The secret blue waterhole that could help save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef revealed even more of its natural wonder when marine biologist Johnny Gaskell recently discovered a sapphire-blue waterhole thriving with colonies of unique coral.

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“Seeing the corals was the most amazing part,” Mr Gaskell told SBS World News, adding the stand out for him was the branch-shaped Staghorn Coral species.

“For many people, it’s a deep lagoon with pretty corals and fish. For me, it’s a haven for huge unique and delicate coral colonies.

“It was amazing to dive a location that may not have been dived before.”

Mr Gaskell says he could only explore the waterhole for about one hour during high tide, when it was safest, and measured it 150 metres across and at least 20 metres deep – but he adds it needs to be explored again to learn its true depth.

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The hole – in a location he’s keeping top secret to preserve the health of the coral colonies – could play an important role in sustaining the reef, he says.

“Hopefully it will be left alone. An influx of divers would severely damage the coral colonies, as they are more delicate than usual.” 

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Mr Gaskell says despite an increase in water temperature at the reef and a Category 4 cyclone that passed over the location in March this year, the coral have kept their good health.

Since 1871, the waters of the Great Barrier Reef have warmed by 0.80 degrees Celsius. According to the Final Report: 2016 coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, coral even gets damaged by water that rises only one degrees Celsius.

The protected coral living in the hole could help other parts of the reef regenerate,” he says.

“Cyclone Debbie destroyed many delicate colonies early this year, but these corals were protected and escaped unharmed.

“This is extremely important for the ecology of the reef, as this lagoon will play a big role during this year’s coral spawning,” he says.

“Recolonisation to damaged areas will be the key to this part of the reef bouncing back.”

But he adds, “there is still so much colour and beauty” that needs protection across the 2,300 kilometre-long Great Barrier Reef known as the largest living structure on the planet.

The reef is home to an abundance of marine life, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, including 600 types of soft and card coral, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 1,625 species of fish, 133 shark and ray species.

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New calls to change approach to drug abuse

New national data has exposed the complex relationship between illicit drug abuse and mental illness, leading to renewed calls for a different approach to addiction.

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Analysis of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Thursday, shows 27 per cent of people who used an illicit drug within a 12 month period were diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness – an increase from 21 per cent in 2013.

Rates of mental illness were particularly high for methamphetamine and ecstasy users.

In 2016, 42 per cent of methamphetamine users had a mental illness, up from 29 per cent in 2013.

The rate of mental illness among ecstasy users also rose from 18 per cent to 27 per cent.

David Grant, the Penington Institute’s acting CEO says the survey’s findings further highlight Australia’s existing “war on drugs” approach to addiction isn’t working.

“We need to treat drug use and addiction for what it is – a serious community health issue with widespread implications for our society,” he said.

“We can’t arrest our way out of this problem – we need better community education for people who are experimenting with drug use.”

However it’s too hard to say if the drugs are causing mental illness or vice versa; such is the nature of the “complex issue”, says Mr James.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant and can make people increasingly anxious, jittery and ‘on edge’. Feelings of paranoia can also creep in, says Dr Kym Jenkins, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Jenkins says the high rates of mental illness among drug users would not be surprising to any treating psychiatrist.

“It is very understandable for some people with mental illness that they may seek to self medicate with illicit substances and we know with things like methamphetamine they can cause people to feel paranoid,” Dr Jenkins said.

“We know there’s high rates of substance abuse in the methamphetamine space in mental illness but we need to understand the problem a lot more and then we need to action to do something about it,” Dr Jenkins said.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s life in pictures

Hefner, once called the “prophet of pop hedonism” by Time magazine, peacefully passed away at his home, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.

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Hefner was sometimes characterised as an oversexed Peter Pan as he kept a harem of young blondes that numbered as many as seven at his legendary Playboy Mansion.

