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07 Jun

Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene joins criticism of Steve Smith’s ‘rest’

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Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has joined the criticism of Australia’s decision to rest Steve Smith for the remaining three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches in Sri Lanka.

Smith, the Australian skipper and key batsman in the three formats, has been sent home to enjoy time off before a short one-day series in South Africa and then a busy home campaign, capped off with a four-Test tour of India from March.

While chief selector Rod Marsh and coach/selector Darren Lehmann have moved to justify the call, Michael Clarke, Shane Warne, Michael Slater and now Jayawardene have questioned it.

“Surprised to see Smith going back home to prepare for SA tour when this one is not finished. Would any other @CricketAus captain done this?” Jayawardene tweeted.

Smith had led his side in a short one-day series in the Caribbean, leading into the Sri Lankan tour. The South African tour begins with a one-off clash against Ireland on September 27.

Resting or rotating Australia’s more marketable players during a home summer has often been a contentious point, with host broadcaster Channel Nine having expressed fears ratings would be impacted.

Lehmann said he did not have an issue with the comments made by Clarke, Warne and Slater.

“We respect our former captains and former greats having an opinion. There is no dramas about it and they’re entitled to it. But we think it’s the best for Steven to get him right and ready to go,” Lehmann said.

“It’s hard captaining in all three formats and we are just making sure he gets a break.”

With Smith gone, vice-captain David Warner will become the 23rd man to lead Australia when the tied series resumes in Dambulla on Sunday. Surprised to see smith going back home to prepare for SA tour when this one is not finished. Would any other @CricketAus captain done this?— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) 25 August 2016

Australia will hope a refreshed Smith can help overcome their troubles on the sub-continent and a testing summer at home which threatens to hit the players’ in the hip pocket.

Having been ranked the No.1 Test side by this year’s April 1 cut-off, the Australians enjoyed bonuses from Cricket Australia and an added $1 million from the International Cricket Council, when presented with the championship mace on the eve of the Sri Lankan series. But a losing 3-0 series there has led to Smith’s team dropping to No.3 on the ICC rankings.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed in 2012, the Australians are entitled to CA bonuses only if they have a top-two ranking. That is also the case in the one-day international and Twenty20 formats.

That Australia (108 points) narrowly sit behind India (110) and the freshly crowned Pakistan (111 points) means they have a chance to quickly vault up the Test rankings but Pakistan and South Africa shape as significant challenges this summer, even though the Proteas have slipped to seventh. A potentially rugged tour of India then awaits, which could again dampen hopes of a return to a top-two ranking.

Players are also entitled to bonuses for Test and series victories but none were forthcoming in Sri Lanka – and major improvement will be needed in India if things are to change there.

The Australians remain well rewarded financially in terms of base contracts and match payments, with players pocketing a fixed percentage of between 24.5 and 27 per cent of annual revenue depending on performance. This could mean that should there be two losing series on the sub-continent within an eight-month period – an area CA has targeted for improvement – then overall pay when the next round of contracts are debated next year could be closer to 25 per cent, as the 2011 Argus report suggested.

The fixed revenue scheme, established amid much agitation in 1997-98 under then players chief Tim May and Australian Cricket Board chief Mal Speed, appears under threat heading into a new round of discussions over a memorandum of understanding.

CA has not publicly detailed its stance ahead of discussions, officially beginning on October 1, but players believe the governing body is after change. Kevin Roberts, a former board member turned administrator, will lead CA’s negotiations.

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07 Jun

Katy Perry describes attack on Leslie Jones as ‘misogynoir’, internet loses it

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Leslie Jones, who temporarily left Twitter last month after being targeted by torrents of vile abuse, has been attacked on social media again. Photo: Michael Tran Leslie Jones, who temporarily left Twitter last month after being targeted by torrents of vile abuse, has been attacked on social media again. Photo: Michael Tran

Katy Perry as a mainstream proponent of intersectional feminism? Sure, okay.

The pop star surprised the internet overnight when, while voicing her support for Leslie Jones in the wake of the comedian’s latest brush with online trolls, she described the attack as “misogynoir”.

The term, largely unknown outside of intersectional feminist circles (that Wikipedia page is taking a beating today), was coined by queer black feminist Moya Bailey in 2010, and further articulated by Trudy of the blog Gradient Lair, to describe the combined racist and sexist marginalisation experienced by black women. Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016

“Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie,” Perry wrote on Twitter, nearly breaking the internet.

