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NSW weather: Rain, flood, damaging wind warning for residents

Hundreds of millimetres of rain have drenched the NSW coast, sparking warnings of high winds, “life-threatening” flooding and landslips as the state faces its most torrential downpour since 1998.

Some areas across the state recorded more than 300mm of rainfall within 48 hours, with Bureau of Meteorology acting NSW state manager Jane Golding warning the situation would only intensify on Sunday.

A severe weather warning for very heavy rain, high winds, large waves and tides has been issued along the entire coast from the Northern Rivers region to the South Coast.

“Potentially we haven’t seen anything like this since the late 1990s,” Ms Golding said.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Ms Golding said NSW was facing a “very dangerous system”.

“We’ve been given a bit of breathing space but it’s just starting to increase now, this is the most intense development of the system.”

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She warned of significant overland flooding, flash flooding and landslips, adding that the recent bushfires in some areas have made landslips more likely.

BOM senior forecaster Jordan Notara on Saturday afternoon said they could see 100 to 200mm falling over metropolitan Sydney and surrounds within the following 12 to 24 hours.

He warned that could cause “inundation on some places along the coast, minor to major flooding over some catchments and very strong winds along the coastline”.

Cudgera Creek, in NSW’s north east, recorded 320mm of rain in the period between 9am on Saturday and 4am on Sunday.

In the same period Tweed Heads recorded 235mm, Comboyne Public School recorded 189mm, Wentworth Falls recorded 155mm, and Ballina recorded 140mm.


Footage has emerged showing the frantic moment a woman and her niece made a last second escape from their sinking 4WD after being swept off the road by floodwaters in northern NSW.

The 67-year-old woman told Nine News it took all of 15 seconds for her and her niece to realise they were in trouble after becoming trapped in floodwaters near Lismore.

“Oh my God, holy crap,” a woman filming in a trailing vehicle can be heard saying in the footage.

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“What are we going to do?” her father can be heard asking as the car stops at the edge of the floodwaters.

“Oh my God, their car is literally rolling off. They need to get off. Their car is sliding, they need to get out,” she says as her father wades in to help.

“It’s gone! It’s literally gone,” the woman continues in commentary as the pair begin walking away from their submerged 4WD. understands the women were driving from Byron Bay to Lismore and the road wasn’t closed when the incident occurred but has since been shut by the local council.

The NSW SES has received more than 2600 calls for help since midnight on Wednesday and responded to at least 40 flood rescues, mostly involving motorists who drove into floodwaters, with six flood rescues alone performed in the Grafton area overnight.

The NSW SES are being assisted by police.

“There are currently hundreds of calls for assistance, including trees, boulders or power poles down onto cars and homes, and across roads, as well as power outages and localised flooding impacting various roads and traffic lights,” said Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller, assistant commissioner Karen Webb.

Some 60,000 Ausgrid customers are without power due to the severe storms, mainly in Sydney’s north, and parts of the Central Coast, as well as pockets of the greater Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter regions.

“With the rain and winds expected to continue throughout today, customers should stay safe and be prepared that outages may continue into tonight and tomorrow,” the utility company said on Sunday morning.

Power supply to some 19,000 Endeavour Energy customers has also interrupted. Some 270 electrical hazards need repairing, mostly from large trees being blown over powerlines, the company said on Sunday morning.

Assistant commissioner Webb added that police have also responded to or been made aware of incidents resulting from people taking unnecessary risks or displaying dangerous behaviour.

“I’m disappointed that I need to remind people to act responsibly and not to take risks in these types of conditions, especially when around floodwaters,” she said.

Officers from Brisbane Water Police District and local residents put their lives at risk on Saturday night to rescue five men whose fishing boat capsized as they tried to navigate in the dark to go fishing.

“Thanks to the courageous actions of rescuers, the men were safely returned to shore before being treated for possible hypothermia and cuts and abrasions,” assistant commissioner Webb said, adding that none of the men were wearing a life jacket and had struggled to swim.

A 16-year-old boy was also rescued by the SES after becoming trapped between debris in waist-deep water after falling into the Allynbrook River on Sunday morning.

The teenager, who has been taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs, was in the water for almost two hours before specialist officers were able to free him.

