Before we all panic about Tuesday night and ‘s crucial World Cup qualifier against Thailand, let’s stop, take a deep breath and remember.
We have been here before.
For those suffering the social media affliction (no recollection of what happened a week ago, never mind four years earlier) it’s worth recalling that as approached its final qualifying match for the World Cup in Brazil 2014 it was in an equally challenging position to that which it finds itself this coming week.
To make absolutely sure that they would qualify as runners-up behind Japan and secure an automatic qualifying spot in Brazil the Socceroos had to beat Iraq in Sydney.
Holger Osieck’s team – still containing the last remnants of the “golden generation” – made heavy weather of beating a second string Iraqi side crammed with what were then promising members of the Middle Eastern nation’s under 20 team.
It was not until lanky frontman Josh Kennedy, these days an analyst with Fox Sports but back then very much Osieck’s go-to man in case of emergency, came off the bench late in the game to head home the critical goal that gave the Socceroos a 1-0 win, ensuring that the subsequent result between Oman and Jordan would count for nothing. Had dropped points Osieck’s men could have been passed by Oman, although the result in Sydney made it academic. Oman, as it happens, lost anyway.
The Socceroos are not quite in exactly the same position but they are as close as they could be.
A thumping win over Thailand – say by a four goal margin – would ratchet the pressure on Saudi Arabia, who kick off against Japan in Jeddah some six hours after the n game finishes.
Japan qualified on Thursday night with their 2-0 win in Saitama, a deserved victory over an n team that never really got into the game.
That means that the Saudis, with 16 points and a goal difference of plus six, are ahead of in the race for second spot.
The equations are complex and varied, but the bottom line for Ange Postecoglou’s team is that if they can give the Thais a hiding they stand a strong chance of making it to Russia as an automatic qualifier.
A 3-0 win, for example, would put ahead of Saudi Arabia on goal difference (plus one) and goals scored (17 to 16).
That would mean that the Saudis would not only have to beat Japan, but to score at least two goals in the process.
If could beat the Thais by three a 1-0 win for the Saudis would not be sufficient.
In that scenario both nations would have 19 points, a goal difference of plus seven and both would have scored 17 goals. The final tie breaker between them would be the result of head to head matches during qualifying, and would go through by dint of having drawn in the Kingdom and beaten the Saudis in Adelaide this winter. However a 2-1 win for the Saudis would put them through.on goals scored, as both nations would have a goal difference of plus seven but the Saudis, in that scenario, would have scored 18 goals to ‘s 17.
Can the Socceroos do it?
Assuming they will beat the Thais comfortably is holding a hostage to fortune given that they failed to do better than get a point when they met in Bangkok, but in the circumstances has little option but to go for it.
The Socceroos cannot completely throw caution to the wind but need to keep the pressure up all night.
Thailand is out of contention, is backing up five days after a morale sapping home loss to Iraq and has nothing to play for save pride.
It will not like the cold conditions and if Melburnians can pack AAMI Park and turn it into a fortress, who knows what might be possible.
Nothing can be taken for granted, but the experience of four years ago tells us that good things can happen, they just might take until late in the piece to do so!
2/9/17 AMA Victoria President Dr. Lorraine Baker speaks to the media about the 2017 Influenza A epidemic in Victoria. Photograph by Chris HopkinsThe death toll from ‘s influenza epidemic has risen as doctors urge members of the public to get vaccinated against the deadly strain.
On Saturday the deaths of six residents at a Tasmanian nursing home were confirmed in what has become the biggest flu season on record.
On Friday Victorian authorities said seven people aged between 70 and 94 had died after a flu outbreak at a nursing home in the state’s north-east.
A further 100 people were left ill following the outbreak at Wangaratta’s St John’s Retirement Village over the past two weeks.
Tasmania’s Uniting AgeWell said on Saturday it had lost six residents to an Influenza A outbreak at the Strathdevon aged care facility at Latrobe between August 9 and 16.
Despite 95 per cent of residents receiving this year’s vaccination, 31 contracted the virus, it said.
Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has ordered a review into the St John’s outbreak and said the government was considering various responses, possibly including compulsory vaccinations for all aged care workers.
“No option is ruled off the table because the paramount thing for the Turnbull government is that we protect citizens in our country from any form of virulent infection,” he said in a press conference on Saturday, foreshadowing an announcement in coming days.
