• Haddin patched up and poised for Test captaincy

    Date: 2018.07.01 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Brad Haddin is set to continue his remarkable career revival when the Cricket Australia board receives a recommendation that the patched-up wicketkeeper be Australia’s 45th Test captain.

    With Michael Clarke facing a stint on the sidelines, the selectors have decided to avoid anointing a long-term successor to the ailing skipper and instead concentrate on the here and now. Haddin is the official vice-captain but he has been in doubt for the first Test against India since partially dislocating a shoulder during the Abu Dhabi Test.

    However, CA has enough confidence in his fitness to appoint the tough wicketkeeper-batsman as captain for the first Test against India in Brisbane from December 4. He will also represent NSW in the Sheffield Shield game that precedes the Test series.

    Haddin, a former Australia under-19 captain who has led NSW, has been an influential senior figure in the Australian teams since returning to a fractured dressing room during the 2013 tour of India and helped drag the Test side out of the mire. His ascent to acting captain, assuming there are no further dramas with his shoulder between now and the first Test, is a testament to the 37-year-old’s resilience, given that just two summers ago he was overlooked after taking compassionate leave while his daughter was seriously ill.

    The Gundagai-raised gloveman’s toughness was also evident in Abu Dhabi, where he came out to bat and even kept for a while despite his shoulder being black and blue.

    “This is a board matter but I will be applying to the board for Brad Haddin to be the captain of Australia. Nice and simple,” said Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard.

    “Brad has been very good in this process of supporting his captain so we’re not looking for a succession planning captain at this time. We are looking for a person that is ready to go now. We’ve got a lot of other people who in the future might put their hands up but we’ve got a very clear framework of what we’re going with.”

    Howard declined to nominate a vice-captain but it could be an important choice if Haddin lands heavily on his shoulder again, an occupational hazard for wicketkeepers.

    “There’s no one confirmed at this point,” he said. “The fact Brad’s going to be playing in the next round of shield probably alleviates that. We think he’ll be playing and if we need a vice-captain, and injuries happen, we’ll have to think about that.”

    Steve Smith and David Warner both have leadership experience but CA is clearly wary of burdening a young player with the tag of “Next Test captain”. Among the more experienced alternatives, Shane Watson captained one Test in India when Clarke had a back injury while Chris Rogers has captained Middlesex.

    “What we are trying to avoid is to anoint anybody,” Howard said.

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  • Kiwis centre Dean Whare made baby dash before Four-Nations final win

    Date: 2018.07.01 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters

    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters

    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters

    Kiwis centre Dean Whare made a mad mercy dash to Sydney to be at his partner’s side for the birth of their second child just days before Saturday’s Four Nations final.

    Whare broke from New Zealand camp on Tuesday before returning to Wellington two days later to rejoin the side in time for their final training session.

    Coach Stephen Kearney allowed Whare to visit Sydney to watch partner Natasha give birth to Zahlia, a younger sister to Mia who turns two next month.

    “The start of the tour I knew my Mrs was due soon,” Whare said. “I let [Kearney] know and he was 100 per cent behind me.  He gave me the time off and it was a little bit of a freshen up. I was comforting my partner. It gave me a lot of energy and motivation to try and not win this just for my country and the boys but for my family.”

    Whare missed just one training session while in Sydney. The Penrith centre considered pulling out of the tournament so he could guarantee his presence at the birth.

    “If my partner was going to give a natural birth I would have stayed home but lucky enough she was booked in for a caesarean so the date was booked in and everything was ready to go,” Whare said. “She let me come here which was good for me.

    “I missed the Wednesday [training] session. We’ve been playing since February so I don’t think it would make a difference if I missed one session. I was happy that I had a nice little healthy girl.”

    Whare played a starring role in helping the Kiwis secure their first piece of international silverware since 2010 when they claimed the Four Nations with a 22-18 victory against the Kangaroos on Saturday night. He kept the dangerous Michael Jennings at bay and minimised the impact of Australia’s best attacking option.

    “Both of them coming on the same week is pretty awesome and pretty surreal,” Whare said. “I haven’t been in a final since back in school days. To win one is even better.

    “I’m always thinking about my family and they were definitely going through my mind during the game.”

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  • Kangaroos furious over forward pass ruling

    Date: 2018.07.01 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Dylan Walker draws the defender and prepares to throw a pass to Sione Mata’utia Mata’utia picks up the ball before it is ruled forward.

    Here is the moment the Kangaroos believe they were dudded a try to winger Sione Mata’utia which could have seen them retain their Four Nations trophy against New Zealand.

