Apple refreshes its super-thin 12-inch MacBook

Apple’s 2016 MacBook. Photo: AppleApple has today updated its diminutive 12-inch MacBook, adding new processors and the option for a ‘rose gold’ (aka pink metal) finish, but sticking with the one-USB-port design that many fans were critical of the first time around.
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Originally introduced in March last year, the machine known simply as ‘MacBook’ now comes with an Intel Skylake processor in both models, not just the high-end version, and also features a snappier graphics processor. It still comes with 8GB of RAM across the board, but its battery has been bumped up slightly which should combine with the economy of the Skylake to deliver several more hours of usage.

The most notable aspect of the update is what has not been changed, namely the single USB-C port that must be used for charging, connecting storage devices, connecting peripherals and outputting video. Doing any more than one of those things at a time will require the use of adapters or hubs, which was a major complaint thrown at the original MacBook and looks to still be a sticking point a year later.And the worst: New MacBook with HDMI a dongle and then another USBS dongle and accessories. Dongle hell! pic.twitter南京夜网/p9Al8v03ZK— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) March 10, 2015

Of course the minimalist design allows for a very thin and light laptop (1.31cm at its thickest point, 920 grams), and Apple would surely suggest that most workflows could be managed wirelessly using iCloud, AirPlay and Bluetooth. You might also argue that if somebody wanted portability and ports, there are several models of MacBook Air and Macbook Pro available which let you add USB accessories to your heart’s content.

Speaking of adding stuff, the 2016 MacBook comes with a modest price bump as well. While this time last year you’d pay $1799 for the 256GB model and $2199 for the 512GB (which also has a faster processor), the 2016 models are $1999 and $2449 respectively.

You can order one from today directly from Apple.

2016 MacBook specs:12-inch LED display at 2304 x 1440Intel Core m3 at 1.1Ghz, or Intel Core m5 at 1.2Ghz8GB RAM256GB flash storage or 512GB flash storageIntel HD Graphics 515480p FaceTime camera

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Mittagong secures big win

April Hamilton controls the ball during a 2015 hockey game. Photo: Josh BartlettMITTAGONG flexed its premiership muscles with a crushing win on Friday night.
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The Mittagong first grade ladies hockey team recorded a 5-0 win over Burrawang at Welby.

The match signaled round three of the Southern Highlands Hockey Association’s winter competition.

Two goals apiece to Karen Hamilton and Rebecca Cross guided Mittagong to victory.

Rachel Eringa started the scoring when a rebound from a short corner found the back of the net.

Hamilton registered the second goal on the back of a nice pass from her daughter April.

Mittagong led 2-0 at half time.

Cross scored the next two goals from short corners to help her team take a 4-0 lead.

Hamilton completed the rout when she scored a goal on the back of good passing from team mates.

Mittagong coach Yolande Isedale said it was a solid win by her side.

“We’re happy with the result, we played really well,” she said.

“But we are looking at little specifics and there is a lot of work in front of us.”

Isedale said 2016 would be a rebuilding year for Mittagong.

“We are bringing a lot of juniors up this year and we have a young side,” he said.

“Most of our players are between 13 and 16 years.”

Burrawang headed into Friday’s game under strength, with a large contingent of players unavailable.

However, Burrawang captain Meaghan Stanton said she didn’t want to make excuses for the loss.

“Mittagong played a good game,” she said.

Stanton said Burrawang’s best were forward Jamie Binder and goalkeeper Tara Bevan.

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World of more craft

TREELIKE: Meredith Woolnough’s red coral branch at Timeless Textiles, exploring the world of nature.
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TWO new exhibitions suggest that Newcastle fibre artists are creating something unique. Or is this part of a universal trend to bring traditional female textile processes into an avant-garde gallery setting and inevitably blur forever the boundaries between art and craft?

Newcastle has what is still the sole professional specialist textile gallery in Australia. Meredith Woolnough has exhibited at Timeless Textiles virtually since its inception, though she is now widely celebrated for her innovative labour-intensive image making with thread. Did she discover for herself that her sewing machine could be used to make lyrical linear structures? They increasingly contrast delicate tracery with dense sculptural patterning, built up in countless layers of stitching.

