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Target store displays video games in cigarette-style plain packaging

Games including Beyond: Two Souls, The Witcher 3 and Mortal Kombat X are displayed with plain packaging at a South Australian Target.Since 2012, plain tobacco packaging laws forced stores to sell cigarettes absent of all branding in an attempt to dissuade young people from buying them.
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A few Target stores in South Australia seemed to be doing the same thing with video games.

They believed they were following the letter of the law and — bizarrely — they might be right.

The above picture was taken by NeoGAF user nephilimdj in Target Edwardstown, South Australia, in the Castle Plaza shopping centre.

As you can see, all R18+ games have been placed in plain packaging with the warning “you must be 18 years or over” to purchase.

This is a rare sight in Australia, rare enough that it was a surprise to many when it was posted — even those living in South Australia. Rare enough that, when we saw it, we contacted Target Australia directly to ask what was going on. Was this a Target policy at the South Australian state level? Was this something they did across all stores? Or was this one rogue store acting on their own impulses?

Target Australia responded with this statement:

“The photo you sent to us is not company standard. The store in question took itself to action the display featured in the photo you provided. Target Australia complies with the relevant legislation in each state on the display of 18+ games. We have tracked down the store and this has now been corrected.”

In short: this was not company policy.

We decided to speak to the Target store in question to ask why the games section had been altered in this way.

We were informed that the store had been inserting plain packaging into its video games as seen in the image above. We were also told that the store would continue doing this, because it is asked of them by South Australian legislation. The store representative confirmed this wasn’t specific to video games — that Blu-rays and DVDs were being treated similarly.

We checked the legislation. In 2011 IGN Australia reported that plain packaging laws could be applied to video games in South Australia. The reality: this legislation had already been passed and put into place in January 2010 and was already applicable to video games.

Of course, in 2010 Australia didn’t have an R18+ rating for video games. Australia’s first R18+ game was released over three years later in 2013. When that happened it was assumed games would fall under the same state legislation in South Australia.

The applicable section reads as follows:

An occupier of premises (other than adult-only premises) at which computer games with a classification lower than R 18+ are sold must not display material for a computer game classified R 18+ at the premises—

(a) unless— (i) the material is displayed in a different area (including, for example, in a different aisle or on a different shelving case, stand or table) from that in which material for other computer games is displayed; and (ii) the area is marked as an area displaying material for computer games classified R 18+ by a notice complying with subsection (2) displayed in a prominent place near the area; and (iii) the surface area of the material that is on display (for example, the cover of a casing containing the game, where that is on display) isnot more than 300 cm²; or

(b) unless, at all times while on display, the material bears no images or markings other than— (i) the name of the computer game in letters of 10 millimetres or less in height; and (ii) the determined markings relevant to its classification

The key words in this section are “or” and “unless”.

South Australian legislation requires only that stores do one or the other: they either create a marked R18+ specific section or they cover R18+ games as seen in the above image.

As you might expect, most stores opt for the simpler R18+ specific section, like this Big W store:

Or this JB Hi-Fi:

But plenty of stores ignore the legislation completely:

We’ve been informed that a large number of stores in South Australia don’t bother following the guidelines at all.

But these few Target stores appear to be following both suggestions at once. They appear to be creating an R18+ specific section and obscuring the front covers, despite it not being store policy or a legal requirement.

And Target Australia has practically confirmed this to us over the phone, informing us that this was the result of a miscommunication between stores.

According to Target Australia the display shown in the image above is being dismantled as we speak. celebrates video game culture with news, reviews and long form features.

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Maria Sharapova: Star’s letter to her fans after meldonium drug positive as Rafael Nadal vehemently denies drug rumours

Sharapova may ask for therapeutic exemption
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Rafael Nadal is among those sad to hear the “terrible news” for tennis, and sport, of Maria Sharapova’s positive drugs test, while stressing the need for the game to not only be clean, but to look spotless, and vigorously defending himself against longstanding doping-related rumours.

