Kerevi admits defence is Achilles heel

Samu Kerevi says he is working overtime on fixing the one part of his game that continually lets him down: defence.

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The Wallabies powerhouse is one of the team’s most potent attacking threats and at just 24, he can lock down the outside centre position for the next two World Cup cycles.

But the Queensland Reds vice-captain is currently riding the pine at Test level after being demoted by coach Michael Cheika after a poor defensive performance in the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney, with Tevita Kuridrani preferred in the No.13 jersey.

Kerevi said he knew he wouldn’t fulfil his potential until he masters the art of defending in one of the toughest channels on the field.

“I think, personally, I can always get better with every aspect,” Kerevi told AAP.

“But for me, personally, defence is a massive thing.

“Especially at 13, it’s a difficult place to defend.

“I’m just trying to get that game fitness back so I can make those good reads and be comfortable in my own space.

“Even my tackle technique itself (needs to improve).

“I’m working hard on it here with the Wallabies and with (defence coach Nathan Grey) and hopefully it transfers to the field.”

Kerevi is also taking tips from his close mate Kuridrani, who is recognised as the more reliable defensive option of the two.

“I take a lot of my keys off him and learn all the knowledge he has,” he said.

“Whatever opportunity I get, I’ve got to take it with both hands.

“I’m working hard with the boys and myself and T have been pushing each other on and off the field.

“I’m just pushing him to get better and that drives me to get better.”

Kerevi is expected to be retained on Australia’s bench for the clash against South Africa at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday morning (AEST).

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano roars back to life spewing ash and smoke

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano roared back to life early on Wednesday morning, spewing incandescent material and a large plume of ash and smoke into the sky.

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The active volcano erupted about 4:45am local time and again at 8:00am local time in the fourth big eruption in recent days.

Mexico’s national disaster-prevention agency says the eruption of the volcano, dubbed ‘Don Goyo’ by locals, was unrelated to the earthquake that shook the country earlier this month, according to Associated Press.

The eruptions came just a week after Mexico was hit by two major earthquakes, the second of which was a 7.1-magnitude quake on September 19 that killed more than 330 people and damaged 11,000 homes.

Popocatepetl has been active since the mid-1990s and some significant eruptions last year rocked communities living under the volcano’s shadow.

There are more than 3,000 volcanoes in Mexico, but only 14 are considered active.

The powerful quake, which hit on the 32nd anniversary of a huge 1985 quake that killed 10,000 people, followed another 8.2-magnitude one that shook the nation on September 7 – killing about 100 people mostly in the southern state of Oaxaca.

These two disasters and Tropical Storm Lidia in Mexico killed more than 400 people and toppled 150,000 houses and other buildings and structures, authorities said Wednesday.

The damage included almost 12,000 ruined schools to the tune of 717 million dollars.

And that was in addition to 1,500 national monument structures worth about $440 million dollars. All three disasters hit in September.

“The raw, preliminary numbers cross over from homes, to monuments, to thousands of schools that have to be completely rebuilt,” President Enrique Pena Nieto told reporters after a meeting of his cabinet and local officials.

In early September, Tropical Storm Lidia killed at least seven people in Baja California Sur, in northwestern Mexico.

Gas companies will find supply: minister

The federal government is confident an agreement with big gas companies will ensure there’s no shortage of the fuel in 2018 without the need to resort to legal strongarming.

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Santos, Origin Energy and Shell on Wednesday committed to offering enough gas to the local market to cover an expected shortfall in 2018, following a meeting with Malcolm Turnbull and senior ministers in Sydney.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says the gas companies will be able to find enough supply, whether the shortfall is the minimum predicted 54 petajoules or at the upper end of 107 PJ.

The agreement, to be nutted out at another meeting next week, only covers 54 petajoules.

The Australian Energy Market Operator has warned the upper limit could be reached due to unexpected events like poor weather patterns that mean renewables generate less electricity than anticipated or a coal-fired power station breaks down.

“They will make the gas available should that be needed,” Mr Frydenberg told ABC radio on Thursday.

“They’ve also given a commitment there will be no shortfall across the country next year, that they treat this as a strategic and energy security issue.”

