Daily Archives: December 27, 2014

Melbourne Victory 1-0 Newcastle Jets: Finkler free-kick wins it

Melbourne Victory 1-0 Newcastle Jets: Finkler free-kick wins it

The Brazilian’s magic with the dead ball was on display once more as he handed his side the three points in the dying minutes at AAMI Park.

A late Gui Finkler special secured Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets in the A-League at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

With only five minutes remaining, Finkler stroked a free kick into the top corner from the edge of the area as Victory finally broke down a resolute Jets unit.

It appeared if the Jets were going to earn a deserved point with their defensive formation containing Victory’s attack until the Brazilian free kick expert struck.


1-0 Finkler (85′) – After Besart Berisha was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, Finkler stepped up to curl the free kick into the top right corner to send Victory fans delirious. Newcastle goalkeeper Ben Kennedy was standing on that side of the goal but free kick was placed with pinpoint precision.


The late goal sparked the Jets into action with Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe forced to make saves from Jeronimo and Scott Neville; the latter a brilliant save to his right from a stinging low shot just before referee Ben Williams blew the final whistle.


Victory’s win broke a run of three consecutive score draws in this fixture with the Jets last defeating the blue side of Melbourne in October 2012.


During Victory’s onslaught of attacks in the early stages of the second half, Fahid Ben Khalfallah cut inside from the left hand side to smash a stinging shot off the crossbar with Kennedy well beaten.


Jets coach Phil Stubbins deployed his side in a 3-5-2 formation with young wingers Andrew Hoole and James Virgili playing in unfamiliar wing back roles. The setup was designed to contain Victory and create attacks on the break. Ben Khalfallah gave Virgili a torrid time on Victory’s left with the young Jets wing-back conceding the foul on Berisha that led to the winning goal.


Victory has the chance to close the gap on league leaders Perth when they host the Glory in Geelong on Friday while the Jets host Melbourne City on Tuesday after only a three-day break.

Melbourne Victory: Coe (GK), Geria, Ansell, Broxham (C), Galloway, Mahazi (Makarounas 33′), Valeri, Finkler, Khalfallah, Barbarouses (Thompson 71′), Berisha
Newcastle Jets: Kennedy (GK), Welsh, Madaschi, Neville, Hoole, Kantarovski, Virgili, Caravella, Pepper (Jeronimo 87′), Griffiths (C) (Carney 74′), Montano

Scorers: Finkler 85′
Red cards: None
Yellow cards: Madaschi 2′, Finkler 22′, Virgili 57′, Ansell 59′, Montano 71′
Conditions: 21C, Dry
Attendance: 20,801 @AAMI Park

source: goal.com

Boxing Day sales shoppers clock up 5.7 million transactions with one bank

Bargain hunters: Hundreds of shoppers descend on Pitt Street shopping mall for the Boxing Day sales.

Bargain hunters: Hundreds of shoppers descend on Pitt Street shopping mall for the Boxing Day sales. Photo: Daniel Munoz


Shoppers triggered a record 5.7 million transactions through the National Australia Bank during their Boxing Day spending spree, nearly double the figure three years ago, the latest data shows.

The frenzy peaked at 1pm on Friday as eftpos, ATMs, debit and credit cards transactions hit 147 a second, the banking giant said. In 2011, 3 million transactions were processed on the day, peaking at 80 a second.

Retailers are now more confident that their post-Christmas spending prediction of $16.1 billion nationally will “certainly be exceeded”, Russell Zimmerman from the Australians Retailers Association said.

Both bosses from the department stores said customers were wielding plastic with confidence. Debit cards were far more popular this year.

“We’re seeing a stronger debit card business now,” said Ian Nairn, David Jones’ new chief executive.

Myer’s Bernie Brookes said: “I think people are a bit reserved to load up their credit cards in the current environment. We’re also seeing the decline of cash but [not at the rate it was falling] in previous years.”

Retailers large and small were reporting this year’s Boxing Day sales were “busier and stronger” than last year’s, and NSW’s spending forecast of $585 million will “well and truly be achieved,” Russell Zimmerman said.

Paul Harrison, consumer behaviour expert at Deakin University, said growing use of cards correlated with increased spending.

