The Duchess of Cambridge has given a rare insight into her home life, describing motherhood as a “huge challenge”.
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The royal, who has two children, Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, 22 months, made the comments during a speech at an event organised by Best Beginnings, a UK children’s health charity on Thursday.

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge,” she said.

“Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.”

Since the birth of Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge has been assisted by a home help team.

The family’s current nanny, Maria Borrallo, joined the family when Prince George was eight months old. Dressed in a retro brown nurse’s dress, Spanish-born Borrallo travels everywhere with the children.

(Oh, and the dress isn’t just an aesthetic choice: it’s the uniform for graduates of Norland College, a prestigious nannying school in Bath where nannies-to-be are trained in everything from nappy-changing to self-defence.)

“There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family,” the Duchess continued.

“For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health.”

The candour is a rare move from the Duchess, who normally only divulges small tid bits about her private life in conversations with members of the public at charity events she attends (who subsequently tell the tabloids).

She went on to encourage women to seek assistance for their mental health during pregnancy and parenting in the same way as they would treat their physical health.

Along with her husband, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, the Duchess is the founder of Heads Together, a mental health charity initiative that aims to reduce stigmatisation surrounding mental health diagnosis and dialogue. She was invited to speak at Thursday’s event in a partnership between the two charities. Watch The Duchess of Cambridge speak at the launch of the @BestBeginnings ‘Out of the Blue’ film series, with @Heads_Togetherpic.twitter南京夜网/1mMupReocK??? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 23, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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SILVERWARE: Rival skippers Mark Littlewood and Josh Trappel with the first grade trophy before Friday’s grand final lunch. Picture: Marina NeilFor more thana decadeMark Littlewood has been chasing the prestigious player of the year award.
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But even thoughthe 32-year-old Belmont skipper has now joined the who’s who of Newcastle cricket, including the likes of Gary Gilmour, Greg Geise and Mark Curry, he would give it away in a second to be holding aloft the famed major premiership trophy again after this weekend’s first grade decideragainst Hamilton-Wickham.

“One hundred percent I would swap them,” Littlewood said.

“It [player of the year]has been on the list, it’s nice to be recognised and it’s nice to be in some elite company, but you want the main trophy.

“We had a little photo shoot with it before and it was nice to have a hold, but you want it afterwards. I’ve been lucky enough to do it once before so it would be nice to make it two from two.”

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Littlewood, who won a maiden title as captain in 2008-2009, received the individual prize at the annual DeCourcy Club luncheon which was held at Merewether Surfhouse on Friday.

The Newcastle representative leader and former NSW Country all-rounder finished on 21 points, seven clear of nearest rivals Mark Dries and Ben Woolmer (17), after scoringa competition-high 772 runs at an average of 59.38 and taking 31 wickets at 12.06 apiece.

Counterpart Josh Trappel was also on hand for the presentation along with Hamwicks teammates Sam Webber and Mark Dries, who have collected the same gong a combined four times in the last seven summers.

Former club skipper Darren Herbert attended as well, sporting the Pumas tie, over 10 years since experiencing grand final glory himself on multiple occasions.

“It’s great to have guys like that around the club thatstill get involved and still send you messages saying good luck,” Trappel said.

“I know the young guys really feed off that kind of thing.

“But we have our own experiencetoo with the Webber boys, Drisey and Andrew Maher –it all adds up.”

Both sides are trying to overcome play-offpain –Belmont having lost both the Tom Locker Cup and T20 finals this season while Hamwicks went down by a run in last year’s big dance.

Littlewood has named English import Chris Whittock in the Belmont XI despite him flying home next week, which means he would be missing ifthe game continued into the spare weekend on April 1-2.

Play at No.1 Sportsground is scheduled to start at 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile,Wallsend product Jason Sangha has been named in the Australianunder-19 squad.

The boys in green and gold host Sri Lanka under 19s in a six-matchseries in Tasmania from April 8.

PREDICTIONS: Hamilton-Wickham favourites for grand final

FUTURE: Charlestown crowned under-21 champions

​Elsewhere, the Newcastle fourth grade decider between Hamwicks and Charlestown has been transferred to Hawkins Oval this weekend because Passmore Oval was declared unfit for play.

Second and third grade decidersremain as per program on Saturday and Sunday with Merewether meeting Toronto at Ron Hill Oval and University at University 1 respectively.

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Hurricanes brave harbour’s marine life | photos The Hurricanes’ Eliza Limn and Belle Humby test out the harbour last month. Picture: Marina Neil
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Work starts on assembling the water polo venue at Queens Wharf on Friday.

Work starts on assembling the water polo venue at Queens Wharf on Friday.

TweetFacebookJellyfish, oysters but hopefully not sharks will be an occupational hazard for the Hunter Hurricanes when they host National Water Polo League games in Newcastle harbour on Saturday.

An inflatable “field”and 120-seat grandstand will transform Queens Wharf into a water polo venue for women’s (3pm) and men’s (4.30pm) games against UTS Balmain Tigers.

Men’s coach Daniel Robinson said running the gauntlet of the local marine life was worth it to promote water polo to a larger audience.

“Everyone’s very excited. We’ve got all the precautions in order to keep us safe. I’m sure if someone catches a jellyfish, they’re going to get a bit excited. Other than that we should be OK,” he said.

