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Rachel Jarry admits concussions are ‘worrying’

Canberra Capitals forward Rachel Jarry admits the lack of knowledge about the long-term effects of concussion is “worrying” as she prepares to spend a month on the sidelines.

Jarry will miss the next four weeks of the WNBL season with a concussion in a major blow to the Capitals’ hopes of reviving their season.

It’s Jarry’s second concussion battle in the past fortnight and the latest in a string of head injuries that have cruelled her career, but she isn’t too stressed about any long-term effects.

It means the Capitals will be without the Australian Opals star for a crucial stretch as they fight to save their season, beginning with a clash against Perth on Saturday night.

Jarry’s absence opens the door for Chevannah Paalvast and Eziyoda Magbegor to play more minutes, while Jordan Hooper could play a different role against the Lynx.

Jarry is spending the week with her family in Melbourne as she recovers from the concussion suffered against the Sydney Flames, which is not related the one she had last month.

“As much as we think we know a bit more about it all, we don’t really know that much,” Jarry said.

“A lot of the studies done, especially on NFL players, are really skewed towards the athletes that do have symptoms.

“They don’t do any studies on athletes that don’t have symptoms later in their life at all so it’s unknown and that’s what the worrying thing is.

“Playing basketball, you don’t lead with your head and get hit in every game like you do in a full contact sport so I’m not too concerned.

“I just think it’s about making sure I’m symptom-free anytime I get concussed. That’s just the best we can do for now but I don’t have any long-term effects so that’s good news.”

The WNBL uses the Basketball Australia concussion policy and competition boss Sally Phillips is working with the players’ association to develop clearer guidelines.

Jarry won’t change her hard-nosed approach when she returns to the court, adamant it’s her tenacious mentality that turned her into an Olympian.

“I’ve been going in hard my whole life, ever since I was a kid and I first stepped onto the court. I don’t think I could change that,” Jarry said.

“What separates me from other players is how hard I do play so I wouldn’t like to change that. I just hopefully don’t get too many more knocks on the head. It’s a hard thing to change how you play.”

Capitals coach Paul Goriss says it won’t take much to adjust to life without Jarry on the court having been through it last week.

Goriss was also left to sweat on the fitness of captain Natalie Hurst, who only returned to training on Thursday having battled a middle ear infection during the week.

“It’s obviously disappointing for us and disappointing for her to be ruled out over the next four weeks so we’ve just got to plug along with who we’ve got and just make some key adjustments to that,” Goriss said.

“She’s had quite a few so this is a precaution obviously after having one and having another concussion within a week.

“The doctors have said four weeks off so she’ll just do some light training and light fitness work so we’ll keep monitoring her situation.”

Instead of travelling to Perth Jarry will be racing the clock to be fit for the Capitals’ return to Canberra – which won’t come until December 7 against the Sydney Flames.

A month-long stretch on the road means the 25-year-old’s absence could not have come at a worse time for the Capitals as they fight to snap a seven-game losing streak.


Saturday: Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, 6.30pm.

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Business feature: Hudson Homes

AWARD WINNING: Hudson Homes has won the NSW HIA Display Home of the Year for the last two years. Pictured is this year’s winner – Viridian at Elara Estate. POWER PACKED: Hudson Homes is offering new customers a free smart solar package that will help people save money and live more sustainably.

ADVERTISING FEATUREDanny Assabgy, CEO of Hudson Homes, firmly believes that building a home is something to celebrate.

VISION: Rob Borg, General Manager and Danny Assabgy, CEO, have shared a clear philosophy in driving Hudson Homes and keeping the building process transparent.

He stands by his mantra of providing customers with a delightful and rewarding experience, which trickles down to the entire team and their processes. So much so, in fact that the company is, it says, offering a level of transparency to the building process that has never been seen before.

“The whole philosophy of Hudson Homes is to provide our customers with a seamless process that is clear, communicative and simple. No hidden surprises, no extra costs, just an upfront agreement that is adhered to on time and on budget,” he explains.

The basis for the home building company is to provide a service that begins with the buyer’s perspective in mind.

By providing a three-tiered system of home packages, first home buyers, established homeowners and those looking for the ultimate in luxury living are all catered for. Customers simply select the package that fits with their expectations and budget.

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Hudson HomesUnlike other providers, Hudson Homes promises that everything is included from the start, meaning no surprises with expensive site costs. Additionally, they are also currently offering a complete solar system that uses smart monitoring software to save you more money on your ongoing bills.​

“We don’t generally offer promotions or deals to draw buyers in, we simply make sure that everything you want in a home is included at the time you engage us,” Mr Assabgy said.

“Leading up to Christmas, I wanted to offer an extra bonus for our customers. Our team sat around the table and struggled over the fact that we already include all the necessities in our homes. The majority of builders have air-conditioning, for example, as a upgrade, or an add-on or promotion, whereas it’s already included in our package as standard. The same goes for stone benchtop, al fresco areas, floor covering etc. That’s when we came up with adding on a free smart solar package to every new Hudson Home.”

