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Freedom from Pro Cricket

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 11, 2004 - 2:00pm

WBUR Boston's weekly "Only A Game" radio program is doing a feature on Pro Cricket on Saturday September 11. That should be available to hear live at 7am EST (1100 GMT, 9pm in Sydney) and archived later for listening on-demand.

The audio link is on the WBUR home page, and there is more information on WBUR's Only A Game site.

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September 9: National day of shame

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 10, 2004 - 12:44pm

Human rights groups in Australia proclaimed Thursday, September 9, 2004 as a National Day of Shame. The following is a press release from Rural Australians for Refugees:

No crime but life imprisonment

Peter Qasim and Eidriess Abdulrahman Al Salih are two of 13 stateless asylum seekers who face indefinite detention in Australia. They are currently in Baxter Detention Centre.

Who do you trust? And how often do you trust them?

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 10, 2004 - 6:08am

It was quite hilarious to hear John Winston Howard kick off the election campaign last Sunday week by saying that it was "all about trust". Days after more evidence was coming to light that he knew about the "Children Overboard" fraud before the 2001 election, he takes the bold, aggressive step of asking for us trust this time around.

JWH's press release on August 29, announcing the election, is comical for many reasons, but it is the third paragraph that has electioneering Sound Bite dripping all over it:

More Newtown match facts

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 10, 2004 - 12:08am

Newtown is comin, hear those bluebags humminAugust 29 was the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Newtown. That's Newtown, New York, and this was part of the American War of Independence. The US beat Britain in this one (as they did eventually in the entire struggle.)

The real losers, however, were the people of the Iroquois confederacy of nations.

Newtown miss the eight

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 9, 2004 - 5:13am

My first season as a born-again Jets fan is over. Newtown missed the eight in the VB Premier League, finishing in tenth spot on 23 points. Conceding 696 points in 24 games is not a good way to do things, but rather better than the club I used to follow in its NRL days, North Sydney, who allowed 1024 points in 24 matches, almost 43 per game.

I got to see Newtown play at Henson Park four times this year: March 27, when they lost 26-14 to St George reserve grade in round three; May 8, when they beat North Sydney 42(right on average)-20 in round nine; June 5, when they beat Balmain 20-12 in round thirteen; and July 31, when they beat the Roosters reserves 22-20 in a thrilling round twenty-one clash.

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International Literacy Day

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 8, 2004 - 11:16pm

International Literacy Day 2004Wednesday September 8 is International Literacy Day. The aim, according to the UNESCO website, is "to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies".

This year's theme is Literacy and Gender. UNESCO says that almost one in every seven people is illiterate, and out of a total of 860 million illiterate adults more than 500 million are women.

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