Wallabies’ newcomers thank old guard

Uncapped Wallaby squad members Jack Dempsey and Ned Hanigan have declared themselves ready to rip into Test rugby while expressing thanks to those they have replaced.

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The two NSW Waratahs are among a new batch of backrowers called up by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and are contenders to play at blindside flanker in the three June Tests.

Dempsey and Hanigan have thanked Scott Fardy and Dean Mumm – both left out of Cheika’s squad – for advice they have received from the two Wallabies stalwarts.

“These (dropped) guys are well established for a number of years and not having them in there is definitely lacking a lot of experience and leadership and guys pointing you in the right direction,” Dempsey said.

“Scott Fardy has had a a big influence on me during that (2016 Wallabies) spring tour in terms of the one-on-one tips he would give me on and off the field.

“But in saying that, knowing me and Ned quite well, we’re not going to shy away at all in terms of that side of it.

“We don’t lack any confidence in ripping in and having a dig, so that won’t be a problem on our end.”

Hanigan has been mentored by Mumm, who like him moved between the second and back rows.

“Dean has been such a role model for me, everything on and off the field,” Hanigan said.

“He just gives you those little tips, tricks of the trade, he’s been doing it for so long.

“You still look up to those guys. They are experienced in what they do.

“It’s definitely a shock (that they haven’t been selected), they are still playing good footy and we’re not taking this opportunity for granted.”

Hanigan, 22, missed the start of the campaign with a hamstring problem and Dempsey, 23, only returned last weekend after two months out with a broken foot.

“I gave myself a lot of doubt as to whether I’d be involved in this June period, so it (selection) definitely was a bit of a surprise,” Dempsey said.

Ironically it was Dempsey’s injury which opened up a Waratahs starting spot for Hanigan, who has played more as a lock.

“I think any second rower that gets a bit of a taste at blindside straight away starts calling himself a number six. I can play both,” Hanigan said.

Iraq bombing, Melbourne schoolgirl dies

WHO IS ZYNAB AL HARBIYA?

– 12-year-old girl from suburban Thomastown

– Year seven student at Sirius College at Broadmeadows

WHAT HAPPENED?

– Zynab left for Iraq with her family on May 18 to visit her sick grandfather

– A bomb ripped through an ice-cream shop in Baghdad early on Tuesday morning local time, killing Zynab and wounding her mother and uncles

– IS claimed responsibility for the attack, in statements released online, saying its suicide bombers had targeted gatherings of Shi’ite Muslims

– A second car bomb also went off at rush hour, killing 14 and wounding at least 37 people

– Zynab’s body was buried in Iraq on Tuesday

– A memorial service will be held at Fawkner Mosque on Wednesday

KEY QUOTES

“Another innocent killed by this violent tendency, this violent terrorist movement, that is gnawing away, seeking to destroy and pervert and blaspheme one of the great religions of the world.

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” – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

“I still expect her to come and tease me and play around and make fun and jokes. She is too small to go so early.” – Cousin Layla Al-Saabary to Nine Network

“All of us are deeply distressed that one of our smiling students has been taken from us in a cruel act of violence that is beyond understanding.” – Sirius College executive principal Halid Serdar Takimoglu

“She was extremely dedicated. The biggest issue I had with her was her talking in class. She was loved by all of her friends.” – Sirius College English teacher Kiralee Mladenis

“This tragedy underscores the brutality of this terrorist organisation that shows no respect for religion, nationality, sovereignty, borders, no respect for humanity.” – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

“All terrorism is evil, but there’s something truly insidious about targeting children. Fact is, ISIS don’t care where you come from, or what you believe, or who you pray to.” – Daniel Andrews on Facebook

“We are shocked and mortified and extremely sad that a young girl could be killed in that way. It’s senseless.” – Adel Salman, vice president of the Islamic Council of Victoria

Tributes flow for pilots in SA plane crash

Three Adelaide men killed in a light plane crash in South Australia’s Riverland region have been remembered as well-respected and experienced pilots.

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Their plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon and a search party found the wreckage around 4km west of the Renmark Aerodrome, northeast of Adelaide, that evening.

Charter flight company Rossair owned the Cessna Conquest aircraft and has confirmed its Chief Pilot Martin Scott, 48, and returning pilot Paul Daw, 65, were on board.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspector Stephen Guerin, 56, was also on the plane observing the flight as part of the authority’s routine safety work.

