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Twitter recasts movies without straight, white men

From #OscarsSoWhite to #BaftasSoWhite, it’s fairly well established that Hollywood still has something of a diversity problem. As a recent study that highlighted this exact problem put it, “The film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club.”

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On the study, Vulture reports, “In an analysis of the 11,000 speaking parts that appeared in 2014 studio films and live-action scripted TV shows from the 2014-15 season, only one-third were female, and only 28 per cent were nonwhite. When female characters did appear, they were more than three times as likely as men to be sexualised. LGBT representation was even worse, with that community making up only 2 per cent of all speaking parts. Of those, only seven characters were trans ??? a minuscule .06 per cent, one-fifth as much as real-world estimates.”

And that’s leaving alone the white people who have played black roles.

So what can be changed? Well, aside from Geena Davis’ simple and effective advice of first switching some character names to women’s names, and second, making a crowd scene half-female, perhaps the Hollywood bigwigs could listen to Twitter, which, thanks to journalist Brian J. White, has spent the past couple of days brainstorming ways to recast movies with no straight, white men.

White kicked off proceedings like so: This is fun. Guys, recast your favorite movies/shows with the following rules: no straight white men. Genderflipping is encouraged.??? Brian J. White (@talkwordy) April 15, 2017

Young Batman, played by Oscar Issac. Lupita Nyong’o is Robin. Daniel Wu is Lieutenant James Gordan. John Boyega is Assistant DA Harvey Dent.??? Brian J. White (@talkwordy) April 15, 2017

The Justice League, but everyone is Wonder Woman.

Maverick: Felicity Jones Goose: Kate McKinnon Iceman: Zoe Saldana Viper: Cher Guy who says “rubber dogshit out of Hong Kong”: Ian McKellen https://t.co/yfh5ZoNPVS??? Ty Schalter (@tyschalter) April 16, 2017

The A-Team: Hannibal Smith – Janelle Monae Murdock – Kristen Stewart BA Baracus – Rutina Wesley Face – Maggie Q https://t.co/hjQkm0X2uu??? Tristina Wright (@TristinaWright) April 16, 2017

Grace Jones is the goblin queen and she has stolen Blue Ivy from her big bro Alfred Enoch https://t.co/s82fCoksQ1??? SarahTheRebel (@SarahTheRebel) April 16, 2017

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris = Rosario Dawson, Cameron = Winona Ryder, Rooney = Samuel L Jackson https://t.co/425TDhR8M8??? SmallRabbit (@smallrabbit) April 16, 2017

Harry: Dev Patel Ron: John Boyega Hermione: Cherrelle Skeete Ginny: Lindsey Morgan Neville: Hayden Szeto Luna: Alisha Boe https://t.co/a3FWjAf99U??? Britt Rivera (@kindamoviesnob) April 16, 2017

Usual Suspects. Viola Davis, Robin Wright, Uzo Aduba, Gina Torres, Kathy Bates.

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Emotions high as Mitchell pushes for first encounter with Hawks

Star West Coast recruit Sam Mitchell is making a rapid recovery from an ankle injury in time for what looms as an emotional first outing against his old club Hawthorn in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Mitchell and Eagles coach Adam Simpson are expected to make an early call on whether the highly-decorated former superstar Hawk will be fit to take on his four-time premiership teammates at the MCG.

West Coast is also likely to get Jack Darling back from an ankle injury.

The big forward missed last Thursday’s win over Sydney in Perth with strained tendons in his left ankle he suffered in the team’s round three loss to Richmond in Melbourne.

Simpson said in his weekly Channel Seven interview on Monday night his gun recruit was “touch and go” to play his first game against his old club since his shock trade last October just days after winning his fifth Hawks club champion award.

Simpson said the 10-day break between last Thursday, when Mitchell was kicked in the lower left leg by a swinging foot from teammate Jack Redden, and Sunday’s crucial clash could significantly aid Mitchell’s recovery.

The four-time Hawks premiership midfielder is understood to have undertaken extensive treatment over the Easter weekend, including hourly icing of his lower leg as well as hobbling around on crutches to reduce weight on his injury.

Mitchell reported substantial improvement to Simpson on Monday afternoon.

“He was in doubt over the weekend,” Simpson disclosed.

