May, 2019

Matildas narrow focus for Japan clash

Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams says the focus is on beating Japan and not goal difference.The Matildas can’t get sucked into chasing goals in their Tournament of Nations finale against Japan, goalkeeper Lydia Williams says.
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The Australians meet Japan in Chicago on Friday (0745 AEST) knowing a victory could deliver them consecutive titles in the four-nation tournament.

Goal difference could prove decisive – the Matildas are equal with the United States, who play Brazil on Friday, with all three nations a chance of claiming the trophy.

Australia and the US both have four points and a plus-two goal differential, with Brazil on three points and a minus-one goal difference.

Japan (zero points, minus-three goal difference) are out of the running to win the tournament.

But keeper Williams says the Matildas will be focused purely on a win, not a winning margin, against the Japanese.

“It will be maintaining our performance and getting a good result, maybe not necessarily the scoreline,” Williams said.

“The better we do play, we can build on scoring goals. But I think it’s about being focused.”

The Matildas could also extract some revenge for their 1-0 loss to Japan in the Asian Cup final last April, a result Williams said was in the back of the minds of the Australians.

“You can’t really focus on past performances too much,” she said.

“So whilst it still burns a little bit that we didn’t get the Asian Cup … this is a chance to get that revenge a little bit.”

The Australians downed Brazil 3-1 in their tournament opener before conceding a last-minute goal in a 1-1 draw with the US.

Williams and defender Alanna Kennedy were embroiled in a heated post-match argument after conceding the goal from a corner.

“We were just disappointed that it was the last corner of the game … (it) was just in the heat of the moment,” Williams said.

“The emotions were running high and we were both pretty disappointed that we got scored against.”


Mounting M1 horrors hard to bypass

SLOW GOING: A screen shot of Google maps showing the length of the queue (2.71km) on the M1 following Tuesday’s fatal crash.On Tuesday, July 31, I was enlisted to help my son move into a shared house in Sydney.
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We swayed down the M1, my ageing four-wheel-drive and borrowed trailer packed to the gunnels, to start a new, exciting chapter in his life.

After a day’s hard labour it was with some trepidation that I entered the rat race of the M1 afternoon return trip.

As neither my old banger nor I were up to prolonged stints at high speed, we were both content to potter north at a comfortable pace in the slow lane while a desperate flow of commuters poured past in relentless haste.

Not far from Asquith, I did notice an illuminated sign above the road warning traffic was queuing ahead, at the Gosford exit.

I wondered which Gosford exit was causing the problem; there are a couple.

Despite the warning, it was with some surprise that I discovered cars stopped dead immediately after I crossed the Moonee Moonee bridge, still several kilometres away from an exit to anywhere.

Like everyone else, I had gunned it across the bridge in anticipation of the long climb ahead.

Shocked, I stood the old beast on her nose and sat there with my hazard lights flashing, hoping to warn the drivers behind me.

I looked nervously in the rear vision mirror as car after car struggled to pull up behind me.

Then it was a long slog, bumper to bumper, one car length at a time for almost three kilometres to the Kariong exit.

There was no escape from that queue, you were trapped by crazed commuters howling past in the outside lanes at undiminished speed.

Finally declining to turn off to Gosford, I was free to resume my stately progress.

In doing so, I noticed a number of Highway Patrol cars and a fire engine tearing down the southbound carriageway.

Arriving home, I learned there had been a calamitous and fiery crash at the end of the queue I had been in.

Tragically, two people died and a number were injured. Charges have been laid, so it would not be appropriate to comment on or speculate about what did or didn’t happen, of course.

The situation does cry out for some observations in general, however, and raises some questions that the Coroner might well decide need investigation.

During long, hot summer holiday trips north, for example, I recall seeing Highway Patrol vehicles parked beside the Pacific Highway, south of Kempsey, with their lights flashing and displaying a warning that traffic was stopped ahead.

On Tuesday, the Transport Management people were apparently well aware that a hazardous situation was developing south of Kariong; they put a warning about it on their sign – the same signs that normally exhort you to avoid fatigue, watch out for motorcycles and so on.

In cases where long queues of vehicles are stationary on a 110 kmh road, are Traffic Management obliged to inform the Highway Patrol of this deadly combination?

