Miley Cyrus, Rosario Dawson and Suki Waterhouse are the latest celebrities to have their private and intimate photo collections compromised by a hacking site in an incident dubbed ‘celebgate 2.0’
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Explicit images of the trio have appeared on the same X-rated hacking website that posted images of Emma Watson, Demi Lovato, Lucy Hale and Amanda Seyfried last month, according to The Sun.

According toTechwormthe site responsible has promised to continue their compromising leaks with Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner and Mad Max’s Alison Brie teased as “coming soon” on the page.

The Sun, said “dozens of images” of Miley and others have emerged on the site.

Some outlets and social media users have pointed out that while Cyrus is known for wearing risqu?? outfits on-stage and posting provocative images on social media, that has no relevance in this case. Posting a daring image to her own accounts doesn’t make it OK for her privacy to be invaded. The star is yet to comment on the recent leak.

Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried have threatened the websitewith legal proceedings, demanding the compromising images be removed. And while Seyfried’s team were successful in enforcing the removal of pictures without making a statement, Watson’s representatives were forced to clarify that the images were taken during a clothing fitting and were not sexually explicit photographs.

A spokesperson said last month: “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs.

“Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”

Speaking about the power of the internet and social media, Watson recently toldEntertainment Weekly they are “equal parts are depressing and terrifying, and equal parts are empowering and thrilling”.

Earlier this year many welcomed the nine-month imprisonment of Edward Majerczyk, the man behind the Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton “celebgate” iCloud photo leak.

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So here was your flint-eyed columnist on Monday morning, still festering in his dressing gown like Michael Douglas’ Professor Grady Tripp in Wonder Boys, tears rolling down his cheeks as Sergio Garcia sank that putt that let the plug out of 19 years of frustration. Garcia’s joy could melt the meanest heart. To empathise with his transcendent ecstasy had the quality of a religious epiphany. And omigod, on Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday too, just as a sunbeam broke through the clouds, don’t set me off again.
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How often does sport make you cry? On reflection, I’m not even sure if it was about Sergio, who has blotted his copybook in various ways over the years and never convincingly presented himself as a man who had come to terms with disappointment. I like Sergio, who has suffered golf’s unique varieties of torture in public for ever so long, but I also like Justin Rose, and might well have cried if the Englishman won.

It was a long Masters, on not much sleep. Possibly the tears had nothing at all to do with the story, and were instead the physical reaction that Martin Amis had when he cried at the end of reading Don Quixote, ‘not tears of relief or regret but tears of pride. You made it, despite all that Don Quixote could do’. Maybe we don’t watch a tournament as emotionally wrenching and sleep-depriving as the Masters so much as survive it. And then cry not because of who won but because it’s over.

To people who love their sport, these moments can feel like a spiritual experience, and as silly and presumptuous as that sounds, taking the place of the spiritual is precisely what professional sport in is doing, scoffing down our last religious holidays like so many communion wafers. On Good Friday, the AFL gave in to the pressure of money and consumer demand and followed the precedent set by the NRL and the A-League, staging football on the last remaining Christian holiday available to its conquest. The football codes ceased respecting Easter Sunday many years ago. Currently, a wave of commercial and public opinion is pressing Cricket to play Big Bash League on Christmas Day. In the northern hemisphere, football codes have already taken over Christmas. There is no longer even a slot for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on the December 25 TV guide.

Want to feel like a relic? Try explaining to a child how certain days used to be too sacred even for sport. Every Sunday used to be a day of rest, even for sportspeople. Not so long ago, it was inconceivable that professional sport would be played on Sundays; now it is impossible to believe that it would not be. Before long, sport on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas will be as unremarked as on any given Sunday, notwithstanding the codes’ gimmicky “special” rivalries on what used to be special days.

I don’t think professional sport should be played on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Christmas. I don’t hold any brief for God, who’s big enough to fight his own battles, but I do believe that staging major contests on these days shows up the double standards and lack of vision of the sports and entertainment complex.

