Finally respected, Klitschko announces retirement

The 41-year-old dispatched a regular supply of average fighters to reach 64 career victories yet few, if any of them, will feature in a showreel of the sport’s greatest contests.

苏州美甲培训学校

Instead it will be his final fight, against Britain’s Joshua, that will be define Klitschko’s legacy.

Despite a 14-year age gap and fighting in front of a partisan 90,000 Wembley Stadium crowd, Klitschko produced arguably his best performance before being stopped in the 11th round of a sensational fight.

Had he finished off a wobbling Joshua in the sixth round Klitschko would have become only the second fighter after George Foreman to win a recognised version of the world title as a 40-something.

Yet, even in defeat, a global audience finally gave the Germany-based fighter the acclaim he deserved for a career in which he carried the a sport so often dragged into the gutter with professionalism and dignity.

An eagerly anticipated Las Vegas re-match with Joshua was in the pipeline, yet Klitschko, who had lost his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts in a disappointing defeat by Britain’s Tyson Fury in 2015, has decided enough is enough.

“FRESH CHALLENGES”

“Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey,” he said in the video announcing his decision to retire on Thursday. “And it was the best choice of profession I could have ever made.

“At some point in our lives we need to, or just want to, switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter and chart a course towards fresh challenges. Obviously I am not an exception to this and now is my turn.

“I’m doing this with … tremendous excitement, dedication, passion; expecting and hoping that my next career, which I’ve already been planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as my previous one, if not more successful.”

Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente said his man had not lost his powers, but was no longer prepared to put himself though the 10-week training camps needed to prepare for big fights.

“It took him time to make a decision but he realised that the motivation and fire was not there any more,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t think it was that he felt past his best.”

Ukraine’s prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, said on Facebook: “Thank you for the all-time great fights and victories! I wish you successes and achievements on new fronts.”

Klitschko turned professional in 1996 shortly after winning super-heavyweight gold at the Atlanta Olympics.

He won his first 24 fights before losing to American Ross Puritty in 1998 – his only fight in his native Ukraine.

Klitschko won his first world title in 2000, beating American Chris Byrd to claim the WBO title.

He suffered defeats at the hands of South Africa’s Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004.

After teaming up with trainer Emanuel Steward, Klitschko became a far greater all-round fighter and went 11 years unbeaten before losing to Fury.

It was an era dominated known as the “Klitschko era” with his older brother Vitali also holding the WBC belt from 2008 to 2012 before retiring in 2013.

Klitschko is second on the all-time list for successful title defences with 23, behind the 25 of Joe Louis, while his 29 heavyweight title fights remains a record.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman in London, Simon Jennings in Bengaluru and Alessandra Prentice in Kiev; Editing by Nick Mulvenney and Alison Williams)

Finally respected, Klitschko calls time

Wladimir Klitschko ruled the heavyweight scene with a steel glove for more than a decade yet it was a defeat by Anthony Joshua which ensured the Ukrainian retired on Thursday with the universal respect that eluded him for so long.

苏州美甲培训学校

Often denigrated for a robotic style, short on flair, Klitschko reigned supreme in a heavyweight era suffering from a dearth of box office names.

The 41-year-old dispatched a regular supply of average fighters to reach 64 career victories yet few, if any of them, will feature in a showreel of the sport’s greatest contests.

Instead it will be his final fight, against Britain’s Joshua, that will be define Klitschko’s legacy.

Had he finished off a wobbling Joshua in the sixth round Klitschko would have become only the second fighter after George Foreman to win a recognised version of the world title as a 40-something.

Yet, even in defeat, a global audience finally gave the Germany-based fighter the acclaim he deserved for a career in which he carried the a sport so often dragged into the gutter with professionalism and dignity.

An eagerly anticipated Las Vegas re-match with Joshua was in the pipeline, yet Klitschko, who had lost his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts in a disappointing defeat by Britain’s Tyson Fury in 2015, has decided enough is enough.

“Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey,” he said in the video announcing his decision to retire on Thursday.

“And it was the best choice of profession I could have ever made.”

Klitschko turned professional in 1996 shortly after winning super-heavyweight gold at the Atlanta Olympics.

