Fasting diet ‘reverses’ diabetes in mice

A fasting diet has been shown to reverse diabetes in mice.

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A US study published in the journal Cell shows the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) triggered the re-growth of pancreatic cells in the damaged organ leading to a reduction of symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The results raise the prospect of treating diabetes without the need of insulin regulating drugs, lead researcher Professor Valter Longo from the University of Southern California said.

“Cycles of fasting-mimicking diet and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin producing cells into insulin-producing cells,” said Prof Longo.

Previous research has already shown the diet reduces risk factor markers for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The FMD involves a monthly fasting cycle in which calorie consumption is cut drastically by around two-thirds for five days. The patient then returns to normal levels of food intake for the remaining 25 days.

To maintain a healthy weight, a man needs to consume 2,500 calories per day and a woman 2,000 calories.

People on the FMD make do with less than 800 calories during the fasting periods.

For the mice study, the diet was adapted by halving calorie intake on day one and cutting it to just 10 per cent of normal levels on days two to four.

After four days, the mice were allowed to eat as much as they wanted for 10 days to rebuild their body weight.

Two different strains of mice were used to mimic the two kinds of diabetes.

One group had a gene mutation that prevented their bodies responding properly to the blood sugar regulating hormone insulin, a hall mark condition of Type-2 diabetes known as insulin resistance.

The other mice were treated with a chemical that destroyed the insulin-secreting beta cells in the pancreas. This simulated Type-1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that wipes out beta cells.

Both types of diabetes were reversed by FMD cycles.

Every day, 280 Australians develop diabetes – that’s one person every five minutes, according to national figures.

It’s estimated around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. Another 500,000 people may have it without knowing.

Prof Longo says the latest findings have the potential to be very important because it’s been shown in mice that diet can be used to “reverse” the symptoms of diabetes.

Slater & Gordon shares hit new depths

Slater and Gordon shares have plumbed fresh depths yet again after the law firm reported a first-half loss of $425 million largely due to another $350 million writedown of its troubled UK business.

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The shares, which were valued at $8.07 less than two years ago, dropped 25 per cent to 12 cents on Monday after the firm said revenue for the six months to December 31 slipped 33.8 per cent to $322.7 million amid underperformance in both UK and Australia personal injury claims.

“While we have made progress in the UK in the past 12 months, the turnaround is taking longer than we anticipated and billed revenue performance in segments of the business is lower than expected,” managing director Andrew Grech said in a statement.

“In Australia, our business leaders have had to combat almost two years of the effects of the negative publicity and sentiment.”

The downturn in sentiment came following regulatory changes and accounting issues in the UK, where it acquired the former Quindell business for $1.3 billion in 2015.

The changes led to a loss of $1.02 billion in the 2015/16 financial year and a collapse in share price from its all-time high of $8.07 in April 2015.

The shares hit an all-time low of 14 cents last week after Slater and Gordon warned of the upcoming impairment but, after opening at 16 cents, set another unwanted record on Monday.

At 1330 AEST, the shares were down 3.5 cents, or 21.88 per cent, at 12.5 cents.

First-half fee and services revenue fell 17.5 per cent in Australia and 39.9 per cent in the UK.

Mr Grech reiterated that Slater and Gordon is in negotiations with its lenders over its capital structure, and that support is crucial to a company whose bank debts exceed its enterprise value.

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Labor fails to secure penalty rates debate

Bill Shorten will have to wait three weeks at least before he can introduce legislation that seeks to overturn an independent tribunal’s ruling that aligns Sunday and Saturday penalty rates for hundreds of thousands of workers.

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The Turnbull government on Monday headed off the opposition leader’s attempt to table a private bill and have it debated in the lower house.

“Today I’m offering the prime minister the chance to work with us to protect penalty rates and take-home pay of hard-working Australians,” Mr Shorten told parliament.

“I know the government is busy worrying about each other but Labor is here because we are concerned about the conditions of up to 700,000 of our fellow Australians.”

Mr Shorten described his move as a chance for Malcolm Turnbull to show some leadership, arguing there was no fence the government can sit on.

“A decision to not remedy this decision of the Fair Work Commission is a decision to support it,” he said.

Mr Turnbull hit back, labelling the stunt as “gold-plated hypocrisy” and noting the commissioners who made the decision had been appointed by Labor.

