Today’s birthday, May 7

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Today’s birthday May 7: American daytime TV actor Peter Reckell (1955 -)

Peter Reckell’s fans know him as motorcycle riding rebel Bo Brady from the daytime US soap Days of Our Lives.


Born on May 7, 1955 in Indiana, Reckell grew up with his five siblings on a farm in Michigan.

In high school Reckell was a keen member of the theatre community; he built sets and went on to perform in chorus lines.

Reckell attended the Boston Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a minor in music and dance.

He made his television debut on As The World Turns in 1980 as Eric Hollister.

Bo Brady first appeared on Days of Our Lives in 1983, and he stayed as a regular character until 1987.

Reckell left Days of Our Lives to play Johnny Rourke in Knots Landing, a night time soap opera about five Californian families.

Hunky Bo Brady returned to Days of Our Lives in 1990 but only for one year when Reckell again left to take small roles in other popular shows including Baywatch.

In 1995, Reckell donned his leather jacket for the third time and returned to Days of Our Lives.

He also tried his hand at acting on the big screen, in the 2004 film Broken Bridges.

Reckell has won five Soap Opera Digest awards and was nominated for one Daytime Emmy for his most famous role.

He retired from the Days of Our Lives in 2012 after 30 years on screen.

Reckell’s career has been quiet since.

Apart from acting, Reckell enjoys carpentry, martial arts and yoga.

He is a keen environmentalist who cycles to work and drives an electric car.

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Weaving: Healing was lovely experience

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When Hugo Weaving was filming Peaches around a decade ago, director Craig Monahan handed him the script for another project – Healing.


It was inspired by a newspaper article Monahan had read, about a bird rehabilitation program at a minimum-security prison farm in Victoria, and the two got talking.

“I quite quickly got the low down on the whole bird program,” Weaving says.

Over the years, the pair, who first worked together on the award-winning film The Interview, would meet up and chat about Healing, talking through each draft.

“He likes working with me, I think,” Weaving says jokingly of the collaboration.

“Obviously we’ve done three things together, so he will use me as a sounding board to see what I think and (when he) wants criticism and wants feedback, so that’s absolutely part of the process.”

In Healing, Weaving plays Matt, a senior officer at Won Wron Correctional Centre, a low-security prison that prepares prisoners for the transition back into society.

It’s there that he puts Viktor (Don Hany), a man at the tail-end of an 18-year prison sentence, in charge of the unique bird program, which includes helping rehabilitate an injured Wedge-tailed Eagle named Yasmin.

Monahan says the film is inspired by true events, rather than being completely based on them.

“Viktor initially, he was based on one person but he’s more of a composite… of a couple of people now,” he says, as are the other main inmates.

“But Hugo’s character Matt’s probably more real, based on a particular person we met and the program itself is of course real.”

Weaving says the shoot itself was tough. At just five weeks, there was a lot to fit in.

“It was a very, very rapid shoot,” he says.

“And to work with that many characters and those birds.. to pull that off was a real tribute to Craig.”

However after a demanding day’s shoot, Weaving found the evening’s were the opposite.

“Don and I, and (co-stars) Mark Winter and Xavier Samuel, had the great good fortune to be billeted together on this wonderful, beautiful old farm with vineyards and a great retired couple who made their own wine,” he says.

“And so we had a beautiful dog and a cat and we’d sit out at night after work and have a few glasses of wine, sort of debrief the day and prep the next day.

“It was a very lovely experience.”

* Healing releases in Australian cinemas on May 8.

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Robertson claims snooker’s ‘ton of tons’

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Australian world No.


1 Neil Robertson secured a remarkable slice of snooker history, completing a “ton of tons” as he reached the world championships semi-finals.

Robertson rallied strongly to beat Judd Trump 13-11 in Wednesday’s quarter-final at The Crucible in Sheffield, in the process becoming the first man in the history of the sport to amass 100 century breaks in a single season.

In a feat some snooker commentators believe may never be repeated, the Australian demolished the previous record of 61, set by Trump last season. China’s Ding Junhui has also surpassed Trump’s mark this season, with 62 centuries.

A century break refers to a player scoring 100 points or more within one visit to the table, without missing a shot.

Robertson looked certain to notch his 100th century in his previous round win over Mark Allen but failed to pot a straight-forward black ball in what he put down to a case of the nervous nineties.

After a scrappy start to his semi-final on Tuesday Robertson made amends in the third and final session on Wednesday night, racking up the historic 100 as he levelled the match at 11-11.

“I felt like Brian Lara on 390 odd trying to push a single!,” cricket lover Robertson tweeted after the match.