“A local scaffolding company is helping us out with a ladder set-up at each end to keep us safe away from those overgrown oysters.We did a test run of the inflatable course the other day and we had to throw a pair of shoes down to get everyone out.

“We have an inflatable field attached to a shark net to keep everyone safe from any creepy crawlies, not just sharks.We might catch a few mullet hopefully by the end of the day.”

Robinson said the bar-side location could attract other interesting animals.

“It’s not a bad time of afternoon, so hopefully we won’t get too many drunken yobbos, but maybe a couple would be funny.”

The harbour pool has passed a water-quality test this week, despite two weeks of rain, and Robinson said the Queens Wharf matches would help motivate both Hunterteams, who are out of finals contention with four games to play.

“Sometimes it’s tough to get out bed to go and fight on when you haven’t got much to fight for, but something like this definitely revsthe boys up.”

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Brendon Santalab’s first hat-trick for Western Sydney Wanderers has given the struggling club reason to believe a lacklustre season could still finish with a flourish.
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A finals berth is all but sealed for Western Sydney, who opened an eight-point gap on seventh-placed Wellington Phoenix with their second successive win at home after beating Melbourne City 3-1 on Friday night. A season that at one point looked destined to end in a whimper is gaining momentum after the Wanderers finally turned a dominant performance against one of the pre-season favourites into a result befitting the display.

A week after becoming the club’s record all-time goal scorer, Santalab set a new benchmark for most goals in a single season for the Wanderers, bringing his tally to 14 in 19 games.

“He keeps performing, keeps delivering,” Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said. “At our club, we’re not surprised to see what he does. It’s about us making sure that he can keep producing like that whenever he plays. [He’s a] Special player.”

Two headers and a powerful drive from the 34-year-old sealed the impressive comeback for the Wanderers, who cast more doubt on the title credentials of the biggest-spending club in the league, who started the match in fourth gear but finished in a stall.

A cruel blow for Western Sydney gave Melbourne a fortunate lead in the third minute when a wicked deflected shot from Neil Kilkenny was turned into the net with a ricochet off Wanderers defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

It was symbolic of the hosts’ fortunes for the most part of the season but instead of succumbing to a reasonable excuse, it sparked a spell of sustained pressure for the Wanderers, who tested the often porous City defence.

The visitors sought to outclass the Wanderers, rather than absorb the waves of Western Sydney attack – a decision they would rue in the 22nd minute. Kilkenny’s calm crumbled under duress, spilling the ball at the feet of Western Sydney marquee Nico Martinez. He found Santalab, whose powerful finish beat beat goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson.

Santalab’s incredible evening looked to have struck a snag on the hour mark when his eighth booking of the season triggered a one-match ban. He had his head in hands, but the dejection on his face didn’t linger. Four minutes later, the forehead that told a story of frustration put the Wanderers on course for their second successive win at home.

The veteran striker bounced back by latching onto a left-foot cross from Scott Neville to power a close-range header into the bottom of the net to send the home fans into rapture.

Santalab may have ruled himself out of the crucial clash with Newcastle Jets but it mattered little for a man in a rich vein of form. By the 68th minute, he had his hat-trick. Showing his experience to drift in between his two markers, he turned a Jack Clisby cross into the net with an instinctive poacher’s header.

It was a dominant lead of the type the Wanderers haven’t been accustomed to this season, which showed in attempts to close down the game. A clumsy foul by the otherwise impressive Kearyn Baccus on Nick Fitzgerald gave City a chance to claw back the deficit from the spot. However, Bruno Fornaroli’s poor attempt down the middle was thwarted by Vedran Janjetovic.

It was a dashed chance for a late comeback for City, though their problems were at the other end. The absence of Danish defender Michael Jakobsen proving crucial according to their coach Michael Valkanis.

“We’re missing out on Michael Jakobsen, the best defender in the A-League. I don’t think we lost many games with Michael in the lineup because of the experience he brings and the leadership he brings,” Valkanis said.

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Talk about superheroes. On a night where teams were draped in the colours of Marvel characters, Andrew McCullough produced an effort the Hulk would be proud of, as the Brisbane hooker helped carry his side to a thrilling victory over Canberra.
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At a sodden Suncorp Stadium, Jordan Kahu delivered the killer blow to give the Broncos a 13-12 win, but it was 200-gamer McCullough that used his powers for good, making 61 tackles and scoring a try to star for the home side.

Often overlooked in a Brisbane roster that includes regular headline makers Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford, it was McCullough’s time to shine in his milestone game. He stood tall in a torrid battle around the middle third and struck the telling blow to get his side off and running.

The Raiders hit back hard late in the game and had six minutes to return fire with a field goal of their own. But they couldn’t find the right shape and when they did, Blake Austin’s kick went wide of the mark.

Brisbane have had a bit of practice in close games of late and looked more poised than they did when they needed a one-pointer against the Cowboys. Kahu was the surprise contributor and his NRL field goal record now reads one from one.

“It was nice to win a close game,” said Wayne Bennett after the game. “It just took us a while to work out he was the best kicker we had.”

And on McCullough: “He’s been one of our best players every game this season. He’s been a wonderful player for the club… everyone knows he gives his best every time. He’s the youngest forward in NRL history to play 200 games. That’s some achievement.”

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart bemoaned the 15 errors and felt his team would present a clear danger in the competition once they improved the dreaded completion rate.

