Lake wasn’t fit enough to play: Clarkson

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Brian Lake is one of few men capable of matching Tom Hawkins pound for pound but Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has no qualms about leaving the defender in the VFL.


Hawkins ran amok in the final quarter of Geelong’s 19-point win on Easter Monday, swotting undersized opponent Kyle Cheney away to boot five goals at the MCG.

Clarkson afterwards declared Lake still on the comeback trail from a calf injury and said last year’s Norm Smith medallist simply wasn’t ready for AFL intensity.

“He might be next week. He’s played 160 minutes of footy over the course of two weeks,” he said.

“The temptation is to bring guys in. But it’s just foolish.

“Does it mean we lose a game of footy? Possibly.

“We’re more prepared to lose a game of footy than we are to lose a player who’s not conditioned properly to play.”

Clarkson suggested his team needed to work harder to ensure Cheney was never stuck in a one-on-one contest against Hawkins.

“One bloke’s 150kgs and the other is 80kgs, I don’t think it’s any surprise (Cheney was going to struggle),” he said.

“We thought if we had enough pressure on the ball through the middle, he’d be able to get some support from his fellow defenders.

“We did that pretty well for the bulk of the day but the dam wall opened in the final quarter.”

Hawkins certainly wasn’t getting carried away with his performance, saying his seven contested marks came about because of Geelong’s delivery as much as his own strength and timing.

“It was the midfielders and the way they kicked the footy to me,” Hawkins said.

“The ability of them to see the space in front of not only me but our forwards in general was great and you couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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China ‘builds spy network in Australian universities’

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China is reportedly building covert informant networks inside Australia’s top universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities.


Fairfax Media reports that Chinese intelligence officials say they are building networks to monitor the ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing’s core interests.

Much of the monitoring work takes place in higher education institutions, it reports.

This includes Sydney University and Melbourne University, where more than 90,000 students from mainland China are potentially exposed to ideas and activities not readily available at home.

Allegations of an extensive spy network were raised almost a decade ago when former Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin defected to Australia in 2005.

In a Senate Report into his request for political asylum, Mr Yonglin stated that there were agents monitoring activities of dissidents in Australian capital cities.

“I got the number of 1000 secret agents and informants from a document and I know that there are two systems operating in the Chinese missions overseas in some important cities like Canberra and Sydney,” he said.

“One is the diplomatic system; the other is the information collection system reporting to the intelligence service of China… These were from certain intelligence services that indicated that they were very active in Australia.”

Mr Yonglin’s claims were also presented to the US House of Representatives Human Rights Committee in 2005.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, he said Chinese diplomats set up well-funded Chinese student associations at the universities.

“The students are useful for welcoming leaders at airports and blocking protest groups from sight, and also collecting information,” he said.

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Potter salutes his Tiger cubs

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter says his young side’s 21-18 win over Parramatta without inspirational skipper Robbie Farah on Monday was a huge step forward in their development.


A halfback masterclass from 19-year-old Luke Brooks, who kicked the go-ahead field goal three minutes from fulltime – having earlier scored a runaway try – was the difference between the sides in an enthralling encounter in front of a crowd of more than 50,00 at ANZ Stadium.

Both sides made their fair share of errors but in a topsy-turvy affair, it did little to detract from a thoroughly enjoyable game that was only sealed in the Tigers’ favour with Pat Richards’ booming penalty goal from halfway with under two minutes remaining.

However, it was Brooks who stole the show and Potter was delighted with how the youngster, already tipped as a future NSW Origin representative, coped with the occasion.

“I think he’s still developing, but he kicked a match-winning field goal and his kicking got better once he got into a routine,” Potter said.

“He takes it in his stride, if he was playing park footy he would be the same. It really doesn’t faze him. He’s good to coach and he’s good to watch.

“Winning without Robbie, (James) Tedesco and Liam Fulton was above and beyond for these players.

“I think the confidence the young guys will get from this result is going to stand us in good stead for when things get tight and tough later in the season.”

Stand-in Tigers captain Braith Anasta echoed Potter’s sentiments about Brooks.

“He doesn’t seem to be put under pressure too much and he handles every situation with ease,” Anasta said.

“He stays really relaxed and I asked him leading up to the field goal if he wanted to take it and he said ‘give it to me’ and I teed him up.

