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Sacked coach Taylor comes out swinging after Sironen attack

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Sacked Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has broken his silence to defend himself against an attack by Balmain legend Paul Sironen, who publicly celebrated the dumping of Taylor.
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Sironen delivered a withering send-off to Taylor on Monday night, saying “karma’s a bitch” and telling the coach not to “let the door hit you out on the way out” – still fuming that he and his son Curtis had been punted from the club.

Sironen blamed the NRL coach, but Taylor has defended himself by insisting the decision to send the club legend packing from his role with the club’s under-20s team was not his.

“I want to respond to some of Paul Sironen’s published allegations about me,” Taylor said. “I never sacked Paul Sironen and I never communicated his sacking to him. I also never made any decisions about NYC staffing at that time.

“As to Paul’s comments about what was said after he was sacked, I in fact went up to him, shook his hand and gave him my commiserations. He looked me in the eye and said, ‘It’s OK, I know it wasn’t your decision’.”

The former NSW State of Origin and Kangaroos forward was filthy over his exit from the joint-venture outfit three years ago following Smith’s review, saying he was told by Taylor and football manager Phil Moss he would no longer be required.

However Taylor rejects the allegations put forward by Sironen on Monday.

“When the great Brian Smith strategic plan was implemented and Taylor came in, I was involved in the club,” Sironen said. “I was involved numerous years as a director and with the 20s. He’s entitled to turn the club upside down but without a single word of explanation he got rid of me.

“They got me upstairs and said, ‘You’re no longer required’, without saying thanks for giving 14-15 years here as an administrator, in football operations and in several different roles.

“I’ve been asked by several blokes over the last couple of years to give comments but I’ve always, out of respect, for the club bit my tongue. Now that’s he’s gone, I’m entitled to say my piece.”

Meanwhile, Wests Tigers’ major sponsor has backed the decision to sack coach Taylor, but warned the joint-venture outfit is now at a “critical juncture” in its history.

The Tigers are at a crossroads as they search for a coach and the signatures of their four most influential players. They do so at a time when their brand has been tarnished by the Tim Simona scandal and the messy departure of club legend Robbie Farah.

However, none of those dramas prompted Lee Hagipantelis, the principal of Brydens Lawyers, to consider ending ending his company’s relationship as the Tigers’ major backer.

Hagipantelis last night described Taylor’s sacking as an “unfortunate” but necessary step to turn the club’s fortunes around.

“It was difficult, but had to be done,” Hagipantelis said. “I don’t disagree with the decision that has been taken by the CEO and the board.

“The suggestion is there were entrails indicative of difficulties that may continue to be encountered, which was a fair enough assessment.

“I have no concerns about my brand being aligned with the Tigers. I regard this as an unfortunate occurrence but one that required addressing. It has been addressed.”

Multi-millionaires compete for Gold Coast’s most expensive homes

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75-77 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters Photo: suppliedGold, Sunshine Coasts shine as property market starsBrisbane property record smashed: mansion sells for $18.48mA new era for Brisbane’s prestige property market
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Six of the most expensive properties for sale right now on the Gold Coast are collectively worth nearly $80 million – and buyers can’t get enough, agents say.

A “strong and consistent” prestige market on the Gold Coast is pitting millionaires from across the globe against each other as they compete for small number of multimillion-dollar listings.

Agent Michael Kollosche says a lack of stock means there is a large number of buyers actively looking at any one time.

“The market is strong at the moment, there’s been some big sales, but stock levels in most of the suburbs is very tight. In regards to the beachfront, there’s only three or four prestige properties publicly on the market at the moment – that’s it,” he says.

“If you’re a prestige buyer, it’s tough to find what you’re after.”

Mr Kollosche says when prestige buyers find the right property, they waste no time in securing a deal, citing the recent off-market sale of 255 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters, as an example; it sold for $11 million. Last month, Savills Gold Coast sold a waterfront property at 201-205 Monaco Street for $9.5 million to a cash buyer after only three weeks on the market.

“A lack of supply has advantages and disadvantages,” Mr Kollosche says. “One the one hand it keeps prices strong but it can slow down the turn over.

“A lack of supply in suburbs like Cronin Island and the Isle of Capri is lifting prices.”

Prestige property on the Gold Coast continues to go from strength to strength. Figures from the Domain Group’s rental and house price report show houses on the Gold Coast grew by 7.3 per cent overall last year ??? the best result of all major Queensland regional markets.

More than half of the top 20 property sales in Queensland were made on the Gold Coast last year; the top five alone, all located at Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach, totalled $76.2 million.

Prestige agent Amir Mian says the demand at the high end is insatiable.

