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Christmas provides food for thought at Ferrari

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Media invited to the team’s Fiorano test track to attend the traditional seasonal lunch in a building next to Enzo Ferrari’s old house knew what to expect when former chairman Luca di Montezemolo was in charge.


Like a Medici prince of old, sitting in the middle of a long table, the elegant Italian would hold court and pronounce on anything and everything that vexed or pleased him.

At last year’s gathering, his last such occasion, the impeccably dressed 67-year-old merely toyed with a salad as the steaming tortellini in brodo and sliced cotechino con lenticchie (pork sausage with lentils) were served.

Over the course of the meal, Montezemolo would lay into the sport’s over-complex rules, with particular scorn for any that he considered disadvantageous for Ferrari, and emphasise the need to improve the show.

There was much to displease him at the end of 2013, with a new V6 turbo hybrid engine formula in the offing, and he did not hold back.

The menu was unchanged when the media returned to Fiorano on Monday, and new Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne also had plenty to get his teeth into after a dismal season for Formula One’s oldest, most glamorous and successful team.

But the style, two months after Montezemolo’s departure and with double world champion Fernando Alonso also gone along with a host of others, was different.

His helicopter’s arrival delayed by fog in Turin, the Fiat Chrysler chief executive showed he meant business — even if he prefers a wool sweater to a business suit — by addressing the media at a formal news conference with new principal Maurizio Arrivabene alongside.

Questions about the auto industry, flotations and the wider world of finance were declared off limits as Marchionne focussed on Formula One.

In a rhetorical flourish that Montezemolo would have approved of, he said the rules appeared to have been written by a bunch of bar room drunkards. But otherwise his message avoided hyperbole.

Whereas Montezemolo liked to invoke the spirit of Ferrari, and spoke passionately about the magic of Maranello, Marchionne was more matter of fact.

This year was best forgotten, he said, and next season will be still hard. But the right people are now in place for future success.

With that, he and Arrivabene — who has joined from sponsor Philip Morris and bears a passing resemblance to the Marlboro man with cigarette in hand — retired to lunch. On their own table. The time for speeches was over.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Patrick Johnston)

It’s becoming easier to shop overseas

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This holiday season, it’s almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from your local store.


International online payment services like AliPay and PayPal are trying to ensure that a South Carolina fashionista can buy a faux fur vest from China with just a few clicks on her computer and a New Zealand bikie can use his smartphone to pick up a rare part from a Colorado company.

These services come as shoppers and retailers alike have a growing appetite to buy items from any country, regardless of distance and regulations. In fact, a PayPal report estimates that by 2018, about 130 million shoppers will be spending over $US300 billion ($A324.59 billion) a year across the border, up from $US105 billion in 2013.

“The reality is pretty much nothing in a store is locally produced, so 99 per cent of what you’re buying is already a cross-border transaction. We’re cutting out the middle-man,” said Anuj Nayar, senior director of global initiatives at PayPal, which is being spun off by eBay Inc.

Companies are working on fixing the biggest hurdles for international shopping: The perception that it costs a lot and takes a long time.

They’re handling the conversion of currency behind-the-scenes and giving shoppers the prices in their own currency.

They’re including tariffs and customs duties in the overall price of an item. And they’re being transparent about shipping times and enabling shoppers track packages online.

Online retailers are benefiting from the interest in overseas shopping.

About 25 per cent of PayPal’s transactions, for example, are international, with about 2,000 cross-border transactions per minute.

And some retailers that work with PayPal, like Australian-based companies KeepCup, which sells reusable coffee cups, and WallFry, which sells wall art for children’s rooms, have opened warehouses in other countries like the US and UK to keep up with demand from overseas.

Pro’s Closet in Boulder, Colorado, which was founded in 2005 as an online-only bike parts and accessories store, also has seen big gains.

By selling on eBay and working with PayPal, 45 per cent of the company’s orders are international. Orders come in regularly from shoppers in Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil and China.

The 27-year-old, whose neat line in Australian slang has made him a favourite with rugby fans Down Under, was released from his Force contract at the end of last season on compassionate grounds to take up a lucrative deal in Japan.


That ruled him out of international contention under Australian Rugby Union (ARU) rules but an appearance for the Barbarians against the Wallabies in England prompted a rethink.

