Australian law allows religious schools to reject gay students, PM says – Trending Stuff

Australian law allows religious schools to reject gay students, PM says – Trending Stuff

(CNN)Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious schools in Australia are already legally allowed to deny students a place based on their sexual orientation, following criticism of a leaked report that proposes allowing schools to bar them.

Fairfax Media reported Wednesday it had seen contents of the report, which recommended amendments to a federal law that allows religious schools to discriminate against students “on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.”

When asked if he thought religious schools should be able to turn away students on the basis of sexual orientation, Morrison demurred twice, saying “that is the existing law.”

The Prime Minister’s office said he was referring to a section in the federal Sex Discrimination Act that exempts religious educational institutions from some discrimination requirements. However, some states have passed their own discrimination laws and do not allow religious schools to reject students on the basis of sexual orientation.

“We’re not proposing to change that law to take away that existing arrangement that exists,” Morrison said.

Morrison, who opposed the same-sex marriage bill and abstained from the final vote in December 2017, vowed to change the law to protect religious freedom in an interview last month, shortly after the sudden ouster of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. But Morrison said any new laws would take into account the religious freedom review, which Turnbull commissioned in order to assuage the concerns of marriage equality opponents who said the new law infringed on their religious rights.

The report was compiled after a public consultation period that attracted 15,000 submissions and submitted to Turnbull in May, but the government has yet to formally release it, Fairfax reported.

“We have a report that’s been provided to the government. It’s a report to government, not from government. It’s a report that the government will be considering and developing a balanced response to, and we will do that in our orderly process, taking it through Cabinet,” Morrison said Wednesday.

Critics, including civil liberty groups, members of the opposition Labor Party and gay rights advocates, said the government should not be proposing avenues for discrimination.

“The fact of the matter is that every child is entitled to human dignity. We shouldn’t even be having this debate,” opposition leader Bill Shorten said.

Alex Greenwich, an MP from Sydney and a gay rights activist, said he was concerned about the divisiveness of the report.

“One of the tragic things out of this report is it seeks to establish a narrative of gay versus God,” he told Sky News Australia. “The faith community is largely supportive of the LGBTQI community and the LGBTQI community is very supportive and respective of the faith community.”

According to Fairfax, the panel rejected the idea put forward by Australian conservatives that religious freedom was in “imminent peril.”

It also found that businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to customers on religious grounds because it would “unnecessarily encroach on other human rights” and “may cause significant harm to vulnerable groups,” Fairfax reported.

Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter said in a statement Wednesday that the report does not propose creating any new exemptions for religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, nor does it make any changes to the regime currently in place. The law was last amended in 2012, when the opposition Labor party was in power.

“The exemption that allows schools to make employment and student admission decisions in a way consistent with the tenets of their religion already exists for religious schools,” he said.

Morrison said the report has not been considered by the Cabinet, but would be released “in due course.”

“It will be released with a response from the Government, once we’re in a position to advise our comprehensive response to that report, and once we’ve carefully considered and respectfully considered all the measures and recommendations and proposals that have been put forward,” he said.

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Quarter of world’s population ‘not active enough to stay healthy’ – Trending Stuff

Quarter of world’s population ‘not active enough to stay healthy’ – Trending Stuff

Globally people are becoming less active, which is damaging their physical and mental health, says the World Health Organisation

There is an urgent need to get people moving, according to research by the World Health Organisation which warns that a quarter of the global population, and more in wealthy countries, are becoming less and less active, damaging their physical and mental health.

Around 1.4 billion adults are not physically active enough to stay healthy, says the research. One in three women and one in four men do not take enough exercise or move about enough, too often sitting at desks all day at work, in front of the TV in the evening and travelling by car.

That, says the research published in the Lancet Global Health journal, puts them at greater risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers.

The minimum amount of movement recommended by the WHO is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. That could be anything from cycling to exercising in the gym to doing physical chores about the house and gardening.

