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Rugby league at risk due to ‘soft kids’

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LONE RIDER: Group 4 boss Mick Schmiedel is known for calling it how he sees it, and has done so again – taking ‘lazy’ parents and ‘soft’ kids to task.Plain-talking Group 4 president Mick Schmiedel has bemoaned the dramatic drop in junior league players graduating to the senior ranks in the region –and has laid the blame on “lazy” parents and “soft” children.
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With the league heartland in danger of becoming awasteland in the under-16 and under-18 ranks, the former long-standing player, who is aveteran administrator and coach, said parentsneeded to get “off the couch” and get their kids involved in league.

“I put the blame, and they won’t like this, squarely at mums and dads,” he said.

“I think a lot of mums and dads have just got too lazy now to take their kids to training or go down to the footy to watch.

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— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) June 13, 2017

“They’drather sit at home or … God knows what they’re doing.”

Schmiedel, who coaches Collegian Warriors’ first grade and under-13 sides, also unloaded of kids –telling them to harden up.

He said years ago if a player“got a spray”from the coach he“took it on the chin”.

“Now (it’s), ‘I’m not copping that. I’m going to another sport. I don’t deserve that’,” he said.

CONCERN: Leading league figures say the lack of junior players entering the senior ranks is hurting the region’s premier competition, First Division.

“Well, you probably did deserve it. You’ve been a little sh**at training, you weren’t doing what you were told, deal with it … And that’s the problem we’ve got.

“Personally, I think we’ve become such a cotton wool society that we’ve got to be so careful of people’s feelings that we don’t want to upset them.

“Hang on. Little Johnny has been a sh**of a kid, so I told him to pull his head in or he’s doing laps. Andhe goes home crying because the coach was nasty.”

Schmiedelsaid the situation was so dire there were only three under-16 sides and four under-18 sides this season.

“So that tells you there’s not a lot (of players) coming through,” he said. “I think there’s only four (under) 15 sides at the moment.”

He added: “The thing with sport in general is we’re competing in a market that everyone wants, and you’ve got rugby union and you’ve got AFL going strong and soccer going strong, basketball’s strong.

“So we’re all trying to dip into the same player pool … which makes it difficult.”

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The politics at play in our changing city

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AT THE height of its influence, Renew Newcastle’s founder Marcus Westbury was fond of retelling an old joke.
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Newcastle, it seemed, was always on the verge of something. A large-scale development was just around the corner. Three to five years away.

The joke, of course, was that most of the action never really seemed to eventuate, and in the meantime it wasorganisations like Renew fostering small-scale development that helped beginNewcastle’s revitalisation.

That word –revitalisation –has since been adopted by the NSW governmentas its catch-cry in Newcastle.

Indeed it’s no longer UrbanGrowth or the Hunter Development Corporation guiding state investment in the city, it’s Revitalising Newcastle, an amalgam of various state government departments.

The state government, through Revitalising Newcastle, claims credit for bringing that elusive large-scale development to the city.

The narrative is that it has beenthe government’s half-a-billion dollar investment in Newcastle, mostly spent on the 2.7 kilometrelight rail project, that has helped bring activity into the city.

A springboard launchingthe $1.6 billion in development busily changing Newcastle’s skyline.

But if the NSW government wants to bask in our success, it must also accept the heat when things aren’t as positive.

Yet in recent excursions into the city’s politics, two Berejiklian government ministers have failed in this regard.

First it was theTransport Minister Andrew Constance, who attempted to shift attention fromhis own delay incominggood on a promise to produce a business case for the light rail extension with anattack on the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

And now it’s the Arts Minister Don Harwin, who raised hope for funding to expandthe Newcastle Art Gallery, and now – having failed to deliver any money –is putting theblame on the council.

Say what you will about the council –and it is not without blame, because it has had years to come up with fundsfor theexpansion –but the light rail business case and the gallery extension are exampleswhere the state government has prioritised massive spending in Sydney above more modest projects in Newcastle.

