Cruz wins Wyoming Republican presidential nominating contest

Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination at the July convention in Cleveland.

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By continuing to rack up small wins, Cruz is gaining ground on the New York real estate mogul, who has thus far failed to shift his focus on the local-level campaigning necessary to win delegates.

Trump has been critical of the process, again on Saturday calling it “rigged” while speaking at a rally in Syracuse, New York. He has repeatedly complained about Colorado, which awarded all 34 of its delegates to Cruz despite not holding a popular vote.

Trump said his supporters are becoming increasingly angry with states such as Wyoming and Colorado.

“They’re going nuts out there; they’re angry,” Trump said in Syracuse. “The bosses took away their vote, and I wasn’t going to send big teams of people three, four months ago, have them out there.”

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While Trump has won 21 state nominating contests to Cruz’s 10, the billionaire leads the Texas senator by only 196 delegates (755-559). That means he must win nearly 60 percent of those remaining before the party’s political convention in July.

Wyoming does not hold a primary vote. Instead, 475 party activists convened in Casper on Saturday to hold a state convention and award 14 delegates.

Previously, 12 other delegates had been designated at county-level conventions. Cruz won 10 of those, with one going to Trump and another being elected as “unbound.”

Cruz spoke at the convention, capping off a months-long effort to organise support in the state. Trump had originally planned to send former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who remains popular among conservatives, as a surrogate, but she canceled at the last minute.

Cruz spoke about local issues in Wyoming, the largest coal-producing state.

He discussed the Democratic “attack” on the fossil fuel, saying President Barack Obama has tried to put the coal industry out of business through government regulations targeting air pollution.

“America is the Saudi Arabia of coal, and we are going to develop our industry,” Cruz said.

At the same time, Trump was speaking at a rally in Syracuse, New York, ahead of the state’s Republican primary on Tuesday.

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Is America’s ‘Tiny Home Movement’ taking hold here?

Some Australians are gaining inspiration from America’s Tiny House Movement.

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Local architects, builders and developers are also embracing small home and design concepts.

The high cost of Australian homes is prompting a re-think  of housing options, and encouraging Australians to “think small” about the spaces they live in.

A growing interest in more eco-friendly and sustainable living, along with well-designed and efficient spaces, is also fuelling this emerging trend.

Whether you call it down-sizing, minimalism, or a need for debt-relief, more Australians are questioning, not only how much space they can afford, but how much space they really need?

The Tiny House Movement in the US is inspiring Australians to consider alternative ways of living.

The movement’s philosophy of living simply, and debt-free, with minimal impact on the environment, has attracted at least 18,000 followers in Australia.

Sixty eight per cent percent of American tiny home owners have no mortgage, compared to 29.3 per cent of all US homeowners.

In America, there are companies that specialize in building Tiny Homes, whereas it’s more of a do-it-yourself job in Australia.

In Sydney, best friends, Beck Benson and Reece Brennan, have done something few other 20-somethings have.

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They designed and  built their own Tiny House – measuring just 2 metres wide, 3.6 metres long and 3.9 metres high, with a sleeping loft, in the roof.

It’s also equipped with a shower, a gas cooktop kitchen, and in-built storage.

And it’s on wheels. so it’s mobile, although that also limited its size.

“I spent a couple of weeks travelling around in it, various weekend trips here and there. It’s great, very functional and you could really live here permanently,” says Reece. 

Beck and Reece believe it’s the smallest tiny house built in Australia, and also the first.

“We did build it ourselves.  We planned it all ourselves from scratch,” says Reece.

“It always seems like such a pipe dream when you’re undertaking such a huge project that no-one’s done before.”

Beck and Reece used recycled materials to build their miniature house. It took them two years to complete it, working  on weekends and public holidays.  It cost just $18,000. 

“Where we live the houses prices are just going up and up. And so, this just seems like such a better option, especially for young people. But not just for young people,” says Beck

“With the median house prices in Sydney being a million dollars at the moment, and considering your deposit at 20 per cent is $200,000,  for ten per cent of your deposit, we built our totally liveable home. Less than ten percent.”  added Reece.

While it’s been used as a mobile away-from-home and temporary accommodation, the tiny house, which was built for Beck, is not yet somewhere she’s calling home.

