Grant relieved to finalise Souths move

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Tim Grant has expressed relief that his on-off move to South Sydney next season has finally been rubber stamped.

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Grant, who impressed for NSW in the 2012 State of Origin series, was informed by Penrith to find a new club at the start of the year despite having two years remaining on his contract.

The 26-year-old local junior admits it was tough being told by the club he made his NRL debut for in 2007 he was free to leave.

He said meeting with other clubs was also difficult to do.

But after sitting down with Souths coach Michael Maguire he was sold on a move to Redfern and shook hands on a contract with Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson.

Speculation Grant was on his way out the door reached fever pitch when he was dumped to NSW Cup by Panthers coach Ivan Cleary for the round four clash with Parramatta.

The club’s supporters were outraged at the decision to offload another local junior after Luke Lewis and Michael Jennings were shown the door in 2012, to alleviate the salary cap.

Under pressure from their members, the Panthers board then performed a huge backflip and infuriated Grant by telling him he was now staying.

“I was under the impression I was moving on, then commercially it came to the 11th hour, the Panthers did some sums and I wasn’t going anywhere,” Grant said.

“But I am a man of my word and I’d spoken to Shane Richardson and Michael Maguire and shaken hands with them.

“But thankfully we got things sorted and it’s a relief for me to put it all behind me.”

Grant has been a mainstay of the Panthers pack for the last seven years and admits it was big shock being told he was being shown the door.

“I was told at the start of the year I could start looking around because of the salary cap,” Grant said.

“I spoke to a fair few clubs and I wasn’t really keen on leaving to be honest.

“To be honest it was difficult at first, it’s a big club and I’ve had so many good times here. But I feel this was the right move for me and the club.

“Penrith will always be my home. I came here in 2007 as a young kid with a a dream. I know it sounds cheesy but I played first grade here and that’s something I never thought I could do.

“But I have a lot of unfinished business here still and I will be giving my best for as long as I pull on a Penrith jersey.”

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Tributes flow for Chelsea Lee James

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She had the world in tears when she was plucked from a crowd and serenaded by Beyonce as a child, now social media users are mourning Australian teenager Chelsea Lee James, who has died from cancer.

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Chelsea, from Newcastle, north of Sydney, became a YouTube sensation as an 11-year-old after her idol Beyonce called her on stage to sing Halo during her 2009 concert at Sydney’s Acer Arena.

Chelsea died on Monday night, three months before her 16th birthday, following a decade-long fight with cancer.

As the news filtered out, tributes flowed from Twitter users mourning the girl who touched their hearts.

“Rest in Heaven to the beautiful Chelsea Lee James. You fought an inspiring fight and are now at peace,” Tiffany Monique tweeted.

“RIP beautiful, my heart goes out to her family and friends, she was so young sleep tight princess xx,” wrote JadeBiebsUJGale.

Chelsea’s mother Donna posted her own tribute on her Facebook profile on Tuesday night.

“RIP my baby girl. You can rest, love u always mummy,” she wrote.

There wasn’t a dry eye in Acer Arena’s 20,000-strong crowd four years ago when Chelsea and Beyonce closed the concert together.

“It was amazing. It was breathtaking actually … I couldn’t say a word, I was just breathless,” Chelsea told the Nine Network the day afterwards.

“I wasn’t expecting it to happen. I don’t know how she picked me out of the crowd.

“It was just like nothing else mattered in the world, it was just me there with Beyonce,” she said.

Chelsea was reunited with Beyonce last November in Sydney after children’s cancer charity Camp Quality organised a backstage meeting during Beyonce’s Mrs Carter world tour.

The singer dedicated Destiny Child’s anthem Survivor to the teen, yelling out, “Yeah Chelsea” after the chorus.

Chelsea’s aunt, Lisa Sams, confirmed her death to News Corp Australia on Tuesday.

She said Chelsea enjoyed a special Easter Sunday with her mother at the Crowne Plaza before her condition deteriorated and she was rushed to John Hunter Children’s hospital on Monday.

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Coulson expresses shock at hacking arrest

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has described his shock at the arrest of one of his reporters for phone hacking but denied he was involved in a cover-up.

