Holden, Kia pull YouTube ads over video insulting Ita

The Guide.Ita Buttrose at the Channel 10 studios in Sydney.The longevity of Ita in a business that is notable for people crashing and burning.19th April 2016.Photo: Steven Siewert Photo: Steven Siewert
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Holden and Kia have suspended all advertising from YouTube after they unwittingly paid to promote their cars alongside an offensive video that directed misogynistic insults at journalist and businesswoman Ita Buttrose.

The car makers are joining a slew of major global companies who in recent weeks have boycotted the Google-owned video hosting giant because their ads were appearing before or alongside objectionable content.

Holden and Kia pulled the pin on YouTube after it came to light their ads were appearing on a video featuring an interview with “men’s rights activist” and author Peter Lloyd on Channel 10’s Studio Ten talk show.

The video calls Buttrose, a former n of the Year, an “old hag”, an “old bag” and other explicit misogynistic insults.

Holden told Fairfax Media it had decided to pull all advertising from YouTube until it could be confident it would not appear next to objectionable content.

“We value our good relationship with Google but in line with General Motor’s global response and Holden’s diversity stance, we have instructed our media agency to temporarily suspend all advertising on YouTube until we are confident Google can protect our brand from inappropriate or offensive content,” a Holden spokesman said.

“We’ll work closely with our partners at Google to achieve this.”

A spokesman for Kia Motors said its “programmatic advertising” had been suspended as soon as the company was made aware of the video.

“It will remain suspended until such time as we can meet with Google to further clarify the application of this type of advertising,” he said.

The moves came after major media agencies had said last week they were keeping a close eye on the scandal.

Google has been embroiled in a global controversy over ads being placed on objectionable YouTube videos and has scrambled to reassure its customers it can stop them from being associated with anti-semitic, racist and other extremist content.

Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Sainsbury’s, Toyota, Volkswagen, BBC and the British government have all pulled ads from YouTube in recent weeks.

Google’s parent company Alphabet’s market value fell by $31 billion last week.

Faster cars, but what a drag GP racing has become

If the n Grand Prix was representative of the much-vaunted new era of Formula One, long-suffering followers are in for yet another season lacking exciting racing.
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While the revamped rules returned Ferrari to victory for the first time since 2015, on the basis of Sunday’s largely processional 57 laps around the Albert Park lakeside circuit, the faster cars have not improved the on-track action.

At least Sebastian Vettel’s despatch of Lewis Hamilton was a promising early sign that Ferrari has used the technical upheaval to become a serious threat to Mercedes-Benz’s crushing domination of the past three years.

But while the competitive order at the very top of F1 may have altered, the move to wider tyres and more aerodynamic downforce did nothing for the spectacle of the racing.

In fact, as widely predicted, the changes made overtaking moves even more difficult than before – so much so that there was only one position change involving a pass in racing on the track (excluding the dash from the start to the first corner) during the whole event.

Vettel overtook Hamilton in the pits thanks to Ferrari’s superior strategy, stretching his first stint six laps further to give him the decisive advantage.

It was a great and popular effort by Ferrari and Vettel, erasing the memory of the strategic blunder that cost them last year’s Melbourne GP, but it wasn’t an exciting battle.

The only actual overtaking not involving a pit stop was on the 52nd lap – and even that was between backmarkers as Esteban Ocon muscled past Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso, who was then also immediately relegated by Hulkenberg.

The lack of overtaking and close wheel-to-wheel racing was the predictable result of making the cars much quicker by significantly increasing grip in the braking zones and through the corners.

The new, more muscular breed of F1 racers were certainly much quicker – although not to the record-breaking extent expected – and a lot more physical for the drivers.

They could push harder for longer on the grippier, more durable Pirelli tyres and for those who understand such nuances, it was clear that the likes of Vettel, Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen at the front of the field were racing on the limit all the way.

However, as a spectacle, the race was an indictment of F1’s reliance on over-complicated technology that is a known barrier to close competition.

It is likely that things will improve as the 20-race season wears on, with the teams learning more and extracting more speed from the new cars.

