Darren Jolly rushed to hospital as he and Dea win bathroom week on The Block

The Block all-star couple Darren and Dea Jolly trumped the competition with their glam bathroom, but victory was dampened by the former footy player being rushed to hospital.The Block all-star couple Darren and Dea Jolly trumped the competition with their glam bathroom, but victory was dampened by the former footy player being rushed to hospital.
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Jolly will be out of action on Darling Street for a week, leaving his wife to work solo with their tradies on the second bedroom.

The former Collingwood ruckman was hospitalised for a week with pneumonia in both lungs.

Jolly has revealed since he has been diagnosed with a benign brain cyst and has had surgery, but there was no suggestion his illness over bathroom week was related.

He slogged through the week-long main bathroom challenge on The Block Triple Threat, vomiting in a bucket and battling exhaustion and mouth ulcers.

The Jollys went out to breakfast to relax after completing the bathroom, which wowed the three judges with its black mosaic tiles and egg bath nestled in the double-shower.

But Dea called an ambulance to the cafe when her husband began to have trouble breathing.

She stoically attended the judging session alone and rang him at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern with the news that they had collected the $10,000 winner’s purse after scoring two nines and a nine-and-a-half.

The experienced Block contenders beat newbies Tim and Anastasia, who bounced back from the embarrassment of their first bedroom disaster last week, to lose by half a point.

They created a bathroom with statement tapware, a timber vanity and oodles or storage, which the judges felt befitted the South Yarra address.

The Jollys’ victory was a one-up on Tim and Anastasia, with tension obvious between the couples.

Earlier in the week Dea accused Anastasia of copying her style.

Judge and interior designer Darren Palmer used the same seagrass wallpaper in his lesson makeover of Tim and Anastasia’s losing bedroom as Dea has used in her winning bedroom, sparking a confrontation.

Last week’s challenge winners Ayden and Jess won the right to deduct one point from any team at judging and chose the Jollys.

Even with the penalty, the Jollys’ glamorous touch and experience in creating a designer bathroom to a tight Deadline nudged out the competition.

Magazine editor Neale Whitaker described the Jollys’ bathroom style as “glamour, glamour, glamour”, and fellow judge, Sydney agent John McGrath, praised the “layers and zones” the pair created with bold tiling and glass partitions.

Ayden and Jess blew a large chunk of their budget – about $20,000 – on decorative, floor-to-ceiling marble tiles for the bathroom.

The pair created a separate toilet, which didn’t earn ticks from the judges, with Shaynna saying a stand-alone loo is a dated feature found in older homes.

However, McGrath was a fan of their timber flooring in the shower, but that praise wasn’t enough to life them from the bottom of the judging ladder.

Sydney’s Josh and Charlotte were criticised for their grey stucco walls, which the judges thought would go out of fashion quickly, but even after lacklustre results in judging, the pair vowed to stick to their style.

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NRL refuse to register Parramatta’s Richie Fa’aoso’s contract over insurance concerns

Richie Fa’aoso has been cleared to play but is facing insurance concerns. Photo: Marco Del GrandeRichie Fa’aoso’s dream of a comeback from a broken neck appears to be dashed after the NRL failed to register the Parramatta’s recruit contract because of insurance concerns.
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Fairfax Media has learnt that the NRL informed Fa’aoso of its decision on Friday after the Eels tried to lodge a contract. Despite receiving a medical clearance to play, concerns surrounding insurance are holding the 30-year-old back from returning to the field.

Under the NRL’s new insurance policy, players are covered up to $1 million for total and permanent disability injuries. However, it is understood because of Fa’aoso’s pre-existing injury he did not qualify for the scheme and could only find cover of up to $250,000, which was not enough for the NRL to allow him to return.

An NRL spokesman confirmed Fa’aoso’s contact had not been registered.

“Richie had a career-ending injury at Manly but then sought to return to the game,” a NRL spokesman said. “We had a series of medical and insurance requirements that he needed to meet to get clearance to resume his career. Unfortunately he has not been able to secure the necessary insurance cover so we’ve been unable to register his contract.”

