Eagles face crunch math quiz against Crows

West Coast coach Adam Simpson isn’t fretting about his upcoming maths quiz as his side attempts to snare an unlikely AFL finals berth.


The Eagles take on ladder-leading Adelaide in Perth on Sunday but their fate largely hinges on other results.

If Fremantle upset Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, then the Eagles will secure a finals berth with victory over the Crows.

But if the eighth-placed Bombers win, West Coast will need to beat the Crows by a big enough margin to ensure they overtake Essendon on percentage.

The Bombers currently sit 1.8 percentage points above the Eagles.

Another way West Coast can sneak into the top eight is if Collingwood upsets seventh-placed Melbourne on Saturday.

Once again, West Coast would need to beat Adelaide by a big enough margin to overtake the Demons on percentage.

West Coast’s match is the final game of the round, meaning they will know exactly what they need to do come the first bounce.

Simpson said says it’s important his side doesn’t get bogged down in thinking about margins, given they face an almighty battle just to beat the Crows.

“It’s a unique situation,” Simpson said on Friday.

“We had a bit of this in 2014. We needed Sydney to beat Richmond at home, and they didn’t. So we played the next day in a bit of a dead rubber.

“I’m not thinking too hard about it. It’s really difficult to say ‘guys, let’s win by five goals this week’.

“We might need to win by 90 points – who knows?

“All I know is we have to win no matter what.”

Simpson quipped he would play eight forwards if his team needed to win by a massive margin.

West Coast’s victory hopes received a huge double boost on Friday when star Adelaide duo Taylor Walker (toe) and Daniel Talia (ankle) were ruled out.

The Eagles welcome back forward Mark LeCras from a hamstring injury.

Sunday’s match will be the final AFL game at Subiaco Oval, while it will also be the final AFL game for Eagles duo Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell if West Coast don’t qualify for finals.

Councillor: Qld bike crash ‘preventable’

An accident involving five cyclists and a car in Brisbane’s inner-city was “predictable and preventable” says Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri.


Five cyclists were taken to hospital with one woman, 54, in a critical condition after Friday morning’s crash.

The injured cyclists, who were out with a regular riding group, are all in a stable condition with the woman’s condition improving.

Cyclist Julian Drake wrote on Facebook that the riders were “wedged” against the car and thrown from their bikes.

The injuries were so severe they were given morphine whistles on the scene, he said.

“Having ridden with the five injured on many rides over several years I can attest all are highly experienced, mature, fit, level headed regular group riders,” said Mr Drake, who was not hurt in the crash.

Cr Sri said Brisbane City Council was not taking cyclists’ safety “seriously” and it wasn’t a “high priority”.

He has previously raised Dornoch Terrace as a dangerous road for cyclists to council, with thousands travelling along the popular route each week.

“The council has let Brisbane cyclists down,” Cr Sri said.

“More and more people are taking up cycling. It’s gotten to the point where we need to re-think the balance of road space allocated.”

He said Dornoch Terrace is steep and a lack of bike lanes forces cyclists to duck in and out of cars.

He suggested a reduction in speed limits and parking spaces to be removed to make way for a separate barrier and cycle way.

Cr Sri said he will be writing to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor about the accident.

He said council “talk the talk” on cyclist safety but do not follow through with suitable funding and road safety changes.

“It’s like banging my head against a brick wall,” he said.

Brisbane City Council has been contacted for comment.

Police investigations continue.

Sugar tax key to beat the bulge: Oliver

British chef and health campaigner Jamie Oliver has delivered a message to Australians with a sweet tooth and the federal government – sugar taxes are the unavoidable new normal.


“The sugary drinks tax – it’s not cute, it’s not nice – it’s the new normal,” Oliver told a London press event on Thursday to launch his new cookbook, 5 Ingredients, and accompanying television program.

Last year Oliver was part of a British campaign to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in a bid to tackle the country’s rising obesity levels.

Draft legislation predicts the levy will raise an expected STG520 million ($A842 million) in the first year.

Sugar taxes already exist in France, Portugal and Mexico and one has been proposed in New Zealand, he said.

“Then there’s Australia, pretending it’s not happening, but it will, I can tell you, it will,” Oliver said.

“The Australian government is kind of more American than British, so they’re just pretending they’re not going to do it – but they will do it because the science says that it’s right.”

Some companies are also now dropping the amount of sugar they put in drinks, and the tax debate has paved the way for a rethink by companies on added salt and fat too, Oliver said.

Now studying for a masters of nutrition the 42-year-old father of five said he’s not only learning about healthy food, but also public health and death.

It has completely changed the way he sees things.