Nothing like a looming election to bring out the blame shifting and party politics.

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Five highlights in your travel week23 June

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The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge … climbers greeted by live music.Twilight climbs on all weekends in July and August will see four local musical artists serenade climbers at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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After a bucket-list journey ascending the iconic bridge to a vantage point 134 metres above the harbour, climbers will be greeted by a series of musicians, comprised of three duos and one singer-songwriter, waiting at the top with acoustic instruments safely attached and in hand.

There they will perform for each group as they climb the final stairs to the summit, in the genres of art folk, soulful reggae and Americana-inspired folk music.

This musical experience is included in the standard price of the ticket.

Phone (02) 8274 7777 or visit www.bridgeclimb南京夜网

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel … pampering mothers-to-be.

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has launched a new babymoon package, offering a special pampering experience for mums-to-be.

Defined as a romantic getaway or planned period of calm for expectant parents, the babymoon allows a restful getaway before baby arrives.

The Emporium’s package includes a 24-hour movie package, ice-cream and popcorn, a mum-and-bub gift pack including a signature plush zebra toy, valet parking, late checkout and a 10 per cent discount voucher at the Cheeky Bambino family concept store in the Emporium precinct.

The babymoon package is priced at $150 on top of whatever room rate is chosen.

Phone 1300 833 611 or visit www.emporiumhotels南京夜网.au

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … special opening rate.

The Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is offering a special introductory rate special of $159 per night in a studio king room for when it opens on July 19.

The rate is valid for stays to September 29 and includes 1GB of internet access daily, a welcome drink voucher and room upgrade, subject to availability.

The 136-room, nine-storey hotel is located close to T2 and T3 terminals and features 24-hour service, express check-out and internet kiosk.

The restaurant and bar will serve a provincial menu, featuring the regional NSW beef and sustainably sourced local seafood, served with local draught beer, wines and hand-crafted cocktails.

Phone 131 517 or visit www.mantra南京夜网.au

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel … a great base for Darwin’s popular winter events.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in the heart of Darwin is offering early-bird and longer-stay deals with up to 15 per cent off standard rates.

Darwin plays host to a wide range of sporting and cultural events during winter, including the Royal Darwin Show (21-23 July), Darwin Fringe Festival (July 11–23), Darwin Cup Carnival (July 8–August 7) and this year’s Darwin Festival (August 4–21), an 18-day calendar of activities featuring local and touring artists, outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel is located in the city centre, close to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin waterfront and Darwin Casino, and within walking distance of Darwin Mall and popular night spots.

The property offers serviced apartments, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. All apartments feature separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities and balcony, plus complimentary high-speed wi-fi.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels南京夜网.au

Fingal Beach … people line up to make giant humpback.

Each year in Port Stephens, hundreds of people gather on the beach to make the shape of a giant humpback and celebrate the whale-watching season.

The creation of the mammoth mammal will take place at noon on Saturday, July 15, as the finale of the region’s winter Naturefest celebrations. The event will be held on Fingal Bay Beach with free registration available from 10am.

This year visitors can also take advantage of a special winter accommodation deal offered by Marty’s at Little Beach.

Groups of up to four people can stay at Marty’s at Little Beach — 10 minutes from Fingal Bay — in a two-bedroom apartment for $200 per night on the weekend, based on a minimum two-night stay.

Larger family apartments, suitable for up to six people, are available for $250 per night.

Phone bookings will secure a further discount on accommodation.

