‘Absolute disgrace’: Aryna Sabalenka’s shrieking comes under fire

The shrieking was described as a high-decibel hybrid of the sounds emitted by Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
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But as Australia’s top ranked woman Ashleigh Barty made a stunning come-from-behind win on Tuesday night, the noise coming from young Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka threatened to derail the entire match.

Tennis commentators, former players and fans labelled the 19-year-old’s grunting and shrieking “ridiculous” and “an absolute disgrace”, and called on the Women’s Tennis Association to put a stop to the screaming they claimed was making the sport unwatchable.

“Something needs to be done about her noise and grunting on court,” tweeted retired player and now commentator Tood Woodbridge, tagging the Women’s Tennis Association.

Sabalenka’s grunting also caused a frisson among late-night spectators with the chair umpire struggling to control the unruly crowd as they mocked the 73rd seed, disturbing a serve and angering Ipswich-born Barty.Rod Laver Arena’s crowd starts to imitate Sabalenka’s grunt. Barty not pleased at all. pic.twitter南京夜网/H42RJxe5rq??? BreakPointBR (@BreakPointBR) January 16, 2018Nice player #Sabalenka but something needs to b done about her noise and grunting on court!!!! @WTA change channel #watchsomethingelse??? Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) January 16, 2018This Sabalenka is deadset grunting as the ball passes over , or has passed, the net. It’s bloody ridiculous. @WTA need to stamp out this crap. Makes tennis unwatchable.??? Todd Balym (@balymt) January 16, 2018Sorry @ashbar96 would love to keep watching and supporting you but can’t take that prolonged screeching from Sabalenka anymore. An absolute disgrace!!! Good luck??? Michael Christian (@Chrisso_21) January 16, 2018When does screeching become an issue in tennis matches? Sabalenka has so much grunt variation I can’t stand watching the match #AusOpen??? timmaylg (@tim_g18) January 16, 2018It’s totally unacceptable the amount of ‘noise’ coming out of Aryna Sabalenka’s mouth as she hits most of her shots. It must be a distraction to Ash Barty. It’s ruining the match. #AusOpen??? Adam White (@White_Adam) January 16, 2018Cannot believe a player is allowed to make such a God awful noise when playing as Sabalenka does. Should be a rule against this blight on the game. Unbearable. #AustralianOpen Go @ashbar96 !??? Rich Gregory (@gegsy1) January 16, 2018Seriously. The grunting from this Sabalenka is absolutely excruciating and unnecessary. Why aren’t the WTA doing something to rein this in? Not enjoyable viewing AT ALL #AusOpen??? Casey (@MissCasey76) January 16, 2018I do love everything else about Sabalenka’s game, and hate that the grunting is going to overshadow it for so many. Wildly bold, heavy metal tennis. #AusOpen??? Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 16, 2018My… Sabalenka with her grunt.. is just.. pic.twitter南京夜网/O6Cqjin4XP??? LorenaPopa ????????????????? (@popalorena) January 16, 2018They tell the crowd to be quiet when a piece of cotton touches a piece of felt, but Sabalenka is allowed to screech like she’s been torn apart by a savage pack of lions. Ah, tennis. #ausopen??? Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) January 16, 2018Anyone watching the #Tennis ? Sabalenka is very loud on the court. Making a big racket. Shame they don’t lose a point every time they shreak. I bet she’d stop fast if she was penalised each time she wailed like that. Very annoying to listen too. The ref’s need to caution her!??? Fleur Lind (@AuthorFleurL) January 16, 2018Too late for @WTA to act now of course but in Sabalenka, they have, quite literally, created a monster. No opponent should EVER have to contend with this noise. #AusOpen2018??? The Late Cut (@The_Late_Cut) January 16, 2018Sabalenka is screaming for the sake of screaming. Frankly I’m disappointed that no one is giving her some kind of warning @AustralianOpen??? KaShaz (@ksos23) January 16, 2018I have my tv on mute and I can still hear Sabalenka??? Toddy O (@toddyor73) January 16, 2018This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Woody Allen backlash ‘unfair and sad’: Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has weighed in on the growing backlash against Woody Allen, arguing it is “unfair and sad” for people to be shunning the award-winning director and his work.
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The Saturday Night Live star used his charity’s Twitter account to point out that Allen was investigated by New York and Connecticut police in the 1990s over allegations he sexually assaulted his then-partner’s adopted daughter, but no charges were laid.

“The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose,” he wrote. “But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career.

“Is it possible to support survivors of paedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that Woody Allen is innocent? I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing people of such crimes should be treated carefully.”

A growing number of artists are shunning the American filmmaker in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Baldwin’s comments come after Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet announced he was donating his salary from Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York to anti-harassment and LGBTIQ charities.