Here are some images from Hefner’s life:

Hefner pictured amidst a group of Bunnies, at the flagship Playboy Club, in Chicago, circa 1960. (AAP)AAP

Hefner looks over proof sheets for his magazine Playboy, in Chicago, Ill., on June 20, 1961 (AAP)AAP

Hefner talks about his coming late night TV show, Playboys Playmate Party in 1977 (AAP)AAP

Hefner poses with “bunny-girl” hostess Bonnie J. Halpin at Hefner’s nightclub in Chicago in 1961 (AAP)AAP

Hefner and his girlfriend Barbara Benton, 19-year-old co-ed turned actress, surrounded by Bunny Girls in 1969 (AAP)AAP

Bunny Betsy, left, feeds Hugh Hefner a piece of congratulatory cake after he was awarded the 1,716th star in the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, 1980AAP

Hefner in 1986 with a group of Playboy bunnies at the Playboy Club (AAP)AAP

1982: Hefner with a Playboy Magazine and Playboy video (AAP)AAP

Hugh Hefner and some of his Playmates (AAP)AAP

Hefner and former Playboy Playmate of the year and US Actress Pamela Anderson (L) in 2003 during the 50th anniversary of Playboy (AAP)AAP

Hefner photographed at the entrance to his movie theatre at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles Friday, April 7, 2006 (AAP)AAP

Hefner at his 80th birthday in 2006 (AAP)AAP

Halloween party In this photo released by Playboy, from left, Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt, Hefner, and Holly Madison in 2007 (AAP)AAP

Bill Cosby, perennial host of the Playboy Jazz Festival, right, and Playboy impresario Hugh Hefner greet each other in 2008 (AAP) AAP

Hefner at his home (aka Playboy Mansion) in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2011 (AAP)AAP

Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, from left, pose poolside at Hefner’s Beverly Hills, Calif, estate (AAP) AAP

Crystal Harris (left), Hugh Hefner and Cooper Hefner (right) during Playboy’s 2013 Playmate Of The Year luncheon at The Playboy Mansion (AAP)AAP

 

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PENPIX OF RICHMOND’S TEAM FOR THE AFL GRAND FINAL.

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BACK LINE

18. Alex Rance

Age: 27. Ht: 194cm. Wt: 96kg. Games: 174. Goals: 9. Finals: 5.

All-Australian captain and once again this season, the AFL’s best key defender.

12. David Astbury

Age: 26. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 94kg. Games: 84. Goals: 8. Finals: 2.

His ability to shut down the opposition’s biggest key forward has freed up Rance to take care of business elsewhere.

2. Dylan Grimes

Age: 26. Ht: 193cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 103. Goals: 3. Finals: 5.

Career-best campaign for the versatile backman, who can play short or tall.

HALF-BACK LINE

14. Bachar Houli

Age: 29. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 84kg. Games: 169. Goals: 37. Finals: 5.

The long-kicking left-footer has not missed a beat since serving a four-week suspension midway through the season.

33. Kamdyn McIntosh

Age: 23. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 52. Goals: 10. Finals: 3.

Kicking can be untidy at times but is quick and a genuine line-breaker.

5. Brandon Ellis

Age: 24. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 134. Goals: 46. Finals: 5.

Has reinvented himself in 2017 as a rebounding half-back. Cleared by the MRP to play in the grand final.

CENTRE LINE

3. Dion Prestia

Age: 24. Ht: 175cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 116. Goals: 36. Finals: 2.

The former Gold Coast ball magnet has got better the longer his first season in yellow and black has gone on.

10. Shane Edwards

Age: 28. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 206. Goals: 140. Finals: 5.

Long-serving Tiger has been among his team’s best in the previous two finals wins.

1. Nick Vlastuin

Age: 23. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 86kg. Games: 95. Goals: 20. Finals: 5.

The red-bearded cult figure is fearless in backing into packs to take vital intercept marks.

HALF-FORWARD LINE

9. Trent Cotchin

Age: 27. Ht: 185cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 197. Goals: 118. Finals: 5.

The captain has been inspirational in finals wins over Geelong and GWS. Club’s flag hopes would have plummeted had he been charged for the high bump on Giant Dylan Shiel.

17. Daniel Rioli

Age: 20. Ht: 179cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 42. Goals: 38. Finals: 2.

Did his famous surname proud with a match-winning four-goal haul in the preliminary final win over GWS.

21. Jacob Townsend

Age: 24. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 36. Goals: 18. Finals: 2.

Did not break into the senior team this year until round 22 but has grabbed the opportunity as a defensive forward.

