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  • DCC seeking interest in running civic centre

    2018 - 07.03

    EXPRESSIONS of interest to manage the multi-purpose civic centre developed as part of stage one of Living City are being sought by the Devonport City Council.
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    It’s believed the Devonport Gateway Church has expressed some interest in the management of the centre and will submit a proposal.

    The Gateway Church runs a small facility on Don Road in Devonport called the Don Centre that frequently hosts functions and music acts.

    Comment was sought from the Gateway Church.

    Stage one of the $250 million Living City project includes the construction of the multi-purpose building that will house a civic centre with up to 800 seats.

    It will be run in conjunction and complimentary to the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

    In addition its understood the multi-purpose building will also house the Devonport City Council chambers, the Devonport LINC and Service Tasmania.

    Stage one also includes the construction of the food market space as well as two storeys of the multi-storey car park.

    Devonport general manager Paul West said the council had received some informal interest in the management of the civic centre and said expressions of interest would involve a two-part process.

    PUTTING OUT FEELERS: Expressions of interest for the management of the Living City multi-purpose civic centre (pictured) are being sought by the Devonport City Council.

    “We have had some informal interest that’s come about as part of the planning phase, ” Mr West said.

    Mr West said advertising for the expressions of interest were likely to be published in Saturday’s Advocate and said the process would run for about three to four weeks.

    Following that, any groups who had expressed interest would be invited to send in a more formal proposal.

    “We will be able to seek any interested parties and assess what they have to offer,” Mr West said.

    “We want to see how they could value add and compliment the existing DECC.”

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    Man sold guns to buy drugs

    2018 - 07.03

    A SOMERSET ice addict trafficked unregistered guns to fuel his addiction, a court heard yesterday.
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    Benjamin Shane Moran sold a 12-gauge and a .22 rifle to fund his habit, and used Facebook to try to arrange more gun sales.

    Moran pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully trafficking a firearm.

    In the Supreme Court, in Burnie, yesterday, crown prosecutor Jody Dennison told Justice Helen Wood police stopped a car at East Devonport on June 26 last year.

    They searched the car after seeing drug-related items.

    Mr Dennison said they found messages on Moran’s phone and his Facebook account about selling firearms and attempting to arrange more gun deals.

    On Facebook, Moran asked one man: “Wanna buy a 12-gauge shottie?”, meaning a shotgun.

    He offered it for $500 and accepted $450 cash.

    He also sold a .22, and messages were found about other potential sales.

    Defence counsel Steve Wright said Moran had only ever been in possession of two guns; the .22 and the 12-gauge.

    He said Moran was an introverted person who had used drugs, including ice, to try to overcome his shyness and make him more gregarious in social environments.

    Ice use caused significant issues, including the firearms charge, Mr Wright said.

    He said Moran had been seriously addicted to ice and all his money went towards buying the drug.

    Moran was in a haze from ice use, Mr Wright said.

    Moran’s uncle had left a .22 with him and he became aware other people would want it.

    He sold the .22, then took possession of the 12-gauge and sold that too.

    Moran was then approached by people wanting guns and he sent “random postings” to people he thought had them, Mr Wright said.

    Mr Wright said Moran could not now believe he acted the way he did.

    He said Moran had since weaned himself off ice and wanted to work and take care of his partner.

    Mr Wright said the incident “showed the insidious nature of what this particular drug can do to people”.

    Mr Wright said anecdotal evidence suggested ice was highly addictive.

    Moran accepted trafficking illegal firearms was a grave evil, Mr Wright said.

    “The risk of re-offending, on my instructions, is absolutely nil.”

    Justice Wood bailed Moran to next appear tomorrow.

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    Cats tipped to win flag

    2018 - 07.03

    IT’S official.
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    Wynyard will claim back-to-back premierships for the first time in their 130-year history, according to an annual poll of the NWFL club coaches.

    COACHES CALL: At yesterday’s NWFL 2015 season launch at the Wynyard Football Club were senior coaches Dale Perry (East Devonport), Ryland Coombe (Smithton assistant coach), Justin Rodman (Ulverstone), Andrew Bacon (Burnie), Errol Bourn (Wynyard), Mark Lowe (Devonport), Wade Anthony (Latrobe) and Peter Templeton (Penguin). Picture: Stuart Wilson.

    League officials and sponsors as well as representatives from the eight clubs gathered in Wynyard last night for the launch of the 2015 NWFL season and the consensus on who were flag favourites was clear-cut.

    All but one of the seven opposition coaches picked the Cats to hold aloft the silverware for a second consecutive year such was the landslide prediction.

    The only man not to do so was Latrobe’s Wade Anthony, who believes Ulverstone will go one step further than last year’s grand final appearance.

    NWFL president Andrew Richardson also thinks the premiership race is far from a one-horse show.

    “Don’t get me wrong I think Wynyard will still be strong but I think it’s wide open,” Richardson said.

    “I think Ulverstone and Penguin would have to be right up there.

    “Both of those clubs are sneaking under the radar a little bit.

    “Latrobe, with Anthony leading the charge, will be a test and then of course no one really knows what the two new clubs, Devonport and Burnie, are going to be like.

    “East [Devonport] won’t be world-beaters but they’ll see improvement as will Smithton.

    “I think it’s going to be an exciting season and one that creates plenty of interest.”

    Richardson said having Burnie and Devonport back in the Coast’s premier football competition made the league complete.

    “Having a city the size of Burnie without any representation at all just wasn’t right so I think with them and the Magpies back in, it just makes us truly Coastal,” he said.

    The poll also forecast Cats on-baller Zane Murphy to win his first Baldock Medal.

    Three club coaches said Murphy would take home the medal.

    Penguin’s Jack Templeton was selected by two coaches for the Baldock, while other players to be chosen were Ulverstone smooth mover Jeremy Soden, Wynyard co-skipper Zac Smith and Robins’ playing-coach Justin Rodman.

    Coaches were not allowed to nominate their own team or players.

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    Hinge, a ‘Classier Tinder’ launches in Sydney

    2019 - 02.21

    Dating app Hinge has come to Sydney. Photo: SuppliedMiranda Kerr’s reportedly using it, and now the most well-heeled dating app on the market is launching in Sydney.
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    Hinge, which is being marketed as a “classier Tinder”, looks just like any other dating app. But, unlike on most dating apps, where users can be matched with total strangers, Hinge users can only be matched with friends of friends.

    “Tinder is about having immediate fun, but Hinge is about going on dates,” says Hinge CEO Justin McLeod.

    Despite its similarities to Tinder, Hinge was actually conceived well before Tinder was launched in 2012.

    McLeod says he first had the idea when he graduated business school in 2011 and accepted a job in management consulting, a career he knew would involve a lot of travel.

    “I wanted to meet new people, but I didn’t want to join match南京夜网,” he says. “The idea of using Facebook to create a dating profile seemed easier to me than filling out a long survey on a dating website.”

    After launching Hinge in 2013, McLeod says the app’s group of users grew “organically” from his circle of friends.

    “The app naturally spreads among our most well-connected, internationally-minded users,” McLeod says, adding that most Hinge users are “young professionals between the ages of 23 and 36 who work in finance, fashion, tech and consulting”.

    Hinge uses a person’s Facebook data to display their workplace, education, height and hobbies, as well as their 25 most recent profile pictures. Users are only shown the profiles of users they have a mutual friend with.

    Not only does Hinge give its users more information about their potential matches than Tinder, it also has the ability to remember which kinds of people you like, and which kinds you don’t.

    “The app will figure out if you keep matching with people over a certain height, or if you like lawyers,” McLeod says.

    Hinge claims to create 35,000 dates each week, with 1,500 of those dates leading to a relationship.

    In the weeks leading up to today’s launch, over 1,000 Sydneysiders have pre-registered for the app, which is already live in London, Toronto and Mumbai, as well as 34 US cities.

    However, if you live in Sydney’s outer suburbs, don’t get too excited.

    In an oddly elitist inclusion, the Sydney version of the app also only creates matches between people who live, as McLeod describes, “40 kilometres from the beach”.

    The result? Sydneysiders living west of Horsley Park are barred from access.

    The dating app market is increasingly becoming a crowded one. In addition to the Sydney launch of Hinge, this week also saw Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe launch Bumble, a feminist spin on the genre where women have to message their matches first.

    “I think [the market] will consolidate, but it will consolidate into a few apps,” McLeod says, comparing the future to the online dating market, where a few very large websites, such as match南京夜网 and eharmony, operate.

    If its success overseas is anything to go by, it looks like this “classier Tinder” might be one of those few.

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    Kraft a menu at the Buffett buffet with Warren’s latest deal

    2019 - 02.21

    A marriage made in heaven for junk foodies: Kraft and Heinz are merging to form the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company. Photo: Brendan McDermidWarren Buffett’s taste for junk food – namely Cherry Cokes and ice cream – is well known. And the billionaire has long used his company Berkshire Hathaway to make business bets on the sorts of indulgences people can’t resist, from See’s Candies to Dairy Queen treats. His latest deal, the merger of Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz, adds some intriguing possibilities to a day spent eating an all-Berkshire diet.
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    BREAKFAST: Buffett, 84, has said he prefers Coca-Cola soft-drinks, but Kraft’s Maxwell House coffee offers the caffeine without the calories. Fry up some Oscar Mayer bacon, and add in Ore-Ida tater tots (from Heinz) to round out the meal. If that’s not enough, grab a doughnut – from Tim Hortons, of course – on the way into work. Calories: About 650.