Conversely, he was also confident that at a minimum 54 PJ of gas would be needed and the companies wouldn’t come seeking compensation for putting aside gas that didn’t end up being used.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned he can still pull the trigger and limit what gas is sold overseas if Australian exporters “don’t play ball” and break their promise.

Mr Frydenberg said while it was good to get the agreement for short-term supply, the nation faced a longer-term structural problem of needing more gas development.

“This is where the states have to stop outsourcing their responsibilities to Canberra,” he said.

The minister welcomed comments from the Victorian Farmers Federation that they would be open to seeing the state government lift its moratorium on exploring for conventional gas resources.

Australian Serb ‘Captain Dragan’ jailed for 15 years over war crimes

Dragan Vasiljkovic, known as “Captain Dragan”, was extradited by Australia to Croatia two years ago after a decade-long legal battle.

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The court in the coastal town of Split found Vasiljkovic guilty of torturing detainees in the ethnic Serb rebel stronghold of Knin and a deadly attack on the central town in Glina at the beginning of the 1991-1995 war in Croatia.

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He was charged with setting up an “improvised prison” at the Knin fortress in mid-1991.

There, his subordinates tortured detained Croatian policemen and civilians by “beating them with hands, feet and ox tendons… pushing guns in their mouths”, the indictment said.

Dragan Vasiljkovi and the president of the ultra-national Serbian Radical Party Vojislav Seselj (2-L) at the battle field in Benkovac city in Croatia, in 1991.AAP

“All witnesses described in a similar way difficult conditions in which they were held … by members of a paramilitary unit commanded by Dragan Vasiljkovic,” judge Damir Romac said.

Velibor Bracic, a former Croatian soldier detained at Knin in 1991, testified how Vasiljkovic personally beat him while showing his subordinates how to do it properly.

“He told the guards ‘If you want to beat him this is how you will do it’ and kicked me with his leg in the head,” Bracic told the tribunal during the trial.

Vasiljkovic was also found guilty of orchestrating a 1991 attack on Glina and the surrounding region, in which a civilian and a German reporter were killed, while local people had to flee their homes.

Vasiljkovic was foundguilty of the killings and torture of civilians and Croatian troops while he was a rebel Serb commander between 1991-95 war in Croatia. AAP

He was acquitted on charges of ordering the 1993 torture and killing of two detained Croatian soldiers in a village in the country’s south.

Vasiljkovic, 62, pleaded not guilty and labelled the trial an “obsessive fascist persecution”.

“Neither I committed the crimes stated in the indictment nor they occurred,” he told the tribunal recently.

Vasiljkovic’s attorneys, who had insisted that as a Serbian national he was not treated fairly, said they would appeal the verdict, national radio reported.

In Australia, where he was first arrested in 2006, Vasiljkovic worked as a golf instructor under the name Daniel Snedden.

Croatia’s proclamation of independence from the former Yugoslavia sparked the 1991-1995 war with Belgrade-backed rebel Serbs. The conflict claimed around 20,000 lives.

 

Mickelson proud of longevity as he prepares for 12th Presidents Cup

Mickelson will play his 12th consecutive Presidents Cup when he tees up at Liberty National on Thursday against an International team from the rest of the world, excluding Europe.

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He has not missed a Ryder Cup either since his debut in 1995, which means he will make his 23rd team appearance for the red, white and blue, a remarkable record not just of sustained excellence, but also of having avoided serious injury.

He had to rely on a wild card pick by captain Steve Stricker this year, something few would begrudge him.

“It’s one of the things I’m most proud of, to continue to be a part of this,” the 47-year-old Californian said on Tuesday.

While some observers think the Presidents Cup needs the International team to win occasionally to boost the status of the event, Mickelson does not quite see it that way.

“I don’t think so, no,” he said when the question was posed. “If you look at the talent on the International team, it is strong and it is deep and if we open the door and give them an opportunity it will bite us.”

Mickelson has won five major championships, and probably would have captured considerably more if his career had not coincided with that of Tiger Woods.

“He’s Phil Mickelson for a reason but I think I lot of people don’t realise how good he is,” said Australian Jason Day, a member of the International team.

