Shamorie Ponds could use one more year before NBA jump

DAYTON, Ohio — Some might consider Chris Mullin to be in a weird spot. After all, his best player, Shamorie Ponds, still has a year of eligibility left. And Mullin, who led St. John’s to its first NCAA berth since 2015, could certainly benefit by building one more year around his star point guard.

But Mullin is also a veteran of the NBA, as a player and an executive. That, in truth, is far more a selling point for recruits than the time he logged on Utopia Parkway as the school’s best player. He also happens to be fond of Ponds, and if leaving a year of eligibility on the table makes the most sense for Ponds’ pro career, he’s on board with that, too.

“To me, that’s a simple one,” Mullin said late Wednesday night, after the Johnnies’ season ended with a 74-65 loss to Arizona State in the First Four. “I sat on the other end of that as a GM and talked to college coaches. It’s really where he stacks up with the NBA. It’s got nothing to do with me.

“The good thing is, I know all the GMs and most all the owners. I just want him to get all the direct, legit information for him to make a smart decision. But as far as [me], like I said, when a kid’s ready, I’m all in. He needs to go, if it’s going to be the right decision for him.”

Here’s the thing, though.

The information Mullin gleans is almost certain to point to a harsh truth: Ponds is, at best, a late first-rounder. More likely, he will be taken in the middle of the second round. Now, worst case, Ponds will still be able to make a fine living at basketball for a good, long while, even if he doesn’t stick in the NBA right away.

Still, it is hard to imagine that Ponds wouldn’t benefit from an extra year of college. In just about every way imaginable.

“You never know, you could get a team that falls in love with him, that happens,” one NBA scout who has seen Ponds play “eight or nine times” in person said Thursday. “But to me he’s a second-round guy. Get a two-way, play in the G-League, hope you hit with the right team after that. If I was advising the kid, I’d say he has nothing to lose and everything to gain by waiting.”

Earlier in the month, Ponds’ father, Shawn, told The Post’s Zach Braziller, “It’ll be a definite decision after the season is over,” meaning Ponds will not do as he did last year, allow the NBA to evaluate him but not hire an agent, which allowed him to return for his junior season. “We’re doing one thing or the other.”

A different NBA scout than the one who talked to me told Braziller: “I don’t think he’s done enough to make himself a no-brainer [to get drafted].”

Mullin, of course, is an invaluable asset to Ponds here, and if his recon yields a different verdict, it only makes sense for Ponds to follow.

But if it doesn’t, or if it feels like draft night will be a crapshoot, why not give yourself another year? Too often in these cases momentum takes over, and it almost feels like he would lose face if he changes his mind. But it could also work in his favor if he recognizes flaws in his game — and, terrific as he is, there are a few — that could be ironed out with another year on campus.

If he’s already made up his mind — and maybe he has — you can only hope the best for Ponds, who played hard every game he wore a St. John’s uniform. But if he hasn’t …

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When England crash no one outside rugby cares, but in Wales the sport is a religion

HEAVEN or hell awaits Wales today.

I can’t imagine what the pressure is like on Warren Gatland’s side — even though I’ve won and lost Grand Slams before.

In England, rugby is a second-tier sport. This means that if the wheels come off, yes you get a backlash, but realistically nobody outside of rugby cares.

You are a big fish in a tiny pond.

Across the Severn Bridge, however, rugby is a religion and they are not very forgiving if the national team underperforms.

On the flip side, being at home with the passion of the Cardiff crowd in full voice could make this one of the most memorable Welsh Grand Slams in history if they win. It’s knife-edge stuff.

When England won the Slam in 2016, the last time an English side had lifted that trophy with a 100 per cent record was in 2003 — just months before they went on to clinch the World Cup.

I can’t remember exactly, but the number of times it’s been done back to back is very rare. We had a chance in 2017 to do the double Slam, but Ireland ruined the party in Dublin.

We still lifted the Six Nations trophy at the Aviva Stadium as winners, but it’s bittersweet when you have just lost a game.

Having played in four Grand Slam deciders and winning just one of them with Eddie Jones, they are not always the things dreams are made of.

You spend all week not talking about it being a huge game — everybody knows it is, but we all pretend it’s just another fixture.

It’s an incredible week and these kinds of games come around very rarely.

