Three sent home from injury-hit Aussies

Australia’s injury crisis has deepened with Nathan Coulter-Nile joining teammates David Warner and Shane Watson in being ruled out for the remainder of Australia’s one-day series with England.

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All three players sustained the injuries in Saturday’s game-two victory over England at Lord’s, with paceman Coulter-Nile suffering a low-grade hamstring strain.

Coulter-Nile is expected to be back bowling again within two weeks, but that won’t allow him time to recover for any of the remaining three ODI fixtures to be played in the next seven days.

The West Australian will fly back to Australia from Manchester on Monday, as will Warner, who will miss between four and six weeks with a broken thumb.

Watson flew out of London on Sunday having suffered a recurrence of a calf injury, which prompted him to also announce his Test retirement.

With his squad ravaged by injuries, coach Darren Lehmann called on a trio of Victorians as replacements.

Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch, veteran fast bowler John Hastings and wicketkeeper batsman Peter Handscomb have all been pulled from their county sides to be available for selection for game three in Manchester on Tuesday.

The triple blow to Lehmann and captain Steve Smith is a major setback in the world champions’ quest to seal the best-of-five series, which they currently lead 2-0.

Team management looked at the possibility of flying replacements over from Australia before settling on the locally-based players, all of whom are capable of contributing straight away according to Lehmann.

Handscomb and Hastings admitted their shock at the call-up, which for 29-year-old Hastings ended an international exile of three years.

“It’s a little bit of a surprise as I haven’t played for Australia since 2012 but I never gave up hope and thought that if I kept on doing the right thing then I would have a chance,” said Hastings, who has played 11 ODIs.

“In the past when I’ve had the opportunity I’ve not taken it with both hands and so to get another opportunity is great.”

Finch is expected to slot straight into the opening spot vacated by Warner, with Victorian quick James Pattinson heavily favoured to step straight in and join a pace attack led by speedsters Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

The final spot will most likely go to either Marcus Stoinis, the young allrounder who made his international debut in Australia’s Twenty20 loss to England in Cardiff, or left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who famously scored 98 on his Test debut during the 2013 Ashes.

Auslan student news a sign of the times in broadcasting

In a well-lit classroom in the suburbs of Adelaide, primary school student Tanya is standing in front of a green screen, reporting the news.

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“Welcome to W6 Klemzig news announcements,” she says.

Her classmate Simon records the report on an iPad, while another classmate, Prabin, watches carefully for mistakes.

The students at Klemzig Primary School take turns in each role until they’ve finished recording the week’s local news, world news and important school announcements.

Though they’re having fun in the process, this is a class with a serious purpose.

All the reporters are deaf, and their news is recorded in Auslan, also known as Australian sign language.

“We’ve got this program set up so that deaf people know what’s going on in the world,” says Tanya.

“Deaf people can’t hear the news on the radio, they can’t hear, so we need to find out information and share it around.”

Klemzig Primary is a bilingual school, where all students learn Auslan. Some parents of children at the school are deaf, as well as 18 students.

The news reports, which are edited by the reporting team and later broadcast on screens around the school, are designed to help those with hearing impairments access information they would otherwise find difficult to get.

Kyle Miers, Chief Executive of Deaf Australia, says access to information is a continual barrier for many deaf Australians.

“There’s a whole range of matters where information is made purely via the spoken word, and unfortunately deaf people miss out on that,” he says.

Sarah Lewis, a teacher at Klemzig Primary, started the news program at the school in order to help address that problem, inspired by similar programs run by schools in the United States.

“It’s important, because the hearing children pick up a lot,” she says.

“They overhear a lot of things. Their parents’ conversations, what’s happening on the radio, TV… they might not necessarily be watching it, but they’re hearing what’s happening, and deaf children miss out on a lot of the day’s events.”

Doing the news is helping student reporters like Prabin build confidence.

After moving to Australia from Nepal last year, he’s learning Auslan as a second sign language.  

“It feels good to work with the three of us together,” he says.

“We’re sharing this job, working together as a team.”

Young newsreader Simon sees other benefits.

“It’s good fun,” he says. “And I get to skip a class, too.”

 

A field guide to dwelling on your mistakes

When something doesn’t go right, the usual, understandable instinct is often to forget it, as quickly as possible.

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 Move on, we advise each other.Don’t look back. Or, as Don Draper memorably said (twice): “This never happened. It will shock you how much this never happened.” And yet, as tempting as it is to think of stoically soldiering on as the smart approach to dealing with failure, there’s also a solid case for wallowing in your mistakes, at least for a time.

