Nuclear terrorist threats ‘terrifying’

There are “terrifying possibilities” that terrorists could get access to nuclear material to make dirty bombs, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warns.

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Speaking on the sidelines of a global nuclear summit in Washington on Saturday, Ms Bishop said Australia was committed to the global effort to secure nuclear material amid fears of the potential for a nuclear terrorist attack.

The summit is dealing with hypotheticals of what could occur and how to prevent it.

“There is a high level of concern that nuclear material could fall into the hands of terrorists or terrorist groups or that they would get sufficient material to make what is called a dirty bomb,” Ms Bishop told reporters.

“It was so heartening to see so many countries represented here, exchanging ideas, exchanging experiences and working collaboratively to ensure that the nuclear material for civilian purposes is held as tightly and securely as possible with a commitment to reducing the risk that terrorists could gain control.”

Ms Bishop said Australia had a strong record in securing nuclear material as a uranium producer and exporter.

At one point Australia was holding about 300kg of highly enriched uranium.

It now holds less than 3kg.

“That is for research purpose but we are constantly reviewing our need for that.”

Dozens of world leaders at the summit have re-affirmed their commitment to fight proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials, according to a communique.

It says more needs to be done to prevent non-state actors from obtaining nuclear and other radioactive materials.

“The threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism remains one of the greatest challenges to international security, and the threat is constantly evolving,” the communique said.

Frosty on top of V8s at Symmons Plains

Reigning V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom will tackle the Symmons Plains meet with renewed vigour after topping the timing charts in practice.

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Winterbottom claimed the fastest time of 51.5263 seconds around the windy Tasmanian circuit on Friday.

The blowy conditions made a mess of the track, with plenty of dirt and muck strewn across the tarmac.

Prodrive Racing mastered the conditions, with Winterbottom leading home teammate Cam Waters ahead of third-placed Jamie Whincup.

It was only practice but it was a meaningful result to Winterbottom.

The 34-year-old proudly races with the No.1 sticker on his car from a dominant season in 2015 but is actually on a dry spell of wins.

After the season-opening Clipsal 500, it’s been 15 races without success for Winterbottom so the career Ford man was happy to end up on top.

“I feel good. The start of the year at Adelaide was tough,” he said.

“The grand prix was a really good confidence boost too.

“(The season) is 12 months and you’re going to have highs and lows.

“You just keep backing yourself. I know we’ll win races because the team notoriously does.

“When we’ve got a good (car), we’ll attack.”

The X-Factor at Symmons Plains looms as the wind.

Cross-winds of 50km/hr had teams scrambling for the correct set-up and looking to avoid the dirt from recently completed safety works.

Winterbottom said he could handle the gusts so long as the direction didn’t change.

“The wind can change 180 degree and the car can be completely different,” he said.

Whincup said he was less concerned about the wind than Saturday’s race strategies.

The six-time series champ said he wasn’t in favour of a shift to one longer 120km race rather than two 60km races and was eager to see how it plays out.

“You’ll see half the field take on fuel. You’ll see half the field keep going … everyone’s fairly well touch and go,” he said.

“It’s very difficult to pass here. Hopefully the pitstops create some passing opportunity.

“Two shorter races with a compulsory pitstop would (have been) ideal because then you’re not losing anything.”

V8 SUPERCARS SERIES STANDINGS

1. Michael Caruso (Nissan) – 222

2. Jamie Whincup (Holden) – 207

3. Shane van Gisbergen (Holden) – 197

4. Scott McLaughlin (Volvo) – 189

5. Garth Tander (Holden) – 187

Firebirds far too good for Tactix

The Queensland Firebirds have outclassed Mainland Tactix 70-55 in their ANZ Championship netball season opener in Brisbane.

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Before a vocal home crowd, the two-time champions launched their title defence by leading at every break to claim their 14th-straight victory. The last time they fell was in round five last year.

Friday night’s 15-point win was the Firebirds’ 12th-straight match scoring 50 or more goals, the 70-point haul also eclipsing their last season high of 68.

The premiers didn’t have it all their way in the opening exchanges, trailing by four midway through the first quarter before clicking into gear. They led by two at the first break.

