South Sydney Rabbitohs make improved Newcastle Knights pay for second-half lapses

NRL Round 3: Knights v Rabbitohs TweetFacebookSouth Sydney racked up their eighth successive win against Newcastle with a 24-18victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
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The Knights led 12-10 at half-time, despite running into a stiff wind, but paid the price for errors and ill-discipline after the break.

It was nonetheless their best performance against Souths since they last beat the Rabbitohs in 2011, and a vast improvement on some of the hidings they have endured in recent seasons.

Newcastle had Southsprop George Burgess to thank for turning an early 10-0 deficit into a two-pointhalf-time lead.

With his team in possession, Burgess was sin-binned after throwing an elbow and punches during a confrontation with Knights lock Mitch Barnett.

A minute later, Newcastle skipper Trent Hodkinson stepped inside Sam Burgess to score next to the posts, then converted his own try.

Newcastle scored a second try, by centre Peter Mata’utia in the left-hand corner, while George Burgess was serving his penance.

A 38th-minute penalty goal by Hodkinson, after a late hit on Newcastle five-eighth Brock Lamb, put the home side in the lead.

George Burgess capped off a frustrating half when he barged across the line seconds before the siren, only to spill the ball trying to ground it.

Souths drew first blood in the seventh minute when fullback Alex Johnston extended his freakish try-scoring record against Newcastle.

It was Johnston’s 10thtry against the Knights in five games.

When Souths-back-rower John Sutton charged over after a Cody Walker short ball, it was 10-0 to the visitors, who were looking in ominous form.

The Knights, with a howling southerly at their backs, gifted Souths great attacking position at the start of the second half when Lamb inexplicably caught the kick-off, instead of allowing it to go out on the full, and Jacob Saifiti was trapped in-goal.

From the ensuing set of tackles, Walker grubber-kicked and winger Bryson Goodwin was on the spot to score.

Reynolds threw a classy cut-out pass in the 58thminute to gift-wrap a try for winger Braidon Burns, then converted for a 22-12 lead.

Any hopes of a Newcastle fightback were seemingly torpedoed in the 70thminute, when Hodkinson was sin-binned for dissent, apparently after telling referee Dave Munro:”You’ve just cost us the game.”

Hodkinson was reacting after Souths won a scrum against the feed, denying Newcastle a prime attacking opportunity.

But with two minutes left in the game, the Knights gave 15,212 spectators hope when winger Ken Sio scored from a Jamie Buhrer grubber, and Lamb converted from the sideline.

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Regional Express passenger recalls moment propeller disappeared before her eyes

A passenger on a Regional Express plane forced to make an emergency landing after a propeller fell off in mid-air has recalled how she saw what she thought was a bird disappear into the distance after hitting the aircraft.
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“I just happened to be glancing out the window when a large thing hit the plane,” Alyce Fisher said. “At first I thought it was a very large bird which hit the wing and was tumbling off in the distance. But it wasn’t a bird – it was the propeller coming off.”

Ms Fisher, 30, from Albury, said theseparation of the propeller from the engine during flight ZL-768happened in a split second.

It was not until the 34-seat aircraft landed at Sydney Airport and was surrounded by emergency services that the 16 passengers on board began to realise the seriousness of the situation.

“We were quite lucky that it flew off in the direction that it did,” she said.

Earlier, about two-thirds of the way into their journey from Albury to Sydney, passengers felt an intense vibration but, after what Ms Fisher thought at the time was a bird strike, it stopped and the flight was smooth.

Moments after the propeller fell off about 19 kilometres from Sydney Airport, one of the pilots told passengers over the PA system that the plane was down to one engine.

Passenger Alyce Fisher says the events were surreal. Photo: Ben Rushton

“He never said that there would be an emergency landing,” Ms Fisher told Fairfax Media on Saturday. “There was no panic. Coming into Sydney there was a bit of turbulence, which was to be expected.”