The final few days can go one of two ways — you try and do things differently, have meals out, lightly train to keep everybody fresh — but you absolutely don’t hype it up too early.

Or, keep everything the same as every other week — prepare as normal, put the extra hours in dissecting the opposition, train hard and play the game — building all the emotion as your normally would, but letting that extra excitement and distraction creep in.

But neither of these tactics make much of a difference. There is sadly no magic formula to guarantee a win.

Before a ball was kicked in this Championship, I thought it was going to be a two-horse race. Ireland were the favourites and looked like the ones to beat.

And of course I knew England could do well, even though they had the toughest start imaginable playing Joe Schmidt’s reigning champs in Dublin on day one.

After that superb victory, it was suddenly England who were the ones to beat — fans thought the Grand Slam was coming home to Twickenham and we were dead-set on a World Cup final place.

Or so we all thought! Instead it’s Wales — whose boss Gatland reckons have forgotten how to lose — who are now on the crest of a huge decider.

They had great form coming into this tournament, but I stupidly didn’t see them as a threat for the biggest honour. That lesson has well and truly been learned my end.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the rugby gods have decided to make it even more interesting. If Wales lose against Ireland, England could lift this year’s trophy.

If Wales get pumped by Ireland and England get beaten by Scotland, then it’s Ireland who could lift the trophy.

Last year we lost the physical battle and Scotland were the better side at Murrayfield.

However, there were things that went on during the game and post-match that have left a sour taste in a lot the players’ mouths.

And let’s put it this way — if I had acted like some of the Scottish players did, you would have been reading about it on the front page of this newspaper and not on page 56.

It’s one thing to celebrate behind closed doors, but to show a lack of respect to your opposing team is quite another.

I can’t wait to see what happens today. It’s going to be physical — but not your run-of-the-mill physical.

There will be fireworks, I want there to be and, honestly, I can’t wait

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‘One Day At A Time’ Was Canceled By Netflix & Twitter Is Now In Mourning

Today isn’t a good day for fans of One Day At A Time. On Thursday, March 14, Netflix officially announced that One Day At A Time has been canceled, and will not be renewed for Season 4. Netflix announced the news on social media, and Twitter reacted to the One Day At A Time cancellation with sadness, anger, and a lot of GIFs.

"We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season," Netflix tweeted. "The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season."

The news followed a push by fans on Twitter to keep the reboot of the ’70s sitcom alive, but ultimately, it didn’t work. In a series of tweets, Netflix thanked creator Norman Lear, the cast, and the show’s executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce "for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way."

Netflix ended this sad note with a message to fans who found a kinship with this Cuban-American family. "And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT," Netflix tweeted, "please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."

Still, fans were sad to hear that the show they loved would not be returning for another season.

More to come…

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Pregnant women who smoke ONE cigarette a day 'DOUBLE the risk of sudden infant death'

Scientists from the Seattle Children's Research Institute and Microsoft have been collecting data about how smoking contributes to babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday.

The study found that smoking any amount during pregnancy – even just one cig a day – doubles the risk.

And for those who smoke between one and 20 cigarettes a day, the odds of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) increase by 0.07 with each extra cig smoked.

"With this information, doctors can better counsel pregnant women about their smoking habits, knowing that the number of cigarettes smoked daily during pregnancy significantly impacts the risk for SUID," said Dr Tatiana Anderson, a researcher in Seattle Children's Center for Integrative Brain Research and lead author on the study.

"Similar to public health campaigns that educated parents about the importance of infant sleep position, leading to a 50 per cent decrease in sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS) rates, we hope advising women about this risk will result in fewer babies dying from these tragic causes."

There are around 3,700 deaths from SUID every year in the USA, and Dr Anderson estimated that if no women smoked during their pregnancies, that would be lowered by around 22 per cent.

Between 1967 and 1980, the rates of married pregnant smokers went down significantly.

One study found that the numbers went down from 45 per cent to 30 per cent of white mums, and from 40 per cent to 25 per cent of black mums.

According to one review, in 1985, 25.1 per cent of all women in the USA continued smoking after learning that they were pregnant.

Today, it's estimated that around one in 14, or 7.2 per cent of pregnant women still smoke in America. In the UK, that's more like 10.5 per cent of women.

In 2015, 32 per cent of British mums smoked before or during pregnancy, and 17 per cent of those continued to do so throughout.

