SIMON WALKER: Topping off the guru lists

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THERE are certain times in every life when one wonders if one has been successful.

That time might arrive with a glance at one’s superannuation balance, and the dazzling lack of zeroes at the end of it.

Or it might be a glance at one’s waistline and how it’s impeding one’s view of one’s less-than-dazzling super statement. This might not be a bad thing.

Or it may come with a glance at one’s kids, who may or may not get out of juvie within the month.

We’re all different and it’s natural to look for ways to measure up, preferably with a sense of humour, because you might need it.

Inevitably, if you wonder long and hard enough, you’ll end up on the internet reading “guru lists”.

Those scientifically compiled tables of signs, omens, psychopathies arranged in no particular order by people who may have sold pyramid schemes in a former life.

Designed to inform if you are successful “in the now”, or likely to be in the soon-to-be-arriving now – that’s guru talk for “the future” – prior to death, which is a sure indicator you need a new guru.

You know the lists I’m talking about.

Guides like: “10 things you need to stop doing if you are going to be successful”.

I’m always surprised No1 on this type of list is not: Stop taking the piss out of these lists.

Or: “11 things you need to start doing if you are going to be successful.”

Getting off your arse and doing something rarely seems to get spelt out.

Then of course there’s the “12 signs you are successful and simply unaware of it.”

Often cited in the “13 hard-core pieces of evidence you’re in denial” list.

And rarely referred to in the “14.5 sociopathic tendencies of millionaires”.

That’s because millionaires are focused, they think big, they make mistakes (often with other people’s money) before making truckloads of their own.

Based on that standard they may be totally unaware that they are successful, but you’re not, courtesy of the guru lists you might want to copy in your darker moments.

Like when you contemplate your super balance.

Yes, you can get can transported out of your comfort zone reading these lists.

And usually, moving out of your comfort zone is No9 on such lists.

It’s all about manipulating misgivings. I mean, moulding mindsets.

That’s why I warmed to one I stumbled across the other day on a business-type “yeah baby, go for it” website.

It was called “20 Habits of Eventual Millionaires”.

This was a list I could get my teeth into because it combined the idea of being probably not that successful in the now with the possibility of being hopefully a bit more successful sometime in the soon-to-be-arriving now, prior to death.

I noticed early on that chewing your fingernails did not rate a mention as one of the habits.

But I read on anyhow because the suspense was killing me.

According to this particular guru it’s all about “Taking one ray of light and combining them all to become the sun”.

In fact, one was urged to put that concept to one’s 20-year-old self and ask him or her what constitutes success.

Knowing my 20-year-old self, I believe he may well have asked what I’d been smoking. And if I had any spare. But I got the gist of where this list was coming from.

Reverse engineering. Envisioning the end product, you, and working backwards through the process that led to its arrival.

If this process seems alarming, I suggest you refer back to the “12 signs you’re successful but unaware of it” before proceeding.

I did because I was struggling for claret at that moment. I mean clarity.

One trait top of the “20 habits of eventual millionaires” list I found easy to understand was: “Avoid death.”

String that one out as long as possible I would have thought. A little obvious but a good indication of the level of nitty gritty detail this guru was prepared to go into.

Gurus should never get too specific.

Another habit that didn’t seem so self-evident was: “Every day be around people who are kind to you and love you.”

Ironic in a Catch 22 type of way, depending on where you work and how things are going at home.

Which is OK because the next habit is: “Solve difficult gratitude problems.”

Apparently it helps to be grateful for things that really give you the gee willikers.

As the guru outlines, it’s the difference between being scared in a movie and saying, “wait, it’s just a movie”.

Except it’s not a movie.

Speaking of movies, the next habit is a shining light: “Write down 10 ideas a day.”

A great idea, unless that idea you’re writing repeatedly is, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Planting seeds is recommended because, according to my guru, 50 per cent of flowers come from 1 per cent of seeds.

I get lost when it comes to such garden variety mathematics, but I can’t help suspecting it could help when buying a Lotto ticket, and may also have applications regarding my super statement.

Hopefully that’s something I can measure up in the long term and tick off my guru list when it comes to signs of success.

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Refugees in Indonesia go on hunger strike to protest delays in resettlement

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Refugees in Pekanbaru on the Indonesian island of Sumatra go on a hunger strike to protest against delays to their resettlement in a third country. Photo: Supplied The refugees in Pekanbaru come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Myanmar. Photo: Supplied

The n government cut its refugee intake from Indonesia last year. Photo: Supplied

Jakarta: A group of 120 refugees stuck in Pekanbaru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, have gone on a hunger strike to protest their frustration over delays to their resettlement in a third country.

