Could Sunday be Prince George’s day?

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Australians so far have caught only a glimpse of baby Prince George, but that may all change on Sunday.

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Since he arrived in Sydney with his parents, the youngster has been kept out of sight at Admiralty House while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have undertaken a hectic schedule.

Huge and enthusiastic crowds turned out for Prince William and Kate at their appearances at the Opera House, Blue Mountains, Royal Easter Show , Manly beach, Amberley RAAF base and Brisbane.

George has been remembered – and inundated with presents – at each of these events, but none was really suitable for a near nine-month-old baby.

In New Zealand, he proved himself a royal at his first official duty when he “hosted” a play group event with other babies his age at Government House.

There is no guarantee George will make a public appearance at any event in Australia, and if he does, it will depend on his mood and health.

On their last day in Sydney, the duke and duchess will visit Taronga Zoo to unveil the new bilby enclosure named after their son as part of Australia’s gift following his birth.

If you were a betting person, this could be when George makes his official Australian debut.

And if George does make the short trip from Admiralty House to the zoo, it will be his second close encounter with Australian native animals – if you count the giant stuffed wombat soft toy Governor-General Peter Cosgrove gave him on Wednesday.

The Cambridges are also scheduled to feed tree kangaroos, walk past giraffes, enjoy a bird show, and take in the rhino conservation display at the zoo, before the family flies to Canberra.

William and Kate will start Sunday by attending Easter Sunday services at St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral in the city.

The royal family’s first official visit to Australia has been a resounding success so far.

In Brisbane on Saturday, they were overwhelmed with the 10,000 strong crowd who waited in 28C heat and sunshine for a chance to meet them after a civic reception.

Earlier, they paid homage to Australia’s military personnel with a visit to Amberley RAAF base where they planted a tree in the memorial guardian and met the family of four diggers who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Indeed it is bittersweet. I’d rather have Dave here, and the reason we’re here is because he’s not,” Nicole Pearce, whose husband David died in Oruzgan province in 2007.

“But I think he would be really proud, really honoured to think we had an opportunity like this.”

William, a former RAF helicopter pilot, and Kate were given a full ceremonial welcome to the base and got to try a Super Hornet and simulator.

Kate, dressed in an elegant knee length white dress with a blue poppy motif, took up her husband’s challenge when he asked: “Do you fancy jumping in the back”.

Indeed she did fancy jumping in – but she took the front seat.

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Collingwood crush Kangaroos in AFL clash

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Collingwood’s 108kg wrecking ball, Travis Cloke, is back in town and has torn North Melbourne’s defence apart at the MCG.

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After just four goals in the opening four rounds of the AFL season, Cloke returned to his dominant best on Saturday with four goals in his side’s 35-point win.

The Magpies led by 33 points at halftime and won 13.15 (93) to 8.10 (58). Both sides managed only three goals in the second half in front of a crowd of 57,116.

It was Collingwood’s third win of the season, giving the Magpies a confidence boost before Friday’s Anzac Day blockbuster against Essendon.

Cloke also pulled down a game-high five contested marks.

North’s defeat ends a three-match unbeaten run, and the report of fullback Scott Thompson for striking Cloke in the stomach adds to the Kangaroos’ concerns.

Not only was 2013 All-Australian Cloke looking dangerous and should have probably bagged six goals, but tagger Brent Macaffer gave another big performance.

Macaffer, whose holding tactics were under scrutiny in the media this week, kept Nick Dal Santo to 21 disposals and limited the triple All-Australian’s influence.

Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan was dominant with a game-high 35 touches for the Magpies, and Steele Sidebottom was also in tremendous form.

Onballer Ben Cunnington was among North’s better players.

Lindsay Thomas, who limped off at the end with a possible corked thigh, and Ryan Bastinac kicked two goals each for North, but big Drew Petrie was goal-less.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praised his side for pressuring the Kangaroos into mistakes and forcing turnovers.

Pressed on Cloke’s performance, Buckley added: “We expect the same effort and attitude and competitiveness from him as we do from any one of our players.

