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Dab hand Azarenka, red-hot Muguruza on collision course

Azarenka came to Melbourne Park on the back of a win at the Brisbane warm-up event, her first tournament since last September, and hammered Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-0 in the first round.

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On Thursday, the 26-year-old was almost as clinical with a 6-1 6-2, 63-minute thrashing of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic on Margaret Court Arena.

Two years of injury and less than stellar form have left Azarenka languishing at number 16 in the world and that is why she is seeded to meet Muguruza as early the fourth round, if she can get past rising talent Naomi Osaka.

The Belarussian celebrated with the Dab, the “fun”, “cool” hip-hop move beloved of NBA All Star LeBron James and a string of NFL players, and said the secret of her hot streak was simply living in the moment.

“I don’t want to think of what happened yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow. I really want to stay present and enjoy what I do,” she told reporters.

“It comes from on court to whatever I do off court, the pre-match, after match.

“I try to play every point as if it’s my last.”

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Spanish third seed Muguruza has been in almost as convincing form in her fourth trip to Melbourne Park, easing past Anett Kontaveit 6-0 6-4 in the opening round and demolishing Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday.

“It’s a great win,” she said. “I know Kirsten. I knew it was going to be like a complicated match, because she doesn’t have the common style of other women on the tour.

“So I’m pretty happy about my performance.”

While Muguruza will need to get past Barbara Strycova to match her best performance at Melbourne Park, Azarenka has a lot further to go to match her title-winning runs of 2012 and 2013.

“I think I’m feeling in the best shape body-wise, you know, spirit-wise, everything-wise. You know, my team around me, too,” she said.

“(But) I don’t really remember how I felt back then because I think it was different stage of my career.”

As for whether she was the in-form player in the women’s draw so far, Azarenka was not about to be seduced by such thoughts.

“Talk is just opinions,” she said. “It’s not facts. I say that you always have to go out there and you have to prove yourself. You have to play and you have to win.”

(Editing by John O’Brien)

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Japanese qualifier Osaka takes a bow at Melbourne Park

The 127th-ranked Osaka, appearing in the main draw of a grand slam for the first time, underlined her exciting potential with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of 18th seed Elina Svitolina on Show Court Two on Thursday.

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The 18-year-old, who is based in the United States but competes for her mother’s country, was still giddy by her achievement when she faced reporters post-match at Melbourne Park.

“Yeah, I’m pretty happy right now,” she said.

“I just wanted to qualify. That’s all I was expecting.

“But I don’t really like thinking about it too much because it freaks me out.”

A clash against 2012 and 2013 champion Azarenka now looms and the Belarusian has been in red-hot form.

Azarenka thrashed both her opponents in the opening rounds, dropping only three games, and is on a seven-match winning streak.

But the idea of being intimidated by her opponent’s impressive credentials was lost on Osaka, who hopes to meet the former world number one on centre court.

“I never feel pressure from playing someone that’s supposed to be like better than me, sort of,” she said.

“I’m just going to go in there happy and hopefully try to pull off an upset.

“I don’t know. I feel like there’s something wrong with me because I don’t get excited or anything that much.

“Like, I just learn that I’m going to play someone and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going to play them’. So I don’t really do, like, background checks or anything to psych myself out.”

Osaka, whose father is of Haitian heritage, won the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore last year and made a splash in 2014 by defeating Australian former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur at Stanford, her main draw debut at a WTA event.

Although having lived in the United States since she was a toddler, Osaka’s development has caused excitement in Japan, and she gave ecstatic fans from the country a bow after beating Svitolina.

“Yeah, it’s the only part of my Japanese side,” she said of the gesture.

“Kind of because there were a lot of people cheering for me, and I kind of wanted to show how grateful I was.

“I always think that they’re surprised that I’m Japanese. So the fact that there was like Japanese flags and stuff, it was, like, really touching.”

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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Russia shows military might in Syria

Russian warplanes are taking off from their base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, which is bustling with activity as Moscow presses its air blitz days before scheduled peace talks.

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A pair of Su-25 jets flew past, returning from a mission shortly after sunrise, and air force crews readied combat jets for more missions. Two heavy transport plans were parked near the main terminal as soldiers toting assault rifles stood guard.