Her present exhibition at Timeless Textiles until May 15 is based on details from the world of nature. There are closely observed leaves of begonias, waterlilies and eucalypts, whose veined growth patterns are clearly defined. Corals also make ideal subjects, both as treelike forms and dense colonies.A new development translates the spiral of a tiny seaweedy marine creature into a vibrant freestanding sculpture. The piecesmust have taken many weeks of concentrated stitching, of meditative dedication.

Meredith Woolnough is now one of the Hunter’s most exhibited professional artists, with work in up to eight shows a year in the few years since she graduated from COFA.

FANTASTIC FABRICFORTUITOUSLY, another textile artist is brilliantly represented across the road at Curve Gallery until April 30 in a joint exhibition with photomedia artist Clare Weeks, based on the manipulated figure.

There are about 50of Gillian Bencke’s fabric creatures on the walls or suspended, gently rotating, from the ceiling. They come in many humanoid variations, having evolved from two legs to three, four or even more, all individually hand sewn, using a wealth of patterned fabrics and the contents of several family button bags, with much of the fabric recycled. They display a rich preloved life and inexhaustible variety and vitality.

Many of us who made and loved golliwogs before they became politically insensitive will recall how they came to amazing individual life once their button eyes were attached. But Gillian Bencke takes this minor miracle well beyond family fun. Hers is genuine artmaking, requiring fertile imagination and much time in the studio.

Such intimations of an alternative creation are subliminally enhanced by the disturbing photo collages of Clare Weeks.This is a new form of image making for a widely respected teacher whose work has been exhibited in many places over the years. Autobiography becomes surreal in these prints of disembodied limbs, strangely interactive. Without the connecting body, arms and legs become odd, unexpected living entities. It’s an apparently simple idea that reverberates into metaphysics. Like the fabric menagerie, these photographs take the imagination into some curiously provocative places.

WATER CYCLETHE exhibition at the Lovett Gallery until May 14 is both book launch and school holiday activity, as well as a chance to see Liz Anelli’s sketches and finished illustrations for Desert Lake: the story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.The cycle of events from salty desert to flood-fuelled burst of life and back to desert makes a powerful story. Despite the infrequent inundation, frogs and other life forms survive for years in the mud under the salt, waiting for the lake to reappear as storm waters drain into it from an area the sixth of Australia.This must be an amazing spectacle, loud with birds, leaping with fish, producing instant ecosystems and, here on the gallery walls, illustrations rich in detail.

OPEN TO ALLAT Newcastle Art Space until May 1 is a show open to all comers, with works by a new generation of artists, plus such stalwarts as Leslie Duffin, Peter Lankas and Gwendolin Lewis.Particularly notable are Jane Blackall’s meticulously collaged Customs House made of paper and card, Alison Pateman’s reduction linocuts and the balletic bonsai melaleuca by Hugh Grant and Andrew Fitzgerald.

Not to forget the dishevelled clay skeleton by James E. McFarland, cynically titled Waiting for the train.

CONNECTIVITY: Clare Weeks explores the human form in ‘trace #10’.

IMAGINATION: Detail of Gillian Bencke’s ‘No such thing as a fish’ at Curve Gallery.

Lifting the Suspension

GROWTH SPURT: Chris Johnston and Steph Whitehead, with daughter Margot, at their Islington cafe Suspension Espresso. Picture: Marina Neil. THE decision to do a reno on Spennoswas not one taken lightly.
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Chris Johnston and Steph Whitehead, owners of Islington coffee institution Suspension Espresso, known affectionately as Spennos,were worried that updating their Beaumont Street cafe might take away some of its easy come, easy go essence.

“We didn’t want things all flash and shiny, it’s always been a soulful place,” says Johnston, a co-owner of The Edwards and, with partner Whitehead, owner of Good Brother in Newcastle.