Research showed paying with notes and coins elicited a “greater psychological pain” in shoppers compared with credit and debit cards.

“It’s easier to spend with cards and people are less wary about the risks of using credit cards too,” he said. “As more people use cards, I think we will see more people spend [during the sales].”

Spending in the five-day period before Christmas went up 12.9 per cent on last year’s figure, accounting firm BDO national retail lead partner Simon Scalzo said. “Retailers are in for a good overall result. That’s good news for the economy.”

David Jones embraced more than 1 million shoppers through its CBD flagship stores on Friday from 5am to midnight, as well as 1.5 million more via their website.

In the business shirt wars, David Jones trumped Myer by offloading 18 more business shirts a minute compared to its rival.

“We sold more than: 30,000 men’s business shirts, which equates to 68 business shirts sold per minute nationally, 90,000 pairs of shoes, which equates to 10 pairs sold per minute, and 20,000 handbags, approximately five sold per minute,” a spokeswoman said.

Almost $60 million worth of stock was marked down by 80 per cent and largely cleared by midday, Mr Nairn said.

To continue the momentum and make space for new brands next year, David Jones will be turning over stock and offering discounts at a level never seen before, he added.

But Rohan Miller, marketing expert at Sydney University, labelled the post-Christmas retail frenzy as a “psychological tradition built up over a long period of time” and cautioned shoppers to be wary of various selling tactics.

He said genuine bargains were limited in number and buried deep inside stores, forcing customers to navigate through stands of goods at tempting prices.

“You’d like to thinking marking up to later mark down doesn’t exist, but in reality you have to be sceptical and assume there’s an element of artificial pricing and sometimes people do fall for it,” he said.

“Often retailers have stock on order to have a sale, so you assume when something goes to sale that it’s in-store stock, but often they anticipate they negotiate lower prices with their suppliers.”

For those left with dud Boxing Day purchases, consumer advocacy group Choice said everyone is entitled to a refund, replacement or repairs if the goods are “faulty, doesn’t do the job it is supposed to do or does not match the advertised description.”

“It’s also important to remember the same person who purchased the product doesn’t have to be the one to return it,” said spokesman Tom Godfrey.

“You just need proof of purchase such as a receipt, or even the retailer’s swing tag.”

source: smh.com.au

3000 extra police for Sydney on New Year’s Eve after fatal CBD siege

Sydney ramps up NYE police after  siege

Armed police patrol Sydney during the December 15 siege. Source: Getty Images

AN extra 3000 police officers will be out on Sydney’s streets on New Year’s Eve to ensure revellers feel safe after this month’s fatal CBD siege.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller said there would be more than “3000 additional police out to ensure New Year’s Eve is a safe and family-friendly event”.

“We’ll see police in the air, on the waterways and of course, in uniform … to make sure Sydneysiders feel extremely safe coming out to enjoy New Year’s Eve.” He said planning for New Year’s Eve so far had not been affected by the siege at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place earlier this month. “We’re always looking for intelligence that may change the state of play, but at this stage the planning has gone ahead as it was the month before, and the month before that,” Mr Fuller said on Saturday, adding that “nothing has changed other than the way we brief police”.

He said his message to those feeling worried about coming into the CBD was that “it’s safe to come into the city, police will be out in record numbers to protect you”.

Sydney lawyer Katrina Dawson, 38, Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and 50-year-old gunman Man Haron Monis died in the siege that ended on December 16 when heavily armed police stormed the Lindt Cafe.

The hostage emergency came after Australia’s terror threat level was raised to ‘high’ in September following a string of counter terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane.

Mr Fuller said police had “ramped up” intelligence activities since the increased terror alert, and there was a new evacuation plan for Sydney city this New Year’s Eve.

“I won’t discuss the information in relation to that but if there was an incident we certainly have some information points and a strategy,” he said.

He said recent hoax emails outlining a potential terror threat in Sydney on NYE had been “put to bed as rubbish”.

He said there was no terror-related “chatter” police were aware of “specific to New Year’s Eve”.

Mounted police, riot squad, PolAir, tactical operations officers and counter-terrorism police would all be deployed in Sydney on the night “to deal with anything that may arise”.

