Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free Bahraini footballer


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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi


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Hakeem al-Araibi faces further 60 days in Thai jail after extradition hearing


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Refugee footballer arrived shackled and barefoot for hearing on Bahrain extradition request

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been given 60 days to prepare a defence against Bahrain’s attempt to extradite him from Thailand.

The 25-year-old will remain in a Thai prison for more than two months after a judge denied him bail and gave his lawyers until 5 April to file a written appeal before the next scheduled hearing on 22 April.

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s wife begs Canada and NZ for help and says ‘time is running out’


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Exclusive: Wife of Bahraini refugee asks leaders to pressure Thai authorities to release her husband

The wife of the Bahraini footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi has written to the leaders of Canada and New Zealand, telling them “time is running out” and pleading with them to help in returning him to Australia.

Al-Araibi, an Australian resident, has spent more than two months detained in Thailand, where he had gone on honeymoon, while Bahrain seeks his extradition. He was arrested on arrival in November on an Interpol red notice that was erroneously issued against Interpol policies. In Bahrain he faces a 10-year prison sentence for a vandalism conviction that has been widely discredited.

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says


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Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago

The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, is not responsible for matters regarding the Thai detention of Hakeem al-Araibi because he was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago out of conflict-of-interest concerns.

The new claim came in response to a call from the World Players Association for Salman to be disqualified from office if the refugee footballer was returned to Bahrain.

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‘Stranger things have happened’: Rovers prepare to meet Sydney FC in Darwin | Helen Davidson


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The FFA Cup draw has thrown up a classic David and Goliath encounter between part-time players from the tropics and the three-time A-League champions

On a Tuesday evening Darwin Rovers are getting some extra training in at a suburban Darwin oval. They started late because some players hadn’t finished work, and they’re sharing the dying light with a few other sporting groups.

But every session helps ahead of the biggest game of their lives this week, against the reigning A-League champions, Sydney FC.

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‘Stranger things have happened’: Rovers prepare to meet Sydney FC in Darwin | Helen Davidson


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The FFA Cup draw has thrown up a classic David and Goliath encounter between part-time players from the tropics and the three-time A-League champions

On a Tuesday evening Darwin Rovers are getting some extra training in at a suburban Darwin oval. They started late because some players hadn’t finished work, and they’re sharing the dying light with a few other sporting groups.

But every session helps ahead of the biggest game of their lives this week, against the reigning A-League champions, Sydney FC.

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Super Bowl: Australian film-maker’s Doritos ad in running for US$1m


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Sticky orange fingers the inspiration for commercial that has racked up 2m views on YouTube

An Australian film-maker will be a keen spectator at the US Super Bowl – but it will be the half-time break rather than the sport that will keep him on tenterhooks. It could make him US$1 million (A$1.1 million) richer.

Thomas Noakes’s entry into the Doritos Crash the SuperBowl competition to make a commercial for the chip brand has put him firmly in the running for the cash prize, and has racked up nearly two million views on YouTube.

Noakes will not know until the chosen ad airs midway through the gridiron showpiece on February 2 whether he has won.

He has come up with a unique, if slightly off-putting, take on the Doritos side-effect: sticky orange fingers.

“It’s silly, really. We just thought of a machine that cleans fingers,” Noakes told Guardian Australia.

“Like magical machines, and Willy Wonka and all those references. But then I thought it would be funny if it wasn’t so magical and it was just a mundane office worker on the other side.”

That mundane office worker, played by Renzo Bellato, has the stomach-turning task of sucking clean the fingers that the character Billy, played by Sam Glissan, pokes through the wall.

There are no special effects, and no “stunt fingers”, says Noakes. Also, it took 10 takes.

“On the 10th take, man, I couldn’t see him, but Belinda [Dean], the producer, was standing there and on the 10th take she said Sam just dropped his head and shuddered, his face white,” said Noakes.

“The guy is a dedicated actor. I’d struggle doing it. He struggled doing it. I cannot speak highly enough of the actors involved.”

The Doritos competition opened up to international entrants for the first time, and Noakes said the team were “humbly grateful” to be contenders.

Noakes will attend the Super Bowl as a guest of Doritos along with the other finalists. They will see when the half-time ads are shown on the big screen whose entry made it.

“The screening audience of the Super Bowl is five times the actual population of Australia. It’s bananas,” said Noakes.

“The other entries are amazing. We’re humbled and grateful to be among those other entries.”

A 30-second ad spot in the half-time break of the NFL game can command about $4 million.

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