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Selfies are bad news for black cats

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 30 Juli 2014 | 09.34

Black burden ... Black cats are being rejected in droves because they don't look good in selfies, says the UK RSPCA. Source: News Corp Australia

BLACK cats are reportedly being abandoned in droves because they don't look good in selfies, the UK's RSPCA says.

The animal welfare organisation says 70 per cent of the more than 1000 cats in the UK without homes are black or black and white. And it appears that the internet and those countless cat pictures and videos might be to blame.

"In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck, yet sadly in reality they are not so lucky," an RSPCA spokesman said. "There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from the fact that black cats are harder to tell apart than cats with more distinctive markings and the fact that black animals tend not to photograph as well."

Animal charity Blue Cross said it had seen a 65 per cent rise in the number of black cats it took in each year between 2007 and 2013.

"We had some photos of a single eight-week-old tabby kitten on our Facebook page and received around 30 calls in two days from people keen to adopt him," a spokesman told The Telegraph .

"We had maybe one call in relation to the black kittens which were posted for rehoming on the same day."


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This is our greatest snow secret

The author skied this Mt Buller run, which is really called "Cut 73" and lived to write about it. Source: NewsComAu

SOMETIMES you don't know as much as you think. It's true in life as it is in travel.

I've skied for 30 years and always thought Aussie skiing was all about Thredbo and Perisher in New South Wales and Hotham in Victoria.

But there's one rather significant place I'd foolishly left out of my calculations: Mt Buller. I skied Buller for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it's a place I intend to vest again and again. Here are 12 reasons why.

1. It's not actually that crowded

This is a Mt Buller run called Dam Run, one of the most popular blue runs on the north side of the mountain. On a recent Monday afternoon, it wasn't exactly chockers. Source: NewsComAu

Buller is three hours from Melbourne, which means it's the only major Aussie resort within day-trip range of a major city. So sure, it gets a little hectic up there on weekends, especially on the main beginner run which is called "Bourke St" for good reason.

But Buller has 22 lifts, the majority of them chairlifts. Crowds really spread out on this mountain. I never waited longer than five minutes in any lift line on the weekend. By Monday, it was like I had the place to myself. If you can sneak a few days off work to visit Buller midweek this August or September, do it.

2. It's really beautiful

The really horrible view looking west from Mt Buller to the farmland near Mansfield Source: NewsComAu

Most Aussie resorts are situated on the slopes of an undulating plateau. Buller is a standalone peak with farmland to the west and forested wilderness on the other sides. The views of green, snowless valleys and distant snowy peaks on just about every chairlift ride are incredible. An American ski coach once described this as the most beautiful place he'd ever visited in his years travelling the globe. He wasn't kidding.

3. No, but it's really REALLY beautiful

Nature's slalom poles on the lower slopes of Mt Buller, Victoria. Source: NewsComAu

It's not just the dramatic backdrops that make this place so spectacular. No two ski landscapes are the same at Buller. From the wide open treeless slopes up high to the narrow lower trails which wind down through the tall mountain ash and woolybutts (don't laugh, that's a real tree name), this is a mountain as enticing to nature lovers as it is to adrenaline junkies.

4. The mountain has options

That's "Bourke St" in the middle. To the right are the sunny northern slopes. To the left are the southern slopes, which usually hold their snow well into September. In the background is the summit at 1805m above sea level. Source: NewsComAu

Here's the really cool thing about Buller. There are lifts on the north, south, eastern and western flanks of the mountain. If the snow's a little icy on the south side, head to the sunnier north side. If the north side snow becomes too slushy, head back to the south side again. When the snow's as good as it is this year, you really can't lose.

5. The steep stuff is really, REALLY steep

Moments after the author snapped this pic, he skied like a god all the way to the bottom. In his dreams. Source: NewsComAu

Are you sick of ski resorts signposting intermediate runs as "black" (advanced) runs? At Buller, a black run is a real black run. In fact, half of the runs labelled black should probably be double black. The steep bits of this place are proper steep.

6. But the cruisy stuff is niiiiice and cruuuuisy

Just be sure to watch out for that chairlift shed, kids. Source: NewsComAu

I took my wife and kids to Buller. The kids are lower intermediates and we buzzed around all day having a great time. Try Family Run and Shaky Knees. Give Standard and Wombat a go when you're feeling a little more adventurous. Apart from Thredbo, Buller has easily the longest runs in Australia.