Greater wealth goes with sitting still. Half as many people are sufficiently active in affluent countries as in the developing world, where many people still labour every day. But the highest rates of inactivity are in adults in Kuwait (67%), American Samoa (53%), Saudi Arabia (53%), and Iraq (52%).

The UK also has high levels of inactivity 40% of women do not move enough compared with 32% of men. In the United States, 48% of women and 32% of men are not sufficiently active. Inactivity has got worse over the last 15 years among the more affluent western countries rising from 31% in 2001 to 37% in 2016. Figures released this week by Public Health England showed that four out of five out of 1.9 million people who had taken an online test had hearts that were more damaged than they should be for their age.

Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health, said the lead author, Dr Regina Guthold of the WHO.

At the current rate, the world will miss the UN target, which is to cut inactivity levels by 10% by 2025. Over the last 15 years, they have hardly budged. In 2016, say the authors, a quarter of the worlds population was moving too little. This puts more than 14 billion adults at risk of developing or exacerbating diseases linked to inactivity, and needs to be urgently addressed, they write.

National policy needs to be implemented to encourage non-motorised modes of transportation, such as walking and cycling, and to promote participation in active recreation and sports in leisure time. Such policies are particularly important in countries with rapid urbanisation, such as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, which contribute to the high levels of insufficient activity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

They also call for more opportunities for safe and accessible leisure-time activity for women around the world to address the substantial gender gap.

In a linked comment in the Lancet, Dr Melody Ding from the University of Sydney in Australia calls physical inactivity a global pandemic. She calls for governments to act but says the global activity target will not be met unless the issue of women is addressed. What is needed are progressive, large-scale, multilevel interventions, especially targeting women, that create safe and culturally acceptable opportunities for physical activity and empower women to participate in physical activity, she writes.

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The End of the Global Housing Boom – Trending Stuff

The End of the Global Housing Boom – Trending Stuff

From London to Sydney and Beijing to New York, house prices in some of the world’s most sought-after cities are heading south.

Tax changes to damp demand, values out of kilter with affordability and tougher lending standards have combined to undermine the market. That could have wider implications because the world’s wealthy have been buying homes on multiple continents, meaning a downturn in one country could now pose more of a threat to markets elsewhere, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Cracks Forming in the Global Housing Market

These charts explain the cracks appearing in some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable property markets.

London’s Falling Sales

Central London’s best areas have suffered the most.

Prices in the U.K. capital are starting to fall as fears about the impact of Brexit, a slowing economy and high prices damp demand. Sales volumes are down and more properties are being offered for sale as sentiment turns. Properties in central London’s best districts have fallen almost 18 percent since their peak in 2014, with some homes losing as much as a third of their value, according to research by Savills Plc. At the same time developers began work on a record number of pricey apartments, creating a glut of multimillion-pound penthouses in a city with a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Heading for the Exit

More homeowners are opting to offload their property even as sales slow

Source: RICS

Beijing Buyers Hold Off

China’s clampdown on overheated property prices has frozen sales and left values in a downtrend. More than 30 restrictions, from buying thresholds to mortgage curbs, helped send sales by area to a historical low this year. New homes are now being offered for less than existing homes by some developers who faced heavy financing constraints. There are further headwinds ahead—the city wants to increase rental supply, affordable housing and government-subsidized property, prompting some would-be buyers to defer purchases.

Turning Lower

Home prices in Beijing head into a downward spiral in 2018

Source: China Real Estate Information Corp.

Sydney: the End of FOMO

The suburb of Woolwich offers views of the harbor and Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Home prices in Australia’s biggest city are slumping due to a combination of credit curbs, stretched affordability and the end of the “fear of missing out.” Alarmed that lending standards were eroding in the rush for market share, regulators have progressively clamped down on riskier lending— such as interest-only mortgages—and made the banks toughen-up previously lax expense and income verification. That’s made credit harder to come by, particularly for investors who had been driving the market. With prices already the second-most expensive in the world compared to incomes, according to Demographia, affordability constraints are also biting.