“There’s such an appetite for properties at this end of the market and they come from everywhere: local, interstate and overseas,” he says.

“Many of my clients see the value in a $14 million home on the waterfront, especially when you might pay $20 million for a house on the beach which has no space for a boat, jet ski and a lot less privacy.”

Here’s a look at six of the most expensive properties for sale on the Gold Coast right now ??? they’re collectively worth nearly $80 million alone: 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Paradise Point

16-22 Parklane Terrace, Paradise Point Photo: Supplied$14,288,000

This phenomenal concrete construction sits on a 106-metre water frontage and “sets the benchmark” for Sovereign Islands, agent Amir Mian says.

“There’s a lot of big homes on the Gold Coast that are palatial but not functional – this is not one of those,” Mr Mian says.

“It’s one of my favourite homes I have ever brought to the market because not only is it incredibly impressive, it has warmth. It’s a whole lifestyle package.”

Set on a 2,973 square metre block, it features two 24-metre pontoons plus an additional pontoon in case you’ve got more than two super yachts. The basement garage can fit up to 16 cars and there’s a nine-person lift that services all levels of the home.

The entire residence includes seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three powder rooms, four living areas, a media room and two full bars.

Agent: Amir Mian, Prestige Property Agents, 0401 470 499 187-191 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach

187-191 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach Photo: Supplied$17.25 million

The jaw-dropping beach front home of real estate king and racehorse owner David Henderson and his wife Rhonda is located on Millionaires Row along Hedges Avenue.

A masterpiece of contemporary design, it’s spread over three lots (1,215 square metres) of enviable absolute beach front land adjoining parkland, with stunning views of the ocean and coast line through to Coolangatta.

Designed by acclaimed architect Paul Uhlmann, it offers sophisticated entertaining surrounded by rare and exotic granites and marble, African Wenge timber, tinted glazing and the finest quality designer furniture, including imported leather lounges, upholstered bedheads and large designer mirrors.

With five bedrooms, all with their own balconies, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, an outdoor beach shower, lift and stairs to all three levels, a magnesium-chlorinated pool with spa and a multitude of living areas, it’s a dream beach house for anyone. 3250/23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

3250/23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise Photo: Supplied

Price on application

Previously listed for $12.5 million, this phenomenal Chevron Renaissance penthouse complete with its own “cigar and wine tasting area” is owned by developer and former mobile phone king Ron Bakir.

???Agent Michael Kollosche says he’s inviting offers following inspections, in order to fully appreciate the 918 square metre property: “you have to see it to really understand it,” he says.

Spread over the 39th and 40th floors, this fully recreated penthouse has no painted walls, only panels of timber veneer, smoked glass imported marble or lustrous lacquered finishes in caramel tones.

It has touch-pad Dynalite-controlled lighting, climate, blinds, security, multiple living and sitting areas facing east to the ocean or to the city skyline and a fully electronic remote-controlled kitchen with Diana Royal marble, concealed refrigerators, walk-in pantry, deep drawer storage and fully equipped scullery.

All the imported designer furniture is included. Extra include combination-coded access via four lifts, secure basement parking for 21 cars and more than 600 square metres of additional storage areas. 79-81 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters

79-81 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters Photo: Supplied

Expressions of interest under $10 million

Marketing agent Sherry Smith says north east-facing double blocks on the main river are hard to come by – and she’s not wrong, if this palatial Paradise Waters estate is anything to go by.

Originally built for Max Christmas, who is considered to be one of the founding fathers of Gold Coast property, it’s been home to Lisa and Peter Le Fanue for the past 19 years.

They’re ready to move on now the kids have grown up and left home, crating an “incredible opportunity for an astute buyers”, Ms Smith says.

It features a separate Mediterranean-inspired guest residence with a fully equipped BBQ entertainer, one of the largest private pools on the Gold Coast, picturesque river and skyline views and it’s only moment by boat to the Broadwater.

It has a home office, full wet bar, sensor alarm system, 48-metre river frontage along deep water, designer fittings and fixtures, marble flooring and timber shutters throughout, irrigation system, boat shed, and ample storage space.

Marketing agent: Sherry Smith, Ray White Broadbeach, 0412 759 781 75-77 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters

75-77 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters Photo: Supplied


This five bedroom, seven bathroom masterpiece is more exclusive six-star resort than anything else, bringing new meaning to the term “wow factor” from the outset.

Concealed from the street beyond a long private driveway, the dramatic entry follows a broad marble catwalk surrounded by tiled reflection pools to the glass foyer.

Inside, 987 square metres of living space unfurls amidst classic, timeless interiors. The theme of the home is light and art, bringing together the best of beautiful design with the backdrop of 28 metres of main river frontage.