As for the rates of stillbirths, stateside, they've declined massively over the past thirty years.

The CDC Wonder and the National Centre of Health Statistics says that in 1980, there were 153 sudden deaths for every 100,000 live births. By 2010, that had dropped to just 51.6 per cent.

To study the effect smoking had on SUID risk, scientists analysed the smoking habits of mums for all USA live births between 2007 and 2011.

Of the 20 million live births included, over 19,000 deaths were caused by SUID.

As well as how many cigs smoked, scientists look at how smoking before pregnancy and cutting back or quitting during pregnancy affected the risk.

Women who reduced their cig consumption by the third trimester saw a 12 per cent decrease in sudden death risk, while successful quitters saw their risk drop by 23 per cent.

"The most important takeaway is for women to understand that quitting smoking before and during pregnancy by far results in the greatest reduction in SUID risk," said Dr Anderson.

"For pregnant women unable to quit entirely, every cigarette they can eliminate will reduce the odds of their child dying suddenly and unexpectedly from SUID."

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Brother of police killer Dale Cregan jailed for stabbing sisters’ ex

Brother of one-eyed police killer Dale Cregan is jailed for stabbing their sisters’ ex-boyfriend in the leg

  • Dean Moores, 37, stabbed Ryan Lever, 26, through the leg in Rochdale last year
  • The two had an argument and Moores had lain in wait outside a shop for Lever
  • Lever – who used to date their sister Stacey – ran away in terror with his wound 
  • Moores’ brother Dale Cregan is serving life in prison for killing two policewomen

The brother of the one-eyed police killer Dale Cregan has been jailed for more than five years for stabbing their sisters’ ex-boyfriend in the leg.

Dean Moores, 37, stabbed Ryan Lever, 26, through the thigh in Rochdale after an argument.

Moores was then tracked back to his house using CCTV by police who uncovered a cannabis farm on his property.

Moores’ brother Dale Cregan was jailed for life in 2013 after he lured two policewomen to his home with a 999 call then threw a grenade and sprayed them with bullets.

Dean Moores, 37, was jailed for five years and five months after he admitted grievous bodily harm and growing cannabis

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Dale Cregan was jailed for life in 2013 after the notoriously violent killing of two female police officers after he lured them to his home with a 999 call

Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, were riddled with more than 30 bullets, after Cregan was said to have stopped only when he ran out of ammunition in the sick murder.

Cregan had been on the run for the murders of father and son David and Mark Short at the time.

The brothers’ sister Stacey – reportedly the ex-girlfriend of Moores’ victim Ryan Lever

According to the Mirror, his brother Moores waited for Mr Lever outside a shop before setting upon him with a knife last September.

Moores than chased the petrified victim before hopping into a Renault Clio and driving back to his house.

Detectives said he had provided a ‘trail of evidence’ to lead them back to the cannabis farm.

The Manchester Evening News reported Detective Sergeant Sam Taylor said: ‘This was a cowardly and foolish attack on a man who was left with a serious wound to his leg.

‘We are pleased that he has recovered well from his injury and hope that today’s sentence provides a form of closure on the incident.’

He was caged for five years and five months after he admitted grievous bodily harm and cultivating cannabis.

The mother of the two convicts, Anita, 61. told the Mirror she was devastated both her sons were now in jail.

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This is the number one social network for child abusers

A new report found that Instagram has become the number one hunting ground for child abusers, according to a new report.

On Friday, British-based charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), combed through stats from 39 local police forces, reports Business Insider.

The charity found that the popular photo-based app was used by child groomers to communicate with minors 428 times from April to September 2018, more than triple the amount of interactions under the same time time frame in 2017.

In other words, almost a quarter of the 1,944 offenses involving child groomers happened on Instagram.

Police also combed through which apps were used by child groomers across 1,317 cases — finding similar results to the NSPCC.

Almost a third (32 percent) of the predatory interactions occurred on Instagram, followed by Facebook (23 percent) and Snap chat (14 percent).

“It is hugely concerning to see the sharp spike in grooming offenses on Instagram, and it is vital that the platform designs basic protection more carefully into the service it offers young people,” NSPCC’s chief executive Peter Wanless told Business Insider.

“We cannot wait for the next tragedy before tech companies are made to act.”