    LUNCH: Head out of the office. Sitting all day is bad for you, after all. Burger King’s brand-new Canadian tax domicile aside, Chicken Fries are back on the menu at the fast-food chain. Add a classic Whopper, or maybe an Oreo shake, or a Dairy Queen Blizzard might be another option. To drink? Coke. Always Coke. Stuck at work? Grab a Lunchables. Calories: About 1510.

    PICK ME UP: It’s midday and you’re a little tired, so a Monster Energy drink might do the trick. Breath unfresh after lunch? Grab some Wm. Wrigley Jr. gum, where Buffett owns a minority stake. Calories: About 200.

    WORK OUT: Health is about exercise, too. So lace up those Brooks Sports sneakers, throw on some Russell Athletic sweats and jog. Buffett’s longtime partner Charles Munger, 91, probably won’t be joining. “I eat whatever I want to eat,” he said at the annual meeting of his Daily Journal Wednesday, when asked about his morning rituals. “I’ve never done any exercise I didn’t want to do.” “All these people who think they’re going to get ahead by jogging, more power to them.”

    HYDRATE: After that solo run, squirt some of Kraft’s MiO flavoring into a Dasani water. Or some people might prefer an adult beverage. The McLane business that Berkshire bought from Wal-Mart Stores in 2003 distributes booze. Or turn to his friends at 3G Capital for a six pack of Budweiser, Stella Artois or Corona. Calories: About 145 for a Bud.

    DINNER: Kraft’s iconic Mac & Cheese, what else? Maybe with some Oscar Mayer sausage. Some like to top their pasta with Heinz ketchup, though it’s a more traditional addition to Ore-Ida Country Style French Fries. Jell-O for dessert? Or something sweet from one of Buffett’s oldest brands, See’s Candies? The meal may seem light on greens, but Buffett’s daughter Susie once said the vegetables in her father’s diet include French fries, hash browns and corn on the cob. Calories: About 920.

    The Heinz-Kraft diet may not pass muster with nutritionists. The best way to eat healthy on the companies’ products? “Not eat too much of them,” said Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University.

    STOMACH UPSET: If the menu makes you ill, Buffett’s got the cure. Berkshire still owns a small piece of Johnson & Johnson, which makes Pepcid for heartburn, and Imodium for diarrhea.


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    Dante’s peak still a long way away: Still way too early to grade Utah Jazz rookie Exum

    2019 - 02.21

    Long way to go: Dante Exum. Photo: Jeffrey ChanFollow Hoops Heaven on Twitter
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    Dante Exum is in a slump as his arduous rookie NBA season enters its final few weeks.

    He’s endured a three-game scoreless run recently and had a difficult match earlier this week in Utah’s upset loss to strugglers Minnesota with only four points after picking up a couple of fouls inside the first minute.

    The true test of whether the young Australian guard is set for a lengthy career in the big time will be 12 months from now.

    This is technically his rookie season but he shouldn’t be judged in comparison with this draft class.

    Coming into this season with not even the minimum one year of college that his counterparts enjoyed, a true gauge of his potential will be revealed next season when he’s no longer the baby of the league.

    If you view Exum’s opening season at the Jazz purely on statistics then it’s been a modest first foray into the NBA.

    He’s averaged some very average returns of 4.7 points, 2 .3 assists and 1.7 rebounds from his 70 outings.

    But he’s basically the NBA’s equivalent of a development player in an NBL squad sans very few of them average 21.4 minutes per game or get thrown into the starting lineup, which has been happening regularly recently for Exum in Salt Lake City.

    Charles Barkley is a self-described “dumb ass” but his basketball IQ is in the Ivy League. He’s firmly of the opinion that elite players don’t start learning the game until they get into the NBA.

    Professor Barkley’s hypothesis is players bound for the NBA don’t get challenged in high school or taken out of their comfort zone if they go to college because they’re invariably a lot better than their opponents.

    Nobody would fit this bill better than Exum who has gone from dominating skinny high school boys in Canberra to matching up against muscle-bound behemoths in the planet’s toughest test of basketball skill.

    Fortunately for Exum, the pressure to perform has not been as suffocating as it could have been.

    He was tipped to go as high as the top three in last year’s draft. Sliding down to the fifth pick and landing in a small market in Utah has been an advantage. The Jazz were not predicted to do well this season and their better than expected performance has meant less pressure on Exum to be the franchise saviour.

    Also, the much-hyped class of 2014 has had few immediate success stories – apart from top selection Andrew Wiggins in Minneapolis – so Exum is not looking vastly inferior to his peers.

