• Laws will alienate young Muslims: lawyers

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    A group of Muslim lawyers is concerned that applying control orders to 14-year-old terror suspects will further marginalise and alienate young people.


    The proposal, being examined by a joint parliamentary committee, is part of the government’s fifth tranche of counter-terrorism laws introduced since the shooting of NSW police worker Curtis Cheng.

    The NSW Muslim Legal Network believes such moves appear to be geared towards regulating potentially at-risk youths from Islamic communities.

    “The perception is … there seems to be a targeting of young Muslims and an almost threatening attitude by some law enforcement agents with respect to how they question or interact with these people,” president Zaahir Edries told a hearing in Canberra on Monday.

    “Accurate or not, it’s something that exists.”

    The volunteer organisation said that with such laws, and the rise of groups like Reclaim Australia, the Muslim community was deeply concerned about the growing social divide in Australia.

    Recent comments by former prime minister Tony Abbott about Islam added to that feeling, it noted.

    But Cameron Gifford from the Attorney-General’s Department said the laws were developed to apply to everyone.

    “And that is the point we’re at pains to make every single time we engage with the community, to make sure that’s very well understood,” he said.

    Mr Gifford conceded there had been no formal consultation with the community before the laws were drafted, but offered to review Mr Edries’ evidence and address any concerns.

    “All these legislative tranches that we’ve seen unfold over the course of the last 18 to 24 months really do indicate there’s always room for improvement,” he said.

    Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the Australian Federal Police regularly engaged with Muslim leaders, including a “full and frank” discussion about the purpose of these laws specifically.

    “I think we agreed to disagree on some points, but the fact of the matter is there is open dialogue and they certainly have my number,” he said.

    The bill at the centre of the joint parliamentary committee on intelligence and security’s inquiry contains several changes to counter-terrorism legislation.

    They include allowing a control order to be imposed on children as young as 14, instead of 16, enhanced monitoring powers and a new offence of advocating genocide.

    The Law Council of Australia and Australian Human Rights Commission want better safeguards to protect children.

    Both are urging for changes to ensure the child’s best interests are given primary consideration by the courts when determining if a control order should be applied.

    The Law Council also warned that the revised test for granting a preventative detention order could be subject to legal challenge and has suggested a change to some of the wording.

  • Ride-share service Uber legalised in NSW

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Controversial ride-sharing service Uber is set to become legal in NSW.


    From midnight on Thursday Uber drivers will have to pay a $45 licence fee, undergo criminal checks and have their cars checked for safety after the Baird government decided to regulate the online service.

    A $250 million adjustment package will be established to compensate taxi and hire car licence plate owners.

    The state’s perpetual taxi plate holders will receive $20,000 per plate for a maximum of two plates.

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    The government will also slash licence fees and repeal more than 50 “red tape” regulations to help the industry adjust.

    The changes, which are expected to generate $30 million in benefits for the industry each year, should have flow-on effects for customers, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

    “Fares in a competitive market will adjust and be more affordable as a result of us stripping out 50 pieces of red tape,” he said.

    Post by Mike Baird on Wednesday, 16 December 2015.

    General manager of Uber in Australia and New Zealand, David Rohrsheim, welcomed the announcement.

    “This important step forward is an incredible reflection of the way Sydneysiders have embraced ridesharing over the past 18 months,” he said in a statement.

    “Thanks to the support of half a million Sydney uberX riders and over 5500 driver-partners, the government has recognised your right to choose how you get around your city and to access flexible work that fits around your life. 

    “Ridesharing is not only revolutionising the transportation status quo but also helping make Sydney a more economically vibrant, better connected and more sustainable city.”

    Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm said Sydneysiders were the big winners from the government’s announcement.

    “Transport is a huge problem in Sydney, and making Uber legal will help locals and tourists alike,” he said.

    “I encourage the NSW Government to avoid tying up occasional Uber drivers in red tape and to now look at other areas of over-regulation, such as the lock-out laws in Kings Cross, and Airbnb.

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    “The pressure is now on the other states. They are going to look like backwaters in comparison to the ACT and NSW, with tourists made to feel like a criminal just for sharing a ride.”