“There’s a lot of lessons there. The effort was enormous, to turn it over the way we did so cheaply in the second half and still be two tries apiece. It’s very simple. We know what we have to fix,” Stuart said.

“It’s nice to know what it is… it’s just fixing it.”

It was Kahu that kicked Brisbane ahead after just five minutes but that would be the extent of their scoring in a first half notable mainly for the amount of near misses.

It wasn’t through lack of trying from either outfit but the slippery conditions and shifting surface made it a difficult night to string together passes. If Adele can be blamed for chopping up the nearby Gabba, Justin Bieber should be fielding the invoice for Lang Park.

The Raiders almost opened their account in the 16th minute when the highly impressive Nick Cotric was let loose down the left wing by Jarrod Croker. James Roberts cut him down from nowhere to save the day, although the original pass would be called forward.

Ben Hunt was ominous and continued his sparkling form over recent rounds, challenging the Canberra defence with his swift feet and dropping little kicks behind their line to keep Brisbane on the offensive.

Milford, on the other hand, was being given the five-star treatment by the Raiders, who were whacking him with big bodies on every occasion. All that apparent work in the gym was paying off as he rode out the storm.

Brisbane almost broke through as Matt Gillett produced a sensational back-handed pass but Cotric plucked it out of thing air to save the day. With both lines seemingly unbreakable, Croker settled for a penalty to send it to the break at 2-2.

With 17 missed tackles on the books to Canberra’s six, it looked as if the tide was turning against Brisbane. But it was the Raiders who blinked first, allowing McCullough to dummy over under the posts just three minutes into the second half.

Boyd muscled his way over in the 51st minute to take Brisbane out to a 12-2 lead, which was worth even more in these sort of conditions. Sam Thaiday almost scored 10 minutes later and the matter looked largely settled.

But Brisbane aren’t the kind of team to send their fans home without a decent show. First Jordan Rapana scored in the corner to edge them closer, before Austin coasted over nine minutes from full-time to level scores at 12-12.

Deprived of victory in a series of tight games already this year, the Broncos weren’t about to let this one slip. It was Kahu, not Hunt of Milford, who stepped up to the plate and the winger didn’t miss, guiding it through to give the Broncos a deserved victory.

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A Chinese community organisation headed by property developer and political donor Huang Xiangmo has denied offering thousands of free lunches to Chinese Australians to entice them to rally in support of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on his visit to Australia this week, saying the turnout was a “spontaneous voluntary rally”.
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Fairfax Media has obtained messages circulating among Chinese community groups on the Chinese messaging service WeChat that reveal a highly disciplined operation to organise thousands of patriotic supporters to line the streets for the duration of Premier Li’s visit to Sydney.

One message purporting to be from the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China, which is headed by Mr Huang, directs 30 teams of ten to the Shangri-la Hotel, where Mr Li is staying, on Saturday.

In the message, 26 teams are instructed to go to the designated location, while four teams are to be kept mobile to be deployed anywhere “reinforcements” are required.

Participants on each shift will be provided with lunch and a water bottle, and are reminded not to wear yellow, the colour most often used by Falun Gong and Tibet freedom protesters. Banners and stickers to designate participants’ shifts will be provided.

The council, formed in 2000 as an umbrella group for several Chinese community organisations, regularly promotes the core interests of the Chinese government, including arguing for China’s sovereignty over the contested areas of the South China Sea and lobbying against Tibetan independence.

It is headed by Chinese Australian property developer and political donor Huang Xiangmo.

Mr Huang was at the centre of the scandal that forced the frontbench resignation of Senator Sam Dastyari last year after it was revealed the senator had supported China’s position on the South China Sea while at an event with Mr Huang.

Another document with a title that translates to “Schedule of community groups on 25th March around the hotel”, which is being circulated among private groups of Chinese WeChat users, lists several local Chinese community groups and the number of people they are providing to “welcome groups” on Saturday and Sunday.

The largest contingent listed in the document is from the youth branch of the Council for Peaceful Reunification, which is listed as providing as many as 650 people through the afternoon to midnight.

The secretariat of the ACPPRC said in a statement: “We have no idea about who will provide lunch for the rally. There are some 500,000 Chinese Australians living in Sydney metropolitan area, some of them want to express their welcome to the national leader of their country of origin through spontaneous voluntary rally, which is very normal in Australia.”

Another message circulating on WeChat this week, from the Australia Shenzhen Association (also known as the Australia Shenzhen Townsmen Incorporated), asks for volunteers to cover three four-hour shifts daily from Friday to Sunday, in return for free drinks, lunch and two tickets to a provincial government ceremony in Shenzhen on July 29.

The association declined to comment on the matter.

Another WeChat message informs members of the group they are there to welcome the leader and stop Falun Gong from making trouble.

Falun Gong, Tibetan freedom and pro-democracy activists were lined up alongside the pro-Chinese welcoming groups in Martin Place on Friday in anticipation of Premier Li’s visit to the Westin Hotel later in the day.

Attempts at what has been called state-backed political astroturfing have backfired in the past.

During the Olympic torch relay in Canberra in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, thousands of Chinese students were bussed in to the route, where pro-Tibet protesters reported being pushed and shoved by them.

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KNIGHTS coach Nathan Brown denied his club had tightened its concussion protocols after two players suffered head knocks in Friday night’s 40-0 hammering from Penrith at Pepper Stadium.
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DAZED: Jacob Saifiti leaves the field.