Ahmad Zaki, a Hazara refugee from Pakistan, said the refugees wanted the UN refugee agency to come to Pekanbaru to discuss their resettlement cases and open an office in the Sumatran city.

“We are waiting for our resettlement process from more than one year,” Mr Zaki said. “I want to go to or any other country.”

The men, who are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Myanmar, have been found to be genuine refugees by the UNHCR. Their accommodation, medical care and a living stipend is paid for by the International Organisation of Migration.

“We tried to contact UNHCR many times. They make excuses every time. They reached other cities every two to three months regularly,” Mr Zaki said.

About 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia.

Many found to be genuine refugees remain stranded in the archipelago while the UNHCR tries to find a third country in which to resettle them.

In an interview with Fairfax Media last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia was not a destination country for refugees.

“So we hope that countries like could take more. But of course I understand the domestic situation,” she said. “Shared responsibility, shared burden is very important. I leave it to the UNCHR to have a discussion with destination countries that belong to the Convention [relating to the Status of Refugees].”

The UNCHR’s Indonesia representative, Thomas Vargas, strongly advised the men against the hunger strike. “It’s not going to solve their problem or have their resettlement cases expedited,” Mr Vargas said.

“It just causes a lot of problems and the possibility of harm to themselves, which we would consider to be terrible.”

Mr Vargas said resettlement was a long process, which could take up to two years in Indonesia due to the limited resettlement places available globally and the various procedures that needed to be completed to comply with requirements made by resettlement countries.

He said the UNHCR regularly visited all locations where refugees were in lndonesia and was about to post a few staff members permanently in Pekanbaru given the high volume.

However he warned this did not mean the resettlement process would move any quicker.

“The UNHCR can’t force countries to take refugees,” Mr Vargas said. He said the Syrian crisis made it even harder to find resettlement options for refugees coming out of Indonesia.

Former immigration minister Scott Morrison announced on November 18 last year that would cut its annual intake from Indonesia from 600 people to 450. He said anyone who registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia after July 1, 2014, would  not be eligible to come to . The intention, he said at the time, was to “drain the pool” of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia.

Mr Vargas said while this had had an impact, he was appreciative that continued to accept refugees who had registered with the UNHCR before July 1 last year.

He said resettlement was only one of a range of protection options.

“We recognise that a very small fraction of the refugee population globally will ever be resettled, which is why we also look at other options and appeal to governments for family reunification, temporary protection and providing labour [programs] for refugees to be able to take care of themselves.”

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The Walk: One man’s extraordinary risks

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Frenchman Philippe Petit walked across a cable that had been illegally strung between Manhattan’s Twin Towers in 1974.THE WALK (PG)

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Screening: General release

Rating: ★★★

THE true story of Philippe Petit – the Frenchman who kept onlookers enthralled for 45 minutes while he walked, sat and lay on a cable strung between the tops of Manhattan’s Twin Towers in 1974 – was told in James Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire (2008). It was a tale of a phenomenally brave and gifted obsessive, charismatic enough to draw others into helping him fulfil his lofty ambition.

But, like all obsessives, Petit found it hard to be grateful. And when it was all over, these loyal disciples fell to earth with a bump while he gave himself over to being adored by a much larger and louder audience.

Robert Zemeckis’ take on the Frenchman’s great adventure gets some of this right. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Petit is an impish charmer deaf and blind to anybody’s state of mind but his own. He crackles with nervous energy tempered, when necessary, by his mighty powers of concentration. But you get little sense of the hard-headedness that took him through six years of preparation.

Full of Gallic shrugs and merry montages, the early scenes have him as a whimsical clown working the streets of a Paris that looks as if it’s been plucked straight out of Amelie. Here, he meets Ben Kingsley as a circus aerialist extraordinaire and begins to learn from him.

Pretty soon he’s rehearsing for the big event with a wire walk between the spires of Notre Dame, and it’s not long before he’s off to New York with his devoted girlfriend, Annie Allix (Charlotte Le Bon), and a small team of pals willing to risk jail to help him get to the top of the towers.

I was so pleased to leave behind Zemeckis’ cloying vision of Paris that I didn’t mind the speed of all this. But once we’re in New York, we switch genres with a suddenness that’s a little disorienting.

