AFLW star shares heartwarming childhood letter that is now part of football folklore


Collingwood star Brianna Davey’s childhood note to former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou is warming hearts across the footy world after her victory in the AFLW best and fairest awards.

Davey’s handwritten letter, written in third grade has been declared an instant part of footy “folklore” after she completed her fairytale of playing professional football.

Davey and Fremantle’s Kiara Bowers shared the AFLW’s highest honour as they were crowned the best and fairest winners this week.

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The count was close throughout with the winners claiming 15 votes, ahead of Bulldogs’ Ellie Blackburn and Giants’ Alyce Parker on 14 and Melbourne’s Karen Paxman on 13 votes.

Davey said she was “overwhelmed” as the vote went right down to the wire.

“It’s an honour and obviously it went right down to the wire which I thought it would,” she said. “I didn’t even think I’d be up there in all honesty. But I’m just overwhelmed, which is my main emotion at the moment.”

Davey played Auskick as youngster and was told there wasn’t a place for her in the sport. She switched to soccer and played for the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City as a goalkeeper as well as representing Australia 17 times before the AFLW allowed her to come back into the sport.

Her rise from being exiled from the sport to reaching the pinnacle of the game was summed up by her letter to Demetriou, the former AFL CEO, who left the game in 2014.

“Dear Andrew Demetriou, today I’m going to talk to you about girls to be able to play AFL footy,” the adorable note starts.

“The first reason is girls who have always dreamed to play AFL footy and love it, don’t get to because only boys are allowed to play footy. You have wrecked their dreams because girls really want to play AFL footy.”

The letter goes on to point out that the sport risked losing its female fanbase without serious advances in promoting a women’s professional competition.

The letter is signed off: “So come on Andrew, let these young girls wishes come true. All the girls will love you. From Bri Davey.”

Davey also posted her not to Instagram in the inaugural season of the AFLW – and the story of her football dream now has another chapter.

Her fairytale was discussed on AFL360 Wednesday night.

“So from that moment to the pinnacle of her sport, is just gorgeous,” Fox Footy host Gerrard Whateley said of the letter.

Footy journalist Mark Robinson said: “That is part of AFLW folklore now, the letter from the league medallist”.

Davey did not receive a reply from Demetriou, but said this week she isn’t sure if the letter was ever sent to the former AFL boss.

“I believe I was in year two or three, and we had to write a persuasive essay. Straight away I knew who I wanted to write to, and it was Andrew Demetriou,” Davey said on the Credit to the Girls Podcast.

“I basically told him how it was. ‘That’s it, women need to be playing AFL, end of story’.

“It probably got us over the line to where we are now. I think the letter pushed through 2017, that’s how we got there.”

Full list of 2021 AFLW Awards

Best and fairest: Brianna Davey (Collingwood) and Kiara Bowers (Fremantle)

Rising Star: Tyla Hanks (Melbourne)

Goal of the Year: Courtney Hodder (Brisbane)

Mark of the Year: Danielle Ponter (Adelaide)

2021 AFLW All-Australian team

Full backs:

Sarah Allan, Adelaide Crows

Meghan McDonald, Geelong Cats

Half backs:

Ruby Schleicher, Collingwood

Kate Lutkins, Brisbane Lions

Janelle Cuthbertson, Fremantle Dockers

Centres:

Monique Conti, Richmond

Kiara Bowers, Fremantle (VC)

Georgia Patrikios, St. Kilda

Half forward:

Jasmine Garner, North Melbourne

Katie Brennan, Richmond

Ellie Blackburn, Western Bulldogs

Full forwards:

Erin Phillips, Adelaide Crows

Chloe Molloy, Collingwood

Followers:

Breann Moody, Carlton

Brianna Davey, Collingwood (C)

Alyce Parker, GWS GIANTS

Interchange:

Ebony Marinoff, Adelaide Crows

Brittany Bonnici, Collingwood

Darcy Vescio, Carlton

Karen Paxman, Melbourne

Emma Kearney, North Melbourne

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Kate Garraway shares ‘amazing’ moment husband Derek spoke to her as he continues recovery


Kate Garraway shared a positive and “amazing” moment, as she embraced the “little things” after her husband Derek Draper moved home earlier this month.

Derek Draper had been in hospital for over a year after contracting coronavirus in March 2020, with him left in a coma.

The virus severely impacted his body, and he’s still recovering – making small moments of progress, with Kate questioning if this could be because he is back home with her.

She previously revealed his progress seemed to slow down during the lockdown months with her unable to visit him, but now she is noticing little moments again which are leaving her hopeful.



