Players’ body criticises CA over review

Cricket chairman David Peever insists there has been no delay in releasing the results of a long-awaited independent review into the governing body.

But the review remained under wraps at Thursday’s CA annual general meeting (AGM), prompting criticism from the n Cricketers’ Association (ACA).

Players’ association president Greg Dyer said CA had missed an opportunity.

Peever was re-elected as CA chairman at the AGM.

The Ethics Centre’s report will be released on Monday, more than six months after the think tank had been commissioned by CA to conduct a warts-and-all appraisal of the governing body in light of the Cape Town cheating scandal.

The players’ union had called on state associations to be given a copy of the review before CA’s AGM, so they could make a more informed decision about the prospect of another Peever term.

“There has been no delay,” Peever told reporters.

“We didn’t get a final copy of the review until this week.

“We have always said they will be released before the start of the international men’s summer, which is what is happening.”

The former Rio Tinto mining boss noted CA intended to brief state organisations and the players’ union in coming days before the public release.

“I don’t want to pre-empt any of the conversations,” Peever said, refusing to shed any light on the review’s recommendations.

“We accept our share of the responsibility of events …

“Tomorrow at our board meeting, we’ll be going through the recommendations with a view of trying to be clear (in what CA’s response will be).”

Dyer was unimpressed, saying in a statement that this was a crucial opportunity for the game.

“The ACA’s submission to the Longstaff Review raised concerns with the lack of transparency and accountability at the leadership level at CA,” Dyer said.

“The ACA believes that the CA Board has missed an opportunity to have the results of this review understood and contested, prior to this meeting.”

Dyer added the ACA was looking forward to the review with expectation and cautious optimism.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were stripped of their leadership titles and banned for 12 months by CA in response to the sandpaper ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

Coach Darren Lehmann and chief executive James Sutherland have vacated their posts since the scandal, while team-performance chief Pat Howard is departing next year.

Peever, who rowed with players during last year’s pay dispute, will not be following them out the door.

“I was asked to continue in the context of the various change going on,” Peever said.

“I felt continuity was important so I agreed to the request to continue.”

Inquiry process begins for NSW baby killer

An inquiry into the convictions of serial baby killer Kathleen Megan Folbigg should focus on medical advances and new research, including on multiple “natural” infant deaths in the one family, lawyers have agreed.

Folbigg was jailed in May 2003 for at least 25 years after she was found guilty of killing her four babies in the decade from 1989, but the NSW government in August agreed to a judicial review of her case.

The 51-year-old’s children – Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura – all died aged between 19 days and 19 months.

She was imprisoned for three counts of murder and one count each of manslaughter and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

At a directions hearing in Sydney on Thursday, counsel assisting Gail Furness SC said the crown case at trial was “circumstantial” and consisted of four areas of evidence: the circumstances of each child’s death, coincidence evidence, medical evidence and Folbigg’s own diaries.

The crown case was that the “totality of the evidence” pointed to Folbigg’s involvement in all four deaths, she said.

Lawyers for Folbigg lodged a petition in 2015 casting doubt on some of the evidence that led to her conviction.

Ms Furness said the main report relied upon in the application is an undated, 91-page paper by forensic medicine Professor Stephen Cordner from Monash University.

“He concluded that there is nothing from a forensic pathology viewpoint to suggest that any of the children had been killed,” she said.

“He opined that there are identifiable, natural causes of death for two of the children, Patrick and Laura, and natural causes are a plausible explanation for the other two deaths, Caleb and Sarah, and the acute or apparent life-threatening event concerning Patrick.”

She also highlighted a 2015 report from a mathematics professor which concluded “the jury was almost certainly misled” by expert statements “regarding the rarity of multiple SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)”.

Ms Furness said the inquiry should focus on medical opinions and evidence such as “new research or literature concerning incidents of reported deaths of three or more infants in the same family attributed to unidentified natural causes”.

This medical focus was unopposed by Folbigg’s barrister, Dr Robert Cavanagh.

According to former NSW District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch, who is heading the inquiry, hearings are unlikely to begin until late February 2019.

The location is yet to be confirmed but the inquiry is slated to run for six to 12 months.