“He brought it in spades today,” Buckley said.

Buckley said it was Collingwood’s most-complete performance of the season.

“I rate them as a side. They’re up and about and we were able to blunt them pretty early, which was important,” he said.

North coach Brad Scott said Cloke had been unstoppable early.

“We were certainly on the backfoot with the way we succumbed to their pressure early and we couldn’t respond,” he said.

“And certainly the way Cloke got a hold of the game in that first and second quarter (was influential).”

Asked about Thompson’s report, Scott said the defender had the old-fashioned attitude that forwards should be made to earn their kicks.

“You’d be shattered if you got a week for that, wouldn’t you,” Scott said.

North travel to Perth to play Fremantle on Friday.

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Neymar set for World Cup despite injury

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Brazilian football star Neymar says he will be well enough to play in the World Cup in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season.

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The 22-year-old Barcelona player injured his left foot on Wednesday during a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Spain’s Copa del Rey final.

FC Barcelona said on Thursday he would be benched for four weeks and could miss the rest of the club season.

With less than two months to go, Neymar however promised to be healthy on time to play in the World Cup.

“I always had a bit of fear” the injury would force me to “stay out … of the World Cup”, Neymar told Globo TV on Friday.

“But within the next three weeks I’ll be back and I hope to play Barcelona’s last game,” he said.

Brazil coach Felipe Scolari plans for Neymar to lead his country’s hopes for a sixth World Cup title on home soil in June.

In the meantime, Neymar will stay in shape by exercising with weights and in the pool, the medical department of Brazil’s national team said after talking with Barcelona.

“It’s horrible to be out, without training, without playing, and to see your comrades playing and training,” he told Globo.

Neymar will be the second-youngest player to wear the No.10 shirt for the Selecao at a World Cup.

Pele famously made the shirt his own as a 17-year-old at the 1958 finals and again in 1962 before another crown in 1970.

In an April 4 interview with Lance sports daily, Neymar said “no match will be easy” in the World Cup as Brazil, who lost the final to Uruguay when they last staged the tournament at home in 1950, take on the Croatians, Mexico and Cameroon in their pool.

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Thunderbirds humbled in netball thumping

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The Melbourne Vixens might have forced the lowest score in the history of the trans-Tasman competition, but their coach is still waiting for a four-quarter performance from her ladder-leading team.

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The Vixens smashed reigning champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Saturday, running out massive 38-goal winners and dominating the scoreboard 64-26.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis was delighted with the all-court pressure of her team, but believes there are still areas for improvement.

“You would not have called that result at the start of the game, but I knew we were very focused on building on what we have done in the past three weeks, and doing it here at home,” she said.

While McKinnis said the performance was the Vixens’ best for the season, it wasn’t perfect.

“It was not four quarters. Still, I was blown away by the first quarter. In the first quarter, our statement was made and they continued to push that and that was impressive it,” she said.

The Vixens’ intent was obvious from the start of the match. Defenders Geva Mentor and Bianca Chatfield smothered the Thunderbirds at their attacking end, while the accuracy of the Thunderbirds faltered under pressure. Vixens goal shooters Karyn Bailey and Tegan Caldwell shot at 100 per cent early in the match.

The Thunderbirds’ Erin Bell couldn’t find her long-range prowess, and after the opening quarter Carla Borrego was benched. She returned later as a surprise goalkeeper in a bid to stop to Bailey, who would end the day with 34 goals from 36 attempts.

Since back-to-back losses in rounds three and four, the Vixens have won four consecutive games to stamp their authority on the season.

McKinnis said the team never panicked.

“We are just getting better at what we do and that was our focus from those losses,” she said. “There was never any panic. It was just what to we need to improve on from each game. It was identifying what we needed to do, how do we can better at what we do, and we have done that each game and got better each week, and that has to continue from here on.”

After winning their opening three games of the season, the Thunderbirds have lost the past four. Next week is a must-win game for the reigning champions if they want a chance at defending their title.

However, it will be a difficult game because they travel to New Zealand to face Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, who sit second on the table.