Captain Laura Geitz was pleased with how they managed to lift the intensity during the middle two quarters.

“The first quarter … after a pre-season is a totally different ball game,” she said.

“We obviously didn’t adjust well in defence and it was a bit scratchy but when we got our timing and momentum together it was unstoppable.”

The reigning champions upped the ante before half-time, with sharp shooters Gretal Tippett (25 from 32) and Romelda Aiken (45 from 49) complimenting each other nicely thanks to some quality delivery inside the attacking third from Caitlyn Nevins and Kim Ravaillion.

At the opposite end, veterans Geitz and Clare McMeniman flexed their defensive muscle to keep Tactix shooters Bailey Mes (18 from 27) and Mwai Kumwenda (37 from 38) at bay despite Kumwenda’s accuracy underneath the hoop.

Taking a 33-25 advantage into the third quarter, Queensland continued to pile on the pressure against lowly Tactix, who could only manage one victory last season.

The gulf in class began to tell as the hosts outscored them by nine to take a 17-goal lead into the final 15 minutes.

The New Zealand side had no answer to the speed of Queensland’s attacking duo of Tippett and Aiken, who were singled out for praise by Geitz.

“Romelda and Gretel were playing aerial ping-pong down the attacking end and it’s an exciting game of Netball that they are able to play,” she said.

Djokovic beats Goffin to reach Miami Open final

Australian Open champion Djokovic improved his stellar record for the year to 27-1 and will next face Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who ousted Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-5 in the second semi-final.

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The 28-year-old Djokovic, a five-times champion in Miami, is bidding to match Andre Agassi’s record of six titles at the event and earn a record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

“It was windy, it was humid, it was warm,” Djokovic told reporters. “It was like everything was thrown out there.

“And to overcome those obstacles and conditions was something that I’m proud of. I managed to stay tough in the right moments.”

Djokovic, whose only defeat this year came in February when he retired against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in Dubai due to an eye infection, applauded Goffin’s performance.

“He plays very clean,” Djokovic said. “Also, I think he improved his serve. I had difficulty reading it. Physically, it was a great battle with lots of exchanges from the baseline.”

With Goffin initially playing much steadier from the baseline in the Miami heat, Djokovic came under intense early pressure and saved three break points in the opening game before holding serve.

Djokovic and Goffin traded service breaks in the seventh and eighth games before battling to a tie-break which the Serb clinched 7-5 after his opponent, reaching high for a lob, hit a backhand volley into the net.

The second set went with serve until the seventh game when 15th seed Goffin hit a forehand long before netting a backhand to be broken and trail 3-4.

Djokovic then comfortably served out to book his place in Sunday’s final at Crandon Park where he will seek to add another Miami crown to his titles from 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014 and last year.

Goffin, 25, who reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells two weeks ago, is projected to climb to a career-high 13th in the world rankings on Monday.

Nishikori made his first Miami final by taking out brash young Australian Kyrgios in some style.

“It’s a great feeling to be in my first final in Miami and it was very good playing today so I’m very happy,” said the sixth seeded Japanese.

“In the second set I got a little bit tight after I broke his service game and I tried to be focussed on what I had to do on my service game and the last couple of points I tried to be aggressive.”

While happy to get through he was under no illusions of what lay ahead on Sunday, when he will be looking to break a five-match losing streak against the Serbian world number one.

“It’s going to be tough for sure,” he admitted.

“He’s been playing well and we just played in Australia and I lost in three sets so I will have to do something better.

“I hope can play another good match.”

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes/Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Larry Fine/Nick Mulvenney)

Nordic headsets improve military hearing

Swedish-based Invisio, which will provide high-tech headsets to French security forces at the Euro 2016 football championship, expects military orders in emerging markets to boost revenue further this year.

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Invisio’s headsets are already sold to US and British military forces. The in-ear product turns vibrations from jawbones into sound and cancels external noise so that a speaker can be heard clearly even when standing close to a running jet engine or a loud explosion on a battlefield.

Invisio, whose share price soared 500 per cent last year, started in mobile phone headsets but changed tack in 2008 as its main customer Motorola suffered big losses to focus on products for the military, law enforcement agencies and firefighters.