He won his first 24 fights before losing to American Ross Puritty in 1998 – his only fight in his native Ukraine.

Klitschko won his first world title in 2000, beating American Chris Byrd to claim the WBO title.

He suffered defeats at the hands of South Africa’s Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004.

After teaming up with trainer Emanuel Steward, Klitschko became a far greater all-round fighter and went 11 years unbeaten before losing to Fury.

It was an era dominated known as the “Klitschko era” with his older brother Vitali also holding the WBC belt from 2008 to 2012 before retiring in 2013.

Young sex attacker may be deported to Ethiopia

A young Melbourne man with links to the Apex street gang may be deported to his native Ethiopia after serving a sentence for a “disturbing” sexual assault on a teenage girl.

苏州美甲培训学校

Bill Tang, 20, was found guilty of two counts of committing an indecent act with a child over a 2015 attack in which he and three other youths surrounded the girl and her friends at Cranbourne.

Defence lawyer Chris Pearson on Thursday said Tang’s permanent residency status had been revoked since the incident and this weighs on him in detention.

“He has an additional hardship hanging over his head, which is the daily suspense and anxiousness of not knowing what his future ultimately holds,” Mr Pearson told the Victorian County Court.

The lawyer said Tang would not apply for parole even if he could because he could end up in immigration detention.

Judge Peter Wischusen said it was a “troublesome concept”.

“If I was to impose a non-custodial sentence, not that I am able to, but things change to immediate deportation,” he said.

A refugee lawyer is working to get Tang’s visa back but it is ultimately up to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Tang is close to his family and had made “obvious progress” towards redemption and rehabilitation, the court was told.

But prosecutor Joanne Piggott said the attack on the young girl was “disturbing” and must be denounced.

Tang separated the girl from her friends before forcing her to perform a sex act, saying she would get her phone back if she complied.

“She was distressed and essentially thought he was going to help her and then he does exactly the opposite,” Ms Piggott said.

Tang, who has alleged links to the Apex gang, will be sentenced on September 22.

MORE NEWS:

Travellers to expect ‘enhanced security’ at airports but delays to wind down, PM says

Travellers around the country will see airport security return to normal levels but there will be some “enhanced” measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced.

苏州美甲培训学校

It comes after the aviation threat level was raised to “probable” last week in the wake of a thwarted alleged terror plot to bring down a plane departing Sydney Airport.

“The threat to aviation will be restored to the level it was a week ago,” Mr Turnbull told reporters on Thursday.

However, there will be boosted security measures, he added.

“There will be continued enhanced security measures. Some of them will be obvious travellers, some will not,” Mr Turnbull said. 

The Prime Minister would not expand on how the measures would be modified but said it would be through “technology and good management”.

“They are going to continue to be enhanced, but they will be modified in a way that will cause less delays to the travelling public.” 

Mr Turnbull said the threat to airlines had been “disrupted and contained” by security and intelligence agencies. 

He advised travellers to continue arriving two hours early for domestic flights, and three hours early for international flights, but expected those waiting times to come back down to the usual over the coming days. 

Meanwhile, transport minister Darren Chester has offered to meet with the Australian Airline Pilots Association to address their concerns ground staff at airports could be a weak link in aviation security.

The union argues that baggage handlers, caterers and cleaners, who generally do not need to pass through security scanners, should be subjected to tougher screening.

“If they have genuine concerns, I’m very happy to sit down and talk to them and work our way through any concerns they may have,” Mr Chester told ABC Radio.

“The correct way to do it is to raise it with me.”

The union is questioning why ground staff are not checked as thoroughly as passengers, crew or even the union’s 5,000 members.

“People who do have access to the aircraft should have the same level of screening as people who come through the terminal,” Union President Murray Butt said.

“Not everybody is screened. They don’t do any explosives detection. Most people don’t have to pass through an X-ray.”

Related reading

Senator Nick Xenophon, who led a recent inquiry into aviation security, will urge the government to plug the screening gap when parliament returns next week.

“I have great respect for the work that ground crew at airports do, but this loophole fails to pass the most cursory of pub tests,” he said.

But the transport minister has not said whether the government would move to screen ground staff.

Mr Chester said those workers were already required to carry an Aviation Security Identity card, which requires a national security and a criminal background check. He said the government was toughening up the regulations around the card.