Since Russia launched its air campaign in Syria on September 30, its warplanes have flown nearly 6000 missions. The number is impressive for a compact force comprising just a few dozen warplanes.

The Russian military brought a group of Moscow-based reporters to the base on Wednesday to see the operations. Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday that over the previous four days Russian warplanes had flown 157 sorties striking 579 targets in six Syrian regions.

The Russian military has said it was targeting the Islamic State group and other extremists and has angrily dismissed Western accusations of hitting moderate rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow also has rejected claims that its aircraft have hit civilians, saying they only target military facilities away from populated areas.

The Syrian government and the opposition are set to sit down for talks in Geneva, scheduled for Monday. The negotiations are meant to pave the way for a political settlement with a new constitution and elections in a year and a half, but hopes for their success are dim.

International negotiators, including the United States and its allies and Assad’s backers, Russia and Iran, have failed to reach common ground on which of the myriad Syrian militant groups should be considered extremists and fair game for strikes and which should be part of political talks.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry were meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday to try to resolve the differences over who is eligible to join the UN-mediated peace talks.

Meanwhile, the relentless Russian air campaign has helped the Syrian army recover and regroup after a series of failures last year and score significant battlefield gains in recent weeks.

Some believe that a string of military successes would likely encourage Assad’s government to take a tough stance in the talks.

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Clive Palmer’s wife made director of Mineralogy

Documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) show family members were moved in and out of key roles at Mr Palmer’s companies just days before QNI announced the redundancies and administration.

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Between January 8 and 12, his wife Anna Palmer was made a director and secretary of his flagship company Mineralogy and appointed to the same roles at China First Coal and Canada Acquisition Group.

She was also appointed as secretary at Waratah Coal, having already been a director there since 2010.

Mr Palmer’s daughter Emily Palmer, 21, was appointed as a Waratah Coal director for a day on January 9, while son Michael Palmer, 25, ceased his director role on January 10.

It’s not clear what benefit Mr Palmer was seeking from the reshuffle, but the new appointments were at the expense of nephew Clive Mensink, who lost director and secretary roles at the companies.

Mr Mensink, QNI’s managing director, has been the spokesman for the cash-strapped company while Mr Palmer has kept a low profile.

He has blamed sluggish commodity prices and the state government’s refusal to guarantee a $35 million loan for the company’s woes.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss, who visited Townsville on Thursday, said although it didn’t appear Mr Palmer had breached parliamentary rules, he still needed to behave like “an honourable citizen” and was not above the law.

“Because he may have substantial resources – he may be a famous man – that doesn’t mean that he’s immune from the law, they apply to him just like every other businessman,” he said.

Mr Truss said Mr Palmer needed to “honour his obligations”, referring to entitlements owed to the sacked workers.

I’ll tell truth on Qld Nickel soon: Palmer

Clive Palmer has promised to write to every home in Townsville to “tell the truth” about what happened with his struggling nickel refinery in the north Queensland city.

But not just yet.

The businessman-turned-politician has been unusually quiet since his company Queensland Nickel (QNI) announced in the past week that it had made 237 workers redundant at its refinery and entered voluntary administration.

Mr Palmer says he had deliberately kept quiet because “this issue is not a political one”, but would open up following a creditors’ meeting in Townsville next week.

“At that time I will personally write to each household in the Townsville community telling them the truth of the matter,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

The outspoken federal MP took aim at other politicians and the media for using QNI’s woes as a political football.

“It is not reasonable for the Premier (Annastacia Palaszczuk), her Labor government or the Opposition to politically grandstand while the administration process is under way,” he said.

Mr Palmer also launched a bizarre attack against the media, accusing it of being complicit in a personal vendetta against him by Rupert Murdoch after he called the media mogul’s former wife Wendi Deng “a Chinese spy”.

“Mr Murdoch has never refuted these comments,” he said.

Uncertainty over Qld Nickel clean-up

The Queensland government won’t say whether taxpayers will foot the bill to rehabilitate the Queensland

Nickel site if the firm collapses.

