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Australian Olympic Committee names new managers

By Associated Press Published: 01:57 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 02:22 EST, 18 December 2017 SYDNEY (AP) - The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has appointed a former police spokesman as its new media director as part of a restructure of management following complaints about a dysfunctional culture within in its administration. Strath Gordon, who had previously worked for the New South Wales state police and the Australian Rugby Union, was named on Monday as the new head of the AOC's communications department. Amie Wallis, a former human resources manager at one of Australia's biggest banks, was also appointed as the head of people and culture, a new job that was created as part of the AOC restructure. FILE - In this May. 6, 2017, file photo, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates comments on his re-election during an annual general meeting of the AOC in Sydney. The AOC appointed a former police spokesman Strath Gordon as its new media director on Mo..

From flying fists to a culture built for success – Perth Lynx star Alice...

Alice Kunek loves the physicality and competitive nature of sport more than most, but when punches started flying in a team meeting earlier this year, she started to wonder whether she’d made a bad decision. The 26-year-old joined French team, Lyon, in February after finishing her WNBL season with Melbourne. Searching for a different experience after losing some passion for the sport, she was stunned by her introduction to the club midway through the season. Lyon suffered an 87-59 belting and it was obvious the team was in trouble. “In our first film session, we’d come off a loss and there was a punch-on between the girls during the film session. The coaches just sat there and I had my head in my hands thinking ‘what have I got myself into?’,” Kunek recalled “There were some deep seated issues with that team from earlier in the season. They were speaking in French, I was sitting in the corner and then they just went at each other. One had to get taken out of the room and the coach got ..

Alyssa Milano Personally Explained Rape Culture To Matt Damon

During a recent interview with ABC News, the actor spoke about the #MeToo movement, seemingly rating varying degrees of sexual misconduct. “I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behaviour, right? And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation,” Damon said. "Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn't be conflated, right?" Damon went on to say that he thinks comedian Louis C.K, who was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, will be able to come back and eventually work again. "I don't imagine he's going to do those things again," he said of C.K. "You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he's paid at this point is so beyond anything that he - I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviours are." Twitter was quick to shut down Damon's comments with Alyssa Milano ta..

Film Review: Big in Japan (Australia, 2017) is far more than one man's vainglorious...

Where most foreigners settling in Japan pass their time in Japanese pubs, English schools or seeking out every piece of longstanding architecture, David Elliot-Jones spent his trying to become famous. And you’ve probably never heard of the guy, but that doesn’t mean he failed. Big in Japan opens with a preface about the seemingly endless ways of reaching massive audiences through sites like YouTube and through social media. But the documentary isn’t mired by that well-beaten drum, it’s not another film about how these new mediums connect people; it’s a film about three guys putting these mediums to the test. With foreign talent in demand, three filmmakers (David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod & Louis Dai) move to Japan to test whether these mediums can gift anyone fame. The star to be, Dave, is an average Victorian in his mid-twenties, known to his friends by his peculiar looks and personality. He’s also willing to do pretty much anything to become famous. Tracking Dave’s exploits in Jap..

Culture Club: Queensland arts, theatre and music news

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Culture Club: Queensland arts, theatre and music news Courier MailFull coverage

Australian Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Australian Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France Daily TelegraphFull coverage

In Australia’s relentless culture wars, Tony Abbott strikes again

Nothing, it seems, stirs the blood of the country’s cultural warriors more than an argument about academic license or press freedom if it’s not favourably disposed to their side. ANU: the latest cultural battleground. Photo: Louie DouvisOne is tempted to ask what would these mavens of "political incorrectness" do without academia and the ABC to rail against; although it might be observed that one person’s political correctness is another person’s political incorrectness. Take the question of whether the Australian National University should hav..

Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists

Fri, Jan 05, 2018 - 12:11 PM [SYDNEY] A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue, and the outbreak hits as the reef is still reeling from two consecutive years of major coral bleaching. "Each starfish eats about its body diameter a night, and so over time that mounts up very significantly," Hugh Sweatman, a senior research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio. "A lot of coral will be lost," he said. That would mean a blow for both the ecosystem and the lucrative tourism industry which it supports. The crown of thorns were found in plague proportions last month in the Swains Reefs, at the southern edge of the ..

Sudanese boys are 'caught between two cultures'

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Sudanese boys are 'caught between two cultures' The AustralianFull coverage

New podcast challenges cultural whitewashing

Lena Nahlous interviews Benjamin Law; courtesy Diversity Arts Australia; Photos by Jennifer Macey Launched by Diversity Arts Australia, new podcast The Colour Cycle aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing by questioning the degree to which Australia’s arts and cultural sector resembles Australia at large. The seven-part series is hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS). Nahlous told ArtsHub: ‘The trigger was the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium that we held last year where we brought together people from the arts sector to talk about cultural diversity in the arts. We didn't want these conversations to disappear or to stay locked in that room. We wanted them to have a broader reach and a longer life, and we felt podcasts was the way to make this happen.’ ADVERTISEMENTRead: From ticking boxes to thinking outside the square She added in a statement: ‘We want our podcast to open up conversations about why our arts and screens don’t reflect Australia’s..

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