There is already hope that Ferrari is going to fight Mercedes for the world championship, with fans praying Vettel’s strong start is not a false dawn and that he will wage a season-long battle with Hamilton for the crown.

Fans around the world – and especially in – that Red Bull Racing also catches up, putting Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen into the fight.

The big crowd at Albert Park – by all accounts, a major increase on recent years – was bitterly disappointed by Ricciardo’s early exit on top of a pre-race problem that saw him make a delayed start from the pit lane.

Whether spectators – and, indeed, the worldwide TV audience – appreciated the extra lap speed of this year’s machines is questionable, particularly in the absence of the local hero trying to fight his way through to the tail of the front-runners following his qualifying miscue.

One wonders, too, what the big bosses of F1’s new owner Liberty Media thought of their new acquisition, which needs to be a major sporting spectacle to justify their multi-billion dollar investment.

Long-time F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone has been replaced by a triumvirate tasked with making the sport more fan- and viewer-friendly.

While F1 chief executive Chase Carey and his commercial lieutenant Shane Bratches would’ve been impressed by the scale and action-packed program of the n GP, they should be concerned about the lack of exciting racing in the main attraction.

The other member of the trio, F1’s new sporting boss Ross Brawn, has a lot to think about as he plots how to make the racing closer and more visceral, and spread the competition more evenly through the field.

There is much to be done.

After the Trumpcare setback, an eerie silence from the White House

Washington: Measured against past meltdowns, Friday’s humiliating healthcare defeat should have sparked savage finger-pointing and name calling.
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Instead it’s as though shock has numbed political instincts in the White House and the GOP leadership.

The presidential Twitter accounts are idling, rather than in overdrive. And instead of score-settling leaks, White House aides busied themselves on Sunday insisting a Saturday tweet by President Donald Trump, which was read in many quarters as a jab at House Speaker Paul Ryan, was anything but.

The usual parade of GOP talking heads emerged for the Sunday morning TV talk shows. But dire prognostications by some after just 65 days of this presidency were left to hang in the ether. There was no real fightback, no serious counter punches – just a whole lot of handwringing acknowledging a crisis that, for now at least, seems to have stumped the party.

“I don’t know that we could pass a Mother’s Day resolution right now,” Florida Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz said before offering a doomsday scenario in which Democrats might win enough seats in the 2018 midterm elections to seek Trump’s impeachment.

It is not surprising that administration insiders described Trump as “tired in every way, including in spirit ??? a weariness about him that had not been present a day earlier” as he retired to the White House residence on Friday evening.

The healthcare debacle had come on top of him being stymied twice by the courts on his attempted migration and refugee crackdowns, and on the sacking of national security adviser Mike Flynn.

This is not how it was meant to be.

In his book The Art of the Deal, Trump boasts: “Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”

At various stages of the 2016 election campaign and more recently, he promised a healthcare deal that would be “unbelievable”, “beautiful”, “terrific”, “less expensive and much better”.

In a speech to last year’s GOP convention, he famously declared: “I alone can fix it.”

And he claimed on Friday to a gaggle of reporters in the Oval Office that he had “never said repeal and replace [Obamacare] within 64 days” was at odds with a February 2016 tweet, “We will immediately repeal and replace Obamacare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $’s and have much better healthcare!”

The nub of the problem that has seemingly left the administration speechless is this – if Trump could not close the deal with a fractious GOP congressional conference on a historically difficult issue such as healthcare, how can he convince it to back his huge plans for tax reform and infrastructure investment?

Few were happy with a GOP healthcare bill that seemed to become politics for politics sake, rather than a genuine effort to rewrite a major piece of legislation. Trump’s first reaction to its demise was to blame Democrats who refused to support it.

Yet when Congress voted on Obamacare seven years earlier, no Republicans voted for that bill.

In his weekly address to the nation on Saturday, Trump didn’t even mention healthcare.

By Sunday, Trump had turned on the GOP’s Freedom Caucus, which had refused to back the Republican bill, despite the President’s relentless lobbying, cajoling and bullying to have the 30-odd members of the caucus fall into line. In his only tweet for the day, he said: “Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & O[bama]care.”

But if the Freedom Caucus was discomforted, it did not strike back.