Shadow Environment Minister Stephen Bennett has raised concerns the state would have to pay the clean-up bill to remediate Clive Palmer’s Yabulu refinery site if the firm was unable to trade its way out of voluntary administration.

“The problem for Queensland taxpayers is the potential clean-up costs at the site and in particular the sludge ponds which contain a toxic mix of chemicals and heavy metals,” he said.

He claims the cost would be more than $300 million, while other reports estimate the bill would be somewhere between $25-100 million.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) said an environment bond was not held for the refinery because it didn’t apply to “businesses of this type”.

“Queensland Nickel’s Environmental Authority imposes strict conditions on the refinery’s operations that ensure the safety of the surrounding environment, including the Great Barrier Reef,” a spokesman said.

The company’s responsibilities hadn’t been changed by the fact administrators had been appointed, he said.

There were also specific requirements that the firm must rehabilitate tailing dams and ensure the area was “safe to humans and wildlife”.

However, the department wouldn’t say whether taxpayers would have to pay to rehabilitate the site if Queensland Nickel or any future owner didn’t have the funds to do so.

“EHP will not pre-empt the work of the administrator by commenting on the future operations of the refinery,” the

department said.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said refineries operated under different rules when asked if they should be required to pay a bond like mining firms.

“But I think we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, aren’t we?” he said.

“There are many businesses that go into administration and successfully come out the other side, perhaps with a new owner.”

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Humans, El Nino behind ‘hottest year on record’

Extreme weather events experienced in 2015 were unlike conditions seen before.

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And to climate scientists, like Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University, the hottest year since records began in 1880, is a milestone for all the wrong reasons.

 

“The records are tumbling faster and faster as we go along, they’re being broken by larger margins, and this is showing us that the climate system is shifting to a much warmer state, at a very fast rate.”

 

American agency, The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, found that in 2015, global temperatures across land and ocean surfaces, rose 0.9 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average.

 

And data from space agency NASA, found 2015 was 0.13 degrees Celsius higher than 2014.

 

NASA scientist Compton Tucker explains.

 

“Fifteen of the past 16 years have been the warmest years on record. And when you see a run like this, this is not something which people can easily dismiss and say it isn’t true.”

 

The University of Melbourne’s Professor David Karoly says the rise in global temperatures is due to a couple of factors.

 

“It’s partly due to natural climate variability, year to year climate variation, and the dominant factor in 2015 was the El Nino event.”

 

But the current El Nino, associated with warm ocean temperatures in the tropical pacific ocean, wasn’t the only driver.

 

Mr Compton says the majority of warming is because of human activity.

 

“This is due to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which acts as an insulating blanket around the earth and traps outgoing long-wave radiation.”

 

The Bureau of Meteorology’s also found 2015 to be Australia’s 5th hottest year on record.

 

The nation’s hottest October coinciding with an early start to the bushfire season.

 

Though we didn’t set an annual record, Professor Karoly says an average global increase is still cause for alarm.

 

“There were a number of places, countries in the world, that weren’t record hot, but in fact, Europe set a record high, parts of North America set very high temperatures, such as in December in the eastern parts of the United States.”

 

He says with a waning El Nino for 2016, we can expect a continued increase in extreme heat events globally, but slightly wetter and cooler conditions for Australia.

 

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Extremist sheikh targets Australian Muslim leaders

British radical Abu Haleema has his sights set on Australia.

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The Sheikh has been arrested on terror charges and had his passport confiscated out of fears he’d head to Syria.

 

In his quickly spoken, rap-like preaching, he has praised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar – and attacked respected Australian Sheikhs Wesam Charkawi and Shady al Suleiman.

 

“We’re working for what? We’re working to make Islam superior and for the end goal. It’s like Sydney needs to be renamed the land of the heretic scholars.”

 

His messages of hate have seen him banned from British mosques, and censured in Australia.

 

Silma Ihram from the Australian Muslim Women’s Association says he does not reflect the majority of Muslims.

 

“There are many people who quote from the Bible who don’t represent Christianity, and there are many people who quote from the Qu’ran and from the Hadith who don’t represent Islam. Anything can be taken out of context.”