This practice of transparency is extended throughout all aspects of the company and is the lynchpin to a new online platform for customers, soon to be rolled out by Hudson Homes.

The customer portal will enable customers to login and literally access their building file, view the build in situ, see photos and get a clear picture of how the site is progressing. It’s yet another way Hudson Homes are evolving their service and staying true to the company’s values.

This customer-focused builder has experienced exponential growth over the past four years and won the HIA Display Home of the Year award for the last two years running.

Danny Assabgy, CEO

The Murdochs have a $31 billion reason to break up Fox

What does the fox say? I’m still not sure. But I do know what Fox sees: a lot of money hiding, to the tune of $US25 billion ($31 billion).

Earlier this week came shocking news that the Murdoch media magnates had discussed selling a majority of 21st Century Fox’s assets to Walt Disney — yes, to the owner of ABC News and the increasingly politicised ESPN, of all places. The talks didn’t include Fox News, though, and a deal is said to be off the table … well, for now at least.

Considering just how immediately lucrative the move would be for the Murdochs and minority investors of Fox, I doubt this is the last we hear of it.

An exhaustive sum-of-the-parts estimation by Wells Fargo analysts, led by Marci Ryvicker, implies that Fox may be able to unlock around $US25 billion of value by breaking itself up and selling off certain pieces — whether the company on the acquiring end is Disney or someone else. Something to gain

21st Century Fox may be worth $US76 billion — roughly 50 per cent more than the conglomerate’s current $US51 billion market value — if the Murdochs sell off their less treasured businesses. Beyond news and sports, Fox doesn’t have much scale on its own, and its other cable channels are in a ratings slump. FX’s ratings are down 14 per cent this year through September, while National Geographic Channel has fared worse, plunging 25 per cent.

That didn’t stop the company from reporting another period of solid earnings on Wednesday. Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch also defended the company’s structure without commenting on the takeover speculation.

The success of Fox News helped drive an 11 per cent increase in the fees that its cable-programming division earns from pay-TV providers. But Fox News and sports programming are the core, and the other stuff may be worth more to another company.

Assuming, as Wells Fargo suggests, that Fox News and the sports programming are worth nearly $US60 billion, then shareholders are currently getting the rest of Fox’s assets for free or at the very least, on the cheap. X-Men on the cheap

The assets that 21st Century Fox could divest are worth about $US36 billion — that’s 70 per cent of the company’s current market value, implying investors have been getting some stuff for free.While Fox’s movie studio has churned out hits such as “Deadpool,” it’s also had its share of box-office flops like “Fantastic Four.” Overall, the film business is a lumpy one and may be dragging down the company’s valuation.

The division’s operating income before depreciation and amortisation slid 18 per cent last quarter. Wells Fargo assigns the film business a multiple of 12 times Ebitda, versus 15 for Fox News.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has a knack for getting the most out of movie-studio acquisitions, having revitalised the “Star Wars” franchise and built on Pixar’s and Marvel’s successes.

Fox needs to scale up or exploit its rivals’ need to bulk up themselves. The first no longer seems an option: The company’s only viable takeover candidate was Time Warner, owner of HBO and Warner Bros. studios, but it rejected Fox’s advances and struck a deal with AT&T instead (although that’s turned into its own saga).

It makes sense for Fox to focus on doing what it does best. And what precisely that is may be informed by your political viewpoints, but let’s just call it making money off of news and sports content. We can all agree it certainly does that.

The Murdochs see where the future is heading and need to look to where they can prosper.

Then there’s of course the question, if they do sell off billions of dollars worth of assets, what would they do with the money?


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‘Greed trumps nature’: Leaked report points to big offset savings for developers

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NSW’s new biodiversity offsets scheme is likely to save developers such as coal miners millions of dollars, according to a leaked report commissioned by the Berejiklian government.

A cost benefit analysis by the Centre For International Economics, a copy of which was obtained by Fairfax Media, found Glencore’s Mt Owen coal mine extension in the Hunter Valley would have reaped huge savings if the project had been assessed under the new methodology.

Using two methods to gauge the mine expansion’s offset costs, the reforms to the scheme both show savings of “approximately $80 million” compared with existing compensation tally for “disturbing” an extra 485 hectares of native vegetation, the report found.

Similarly, the Dubbo Zirconia Project, a $1 billion venture due to “disturb” 815 hectares, would save the developers about $12.89 million because fewer offset credits would be needed.

The government’s overhaul of native vegetation laws this year has raised concerns by environment groups that land clearing on private land has become easier.

The leaked report notes that almost 1000 flora and fauna species are at risk of extinction in NSW, with more than half the state’s mammal species (including the yellow-footed rock-wallaby) and about a third of native birds (such as the flame robin) are threatened.