“I don’t know nothing about this medicine, but it’s obvious that since this year that’s forbidden,” Nadal said at the Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells of Sharapova’s admitted use of the newly banned substance meldonium. “So, sorry for her, but she make a negligence and she now she has to pay for it, so we’ll see how the trial goes.”

With Sharapova back home in Los Angeles, where she was photographed playing beach tennis after sending a thank-you letter to her fans via social media and her personal website, the topic was still a predictably hot one about 200 kilometres east in the California desert.

The preparatory list of likely questions and suggested answers the WTA sent to its players having been obtained and published by Sports Illustrated, the Sharapova subject was the main theme of pre-tournament media day, Novak Djokovic having expressed his support at an LA Lakers basketball game the night before.

“I obviously wish her all the best. I know her a long time and I feel for her what’s happening,” the world No.1 told website TMZ. “I just hope she gets out of this stronger. That’s all I can say.”

Nadal said a fair bit more, praising the sport’s anti-doping system while robustly defending himself against long-standing doping speculation with an indignant “no f—ing way”, denying there had ever been any temptation to transgress, and stressing the importance of the example sports set for society and its children. “If I am doing something against that, then I am lying to myself, lying to my opponents. That would be something really bad for me.

“I am 100 per cent confident with my team, and at the same time, I know all the things I am taking. It is difficult to imagine that something like this can happen, but everyone can make mistakes. I want to believe that for sure it was a mistake for Maria, that she didn’t want to do it, but it is a result of negligence. But the rules are like this, and it’s fair, and now she must pay for it.”

Czech Tomas Berdych stressed he would check “10 times” a medicine’s status via multiple sources, including WADA’s prohibited list, while a surprised and saddened Kei Nishikori, with whom Sharapova shares a management company, suggested that “maybe she has to take care a little more with her team”.

Richard Gasquet, who served a two-month provisional ban for cocaine use in 2009 before eventually being cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said it had been “very difficult to return” to tennis. “In France, there were a lot of people talking about it, and all the time, you see your name on TV. It took one year for me to take that off my mind.”

Dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she was “shocked”, and that every player should know “what we are putting into our body. It was a huge mistake and she is taking responsibility for it.” Third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska called it an unexpected and “sad day for tennis”.

In London, WADA president Craig Reedie questioned why Sharapova was prescribed meldonium as a teenager, while the agency’s former chief, Dick Pound, labelled as “wilful negligence” the 28-year-old’s failure to check on the legal status of the substance despite reports there had been up to five advance warnings issued of changes to the banned list.

“The WADA publication is out there. She didn’t pay any attention to it. The tennis association issued several warnings, none of which she apparently read,” said Pound, claiming there appeared to be few mitigating factors to spare Sharapova the maximum four-year ban.

Even the Kremlin weighed in, claiming Sharapova’s case and other similar incidents should not be considered a reflection of Russian sport collectively, despite another five of the nation’s athletes having also been caught taking the Latvian-manufactured substance.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for president Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday the meldonium cases shouldn’t be “projected onto all of Russian sport” and do not “cast a shadow on Russian sport, on the amazing achievements of our athletes”. He said: “Attempts to politicise sports, attempts to add character to sports of some kind of political instrument for achieving some aims, are destructive … and are unacceptable and inexcusable.”

But as tennis goes on without her at the $8.2 million combined event to which Venus Williams is returning after a 15-year boycott, Sharapova reiterated her desire to return after whatever penalty is determined at an ITF hearing expected later next month. The former world No.1’s provisional suspension starts on Saturday.

In a message of thanks posted on her website and Facebook as well as to her 2 million Twitter followers, Sharapova said she had woken to an inbox “in full capacity of love and compassion” on Wednesday.

“On average, I love the mornings. New day, new start. It is fair to say that this day was not average. Nothing came to mind at 6am, except that I am determined to play tennis again and I hope I will have the chance to do so. I wish I didn’t have to go through this, but I do – and I will,” she wrote.

“I needed to sweat, to push through and grind as I have done most of my life, so I made my way to the gym. That’s when I realised a bunch of tinted windowed cars were following me. The good old paparazzi, back on the trail.”

