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Put another sequel in the cinema: Gosling

Northern Territory federal MP Luke Gosling is backing a campaign for a new Crocodile Dundee sequel.Northern Territory MP Warren Snowdon could have a starring role as a crocodile attack victim in a future Crocodile Dundee film, one of his own party colleagues has suggested.
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His Labor colleague Luke Gosling rallied support in parliament on Wednesday night for a petition for fourth sequel in the classic n film series, to again be shot in the Northern Territory.

The idea started out as a tourism marketing campaign starring a bevy of n actors and was played during the NFL Super Bowl last week to promote the Top End to US visitors.

But the idea has grown legs and now a petition by the NT News to bring back Mick Dundee has more than 6800 signatures and support of the region’s MPs.

“We’re hoping than there can be some goodwill and smarts provided by some investors out there to invest in another Dundee film. Bring back Dundee,” Mr Gosling told parliament on Wednesday night, while talking up the importance of tourism to the Northern Territory.

The industry employs 17,000 people across the NT.

Mr Gosling joked that he could play the lead, but said most territory blokes would be happy to have Thor star Chris Hemsworth represent them in the film, as he did in the commercial.

“Warren Snowden … may be having a cameo in there somewhere. It’s unsure, maybe a crocodile victim,” he suggested of his fellow Territorian.

The original 1986 Crocodile Dundee film, starring Paul Hogan, was a worldwide success, making phrases like “put another shrimp on the barbie” synonymous with .

There have already been two sequels, released in 1988 and 2001.

Metallica wins 2018 Polar Music Prize

James Hetfield of Metallica has been awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize.American heavy metal band Metallica has won Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
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Founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, publisher and manager of the Swedish band ABBA, the Polar Music Prize has become a coveted accolade in both classical and popular music.

“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing,” said Metallica’s drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich in a statement on the band’s website.

“It puts us in very distinguished company. It’s a great validation of everything Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.”

Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, the Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith and Bjork.

The prize committee lauded Metallica for their virtuoso ensemble playing and the reach of their music.

“In Metallica’s world, both a teenage bedroom and a concert hall can be transformed into a Valhalla. The strength of the band’s uncompromising albums has helped millions of listeners to transform their sense of alienation into a superpower”, the committee said.

Founded in 1981 by drummer Ulrich and guitarist and singer James Hetfield, is one of the most commercially successful rock acts in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide.

Two prizes are given out each year, traditionally to one classical and one pop musician.

The committee also rewarded the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and its founder Ahmad Sarmast.

The winners will receive their awards, including a check of 1 million Swedish crowns ($A173,600), at a gala in Stockholm on June 14.

Victorian teenagers are inactive in age of the screen

More than 90 per cent of teenagers are not getting enough physical activity, a new report has found.
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The VicHealth report released on Monday revealed 92 per cent of teenagers aren’t getting an hour of physical activity each day, a recommendation set bythen Physical Activity Guidelines.

The average Victorianteenspends more than three hours a day on screens like smartphones and iPads.

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VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said teenagers often dropped out of sport because it stoppedbeing fun and startedbeing competitive.

“Health experts are warning that our kids could be the first generation with lower life-expectancy than their parents. Low levels of physical activity are a key driver of this change,” Ms Rechter said.

Research has found that sport participationhalves at around15-years-old.

Almost half of children under 15 play no sport at all outside of school hoursduring a typical week.

“Many teenagers have told us that they stopped playing sport because it stopped being fun. Other reasons include too much focus on the competition and skill level and teenagers having to juggle other commitments like their academic performance, part-time work and social lives,” Ms Rechter said.

Headspace Ballarat mental health nurse Nathan Broome said there was a strong link between physical activity and mental health.

“We are finding high rates of children coming in through Headspacewho aren’t active and that is correlating with issues around different mental illness,” Mr Broome said.

“Stress and pressure related things (like social media, bullying etc.) has a big impact on a child’s willingness and ability to be involved in something that is enjoyable like sport. We know the biggest stand alone issue around mental health is stress.”

Headspace Ballarat is currently working to develop a program to join mental health and physical activity.

Vic Health announced up to $6 million in new funding over three years as Growing Participation in Sport program which aims to supportsport programs that are low-cost, social and less focused on winning.

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Israel to analyse accused Vic teacher

Nicole Meyer fears her alleged childhood predator, arrested in Israel, could fight extradition.An Israeli court has ordered a former Melbourne school principal accused of child sex abuse be placed under psychiatric evaluation until further notice.
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The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Wednesday that Malka Leifer remain in custody while the district psychiatrist determines whether she is fit to stand trial

wants the 54-year-old extradited, after she fled to Israel after being accused of abuse.

She has avoided court over allegations linked to her time as head of Adass Israel School’s girls’ campus in Melbourne in the 2000s.

She was arrested in Israel on Monday, following an undercover investigation at Interpol’s request, on suspicion of obstructing court proceedings by attempting to hide evidence.

An Israeli court previously stopped extradition proceedings after determining she was not fit to stand trial. Police say they have indications she was pretending to be suffering from a mental illness to avoid extradition to face 74 charges in .

The move brought hope for Leifer’s alleged victims in , including Nicole Meyer.

Mrs Meyer’s sisters Dassi Erlich and Elly Sapper have also accused their former teacher of abuse.

“The arrest means many things, starting with a humungous burst of hope after so many stagnant months of her continuing to be officially mentally unwell,” Mrs Meyer said.

In 2016, an Israeli court halted proceedings to extradite Leifer after finding she was not fit to stand trial due to mental illness.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull both raised the case with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during visits last year.

Leifer taught at and was the principal of the Adass Israel School from the early 2000s until 2008.

Biohacker’s Opal hand implant cancelled

Meow-Ludo claims his Opal card chip hand implant has been cancelled by the NSW government.The body-hacking scientist who implanted an Opal card chip in his hand claims the NSW government has finally made good on threats to cancel his pass.
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But the defiant “biohacker” is preparing to fight the move in court.

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, which is his legal name, cut down the Opal chip, had it encased in biocompatible plastic and then implanted it just under the skin on his left hand by a piercing expert in April 2017.

His biohack made headlines around the world in the hours that followed the operation but Transport for NSW warned it would cancel cards that had been tampered with.

It took them less than a day to cancel Mr Meow-Meow’s registered card but, because the chip under his skin was not linked to his name, the implanted chip remained active.

That came to an end at some point over the weekend when Mr Meow-Meow returned from Body Hacking Con in Texas to find his implant’s card was not working.

“I was actually at a cyborg convention, which is kind of ironic and hilarious,” he told AAP on Wednesday.

“It was all about regulation and cyborg rights.”

Mr Meow-Meow said he tapped his hand at a ticket gate but was not let through.

After calling a support line he claims he was given a “boring bureaucratic answer” and informed his card was canceled.

“This is only a bloody story because they canceled my card,” he said.

“How often do you see the words ‘innovation’ and ‘public transport’ in the same sentence in Sydney?”

He argues the implant represented a useful and innovative step forward, which the rest of the world would closely watch – and question the government’s punitive stance.

Mr Meow-Meow is expected before a Sydney court on March 16 to contest a $200 fine he received last year for riding the train without a valid ticket.

He has entered a plea of not guilty.

Mr Meow-Meow said he would then launch legal action against TfNSW for unlawfully cancelling his cards.

“This is case law in creation and it’s fun to be at the centre of this,” he said.

“This is a scenario so unusual that their lawyers never foresaw this happening because, if they did, they would have written it in there.”

Numerous academics and reporters across the world have contacted Mr Meow-Meow, eager to see the outcome the landmark cases.

Mr Meow-Meow said he was willing to spend the ongoing legal fees to help create laws around the emerging technology – but is keen to hear from lawyers interested in being attached to nation’s first cyborg rights case pro bono.

Transport for NSW has been contacted for comment.

Russians meddling in US midterms: agencies

CIA chief Mike Pompeo says he’s seen evidence of Russian meddling in the US midterm elections.Three of the US’s top intelligence officials have confirmed they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the coming midterm elections – part of what they say is Moscow’s escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies.
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“We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, agreed that Russia’s interference was ongoing.

“This is not going to change or stop,” Rogers said.

They did not describe the activity, other than to say it was related to information warfare.

“This is pervasive,” Coats said.