As well Mr Shorten, as minister at the time, helped establish references for a review of penalty rates in the hospitality and retail sectors.

“He knew very well that there is a trade off between the level of penalty rates and the level of the availability of jobs on weekends,” Mr Turnbull said.

Citing Mr Shorten’s pledge last year to accept the independence of the commission and its decision, Mr Turnbull accused the Labor leader of saying anything to suit his purpose.

Earlier, Treasurer Scott Morrison questioned what Mr Shorten was considering next.

“He doesn’t like what the Reserve Bank decides on interest rates and he decides he wants to legislate and change that?” he told Ray Hadley on 2GB radio.

Unions have called on all politicians to join them in their fight to protect workers’ pay.

The Greens have their own plans for legislation to protect penalty rates.

‘Tortoise’ method wins diet race: study

A “tortoise and the hare” approach to weight loss is most likely to succeed in the race to slim, research has shown.

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As in the well known Aesop’s fable, consistent plodding appears to be more effective than a mad dash to the finish line.

The study of 183 participants found “hares” most likely to crash diet their way to slimness lost less weight over two years than “tortoises” who shed a consistent number of kilograms each week.

Researcher Dr Emily Feig, of Drexel University in the US, said: “It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control program is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.”

Obese and overweight individuals were enrolled into a year-long weight loss program based on meal replacements and behavioural strategies such as self-monitoring, kilojoule counting and increased exercise.

Bigger weight fluctuations in the first six and 12 weeks led to poorer weight control 12 months and two years later, the results published in the journal Obesity showed.

For example, a person who lost 1.8kg one week, regained 0.9kg the next week, and then lost 0.45kg a week later, fared worse than someone who shed 0.45kg a week consistently for three weeks.

The scientists did not explore the reasons why some participants’ weight varied more than others.

But previous research has shown that trying to slim too fast can set up a yo-yo cycle of crash dieting and fluctuating weight.

Chief investigator psychologist Professor Michael Lowe, also from Drexel University, said sticking to weight loss goals was important, even if progress was slow.

“Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three-quarters of a pound each week,” he said.

Qantas shares fall on broker warning

Qantas shares have fallen after investment bank JP Morgan warned that the airline faces persistent weak domestic air travel and challenging international conditions.

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The carrier’s shares were down 6.48 per cent, or 38 cents, at $5.64 at 1400 AEST, after having rallied to $6.02 on Friday – their highest level in almost 10 years – following a strong full-year result.

But on Monday, Qantas stocks began to fall after a JP Morgan report cautioned that the share price was too high.

“To justify the current share price ($6.02), we estimate further domestic fare increases in the order of 10 per cent (holding into perpetuity) are needed,” the report by analysts Guy Bunce and Peiting Liang said.

They said that since July 2016, Qantas had outperformed the broader market significantly and investors should capitalise on the gains.

“Given the persistent headwinds from a weak domestic air travel market and challenging international conditions, we recommend investors take profit.”

Qantas on Monday announced a major reshuffle of its senior executives in its low cost carrier Jetstar and in its international division.

Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka will become CEO of Qantas’ loyalty and digital ventures division, while current international and freight boss Gareth Evans will take over at Jetstar, in changes effective from November.

Freight, catering and airports division manager Alison Webster will become CEO of international, while freight will come under the management of domestic business CEO Andrew David.

Qantas delivered its second highest underlying annual profit in its 97-year history on Friday of $1.4 billion and announced a $373 million buyback to increase shareholder returns.

The results came a year after the carrier delivered a record $1.5 billion underlying profit and marked the completion of the airline’s $2 billion turnaround that began in 2014 and included 5,000 job cuts, major fleet changes and new routes.

Asylum seekers given three-week deadline to leave government housing

Dozens of asylum seekers living in Australia after receiving medical treatment lost their $200 fortnightly welfare payment from Monday.

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They have three weeks to leave their government housing, an Immigration department notice has confirmed. 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said around 60 people – mostly single men – would receive notice letters imminently.

“From Monday 28 August you will need to find money each week for your own accommodation costs. From this date you will also be responsible for all your other living costs like food, clothing and transport,” the letter reads. 

“In the next three weeks you need to move out of government-supported accommodation.”