“What an amazing match and a wonderful milestone to achieve during such and important time in the match. Thank you so much everyone!”

After reaching the milestone, Robertson wildly pumped his fists and raised his arms to the crowd.

The mid-match celebration may have raised a few eyebrows among the sport’s traditionalists but Robertson defended it saying he’d only done so because he’d earlier been introduced to the crowd as being “99 not out”.

Robertson gallantly fought back from 6-2 and 9-6 down to set up a semi-final against Mark Selby, who beat Alan McManus 13-5, and close in on a second world title following his triumph in 2010.

Reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan breezed into the semis with a session to spare on Wednesday after completing a 13-3 win over Shaun Murphy.

O’Sullivan will now face 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins who beat Welshman Dominic Dale 13-12.

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LA Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigns

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned after less than two seasons on the job.


Team spokesman John Black confirmed D’Antoni’s resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years.

D’Antoni won 67 of 154 games after taking over the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season, replacing the fired Mike Brown, who lasted just 71 games after replacing 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson.

The injury-plagued Lakers were 27-55 this season, their worst campaign in more than 50 years.

With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol missing large chunks of the season, Los Angeles missed the playoffs for only the third time in 38 years.

“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said.

“On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day.”

The 62-year-old D’Antoni had one year left on his contract, but wanted the Lakers to pick up his option year for 2015-16 to have any chance of success. The Lakers apparently refused, leading to D’Antoni’s resignation.

D’Antoni also coached the Suns and the Knicks, reaching two Western Conference finals with Nash in Phoenix before having much less success in New York.

D’Antoni’s signature up-tempo style of play seemed an odd match from the start with the aging, ball-dominating Bryant and the Lakers, who ran Jackson’s deliberate triangle offense to perfection.

Lakers owners Jerry and Jim Buss curiously chose D’Antoni to replace Brown over Jackson, who strongly contemplated a return for a third stint on the Los Angeles bench.

Jackson became the president of the New Yok Knicks in March.

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Gold dazzles at refurbished Perth Mint

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The biggest, heaviest and most valuable coin in the world is the centrepiece of a new permanent exhibition at the refurbished Perth Mint.


The colossal coin is one tonne of 99.99 per cent pure gold, worth more than $50 million.

Measuring 80 centimetres in diameter and more than 12cm deep, it depicts a red kangaroo surrounded by rays of sunlight.

And it sits atop its very own vault, which swallows it up each night when the mint closes.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said the coin would be a big drawcard for the Mint, which has undergone a $5.5 million redevelopment in two stages, the biggest revamp it has had since it was founded 115 years ago.

Mr Barnett said he expected visitor numbers, which already nudge 80,000 a year, would rise dramatically.

The coin was recently exhibited around the world and has increased already strong sales of bullion coins from the Mint.

“It achieved its objective – we are selling more gold bullion coins,” chief executive Ed Harbuz said.

Also on display at the mint are massive gold nuggets, including the world’s second biggest, Newmont’s Normandy nugget.

Perth Mint was established as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint in 1899.

Its primary functions of refining gold from WA’s eastern goldfields and striking gold coinage continues today but at its refinery near Perth Airport, with precious metal coins struck onsite at the Mint.

The Mint also issues Australia’s official bullion and commemorative coins.

In 2012/13, it refined more than 300 tonnes of precious metals, reported close to $3 billion worth of holdings in its depository, and sold 4.3 million gold, silver and platinum coins.

It is one of only four mints in the world that produces bullion coins.

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Clippers owner likely to be made to sell

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NBA owners will likely force out the disgraced Donald Sterling, one owner said on Wednesday, as speculation intensified about who would snap up the Los Angeles Clippers after the billionaire was banned for making racist comments.


National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver hit the 80-year-old Sterling with a lifetime ban from all NBA activities and the maximum $US2.5 million ($A2.70 million) fine on Tuesday, steep penalties that drew praise from far and wide — including US President Barack Obama.

A three-quarters vote of owners is needed to force the real estate tycoon to sell — he is the longest-serving owner in the NBA after buying the team for $US12 million ($A12.98 million) in 1981 — and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive told ESPN Radio that he expects a unanimous 29-0 vote in favour.

A forced sale could come at an opportune time for Sterling, whose club has been valued by Forbes at $US575 million ($A622.13 million) but could go for much more with the NBA preparing to renegotiate its lucrative national television contract.

But Sterling hasn’t shied away from litigation in the past and could choose to fight expulsion from the league through the courts. He did not immediately respond to Silver’s sanctions and has kept a low profile since a recording of his racist comments surfaced on Saturday.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James said Sterling has to go, no matter how long the fight.