“Let me reassure the Australian travelling public that we have robust security measures in place to prevent an attack against the aviation system, whether that be through a passenger or through a trusted insider,” the minister said.

Related reading

More than 60 organisations and companies can issue aviation and maritime security identification cards, with the Australian Federal Police warning the more people who can dish them out, the more vulnerable they become.

There are 250,000 aviation and maritime security cards issued but the regulator responsible cannot say how many workers have ceased employment and not given their cards back.

The passes are issued by organisations including airlines, the immigration department and port operators, and while the Office of Transport Security runs card-return campaigns, nobody has ever been fined for refusing.

The agency is investigating adding biometrics to security cards and cutting the number of issuers.

0:00 Airport measures based on security agency advice: Turnbull Share Airport measures based on security agency advice: Turnbull

It is also boosting screening of airport staff working in restricted areas, expanding the scope of background checks and forcing those who issue ID cards to verify identities face-to-face.

Anyone with links to serious or organised crime would be blocked from getting identification cards under legislation before parliament.

Mr Chester said the recently foiled alleged terror attack at Sydney Airport was proof the system was working.

“The fact that we were able to thwart a genuine threat and the fact that we’ve been able to detect other incidents in the past … is a good indication that our security personnel, our intelligence people are working collectively well to keep Australians safe in what is a challenging environment,” he said. 

– with AAP

Cyber bullying, radicalisation, internet safety: New app helps migrant parents spot dangers children face online

The Australian Multicultural Foundation’s Executive Director, Hass Dellal, says the app will cover topical issues such as information about social media, practical tips on healthy internet use and where to get more information.

苏州美甲培训学校

“The focus for us was to see if we could develop something that would help families and parents understand what their children are accessing online, and what are some of the potential dangers and how to deal with these challenges at home.” he says.

MORE NEWS:

“But more importantly, also to make it available and accessible. So hence the 17 different languages, to make it accessible and make it user-friendly, a free web app designed to teach parents on how to know what their children are doing online and on social media.”

“The idea and the proposal for the app was born out of a pilot program that we ran over the past year. Online safety training programs were discussed, and the use of the internet and social media at home was an issue that was often and commonly raised in families.”

The app looks at the internet itself, social media, some of the websites and apps that young people use, such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Telegram.

‘CyberParent’ has been produced in 17 different languages.Australian Multicultural Foundation

Hass Dellal says the focus was to see if they could develop something that would help families and parents understand what their children are accessing online, as well as understanding what some of the potential dangers were and how to deal with those challenges at home.

“We felt that parents are obviously anxious about the risks the internet poses and want to protect their children from the dangerous material, unwanted contact, online grooming, cyber bullying and radicalisation, ” Mr Dellal told SBS World News.

“And we also felt that if you wanted to deal with these issues, or these behavioural issues, or problems that may arise from the use of the internet – don’t get me wrong – it’s obviously a wonderful tool and there’s so much benefit in it but also we undoubtedly it’s necessary to be aware of some of the risks and dangers of the internet as well.”

He says the app aims to develop protocols and communication techniques, and skills for parents, as well as practical tips – such as acronyms their children use.

“There’s about a set of 80 different acronyms they use online. They’ve actually made that available for parents, you know, things like ‘POS’ meaning parent over shoulder, or ‘PIR’ parent in room. So the families are really excited about that one. That is probably the most popular section of the app, is to get hold of those acronymns!”

Mr Dellal talks about a whole range of social issues for new families, particularly from multicultural backgrounds.

Arabic, right, is one of the 17 languages that parents can access new app CyberParent.Australian Multicultural Foundation

“Particularly young people where their resilience, people exploit their resilience and vulnerabilities based on things like when they feel they’ve been discriminated, isolated, alienated or cyber bullied simply because of who they are, or their ethnicity, religion or their culture.

“Sometimes this can actually create the problem and it’s very important for families to know that this may be happening and there could be some behavioural changes in their children and they need to understand those early warning signs so that they can actually develop some prevention strategies.”

* CyberParent is available in a total of 17 different languages, including: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Pashto, Spanish, Somali, Turkish, Urdu (from September 2017) and Vietnamese.

MORE NEWS: