Retirement a little bit scary says New Zealand’s McCaw

“It was always going to come to an end at some point (and).


.. part of (retiring) scares you a little bit,” he told the New Zealand Herald newspaper on Wednesday.

“I’ve done the same thing for so many years, so all of a sudden to be having to figure out something else to do is a bit daunting.”

The 34-year-old McCaw has not yet said he will retire at the conclusion of the Sept. 18-Oct. 31 World Cup in England.

The signs, however, are that he will call time on a career that has earned him three World Player of the Year awards and set the record for caps (142) and most tests as captain (106).

McCaw got a standing ovation when he was substituted during New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park last week.

The reception was a rarity amongst the traditionally stoic New Zealand crowds, whose normal manifestations of feverish excitement amount to an “All Blacks! All Blacks! All Blacks!” chant for a few seconds during games.

Part of that reaction could be related to the fact McCaw was one of six stalwarts who have likely played their last test in New Zealand after being part of an All Blacks side that have dominated world rugby in the past decade.

Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Dan Carter have all committed to lucrative club contracts in France following the World Cup, while Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu, like McCaw, are expected to retire.

The reason for choosing to wait on confirming the decision, McCaw, like Mealamu, has said, was because he did not want to close off his options.

“I haven’t shut the door totally because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel come the end of October,” he added.

“I really wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught up in the ‘It’s your last game here, last game there’ stuff.

“The door is open a little bit but I just want to concentrate on what I’m doing now and get a bit of separation after the World Cup.

“There’s no doubt when you start having to watch a few games, I’ll miss it like hell”.

(Writing by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ken Ferris)

What Michael Clarke needs for 50 average

There was no fairytale ending at The Oval for Sir Don Bradman, but that’s where Michael Clarke requires an unlikely 222 runs to finish with a career Test average above 50.


History shows a googly from English wrist-spinner Eric Hollies 67 years ago denied Bradman a mind-blowing 100-plus Test average.

Now Clarke returns to the famous London venue on Thursday with a long-shot chance of proving himself – by batting average standards – at least half the batsman that the mighty Don was.

Until his recent run of outs, Clarke seemed certain to join Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting, Jack Ryder, Mike Hussey, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and Allan Border as only the ninth Australian batsman to wind up with a 50-plus Test average.

But after watching his average dip to 49.30 after compiling just 117 runs in eight digs during Australia’s forgettable Ashes series, Clarke needs a special swansong to join one of cricket’s most exclusive clubs.

The scenario is simple enough.

If he’s dismissed twice, Clarke must tally 222 runs to finish with a half-century Test average.

Otherwise, he could rack up a big ton – which would equal Bradman’s 29 Test centuries – and perhaps set up a face-saving Australian victory to achieve the rare milestone.

A total of 172 runs in the fifth Test would be enough, providing Clarke is only out once.

Regardless of how he fares, Clarke will be remembered as one of Australia’s greatest-ever batsmen.

Only Ponting (13,378), Border (11,174) Waugh (10,927) scored more runs wearing the baggy green.

And even Bradman, the finest batsman the game has known, bowed out in disappointment.

After blasting an unbeaten 173 in a spectacular fourth-Test win over England at Headingley in his penultimate Test innings, Bradman arrived at The Oval for his farewell to international cricket to a standing ovation and with an average of 101.39.

But he was bowled second ball for a duck and, with England collapsing to an innings defeat, Bradman never had the chance to bat again.

As it turned out, Bradman only needed four runs in his last innings to finish with a 100-plus average.

Instead, as any real Australian cricket fan knows, Sir Donald’s mystical average will forever be etched in the record books as 99.94.



– Clarke needs 222 runs (if dismissed twice) to lift his career average from 49.30 to above 50

If he is dismissed once in his final Test, Clarke needs a total of 172 runs.


Sir Donald Bradman – 99.94

Greg Chappell – 53.86

Ricky Ponting – 51.85

J Ryder – 51.62

Mike Hussey – 51.52

Steve Waugh – 51.06

Matthew Hayden – 50.73

Allan Border – 50.56

Kids speak up for children in detention on World Humanitarian Day

“Please help me.


I need help. Please, I’m not happy in this camp. Please, I need freedom.” 

This is just one of the quotes spoken by an 11-year-old boy from Australia, on behalf a child in detention who wrote it.

The boy features in a new video by student-run organisation, Kidz4Kidz Australia as part of a social media campaign focused on advocating for children in detention. 

