The dementia cases that can be prevented

In retrospect, the signs made sense. Doug Youngloved cars, so much so that he spent his weekends restoring them.
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Fixing up a car might take Doug a couple of weekends, but he had been working onthe latest car for several years without any progress. He was also coming home with dings on the family car, unusual for a man who cared meticulouslyfor his vehicles.

Then, in 2011, Doug was diagnosed with dementia. He became one of more than410,000 Australians with the disease, which has become the country’s second leading cause of death.

At first, Doug’s decline was gradual and the typical “Aussie bloke” who was proud, and used to doing things himself and caring for his family, became frustrated as he became less able.

A “heartbreaking” decline: Doug with Nick Young. Photo: Supplied

Then, in 2011, Doug was diagnosed with dementia. He became one of more than410,000 Australians with the disease, which has become the country’s second leading cause of death.

At first, Doug’s decline was gradual and the typical “Aussie bloke” who was proud, and used to doing things himself and caring for his family, became frustrated as he became less able.

Riders before the 2016 Ride to Remember. Photo: Supplied

“He lost the ability to drive, he lost his licence – that was a huge turning point -and then over the last few years it’s been a steady decline,” 36-year-old son, Nick explains.

Doug, 74, still remembers nursery rhymes which he sings with Nick’s 4-year-old daughter Isabelle.”Otherwise there’s no awareness of where he is or recollection of his family,” Nick says. “It’s reached the point where we are now looking for permanent care.”

Nick’s mother, who has spent the last 15 years caring first for her own mother, who also had dementia, and now her husband, is “at the end of her tether emotionally, physically and mentally”.

While themajority of dementia is not inherited, Nick fears his own fate.

“I fear, I truly fear that my wife will be doing the same thing for me. I’ll forget someone’s name or I’ll forget that I had to do something and straight away, I can’t not think maybe this is the start.”

Anew paperpublished inThe Lancethas found that one in three cases of dementia can potentially be prevented and we need to start thinking about it early.

Dementia may be considered a disease of the elderly, and it is true that it usually occurs in people aged over 65 years, but what we do when we are much younger can affect our likelihood of getting it.

The Lancetrecommendations for improvingbrain health and minimisingthe risk ofdementiaare: increasing education (past the age of 15), physical activity and social engagement while reducing smoking and obesity, treating blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and hearing impairment.

Until a cure is found for dementia, Nick Young wants to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Australia. Last September he and friend Pierre, whose mother has dementia, began a155 kilometre annual cycle, theBondi2Berry Ride to Remember.

People they had been cycling with for years signed up for the ride, revealing they also had a parent or grandparent with dementia.

“These were close friends we’d known for years and years and years,” Nick says. “At no point would we know that they had been affected by dementia, or likewise my dad or Pierre’s mum.

“That emphasised it even more to us – people everywhere are affected and noone talks about it… I wasn’t going to blurt out my dad’s got dementia and he doesn’t remember me.”

It is heartbreaking to watch, Nick says, and heartbreaking that others also have to see their loved ones go through the same thing.

“It shouldn’t be happening and it shouldn’t be happening to anyone.”

START EARLY”We should think about prevention in childhood and consider education and lay the grounds for a brain healthy lifestyle,” says lead author Professor Gill Livingston of University College London.

“The number of people with dementia is increasing due to the ageing population with the welcome reduction in premature morbidity. This is happening in all countries.

“However the rates per 1000 older people is reducing in some high income countries and this is in the more highly educated. This is probably because education confers some physical brain resilience and makes people more likely to change their behaviour in a healthy way.”

OBESITY, DIABETES AND BLOOD PRESSUREAddressing cognitive function through education makes sense, but how do factors like obesity, diabetes or blood pressure play a part?

“We think weight and other such factors work mainly by decreasing blood flow to the brain and increasing insulin resistance so the brain is bathed in excess sugar,” Livingston explains.

