Captain Roo hits 300 AFL games

St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt has thrown the limelight for his 300th AFL match towards Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, the foundation raising money for bone marrow failure in honour of his sister.

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The veteran forward notches the revered 300-game milestone on Saturday night against Western Bulldogs.

His club has produced a campaign to pay tribute to Riewoldt’s services across 16 seasons, the last 10 as captain.

The 33-year-old in turn will use the grand occasion help finance finding a cure for bone marrow failure, the condition which claimed his sister last February aged just 26.

“Maddie is the only thing that will be missing on Saturday night as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

“We’re extremely fortunate that we are able to leverage this occasion to do something really good.

“To pay tribute to her, honour her legacy and raise some money for bone marrow failure syndrome and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, it’s a great thing to be able to do that while we celebrate my 300th.”

Riewoldt said he was “very flattered” by tributes coming his way as he prepares to become the fifth St Kilda player to reach the milestone.

He joins former teammates Robert Harvey, Nathan Burke and Stewart Loewe in reaching the 300-game milestone for Saints, as well as 1966 premiership hero Barry Breen.

Riewoldt said he was in awe of the trio when he joined the club in 2001.

“I remember my first year … thinking at the time they were great St Kilda people. And old,” he said.

“I certainly don’t feel old.

“It goes quick.

“When it starts to creep up … you can’t help but enjoy the experience and enjoy the ride.

“It’s something I’m really honoured by, especially given the calibre of players that have already achieved that for St Kilda.”

Riewoldt was joined by opposing skipper Bob Murphy on Wednesday, who was delighted to help promote the contest.

The pair have duelled for more than a decade on the field but have become friends after turning out in the International Rules series together.

Murphy, due to celebrate his own 300th match later in the season, promised Riewoldt a celebration in the right spirit.

“Nick’s a special player and one of the great players of my generation,” he said.

“He broke my heart a couple of times. Like all great romances we’ve patched it up.

“I’ll give him a hug before the first bounce and I’ll run into my pack and give them orders to rip him apart.

“I think that’s the way it has to be.”

Korean cosmetic boom hits Australia

The K-Pop music phenomenon has helped increase demand for South Korean make-up across Asia and the United States, and now Australia is catching on.

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Complex skincare routines form part of a daily ritual for many South Korean women as well as women of Korean ancestry living in Australia.

Annie Lee said ensuring a squeaky clean face was of paramount importance.

“My skincare routine’s actually quite elaborate for Koreans,” she said. “In the morning I like to double cleanse, and that’s to ensure that your skin – that when you do your make-up and stuff – all the residue is taken away so your skin is very clean before you do the other skincare routines like the toner, serum, essence and your creams.”

The South Korean cosmetics sector continues to challenge traditional European and United States cosmetics markets.

South Korean beauty chain The Face Shop has enjoyed massive expansion around the world, including in Australia.

The Face Shop’s Jessica Chae said the business’ success was reflective of the growing popularity of South Korean popular culture.

“I think, in general, the popularity of the Korean pop, Korean movies, Korea drama, all of that combined, as well as the tourism, has actually made Korea more popular, bringing in customers.”

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Jen Kim, also known as “meejmuse,” is an Australian-born video blogger with a love for all things beauty.

The former primary-school teacher moved to South Korea a few years ago, and hundreds of thousands of people follow her online make-up tutorials.

She felt there was a lack of diversity in the make-up tutorials available online.

“I felt like there wasn’t enough about how to apply on Asian features and Asian eyes. You know, we’ve got very different eyes.”

Jen Kim said Korean women tended to favour a certain look.

“To sort of generalise, I guess it would be kind of the opposite of what is popular in the Western world. So it’s not so much about contouring and crazy arched brows, but it’s completely opposite to that. It’s more about the subtle, clear complexion. It’s a bit more of an innocent, charming, kind of baby-type-of-face look. “

Some of Jen Kim’s routines have been inspired by the K-Pop music phenomenon, a look some Korean-Australians like Angela Kim want to emulate.

“I think I’m happy with the Aussie way, but I also do want the clean-face look as well, because I was brought up in the Korean society as well. There’s a lot of Korean influence from the media as well. There is a lot of like pretty-faced-looking girls with nice skin, and I think everyone just looks up to that.”

In Australia, government trade figures show Korean cosmetic imports had almost doubled from 2014 and 2015, reaching almost 18 million dollars.

