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  • admin 13:14 on 15/04/2019  

    Brad Walter: Alex McKinnon’s rugby league career overReaction: Men of League’s Ben Ross sickened by injury to Alex McKinnon
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    The serious injury to Newcastle forward, Alex McKinnon, is an unfortunate consequence of the new rule prohibiting the third man in a tackle attacking the knees of a ball carrier.

    Three Storm players tackled McKinnon in the match on Monday night, with one attempting to lift the 22-year-old’s leg and turn him, seeking to force him to the ground, or at least prevent him playing the ball quickly.

    McKinnon dropped his head in the tackle, meaning it was the first point of contact with the ground.

    Had there been no rule preventing the third man attacking the knees, it is likely he would have gone into the tackle around the legs, rather than join his other two partners in an unstable and potentially dangerous dance with McKinnon.

    Put crudely, even cruelly, the NRL must ask what is more crucial: protecting a player’s knees, or his spine?

    Blanket rules are vulnerable to unfortunate consequences, the better option being to allow the referee to punish low tackles which are dangerous and allow those which are not.

    McKinnon’s coach, Wayne Bennett, was a member of the rules committee which voted in the new rule which has achieved its purpose: faster play-the-balls.

    A distressed Bennett, who would opt for a healthy McKinnon over a thousand quick rucks, may dispute the notion that the new rule had anything to do with the injury.

    But there can be no doubt the basket of new laws has created some spectacular football and ingenious plays.

    The no time-off rule when the ball is out of play in the final five minutes has created some thrilling finishes and innovative acts.

    Storm captain Cameron Smith stab-kicked from the halfway restart after the Panthers levelled the scoreline in round two, forcing a knock-on and a scrum.

    Half Cooper Cronk edged his team ahead with a field goal from the subsequent set but the more difficult and rarely seen kick was Smith’s grass-cutter which bounced wickedly into the fumbling arms of a Penrith forward on the sideline.

    The Panthers responded with a clever short kick-off of their own, drawing a penalty for accidental offside.

    As half Peter Wallace was setting up for a long-range penalty goal, Cronk approached the referee and asked whether there was a rule against a rugby union style line-out lift to prevent the ball going over the cross-bar.

    The referee told Cronk that once the ball is kicked, it is in play.

    The half immediately positioned himself in front of the posts with the tall winger Sisa Waqa and fullback Billy Slater either side, with the object of them propelling him into the air to bat the ball forward.

    A Penrith player read their plan and was poised to race through and scoop the ball up for a try but the kick fell low and wide of the posts.

    Referees are also adjudicating the 10 metres more accurately and with greater consistency. The NRL track their positions on a grid, allowing them a half-metre margin of error.

    Rather than referees standing back 13 metres, or a thin eight metres, almost every ruck in all games played in the first three rounds has seen them stand the 10 metres required in the rule book.

    You will still hear the crowd cry “get ‘em back the 10” but it has less meaning now.

    The pocket referee and his partner also rotate more, meaning the end of the system where the referee standing at the ruck moves at the next set of six to adjudicate the 10 metres, meaning he stays with one team for extended periods.

    Coaches can no longer protest they are stuck with a referee who stands back 13 metres, while his colleague positions himself only eight metres.

    The new rule of a zero tackle on the 20-metre line following a kick going dead has had less impact.

    While teams are less inclined to kick the ball over the goal line to prevent it going to brilliant fullbacks, they are not running it on the last as much as could be expected.

    The Broncos scored all their tries against the Bulldogs from this tactic but their three are one-quarter of the 12 scored in the first three rounds from 127 runs on the last tackle.

    Sportsdata reports there were 11 tries from 126 runs at the same time last year.

    There have only been four tries from 83 zero tackle restarts, with Bennett’s Knights scoring two.

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    Josh Charles and Julianne Marguiles play former colleagues and lovers in The Good Wife.The shocking death of dashing lawyer Will Gardner on The Good Wife was driven by actor Josh Charles’ desire to leave the legal drama in its fifth season.
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    Charles had told the show’s producers that “I was ready for the next chapter of my life, both creatively and personally,” in an interview excerpt provided by CBS on Monday.

    In a true surprise for viewers of the show, Gardner was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client during the latest episode to air in the US on Sunday night.

    Gardner was one of the show’s central characters as the former colleague and lover of Alicia Florrick, the “wife” played by series star Julianne Margulies.

    The twist will force Margulies’ character to examine all aspects of her life, producers said.

    “She’s going to miss the existence of Will,” Margulies said of her character. “He was a powerful aphrodisiac in her life.”

    Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts, especially on Facebook.

    One viewer called for a group hug, while another issued a plea for a counsellor to treat jolted fans. Yet another viewer expressed hope that, as with Dallas long ago in revealing Bobby Ewing’s death to be only a dream, The Good Wife would find Gardner stepping out of his shower next week, alive and well.

    Other viewers vowed never to watch the show again, as payback.

    Charles said he appreciated the support of fans, but urged those who are upset to take a step back.

    “I understand that there will be audience members who will be upset,” Charles said.

    “I would just tell them that I guarantee it will continue to be an excellent show. I know I’m going to keep watching it.”

    His death and Charles’ decision to exit the show had been well-guarded secrets. Charles, who entered the series with a four-year contract, opted not to re-up when it expired after last season, according to his publicist.

    Charles’ past TV work includes the dramedy series SportsNight and a season playing a client of therapist Gabriel Byrne on the HBO drama In Treatment. He has also featured in numerous films including The Dead Poets Society.

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  • admin 13:14 on 15/04/2019  

    Devil Inside … London Grammar is already the darling of Australia’s youth, now they look to broaden appeal. Photo: SuppliedBritish trio London Grammar have released their haunting cover version of INXS’s Devil Inside on the internet. The song features on one of the current trailers for Games of Thrones series four, which starts April 6.
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    The classic 1988 pop-rock song has been reinterpreted as a raw, almost spooky slice of London Grammar’s trademark ethereal music. The song is anchored by Hannah Reid’s soaring vocals over a piano track and is shorter than the original by about a minute.

    The result is even moodier than much of the Nottingham trio’s critically acclaimed works. The band’s debut album, If You Wait, made number two on the Australian and UK album charts.

    The song was uploaded to SoundCloud by the band on Tuesday morning from London Grammar’s Twitter account but it is not known yet whether the song will be available as a download. It has already made its way to YouTube.

    The song has been played more than 50,000 times on Soundcloud already, receiving mostly positive feedback although a handful of diehard INXS fans preferred the more upbeat original.

    London Grammar toured Australia for Falls Festival over New Year and also played a series of headline shows.

    Our cover of ‘Devil Inside’ by INXS on the latest @GameOfThrones trailer is now up online for you to listen to here: http://t.co/sMHFuc0oDH— London Grammar (@londongrammar) March 24, 2014

    A new favorite: London Grammar – Devil Inside (INXS Cover) by @londongrammarhttp://t.co/WDsvskEHVl on #SoundCloud— Yury Andropow (@YuryAndropow) March 25, 2014

    Rather like this INXS cover from @londongrammarhttps://t.co/VzrnlJsMH8— Matt Dalzell (@britdjmatt) March 24, 2014

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  • admin 13:14 on 15/04/2019  

    We’re staying in Inglewood. Inglewood! I don’t know much about Los Angeles, but I know you don’t really want to be staying in Inglewood.
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    The year is 1998. I’ve only fairly recently watched the “gangsta” movie Boyz n the Hood and Inglewood looks to this green tourist like it’s straight out of Boyz n the Hood.

    It’s a flat, featureless suburb full of cracked concrete streets and squat Californian homes.

    I’m checking pedestrians to see if they’re “packing heat”; I’m expecting to hear the crackle of gunfire.

    There’s a group of us hunkered down in a cheap youth hostel, drinking beers at eight in the morning, laughing nervously at the place we’ve found ourselves in.

    The accommodation was organised by the company that sorted out our employment visas, the same lot who will send us on to Colorado the next day to begin work at the ski resort of our choice.

    Today, however, we’re in LA.

    Or Inglewood, to be more precise, the suburb closest to the airport, and seemingly furthest away from anywhere we’d actually like to visit.

    There’s a couple of guys who reckon they’re going to get a taxi to Hollywood, and some others who think they’re going to walk to a beach, but the rest of us are happy to hide within the hostel’s walls drinking cheap bottles of Budweiser and dreaming about the mountains.

    I’ve heard people who don’t have many good words to say about LA, and right now, I’m with them.

    A few years later: I’m back in the City of Angels. No more Inglewood for me – this time I’m staying in the heart of Hollywood.

    I’ll be right near the stars, I’m thinking. I’ll be in the thick of the action.

    And, within half an hour or so, I’ll be chronically underwhelmed.

    Apparently this is the LA I’d missed out on the first time: a bunch of average buskers, some tacky tourist stores in among the sex shops, and concrete – hot, shimmering concrete that just seems to stretch on forever. I’m not just underwhelmed, but bemused.

