hoping lightning strikes twice.

“We’ve had almost exactly the same build-up as we did last year,” he said.

“We’ve picked our strongest 24 and we’ll go into this weekend with the same intention – to play our best and give us peace of mind going into round one.

“It’s always important to win. We’re not playing for sheep stations, we know that, but we still want to win.

“This is like a round one team so right here and now if no one gets injured and everyone plays well then almost the same outfit will trot out in round one.”

Asylum-seeker cleared of indecent assault

The future for a Sri Lankan asylum-seeker in Australia is unknown despite him being cleared of indecently attacking a sleeping university student.

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Daxchan Selvarajah was found not guilty by a Sydney District Court jury on Friday of attacking the Macquarie University student in her bed.

The 24-year-old had been accused of ripping through a flyscreen door at the student’s home at Macquarie University in the early hours of February 21, 2013, before molesting her in her bed.

He beamed and began wiping his eyes as he stepped from the dock on Friday morning, after the jury’s foreman informed the court he and his fellow jurors had reached a not guilty verdict on all charges.

But it’s not yet known if Mr Selvarajah will be allowed to remain in Australia after his original visa was cancelled.

His bridging visa has been replaced with a justice visa since his arrest.

“Where a non-citizen has had their visa cancelled on the basis of criminal charges that are subsequently set aside or result in an acquittal, the department will review the case,” an immigration spokesman told AAP.

The most serious of the three charges Mr Selvarajah faced was breaking and entering and indecently assaulting the young woman, who alleged she woke in the night to feel a hand under her pyjamas.

During a two week trial, Mr Selvarajah had told the court he left home in the early hours to buy cigarettes from someone who he thought was a fellow Sri Lankan.

“I knew he was living in that building but I didn’t know exactly which unit,” he said.

“I had gotten addicted to smoking that many cigarettes, I could not stop.

“That’s why I could not fall asleep.”

As the jury was led from the courtroom on Friday, an elated Mr Selvarajah hugged supporters and shook hands with his lawyers.

He was not held on remand over the charges but has been kept in immigration detention since 2013 after authorities refused him an Australian visa due to the attack allegations.

It was not immediately clear whether he would walk free from court a free man or be returned to Villawood detention centre.

Swans coach not fearing AFL drop

The challengers are coming from everywhere and the pundit vultures are circling, but Sydney coach John Longmire isn’t worrying about whether 2016 is the year his team finally bottoms out.

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Longmire has presided over a commendably consistent program, with Sydney not missing an AFL finals series in his first five years in charge.

Sixth spot in his rookie year was followed by four successive top-four home and away finishes, including a grand final win in 2012 and a minor premiership and grand final defeat two years later.

But for the first time in his tenure, Longmire in 2015 suffered the indignity of Sydney bowing out of the finals in straight sets.

The negative chatter among the cynics intensified with the Swans losing five premiership players and almost 1000 games of AFL experience.

The retirements of Adam Goodes, Rhyce Shaw and Mike Pyke and the move to other clubs of Lewis Jetta and Crag Bird left Sydney with some big holes to fill.

Another obvious question mark is whether star forward Lance Franklin can bounce back to his brilliant best after mental health issues ended his 2015 campaign early.

Longmire is confident he can, and will continue to rotate his other major scoring weapon Kurt Tippett between the forward line and the ruck.

“We don’t under-estimate how hard the challenge is,” Longmire told AAP.

“The draft, the salary cap, we push against that every year and we’ll be doing our best to do the same thing again.

“Teams outside the eight going into this year are probably as strong performers and as strong expectations, as almost there’s ever been.

“We understand the competition is going to be as tough as what we can remember, but we’re also confident that we can perform at a really strong level.”

Sydney added former Bulldogs key defender Daniel Talia and ex-Eagles ruckman Callum Sinclair to their list.

Talia will provide valuable cover for the reliable but ageing key defensive duo of Ted Richards and Heath Grundy.

Longmire will be looking for some of his youngsters to step up and support midfield titans Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker, Kieren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh, who along with impressive rookie Callum Mills is a candidate to be the rebounding defender to replace Shaw.

An infusion of new blood through the draft, the recruitment of Talia and Sinclair and the anticipated development of several emerging players has Longmire bullish about covering the losses.

“We’re confident that we can replace those guys,” Longmire said.

“You don’t replace like for like with Adam Goodes, I think everyone understands that, but we’ve still got options in our team that we think the more that they play and the more confidence they get, the better they’ll go.”

Longmire isn’t just looking for a lift from his young guys, citing the example of Grundy, who had a career-best year in 2015 at he age of 29.