Although unlikely, Fa’aoso could potentially return should the Eels find a suitable insurer. He would need to find cover of $1 million before the NRL would consider to look at his request again.

The NRL originally asked the Eels to provide a medical clearance for Fa’aoso before he returned to the field. After successfully receiving the clearance, the NRL then requested insurance.

Fa’aoso retired from rugby league after breaking his neck while playing for Manly in their preliminary final win against South Sydney in 2013. The C7 fracture saw him miss the club’s grand final loss to the Roosters.

He inked a one-year deal with the Eels in October after receiving a medical clearance. Fa’aoso spoke of his excitement having been given the green light to return to football.

“He said the bone had fused itself back together and there was no movement there at all,” Fa’aoso told Fairfax Media in September. “He asked me if I was interested in going back [to rugby league] and I said, ‘Bloody oath!’

“I was over the moon when I got that last scan. The surgeon said if I wanted to go back to playing, he would give me a clearance. I’m stoked. My son was wondering why I stopped playing.

“I was one of those guys who left it a bit late. With this second chance, I’ll be sorting out what I can do with life after footy as well. That’s very important. “It’s good I can now go out there and support the fame, do what I need to do.”

The Eels are expected to find an off-field role for Fa’aoso. The rugby league journeyman made his debut for the Panthers in 2004 before playing for the Roosters, Eels Newcastle, Melbourne and Manly. He also had one season stint with Castleford in the English Super League.

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Win no challenge for Townview

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TOWNVIEW skipper Clint Heuir scored his second half century in as many matches as he paired with young gun Cody Tully to score an effortless victory against Isa Challengers on Saturday.

HALF CENTURY: Townview skipper Clint Heuir teamed with Cody Tully to lead his side to victory over the Isa Challengers.

The Challengers set a competitive total of 9-191 from their 40 overs but it was always in the sights of Townview.

Tully blasted 68 not out from 52 balls and Heuir scored an unbeaten 52 from 34 balls as the pair guided Townview to a seven-wicket victory in the Mount Isa Cricket Association match at Sunset Oval.

Billy Baillie (25) and Luke Iles (26) also chimed in for valuable runs for Townview as they reeled in the Challengers total with 15 overs to spare and only three wickets down.

Challengers captain Naren Ramachandran took his side’s three wickets.

Townview’s best bowlers were Sam Arsenic (3-20) and Az Germaine (2-33).

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Surprise wins for Euros and Keas

TWO major upsets have opened up the Mount Isa Rugby Union competition as teams jostle for prime position heading into finals.Euros were able to defy a remarkable late comeback by Warrigals at Rugby Park on Saturday night to jump into second spot on the ladder.
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Euros’ win was amplified by Cloncurry’s surprise loss to cellar dwellers Keas.

It means Cloncurry has been relegated to third spot, gifting Euros the prized second spot on the ladder.

The two contests showed how wide open the competition is this season with any side capable of turning an upset with the right personnel.

If both clashes went to script – or at least by ladder position – Cloncurry would’ve lengthened the gap on third spot, putting Euros in danger of finishing the season in the unfamiliar position of outside the top two.

But it was Euros who kicked off the round with more determination in their clash with Warrigals, scoring a 22-21 win.

It should’ve been an emphatic, double-digit victory if it wasn’t for the never-say-die attitude of Warrigals.

The league leaders posted three tries in the last 10 minutes of the clash, almost stealing the most unlikely of victories for Warrigals.

Euros posted three tries with Victor Malua, Scotty Perrin and Justin Dennien all finding the try-line.

Two conversions and a penalty try took Euros to a 22-0 lead, seemingly safeguarding victory until Warrigals launched its comeback in the final minutes.

After persisting for numerous plays on the Euros line, Warrigals eventually went over for a penalty try.

The penalty try opened up an avalanche of possession for Warrigals as Euros’ paid for the price for complacency late in the game.

