Crows shut door on Tippett affair at draft

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For the second year in a row the Crows were forced to trade their way into the second round of the draft as part of sanctions imposed for breaching the salary cap.

The Crows picked up midfield duo Matt Crouch and Riley Knight with picks 23 and 46 on the Gold Coast, a result that list manager David Noble was pleased with.

The 2013 punishment came after the club voluntarily withdrew from the first two rounds at last year’s draft in a bid to lessen their punishment from the AFL.

Noble admitted the two-year period had presented challenges to the club’s recruiting plans but overall he was happy with how the Crows were placed as they re-enter situation normal next year.

“It was an awkward, difficult situation that we had to cope with but I think from what we’ve done in the last couple of years, it’s a tick for us from a club as to what we’ve had to work through,” Noble told AAP.

“We’re pleased with how we’ve come out of it.

“If you look at how we’ve re-contracted our talent in the last couple of years we’ve been pretty bullish about doing it early, maintaining that group through and adding into our coach development, our player development.

“So some other elements have become crucial links into that retention element.”

The other club forced to trade their way into the second round of the draft was Essendon, as the first of two years of sanctions following the supplements scandal.

Bombers list manager Adrian Dodoro said the club’s plans had been thrown somewhat into chaos when the punishments were handed down in August.

He viewed the capture of midfielder Zach Merrett with pick 26 as a win, but Dodoro was hopeful a bit more time to plan will lessen the impact of the punishments going into next year’s draft.

“At least we’ve got 12 months, or more than 12 months to plan, which is a little bit different to this year,” he told AAP.

“We got caught pretty late, so planning had already taken place.

“It’s a long way out but at least you’ve got 12 months to do it, whereas this year we had a few weeks to get our house in order.

“Got out of it okay in the end, good result, don’t forget Paul Chapman’s on board. It’s positive, we’re optimistic we’ll have a good year next year.”上海按摩服务

France names suspect in Paris shootings

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The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after a major manhunt following Monday’s shooting at left-wing newspaper Liberation, which critically wounded a photographer, and a subsequent shooting outside the offices of bank Societe Generale.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday identified him as Dekhar, who was sentenced to four years in jail for his role in a Bonnie-and-Clyde style murder spree that gripped France in the 1990s.

Valls praised Dekhar’s arrest, saying that “all the evidence today points to his involvement in the events that he has been charged with”.

Dekhar was convicted in 1998 of buying a gun used in the 1994 shooting attacks by student Florence Rey and her lover Audry Maupin, in which three policemen and a taxi driver were killed.

He was arrested around 7.00pm on Wednesday (0500 AEDT Thursday) in a vehicle in an underground parking lot in the northwestern Paris suburb of Bois-Colombes, the Paris prosecutors’ office said.

Sources close to the investigation said he was found in a semi-conscious state, with one saying he may have taken an overdose.

Prosecutors said the suspect was not immediately in a position to be questioned, but provided no explanation.

Police sources said he had been taken to a Paris hospital and was under medical care.

Police tested his DNA against samples taken at the sites of the various attacks, announcing early on Thursday that the samples matched.

Earlier DNA tests confirmed that a single person was responsible for the series of attacks across Paris in the past week, including hijacking a car on the famed Champs Elysees and threatening staff at a 24-hour television station.

The arrest came after a witness statement to police, who had on Tuesday released a new photograph of the man suspected in the attacks and received hundreds of calls from potential witnesses.

A source close to the investigation said the witness who came forward had been a man who had housed the suspect.

“He had said to him, talking about the shooter case: ‘I’ve made a stupid mistake’,” the source said.

The man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun at the offices of Liberation early on Monday, shooting a 23-year-old photographer’s assistant as he hauled gear in the lobby, then firing another blast that hit the roof before leaving within seconds.

He then crossed the city to the La Defense business district on its western edge, where he fired several shots outside the main office of the Societe Generale bank, hitting no one.

He hijacked a car and forced the driver to drop him off close to the Champs Elysees in the centre of the French capital, before disappearing.

Police say he was the same man who on Friday stormed into the Paris headquarters of a 24-hour TV news channel, BFMTV, briefly threatening staff with a gun before hurrying out.