The crackdown may eventually affect around 400 asylum seekers who came from the offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru to receive medical treatment in Australia.

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The asylum seekers were transported to Australian hospitals for medical care and were expected to return to the offshore centres on Manus Island and Nauru when their treatment was complete.  

They will now be placed on a special new visa: the ‘final depature Bridging E visa’, which compels recipients to leave the country. 

“We want people to go [back] voluntarily,” Mr Dutton told ABC Radio on Monday.

“They won’t be staying in Australia, they will be going back to Nauru,” he said, referring to the group of 400.

“If … they’ve received their medical assistance and they’re refusing to go back to Nauru then they will not be provided with the assistance.”

Many of the people affected are now engaged in a legal fight to remain in Australia.

The Human Rights Law Centre, which represents many of the affected asylum seekers, said it would continue to fight for its clients to remain in Australia.

“These cases have a very simple proposition: our clients would suffer serious harm if they were returned,” the Centre’s executive director Hugh de Kretser told SBS World News.

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Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph has been given examples of asylum seekers “exploiting” the system, including a case where a man fell off gym equipment and another with a “stomach complaint”.

Another asylum seeker reportedly spent money on prostitutes.

“The government doesn’t bring people here from Nauru and Manus because they’ve got a headache, they bring them here because they require urgent medical treatment,” Mr de Krester said.

“We have women who have been sexually assaulted on Nauru, we have kids who have been so traumatised by what they’ve seen in immigration detention on Nauru that they require urgent psychiatric help, we’ve got men who’ve been bashed on Manus Island who suffered serious head injuries who’ve been brought to Australia.”

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Refugee advocates say the government is trying to make the asylum seekers “destitute” to force them back to Manus Island and Nauru.

Labor and the Greens have voiced their strong opposition to the move.

Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said the opposition would look for ways to block the welfare cut-off.

Mr Dutton said that was a “backflip” from Labor and a departure from bipartisanism on immigration matters.

He said it would “send a bad signal” to let the group stay in Australia, creating the appearance of a medical route into the country that could “encourage self-harming” in detention centres.

SBS World News presented a series of questions to the Immigration department, but the department pointed to Peter Dutton’s recent media appearances. 

The asylum seekers will still receive some healthcare assistance through Medicare and will be given access to a community case worker. 

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CBS creates Aust market hook with Ten buy

US media giant CBS Corporation will use its surprise purchase of troubled broadcaster Ten Network in order to pave its way into the Australian market.

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CBS on Monday announced it had agreed to buy Australia’s third largest free-to-air commercial network, which had recently been placed into receivership.

Under the terms of the agreement, CBS gains Ten’s ELEVEN channel – of which CBS already has a 33 per cent stake – channel ONE and growing digital platform TENPLAY.

The US broadcasting giant also announced it will launch its digital subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service in the local market.

Chief executive of CBS Studio International Armando Nunez said the acquisition presented CBS with “considerable broadcasting opportunities” in Australia, and allowed for further multi-platform distribution and growth.

The broadcaster, which has a current market capitalisation of $US28 billion ($A35 billion), already this month unveiled plans to expand its CBS All Access service internationally.

It announced an initial launch in Canada in the first half of 2018 and forecast other markets to follow.

The service gives subscribers on-demand access to more than 9,000 episodes of current and past shows including NCIS, 2 Broke Girls and Madam Secretary, and access to CBSN and CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

CBS expects the service, which launched in the US in October 2014, to have eight million subscribers by 2020.

Fusion media analyst Steven Allen said the move was just “another play on another platform of the market” with the company seizing the opportunity of a low cost entry on the back of its Ten acquisition.

“They have now got the infrastructure of Ten and they don’t have to set things up,” Mr Allen told AAP on Monday.

“So it is a low cost entry and it is worth a gamble.”

Mr Allen said despite the takeover Ten will remain largely intact, especially over the next 18 months, and could incorporate some new programs that emerge from the US next month.

Moving Australia Day is ‘garbage’: Joyce

A bid by a suburban Adelaide council to acknowledge Australia Day as the day of European invasion and shift the traditional celebrations is “garbage” and “social engineering”, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says.

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The Marion Council will consider a motion next month from Councillor Bruce Hull seeking to recognise the feelings of indigenous Australians.

But Mr Joyce has suggested the council stick to “rubbish and roads”.