Kate Garraway shared a positive and "amazing" moment, as she embraced the "little things" after husband Derek Draper moved home
Kate Garraway shared a positive and “amazing” moment, as she embraced the “little things” after husband Derek Draper moved home

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, Kate revealed Derek spoke to her recently in a moment that she thought was “amazing”.

Derek’s conversations are limited due to his time in a coma affecting his speech, with him only saying words.

But Kate talked of an “emotional” connection and a familiarity, when Derek asked her if she was wearing a new dress recently.



Kate revealed Derek spoke to her recently in a moment that she thought was "amazing"
Kate revealed Derek spoke to her recently in a moment that she thought was “amazing”

She explained to her co-stars: “It’s been wonderful having Derek home and there are lots of little positives I think.

“Whether it’s positives because it’s genuinely helping him being home or because I’m there to see the little things, as I couldn’t go in before and we had to FaceTime and stuff, I don’t know but it feels positive.

“There are little moments of reaction, and he actually said something the other day. I walked in and he said, ‘new dress?’ which was just amazing.



Kate went on to say there was an "emotional connection" and talked of the "basis" of their relationship
Kate went on to say there was an “emotional connection” and talked of the “basis” of their relationship

“I thought it was amazing on so many levels because he recognised this, and he remembered I need a lot of flattery.”

She went on to say there was an “emotional connection” and talked of the “basis” of their relationship, before revealing that the moment was followed by “nothing” and they went back to an “in-between”.

Asked if she believed Derek was benefiting from being at home, Kate added: “I hope so,” before saying: “So far so good but I don’t want to tempt fate.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.



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City of Logan First Nations artist shares her family’s untold story


Stories about conflicts in western Queensland that impacted Indigenous populations will be shared as Logan Art Gallery opens its next exhibition round.

Stories about conflicts in western Queensland that impacted Indigenous populations will be shared as Logan Art Gallery opens its next exhibition round.

Former Slacks Creek resident and artist Colleen Sam (Ngungurnnumma Kalkadoon) will display artworks based on her cultural identity and her family’s historic journey.

She is a descendant of the Kalkadoon (Kalkadunga) people who lived in the region around what is now Mount Isa.

My story: the unbroken spirit of the Kalkadoons is one of four exhibitions on display at the gallery from April 23 to June 5.

Colleen and designer Keith Weribone (Mandandanji) have partnered to form Moonks Indigenous Art on Furniture.

Artwork in the exhibition feature paintings, furniture and rarely shared stories from the Kalkadoon people, including some from the deadly conflicts of the late 1800s.

The stories, which highlight the struggle by Colleen’s family to preserve Kalkadoon cultural knowledge, have been handed down through four generations over 140 years.

Most have been kept as family secrets.

Colleen said the time was right to tell the stories rather than see the events covered only in history books.

“It is the first time we have shared it in a public setting,” she said.

The storytelling includes the capture of her great grandmother and aunt who spent the rest of their lives separated, and in servitude, on different Outback cattle stations.

Stories are told in the words of Colleen’s family and revolve around how they kept their culture alive and survived invasion, violence, captivity, forced labour, restrictions of movement and stolen wages.

Others have described the stories in terms of extinction, loss, oppression and attempts to tame the Kalkadoon people which they didn’t relate to, Colleen said.

“The European version is that they broke the Kalkadoons. That is not true. Our spirit is unbroken,” she said.

“We’re strong and we survived through everything.”

Colleen believes that telling the stories through art, design and film has created an important resource for younger generations.

Colleen received a grant through Arts Queensland’s First Nations Commissioning Fund to develop a film recording her family’s story.

She worked with First Nations media company Double Wire Productions and Pixel Frames to deliver this powerful story in film.

Colleen is also the artist behind the Young Peoples Gallery exhibition Mini Miners: finding ghost.

This exhibition features illustrations from her children’s book about mining trucks Wilfred, Jai, Joseph and Patrick investigating the vision of a mystery ghost truck.

The other gallery exhibitions on display include:

  • Michelle Hamer: Are you having a good night? explores the use of threatening language towards women through a series of handstitched and hand-drawn works.
  • Laila Aasand Bjornsson: The warp and weft of the forest – The Rochedale South artist has a background in weaving and textile arts and her oil paintings capture ‘the warp and weft’ of Daisy Hill Conservation Park.

The official exhibition opening will be staggered over three different sessions from 5pm Friday, April 23 in line with COVID-19 safe rules.