    Milwaukee’s No.2 pick Jabari Parker and Orlando’s No.4 choice Aaron Gordon have had their seasons ruined by injury while a broken leg meant Lakers forward Julius Randle (No.7 overall) did not make it past his opening game and Philadelphia’s No.3 Joel Embiid still hasn’t been sighted on court because of foot concerns.

    The focus on Exum will intensify next season as the Jazz try to determine who they’ll keep long term from their young back-court assets which also includes Trey Burke, Alec Burks and Rodney Hood.

    They have gone down a similar path with their front court recently with Enes Kanter traded to Oklahoma City after he became surplus to requirements following the development of Derrick Favors and unexpectedly rapid rise of Rudy Gobert.

    While his offensive game still needs plenty of polish, Exum has shown strong defensive instincts and an ability to absorb information during his steep learning curve. And he hasn’t missed a match – no mean feat for a slightly built teenager who will need to add bulk to his frame in the near future.

    Hopefully Exum will still have his Boomers buddy Joe Ingles looking out for him at the Jazz next season. The seasoned small forward has shown he belongs in elite company after years of being on the fringe of getting an NBA call-up.

    After being the final player added to the 15-man roster two days before the start of the season, Ingles has carved a niche at the Jazz playing back-up to frontman Gordon Hayward. Ingles dropped a career-high 18 points deputising for the injured Hayward in the starting line-up in the overtime loss to the Timberwolves.

    Another factor helping Exum in his NBA development is the patience shown in him by the franchise. The Jazz obviously didn’t expect the world from him straight away and knew he would not be lighting up arenas as he got his first taste of the NBA.

    Just like Milwaukee’s sophomore sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo this season, Exum will undoubtedly improve in 2015-16, capitalising on the massive head start he’s received in terms of experience compared to players of the same age who are currently playing college hoops.

    He bypassed tertiary education in favour of direct entry into the NBA but Exum’s accelerated on-the-job training has him well placed to get through his tough apprenticeship and set himself up for a long career.

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    Cate Blanchett loses her cool with interviewer on The Project

    2019 - 02.21

    Cate Blanchett was less than impressed with the interview. Photo: Channel Ten
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    Cate Blanchett was less than impressed with the interview. Photo: Channel Ten

    Tough interview: Jonathan Hyla. Photo: Channel Ten

    Blanchett was trying to promote her new movie, Cinderella. Photo: Supplied

    Cate Blanchett was less than impressed with the interview. Photo: Channel Ten

    Cate Blanchett was less than impressed with the interview. Photo: Channel Ten

    Blanchett a scene-stealing stepmother

    Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett lost her cool during an interview on The Project on Wednesday night to promote her latest film.

    In an attempt at humour, Channel Ten reporter Jonathan Hyla asked Blanchett a bizarre series of questions, but she became visibly irritated at his interviewing style.

    At one stage, Hyla, referring to the Russian blue that Blanchett’s character keeps, cheekily asked: “How were you able to get that cat to do what you wanted [it] to do on a leash?

    “I tried to put my girlfriend’s cat on a leash and it just never works for me,” he added.

    It all became too much for Blanchett, who was trying to plug her Disney film Cinderella. 

    “That’s your question? That’s your f—ing question?” she shot back.

    Having already told Hyla they should “start over”, the exchange ended in a cringeworthy manner, with Blanchett clearly unhappy about Hyla’s hijacking of the interview.

    “One of us has got to do our job,” Blanchett said of his attempt to ask questions specifically about the movie.

    She went on to discuss the on-screen chemistry of Cinderella stars Lily James and Richard Madden, which she described as “amazing”.

    Earlier, before things got too awkward, Hyla tried to break the ice.

    “I was going to bring like a six pack of beer,” he said. “You seem like the type of person that we should just crack open a beer and just have a chat.”

    But Blanchett was not particularly impressed, bluntly replying: “This date is not going well, I do not drink beer.”

    With his back against the wall, Hyla asked what he could have brought to the interview to break the ice, to which Blanchett replied “a potato vodka” made in Devon.

    With awkwardness at an all-time high and trying to fathom what had just transpired, the 45-year-old actress offered a “nice to meet you” to Hyla, but one can’t help but feel her tone of voice was more sarcastic than anything else.

    The Project panel member Gretel Killeen thought the pair were simply “playing hard to get”.

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    Collette Dinnigan’s fashionable Watsons Bay buy

    2019 - 02.21

    Fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has bought the glamorous Watsons Bay home of James Packer’s sidekick Matthew “Ched” Csidei.
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    The highly stylised home with eclectic finishes was bought for between $6.5 million and $7 million. It was previously a Masonic Temple.

    Dinnigan is currently a Paddington local and owns a double-fronted, 1880s-era sandstone home on Paddington Street. That property was bought for $4.45 million in 2009 from the Paspaley family.