 

Security expert Dr Patrick Walsh from Charles Sturt University says Abu Haleema’s strong social media presence is the latest example of the threat of online radicalisation.

 

“It’s very dangerous because obviously with the advent of social media even since the digital revolution like since the 90s social media has just proliferated into so many mediums.”

 

Silma Ihram acknowledges Abu Haleema isn’t the first, nor will he be the last radical preacher to appear online.

 

She says the only way to combat those false teachings is by going to the experts directly – in this case, your local Sheikh or Imam.

 

“The best way to learn about your religion is to improve your character and find people who exemplify the character of The Prophet who don’t have messages of hate, who don’t have messages of anger.”

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Radical Sheikh targets Australia in online videos

British radical Abu Haleema has his sights set on Australia.

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The Sheikh has been arrested on terror charges and had his passport confiscated out of fears he would head to Syria.

In his quickly spoken, rap-like preaching, he has praised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar – and attacked respected Australian Sheikhs Wesam Charkawi and Shady al Suleiman.

“We’re working for what? We’re working to make Islam superior and for the end goal,” he declared in one video.

“It’s like Sydney needs to be renamed the land of the heretic scholars,” he posed in another.

Both videos have gained more than 3,000 views. Abu Haleema’s initial Facebook page garnered more than 7,000 likes before it was pulled late last year.

His messages of hate have seen him banned from British mosques, and censured in Australia.

Silma Ihram from the Australian Muslim Women’s Association said he does not reflect the majority of Muslims.

“There are many people who quote from the Bible who don’t represent Christianity, and there are many people who quote from the Qu’ran and from the Hadith who don’t represent Islam,” she told SBS News.

“Anything can be taken out of context.”

Security expert Dr Patrick Walsh from Charles Sturt University explained Abu Haleema’s strong social media presence is the latest example of the threat of online radicalisation.

“It’s very dangerous because obviously with the advent of social media even since the digital revolution like since the 90s social media has just proliferated into so many mediums,” he said.

Silma Ihram acknowledged Abu Haleema isn’t the first, nor will he be the last radical preacher to appear online.

She believes the only way to combat those false teachings is by going to the experts directly – in this case, your local Sheikh or Imam.

“The best way to learn about your religion is to improve your character and find people who exemplify the character of The Prophet who don’t have messages of hate, who don’t have messages of anger,” she said.

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Hot Aust Open form irrelevant: Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka might not like the tag but, on current form, she is shaping as Serena Williams’ biggest challenger at Melbourne Park.

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Two-time champion Azarenka continued her near-faultless run at the Australian Open on Thursday, crushing Danka Kovinic 6-1 6-2 in the second round.

The 26-year-old, who won the Open in 2012 and 2013, dished out a double bagel in the opening round.

Having ended Alison Van Uytvanck’s campaign in just 53 minutes, Azarenka accounted for Kovinic in a tick over an hour.

She is in serious form – having also won the Brisbane International earlier this month.

“Irrelevant,” Azarenka quipped, when asked about her being dubbed one of the players to beat in the women’s draw.

“I know I always answer the same way but it’s really how I feel.

“The talk is just opinions. It’s not facts.”

Azarenka is back to full fitness after a frustrating 2015 campaign, during which she failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals at any grand slam.

The Belarusian has dropped three games in the Open so far.

“I really don’t count the games,” Azarenka said courtside.

“I just enjoy myself on the court and try to play every point like it’s my last point.”

Azarenka next faces Naomi Osaka, an 18-year-old on grand-slam debut who ousted 18th seed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-4 on Thursday.

“I’ll have to study her,” Azarenka said, revealing she knew next to nothing about the Japanese young gun.

“Just heard she has .. a big serve and big shots, yeah.”

Third seed Garbine Muguruza recorded a 6-4 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens in her second-round clash at Melbourne Park.

Former finalist Ana Ivanovic overcame a half-hour stoppage while medics treated a spectator who fell down stairs at Rod Laver Arena to advance to the third round with a 6-3 6-3 win over Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova.

But fellow Serbian and former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic crashed out, the 19th seed going down 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to little-known German Laura Siegemund.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, seeded 30th, was also eliminated in a 6-3 2-6 6-4 loss to Czech Denisa Allertova.

