#F1 #AusGP FP3 Saturday at 11am. Quali 2pm #Perth W.A. Time.

What did Friday practice *really* tell us? One lap pace ✅ Long-run pace ✅ Tyre comparisons ✅ Fuel loads ✅ We’ve looked at all of it and crunched a lot of numbers, so you don’t have to…

Qantas #Perth to #London non-stop: meet Lisa Norman, the captain at the controls for aviation history

Lisa Norman has overcome obstacles to be the pilot of the first direct flight from Perth to London.“I THINK I have always wanted to be a pilot but I was born in the wrong body and those around me didn’t recognise my desire.”

So says Lisa Norman, who must have done a lot of things right as she is now Qantas’ 787 chief pilot and in command of the first non-stop to London flight leaving at 6.50pm this evening.

Despite more than a passing interest, Capt. Norman never thought about flying as a career but a visit to Sydney Airport where she took in sounds and smells sparked something inside.

“I loved the smell of the kerosene and I felt like an aviation nerd,” Capt. Norman said.

“I came back to Melbourne and said to a friend I really like this flying thing. She said, ‘Why don’t you do it as a career’.”

For Capt. Norman it was a light-bulb moment. But there were doubters who thought she was too old to get into Qantas.

“I had never been told no before but I decided I want to have a go and I never wanted to be 65 and wonder what if.”

Now a 29-year veteran with Qantas she has done it all, including being check and training captain on Boeing 767s, captain on Boeing 747s and A330s and now manager Boeing 787-9 Introduction Flight Operations.

via Qantas Perth to London non-stop: meet Lisa Norman, the captain at the controls for aviation history

Broncos win nailbiter over Tigers after Dogs take down Panthers

The Broncos celebrate their win over the Tigers in golden point at Campbelltown.A controversial golden-point penalty has brought the Wests Tigers’ giant-killing run to an end, after a try-less Brisbane kicked their way to a thrilling 9-7 win at Campbelltown.

The win came after the Bulldogs produced a gutsy win in their first home game for 2018, beating the Penrith Panthers.

Broncos rookie Jamayne Isaako’s cool boot kicked four penalty goals and a field goal to win the match for Brisbane, but the Tigers were furious after a tough extra-time call against Robbie Rochow.

Rochow and Pita Godinet peeled away from a fifth tackle on Joe Ofahengaue on their 30m line with three minutes to play in golden point.

But Rochow was ruled to not be square at marker as he rushed to pressure an attempted field goal from Isaako.

External Link: Tigers v Broncos summary

via Brisbane Broncos beat Wests Tigers 9-7 at Campbelltown, after the Bulldogs beat the Panthers at home – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Six whales helped back out to sea after deadly mass stranding. 140 whales are dead

Six whales helped back out to sea after deadly mass strandingMore than 140 whales are dead after a mass stranding at Hamelin Bay, 315 kilometres south of Perth, sparked a shark advice alert for the area and a major rescue operation.

About 150 whales were spotted on the beach by a fisherman about 6:00am on Friday after washing up about one kilometre north of the boat ramp at the beach, 10 kilometres north of Augusta.

Why do whales become stranded?

More than 150 whales have washed up on a beach in WA. And we still know very little about why this happens.
Almost all of the mammals — short-finned pilot whales weighing between 1-4 tonnes — have now died, with six survivors helped back out to sea late in the afternoon.

Authorities used large cranes with slings to transport the whales about 1 kilometre down the beach.

People cheers, clapped and hugged as the surviving whales swam out to sea.

Volunteers — many of them just regular beachgoers who wanted to help — swam into the water with the mammals to try to encourage them back into the water.

via Mass stranding of 150 whales at Hamelin Bay near Augusta sparks shark alert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bombers cause first upset of 2018 with comeback win over Crows

Cale Hooker (L) reacts after kicking a goal to put Essendon in front against Adelaide at Docklands.Essendon has stunned last year’s losing grand finalists Adelaide, coming from behind in a thrilling final quarter to win by 12 points at Docklands.