Architecturally designed, it features high ceilings, travertine marble floors throughout, riverfront living areas, home theatre, library, chefs kitchen and a guest wing with its own private lounge area and designer ensuite.

Marketing agent: Michael Kollosche, Kollosche Prestige Agents, 0411 188 815 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands$14.88 million

This Mediterranean-inspired mansion occupies a 2,103 square metre east-facing block with 55 metres of Broadwater frontage, so the view is as blue as it is wide.

Positioned on Sir Lancelot Close, it certainly inspires images of living like a royal; hidden by wrought iron gates, it boasts a whopping 1,890 square metres of living space. There are 12 bathrooms and each of the seven bedrooms has its own ensuite and walk-in-robe, while the master suite has a dressing room and private balcony.

There is a self-contained suite for guests or staff – because that’s the life you lead if you live in a residence like this – and the basement has enough space for eight cars.

With a stunning 25-metre lap pool providing the perfect background to the gym and steam room, the alfresco entertaining with Teppanyaki is the perfect place to sit back and take in the view of the Broadwater.

Bye-bye wi-fi as APVMA public servants leave Macca’s

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Public servants at the pesticides authority are hoping they can leave their makeshift office at MacDonald’s Armidale behind, launching a search for a real office in the northern NSW town where they are being forced to move.
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The new digs will be a stopgap measure while the n Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority waits for a new office block to be built for it somewhere in the regional town.

Documents from the federal procurement website AusTender show the authority is on the lookout for 150 to 300 square metres of offices somewhere in Armidale after its senior officers “camped out” in one of the town’s burger joints, using the restaurant’s free wi-fi to conduct their work.

It remains unclear why the Canberra-based public servants could not work from the University of New England, which claims to be a “partner” in the authority’s forced relocation from the national capital to the heart of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s New England Electorate.

Nor has it been revealed how much the interim office accommodation will cost or if that spending will be included in the estimated $26 million cost of the whole move.

The authority was widely mocked early this month after its boss Kareena Arthy??? told a Senate Estimates hearing that she and her colleagues were using the restaurant’s free wi-fi to work because they had no base in Armidale and that she was having a tough time convincing her public servants to move from Canberra to northern NSW as ordered by the Coalition government.

It was also revealed at the Senate Estimates hearing that a new office block will have to be built to accommodate the agency with none of the town’s existing buildings suitable.

But in the meantime, the call has gone out, with a March 31 deadline for expressions of interest, to Armidale’s commercial landlords for a stopgap solution.

The temporary offices should be top-of the line “A-grade” quality, already fitted out, to save time and money, come with on-site car parking, comply with the Commonwealth’s exacting environmental and sustainability standards and be offered for the relatively short-term, by commercial property standards, of two years with an option to extend.

In a statement issued through the authority’s public relations firm, Ms Arthy told Fairfax the process of moving to Armidale would not happen overnight.

“The relocation of the APVMA to Armidale is a two and half year process that will be completed in stages to ensure the smooth transition of the agency and maintain continuity of the regulatory function,” the chief executive said.

“While scoping and planning for the construction of a permanent purpose-built building is underway, the APVMA now requires a suitable interim office to establish its operation in Armidale.

“The University of New England has been very helpful in assisting the APVMA in its search for accommodation.

“We are still considering a number of possible options for the APVMA interim office including office space at the UNE campus.

“We hope to make a selection of a suitable location in the next few weeks.

“The APVMA will continue to work very closely with the UNE along with other key stakeholders in the Armidale community to collaborate on opportunities that will support the business into the future.”

Mayfield family sees sunny side of solar power

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SUN SMART: Gwyn and Felicity Williams are saving money by using solar power and being energy efficient. Felicity Williams says she is no born-again hippie. Far from it.
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But when it comes to having an environmental conscience, Williams is one of a growing number of Hunter residents embracing energy-efficient technology in their homes.

The rapid take-up of solar panels and battery storage units has industry specialists calling the region a battery hotspot and Newcastle a city of energy innovation.

For Williams and husband Gwyn, the decision to go solar was an economic and social one.

“With ongoing increases in prices of energy, it’s about how can we have a bit more control over what we’re paying and how we’re paying,” she says.

“The other thing, it’s also factoring in being a bit conscious of the environment, because we do use a lot of energy, and how much responsibility should we be taking for generating it ourselves when welive in a country that has access to the sun.”

The Williams family have about 20 solar panels, installed four years ago, on the roof of their late-1800s Mayfield Federation-style house, and have recently installed a battery to store solar energy.

Williams says that with three children, aged 14, 13 and seven, and three dogs, the family uses plenty of power.