Bench forward Jacob Saifiti and hooker Danny Levi were both taken from the field for head-injury assessments but returned to play out the match.

TRY: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak opens the scoring.

Newcastle were heavily criticised last week –and hit with a $100,000 NRL breach notice that they intend to contest –when fullback Brendan Elliot was allowed to play on after a brutal high shot from South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt.

Asked if anything had changed after this week’s controversy, Brown replied: “No, no change at all.

PANTHER POWER: The home team celebrate another try.

“As has always been the case …since the rules have been in, your medical staff make the call and coaches accept it. If they come off and pass the test, they can go back on.”

Brown said Elliot, who was ruled out on Thursday, “didn’t tick all the boxes this week, or else he would have played”.

Brown said the events of earlier this week “had no part in him not playing’’.

Saifiti crashed to the ground in the 29th minute after trying to tackle Penrith’s hard-running Sitaleki Akauola. He was treated by Knights trainer Tony Ayoub andthen taken to the dressing room for assessment.

He returned to the game for the start of the second half, but soon after Knights hooker Danny Levi also suffered a heavy knock and went off for a concussion test. He, too, was cleared to resume.

Despite winning only one of their first three games, the Knights were in each of those contests until the 80thminute. Against Penrith they were simply outclassed.

The resultwas virtually sealedby half-time, by which stage the Panthers led 22-0.

Penrith opened the scoring in the fourth minute when skipper Matt Moylan worked a backline move and winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dived over in the corner.

Five minutes later, Watene-Zeleniak went within inches of scoring after Penrith created another right-edge overlap.

The home side made it 10-0 in the 21stminute when debutant Corey Harawira-Neara crashed through some flimsy defence, and halfback Nathan Cleary converted.The scoreline quickly mounted as five-eighth Te Maire Martin and centre Tyrone Peachey scored before half-time.

The Panthers added further tries to Peter Wallace,Dean Whare and Cleary, who also kicked six goals from eight attempts, for a match tally of 16 points.

Brown said Newcastle’s ruck defence had been solid in the first three games but was“poor” against the Panthers.

“In the end, it was about our ruck defence and the will and the want to do well,’’ Brown said.

“I don’t look at it as going back. It’s just another lesson for us…Penrith aren’t the premiership favourites for no reason.

“They got us today when they were far more committed in the middle part of the field, and when you don’t win the advantage line, they’ve got some players that are very, very skilful.’’

Brown was more than satisfied with English debutant Joe Wardle, who made 27 tackles and four hit-ups in his 46-minute stint off the bench.

Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was surprised by the scoreline–especially the defensive shutout–because“Newcastle, they’re a very good side”.

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Dharamsala: Australia’s bid for a series win for the ages in India is about to be given a massive shot in the arm with India’s inspirational captain Virat Kohli in extreme doubt to play in the fourth Test on Saturday.
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As Steve Smith reaps the reward for challenging long held views in Australian cricket, his opposing number is fighting a losing cause in a bid to prove his fitness.

India will wait until the morning of the match to make the call on Kohli but the superstar batsman has all but conceded defeat on his injured shoulder.

Kohli batted in the nets and took throwdowns on Friday morning but was not convincing. Kohli has said he will only play if 100 per cent fit, which will please officials at his Indian Premier League franchise who have shelled $3 million for the biggest name in Indian cricket.

“Probably we’ll make a call on it later tonight or tomorrow before the game,” Kohli said in his pre-match press conference.

“We’ll have to give it much more time for me to make that call

“The same process applies to me as it does for all the other members of the team. There’s no special treatment for anyone.

“If I’m 100 per cent fit for the game, that is the only condition that I would take the field.”

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who is set to lead his country for the first time in a Test, has big shoes to fill. He may hold a karate black belt but does not have anywhere near the aggression or presence of Kohli, who despite being down on runs has still been able to impose himself on the contest and drive his teammates to another level.

Smith’s willingness to rewrite the Australian playbook has not only given his team a shot at history but enabled him to stamp himself as the most influential figure in the dressing room.

Australian teams have become brilliant front runners, particularly at home where the fast and bouncy wickets allow them to move the game along at a rollicking tempo. However, cricket on the subcontinent is more a battle of attrition than a speed contest.

Under Smith, no longer is it acceptable for batsmen to give up their wickets playing their “natural game” or adopting the mindset that attack is the best method of defence.

Australia’s poor results in Asia had given Smith a mandate for change however Australians have come to expect their team to play in a particular way.

As India seized the ascendancy in the third Test, Smith came under fire from former captain Michael Clarke for using Glenn Maxwell sparingly at the risk over burdening the fast bowlers.

Smith was aware the game was slowly slipping away but was not prepared to risk expediting the process with a part-time bowler who he does not have faith in.

“I had a reasonable idea before I went to Sri Lanka of how I wanted to do things, how I wanted to do thing a lot differently and didn’t want to over-attack and things like that,” Smith said.

“I think you can see it in the way that you have to play here. You can’t attack non-stop. You have to have defensive fields at times and people are going to be critical at that but they’re not the ones out in the middle that have to do the job.

“I know that if you get a bit defensive on occasions and build a bit of pressure. Back home when you’re talking about building pressure you talk about maiden overs but here it’s more if you go for two an over it’s pretty good over.

“If you’re limiting the boundaries, keeping the runs down and building the pressure that you need it makes a big difference.”