HEARING LOSSThe researchers are unsure about why hearing loss, which has not previously been considered a risk factor, might result in cognitive decline but say multiple studies have found “even mild levels of hearing loss increase the long-term risk of cognitive decline and dementia”.

“Hearing loss might either add to the cognitive load of a vulnerable brain leading to changes in the brain, or lead to social disengagement or depression and accelerated atrophy, all of which could contribute to accelerated cognitive decline,” they suggest.

EXERCISE”No randomised trials are available to show that exercise prevents cognitive decline or dementia, but observational studies have found an inverse relation between exercise and risk of dementia,” the authors say, adding that its benefits include improved balance, reducing the risk of falling, improving mood, function and lifespan.

SMOKING”The association with cognitive impairment might be due to the link between smoking and cardiovascular pathology, but cigarette smoke also contains neurotoxins, which heighten the risk,” the authors explain.

DEPRESSIONThere is debate about whether depression contributes to the risk of dementia or is a symptom of dementia (it is believed that more than 20 per cent of those diagnosed have depression). While research findings vary, the authors suggest there is reason to believe it may be a possible cause.

“It is biologically plausible that depression increases dementia risk because it affects stress hormones, neuronal growth factors, and hippocampal volume,” they say. “Antidepressant prescriptions have increased in the past three decades and this increase is hypothesised to affect dementia incidence since animal data suggest that some antidepressants, including citalopram, decrease amyloid production.”

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT”Evidence is growing that social isolation is a risk factor for dementia and it increases the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, and depression,” the authors explain. “Social isolation might also result in cognitive inactivity, which is linked to faster cognitive decline and low mood. All these are risk factors for dementia themselves, which highlights the importance of considering the social engagement of older people and not only their physical and mental health.”

ABOUT DEMENTIADementia (derived from the Latin words de (out of) and mens (mind)) is characterised by a decline in cognitive level that affects activities of daily living or social functioning. Itaffects about 47 million people worldwide and this number is projected to triple by 2050.

Dementia is usually preceded by mild cognitive (where complex tasks can still be completed) impairment and the boundary between the two is grey.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, but there are many different kinds.

Healthier lifestyles are associated with declining prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia.While there is no cure, there is “good potential for prevention”.

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Stone’s Giant step forward

FORMER Knights coach Rick Stone has steered Huddersfield into the Super League play-offs – just 12 months after he saved them from relegation.
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Last week’s 26-4 win over Leigh Centurions was the Giants’ sixth in seven games and lifted them toseventh, guaranteeing a berth in the Super 8’s this year.

“We have probably used 34 or 35 players and everyone has worked pretty hard, diligently, over a long period of time this year,’’ Stone said.

“We’ve had some times where we thought that it’s a long way up from where we were.

“We stuck at it, we stuck together, and we’ve gradually found a bit of belief and the last 10or 12weeks have been good.”

Stone was sacked by the Knights 18 games into the 2015 NRL season –his second stint in the head-coaching role – and was working ina part-time assistant’s position with the Roosters before he accepted the job with Huddersfield.

He has spent much of the past 12 months on the other side of the world to his wife and three sons, who remain based in Belmont.

“My familyare still at home and I miss them every day,” he said. “I missed watching my young bloke [Knights back-rower Sam Stone] make his NRL debut,which was tough, and I certainly miss living onLake Macquarie.”

It was a sacrifice the 50-year-oldfelt he had to make to pursue his career.

“I have really enjoyed my time since I have been here,” Stone said.

“Great people, terrific fans and a good style of rugby leagueto coach, play and watch.

“The depth is a bit thinner, considering there is not as many kids playing rugby league over here as there is in Australia.

“Not having a reserve grade is something a bit different and we have struggled to get our young lads a game.”

One of Stone’s early decisions was to recruit formerKnights fullback Jake Mamo, who started late after ankle surgery but repaid the faith with 12 tries in eight games.