“We’re very high energy users,” she says.

“We have all the bells and whistles. We’ve got ducted airconditioning, fans in every room –a whole family that likes to use lights all the time.”

The installation of energy-efficient technologies has led to the family’s energy expenses being cost neutral.

“They have actually paid our power bill,” Williams says.

The family looked at installing solar panels several years earlier, but cost and complexity delayed the plan.

“I’ve always been interested in renewable energy and being able to use renewables but I originally priced it when we were living in the Upper Hunter,” she says.

“It cost a significant amount of money to go there.”

That was more than 10 years ago, and Williams estimates prices have dropped to about a third or a quarter of what they were previously. Government incentives, advances in technology and an increase in installers has helped reduce the cost.

“I think if you believe in something, you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is,” Williams says.

“It’s important that we recognise we’re high energy users. Everybody thinks ‘modern day hippie’. We’re not.”

Williams and her family are among a growing number of Hunter residents adopting energy-efficient technology in their homes to save on bills and increase their energy independence.

“Profit-for-purpose” social enterprise Suncrowd, working with not-for-profit community group Climate Action Newcastle, chose Newcastle for its first solar power bulk-buy campaign in June 2016, and followed it up with a smaller project in February 2017.

Suncrowd founder and chief energy officer Chris Cooper said about 900 people came to events and more than 200 households from across the Hunter participated in what Suncrowd describes as ’s first solar battery bulk buy.

“Newcastle’s a bit of a battery hotspot now,” Cooper says.

A bulk buy can simplify the experience for home owners through the ready provision of information and research, and lower costs via group discounts, Cooper says.

“All the bulk buys use local installers. They’re allocated based on quality and trading history.”

Cooper says Suncrowd’s aim is to get more solar and new energy technologies to the people.

“The economics of these technologies make total sense and they’re not getting out there quick enough. We’re aiming to overcome the boundaries to adoption of those technologies.”

EFFICIENT: The Williams family, of Mayfield, like their mod cons but pay a lot less than the average household does for using them.

Mistrust of energy industries, complexities in decision making, understanding of energy mattersand price were barriers that were, he says,being overcome.

In the Hunter, baby boomers and families were the chief participants in the solar battery bulk buy.

“They’ve [families] just bought a home and are looking to get some technologies in there to reduce their bills,” Cooper says.

“The unifying factor . . .is independence and reducing cost. Independence from energy companies or coal-fired power.”

Cooper says looking at basic energy efficiencies in the home was an important first step individuals could take. Heating, cooling and lighting systems were the best places to start.

A flow restrictor on the shower could be useful for households with electric hot water systems. Setting water temperature to 60 degrees celsius or less was important too.

Zoning the house well when using airconditioning for heating and cooling was another step home owners could take. UsingLED lights, as opposed to halogen fittings, also improves energy efficiency.

Installing solar panels was the next step. Then, look at getting a battery, if the budget allows.

“It makes sure you can capture any extra solar you have that would otherwise go back to the grid,” Cooper says.

He estimates that a solar power system would cost the average household about $4000 to $7000 to install and a battery from $6000 to $12,000. And having such a system could slash energy bills by 70 to 80 per cent.

But it doesn’t make economic sense to go off grid. “Once you start going beyond 70 per cent energy independence, the return on investment drops,” Cooper says.

Suncrowd is not surprised that the Hunter is leading the way with energy efficiency measures in the home, as evidenced through the solar battery bulk-buy campaign.

“Newcastle hasalways been a city of energy innovation, moving from a coal city, steel city [to a] new-energy city,” Cooper says.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT HOMESource: Energy Efficiency Council

Viney’s promotion to captaincy was coach’s call

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Jack Viney’s controversial promotion to Melbourne’s co-captaincy was taken out of the players’ hands by Simon Goodwin and his assistants.
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The new Melbourne coach revealed the leadership group was not consulted until after he made the decision to elevate Viney alongside captain of three years, Nathan Jones.

Goodwin, who privately broke the news to Jones last month, told Fairfax Media that the Demons skipper was taken aback and had initially and repeatedly sought an explanation for the perceived demotion.

“We always knew it wasn’t going to be the most popular decision,” said Goodwin, “[but] it was just a standout we couldn’t ignore.

“Nathan wanted to know why but he’s been terrific since then. The most difficult thing for a player is to go from being captain to co-captain. He understands what we were doing.

“It’s not about Nathan, it’s about the growth of a football club and his response to that has been the most selfless thing he could have done.”

Goodwin expanded on the debate and thought process behind the co-captaincy decision, which has been publicly scrutinised and took the rest of the Melbourne leadership group by surprise. “It was the coaches’ decision,” he confirmed.