Fish for good cause

FISH OF THE WEEK: Shelley Valvo wins the Tsunami lure pack and Jarvis Walker tacklebox for this handy bream caught up off Stockton Beach recently.

Anglers are gearing up fortheCharlestown Anglers Flathead Comp being held in Lake Macquarie on Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4.

The catch and release tournament will run6am Saturday to 1pm Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Leukemia Foundation.

“It’s a catch and release with the biggest flathead being submitted by each angler with a picture on a brag mat,” Troy said.

”Its$10entry fee for over 16 years and free for under 16 years old, with prizes for senior and junior biggest flathead, plus prizes for mystery length senior and junior.

“Presentation will be at Warners Bay Hotel on Sunday 3pm with a sausage sizzle.”

Anyoneinterested can contact Troy [email protected]苏州美甲or there are entry forms at Fishermans Warehouse at Mark’s Point.

“Registration cut-off is November 1. We’re also holding a Tackle and Flathead talk withJason Nunn from Fishermans Warehouse at Warners Bay Hotel on Tuesday, October 30 from 6pm for anyone who is interested In the comp.

“Charlestown Anglerswill be raffling a rod and reel combo, with all proceeds again going to the Leukemia Foundation.”

Lake landingsTroy reports Dan Guifoyle fished the lake last week and caught a cracker bream going 46.5cm on a 100mm Samaki vibe while chasing jew and on another day he also landed a 120cm jew from the lake.

“Chad Kelly and myself headed up Port Stephens two weeks ago as there was big winds and swell, chasing drummer,” Troy added. “We ended up with 11 drummer, all around the 2kg mark, and 8 bream, the biggest going 43cm.

“It was a bit hard carrying fishing gear and 25 kilo of fish over the rocks.

“Young Sam Law got a nice kingfish in the lake going 73cm on a vibe, with his dad, “Boota” Law, filming the action.”

Kingdom comeBeen some great kingfish kicking around thebreakwall at Nelson Bay this week.

Peter Perekovic from Corlette landed a beauty well over 10kg.

“The locals have been trying to keep it to themselves, but they’ve been there for nearly a month now,” according to Brent “Hammer” Hancock, from Tackle World Port Stephens.

“They come and go and they are the type of fish that can drive people crazy.

“Some use lures, some use live baits. We’ve been selling lots of poppers and stick baits.

“Things like your Nomad Madscads and Nomad Chug Norris go good.

“The Madscad is like a cross between a stick and swim bait and kings love them.

“The ‘slimey mackerel’ colour seems to appeal.”

On top of a good lure, anglers will be well advised to arm up with heavy duty line if they’re to be any chance of taming these tanks.

“You’ll need minimum 50lb to80lb braid and 80lb leaders and even then there will be no guarantees,” Brent said.

“Kings are a ‘50-50’ fish –50 per cent chance of a hook-up, and 50 per cent chance of landing them.

“I used to chase them when I was a young fella but I’ve given it up because it’s too frustrating.”

Big snapperEncouraging signs on the snapper front up Port Stephens way – Pacific Blue Charters got an 8kg fish last weekend.

“Hopefully as the full moon passes, we’ll see more fish like that on the chew,” Brent said.

“I don’t know why but it seems harder to get snapper and other reef species so much when we’re on the full moon.”

Meanwhile, Nelson Bay has been fishing real well for sand whiting, big models up to 38cm. Live tube wormsworkingwell.

Still plenty of really nice flatties about too, and Brent reckons big soft plastics are the go.

“The Pro Lure Fishtail in the 130ml has been working really well,” he said.

“There’s one colour called a ‘lime pepper’ and another called ‘golden eye’which have been very popular on the bigger flathead.”

On the subject of new gear, Brent is a big rap on ahard body lure from Japancalled a ‘Flow Shad’ made by a company called Jackson.

“A lot of guys have been trolling those and we just can’t keep enough on the wall which means they’re going all right,” he said.

Funds availableRecreational Fishing Trust funding applications for amounts up to $10,000 opened this week.

Applications are open to anyone anyone witha great idea to improve recreational fishing in the local area – fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals.

Joint applications, including those that combine freshwater and saltwater projects, are encouraged.