But in a devastating blow for the club, Mamo suffered a foot injury earlier this monthand was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

“Jake has done an outstanding job here since he got over his [original] foot injury,” Stone said.

“On and off the fieldhe has been a big part of our mid-season revival here at theGiants.”

Stone said Mamo was an example of the opportunities available for import players in Super League.

“It’s a great experience for young players to travel the world and experience another culture,” he said.

“But the criteria over here is strict .

“You must play a high percentage of NRL games over your previous twoyears to get a visa.”

PROGRESS: Former Knights coach Rick Stone has steered Huddersfield into the Super League play-offs. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

New Liberal line-up firms

New Liberal line-up firms MAYORAL RUN: A Liberal party internal document names David Compton, pictured left,, as the party’s lord mayoral candidate. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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‘THINKING ABOUT IT’: Newcastle communications consultant Kath Elliott is considering running for Newcastle council. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

INCLUDED: Stalwart Liberal party Newcastle councillor Brad Luke is tipped to run again at the local government elections in September. Picture: Peter Stoop

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The sitting ward four councillor and owner of construction firm Compton Projects failed to make inroads contesting the safe federal Labor seat, losing by 18 per cent of the vote.

Butwith high-profile Hunter conservatives such as former lord mayorJeff McCloy and former Paterson federal Liberal MPBob Baldwin declining to enter the race so far as independents, the Liberals mayconsiderit worthwhilerunninga mayoral candidate.

The Herald madeattemptsto contact Cr Compton on Wednesday. Also among the apparent Liberalnominees areLachlan Stronach, the son of developer Keith Stronach, party stalwarts Brad Luke and Sharon Waterhouse, and younger members Taylor Wright, Blake Keating and Hannah Eves.

Missing isformer Shortland federal candidateJohn Church,anex-NBN newsreader and nowhead of marketing at Newcastle real estate firm PRD whowas said to be favouredby senior party figuresforhis name recognition and policy nous.

Communicationsconsultant Kath Elliott also confirmed she isconsidering running for council.

“Of course I’m always thinking about it, I’ve done it before, but I haven’t made up my mind,” she said when contacted.

Ms Elliott contested the ward three byelection as an independentin 2015and was defeatedby Labor’s Declan Clausen byabout four per cent of the vote.

Controversy hit that contestwhen a pamphlet authorisedby the Labor party and widely distributed on the eve of the election questioned Ms Elliott’s political ties and included a photo of her superimposed with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and MrMcCloy.

A phone survey conducted this month forthe Australian Hotels Association polled Newcastlevoters aboutfigures it framed as being tied to the upcoming elections.

The poll canvassed opinion onGreens councillor Michael Osborne, state Labor leader Luke Foley, former NBN presenter Mike Rabbitt,independent councillor Allan Robinson,lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes,Newcastle nightlife campaigner Tony Brown, former Liberal state and federal candidate Karen Howard, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Cr Luke,Mr McCloy and Mr Baldwin.

SBS to show World Cup for next 48 hours

Optus has agreed to let SBS broadcast all World Cup games through until Wednesday.Optus has agreed to let SBS broadcast all World Cup games until Wednesday as it urgently seeks to resolve the streaming saga, which has already prompted the intervention of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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SBS onsold broadcast rights for most World Cup games to Optus Sport, with Fairfax Media reporting that deal was worth approximately $8 million.

It threatens to cost the telco much more in reputation damage, with technical issues – causing poor-quality match footage or no vision at all – having plagued its broadcast of the tournament’s opening weekend.

Many football fans, including those who signed up for a $15 package specifically to watch World Cup games, are furious because they’ve been unable to access the Optus broadcast.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew apologised “unreservedly to all Australians” on Sunday, but there were further issues that night.

SBS confirmed on Monday night it will air all World Cup games for the next 48 hours following talks with Optus, with Lew saying sorry once again.

