‘I just want to be really crystal clear’: Ryan rules out 2016 presidential run

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan says he’ll reject any attempt to draft him as a presidential candidate, trying to silence speculation that he could surface as a unity choice should Donald Trump or Ted Cruz falter.

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“Let me be clear: I do not want nor will I accept the nomination of our party,” Ryan said in remarks at the Republican National Committee.

Ryan, the top elected Republican in Washington and the party’s 2012 vice-presidential candidate, has been the subject of persistent speculation that he could emerge as the nominee if an impasse over the party’s pick develops at the July 18-21 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

In an interview with Milwaukee’s WISN radio on Tuesday, Ryan said: “I am going to try again today to put this bed. The answer is ‘No’ and my strong opinion is, if it goes to an open convention … my answer is the delegates should pick among the people who actually ran for president this year …

“I made a really clear choice not to run for president. Therefore, I will not be nominated. I will not allow my name to be placed in nomination and it will not be me. …I just want to be really crystal clear,” he said.

Republicans who see a disaster looming in the November 8 presidential election if Trump or US Senator Cruz of Texas is the nominee, have harboured hopes of drafting a popular party figure like Ryan or 2012 candidate Mitt Romney.

For that to happen, no candidate would have garnered the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination on the first ballot at the convention, and delegates there would have to approve a consensus alternative on a second or subsequent ballot.

Ryan’s announcement came on a day when long-shot Republican presidential candidate John Kasich portrayed himself as an antidote to what he called the divisive politics of Trump and Cruz and criticised them as wanting to take the United States down a “path of darkness.”

Govt to scrap road tribunal immediately

The Turnbull government will move to scrap the road safety tribunal next week, after initially pledging to abolish it after the federal election.

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The government is now convinced owner-truck drivers need uncertainty over minimum pay rates fixed urgently.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will on Wednesday announce plans to introduce legislation to scrap the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal when parliament is recalled for a special session on Monday.

The government is labelling its move a test for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s leadership.

“This is an opportunity for the Labor Party to fix the mess they created,” Senator Cash told AAP in a statement.

But Labor believes scrapping the tribunal will make roads less safe for all Australians.

Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor said Mr Turnbull changed his position almost on a daily basis and was now “recklessly rushing” this decision through parliament.

“Safety on our roads must be paramount, and Malcolm Turnbull has no regard for this,” Mr O’Connor told AAP.

“It is now crystal clear what Malcolm Turnbull will do when he gets a decision from an independent umpire that he doesn’t like – he will just trash it.”

The abolition bill will be introduced into the House of Representatives along with separate legislation to delay a controversial tribunal decision to impose minimum pay rates on owner-truck drivers.

The government expects the delay bill to pass.

However, the coalition is not so confident it has the support in the Senate to push through tribunal’s abolition before an election – which could be as early as July 2.

Without Labor’s backing, the legislation needs six of eight crossbench votes in the upper house to pass.

Senator Cash was actively speaking with crossbenchers, a spokesman told AAP, however the numbers weren’t necessarily secured.

The move comes after independent senator Jacqui Lambie on Tuesday threw her support behind scrapping the tribunal, arguing a delay merely causes uncertainty for trucking families.

Another independent senator, Glenn Lazarus, pledged to introduce his own abolition legislation if the government didn’t act prior to the election.

Fellow crossbenchers Bob Day, David Leyonhjelm and Nick Xenophon also want the tribunal gone.

Senator Xenophon admits he backed Labor in establishing the tribunal – a Gillard government creation – but says it has morphed into a mess.

The coalition accused Labor of setting up the tribunal in 2012 to stop the Transport Workers Union campaigning against the Gillard government’s carbon tax.

Mr Shorten has previously said Labor was willing to compromise over the new minimum rates, with the leader open to a longer implementation period for the tribunal’s decision.

The government had rejected bringing on a bill to abolish the tribunal prior to the election, saying the legislation didn’t have enough support to get through the parliament.

Now Senator Cash’s office says it had become obvious the situation was dire and the government was determined to fix the mess.

“The sweetheart deal to pacify the TWU has resulted in a payment order that will destroy tens of thousands of family businesses across Australia,” Senator Cash said.

“This government will not stand by and let that happen.”

The lower house is expected to sit for two days from Monday, while the Senate is scheduled to continue for up to three weeks – with the primary purpose of dealing with legislation to reinstate the construction industry watchdog.

3D films can ID kids with vision problems

Parents should keep an eye out for children who have problems viewing 3D films as it could be a sign of sight problems, leading UK optometrists say.

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Britain’s Association of Optometrists says children who have problems with their vision can often go undetected as they are unaware their sight is not normal.

As difficulty watching 3D films could be a sign of visual problems, parents should be on the lookout for any adverse effects.

Signs parents should look out for include dizziness, headaches or visual discomfort or not being able to see the 3D effect.

To get the full 3D effect a person needs good binocular vision, where both eyes see clearly and work together properly allowing good perception of depth.

“Difficulty watching 3D films comfortably can be an early sign of visual problems,” said AOP clinical and regulatory officer Henry Leonard.

“To be able to get the full 3D effect and view the film comfortably, you need good binocular vision.

“Children need a clear, sharp image in each eye in order for their vision to develop properly. If something upsets that balance, it can lead to reduced vision – known as amblyopia – in one or both eyes and poor 3D vision. If the problem only affects one eye it can easily go unnoticed, resulting in a ‘lazy eye’.

“If children struggle to watch 3D films or fail to appreciate the 3D effect, this could be an early sign that they may be suffering from these kinds of visual problems.”

The organisation has created a video for the public to help raise awareness of 3D warning signs which can be viewed at the 苏州美甲培训学校,aop长沙楼凤,.uk/patients website.

Veteran Swan McGlynn past injury issues

Veteran Sydney utility Ben McGlynn is getting older, but after an injury-plagued 12 months he’s confident his body will carry him through this AFL season.

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McGlynn made his comeback to the Swans’ senior ranks in Saturday’s 25-point derby win over Greater Western Sydney, having played two reserve-grade games to build up his fitness.

It was a difficult yet significant step forward for the 30-year-old, who made just nine appearances in an nightmare 2015 campaign plagued by calf and hamstring problems.

That “very frustrating” run followed an outstanding 2014 season, and McGlynn said it helped keep him motivated to get back in form.

“It’s a tough game, and I’m getting towards the end of my career as well so you need to be doing everything you can to stay out on the park,” McGlynn said.

“Unfortunately my pre-season last year was interrupted with calf injuries, so I was pretty much chasing my tail for the whole year to keep up with the pace of the game.

“But that’s in the past now, we’ve put in a new program that’s hopefully going to put me in good stead for the rest of this year.”

McGlynn focused on gym work this summer, increasing leg strength and starting running in February.

“I feel very confident in my body now and the strength in my legs is what I needed,” he said.

The Swans travel to Adelaide on Saturday, in the undefeated ladder-leaders’ sternest test yet.

Having beaten the Crows in the last four match-ups, there was a confidence in Sydney’s camp that they’d have the edge against the league’s highest-scoring side.

“They’re a very attacking team and their midfield is pretty strong,” McGlynn said.

“I know they lost (Patrick) Dangerfield, but they’ve still got a great midfield that have stepped up in his absence.

“We need to be aware of their midfield, and obviously their forward line speaks for itself … nothing against Adelaide, but we think we’ve got it over them.”