That shift into products made for extreme environments means it now competes in a niche market with limited competition and high barriers to entry. The company says it has won all public tendering processes it has taken part in since 2012.

A breakthrough for Invisio came at the end of 2013 when the US military placed orders as part of a modernisation drive. The following year, sales surged 136 per cent and the company turned to profit after reporting losses for more than a decade.

Now, Invisio plans to expand outside its main markets in Europe and North America to selected countries in Asia, the Middle East and South America.

“I am completely certain that we will win orders in new countries this year,” Chief Executive Lars Hojgard Hansen told Reuters, but declined to say which countries were most likely.

Invisio was founded in 1999 in Copenhagen, which became an audio technology hub after Denmark decided to subsidise the sector in the 1960s. Several of the world’s largest makers of hearing aids are based in Denmark.

The now-Swedish company employs about 40 people and is one of a number of high-tech firms which have grown out of the Nordic region to compete on a global stage.

Invisio headsets can protect a soldier’s ears by bringing loud noises such as explosions or gun shots down to safer levels. A user who wants to hear something from a greater distance can opt to increase the volume by up to five times.

Hearing loss is a major problem for military personnel and the U.S government has said it pays more than one billion dollars each year for hearing aids and compensation to war veterans with hearing impairments.

Invisio, which estimates the current market for its products at about four billion Swedish crowns ($A641.59 million), has carved a niche for itself where more old-fashioned products such as earplugs or construction-site ear protectors are often used.

“I believe more and more countries will jump on the bandwagon when they see the benefits,” Hojgard Hansen said.

Recent orders from NATO countries Britain, Canada and Australia helped to contribute to a 14 per cent increase in sales in 2015 to 230 million crowns ($28 million).

This year, Invisio won an order from French security forces, which will use the equipment at the Euro 2016 starting in June.

Magpies pip Tigers in final few seconds

Brodie Grundy kicked a goal with four seconds left to propel Collingwood to a stunning come-from-behind one-point win over Richmond at the MCG on Friday night.

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The Tigers looked to have done enough as they held onto a 17-point lead late in the game but Alex Fasolo, who finished with six goals, kept the Pies in with a chance before Grundy hacked a loose ball out of the goal square to break Tiger hearts 13.9 (87) to 12.14 (86).

Jack Riewoldt inspired his side with three last-quarter goals, but Damien Hardwick’s men were left to rue costly turnovers that left the door open for the Pies.

Having suffered a horrendous start to the AFL season that saw them lose Dane Swan and Steele Sidebottom in an 80-point defeat to Sydney and become embroiled in the illicit drugs controversy, the black-and-white portion of the 72,761-strong crowd erupted in jubilation as the final siren sounded.

There’s winning ugly and then there’s what Collingwood did on Friday night but Nathan Buckley won’t care one bit.

A week after AFL fans rejoiced at the return of brave, attacking high-scoring footy, the big stage of the MCG was the scene of a horror show of errors, turnovers and poor decision-making for three quarters before the contest erupted into a pulsating final term.

Each side kicked just three goals each in a dour first half, Richmond with their noses in front by less than a goal at each change before the stunning conclusion.

Adam Treloar was again important for his new team with 32 possession with Magpies teammate Scott Pendlebury influential across half-back with 26 touches.

Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Shaun Grigg did the heavy lifting in the middle for the Tigers, while Bachar Houli mopped up down back.

It was Fasolo’s night, however, as he kicked his sixth goal with less than two minutes left to draw the Pies to within five points, before a frantic scramble inside Collingwood’s attacking 50 had Nick Vlastuin penalised for deliberate out of bounds.

Darcy Moore hit the top of a crowded goal square from out near the 50m arc, with Grundy icing the stunning comeback in heavy traffic.

“It was admirable the way that we were able to stay with it long enough,” Buckley said.

“It’s a 124-minute game and we took every one of those minutes, but the attitude and effort was a lot better.”

Hardwick lamented his players’ lack of composure in the final minutes of the match, but had no problem with the out-of-bounds free kick.

“We should have been better in that situation,” Hardwick said.