“There’s no doubt this had adversely affected the Optus brand … everybody is very disappointed, to put it mildly,” Lew told reporters on Monday night.

The situation, which is being monitored with interest by many sporting bodies in Australia given streaming is widely considered the future of broadcasting live sport, has already attracted the interest of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

“We are seeking further information from Optus on what steps it is taking to comply with the Australian Consumer Law,” an ACCC spokesperson said.

“Under the Australian Consumer Law, services must be fit for the purpose and deliver on what was promised.

“Consumers impacted by the streaming problems are advised to contact the service provider directly.”

Optus offered disgruntled customers a free ‘Fetch’ set-top box on Monday. However, this created more angst as some users reported difficulties collecting these units from local stores.

Optus insists its stores will be restocked regularly this week.

Industry sources told AAP it’s likely the provider spectacularly underestimated demand for the service.

“We obviously did not (anticipate demand),” Lew said.

“We will take full responsibility.”

Demand is likely to grow as the tournament unfolds; Optus has exclusive rights to broadcast some quarter-finals and round-of-16 games.

Aside from issues during live matches, some users have complained about difficulties in accessing highlight packages and replays on demand.

“Optus states the number of people affected are less than five per cent of their viewerships,” SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid said, having consulted the telco.

The World Cup is on the nation’s anti-siphoning list, but only the final and matches involving Australia.

Ebeid cited 2014 budget cuts as part of the reason his network, Australia’s World Cup broadcaster for the past 32 years, signed the Optus deal.

“It enabled us to retain the World Cup, where we may not have been able to afford to do it on our own,” Ebeid told radio station SEN.

“SBS is very limited in things like its advertising revenue.”

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Risdon Prison guard’s punched, kicked during ‘sickening’ attack

Risdon An attack on five prison guards in Tasmania has been described as “sickening” and “premeditated”.
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The officerswere taken to hospital after maximum security prisoners allegedly punched and kicked them after being let out of their cells on Monday.

Risdon Prison went into lockdownafter the incident, with some of the officers suffering “quite serious injuries”.

Community and Public Sector Union state secretaryTom Lynch said at least one staff member had suffered a broken bone that would require surgery.

“We are talking about serious, criminal assault,” he said. “I find it quite sickening, there is no excuse.”

Tasmania Police was called to the prison and is now investigating the attack.

Mr Lynch said it was not the first time correctional officers had been subjected to violence at Risdon Prison.

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“We have had bad incidents in the past, but things have been reasonably good for a while,” he said.

“The response from the prison has been excellent, they made sure the unit was secured and brought in the tactical response group to make sure there was no further violence.

“We were pleased to hear police were there and charges will be laid, there will be repercussions.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the incident had been “initiated by a non-compliant prisoner”.

“Five Tasmania Prison Service staff were taken to hospital as a precaution,” they said.

“The incident was quickly resolved and the prison has returned to normal operations.”

The union plans to discuss the incident further with the department.

“This needs to be taken very seriously,” Mr Lynch said.

“There are learnings from this, about the way the unit operates. Maybe there needs to be more officers or fewer inmates out of their cells at that particular unit.

“I really hope Tasmania understands what a difficult job this is and why these people need to be admired for being able to go back to a workplace and face thesesituations. And then there is the families of these people, who are very worried about their loved ones going back to work.”

Guards at the prison do not carry weapons, he said.

“Some of them carry some sort of equipment, like capsicum spray, but they are vulnerable,”Mr Lynch said.


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Family helps Deledio cope with AFL injury

GWS star Brett Deledio hopes to return in round 17 or 18 after suffering a calf injury last month.Family matters – good and tragic – have given Brett Deledio perspective in the wake of his latest AFL injury setback.
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The GWS star hopes to return in round 17 against his old club Richmond after suffering another calf muscle injury.

Persistent calf and Achilles injuries last year meant he played only seven games after moving from the Tigers.