SYDNEY

Coach: John Longmire

Captains: Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack

Last five years: 5-6-1-4-2

Premierships: 5 (1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012)

Key five: Josh Kennedy, Lance Franklin, Dan Hannebery, Kieren Jack, Luke Parker

One to watch: Isaac Heeney. Only a mid-season knee injury prevented the blond bombshell from making a big challenge for the Rising Star Award in his debut season. Give him a full campaign to showcase his wares and Heeney could be anything.

Ins: Jordan Dawson (Sturt, SANFL), Kyle Galloway (Shepparton Bears, Vic), Tyrone Leonardis (Northern U18), Callum Mills (North Shore, NSW), Sam Murray (Wodonga Raiders, Vic), Sam Naismith (rookie elevation), Colin O’Riordan (international rookie), Tom Papley (Gippsland U18), Callum Sinclair (West Coast), Michael Talia (Western Bulldogs).

Outs: Craig Bird (Essendon), Adam Goodes (retired), Lewis Jetta (West Coast), Sean McLaren (delisted), Lloyd Perris (delisted), Mike Pyke (retired), Rhyce Shaw (retired).

Best line-up:

B: Nick Smith, Ted Richards, Michael Talia

HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe

C: Dan Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack

HF: Lance Franklin, Sam Reid, Gary Rohan

F: Isaac Heeney, Kurt Tippett, Dean Towers

R: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Tom Mitchell

I: Jeremy Laidler, Harry Cunningham, Ben McGlynn, Callum Mills

Predicted finish: 4th

Betting (William Hill)

To win the flag: $12

To make the top eight: $1.35

Eels’ NRL cap saga no distraction: Arthur

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur claims his players are unaffected by the latest allegations of salary cap breaches in the lead-up to Saturday’s NRL match against defending premiers North Queensland.

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Just a week after the NRL lifted a threat of a four-point deduction following governance reforms at the club, the governing body has re-opened salary cap investigations following fresh claims of manipulation of third-party deals.

On Friday evening, the Seven Network aired new allegations the Eels discussed $300,000 in third-party deals two years ago during contract negotiations with prop Tim Mannah.

NRL rules prevent clubs being involved in third-party agreements and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on Mannah’s part.

But if the headlines – and potential new threat of sanctions – are affecting the playing roster, Arthur isn’t letting on.

“The boys are pretty resilient. They don’t read the papers, honestly,” Arthur said earlier on Friday.

“I know it’s a pretty common statement to be thrown around, but they don’t. They’re only worried about what they can do on the field.”

The former Manly assistant said he too was unaware of exactly what caused chairman Steve Sharp and chief executive John Boulos to be summoned on Thursday night to NRL headquarters.

“I wouldn’t know what’s going on at the moment because I haven’t asked about it, because I’m not concerned about it,” he said.

News Corp Australia claimed on Friday that documents revealed Boulos was allocated up to 50 corporate box seats at each game last year, while he was the club’s chief operating officer, some of which were then used to host third-party sponsors of some players.

Minutes from within a 2014 Parramatta boardroom meeting were also leaked to the media on Wednesday, highlighting “the importance of servicing third-party agreement providers accordingly with hospitality and player appearances”.

Under NRL salary cap rules, clubs cannot compensate companies in any way for third-party payments.

The club has denied any wrongdoing.

Both Boulos and Sharp agreed to open their books on Thursday to interim NRL boss John Grant and the head of the integrity unit, Nick Weeks, in a bid to address the issue.

Asked if he backed Sharp to continue as chairman, Arthur said: “I’m not talking about the salary cap anymore. If you want to talk about the footy, I’m happy to do that.”

Josh Hazlewood vows to behave better

A contrite Josh Hazlewood has opened up about his meltdown during the recent Test in Christchurch, saying it was out of character and won’t happen again.

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Australian paceman Hazlewood and skipper Steve Smith were both charged with dissent and fined during New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum’s farewell Test.

Stump microphones picked up Hazlewood bellowing “who the f*** is third umpire!?” after an unsuccessful review on day four.

Hazlewood says the outburst had more to do with a wicket-less morning session than anything else.

“It wasn’t really towards anyone, it was just venting a bit of frustration,” Hazlewood told AAP.

“It was definitely out of character. I can’t ever recall doing anything like that.

“It was just one of those heat of the moment things. We’d had a tough session with a couple of near-misses.

“In the future I have to be a bit smarter … I have to behave better.”

Hazlewood added the incident, which came as Australia marched towards a 2-0 series win that delivering the No.1 Test rankings, was “definitely a one-off”.