Spectators willingly buy into it, seldom stepping back to think about what they are losing. By watching big sporting events, we are making these holidays into just another weekend; in fact, just another day. This is all very well for the forces who are day-agnostic and want to change your workplace conditions so that Sundays and holidays do not, actually, exist anymore. Why should you get any kind of loading? It’s just another workday. Look at the cinemas, they’re open. Look at the sporting calendar, everyone’s on the job. Sun comes up, sun goes down, turnstiles click over. To business, any day is as good as another.

When the sportspeople who perform on Good Friday or Easter Sunday go out later and blow up their reputations with post-game atrocities, the community tends to tut-tut and issue lectures about how life is bigger than sport and the problem for these young professionals is that they have no balance, no perspective, no way of getting outside the sporting bubble and realising that it is just one segment of a many-hued life. This is what sacred days used to help us do: remind us that it is good for the spirit to switch off the box and step off the treadmill of work and consumption. It doesn’t sit right that, on the one hand, young sportspeople are chastised for being small-minded, when on the other hand, audiences demand that every possible entertainment slot must be filled and every opportunity to cash in must be maximised. Good Friday, when no sport was on television, wasn’t necessarily a time to reflect on Bible stories, but it was a time when people had to use a bit of imagination to decide how to spend their afternoon. Now, the unthinking option is at their fingertips.

No code does hypocrisy quite like the AFL, and accordingly the breaking of the taboo of Good Friday has been salved by the donation of proceeds collected during the Bulldogs-Kangaroos match to the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital. On the one hand, we can say that anything that raises money for a good cause is worthwhile. On the other hand???well, let’s just wash that one in Easter week???and where have we heard about that before? As long as the AFL can feel holy about itself, I suppose nothing else matters.

Even if you are not religious in any way, questions must be asked about business-as-usual on the last sports-free days of the year. When rest days and holidays are given away, they are given away forever. Commercial activity floods into the space, and at the leading edge of that commercial ingress is sport with all its trappings of phony spiritualism. We sportswriters and broadcasters, veering between mean cynicism and abject sentimentality, take on the highly improper role of interpreters of mysteries. The sporting bodies invest their product with a pseudo-ritualistic significance. And before we know it, we take the whole thing far too seriously and find ourselves in tears.

Or maybe I had something in my eye.

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Bar Beach sell-off underway | photos ON THE MARKET: An aerial shot of the seven properties at 8-20 Light Street. They can be purchased individually or as a ‘superlot’, with the sale expected to reap at least $10 million.
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SOLD: A housing commission property at 4 Light Street sold at auction for $1.525 million last weekend. The two-bedroom home is zoned medium density residential.

SOLD: A housing commission property at 4 Light Street sold at auction for $1.525 million last weekend. The two-bedroom home is zoned medium density residential.

SOLD: A housing commission property at 4 Light Street sold at auction for $1.525 million last weekend. The two-bedroom home is zoned medium density residential.

SOLD: A housing commission property at 4 Light Street sold at auction for $1.525 million last weekend. The two-bedroom home is zoned medium density residential.

8-20 Light Street, Bar Beach

8-20 Light Street, Bar Beach

UPROOTED: Margaret and Virginia were tenants of the Light Street units for more than four decades but the pair, in their 70s, have been forced to move.

TweetFacebookHerald previously reported that theproceeds from the sale will fund the creation of 50 new social housing properties in the broader “Hunter area” and are part of a “long term strategy” for the suburb.

Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said he feared that now the first of the properties had hit the market, the flood gates would open.

“With the recent sale of 4 Light Street, I would be expecting that the government will be raking in excess of $10 million from the seven Housing NSW properties for sale in this street,” he said.

“I am deeply concerned that this is just the start of the government ‘s mass sell-off of public housing with the proceeds flowing to Sydney.

“The government must reinvest the proceedsback into social housing stock in the Newcastle electorate, to supply properties for vulnerable people on the ballooning housing wait list.”

When the sell-off was first mooted last August, two elderly tenants said they were frightened about being forced to leave their homes of more than four decades.

As news of the sale went public this weekit became apparent that thewomen, Margaret and Virginia,had already been uprooted.

UPROOTED: Margaret and Virginia were tenants of the Light Street units for more than four decades but the pair, in their 70s, have been forced to move.