We’re now in a caper movie, with the shift in worlds signalled by a score reminiscent of The Pink Panther. The group of conspirators take on more recruits, including a couple of stoners who look as if they’d be felled by vertigo if they attempted to stand upright, and a hardware-store salesman whose talents as a fast-talker are to prove indispensable when the time comes for the group to bluff their way into the tower building, disguised as workmen.

Such an enthusiastic embrace of the story’s more farcical elements does toss up some easy laughs but putting the group on a par with the Keystone Cops also limits the degree of sophistication that the script is able to bring to the interplay between their personalities.

And there was plenty to talk about. As Marsh’s documentary revealed, the strains, fears and disagreements within the group constituted a drama within the drama. But Zemeckis glosses them over with caricature. He’s making a fable here and the only person he’s really interested in is its hero.

So it’s basically a one-man show, with Levitt keeping the others entranced with his demands, explosions and propensity for taking extraordinary chances. His practical, methodical side is there, too, but more often than not, it’s upstaged by his theatricality. And, like any case of extreme self-absorption, his soon begins to bore.

But all these irritations fall away once the group get inside the Twin Towers and we’re confronted by the enormity of the task they’ve set themselves. As the buildings are closing for the night, they have to smuggle in their equipment, which includes a 200-kilogram cable, and get it on to the roof. And having done that, they have to evade the security guard while they work with their teammates on the roof of the other building to rig the cable.

This is what Zemeckis has been waiting for. His hallmark as a director is his passion for visual effects and his use of CGI and 3D is dazzling. I’m pleased to report there’s no hint of the religious in the sense of sublime you feel in Petit’s kinship with space, air and the slender cable beneath his feet. Even so, it is as if he’s consorting with angels.

The last shot is a homage to the lost towers, standing burnished by sunlight, and there’s a certain poignancy in it. But it’s Petit you’re thinking about.

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Parramatta shooting arrest: terror suspect lashed out at perceived war on Islam

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Screen grabs of Raban Alou Photo: Fairfax MediaTwo men charged with terrorism offences over Curtis Cheng death

A teenage terror suspect accused of assisting with the killing of police accountant Curtis Cheng had previously spoken of his “anger” at a perceived war on Islam in .

Raban Alou, 18, spoke to Fairfax Media last year when his family’s Wentworthville home was raided and his older brother, Kawa, was detained as part of a terrorism operation.

“I dunno, I got a lot of anger,” he said at the time. “It’s a war on Islam just because we grow our beards. They want to label us as a terrorist, or supporters of IS [Islamic State], whatever, that’s up to you.”

Mr Alou said he was angry that police had targeted his older brother and several of his friends, who he admitted were being watched by ASIO.

He said his brother, Kawa, had recently served three years in jail for a violent assault and hung around with “hot heads”.

The Alous’ home was raided again last week in connection to the murder of Mr Cheng outside Parramatta police headquarters on October 2.

Mr Alou was detained and charged on Thursday night with the Commonwealth offence of aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of a terrorist act.

It is alleged he gave schoolboy Farhad Jabar a gun and spent two hours with him in Parramatta Mosque on October 2, before Jabar shot Mr Cheng outside Parramatta police headquarters.

A family friend, 22-year-old Talal Alameddine, was charged on Thursday with supplying the gun to Mr Alou.

Last year, Mr Alou told Fairfax Media that police had come to their Wentworthville home looking for material relating to al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

“They [the police] said it was something to do with terrorist activity. I was like, relax,” he said at the time. “They are searching now but there is nothing to find.”

Hours before the second raid on their home last week, older brother Kawa lashed out at Fairfax Media, saying the killing of Muslims around the world was more important than Mr Cheng’s death.

“Why don’t you do something useful?” he said via Facebook. “And talk about real events occurring in Palestine. The killing of Muslims all ova the world [sic]. The oppressions in Burma, Palestine.”

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Rugby World Cup 2015: All Blacks name team for quarter-final showdown with France

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Wing spot: Nehe Milner-Skudder will start for the All Blacks against France in Cardiff. Photo: Reuters Wing spot: Nehe Milner-Skudder will start for the All Blacks against France in Cardiff. Photo: Reuters

Wing spot: Nehe Milner-Skudder will start for the All Blacks against France in Cardiff. Photo: Reuters

Wing spot: Nehe Milner-Skudder will start for the All Blacks against France in Cardiff. Photo: Reuters

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Nehe Milner-Skudder’s sharp feet have danced their way onto the much-debated right wing for the All Blacks’ quarterfinal showdown with France at the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff on Sunday morning (AEST).