“Before all our mini-renos were ad hoc, but it got to a point where we’dgrown so much, the place was looking tired.Our poor little darling had worked her heart out.”

After an around-the-clock,two-weekrenovation, during which time the cafe traded as a pop-up cafe in Johnston’ssecond shopfront next door, Suspension has reopened.

For the first time, the cafe has a designated kitchen and the work space has been upgraded but the use of natural materials and natty design features has been met with enthusiasm by customers.

“Someone said to me on the first morning‘it’s still Spennos’, and that was a relief,” says Johnston.

Heand Whitehead are now gearing up for the next project: they’veearmarked the space next door as a retail outletfor Suspension coffee beans.Set to open in about six weeks, the spacewill allowcustomers to buy a range of daily blends and even create their own: “We want people to try it all, be playful with it,” says Johnston.

Sourced globally from various coffee estates, Suspension’s beans areroasted in Sydney by Mishka Golski, who founded the cafe in 2004 with wife Rachel.

“Suspension has always been about coffee that’s strong, rich, and earthy,” says Whitehead, adding that the cafe changes brews daily and offers asingle origin and mixed blendmost days.

Johnston took over the cafe in 2007 before Whitehead threw in an environmental science degree to join him.

“It’s acommunity-focused cafe and an extension of our family,” he says.“The beautiful thing that happens here is that many people who are mates have come to know one another across a table.”

Bit of a stretch: kids enjoy school holiday fun

Kids of all ages enjoyed getting their downward-facing dog on as they stretched into all sorts of shapes as part of the school holiday program held at the Kingston community library.
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Two classes were held, catering for both primary school and high school aged participants.

There was laughter and giggles as the kids transformed into ‘parachuting spiders’, ‘angry cats’ and ‘crazy beetles’ as they challenged their balance and core strength.

Pam Gibson, more affectionately known as Yoga Pam, ran the classes and said there’s far more to yoga than just stretching.

“A lot of kids have trouble sleeping, they’re don’t switch off, they’re not learning how to switch off, so to me that’s the most important part for kids,” she said.

“[Kids] have a really busy life, they’ve got their sport, they’ve got school, they’ve got their things at home, they’ve got all their activities, and all the computer stuff, and their brains just don’t stop.”

There was a slightly more advanced session for the second group, as participants learnt about sun salutations, energy flows, breathing and learning to let go.

Pam says yoga is a great balance to other sporting activities, such as football or netball, as it encourages focus and to breathe properly.

“A lot of sports are great and they work their physical body…but yoga goes a little bit deeper.”

Yoga can beespecially beneficialfor high school kids as they start to approach exams, Pam said.

“It’s really nice to know how to de-stress, and not be overwhelmed by life.”

Have a look at some of the photos from the sessions!

Bit of a stretch: kids enjoy school holiday fun tree pose!

Learning warrior pose

Planking – harder than it looks!

Learning downward-facing dog

Yoga can be relaxing too

namaste! High school students with Yoga Pam

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Perth man reunited with stranger he saved at Scarborough beach 54 years ago

John finally gets to thanks Bruce Middleton for saving his life. Photo: Brendan Foster”What the hell are you doing here?”
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They were the words Bruce Middleton said to a drowning young boy off the coast off Scarborough in 1962.

By the time he got to the young boy he had already been in the water for almost 15 minutes and was gasping for air.

Mr Middleton dragged the boy’s exhausted little body to shore, before he was whisked away by his brother.

Mr Middleton stood on the sand not knowing a name or anything else about the kid he just plucked from the ocean.

More than five decades later, Mr Middleton wanted to find out what happened to that skinny kid, so he contacted Radio 6PR pleading with anyone who might remember that morning.

A man called John heard the tail end of the interview and decided to ring the radio station.

Despite the pair meeting up, Mr Middleton, now 75, wasn’t convinced it was the boy he saved until he answered one simple question.

“There is one question I’m going to ask you,” he said as he retold the story to Radio 6PR on Wednesday morning.

“What did I say to you when I rescued you?”

“He told me exact the words,” Mr Middleton said.