This is the subject of a new book by social scientist Brené Brown, who, in both her research at the University of Houston and her previous two best-sellers, has encouraged people to practice courage and vulnerability in their lives — something she defines as “the willingness to show up and be seen, with no guarantee of outcome.” There’s just one problem with this way of living. Eventually, “you’re going to stumble, fall, and get your ass kicked,” Brown writes in her latest, Rising Strong, published earlier this month.

The new book is all about finding a way forward after a spectacular failure, and it’s drawn from qualitative research — that is, lengthy interviews — done with thousands of professionals, including with leaders at companies like Microsoft, Pixar, Facebook, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. It’s not a neat and tidy process — on the contrary, it’s messy and often awkward.

Bravery and courage are much more pleasant subjects to dwell on than screw-ups and stumbles. “But I’m learning,” Brown writes, “that the process of struggling and navigating hurt has as much to offer us as the process of being brave and showing up.” Here, Science of Us has rounded up some of the most helpful and interesting points from her book about that process.

Get curious about the reasons why you failed. 

Take a good, long look at whatever it is that’s making you feel like a failure. Explore it from as many angles as you can, and ask yourself questions about it until you get a better handle on what happened. In practice, Brown writes, this usually means that she has to “take a deep breath and think through questions like, What’s at stake if I open myself up to investigate these feelings and realize I’m more hurt than I thought? Or, What if she’s not really to blame and I was wrong?”

This is an exercise that can sometimes be rather unpleasant, because you very well might not like the answers you come up with. (What if your co-worker on a way-past-deadline project really isn’t fully to blame, and you’re part of the problem, too?) It’s something Brown calls “the reckoning,” using the term the way it’s used in navigation: “Dead reckoning” is “the process of calculating where you are,” she writes. “Without reckoning, you can’t chart a future course. In the rising strong process, we can’t chart a brave new course until we recognize exactly where we are, get curious about how we got there, and decide where we want to go.”

Learn how to be okay with an uncomfortable process. 

Among the many appeals of quickly moving on from a setback is that it allows you some certainty — you quickly come to a conclusion about what went wrong (your boss killed the project you slaved over because he’s a jerk! And this job is dumb, anyway!), and then you get to move right along. Sitting with your screw-up for a minute, on the other hand, doesn’t allow for those easy answers, thereby forcing some uncertainty into your life. And most people, the research shows, do not like uncertainty — take the classic 1960s studythat found people would rather, for sure, receive an electric shock now than maybe get one later.

But in her research, Brown has found that the people who are able to rebound from a fall are the ones who allow themselves to dwell in the discomfort of uncertainty for a while, investigating both what went wrong and their feelings on the subject for some time before reaching an unhurried answer. “Curiosity is a shit-starter,” she writes. “But that’s okay. Sometimes we have to rumble with a story to find the truth.” After some honest thought and tough conversations, you can identify what went wrong, what to change, and, finally, how to move ahead.

Don’t mistake one jerk’s criticism for failure. 

Brown now has two best-sellers under her belt, but she couldn’t even find an agent who was interested in her first book about her life’s work. So she self-published it, back in the days when self-publishing was something most people were very skeptical about. In her latest book, she recounts the story of a colleague back then who told her he enjoyed her book, and wanted to know how to order it for use in one of his classes. When she told him she had self-published, he immediately lost interest. “I really can’t add a vanity-published book to my syllabus,” she remembers him saying.

Oof. But, she writes now, when you feel stung by criticism, make sure to consider the source. Brown returns several times to a Teddy Roosevelt quote: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” She uses this to make the point that feedback can be a valuable tool for evaluating how you’re doing, and what you can do better. But not always. “A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor,” Brown writes. “They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance.” Some feedback is worth more than others, and negative feedback itself isn’t a sign of failure.

Iceland celebrate after qualifying for Euro 2016

Knowing a point would be enough to ensure qualification for the finals in France, the home crowd urged their side on with chants of “Afram Island!” on a rainy night in Reykjavik.

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They were rewarded with a typically committed, battling performance filled with chances but no goals.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson all went close for Iceland but the Kazakhs stood firm to take their second point in the campaign.

At the final whistle the Iceland squad danced in a ring on the pitch before going to celebrate with fans.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m shocked. We’ve worked ever so hard to get to this point,” captain Aron Gunnarsson told a TV reporter after the final whistle.

“Being the first Icelandic team to qualify for a finals — when I started playing football, I didn’t even dream of that,” he said before rejoining his team mates to celebrate.

Gunnarsson was part of the team that came up just short in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, losing a two-legged playoff against Croatia.