“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things,” he wrote on Instagram. “I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire.

“But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job. That has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and, above all, silence.”

The 22-year-old actor then went on to say he’s not been able to directly answer questions about his thoughts on working with Allen due to “contractual obligations”.

“But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” he said. “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with respect and dignity they deserve.”

Chalamet isn’t the first star to pledge his earnings from A Rainy Day to charity. Over the weekend, co-star Rebecca Hall pledged to give her salary to the Time’s Up legal defence fund. Several other celebrities, including Ellen Page, have expressed their regrets after agreeing to work with Allen.

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Great Northern owners want pool over Scott Street

Great Northern owners want pool over Scott Street Joule Hotel, Dallas
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Adelphi Hotel pool, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Adelphi Hotel pool, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Adelphi Hotel pool, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Adelphi Hotel pool, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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Labour of lovePower struggle for pubRestoration back on trackProject manager Kurt Braune said a cantilevered pool, a feature of the Adelphi Hotel in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and the Joule Hotel in Dallas, would helpput Newcastle “on the map”.

“That swimming pool has been a bit contentious, in that it’s cantilevered and hangs off the building,” he said.

“It would be a fantastic thing for Newcastle to have some interesting architecture to complement and contrast the heritage building.

“The closest thing is the Adelphi in Melbourne.The water that’s in the pool is above the roof level, with a concrete structure.

“We’re trying to get it done with a glass bottom. The Adelphi’s got a glass bottom. If you’re standing on the street, you could look up and see someone swimming. It’s quite amazing, really.”

Newcastle City Council approved Mr Braune’s development application in 2009 to restore the Great Northern and build the adjoining unit block, but he sold the building in 2013 and work did not start until two years ago.

The new owners, who have faced a series of problems at the site,applied to the council late last year to amend parts of the project, including building the pool.

A council representative said it did not comment on development applications under assessment, but there was “nothing in council’s development control plan that specifically prohibits a rooftop pool of this type”.

The vacant site next to the Great Northern where the owners plan to build a new annex and rooftop pool.

“It will make a statement. I personally think is what you want to do in Newcastle is to allow some buildings to stand out that people come to Newcastle and go, ‘Oh, wow,I saw that amazing feature on that building,’” Mr Braune said.

“And also it has something that people can also physically use. If you’re staying in the hotel, you can say, ‘I stayed in this place with this amazing pool on the rooftop.’

“It puts Newcastle on the map. It needs more flexibility, I believe, from the planners to allow these things to happen, not just have the boring, normal, humdrum structures.”

He said work was due to start next month on fitting out the ground-floor bar, which the publicanhoped to open by Easter.

Mr Braune hoped the 88 hotel rooms on the top four floors could be open by September,although light rail construction on the street outside could slow the work.

A Sydney company planning to operate a new rooftop bar was keen to start fitting out.

The hotel is listed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as an item of state significance.

It says the building has “one of the few intact examples of a ‘jazz-style’ interior”, although its exterior has been compromised by 1950 additions.

The new DA amendments includea request for first-floor balconies along Watt Street.

“One of our insprirations is the QT Hotel in Sydney, the old Gowings building. It’s sort of got to be an eclectic mix of things,” Mr Braune said of the hotel’s interior renovation.

“We’re trying to keep that deco feel, but not as rustic as the QT. More of that sort of luxe art deco, an art-house boutique hotel. That’s the brief we’ve given to the interior designers.”

Deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen said he could not comment about aDA under assessment but was “supportive of development that demonstrates high-quality architectural features that appropriately complement the heritage nature of our city”.

Finding key to good, and not so good, government

LEADERS: John Curtin, left, a great war-time leader, was a pre-war footballer and journalist, while Ben Chifley, right, was a train driver. Picture: National Library of Australia
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WHEN the decisions of our current batch of elected leaders sometimes leave us befuddled, embittered, and wondering “why”, then maybe the thoughts of the old philosophers can help to salve our ruffled minds. If it’s true that all of our western ideas are just a footnote to the Greeks, and if in fact everything worthwhile has been said before, then it’s worth having a look back at some ancient ideas on how “good government” should be done.

Philosopher Plato held the view that “philosopher-kings” should rule Athens, the world’s leading city a couple of millenia ago. These guys didn’t even have a light rail, a container terminal, or a city revitalisation strategy, but they were formidable innovators. For them, just an amphora of wine and a roam around the town, idly chatting, constituted a good evening out, probably chatting about the constitution.We know Athenians had a bit to do with the establishment of democracy, but Plato was no democrat. He thought the ordinary people might really make a right mess of it, so he proposed government by experts. It’s an idea we hear echoed by contemporary critics – if it’s the economy in a mess, choose an economist to lead us, if it’s war that’s the priority, then draft a soldier, and so on.

