Dyson Heydon to stay on at helm of trade union royal commission – live

Former high court judge dismisses union applications that he disqualify himself from the inquiry after row over plan to speak at Liberal party fundraiser. Follow the developments with Daniel Hurst

The shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, won’t give an opinion about whether unions should apply to the federal court following Heydon’s decision to stay on.

I’m not going to give legal advice to the unions.

This is a Liberal party event. Dyson Heydon has associated himself with a Liberal party event. There’s the apprehension of bias that any fair-minded observer would bring. All Australians as a result have lost confidence in this royal commission.

Some of the nation’s politicians have taken to Twitter to respond to the Heydon decision to stay on as head of the royal commission.

Here is the Liberal whip:

Wise decision Justice Heydon! The Royal Commission must continue. Too much union corruption already uncovered & more wrongdoing to come.

"am i biased? i don’t think so. nope. not biased. no bias here. as you were. so. those unions, hey?" #turc

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Shanghai leads Asia stocks down, further volatility tipped

Chinese stocks tumbled again on August 31, 2015, leading Asian bourses lower as uncertainty over US interest rates revived fears of a broader global economic slowdown that has rocked financial marketsChinese stocks tumbled again on Monday, leading Asian bourses lower as uncertainty over US interest rates revived fears of a broader global economic slowdown that has rocked financial markets. The rebound came after Beijing cut the cost of borrowing — its fifth interest rate reduction since November — in a bid to pump up the country's economy, which is a key driver of global growth. Hong Kong lost 0.41 percent, Tokyo fell 1.05 percent and Sydney was 1.11 percent lower while Seoul shed 0.49 percent.

Cardinals vs. Raiders: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 Preseason

NFL teams often treat the third preseason game on the calendar like a regular-season dress rehearsal, so naturally Logan Thomas, Marion Grice and Ifeanyi Momah played the role of heroes during the Arizona Cardinals’ 30-23 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Thomas led Arizona 91 yards down the field in the final few minutes for the game-winning touchdown. The drive lasted nine plays, but it was highlighted by a 38-yard pass across the middle to Momah (who tallied a team-high 61 receiving yards) and an 11-yard scoring run from Grice.

While the Cardinals won the game, Oakland’s defense dominated the first 30 minutes on the way to a 15-3 halftime lead. The first half took on more importance than usual since the majority of the starters remained in the contest until at least intermission.

That is concerning for Arizona fans, considering quarterback Carson Palmer finished 8-of-22 passing for 103 yards with two interceptions. While the final stat line was not encouraging, the offensive line deserved plenty of blame as well. Palmer was sacked three times and consistently pressured almost every time he dropped back to throw.

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com noted pass protection was an issue entering Sunday’s contest:

The Cardinals quarterback was sacked twice and hit another time on nine called pass plays last week. He won’t last two games, much less an entire season, under that kind of pressure. It wasn’t all the fault of the offensive line, although each tackle was beaten for a sack. Running backs have to do a better job reading the blitz and blocking the right person.

The lackluster blocking led to plays like this, per the NFL on Twitter:

Derek Carr received better protection than his quarterback counterpart and took advantage to the tune of 18-of-34 passing for 213 yards. Rookie Amari Cooper was Carr’s favorite weapon (four catches for 62 yards on nine targets) during the five early scoring drives, which is what the Raiders front office envisioned when it made the former Alabama wide receiver the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Chris B. Brown of Smart Football and Grantland pointed out one Cooper play, in particular, that stood out:

The receiver wasn’t the only Oakland youngster who impressed Sunday.

Linebacker Khalil Mack tallied two sacks and consistently pressured Palmer. Albert Breer of NFL Network and ESPN’s Skip Bayless acknowledged Mack’s play:

The first-half momentum quickly disappeared for Oakland, though, when Carr remained in the game in the third quarter and threw an inexcusable pick-six after driving into the red zone. It trimmed the lead to 15-10 and drastically shifted the momentum. The Cardinals passed along the highlight of Cariel Brooks’ interception and ensuing touchdown return:

It was Carr’s final throw of the game.

Drew Stanton took over for the Cardinals in the second half and promptly marched them all the way down the field for the go-ahead touchdown. His pass to David Johnson put Arizona up 16-15, but the team failed on the two-point conversion. Asher Mathews of TFDS Sports pointed out the Raiders had more to worry about than the one score:

It was a positive sign for Stanton, who is bouncing back from last season’s knee injury. He commented on his progression during the offseason, per Ed Cole of NBCSports1060.com:

The game’s slowing down for me, so it’s exciting for me from that standpoint. You’re selfish in the offseason getting ready, and now it comes full circle with you doing whatever you can to try and help this team prepare for the season. With that being said, these young guys, getting guys up to speed, and getting everybody on the same page is the main focus of this camp.