    Mata’utia scooped up a pass from teammate Dylan Walker before racing into the corner to score what seemed to be a match-equalling try in the dying stages of the game. But referee Phil Bentham – on advice from Australian touch judge Jason Walsh – ruled the pass had travelled forward. Bentham reacted instantly to Walsh’s call. The pass – at worst – was line ball and privately Kangaroos officials are seething. They are adamant Walker’s pass was legal, and Mata’utia scored which would have given skipper Cameron Smith a match-winning sideline conversion attempt.

    It capped an unhappy relationship between the Kangaroos and the match officials throughout the tournament. The Kangaroos grew tired of their opponents’ wrestling tactics and felt there were several inaccuracies throughout the competition. It is understood Australian coach Tim Sheens will take his frustrations to referees’ boss Tony Archer this week. Test matches being controlled by one referee – not two, as in the NRL – and the preference for neutral referees caused the Kangaroos the most angst.

    Mata’utia still had a challenge to score the try, but the Newcastle winger believed he touched the ball down inside the sideline.

    “I got it down definitely,” Mata’utia said. “I’m not too sure about the pass. It’s a bit blurry but I know I got it down. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the try. That’s footy.

    “All I knew was that I had to get the ball down to give it a chance. The ref thought it was forward. Whatever the ref says goes, so I can’t really say much.”

    Mata’utia was left shattered at the decision. He needed to be consoled by senior Kangaroos teammates after the game.

    “I was flying,” Mata’utia said when he thought he scored. “I was on top of the moon. Then I looked back and the referee gave the signal that it was a forward pass. It was gut wrenching. There was no come back after that. I was a bit emotional after it. Smithy [Cameron Smith] and Coops [Cooper Cronk] came in and gave me a bit of advice.

    “They told me to keep my head up and I’m young and I have a bright future ahead of me and hopefully plenty more games in the green and gold. After [the game] I’ve changed my goals to get that trophy back. Hopefully if I do get a jersey, and get another crack I can get that trophy back.”

    Smith was also of the belief Mata’utia had scored.

    “From where I was standing I thought it was good,” Smith said. “If it was forward then it wasn’t any more forward than their pass to score in the corner in the first half. We’re not going to blame that. We left our run too late and they were good enough to hold on.”

    Meanwhile, Mata’utia revealed he played the bulk of the second half with a popped rib thanks to a bullocking Manu Vatuvei. Vatuvei barged over the top of Mata’utia twice to score, but it was his 62nd minute try which left Mata’utia nursing damaged ribs.

    “I felt it popped twice,” Mata’utia said. “I thought it was another knock. I was carrying an injury from last week.

    “I looked at Coops and Coops was like ‘mate you have to stay in the game’. I tried my best. I’m paying for it now. They don’t call [Vatuvei] the best for nothing. I closed my eyes and grit my teeth and went in hard. He got the better of me. It’s a lesson learnt. Hopefully I get the chance to go against him again.”

    Scoring the match winning try would have capped a dream tournament for Mata’utia who became Australia’s youngest ever player when he made his debut against England.

    “Not many 18-year-olds can go through this,” Mata’utia said. “It’s something every kid dreams of. I’ve always dreamed of putting on the green and gold.”

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  • Socceroos go down 2-1 to Japan

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Gotoku Sakai (R) of Japan fights for the ball against Robbie Kruse (10) of Australia during their international friendly soccer match in Osaka, western Japan November 18, 2014. Picture: REUTERS/Thomas PeterThe Socceroos head into the Asian Cup on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Japan, who have reinforced their status as tournament favourites.

    Poor defending was to blame for Yasuyuki Konno’s 61st minute strike but it was Shinji Okazaki’s individual brilliance that earned the second moments later, while substitute Tim Cahill headed home a consolation goal in extra-time.

    After a string of underwhelming performances since the World Cup, Tuesday’s match at Osaka’s Yanmar Stadium was the Socceroos’ last chance to renew Australia’s hopes ahead of January’s Asian Cup on home soil.

    Coach Ange Postecoglou has now guided the side to an eighth loss in his 12 matches in charge and while he can take something from the Socceroos spirited first half performance, the second half shows he still has work to do to bridge the gap with Asia’s best teams.

    Japan coach Javier Aguirre fielded his strongest side, making just one change to the team who dismantled Honduras 6-0 last week but the Socceroos provided a much tougher contest.

    Australia may have looked the better side in the first half, playing the fluid passing, possession-based game Postecoglou has implemented, the Japanese asserted themselves after the break, showing all the qualities that have them ranked more than 40 places higher.