Stacie Campbell and Cody Saltmere went over for Warrigals within minutes to get within one point of Euros.

But the final try was on the buzzer with Warrigals having to contain their premature celebrations as players thought they were a chance of a remarkable upset.

The Euros win was not supposed to change the ladder positions with Cloncurry expected to make light work of bottom-placed Keas.

But Keas made sure the rest of the competition won’t take them lightly again this season as they scored a 24-21 upset.

Euros James Maher puts in a quick step.

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Dylan Napa expected to reject St George Illawarra and sign long-term deal with Roosters

Dylan Napa of the Roosters is unlikely to leave the club.Faith in coach Trent Robinson is expected to ensure Dylan Napa rejects a rich offer from St George Illawarra to extend his stay at the Roosters by up to three years.
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Fairfax Media understands that Napa is close to committing his long-term future at the club after renegotiations stepped up late last week. The prop – who had a taste of representative football when he played for the Prime Minister’s XIII side against PNG last year – tested the open market with Gold Coast in the mix. But it was St George Illawarra that tried the hardest to lure Napa away from the Roosters, with the 22-year-old seen as a potential replacement for the departing Trent Merrin.

Napa said his belief in Robinson would make it difficult for him to end his three-year top-grade stint at the club.

“Being off-contract hasn’t really distracted me at all,” Napa said. “I’m very happy with where I am. I’m very comfortable under Trent Robinson as a coach. I 100 per cent trust him. He has been awesome for me.

“It would be a hard thing to leave someone that you trust. You believe in his game plan so much and obviously the team we’ve got around us [helps].

“Playing finals footy and believing in the coach is pretty high on my priority list.”

Napa’s imminent re-signing is a huge post for the Roosters who have already retained Kangaroos back-rower Aidan Guerra until the end of 2017 and Kiwi Test prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ contract extension is now a mere formality after he, too, rejected a rich offer to sign with the Raiders. It leaves backs Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Daniel Tupou off-contract at the club.

The Roosters have withdrawn from the race to sign Merrin but have spoken with Jason Taumalolo’s manager about North Queensland’s big man making the switch. A host of clubs including Cronulla, Warriors and Manly have expressed an interest in Taumalolo. A Warriors contingent – including coach Andrew McFadden – flew from Auckland to meet Taumalolo in Townsville last week, armed with an offer of more than $700,000. Sharks coach Shane Flanagan also sat down with Taumalolo at a Cronulla restaurant recently. Taumalolo’s asking price is expected to rule the Roosters out of contention, while St George Illawarra – which also expressed an interest – will be priced out.

Meanwhile, Merrin is expected to decide on his future when he returns from England having been part of the Dragons’ successful World Club Series win against Warrington. The NSW forward will choose between Penrith, Cronulla and Brisbane after opting to leave St George Illawarra at the end of the year.

The Roosters were impressive in their six tries to one romp against Manly in Gosford on Saturday night. Daniel Tupou scored two tries against a weaker Manly side that are sweating on the fitness of Jamie Lyon (knee), Tom Symonds (elbow), Steve Matai (shoulder), Brenton Lawrence (knee) and Jamie Buhrer (knee) for round one. Lyon and Symonds will have scans on Monday.

Napa said the performance was positive ahead of their round-one clash against the Cowboys in Townsville.

“It was a good start to the year,” Napa said. “It was the first trial for most of the boys so it was a good hit-out.

“Robbo [Robinson] was pleased. We’re happier with getting back to our Roosters ways and carry strong with tough defence. Everyone is waiting for round one. We did a lot of k’s [kilometres] in our legs in the pre-season it showed [on Saturday night].

“We’re a lot fitter than we were last year.”

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Rain fails to dampen spirits at Maitland Show

RIDE ’EM COWBOY: Twins Cameron and Sean MacLachlan enjoy a camel ride at the show. Picture: Brock Perks
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CAMEL rides, stunt cars and a mechanical bull were just some of the new features crowds flocked to see at Maitland Show.