Students from Mount St Benedict College in New South Wales began the group in 2013. 

Hard at work on our next campaign – make sure you let us know of any of ur events we could be a part of! #kidz4kidz pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/DhCip4AiP2

— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 22, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Pereira helped create the video and said she and her peers were confronted by the stories from children in detention. 

“These quotes, messages and horrific images were used as the basis of our video,” she said. “We felt as though they demonstrated exactly what we as a group wanted to inform the public about and especially people of our age. We were also confronted by the amount of laws the Australian government is breaking in relation to international human and child rights.”

The quotes used were taken from the The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 Report. 

According to the report, about 800 children were in mandatory detention last year.

On average, children are held in detention centres for 14 months. 

Ms Pereira wanted to spread awareness about children in detention to other young Australians. 

“As children ourselves, we understand the opportunities that they are lacking in and we want to voice this inequality,” she said.  

Great to be a part of the @childdetention protest on Monday – check out our Facebook for photos & info! pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/ybCXIFdpgq

— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 16, 2015

Mount St Benedict teacher Christina He has been helping the young group. 

She said it was important to get young people informed about asylum seekers around the world, as the issue dominated headlines not only in Australia, but overseas. 

“As teachers, we need to continue empowering our students to take learning beyond the classroom and contribute to the world respectfully and meaningfully throughout their schooling and beyond,” she said.

The video was launched in conjuction with World Humanitarian Day, a global celebration of people helping people.

The day is aimed at inspiring action and solidarity against conflict, torture, disease, famine, suffering and poor leadership that often turns a blind eye.

Kidz4Kidz_AUS are aiming to get 100,000 views of their video on their Facebook page and get the issue of children in detention trending on social media.

No fear over pole-and-wire sale: Barnett

Western Australians have been told they have nothing to fear from the sale of its state-owned electric utility Western Power as unions ramp up an anti-privatisation campaign ahead of the 2017 election.


The poles and wires company would not be sold unless he was confident it was in the interests of the state and would have no adverse effect on electricity consumers, Premier Colin Barnett said.

The government is pursuing privatisations and asset sales such as Fremantle Port to deal with soaring multi-billion dollar debt, a budget deficit and several ratings downgrades as the end of the mining boom has hurt the state’s finances.

“Poles and wires businesses around Australia have all been privatised, operate well and in many cases produce lower costs for consumers, which is a good thing,” Mr Barnett told reporters.

Mr Barnett said WA was still the nation’s strongest economy even if the China-driven resources slowdown had hit government coffers through less taxes and royalties.

“Old asset sales will fund the building of new assets and we will see revenues start to improve after probably being at a low point for the last 12 months, and will use that to stabilise the levels of debt and ultimately reduce it,” he said.

UnionsWA secretary Meredith Hammat has accused the Barnett government of being in a budget mess and bowing to pressure from business to privatise, which would mean poorer services in pursuit of profits.

She cited the new $2 billion Fiona Stanley private hospital as proof of that, after a group of senior clinicians publicly criticised leadership and problems there last month in a newspaper letter.

UnionsWA will be using volunteers to phone voters as part of its campaign.

Man charged with assault after second incident in a week at a Trump rally

Rakeem Jones, 26, was being escorted from the rally on Wednesday night by sheriff’s deputies in Fayetteville when John McGraw hit him, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.


McGraw was charged with communicating threats, his online arrest report showed.

That charge can bring up to 45 days in jail and there was no lawyer listed on the report.

This comes after a reporter from US media outlet, Breitbart News Network, was allegedly manhandled by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, at Tuesday’s rally in Florida.

The incident in Florida on Tuesday, involved Breitbart New Network reporter Michelle Fields, who was allegedly manhandled by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, as she stepped forward to ask Trump a question.

Washington Post reporter Ben Terris said he witnessed Ms Fields being grabbed and yanked by Mr Lewandowski. 

Fields later posted a photo on Twitter of her arm which showed bruising.

I guess these just magically appeared on me @CLewandowski_ @realDonaldTrump. So weird. pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/oD8c4D7tw3

— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016

Trump’s camp said the event didn’t happen and replied on Twitter by questioning Fields’ character.

Video of the incident in North Carolina was recorded by bystanders showed deputies pinning Jones to the ground, prompting social media criticism on why swift action was taken against him instead of his assailant.

“He had no right to put his hands on me,” Jones said in a telephone interview.

The sheriff’s office said it would conduct an internal investigation, adding deputies accompanying Jones did not see the assault.

Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler called the attack cowardly.

“Regardless of political affiliation, speech, race, national origin, color, gender, bad reputation, prior acts or political demonstration, no other citizen has the right to assault another person or to act in such a way as this defendant did,” Butler said.

Trump’s campaign rallies are boisterous, with the billionaire businessman often pausing to scold protesters and ask security officers to take them away. At a rally last month in Nevada, he said of a protester: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”


The New York real estate magnate is the front-runner to be his party’s nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Trump’s hour-long speech in the packed North Carolina arena was interrupted at least 16 times, according to a Reuters reporter who attended.

A friend of Jones, Ronnie Rouse, said they attended the event to observe, not protest, and were told to leave after an exchange with another man who Rouse said used a racial slur.

Jones, who works for an inventory company and as a tutor, said the punch by a man in a cowboy hat came out of nowhere as he walked up the stairs to leave. He was then handled roughly by deputies but not arrested, adding his right eye was swollen and bruised.

“The whole arena cheered as I was being escorted out and even more so after I got hit,” he said.




Sukumaran’s final paintings back in Aust

The final paintings by Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran have arrived back in Australia, almost a year after his execution in Indonesia.


The delivery of death row artworks was announced on social media on Friday afternoon by Sukumaran’s mentor and friend, Sydney artist Ben Quilty.

The Archibald winner posted a photo of wooden boxes and wrapped canvases to Facebook with the caption: “Myu’s paintings safely and finally back in Australia”.

It comes more than 10 months after Sukumaran and fellow convicted Bali Nine drug smuggler, Andrew Chan, were executed by firing squad on Indonesia’s Nusakambangan island on April 29, 2015.

The western Sydney pair were arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle heroin out of Bali and spent the next decade in Kerobokan Prison.

They were dubbed the ‘godfather’ and the ‘enforcer’ of the nine-person drug syndicate.

One of Sukumaran’s lawyers reached out to Quilty in 2012 after his imprisoned client expressed a desire to learn how to paint.

With the artist’s guidance, Sukumaran began teaching classes to rehabilitate other inmates.

He was awarded an associate degree in fine arts from Curtin University just months before his death.

Some of his most haunting works are believed to be among the cargo, including one of the Indonesian flag dripping with blood and a self-portrait with a gaping hole in his chest where his heart should be.

The oil painting was transported off the island, still wet, by his lawyer Julian McMahon during a three-hour visit at Besi Prison just days before Sukumaran’s death.

A month earlier, Sukumaran revealed a painting of Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the inscription “People can change” after his final plea for clemency was denied.

The 34-year-old’s paintings became noticeably darker as his execution date drew near.

It is not yet known whether they will be exhibited.

One Australian confirmed among 22,000 leaked IS members

A disillusioned former member of the Islamic State group has passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000 supporters in over 50 countries to a journalist in a leak that could help the West target Islamist fighters planning attacks.


A 36-year-old computer engineer using the codename Abu Oubeida Al Loubnani, was the one Australian confirmed on the list.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan will seek a briefing on leaked Islamic State documents when he visits Germany next week.

Mr Keenan said he would not comment on any individual case, but noted he would be in Germany on Monday and Tuesday.

“If there’s information we can share together that enhances the security of Australia, enhances the security of Germany or other friends, we’ll certainly do that,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.

Leaks of such detailed information about Islamic State are rare and give Britain’s spies a potential trove of data that could help unmask militants who have threatened more attacks like those that killed 130 people in Paris last November.

A man calling himself Abu Hamed, a former member of Islamic State who became disillusioned with its leaders, passed the files to Britain’s Sky News on a memory stick he said he had stolen from the head of the group’s internal security force.

On it were enrolment forms containing the names of Islamic State supporters and of their relatives, telephone numbers, and other details such as the subjects’ areas of expertise and who had recommended them.

One of the files, marked “Martyrs”, detailed a group of IS members who were willing and trained to carry out suicide attacks, Sky said.

Richard Barrett, a former head of global counter-terrorism at Britain’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service, said the cache was “a fantastic coup” in the fight against Islamic State.

“It will be an absolute goldmine of information of enormous significance and interest to very many people, particularly the security and intelligence services,” Barrett told Sky News on Thursday.

Sky said it had informed the British authorities about the documents which were passed to its correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, at an undisclosed location in Turkey.

Western security sources said that if genuine, the files could be gold dust as they could help identify potential attackers and the networks of sympathisers behind them, and give insight on the structure of the group.