“We knew it would be questioned and we had people say we’ve had co-captains before and it hasn’t worked out so why would we do this again? But this is very different to when Jack Grimes and Trenners [Jack Trengove] were both promoted at the age of 22.”

Moving to dispel some recent public notions Goodwin said that reigning club best and fairest Viney, 22 – Jones is 29 – was not a captain-in-waiting but was ready to captain the side now, a readiness the coaches could not overlook.

And he denied Viney had been promoted because he was more team-oriented than Jones, denying the suggestion that Jones, having risen to leadership at a time Melbourne was relatively bereft of talent, had been more focused on his own game.

“Nathan’s changed a lot,” said the new coach. “He’s become a very team-oriented person. Early on maybe that focus was necessary for him but to say that Jack’s more team-oriented than Nathan would be incorrect.

“And I see both of them getting better.”

Jones, who represented the Demons on captains day last week and whose side opens its season on Saturday against St Kilda, said on Monday night that he felt “like something was being taken away from me”.

“I think initially, to be completely honest, I was disappointed and frustrated,” Jones told Fox Footy. “At the time, being a super-competitive person, I felt like something was being taken away from me.

“[But] I was really conscious and aware of not letting that influence my professionalism, leadership and training standards or impact on the playing group.

“Since then I was able to sit down with Goodi and discuss how he saw it and why the decision was made and I now see it as a real opportunity.

“I’m confident … that we form a really strong partnership.

“I think since that initial 24-48 hours I’ve been able to digest it and only see it as a positive and an opportunity. We can work together as a team, share the load and bridge the gap between younger and older players.”

Finn geared up for F1 quest

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Ice hockey to Finns is like footy to ns, especially when they’re young. It’s what they play growing up, unafraid of the fast-paced, violent action on the rink.
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So while Formula One’s latest Flying Finn, new Mercedes recruit Valtteri Bottas, was at home on the ice in a friendly encounter with n Ice Hockey League players at Melbourne’s O’Brien Group Arena on Tuesday, it could have been seen as tempting fate.

Bottas is this year taking on arguably the toughest challenge in F1 as triple world champion Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, replacing Nico Rosberg, who quite after winning last year’s title.

Bottas could be said to be skating on thin ice because he is on a one-year deal with Mercedes, which has dominated F1 for the past three years, and has to push Hamilton as hard as Rosberg did to be renewed next year and beyond.

Waiting in the wings are Mercedes AMG proteges Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon, placed at Sauber and Force India respectively, to gain more experience – and audition for a possible promotion to join Hamilton in a Silver Arrows in 2017.

Speeding around a rink, slamming sticks and firing pucks against professional players might be regarded as a metaphor for the huge challenge Bottas faces to secure his elevation to F1’s top team.

Just a few slips – either on the ice or the track – and he could be badly hurt or his career crippled.

Luckily, Bottas, 27, proved to be a dab hand as he duelled with a small group of star players from the Melbourne Mustangs and the Melbourne Ice AHL teams, thanks to 10 years playing junior ice hockey in Finland.

“I thought he was surprisingly good,” said Melbourne Mustangs forward Sean Jones, one of Bottas’ faux opponents.

Long regarded as a super-talent stranded with a team below his potential, Bottas was Mercedes’ first choice when Rosberg announced his shock retirement after beating Hamilton, finally, in last year’s F1 world championship.

He had to be extricated from the middling Williams squad, but nothing that money – and Williams’ reliance on a supply of top-end Mercedes power trains – couldn’t achieve. However, gaining the dream drive also risks a nightmare if Bottas doesn’t challenge Hamilton for race wins – or even the title – as Rosberg did.

The typically phlegmatic Finn is unfazed by the pressure of joining the leading team and proving himself against Hamilton, who is rated as the fastest driver in F1.

“For sure, it’s a big challenge,” he said. “No doubt, I will definitely need to prove myself to a lot of people and the team that I deserve a place. I just see things very positively. I see it as a great opportunity for my career to fight for race wins and, hopefully, even for the championship.

“I’m very excited about going up against Lewis. He’s a great reference – everyone knows exactly how good he is as a driver.”

It will undoubtedly take Monaco-based Bottas, who never won in his four years with Williams, at least a few races to find his feet at Mercedes, but he is looking to finish on the podium at Albert Park.

“Definitely, the goal for me is to start the season in a good way – get the results early on and continue from there,” he said. “I’m definitely aiming to start the season with a strong result.”

He was slightly slower than Hamilton in pre-season testing, which was topped by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Bottas expects Ferrari to be much closer to – if not ahead of – Mercedes in the season-opener.