Arkansas Senator and Trump supporter Tom Cotton argued on CBS’s Face the Nation that defeat was about more than the Freedom Caucus, saying: “The problem is not with a specific faction in the House, it’s with the bill.”

Trump supporters acknowledged too that taming the Washington political beast remains a challenge for Trump.

His budget director Mick Mulvaney told NBC’s Meet the Press: “We haven’t been able to change Washington in the first 65 days.”

His chief of staff Reince Priebus told Fox News Sunday: “At the end of the day, I believe it’s time for the party to start governing ??? I think the President’s disappointed in a number of people that he thought were loyal to him that weren’t.”

And, in the minutes after Friday’s defeat, House Speaker and author of the doomed healthcare bill Paul Ryan told reporters: “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains ??? and, well, we’re feeling those growing pains today.”

Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman injected a sense of urgency into the debate: “Your base walked away from [the bill], the White House wouldn’t own it, and the leadership was caught flat-footed,” he told Politico magazine.

“What I hope is that folks sober up to what this episode says about our readiness to govern. Because come Monday morning, the country’s going to want you to have some answers to some things, and you better be prepared.”

Former House speaker and Trump loyalist Newt Gingrich was not so gloomy.

Refusing to accept that Trump would be hobbled by the healthcare setback, he predicted that the impending appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Friday’s reversal of the previous administration’s order to halt the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would be cheered by Trump’s supporters.

“He was the President this morning. He will be the President tomorrow. He has all the advantages that that implies,” Gingrich said. “He’s having a better presidency than anybody in the Washington media thinks.”

Left out of that equation is that, as Trump moves ahead with the rest of his agenda – winding back Obama era environmental regulations, building a border wall and more – his opponents in Congress, the community and in an army of activist lobbies will have learnt from the healthcare crisis that the game can be played against this President.

Resistance may have taken on new meaning.

Sydney restaurants’ logo wars: What constitutes the letter ‘S’?

It’s the stellar battle over an upmarket Sydney restaurant’s logo in which the stakes could not be higher.
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The Star casino in Pyrmont and a prominent Sydney restaurateur are locked in an escalating dispute over use of a signature “golden star” symbol which threatens to boil over into the federal court.

Peter Petroulas, the managing director of GPO Grand restaurants in Martin Place and Balmoral Beach, accuses the Star Entertainment Group of infringing his copyright on branding he has used since 2002.

Mr Petroulas claims the matter dates back to 2009 when he was asked to a meeting with then Star casino chief executive Larry Mullin, managing director Sid Vaikunta and head of hospitality Victor Tiffany.

The executives were embarking on a redevelopment that included high-end restaurants and Mr Petroulas says he walked them through his strategy during a five-hour meeting at his Martin Place headquarters in the historic GPO building.

The executives subsequently left the Star, most notably Mr Vaikunta, who spectacularly resigned over a sexual harassment scandal.

But in a rebranding exercise, in November 2015 the Star unveiled its current logo, a gold star featuring what may or may not be an “S”, which Mr Petroulas believes is so similar to the one he has used for more than a decade that it infringes his copyright.

Mr Petroulas says he was not aware of a concurrent application to trademark the gold star logo until after it was registered and the objection period had expired the following May.

He says this was because the application was made by a lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons, a firm engaged by the casino group.

The rights were later transferred to The Star by the lawyer. Mr Petroulas argues the process is a breach of the trademark act which says a logo can only be registered by its owner.

What precisely constitutes an “S” is also in dispute after the Star objected to an application by Mr Petroulas to register two new gold star logos featuring the letter.

This was done to brand his Greek restaurant Subterranean Bar and Grill and Japanese eatery Sosumi Sushi Train.

“By definition a symbol can only be defined as the letter “S” when the ends of the letter curl back into the spine of the letter,” he asserts in a submission to IP , which manages trade mark issues, defending his applications.

“I note that by definition the squiggle in the centre of the Casino Device is not the letter ‘S’. “.

In March, Mr Petroulas wrote a letter of demand to the Star’s board which called on the company “cease and desist” from using the gold star logo, destroy all copies of it and remove it from its premises in Sydney and Brisbane.