It was unclear where they had been sent and the department said it was unable to respond to theHerald’squestions until after Easter.

The majority of the lots are just over 670 square metres and aheight limit of10 metres applies to the site, two blocks from Bar Beach.

Agent Matt Kearneysaid the land’s redevelopment would provide “new residences or apartments with unrestricted CBD and district views, coupled with a premiere Bar Beach address.”

“Bar Beach is a blue ribbon suburb with a median residential dwelling price of $2.825 million,” he said.

A tenant of a nearby private property, Richard Mergler, was not surprisedat news of the sell-off.

He believeda factor at play could be the multi-million dollar sales now commonplace inthe suburb, which was a less desirable postcode 20 years ago.

“It’s still a blended area with a distinct mix of demographics,” he said, waving to housing commission units across the road.

“But there’s only a finite amount of land in this corridor and the prices are becoming exorbitant.

“You do reach a tipping point where if the government can get a big enough sum they’ll be prepared to put up with the backlash.”

Mr Mergler believedthere would be less resistance to the introduction of public housing if its appearance was more attractive.

“I think they could do a bit better, at the moment you see poor architecture and poor design,” he said.“Ifit was better looking it would probably be less polarizing”.

Shelter NSW, the peak advocacy organisation for low-income tenants, was not opposed to sale of public housing in principle.

But executive officer Mary Perkins said the government had to show that proceeds delivered “bang for buck” in renewing existing public housing stock and relieving pressure on waiting lists.

“We would be concerned if the government was selling valuable inner city land not to better meetthe needs of tenants, but to serve the state’s growth agenda,” she said.

There have been suggestions that public housing tenants should not enjoy the benefits of inner city living without paying full market rent. Ms Perkins described that as “the politics of greed.”

“You need to have a real mix of people in your neighbourhood…otherwise you just exacerbate what we are already seeing through the private market which is the delineation of suburbs into rich and poor.”

Tenders will close on Thursday May 18.

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Donations for the Cyclone Debbie and flooding appeal have reached $2.8 million. Photo: Jorge BrancoDonations to the Cyclone Debbie appeal have come in at $2.8million so far,a small drop in the ocean compared to the 2011 floods.
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Figures provided to Fairfax Media show only $2.8million has been donated to charitysince the appealwas promoted twoweeks ago, starting with a $1 million donation from the Queensland government.

GIVIT has provided 20,093 items to impacted communities and 28,931 items were available to be matched with needy people.

But in 2011, more than $100 million was raised for thePremier’s disasterrelief appeal within sixdays of the Brisbane River peaking on January 13 – including $31 million from everyday ns. It launched in December 2010.

Theappeal, under premier Anna Bligh,wrapped up in September 2011 and paid $281 million to more than 42,000 victims, transferring the remainder to St Vincent de Paul to distribute.

But the 2011 appeal was also heavily criticised for how slowly it handed out donations.

A Queenslandgovernment spokesman said it was hard to compare natural disasters and the appeal in 2011 was very problematic.

The 2011 appeal had about 100people working to process applicationsfor payments, with Ms Bligh apologising for unacceptable delays to Queensland who were waiting for funds.

In 2013, then-premier Campbell Newman blamed “donor fatigue” and “tough times”for a sluggish response to the state’s flood relief appeal at the time after $6 million in mostly corporate donations was raised in its first week.

This time around, people have been asked to donate to four charities – the n Red Cross Society, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland and UnitingCare Community- instead of a central disaster fund.

It comes as thedamage bill for the natural disaster expected to run into the “billions”and a stoush between the Queensland and federal governments overdisaster relief funding.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rejected suggestions a Premier’s Appeal should be launched this time around.

“Rather than establish a separate fund, our experience from TC Marcia[in 2015] was that the quickest way to get funding to the people hit hardest and in the greatest need was to encourage donations directly to the charities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Following Cyclone Marcia, the government committed $1 million to be shared by four charities – Red Cross, The Salvos, St Vincent de Paul and UnitingCare.

“This worked well. The assistance got into those communities quicker than running a separate appeal and avoids delays in getting that money to the people who need it.”