He was buoyed after showing strong form in the opening six rounds this season, but then a hamstring injury and the current calf problem in his left leg stopped Deledio in his tracks.

While Deledio says this latest setback initially flattened him, his children are a constant reminder of what is important.

Earlier this month, Deledio and his family also went through the death of a nephew.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it … we had quite a few things going on in the family,” he told Fox Footy.

“You certainly do stress about these sorts of things, but you walk in the door and your kids give you a huge smile.

“You realise things aren’t so bad in the scheme of things.”

Immediately after the calf injury, Deledio’s daughter was a great help.

“It really knocked me about a bit, but I got a cuddle from my little girl and she told me everything was going to be alright – because I was a bit upset about it at the time,” he said.

“She certainly put a smile on my face.

“All things considered, with what my family has been through in the last six months, it’s not too bad to just have a little calf injury.

“I’m just very grateful my family is healthy and we’re living and breathing, enjoying every day.”

Deledio said this latest injury also took him by surprise, because he had done a lot of work on his fitness over the off-season and he was back playing solid football.

But he never considered retirement.

“It never crossed my mind. I still have another contract for next year, so I’m going to give it absolutely everything to make sure I’m ready and raring to go if Leon (coach Leon Cameron) needs me,” he said.

Deledio is also bullish about the Giants’ chances this season as they return from the bye for Saturday’s away match against Brisbane.

GWS have won their last two games and are half a game outside the top eight, with several frontline players set to return and ease their heavy injury toll.

“If we can get everyone humming come the end of the season and make the finals, I think we can give it a real shake, for sure,” he said.

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Arzani eyes World Cup start against Danes

Teenager Daniel Arzani has put his hand up to start in Australia’s World Cup clash with Denmark.Socceroos teenager Daniel Arzani has moved to dispel doubts over his staying power, putting his hand up for a World Cup start against Denmark on Thursday.
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The second-up clash for Australia in Russia could make or break the Socceroos’ tournament.

Win, and their fate is in their hands heading into the last match with Peru.

Draw, and a narrow pathway should remain open to get out of the group.

Lose, and it’s curtains.

Until now, Arzani has been widely regarded as an impact player best suited coming off the bench.

On the eve of Australia’s opening loss to France, Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk said the 19-year-old was “not capable at this level to play a whole game”.

But the confident Melbourne City winger believes differently, and that he’s proved as much in the hot-weather preparation the team undertook in Turkey over the last month.

“I feel like I’m ready,” he said.

“Especially given the intensive training camp in Antalya where we were training two times a day on most days.

“I’ve given myself the best opportunity.

“I’ve tried my hardest and that’s all you can do. It’s just up to the boss now.”

Arzani came on in the 84th minute against France, replacing Robbie Kruse, and taking it up to the tired French legs with his pace and trickery.

And he thinks a more attacking approach will be needed against the Danes, given Australia’s inability to create chances from open play.

“Definitely if you’re going into a game and it’s a must-win the only logical solution is to make sure you’re attacking more and creating more chances,” Arzani said.

Australia’s goal came from Mile Jedinak’s penalty following Samuel Umtiti’s handball.

Arzani said he was filled with pride in his World Cup debut, becoming the youngest Australian to play in a World Cup.

“The biggest moment for me was at the beginning of the game,” he said.

“Looking around, seeing Aussie fans in yellow shirts everywhere. Singing the national anthem.

“Your heart is absolutely pumping through your chest and you realise the gravity of the situation, you’re representing a whole nation on the biggest stage.

“It is emotional.”

With the goosebumps out of the way, Arzani said he didn’t feel overawed when he took the field against the highly-rated French.

“It wasn’t anything crazy or something I couldn’t handle,” he said.

“This is what I’ve wanted to do for so long.

“I just want to be me, I just want to do the best that I can.

“Some people think that’s me being cocky but I’m just happy being me.”