Mr Wyatt encouraged people to get vaccinations if they were regularly coming into contact with vulnerable people or consider other protective measures when sick with the flu.
“Let’s not expose people to a potential health problem that could see them losing their life,” he said.
Mr Wyatt cautioned against transferring patients to another facility during an outbreak as it risks spreading the flu.
A growing percentage of the population going without a flu shot this year and a particularly virulent strain of the illness has caused the number of cases in Victoria to swell to 11,845, more than double this time last year, the n Medical Association says.
More than 105,000 flu cases have been confirmed nationally, the largest number ever diagnosed in one season, breaking a record set in 2015.
The AMA’s Victorian president Dr Lorraine Baker said it was not too late in the season to get the vaccine.
“There is an under-vaccinated population,” Dr Baker said. “This is a very virulent strain of Influenza A.”
In Victoria, annual immunisation against the flu is free for people deemed at risk, such as pregnant women and those aged 65 and over.
“[If] people are willing to pay for private vaccination … then we can increase the herd immunity in the community. “But we are not getting the same level of herd immunity out there,” Dr Baker said.
Dr Baker said the Influenza A strain was included in the current immunisation program.
“Immunisation provides some protection, but even immunised people have suffered this infection, usually at a much less severe rate,” she said.
Dr Baker said the elderly were at particular risk of developing complications from the flu. “This particular strain seems to be affecting, in the fatal sense, an older population.”
He said it was important that 95 per cent of the population was vaccinated.
“Also [I] ask people to be responsible citizens and if they feel unwell on any given day, especially with a fever, sore throat and a runny nose, to stay home. … and protect your community … from potential infection “
Fathers Day: Jonte Margison 5, Sam Demarchi 4, Jaxten Collins 4, Gypsy Fitzallen 5, Pepper Mackean 5, Primrose Bains 5. Picture: Paul ScamblerPupils at Glen Dhu Primary School know exactly why they love their dads: because they’re tall, because they play games together, and because they’re a triangle.
While unable to verify the last claim, The Examinerfound out that most children knew their dads were the best.
Glen Dhu Primary held a Father’s Day breakfast on Thursday morning, with 5-year-oldGypsy Fitzallen joined by her dad, who, she said, is the best at concreting and roofing.
“He’s really tall and he’s got really dark brown hair,” Gypsy said, adding her favourite things about her dad were that he takes her to her favourite places.
Pepper Mackean, 5, said her dad is a hairdresser and her favourite thing about him was “how he always have time for me”.
“[We] go see waterfalls and caves,” she said.
Meanwhile 4-year-old Primrose Bainssaid she loved spending time in the kitchen with her dad, cooking butter chicken and adding plenty of chilli.
“He has a job …to be a chef,” she said. “Because he lets me help cook, I like putting the spices in.”
Jonte Margison, 5, said he liked playing games with his dad outside, visiting the concrete trucks, and “feeding the little lamby”.
When asked to describe his dad, Jonte said he looked “like a triangle”, and his favourite thing about his dad was “he’s a triangle”.
And 4-year-old Sam Demarchi said his dad’s job was to “take pictures and eat chocolate”, and Sam’s favourite thing about his dad was they play Star Wars together.
Jaxten Collins said he liked to play outside with his dad. “He has a really prickly beard,” Jaxten said.
The body that represents commercial TV networks has emphatically denied it blocked the broadcast of a Father’s Day commercial on the grounds it was a political intervention in ‘s same-sex marriage debate.
Dads4Kids, which describes itself as a father’s advocacy group and has campaigned against same-sex relationships in the past, accused Free TV of rejecting a new ad that highlights the relationship between fathers and their children.
In a statement, the group said it released the commercials in the lead-up to each Father’s Day as a “gentle encouragement to n dads and an affirmation that they are an important figure in the lives of their children”.
Suggesting this year’s ad would no longer be broadcast, Dads4Kids spokesman Ben Pratt said they had been told the material was deemed to be political.
He denied there was a political motive in the material and said “not everything is about same-sex marriage”.
But Free TV dismissed claims it had “blocked or banned” the commercial.