After the propeller on the right-hand engine broke away, the pilots declared a PAN, which is one step down from a full-scale mayday. “The prop has just fallen off the aircraft and standby for further instructions,” one of the pilots told air-traffic control.

“We’ve just had uncommanded engine operations and then our propeller has just sheared off. We’ve lost the propeller. We’ve got normal controls; still able to fly; would require one-six right [runway].”

After the Saab 340 landed about 25 minutes later, Ms Fisher said one of the pilots emerged from the cockpit and gazed out a cabin window. “Yeah, it’s really gone,” he said, and moments later passengers responded by cheering and clapping.

“He did an amazing job,” she said, heaping praise on the plane’s crew and Regional Express for the way it handled passengers afterwards.

Ms Fisher said it was a shock to finally see, when the plane landed, where the propeller had separated from the engine. However, the bigger shock for passengers was the large number of emergency services staff who met the plane after it had landed.

“There was no panic on the plane at all. It was not until the plane stopped that we could see where the propeller fell off,” said Ms Fisher, who recently moved to Albury from London. “It really is surreal.”

The turboprop aircraft is certified to land with one engine. Pilots also spend a considerable amount of their training on honing their skills at flying with a single engine.

An aviation investigator, who declined to be named, said it was lucky that the propeller did not hit the fuselage, wing or tail, while a large object falling from 6000 feet posed a huge risk to people in the populated area below.

“It is a very, very rare occurrence to lose the whole lot. It is not a little event – I almost fell off my chair when I heard the news,” he said.

“It is more than likely going to be a one-off maintenance matter or some oddball fatigue crack. It is a [type of] aircraft that is tried and tested and has been operating for a long time.

Swedish manufacturer Saab and plane engine builder General Electric have advised Regional Express to conduct a visual inspection of its fleet of Saab 340 aircraft.

Investigators are still to determine the exact location of the plane when the propeller sheared off but early indications were that it was likely to have occurred above Camden in south-west Sydney.

Despite the drama, Ms Fisher has no fear of hopping on a plane bound for home in Albury on Monday after a weekend of study at the n Catholic University in Sydney.

“I feel lucky every day to be alive. I will continue to live my life and will jump on a plane on Monday to go home,” she said.

The n Transport Safety Bureau has advised anyone who finds the propeller to leave it where it is, and contact its investigators or the police.

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Hasbro ditches iconic boot and wheelbarrow ‘tokens’ and unveils new Monopoly game

This is not the first time Hasbro has used a public marketing campaign to update the game’s pieces. Photo: BloombergConceived as a piece of shallow marketing, the demise of three of the ubiquitous Monopoly “tokens” may yet be seen as a powerful statement of the time in which we live.
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Three of the game’s eight tokens, used by players to represent their movement around the Monopoly board, have been cut: the thimble, the boot and the wheelbarrow.

The fate of the thimble had already been confirmed by Monopoly-owner, the gaming giant Hasbro, but today the boot and the wheelbarrow also got the axe.

The decision was made as part of a branding campaign in which fans of the fame were invited to vote to keep –or remove –tokens, and to determine which tokens might take their place.

Here are the eight game tokens that will be included in upcoming versions of the Monopoly board game. Photo: AP

The tribe, to quoteSurvivor, has spoken.

More than four million votes were cast, Hasbro says, and fans were given 64 options including the existing tokens.

The three winning tokens, which will replace the thimble, boot and wheelbarrow are a T-Rex, a rubber ducky and a penguin.

They will join the five surviving “classic” tokens: the dog, the racing car, the top hat, the battleship and the cat.

Interestingly, however, some of the proposed tokens which did not make the cut include modern cultural images such as the hashtag and the “crying/laughing” emoji face.

There may be hope for the human race yet?

Others which didn’t make the cut included a monster truck, a computer, a bunny slipper and a roller skate.

It is not the first time Hasbro has used a public marketing campaign to update the game’s pieces.

In 2013, a similar campaign saw another long-serving game piece – an iron – replaced with the cat.