FORWARD LINE

8. Jack Riewoldt

Age: 28. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 224. Goals: 535. Finals: 5.

The two-time Coleman Medallist is playing a much more team-oriented style of football these days. Was quietish in the first two finals.

23. Kane Lambert

Age: 25. Ht: 178cm. Wt: 177kg. Games: 51. Goals: 27. Finals: 3.

Former rookie-lister who is now an important member of a largely blue-collar midfield.

40. Dan Butler

Age: 21. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 22. Goals: 29. Finals: 2.

Is very quick, has good goal sense and tackles hard – qualities which are all highly rated by coach Damien Hardwick.

FOLLOWERS

25. Toby Nankervis

Age: 23. Ht: 199cm. Wt: 106kg. Games: 35. Goals: 14. Finals: 3.

Has gone from Sydney bit player to Richmond lynchpin the space of 12 months. Ruck battle with Sam Jacobs will be pivotal.

6. Shaun Grigg

Age: 29. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 191. Goals: 92. Finals: 6.

The quintessential quiet achiever whose ability to fill a variety of roles is much valued by the coaching staff.

4. Dustin Martin

Age: 26. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 177. Goals: 185. Finals: 5.

Had his status as the best player in the competition confirmed with his Brownlow Medal triumph on Monday.

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35. Nathan Broad

Age: 24. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 11. Goals: 0. Finals: 2.

The unheralded defender has flown largely under the radar.

46. Jason Castagna

Age: 21. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 79kg. Games: 29. Goals: 27. Finals: 2.

Often criticised for lack of composure with the ball, but never questioned for his tough tackling or appetite for the contest.

22. Josh Caddy

Age: 25. Ht: 186cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 116. Goals: 96. Finals: 8.

The former Sun and Cat can be equally damaging as a marking forward or a big-bodied mid.

34. Jack Graham

Age: 19. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 4. Goals: 2. Finals: 2.

Hard-tackling teenager who is living the dream and will play in a grand final in just his fifth AFL game.

EMERGENCIES

15. Jayden Short

Age: 21. Ht: 177cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 32. Goals: 8. Finals: 0.

Long-kicking defender who lost his senior spot after round 17.

16. Shaun Hampson

Age: 29. Ht: 201cm. Wt: 104kg. Games: 98. Goals: 38. Finals: 1.

Fit again after missing most of 2017 with a back injury. Now behind Nankervis in the ruck pecking order.

32. Corey Ellis

Age: 20. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 23. Goals: 7. Finals: 0.

The first-round draft pick of 2014 has shown glimpses at senior level without yet cementing a regular spot.

COACH

Damien Hardwick

Age: 48

Coaching record: Games: 181. Games won: 91. Finals: 5. Finals won: 2.

Playing record (with Essendon and Port Adelaide): Games: 207. Goals: 14. Premierships: 2.

Has reinvented himself as coach in spectacular fashion after a dispiriting 2016 campaign. But notably, however bad it got last year, he never lost the players.

Deradicalisation helpline receives ‘five calls’ in first months

The helpline, as opposed to a hotline, was set up in June to support people who are worried their friends or family might be coming under the influence of violent extremism.

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It’s a counselling service as opposed to a mechanism to report people suspected of being involved in extremist terrorism.

The initiative is part of a $47 million program, committed to by the government in the wake of the 2015 murder of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

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But so far, the helpline has only received “around five calls” according to NSW Minister for Counter Terrorism David Elliott.

However, Mr Elliott refuted suggestions the $3.9 million helpline is a waste of money.

“We only need one successful phone call and the helpline has paid for itself,” Mr Elliott said.

“We expected early call volumes to be low, and they are, at around five calls to date.

“This is expected to build as the marketing efforts gradually expand.”

Leading Lebanese community figure Dr Jamal Rifi told the ABC the helpline is viewed with distrust by the community.

“We only need one successful phone call”: David Elliott the NSW Minister for Counter Terrorism.AAP

“In theory, it ticks the boxes,” Dr Rifi said. 

“In reality, and in the streets of south-west Sydney, nobody is going to use this helpline because, they don’t trust it.

“We have always said that such an initiative needs to be arm’s length from security agencies [and] from police.”