“He looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘what the hell are you doing here? It can’t be true? It’s so long ago.”

John who was reunited with his rescuer in an emotional interview with Radio 6PR, said he remembers he had about another 30 seconds left before he was dead.

“I was dead,” he said.

“I was gone for all money if it wasn’t for Bruce. I will never forget it. It was quite stressful.”

Remarkably John said he was at peace in the water when he felt a huge arm grab him.

“I was one with nature and I thought why did you do that?” he laughed.

“I often wondered about this guy who saved me, but I thought the chance of finding him was remote.”

Mr Middleton said he and John chatted for hours when they finally were reunited.

“It’s funny, because he said to me, ‘I’ve been looking for you for 50 years’ and I said ‘I have been looking for you for 50 years’,” Mr Middleton said.

Mr Middleton said was desperate to track down John to get “closure”.

“To find out how he got on in life, he could’ve gone anywhere around Australia,” he said.

“I had to find out if he was still alive and how went through life.”

John, now 61, said he didn’t venture back in the water for 20 years and never told his parents or his three kids about that incident.

“It was such a private moment,” he said.

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Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

Julia Suryakusumah, in her home in Jakarta. Photo: Jefri Tarigan Julia Suryakusumah. Photo: Jefri Tarigan
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Police women on duty in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Michael Bachelard

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Jakarta: On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist.

The story of Raden Ajeng Kartini, born in 1879 into an aristocratic Javanese family during the Dutch colonial era, is a seemingly contradictory one.

Kartini staunchly opposed polygamy but married a man with three wives at the behest of her ailing father.

She died after giving birth to her first child but was appropriated by the New Order regime (former president Suharto’s 32-year dictatorship) as the archetypal mother.

She established a school for girls and dreamed of women’s emancipation but Kartini Day, held every April 21, is largely celebrated with fashion shows and cooking competitions.

“To be honest I’m a little bit allergic to Kartini Day,” says one of Indonesia’s leading feminists, Julia Suryakusuma.

“I don’t want to be judgmental about someone who lived so long ago and is dead, but she went against her principles. We shouldn’t be focused on Kartini, we should be focused on gender equality.”

Ms Suryakusuma is a feminist pioneer in Indonesia. She coined the phrase “state ibuism”, an ideology that defined women as wives and mothers during the New Order.

Ms Suryakusuma says state ibuism was epitomised in Dharma Wanita, a state-sanctioned organisation for civil servants’ wives, whose positions within the organisation mirrored their husbands’.

Her thesis – the first gender analysis of the New Order – was later published as a book and is taught at universities throughout the world.

Some gains in women’s rights have been made since the fall of Suharto.

“At the beginning of reformasi (the post-Suharto era) the rape of many Chinese women led to the formation of Komnas Perempuan (the National Commission of Violence Against Women),” Ms Suryakusuma says.

She is inspired by Islamic feminists, including Kiai Haji Husein Muhammad, a Muslim scholar who has written a book about feminist reinterpretations of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence).

“It’s very important for feminism to infiltrate religious organisations. If you look at western feminists they are always shouting from the rooftops but we have to go under the radar. It’s not a different feminism, it’s a different strategy,” Ms Suryakusuma says. “Western feminists don’t understand what being subtle is. We have to work with Islam. Islam is not the enemy, patriarchy is.”

Ms Suryakusuma says women’s issues of concern to her now include poverty, violence against women, workplace discrimination, the exploitation of female migrant workers overseas (many of them domestic workers who take care of other people’s children for years to support their own, whom they almost never see) and child marriage.

This month Lady Fast 2016, a cultural event held by female artist group Kolektif Betina, was disbanded by police and Islamic organisations in Yogyakarta.

“People came and insisted we stop all activities, reasoning we were bad girls because we dressed in miniskirts, had tattoos etc,” says Mila Deva from Kolektif Betina. “There was no dialogue whatsoever between us and the attackers, they just came and told us what to do.”

The feminist movement in Indonesia was only decades old, Ms Mila says, and some Indonesians still hold the misconception that feminism was an attempt by women to dominate men.

