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Berlusconi faces new bribery trial

An Italian judge has ordered Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party’s ranks, in the latest legal woe for the former prime minister.

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Berlusconi was formally charged along with his former associate, Valter Lavitola, who is accused by prosecutors of acting as an intermediary in the 3.0-million euro ($A4.2-million) bribe.

The senator, Sergio De Gregorio, himself helped investigators and was granted a 20-month sentence under a plea bargain by the hearing in Naples.

The trial will start on February 11, Italian media reported on Wednesday, citing the judge at the hearing.

Lavitola told the hearing that even if he had handled the money “there is no proof that I could have known that it was money for a bribe, I would have been simply a conduit”.

The case goes back to parliamentary elections in 2006 which were won by a centre-left coalition led by Romano Prodi by just a handful of votes.

A few months later, De Gregorio crossed the aisle and joined the Berlusconi opposition in a move that helped bring down Prodi in 2008.

The next elections were won handily by Berlusconi.

The investigation has been handled by prosecutors in the southern city of Naples since that was De Gregorio’s seat and the trial will also be there.

The scandal-tainted Berlusconi, 77, has often been accused by his opponents of buying votes, but this is the first time he has officially been charged for allegedly corrupting a politician.

The three-time former prime minister was convicted definitively of tax fraud in August in a ruling that could end up ejecting him from a parliamentary seat for the first time since he burst onto the political scene in 1994.

Berlusconi is also appealing convictions for having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of prime ministerial powers, as well as for leaking a confidential police wiretap in one of his newspapers to damage a political opponent.

The billionaire tycoon regularly protests his innocence and says he is the victim of vindictive left-wing judges who want to eliminate him politically.


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Holocaust tattoos causing a stir in Jewish communities

“People see the number and they ask “What is it? This is a Holocaust number?” I say “Yes”, they said “Oh” and a minute of silence follows, maybe we talk about something and yeah it’s still an issue.

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It’s uncomfortable, yeah…”

Daniel Philosoph is a 24-year-old Israeli.  

“When she tells you, it really gets into you…you know…when you look at her when she speaks about it”, he says – referring to his grandmother Livia Ravek. 

Ms Ravek is one of around 500,000 living holocaust survivors. Daniel has grown up in Israel listening to her stories of life in the concentration camp.

“It’s not like someone telling history, it’s like today we did like that, and like that…like she remembers every day…how the ground felt and the temperature….everything in a lot of detail”, he says.

Daniel is one of a growing number of grandchildren of Auschwitz survivors around the world that are using their bodies to memorialize some of the darkest days in history for Jews.

 

4559 is the number Ms Ravek was given and now Daniel bears the same number in the same spot on his own arm.

Brothers Roy and Amit Weisbrot have also had their grandfathers Auschwitz numbers tattooed on their bodies.

 “My tattoo symbolises for me…this where I came from and this is the reason I’m here. Without that number I probably wouldn’t be here so this is important for me to always remember it and always see it”, says Amit.  

It’s believed tattooing started at Auschwitz in 1941. Millions of Jews were inked with a number so they could be easily identified in case of death or escape.

For many survivors the numbers represent a painful scar they’d do anything to erase rather than immortalise with new ink.

“For some Holocaust survivors I guess they can see it as disrespectful thing but for this reason it’s hidden and it’s for me. If they see this as disrespectful thing I just can say that I’m sorry, I didn’t want to hurt anyone and it’s personal thing like a lot of thing we have in life”, says Daniel.

 

This new ‘tatt’ trend is causing a stir in Jewish communities around the world.  Some are supportive. Others say it’s offensive calling for it to be stopped.

But for Daniel and other young Jews – it’s simply about keeping their ancestors alive. “I think that our generation…you can say it knows enough about the Holocaust but it’s about how we remember it. Okay, it’s symbolises the dark but it symbolises that we got out of the dark and that’s what I want to remember”.

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Azarenka beaten by Jankovic at WTA Champs

Victoria Azarenka’s chances of making a challenge for Serena Williams’ title at the WTA Championships took a significant blow when she was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul on Wednesday.

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Azarenka was once again unusually error-prone, as she had been while struggling past Sara Errani of Italy on Tuesday, and after dropping serve to 2-4 down in the first set, appeared to struggle with lack of confidence.

The world No.2 from Belarus admits to having become over-tired near the end of the season, and once Jankovic had tenaciously clung to her break to take the first set she began to make steady progress.

It was a tremendous result for the Serbian, who has only just climbed back into the top eight after two years following injury problems, and had not beaten seventh-seed Azarenka for four years.

