Cavendish wins sixth stage in Italy

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Tour de France sprint king Mark Cavendish cruised to victory in the sixth and penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, with Spaniard Alberto Contador retaining the overall lead.

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Following a crash in the final bend caused by a Lampre rider and which took down another from the Lotto team, Cavendish went on to surge from behind the wheels of three Omega-Pharma teammates in the final 150 metres of the 189 km stage from Bucchianico to Porto Sant’Elpidio to win solo.

Italian teammate Alessandro Petacchi finished second with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third place.

Less than a week from the season’s first major one-day classic, the Milan-San Remo, Cavendish said he was delighted with the form that has seen him win one stage on the Tour of the Algarve as well as his victory on Monday.

“I’m really happy because I’m in great shape. I can’t wait for Milan-SanRemo,” the Isle of Man rider told Rai television.

Earlier, Sagan’s Cannondale team upped the pace when it became clear that sprint rival Marcel Kittel was struggling on one of several climbs.

In the closing kilometres Philippe Gilbert pulled clear of the peloton after it had caught an earlier four-man breakaway.

However the Belgian, who will also fancy his chances in San Remo on Sunday, was reeled in as Omega-Pharma upped the pace for the final dash for the line.

A right-hand bend proved fatal for the sprinters looking to prevail on the long home straight, with Germany’s Andre Greipel one of several caught up in the ensuing melee.

It left a small group of riders to go on and contest the win, but with three teammates pacing him in furious fashion in the finale there was little chance of Cavendish facing an upset.

Contador, who claimed the overall lead with victory on stage five, still leads Nairo Quintana by 2min 08sec in the overall standings ahead of Tuesday’s final stage, a 9.1 km time trial.

The Spaniard’s sporting director at Tinkoff-Saxo, Philippe Mauduit, said: “It was a perfect scenario for us. We were hoping that the sprinter teams would take the reigns of the pack and as Kittel was dropped, they were all eager to work in the front so we didn’t have to.

“Now, we’re only one stage away from the overall win and let’s face it, it looks pretty promising with a two minute lead to Quintana.

“But history shows that many unforeseen things can happen during a time trial and we’re not celebrating until Alberto crosses the finish line tomorrow.”

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Rewards offered for brutal Qld murders

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Hefty rewards are being offered in a bid to find the killers of two Queenslanders who died horrific and violent deaths.

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It’s been more than a year since Shandee Blackburn, 23, was repeatedly stabbed as she walked home from work in Mackay.

Police are still hunting for the person who left her to die in the street on February 9 last year.

Officers are also still hunting for the killer of Julian Neuendorf, 38, whose bullet riddled body was found in the Logan River at Henderson Park on November 2, 2012.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey says a reward of $250,000 is available for each crime, for information that leads to a conviction.

“These murders were vicious and horrible acts and police have been working hard to track down those responsible, but so far each case remains unsolved,” Mr Dempsey said on Tuesday.

“Our hope is that by offering these rewards it will encourage people to come forward with the vital information detectives need.”

Ms Blackburn’s mother, Vicki Blackburn, recently spoke of her hope that someone would be held responsible for the horrific attack on her daughter, who died just metres from her home.

“I’m confident that the police will get there and the amount of time and effort and resources that they’ve put into it,” she told the ABC around the first anniversary of the crime.

The hunt for Mr Neuendorf’s killer has also stalled, despite a public plea for information by his sisters Anna and Emily.

Mr Neuendorf, a father-of-two who had a criminal history, suffered several gunshot wounds and his body was dumped at the end of the Logan Reserve boat ramp.

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Netherlands easily beat UAE in T20

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The Netherlands eased to a six-wicket win against first-timers United Arab Emirates in the opening round of the World Twenty20 at Sylhet Stadium on Monday.

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Opener Stephan Myburgh hit a punishing 36-ball 55 with two sixes and seven boundaries to help the Netherlands overhaul a modest 152-run target with seven balls to spare.

It was a clinical finish by the Netherlands who are vying to progress from Group B for a place in the main rounds.

“We slowed down a bit towards the end and but I am happy to get over the line,” Netherlands skipper Peter Borren said.

