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    Street-wise Fa’alogo on the right path

    28/10/2018 - Author: admin

    HAPPY DAYS: David Fa’alogo cracks a smile during Knights training yesterday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollDAVID Fa’alogo was never one of those kids identified at an early age by an NRL club, signed to a scholarship and nurtured through the juniors until he was ready for first grade.

    He learned all he needed to know growing up in the mean streets of south Auckland and playing for Mt Albert Lions, the famous club that has turned out more than 30 Kiwi internationals.

    To give you some idea of the district that was Fa’alogo’s childhood home, he admitted yesterday that “some parts” were not that far removed from the suburbs depicted in the cult movie Once Were Warriors.

    “It’s an insight into what we were brought up in,” he said of the 1994 film starring Temuera Morrison.

    “It’s not exactly like that. Maybe some situations.

    “I grew up in sort of a tough neighbourhood, but you learn from that, obviously through footy and life itself. But I’ve come away pretty good.”

    Rugby league was Fa’alogo’s ticket to a better life, but it was not until comparatively late in the piece that he was able to cash it in.

    Until he was 23, he was working as a labourer and playing for Mt Albert in the Bartercard Cup, a competition where the faint-hearted do not tend to enjoy long careers.

    “It’s pretty tough,” he said. “There’s a lot of old fellas running around thinking they’ve still got some good stuff, which they have. I came out of that system and did pretty well for myself.”

    Fa’alogo said he was happy “playing with my mates” until he was offered a chance to join Newtown in the NRL’s feeder competition, the NSW Cup.

    Soon afterwards, South Sydney released Chris Walker to join the Roosters and had some room to move under their salary cap.

    “I was 23,” Fa’alogo said. “I was a late bloomer when I debuted . . . I was just at home, enjoying myself, playing footy, and I realised I wanted to play professional league, so I decided to make the move.”

    For the hard-running prop or back-rower, it was a case of better late than never.

    He proceeded to play 142 games for the Rabbitohs and 12 Tests for New Zealand, one of which was their World Cup triumph against Australia in 2008.

    A year later, he left Redfern for Huddersfield Giants, with whom he fully expected to play out his career.

    But after three seasons and 56 games in Super League, an unexpected call from Knights coach Wayne Bennett – assistant tactician for the Kiwis during their World Cup campaign – tempted Fa’alogo to have a final fling in the NRL.

    After starting the season in reserve grade, Fa’alogo made a stirring debut for the Knights in round three, grinding out 151 metres in the win against North Queensland.

    He has now played in eight consecutive games and shown enough, at the age of 32, for the club to announce yesterday he had earned a one-year contract extension.

    The veteran enforcer was optimistic that 2014 might not be his last season.

    “It feels like I’ve just started playing in the NRL again,” he said. “I’m feeling good at the moment, footy-wise and the body as well.

    “It’s just exciting times for me and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

    On Sunday, Fa’alogo will have his parents and siblings in the crowd at Mt Smart Stadium, cheering him on against the Warriors, the home-town club he said never showed any interest in signing him.

    “They will obviously have something to prove, but we do as well,” he said. “We want to go over there and win and come away feeling good.”

    Fa’alogo said he felt blessed to have spent a decade “living the dream” and earning a living from rugby league.

    “I’m very happy and fortunate to play this game and get paid for it,” he said.

    “There’s a lot of players out there that I know that have the talent but can’t go through with it.

    “For me to do that, and have those players watching me back home, it’s probably something they can take away.

    “There’s a lot of stories out there like mine.

    “It’s whether people want to take something from it and learn from it.”

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    Little fingers, big mischief

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    Before you hand your smartphone over to entertain a bored child, consider locking it down so they can’t get up to mischief.

    Today’s smartphones and tablets are designed to meet your every need. Unfortunately, they’re not designed for sharing, which is a problem when you want to hand your favourite gadget over to someone else to use.

    On your home computer, you can set up a separate user account for children, with parental controls enabled and some features locked down. Or you might set up a guest account with limited access. But smartphones and tablets don’t work this way – partly because gadget makers would rather you bought everyone in your home their own gadget. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can employ to keep kids out of trouble when they’re using your toys.

    Apple’s iGadgets don’t let you log in as a guest user, but it is possible to lock an iDevice to one application so little fingers can’t go wandering through the other apps and settings. In the menus, select General and Accessibility, then enable Guided Access and set up a password.

    With Guided Access enabled, you can launch any application and then triple-click the Home button to activate Guided Access. This will disable the Home button so the user can’t exit the application unless they first enter the code. You can also circle areas of the screen you want to disable, which is handy if you want to stop people digging around in the menus and perhaps indulging in expensive in-app purchases within supposedly free games.

    A key drawback of Guided Access mode is that you’ll miss incoming calls and other messages, so you might not want to use it when you’re waiting on an important contact.