His attacks set off a major manhunt and raised concerns about violence against media outlets.

The photographer, who suffered wounds to the chest and stomach, was rushed to surgery and appeared to be in better condition on Wednesday.

Hospital officials said he had regained consciousness and was no longer in need of an artificial respirator.

The new photo of the suspect, taken by a surveillance camera, showed a white man, aged 35 to 45, with a round face and thin-framed glasses, wearing a red jacket and beige cap and carrying a black shoulder bag. 上海按摩服务

Spies like us: How you can become like the NSA

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They embark on a hair-brained spy mission to Russia with hilarious consequences.

 

But times have changed and spying is not all about cool watches and James Bond gadgets anymore.

 

And if you thought that NSA-style cyber-snooping, data-logging, phone-hacking and camera-stalking technology can’t get into the hands of loose cannons – think again.

 

The global mass surveillance industry is worth about 14 billion dollars. Not bad for an industry that has sprung up in the past few decades.

 

Watchdog group Privacy International spent the last four years trudging around trade shows and private conventions from Dubai to Prague, compiling an index of exactly what’s on offer from these covert firms if you know where to look.

 

And it’s not just data capturing vehicles, biometric cameras and mobile phone trackers – it’s a lot scarier than that.

 

Surveillance corporations are selling some of the most powerful, invasive, and dangerous technologies. And it’s all perfectly legal.

 

Systems that are keeping pace with the capabilities of the NSA and the UK’s GCHQ.

 

About 338 companies across 36 countries are offering a total of 97 different technologies. And their selling them to whoever has the cash.

 

One Dubai-based firm called Advanced Middle East Systems taps information from fibre-optic cables carrying internet traffic.

 

Their products can record billions of real time calls, text, billing data, emails, conversations, webmail, chat and social data.

 

Attaching probes to internet cables the company says that “no co-operation with the providers is required,”

 

The index even lists three Australia-based companies:

 

Geonautics who do covert technical surveillance systems, FFT Secure link which monitors fibre optic cables, and Harris Technologies, whose not so subtle brochure shows off their range of concealed cameras.

 

Some say this kind of tech, while not illegal, is moving faster than the law.

 

The UK is leading a clampdown on tech that may be used by criminals to conduct espionage.

 

So what if these systems fall into the wrong hands?

 

Well, in all likelihood, it already has.

 

According to Privacy International, some of the firms on the list maintain relationships with the repressive regimes they sell to. Servicing their systems and providing 24/7 tech support for dictators and their cronies.

 

They don’t specify which firms work with which regimes and there’s no suggestion that any Australian firms are doing it.

 

Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi was known to use off-the-shelf surveillance equipment to clamp down on opposition.

 

We live in a time where even our own government has excused cyber privacy breaches by saying that everyone does it.

 

It’s not just so-called oppressive regimes. It’s the goodies, the baddies and everyone in between. Anyone who knows where to look and has the cash to pay for it can become their own NSA.

 

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I’m fighting Choc for fitness: Mosley

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A loss to Mosley would be another nail in Mundine’s career, while the fast-talking 38-year-old hopes a win could elevate his standing on the world stage – and further his chance of landing a dream fight with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

But Mosley, who will bank $1 million for next Wednesday’s fight, thinks that is unlikely.

In fact, while he expects to knock Mundine out, he doesn’t think many people will take much notice.

“This fight has just got to keep me in shape, keep me going, keep me fighting,” Mosley said.

“I’m not sure if it’s going to help me with any of the other fights.

“They’re not going to say ‘oh, ok, you beat Anthony Mundine so now you can fight for the world title or you could fight (Manny) Pacquiao’.

“I don’t know if it’s going to trigger people like that.

“They don’t really see Anthony as a superstar in America.

“It’s going to keep me busy, no doubt. And I think it will be a hard fight.

“But I don’t know about making a difference or an impact in America.”

When asked if Mundine had already attempted to set up a bout with Mayweather, Mosley confirmed that he had.

And the result?

“Nothing,” he said.

“It is what it is. I’m telling the truth.”

The pair had been due to fight last month, before Mosley fled the country when money which he’d been promised wasn’t delivered on time.

