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Olympic champion Ellia Green hopeful miraculous recovery leads to return at Sydney Sevens

A Tuesday date with a surgeon will determine whether Australia will have one of their most potent weapons on the field at the Sydney Sevens next month.

By rights, Olympic gold medallist Ellia Green should still be on the rehab table after a shoulder reconstruction less than four months ago, given the best-case scenario for recovery from such a procedure is usually six months.

But Green, the flashy powerhouse of the gold medal-winning Australian women’s sevens team, hasn’t stared down many challenges in her life without them withering under her gaze, and the prospect of missing a historic first world series tournament on home soil was enough fuel to fire a miraculous recovery.

“I don’t know if it’s my Fijian bones or because when I lived in Fiji my mum used natural herbal healing remedies … maybe that’s helped my body because I’m naturally a fast healer,” the former sprinter said.

“I’ve also been training a lot since I was young, so maybe I have a strong base to work with – that’s what the surgeon said anyway.”

Green resumed training with the Pearls squad at their base in Narrabeen last week, but meets orthopaedic surgeon Dr Graeme MacDougal on Tuesday for the clearance to start light contact work, a crucial step in her return to playing.

Her addition to the Australian squad for the Sydney Sevens on February 3 would be a major boost for the reigning Olympic and world series champions, whose title defence is off to a shaky start after losing to arch-rivals New Zealand in the series-opening leg in Dubai last month.

Green has spent the past few months keeping herself in top shape and analysing footage from Rio and the Dubai sevens. She believes the game – on the men’s and women’s circuit – will be faster than ever before, with a heavy trend towards offloads.

“Coming into the Tokyo Olympics 2020, I reckon a lot of men’s and women’s teams will be playing an offload game,” she said.

“Fiji [men’s gold medallists] has led by example in that style and I noticed a lot of teams in Dubai playing that kind of structure. And then the speed in general, it’s just getting faster and faster and will continue to do so. The younger girls coming up will be faster and stronger than ever before.”

As the Pearls’ speedster, the Fijian-born former 100-metre and 200-metre sprinter will face stiff competition in that regard, but she is backing her body and mind to come back stronger and faster than ever.

“It is very depressing, but I also saw it as a time to work on my weaknesses, mentally and physically,” she said. “I’ve been doing a lot of cardio on the bike and the elliptical and then I’ve been going heavier on the legs. I never see injury as a whole-body thing, it’s a good chance to balance out other things.”

There is nothing like a long spell in rehab to refocus an athlete, and Green says the prospect of playing in front of her mother and friends in Sydney was a powerful motivator.

“You really don’t realise how much you miss it until you’re out of it,” she said. “Some days your body feels sore and you keep on going on, but when I wasn’t doing it, I really missed it.

“Sydney Sevens has really motivated me, even though I don’t know if I’ll be OK for it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t make it, there’s still [Las Vegas] coming up after it, but Sydney would be the event I’d really want to play. It’s not often our families get to see us play, so it will be huge.”

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Australia Open launches on-court seats for cashed-up fans

Tennis Australia commercial director Richard Heaselgrave sitting in the front row – which is now actually on the court – at Melbourne Park. Photo: Mathew LynnFancy getting up close and personal with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams while they do what they do best at the Australian Open?

You can. At a premium price.

This year, for the first time, Tennis Australia will allow spectators on centre court, metres from the world’s top-ranked players as they battle for the first grand slam trophies of the year and places in sporting history.

They call it the “Jack Nicholson experience”, after the American actor regularly pictured spectating from the edge of the court during US basketball games.

But, before you get too excited, a seat on centre court at Rod Laver Arena will set you back at least a four-figure sum.

Tennis Australia is keeping the exact figure close to its chest, but says the price will fluctuate depending on who is playing.

In other words, expect to pay more if you’re hoping to see Djokovic or Kerber defend their titles, hear Kyrgios mutter or catch a drop of Serena Williams sweat.

Tennis Australia’s commercial director Richard Heaselgrave told The Australian Financial Review the price of the on-court seating would be “quite a lot of money” for the average punter.

He said the 16 seats, which have replaced the old photographers’ pit at Melbourne Park, were inspired by premium spectator experiences at NBA basketball games in the United States.

“There are a lot of dynamic things happening in other sports, but you’re going where no one’s gone before with these seats,” he said.

The on-court seats come as Australian sporting clubs and venues – both within and beyond the tennis world – jostle for new revenue streams from wealthy fans. These ‘premium’ experiences can include locker room meet-and-greets and one-on-one chats with coaches.

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CES 2017: A year for robots, TVs and ‘hearables’

Kuri is an adorable smart hub on wheels that can stream audio, map your home for navigation and send video to your smartphone wherever you are. Photo: Mayfield RoboticsFor years CES has being dominated by technology for the active: fitness trackers, wearables, VR, and Drones. In 2017 they’re still all here — drones especially — but most of the buzz is centred around the home. This year the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas is all about better looking TVs, cute little home assistants that can power the internet of things in your life, and devices to protect your smart toaster from hackers.

And if you do need to leave the house, there’s tiny little earbuds to keep you constantly connected to the internet.

It’s easy to walk away more confused about the state of TVs after CES, with so many new acronyms appearing, and many of last years acronyms being retired. Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG and even the cheaper brands like TCL all had new 4K TVs on show, all supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR).

You can gloss over most of the acronyms, all you need to know is TVs look even better this year, with a wider array of colours and greater brightness. As with last year there were no gimmicks like 3D, just better picture quality across the board.

The stunning LG Signature OLED TV is wafer thin and supports all the latest flavours of HDR including Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10. Even after sitting through the announcement and reading up on the specs I couldn’t tell you what the differences are, but I can say these new panels look incredible.

Samsung’s new TVs are branded QLED – or Quantum Dot powered OLED displays. They’re still 4k (UHD) and support HDR, but sensing consumers were drowning in acronyms, Samsung have decided to drop those letters from the announcement.

The Quantum Dot technology touted by Samsung has been improved this year for the company’s so-called QLED displays. They are also 4K and HDR. Side by side you can immediately see the difference in the newer panels, and last year’s already produced incredible pictures.

Samsung and LG are both trying to make it easier to hide the cables, shifting HDMI inputs to a separate box (or in LG’s case, a soundbar) giving you just a power cord and one connector cable to tuck away. Sony meanwhile has finally introduced an OLED TV to give LG a run for its money, sporting a statement-making kickstand design.

The tech industry was caught off guard last year by the phenomenal success of Amazon’s Alexa voice powered assistant, and now everyone is rushing in to the voice assistant market. First came Google’s Home, and CES 2017 was awash with similar assistants. Alexa herself moved into a quite a few devices, but while Amazon is not in Australia there’s no point talking about them.

Samsung’s version is built into its latest line of fridges, the Samsung Family Hub 2.0. LG has the Hub Robot, a cute little assistant that can move around the house and, thanks to facial recognition built in, can work out which member of the family is talking to it. They all do roughly the same thing: simple web search, stream music from Spotify or Pandora, turn off your Wi-Fi light globes, order you an Uber.

Of the many new assistants out there, the one that’s grabbing the headlines is the Kuri Smart Robot. The Kuri does many of the same things as the LG Hub, or any other voice assistant, but it has one killer feature: it’s incredibly adorable.

The Kuri bleeps and bloops backs at your commands, and like the silent robot Eve from Wall-E, has incredibly expressive eyes. It’s a brilliant idea, giving a potentially creepy bit of tech a personality, so we’ll welcome it into our homes.

And following on from the Mirai botnet that targeted these always on, always connected internet of things devices, security was major concern at CES.

Norton introduced the Core, its first hardware product that will look for IoT devices and move them to a secure subnet, locked down and separated from your main network.

Bitdefender announced the Box V2, and Securifi debuted the Almond 3, devices that can connect to your home network and scan all the devices on it — looking for security vulnerabilities like baby monitors using default passwords — and either warning you about them or blocking outside traffic to them.