Did they on Tuesday?

When traffic is queued on an expressway, does NSW Police policy require the Highway Patrol to stop whatever else they are doing and engage in accident prevention rather than racing to the scene after the horse has bolted?

And who is responsible for whatever unholy mess in Kariong is causing a three kilometre traffic jam on a high speed motorway; the RMS, or Central Coast City Council?

In either case, what are they doing to resolve the mess and why didn’t they do it before lives were lost and ruined?

Emergency workers and police have a statutory obligation to inform the Coroner when a death is caused by a motor vehicle accident or other such traumatic event.

But it is up to the Coroner to decide whether to conduct an inquest into such deaths.

Given the regular horrors and mounting death toll of the M1, the Coroner would do well to inquire into the tragic deaths on Tuesday.

They may just uncover facts and come up with recommendations to inform a state government apparently flush with cash how to prevent lethal traffic congestion where people are simply trying to escape from the M1 and get home from work alive.

Chris Craig is a Lake Macquarie author and commentator.He is also a trepidatious M1 user.


Australia’s $20b food waste problem to be tackled head on

DONATION NETWORK: Foodbank SA CEO Greg Pattinson said surplus Riverland citrus was being transported to every state to help those in need. Anestimated $20 billion worth of food is wasted each year in Australia, while64,000 people are turned away from food charities each month due to shortages,according to Fight Food Waste CRC chief executive officer Steven Lapidge.
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It’s a problem he is set to tackle with the startof the new Adelaide-headquartered nationalresearch centre, where Dr Lapidgeis hoping to have projects dealing with food waste underway later this year or early next year.

He said concern about food wastehad been building globallybutcame to prominence locally in the past two to three years, withtheNational Food Waste Strategyshowing awillingness to address the issue.

“The strategy commits Australia to reducing food waste by 50 per cent by 2030, which will be a massive undertaking,” he said.

Most of the wastehappens in the household, after it has been bought and taken home by consumers.

Dr Lapidgesaid more than $10b is thrown away at home – with some figures calculating this at $1000 per household each year and others saying it is as much as $3800.

Food service is the second largest waster of food.

“Restaurants, cafes, hospitals – wherever food is served, large amounts of food are wasted,” he said.

Between those two categories,nearly 70per cent of food waste is accounted for, but Dr Lapidge saidresearch was still needed on-farm.

“Under international definitions, food grown for human consumption that is not consumed is consideredwaste,” he said. “We certainly are still losing a lot on-farm,primarilythrough gradingoutduring harvest, or if we have a storm or drought.

“Wasted food also wastes the fresh water, soil, fertiliser and energy that went in to producing food, all of which are limited.”

Foodbank SA CEO Greg Pattinson said it was important to have a facilityable to provide real data and insights on where food waslost all alongthe supply chain.

He said there had been increased public knowledge and awareness on food shortages, particularly with the airing of ABC television show Waron Waste, whichled toincreased contact from retailers and food companies.

In recent months, Foodbank SA has begun receiving donations from all OTR outlets across the state, leading to an estimated extra 2000 tonnes of food.

“The real issue (for us) is food security and distribution,” he said. “We need to get food from where it is waste to where it is needed.”

He said Foodbank collected surplus fruit and vegetables but the short shelf life of meat and dairy was an issue.

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Crashes, fires and fatalities: a year of carnage on the M1 motorway

Crashes, fires and fatalities: a year of carnage on the M1 motorway Two men died last week after a truck collided with cars near Moonee Mooney Bridge.
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A woman was seriously injured when her car rolled while towing a caravan at Mount White.

The scene of the accident which killed a woman and a boy at Cameron Park in November.

One person died after a truck carrying ethanol burst into flames at Cooranbong on January 15.

A man was lucky to escape after he fell asleep and rolled his Jeep at Black Hill on April 3.

A B-double ploughed into the back of a line-marking truck on April 23 at Mandalong.

Two men died last week after a truck collided with cars near Moonee Mooney Bridge.

TweetFacebookPeople need to remember that every time they get behind the wheel they are responsible not only for their own lives but the lives of every motorist.