The defector said the group had been taken over by former soldiers from the Iraqi Baath party of Saddam Hussein, who was ousted in 2003 after the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The forms included answers to 23 questions such as assumed name, birthplace, education level, extent of Sharia learning and previous jobs, as well as details about the individuals’ journey to Islamic State and whether they were potential suicide bombers or more traditional fighters.

Workers leave Palmer’s Qld refinery

Hundreds of workers at Clive Palmer’s embattled Yabulu refinery have bid farewell to their colleagues and don’t know if they’ll work with them again.


Most of the refinery’s 550 workers had their employment officially terminated from 5pm Friday, four days after Clive Palmer took back control of operations with new company Queensland Nickel Sales.

One worker, who didn’t want to be named, told AAP people cried before leaving, even though their bosses have indicated they will get their jobs back.

He said he doubted half of them would return even if they were offered re-employment.

“(We were) all emotional and didn’t even know if we were going to show up next week,” the father-of-two said.

“We said farewell, a final farewell.”

Mr Palmer has promised to rehire workers once all relevant licences are cleared.

In an email sent to workers, Palmer’s nephew and company director, Clive Mensink, did not give any indication when people would be asked if they’d like to return.

“I would anticipate any offer of future employment would be on the same terms and conditions,” he said in the notice on Friday.

The refinery’s environmental authority has been transferred to Queensland Nickel Sales after a fast-tracked approval process.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles has criticised Mr Palmer for making the application on Wednesday, two days after he took the refinery off administrators.

He said the businessman-turned-politician should have known the authority was required.

“None of these approvals should have been news to him,” he said.

“There is now no excuse at all for him to allow these families to spend the weekend not knowing if they have a job on Monday.”

A spokesman for the company told AAP there were around 20 authorisation hurdles, understood to relate to workplace health and safety, to be cleared before the refinery could re-open under Queensland Nickel Sales.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says the company has been asked on two occasions to provide information needed for the transfer of a major hazard license.

Approval should take around 24 hours once the information is provided, she said.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who visited the refinery on Friday, said he’d asked the prime minister to give retrenched workers access to the Fair Entitlements Guarantee, which is usually reserved for liquidation but can be broadened on ministerial discretion.

Mr Shorten said he thought some of the company’s senior management had not treated affected workers with due respect and called for an investigation into related party transactions.

The refinery’s former operator, Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd, went into voluntary administration in January, just days after 237 workers were sacked.

Those retrenched workers are yet to receive entitlements.

“You just can’t trust Clive,” the worker who has been employed at the refinery for almost six years said.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Clive Palmer or Clive Mensink, nobody trusts them.”

Dr Miles released a statement late on Friday saying his department had issued enforcement orders demanding Queensland Nickel Sales take action to ensure the environment is protected.

The notice was issued after the new operator failed to show that it had enough resources to comply with obligations set out by the environmental authority.

Criminal charges could be laid if it fails to comply.

Dr Miles said of most concern was that tailing dams, which hold by-products from the refining process, continue to operate, especially given the refinery sits near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Meanwhile, media are reporting the Port of Townsville has confirmed administrators have cancelled ore shipments due to arrive on Tuesday.

Neighbours save baby and toddler from fire

Neighbours have been praised for helping rescue a two-day-old baby and toddler whose mother threw them down from the second-storey window after their Sydney unit caught fire.


The fire started in the Lakemba unit when the 27-year-old woman was cooking in her kitchen about 9.30pm on Thursday, police said.

Senior Constable Jamie Wallace told AAP the woman was unable to get out the front door because of the fire so she grabbed her newborn boy and her two-year-old and rushed to a window.

She dropped the two children out the window where neighbours had placed mattresses and were holding up a sheet to catch them, Adam Dewberry from Fire & Rescue NSW told AAP on Friday.

The mother was sitting on the windowsill, surrounded by black smoke and contemplating whether she should also make the five-metre jump when fire trucks turned up, he said.

Mr Dewberry praised the neighbours for reassuring the mother that emergency services were on their way.

“There’s no doubt she would have suffered pretty serious injuries jumping down a five or six-metre fall,” he said.

A group of firefighters went inside to extinguish the fire while another crew sprayed water on the mother from the street before rescuing her by ladder.

The children were uninjured and the woman was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and cuts to her feet.

She was discharged in the early hours of Friday, a NSW Health spokeswoman told AAP.

Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that started in the kitchen, but Mr Dewberry said two LPG gas cylinders had been found in the house.

“They weren’t the cause of the fire. However, they did contribute to the intensity of the fire,” he said.

“They’re not safe to have inside.”

The fire spread to other units and about 50 people were evacuated from the 12-unit block.

A 19-year-old woman was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, while a 65-year-old man, who also suffered smoke inhalation, was taken to hospital for further treatment.

‘Hearts are in pieces’ five years after tsunami hits Japan

The nine-magnitude quake struck offshore on a chilly Friday, sparking huge black waves along a vast swathe of coastline and killing nearly 20,000 people.


The tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant, where meltdowns in three reactors spewed radiation over a wide area of the countryside, contaminating water, food and air.

More than 160,000 people were evacuated from nearby towns. Around 10 percent still live in temporary housing across Fukushima prefecture. Most have settled outside their hometowns and have begun new lives.

Some areas remain no-go zones due to the high radiation.

In coastal Rikuzentakata, which was flattened by a wave as much as 17 meters (56 ft) high and lost seven percent of its population along with its entire downtown, the pain remains strong.

“Infrastructure is recovering, hearts are not. I thought time would take care of things,” said Eiki Kumagai, a volunteer fireman who lost 51 colleagues, many killed as they guided others to safety.

“I keep seeing the faces of those who died… There’s so much regret, I can’t express it.”


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito will offer flowers at a ceremony in Tokyo that will include a moment of silence at the time of the quake, 2.46 p.m. (0546 GMT), when bells will ring in the city center and residents across the nation bow their heads.

Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas, will mark the day with prayers, anti-nuclear protests and graveside visits. All the trains on the vast Tokyo underground network will halt to mark the moment the quake struck.

Billions of dollars in government spending have helped stricken communities rise from the ruins, including elevating the earth to protect them from future waves and cleaning radiation-contaminated land, but much remains to be done for thousands still languishing in barracks-like temporary housing.

“I get the feeling that the number of people who don’t know what to do, who aren’t even trying, is increasing,” said Kazuo Sato, a former fisherman from Rikuzentakata.

“Their hearts are in pieces.”

Government spending on reconstruction is set to dip from the start of the new fiscal year in April. But Abe pledged continued support.

“There are still many people living difficult lives in temporary housing and those who because of the nuclear accident cannot return to the places they lived,” Abe told reporters on Thursday.

“We will speed up our efforts to build housing and disaster-proof towns … so they can return as quickly as possible to permanent housing and stable lives.”


Legal aid group presses China on domestic violence laws

China’s very first law regarding domestic violence took effect at the beginning of this month.


The landmark legislation applies to married couples as well as non-marred co-habiting couples, and defines domestic violence for the first time. The law includes both physical and psychological abuse, is designed to encourage reporting and provides victims with more opportunities for legal action, including placing restraining orders.

Domestic violence survivor Gao Xiaojun celebrated the new law’s introduction. She was severely assaulted by her ex-husband and says she, like many Chinese women, initially blamed herself.

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“Many women believe that it is their own fault if their husbands fail to treat them properly, so they are often embarrassed to speak out… The first few times he abused me it wasn’t so severe. And although I was emotionally traumatised, he showed remorse, and as women are by nature meant to be more kind and gentle, I forgave him,” says Gao.

But by the sixth time she was attacked the assault had escalated. She was left with strangle marks and bruises throughout her face and head. After that attack she finally had the courage to leave him. “He believes our marriage failed because I did not have the capacity to forgive him for small mistakes,” says Gao. “But violence in marriage is unforgivable- it’s gender inequality.”

Today Gao campaigns against domestic violence, trying to change perceptions so in future victims don’t remain silent as she did. “The traditional Chinese concept of mutual understanding and tolerance to preserve the family is, in a way, neglecting the suffering of women,” says Gao.

Tingting Chen, women’s empowerment program officer at the Asia Foundation, says the law is a huge step forward in not only changing perceptions about domestic violence in China., but also providing practical support for victims.

“Many still see domestic violence as a shame. Not just for the abuser, but even more so for the victim and the family,” says Chen. “Having this law will bring about more government and funding support to help institutions improve their capacity to help victims. Chen says the law will encourage reporting from not just the victims themselves, but those around them, as well as allow them to seek support such as temporary shelters.

