D&G’s China show off over racist posts

Fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has had to cancel a show in Shanghai after a row over racists posts.Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has called off a show after a backlash over racially insulting posts on its social media.
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The company on Wednesday apologised for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram but claimed its accounts had been hacked.

Chinese celebrities reacted angrily after screenshots of the conversations were posted on social media and several said they would boycott a D&G show scheduled for Wednesday night.

The company later said the show, an extravaganza meant as a tribute to China with Asian stars invited to take front-row seats, had been called off.

The screenshots appear to show co-founder Stefano Gabbana referring to China with crude terms and emoji as he defends promotional videos that had sparked controversy earlier.

Separately, the D&G Instagram account used offensive language in another exchange.

Dolce & Gabbana apologised on Instagram and said the accounts had been hacked. “We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts,” it said. “We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China.”

Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, said on one of her social media accounts that the Italian brand had “disgraced itself”.

The studio for pop idol Karry Wang, an Asia-Pacific brand ambassador for D&G, said late on Wednesday that it had informed the fashion house that it would terminate all co-operation with the brand. Both Wang and Zhang had been invited to attend the event.

Stefano Gabbana also wrote on his Instagram that his account had been hacked, adding “I love China and Chinese culture. I’m sorry for what happened.”

The three promotional videos, which have been deleted from the company’s Weibo account, feature a Chinese woman using chopsticks to eat pizza and other Italian food. Many Chinese social media users called the videos racist and full of outdated stereotypes.

In a statement from Milan headquarters, designers Gabbana and Domenico Dolce said, “What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life.”

The Shanghai extravaganza was to include 300 models previewing a new collection on a rotating stage, including super model Eva Herzigova and Isabella Fontana during a brand DNA section, and a line-up of millennial stars and influencers for a second section dedicated to the future.

The final part of the show was to be dedicated to Asia, with Asian models and a front row of Asian stars among the 1000 invited guests, including actor Darren Wang, actor Jing Kang Liang, singer Stan Young and actress Bing Bing Lee, along with Wang and Zhang.

Asia, and China in particular, is key to European luxury brands’ success. A recent study by Bain consultancy said one-third of all high-end purchases are made by Chinese consumers, shopping both at home and abroad. That is expected to rise to 46 per cent by 2025, fuelled especially by millennials and generation Z teens.

D&G has 44 boutiques in China, including four in Shanghai, having entered the Chinese market in Hangzhou in 2005.

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Sutton to get NRL swan song in 2019

John Sutton will get a chance to further etch his name in South Sydney folklore after signing a one-year NRL contract extension.
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The 34-year-old will be given a fitting swan song after finally putting pen to paper on a new deal, which will see him extend his career into a 16th season.

He became the first player in the history of the foundation club to break through the 300-game mark earlier this year.

Sutton, who captained the club to their 2014 premiership breakthrough, goes into 2019 with 309 games to his credit – almost 100 games more than Souths’ second-most capped player Nathan Merritt (218).

“I couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to play another season with Souths,” Sutton said.

“It’s my dream job and I feel privileged to have the chance to play rugby league for a living with a club like this.

“I love the Rabbitohs, I love playing for the members and the fans, and I can’t wait to get back to training and ripping in to get ready for the season ahead.”

The veteran back-rower found a new lease on life in 2018 to play some of the best football of his career.

Despite the willingness of both parties to sign a new deal, contract negotiations dragged on for months, fuelling questions about whether he would be forced into retirement.

A Kensington United and La Perouse junior, Sutton is one of the club’s favourite sons and in July was honoured with a mural at Kensington Park to celebrate his 300-game milestone.

“John Sutton is our longest-serving player, our most capped player with over 300 NRL games, and was the captain of our 2014 Premiership-winning team,” Souths general manager of football Shane Richardson said.

“To put it simply, he has earned legend status at South Sydney.

“I’ve known John and his family for nearly 15 years now and he has grown as a leader and player on the field and as a man, husband and father off the field in that time.

“He played some of the best football of his career in 2018 and he has earned another season at the Rabbitohs.”

The Rabbitohs on Thursday released prop Zane Musgrove to take up a three-year deal with the Wests Tigers.

The Rabbitohs were believed to be under salary cap pressure with Musgrove’s exit opening up the door for the club to re-sign Sutton.

