John van’t Schip hails Harry Kewell

Monday, 6 January 2014 7:42 AM

John van't Schip hails Harry Kewell

Melbourne Heart interim coach John van’t Schip has praised Harry Kewell after his side played out a 0-0 draw against reigning A-League title-holders the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday.

Van’t Schip took charge of the club after John Aloisi’s well documented dismissal and the 50 year-old’s first match in charge showed signs of promise for a squad that hasn’t won in 18 consecutive matches and is now winless in 20 games away from home.

35 year-old Kewell, still searching for match fitness and form which warrants a plane ticket to this year’s World Cup in Brazil, was arguably the man of the match in what was an otherwise lacklustre fixture.

The former Liverpool and Leeds star’s combination with Maltese international Michael Mifsud proved troublesome for the Mariners and van’t Schip didn’t shy away from praising the club’s biggest signing.

“Harry Kewell today playing ninety minutes on a very good level I think was an example for the boys,” van Schip said.

“He was working hard and (was) dangerous in a few circumstances.”

Van’t Schip was optimistic the performance against the Mariners could mean further improvement in coming weeks having only had his first training session with the side on Friday.

“I think they performed very well, in the first half I think we dominated and had some good chances with Mifsud twice close to opening the score… We controlled the game,” he said.

“The second half we had some opportunities and some corners so overall I think the draw was a score we could live with.

“I’m more pleased with the energy, with the way of playing and that gives us a lot of hope for more improvement.”

The inaugural Heart coach noted the pending return of a fellow Dutchman as potentially influential to the side.

“Orlando Engelaar is coming back from injury and hopefully he can be involved in the team in one or two weeks so that will make us as a team stronger and we have to take it from there.”

Despite the opening of the transfer window van’t Schip confirmed the club doesn’t have the capacity to bring in any new players due to a full squad and will not be rushed into elevating youth team squad members to the first team just for the sake of their development.

However the 50 year-old Dutchman admitted he is keeping an eye on some Foxtel National Youth League players.

“In December I have seen some games and there are a few players who are close such as (David) Vrankovic and (Benjamin) Garuccio,” said van’t Schip.

“They are two players that have been training with us (the top side) for a long time and also Stefan Mauk today he got a few minutes on the pitch to show his abilities.

“We will have a close look on every player, and youth players, but they have to deserve to play.

“It’s not that because I like young players that I am going to put them in.”

Noting the example of defender Curtis Good, now at English side Newcastle United, who earned his spot because he was “better than the players that we had (in his position.)”

The Heart face a short turn-around with a trip to Perth to play the Glory on Friday evening.

Football Federation Australia

Phil Moss: Mariners need to strengthen squad

Monday, 6 January 2014 7:41 AM

Phil Moss: Mariners need to strengthen squad

Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss admitted his side needs to strengthen their roster after they played out a goalless draw with the A-League’s bottom-placed Melbourne Heart on Sunday.

Having had to deal with the season-ending injuryto playmaker Marcos Flores this week along with the departure of fellow midfielder Michael McGlinchey to J-League club Vegalta Sendai Moss, Moss said the Mariners need to delve in to the market to find suitable replacements but also stressed he hasn’t lost faith in his current squad.

Moss will have to do some wheeling dealing across a range of positions to strengthen the squad who currently have only 18 available players from an allowed maximum squad of 23.

This could include the addition of a designated player from the Asian Football Confederation not from Australia who would be eligible for the Asian Champions League campaign which kicks off next month.

“I wouldn’t rule that out,” said Moss when prompted about a potential signing from Asia, which would be a departure from the Mariners normal recruitment policy.

“We have some good contacts in Asia and the price has to be right. We are not a club that goes out and spends big money so it has to be about playing in the A-League for the Mariners and the ACL games around the corner as well.”

Former Japanese international Naohiro Takahara, currently with Tokyo Verdy in the J-League’s second  tier, was last month linked to the A-League champions.

But while admitting a player of Takahara’s quality would add depth to his squad, Moss admitted that filling the vacant playmaker role is his top priority.

“If the right player comes along and I think he will fit into our culture and our dressing room and certainly add value on the pitch then anything in possible,” Moss continued.

“Whether Daniel McBreen and (Anthony) Caceres can cover ten for the rest of the season or we look somewhere else that has yet to be seen but we will look at that this week very seriously. “

Having dealt with the season-ending injury to Argentinian Flores, the former assistant coach lamented the side’s luck with injuries also occurring to fringe players.