12 months of carnage on the M1August 2

A 72-year-old man diesafter a collision with a ute in the southbound lanes near roadworks at Warnervale. In separate incidents, three vehicles are involved in a crash near Mandalong Road, and an accident near the John Renshaw Drive roundaboutclosesone of twonorthbound lanes.

July 31

A fiery crash involving a truck and five cars in the northbound lanesjust north of Mooney Mooney Bridge killstwo men, aged 19 and 52, and leaves five in hospital. A Newcastle truck driver has been charged.

July 16

A multi-vehiclecrash closestwo lanes atMooney Mooney Bridge. Traffic backed up 6km.

July 4

Multiple vehicles are involved in a northbound crash at Somersby approaching Central Coast Highway.

July 2

Two crashes within 500 metres of each other nearthe Hawkesbury River Bridge back up southbound traffic for 12km about 7am.

June 19

A car crash just south of the Hawkesbury River Bridge disruptsnorthbound traffic.

June 11

A person is trapped in their vehicle after a southbound multi-vehicle crash at Asquith,near Ku-ring-gai Chase Road.

June 3

The rescue helicopter flies a 46-year-old man to hospital with shoulder, arm and leg injuries aftera single-vehicleaccidentnear Wyee.

May 27

All southbound lanes are closed north of the Hawkesbury after a serious motorcycle crash at Jolls Bridge.

May 15

Police charge a 27-year-old man after he allegedly stole a Nissan Navara ute in Maitland and crashed into another vehicle on the M1 atTuggerah Lakes.

May 9

Witnesses say a womanwalkedacross six lanes of traffic before a 10-vehicle crash on the Mooney Mooney Bridge leaves three people hurt.

April 24

A multi-vehicle crash near Wyong backs up southbound cars for 7km.

April 23

A B-double loaded with steel runs into the back of a line-marking truck at Mandalong about 11pm, spilling 400 litres of diesel and 200 litres of hydraulic oil over 300 metres of motorway.

April 7

A 58-year-old man wandersinjured on the road at 8am at Calga before police find him in nearbylong grass with critical injuries consistent with a vehicle collision.

April 3

A man escapes serious injury after fallingasleep and rollinghis Jeep intoseveral trees near the end of the M1 at Black Hill.

March 9

A 46-year-old man dies at the scene of a crash involving two utes and a pantech truck at 4.45pmat Mount White. A 25-year-old man is charged.

February 5

Two cars collide in the southbound lanes at Brooklyn, just south of the Hawkesbury.

January 22

A three-car accident causes a 3.5km traffic jam near the Hawkesbury River bridge.

January 15

A truck driver dies after a B-double carrying ethanol bursts into flames at Cooranbong, igniting a bushfire which spreads over 16 hectares. Three trucks and a car are involved.

January 2

A female driver is critically injured when a car towing a caravan flips onto its roof near the Mount White weigh bridge.

December 21

A multi-vehicle crashslows northbound traffic atCooranbong.

November 24

A truck crash disrupts southbound traffic at Cooranbong.

November 23

Traffic backs up for 8km after two separate carcrashesnear the Mount White weigh bridge.

November 19

A car and truck crash closes the northbound lanesnear Jolls Bridge while another accident disrupts southbound traffic at Calga.

November 5

A 28-year-old female carer from Cooranbong goes to the rescue of an eight-year-old boy who walkedinto traffic nearCameron Park, but both are struck by a southbound pantech truck and killed instantly.

October 28

A 68-year-old Blue Mountains man dies when his hatchback and a ute collidein the northbound lanes about 5.30am near West Wallsend.

October 25

Two of three northbound lanes are closed afteracrashinvolving a small bus and a car towing a caravan at Mooney Mooney Creek.

October 19

A 6km traffic jam follows a northbound crash at Tuggerah.

September 29

A car and truck collide in the northbound lanes atMooney Mooney Creek.

September 12

Multiple vehicles are involved in a crash at Freemans Waterhole.

September 4

Northbound traffic is queued for 10km after a crash near Wyong.

August 16

A motorcycle crashes in the southbound lanes near thetwin service centres at Wyong.

August 14

A 20-year-old man dies after surviving a rollover near Wyong only to be struck by another vehicle after exitinghis car.