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first_imgOn the eve of Representative Round, representative players from Australia, New Zealand, City, Country and Pacific teams gathered at Rugby League Central in a combined show of support and to reaffirm efforts to end domestic violence.Representative players included Corey Parker (Kangaroos), Ruan Sims (Jillaroos), Sarina Fiso (Ferns), James Maloney (Country), Wade Graham (City), Peni Terepo (Tonga), Stanton Albert (PNG) and Eloni Vunakece (Fiji).The NRL has worked alongside domestic violence partners Our Watch, White Ribbon and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to develop additional resources and education tools in the fight against domestic violence, with a new commercial, website and education sessions announced today.Ambassador Alan Tongue will lead a group of NRL ambassadors in visiting communities throughout regional and rural Australia, helping to educate young men in particular on the importance of standing up, speaking out and taking action against domestic violence.”Our strong stance against this terrible issue is one of the most important messages that we can impart on communities and as a game, we will continue to do everything we can to prevent domestic violence,” Mr Tongue said.”We have a responsibility to our Rugby League players, their families and our communities at large to ensure they receive the education, support and resources available to make informed decisions and ultimately, make positive and consistent behaviour choices.”Kangaroos player Matt Scott will join Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga in a new commercial that highlights the need to communicate and speak out against domestic violence before it is too late.And a new website has been created, providing testimonials and interviews with former and current rugby league players, together with support options and advice from the NRL’s domestic violence partners.The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (an independent, not for profit organisation aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate communities that violence of any kind is not okay.CEO Mary Barry congratulated the NRL on its continued stand against domestic violence and additional resources announced.”This isn’t a sporting issue or a rugby league issue, however sport has the opportunity to play an important role in preventing violence against women and their children,” said Ms Barry.”Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people and are a ready-made environment to promote women’s participation and opportunities to eliminate gender-based discrimination, disrespect for women and violence-supportive attitudes.”It is pleasing that this is what the NRL is doing and the code should be commended for providing ongoing awareness towards ending discrimination and violence against women.”The NRLs domestic violence commercial will air for the first time during the upcoming Downer Test Match on Friday 6 May and education resources can be viewed online. Key messages:• One in three women in Australia have experienced physical violence.  This is unacceptable.• The NRL, together with players, Clubs, States, Pacific neighbours and communities, wants to continue to be a catalyst for change and contribute directly to the long-term prevention of domestic violence.• The game is strengthening its ongoing work and resolve to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence – forming a coalition alongside domestic violence experts, to change the behaviours, attitudes and actions of those in our communities that think domestic violence is ok.• The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (a Federal Government department aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate young males in particular, that violence of any kind is not ok.• Voice Against Violence includes a Grassroots program for 16 – 18 year olds, a new commercial and website, aimed at decreasing and ultimately, ending domestic violence.last_img read more

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first_imgLife sometimes can be a bit of a Bollywood tear-jerker. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next you are broken to pieces.When last month’s issue of Little India went to press, Kaavya Viswanathan was the $500,000 advance golden girl, feted and toasted for her first book How Opal Mehta got Kissed, Got wild and Got a Life.Now she has become the poster child for plagiarism, after she was exposed for having copied materials from Megan McCafferty’s two popular chick lit books, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings as well as from Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret, among others.Viswanathan’s book has been withdrawn from shelves (scant available copies are now being sold online for $100 a pop!) and the publisher has cancelled her contract; no word on whether they plan to sue for the advance. The fantastic film deal is canceled. Viswanathan has gone into hiding since the scandal broke. She may not even be at Harvard or at home, which according to news reports wore a deserted air, with mail and packages accumulating outside. Could she be in India? Scotland, where she lived earlier?In an earlier interview for Little India before the scandal broke, we had asked her if she had any moments of doubt or experienced writer’s block. She thought for a minute and replied, “Just the normal process of writing. I didn’t worry about whether I’d be able to write the book. I worried about whether it would be good, whether people would like it, what the reaction would be.”Might that have made her take the drastic step of appropriating other people’s work? Or was she done in by the “write by numbers” demands of the chick lit world and her packaging company? We had asked her how she managed to write the book and study for her exams at Harvard simultaneously – both exceedingly demanding activities. She responded, “It was definitely a challenge. I wrote most of the book in my freshman year so I had to be real careful about budgeting my time. I wrote whenever I had a chance or a free moment. I wrote in the library on my laptop.”In those heady days, we had asked her if her life had changed after the book? She laughed:, “It really, really hasn’t. I mean, not in the least! Maybe I’m a little bit busier or maybe I go to New York a little more often, but that’s about it! I’m a completely average college student!”If she could only turn back the clock! Related Itemslast_img read more

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