“I think Tiger kind of overshadows his career a little bit. If there was no Tiger, I wonder have many times Phil probably would have won.

Day described Mickelson as “one of the best players that ever lived” and expressed awe at his longevity as a player in the Presidents Cup since it started in 1994.

“That is probably one of the best accomplishments you could have, because it means you were consistent from 1994 all the way up to 2017. That’s hard to do.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both)

Larissa Waters could return to the Senate after citizenship debacle

Former Greens senator Larissa Waters could make an early return to parliament if the High Court agrees with arguments being put forward by the Commonwealth.

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The government has filed its official submission on the seven federal politicians who have been referred to the court over their citizenship status.

It argues only One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senator Scott Ludlam were wrongly elected, while the Nationals’ Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash and Matt Canavan, crossbencher Nick Xenophon and Ms Waters should not be disqualified.

The submission, on behalf of Attorney-General George Brandis, contends that Senator Roberts and Mr Ludlam did not take all reasonable steps to renounce their respective British and New Zealand citizenship before being nominated.

Under section 44 of the constitution, “a subject or a citizen … of a foreign power” cannot stand for parliament.

The Commonwealth believes that should apply only to those who have “voluntarily obtained or retained” their status.

That would preclude five of the politicians – minus Senator Roberts and Mr Ludlam – all of whom were not aware they were or ever had been a foreign citizen, the submission says.

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Ms Waters resigned in July upon discovering she still had Canadian citizenship but could return if the High Court agrees with the Commonwealth and she is nominated to replace herself by the Queensland Greens.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale is keen for her to return.

“She’s a wonderful MP, a wonderful human being and she’s made a great contribution to the parliament,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.

Senator Di Natale was not surprised by the government’s arguments for why its MPs and senators should not be disqualified.

“The government has basically decided it doesn’t want to play by the rules,” he said.

“The government’s view is there will be rules for everybody else and a separate set of rules for themselves.”

The matters will go before the full bench of the High Court on October 10.

Uber goes to UK tribunal on worker rights

Uber is expected to tell a British employment appeal tribunal on Wednesday that its drivers are self-employed and not workers entitled to a range of extra benefits.

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It comes as London officials threaten to take the app’s licence to operate away because of what it says is Uber’s slack approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

It can operate during its appeal, which could last months.

Last year, two drivers successfully argued at a tribunal that Uber exerted significant control over them to provide an on-demand taxi service and had responsibilities in terms of workers’ rights.

At the two-day appeal hearing starting on Wednesday Uber will argue its drivers are self-employed and work the same way as those at long-established local taxi firms.

The self-employed are entitled to only basic protections such as health and safety, but workers receive benefits such as the minimum wage, paid holidays and rest breaks.

Those in a third category, called employees, receive all those entitlements as well as other benefits such as statutory sick pay and maternity or paternity leave.

“Almost all taxi and private-hire drivers have been self-employed for decades before our app existed,” an Uber spokesman said.

“Uber drivers have more control and are totally free to choose if, when and where they drive with no shifts or minimum hours,” he said.

Trade union-led protestors are expected to march through central London on Wednesday against what they deem “precarious labour” in the ‘gig economy’, where people work for various employers at the same time without fixed contracts.

Uber faces a further challenge as law firm Leigh Day said it would represent a female driver who says Uber is putting her and other women at risk as the driver does not know the passenger’s destination until they are already in the car and that could mean travelling to a remote or unsafe area.

An Uber spokesman said drivers could cancel trips without penalty and did not have to go to a particular area if they did not want to.

Spain targets polling stations as Catalan referendum nears

With five days to go until the October 1 vote, the clash between Catalonia’s pro-separatist government and Madrid was increasingly being played out in the arena of logistics and international opinion.

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During a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Washington, Trump said it would be “foolish” for Catalonia not to stay in Spain.

“You’re talking about staying with a truly great, beautiful and very historic country,” he added as Rajoy stood at his side.

Rajoy urged Catalan officials to return to “common sense” even as Madrid stepped up its effort to stop the vote from going ahead.

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The chief prosecutor in Catalonia ordered police to seal off buildings that will house polling stations before the day of the referendum and deploy officers on the day of the vote to prevent ballots from being cast.

The move comes a day after he ordered regional police to identify those in charge of polling stations on Sunday, when the referendum is to be held.

“The order has been conveyed and it will be executed with all normality,” a spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, told AFP.

To ensure they will cooperate, Spain’s interior minister this weekend put Catalonia’s regional police force under its supervision.

‘Losing the battle’

By focusing on polling stations, prosecutors appear to have put in place a plan that targets all the logistics needed to stage the referendum, which has been deemed illegal by Madrid.

Prosecutors have also threatened Catalan mayors who provide locations for the vote with criminal charges, as well as directors of schools and universities.

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The election commission set up by Catalan separatists to oversee the vote has resigned after Spain’s Constitutional Court threatened to impose daily fines of 12,000 euros ($14,100).

Police have seized nearly 10 million ballots for the vote and have closed down 59 websites that provide information about the referendum. 

Another 85 sites are in the process of being closed, judicial sources said.

Faced with these actions, the separatist leaders of this wealthy northeastern region of Spain, home to around 7.5 million people, have accused Madrid of “repression”.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont during a rally in Hospitalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 26 September 2017.AAP

The website of the foundation of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco “remains operational” but not the referendum websites, said Catalangovernment spokesman Jordi Turull.

The central government argues that it is simply applying the constitution, which does not allow this type of referendum, just as in neighbouring France and Italy.

Spain’s democratic constitution of 1978, which was approved by more than 90 percent of Catalan voters, gave wide autonomy to the regions but affirmed “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation”.

‘Vote en masse’

Rajoy has pulled out of an informal summit of European Union leaders in Estonia on Friday so as to be able to attend the last meeting of his cabinet before the referendum.

He also announced that the crisis would delay the national budget but ruled out fresh elections.

“I’m not thinking about calling early elections as a result of what we were seeing,” he said in Washington.

A member of a castelle holds a placard reading in Catalan “We want to vote”, as she crowned the human tower in Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday.AAP

As the date of the referendum nears, tensions are rising.

In Huelva in the southwestern Spain, Guardia Civil officers dispatched to Catalonia for the referendum were cheered on by hundreds of locals with cries of “Go for them!” and draped them with Spanish flags.

In Barcelona, residents have been giving out red carnations to regional police.

Spain has deployed two-thirds of its riot police to Catalonia, some 2,000 officers, for the referendum, according to daily newspaper El Pais.

Despite the crackdown, Catalonia will vote on Sunday in an independence referendum, regional foreign minister Raul Romeva told AFP.

“People will go out and vote en masse, peacefully on Sunday,” he said. “I don’t have any doubt.”

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Ireland will vote on legalising abortion in 2018 referendum

The Irish government is also planning votes to remove the country’s anti-blasphemy law and to reduce the time couples must spend apart before divorcing.

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Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has previously said the eighth amendment of the constitution, which makes abortion illegal unless there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, was “too restrictive”.

His government decided on Tuesday a referendum – which must be agreed by parliament – should take place in May or June 2018 just before the pope visits in August to attend the World Meeting of Families.

Abortion has always been illegal in Ireland but was inserted into the constitution in 1983 following a referendum, in which 67 per cent of voters were in favour and 33 per cent against.

The eighth amendment recognises the equal right to life of the unborn child and the mother, and a woman convicted of having an illegal termination faces 14 years in prison.

However women are free to travel abroad for abortions and thousands do so every year, mainly to England.

Opinion polls in recent years have consistently indicated strong support for reform in Ireland, which remains largely Catholic but where scandals have dented the church’s authority.

Thousands of people are expected in Dublin on Saturday for the annual “March for Choice”, declaring: “We are ready for change.”

“We need access to free, safe and legal abortion for all who need or want it. And we need it now,” organisers said.

The Abortion Rights Campaign said it “cautiously” welcomed the announcement.

“It depends on the wording of the referendum,” spokeswoman Linda Kavanagh told AFP, fearing that it could be watered down from broad access to abortion. 