Though the game itself was created some years before, metal player tokens were first used in the game from its 1937 edition.

That edition featured a battleship, a cannon, iron, lantern, purse, race car, rocking horse, shoe, thimble, top hat and wheelbarrow.

Three of those – the rocking horse, purse and lantern – were cut in 1942 and replaced with the dog, wheelbarrow and a horse and rider.

The cannon and horse and rider were retired in 2000 and not replaced.

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Man arrested smuggling thousands of beetles, spiders, scorpions from Perth

Rare and beautiful beetles can trade for high prices. Photo: SuppliedA Czech national has been fined $2000 for attempting to smuggle 4226 n native insect specimens – including 27 spiders and seven scorpions – on a flight out of Perth.
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The news comes after a Chinese national arrested attempting to post bobtail lizards to Hong Kong was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday.

Museum of WA entomologists have spent the past few weeks identifying the insect specimens after n Border Force personnel seized them on February 20.

The offender, about to board a flight to Abu Dhabi, admitted the insects were in his bag.

The search revealed them housed in a series of plastic boxes, bags and bottles. Most were packed in wood shavings infused with ethyl acetate, with the exception of a small sample of moths and butterflies in wax paper envelopes in a plastic box.

Some of the specimens collected. Photo: Supplied

While none were protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, 19 beetles of the family Buprestidae, specially protected under the WA Wildlife Conservation Act, were present.

The man was arrested and charged with offences under the Environment Protection and Bio-diversity Conservation Act 1999 and made an initial appearance at Perth Magistrates Court on March 17.

“An investigation into the man’s background revealed he had a keen interest in insects and indications were that he had collected and exported insects from a variety of countries all over the world,” the Border Force said in a statement.

“Native n insects such as these are highly sought after overseas. They can be sold to museums and collectors for a tidy profit. The ABF has an important role in protecting ‘s native wildlife from falling prey to unscrupulous smugglers.”

Specimens of some beetle species such as those pictured can be used for making jewellery in Asian countries and can fetch hundreds of n dollars on sites such as eBay.

Meanwhile, a Chinese national arrested in December after more than twenty native n lizards were found wrapped in socks and hidden in post bound for Hong Kong on Friday received a six-month jail term, backdated to December 13 when he was first remanded, and a $6000 fine.

He will be deported from on completion of his prison time in June.

People with information about the illegal removal of reptiles or who notice any suspicious activity suggesting that reptiles are being illegally removed should call DPaW’s Wildcare Helpline 9474 9055 or the ABF’s Border Watch on 1800 009 623

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Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrates 85th anniversary​

Police officers rush to seize Captain Francis de Groot. There was no television or social media but for eight years the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was the biggest show in town.
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On the 85th anniversary of the bridge opening this Sunday, it is perhaps forgotten that people had been arguing about it for years: Henry Parkes contested the seat of St Leonards in 1885 on the slogan “Now who will stand at my right hand And build the bridge with me” while the author Ruth Park wrote of a “vociferous tunnel party”.

So when construction finally started it was prime viewing.

The people of Sydney watched as they tore down Milsons Point and Dawes Point and thousands slept rough in the ruins as the Depression hit. Meanwhile above them, men seemed to defy gravity crawling over the grey steel as it inexorably linked arms across the harbour.

There were no nets, just rope strung between stanchions and if a southerly buster was expected the Observatory would hang out a warning black ball.

“The construction of the bridge was a major event for Sydneysiders at the time. Everyone watched over the years as each day their city changed before their eyes,” says State Library of NSW curator Anni​ Turnbull.

“About 1400 worked on the bridge. Sixteen died – two of them stonemasons getting granite for the bridge in Moruya.

“The bridge was nicknamed ‘the iron lung’ because it was the lifeblood of Sydney. It gave work to thousands across NSW and literally helped many local families stay alive.”

The State Library of NSW is celebrating 85 years of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the release of an oral history collection of interviews made in 1982 with about70 surviving men and a woman who had built the bridge.