“The advertiser was requested, but declined, to add an identification tag to the commercial to comply with Schedule 2 of the Broadcasting Services Act,” the organisation said in a statement on Saturday.
“The Broadcasting Services Act requires broadcasters to ensure that commercials that contain ‘political matter’ identify the body responsible for the commercial, including the speakers in the commercial.”
Free TV said political matter was defined as anything appearing to “comment on, encourage participation in or attempt to influence a certain outcome within a political process”.
It noted recent decisions by regulatory body the n Communications and Media Authority required broadcasters to consider the content of websites referred to in commercials when deciding if they contained political matter. In its ad, Dads4Kids provides a link to its website dads4kids成都模特佳丽招聘.au.
The group has now shut down the site and its social media presence – saying it was a “preventative step” to protect itself from vilification – but a recently archived version shows material on same-sex marriage.
In the past, Dads4Kids has described gay and lesbian relationships as examples of “gender disorientation pathology”, labelling recognition of them an “attack on the rights of the children of “.
The n reported Dads4Kids had “inadequate resources” to recut the commercial with the required identification and authorisation message at the end.
The group said it had not intended to enter the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the nationwide postal survey but predicted it would nonetheless be “subject to the same vilification…meted out to those who have stuck their head above the parapet on same-sex marriage”.
The decisions leading to retirement are swayed depending upon your personal situation and preference.
For some, the mere thought of moving kilometres away from grandchildren would be too hard emotionally. For others, reaping the benefits of equity growth coupled with a move to a more affordable location could leave spare cash to begin tackling your bucket list.
In reality, we are a nation living longer than ever before, which requires more money to fund retirement. In 1975, an estimated 9 per cent of the NSW population was aged 65 and over, by 2016 this reached an estimated 15.7 per cent, according to ABS n Demographic Statistics (catalogue number 3101.0).
The Intergenerational Report in 2055 predicts that by the year 2055, 40,000 ns will be centenarians, compared an estimated to 3526 in 2016.
Employment insights prove a higher proportion of the population aged 65 and above remain in the workforce. This could be a matter or choice but presumably is because of a lack of funds for retirement. It is a trend that continues to edge higher.
In July 1978, the work participation rate of 65-year-olds and above was 9.4 per cent (married) and 4.1 per cent (unmarried), in July 2017 the figure rose to 16.5 per cent (married) and 8.2 per cent (unmarried), according to ABS Labour Force, .
As our life expectancy improves it is likely a higher proportion of the population will continue to work into the traditional retirement years. Ultimately, we will all need more cash to fund a basic retirement.
The introduction of mandatory Super was expected to fund a mass of early retirees. Baby Boomers have not had the pleasure of receiving this payment throughout their entire working life.
The mandatory contribution introduced in 1992 has created a gap in the superannuation savings of Baby Boomers.
A comfortable retirement will require $59,971 a year for a couple and $43,665 for a single, according to the n Securities and Investments Commission ASFA Retirement Standard for the March 2017 quarter.
Compared to the aged pension ($34,819 for a couple and $23,096 for a single), it highlights the requirement for additional savings.
For Sydneysiders, the major sway is the ability to unlock the substantial equity gain.
Moving to a more affordable location could assist in a more comfortable retirement, or allow you to financially assist your adult children – most probably to gain access to the housing market. Related: Retirees given $300,000 incentive to downsizeRelated: Downsizing cost traps awaiting n retireesRelated: ns choosing renovation over retirement villages
As of July 2018, ns aged 65 years and over can make a non-concessional (post-tax) contribution up to $300,000 (per individual) from the sale of their home into superannuation in a policy designed to encourage downsizing. It is important to consider the financial implications: the aged pension is income tested and any proceeds from the sale could alter government entitlements.
Ultimately, both financial and emotional aspects are pivotal in the decision-making process. If a move is on the cards, factor the travel distance to nearest and dearest, and research the community in which you are looking to reside.
Dr Nicola Powell is a data scientist at Domain Group. Tweet your questions to @DocNicolaPowell
ABS n Demographic Statistics, Catalogue number 3101.0.
n Government, The Treasury, Intergenerational Report in 2055.
ABS Labour Force, , Catalogue number 6291.
ASIC, n Securities and Investments Commission, Source ASFA Retirement Standard, March quarter 2017.
n Government, Department of Human Services, Age Pension.