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Indian actor ‘hungry’ for more international projects

Indian film star Anil Kapoor is in Australia for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Photo: Paul JeffersMovie session timesFull movies coverage
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Indian actor Anil Kapoor does not intend to rest on his laurels. “I’m still hungry,” he says. “For me it’s the most exciting phase of my life.” His plans include everything from a return to the stage to producing Indian movies for a global audience.

He is making his first visit to Australia for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, where his new film, Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat), is screening.

Kapoor has appeared in several international productions, including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Project and the TV series 24. In the eighth season of 24 he played Omar Hassan, the president of a fictional Islamic state. He then acquired the rights to an Indian remake, and appeared in the lead, playing the equivalent of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character.  “It was the biggest challenge of my life,” he says. “It was a huge risk.”

Putting the project together was demanding, and he also had to take on a stereotype in India that movie stars don’t do television. For this new version, there have been adjustments for the sensibilities of an Indian audience, and new plot directions. The show had to be suspenseful for viewers who had seen the original series, he says.

He talks about how much he’d like to do theatre again. “It’s a goal for me. I’ve done it at an earlier stage of my life.” What’s holding him back, he says, is a combination of fear and time. The closest thing he’s had to a recent theatrical experience, curiously enough, was his international movie debut in Slumdog Millionaire, in which he starred as a manipulative quiz show host. The film was filmed digitally – by cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, who won an Oscar for his work on the film – and the quiz scenes were shot like theatre, allowed to run for 25minutes at a time. “It was great fun, and it meant that it was very, very seamless.

Kapoor is the first of his family to be an actor; his father was an agent and producer whose influence on his son took many forms. “He had such a great reputation for honesty and integrity, in spite of not being successful,” Kapoor says. “That was very important to me.”

He also provided his son with an incentive to become an actor. “He had trouble attracting big stars to his productions. The star system was very vicious in those days, very unprofessional and chaotic. So I said, let me become a star, so that my father does not have a problem getting stars in his films. That drove me.”

Kapoor’s children have followed him into filmmaking: one of his daughters is a producer and helps him run his production company; another daughter and a son are actors.

He remains involved in 24, dividing his year evenly between the series and film projects. He’s working as a producer on a version of Modern Family, and he’s keen to explore the possibilities of projects with companies such as Netflix and Amazon.

He’d like to be involved in more independent films; there’s a new wave of independent cinema in India, he says, and he’s keen to be part of that. He also thinks there’s potential for larger-scale Indian projects that can travel internationally. “There’s some phenomenal content in India, because of our rich culture, history and diversity. I would like to make India’s Lord Of The Rings … India’s Game of Thrones. And, of course, we can tell the stories of modern India also.”

A Q&A with Anil Kapoor will follow the screening of Dil Dhadakne Do on August 16, 8pm, Hoyts Melbourne Central.

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Pregnant women think they are eating healthily, but study shows almost none are

Pregnant women are not getting the recommended intake of healthy food.Guidelines: Healthy eating during pregnancy
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Pregnant women mistakenly believe they are eating healthily despite not following dietary guidelines, research has found.

A study of more than 850 pregnant women has found not a single one was eating enough of the five core food groups, which are: fruit; vegetables and beans; cereals; dairy and or dairy alternatives; and lean meat, poultry, tofu, nuts and fish.

Only a tiny fraction of the women involved were close to meeting the requirements, with 37 per cent not eating enough of any of the five groups and a further 35 per cent only eating enough of one.

Yet almost two-thirds described their diet as “healthy”.

Experts say women need more information about how to meet food requirements amid a confusing maze of dietary restrictions recommended during pregnancy.

University of Adelaide researcher Lenka Malek​, who completed the study as part of her PhD, said she did not believe the requirements were necessarily too difficult to meet, but many women weren’t aware of them.

“The research clearly shows that what women eat during pregnancy and around the time of pregnancy can influence the short and long-term health of their developing child,” she said. “But even if women are aware that there are recommendations they don’t necessarily know the specifics of what they say.”

Some recommendations, such as that women reduce the amount of certain types of fish to avoid mercury, may inadvertently lead them to avoid foods that were good for them.

In her study, nearly 30 per cent of the women said they were consuming less fish or avoiding it entirely since they became pregnant.

Dr Malek said maybe recommendations to avoid certain fish should be changed in light of the findings.

“Seafood has a relatively small impact on maternal blood mercury levels… fish is rich in n-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients such as iodine and vitamin D; and positive associations [have been] found between fish intake during pregnancy and fetal neurodevelopmental outcomes,” she wrote in her paper published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

Overall, the study found fruit was the food group women were most likely to consume enough of, with 56 per cent meeting the guidelines. The next most likely to be met was dairy, with 29 per cent meeting their requirements.