Australia’s batsmen have also bought into his line of thinking, the fifth day in Ranchi the most emphatic proof of this.

“That’s just ended pretty quickly for us on a few occasions where we’ve just rolled over,” Smith said.

“Right now we’re in a good position. We’ve got to play well this week and hopefully win the series here but we’ll do that by doing the things that we’ve done well in this series so far and just doing it for just a little bit longer.”

Australia say they are considering playing a third seamer, but it’s unlikely they will make any changes,

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Dharamsala: What would you say if you were to meet the Dalai Lama? Some might ask for the path to nirvana, or why poor people seem happier than the rich. Steve Smith asked for the secrets to a good night’s sleep.
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Dharamsala is the destination for many pilgrims seeking spiritual enlightenment. For Australian cricket, it could be the scene for one of its greatest triumphs after one of the most intense Test series in recent memory. Smith has been at the centre of much of the drama. No wonder he is having trouble getting some shut-eye.

“I asked him a question about sleep and how he could help me – he gave me his blessings, we rubbed our noses together,” Smith said.

“Hopefully it will help me with my sleep over the next five days.”

For those who hold on to the game’s virtues of sportsmanship and fair play, then perhaps Australia’s visit to the Dalai Lama’s residence should have come a month ago.

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Not that the Australians are to blame for all the conflict that has strained relations between two of cricket’s powerhouse nations. This is not the most aggressive team to have worn the baggy green but as much as Australian fans would like to point the finger at Indian captain Virat Kohli, it does take two to tango.

If Smith was to take one lesson from meeting His Holiness, the captain said, it would be that cricket is not the be-all and end-all.

“It relaxes us a little bit. He’s all about compassion, oneness for each and every human being,” Smith said.

“It was great to hear something like that from someone as prestigious as the Dalai Lama. It was a great experience for all of us. If we can learn anything from it, perhaps sometimes we get a bit over the top out there playing cricket.

“It’s a tough game but at the end of the day, it’s just a game. You need to realise that at times. That’s something this team can perhaps take from meeting the Dalai Lama.”

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MELBOURNE ,AUSTRALIA 26 APRIL 2013: Photo of Paul Harris St Kilda Film Festival director in Melbourne on Friday 26 April 2013. THE AGE / LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI Photo: Luis Enrique AscuiA late intervention by a couple of film industry heavyweights has offered a lifeline to Film Buffs Forecast, the show Paul Harris has presented each Saturday on public radio station 3RRR for the past 36 years.
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This Saturday’s program was to be the last, with relations between Harris and the station having soured over a plan to move the show to Sunday, from its midday to 2pm slot on Saturdays, and to cut its running time to an hour. Harris has refused the move, arguing the only way to do his program properly was to continue doing it the way it has always been done.

Now, though, there is a chance a compromise could be reached, with a meeting between the industry heavyweights – who prefer to remain anonymous at this stage – and station manager Dave Houchin and Triple R company chairman Geoff King on Friday afternoon agreeing to appoint an independent mediator to seek a resolution. While that process is underway, Film Buffs Forecast will remain on air.

Harris said he was “relieved that we can keep going for a couple of weeks at least”.

“If we get two more shows we’ll do them at the same high standard as we have always done them, to prove the format works as it is.”

The station on Friday night issued a statement that promised to “leave both the Sunday Lunch and Film Buff’s Forecast timeslots open for another program review period.

“Paul will continue to present Film Buff’s Forecast in the current timeslot while we pursue mediation. We truly want Paul to continue broadcasting on Triple R and hope that Film Buff’s Forecast continues.”

That was the station’s first public comment on the matter since it issued a statement on March 9 in which it said the move was part of a plan to make Saturdays an “all-music” line-up.

The station had claimed “Paul has announced that he will finish up Film Buffs Forecast??? on March 25”, though Harris has insisted since The Age first broke the news that the decision was not his, that he had been offered little real choice in the matter, and that he had been given just three weeks’ notice that his (voluntary) services were no longer required.

“All I wanted was a little respect,” says Harris. “I’ve loved that station for more than half my life, and until March 3 I felt I had good relationships there. But now it feels like there just ain’t no love at all.”

The station had offered Harris the prospect of short slots on other programs across the week, and the possibility of a podcast. But for personal reasons Harris couldn’t do a Sunday program. And for professional reasons, he refused to condense the show to a single hour.

Harris says he has been stunned by the backing he has received since news broke of the imminent end of one of broadcasting’s longest relationships. His Facebook page has been inundated with visitors and messages of support. A petition on change.org has attracted more than 1200 signatories, including The Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin, Oddball director Stuart McDonald, screenwriter Kris Mrksa (Glitch, The Slap), London Film Festival creative director Clare Stewart and a host of others in the film community. Sculptor Callum Morton and painter Jon Catapan have lent their voices too, and many people have threatened to cancel subscriptions or belatedly take one out if the move is reversed.

But the Film Buffs saga is indicative of a broader challenge facing Triple R: like other “legacy” media organisations, it has an ageing audience and a stalling, or failing, business model.

Registered as a charity, Triple R relies heavily on subscriptions, sponsorship and donations to survive. Its wages bill has grown by more than 50 per cent since 2012, from $1.05 million to $1.59 million last financial year (though the Breakfasters are the only paid presenters, dozens of people are employed in administrative, managerial and production roles).