American 15th seed Madison Keys battled back from a set down to beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 in two hours.

Shuai Zhang, who produced the biggest boilover of the women’s draw when she beat Simona Halep, downed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3.

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NSW nurses say hospitals need better security

NSW nurses are calling for an urgent shake-up of the way hospital security is managed after a police officer and security guard were shot inside Nepean Hospital.

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Michael de Guzman, 39, allegedly held a doctor hostage with a pair of scissors before shooting a NSW police officer and hospital security guard who had come to her aid.

The police process of leaving aggressive or violent patients inside a hospital without the supervision of an appropriately trained security officer or police officer must stop, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association says.

De Guzman had been granted bail just hours before the alleged attack, after being charged with assaulting two police officers and breaking into a house.

It’s believed police officers had dropped him off at Nepean Hospital before the incident inside the emergency department.

The NSWNMA has called for an urgent review of the police drop-off system and urged Health Minister Jillian Skinner to meet with Police Minister Troy Grant to address the issue.

Ms Skinner is also being called on to reinstate the Special Constable status for security staff to allow them greater powers to detain violent or aggressive patients.

Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, said the rising issue of violence in public hospitals dominated a meeting of more than 140 union delegates this week.

“The more we look into the issue of violence, the more horror stories and evidence comes to light of just how bad the situation is in our public hospital system,” Ms Kiejda said.

“From the husband of a labouring woman who repeatedly threatened nursing staff and then theatre staff during an emergency caesarean, a methylamphetamine- (ice) affected patient who removed a hospital ward door from its hinges,” she said.

Decorated dog squad officer Luke Warburton, 39, suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper thigh during the incident but is making a good recovery in hospital.

Security guard Barry Jennings, 48, is also recovering well after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound.

De Guzman, who once worked as a nurse at Westmead Hospital, was refused bail on Thursday last week after being charged with several offences including shooting with intent to murder.

He’s due to face court again on March 4.

Following a meeting with the Health Services Union on Thursday, Ms Skinner proposed several extra security measures to deal with hospital violence.

Additional security staff would be provided to hospitals with a “demonstrated increased need”, she said.

New training sessions will also commence in March for clinical and security staff working in emergency departments with a high level of ice-affected patients.

Ms Skinner ruled out giving equipment such as batons and handcuffs to security staff.

But she said a review of how police address aggression from drug or alcohol-affected patients would be conducted.

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These are the world’s best countries

The votes are in, and the best country in the world is.

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..(Drum roll, please.)

It’s Germany. Sorry, United States, you’re fourth – right behind third-ranked Britain and second-ranked Canada. But, hey, America beat Sweden.

That’s according to the inaugural “Best Countries” ranking from US News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting.

The ranking was officially unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

“Just as we have done with universities, hospitals and other institutions, our Best Countries portal will be a global homepage for stories and data to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly changing world,” Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of US News, said in a statement. The publication is known the world over for many of its rankings.

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The new project ranks 60 countries across 24 categories and is based on a survey of more than 16,000 people.

The United States ranked first in power and influence.

Sweden scored the most top spots, ranking first for being the best country for citizenship, raising kids and green living.

Other top rankings include Brazil for adventure; Luxembourg for opening a business; France for cultural influence; Germany for entrepreneurship; Canada for quality of life; Italy for heritage; and India for its up-and-coming economy. In the end, Germany scored highest overall.

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The ranking relied on surveys from 16,248 people from 36 countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Of those, more than 8,000 were “informed elites” (college-educated, middle- or upper-class individuals).

More than 4,500 were business leaders, defined as senior leaders in an organization or individuals who own small business that employ others. The rest belonged to the general public.

Each respondent was asked to share his or her perceptions on a random selection of 65 attributes for a random selection of countries.

The attributes were each scored and grouped into nine broader categories: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.

Scores in each category were then weighted based on correlation with widespread prosperity, measured using the International Monetary Fund’s 2014 per capita gross domestic product purchasing power parity.

The 60 countries included were chosen based on other key business, economy and quality of life indicators.