One family was rescued by the Rural Fire Service via helicopter after flood waters cut them off, leaving them isolated in the car, an SES spokesman told AAP on Sunday.

The SES on Saturday night urged residents across the state, including Sydney and the South Coast, to prepare for heavy rain and potential flooding as a coastal trough causing rain and windy conditions continues moving south throughout the rest of the weekend.

NSW SES commissioner Carlene York urged those in low-lying areas to plan ahead.

“Now is the time to plan how you will protect your family and property from flood,” Ms York said in a statement.

“Never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters. It’s too dangerous – and you never know how deep the floodwaters are, the condition of the road or how fast the water is flowing.

“Please keep clear of drains, creeks and causeways and if you are in a flood-prone area avoid parking vehicles in low-lying areas.”

The BOM has issued minor flood warnings for the Bellinger River, Hastings River, Georges River, Tuggerah Lake, Paroo River, Weir River and the Cooks River.

A minor to moderate flood warning is also in place for the Manning and Gloucester rivers, the Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers, the Orara River, and a moderate flood warning for the Macintyre River.

An initial minor flood warning is in place for the Tweed River, Wallis Lake and the Camden Haven River.

Major flooding is likely in the Colo River and Upper Nepean River with minor to major flooding in the Lower Nepean and Hawkesbury.

Flooding in these regions is particularly dangerous due to the “Bathtub Effect” caused by choke points where the rivers narrow, waters back up and begin spilling over the riverbanks.

The NSW SES said they had pre-positioned resources in regions which were expected to be flooded and warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel during storms.


“We are seeing the signs that an east coast low will develop,” Ms Golding said on Saturday afternoon, which would bring gale force winds to some parts of the coast.

A King tide is expected on Monday morning which will increase the risk of flooding.

The NSW State Emergency Services will be assisted by police.

NSW Police assistant commissioner Karen Webb repeated warnings that people shouldn’t drive through floodwaters.

“Because if they do and become stuck people get trapped, and that’s a drain on resources.”

She also advised against anyone taking a boat out in the current conditions, which are already not suitable and expected to get worse.

The SES issued a fresh warning to motorists after rescuers came to the aid of 13 cars which became stuck trying to drive through floodwaters on the NSW Central Coast.

“There’s always an alternative route – never drive through floodwaters,” NSW SES spokesman Terri Langenemdam said, after the 13 carloads of people had to be rescued in the Gosford and Wyong areas on Friday night.

“People think that it looks OK on the surface but there can be debris underneath, roads can be washed away.”

“There’s also a reminder to keep kids, away from creeks, drains and causeways.”

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China travel ban bites Victorian tourism


The China travel ban, adopted by the federal government on the advice of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy, has swung a wrecking ball through a tourism sector which, like so many of our export industries, is heavily dependent on China.

Global Ballooning has been around for 27 years but it was eight years ago that Saunders decided to “China-fy” his business. He hired consultants to translate his website and all his safety information into Mandarin and Cantonese, and began making twice-yearly trips to China to meet agents and conduct sales calls.

Half of Global Ballooning's clientele are visitors from China.

Half of Global Ballooning’s clientele are visitors from China.Credit:Joe Armao

He now employs five Chinese-speaking staff and every balloon that takes to the air with a Chinese passenger is manned by a translator.

Of the 12,000 customers he flies every year, about half are Chinese. This time of year, with the Lunar New Year festival drawing to a close, eight out of 10 customers would usually be Chinese. But today he has none, and no others on the horizon.

‘After all the work that has been done to attract the Chinese market by Tourism Australia, Visit Victoria and all the companies that promote this country, I think it is a PR disaster.’

Kiff Saunders, Global Ballooning Australia

His frustration is that no one in government seems to understand how dire the situation is.

“If you were going to take such a dramatic measure I would hope the Australian government would seriously consider the consequences of what this is going to mean to small business employment,” he said.

Chinese tourists Wei Chen and Zhu Yi Qi with their son Zhu Si Yun, fly in a hot air balloon over Melbourne.