Winger Robert Jennings remains the only member of this year’s Souths side still not contracted for next year.

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LFO singer Devin Lima dies of cancer at 41

Devin Lima, who was a singer with ’90s boy band LFO, has died after a 13-month battle with cancer.LFO singer Devin Lima has died after a year-long battle with stage 4 cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 41.
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“My son has passed away,” his mother, Filomena Lima, told Us Weekly on Wednesday.

“His fiancee was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”

TMZ first reported the news.

The boy band, which gained popularity in the 1990s, consisted of Lima and Brad Fischetti. The pop group was initially a trio, with lead singer Rich Cronin, but disbanded in 2010 after his death to leukaemia at the age of 35.

Lima (born Harold Lima) and Fischetti reunited and resumed touring in 2017. They recently released their first new song in 15 years, Perfect 10.

The duo was set to commence touring earlier this year, but put their plans on hold when Lima was hospitalised in late 2017 after doctors discovered a tumour “the size of a football” on his adrenal gland. The cancer spread to Lima’s kidney, which had to be removed.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said in October 2017, upon delivering the diagnosis to fans via a YouTube video.

“It’s devastating news, but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima. No one has a stronger body, mind, or soul, and if anybody can defeat this, it’s Devin.”

Lima joined the band in 1999, replacing band member Brian Gillis (aka Brizz), who was with the group since its start in 1995.

LFO, which sold more than 4 million records worldwide, is best known for their hit songs Summer Girls, Girl on TV (the music video featured actress Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Every Other Time.

Their debut album, LFO, sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, and scored two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with Summer Girls and Girl on TV. Their sophomore and final album, Life Is Good, debuted in 2001.

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Citizenship crackdown on Aussie extremists

The govt will introduce laws allowing dual nationals convicted of terrorism to lose citizenship.n-born terrorists could soon be stripped of their citizenship and kicked out of the country far more easily, under sweeping new powers to be debated in parliament before Christmas.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will introduce new laws within weeks aimed at revoking citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terror offences, regardless of the length of their sentence.

He wants to remove an “unrealistic” requirement that a person be sentenced to at least six years behind bars.

“Terrorists have violated everything about what being an n is all about,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

“For those who have engaged in this sort of activity, if they have citizenship elsewhere, and we reasonably believe they do, well they can go.”

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton would also be given far greater powers to revoke n citizenship from people he believes may be entitled to citizenship elsewhere.

Mr Dutton could strip n citizenship from a convicted terrorist if he was “reasonably satisfied” they were entitled to foreign citizenship in another country.

The Law Council of has flagged concerns about the changes.

“Measures to remove citizenship challenge key legal principles on which our democracy was founded, and therefore demand very careful consideration,” council president Morry Bailes said.

Mr Bailes said the coalition has also not made clear why a requirement convicted terrorists be sentenced to at least six years in jail before their citizenship is revoked – set through 2015 laws – should be removed.

Many of the 400 suspected terrorists being monitored by ASIO are either dual nationals or believed to be eligible for citizenship overseas, based on the birthplaces of their parents or grandparents.

So far, nine dual-national terrorists have been stripped of their n citizenship.

Mr Dutton estimates another 50 ns may be open to losing their citizenship under existing laws, and expects far more dual nationals to be captured by the changes.

The proposed changes have been announced in response to the deadly Bourke Street attack, and the Melbourne arrests of three n men of Turkish ancestry, who are accused of planning a terror event.

Mr Morrison also wants to introduce “temporary exclusion orders” of up to two years for foreign fighters returning from the Middle East.

Once back in , the person would be subject to various controls including reporting to police, adhering to curfews and complying with restrictions on technology use.

The Law Council said the temporary exclusion orders may have the effect of rendering an n stateless for the duration of the order, which could contradict ‘s international obligations.

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Labor unveils ‘Just Transition’ policy to protect redundant power station and mine workers

Liddell power stationA LABOR federal government would co-opt other energy generatorsto find work for those retrenched when big coal-fired power stations such as Liddell close down, Labor frontbencher Pat Conroy has told the Newcastle Herald.
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The “just transitions” policy was due to be mentioned as part of opposition leader Bill Shorten’s energy policy speech on Thursday but the details have been fleshedby Mr Conroy, who is Labor’s spokesperson on just transition and clean energy.