    Csidei and his lawyer wife Lauren Roscoe listed the Watsons Bay pad last August with Will Manning, of Ballard, and James McCowan, of Sotheby’s, following the family’s move to Europe.

    Csidei is no slouch in the stylist stakes. Known as the ‘Minister of Fun’ because of his job looking after the toys of his casino billionaire old school friend, he undertook a stunning renovation of the 1925-era property with help from his architect mate Blainey North.

    Having bought it in 2005 for $2.7 million, it was gutted to create a functional family home with the dramatic five-metre high ceilings with columns, but with an eclectic mix of finishes, including parquetry floors from an 18th century chateaux in France’s Loire Valley, arched doorways, and a 20-metre lap pool.

    Neither agent would comment on the sale price of the prized residence, nor buyer details, but a source confirmed Dinnigan and her husband Bradley Cocks had purchased the property.

    Dinnigan scaled back her fashion design business in late 2013 to spend more time with her family, but Vogue revealed in February she is set to take a step back into the industry with the launch of a new collection of lingerie designs.

    The mother of Estella, 9, and Hunter, 2, sold her Palm Beach getaway last year in an off-market deal worth $3.25 million to actor Sophie Lee and her ad agency boss husband Anthony Freedman.

    In 2011, Dinnigan sold her former Paddington home for $7.3 million, having bought it in 2002 for $4.1 million from Deke and Eve Miskin.

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    need2know: Red start for ASX as Wall St slides

    2019 - 01.21

    Local shares are poised to open lower, dragged by selling on Wall Street after a report on durable goods heightened concern about the surging greenback.
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    What you need to knowSPI futures down 41 points to 5929$A at US78.35 cents, 93.77 Japanese yen, 71.51 Euro cents and 52.70 British penceIn late trade, S&P 500 -1.2%, Dow -1.6%, Nasdaq -2.1%In Europe, Stoxx 50 -1.3%, FTSE 100 -0.4%, CAC 40 -1.3%, DAX -1.2%Spot gold up $US2.68 or 0.2% to $US1195.96Brent crude up $US1.30 or 2.4% to $US56.41Iron ore slips 0.1% to $US55.81 per tonne 

    Today’s Agenda

    Australian population data, finance and wealth data; Bank of England statement from March 24 meeting; UK retail sales; French 4th-Qtr GDP.

    Stocks to watch

    Canaccord has a ‘buy’ on Osprey Medical. It dropped its price taget to $1.50 a share from $1.70.

    Commonwealth Bank is ‘neutral’ on Kathmandhu Holdings with a $1.55 a share target.

    Deutsche Bank is retaining a ‘buy’ on BlueScope Steel and a price target of $6.32 a share.

    Shares trading ex dividend today: Australian Leaders Fund, Myer Holdings, Watermark Market Neutral Fund.


    The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the US currency against 10 major peers, slid less than 0.1% to 1185.54 after tumbling 2.2% last week, the biggest weekly decline since October 2011.

    The greenback has gained against 13 or its 16 major peers this quarter, adding 9.3% versus the euro, as traders speculated on the Fed raising borrowing costs this year. Policy makers last week pushed backs bets on a rise in interest rates any time soon, indicating they were in no rush for the first increase since 2006 and will monitor data for policy direction.

    Deutsche Bank’s CVIX index of implied volatility for nine major currency pairs was at 10.65 percentage points, up from 9 a month earlier and more than double its lowest in at least 14 years of 4.9 reached in July 2014. It’s 10-year average is 10.18.


    Gold’s six-day rally, its longest since August 2012, came after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen sounded a cautious note last week on the US economy and potential interest rate increase.

    “This is a long overdue correction for gold and I think it’s going to continue to hit in the $US1200 level,” said Eli Tesfaye, senior market strategist for RJO Futures in Chicago. “The market is also eyeing Dr Yellen’s speech Friday.” Yellen is scheduled to speak on Friday at 1945 GMT.

    Zinc was last bid down 0.2% at $US2081 a tonne while lead was last bid 0.3% lower at $US1845. “Zinc and lead plunged to multi-month and multi-year lows recently though …. global supply is extremely tight. We expect to see significantly higher prices of both metals by year’s end,” said Commerzbank in a note.

    Nickel lost 1.9% to end at $US13,680 a tonne after LME inventories rose to a record high of 433,980 tonnes

    United States

    A selloff in biotechnology and chip companies dragged US stocks to a third day of declines, interrupting another run at a record for the Nasdaq Composite Index, after analysts cut ratings on computer suppliers.The Nasdaq headed for its longest slide since January after climbing to within 20 points of its dot-com-era record on Friday.

    The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which rallied 21% in 2015 through Friday, sank 3.2% as some of the quarter’s best performers retreated.