Chinese tourists Wei Chen and Zhu Yi Qi with their son Zhu Si Yun, fly in a hot air balloon over Melbourne.Credit:Joe Armao

“After all the work that has been done to attract the Chinese market by Tourism Australia, Visit Victoria and all the companies that promote this country, I think it is a PR disaster.”


The Victorian government calculated that in 2017, more than 620,000 Chinese visited the state. Chinese visitors represent 21 per cent of all visitors to Victoria and pumped $2.7 billion into the local economy.

Among the tourist attractions and regions most frequented by Chinese visitors are the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and Sovereign Hill. Each is reporting a substantial impact on their businesses.

Sovereign Hill spokeswoman Tegan Benfield said the usual, seasonal gold rush of about 20,000 Chinese tourists had stalled, with about 70 per cent of Chinese visitors cancelling their trips.

“We are working closely with agents and monitoring all outbound tour cancellations,” she said. “It is too early to predict long-term impacts as the situation is still unfolding.”

Along the Great Ocean Road, the absence of tour busses has been a blessing for day-tripping motorists but cause for alarm among tourism operators. In the coastal town of Lorne, Live Wire adventure park owner Luke Nisbet said his business has lost up to $30,000 in trade.

“We would have had, maybe, close to five or six hundred people booked over the next month and they’ve all cancelled,” he said. “It is a real blow, it’s something that we’re going to have to absorb and it’s going to be a bit of a struggle.”

On Phillip Island, Maru Koala and Animal Park owner Ian Heffer said this week’s visitor numbers had dropped by between 50 and 60 per cent.

A Victorian government spokesperson said the impact of the China ban on trade, tourism and international education would be significant but could not yet be quantified.

Tourism businesses, like all businesses, are equipped to survive a quiet patch. The bigger problem they face is no one – not the state or federal government, not Tourism Australia – can say how long the China ban will last.

Sovereign Hill, one of Victoria's biggest drawcards for Chinese tourists, has noticed a significant drop in visitor numbers.

Sovereign Hill, one of Victoria’s biggest drawcards for Chinese tourists, has noticed a significant drop in visitor numbers.Credit:Kate Healy

Each day, Tourism Australia emails updates about the global and national impact of the coronavirus; how many confirmed cases and deaths it has led to around the world, how many confirmed cases there are in Australia, whether the World Health Organisation, which continues to oppose travel restrictions, has moved to change its advice.

Kiff Saunders would like something else; an acknowledgment that the travel ban will lead to job losses and the closure of businesses, and undoing years of hard work.

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Social Media wollen Trump-Video nicht löschen – trotz Pelosis Protest

Twitter und Facebook haben es abgelehnt, ein von US-Präsident Donald Trump gepostetes Video zu löschen. Nancy Pelosi, die demokratische Vorsitzende des US-Repräsentantenhauses, hatte die Netzwerke aufgefordert, die Posts zu entfernen, weil in dem Video etwas gezeigt werde, das nicht der Wahrheit entspreche. Auf dem Video sieht es so aus, als hätte die Demokratin die Seiten auch zerrissen, während ein US-Kriegsveteran geehrt wurde.

Darauf zu sehen ist auch einer der Tuskegee Airmen, das sind afro-amerikanische Soldaten, die im Zweiten Weltkrieg in einer Einheit der US-Airforce im Einsatz waren. Der 100 Jahre alte Charles McGee, der auch im Vietnam-Krieg gedient hatte, wurde während Trumps Rede von der First Lady mit einem Orden ausgezeichnet.

Gegen den Vorwurf, sie habe sich während der Rede zur Lage der Union respektlos verhalten, hatte sich Pelosi verteidigt. Sie habe ein “Manifest der Unwahrheiten” zerrissen, sagte Pelosi. Damit habe sie gegen Trumps “Reality Show” protestieren wollen. Tatsächlich hatte die Chefin der Demokraten die Blätter erst am Ende von Trumps Rede zerrissen.

Trumps gepostetes Video trägt den Titel “Powerful American stories ripped to shreds by Nancy Pelosi” ‘”Starke amerikanische Geschichten von Nancy Pelosi geschreddert”). Facebook-Sprecher Andy Stone erklärte dem Sender CNBC, das Video von Trump verstoße nicht gegen die Regeln des Netzwerkes.

