Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 7 Linda Chavez op-ed, “Sending Troops to Border is Harmful,” President Trump says he needs to send our army to defend the southern border even though the actual number of immigrants is the lowest in years and there are plenty of borders guards etc. Oh, that’s right, there is a scary caravan coming to get us, I forgot. We need more troops, even though the Mexican government is interviewing these people leaving the violence of Honduras.It seems those people have been scattered and lost that powerful thrust to enter our country. Perhaps, the president wants to create a situation similar to that of Gaza, where Hamas is whipping up the Palestinians to challenge their border wall. Consequently, the Israeli army shoots the people who get too close to the wall.Is that the real reason Trump wants a wall? To show how tough our army is when they shoot people who come too close to our wall? Just trying to understand the reason behind our army covering the border.Oh, that’s right — there’s no reason.Janice WalzScotia More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Magdalene co-founder and editor in chief Devi Asmarani said the cyberattacks had been occurring regularly since the end of May. “They debilitate our website, and every time we get it back up, they shut it down again,” Devi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. She said she was unsure of the motives behind the attack. However, she said, “Some people might dislike the sensitive content and criticism published by Magdalene.”Established in September 2013 by Devi and fellow female journalists Hera Diani and Karina Anjani, the bilingual feminist website has vocally advocated for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and gender equality. The site has more than 42,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 68,000 followers on Twitter. Devi said the site got approximately 500,000 page views per month.”Because of the attacks, our web traffic has dropped and we have lost our revenue and page views,” she said.Another feminist publication, Konde.co, has experienced a cyberattack on its Twitter account, which forced it to create a new one, @konde_co.Terima kasih, Magdalene.Betul, beberapa waktu belakangan, @konde_co juga mengalami serangan ini. Akun ini adalah akun media sosial kami yang baru. Mohon dukungannya ya, teman-teman pembaca.🧡 https://t.co/4IfI3YvkJd— kondedotco (@konde_co) June 10, 2020In a post thanking Magdalene for its support, Konde said its previous Twitter account had been attacked numerous times, prompting the publication to create a new one.According to the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta, Konde had trouble accessing its previous Twitter account on May 15. Konde also received notifications on forced login attempts from Surabaya, Yogyakarta and the Netherlands.The AJI said Konde had hosted a discussion for Konde Women’s Talk on a case of alleged sexual abuse by IM, an alumni of the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta.Konde.co has also published several articles in relation to the case, which were used to put pressure on the Australian government and the University of Melbourne to revoke a prestigious scholarship awarded to IM.AJI Jakarta advocacy team head Erick Tanjung said the organization was looking into the attacks.”We condemn any form of intimidation against journalists or media outlets that have been critical in delivering news,” he told the Post.Editor’s note: This article has been updated with information on Konde.co.Topics : Online feminist publication Magdalene.co has suffered a series of cyberattacks over the past month, which has made it difficult for readers to access the website.”Hi friends, the Magdalene website often cannot be accessed because we have been experiencing a lot of attacks over the past month,” the Magdalene official Twitter account @the_magdalene wrote on Wednesday.Hi teman-teman, website Magdalene sering tidak bisa diakses karena serangan yang bertubi-tubi selama sebulan terakhir.— Magdalene (@the_magdalene) June 9, 2020″These attacks, whatever their motives are, will hurt the freedom of the press, limit the space for dialogue and discussion, and in the end, they will destroy the opportunity for alternative media to grow,” the message continued.
Home values nationally have dropped for the first time in a year – down 0.4 per cent in MayShifting goalposts are turning the post-coronavirus mortgage world into a minefield.National data released this week by CoreLogic showed that home values dropped for the first time in a year – down 0.4 per cent in May, with five of the eight capital city regions recording a fall. So the big thing holding buyers back appears to be the question: “Has the property market hit bottom yet?”The Commonwealth Bank, one of the nation’s big four, expects house prices to fall farther over the next six months and while it has factored in a fall of up to 10 per cent, government initiatives may inhibit the drop.MORE NEWS $25,000 grant may not be enough to boost housing Is now the time to build or buy Toowong town centre to grow to tune of $450 million “At this stage the risks are tilted towards a smaller fall given the economy is being opened up sooner than previously expected. The earlier reopening supports jobs, spending and the housing market,” its latest housing market economic update stated.Among the measures it was tracking was the potential for the government to introduce a $20,000 new-home buyers grant, any potential cash grant schemes for renovators, and the possibility of phasing out stamp duty.“If implemented these initiatives would support the housing market,” the report stated.Yet according to Strand Property Group director Michael Ossitt, anyone waiting around for a post-September crash – when JobKeeper benefits are set to end – would be waiting in vain.“Standard responsible lending practices mean that borrowers won’t be metaphorically cast out into the street post-September,” he said, adding that they could, in theory, “apply for reduced repayments or interest-only loan terms for up to a year”.He expected some areas of the market to “ebb and flow over the next year or two because of the ending of mortgage repayment holidays”.“The number of listings and buyers have fallen to the same degree, which has underpinned property prices,” he said, but some blue-chip locations had not had any meaningful price reductions because of market resilience and strong demand.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAccording to CoreLogic, the 0.4 per cent drop in home values nationally in May came at a time when transaction activity was showing more positive signs – bouncing back by 18.5 per cent in May after a (revised) drop of 33 per cent in April.Universal buying agent Simon Clarke said his team had logged a rise in inquiries from buyers after COVID-19 shockwaves led banks to tighten processes and forced sellers to social distance.Mr Clarke said some buyers who thought they qualified for loans had found the opposite.“Some buyers we are speaking with are self-qualifying themselves thinking that they are fortunate to be in jobs and are not affected only to find that the banks require more from them for a loan.”Among the challenges is that income streams such as overtime and bonuses are less likely to be relied upon by banks now because they are considered “unstable” income contributions, but Mr Clarke urged borrowers to seek expert advice over their situation.He said with interest rates at an all-time low and property prices sitting relatively stable despite COVID-19, the property market was being seen as a place where “there are incredible opportunities available”.