When researchers broke down the demographics, they found that girls ages 12 to 15 were most likely to be targeted by groomers on Instagram. The platform’s policy states that users have to be at least 13-years-old to use it.

An Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider: “Keeping young people safe on our platforms is our top priority and child exploitation of any kind is not allowed. We use advanced technology and work closely with the police and CEOP to aggressively fight this type of content and protect young people.”

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At Least One ‘Million Little Things’ Mystery Has FINALLY Been Solved — Gary’s Job

There are a lot of big mysteries on A Million Little Things, but there’s one small one fans still want to get to the bottom of — what is Gary’s job on A Million Little Things? He is seemingly free at all times of the day to run around to solve various problems in his friend group, but he also lives in a large, seemingly expensive apartment. And that’s all supposed to add up? As Gary actor James Roday’s character in Psych would say, "Come on, son."

Viewers have gotten a couple of hints about what Gary does throughout the show. They saw him at a desk making calls once (like, literally, once) and he also mentioned something about working in insurance after Katherine had her car accident. "Well, if you want someone to get tough with the other guy’s insurance, that’s me, OK?" Gary told her. "That’s what I do. This is the one time where my boring job becomes exciting."

Ah, ok! So the job is boring. That’s something to work with. But if you’re waiting for the show to delve out details, you’ll probably be left wanting. The first season set up backstories for most of the characters, but Gary has been left somewhat of a mystery. In fact, Roday recently told Us Weekly that Gary is definitely hiding things from viewers. "Like everyone else, Gary has a secret of his own," the actor said. "There will be a revelation that sheds some light on the weight Gary has been carrying around. But ultimately, I think he just feels like he owes Jon his life and really wishes he could have repaid the favor."

Does his secret have something to do with what he does for a living? The show may never have explained it (or maybe it did, but since it’s a "boring" job we all just forgot?), but DJ Nash, the creator of the show, has revealed Gary’s occupation in interviews. Answers, at last. Nash told IndieWire that Gary does, indeed, work in insurance. In fact…

An actuary is someone who uses analytics to manage risk. According to The Balance, for an insurance company, actuaries will help decide which candidates are "good risks," aka ones that the insurance company likely won’t have to pay a claim to. Jon was probably considered a good risk considering he had a healthy family and a profitable business. Of course, people are much more than they portray on the surface — and Gary is likely struggling with Jon’s death because he didn’t see it coming. He manages risks for a living, evaluates life for a living, but he never thought Jon would die the way he did.

And now, Gary’s let another "risk" into his life in Maggie. Nash talked to TVLine about how Gary’s investment in Maggie’s survival shows his character growth. "Each of [the characters] have a journey that we map out at the beginning of the year … For Gary, his journey was going from playing the odds as an actuary to trying to beat the odds with Maggie.

But those are a lot of leaps for viewers to make when most of them still don’t even know or remember what Gary does for a living. Hopefully that will be further elaborated on in the show, because it does actually shed light on Gary’s motivations with Maggie and also his grief over Jon. Who knew one "boring" job could say so much about a man?

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One in 10 Australians have perpetrated ‘image-based abuse’

One in 10 Australians have taken, shared or threatened to share nude or sexual images of another person without their consent, research has found.

A large-scale survey conducted jointly by RMIT and Monash University found "image-based sexual abuse" is widespread, with men aged 20-39 most likely to admit to being perpetrators.

One in 10 Australians admit to engaging in image-based sexual abuse, a new study has revealed.Credit:Shutterstock

RMIT Associate Professor Nicola Henry, a co-author, said the figures were "likely to be a conservative estimate" of the prevalence of image-based sexual abuse as they were self-reported.

The survey, involving 4200 people aged 16 to 49, is the most comprehensive research into the prevalence of image-based sexual abuse in Australia.

Nearly 9 per cent of respondents said they had taken a nude or sexual photo of another person without their consent, while more than 6 per cent had shared these images.

The same team found in 2017 that one in five Australians had suffered image-based sexual abuse, a category of abuse wider than "revenge porn" as it includes images not necessarily used for the purpose of vengeance.

"Perpetration can range from upskirting and downblousing to a partner out to get revenge after a break up by sharing or threatening to distribute images," Associate Professor Henry said.