“But he’s pulled up really well. The 10-day break is really going to help him.

“I don’t think we’ll play any games… If he’s not right we’ll declare it as early as we can.

“But I do want to give him as much time as I can.”

Simpson admitted Sunday’s showdown with Mitchell’s accomplished teammates could prove substantially emotional for the 34-year-old.

“I don’t want to overplay it,” Simpson said.

“It will be a big moment for him.”

Simpson and his Eagles also confront an alarmingly poor win-loss record at football headquarters where premierships are decided.

West Coast has a 38 per cent winning ratio at the “G” after 30 wins and 48 losses.

Since Simpson took over in 2014, the Eagles have notched three wins from eight trips, including successive losses to the Hawks, both by 46 points, in the 2015 Grand Final and last year’s round two re-match.

“More importantly it’s a big moment… travelling to the MCG again and playing a team that is on the ropes,” Simpson said.

“We know how important the game is for both clubs.”

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Australian had ‘no idea’ his book would be read at Trump’s first Easter Egg Roll

It would probably send a lot of other authors hopping mad.

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But when Australian children’s author Adam Wallace discovered Donald Trump’s chief spin doctor had co-opted his words in order to project a more family-friendly image during Washington’s Easter celebrations, he was more amused than anything else. After all, any publicity is good publicity.

Every year, thousands of children and their parents flock to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. As part of the festivities, a number of key players in American politics – including the first lady – read to groups of children.

For Trump’s first Easter Egg Roll, press secretary Sean Spicer ditched the Easter bunny costume in favour of a suit and speckled tie in order to put his communication skills to good use.

Carrying a copy of How to Catch the Easter bunny, Spicer – who is usually in front of television camera yelling at journalists for telling the truth – enlisted the help of a dapper child to read to everyone present.

The book’s author, Melbourne-based writer Adam Wallace, had no idea his book was chosen for the Easter festivities. In fact, he only found out about the picture book being selected after he was contacted by Fairfax Media.

“I had no idea at all,” he said. “It’s a massive shock. My publisher has been really good at getting my books out there… bizarre things are happening that I never would have expected. But this is all a bit out of the blue.”

One of Wallace’s previous books, How to Catch A Leprechaun, was a New York Times bestseller. He suspects this might have something to do with his Easter-themed picture book – illustrated by Andy Elkerton – was picked up by the White House.

Wallace admitted he didn’t have very strong opinions on Donald Trump, simply because he doesn’t watch much news. “It’s too depressing,” he said.

However, he did point out that maybe Sean Spicer is the best person to read How to Catch the Easter Bunny because it “might show a different side to him”.

“As an author, one of the biggest things is just having your books seen,” he said. “I do a lot of school visits and that sort of thing, but you can only go to so many schools over a year. I don’t know if it’s good publicity or bad publicity [to be associated with the Trump administration], but it seems good.”

Spicer appeared initially uncomfortable during the storytime session, but eventually relaxed into his role after commenting on one of the audience member’s bunny ears. But that didn’t stop the press secretary from being roasted on social media, with last week’s Holocaust-gaffe still fresh in people’s minds. Cute of this kid to teach Sean Spicer how to read #EasterEggRollpic.twitter苏州美甲学校/bO4hyFecJv??? Aaron Matthews (@AaronLMatthews) April 17, 2017

“You in the bunny ears stop shaking your head at me. That is how the Easter Bunny was caught!” @[email protected]#EasterEggRollpic.twitter苏州美甲学校/tM4gLUyzmm??? Amelia Rustaey (@RustaeyAmelia) April 17, 2017

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Newcastle Northstars defend AIHL title with new-look squad

IMPORTED: Canadian Felix-Antoine Poulin is a defenceman with a knack of scoring goals. Picture: Skip Hickey/SkipsPics The Newcastle Northstars will chase a third consecutive Australian Ice Hockey League title with a new array of imports, but coach Andrew Petrie says his local players again will hold the key to the club’s fortunes.

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Last year’s leagueleading scorer, Connor McLaughlin, and fellow imports Scott Swiston andBrandon Greenside have left the club. In come Canadians Matt Marantz, Steve Kuhn and Felix-Antoine Poulin and American Joe Harcharik.