But he and his team came back stronger.

Drawn in a group containing the Netherlands, Turkey and the Czech Republic, as well as Latvia, Iceland were facing opponents who had cities with greater populations than their entire country.

Despite being tipped for second or possibly third place at best, the islanders have so far recorded a stunning six wins, one draw and one loss in the qualifiers, comprehensively beating and often outplaying their more heralded rivals.

Their technical skills and excellent physical conditioning have made them hard to beat, but it is the tactical nous of wily Swedish coach Lars Lagerback that has helped get the most out of a limited pool of players.

Lagerback has steered them to top spot in the group, level on 19 points with the Czech Republic, while Turkey have 12 points after beating Netherlands 3-0 earlier on Sunday.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor in Stockholm; Editing by Ken Ferris ad Justin Palmer)

Asylum seeker in Cambodia wants to go home

One of four refugees resettled in Cambodia just three months ago in a multimillion-dollar deal that saw them sent from an Australian-run detention camp on Nauru has decided he wants to go home.

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The man, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, said he wanted to give up his refugee status and return to his homeland, according to Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak.

The man, who was not named, has contacted Myanmar’s embassy in Cambodia to get permission to return home, but Khieu Sopheak was unaware of the response.

Two Iranian men, an Iranian woman and the Rohingya man came to Cambodia under a $A40 million, four-year agreement aimed at resettling hundreds of asylum seekers who have been living for years in Nauru.

They were the only ones among 677 there who signed up for the package – despite substantial encouragement – and arrived in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in early June.

Only asylum seekers granted refugee status by the UN’s refugee agency were eligible for the move.

“The agreement of the two countries remains valid, but at the moment we want to see the first pilot refugees that have already arrived here integrate into our society before we accept newcomers,” Khieu Sopheak said by phone.

The deal, part of Australia’s efforts to deter boats of asylum seekers, has been criticised since Australia made the agreement with Cambodia last September. Critics have expressed concerns that Cambodia is too impoverished to handle the new residents and that its poor human rights record would put them at risk.

Khieu Sopheak said that the Rohingya man, who was born in 1990, did not explain why he wanted to return to Myanmar, but that his father had visited him recently in Cambodia and may have sought to reunite his son with their family.

The man’s action comes as many Rohingya, who are Muslims, are expected to take to boats in fresh efforts to leave Myanmar to escape persecution and better their economic prospects.

Many try to head to Malaysia, with which they have a religious affinity, but others try to make the long and dangerous journey to Australia.

Khieu Sopheak said the Cambodian government respected the man’s decision. Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Ian Rintoul, Sydney-based director of the Australian advocacy group Refugee Action Coalition, none of the four resettled people wants to stay in Cambodia.

He said they expected to get a lump sum of at least $US10,000 ($A14,268.39), but that was not what happened.

“They all went with the idea that they would get the money that they were being told they would get and be able to go somewhere else,” Rintoul said.

“The government has dribbled the money to them. They’ve been kept in a very isolated arrangement and there’s been no prospects for them.”

NZ PM rejects vocal campaign to have ‘Red Peak’ flag added to final four

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition for the “Red Peak” flag design to be added to the four selected as possible alternatives.

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The petition, on change杭州桑拿按摩,, was launched after the Flag Consideration Panel last week unveiled the final four designs it had chosen from a longlist of 40.

But New Zealand Prime Minister John Key this morning ruled out adding a fifth flag.

“To accept any other flag we would have to change the law and we’re not going back to parliament to change the law,” he said.

Should ‘Red Peak’ be added to the final selection? Vote below

Kiwis are set to vote on their preferred flag design in a public referendum in November. A second referendum – to chose between the preferred alternate and the current flag – will be held in March 2016.

The Flag Consideration Panel has faced significant backlash since it revealed the final four, with many saying Red Peak, by designer Aaron Dustin, should be on the list.

The design features a red triangle in its centre with two white strips on either side. The left and right corners of the flag are black and blue, respectively.

Over the weekend, the petition for John Key to add Red Peak to the list amassed more than 20,000 signatures and large numbers of comments.

“I love this flag,” posted one supporter. “It makes me feel patriotic. It represents the New Zealand I want to live in, one with a deep history and a bright future.”

The hashtag #RedPeak was trending in New Zealand overnight.

In a statement on Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Flag Consideration Panel said there was nothing it could do.

“The panel was appointed by government to select the alternative which it has done and cabinet has approved those alternatives so they will go forward,” she said.

“It’s out of the panel’s mandate and is now part of an official government process.”

