The rugby league community still reeling from suicides of five young players in just two years…

The suicides of five young footy players in two years has shone a light on the gruelling

The suicides of five young footy players in two years has shone a light on the gruelling environment of rugby league.

TWENTY teenagers stand on the goal line of their NRL club’s training ground.

It is 4.45pm on a Monday and the teens are among the best young talent in rugby league – members of their club’s squad for the NRL’s under-20s National Youth Competition.

Coaching staff line up down the sideline and cup their hands around their mouths.

The drill begins and the players run past the coaches.

“You f—ing faggots are soft,” one of the trainers screams.

“You will never make the NRL. You are too weak, you f—ing pussy,” a strength and conditioning coach jeers.

“Keep running, c—s. Your future is behind the bar at the leagues club.”

The crudeness of the drill is supposedly designed to give players a little taste of the big time – a feel for the abuse drunken dopes in the crowd will hurl if they make first grade.

They all dream big, but one of those sprinting teens stands out as a future superstar.

He’s only 18 and has three NRL sides chasing his signature – waving deals under his nose worth between $120,000 and $160,000 a year.

Long after the sweat and coaches’ venom are washed away in the showers after training, his heart is still pounding. He sits in his car and screams. For 20 minutes. Then he slumps back, frozen in the driver’s seat.

Stomach churning from the abuse, it’s an hour before he switches on the ignition.

Read more of this sad story:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rugby-league-community-still-reeling-from-the-suicides-of-five-young-players-in-two-years/story-fnn8dlfs-1227357588120

It is my belief that the NYC or National Youth Competition is to  be abandoned in a couple of years and replaced by state Under 20 competitions along the lines of the NSW Cup and the Queensland Cup reserve grade competitions.

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SIS to Dotcom: Sorry for calling you fat…

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Ms Kitteridge’s apology is the second Dotcom has secured from the intelligence agencies. Photo / Greg Bowker

Security Intelligence Service chief Rebecca Kitteridge has apologised to Kim Dotcom for the behaviour of her spies, who swapped emails about the internet entrepreneur’s weight and wife while mocking his chances of getting New Zealand residency.

An extraordinary cache of emails has emerged from an Official Information Act request by the Weekend Herald, including one in which an SIS staff member sends a picture of Dotcom to others, saying, “What a fatty po po.”

An image from the SIS document released under the Official Information Act. Photo / Supplied
An image from the SIS document released under the Official Information Act. Photo / Supplied

Ms Kitteridge’s apology is the second Dotcom has secured from the intelligence agencies. The Government Communications Security Bureau had to say sorry in 2012 after it was caught carrying out illegal surveillance.

The Kitteridge apology refers to two…

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Were the Crusaders Xtian ISIS Terrorists?

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In a new segment, VOI’s Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel connect the dots from Biblical times to modern Israel. Today’s Hebrew date — the 8th of Sivan –- marks the immediate aftermath of the Sinai Revelation. Rabbeinu Tam, one of Israel’s greatest commentators and Torah authorities, escaped the Crusades. Ari and Jeremy discuss what the conquest of Israel in Biblical times, the Crusades and ISIS teach us about the evolution of religions.

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31 state houses in Auckland selling on the open market…

Homes no longer needed for Waterview motorway project so they’re for sale on open market.

14 houses that were bought from Housing NZ for $5 million have already been sold to private buyers for $6.9 million. Photo / Richard Robinson
14 houses that were bought from Housing NZ for $5 million have already been sold to private buyers for $6.9 million. Photo / Richard Robinson

Thirty-one former state houses taken for a motorway in Auckland’s Waterview and Mt Albert suburbs are being sold on the open market because Housing New Zealand no longer wants them.

The NZ Transport Agency has told Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni it has already sold 14 houses that were bought from Housing NZ for $5 million and have been sold to private buyers for $6.9 million.

It has earmarked a further 17 state houses, valued at $6.6 million, for sale in parts of Waterview and Mt Albert.

The Transport Agency bought the houses when it planned to build most of the new motorway, linking the airport with the northwestern motorway, in an open-air trench. A late decision to build an extended tunnel instead, and other design changes, meant the houses were spared.

But a Housing NZ spokesman said the corporation did not want them back because it had plans to redevelop more intensive new housing in four special housing areas elsewhere in Waterview.

The homes are also being offered to iwi under the Tamaki Collective settlement. Ngati Whatua Whai Rawa chief executive Rob Hutchison said his iwi had not bought any yet but was interested in any state properties that came up for sale in Auckland. It was negotiating to buy one property from the Transport Agency in Phyllis St in Mt Albert, which was in private ownership before being taken for the motorway.

“They don’t give them to us. They are valued, so what happens is an offer is made at a price and then there are a number of different iwi across three different roopu [tribal territories] so we each have a turn in a carousel system,” Mr Hutchison said.

Ms Sepuloni, whose Kelston electorate includes Waterview, said she was shocked former state houses were being sold in the midst of a housing crisis. “There is increasing demand, and there was an opportunity there for the National Government to be able to address that demand.”

Bill McKay says Waterview has been hit hard. Photo / Nick Reed
Bill McKay says Waterview has been hit hard. Photo / Nick Reed

Waterview resident Bill McKay, who chairs the Northwestern Community Association of residents in the motorway’s path, said the suburb had been hit hard by the loss of houses and he opposed selling any more state homes.

But Blair Schulze of the Save Waterview Association said more private homeowners would be good for the area.

“The motorway took out all those houses and … that was a good thing for us because the crime rate dropped massively,” Mr Schulze said.

-Acknowledgements:  NZ Herald

Pike River health and safety law changes set to be watered down

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Prime Minister John Key says ministers will look closely at workplace health and safety law changes to ensure they are workable.

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down in the face of a possible revolt by back bench Government MPs, with small businesses given an exemption from some provisions.

Prime Minister John Key on Monday said a select committee considering the bill would report back this week and ministers were keen to ensure a balance between safety and workability.

“We want to make sure that on the one hand it lifts the health and safety requirements in the workplace so (it) is safer, But … we also want to make sure it’s workable and it isn’t overly onerous on small businesses,” he said.

“The way I would see it, if you think about what happened with the Christchurch earthquakes and…

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