Mr Conroy saidthe “pooled redundancy” scheme would be a legislated version of what had happened at the closure of Hazelwood power station in Victoria, where other La Trobe valley power stations found work for about 100 of 550 retrenched workers.

It would be part of a broader just transitions policy that would be headed by the creation of a Just Transitions Authority, which would have a staff of about 75 towork with government departments and affected communities to help driveeconomic diversification of those regions losing coal-fired power stations, including the La Trobe andHunter valleys.

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Mr Conroy said Labor’s new energy policy would require power stationsto give three years’ notice of any intention to close down, which would in turn trigger the pooled redundancy scheme.

He said that when a power station gave notice of wanting to exit the industry, the authority would find out how many employees wanted to stay in the industry. Other power stations in the region would then have to offer voluntary redundancies to their employees. He said the age of the workforce meant there would be a lot of people wanting to leave, creating vacancies that would be taken up by the people transferring from the closing power station.

Using Liddell as an example, Mr Conroy said the operators of other Hunter Valley power stations such as Vales Point, Eraring and Bayswater wouldoffer voluntary redundancies to their workforce.

“If 300 wanted to continue from Liddell it would mean the other power stations offering a corresponding number of voluntary redundancies, with the costs to be funded by the operator of the closing station along with the federal and state governments,” Mr Conroy said.

He said a similar scheme had operated in the NSW coal industry in the 1990s at a time of multiple mine closures and massive job losses.

He said the new energy scheme could also apply to employees in the coal industry if their jobs were threatened by the loss of domestic coal contracts associated with power station closures.

The Herald raised a number of issues, including the wisdom or even the legality of one company having its hiring policy dictated by the closure of a rival, but Mr Conroy dismissed these concerns and said the policy was in the national interest.

He agreed that the Coalition would likely be opposed to the plan, but said the power industry was a special case and looking after those workers losing their jobs in the transition to renewables was in the national interest.

He said major energy companies had been briefed on the policy on Wednesday.

The Labor policy follows the release of a “Just Transitions” report commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union from University of NSW academics and released last month.

The Herald is seeking responses from industry players.

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Not guilty Eastman in line for huge compo

David Eastman may be entitled to millions of dollars for wrongfully spending 19 years in jail for the shooting murder of a federal police boss.
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An ACT Supreme Court jury on Thursday found Mr Eastman not guilty of murdering federal police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989.

Mr Eastman, a former Treasury official, pleaded not guilty to the murder in 1993 but was sentenced to life in jail in 1995.

The conviction was quashed in 2014 over concerns about the original evidence and a new trial began in June this year.

Mr Eastman’s lawyers Ken Cush and Associates in 2015 filed a wrongful imprisonment claim, which was on pause until Thursday’s verdict.

Solicitor Sam Tierney said Mr Eastman could have the n record for the most time wrongfully spent in prison, but it’s difficult to estimate potential compensation.

“How long is a piece of string?,” Mr Tierney told AAP on Thursday.

Mr Tierney cited a 2009 case where the WA government issued a $3.25 million ex-gratia payment after Andrew Mallard spent 12 years in jail for a wrongful murder conviction.

Mr Eastman’s lengthy retrial ended with gasps from the packed court, as the 73-year-old said “thank you” to the judge after the verdict was delivered.

It took the jury about one week to reach a decision, initially telling the judge it was finding it difficult to come to a verdict.

Mr Eastman’s solicitor Angus Webb said “justice has been done”, requesting privacy for the 73-year-old.

But the Winchester family are “extremely disappointed” and believe the verdict is wrong.

Mr Winchester was shot twice in the head as he parked on the driveway next to his Canberra home about 9.15pm on January 10, 1989.

The prosecution alleged in the retrial Mr Eastman had developed a murderous hatred of Mr Winchester, who he blamed for imperilling his bid to rejoin the commonwealth public service.

The defence counsel told the ACT Supreme Court there were too many unknowns and gaps for the jury to find Mr Eastman guilty.

Listening devices placed in Mr Eastman’s flat revealed him whispering to himself: “He was the first man, the first man I ever killed.”

Although he never held an ACT firearms licence, Mr Eastman made numerous attempts to buy guns as far back as early 1988.