The club has also lost goaltender Dayne Davis but recruitedAustralian representative Charlie Smart from Sydney Ice Dogs to compete with fellow youngster Nick Mizen for a starting role.

Newcastle, who have changed their nickname from North Stars to Northstars, had five players in the Australian Mighty Roos squad thatwon silver in the Division II Group A world titles this month in Romania.

Captain Bert Malloy, Mat Lindsay,Beau Taylor, Pat Nadin and Smart were in the squad. John Kennedy Jr, who became an Australian citizen in January, was picked but hadfamily commitments.

The Northstars have won six Goodall Cups in 14 seasons, a consistency which suggeststheir success has as much to do with their cast of Australian players as the star qualities of their imports.

“That’s precisely what the key to the success is,” Petrie said.“You want to build a working culture of success and camaraderie, and then complement that with the right set of imports.

“Seeing so many of them get called up to the national team is really gratifying.”

Marantz, a six-foot criminology graduate from Calgary, is a centre who playedfive years with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and a close friendofKuhn’s.

Kuhn played last season with Neuilly-sur-Marne Bisons in the French second tier with former Northstars MVP Geordie Wudrick.

Poulin is a goal-scoring defenceman whohas two seasons of pro hockey behind him, in the East Coast Hockey League withAlaska Aces and in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League with Dundee Stars.He ledthe EIHL in goals for all defencemen with 17 and had32 assists.

“Felix has good size, great mobility and vision and has an elite-level shot,” Petrie told the AIHL website.

“He’s got a natural flair for jumping up into the offence.”

Harcharik, who will miss this weekend’s season-opening double-header in Adelaide and Perth, was sixth on the AIHL offensive charts when he played with the Sydney Bears in 2015.

The Northstars will launch their season with a Skate with the Champions evening on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. Stadium entry and skate hire will be free.

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Bendigo District RSL outraged at ‘silent disco’ on Anzac Day eve

RSL outraged at ‘silent disco’ on Anzac Day eve The flyer posted to the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappA “silent disco” planned for the eve of Anzac Day has sparked debate in Bendigo with the Bendigo District RSL labeling the promotion as “inappropriate”.

Theevent at Universal Bendigo was described on the nightclub’s Facebook page as “A Minute of Silence… No… It Deserves a Night of Silence!!! ANZAC EVE…. SILENT DISCO!!!”

It is scheduled for the evening on Monday, April 24, with “three DJs to choose, hundreds of tunes and complete silence!”.

Bendigo District RSL president Cliff Richards said the way animageof a soldier and poppies was used in the flyer promoting the event was “disgusting”.

“It’s highly inappropriate this company has done this,” he said.

“As far as theBendigo District RSL is concerned, it’s certainly an inappropriate act to use the word ‘Anzac’ and images of poppies when promoting a disco.”

Mr Richards said Anzac Day was a day of national pride, not a day to advertisea disco.

The Universal Bendigo nightclub in McCrae Street.

The Facebook post, which was removed this morning, wasslammed by users when the event flyer was posted just after 5pm yesterday.

“Absolutely despicable. Me and my comrades are offended for those who lost their lives for this country. It’s not party time. Disrespectful and ignorant,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Come to the war memorial and talk about the 102,000 Australians that have lost their lives and talk to their families.”

Another called for the Universal to remove “this entire joke of a post” and make a formal apology.

Not everyone was offended, with a number of Facebook users tagging people and saying they would attend.

Comments on the post on the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.

Penalties apply for the incorrect use of the word ‘Anzac’ under theProtection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 actand permission from the Veterans’ Affairs minister is generally required to use the word in a commercial context.

However, the words ‘Anzac Day’ may be used in connection with certain events or entertainment held on April 25, or on consecutive days including Anzac Day, withoutpermission.

The Bendigo Advertiser is seeking comment from Universal Bendigo.

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eBay threatens to block Australian shoppers

eBay says it will likely block Australian shoppers from buying goods from overseas if the government pushes ahead with plans to apply GST on all goods sold through the online marketplace.

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Goods bought from overseas sellers and imported to Australia worth less than $1000 are currently GST exempt, but Treasurer Scott Morrison wants to apply the 10 per cent tax to all sales from July 1 this year.