    In what was a lively start to the match the Socceroos showed their attacking intent from the opening whistle with James Troisi sent wide a shot in the first minute.

    Japan returned fire almost instantly when Okazaki launched onto a through-ball into the box but thanks to good defending by Alex Wilkinson, the striker got no further.

    Yoshinori Muto, who had goalkeeper Mat Ryan beaten, hit the crossbar in the 16th minute but was ruled offside.

    A minute later, Leckie had the best chance of the half and looked like opening the Socceroos account when he got on the end of a Robbie Kruse cross into the box, stinging gloveman Eiji Kawashima’s palms with his powerful header.

    AC Milan star Keisuke Honda struck from long range halfway through the opening stanza, but the weak shot was light work for Ryan.Honda and Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa then combined just before the break to test the Socceroos defence who managed to scramble the ball clear.

    Japan continued to terrorise the Socceroos backline in the second half as they began to take hold of the match.

    Kagawa got past midfielder Massimo Luongo to put Ryan to work with the keeper pulling off another great save to also deny Okazaki moments later.

    But it was second half substitute Konno who broke the deadlock. Left totally unmarked he headed past Ryan, who could do little to stop it, to send the near capacity 46,312 crowd into raptures.

    In an effort to bring stability to the midfield Postecoglou brought veteran Mark Bresciano and Mitch Nichols for Luongo and Troisi.

    But Japan doubled their advantage in the 68th minute when Masato Morishige laid off a pass to Okazaki, who showed class to score with a cheeky back-heel flick.

    Desperate to claw back into the match Postecoglou then brought on talisman Cahill for Matt McKay.

    And the move paid off with the ever-reliable Cahill, Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer, displaying the aerial brilliance he’s renowned for to get one back for Australia off a Leckie cross in the dying minutes.


  • EDITORIAL: Dangers in red-tape reduction

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Illustration by Michael Mucci IT seems strange that a state government with recent and bruising examples of corruption and alleged corruption before its eyes should consider allowing councils to delegate tendering for contracts to third parties.

    Tenders, purchasing and procurement have always been fertile fields for scandal in the public administration sphere, and the best defence against the problem is mandatory transparency.

    When there is no choice but to make choices and decisions in the open about the expenditure of public funds then those choices and decisions will tend to stand scrutiny.

    But when the spotlight of scrutiny is removed, or when a loophole is provided to permit choices and decisions to be shifted from the spotlight, temptations are inevitably created. The history of the Independent Commission Against Corruption is littered with examples of what can happen next.

    Critics of local government can already point to instances where accountability for tendering and procurement may not be all the public might desire. Now, in the guise of removing ‘‘red tape’’, the government seems set to give those critics much more to complain about.

    The proposed laws remove a prohibition on councils delegating the acceptance of tenders to other parties. The idea is to make group purchasing easier by enabling transactions to proceed without awaiting approval from every participating council. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but only if the greatest care is taken to ensure the principle is contained within tightly limited bounds.

    The laws propose raising the threshold at which tenders must be called from $150,000 to $250,000. This is definitely risky. A cursory study of local government will suggest that budget blowouts are very common – even expected – so a $250,000 contract might easily represent a cost to the public purse of several times that amount. It can’t be a good thing to widen the scope for vulnerable public officers to hand out contracts on that scale.

    Similarly, removing the requirement for tenders to be advertised in the press is a retrograde step. Some already argue that councils award contracts to a regrettably small pool of regular tenderers. If it is no longer necessary to advertise tenders in newspapers, that pool is likely to shrink still further.

    Some might suggest that a newspaper editorial is only arguing in self-interest to make this case. That is a fair observation, as far as it goes, but the principle at stake is larger than this point.

    Cutting red tape is a worthy goal.

    But sometimes a small amount of red tape is a necessary price to pay for the accountability and transparency so vital to help prevent corruption and waste in the expenditure of public funds.

  • Follow that drone: Solving the problem of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve crush

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Prime position: Sydneysiders prepare for New Year’s Eve. Resting room: Finding a spot where you can stretch out is a challenge.

    Could drones be the solution to Sydney’s overcrowding problem on New Year’s Eve?

    It’s an idea that Engineers Without Borders, the City of Sydney’s charity partner for the event, will consider in a competition to find ways of redressing crowding and accessibility issues on Sydney’s premier party night.

    Submissions from Sydneysiders have focused so far on the intractable difficulty of locating friends and family amid the 1.6 million revellers who flock to the foreshore to ring in the new year.

    One entrant suggested the City erect poles with large, illuminated symbols, so people could describe their location more easily, akin to the coloured and numbered pillars in car parks.

    Another called for remotely piloted drones with LED arrows to direct crowds to vacant viewing spots. “Follow that drone.”

    The unmanned aerial devices were a clever and increasingly common idea, said Julian O’Shea, a telecommunications engineer and director of the EWB Institute. But don’t expect to see them buzzing around the harbour this New Year’s.

    “Whether it will be feasible for this year I’m not sure,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s something we see in the future.”

    Some offered ideas to improve unattractive infrastructure associated with the event, such as public toilets, fences and signs. Organisers should cover ugly facades with summer foliage or vertical gardens similar to the ones that adorn the Central Park building on Broadway, they said.

    A popular suggestion was to coat temporary infrastructure in blackboard paint and provide chalk for partygoers to write their New Year’s resolutions for all to see.

    Mr O’Shea said the ideas would be discussed with the City of Sydney and the final decision on whether to adopt them would rest with the council. They could also be implemented at other times of the year, he said.

    It is understood the council has no specific concerns about overcrowding but Is receiving a growing number of inquiries about disabled access to the event.

    The competition closes on November 29 and will be judged by a panel including engineers, designers and Sydney NYE producer Aneurin Coffey. Winners will be announced early December and will receive free VIP tickets to the event.

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  • Francois Hollande enjoys a Sydney welcome

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    French President Francois Hollande attends a 21-gun salute on the harbour.As the Tricolour flew over Sydney Harbour on Tuesday, the Governor-General welcomed not one but three French presidents to the city with a 21-gun salute to France’s leader, Francois Hollande, and his New Caledonian and French Polynesian counterparts.

    The French delegation arrived in Sydney from New Caledonia, where President Hollande headed after Brisbane’s G20 summit.

    Mr Hollande has been joined on his state tour by members of his cabinet including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Minister for Overseas and the Minister for Veteran Affairs and Remembrance. Alongside the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, NSW Governor David Hurley, Senator Mathias Cormann and Shadow Minister of Cities Anthony Albanese formed part of the welcome party.

    Before making his way by boat to lunch at Admiralty House after the ceremony, Mr Hollande inspected members of the Royal Australian Navy Guard and the Australian Army band. On cue, as the Sydney sun beat down and the cavalcade pulled away from the Royal Botanic Gardens, a Navy wren crumpled to the grass, the heat proving too much.

    Also in President Hollande’s schedule was a visit to defence company Thales in Rydalmere, which has connections to French intelligence operations, and he later delivered a speech to NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Business Council of Australia at Westpac.

    Diplomatically steering clear of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stance in the global climate debate, Mr Hollande revealed little G20 substance to the audience at the bank’s city headquarters.

    “Some of the commitments that were made there included climate change…but I don’t want to make a nuisance of myself,” he said. “I won’t dwell on that.”

    Equally tactful was his old world take on Australia’s new world wines, complementing them as “very high quality”.

    His visit follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, andChinese President Xi Jinping will officially tour Sydney on Wednesday.

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  • Adam Blair leaves Tigers for Broncos

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Brisbane’s extreme makeover under Wayne Bennett has shown no sign of slowing down, with the Broncos signing Tigers and New Zealand prop Adam Blair on a three-year deal.

    Blair was released from the final year of his Tigers contract on Tuesday and was immediately trumpeted by the Broncos, who have secured his services for 2015 and beyond.

    The Broncos have already parted ways with frontrowers David Hala (Titans), Ben Hannant (Cowboys) and Martin Kennedy (Roosters) and were in the market for some firepower in the pack.

    Blair played a hand in New Zealand’s Four Nations victory over Australia on the Saturday, where he started at prop as the Kiwis recorded a 22-18 victory.

    The 28-year-old has played 192 NRL games, 30 Tests and won a grand final with the Storm in 2009. He joined the Tigers in 2012 but produced mixed form in Sydney.

    Brisbane chief executive Paul White said Blair added representative experience to a pack that is strong on backrowers but needing some muscle in the middle of the park.

    “Adam is a highly-experienced player. He has enormous experience at both NRL and representative level and will bring toughness and leadership.

    “At 111kg, he will also add some more size to our forward stocks.”

    Brisbane’s lack of punch in the forwards became apparent last season, with the side struggling to match physical attributes with power sides such as premiers South Sydney.

    Blair will partly solve that issue and joins Anthony Milford, Darius Boyd, Mitch Garbutt and James Gavet as new faces at Red Hill.

    Tigers coach Jason Taylor said the club wished Blair success and would continue to plan for long-term success, with Blair’s departure freeing salary cap room.