"[But] we also know of computer hackers accessing a victim's webcam and their personal computer files as well as sexual assaults or rapes being filmed."

Deepfakes, fake pornography using the likeness of a victim created using artificial intelligence, are also considered image-based sexual abuse.

Researchers found men were more likely than women to report having perpetrated image-based sexual abuse. Five per cent of men said they had taken images and 9 per cent said they had distributed them, roughly double the rate of women who admitted to the same behaviour.

Victims of image-based abuse were also more likely to also identify as perpetrators than non-victims.

The majority of respondents indicated they believed the sharing of sexually explicit images without consent was wrong, although a large number also said they believed these pictures shouldn't be taken.

More than 70 per cent of survey respondents agreed with the statement that "people should know better than to take nude selfies in the first place", although 81 per cent believed "it should be a crime for someone to share a nude or sexual image of another person without that person's permission".

Australian criminal jurisdictions are well ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to dealing with image-based sexual abuse, Associate Professor Henry said.

"Because there have been extensive inquiries and submissions from members of the public, we have seen some good laws introduced," she said.

In 2013, South Australia became the country's first jurisdiction to criminalise the sharing of "invasive" images without consent. This legislation was amended in 2016 to include threats of distribution.

Now, some form of legislation covering the practice exists in every Australian state and territory except Tasmania and the Northern Territory, after Queensland’s parliament passed a bill criminalising sharing or threatening to share intimate images last week.

Image-based sexual abuse can be reported to the office of the e-Safety Commissioner, who has the power to issue a removal notice, and a federal civil penalties scheme was introduced in September.

Hayley Foster, director of the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW, said she was not surprised by the new statistics. Although the Australian legislation was comprehensive, she said more should be done to support women who are victims of image-based abuse.

"Women who report these behaviours to us are often reluctant to report to police and other authorities due to shame and embarrassment and fear of victim blaming," she said.

"We would thus like to see reforms to the way in which these matters are addressed through the justice system so that we can promote this path to women with confidence… closed court proceedings, abolishing cross examination by perpetrators etc."

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The one time Alan Jones has nothing to say

For 18 years Alan Jones has ruled the talkback airwaves, but with five months until his contract at 2GB is due to expire, the man with so much to say every morning has been uncharacteristically coy when it comes to what his own future holds.

Just what might Alan Jones do next?Credit:Marina Neil

Amid much media speculation and conjecture about Jones, the multimillionaire broadcaster was keeping his cards close when PS approached this week.

"Andrew, as you would know through all of this I have had nothing to say and I would like to retain that position. As you know, the speculation will continue. But it’s best that no one has any idea what I’m thinking or what I’m planning," he informed PS, somewhat tellingly.

Jones' station 2GB is owned by Macquarie Media, which is majority-owned by Nine, publisher of the Herald.

Macquarie chief executive officer Adam Lang told PS negotiations with Jones had only commenced this week, and despite rumours to the contrary, it was "not unusual" to have not signed a new contract with his star broadcaster five months out from his existing contract coming to an end.

"Alan has returned to work and as planned we look forward to commencing negotiations," Lang said, adding that despite all the media reports on the matter, PS was the first reporter to actually ask him about Jones' future at the radio station.

In recent years Jones has been signed on two-year contracts, shorter than his previous deals which had been negotiated by late media titans Harry M Miller and Sam Chisholm.

Jones remains at the top of his game, and is one of the most profitable broadcasters in the country having topped more than 100 radio surveys consecutively.

But there are other, less flattering issues to be confronted in the negotiations, not least the multimillion-dollar defamation loss to Queensland's wealthy Wagner family which successfully sued Jones and 2GB.

Last September Jones and his team were ordered to pay a record $3.7 million in compensation for defaming the Wagners by claiming they were responsible for 12 deaths in the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods.

Happier times: John Singleton, Alan Jones and Ray Hadley in 2002.Credit:Rick Stevens

In November the broadcaster was ordered to pay the Wagner's legal costs, which along with Jones' were estimated to be well into the millions.

Last year Jones also apologised to Sydney Opera House boss Louise Herron after he was accused of misogyny and bullying following his aggressive on-air questioning over her decision to block the Everest horse race from being advertised on the building's sails, a decision later overturned by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

In August Jones offered another apology after using a racist term on air while discussing the Liberal party leadership. Jones told his listeners: ""The n—– in the woodpile here, if one can use that expression – and I'm not going to yield to people who tell us that certain words in the language are forbidden."