    The ACT became the first state or terroritory in Australia to make Uber legal from October 30.

    However consumer advocacy group Choice warned Uber fees were now likely to go up.

    “All point-to-point rides including Uber and cabs will face a $1 per trip levy to fund taxi licensee compensation,” CHOICE Director of Campaigns and Communications, Matt Levey said.

    “This taxi tax will see all consumers pay more to compensate an industry that refused to innovate or improve its customer service.


    “In the long term, the reforms will ideally offer more choices for consumers when trying to get from A to B which are safe and competitive, but it’s disappointing to see all consumers pay extra as a gift for taxi licensees.”

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  • US arms sale to Taiwan angers China

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The Obama administration has formally notified congress of a $US1.


    83 billion ($A2.54 billion) arms sale package for Taiwan, drawing an angry response from China.

    The authorisation came a year after the US Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years and includes two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment.

    The White House said there was no change in the longstanding US “one China” policy. Past US weapons sales to Taiwan have attracted strong condemnation in China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province.

    The White House said the authorisation followed previous sales notifications by the administration totalling more than $US12 billion under the Taiwan Relations Act.

    “Our longstanding policy on arms sales to Taiwan has been consistent across six different US administrations,” National Security Council spokesman Myles Caggins said. “We remain committed to our one-China policy,” he added.

    Although Washington does not recognise Taiwan as a separate state from China, it is committed under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensuring Taipei can maintain a credible defence.

    The sales come at a period of heightened tension between the US and China over the South China Sea, where Washington has been critical of China’s building of man-made islands to assert expansive territorial claims.

    China summoned the US charge d’affaires in Beijing, Kaye Lee, to protest and said it would impose sanctions on the companies involved, state news agency Xinhua reported.

    “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. China strongly opposes the US arms sale to Taiwan,” Xinhua quoted Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang as saying.

    Zheng said the sales went against international law and basic norms of international relations and “severely” harmed China’s sovereignty and security.

    “To safeguard our national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures, including imposing sanctions against the companies involved in the arms sale,” Zheng said.

    The US State Department said Raytheon and Lockheed Martin were the main contractors in the sales.

    It was not clear what impact sanctions might have on the companies, although in 2013, Lockheed Martin signed a pact with the Thailand-based Reignwood Group to build an offshore plant to supply energy for a luxury resort on Hainan island in southern China.

    However, previous Chinese sanction threats have not been followed up by Beijing.

    Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement the new weapons would be phased in over a number of years and would enable Taiwan to maintain and develop a credible defence.

    US State Department spokesman John Kirby said the decision was based solely on Taiwan’s defence needs.

    “The Chinese can react to this as they see fit,” he said. “This is nothing new. … There’s no need for it to have any derogatory effect on our relationship with China.”

    Kirby said Washington wanted to work to establish a “better, more transparent more effective relationship” with China in the region and had been in contact with both Taiwan and China on this on Wednesday. He declined to elaborate.

    Analysts and congressional sources believe the delay in the formal approval of the sales was due to the Obama administration’s desire to maintain stable working relations with China, an increasingly powerful strategic rival but also a vital economic partner as the world’s second-largest economy.

  • Wild Oats XI dismisses length issue

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Wild Oats XI and the Cruising Yacht club of Australia have dismissed speculation the supermaxi and eight-time Sydney to Hobart line honours winner is beyond the legal length for the race.


    The website Crikey ran an article in their `tips and rumours’ section on Thursday with the headline `Scandal brewing before the Sydney to Hobart race.’

    The article noted that following the boat’s extensive rebuild, it had a curved top section at the front of the hull to support the bowsprit.

    It said some waterfront experts had posed the questions about where the hull started and if the bowsprit is permanently joined to the bow, if that made it part of the hull itself.

    It also said if the new extended bow was found to be part of the hull then the yacht would be much longer than 100 feet and it’s entry for the race couldn’t be accepted.

    CYCA commodore John Cameron was satisfied Wild Oats XI complied with race rules.

    “We have a valid IRC certificate which allows Wild Oats to compete in the race, ” commodore Cameron told AAP on Thursday.

    The Wild Oats XI camp was equally adamant their boat complied with the rules.