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Time runs out for RU sevens star Stannard

James Stannard has called time on his sevens rugby career, ending his World Cup farewell plans.Time ran out for Australian rugby sevens stalwart James Stannard but he leaves the program convinced it’s in better shape than when he started playing.
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Former Australian sevens captain Stannard says he will make a full recovery from injuries he suffered in an assault last March, which ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games.

But he says there’s no way he would have been able to make his swan song at next month’s World Cup in San Francisco.

Stannard had planned to retire after that tournament, but brought that forward after failing to fully recover in time from the incident that left him with a fractured skull and forced him out of the Commonwealth Games.

“I was doing a bit of training, trying to get back for World Cup and the boys were away at the time and I started doing a bit of contact and upping the ante,” Stannard said.

“I just started getting a bit light-headed and a few headaches.

“I just thought at that time, if I can’t get through this light sort of training, there’s no way in the world I can get through a tournament.

“It was a tough decision but an easy one because I can live with it knowing that I’ve given everything I can.”

“My health comes before anything and my family.”

Dual Commonwealth Games medallist Stannard has been a stalwart of the squad for the best part of a decade.

“I just wanted to come into the program and leave it better than what it was when I came in,” he said.

“It has done that, not just from what I’ve done, it’s from how the program has progressed over the years.

“We came in a week before we went away on tours and now it’s centralised and we’ve got contracts and people are making a living out of it.”

He pointed to how several players had graduated from the sevens program to the Wallabies, including Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps.

The man affectionately known as “Chucky” is Australia’s all-time leading international sevens pointscorer.

He’s optimistic about Australia’s prospects under recently appointed coach Tim Walsh, the mentor of the 2016 women’s Olympic gold medal winning squad.

“We’re going to go well. We’ve got some good young talent there, Walshy has got a great brain for the game,” Stannard said.

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Muriel’s Wedding leads Helpmann nominees

The musical version of popular Aussie film Muriel’s Wedding leads this year’s Helpmann nominations.Muriel is officially no longer terrible.
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The musical version of the popular Australian film Muriel’s Wedding leads this year’s Helpmann Awards with 11 nominations including for Best Musical and for its lead actress, Maggie McKenna, who made her stage debut in the starring role.

It marks a massive year for Sydney Theatre Company, which has come away with a total of 27 nods, helped in part by its staging of Muriel’s Wedding alongside Australian production company Global Creatures.

The STC’s interesting take on Bertolt Brecht’s dark play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, starring Hugo Weaving, has notched up six nominations, including one for Weaving’s tour de force in the title role.

Director Simon Phillips has also been nominated twice for Best Direction of a Musical (Dream Lover and Muriel’s Wedding) as has the STC’s Artistic Director Kip Williams for Best Direction of a Play (Cloud Nine and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui).

Actor and TV personality David Campbell has been nominated twice for best male actor in a musical for his roles in Assassins and Dream Lover.

Bangarra Dance Theatre has nine nominations, mainly for its ambitious work Bennelong, choreographed by artistic director Stephen Page and the company’s dancers.

Now in its 18th year, the annual awards ceremony recognises Australia’s live performance industry across 42 categories with genres including theatre, music, opera and musicals.

For the first time, the awards will be split over two events over two nights.The first will be a cocktail event in Sydney on July 15 announcing the behind-the-scenes awards and the second a black tie event on July 16 at the Capitol Theatre awarding the live performances.

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Socceroos allay injury worry over duo

Defender Trent Sainsbury says the Socceroos will be fit and firing for their next World Cup game.The Socceroos have allayed concerns over injured duo Josh Risdon and Tomi Juric after both missed a World Cup training session.
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Juric, who didn’t play in Australia’s tournament opener against France, continues to battle a knee ailment while Risdon also sat out the Socceroos’ training session on Sunday in Kazan.

But defender Trent Sainsbury says both will be available for selection for Thursday’s fixture against Denmark.