Constant health issues continue to plague Jones, who turns 78 in April.  Illness has kept him off air for extended periods.

His colleague Ray Hadley's mornings show was extended to cover Jones' timeslot.

"The ratings pretty much held up, management saw that and it certainly looks like Ray is being positioned to replace Alan," a radio insider told PS on the grounds of anonymity.

After majority shareholder Nine, Macquarie Media's other largest shareholder is John Singleton, who for years has forged a close relationship with both Jones and Hadley, his two star broadcasters. Observers say that while Singleton remains close with both men, the relationship between Singleton's right-hand man, Macquarie's non executive chairman Russell Tate, and Jones, has cooled in recent times, though Tate has previously rubbished unsourced reports that 2GB management wanted Jones gone.

While Jones is earning an annual base salary of more than $4 million, his company Hadiac Pty Limited holds some 2,166,668 shares in Macquarie Media, about 1.2 per cent of the company which are worth well over $4 million.

Singleton's company John Singleton Promotions Pty Limited owns 32.37 per cent of Macquarie Media which is worth more than $104 million.

Nine has expressed a desire to own all of Macquarie Media, and its directors, namely chairman Peter Costello, have publicly endorsed Jones as one of the country's best broadcasters.

"Singo is playing good cop, Russell is bad cop … they know Nine wants to buy the rest of Macquarie, Alan still has a minority shareholding which could be the poison pill in all of this, it's about much more than simply renewing Alan's radio gig," the insider said.


Grace and Chloe Murdoch look like a couple of ordinary teens, though their respective Instagram feeds reveal a few clues indicating their lives are hardly anything like most other youngsters.

Grace and Chloe Murdoch.Credit:Instagram

There's the holidays in the Carribean, lounging on superyachts, private jets and luxury Manhattan penthouses, not to mention celebrity photo bombs from godparents including Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

But by June, the youngest of Rupert Murdochs children, now aged 17 and 15, are set to become two of the wealthiest teenagers in the world, their combined fortunes worth more than $6 billion.

Well, on paper at least.

June is the timeframe entertainment giant Disney says it will have completed its acquisition of Murdoch’s Fox entertainment business, a huge deal worth nearly $100 billion.

One of the major beneficiaries of the deal will be the Murdoch Family Trust, originally set up as an inheritance mechanism for Murdoch's four adult children Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan and James following his divorce from his second wife Anna Murdoch.

As young girls, Grace and Chloe Murdoch.Credit:Instagram

After Murdoch married Wendi Deng in 1999 he changed the trust to include his youngest daughters Grace and Chloe, sparking years of well-documented family disputes.

Reportedly the adult children had no objection to Grace and Chloe receiving an equal economic share in the trusts (at the time diluting the adult children's stakes by a total of $US3.9 billion), but they insisted Grace and Chloe could not be granted voting rights, lest they fall in control of their mother as their guardian.

As part of the peace agreement finally carved out in 2006, each child received News Corp stock worth $US100 million and cash payments of at least $US50 million each raised from share sales – a total payout of $US900 million.

Today the teenagers' stakes in the family trust are managed by trustees appointed by Murdoch and their mother. Ivanka Trump was a trustee for the girls but stepped down shortly after her father, Donald, was elected US president in 2016.

And it could be some time before the girls can get their hands on their money too, with the trust controlled by a majority vote of the adult siblings, meaning three of them must agree, while the Murdoch tradition is that no inheritance is payable until the age of 30.

Last week indications emerged that changes could soon be afoot for the trust, with James Murdoch, head of 21st Century Fox, setting up his own family office in New York with a staff of about 10.


Sydney's troubled porn king Damien Costas, the owner of Penthouse magazine and promoter of controversial tours by the likes of Milo Yiannopolos and Nigel Farage, admits he has been through a "challenging period" but denies the "wagons are circling".

Damien Costas, publisher of Australian Penthouse, is in the middle of a court dispute with Sydney publicist Max Markson. Credit: Nic Walker, Ellis Pander

Last year he fended off corporate watchdog the Australian Securities and Investments Commission after it questioned him on his eligibility to be a company director given he had been associated with multiple failed companies that wound up owing considerable sums.