Nestled between the sheltered stretches of sand at Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach, Marty’s offers studios and self-contained apartments with balconies, a heated swimming pool, free wi-fi and Foxtel, and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Phone 02 4984 9100 or visit www.martys.net.au. For general regional inquiries visit www.portstephens.org.au

Melbourne terror plotters to spend more time behind bars

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Two Melbourne terror plotters will spend more time behind bars. Two young Melbourne men who pleaded guilty to separate terror-related offences will spend more time behind bars, after the Court of Appeal agreed their original sentences were too lenient.
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The Court of Appeal handed down its rulings on Friday to challenges by Commonwealth prosecutors against sentences imposed last year on Sevdet Besim​, who planned to behead a police officer at an Anzac Day service in 2015, and on a teenager known as MHK who built a bomb and planned to detonate it on Mother’s Day the same year.

Chief Justice Warren, Justice Mark Weinberg, and Justice Stephen Kaye agreed that both sentences were inadequate.

In relation to Besim, they agreed with the contention of Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Sarah McNaughton, SC, that it was incorrect for the sentencing judge, Justice Michael Croucher, to conclude there was a “reasonable possibility” Besim would not have gone through with the attack.

Similarly, they agreed it was not the responsibility of the prosecution to prove Besim still believed in violent jihad when it came to Justice Croucher’s consideration of the need to protect the community when deciding his sentence.

In the matter of MHK, the court agreed with the sole ground of appeal raised by the prosecution, which was that the sentence was manifestly inadequate, given it was punishable with life imprisonment, and that mitigating factors regarding the man’s renouncement of Islamic State and remorse could not outweigh the need for general deterrence.

Ms McNaughtonsaidduring the appeal hearing on June 9 that the intentions of both MHK and Besimintended to terrorise and kill Australians on home soil.

MHK was arrested in May 2015 and last year, at 18, became the youngest person jailed in Australia for a terror offence. He made bombs from household items, and police safely detonated them in a park.

Besim was also arrested in the days before his intended attack, and Ms McNaughton said that the young man had readied himself to fulfil his plans.

“The only thing to be done was waiting for Anzac Day to come about,” she said.

“Not on any day, but on Anzac Day … that is particularly shocking, particularly outrageous and designed to terrorise.”

Robert Richter​, QC, for MHK, said the teenager had renounced his extreme views and was reforming, and that the longer he spent in jail the greater the risk of re-radicalisation.

Their casessparked vicious comments from federal ministers about the ideological bent and ineffectiveness of the Court of Appeal, and set in train a series of events which could see them referred for contempt.

The Solicitor-General is set to appear before the court on Friday and offer an apology on behalf of the ministers, after refusing to do so last week.

Meanwhile, an appeal to increase the sentence of another young Melbourne man, Hassan ElSabsabi, who pleaded guilty to a terror-related offence,was dismissed.

Justices Robert Redlich, Phillip Priest, and David Beach of the Victorian Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that El Sabsabi’s conviction and sentence would stand.

ElSabsabimet US nationalAbedallahKarram​ online and sent him $16,000 after learning he planned to fight in Syria against the Assad regime.

Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry said last year he had planned to send El Sabsabi back to jail, but found doing so would have been counter-productive,as his rehabilitationwas progressing well and he could have been exposed to more extremism in jail.

He was put on a two-year community corrections order.

On FridayEl Sabsabiwas spared further jail, having served 44 days in custody when arrested in 2014.

Forget fidget spinners, this is the new craze sweeping Sydney

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Keira Sen, 9, and her mother Cassie started their own NSW ROCKS group after seeing other groups pop up around the country. Photo: Wolter PeetersWhen Cassie Sen saw children in her local area spending more time on screens than swings, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
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She and her nine-year-old daughter Keira foundedNSW ROCKS, a local chapter of an international movement which involves finding rocks, decorating them and then depositing them in local parks for others to discover.

The only screen element involved is a Facebook group where members divulge where their coloured stones have been “rock dropped”.

Part craft, part treasure hunt, the trend started in the US last year before spreading across the Pacific where Australian participants number more than 35,000.

“It’s something so simple but it puts smiles on people’s faces,” Ms Sen said.