Coach Darren Lehmann will certainly be hoping so, having made his thoughts on the matter clear to Hazlewood.

“I got a little bit from the coach afterwards,” Test spearhead Hazlewood said.

“Boof said ‘you’ve just got to realise the microphones are on all the time, realise where you are and what you’re saying’.

“We’re well behaved for the majority of the time and there is the odd slip-up.

“We’ve got to be better and hopefully they happen less and less in the future.”

Hazlewood also gave NZ allrounder Corey Anderson a spray shortly after the incident.

The two sides will meet in the World Twenty20 on March 18 but the pair have already shared a beer and a laugh about Hazlewood’s blow-up.

“I know Corey quite well from the IPL, I was just trying to get under his skin a little bit,” Hazlewood said.

“What happens on the field stays on the field, we’re great mates off it so it’s all good. The Kiwis are a great bunch of blokes.”

Australia will look to tighten their grip on the No.1 Test ranking when they tour Sri Lanka in July.

“We really enjoyed those few weeks in New Zealand and had good success,” Hazlewood said.

“There’s no Tests for a while now, so we can hold that No.1 ranking for a little bit and let it sink in.”

Avita secures major China deal

Avita Medical has struck a deal with China’s largest healthcare group to distribute its “spray on skin” products for the treatment of burns, other wounds and skin defects.

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State owned Sinopharm, through its subsidiary MedTech, has been granted sole distribution rights for the products across China, Avita said.

China has 3.4 million burns patients and 1.4 million people afflicted by vitiligo, a condition characterised by portions of the skin losing their pigment.

“Sinopharm MedTech have a proven track record of building up strong recurrent sales of medical devices, and we greatly look forward to supporting their efforts in growing the China market,” Avita chief executive Adam Kelliher said.

“Avita has already done a lot of the hard work in China and now is the time to build on this and work with a strong partner to address the clear need for our regenerative medicine products.”

Avita’s “ReCell” medical device enables clinicians to rapidly create a suspension of cells and wound-healing factors derived from a patient’s own skin that are needed to regenerate natural, healthy skin.

The suspension, which is sprayed on to the patient’s wound, can be used to restart healing in unresponsive wounds, to repair burns using less donor skin, and to restore pigmentation.

The company has been in China for five years, with a presence in several leading hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, focusing on plastic surgery and repigmentation.

Sinopharm, the first Chinese pharmaceutical firm to make the Fortune Global 500 list, has wide reach, Avita said, with offices in all of China’s main cities and representatives in 31 provinces and regions.

Achieving strong distribution in China is a key part of Avita’s global sales strategy.

Avita shares gained 0.6 cents to 10.5 cents.

Truckie avoids jail over fatal NSW crash

Shane Day was behind the wheel of a fuel tanker when it rolled and exploded in Sydney, killing two people, but has walked from court with a 12-month suspended sentence and $1000 in fines.

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Friday’s sentencing of the former Cootes driver ends a long-running legal process with a jury last month clearing Day of dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm over the 2013 smash at Mona Vale.

He was, however, subsequently found guilty of the lesser charge of negligent driving occasioning death and was on Friday afternoon given the suspended sentence, stripped of his licence for two years and fined $1000.

Sydney District Court Judge Leonie Flannery found Day was going too fast and had ignored a sign warning truck drivers to use a low gear when he hurtled down a steep stretch of Mona Vale Road.

The court heard Day had been speeding through a 70km/h zone at 83km/h while hauling 34,000 litres of diesel and unleaded petrol when his tanker flipped, crashed into several cars and burst into a fireball that could be seen from suburbs away.

Peter Wem, 73, and passenger Graham Holtfreter, 71, died after trying to flee the inferno.

A third man, Neil Donaldson, was badly burnt.

Outside court on Friday, Mr Donaldson thanked the NSW police crash investigation unit for their work, but wouldn’t comment on Day’s sentence.

“I’ll reserve judgment on that,” he told reporters.

While the consequences of Day’s crash were serious, Judge Flannery said Day’s culpability was low as 10 out of 12 of the tanker’s brakes were defective.

“Mr Day should never have been put into (the) truck,” Judge Flannery told the court.

Day stood still as he was told that as part of his suspended sentence he had to enter a good behaviour bond.

Two female supporters hugged following Judge Flannery’s remarks.

Day walked briskly from the court after the brief sentencing, refusing to comment.

Bolton begins Blues slow AFL climb

For former AFL heavyweights Carlton and rookie coach Brendon Bolton, the 2016 season is all about learning.

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Learning how to train again.

Learning how to work together as a club.

And most importantly, learning how to win.

It’s just that those victories might not be reflected in the win-loss tally.

