SYDNEY – The Australian Rugby Union reacted to the flood of top players heading abroad on Wednesday with a groundbreaking policy shift which will allow experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs to be selected for test matches.Effective immediately, players with 60 caps who have played for seven years in Super Rugby with an Australian team will be eligible to continue their international careers even if they are signed to a club overseas. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Other players based abroad will immediately become eligible if they commit to playing Super Rugby in Australia for the following two seasons.“For some time we’ve been grappling with the issue of overseas clubs recruiting our players,” ARU chief executive Bill Pulver told reporters. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., legendary musician Stevie Wonder has produced a new five-minute video featuring dozens of A-list celebrities, musicians and political figures sharing their dreams for the world and themselves.The video, titled “Dream Still Lives,” was posted Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CT, the exact time Dr. King was gunned down in Memphis on April 4, 1968.Wonder himself appears at the beginning of the clip, praising MLK’s teachings, stating, “Although Dr. King left us 50 years ago, his dream is still within all of us.”He’s then followed by Barack and Michelle Obama, after which a slew of musicians, actors and other celebrities appear to share their dreams.Among the notable musicians are Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Dave Matthews, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Kesha, Common, The Chainsmokers, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Puth,Harry Styles, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie and more.Other celebrities appearing in the video include Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Strahan, James Corden, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Chadwick Boseman, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Howard Stern, Dave Chappelle, Meryl Streep and more.At the end of the video, Wonder encourages viewers to post about their own dreams using the hashtag #DreamStillLives.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.