    “By releasing Adam and a couple of other players recently we have had some relief in the salary cap,” Taylor said.

    “But I need to make it clear this doesn’t mean that we’re going to signing up players between now and the start of the 2015 season.

    “I can assure Wests Tigers members and supporters that we have a clear recruitment strategy.”

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to James Gavet as James Garvet.

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  • The dark shadows behind the power of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    A Falun Dafa protester out the front of Parliament House on Monday for the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen A Falun Dafa protester out the front of Parliament House on Monday for the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    A Falun Dafa protester out the front of Parliament House on Monday for the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    Falun Dafa protesters out the front of Parliament House for the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    Supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    While Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping have been feted in the halls of Australian power, and Modi prepares for another rock star welcome in Melbourne tonight, the placards that line the streets they travel tell a different story.

    President Xi’s position as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party means he has been in charge of the deepest and most unrelenting civil society crackdown in decades.

    Mr Xi’s two-year tenure has coincided with hundreds of deaths in Xinjiang province, involving both terrorist attacks and police reprisals, dozens of self-immolations in Tibet and an unprecedented rebellion of students in Hong Kong.

    His security forces have jailed and intimidated dozens of prominent lawyers, journalists and online commentators who were previously left alone, while the space for debate has been signifcantly constricted.

    And the adulation afforded to Mr Modi in Australia reflects a stunning turnaround.

    In 2002, when Mr Modi was chief minister of India’s Gujarat state, deadly riots cast a dark shadow over his reputation. More than a 1000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the pogrom which lasted several days. Modi has been accused of doing little to stop the bloodshed although he denies the allegations and none of them have ever been proven. He became an international pariah after the riots – the US denied him visas for many years and Britain cut off all ties with him.

    Modi has gradually been reintegrated into India’s political mainstream and the landslide election victory for the BJP suggests millions of Indians are willing to overlook his political baggage.

    Mr Xi’s crackdowns are ongoing, as suggested by the gruesome stories and striking placards of some of the Tibetan and Falun Gong protestors who have been shadowing his movements.

    And Modi’s links with hardline Hindu groups, especially the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, continue to worry many from religious minorities in India.

    There was a clear reminder of this when about 300 members of Sydney’s Sikh community staged a protest outside Allphones Arena where Mr Modi spoke on Monday.

    Karandeep Singh Chadha, a spokesman for the protestors, says many people from religious minorities in India do not feel safe and that groups associated with Mr Modi have an agenda “to make India a Hindu nation” by wiping out other religions.

    “People of the Sikh faith and other minorities are waiting to live freely and peacefully, without their religion being suppressed and for Modi to deliver on promises that reduce criminality and achieve justice,” he said.

    Anti-Modi demonstrators are also expected to stage a protest when Mr Modi attends a function at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

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  • More than dinner and drinks

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    ROUNDED NIGHT OUT: You can now have golf with your pizza and beer at Slice Virtual Golf. Picture: Dean OslandA NIGHT out can be so much more than just dinner and a drink, if you know where to go. Restaurants and bars are continuing to think outside the box to attract punters.

    In the Hunter, you can visit a microbrewery and try their latest drop, wander through night food markets to buy direct from the producer (and eat on the go if you wish), visit garden centres with fully fledged cafes and visit any number of venues producing their own vegetables and sometimes their own meat for a true paddock-to-plate approach.

    There’s more choice and more diversity than ever before when it comes to choosing a place to sink a pint. Or in the case of Slice Virtual Golf, sink a pint and take a swing, while at The Edwards, Newcastle West, you could peruse some art, take part in a panel discussion or challenge a mate to a game of table tennis, all with a beer in hand.

    At 184 King Street, Newcastle, Slice opened four months ago offering punters a virtual golf experience topped off with pizzas – the biggest of which is one-metre long – and drinks.

    The Slice team of Louis Bonomini, Frances Agelavu, Scott Jacobs and Stuart Dryden took inspiration from similar bars in Asia and the US. The site, which had sat vacant for more than a decade, is now bathed in black, neon and white accents with hints of ’80s nostalgia, has five golf simulators, a packed bar and a kitchen serving pizza, finger foods and more.

    Punters can choose from more than 100 golf courses from around the world on the simulators which each have their own three-metre by five-metre screen and settle in for a round of golf (charged per person, per hour). Cocktail tables at each simulator are the perfect spot for mates to gather round and watch with a bite and beer.

