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‘Quadzilla’ is after sub-10 second run

Trae Williams trusts in his massive quads to power him below the magical 10-second markTrae Williams believes his massive quads are capable of eventually powering him below the magical 10-second mark but admits he will have his work cut out in the more immediate future against a crack Commonwealth Games field.
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The 20-year-old clocked 10.10sec – the fastest time by an n in 11 years – to win the national 100m title on the Gold Coast on Friday.

Nicknamed ‘Quadzilla’, Williams sheepishly claimed this week he could hack squat 525kg.

The muscle-bound sprinter is sure to gain cult status when he takes on a 100m Games field that could include Canadian superstar Andre De Grasse and Jamaican pair Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.

“My time would have medalled at the past four Commonwealth Games but I know this one is going to be a lot faster,” he said.

“They’ve all run 9.9 and lower so it’ll be an interesting final.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of the fastest.”

Williams hopes to shave further time off before April’s Games at the same Carrara Stadium track but says the end goal is a sub-10 second time at Tokyo’s 2020 Games.

Only three countrymen have gone faster than Williams did last Friday, with Patrick Johnson’s 9.93sec effort in 2003 the only in-competition, sub-100m time recorded by an n.

“There’s still a lot of things I need to work on technically,” Williams said.

“Point one (of a second) doesn’t sound like much but when you’re racing, it makes a big difference but hopefully in a few years, come Tokyo … I think it’s in me.”

Pushing him is Rohan Browning, Jack Hale and Josh Clarke, with Hale hopeful of overcoming a hamstring flare-up in Friday’s final to help ‘s push for 4x100m relay gold.

“We’ve got a good group coming through; lot of years left in us and they’ve been pushing me to the line for five years now,” he said.

“On the track we’re not mates with anyone, but off the track we’re all pretty tight and the relay has helped bring us together.”

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Trump for improved gun checks: White House

US President Donald Trump supports improving background checks for gun owners, the White House says.The White House says President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people.
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Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” Sanders said in a statement.

Previous mass shootings in the United States have also stirred outrage and calls for action to tighten US gun laws, with few results in congress.

Students are mobilising around the country in favour of stronger gun laws after the deadliest high school shooting in US history took place on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people using an assault-style rifle.

Trump, who visited survivors of the shooting and law enforcement officials on Friday night, is a strong supporter of gun rights and won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby group, for his 2016 presidential campaign.

Many Republicans generally oppose measures to tighten gun restrictions, citing the US Constitution’s Second Amendment protection of the right to bear arms.

Former president Barack Obama and many of his fellow Democrats unsuccessfully pushed to pass gun control legislation after a gunman killed 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

Cornyn and Murphy introduced their bill to improve federal background checks last November, days after a gunman killed more than two dozen people in a church in Texas.

The bill, called the Fix NICS Act, would ensure that states and federal agencies comply with existing law on reporting criminal history records to the national background check system.

Cornyn, of Texas, had complained when introducing the legislation that compliance by agencies was “lousy”.

Students are planning a “March For Our Lives” in Washington on March 24 to call attention to school safety and ask lawmakers to enact gun control.

Some students reacted with caution to Trump’s support on background checks.

“We want to prevent mass shootings from happening and while this could have happened with other types of weapons, NeverAgain believes school safety should be priority right now, not just background checks,” said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Kali Clougherty, 18, referring to a campaign for gun control. “This is about the victims. Don’t forget that, we never will.” (

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UK don jailed 32 years over abuse photos

Matthew Falder, one of Britain’s most prolific pedophiles, has been jailed for 32 years.n authorities took part in the global manhunt for a British academic who blackmailed more than 300 victims into sending him depraved images, that he shared on dark web forums.
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Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, has now been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 offences, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy.

He duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites.

He fooled them into sending him naked or partially clothed images of themselves before blackmailing them into sending more humiliating images by threatening to send the original pictures to their family, friends and employers.

Using the names “evilmind” and “666devil”, he then distributed the images on “hurt core” websites, hidden forums devoted to discussing rape, murder, sadism, torture, pedophilia, blackmail and degradation.

Britain’s National Crime Agency said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.

The NCA set up a global task force with law enforcement officials from the United States, and Europol and enlisted the help of the UK’s eavesdropping spy agency GCHQ during a four-year hunt to track down Falder, who had used specialist anonymising techniques to remain hidden.

He was finally arrested in June last year and in October pleaded guilty to 137 charges which included encouraging rape, inciting sexual exploitation, making indecent images of children and voyeurism.

“It is a tale of ever-increasing depravity,” Judge Philip Parker said as he sentenced Falder at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

“The effects on the girls, women and men were devastating. The damage is ongoing for these individuals. It will never end. Time and again people begged you to stop. Time and again you ramped up the pressure.”

At least three of the victims, who ranged in age from early teens to people in their 30s, tried to take their own lives. Falder, a graduate of Cambridge University, also secretly filmed adults he knew when they were in the shower using hidden cameras he had installed at a number of locations.

“Dr Matthew Falder thought he wouldn’t be caught,” said NCA operations strategic lead Matthew Long. “He would stop at nothing to exploit (the victims), to make them feel sad, humiliated and unhappy. Ultimately that has devastated some people’s lives.”