“Every time a council decides their job is not to look after rubbish and roads but some social engineering for our nation, it is just garbage,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

Mr Hull will put a motion to council to abolish citizenship ceremonies on January 26 as a mark of respect to indigenous people, many of whom view that date as “invasion day”.

The councillor’s motion follows similar moves in two Victorian councils earlier this month which voted to shift citizenship ceremonies from January 26.

The moves by the Yarra City and Darebin councils were condemned by the federal government which has stopped them from holding any citizenship ceremonies.

Marion Council Mayor Kris Hanna said he was unsure if councils were the appropriate forum for a debate about Australia Day.

“If there is to be this debate it really needs to take place on the national stage,” he Hanna said.

The council which holds around ten citizenship ceremonies a year for 800 people conducts three ceremonies on January 26 and the mayor said he was unsure if Mr Hull’s motion would receive the support required to bring it before council for a vote.

“I’m not really sure that there will be a majority in the city of Marion council that will support this going ahead.”

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar across river into Bangladesh

Bracing for more clashes, thousands of Rohingya, mostly women and children, have decided to try to wade across the Naf River in an attempt to reach Bangladesh.

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Around 2,000 people are believed to have made the dangerous journey from Myanmar since Friday, when the latest violence erupted in Rakhine state.

A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya militants on several police posts signalled a new shift in the long-running conflict.

The militants attacked about 30 police stations and an army base, wielding guns, sticks and homemade bombs.

A smaller attack in October last year was met with brute military force from Myanmar, along with claims of human-rights abuses.

Rohingya refugee Mujibur Rahman says the people just want peace.

“In our village, there was huge fighting. So we have come here, taken shelter near the border, and we want to stay here in Bangladesh, because, in our country, there is much repression, so we are here. We appeal to the Bangladesh government to allow us to stay for some days. After that, when there is peace in our country, we will go back.”

The government of Myanmar says it has evacuated at least 4,000 non-Muslim villagers as fighting continues.

The United Nations has confirmed it has pulled out all non-essential staff from the area.

At least 12 members of the security forces and several civilians are believed to be among the dead.

Advocates for the Rohingya say many people have fled to the mountains or are seeking to cross into Bangladesh.

Witnesses have described seeing several hundred people stuck in a “no man’s land” at one border point, their path blocked by Bangladeshi guards.

The Bangladesh Border Guard’s Lieutenant Colonel Manzurul Hasan Khan says authorities are trying to deal with the situation.

“This morning, we have heard a huge number of fighting on the other side of the border, including explosions. What I think is the reason is, this morning, Rohingya again came down to this side in numbers. They are looking scared. It looks like they are running out of the fear of their life.”

The Rohingya have faced severe restrictions in north-western Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and their movements are limited.

Many Myanmar Buddhists, who make up the majority of the nation’s population, consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

But some can trace family connections in Myanmar for generations.

Some analysts are speculating the latest flare-up could be linked to Ata Ullah, the leader of a group that claimed responsibility for last October’s and Friday’s attacks.

Myanmar’s government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and has threatened to take action against it.

The treatment of the more than one million Rohingya living in Myanmar has become a major issue for leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has faced criticism from the international community.

Speaking in Vatican City, Pope Francis has called for kindness to prevail.

“Sad news has arrived of the persecution of the religious minority, our Rohingya brothers. I’d like to express my full closeness to them. Let us all ask the Lord to save them, and encourage men and women of goodwill to help them, for them to be given their full rights.”

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh since the early 1990s, with around 400,000 now in the country.

 

Weekend sports wrap

It was predicted to be the highest-grossing fight financially in boxing history, and the action in Las Vegas lived up to the hype.

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Ireland’s Conor McGregor lasted 10 rounds with one of the best boxers the world has seen in Floyd Mayweather.

In the end, Mayweather dealt with an early flurry of punches from the dual-weight Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, champion before asserting his dominance.

It gave Mayweather his 50th career victory without a loss, and he promptly retired after the fight.

He admitted it was a tougher fight than he expected.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles, he was a tough competitor. But I was the better man tonight. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion, and, to the country of Ireland, we love you guys.”

Mayweather retires with more wins in an undefeated career than any man before him.

Not many had given McGregor much hope of making the transition from UFC into the world of boxing.