“What’s happened has definitely made me understand how to schedule things better,” former world No.1 Azarenka had said before the match.

“It’s another learning experience for me.”

This loss added to the learning experience, for as Azarenka’s uncertainty grew on a slowish surface she admits to not liking, she tried to push forward more and found she could not force enough attacks through.

Jankovic’s steadiness helped her make a good start, and the extra enterprise she has added to her game since suffering injury problems helped her capitalise.

The Serbian broke serve in the third game, lost the advantage, but broke again immediately, and then became impossible to shake off.

Azarenka now has one win and one loss, and probably needs to win a repeat of the Australian Open final against Li Na if she is to have a good chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Earlier Li Na made an encouraging start to her bid to reach the semis for the first time, when she contained a courageous second set fight-back by Sara Errani, the sixth-seeded Italian, to win 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

“I just enjoy this moment,” Li said, looking very much as though she was doing that.

“I don’t know if, how you say, if I can stay same level until end of the next year – or maybe I’m going to retire,” she said, parodying a question which has often been put to her.

On Thursday she plays Jankovic, in a match where one of them could clinch a place in the last four.


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We can still win Irish series: McGrath

The Indigenous All Stars believe they can still win the international rules series in Ireland as debate continues over the future of the compromise competition.

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Australia lost to Ireland in Cavan last weekend 57-35 meaning they’ll need to win by at least 23 points in Dublin on Saturday night (Sunday morning AEDT) to clinch the series.

The AFL has been criticised for not sending a complete squad to Ireland with the All Stars likely to rely on just 20 players at Croke Park while the hosts will have 23 to rotate.

AFL deputy chief executive Gill McLachlan met with his Gaelic football counterparts on Wednesday to discuss whether public support for the Test series can be revived.

The outcome of those talks will likely be revealed at a press conference in Dublin on Friday.

All Stars goalkeeper Ashley McGrath insists he’d love to see the competition continue.

“But it’s not in the players’ hands,” he told reporters in Dublin on Wednesday.

“We can only go out and there and try to win. It’s up to people higher than us to see if the competition goes forward.”

Despite the heavy loss in the first Test, the Brisbane Lions defender is confident Australia can bounce back.

It all comes down to effort and intensity, he said on Wednesday.

“You saw the second half (in the first Test) when we lifted that we were able to drag ourselves back.

“If we bring our intensity and tackling pressure and get the Irish boys to turn the ball over, and we can get our game plan going using our run and getting out into space, I think we are a good chance.”

Geelong goal sneak Mathew Stokes suggests bringing back a bit of rough stuff could help Australia on the field and make the game more appealing again.

Under the current rules shepherds and bumps aren’t allowed.

“Our game is built on being physical and trying to intimidate players and get players with shepherds and hard tackles,” Stokes said in Dublin.

“We’d love to be able to do it but at the moment the rules are we are not allowed to.

“I’d love to have a bit of physicality in the game and a bit of push and shove but we got warned before the series that if there was any of that you’d get yellow or red carded.”

The 28-year-old said the last thing any of the All Stars wanted was to travel all the way from Australia and then let the team down by being sent off.

With just a few days remaining before the second Test it’s almost impossible for Essendon’s Paddy Ryder to make it to Ireland to replace Lance Franklin, who is returning to Australia to attend a wedding.

Ryder is still waiting for his wife to give birth.


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Davison leaves as FPR reveal new V8 deals

V8 Supercars star Will Davison has confirmed he’s leaving Ford Performance Racing just a fortnight after the factory-backed team claimed the Bathurst 1000 crown.

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Davison confirmed his departure on Thursday after three years with FPR shortly after the team revealed Bathurst champion Mark Winterbottom and youngster Chaz Mostert had signed new contract extensions.

Winterbottom and Mostert will now team up for the blue oval until the end of the 2016 season while Davison is believed to be set for a switch to Erebus’s Mercedes team from next year.

In a short statement, Davison said only he was leaving FPR and didn’t reveal his future plans.

“While I cannot yet share details of my plans for 2014 and beyond, please be assured I will continue to be involved with V8 Supercar racing at the highest level and am very excited about what the future holds,” said Davison, who won the 2009 Bathurst 1000.

Mostert’s elevation to a full-time driver with FPR comes after a breakthrough debut campaign on loan to Dick Johnson Racing.

The 21-year-old secured his maiden race win at Queensland Raceway in just his fourth start as a V8 Supercar driver and is seen as one of the brightest talents to emerge for many years.