“In November I was given an opportunity to play for the Barbarians,” he said in a Force media release on Tuesday.

“Walking off the field after the match at Twickenham was a surreal experience, knowing I had just played against my country. It definitely lit a fire within and had me thinking about what could have been.

“But I heard a bloke say at the end of the Super Rugby season that he hadn’t heard no fat lady sing.”

Cummins, who has scored six tries in 15 tests for Australia, will see out the season at the Red Sparks before moving back to Perth and then return to the Fukuoka-based club for the 2015-16 Japanese Top League season.

“I’m stoked to be back on the burst and returning to Australian rugby in 2015,” Cummins added.

“Thanks to the Western Force and more importantly the Red Sparks in Japan for making my return back to Australia possible.

“Gonna be a huge year. Can’t wait to get amongst it.”

Cummins decided to move to Japan after his father — who was named Queensland’s Father of the Year in 2012 for raising eight children, two with cystic fibrosis — was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, Cummins adopted the nickname Honey Badger after seeing a documentary about the ferocious defensive abilities of the carnivorous mammal.

His shaggy blond hair and moustache add to the comic effect but the rangy 6ft-2in (1.89m) winger is also a significant attacking threat and was in outstanding form for the Force in their best ever season in 2014.

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)


Watson, under pressure for his place at number three in the batting order, was knocked to the ground when a short ball from James Pattinson hit him flush on the helmet.


“Shane Watson shaken up, but OK, after helmet blow,” Cricket Australia tweeted.

Pattinson was also shaken up by the incident, which came less than a month after former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes was killed by injuries sustained when he was hit by a short ball in a domestic match in Sydney.

JUST IN: Shane Watson shaken up, but OK, after helmet blow while Mitch Starc has also been struck: 苏州半永久网,深圳上门按摩,/H1EY9z8DY2 #AUSvIND

— cricket苏州半永久会所,苏州半永久, (@CricketAus) December 22, 2014

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc also left the session early after being hit on the knee by a ball but his likely replacement in the side, Ryan Harris, was apparently untroubled by the thigh injury that ruled him out of the second test.

The hosts, who take a 2-0 lead into the Boxing Day test, already had injury concerns over David Warner, who skipped the session to nurse a thumb injury he sustained on the final day of the four-wicket victory in Brisbane on Saturday.

The aggressive opener, one of Australia’s best performers with the bat this year, had little doubt in his own mind that he would be ready to go by Friday.

“I will definitely be playing, I will be doing everything I can,” he told reporters when the team arrived in Melbourne on Monday.

“Obviously it’s a bit painful, it’s the one I broke before, but I’m not missing a Boxing Day test, that’s for sure.”

Uncapped batsman Joe Burns was brought into the squad on Sunday to cover for injured all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, while captain Michael Clarke will miss the rest of the series after surgery on a hamstring problem.

Shane Watson has left the nets after he was struck on the helmet. Here he is with Dr Brukner a short time later pic.twitter苏州半永久会所,/aThe4cePV4

— cricket苏州半永久会所,苏州半永久, (@CricketAus) December 22, 2014


(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Patrick Johnston)

IAG says NZ quake cost rising

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Insurance Australia Group (IAG) expects the final claim cost for earthquakes that hit Christchurch, New Zealand to increase by between $NZ750 million and $NZ1 billion ($A698.


23 million and $A930.97 million).

IAG said the revised figures follow an increase in forecast repair and rebuild costs, the continued notification of new household claims that have exceeded the Earthquake Commission’s $NZ100,000 limit, and a series of adverse court judgments which have impacted the insurance industry.

The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, also affected the Canterbury region of the South Island, the severest of which had a magnitude of 7.1 that struck on September 4, 2010.

IAG released its revised cost estimates in a statement to the Australian stock exchange on Tuesday.

It said a formal assessment of its costs position would be finalised in conjunction with its fiscal 2015 first half results, due for release on February 18.

“In its commercial negotiations associated with its 2015 reinsurance program renewal, IAG has proceeded on the basis that the majority of this increase relates to the 22 February 2011 event, with claim costs now expected to exceed the previously notified $NZ3.25 billion ($A3.03 billion),” the insurer said.

That quake caused massive damage and killed 185 people.