    Dryden, who worked as a professional golf caddy for the best part of three decades, said Slice was popular for work team-building functions, bucks’ parties, birthdays and a cheeky post-work bevy. And it’s not just men embracing the concept. Dryden said many ladies come in, kick off their heels and have a go and, surprisingly, it’s a popular date night venue.

    “People come in after work. Instead of going to the pub for two beers, they come here and have a few and play golf,” Dryden said.

    “People have fun with it; the way we have set it up, it’s for the non-golfer and the golfer too. There is no intimidation factor that you can have at a traditional golf course with the clubhouse and everything. You could take someone out for a coffee or a drink, but here you can have fun and a bit of a laugh – you don’t have to be a golf player.”

    So whether you’re a budding Tiger Woods or more of a putt-putt player, Slice is about fun and offering a choice in the night-time economy of Newcastle’s CBD.

    Dryden said the pizza had proved popular, which is available both eat-in (at the simulators or at Slice’s lounge area) or takeaway. The range includes two, one-metre long pizzas – one 20 centimetres wide and the other 30 centimetres wide. Each can be customised for group dining with three or four different toppings, choosing from the cheekily named Slice menu which includes toppings such as The Hole In One, The Albatross, The Water Hazard and even The Tiger (a nod to Mr Woods himself).

    “People can be sitting at a booth playing golf; pizza isn’t something you need to eat with a knife and fork, it’s finger food you can eat between playing,” Dryden said.

    When it comes to drinks, Slice has four beers on tap and plenty of bottled beers to choose from as well as wine by the glass, cocktails and the popular Corona bucket special. It also has a student night on Wednesday which includes a $60 golf/drinks package from 6pm until close.

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    PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: The Edwards offers much more than a pint, including the Spit & Pong – a spit roast and table tennis. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

    The Edwards, at 148 Parry Street, Newcastle West, has also gained a reputation for not only good food, good drinks and a welcoming atmosphere, but also for pushing the boundaries beyond the traditional bar-cum-restaurant offering.

    It opened in February with Silverchair bassist Chris Joannou and Chris Johnston (well known to customers thanks to his cafes Good Brother Espresso and Suspension) at the helm.

    The Newcastle West bar holds weekly Spit & Pong sessions (or table tennis and a spit roast) and live music, but has also played host to artists in residence, a pop-up vinyl shop (with Chris Dunn), live music and even panel discussions. It’s also played a part in bigger events such as Hit The Bricks and This Is Not Art, just to name a few. Most recently for Halloween, the place was dripping in (fake) blood with zombies packing the joint after the zombie-paced lap of Newcastle organised by the crew at Kotara’s Drift Bikes.

    Joannou told Food & Wine the creative space at the sizeable Edwards site, which was once his parents’ dry-cleaning business, let the venue host different events in addition to their traditional restaurant and bar offering which is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    “We’ve had everything from panel discussions on mental health right through to artists-in-residence programs,” Joannou said.

    “I think it’s a massive part of where venues are heading at the moment. Even at Halloween we teamed up with the guys from Drift and had the Zombie Run which was hilarious.”

    In addition to specific exhibitions, pop-ups or events, The Edwards also pushes the boundaries when it comes to your usual Sunday “sesh”. It’s not just kicking back with a beer, thanks to a slew of table tennis tables ready to tempt you into a game or two.

    Spit & Pong emerged after Johnston bought some ping pong tables for staff, which were soon co-opted by friends of The Edwards crew and eventually used by the bar’s punters, who can play a game with pork roll and beer specials to boot ($10 for a roll, $15 for a roll and a schooner, $25 for a roll and a jug). Head down to The Edwards on Sundays from 2pm for a hit, brew and meal from the spit.

    Joannou said it’s currently a pretty social game, but he’s planning to add more structure – with prizes – in the coming months, including a round robin competition, last person standing (playing) by 6pm or most games won between 2pm and 4pm.

    There is also a DJ on Sunday arvos, with plans for Chris Dunn, aka DJ Dunny, to take up a residence playing tunes from his extensive vinyl collection in what they’ve dubbed DJ Dunny’s Loungeroom.

    “He’s going to be kicking off a Sunday afternoon out the back here,” Joannou said.

    DIVERSITY: The pop-up record store at The Edwards. Picture: Marina Neil

    “He brings a box of vinyl in and just kind of sets it up like it’s his loungeroom at home.”

    You can also head in to The Edwards on a Wednesday for Stone & Wood beer-battered fish and chips with a schooner of Stone & Wood for just $22, capped off with live music from Good Corn Liquor (for the next few weeks).

    The Spit & Pong and live music complements the impressive traditional food and drink menus at the Newcastle West bar. They’ve just introduced a new menu, with a big focus on seasonal produce and dishes to share, with new cocktail and spritzer menus as well.