Bei Twitter soll das Video erst geprüft werden – daraufhin, ob es gegen die neuen Regeln verstößt, die besagen, dass man keine manipulierten Videos posten darf, die anderen Schaden zufügen.

Der US-Präsident hat auf Twitter mehr als 72 Millionen Follower, Trump verfolgt dagegen nur die Posts von 48 anderen. Das umstrittene Video hat er auf seinem Konto oben angepinnt.

Nancy Pelosi hatte das – am Ende gescheiterte – Amtsenthebungsverfahren der Demokraten gegen Trump in die Wege geleitet.

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A-League Sydney derby postponed due to wet weather


February 08, 2020 12:08:49

The Sydney derby between league leaders Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers has been postponed due to an unplayable pitch at Kogarah Oval.

Key points:

  • Rain has meant that the pitch at Kogarah Oval is unplayable, leading to the Sydney derby being postponed
  • No decision has been made on the status of the Big Bash final, set to take place Saturday evening at the SCG
  • No date has been set for the match to be rescheduled

Persistent wet weather in Sydney over the past 36 hours, with the threat of more to come, has left the pitch unplayable.

A-League boss Greg O’Rourke made the final decision to postpone the fixture after inspecting the pitch in the morning with the match referees, broadcaster Fox Sports and ground staff.

“With over 100mm of rain falling in the Sydney area over the past two days, and in the interest of player welfare, all parties agreed that it was not possible to play the match as scheduled today,” said O’Rourke.

“Whilst it is disappointing … this was the right decision to give fans as much notice as possible under the circumstances.”

This is the first time since 2015 that an A-League match has been postponed due to wet weather, after Brisbane Roar’s 2015 clash with Melbourne Victory was delayed due to rain associated with Cyclone Marcia.

Sydney FC chief executive Danny Townsend said that the safety of the players and supporters was the deciding factor.

“Obviously we are disappointed to have to postpone the game, but the safety of the players is paramount and the pitch was in no state to host the game due to the amount of rain we have had,” Townsend said.

“Credit to the ground staff for their efforts to stage the match but due to the amount of overnight rain and surface water, plus the predicted downpour we just can’t play the game.

“We also have to consider the safety of our members and supporters inside the ground as well, and what sort of a spectacle we’d be providing if we went ahead.”

Wanderers won the first derby of the season 1-0 at the new Parramatta stadium thanks to a Mitchell Duke goal in front of 28,519 spectators.

Authorities were expecting close to a full house of 20,500 fans to attend the match on Saturday evening.

There has been no indication yet as to when the rescheduled match would take place.

The postponement has dire implications for Saturday night’s Big Bash final, which is set to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, just 15km to the north east of Kogarah.

Cricket Australia has already moved its bushfire relief match — which was scheduled to take place before the final between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars — south to Melbourne, but has no plans to move the main match.

There are no reserve days factored into the Big Bash playing conditions.

If there is no play possible, the Sixers would be crowned champions.










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Abdallah parents reveal ‘unimaginable’ pain

The parents of three of the children killed by an alleged drunk driver in Sydney on Saturday night have revealed the “unimaginable” pain they have felt since the crash.

Abdallah siblings Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 and their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr were killed when a driver mowed through a group of children in Oatlands.

Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit when his ute ran into the group of seven children.

Three other children were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Danny and Leila Abdallah, the parents of Antony, Angelina and Sienna, have spoken about the “heart-wrenching sorrow” they have felt since the tragedy.

In a statement to 7 News, the parents said completely encapsulating the pain they were feeling would require “endless words of despair”.

“Our children are our reason for living. Bringing them up in accordance with the ways of God, teaching them to love, affording them every opportunity and nurturing them into positive and impacting young men and women was, and is our life’s purpose,” they said.

“What is life without your children? How and where do we begin to pick up the pieces so that we may be effective parents to our three remaining angels?

“We start with forgiveness.”

In their statement the grieving parents say they have made the decision to forgive Mr Davidson, stating that his “actions will be met before the earthly and heavenly judge”.

The 29-year-old driver was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he drove into the children.

He’s been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter and is due to next appear in court in April.