“Myburgh set things up brilliantly and (Tom) Cooper was superb.”

Michael Swart (26) partnered Myburgh in a quickfire 69-run opening stand as the two put their team on the right track within the first seven overs.

Swart hit three boundaries and a six off just 16 balls while Wesley Barresi (24) and Cooper, who was 34 not out with four boundaries and a six, completed the task.

UAE, who won the toss and batted, lost their openers for 12 runs after just ten deliveries before Swapnil Patil (23) and skipper Khurram Khan (31) put on 67 for the third wicket to steady the innings.

Shaiman Anwar, who hit a solid 19-ball 32 with the help of four boundaries and a six, lifted the UAE past the 150-run mark.

Rohan Mustafa made 20 before medium pacer Ahsan Malik stopped the final over slog with a career best 3-16.

Cooper took 2-18 to complete an all-round performance for the Netherlands.

Khan admitted his team was short on runs and sloppy in the field.

“The way we started and the way we were playing, I thought 175 was on. But three wickets in the 15th-16th over changed the game and they bowled and fielded well,” said Khan.

“We dropped so many catches and that probably made the difference in the end.”

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Drogba to show respect on Chelsea return

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Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba admits he is unlikely to celebrate if he scores on his emotional return to Chelsea in the Champions League.

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Drogba will be back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the Premier League club in 2012 when Galatasaray face Chelsea in a last 16 second leg clash on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, whose final act as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg.

The Ivory Coast international, who remains a hero to Chelsea fans and is still a close friend of Blues boss Jose Mourinho, is sure to get a warm welcome back in west London.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Monday, Drogba conceded he would feel mixed emotions when he was asked if he would celebrate scoring the decisive goal at the Bridge.

“With all the respect that I have for this club, for the fans and for the players, I might not celebrate, but if we win I’ll be happy,” Drogba said.

“I’m really happy to come back and to see some familiar faces.

“It’s a big game. The Champions League is a big competition and it means a lot for my team. I’ll find a way to play.

“It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.

“Now I belong to Galatasaray. I need to be professional.

“Of course there will be emotions. Like the first leg to see my ex-teammates and also the Chelsea fans in the stadium was special.”

Mourinho, who signed Drogba for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, was given a rousing ovation when he made his return to the Blues dugout in August after a near six-year absence and hopes the Ivorian will experience similar acclaim.

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George Michael in fine voice on live album

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Forget about the health issues and personal problems – George Michael sounds just fine, super in fact, on his first new album in seven years, recorded live during his 2011-2012 Symphonica tour in Europe.

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Time has not taken a toll on Michael’s voice, which if anything sounds more supple and emotive than during his earlier pop incarnations.

Gone is the swagger and blatant “come and get it” sexuality, replaced by a more subtle singer happy to pay homage to Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and other giants as the album unfolds. He strikes a wistful tone, lamenting lost youth, in John and Elvis Are Dead, and captures the yearning and loss at the heart of the old standard Wild Is the Wind.

There’s a jazzy feel, with some swing, to his cover of the timeless My Baby Just Cares for Me, and he captures perfectly, without overdoing it, the pathos of the American depression-era classic Brother Can You Spare a Dime.

Michael avoids a number of traps on this album, which was produced by the late Phil Ramone, who also teamed with the singer in 1999 on Songs From the Last Century. Michael deserves credit for moving deftly into big band and orchestral territory without in any way trying to imitate the master, Frank Sinatra, or taking on the vocal tics of the many other artists who have turned to American standards as a mid-career tonic.

The style and phrasings are all his own, confident and understated, and the sparse arrangements allow ample room for his hypnotic voice to soar. By instinct, he shies way from self-dramatising vocal pyrotechnics, letting the melodies and lyrics carry the day.

There is a simple clarity to this approach, but it also means the new release can seem a bit slow in places. The beat is too subdued, the tempo too languid, and the production too lush at times. The collection could use a showstopper, a hint of R&B, a touch of cruelty or anger to set off its mellow tone. It would benefit from a bit more tension, more of a climax toward the end.