Ms Palaszczuk encouraged ns, particularly companies, to donate to the four charities helping people recover from Cyclone Debbie and the flooding that followed.

In terms of this year’s natural disaster, almost 41,000 grants have been paid out to Queenslanders in need, totalling more than $18.4 million.

The Community Recovery Hotline has received more than 46,000 calls.

Immediate hardship payments of $180 per person or up to $900 for a family of five or more are available to pay for food, clothing, medicine and accommodation.

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AUSTRALIA wasn’t even federated when two states–NSW and Victoria–introduced pension schemes for the aged in 1900.
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Eight years later the Commonwealth Government took over with a means-tested aged pension and a new invalid pension. By 1912 had its first maternity allowance. By the 1920s some states, including Queensland, were payingunemployment benefits.

DuringWorld War II it was Robert Menzies who campaigned for election on behalf of ’s“forgotten people”–the lower middle class–but it wasthe Curtin Government that initiated acomprehensive social services package,including a national sickness and unemployment benefits scheme, widows’ pensions, and increased aged and disabilitypensions.

In a speech onSeptember 2, 1946,Prime MinisterBen Chifley linked expansion of ’ssocial services tobelief during the war that the nationwould survive, and conquer its enemies.

“Despite the multiple cares of a Government involved in a war threatening the very existence of as a nation, the Government never lost faith in ultimate victory,” Chifley said.

“The best evidence of this is furnished by the great extension of social services and health benefits since ittook office.”

I read that speech after working my way through actingCommonwealth Ombudsman Richard Glenn’s 113-page report on Centrelink’s online compliance intervention (OCI) program, or what became known as“robo-debt”. That’s the controversial automated program where tens of thousands of ns received notices of “debts” they were assessed to owe the Commonwealth, in some cases stretching back to benefits received in 2010.

The “debts” were identified after matching data held by the Human Services Department, which oversees Centrelink, against n Tax Office data.

It was introduced in July, 2016. By December complaints to politicians, Commonwealth oversight bodies like the Ombudsman, and the media were in the thousands.

If you have a few minutes this Easter long weekend I recommend you takethe time to read the report, to see how far one of the country’s largest government departments strayed from basic principleslike fairness and acting reasonably with people. After you’ve read the report then take another look at what Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has had to say throughout this mess of his department’s own making, and assess his performance as an elected servant of the people.

Richard Glenn provided a big picture description of what the “robo-debt” program is all about, which is worth bearing in mind. The online compliance intervention project “effectively shifted complex fact finding and data entry functions from the department to the individual, and its success relied on its usability”, he said.

It helps to understand how badly the department implemented “robo-debt” by considering some of the case studies in Glenn’s report.

There’s Mr S, who received a Centrelink letter in October, 2016, saying he owed $3777 from 2011 when he declared some income as a casual security guard, and receiveda Newstart allowance when there was no work. Mr S, like many people, was shocked and couldn’t understand the debt. He also, like many other people, did not realise a debt based on n Tax Office income data may be higher due to averaging across the period in question. Richard Glenn found most people would not understand the debt calculation process, “nor should they be expected to”. But the OCI system failed to acknowledge or explain that.

Mr S “accepted” the ATO data online, because it was the correct annual figure. When the “debt” remained he questioned Centrelink, which said he needed to provide copies of his payslips. From 2011. Mr S, unsurprisingly, did not have the payslips andhis former employer was no longer in business. Centrelink told him it wouldn’t accept bank statements as evidence of weekly pay he received during the period.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman investigated. When Centrelink was obliged to act reasonably, Mr S was found to owe no money. He had correctly reported earnings in 2011. He just had trouble disentangling himself from Centrelink’s guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent system.

There are other such case studies in Richard Glenn’s report, such as Ms D whosedebt was reduced from $2203.24 to $332.21, Mr S’s debt from $3777.43 to zero, Ms H’s debt from $5874.53 to zero, Ms G’s debt from $2914.20 to $610.07 and Ms B’s debt from $1441.64 to $267.51.