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Call for China to become ASEAN member

A report has called for to join the Association of South East Asian Nations (File).A policy think tank has called for to maximise its future in Asia by joining the ASEAN club of southeast Asian nations.
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As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to host leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Sydney on March 17-18, a report released on Tuesday from the n Strategic Policy Institute makes the case for membership.

Report author Graeme Dobell suggests and New Zealand could take up a new form of membership as ASEAN community partners by 2024.

“Joining ASEAN is the best way to give full expression to our future in south-east Asia and in Asia more broadly,” he says.

“The Sydney summit can stir ambition into the symbolism, reaching towards substance.”

Mr Dobell says southeast Asia is feeling the pressure from Asia’s big beasts, the US, China, Japan and India.

“ASEAN, as a middle power grouping, needs extra middle power heft from and New Zealand,” he said.

The report acknowledges it will be an uphill battle to gain membership into the 10-country organisation, but one of the biggest hurdles will be ‘s own mindset.

” confronts a version of the Groucho Marx line, ‘I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members’, ” Mr Dobell said.

“Or Canberra muses on a complicated semi-Groucho conundrum: ‘Love the club. Think it’s a wonderful, vitally important club. But we’d never want to join. Oh, and they don’t want us.'”

Former n prime minister Paul Keating has advocated for to seek membership of ASEAN in order to find security in Asia not from Asia.

The foreign affairs department has previously raised concerns that if joined, it would have to refrain from criticism of ASEAN governments’ human rights records, which would cramp n independence.

With growing middle classes, southeast Asian countries are expected to become economic powerhouses in coming decades, particular Indonesia, which is tipped to become a global top seven economy by 2030.

ASEAN members are Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

has had a “strategic partnership” with ASEAN since 2014 and before that was a “dialogue partner”.

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Hero rottweiler Basil saves girl who fell into Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin

Jarrad Houghton with his dog Basil came to the rescue of a child that fell into the lake at Kingston Foreshore. Photo: Dion GeorgopoulosJarrad​Houghton shudders to think what might have happened had he not let his dog Basil investigate a splash in the water at the Kingston Foreshore in Canberra.
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He was walking his faithful rottweiler through the busy restaurant strip of the foreshore on Friday evening when the dog heard a splash in the adjacent waters of Lake Burley Griffin and “insisted on checking it out”.

What they saw next, chilled Jarrad to the bone.

“We got close to the water’s edge to see a little hand sticking out of the water,” he said.

“[I] quickly reached down and the hand was attached to a [eight]-year-old girl.”

Jarradquickly pulled the girl out, and returned herto her parents who were inside at a nearby restaurant. No one else had noticed her go in.

Jarrad posted the story on theCanberra Notice Board Group Facebook pageon Friday night.

Some people were quick to condemn the parents but Jarrad said it was just a case “of kids being kids”.

The little girl had apparently been playing a game of balance on the edge of the boardwalk when she slipped in. Jarrad said he didn’t see her go in. It was the insistence of 10-month-old Basil that made him walk down to the boardwalk and the water’s edge.

“She was really struggling,” Jarrad said. “I liken it to a cat scrambling to get out. I still get goosebumps thinking about what might have happened if Basil had not been there with me.”

The family of the rescued girl, who did not wish to be named,offered their sincere thanks to Jarrad and Basil.

“She is a very competent swimmer or we would not have allowed her anywhere near the water,” the mother said.

“We have, in fact, talked to her about the places that you can get out if ever you fall in. Because she is very much an active kid and risk taker, we make sure we have these conversations.

“She would have been okay. That said, we are very thankful to Jarrad and his doggy who got her out quickly.”

Jarrad said the reason he posted the story was not to draw attention to himself or Basil or the parents, but to remind people that rottweilers got a bad rap, particularly in movies likeThe Omen. But like many so-called “scary” breeds, rottweilers were loving and faithful dogs if they were treated properly.

“Next time you see my ‘scary’rottion our walk, just remember, he saved someone’s life and daughter tonight.” he wrote on the post

Jarrad had grown up around rottweilers since he was six. He always approached anydogwith caution. But he believed dogs should not becondemned because of their breed or how they were portrayed in a movie.

“I’m a very firm believer it’s the environment they grow up in; the breed doesn’t matter,” he said.

“Basil is like any dog that has been loved and carefor. Big or small; greyhound or German shepherd, my approach is a firm and loving hand.”

Basil – who was deliberately named after the character inFawltyTowersto disarm people and get them comfortable – got a special treat and brush on Friday night.

“He eats duck and salmon and all kinds of things. I think I spend more on food for him than on myself,”Jarradsaid.

Jarrad was blown away by the support from people on the page, many rottweiler owners who agreed with his sentiments.

He followed it up with a post saying he would be back at the foreshore on Saturday evening.

“Come and say hellowith a new-found respect for my loving dogs who just so happen to be called rottweilers,” he said.

The story was the ultimate antidote to recent dog attacks in Canberra.

​”I just wanted to combat some of the negative press,” Jarrad. “I would hate for someone to ring up and complain about a dog because they didn’t like the breed based on what they had seen in a movie.”

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