University of New South Wales economist Tim Harcourt said the Korean cosmetic sector currently ranked number five in the world, behind the United States and France and ahead of Italy.

“There is a lot of like pretty-faced-looking girls with nice skin, and I think everyone just looks up to that.”

He said large markets were developing, especially in Asia.

“Korea’s main flagship industries include cosmetics. Even the president, President Park herself, said it was one of the main things Korea wants to do in the world. So it’s been a phenomenon right around Asia, in America, and here now in Australia as well.”

Mr Harcourt said South Koreans have always had a great tradition in beauty and healthcare and with improvements in technology and growing living standards, the growth of the sector was inevitable.

“Income growth in Korea is quite substantial, they’re able to spend a lot of money domestically on cosmetics, and that’s allowed them to grow it as an international industry for them as well.” 

Chinese journalist resigns amid government clampdown on media

Yu Shaolei, Culture Editor of the Southern Metropolis Daily in China’s Guangdong province, posted a photo of his resignation letter on his Weibo account.

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The note said he could no longer toe the Communist Party line or “bear the surname” of the party.

His comments refer the President Xi Jinping’s widely publicised tour of China’s top three state media organisations in February, where he said that the allegiance of all journalists was to the party.

Yu had worked for the newspaper for more than 15 years. Though his social media post was quickly deleted by online censors, a cached version is still available on the FreeWeibo monitoring site.

“I’m getting old and have been kneeling so long I can’t bear it,” he wrote in the post. “Now I’d like to try to change posture.”

Knowing his note would be removed from Chinese social media, Yu added: “To the person responsible for watching my Weibo feed and notifying supervisors about what to delete, you can heave a sigh of relief. Apologies for causing you stress these past few years, and I sincerely hope your career will head in a new direction.”

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Yu’s letter is the latest expression of defiance by those frustrated by Xi Jinping’s efforts to silence voices that don’t toe the party line.

Property tycoon and businessman Ren Zhiqiang had his social media account deleted by censors after condemning Xi’s comments on the media. His Weibo account had more than 37 million followers.

Recently more than 20 people have been arrested after an anonymous letter calling for Xi Jinping’s resignation was published on the state-affiliated website Wujie News.

Chinese dissident Wen Yunchao, who currently lives in the United States, said members of his family had been detained, though he denied any connection to the letter. Last week columnist Jia Jia was arrested, and later released, after reportedly being suspected of penning the article.

German-based dissident Zhang Ping, also known as Chang Ping, said on Monday his siblings were being held in retaliation for writing about Jia Jia’s detention on the website of German broadcaster Deutsche-Welle. Authorities maintain that his relatives are being investigated on charges of arson.

Australian policy consultant David Kelly runs Beijing-based thinktank China Policy. He said the government had always had strict control of the media, but the public’s attitude toward it is changing.

“Something has happened in the relation between the power centre in the party and public opinion. Public opinion is not sitting still, public opinion is very different from what it was 50 or 60 years ago,” he said.

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Authorities have also announced regulations that will increase the party’s oversight of the media.

At the end of February, a new law was announced banning foreign companies from publishing content online. While the law takes effect this month, its scope remains unclear.

Although a number of western media sites are already blocked in China, many others still providing content to Chinese users via foreign internet servers.

On Monday, draft guidelines were posted on a government website that would prohibit Chinese internet service providers from allowing connections to websites with domains or internet addresses registered outside China. Violators would face fines of more than $5,000.

The government has not commented on its plans to concretely implement the guidelines, as similar rules have in the past been poorly enforced. But many believe it is in line with the government’s recent efforts to maintain tight control of China’s media and information sphere.

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Roos mulls personnel changes for Demons

Lynden Dunn, Heritier Lumumba and Angus Brayshaw will all contend for selection in Melbourne’s round-two AFL clash with Essendon.

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The Demons will shoot for a 2-0 start to the season and back-to-back wins on the MCG for the first time in five years on Saturday afternoon.

Supporting their case is a new-found depth on Melbourne’s list that makes coach Paul Roos’ time at the selection table more difficult.

At this stage of the campaign, Roos is picking the fittest players he’s got in the hunt for a competitive advantage.

“We made a really conscious decision to pick a fit and healthy team (against the Giants) and as it turned out it was a probably a good decision,” he said.

