Mexico bids farewell to Garcia Marquez

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Mexico has farewelled its beloved adopted son, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a national tribute filled with the late Nobel laureate’s favourite flowers and music.

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A coffee-coloured urn containing his ashes was placed on a podium, surrounded by yellow roses, in Mexico City’s domed Fine Arts Palace as a string quartet played classical music.

Dozens of guests applauded when his widow, Mercedes Barcha, arrived dressed in black with their sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo, at the cultural centre, where Mexico pays tribute to its late artistic icons.

Hundreds of fans filed past the urn to pay their last respects to the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, taking pictures and short videos with their smartphones.

Some of the guests even danced as a three-piece vallenato band played folk songs from his native Colombia with an accordion, drum and guacharaca, a percussion instrument.

Known affectionately as “Gabo,” Garcia Marquez died on April 17 in the Mexico City house where he lived for decades with his wife and two sons. He was 87.

Garcia Marquez first moved to Mexico in 1961 and it was there the veteran journalist wrote his seminal novel, a family and historical saga that was published in 1967.

He was a leading exponent of “magical realism,” a style of story-telling that blends fantasy and realistic elements.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed but he died a week after a bout of pneumonia.

The palace was decorated with the late writer’s favourite flower, the yellow rose that he so often wore on his lapel for good luck.

Many mourners wore the rose as violins played Beethoven. A large portrait of Garcia Marquez hung on a wall.

The vallenato trio offered a performance to the crowd outside the palace. Then, people took turns reading pages from One Hundred Years of Solitude.

“He loved this country. He was very grateful and felt as Mexican as any other person,” Jaime Abello, director of the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation founded by Garcia Marquez, told MVS Radio.

His native Colombia will hold its own ceremony at Bogota’s cathedral on Tuesday for the man President Juan Manuel Santos hailed as “the greatest Colombian of all time.”

On Wednesday, to mark World Book Day, Colombians will have readings of Garcia Marquez’s novel No One Writes to the Colonel in more than 1000 libraries, parks and universities.

The family has not said where the author’s final resting place will be but Colombia hopes his ashes will be divided between his homeland and Mexico.

His wife Barcha “says that it is a very difficult decision that will be taken in due time,” said Rafael Tovar, president of Mexico’s National Culture and Arts Council.

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Grizzlies hold off Thunder in NBA

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Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105 on Monday, equalising their NBA playoff series at one win each.

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Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists while Spaniard Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee each added 16 points for Memphis, which will host the next two games in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round match-up on Thursday and Saturday.

NBA regular-season scoring champion Kevin Durant netted 36 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds but it was not enough to lift the Thunder past the Grizzlies, who ousted Oklahoma City in last year’s playoffs.

Russell Westbrook added 29 points and nine assists and Spaniard Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Durant took a pass from Westbrook at the left corner of the court and, while being fouled and falling backwards out of bounds, lofted a three-point basket and added a free throw to lift Oklahoma City within 98-97 with 13.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Conley went 1-of-2 from the line for the second time in the dying seconds to boost Memphis’ lead to 99-97.

Westbrook missed a three-point attempt but the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins grabbed the rebound and banked in a basket as time expired to level the score at 99-99 and force overtime.

Randolph hit two early baskets in overtime as Memphis took a four-point lead, but Durant answered with a 3-pointer and a later free throw to pull Oklahoma City level at 105-105.

Randolph hit a layup to put Memphis back on top and, after Ibaka was called for traveling, Westbrook was forced to foul Lee, who hit two free throws to put the Grizzlies ahead 109-105.

Randolph hit two final free throws to produce the final Memphis victory margin.

Memphis had led 87-81 late in the fourth quarter before Durant sank a 3-pointer and Westbrook followed with a fast break slam dunk to pull the Thunder within a single point.

Randolph followed with a three-point play and Gasol and Durant then traded jumpers before Westbrook followed with a three-pointer and Durant scored on a fast break slam dunk to give the Thunder its last lead of regulation time at 93-92.