But his showing proved some of the skills that have led him to two world titles at UFC are transferable.

“Early on, I felt it was handy enough, to be honest. But he’s composed in there. You’ve got to give it to him. That’s what 50 fights will give you. So, fair play to him.”

In cricket, Australia had appeared to be off to a good start in the first test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Australia bowled out the home side for 260, with the spin pair Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar taking three wickets each and fast bowler Pat Cummins taking another three.

But Australia lost David Warner, Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Lyon to be three wickets down for 18 at the close.

In tennis, it has been a great weekend for Australian Daria Gavrilova, who won her first Women’s Tennis Association title at the Connecticut Open in the United States.

She had to recover from a set down and fought back hard against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

After two hours and 45 minutes, Gavrilova secured the win, which moves her into the world’s top 20 for the first time.

The 22 year-old Russian-born Australian was delighted.

“Thank you, everyone who came and supported us throughout the whole week. It means the world to me to hold this trophy. Thank you so much.”

Gavrilova plays US qualifier Allie Kiick in the first round of the US Open in New York next week.

In Rugby Union, Australia pushed the All Blacks all the way in Dunedin on Saturday, but a late try by New Zealand was enough to secure a 35-29 victory.

On arrival back in Sydney on Sunday, Australian coach Michael Cheika said he was disappointed to see New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 15th straight year.

But he said he was pleased with many parts of his team’s performance in the last two tests.

“As you can see by the performances in the back half of game one and for the majority of game two, we can play at that level. It’s about being consistent and having the mental aptitude to play, and play for every minute. And we let a few minutes in different parts of the game go last night, and they hurt us.”

The next test for Australia is against South Africa in Perth on September the 9th.

The teams playing in the first week of the AFL finals have been confirmed after the weekend action.

The Adelaide Crows take on Greater Western Sydney, Geelong meets Richmond, and Port Adelaide will face the West Coast Eagles.

Last season’s grand finalists, the Sydney Swans, will play Essendon.

In the National Rugby League, the final make-up of the top eight will not be known until next weekend’s matches are completed.

That is because Saint George Illawarra managed to beat Penrith on Sunday.

That result means Saint George needs to beat the Canterbury Bulldogs next week to make the finals.

It also means Penrith has to beat the Manly Sea Eagles to guarantee its spot.

In English Premier League football, Liverpool has humiliated Arsenal 4-0 this morning.

And Lewis Hamilton won his 58th career race in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

 

India city under siege after clashes over ‘rape guru’ kill 36

The army was deployed in Haryana state’s Panchkula city after tens of thousands of followers of guru Ram Rahim Singh went on an angry rampage, attacking television vans and setting fire to dozens of private vehicles.

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Security forces were put on high alert to ensure there was no repeat of the violence that erupted Friday afternoon, minutes after a special court pronounced the self-styled guru guilty of raping two of his followers.

Mobile phone services were disrupted in some parts of Haryana and neighbouring Punjab state, where authorities had earlier imposed a curfew following the clashes. 

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Although the curfew was lifted Saturday, restrictions on public assembly remained in place.

Haryana police chief B.S. Sandhu told AFP Saturday at least 30 people had died with the toll likely to rise as some of the wounded were being treated for serious head injuries. 

“The toll within the state is at least 30 dead and around 200 injured including about 50 police and security personnel,” said Sandhu.

“Some of the injured didn’t come to the hospitals fearing that they could face police action or arrests for involvement in the violence,” he said.  

Official sources told AFP earlier that at least 36 people had died, with most of the fatalities caused by gun shots.

The 50-year-old Singh is known as the “guru in bling” for his penchant for bejewelled costumes and claims to have 60 million loyal followers worldwide.

The rape case was brought against him after an anonymous letter was sent to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 accusing him of repeatedly raping the sender and several other women in the sect.

A judge asked the Central Bureau of Investigations to look into the accusations, but it took years to trace the alleged victims and it was not until 2007 that two women came forward and filed charges.

Some 200,000 members of Singh’s sect had gathered in Panchkula in a show of support for the guru a day ahead of the verdict.

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The conviction enraged his followers, with many saying they were in a state of shock over the verdict.

“I have been with dear Ram Rahim Singh for around 14 years. I can bet that all the allegations against our guru are false,” said Rajkumar, a shopkeeper from Haryana who was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

“He can’t do any wrong… He works to rid the world of all its troubles,” he told AFP, his head heavily bandaged.