“I think Ferrari’s looking very strong,” he said. “The pace they had in testing was quite interesting and it’s definitely going to be a tough competition with them.

“We’re definitely expecting a close fight with them, at least to start with. We’re are aiming to be miles ahead, but F1 is a tough competition and we’re definitely not under-estimating any other [leading] team.

“We want to win, but let’s find out if it’s possible.”

He includes ‘s Daniel Ricciardo as a potential threat, expecting Red Bull Racing to make big gains with the new breed of faster F1 cars.

Black Diamond gun Mitch Crawford takes shot at NFLvideo

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Mitch Crawford at gym training in Melbourne.
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Mitch Crawford has 1.2 seconds to prove himself as an NFL prospect.

That’s how long he has to catch the ball, take two steps and launch a punt downfield before the opposition’s special-teams rushers bury him.

The 22-year-old former Newcastle City Blues player was the leading goalkicker in the Black Diamond AFL last year but has moved to Victoria after trialling successfully for a place inthe Prokick program, which trains athletes for US college careers.

It is a crash course on a new sport.

“Kicking-wise there is similarities, but there’s still a lot of technique stuff that’s very different,” Crawford told the Herald from Geelong, where he is living with his aunt while commuting to Melbourne for practice.

“Training is a lot more intense, because over there you might only get three or four kicks in a game, so you have to make sure every one of them is spot-on.

“In an AFL game you have a couple of hours. If one kick goes wrong, you can make up for it. That limited opportunity to create an impact is probably the biggest difference.

“And it’s pretty different with the pressure all coming from the frontrather than 360 around you.From the time the guy snaps it, you have 1.2 seconds toget it on your boot. 1.3 at the latest. That’s a big difference:have your two steps and have to get it off by 1.2 seconds.”

The Newcastle University communications student, an American football fan since he was 12, has never takena snap in a game, but hehas adapted quickly to a different skill set and hopes to transfer to aUS college in July or January.

He decided to take a punt on an NFL career after seeing two of his former Swans Academy teammates make the grade at Texas and Virginia Tech.

“I’m pretty much doing it off my own bat. But if I end up getting a scholarship and get to play over in America for a few years, I think it would be worth it.

“Six of the boys who have been here for a while now, about half have got division one. They’ve had guys at Penn State, Ohio State, the big schools. Anything’s possible if you’re good enough.

“It’s always been a possibility if the AFL hadn’t have come off. Then when I started studying I saw it as an opportunity to enter a college that way.”

Crawford expects to secure a college scholarship, but he knows the step up to NFL is huge, even thoughDarren Bennett(San Diego Chargers), Sav Rocca (Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins) and the New York Giants’ Brad Wing have blazed a trail for n punters.

“At the moment Prokick have put about 65 guys through college, and there’s a couple of guys who have made it onto NFL lists. All the minor leagues as well still pay pretty good.

“The pathway’s been pretty well set by those guys, and now it’sjust about making sure you put in the work.

“With the scholarship, you have five years of eligibility from when you start uni. I think I’ll have plenty of time to be in that environment and hone in on the skills to go pro. The dream’s definitely there.

“I definitely have the confidence to go over there.”

One of Crawford’s weapons is the Aussie rules drop punt, which Bennett pioneered in America on the way to being named the NFL’s best punter of the 1990s.

“The ball gets a lot more hang time but doesn’t have as big a sweet spot,” Crawford said.

“If you don’t kick it perfectly, it’s going to go straight off and you’re only going to kick it about 25, 30 metres.

“At the moment, because they’re pretty happy with how I’m able to drop punt, I don’t really have to work on that. My main focus is getting that consistent feel on the spiral punt.

“A lot of the coaches do like the drop punts being brought into play. It’s definitely something handy to have up my sleeve when I start sending film over.”

He said taking only two steps and holding the ball underneath for spiral punts were key differences to AFL kicking techniques.

“In AFL you’re told to drop it as close to your foot as you can, but to get the height you have to control it out and make contact with it up to your stomach.”

College teams soon will start sifting through their punting stocks for next season. If they’re not happy with their options, they will start looking to recruit from places like .

Mitch Crawford playing for the Blues.

“It keeps you on your toes for every session,” Crawford said.“You want to make sure if that calls comes you’re ready.”

He said he had spoken to two of Prokick’s alumni recently about the pressures of college sport in America, especially for new punters.

“You work as a team, but when you start off, especially if you’ve got a scholarship, you’ve got guys who have paid to be there and you’ve got something they want.

“For the first couple of weeks and months of training it’s pretty hostile until you can prove yourself. You have to make sure you’re ready to go from the start, because if you have a poor first couple of weeks, the coaches are going to be getting on you, your teammates won’t have trust in you.