But the station’s revenue has climbed by just 7.4 per cent (from $2.14 million to $2.3 million) over that period, while subscriptions are static, at $935,449 last financial year.

Sources say Harris’ show was a reasonable driver of subscriptions, but its audience might not be where station management sees its future lying.

For now, though, Harris says he is hopeful some good will come out of the mediation process. But if it doesn’t result in him staying at the station, this won’t be the end of the show that was started by John Flaus in the 1970s, and whose name he owns.

“I’ve had lots of offers to do a podcast, and maybe this will force me to get off my butt and do something that radio doesn’t allow,” he says. “It’s safe to say you haven’t heard the last of Film Buffs Forecast.”

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Dazed and confused: Penrith 40 Knights 0​ Watene-Zelezniak bombs a try, catching a ball metres from an open line with a foot raking the sideline chalk. Picture: Fox Sports/Twitter
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TweetFacebook The Knights’ season so farPictures: Getty ImagesTHENewcastle Knights were again hindered by head knocks as they crashed to a 40-0 hammering fromPenrith at Pepper Stadium on Friday night.

The seven-tries-to-none victory was partially overshadowed by a 29th-minute incident, when Knights bench forward Jacob Saifiti crashed to the ground after trying to tackle Penrith’s hard-running Sitaleki Akauola.

Saifiti sat dazed on the turf as he was treated by Knights trainer Tony Ayoub.

He was then taken to the dressing room for a head-injury assessment, unlike last week, when Knights fullback Brendan Elliot was allowed to stay on the field after a high shot from South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt.

The Elliot situation and ensuing controversyprompted the NRL to hit the Knights with a $100,000 breach notice, which the club intends to contest.

Saifiti returned to the game for the start of the second half, but soon after Knights hooker Danny Levi also suffered a heavy knock and went off for an assessment.

He, too, returned to the game.

Despite winning only one of their first three games, the Knights were in each of those contests until the 80thminute.

Against Penrith they were simply outclassed and the resultwas virtually sealedby half-time, with Penrith leading 22-0.

Penrith opened the scoring in the fourth minute when skipper Matt Moylan worked a backline move and winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dived over in the corner.

Five minutes later, Watene-Zeleniak went within inches of scoring after Penrith created another right-edge overlap.

The home side made it 10-0 in the 21stminute when debutant Corey Harawira-Neara crashed through some flimsy defence, and halfback Nathan Cleary converted.

The scoreline quickly mounted as five-eighth Te Maire Martin and centre Tyrone Peachey scored before half-time.

The Panthers added further tries to Peter Wallace,Dean Whare and Cleary, who also kicked six goals from seven attempts.

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Formula One’s rulers have rolled the dice and introduced significant changes for the 2017 F1 season.
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Fatter tyres and changed aerodynamic rules have been introduced to improve grip, increase cornering speeds and make the cars faster than ever.

But no matter how many rules and regulations change, some things stay the same.

And on Friday, as the new F1 season roared into life at Albert Park, Lewis Hamilton once again stamped himself as the man to beat for the opening event of the new campaign when he was fastest throughout both practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.

Local fans were buoyed that Australian Daniel Ricciardo was competitive, third quickest in the first practice, fifth fastest in the second.

But he was still some way off the Briton’s pace – a second behind in the final session. He was, however, faster than his precocious teammate, Max Verstappen, in both sessions.

The triple world champion Hamilton was fastest in both hour-and-a-half practice runs around the 5.3-kilometre street circuit, with his new Finnish teammate Valeri Bottas second best in the first session and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking that position in the second.

Hamilton posted a fastest lap of 1 minute 24.220 seconds during the 90-minute practice period that ran in dry conditions between noon and 1.30pm.

That was more than five seconds quicker than he set when he was fastest in the comparable practice period in 2016 – a clear illustration of the increased speeds of the wider, faster cars that have been designed for the 2017 season.

He went even faster in the second session, run in bright warm conditions between 4pm and 5.30pm, his best time of 1:23.620 seconds being more two-tenths of a second faster than the time he set to secure pole position for last year’s race.

It will be fascinating to see just how much more pace Mercedes and the leading teams can wring out of their cars for the all-important qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

Unless weather conditions change dramatically and there is a deluge, the times for qualifying should be much faster than they were on Friday afternoon.

Having had three hours of practice to refine set-ups, change performance parameters and experiment with fuel loads the teams now have plenty of data to prepare for Sunday’s race.

Saturday’s qualifying session will see the drivers go out to make a statement about just where they are at this early stage of the new campaign as well as securing the best starting position for the 58-lap grand prix.

In pre-season testing Ferrari had been quicker than Mercedes, giving rise to predictions that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen – both former world champions – might be able to take the fight to Hamilton much more than last year.

Vettel had only been sixth fastest in the opening session, where he was one spot behind his team-mate Raikkonen, but he found more pace in the second when he was quicker than all bar Hamilton.

But he was still a respectful distance – some half a second – behind the Mercedes star, his best time of 1.24.67 seconds putting him fractionally in front of Bottas, who recorded a time of 1.24.176 in the afternoon sunshine. Ricciardo was fifth quickest but he was more than a second off Hamilton’s pace.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin took the chequered flag in the first of Friday’s V8 Supercars races for DJR Team Penske, leading home his teammate Fabian Coulthard in a race that will be remembered for a spectacular crash involving Nick Percat and Leigh Holdsworth in the closing stages.