“Our faith in Jesus Christ remains the foundation of our family and we believe it will continue to help us through this difficult time,” they said.

“Each day that passes is a day closer to the day we are reunited with our angels. We will look toward this moment; not backwards at yesterday’s pain.”

The couple went on to thank their family, friends and all the people across the country that have offered them support following the crash.

“We are humbled and strengthened by the outpouring of love from each and every one of you. Please continue to join us in prayer during this time,” they said.

“This is a very heavy cross that we’ve been chosen to carry, but it is through God’s love that we keep going.”

A joint funeral will be held for the Abdallah children at the Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park on Monday morning.

Hundreds of people have visited the crash site since the tragedy to pay their respects and lay flowers.

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Hong Kong faces deepening economic crisis

Hong Kong’s economy faces a deepening recession as a result of the virus outbreak. Businesses in the territory have already been hit hard by months of sometimes violent street protests that have forced shops to close and transport to shut down.

A sign outside a shop in Hong Kong saying it has sold out of face masks, alcohol wipes, and alcohol gels.

A sign outside a shop in Hong Kong saying it has sold out of face masks, alcohol wipes, and alcohol gels. Photograph: Katherine Cheng/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock

The economy shrank 1.2% last year and economists at Fitch Solutions reckon it will contract by 2.6% this year with the vital retail sector brought ot its knees as the lucrative flow of Chinese tourists dries up thanks to the government’s new quarantine rules and airlines suspend flights in and out.

The sense of crisis has been heightened by panic buying in shops and supermarkets.

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There were long queues in supermarket across Hong Kong last night, with people panic buying toilet rolls and tissues, largely due to a rumour spreading online saying China will stop manufacturing toilet paper for the next two weeks. There was also a run on vitamins, rice and packet noodles, leaving supermarket shelves empty.

Empty shelves in a Hong Kong supermarket.

Empty shelves in a Hong Kong supermarket. Photograph: Verna Yu

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Around 10,000 Hongkongers, many of whom camped overnight, queued up to buy masks amid a lack of supply and fears of coronavirus infection

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Scott McLaughlin to make his IndyCar series debut in Indianapolis for Team Penske in May


February 06, 2020 15:31:07

Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin will make his IndyCar Series debut at the Indianapolis GP on May 9.

Key points:

  • McLaughlin, a two-time Supercars champion, had his first session in an open-wheeled IndyCar in the US last month
  • He will look to get more experience by taking part in pre-season testing in Texas next week
  • The race earmarked for McLaughlin’s IndyCar debut in May has been won by Australian Will Power three times, the last in 2018

The 26-year-old New Zealander, who has won the last two V8 titles, will aim to become just the fourth driver to win three straight championships and speculation about his future has been rife.

McLaughlin is off-contract at the end of the 2020 Supercars season and successfully tested an IndyCar in Florida last month.

That was enough to persuade Team Penske majority owner, US motorsport great Roger Penske to throw him in at Indianapolis — although he will be on the grid for the Supercars season start in Adelaide on February 20.

“This is an amazing opportunity — to race against some of the best open wheel drivers in the world on one of the most historic tracks in motorsports,” said McLaughlin in a statement.

“I’m excited about the challenge of trying to win a third-consecutive Supercars championship.

“I’m also really looking forward to this new opportunity.

“With the experience I gained at the test in Sebring, I know a little bit more about what to expect when I get back into the car.

“I just want to learn as much as I can every time I’m in the car so I can make the most of the opportunity to race with the team at the grand prix in Indianapolis.”

McLaughlin will also participate in next week’s pre-season testing at Circuit of the Americas in Texas in the number two Dallara/Chevrolet car.

Team Penske has won five of the six IndyCar Series races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course since the series began competing at the track in 2014.

Australia’s Will Power won the Grand Prix there in 2015, 2017 and 2018.








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Flinders St erratic driver arrested, charged

Witnesses and police were on the same page — fearing the worst as an erratic driver performed doughnuts in a busy Melbourne intersection and screamed out for somebody to stop him.

They feared a repeat of James Gargasoulas’s Bourke St rampage which led to the deaths of six people, including two small children, in January 2017.

