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BAFTAs 2016: Stephen Fry deletes Twitter account after ‘bag lady’ joke

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British comic Stephen Fry has “quit” Twitter following the backlash from a joke he made while hosting Monday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

The actor, who has hosted the BAFTAs for 15 years and had more than 12 million Twitter followers, came under fire after referring to Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan’s appearance.

“Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady,” he said.

After being lambasted on the social media platform for his “misogynistic” remarks he fired back at critics.

“Will all you sanctimonious f–kers f–k the f–k off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet,” he said.

Prior to deactivating his popular account he tweeted a photo of the pair from an after party with the caption: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry.”

Beavan herself has hosed down the controversy saying she was not offended by Fry’s remark.

“Yes we are friends, and I am absolutely not upset, but I don’t want to talk any further because if I talk about it it will just create more fuss,” she told The Telegraph.

Fry also came under fire for his introduction of The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl star Eddie Redmayne: “He has been a man trapped in his own body, a woman trapped in a man’s body and, if I had my way, a man trapped in my basement.”

Following the awards Fry published a statement on his official website entitled “Too many people have peed in the pool”.

“Think of it as not much more than leaving a room,” he wrote. “I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad.

“…let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know.”

Australian actor Rebel Wilson also raised virtual eyebrows with her race and LGBTIQ jibes when presenting an award.

“I’ve never been to the Oscars, because as you know, they are racist,” she said at London’s Royal Opera House. “But BAFTA have diverse members and that’s what we all want to see in life, isn’t it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practising my transgender face.”

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Rewarding time for muscling

DPI researcher Linda Cafe, Armidale, says processors and technology are combining to reward producers who supply greater carcase yield.THERE is change in the wind when it comes to production aimed at carcase yield.

Angus selected for high muscling are producing cattle that consistently yield more lean meat at slaughter, resulting in higher value carcases.

However, producers adoptinghigh muscling cattle are not receiving fullreward for their efforts because the carcase payment systemfails to completely account for higher carcase yield.

That is about to change.

Department of Primary Industries research officerLinda Cafe, Armidale, has been studying the impact of selection for increased muscling in anAngus herd andshe is excited about new technology that will objectively assess an animal for muscling.

Large processorsare already investigatingx-rayunits that will measure lean meat yield in a carcase and incorporate that into the payment system. Industry expects that development to be less than two years away.

Meanwhile DPI Armidale and University of Technology Sydney aredeveloping a 3-D imaging tool –using available Wii cameras and in-house software–which will identify high-muscled animals and give them an objective muscle score. That technology is less than 18 months from release.

The hope is that new technology will the objective data to createEstimated Breeding Values for muscle score. Currently there is no such thing.

Muscling is identifiedon the hoof by trained professionals. but there is currently no objective way of assessing muscle score.

There is no easy way of identifying high-muscled cattle at weaning time, but with new technology buyers keen on high muscling Angus may be able to identify suitable calves.

Dr Cafe, who has continued the good work of the late Bill McKiernan,said research hadshown whole bodymuscling measured by visual muscle score was a better predictor of increased carcass retail beef yieldand dressing percentage than other indirect measures such as eye muscle area, with or withoutweight adjustments.

“This suggests that selection using visual muscle score could help increase theprofitability of the beef industry,” she said.

“Carcass results from the herd have revealed that when muscle score increased from C to B anincrease in dressing of 1.2% units, and an increase in retail beef yield of 1.6% units was gained.

“Thisis real lean meat gain and does not rely on reducing fatness to increase yield. As a result good meatquality is maintained in the higher muscled, higher yielding cattle.”

“Genetic analysis on the herd has also revealed that muscling is highly heritable.”

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Australia v New Zealand Test series: Black Caps complain Basin Reserve green-top was not green enough

Australia prevail in momentous match

New Zealand believe Australia’s in-form batsmen remain vulnerable in seam-friendly conditions and can be exposed next week in the second Test.

The Black Caps were unable to handle a Wellington green-top but their coach Mike Hesson says the pitch was not green enough.

A day after his team was hammered by an innings, Hesson could barely hide his disappointment with the Basin Reserve curator.

Australia avoided batting while the pitch was at its most treacherous but conditions were still helpful for bowlers when they started their first innings.

The Kiwis were bowled out in 48 overs while Australia lost three wickets in the remaining 40 overs of the first day before feasting once the pitch had flattened, making 562. It was the third time in four Trans Tasman Tests Australia have posted a first innings total in excess of 500.

However, Hesson believes his bowlers could have run through Australia’s batsmen had the pitch been greener for longer.

“I would have liked this to have been much greener than it was. It only seamed for two hours and that meant that both sides weren’t able to be exposed in those conditions,” Hesson said.

“It’s a bit different when it seams for two hours, it makes the toss a little bit more important.

“I think if you’re good enough to make the most of it you can be exposed.

“Ideally you’d like both sides to have a bit of a crack at it when it does seam.

“You look at the wickets we lost in the first session they were all from good length deliveries and they were able to get the ball off the straight and expose some of our techniques.

“That’s something we’d like to think if we were in a similar situation we’d be able to do something similar.”

The Black Caps’ problem, however, is their quicks lacked bite. Trent Boult and Tim Southee were able to destroy teams in last year’s World Cup but have not been near those lofty standards in four Tests against Australia this summer.

“We haven’t been able to expose them on those surfaces because we haven’t moved the ball,” Hesson said.

“Even this Test match we weren’t able to move the ball off the straight whether that be in the air or off the wicket and that’s something we’re going to have to work on in the coming days.”

Hesson was also bemused Australia were able to extract reverse swing, a feature not commonly seen on these shores.

“To be fair in New Zealand you don’t get a lot of reverse swing 18 overs into a game on day three,” Hesson said.

“It’s something we face a heck of a lot more on the subcontinent than something we do here.”

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East Nowra residents are sick of crime

Concerned: Residents from East Nowra and surrounding areas meet with the Shoalhaven Local Area Command Crime Prevention Unit to discuss how to prevent crime and best report incidences to police.Schregel Place residents speak out over crime

OVER 40 concerned East Nowra residents called a crime prevention meeting with local police on Wednesday.

The meeting with Nowra Police Station’s Crime Prevention Unit was primarily made up of worried elderly residents and those with young families who said they were tired of continued crime issues.

Shoalhaven Local Area Command officers helped residents understand who to contact when instances arose.

A concerned resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, says neighboursinitiated the meeting with policeafter it became clear the number of people “living in fear in their houses”.

He said people in the area were afraid to leave their homes andbelieved police response times were not up to scratch.According to the resident, the meeting gaveattendeesa better understanding ofpolice work.

“It’s up to the community to be more proactive. We need to be their eyes and ears so wecan accuratelydirectpolice to suspicious activity,” hesaid.

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