    “The boat has been measured,” a spokesperson for the Wild Oats XI program told AAP.

    “The required waterline length for the Hobart race limit is 100 feet, the boat is within that limit.”

    The revamped boat performed impressively in her first race back on Tuesday, comfortably taking line honours in the Big Boat Challenge from new 88-foot American boat Rambler 88.

    Her main opposition in the Sydney to Hobart is expected to come from rival supermaxis Comanche, Perpetual LOYAL (LOYAL) and Ragamuffin 100, plus Rambler 88.

  • Lyon belted then backed by Essex batsman

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The man who made a mess of Nathan Lyon’s bowling figures in Chelmsford believes it would be wrong to read too much into the offspinner’s output in the tour game.


    Lyon finished with the unflattering match figures of 1-200 from 34.4 overs in his only hit out in local conditions before the Ashes starts in Cardiff on Wednesday.

    The low point came in the first innings when Ryan ten Doeschate smashed a ball over Lyon’s head, past the grandstand and into the River Can.

    The Dutchman, who averages 67 with the bat from 33 ODIs, has achieved the feat on the small ground previously.

    And ten Doeschate has seen plenty of tweakers come unstuck on pitches far more lively than the “flat deck” produced by Essex for the tour game.

    “It wasn’t a great wicket to bowl spin on,” he told AAP on Saturday.

    “In both innings, the spinners went at quite a click – it’s obviously very small here in Chelmsford.

    “But he bowled very well today. I’m sure he’ll take a lot of confidence out of that and he’ll be ready for the first Test.”

    The hard-hitting allrounder was on the books of the Adelaide Strikers last summer, when he was dismissed by Lyon in the BBL semi-final at Adelaide Oval.

    The 35-year-old pointed to the fact England will have potentially seven left-handers in their XI this week as another reason for Lyon not to feel too glum.

    “We didn’t have any left-handers on show in this game,” he said.

    “The Test side will be different and the fifth-day Test wickets will be a bit more helpful.”

    Lyon’s opening five overs in the tour game went for 54 runs.

    He created one chance on day two when Ravi Bopara danced down the wicket and missed the ball, but Essex continued to attack at almost every opportunity.

    “It’s generally the way guys go about over here … it was just a really docile wicket early on,” ten Doeschate said.

    “It didn’t really turn or bounce, so you could walk down the wicket quite confidently and hit through the line.

    “The wicket got a little bit drier later and he certainly got that bounce he’s known for.”

    Michael Clarke, speaking after day three, wasn’t worried about the man who recently became Australia’s most prolific offspinner.

    “That’s the way the wicket is more than anything else, there wasn’t much spin in it,” Clarke said.

    “Lyno’s going really well.”

  • Woods drops seven behind as four tie for lead at Greenbrier

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The 14-times major champion hit his share of good shots, but a couple of wild drives demonstrated yet again that his swing changes under coach Chris Como remain a work in progress.


    In his last start before the British Open at St. Andrews, where he has won twice, Woods took a double-bogey at the par-four 11th after fanning his drive out-of-bounds.

    Later, at the par-five 17th, he hooked his drive less than 200 yards en route to a bogey.

    Bohn had no such problems as he accrued 10 birdies to come within two shots of the course record 59 held by Stuart Appleby.

    After sinking a seven-foot putt at the 36th hole to make the cut with nothing to spare on Friday, Bohn used the confidence-booster as a springboard into contention.

    He finished long before the halfway leaders had even teed off, and his performance was good enough to end the day locked with fellow Americans Bryce Molder (67) and Sean O’Hair (66), and South Korean Park Sung-joon (66) at 11-under 199.

    Four others are just one stroke behind at a tournament where no 54-hole leader has ever won.

    “I had some benign conditions this morning and hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of putts, so it was great,” Bohn told CBS.

    “A lot of my putts didn’t have a lot of break to them. I didn’t really have that many difficult putts.”

    Bohn, 42, a two-time tour winner who launched his pro career in 1992 when he received $1 million for a hole-in-one, is motivated by more than thoughts of victory.

    The top four finishers not already exempt for the British Open at St. Andrews will earn a late ticket to the major championship in two weeks.