Roos suggested Dunn, Lumumba and Brayshaw, who suffered a knee injury in the NAB Challenge, were the names closest to cracking into a winning 22.

“The discussion is going to be around the fitness side of things again,” he said.

“At the moment we’re healthy, but those guys will certainly come into consideration. It becomes more about health and touch and (if) we feel like this week’s too early or not.”

“H (Lumumba) only came back to training five or six weeks ago.

“Dunny had that groin strain early in the (pre-season) game against the Bulldogs.”

There is likely to be a vacancy in Melbourne’s defence given Oscar McDonald’s ankle injury sustained against the Giants.

The 20-year-old had a low-key training session on Wednesday, with Dunn the most likely replacement for the youngster.

The emphasis on fitness is likely to keep Christian Petracca out of the side, especially given the interchange cap requiring an extra effort from all 22 players.

“There’s nowhere to hide on an AFL ground,” he said.

“The plan will stay the same and when we think he’s at a suitable level of fitness we start to judge him on his form, and what round he gets into the team will be determined by those two factors.”

Businesses losing money by not recycling

Cafes in inner Sydney are paying to dump 3,000 tonnes of coffee grounds in landfill each year, when a little more attention to recycling could save them money.

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A report from not-for-profit environmental group Planet Ark says 70 per cent of businesses think they are doing all they can to reduce waste, even though only 60 per cent of commercial and industrial waste is recycled.

If businesses use a recycling contractor to pick up their waste instead of sending it to landfill, they will save money and in some cases even make money, Planet Ark campaign head Brad Gray said.

“Most of the time businesses don’t actually spend any time thinking about what they’re paying for waste,” Mr Gray said.

“If they are part of a bigger building it’s probably part of their rental fees.”

Recyclable items commonly sent to landfill include plastic, cardboard and food scraps.

This includes more than 90 per cent of coffee waste from the 921 cafes in the City of Sydney, which could instead be sold to make oil or compost.

“It’s really good for growing mushrooms,” he said.

Cardboard is a material most businesses are either lazy or ignorant about, Mr Gray said, as it is flattened to remove the big spaces between pieces.

“(Businesses) are paying for air to be removed from their property,” he said.

Business managers are often limited in their understanding of recycling because they think of it only in terms of what is recycled in the home.

“What we’re trying to do is encourage them to think in a fuller range,” Mr Gray said.

“If you’re a manufacturer, those plastic off cuts – why not recycle those?”

The report also said 76 per cent of Australian businesses believe good waste management improves their public perception, an incentive to be environmentally friendly.

“They have to recruit less often and staff are happier in their work,” Mr Gray said.

Smiling passenger takes photo with EgyptAir hijacker

One man is grinning from ear to ear, while the man next to him is wearing a fake suicide belt and had hijacked the plane they were both on.

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No, it isn’t a joke. It’s just a very peculiar picture.

British passenger Ben Innes, 26, took the photo with Egyptian Seif Eldin Mustafa, who is believed to be the man behind the EgyptAir hijacking.

Another alleged picture of the hijacker, guy next to him doesn’t seem too worried though #Egypt #Cyprus pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/gyUHzPcEuH

— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) March 29, 2016

Flight MS181 was en route from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt before Mr Mustafa forced the pilot to divert the flight to Larnaca airport in Cyprus – threatening the plane with an explosives belt which turned out to be made out of iPhone cases tied together with cloth.

At some stage during the six-hour stand-off which ensued, Mr Innes found an opportunity to pose for a photo with his hijacker.

The health and safety auditor then reportedly sent the picture to a friend, saying, “You know your boy doesn’t f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!” in a series of messages.

Mr Innes’ friends said they were as bemused as anyone that he took the photo, while social media did not seem to think the situation was a laughing matter.

I don’t find the #EgyptAir hijack situation funny at all. In a world full of terror the last thing we want is morons pulling such stunts.

— Bushra (@filmyjoyo) March 29, 2016

Mr Innes’ sister, Sarah, also tweeted, “Only Ben could get a selfie! #proud #EgyptAir,” which she later deleted.

Meanwhile his mother Pauline told UK Press the photograph was not a selfie, as had been reported in mainstream media.

“All we can say is that the picture is clearly not a selfie as everyone has been describing it,” she said.