“I haven’t had a chance yet, but I’m really hoping to, in the next year. I just wanted to build it. The actual process of having it at the end, was a kind of an extra bonus. Yeah, it was the journey of building it that I was particularly focused on. But it’s amazing that we’ve got this totally liveable structure afterwards,” says beck.

Council regulations and restrictions on where you can put a tiny home can be a hindrance.

So far, only a few Australians appear to be living in one.

But that could be about to change.

There’s a growing demand for courses and workshops on how to build your own tiny home.

The Bower Recycling Centre in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, supports the Tiny House Movement, says manager Guido Verbist.

“We built one, with 15 people, over a weekend… We had people from the US coming over, who are experienced in doing it, and they helped with the development and design,” he says.

“We have since been contacted by many people who show an interest in it, and even ask us to run more of the same workshops.” 

Catherine Karena is a Training and Recruitment Manager, who’s also a Tiny House enthusiast who has organised building courses attended by a broad range of people.

‘You’ve got young people who don’t think they’ve got a hope to get a house at all, or they don’t want to get into huge debt. Then you’ve got grey nomads, who don’t want a granny flat, they want to travel around,” she says.

“When we did our first building course in Sydney last year, it was such a wide range of people. You had middle aged, you had 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s. We had all different people, and they all had different reasons. Some of the common things were, people want more life. They don’t want to be in debt. They don’t want huge mortgages. A lot feel, like, happiness doesn’t come from a lot of stuff.” 

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Some organisations are also looking at the Tiny House Movement as a way to provide accommodation for homeless youth and women’s shelters.

While such compact living  may be too extreme for many, bigger is not always better either.

Architects are increasingly challenging their clients to think about what they really need.

It’s a conversation award-winning Melbourne architect, Andrew Maynard, is having with his clients.

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“There definitely is a trend where people realize that quality is  more important than size.  Now there seems to be a new way of thinking that realizes there’s actually a lot of limitations, and problems,  when you create large spaces, whether it simply be how much energy it takes to heat or cool this space, or just clean the damm place,” he says.

People have realized you can keep spaces small, well designed so they’re not cramped, and beautifully  connected to the outside space.”

Maynard says sustainability and lifestyle choices are driving the trend.

“All of those cultural shifts will actually help us to solve the affordability and density issues that we’re really confronted with.”

As the Great Australian Dream  of home ownership remains out of reach for many Australians, the Queensland based Future Housing Taskforce believes it’s coming up with solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

Working with builders, developers and local councils, the taskforce has produced what it calls the “Smarter, Small Home.”

Variations on its designs, including dual occupancy models, are being built around Australia, for as little as $100,000.

We do not need 250 square metres of space for 2 people or 3 people, when we used to provide housing of 85 square metres for 5 people in the 60s and 70s. We are now the most unaffordable nation in the English speaking world, for ten years in a row.”

The Future Housing Taskforce is also launching an off-grid version of its smaller, smart home.

” We’ve had feedback now from over a thousand people, and it will be completely off-grid, with water,  power, sewerage, and provide its own food sources. It  will be open for display in 2017.”

“I believe the future of housing in Australia will be off-grid suburbs, off-grid communities, that are capable of reducing the running costs to zero.”

Kevin Doodney, the founder of the Future Housing Taskforce believes  there’s a need for more diverse housing options, not  just to address affordability issues, but also future housing needs.

“I think the problem we’re all facing is, we all buy a memory of architecture. And no matter how hard we try to solve this issue, we keep going back  to what we’ve always had. What we’ve always had, we can’t afford. Land has gone up in Australia over 600 percent in the last seven years. We cannot afford to continually build one house on one lot,” he says.

“The only thing we’ve done in Australian housing in something like 40 years, is add an ensuite.”

More diverse housing stock that allows more people to work from home, and caters for Australia’s diverse communities, is also part of the solution.

“”We have to look at housing that appeals to the changing families that are occurring across Australia…. from the first  home buyer, to the retiree market, to the families that fracture, we need housing to accommodate all of these markets….”

And that, Kevin Doodney says, would allow more Australians to achieve the Great Australian Dream of home ownership.

Brisbane hospital sued over breast surgery

Two women are suing a Brisbane hospital for allegedly botching their preventive surgeries for breast cancer.

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Single mother-of-four Natasha Murrie, 43, and Michelle Cullen,52, have filed medical negligence compensation claims in the District Court in Brisbane against the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

They both underwent mastectomies and reconstructions and were allegedly left with deformities requiring invasive corrective surgeries.