The brakes failed in Percat’s rainbow-liveried Commodore and he spun off the infield to crash into Holdsworth with an impact speed estimated by Percat’s team of 250km/h. Both drivers escaped injury but their cars were severely damaged.

In the second race, Coulthard reversed the order on McLaughlin.

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I know nothing of the Olympic gold medallist and accomplished stockbroker Danni Roche, who is challenging John Coates for the presidency of the Australian Olympic Committee, and have no skin in the game.
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But I know this: she does not deserve the bollocking she is receiving from so many quarters in the media and sports world. She is challenging Coates for the big gig. Good on her. I think they call it “democracy”, yes? And isn’t that what we Australians do?

The Olympic movement, notoriously, is about as undemocratic as it gets, with figures across the world so often appearing to get lifetime sinecures in the movement, without serious challenge. But this is Oz – and we test, we challenge, we hold elections.

Yes, Coates has done a fabulous job in the gig for the last quarter-century or so – I would say most particularly at the expense of the Australian taxpayer, squeezing extraordinary amounts of money out of successive governments – but why the hell shouldn’t Roche shake it up, and challenge the way he does things? And how admirable is it that she does so, when she would have been all too aware of the smears, sneers and jeers coming her way from the dug-in peers of the sporting realm whose positions are threatened by her insurrection?

“I will work in an honorary capacity,” she says, taking a shot at Coates’ $700K annual salary, “which will allow $3 million over a four-year period to be put back into sports and athletes. Every dollar that can be saved out of administration and driven back into sports and athletes is a win.”

Seems like a pretty good platform to run on, yes? She also says that if she wins, she’ll bring in a regulation to limit her own presidency and all future presidencies to just three four-year terms, to guarantee rejuvenation. Again, sounds like a plan?

“I think there comes a time,” she says, “when sport needs to have fresh ideas and new energy to thrive.”

Good on her. Let the members of the movement vote. If Coates prevails, which he probably will, it will at least be with the renewed moral authority of having won a genuine election. And if she wins, it will equally be a victory for the most precious thing of all – democracy.

Mary Mary quite contrary

Roy and HG, frankly, couldn’t have said it better – which is saying something. In the course of the St George Illawarra-Cronulla match, we saw the Dragons fullback Josh Dugan go into a tackle from the opposite angle to his teammate, Russell Packer, a big powerful man whose right elbow came swinging round and inadvertently connected flush with Dugan’s jaw. Dugan went out like a light, lying face down on the turf for as long as a minute, before slowly coming to. I knew it was concussion. You knew it was concussion. Everyone who saw it knew it was concussion, everyone bar one.

“I think it was a jaw injury not a head injury,” Dragons coach “Mary” McGregor said in the press conference afterwards. “That’s the report I got back in the box … I’ve got Kurt Mann there [on the bench] so I’ve got a guy to put on straight away so it’s not a big deal. He said it was his jaw so I back the medical staff there.”

You can’t make that stuff up! He said that! He really said that! All those times you’ve seen those slow-mos of boxers going at each other, with one boxer unleashing a vicious right hook, left cross, swinging haymaker that connects flush on his opponent’s jaw, sending him straight to the canvas? You probably thought it was a KO. Only Mary McGregor knew better. Nuh. Hit him on the jaw, don’t you see? Couldn’t be a KO! Must be flu! Must be food poisoning! Must be something like that! Couldn’t be concussion could it?

Last gasp from violence apologists

As to all the other apologists who have come forward in recent days, defending the three incidents that the NRL has cited, maintaining it’s all overblown etc, etc. Please. You still don’t get it, do you? Some of you represent the last gasp of the bygone era of Phillip Street, when you’d see a bloke king hit on a Sunday afternoon with a vicious punch, only to be defended on the Monday night judiciary by some biomechanical expert or other, maintaining that though it looked like a vicious punch, sounded like a vicious punch, and bloke fell to the ground as if it was a vicious punch, in fact, when you look at it from a certain angle, and understand physics, it was really just a light tap, etc …

The whole point of the episodes cited by the NRL is that the diagnosis was not up for grabs. No one serious could see those hits, and the results, and doubt concussion and … And what? You still dispute it? I say for the umpteenth time: if it wasn’t concussion, WHAT THE HELL WAS IT?? Exactly. No answer. At least read Matthew Johns’ piece in the Tele on Friday about what is happening to his generation of footballers now because they suffered in an era where precisely your kind of views prevailed. And weep.

Cricketer Jack Gibson bone cancer fundraising appeal

One of those things. Jack Gibson is as fine a young man as you’d find in six days’ march in any direction, and among other things won Sydney Uni’s premiership-winning third grade cricket side’s best and fairest award for his fast bowling. Alas, just weeks ago, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and instead of returning to Wesley College and doing his third year of a bachelor of commerce he must spend the next eight months receiving treatment at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, with 28 weeks of chemo and surgery to replace his knee joint and 20 centimetres of his femur. To support Jack, a dozen mates from the Sydney Uni Cricket Club have shaved their heads and on April 2, his brother Harry and nine of his schoolmates will do the same. Together they are raising funds for the Lifehouse so it can continue its great work improving the lot of cancer patients. Their goal was to raise $10,000 but today they are already in excess of $17,000. If anybody would like to contribute go to braveandshave.everydayhero南京夜网/au/skinheads.