Milner-Skudder’s selection comes as no major surprise. He’s been a revelation since bursting onto the New Zealand provincial scene with Manawatu; frequently breezing past defenders in his rookie season with the Hurricanes before making the step up to Test level with aplomb, scoring two tries on debut against the Wallabies.

His first match at the Rugby World Cup hit a road bump. Shelling a Sonny Bill Williams offload with the line open against Argentina wasn’t ideal, but he quickly shook off that set back and has been rewarded with a start in the biggest match of his career.

Waisake Naholo was the other option, but his comeback from a fractured leg hasn’t materialised as hoped. After an 11-week layoff Naholo was hesitant and appeared to lack confidence in his two starts at the World Cup – one on each wing.

In the end Milner-Skudder’s form was simply irresistible; his six tries in five Tests and overall enthusiasm leaving Steve Hansen no choice in the only genuine selection debate of the starting XV.

Milner-Skudder will link with Julian Savea, who returns on the left wing after being rested from the final pool win over Tonga last week.

Elsewhere, Richie McCaw returns from injury to lead the team, pushing Sam Cane to the bench, and Brodie Retallick is back to partner Sam Whitelock at lock, with Luke Romano dropping out of the squad.

In the final of four starting tweaks, Wyatt Crockett replaces veteran loosehead Tony Woodcock, who is out of the tournament with a hamstring tear.

On the bench Hansen sprung a surprise by promoting Joe Moody over Ben Franks. The Canterbury prop arrived in Wales four days ago and is now preparing for a World Cup knockout match.

Hansen has again preferred two loose forwards – Victor Vito and Cane – over specialist locking cover, suggesting mobility is a focus against a big French pack. Charlie Faumuina also returns from a hamstring issue, while Williams and Beauden Barrett are two super-subs in waiting.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow gets the jump on TJ Perenara, confirming his elevation in the halfback pecking order.

“We’re exactly where we want to be — playing a quarterfinal at Millennium Stadium,” Hansen said. “It’s finals footy and we’re hugely excited by that. We’re a team that enjoys a challenge, we’ve had a great week’s preparation and it’s now about putting it out on the park.

“This team has always been about making its own history. We’ve known for a long time that this match-up may be a possibility and we’re really looking forward to it. There are not many better places to play than a packed Millennium Stadium.

“All Blacks-French Tests are always intense affairs and we expect this weekend to be no different. The French will be very physical and both teams have plenty to play for. We’re at the time in the tournament where the big boys have to step up to the plate and the team that does this the best will move through to the next round. It’s as simple as that. We can’t wait.”

All Blacks: Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.


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Nick Kyrgios happy to continue his turbulent year, and for Lleyton Hewitt to take over Davis Cup

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Nick Kyrgios says he is not quite ready for his tumultuous season to finish, but primed for Lleyton Hewitt to assume the Davis Cup captaincy, as his strong support for the former world No.1 also served to deliver a parting back-hander to outgoing caretaker Wally Masur.

Kyrgios said Hewitt deserved the position for 2016 that he was first awarded in January, only for Tennis to respond to criticism of the closed-shop process by opening up the job to outside applicants. But with Masur electing not to seek an extension, Hewitt is considered a near-certainty to move straight from a playing role into the captain’s chair after his retirement at Melbourne Park in January.

“I think he deserves it,” said Kyrgios, who was left out of the semi-final team that lost 3-2 to Britain in Glasgow in September. “He’s probably the one guy I would probably point my finger to if I had to choose a captain.

“I’m just glad he’s taking over, to be honest. Yeah, I’m going to feel a lot more comfortable playing Davis Cup while he’s in charge.”

Meanwhile, another Hewitt disciple, n No.1 Bernard Tomic, also endorsed the dual grand slam champion’s claims, despite some reservations elsewhere that the 34-year-old would benefit from spending a kind of “gap year” transitioning from one tennis career to the next.

“I want him there, Nick wants him there, we all want him there and I think he deserves the opportunity to be the Davis Cup captain next year,” Tomic told Fairfax Media before his third-round match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. “I know we have the tie against the USA at home [in March], so that would be a huge launch for him obviously if he was there in the chair, but we’re going to find out very shortly.”

For Kyrgios, the post-script to his typically eventful singles debut at Asia’s Masters 1000 event was to be the post-match review of his most recent code violation, which would determine any fine to add to the US$1500 he was slugged for uttering an audible obscenity in the opening round. Kyrgios was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct after hitting a ball that narrowly missed a line judge after serving a fault in the last game of the second set against Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.