He says he will take The Star to the federal court.

“In my opinion it’s a clear breach of my rights to actually see the application going through and be able to object to it,” he says. “They’ve denied me that opportunity.”

But a spokesman for The Star labelled Mr Petroulas’ claims “spurious and insulting”.

“The Star Entertainment Group proudly embraces the highest professional standards,” he said.

“We trademarked our logo after following the registration process to the letter.”

“There were opportunities for objections to be lodged and that did not occur. Now we seek to protect the brand equity in the logo and the brand we’ve developed.”

Staying dry and consistent

Interstate trainer Tony McEvoy will wait as long as possible before heading to Sydney for Saturday’s $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.
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Victorian visitor Hey Doc will be primed for Saturday’s $1m The Star Doncaster Mile. Picture courtesy Racing Photos

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McEvoy will be represented by one of the fancies Hey Doc ($15), an impressive last start n Guineas winner at Flemington.

“We won’t head up from Victoria until later in the week,” McEvoy revealed.

“I prefer to work him at home in the dry rather than go up to Sydney where there’s been a lot of rain.”

Hey Doc has won two of his only three starts this campaign and claimed the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington prior to his Group 1 n Guineas victory.

“The Doncaster is obviously a big step up for him. Only the top line three-year-olds can win these types of Group Ones and we’re hoping he is up to the task.”

Hey Doc has been a model of consistency with six wins and three placings from his 12 starts, accumulating $900,000 in prizemoney.

“He is a very good prospect. He is honest, sound and on Saturday has no weight (51kg) on his back so we’re expecting a huge run from him,” McEvoy said.

Regular jockey Luke Currie cannot make the weight with local rider Tim Clark being booked for Hey Doc, with Clark having won the race five years back aboard Sacred Choice.

McEvoy will also be bringing talented colt Aspect to Sydney for Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Inglis Sires’ (1400m).

Aspect has only raced four times for a win and a second, the latter being a nose defeat in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Flemington on March 11.

“He’s a lovely horse and we’ve always held him in high regard,” said McEvoy.

Luke Currie had to ride the horse upside down last start in contrast to the colt getting back in the field and running on late.

“He was trapped wide early and Luke had no choice but to go forward and sit outside the leader rather than cover extra ground.

“He was out of his comfort zone and ran super.

“The winner zipped away from him halfway down the straight then my bloke charged to the line – one more stride and he wins the race.”

TAB fixed odds have Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic the $4.60 favourite for the Inglis Sires’ ahead of Menari and Tulip at $8. Aspect is quoted at $51.

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WineTaste of offbeat varietiesJohn Lewis

MASTERFUL: Applying his skills to montepulciano, DiGiorgio chief winemaker Peter Douglas.OVER the past 30 years Peter Douglas has emerged as one of the grand masters of Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, but his formidable skills are now also being applied to the rare-in- montepulciano variety.
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This month I’ve sampled a DiGiorgio 2015 Montepulciano made by Peter and assistant winemaker Bryan Tomkin among the trio of intriguing new-release alternate-variety reds.

It is part of theDiGiorgiofamily company’s commitment to alternate varieties and is the second montepulciano vintage from the seven-year-old vines of a grower in South ’s northern Limestone Coast.

It’s a commitment that also shines at the Crossing family’sAngullong operation at Orange, which has released its $26 2015 Fossil Hill Sagrantino, the maiden wine from its plantings of this grape of Italian Umbrian origin.

At McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg company the interest in alternate varieties can only be described as rampant, with chief winemaker Chester Osborn last week launching the inaugural $29 d’Arenberg 2016 Anthropocene Epoch Mencia, made from a variety of Spanish and Portuguese origins.The fruit came from a five-hectareBlewitt Springsplot,planted to merlot in 1996 and grafted to mencia in 2014.

The wine joins Chester’s list of offbeat varieties that include sagrantino, cinsault, roussanne, marsanne, arneis, aglianico, tinto cao and petit verdot and eccentric wine names like Galvo Garage, Laughing Magpie, Vociferate Dipsomaniac and Cenosilicaphobic Cat.