While many celebrated the word being shared with her hopefully inquisitive 92.1 million followers, others mocked the idea of a white woman being praised for echoing a term black women have been using for years. Katy Perry used the term misogynoir. Wow. https://t杭州/viSEPa805o— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) August 24, 2016Y’all. When a major pop star uses Misogynoir, you know the game is changing. This is major. https://t杭州/m4fxtfikSd— kylie sparks (@kyliesparks) August 24, 2016bruh who taught katy perry “misogynoir”— Deaux (@dstfelix) August 24, 2016BW: we experience misogynistic racism aka misogynoir wh*te media: WW: misogynoir is bad wh*te media: WOW, GROUD BREAKING! NEW! SO AMAZING!— black history heaux (@localblactivist) August 25, 2016

Numerous celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, have rallied in support of Jones, whose website was attacked on Wednesday, with hackers exposing the actress’s private information, including nude pictures and personal documents.

It follows a similar attack last month which saw Jones temporarily leave Twitter, after trolls littered her account with racist and sexist abuse. What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, “comedians,” whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016Wow. Yet another example: HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE. Intolerable trolling. So much ignorance & hate. I stand with #LeslieJones#LoveforLeslieJ— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 20, 2016Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bullshit— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2016I truly don’t know why people are so hateful towards @Lesdoggg. Why? She’s talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) August 24, 2016This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that’s it!— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016I was terrified when I did SNL. Leslie Jones went out of her way to be open, warm, friendly, funny all week. She is a GEM.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 25, 2016these acts against leslie jones….are sickening. its racist & sexist. it’s disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint “kids joshing round”— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016

Jones, quite understandably, has yet to publicly comment on the hack. During last month’s attack, she called on her followers to drown out the torrent of abuse from haters.

“Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones,” she wrote on Twitter. “I got more love than hate, but they louder. F— that. Be louder.”

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07 Jun

Lamborghinis, Lebanese drummers, lip work: the lavish wedding of Salim Mehajer’s sister Kat

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Lavish: Kat Mehajer marries Ibraham Sakalaki at Longuevue Mansion. Photo: Andrew Murray Dancers at Kat Mehajer’s nuptials. Photo: Andrew Murray

A guest arrives for the wedding at Longuevue Mansion in a flash car. Photo: Andrew Murray

Kat Mehajer in a pre-wedding picture. Photo: Instagram

A flash motorcade arrives for the wedding of Kat Mehajer.

Salim Mehajer dances at the nuptials of his sister Kat and Ibraham Sakalaki at the ceremony. Photo: Andrew Murray

Billed as Sydney’s “next big wedding” after her brother’s infamous and apparently doomed 2015 ceremony, the 2016 version of Mehajer marital bliss did not disappoint.

Khadijeh “Kat” Mehajer, younger sister to former Auburn deputy mayor Salim, and her new husband, Ibraham Sakalaki, dazzled suburban Sydney on Saturday with their lavish nuptials.

Held at Longuevue Mansion in Kenthurst, about 40 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s CBD, the ceremony was an extravaganza of Lamborghinis, Lebanese drummers, and lip work.

Despite being denied a request to close a street for the wedding, the event still managed to stop traffic, with police blocking off streets and accompanying the groom, Mr Sakalaki, and his massive convoy of sports cars and motorbike riders wearing “Mehajer Bros” outfits to the allegedly-secret and apparently last-minute location.

A police helicopter hovered over the sprawling six acre block that bills itself as “the ideal escape for a luxurious holiday or that 6 star special event” as Mr Sakalaki arrived in a white Lamborghini.

Resplendent in white suit, he gave a peace sign to the assembled media as he entered.

He followed by Mr Mehajer, who was dateless, and still wearing a wedding ring despite his much publicised break-up with wife Aysha.

If Mr Mehajer was feeling the weight of the on-going scandals that have made him famous, he managed to put on a brave face for his little sister’s nuptials.

The bad boy of local politics, and aspirant “state, federal … very top spot” politician remained impassive as news cameras swamped him on arrival, and was front and centre dancing with Ms Mehajer and Mr Sakalaki.

Norma Needham, the owner of Longuevue, ruffled some feathers. Arriving before the wedding party on Saturday morning, she demanded that cars be moved off the street, and at one point yelled into a phone about the scale of the event.

Later though, she appeared to change her tune. After scrubbing the white carpet laid out for the bride and groom’s arrival, she joined the revellers in dancing during the ceremony.

Despite some neighbours complaining they had been told the event would be “small scale”, Ms Needham insisted she “didn’t have to” apply for council permission to hold “a little get together here with people that I enjoy”, and said it “wasn’t anyone’s business anyway”.

After the ceremony, Mehajer guests chanted “Norma, Norma, Norma” when she told the assembled media what she thought of them.

The venue of the wedding was a tightly-held secret in the lead-up to the event.

While more than one news organisation managed to wrangle what will no doubt be dubbed “exclusive” access, others waited outside the estate to get a glimpse of the party.

Sam Khizkail, who organised the doves for the wedding  – two released during the ceremony, another four “show dancing doves” – had been told the ceremony was in Lidcombe before receiving a text from Ms Mehajer on Thursday.