“He put it over the middle like it was just routine.

“We’ve come a long way in 12 months. We didn’t play our best but we won in adversity as they were all over us.”

The vastly experienced Anasta said playing alongside Brooks and young guns like fullback Kurtis Rowe and winger David Nofoaluma had reinvigorated his career.

“It’s been good for me, I am coming to the end and it has given me a new lease of life and motivates me every day looking at the young blokes and how good they are,” he said.

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said his side were let down by a lack of composure but refused to point the finger of blame at Chris Sandow, who missed three very kickable conversions.

“At times we were looking for a quick fix and a quick way of winning the game,” said Arthur.

“We needed to be better to win the game. They scored two tries from our errors and we need to learn how to close the game out.

“It would have been nice to kick the goal, but we had enough opportunities to win the game.”

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Three Australians reach surfing quarters

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Defending world surfing champion Mick Fanning has signalled a return to form with two convincing heat wins at Bells Beach.


While young Hawaiian John John Florence lit up Easter Monday with a perfect 10 wave score at the Rip Curl Pro, it was also a good day for the locals.

Fanning and fellow Australians Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow joined Florence as round-four winners, putting them into the quarter-finals.

The sudden-death fifth round will decide the other four quarter finalists.

Fanning, Parkinson and Burrow are all former Bells Beach winners.

The event could prove a turning point for Fanning, who has won three world titles and has rung the famed bell trophy twice at this iconic surf spot.

So far this season, he has only managed a fifth and a 13th on the world tour.

On Monday, he posted an outstanding 9.67 wave score in his round-three heat win over compatriot Matt Wilkinson.

Then he proved too good in round four for Hawaiian Freddie Patacchia and fellow Australian Julian Wilson, who had produced a near-perfect 9.93 wave score in his previous heat.

“It’s always good to bounce back,” Fanning said after round four.

“But the job’s still not done, you still have a long way to go.

“I’m feeling good and I’m getting scores.”

Riding a board he called old faithful, Parkinson also impressed in his fourth-round win over South African Jordy Smith and fellow Australian Owen Wright.

Parkinson, Mr Consistency, was runner-up in round one on the Gold Coast and was fifth earlier this month at WA’s Margaret River.

“I feel like most of the events so far … I take a while to warm up and get into my rhythm,” said the 2012 world champion and three-time Bells winner.

“But I’m three heats away from a bell.

“So three more wins, six waves – keep it simple.”

Burrow, the 2007 Bells Beach champion, looked similarly sharp as he took care of defending champion Adriano De Souza of Brazil and Australian Adam Melling.

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Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions after tragedy

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Sherpas already grief-stricken at the loss of colleagues have told AFP they are considering whether to halt climbs to protest at pay and poor welfare provisions.



The bodies of 13 local sherpa guides have been pulled from the snow and another three are thought to be still buried in the avalanche which hit Friday morning, the worst single accident in the mountain’s history.  


Another nine were rescued alive from the avalanche, which struck the group of sherpas as they hauled gear up the mountain for international climbers who were waiting at Everest base camp below.


Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, which lost four sherpas in the accident with another still missing, has decided to cancel its expedition, according to its sirdar (sherpa captain).


“We have lost five members of our team. To respect them, we will not be going ahead with our expedition,” said Lakpa Rita Sherpa, who has summited Everest 17 times.


“This was one of the worst days on the mountain and all those who died are sherpas, so many of those left don’t want to go ahead,” Sherpa told AFP from base camp.


US-based Discovery Channel also cancelled an expedition after losing its team of sherpas in the accident, it said in a statement. The channel was planning a live broadcast of the first winged jumpsuit flight off the summit.


Other teams still at base camp are weighing up whether to go ahead with their expeditions, with many too distraught to climb.


Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said sherpas want the government to set up a welfare fund for guides and their families, using part of the fees paid by clients.


“It’s not about stopping expeditions, but they have demands that need to be fulfilled,” Sherpa, whose national body represents tourism promoters, told AFP.


Some of the sherpas and their families are angry about the Nepali government’s offer of 40,000 rupees (about $400) to pay for the funeral expenses of those killed, calling it a disrespectful gesture.


Sherpas, an ethnic group known for their skills on the mountain, earn between $3,000 to $6,000 a season, but life insurance payments currently only go up to $10,000.