“He is the most exciting talent to join the series in recent times and is a product of our development program so it is personally very satisfying to see him graduate after such an impressive debut season,” FPR team principal Tim Edwards said.

Winterbottom’s extension, signed before his dramatic Mount Panorama win earlier this month, means he’ll have spent 11 years with FPR by the time his deal expires.

“Winning Bathurst ticked off one of the goals we’ve been working towards but now we want the championship too,” said the 32-year-old, who goes into this weekend’s Gold Coast 600 trailing leader Jamie Whincup by 142 points.

“I am also really looking forward to working with Chaz. He is a great young guy and in just a few months he’s shown what he can do so our fans should be really excited.”


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Hayden backs Bailey for Gabba Test

George Bailey is the complete package, and must be included in Australia’s middle order for the opening Ashes Test next month, according to champion opener Matthew Hayden.

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Bailey added to his already impressive one-day tour of India with another starring knock on Wednesday.

Unlike his previous efforts, where he has been able to unleash on good wickets after his top three laid the foundations, on this occasion Bailey rescued Australia with a classy rebuilding knock of 98.

Bailey’s series tally now stands at 318 runs at an average of 106.

He was dropped twice in Ranchi, but on a lively deck Hayden said the innings highlighted exactly why he needs to fill the No.6 spot at the Gabba on November 21.

“I just think his batting at the moment … everything is coming so easily,” Hayden told AAP on Wednesday.

“He’s accumulating runs really well. He’s striking the ball so well when he has to.

“For me he’s the in-form player right now. He’s the favourite (for the Gabba).

“Technically he’s just looking really sound.

“Some of these other wickets we’ve seen have been really flat.

“You’ve still got to get runs, and he did, but this one had a bit of life to it and he just did it easily.

“That’s a good sign that he’s in really good nick.

“All you can do is get runs. And if you get runs at international level it’s worth a whole lot more than any other level.”

Hayden has also been impressed by the manner in which Bailey has taken control of the side in the absence of regular captain Michael Clarke (back).

The powerful batsman, who scored 8625 runs in 103 Tests for Australia, said that was a significant feather in Bailey’s cap when it came to the selection table and made him the ideal candidate.

“It’s more than just the runs he’s scoring,” Hayden continued.

“He’s developed into a complete package from a leadership point of view.

“This side seems really settled under him and he’s rotating his bowlers well.

“He would be valuable just as another experienced head to bounce ideas off. He can add weight to the culture.

“He’s just got a good presence about him.”

The Australian middle order has been crying out for a reliable presence since the retirement of Michael Hussey in January.

Collapses have become far too common, and cruelled Australia’s Ashes campaign in England – a problem Hayden hopes Bailey could solve.

“The way that he’s constructed his innings here as well doesn’t just isolate him to being a one-day cricketer,” Hayden said.

“An in-form Bailey could well be firming as a very good option at number six, in the Mike Hussey mould.”


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Opera House architect’s final wish yet to be realised

The Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon, but pride in the World Heritage Site spans the globe.

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SBS Europe Correspondent Brett Mason visited the family home of the Danish architect who designed the sailed structure, in the small coastal village of Hellebaek, about an hour north of Copenhagen.

There, Jorn Utzon’s son revealed his father’s final wish for the famous landmark is still yet to be realised.

Nestled away in the Danish hinterland, the Opera House echoes in the home where Jorn Utzon created a masterpiece.

It was at his desk that his vision for the Sydney Opera House was born.

“For 56 years it has been part of my life and that of the family,” Jorn Utzon’s son, Jan, says.

“Therefore, of course the 40th anniversary is a very special occasion, [it’s] just a bit sad that he is not around to experience this.”

Following in his famous father’s footsteps, Jan too is an architect, and will proudly represent the Utzon family at celebrations in Sydney, more than four decades after his father was forced from his own project, mid-construction.

“He didn’t hold it against Australia or Australians as such,” says Jan of his father.

“The technical demands were considerable but the political demands, the human demands if you will, were what actually wore people down.”

It was a life-changing project, not only for the Utzon family, but also the many thousands who have been privileged to perform inside the iconic structure.

Jan says his father devoted years to designing and redesigning the perfect sculpture for such a unique and majestic backdrop.

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“[When] you arrive at the Opera House, you enter a new world,” Jan says.

“You go into this and you enter a world of fairytales and music trying to maximise that experience, the culmination of which would be when the curtain goes for the performance.

Fascinated by the sea, Jorn Utzon often came here for inspiration.