Here is public works photographer William Brindle’s memory of the bridge’s famous chief engineer John Bradfield​: “He was a very demanding fellow. He knew what he wanted and he wanted everything yesterday.”

The National Film and Sound Archive released an online exhibition featuring archival footage over the eight-year construction and controversial opening on March 19, 1932.

Highlights of the exhibition and collection include:

Major Francis de Groot’​s slashing the ribbon with his sword, before the official opening by premier Jack Lang;a recording of the Queen Mother deeming the bridge “one of the wonders of our time”;a 1984 tourism promotion starring former bridge rigger Paul Hogan;the first BridgeClimb​ in 1998;songs about the bridge in the 1930s;and behind-the-scenes photos of the post-apocalyptic bridge fromMad Max: Beyond Thunderdrome.The State Library also has a bridge anniversary display that features an engraved cigarette case presented to de Groot after he was detained at areception house for the insane following his ribbon-cutting exploit, and subsequent conviction for offensive behaviour twodays later. He was fined £5with £4 costs.

The engraving reads: “He is not insane. 21st March 1932.”

HOW THE EVENT WAS COVERED AT THE TIMEFirst published inThe Sydney Morning Heraldon March 21, 1932

The Sydney Harbour bridge was officially opened by the Premier(Mr. Lang) on Saturday in the presence of a vast concourse and amidscenes of pageantry without parallel in Sydney’s history.

On the land and on the water, in brilliant sunshine and amid thesplendour of the illuminations at night, Sydney added another chapterto its history in a great blaze of colourful scenes of swiftly-changingbrilliance.

Cheers swept the crowded scene at the southern approach to thebridge when the Governor (Sir Philip Game) read the King’s message;when, later, his Excellency unveiled a tablet and named the structureSydney Harbour Bridge; when the Premier declared the bridge opened;and when, amid a reverberating Royal salute of 21 guns and the joyoussiren note of the watercraft, the Premier severed the blue ribbon acrossthe southern approach; a majestic air force dipped in salute, palatialliners moved in stately procession under the bridge, and the pageantitself, with its floral and other floats, was displayed in all its magnificence.

Proceedings took a sensational turn when, during the speech by theMinister for Works (Mr. Davidson), a comparatively young man onhorseback, wearing the uniform of a military officer, his breast aglowwith decorations, approached the ribbon on the southern highway,and cut it with his sword, declaring the bridge open. He was arrested.This incident is described in another column.

Political colouring was given to the scene when boo-hooing among asection followed the car occupied by the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons),following the official party’s return to the dais after the formal entryinto the northern suburbs.

Ribbon cutMr Lang cut the ribbon with a pair ofjewelled scissors. It was a simple ceremony,fraught with significance because, in openingthe highway across the harbour, it representedthe culmination of years of planning, and yearsof work.

The ribbon stretched across the bridge nearthe toll offices on the southern side. MrLang was accompanied to this last frail barrierby the official party, including the Governor(Sir Phillip Game) and the Prime Minister(Mr Lyons).They halted at the ribbon, andan army of photographers poised their camerason the other side. Mr Roland D Kitsonrepresenting Dorman, Long and Company,handed the golden scissors to the Premier;there was a little pause while the voicesof the radio announcers could be heardtellingmillions of people what wasabout to happen. Then the shining blades closed on the ribbon, the halves fluttered to the ground – and thebridge was open.

Immediately wireless signals were sent to the aeroplanes hovering above, and almost as one they swooped in salute over the arch. More signals went to the harbour craft below, and in a second, almost, the air was filled with the din of sirens and the roar of speed boats. Everyone knew that the great moment was over, but the prime movers in the little drama, the Premier and those with him, had to be patient while the photographers had their way with them. Presently they got into their motor cars and were driven across the bridge, while the aeroplanes chased each other in breathless arcs through the sky.