Take rugby to Wagga Wagga and beyond

Meantime? A reader suggests – in a week where rugby union officially fell to only the 26th most popular pastime in the country, at the level of ballroom dancing – that the best way forward professionally is to “cut the Force but require each South African province to play one home game in Perth each season to cater for the ex-pat South Africans there. Also require the other four Australian provinces to play one home game per season in regional Australia e.g. Reds in Townsville, Waratahs in Newcastle, Brumbies in Wagga and Rebels in Bendigo. Share the game around.” There has to be merit in that? Just 15,000 at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night was sad, and the Tahs played, sadly. The same number in, say, Wagga Wagga, would have been euphoric, and a real occasion for the game.

What They Said

Mohammed Anas, a footballer for South African team Free State Stars: “I appreciate my fans. And my wife and my girlfriend. I’m so sorry … my wife! I love you so much from my heart.”

Eddie Jones, after his England side at last lost in their 19th time at the crease “We are batting at a pretty good average – even Don Bradman got zero when he played his last Test. Obviously we are disappointed – but we will fight another day. It is not the end of the world.”

Seventy seven-year-old Jack Nicklaus understandably proud of his 71: “Just when I was getting my handicap up there, I had to go and not only shoot just my second round under 80 since November, but better my age by six shots with a 71.”

Todd Greenberg after handing out a staggering $350,000 in fines to three different clubs over concussion breaches: “I watched last night’s game on the lounge with my family and I was dismayed Josh Dugan wasn’t taken off for assessment.” Previously, the heaviest sanction handed out to a club for breaching concussion protocols was $20,000.

Greenberg, on what awaits, if they don’t get it right: “Monetary fines are first, second would probably be accreditation of officials and individuals and third would be competition points. Today is a very clear sign that I hope goes across the game when we write concussion policies and rules we expect them to be adhered to.”

Paul Sironen happy that Jason Taylor is gone: “He punted me then got rid of my young bloke last year. Well, karma’s a bitch … “

Nick Kyrgios, on the fallout after his loss in the Australian Open: “Obviously it felt like the whole of Australia was against me after I lost. Even though no other Australian did really well, but I copped it all, I felt.” Nick, no one cares if you lose when you go down fighting to the last gasp. It’s the other stuff that gets us – and overall we can’t help notice the gap between your colossal talent, and actual results, you know?

Greater Western Sydney Giants coach Leon Cameron about a young player: “He’s fitted in really well and he may be running out at Footy Park at 3.20 against the Crows.” This would be a great pity, if true, as the Giants opening match of the season is actually at Adelaide Oval.

Wallaby World Cup-winning prop Tony Daly, in trouble with the law after a string of petty thefts, on the childhood sexual abuse that “robbed me of my innocence and normal life”. “The boarding school was the launch pad of what has gone wrong in my life. I’ve stuffed up two marriages, I was drinking a lot, abusing substances, I’ve been all over the shop for years.” He has been, and we’ve all feared for him. Some – and no one more than Nick Farr-Jones – have tried to help. All strength, Dales.

Wayne Bennett the philosopher on if concussion should mean that rugby league teams are allowed to have extra players on the bench: “How many players do you want on the bench? Where does it all stop? I am not pushing for 18 players. We will lose a player then another and people will say we need 19. It’s like a piece of string – there’s no end to it.” Don’t know, Wayne. Only that your starting point has to be the safety of your players, and then work back from there.

Jose Mourinho on the Special One: “Mourinho the man tries to be the opposite of what the manager is. He tries to be discreet and calm. To find a way to disconnect.” He tries not to talk about himself in the third person. He finds that it is a work in progress!

Team of the Week

Australian Test cricket side. Going into the fourth Test, still a chance to win the series outright, after holding off the Indians in the third.

Shaun Marsh. The much-maligned middle-order Australian batsman proved his worth, by scoring an admirable 53 runs, over four hours, to keep the Australian show on the road, just as the Indian side were at their most threatening.

Todd Greenberg. The NRL CEO moved this week to ensure that the NRL’s protocol on concussion is observed, laying the foundation stone for what should be his greatest legacy to the game.

Jason Taylor. Sacked after three weeks of the season, even after an impressive opening-round victory. Is this a postwar record for an early sacking?

Victoria/South Australia. Contesting the Sheffield Shield final. Was once called the sixth Test of the summer. Now it would be the one in autumn that barely anyone cares about.

Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. Became the first Australians to win a world figure-skating title at the world junior titles in Taiwan.

Sydney Uni Flames. Won the WNBL title. Hurrah!

Adelaide and Brisbane. Contesting the inaugural AFLW Grand Final.

Bruce McAvaney. The iconic commentator has announced he has leukaemia. All strength, Bruce.

Formula One. Gentleman start your engines as the new season begins in Melbourne. Be still, my beating heart.

Socceroos. With a paltry four points from their last four games delivering only four draws, the spectre of failing to qualify for the World Cup is starting to loom.

Swans/GWS. Speaking of new seasons, good luck to the Swans and Giants who begin theirs this weekend. We want to see both of you in the grand final on the last Saturday in September.

Owen Wright. The Australian surfer was competing in his first elite tour event since sustaining a brain injury late in 2015 and won it!

TourXOz. Cyclist are riding from Perth to Broome to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute. It’s in September so if you want to ride, there’s time for you. Details or donation info at 梧桐夜网tourxoz南京夜网

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