Angullong has a commitment to Mediterranean grape varieties dating back to 1999 and, in addition to the new sagrantino, its alternate-varietial portfolio includes vermentino, tempranillo and barbera – 2015 Fossil Hill version of which has been released at $23 with the sagrantino.

DiGiorgio’smontepulciano comes from a grape that gets its name from the Montepulciano region of Italy’s Siena Province and which, along with sangiovese, is a “workhorse” variety of central Italy.From his time in Sicily as chief winemaker for major Italian producer Casa Vinicola Calatrasi, Peter Douglas is well acquainted with Italian varieties.

His wine fame grew from his 14-year term as manager-chief winemaker of Wynns Coonawarra Estate. He quit in 1998 to become chief winemaker- manager of the Canandaigua Salinas Valley winery in California, then went to Sicily.After two years overseas, Peter and his family returned to their beloved Coonawarra, where he now presides over the DiGiorgio winery.

Icon to repel invaders

HERO: Prized Icon is seen here ridden by Glyn Schofield. The colt is one of Sydney’s best chances of claiming the BMW n Derby at Royal Randwick this Saturday. Image by Bradley Photographers*Sponsored by Racing NSW
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Home track hero Prized Icon will attempt to repel a strong interstate and overseas invasion in Saturday’s $2 million BMW n Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

The colt is one of only two Sydney representatives among the top seven in the TAB fixed odds market for the Group 1 event, alongside the Team Hawkes-trained Inference ($4.60).

Prized Icon sits on the fifth line of betting at $11, with Victorian three-year-olds Anaheim ($8), So Si Bon ($11) and Hardham ($15) joining Kiwis, Gingernuts ($3.60 favourite) and Jon Snow ($6) near the top of the betting.

The James Cummings-prepared youngster isa dual Group 1 winner, having taken out the Champagne Stakes at Randwick as a two-year-old and the Victoria Derby last spring at Flemington.

After flopping in the Rosehill Guineas behind Gingernuts, Prized Icon then finished well for second to Jon Snow in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.

“It was good to see him bounce back to form,” Cummings said.

“He needs a few runs to reach his peak and I’ve kept a bit up my sleeve, but I would need to.

“He was good as a spring three-year-old but he needs to now be the ‘improved version’ as he will be taking on two powerful New Zealand stayers (Gingernuts and Jon Snow).

“I feel he will back up well and is a horse that only needs two things – light exercise and racing; he just loves to race.

“It should be a wonderful Derby with the good Kiwi horses plus other horses on the fringe such as the Victorians Anaheim and So Si Bon.

“We just want some good weather now.”

Cummings had entered Rock and Swing for the Derby but will now look at the $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on April 15.

“We have a lot of time for him. We were tempted to go for the Derby but he’s a work in progress and is probably six months away.

“It’s a bit soon and we would be asking a bit too much of him. We’ll happily slot a path after that race.”

Impressive last start, Newcastle winner Whispered Secret was entered for the $1 million Inglis Sires’ but Cummings decided to head to theFernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on April 8.

“We thought about throwing her in the deep end (Sires) but will take our time with her and run the filly in the Fernhill.

“She will run a mile sweetly,” Cummings said.

“She has only had three runs as a two-year-old and last time defeated the older horses at Newcastle.

“She should turn out a nice spring three-year-old.”

Villa Carlotta who failed on the heavy surface last Saturday is heading to the spelling paddock.

“She didn’t enjoy the heavy track at all but we have a lot of time for her and the spell will do her the world of good,” he said.

‘Grey flash’ Chautauqua has been installed the $4.60 favourite for one of the other highlights on Day 1 of The Championships, the $2.5m Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

The gelding ran a brave third to champion mare Winx in last Saturday week’s George Ryder Stakes and will be aiming for his third successive win in this event.

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Aboriginal leader slams NSW Government over development blocks

‘Mixed messages’ jibe | photos, video Questions: Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council chief executive Sean Gordon says the NSW Government is preventing his organisation from developing its potential, after controversial mine and rail decisions.
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Darkinjung chief executive Sean Gordon and planning and development manager Lynne Hamilton on the Bushells Ridge site.