Yet while world No.1 Novak Djokovic believes Kyrgios needs to focus on maintaining his concentration during matches if he is to break into the game’s top echelon, sixth-seeded Nishikori said he did not consider that a major factor in Wednesday’s match.

“I thought he was staying tough all the time,” said Nishikori, who recovered to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. “Even [though] he lost the second set, especially he was doing really well in the first set, he didn’t give me any easy shots. I mean, I heard little bit, arguing little bit. But I tried to stay calm and concentrate what I have to do.”

Having lost a close encounter in the second round of the doubles with Tomic, the next stop for Kyrgios is a brief break back home in Canberra before signing off on his tournament season at indoor events in Valencia and Paris. He will return to Asia for a reprise of his IPTL involvement with the Singapore Slammers, but said his pre-season and early-January plans remain unclear.

“I mean, I’m actually feeling pretty good,” he said. “I got told this time of the year’s tough for all the players – [that] everyone’s looking forward to just finishing.

“I’m actually feeling surprisingly pretty good. I’m actually a bit disappointed that the season’s coming to an end. I think I’m starting to play some really good tennis.”

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ROLLING WONDER: Fearnley leader of the pack again as big finish looms

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Kurt Fearnley at Merewether Beach on Thursday. Picture: Peter StoopWINNING no longer comes easily to wheelchair-racing world-beater Kurt Fearnley.

The three-time Paralympic gold medallist inspired the pack of wheelchair racers who now challenge him on the road and track, and they in turn have pushed him to train and compete even harder in his final full season on the international circuit.

Which is why Fearnley’s fifth Chicago Marathon win on Sunday was so significant.

Chicago was the first milestone on his road to the Rio Paralympic Games next September. He flies out on Friday for the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Doha, where he will contest the 1500m and 5000m track races, then on to the US for his New York Marathon defence on November 1.

“That was a big confidence boost,” he said on Thursday as he soaked up some sun at Merewether.

“To jump away by a couple of seconds in the last 400 metres was a handy way to finish, and traditionally, when I have a good Chicago, I have a good New York. So when you get on that roll, you’re hard to beat.”

Having won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and last year, 34-year-old Fearnley is chasing a sixth bite of the Big Apple. His Chicago victory followed wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

“There were a few years there where wins were easy,” he said.

‘‘I remember knocking out 10 marathon wins in a year, but it’s not like that any more.

‘‘You look at the world wheelchair majors over the past three years, no-one would have won two.

‘‘We traditionally have four major marathons and every single one of those have been won by a different athlete over a 12-month period.

‘‘So I’m a little bit grateful that I’ve already got that win up for this year, and also still pretty confident about how I’m feeling about New York.’’

Fearnley’s American friend and arch rival Josh George lives and trains with him in Newcastle during the n summer, and George returned the favour in Chicago.

George pipped him by one second to win in the Windy City last year but he turned the tables on his host last Sunday to win in a time of one hour, 30 minutes and 46 seconds.

That was two seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and George, and another two seconds in front of South Africa’s Ernst Van Dyk.

‘‘I don’t know whether I’ve seen Huggy lose on the road without some sort of a technical issue for a couple of years, so he’s been in bloody good shape, and Ernst is rolling in a $30,000 carbon fibre wheelchair, so the boys are trying to go that next step,’’ he said.

‘‘Midway through that race, there were 12 other guys in the pack, we were going at a good pace, and I had this feeling that I was going to win. I felt really strong, and aggressive, and confident, and that’s such a good feeling, so I’m still loving that. It’s a good gig.’’

Fearnley covets the prestige and financial rewards that accompany success on the streets of New York, and is just as keen to test himself on the track in Doha to provide a Rio form guide.

‘‘The world champs will be a good way for me to see what the rest of the world are doing on the track,’’ he said.

‘‘I haven’t seen a lot of these wheelchair racers since London, so if I want to have a crack at multiple medals in Rio, I need to see what the best in the world are doing right now.’’

He will allow himself a short break of seven to 10 days at home for Christmas before climbing back into the saddle and competing at the Tokyo Marathon in February, then he will train and prepare in Europe and the United States in the middle of next year in the lead-up to Rio.

‘‘If you have three weeks off, it takes six weeks to get back. I can’t afford that any more,’’ he said.

Fearnley stayed at George’s house in the week leading up to the race last week, because he lives a couple of hours out of Chicago, and they shared some reflective moments.

‘‘I was telling him I’m going to miss everything,’’ Fearnley said.