The murder weapon was never found, but police identified it as a semi-automatic rifle sold by a Queanbeyan man on January 1, 1989.

A witness testified to seeing Mr Eastman at the home of the gun seller, but the defence attacked the credibility of that witness.

The police investigation included a theory of mafia involvement but uncovered no evidence pointing to that.

Terry O’Donnell, who was Mr Eastman’s lawyer at the original trial, said the investigation in the 1990s had been an “absolute disgrace”.

When asked if the killing was a mafia hit, Mr O’Donnell told reporters: “Put it this way: I have enough evidence to know that it is.”

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Greg Inglis pleads guilty to drink-driving

NRL star and South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has pleaded guilty to drink-driving in regional NSW mere hours after he was announced as Kangaroos skipper.
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The 31-year-old was clocked by highway patrol police driving a black Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan at 99km/h in an 80km/h zone, on the Great Western Highway in South Bowenfels, on the afternoon of October 1.

Inglis had two male passengers in the car and was returning to Sydney after playing in the Koori Knockout tournament.

“He was asked if he had consumed any alcohol recently and he replied: ‘We lost the football in Dubbo yesterday and I had alcohol last night’ and ‘I just finished one schooner at the club in Lithgow about 10 minutes ago’,” the police facts state.

Officers noticed Inglis had enlarged pupils and glassy eyes and he was taken to Lithgow police station where he returned a mid-range drink driving result of 0.085.

At the station, Inglis “appeared to be only slightly affected by intoxicating liquor” and told police he’d had a single schooner of Great Northern Super Crisp beer.

His lawyer, James Jordan, entered the guilty plea on Inglis’ behalf at Lithgow Local Court on Thursday.

Mr Jordan apologised to magistrate Cate Follent for the player’s “non-attendance” due to shoulder surgery.

“He does consider himself to be a role model and he hopes that in accepting full responsibility, he will be able to continue as a role model,” Mr Jordan told reporters outside court.

The lawyer said Inglis, who has already publicly addressed his personal disappointment over the offence, remains “extremely remorseful”.

Inglis was charged the day he was announced as ‘s rugby league captain. He was subsequently suspended for two international games and replaced by Boyd Cordner as Kangaroos skipper.

Inglis, who was also issued an infringement notice for speeding over 10km/h that afternoon, has no other drink-driving offences on his record.

The South Sydney player was noted in court documents as a “high profile professional athlete” who was “polite and professional at all times” during the incident.

“Police were of the opinion that he was remorseful for a miscalculation that led to this matter,” the documents state.

Retired Kangaroos great Johnathan Thurston last month said Inglis should be reinstated as captain, with head coach Mal Meninga also hoping to see the 31-year-old back in a green and gold jersey in 2019.

“He has shown real leadership by the way he has been accountable for his actions,” Meninga said in a statement on October 2.

The matter was adjourned to Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court for sentence on January 14.

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Bennett back ahead of Broncos talks

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough has urged the club to make a call on Wayne Bennett sooner rather than later after the coach made a ninja-like return to Red Hill on Thursday.
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Bennett is back at the Broncos’ helm but upcoming talks with the NRL club’s bosses could see him at South Sydney as soon as next week.

But he did his best to avoid the cameras, sidestepping awaiting media on arrival and then using decoy vehicles before hiding in the back of a car when leaving Broncos headquarters later in the afternoon.

Senior Broncos players were also welcomed back with a series of fitness tests on Thursday, with Bennett an early arrival after returning from English coaching duties in Europe.

The veteran Broncos mentor will reportedly meet with club chiefs for crunch talks aimed at facilitating his exit and triggering Anthony Seibold’s immediate arrival from South Sydney.

Both coaches signed deals at their rival clubs last month with tenures set to begin in 2020.

But the unusual situation, which has sparked fears over a conflict of interest, has led to speculation an exchange could be struck as early as this week, enabling both men to move on 12 months ahead of schedule.

McCullough said the playing group were operating under the assumption Bennett would remain but admitted he’d like some clarity.

“Yep,” he said bluntly when asked if he wanted a quick resolution.

“Everyone just needs to move forward in the right direction but in the time being Wayne’s here and we’re happy to get on with it.

“It’s out of our control, what happens; there’s plenty of big guys upstairs that can make the tough decisions.