Risdon suffered a knock in Australia’s 2-1 loss to France on Saturday.

“He picked up a corkie on his hip and it was just precautionary to pull him out yesterday,” Sainsbury told reporters on Monday.

And Juric’s absence was part of his scheduled program to ensure his recovery from a knee concern.

“Everyone knows that he has had a bit of a problem with his knee,” Sainsbury said.

“But … he will be fine for the next game – just rest up now and get himself right.”

Sainsbury, making his World Cup debut, was Australia’s standout performer in the loss to France.

And the 26-year-old, who has played at four different clubs in four different countries in the past three years, hoped his assured display in central defence would help trigger another club move.

“My ultimate goal was to come here and play a good tournament and just get out of the group stage with this team,” Sainsbury said.

“And that is still the goal now.

“Whatever comes of it, so be it. It’s a nice place to put yourself out there in the shop window.”

Sainsbury has been playing the the Swiss Super League for Grasshoppers, on loan from Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, and also had a loan stint with Inter Milan in Italy last year.

In 2016, he played for Jiangsu Suning, in 2015 with Dutch outfit PEC Zwolle – a club he joined in 2014 from Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

Now, Sainsbury said he eyeing a long-term move.

“That’s the idea now, to get myself to a club now that is winning more games than losing, get settled and stay there for as long as possible,” he said.

“f I can stay at one club for the rest of my career, I would be very happy to do that.”

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Klemmer ready to lead Blues pack again

David Klemmer wants to show the way for the NSW pack in Sunday’s second Origin clash in Sydney.NSW mightn’t know who’s starting in the front row, but there’s no doubt who’ll be leading from the front.
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As the Blues continued State of Origin II preparations with a barefoot session on Monday, coach Brad Fittler is yet to confirm whether Ryan James or Matt Prior will replace the injured Reagan Campbell-Gillard (broken jaw) at prop.

While both uncapped players bring different skills to the table, starting front-rower and Australian representative David Klemmer is aware of what he needs to deliver.

“I’ve been here before,” Klemmer told AAP on Monday.

“Freddie gave me a role and I just try my best to help the team out.”

And Klemmer deliver in Melbourne, showing his inexperienced teammates how it’s done with an impressive 100 metres in his first stint alone as arguably their best forward.

It was a strong statement from the Canterbury star, who not only was starting his first match for the Blues since his debut in 2015, but playing for the first time without partner-in-crime Aaron Woods.

In fact, across his 24 games for NSW and Australia, he has been without Woods just twice and the pair were critical in the Kangaroos defending their World Cup crown last year.

So when it comes to rookie experiences in Melbourne, Klemmer was learning on the fly as well.

“It’s all I’ve known, playing with Woodsy. Especially coming into these teams, I always had Woodsy to help me out with my game and help me outside of football as well,” Klemmer said.

“I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve had to sort things out myself, especially because I’m a big thinker when it comes to training and how I prepare. He was always someone I asked to help out.

“I’ve had to do it myself. It was weird at first, but it’s part of footy. I’ve got to grow up.”

With the Blues just 80 minutes away from claiming the Origin shield, Klemmer needs no reminding of how easily a series win can be snatched away.

He described last year’s deflating game-two loss in Sydney as a pivotal moment in his career.

“It’s something in my career I’ll never forget. We had a good win up there in Queensland and then we come down here and played just 40 minutes of football and lost,” he said.

“I’ll take a lot out of that game. I know what game two is about. Queensland are coming down here with a job to do. They’re going to come out firing. We’ll prepare well for it.”

All 20 players – including a hampered James Maloney and Latrell Mitchell – participated in Monday’s walkthrough at Coogee Oval, but will ramp up preparations with their first proper hitout on Tuesday.