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During a fifth day in the witness box, the ex-No 10 spin doctor described what happened after royal editor Clive Goodman was held and police swooped on his newsroom on August 8, 2006.

The Old Bailey has heard that Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were convicted of hacking voicemails later that year.

Coulson, 46, then resigned as editor in 2007.

Earlier in the trial, Goodman, 56, said Coulson had put pressure on him to plead guilty to phone hacking and to say he had been a “lone wolf”.

But today Coulson denied the accusation, and said he had acted under his duty of care to an employee.

On the arrest, he said: “It was quite shocking to have police on the floor. It was very shocking and I wanted to make sure that the right things were being done from the paper’s perspective.”

Coulson said it was not his job to launch an investigation himself. And, while he did not hinder the police probe, he did not volunteer information either.

As Goodman was being interviewed by police, he spoke to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and a News International (NI) lawyer.

Mr Murdoch was “concerned”, Coulson said.

“He said the most valuable thing a newspaper has is the trust of its readers, and that’s something that stayed in my mind.”

He said the NI lawyer was “shocked” that a law designed to combat terrorism had been used against a reporter.

He told jurors: “Of course until that point nobody had any idea voicemail interception was illegal.

“He made reference to the point of law that makes voicemail interception illegal.

“He said the law that was apparently broken … was a piece of legislation to catch terrorists and he was shocked that this had happened.”

Coulson said he thought at the time that Goodman’s arrest spelled the end of his life as a “frontline reporter” but not necessarily his entire career.

He phoned Goodman two days after his arrest to tell him that he had been suspended and his legal fees would be paid.

But the former editor denied describing Goodman as a “lone wolf” or suggesting that he could use his influence in the case.

When quizzed by his lawyer, Timothy Langdale QC, Coulson said: “The anti-terrorist police had come on to the newsroom floor. I had a reporter charged. It was a major crisis for the paper. I was feeling many things but I was not being influential, put it that way.”

Coulson, of Charing, Kent, denies conspiring to hack phones and commit misconduct in a public office. All seven defendants deny the charges against them.

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Eurozone April business activity up

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Eurozone business activity hit a near three-year high in April as a modest economic recovery gained momentum and began creating jobs, a closely watched survey shows.

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Markit Economics said on Wednesday its Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April, a leading indicator of overall economic activity, jumped to 54 points from 53.1 in March, the highest reading since May 2011.

The report also marks the 10th month running for which it has come in above the 50-points boom-or-bust line, reinforcing the view the recovery is finally taking hold.

“The eurozone has started the second quarter on a solid footing,” Markit chief economist Chris Williamson said in a statement.

“A welcome quickening in the pace of growth of business activity in April means the region is expanding at the fastest rate for almost three years,” Williamson said.

The outcome suggests the economy will grow by 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, up from 0.4 per cent in the first three months of the year, he added.

The eurozone finally got out of a record 18-month recession in second quarter 2013 with growth of 0.3 per cent, but that slipped back to 0.1 per cent in the third before recovering to 0.3 per cent again in the last three months of the year.

“The return to job creation across the region is also very encouraging news in respect of companies believing that the recovery has legs and is looking increasingly sustainable,” Williamson said.

At the same time, he warned of the continued danger of deflationary pressures.

“With selling prices falling at the fastest pace since last August despite the upturn in activity, there will be growing fears that deflationary pressures are intensifying,” he said.

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FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban

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Barcelona has been cleared to sign new players this offseason after FIFA froze the club’s one-year transfer embargo while the sanction is appealed.

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FIFA said on Wednesday its appeal panel “considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect”.

Panel chairman Larry Mussenden took the decision because the case was unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening of the next transfer window, football’s governing body said in a statement.

Barcelona can plan a transfer strategy in July and August to help protect the club against a potential ban on signing players throughout 2015.

The Spanish club has pledged to pursue a further challenge against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if, as expected, it loses the initial appeal at FIFA.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee barred Barcelona from registering new players as punishment for signing youth players from overseas in breach of rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

Barcelona’s interim legal victory on Wednesday follows a pattern in similar cases of signing embargoes applying only once the appeal process is exhausted.