“The job is still not done,” James said after Miami Heat training, in comments reported by The Miami Herald. “We need the owners to step up and do their part … No matter how long it takes, no matter how much it costs, we need to get him out of there.”

Sterling’s comments, uttered to his girlfriend and made public by celebrity news website TMZ, sparked a firestorm within the league — in which most of the players are black — and beyond.

Sterling, who confirmed to the NBA that it was his voice on the recording, told his girlfriend that he did not want her associating with black people or bringing black friends to Clippers games.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” says Sterling, who is married.

Clippers coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers, whose team emerged from the quagmire of the scandal on Tuesday to beat the Golden State Warriors and seize a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series, preached patience.

“The quicker this is done, the better for everyone. Having said that, it’s going to take time and we all have to be patient,” Rivers said.

Hollywood moguls, sports stars and rappers have either voiced interest or have been linked to purchasing a stake in the franchise.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya, former Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin “Magic” Johnson and the likes of billionaire media tycoon David Geffen and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs have all been mentioned.

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Too many free Medicare services: Dutton

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Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton says too many people are getting free services under Medicare and has again warned about the unsustainability of the system.


Speaking ahead of the release of the government’s commission of audit, Mr Dutton said the government needed to show leadership now to rein in Medicare spending.

The audit is expected to propose unpopular measures to improve the health budget, such as the introduction of a $6 co-payment to see the doctor.

Medicare currently funds 265 million free services each year, Mr Dutton said on Thursday.

“If we are to have a strong and sustainable health system in to the future, that figure is not sustainable,” Mr Dutton said in a speech to the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney.

“Ten years ago we were spending $8 billion on (Medicare benefits), today $19 billion and in ten years’ time more than $80 billion in 2009-10 dollars.”

Federal hospital spending had also blown out in the past decade, he said.

“Ten years ago we were funding $7.5 billion, today about $14 billion a year, and in ten years’ time the figure climbs to $36 billion,” he said.

Mr Dutton has repeatedly said those who can afford it should pay more for their healthcare, but has refused to confirm the government will introduce a GP co-payment.

During his speech Mr Dutton also spoke of “rebuilding” general practice through what he called “advanced payment models”.

This would include the greater involvement of private health insurers, he said.

The comment has renewed speculation the government would allow private insurers to fund GP care.

But Mr Dutton said the government wasn’t considering legislative changes to allow that to occur, and was instead waiting to see how a Queensland trial proceeded.

“One of the ways in which we can do that is have private insurers investing earlier in their patients, working collaboratively with their doctors,” he later told reporters.

“I think that provides not just better health outcomes, but better financial outcomes.”

However, this wouldn’t involve people opting out of Medicare, he said.

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Fears Korean ferry victims may be lost

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The recovery of a body from South Korea’s ferry disaster some distance from the submerged vessel has fuelled concerns that many among the scores still missing may never be found.


More than two weeks after the 6825-tonne Sewol capsized and sank, 213 people have been confirmed dead but 89 remain unaccounted for, much to the frustration and anger of the victims’ families.

On Wednesday, a fishing boat pulled a body from the sea about 2km away from the main recovery site off the southern island of Jindo.

“This made us even more aware of the importance of preventing the loss of victims’ bodies,” Park Seung-Ki, spokesman for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, told reporters on Thursday.

Recovery workers put a ring of netting around the site days ago, but there are concerns that powerful currents in the area may have pulled some bodies into the open sea.

The relatives of those still missing are insisting that all the bodies are recovered before efforts begin to raise the sunken ferry.

But the dive teams, working in sometimes hazardous conditions, have yet to access 22 of the ship’s 66 passenger cabins in their grim search.

The Sewol capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board – more than 300 of them from the same high school in Ansan city, just south of Seoul.

The captain and 14 of his crew have been arrested, and the ferry owners have become the focus of an ever-widening probe, but much of the public criticism has been directed at the government.

The general consensus is that lax safety standards and collusion between industry and regulators were partly to blame for the scale of the disaster, while officials have also been blamed for the initially slow rescue response.

The Sewol’s regular captain, who was off duty on the day of the accident, has told prosecutors the ferry operator – Chonghaejin Marine Co – “brushed aside” repeated warnings the 20-year-old ship had stability issues following a renovation in 2012.

Experts have suggested a sharp turn may have caused its cargo to shift, and the ferry to list irretrievably to one side before capsizing.

Senior prosecutor Yang Jong-Jin said two Chonghaejin Marine officials had been questioned over allegations the Sewol was carrying three times its recommended cargo weight.

President Park Geun-Hye apologised on Tuesday for her government’s failure to combat systemic and regulatory “evils” that may have contributed to the accident and for the “insufficient first response”.