    Orders for durable goods unexpectedly dropped in February. The result reinforced a trend of mixed economic data after the Federal Reserve signaled it will monitor the economy to guide its decision on raising borrowing costs.

    “Some of the hot tech and biotech stocks – the higher- beta names – are taking a hit today,” Richard Sichel, chief investment officer at Philadelphia Trust Co, which oversees $US2 billion, said in a phone interview. “There’s a little profit taking, which feeds on itself, especially within stocks that have jumped the most recently. We also had durable goods orders that were weaker than expected, which is weighing on sentiment.”


    European stock markets have pulled back as worries over Greece offset positive German data, analysts say, with focus also on the aviation sector as more details of the Alps plane crash emerged.

    German business confidence rose to its highest level in eight months in March, as optimism continues to grow about the outlook for Europe’s biggest economy, the Ifo economic institute said Wednesday. The Ifo institute’s closely-watched business climate index rose to 107.9 points this month, its highest level since July 2014, the think tank said in a statement.

    “Despite the latest German Ifo business climate data beating expectations, this good news couldn’t inspire much growth in the DAX, or the rest of the eurozone, with the region appearing to be hampered by the euro taking back some of yesterday’s losses against the dollar alongside more worries about Greece’s financial situation,” said Connor Campbell, analyst at Spreadex trading group.

    What happened yesterday

    The big four banks’ shares continue to rise, up almost 1% on Wednesday despite minimal gains in the wider market.

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    ASX poised for losses as global markets slide

    2019 - 01.21

    The Australian sharemarket looks set for a rough start on Thursday following heavy falls on Wall Street and in Europe.
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    After adding very little on Wednesday, SPI futures are down 43 points, indicating the benchmark S&P/ASX200 will start down.

    It comes as Wall Street suffered its third straight losing session, with the S&P 500 down 1.3 per cent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 1.6 per cent and the Nasdaq tanking 2.2 per cent.

    Part of the reason for the poor performance has been attributed to some disappointing US economic data. US durable goods orders slumped 1.4 per cent in February, expectations had been for a small rise.

    This adds to a string a weak data in the US of late, which may cause the US Federal Reserve to rethink when it begins to raise interest rates.

    European shares also struggled overnight. Germany’s DAX dropped 1.2 per cent, France’s CAC lost 1.3 per cent,  London’s FTSE100 fell 0.4 per cent and the Eurostoxx 50 slumped 1.3 per cent.

    The Australian dollar slipped 0.4 per cent against its US counterpart to US78.44¢. Against the euro, the Aussie slipped 0.9 per cent to 71.48 euro cents.

    “Realistically, the main event in the Australian market today commences at 2:30pm AEDT when Australia take on India in the second semi-final of cricket world cup, at the SCG,” NAB global co-head of FX strategy Ray Attrill said.

    “A match that stops the nation? Perhaps, and certainly there is nothing by way of domestic data or market events to provide any distraction, either in Australia, New Zealand or up in Asia for that matter.”

    Oil enjoyed a strong surge overnight, with Brent crude jumping 2.3 per cent to $US56.38 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate lifted 3.4 per cent to $US49.12 per barrel. Gold inched higher to $US1195.85 an ounce.

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    Ice use danger

    2019 - 01.21

    RELATED:Crime statistics show Bendigo’s drug burden
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    FRONTLINE health workers arefacing violence and aggression from ice-affected patients at the region’s health services.

    There were nine reports of violent or aggressive behaviour exhibited towards health workers and security staff at psychiatric treatment facilitythe Alexander Bayne Centrein February.

    Bendigo Health acting director of nursing psychiatric servicesTim Lenten said there was a sharp rise in the severity of incidents that month.

    “There has been a range of physical injuries that have resulted in time off for nurses and security,” he said.

    “It has had an impact on sick leave which we then have to backfill to cover shifts.”

    MrLenten said about 60 per cent of patients to the Alexander Bayne Centre were affected by drugs or alcohol.

    “Patients with substance disorders and addiction or are intoxicated would account for about 25 per cent and those who have substance disorders which coincides with mental illness would be at least another 33 per cent,” he said.

    Staff involved in violent incidents were offered graduated returns to work as well as counselling to ensure they felt safe working in their units, he said.

    “We take itseriously and we’re reviewing our policies to better address aggressive incidents and serve our patients as well,” Mr Lenten said.

    He stressed that most patients to the centre were calm and respectful of staff.

    Ambulance Victoria Loddon group manager Ross Barkla said paramedics also encountered violence and aggression from ice-affected patients.

    “The drug ice is like no other in the way that it can quickly send people out of control.There is a high potential for people affected by ice to be aggressive and violent towards those trying to help them,” he said.