Chelsea got a one-year signing ban frozen by CAS in 2009 during its dispute with FIFA over luring midfielder Gael Kakuta from French club Lens. That case was eventually resolved by the clubs before a CAS panel could reach a verdict.

Nantes will start serving a one-year transfer ban this offseason after losing its appeal at CAS in a case involving Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura, who joined the club from Al Nasr of Dubai in January 2012.

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MUA takes Patrick to court over Vic jobs

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The Maritime Union of Australia is taking Patrick Stevedores to court, saying it wants to stop the company from making workers redundant while the parties argue over how many jobs should go.

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The MUA will seek an injunction in the Federal Court in Melbourne on Thursday to stop Patrick’s making Webb Dock wharfies’ jobs redundant or casual.

The union will ask the court to defer Patrick from giving up to 80 employees redundancy notices next Tuesday, while a separate action is before the workplace umpire.

Patrick Stevedores has been contacted for comment.

Fair Work Australia is already hearing a dispute between the MUA and Patrick about how many workers should be made redundant.

Redundancies could affect up to 80 of 260-300 workers on site, MUA assistant national secretary Ian Bray says.

“What they want to do is reduce the permanent workforce by 66 per cent,” he told AAP.

“We’re saying it doesn’t need to be that drastic.”

Mr Bray says the union will tell the Federal Court that until the matter is heard by FWA, the redundancies shouldn’t be allowed to go ahead.

“For us, there’s no point going to a hearing once everybody’s been made redundant,” he said.

Mr Bray says Patrick has received a payment of at least $18.5 million from the Victorian government to relocate while Webb Dock is redeveloped and it was in Victoria’s interests that Patrick retain permanent jobs.

A spokesman for Ports Minister David Hodgett has previously said any compensation was a commercial arrangement between Patrick Stevedores and the Port of Melbourne.

The matter between the MUA and Patrick is expected to go before the Federal Court at 2.15pm (AEST) on Thursday.

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Asian shares mixed at close

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Asian markets have ended mixed following another Wall Street rally, while a provisional report showed a slight improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity this month.

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The US dollar on Wednesday held up against the yen, with traders eyeing US President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia that starts in Japan later in the day.

Tokyo rose 1.09 per cent, or 157.50 points, to 14,546.27 and Sydney added 0.7 per cent, or 38.5 points, to 5,517.8. Seoul lost 0.19 per cent, or 3.85 points, to end at 2,000.37.

Hong Kong slipped 0.97 per cent, or 221.04 points, to 22,509.64 and Shanghai fell 0.26 per cent, or 5.45 points, to 2,067.38.

HSBC said its preliminary purchasing managers index (PMI) for China came in at 48.3 in April, up from 48.0 in March.

While the figures point to a continuing contraction in manufacturing activity in the Asian economic giant, the rate has slowed.

A figure below 50 suggests shrinkage, while anything above points to growth.

The result will provide little comfort to traders about the Chinese economy after data last week showed it grew 7.4 per cent year-on-year in January-March, more than expected but down from the previous three months.

“Domestic demand showed mild improvement and deflationary pressures eased, but downside risks to growth are still evident as both new export orders and employment contracted,” HSBC economist Qu Hongbin said in a statement, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Eyes are now on the release of early PMI figures for Europe and the United States later in the day after recent figures have pointed to a pick-up in the global economy.

On currency markets the dollar bought 102.58 yen against 102.60 yen in New York Tuesday, while the euro bought $1.3819 and 141.76 yen, compared with $1.3804 and 141.65 yen.

The Australian dollar fell to 93.14 US cents from 93.75 cents after data showed Australian inflation was lower than expected in the first three months of the year.

In New York, the three main indexes enjoyed another positive day following a series of deals between pharmaceutical giants Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly that shuffled more than $US20 billion ($A21.42 billion) in assets.

Added to that were solid or strong earnings from Comcast, Lockheed Martin, Netflix, Travelers and Xerox, among others.

The S&P 500 added 0.41 per cent and the Nasdaq jumped 0.97 per cent, with each index clocking up a sixth successive advance after suffering heavy selling earlier this month.

The Dow climbed 0.40 per cent, a third straight gain.