Phillip Sims kept the quarterback momentum rolling into the final quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kerwynn Williams to stretch the lead to 23-15. The Cardinals shared Williams’ burst of speed around the edge:

It appeared as if Arizona would control the second half, but Matt McGloin took Oakland 83 yards and capped off the drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Kris Durham. The Raiders succeeded on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 23. Steve Corkan of RaiderBeat.com believes McGloin showed enough to win the backup quarterback job:

McGloin’s moment was fleeting because Thomas answered with a 91-yard scoring drive of his own to clinch the game. While Grice punched the ball in with an 11-yard touchdown run, Thomas’ 38-yard pass to Momah ultimately put the Cardinals in position to capitalize.

The Raiders couldn’t answer in 25 seconds, and Arizona walked away with the 30-23 win.


What’s Next?

The victorious Cardinals travel to Denver on Thursday for their final preseason contest. Fans likely won’t see much action from the regulars with important games around the corner, but it would be reassuring from Arizona’s perspective to see improvement along the offensive line.

The starters failed to protect Palmer throughout the first half or open any holes for a rushing attack that totaled a meager 73 yards on 24 carries. It is difficult to envision another playoff appearance for the Cardinals (or a healthy season for Palmer) if their offensive line struggles as mightily as it did Sunday.

As for Oakland, it travels to Seattle on Thursday for its last preseason game. That would be a tall task during the regular season, but the Raiders probably won’t see much of the Legion of Boom secondary or Marshawn Lynch.

One more solid showing from young players such as Carr, Cooper and Mack would be more important for the long-term future of the franchise than a single preseason win or loss against the Seahawks.

Danish astronaut to control earthbound rover from ISS

ESA's Interact Centaur rover, developed for telerobotics experiments

Working outside in space is a tall order. The environment is hostile, even the smallest job takes hours instead of minutes, and everything has to be done in either bulky suits or through robotic arms. It’s a challenge that will become even more difficult when future astronauts are controlling robotic rovers from orbit, so ESA is getting in a bit of practice. Next month Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will take control of a rover in the Netherlands while orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station.

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NYPD: Prisoner Escapes Custody At Hospital In Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A prisoner escaped police custody while at a hospital in lower Manhattan Sunday, the NYPD confirmed.

Christine Figueredo, 25, was arrested Saturday on petit larceny and possession of stolen property charges, sources told CBS2.

Figueredo, of the Bronx, was being held for arraignment when she complained of bruising and told police she was pregnant, sources said.

Figueredo was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital Sunday night for an examination, sources said. She was was in an exam room when she managed to slip out of her handcuffs and run from the hospital at around 9:10 p.m., sources said.

Figueredo is described as 5’5″ tall and about 120 pounds. Despite telling police she was pregnant, it was determined that she is not, sources said.

She was last seen wearing a white hospital gown.

Police are searching the area.



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Pharrell Gets Some Flags Flying During His Performance Of Freedom At The 2015 MTV VMAs!

Pharrell turned up the energy when he performed Freedom at the MTV VMAs.

He hit the outdoor stage in downtown LA to rock the uptempo single. The singer and a team of color-coordinated dancers grooved to the peppy-yet-powerful pop number.

The audience was feeling it too, flying red and yellow flags while Pharrell passionately wailed about freedom during the show’s chorus!

Ch-ch-check out his full performance (above)!

Honda teases MotoGP-powered open-wheeler ahead of Frankfurt show

Honda Project 2&4 combines the company's automotive expertise with a championship winning V4 motorcycle engine

Honda has released a teaser image of a cabin-less car that’s set for a world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Dubbed Project 2&4, the vehicle will be powered by Honda’s MotoGP championship winning V4 engine.

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US Open 2015: Americans with the Best Chance of Reaching Week 2

The final Grand Slam of the 2015 season is ready to take hold of New York. What a fitting place for one of the biggest spectacles in sports.

And this year’s edition of the U.S. Open will have a patriotic feel as both the men’s and women’s draws are loaded with American players.

For well over a decade, Serena Williams has carried the flag for her country and emerged as its leading force. Still going strong at age 33, she’s now fighting for a prestigious piece of history this next fortnight.

But which of her comrades will pick up the slack and join Williams in leading the charge?

The following slides will highlight five Americans, Williams included, with a chance to reach at least the fourth round. Let the drama unfold.

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Big Sean Wins the VMA for Best Video With a Social Message

Shouts out to Big Sean for having a hell of a year. His third album, Dark Sky Paradise, is one of the best albums of the year already and tonight he won his first ever VMA—and John Legend’s too—for his video for “One Man Can Change The World,” featuring Legend and Kanye West. Congrats Big Sean! Check out all the winners of tonight’s #VMAs right here and read Sean’s breakdown of why that particular song means so much to him right here.

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