Ms Murrie, who was at risk because she has the BRCA2 gene, said her mother died of breast cancer at 48 and she didn’t want to suffer the same fate.

“But the surgery left me in agony and caused severe scarring, which has led to breast deformities and ongoing pain,” she said.

“It’s taken a huge toll on me physically and emotionally and has had an enormous impact on my family, who has had to support me throughout this difficult journey.”

Ms Cullen, 52, who also has the BRCA2 gene, said she suffered ongoing complications and discomfort following several unsuccessful corrective procedures.

She was told that it could take two years for a qualified plastic surgeon to perform her reconstruction procedure following a double mastectomy, but another surgeon could operate within six months, so she went with the latter option.

“It never entered my mind that having surgery that was supposed to stop breast cancer from returning would jeopardise my quality of life,” she said.

Olamide Kowalik, a senior associate with Slater and Gordon, the firm representing the women, said complaints had also been lodged with the state’s health ombudsman.

“The devastation these women have experienced is evidence of the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to such surgeries, involving various medical departments, to ensure the best result is achieved,” she said.

Comment from the hospital has been sought.

A Metro North Health and Hospital Service spokeswoman later said it was inappropriate to comment because the matter was before the courts.

ABC journalist Mark Colvin dead at 65

In death, ABC journalist Mark Colvin gave thanks for his remarkable life.

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“It’s all been bloody marvellous,” read the final message on his popular Twitter account hours after the news the veteran reporter and prolific social media user had died of lung cancer aged 65.

Colvin, who suffered a long battle with a rare auto immune illness, leaves behind a legacy of unflinching reportage from some major world events, covering genocide, hostage crises and the end of the Cold War.

“Today we lost our beloved Mark,” his family said in a statement on ABC Television.

They thanked his medical staff at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital and friends and colleagues who stood by him.

“At this moment of grief, we request the family be left to mourn in private,” they said.

Colvin began his career at the ABC as a cadet in 1974 after graduating from Oxford University. It was a career that brought him all over the world, first as the ABC’s London correspondent and then as European correspondent in Brussels in the 1980s.

During that time he covered the American hostage crisis in Tehran and reported on the negotiations between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan that led to the end of the Cold War.

He returned to Australia to work on current affairs show Four Corners, but went back to London in the 1990s reporting for Foreign Correspondent, The 7.30 Report and Lateline.

While covering the Rwandan genocide in 1994 he contracted a rare auto immune illness which led to kidney failure.

In a strange turn of events, he received a kidney transplant in 2012 from Mary-Ellen Field, an Australian business consultant who worked for model Elle Macpherson. Colvin interviewed Field while investigating the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and the pair struck up a friendship.

The transplant story was later made into a stage play written by Tommy Murphy, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, which recently ran at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre.

Field tweeted “My heart is broken” on Thursday when news of Colvin’s death broke, alongside a picture of the pair together.

Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont was one of many who tweeted that a worthwhile way to honour Colvin was to register as an organ donor.

Colvin presented ABC Radio’s flagship program PM for 20 years, interviewing Australia’s politicians including the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who praised Colvin on news of his death.

“Mark Colvin’s journalism was elegant and erudite. In a world of superficiality, he was always informed and honest. We’ve lost a good man,” Mr Turnbull tweeted.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described Colvin as a “gentleman of journalism”, while ABC News head Gavin Morris said Colvin was one of Australia’s finest journalists.

“For so many Australians, hearing his measured authoritative voice on our air waves each evening was a great pleasure and inspired confidence and trust,” Mr Morris said.

Colvin also mastered the art of social media with insightful and witty comments, collecting more than 100,000 followers on Twitter.

Fittingly, many ABC journalists used Twitter to post tribute messages to their late colleague.

“Devestated by the news of my dear friend @Colvinius the greatest mentor. Such a giant of our profession. Suffered too much. Was so stoic RIP,” Lateline presenter Emma Alberici tweeted.

The Drum host Julia Baird praised his dignity and love of his craft, while political commentator Annabel Crabb noted his death was “a horrible, tearing loss for Australian journalism”.

Mr Colvin leaves behind wife Michele McKenzie and two sons, Nicolas and William.

Morgan shines as Cowboys humble Bulldogs

Michael Morgan put on a show in front of his State of Origin coach Kevin Walters as he spearheaded North Queensland to a 30-14 NRL win over Canterbury.