7. There is shelter in a blizzard

Not a skier in sight. This run was a haven in a blizzard for Ant and his family. Source: NewsComAu

Buller gets fog and wind. This is an unavoidable fact of any ski resort. Up high can be a little sketchy when the cloud and wind roll in, but the beauty of this place is there's always somewhere you can go to avoid it. There's a great little chairlift called Lydia's (named after Olympic aerial skiing champion Lydia Lassila). We'd skied there on a blowy, foggy afternoon and there was barely anyone else on the slope despite the run being nicely sheltered.

8. The food is great

If lunch at the snow doesn't give you a cholesterol overdose, you're not doing it right. Source: Supplied

There are several on-mountain cafés at Buller. One of them, Koflers, serves Melbourne-quality coffee. They also do great hot dogs, nachos (above) and these amazing baked things called "apricot moguls". If you go to Buller after reading this, please bring half a dozen back for me. Cheers.

Being a village in the snow, Buller also has loads of great dinner options. We had dinner at the Black Cockatoo, which fortunately did not offer said squawking parrot on the menu. What it did serve was fantastic modern Australian cuisine in elegant, yet casual surrounds. Nice.

9. There's other stuff to do

You can't actually ride horses through the centre of the village at Mt Buller, but there is other stuff to do apart from skiing. Source: Supplied

Buller has a climbing gym, dedicated tobogganing zones, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a bunch of other activities for the non-skiers and boarders. Some resorts are all about the skiing, and only the skiing (or snowboarding) but Buller gets that not everybody who visits the snow is into that.

10. There's a range of accommodation

It's all nice and close to the slopes, too. Source: Supplied

We stayed in some really fancy apartments called Huski for two nights, which I'd highly recommend, but Buller also has loads of well-priced lodge-style accommodation. We also stayed a night at Ajax, where they feed you dinner and breakfast as part of the package. We'd never insult you by telling you a snow holiday is the cheapest form of getaway, but you don't have to break the budget to stay right on the snow at Mt Buller. And remember, staying on the snow (without driving up each day) is something you can't do at the major New Zealand skifields.

11. It's easy to get to

The author snapped this moody picture from the car about halfway up the hill. No Officer, he wasn't driving at the time. Source: NewsComAu

As mentioned, Buller can be done in a day from Melbourne. But whether you come for a day or a week, the important thing to know is that the road's pretty good. It's a little windy as you near the village, and you may need to fit chains, but there are far worse roads in the Australian snowfields.

And by the way, if the whole snow chains thing scares you, drop into Buller Sports in the nearby feeder town of Mansfield. The staff there have these big dirty coats that they don before lying down in the mud beside your car and showing you how to put chains on. With their assistance, you'll be an instant expert.

12. Snow, snow everywhere

That enough snow for ya? Source: NewsComAu

Buller doesn't always get as much snow as some of our other major resorts, but this year that's not an issue. This reporter covered the Winter Olympics in Russia earlier this year, and Mt Buller currently has loads more snow than the mountains above Sochi had during the Games. With snow set to start falling again today, conditions should be great at Buller until at least mid-September. Just don't tell anyone, OK? Let's keep all that beautiful snow for ourselves.


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Does Imbruglia have a new man?

New romance? ... Natalie Imbruglia and Justin Hemmes have sparked rumours that they are dating. Source: Supplied

NATALIE Imbruglia has sparked rumours that she is dating Sydney man-about-town Justin Hemmes.

Imbruglia, 39 and Hemmes, 41, were said to be dating in 2010 after being spotted on a few cosy dates but the blossoming relationship never went anywhere.

On Tuesday, Imbruglia threw her support behind Hemmes's new Sydney restaurant Coogee Pavilion.

Hemmes can be seen in a photo uploaded to Instagram with his arm around Imbruglia.

"Get yourself down to @coogeepavilion ASAP! Best meal I've had in a long time!!!! Thanks Jus @justinhemmes @melsullivan74 @mariabogdanovich @mrshooker @ingarubenstein," she captioned the picture.

In a second picture the Torn singer is seen indulging in a green juice.

However, Imbruglia, who has dated Friends star David Schwimmer and Lenny Kravitz, and was married to Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, recently told Kyle and Jackie O that she was "so single."

"I'm starting to consider that I should go on Tinder [online dating app] ... Well where am I going to meet people?." she said.

Hemmes, who has dated Lara Bingle and Amber L'estrange, has just split from yoga instructor girlfriend Carla McKinnon.


