'He's very excited' – after beating leukaemia, Christian Lealiifano primed for Hurricanes challenge

The Wallabies back will play for the Brumbies for the first time in nearly a year. Source: 1 NEWS

Revitalised by Springboks loss, All Blacks 'jumping out of their skin' for Argentina Test

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster revealed that there was a new revitalised energy at training amongst the team, ahead of their Sunday Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

After reviewing their 36-34 loss to the Springboks a fortnight ago in Wellington, Foster said the players were eager to correct their mistakes.

"I think everyone was jumping out of their skin to get onto the training park and have a good blowout today," said Foster.

"Two or three days of recovering and our normal processes of reviewing and planning, a bit of added spice to it from our last game."

Argentina will have a lot of confidence going into Sunday's Test, after defeating Australia 23-19 in the Gold Coast two weeks ago.

"We try to keep our processes as consistent as possible because what we are trying to do is review a performance, not just a result," Foster said.

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Ian Foster. Source: Getty

"It does add a little bit when you come off a poor performance and the fact that that performance equated to a loss is a bit of a double whammy."

The All Blacks need a bonus point victory against the Pumas this weekend to secure the Rugby Championship title for a third consecutive year.

"We've pulled a few things apart and we are pretty happy as to where we have got to," Foster said.

Argentina defeated the Springboks last month 32-19 in Mendoza but were outclassed 46-24 by the All Blacks the last time they met at Trafalgar Park in Nelson earlier this month.

Jack Goodhue of the All Blacks fends off Tomas Lezana of Argentina during a Rugby Championship match, All Blacks V Argentina , Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand, 8th September, 2018. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Jack Goodhue of the All Blacks fends off Tomas Lezana of Argentina during a Rugby Championship match in Nelson. Source: Photosport



Trusty chilly bin saves Aussie fishermen after capsize

A blue chilly bin bobbing in the sea delivered salvation for two fishing buddies after a harrowing night clinging on to their upturned tinny.

The two men had been fishing in the Stanage Bay area, north of Rockhampton, last night when their boat began taking on water.

One of the men rang a friend who raised the alarm.

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service was sent to the area but failed to locate the men or the boat.

About 5.30am this morning (local time) the crew were planning to head back to land to refuel when they spotted the blue chilly bin in water off Quail Island.

Deciding to investigate, the rescuers located the upturned boat and then the frantically waving men stranded on a steep pile of rocks at the base of a cliff on the island.

It's understood the men had spent the night clinging to the boat before deciding to swim for the rocks.

Helicopter aircrew officer Shaun Pearce said the men were hypothermic and had multiple cuts and abrasions after scrambling up the oyster-lined rocks.

"If we'd turned away they were definitely in some serious trouble," Mr Pearce told reporters.

The two men were winched from the rocks and taken to the Rockhampton Base Hospital in stable condition.

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Chilly bin. Source: istock.com



Man yelled 'Allahu Akbar' before driving into Melbourne pedestrians, court hears

A man drove into more than a dozen pedestrians at one of Melbourne CBD's busiest intersections before saying "Allahu Akbar" as he was arrested by an off-duty policeman, a court has been told.

Saeed Noori allegedly drove his mother's Suzuki SUV into pedestrians outside Flinders Street Station, including one elderly man who later died.

Prosecutors also allege Noori's computer was found to have images of car terror attacks from around the world.

The 33-year-old has faced the first day of a Melbourne Magistrates Court committal hearing charged with one count of murder and 15 of attempted murder.

Noori allegedly hit 16 pedestrians at the busy crossing at Flinders and Elizabeth streets, while other people were struck by flying bodies in chaotic scenes.

Off-duty police Sergeant Francis Adams was nearby and rushed to the car, which stopped when it hit a bollard and had Middle Eastern-style music playing.

"Sergeant Adams said to the accused he was under arrest and the accused said Allahu Akbar two or three times," prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said.

After the incident, Noori's home computer was found to have images of recent car attacks in London in the UK, Barcelona in Spain and Charlottesville in the US, Mr Gibson said.

A reconstruction of the scene determined the SUV was travelling between 47 km/h and 53 km/h when Noori allegedly drove through a red light and into pedestrians about 4.30pm that Thursday.

Northcote man Antonios "Anton" Crocaris, 83, died eight days later from head injuries.

Before the incident, Noori visited two hire car outlets and inquired about SUVs but could not rent one because of bank card issues, prosecutors say.

He then visited his mother's Oak Park home, leaving in her car and driving to the CBD where he carried out the alleged attack.

Also that day, Noori went to a bank to withdraw $7000, later depositing $3000 into his mother's bank account.

Noori came to Australian from Afghanistan as a refugee in 2004 and is now an Australian citizen.

He has had mental health and drug problems, and defence lawyers say mental impairment may be a defence.

The hearing continues before magistrate Suzanne Cameron.

A man with a history of mental illness left more than a dozen injured in the central city yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS

Sydney hospital contributed to death of 13-year-old girl who fatally choked in their care

When Bruce and Tin Standen took their young daughter to a Sydney private hospital, they trusted she'd be safe while they took a much-needed break with their other children.

But Melissa "Maisy Mouse" Standen, whose severe disability left her completely reliant on others, died a horrific and preventable death at Allowah Presbyterian Children's Hospital in 2015.

The small 13-year-old, who couldn't co-ordinate her movements, stand upright, talk, eat or drink on her own, accidentally choked to death when she came out of her bed in the night.

Melissa was hung on her t-shirt, which caught around her throat when she fell from the bed on January 13, a Glebe Coroners Court inquest has heard.

State coroner Les Mabbutt today found the hospital contributed to her death by failing to introduce proper risk assessments and admission procedures, using a bed unsuited to Melissa's needs, and inadequately training staff.

Melissa wriggled in bed and was small enough at 14.9-kilograms to fall through a gap at the head of the bed.

For the Standens, the distressing nature of the death - and the fact it happened in a professional care setting - has been impossible to comprehend.

A tearful Tin Standen said the death of her daughter, who communicated through facial expression, laughter and crying, had left a massive hole in her life.

"How could she just fall out of bed and then she got hung?" she told AAP last week before the findings were released.

"You never think that something - if you fall off the bed, you fall straight out of bed onto the floor, you know?"

Mrs Standen said they resisted putting Melissa in respite care for many years.

But by 2009 they desperately needed a break and time with their other children, so started taking Melissa to Allowah during holidays following a nurse's recommendation.

The Standens have spent more than three years searching for answers about Melissa's death.

They've appealed to police for documents, gone to the Health Care Complaints Commission and the Therapeutic Goods Administration for information on Melissa's bed model and possible recalls, spoken to staff at another hospital about staffing ratios and procedures, and consulted a biomedical engineer about bed railings.

The coroner said Allowah had made real efforts to identify and introduce procedures to address system failures, lack of staff training and culture since Melissa's death.

He said no recommendations against the hospital were necessary.

But Mr Mabbutt did recommend to the health minister that experts consider a standard, guideline or other publication around improving the safety of beds used by children with disabilities.

The Standens hope the inquest will prompt meaningful changes "because kids with disabilities basically have no voice".

"I think, just because she's disabled, people just wipe her out," Mrs Standen said, her voice shaking though tears.

"If nobody fights for them they just get swept under the carpet, but it's not right."

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Nurse, hospital (file picture). Source: istock.com