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Morgan set up four tries and scored the Cowboys’ other, as they put on their best attacking display since May 2012 without Johnathan Thurston.

But it could have come at a cost, with Lachlan Coote assisted up the tunnel in the final minute with an apparent ankle complaint in his return match from a calf injury.

Morgan’s performance could not have come at a better time for the five-eighth, a week-and-a-half out from the Maroons’ team announcement and with Walters watching in commentary.

Queensland bench utility Morgan has largely been forgotten in the debate surrounding who could replace Thurston (shoulder injury) at No.6 if he is ruled out of the State of Origin opener on May 31.

However, on Thursday night Morgan put forward a case that he is just as capable as the likes of Anthony Milford and Daly Cherry-Evans.

His kicking game was sublime, three times he grubbered for tries while he also helped opened the scoring for North Queensland with a pinpoint perfect cross-field boot for winger Kyle Feldt in the seventh minute.

Coen Hess was the biggest beneficiary of Morgan’s play, twice latching onto grubbers to score – the second rower now equal top of the NRL’s try scorers list with eight.

Morgan was also dangerous with ball in hand at ANZ Stadium, making the most of a massive territorial advantage to dance through two Canterbury defenders to score the visitors’ second try.

It marked just the first time the Cowboys had scored 30 points without their star playmaker Thurston in five years, or 14 games of absence.

They also did it without front-row powerhouse Matt Scott – who they have lost for the season with a knee injury – and put them back in the top eight, in place of Canterbury.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were virtually out of the match by halftime when they went to the sheds down 18-0.

They scored two second-half tries through winger Kerrod Holland – including one while Cowboys’ halfback Ray Thompson was sin-binned for repeated infringements on his own line.

Holland then brilliantly set up Danny Fualalo to score a sensational team try and reduce the margin to 10 with nine minutes to play.

However, when Morgan kicked home for Ben Spina to cross in the 75th minute, any faint hopes of a Canterbury comeback were over.

“He certainly didn’t do (his Origin chances) any harm,” Cowboys coach Paul Green said of Morgan.

“He stepped up tonight and ran the show and did a great job.”

Green also confirmed that Coote’s ankle problem was not serious after he had twisted it.

Canterbury mentor Des Hasler was frustrated by a second-minute decision to deny Holland the game’s opening try, after a questionable obstruction call on Josh Jackson by the bunker.

“I though the first one was a 50-50 call for the obstruction on Josh Jackson try – I’ve seen worse,” Hasler said.

“But they’re not the reasons we lost the game.”

Private WA women’s prison put "on notice"

Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan says he has put private prison operator Sodexo on notice over repeated contract breaches and claims the Melaleuca women’s jail is so poorly run that lawyers visiting inmates feel unsafe there.

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Legal Aid WA has stopped its lawyers from visiting the prison less than five months after it was opened because of safety fears.

The $24 million prison was opened by the previous Liberal National government last December, with French company Sodexo offered $15,000 bonuses for every inmate who stays out of jail for two years after being released.

Legal Aid’s issues relate to what it sees as poor standards and discipline at the 254-bed Melaleuca Women’s Remand and Reintegration Facility.

It claims its lawyers were not being given duress alarms and put in dangerous situations, with other inmates standing around and guards not present when they have been meeting with prisoners and they have also had trouble contacting clients to prepare legal defences.

AAP has been told of serious problems with violence and drugs at the prison but Legal Aid is yet to comment.

Sodexo denies the “unsubstantiated allegations in relation to security practices”.

Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan, Criminal Lawyers Association of WA president Genevieve Cleary and Community and Public Sector Union WA secretary Toni Walkington came out to strongly criticise Sodexo and the way it is running the prison.

Mr Logan said Sodexo had already been fined $25,000 three times for contract breaches, he had put the company “on notice” and ordered that it’s generous contract be examined.

“There are KPIs within the contract that they have to comply with … in exchange for a generous payment from the taxpayers of Western Australia and I am going to make sure they comply with that contract,” he said.

Sodexo said in a statement that it met with Legal Aid on Thursday and it would continue to work with stakeholders to assess performance and implement any improvements at Melaleuca.

“The meeting was extremely positive and it is anticipated that the visits will resume shortly,” it said.

Adelaide perfect setting for Vince’s 200th

From rough-around-the-edges country lad to seasoned AFL professional, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin can’t help but admire Bernie Vince’s journey.