But Mr Elliott disagrees.

“Early response from a number of community organisations about Step Together have been positive and many have appreciated being engaged about the initiative,” he said.

More than 240 community groups were consulted on the purpose and design of the helpline, including anti-racism not-for-profit organisation All Together Now.

The Step Together website is faring better than the hotline, however.

Mr Elliott says it’s received more than 800 unique hits since launching on June 28.

Helpline, not a hotline

At the launch, Mr Elliott was keen to emphasise that Step Together is a helpline, not a hotline and that Step Together was never intended to replace the National Security Hotline.

Launched in 2002 in the wake of the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, and the Bali bombings, the National Security Hotline is specifically for reporting information that is relayed to ASIO, and federal and state police.

The hotline received 3287 calls in August alone, and more than 5,000 since the Step Together’s launch.

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Vic wetland contaminated by defence base

Hunters with ducks in their freezers are being warned not to eat the birds if they were bagged near a Victorian defence base due to elevated levels of toxic firefighting chemicals.

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Department of Defence testing for PFAS – per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances – found elevated levels in the Heart Morass Wetlands next to the East Sale base, Environment Protection Authority Victoria says.

Fish, eels and ducks have all been contaminated.

Recreational fishers and duck hunters are being warned not to consume animals caught or shot in the wetlands.

“With duck hunting season recently closed, there may be hunters with frozen ducks with PFAS concentrations that should be disposed of,” EPA Victoria said in a statement.

“This precautionary health advice will be reviewed following the completion of the formal assessment, expected to occur by late December.”

PFAS comes from firefighting foam, widely used by civil and military firefighters around the world since the 1970s because of its effectiveness quelling aviation fuel fires.

Its use was discontinued in the 2000s when it was realised chemical contaminants persisted in the environment and could leach into groundwater.

The full effects of PFAS exposure on human health are not known but authorities say adverse outcomes can’t be ruled out.

However it’s common for people to have low levels in their blood, due to everyday exposure.

Firefighting foams containing PFAS have also been linked to contamination around air force bases at Oakey in Queensland and Williamtown in NSW.

Department of Defence has commenced a national program to investigate and manage the impacts of PFAS near some of its bases across the nation.

Victorian sites currently under investigation include the RAAF Base East Sale, HMAS Cerberus and Bandiana Military Area.

Junta leader confirms ex-Thai PM in Dubai

The leader of Thailand’s military junta says Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister he ousted three years ago, is in Dubai, having fled there last month to avoid being jailed over a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars.

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the coup, said Thailand would pursue Yingluck through diplomatic channels and police co-operation using Interpol.

His remarks came a day after a court found Yingluck guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced her in absentia to five years in prison.

“She is in Dubai,” Prayuth told reporters, adding that the foreign ministry has been tracking Yingluck’s movements.

“The police will now have to proceed and co-ordinate with the Foreign Ministry and Interpol,” he added.

Thaksin’s Puea Thai Party did not comment to Reuters on Prayuth’s disclosure.

But a source in the United Arab Emirates said Yingluck left Dubai for London on September 11, without giving further details.

The Supreme Court delayed giving its judgment last month after Yingluck failed to show in court and police discovered she had slipped out of the country.

Thai authorities had not disclosed Yingluck’s whereabouts before, though senior party members had told Reuters she had gone to Dubai where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for graft, has a home.

On Thursday, asked by Reuters whether Yingluck had left Dubai for London, Thai deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul declined to comment.

Photographs posted on Instagram by one of Thaksin’s daughters show Thaksin in London since September 15.

None of the photos feature Yingluck.

The power struggle between Thailand’s establishment – which includes the armed forces and urban middle class – and the Shinawatras has dominated Thai politics for over a decade.

Throughout her trial, Yingluck said she was innocent and she was not responsible for the day-to-day running of the scheme, arguing that she was a victim of political persecution.

Adelaide AFL grand final player penpix

PENPIX OF ADELAIDE’S TEAM FOR THE AFL GRAND FINAL.

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BACK LINE

27. Rory Laird

Age: 23. Ht: 178cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 100. Goals: 9. Finals: 6.

All-Australian ball magnet who sets up many attacking drives with precise foot skills.