“My wedding location has been changed,” she told him.

Among the stellar wedding guests was Hollywood actress and model Olivia Culpo, who is famous for winning the Miss USA 2012 pageant.

At 6pm, the wedding guests regrouped at Doltone House’s Hyde Park venue on Elizabeth Street for a reception. Lingering media crews were left hanging with the bridal party who were nowhere to be seen, having presumably arrived earlier or by an alternative entry.

The family’s enigmatic media statement hinted at cheeky decoy addresses and information to deter uninvited guests.

The cloak of darkness extended to the wedding’s reception. Despite the Mehajer family tagging photos with the wedding’s hashtag, #IKS2016, on Instagram since February, the couple’s reception was celebrated in a social media blackout with guests banned from using their phones upon entry.

Still, the arrival of guests to the luxury venue provided momentary interest to passersby as luxury cars played cat and mouse with buses stopping outside. Fur jackets and bejewelled evening dresses, including the bride’s shimmering Steven Khalil gown, were the outfit du jour.

The guests either feigned ignorance of the night’s proceedings or were similarly kept in the dark. One woman in a stunning lace Jovani dress smiled and said, “I just know it will be so nice.”

Ibraham Sakalaki and Khadijeh Mehajer exchanged Islamic vows at an intimate gathering the previous weekend.

Additional reporting by Phoebe Maloney

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07 Jun

Christian Dior slammed for running Johnny Depp Sauvage campaign in Australia

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Commuters walk past the Dior Sauvage advertisement featuring Johnny Depp outside David Jones’ Sydney CBD store. Photo: Dominic LorrimerChristian Dior is under fire in Australia for an advertising campaign fronted by Johnny Depp.

Billboards, store fronts and bus stops around Sydney and Melbourne are covered in images of Depp emblazoned with the word “Sauvage”, a French term meaning “wild”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was announced as the face of Sauvage last year, Dior’s first fragrance for men in 10 years.

The renewed push of the Sauvage campaign comes just days after Depp and Amber Heard settled their contentious divorce amid allegations of domestic violence. Heard claimed Depp repeatedly abused her during their 18-month marriage, before withdrawing the claims.

They reached a $9 million agreement, funds that Heard has since donated to the  American Civil Liberties Union to helps its efforts in combating violence against women.

Dior’s ongoing relationship with Depp has angered Australian consumers and “a couple of complaints” about the Sauvage ad have been submitted to the Advertising Standard Bureau, ASB chief Fiona Jolly said.

Ms Jolly wouldn’t specify the exact nature of the compliants, saying: “They centre around the use of the actor in the advertisements.”

A Dior representative refused to comment when approached by Fairfax Media about the commercial’s timing.

“Parfums Christian Dior does not wish to comment on the personal matters of Ms Heard and Mr Depp. It is our understanding that the matter has been settled,” a Dior spokesperson said.

David Jones has featured the commercial outside its menswear store on Market Street.

“These are part of a national campaign Dior launched this week for its men’s fragrance Sauvage,” a David Jones spokesperson said on Friday.

The advertisement was also published in the latest issue of the AFR magazine, owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sun-Herald.

Dr Andrew Hughes, lecturer in marketing at the Australian National University’s Research School of Management, criticised the continued use of Depp in the campaign, saying: “It looks cheap. It looks like they don’t care about the market. With this advertisement Dior are essentially saying ‘I’m out of touch’. We live in the age of social media where recall is only one click away so even people who aren’t aware of the claims would be able to find out what they are.”

Heard filed for divorce in May before obtaining a restraining order accusing Depp of hitting her, sparking a media frenzy and extensive, worldwide coverage.

Heard withdrew the claims after a video of Depp yelling at her and images of a mirror allegedly covered in Depp’s blood after he cut off the tip of his finger during a domestic dispute, were made public.

After their settlement, Depp and Heard released a joint statement acknowledging the volatility of their relationship.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love … There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” the statement said.

The only positive to the Dior campaign, according to Dr Hughes, is that the issue of domestic violence is back in the headlines. “It’s relevant now around Father’s Day and with specific messages to men about how certain actions can have a huge negative impact.”

This isn’t the first international controversy Dior has faced.

In 2011, following a racist and anti-Semitic tirade that was filmed, creative director John Galliano was stood down after the fashion house faced international condemnation.

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07 Jun

Anna Heinrich tells of life with The Bachelor and all that marriage pressure

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The Bachelor Australia winner Anna Heinrich (left) with Kate Waterhouse. Heinrich keeps her media role separate from her career as a lawyer. Photo: Kate Geraghty Anna Heinrich (left) with Kate Waterhouse at Wild Basket in Neutral Bay. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Anna Heinrich makes a splash with Tim Robards at Derby Day Fashions on the Field at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Simon Schluter

Anna Heinrich found fame when she stole the heart of Tim Robards in the first season of TV’s The Bachelor Australia in 2013. Fast forward three years and the couple are still going strong and have since become one of Australia’s most recognised couples. When Heinrich, 29, isn’t attending A-list events she works part-time as a criminal lawyer and is the blogger behind Love Always Anna. She tells Kate Waterhouse about how The Bachelor has changed her life, the pressures on her relationship and how she copes with media attention.