IAG said that, at this stage, it believes it will finalise claims for the February 22, 2011 quake within its $NZ4 billion ($A3.72 billion) reinsurance limit.

IAG confirmed it was on track to deliver its full year insurance margin guidance of between 13.5 per cent and 15.5 per cent.

Melbourne man may have met foul play

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Missing Melbourne man Jake Lyon may have met with foul play.


Police are searching a Springvale park hoping to find something that will lead them to the 20-year-old who has been missing since August.

Detective Inspector Jill Dyson from the cold case and missing persons squad says Mr Lyon was last seen at his Dandenong North home and hadn’t been in contact with family or friends.

His bank accounts have also not been touched.

“I think four months is a very long time, so to me that makes it suspicious,” Det Insp Dyson said.

Mr Lyon’s car, a Holden Astra, was found at Warner Reserve six days after his disappearance and police believe it may have been there since the day he vanished.

Det Insp Dyson said police were focusing Tuesday’s search on the area where the car was found, including a culvert and a lake.

It’s unclear if Mr Lyon went to the park to meet someone, and police don’t know whether Mr Lyon was taken from the car or left of his own accord.

Det Insp Dyson said there was nothing in Mr Lyon’s background that would indicate foul play and he did not have the resources to set himself up somewhere else.

They’ve not ruled out self-harm, but say they would have expected to find some evidence if that was the case.

With just two days before Christmas, Det Insp Dyson said Mr Lyon’s family were distressed and looking for answers.

“We will continue to investigate until we find out what happened to Jake,” she said.

Information received by police within the past month is being investigated, but no suspects have been identified.

Police are believed to have taken items from Mr Lyon’s home, but were unable to comment other than to say they are not pursuing computer evidence.

On Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in the stomach.


If that were all he did, most of us would never have heard of him today.

We live in a country where shooting your ex-girlfriend is at most local news. According to media reports, the management of Thompson’s apartment complex distributed a letter to other residents stating that her shooting was the result of a “domestic dispute” in order to reassure them that “this was a private, isolated incident.” When three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every single day in the United States, domestic violence is just another routine event—merely a landlord-tenant-relations issue of no concern to anyone else.

Of course, later that day Brinsley went on to murder New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, so we now know that his shooting of Thompson was no private, isolated incident. The more difficult question is why anyone ever assumed that it was.

Too often, our society resists taking domestic violence and other forms of gendered violence, such as stalking and sexual assault, as seriously as other kinds of violence. We need to stop dismissing gendered violence and start learning from the pattern present in one incident after another. Men who engage in violence at home are often men who engage in violence outside the home. And men who devalue women’s lives are, by definition, men who devalue human lives.

Brinsley is far from the first to lay bare the connection between gendered violence and other violent acts. Before Cho Seung-Hui killed more than 30 people in the horrific Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, police investigated him for two separate reports of stalking by female classmates.

This year, not long before Elliot Rodger launched a shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, that left six dead and 13 wounded, he authored angry and misogynistic tirades in various online forums, threw coffee on “two hot blonde girls” at a bus stop after they failed to smile at him, and tried to push women over a ledge at a party.

What if the media had reported extensively on Monis’ history of violent misogyny with no mention of his Islamic faith?

And just a few days ago, Man Haron Monis held 17 people hostage for more than 12 hours in a coffee shop in what quickly became known as the Sydney siege, which culminated in the deaths of two hostages as well as Monis. Both during and after the hostage standoff, considerable attention focused on Monis’ Islamic ties and purported religious extremism. Yet far less note was made of his extensive history of violence against women. At the time of the standoff, he was out on bail for charges relating to the murder of his ex-wife, whom he had also threatened and stalked, and he had been charged with more than 40 sexual assault offenses dating from 2000 and allegedly involving seven different women. As Clementine Ford aptly observed, this information “paint[s] an incredibly disturbing picture of someone with a deep and aggressive hatred for women.” Yet this disturbing pattern of violence against women apparently failed to raise the kind of red flags that would have led to confinement—or at least closer supervision—of Monis.

We need to stop seeing these various manifestations of misogyny—aggression, stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault—as a separate species of problem. Certainly men who engage in violence against women often do so for gendered reasons. Sometimes men are angry when women don’t obey them. Sometimes men feel that women owe them something. And women often suffer when they don’t act the way men want them to. But the consequences of misogyny and gendered violence don’t stop with women.

