Month: April 2019


Jockey who punched horse is suspended and apologetic

CAUGHT: Jockey Dylan Caboche was caught punching his mount She’s Reneldasgirl at Port Lincoln on Wednesday. Vision courtesy: Seven NewsAn apprentice jockey who was suspended for punching a horse at Port Lincoln on Wednesday has apologised for his actions.
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Jockey Dylan Cabochewas suspended for two weeks by Thoroughbred Racing SA stewards after he was seen punching his mount She’s Reneldasgirl prior to the running of the third race of the day.

On Thursday Mr Caboche said “I want to genuinely, sincerely and unreservedly apologise to everyone for my actions yesterday.”

“My apology goes to the horse’s connections, my fellow jockeys here in SA and nationally, Thoroughbred Racing SA, the racing public and to the wider community.

Mr Caboche said any explanation could not condone what he did and no matter how difficult his mount was, he could not justify his actions.

Mr Caboche’s employer, Morphettville based trainer Ryan Balfour, supported the jockey and said the incident was “out of character”.

“Dylan has had 1500 race rides and would have ridden many thousands of track gallops for me,” he said.

“All I have ever seen from Dylan is that he has complete respect and a genuine affection for the horses he works with.”

Despite this n Jockeys Association chairman Des O’Keeffe said he would recommend to his directors for a Code of Conduct hearing to look into what occurred.

“We have close to 200,000 starters annually in and an incident like this may occur once a year, but that is once too often,” he said.

“I understand Dylan is a young man with until now an impeccable record in this areabut we need to make it clear that incidents such as yesterday’s will not be condoned.”

In a statement on Wednesday, a Thoroughbred Racing SA spokesperson said the two-week penalty should send a message that this behaviour was not acceptable and the association would not condone or tolerate such behaviour.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses believes the penalty is not strong enough and has called for the jockey to be banned for life.

Coalition communications manager Ward Young said if jockeys could not control their tempers, they should not be on the racetrack.

“If this is what we see on race day, we can only imagine what goes on behind the scenes,” he said.

“No wonder horse racing is falling out of favour with the general public when grossly inadequate punishments are dished out for animal abuse.”

Caboche’s penalty begins at midnight on November 17 and is entitled to an appeal.

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Second woman accuses Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick of rape

A second woman has come forward to claim actor Ed Westwick raped her in similar circumstances to the incident alleged by actor Kristina Cohen.
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Former actor Aur??lie Wynn posted on Facebook on Thursday that she was pinned down and raped by Westwick at a home he was renting in Los Angeles in the early hours of one morning in July 2014.

In response, Westwick tweeted on Friday morning that he had “absolutely not” raped anyone and would be working with authorities to clear his name.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he wrote.

Wynn said she left the acting industry after her encounter with Westwick and she was speaking up to reinforce Cohen’s allegations.

She said she was invited to his house by a friend who was dating his roommate, a cast member on Glee.

“We all hung out until 5am, sun was starting to rise since it was summer so we all decided to get a few hours of shut eye since we all had events and things to do the next day and there are plenty of bedrooms,” she wrote.

“And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny.

“When it was over I got my cellphone and found that the girl that had invited me had left or got kicked out. I had terrible service in the estate without access to the wifi and had to get another friend to get me an Uber out of there while Ed was passed out. The house is so big I took a video of my experience getting out of the house since it’s literally a maze.”

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Cultural Marxism – the ultimate post-factual dog whistle

The good news is that “cultural Marxism” isn’t real. The bad news is that people believe it is anyway.
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The claim that left-wing intellectuals are trying to destroy the foundations of Western society is gaining traction in .

And the worse news is this: even if the idea is factually untrue, it can still have an impact on politics.

“Cultural Marxism” is a viral falsehood used by far-right figures, conspiracy theorists, and pundits to explain many ills of the modern world.

A search of archives shows right wing columnist Andrew Bolt first mentioned it in his writing in 2002.

More recently, former Labor opposition leader Mark Latham in a column, claimed that it was a “powerful” movement “dominating” about 80 per cent of public life.

University of Melbourne international relations lecturer Daniel R McCarthy says Latham and others “are using the term rhetorically to paint opponents of their political positions in a bad light”.