The disaster underscores the huge risks borne by sherpas who ascend the icy slopes, often before dawn and usually weighed down by tents, ropes and food for their clients, who pay tens of thousands of dollars to scale the mountain.


The cancellations are likely to have an impact on the impoverished Himalayan country’s economy. It relies on tourism for revenue, earning millions of dollars in annual climbing fees from Everest alone.


More than 300 people, most of them local guides, have died on Everest since the first ascent to the summit by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.


The previous worst accident on the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak was in 1996 when eight people were killed during a storm.

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Panthers edge Titans off the top

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Gold Coast have relinquished their spot at the top of the NRL ladder, going down 14-12 to a dogged Penrith.


Giant centre Jamal Idris had his best game for the Panthers against his old club, after leaving the Titans in January, and along with halfback Peter Wallace ensured the home side dominated the majority of what was a gripping Easter Monday encounter.

Two Jamie Soward kicks left to chance by the Titans that resulted in 30th- and 50th-minute tries were the difference in a contest in which both sides also lacked polish.

Meanwhile, Titans forward Matt White is in the cross hairs of match review officials amid the NRL’s new edict on lifting tackles after being placed on report for a dangerous throw on Adam Docker in the 61st minute.

The Titans now have five wins after seven rounds along with Canterbury, Wests Tigers and Manly but their negative for and against drops them to fourth place.

Dean Whare drew first blood for the Panthers in the seventh minute when they went wide 20m out after a Wallace bust.

The pacy Kiwi centre simply sliced through the Titans’ line, and Soward converted for a 6-0 lead.

Penrith’s second try came when Titans fullback David Mead and forward Paul Carter failed to diffuse the first of Soward’s telling kicks, allowing Matt Moylan to touch down.

Ryan James crashed over for a converted Titans try three minutes before halftime for a 12-6 scoreline at the break.

A Soward penalty put the Panthers two points further ahead in the 51st minute.

The Gold Coast were never out of the contest, though, and an Aidan Sezer try from a close-range Albert Kelly grubber in the 78th minute and the halfback’s conversion brought the score to 14-12.

The Titans had a chance to win it in the dying seconds but Kelly put his cross kick over the dead ball line on the full.

Titans forward Greg Bird might also have a case to answer after Wallace accused him of a “squirrel grip” on Sika Manu late in the game.

“He grabbed him on the nuts,” Wallace protested to referee Gavin Morris.

Penrith struggled to put the Titans away in the second half and coach Ivan Cleary said he was pleased to get the two premiership points.

“It was a pretty dour win, we made it hard for ourselves in the end,” he said.

“I’m just happy to get the win, really.

“We could have played a bit smarter, we kept giving them opportunities.

“If we keep doing that it is going to be a long year.”

Titans coach John Cartwright bemoaned the fact he was finally on the wrong end of another tight scoreline.

“It was similar to the last few games we have had,” he said.

“I thought we did really well after it went to 8-0, they could have gone on with it.

“We stuck to the job and at the death we could have come away with it.”

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Easter brings reward to cocoa farmers

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From cracking the cocoa bean, to sorting, and drying.



Cocoa farming is the pride and joy of the people of Sao Tome and Principe – the islands off the coast of West Africa.

Cocoa farmer, Fatima Horta, says being a small farmer, doesn’t mean you have to feel like one.

‘People talk about small farmers, but I consider myself a big farmer, a great farmer. I’m getting better and better and I like what I do.’ Fatima said.  

This region exports around 820 tonnes of cocoa – netting almost $6 million a year.

The rich soils and ideal climate make it perfect for cocoa trees, as well as some other natures gifts.


One in ten plants here, are found nowhere else in the world.

There are also more unique bird species per square kilometre.

But despite it’s rich biodiversity, it’s one the world’s poorest countries and farmers struggling to make a living are clearing land in protected areas.  

Obo Natural Park covers 30 per cent of the island.

Aurelio Rita, the park director, says he witnesses how farmers are threatening the area he is trying to protect.

‘If we do not start taking measures, very shortly they will enter the park and this will have very negative impacts.’ Aurelio says.

But organic chocolate could be the answer.

According to Euromonitor International, global organic chocolate sales are forecast to grow between 2 to 3 per cent per year, reaching $886 million by 2018.


Not only is organically-grown cocoa more lucrative, it’s grown under the shade of exisiting trees, making it kinder to the environment.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development began drumming up support for organic cocoa in 2002.

