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Panthers destroy Manly 42-12 as Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters score NRL wins


Penrith made sure it will finish round 12 on top of the NRL ladder following a comprehensive 42-12 defeat of Manly at Brookvale Oval.

Earlier on Saturday, Canberra showed its class to sneak home with a 14-12 win over North Queensland, while the Sydney Roosters survived an almighty scare from Gold Coast to escape with an 18-12 triumph.

The Panthers skipped three points clear of Melbourne and Parramatta on the ladder, although the Storm and Eels will play their respective round-12 fixtures on Sunday.

Charlie Staines, playing just his second NRL match, scored two tries in 25 action-filled minutes before limping off the field with a hamstring injury.

Nathan Cleary also put on a masterclass, setting up two tries and scoring one of his own in the second half when he regathered his own grubber.

But Staines was the main attraction.

He became the first man since South Sydney’s Don Manson in 1937 to score six tries in his first two matches.

In the time since his four tries on debut last month, the winger has spent two weeks in quarantine after having too many visitors in his home and then visiting Nepean Hospital with lockjaw.

But while Penrith shot out of the blocks to a 22-0 lead after 30 minutes, it was an absolute horror show for Manly.

Dylan Walker left the field with a foot injury just 10 minutes into his return from an issue higher up in the same foot, while Curtis Sironen hurt his knee and Brad Parker suffered a concussion.

The loss drops the Sea Eagles back out of the top eight and with a crucial few weeks ahead before Tom Trbojevic’s planned return in three matches.

Meanwhile, the performance was one of the best of Penrith’s season, with the Panthers completing at 91 per cent and playing expansive football.

Staines opened the scoring when he got the ball down in a tight space on the right edge in the 10th minute, then Cleary gifted him with a perfect lofted ball for his second.

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Cleary kicked a 40-20 before another try before one of his grubbers rebounded into Penrith hands and Viliame Kikau put on an offload for Stephen Crichton to score.

Isaah Yeo, Api Koroisau and Brent Naden also claimed tries in the demolition job.

Cherry-Evans was clearly Manly’s best.

He put Jake Trbojevic over with an inside ball for their only first-half try and kicked for Jorge Taufua for one in the second.

He also somehow held Kikau up to save one and stopped another when he chased down Naden after running 80 metres from a Lachlan Croker intercept.

Raiders hang tough to win up north

It was far from the Raiders’ best performance but they did enough to edge a willing Cowboys outfit, with both teams scoring two tries in Townsville.

The Cowboys threw everything at their opponents but too often let themselves down with their kicking options.

Gunning for their third successive victory, the Raiders looked as if they were suffering jet lag early on after their long match-day flight to Canberra.

They were caught out just two minutes into the match when North Queensland hooker Reece Robson dashed over the line from dummy half.

The Raiders found their groove to level in the 18th minute when half-back George Williams started and finished a 70-metre try, helped by a big charge and fend by winger Nick Cotric.

A 35th-minute penalty strike by captain Jarrod Croker allowed his team to take an 8-6 lead to half-time.

A North Queensland NRL player is tackled by three Canberra Raiders opponents.
Cowboys forward Jordan McLean tries to find a way through the Raiders defence.(AAP: Cameron Laird)

Canberra prop Josh Papalii was both hero and villain within two minutes, stripping the ball but then being placed on report for a forearm to the head of the Cowboys’ teenage full-back Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.

Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo steamed to the try line to put his side up but it was short-lived with the Raiders hitting back four minutes later.

England international John Bateman, playing his first match of the year after two rounds of shoulder surgery, found Curtis Scott, who fended off winger Murray Taulagi to score.

Sharpshooter Croker then showed his value, nailing the conversion from the sideline to put his side ahead again.

The final 12 minutes saw four captains’ challenges, with the Cowboys correct with both but they couldn’t find the points for a win or to take the match into golden point.

Roosters deny gutsy Titans

In an action-packed match laced with drama at the sCG, the Roosters overcame their crippling injury toll to preserve their place in the top four thanks largely to the heroics of classy centre Joseph Manu.

Already missing eight players from their 2019 grand final-winning outfit and with superstar signing Sonny Bill Williams holed up in quarantine, the Roosters lost try-scoring ace Josh Morris to a calf strain before this afternoon’s kick-off.

Fortunately the back-to-back premiers had Manu, whose leaping 58th-minute try and miracle first-half try saver on Phillip Sami saved the Roosters embarrassment.