    As ever, the focus remains on bringing people together.

    “One thing we always spoke of in the beginning was bringing back the family dinner and getting everybody together round the table,” Joannou said.

    “We’re all so distracted with work and other commitments, not to mention everyday living, so we tried to design a lot of the menu – especially dinner time – for sharing.”

    The Edwards is open Tuesday to Saturday, 7am to midnight, and Sunday from 7am to 10pm. Visit The Edwards on Facebook or Instagram @theedwardsbar.

  • Food prices will rise under China trade deal, Barnaby Joyce admits

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has conceded Australian food prices will rise as a result of the nation’s freshly inked free trade agreement with China.

    Mr Joyce told Fairfax radio on Tuesday that the agreement would mean farmers would be able to demand higher prices for their produce, because they would have more potential buyers for their products.

    “Another market means competition, and competition means that you’re going to get a better price. And we’ve got to do that – we’ve been asking the supermarkets for so long… well now they’ve got somewhere else to go,” he said.

    But Mr Joyce said consumers would not notice much difference in food prices in stores, because only between 10 and 15 per cent of the retail price of food went to the farmer.

    Speaking to reporters in Canberra later on Tuesday, Mr Joyce sought to calm fears of food price inflation.

    “If the farmer is getting paid more at the farm gate, it is not actually going to make an awful lot of difference to what you pay at the supermarket because the vast majority of the return of agricultural produce is not actually earned by the farmer. It’s earned by all the people post the farm gate,” he said.

    “I am happy about the competition that will come into the marketplace, I am happy people will get a fairer price and I don’t necessarily believe that that is going to bring about a form of food inflation because the vast majority of the return right now is not being made by the farmer, it is being made by the retailer and processor.”

    The free trade agreement includes tariff cuts on Australian beef, sheepmeat, dairy and wine exports to China.

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  • Bayonetta 2 review: style and substance

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Don’t let the constant winking or suit-made-out-of-hair fool you, Bayonetta is all about the combat. Stunning environments make the perfect backdrop for transforming into a panther and shooting people with shoe-guns.

    Finish angel henchmen off in style with a torture attack.

    Bayonetta 2 on Wii U $79.95 Classification: MA15+ Reviewer’s rating: 9/10

    Within the first 10 minutes of Bayonetta 2, our titular heroine has had her Christmas shopping interrupted by a group of angels riding on a fighter jet, the Samuel L Jackson-esque Rodin — in full Santa outfit — has driven his lowrider up the side of a building to offer support and a floaty, jazzy rendition of Moon River has already established itself as one of the most relentlessly catchy theme songs of the year.

    To say this game is saturated with style is a significant understatement, but even though Bayonetta 2’s bombastic thrills, grindhouse tone, impressive visuals and huge, ridiculous set pieces help it stand head and shoulders above most action games, the thing that makes it a must-play is its peerless combat mechanics.

    Beginning with the simplest of bases — one button for punch, one for kick — the system branches out into a game experience both elegant and satisfying. After memorising a few basic combinations, you can mix things up by launching enemies, pulling off aerial combos, pausing for some extra damage with a few shots from your hand- or stiletto-mounted guns and maybe finishing things off with a cinematic and gruesome torture attack.

    It all flows so logically and intuitively that even when new mechanics are introduced (like the ability to transform into a sprinting panther or hovering crow) there’s no challenge in integrating them into your fighting style.

    Tying it all together is the return of “Witch Time”, an essential mechanic that slows time if you dodge a split-second before an enemy hits you. This creates a hugely satisfying loop of hitting combos, watching for your enemy to signpost an attack, dodging, and then punishing with big-hitting combos and finishing moves.

    Of course not everything about the game is as buttery smooth. The nonsensical story about witches, angels, demons and an abstract war between dimensions has its charm, but the narrative cutscenes can be a huge bore. Bayonetta herself is over-the-top sassy — which is fine in small doses — but much of the supporting cast (especially Enzo, an exaggerated stereotype of a Goodfellas parody who screams “forgetaboutit!” about 7200 times) tend to grate almost instantly. I eventually forsook the story in favour of skipping straight to the action where possible.

    As with the original game, the characterisation of the female characters (especially Bayonetta) has proved divisive, with some commentators defending as “empowering” what others deem objectification.

    Sex is rarely part of the game or narrative in a direct sense, but the art direction and camerawork is unavoidedly fixated on Bayonetta’s body and the way she uses it to dispense acrobatic, often semi-nude violence.