Mundine and manager Khoder Nasser flew to meet with Mosley’s representatives in the United States to smooth things over, which is what triggered the veteran’s quick change of mind.

But even with the financial side of the fight sorted, Mosley revealed he’d still attempted to push it back another month in order to find another fight in the US.

“(My management) were already looking for other fights,” he said.

“(Mexico’s rising lightweight fighter) Carlos Molina for the world title or some other fights.

“I was (pushing for) December 20th or something. I was trying to wait for some of the other fights to happen.

“But they wanted to do it November, and I was like ‘alright, I’m in shape, let’s go.’”上海按摩服务

‘I just witnessed an abduction in Thailand’

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A rude awakening from gunfire nearby the bunker I’m staying in.

 

Then in a cloud of shouting and gunfire… an abduction. But it’s not what it looks like.

 

Shaun Filer and his colleagues are security and military experts working across the globe to prevent kidnap and ransom situations. It’s just one part of intense hostile environment training they’ve designed to equip journalists, aid workers, and those travelling to high-risk destinations with the skills to stay alive.

 

“Nothing can prepare you for that situation,” says Filer. “We try to make it somewhat intense just to make some of the decision points, take away some of the learnings from the course so people are focusing on what are they supposed to do next, what should they be communicating, how should they be acting.”

 

There were up to 35,000 kidnappings for ransom globally in 2012. That’s not counting the estimated 70 per cent of kidnappings that go unreported.

 

So far in 2013… 92 journalists and media crew have been killed on the frontline and 96 aid workers have lost their lives while working to save others

 

That makes hostile environment training even more important to survival. And if participants expect to sit in a cosy conference room and discuss tactics – they should think again.

 

“I am trembling with fear,” says one participant in the program. “I was genuinely scared and it was not nice having a bag over my head and being kidnapped is full on.”

 

Kidnappings are never fun and Filer’s training program is designed to help keep people alive – not to make them feel safe.

 

“We have 20 people from literally all corners of the globe here attending, this course, and they’ll be going through a series of challenging exercises and when I say challenge I mean quite challenging exercises from out here in the jungle into urban terrain,” says Ken one of the trainers. “We keep them out for seven days and we do test them quite rigorously.”

 

There’s no exact formula for working out if you will be kidnapped but Filer says usually there is a financial motive.

 

“Kidnappings can happen anywhere but there are trouble spots or hotspots and you see trends,” says Filer. “There’s a lot of places where it is a business and people make money.”

 

“It’s all about money…”

 

More than 90% of kidnappings are resolved with a payment.

 

In the past 3 years, G8 countries paid $70 million US dollars in ransoms – an average of $2.5 million per victim.

 

Australia paid around $5 million dollars in ransoms. Much of which ends up in the hands of terrorist groups.

 

Australian journalist Nigel Brennan was kidnapped in Somalia and held captive for 462 days. Since his escape he’s been working with Shaun, Ken and veteran Foreign Correspondent Peter Cave on designing these courses so they’re as ‘real-life’ as possible.

 

“I fell to the ground and was kicked and punched and dragged through the mosque and out into a courtyard and believed within the next 60 seconds I was about to take a bullet to the head,” Brennan told ABC’s 7:30 report in 2008. “It was like an out of body experience watching myself being dragged to my death.”

 

Most of the participants here are experiencing this training for the first time. Many could be deployed to warzones or high-risk situations at any time.

 

The need for the training is real, and as Cave says, sometimes you don’t know what will happen.

 

“Probably the scariest personal incident was in the 1987 coup in Fuji when along with the BBC correspondent Red Harrison I was arrested by the army, I was taken to the basement of a hotel,” says Peter Cave. “I was put up against a wall. The soldiers basically discussed whether they were going to shoot us or not, and I can remember standing up against that wall thinking if they start shooting, will I have enough strength to throw myself against the cinder block wall beside me and possibly burst through it and runaway. It was that desperate.”

 

Over the seven day program participants are subjects to hardcore training, from weapons, to dealing with dead bodies on the job, getting out of civil unrest and riots, a 101 in identifying explosives and landmines, evasive driving techniques to get you through militia roadblocks or checkpoints, and how to cross-risky borders safely.