Dietitians Association of Australia spokeswoman Milena Katz​ said many women may underestimate whether they met recommended food intakes because a “serving” was actually a lot smaller than most people thought.

But she said there was a need for GPs and midwives to provide dietary advice during pre-pregnancy and pregnancy check-ups.

“Nobody in Australia is really meeting those guidelines, people aren’t getting their recommended servings of vegetables, so it’s not surprising that pregnant women aren’t,” she said. “You need to be very, very organised and well-planned, or have a very strict diet”.

But Ms Katz, who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian said she did not think this meant the guidelines were unrealistic.

“The guidelines are evidence-based and they are there for disease prevention – this is what you eat to give your body the best chance for health,” she said. “It’s really a target people should aspire to”.

But she said it was easier to achieve if you assessed your intake over a longer period than just one day, and tried to add extra servings of fruit and vegetables to food you were already eating.

“It’s also just about eating the food your kids are eating,” she said. “Most mothers are really good at providing healthy foods for their children, but often they just don’t get the chance to eat it themselves” The five food groups for pregnant womenFive serves a day of vegetables and legumes/beans (Examples of one serve include half a cup of frozen veggies or one tomato)Two serves of fruit (eg one banana and two apricots)Eight and a half serves of grains (eg one slice of bread, half a cup of cooked brown rice, half a cup of cooked porridge)Three and a half serves of lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts or beans (eg 65 grams of lean beef, two eggs, or 100 grams of fish)Two and a half serves or milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives (eg one cup of milk or 40g of cheese)

(Source: National Health and Medical Research Council)

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2018
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Murdoch’s nephew sells Moonah Links golf resort to Chinese buyers

Moonah Links golf resort on the Mornington Peninsula has new Chinese owners.Paddy Handbury – Rupert Murdoch’s nephew and one of Victoria’s richest men – has sold his marquee Mornington Peninsula golf resort to Chinese buyers.
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Moonah Links, which has two golf courses and a hotel at Fingal near Cape Schanck, sold for $A18.5m, according to sources.

Handbury Group chief executive officer Blake Ammit confirmed the sale without disclosing the price and said the buyers were a consortium of Chinese and Chinese-Australian businessmen operating as the Peninsula International Group. Mr Handbury still owns The Sands Torquay, an 18-hole course and resort.

Moonah Links comes with parcels of vacant land approved for development. Mr Ammit said the buyers would keep the golf courses but were interested in the property as a “hotel destination on the Mornington Peninsula to expand and invest more into”.

The consortium members have stakes in Chinese-Australian investment companies, a furniture company, a tea-tree oil company and a “luxury” property development company with projects in China and Australia. One is a member at the prestigious Huntingdale Golf club in South Oakleigh.

Golf industry consultant Jeff Blunden said it was a positive sign for a sector struggling with falling memberships and sluggish sales.

This is the highest profile golf asset on the peninsula,” he said. “The fact that it had a willing seller and a willing buyer is very good.”

Moonah Links hosted Australian Opens in 2003 and 2003, and has trademarked the moniker “The Home of Australian Golf” – despite the biggest professional golf tournament in Australia now being played in NSW.

“Competitions become playthings between states,” Mr Ammit said. “New South Wales have grabbed hold of it for a period of time. There’s always a chance it will come back to Victoria and Moonah Links.”

Mr Handbury was not available for comment. “He is on a boat somewhere off northern Queensland,” Mr Ammit said.

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Kyrgios not first to use ‘mental disintegration’ to his advantage

Mitch cops it back: Mitchell Pearce and Johnathan Thurston exchange words. Photo: Mark KolbeNick Kyrgios’  brutal sledge at Stanislas Wawrinka may have taken it to the next level, but it’s just the latest episode of the art of “mental disintegration” that has been prevalent in sport for years.
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Here’s some of the best from yesteryear.

STEVE WALTERS NAILS BENNY ELIAS

Having just succeeded long-time sparring partner Benny Elias as Australian hooker, former Canberra Raiders rake Walters didn’t waste any time rubbing salt into the wound. As the pair prepared to pack into a scrum during a Raiders-Balmain game, Walters said “Benny, hurry up for Christ’s sake. I’ve got a Test match to play on Saturday.”

EDDO BRANDES OUTPOINTS GLENN MCGRATH

As a cricketer, paunchy Zimbabwean Eddo Brandes wasn’t a patch on one of the game’s bestbowlers, Glenn McGrath, but he showed he’s just as quick with a one-liner as the Aussie great was. Frustrated at tailender Brandes continually playing and missing, McGrath said “Why are you so fat?” Brandes replied “Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

SIR VIV LETS BAT DO THE TALKING

On face value, sledging the West Indian “Master Blaster” doesn’t seem like a wise idea. Particularly when you’re a modest English country cricket trundler. Glamorgan’s Greg Thomas found that out the hard way when he yelled at Richards “It’s red, round and weighs about five ounces, in case you were wondering,” after Richards played and missed a few times. After belting a ball for six Richards, responded, “Greg, you know what it looks like, now go and find it.”