Revealing that her recent internet exposure had been mostly limited to the search for an antique coffee table, Sharapova said friends had created a collage of many of the many positive messages posted online, with hashtags such as ‪#‎IStandWithMaria‬ and ‪#‎LetMariaPlay‬.

“I spent the afternoon reading them next to my dog, who couldn’t quite understand why this was more important than the walk he was expecting to take,” wrote the five-time major winner and former No.1, whose admission that she had taken the WADA-banned drug has stunned the sporting world.

“In this moment, I am so proud to call you my fans. Within hours of my announcement, you showed me support and loyalty, which I could only expect to hear when someone would be at the top of their profession.

“I wanted to let you know that your wonderful words put a smile on my face. I’d like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so. Your messages give me great encouragement. This message isn’t anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much.”

– with agencies

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Stairs lead us to Apex

HERITAGE: Port Stephens researcher Rex Coombes is intrigued by the failure of the 19th century fish processing plant at Apex Park.
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DOWN on the Port Stephens waterfront at Nelson Bay are the remains of a small, bypassed set of concrete memorial stairs marked ‘1929’.

STRANGE OBJECT: The Cooks Hill brass plaque which might have been souvenired from the mighty ocean liner Queen Elizabeth by an unknown Novocastrian in 1941.

Located by the road behind the modern D’Albora Marina, these steps replaced the original ones made of wood in the mid 1910s.

The steps, just below Apex Park on Victoria Parade right at in the centre of Nelson Bay, seem at first glance to be the park’s only obvious older heritage item among various war memorials.

For there is a lot of overlooked past history here, although you mightn’t realise it at first glance.

For example, during World War II the Apex Park site was vital as a fuel store depot for the nearby HMAS Assault, a shore-based facility training assault boat crews and those on larger landing vessels.

Scores of huts once lined the foreshore with a large naval boatshed nearby, plus the longest (124 metres) and certainly the oldest wharf in Nelson Bay being located just below.

For between 1942 and 1945, some 20,000 American and 2000 Australian troops were trained locally in amphibious warfare.

It was also about this time rumours surfaced that perhaps the giant troops transport, the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, had quietly slipped into port (it hadn’t).

But you’d never guess any of this these days as even the iconic, if decaying, long wharf from 1880 was swept away when port development, including major new breakwalls, transformed the area from 1987 to 1993.

The modern Nelson Bay marina is probably as significant in 2016 to Port Stephens as Circular Quay is to Sydney Harbour. And now the area, well, Apex Park above it, actually, is in the news again with Port Stephens councillors embracing a new $1.2 million vision for a new park master plan, despite concerns apparently from the Port Stephens Heritage Advisory committee.

Some people today obviously feel the park today is “a little bit neglected”, so here is some historical background.

Beside the original Worimi natives, the bay’s other early fishing industry pioneers here were groups of visiting Chinese. Then a Royal Commission of inquiry into the fishing industry in 1880 nominated Port Stephens as “probably the grandest fishing station on the entire seaboard of Australia”.

Up to eight fishing boats were then operating full-time inside the Port Stephens waterway. Not bad for a village not even connected by a sealed road to Newcastle until the 1940s.

The NSW Fish Company Ltd soon developed a massive, now forgotten, fish processing plant with even a rail line on what is now Apex Park in 1880.

Just below it was built the 124-metre “long wharf”, familiar now only in old photos, and it was customary to see fishermen’s nets and lobster pots along its entire length.

“What happened then? Well, these 19th century businessmen/parliamentarians operated it for about two years, then the company went bankrupt,” historian Rex Coombes told Weekender recently.

“To me, it’s a mystery why it went under. Buildings and equipment had completely covered the present Apex Park,” Coombes, the senior researcher at Port Stephens Historical Society, said.

“No one else, to my knowledge, has ever researched and printed details of this complex. It was a very speculative venture. Today there’s no trace.

“Did they have no idea of the problems they might encounter? Did they have insufficient sales?

“Everything was dismantled and sold off, except for the wharf, which lasted 106 years and became the focus of much bay activity. The area was not officially dedicated as Nelson Bay Park until 1934, but changed its name to Apex Park in 1964.