    Mr Barkla said the number of assaults and violence towards paramedics were “unacceptable”.Ambulance Victoria reported there were 314 incidents in 2013/2014.

    “No paramedic in the Bendigo area, or, in fact, anywhere in Victoria, comes to work expecting to be harmed,” Mr Barkla said.

    He gave his approval tothe Victorian government’s newice action plan.

    “Paramedics regularly see both the direct and indirect the impacts of ice in regional communities like Bendigo and we welcome the government plans to tackle the ice problem,” he said.

    Source: Bendigo Advertiser

    My Kitchen Rules 2015 Episode 32 recap: Can Jane and Emma ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake’ the bearded blokes?

    2019 - 01.21

    Rob and Dave’s advantage comes from the phrase “Shake ‘n’ Bake”, which they plan to repeat so many times during the cook-off that Jane and Emma will hurl themselves out a window. Photo: Channel 7It’s a titanic battle on My Kitchen Rules as we finally discover the answer to the age-old question: who is better at food, people with beards or people who are without beards? Yes, it’s bewhiskered blokes Rob and Dave versus vivacious vixens Jane and Emma in a sudden death cook-off, though it should be stressed that the episode will not actually result in the deaths of any contestants: only the deaths of their dreams. It will be a night of narrow squeaks and frantic, sweaty finishes.
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    Rob thinks he and Dave have a big advantage because they’ve cooked in the kitchen before. Rob is utterly deluded. Their actual advantage comes from the phrase “Shake ‘n’ Bake”, which they plan to repeat so many times during the cook-off that Jane and Emma will hurl themselves out a window.

    “Time management has always been our downfall,” says Jane, possibly because more than 80 per cent of her cooking time each episode is spent making idiotic comments about Emma being in love with Steve.

    On the beardy side of the wall, Rob and Dave reflect philosophically on how quickly time passes. They both agree that it passes pretty quickly. Life is a puzzle, Rob and Dave agree. Up on the balcony Drasko and Bianca opine on the competing teams, while Rose pretends to be interested in what they’re saying. Rob and Dave become overexcited by the smell of their tomato sauce. Adam thinks Jane and Emma need to focus on their entrée – as a professional tennis player he learnt this lesson years ago.

    Manu says Jane and Emma have to make sure the salad is perfectly dressed and the prawns are perfectly cooked, but in fact they just need to do better than Rob and Dave – Manu is either lying or doesn’t understand the show. Emma declares that the danger in cooking prawns is overcooking them – also untrue, as the danger in cooking prawns is actually having them lay eggs in your brain.

    Meanwhile Rob is browning off his medallions. We’ve all been there, fellas.

    “Ten minutes to go! Show us your passion!” yells Manu, for whom English is a second language, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant to say something that meant something. At this stage Jane and Emma suddenly realise that they have to put food on plates in this round. This comes as quite a shock.

    Judging time, and the six wise monkeys taste the various crustaceans that have been hurled at their mouths. Liz declares that Rob and Dave’s lobster has been poached beautifully, and reports them to Fisheries enforcement officers. Pete is excited by the first dish because the lobsters are unvaccinated. But Jane and Emma’s prawns also go down well, although Shaz preferred the lobster ravioli, but she’s not a judge and should just shut up.

    It’s main time, and Jane and Emma commence pulling out their shanks, while Dave begins pocketing his fish. Jane is making a pea pesto, in line with her self-claimed identity as history’s greatest monster.

    Dave’s pockets are done. Rob compliments him with the phrase “all over that like a fat kid on a Chiko roll”, and is immediately sent to a four-week sensitivity training seminar. Meanwhile Jane explains to Will and Steve how to make donuts, in one of the dullest exchanges human conversation has ever known.

    . Bianca continues to worry about Rob and Dave. Viewers continue to wonder why we have to keep listening to Bianca. As Rob and Dave race against the clock, Emma has separated her pasta. “I can’t stuff this up,” she says, vastly underestimating herself. Both teams are running out of time, as MKR becomes a chilling metaphor for the ephemerality of life.

    In the nick of time, both dishes are plated up. Jane and Emma are slightly disappointed that their main looks like a bowl of cat sick, but Liz “low standards” Egan doesn’t mind that at all. The lamb ragu is the kind of food Colin likes – so finally we know. Disastrously, though, Rob and Dave have overcooked their fish. Except for Pete’s, which he claims is cooked well – but then his tastebuds have been warped by activated almonds and mastodon steak.