    “There is nothing like it anywhere in the world, the fans, the town, the golf course,” Bohn said, “I want to play there and want to play there really bad.”

    (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

  • Villa fires New York City to win over Montreal

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    It was New York’s fourth win in five games, a run that has lifted them into playoff contention after a horrible stretch earlier in the season when they went 11 matches without a win.


    In other action, the lowly Colorado Rapids pulled off a big upset when they beat the high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 for just their third win this season.

    Colorado took a second-minute lead through Uruguayan striker Vicente Sanchez, before the visiting Whitecaps made it 1-1 courtesy of midfielder Kekuta Manneh in the 20th minute.

    But the Rapids were not to be denied and Irish international Kevin Doyle headed home the winner in the 56th minute, his first MLS goal since he joined the league in May.

    The loss left Vancouver level on points at the top of the Western Conference with Seattle Sounders, who beat Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United 1-0 on Friday night.

    In Texas, Dallas trounced the visiting New England Revolution 3-0 with an early goal from Argentine Mauro Díaz paving the way for a comfortable victory.

    Diaz drove a low free kick under the New England wall when the line of defenders jumped into the air and it only got worse for the Revolution as a comedy of errors gifted the second Dallas goal to Colombian Fabian Castillo.

    In Ohio, Columbus Crew came from behind to beat New York Red Bulls 2-1, a pair of goals from midfielder Ethan Finlay overhauling an early strike on the break from Anatole Bertrand Abang.

    In other matches, the Los Angeles Galaxy trounced Toronto 4-0, thanks in no small measure to a hat-trick from Ireland striker Robbie Keane, while Real Salt Lake and Orlando City drew 1-1.

    (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

  • De Gois to answer hooking SOS for Eels

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Parramatta hooker Isaac De Gois will undergo a fitness test on Sunday in a bid to return a month early from a cheekbone injury in time to play Wests Tigers.


    The Eels are in the midst of a hooking crisis with first-choice rake Nathan Peats sidelined with a recurring knee issue and third-string Kaysa Pritchard out for the year with another torn pec.

    Eels coach Brad Arthur was forced to play part-time hooker Cody Nelson in the No. 9 jumper in last week’s upset of Melbourne, but could get a boost for Monday night’s clash with the return of De Gois.

    “He’ll have a bit of a fitness test today. His injury is quite severe, so we’re not going to rush him through,” Arthur said on Sunday.

    Second-rower Manu Ma’u will also play for the first time in almost a month after being suspended for a raised knee against North Queensland in Round 13.

    “Losing players through suspension is not great, but it was probably a rest that he deserved,” Arthur said.

    “He’s feeling a little bit fresher and he’s ready to go. He feels he’s let his team down having those two games off but he’s looking for a big game tomorrow.”

    Arthur batted away questions over the dramatic signing of Kieran Foran, who this week officially agreed to a two-year deal with the club beginning in 2016, with a player option for further two seasons.

    “The boys are only focused on 2015. It’s great for our club, but what’s our priority right now is the rest of this season,” he said.

    The former Manly assistant also refused to answer questions on his own future, which is now seemingly secure after reports of a clause inserted into Foran’s contract that allows him to leave should Arthur be let go.

    “All these stories going around are all news to me. No disrespect to anyone, but our focus is on 2015,” he said.


    * Since 2009, the Tigers have won nine of 12 matches against the Eels, including six of the past seven

    * The Tigers have kicked a field goal in seven of those nine wins

    * The Tigers have won just two of 11 Monday night games since 2012

    * The Eels have won three of their past four Monday night fixtures. They should be four from four but bombed a 24-point lead against the Cowboys in Round 13

    * The Eels have lost all three previous matches at the venue in 2015 and have won just one of their past 19 games there.

  • Walsh showed Burgoyne the way in AFL

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    They’re the coaching quartet that helped guarantee Shaun Burgoyne would enjoy a great AFL career.


    Burgoyne hit the jackpot when he joined Port Adelaide in 2000 to have Phil Walsh, Mark Williams, Alastair Clarkson and Dean Bailey as his mentors.

    The Hawthorn star said on Monday he will forever be grateful to Walsh, who made Burgoyne realise the importance of setting high standards for himself.