On Thursday night the defending premiers Richmond had kicked off the season with a win over Carlton, but the Crows were unable to match them.

Adelaide was already missing Taylor Walker and Brad Crouch through injury, and the loss of forward Tom Lynch pre-game made things more difficult for the visitors.

The Bombers gave signs of a side on the rise when they made the finals in 2017, but their performance — particularly the final quarter — sends a signal to the rest of the league that they will be extremely tough to beat this season.

via Essendon produce brilliant final quarter comeback to beat Adelaide by 12 points at Docklands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

George Pell committal: A number of charges to be dropped

Cardinal George Pell escorted by police arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates' CourtThe Melbourne Magistrates Court has been told a number of charges against Cardinal George Pell will be dropped.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said the charges related to one of the complainants who was medically unfit to give evidence.

He said the charges would formally be withdrawn when the committal hearing resumes next Tuesday.

The announcement was made at the end of Friday’s court hearing.

Cardinal Pell has strenuously denied charges of historical sexual offending against multiple complainants.

No other details can be reported for legal reasons.

via George Pell committal: A number of charges to be dropped, prosecutor says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Paine, Lyon’s sensational rearguard makes tail swing for Australia

Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon combine with the bat to seriously reduce the deficit and rescue Australia’s cause late on day two as bad light ends play again.

Look back at how a terrific day two unfolded in Cape Town.

And just like that, the umpires say that’s enough for one day. They’re not happy with the light levels as the sun begins it’s rapid descent behind Table Mountain. Both teams representatives still want to stay out there, but the umpires have called it.
A superb fight back from Australia. Nathan Lyon’s brilliant 47, and Tim Paine’s patient 33 not out has led a massive tail wag for the tourists, reducing the deficit to something very manageable after South Africa spent much of the day well on top. Something in between 170 to 200 all out looked on the cards, until the ninth wicket pairing combined for 66 very, very valuable runs.
That’s all from me tonight. Myself and Dan Colasimone will be back same time, same place for day three. Geoff Lemon’s full report will be online first thing in the morning, Australia time. Until then, adios…

via South Africa v Australia: Third Test in Cape Town, day two as it happened – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Category four cyclone to hit Queensland as soon as this afternoon

The Bureau of Meteorology's Tropical Cyclone Nora track map shows the cyclone moving towards the coast.Rapidly intensifying Tropical Cyclone Nora is expected to become category four system in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria later today, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.

The Bureau (BOM) has issued a warning for residents from Karumba to Thursday Island, including Weipa and Mornington Island, with the areas expected to be impacted this afternoon.

The warning states that “very destructive” winds with gusts to 270 kilometres per hour could develop between Weipa and Kowanyama this afternoon or overnight if the core of the cyclone nears the coast.

A watch zone is in place from the NT and Queensland border to Karumba.

But the cyclone warning for the East Arnhem region of the NT has been cancelled as Nora moves closer to the Queensland side of the Gulf.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is expected to run parallel to the coast for several days before making landfall, senior Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Diana Eadie said.

via Tropical Cyclone Nora expected to reach category four before hitting Queensland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

French supermarket shooting gunman identified as Redouane Lakdim. 3 people were killed and 16 injured

Wide shot of police beside a supermarket building.The authorities have identified a gunman who took several hostages in a supermarket in the southern French town of Trebes, France’s interior ministry has confirmed.

Key points:
Three people were killed and 16 injured
The suspect has been killed by police, the French interior ministry confirmed
A woman who was close to Lakdim and shared a life with him is taken into custody
The 26-year-old Moroccan-born attacker from the nearby city of Carcassonne, named as Redouane Lakdim, was known to authorities as a petty criminal but was not considered an Islamist threat, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

Lakdim was shot and killed by police. Prosecutor Francois Molins said a woman who was close to the suspect and shared a life with him was taken into custody on Friday.

Three people were killed and 16 injured in the hostage-taking, although a source at the interior ministry said that number could rise.

via French supermarket shooting gunman identified as Redouane Lakdim – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)