‘‘I’m going to miss the nerves – I’m going to miss everything – so there’s so many parts of it that I have to enjoy now because I’ve only got this limited window.’’

But international competition comes at the high cost of time away from his wife, Sheridan, and their 18-month-old son Harry.

That’s why he squeezed in three days at home in Newcastle before heading to Doha.

‘‘Six weeks away from home, it’s not happening any more,’’ said Fearnley, who is in the final months of his reign as Newcastle’s Citizen of the Year.

‘‘They allow me to do it, but I don’t want it, and that makes what I do possible.’’

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The Bachelorette China 2015: Sam Frost sends Alex Cameron home after family visits

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Alex believes in love now. Sam shows Michael up on the soccer field.

Frosty rips some waves.

Kitchen grilling from Richie’s family.

Sasha’s mum had questions for Sam.

A farewell kiss from Sash.

Recap: Sam Frost sends Dave home and smooches Sasha again

Reserved Englishman Alex Cameron made an emotional departure from The Bachelorette on Thursday’s episode.

​”I’m not afraid to say I can see potential with her,” said the only man who didn’t say he was in love with Sam during the course of the episode. “It’s gut wrenching to leave this way,” he said.

The rose ceremony came at the end of an episode of carrying flowers to people’s front doors, also known as home visits.

First was a trip to Brisbane for Michael Turnbull who took Sam to the soccer field (where they played and Sam won) and then family dinner.

In a one-on-one chat with David, Michael’s father, Sam confided she previously wasn’t sure if she was good enough for Michael. For his part, David was smitten and enjoyed playing host. “They say eyes are the windows to the soul, would you like to see the windows to the Southbank?” he joked.

As they parted Michael revealed his palm to Sam which read “I heart Sam xoxo”.

Alex Cameron took Sam to Avoca beach, which isn’t his hometown but a place he loves surfing. The pair “ripped some waves” and then retired to what seemed to be a relaxing solo date…but ended up being a surprise visit from Alex’s sister, Helen.

“I’ve got a couple of minutes to find my words and wrap my head around the fact it’s not just Alex and me anymore.”

Alex assures Sam she doesn’t need to be too worried. The music immediately became menacing, Helen’s questions began and just didn’t stop. Kids, family, age difference were all put under the spotlight. The date ended with Alex saying he can’t “give it all away” at this point.

The third home visit is with Richie Strahan​ in Perth. The day begins with a hand in hand walk at Kings Park and followed by a BBQ dinner. On the guestlist were Richie’s mum and sister as well as his four closest friends too.

Asked whether she was over last year, Sam said the early part of the show was when she was feeling fragile.

“I was really really surprised, she seemed like such a nice girl,” said Richie’s mum. However the date ended in a question mark as Sam realised she might need to move to Perth, not something she was 100 per cent sure of.

Sasha Mielczarek took Sam to his family’s farm in regional NSW and treated Sam to a serenade from a musician friend of his, revealing he’s also in love with her through the medium of custom-written song.

Sasha also prefaced the family dinner by saying the main woman in his life is his mother and showing Sam the many photos of him at his mother’s house.

The grilling was an intense one, but Sam easily handled seemingly scripted topics of grandchildren, commitment and the break up with Blake Garvey.

Before the rose ceremony, Sam revealed two of the four guys had left questions in her mind. Who the other one is we’ll have to wait til next Wednesday for.

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Nitties copes better than most with high winds

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James Nitties (file picture)JAMES Nitties could be on track to record his second victory in the south Pacific this month after he fared relatively well in horrendous conditions at the Fiji International on Thursday.

The Charlestown touring professional carded a three-over par 75 in the opening round to hold a share of seventh place.

New Zealand’s Josh Geary was the only player not to finish over par as high winds wreaked havoc at the PGA Tour of Australasia’s rich Fiji International.

The $1.125 million tournament must have set some sort of record for high scoring as 54 of the 132-man field racked up double figures over par on the Natadola Bay course.

Geary’s even-par round saw him claim a two-shot lead.

Nitties arrived in Fiji high on confidence after he broke a four-year drought on the Australasian tour two weeks ago when he earned $22,500 for winning the South Pacific Open in Noumea.

That confidence appeared to have eroded swiftly when the US web杭州龙凤论坛m Tour cardholder opened with two double bogeys at Natadola.

He recovered with birdies on the fifth and eighth holes, before another bogey left Nitties at three over turning onto the back nine. Two birdies were cancelled out by another two bogeys to finish the roller-coaster round.