Bookings for all sessions are essential and can be made online at gallery opening bookings

Logan Art Gallery is on the corner of Jacaranda Ave and Wembley Road, Logan Central.

It is open from 10am to 5pm between Tuesday and Saturday. Entry is free.

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Naomi Osaka shares heartfelt post about boyfriend


As she draws ever closer to regaining the World No. 1 ranking, Naomi Osaka has taken a moment to write a heartfelt appreciation post about her boyfriend, rapper Cordae.

The World No. 2 is currently competing in the Miami Open, where her defeat of Aussie Ajla Tomljanović on Saturday (AEDT) progressed her to the tournament’s third round.

Osaka was dominant in the straight-sets win, but it was her emotional Instagram post that had fans talking in the lead-up to the match.

“Appreciation post for the mister because I feel like it today,” Osaka wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of herself and Cordae.

“This pic was right after winning the US Open finals. He stopped everything he was doing because I FaceTimed him a couple days earlier and said I was feeling sad and lonely in the bubble.

“I later found out that he hopped on a plane shortly after that call and then quarantined himself for a couple days in a hotel to see me and support.”

She added that “the funniest part is even after doing all this I’m still convinced he doesn’t understand the rules of tennis lol”, sharing a video of herself on court, laughing at Cordae’s antics in the crowd.

Naomi Osaka has a chance to usurp Ash Barty as World No. 1 should she hoist the trophy at this year’s Miami Open. Osaka, 23, last held the spot in September 2019 but has been supremely convincing since the WTA tour resumed last August.

In that time, she’s chalked up 22 straight victories, taking out the women’s singles titles at both the US Open and the Australian Open.

Ash Barty will likely need to be knocked out of the tournament earlier than the final for Osaka to regain the top spot.

She’ll look to make it 23 wins in a row when she faces Serbian Nina Stojanović on Monday (AEDT).



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Australian government insists it shares ‘same ambitions’ as Mathias Cormann for green recovery | Australian politics


Marise Payne insists the Morrison government shares “the same ambitions” as the incoming OECD chief, Mathias Cormann, for a green recovery from the pandemic.

The foreign minister made the claim despite the government’s promotion of a gas-fired recovery and despite research showing Australia was the worst performer among the world’s 50 largest economies for “green recovery” spending to kickstart economic growth.

Payne on Thursday faced a range of questions about the language embraced by Cormann, the former Coalition finance minister, during his successful campaign to become the next secretary general of the Paris-based OECD.

During a Senate estimates hearing, the Labor senator, Tim Ayres, pointed to Cormann’s backing of “an inclusive and future-focused recovery, including a green recovery” and “accelerating the transition to a lower emissions future”.

When asked whether the government agreed with the need for a green recovery, Payne said it “would agree with the incoming secretary general’s observations around a strong, sustainable, cleaner recovery”.

“I’m not going to quibble about words, senator – there’s nothing in what you’ve just put to me that this government doesn’t agree with,” Payne said.

Pressed on whether anyone in government had ever described its post-pandemic response as a green recovery, Payne said: “We don’t have to use the same language as Mr Cormann to share the same ambitions … our record on renewables stands for itself.”

Ayres then asked: “Did [former] minister Cormann say what he needed to say to be elected or is there a transformation that’s occurred here?”

Payne replied: “I really reject that reflection on Mr Cormann, senator Ayres. I really reject that reflection.”

When asked whether she had ever heard Cormann use the green recovery phrase before he launched his OECD campaign, Payne said: “I don’t have an 11 years of collected works of Mr Cormann.”

Helen Stylianou, a Dfat first assistant secretary, said Cormann had committed during the campaign “to drive ambitious and effective action on climate change using the OECD’s particular capabilities to guide members to be able to achieve those net zero emissions by 2050”.

Stylianou confirmed that climate change was “discussed in many of his meetings” with representatives of OECD member countries during the campaign.

She said Cormann had emphasised during his meetings that the debate in Australia was not about the ambition, but how to get there.

Stylianou said she had read “with some amusement” a news report that Cormann had travelled with a colour-coded spreadsheet of OECD countries’ emission reduction targets.

“There were fact sheets included as part of a briefing which Mr Cormann received across a range of issues, all issues of interest to OECD members, covering policy issues under discussion in the OECD,” she said.

“Part of that briefing did relate to emissions and there were some colours on some pages but there was no colour-coded spreadsheet.”

Officials confirmed that Cormann made two separate overseas trips, the first from 8 November to 10 December and the second from 16 January to 25 February, as part of the campaign.

Only the first trip involved use of a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft – and the costs of that are expected to be reported by the defence department by 30 June.