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Drone kills 15 ‘Qaeda’, 3 Civilians in Yemen: Security

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The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said.

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The three civilians were passing by in another car.

   

The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

   

Last month, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi defended the use of drones against Al-Qaeda in his country, which has killed dozens of militants in a sharply intensified campaign over the past year.

   

Drone strikes “have greatly helped in limiting Al-Qaeda activities, despite some mistakes which we are sorry about,” Hadi told the pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily.

   

The drone programme has come under criticism from human rights activists concerned over civilian casualties.

   

The United Nations said 16 civilians were killed and at least 10 wounded when two separate wedding processions were targeted in December.

   

The victims had been mistakenly identified as members of Al-Qaeda, it quoted local security officials as saying at the time.

   

Following the deaths, Yemen’s parliament voted for a ban on drone strikes, but analysts say lawmakers are unlikely to be able to halt the US campaign.

   

The United States has defended the drone campaign, which allows it to target Al-Qaeda without the use of ground forces in lawless areas where authorities cannot or will not act against the group.

   

Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and the home base of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has been linked to a number of failed attacks on the US homeland.

   

The group has taken advantage of the weakening of the central government since 2011, when a popular uprising erupted that eventually forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

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Wills, Kate showered with gifts for George

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Adoring royal watchers have showered flowers, and gifts for Prince George, on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a public walk in Brisbane.

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Under a clear blue sky and in 28C heat, Prince William and his wife Kate are taking their time greeting thousands of well wishers who’ve turned out to mark their fleeting visit to the city.

Crowds up to 20 deep in places have lined a street in Brisbane’s South Bank park precinct for a brush with royalty.

Cheers and shrieks followed the couple as they made their way along the route, stopping to chat to the old, young and everyone in between.

The duchess needed an army of helpers to pass on the gifts handed over security barricades – everything from modest posies of carnations, to stuffed kangaroos, chocolate bunnies, and a soccer ball bearing a map of Australia.

The crowd was a pitching sea of mobile phones, as everyone jostled for a photo with the couple, who then climbed into a car, bound for the airport and a full schedule of events in Sydney on Easter Sunday.

The duchess was generous with her time, raising more raucous cheers and chants of “Kate, Kate, Kate” as she greeted supporters waving Australian flags, sporting toy tiaras and crowns, and plastic versions of the crown jewels.

“I touched her, I touched her,” one lady squealed after begin able to shake Kate’s hand.

The duchess spent a few moments chatting to a young girl of six or seven – all dressed up in a white satin dress, hot pink shoes and a green cast on her broken arm.

There was time too for an older lady dressed in a fuchsia pink top, who was among those who collectively handed over thousands of blooms in every colour.

The walk wrapped up the couple’s fleeting Queensland visit.

Sunday’s events in Sydney include attending an Easter Sunday church service and a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

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Lungs, leaf blowers get festival workout

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It sounded like there was 80 panting puppies in the room but there was only a guide dog in the corner and it was sleeping.

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Riley Lee, an American ethnomusicologist and grand master of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), is teaching people the art of breathing at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

It’s something festival goers have been doing all their lives, but Dr Lee says most people’s breathing is too shallow, bordering on mild hyperventilation.

Attention to breath helps people to live longer.

“You won’t ever have more than 24 hours in the day but there might be more days,” he says.

All it takes is five minutes of breathing exercises a day, same amount of time as teeth brushing, to enjoy the health benefits.

The first of his series of 10 simple breathing exercises involves deep panting.

“It’s probably the first time today that many people in this room have breathed deeply,” he laments.

Next the class is channelling puppy dogs with shallow panting exercises.

There’s a black Labrador guide dog in the corner asleep that doesn’t even stir.

After doing “sea breathing” whistling through teeth to make ocean noises, it’s time to empty one’s lungs and hold breath for 30 seconds.

At the end as the students gasp for air, angelic voices from a festival performance seep into the room.

“Do you not feel alive?” Dr Lee asks.

Over in the Majestic Tent, the Pants Down Circus are also experimenting with air – they’re wielding leaf blowers amid the hoopla of human skipping ropes, juggling, tennis racquet contortion, pipe balancing and back flips.