“We missed gettable shots on goal. You leave the door open and good sides bounce back and take the four points from you.”

The Tigers – already missing Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric and Shaun Edwards – suffered a heavy injury toll, the walking wounded including Dylan Grimes (hamstring), Shaun Grigg (ankle) and Jayden Short, who kicked three goals on debut, but suffered a shoulder injury.

The rising trend of Nazi analogies

When referring to someone as evil, egotistical or abusing their position of power, many people cut to a cliché Nazi analogy.

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Adolf Hitler’s name has been associated with countless individuals, including Barack Obama, David Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Taylor Swift, Clementine Ford, Scott Morrison, Julia Gillard, Julie Bishop, Tony Abbott … In fact, if you type any Australian politician’s name into Google with the following, ‘… is a Nazi’, chances are someone on Twitter has made an overextended correlation between a member of Parliament and the 1930s dictator who was responsible for the genocide of millions of people.

This nonchalant ‘Nazi’ vernacular has become so normalised that the word can tail almost any person or activity. For instance, general terms like grammar nazis, femi-nazis and eco-nazis demonstrate how increasingly common is it to literally and metaphorically Photoshop a Swastika upon seemingly uncompromising people.

Current Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump who has called for, a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, regularly receives a crescendo of Nazi analogies from his critics, making this 2016 the year of frequent and widely received lax-terminology on a sensitive topic.

“Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the sh*t coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.” – Comedian, Louis CK

One of the more recent occurrences was Louis CK who wrote an open letter against Donald Trump in early March. 

Donald Trump trying to pull a 1933 Hitler but replacing Jews with Muslims. Dangerous times.

— django django (@thedjangos) December 7, 2015My social media feeds are full #Nazi related posts. #ThanksTrump.#DonaldTrump #MakeAmericaHateAgain

— Ramin Talaie (@RaminTalaie) March 18, 2016

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— David Lee Preston (@DavidLeePreston) December 8, 2015Heil Trump? 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/MgzTea7oY5 #DonaldTrump #GOP #Republicans ##GOP2016 #racist #Fascism #racism #KKK #Hitler #DavidDuke #Democrats

— Michael P. Williams (@PhillyComptonMW) April 1, 2016

The current United States presidential electorate can be seen as a perfect example of this mainstream behaviour. Donald Trump’s candidacy not only demonstrates the frequent use of likening conservative individuals to Hitler, but this era of campaigning (in the digital age) also highlights the ability for critics to protest behind the picketing borders of a comment box in an online forum, illustrating Godwin’s Law that, “As an online discussion grown longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches”. 

By referring to author Mike Godwin’s theory, it is becoming increasingly concerning that contemporary society is perpetuating this really awful way of speaking which invalidates the systematic extermination of innocents and brutality against millions of people. With the expanding use of online platforms, we are holding more conversations and public debate in the cyber sphere and consequently, the overarching statements to convey shockery is becoming a language trend at the expense of those who suffered unthinkable atrocity.   

While Donald Trump continues to offend women, people of colour and anyone who doesn’t share extreme conservative views, we can use this time to realise just how much problematic controversy a US presidential candidate can express, but additionally, take into account a rising trend in debate that should not be acceptable. 

This behaviour sadly isn’t only carried out by Trump’s trolls, disgruntled bigots trying to win an argument online or 16-year-olds who will regret having a Twitter account when they’re older. Many high profile and ordinarily reasonable people with social influence have perpetuated a dialogue that offensively trivialises the horror of the Nazi party.

Tony Abbott – The Labor Government’s minister to a decline in defence industry jobs in South Australia 

 

While answering a question about the latest unemployment figures in last year, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliment, “Under members opposite, defence jobs in this country declined by 10 percent. There was a holocaust of job in dence industries by members opposite.” 

MP Paul Flynn – David Cameron

Late last year UK MP for Newport West, Paul Flynn described David Cameron as acting like Adolf Hitler asking for his generals to “rescue him from his bunker”. During a meeting of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Mr Flynn stated, “Adolf Hitler in his final days ordered his general, the 12th Army, to come in and rescue him from his bunker because the Red Army were approaching. It’s been said that not since then has a European leader been so deluded about a phantom army as the Prime Minister …”

Tony Abbott (again) – Bill Shorten

In 2015, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott caused Jewish Labor MP Michael Danby to walk out of Question Time after calling Bill Shortern, the opposition leader, “the Dr Goebbles of economic policy.”