Analysts will be watching Obama’s Japan visit for any mention of a planned Pacific-wide trade zone. Negotiations have stumbled in recent weeks over differences between the US and Japan on the auto and agriculture sectors.

Oil prices were mixed. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate for June delivery, dipped five cents to $101.70 and Brent North Sea crude for June rose 10 cents to $109.37.

Gold fetched $1,283.93 an ounce at 0810 GMT, compared with $1,291.73 on Tuesday.

In other markets, Taipei fell 0.20 per cent, or 17.79 points, to 8,956.92 with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co off 0.41 per cent at Tw$121.0 while Fubon Financial Holdings shed 1.33 per cent to Tw$40.75.

The Wellington market rose 0.74 per cent, or 37.98 points, to 5,142.92 with Telecom up 0.38 per cent at NZ$2.635 and Fletcher Building climbing 1.46 per cent to NZ$9.74.

Manila closed 0.23 per cent lower, giving up 15.43 points to 6,769.52. Philippine Long Distance Telephone ended 0.62 per cent down at 2,876.00 pesos, Ayala Land dropped 0.49 per cent to 30.55 pesos and LT Group finished 0.43 per cent off at 18.68 pesos.

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Players to blame for United woes – Kanchelskis

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The former United winger, now living 2,500kms from Manchester, also said he was surprised at the timing of David Moyes’s sacking, just 10 months after replacing Alex Ferguson.

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“Not all the players are ready to play for Manchester United, especially in defence and midfield,” the 45-year-old former right winger, who scored 36 goals in 161 appearances for United, told Reuters in an interview.

“I do not understand why Rio Ferdinand and Rafael are still in the side. They are not up to the standard of Manchester United. They need to get rid of a few players across the pitch.

“The number of injuries throughout the season also shows that not all is well with the club’s training regime.”

United curtailed Moyes’s short reign even before the end of a humbling season for the 20-times English champions.

With four matches to go they are seventh and have no chance of finishing in the top four, meaning they will be absent from next season’s Champions League.

United have lost 11 times this season in the league, were knocked out of both domestic cups by Swansea City and Sunderland respectively and were outclassed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“The team is going through a difficult period and unfortunately David Moyes did not have the same influence that Alex Ferguson had,” Kanchelskis said.

“Sir Alex had such an impact on the players – they were afraid of him. Players need to revere their head coach, but evidently this was not the case under Moyes.

“He knew what he was getting himself into. He tried himself at a great club, where there are different criteria, relationships, demands and pressure. He did not get it right.

“But I think it was necessary to keep Moyes until next season. If they gave him that chance then, with time, I think he would have done all right.

“I didn’t think that they would sack him.”

Kanchelskis, a former team mate of caretaker manager Ryan Giggs in the mid 1990s and a Russian international, said United should turn to Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, even though the German on Tuesday ruled himself out of the job.

“I really like this coach. I think his style would really suit Manchester United,” Kanchelskis said.

Right winger Kanchelskis, one of the fastest players to play in the Premier League, says he still keeps in contact with Giggs and several other former team mates and has fond memories of the club he joined in 1991 from Shakhtar Donetsk.

In his first full season United finished runners-up to Leeds United in the old first division before winning the Premier League’s opening edition the following year – ending United’s 26-year wait to be crowned English champions.

“I remember the first trophy I won the most,” Kanchelskis said. “It was the UEFA Super Cup in 1991 when we beat Red Star Belgrade. After that there were two championship titles, a League Cup and an FA Cup.

“My biggest disappointment was the 1991-2 season. We were leading and should have won the title, but towards the end of the season our form dipped and Leeds finished in first place.

“Ferguson told us ‘we need to work even harder’. We learnt from our mistakes and were champions the following season.”

Kanchelskis, who also played for Everton in England, said he remembers having to phone Alex Ferguson to get tickets for the Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow.

“I tried to get a few tickets for the game through our football federation. However, they didn’t give me any,” Kanchelskis recalled.

“I rang Ferguson who told me, ‘Andrey, I’m always happy to help – take as many as you need!’ It was thanks to him that I got to watch the game.”