Organic farming co-op, CECAB, now provides training to farmers and has committed to buying all their produce.

Coordinator of the project, Victor Bonfim, expects that through this work, farmers will perserve the unique biodiversity of the islands.

‘I expect that within a few years, the population will be more aware, better educated and better trained about environmental issues.’ Victor said. 

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Asian shares mixed in holiday-thin trade

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Asian markets were mostly lower in Easter holiday trade on Monday, with Japan’s Nikkei giving up early gains despite a weaker yen as data showed the country’s trade deficit quadrupled in March.


Chinese shares slipped on fears over the economy as well as liquidity, after authorities unveiled a list of 28 firms that have filed for initial public offerings (IPOs).

Tokyo finished flat, giving up 3.89 points to 14,512.38, Seoul was down 0.25 per cent, or 5.06 points, at 1,999.22, while Taipei ended 0.17 per cent, or 15.47 points, lower at 8,951.19. Shanghai tumbled 1.52 per cent, or 31.92 points, to 2,065.83.

Singapore was flat in afternoon trade.

Hong Kong, Sydney and Wellington were closed for the Easter holidays.

With markets in most of Europe and the United States closed on Friday and Monday, business was thin as investors look ahead to the release this week of preliminary manufacturing data from around the world as well as US retail and house price figures.

In afternoon trade the US dollar was at Y102.55 compared with Y102.41 on Friday, while the euro bought $US1.3825 and Y141.76, against $US1.3817 and Y141.48.

In Tokyo, the government said Japan’s trade deficit hit $US14 billion ($A14.99 billion) in March, compared with a shortfall of Y356.9 billion ($A3.74 billion) a year ago.

The huge deficit came as a weaker yen increased the cost of imports, especially of fossil fuels. This was compounded by the fact consumers rushed to buy ahead of an April 1 sales tax hike.

This week will see the start of corporate reporting for the first three months of 2014, with investors paying close attention to Japanese firms’ outlooks following the sales tax rise, which critics fear could derail the economy’s emerging recovery.

“It’s difficult to project an impact from the consumption tax increase. Companies are likely to report conservative guidance,” Shigeo Sugawara, senior investment officer at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management, told Dow Jones Newswires.

In China the stock regulator at the weekend said several firms were planning IPOs, state media reported, sparking worries that floodgates were opening after a two-month pause in new listings.

On oil markets New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate for May delivery, dipped 13 US cents to $US104.17 in afternoon trade and Brent North Sea crude for June eased 42 cents to $US109.11 a barrel.

Gold fetched $US1,286.69 an ounce at 1710 AEST on Monday, compared with $US1,289.90 on Friday.

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South Sudan rebels slaughter ‘hundreds’

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Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred hundreds of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN says.


It is one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation.

In the main mosque alone, more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and more than 400 wounded, the UN mission in the country said on Monday.

There were also massacres at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Program (WFP) compound.

Fighters took to the radio calling for rival groups to be forced from the town and for men to rape women from the opposition ethnic group.

South Sudan’s army has been fighting rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar after the insurgents launched a renewed offensive targeting key oil fields.

The conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension, pitting President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar’s Nuer people.

UN human rights investigators said that after rebels wrested Bentiu from government forces in heavy battles last Tuesday, the gunmen spent two days hunting down those they believed opposed them.

Both South Sudanese and Sudanese, some from the war-torn Darfur region, were killed, the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement.

“They (the rebels) searched a number of places where hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians had taken refuge and killed hundreds of the civilians after determining their ethnicity or nationality,” the UN said.

Some rebels took to the local radio to “broadcast hate messages declaring that certain ethnic groups should not stay in Bentiu and even calling on men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community,” the statement added.

At the Kali-Ballee mosque, where hundreds had taken shelter, the rebels “separated individuals of certain nationalities and ethnic groups and escorted them to safety, while the others were killed”, the report raid.

At the hospital, “several Nuer men, women and children were killed for hiding and declining to join other Nuers who had gone out to cheer” the rebels as they entered the town, the UN said.

Similar killings were reported at the Catholic church and WFP compound.

Peacekeepers have already said they had seen dozens of corpses in military uniform on the streets of the northern town, state capital of Unity state.