    This is a city that has inspired so many people, a city people flock to to chase their dreams, a city where so much has happened, and so many fascinating people have lived. But all I’m seeing is open-topped “star tour” trucks and guys dressed as Darth Vader.

    However, there’s something I don’t yet know about Los Angeles: it’s a city that takes a while to grow on you.

    For all of its brashness and glamour, this is a place that takes its time letting you in, allowing you to find its charms amid the shimmer of hot concrete and the bluster of wannabe stars.

    Since that Hollywood stay I’ve been back to LA plenty of times, and I’ve finally grown to love it.

    I’ve discovered Santa Monica.

    I’ve discovered you can rent a bungalow down by the beach and live the Californian dream, surfing in its cool waters, lying on its golden sands, eating tacos from beach shacks and drinking good beer.

    I’ve learnt you can follow the ocean down to Venice Beach and find all sorts of things: muscle men hefting weights, Mexicans kicking footballs, hippies spruiking hemp T-shirts, hipsters on bikes.

    You can do karaoke at Whalers Bar. You can eat Tahitian food at Hinano Cafe.

    I’ve discovered Los Feliz, the hip little neighbourhood with the boutique shops, the craft beer stores, the cafes and the proud achievement of not being Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Santa Monica.

    I’ve been to Dodger Stadium. I’ve sat in the Californian sunshine eating Dodger dogs and “rooting” for the home team.

    Best of all, however, I’ve delved deep into the Sunset Strip. Most people wouldn’t travel to LA for the history, but for me, there’s living history on the Sunset Strip.

    This is the home of the Chateau Marmont, the infamous hotel of the stars. It’s the site of the art deco Sunset Tower, former residence of John Wayne, among many others. It’s where you’ll find the Viper Room, The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, and Rainbow Bar and Grill, each notorious in its own way.

    The secret to having a good time in LA, I’ve found, is to allow time to find the part that appeals to you, the part that inspires you like it’s inspired so many. It’s there – but the trick in this sprawling expanse of homes and highways is to uncover it.

    For me, the best of LA is not around a pool at a youth hostel in Inglewood.

    It’s not at a theme park or in Beverly Hills.

    It’s on the Sunset Strip, in the famous old hotels and the notorious bars and clubs of this curved, hilly stretch of road. It’s in the shabby, faded glory of years gone by.

    And it was worth the wait.

    Have you visited Los Angeles? Were you underwhelmed or did you love it? What other destinations have you visited that grew on you over time? Post your comments below.

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  • admin 13:14 on 15/04/2019  

    Attorney-General Senator George Brandis has announced the government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Photo: Andrew Meares News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt has endorsed the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Photo: Louie Douvis
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    Exposure draft: Copy of proposed changes to Section 18C

    Conservative columnist Andrew Bolt has endorsed the Abbott government’s sweeping changes to race hate laws but Liberal MPs have already flagged concerns about exemptions in the proposed laws that apply to public debate.

    A day after defending the right of Australians to be ”bigots”, Attorney-General George Brandis on Tuesday outlined sweeping and controversial changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, with an exposure draft approved by the Coalition partyroom.

    Bolt’s endorsement is significant given his legal case in 2011 was the catalyst for Senator Brandis and Prime Minister Tony Abbott to embark on making changes that will infuriate nearly every major religious and ethnic group in Australia.

    ”The government’s proposals should permit us to ban what is truly wicked while leaving us free to punish the rest with the safest sanction of all – our free speech,” Bolt told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

    ”I think there is no contradiction between being for free speech and against racism, and this proposal goes a long way to recognising that.

    ”I have always argued both against racism and for the freedom to denounce racism in all its forms, including the new tribalising of our country.”

    The News Corp commentator said his only concern was about the potential ”for some creative judge to one day redefine ‘vilify’ in ways we cannot today imagine”.

    Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, in its current form, makes it unlawful for someone to do an act that is reasonably likely to ”offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

    Senator Brandis wants to remove the words ”offend, insult and humiliate” but to leave intimidate, which he said provoked fear. The proposed changes will be subject to at least six weeks of community consultation.

    Senator Brandis has also proposed repealing section 18D of the Act, which provides exemptions that protect freedom of speech. These ensure that artistic works, scientific debate and fair comment on matters of public interest are exempt, providing they are said or done reasonably and in good faith.

    A new section will be inserted into the Act, which will preserve the existing protection against intimidation and create a new protection from racial vilification.