It shouldn’t be “Thankfully it was only an idiot and not a terrorist”…

It should be “Oh crap any idiot can hijack a plane” #EgyptAir

— ~Velyon~ (@darth_sedai) March 29, 2016

Seif Eldin Mustafa eventually surrendered and was arrested by police. His motives remain unclear.

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Indigenous artefacts found on Sydney light rail site

The NSW government won’t confirm whether it will continue construction on a section of Sydney’s new light rail line where thousands of indigenous artefacts have been found.

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About 20,000 artefacts were discovered in excavation pits around the rail line’s proposed tram stable yard in Randwick in the city’s east, including items believed traded from the Lower Hunter Valley which have never been seen before.

Transport for NSW recognised the significance of the find between late 2015 and January, 2016 but did not say if it would stop work on the $2.1 billion project.

“All work that has occurred on the site since the artefacts were found has been in consultation with all Aboriginal groups,” a department spokesman said.

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“The social value of the site to the local Aboriginal community is very high and we are continuing to work with (the Aboriginal groups) to identify the artefacts and how they came to be found in Randwick.”

Indigenous heritage advocates have called for the site to be classed as an Aboriginal heritage area.

Darug Elder Uncle Des Dyer said some of the artefacts, including spear heads and cutting tools, appeared to show trade and contact with indigenous people in the Hunter Valley.

“Each area has its own stones,” he told ABC Radio.

“And on our song-lines one group would come down to us and they’d bring their stones and tools with them to swap and we’d give them ours and they’d take it back to wherever they came from.”

Greens MP David Shoebridge said the entire site would be destroyed in coming weeks unless a stop-work order was issued.

“If this was the centre of Athens or Paris and a heritage find of this significance occurred, then there is no doubt the work would be stopped to see how the site could be saved,” he said.

“This site should be protected and celebrated. The story it tells about the history of Aboriginal people and its evidence of trade routes and potential first contact makes it genuinely unique.”

Experts stunned by Turnbull’s ‘retrograde’ tax plan

A new way of funding schools and hospitals risks tearing the country apart rather than bringing the nation together.

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Tax experts have slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to allow states to levy income tax as a way of funding state services, taking the tax system back to the 1940s.

CPA Australia boss Alex Malley was stunned by the proposal, saying it will create enormous dysfunction in Australia.

He said it will make people think more about their state rather the country as a whole, like in the US and Canada, make switching between states more likely, while doing nothing to move the nation forward.

“We are struggling to find how this is a sustainable model for the future,” he told AAP on Wednesday.

Mr Turnbull confirmed he has put forward the idea to premiers and first ministers that would see the federal government reduce its income tax by an agreed percentage and allow state governments to levy an income tax equal to that amount.

The Tax Institute described it as a “retrograde and flawed” concept.

The institute’s president Arthur Athanasiou said he has been continually urging governments to shift away from income and inefficient taxes for the bulk of revenues.

“Whilst the proposal may present some theoretical advantage, government time and resources would be far better spent on reforming the present tax system,” he said in statement.

Mr Turnbull said there would be no increase in income tax from a taxpayers’ point of view, but Mr Malley disagrees, saying every state has a different set of circumstances, cost structures and problems.

“It will create more red tape, more taxes, everything this government says it doesn’t stand for,” Mr Malley said.

Constitutional expert George Williams said the states would be able to impose their own differential tax rates, something the constitution does not allow the commonwealth to dictate.

There would be no need for a collective agreement – meaning individual states could go it alone.

“That might complicate any settlement reached as to grant payments and the like,” he told AAP.

Market Economics managing director Stephen Koukoulas said it will allow the states to cover the costs of heavily in-demand services and make them more responsible for managing their own books.

However, the tax system is already complicated by a range of provisions for tax deductions and exemptions from the GST.

“Having the six states and two territories imposing their own tax is just one horrendous level of complexity,” he told Sky News.

US, Israel getting people out of Turkey for safety

The United States has ordered the families of diplomats and military people to leave parts of Turkey due to security fears.

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After a series of deadly blasts in major Turkish cities, the US European Command says, while the order is not permanent, it is intended to “mitigate risk.”

The latest move comes as Israel is warning its citizens to leave Turkey for security reasons, too.

Once a beacon of stability in the region, Turkey has entered a period of high tension and violence.

A spate of deadly bombings has struck key cities as Turkey struggles to fend off Kurdish militants in its restive east and monitor violence and displacement in neighbouring Syria.