Singh’s sentencing will be announced on Monday. 

Jones laments Demons’ AFL finals near-miss

Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones has blamed their agonising AFL finals near-miss on a season of inconsistency.

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While he blasted their woeful first quarter in Saturday’s upset loss to Collingwood, Jones said they had let other opportunities slip during the year and only have themselves to blame.

Jones hopes the tumultuous end to Melbourne’s season burns in their guts through the summer to fire them next season and he expressed sympathy for the anger of long-suffering Demons fans.

Melbourne were aiming for their first finals appearance in 11 years this season and they were seventh going into round 23.

After their disastrous loss to the Magpies, it came down to the last five minutes of the home and away season.

Two last-ditch West Coast goals meant the Eagles took eighth spot from Melbourne by just 0.5 of a percentage point.

“It’s obviously a pretty bitter pill to swallow,” Jones said.

“The players are hurting as much as our supporters would be livid when the opportunity was there and we let it slip.

“It’s a culmination of results … rather than just the first-quarter performance against Collingwood (that) has led us to this position.

“Hopefully it burns in the players’ gut over the pre-season.”

Sidelined by a leg injury, Jones was by himself on Sunday as he watched their finals spot snatched from them.

“I locked myself down and sat on the couch,” he said.

“It’s one of the more nerve-racking situations I’ve been in … frustration and anger.”

Despite the agonising near-miss, Jones is bullish about their future.

“We’re well aware of where we sit in our journey, there are going to be ups and downs,” he said.

“That can be quite frustrating at times, particularly to our supporters who have been through such a range of emotions and such a downward spiral over the past decade.

“To see us on the improve … with hope and the opportunity that was there for this season, to see it slip like it has, is a bitter pill to swallow.

“But hopefully it leaves us in a better position as a footy club and as a playing group for the experience.”

Fellow captain Jack Viney missed the end of the season after he returned early from foot injury and was sidelined again.

Jones was asked if the Demons had erred by letting Viney return quicker than expected from the operation.

“Speaking with him, I don’t think think the two things (injuries) are directly related, but maybe they could have taken a little bit more time,” Jones said.

“At the same time, guys are trying to push the limits … it was a credit to him, really, for how well he did come back.”

Jones added that second-year midfielder Clayton Oliver was “pretty stiff” to miss the All-Australian squad.

Fittler yet to discuss NSW coaching job

Brad Fittler insists Laurie Daley’s sacking as NSW coach was such a shock that he’ll wait for the dust to settle before potentially starting discussions about taking over the job.

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Fittler is viewed as one of the leading candidates for the role after the NSWRL board last Friday decided not to renew Daley’s contract after four State of Origin series losses in five years.

Up until last week, Daley was tipped to be offered a one-year contract extension and it’s understood he had the backing of several key decision-makers including NSWRL CEO Dave Trodden.

However following a review of the 2017 series they lost 2-1 after winning the first game convincingly, Daley was let go and Fittler said the call surprised everyone around the game.

“It’s pure paper speculation,” Fittler said of suggestions he was a shoo-in for the position.

“It was a shock to the board. Everyone just thought Laurie Daley was going to get another year.

“I haven’t spoken to Loz but obviously he’s been bombarded and the key here is to let it settle.”

It’s been reported the NSWRL will seek to install Fittler as head coach with Phil Gould and Andrew Johns in advisory or assistant positions.

Fittler said he was happy with his media and commentating roles and working in the NSW pathways program.

Asked if he wanted the job, Fittler told NRL长沙桑拿按摩论坛,: “At the moment, I love what I’m doing. It’s pretty much as simple as that.

“I love the commentary, I love working with the kids. Some really good things are coming out of that, some kids like Campbell Graham and Nick Cotric, who have all been a part of the pathways, Cam Murray, are all starting to play first-grade at 18 or 19-years-old.”

He said there was a lot of water to pass under the bridge before he would accept the role.

“For me to be interested there’s got to be a lot of discussions with a lot of different people,” Fittler said.

“When you start bringing it all together, it’s not as easy as going ‘yes’ and ‘yes’ and ‘yes’. At the moment I’m just relaxing and loving what I’m doing.”