“A lot of kids in the Campbelltown area where we live don’t get to spend a lot of time in parks, they don’t get out and about in nature as much as I did when I was a kid. This is an activity which gets kids outside and the sheer joy on their faces when they find something so bright and colourful is priceless.”

Ms Sen describes the activity as a “low tech” Pokemon Go with an imaginative twist.

“It’s so much better than Pokemon Go because you can make your own creations,” she said.

“The craft element is part of the appeal. It really ticks a lot of boxes. It’s creative, it’s physical and there is a treasure hunt.The bigger it gets, the more the community gets involved so there is a social aspect as well.”

Louise Hardy, a senior research fellow with the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney said activities which require children to enjoy the outdoors should be encouraged.

“It’s a fad but it’s a good fad,” Dr Hardy said.

“Everyone got excited about Pokemon Go which was being hailed as a way to get kids to be more active but the problem was that the kids were still sticking their nose in a screen, they weren’t engaging with their surroundings.

“Hunting for coloured rocks in a park is a much better way to explore. It’s environmentally friendly. It’s not like those fidget spinners that just go into landfill as soon as the child gets bored.”

Dr Hardy is on the executive of committee of Active Healthy Kids Australia, an alliance of health experts who found concerning levels of sedentary behaviour among children in areportreleased last year.

Laura McFarland, a lecturer in education at Charles Sturt University, said the communal nature of decorating and depositing rocks could build stronger family bonds.

“When children engage with nature and spend time outdoors, their physical health and mental wellbeing benefits,” she said.

“Spending time outdoors as a family had the added benefit of strengthening the parent-child relationship.

“Technology-based strategies to get kids outside, such as Pokemon Go, can be useful, but they need to be used in a balanced way as too much screen time, particularly in very young children, can disrupt concentration and sleep.”

TheAustralian Child Health Poll, released by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne on Wednesday, found the majority of Australian children, exceed the national recommended guidelines for screen time, with two-thirds of primary school children and one-third of preschoolers owning their own tablet or smartphone.

What sporty P-plater car should I buy?

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Frank is helping his daughter buy her first car. They want something fun, so aren’t interested in boring hatchbacks. They are considering a Mazda MX-5 and, despite its sporty nature, Frank is keen on the idea. He reckons its low running costs and good braking/roadholding are pluses and likes the fact she’ll only be able to carry one passenger. Is he on to something or should they look at other options?
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The budget

Less than $25,000

The shortlist

We wouldn’t recommend an MX-5 to young drivers who can only afford the first two generations sold up to 2005. While they have good braking and roadholding they tend be taily on the limit, which is fine for experienced steerers but could catch out greenhorns.

Get to the $20,000 bracket, however, and you’re looking at current NC models, which have stability control to help keep the ham-fisted out of trouble.

In this case, we really can’t argue with Frank’s logic. But we will include another two-seater with some contrasting strengths and weaknesses to frame it better.

We would have had a third two-seater here, too, if logical options at this budget didn’t lack stability control. So we’ll throw in something completely different that’s safe, affordable and – most importantly – a little bit of fun.

2012-on Hyundai Veloster, from $19,360:*

Yes, this Hyundai has a hatch and a back seat but with its dramatic coupe styling and asymmetrical back door you’d never call it boring.

It’s also packed with youth-friendly toys such as bluetooth phone/audio streaming, while parents will love its generous safety fitout. The factory five-year warranty will still have plenty of life in it, too.

Of course, the Veloster can accommodate two more potentially goading friends than the Mazda. However, the near-new base models that are the sole choice the sub-$25,000 segment are powered by a pedestrian 1.6-litre petrol engine and the handling is safe and predictable.

Read Drive’s Hyundai Veloster reviews: Hyundai Veloster road test

2006-on Mazda MX-5, from $19,470:*

The current MX-5 arrived in 2005 but we’re recommending MY06 models, which introduced stability control as part of an update to coincide with the arrival of the folding hardtop version in late 2006.

