Roosters signing like homecoming: Crichton

Roosters signing like homecoming: Crichton

Angus Crichton likens his move from South Sydney to NRL premiers Sydney Roosters as a homecoming.Angus Crichton has a message for everyone accusing him of being a turncoat - he's been a Sydney Rooster all along and his arrival at Bondi Junction is nothing more than a homecoming.
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Crichton's decision to defect from South Sydney to the Roosters for the 2019 NRL season has again exposed the fault line along Anzac Parade and is sure to be featured in the next chapter of Russell Crowe's Book of Feuds.

But what the 22-year-old wants everyone to remember is that he has been an eastern suburbs' fan all his life and he has ticket stubs from two Roosters grand finals and an old picture with club great Brad Fittler to prove it.

"A lot of people say a lot of things but that's on them - that passion is what makes rugby league great," Crichton said.

"You have to take all those niggles with a grain of salt because that's what makes rugby league so emotional.

"I did grow up as a Rooster but, for a lot of Rabbitohs fans, that doesn't matter to them.

"Coming back into the Roosters' colours is something that I grew up as a kid wanting to do. I used to have a Roosters jersey hanging on my wall; I had a stuffed Rooster that I'd sleep with at night."

The former n schoolboys rugby union representative was a part of the Roosters' system - playing alongside Latrell Mitchell and Joey Manu in the Harold Matthews Cup - before joining the Rabbitohs in 2014.

Asked about pulling on the red, white and blue jumper for the first time in years, Crichton said: "It felt good and it felt right."

After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, he plans to resume full-contact training after Christmas and be fit for the Roosters' round-one blockbuster against his old club.

Despite possessing impeccable manners and his commitment to working with outback Aboriginal communities, Crichton has in some quarters been pegged as being a lair due to his trademark mohawk haircut.

Some commentators have questioned how the NSW Origin back-rower will fit in at the Roosters, renowned as being the most-professional club in the league, under the watch of the straight-laced Trent Robinson.

However, Crichton responds to his critics with a laugh, saying he had met the club's board of directors and Robinson, with all urging him to be himself.

"I'm not sure why people have pictured (Robinson) like that but the first thing he said to me was 'people in this club, we let them be themselves and we let them do what they want to do and express themselves the way they want'," Crichton said.

"He's just supportive of you as a person and he's really good at building relationships. I'm not having a dig at you media people, but you can make a story out of next to nothing."



City boss tips tight Reds A-League tussle

City boss tips tight Reds A-League tussle

Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce is expecting a tough A-League clash with Adelaide United.Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce is forecasting a torrid tussle against Adelaide United in Sunday's A-League game.
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Joyce is wary of his Adelaide counterpart Marco Kurz's ability to recast the playing style of his team in what looms as a crucial early-season fixture at Coopers Stadium.

Kurz's fourth-placed Reds have banked 11 points this season, just one more than the fifth-placed City.

Adelaide's wretched stretch of injuries to frontmen has continued with attacker Apostolos Stamatelopoulos ruled out by a thigh injury.

Stamatelopoulos had been carrying Adelaide's frontline in the absence of first-choice strikers George Blackwood (broken collarbone) and Baba Diawara (knee).

But Joyce says the attacking absences merely make Adelaide harder to plan for.

"They have not really got an out-and-out centre-forward at the minute," Joyce said.

"They play in different ways.

"You know it's not going to be an easy game. They give every team that they play against a tough game."

City, again to be without out-of-favour striker Bruno Fornaroli, enter the clash with a fine recent record against the Reds, who haven't beaten Joyce's outfit in the past four meetings.

But Joyce said that record belied what had been typically tight encounters, apart from City's 5-0 romp against Adelaide early last season.

"We have had a lot of real battles with them," he said.

"We have tended to play them in a couple of pre-season friendlies; we have had them in (FFA) cup games so you know all about them.

"They're a well-organised side. They're coached by a really good coach ... they compete."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* City are winless in their past five games outside Melbourne, with four losses and one draw

* Adelaide have lost just once in their past 10 games at Coopers Stadium, banking four wins and five draws in that stretch

* City haven't lost to Adelaide in the past four meetings, keeping three clean sheets in those fixtures.