You can discuss ideas with DPI Fisheries by calling (02) 4916 3835 or by [email protected]

Great chance to get active

Brett O’Farrell, CEO, Hunter Academy of Sport ADVERTISING FEATURE ON FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Speers Point Park will play home to SportsFest October 28, in an all-ages family friendly event hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport.

The Hunter Academy of Sport is hosting the annual SportsFest event, a free family fun day at Lake Macquarie’s Speers Point Park on Sunday, October 28 from 10am-2pm.

The Hunter Academy of Sport’s core objective is to identify, educate, develop and provide opportunity to the region’s most promising athletes, but each year they like to motivate the local community to get active and take up a sport.

TEST YOUR SKILLS: Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges will be dotted along Speers Point Park.

This event stems from the original Festival of Sport, which the Hunter Academy of Sport, alongside major sponsors Greater Bank and NIB hold each year.

For the past 25-plus years, sporting organisations across the Hunter open their doors to new participants, giving kids the opportunity to try something new.

Athletics LANSW/ANSW, AFL NSW/ACT, Ten Pin Bowling NSW, Netball NSW, Cricket NSW and many more will be on hand to give kids a try through various drills, skill development, inflatable batting cages and hitting bays.

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Hunter Academy of SportThere will also be a rock climbing wall giving participants the opportunity to try one of the new sports that will be featured in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Newcastle Jets W-league squad will also be attending, where the community can have a kick with their favourite players.

“This event is not only for the young at age, it’s for the young at heart,” Brett O’Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport, said.“I want dads, mums, brothers and sisters to come along, and enjoy themselves.Try a sport or activity you have never done before. You can smash a squash ball into a cage, you can relax with some yoga, you can jump, run, throw, and have all your efforts recorded. We have the support of the state sporting organisations and local associations which is a massive drawcard for this event.”

A full schedule of events is listed on the Hunter Academy website and Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? Brush off that dusty glove, throwon your joggers, grab the family and come on down to Speers Point Park on October 28 for a festival unlike any you’ve seen before.

Doing nothing does harm – all the harm that led to #MeToo

Last Tuesday marked exactly one year since a tweet by Alyssa Milano launched what’s become known as the #MeToo movement.

Last week also marked the release by The Men’s Project of ground-breaking research that showed men who hold inflexible attitudes about “being manly”– or those in “the Man Box”, as the research termed it – are much more likely to be violent towards women and to harm themselves through suicide attempts, drinking and car accidents.

It’s perhaps fitting then, that Our Watch chose last week to launchdoingnothingdoesharm成都模特佳丽招聘.au, a new campaign aimed at helping nsdosomething – whether subtly or directly – when they see behaviour that is disrespectful towards women.

For generations, doing nothing has done harm. Bystanders in Hollywood, in workplaces, in public spaces, on screens and in the home chose not to act when men treated their female colleagues, friends and family members disrespectfully, unequally – even abusively.

Looking at the correlation between men’s attitudes and violence uncovered by the Man Box research, it’s unsurprising that the evidence tells us sexual violence against women has been, and still is, so widespread.

Not unlike a lightning strike, #MeToo was a confluence of factors that produced a rare and spectacular event. A single tweet at a particular moment in history prompted millions of women to speak out about that violence in a mass online outpouring of two simple words: me too.

The collective cry was the culmination of decades upon decades of the harm done by so many people “doing nothing”, or not knowing how or when to do something.

Here is the good news:Our Watch research found that most people (79 per cent) want to tackle disrespect towards women when they witness it. It’s just that very few (14 per cent) actually feel able or know how to speak up and act.

To address that, Our Watch produced five short videos showing scenarios that will be all too familiar to many. At a restaurant with friends, a man laughs off the idea of a female CEO, makes sleazy comments to the young female waitperson, and insists women aren’t welcome when men are watching sport.

The videos are interactive – you, the viewer, are notified that you have a few seconds to click and change the situation.

If you choose not to act, the man keeps going as his friends – and you – cringe in discomfort.

If you act, one of the man’s friends steps in and the disrespectful behaviour stops.

And here’s the clincher: unlike any other ad campaign, if you choose to act (by clicking on the video) you will not see the ad on YouTubeagain.

If you ever browse products online, you’ll know those shoes or that barbecue you clicked on will keep appearing on every other page you visit.

This is the opposite. If you click on “do something”on ourDoing Nothing Does Harmads, YouTube won’t present you with them again.