Constraints: Lynne Hamilton and Sean Gordon at the access point where coal infrastructure is proposed, and where Darkinjung believes access to its land will be blocked.

Stopped: Sean Gordon on Darkinjung land only metres from the Sydney-Newcastle rail line. Transport for NSW rated Darkinjung land as the preferred site for a rail maintenance facility.

Prevented: Sean Gordon on Darkinjung land on the other side of the Sydney-Newcastle rail line, where the Aboriginal Land Council had hoped to sell land for a rail maintenance facility.

Flood: Kangy Angy land under flood, showing the depth of water at the area’s access point beneath a rail bridge.

Wet: The level of flood waters through parts of Kangy Angy where Transport for NSW has proposed a rail maintenance facility.

Wetter: Another section of Kangy Angy flood plain under water.

TweetFacebookDarkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council is a shining example of what an Aboriginal organisation should and can be. We don’t sit around waiting for a hand out from government. We take it upon ourselves to create our own revenue.

Darkinjung chief executive Sean GordonThe view of Darkinjung is that all residents should have the same types of rights that Darkinjung has so that it forces governments to sit down and negotiate fair outcomes, rather than just use their own deadline to force people out of their homes.

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The department also rejected a Subsidence Advisory NSW (the former Mine Subsidence Board) request that Wallarah 2 accept responsibility for any damage to existing surface improvements by mine subsidence, after noting significant expected subsidence impacts.

Transport for NSW expressed concerns about negotiating with Darkinjung over its Bushells Ridge or Blue Haven land for the rail maintenance facility because Darkinjung had made native title claims over parts of the land.

It cited the 2019 deadline for when the Intercity trains are in operation.

“These trains need a maintenance facility open in time for the fleet to be in service,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“We cannot risk entering into negotiations with any party who is likely not to be in a position to help us meet this important deadline for our customers.”

Mr Gordon rejected Transport for NSW’s explanation, and said Darkinjung had completed rezonings and subdivisions over land while native title claims were outstanding.

“Native title’s not a deterrent. It just means they have to sit down and negotiate with us,” Mr Gordon said.

“Their problem is that they can’t compulsorily acquire the land, which is what they were able to do at Kangy Angy so that families were forced out of their homes.

“The view of Darkinjung is that all residents should have the same types of rights that Darkinjung has so that it forces governments to sit down and negotiate fair outcomes, rather than just use their own deadline to force people out of their homes.

“It’s a pretty poor excuse on the part of Transport for NSW.”

Mr Gordon said he was reminded of Noel Pearson’s recent speech in which he raised the issue of the “soft bigotry of low expectation” facing Indigenous ns.

“Darkinjung is a shining example of what an Aboriginal organisation should and can be. We don’t sit around waiting for a hand out from government. We take it upon ourselves to create our own revenue to fund our ambitious community programs,” he said.

We’re focussed on improving the journeys of tens of thousands of Newcastle and Central Coast train customers by delivering a new fleet of state-of-the-art Intercity trains from 2019.

These trains need a maintenance facility open in time for the fleet to be in service. We cannot risk entering into negotiations with any party who is likely not to be in a position to help us meet this important deadline for our customers.

Pattinson and Gotch take Vics into box seat

Alice Springs: A historic third consecutive Sheffield Shield title is within Victoria’s reach after the Bushrangers overcame a turbulent start to day two of the final at Traeger Park.
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South ripped through the Victorian middle order early on Monday morning but were denied for more than 63 overs by the seventh-wicket partnership of Seb Gotch and James Pattinson, who put on 139 to quash the Redbacks’ resistance.

Pattinson (80) and Gotch (52) both topped their previous high first-class scores before falling shortly after South took the third new ball as Victoria lost 4-3 late in their innings. But by then it was probably too late for the Redbacks, with the Bushrangers all out for an imposing 487. No team has ever lost a Shield final with a score that big when batting first, and the Bushrangers need only to draw this final to win three Shields in a row for the first time in the state’s history.

Pattinson’s outstanding day continued when he bowled Redbacks opener John Dalton for a duck in the first over of the South n innings.