“I think people might be surprised at Apex Park’s background. There were also tennis courts there and an aquarium below, part of the salt baths on the long wharf, which are all long gone,” he said.

“That’s why I think more information about the birth of the park is very appropriate right now,” Coombes said.

A ROYAL MYSTERYEVER wonder if something might lie hidden at the bottom of a garden?

A Wickham resident, who’s a bit of a scrounger, discovered one such object years ago, but it wasn’t until he read last Saturday’s history page article called Queen of the Ocean did it all start to make sense.

And now he thinks he may just own a long lost relic (pictured) of the defunct but once mighty ocean liner, the original Queen Elizabeth (1940-1972), which served as a troopship in World War II, when it made voyages to Australia.

He’s asked for anonymity, so I call him Colin Razor.

This is his story.

“I was helping renovate an old house in Cooks Hill many years ago when among the yard debris I came across this sort of palm-sized brass plaque with strange wording on it.

“I took this mystery object home to clean it up. It had the words ‘tourist plate & silver washing’ and had obviously been screwed onto something,” Colin said.

“Someone regarded it as important enough to keep for ages. It also has words scratched on the back. It reads, ‘Off Queen Elizabeth 11-4-41’, then a misspelling of ‘Elisebth 11-4-41’, then a third, correct spelling of ‘Elizabeth’.

“But it was only an odd object to me until I read your history article last Saturday. You mentioned the liner Queen Elizabeth berthed in Sydney Harbour in April 1941, taking our men to the Middle East, including some from Williamtown RAAF base.

“I’m betting someone from Newcastle souvenired this plaque during the voyage as a memento of maybe their first, big overseas adventure. My bet is this plaque was taken off a dishwasher onboard the Queen Elizabeth. She became a luxury liner for tourists after WWII, but then, as you wrote, was destroyed by fire in Hong Kong in 1972,” Colin said.

“It’s a bit different, isn’t it? I’ve a mind now to contact the Cunard Line to see what they think,” he said.

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Stream to future with torrent of abuse

WHEN it comes to TV streaming,progress is often relativein the never-ending questto achieve the promise of tomorrow’s repeats, today.
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Specifically I am talking about Netflix, but in homage to the endlessphone calls I madetrying to get it to work,I’ll refer to it as NeckCricks.

NeckCricksis the dream portal that means nothing to someone like me, unless it comes free with my latest internet deal.

Not that I rushed into this deal, given the user-friendlessimpact bedding down the last internet deal. Again, endless on-hold waits to call centres in the sub-continent, frantic searching under beds for line access, cricked necks and florid language.It left a distinct aversion to dealing with technology unless absolutely necessary.That is, unless the internet stops working.

But the internet was working andI wasn’t thinking new internet deal: untilI got a letter from my provider which read “thanks loyal customer, we are hereby throwing you off your now non-existent plan, and onto one you didn’t choose.”Which gets us closer to NeckCricks, but not yet.

I tried ringing up someone to discuss what seemed like a violation of contract law 101.But you probably wouldn’t be surprised how hard it is to phone someone at a phone company.So I went to a phone shop and put it to them in person that this sucked.And typical of customer service these days, the customer is alwayswrong, and I was pointed to my options, whichhad one common factor.They were all unlike the previous deal I’d had, which had suited me fine.

I could change service providers, butthat might mean the internet would be off for a day or two. And no one was prepared to risk something that profound.So I looked at the packages and signed up for one which would give me enough computing power to put Will Robinson in orbit.And with that I was informed I’d get a box that would give me free NeckCricks for some mumbled amount of time (read the fine print, I think there was a catch).

There is no shortage of lame TV, so why would I want access to more?But eventually the box came and like anything related to Pandora, it had to be opened.Thus triggering a series of unwrapping events leading toa 45-minute discussion with Indira in Mumbai, who was having chicken curry for dinner that night because hubby doesn’t cook. Yes, we had time to chat as programs installed and it was interesting to find out she has two children, both in college, and her company provides her with travel home each day, which is approximately an hour from the office, as she works a seven-day split roster.