Tech propels education for NSW high school

Tech propels education for NSW high school

Callaghan College students are now performing better as they're more engaged through technology.For one high school in NSW mobile phones have become a core part of learning, and it's giggles that let teachers know if something's awry.
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In a recent speech Education Minister Dan Tehan called for a return of common sense to classrooms, saying there's a time and place for technology in classrooms.

For Callaghan College that time and place is becoming more frequent.

About 60 per cent of the Year Seven to 10 students use their mobile phones as part of the school's "bring your own device" policy, which is designed to ensure no student is left behind due to technology.

If a device can connect to the internet then it can be used for learning.

"The technology is the tool, but the teacher and the pedagogy of the teaching is still the most important thing," principal Paul Young told AAP.

"Otherwise kids will just cut and paste and they won't learn."

Parents had complained to the school about the sheer number of learning accounts and passwords their children had to remember, prompting Callaghan College to find a more suitable software.

The school was the first public school in the state to use Canvas, a software it has now been using for two years.

Teachers can upload their course content for both parents and students alike, even receiving text message alerts when adjustments are made to classes.

The school's Wi-Fi is supplied by the NSW Department of Education, leaving students unable to check social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube if they're connected to the network.

Gone are the days of students losing their assignments in their backpacks, which has led to more heightened engagement.

"It has a flow-on for those kids, if they can achieve something, then they may just try a little bit harder next time and then they start to improve," the school's head of learning Stacy Lambert says.

"The confidence and smiles on their faces at the end because they actually have achieved something and they can move forward."

Students are now performing better as they're more engaged through technology, Ms Lambert says.

Trevor Furness from Instructure, the tech company behind Canvas, admits some schools are hesitant about giving the green light to more technology.

"In order to be effective in implementing new tools and transforming the classroom, educators must focus on the bigger picture and have a clear value proposition for improving teaching and learning," he told AAP.

"Technology must be seen as an opportunity rather than a cost - the right tools, when harnessed correctly, presents schools with an opportunity to do things that you otherwise wouldn't have been able to do."

Ms Lambert says it's clear when students are using their phones for something else.

"They have their phones in their lap, they're looking down very very interested and they're giggling," she says.



Tax take helps drive budget surplus: Labor

Tax take helps drive budget surplus: Labor

'Now is the time for to be paying down debt," shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says.ns can expect to spend the week ahead being reminded by the federal government of the budget surplus it expects to deliver in 2019/20, and the services it will be able to offer the nation because of it.
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The likely size of the long-awaited surplus will become clearer when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hands down the his first budget update on Monday.

But federal Labor is eager to characterise the achievement - and other improvements to the budget bottom line expected in the statement - as a product of good luck.

"With the most benign global economic conditions in decades, now is the time for to be rebuilding the fiscal buffers and paying down debt," shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said on Saturday.

"Despite the Liberals' rhetoric, recent budget improvements have been driven largely by a higher tax take."

The coalition begs to differ.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the update - known formally as the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook - will show the government is holding to its promise of better financial management.

"We promised to bring the budget back into surplus and that's exactly what we're doing," he told reporters in South this week.

Economists believe the surplus forecast for 2019/20 could be as high as $11 billion, on the back of bigger-than-expected tax revenues.

They are also predicting improvements for the current 2018/19 budget year.

Deloitte Access Economics expects the government will rake in an extra $9.2 billion in revenue in 2018/19 than it forecast in the May budget, leading to an underlying cash deficit of $4.9 billion for 2018/19, followed by a surplus of $4.2 billion the following year.

The government in May forecast a $14.5 billion deficit for 2018/19, followed by a $2.2 billion surplus in 2019/20.

The opposition is keen to note that amid that, debt has been growing.

However, Westpac senior economist Andrew Hanlan said it looks like net debt may have peaked as a share of the economy in 2017/18 and is still at manageable levels

He's expecting the picture painted by Monday's figures will be positive.

"From a fiscal policy perspective, the government now has a little more room to move, a little more flexibility," he told AAP.