“Indonesian society is not so open, therefore the way feminism is addressed in Indonesia is through cultural performance. Some friends do it through legal advocacy which is also good.”

However Ms Mila believes awareness of women’s rights to education and health is growing in Indonesia. “More and more employers now understand that women need to take maternity leave.”

Ms Mila believes Kartini Day is still relevant in Indonesia. “However I hope it is not just celebrated but taken to a higher level with concrete actions.”

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Banks to pay $121m to boost ASIC as a ‘tough cop on the beat’

Treasurer Scott Morrison during a joint press conference wirh Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer on Wednesday. Photo: Alex EllinghausenAustralia’s banks will cough up $121 million to boost the resources of corporate regulator ASIC and ensure it is a “tough cop on the beat”.
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Treasurer Scott Morrison and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer unveiled a package of reforms on Wednesday designed to strengthen the regulator, head off mounting public concerns about bad behaviour at the major banks and push back against Labor’s politically popular pledge to hold a royal commission into the banking sector if it is elected.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll published on Monday found 65 per cent of voters backed a banks royal commission and the federal government will be hoping the package will allow it to neutralise the issue politically.

“No longer will it be the case that taxpayers will be hit to fund this regulator, this enforcement authority, this cop on the beat. Those whom it’s enforcing the regulations and rules on will pay the price for that,” Mr Morrison said.

The Treasurer and his deputy also launched a stinging attack on the “cynical” opposition leader Bill Shorten, accusing him of wanting “to spend your money to fund his political exercise [a royal commission] which won’t get outcomes for people” and highlighting Labor’s opposition to such an inquiry as recently as March.

“What Bill Shorten is committing to do is spend $50-odd million, $51 million of taxpayers’ money for something that might write a report and might make recommendations, perhaps make these recommendations two years from now. That’s not going to give anyone an outcome,” Mr Morrison said.

But Mr Shorten fired back immediately, describing the proposed reforms as a “political band aid” and asked “do you really, seriously believe that the Turnbull government, in the absence of a royal commission being proposed by Labor, would have magically stumped up $120 million?”

“We proposed a royal commission to get answers. Today the government’s announced $120 million worth of hush money.”

Mr Morrison also warned the banks he will be “furious” if they pass on the costs to customers, pointing out the additional impost was “easily digestible by the banks and must be and should be and I would be furious if I thought this was being sought to be passed on”.

The release of the package comes after the government has been on the back foot for weeks over the issue of bad behaviour at the banks, with up to eight government MPs leaving open the prospect of supporting a royal commission.

Earlier this month, the ASIC launched action against Westpac Bank over alleged rigging of the bank bill swap rate, and it had already launched an action against the ANZ Banking Group for similar behaviour. The Commonwealth Bank has meanwhile been caught up in allegations of unethical behaviour by its insurance arm.

The total package is worth $127.2 million over four years and restores the $120 million cut by the Abbott government in the budget.

The package includes $61.1 million to enhance ASIC’s data analytics and surveillance capabilities, including new technological equipment for the regulator and another $57 million for increased surveillance and enforcement operations in areas such as financial advice, responsible lending and life insurance.

Another $9.2 million will be spent on legal and regulatory reforms, ASIC will be empowered to recruit from the private sector, an additional ASIC commissioner focused on prosecutions will be appointed, chairman Greg Medcraft’s term will be extended by 18 months and a user pays model for ASIC will commence from financial year 2017-18.

In a move designed to help families and small businesses that have been ripped off by misconduct and have had to negotiate the raft of different tribunals and ombudsmen, a panel of eminent persons will, by the end of 2016, examine how to implement a “one stop shop” for consumers.

The government will look to lowering the threshold at which the financial services ombudsman is allowed to examine claims, though legislation will be required to put this in to effect.

The Treasurer dismissed suggestions the recommendations amounted to an admission that ASIC had not been up to the task of regulating the sector and responding to customers complaints.

He said, however, the government was not wearing “rose coloured glasses” about ASIC’s performance, which was why the new measures had been introduced.