While Kanchelskis played in many Manchester and Merseyside derbies, he said the most passionate environment he ever played was during a spell with Rangers in Scotland from 1998-2002.

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“Scotland is a wonderful country and they are deeply passionate about their football,” he said.

“We had some real battles with Celtic. I did not see such emotion in a derby anywhere during my career. Words can’t describe it. It’s a passionate showdown between the supporters – Protestants against Catholics.”

Kanchelskis, who hung up his boots in Russia in 2006 before working as a sporting director with Nosta and also a spell as manager of FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow, says he would love the chance to get back into the game.

“In December, I extended my Pro-License, which lets me coach at any European club,” he said. “Manchester United? Of course I would agree in a flash if they were to ask me. I would be happy to return to my ‘home’ club.”

Kanchelskis, who played for the Soviet Union, the CIS and Russia during his international career, said Russia had a tough group at the World Cup this year, being paired with Belgium, South Korea and Algeria.

“The whole country expects them to do well, but there are no easy matches at the World Cup,” he said.

“We don’t have an easy group. Everyone has started to take notice of Belgium over the last few years. We played South Korea recently in a friendly match; however they had a number of players missing in that game.

“For me Algeria are a mystery.”

“Our team in the 1990s was a lot stronger than our present team and the ability of the players was a lot higher.”

(Editing by Martyn Herman)

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Vic man jailed 20 years for killing two

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A man who believed he was Hitler’s grandson has been jailed for 20 years for killing two men and seriously injuring a third during a Victorian neighbourhood brawl.

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Aaron Jamie Ball, 34, fatally stabbed his neighbour, 38-year-old father of four Raymond McCombe, and another man, 25-year-old Toby Lynch, during a neighbourhood brawl at his west Victorian home in 2011.

Ball also stabbed a third man, causing him serious injury.

Ball and his family were known in their town of Casterton as the “loonies” and they often exchanged yelling and abuse with their neighbours, the Victorian Supreme Court heard.

On the night of the attack, Ball pulled a knife and stabbed Mr McCombe 34 times, in front of his daughter, then knifed him in the genitals while he lay on the floor.

He also knifed the two other men.

All three of his victims were unarmed.

Ball was on Wednesday jailed for 20 years with a minimum 17 years.

He had pleaded guilty to two counts of defensive homicide and one of recklessly causing serious injury.

Justice Elizabeth Curtain said Ball was mentally disturbed and most likely had a delusional or paranoid disorder.

He held bizarre ideas that he was a clone or grandson of Hitler, was able to read minds and had been subject to experimental medical procedures, she said.

Justice Curtain said Ball acted out of the belief it was necessary to defend himself but his judgment was impaired by his illness.

No sentence could take away the grief and suffering by his victims’ families, she said.

She noted Ball came from a dysfunctional family, had an unstable childhood, a total lack of a father figure and a strong belief of persecution.

He is under psychiatric care in jail.

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Groggy Stenson hopes to kick-start season at China event

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“I am just kind of waking up to be honest after a little bit of flu,” Stenson said after pulling out of Wednesday’s Pro Am tournament at Shenzhen Genzon Golf club.

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“I am still a bit weak after spending the last 36 hours in bed, but I am slowly getting there and hopefully I can rest up and drink lots of fluids and be a bit better tomorrow and be ready to play.”

The 38-year-old finished tied fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the U.S. last month and followed that up with a tied 14th effort at the year’s first major, the U.S. Masters.

The two finishes are the best the Swede has managed this year in nine starts on the U.S. and European circuits and he blamed the below par efforts on fatigue.

“There has been a little hangover from last year after so much success and then all the resulting commitments that come off the course,” he said.

“I have only really had a two-week break from it all and it has been tough to kick-start a new season when you are quite low on energy. But other than that I am right on track.

“I didn’t have a great start to the season last year so I am in the same position as I was going into the summer. I played pretty well at the Masters without nailing it, but I am happy with the game.

“I didn’t plan on having a virus for the 20th Volvo China Open, but I am here and will do the best I can.”

Stenson is the highest ranked player in the tournament, co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour, that also features U.S. PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and Britain’s Ian Poulter.

(Reporting by Patrick Johnston; Editing by John O’Brien)

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