What is a day in your life? It really depends on the day… I’m still working as a [criminal] lawyer. I’m in there every week, and my boss has been so good to me for the past three or four years. I like keeping my foot in that door. I’ve [also] been working with Nike for about almost eight months now. When I first started, I did their Training Club Tour, a big all-women event … I’m also working with Pandora and Oral B and I’m busy working on my blog.

You were the first girl to win The Bachelor Australia. How has that impacted your life? I don’t think I ever knew how it would change my life… [Tim] is my first boyfriend and it has almost been three years…I’m also doing a lot of media-related things that I never thought I would ever do.

What do you love most about Tim? I actually love everything about him. I know it sounds so cliche, but I love his determination. He is very open with everything … He is very good looking, too!

Should we expect a marriage proposal anytime soon? I’m definitely not engaged at the moment [laughs] but I think it will come. There has been that pressure ever since we got together.

Does being in the media spotlight put pressure on your relationship? It does, but I’m not going to let it affect our relationship. We know it’s always going to be there, but I think what’s really good about us is we haven’t just gotten married for everybody else. We’re doing it in our own time and when it happens, it’s as real as anyone else’s marriage.

Is there pressure to get married? We know it’s all there and we know everyone is constantly watching and waiting, but I think that’s what I love about him so much, that he hasn’t sort of succumbed to the whole pressure. For us, it’s about getting to know each other and that’s exactly what we’re doing, we love each other’s company and it’s not so much about, “Let’s get married straight away to please other people”.

Is it strange to have the public know your intimate details of your love life? I don’t tell everybody everything, but we do feel somewhat of responsibility to share as much as we can with people because they’ve grown with us from the beginning.

After the show and when you officially began dating, there was speculation of the authenticity of your relationship. Have those rumours been put to rest now? Yes, there are rumours about us probably every couple of weeks – either that we’ve broken up or there is some problem. But whenever it is, it’s always other people; I think they just find that an interesting story.

The Bachelor is currently airing its fourth season. Who do you think will win? It’s too hard to call at this stage as there are so many amazing women still left in the house. I’ll leave this one up to Richie [Strahan]!

What would be your advice to someone going into the show? Be prepared, and I think knowing that it’s not always what you expect. It’s very different from what people see on TV … You do an hour or two-hour interview and they may not even use that interview, or if they do, it’s basically one line. So be prepared, and go in it for the right reasons. I think being the first [season], we didn’t know what to expect. I was doing law at the time [and] thinking it was going to be more of a hindrance … Go in to it because you want to [fall in love with] someone and hope that you do in the end.

Tell me about your blog. My blog is called Love Always Anna. Initially I wanted it to be a lifestyle blog [but] I’m now focusing more on fashion and beauty.

What do you love about having a blog? It has been a great way for me to share more positive and personal insights into my life. I was surprised how quickly it connected with my readers and I love receiving their comments about my recipes, travels and tips. I’ve started focusing more on fashion and styling to make it a place where readers can come to for inspiration. It is a case of “watch this space”, I guess!

What is your role within your law firm? I’m pretty much everything. I’m a lawyer, I’m the bookkeeper, I’m admin. I do it all when I’m in there. I do go into court in certain trials.

Do people recognise you from The Bachelor during court trials? There has been [an] occasion where I was in court and I turned around and this woman was being like “I love you” to me and I didn’t know if it was me or who she was looking at. I kept turning around and then I was like, “me?” and she is like, “I love you”. I was like, “This is the most awkward situation I’ve had in the court.” I do my best to kind of keep both separate – my legal career and my media career. There is no way they’re not going to overlap, but I try and keep it as separate. So I’ve got to make sure I uphold a good image and that doesn’t jeopardise my legal career because I’m still doing it.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? I hope that I’m still doing what I’m doing. I love having this balance of still doing law and also my media career.

What do you do in your spare time, when you’re not working? We love to travel, if we can go away for a weekend, whether it is within Australia or somewhere international. We love to even go to Bali for like three days. We’re both into sports. So we’ll be out training … playing tennis with the family. I’ll be hanging with my family a lot. Go over to my mum’s house for “Jude’s food”; get everyone over for dinner.Katewaterhouse杭州m   BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO Wild Basket, Neutral Bay

WE DRANK  Peppermint tea and a cappuccino

ANNA WORE Rebecca Vallance dress, Stanzee leather jacket, Pandora jewellery

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