We designed it that way to mirror how social change comes about.

The more people choose to “do something”when a friend, colleague or family member acts or speaks disrespectfully, the less that behaviour will occur, until we cease to see it altogether.

But just as #MeToo, in one year, did not fix everything, neither willDoing Nothing Does Harm. The movement towards gender equality is a long game and it will take many more lightning-strike events, campaigns and people who capture the public imagination for us to get there.

When there is social change, there is always backlash, and we’ve seen some appalling examples of this. But not all resistance is bad. If we hear each other out and answer each other’s questions, together we can move forward.

At Our Watch, we know that addressing the drivers of violence against women is a community-wide responsibility and it can only be done by changing social norms and structures, attitudes and behaviours across a broad range of settings.

That’s why we work with sporting codes, educators, businesses, the media and governments.

In the last fortnight, nine more women have been killed in . This brings the 2018 toll to 54, an increasingly familiar but no less brutal reminder of how urgent this work is.

In the same two weeks, the “man box”research has offered long-awaited insights into the causes of men’s violence, thousands more words about #MeToo have been published, anddoingnothingdoesharm成都模特佳丽招聘.auhas given people the tools to do something when they see disrespectful behaviour towards women.

Reflecting on all of this together reinforces my belief that change is happening, and all of us – men and women, individuals and organisations, are part of an unstoppable movement toward a future where we are all equal, and we are all safe.

Patty Kinnersly is chief executive of Our Watch.

NRLNewcastle Knights handed a glut of early season home games in 2019 draw

Knights at homeNewcastle Knights will be out to get off to a flying start next season with five of their first seven premiership games to be played in front of their home crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium.

SPORT: The Newcastle Knights

The Knights will kick off their 2019 campaign against the Sharks at home on Friday, March 15 at 6 pm and will meet defending premiers Sydney Roosters in a Friday night Channel Nine free-to-air clash at McDonald Jones Stadium on May 24.

The complete 2019 Newcastle Knights drawROUND 1: Friday, March 15,Knights vs. Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium 6:00pmROUND 2: Saturday, March23, Knights vs. Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium 5:30pmROUND 3: Friday, March 29, Raiders vs. Knights at GIO Stadium 6:00pmROUND 4: Sunday, April 7, Knights vs. Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium 6:10pmROUND 5: Saturday, April 13, Knights vs. Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium 5:30pmROUND 6: Sunday, April 21, Titans vs. Knights at CBus Super Stadium 2:00pmROUND 7: Sunday, April 28, Knights vs. Eels at McDonald Jones Stadium 4:05pmROUND 8: Sunday, May 5, Warriors vs. Knights at Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pmROUND 9: Saturday, May 11, Bulldogs vs. Knights at Suncorp Stadium 3:00pmROUND 10: Sunday, May 19, Dragons vs. Knights at Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee 2:00pmROUND 11: Friday, May 24, Knights vs. Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium 7:55pmROUND 12: BYEROUND 13: Friday, June 7, Rabbitohs vs. Knights at ANZ Stadium 6:00pmROUND 14: Saturday, June 15, Storm vs. Knights at AAMI Park 3:00pmROUND 15: Saturday, June 29, Knights vs. Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium 5:30pmROUND 16: Saturday, July 6, Knights vs. Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium 7:35pmROUND 17: Friday, July 12, Knights vs. Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium 7:55pmROUND 18: Saturday, July 20, Roosters vs. Knights at TBA 3:00pmROUND 19: Friday, July 26, Knights vs. Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium 6:00pmROUND 20: Saturday, August 3, Sea Eagles vs. Knights at Lottoland 3:00pmROUND 21: Saturday, August 10, Eels vs. Knights at Western Sydney Stadium 5:30pmROUND 22: Saturday, August 17, Knights vs. Cowboys at McDonald Jones Stadium 3:00pmROUND 23: Saturday, August 24, Tigers vs. Knights at Campbelltown Stadium 5:30pmROUND 24: Saturday, August31, Knights vs. Titans atMcDonald Jones Stadium 3:00pmROUND 25: Sunday, September 8, Panthers vs. Knights at Panthers Stadium 4:05pm

Purcell takes Drover’s Wife to Hollywood

Leah Purcell’s focus is turning The Drover’s Wife: Legend of Molly Johnson into a movie.Leah Purcell is about to swap her dank Wentworth jail cell for glitzy Hollywood boardrooms.