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Atletico through to Champions League final

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Atletico Madrid set up a Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid after coming from behind to win 3-1 at Chelsea in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday.


After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, former Atletico striker Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute at Stamford Bridge, but the London club were to lead the tie for only eight minutes.

Adrian Lopez scrambled home an equaliser shortly before half-time and second-half goals by Diego Costa, from the penalty spot, and Arda Turan sealed Atletico’s place in their first European Cup final since 1974.

Diego Simeone’s team are also two wins from claiming a first La Liga title in 18 years, meaning that they could be looking to complete an improbable double when they meet their old foes Real in Lisbon on May 24.

It will be the first European Cup final between two teams from the same city.

“Of course I’m very happy,” said Simeone. “I thought the reaction to their initial goal was crucial. In the second half we started very well.

“When we achieved the 2-1, that pretty much settled the game and from then on in we controlled the game.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, was denied a reunion with his former employers Real, with whom he had also experienced semi-final disappointment in each of the previous three seasons.

“One minute in the second half decided everything,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“A minute where the Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save to a John Terry header, then the penalty that kills the game.

Fears of a new-fangled defensive configuration proved unfounded, as Cesar Azpilicueta was deployed as a fairly orthodox right-sided midfielder, but the early stages proved every bit as cagey as last week’s first leg.

The tie was on a knife-edge, but nine minutes from half-time Chelsea seized the initiative.

After Willian ran into a blind alley on the right flank, Azpilicueta followed up with a low cross that Torres steered past Thibaut Courtois via a deflection off Mario Suarez.

The former darling of the Vicente Calderon made a point of not celebrating, holding his hands in the air in apology, but Stamford Bridge celebrated with abandon.

It was the first goal that Atletico had conceded in seven games, but within the blink of an eye they were in control of the tie.

Former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes picked out right-back Juanfran with a floated pass to the back post and his volleyed cross bobbled between a phalanx of defenders to Adrian, who swept home.

Despite Chelsea’s need for goals, it was Atletico who began the second half on top, with Australian `keeper Mark Schwarzer brilliantly tipping over a Turan half-volley and then comfortably fielding a low effort from Tiago.

In response, John Terry saw a header sharply blocked by Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, before Mourinho sent on Samuel Eto’o in place of Ashley Cole.

The Cameroon striker’s introduction was intended to give the hosts greater punch in attack, but it was his contribution at the other end that was to prove telling.

Referee Nicola Rizzoli had already ignored an Atletico penalty claim when Turan was bundled over by Azpilicueta, but when Costa went down after skilfully nicking the ball past Eto’o, the Italian awarded a spot-kick.

David Luiz planted a header against the post from a Willian free-kick as Chelsea pressed for an equaliser, but Turan killed the tie in the 72nd minute by tucking home after his own header came back off the bar.

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Govt budget could impact interest rates

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Interest rates will likely stay on hold in May but whether they go up or down this year could depend on the severity of the federal government’s May budget.


The Reserve Bank of Australia is widely expected to keep the cash rate at a record low 2.5 per cent when it meets on Tuesday, according to an AAP survey of 15 economists.

Seven economists say rates will remain on hold through 2014, three are forecasting another cut to a new low of 2.25 per cent and five are forecasting hikes later in the year.

AMP chief economist Shane Oliver expects the cash rate to finish 2014 at three per cent but says that will depend on whether or not the federal government delivers a “slash and burn” budget.

“In four or five months, I think there will be enough evidence that the economy has picked up and, therefore, the case will have built for the RBA to start normalising interest rates. But, that is contingent on the government not getting too aggressive with fiscal austerity,” Dr Oliver said.

“Long-term measures to control spending growth would be welcomed but if there’s too much focus on short-term measures like hiking tax rates for ordinary Australian households or a massive cut in government spending, that would raise question marks about how the economy will pick up and whether it may even weaken going forward.

“That would make it hard for the RBA to justify raising rates later this year so, hopefully, the government will avoid that.”

JP Morgan chief economist Stephen Walters said a tough budget, the persistently high Australian dollar and rising unemployment meant the RBA would likely cut the cash rate to 2.25 per cent in August.

“We just don’t think the transition away from mining is going as well as the RBA would have hoped and the currency is still too high,” Mr Walters said.

“From what we’ve been seeing in the news, the budget is going to be very tough so we think that will particularly undermine confidence in the consumer sector but also the business sector.

“The RBA could stay on hold this year but if things pan out as we think and unemployment is drifting up and there’s a tough budget and the currency is quite high, essentially you end up with the RBA having to do a bit more work.”

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