The other major category was “hearables”, the name given to tiny little wireless earbuds.

The most interesting take in this category was the Nuheara IQ buds from Australia, which not only include noise cancelling but allow you to focus audio from the outside world, acting like a hearing aid to cut through background noise and better hear a person talking to you. I tested them in the deafening halls of CES, and the result were impressive.

CES 2017 in some ways felt like a greatest hits, recycling ideas that have worked in previous shows. There were no quantum leaps in technology on display, but plenty of improvements to the things we already have.

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Fire bug hits cars in Sydney’s west

Emergency services were called to the car park at Macquarie Road, Auburn, about midnight on Tuesday, January 3 where a grey Honda Jazz was found well alight. Photo: Police Media Police released CCTV of a man they would like to speak as a part of the investigation. Photo: Police Media

A series of vehicle fires across Sydney in the past two months have police hunting for two suspects.

In the past week alone there have been incidents in Auburn and Yagoona, including several in one night.

Three cars were set alight on Thursday morning in Yagoona with police responding to incidents in Gregory, Bertram and Saltash Streets just after 2am.

All three cars were parked in driveways within a few hundred metres of each other and it appears they were all lit inside a 40-minute window.

The incidents in Yagoona come after a separate series of car fires in Auburn, again within a few hundred metres of each other.

The most recent fire in Auburn occurred on midnight Tuesday in Macquarie Street with a Honda Jazz being set alight and causing damage to a Mitsubishi Magna parked nearby.

Police believe the incident is directly connected to a series of car fires in the old Auburn RSL Club car park.

Four cars have been set alight in the carpark since late November. All the cars were unregistered and appeared to have been dumped in the car park.

Detective Inspector Chris Laird from Flemington Police told Channel 7 police believe the suspect was disgruntled by a number of cars being dumped and abandoned in the area.

“This guy’s got a problem with abandoned cars and one by one he’s torching them,” he said.

The council is not authorised to remove dumped cars from this particular site due to the fact it is private property.

The council say they are aware of the incidents and according to Interim General Manager of Cumberland Council, Malcolm Ryan, they have taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“In response we have moved a CCTV Camera onto Northumberland Road to face the entrance of the car park and that camera is now installed and operational,” said Mr Ryan.

Police have released footage of a man they wish to talk to in relation to the Auburn car fires and are asking the public for information relating to the Yagoona fires.

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Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth… Joe Klocek? Meet the Aussie stars to watch

Jesse (Jordie Race-Coldrey), Heath (Joe Klocek), Luke (Kamil Ellis) and Nicco (Luca Sardelis) in Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising. Photo: suppliedWhether it’s the Hemsworth brothers or more seasoned actors such as Nicole Kidman, Hollywood has never been short of Australian talent.

It’s not hard, either, to find singers and musicians who’ve found stardom beyond the land of Vegemite and animals that couldn’t walk backwards to save themselves. Sia, for example, was catapulted into the spotlight after a stint in London before moving to New York.

Fifteen years ago, it was impossible for an Australian to take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard without being bombarded with familiar faces smiling down at them from billboards: think Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Baz Lurhman.

Today, it’s not that different, with several blockbuster films due to be released in 2017 staring Australians who’ve managed to land plum roles.

But for every Kodi Smit McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse), there are scores of young Australians waiting in the wings.

Here are the 10 Australians we think you should keep an eye on. 1. Isabelle Cornish

NSW-born actor Isabelle Cornish has flown to Los Angeles to shoot pilots several times. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Cornish, 22, has stared in Australian TV shows such as Home and Away, Puberty Blues and Dance Academy. She is also rumoured to have been considered for 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction

Hollywood is obviously keeping a close eye on her career, but we will have a chance to see her before they snap her up when she stars in Kriv Stenders’ new feature film for Foxtel, Australia Day, where she plays one of the key roles in the gripping film. 2. Elias AntonBarracuda.” src=”http://苏州美甲培训smh苏州美甲培训419论坛/content/dam/images/g/p/v/4/a/x/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1483677421298.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

Focused: Elias Anton stars as Danny Kelly in Barracuda. Photo: ABC

Elias Anton leapt into the spotlight after starring in ABC TV drama Barracuda. Last year also saw him land a gig on Neighbours, which has been a springboard for countless careers.