The capture of Bentiu came two days before gunmen stormed a UN compound in which at least 58 people were killed, with peacekeepers fighting back to protect more than 5000 civilians sheltering there who the attackers planned to kill.

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Douglas sent straight to AFL tribunal

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Adelaide midfielder Richard Douglas will front the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night over a nasty bump on Callan Ward.


In an uncommon move, the match review panel did not set a potential penalty but instead directly referred Douglas’ hit on the Greater Western Sydney captain straight to the tribunal.

The referral on a rough conduct charge denies Douglas an opportunity to gain a 25 per cent discount for an early guilty plea.

His off-the-ball hit resulted in Ward being substituted out of the game with concussion.

Fremantle’s Hayden Ballatyne earned the rare feat of two reports against the same player from the same game, with kneeing and striking charges laid from the Dockers’ loss to Sydney.

Rhyce Shaw was involved in both incidents, with the feisty Docker set to miss one game with an early plea to both charges.

North Melbourne’s Scott Thompson was hit with a striking charge from an incident with Travis Cloke, but it can’t be reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea owing to an existing bad record.

The bad records of West Coast’s Darren Glass and St Kilda’s Adam Schneider put them in the same boat.

The veteran Eagles’ mid-air collision with Chad Wingard had the Port man taken to hospital for preliminary tests, while Schneider was charged for striking Essendon’s Mark Baguley.

Without an existing bad record, GWS’s Toby Greene can take the one-match ban on offer despite a level-three striking offence against Adelaide’s Douglas.

The Bulldogs were spared a decision on incidents involving Koby Stevens on Kane Lucas and Liam Jones on Marc Murphy when the match review panel decided their high contact were less than reportable offences.

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Red Bull to throw everything at Mercedes

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“If we are going to make a championship of it, we’ve got to take the fight to them,” Horner, whose team have just one podium finish so far this year, told Sky Sports television.


“We’re going to give it everything. I believe we can take the fight to them, we just can’t concede too much more ground.”

“We were 22km an hour slower on that kilometre straight today, that represented almost 100 metres that we’re giving away on the straight. That’s where we’ve got to improve.

“We know where we’ve got to fix our issues and hopefully there’s some steps towards that in Barcelona,” added the Briton.

The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix on May 11, with all the teams sure to bring upgrades after the three-week break.

Red Bull’s design wizard Adrian Newey skipped Shanghai to work on improvements and his rivals need no reminding about his reputation.

“The Red Bulls are famous for coming back and Newey is there,” Niki Lauda, non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team, warned on Sunday evening. “He wasn’t here so he sends something new for Barcelona, I’m afraid.”


Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull in China, with quadruple champion Vettel fifth after being ordered to move aside for his younger team mate for the second race in a row. The German did so, but only after initial reluctance.

Horner had only praise for Ricciardo, who has had the better of Vettel in three races.

“He’s just Joe Cool, isn’t he? He’s always smiling,” Horner said of the Australian. “And he’s quick. we knew he was quick but he’s exceeded all our expectations so far.

“He’s so cool under pressure. I don’t know whether you hear any of his radio but it’s like he’s having a chat at a coffee bar,” he added. “You wouldn’t think he’s in a grand prix.

“He’s been enormously impressive since the start of the season in Melbourne. His confidence is growing, you can see that.”

Ricciardo has outqualified Vettel three times but Horner said the German would fight back.

“We know that Seb is very sensitive to the car, how it enters into a corner and at the moment he hasn’t got the feel that he needs from the car,” he said.

“As soon as he gets on top of that, bang. He’ll be right back,” added the team boss.

Vettel, winner of nine races in a row at the end of last year, has made slow starts before and still come out on top but he faces his biggest challenge yet.

The new Mercedes power unit has been the pick of the grid while Red Bull’s partners Renault are still playing catch up.

Although Red Bull have now clawed their way back to second in the constructors’ standings, they are 97 points behind Mercedes. Vettel is fifth in the drivers’ championship, 46 adrift of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

“He’s a deep thinker and he’ll analyse this,” Horner said of the Chinese race. “One thing he does incredibly well is look inwardly at where he can improve, where can he be better, what is the other guy doing that’s giving him that advantage?

“Sebastian is an absolute fighter and we’ve seen that before… we’ll sit down and talk it through but he won’t need motivating, that’s for sure.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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