He expected around 1.5 million people to attend the city on the night, noting that usually the big problem was alcohol-related crime.

“We can’t forget the fact that alcohol-related crime and the problems that come with that have been the biggest challenge for Sydney,” Mr Fuller said.

“It’s a much much bigger threat than terrorism.”

source: theaustralian.com.au

Manchester United crush Newcastle 3-1

Wayne Rooney has only matched his 12 goals against Newcastle versus Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney continued his fine record versus Newcastle United as Manchester United made it eight Barclays Premier League matches unbeaten with a 3-1 win.

Having been held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last Saturday, Louis van Gaal’s side will have been eager to get back to winning ways in the Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford.

Man Utd had little difficulty in doing so, cruising to victory despite the absence of winger Angel Di Maria – who was left out after picking up an injury in their previous training session.

England captain Rooney was the architect of a routine triumph that solidified their position in third, with a brace taking the 29-year-old’s league tally against Newcastle to 12.

He opened the scoring in the 23rd minute via a close-range finish at the end of a wonderful Man Utd move, before adding a second in very similar fashion nine minutes before half-time.

The points were made safe eight minutes into the second period as the skipper set up Robin van Persie to head home a third, although Newcastle did net an 87th-minute consolation thanks to Papiss Cisse’s penalty.

The match sprung into life in the 12th minute following a quiet start as both teams spurned chances.

Firstly, Ayoze Perez failed to connect with a volley from Adam Armstrong’s cross after the 17-year-old – brought into the Newcastle side as one of two changes by Alan Pardew – did well to keep the ball in play.

Radamel Falcao was unable to get any purchase on a delivery from the left with the goal seemingly at his mercy, yet the hosts could have conceded a penalty when Juan Mata challenged Yoan Gouffran as the Frenchman chased a long ball over the defence.

David de Gea pulled off a fine diving save to his right to keep out Daryl Janmaat’s fierce drive from long range, and Newcastle were made to pay for not taking advantage of their early pressure by a clinical move from the hosts.

Mata was heavily involved again as he lifted a clever ball over the top to Falcao, who stretched to sweep a low cross into the path of Rooney to slot past a helpless Jak Alnwick.

Newcastle continued to show ambition to get forward, although Manchester United’s quality was evident throughout.

And it was defensive carelessness that led to Rooney’s second, when he latched onto Mata’s clever pass and confidently found the bottom-left corner after Gouffran had given the ball away.

Rooney turned creator eight minutes into the second half, his expertly lofted pass nodded into the bottom corner by Van Persie to effectively end the match as a contest.

With a busy period of fixtures to negotiate, Man Utd understandably took their foot off the gas in the second half. Still, Rooney went close to completing his hat-trick by curling a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar.

The third goal did not arrive for Rooney as Newcastle instead restored some pride through Cisse’s confident spot-kick into the top-right corner following Phil Jones’ foul on Jack Colback.

Yet that strike came too late for a comeback and proved to be little more than a footnote in a result that should give Man Utd plenty of hope going into a tricky trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “I think we have dominated the game for 90 minutes and scored fantastic goals – we should have scored much more.

“The first-half was, of course, the better half and, during the second, we were already thinking of the match against Tottenham Hotspur, which is why we did not dominate – I am very pleased with the performance today.

“Against Villa, he [Wayne Rooney] was a little bit too defensive and I asked for him to be more attacking. He then scores two goals and gets and assist, what more can you demand as a manager?”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: “The cutting edge was the difference between the two teams – they were really good going forward and when we over-committed they were clinical. I’m not going to criticise any of my players as individuals,. This is a tough place to come, we know that.

“I think some of the performances from our players were outstanding, particularly Perez. The more he plays the more he engrains himself into the fabric of the team. [But] I think we need to defend better today – I think that is where we came unstuck.”

source:  premierleague.com

Silva shines in snow to maintain Man City chase

Yaya Toure put Man City 2-0 up from the penalty spot


Manchester City kept up their pursuit of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea with a comfortable 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at a snowy Hawthorns.