Problem is, many of our best leaders would have done very poor job applications. By almost universal agreement, Curtin was a great war-time leader, but he was a pre-war footballer and journalist, and even campaigned against our involvement in WWI. His successor, Ben Chifley, acknowledged by even his political foe Menzies as a great national leader, was a train driver. So, it seems prior experience is not necessarily a good predictor of leadership success. Then there was monarchy, where absolute power is inherited, with no prerequisite skills. History’s pages are spattered with bloody examples of kings behaving badly.

Post-Renaissance, the social compact, supported by well-known English philosophers like John Locke, stated that government was purposely created by humans because they realised there was something missing to protect them and ensure their way of life. According to Locke, people willingly gave up part of their freedom and independence, knowing it was in return for stability and security. It was a radical (at the time) notion giving ordinary people free will in choosing the type of government.

Emerging from this swirl of ideas, the French and British notion of a noble, independent civil service, people well-versed in good government, experienced in legislation, but removed from the political process. The idea was that they provided democratically-elected ministers with behind-the-scenes, impartial advice, just as Sir Humphrey Appleby did, including cautions about “courageous” policy moves which ran counter to common sense.

Ideally, this model combines both elected and expert, both enthusiasm and ideology, both energy for reform and experience. And this is where we find ourselves now. But the problem is that this system is under siege, with political appointments into senior roles, like town clerk, made by politicians, and even major policy decisions made by appointees who are not answerable to the general public through the electoral process.

So the question becomes: Do we want policy determined and announced by people we elect, or by our employees? When the early thinkers set out lines of accountability in government, did they ever imagine a contracted employee deciding to move the Parthenon west of Athens?

January 26 isn’t a good choice, for any Australian

OTHER OPTIONS: There is much to celebrate about our rich past and great nation, but January 26 is far from the most appropriate day to do it. Picture: Max Mason-HubersAUSTRALIA Day is not just painful for indigenous people.The move to change the date of Australia Day is slowly gaining momentum. Greens leaderRichard Di Natale has listed this as a priority for 2018. Some local councils have already decided to move away from January 26.
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We know this date is antagonistic for the traditional people of this continent, representing the dispossession of their lands. That alone is a strong reason for change. But the rest of the Australian community, especially those of white Anglo/Celtic origin, seem to have forgotten another significance of that wretched date.Approximately 1500 unfortunate people were transported against their will, half a world away from their families and homes. For most it was effectively a life sentence with little hope of ever seeing their homes or loved ones again. None would have imagined the possibility of a happy existence shackled in chains in a harsh foreign land under the brutal control of the British military. They arrived mistreated and often ill from scurvy and other diseases. Some died en route or shortly after arrival and their existence, especially in the early years, was tenuous at best. Shortages and famine were the norm and life was miserable and harsh. Over the next half century or more another 160,000 people met a similar fate.

This chapter of history is full of grief and misery on both sides of the world. Surely, the date of establishment of a British gulag under which so many people suffered is no cause for celebration for anyone – indigenous or not. It would not have been celebrated by any of those who were transported and torn from their families.Part of the problem seems to lie in finding an alternative date that is inclusive and worthy of celebration. Some dates to consider follow.

May 22: In 1840 the order ending transportation to NSW was made. Transportation continued for some years afterwards, particularly in Tasmania and Western Australia, but the date marks the beginning of the end of a dark chapter as a harsh British penal colony. Australia was to become a free land.

July 9:In 1900 the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act became law. Australia would become one nation under federation the following New Year’s Day.

July 31:In 1900 Western Australia was the last colony to vote in favour of federation. Australia as we know it was shaped.

May 27:In 1967 the Australian people voted overwhelmingly to recognise indigenous Australians. This is the date that we became one nation, black and white inclusive.

March 3:In 1986 Australia became an independent nation with the enactment of the Australia Act. This removed the responsibility of the British Parliament for the government of any Australian state and also the right of the Westminster parliament to legislate for Australia. The High Court of Australia also became the highest court in the land. This is our independence day.

June 3:In 1992 the High Court overturned the principle of “terra nullius” and recognised that this continent has been continuously inhabited for tens of thousands of years by the oldest living culture on Earth. Australia finally recognised a history that extended long before the First Fleet.

No doubt there will be many who disagree and will be stuck with the traditional date of January 26, but any and all of those other dates are far worthier of celebration as a national day. My choice would be May 27. That is the date that we started moving forward as one nation, both indigenous and non-indigenous. That is something all Australians can celebrate.