Rossair says the flight was for training purposes as Mr Daw, who had more than 40 years experience as a pilot, was rejoining its team.

He was just days off stepping down as Chief Pilot at Adelaide’s Bruce Hartwig Flying School in order to take on the role.

The school said it was deeply saddened by the death of the “well-known, highly experienced and respected senior pilot”.

“We will all miss our dear friend and valued colleague,” it posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Rossair also paid tribute to Mr Daw and Mr Scott, noting the latter had helped the charter company to expand.

“The role of any chief pilot in an aviation organisation is one that requires leadership, mentoring and robust flying skills – and Martin delivered on all those accounts,” the company’s executives said in a statement.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said Mr Guerin would be remembered by his colleagues as “passionate about aviation, meticulous about safety and widely respected”.

“He was active in community service and known as a ‘true gentleman’,” the authority said in a statement.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have travelled to the Riverland from Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney to piece together what happened when the plane crashed during a return flight from Adelaide to the SA Riverland.

Adding tobacco won’t make you more stoned

The addition of tobacco to a cannabis joint does nothing to heighten the experience of being stoned, experts say, although it might make you less forgetful.

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They say this dispels the myth that adding tobacco to cannabis makes users more stoned.

The authors of a small new study say smoking tobacco with cannabis “does not improve the subjective effects of cannabis, and makes it more harmful to one’s physical health”.

Experts from University College London (UCL) set out to assess how the drug and tobacco interact when mixed together in joints – which is how the majority of European users consume cannabis.

Their study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, examined 24 healthy, non-dependent but experienced users of cannabis and tobacco.

Each took part in four sessions of smoking joints that included cannabis and tobacco, cannabis and a placebo, tobacco and a placebo, or just the placebo of both.

They also undertook assessments for both episodic and spatial memory, had their heart rate and blood pressure monitored and self-reported feelings of being stoned or dizzy.

Consistent with previous studies, the researchers found that cannabis impaired the participants’ memory but adding tobacco reduced this impairment.

They found tobacco had no effect on users’ experience of being stoned.

“There’s a persistent myth that adding tobacco to cannabis will make you more stoned, but we found that actually, it does nothing to improve the subjective experience,” said the study’s lead author, Chandni Hindocha of UCL’s Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit.

“Tobacco’s ability to reduce the memory-impairing effects of cannabis may be part of why people add it to their joints.

“Surprisingly little research has been done on how tobacco might alter the effects of cannabis. As cannabis gets legalised in more countries, it is essential that any changes in cannabis policy consider their interrelationship.”

AOC media man reprimanded in bullying case

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) media director Mike Tancred is facing more bullying claims after being reprimanded for abusing the organisation’s former chief executive.

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Tancred has been cleared of bullying ex-AOC chief Fiona de Jong because his actions weren’t repetitive, an independent committee found.

But he remains stood down from his role as investigations continue into separate bullying claims against him by other AOC staffers.

De Jong accused Tancred of bullying her after she quit as AOC chief executive last December.

The AOC formed an independent committee of three former judges to rule on de Jong’s claim.

The committee ruled Tancred’s conduct “does not rise to the level of bullying because it was not repetitive conduct against Ms de Jong”, the AOC said in a statement on Wednesday.

But the committee found Tancred’s actions amounted to “disreputable conduct” which breached an AOC ethical behaviour by-law.

“The sanction determined by the independent committee is that Mr Tancred be severely reprimanded for his conduct, which will form part of his employment record,” the AOC said.

“The independent committee will continue investigations into separate complaints which have been made by other persons against Mr Tancred … (who) will remain stood down.”

Tancred was not immediately available for comment.

He stood down from his job on April 26 pending the outcome of the de Jong investigation.

De Jong, who quit as AOC chief last December, alleged Tancred threatened her and her family.

She lodged a formal complaint at the time but only went public with the claims during a bitter election battle for the AOC presidency.

Incumbent president John Coates retained the role from challenger Danni Roche at a vote earlier this month.

De Jong said last month that Tancred’s case was among a dozen instances of workplace harassment in the AOC from 2004 to last year.

Those claims prompted the AOC to commit to an independent review into its workplace practices – a review separate to the bullying investigations.