But the quality of the singing puts Michael head and shoulders ahead of the other middle-aged and older English rockers looking to the Great American Songbook for inspiration. Michael sounds effortless and free, as if he could do this for decades to come.

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In the battle for Crimea, China wins

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On March 2, the day after Russian troops started fanning out across Crimea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry noted: “There is a good reason for why events in Ukraine have progressed to where they are today.

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On March 3, Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said “there are reasons for why the situation in Ukraine is what it is today.”

Later in the week, while the U.N. Security Council was locked in debate over Ukraine, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang declared: “There are reasons for today’s situation in Ukraine.”

So, that’s clear, then.

It is not hard to understand why China feels itself in a tight spot over the situation in Ukraine, where Russia has responded to the collapse of the presidency of its ally Viktor Yanukovych in late February and the formation of a new, pro-Western government by exerting Russian military control over the Crimean peninsula. One of the basic tenets of Chinese foreign policy is non-interference in the domestic business of other countries, which provides a barrier against their meddling in its own affairs and a way of floating above some of the world’s more difficult trouble spots without getting sucked into messy political disputes or taking on new responsibilities. China is also allergic to separatist movements within countries. If Crimea can be allowed to vote for independence, why not Tibet?

China and Russia may have been estranged during the latter part of the Cold War, and only resolved their own tense border issues in 2008, but the two nations have long found common cause over the issue of state sovereignty. For the last decade, Russia and China have often tag-teamed at the U.N. to block Western busybodies from getting involved in smaller countries’ internal crises. In the 2000s, when China was defending Sudan against Western criticism over Darfur, Russia provided political cover. Over the last three years, China has backed up Russia in its efforts to keep the U.N. from pressuring the Assad regime in Syria. Yet, today, China’s usual partner in defending the inviolability of state sovereignty is the very country whose troops are now controlling Crimea.

And a prolonged crisis in the Ukraine could be bad for the global economy, especially if there are sanctions and counter-sanctions between Russia and the West, just at a time when China’s own economy is slowing. No wonder China’s responses have been so convoluted.

Yet behind the equivocations and diplomatic parsing, there are several ways in which the Ukraine crisis could work out very well for China.

In terms of both grand strategy and tactics, the showdown in Ukraine has the potential to play into China’s hands.

For the United States, one of the big long-term risks is that Ukraine ends up pushing Russia and China much closer together — a shift in the geopolitical tectonic plates that would have a long-lasting impact. Sensing itself under pressure in Asia over the last two years, Beijing has been casting around for political support. The first foreign trip that Xi Jinping made on taking over as China’s president in March 2013 was to Moscow. And since he returned to office nearly two years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been happy to play nice with China as he indulges his anti-Western posturing. In October, the two countries signed a large number of energy deals, including an agreement for Russia to supply $85 billion of oil; after years of talks, they are also getting close to an agreement on a major gas pipeline. Beyond the booming business ties, both countries believe that chipping away at the foundations of U.S. power serves their interests.

One of Washington’s long-term geopolitical priorities should be driving a wedge between Moscow and Beijing, to prevent the development of a stronger relationship. Yet an Obama administration campaign to isolate Russia economically and diplomatically would almost certainly invite Putin to look to Beijing for political support. Dmitri Simes, president of the Center for the National Interest in Washington, has even predicted that the Ukraine crisis could lead to China and Russia signing a security agreement.

At a more mundane level, the Ukraine crisis also means that U.S. President Barack Obama is almost inevitably going to have less time to devote to his Asia pivot — his strategy for dealing with a rising China. After much fanfare on its launch in 2011, including Obama’s announcement that the United States “is here to stay” in the Pacific during a trip to Australia, there has been plenty of criticism in the region that the administration has been distracted by the fire-fighting it has been doing in the Middle East. John Kerry has traveled five times to the region since becoming secretary of state in Feb. 2013, but he has made more than double that number of trips to the Middle East during the same period. The cancellation of Obama’s October 2013 Asia trip because of the government shut-down was a major own-goal. For months, the Chinese have been telling their neighbors that the unreliable United States has once again become less interested in the region.