After the leaders had extended their advantage over City to six points with a 2-0 win over West Ham United in the early kick-off, Manuel Pellegrini’s side took advantage of a poor opening period from the hosts to score three unanswered goals.

The visitors were handed an early gift courtesy of Ben Foster, as the West Brom goalkeeper dropped a looping Jesus Navas cross after eight minutes. Midfielder Fernando took full advantage to register his first goal for the club. The former Man City defender Joleon Lescott then fouled David Silva inside the area allowing Yaya Toure to double the visitors’ advantage from the penalty spot

Silva extended the lead further with a cool strike before half-time and although an improved defensive effort from West Brom and the snow prevented City from another goal after the break, and the home side got on the scoresheet themselves through Brown Ideye’s goal after a scramble late on, City comfortably held on for a ninth consecutive win in all competitions.

Wayne Rooney continued his fine record versus Newcastle United as Manchester United made it eight matches unbeaten with a 3-1 win. Man Utd cruised to a comfortable victory despite the absence of winger Angel Di Maria, who was left out after picking up an injury in their most recent training session. Rooney was the architect of the triumph that solidified their position in third, with a double taking the 29-year-old’s league tally against Newcastle to 12.

He opened the scoring in the 23rd minute via a close-range finish at the end of a wonderful United move, before adding a second in very similar fashion nine minutes before half-time. The points were made safe eight minutes into the second half as Rooney set up Robin van Persie to head home a third, although Newcastle did net an 87th-minute consolation thanks to Papiss Cisse’s penalty.

Southampton returned to the top four with a comfortable 3-1 win at struggling Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane marked his return to the Southampton starting XI with a superb performance at Selhurst Park as he opened the scoring with an excellent early goal, before turning provider for Ryan Bertrand to double the visitors’ lead straight after half-time.

Defender Toby Alderweireld opened his Barclays Premier League account with a towering header shortly after to seal the points for Ronald Koeman’s men, despite a late Scott Dann consolation for the hosts. Southampton can take confidence into Sunday’s visit of table-topping Chelsea with confidence, while Palace have won just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League fixtures and have slipped into the relegation zone.

Raheem Sterling netted the winner as Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Burnley to end a three-match winless sequence in the top flight. Burnley dominated the first half at Turf Moor and struck a post through Danny Ings, but were unable to make their superiority count as Liverpool reached the interval unscathed. Sterling’s crucial strike came shortly after the hour as he rounded Tom Heaton and slotted home, despite the best efforts of two defenders attempting to scramble back.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who had been dropped “indefinitely” by manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the match with Manchester United a fortnight ago, was called into the fray early in the first half after Brad Jones suffered an injury. Mignolet was able to keep the home side at bay as Burnley’s four-match unbeaten run at home came to an end.

Tottenham Hotspur closed to within two points of the top four with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. Christian Eriksen’s 70th-minute free-kick secured the points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, after they had soaked up pressure from their hosts. Harry Kane had given Spurs a superb start with his third league goal in as many matches in the first minute, but the visitors were unable to pull further clear prior to the interval.

Leicester levelled three minutes after the break through Leonardo Ulloa. Chances continued to come for Nigel Pearson’s men thereafter, but they were punished for when Eriksen caught Ben Hamer off-guard from a set-piece. Spurs have won three league matches in succession, while Leicester remain rooted to the foot of the table despite an improved display.

Swansea City beat Aston Villa 1-0 to claim their first Boxing Day victory in the Barclays Premier League. The Welsh side were dominant in the first half at the Liberty Stadium and opened the scoring with a well-struck Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick after 13 minutes. They continued to look the more likely to score after going ahead, although the introduction of Andreas Weimann at the break gave Villa more of an attacking edge.

Despite an improved second-half display from Villa, which included stoppage-time chances for Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, Garry Monk’s men were able to hold firm for the three points that kept their pursuit of the top four.

Bojan Krkic’s first-half penalty was enough to seal a 1-0 triumph for Stoke City over Everton in a full-blooded match at Goodison Park. The former Barcelona forward gave Mark Hughes’ side the lead 38 minutes into a stop-start first half after he had been fouled by James McCarthy and although Everton created a host of gilt-edged opportunities to level before the break they could not convert one.