Ms O’Dwyer argued that both Mr Shorten, when he was assistant treasurer, and his colleague Chris Bowen when he was treasurer and assistant treasurer had done “precisely nothing” to address concerns about ASIC.

In total, the capability review of ASIC commissioned by the federal government last July made 34 recommendations, with five to government and 29 to the regulator, which has responded with an implementation plan.

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Sydney lockouts: Assaults up at Star but dwarfed by drop in Kings Cross, CBD

The Star casino at Darling Harbour in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont. “Not a big increase”: BOCSAR director Dr Don Weatherburn. Photo: Quentin Jones
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Assaults have risen at the Star Casino since lockout restrictions were brought into nearby Kings Cross and CBD, but only at the rate of two a month, a report has found.

The study appears to disprove one line of criticism used by opponents of the lockout laws: that their main effect would be to simply displace revellers and violence and extend it to other suburbs.

“It’s not a big increase,” said the head of the state’s Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn. “The increase that’s happened [at the Star is] nowhere near as big as the decrease that’s happened at Kings Cross and the CBD.”

BOCSAR found the number of assaults at the Star had gone from about five or six a month to about seven to eight.

Dr Weatherburn said the effect of the lockout laws was a drop of about 43 assaults a month within the area affected by the laws.

BOCSAR has previously looked at the rate of assaults in other suburbs outside the lockout area, such as Newtown and Double Bay, and found no increase.

The report measures assaults reported to NSW Police and occurring in the casino precinct, or the block on which the casino stands encompassing nearby sections of street, its entrances and a taxi rank.

The Star accounts for half the assaults in Pyrmont, and it has previously appeared on a list of the most violent licensed premises in NSW. But since 2008 has been exempt from inclusion from the state government’s violent venues scheme, despite likely recording many more assaults than the Ivy nightclub, which has been named the state’s most violent.

The venue’s exemption from the area covered by lockout regulations has been seized upon by opponents of the laws, who have taken to calling the NSW Premier “Casino” Mike Baird.

A spokesman for the casino contended assaults outside its borders and perpetrated by people who had not visited the casino had been counted in the BOCSAR report.

“It is suggested but not proved lockouts have resulted in increased assaults at The Star,” the spokesman said. “Statistically, there is one incident at The Star for every 211,000 visitors”

The bureau also released its broader crime statistics for NSW on Wednesday. It found crime had fallen for the 16th straight year.

“We’ve seen big reductions in motor vehicle theft, break and enter, homicide and robbery,” Dr Weatherburn said. “Rates of those offences are lower than they were 25 years ago.”

The bureau recorded a drop in shooting offences, but found shop stealing had increased 7 per cent. There were double-digit increases in offences relating to possession and use of cocaine and amphetamines, including meth.

“In Sydney we’ve seen 13 increases and 38 decreases in [categories of] crime over the last two years,” he said. “In regional NSW, we’ve seen 13 increases and 12 decreases”.

Robbery in the Hunter region of NSW increased by nearly 50 per cent over the same period.

About 15 per cent of assault victims at the casino are taxi drivers, the report found. More than 70 per cent of victims are casino patrons.

The lockout laws are currently under an independent review by former High Court justice Ian Callinan. He is expected to report his findings in August.

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Adam Scott rules himself out of Rio 2016 Olympic Games golf event

Adam Scott is too busy to try and win a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
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In a move that shines some perspective on the newly added golf tournament, the world number explained that his packed schedule, as well as increasingly busy family life, meant he was unable to commit to being part of the Australian team in Brazil.

“My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional,” Scott said in a statement issued via his management company.

“I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.”

Golf will return as an Olympic event for the first time since 1904 but with it has come the debate about the value of the tournament and the place of highly-paid professional athletes at the Games.

Jason Day has already declared his availability and if Scott had chose to join him, it would have given Australia a huge chance at gold in the traditional individual stroke play event.

That spot may now fall to someone like Marc Leishman, who at 34 is Australia’s next highest ranked golfer on the world standings. Marcus Fraser, Steve Bowditch and Cameron Smith are among the other options.