Unsurprisingly, research has linked violence by men against women with other antisocial behavior. Researchers have long known that those who abuse their domestic partners are also more likely to abuse children and animals. While some perpetrators of domestic violence limit their violence to family members, research has shown that many others engage in violence in the community at large. Another study found that 68 percent of men in a sample of batterers exhibited other “problem behaviors,” such as fights, previous arrests, or drunk driving.

Given the clear connection between private and public acts of violence, the relative lack of media attention to Brinsley’s attack on Thompson is inexcusable. Although local media and Twitter linked her shooting to that of Liu and Ramos within a few hours, many mainstream media outlets failed to mention her or devoted only a single sentence to her shooting until much later.  

Imagine if the media focused on violent misogyny rather than ignoring it. What if the media described Brinsley’s shooting of Thompson without mentioning that he murdered two police officers? Or what if the media had reported extensively on Monis’ history of violent misogyny with no mention of his Islamic faith? I pose these hypotheticals not because I think that the media coverage should have taken that form, but rather because it is telling that such coverage is utterly unimaginable.

Certainly ending violence against women is a worthy aim in and of itself. But we also need to see misogyny as a warning sign both of violence against women and of violence, period. What if Seung-Hui’s stalking behavior had resulted in concrete punishment? What if Rodger’s aggression toward women had been taken more seriously? What if the various charges against Monis had been deemed sufficient to warrant his incarceration prior to trial?

Of course, taking gendered violence seriously is not a panacea. It’s not yet clear whether treating Brinsley’s shooting of his ex-girlfriend as a mere domestic dispute delayed the police in discovering his deadly intentions. Perhaps handling the event differently would have prevented the tragic deaths of Liu and Ramos. Perhaps it wouldn’t have.

What is clear is that gendered violence is often a prelude to other forms of violence. Moving forward, we should treat gendered violence as real violence, and its harms as part of a pattern that affects all of us.

Nancy Leong is an associate professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she teaches and researches constitutional rights and discrimination. 

© Slate 2014 

Two New York police officers were shot and killed on Saturday in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who is believed to have traveled from the Baltimore County area that day after shooting his ex-gilfriend around 5:45 a.


m. Baltimore County Police warned the NYPD that Brinsley’s cellphone had been traced to Brooklyn, but not in time to prevent the shootings.

The Baltimore County Police and the New York Police Department are inconsistent in their reporting about the exact time that Baltimore alerted New York to the suspect’s potential presence in Brooklyn. This discrepancy suggests that the use of outdated communication technology—fax machines and teleprinters—in these exhanges may be significant.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a press conference Saturday that the NYPD received a faxed wanted poster from Baltimore County Police at 2:45 p.m. Baltimore County Police said in a statement Saturday that they called the 70th Precinct in New York at 2:10 p.m. and also faxed the wanted poster at that time. The officers who were killed were from the 84th Precinct, but had been dispatched to the area the 79th precinct patrols to assist in a community violence reduction initiative.

The Baltimore County police also said that at 2:50 p.m., right as the two police officers were being murdered, they sent the information from the wanted posted to the NYPD’s “real-time crime center—essentially, a data warehouse” in the form of a teletype. Teletypes, also known as teleprinters, are typewriters that can independently type out messages sent over non-switched telephone circuits, the public telephone network, radio, or microwave links. They were popular for remote communication before fax machines and the rise of the Internet, and their use has declined since the 1980s. For example, the Teletype Corp. made its last teleprinter unit, the Teletype Dataspeed 40, which included a CRT monitor and a high-speed printer terminal, in 1979.

Police departments are *faxing* each other potentially life-saving information, in 2014 pic.twitter苏州半永久会所,/5hpqNsy7qY

— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 21, 2014

The Twitterverse quickly started discussing the old-skool technology and speculating about whether its use could have slowed communications.

Baltimore County Police did use analysis of Instagram posts to trace Brinsley’s phone to Brooklyn, but at that point the high-tech sleuthing gave way to retro communication. Fax machines are still frequently used by businesses and agencies instead of email to send sensitive communications, but they aren’t necessarily more secure. Depending on the type of line they connect to and whether the data being sent is encrypted, they may be secure or vulnerable to eavesdropping on the line.