 

Boris Johnson – George Clooney

While promoting his film in 2014, The Monuments Men, George Clooney voiced his opinion on the Elgin Marbles sculptures, which were taken to Britain from Parthenon in Greece in the 19th century. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson responded to Clooney’s comments at the movie’s press conference by stating, “This Clooney is advocating nothing less than the Hitlerian agenda for London’s cultural treasures.”

 

Megan Fox – Steven Spielberg 

Actress Megan Fox was replaced in film, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ in 2011 for being quoted in a British Magazine stating, “He [Steven Spielberg] wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.”

 

Russel Brand – Rupert Murdoch

One of the editors of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids printed an interview with model, Sophie Coady in 2013, who alledged that she slept with comedian Russel Brand while he was in a committed relationship with socialite, Jemima Khan. Russel Brand reacted to the material by writing on The Guardian online, “We know the Sun is not trustworthy and so does he [Murdoch]. He uses the word “trusted” deliberately. Hitler was trusted, it transpired he was not trustworthy.”

 

Mario Batali – Wall Street Bankers

 

In 2011 the celebrity chef, writer and restaurateur insulted Wall Street bankers during a Time Magazine panel saying, “So the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys.”

Kanye West – himself

During a stage performance at England’s Big Chill Festival in 2011, Kanye West opened up about identity issues and ‘haters’ by saying, “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I’m f*cking insane, like I’m Hitler … One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did. 

 Victoria Jackson – Barack Obama

In 2009, the former Saturday Night Live star stating, “Obama legally kills babies and now he can legally kill Grandmas! Hitler did this. He killed the weak, the sick, the old and babies and races/religions he didn’t like. Hitler also controlled the media.”

 Rush Limbaugh – Barack Obama

Severely conservative radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh said on-air in 2009, “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, was ruled by dictate … The Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo”

 Vale Joan Rivers – Annie Duke

During a row on the reality television series, The Celebrity Apprentice comedian Joan Rivers demonised professional poker player, Annie Duke by answering the questiion, “is she [Duke] nice?” with, “… So was Hitler.”

 

 

 

‘Dons make a stand in AFL

Essendon’s makeshift team has honoured their game-day Make A Stand theme by staging a stunning AFL upset win over Melbourne at the MCG.

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The 13-point boilover capped a day full of symbolism for the Bombers and also had the Demons returning to hard questions about the team’s psyche.

Melbourne looked set for their second comeback win in as many weeks on Saturday when they kicked the first three goals of the last quarter and regained the lead.

But the Bombers dug in, responding with the last three goals of the match and winning 11.14 (80) to 10.7 (67).

It buried the pre-season speculation about whether Essendon’s team of kids, top-ups and a smattering of stars could win at all this year.

Nine players had their first wins at Essendon.

This was worth much more than the four points – before the game, thousands of fans had joined the Make A Stand march to the MCG from nearby Federation Square.

At Essendon’s first home game of the season, the faithful were determined to start putting the long-running supplements debacle behind them.

The Bombers also announced two major sponsorship deals before the match, while Heath Hocking has become the first of their 12 banned players to sign a contract extension.

Retired Essendon legends formed a guard of honour for the team as they ran onto the ground.

And from the first bounce, the team caught the defiant mood.

After losing tackles and contested possessions in last week’s 10-goal loss to Gold Coast, the Bombers beat Melbourne in those key areas throughout the match.

“It’s obviously round two, so in the context of a normal season it’s just nice to get a win on the board,” said coach John Worsfold.

“But certainly for us, pulling the team together, the work and the desire the players have shown has been outstanding.

“It has been a big day for the club.”

While Joe Daniher’s goalkicking was terrible – 2.4 and two out on the full – he was best afield with 15 marks.

Fellow youngsters Zach Merrett and Darcy Parish also showed they are at the nucleus of Essendon’s future with outstanding games.

As for Melbourne, long-suffering Demons fans could see this coming.