    Burgoyne remembered Walsh, who died in horrific circumstances last Friday, as a fantastic football man and a great bloke as well.

    “I don’t think I would have been able to step into AFL footy the way I did and play straight up if it wasn’t for the guidance of Phil, Clarko, Chocco and Bails,” Burgoyne said.

    “Their knowledge of the game was outstanding and the way they were able to teach you the game was first-class.

    “He (Walsh) taught me a lot about having standards when I first came in – elite standards, having an elite lifestyle.”

    After working with Walsh for eight years at Port, Burgoyne went to Hawthorn in late 2009.

    “When I first went (to Port), he was pretty hard on me,” Burgoyne said.

    “He’d give me a few sprays here and there.

    “But he was also very caring and nurturing of all the younger players, trying to get the most out of them.

    “His attention to detail was something that will stick with me – young or old, he expected you to fully pay attention.”

    Clarkson now coaches Burgoyne at Hawthorn, while Williams is at Richmond and Bailey died of cancer in March last year.

    Burgoyne said he and Clarkson are among about half a dozen staff at Hawthorn who have directly worked with Walsh – typical of his vast impact around the AFL.

    “It was very hard to take the news … obviously Phil touched a lot of people over his journey, being at a few different clubs,” Burgoyne added.

    “He’s going to be missed.”

  • Hodges ready to have final word on rival

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Master sledger Justin Hodges admits NSW rival Michael Jennings left him lost for words in State of Origin II.


    But the Queensland great hopes to have the final say on their rivalry in his Origin swansong by inspiring a “fairytale” game three win in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

    Maroons coach Mal Meninga had left the door open for Hodges to return for Queensland next year if they lost the series this year.

    The 33-year-old Hodges slammed it shut on Sunday, confirming that he would run out for his 24th and final Origin appearance on Wednesday night.

    His priority is a game three win and the Maroons’ ninth Origin series in 10 years.

    But the wily centre claimed he also had some unfinished business with Jennings.

    Hodges admitted he took it personally when NSW centre Jennings’ man-of-the-match display inspired the Blues’ 26-18 Origin II win in Melbourne.

    “Definitely. That’s something that I’ve always prided myself on, making sure that if I go out and do my job and be the best centre against my centre then obviously we’re one step closer to winning,” he said.

    “He got me in game two and there’s still one more game to go.”

    Known for his knack for niggling, Hodges admitted he was speechless in game two against a livewire Jennings, who critics claimed made the Queensland great look “old and slow”.

    “I wasn’t on my game as best as I could defensively and there was nothing I could say,” he said.

    “He was named man of the match and he deserved it.

    “It’s my job to try and stop him on Wednesday.

    “I think in time he’s going to be one of the best centres in the game. I’ve got heaps of respect for him but when we’re on the field we’re both trying to win for our state or our club.”

    The Maroons veteran kept his fingers crossed for a fairytale finish but hoped his teammates did not adopt a “do it for Hodgo” attitude for game three.

    “It’s probably the hardest thing to do, end on a fairytale,” Hodges said.

    “The first two games have been tough and this one’s going to be even tougher.

    “We’ve got our hands full but for me I just want the lads not to worry about me and to get the result for me.

    “I just want them to go out and play the best way they can and whatever is meant to be is meant to be.”

    Hodges had a nightmare Origin debut back in 2002 at the age of 19 when he twice gifted NSW tries with “hail Mary” passes in-goal.

    He has since become a Queensland great and was a key to their record eight straight series streak that ended last year.

    Hodges said he knew last year that the end was nigh.

    “As hard as it is to say it, you never want to give up your Queensland jersey, but I feel the time is right,” he said.


    * State of Origin games: 23

    * Origin debut: Game two, 2002

    * Origin points: 20 (five tries)

    * Career Origin stats:

    * Average possessions per game: 19.3

    * Average runs: 12.2

    * Average metres: 108

    * Tackle busts: 77

    * Line breaks: 8

    * Try assists: 3

    * Offloads: 31

    * Errors: 33

    * Average tackles per game: 11.1

    * Average missed tackles per game: 2.8