“That’s kind of their mentality,‘We’re doing all the hard work, taking the hits. All you have to do is go out and put it where we need it. And if you can’t do that, what good are you to us?’ Then they said pretty much like a group of brothers from then on.”

Call to remove ‘bad apple’ planners

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Ten years on from when the regulator first called for the removal of bad apples from the financial planning industry, there’s been not enough progress.
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It was a decade ago that the regulator, the n Securities and Investments Commission, first called on employers to conduct reference checking on planners before they employed them.

How better protected would have been the clients of financial planners if the biggest employers of planners had acted way back then, we will never know.

In 2007, ASIC even launched a handbook with a reference-checking framework to be used by employers. It has repeatedly warned employers that they need “robust recruitment processes” ever since.

It is not a panacea of the problems that have cost hundreds of thousands of mostly retiree investors to lose their money, but it would have helped. Too often a candidate’s success in meeting sales targets was at the top of the list.

And the tougher financial planning laws that will help better protect consumers are relatively new.

But according to ASIC’s review of financial planning at the big banks and AMP that was released last week, a lot more work needs to be done on weeding out the bad apples.

In releasing the report, ASIC deputy chairman Peter Kell criticised the banks for their failure to always carry out adequate reference checking when they employed financial advisers.

He voiced his frustration that it was a decade ago that ASIC raised the issue with them. He said if nothing was done this time around, he was prepared to shame those banks that didn’t change their ways.

The n Bankers’ Association’s recently announced a Reference Checking and Information Sharing Protocol.

Kell said ASIC will be watching how that goes and expects to see a rapid improvements in the checking and provision of adviser references.

For too long bad apple advisers have been allowed to shift between employers.

In 2015, the regulator launched a register of financial advisers that includes the adviser’s name, registration number, the adviser’s licence and employment history.

It shows the owner of the financial services licence, including the parent owner of the company under which the adviser is licensed. It also shows what products they can advise on.

Importantly, it also shows disqualifications, banning orders and enforceable undertakings.

But there are several things that are not on the register, such as police checks on planners and whether the planner has ever been declared bankrupt.

And the employment history goes back five years only. Crucially, it’s an honour system; there’s no official vetting that the information that is on the register is correct.

There’s a temptation for employers to have the bad apples move to another employer as quietly as possible. They may be reluctant to give a bad reference to a potential new employer for fear of litigation.

But while the register helps, it is the responsibility of the financial-planning licensees and their authorised representatives to ensure they are hiring planners of good character in the first place.

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Katy Perry wins case against elderly nuns allowing her to buy convent

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CREDIT: LOS ANGELES TIMESTRIBUNE NEWS SERVICEUS NEWS KATY PERRY-CONVENT LA Sister Catherine Rose, 86, left, and Sister Rita Callanan, 77, are seen at the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat House in Los Feliz, Calif., on June 25, 2015. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS)Metadata Document NameUS NEWS KATYPERRY-CONVENT LADocument DateJune/25/2015PhotographerMel MelconFormat3000 x 2000 Color JPEGCategoryA ACE RELKeywords01000000, 12000000, ACE, krtentertainment entertainment, krtfeatures features, krtnational national, krtnews, krtreligion religion, REL, krtedonly, mct, 08003002, HUM, krtcelebrity celebrity, krthumaninterest human interest, ODD, PEO, people, 2015, krt2015,Special InstructionsNC WEB LN ORANGE COUNTY OUT NO MAGAZINE SALES Photo: Los Angeles TimesKaty Perry in legal battle with nunsKaty Perry wins a victory in battle to buy nun’s convent
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After a legal battle spanning nearly two years,a judge has ruled in favour of pop star Katy Perry in her bid to buy a Los Angeles convent from a group of nuns.

In June 2015, the singer offered $US14.5 million ($18.9 million) for the property, but the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opted to sell it to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who had put in an offer weeks later.

The sale was contested in court the same month, because it was in dispute who actually had the right to sell the property in the first place.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez argued he had the legal right to sell the property to Perry, rather than the nuns living at the convent.

In a September 2015 court filing, Perry said if she owned the property she would preserve the convent as a “residential oasis” and would let the sisters continue living there for up to two years.

Perry claimed that Hollister was manipulating Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman, two of the nuns living at the convent who had blocked Perry’s sale.

On March 14 this year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled the nuns failed to get the necessary written approval for the sale from the LA Archdiocese as well as the Pope. Therefore the sale to Dana Hollister was invalid, and the property is now available for Katy Perry to buy.

“No consent was obtained before the close of the sale,” Judge Bowick wrote in the ruling. “The above failures render the Hollister transaction invalid,” Mansion Global reported.

“The court finds that the sisters did not have authority to sell the property to Hollister,” wrote Judge Bowick in her 34-page ruling.

“Even assuming that the Sisters had the authority to dispose of the property, which they did not, they nevertheless failed to validly consummate the transaction. The deal documents were not properly documented,” the judgment read.

Bowick made a similar ruling in April 2016, but at that time the court had not reached a legal conclusion as to whether the transaction, through Perry’s company Birds Nest, was valid.

“The main concern of the Archdiocese is and has always been the care and well-being of all the IHM Sisters,” the archdiocese said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Archdiocese was forced to take legal action in 2015 on behalf of all the Sisters when developer Dana Hollister took possession of their property without proper authorisation for just $44,000 and a contingent promissory note without any guarantee that the Sisters would ever receive any additional payment,” read the statement.

Due to the title of the property, Pope Francis will have to approve its final sale to Perry.

CCTV footage key in alleged murder case against underworld figure Mahmoud Ahmad

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The coffin carrying the body of Kemel Barakat at his funeral at Marrickville Alawi Youth Movement Centre . Pic Nick Moir 16 march 2017 Photo: Nick MoirCCTV of a chaotic and deadly gunfight that spurred a series of tit-for-tat shootings in Sydney allegedly shows underworld figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad as the one who fired the fatal bullets.
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After almost a year spent in Lebanon, a tracksuit-clad Ahmad stepped off a flight at Sydney International Airport on Monday night and into handcuffs.

Homicide detectives were waiting for the bulky character after receiving a tip-off about his long-speculated arrival.

It has been a major breakthrough for police, who are investigating five shootings potentially linked to the same dispute between well-known families in Sydney’s south-west.

Hours after emerging from his Qatar Airways flight, Ahmad was charged with the murder of Safwan Charbaji in Condell Park last year.

Ahmad, the brother of slain standover man Walid “Wally” Ahmad, did not appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday when his case was briefly mentioned.

Investigators had been waiting for the 34-year-old underworld figure to return home ever since April 30 last year, when they issued a warrant for his arrest for murder.

Three weeks earlier, Ahmad was allegedly one of several men involved in a violent confrontation outside A Team Smash Repairs in Condell Park.

While investigators believe more than one gun was pulled by figures on warring sides on that April 9 afternoon, it will be alleged Ahmad fired the shot that killed Mr Charbaji.

It is understood CCTV seized from one of the many industrial businesses on Ilma Street captured a man, who police allege was Ahmad, fire towards Charbaji as he tried to leave.

Charbaji was related by marriage to the rival Elmir family.

Members of the family, including Fawaz Elmir and son Stephen, turned up at the smash repairs business, run by Wally Ahmad, that day to settle a dispute with the Ahmads.

It will be alleged one of the grievances aired involved a disagreement over a $100,000 debt.

Abdullah El Masri, who used to work for Wally, ended up with a bullet to the jaw but survived.

Mr Charbaji was shot in the head and chest. His relative and friend Adam Abboud drove him to Bankstown Hospital.

When police opened the passenger side door of the car Mr Charbaji was travelling in, a number of spent bullets tumbled out of the lifeless figure’s lap, documents previously tendered in court showed.

The relative, who can’t be identified, and Abboud were later charged with concealing a serious indictable offence, with police alleging they withheld critical information about the shooting.

However those charges were dropped.

A warrant for the arrest of Mr Charbaji’s uncle Fawaz Elmir, 48, was issued in the weeks after the shooting but police have not been able to find him.

In the days after the Condell Park melee, as police tried to piece together who shot at who and why, Brownie Ahmad left the country for Lebanon.

He went on to spend the next 10 months there but was in communication with his lawyer back home about the Condell Park allegations, it is understood.

Ahmad was overseas when his older brother, Wally, was killed in a brazen daylight execution at Bankstown Central on April 29.

The suspect in that shooting, Hamad Assaad, was killed in a similar hit outside his Georges Hall home last October.

It is understood Assaad, who had been investigated for carrying out non-fatal but high-profile shootings in recent years, was doing business with a rival crime family.

Similarly, a suspect in his death was killed in a particularly callous shooting earlier this month.

Kemel “Blackie” Barakat, 29, was in his bed in his Mortlake apartment when a gunmen fired more than a dozen bullets into the Hells Angels bikie gang associate’s body.

Mr Barakat was close friends with Ahmad’s brother, Ahmad “Rock” Ahmad.

Police are also looking at links between those fatal hits and the shooting of bikie associate Radwan Zraika in Chester Hill on March 1.

Sources say Zraika was good friends with Assaad and was related by marriage to well-known western Sydney family, the Alameddines.