杭州龙凤 21/09/2019

Victims disgusted by bishop’s joke at sex abuse inquiry

Admitted to have played down sexual abuse by priests: Bishop Michael Malone. Photo: Simone De PeakNot everyone laughed when Bishop Michael Malone joked in the witness box at the Newcastle sex abuse inquiry that he should have destroyed documents relating to criminal priests in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese.
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There was disgust in the public gallery, where victims of paedophile priests and their families have spent several weeks following the evidence on whether the Catholic Church and police covered up sex abuse allegations.

Counsel assisting the inquiry Julia Lonergan, SC, asked the bishop about Catholic canon law, which requires bishops to keep files on criminal cases involving priests at their dioceses secret, locked and closely guarded. He agreed the church law requires bishops each year to destroy documents where the guilty party has died or 10 years have passed since sentencing.

Asked whether he had followed these rules, Bishop Malone replied: ”No, I didn’t destroy any documents in my time as bishop.” Then he joked: ”Perhaps I should have.”

Gesturing at the hefty volumes of evidence laid out on the witness stand around him, he added: ”They’re all here.”

A little later, Ms Lonergan asked him to clarify that his comments were jocular.

”Only in so far as we might not be in this court room now had I destroyed them”, he said.

Speaking outside the court, Newcastle man Steven Smith, 52, said the comments were offensive and hurtful.

”You know, we are talking about people’s lives here,” Mr Smith said. He said he had been abused by an Anglican priest as a boy.

”I know people who are struggling personally because of this process and what is being revealed,” Mr Smith said. ”It certainly should not be joked about.”

Bishop Malone admitted he had played down sexual abuse by priests to defend the church’s reputation.

He said he had regretted that sexual abuse issues were ”impinging on the stability of the church” so ”in my earlier time particularly, I tried to prevent that from causing damage to the church by trying to play it down, perhaps, a little”.

He gave evidence on Friday that sexual abuse was ”very divisive” within the church. He said he had decided, in 2004, he ”could not sit on the fence” so had decided to look after the victims.

He said he had met resistance from priests within the diocese after he changed his stance. Asked whether this had improved with time, he said: ”I would say not.”

The inquiry continues.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州龙凤 21/09/2019

Lost in translation: famous songs can be given whole new meaning

You think arguing over whether Annie Lennox was singing ”Sweet dreams are made of cheese / Who am I to disagree?” is just for purveyors of dairy products?
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Or whether Rihanna “found Dove in a soapless place” makes any less sense than other lyrics the Bajan singer has uttered?

Ha! Get back in line.

For it’s a truth universally acknowledged that mondegreens – for that is now the widely accepted term for misheard lyrics – can be serious matters.

And not just because telling a particularly oafish fan of Cold Chisel that there’s a worrying hint of bestiality in one of the band’s best-known hits (”cheap wine and a three-legged goat”) could get your face rearranged.

A probably unscientific and definitely questionable poll by online streaming service Spotify claims that, in Britain at least, the Eurythmics mondegreen from Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the most misquoted lyric, ahead of Rihanna’s. And who are we to disagree? But there’s plenty more where that came from.

Most famous, perhaps, is the mistaken (or is it?) belief that Jimi Hendrix sang “scuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “scuse me while I kiss the sky”. And I suspect many people who saw the film clip with the vacant-eyed models playing around Robert Palmer thought it perfectly natural to hear “might as well face it, you’re a dick with a glove”.

But yea, verily it is written that wherever two or more words are put together, there’s every chance someone will mis-hear. Yes, including national anthems. Who knew there was a personal message in Advance Australia Fair that may or may not advise “Australians all let us ring Joyce”? Or with an alternative national song, wasn’t the bald-headed Peter Garrett asking a perfectly reasonable question in Blue Sky Mine when he sang “Who’s going to shave me?”

And can you be sure that James Reyne (famously parodied on The Late Show singing unintelligibly, except for the line ”and something about a beach”) is not actually saying “bew-be-bup pitbull” in the song allegedly called Beautiful People? You know it makes sense.

History will probably record this as apocryphal but there’s something right about the story that when non-French-speaking fans listened to the Beatles’ bilingual Michelle, instead of hearing ”Michelle, ma belle / Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble / Tres bien ensemble”, what they were hearing was ”Michelle, ma belle / Some say monkeys play piano well / Play piano well”. Hey, it’s not as though Paul McCartney was a stranger to stupid lyrics even when he was trying to be serious.

Sometimes, though, it’s best just to go with the flow, to recognise the essential truth in the misheard lyric.

That’s why, if you think about the political implications of The Israelites by Desmond Dekker, a song about oppression of the black man, you really should feel that the chorus declares “oh, my ears are alight”.