Now one of his most recent business associates, flamboyant promoter Max Markson, says he will not quit until Costas is out of business for good.

Costas is facing two separate legal challenges to have his company wound up, a magazine that's having trouble making it to the newsstands, a former business partner in prison after being convicted of one of the biggest drug hauls ever and an ever growing list of creditors demanding money.

Indeed one of his claimed creditors was recently accused of assaulting Costas at a Sydney Cafe, though Dean Tate denies assaulting Costas, whom he claims owes his company Ticket Socket $60,000 from the Yiannopolos tour. The matter is due in court on February 4.

"It has been a very difficult period, but Max Markson has cost me $300,000, and if wasn't for that we would not be in the situation we are in," Costas claimed, promising a brighter future, especially when he finally opens the doors on his long-awaited bar in Surry Hills, he intends to name Guccione's, in honour of the Penthouse founder, Bob Guccione.


The federal member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese was underwhelmed by PS' line of questions about his son Nathan's recent 18th birthday party.

PS was informed the party even had its own Project X moment, inspired by the film about an out of hand teenager's house party which features a scene of – ahem – highly spirited lads jumped into the pool from a rooftop. Except in the Albanese version, the boys appeared a little worse for wear when they got out of the pool, with bruises and a few drops of blood.


PS is not the only child of the '80s looking forward to the Australian tour by British pop group Bananarama, but somehow the trio we knew from 30-odd years ago has morphed into a duo, and not everyone is happy about it.

Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama back in the ’80s.

Bananarama was formed in London in 1981 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward, but strangely Fahey, who went on to become one half of Shakespeare's Sister but rejoined her old sisters and was playing with them just last year, is missing from the line up coming to Sydney. One of Fahey's pals informed PS: "She's been air-brushed out completely, but I don't think she really cares, she's got her own new music to focus on."

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The women killed on one day around the world

An average of 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day, according to new data released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

They say it makes “the home the most likely place for a woman to be killed”.

More than half of the 87,000 women killed in 2017 were reported as dying at the hands of those closest to them.

Of that figure, approximately 30,000 women were killed by an intimate partner and another 20,000 by a relative.

BBC 100 Women wanted to find out more about the women behind the numbers. We spent October monitoring reports of gender-related killings of women on the first day of that month. We will share some of their stories below and find out more about how these killings were reported.

Male homicide rates still higher

The data collected by UNODC highlights that “men are around four times more likely than women to lose their lives as a result of intentional homicide”.

The UN indicates that men accounted for eight out of 10 homicide victims worldwide.

However, the same report suggests that more than eight out of 10 victims of homicides committed by intimate partners are female.

“Intimate partner violence continues to take a disproportionately heavy toll on women,” the report states.

Forty-seven women, 21 countries, one day

The UN statistics summarise the findings for 2017 based on homicide statistics provided by government sources. The figures for “gender-related killings of women and girls”, or “femicide”, are collated using the criteria of intimate partner/family-related homicide.

BBC 100 Women and BBC Monitoring set out to find out more about the women behind the numbers.

We monitored press coverage of women killed by another person on 1 October 2018 around the world. Our regional specialists counted 47 women reported killed, apparently for gender-related reasons, in 21 different countries. Most of these killings are still being investigated.

Women whose killings were reported by the media on 1 October 2018

Here are five of these cases, reported initially by local media and then verified by local authorities the BBC contacted.

Judith Chesang, 22, Kenya

On Monday 1 October, Judith Chesang and her sister Nancy were out in the fields harvesting their sorghum crop.

Judith, a mother of three, had recently separated from her husband, Laban Kamuren, and had decided to return to her parents’ village in the north of the country.

Soon after the sisters began their duties, he arrived at the family farm where he attacked and killed Judith.

Local police say he has since been killed by villagers.

Africa was where women ran the greatest risk of being killed by their intimate partner or family member, the UN report says. It occurred at a rate of 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

Asia had the greatest number of women killed by intimate partners or family members in 2017, with a total of 20,000.

Neha Sharad Chaudury, 18, India

Neha Sharad Chaudury died in a suspected “honour” killing on her 18th birthday. She had been out celebrating with her boyfriend. Police confirmed to the BBC that her parents did not approve of the relationship.

Her parents and another male relative are accused of killing her in their home that evening.