This year’s ‘‘farmfest’’ themed show boasted record numbers of exhibitors in every category from handicrafts to cattle, said Maitland Show operations manager Amanda Winney.

The new events, combined with a renewed focus on agriculture, were aimed at delivering a ‘‘bigger and better show’’, Ms Winney said.

Despite a wet weekend, organisers estimated 12,000 people came through the gates between Friday and Sunday, up from about 9500 the previous year.

For the first time in at least six years, Maitland Show welcomed stunt cars back to the arena.

The daring displays by the Isuzo D-Max Driving team were extra hair-raising for local thrill-seekers who had won passenger seats in the show cars. Each display gave four residents the ‘‘ride of a lifetime’’, Ms Winney said.

‘‘The crowds loved the cars,’’ she said.

Cameron notches up 115

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A 300-PLUS total was enough for Black Stars to continue its dominance of the Mount Isa Cricket Association on Saturday.

Black Stars Trent Cameron scored a ton against Western Bulls on Saturday.

The ladders leaders extended their winning streak to 14 as they demolished Western Bulls by 117 runs.

Black Stars posted a score 9-302 at Captain Cook Oval, thanks to the strong platform laid by openers Trent Cameron and Kyle Keighery.

Cameron scorched a 115 and was assisted by in-form Keighery (53), who made his third successive half century.

Nathan Giles (42) and Ian Barlow (35) also made contributions with the bat to take Black Stars past 300.

Kyle Anderson, Nick Diamond and Adrian Morrisby each took three wickets but it was a long day in the field for the Bulls.

The Bulls were bowled out for 183 in reply.

Morrisby (35) and Wes Hall were the best Bulls with the bat.

Andrew Cullis took three wicks for 16 runs to be the pick of the Black Stars bowlers while Giles, Alistair Baker and Andrew Lawrenson all took two wickets apiece.

The day was also a success off the field for Black Stars with their Pink Stumps day raising more than $1000 for breast cancel and the McGrath Foundation.

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Co-owner drives The Dip to front and never looked back

A SUPERB front-running drive from co-owner Nathan Ford has seen New Zealand horse The Dip claim the $10,000 North West Tasmanian Light Harness Association Cup at the Devonport Showgrounds last night.
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FORWARD CHARGE: Nathan Ford drives New Zealand horse The Dip to claim the $10,000 North West Tasmanian Light Harness Association Cup at the Devonport Showgrounds last night. Picture: Meg Windram.

Racing out of its class, Ford took the gelding straight to the front from the standing start, enjoying a one-length lead over the first three laps of the 2645m journey.

With the pace starting to hot up as they made there way down the back straight for the final time, Ford and The Dip turned on the afterburners, racing away to win comfortably by six metres and pay $6.40.

Black Centurian, driven by Gareth Rattray was second, with Dodgermemate third.

Afterwards Ford said the pace set in the first half of the race suited him down to the ground.

“I was was a little bit confident because they let me get away with murder,” he said.

“I though I was going a little bit quick, but when I saw the first quarter come up in 33.9, I had a bit of a giggle to myself.”

Following it’s success last night, Ford said The Dip could be aimed at the Devonport Cup in a fortnight.

“He’s no star, but he flies away from a standing start and we will race him somewhere next week.

“He was racing out of his class and came up against some of the better horses, so we might target him at the Devonport Cup, he’s got good manners from the standing start and he’ll get the distance.”

Earlier in the night, Chopstix Boris produced a sizzling run from the back of the field to win the $10,000 Tasmanian Horse Transport Latrobe Cup.

Patiently driven by Adrian Collins, the four-year-old gelding had to go four-wide around the home turn, but such was his speed, the rest of the field never stood a chance, and he won by three lengths from of Supersub and Neonjet.