    I personally found Bayonetta’s self-aware sexiness to be completely in line with the world of extremes in which the game is set (and matched if not exceeded by the extremity of the bloodshed), and it’s offset by her super-confident, super-independent characterisation.

    To linger too much on the story or costumes or characters though would be to miss the point. It’s all really just super-stylish window dressing compared to the core experience of playing the game.

    This is probably the smartest, fastest, purest action since the original Bayonetta (which you can get for free when you pick up Bayonetta 2, by the way), and for this reason alone deserves to be experienced.

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  • University fines students for pirating movies, TV shows

    Date: 2020.04.24 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Students at UNSW have been fined for downloading copyright infringing content. Photo: Louise Kennerley A warning notice on UNSW’s website about the fines.

    An Australian university is issuing fines to pirating students and using the money raised for campus facilities instead of returning it to the copyright owners.

    Students at the University of NSW can be fined up to $1000 for downloading television shows and movies that infringe copyright using the institution’s free Wi-Fi network.

    The university also disconnects guilty students from its network for as long as a semester.

    News that funds raised go towards improving “student amenities” and not to the rights holders who have had their copyright breached prompted Michael Speck, an independent anti-piracy investigator and former NSW policeman, to question the scheme’s legality.

    Mr Speck labelled it “misguided and inappropriate”.

    “I just find it disturbing that a university has decided how it will enforce the laws of the Commonwealth,” he said. “It’s quite disturbing and without too much natural justice.

    “It ultimately doesn’t do anything to solve the problem universities have with piracy.”

    Kelvin Tan posted on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Facebook page that he was one of the students caught. He said he forgot to close a program used to pirate when he left home, only to have it automatically reconnect when on campus.

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    Jon Lawrence, executive officer of digital rights advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia, had concerns about due process being followed and the level of surveillance being deployed to detect alleged infringement.

    “Whatever money they are raising from this it would be good if they could devote that to the ultimate purpose of copyright, which is the creation of new content,” Mr Lawrence said.

    “If they are not giving the money to the rights holders then they should be using it to incentivise the creation of new content at the university.”

    Steve Dalby, chief regulatory officer of internet provider iiNet, called the fines “very strange”.

    Conversely, Graham Burke, co-chief executive of Village Roadshow, said he thought it was “terrific” that UNSW was being “proactive and taking responsibility for the users of its network”.

    “We think it is more important for students to be educated about copyright by the university imposing these fines than it is for the rights holders to collect damages for the breaches that are occurring.

    “In fact the more I think about it this action by the university is helping the future of good citizenship of its many students.”

    According to UNSW, three students and one staff member received “penalty notices” in 2014. All four had their Wi-Fi access suspended; two of the students were also fined $480 each.

    The university’s academic board sets the fines, which can go up to $1000, a UNSW spokeswoman said. Students and staff can still use the computer network from library desktops and computer labs if disconnected.

    Michael Kirby-Lewis, UNSW’s chief information officer, defended the practice.

    “The proceeds of the fines collected go to student amenities for the benefit of all students. This ensures that there is no potential for the university to view the fines as a revenue source,” Mr Kirby-Lewis said.

    Students are given two weeks to provide an explanation as to why copyright infringement has occurred or to produce evidence that they had the rights to the material in question, he added.

    “Following this period an investigation is conducted and if found to have infringed copyright, the penalty letter is issued by the chief information office under the delegations of the [acceptable computer use] policy,” he said.

    After the penalty notice is issued, students have 14 days to lodge an appeal.

    “This is handled independently of IT through the student conduct and appeals officer,” he said.

    The little-known practice at UNSW became public in 2008 after the university threatened to end its free Wi-Fi service because students were clogging it with illicit download.

    One student was said to have downloaded 7 gigabytes of copyright infringing material in a single day.

    “Students’ awareness of online copyright issues and UNSW policies has grown significantly since 2008,” a UNSW spokeswoman said. “Incidents and penalties are well down on 2008 levels.”

    In addition to issuing fines, UNSW uses technology to prevent copyright infringement from occurring, although it’s not foolproof.

    A spokesman for the University of Technology, Sydney said there were no cases relating to students downloading copyrighted material using its facilities.

    An RMIT University spokesman said it may disconnect or block students or staff who infringe copyright but said it did not have a policy of imposing a financial penalty. There had been no disconnections this year.

    The University of Sydney doesn’t have a history of fining students but has been known to disconnect students. In its June student newsletter it warned students not to pirate.

    The Abbott government plans to crack down on online piracy, with sources saying it will make it easier to block infringing websites.

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