The Danish architect used his hometown harbour to try and imagine what his Opera House might look like.

He pretended that Sweden, just 4 kilometres that way, was Sydney’s north, Denmark, Sweden’s south, and this historic palace set on a peninsula was Bennelong point.

Denmark is fiercely proud of its many connections to the Opera House and will join in celebrations live via video link.

“That our crown prince happened to meet an Australian girl and marry her and now she is the Crown Princess of Denmark – all this builds up together to connect Australia and Denmark in a way I think which is unheard of,” says Jan.

“And this I think perhaps makes it difficult for Danes to really whether the Opera House is a Danish or an Australian icon.

“But I’m sure that Australians at least will feel this is our landmark. This is our icon.”

One of Jorn Utzon’s final projects before his death in 2008, was a master plan to refurbish the Opera Theatre to a world-standard.

“If you live your life in a place where you don’t hear music other than through the radio and you come to the opera house it is wonderful,” Jan says.

“But if you travel around the world and listen to these performances in other venues then you realise the failings of the Opera Theatre here.”

The signed plans were presented to the New South Wales state government in 2005, and have been shelved ever since.

“My father had hoped that he would be alive to see the commencement of that work,” Jan says.

He says the funding for the master plan would be a very good 40th birthday present for the Opera House.

“Absolutely and we’re looking forward to unwrapping this parcel of money.”

 

 


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Unwise to link fires and climate: Hunt

Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the head of the UN climate convention was “misrepresented” in reports that she said there was scientific evidence that the NSW bushfires were caused by global warming.

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UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Monday the bushfire crisis was “absolutely” linked to climate change, and just a taste of the “doom and gloom” to come if global warming is left unchecked.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused the senior UN official of “talking through her hat”, claiming bushfires were not the consequence of climate change, just a fact of Australian life.

Mr Hunt said he’d spoken to Ms Figueres and she’d indicated “very clearly and strongly” that there wasn’t evidence the fires ravaging parts of NSW were caused by climate change.

“She felt that that had been misrepresented,” Mr Hunt told BBC radio.

The environment minister said he “looked up what Wikipedia” says about bushfires and it was clear they were frequent events that had occurred during hotter months in Australia since before European settlement.

Mr Hunt said he accepted the science of climate change and need for action, but the Bureau of Meteorology had warned against making any direct link between global warming and natural disasters.

In April the government’s own Climate Commission, using research from CSIRO and BoM, warned climate change was already increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather.

The commission, abolished by the Abbott government last month, said there was a high risk these extreme events would worsen in coming decades and Australia was particularly susceptible.

The latest major report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also warned that allowing global temperatures to rise above two degrees risked more extreme weather events.

Greens leader Christine Milne accused Mr Abbott of demonstrating a “lack of respect” for climate science and misleading people about the facts.

“Tony Abbott has really shamed Australia by such a cavalier response to what Christiana Figueres, the head of the UNFCCC, has said,” she told ABC radio on Thursday.

Opposition frontbencher Penny Wong said with bushfires still posing a threat to communities across NSW, now wasn’t the time to be having a political fight about climate change.

But it was important to have a debate on global warming based more on facts than the discussion “Tony Abbott wants to have”.

“We should have, in a more sober environment, a proper discussion about that,” Senator Wong told Sky News on Thursday.

“Climate change is real, it hasn’t gone away just because Tony Abbott got elected.”


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Robshaw retains England rugby captaincy

Chris Robshaw has retained the England captaincy for the November rugby union Tests, coach Stuart Lancaster announced on Wednesday.

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Robshaw, aged 27 and who has led England in 16 of the past 19 Tests since he was first made captain in the 2012 Six Nations, had been thought to be under pressure from fellow flanker Tom Wood for the role in the tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month.

However, Lancaster said that Robshaw’s form for Harlequins this season made him the natural choice for the skipper’s role.

“The first and foremost criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability,” said Lancaster, who appointed Robshaw to the role in the first place.

“But on top of that he has a massive amount of respect within the squad and has led England well. Every team needs leaders; we are building a strong group and Chris is at the forefront of that leadership.”

Robshaw, who missed out on selection for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, said that he was honoured to be named once again captain of England.

“Every time you pull on that white shirt it’s a privilege,” said Robshaw, whose outstanding performances for Harlequins justified Lancaster’s decision to rest him for the England tour of Argentina in the close season.

“It’s a huge honour to be named captain and to lead your country. But I’ve always said it’s not about who you are but what you do and I’ve got to make sure that I perform as a player first.