Stoke were content to play on the counter in the second period, with Roberto Martinez’s side unable to make the dominance count and their unbeaten run of five home matches in the competition came to an end in the rain.

Hull City climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Sunderland on Friday, their first success in 11 Barclays Premier League matches. Steve Bruce’s men travelled to his former club having not won since early October and scored just twice in their last nine outings, and Adam Johnson, who scored a last-gasp winner as Sunderland beat Newcastle United last time out, capitalised on a defensive error to give the hosts the lead after just 29 seconds.

But Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 32nd minute with his maiden goal for Hull and James Chester headed home shortly after half-time. Substitute Nikica Jelavic then added a third in stoppage time to wrap up a valuable win and lift Hull up to 17th.

source: premierleague.com


Sterling goal gives Liverpool away 1-0 win at Burnley

The England forward scored twice in the League Cup quarter-final victory over Bournemouth last week and he was on target again as the visitor ended a three-match winless sequence in the top flight.

Burnley dominated the first half  at Turf Moor and struck the post through Danny Ings, but it was unable to make the superiority count as Liverpool reached the interval unscathed.

Sterling’s crucial strike came shortly after the hour mark as he coolly rounded Tom Heaton and slotted home, despite the best efforts of two defenders attempting to scramble back.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who had been dropped “indefinitely” by manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the clash with Manchester United a fortnight ago, was called into the fray early in the first half after replacement Brad Jones suffered an injury.

Mignolet continued to look nervy but was able to keep the home side at bay as Burnley’s four-match unbeaten run at home came to an end.

Neither side made any changes from the previous outings, but Sam Vokes returned to the Burnley bench for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury in March.

The opening stages were most notable for a round of applause for former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle, who was admitted to hospital earlier in the week after a serious road accident.

Ings went close with the first meaningful shot of the game in the 15th minute, striking the base of the post from 20 metres with Jones beaten before Ashley Barnes blazed the rebound over.

Having seemingly picked up an injury, Jones then departed the action and was replaced by the shaky Mignolet.

The home side continued to look the more threatening, with Barnes heading Dean Marney’s cross off target in the 22nd minute.

Adam Lallana had Liverpool’s first clear opening on the half-hour mark but, after receiving a wonderful first-time ball from Steven Gerrard, he shot straight at Heaton.

That was a rare attack for the visitor, which was grateful to Lucas Leiva for diverting Scott Arfield’s strike round the post, before George Boyd fizzed a shot narrowly over the crossbar.

Burnley failed to recreate their high-tempo play after the restart and fell behind through Sterling’s well-taken goal.

The 20-year-old raced onto Philippe Coutinho’s hooked ball and skipped past Heaton before finding the net.

Coutinho then tested Heaton with a shot of his own before, in a bid to find an equaliser, Sean Dyche sent on Vokes for Barnes with 10 minutes to go.

A leveller was not forthcoming, however, as Liverpool saw out victory to climb a place to ninth in the table.

Κλέφτες με …συνείδηση επέστρεψαν δώρα σε ορφανοτροφείο

Κλέφτες με ...συνείδηση επέστρεψαν δώρα σε ορφανοτροφείο

Κλέφτες με μεγάλη… καρδιά, που είχαν αρπάξει κούτες χωρίς να ελέγξουν προηγουμένως το περιεχόμενό τους, τις παρέδωσαν σε ένα ορφανοτροφείο όταν διαπίστωσαν ότι επρόκειτο για χριστουγεννιάτικα δώρα που προορίζονταν για ορφανά παιδιά.

Τη νύχτα των Χριστουγέννων, οι άγνωστοι δράστες άνοιξαν το αυτοκίνητο μιας υπαλλήλου του σωματίου Βλαντμάμα στο Βλαδιβοστόκ και πήραν όχι μόνο προσωπικά είδη της γυναίκας αλλά και τα 55 δώρα για τα παιδιά.

Λίγες ώρες αργότερα τα δέματα, καλυμμένα με ένα ελαφρύ πέπλο χιονιού, βρέθηκαν στην αυλή του ορφανοτροφείου, δήλωσε η πρόεδρος του Βλαντμάμα, Σβετλάνα Κάνια.

