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    Betting blitz hits junior footballers on club website

    29/09/2019 - Author: admin

    The offending ad on the junior club’s website. Photo: Leigh HenninghamJunior footballers in Ballarat checking their club’s website recently were bombarded with ads for online sports betting.
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    The website of the Ballarat Football Club – the third oldest behind Melbourne and Geelong – features ads for Sportsbet南京夜网.au including odds for this weekend’s upcoming AFL matches.

    Club president Shane Manley said it has had a six-year relationship with the online bookie but said it was a mistake for the advertisements to appear on the juniors section of club’s website, which was made during an update of the site.

    Mr Manley said the club did not want betting to be associated with the juniors – the ads were removed on Wednesday.

    Ballarat Football Club’s relationship with online bookmakers is not unique, with other clubs across the state receiving sponsorship from betting agencies.

    The revelations come amid increased public and political debate about children’s exposure to betting advertising.

    Sportsbet issued a joint statement with the football club saying the ad was placed there by a club volunteer who was making upgrades to the new senior club website.

    ”Both Ballarat FC and Sportsbet acknowledge that this placement was inappropriate and regret the mistake. Placement of the ad contravenes Sportsbet’s terms and conditions, but we recognise that this was an honest mistake by a club volunteer and both parties agree to take action to prevent it happening again,” the statement said.

    The AFL says website pages dedicated to junior football and an under-age audience should carry only age-appropriate advertising.

    In Victoria it is also illegal for bookmakers to give inducements – such as free bets – to punters, but the website ads also spruiked a $150 free bet for new clients.

    On the membership page there is a heading ”Sportsbet Memberships”; the link takes users through to a website about how to sign up to get the $150 free bet. Under the instructions it says, ”Free Bet Offer not open to Victorian Residents.”

    Sportsbet said the wrong ad was chosen to be displayed on the website.

    On Wednesday The Age reported that Betfair had pleaded guilty to two charges of offering inducements to open betting accounts in Victoria.

    Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said constant gambling promotion was undermining the positive qualities sport taught children, such as teamwork, respect for rules and a healthy lifestyle.

    ”It’s time for politicians, sporting codes and clubs to show some leadership and say enough is enough,” he said.

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    Show of the week: The Americans

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    Behind picket fences: Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian spies in The Americans.Monday, Channel Ten, 8.30pm
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    It’s too much for the young agent at FBI counter-intelligence to believe: Russian ”super spies” disguised as regular Americans embedded throughout the country, operating spy rings from behind the white picket fences of suburbia? Surely not, pull the other one, it plays Dixie. And yet …

    It’s 1981, kids do homework on typewriters and there’s not a mobile phone in sight. After three decades of behind-the-scenes sparring, the Cold War is running out of steam but Ronald Reagan has just been elected, anti-Soviet rhetoric is ramping up and the currency of paranoia still buys a bunch of action among the old guard in Washington. Besides, a defector, a former KGB colonel, has spilt about the embedded spies in return for a new life under the Stars and Stripes, so slam-dunk, case made, the enemy is inside the gates.

    The audience knows it’s true because we’ve met Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys). The Soviet agents live in a Truman Show suburb of perfect lawns, with kids in the local school and an Oldsmobile in the garage. They appear to be such normal Americans it’s creepy, especially when you see what they get up to at night. Watching these frauds go about their everyday business in their ordinary domestic setting recalls those horror/sci-fi flicks in which aliens live and work among us as perfect human replicas. You half-expect the Jenningses to unzip their red-blooded American skin suits to emerge as the slavering Slavic monsters they really are.

    Despite meticulous training, there are hints of un-American behaviour: making fun of a teacher with a harelip because he assigned homework about how the Russians cheat on arms control; defending the Soviets’ achievements in the space race; dressing up like Deborah Harry and seducing a presidential adviser to get counter-espionage information.

    Clearly, the Jenningses are evil. But then cracks start to appear in their ideological resolve, there’s a bit of marital discord – plus glimpses of a horrific backstory – and we feel stirrings of sympathy for them. When an FBI agent moves in across the road, threatening their cover, we suspect that we’re going to start rooting for them.

    Russell is tough and ruthless as Elizabeth, a long way from the college girl character she played in Felicity; and Rhys’ hard-as-nails-but-wavering spy is in a different universe from Kevin in Brothers & Sisters. The story plays out against a fabulous soundtrack – megahits Tusk (Fleetwood Mac) and In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins) are used to superb effect. It looks great and has intriguing possibilities.

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    Rookies outfox the crocs

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    Croc College participants help to move a large female croc. About-face: Lynda Bennett went on the show in an attempt to deal with the death of her granddaughter, who was taken by a crocodile in the Northern Territory.
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    Five metres, 500 kilograms, 70 teeth, and millions of years of hard-wired, predatory instincts. Understandably, that’s not everyone’s ideal workmate.

    So when applications for Croc College were released in late 2011 seeking those looking for ”a new challenge”, it may have been one of the greatest understatements likely to lead to a television audition.