Memphis answered on Mike Miller’s 3-pointer and three free throws by Conley, giving the Grizzlies a 98-93 edge in the dying seconds, setting up the Thunder comeback to force overtime.

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Lawsuit sues more US entertainment figures

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A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen has sued three more entertainment industry figures claiming they also molested him.

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The allegations in the latest lawsuits filed by Michael Egan III are substantially similar to his legal action against Singer. That lawsuit accuses the director of abusing him between the ages of 15 and 17 in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Monday’s lawsuits were filed in federal court in Hawaii against former Fox television executive Garth Ancier, theatre producer Gary Wayne Goddard, and David A. Neuman, a former television executive with Current TV and Disney. Ancier and Goddard did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Neuman could not be reached for comment. Phone numbers associated with him have been disconnected, and he did not immediately respond to a message sent through the social networking site LinkedIn.

The lawsuits were filed in Hawaii under a law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in civil sex abuse cases.

Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer has denied the director abused Egan, calling the allegations defamatory. He has said the director was not in Hawaii when Egan says he was abused and was instead working on production for the first “X-Men” film.

None of the men have been criminally charged and the statute of limitations for any such charges has passed.

Ancier was the founding programmer at the Fox network, later going on to create programming for The WB, and was a top executive at NBC Entertainment.

Egan, 31, appeared at a press conference Monday alongside his mother, who tearfully described her efforts to report alleged abuses to the FBI in 1999 and 2000.

Bonnie Mound said she wrote several letters to FBI agents in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., urging them to take action. She questioned why those letters and information her son provided in interviews with an agent did not result in criminal charges.

The FBI has said it could not discuss specifically what Egan told them, However, the agency denied last week that it had ignored any information about Singer.

“The suggestion that the FBI ignored a minor victim, or evidence involving the sexual victimisation of a child, is ludicrous,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. She reiterated the statement after Egan’s press conference Monday.

Mound denied her son’s lawsuits were motivated by anything other than holding the defendants accountable.

“It’s not about money,” Mound said, breaking down in tears.

Egan said he spent several years masking his pain by drinking. He stopped drinking within the past year, entered therapy and sought out a lawyer who would pursue a case.

The AP does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.

Egan’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, said he had spent six months investigating before filing the lawsuits but acknowledged he didn’t have all the investigative files or Singer’s records that might show the director wasn’t in Hawaii during the timeframe. Herman said he has asked Singer’s lawyers for those records.

Egan claims he was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive, Marc Collins-Rector, with promises of auditions for acting, modelling and commercial jobs. He was put on the company’s payroll as an actor and forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood’s entertainment industry, the lawsuit said.

Collins-Rector pleaded guilty in 2004 to transporting five minors across state lines to have sex.

Phone numbers listed for Collins-Rector have been disconnected and attempts to reach him for comment last week were unsuccessful. Records maintained in Florida, where Collins-Rector is required to register as a sex offender, show that in 2008 his last known address was in the Dominican Republic.

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Woman conned $375K from friends, lovers

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A cunning female con artist tricked friends and lovers into giving her tens of thousands of dollars by posing as a savvy financial advisor.

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The “ruthless” gambling addict who used internet dating sites to meet her victims was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for frauds totalling $375,000.

Denise Irene Hogan, 44, portrayed herself to her victims as either a savvy financial advisor or a successful businesswoman.

In reality she was a Telstra worker with a serious betting problem.

Brisbane’s District Court heard Hogan had the ability to trick intelligent people – including a teacher and a member of the defence force – into handing over large sums of cash without any paperwork.

Former girlfriend Nadine Harrington met Hogan on the internet and fell for claims she was a successful options trader who’d “look after her”.

Ms Harrington let her new girlfriend access her bank account and even lent her $100,000, which the serial fraudster pumped into her Centrebet account.

Another woman who met Hogan on the internet invested more than $100,000 with her, thinking she’d get double her money back.

However Hogan took the money and stole more from the woman’s bank account, to which she’d also been given access.

And two female acquaintances lost $35,000 and $36,000 after falling for Hogan’s investment ruse.