“We lost Michael Neill yesterday who is a real promising up-and-coming left back and was cover for Joshua Rose and it looks as though he has got to have an operation on some cartilage damage on his knee from the youth team game (a 2-0 loss to Melbourne Heart.)”

 Football Federation Australia

Hugo Gross nega ter roubado a mãe e afirma: “é tudo calúnia”

Ator diz que tudo não passa de uma briga familiar.

O ator Hugo Gross se detendeu das acusações de sua mãe de que teria roubado R$ 400 mil da venda de um imóvel em Copabacana, no Rio de Janeiro.

Por telefone ele revelou que tudo não passa de uma briga familiar: “Isso não é verdade, é tudo calúnia. Vou tomar as medidas cabíveis. Isso que ela inventou sobre a venda do apartamento é mentirosa. Nós não nos damos bem”, disse o ex-global.

Entenda o caso

Em entrevista ao jornal “Extra” deste sábado (4), Maria José, 80 anos, mãe do ator Hugo Gross, o acusa de tê-la roubado R$ 400 mil para pagar dívidas com drogas e prostitutas.

O valor é referente a um apartamento que ela vendeu em Copacabana. O ex-ator da Globo recebeu R$ 700 mil pela venda do imóvel e comprou um menor para mãe. Segundo a aposentada, o valor do novo imóvel é de R$ 300 mil.

Na entrevista ao “Extra”, ela desabafou: “Eu só quero que ele me pague de alguma forma. O dinheiro era meu, ele não me pediu. Se tivesse me pedido para pagar drogas e agiotas, eu teria dado, mas ele me tomou o dinheiro, me roubou. Só quero que ele arrume um jeito de me pagar para ficar tudo bem”.

O ator Hugo Gross atuou em novelas como “Quatro por Quatro” (1994), “Zazá” (1997), “Uga Uga” (2000), “Da Cor do Pecado” (2004) e “Aquele Beijo” (2011).


Coalition’s jobs pledge queried

January 6, 2014

David Wroe

National security correspondent

Tony Abbott

Million job man: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Jonathan Ng

The Abbott government came up with its pledge to create 1 million jobs in five years solely on the employment growth rate achieved under the former Howard government, a Coalition insider says.

In comments that cast further doubt on the achievability of the pledge made before the September election, the source has told Fairfax Media that no modelling or detailed calculations were done to reach the figure of 1 million jobs.

Rather, then-opposition leader Tony Abbott’s office took the employment growth rate of about 2.2 per cent year-on-year under the Howard government and used it to extrapolate its own job-creation target.


”Abbott’s office assumed they could achieve the same outcome,” the source said. ”There was no detailed modelling or serious work done to justify the 1 million job target. They looked at the Howard record and said, ‘We can match it’.”

The source said questions had been raised within the then opposition as to whether the pledge was a realistic one to make. ”They did not have the same reform package as the Howard government,” the insider said.

Mr Abbott repeatedly said in the run-up to the election that a Coalition government would create 1 million jobs in its first five years and 2 million in a decade.

Treasury forecast in last month’s mini-budget that employment would grow three-quarters of 1 per cent this financial year and 1.5 per cent in each of the next three years. A Parliamentary Library analysis commissioned by Labor found last week that this was likely to leave the Coalition at least 200,000 jobs short of its five-year pledge.

That view was broadly backed by a range of economists who said it would be very difficult for the Coalition to create 1 million jobs in five years, with the mining boom ending and with plans to make deep cuts to the federal budget.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann declined to give details as to how the 1 million jobs figure was calculated, including the assumed employment growth rate and the unemployment rate over the next five years. He also declined to comment on the Liberal insider’s account of the process.

”These commitments were all extensively canvassed during the recent election campaign; we stand by them and will be judged on our performance against those commitments at the next election – as the previous government was,” he said.

Senator Cormann said the Coalition would improve Australia’s competitiveness by scrapping the carbon tax and mining taxes, cutting red tape costs for business by $1 billion a year, reducing company tax by 1.5 per cent and investing in infrastructure.

”Lower taxes and less red tape will lead to increased investment, stronger growth and more jobs,” he said.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said the insider’s comments showed the pledge was ”nothing more than guesswork”.

”Tony Abbott promised 1 million jobs in the next five years and all the evidence is that he will fall well short of this solemn pledge,” Mr Bowen said.

He said the government had already sent the wrong signals on agribusiness, small-business tax concessions and car manufacturing.

