Qld minister hits out at doctors’ union

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A union leader opposed to resolving a doctors’ contract dispute is a NSW militant, Queensland’s health minister says.

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The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF) is leading the campaign against Qld government moves for doctors to sign individual contacts by April 30.

But the union for senior medical officers is embroiled in a new controversy after News Corp Australia revealed that ASMOF national president Tony Sara and union officials had formed a “war cabinet” to oppose contract negotiations with an “over-my-dead body list”.

“The game has to be played to the bitter end, to get the best deal possible,” Dr Sara wrote in an email obtained by The Courier-Mail.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said this showed the Sydney-based union leader wasn’t interested in reaching a compromise.

Mr Springborg on Thursday described Dr Sara as “a militant union official, who’s basically indicated by his own words that he’s not interested in finding a solution”.

Dr Sara has issued a statement, accusing Mr Springborg of using the newspaper to escalate the dispute with doctors.

“I call on the Queensland health minister to recognise that cheap hits in a tabloid newspaper is not a way to resolve the dispute – negotiation is the only way forward,” he said, adding he was a full-time doctor and medical manager in the NSW public health system and not a union official.

Premier Campbell Newman told Fairfax radio the emails showed ASMOF “didn’t want to solve the problem”.

Mr Springborg said the Australian Medical Association had “played themselves out” of negotiations by being “too closely aligned to Tony Sara and the militant unions”.

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Liverpool hang on to beat Sunderland, keep title dream alive

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The Merseyside club’s seventh successive Premier League victory, achieved without the swaggering attacking play that has lit up their recent performances, moved them back ahead of Manchester City into second place one point behind Chelsea.

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After struggling to get into their stride against a stubborn Sunderland rearguard, a powerful Gerrard free kick and a curled effort from Sturridge earned Liverpool a two-goal advantage before Ki sung-Yueng pulled one back 14 minutes from time to ensure a nervy end to the game.

“You have to give credit to Sunderland, they have come to make it difficult for us, they were difficult to break down,” Liverpool captain Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“We need to learn that when we go two goals ahead we can’t concede. We need to hold on and pass it better.”

Defeat left struggling Sunderland three points adrift of safety in 18th place in the relegation battle as West Ham United moved further clear of danger with a 2-1 home win over 10-man Hull City.

The east London club suffered the ignominy of being booed despite taking all three points, heightening the tension between manager Sam Allardyce and the Upton Park crowd.

BUBBLING CONFIDENCE

The confidence that is bubbling to the surface in Liverpool was typified by the hordes of flag-waving fans and puffing plumes of red smoke that greeted the Liverpool team bus as it pulled up at an Anfield sizzling with anticipation.

A lack of belief in Sunderland’s ranks, however, meant manager Gus Poyet parked the bus on the edge of their penalty area, hoping to frustrate the hosts with a back five designed to squeeze the spaces where the predatory Luis Suarez and Sturridge like to operate.

Murmurs of frustration began to spread through the stadium as Sunderland reached the half-hour mark without being breached as the hosts failed to create a noteworthy chance.

Yet Liverpool’s patient probing eventually told, when the visitors conceded a freekick on the edge of their area with defender Santiago Vergini perhaps lucky to escape a red card for bringing down Suarez.

Suarez and Daniel Agger stood poised over the ball before Gerrard made a late dash and curled his effort past Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone into the top corner.

If the first half was largely frustrating for the hosts, the second began with an early goal that lifted the tension.

Strurridge was allowed the space to cut into the Sunderland box on his favourite left foot and curled a superb effort into the top corner to become the second Liverpool player to reach 20 league goals for the season after Suarez.

It was a goal that allowed Liverpool to cut loose but they could not muster a third goal and out of nowhere with time running out, Sunderland dragged themselves back into the contest.

SHAKY DEFENCE

After the bar was rattled at both ends by Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Sturridge, the visitors reduced the deficit when Ki headed in Adam Johnson’s corner at the far post with Liverpool’s suspect defence creaking again.