While some of the sport’s brightest stars, including American world number one Jordan Spieth, have put their weight behind the event, it continues to polarise, much like the Olympic tennis tournament.

Scott has hardly been glowing in his previous discussions about playing, so it should come as little surprise he has decided to pull the pin. His main focus has always been golf’s four majors, with August often allowing players a short break in a busy schedule.

The tennis event has slowly grown in popularity with leading players and golf may yet do the same. Still only 35, Scott may rethink his stance should be still be among the world’s leading players in 2020.

“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world but we understand his position,” Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt told the body’s website.

“This means one of our other elite players will get the chance and we’re more than happy that we will field a very strong team in Rio.

“We will have at least four great golfers compete for Australia in Brazil and we’re very excited for what that means to golf in this country and more broadly around the world.”

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Melbourne v Richmond: Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric and Anthony Miles all on way back

Brett Deledio has surged into calculations for a surprise early return to the Tigers team for the critical match against Melbourne.
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Richmond could have three of their best eight players back with Ivan Maric and Anthony Miles both certain and potentially now also joined by Deledio.

Maric played 75 per cent of the VFL match last week. Shaun Hampson suffered a cork and is unlikely to be fit but would most likely make way for Maric in any event.

Miles, fourth in the Tigers best and fairest last year, found form in the VFL last week after being poor in the opening three games.

The biggest inclusion, however, would be Deledio who on Tuesday joined in full training for the first time since his injury. Deledio had been able to do a lot of running in training but had avoided ball work. On Tuesday he was able to do everything.

Presuming he gets through the next main session on Thursday the Tigers will have to decide what level of risk there would be in bringing him back into the team after a limited amount of full training as opposed to the obvious benefit he would bring.

There would be little benefit in him playing in the VFL as the club would consider if he is fit enough to play a game of football then he should play in the senior team.

“A decision is yet to be made on Brett yet but he trained well on Tuesday and we will assess him later in the week after training and the match committee will make a decision on that then,” football manager Dan Richardson said.

Defender David Astbury is also a chance to recover in time from an ankle injury to be able to play against the Demons.

Astbury injured an ankle but recovered quicker than initially expected but with a nine-day break to the game on Sunday night after playing West Coast in Perth last Friday night the key defender is a better chance to play than first thought.

Defender Jake Batchelor, like Miles, had battled for form this year after playing 23 games last year and being a mainstay of the Tigers side. He has reportedly performed better in the last two VFL games and appeared to be close to a return to form.

The Tigers will be keen to reintroduce their talented trio of Deledio, Maric and Miles after the listless start to the season, which culminated in last week’s humbling in Perth by the Eagles.

They confront a Melbourne side on Sunday night still riding the wave of excitement from the impressive win over the Magpies a week earlier.

Melbourne will be confronting Richmond and the weight of history, which reminds them that they have not won consecutive games of football in five years.

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West Coast Eagles apologise for ‘yellow peril’ jumper promotion

The term ‘yellow peril’ was a derogatory and xenophobic phrase used in the mid-1940s Scott Lycett was wearing the predominantly gold guernsey when he tussled with Tyrone Vickery. Photo: Daniel Carson/AFL Media
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Some of the feedback on the Eagles’ Facebook page over its use of the term ‘yellow peril’.

The West Coast Eagles have apologised for using “yellow peril”, a term with racist connotations against Asians, to promote the heritage jumper worn in last weekend’s win over Richmond.

The Eagles posted twice on social media over the weekend, noting fans seemed to have enjoyed the “yellow peril.”

But subsequent comments on the club’s Facebook page noted the racial inference of “yellow peril”, which had been used to engender fear of the Japanese in the mid-1900s and also describe Chinese immigrants during the 1800s Goldrush.

The Eagles on Wednesday apologised for inadvertently causing offence.

“A young member of the West Coast Eagles’ communications team was unaware of the history behind the term and the racist connotations it engendered,” the Eagles said in a statement.