“The Russians have a strategy that goes well beyond what is happening in the United States. While they have historically tried to do these types of things, clearly in 2016 they upped their game. They took advantage, a sophisticated advantage of social media. They are doing that not only in the United States but doing it throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere.”

US intelligence concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which has led to the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign connections.

Russia denies the allegations and President Donald Trump has called the FBI probe a witch hunt.

The three testified in Congress on the same day the intelligence community released its annual report on global threats.

It predicts Russian intelligence agencies will disseminate more false information over Russian state-controlled media and through fake online personas to spread anti-American views and exacerbate social and political divides in the US.

Pompeo had said earlier he expected Russia would insert itself in the midterms in November, in which Republicans and Democrats will vie for control of the House and Senate.

Family horrors before baby deaths: report

A mother (left) and grandmother of two dead infants … engaged in family drug use. (file).A grandmother dealing ice, shootings at the family home and a child being burnt with a “crack pipe” are just some of the horrors child protection workers ignored before two babies died, a coroner has been told.
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An inquest is examining the sudden deaths of two half-sisters, known as BLGN and DG, who were three months and 19 days old respectively when they died in 2014 and 2015.

An internal report reveals the NSW child welfare department failed to remove the children despite tragic accounts of entrenched family drug use, neglect, homelessness and violence spanning generations that ended with the infants’ death.

The review, ordered after BLGN’s death, found the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) received four “risk of significant harm” reports for BLGN during her short life, and 13 for her two older siblings.

Despite the dangers escalating over several years, FACS didn’t intervene, and BLGN’s case was dropped altogether due to “competing priorities”.

The documents tendered to Glebe Coroners Court show her young ice-addict mother, known as AC, had a troubled upbringing and attempted suicide by jumping onto railway lines as a teenager.

“There were reports about (AC) being sexually assaulted by a group of males, using drugs and about her involvement in criminal activity,” the report said.

During 2010 her one-year-old son, KD, had allegedly been found chewing on a pouch of “drugs and broken cigarettes” in the family home from where the grandmother allegedly dealt ice.

In January 2011 there was a shooting at the “known drug house” where AC struggled with two men over a gun on her front lawn and a fired shot hit a neighbour’s home.

A Mission worker reported the house was filthy, with no food and rubbish everywhere, but by 2013 the mother was living out of her car with her two toddler boys.

The month BLGN was born in January 2014, her mother did a stint in jail, court documents show.

By February an anonymous caller told a FACS helpline the mother was smoking ice in front of her children and that her five-year-old boy KD had burned himself on a “crack pipe”.

The review found KD may have had a learning disability, and both the mother and grandmother could often be heard screaming at him and calling him names.

The review acknowledged the department’s repeatedly inadequate responses but blamed the dysfunctional family’s transience and understaffing.

“Managing competing priorities within the context of finite resources is one of the most enduring challenges in child protection work,” the report said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the family’s drug dealer flatly denied allegations from his ex-mistress that he killed BLGN the night before she was found unmoving in her cot, with the woman admitting she had been high on ice at the time and had no evidence to prove her claims.

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Bridget McKenzie breaks silence over Barnaby Joyce affair, backs Joyce as leader

Senator Bridget McKenzie walks down the halls of Parliament House after her interview with Sky News. Picture: Alex EllinghausenNATIONALS deputy leader Bridget McKenzie has broken her silence over the Barnaby Joyce affair, telling Sky News that she has no issues with Mr Joyce’s handling of the situation and has backed him as leader.
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The senator, who has an office in Bendigo’s Hargreaves Mall, had not spoken publicly for more than a week since news of the scandal was broken.

In a televised interview, Senator McKenzie said Mr Joyce “has the full support of the party”.

She said speculation about other Nationals MPs moving to oust the leader was news to her.

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— Sky News (@SkyNewsAust) February 14, [email protected]: Vikki Campion absolutely deserved those postings and was highly qualified in her roles…I don’t agree that all my colleagues are questioning our leader’s judgements at all. https://t苏州夜场招聘/djOWIRoaXipic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/ci16rYGbtq

— Sky News (@SkyNewsAust) February 14, 2018

“She was deputy editor of the Daily Tele, like seriously, highly qualified in her role,” she told Sky News.

