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No Australian Open ticket for banned John Tomic

The Bosnia-born former taxi driver was sentenced to eight months in prison by a Spanish court last month for head-butting Frenchman Thomas Drouet in the face and breaking his nose.


Tomic was not required to serve jail time because his sentence was under two years in length.

The ATP banned Tomic’s accreditation for all tour events earlier this year and will decide whether to lift the ban next May.

“The grand slams as well as the ATP work together on this,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

“The rule is he’s not accredited and does not have permission to purchase a ticket.

“And the systems we have in place – John (or) anyone else who is banned, they are not allowed on the grounds and our security personnel will take care of that appropriately.”

Bernard Tomic has stood by his father throughout the controversy, and criticised the ATP for being quick to impose the ban.

At Wimbledon, the 20-year-old said he would ask tournament officials to allow his father to be courtside at his matches but the ban remained in place.

Tiley said any similar request from the local favourite would be given short shrift.

“It still falls within the one-year ban so regardless of what happens at the Australian Open our position will hold,” he said.

Tomic, ranked world number 55 but touted a future top 10 player, broke through for his maiden ATP title in Sydney in January, but has struggled for fitness and form during his father’s exile.

Apart from an encouraging run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, Tomic was knocked out at the first hurdle at Roland Garros and the second at Flushing Meadows.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)



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Soft drink demand behind land grabs: Oxfam

Communities in third world nations are being evicted from their land by sugar growers who supply food and drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, charity group Oxfam claims.


And the industry leaders are not doing enough to stop the land grabs, the international non-governmental organisation says.

A new report released on Wednesday pinpoints examples of land grabs and disputes between local populations and suppliers in countries such as Brazil and Cambodia.

The report, Nothing sweet about it: How sugar fuels land grabs, links the suppliers to some of the world’s biggest multinational companies, including Coca-Cola.

In one example, Oxfam believes it has evidence that a fishing community in Brazil is fighting for access to their land and fishing grounds after being kicked out in 1988 by a sugar mill.

Oxfam claims another 200 families in Cambodia are fighting for land they were evicted from in 2006 to make way for a sugar plantation, which supplies a company that sells sugar to Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s manufacturers.

Oxfam Australia acting public policy manager Kelly Dent said it had gone largely unnoticed the $50 billion a year sugar trade was fuelling the land grab issue.

“Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods are the worlds biggest producers and buyers of sugar, but they are doing little to ensure the sugar in their products is not grown on land grabbed from poor communities,” she said.

“We are calling on them to join us in demanding that Coke, Pepsi and Associated British Foods act now to stamp out land grabs.

“If they act, they could transform the industry.”

Oxfam says global sugar production is forecasted to increase by 25 per cent by 2020.



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Grab Indonesian opportunities, HSBC says

An international bank has warned Australian businesses they risk missing the boat if they don’t seize investment opportunities in Indonesia.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a business forum in Jakarta this week that Australia’s two-way trade with New Zealand – with just four million people – is greater than with Indonesia with its 250 million people.

“Obviously, there’s plenty of room to improve,” he said.

HSBC head of commercial banking in Indonesia Amanda Murphy says it’s significant that the prime minister chose Jakarta as his first official overseas trip.

“Australia is still not in the top five trading partners for Indonesia,” she told a briefing on Wednesday.

Indonesia is one of the five key markets highlighted by the Australia Asian Century taskforce.

Ms Murphy says Indonesia sees infrastructure as a key driver for its economic growth.

“Ports, rail, roads, while they have improved or are improving, all require development to be able to reach its full economic potential,” she said.

At the same time, consumer spending has held up well, even though economic growth is expected to have slipped to five per cent by the end of 2013, down from 6.2 per cent at the the of 2012.

She blamed weaker export values from lower commodity prices for the slower growth, although HSBC expects gross domestic product to recover to six per cent by the end of 2014.

She says as Indonesia’s middle class continues to increase its purchasing power, there will be more money floating around for better health care, education and food.

HSBC head of Australian commercial banking James Hogan says it’s important that Australia embraces these opportunities.