The investigation continues and the three remain in judicial custody awaiting trial.

The BBC has learned from the lawyer representing Neha’s parents and her male relative that they intend to deny the charges.

Hundreds of people are killed each year for falling in love or marrying against their families’ wishes. Official data on so-called honour killings is hard to come by as such crimes are often unrecorded or unreported.

Zeinab Sekaanvan, 24, Iran

Zeinab Sekaanvan was executed by the Iranian authorities for murdering her husband.

Zeinab was born in the north-west of Iran into a poor conservative family of Kurdish origin. She ran away as a teenager to marry in the hope of finding a better life.

Amnesty International says her husband was abusive and had refused to grant her a divorce, and that her complaints were ignored by police.

She was arrested for the killing of her husband at the age of 17.

Her supporters, including Amnesty, say she was tortured to confess to the killing of her husband, beaten by police and did not receive a fair trial.

The UNODC report suggests women who kill intimate partners have often experienced “extended periods of suffering physical violence”.

Meanwhile, the motivations typically expressed by male perpetrators include “possessiveness, jealousy and fear of abandonment”, the report says. This appears to be the case with another long-term couple who were found dead in Brazil on the same day that Zeinab was executed.

Sandra Lucia Hammer Moura, 39, Brazil

Sandra Lucia Hammer Moura married Augusto Aguiar Ribeiro at the age of 16.

The couple had been separated for five months when she was killed by him.

Police in Jardim Taquari confirmed to BBC Brasil that she was stabbed in the neck.

They found a video of her husband confessing to the crime on his mobile phone. In it, he said that Sandra was already dating another man and he felt betrayed.

He also said in the video that he would not be arrested as the couple would go to the “glory of the Lord” together. He then hanged himself in what had been their bedroom.

Sandra’s case highlights a form of killing known as a “murder-suicide” – when an individual kills one or more people before killing themselves.

BBC Monitoring found 14 cases of women killed on 1 October this year in Latin America. Two were in El Salvador.

Authorities in El Salvador have told the BBC that at least 300 women have been killed so far in 2018. Karla Turcios is one of them. Watch her story here.

Marie-Amélie Vaillat, 36, France

Marie-Amélie was stabbed to death by her husband, Sébastien Vaillat.

The couple had separated after four years of marriage.

He attacked her with a knife before confessing to the police. A few days later, he killed himself in prison.

Outside the door of Marie-Amélie Vaillat’s lingerie shop on Rue Bichat, residents left a sea of flowers and organised a march in her memory.

The killing of Marie-Amélie came on the same day that the French government announced new plans to tackle domestic abuse.

What does it take for a woman’s killing to be reported?

To collect these stories, BBC Monitoring’s international network of journalists and researchers analysed TV, radio, print, online and social media around the world, looking for reports of women killed, apparently for gender-related reasons, on 1 October 2018.

They found a total of 47 reports of women killed on that one day around the world. We have shared just some of those cases. There are many more where the motives were unclear, or the perpetrators unidentified.

The new UNODC report suggests that a large share of violence against women is “widely underreported to authorities and that a large share of such violence is hidden”.

Rebecca Skippage, who led the project for BBC Monitoring, found that behind the numbers, “the way in which the media reported their lives and deaths revealed a huge amount about how women are viewed by different societies around the world”.

She explains: “We were looking for deaths within one day, but we searched for that day’s stories for a month. We found that the time-lag in reporting, the tone of the coverage or the scarcity of information often told a wider tale about the status of women in that region.”

Maryam Azwer works for BBC Monitoring and drew much of the final data together.

“This is as much about the deaths that aren’t reported, as those that are,” she says.

“Those whose stories never reached the media, that went unreported, were unverified, or were not or could not be investigated. It makes you wonder: what does it take to make a woman’s killing important enough to be reported?”

Find out more about how BBC Monitoring carried out the research.

Help and advice

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations in the UK may be able to help.

Outside the UK, there are other organisations which provide advice and protection for people at risk of violence or abuse. If you feel in danger, try to find out which local organisations can best advise and help you.

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Reporter: Krupa Padhy

Producer: Georgina Pearce

Research: BBC Monitoring

Data journalism: Christine Jeavans and Clara Guibourg. Design: Zoe Bartholomew. Development: Alexander Ivanov

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