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga was never a favourite of the Australian cricket team, partly due to the fact he would regularly call for a runner because of the extra weight he carried. Looking for a stumping, spinner Shane Warne asked wicketkeeper Ian Healy how they could coax Ranatunga out of his crease. “Put a Mars Bar on a good length,” Healy quipped.

MUHAMMAD ALI

Arguably the greatest boxer of all time was quick with a left jab, but just as quick with a one-liner. Before a bout with Sonny Liston he said “Sonny Liston is so ugby, when the sweat runs down his face it has to look the other way.”

JT RUBS IT IN

As if being beaten 52-6 in this year’s State of Origin decider wasn’t bad enough, Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston let Mitchell Pearce have it after the NSW No.7 called him “old”.  Having put in another sensational display, Thurston brutally reminded the much-maligned Pearce he is yet to win an Origin series in 15 games for the Blues. “You’re the worst halfback NSW has ever seen at Origin level. If you want to touch the shield, your best chance is to go up and touch the Wally Lewis statue out the front of the stadium. I’ll take the picture, that will be the closest you get to the shield in your lifetime.”

‘THE SPECIAL ONE’ HAMMERS THE GUNNERS

After a 0-0 draw at Arsenal put Chelsea a step closer to winning the English Premier League title in April, Gunner fans chanted “Boring, boring Chelsea” throughout the match. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has always had a frosty relationship with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and responded by highlighting Arsenal’s decade-long title drought. “You know, I think boring is 10 years without a title, that’s very boring,” he said. “You support the club and you’re waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that’s very boring.”

BEST SLAMS BECKS

George Best is arguably England’s greatest soccer player of all time and therefore has earned the right to express his opinion on the current crop. He didn’t miss superstar countryman David Beckham when asked his thoughts on his ability. “He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s all right.”

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2018
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Sydney Roosters close in on Brisbane Broncos young gun Jayden Nikorima

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The Sydney Roosters are closing in on the signature Brisbane young gun Jayden Nikorima, although the Broncos are making a last-ditch attempt to keep the rookie utility at Red Hill.

Nikorima is considered one of the most promising youngsters in the game and there were at least half a dozen clubs chasing his services. The Roosters believe they have got their man after tabling a three-year deal that will average out at $220,000 per season if he makes the expected jump up to the top grade. However, the Broncos are preparing a late and lucrative bid to retain the teen.

If the Roosters get their man, he will be a contender for No.6 jersey vacated by Cronulla-bound playmaker James Maloney. That would leave Nikorima and fellow teenager Jackson Hastings in a battle to play alongside NSW half Mitchell Pearce in 2016. Both youngsters have the ability to play a number of positions, with the one that misses out on a spot in the halves likely to contend for a fullback or bench spot.

Brisbane are hoping to retain Nikorima, whose older brother, 21-year-old Kodi, has made an outstanding start to his NRL career. Kodi has made 15 first-grade appearances for the Broncos this year and is shaping as a bolter for a Kiwis halves berth after Shaun Johnson’s injury ruled him out of their end-of-season tour of Great Britain.

The siblings play a similar style and the Broncos may not be able to keep them both on their books.

While Kodi has pledged his allegiance to New Zealand, Jayden is committed to the green and gold, and aspires to play State of Origin.

The 19-year-old took a step towards fulfilling his ambition when he made the Maroons NYC Origin side, despite being one of the youngest on the field.

Jayden injured his shoulder in that game and surgery will likely sideline him for the rest of the season, meaning his next match will be in the red, white and blue.

Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan confirmed the interest in Nikorima, likening him to former NSW and Australian utility Craig Wing in “looks and playing style”.

“He’s got utility value and it’s much how Craig Wing started with us at the same age,” Canavan said.

“Wingy ended up playing fullback, centre, halfback and five-eighth for us before he settled at hooker. That evolved in the space of a few years and that could well happen with Jayden.

“He’s the same age as Jackson Hastings and they would both go into that mix [for the No.6 jersey], as well as having utility value as well. That’s what happens with those type of players, they have great game nous and a range of skills and they eventually settle into a position.

“Unfortunately, we lost Jimmy [Maloney]. We tried our best, but we lose his experience. We revamp and go for youth again.”

The Roosters have now got some outstanding young players on their books. Latrell Mitchell is a gun fullback, considered the long-term replacement for Anthony Minichiello, Hastings has shown glimpses of his potential in first grade this year and Connor Watson is another outstanding utility who is a year younger than Hastings and Nikorima.

The tug-of-war for Nikorima’s services will add extra spice to the blockbuster Roosters-Broncos clash at Allianz Stadium next Saturday.

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