Cormann travelled on the RAAF aircraft to visit 15 countries – Turkey, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, France, Colombia and Chile.

Stylianou said the second trip, involving visits to just the United States and France, was able to be done using commercial flights.

The purpose of that trip was to press his case with officials in the new Biden administration, and then to “base himself at the headquarters of the OECD” in Paris, she said.

To date, the Australian government has not formally committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, even as a range of allies and trading partners embrace the goal.

Asked if she welcomed the Biden administration’s adoption of a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, Payne said: “We welcome the Biden administration’s engagement on all of these issues.”

Labor’s Senate leader, Penny Wong, asked whether the US adopting that commitment was a negative or positive development in the global fight against climate change.

Payne replied that US engagement, including rejoining the Paris agreement, was “all a net positive”, before repeating Scott Morrison’s recent rhetoric on net zero.

“Our goal is to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible and preferably by 2050,” she said.

Australia’s ambassador for the environment, Jamie Isbister, was also asked whether net zero was being raised with him in the lead-up to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow later this year.

“Yes, through the negotiations there are a range of parties who are continuing to encourage greater ambition and commitments by countries,” Isbister said.

The government is expected to release a long-term strategy before Cop26. Isbister said that long-term strategy could potentially include an emissions reduction target but “that’s a decision by government”.

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Emily Ratajkowski Shares Photos of “First Moments” With Baby Sly – E! Online


“When my husband and I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question after ‘Congratulations’ is almost always ‘Do you know what you want,'” Emily penned in an essay for the magazine. “We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then.”

Putting things into perspective, she added, “Who will this person be? What kind of person will we become parents to? How will they change our lives and who we are? This is a wondrous and terrifying concept, one that renders us both helpless and humbled.”

The supermodel said she and her husband hope to use “as few gender stereotypes” as possible. 

When discussing her pregnancy, Emily explained she was going with the flow and soaking up every moment. As she described, “I’m completely and undeniably helpless when it comes to almost everything surrounding my pregnancy: how my body will change, who my child will be. But I’m surprisingly unbothered.”

“Instead of feeling afraid,” she continued, “I feel a new sense of peace. I’m already learning from this person inside my body. I’m full of wonder.”



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European shares retreat as rising bond yields weigh



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March 12, 2021

By Sruthi Shankar and Devik Jain

(Reuters) – Rising bond yields dragged European stocks lower on Friday, although major bourses were set for weekly gains as stimulus and vaccination programmes spurred hopes of a solid economic recovery.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.5% after a four-session winning streak drove it to pre-pandemic highs a day earlier.

Tame U.S. inflation data and signs from the European Central Bank that it was ready to accelerate money-printing to keep a lid on borrowing costs helped boost risk appetite this week, putting the benchmark STOXX 600 on course for a more than 3% weekly gain.

However, with government bond yields in the United States and Europe rising again on Friday, investors took some money off the table.

“On one hand, we had the ECB that tried to talk down yields, but at the same time we had the final approval of the big Biden stimulus package that drove U.S. yields somewhat higher again,” said Bert Colijn, senior euro zone economist at ING.

“So this maybe an American story that will remain in the driver’s seat to a degree, with the ECB as an important counterweight to that.”

U.S. President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law on Thursday, with direct deposits from the legislation expected to go to Americans as early as this weekend.

While the stimulus is expected to give a boost to the U.S. economy, it has also raised worries about a spike in inflation that could push central banks to tighten monetary policy.

Tech sector fell the most in Europe, down 1.7%, while automakers and miners also weighed.

Dutch tech investor Prosus, which holds a third of Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, dropped 4.9% as China’s market regulator fined 12 companies including Tencent related to deals that demonstrated illegal monopolistic behaviours.

German carmaker Daimler declined 2.5% after French rival Renault sold its entire stake in the company at a discount.

BMW was down 2.2% after saying its operating profit for 2020 fell due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a strong second-half rebound in sales.

British luxury group Burberry jumped 8.4% to the top of STOXX 600 after saying it had seen a strong rebound in sales since December.

Italy’s Brunello Cucinelli surged 10.8% after the luxury goods maker raised its sales forecast for the year on expectations that the end of the pandemic was near.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Anil D’Silva)



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Aust shares little changed, yields rise




Shares have closed slightly higher on the Australian market, which an analyst declared an impressive result as bond yields crept towards recent highs.

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Aust shares almost one per cent higher


Shares on the Australian market might be on course for their strongest performance of the week, as the commodity sectors bounced back.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index was up 63.6 points, or 0.94 per cent, to 6777.5 at 1200 AEDT on Friday.