The Sydney Morning Herald

ACCC urges government to sell off assets

January 6, 2014 – 9:08AM

Labor has dismissed a suggestion that Australia Post offices could take on some work done by Centrelink.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims says the government should relinquish long-held assets, such as Australia Post, to ensure productivity and the greatest benefit to the public. Photo: Dave Langley

National assets including Medibank Private and Australia Post should be sold, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told the government.

The ACCC has also urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to push for the privatisation of state-owned energy companies.

Chairman Rod Sims has told The Australian Financial Review a root-and-branch review of competition laws should recommend the government relinquish control of long-held assets to ensure productivity and the greatest benefit to the public.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims

ACCC chairman Rod Sims Photo: Nic Walker

”I think it would be the most important driver of how Australia improves its productivity,” Mr Sims told the Fairfax Media paper.


”Of all the reviews going on, this will be the most important because it will be removing impediments to competition right across the country.”

Government ownership versus private ownership massively affects the incentives people have to drive productivity change.”On the matter of energy assets, Mr Sims said consumers would be paying less for electricity, particularly in Queensland and NSW, if the assets had been in private hands.

The ACCC boss said his priorities this year would include pursuing large penalties against major companies who breached consumer laws as well as closely monitoring petrol prices.


The Sydney Morning Herald

Severe thunderstorms on horizon as heat subsides

January 6, 2014 – 12:02AM

Kim Stephens


Smoke cloud created from continued Stradbroke Island fires.

Smoke cloud created from continued Stradbroke Island fires. Photo: Instagram

Relief is near.

Queensland’s lengthy heatwave is about to come to an end, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting afternoon storms on Monday will dramatically drop the temperature.

However, thick smoke is expected to continue to shroud Brisbane throughout Monday, as firefighters battle a large bushfire on North Stradbroke Island.

Firefighters were not the only ones feeling the heat over the weekend.


Paramedics across the state took nearly 30 heat-affected people to hospital, mostly on Saturday as records tumbled.

Sunday gave minimal respite and the mercury is set to rise again on Monday, with a top of 35C expected.

However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said the long-awaited change would arrive in the evening, with temperatures tipped to drop as low as 20C following the arrival of thunderstorms.

“That will knock down temperatures even further next week to (a maximum) of 27 degrees or so,” Mr Rolstone said.

Mr Rolstone said a second cool change was likely to hit Brisbane next weekend, with thunderstorms and rain to develop in central Queensland during the week.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has issued a warning about the thunderstorms, urging residents to prepare for severity.

The bureau is predicting potentially damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall are possible across southeast Queensland on Monday.

QFRS has advised residents of the state’s southeast to bring in loose outdoor items and secure items that can’t be moved, such as swing sets and trampolines.

Cars should also be moved undercover and away from trees.

Brisbane’s top of 33C at 2pm on Sunday did not quite reach the lofty 38.7C achieved on Saturday, it was still high enough to test a heat-wary population.

While the River City fell short of its predicted peak of 41 on Saturday, many other parts of the state saw records tumble.

Archerfield, west of Brisbane, recorded its highest ever temperature since records began with a top of 43.5 degrees, just eclipsing the previous record of 43.3 degrees.

On the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore’s 41.3 smashed its previous record of 37, while Nambour’s 42.9 degrees was well above its previous record of 40.8.

Gympie equalled its record temperature of 42 degrees.

Records were also recorded at Redcliffe (40.3 degrees), Toowoomba (39.5) and Beaudesert (43.9).

The hottest temperature recorded in Queensland on Saturday was at Lochington, south-west of Emerald, where it was 45.4 degrees.

-With AAP

The Brisbane Times

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to give up office space for new minister

January 6, 2014

Peter Jean


ACT chief minister, Katy Gallagher.

ACT chief minister, Katy Gallagher. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will give up her Legislative Assembly reception room so that office space can be created for a sixth minister in the ACT government.

Ms Gallagher plans to appoint an additional member of cabinet this year.

An extra ministerial suite will be created on the Assembly’s second-floor executive level, combining vacant office space and the reception room

”We’ll reconfigure that into a sort of junior minister’s suite at a price of $23,000,” Ms Gallagher said.


The government had decided against building a larger suite in rooms used by Hansard staff.

”It was going to be a $200,000 job because there is no water so they would have to move water pipes and everything, so I said no to that,” Ms Gallagher said.

Speaker Vicki Dunne had agreed to the construction of the new suite.

The government has ruled out more extensive refurbishments of the building until after a decision is made on whether the assembly should be expanded from 17 to 25 members at the 2016 election.

Enlarging the Parliament could see the South Building extensively remodelled and ministers move to off-site offices.