Glenn said the Department of Human Services should undertake a comprehensive evaluation of OCI in its current form before expanding it further, and consider how to mitigate the risk of over-recovery of debts. He also recommended the department review every case where a person was hit with a 10 per cent debt recovery fee as well as the “debt”, after finding serious flaws in the department’s methods.

It is almost shocking to read that the department has done no modelling on how many debts were likely to be over-calculated. In other words the department, on our behalf, can’t say how many people might have been ripped off by a system Glenn ultimately found was neither reasonable nor fair.

The “robo-debt” debacle has exposed a department where Joe Hockey’s “lifters and leaners” view of the world took hold, but it’s also exposed how strongly that view has been accepted in large sections of the community.

We fly the flag for as the land of the fair go, but “robo-debt” raises serious questions about how far we’ve strayed from that famous ideal.

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Health authorities are now warning people to avoid eating seafood caught from or fishing near the potentially contaminated area around the lower reaches of the Brisbane River, from Bulimba Creek to Fisherman Island, and north to Shorncliffe. Photo: Edwina PicklesPeople are being warned not to go fishing oreat seafood caught fromwaterways near theBrisbane Airport after firefighting foam spewed out of a Qantas hangar and escaped into the stormwater system.
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The Queensland government confirmed on Friday about 22,000 litres of the foam was released from a failed deluge system within the hangar on April 10.

While about three-quarters was contained, some of the remaining portion appearedto have seeped into the wider environment and caused the deaths of 20 nearby fish.

Health authorities are now warning people to avoid eating seafood caught from or fishing near the potentially contaminated area around the lower reaches of the Brisbane River, from Bulimba Creek to Fisherman Island, and north to Shorncliffe.

It’s believed the foam contained perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) but chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said there was “no consistent evidence” that exposure posed a threat to humans.

“(But) I understand this was a significant spill (and) avoiding seafood consumption from the impacted area in the short term is a sensible, cautious approach,” Dr Young said.

A joint investigation between the Queensland and Commonwealth governments is now underway and environmental officers have taken water samples from the polluted site.

Environment Minister Steven Miles was expected to address the media later on Friday.


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Devil of a bun? Nope. Photo: iStock”Your Hot Cross Buns Could Be Giving You Dementia”.
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This was the subject line of an email I was sent this week. Seriously.

“‘s anti-ageing doctor, Dr [Michael] Elstein, says this Easter we should avoid stocking up on hot cross buns, an Easter favourite, as eating gluten could be setting us up to develop obesity and dementia,” the attached press release said.

If you’re not terrified already, read on:

“Research into the claims that gut inflammation caused by foods high in gluten are characteristic of a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases that can manifest into dementia, support Dr Elstein’s warning that this Easter we should ditch the buns.”

First things first:Elstein is not the first to make the gluten/dementia connection (although targeting the attack at the humble old hot cross buns is new).

Neurologist Dr David Perlmutter writes about the apparent link in hisNew York Timesbest-selling book,Grain Brain.

“The biggest issue by far is that carbohydrates are absolutely at the cornerstone of all of our major degenerative conditions,”he said in 2013. “That includes things like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and even cancers. What we know is that even mild elevations in blood sugar are strongly related to developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

Apart from lumping all grains and all forms of gluten into the same bag (highly processed carbs and fermented glutenare absorbed by and affect the body in completely different ways), it is at odds with the latest research which suggests that a Mediterranean diet (which includes wholegrains) can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’sby as much as 53 per cent. Also, such advice fails to see the full picture.

“His book is filled with a whole bunch of nonsense, that’s why it’s a best-seller,” Yale’s Dr David Katz said ofGrain Brainin 2013. “Because that’s how you get on the best-seller list. You promise the moon and stars, you say everything you heard before was wrong, and you blame everything on one thing. You get a scapegoat; it’s classic. Atkins made a fortune with that formula. We’ve got Rob Lustig saying it’s all fructose; we’ve got T. Colin Campbell [author ofThe China Study, a formerly best-selling book] saying it’s all animal food; we now have Perlmutter saying it’s all grain. There’s either a scapegoat or a silver bullet in almost every best-selling diet book.”