The Latest: Swimming worlds could clash with Olympics That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___ The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics. The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka.If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___ The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___ The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___ DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.”DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. March 24, 2020 Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___ The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.”The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call. ___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___ Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October.The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___ ___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April. One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.
The USC baseball team convenes before the first pitch. They are looking to right the ship during the final stretch of the season. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe UCLA Bruins swept the USC Trojans in this weekend’s three-game series. The Bruins improved their record to 25-10 on the season while the Trojans now sit at .500 with a record of 18-18 on the year.Game one saw USC freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt take the mound against UCLA senior pitcher Jake Bird. Experience was key in this matchup as Bird and the Bruins took game one by a resounding scoreline of 16-1.The game started off poorly for the Trojans as the Bruins scored 5 runs in the first inning. The Bruins would go on to score 2 more runs in the next inning. Hurt then kept the Bruins quiet through his final two innings on the day as he went on to pitch four innings in total. Hurt faced 23 batters on Friday’s game, and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits, but managed to strike out five batters. Comparatively, Bird went for seven innings and faced 28 batters on the day; however, he only allowed one earned run on eight hits with just one strikeout on the day.The rest of game one wasn’t pretty for the Trojans either as freshman pitchers Riley Lamb and Augie Sylk collectively gave up 9 runs to the Bruins in five innings. While the Trojans weren’t lacking in hitting, having recorded eight hits on the day, their defense and pitching ultimately failed them as they were unable to capitalize and score any runs.Game two Saturday didn’t fare any better for the Trojans as the Bruins obliterated them 19-2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior pitcher Solomon Bates took the mound for the Trojans against the Bruins’ star freshman pitcher Zach Pettway. Pettway has been impressive all season, posting a 6-1 record on the year after Saturday’s game. He aims to be a potential star pitcher in the Pac-12 for years to come. After Saturday’s game, Bates now has a 3-2 record on the year.The Bruins got off to an early lead, putting up 2 runs in the first inning. However, the Trojans fought back in the second and brought the scoreline to 2-1. The highlight of the game for the Trojans occured in the second inning as freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez hit a solo homerun, his second this season.However, the Bruins got hot in the next three innings, scoring 3 in the third, 1 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth to put the scoreline out of reach at 12-2 in favor of the Bruins after five innings.The Trojans showed a little more grit in game three, but were unable to stop the Bruins from scoring in the end. Junior pitcher Quentin Longrie took the mound for the Trojans on Sunday, and showed real composure throughout the game. Through the first six innings, he only allowed the Bruins to score 3 runs, an impressive feat considering the Bruins’ quality of batting order and previous results.The Bruins got off to an early lead scoring 1 run in each of the second, fourth and sixth innings to take the scoreline to 3-0 through six. However, in the seventh inning, the Trojan bats came alive as junior left fielder Lars Nootbaar hit another 2-run homerun, taking his tally to 5 on the year. That brought the scoreline to 3-2 through the top half of the seventh. But the Bruins fought back and put up 4 runs of their own in the bottom half of the seventh, halting all of the Trojans’ momentum. USC was able to put up 1 more run late in the ninth to bring the final tally to 7-3 in favor of the Bruins.After the UCSB game Tuesday, head coach Dan Hubbs urged his team to limit mistakes on the defensive side. “If we don’t make those mistakes we can limit the damage,” he said. “When you’re not playing great can you limit innings to 1 or 2 [runs] instead of 3 or 4?”Yet, this weekend’s series showed the opposite from the Trojans. They were unable to limit the scoring damage in several innings, rendering each game out of reach. The Bruins are one of the best baseball teams in the country, and they proved that this weekend. Ultimately, the Trojans did not do enough to limit their innings and fight back.The Trojans will look to end their current three-game losing streak in their next game against Long Beach State Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans will follow up that game with a weekend series against Pac-12 rivals Oregon in Eugene. Oregon is 19-18 on the season and 6-12 in the Pac-12.
Robbie Henshaw who started at full back last week returns to the centre while Prop Finlay Bealham and Tralee second row Ultan Dillane start for the first time since the Six Nations.