Having never looked under threat, the final minutes proved a nerve-jangling finale for the home supporters with former Manchester United defender John O’Shea wasting a great chance by heading wide from close range.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers became the latest of the title-chasing managers to play down their chances, pointing out that Manchester City, with two games in hand and a two-point deficit to Chelsea, hold their destiny in their own hands.

“I don’t play silly mind games, I’m concentrating on my team and Jose Mourinho is saying what I’m saying. If Manchester City win all their games they win the league. It’s simple maths,” he said.

On the back of three straight defeats, West Ham were given a controversial early boost when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot and sent off Hull keeper Allan McGregor after a coming together with Mohamed Diame.

Back-up keeper Steve Harper was brought on but his first act was to pick the ball out of his net after Mark Noble’s spot- kick.

Despite being a man down Hull drew level through Nikica Jelavic, who deflected Tom Huddlestone’s free kick past a wrong-footed Adrian.

Parity was short-lived, however, as James Chester conceded a comical own goal when his attempted clearance flew into the top corner off his knee.

Allardyce’s relationship with the West Ham fans is looking strained, with a section of the home support venting their frustration at the home side’s struggles.

“I’ve never been in a place where I won and got booed,” Allardyce said.

“I started at 16, got into the first team at 18 and I’m 59 now and I have never been in place where we have won and got booed.

“At halftime players were talking more about fans booing them than the game. Fans affect players. We don’t need them on the players’ backs when we are coming off three defeats. They have to stay and help them win.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Real Madrid beaten again as Atletico win

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Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their La Liga title hopes with a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla, their second defeat in four days.

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Colombian striker Carlos Bacca struck twice on Wednesday to give the hosts a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring.

Atletico Madrid now lead Real Madrid by three points at the top of the table and have a better head-to-head record against Los Blancos after they beat Granada 1-0.

Barcelona moved into second place, a point behind Atletico, with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou thanks to a double from Neymar.

But it was a bittersweet night for the Catalans as goalkeeper Victor Valdes may have played his last game for the club after suffering cruciate ligament damage that will rule him out of the World Cup.

Madrid were looking to react from a first defeat in 32 games on Sunday as they lost a thrilling El Clasico 4-3 to Barcelona and they started brightly with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema going close inside the first 10 minutes.

Ronaldo did open the scoring 14 minutes in as his free-kick cannoned off Ivan Rakitic to leave Sevilla goalkeeper Beto helpless.

The lead lasted only four minutes as Bacca finished off a fine move by converting Jose Antonio Reyes’ pass from close range.

Reyes could then have put his side in front as Bacca returned the favour, but the former Arsenal man dragged his shot just wide.

Ronaldo was somehow denied his second of the night moments later as this time he lifted the ball over Beto, but the ball struck the inside of the post and rolled across the line before being cleared by a Sevilla defender.

Madrid continued to press after the break, but were struck on the counterattack 18 minutes from time when wonderful play by Rakitic took him past Pepe and the Croatian played in Bacca to fire home his second of the night.

Beto was called into action once more to deny Ronaldo moments later, but for all their possession Madrid failed to carve out another clear opening and their hopes of salvaging anything from the game disappeared when Bale’s free-kick flew over in the final minute.

Barcelona now have the destiny of the title in their own hands as they host Atletico on the final day of the season.

However, their joy was tempered by Valdes’ injury.

Valdes collapsed to the ground holding his right knee whilst making a routine save and was in tears as he was stretchered from the field.

“Victor Valdes has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery,” the club confirmed via its official Twitter account.

“It is very bad luck and a very costly injury, too much for a game that means just three points,” Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Barca TV.

And midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted it was difficult for the Barca players to concentrate on the game after the injury.

“It was an uncomfortable situation on the pitch. The players weren’t the same, the fans weren’t the same. Everything seemed a bit strange.

“The important thing now is that he recovers well.”

Neymar had already put the hosts in front before Valdes’ injury as he tapped home Alexis Sanchez’s cross.

Lionel Messi continued his fine run of form to make it 2-0 from a wonderful Iniesta pass on the half hour before Neymar rounded off the scoring 23 minutes from time.

It was a quieter evening at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico continued to demonstrate their title credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Granada.