I send the scapegoat, I meanhot cross bun press release, to Alzheimer’s . The gluten/brain health linkis still floating around – is there any substance toit, I ask?

They decline to comment, saying “we’re just not aware of any link [between the two]” and point me to their formal advice on brain health. It does discuss how diet might increase or decrease risk of Alzheimer’s, themost common form of dementia, which is not an inevitable part of ageing according to the Florey Institute. “It is an ‘unnatural’disease which begins 30 years before symptoms become so severe that we would say someone has Alzheimer’s disease,” they say in a new study.

But, back toAlzheimer’s ‘s advice, which does mention gluten (in its highly processed form):

“Several studies have found that a high intake of saturated fats, such as those found in meat, deep fried foods and takeaway food and trans fats often found in pies, pastries, cakes, biscuits and buns are associated with an increased risk of dementia. So what you eat could affect your brain,” they explain.

“Follow theNational Dietary Guidelinesby eating a variety of foods including vegetables, fruit, fish, grains, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), and lean meat. Reduce foods high in saturated fats including full fat dairy products, fried food and desserts.”

Seems reasonable. I also send the press release to Dr Rosemary Stanton.

She agrees with Dr Elstein that consuming gluten, in the form of cakes and biscuits, is unnecessary for human health, but that’s about it.

She notes one line from the release stating that “gluten is a non-digestible substance with no nutritional value”.

“Not sure that this Dr Elstein knows what he’s talking about,” Stanton says.

“This is a commonly held view from Dr Google. Gluten is the composite name for proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. For people with coeliac disease – which is about oneperson in every 100 – gluten can damage the villi that line the small intestine. For most other people, gluten is not a problem and is broken down by enzymes to its component peptides and eventually to amino acids. If gluten was non-digestible, it would emerge in stools and I can find no evidence that this occurs.

“For those who don’t have coeliac disease, there is no problem consuming foods made from wheat, rye or barley.

“Dr Elstein says we can get all the fibre we need from fruits and vegetables. In fact, different foods contain different kinds of dietary fibre. It’s a bit like vitamins. Those in some foods are not found in others and having loads of vitamin C won’t provide, say, vitamin E.”

Dr Stanton adds that no evidence from “quality journals” shows that gluten causes dementia or neurodegenerative diseases.

“Again, this is something favoured by Dr Google blog sites.”

Where does that leave us with the hot cross bun – frankly one of the best parts of Easter as far as I’m concerned?

“Frankly, I think a hot cross bun is not a bad food. Sure – eating a dozen loaded with lots of butter would be a problem, but as a once-a-year treat, no problem – except for the 1 per cent who have coeliac or the small number who have an allergy to wheat,” Stanton says.

“Enjoy your Easter and I hope you enjoy a quality hot cross bun!”

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She first had chest pains while working as a resident in intensive care, and put them down to stress. But when Sashie Howpage had difficulty breathing, her GP sent her for a chest x-ray.
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“The radiographer, recognising I was a doctor, said, ‘Do you want to come and have a look at your x-ray?'” she said. “I saw a huge mass in my chest. I’d seen it before; I knew what I was facing. No one told me that I had cancer – I figured it out in that dark room, alone.”

Dr Howpage was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She started treatment on her 24th birthday, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy – a process she described as “fighting evil with evil”.

She has been in remission for three years, but severe side effects almost drove her to give up treatment. She felt she had lost control of her life. Blogs written by other sufferers terrified her.

“Doctors have no idea of the fear patients have,” she said.

Dr Howpage said she made the mistake of thinking “it was all my own journey”, not realising her family had also struggled to cope with her cancer diagnosis. “The support from a network of people who are in a similar place would have been wonderful,” she said. “It’s not just the patient who’s grieving.”

Knowing first-hand the challenges faced by cancer patients such as Dr Howpage, as well as their caregivers, Sydney doctors Nikhil Pooviah and Raghav Murali-Ganesh, from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital, developed an app designed to improve cancer care.

CancerAid is now the most popular cancer app on the Apple store in , the US and the UK, used by 30,000 people in 24 countries.