“Given the huge potential for Indonesia and how attractive it is to many countries, if Australia doesn’t engage we can be sure others will,” he said.

He said that while there has been an improved involvement in the country, Australia has “punched below its weight both in terms of investment and trade”.

However, Ms Murphy warned that doing business in Indonesia was different to anywhere else because it is entirely relationship driven.

She said you can’t just go to Indonesia, handover a business card and return home, send emails and think everything will be OK.

“It won’t work,” she said.

“Come often, come more than you thing you ought to, and then come a bit more than that.”



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Uranium miner making further cuts

Uranium miner Paladin Energy is cutting more jobs and reducing executive pay and other spending in response to continued falls in the price of the nuclear energy source.


The Perth-based company, which operates two uranium mines in Africa, says it will reduce the number of head office staff in the current financial year, and cut the base salaries of managers by 10 per cent.

The announcement sent its shares higher, gaining five cents, or 10.4 per cent, to 53 cents.

Paladin already had made 14 head office staff redundant, in 2012/13, leaving 45 in administration roles.

No number has been given for the latest round of job cuts.

Executive pay was also reduced in 2012/13, with managing Director John Borshoff’s remuneration of $2.5 million less than half the amount he received in the previous year.

Paladin made a loss of $US420.9 million in 2012/13, due to massive writedowns on the value of its assets caused by the weak uranium price.

Its corporate and exploration costs are to be reduced by 24 per cent in 2013/14, or $US10.8 million ($A11.53 million).

Discretionary capital expenditure will be cut by $US12.4 million ($A13.23 million) in the next two financial years.

Costs at the Kayelekera mine will be slashed by 22 per cent over the next two financial years, while costs at Langer Heinrich will be reduced by 15 per cent, Paladin said.

The new cost reductions “have now become even more pertinent” the company said on Wednesday, due to “further incremental weakening of the uranium spot price”.

But the price falls do not detract from the very strong fundamentals of uranium in the medium and long term, it said.

Paladin is also negotiating the sale of a minority stake in the Langer Heinrich mine.



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Wild Tassie weather blacks out 10,000

Ten thousand people have been left without electricity after wild storms lashed northern Tasmania, blowing trees onto power lines and causing flash flooding.


A cold front has brought heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 140km/h, leaving many with a lengthy wait for power to be restored.

At one point 16,000 customers were affected, while winds and lightning forced energy company Aurora to stand down crews for safety reasons.

With conditions easing late on Wednesday, crews were scrambling to attend 800 jobs logged throughout the day.

“There is the possibility that some customers will be without power tonight,” spokesman Ben Lohberger told AAP.

“There’s not much we can do about it with the weather and safety issues and the volume of calls we’re getting.”

Flights were grounded at Devonport’s airport and delays experienced at Launceston due to unsafe cross-winds.

The Spirit of Tasmania ferry docked an hour and a half late after seasick passengers had to wait for a lull in conditions that produced winds of more than 50 knots and five-metre seas on the approach to Devonport.

The fourth stage of the Tour of Tasmania cycling race was cancelled due to safety concerns after an initial delay when competitors were unable to make it to the start.

Several roads were blocked, including the arterial Bass Highway, and the state’s rail freight was suspended, while the State Emergency Service attended dozens of callouts.

“They’re ranging from minor flood inundation to trees down over driveways and roofs and damage to things like sheds that have been blown about in the wind,” spokesperson Mhairi Revie said.

Late on Wednesday, the SES had issued a minor flood warning for the Huon River in the state’s south.

Severe weather warnings remained in place for much of the state’s north but the Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were set to ease.

“The rain band should clear out past Flinders Island by about 10 o’clock tonight,” forecaster Anna Forrest said.

“So (there will be) a gradual improvement but it will get cold.

“What little shower activity is around could actually be falling as snow (to 800m).”



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Comment: Good news, flyers: ‘flight mode’ is safe during take-off and landing

By Hamza Bendemra

Earlier this year, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) put together a panel of aviation experts to look at whether personal electronic devices (PEDs) could be used on planes without compromising safety.