Its two-seat, open-top layout is obviously very different from the Veloster’s. Young drivers will only have one friend to distract them behind the wheel but they’ll also have its willing 2.0-litre petrol engine and go-kart handling egging them on.

The MX-5’s small boot is another headache and the factory three-year warranty will be expired on examples in this budget range. Don’t expect as many toys as the Hyundai, either.

Read Drive’s Mazda MX-5 reviews:Mazda MX-5 used

2009-on Peugeot 207CC, from $21,010:*

As with the MX-5, the 207CC received stability control during a mid-life upgrade. So while you’ll find examples from 2007, we’re recommending only MY10 models onwards sold from late 2009.

There are other similarities, such as its open-top layout, which is utilised via a slick power folding hardtop roof. While it technically has a back seat, no humanoid of anything like adult stature can fit.

The Pug, though, has a bigger boot and base 1.6-litre petrols (which we’re recommending as quicker GT turbos with MY10 plates will test the budget and any P-plate restrictions) aren’t quick or sharp enough to whip up hooning instincts. Just don’t expect it to be quite as reliable or cheap to service as Asian alternatives.

Read Drive’s Peugeot 207CC reviews:Peugeot 207CC road test

Drive recommends

It seems a sin not to recommend something as brilliantly executed, satisfying and affordable to own as the MX-5 but there’s something about putting a first-time driver into a car that begs to be driven hard we just can’t warm to.

The Pug, for inexperienced drivers at least, seems more appropriate with its tame engine, tame front-wheel-drive handling and bigger boot, which is sure to come in handy at some stage. If you must have a two-seater and can live with the odd potential reliability niggle it’s worth considering.

In the end, though, we’d sooner steer any young ‘un we knew into a Veloster. It might not prohibit back-seat riders like the other two but it’s got the style, safety, specification, driving character and rock-solid ownership qualities to keep them satisfied, safe and on financial track. Like Drive南京夜网.au on Facebook Follow Drive南京夜网.au on Twitter @Drivecomau

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Bathroom bliss

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It’s that time of year again – when there is a mad rush to spruce up the house in time for Christmas. And for some, that means finally getting around to that long-planned bathroom reno, powder room update, or new ensuite in time for all the holiday visitors.
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If you’re thinking of doing a last-minute bathroom update, the time left to arrange it is fast disappearing. In particular getting hold of a tiler at this time of year is likely to be your biggest challenge.

However, if you are going to dive in and do it now, getting your bathroom right is all about good planning.

Start by mapping out your room size and work out what you need, remembering to allow space to comfortably move around, particularly if two or more people will be using the bathroom at once.

Things to consider . . .

The look

Are you are contemporary? Traditional? Country? There’s so many different options that you’ll probably need to have a good lie down after visiting any bathroom or tile shop.

The best way to approach it is to start a “look book”, trawl magazines and websites and compile photographs of the looks you like. And then research tiles and fittings that help you build that look.

Be wary that in every shop you go to the sales assistants will not only be trying to sell certain products, they’ll also have their own tastes. Which may be very different to your own.

A good place to start online is houzz南京夜网 – there’s thousands of pictures of “real” homes.

Bath

Can you fit a bath? Or will you have to opt for a bath-shower combination? In the interests of space, you might be better off to do away with a bath altogether if you just have a small bathroom.

Heating

Will you need heating? If so, you’ve got the option of either an overhead Tastic-style heater, or the increasingly popular underfloor heating.

The latter is great for cooler climates, and you don’t have to run it all day, just a couple of hours in the morning and night is plenty to keep the floor warm 24/7.

If you want heated flooring, you’ll just need to factor it in early so provisions can be made for the wiring to be in the right place.

Shower

Do you want a big, roomy, shower or are you happy to have something a bit more compact? Walk in showers look fantastic but remember to take into account the splash zone, and the extra waterproofing that will be required.