In a game short on clear-cut chances, it was once again Diego Costa who made the difference for Diego Simeone’s men as he headed home Jose Sosa’s corner 27 minutes from time to register his 32nd goal of the season.

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Seoul to limit plastic surgery ads

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The South Korean capital Seoul is restricting the use of plastic surgery ads on public transport after complaints they are fuelling an unhealthy obsession with body image.

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South Korea, and particularly Seoul, has an international reputation for plastic surgery, and adverts featuring famous surgeons and giant before-and-after photos are omnipresent – on street billboards, subway trains, bus stops and the backs of bus seats.

In the Apgujeong subway station, in the upscale Gangnam district – home to hundreds of cosmetic surgery clinics – about half of all advertising spaces and hoardings promote nose jobs, facelifts and other nips and tucks.

Under the new regulations, no more than 20 per cent of advertising at any subway station can be connected with the plastic-surgery industry.

“We have received a growing number of complaints from citizens who say these ads further promote an obsession with looks and are disturbing to look at,” a municipal official told AFP.

“Overly sensational” before-and-after shots and slogans will be banned, he added.

The adverts will also be prohibited in areas such as bus stops close to schools, said city council official Lee Chang-Min.

“Many people complained these ads make people, including youngsters, believe that plastic surgery can be done so easily,” Lee said.

Both officials said complaints surged after several fatal incidents involving botched plastic surgery.

This month a 34-year-old woman died of asphyxiation while having surgery on her nose, and a man in his 30s died three days after undergoing a procedure on his jawbone.

In December, a high-school girl fell into a coma while having a nose surgery.

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NZ posts record February trade surplus

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New Zealand has posted its biggest ever trade surplus for the month of February as Chinese demand for local primary products continued to soar.

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The trade surplus was $NZ818 million ($A769.16 million) in February, from a revised $NZ286m surplus in January, and almost twice the $NZ432m surplus a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The annual trade balance was a surplus of $NZ649m, or 1.3 per cent of exports.

Economists polled by Reuters were expecting a monthly surplus of $NZ600m and an annual surplus of $NZ490m.

Exports climbed 17 per cent to $4.56 billion, for an annual increase of 7.6 per cent to $NZ49.43b.

That was underpinned by China, with exports to the world’s second-biggest economy up 49 per cent to $NZ1.17b in February, for a 53 per cent annual gain to $NZ10.93b, or 22 per cent of all exports.

Imports from China rose 0.7 per cent to $NZ647m in February, and advanced an annual 6.3 per cent to $NZ8.3b.

Sales into China were led by whole milk powder, pine logs and sheep meat, with the world’s most populous nation buying about 44 per cent of the New Zealand’s milk powder, butter and cheese exports.

New Zealand’s milk powder, butter and cheese exports rose 38 per cent to $NZ1.57b in February for an annual increase of 26 per cent to $NZ14.45b.

Casein and caseinates edged up one per cent to $NZ100m in the month, and rose 5.8 per cent to $NZ975m in the year. Dairy products accounted for about 31 per cent of the nation’s annual exports.

Imports into New Zealand rose eight per cent to $NZ3.74b in February for an annual increase of 3.7 per cent to $NZ48.78b.

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Scott leaves $US9m estate to Mick: report

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L’Wren Scott reportedly left her entire $US9 million ($A9.

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79 million) estate to Mick Jagger.

The fashion designer was found dead of an apparent suicide on March 17 in her New York City apartment, leaving no note.

Scott and Jagger were together for over 13 years, and she purportedly left everything she owned to the Rolling Stones frontman.

“I give all my jewellery, clothing, household furniture and furnishings, personal automobiles, and other tangible articles of a personal nature, or my interest in any such property, not otherwise specifically disposed of by this will or any other matter together with my insurance on the property, to Michael Philip Jagger,” Scott wrote, according to the New York Post.

“I give the rest and residue of my estate to my Michael Philip Jagger.”

According to the outlet, anyone who dies without writing a will in New York state would have their belongings transferred to a living spouse, and if there is no spouse then to living relatives.

Scott seemed to make it very clear in her will she didn’t want her family to get anything.