«Πιστεύω ότι βιάζονταν και δεν κοίταξαν αμέσως τι περιείχαν τα κουτιά. Μάλλον είδαν αργότερα το λογότυπο του σωματείου μας και κατάλαβαν ότι ήταν δώρα για τα ορφανά. Λειτούργησε η συνείδησή τους και επέστρεψαν τα δώρα» εξήγησε.

«Ήταν σαν πραγματικό χριστουγεννιάτικο παραμύθι» έγραψε η εφημερίδα Νόβιγιε Ιζβέστια, σύμφωνα με την οποία η οργάνωση τις τελευταίες ημέρες είχε συγκεντρώσει δώρα για περισσότερα από 1.500 παιδιά.


Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar play out thrilling 3-3 draw

Challenge: Central Coast's Storm Roux contests the ball with James Donachie of the Roar.

Challenge: Central Coast’s Storm Roux contests the ball with James Donachie of the Roar. Photo: Getty Images


Central Coast Mariners were denied their first win since October 11 after being held to a thrilling six-goal draw with Brisbane Roar in a match that was more about context than competition points. 

There have been few games at Gosford that bore as much emotion as this. A title may not have been on the line, it was not against a local rival and in truth it had little do even with competition points. This was a match with the undertone of pure survival.

Beneath the backdrop of a campaign named “Stand up for the Mariners,” fans used their voice and their feet to show owner Mike Charlesworth where they believe the future of the club lies. They lived up to the name of the campaign and most importantly, so too did their players. Only, not for long enough.

The Mariners did not get the win they will feel they deserved but that perhaps mattered little in the greater context of this evening. The players came within minutes of sealing their first win since round one and while they fell short of that, they achieved the seemingly greater task of rekindling their love affair with a parochial supporter base. Almost 10,000 attended a night built upon sentiment and while they didn’t take that winning feeling with them through the exit gates, they left with a sense of pride.

“It’s not about one decent crowd, it’s about concsistency. We have to dleliver that on the pitch and the our fans have to deliver that off the pitch. But we are really united up here as a club, as a team and as a community but we have to work hard to make it work better,” Mariners coach Phil Moss said.

A raucous applause echoed at full-time that was just as loud as the cannon that was let off three times that night, sounds few would have expected after Jean Carlos Solorzano breathed life into the contest 45 minutes after it officially began. After a lacklustre first half, the Roar striker scored his first goal in three years with two strokes of luck that put the ball on his foot in front of goal. He applied the simple finish that deafened the home crowd who were quickly swept with dejection.

It was little surprise to see the Mariners swap wingers Matt Sim with Nick Fitzgerald given the ineffectual first half and that coincided with a resurgence from the hosts. An opportunity from the penalty spot was provided after a James Donachie back pass was handled by Young, giving Eddie Bosnar a chance from an indirect free kick.

He slammed the ball into the wall when perhaps a more delicate option would have sufficed. It mattered little as the giant defender got his reward moments later. On the receiving end of a precise cross from Anthony Caceres, Bosnar – in his first start since November 9 – powered a header low and into the far corner of the net.

The unfamiliar sound of the Mariners cannon echoed across Central Coast Stadium to signal the fightback and inject life into the strugglers. Six minutes later, it sounded again. An ugly goal mouth scramble was pounced upon by Matt Simon who, in a clumsy manner, slotted the ball into the net. It was hardly pretty, but the crowd didn’t care as a parochial home fan base erupted on a day that mattered so much to the region.

As powerful as that moment was, it wasn’t to be savoured for long. Donachie rose highest from a corner and with a fortuitous deflection off the shoulder of Roux, left Reddy flat-footed and the Mariners faithful downhearted. Instead of shutting the door on the Mariners, it created madness.

With just 10 minutes to play, Mariners substitute Kim Seung-yong issued a statement to his doubters by firing his club into the lead by pouncing on a rebound. Jubilation swept the Coast as the 9,932 fans felt justified to finally be in the lead, though they quickly learned how cruel a game football can be. While they were still celebrating, Solorzano supplied the sucker punch. After Dimitri Petratos weaved his way around Josh Rose, to fire a low cross tapped in by the unmarked Costa Rican to spoil the party.