But once installed, adeeper and far darker question was triggered next day when I got home from work–do I have a NeckCricks account? In the tradition of Adam and Eve, now that we had access,someone had tried to pluck the apple.

But to spark up NeckCricksyou need an account, and to get an account, you need to redeem codes. And to redeem codes, you need to find them. And in the tradition of DaVinci, the codeswere illusive,texted to phones on plans that may not soon exist and allegedly emailed to computers back in November, although I could find no trace.

Anyhow, once re-texted, the code had to becopied from phone to computer in order to trigger the websites which make it “THAT easy” to redeem yourself.However, hand typing off a phone “https://梧桐夜网jesusweptthisisfrustrating南京夜网419论坛.shop/promotions/NeckCricks-redemption?_a=9783249704870297204709274” is not “THAT easy”.Particularly when you’re starting to crack up.Not that you would have known that unless you entered into a NeckCricks online chat room to discuss your burgeoning mental issues, because of course, you can’t ring anyone.

PING! Enter perky “Online Barry” who is going to escort me back to sanity today.By informing me I need to get a redemption code for my phone before I can use the redemption code for NeckCricks, so just type in the code.

But did he mean the first code or the second code now? And into the phone website or the NeckCricks website?And does it always take so long for the computer to tick over? And do I have to type out a novel each time I try to describe to Barry not only what I’ve done, am doing, but amgoing to do?Because really, “IT DOESN’T SEEMTHAT EASY!!!!”

Sorry Barry, for using CAPS lock, but it had the effect on Barry of taking over my email account and getting to the source of the problem.Which apparently no longer existedbecause, NeckCricks started working.

Which I’m not really sure amounts to progress or not, because really, what have I gained? Except the chance that in six months time I’ll forget that the promotion has run out and they’ll start billing me for something I never really wanted in the first place.

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Social Justiz is served from a happy ground

Helen Keevers Poetic justice: Helen Keevers has traded working for big organisations to go back to basics and help people at a grass roots level with her latest venture, Justiz.
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Social justice campaignerHELEN Keevers has worked for big not-for-profits with big budgets to achieve some big things.

But since stepping out of mainstream corporate welfare after 35 years, Ms Keevers has enjoyed getting back to basics.

She recently set up the small, not-for-profit social justice agency, Justiz, which operates out of Free Spirit Gallery Aboriginal Gallery in Mayfield.

“I wanted to get back to grass roots work and really listening to communities,” she said.

“I’ve worked in big not-for-profits. I was the regional director of The Benevolent Society with a very big budget. I’ve worked for the church, I just didn’t want to work with big organisations anymore.

“I wanted to work much closer to the ground and much closer to the community, and to assist themwith what they wanted.”

With fellow director of Justiz, Elsie Randall, Ms Keevers does a lot of work with the Aboriginal community and survivors of abuse.

Justiz helps Aboriginal people whoneed help finding out about services they can access, or who need direction in tracingtheir families.

Itprovides advice and support to Aboriginal children in out-of-home care, as well asnon-Aboriginal families caring for Aboriginal children.

“We also do cultural competency training,” she said.

“We have some beautiful modules that Elsie has developed to offer cultural competency training to organisations and groups who want to understand more about working with the Aboriginal community. “

In a previous role, Ms Keevers worked as a professional standards director for the Catholic Church in Newcastle.

“Itwas during a time wherewe worked to address a lot of issues around priests offending, and as a result, four priests were convicted,” she said.

“I am passionately committed to working and supporting survivors of church abuse.”

That passion has fed into Justiz, which supports the The Clergy Abused Network.

“Elsie and I both say this doesn’tfeel like work,” Ms Keevers said.

“We just have a ball every day.

“Even though we are dealing with difficult situations, we really can make a difference.

“I have a strong belief that relationships lie at the centre of all successful work with communities and with individuals, and I’ve enjoyed being able to form direct relationships with the people we support.”

People wanting tosupport the work ofJustiz can popin to the gallery or findJustiz Community on Facebook.

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