“Yes (we’re prepared to play under Seibold); it’s the nature of the game if it comes to that.”

Bennett, who only returned home on Wednesday, has repeatedly stated he intends seeing out his Broncos contract.

Seibold also says he’ll remain at the Rabbitohs until the end of next season.

However reports suggest Broncos chairman Karl Morris is ready to call Bennett in and thrash out the terms of his early departure, while Bennett has refused to say whether he believes his axing is imminent and where that leaves him.

“I’ll be honouring my contract by going to training,” the 68-year-old, who has won six titles at Brisbane, told the Courier Mail.

“I’m not commenting any further other than to say I’ll be at training.”

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Morisset High School is facing the mental health of its students head on with a proactive approach

Deputies Geoffrey Fleming and Evelyn Wilson – Babic with student school leaders for 2018-2019 and comfort dog Bella, all form part of the holistic approach toward wellbeing at Morisset High.It’s often said that the youth of today have never had it easier. And while in some contexts that might be so, there’s whole new world of pressure bearing down on our teens today, resulting in horrific outcomes for some.
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Youth suicide in is at an all time high. According to the latest figures from the ABSCauses of Death Data, there were 3027 suicides in during 2015, that’s the equivalent of a staggering 8 suicides a day.

Cheri McDonald, is principal of Morisset High School and says she and her colleagues have recognised the increasing demands for assistance with the mental health and wellbeingfor adolescents over the last 5 years in particular. Since she joined Morisset High, 3 years ago, the wellbeing team have implemented rigorous and proactive strategies to raise awareness and support for studentmental health through selectively targeting a number of government initiatives and programs with external agencies. Links with the Primary schools have been deepened.

“The Morisset community have, unfortunately in the past suffered the impact of youth suicide. It’s difficult to convey how hard that it is to experience and the emotional impact it has on everyone. But all of our schools from K-12 are working hard to change as much as we can possibly influence,”

The last 4 years have been incident free thanks to the ongoing efforts of students, staff, program providers, community groups and the broader business community. Morisset Rotary’s support for adolescent mental health has been ongoing; the club recently raised $32,000 in support of the school’s activities, a result that has encouraged Mrs McDonald and her team.

“It’s been so heartening to see the support for rotary and this cause in the community. Local businesses donated, sent staffto participate and showed how much this issue means, for that we are very grateful.”

“Our students are entering a very different world, for some, withfar less job security than ever. Coupled with the impact of social media, there’s a great need for ongoing education through positive behaviour for learning and building resilience and coping mechanisms. The efforts of Morisset Rotary will greatly assist that.”

While the impact of the schools’work so far is having measurable results, there’s only so much that can be done in 6 hours a day. Working with community and parents to ensure the development of students’ well being continues after the 3.00pm bell, is something Mrs McDonald hopes will continue to build.

“We have so much support, from our school leaders, staff and community – everyone is playing their part. Continuing to build this holistic approach is where we can really can have a lasting impact.”

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OPINIONReflections on a mirror image

After almost three years of living in my current house, I’ve finally managed to put up something close to a full length mirror in my bedroom.
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Until now, I’ve had to check that my shoes match my top in one of my kids’ rooms, which has offered some practical difficulties (especially when they’re fast asleep and I’m having one of my late-night wardrobe-sorting sessions).

So the bequeathing of an old mirror –only slightly afflicted by black spots –was very handy.But I couldn’t have anticipated how disconcerting it would be to catch a glimpse of your reflection when you don’t expect it.

The mirror’s only been there a few days, so every time I enter the bedroom I think there’s some dowdy, old woman walking towards me from the other side of the bed.

Wait! She’s wearing my clothes…and she should really see to her hair…

It’s on a door, so the angle changes daily.

Normally I front up to the mirror from a carefully chosen viewpoint with mylooking-in-the-mirror expression. (You know we all have one.)

Now, I’m surprising myself from weird and disturbing angles, catching side and rear images I can’t unsee.It’s really messing with my self-perception. I think I preferred not knowing the truth.

The funny thing is, this is how other people see me all the time –from the side, with unflattering expressions, talking, walking, hunched over my desk. That’s the real me.

It made me think about tweens and teens with their phones, sending each other 50 Snapchats of the tops of their heads and their most hilarious facial contortions.