The Titans could have bagged four first-half tries but had to settle for only one after blowing two and seeing Manu pull off his incredible rescue act before the break.

Jamal Fogarty was also denied a try in just the second minute, the half-back touching down only for the bunker to rule Titans teammate Brian Kelly had passed him the ball off the ground.

A Sydney Roosters NRL player tackles a Gold Coast Titans opponent holding the ball around the chest area.
Roosters hooker Jake Friend (left) tries to bring down Gold Coast lock Jai Arrow.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

But there was no denying Anthony Don eight minutes later when the prolific winger started and finished his own 75-metre effort.

After scrambling for much of the half, somehow the Roosters went to the break with a 10-6 advantage after half-back Kyle Flanagan added two penalties to his conversion of Mitch Aubusson’s try.

The Titans were reduced to 12 men for a second time in the match when Keegan Hipgrave was sin-binned for taking out Lindsay Collins.

The Roosters’ claims for a penalty try were denied but Flanagan’s two points made it 12-6 before Manu soared high to reel in Luke Keary’s cross-field bomb.

That appeared to seal the deal before Sami crossed with five minutes remaining to give Roosters fans a tense finish.

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The virus that threatened to destroy a Melbourne orphanage


There were those orphaned by war and cruel circumstance, those whose families were living in such crushing poverty they could not be fed at home, and those simply abandoned.

The 44th annual report of the orphanage for the year ending June 30, 1919, radiates a sense of the panic that quickly enveloped the institution, run by the Christian Brothers since 1874.

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“The dreaded disease had made its appearance in Melbourne in January and the Brothers, to safeguard their young charges, decided to have the boys inoculated,” the report declared.

Australia’s Commonwealth Serum Laboratories had developed a crude “vaccine” using inactivated respiratory bacteria before it was recognised that the ‘flu was caused by a virus. It was of limited worth, at best.

“The first injection had scarcely been given when Influenza symptoms showed themselves,” the report went on. “This was on the 1st of February.

“By the 4th the number of cases had reached sixty-five, and amongst them was one of the Brothers, who had unsparingly tended the sufferers.”

In the next few days, as the orphanage was converted into an emergency hospital, all but one of the children became infected, according to the report.

It was such a disaster that members of the public from throughout Victoria, NSW and Queensland, Catholic and non-Catholic, dipped deep into their pockets.

Donors to the St Vincent's Boys' Orphanage are listed in <i>The Age</i> of February 20, 1919.

Donors to the St Vincent’s Boys’ Orphanage are listed in The Age of February 20, 1919.Credit:Age archive

The Age, among other newspapers, recorded columns of names of donors.

These days the orphanage building is the headquarters of MacKillop Family Services. Each year, it opens its doors for a weekend as part of Open House Melbourne, a city-wide event.

This weekend, however, a new pandemic has forced the organisers to keep the doors closed but to open the building “virtually” via digital platforms.

Highlights will include – at 11am on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 – discussions with those who have memories of being raised in out-of-home care.

While organising this unusual “open house”, staff at MacKillop came across vivid accounts of the calamity that enveloped the institution just over a century ago.

The dusty pages of 1919’s annual report make gripping reading.

By the fifth day, as priests hurried to give the last sacraments to those comatose and thought to be on their deathbeds, 50 new cases of influenza were diagnosed.

“The problem which the manager and doctor had to face was how to provide proper nursing and attendance for the sick,” said the annual report.

Victoria’s health authorities were already stretched as the epidemic scythed though the wider community “and only three extra nurses could be secured on the 5th of February”.

“The next day, when ten new cases were reported, the valuable services of Drs Southby and Chenowith were offered, and gratefully accepted.

“More cases occurred during the next two days, amongst them being a nurse and two of the Brothers on the staff. The nursing problem had now become acute, for several of the nurses were suffering from overwork.”

Word went out to the powerful Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix, who contacted the Mother Rectress of St Vincent’s Hospital.

“The response was generous and immediate,” the report stated.

“Sister M. Celestine and fourteen other Sisters of Charity were soon at work amongst the orphans. They were assisted by thirteen Brothers, who volunteered from the Melbourne communities, and shortly after by two Sisters of Mercy from Kyneton.

“At this stage in the course of the epidemic the Red Cross gave most welcome assistance by supplying stretchers, sheeting, blankets and screens, as well as milk and other nourishing beverages.

“One more of the Brothers was attacked, and day by day fresh cases occurred amongst the orphans, till all except one had been affected.”