Steam be gone

Remember you’ll need to include a ceiling or wall exhaust for the steam. Many are ducted to the outside these days, or you can buy ducting kits from the hardware store.

Look for options with draught stoppers, which are simple plastic flaps that help to keep air in or out when you want to, increasing your home’s efficiency.

You can also buy steam sensors, which turn the exhaust fan on when needed.

Take your time

The worst thing about rushing is you can end up with something you really don’t like, chosen in haste. Do you really need the bathroom done by Christmas, or could it wait until next year?

Unless you’ve got stacks of cash to burn, you’ll probably be living with the bathroom for at least the next 15 years, and you want it to last the distance, which means choosing well in the beginning.

Consult your experts

Before spending a cent, have a talk to one, or several, tilers, plumbers and sparkies to see just what is possible and to get an idea of costings.

Exactly how you do your bathroom is up to you – you can either engage each trade separately, or have a bathroom renovation company do the lot. Similarly, many tilers will also bring a plumber and electrician as part of their team – just be aware they may charge extra for doing so.

Trade discounts

Remember to ask your tradespeople if they have trade accounts with tile, plumbing and electrical suppliers, and if so, are they able to access a discount. Many are happy to do so in part, or full.

Seek your own, separate quotes from stores to check if the price the tradesperson is offering is cheaper.

Have you renovated a bathroom? What are your tips?

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Shooter video games seek to ‘humanise’ refugees

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Video games are being used to moderate the polarised debate around asylum seekers – and an Australian version is on the way. Frontiers, Jens Stober’s previous game, focuses on the asylum seeker issue in Europe.
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The game 1378 caused controversy because players who chose to be Cold War guards could shoot East German refugees.

In the Frontiers multiplayer game players could be either a European border guard or African refugee.

Could a video game placing players in the shoes of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia help change opinions about “boat people”?

Jens Stober, a game designer and PhD student at RMIT University’s GEELab campus in Karlsruhe, Germany, is trying to find out.

He is creating a video game in which players can assume the roles of Australian border guards or foreign refugees.

His Melbourne RMIT supervisor expects sparks to fly, and online activist group GetUp has already voiced its support of his game, with national director Sam McLean saying it could be very effective if made in a way that “humanises asylum seekers and demonstrates their plight”.

The upcoming game and others designed for education and social good will be discussed at the Games for Change conference, hosted by RMIT in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday.

Stober received death threats and was briefly arrested in Germany in 2010 when he released a multi-player, first-person shooter game called “1378”. The number is the length in kilometres of the so-called “death strip” that divided East and West Germany during the Cold War.

In that game, players can be either border guards or refugees fleeing the East German communist regime. The ability of guards to shoot fugitives caused outrage among victims’ relatives.

A reconciliation group said it was an unacceptable “ego-shooter” game, and a victims’ group said the game made a mockery of them. (The communist regime lasted from 1949 to 1989. Hundreds of East Germans were killed trying to escape the country.)

Stober also worked with Austrian game developers goldextra on another game last year called Frontiers, which tackles the modern-day European refugee issue. Again, players can be either refugees – this time Africans – or border guards. The game features the main migration routes to Europe with settings including the Sahara, Iraq, the Netherlands, the woods of Slovakia, the Ukraine and the beaches in southern Spain.

Media reports claim Stober’s games encourage and reward players to massacre refugees, but he claims they actually penalise players for shooting, and that the main aim is to educate people about political issues using game mechanics.

“You can have a gun, you can use it, but if you use it you will lose points and lose the game,” he says.

The players who are refugees must cooperate to evade the border guards while the guards try to arrest them. Along the way, the game dishes out educational factoids designed to provoke deeper thought about the issues.

“We integrated interviews and a lot of photos, videos and data about the European conflict and about the border situation directly into the game,” Stober says.

The 1378 game has been downloaded 750,000 times and Frontiers about 50,000.