The Red Peak design is based around the Maori myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, the sky father and earth mother, who were locked together in an embrace before being prised apart by their children.

Cars of interest in Tyrrell case

It’s nearly a year since three-year-old William Tyrrell went missing without a trace and police are seeking help to identify several cars seen at the scene of his disappearance.

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On that morning William’s mother spotted two cars parked across the road from her mother’s house in the small NSW mid north coast town of Kendall.

Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said police are keen for information about two cars in particular – an old dark grey sedan and an old white station-wagon – that were parked opposite the grandmother’s home.

“They were parked between drive-ways – it’s a rural area out there and it’s a dead end street so it’s a very unusual place to have two vehicles parked in the manner that they were.

Det Insp Jubelin said there’s no logical explanation as to why they would park in that location.

“They were very close to each other, given it was a dead end street, that raises our curiosity,” he told the Network Nine’s 60 Minutes program.

Police are also investigating a dark green or greyish coloured sedan believed to have driven past as William was riding his bike and a 4WD seen driving at speed in the Kendall area shortly after the boy vanished.

“We would like to speak to the occupants of those vehicles to determine the reason they were in the area,” Det Insp Jubelin said.

William, who would now be four, went missing from his grandmother’s backyard on September 12 last year.

His mother made a triple-zero phone call, telling the operator her son had been “roaring around the garden” in his Spider-Man outfit just before he went missing.

She says her family had been looking for him up and down the street for around 20 minutes.

“We heard him roaring around the garden and then I thought, `Oh, I haven’t heard him, I better go check on him’,” she said, in the audio released by police on Monday.

William’s mother says she hadn’t noticed any suspicious people in the neighbourhood and it was the first time her son had gone missing.

Investigators believe William, who was waiting for his dad to arrive at the home, may have run down toward the road when a pedophile took the opportunity to snatch him.

Kendall locals Janina Richardson and Dale Symons expressed their heartache and disbelief over William’s disappearance.

Ms Richardson, the organiser of Saturday’s Walk 4 William, which marks 12 months since his disappearance, said the new information released provide vital clues.

“We want to keep William’s face out there to try and bring him home to his mum and dad,” Ms Richardson told Network Seven.

Mr Symons said the local area was covered with pictures of William.

“We just need his name out there, his face out there and that is what we are doing.”

David Cameron to set out UK refugees plan

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to set out details of the government’s plans to re-settle thousands of refugees fleeing the bloody Syrian civil war.

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Officials have been working on the scheme throughout the weekend after the prime minister dramatically dropped his opposition to taking more people seeking sanctuary from the conflict.

Mr Cameron – who will give full details in a Commons statement – was effectively forced to act after harrowing photographs of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Mediterranean beach galvanised public opinion.

He had previously argued taking in refugees would simply encourage more people to risk the hazardous sea crossing to Europe which has already claimed thousands of lives.

Under the proposal, announced on Friday during a visit to Portugal and Spain, Britain will take refugees directly from the camps in countries bordering Syria – avoiding the need for them to put themselves in the hands of people traffickers.

It represents a major expansion of an existing government programme to provide places for the most vulnerable refugees which has so far seen 216 Syrians re-settled in Britain.

Critics have said the plan will do nothing to help the tens of thousands who have already made it across to Europe and are seeking to make their way to the wealthier northern nations, most notably Germany, to claim asylum.

However, Mr Cameron has been adamant Britain will not join a proposed EU scheme to redistribute some 160,000 people among the member states, despite risking alienating key allies like Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ministers refused to be drawn over the weekend on how many people will be admitted to the UK, although the government is likely to want to appear as generous as possible, prompting speculation that it could be up to 10,000.

Chancellor George Osborne sought to reassure Conservative MPs concerned about the costs, saying funds will be channelled from the international aid budget to local councils to pay for housing and other services.

It forms part of a fundamental re-think of the aid programme in order to support Britain’s national interest, with a big shift of resources to the Middle East to promote stability in the region.

Mr Osborne stressed the refugee programme could only be one element in a wider plan to address the root causes of the refugee crisis, with action to tackle the “evil” regime of President Bashar al-Assad as well as the jihadists of Islamic State (IS).

Ministers are to begin making the case to extend RAF air strikes against IS in Iraq and join the United States and other allies in attacking them in their heartlands inside Syria.

Day falls but Jones rises on US PGA Tour

Jason Day finally hit the wall but countryman Matt Jones rose to contention going into the final round of the US PGA Tour’s second playoffs tournament.