A report out of Germany (Bild) is linking Borussia Dortmund with a move for AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanić. The Bosnian midfielder is currently under contract with the Italian club until June 2015.Die Borussen are continuing their search for a replacement for Mario Götze after the attacking midfielder decided to leave the club for treble winning Bayern Munich. With €37 million in the bank from the Götze deal, BVB have room to splash some cash to find a replacement. After agreeing to personal terms with Kevin De Bruyne, BVB forgot that they would need to actually agree to a transfer deal with Chelsea, and the Blues were’t too thrilled with the idea of losing the Belgian.After being linked with other players like Malaga’s Isco and Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard, Dortmund have reportedly made a €14 million offer to Roma for Pjanić. The 23 year old found himself in the starting lineup twenty times this past season, but Roma decided to deploy him both in the middle and out wide. This would at least fill the positional void left by Götze. However, is a move for Pjanić enough?If Lewandowski remains at Dortmund for another season, Pjanić is a good enough player that BVB can likely make it back into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.(sbnation.com)
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. When hand washing is not possible, use antiseptic hand gels that contain alcohol. Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthThurston County health officials report the first death in our area related to influenza. A Thurston County man in his 50’s recently died from complications related to the flu.“It appears this person was otherwise healthy and didn’t have any of the typical risk factors, such as respiratory or heart problems. So his death is a tragic reminder that the flu is serious business and can even be deadly,” said Dr. Rachel Wood, Health Officer for Thurston County.“We’re encouraging unvaccinated people of all ages to talk to their doctor about getting a flu vaccine,” said Dr. Wood. “Getting vaccinated helps you, but it also helps prevent the spread of the flu virus in the community. If you think you won’t catch the flu, think again. It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine.”Dr. Wood added that there are other simple steps that help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:Cover your mouth and nose. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue. Facebook32Tweet0Pin0 Stay home if you are sick.There are key differences between the common cold and influenza. While both infections usually include coughing, sore throat, sneezing or nasal congestion, the flu typically includes a sudden fever, body aches, and general fatigue or malaise. Signs of complications or a worsening flu infection include no improvement or even worsening symptoms after several days, constant or returning fever, or if symptoms improve for a few days but then return. If you think your flu symptoms have worsened or show signs of complications, call your doctor to discuss your symptoms.Seasonal influenza is a serious illness that each year kills about 36,000 Americans and sends more than 200,000 to the hospital. The number of influenza cases in Washington has increased in recent weeks, and there have been two flu-related deaths in the state this season—one in Thurston County and one in Eastern Washington. Common complications from seasonal flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Seniors, pregnant women, children younger than five, people with chronic medical conditions like asthma or heart disease, and people who work in healthcare, senior care, and childcare are all strongly encouraged to get a flu vaccine.For more information on the flu, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ and click on “Influenza” under the Personal Health section.
“We have to go out there and fight hard for the three points against Boys’ Town. We are aware of Boys’ Town’s history and it won’t be an easy win. We don’t watch where they are in the standings. It’s about going there to execute the team plan,” the head coach added. Jamalco’s diminutive midfielder Rohan Richards is the competition’s top scorer on four goals. However, Johnson says that other players have been contributing as it is about team effort. “He (Richards) is in good form, but the focus is on team. We expect other players to score goals as well, moving forward,” he said. Richards apart, former Boys’ Town striker AndrÈ Dawson and Sean Coleman are expected to give support. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price says the four losses came with mostly young players, and with the senior players like Garfield Gillespie, Wayne Ellis, Daemion Benjamin, and Asrick Samuels back in the squad after returning from the United States of America, there has been renewed energy. “We started preseason late, and like other clubs, have suffered from senior players being overseas during the summer. Now we have them back, and they will add to the young talents that are in the squad. Shemar Nicholson has been shouldering the goalscoring on three goals. He will get quality support come Sunday,” Price disclosed. “We are aware that Jamalco is a quality team, but we will go there to execute and, hopefully, come away with a positive result,” Price also said. In another game of high interest, MBU and Humble Lion will clash in what should be a close encounter. Jamalco FC will look to continue their impressive form when they face Boys’ Town FC in match day six of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) today at Barbican Complex in St Andrew. Kick-off time is 3 p.m. The Jamalco team is having a wonderful start to life in top-flight football and is leading the 12-team league on nine points, the same as reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Humble Lion. However, hot debutants Jamalco enjoy a superior goal difference. On the other hand, seasoned Boys’ Town are struggling without a point on the board after four games played by the team. With that scenario, the matchup, to be live on Television Jamaica, is of high interest. All eyes will be focused on Jamalco to see whether they can build on the fine start, while Boys’ Town will look to score their first points of the new season. Jamalco’s head coach Rayon Johnson says that it is all about preparation for each game. “It all boils down to team preparation. We have to keep the team focused as we can’t get carried away by the start to the competition,” Johnson said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning. – 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Jamalco at Barbican Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Maverley-Hughenden at Edward Seaga Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Montego Bay United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon – 3:30 p.m.: FC Reno vs UWI at Frome Complex in Westmoreland – 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Portmore United at Anthony Spaulding Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse at Harbour View Stadium Today’s games WON’T BE EASY
Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out.