Changing Market

Sydney property prices have fallen for the last 10 months

Source: CoreLogic Inc, Bloomberg

Manhattan’s Picky Buyers

Home sales in New York’s most expensive borough have been falling for three straight quarters, allowing buyers to be picky as inventory rises and fears grow that prices climbed too high, too fast. There were almost 7,000 apartments on the market at the end of the second quarter, 11 percent more than a year earlier. Sales fell 17 percent to just over 2,600. Developers are still pumping newly built luxury units onto the sales market: 4,600 new apartments are expected to be listed across the borough this year. The upshot is falling prices: the median value of a home that sold in the three months through June slid 7.5 percent to $1.1 million.

The End of Ever Upward

Manhattan condo prices were hit by high inventory

Source: Miller Samuel Inc.

Warning Signs in Toronto

Toronto construction has struggled to keep pace with demand.

Toronto shows that house prices can quickly bounce back after a fall, but there could be problems ahead in the form of escalating trade tensions with the U.S. and the possibility of further interest rate hikes. Home prices have now recovered a large chunk of the decline from their peak in April of last year. Demand continues to outpace supply despite the government’s efforts to deter speculative buying.

Toronto Home Prices

Monthly benchmark prices for Toronto region

Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

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Boy, 12, steals credit card and goes on Bali holiday after fight with mother – Trending Stuff

Boy, 12, steals credit card and goes on Bali holiday after fight with mother – Trending Stuff

Sydney boy boarded flight alone to Perth, then another to Indonesia, where he checked into the All Seasons hotel

A 12-year-old Sydney boy stole his parents credit card, tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and flew to Bali on his own after a family argument.

The boy, given the pseudonym Drew by A Current Affair, was told he couldnt go to Bali by his mother but managed to book himself flights (researching an airline that allowed 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied) and a hotel room, and to depart the country unimpeded.

Telling his family he was going to school, he rode his razor scooter to his local train station, from where he travelled to the airport and, using a self-service check-in terminal, boarded a flight for Perth, then another for Indonesia, the Nine Network program reported.

He was only quizzed once, at Perth airport, when staff asked him for identification to prove he was over 12. Guardian Australia has independently confirmed the boy made the trip.

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They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that Im over 12 and that Im in secondary school, he told A Current Affair. It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.

In Bali, he checked in to the All Seasons hotel, telling staff he was waiting for his sister to arrive.

After his school reported he was absent, his family scrambled to find out where he was. Discovering he was in Bali, his mother, Emma, flew there to collect him.

Emma said the boy doesnt like hearing the word no.

Shocked, disgusted, theres no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas, she told A Current Affair.

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How white women use strategic tears to avoid accountability

How white women use strategic tears to avoid accountability

The legitimate grievances of brown and black women are no match for the accusations of a white damsel in distress

That the voices of women of colour are getting louder and more influential is a testament less to the accommodations made by the dominant white culture and more to their own grit in a society that implicitly and sometimes explicitly wants them to fail.

At the Sydney writers festival on Sunday, editor of Djed Press, Hella Ibrahim, relayed the final minutes of a panel on diversity featuring writers from the western Sydney Sweatshop collective. One of the panellists, Winnie Dunn, in answering a question about the harm caused by good intentions, had used the words white people and shit in the same sentence. This raised the ire of a self-identified white woman in the audience who interrogated the panellists as to what they think they have to gain by insulting people who want to read their stories.

In other words, the woman saw a personal attack where there wasnt one and decided to remind the panellists that as a member of the white majority she ultimately has their fate in her hands.

I walked out of that panel frustrated, Ibrahim wrote. Because yet again, a good convo was derailed, white people centred themselves, and a POC panel was told to police its [sic] tone to make their message palatable to a white audience.

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Trauma assails brown and black women from all directions. There is the initial pain of being subjected to gendered racism and discrimination, there is the additional distress of not being believed or supported, and of having your words and your bravery seemingly credited to others.

And then there is a type of trauma inflicted on women of colour that many of us find among the hardest to disclose, the one that few seem willing to admit really happens because it is so thoroughly normalised most people refuse to see it.