Jake Weatherald and Callum Ferguson clawed their way to to stumps, but the Redbacks’ chances of breaking their 21-year Shield drought seem remote with three days left to play at 1-19, still 468 runs behind.

Redbacks seamer Chadd Sayers kept alive his chances of breaking Colin Miller’s record of 67 wickets in a Shield season. Sayers took 7-84, needing another seven in Victoria’s second innings to claim the record outright. South n wicketkeeper Alex Carey also finished with five catches for the innings, drawing him level with the Shield record of 58 in a season.

But while South enjoyed the statistical spoils, the silverware looks likely to remain in Melbourne.

Resuming the day at 3-322, the runs flowed freely early for Victoria, before Rob Quiney (48), Cameron White (17) and Daniel Christian (four) all fell in quick succession.

The turning point might have been when Pattinson survived a big LBW shout from Sayers before scoring. Both men said later that they thought the right decision had been made.

After that scare Pattinson and Gotch battened down the hatches before accelerating shortly before the third new ball was taken, consigning spinner Adam Zampa to the unflattering figures of 1-175.

Pattinson said he was glad his diligent approach to batting had paid off. “I’ve always hoped I could get to No. 7 one day and become an all-rounder so I’ll just keep working towards that hopefully.”

The word cricket must remove from its vocabulary

PC f***wit, idiot, f***ing idiot, ponce, attention-seeker, snowflake, cancer, pretend victim.
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Now that the name-calling’s out of the way, let’s have an adult discussion.

Cricket has a problem. Not a major problem, perhaps even what social media types like to call a first-world problem. But a problem nevertheless.

Cricket has many quirky and whimsical terms, the origins of which even many tragics of the game would struggle to explain. Fielding positions like silly mid-off, third man, fine leg and cow corner (in an unofficial capacity) are but a few.

They are part of the rich fabric of the sport, and may they live on for as long as cricket is played. With the exception of one – the “chinaman”.

It’s not a term that is commonly heard in cricket, but one that will get a lot of air play this week after spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s dream start to his Test career for India.

Why? Because he is what is known in the game as a “chinaman” bowler – a left-arm spinner who turns the ball back into the right-handed batsman.

Uncomfortable at how often and insensitively the term was being used after Kuldeep’s efforts, this correspondent challenged cricket to get rid of the racially offensive term. It met a mixed response on Twitter, which fell broadly into three categories:

– support from those who can see its racist overtones;

– curiosity from those wanting to learn;

– and streams of abuse from those outraged that I was upset by something they deemed innocuous. My challenge to cricket: get racially offensive terminology out of the game #IndvAus#KuldeepYadavpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/tp9uePlZ2D??? Andrew Wu (@wutube) March 25, 2017Aussies fail to comprehend India’s Chinaman! #KuldeepYadav#IndvAus#IndvsAuspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/6zxG6dLU48??? Sanket Jack (@sanket_jack) March 26, 2017

Canadian folk band The East Pointers wow Newcastle

Going off: The East Pointers in Newcastle on Friday night. Picture: Jim KellarA magnetic bundle of energy, better known as The East Pointers, caused a firestorm in Newcastle on Friday night.
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The trio of Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson and Jake Charron were preaching to the converted from the moment they took the stage at the Unorthodox Church of Groove in Hamilton.

It was the perfect venue, as close to a comfy lounge room as you can come. The atmosphere was close to a house party, or more like, a barn dance.

Post by The East Pointers in Newcastle.

The showmanship of these Canadians was dazzling, at least to a first-timer. The truth is they have trod the backroads of on three other occasions, playing major festivals and intimate folk clubs as their international reputation keeps growing.

The show was a reminder that so many good things happen at the grassroots level. A good third of the 100-plus crowd enjoyed dancing, and truthfully, it was an irresistible temptation. If this is representative of the music they brew on Prince Edward Island in the far north-east of Canada, then it must indeed be a special place.

The fast-pace set licked off with Meals by Maurice and Secret Victory, eventually slowing down for the moving ballad, Blainey’s Laughing Eyes. But they fired up again, running through Places You’ll Go, and then the eerie 82 Fires, written in Tasmania with Liz Stringer when they surrounded by smoke and flames during their tour. The delicateEbb Tide followed, allowing an opportunity to ponder the exquisite interplay of fiddle, banjo and guitar.