“Expect if otherwise provided in this will, I have intentionally omitted to provide herein for any other my heirs living at the date of my death,” she wrote.

The former model went on to write: “I have never been married. I have no children” before crossing the word “never” out in ink, with no explanation why.

The Post claims to have reviewed probate documents that showed Scott’s $US9 million estate included a $US1 million New York apartment and $US8 million in “tangible personal property and various other assets”.

Despite intense speculation since Scott’s death, it has not been confirmed whether she was in debt.

“The liabilities of this estate are unknown at this time,” read the probate documents.

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McFadden named Kiwis assistant coach

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New Zealand have appointed Australian Andrew McFadden to the national team as assistant coach, the role he already fills for the New Zealand Warriors.

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McFadden has replaced another Australian, Ivan Cleary, as the assistant for Stephen Kearney when New Zealand face Australia in the one-off Test in Sydney on May 2.

Cleary filled the role at last year’s World Cup but made himself unavailable to focus on his head coach duties at Penrith.

He makes way for McFadden, 36, who played 100 games in the halves during a club career which spanned stints at the Canberra Raiders, Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm from 1997 to 2004. He was a teammate of Kearney’s at the Storm.

He joined the Warriors last year after a stint as assistant coach at the Raiders.

New Zealand Rugby League high performance manager Tony Iro says another contender was former Kiwis second-rower David Kidwell, who had applied for the vacant Kiwis head coach role earlier this year. He missed out to Kearney, who was reappointed.

McFadden’s Warriors’ connection helped his cause in the appointment process, Iro said.

“Andrew provides a good link with the NZ-based players, who have given him a ringing endorsement.

“We felt, under the circumstances, Andrew offered more specific experience in the role as offensive coach and was a better fit for what we needed at this time.”

Iro said appointing two assistants was considered and would be looked at again ahead of the Four Nations tournament later in the year.

McFadden says he is excited at the opportunity and has no mixed allegiance given his Australian background.

“One thing you learn in rugby league is that your loyalty is to the team you’re with at that time,” he said.

“When I moved from Canberra to the Warriors, they became my team. Now, it’s no different for the Kiwis.”

The NZRL has appointed Manly Sea Eagles trainer Donny Singe to that role with the Kiwis.

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Scott leaves $10m estate to Jagger: report

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L’Wren Scott has reportedly left her entire $US9 million ($A9.

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79 million) estate to Mick Jagger.

The fashion designer was found dead on March 17 in her New York City apartment. She had taken her own life, but left no note.

Scott and Jagger were together for more than 13 years, and she purportedly left everything she owned to the Rolling Stones frontman.

“I give all my jewellery, clothing, household furniture and furnishings, personal automobiles, and other tangible articles of a personal nature, or my interest in any such property, not otherwise specifically disposed of by this will or any other matter together with my insurance on the property, to Michael Philip Jagger,” Scott wrote, according to the New York Post.

“I give the rest and residue of my estate to my Michael Philip Jagger.”

According to the outlet, anyone who dies without writing a will in New York state would have their belongings transferred to a living spouse, and if there is no spouse then to living relatives.

Scott seemed to make it very clear in her will she didn’t want her family to get anything.

“Expect if otherwise provided in this will, I have intentionally omitted to provide herein for any other my heirs living at the date of my death,” she wrote.

The former model went on to write: “I have never been married. I have no children” before crossing the word “never” out in ink, with no explanation why.

The Post claims to have reviewed probate documents that showed Scott’s $US9 million estate included a $US1 million New York apartment and $US8 million in “tangible personal property and various other assets”.

Despite intense speculation since Scott’s death, it has not been confirmed whether she was in debt.

“The liabilities of this estate are unknown at this time,” read the probate documents.

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Aronofsky keeps Noah from sinking

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Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky specialises in movies about people driven to extremes – by drug addiction (Requiem for a Dream), by the quest for glory (The Wrestler), by madness (Black Swan).

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In his latest movie, Noah, God is the force driving the hero (Russell Crowe) to build an enormous ark big enough to hold two members of every species of animal on the planet.

Man has grown evil and greedy and lazy and unworthy, and God has decided to reboot, leaving only Noah and his family as survivors.