It is what that writers festival audience member was demonstrating, and what blogger and author Luvvie Ajayi called the weary weaponising of white womens tears.

To put it less poetically, it is the trauma caused by the tactic many white women employ to muster sympathy and avoid accountability, by turning the tables and accusing their accuser.

Almost every BW (black woman) I know has a story about a time in a professional setting in which she attempted to have a talk with a WW about her behavior & it has ended with the WW (white woman) crying, one black woman wrote on Twitter. The WW wasnt crying because she felt sorry and was deeply remorseful. The WW was crying because she felt bullied and/or that the BW was being too harsh with her.

When I shared these tweets on my Facebook page asking brown and black women if this had ever happened to them, I was taken by how deeply this resonated, prompting one Arab woman to share this story:

A WW kept touching my hair. Pulling my curls to watch them bounce back. Rubbing the top. Smelling it. So when I told her to stop and complained to HR and my supervisor, she complained that I wasnt a people person or team member and I had to leave that position for being threatening to a coworker.

For the doubters, here is a mild version of this sleight-of-hand in action:

Jully Black and Jeanne Beker

Notice it is the white woman Jeanne Beker who first interrupts the black woman Jully Black who takes the interruption in her stride. Black continues to speak passionately and confidently, which Beker interprets as a personal attack on her even though Black is clearly talking in general terms (just as Winnie Dunn was). Beker then attempts to shut Black down by essentially branding her a bully.

Had Jully Black not stopped and repeated Jeanne Bekers words back at her Why are you attacking me? they would have passed largely unnoticed, just another woman of colour smeared as an aggressor for daring to continue speaking when a white woman wanted her to stop.

It doesnt usually end this way. White women tears are especially potent because they are attached to the symbol of femininity, Ajayi explains. These tears are pouring out from the eyes of the one chosen to be the prototype of womanhood; the woman who has been painted as helpless against the whims of the world. The one who gets the most protection in a world that does a shitty job overall of cherishing women.

As I look back over my adult life a pattern emerges. Often, when I have attempted to speak to or confront a white woman about something she has said or done that has impacted me adversely, I am met with tearful denials and indignant accusations that I am hurting her. My confidence diminished and second-guessing myself, I either flare up in frustration at not being heard (which only seems to prove her point) or I back down immediately, apologising and consoling the very person causing me harm.

It is not weakness or guilt that compels me to capitulate. Rather, as I recently wrote, it is the manufactured reputation Arabs have for being threatening and aggressive that follows us everywhere. In a society that routinely places imaginary wide-eyed, angry and Middle Eastern people at the scenes of violent crimes they did not commit, having a legitimate grievance is no match for the strategic tears of a white damsel in distress whose innocence is taken for granted.

We talk about toxic masculinity, Ajayi warns, but there is (also) toxicity in wielding femininity in this way. Brown and black women know we are, as musician Miss Blanks writes, imperfect victims. That doesnt mean we are always in the right but it does mean we know that against a white womans accusations, our perspectives will almost always go unheard either way.

Whether angry or calm, shouting or pleading, we are still perceived as the aggressors.

Likewise, white women are equally aware their race privileges them as surely as ours condemns us. In this context, their tearful displays are a form of emotional and psychological violence that reinforce the very system of white dominance that many white women claim to oppose.

Ruby Hamad is a journalist and PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales

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Australia votes ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage – Trending Stuff

Australia votes ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage – Trending Stuff

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Celebrations broke out across Australia after a two-month national postal survey came out “overwhelmingly” in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Results released Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage, with 38% voting against.

Rainbow-colored smoke, confetti and cheers erupted in the center of Melbourne following the announcement, where hundreds of people had gathered to hear the result.

When couple Jane Mahoney, 28, and Josie Lennie, 26, heard the result they collapsed into each others’ arms in tears. “(Now) we need to save and also gets lots of fun ideas from the other gay weddings,” they told CNN.

More than 12.7 million people across the country, or 79.5% of the population, took part in the survey with every state and territory returning a majority “yes.”

Celebrations, singing and tears greeted the announcement in Melbourne.

It’s the beginning of the end of a long-running campaign to allow marriage equality in Australia, something already legal in the majority of English-speaking countries worldwide.

Speaking after the result, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it had been an “overwhelming” response in favor of “yes” and called for same-sex marriage to be legalized before Christmas.

“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love. And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten told the Melbourne rally the postal vote itself should never have happened.

“I feel for young people who had their relationships questioned in a way I wouldn’t have thought we would see ever again, but nevertheless what this marriage equality survey shows is that unconditional love always has the last word,” he said.

Politicians are expected to begin discussing the specifics of the same-sex marriage bill as early as this week.

However, even ahead of the release of the results, conservative politicians inside the Australian parliament were preparing for a fight over how marriage equality would be legalized.

Prominent supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated the decision. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce danced on stage in Sydney with author and actor Magda Szubanski, and urged Turnbull to “get on with it.”

Australian Olympic champion Ian Thorpe warned conservative politicians against delaying the legislation.

“(The result) spells it out loud and clear … If they play around with this issue any longer, it will be at their peril,” he told reporters Wednesday morning.

‘We didn’t want the vote’

Australia’s LGBT community was strongly against the idea of a national vote on same-sex marriage from the first time it was announced, fearing a bitter, divisive campaign.

A group of same-sex marriage advocates even took the government to Australia’s High Court in an attempt to stave off the survey. Their case was dismissed in an unanimous decision.

The two-month campaign was marred by harsh rhetoric and wild allegations of the consequences of a “yes” vote. Rainbow flags were sprayed with Nazi symbols in Brisbane while “no” advertisements claimed same-sex marriage would lead to “radical gay sex” education in schools.

Speaking after the “yes” result on Wednesday, Jacob Holman, 28, and his husband Damien O’Meara, 29, said they still believed the survey was “wrong.”

“We didn’t want the vote in the first place but we are so happy to have this win for our friends and the whole community,” Holman told CNN.

“The vote has helped to speed up the process but the true lesson here is that the process is wrong.” Holman and O’Meara were married in Scotland two years ago.

Australians long in favor of marriage equality

Australians have long been in favor of marriage equality, but multiple governments have maintained they wanted to keep the traditional definition in law.

In 2015, under pressure from moderates in his Liberal party to take action, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced there would be a national vote, or plebiscite, to decide whether marriage equality should be legislated.

He was unable to get funding to hold the plebiscite after legislation was blocked twice in the Australian senate. Abbott’s successor, Turnbull, announced in August a national postal vote would be held.

It was one way to get around the funding issue, as the survey was run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, removing the need for parliamentary approval.

Voting opened on September 12 and Australians who had registered to vote had until November 7 to return their surveys.

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Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey – Trending Stuff

Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey – Trending Stuff
A crowd celebrates the results of the postal survey in front of the State Library of Victoria Wednesday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

When Turnbull took the prime ministership from conservative predecessor Tony Abbott in September 2015, he retained the Coalitions commitment to hold a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage before changing the law.

Labor, the Greens and other opposition parties blocked the proposed plebiscite in the Senate in November 2016 and August 2017, leading the Turnbull government to launch a $122m voluntary national postal survey to fulfil its election commitment to give Australians a say.

In a bruising three-month campaign, opponents of marriage equality including the Australian Christian Lobby, and the Catholic and Anglican churches in Sydney, claimed same-sex marriage would have far-reaching negative consequences for gender education. Former prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard warned that religious freedom and freedom of speech were at risk.

The yes camps Equality Campaign combined with moderate Liberals, Labor, the Greens, unions and progressive campaign organisation Get Up to argue that same-sex marriage was a matter of equality and fairness.

The campaign featured everyday Australians, their friends and families, emphasising that the only question was whether LGBTI Australians should be able to marry the one they love.

Despite assertions from Turnbull that the survey would be overwhelmingly respectful, the campaign has been marred by homophobic incidents and campaign material which continued largely unabated despite a special law passed to apply electoral law safeguards to the survey, such as authorisation requirements for campaign materials.

The campaign also featured two unsuccessful high court challenges against the expenditure of $122m for the survey, as marriage equality advocates fought to prevent the poll seen as an affront because it determined LGBTI peoples equality before the law by a majoritarian vote.

Public polling throughout the campaign showed consistent support for marriage equality and weekly estimates showed the survey was on-track for a record turnout.

The no campaign took increasingly bizarre turns, with Abbott using an assault that even his attacker said had nothing to do with marriage to rally Australians to his cause, and conservatives attempting to use US rapper Macklemores performance of his hit Same Love at the rugby league grand final to claim the national campaign they called for had inappropriately politicised Australian institutions.

The cross-party bill will be debated in the Senate on Thursday and the parliamentary sitting week beginning 27 November, with supporters of marriage equality aiming to pass a bill through both houses of parliament before they rise on 7 December.

Cate Blanchett on Donald Trump’s presidency: It’s ‘absurd and ridiculous’

Cate Blanchett on Donald Trumps presidency: Its absurd and ridiculous

Australian star pulls no punches when appearing on Jimmy Fallons Tonight Show to promote Broadway play The Present

The Australian star Cate Blanchett has actually explained Donald Trumps ascendancy as absurd and ridiculous throughout an area on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she was promoting her Broadway launching in The Present .

After taking a seat for the interview, the star took gum from her mouth, positioned it on the desk in front of her, and started moulding it into a penis. The phallus appears a suitable sign for this nation today with small little balls, she stated.

In a following sector, a repeating video game entitled Emotional Interview, the discussion in between Fallon and his visitor was disrupted at random points with feelings or scenarios which the set needed to cover into their interview and which, for Blanchett, led to a running anti-Trump tirade.

After one timely provides bad suggestions Blanchett encouraged the audience to provide all their cost savings to Trump.

For another utilizes a lot of metaphors Blanchett raised the Chekhov adjustment shes now starring in. Im on phase at the minute and its actually excellent to be doing something about midlife crises, due to the fact that its absurd and unreasonable practically as unreasonable and absurd as a guy who has actually applied for business personal bankruptcy 4 times who is running the biggest economy worldwide. I suggest, its nearly as insane as that.

I seem like a giraffe in area, responded Fallon, who remained neutral on the United States president throughout.

The Present, which stars Blanchett along with an all-Australian cast, is directed by her partner, Andrew Upton , with whom she co-ran Sydney Theatre Company for 5 years.

Ive been sleeping with [him] for 20 years in the hope that he would cast me in the function, she stated. The casting sofa lives and well.

The star is likewise investing her time in New York to movie parts of Oceans Eight an all-female Oceans Eleven spin-off including Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter.

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After nearly 20 years, former tennis prodigy Lucic-Baroni back in major semifinal

After nearly 20 years, former tennis prodigy Lucic-Baroni back in major semifinal

Melbourne (CNN)Trying to liquidate a tense quarterfinal at the Australian Open versus among the competition favorites, an ailing Mirjana Lucic-Baroni grabbed rosary beads throughout a changeover and positioned them around her neck.

Within minutes, the 34-year-old was up to the blue tough courts, deal with down, and started to weep.

        Eliminating fifth-seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4 to establish a clash with fellow thirtysomething Serena Williams– a persuading 6-2 6-3 winner over Johanna Konta– Lucic-Baroni reworded the history books to make the semifinals at a significant for the very first time in an impressive 18 years.
        “Nobody in this world believed I might ever be here once again, besides my closest household, my coach, bros, sis, my hubby and mommy,” Lucic-Baroni informed press reporters. “It’s enjoyable to show everybody incorrect.

        “It’s more unique this time for sure.”
        Don’t be too severe on the skeptics.
        When the 79th-ranked Croatian won her first-round match versus China’s Wang Qiang in a tight 3 sets, she gathered a very first win in Melbourne given that 1998. The 19-year space in grand slam wins– at the very same grand slam, that is– exceeded the previous record of 17 years held by Kimiko Date at Wimbledon.
        It appeared fitting that her on-court interview Wednesday was performed by Rennae Stubbs, who Lucic-Baroni downed in 1998 prior to losing 8 in a row at the Australian Open.
        Back at the All England Club in 1999, Lucic-Baroni was a 17-year-old illustration contrasts to greats of the video game consisting of Steffi Graf.
        Not just did she advance to the quarterfinals however Lucic-Baroni extended Graf to 3 sets.
        But exactly what unfolded afterwards– instead of a profession filled with prizes– works as a cautionary tale for apparently cannot-miss out on potential customers.
        Lucic Baroni ran away to the United States after she stated she was mistreated by her dad, stopped betting a while due to monetary concerns and was taken legal action against by the management business at one time so eager to sign her, IMG. She counter took legal action against.

        Book in the works?

        So much has actually been stated and blogged about Lucic-Baroni that she may compose a book to inform her side of the story.
        “A part of it I simply wish to state due to the fact that individuals presume a lot and individuals do not know,” she stated. “That aggravates me when individuals presume things like injuries and things like that and individuals discuss it.
        “I sort of wish to be referred to as an incredible fighter, an individual who stood firm versus whatever, versus all chances. Which’s exactly what I take pride in.”
        Her brand-new coach, Marin Bradaric, does not have to be persuaded.
        Bradaric saw enormous capacity in Lucic-Baroni, in spite of her age, sinking ranking– and losing in certifying at a warmup competition in Sydney 2 weeks earlier.
        “In the supper prior to we went to Australia I informed her that I believe she can win a grand slam,” the 31-year-old informed CNN, confessing, however, that the objective for the competition was to merely win a round.
        “Honestly I didn’t anticipate this. Specifically after Sydney.
        “She took it so hard on herself, however I was still thinking due to the fact that I saw numerous advantages in her video game. She is enhancing psychologically, she is aiming to remain favorable and think and keep one’s cool due to the fact that often she’s truly tough on herself, slamming herself.”
        Playing with a greatly strapped left leg versus Pliskova, an effect of playing songs and doubles, a set of medical timeouts worked as significant momentum shifts.
        Trailing 6-4, 2-1, Pliskova required the fitness instructor due to the fact that of exactly what seemed a blister on her best foot.
        At 3-3, she broke when Lucic-Baroni nervously discarded a smash into the internet.
        Seizing the effort in the 3rd set, Lucic-Baroni consequently dropped 3 video games in a row to route 4-3 on serve.

        Trainers called

        That’s when it was Lucic-Baroni’s rely on require the fitness instructor. She went off court for treatment and returned a various gamer, winning 9 points in succession and 12 of the last 13 despite the fact that she was obstructed.
        Lucic-Baroni upset third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska this fortnight and another grand slam finalist, Simona Halep, two times at majors. She subdued the duo with her strong ground strokes, shots that made her a prodigy in the very first location.
        But beating Pliskova might have been more excellent.
        The Czech reached in 2015’s United States Open last and won the Brisbane International previously this month, leading more than a couple of to choose the 24-year-old as the Australian Open winner.
        Last year’s ace leader on the ladies’s trip struck 8 versus Lucic-Baroni however won less than 60% of her very first serve points.
        “It resembled her tenth match in Australia however she didn’t satisfy a challenger who is striking so tough therefore quick,” Pliskova’s coach, David Kotyza, informed CNN. “That broke her serve a bit. I believe she believed more about the return of Mirjana, so that’s why her serve decreased.
        “I believe Mirjana was the much better gamer. She didn’t wait on the shots. She was the one who wished to choose the points. She was worthy of to win.”

        Veterans in the semis

        Lucic-Baroni, Serena Williams, 35 and Venus Williams, 36, provide the semifinals a definitely older appearance than typical. CoCo Vandeweghe, at 25, has actually bucked the pattern.
        Coupling Serena Williams’ kind and Lucic-Baroni’s leg, the latter’s journey– a minimum of on court in Melbourne– is anticipated to come to an end. The last time they played remained in 1998 at Wimbledon, prior to their professions going various methods.
        “I keep in mind winning,” stated Serena, edging ever closer to going beyond Graf’s Open Era haul of majors. “I was so fired up due to the fact that I was so young. She was very young, too.”
        Lucic-Baroni promises to complete the method she states she constantly does.
        “I’m going to head out there with my heart and do the very best I can.”

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/tennis/australian-open-tennis-lucic-baroni-serena/index.html

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      At Skirt Club, Women Mix Business With Pleasure

      At Skirt Club, Women Mix Business With Pleasure

      Do you believe you might get on the body tequila table? asks Genevive LeJeune. The creator of the all-women networking society Skirt Club, LeJeune is with about 75 female specialists on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles at a bar called Mmhmmm, a completely proper name thinking about the goings-on inside. Among the hardly dressed participants extends herself out, and lines of salt are spread out down her legs, the red bottoms of her Louboutins showing in the mirrored walls. The fastest lady to lick the salt and down a tequila shot will be rewarded with a piece of lime, moved by means of kiss.

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      Genevive LeJeune
      Photographer: Cait Oppermann for Bloomberg Businessweek

      The scene isn’t really rather as outrageous as it sounds. Skirt Club costs itself in press releases as an underground play celebration for bisexual &&bi-curious females, no sexual contact or heavy petting are enabled. And it isn’t really almost tequila-soaked enjoyable. Skirt Clubs slogan is self-confidence in the bed room causes self-confidence in the conference room. The method LeJeune sees it, leaning into take a lime from a females tightened lips makes a female most likely to lean in at the workplace.

      LeJeune, 34, began Skirt Club as an experimentthe initially occasion was kept in her living-room. Shed been checking out variations of these celebrations in her native London 3 years back, however all she came across was males pressing and getting and firmly insisting and putting pressure on females to meet their dreams, she states. I didnt see ladies asking to meet their own. That was because, she recognized, they werent in a comfy environment: Women today frequently assemble at conferences and kibitz online about gender politics, not to point out participate in women-only social clubs, such as the Wing in New York. Events that supply a safe area for ladies to find out and support from one another while likewise welcoming their sexuality are unusual.

      There are now Skirt Clubs in London, New York, Miami, Sydney, and Berlin, with strategies to broaden to San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto. Over half the clubs subscription of 5,000 lives in London, where its growing approximately 14 percent per quarter; in the United States, where the clubs were presented previously this year, development is at 22 percent per quarter.

      Skirt Clubbers are frequently specialists with entrepreneurial leanings, though the biggest group is attorneys. Typically, members self-identify as 2s on the six-point Kinsey scaleone is specifically heterosexual, 3 is completely bisexual, and 6 is specifically homosexual. A few of them remain in a relationship, too, LeJeune states, and have actually included the approval of their partner. One L.A. participant, a therapist, found out about it from her sweetheart, who paid her admission$50 for the occasion at Mmhmmm, though periodic instructional workshops cost more. While each occasion includes some sort of main activity such as the body tequila table, more of the females appear to utilize the celebration as a networking chance than a sexual escapeof course the argument might be made that, in L.A., networking is eroticism. (If youre questioning whether I exchanged organisation cards with a captivating Englishwoman who explained me as Jodie Foster-esque, I did.)

      Much has actually been made from the money making of empowerment, however LeJeune has actually benefited bit from Skirt Club up until now. After paying place costs, employing all-female bar personnel, and acquiring numerous bottles of Champagne for each occasion, she states she feels as if shes running a charity. Beginning next year, shell enforce an initiation charge for brand-new members, who are vetted for the authenticity of their interest. Her objective with Skirt Club is merely to offer a safe area for ladies to take pleasure in one anothers business under the liberating rubric of sexual expedition. While that goal might not be as unclean as the images that some minds may conjure, its more effective. Weve had gentlemens clubs for centuries, LeJeune states. Its due time we have our own.

      Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com//news/articles/2016-11-25/at-skirt-club-women-mix-business-with-pleasure