Stober says he is in the research-phase for the Australian asylum-seeker game and plans to launch it next year. He says he is interested in “how games can change the world or change opinions or help form opinions”, adding that schools had used his older games to help spark discussion about the issues.

“It’s not my aim to promote some kind of scandal, it’s just to provide some information for people that are not that deeply into this topic . . . The games are addressed to a generation that I think doesn’t have a lot to do with this topic yet,” Stober says.

Stober is reluctant to discuss the Australian game’s mechanics, but says the player roles will be border guards and refugees, as in his previous games. He says detailed background information will be provided, but says he is unlikely to include weapons.

Dr Steffen Walz, Stober’s RMIT supervisor and the chair and co-lead curator of the Games for Change conference in Australia and New Zealand, says he expects the Australian game to cause controversy.

But he hopes Stober’s game will help Australians who are opposed to refugees to realise that “many of them don’t have the chance to apply to ‘queue’ because there is no queue, and the places they come from are war-torn and bloody”.

Dr Walz says he could not understand why the debate was so toxic in Australia given the relatively minuscule numbers of unauthorised arrivals by boat, and the fact that the country was built by migrants.

“These poor people on those boats are basically substitutes for another discussion, and that is what kind of society does Australia want to be in the future?” he says. “Is it an open society, is it a society of migrants that are proud of where they’re coming from, or is it a closed society of islanders?”

Dr Walz says other “games for change” he has seen include Peacemaker, about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and a United Nations soccer game for developing countries addressing violence against women. More examples can be found on the Games for Change site.

“We want to demonstrate that games are maturing … and you can address issues other than shooting people in the face [in a game] – which can be fun,” Dr Walz said. “But ‘games for change’ are broadening games as a cultural form.”

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Yellowglen strategy to boost sales

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Australia’s leading sparkling wine house, Yellowglen, will release new packaging for its entry-price and premium wines before Christmas, and launch a fresh brand campaign in the new year.
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The moves are part of an attempt to encourage drinkers back to the label in the face of a proliferation of local sparkling wines and competition from champagne.

Michelle Terry, the managing director of Lindeman’s, said on Tuesday that champagne – which has become steadily cheaper due to the strength of the Australian dollar and an oversupply in economically stagnant Europe – remained the biggest threat to the premium end of the sparkling wine market where labels typically sell for more than $20 a bottle.

She said Yellowglen, owned by Treasury Wine Estates, remained dominant in the $8-$10 range but it had suffered at higher price points, typically $10 to $15 – a problem the new strategy was designed to address.

‘‘We had seen some softening in our position in the market in the teens, so the $10-$15 mark, so its very important for us that given that is a growing market for us to re-establish our credibility in that part of the market as well as in a premium offering,’’ she said.

“It’s very important . . . to re-establish our credibility in that part of the market as well as in a premium offering,” she said.

Yellowglen has a 40 per cent share of the Australian sparkling wine market.

As part of a new premium range, Yellowglen has launched a new label, XV, which will have a limited supply and retail between $49 and $59 a bottle.

The Yellowglen XV range has been created to stack up against the flavour and style of well-known Champagne houses from France.

Ms Terry said a review of Yellowglen had shown the brand was strong and generated good consumer loyalty.

“It’s Australia’s No. 1 sparkling wine and that’s a pleasing base to move from,” she said.

But competition at the cheaper end was taking its toll.

Imports, were a threat in the higher price range.

“Sometimes we see consumers trading up [to champagne] and that’s one of the reasons we are firmly trying to establish Yellowglen as the premier house of sparkling from Australia,” Ms Terry said.

In North America and Europe, oversupply has forced the close-knit champagne houses to find new homes for excess bottles.

But this supply and demand imbalance could soon switch as the most recent projections for the harvest in France showed yields were likely to be down as much as 40 per cent in some regions.