This would seem to be odd material for a movie, leaving little room for suspense or ingenuity. The Biblical story of the flood is common to many religions in one form or another, and although God doesn’t utter a peep in the film (He communicates with Noah through dreams), the film could be interpreted as a story of faith as easily as it could be a fairy tale.

Throw in some fallen angels (or Nephilim) that have taken the form of giant rock monsters with an unfortunate resemblance to prehistoric Transformers, and the movie starts to seem more like a summer blockbuster than a Sunday school lesson. The Passion Of The Christ, this is not.

And yet Aronofsky, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ari Handel and is working on his largest canvas to date, manages to sneak enough difficult questions about following God’s will blindly and the selfish nature of man to give Noah enough heft to go along with the giant spectacle.

As played by Crowe in his kind-brute Gladiator mode, Noah is a man who will not question his Master’s orders, no matter how difficult or illogical they may seem.

This doesn’t always sit well with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) or son (Logan Lerman) or their adopted daughter (Emma Watson).

But Noah, like most men possessed by what they believe to be right and true, doesn’t think or question: he simply does as he is told. This is expected for the first half of the movie, during the building of the ark and the amassing of the animals, which are spectacularly created by dazzling CGI.

But in the second half of the movie, Noah’s faith is tested deeply when Aronofsky throws some wrinkles into the story. While not part of any known theology, these deepen the film’s exploration of the relationship between God and man and the lengths to which true believers are sometimes forced to go in the name of their deity.

Even though everyone knows how the story ends, Noah is unexpectedly exciting and emotional, and Aronofsky, always a great stylist, constantly does things with the camera that keep the movie visually entrancing (like giving you a point-of-view shot of the first rain drop falling high from the heavens down onto Noah’s face).

Will Noah anger some rigid purists and scholars because of the liberties it takes? Perhaps. But the point to take home is the movie’s message, which works regardless of your faith (or lack thereof). Humans are inherently flawed. How we deal with those defects is what truly matters.

*Noah releases in Australia on Thursday.

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Bin Laden’s son-in-law found guilty in US

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A New York jury has found Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith, guilty on three counts of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists.

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The 48-year-old preacher from Kuwait, whose three-week trial has been the most high-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a US federal court, now faces life behind bars.

Abu Ghaith stood impassively as the court clerk read out the verdict, declaring him guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to provide material support and providing material support to terrorists.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said Abu Ghaith, who was brought to the United States only last year after being detained in Jordan, would be sentenced on September 8.

Campaigners seized on the trial as proof that terror detainees can face swift justice in civilian courts, as pressure builds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

“There is to be no demonstration by anyone in the court room of any kind,” Kaplan told the packed room after the 12-person jury took just four hours of deliberations to return the unanimous verdict.

Afterwards, Abu Ghaith touched his heart in thanks, smiling at his lawyers.

Defence lawyer Stanley Cohen told reporters that he would appeal the verdict, accusing the judge of being “coercive,” and taking issue with instructions to the jury and Kaplan’s decision not to allow presumed 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to testify in court.

He said his client was “stoic” and “at ease”.

“He has confidence that this is not the end, but the beginning. We think there are a number of compelling issues for an appeal,” Cohen said.

US prosecutors had alleged Abu Ghaith was an Al-Qaeda insider and Bin Laden’s right-hand man and inspired a new generation of terrorists as the group’s main messenger after the 9/11 attacks.

Abu Ghaith denied the charges, but is most famous for appearing with Bin Laden in a video on September 12, 2001 claiming the attacks on US targets that killed nearly 3000 people the day before.

In follow-up videos, he threatened a “storm of airplanes,” proof the government said that he was implicated in the December 2001 plot to blow up a transatlantic flight from Paris with a shoe bomb.

The prosecution urged the jury to find the defendant guilty on all three counts, referring repeatedly to what they called “overwhelming” evidence against him.

Video and audio clips, his confession to an FBI agent en route to the United States last year and his testimony on the stand all proved his guilt, they said.

Abu Ghaith fled Afghanistan for Iran in 2002. He was arrested in Turkey in 2013 and sent to Jordan, where he was transferred to US custody.

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