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Goodwin was a dual-premiership veteran with the Crows when Vince made his AFL debut, aged 20, in Adelaide’s round one win over Collingwood in 2006.

The pair were teammates for five years until Goodwin retired at the end of the 2010 season.

Vince switched to the Demons during the 2013 trade period after 129 games with Adelaide and, in a twist of fate, will play his 200th AFL match against his old side at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

The lovable larrikin, who had a few scrapes with officialdom earlier in his career, has become a key contributor for the Demons.

“He came into AFL footy a little bit older and a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s developed and really became an elite player,” Goodwin said.

“To play 200 games, it’s a credit to what he’s been able to achieve.

“I know the players are really keen to play well for Bernie this weekend.”

Vince, from Stansbury on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, has the rare distinction of being a best-and-fairest winner at two AFL clubs.

With the Crows desperate to better their draft hand following the Kurt Tippett sanctions, Vince reluctantly agreed to the trade that saw him join Melbourne in return for pick No.23.

Goodwin is confident the Adelaide faithful will appreciate the opportunity to witness a former favourite son achieve a significant milestone.

“I think everyone loves Bernie and he’ll be received really well,” he said.

“He gave the Adelaide Football Club a great period of performance. He’s much-loved in the city of Adelaide … he’ll be well-received by the supporters there.

“It’s funny how it works out. I know his family is really looking forward to it. He’s got quite a contingent going … I think he’s asked for 40 tickets.

“It should be a pretty big Bernie Vince support crew with us.”

Jury out on "favourites" England: Starc

England may consider themselves “deserved” Champions Trophy favourites but Mitchell Starc says the jury is out on how they will cope in the cutthroat one-day tournament.

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The hosts are full of confidence ahead of next month’s tournament after reinventing themselves under captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss since a disastrous 2015 World Cup.

England allrounder Moeen Ali has already claimed his side are “deserved” favourites while wicketkeeper Sam Billings believed other teams were “petrified” of them.

But Australian left-arm quick Starc isn’t so sure.

“They are the home country. They will know conditions better than the rest of the teams but they have not done too well in tournaments in the past,” he said.

“They have a pretty strong set up at the moment.

“They are never a team to take lightly.

“(But) at times you are not quite sure what you are going to get from the Poms.”

Since bombing at the 2015 World Cup group stages, England have been one of the most consistent ODI teams of the past two years by winning 25 of 41 matches.

They have also posted eight of England’s 10 all-time ODI highest totals during that period.

However, Starc believed England – who have never won a major limited-overs tournament – may yet be found out by the Champions Trophy’s do-or-die format.

England are three-time World Cup runners-up and have made the Champions Trophy final twice – in 2004 and 2013.

“It is tournament play, you need to win games – you can’t have any hiccups,” Starc said.

“At the World Cup you can probably get away with one or two bad performances and still get through to the next round.

“But in Champions Trophy you need to win all three to make it through.”

It adds extra spice before world No.2 Australia face fifth-ranked England in their final pool match at Edgbaston on June 10.

They are in Group A along with Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Australia play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (May 26) and Pakistan (May 29) before launching their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2.

Vic police chase fugitive behind bars

A man has been remanded into custody on 44 charges after two weeks on the run following a car chase in Melbourne in which two police vehicles were rammed.

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Sean Paul Murphy appeared before an out-of-sessions hearing on Friday night charged with 44 offences, including allegations he waved a fake gun at pedestrians during a police chase.

The 26-year-old, who was was arrested earlier on Friday, had been evading authorities since he abandoned his vehicle in Melbourne’s CBD on March 29 following a police chase.

Sergeant Justin Mercovich said Murphy waved what appeared to be a handgun at pedestrians during the police pursuit.

“The accused has brazenly waved an imitation firearm with the intention of invoking fear,” the policeman told the Friday night hearing.

“The accused yelled ‘get out of the f***ing way’ and was waving the gun in an attempt to get people to get out of his way.”

Police began pursuing Murphy’s vehicle after he allegedly drove into their vehicles when they tried to arrest him over suspected drug trafficking.

As Murphy tried to drive off, the officers used a baton to smash Murphy’s windscreen while yelling at him to stop and get out of the vehicle.

Murphy was also pepper-sprayed but managed to drive away.

As police pursued Murphy through the CBD, he allegedly threw fistfuls of cash from his window.