    A three-week saltwater crocodile-wrangling course, complete with capturing, wrestling, feeding, sexing and skinning, may warrant a different expression (usually, ”challenge” is a term attributed to something more like an Ikea assembly). ”You live, eat and breathe crocs on the course, day and night; there are no diversions,” says crocodile farmer and host John Lever.

    The show follows six Australians being put through their paces, under Lever’s tutelage, on his industry-renowned training course.

    From giving lectures on behavioural traits to nursing a six-month-old croc, each student is aiming to impress Lever in the hopes of earning a place on a research expedition to Kakadu.

    No fear, though – they’re in a safe, well-worn pair of hands. With more than 40 years’ experience surrounded by salties, Lever wrote the book on crocodile training. No, literally, he wrote the book. ”I wrote a crocodile industry training manual in Papua New Guinea,” Lever explains, ”because there was no industry standard at all; there was nothing to measure anything against. So people just started learning on the farm with me right beside them.”

    But the first thought to cross his mind when he saw the unusual suspects heading onto his property? ”Help!” he laughs down the line from his Rockhampton farm.

    ”The ABC had told me nothing about the people they’d selected, so when they turned up here I had no idea. After introducing themselves and telling their stories to me, I knew then the ABC had deliberately set me a real challenge.”

    That challenge is, in fact, the core tenet of the program. Lever, now 70, frequently jokes on the show that his time in the field is nearly up, and that’s where the training course comes in.

    For him, the only prerequisite is passion – the show is all about proving that a bunch of people who know absolutely nothing about crocodiles could be taken and come out the other end with a real skill-set.

    Overcoming a natural, instinctual fear, however, was another matter entirely, as Lever realised when the show’s producers came up for a demo before shooting.

    ”One entered the pen with me,” Lever explains, ”and I said to him, ‘Whatever you do, never try and jump a fence if a croc attacks you, because you could hit the top, bounce back in onto your back, and the crocodile will be on top of you’.

    ”Well, the crocodile attacked and he leapt straight over the fence! It’s not that easy to train people out of their instincts.”

    Some instincts, however, are ingrained in a more personal, immoveable place. Participant Lynda Bennett lost her 11-year-old granddaughter Briony to a crocodile attack three years ago in the Northern Territory, a tragic occurrence that prompted the family to call for a mass crocodile cull. However, in time she did an about-face on the matter.

    ”To lose a child in the situation that we lost Briony was very confusing,” Bennett says, ”so we firstly looked at the safety factor and thought perhaps the cull would be the way to go. We did a double-take on that thinking, though, because if you cull the animal people are going to get a false sense of security and are still going to go into the water where it’s unsafe.

    ”So we headed into awareness. We stopped blaming the animal and pointing fingers at it for basically doing what’s in its nature, and did a push towards safety via understanding.”

    It’s an attitude still unsupported by many in her family; her decision to go on the show was met with great unease.

    Bennett admits to still wrestling with her emotions, though she says the opportunity for direct contact was the best way for her to move forward and retain some peace of mind.

    ”I felt absolutely useless,” she recalls of her feelings at the time. ”As a parent and grandparent, not being able to do anything to make it right left me feeling a little inadequate, and by doing this show I thought perhaps I could redeem myself in some way. There’s no closure on anything like that, but it’s given us some sort of direction.

    ”Knowledge is power, and that’s what it’s given us.”

    Croc College, ABC1, Tuesday, 8pm.

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    Paradise is a cracking ensemble

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    On patrol: Danny John-Jules (right) and Death in Paradise co-star Gary Carr.Whether in the Caribbean or deep space, Danny John-Jules believes chemistry is key.
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    Death in Paradise is regularly described as a classic murder mystery tinged with humour; is it a fair assessment?

    It definitely has elements of a classic British murder mystery series, but we added ingredients like the main character (Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller) being a fish out of water and having extra hurdles to get over instead of just solving the crime. He has two objectives, really – one is to get through the day, and the other is to solve the crime. Unfortunately, his personality obstructs him getting through the day, which in turn makes it harder to solve the crime.

    The second series recently screened in Britain and averaged almost 8 million viewers a week. Why has it struck such a chord with the public?

    I think that a very successful television character is one that the audience loves and hates at the same time, and that’s exactly what Richard Poole does. He annoys the hell out of you, but he’s so endearing at the same time.

    How important is the chemistry between Death in Paradise’s ensemble cast?

    I always find that if you have a great ensemble (cast), you can get around anything. If you’ve got eight episodes, are all of them going to be real humdingers? No. But your ensemble can always get the audience to the point where they don’t feel disappointed or cheated if one episode isn’t as strong as others. I think it’s the basis of all good television shows.

    What’s it like filming the show on a Caribbean island?

    Because there’s so much work to do, you tend to not have as much free time as you think. When you’re not learning lines you’re in the hotel on Skype. But I love it because my mum and dad are from the next island and my dad still lives there. I can get on a ferry and be on my dad’s island in an hour, and I took my kids to see my dad for the first time, which was nice.