The chapel of what was the St Vincent's Boys' Orphanage in Cecil Street, South Melbourne.

The chapel of what was the St Vincent’s Boys’ Orphanage in Cecil Street, South Melbourne.

Bit by bit, however, the efforts of the assembled nurses and doctors and the stream of donated assistance began to turn the tide.

By the end of March 1919, the orphanage was declared free of influenza, which killed at least 13,000 Australians and more than 50 million people worldwide.

The mortuary was closed. All the orphans survived.

The annual report illustrates the size of the public heart that helped save Melbourne’s lost children.

“The Brothers take this opportunity of again gratefully acknowledging the receipt of fruit, eggs, vegetables, jam, cordials, biscuits, tea, sugar, groceries, lollies, maizena [corn starch used in flour], fowls, and clothing from far and near, as well as generous donations in money amounting to over £1800,” the annual report stated.

That £1800 would be worth about $150,000 today.

The home of MacKillop Family Services is “open” this weekend at https://www.openhousemelbourne.org/2020/

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Investors face pressure over miner set to destroy Aboriginal artefacts


CBUS, the $54 billion super fund for construction industry workers, also confirmed a small investment in the firm, which is majority controlled by the Chinese government.

Failures by mining companies to preserve Indigenous artefacts have come into sharp focus after resources giant Rio Tinto last month decimated a 46,000-year-old site in Western Australia against the wishes of its traditional owners.

The Rio blast sparked an emergency Senate inquiry into how state and federal laws protect Aboriginal heritage.

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There has also been rising scrutiny in the investment world over responsible and sustainable investing and best strategies for lifting corporate environment, social and governance standards.

The Gomeroi people last month filed submissions in the Federal Court against federal environment minister Sussan Ley in an attempt to overturn the mine’s 2015 approval.

Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott called on major institutional investors to boost transparency about where they put their clients’ money.

“They have an obligation to their people investing to make sure their investors know exactly where their money is spent,” she said.

“If you believe in preserving and looking after sacred sites, they need to know where they’re putting their money and what these companies are doing.”

Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott is suing the government to protect significant artefacts on the China Shenhua mine.

Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott is suing the government to protect significant artefacts on the China Shenhua mine.

She said all Australians should be angered about cultural artefacts that will be destroyed if the mine proceeds, which include ceremonial corridors, burial sites and other items.

“Our direct ancestors are buried out there. You don’t go and blow up European burial sites so why should they be able to do that to us?” she said.

“It’s totally disrespectful and it’s something the whole of Australia should be up in arms about. While it’s our history and they’re sacred to us, history should be important to all Australians.”

Grinding grooves show marks of ancient Indigenous warriors sharpening spears for battle.

Grinding grooves show marks of ancient Indigenous warriors sharpening spears for battle. Credit:Dolly Talbott

China Shenhua’s annual general report released in March lists BlackRock as owning 7.97 per cent of the company. According to Bloomberg, its stake now stands at 5.97 per cent, worth more than $3.4 billion. Blackrock did not respond to repeated requests for comment over the investment.

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CBUS confirmed it owns around $4.5 million worth of shares in the company through a passive index fund.

The fund said it was considering divesting its stake as part of its broader climate change strategy and would ask its investment managers to incorporate First Nations heritage issues into engagement strategies.

“The sacred sites of our First Nations Peoples should be protected,” CBUS head of responsible investment Nicole Bradford said.

BlackRock has positioned itself as a leader in socially responsible investing and last year pledged to reduce its holdings of thermal coal. The firm’s founder, Larry Fink, has also been a prominent supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Proposed impacts on Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

Proposed impacts on Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. Credit:Watermark Coal Mine Heritage Management Plan.

Market Forces campaigner Will van de Pol said the outrage over Rio Tinto’s blasting should serve as a reminder for super funds about the role they play in actively managing investments.

“The Western Australia example should serve as a turning point that should have come long ago,” Mr van de Pol said. “But at least from now on, we need to see super funds ensuring that that sort of destruction never happens again on their watch.”

“As a firm committed to racial equality, we must also consider where racial disparity exists in our own organisations and not tolerate our shortcomings,” Mr Fink said in a public letter on May 31.

An archaeological report commissioned by China Shenhua Energy said it could preserve roughly half of the more than 60 significant artefacts identified by adding fencing or moving them to another location.

China Shenhua Energy was contacted for comment.

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