The Blues are starting again after a tumultuous 12 months and Bolton says success won’t be measured by their ladder position.

“Success is developing a whole club, a united club,” Bolton told AAP.

“Giving our first-year draft players an opportunity, and that might be little sprouts, but it’s success.

“Creating a gameplan around collective offence and collective defence, that’s going to take some time but when we see that over a quarter, two quarters, that’s success.”

Bolton’s multi-faceted definition of success won’t please the Blues fans looking for a quick fix.

And it shows how far Carlton have fallen.

Again.

What’s different about the 2016 “reset” is that Bolton has lifted expectations off the shoulders of the much-burdened players.

Nobody outside the club expects them to be any good.

As for their own expectations, they aren’t telling.

Bolton says the playing group will set their own targets but keep them to themselves – in stark contrast to former coach Mick Malthouse’s declaration that he “couldn’t see a game they would lose” on season’s eve last year.

Under Bolton, Carlton are, quietly and modestly, getting down to business.

The 26-year-old coach says he hopes his sides will show their togetherness through a new game style and learning style.

With a wealth of talent in need of development – including 18 players yet to debut for the club – Carlton hope the learning approach bears fruit.

The Blues have traded away a host of established names – Chris Yarran, Lachie Henderson, Tom Bell and Troy Menzel included – to bring in a new generation of talent.

Top of that list is No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering.

The Blues hope they have a ten-year key defender in the Mornington Peninsula product and he’s one of at least three first-year players nominated by Bolton likely to begin their AFL careers on the opening night of the season.

“Weitering’s got a more mature body so he might get an opportunity early,” Bolton said.

“Charlie Curnow has put in a really strong pre-season and David Cunningham has shown glimpses.

“Our timing on when we bring people in will be well-thought through.

“For the others, let’s hope for our members they see some of our future get a little taste this year.”

Bolton is bullish on new recruit Sam Kerridge and reigning club champion Patrick Cripps.

He’s also hopeful of seeing improvement from key forward Levi Casboult and rebounding defender Sam Docherty, who have put in top pre-season efforts.

So while there’s no getting away from the potentially painful season ahead, Bolton said there would be progress worth celebrating at Princes Park.

“Losing is not the way or the accepted way,” he said.

“You build a resilience and a united front over time.

“Win, lose or draw, there’s learnings to take away from it and we’ll do that every week.”

CARLTON

Coach: Brendon Bolton

Captain: Marc Murphy

Last five years: 5-10-6-13-18

Premierships: 16 (1906-08, 1914-15, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981-82, 1987, 1995).

Key five: Patrick Cripps, Marc Murphy, Matthew Kreuzer, Levi Casboult, Kade Simpson.

One to watch: Jacob Weitering. Yes it’s unfair to expect too much of any player, just because they were selected at No.1 in the national draft. But such is Carlton’s pressing need for key-position talent that the 195cm, 94kg Weitering will be pitched into senior action from the get-go.

Ins: David Cunningham (Oakleigh U18), Charlie Curnow (Geelong U18), Andrew Gallucci (Williamstown, VFL), Jesse Glass-McCasker (Swan Districts, WAFL), Daniel Gorringe (Gold Coast), Sam Kerridge (Adelaide), Matt Korcheck (international rookie), Jed Lamb (GWS), Harry McKay (Gippsland U18), Andrew Phillips (GWS), Lachie Plowman (GWS), Jack Silvagni (Oakleigh U18), Liam Sumner (GWS), Jacob Weitering (Dandenong U18), Matthew Wright (Adelaide).

Outs: Tom Bell (Brisbane), Andrew Carrazzo (retired), David Ellard (retired), Tom Fields (delisted), Cameron Giles (delisted), Lachie Henderson (Geelong), Nick Holman (delisted), Blaine Johnson (delisted), Chris Judd (retired), Troy Menzel (Adelaide), Fraser Russell (delisted), Brad Walsh (delisted), Robert Warnock (delisted), Matthew Watson (delisted), Chris Yarran (Richmond).

Best line-up:

B: Zach Tuohy, Michael Jamison, Jacob Weitering

HB: Dylan Buckley, Sam Rowe, Sam Docherty

C: Dale Thomas, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Walker

HF: Kade Simpson, Levi Casboult, Blaine Boekhorst

F: Jason Tutt, Andrejs Everitt, Nick Graham

R: Matthew Kruezer, Patrick Cripps, Marc Murphy

I: Simon White, Ed Curnow, Sam Kerridge, Cameron Wood

Predicted finish: 18th

Betting (William Hill)

To win the flag: $501

To make the top eight: $15