Caz Walsh, Hannah Cryle, Joshua Phillips and Idris Stanton leave the audience gasping for breath with their death-defying antics.

And while the act’s name is slightly misleading, Phillips’ bare arm muscles will keep the ladies happy.

* The folk festival is on over the Easter long weekend at Exhibition Park.

Organisers are expecting crowds of 52,000 across the five-day event, which is in its 48th year.

Among the world musical delights of ukuleles, Celtic mandolins and acapella street choirs are poetry slams and swing dancing.

This year’s line-up includes British folk icon Martin Carthy, American Blues legend Woody Mann and Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach.

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UN needs a dose of Rudd: Carr

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Former foreign minister Bob Carr believes the United Nations could do with a dose of Kevin Rudd’s “legendary forcefulness”.

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There’s been some speculation Mr Rudd covets the United Nations secretary general gig.

The incumbent Ban Ki-moon finishes his second term in 2016.

Mr Carr on Saturday told reporters at a Sydney bookstore, while spruiking his memoir, that Mr Rudd had his support.

“He would be a very strong credible candidate,” Mr Carr said.

“It would be the most natural thing in the world for him to stand.”

The race was wide open.

“I think the forcefulness Kevin showed sometimes in selling a case might be considered by some in the UN as an advantage,” Mr Carr said.

A lot of members of the UN General Assembly liked Mr Rudd’s agenda and Australia’s international personality.

“Climate change, arms control, protection of marine environment were things that appealed,” Mr Carr said.

During Australia’s bid to win a seat on the Security Council Mr Carr said 14 members from the Caribbean had been impressed by Mr Rudd’s apology to the Aboriginal stolen generation.

“These things would stand him in good stead if he chooses to stand,” Mr Carr said.

He denied that Australia’s harsh treatment of asylum seekers at detention camps on Nauru and Manus Island could count against the former prime minister.

The UN General Assembly appoints the secretary general on the recommendation of the Security Council.

The five permanent Security Council members – France, Britain, China, Russia and the US – have the power to veto candidates.

A spokeswoman for Mr Rudd said the appointments for UN secretary general are made on a cyclical geographical basis and the next one would come from eastern Europe.

“Last time I looked, Australia was not in Eastern Europe,” she said.

“For those reasons, Mr Rudd is not a candidate.”

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War widow touched by Kate’s sympathy

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War widow Nicole Pearce says her meeting with the Duchess of Cambridge was a surreal and privileged experience, but she desperately wishes it could have been under different circumstances.

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It’s been almost seven years since a roadside bomb claimed the life of her husband, Trooper David Pearce, just two weeks into a tour of Afghanistan.

Her daughters Stephanie and Hanna lost their father. She lost the man she loved, and, for too many years, any sense of a normal life.

Nothing can bring her 41-year-old husband back but the widow was touched by the duchess’s heartfelt concern for her family.

Kate and Prince William spoke with four families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq during their tour of Queensland’s Amberley RAAF base on Saturday.

“She asked how long David had been in the military for and how long he’d been overseas when he was killed,” Mrs Pearce told the Nine Network.

“She was sincerely quite sad for us to think David was only over there for two weeks when he was killed. She seemed very, very genuine and she was very sweet.”

It was a bitter sweet occasion for the family.

“I’d rather have Dave here. The reason we’re here is because he’s not,” Mrs Pearce said.

“But I think he would be really proud, really honoured to think we had an opportunity like this.”

The royal couple also spoke with the grieving families of Lance Corporal Stjepan “Rick” Milosevic – one of three Australians killed by a rogue Afghan soldier in 2012, Private Matthew Lambert, who also died in Afghanistan, and Flight Lt Paul Pardoel who died in Iraq.

Earlier the couple had bowed their heads after planting a tree at Amberley’s memorial garden, in honour of the service and sacrifice of Royal Australian Air Force personnel.

But they also made time for some lighter moments on the fourth day of their Australian tour.