Police say the 26-year-old resisted arrest on Friday morning when officers responded to a tip about a man seen packaging drugs in his car in West Melbourne.

“It took five police members to restrain him,” Sgt Mercovich said.

Murphy, who police have not been able to interview because of his drug-affected state, has been remanded into custody to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Fifita playing himself into Blues jumper

Andrew Fifita is playing himself into a NSW jumper and he’s dragging Cronulla into NRL title contention along the way.

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While Laurie Daley is sweating on the health of first-choice prop Aaron Woods, who is touch and go for Game I, his mind will be put at ease by the fact Fifita has managed to rediscover his barnstorming best.

While Fifita has been guilty of being one the competition’s most fickle performers over his career, after six rounds he’s been proven himself one of the most in-form big men going around.

He is ranked third for metres made by forwards this year, only behind North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo (176m) and Woods (173m), according to Fox Sports Stats.

Last week, he put in a match-winning effort in their 25-20 victory over the Gold Coast including a bruising second half display in which he ran for 140 metres in 40 minutes and scored a crucial four-pointer.

And it is that platform upon which the Sharks have come out of the blocks to be fourth at 4-2 and aiming for their fourth straight win against Canberra on Sunday.

The Sharks are fifth in the league for metres made but more importantly, top ranked for metres conceded with just 1286m per game.

Coach Shane Flanagan says Fifita is getting things right off the field after being plagued by personal problems and distractions throughout his career and tips him to return to the NSW fold after being dropped by Daley last year.

“He’s getting better and working hard off the field on all the things he needs to do, the little things in his game that will bring him some publicity,” Flanagan said.

“He’s running really straight, he’s making some big metres and playing some big minutes for us. Defensively he’s been sound and we’ll just keep working away.”

While the Sharks will go in against Canberra without suspended veteran Luke Lewis, they would be smelling the Raiders’ blood in the water.

Already missing Sia Soliola (arm) and Jeff Lima (hand), Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was handed fresh injury concerns late in the week when five-eighth Blake Austin went down with a hamstring strain which is expected to keep him out for a fortnight.

Paul Vaughan (ankle) and Josh Hodgson (thumb) are also struggling to take the field.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Cronulla have won eight of their past 11 matches at Canberra Stadium

* These two teams are being awarded the most penalties with the Raiders receiving 10.2 per game and the Sharks nine

* The Raiders will be aiming to win their 200th match at Canberra Stadium in what will be their 310th match there.

Source: Fox Sports Stats.

Tigers’ Teddy enters NRL elite

The Wests Tigers are in no rush to lock up James Tedesco long term despite the star fullback rocketing into the stratosphere of the NRL’s elite this year.

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A quick glance at Tedesco’s numbers show why he is being spoken about as a smokey for not only Laurie Daley’s NSW side, but also for next month’s Test against New Zealand.

Despite his side being 2-4, the 23-year-old leads the league for tries (eight), line breaks (eight) and tackle busts (36), according to Fox Sports Stats.

Hit by injury from the first game of his career, suffering an ACL tear in his 2012 debut which kept him out for the next 12 months, Tedesco is being sized up for representative honours this year.

He has single-handedly kept his side in many games, scoring 25 tries in his past 30 appearances.

He also shapes as a key on Sunday to breaking their four-game losing streak against Melbourne, after destroying them in the corresponding game last year.

In that match, also played at Leichhardt Oval, Tedesco broke the Storm open with two tries, set up another two, ran 151 metres, made two line breaks, had another two line-break assists and busted nine tackles.

Tedesco is off contract at the end of next season and will be one of the hottest commodities on the market.

And while coach Jason Taylor only had superlatives for his No.1, he said they had not begun negotiations for an extension.

“His start to the season has been superb,” Taylor said.

“At the back end of last year, we started to find him more, we started to put him in those positions where he could create that stuff and finish things off and we’ve started the season doing that as well.

“The guys provide him with good opportunity, which I think is important, but I think he’s as good as any player in the game and I think he’ll continue to prove that – he’s still very young.”

Talks with Faulkner, husband lawyers fail

Lawyers negotiating on behalf of jailed Australian woman Sally Faulkner and her estranged Lebanese-American husband have failed to reach agreement, leaving Ms Faulkner as well as a Nine Network news crew in a Lebanese jail facing kidnapping charges.