    It was recently announced that Ben Miller will leave the show during the third season and Kris Marshall (My Family) will join the cast in the lead role. Will it change the show’s dynamic?

    Ben’s character took over from a previous character at the start of the series and he’s now being replaced, so from a writing point of view it won’t change much. With a good strong ensemble cast, you should be able to accommodate any new character. Kris Marshall has been in huge shows before and he’s very well known, so there’s no reason he won’t slot right in.

    Last year, the Red Dwarf team (of which John-Jules was part) reunited for its first full series since 1999. Were you worried about how it would be received?

    Not really, because there’s always been such great rapport between the cast. Some people said we were too old to do Red Dwarf again, others said we would screw it up. But we’re nominated in two categories at the Monte Carlo Television Festival this year. Twenty-five years after we started, Red Dwarf is as strong as ever.

    What can you reveal about the next series of Red Dwarf, reportedly being worked on by the show’s co-creator and writer Doug Naylor?

    He’s definitely been writing new stuff and there’s a rumour it might even be a co-BBC production. I think it will definitely happen; the response last year was excellent. The cast [are] ready to rock’n’roll.

    Death in Paradise, ABC1, Saturday, 7.30pm.

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    Networking

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    Graphic denial: no plan to dump Kohler
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    A report in the Australian Financial Review on May 10 claiming ABC management was considering dumping Alan Kohler’s graph-friendly finance segment from the 7pm news is ”completely without foundation”, an ABC spokesman says. ”Alan Kohler’s nightly contribution … is highly valued by ABC News, which has no plans whatsoever to discontinue it.” The same goes for Kohler’s gig on Sunday mornings, the spokesman says.

    Smith steals BAFTA limelight

    While audiences in Australia were watching the final episode of the mini-series Mrs Biggs, its star, Sheridan Smith, was receiving the BAFTA award for best actress for her role in the British-Australian co-production. She beat fellow nominees Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End) and Sienna Miller (The Girl). Last Tango beat Ripper Street, Scott and Bailey and Silk to win best drama series, while Murder won the single drama award, beating Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, The Girl and Richard II (Hollow Crown).

    Sutherland lives to fight another day

    Jack Bauer will return to the small screen next year. After a hiatus of four years, most likely spent torturing enemies of the state in Chechnya, Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role as a rogue CIA agent in a 12-episode mini-series titled 24: Live Another Day. As anyone familiar with the popcorn action series will quickly realise, the new series will depart from the original concept of telling a 24-hour story in real time (minus commercial breaks). It will pick up where the eighth season left off in 2010. In a masterstroke of hedging, Fox Broadcasting’s entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly, told The New York Times the 12-hour format was right because the spine of past seasons had 12 hours’ worth of action with ”little events and connective tissue in between”.

    Financial show means business

    The new morning business show Financial Review Sunday, a collaboration between Channel Nine and the Australian Financial Review (whose owner, Fairfax Media, also publishes The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald), copped a pasting from Media Watch last week for its soft-touch reporting of the so-called supermarket wars. Ratings-wise, though, the show’s performance isn’t too shabby. Its first two outings averaged 194,500 people, compared with 129,000 watching The Bolt Report on Channel Ten, 94,000 tuning into the weekend edition of Channel Seven’s The Morning Show, and 120,000 watching Inside Business on ABC1 at the same time.

    Academy awards rise to 40

    Six TV awards have been added to an already lengthy repertoire for the AACTA presentation in Sydney in January. This brings to 40 the number of awards to be handed out by the new film and TV academy during the two-day presentation. The new awards cover cinematography, editing, sound, original music score, production design and costume design. The new awards will rightfully recognise Australia’s television industry professionals for their craft, alongside the film industry and international peers, director Peter Andrikidis and editor Deborah Peart say.

    Doctor on the House

    Doctor Who will add Sydney’s Circular Quay to its itinerary of destinations through space and time. Destination NSW and BBC Worldwide have collaborated on a one-off project to illuminate Customs House with 3D projections of the Doctor pursued by some of his enemies. The June 1 display is part of the Vivid Sydney festival. There’s also a cinema component for Doctor Who fans.

    TV Tweets

    Ever find yourself watching reality TV and just wishing the show, the concept, the cast and noise of it all would just stop and go away?Russell Crowe (actor, insightful) @russellcrowe

    I’m on a plane! I’m having tea! I’m wearing shoes! This is how twitter works, right? I tell you guys EVERYTHING. Great! #syphilisJoss Whedon (director, excited Twitter newbie) @JossActual

    ”American Idol” is like ”The Following” except they’re killing music.Alan Spencer (director, karaoke indifferent) @MrAlanSpencer

    Last night in my dream Oprah asked me why we arent best friends. I didnt have an answer for her.Kristen Bell (actor, not Oprah’s BFF apparently) @IMKristenBell

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