Licensed to cancer institutions and provided to patients free of charge, CancerAid organises medical records and streamlines information on appointments, treatments and specialists. It gives patients and caregivers accurate information about their illness and treatment plan, as well as access to online journals and a supportive community of patients and carers.

Dr Howpage said the app would have been invaluable when she was battling cancer. “It helps give back some control, knowing you can track what’s happening with your treatment,” she said. “Better informed patients … are willing to keep going with treatment, even when it’s too hard or they don’t see the benefits.”

Having all the patient’s information available on the app would also make it easier for clinicians, she said. Hospital data systems were “not in the modern age yet. This app is leading the way with how we store medical records on the phone.”

Almost 135,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in this year; an estimated 21.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed worldwide in 2030.

“When a patient gets a diagnosis of cancer it hits them like a freight train,” Dr Murali-Ganesh said. CancerAid aims to “put the power within the hands of the patient. [We’re trying] to change the way care is delivered, to improve the journey for many, many thousands of patients.”

Dr Murali-Ganesh and Dr Pooviah, both aged 30, are now working full time on CancerAid, which was one of six start-ups selected for this year’s elevate61 accelerator program in the US.

Dr Pooviah said the two world-first studies, on cancer nutrition and rehabilitation, were being conducted within the app, which also collects data in a secure, anonymised way to fuel research, further innovation and improvements in clinical care.

“We’re looking at trends to help improve clinical decisions,” he said. “A lot of the components we have designed could apply to other chronic diseases.”

Chief executive of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Eileen Hannagan, said the research opportunities offered by CancerAid were exciting.

“Hospital settings need to start adopting new technologies in this digital age,” she said. “With AI, VR and other digital tools like CancerAid improving patients’ lives, it’s a very exciting time to be in health care.”

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Finals football is on the A-League horizon. Theory goes out of the window, tactical niceties are forgotten and it’s win at all costs as the pressure is on to secure a spot in the play-offs or make the championship-decider.
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Well, no, at least not according to Kevin Muscat, as he supervises his Melbourne Victory team for its final game of the regular season at home to Central Coast Mariners on Friday night.

The Victory boss is preparing his side for the most decisive few weeks of the campaign but he is not fretting over Victory’s fate in any sudden-death scenario.

Muscat said the most important factor for him and his team is to keep on doing what it has done all season – concentrate on the processes and the performances and trust his players’ proven abilities and the tactics that have seen Victory secure second place on the ladder.

Things won’t change just because the team is in a sudden-death situation.

“If we are just worried about results and come away from what we have been trying to do, working on and practicing over a long period of time, we will rely heavily on luck,” he said.

“Over a period of time performance is what counts. That’s what’s going to reward you with results.

“I am not going to steer away from that … I am not going to rely on luck.”

The logic behind his “stay calm and trust yourselves” mantra is straightforward.

“When we do score goals and we do win, we need to understand how and why, and the reason for that is so that we can reproduce it. If we don’t understand that, well, its bloody hard to reproduce,” Muscat said.

“Without doubt it’s important to win. I am not trying to put a performance together not to win, but we do believe that when we perform anywhere near our capabilities the result normally looks after itself.”

Having said that, the coach acknowledged it is important for Victory to approach the finals with some momentum.

Muscat’s side has taken only four points from its last 15, suffering three defeats along the way, including one of its worst home performances in memory when it crashed 3-0 to Wellington Phoenix. It has not scored in its last three games, its worst record in six years.

To some extent such slackness might be explained by the fact that Victory have been guaranteed second spot on the table and the home semi-final that goes with it for several weeks now. Still, the fans are showing some nervousness, even if their coach is not.

“I am not concerned. Our form over 26 weeks has been bloody good, but over three weeks maybe not so good,” he said.

“If we look at last week [a 0-0 draw in Western Sydney, where Victory played the bulk of the second half with 10 men after Daniel Georgievski’s dismissal] and talk about form … for 50 minutes away to Western Sydney who had scored three goals in their last three games, we completely dominated and created a number of chances.

“In the remaining 40 minutes [after Georgievski’s red card] we showed a lot of grit, care and determination not to concede. There were a lot of positives to come out of last week.”