After blitzing GWS in the last quarter a week ago, Melbourne were flat-footed.

Despite a faultless pre-season and the round-one win, Saturday’s scratchy performance fuels their reputation as a flaky team.

“I can absolutely see the Melbourne supporters’ frustration and it often comes off the back of a really good performance so that probably adds to the frustration,” said coach Paul Roos.

“We’d like to think we have come forward and certainly from a coaching point of view, well look at the reasons, but we’ve got to continue down the path we believe is the right path.”

Captain Nathan Jones and Ben Kennedy, who kicked three goals, stood out for the Demons.

V8s race changes split Frosty, Whincup

Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom are fighters on the V8 Supercars circuit and off it.

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The most recent championship winners are at odds over changes to the series, which begins today at Symmons Plains.

Last year, Saturday racing at ‘SuperSprint’ meets was split into two 60km races, but in 2016, the series will feature just one 120km race – worth the same number of points as Sunday’s 200km race – in the hope of more on-track action.

Winterbottom is a fan, saying the increased points bounty on Saturday should lead to renegade racing.

“In races last year, if you passed a car it was worth two points, (but) you turn a car round, it was 25 points (lost),” he said.

“What it’s going to do is produce better racing because the incentive, the carrot to pass a car is now six points.”

Whincup, who has an untouchable record for qualifying first and leading the field home, disagrees.

“For me, the more races the better. I think two races on a Saturday is better,” he said.

“More support categories is better as well, I think we’re a little bit lean.

“Two shorter races with a compulsory pitstop would be ideal because then you’re not losing anything.”

Winterbottom said added time in qualifying and more soft tyres meant teams had more opportunities to put fast cars on the tarmac.

“Fifteen minutes qualifying and two sets of tyres … it’ll be exciting not to see cars in the pits and out on the track,” he said.

“Qualifying for me is now the best part of the weekend. The format allows you to go hard at it.”

The points shift has sparked debate on whether the Bathurst 1000 should be worth double points, but Winterbottom drew the line at that radical proposal.

“If your co-driver sticks it in the fence then your championship is over.,” he said.

“What you get from Bathurst is far more than 600 points. You get the Peter Brock trophy. I don’t know what more you’d want.”

On this point, Whincup was happy to agree.

“It’s a debate. What Mark said makes sense. (Bathurst) already has a massive influence on the championship as it is,” he said.

“But I might change my mind overnight.”

Swans expect Blues to ramp up pressure

Sydney fully expect an enthusiastic Carlton to ratchet up the pressure blowtorch on them, as the Blues attempt to spring a major AFL upset at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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The Swans enter the game high on confidence after an 80-point opening round home thrashing of Collingwood.

Sydney speedster Harry Cunningham stressed the Swans haven’t dwelt on that impressive performance and are bracing themselves for a pressure-packed performance from a Carlton side which displayed plenty of tenacity in their nine-point season-opening loss to Richmond.

“They are a very hard working side, they run back to defend and counteract from there and get their attack going from there,” Cunningham told AAP.

“But the one thing thing I probably noticed most is their pressure around the footy has been pretty red hot.

“We’re going to have to be strong in that area of the game on Sunday.

“It was obviously a great start last week. We really wanted to come out and play a strong brand of footy and we were able to do that.

“That’s behind us. It’s a good start to the season, but we’re really looking forward to doing that again this weekend.”

New Carlton coach Brendan Bolton confirmed his side intended making life difficult for the more fancied Swans, but wasn’t underestimating the task facing the Blues.

“We give ourselves a chance in every game, but we know its a challenge,” Bolton said.

“They (Sydney) are really good at the contested footy and they looked in form up forward, but we’ll throw everything at them.”

Bolton suggested No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering could again spend time on Swans spearhead Lance Franklin after they clashed in a NAB Cup match three weeks ago.

“I’d like to think there are some times where he is on `Bud’ because again we’re about growth and learning,” Bolton said.

Irishman Zac Tuohy will play his 100th game for Carlton and defender Sam Docherty his 50th.

For Sydney, veteran defender Ted Richards is back from a calf issue and replaces injured recruit Michael Talia down back.