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Breaking ice with Russian rebels

Kostya Tszyu in 2000 ... the Russian-born boxer who emigrated to Australia proved to be a talking for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Source: AP

The head of a monitoring group is hopeful police will be able to access the MH17 crash site 'within days'.

KOSTYA Tszyu was a professional face breaker, but in the pro-Russian rebel strongholds of eastern Ukraine he's an icebreaker — a rare point of common ground in a place where they understand as little about Australia as we do of them.

Having driven south through Ukrainian checkpoints and arriving on the outskirts of the separatist-held city of Donetsk, the main staging post for international efforts to secure the MH17 crash site 80km to the west, and close to the Russian border, a stark scene awaits.

On the highway, under freshly dumped mountains of earth that form defensive bunkers reinforced with warrens of concrete blocks and crosshatched timber logs, separatist soldiers wearing bandannas aim AK-47s at all approaching vehicles.

Edgy scenes ... a pro-Russian separatist holds his gun as he takes cover behind a tree at a checkpoint in Donetsk. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

LATEST: 'Mystery rebels' join fight and hindering MH17 search

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Under their uniforms they wear blue-and-white striped Russian military-issue singlets.

Though supported by Russia, the separatists want their own new country, albeit one that dwells in the Russian sphere and rejects Ukraine's lean towards Europe.

The soldiers ask for ID and demand we stay in the vehicle as someone more senior is consulted.

As we wait they share vodka in plastic shot glasses, eat boiled eggs and kindly suggest, after a time, that we come behind the bunker because a Ukrainian sniper is operating from woodlands across the open fields.

We are in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, now fully surrounded and outnumbered by Ukrainian troops and the site of the first open conflict in Europe since the Balkans ended in 1999.

An old car arrives — a Russian-made copy of the Fiat, known as the Lada — and the separatists ask us to follow them a few hundred metres to a tollbooth where there are more separatists and more is waiting to be done.

Laughing (for now) ... armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of the crash site. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

The two soldiers assigned to sit in the back seat of our vehicle don't talk kangaroos; they talk Russian expat boxer Tszyu.

They understand why we are here; they know Australia has copped a huge blow in losing 38 citizens and residents of the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet.

They know most of the world thinks they did it.

A young separatist with passable English asks me who, in my opinion, hit the plane. I turn the question back to him.

The fighter, who has left the Donetsk police force to join the fight and will not give his name, says he has no doubt who shot it down.

"Kiev," he says, referring to the Ukrainian capital, "did this in an act of provocation."

The separatists argue that Kiev downed the plane and blamed it on them in order to draw the west into a war against Russia.

There is no need to take the discussion further: a Ukrainian missile comes sailing in with a whistling scream and strikes the bridge 200m away, sending everyone diving for the trenches.

The separatists get up, slapping off the dust and laughing. That's when you realise these men are prepared to die to break from the Ukraine. And well they might.

Seriously scary ... separatists stand at their checkpoint near the front line. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

A young man whom I'd barely noticed is told to remove his shirt and fitted with cable-tie hand and ankle cuffs. He's laid down in the back seat of the Lada. We are instructed to follow the car to Donetsk.

We arrive at a separatist battalion headquarters within the city, where the terrified prisoner is unloaded.

An officer asks to see my media accreditation for the Donetsk People's Republic, necessary to work in the region. I explain that I have none because I have just arrived.

There are shrugs, shaking heads and phone calls, but we are allowed to leave on the promise we get the necessary papers first thing in the morning.

We drive away but then my driver gets a call from the battalion: please come back.

We return to be told the security people have some questions.

We are taken four floors up an unlit stairwell to a door with an eyehole. Our escort knocks and the double-locked door is opened by a powerful young man in a black singlet, nursing a machine gun.

There are two shirtless prisoners facing the wall, hands behind their backs. They look frightened. There is a young blonde woman seated on a bench, rubbing her hands. She too looks very anxious.

Destruction in Donetsk ... a man climbs into his flat in a damaged residential apartment building after the shelling in Donetsk. Picture: Dmitry Lovetsky Source: AP

Severe laws have been mandated by the republic for all law-breakers during this war. And traitors — people working for Ukraine — have gone missing, been taken hostage or turned up dead. Same for the other side.

We are directed into what looks like a classroom and told to sit. No phone calls allowed. A smiling, soft-spoken man, clearly senior in this environment, asks for documents.

He then takes a seat on a stool and examines me. "Would you like a drink? Water? Coffee? Kompot? Cigarette?"