“They label movements for LGBT rights as ‘Marxist’ in the hopes that this will frighten people into voting against things like gay marriage,” McCarthy says.

“This is a clever rhetorical strategy, if dishonest or, charitably, simply deeply confused.”

McCarthy makes a firm distinction between Marxist theorists originating in the 20th century and today’s concept of “cultural Marxism”.

“There are Marxists or critical social theorists who study culture,” McCarthy says. “What Latham and colleagues are talking about is entirely different.”

“Their arguments, which verge onto the terrain of conspiracy theorising, understand social movements that they do not like as part of a ‘cultural Marxist’ political strategy to first colonise the terrain of public culture prior to taking over society as a whole,” he says.

A 2003 article from the US-based Southern Poverty Law Centre described cultural Marxism as a “conspiracy theory with an anti-Semitic twist” that was then “being pushed by much of the American right”.

“In a nutshell, the theory posits that a tiny group of Jewish philosophers who fled Germany in the 1930s and set up shop at Columbia University in New York City devised an unorthodox form of ‘Marxism’ that took aim at American society’s culture, rather than its economic system,” the report states.

Unfortunately, Google trends indicate a steadily rising interest in the term in .

(Latham was emailed for comment on this article but did not reply.)

Arizona State University professor Braden Allenby says the word ‘”Marxism’ in many places is already a loaded term, so the use of ‘cultural Marxism’ sometimes is an effort to short circuit analysis or dialogue by implying that the individual or organisation so tagged is beyond the pale of rational discourse.”

“In that sense, it becomes part of warring narratives, a dog whistle to others in your community.”

With the original meaning of “cultural Marxism” lost, Allenby says, such terms “simply become higher level symbols of belonging and community”.

Allenby pioneered the study of what’s known as a weaponised narrative, a form of information attack using ideas, words and images to drive wedges into society, weakening it overall.

He believes the use of the term “cultural Marxism” indicates “that the dynamics of weaponised narrative might be at play.”

Weaponised narratives, warring narratives, and conspiracy theories pose threats to a cohesive democratic society.

Among the alt-right, for example, partisan groups used weaponised narratives during the 2016 US election that led to confusion and added to negative noise around legitimate candidate. The widely debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory promoted by trolls in the US is another example.

In 2015, anti-European Union trolls used the same techniques to influence the public’s perception of the European immigration crisis.

Weaponised narratives and conspiracy theories are effective, Allenby says, because “there is no such thing as a news cycle anymore”.

And that gives them considerable power online.

If “subgroups” can be identified, pundits using those narratives can create “news cycles for them that never rise out of that community, so they’re never responded to,” Allenby says.

“You can’t generate responses to disinformation if you don’t know the disinformation is out there, and if it’s properly managed, it stays within the ring-fenced community it is intended for … and thus is never responded to in the broader sense,” says Allenby.

“It isn’t that the wider community couldn’t respond; it’s that they never find out about it in the first place,” he said.

Like a conspiracy theory, cultural Marxism gains its power from its ability to be applied broadly to many aspects of modern life. The willingness of swaths of the public to accept such views also reflects unease over real-world issues like economic uncertainty, fears of terrorism, and anxiety with demographic change.

The nature of information and views shared on social media means even things that never happened can become a political issue if enough people agree they exist.

It’s hard to see this as good news.

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Polota-Nau signs for Leicester Tigers

Cardiff: Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been lost from Super Rugby after signing a multi-year deal with UK Premiership side Leicester Tigers.
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The aftershocks of cutting a Super Rugby team are now being felt, with Polota-Nau deciding against playing in after his Western Force franchise was folded by Rugby (formerly n Rugby Union).

Polota-Nau, who has played 79 Tests for his country, will still be eligible to play for the Wallabies, however, given he has met the required 60-Test threshold.

The 32-year-old will be the only overseas-based player within the Wallabies squad now that Will Genia is returning to Super Rugby for a stint with the Melbourne Rebels.

Offers from a number of Super Rugby clubs clearly were not enticing enough to secure Polota-Nau’s signature which is a shame given he has been one of ‘s best forwards this year.

Polota-Nau has signed a 2??year deal with Leicester that will begin in December and he will link up with former Wallabies teammate Matt Toomua.