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‘Name and shame’ posts could complicate a possible future trial, lawyers warn

FILE IMAGEPEOPLE using social media to“nameand shame”an accusedman as a show of support for an 11-year-old alleged child sex victim in Newcastle could complicate a possiblefuture trial, lawyers have warned.
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People also risked prosecution for making some social media posts.

Further posts about the man or descriptions of him as guiltyrisked a possible trial being moved from Newcastle to another area, said criminal law specialist Manny Conditsis.

Protracted and extreme social media commentary also risked an application from the man’s lawyer for a permanent end to proceedings because he couldn’t get a fair trial, Mr Conditsis said.

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“That’s a very extreme scenario and highly unlikely to happen but the accused’s lawyer couldapply for it,” Mr Conditsis said.

Social media posts in the past 24 hours have carried photos and namedthe man charged by police with abducting the girl on June 12 on her way to school and sexually assaulting her over a number of hours.

Many of the posts were written and shared after a court registrar made a non-publication order on Sunday prohibiting publication of information that would identify him.

The order was made after his defence lawyer argued identifying him could threaten his safety while in custody. The order was opposedby prosecutors and the media and remains in place until he appears in court on Wednesday.

Mr Conditsis said people who continued to identify the man on social media despite the order risked prosecution themselves.

“Contempt of court applies to everybody, therefore anything that is said or done leading to the identification of this person is a contempt of court, with a potential jail sentence,” he said.

People posting and sharing social media commentary after people are charged also risked identifying the wrong person, with potentially “horrendous” consequences, Mr Conditsis said.

Australian National University college of law Professor Mark Nolan said people who said they were supporting victims of crime when they made social media “name and shame” posts needed to consider the possible consequences.

“Are you supporting the complainant if your actions may actually prevent the prosecution from pursuing a jury trial in Newcastle? That’s the paradox of trial by social media,” Professor Nolan said.

People making social media posts risked prosecution, but jurors who carried out internet searches also faced potential prosecution, Professor Nolan said.

At least one jury in a high-profile trial has been dismissed after allegations a juror conducted internet searches.

Prior shares keys to locking up Ponga

NSW will look to Cronulla’s defensive secrets as they hope to shut down Kalyn Ponga in Origin II.NSW will look to Cronulla’s defensive secrets as they go about attempting what few others have done this year: Shutting down Kalyn Ponga.
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Ponga’s elevation to the Queensland team represents a significant threat to the Blues in State of Origin II, after the Maroons could only penetrate them via an intercept and kick in the series opener.

But Ponga has proven himself to be something else in the NRL this year.

He leads the competition for tackle busts (85) and line-break assists (18), prompting retired Queensland captain Cameron Smith to declare him a must-pick for Origin II.

That dominance has extended into almost every game this year for Ponga, with the notable exception being round 12 against Cronulla where he ran just 66 metres and failed to have an impact via a try or linebreak for himself or one of his teammates.

And Sharks prop Matt Prior – who has been called into the Blues squad for game two – said Cronulla had found the key to shutting the dangerous 20-year-old’s attack down the left edge in that match.

“That was a big focus for us, Kalyn Ponga and how good he’d been playing,” Prior said.

“We went in there with a plan, every time he had the ball to have numbers around him and pressure him.

“Just don’t give him any time, that was the main thing. And it did seem to work.”

Where Ponga will line up for Queensland remains an unknown.

If Billy Slater fails to prove his fitness by Wednesday he’ll likely start at fullback, otherwise he could come on anywhere in the backline or as a roving man in the middle late.

Prior’s own future is also uncertain, with it unclear whether he will work his way into the Blues’ 17 for the clash.

Regardless, he said he was ready to help crack the code of shutting down Ponga with his own experience at Cronulla.

“That will be one of our key goals during the week,” Prior said.

“He’s electric. Coming into this year everyone had massive expectations on him and he has lived up to them and done even more in his first full year in first grade.

“We will probably look at that game and other games that he has been shut down and look at what teams have done well to shut him down.”

Australian Associated Press