Prosecutor Katrina Overell called the former telecommunications worker a “convincing and ruthless fraudster” who’d been jailed in NSW for swindling a man out of his inheritance money.

Defence barrister Alastair McDougall asked the judge to take into account his client’s gambling addiction and a childhood of horrific sexual abuse.

However Justice Leanne Clare said Hogan hadn’t learned from her previous convictions and sentenced her to six years’ imprisonment, with parole after 15 months.

“You showed ruthlessness in the execution of your offending as well as a gross abuse of trust which caused a great deal of pain and suffering,” the judge told Hogan.

The fraudster has already served more than nine months in jail and will be eligible for parole in October.

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Super funds post slow start to 2014

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Superannuation funds have had a lacklustre start to 2014, but are still up on average more than ten per cent for the financial year so far.

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Research by investment group Chant West shows the average growth superannuation fund rose one per cent during the three months to March, due to a relatively subdued performance on the Australian and international share markets.

But given the strong gains on share markets in late 2013, the average growth fund is up 10.5 per cent so far this financial year, while the average balanced fund is up 7.9 per cent.

Chant West director Warren Chant said growth funds were on track for their fifth consecutive financial year of double-digit growth.

“Any gain from here to the end of June would ensure that the annual result finishes in the double digits,” he said.

“Another year in the double digits, or close to it, would further diminish the memory of the GFC, while not fading it out completely.”

Growth funds were typically performing better than their long term goal of around 6.5 per cent growth per year, he said.

The average growth fund has grown by seven per cent a year for the past decade, while balanced funds have grown 6.4 per cent a year and conservative funds have grown six per cent.

Mr Chant said the Australian share market lifted around two per cent during the March quarter, while international shares gained around one per cent.

But a rise in the Australian dollar from around 89 US cents to 93 US cents over the quarter more than offset any gain made on international stocks for most super funds during the three months.

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Four Qld youths sentenced to bootcamp

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Only four young criminals have been sentenced to Queensland’s newest bootcamp.

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The Lincoln Springs camp, on a remote station two hours west of Ingham, was set up in January after a Kuranda-based camp closed when its first two residents escaped and threatened staff with a knife.

Just four young offenders had been sentenced to Lincoln Springs, with the last due to leave in early May, figures released by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said on Tuesday.

The camp can house 12 people and, to prevent it sitting idle, 11 young offenders were transferred from other facilities despite not being sentenced to the bootcamp.

Since bootcamps were set up about a year ago on the Gold Coast, Fraser Coast and Rockhampton, 65 young people have started the program, with 33 successfully completing it.

Mr Bleijie said those who had completed the camps had reported improved family relationships, re-engagement with education or employment, and improved health and wellbeing.

Beyond Billabong won the $2 million contract to run Lincoln Springs.

Labor said it was a waste of money, with youth detention traditionally costing more than twice as much as adult jails.

“I would argue that the entire program has been a schemozzle from the get go,” opposition police spokesman Bill Byrne told AAP.

“It’s a government trying to construct an arrangement that meet their mantra.

“It’s not based on good advice or best practice around the world.”

Mr Bleijie says Lincoln Springs is building on the success of the other camps, which have been described as a “welcome innovation” by the President of the Children’s Court.

“It’s a matter for the courts which and how many offenders are sentenced to Lincoln Springs and it’s great to see that 15 young people have taken part in the camp, which is already showing great signs of success.”

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Pakistan bomb kills one, wounds 33

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At least one person has been killed and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a police van in Pakistan’s troubled northwest, police say.

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Tuesday’s attack was the second on police in restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in less than 10 hours and comes less than a week after the Pakistani Taliban formally ended a ceasefire called to help peace talks.

The incident in the main square of Charsadda bazaar, some 30km north of Peshawar, left one civilian dead and two women and three children among the wounded.

The seven policemen in the patrol van were also injured.

“The bomb was planted in a motorcycle. One passerby was killed and 33 other injured,” Shafi Ullah Khan, Charsadda police chief told AFP by telephone.

He said the bomb was detonated by remote control as the police van passed the motorcycle on the main square.

“The police patrolling van was the target,” Khan added.

The attack came after unidentified gunmen late Monday killed five police officers on patrol in the town of Badaber, a flashpoint for violence in the district of Peshawar.

A civilian driving a passing car was also killed, with two policemen and another civilian left wounded in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks.

Last Wednesday, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said it would not extend a ceasefire it began on March 1 as part of peace talks with the government aimed at ending the militants’ bloody seven-year insurgency.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government began negotiations with TTP through intermediaries in February to try to bring peace.

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China falls for 4x4s at Beijing auto show

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Bulky, brash and wildly popular in Europe and the US, the urban 4×4 is the latest must-have for Chinese drivers, whose conversion to the cult of the SUV is the talking point of this year’s Beijing Auto Show.

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The SUV (sport utility vehicle), with a distinctive stocky frame, all-wheel drive and “rugged” image, has become equally coveted and ridiculed in the West in recent years, but is a recent phenomenon in China.

Ford, the world’s first carmaker, arrived later to the market than its domestic rival General Motors, but has proved to be one of the biggest winners in the Chinese SUV race so far, with sales of its locally-produced Kuga model soaring.

It is far from alone. The list of motoring brands angling to scratch China’s itch for SUVs keeps getting longer, with Audi, Mercedes, Volvo and Citroen all clamouring for business after Chinese sales of the vehicles doubled last year to 2.9 million units, of a total 22 million cars sold in the country.

Volvo’s China bestseller is similarly an all-wheel drive, and Audi outlined its intentions with the TT Offroad at the Beijing show, a five-door concept model with traditional Audi features such as a prominent single-frame grille and a heavily curved roof line in an echo of its smash-hit Q5.

In a similar vein, France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen showcased the DS 6WR, an SUV inspired by the Wild Rubis, a concept car unveiled in 2013.

And Mercedes-Benz presented a Coupe SUV concept, aimed at competing with BMW’s X6, which was the first to combine the utility of an SUV and the attractiveness of a coupe, with great success.

“Today it’s a segment that is a little less competitive than the sedan, but it’s the future,” said Gilles Normand, Asia-Pacific chief at Renault. “There is a major trend in the industry towards this type of product.”

The French manufacturer would know: its bestselling model worldwide is the 4×4 Duster, and the firm is currently laying the groundwork for its first factory in China.

For John Yan, who travelled to Beijing from North America for the show, it is hard to imagine life without a 4×4. “It’s so practical. I wouldn’t know how to survive without an SUV,” he said.

Chinese clients enjoy one particular aspect of the 4×4 just as much as their Western counterparts: “They love that higher seating position,” said Haakan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo, a feature that offers the driver a greater sense of security on the road.

SUVs, while not as ubiquitous as smaller cars, have become an increasingly common sight along urban roads in China for more than a decade.

They run the gamut from Chinese automakers to luxury foreign brands such as Porsche, with the higher-end models often seen as status symbols.

As in other countries Chinese families do not necessarily buy them for off-roading in the wild, and instead rely on them for urban trekking – school drop offs and other business around town.

But beyond the cliched “soccer mum” driving her children around a manicured Californian suburb in a giant SUV, there is a more practical application for the range’s technical prowess in some areas of China.

“If I’m going to the mountains, it’s hard to drive when the frame is low and the roads are bad,” Chinese SUV enthusiast Wang Ping told AFP at the show.

The growth of the SUV is not universally assured. China’s car sales surged 13.9 percent last year, but that growth hit a speed bump in March, slowing to a 6.6 percent year-on-year rise after reaching a record 17.8 percent high in January.

China’s economy has also turned in its weakest performance in 18 months, growing 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

But Beijing has indicated a willingness to accept weaker growth as it tries to move the economy away from investment and toward domestic consumption, which is where cars come in – joint partnerships with Western brands such as Citroen means more investment and more jobs, to add to China’s growing band of SUV fanatics.

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Tackles fly on planned India super league

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Its backers include some of the biggest names in Indian sport, business and Bollywood who hope it will help the country shed its image as the sleeping giant of world football.