I go for the kompot, which turns out to be a warm Russian fruit drink. The gentleman, talking in the low comforting tones of an interrogator, says that I need accreditation. I explain, again, that to get the accreditation I need to come to Donetsk. I suggest if he lets me go, I'll get it in the morning.

He smiles. "No."

It's after business hours, but he says he will ask the press accreditation people to come here. We must wait.

We are assigned a guard who is not unpleasant, chatting with my driver. But through yellow glass windows to the entrance hall I can see the two shirtless men standing silent, heads bowed. Through the open door the blonde woman keeps looking at me, biting her lips.

The two male prisoners are, from what I can gather, likely suspected Ukrainian spies. It is believed the woman has been arrested for drugs.

We are in the interrogation headquarters of the Donetsk People's Republic and it's not a nice place.

The senior officer proves good to his word. After two hours, someone from the press centre arrives, takes a quick look at my documents and we are able to leave, with apologies for the delay.

Welcome to the DPR.


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Behind the scenes at Bachelor HQ

Meet Blake, 2014's bachelor for The Bachelor Australia. Courtesy: Channel 10

Bachelor Blake Garvey gets some one-on-one time with Katrina. Source: Supplied

THE Bachelor season two is finally upon us.

Cue a collective "woo" from diehard fans of Ten's reality dating show, and a heavy "nooooo" from obliging husbands and boyfriends across the nation.

As viewers witnessed a fresh batch of ferocious women playing tug-of-war with one man, Mr Blake Garvey, we thought we'd provide you with a little insight into what really goes on behind the scenes before tonight's glitzy cocktail party.

Here's the bachelorette pampering schedule:

• Hair and makeup begins about 11am. Each girl gets 90 minutes to be primped and preened.

• Seven hair and makeup artists work frantically to get the 24 girls ready to meet their dream man.

• Most popular beauty items are always fake lashes, bronzer and hair spray.

• The experts work with each ladies' personal style and often have to subtly steer them towards a 'less is more' approach.

• The girls then spend 30 minutes in wardrobe with a head stylist and three styling assistants.

• A total of 300 gowns were sourced for episode one — the most favoured colour this year is black, followed by red, pink, white or navy. But they all love anything that sparkles!

Primped and preened ... The bachelorettes from Victoria. Source: Supplied

After hours of preparation, all 24 ladies are finally camera-ready for episode one. Phew.

As for the Bachelor, he spends the morning at his bachelor pad trying to clear his mind before the big debut. Garvey works out and goes for a swim. He then spends 30 minutes in hair and makeup followed by 45 minutes in wardrobe. Thirty minutes does seem excessive for this perfectly shaved noggin, but hey, he's gotta look sharp!

Brace yourself, Blake. The Bachelor doesn't know what he's let himself in for. Source: Supplied

Here's a quick runsheet of your Bachelor beauties for 2014 to familiarise yourself before tonight:

Emma F, 31: Interior designer from VIC

"I like to think I am quite personable."

Alana, 26: Legal secretary from WA

"My perfect date would be a picnic if it's good weather or a man cooking me dinner, so the majority of the date can focus on the conversation."

Alana, 26. Source: Supplied

Emma F, 31. Source: Supplied

Diana, 28: IT student from QLD

"I always say, you are never fully dressed without a smile."

Emma L, 28: Makeup artist from WA

"I prefer to leave a bit of mystery so I'll probably let them do most of the talking."

Emma L, 28. Source: Supplied

Diana, 28. Source: Supplied

Bridgette-Rose, 24: Law student from QLD

"I don't like men who are conceited, lazy, messy or who don't take their relationships seriously."

Chantal, 26: Design consultant from VIC

"I hope the Bachelor has a good sense of humour and wit. I love a guy who knows when to be serious and when to be silly."

Chantal, 26. Source: Supplied

Bridgette-Rose, 24. Source: Supplied

Holly, 23: Professional netball player from NSW

"I'm six feet tall. I'm very carefree and I don't take life too seriously."

Anita, 30: Dog groomer from VIC

"I have been single for a long time and I now have time to spend on myself. Plus, I am always up for a new experience."

Anita, 30 Source: Supplied

Holly, 23. Source: Supplied

Jessica, 24: Accounting student from NSW

"It's great to view the world with an excited, glass-half-full mentality."

Amber, 26: Personal assistant from QLD

"Most women lead with their boobs or butt, but I think legs are highly underrated and who doesn't love pearly whites?"