“Relationship within the office changing, decisions, she made the right decision to go work in another office where her skills could be used for the party’s best outcomes.

“I don’t see that there’s an issue there at all, again Barnaby’s statement again outlines what occurred and I’m really, really comfortable with that.

“I don’t agree… that all my colleagues are questioning our leader’s judgement at all, that’s not my conversations with them at all.”

Senator McKenzie is expected to fly out of tomorrow for the Winter Olympics in South Korea in her role as sports minister.

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New Lib senator warns of migrant pressure

Jim Molan says may have already reached its sustainable legal immigration limit.New Liberal senator Jim Molan has warned ‘s culture and infrastructure may not be able to handle any more legal migration.
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The retired major general made his first speech in parliament on Wednesday, following a controversial start to his political career.

“I am concerned that the level of legal migration, now that we control our borders, is in excess of the capacity for our cities to absorb, both culturally or in terms of infrastructure,” Senator Molan said.

“We are approaching limits on this, if we have not already exceeded them. I don’t have the answer, but I certainly have the concern.”

Last week, Senator Molan was accused of racism – which he strongly denied – and war crimes, with the latter charge eliciting two apologies from Greens MP Adam Bandt.

He said he was hopeful his speech could provide context.

“If opponents don’t speak against you, you probably are not standing up for enough,” he said.

Senator Molan, a co-author of Operation Sovereign Borders, said he was proud to have been involved in one of the most successful and humane approaches to immigration policy.

After a 40-year military career, which included a year as chief of operations for the US-led coalition in Iraq, the NSW senator intends to make defence a key focus.

The 67-year-old believes must increase its strategic self-reliance.

“I have no expectation that governments immediately spend one more dollar on defence, but for years I have advocated that we must be more open about the strategic risks that are being taken in the name of the n people,” he said.

Senator Molan took the seat of former Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash, who was ruled ineligible by the High Court for holding dual citizenship.

Liberal Hollie Hughes was in line to replace Ms Nash but she was found to be disqualified because of her job with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The sequence of events prompted an admission he shared a parallel with Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury.

Senator Molan said journalists who described him as a member of the NSW hard-right hadn’t met a member of that group, insisting he has no factional alliance.

But he did note his contact with prominent conservatives John Howard, Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Stuart Robert.

He finished with the most important determinant of himself – the n military.

“To me, they represent everything that is good about – because they are .”

W-League: Hannah Brewer keen to make most of Matildas recall after strong year with Newcastle Jets

Newcastle defender Hannah Brewer was aiming to use the excitement of a Matildas squad recall to help gain a place at the Algarve Cup.
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Hannah Brewer celebrates a goal against Melbourne Victory. Picture: AAP

Brewer, 24, and Newcastle captain Emily van Egmond wereon Wednesday announced in a 25-woman preliminarysquad for a four-day training camp in Sydney starting Saturday. The squadwill be cut to22 forthe Algarve Cup in Portugal, which starts February 28.If selected, Brewer will return to the Matildas for the first time since 2014, when she gainedone capat the Cyprus Cup.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Brewer said of the call-up.

“I was super excited and now I just have to turn the nerves into a bit of a drive and excitement while I’m in there and not get carried away with that.”

Brewer, a foundation Jets W-League player, returned to Newcastle this year and helped the club make the finals for the first time in nine seasons. She was given a first-halfred card in the 3-2 extra-time semi-final loss to Sydney last Saturday for a challenge on Lisa De Vanna.

It was a tough finish toan otherwise solid season for Brewer, who scored goal of the round –her first in the W-League – in the 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

She said the drive to get back into the Matildas “has always been there”.

“Obviously it’s just taken me a few years to better my football and get to that level,” she said. “I went away from Newcastle and developed my game, I gained more confidence being away and to now come back to Newcastle andplay at my best, create success for not only myself but for the club and the town is something I wanted to do.”

She said the support of Jets coach Craig Deans had been vital.

“He instilled a lot of confidence in me and without a coach like that I obviously wouldn’t have been playing the football that I have been lately,” she said.

“You also do it for the fans, your teammates and for yourself, and that’s been my drive this season. Doing it for the supporters and the club, and it’s got me to the level I’m at now, and I’m starting to see some rewards for hard work, which is awesome.”