The scissors Mr Lang used were made of n gold, and were mounted with six flame-coloured opals. Flannel flowers, waratahs and gum leaves were hand-wrought on the handles, and in the midst of all thiscraftmanshipwas the Harbour Bridge. The blades were engraved with the following inscription:Presented to the Hon. J.T. Lang, M.L.A., Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales, by Dorman, Long, and Co, contractors, opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge, March 19, 1932.

The pageant through the cheering cityNature contributed magnificently to thesplendour of the pageantry that heralded theopening of the bridge. The sparkling sunshine of a glorious day lent the final gracioustouch that spelt absolute success for such anoccasion.

In glittering legend and symbolism: inbeautiful living figures, and in all the flowers of Flora’s domain, the gigantic tableautold the story of a State that is the cradleof n development, from the far-offdays of the first settlement at Sydney Cove.Foremost in the great scene was a little armyof the State’s sturdy childhood and youth,aglow with the joyful spirit of the hour – awonderfully impressive picture of a youngdemocracy’s goodly and proud heritage.

From every window, every balcony, everyother vantage point, there came bursts ofechoing and re-echoing cheers, as the youngsters marched past, and there came into view,amid the crash of triumphal music, bridgeworkers, who were accorded a magnificentovation, aborigines, and then, in a riot ofcolour, the historical, rural, floral, and otherparts of the pageant.

Vast human tideA vast, moving, colourful spectacle, symbolical of the life of the State in all its phases,the pageant Itself was splendidly conceivedand faultlessly carried out. Looking forward to this break in the gloomof depression as a hopeful augury of a futureof brightening promise, the people, happilyexcited and stimulated by the carnival spirit,gave themselves over to the glamour of theday. Trams, ferries, motor cars – and evenbuses – brought them teeming into the cityfrom all points of the compass.

And then came the ebb. The return of the sightseers to their homes, tired, jostled, but satisfied with all they had seen, and heard, was one of the great spectacles of the historic day. The temper of the home-going crowds was splendid.

Although tens of thousands lined the tram routes near the Quay, swarming on to the cars long before the latter reached their terminal point; although at one time a crowd of several thousands was wedged in a solid mass at St James Station,srivingto reach the underground; although two seemingly unending queues awaited their turn at Wynyard Station booking offices, there was no disorder, no lack of temper. It was a tribute to theequanimnityof that vast multitude, as much as to the efficiency of the officers responsible for the transport facilities that not a single hitch occurred.

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State of the NationSunday, March 19, 2017

Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
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► PORT MACQUARIE:Up to 179 millimetres of rain has been recorded during the 24 hours to 7pm Saturday over the Hastings River valley.

Flooding at Bellingen on NSW’s Mid North Coast.

► ILLAWARRA:An 18-year-old boyboy, an expectant mother, disability pensioners and aNovotel chef wereamong a dozen peoplearrested in sweeping drug raids across the Illawarra on Tuesday. Read more

►WAGGA WAGGA:The mother of a two-year-old boyrushed to hospital in a critical condition after Wednesday’s sickening alleged hit and runhas told of her“gut-wrenchingagony”. Read more

►SOUTH PAMBULA:A house fire at South Pambula on Friday night was caught on camera by a witness, showing the intensity of the flames and the huge plume of smoke. Read more

► NEWCASTLE:A Shortfall of placements in hospitals has forced University of Newcastle nursing students to rely on prison clinics, call centres and distant destinations such as Broken Hill to clock up their training hours. Read more

►SOUTH PURRUMBETE:Catherine Jenkins of South Purrumbete near Cobden is among the finalists for the 2017 Victorian Rural Women’s Award.Mrs Jenkinshas been nominated as a finalist for her plan to investigate the feasibility of a national network for women working in the dairy industry. Read more

►MANDURAH:Mandurah’s Crab Fest is much more than just food stalls, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and music performances. Read more

► PORT STEPHENS: Port Stephens’ blue water wonderland isn’t just popular with the tens of thousands of tourists who visit each summer. New research shows the estuary is inhabited with far more great white sharks than previously thought. Read more