Amber, 26. Source: Supplied

Jessica, 24. Source: Supplied

Kara, 24: Law graduate from VIC

"I'm smart, witty, funny, outgoing, fun and can read other people's characters extremely well."

Amanda, 28: Account manager from NSW

"I've done a lot of dating and haven't found the one. It was a last minute decision; I applied the day before applications closed."

Amanda, 28. Source: Supplied

Kara, 24. Source: Supplied

Laurina, 30: Entrepeneur from VIC

"I'm looking for someone with integrity, emotional intelligence, who is affectionate, a gentleman and who has good rhythm and loves to dance."

Lauren, 27: Flight attendant from SA

"The everyday dating scene just wasn't working for me and I feel I need to take a more extreme approach."

Lauren, 27. Source: Supplied

Laurina, 30. Source: Supplied

Lisa, 27: Fashion designer from QLD

"I love romantic picnics, either by the water or in the hinterlands. This followed by a surprise activity I've never done before, like rock climbing or skiing, anything adventurous really."

Louise, 26: Events Planner from QLD

"I'm hoping he is driven, family-orientated, confident, smart, saucy and happy."

Louise, 26. Source: Supplied

Lisa, 27. Source: Supplied

Karla, 31: Nurse from NSW

"I have a real thirst for knowledge. I love facts and titbits of information."

Katrina, 26: Musician/Photographer from NSW

"I was disappointed in the dating scene. I have only been on one date this year and had stopped replying to boys who were messaging me."

Katrina, 26. Source: Supplied

Karla, 31. Source: Supplied

Samantha, 25: Admin assistant from WA

"I just wanted to put myself out there as I don't really have time to meet a guy. I have always worked weekends."

Sam F, 25: Finance and insurance consultant from VIC

"I like to think I'm pretty witty. I have a good sense of humour and I'm good fun to be around."

Sam F, 25. Source: Supplied

Samantha, 25. Source: Supplied

Tiarnar, 31: Model from NSW

"My legs and bum seem to get a lot of attention."

Zoe, 25: Pharmacy training officer from VIC

"I've been living on a remote island for 14 months, volunteering in a developing world country, and it really put my personal life on hold. I thought it was time to do something for me."

Zoe, 25. Source: Supplied

Tiarnar, 31. Source: Supplied

Stacey Louise, 33: Fitness trainer and model from VIC

"I am a dreamer who is still looking for their prince. I have been waiting around on the farm for my perfect man to come along and sweep me off my feet for too long. It's time to put myself out there and chase my dreams."

Shana, 26: Poker dealer from QLD

"My dream date involves being taken by a handsome guy — in the back of a Ute with a mattress, pillows, blankets, strawberries and a bottle of bubbly — to the drive-in movies."

Shana, 26. Source: Supplied

Stacey Louise, 33. Source: Supplied

Who will be left standing, and who will be sent home after tonight's cocktail party?

The Bachelor kicks off tonight at 7.30pm on Ten.


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Head coach’s shocking spray at Sally

Athletics Australia team captain Sally Pearson has been dragged into a fresh controversy just a day out from her competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with the governing body's boss directing a stinging attack her way.

Eric Hollingsworth has made a statement slamming Sally Pearson on the eve of her Games 100m hurdles defence. Source: Getty Images

THE feud between Sally Pearson and Athletics Australia boss Eric Hollingsworth has escalated, with the head coach saying she was a bad example for the team.

In an extraordinary outburst just a day out from Pearson beginning her Commonwealth Games title defence, Hollingsworth has broken ranks and sprayed his best athlete.

REACTION: AUSSIE ATHS FACES 'UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS'

Athletics Australia advised the head coach not to comment but instead he poured more fire on what was already a volatile situation and could be sacked with hours.

News Corp Australia revealed on Sunday that Hollingsworth and Pearson were no longer on speaking terms.

Pearson was fined for missing the team's camp, preferring to compete in London because she was desperate to have more racing as part of her comeback from injury.

Eric Hollingsworth has made a statement slamming Sally Pearson on the eve of her Games 100m hurdles defence. Source: Getty Images

In a statement released by a PR representative on behalf of Hollingsworth he said: "Sally was coming all along until the last minute when she opted to take a race in London.

"What's lost here is she's the team captain and there's a reasonable expectation she'd be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games.

"Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team."

On the fiery exchange at this year's world indoor championships in Poland in March which sparked the fallout, Hollingsworth suggested Pearson, who had finished second at the event, couldn't handle some tough love.