“Deadset I thought he was going to do exactly the same as that guy at St Paul’s Cathedral (Gargasoulas) who was doing doughnuts,” witness Heba Teryaki said.

The driver almost ran over Ms Teryaki, who said she approached the vehicle with her scooter “to see if he was all right”.

“I followed him to get his number plates and I couldn’t catch up to him,” she told reporters.

Police superintendent Dan Trimble reiterated that sentiment. He said he was “absolutely” concerned there would be a repeat of the 2017 attack which left Melbourne reeling.

The 26-year-old who terrified Melburnians on Wednesday climbed on top of his car, yelled for police to stop him and drove erratically around the intersection of Flinders Street and William Street.

He was arrested without incident as the critical incident response team swooped. Supt Trimble this morning praised officers.

Today it was revealed the man was arrested by police for an unrelated incident on Tuesday but released.

Nine News reports police attended a business in Blackburn North following reports of trespassing. They arrested the 26-year-old who was taken to hospital for assessment.

Victoria Police confirmed to 9News police attended a business in Blackburn North about 11.50am on Tuesday, following reports of a trespasser.

The man was arrested at the scene and later released, before the dramatic police operation unfolded 24 hours later.

“A 26-year-old was arrested and taken to hospital for assessment,” a Victoria Police statement read.

He said it took just three minutes for police to get on top of the situation and prevent what could have been much, much worse. But he said the shoot-to-kill powers granted to police were never considered.

“From the time we got (the first call) to when he was intercepted, I have it as three minutes,” Supt Trimble told 3AW.

“It’s still a long time and like all these incidents we’ll assess the way we responded and see where we can make improvements.”

The man had not been under observation by police until the incident in the CBD started.

“He came out of nowhere. Obviously we’ve got the cameras throughout the city and he was followed once we became aware of the incident at Flinders and Swanston streets and then we followed him on cameras there and he was intercepted down at Williams St,” Supt Trimble said.

About 50 police who are positioned throughout the city responded. Victoria Police arrested the 26-year-old at the intersection of Williams St about 1.50pm and have charged him with reckless conduct endangering life and other traffic offences.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this morning.

In January 2017, James Gargasoulas drove a car in circles at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets before taking the car through the Bourke St mall, killing six people and injuring another 27.

Since then, police have been given increased powers to intervene and security has been improved throughout the city.

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Nicht Prince Damien! Diese Kandidatin gewann das Social-Media-Rennen

Dieser Star hat die meisten Fans dazugewonnen

Prince Damien hat die Dschungelkrone geholt, aber wer hat eigentlich die Nase auf den Social-Media-Kanälen vorne? Alle Dschungel-Kandidaten haben durch ihre Teilnahme bei “Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus” viele Fans dazugewonnen. Wir haben uns die Follower-Zahlen mal genauer angeschaut und dabei herausgefunden: Prince Damien ist zwar Dschungelkönig geworden, aber die Social-Media-Krone hat sich jemand anders geholt.

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Elena Miras hat seit der Verkündung der Dschungelcamp-Kandidaten den größten Fan-Zuwachs bekommen. Insgesamt 143.000 Follower hat sie dazugewonnen – so viele wie kein anderer Dschungel-Teilnehmer. ABER: Rein prozentual hat sich ein anderer Promi durchgesetzt. Welche Followerschaft um sage und schreibe 750 (!) Prozent angestiegen ist, erfahren Sie in unserem Video.

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AFLW is back for 2020 with new teams, a longer season and more reasons to watch


February 04, 2020 13:24:25

The fourth edition of our national women’s competition is upon us, bringing to an end another long and evolutionary AFLW off-season.

As is to be expected for a league still in its early years of growth, change is once again afoot — four new teams, plenty of player movement and a longer season than ever before.

After an extended debate, a collective bargaining agreement was eventually passed, ensuring the future growth of the tournament and meaning the 2020 season can start in a relatively settled state.

The season gets underway on Friday night at Ikon Park, as Richmond makes its league debut against last year’s grand finalists Carlton. Before bouncedown, get yourself up to speed on the lay of the AFLW land.

Who are the new teams?

As mentioned, Richmond is on board for the first time and thanks to some aggressive recruiting, there will be hope the Tigers can make an immediate impact.