There was some banter over just who would sit in the hot seat of a F/A-18F Super Hornet stationed at the base. Kate won, with former RAF helicopter pilot William banished to the back seat of the fighter jet.

The couple also chatted easily with dignitaries including Premier Campbell Newman and Governor Penelope Wensley, and air force families.

Kate’s elegant white dress, with its blue poppy motif, was an understated but unmistakable nod to the flower that is a symbol of remembrance for the military community.

Within minutes of her appearance in Brisbane, the dress, by UK fashion house L.K. Bennett, was out of stock, and websites were crashing under the weight of traffic.

Kate accepted gifts of flowers for herself and presents for baby Prince George from several small children, including a boomerang and some pyjamas.

The young prince will have to wait to receive his gifts as he remained in Sydney for the day.

A small crowd of service families waited hours in the hot sun for a glimpse of the royal couple as they left the base for Brisbane.

“It was wonderful, well worth the wait” said Donna Caesar after Kate accepted a bouquet of roses from her excited 12-year-old daughter Amelia.

“She was lovely and very pretty,” the youngster said.

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China sacks state firm head amid corruption allegations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has pursued a highly-publicised anti-graft drive since taking office, vowing to go after both senior “tigers” and low-level “flies”.

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The ruling Communist Party sacked Song Lin as chairman and party chief of China Resources, one of just over a hundred key state-owned enterprises administered directly by the central government, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

   

China Resources (Holdings) Co., a Fortune magazine Global 500 company in 2013, has a range of business interests including the retail, power, property, natural gas and pharmaceutical sectors, according to its website.

   

Song was suspected of “serious violations of discipline and law,” Xinhua said, but gave no details. The terminology suggests the allegations relate to corruption.

   

The announcement of Song’s removal came just two days after the party’s corruption watchdog said the executive was under investigation.

   

A journalist with the Economic Information Daily newspaper, which operates under Xinhua, has accused him of accepting bribes, laundering money and keeping a mistress.

   

Song denied those claims in a statement a day before the investigation was announced, calling them a fabrication.  

The South China Morning Post newspaper on Saturday linked Song to an employee of Swiss financial services firm UBS in Hong Kong, saying the company was now conducting an internal investigation on the issue.

   

The Hong Kong office of UBS did not respond to a request for comment by AFP on Saturday.

   

China Resources confirmed the government investigation of Song in a statement on Thursday and said the company would try to maintain normal operations.

   

The conglomerate has five listed units in Hong Kong. Flagship China Resources Power Holdings closed up 0.48 percent to HK$21 ($2.73) on Friday despite the probe.

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AFL ‘Roos consider forward restructure

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has defended Drew Petrie after the key forward was held goal-less in a 35-point loss to Collingwood at the MCG.

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North’s acting captain has three goals to his name after five rounds in a slow start after his 48-goal haul in the 2013 AFL season.

Collingwood won the match 13.15 (93) to 8.10 (58) on Saturday and the Magpies also dominated the inside-50 tally 58 to 39.

Ruck/forward Daniel Currie booted one goal and could face the axe for Friday’s round-six clash with Fremantle in Perth, where Petrie is due to play his 250th game.

Scott said the Kangaroos couldn’t handle Collingwood’s defensive pressure and made poor decisions with the ball in hand.

Or no decisions at all.

“We just weren’t efficient going forward and Collingwood are a really good counter-attack team, and that was evident early in the game when they scored from our mistakes,” Scott said.

“We were reluctant to go forward and when we didn’t handle that pressure, we got scored against.

“We had players who had options going forward and we just held onto the footy and got tackled and then turned it over and got scored against going the other way.”

Petrie had 13 possessions and worked hard, Scott said.

“Drew Petrie took eight marks today and provided a contest, but he needed some help,” the coach said.

Third-gamer Currie, with six possessions and one goal, was subbed off before three-quarter time.

Scott says key forward Majak Daw is close to a senior recall after kicking five goals for Werribee in the VFL.

“Daniel Currie deserved his opportunity but there’s no doubt we need to look at how we change the set-up of our forward structure,” Scott said.

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