The All Ordinaries was higher by 68.9 points, or 0.99 per cent, at 7021.8.

Energy was higher by 2.19 per cent after oil prices rose from a steep fall in US fuel supplies.

Materials was up 1.64 per cent as iron ore prices improved.

The sector with the biggest gain was information technology, up 2.67 per cent.

The tech sector gain followed US markets closing better as inflation fears subsided.

A bigger-than-expected fall in weekly jobless claims helped keep investors optimistic, following the signing of a $US1.9 trillion government stimulus bill the previous day.

The S&P 500 and the Dow closed at all-time highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 188.57 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 32,485.59, the S&P 500 gained 40.53 points, or 1.04 per cent, to 3,939.34 and the Nasdaq Composite added 329.84 points, or 2.52 per cent, to 13,398.67.

Meanwhile the Australian government is maintaining confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine despite its use being suspended in parts of Europe.

Denmark, Norway and Iceland have temporarily stopped using the vaccine while authorities investigate whether it is linked to blood clots.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Australian authorities do not share their concerns.

On the ASX, Origin was among the companies in the energy sector benefiting from higher oil prices.

Shares rose 4.23 per cent to $4.68.

There were sizeable gains for miners. BHP was up 2.11 per cent to $47.79, Fortescue rose 2.35 per cent to $21.27, Rio Tinto climbed 1.12 per cent to $117.00 and BlueScope Steel sprung by 3.99 per cent to $18.48.

Financial regulator APRA closed its investigation into Westpac’s breaches of anti-money laundering and terror financing laws, but says it will make sure the bank improves its operations.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Friday said it made the decision after considering the results of an ASIC investigation into whether the bank’s same conduct breached the Corporations Act.

Westpac last year agreed to pay a $1.3 billion fine, having admitted to breaking international fund transfer laws 23 million times.

Shares were down 0.12 per cent to $24.50.

The other banks in the big four were better, although gained less than half a per cent.

In media, broadcaster Nine has told Southern Cross Media it will not extend their regional TV deal beyond June 30.

Southern Cross has broadcast Nine’s metro TV programs to regional parts of Queensland, NSW and Victoria since 2016.

Nine has instead signed a seven year deal with regional broadcaster WIN.

WIN will show Nine programs in Queensland, southern NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and regional Western Australia.

Southern Cross said it will talk to the Ten network about showing its programs to these regional areas.

Southern Cross shares crashed 10.40 per cent to $1.98.

Nine shares were better by 0.33 per cent to $3.04.

The Australian dollar was buying 77.92 US cents at 1200 AEDT, higher from 77.45 US cents at Thursday’s close.

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Nasdaq surges to best day in almost a year as tech shares roar


“We’re going through a regime change and it’s not dissimilar to what we saw last year,” said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco. “Now we’re seeing the reverse of that and an abrupt move like that creates an environment in which investors start to worry about valuations.”

Striking the “correction” level for the Nasdaq is also important for many investors and traders who use technical indicators to decide when to buy or sell stocks. A correction is typically seen as a healthy moment for any market, giving investors a chance to pause and reallocate their investments without the volatility and stress that a bear market typically can bring.

Some of the big technology stocks that fuelled the market’s remarkable turnaround in 2020 after its initial plunge as the pandemic upended the global economy have been shedding gains in the weeks since the Nasdaq’s peak on February 12. Apple, for example, was down 14 per cent through the end of last week. It was up 4.4 per cent on Tuesday. Chipmaker Nvidia had been down 22.5 per cent in the same stretch, but is now up 8.2 per cent. Amazon was up 4.3 per cent, clawing back some of its losses after a nearly 10 per cent skid since the Nasdaq’s peak.

Bond yields will likely continue rising throughout the year as part of the improving economy.

“It’s not a bad thing, it’s normal and in this environment it’s positive because it’s reflecting a far improved economic outlook,” said Hooper, said.

Investors have been betting that $US1.9 trillion ($2.5 trillion) in coming government stimulus will help lift the economy out of its coronavirus-induced malaise. There are also investors who are betting that stimulus and an improving economy will result in some inflation down the road.

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The US economic aid package, passed narrowly by the Senate on Saturday, provides direct payments of up to $US1400 for most Americans and extends emergency unemployment benefits. It’s a victory for President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies, and final congressional approval is expected this week.

Oil prices were also moving modestly lower, continuing a two-day slide. U.S. crude oil fell 1.6 per cent to $64.01 a barrel.

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