That’s righteous, brother.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州龙凤 21/09/2019

Crows suffer double trouble

Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson maps out strategy at quarter-time. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoAdelaide’s season suffered twin blows at the MCG on Friday night with the 27-point loss to Collingwood making its chances of mounting a late finals run slim and an injury to Patrick Dangerfield making it nigh on impossible for the Crows to make the eight.
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The Adelaide star sprained his right shoulder in a fierce collision with Pie Sam Dwyer in the first quarter and was clearly in pain and limited for the rest of the contest.

“I grabbed the doctor just before I came in because I knew that would be the question and he said that he could play next week, but the reality is he could be out for two to three weeks,” Brenton Sanderson said after the match.

“That’s probably what a sprained a/c joint [demands].”

With six wins and nine losses after 16 rounds, the Crows’ unlikely finals chances hinge on beating one, or more likely both, of their next two opponents.

They host the equal-top Cats next and then travel to Patersons Stadium to take on Ross Lyon’s well-drilled Dockers the week after with that enormous task made even tougher with the likely absence of their star playmaker.

Sanderson said that he had considered subbing Dangerfield out of the game, but the club doctor had assured him there was little risk of the onballer doing any further damage.

The coach did, however, move Dangerfield out of the firing line in the middle of the ground and into the forward line for most of the second and third terms before putting him back on the ball as the Crows made one last desperate lunge for the win.

“I just didn’t feel comfortable putting him in the middle, but then – and this is the character of this player – he grabs me at three-quarter time and says ‘just put me in there – I won’t let you down’,” Sanderson said.

“It’s a sign of an incredible young player who loves his footy club and wants to win.

“Maybe we should have done that earlier, but I just didn’t feel comfortable putting him in there. You could see the pain he was in with his arm and his shoulder.”

Adelaide went into the round two wins outside the eight and will drop three wins behind if Port Adelaide can muster an upset win over Hawthorn at AAMI Stadium, but Sanderson said his team wouldn’t throw in the towel.

“Clubs now can go two ways [in this situation] – you either drop your bottom lip and you give up or you put your shoulders back, you keep your chin up and you look for ways to get better as an individual and as a team,” he said.

“I just told the players that we’ve got to ensure that we come to work on Monday and we still keep looking for ways to get better as a football team.

“The boys are disappointed tonight, they’re very shattered in the rooms, and I’m a disappointed coach, but we’ll come to work on Monday and we’ll keep working hard to get better.

“There’s still seven games to go. We’re not going to give up and that’s the most important message for our fans. This football team, and me as coach, we’re not going to roll over and die now.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州龙凤 21/09/2019

New injury worry for Magpierecruit

Nathan Buckley gives Heath Shaw some advice. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoJust when he was starting to feel at home at Collingwood recruit Clinton Young is now facing another nervous wait to discover if his frustrating season will again be interrupted by injury.
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The former Hawk looked as if he belonged in just his second game in the black and white on Friday night, collecting 21 disposals, five inside 50s and four rebound 50s during the Pies hard-fought 27-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

However the 27-year-old wingman finished the game with ice on his hamstring and cause for concern after relaying to the medical staff that he felt pain in the area after sprinting late in the final quarter.

Pies coach Nathan Buckley said they did not know how badly Young had injured his hamstring, however he said the early indicators were not promising.

“He’s an experienced player and he knows his body pretty well and he doesn’t like what it feels like,” Buckley said of Young, who had to wait 15 rounds to get his chance because of a variety of injuries already this year.

“We haven’t got any confirmation, but clearly he was quite disappointed at the end of the match. He is definitely a player that has had a frustrating season,” he said.

The Pies have a ready-made replacement to step up in Harry O’Brien, whose spot as an attacking link between defence and attack has been effectively filled by Young in the last two weeks, while O’Brien has battled highly-publicised personal issues.

If another potential injury setback for Young was the negative out of Friday night’s win, the positive was Scott Pendlebury.

The classy midfielder amassed a career-high 42 disposals (16 contested possessions), had 14 score involvements and kicked two late goals to lift his team to victory when Adelaide threatened to steal the match with a gallant last-quarter fightback.

Buckley said Pendlebury was entering that bracket of elite midfielders who had the ability to overpower any tagger in any game.

“You sit back in the box and the eyebrows go up,” Buckley said.

“He’s had a very strong season, he’s been able to withstand the tag basically week-in, week-out,” he said.

“His contested ball numbers suggest that it is pretty hard to stop him because he really dictates the contest.

“And to be able to finish with a couple of goals, one on the left from 50, one on the right from 50, it almost looks too easy.”

