Manly’s Cherry-Evans out to prove a point

Daly Cherry-Evans’ omission from Queensland’s State of Origin squad will only be Manly’s gain, according to Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett.

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Cherry-Evans will get his first chance to take out his Origin fury on a desperate Penrith at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night.

Barrett said Cherry-Evans had not been ill-affected by the decision to overlook him, and instead believed it would only act to fire him up further to continue his career-best form.

“He was down in the dumps for about half a day and he was back into it,” Barrett said on Friday.

“His right of reply is on the field tomorrow night and over the back end of the season.”

Cherry-Evans openly aired his frustration earlier in the week, but has vowed to not be left kicking stones.

Instead, he promised to put the energy towards ensuring Manly make a dominant charge at this year’s finals series to claim his second NRL title.

“When you’re close and you miss out, I guess that hurts more than not being in the race at all,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I can move on now knowing that it’s not to be this year and I’m going to continue to work hard here at Manly and try and push forward to these finals.

“It’s hard not to, as a captain, sort of think bigger picture and where you can possibly end up with the squad we have, and the coaching staff being able to implement their game plan.”

According to Barrett, Cherry-Evans is the form halfback of the competition with 20 try assists, 16 line-break assists and two 40-20s – second to only Cameron Smith.

Crucial to Cherry-Evans’ turnaround has been the regeneration of the Sea Eagles’ team.

Five-eighth Blake Green’s addition has given the team a second point of attack, evidenced by the fact they have forced 30 dropouts between them – more than any other combination.

Manly are also ranked second in attack, while Barrett has been clear in the fact this has become Cherry-Evans’ team in 2017, crucial given the departure of a number of long-serving players.

“I’ve got a lot of people to thank around the team and probably even a few people externally that I didn’t know this time last year,” Cherry-Evans said.

“So I’m grateful for where we’re at as a club, and definitely individually.

“I think there’s only three players in the squad, maybe four, that are left from 2013 so it’s been a crazy couple of years.”

Aust internet slow and unreliable – Choice

Six in ten Australians have been plagued by internet drop-outs, connection issues and slow download speeds a new Choice survey has found.

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“To make matters worse, some of the slowest providers also scored poorly when it comes to value for money and customer and technical support,” Alan Kirkland, Choice CEO said.

The consumer watchdog’s internet satisfaction survey drilled into Australia’s recent experience with ADSL, the National Broadband Network and Cable.

Of the NBN users who reported a problem, 76 per cent mentioned slow speeds or drop-outs.

That figure rose to above 80 per cent for those with ADSL, ADSL2 or 2+/Cable connections who listed problems.

Australia’s largest internet service provider, Telstra, ranked last for value for money. The company’s customer and technical support also scored below the average.

Dodo was another cellar dweller, with customers listing speed and customer support as the ISP’s weakest links.

iiNet, iPrimus, Optus and TPG performed above the average, but top honours go to Internode. It’s Choice survey score was 81 out of 100.

Telstra agrees Australians want value for money and a “great” internet experience.

“We will continue to invest more than any other Australian telco to provide the best network experience, offer plans with generous allowances that meet the changing ways people use their service,” a Telstra spokesman told AAP.

Choice wasn’t impressed with the survey findings, the consumer advocacy has now teamed up with Enex TestLab to monitor Australia’s broadband networks.

“With so many Australians experiencing issues with their internet service, we want to get to the bottom of speed issues to make sure people can expect to get what they pay for,” Mr Kirkland said.

Turnbull talks North Korea sanctions, meets Merkel ahead of G20

Malcolm Turnbull is confident G20 leaders will agree on tougher sanctions against North Korea and new steps to deal with online extremism.

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The prime minister’s optimism ahead of the Hamburg summit starting on Friday comes despite deep divisions over what next steps to take to ensure North Korea abides by UN sanctions against testing missiles.

US President Donald Trump says the West faces “dire threats” to its security and way of life and he has not ruled out military options.

“It’s a shame (North Korea) is behaving this way … something will have to be done about it,” he said during a pre-summit visit to Poland.

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— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) July 6, 2017

Mr Turnbull told reporters in Hamburg that North Korea’s “reckless and provocative” action had been condemned by all G20 members.

“We will see a strong commitment … to strengthen the sanctions that have already been applied to the North Korean regime,” he said.

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Asked about the US taking military action, Mr Turnbull declined to speculate but reiterated Australian action would be done under the UN, as well as autonomous sanctions targeting North Korean individuals and businesses.

He also urged China to do more to “bring economic pressure in particular to bear”.

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— Brett Mason (@BrettMasonNews) July 6, 2017

China and Russia have urged cooler heads among G20 nations, with more trade sanctions only likely to increase poverty in North Korea and damage the global economy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will take to the summit a plan for “suspension for suspension”, which would involve North Korea winding back tests while the US and South Korea suspend military exercises.

Russian President Vladimir Putin argues military options should be ruled out and an “exclusively political and diplomatic” solution is needed.

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Russia is already irate at the US over what it describes as a “sanctioning frenzy” over the Ukraine.

Mr Turnbull, who is also pushing new steps to deal with online extremism via communications apps and social media sites, said cooperation across the G20 agenda was vital.

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— Brett Mason (@BrettMasonNews) July 6, 2017

“We need the 20 largest economies of the world to pull together and support each other in delivering the security that all of our citizens deserve and are entitled to expect from their leaders.”

He appeared less confident about agreement on climate action, which Mr Trump has dampened through his decision to pull out of the Paris accord.

“Australia is a party to and supports and is complying with our commitments under the Paris agreement,” he said.

Mr Turnbull held a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday at which they discussed terrorism, innovation, defence cooperation and a proposed trade deal between Australia and the European Union.

“We are committed to free trade and open markets,” he said.

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More than 21,000 police armed with water-cannons were preparing to deal with protests on Thursday night (Hamburg time), with train loads of anti-capitalism and pro-environment activists arriving and others already camped out in church grounds and theatres.

The prime minister will head to Paris and London for leader-level talks after the summit.

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Katy Perry promo slammed for ‘cruel’ koala joke

The plug for Perry’s “Witness” tour next year, which also pushes the country’s top department store Myer and its 8,000 ticket giveaway for the shows, featured the singer telling the poodle: “Let’s go chase some koalas, Nugget.

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Koalas on Australia’s east coast are listed as vulnerable to extinction, with dog attacks, habitat loss and vehicle strikes among the top causes of the population decline.

“This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels,” wildlife vet Claire Madden told Queensland’s Courier Mail.

“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas.”

The retailer also came under fire on social media.

“How could you even think this was OK? On any level? Pathetic. Cruelty to animals is not a joke”, one user wrote on Facebook. 

Following the backlash a Myer spokeswoman told AFP the company had removed the reference to koalas in the video.

It replaced the line with: “OK Nugget, it’s time to get you a puppy passport”.

Perry is not the first celebrity to come under fire in Australia over her dog.

In 2015 Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard also caused a storm when they failed to declare her two dogs on arrival into the country.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor drew the ire of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who ordered Depp’s dogs Pistol and Boo to “bugger off” back to Hollywood or face being put down in a case dubbed ‘War on Terrier’.

“Johnny Depp all over again,” complained one Facebook user on Myer’s page. 

“Arrogance and disrespect for Australia.”

Perry, the first user to garner 100 million followers on Twitter, has not commented about the video on social media.

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