In the weeks before the Russian intervention in Crimea, the administration has been consciously trying to up its game in Asia, ahead of Obama’s April visit to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. In February, Danny Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said China had “created uncertainty, insecurity and instability in the region” by its behavior in the South China Sea. Yet if Russia annexes Crimea, and is seen to not pay too high a price, some in China will take that as a green light to push their own territorial claims even harder. If Putin can call the West’s bluff, what’s to stop China?

That said, there is nothing inevitable about a closer Sino-Russian alliance. As China’s influence grows, Russia could end up seeing Beijing as much as a rival as a partner. Putin’s Crimea incursion is motivated by his desire to protect Russia’s sphere of influence to its west, where it feels under threat from Europe. But he is also intent on maintaining Russian influence in Central Asia, where China is the long-term challenger. Over the last five years, Chinese presence in Central Asia has increased dramatically, the product of huge energy deals, extensive oil and gas pipelines, and financial support.

During Xi’s September visit to Kazakhstan — the Central Asian nation that is also part of Putin’s Eurasian Union — he opened a new natural gas pipeline to China, formalized a $5 billion Chinese investment in the project, and signed business deals worth $30 billion. Russia’s southeast flank is just as vulnerable as its western one.

Russia also worries about Chinese migration into eastern Siberia and about Chinese naval intentions in the northern Pacific and Arctic region. Even as Moscow and Beijing have been growing closer over the last two years, Russia has also been improving ties with Japan and they have been holding quiet talks over Pacific Ocean islands disputed by both countries.

The power dynamics of China and Russia are also very different. China’s ambitions are those of a great power on the rise: the Crimea takeover is the lashing out of a leader trying to hang on to some leverage in Ukraine that is rapidly disappearing. The last thing Putin wants is to play second fiddle to Xi, the way Britain does to the United States.

But overall, the situation looks promising for Beijing. Even if the situation in Ukraine is resolved relatively quickly and U.S. relations with Russia do not completely fall apart, Obama will now spend a lot more of his time in office focusing on Europe; trying to boost the relationship with Germany and reassuring allies in Eastern Europe who have felt neglected. The administration will claim it can manage all these issues, but top-level attention to Asia will drop. The pivot will suffer as a result of Ukraine — and that, among other things, is a win for Beijing, even if you would not realize it from the tortured way China talks about the crisis.

 

Dyer covers U.S. foreign policy for the Financial Times and is the paper’s former Beijing bureau chief. This piece is adapted from his new book “The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition With China.”

(c) 2013, Foreign Policy.

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Teams may pay price for quieter F1, says Ecclestone

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Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker said after Sunday’s season-opener that he was not happy with the reduced decibels and Formula One was “clearly in breach of contract”.

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“It’s not what we paid for. It’s going to change,” Walker told the Melbourne Age newspaper, adding that he had spoken to a ‘horrified’ Ecclestone about it.

“It will be an issue for promoters all around the world.”

Ecclestone told Reuters in a telephone interview that Walker was “probably going a bit over the top with what he’s saying” but added that the Australian was not alone in his concern.

“I’ve had one or two promoters get in touch with me today and they said how unhappy they are,” said the 83-year-old billionaire.

“I spoke to (Ferrari president) Luca di Montezemolo just now and Luca said he’s never had as many emails on his desk complaining and saying this isn’t Formula One.”

Formula One ditched the old and raucous 2.4 litre V8 engines at the end of last season and replaced them with less fuel-thirsty and more muted 1.6 litre V6 turbo power units with expensive and complicated energy recovery systems.

Ecclestone has long been a critic of the change and has warned repeatedly that the sport risked losing a key ingredient for the paying public by turning down the volume that was such a big part of the show.

“I’m disappointed that I was right when I said what was going to happen. I’m sorry that it’s happened,” he said.

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Asked whether promoters might see an opportunity to renegotiate their contracts downwards as a result, Ecclestone acknowledged that might become an issue.

“It’s not (a concern) at the moment but it could well be,” he said. “If the promoters say ‘Listen, this ain’t what I bought and I ain’t going to pay for it or I don’t want to pay as much’ or whatever, then it is a concern.