    Dessert time, and Jane and Emma’s Italian donuts are pitted against Rob and Dave’s mini-pavlovas with raspberries and passionfruit and probably a few stray beard hairs. As Emma fiddles with her oil, Jane wisely intones, “You can’t rush crème anglais”, a truth that all of civilisation’s greatest leaders have known in their hearts. So focused is she on her non-rushed crème anglais that she can’t come over to help Emma, who is wrestling with one of the fundamental questions of existence: how do you fry a donut? She doesn’t know. I wouldn’t have thought it was that hard – those kids at Krispy Kreme seem to manage OK. We spend so much time watching Jane and Emma’s struggles that you might think Rob and Dave are doing fine, but if there’s one lesson MKR has taught us, it is “NEVER assume that Rob and Dave are doing fine”.

    Dave is happy with what he’s achieved so far: a thin smear of red liquid at the bottom of a saucepan. The mini-pavlovas are, to the shock of onlookers, quite small. “They’ve taken mini to a whole new level,” says Kat, who hates life more and more every day. Meanwhile Jane is stirring custard and sprinkling sugar on donuts AT THE SAME TIME – it’s like she’s some kind of crazy person with two functioning arms or something.

    Judging time, and Liz is impressed with the fruit flavours of Rob and Dave’s dessert, although this is less due to their culinary skill, and more to do with the fact that fruits taste like themselves. The pavlova might be too soft, but then again that might be an outdated attitude to masculinity. On the other hand, the donuts are perfect.

    So with a better main and a better dessert, Jane and Emma have clearly won, but I guess the charade of announcing the scores has to be gone through. And it is. And Jane and Emma win and live to giggle inanely about Steve another day. Deeply depressed, Rob and Dave are forced to give up their food dream and pursue their second love: establishing a global network of beard-topiary franchises. But not before they say “Shake ‘n’ Bake” one last time, to remind us of how little we’ll miss them.

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    Jeremy Clarkson was a by-product of the system which made him

    2019 - 01.21

    Clarkson’s contract will no be renewed: BBCClarkson’s road to ruinClarkson’s worth to Top GearClarkson hints at sackingClarkson’s costly steak
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    Three larrikin blokes, standing in the backyard, talking about cars. Few television premises seem so universally relatable, and consequently few television programs have been as successful as Top Gear.

    But for much of Top Gear’s life, one larrikin bloke stood taller and louder than the other two: Jeremy Clarkson, the 54-year-old star of the show, who has finally fallen victim to his own misbehaviour and been stood down.

    Depending on who you listen to, he will be cast now as either a racist and homophobe who deserved to lose his job after a decade of embarrassing gaffes, or a white, male victim of political correctness gone mad.

    In truth he is neither. In the final accounting, he is simply a fool whose inability to keep his language, and ultimately his behaviour, in check cost him his job. It happens every day. In all industries, not just TV.

    As television programs go, Top Gear is almost flawless, with Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May translating the dialect of motor vehicle mechanics into a sort of television Esperanto.

    As a high-profile celebrity, however, Clarkson has fallen well short of the mark.

    There is no need to repeat his list of sins here, they have been reported ad nauseum. If you don’t know them, Google will easily fill in the gaps.

    But a quick summary of them would be this: unless you’re white, male and straight, then Clarkson has a tendency to be a bit free with his words when it comes to ethnicity, gender or sexuality.

    In person, he’s a charming man. And he doesn’t speak with malice. But few people enjoy being the butt of a joke, particularly crass ones.

    And as with many such “scandals” it is not Top Gear’s core constituency who are overly upset, but rather the community at large, and the media, through whose prism the community is so often left to interpret events.

    Like many a TV host who has gone down before him, very little seemed to be asked of Clarkson. And curtailing one’s tendency to oafish language isn’t a big trade off for a salary counted in the many, many millions.

    Which brings us to the inevitable truth: Clarkson is a by-product of the system which made him.

    The television industry, like much of the broader “showbiz” world, has always struggled to manage the egos of those placed on pedestals within it.

    Appalling behaviour is never genuinely discouraged because ordinary mortals in positions of power are surrounded by enablers, cowed into silence by a collective fear of losing their own importance-by-proxy.

    It doesn’t excuse him. Nor does it shift the blame. There can be no question, Clarkson alone stands as the architect of his own downfall.

    But in the broader context, he is a cog in a powerful commercial machine.

    The more larrikin his antics, it seemed, the more successful he became. The more outlandish the stunts and spectacles, the more successful Top Gear became.

    As it stands now, Top Gear is not just one of the BBC’s most successful programs, it is one of the most lucrative for the broadcaster’s content sales arm, BBC Worldwide.

    They sell the program itself, the format (which allows local versions to be made), licences for official merchandise including DVDs and even stage live events around the world tied to the Top Gear brand.

    All have poured gold into the BBC’s pots.

    In that sense, the BBC has been betting on Clarkson’s good behaviour for a long time, too afraid to sack him lest they destroy their golden goose, hoping perhaps that if he could be pulled into line internally, the chorus of disapproval might dissipate.

    And in the end, like many such bets, it proved a dud.

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