    If in-app purchases on iGadgets are causing you grief, it is possible to restrict them via the General, Restrictions menu (again, you’ll need to create a password). Setting ”require password for in-app purchases” to immediate rather than the default 15 minutes is a sensible precaution, so children can’t make one-touch in-app purchases, even if you’ve recently entered your password. If you rarely make in-app purchases, it might make sense to disable them completely and turn them back on when you need them.

    You’ll find lots of other options in the Restrictions menu, but it’s not as easy to toggle on and off as the Guided Access option. You can disable key apps such as Safari, and restrict the ability to install or delete apps, but the Restrictions menu doesn’t remember your preferences if you disable it and then turn it back on again. It’s useful if you’re locking an old iPhone to hand down to your children as a music player, but cumbersome if you want to temporarily lock your own gadget.

    Owners of iPads should also check the App Store for the Switch multiuser web browser, which lets you create multiple password-protected accounts and switch between them. All users can save their own online passwords within their account, making it easy for different people to pick up the iPad and access their own email, Facebook and other online accounts in the Switch browser. There’s also a guest account that automatically deletes your history when you log out.

    Google’s Android smartphones are generally more flexible than Apple’s iGadgets, but there’s no simple built-in way to lock down Android gadgets when handing them to children. Devices running Android 4.2 let you create a new user, which hides all your private information, such as email. You can choose which apps are installed for each user but you can’t enforce Apple-style restrictions other than requiring a password to access the Google Play App Store. Some new HTC Android phones have a built-in guest mode, which you can access by changing scenes.

    If you’re not running Android 4.2, third-party apps such as Famigo Sandbox and Sandbox Kids Corner can help lock down your device.

    Famigo Sandbox lets you select which apps children can use and then lock the rest of the phone. Simply launch the app and click play. Kids are now presented with a list of available apps and you can configure the phone so pressing the home button takes them back to this page rather than the home screen, where all your apps reside.

    You can turn Famigo Sandbox on and off with just a few clicks and it remembers your settings.

    If you want to restrict in-app purchases, open the Google Play App Store, select Settings and click Set or Change PIN to create a password. Now tick Use PIN for Purchases.

    It’s also possible to lock down Microsoft gadgets for children, although your options vary depending on whether you’re using a Windows smartphone, Windows RT tablet or Windows 8 tablet.

    Windows Phone 8 users should run the Kids Corner app, which lets you create a new home screen for children and choose which apps they can access.

    If your Microsoft tablet is running Windows RT, Windows 7 or Windows 8, you have access to similar user account and parental controls as found on a desktop computer. If you’re using a Windows RT or 8 tablet running the touch-friendly Modern UI interface, when you create a new user you can tick a box to indicate that it’s a child’s account and then visit familysafety.microsoft苏州美甲美睫培训 to enforce restrictions.

    None of these options are a true substitute for close adult supervision, but they can reduce the chances of little fingers causing big problems on your favourite high-tech toys.

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    Cricket Australia fines Warner over tweets

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    David Warner’s twitter tirade at journalists has cost him a $5750 fine, the maximum financial penalty for a first offence.

    The opening batsman on Wednesday night pleaded guilty to the charge that resulted from his social media outburst at leading cricket writers Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn.

    The 26-year-old also apologised for his offensive language but promised to keep speaking his mind to his 203,707 twitter followers.

    Warner had been enraged by a column Craddock had written that described the seedy side of the Indian Premier League, describing the “cesspit” of after-parties.

    “In hindsight, I clearly let my frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets last weekend,” Warner said in a statement after appearing at the hearing via teleconference.

    “While I disagreed with the story, and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused.

    “I will continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in the future.”

    Warner’s punishment was harsher than those dished out in recent years to predecessors Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich.

    Hayden was reprimanded for calling Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh an “obnoxious weed”. Katich received the same reaction for making “detrimental public comment” about Clarke in the aftermath of his controversial dumping from the Cricket Australia contract squad.

    But Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann was fined $2000 for publicly questioning the legality of Marlon Samuels’ bowling action during last summer’s Big Bash League.

    Earlier on Wednesday, captain Michael Clarke defended Warner’s right to express his opinions, but said he hoped he would do so in a respectful way.

    “He’s so passionate, he wears his heart on his sleeve. That aggression that makes him such a fantastic young cricketer. But he understands he overstepped the mark. He knows it’s unacceptable,” Clarke said.

    “I love the freedom of speech in Australia, that’s what we have. But we also need to understand and have respect for the people that surround us.’’

    The case was heard by CA’s senior code of behaviour commissioner, Gordon Lewis.

    Warner breached Rule 6 of the code, relating to “unbecoming behaviour”. It states that “players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket”.

    Warner’s intial tweet was to Craddock: “Shock me @crashcraddock1 Talking shit about ipl. Jealous prick. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife.”

    He then engaged in a sustained war of words with Conn.

    CA chief James Sutherland has already said the twitter outburst won’t affect Warner’s leadership aspirations

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    Discord: The problem with crying wolf every week

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    FROM all accounts, referees Shayne Hayne and Matt Cecchin and their touch judges Steve Carrall and Nick Beashall were the subject of intense and sustained abuse as the left AAMI Park at halftime in Monday’s game.