“I’m really looking forward to experiencing what northern hemisphere rugby is about,” Polota-Nau said in a statement. “To be privileged to do it with one of the most prestigious clubs of the English Premiership, Leicester Tigers, I believe that not only can I further my game individually, but they have the capacity to add plenty more trophies to their illustrious cabinet and history.

“I do hope that I can contribute to what I think is a very good start to their season and campaign. It will be interesting playing against some of the squad players in the November internationals but I’m very keen to switch thinking caps and get a taste of the challenges ahead.”

Just last week, before ‘s match against Japan, Polota-Nau insisted he wasn’t sure where he would end up.

“I haven’t had any offers,” Polota-Nau said. “There were some offers from overseas but I think I missed out on the window there because obviously I was hanging on to the Force announcement, which came late, so I will just have to wait and see.”

However, it is understood Polota-Nau was, in fact, offered contracts by multiple n clubs.

Although Polota-Nau will take his services to the northern hemisphere, he is still very much within Michael Cheika’s plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

With Stephen Moore retiring from Test rugby at the end of the month, Polota-Nau and youngster Jordan Uelese look set to be the men to lead to rugby’s next centrepiece event.

Leicester head coach Matt O’Connor, a former Wallaby and Queensland Reds co-coach, said: “Taf is a fierce player with a huge amount of experience in Super Rugby and at Test level. Now he is keen to experience rugby in the northern hemisphere and we’re delighted that he has chosen to come to Tigers. We think he will add a lot to a very competitive group of quality front-rowers here.”

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APEC summit: Turnbull announces trade agreement with Peru

Danang, Vietnam: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a new trade agreement with Peru, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, shortly after arriving at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese coastal city of Danang.
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As tensions escalate with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten over the citizenship crisis at home, Mr Turnbull turned to trade, saying he will be urging 20 other APEC member countries to embrace trade and turn their backs on protectionism.

“The region cannot close the door to the flow of goods, services, capital and ideas,” he said.

Malcolm Turnbull arrived in Vietnam for the APEC summit as the dual citizenship fiasco continues to simmer at home. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a speech at the summit late on Friday. It will be carefully examined for clues as to how his “America first” mantra, which has included rolling back trade deals, will guide US engagement in Pacific Rim countries.

Mr Turnbull told reporters a revival of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by 11 countries, including , would bring together economies with a collective GDP of about $10 trillion, despite Mr Trump abandoning the agreement days after taking office.

“Free trade means more jobs, more prosperity in ,” he said. “That’s why we back it so strongly.”

But talks on the TPP on the sidelines of APEC have reached a critical point with prospects for an agreement here uncertain.

“We’ve got more work to do but we are inching closer to an agreement so I remain very hopeful,” ‘s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo told reporters.

Japan has been lobbying hard for a quick agreement but Canada, New Zealand and Malaysia appear less enthusiastic to hurry.

The Peru agreement, negotiated over only five months, will generate more exports, including for farmers who have been effectively shut out of the Peru market.

It will eliminate 99 per cent of tariffs facing those that export to the country.

There will be immediate duty free access for n sheep, kangaroo meat, most wine and most horticulture products, including wheat.

Mr Ciobo said that concluding the agreement at APEC sends an important message to the world that ” embraces trade because we know it creates jobs and drives economic growth”.

“The agreement levels the playing field for Aussie farmers,” he said, adding that beef farmers will have tariff-free access within five years, putting them on a par with US beef farmers.

Peru’s GDP is similar to that of Vietnam and its population is similar to Malaysia.

Arriving in Danang, reporters asked Mr Turnbull if he will try to wrestle to the ground some kind of agreement with Mr Shorten over the citizenship crisis while on a five-day trip to Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

“Well, multi-tasking is the occupational objective of prime ministers,” he said.

Mr Shorten has sought an agreement from Mr Turnbull that there should be no partisan referrals of MPs to the High Court.

“I will be very clear about this – we will refer to the High Court anybody, whether they are on the government side, the Labor side or the crossbenches, if there are substantial grounds to believe they are not in compliance with the Constitution,” Mr Turnbull said.

“To ask me to do anything else is quite unworthy.”

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