The results are in: the committee is recommending that electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers and other PEDs – be allowed during all phases of flight (including take-off and landing).

The FAA asked the Advisory and Rulemaking Committee to investigate this particular issue after growing public scepticism about limitations, and increased public pressure to allow passengers to use their electronic devices during all phases of flight.

When applicable, passengers will have to switch their devices to airplane/flight mode. Passengers will hence be allowed to listen to music, watch a movie, play games or read an e-book on their e-reader or tablet – as long as the data was downloaded and saved on the device before take-off.

As the committee’s report points out, many new generation aircraft have the appropriate shielding to prevent any interference from PEDs that may be on board.

The FAA is widely expected to follow through with the committee’s recommendations and will likely begin implementation next year. Other regulatory agencies, such as Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), are expected to follow FAA’s lead on the issue.

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No talking on mobile phones

The committee is maintaining restrictions on devices capable of connecting to a mobile phone network and/or with data communication capability. Hence, mobile phones are not expected to be allowed to be used during take-offs and landings any time soon. They will be required to be put on “flight mode”.

A mobile phone searching for a network tower emits much higher energy radio waves and is therefore more likely to cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Another concern is that a plane flying with several hundreds of phones attempting to connect to a nearby tower would cause unnecessary strain on the mobile phone network.

However, some airlines are already offering products that allows their passengers to make phone calls on their flight. Emirates has been pushing for this technology for several years. It relies on pio-cell technology which is basically an on-board antenna which relays calls to towers on the ground. The system is controlled by the flight crew.

What’s taken so long?

Felipe Luchi’s ‘Jailhouses’. (陈从峰)

Pressure on the FAA sharply increased over the past few years as electronic device use skyrocketed and airline passengers became increasingly dependent on them.

As Brazilian illustrator Felipe Luchi so perfectly illustrated in his artwork, we are becoming increasingly dependent on our mobile devices.

The decision to allow the use of electronic devices on planes may seem self-evident to some, but the committee was rigorous. The committee was set to release its recommendation months ago but asked for an extension as there was a large amount of data to review and evaluate.

Public perception that a small device like a mobile phone could not possibly interfere with a plane’s electronics is at the core of the issue – as shown by the parody below.

Parody on PEDs ban on planes (bit of swearing in it, too).

 A recently conducted survey showed that 30% of passengers admitted to not turning off their mobile phone when flying – but how many of them are actual aviation safety experts? Does knowing how to use an iPhone give someone the expertise to assess whether it can take interfere with a plane’s electronics?

Evidence-based policy is – as the term suggests – based on evidence. As is usually the case with research, it is extremely difficult to come up with a black-and-white answer. Research outcomes are made up of shades of grey: assessing likelihood, risk and so on.

As pointed out in a previous piece for The Conversation, interference allegedly due to phone calls during flight has been reported – but the lift of the ban on electronic devices such as e-readers and tablets is certainly most welcome.

Hamza Bendemra does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.



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Comment: Climate talks could succeed, if Australia toughens targets

By Ian McGregor, University of Technology, Sydney

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, said last week that on climate, “We have five minutes before midnight”.


He argues that governments have historically avoided taking responsibility for global warming.

In the more than 20 years since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was negotiated, global greenhouse gas emissions have increased by more than 30%. What hope is there for the rapid reduction of global emissions that is needed to have a high probability of limiting warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels?

This warming represents a level that most climate scientists accept as significantly less likely to result in dangerous climate change. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report that has just been released confirms we are on a dangerous path. So what are the prospects for the urgently needed rapid change of direction?

Climate change is a global problem that needs a global agreement. Virtually every country on the planet has signed and ratified the UN Framework Convention which seeks to avoid dangerous climate change. The latest stage in these international climate change negotiations was launched in Durban in 2011 and is due to conclude in Paris at the end of 2015.

Is the Paris Climate Summit likely to be more successful than the failed Copenhagen Climate Summit of 2009?

The short answer is yes. The world has learnt some lessons from the failure of Copenhagen. But it is far from clear whether the outcome from Paris will be strong enough to prevent, with a reasonable degree of certainty, dangerous climate change.

An effective global climate change agreement in Paris will need to address the equity issue, ensuring each country contributes on an equitable basis to both reducing emissions and providing finance. These responsibilities will need to be based on the country’s respective capacity and historic responsibility for emissions.

Countries will have to make specific commitments during 2014 so that these can be assessed and further negotiated well in advance of the final Paris meeting. This was missing in lead up to Copenhagen. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has called a Summit of World Leaders for September 2014 – and challenged them to bring bold pledges.

The Paris agreement also needs to provide a dynamic framework that recognises that these commitments are not static and that countries need to increase their commitment levels as they develop.

Australia has an emissions reduction target of 5% by 2020 (with a 15-25% conditional target), which both major political parties have committed to. For Paris to succeed, we will need to do much better than that.

Australia’s per capita emission levels are more than double European Union levels and the EU has already committed to a 20% reduction by 2020 with a conditional commitment to raise this to 30%.

And developed countries, like Australia, need to show it is possible to reduce emissions whilst continuing economic growth. In the last year Australia proved this with the carbon price and policies to support renewable energy resulting in a 7% reduction in electricity emissions, whilst employment and wealth continued to increase.

It will be a blow to Australia’s influence in the international negotiations if it continues its current approach of resiling from effective climate action. If the Coalition were to commit immediately to the 15% target, and negotiate with a broad range of stakeholders on effective policies to reach this goal, and future higher ones, this would be a positive step towards an international agreement. It would also increase Australia’s influence on the world stage.

This latest round of climate negotiations was launched from the EU working closely with AOSIS (Association of Small Island States) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the 2011 Durban meeting. This progressive alliance needs to be nurtured and reinforced by the EU in order to achieve success in Paris.

The US and China are the two largest emitting nations and are therefore critical to a successful outcome in Paris. There have been positive developments in 2013 as they have had bi-lateral talks focused on climate change, with positive outcomes for HFCs – greenhouse gases that are covered by the Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion.

It is, however, too early to tell whether this will have a positive effect on the overall climate negotiations.

The climate science as reiterated in the most recent IPCC report is clear: we are overheating the planet. The scale of global political change required to stabilise the climate is extremely challenging and needs to be a focus of all governments across the world in order to achieve a fair and effective climate agreement in Paris in 2015.

Read more coverage of the IPCC report here.

Dr Ian McGregor receives funding for his research from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He is a member of the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre where he undertakes research on on global climate change politics. He organised a recent research seminar at the Centre where Julie-Anne Richards, formerly Global Policy Coordinator of Climate Action Network (CAN) International presented on the global climate change policy process and parts of her presentation have helped to inform this article. Julie-Anne is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Sydney.



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Shocking fat ad warns of sugary drink risks

A new health campaign has been launched today by the Cancer Council, warning Australians over the health impacts of sugary drinks.


The ad, featured on YouTube, shows a man drinking a can of fat, saying that’s representative of what will happen if the extra kilojoules consumed through the drinks are not burnt off.

The Cancer Council says there are 16 packets of sugar in a regular 600ml soft drink, and one soft drink per day can lead to putting on five kilograms in a year.  


Leading public experts and community organisations gathered for a forum in Melbourne today to discuss the health risks associated with high consumption of sugary drinks and to discuss policy options to reduce consumption.   

According to research by the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, children who consume more than 250 ml of sugary drink per day are 26 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese.

Craig Sinclair, Chair of Cancer Council Australia Public Health Committee, says with nearly 25 per cent of children and more than 60 per cent of adults in Austraia overweight or obese, it is vital that we start to investigate ways to reduce kilojoules in diets.

“We have reached a point where sugary drinks are considered an everyday staple, as opposed to an occasion treat.

“Promotion by beverage companies through new media and traditional channel is relentless and it’s easier to find a bottle of soft drink than a water tap. We need to change the status quo,” he said. 

Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia and National Heart Foundation (Victoria) recommended a series of measures to tackle this health crisis: restrictions on marketing sugary drinks to children and reducing availability in children’s settings; an investigation into tax options and reducing availability in workplaces.