This year, Anton will star with Cornish in Australia Day – a film that follows the lives of three Australians from diverse backgrounds during the country’s national holiday. He was roundly praised for his gut-wrenching performance in Barracuda and early rushes of Australia Day show he puts in equally as compelling a performance. 3. Ryan CorrHolding the Man.” src=”http://苏州美甲培训smh苏州美甲培训419论坛/content/dam/images/g/j/7/s/x/4/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1440795272288.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

Raw drama: Ryan Corr stars in Holding the Man. Photo: Louise Kennerley

It’s almost offensive to call Corr a rising star given his impressive resume. However, his career has been on the up-and-up for some time.

From his breakout performance on Packed to the Rafters through to a performance in last year’s Holding The Man that tugged forcefully on the heart strings and his chilling performance in Wolf Creek 2, Corr is an actor who has steadily chipped away at his career.

It’s inevitable Hollywood will notice him and it will be sooner rather than later. 4. Alex Lahey

Alex Lahey performs with the EG AllStars during the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards. Photo: Daniel Pockett

Last year, Triple J Unearthed winner Alex Lahey single You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me was dubbed Pitchfork’s best new track.

2017 doesn’t seem to be slowing down for the Melbourne musician, who will be supporting Tegan and Sara in the UK next month. 5. Joe Klocek

Joe Klocek in Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising. Photo: Supplied

Brisbane-born Klocek, 21, starred on stage with the Queensland Theatre Company before landing roles in Barracuda and Please Like Me.

Now Melbourne based, his turn on ABC3’s Nowhere Boys has had casting directors stand up and pay attention. The 21-year-old will next appear in 2017’s Pirates of the Carribean, no doubt the first of many major films to come his way in the near future. 6. Sophie Wright

Sophie Wright stars in the Australian production of Kinky Boots. Photo: Marnya Rothe

Wright is currently performing in the Australian production of Kinky Boots as the show’s main female lead role. Prior to that she understudied the role of Elphaba in the Australian tour of Wicked and performed in Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz national tour.

Her comedic timing in Kinky Bootswas a particular highlight for The Age theatre critic Cameron Woodhead and will definitely help her land more roles on stage and screen down the track. 7. Lachlan Buchanan

Lachlan Buchanan recently made the jump from Australian to US TV. Photo: Supplied

Buchanan has starred in Australian TV shows such as Blue Water High an in the Aussie feature Newcastle before making the leap to US shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Young and the Restless. He has been involved with theatre since he was just eight years old.

Lachlan is the younger brother of well-known Australian actor Andrew Buchanan. And we know how much Hollywood loves sibling duos. 8. Odessa Young

Odessa Young poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress for The Daughter. Photo: Caroline McCredie

Young isn’t yet 20, but already has an AACTA Award under her belt for her role in 2015 film The Daughter. She has an American agent and is up for trying new things – even comedy.

With an attitude like that, you just know Young is well and truly on her way to finding international fame. 9. Luke BraceyPoint Break remake. ” src=”http://苏州美甲培训smh苏州美甲培训419论坛/content/dam/images/g/h/a/z/x/k/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1432714023145.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

High action: Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah in the Point Break remake.

Sydney-born Bracey made his acting debut with Home and Away. The 27-year-old is a solid actor who has the breadth to be an action hero one day, or a sensitive lead the next.

He scored the lead in the under-the-radar reboot of Point Break before starring in Mel GIbson’s Hackshaw Ridge last year. His next project, American Dream, is in post-production but expect to see more credits on his IMDB profile soon. 10. Tkay Maidza

Tkay Maidza. Photo: Daniel Dorsa

Adelaide-based Tkay Maidza’s 2016 album Tkay was well-received, and she is a scorching live performer.

She is touring Europe next month and will play at the Governor’s Ball in New York. Expect even bigger things from this artist in the not-so-distant future.

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