“Regrettably, the Government’s legislation may force eBay to prevent Australians from buying from foreign sellers,” eBay Australia and New Zealand vice president Jooman Park wrote in a submission to a senate inquiry into the so-called “Amazon Tax”.

“This appears to be the most likely outcome at present.

“No tax would be paid to Australia and none would be owed. It would raise no revenue, deny Australians access to choice and lessen price competition.”

Mr Park said an eBay ban would not even help local bricks and mortar retailers – who have been lobbying for the tax – and nor would the tax generate significant revenue, because Australians would simply move to “opaque parts of the internet” where they could buy from online retailers that did not comply with the new rules.

The proposed tax treats online sales platforms like eBay and Amazon as the supplier, meaning they would be responsible for applying the tax.

But eBay said that it did not own, hold or distribute goods, nor handle payments.

“In reality, buyers use the eBay search engine to find goods and choose which seller to transact with,” Mr Park said.

“Deeming eBay to be a seller is a fiction designed by the Government to give the impression of raising revenue.”

Mr Park also said the proposed tax was overly complex, with goods worth under $1000 having tax applied by the seller while goods worth over $1000 would be shipped tax-free and taxed by Australian customs upon entry to the country.

“Separate goods in one box would appear to attract both tax treatments,” he said.

Mr Park suggested shipping companies, including Australia Post and its parcel arm StarTrack, be made responsible for tax.

“These companies can require buyers to declare whether a good is new and to nominate a value of the good as part of the pricing of parcel delivery to Australia,” he said.

In its submission, Amazon said GST should be levied on all goods but said it shouldn’t have to collect the tax, agreeing with eBay that shipping companies should be made responsible.

The July 1 start date for the new tax was “completely unrealistic”, with both businesses and government unable to implement required changes by then, Mr Park said.

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Fans throw dead rats at players in Danish soccer derby

Emotions often run high during a derby, and the ensuing passions can often bring out the best, and worst, in fans.

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Unfortunately, in the Danish Superliga, a championship group match between rivals Brondby and FC Copenhagen brought out the worst, when Brondby fans threw dead rats at Copenhagen player Ludwig Augustinsson as he prepared to take a corner kick.

At that point, there were five minutes remaining in the match and Brondby were down 1-0 at home.

Play was stopped after at least three dead rats were thrown, with Copenhagen players attempting to kick the rats’ bodies off the pitch before stewards picked them up and disposed of them.

Brondby later released a statement about the incident online, with the club’s sports director Troels Bech condemning it.

The club will investigate and hopes to find the person or people responsible, so that they can ban them.

“First of all we had today a great setting for a derby and the atmosphere before kickoff was something special. When we stand here after the game, we are obviously annoyed that we had to leave the field without points, but it is equally unfortunate that there are some visitors for today’s match who could not figure out how to behave properly,” Bech said in the statement.

“We will now look all the video material and pictures … [and] engage in dialogue with groups of supporters in the hope that together we can identify the right person and make sure that he gets quarantined from the stadium.

“We have Denmark’s most atmospheric football stadium and the home ground of Denmark by far the best fans, and a single individual should not ruin it for the greater community.” Derby in Copenhagen today. Br??ndby fans decided to throw rats at the Copenhagen players. pic.twitter苏州美甲学校/C6DkdtFyrE??? Gustav Tornby (@gustav_tornby) 17 April 2017

Chelsea fans, 2015/16: Unfurl banners showing players as rats. Brondby fans, this weekend: Hold our beer.https://t.co/Bej8fEoOSO??? The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) 17 April 2017

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New traffic lights on Molly Morgan Drive near Stockland Green Hills

New lights pop up near Stockland Green Hills | Photos, video The news intersection on Molly Morgan Drive. Picture: Nick Bielby

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsBig ticket store H&M expected to cash in on Stockland Green Hills redevelopmentMaitland residents keen to shop until they drop at Stockland Green HillsNew shops ready to open in stage one of Stockland Green Hills next monthMotorists onMolly Morgan Drive have been met with a new set of traffic lights. The intersection allows motorists to turn in and out of Stockland Green Hills and is part of the shopping centre’s upgrades.