 

Participants are also given comprehensive first aid and medical training.

 

“The way we’ve perceived safety and security when you travelling into international locations or really remote locations is, is kind of a game of one per cents,” says Filler. “If you make good decisions that’s one per cent more safe, if you make bad decisions that’s one per cent less safe.”

 

“The reason I do this is to help people…. to make people safer, and to probably avoid making some of the mistakes that we have.”

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Serco/G4S wear blame for UK scandal

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They face other allegations over other contracts.

The British investigations are unrelated to their outsourcing operations in Australia but a member of the British Public Accounts Committee says people should be concerned.

Stefan Armbruster prepared this report.

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“Well, it’s a judgement that was flawed. It was just a flawed judgement, I don’t think we did correctly tell the difference between right and wrong. We got it wrong.”

That’s Ashley Almanza, the new CEO of one of the world’s largest private sector employers, explaining to a British parliamentary committee what went wrong.

G4S is under a criminal fraud investigation for overcharging the UK government on an offender tagging contract.

Also caught up in the scandal is Serco.

Its new CEO is Alastair Lyons.

“It was never right that we should bill, where we weren’t doing work, in respect to that bill, it was wrong, it was ethically wrong, and for us it is one of the signs that we need to have an attitudinal change within our business.”

Serco is under seven British government investigations, including by the Serious Fraud Office, for its handling of government contracts.

Both the of these huge, multinational, British-based companies are currently barred from bidding for further work there and both have significant interests in Australia, including running mainland and offshore immigration detention centres.

Chair Margaret Hodge of the powerful Public Accounts Committee set the tone.

“Can I just start by saying this is not a session to pass a verdict on whether it is a good or a bad thing for the government to contract public services, what we are about is starting to ensure there’s a proper accountability for the taxpayers pound.”

In a pre-emptive strike, G4S offered the government an apology the day before the hearing and offered to repay the equivalent of AU$41 million of an AU$87 million deal to monitor tagged offenders.

That’s been rejected by the Ministry of Justice, which is waiting on the outcome of the fraud investigation.

In some cases, the government was being charged for monitoring offenders who were dead.

“If you hadn’t of been caught charging for these people who were out of jail, or dead, or whatever, you would have kept on charging until the year 3000. Why on earth, for both of you really, couldn’t this have been detected.”

G4S’s previous CEO resigned in May, due in part to the scandal.

New boss Ashley Almanza admits fault.

“I think the first thing I would say is I apologise to the Secretary of State, and I apologise to the committee and the taxpayers on behalf of our company. We didn’t have the systems in place, too much was left to a small number of individuals and we didn’t have the appropriate checks and balances in place and that is changing now as we speak.”

G4S, Serco and other companies are deeply entwined with the British government’s outsourcing of public services.

The goal: to deliver more efficient services, at a lower cost to the taxpayer, all the while making a profit for shareholders.

Public Accounts Committee member Austin Mitchell spoke to SBS after the hearing.

“I’m not an enthusiastic friend of these big companies having so many government contracts, because what we are doing is replacing a state monopoly for the services, with an oligopoly, they’re to big to displace once they’re incumbent, and they’re too big also to be effectively controlled from the centre.”

Internal control is just one faction in an ongoing debate about how far these companies should penetrate the pubic sector and their duty of care.

G4S employs over 600,000 people in 115 countries.

In South Africa, the government last month found G4S had “lost effective control” of the second largest privatised prison in the world, amid claims inmates were being subdued with involuntarily injections and electric shocks.

G4S denies those claims.

G4S also bungled the London Olympics security contract, forcing the British government to bring in the army.

Opposition Labour MP Austin Mitchell says Australians should be concerned by what has happened in Britain.

“A lot of things that have been made worse under this government were started by the Labour government, that goes for privatisation and outsourcing like this, it goes for reducing the functions of the state. The Labour government did a lot of good but because spending was so high, it tried to economise in this fashion, and therefore it opened the door for the conservative government which believes in reducing the power of the state as an ideology, it opened the door for the conservative government to do it on a much bigger scale.”

The outsourcers say many of the contracts are high risk.

That’s why they come with big rewards, and every now and then things do go wrong.