"I asked legitimate questions of her after the race, and she didn't like the line I was taking. So via her agent she sought a meeting with Athletics Australia's president, CEO and High Performance Director, which I was not aware of until the day of, or day before the meeting," he said.

Sally Pearson starts the defence of her 100m hurdles title on Friday morning AEST. Source: Getty Images

"While I thought at the time it was curious that I wasn't involved in that process in any form, Sally raised her issues, and the powers-that-be found no problems with my actions, and there was no case to answer.

"Subsequently Sally dug her heels in, as is her right, and asked for what is a new 'athlete performance advisor' which is the conduit between the athletes and Athletics Australia.

"I am that person for the bulk of the high-performance athletes, but not all, from a workload point of view.

"So we reassigned Sally which is fine, we had a good working relationship for nearly a decade, but she decided my challenging style wasn't what she was looking for, which is her prerogative."

Sally Pearson starts the defence of her 100m hurdles title on Friday morning AEST. Source: Getty Images

He denied suggestions that the Olympic champion's medical support had been reduced for this campaign.

"We've had a team physio travelling with Sally for the past three months, following her around Europe," Hollingsworth said.

"Since May we've provided this service, and there may have been one day or so where there's been an overlap when we've changed over personnel. To say we've withdrawn support is factually incorrect and a little disappointing."

Hollingsworth's future will be decided in the coming hours after a meeting between chef de mission Steve Moneghetti and athletics team section head Nathan Sims.

Athletics Australia president David Grace, CEO Dallas O'Brien and high performance manager Simon Nathan are currently locked away deciding whether to sack the head coach.

Sims will then present the findings of that meeting to Moneghetti with the final decision to be made by the ACGA given they control everything to do with team personnel in Glasgow.

O'Brien released the following statement late on Wednesday (AEST): "Athletics Australia is aware of the statement issued by Eric Hollingsworth.

"This statement was not made on behalf of Athletics Australia but by Hollingsworth as an individual and in no way should it be read as the opinion of Athletics Australia.

"Given Hollingsworth's current role as a Head Coach of Athletics on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team, we will be meeting with the Australian Commonwealth Games Association urgently to formulate a strong response."

Hollingsworth is out of contract after the Glasgow games.

REACTION: AUSSIE ATHS FACES 'UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS'

Originally published as Head coach's shocking spray at Sally
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David Jones kicks off the spring/summer season

Jessica Gomes walks the runway ahead of the David Jones Spring Summer fashion parade.

IT could have been just the unseasonably warm weather, but sizzling Aussie supermodel Jessica Gomes scorched the runway at David Jones spring/summer collection show.

The face (and body) of DJs was joined by fellow red-hot models Montana Cox and Jason Dundas at the summer fashion showcase, while celebrities Rachel Griffiths, Claudia Karvan and Rachael Finch watched from the front rows.

Talking to Sydney Confidential, Jessica Gomes says that she is prepared for the David Jones Spring/Summer fashion parade and also talks about what she has got coming up.

The 28-year-old said her favourite piece was a black Jets swimsuit, and when she stepped on to the runway in it, it was clear why. The results of the Perth model's strict Paleo diet were clear as she strutted a very different physique to her runway appearance at last year's parade.

DJs head of merchandise Donna Player said this year's parade not only marked the start of a new season but a new start for the company, which has been bought by South African giant Woolworths.

David Jones and David Jones models / Picture Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

Gomes poses at dress rehearsal. Live images from 7pm. Picture: Jake Nowakowski Source: News Corp Australia

Tori Trigg prepares at the dress rehearsal. Picture Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes at rehearsals this afternoon. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes will launch the show. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes. Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

Tori Trigg modelling Source: News Limited

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David Jones kicks off the spring/summer season

Jessica Gomes walks the runway ahead of the David Jones Spring Summer fashion parade.

IT could have been just the unseasonably warm weather, but sizzling Aussie supermodel Jessica Gomes scorched the runway at David Jones spring/summer collection show.

The face (and body) of DJs was joined by fellow red-hot models Montana Cox and Jason Dundas at the summer fashion showcase, while celebrities Rachel Griffiths, Claudia Karvan and Rachael Finch watched from the front rows.

Talking to Sydney Confidential, Jessica Gomes says that she is prepared for the David Jones Spring/Summer fashion parade and also talks about what she has got coming up.

The 28-year-old said her favourite piece was a black Jets swimsuit, and when she stepped on to the runway in it, it was clear why. The results of the Perth model's strict Paleo diet were clear as she strutted a very different physique to her runway appearance at last year's parade.