Pendlebury was assisted by teammate Dane Swan, who drew Adelaide tagger Nathan Van Berlo in the second half after gathering 22 disposals in the first half.

Dayne Beams also got through his first game back after missing the first 15 rounds with a serious quadriceps injury, and Buckley said he was pleased with his comeback, which included 25 disposals and four clearances.

“He actually looked stronger and got better as the game wore on,” the coach said.

“His touch is excellent. He will be better for it.”

If there was another concern for Collingwood aside from Young, it was the goal-kicking of Travis Cloke.

Although he got plenty of the ball, taking 11 marks to go with 18 disposals, the Pies power forward finished with just 2.5 from nearly a dozen shots at goal – barely making the distance or spraying several shots from in or just outside 50.

Cloke struggled to gets his hands on the ball early, however came into the game when Ben Reid moved forward and spread the defence.

For the second week in a row, key defender Reid sparked a resurgence after going forward, booting two crucial goals and finishing with seven inside 50s, however Buckley said he did not have any plans to move the swingman close to goal on a permanent basis.

“Right now, I think Reidy going forward is something in our back pocket, it’s not a one-wood. It’s not our main choice, at this stage,” Buckley said.

At 10-5 and having won five of their last six matches, the Pies have the chance to push for a top four spot over the next two weeks with back-to-back games against Gold Coast (away) and Greater Western Sydney (home).

However Buckley’s message after the game was that his team needed to fix its slow starts after the Pies were again blown out in the opening minutes against the Crows and conceded a big lead, just as they did against Carlton the week before.

“If you give the opposition a sniff, it just makes it harder yards to get the game back on your terms and then control it from that point on,” Buckley said.

“Regardless of the opposition, we just need to be playing our brand of footy from the opening siren . . . we’ve just got to keep concentrating on playing our best footy for longer.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州龙凤 21/09/2019

Swans and Giants put equal faith in youth

Sydney have fielded as many first-gamers this season as Greater Western Sydney despite the raft of draft concessions handed to the competition’s newest club.
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In what is likely to come as a surprise to many, the Swans are matching the Giants when it comes to blooding new talent this year, with five each, but it has not stopped them from building a strong foundation for a tilt at back-to-back flags.

The contrasting fortunes of the two teams is due in no small part to the vastly different age demographics of their lists.

Whereas the Swans have an even blend of youth and experience the Giants, having decided to stockpile the best kids in the country in the past few drafts, own a list dominated by second-year youngsters.

Sydney’s long injury toll has forced the Swans to turn to youth, but their five debutants this year have had the benefit of coming into senior ranks surrounded by experience – a luxury the Giants do not have.

For example, when Lachie Whitfield made his senior debut in round one the No.1 draft pick had just two 100-gamers to turn to for on-field direction whereas the rookie-listed Dane Rampe had 19 premiership Swans giving him guidance.

Swans coach John Longmire said the leadership of veterans such as Jude Bolton, Ryan O’Keefe, Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack and co had been invaluable in helping the club’s five debutants make the transition to the firsts. ”It does help those blokes to see how they train during a pre-season, how they prepare from week to week, how they interact in meetings, how they come out on the weekend and compete week in, week out,” Longmire said.

Winning also helps.

”If you’re playing a consistent brand of footy, and you come into a team and enjoy the fruits of your labour by working, and understanding that therefore leads to the end result, is important for the younger kids,” Longmire said.

”It’s been something we wanted to do the last few years – inject the younger players into our team.”

The long-term injuries carried by several key Swans has meant Rampe, Brandon Jack, Tom Mitchell and Jed Lamb have been able to string together multiple games rather than yo-yoing to and from the reserves.

Again, the ability of their leaders to shoulder the load has taken the pressure off their youngsters.

”That’s meant the younger players coming into the team can play that role without having that pressure on them even though we’ve had some significant players out of the team,” Longmire said.

”It’s clearly not ideal but what it does do is provide some opportunities, and every team goes through it.”

The big test will come later in the season and in the finals but Longmire has seen enough to suggest they can handle the added pressure.

”That’s what we’re seeing at the moment and we’ve been really pleased with those kids,” he said. ”To be able to get used to playing senior football with men, against men, in front of crowds is a good thing.”

Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni said this week he was comfortable with the club’s recruiting philosophy even if it brought short-term pain.

”I’m really proud to see what they’re doing,” Silvagni said.

”I often speak to other clubs and they often give praise for what the group’s been able to do. They’re 20-year-old young men and they’re coming up against seasoned athletes. It’s a brutal game and it generally takes them four to five years to get AFL bodies.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.