They are without doubt more familiar with their own appearance –from every angle –than any generation in history.

They might only post the most meticulously curated images onto Insta, but they scrutinised themselves repeatedly to get the best one.

While I routinely deride the vanity shown by some of them, perhaps I’ve overlooked the benefit of all this (literal) self-reflection: at least they won’t get blindsided by a side view.

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JEFF CORBETT: I have nothing to fear from CCTV, ever, and too bad if you do.

I’ve never had a problem with privacy. As a journalist I would and did happily publish information people would claim as private and you would happily read it. Indeed, usually the reason I’d write and you’d read this private detail was that it had been locked away for a reason, usually a damning one.
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No, I’ve never had a problem with other people’s privacy, and it is more than coincidence that the private information you like to read is someone else’s.

I don’t have a problem with mine, either. There’s not much about me I haven’t told this paper’s readers over the decades, sometimes to my family’s dismay, and right now I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t disclose in the right circumstances. You might.

Privacy, I believe, is an outdated concept, and that can be seen in the fact that CCTV cameras are everywhere. Twenty years ago the Greens and other loonies were up in arms about proposals by councils to install CCTV cameras in public places. In Newcastle the Greens were livid red.

The privacy of everyone whose presence was recorded by these cameras would be invaded, they cried,and when they were pinned down some would argue that even the filming of someone committing a crime was an invasion of the criminal’s privacy. Innocent until proven guilty, they’d cry, or until we saw the film, I’d add.

Indeed, about this time civil libertarians (I call them criminal libertarians) were shrill with horror that a Sydney homeowner had posted on the internet good film of two burglars busy at work in his home, and their loudest squealing was for the fact that the burglars had been shamed.

Shaming, they said, was a punishment and it was not for the victim of a crime to punish the perpetrator. Punishment was a matter for only the court, they said.Now, happily, publishing video and photos of crims by police, media, businesses and individuals is commonplace, and wonderful.

I like to imagine the horror in the home of the fellow whose photo appears in the paper as a person police want to speak to about a bashing and robbery. The panic, the exploration of possible alibis, the frantic invention of witnesses who didn’t see him do nothing sir, the phone ringing every few minutes, then the loud knock on the door.

The privacy push used to argue that CCTV does not stop crime, and clearly it does not stop all crime, but catching criminals certainly reduces crime and CCTV footage helps police catch criminals every day. I believe the installation of high-definition CCTV should be a condition of every commercial council approval.

Years ago when I wrote about shopkeepers displaying photographs of people stealing in their shops, like shoving bottles of alcohol into their underpants, most told me that their losses to thieves were much reduced since they established the shoplifters’ gallery. Prospective thieves did not want their photo on display.

I have nothing to fear from CCTV, ever, and too bad if you do.

You have nothing to fear from the dashcam camera in my car, either, unless your version of a collision differs from the reality. Another reason I have a dashcam is to record my own driving and speed, which I know could be a two-edged sword, in case I am wrongly accused by police of speeding or other driving offences.Lately, too, police have been calling for film from dashcam owners who were driving in the vicinity of a serious crime.

We are filmed everywhere. On the street, in buildings both public and private, on the road, in service stations, on buses, in taxis, in banks, at ATMs, at shop counters, everywhere and often where you least suspect it.

Facial-recognition technology is coming to your, and my, neck of the woods, and I’m delighted about that.

One day banks, pubs and clubs, and real estate agencies among others will use the technology to know that the person walking through the door has a history of robbery, violence, fraud or, even, not paying rent. And just as police now use number plate scanning as a matter of routine they will, I hope, one day soon use face scanning as routinely.

Killers and rapists are now being caught by their relatives’ DNA, not their own. Young Johnny pays for a DNA profile to show his ethnic mix or the illnesses he is more likely than others to contract, police get DNA records from the profiling firm, police realise that someone very close to Johnny raped a woman 25 years ago. Bye bye Uncle Bob.

It is a thrilling invasion of criminals’ privacy.

Our computers record everything we do with them, and that information is often sold. Search the net for information about kayaks and soon you’ll be targeted by kayak sellers. Our plastic cards tell many organisations much about us and our preferences. ID scanning in such as licensed clubs tells more about us than our name and address.