The first stage of the $412 million Stockland Green Hills redevelopment is due to open on Thursday April 27.

The opening will includefour new storesCruise Travel, L’Amore Nails, a second Blooms chemist and Toto Sushi.

The first stage opening will also see the return of a number of favourites including Myhouse, The Reject Shop, Traditional Medicine, Mister Minit, Newcastle Permanent and a full service Westpac Bank branch.

Best & Less, Eyecare Plus, Just Cuts and NIB will also be relocated into the new northern mall along with the CR8 Children’s Play Area.

New lights pop up near Stockland Green Hills | Photos, videohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/7daP3m9vD5jxj8khH4ayZs/dca82188-7f1e-46f6-96f2-7c8bfc7a62a2.JPG/r762_425_3264_1839_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgMolly Morgan Drive gets new set of traffic lights.news, local-news, hoyts, cinema, shopping centre, green hills, stockland, molly morgan drive2017-04-18T10:02:00+10:00https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5104115725001https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5104115725001Fairfax Media reported earlier this year that Hoyts will open a seven screen cinema inthe complex.The cinema will be located in the new entertainment complex which will open mid-2018. Department store H&M is also tipped to be moving in.

On completion, the centre will more than double in size to around 74,000 square metres and will feature the first new format David Jones department store in the Hunter and around 25 tenancies in adining and entertainment precinct.

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Centenary of the Great War

HAUNTING: Australian prisoners of war captured at the first Battle of Bullecourt, April 11, 1917. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan MahonyNewcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for 16-22 April 1917.

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CAPTURE OF LENSThe British have entered Lens. A Paris message states that explosions and fires in the German lines behind Lens, with some fires in the town itself, are interpreted to mean that the Germans have begun their work of destruction before evacuation.

The Daily Chronicle’scorrespondent at headquarters, telegraphing at 4 o’clock Sunday morning, stated that British patrols had entered Lens. The enemy had left rearguards in the redoubts, and frantic efforts were made to remove the guns, numbering 150, in the network of mines and pitheads at Lens and Lievin. They blew up the roads, and orders were given to destroy the mines, firing charges into the pits and flooding them. Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the west front, reports:- “On Saturday morning we captured Lievin, south-westward of and adjoining Lens, taking considerable quantities of war material. In the afternoon we seized Cite de St. Pierre, north-west of Lens. We pressed on on our whole front on the Scarpe River, southward of Loos, and reached points two and three miles eastward of Vimy Ridge. There was heavy fighting all day long southward of the Scarpe. We everywhere maintained the positions previously cultured, and inflicted serious enemy losses. We progressed on a wide front northward and southward of the Bapaume-Cambrai road, fierce encounters resulting in our favour southward and eastward of Fayet, to within a few hundred yards of St. Quentin. We carried Gricourt village at the point of the bayonet, although the enemy stubbornly resisted. We took 400 prisoners. An attempted hostile counter-attack was broken up. Our aeroplanes on Thursday and Friday dropped large quantities of explosives, with good results, on enemy stations, ammunition depots, and aerodromes. They successfully attacked enemy infantry convoys with machine guns. Four German aeroplanes were brought down, and six were driven down. Twelve of ours are missing.

AUSTRALIAN BRAVERYFrom C.E.W. Bean, Australian Official War Correspondent: “I have to record an attack by the Australian troops, which will live in history as long as history exists. In order to take the fullest advantage of the great successes near Arras, it was necessary that the Hindenburg line should be attacked at a point where the Australians faced it. This line is defended by wire entanglements, of whose strength the whole world has heard. It was recognised as being something unparalleled in the history of fortifications. The chance of a very great success made the enterprise most important, though it was realised that success might be impossible to attain.

At dawn on the morning of the 11th the Australians attacked. The Australian infantry fought its way under machine gun fire, through such wire as was hitherto unknown, seized two lines of the Hindenburg trenches, pushed further as ordered, and took the village of Reincourt. By this time one of the tanks had got through the wire. The infantry followed it still further, and in accordance with the plan, entered the village of Hindecourt, near Bullecourt, two thousand yards beyond the Hindenburg line, within two hours of starting. This feat is almost unbelievable by those who know and those who have seen the strength of these fortifications. It was, however, attained.