But many believe that while the law is great in principle, it’s vague in practice. Lawyer Lu Xiaoquan from the Qian Qian law firm has worked mainly with clients involved in domestic violence cases for seven years. He said before the law, victims had recourse through a variety of other laws, but says this new legislation raises public awareness about the issue. However, he says, there are crucial gaps. “The new law does not address sexual violence or financial restriction. This is a defect and something we should work to improve on in the future,” says Lu. He also believes that the implementation of the law remains vague, and relevant departments lag behind in training. “Even though there is a great law there, if our law enforcers and judiciary do not follow it strictly, then it’s an empty law. it wouldn’t help solve anything in real life.”

His team at Beijing’s Qianqian law firm have just submitted a report to the National People’s Congress asking the country’s leaders for urgent clarification. Some questions raised include details about the types of evidence that are required to prove incidents, as well as the distinction as to whether cases fall under criminal or civic courts.

Lu is unsure as to whether he’ll hear an answer any time soon. “There is no clear timetable,” he says. “But of course I hope this will happen soon, for example next month or two months away. That’s all our best hope and we’ll work to make this happen.”

China urges United Nations to boycott Dalai Lama

China has written to diplomats and United Nations officials urging them not to attend a Geneva event where the Dalai Lama will speak, reasserting that it opposes his appearance at all venues due to his “separatist activities”.


In a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday, China’s diplomatic mission in Geneva raised objections about the presence of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader on the panel of Nobel laureates, being held at the Geneva Graduate Institute on Friday.

“Inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to the aforementioned event violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, in contravention of the purposes and principles of the UN

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Charter. China resolutely opposes the 14th Dalai Lama’s separatist activities in whatever capacity and in whatever name in any country, organisation or event,” it said.

The letter was dated March 8, the day that the event – being sponsored by the United States and Canada – was announced.

“The Permanent Mission of China kindly requests the Permanent Missions of all Member States, UN agencies and relevant International Organisations not to attend the above-mentioned event, nor meet the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique.”

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The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Price in 1989, fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule. China views him as a separatist, but the monk says he only wants genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

No delegation is making a formal complaint about China at the four-week session but there has been criticism recently of its mass arrests of lawyers, including from the United States.

A joint statement critical of China, sponsored by about a dozen countries including the United States, is to be read out at the forum on Thursday.

Oates injured in Broncos NRL win

Queensland State of Origin hopeful Corey Oates is set to be sidelined for a month after being injured in Brisbane’s 25-10 NRL win over a gutsy Warriors on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.


Oates showed why he was considered an Origin chance for Queensland this year with a stellar display before suffering a dislocated shoulder in the 71st minute.

The towering winger racked up 152m and crossed for a first-half try to put his hand up early for a Maroons call-up in front of 34,520 fans.

Brisbane later confirmed Oates had suffered an AC shoulder joint injury.

“He’s been fantastic for us. Between him, Darbs (Darius Boyd) and JK (Jordan Kahu) out the back there, they really got us out of some sticky situations,” Broncos captain Corey Parker said.

Brisbane led 12-10 at halftime before the Warriors finally wilted in the second half after losing backs Manu Vatuvei (ribs) and centre Blake Ayshford (concussion).

The limited interchanges and humid conditions ensured the match came down to a survival of the fittest.

In the end, the two injuries to the Warriors’ backs proved the difference.

“They (Warriors) were very committed. I was pleased we got away with it in the end,” coach Wayne Bennett said.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden believed his side had answered their critics and were “well in front” at halftime despite trailing on the scoreboard.

“But when your whole forward pack has just got nothing left, it is hard to build anything – the challenge got too big for us,” he said.

Asked how tough was it to plough on with two men down with just eight interchanges, McFadden said: “I think it (rule change) has impacted on the game more than most coaches thought it would.”

The unbeaten Broncos ran in four tries to one against a Warriors side who did their best to rectify last round’s first-half capitulation.

McFadden arrived at the clash under enormous pressure.

Former coach Graham Lowe was the most-vocal critic of their first-round loss to the lowly Wests Tigers, claiming the Warriors lacked a hard edge due to their “bro culture”.

The Warriors showed plenty of fight against the 2015 grand finalists but still slumped to their 10th straight loss stretching back to the second half of last season.

Oates’ inspirational hand helped Brisbane grab the lead at halftime.

Already earmarked for Origin, Oates showed the grit needed to earn a Queensland jersey when he twice ran the ball out of the in-goal area under heavy traffic.

He also showed he had the flair, finishing off an Anthony Milford blindside play to score in the eighth minute.