“You’ll find as the public health goes down there’s five companies that [profits] go up,” he says, alluding to big multi-national food companies such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Mars.

“Food and culture are so interwound – but lifestyle and how things are changing forgets the connection,” Oliver said.

Finding the right balance between carrot and stick when it comes to improving public health and diet is hard, but good nutrition doesn’t have to “take the fun away”.

“If you’re employer… and you feed them s*** food everyday, 300 days of the year you’re a bad employer. If you have people on night shifts working in your factory and you have nothing apart from s*** in your vending machines, you’re a bad employer – but what does good look like?

“I don’t want lentils and sage, I’m not like a hippie,” Oliver said. “I want choice, and choice means to me at least 50 per cent. If you’ve got Coke and Mars bars – cool, but at least give me 50 per cent real food.”

In the two decades since a young Oliver captured the public’s imagination with the Naked Chef, he’s become more than his exclamations of “lovely jubbly” to bring about changes in the British eating, including the introduction of nutritional standards for school meals.

“Twenty years ago I was not a political person and I really am now,” he said.

“I think through food and exposure it has changed me and I am glad because it’s important.”

Oliver’s 5 Ingredients cookbook is available in Australia, while the program is due in Autumn on Channel 10.

Call for Australia to help Iraqi teachers

Iraq is seeking Australia’s help to train teachers to cope with a generation of traumatised students who have survived under Islamic State and war.


The terrorist organisation’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” effectively collapsed in July when Iraqi security forces reclaimed its previous stronghold Mosul.

In some areas kids have begun returning to school for the first time after a two-year disruption.

Iraq ambassador to Australia, Hussain Al-Ameri, said his country’s education department was desperately trying to help schools deal with post-war mental health issues and children who have been brainwashed by radical Islamic propaganda.

Dr Al-Ameri recently had preliminary talks with the Queensland education department’s international arm about a specialised training program.

“You have a generation of students who have endured extraordinary conditions,” Dr Al-Ameri told AAP.

Australia could potentially help out by offering a scholarship program to give psychological training to Iraqi teachers aimed at promoting resilience and healing, he said.

According to the United Nations children’s agency, almost 10 per cent of Iraqi children have fled their homes because of conflict since early 2014.

A UNICEF survey of the Kurdistan region found 76 per cent of children had changes in behaviour such as crying and screaming, nightmares, and antisocial and aggressive behaviour.

Youngsters have endured untold horrors of war from seeing family members murdered in front of their eyes, to rape, abduction and surviving air strikes and bombings.

Experts warn the psychological damage experienced by children in war zones can last a lifetime.

Dr Al-Ameri said as the military campaign in parts of Iraq winds down, it was in the interest of international security that other countries step up support for rebuilding flattened cities.

Kickstarting the Iraqi economy and creating jobs would go a long way towards warding off the threat of other extremist groups gaining a foothold.

“Housing, schools, work, sports centres – when we have these we have a healthy society,” he said.

He also called for an increase in foreign aid support.

Since 2014, Australia has provided $180 million of humanitarian assistance to Iraq including a $110 million contribution announced in April.

No safety issues with SA cladding: govt

An audit of cladding on 4500 buildings in Adelaide’s CBD has revealed no safety risks, the state government says.


However, Deputy Premier John Rau says the checks identified 77 multi-storey buildings that warrant further consideration, including the Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Convention Centre and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Of those, 38 have very limited or isolated cladding.

“South Australians should not be alarmed at the use of aluminium composite cladding on buildings in the CBD,” Mr Rau said.

The audit was triggered by London’s Grenfell Tower tragedy that killed at least 80 people in June.

The next phase will be a more thorough investigation of the identified buildings to ensure the cladding adheres to the National Construction Code and relevant fire safety measures.

Immediate action will then be taken if any building materials are considered a fire hazard which could go as far as a closure order, Metropolitan Fire Service chief officer Greg Crossman said.

“It’s in my interest to ensure that buildings are safe, not just for the occupants but also for firefighters,” Mr Crossman said.

He said there were “no concerns” about fire risk cladding at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital which is due to open in just over a week.

Property Council SA director Daniel Gannon welcomed the audit after the Grenfell Tower fire “sent shudders” through the industry.

“We already have high building standards, but if there are lessons to learn from the UK then we should put that learning into practice,” he said.

“As our cities become more dense and our apartment buildings grow taller, we must stay vigilant if we are to ensure that public safety and confidence in our fire safety standards remains high.”

The Adelaide City Council is writing to the building owners of the 77 identified sites to organise further investigations.

Buildings outside of the CBD will now also be checked.