“We give the teams a percentage of the revenue we receive. So if we are receiving less revenue, whatever the case may be, certainly the teams wouldn’t get as much. So it’s going to cost them,” he added.

The Briton, who has seen the global glamour sport go through numerous engine eras from V12 to V10 and V8, questioned whether promoters like Walker could win their argument in any court of law, however.

“I don’t know whether he has (got a point),” he said of Walker’s comments about a breach of contract.

“Let’s assume he hasn’t got a point as far as the legal side is going. Then you have to look at it from a moral side. If you went into the supermarket today and bought some strawberry jam and you got peanut butter you’d probably be a bit pissed off.

“It’s good quality peanut butter, but he’s saying it isn’t what he bought,” added Ecclestone.

“Whether the contract describes what he’d bought, the strawberry jam with so many strawberries, I don’t know. I doubt it. I think he bought the FIA Formula One world championship. Which is what he’s got.”

Germany’s Nico Rosberg won Sunday’s race for a dominant Mercedes while quadruple world champion compatriot Sebastian Vettel, who won the last nine races of 2013 for Red Bull, retired early on with engine trouble.

Despite dire predictions of no cars finishing the race, so uncertain was their reliability, 13 of the 22 drivers were classified in the final results.

“I am surprised that as many cars finished. I didn’t think the racing was super,” said Ecclestone of what he had seen.

“What was good from the public’s point of view I suppose was that we didn’t suddenly see Sebastian disappear into the night. Whether we are going to see (Mercedes’ Lewis) Hamilton or the other one (Rosberg) do that, I don’t know.

“I’ve got to suspect that we will.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Ireland beat Zimbabwe in last-ball thriller

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Stirling hit nine boundaries and a six and with captain William Porterfield (31) added 80 runs for the opening wicket but Panyangara’s double strike in the 15th over brought Zimbabwe back in the game.

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Panyangara (4-37), who was smashed for 18 in his first over by Stirling, also dismissed the dangerous Kevin O’Brien (17) in the 18th over and returned to bowl the final over of the innings with Ireland needing four runs for victory.

In the final over, Ireland lost Ed Joyce (20) to Panyangara and Max Sorensen to a run out off successive balls but managed to scamper for a bye off the last delivery for the winning run with wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor missing a run out.

Earlier, captain Taylor (59) hit six fours and two sixes and anchored Zimbabwe’s batting as his team posted 163 for five in their twenty overs after being put in to bat.

Elton Chigumbura hit 22 off 13 balls with two sixes in the last over to take Zimbabwe to a competitive total after Irish spinners George Dockrell (2-18) and Andy McBrine (2-26) restricted them in the middle overs.

In the day’s late match, Stephan Myburgh (55) hit seven fours and two sixes to register his maiden T20 international fifty and give Netherlands a comfortable six-wicket victory against the United Arab Emirates.

Tom Cooper, who also picked up two wickets with the ball, remained unbeaten on 34 off 26 balls as Netherlands reached their target of 152 with seven balls to spare.

Paceman Ahsan Malik picked up three wickets for 16 runs as the UAE were bundled out for 151 after opting to bat first.

(Writing by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Alan Baldwin)

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Finance News Update, what you need to know

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WORLD FINANCE UPDATE:

The Australian dollar is higher as US and European stock markets gain ground, despite Western nations imposing sanctions on Russia.

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At 0630 AEDT on Tuesday, the local unit was trading at 90.86 US cents, up from 90.58 cents on Monday.

And the Australian share market looks set to open higher, following the lead of international bourses with investors shrugging off concerns over Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

At 0645 AEDT on Tuesday, the March share price index futures contract was up 17 points at 5,339.

ELSEWHERE:

WASHINGTON – US industrial production rebounded in February as manufacturing output made its strongest gain since last August, the Federal Reserve says.

WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates have fallen in 43 US states as more Americans begin looking for work and most quickly find jobs.

BRUSSELS – Inflation across the 18-country eurozone has been revised down to its lowest level since October, a development that may ratchet up the pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to cut interest rates further.