Splash: A hooked juvenile white shark breaching while being led away from the surf zone for tagging off Bennetts Beach. Picture: CSIRO

National news►A 92-year-old war veteran and great-grandfather who has lived in for 10 years is facing deportation back to Britain after being denied a visa and told he would be a financial burden on the health system.Read more

►Food companies are being accused of confusing customers by using the ratings only on their healthiest products, creating a halo effect on the rest of the range. Read more

►The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has castigated for inadequate progress on tax, Indigenous affairs and support for business in a report card to be presented to finance ministers from the group of 20 leading industrial nations in Germany on Saturday. Read more

National weather radarWhat’s coming your way …

International news►PARIS: The man shot dead at Orly airport was the same individual who had shot at security services earlier in the morning in northern Paris and was “a radicalised Muslim” known to authorities, French police sources said.Read more.

►BEIJING:US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appeared with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to say the two countries share the view that tensions on the Korean Peninsula have reached “a rather dangerous level”. Read more

On this day1279–Emperor Bing, thelast emperor of the Song dynasty, died during theBattle of Yamen, bringing the dynasty to an end after three centuries.

1911–SocialistGerman politicianClara Zetkin established the firstInternational Women’s Day.

1915–Plutowas photographed for the first time, 15 years before it was officially discovered byClyde Tombaughat theLowell Observatory.

1962– Highly influential American musicianBob Dylanreleased hiseponymous debut album.

2011–Libyan Civil War: TheFrench Air ForcelaunchedOpération Harmattan, beginningforeign military interventionin Libya.

The faces of : Mar Gattek ON THE JOB: Emmanuel College’s David Gladman, apprentice Mar Gattek, 17, and Southern Victorian Plumbing’s Darren Smith at Mar’s workplace. Picture: Morgan Hancock

When Marwas 12, a plumber came to his house and he was intrigued by what he was doing.

“I started watching him working, fixing the taps, and I thought I wanted to try it and see what it was like,” he said.

A few years later, while at Emmanuel College, Vocational Education Training in Schools co-ordinator David Gladman told Mar about the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, where he would be able to study plumbing one day a week at South West TAFE, while still at school.

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Why a clucky Kyle Sandilands will have to wait for a baby

When it comes to Kyle Sandilands, no topic is ever off-limits, even his plans to have a baby with his girlfriend of six years, Imogen Anthony.
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“I’m going to give Imogen a baby soon,” he said on-air two weeks ago. And, last month, during a discussion with his KIIS 1065 radio co-host Jackie “O” Henderson about his relaxed approach to birth control, he added: “I don’t care, if a baby comes it comes.”

Earlier this year, a sometimes gruff Sandilands showed off his more sensitive side when he opened up about his anguish at not being able to give his late father, Peter, grandchildren.

“I was thinking in the shower this morning … I was regretting not being able to give him a grandchild,” Sandilands said.

But while the shock jock, 45, is feeling clucky, the model and social media influencer, 26, has other ideas.

“He’s got to let me ripen a little bit more. I’m still in my prime,” she laughed, when speaking to Fairfax Media.

“Give me a couple of more years. I’m only 26, you know?

“We’ve been together for a long time, so it is due. But we are just taking our time. We are not really into rushing things. We’re chilled.”

When it comes to marriage for the pair, who live together on a seven acre farm in Ingleside in Northern Sydney, Anthony has the same laid-back attitude.

“Babe, when it happens, it’ll happen. We talk about it, absolutely but we are just waiting. We don’t need all of the titles,” she said.

Asked if she has the rock already picked out just in case he gets on bended knee, she laughed, “we talk, he suggests, and that’s about it”. Kyle nurses @KylyClarke’s youngest Kelsey Lee #CUTE #KJshow #KIIS1065A post shared by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) on Apr 5, 2016 at 4:10pm PDT

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STD tests, critique a stranger: The Bachelor’s casting process

Excitement is building over season five of The Bachelor with Matty Johnson landing the starring role after he was left heartbroken by Georgia Love last year, but how are his potential suitors chosen?
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To become one of 22 women battling it out on national television for the affection of a man you have never met before, there are a few hoops producers will have you jump through first.