“A bit disappointing but in the end, yeah, I think it is a fair result,” Roar coach Frans Thijssen said.

source: watoday.com.au

The last Qantas Boeing 767 dips its wings in emotional farewell

Farewell to the Qantas 767-336.

Farewell to the Qantas 767-336.

SYDNEYSIDERS were given a spectacular chance to farewell the last Qantas Boeing 767 as it cruised low over the CBD on its final flight.  

The historic flight from Melbourne to Sydney was given the special number QF767 to say goodbye to the plane model which had carried more than 168 million passengers in over 927,000 flights since 1985.

Just after 6pm the 767 with its 250 seats full broke through the clouds and flew over the city before touching down at Sydney airport about 6.30pm.

Qantas pilot Captain Mike Galvin checks over the last Boeing 767 before leaving Melbourne

Qantas pilot Captain Mike Galvin checks over the last Boeing 767 before leaving Melbourne Airport. Picture: Eugene Hyland Source: News Corp Australia

The Boeing 767 up in the air for the last time. Picture: Eugene Hyland

The Boeing 767 up in the air for the last time. Picture: Eugene Hyland Source: News Corp Australia

Captain Mike Galvin said the aircraft had been a faithful workhorse over the past three decades.

“The 767 has been a staple in the Qantas fleet for more than two decades and was a favourite with both crew and customers,” he said.

“It’s been an extremely reliable aircraft and has served Qantas and our customers very well over the years.

“While it’s sad to say goodbye, it’s definitely time to retire the 767s as we have been bringing in newer aircraft that are more advanced and fuel efficient.”

Getting rid of the 767s, which collectively flew over 1.8 billion kilometres (or the equivalent of 2,438 return trips to the moon), will also help streamline the Qantas fleet from 11 aircraft types to seven.

The widebody aircraft was most recently used for trips between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Those routes have been taken over by newer and larger Airbus A330s, which following upgrades will be able to carry around 300 passengers.

In the past five years Qantas has retired more than 80 of its planes and bought 140 new aircraft bringing the average age of its fleet to 7.7 years — the lowest it has been since the early 1990s.

A Qantas spokesman said the average age of its fleet was now “significantly younger” than the averages in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

source: dailytelegraph.com

Australia: World-first export LNG bonanza poised to set sail

The Methane Rita Adrea docked off Gladstone Harbour. Picture: Murray Ware

THE first vessel set to be loaded with liquefied natural gas docked off Gladstone yesterday in an important milestone for Queensland’s energy sector.

The 283m-long Methane Rita Andrea eased in to place at Curtis Island, where it will be loaded with 145,000 cubic metres of LNG bound for Singapore.

The vessel will transport gas from QGC, which has poured $US20.4 billion in to the massive project over the past four years.

By 2016 the company expects to fill about 120 ships a year, or two to three every week.

With two rival LNG projects scheduled to begin exports next year, in time it is expected a ship will be loaded at Curtis Island every day.

“There remains work to do, but we are on schedule to start loading LNG into the first ship to carry a cargo from Curtis Island,” a QGC spokesman said yesterday.

“Mechanical testing of the facility is now complete.”

Onlookers watch the Methane Rita Adrea enter Gladstone Harbour on Boxing Day. Picture: Mu

Onlookers watch the Methane Rita Adrea enter Gladstone Harbour on Boxing Day. Picture: Murray Ware

Anchored offshore earlier this week, the double-hulled ship was escorted 24km through Gladstone Harbour yesterday by three tug boats.

It is one of about 25 carriers owned or leased by QGC’s parent company BG Group.

QGC and its competitors have built the world’s first processing complex to turn natural gas from coal seams in to LNG.

They transport the gas from the Surat Basin via a 540km pipeline network to Curtis Island, where it is cooled to -162C.

That reduces the gas by about 600 times its original volume, making it easier to ship economically.

The LNG plant will be comprised of two production units able to generate 4.25 million tonnes a year.

LNG is expected to become a major part of the Queensland economy as demand from Asian consumers increases.

source: couriermail.com