    One witness I spoke to was completely taken aback by the aggression of the crowd members around the tunnel.

    But the match officials are entitled to feel better over the couple of days since because, to the greatest degree than I can ever recall, members of the public have jumped to their defence.

    Manly coach Geoff Toovey has, instead, copped it on social media for speaking out against their performances and saying the 10-10 draw was not a fair result.

    It’s a strange state of affairs which may just indicate the pantomime villain status Manly holds with many league fans.

    But it strikes me as odd that rugby league supporters want coaches gagged and the NRL to step up punishments for “bringing the game into disrepute”.

    I can only assume these supporters would still be of that opinion if their own team seemed hard-done-by and their coach expressed the thoughts they shared themselves.

    In which case, when you don’t want opinions similar to your own aired …. WTF?

    During my career, I have covered periods of the game where sports editors have banned leading match reports on the criticism of referees because it had just become too repetitive.

    At these times, I have thought this an unfair impediment to the freedom of speech but really, this is the only fair sanction against coaches who cry wolf too often. That is, that their comments are no longer reported because they are genuinely unnewsworthy.

    We’re not quite at that point yet this season. Maybe we’re getting close.

    I can understand the NRL wanting to keep the game out of the courts by policing libellous comments but aside from that, to try to gag anyone from public comment is to travel down a dangerous path. Rugby league was born out of rebellion and Australia is an anti-establishment culture.

    Having a bit of a whinge is consistent with all that and I have spoken to referees who appreciate it as part of the theatre of the NRL.

    I was at Monday’s game, of course, and I didn’t regard Toovey’s comments as having been over the top. He even smiled and joked in between making that aside about seeing things from fifty metres away on Triple M.

    It’s also fair to say both coaches had reason to complain in a tough game. Melbourne may have won the penalty count but the goal that edged Manly ahead for a ball steal against George Rose was doubtful.

    There were calls on charge downs, hands on the ball and time outs which were contentious. The referees stood together in the defensive line at times. Defences seemed offside at others.

    Tight game, big calls and a lot at stake. You might say that it spoiled your breakfast the next day to read about the comments after such a great contest. Sorry about that.

    As I said, complaining about refs will soon become unewsworthy. Maybe it should lose its news value with some coaches before others.

    But let’s not make it the crime of the century.

    WHEN I asked on Twitter what people wanted to read about in this column, there were many helpful suggestions.

    One, from former NRL star John Cross, was: “how about why if you have nothing to hide wouldn’t you want to help insure the sport you play was clean and drug free ??”

    To the people who wanted to read about “monorails” and “marbles” … maybe next week. COMMENTS time and since I seem to be doing more and more for Fairfax Media, I’ve decided to go through everything you’ve said at the bottom of any story since the last week’s Discord.

    Let’s start with Discord #20. Dotty said anyone placed on report should be put in the sin bin for five minutes. I guess the argument against this is that players are placed on report because the officials aren’t sure of the seriousness of the incident. Should we be putting people in the sin bin when we aren’t sure?

    Nasals says Jared Waerea-Hargreaves should not have been sent off because it was an attempted smother tackle. But the onus is on the defender not to make contact with the head. I don’t think you appreciate the point I was trying to make. I believe ANY foul play which is worthy of a suspension of more than one week is a send off. Full stop.

    I also do not believe referees “try to get” a team “home”. Cookie favoured introducing personal fouls in rugby league. Wow. There’s a whole other column in that one!  Sandbunny I can’t agree that a player should be suspended for as long as his “victim” is out. You could do a knee being coat hangered and you career could be over.

    Does that mean the offender should never play again? In Super League they have a “general warning” signal for entire teams which might be handy in the NRL.

    A fair bit of comment on match related stories at the weekend was just South Sydney fans arguing with Sydney Roosters fans. I’ll leave them to it.

    Now to Set of Six and Teviot Bob thought the referees’ “How’s Trent” call was a reference to Trent Barrett. I was involved in the original “How’s Trent?” story (actually, I got in trouble for not writing it), and it came from a piece of paper discarded by Sean Hampstead in the Olympic Park. Trent Elkin was identified in subsequent stories but you might have a point.

    Stephen had some questions regarding my Warriors comment. The Warriors having a poor season helps rugby union because some of their “floating” supporters will also come to Mt Smart if the team is winning. If not, they’ll stay away.

    Nolongerconfused said it was Canberra’s choice to sack Josh Dugan. But they did so to uphold the image of the game and their club, not because he was injured or in poor form. They did it for the right reasons and are punished by him playing against them. I agree with Ttk4 though, they did have the option of putting him in the NSW Cup.

    Dee says other players have been terminated for disciplinary reasons. I am sure Sterlo is suggesting they be treated the same way!

    RTP wants a crackdown on coaches criticising referees. Free speech is valued in democracies, RTP. I understand why the league would want to keep the game out of the courts by policing libellous comments but aside from that I am opposed to censorship.

    Here’s this week’s forum.

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