“We have some good leaders across the squad and I know we will support each other as we head into a massive game against Australia.”

The Wallabies’ spring tour starts with a match against England at Twickenham on November 2.


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WWI tribute for 2014 Tour de France

The Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route likely to challenge champion Chris Froome.

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One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling’s most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed in one of history’s bloodiest conflicts, visiting towns and countryside devastated by four years of fighting.

   

Stage five starts in Ypres, in the Flanders region of western Belgium, which was the scene of sustained and intensive fighting between German and Allied forces.

Stage 5 – The pack will have to ride on cobblestones with an incredible finish at Porte du Hainault. pic.twitter.com/bwIboOjrnT

— Le Tour De France (@letour) October 23, 2013

Stages six and seven visit Arras, the Chemin des Dames, Verdun and Douaumont — all sites of key battles and home to memorials to the fallen — and a finish in Reims, in Champagne country, where French kings were once crowned.

   

The cycling tribute comes amid commemorations across France, Europe and the rest of the world to the conflict that helped shape the violent history of the 20th century.

   

Three winners in the early years of the Tour, Francois Faber, Octave Lapize and Lucien Petit-Breton, died during the war, which forced the race to be suspended from 1914 to 1919.

   

“We of course cannot forget them. The Tour is also a moment of collective remembrance,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

   

Overall, the 101st edition of the Tour de France includes six mountain stages with five summit finishes and a stage tackling the cobblestones that are the hallmark of the Paris-Roubaix classic.

   

There is also just one time-trial for the first time since the 1950s, all of which will provide defending champion Chris Froome with a tough test in a race likely to favour smaller, lighter climbers.

   

Kenya-born Briton Froome, who rides for Team Sky, said he was undeterred, declaring that he relished the prospect and racing on cobbles would be an “exciting challenge”.

That’s one mean route for next year! Well balanced with a bit of everything, already getting excited at the prospect of the challenge ahead.

— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) October 23, 2013

Spain’s two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, said the cobbled section could prove decisive.

   

“This stage will be difficult, very nervy, with fear of falls or mechanical problems that could lose you the Tour,” he said.

   

Froome retained the title for Britain in the Tour’s 100th edition last year after compatriot Bradley Wiggins became the country’s first-ever winner in 2012.

   

British cycling fans will be hoping for a third straight win for the nation, particularly as the race starts on July 5 in the northern English city of Leeds and includes two opening stages in the county of Yorkshire.

   

The peloton will head to mainland Europe on July 8 after a third stage from the historic university city of Cambridge in eastern England with a finish outside Queen Elizabeth II’s London residence Buckingham Palace.

   

Froome’s potential challengers next year are likely to be 2013 King of the Mountains Nairo Quintana, Giro D’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali and Contador.

   

The penultimate stage, a 54-kilometre (33.5-mile) test against the clock between Bergerac and Perigueux in the southwestern Dordogne region, could provide Froome with his last chance to overhaul the climbers before they arrive in Paris.

   

“Time-trials provide greater time gaps than the mountains, sometimes insurmountable ones,” explained the Tour’s Prudhomme.

   

“Having the time-trial at the end is so the climbers don’t have to chase but can ride in front and not become demoralised.”

   

Froome and the rest of the peloton will get an early indication of the hard work ahead in the final 30km of the second stage from York to Sheffield, which organisers described as a “British version of Liege-Bastogne-Liege”.

   

Across the Channel, there will be little time to relax before the 156km fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut and more than 15km of cobblestones spread over nine different sections.

   

Stage seven, from Epernay to Nancy, is the longest, covering a gruelling 233km.

   

The first summit finishes come in the Vosges region with the 161km stage eight from Tomblaine to Gerardmer and then the return of La Planche des Belles Filles at the end of stage 10.

   

It was there on the final 20km ramp that Froome earnt his first stage victory in 2012 and the 161km stage, with a final 5.9km climb averaging a punishing 8.5 percent gradient, could shake up the race and suit the likes of punchy finisher Joaquim Rodriguez.

   

The first Alpine summit finish arrives on Stage 13 at Chamrousse at the end of 200km with an 18.2km climb averaging 7.3 percent.

   

The high Alps beckon the following day with a 177km stage that crests the Cols du Lautaret and D’Izoard before finishing on the Risoul.

   

Stages 17 and 18 are relatively short, at 125km and 145km respectively, but both have Pyreneen summit finishes at Saint-Lary-Soulan and Hautacam.

   

The time-trial comes a day before the survivors roll onto the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 26.


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