Meanwhile Cora Sherlock, spokeswoman of the Pro-Life Campaign, told AFP: “If the eighth amendment were to be amended or repealed, we would inevitably end up with a situation similar to every other country which introduced abortion on ‘restrictive’ grounds but subsequently ended up with abortion on wide-ranging grounds.”

Consideration by the people

The Irish constitution can only be amended by referendum, and in 2015 it became the first country to legalise gay marriage that way.

The government set out a timetable on Tuesday for several votes over the next two years, including on reducing the time couples must wait before a divorce from four to two years.

In October 2018, it proposes a referendum on the constitutional amendment which makes illegal the “publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious or indecent matter”.

At the same time, it proposes a vote to repeal or change a section relating to a woman’s duties in the home, perhaps to make it gender neutral and to include other caring responsibilities. 

“Any amendment to our constitution requires careful consideration by the people,” Varadkar said in a statement. 

“They should be given ample time to consider the issues and to take part in well-informed public debate,” he said.

“Setting a timetable for the referendums to be held over the next two years will allow all involved in campaigning on the issues to plan ahead and to facilitate that public debate.”

Wind, batteries in AGL Liddell exit plan

AGL Energy appears to be standing by its decision to close NSW’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station, telling shareholders extending the life of Liddell would cost too much money, while a sale would be “challeginging” due to its complexity

AGL chief executive Andy Vesey has told the energy company’s annual general meeting AGL has been assessing options to replace Liddell since April, 2015 and is committed to present its plans to the Prime Minister and energy markets operator AMEO by early December.

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He said AGL is confident that the plans will address supply and capacity concerns raised over the Liddell closure and result in the development of new, reliable and low-emissions energy supply.

“We are designing our plan to mitigate the impact of Liddell’s closure,” Mr Vesey told shareholders at the meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday.

He said the bulk of energy lost from the forecast closure of Liddell in NSW in 2022 can come from wind power plants to be built in NSW and Queensland.

An upgrade of Liddell’s neighbouring Bayswater plant, new gas-fired power plants and battery storage will make up the balance of capacity in a plan Mr Vesey said will be presented to the federal government in December.

“It will address the 8 terawatt hours a year of energy that Liddell provides and the 1,000 megawatt reserve capacity shortfall AEMO has highlighted,” he said.

Mr Vesey reaffirmed AGL’s intention to move away from coal-fired generation.

“In the interests of reliability, affordability and meeting our obligations to reduce carbon emissions, we must begin the processs of renewal now.”

Mr Vesey said the Liddell site could be repurposed with gas-fired power or battery storage and no-one had more to lose from failing to mitigate the market impact of Liddell’s closure than AGL.

Mr Vesey said AGL’s commitment to exit coal does not hide from the fact that coal currently represents 86 per cent of AGL’s electricity generation and is likely to remain an integral part of AGL’s business for several decades.

The Turnbull government has pressured AGL to keep Liddell open beyond its scheduled 2022 shutdown or sell it to a new operator in order to shore up electricity supply

AGL chairman Jerry Maycock told the AGM that while it may be “technically possible” to extend the life of the 45-year-old plant the costs “are certain to be substantial” and selling it would be “challenging”.

Mr Maycock said the NSW government had intended to close Liddell in 2022 before AGL bought the power station from it in 2014.

New mission to stop breast cancer deaths

Understanding why some women are more at risk of dying from breast cancer than others is the focus of a major research project launched by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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While breast cancer has one of the highest survival rates at 90 per cent, there are hundreds of women who still die within five years of being diagnosed with the disease.

Eight women in Australia die of breast cancer every day, statistics show.

Researchers at the Centre for Population Health Research at the University of South Australia will pull together all the data from hospitals, radiotherapy centres and tissue banks to help answer the question: Why are 10 per cent of women still not surviving beyond five years?

“What’s different about them and what can we do about it?” said Professor Ian Olver, a chief investigator on the project.

“If we can link all the data together, we can find out more about what puts people at greater risk of not doing well.”

The research, announced on Wednesday at the launch of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraising campaign, will start in SA and then broaden nationally.

Some of the questions to be asked will examine survival outcomes for women living in rural towns and younger women.