15. Kyle Hartigan

Age: 25. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 98kg. Games: 68. Goals: 1. Finals: 6.

Can play on smalls or talls, boasts a sharp turn of speed for a man of his stature.

6. Jake Lever

Age: 21. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 93kg. Games: 55. Goals: 3. Finals: 4.

Arguably the AFL’s best spoiler, with speed and slick skills to go with his size.

HALF-BACK LINE

11. Paul Seedsman

Age: 25. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 68. Goals: 31. Finals: 3.

Utility who cemented a spot in the past three games after being sidelined by groin injury until August.

12. Daniel Talia

Age: 26. Ht: 197cm. Wt: 99kg. Games: 145. Goals: 6. Finals: 7.

Rarely beaten, especially in the air. The glue that holds Adelaide’s backline together.

16. Luke Brown

Age: 25. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 114. Goals: 11. Finals: 6.

Unsung backman treasured for putting the clamps on the opposition’s best small attacker.

CENTRE LINE

14. David Mackay

Age: 29. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 77kg. Games: 184. Goals: 55. Finals: 12.

Moved from wing to the half-back spot of injured Brodie Smith, his run-and-carry are highly valued.

9. Rory Sloane

Age: 27. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 164. Goals: 104. Finals: 8.

Vice-captain and premier midfielder hailed for toughness. Can also drift forward and kick a goal.

21. Rory Atkins

Age: 23. Ht: 186cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 56. Goals: 26. Finals: 5.

Highly-skilled dasher with a classy left foot and innate ability to dodge opponents.

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23. Charlie Cameron

Age: 23. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 72. Goals: 86. Finals: 6.

Among the AFL’s quickest, an attacker coming off five goals in the prelim who can take a soaring mark.

4. Josh Jenkins

Age: 28. Ht: 200cm. Wt: 108kg. Games: 113. Goals: 228. Finals: 6.

Imposing and athletic tall forward, proven goalkicker who also offers crucial support in ruck.

18. Eddie Betts

Age: 30. Ht: 175cm. Wt: 73kg. Games: 276. Goals: 533. Finals: 12.

Cult hero with peerless attacking brilliance who makes the seemingly impossible appear normal.

FORWARD LINE

27. Tom Lynch

Age: 27. Ht: 191cm. Wt: 98kg. Games: 105. Goals: 156. Finals: 6.

Tireless link between defence and attack, strong in the air and on the ground, and an accurate finisher.

13. Taylor Walker

Age: 27. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 100kg. Games: 152. Goals: 355. Finals: 9.

Inspirational captain, capable of winning a game off his own boot but also creates many goals for others.

26. Richard Douglas

Age: 30. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 219. Goals: 148. Finals: 12.

Consistent and durable midfielder with goalkicking smarts and ability to play run-with roles.

FOLLOWERS

24. Sam Jacobs

Age: 29. Ht: 202cm. Wt: 102kg. Games: 173. Goals: 145. Finals: 10.

A vital cog in the Crows’ machine who was considered unlucky not to gain an All-Australian berth in 2017.

2. Brad Crouch

Age: 23. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 60. Goals: 20. Finals: 4.

Hard-at-it onballer who has enjoyed a career-best year after a tough run with injuries.

44. Matt Crouch

Age: 22. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 82kg. Games: 71. Goals: 17. Finals: 6.

The younger Crouch claimed a maiden All-Australian berth and shapes as a key factor on Saturday,.

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3. Riley Knight

Age: 22. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 77kg. Games: 30. Goals: 21. Finals: 4.

Tenacious utility, has been deployed as a midfield tagger but also is a scoring threat.

8. Jake Kelly

Age: 22. Ht: 189cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 33. Goals: 0. Finals: 2.

No-frills defender who relishes physical contact, rarely had his colours lowered in a breakout season.

20. Hugh Greenwood

Age: 25. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 14. Goals: 8. Finals: 2.

Former US college basketballer enjoying fruitful first AFL season as a contested-ball animal.

22. Andy Otten

Age: 28. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 92kg. Games: 97. Goals: 38. Finals: 4.

True utility possessing a shrewd footy brain, equally adept in attack or defence.