DJs head of merchandise Donna Player said this year's parade not only marked the start of a new season but a new start for the company, which has been bought by South African giant Woolworths.

David Jones and David Jones models / Picture Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

Gomes poses at dress rehearsal. Live images from 7pm. Picture: Jake Nowakowski Source: News Corp Australia

Tori Trigg prepares at the dress rehearsal. Picture Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes at rehearsals this afternoon. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes will launch the show. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited

Jessica Gomes. Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

Tori Trigg modelling Source: News Limited

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Coach slams Sally as Bolt denies diss

All the action from day 6 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Sally Pearson has copped an astonishing spray from Australia's head coach on the eve of competition. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

WELCOME to our live coverage of Day 7 of the Commonwealth Games.

Stay with us for updates throughout the day's action. All times AEST.

LINK: COACH FACES SACK AFTER PEARSON SPRAY

LINK: BOLT DENIES CALLING GAMES 'S**T'

LINK: COMPLETE DAY 7 SCHEDULE

12.30am - BOLT CHILLING WITH HIS AUSSIE MATE

WITH half the Commonwealth lining up to hammer him over his "s**t" description of the Games, Usain Bolt knows who his friends are, and one of them's an Aussie.

Bolt has posted an Instagram photo of himself and sprinter John Steffensen hamming it up in the athletes' village.

The caption reads: "Chilling with my boy @johnsteffensen before training always a crazy time #goodfriend #seriousface".

Steffensen is running in the 400m relay in Glasgow in what he says will be his last race before his retirement from athletics.

10.50pm - AUSSIE ATHS FACING 'UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS'

ATHLETICS Australia has been plunged into an "unprecedented crisis" after the escalation of the Sally Pearson/Eric Hollingsworth stoush, former athlete and commentator Dave Culbert reckons.

Culbert says team chief Steve Moneghetti needs to intervene to save the athletics campaign "running completely off the rails".

"It's a crisis of unprecedented proportions for Australian athletics," Culbert told Network Ten.

"I've seen plenty of stuff before in Australian athletics in the last two decades or so but this is the top of the tree I reckon.

"I'm shocked … Having a head coach who leaks his statement on behalf of himself when competition is underway describing Sally Pearson, who everyone admires, as being a bad example is one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen."

Former team captain and Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker said it was clear Hollingsworth knew his time as head coach was over and wanted to go down swinging.

"It looks like the writing is on the wall. You wouldn't be doing this if you thought you'd be working alongside Sally for the next two years going into Rio," Hooker told Network Ten.

MORE: 'THIS WILL BE THE END OF THINGS'

10.15pm - PATTERSON FLIES HIGH IN QUALIFYING

'Eleanor Patterson clears the bar in qualifying. Source: AFP

TEENAGE high-jump prodigy Eleanor Patterson has cruised through qualifying, confirming her Games medal prospects, Scott Gullan writes.

The 18-year-old from Leongatha was only required to make two jumps at 1.81m and 1.85m which she did with ease and only needs to jump her personal best of 1.96m to win gold.

Patterson's teammate Hannah Joye also progressed.

There was some drama for reigning Commonwealth discus champion Benn Harradine who was stung by a bee as he made his way off the track after qualifying comfortably and required medical treatment.

In the women's 800m Brittany McGowan got through to the semi-finals after clocking 2min03.08sec but Sydney sprinter Jarrod Geddes (21.03sec) didn't make it through qualifying.

ATHS WRAP: PATTERSON CRUISES THROUGH

9pm - GUTTED BOXER WANTS HEADGEAR BACK

Daniel Lewis was ruled out of his quarter-final with a cut suffered in a win in this fight against Nigeria's Kehinde Ademuyiwa. Source: AP

DEVASTATED Australian boxer Daniel Lewis has made an emotional call for the return of protective headgear after a stray elbow cost him his Commonwealth Games dream, Mike Colman writes.

Lewis was ruled out of his welterweight quarter-final bout against India's Mandeep Jangra by medical staff after suffering a cut above the eye in his previous fight.

The shattered 21-year-old took to Facebook to share his frustration and make a call for the return of headgear — a long-time safety measure in amateur boxing discontinued recently over concerns that they could mask the effects of concussion.

"Well that's my journey over," he said. "Got up at 6am this morning to lose weight. I made it and was ready to go to war only to be told by the doctor my journey is over. They won't let me fight with the cut.