During a casting call for last season’s show with Richie Strahan, bachelorettes on their quest for true love took part in certain games, such as standing in a circle and critiquing each other; debating contentious topics, such as religion; and battling it out for a rose left in the centre of a room.

Those who made it through to the reality show then have to undertake a mandatory medical test, including one for sexually transmitted diseases. A spokesperson for the producers, Warner Bros, described the checks to Fairfax Media as a “duty of care”.

Last year’s “villain” Keira Maguire, 30, who was such a hit for Network Ten that she was asked back to star on this year’s I’m a Celebrity ??? Get Me Out of Here, also told Fairfax Media about the “shoe game”.

“We all had to take our shoes off and you had to guess whose shoes belonged to who and you had to describe their personality when you picked up the shoes,” Maguire explained.

She denied that it sounded a bit Mean Girls, explaining: “At the end of the day it is up to you what you do and say.”

However, Maguire was “mortified” about some parts of the casting process, particularly the chase for the single red rose.

“I stood back and was like, ‘what the hell? This is absolutely ridiculous.’ I literally wasn’t participating,” she laughed.

It was that non-compliance that she says landed her a spot in the final line-up.

“I just stood there with a look across my face as the other women ran to the rose ??? The producers have positions marked out and they thought, ‘We got our villain,'” Maguire laughed.

But she was surprised by some who were turned away.

“You are looking at all of these beautiful girls coming through and you think, ‘they will have to make it,’ and they don’t get through. It’s more about personality and what you will be like on TV,” she said.

Thousands of applications are submitted each year and its the producers’ job to ensure they have the right mixture of romance as well as entertainment Warner Bros explained the techniques used helped highlight someone’s character.

“Casting for The Bachelor aims to see how people express themselves and if they have the ability to describe how they feel, something that is instrumental to finding love with the Bachelor,” a spokesperson added to Fairfax Media.

“Auditions are voluntary and participants are encouraged to speak up if they are interested in the reasoning behind an activity.”

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US and China agree tensions on Korean Peninsula are at a ‘rather dangerous level’

Beijing: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appeared with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to say the two countries share the view that tensions on the Korean Peninsula have reached “a rather dangerous level”.
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Speaking to the media after a meeting in Beijing on Saturday, Mr Tillerson said the US and China would work together to bring North Korea to “make a course correction and move away from the development of nuclear weapons”.

“We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Mr Tillerson said.

Mr Wang agreed, but also had some advice for his American counterpart.

“No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek peaceful settlement,” he said.

“We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision.”

Mr Tillerson and Mr Wang both tried to strike a positive tone, repeating the mantra that US-China relations were founded on the principles of avoiding conflict and confrontation, and promoting mutual respect and “win-win cooperation.”

That’s a far cry from the sort of language US President Donald Trump employed on the campaign trail.

Mr Wang called their talks “candid, pragmatic and productive,” while Mr Tillerson talked about a “constructive and results-oriented relationship.”

The Secretary of State also talked of a trading relationship that is “fair and pays dividends both ways,” made a glancing reference to their maritime disputes and said his country would continue to “advocate for universal human rights and religious freedom.”

The two men also said they were working toward a face-to-face meeting between Mr Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping to build on a cordial telephone conversation between the pair in February.

“We do look forward to this future opportunity for the two leaders to meet,” Mr Tillerson said at the beginning of a meeting with State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks Mr Wang as China’s top diplomat.

“The better they know one another the stronger will be our bilateral relations as well, because they can provide direction and guidance to both of our governments on how we can work more closely together to strengthen this very important relationship,” Mr Tillerson said.

The comments from Mr Tillerson were more moderate than his warning a day earlier in South Korea that “all options are on the table” to deal with North Korea, and that the US would take military action if needed.

Mr Wang had last week likened the US and North Korea to two accelerating trains heading for a collision with neither willing to give way. Mr Tillerson meets China’s President Xi Jinping on Sunday.

China has said a return to negotiations with North Korea could occur if the US and South Korea agreed to abandon military drills in the region, and North Korea agreed to halt its rogue missile development.

But the proposal had been swiftly rejected by the White House, which is said to be considering secondary sanctions against Chinese companies that trade with North Korea.

US President Donald Trump tweeted before Mr Tillerson’s arrival in Asia that China did nothing to help to stop North Korea. North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!??? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 March 2017

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Pay now and consume later for happier spending

Spending money can be as painful as stubbing your big toe. Studies have found facing a pricey purchase can activate parts of our brain associated with anticipating real, stub-your-toe-style pain.
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Behavioural economists coined the term “the pain of paying” to describe this experience and according to Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, authors of Happy Money, if we can separate the pain of paying from consumption, we’ll enhance the pleasure of the purchase and reap more happiness for every dollar we spend.

Let’s look at how these two approaches of separating payment and consumption rate on the happiness scale. Pay now, consume later

“The pleasure of consumption is purest without the experience of paying for it,” say Dunn and Norton.

Nothing tastes better than free, and an all-inclusive resort holiday may be the ultimate pay now and consume later experience. You’ll pony up for the cost of the trip in advance but the pain of paying will be a distant memory when you hit the buffet, cocktail hour and kids activities without ever reaching for your wallet. Sure we paid for it, but it was so long ago, now it just feels free.

Paying now and consuming later is also an opportunity to capitalise on the excitement we feel when anticipating having an experience or using a product.

Joy increases as the days tick down to that month-long break in France or arrival of a pre-ordered iTunes album. Particularly in the case of holidays, there’s plenty of time to seek out details that promote exciting expectations about the experience itself, like reading every Lonely Planet article written about wine and cheese tours in France.

If the consumption part of the equation will be over quite quickly, the delay provides an opportunity to draw out pleasure beyond the experience itself. Anticipation is a sure way to squeeze out twice the happiness bang for your buck.

Paying in advance can also be a savvy way to manage personal finances, with early-bird discounts and pre-payment bonuses. Pay later, consume now

As a nation, collectively racks up an average $27,053,329,781 spend per month on credit cards. The plastic empire has been built on the idea that consumers are highly motivated by the power of now. We want the fun stuff immediately and to deal with the not so fun part of paying, later. Credit offers a temporary anaesthesia for the pain of paying now.

But by reversing the steps and taking the experience now and paying later, ultimately the pleasure of the experience can be outweighed by a credit card bill looming at the end of the month. According to Nobel prize winner and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman, it’s the bill that will stick in your mind and taint the whole experience.

Kahneman’s “peak-end” rule means when we recall an experience, our primary feeling about it overall is largely determined by the either high or low point of the experience, at the end.

Using examples from holidays to colonoscopies, Kahneman’s TED Talk The Riddle Of Experience Vs Memory reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently.

So the memory of the three rounds of mojitos is a lot less sweet when you wake up the next morning with a fuzzy head and check your credit card statement.

The detachment of using credit to consume now and pay later also leaves the mojito sipper disillusion about how much money has actually been spent ??? maybe those three rounds were actually five? Underestimating expenditure and habitually consuming now and paying later with credit is a slippery slope to financial over-commitment.

Pressing pause and waiting to consume is not harsh self-denial, it’s good for your wellbeing. When we make the decision to delay our consumption, we become better stewards of our own happiness. It can be difficult to overcome the power of now, but by planning for future consumption we can reap the benefits of delayed gratification, greater control of our finances and squeeze more happiness from our spending habits.

Catherine Robson is an award-winning financial planner with Affinity Private. Twitter:@CatherineAtAff.

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