Prof Olver says he’s “absolutely confident” of producing new data that will lead to tailored treatments and, ultimately, improved survival.

“What you do is look at the population to get your clues and then you can design very specific studies that will be able to translate into individual treatments, so you use the big data set and then you can design the studies then that are very specific to get answers for individual patients,” Prof Olver told AAP.

NBCF CEO Professor Sarah Hosking says they will use the information to identify any gaps in care and what changes the health system needs to do to fill them.

“Over the past 20 years, research has come so far in reducing deaths from breast cancer, but until we reach zero deaths we believe the job’s not done,” she said.

“NBCF will use this information to make data-driven decisions in setting research priorities that are focused on closing the gap on the last 10 per cent of breast cancer deaths and making it a better tomorrow for those affected.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign held in October for International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Funds raised this year will go towards research on the repurposing of an available drug to better treat metastatic breast cancer.

Trump praises relief effort in Puerto Rico

US President Donald Trump has hit back at complaints that he has been slow to provide relief for Puerto Rico, after the US territory was hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

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Trump instead praised his administration for “doing a really good job” with disaster relief.

He said he would pay a visit on October 3 to Puerto Rico, as well as to the US Virgin Islands, a neighboring Caribbean territory struggling to recover from two major hurricanes in a single month.

Democratic leaders in Congress and some residents in Puerto Rico have accused the administration of being more sluggish in its response than it would to a disaster on the US mainland, even though Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million inhabitants are US citizens.

The criticism was heightened by a series of Twitter messages by Trump on Monday about hurricane damage on Puerto Rico in which he also referred to the island’s $72 billion debt crisis and bankruptcy.

“Much of the Island has been destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with,” he tweeted.

Maria roared ashore Puerto Rico last Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane to strike the island in nearly a century.

The storm has claimed more than 30 lives across the Caribbean, including at least 16 in Puerto Rico.

Maria was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday, far off the coast of North Carolina.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the island needed 1,000 to 1,500 additional security personnel and at least another 200 generators, as well as fuel for them.

“With all due respect, President Trump, relief efforts are not ‘doing well,'” Schumer said.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz strongly criticised Trump for focusing on the island’s financial woes in his tweets.

“You don’t put debt above people, you put people above debt,” she told CNN.

But Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said he was satisfied with the administration’s relief efforts and called Trump’s performance “excellent.”

“They have responded very quickly,” he said.

He cited swift disaster declarations issued by Trump and a six-month waiver of FEMA’s cost-sharing requirements.

Woman writes perfect ‘husband-proof’ shopping list

Era Golwalkar, a 29 year old IT specialist, began producing detailed and illustrated lists for her husband, Gaurav, to solve a weekly problem that was causing trouble in their marriage.

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“After Gaurav and I got married three years ago we decided to split the household chores,” Era tells the BBC.

“Gaurav was very supportive and was ready to learn cooking [which is not common for a lot of men in India]. But there was one problem. I wasn’t aware of back then, he had no experience with anything related to cooking.

“When I first sent him to purchase vegetables, it was an epic fail and an argument ensued between us. The second time was no better. Nor was the third.”

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— Era Londhe (@eralondhe) September 23, 2017

Era believes vegetable sellers starting taking advantage of her husband’s naivety, and began selling him spoiled and poor quality produce. 

To solve the problem, Era started sending Gaurav to the shops with meticulously written lists – including drawings of each item and size guides.

She explained he should select palak (spinach) without holes in it, long and straight mirchi (chillis), and bhindi (okra) that were not too soft and not too hard.

It was a success. Guarav returned from his shopping trips with the correct ingredients and the arguments stopped. 

When Era shared her list on social media, it quickly went viral.

Her tweet attracted more than 5,300 likes and was shared more than 1,200 times.

While many men have had a good laugh over list, Era realises not all of them would need a “husband-proof” list like this, “but mine did, so we found a solution”, she says.

“Looking at the reactions on social media, I’ve noticed that most married women globally are able to relate to this.”

And Guarav is happy with the outcome too.

“Now if I get something wrong, I have proof that it wasn’t in the specification and she can’t deny it,” he said.