"I had two fights, two comfortable wins with one TKO and a stupid elbow ruins it all."

MORE: LEWIS'S GAMES DREAM CUT TO SHREDS

8.15pm — DIAMONDS LOOKING WHITE-HOT

Australia's Caitlin Bassett wins the ball ahead of Adele Niemand of South Africa. Source: Getty Images

AUSTRALIA'S Diamonds have finally switched on the afterburners in preparation for Friday's semi-finals as injuries decimate their Delhi conqueror New Zealand.

In their fifth and final pool game the unbeaten Diamonds were white-hot, looking for the first time like a fluid, cohesive team that can take down either the Silver Ferns or Jamaica in a semi-final.

With West Coast Fever attacking unit Caitlin Bassett and Nat Medhurst dominant in the shooting circle, they dispensed with South Africa in a 64-40 victory.

In stark contrast the Silver Ferns are banged up and ailing, with Delhi goalshooting hero Maria Tutaia (foot) in a moon boot and on crutches this week and fellow shooter Cathrine Latu battling a calf strain.

MORE: GLEAMING DIAMONDS READY FOR SEMIS

8pm — COACH FACES SACK OVER SALLY SLAM

Eric Hollingsworth says Sally Pearson set a "bad example" to her team. Source: Getty Images

HUGE news out of the Aussie camp, with the feud between star Sally Pearson and Athletics Australia boss Eric Hollingsworth escalating on the eve of Pearson's gold medal defence in the 100m hurdles.

In an extraordinary outburst, Hollingsworth has broken ranks and sprayed his best athlete, saying she was a bad example for the team.

Athletics Australia advised the head coach not to comment but instead he poured more fire on what was already a volatile situation and could face immediate dismissal with his future now being discussed by team officials.

News Corp Australia revealed on Sunday that Hollingsworth and Pearson were no longer on speaking terms, with Pearson seething after being fined for missing the team's camp in a bid to get more races in.

MORE: COACH'S ASTONISHING SPRAY AT PEARSON

MORE: 'THIS WILL BE THE END OF THINGS'

7.30pm — BOLT DENIES CALLING GAMES 'S**T'

Usain Bolt waves the Jamaican flag as he watches the 'Reggae Girls' compete in the netball. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

IT'S been the talk of Glasgow all morning, and now Usain Bolt has denied a UK newspaper report that he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit s**t".

Before appearing in the crowd at the netball to cheer on Jamaica's Reggae Girls, Bolt tweeted: "I'm waking up to this nonsense. journalist please don't create lies to make headlines".

The journalist from The Times is standing by the quote that has the Games reeling, saying the full conversation will run in Thursday's edition of the paper.

Australia's chef de mission Steve Moneghetti is among those who have stood up for the quality of the games, insisting they're "world-class".

MORE: BOLT DENIES DISSING GAMES

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Plane crashes during emergency landing

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 23 Juli 2014 | 09.35

Air crash...A TransAsia Airways passenger jet has crashed while making an emergency landing in Taiwan. Picture: File Source: Supplied

A PLANE making a second landing attempt in stormy weather has crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island, killing at least 47 people.

Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted by the government's Central News Agency as saying 47 people were trapped and feared dead, and another 11 people were injured after the plane crashed and caught fire while making a second landing attempt while being battered by typhoon winds. The plane reportedly lost contact with the control tower while coming in to land.

There were conflicting reports on the death toll from local officials and media, with Taiwan's Civil  Aeronautics Administration putting the toll at 51, reports AFP.

The plane had 58 people on board - 54 passengers and four crew members.

The flight was heading from the capital, Taipei, to the island Penghu, halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait when it attempted an emergency landing in the city of Magong. The plane lost contact with the control tower, reports AFP. 

A local fire brigade chief earlier said 51 people had been killed.

Flight GE222, an ATR-72 aircraft operated by Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways, was heading from the southern port city of Kaohsiung to the island Penghu, halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese news agency.

It crashed outside the airport in Xixi village, and pictures showed in local media showed a handful of firefighters using flashlights to look at wreckage in the darkness.

Images from the scene appeared to show the jet had crashed onto a building.

Penghu is a lightly populated island that averages about two flights a day from Taipei.

Transport minister Mr Yeh was quoted as saying the flight carried 58 passengers and crew members.

Taiwan was battered by Typhoon Matmo early Tuesday morning, and the Central Weather Bureau was advising of heavy rain through the evening, even though the centre of the storm was in mainland China.


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