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Call to cut the coal

NEW mines should be banned in the Hunter and moves made to phase out the coal industry because of its damage to human health, which is costing the community more than $650million a year, a report prepared by health experts, academics and environmental scientists says.
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The Climate and Health Alliance, which includes former Australians of the Year Professor Tim Flannery and Professor Fiona Stanley, will issue a letter to Premier Mike Baird on Monday calling on his government not to approve any new coal projects in the region.

The alliance’s report estimates the annual health costs from mining are $600million due to pollution from the Hunter’s power stations, $65.3million due to fine dust particle emissions from coal mines and power stations in the Upper Hunter and $13million from air pollution from coal in Newcastle.

The report argues that not enough is being done to protect residents from dust pollution which can cause serious respiratory problems and other illnesses. And though the industry is a big employer in the region, the letter cautions that the ‘‘social fabric’’ of the region and lives of residents had been disrupted by coal companies buying land for mining.

‘‘People’s health is at risk from declining air quality associated with coal mining, transportations and combustion,’’ the letter says.

‘‘The illnesses and deaths associated with air pollution from coal in the region are potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year.’’

The report argues the continued expansion of the industry should be blocked to allow the development of alternative industries that are ‘‘safer for the local community and do not cause global harm’’.

The report uses previous estimates from research into the health costs of coal combustion and fine dust and applies those to the recent pollution levels detected in the region.

For example, very fine dust particles, known as ‘‘PM 2.5’’, had previously been costed at about $36,000 a tonne in health damages in Singleton.

This puts the cost of PM 2.5 particles emitted in Singleton in 2012-13 at about $47million.

The report also notes the amount of slightly larger dust particles, known as ‘‘PM 10’’, in 2012-13 was 96,000 tonnes.

That was more than 29times the amount produced by all of the state’s motor vehicles and four times the amount produced by bushfires, reduction burns and domestic fuel consumption.

Alliance president Liz Hanna, fellow of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, said the Hunter was the focus of the report because it was ‘‘the perfect storm’’ of coal expansion into agricultural and residential areas.

She described the government’s air quality monitoring network, which it often cites as addressing public concerns, as ‘‘tokenistic’’ when stricter regulation and comprehensive health studies were also needed.

She said it was ‘‘morally unjust’’ for the government to continue approving mines in the face of mounting evidence of health impacts.

‘‘The benefits and profits of mining go to a few and the public picks up the cost,’’ Dr Hanna said.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is preparing a Lower Hunter particle characterisation study, which will provide information about the composition of dust particles in the region.

A 2010 report by NSW Health said the Hunter had higher-than-average rates of respiratory illness, but there was no conclusive link to air pollution.

Boy hurt in quad bike accident

A NINE-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being trapped under a quad bike at a station near Cloncurry on Thursday night.
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The boy was flown to Mount Isa Hospital by the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter after crews went to the scene of the accident at a remote property south-east of Cloncurry, near Eloise Mine.

‘‘The young patient had been involved in a quad bike accident and was treated by QAS critical care flight paramedics before being airlifted back to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition,’’ RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter CEO Alex Dorr said.

Mr Dorr said it was the third quad bike-related incident the rescue chopper had been called to in the past 12 months.

Ambulance crews arrived at the scene soon after the rescue helicopter and helped free the boy from under the bike, before treating him for injuries.

Queensland Ambulance Services superintendent Evan Kaddatz said crews took the boy to hospital with suspected back and chest injuries.

‘‘It had the potential to be quite a serious incident but it appears that luckily it wasn’t too serious,’’ he said.

A report by the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety has show 15 quad bike-related deaths were recorded in 2014, maintaining the 10-year average of 14 deaths annually.

Centre director Dr Tony Lower said of those deaths, 12 occurred on farms, with a further two involving cases on public roads where the quads were turning into or out of a farm.

He said the information highlighted the fatal mix of children and quads, with three cases involving children younger than 16.

‘‘There were also at least 86 injuries serious enough to be reported in the media, with many likely to be life-changing, including spinal and brain injuries,’’ he said.

QUAD BIKE: A young boy is recovering in hospital after a quad bike accident near Cloncurry.

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