In Australia, G4S and Serco earn hundreds of millions of dollars from contracts, not just for immigration detention, but the Tax Office, operating trains like the Indian-Pacific and Ghan and much more.

But both companies have been involved in scandals here too.

The hearing in Britain was unrelated to those operations.

SERCO’s Alister Lyons told the committee Britain can now trust his company to do the right thing in future.

“We do an awful lot of other things beside the issues that have arisen this year, which sadden me, which shock me, which I’m very sorry about, but they’ve happened and I need to make sure they don’t happen again and it’s those actions which we are now taking, which is the main reason why I think the taxpayer can have confidence that you can deal with Serco, confident that Serco will deliver value for money, and confident that we will be transparent with our dealings with government.”

Scott’s World Cup hopes crash with quintuple-bogey

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The U.S. Masters champion started steadily enough, grafting through breezy conditions to be one-under at the turn.

Things came dramatically unstuck for the U.S. Masters champion at 12, however, when he sprayed two tee-shots into a tangle of bushes on the right of the fairway.

Unable to find his first ball, Scott returned to the tee and put his third drive into light rough before over-cooking his approach and seeing his shot roll over the green.

Needing to get up-and-down for eight, Scott missed his putt from about 12 feet to post his worst single-hole score in a U.S. PGA Tour-sanctioned event since his 10 at the WGC tournament at Doral Golf Resort in 2007.

“Just a couple of lazy swings today on… 12, and, you know, paid the price,” Scott said greenside. “Just away with the fairies on that hole.”

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Scott hit back with a birdie on the next hole, but fell away again with a bogey on the par-five 15th and finished with a four-over 75 to be joint 46th in the field of 60, nine strokes behind joint leaders Kevin Streelman of the United States and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn.

Playing his third tournament in three weeks following wins at the Australian PGA Championship in the Gold Coast and the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Sunday, Scott has also had a whirlwind of media appearances and sponsor events in his first trip Down Under since his Augusta triumph.

“Could be (fatigue), but, you know, it was a little disappointing to do that but stuff can happen and that’s why when you play good tracks like this you need to be switched on at all times and I paid the price today… Other than that is was fairly solid,” he added.

There was some cheer for local fans as a grieving Jason Day battled to a three-under 68 to sit two shots behind Bjorn and Streelman.

The world number 18 is mourning the loss of eight relatives who were killed when Typhoon Haiyan pounded the Philippines earlier this month, and his five-birdie round left Australia six strokes behind the leading United States and Denmark in the team component of the tournament.

Sixty players are competing for individual honours while 26 two-player teams are going for the team prize according to their aggregate scores.

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Fifita reunited with family at RLWC

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Fifita admitted to struggling badly with homesickness throughout the tournament but he felt instant relief when his newly-wed wife Nikkita and infant son Latu Jay arrived in London this week.

The 24-year-old Cronulla forward celebrated his son’s first birthday on Wednesday, with his family to watch on from the stands in Saturday’s semi-final against Fiji.

“It’s like a big weight off my back. It was the best thing ever to see my family,” Fifita told AAP.

“My wife and I were only husband and wife for a day before I came over here and them coming here has been the best thing for me mentally.

“It was killing me mentally that I didn’t have any family here, just my brothers in the team.”

Fifita kept in regular contact with his family over the internet but he felt like he was making up for lost time when he could hold his son in his arms again.

“The baby’s grown up so much since I left him at home, even in four or five weeks,” Fifita said.

“He’s walking now and he’s so big … it feels like I’ve missed out on so much.

“But now being able to go back to see them in the apartment every day, it feels like I’m at home.”

Fifita says his stable home life and becoming a father are behind his incredible achievements with club, state and country in 2013.

The NSW forward has played in all of Australia’s four matches at the World Cup and his impact off the bench continues to be crucial in the Kangaroos’ bid for glory.

Fifita expects the lift gained from his family’s arrival will help him make an even greater mark on the field against Fiji.

“I play a lot better when I’m happier so, hopefully, I can go out there and do my job knowing that my family are there,” he said.

“It’s a privilege every single time I run out on the field and play in front of them because they know they are the only thing I play for.

“Without them, I don’t think I would have got this far ever.”