Teleprinters may offer some security simply because they are obsolete, but their use in law enforcement seems to come from tradition. A Baltimore County Police Liaison told Slate that the department uses teleprinters because they’re “very reliable.”

© Slate 2014

Honey Badger back for Rugby World Cup

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The World Cup dream of Nick Cummins is alive again, with the Wallaby winger securing a loan deal back to the Western Force for the 2015 Super Rugby season.


Cummins was granted a release from his Force contract on compassionate grounds at the end of last season to sign a lucrative two-year deal with Japanese club Coca Cola Red Sparks.

The 27-year-old made the switch so he could provide financial support for his father Mark, who is battling cancer, and two other family members who have cystic fibrosis.

The move away from Australia made Cummins ineligible for Wallabies selection.

But by returning for the 2015 Super Rugby season, Cummins can be welcomed back into the Wallabies’ fold heading into the World Cup in England.

Cummins will then rejoin his Japanese club for their 2015/16 Top League campaign.

The man fondly known as the ‘Honey Badger’ showcased his dazzling skills while playing for the Barbarians against Australia in November.

But he said something didn’t feel quite right about the situation.

“Walking off the field after the match at Twickenham was a surreal experience, knowing I had just played against my country,” Cummins said.

“It definitely lit a fire within and had me thinking about what could have been.

“But I heard a bloke say at the end of the Super Rugby season that he hadn’t heard no fat lady sing.

“I’m stoked to be back on the burst and returning to Australian rugby in 2015.”

Cummins has been capped 15 times for the Wallabies, and his return will provide national coach Michael Cheika with some much-needed grunt on the wing.

Wing was a problem area at times for Australia this season.

But with Cummins and James O’Connor returning to Australian rugby, Cheika will have plenty of options up his sleeve.

The Force are also set to reap major rewards.

Cummins’ presence will give the Force’s finals hopes a big boost.

And his marketability in a state dominated by AFL is also a key asset.

“While most people are aware of Nick’s colourful personality, the character he displays in his performances on the field makes him an integral part of our team,” Force coach Michael Foley said.

“His ability to lighten the mood is balanced against a fierce determination to win and play for his mates, which was best evidenced by his performance against the Waratahs at home last season.”

Sri Lanka begin World Cup tune-up in NZ

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Sri Lanka will open hostilities against the Black Caps on Friday in their first tour of New Zealand for eight years, looking to acclimatise to conditions for the World Cup.


There are two Tests, the first in Christchurch from Boxing Day, but the emphasis is on the 50-over game, with seven one-dayers as a warm-up to the February-March tournament co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

“We have to be mentally and physically fit for the most-important game on February 14,” coach Marvan Atapattu said, referring to the clash with New Zealand in the World Cup opener.

Sri Lanka humiliated England 5-2 in a one-day series, a result that contributed to Alastair Cook’s sacking as limited-overs captain, and notched Test and ODI series wins over Pakistan in August.

But skipper Angelo Mathews said he expected a tough match against New Zealand, particularly since Mahela Jayawardene’s retirement from the long form of the game to concentrate on a World Cup swansong.

“We’re playing without Mahela for the first time in about 18 years and that’s going to be a challenge for us.

“But there’s pressure on all of us anyway. This is going to be a challenging series. Playing against New Zealand in New Zealand is going to be tough. They’ve been playing really good cricket in the recent past.”

Sri Lanka will be without Rangana Herath for the opening Test, the spinner straining a hamstring against England.

Only Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene have experienced New Zealand’s seam-friendly wickets before in tests.

“Getting used to the conditions will be key for us,” said Mathews.

“We’ve been playing a lot of cricket in the sub-continent over the last six months or so, so we really need to make the most of our practice sessions and try and adapt to these conditions as best we can.”

Sri Lanka, 1996 World Cup winners and runners-up in 2007 and 2011, are fourth in the ODI rankings and fifth in the Test standings, with New Zealand placed sixth and seventh respectively.

The Kiwis, who recently drew a Test series and their ODI series with Pakistan in the UAE, want to make a statement to home fans ahead of the World Cup.

Under Brendon McCullum’s aggressive leadership, they have shown they can compete with the best and are desperate to build momentum leading into the World Cup.