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Ghassan Moughabghab, Ms Faulkner’s lawyer, says although Judge Rami Adbullah had “pushed” Ali Elamine and Ms Faulkner to reach agreement over the custody of the couple’s two children, Lahala, 6, and Noah, 4, behind-the-scene talks had broken down.

The children are at the centre of a failed child recovery operation that has also resulted in the arrest of Nine Network journalist Tara Brown and her 60 Minutes crew, Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice.

They are among a total of seven people facing charges over the incident.

The two others are believed to be members of the child recovery agency hired for the operation. They have been named in the Lebanese media as Britons Craig Michael and Adam Whittington.

“I met the lawyer of Mr Elamine, he put his conditions, we accepted all of them and yet now I am told they will not accept the agreement,” Mr Moughabghab told Australian Associated Press.

As part of the agreement, Ms Faulkner would give up custody of her children, proceed with the divorce in Lebanon and would be allowed to see her children, Mr Moughabghab said. All that was left to settle was whether she could see them in Lebanon, Australia or a third country such as nearby Cyprus, he said.

“She will even give up the sole custody granted to her by the Australian (Family) Court if he agrees to drop the charges,” Mr Moughabghab said.

“It seems Mr Elamine is not interested in a settlement,” he said. “Maybe he wants to savour his joy at her predicament a bit longer.”

In refusing to reach an agreement with his wife, Mr Elamine is also reportedly not keen to drop the charges against the 60 Minutes team amid allegations the Nine Network contributed $115,000 to the child recovery operation.

The network has refused to comment on the allegations.

Mr Elamine denied the two parties had been close to reaching agreement, saying “Faulkner’s lawyer is trying to draft something but it still has to go through the legal process”.

Mr Moughabghab, who has been pursuing Mr Elamine over the custody dispute for nine months, said he had not even been able to serve court papers on the children’s father.

“Every time we attempted to present him with the documents he disappeared and after about a month-and-a-half, the clerk of the court was too frightened to keep going to his place,” Mr Moughabghab said.

Ms Faulkner, who along with Ms Brown is being held in Baabda women’s prison, is facing a difficult situation, her lawyer said.

“She is not accustomed to be in prison, especially in a Lebanese prison, it is not something very nice to experience but she is being visited regularly by representatives from the embassy who are helping her,” he said.

The attempt to snatch the children as they were walking with Mr Elamine’s mother and a nanny on April 7 was captured on CCTV and appeared to show one of the women being shoved as their children were taken.

The children were returned to their father soon after and their mother and the journalists were arrested along with the child recovery team.

The hearing resumes on Monday.

Warriors resolve secures win

The Warriors have timed their run impeccably to win a seesawing NRL match 24-20 against Canterbury at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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The Bulldogs looked in control in taking a 14-8 lead into halftime but tries to Jonathan Wright and Tuimoala Lolohea early in the second spell turned the game around for the Warriors.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said the resolve his team showed was pleasing, particularly given the loss of fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck with a knee injury barely 15 minutes into the first half.

“We had to face a bit of adversity after we lost Roger pretty early in the game and had to do a big reshuffle,” he said.

“It certainly tests your character to be able to do that, and I don’t think we’ve had too many games here where we’ve come from behind, particularly against a quality side like the Bulldogs.

“The way we stuck at it, we were patient and took our opportunities when we got them, and we were desperate defensively right at the end there.”

The extent of Tuivasa-Sheck’s injury was unclear, with the Kiwi fullback expected to undergo scans on Monday.

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was left disappointed at the result, saying his team just didn’t manage the game well enough.

“They just had large, large pieces of possession at the start of both halves – I think in the first 20, it was about 70 per cent and on the back of the penalty count, they got away to a flyer,” Hasler said.

“I think the game was there for the taking, I think we had the game well within our grasp, and we’re pretty disappointed we let this game slip away.”

Tries to David Fusitua and Blake Ayshford in the opening 15 minutes gave the Warriors a useful 8-0 lead before Canterbury hit back with a brace to 21-Test Kiwi Sam Perrett within the space of four minutes.

Ahead 10-8 after half an hour, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 14-8 right on halftime. sharp work from Perrett down the right putting Kerrod Holland over.

The Warriors came out firing in the second stanza, tries to Wright, Lolohea and Ayshford giving them a 24-14 lead with five minutes remaining.

But Holland’s second try of the night in the 75th minute tested their resolve right to the final whistle.