EMERGENCIES

30. Wayne Milera

Age: 20. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 24. Goals: 13. Finals: 0.

Second-year winger who has just missed a spot in the grand-final 22.

42. Alex Keath

Age: 25. Ht: 198cm. Wt: 97kg. Games: 6. Goals: 0. Finals: 0.

Former state-level cricketer who has shown promise in a key defensive post.

43. Reilly O’Brien

Age: 22. Ht: 202cm. Wt:103kg . Games: 2. Goals: 0. Finals: 0.

Developing ruckman whose only two AFL games to date came late in 2016.

COACH

Don Pyke

Age: 48 Coaching record: Games: 48. Games won: 34. Finals: 4. Finals won: 3.

Playing record (with West Coast): Games: 132. Goals: 70. Premierships: 2.

After a distinguished playing career with West Coast, Pyke spent time in the oil industry before turning to coaching. Has made a huge impression in his first stint as a head coach.

Women who voted for Trump ‘voted against their own voice’: Michelle Obama

The lawyer, who served as US First Lady from 2009 to 2017, told audience members at the Inbound marketing and sales conference that those who voted for Donald Trump had done so because they were “told to like” him.

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While 69-year-old Hillary Clinton – who served as US Secretary of State as well as First Lady during her husband Bill’s presidential tenure – won the popular vote in the election by roughly three million ballots, she lost out to Trump, 71, in the tally of the electoral college vote.

When people ask me what we should do now, my answer is clear: The most important thing you can do is vote in every election. 南京桑拿,南京SPA,/cTHI1YPM5V

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 26, 2017

Mrs Obama, whose husband Barack had largely refrained from speaking negatively of Trump since leaving the White House following two consecutive presidential terms, expressed her frustration with the election result.

“If you don’t value your own voice and I see it all the time… quite frankly, we saw this in this election,” she told the conference in Boston.

“As far as I’m concerned, women who voted against Hillary Clinton, voted against their own voice in a way. To me, it doesn’t say as much about Hillary, and everybody’s trying to wonder, well what does this mean for Hillary? No, no, no, what does it mean for us as women?

“That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said ‘that guy? He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me’. Well to me that just says you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like, the voice we’re told that we’re supposed to like.”

Her speech received rousing applause from attendees, and drove social media wild.

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— Amanda Leeman (@amanda_leeman) September 27, 2017″First spouse (rather than first lady) – I’ll keep saying that because someday it will happen” @MichelleObama 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #INBOUND17

— Bonnie Porter✨ (@Bonnie_Hugs) September 27, 2017″If I was successful in any way, it’s because I was always Michelle Robinson Obama first before anything else.” #INBOUND17 @rgay ❤️

— Jessica Korthuis (@j_korthuis) September 27, 2017

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Crows, Tigers unchanged for AFL decider

Adelaide and Richmond have named unchanged line-ups for Saturday’s AFL grand final.

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There had been speculation Crows midfielder Hugh Greenwood is carrying a sore calf, but he has kept his spot for the premiership decider at the MCG.

Wayne Milera, Alex Keath and Reilly O’Brien are the emergencies for Adelaide, while Shaun Hampson, Jayden Short and Corey Ellis make up the Tigers’ emergency list.

Greenwood spent large periods on the bench in the second half of the Crows’ 61-point preliminary final win over Geelong, sparking fears he could miss out.

“He got through training yesterday, so we expect him to play,” Crows assistant coach Scott Camporeale told reporters on Thursday.

“He’s fine. He got through training and he ticked all the boxes.”

Adelaide ruled out forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) on Wednesday after he failed to prove his fitness at the team’s main training session.

He joins teammate Brodie Smith, who ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in the qualifying final win over Greater Western Sydney, as the hard luck stories of this year’s grand final.

Veteran forward Andy Otten replaced McGovern last week and will play in a grand final after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with a knee injury.

There had been some concern over the fitness of Tigers Kane Lambert (foot) and David Astbury (shoulder) after Saturday’s preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney.

But both have been named as Damien Hardwick stuck with the same line-up for the second week in succession.

Forward Sam Lloyd won the Norm Goss Medal for best player in the Tigers’ VFL grand final loss to Port Melbourne, but couldn’t make it onto the emergency list.