“The club is committed to cultural diversity, inclusion and equality and as such unreservedly apologises for any offence the reference has caused.”

The Wikipedia entry for the racist interpretation of “yellow peril” is the first result when the phrase is typed into Google.

The Eagles donned a predominantly yellow guernsey for Friday night’s win over the Tigers, paying homage to the club’s 30th anniversary and first-up 1987 victory against the same opponents.

There were more than 20 comments on the Eagles’ Facebook posts reacting negatively to the use of the words “yellow peril.” Despite the comments, the posts stayed on the club’s Facebook page into Tuesday night.

Spokesperson for the Ethnic Communities Council of WA Suresh Rajan said he was angered and disappointed by West Coast’s actions.

“It clearly is racist,” he told WAtoday.

“It refers to a stereotypical past where it was thought Asians were coming to Australia to take away our gold. I’m absolutely mortified.”

Mr Rajan said he previously held West Coast in high regard for dealing with the race issues confronting Eagles’ big man Nic Naitanui.

Ironically, Naitanui is an AFL Multicultural Ambassador.

“As an organisation I always felt they dealt well with racism issues and I even work with the club with some of the issues surrounding Nic Naitanui,” he said.

“I don’t have an issue with the colour yellow, but the wording of yellow peril is unacceptable.”

A number of social media users hit back at claims the term was racist. One urged people not “take the phrase out of context and then get all uppity about it.”

Another posted “I’m actually part Asian and it doesn’t offend me in the slightest. Your ridiculous bleating about phrases used 100 years aho which no longer carry the same meaning does, however, offend me.”

The launch of the Eagles’ yellow peril campaign comes only days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in China with  AFL bigwigs to look at spreading the game into the the Chinese market.

There are even plans for Port Adelaide to play a game in China next year. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Councils join for wood smoke reduction campaign

Singleton and Muswellbrook councils have received funding to undertake ajoint wood smoke reduction campaign in 2016 and 2017.
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SMOKE REDUCTION: Singleton and Muswellbrook Councils are offering cash rebates for professional chimney cleaning in their local areas.

The funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) includes$52,000 in 2015 and 2016and $30,000 in 2016 and 2017to promote awareness andunderstanding about the health risks and impacts of wood smoke in the localcommunity.

Singleton Council director of Planning and Sustainable Environment GroupMark Ihlein says smoke emissions from domestic wood heaters and openfireplaces are a major distributorto air pollution in Singleton.

“There are concerns about wood smoke because of its potentially adverseimpacts on health, particularly for elderly people, children and those withexisting health conditions, such as asthma,” Mr Ihlein says.

“Smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces contain a mix of noxiousgases,as well as fine particles,that can be breathed deep into the lungs.”

Muswellbrook Shire Councilsustainability coordinator,Mark Scandrett,saysthere needs to be a change in the way we use our heaters.

“Muswellbrook Shire Council works closely with the NSW EnvironmentProtection Authority to reduce the pollution caused by wood smoke in ourregion,”Mr Scandrett says.

“We offer advice for owners of wood heaters on how to use their heatersefficiently and as the weather warms up we offer tips on how to clean andprepare for the next year.”

In late 2015 the EPA undertook a behavioural study into the operation andreplacement of wood heaters in Singleton and Muswellbrook localgovernment areas.

The study identified that attitudes towards wood smoke pollution in the twoareas are highly influenced by the impacts of mining on air quality.

The funding will help the councils to communicate messages and applyappropriate controls according to their community needs and uniquegeographic location.

Mr Ihlein says both Singleton and Muswellbrook Councils are already offeringcash rebates for professional chimney cleaning in the Singleton andMuswellbrook area.

“Residents are encouraged to apply for a $50 rebate to have theirchimney/flue professionally cleaned,” he says.

“A clean chimney helps it operate more efficiently and reduces the amount ofsmoke emitted.”

Application forms and terms and conditions are available on Council’s websiteat 梧桐夜网singleton.nsw.gov419论坛/rebate or at 梧桐夜网muswellbrook.nsw.gov419论坛

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