Muscat accepts that the departure of Oliver Bozanic, the oft maligned marquee midfielder, has come at some on-field cost as Victory no longer have quite the same offensive drive from midfield. Rashid Mahazi, Carl Valeri and Leigh Broxham are much more defensively-oriented midfielders than Bozanic, who moved to the J League.

“Ollie had some good performances here. But everyone was judging him based on some status [marquee player] that everyone gets excited about. He was good for us, but we made a calculated decision to go down the route we did knowing we would have less depth,” Muscat explained.

The versatile Leigh Broxham – “he’s tried and trusted” – will most likely fill the left-back spot in Georgievski’s absence through suspension.

“He has passed with flying colours when he has had to do it in the past. We could look at Stef Nigro as well but it’s an unfamiliar position for him, probably wouldn’t do him any favours,” said Muscat.

“I felt Rashid was very good for his first game for a while. Defensively he was very good for us, setting up and not allowing Western Sydney to get any momentum.”

Central Coast could still take the wooden spoon if they lose in Melbourne and Adelaide beat Western Sydney or Newcastle upsets Sydney.

Muscat remains wary of the threat they pose, particularly with their speedy attacking players.

“They scored off a set-piece last week, but in transition they have got some lively players. Fabio Ferreira joining in the attack, Conor [Pain, an ex-Victory winger] we know about, they always have pace with [Trent] Buhagiar, [Kwabena] Appiah on the right.”

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Flemington in the first week of November. There’s no greater certainty than Lloyd Williams having a fancied runner – or several – in this country’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup.
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Royal Ascot in June has seen the country’s most famous owner taste success on the international stage, with his part-owned Order of St George dominating in the Ascot Gold Cup as recently as last year.

But could the Mount Macedon-based Williams be donning the top hat and tails for a spot in the winners’ enclosure at Epsom after the most famous race in the world – The Derby – in just a few months?

It’s not beyond the realms of possibility after his blueblooded colt Rekindling sprung a 16-1 shock in Ireland last weekend when he made his seasonal reappearance in a Group 3 Derby trial over 2000 metres, the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown.

Williams is no stranger to Irish racecourses as he has owned a number of gallopers in partnership with the Coolmore empire, where they have been trained by Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle in County Tipperary.

What makes Rekindling unusual is that he is in the care of Aidan’s 23-year-old son Joseph O’Brien, who gave up his unequal battle with the scales last year and retired as Irish champion jockey at the age of 22 to become a trainer.

He has not lacked for support and when the Coolmore-connected David Wachman surrendered his licence at the end of last season the then two-year-old Rekindling was one of a number of horses who found a new home with the fledgling trainer, and Williams was happy to lend his support. Rekindling was in fact Wachman’s last runner as a trainer when he finished unplaced a Group 1 two-year-old race in France last October.

“Joseph has a number of horses for me and I am very enthusiastic about his future,” Williams says.

“I have raced horses for over 50 years, and experience tells me that he is perfectly placed to reach the top.”

Williams also has various horses in training with Aidan O’Brien, who was on the receiving end of Rekindling’s success for the n and his son, as O’Brien senior saddled the second, third and fourth in the race behind Rekindling.

“I have known Aidan since his time as a jumping rider in the JP McManus days before he was at Ballydoyle,” Williams reminisced. “JP (Ireland’s leading owner of jump racing horses) is one of my very old friends.”

And what of Rekindling? Could the son of High Chaparral, sire of n champion So You Think, go on to glory at Epsom and emulate his sire, who won both the English and Irish Derbies of 2002?

“The race has a history of producing good horses but Rekindling would need to step up in a race like the Dante Stakes (England’s leading Derby trial run at York over 2100 metres in May) if he is to be a genuine chance,” Williams says.

“Aidan’s horses ran second, third and fourth and he likes them, so time will tell.”

*Williams certainly has history on his side, as derby winners Galileo, High Chaparral and Harzand have all won the Ballysax in the past 16 years, with Ascot Gold Cup winners Yeats and Fame And Glory also getting on the honour roll in that period.

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