And then, they off running again, with raucous melody of The Drift and Woodfordia.

Should The East Pointers ever find that elusive mass cross-over audience, it could well be Cold that brings it. Foremost, it is lyrically-driven song.

The tail end featured The Stubborn Mule,Ken the Hen and their addictive cover of David Bowie’s Heroes.

It was 95 minutes of sheer joyful music, about as uplifting of a musical experience as you could ask for.

Beecroft Weapons Range fire after defence drone crashes

RANGE FIRE: A crashed defence force drone has sparked a bushfire on the Beecroft Weapons Range, east of Nowra. Photo: Gary Barton, NSW RFSA crashed defence force drone has sparked a bushfire on the Beecroft Weapons Range, east of Nowra.
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It is understood the alarm was raised around noon on Mondaywhen the drone, being tested over the range, made what defence has described as “a hard landing”.

It is not known at this stage whether the drone has exploded on impact or if the fire was sparked due to the landing.

The fire is burning in a south easterly direction towards in the coast in a section of the range which has previously been burnt out.The bush is alight off Impact Road at Beecroft Peninsular.

Fire crews have established a safe zone around the fire and are awaiting the arrival of army engineers who will be needed to clear possible unexploded ordnance in the area before crews can enter the drone crash site.

NSW RFS Fires Near Me has the bushfire listed on its website.

The Royal n Navy is currently trialling three different varieties of drones, known as unmanned aerial systems.

The defence spokesperson dismissed social media reportsthat a plane had crashed.

“It is definitely not an aircraft but an unmanned aerial systemand no personnel have been injured in the incident,” the spokesperson said.

Fire fighting crews from Fire and Rescue NSW Nowra, three Rural Fire Service crews and defence personnel are fighting the fire which is in heathland.

Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat crew from Shellharbour are also on the scene.

Twenty RFS personnel from Culburra Beach, Callala Bay and Currarong and defence members are fighting the blaze.

Firefighters are undertaking a small area of back burning to assist with containing the fire.

No properties are currently under threat.

The bushfire is burning off Impact Road at Beecroft Peninsular, east of Nowra.

Cancer study finds nervous system implicated in tumour growth

One step closer: Professor Hubert Hondermarck, a member of the HMRI Cancer Research Program, says the nervous system can stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
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THE nervous system plays a bigger role in the onset and spread of cancer than previously thought, aUniversity of Newcastle professor says.

Professor Hubert Hondermarck, a biochemistry researcher at the University of Newcastle, led a pioneering study that confirmed how thenervous system isactivelyimplicated in the growth of cancer.

He said while tumour cells were known to invade nerves, up until now it was thought the nerves themselves were not involved in the initiation of cancer and its progression.

“The nerves are getting into human tumours, and they stimulate the growth of the cancer,” he said.

“There is a cross talk between nerves and cancer cells. The cancer cells are able to attract nerves, and once the nerves are inside the cancer, they stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

“The more nerves there are, the more aggressive a tumour is.”

The phenomenon has been demonstrated by several teams, including Professor Hondermarck’s, in prostate, gastric, breast and pancreatic tumours, leading the research team to suspect it is relatively widespread.

Given the nerve dependence, they believe it relates to the body’s failed regeneration process.

The study has just been published in the international cancer journal Cancer Cell.

Professor Hondermarck said the nextchallenge was to translate the laboratory finding into clinical practice.

“In the future, anti-cancer drugs could potentially block the stimulatory impact of nerves,” he said.

“There is also potential to develop diagnostic and prognostic tools for cancer, either by determining tumour aggressiveness through the presence of nerves, or using neurotrophic growth factors as a blood biomarker to signify a cancer is starting to develop.”

Professor Hondermarck was reluctant to call the research a “breakthrough”, but said it was “one step forward” to better understanding cancer.

“There are still things we don’t know, but once you identify a new mechanism, you can propose a new treatment,” he said. “It is the basic science ofcancer.”