    But an exemption would also be put in place under the changes that would ensure the protections did not apply to “words, sounds, images or writing spoken, broadcast, published or otherwise communicated in the course of participating in the public discussion of any political, social, cultural, religious, artistic, academic or scientific matter”.

    Senator Brandis said it will the first time that racial vilification is proscribed in Commonwealth legislation.

    Coalition MPs flag concerns

    Coalition MPs Sarah Henderson and Jason Wood flagged concerns about this carve out, contained in part four of the exposure draft, and suggested it was too broad an exemption.

    It’s understood Ms Henderson asked a series of detailed questions about the changes, while Mr Wood – a former policeman – suggested there could be too many “ways out” allowed for a defendant under the proposed changes.

    Liberal MPs David Coleman and Craig Laundy, who represent electorates with a high proportion of multicultural constituents, have previously urged Senator Brandis to keep the legal ”safety net” protecting racial minorities against hate speech.

    One Coalition MP told Fairfax Media that Senator Brandis’ proposed changes were well handled, but said the politics of the issue were increasingly difficult for the Coalition.

    “This is turning into a mess, Labor now has six weeks to throw bombs and marginal seat holders are getting nervous,” he said.

    A second Liberal MP confirmed the only serious concerns raised in the party room meeting related to the exemptions in part four.

    “Broadly, people were supportive of the process,” the MP said.

    The Abbott government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act come after months of speculation, during which time a coalition of ethnic and religious groups made it known that they ”vehemently opposed” any weakening of current protections against race hate speech.

    Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus said on Tuesday that the changes marked a ”very substantial widening” of exemptions and a “very substantial watering down of the protections that have served Australians very well to protect them against racist speech for almost 20 years”.

    “Both those requirements are being removed by what’s proposed here and what that would mean, and I’ll say it very directly, is that you could be telling bare-faced lies and know about telling bare-faced lies, you could be deliberately intending to hurl racial abuse under cover of a political discussion but that would not deprive you of the supposed free speech protection that’s here provided,” he said.

    “You could drive a truck through this exception.”

    Bolt case ‘won’t happen again’

    The influential right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, has also endorsed Senator Brandis’ proposed changes to the race discrimination laws.

    ”Today’s announcement is almost as good as a full repeal of section 18C of the Act,” said Simon Breheny, director of the legal rights project at the IPA.

    ”While a full repeal of 18C would be preferable, the government’s proposal goes 95 per cent of the way towards ensuring what happened to Andrew Bolt won’t happen again,” Mr Breheny said.

    The Attorney-General and the Prime Minister have a close relationships with Bolt, and believe he was mistreated by the courts when he was found to have breached section 18C for an article he wrote about light-skinned Aborigines.

    Justice Mordecai Bromberg ruled ”that fair-skinned Aboriginal people (or some of them) were reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to have been offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated by the imputations conveyed by [Bolt’s] newspaper articles”.

    Indigenous Liberal MP Ken Wyatt last week threatened to cross the floor to oppose the change. He said on Tuesday that he would consult with his community about the proposed changes.

    “I certainly will be working with people in my electorate to see what their views and positions are,” he said.

    “I’ve always supported free speech because we need discussions around some very key and critical issues without feeling as though we can’t raise them, if we don’t raise them we don’t effect change but there is also a limit in the way that you deal with free speech.”

    Jewish MP Josh Frydenberg is also understood to have expressed reservations about weakening the protections.

    Representatives from the Aboriginal, Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arab, Armenian and Korean communities have been visiting Parliament House for months and lobbying MPs from all parties to oppose the changes.

    Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim said he could not recall ”any other issue on which there has been such unity of purpose and strength of feeling across such a diverse group of communities”.

    Palmer undecided on proposal

    It is not certain that the Attorney-General will get his proposed changes through the Senate, even when the new Senate convenes on July 1. The Greens and Labor oppose changing the laws, as does independent Senator Nick Xenophon. The success of Senator Brandis’ legislation may hinge on the Palmer United Party senators.

    Palmer United Party leader and Fairfax MP Clive Palmer said on Tuesday that he and his senators had yet to decide their view on the legislation.

    ”First of all we will determine what our position is,” said Mr Palmer, whose party could have as many as four senators, controlling the balance of power when the new Senate convenes on July 1.

    But Mr Palmer warned Senator Brandis should not expect easy or straightforward negotiations with the Palmer United Party over the race hate laws.

    ”We will be strategic about determining the right time to reveal our position,” Mr Palmer said.

    With Lisa Visentin, Dan Harrison, Lisa Cox

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