LAGOS – Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell says it has halted crude exports from a key terminal in southern Nigeria because of a leak in a supply pipeline.

MUMBAI – Toyota has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.

FRANKFURT – A German court has thrown out claims from a number of institutional investors against Porsche in connection with its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen in 2008.

SHANGHAI – New York-listed Chinese online game developer Giant Interactive says it has agreed to be taken private by its parent, backed by a consortium which will fund the $US3 billion ($A3.36 billion) purchase.

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Glum Blockheads feel the pinch

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Very tight budgets and a huge week ahead meant there were a lot of glum faces on Monday night’s episode of The Block Fans v Faves.

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This week on the Nine Network renovation reality series, the four teams are working on their hallways and main bedrooms, which is each set to include an ensuite and walk-in robe, on the second level of their apartments.

And the first day on the job didn’t start out easy for the four teams.

Exhausted from finishing their dining and living rooms last week, it was a mental challenge to just get out of bed.

“Fan” Kara, who is on the show with husband Kyal, said the thought of the week ahead “makes me sick”, while “Favourite” Dale called it an “absolute nightmare”.

Even the show’s foreman, Keith, admitted there was a lot to done.

“It’s going to be absolute chaos,” he said.

Taking a good, long look at their budgets, the teams realised how little was left in their pockets.

“We’ve got $360 left on our Mitre 10 account,” “Favourite” Lysandra, who is on the show with twin sister Alisa, said.

Even Kyal and Kara, who have won the most cash for winning five challenges and two room reveals (their main bathroom and second bedroom), were feeling the pinch.

“We have $200 left in our Mitre 10 account,” Kyal said. “It’s tight.”

The married couple have spent most of their prizemoney on their timber features in their rooms, as well as objects for their main bathroom, which included an extravagant stone bathtub and scored a perfect score of 30 from the judges.

“Fans” Steve and Chantelle, who won $10,000 for the best dining and living rooms last week, weren’t feeling the pinch so much but had other headaches.

The couple went head to head over the positioning of their toilet. Chantelle wanted the toilet in a separate room, whereas Steve thought it would be better to include it with the rest of the ensuite.

They eventually reached an understanding but it wasn’t without a heated argument first.

“That’s really unfair,” Chantelle said over the phone to Steve after she found out he had changed the layout of the ensuite without consulting her.

“I’m really frustrated.”

Steve and Chantelle, however, weren’t the only ones without positioning problems.

Brad and Dale discovered they might have to move their fireplace, which they installed in their living room last week, due to fire safety reasons.

These problems, however, are nothing compared to what the contestants, aka “Blockheads”, will have to face on Tuesday night – host Scott Cam has set up a stand-up comedy challenge for each of them.

And, clearly, some of the Blockheads are more enthusiastic about it than others.

“I’d rather fall into a hole and it suck me up,” Lysandra said.

* The Block Fans v Faves airs on the Nine Network at 7.30pm from Monday to Thursday, and at 6.30pm on Sunday.

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GM announces new recalls: 1.5mn vehicles

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General Motors has announced its second massive recall in two months as it works to contain a growing scandal over the safety of its vehicles.

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The latest recall of some 1.5 million vehicles comes as a result of an internal probe into why it took the largest US carmaker so long to recognise a deadly ignition defect.

GM is currently at the centre of multiple investigations by US authorities because it was slow to react to reports linking a defective ignition switch to 31 accidents and 12 deaths in its 2005-7 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-7 Saturn Ion models.

The problem was detected as early as 2004, but GM waited until last month to recall 1.62 million vehicles in two stages in North America.

Monday’s recall covered three different defects unrelated to the ignition problems, GM said.

“Today’s announcement underscores the focus we’re putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” GM chief Mary Barra said in a statement.

“I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly.”

A defective service air bag warning light accounted for the largest number of vehicles recalled Monday: 1.18 million.

The defect could lead to a failure in the deployment of air bags and seat belts.

That recall affects Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years.

A failure to comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants led to the recall of 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the 2009-2014 model years.

A problem with a brake booster pump which can allow for corrosion and has been linked to two engine fires in unsold vehicles at dealerships led to the recall of 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

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