Katie Brennan and Monique Conti, both massive gets with the former becoming Richmond’s inaugural captain, have come over from the Bulldogs, while Sabrina Frederick has joined from Brisbane and Christina Bernardi has been poached from GWS.

The outlook is less rosy for the other three newcomers — St Kilda, West Coast and Gold Coast.

St Kilda built up its list with some experienced players but looks a little light on for starpower, the Eagles will take time to get used to playing together and only really have Dana Hooker to rely on for now, while the Suns nabbed a few players from the Lions but remained fairly young and inexperienced.

There’s an acceptance that the fresh faces get almost a free hit in their first season, a sentiment shared by AFLW chief executive Nicole Livingston who said “we never want to put high hopes” on the new teams.

But at the same time, there’s genuine room for optimism for the Tigers, and reasons to believe the 2020 season can be an important foundation for the other three.

Any player movements I should know about?

The AFLW sign and trade period saw a flurry of movement, especially with the new teams needing to essentially build lists from scratch, but there were a few marquee deals to remind yourself of.

Some of which we’ve already mentioned but bare repeating — Brennan’s move to Richmond is as massive for the Tigers as it is disastrous for the Bulldogs. She’s one of the league’s best players and a genuine leader, and the impact of her move should be immediately felt by both teams.

Speaking of the league’s best players, Brianna Davey has moved down the road from Carlton to Collingwood in a boost that could catapult the Pies from the bottom of the ladder to right up the pointy end.

Hooker, formerly of Fremantle and now of West Coast, is another prime midfield mover and immediately becomes the Eagles’ best player. Libby Birch moved to Melbourne from the Bulldogs, which prompted the Dogs to take Ashleigh Guest from the Demons to fill the hole.

But just as important as the players who have moved are those who are returning. At the top of that list is Daisy Pearce, now a mother of twins, who is back in the red and blue and already making Melbourne among the flag favourites.

Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy was the rising star in 2018 but missed the entirety of last season due to a foot injury, and Geelong’s top draft pick in 2018 Nina Morrison only managed one game in 2019 before doing her ACL. Both are fit and ready to fire in 2020.

There’s also hope Erin Phillips — the league’s best player and face of the competition — will be back early in the season, maybe as soon as round one, despite famously tearing her ACL in Adelaide’s grand final triumph last year. All footy fans have their fingers crossed on that one.

How does the fixture work this year?

It’s largely the same as last year, with the controversial conference system back again, albeit with some potentially crucial tweaks.

The introduction of the four new teams should hopefully balance the conferences out a little, after last year’s debacle that saw Conference A prove to be considerably stronger than Conference B, but in some respects, we have to wait and see on that one.

What we can guarantee is a longer season than ever before, with eight rounds played before three weeks of finals. It means there will be more of an overlap with the men’s season and has thrown up a few tasty double headers along the way.

The collective bargaining agreement also ensured that the seasons will continue to get longer, by one round a year for the next two seasons.

Finally, who are the favourites?

It’s always so tough to tell in AFLW, because the length of the competition and general equality across the league making many matches hard to predict, but of course there are frontrunners.

If Adelaide gets its full complement of players fit — including but not limited to Phillips — they’ll still be the team to beat. They’ve been the pacesetters for basically all of AFLW’s existence and only injury looks like slowing them again this year.

North Melbourne is certainly one to watch too. In the early stages of 2019, which was the Kangaroos’ first season no less, nobody was playing better footy than North. While their form slipped somewhat, they were victims of conference imbalance and should be stronger for the experience, making them a feared opponent in 2020.

Many are expecting the return of Pearce to elevate the Demons, and her class definitely justifies the rise in expectations. Despite the loss of Davey, there’s no reason to expect a massive drop off in Carlton’s output too, and motivated by grand final defeat, Tayla Harrs’s side might smell opportunity in a slightly weaker Conference B.

Then there are a number of wildcards, like Richmond, Fremantle, GWS and the Bulldogs who could be anywhere from great to grim.

It’s part of AFLW’s charm that it can feel completely up for grabs right until the last game of the season. 2020 looms as another intriguing season, and hopefully another sizable leap forward for the league.





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February 04, 2020 13:00:31

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