And are you sure no one is hooked into your mobile phone, listening to your calls, reading your texts?

Do you care? I don’t.

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Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence returns to hometown of Newcastle after her release from Indonesian jail

She’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastle Picture: Cameron Hutchison
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HOME: Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

WAITING: The media ahead of Renae Lawrence’s arrival at Williamtown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Renae Lawrence steps off the plane in Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

n Renae Lawrence leaves Bangli Prison in Bali, Indonesia after serving a 13-year sentence for drug trafficking. Picture: Amelia Rosa

TweetFacebookShe’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastlehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/ca9PEGecaS6H9cg52NNyKi/0059ebb1-8fcd-4565-8483-8bf90ca1ee98.jpg/r0_597_4032_2875_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgFreed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has arrived in Newcastle after 13 years in jail in Indonesianews, local-news, 2018-11-22T09:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970236287001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970236287001Renae Lawrence at Newcastle Airport. Video: Matthew KellyThe group then sped off.

They had earlier travelled on an overnight flight from Bali to Brisbane, where they were met by a large media pack. A smaller media contingent met them at Newcastle.

At Brisbane airport, Lawrence was asked if she wanted to take a moment to talk about her homecoming but the teary-eyed, 41-year-old declined. Her mother told AAP: “It’s very overwhelming.”

But later, when Lawrence was again asked if she had anything to say she spoke in Indonesian, which translated as: “Thanks to the government of Indonesia, that’s it.”

She’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastlehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/ca9PEGecaS6H9cg52NNyKi/0059ebb1-8fcd-4565-8483-8bf90ca1ee98.jpg/r0_597_4032_2875_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgFreed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has arrived in Newcastle after 13 years in jail in Indonesianews, local-news, 2018-11-22T09:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970232083001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970232083001Video: Matthew KellyLawrence, a former panel beater, was released from Bali’s Bangli Prison on Wednesday night after serving 13 years for her role in a plot to import more than 8kg of heroin to from Indonesia.

She is the first member of the so-called Bali Nine to taste freedom after serving time in three Indonesian jails.

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Learning to swim can save your life

Life saving: Every parent and child needs to learn vital personal water safety, survival techniques and swimming from a trained and experienced professional.Summer and playing in the water go hand in hand. When temperatures soar many Aussie families head to the beach, take a dip in a backyard pool or visit a local lake or river in a bid to cool down and have some fun.
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Water baby: Children should enrol in swimming lessons from around six months of age.

But has each person in your family learnt the vital, life-saving skill of swimming?

The Royal Life Saving Society 2018 National Drowning Report indicated that last year there were 249 drowning deaths and 551 people hospitalised for non-fatal drowning.

“Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children under five,” said Jade Hanson from AUSTSWIM, a not for profit organisation educating teachers of swimming, water safety and aquatic fitness.

“With the increase in choices for extracurricular activities, swimming lessons are not always seen as a foundation life skill. But it is essential to be armed with the knowledge and understanding of water and safety.”

Knowing how to swim is not only an important and potentially life-saving tool there are also many other advantages to enrolling in swimming lessons. These include:

Itkeeps kids active: It can improve general health and fitness, develop strong joints and build muscleYou can enrol all year round: Swimming is not a summer-only sport in fact the best way to retain the skills learnt is to keep swimming even in the winter monthsIt’s fun: It’s a great way to make friends and most teachers will incorporate elements of fun and playIt teaches perseverance: It takes more than one lesson to learn to swim so children will learn to keep trying andto not give upIt opens up many new sports: As their skill level progresses kids can tryother sports like surfing, kayaking, diving and moreChildren are encouraged to enrol in swimming lessons from around six months of age but it is never too late to learn, there’s also classes for adults.

When choosing a swim school it is important to make sure the lessons are conducted by licensed teachers (lookout for the AUSTSWIM platypus symbol), that they group lessons according to age and skill level and that they have safe teacher to student ratios.

AUSTSWIM reminds parents that irrespective of aquatic ability, children are never completely safe when in, on or around water and must be constantly supervised by an appropriately skilled person.

“Supervise by always remaining within arms reach of the child,” Jade said. “Drowning is a silent killer; it takes less than a minute for children to start drowning. That’s the time it takes to answer a phone call, the front door, put the kettle on or fill a water bottle.”

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