Miners wouldn’t be the only winners from changes, with the report estimating developers of the M5 motorway in Sydney would have saved between $300,000 to $500,000 compared with the old formula, the report found. Faster approval

Aside from the lower costs, the report notes the scheme will accelerate projects even if suitable offsets for vegetation destruction can’t be found: “The option for developers to pay into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund (rather than finding their own offsets) could therefore potentially reduce delays.”

“Greed trumps nature again under this government,” said Kate Smolski, chief executive of the NSW Nature Conservation Council, in response to the report’s release.

“The offsets package pushes endangered wildlife closer to extinction while handing mining companies and developers millions of dollars in savings.”

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton did not dispute the report’s findings but said the outcome of the new biodiversity assessment method will be different for different developments.

“The biodiversity assessment method is scientifically rigorous and meets a no net-loss standard,” Ms Upton said.

The assessment did identify case studies where offset costs would have been higher, such as the Emerald Hills project to rezone rural land near Camden for 1200 new homes. Those costs would have risen $1 million to $1.8 million, it said.

Still, the report said it was “difficult to accurately estimate the impacts at a statewide level”. ‘Deeply distressing’

Penny Sharpe, Labor’s environment spokeswoman, said there was mounting evidence that offsets are “leading to poor environmental outcomes” while allowing developers to save large sums of money.

“Labor believes there is a place for biodiversity offsetting, but only when underpinned by science and a commitment to improve or maintain environmental outcomes,” Ms Sharpe said. “This is what is sadly lacking under the current system.”

Mehreen Faruqi, the Greens environment spokeswoman, said it was “deeply distressing to see Gladys Berejiklian and her government knowingly trash the environment for their mates in mining and property development”.

“It’s pretty clear that the only rationale for the biodiversity offsets policy was to roll out the red carpet for developers, not to protect the natural environment.” Dr Faruqi said.

“It is a policy dreamt up by mining lobbyists, which is why the community, environmentalists, scientists and ecologists are all up in arms about this terrible policy.”

A spokesman for Glencore said its Mt Owen has used the offsets methodology applicable at the time of the project’s approval.

“The credits and offsetting costs shown in the [report] are clearly part of a hypothetical exercise using the Mt Owen project to test the new State biodiversity methodology,” the spokesman said.

“As such, they do not in any way represent actual biodiversity offsetting outcomes for the Mt Owen extension project or savings to Glencore.”

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Stuck in the jam

CONSERVE YOUR ENERGY: The sweet sweet science of jam making raises many burning questions for the unwary.SIMON WALKER: That’s Life archive

It’s easy to forget we’re governed by seasons, and even easier to lose sight of what we’re supposed to make during those seasons. Or rather how.

Take jam for example. Nan used to be so good at making it when the various fruits came into season.But unlike Nan, the jam-making skill didn’t pass on when she did, leaving later generations prey to suggestionsany fool can do it.

Fast forward tolast Saturday,wewalked into a veritable fruit-nado at the local grocer.

Trays of not only strawberrys 16 punnets strong, but blueberries similarly laden, clearly in season and being sold for a song. So we loaded up, high on economies of scale, low onwhat we were going to do with the tonnage when we got home.

We talk a good cottage industry but the realities of village life soon became apparent.

Firstthere was a lot of shuffling in the fridge to make room for the bulk berries in order to stave off the mass decomposition we figured was coming as surely as the realisation we didn’t have enought room in the fridge. Soserious was the shuffling, the beer got booted out.

To justify this drastic action, there was then a lot of re-calculating about how much money we’d save by buying in bulk, because that made us feel better than the idea most of the berries might end in the compost bin if we didn’t act quick.

Cue the move into preserving mode: first our dignity, then the berries –into bags inthe freezer; into coolies, whatever they are; and finally into jams –ye olde, tricky, artform.The only thing driving me on at that stage wasthe promise that we could stonker ourselves on strawberry leftover daiquiris (or warm beer) at the end.

Nan was never too much into daiquiris but she once killed a six-foot carpet snake with an axe, and she sure could jam. And on face value, jammin’ sounds so easy – boil bulk fruit, add horrendous amount of sugar, bask in river cottage delight. Or insulin shock, whatever hits first.

The reality in our case was heaving strawberry swill leading toheated debate over the cooktop about whyjam doesn’t set as reliably as Jamie, or Nigella, or Nan insist, but rather splatters like molten lava onto any exposed parts of your body. Timeless questions were asked about pectin, thermometers, preserving sugar and what constitutes cheating when it comes to making jam.The answer being, nothing, if it makes your jam set.

There was drama over bunson and burning and how when you combine the two with jam you get toffee on the bottom of your saucepan. Or rather the metallic taste of burnt sugar, which is not like mulberry at all, as one party in the literal heat of stirring battle tried to suggest, having urged we burn past the point of no return when the thermometer wouldn’t push up to the magic 105 degree celcius mark, where apparently the jam fairy does its setting magic.

The end result was four jars of intensely sweet slop. Not jam as such, but potentially a very handy base for strawberry dacquiris. Not a bad thing to stew on as we move out of the jam season, and into the cricket.