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Needing to win to claim the world No.1 ranking this week, a weary Day shot a two-over-par 73 third round to fall nine shots behind leader and former champion Henrik Stenson in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

It was world No.3 Day’s first over-par round since the final day of the US Open back on June 24, ending the hot streak that brought him three titles, including a major, from five tournaments.

The Australian never overcame a double bogey on the fourth hole at TPC Boston, adding bogeys at the par-3 11th and 16th and another at the 14th on Sunday.

“There’s no excuse for poor playing,” said Day.

“I just wish I had a little bit more energy.”

Young American Jordan Spieth is now set to reclaim the world No.1 ranking from Rory McIlroy this week despite missing the cut for a second straight week.

While Day failed to fire, the in-form Jones put himself in with a chance of taking his second US tour title on Monday (Tuesday AEST).

The 2014 Houston Open winner shot a 68 to get to 11-under, two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson (65), one behind American Rickie Fowler (67) and tied fourth with Sean O’Hair (67).

Jones has been on the leaderboard several times in recent months, including leading at the halfway point of Day’s US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Jones, who started with birdies on three of his first four holes, was in a three-way tie with Fowler and Stenson at 12-under down the stretch, before a slip up at the par-three 16th cost him.

The 35-year-old found a bunker from the tee and was unable to get his shot anywhere near the pin, before two-putting for a bogey.

Things threatened to unravel further on the par-four 17th when he missed the fairway to the left and found himself in a heavily wooded area, right behind a tree, but he managed a miraculous escape.

Jones played a low, hooked punch into the green, heavily hooking the ball around and onto the fringe, before making a two-putt par.

Stenson shot a bogey-free 65, including an eagle at the par-four fourth when he drove the green before holing a 20-footer.

World No.8 Stenson won the Deutsche Bank in 2013, before going on to win the Tour Championship and claim the Fedex Cup.

“It’s always good to be back at a course where you’ve performed well and played well,” Stenson said.

“I’ll just try to keep it going.”

McIlroy was well out of contention at two-over for the tournament.

Stosur promoted to centre court at US Open

No longer flying under the radar, Samantha Stosur has been promoted from US Open outcast to a centre-court attraction as she steps up her quest for a second title in New York.

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Stosur’s battle with Italian Flavia Pennetta for a coveted quarter-final spot has been scheduled as the feature afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.

The 2011 champion’s star billing comes after she was snubbed by Open officials who denied her a courtesy car to a Flushing Meadows practice session last week and named “Samantha Stodosova” due to a scoreboard glitch in her first-round match.

Stosur insisted she was happy to fly under the radar, but doubles great and Tennis Australia’s former director of player performance Todd Woodbridge welcomed the recognition for the unsung champion.

Woodbridge considers Australia’s 22nd seed a sneaky title contender and is growing ever frustrated that Stosur doesn’t receive more credit.

The 31-year-old is all but guaranteed a return to the world’s top 20 after her charge to the fourth round.

Stosur is also Australia’s last player standing for the 14th time at a grand slam and her unbroken stint as the country’s top-ranked tennis player – man or woman – has stretched to almost six-and-a-half years.

For all the fuss and hype for Nick Kyrgios, who in January became the first teenager since Roger Federer to reach two different grand slam quarter-finals, Stosur has held Australia’s top ranking ever since reaching the 2009 French Open semi-finals.

Not even Lleyton Hewitt, who held the men’s world No.1 ranking for a total of 80 weeks at the start of the millenium, ever enjoyed as long a reign without being knocked from his perch as Australia’s premier player.

“I think it’s time we acknowledged we have an incredibly accomplished player that by virtue of her quiet nature doesn’t get the respect she deserves,” Woodbridge said.

Woodbridge says Stosur is “without doubt one of the most accomplished female athletes in Australian sport, not just tennis”.

“Again at this event she has outdone the men by far and yet the focus has been on others,” Woodbridge told AAP.

“The focus has been on Lleyton’s retirement and Nick and Bernard (Tomic’s) behaviour.

“The best part about Sam is she keeps letting her racquet do the talking.”

Stosur is also the last player to beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows and is three wins away from another potential final showdown with the Grand-Slam chasing defending champion and world No.1.

“The first step is getting to Serena and then she is one of few players left in the draw that can trouble her,” Woodbridge said.

Stosur said she was happy enough quietly progressing through the draw without the fanfare.

“It doesn’t really bother me. I’m happy to keep things low key,” she said after making the final 16 for the first time since her title defence three years ago.

A first-time win over Pennetta would advance Stosur to a quarter-final on Wednesday against either Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova or Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta.