Artful Dananjaya earns India’s respect with Pallekele spin

India, chasing 231 to go 2-0 up in the series, were cruising at 109 for no loss in the 16th over when Dananjaya struck, dismissing Rohit Sharma for 54.


That was just the appetizer, however, as it was in his next over that the spinner would inject fresh drama into the game and life into the gloomy stands.

Dananjaya slipped in three googlies to dismiss Kedar Jadhav, Kohli and KL Rahul in the space of five balls, bringing his side back into the match.

“You have to give credit to a guy who bowled an outstanding spell,” Kohli said afterwards, dismissing suggestions that rejigging the batting order led to their collapse.

“If I had gone at number three, I still would have missed the ball, because he was bowling that well in that spell,” the India captain, who batted at number five, said.

“The batting order did not really matter.”

Dananjaya is another product of Sri Lanka’s seemingly endless reserves of special bowlers, an off-spinner who can also bowl leg-spin, googly, ‘doosra’, and even the carrom ball.

His full range of tricks was on exhibition on Thursday against a team traditionally very comfortable against spin.

The Indians did not help their own cause by staying on the back foot as Dananjaya curled googlies through their gates.

“I realised my off-spin was working better, I kept using all the variations in my first eight-over spell,” Dananjaya said after collecting the man-of-the-match trophy.

Kohli said his team now had a better idea about what to expect from the bowler.

“We thought he was the off-spinner bowling an odd leg-break, but he picks up four wickets on googlies,” a bemused Kohli said.

“It’s difficult when you have not seen the guy at all. He has not played us before. But now we saw how the ball was coming out of his hand,” he added.

The teams meet again on Sunday with India, who whitewashed Sri Lanka in the preceding test series, hoping to clinch the five-match series with two one-dayers to go.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Peter Rutherford)

Up to 60 per cent of young Australians have experienced race abuse online

Now 20 years old, Jess Vaughan has experienced online abuse due to her sexuality.


“Most of the time they’re commenting either back to me when I have commented on something. Generally when I have commented on something that’s a political stance.”

Jess Vaughan said this would then lead to targeted abuse.

“I have had some comments saying things like ‘you have been brainwashed’, ‘you’re a dyke’. I could go into more horrible terms but, they can get quite derogatory and I have been threatened as well.”

And it’s an issue affecting some groups more than others.

Almost 2,500 young people across Australia aged between 12-17 were surveyed for research commissioned by the Office of the eSafety Commisioner and the Department of Education and Training.

The research revealed young people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, Indigenous people and youth who identify as LGBTI were the most frequent targets of online hate.

The most targeted group was Muslims, with 53 per cent responding that they had faced harmful online content.

That was well ahead of asylum seekers and Indigenous people at 37 per cent respectively.

Behind them, in order, were refugees, Asians, LGBTI people, Africans, Jews and Christians.

Respect, responsibility and empathy

eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said the research has led to the creation of new online resources for young people to help them cope with the problem.

‘The age most people should be starting social media is 13, but we know there is a lot of peer pressure by young people to join Instagram and Snapchat at the age of 12.”

“Parents are always the frontline defence for protecting their children online”: Julie Inman Grant .AAP

Ms Inman Grant said ‘So the Young’ and eSafe initiative was set up to help young people build critical thinking skills, resilience and teach them more about respect, responsibility and empathy online.

“So they can demonstrate those values, but so they can also deal with conflict, hate and racism when they encounter it.”

The Young & eSafe resources were developed in consultation with the Australian Multicultural Foundation to make sure they were relevant to a broad range of young people.

Hass Dellal, the Executive Director for the Multicultural Foundation, says one of the benefits of the resource is that it was created for young people by young people.  

“It looks at the power to act so when there is an issue, who do you speak to? Who do you go to? Empowering other young people to unite together and oppose these sort of online hate messages.”

Mr Dellal also said the tool encourages more communication within families to combat the issue.

“I think it’s important for parents to be able to recognise early warning signs where young people are having difficulty or being troubled. And I think what the tool does is it teaches young people how to engage with your families.”

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eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant agrees parents needed to play a bigger role in monitoring their children’s online usage.

“I believe that parents are always the frontline defence for protecting their children online but for also encouraging them to demonstrate those values online that they’d like them to live as global citizens.”

Ms Inman Grant said parents need to start educating their children early about online safety.

“When kids start swiping the iPad at the age of three, they need to understand the digital do’s and don’ts.”

As someone who has lived through online abuse, Jess Vaughan said she wants young people to know that there is life beyond online bullying.

“Everyone tells you ‘it will get better. It does, it does’. At that point of time you don’t really want to hear that.

“Just take a breath, take a step and know you are being your true self and there are services out there that can help you reach out. It’s not silly to reach out, it actually makes you a stronger person than if you didn’t reach out. So reach out. It’s so important.”

The resource can be found here.


Leveson’s parents speak at inquest about their loss

Faye Leveson’s son won’t be wearing his favourite suit when his family finally gives him a funeral.


Parts of Matthew Leveson’s body will likely never be recovered from the Royal National Park south of Sydney and they can’t dress a skeleton, she says.

People in the courtroom cried on Friday as she delivered her closing statement to the inquest into the 20-year-old’s September 2007 death.

Ms Leveson said she saw her son exhumed piece by piece three months ago before his bones were arranged on a dirty tarp on the ground.

His skull was in pieces, and his hands and feet were among the body parts missing.

“We had to watch them pack Matty up and place him in white cardboard boxes that were then walked past us and placed in the boot of a car,” she said.

“Some of his bones were placed in brown paper bags and taken away on the final day of the search. No one should ever have to see that.”

Ms Leveson spoke with anger about her son’s then-boyfriend, Michael Peter Atkins, who last year agreed to lead police to Matthew’s remains in exchange for immunity from contempt of court and perjury charges.

She held a photo of her son’s bones on a table and another of him smiling for the camera and told Atkins’ legal team: “I want you to look.”

“If (Atkins) was truly genuine and loved Matt as he says, he would have told us where Matt was on September 23, 2007,” she said.

“The only reason he gave us back Matt in May this year is because he was under threat of having to go to jail on perjury charges.”

Atkins, now 54, was acquitted of Mr Leveson’s murder by a Supreme Court jury in 2009.

Police offered him the deal to take them to Mr Leveson’s remains in November 2016 after he admitted lying to police during their investigation and lying under oath while giving evidence to the inquest.

In a statement, Atkins gave a new account of the night Mr Leveson died, telling police he decided to bury the body to protect his reputation after he found his young boyfriend dead from a drug overdose.

Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott on Friday said she wouldn’t force Atkins to give further evidence at the inquest. She said he’d consistently lied and had no credibility as a witness.

She noted if Atkins was shown to have lied in his most recent statement to police he could again be at risk of perjury charges.

“I think that prospect is more likely that not,” she said.

However, she said calling Atkins for the purpose of exposing him to potential perjury charges was well outside her statutory functions.

The inquest has been adjourned until September 26.

Former Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour paid $10.8 million: 2017 report

Mr Fahour was paid $6.


8 million in the 2017 financial year, according to the company’s remuneration report released on Friday.

That amount was boosted by an additional $4 million in incentives awarded from 2015 and 2016.

Mr Fahour’s parting pay included $1.75 million in superannuation, and much more than the estimated amount of $5.6 million estimate which did the rounds in the lead-up to his abrupt resignation in the face of criticism.

Australia Post has nearly trebled its full-year profit to $95 million in Fahour’s final year as chief executive, boosted by another strong performance by its parcels unit.

Parcels’ pre-tax profit rose 4.8 per cent to $299.7 million in what Australia Post said was a very competitive market, but the number of letters sent in the 12 months to June 30 fell by another 11.8 per cent with that business losing $180.2 million before tax.

Overall net profit rose from $36 million in 2016 and Christine Corbett – who is acting chief executive following Mr Fahour’s departure amid a furore over the size of his pay – said Australia Post’s move to becoming a major player in delivering goods bought online was paying off.

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She said the success of the parcels business, which was the cornerstone of the turnaround from a $222 million full-year loss in 2015, was allowing Australia Post to reinvest in other parts of its business

“Last Christmas, we had our largest ever parcel delivery day, with more than two million parcels delivered in a single day, and we’ve continued to experience strong growth throughout what is traditionally a quieter second half,” Ms Corbett said.

“With new entrants to the market contributing to overall growth in e-commerce volumes, we expect our parcels business to continue to grow, allowing for reinvestment in customer initiatives like MyPost, parcel lockers and digital trusted services.”

December 12 was Australia Post’s biggest ever day for parcel delivery.

Strong parcels growth is expected to continue in the 2018 financial year but further declines in letter volumes will put pressure on Australia Post’s bottom line, Ms Corbett said.

“The letters business still presents a significant challenge, with our largest ever 12-month volume decline experienced this year,” she said.

“We need to continue to ensure this business is sustainable, while managing the declining foot traffic in post offices, and we are speaking with the community on how they may use the letters service in the future.”

Former Blackmores chief executive Christine Holgate has agreed to become Mr Fahour’s permanent replacement.

Australia Post’s full year profitsNet profit $95m vs $ 36mRevenue up 3.7pct to $6.81bEBITDA up 29.1pct to $516m