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But the Indian Super League, which promises to lure a galaxy of former stars out of retirement, is already facing scepticism and even downright hostility from within the game some five months ahead of kick-off.

“It’s going to kill the sleeping giant without allowing it a chance to wake up and get out of bed,” said Valanka Alemao, the chief executive of Churchill Brothers, ex-champions of India’s current domestic league.

“This is such a weak-structured tournament that it’s bound to fail.”

Despite being the second most populous nation, India has long struggled in world football and is currently ranked 145th out of 207 in the governing body FIFA’s rankings.

The sleeping giant tag was first coined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on a visit to India in 2007 but with even war-torn Syria and Afghanistan now ranked higher, some wags have said the snooze has become a coma.

Cricket dominates the back pages but matches in the existing I-League domestic championship attract significant crowds in some parts of the country, and the English Premiership is a major driver behind the growth of satellite TV here.

So it was no surprise when Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV was revealed as one of the backers of the new ISL along with other big names such as sports management giant IMG.

And in an echo of the format for cricket’s glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced last week that eight city-based franchises with famous frontmen would take part in the two month-long competition from September.

Co-owners include cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood A-listers Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor as well as Atletico Madrid, leaders of Spain’s La Liga.

Nita Ambani, chairwoman of the joint venture IMG-Reliance marketing group which conceived the idea of the league, forecast that it would pave the way for “the nation’s sporting renaissance”.

“Football, with its largely untapped potential in the country, has the opportunity to grow to an unrivaled commercial success quite unlike any other sport,” Ambani, wife of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, said in a statement.

A more measured assessment came from former national cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, co-owner of the Kolkata franchise. He said the league could be a force for good even if it does not supplant cricket as India’s number one game.

“Don’t compare it with the IPL or cricket,” Ganguly told AFP.

“It’s the start of something good. Hopefully, somewhere down the line, things will improve.”

Each of the eight teams will be allowed to draft 10 foreign players, with a proviso that at least 50 of them in the 80-man pool should have played for their national teams.

But with ISL dates clashing with the start of major leagues around the world and the organisers facing stiff opposition from local clubs, finalising both the foreign and Indian talent will not be easy.

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First ever Aussie Paralympian to join an able-bodied team

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Winning a place on a Commonwealth Games team is hard enough.

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 Imagine trying to do it with a disability.

That’s exactly what Melissa Tapper has done.

The 24-year-old, originally from Hamilton in Victoria’s regional west, is the first Australian Paralympic athlete to be selected for an able bodied team.

Having narrowly lost a play-off for a bronze medal at the London Paralympic Games, she’s about to pack her bags for Glasgow.

“I always thought it was possible. It’s been my dream ever since I started playing, I always wanted to make a Commonwealth or Olympic games team,” she says.

There’s no sentimentality involved at all here – she qualified automatically through the Commonwealth Games trials.

“Dad was there, and mum was on the phone not long after, in tears, so that sort of explains enough!”

Melissa was born with Erb’s Palsy. Damaged nerves in her shoulder, suffered during birth, have made her right arm much smaller and weaker than her left.

Not that you’d notice.

“Over the years I’ve just learnt to get on with it and it hasn’t stopped me from doing anything I wanted to do.”

What she wanted to do was play table tennis.

“Being a one-hand dominant sport, it took my fancy pretty quickly, and I was all right at it.”

Apart from difficulty serving, constant back and shoulder injuries have made her task even tougher.

Her coach, Simon Gerada, says the physical demands on her have been far greater than the average able-bodied athlete.

“Anyone that’s been in the hall here for the last five, six years, watching her practice and train, seeing her go through the ups and downs, would see that she hasn’t taken the easy path at all.”

But in typical, understated fashion, Melissa doesn’t think she’s done anything extraordinary.

“When I’m older, maybe I will look back and realise what I have done, but I’m just a kid playing ping pong and really enjoying it at the moment and looking to get the best out of myself,” she says.

“I’m really just like anyone else.”

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