German infantry and transports were seen streaming towards the rear. Here, however, this wonderful, brave effort spent itself. With its ranks thinned by heavy fighting, this handful of men alone in the enemy’s country was unable to keep down the machine gun fire, and the sniping from all sides. The furthermost parties were completely cut off by eight o’clock. Towards midday the Germans were heavily reinforced. They counter-attacked along the whole line, and after heavy bomb-fighting, lasting for nearly an hour, the remaining troops were driven out from the Hindenburg line.From a certain definite report of the movement, there is reason to believe that though it did not succeed, this extraordinarily gallant attack had a marked effect on the progress of the troops elsewhere. In any case, it was one of the most gallant feats Australian soldiers have ever performed.”

NEW PHYSICAL STANDARDReferring to some misconception regarding the new physical standard for the AIF, the authorities at Victoria Barracks have officially stated that the height minimum has been reduced to 5ft for infantrymen, and that a few men under 5ft will be accepted for special service as machine gunners and drivers. The general standard fixed at the outbreak of war was 5ft 4in minimum height, and 34in minimum chest expansion. Shortly afterwards this was reduced to 5ft 3in for the height, and 33in for the chest minimum. It is probable that this still is the standard for such units as Light Horse and Artillery.

ANZAC DAY IN SCHOOLSThe memory of Anzac Day is not to be allowed to fade from the minds of the public school children, for Mr James, the Minister for Education, has authorised the issue of a circular to teachers, setting out a suggested program for the day. The Minister desires teachers to take full advantage of the opportunity for impressing again upon the minds of their pupils the real basis of our pride in the share taken by the Anzacs on the 25th April, 1915. After pointing out that Gallipoli has a deep significance to Australians, the circular goes on: “For the first time in their history, Australians stood side by side with soldiers from the rest of the Empire, and with the Empire’s Allies, in a world struggle for freedom. We want our Australian children to remember not only the heroism of their countrymen at Gallipoli, but the sacred cause in which that heroism was displayed.” It is impressed upon teachers that: “It is no small thing to be able to remind Australian children that within a few years of federating themselves into nationhood, the flower of Australian manhood went forth, fought, and died for the finest thing men can die for.” The children are to be encouraged to feel that they themselves are celebrating a great event, and consequently the boys and girls are not to occupy the mere role of audience, but to take an active part in what is going on. Between now and the 25th April, teachers will discuss with the pupils, and invite suggestions as to how the day can best properly be celebrated. It is suggested, however, that selected portions of Ashmead Bartlett’s and Captain Bean’s respective stories of the landing should be read, that short poems or special verses bearing upon Gallipoli should be recited, that truly patriotic songs should be sung, and that special reference should be made to the recruiting scheme inaugurated by the Teachers’ Association, and the relationship between the recruits secured, and the schools that adopt them.

DARCY’S TROUBLESNew York, Saturday.

The Governor of Louisiana has cancelled Les Darcy’s match with Jeff Smith, which was to have taken place on the 23rd instant.

LETTERS TO THE EDITORSir, We wish to appeal to your readers for their co-operation in our work for the men of the First Light Horse and the First Light Horse Field Ambulance, now serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Summer is rapidly approaching, and with it come climatic conditions so severe, that the hardships so bravely faced by our men are materially increased. These hardships can be reduced by sending frequent and large consignments of certain supplementary foods. We all know how important it is to have changes of diet, but I think few of us realise what a terrific strain it is even on the strongest institution, to face the blistering heat of a summer on the desert, on army rations. We have had an urgent appeal for tinned fruit; tinned vegetables, and lime juice.

We must respond to this appeal, but in order to do so, we must have funds, and we must have them quickly. We therefore ask those who are interested in the welfare of the Australian Light Horsemen to send a contribution of money to the First Light Horse Comforts Depot, 28 Moore-street, Sydney. The very smallest sums will be most thankfully received. – I am, etc., Mary Vernon, Hon. Secretary First L.H. Comforts Fund.