Diabetes Australia says obesity is a major cause of a range or chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, and sugar-sweetened drinks are known to be a major contributor to the problem.

The ad has been licensed from the New York Department of Health and tailored for an Australian audience.



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High Court rules on indigenous sentences

The High Court has dismissed an appeal from an indigenous man who sought to have an extended jail sentence overturned on the grounds it hadn’t taken into account his disadvantaged background as an Aboriginal person.


West Australian man Ernest Munda had pleaded guilty to the 2010 manslaughter of his partner.

The pair had been drinking at a pub and he had smoked cannabis before he assaulted her at home, punching her and repeatedly ramming her head into a wall.

The next morning, they had sex and Munda left the house briefly.

When he returned his partner wasn’t breathing and she was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

He was initially sentenced to more than five years’ jail but WA prosecutors appealed the sentence as too lenient.

The WA Court of Appeal re-sentenced Munda to almost eight years in jail.

Munda appealed the decision in the High Court, with his lawyers arguing the appeal court had failed to giver proper regard to his ancestry and personal circumstances.

Submissions outlined Munda’s history living in indigenous communities and his struggles with alcohol abuse since the age of 16.

But a majority of the High Court judges on Wednesday upheld the WA court’s findings the original sentence was “manifestly inadequate”.

“While it was relevant to take into consideration an offender’s circumstances of severe social disadvantage, the High Court held that the same sentencing principles must be applied in every case irrespective of an offender’s identity or … membership of an ethnic or other group,” the court said in a statement.

The High Court made the same statement about sentencing principles in its ruling on another case, that of NSW man William David Bugmy.

But it upheld Bugmy’s appeal of an increased sentence, finding the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal had not addressed the question of whether the original sentence was manifestly inadequate.

Bugmy was initially sentenced to a non-parole period of four years in jail for assaulting a prison officer.

The prosecution appealed this and he was re-sentenced to a non-parole period of five years. It was this extended sentence Bugmy appealed in the High Court.



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Bartra making a strong case for centre back slot

A graduate of the La Liga club’s famed youth academy, 22-year-old Bartra’s chances have been limited since he joined the first-team squad last season but he was deployed alongside Gerard Pique in place of the injured Javier Mascherano for the Group H clash in Glasgow.


Barca spent the close season trying to sign another centre back as a long-term replacement for captain Carles Puyol, who is poised to make his comeback after knee surgery, but Bartra’s polished display in Scotland suggested he may be the answer.

He coped efficiently with Celtic’s most dangerous threat, combative Greece international Giorgios Samaras, and did not commit a single foul during the match, even striding forward in the second half and unleashing a powerful long-range drive that forced a sharp save from Fraser Forster.

His eye for goal will help his case for a regular place in Martino’s side and he scored from Lionel Messi’s assist in this month’s 4-1 win at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga.

“He played an impeccable match,” Martino said at a news conference.

“He was up against their most difficult player (Samaras) and he did a very good job,” added the Argentine.

Although Barca were unable to extend their lead against a team who played the final half an hour with 10 men – Celtic captain Scott Brown was dismissed for kicking out at Neymar – there was general satisfaction with their showing.

The Catalan club, bidding for a third European crown in six years after triumphs in 2009 and 2011, top the group on six points from two matches, two ahead of AC Milan after the Italians were held to a 1-1 draw at Ajax Amsterdam.

They have also made a fine start to their La Liga title defence, amassing a maximum 21 points from their opening seven games to top the table along with Atletico Madrid.


A battling Celtic twice threatened the Barca goal after losing their captain when Victor Valdes produced a brilliant reaction save to deny James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew headed narrowly wide from the resulting corner.

“It was a pretty complete performance and we played with a lot of consistency,” said Martino, who is making his debut in Europe’s elite club competition this season.

“Apart from the Valdes save we had almost no problems,” he added.

Barca’s next outing is a La Liga game at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday when they will again be without injured World Player of the Year Messi.

The Argentine, who netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at home to Ajax on matchday one, should be back for the home and away games against Milan on October 22 and November 6 respectively.

(Editing by John O’Brien)