Nitties’ performance was highly respectable next to Newcastle’s trio of Nathan Green, Aaron Townsend and Nick Flanagan, who would all require miracles to make the cut.

Green carded 83, 11 over par, in a round that included two double bogeys and a triple on the eighth.

Townsend and Flanagan both managed just one birdie in their rounds of 84.

Fellow Hunter professionals Leigh McKechnie (77), Jamie Hook (77), Corey Hale (77) and Callan O’Reilly (78) are a more realistic hope of playing beyond Friday.

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Miller not looking to curb Boogaard’s combative style

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JETS coach Scott Miller does not want skipper Nigel Boogaard to change his “combative” mentality, despite increasing his unwanted red-card record in the season-opening win against the Wellington Phoenix.

Boogaard was sent off in the 77th minute at Westpac Stadium for a second bookable offence, leaving 10-man Newcastle to defend grimly for the final 13 minutes, plus injury time.

It was the seventh send-off his 154-game A-League career, two more than the next worst offender, former Melbourne Victory enforcer Kevin Muscat.

Miller said he let Boogaard “sit on it” for a day or so before discussing his trangressions, which have resulted in a suspension from Saturday’s showdown with Sydney.

“He’s taken it positively in a sense of what he can from it,” Miller said.

“He’s obviously got the record of red cards and he’s not very happy with it.

“Nigel’s mentality will never change, and I don’t want it to change.

“But as I’ve said before, I see Nigel as being a leader of the club from a head coach’s perspective.

“And I think it’s important that he uses this year as a framework to improve his communication style and how he leads on the pitch.”

Miller did not argue that Boogaard’s two bookings were warranted but denied the 29-year-old was overly aggressive.

“I think he’s combative,” Miller said. “It’s intensity and the drive he has.

“The other day, the two yellow cards were innocuous in a sense, but they are yellow cards.

“You have to respect that, but the referees need to be clear that we’re not here to be pushed over.

“The clear definitions need to go both ways, and that’s the way we respect them and we expect the same respect.

“We’ve had two games against Perth [in the Football Federation Cup] and Wellington and we’ve conceded two penalties, so we need to look at that.”

In Boogaard’s absence, former Socceroo David Carney is the obvious candidate to captain Newcastle, although Miller said this would not be confirmed until just before kick-off.

“I’ve got someone in mind, and I think the person demonstrated their leadership qualities last week irrespective of Nigel being on the pitch,” Miller said.

“That person will be nominated pretty much on Saturday during the meeting.

“He already knows, essentially, but the team don’t know.

“He’s in the leadership group and he’ll be given the armband respectfully in front of his peers in the pre-match meeting.

“But he’s clear about his responsibilities already, that player.”

Carney said the captaincy was not a major issue.

“No matter who gets named, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

“All the boys are on the same page at the minute, especially the senior players and the young ones knocking on the door.”

Ben Kantarovski will deputise for Boogaard in Newcastle’s defensive line, while Korean import Lee Ki-je is also in doubt with a hamstring problem and a virus.

“We’ll look at him again tomorrow,” Miller said.

“These things can inflame overnight or they can recover quite quickly as well.”

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Calvary hospital thinks pink for breast cancer

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Rebecca Chenery, Dr Jennette Sakoff, Margaret Bottrill and Debra Cook at the Calvary Mater hospital in support of breast care awareness. Picture: Marina NeilCALVARY Mater Newcastle is thinking pink to raise awareness about breast cancer and pay tribute to all Hunter residents affected by the disease.

The hospital held its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Thursday, which included its breast cancer care co-ordinator Debra Cook, McGrath breast care nurse, wig service, medical oncology research group, and representatives from BreastScreen and Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation providing information to patients and visitors.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides us with the opportunity to help further educate the community about breast cancer and to continue to raise awareness about this terrible illness that affects so many people and their families,” Ms Cook said.

During October, the hospital’s Heritage Garden window will be awash with pink female silhouettes, on which the community is invited to write a message for a friend or loved one affected by breast cancer.

The front of the hospital will also be illuminated pink each evening.

Elsewhere on Thursday, more than $35,000 was raised at PKF’s annual Breast Care Fundraiser Breakfast to fund training and professional development for the Hunter Nurse Education Group’s specialist breast care nurses.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among n women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.

Natasha Beyersdorf and Melissa Histon speak at the breakfast. Picture: Ryan Osland

Survival rates continue to improve, with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now living five or more years beyond diagnosis.