Now, the United States has ordered the families of its military, diplomatic and other government people to leave the city of Adana in southern Turkey.

That includes the Incirlik air base, used heavily in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

US Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says Department of Defence families have also been told to leave Izmir and Mugla provinces.

“This decision allows for the deliberate safe return of family members from these areas, due to continued security concerns in the region. It in no way signifies a permanent decision to end accompanied tours at these facilities and is specifically intended to mitigate the risk to DOD elements and personnel, including family members, while ensuring the combat effectiveness of US forces and our support mission to operations in Turkey.”

About 5,000 Americans had been staying at the Incirlik air base.

Last year, security fears prompted officials to ban soldiers and their families from visiting markets and restaurants that have flourished outside the base’s main gates.

Soon, military families were offered the chance to evacuate voluntarily, but, now, they are being ordered to leave.

The Pentagon says there was no specific threat that triggered the decision.

But based on what has been happening in the region, the Pentagon is exercising what it calls an “abundance of caution.”

US State Department spokesman John Kirby insists it is not related to this week’s nuclear security summit in Washington that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend.

“Absolutely no connection to that whatsoever. This was done, as it should be, based on the security threat and our concern about the safety for American citizens, whether they’re government employees or not — in south-eastern Turkey, in particular.”

The State Department has also reissued a travel warning, advising tourists of what it calls “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”

It warns them to avoid travelling to the country’s south-east.

On the streets of Istanbul, Gerardo Sandoval is one of several Americans feeling uneasy during what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation.

“If I had known what I know — yes, that there was a bombing just last week in Ankara, and I think there was one here also very recently — I would have seriously thought about cancelling the trip.”

Three Israelis were among those killed in Turkey’s most recent bombing at an Istanbul shopping centre.

Local media have since reported the attacker specifically targeted an Israeli tourist group.

Now, Israel is warning its citizens living in or visiting Turkey to leave immediately, another potentially devastating blow to a country that relies heavily on tourism.

The Turkish government says the number of foreign visitors dropped by 10 per cent in February compared to the same time last year.

But economist Ozlem Bayraktar Goksen says a drop in Russian tourists, following Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane last year, has also contributed.

“It’s not a surprise at all. Since last year’s November, especially with heightening tension with Russia, the tourism sector has been in a struggle. And the number of tourist arrivals is declining, and, in the meantime, the revenues are declining as well.”

Meanwhile, in Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is still advising Australians travelling to Turkey simply to exercise a high degree of caution.

 

 

Harvey still turning on the speed

Far from easing his way towards the AFL games record, ageless Kangaroo Brent Harvey is going flat-out.

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It’s the way Harvey has played throughout a North Melbourne career spanning 21 seasons and 410 games – and counting – and coach Brad Scott has long since given up trying to change him.

Harvey, who turns 38 in May, showed he had lost none of his trademark speed in kicking three running goals in the opening-round victory over Adelaide.

The 177cm pocket dynamo is due to break Michael Tuck’s alltime games record of 426 late in the home-and-away season.

“We’ve tried (to slow Harvey down) because we thought we’d have to,” Scott told reporters on Wednesday.

“We test a little bit differently now, we use a lot more GPS technology to test the speed and agility and workrate and his numbers are the same or better than they’ve been in my time at North Melbourne, which is just remarkable.

“We tend to group guys into age groups where we might have to manage workloads, but he just doesn’t miss a session for us.

“In January we had to force him to take some extra time off because it’s just not in his makeup to do that and I know when he goes away from the club, although he’s not here he’s still training by himself.

“He’s just a remarkable athlete and a really driven competitor.”

Harvey will again by a key figure when North Melbourne travel to the Gabba to take on the Brisbane Lions on Saturday.

Kayne Turner shapes as the likely replacement for the luckless Jed Anderson, who suffered a serious hamstring injury last weekend against Adelaide in his first game for the Kangaroos since crossing from Hawthorn.

Anderson is set to be sidelined for eight weeks.

The Kangaroos will come up against former teammate Ryan Bastinac, who admitted earlier this week that a key factor in his move to Brisbane was to spend more time in his favoured position as an inside midfielder.

“He really struggled for game-time in that particular position with us,” said Scott.

“That being said, he played 17 games (last year) and was an important player for us.

“But he saw greater opportunity and we saw an opportunity to get our first-round draft pick back that we had given up for Jed Anderson.”