Labor and the Greens want to expand the assembly. The Liberal Party will ask rank-and-file members of its Canberra branches to vote next year on whether the ACT needs a larger local legislature.

Liberal leaders believe that leaving the assembly in its current 17-member configuration could be detrimental to the party’s long-term electoral prospects.

A decision to increase numbers in the Assembly would require the support from two-thirds of the chamber.

An expert working group last year found the ACT needed a larger assembly to ensure it could meet the territory’s future needs.

The Canberra Times

Canberra cheapest of Australian cities, crowdsourcing site says

January 6, 2014 – 10:06AM

Hamish Boland-Rudder

Reporter at The Canberra Times

The view from Mt Ainslie lookout over Canberra.

The view from Mt Ainslie lookout over Canberra. Photo: Karleen Minney

Canberra has been named as the 26th most expensive city in the world, but one of the cheapest major cities in Australia to live in, by a website that crowdsources living expenses from around the globe.

Sydney was the most expensive of the Australian cities and the 11th-priciest city in the world and 25 per cent cheaper than first-placed London, based on groceries, electronics, rent and other everyday items, according to

Canberra came in as 15 per cent cheaper to live in than Sydney, and ranked as the sixth most-expensive Australian city in the list, behind Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. There were no other Australian cities included.

Living in Canberra was also 35 per cent cheaper than London, the most expensive city on the list.


The website sources information from almost 200,000 users to calculate the average price of drinks, food and accommodation, claiming to cover 1600 cities around the world. While the data is, by definition, movable and the website FAQs leave it to users to fix figures that are wrong – it relies on daily input from its users – the founder of the site, Gerardo Robledillo, claims a degree of fidelity.

”The index is updated every time that a user enters a new price for any city,” he said. ”As a reference, we get between 500 and 1000 new prices every day.”

Included in the index for Canberra were food items, like the “daily menu in the business district” ($17) and a bottle of good quality red table wine ($17), housing costs like monthly rent for “85m2 furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area” ($2410) and hourly rate for cleaning help ($28), and entertainment costs like a cocktail in a “downtown club” ($15), and a pub dinner for two ($54).

Entertainment was generally seen as more expensive in Canberra than in Sydney and Melbourne, while Canberra fared well against all the other Australian cities in food and transport costs.

The Canberra Times

Classificação do Campeonato Cearense após a primeira rodada

Juliana Lohmann

1 Ferroviário




31100312100.0 3Itapipoca


1101011033.3 3Tiradentes


1101011033.3 5Guarani de Juazeiro


1101000033.3 5Horizonte


1101000033.3 7Icasa


000000000.0 8Quixadá


0100113-20.0 9Crato



Ceará e Guarany de Sobral, atuais campeão e vice cearenses, respectivamente, só entram na segunda fase da competição. Os dois times disputam nos primeiros meses do ano a Copa do Nordeste.

Na primeira fase, os nove times se enfrentam em jogos de ida e volta, totalizando 72 partidas até o dia 23 de fevereiro. Com um número ímpar de times, cada rodada terá oito clubes em campo e sempre um à espera, jogando logo na sequência. A fórmula desagradou algumas agremiações, como o Ferroviário.

“Nesse sistema, vai ter sempre um time entrando em campo sabendo o resultado da rodada. Isso é prejudicial. Fomos contra desde o início, mas éramos ‘voto vencido’ no congresso técnico que definiu o regulamento”, queixou-se o presidente coral, Edmílson Júnior.

Com o término da primeira fase, os quatro melhores colocados avançam para a segunda etapa do campeonato, formando um hexagonal já com as entradas de Ceará e Guarany.

Após disputarem jogos entre si de ida e volta, os quatro melhores avançam para a semifinal, com o 1° enfrentando o 4° e o 2° encarando o 3°, em dois jogos. A decisão, também em duas partidas, está prevista para o dia 16 de abril.


Uma das novidades da edição de 2014 é que os três times de pior campanha na 1ª fase caem para Série B do Cearense. No ano passado, apenas os dois últimos foram rebaixados. Os times que ficarem na 5ª e 6ª colocações ficam no chamado “limbo”.

O clube que terminar a primeira fase na liderança vai garantir vaga na Copa do Brasil de 2015 e dois pontos de bonificação na fase seguinte do Estadual. O 2° colocado garante um ponto extra na etapa seguinte do certame.

O Campeonato Cearense coloca em jogo também a vaga na Série D do Campeonato Brasileiro, destinada ao time de melhor campanha, com exceção de Ceará, Fortaleza e Icasa, já que possuem vaga garantida em uma das quatro divisões do Brasileirão.