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Unfancied Jets happy to fly under the radar

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Middle Sydney FC footballer MILOS DIMITRIJEVIC prior to this weekends game against The Newcastle Jets.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,sport,15th october,2015IN-FORM David Carney says the Newcastle Jets will embrace the role of unfancied giant-killers as they chase a club milestone against Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

After last week’s 2-1 win in Wellington, Carney and his teammates have the chance to become the first Jets team to open an A-League season with consecutive wins.

Newcastle’s best starts to any campaign were in 2011-12, when they won two of their first three games under caretaker coach Craig Deans, and in 2012-13, when they lost their season-opener but then won three straight under Gary van Egmond.

Only twice in 10 attempts before last weekend’s victory had the Jets claimed maximum points in round one.

Despite the encouraging performance and result across the Tasman, Newcastle remain $21 long shots for the premiership and $3.25 joint favourites (with Central Coast) to collect a second consecutive wooden spoon.

They are paying $3.40 against Sydney, who are $2 with TAB Sportbet.

Carney said such odds were fine with him.

“I think we’re the underdogs in every game, especially after last year,” he said. “It’s a great tag to have, but personally, I don’t think we are, because I’ve seen what we can do.

“I think most people are writing us off, which is good, because we know what we can do and we like to prove people wrong.

“I think that’s what this community is about. If we can adopt that sort of style, it will be good for the fans.”

Jets coach Scott Miller said the clash with Sydney would be a chance to validate the round-one success.

“The confidence level is high, but I’ve been very strict on them in terms of don’t get carried away,” Miller said.

“The next fixture is Sydney FC. Challenging fixture.

“One in which we want to prove to the supporters we’re a changed dynamic, and that’s a big mental drive for us.”

Carney, who is expected to captain the Jets in the absence of suspended Nigel Boogaard, said there was a “good vibe” among his teammates but they were under no illusions about the challenge ahead of them.

“It’s only the first game,” he said. “It’s always good to get the monkey off your back early doors, but you definitely need to keep your focus and not get complacent, because in this league anyone can beat anyone.

“You can come down to earth very quick.

“But it’s a great game, against Sydney FC, and hopefully the supporters come out and we get two wins in a row, which will be fantastic for the club … if we can just keep that mentality of: ‘We can’t get beaten’ – we’ll do OK.”

Playing his first A-League game in eight months, Carney produced a man-of-the-match effort against Wellington, scoring Newcastle’s first goal and setting up the second for Serbian striker Milos Trifunovic.

“I created a few goals last year, but it was nice to get the goal and the assist at the end,” he said. “I think it was more just having a win. It was a very good feeling to come home from the first A-League game with a win, especially in Wellington, which is a very difficult place to go.”

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Sydney Kings let game slip to go down 80-77 to Townsville Crocodiles

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Just short: Marcus Thornton played well for the Kings but it wasn’t enough for the win. Photo: Ryan Pierse Just short: Marcus Thornton played well for the Kings but it wasn’t enough for the win. Photo: Ryan Pierse

Just short: Marcus Thornton played well for the Kings but it wasn’t enough for the win. Photo: Ryan Pierse

Just short: Marcus Thornton played well for the Kings but it wasn’t enough for the win. Photo: Ryan Pierse

Tight affair: Townsville’s Nicholas Kay on the attack with Kings guard Jason Cadee in pursuit. Photo: NBL

Tight affair: Townsville’s Nicholas Kay on the attack with Kings guard Jason Cadee in pursuit. Photo: NBL

Tight affair: Townsville’s Nicholas Kay on the attack with Kings guard Jason Cadee in pursuit. Photo: NBL

Tight affair: Townsville’s Nicholas Kay on the attack with Kings guard Jason Cadee in pursuit. Photo: NBL

The Sydney Kings have clutched defeat from the jaws of victory, going down by three points to the Townsville Crocodiles at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.

The Kings led at every break and were ahead by a point with 22 seconds remaining, but an unfortunate error from Steven Markovic gifted Townsville time and in turn, a game-winning three-pointer from Corey Maynard.

It was a see-sawing final term which saw Jason Cadee step up to nail a three-pointer and equal the scores 69-69 with three minutes remaining.

Dion Prewster was fouled with 34 seconds left on the clock and nailed both free throws to put the Kings ahead by one, but it wasn’t enough as the Crocs notched their first win of the NBL season

The loss means the the Kings continue their unwanted record of failing to win their opening two games of the season since they came back into the competition in 2010.

Kings coach Damian Cotter took a glass half full approach at the post-match press conference. He said the defeat was not a cause for concern.

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