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Timeline of the David Petraeus case

27/07/2018 | 南京夜网梧桐 | Permalink

The extramarital affair that brought down David Petraeus’ celebrated career last week raised many questions. Among them: when exactly the affair began, how the FBI stumbled upon the information and who was told about it. Here’s a timeline of events, according to officials involved in the investigation:
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Spring 2006 — Paula Broadwell meets Petraeus at Harvard University where she is a graduate student. Petraeus is a lieutenant general working on a manual about counterinsurgency and is invited to give a speech about his experiences in Iraq.

January 2007 – The Senate confirms Petraeus as the commanding general for US troops in Iraq.

2008 – Broadwell initiates a case study of Petraeus’ leadership. On a visit to Washington, Petraeus invites Broadwell to join him and his team for a run along the Potomac River.

October 2008 – Petraeus is named commander of US Central Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida, where Jill Kelley and her husband attend social events alongside the area’s military elite.

June 30, 2010 – The Senate confirms Petraeus as the new commander for war in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Broadwell expands her research of Petraeus into an authorised biography. She makes multiple trips to Afghanistan and is given unprecedented access to Petraeus and his commanders.

September 6, 2011 – Petraeus is sworn in as CIA director with his wife, Holly, by his side. Broadwell keeps in contact with Petraeus and is later invited to his office for events, including a meeting with actress Angelina Jolie.

November 2011 – Petraeus begins an extramarital affair with Broadwell, according to retired Army Colonel Steve Boylan.

January 24, 2012 – Broadwell’s biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, is released.

January 30, 2012 – In an interview with her hometown paper, the Bismarck Tribune, Broadwell describes Petraeus as an inspirational figure who always takes care of his subordinates.

May 2012 – Kelley, a Tampa socialite, starts receiving harassing emails. The FBI begins investigating soon after.

Summer 2012 – FBI agents determine that the email trail leads to Broadwell. They come across a private Gmail account using an alias name that belongs to Petraeus. Emails between Petraeus and Broadwell lead agents to believe the two are having an affair. FBI Director Robert Mueller is notified. At some point during the investigation, the FBI interviews Petraeus and Broadwell.

July 2012 – The affair between Petraeus and Broadwell ends, according to Petraeus’ friend Boylan.

Late Summer 2012 – Attorney General Eric Holder is notified. By this time, the FBI has long since concluded there was no national security breach, but continues investigating whether Petraeus had any role in the harassing emails sent to Kelley.

October 27, 2012 – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gets a call from an FBI employee notifying him of the affair. Congressman Dave Reichert arranges the call after receiving a tip from another FBI official.

The week of October 29, 2012 – Petraeus and Broadwell are both interviewed for a second time by the FBI. By this point, both have acknowledged the affair to the FBI.

October 31, 2012 – Cantor’s chief of staff calls the FBI chief of staff to inform him of the call.

Tuesday, November 6 – As Americans cast their ballots on Election Day, the Justice Department informs Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of the investigation. Clapper calls Petraeus and urges him to resign.

Wednesday, November 7 – The White House is first notified about the affair involving Petraeus. The retired general turns 60.

Thursday, November 8 – President Barack Obama, having returned from Chicago, is told of the affair. Petraeus meets with Obama at the White House and asks to resign.

Friday, November 9 – Obama accepts Petraeus’s resignation. News of the resignation breaks before Congress is briefed. Broadwell’s husband emails guests to cancel her 40th birthday party, scheduled for that weekend. By the evening, Broadwell has been publicly identified.

Saturday, November 10 – Broadwell’s book, ranked 76,792 on Amazon the day before, jumps to 111.

Sunday, November 11 – Lawmakers complain in televised interviews that the FBI didn’t alert them sooner to the investigation. Kelley’s identity is revealed by AP, and she issues a statement asking for privacy.

A meeting to discuss the investigation is set for the following Wednesday with the FBI, CIA acting director Michael Morell and senior members of Congress.

AP

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