ENLISTMENTSHerbert Anderson, Mayfield; Donald Smirnoff Begbie, Islington; Horace Oraba Bell, Hamilton; Carl August Bergquist, Wallsend; Arthur Edward Bilton, Newcastle; William Brining, Newcastle; John Chapple, Wickham; Robert William Chisholm, Newcastle; Robert Stanley Conn, Hamilton; Frederick Thomas Curran, Denman; Daniel Thomas Davies, Hamilton; Hubert Yorke Delahunt, Denman; Frederick Dennewald, Scone; Harley James Doherty, Muswellbrook; Leonard Oswald Douglas, Cooks Hill; Richard Fitzsimmons, Cooks Hill; Percy Lawrence Gibbons, Merriwa; Albert Harris, Maryville; William Robert Henderson, Speers Point; George Salem Holm, Islington; Alexander Jones, Lambton; Norman Hunter Leishman, Newcastle; William Loades, Newcastle; Bruce McGill, Newcastle; William Alfred McKay, West Maitland; Annie Beatrice Milligan, Muswellbrook; Alexander Kethel Muir, Stockton; Thomas Gomer Palmer, Newcastle; Archibald Conrad Porteous, Hamilton; William Race, East Maitland; Harold Francis Roach, Cessnock; Richard James Roe, Blandford; John Clarence Ryan, Hamilton; Edward Ryan, Newcastle; Herbert Edward Sanderson, Newcastle; William Peter Sharkey, Cooks Hill; John Cecil Shearer, Merewether; Thomas Henry Stafford, Islington; Cecil Bernard Storm, West Maitland; Harold James Tapner, Mayfield; Albert James Terry, Newcastle; Lee Tinsley, Newcastle; John Walker, Wallsend; David Ellis Watson, Waratah.

DEATHSPte Arthur Barrie, Jesmond; Pte John Dolphin Barry, Weismantles; Spr Donald Mitchell Blair, Seaham; Pte Claude Crittenden, West Maitland; Cpl John Vincent Dwyer, East Maitland; Pte Aaron Smith Haddon, Dudley; Lieut William White Hill, Branxton; 2nd Lieut Trevor Langwill, Newcastle; L/Cpl Broughton Taylor Luscombe, Muswellbrook; Pte Arthur Francis Mayne, Hamilton; Lieut Eric Dawson Simmons, Cessnock; Lieut William Albert Symington, Mayfield; Gnr William Robert Thomas, Muswellbrook; Pte Edward David Wolfgang, Muswellbrook.

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Gloucester pensioner killer wins reprieve after murder downgraded to manslaughter

A MAN sentenced to 24 years’ jail for the murder of an elderly Gloucester man after a single punch has had his sentence reduced by more than half after successfully appealing the murder conviction and pleading guilty to manslaughter.

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Jason Mark Grogan, 46, killed Alan Henry, 72, after punching him in his Gloucester home on January 10, 2012. Mr Henry died on April 19 that year.

He was found guilty of murder in 2013 but successfully appealed in August, 2016 and a fresh trial was ordered on a manslaughter charge.

Mr Grogan will be eligible for parole in November, 2018, after NSW Supreme Court Justice Hidden found Grogan had “reasonable prospects of rehabilitation” if a three-year parole period was set, despite Grogan’slong history of serious drug-taking and crime.

In a sentence delivered on Thursday Justice Hidden said Mr Henry came in contact with Grogan, from Port Stephens, after Grogan’s partner, Natasha Slacke, became Mr Henry’s part time carer.

Mr Henry was punched after Grogan and Slacke were involved in a heated argument at a Gloucester service station that prompted people to call police.

Grogan left the service station and went to Mr Henry’s house where there was an altercation, Mr Henry was punched and fell, and Grogan ran from the scene. He was later picked up by police.

Mr Henry was treated for head injuries, and died at a Central Coast aged care facility several months later.

Grogan’s history of drug-taking and crime included matters in three Australian states. He was on bonds after convictions at the time of the assault on Mr Henry.

Slacke pleaded guilty to hindering the police investigation into Mr Henry’s death.

Justice Hidden said Mr Henry’s daughter’s statement to the court was “an eloquent expression of the impact upon her of her father’s death, including the significant period which he had survived before he passed away”.

“It expresses not only her grief but also her outrage at the senseless violence which led to his death, and the serious and enduring effects this crime has had upon her life. It was no easy task for her. She was visibly distressed, but completed the reading with courage and dignity,” Justice Hidden said.

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