The award-winning actor-director-playwright will join a delegation of ‘s elite indigenous screen luminaries next month on a historic trip to Los Angeles for high-level meetings and networking opportunities.

Warwick Thornton, winner of the the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival for Sweet Country, Mystery Road’s Ivan Sen and Redfern Now producer Erica Glynn are also part of the delegation.

Purcell and partner Bain Stewart will not be sightseeing or living it up on the Sunset Strip during the November 5 -10 visit. They have work to do.

“I’ll have my business hat on,” Purcell, 48, who joined the cast of hit TV prison drama Wentworth for this year’s sixth season, told AAP.

Purcell and Stewart are focused on turning their award-winning n play, The Drover’s Wife, into a feature film.

The movie, to carry the title The Drover’s Wife: Legend of Molly Johnson, is in the “very late stages of development” and they hope the LA meetings will lead to a US sales agent, distributor and add some extra funding.

Penguin Random House has also commissioned Purcell to turn The Drover’s Wife into a novel and there’s a plan to make it into a TV series.

Purcell knows there is international interest in the movie after they met with 12 international film distributors at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and received an overwhelmingly positive response.

“It feels great to be able to go to LA and do business,” Purcell said.

“It’s the kind of dream you have when you are in this industry to test the waters there.”

Purcell doesn’t rule out in the future pursuing directing and acting gigs in the US but her focus is on The Drover’s Wife: Legend of Molly Johnson movie.

The delegation is an extension of Screen ‘s Talent USA initiative and follows a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to the LA-based ns in Film Foundation.

Halloween in China can become a time to dress up and party

Americanised: A Mickey Mouse Halloween pumpkin at Disneyland. Andrew Olsen says Halloween is about more than America. It’s almost time for Halloween.

Loads of kids will,on Wednesday, wander the streetsin costume, bludging chocolate and lollies. Whatever you do, don’t give them an apple.

We can already hear your collective groan:“Not thatAmerican rubbish!”.

But alas, no. Not according toHamilton South’s Andrew Olsen.

Andrew is Canadian. He’sbeen living Down Under since 1995 and he’sa big Halloween fan.

“To say that Halloween is American rubbishis akin to saying Christmas is American rubbish,” Andrew said.

“Both events were brought to the US andCanadaby immigrants –Christmasby the English and Halloweenby the Scottish and Irish. Both events flourished in both countries – even more so in Canada.”

Andrew said Halloween was an “opportunity to dress up in a costume and have a laugh”.

“It’s phenomenal that this event has endured for so long, especially in light of the Christian repressionofits Celtic and pagan origins,” he said.

He quoted an article titled,Why do People Wear Costumes?to highlight the power of dressing up. The wearing of costumes atHalloween was a time to “let loose, violate social codesand parade around in otherwise unacceptable modes of dress”.

“There’s a lot we repress as a society and we need a safety valve to let off steam,” the article said.

Andrew said that Halloween, in Canada, was “not just a time for kids to trick or treat, but for adults to have parties”.

He said costumes weren’trestricted to witches, ghosts and goblins.

“You can dress up like anything or anyone.Human history is vastly rich with costumes and characters to represent.

“Costumes are a great way to break down all the social and economic barriers that we live under today.”

Andrew hasstruggled with the resistance shown to Halloween because “it’s un-n” or “it’s American and we’re not doing it”.

“It’swidely believed that the origins of Halloween go back to the annual pagan event acted out by the Celtsmore than 2000 years ago,” he said.

He said the ritual had somehow managed to survive, despite being attacked in the past through“Christian repression, persecution and torture”.

He saidHalloween was not all about ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

“Youhavethe Christians to thank for the demonisation of Halloween,” he said.

“As they tried to convert pagans over to Christianity, they started to claim that pagan rituals were devil worship. The Christians weren’t very nice to pagans or anyone else who didn’t tow the line.”

One of Andrew’s key points is this: “Many communities around the world have their masquerade festivals, so why can’t we have our own annual day to dress up, reach out to the community and party?”

The laziest Halloween costume around.