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    Did Karl Stefanovic sledge Indian cricket fans with 7-Eleven remark on Today show?

    2019 - 08.21

    TV host Karl Stefanovic is known for his on-air gaffes. Photo: James GreenNote to Karl Stefanovic, Indians do more than work at 7-11

    Today show host Karl Stefanovic has once again found himself the story, notching up another on-air gaffe to add to his already long list.

    Interviewing Indian cricket supporters ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final between Australia and India, Stefanovic said:  “I was just going to ask…who’s going to be manning 7-Elevens today?”

    The Swarmi Army member laughed off the comment before returning as good as he got: “I’m not sure about who’s going to be manning 7-Elevens but you might have to look at Centrelink as well I think Karl.”

    While the Indian and Australian cricket teams have a notorious rivalry with no shortness of sledging, some social media users did not see Stefanovic’s question as a harmless quip. Aust-Ind relations have matured over past 10 years, unlike you @karlstefanovic – watch the #AUSvIND game and stop your basic comments! — Kamna (@kamnamuddagouni) March 25, 2015 Can’t believe @karlstefanovic this morning. I cringed so hard. Good to see the Indian cricket supporters give some back to him. #AUSvsIND — Ashley (@S00TS420) March 25, 2015

    Indian Australian Association of NSW president Yadu Singh said there was an “inherent and underlying stereotyping” in Stefanovic’s question but he did not think it was racist.

    “It might be a news to him that Indian Aussies constitute a sizable proportion of medical profession in Australia,” Mr Singh said.

    “Big numbers are also in accounting, IT profession, finance, banking and small business segment. They are basically in every profession. Nothing wrong if some of them are working in 7-Eleven set-ups.”

    Former Wallaby Tim Horan has also trodden a similar path to Stefanovic. Horan posted on Twitter on Thursday morning: “What are the chances of getting a taxi in Sydney later today” followed by the hashtags #taxidrivers, #india, #worldcup and #cricket.

    After receiving some criticism, the tweet was later deleted.

    Mr Horan later posted another tweet to apologise for his comments calling the earlier post “an innocent error” and saying he “never meant to offend anyone”. Hi all earlier tweet today was an innocent error……never meant to offend anyone — Tim Horan (@TimHoran12) March 26, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

    Caught red-handed … or just a classic snap?

    2019 - 08.21

    A timely Getty Images picture of Mile Jedinak’s sensational free kick to give Australia a 2-1 lead over world champions Germany shows that it could have been an even better strike than first thought.

    As the ball edges over the heads of of the German defenders, towards Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, a bright red light can be seen to the right of the last defender in the wall. A person in a dark coat with what looks to be a blue shirt or scarf showing around the neckline is seated closest to the aisle.

    The person’s hand is raised to their shoulder level, as you may hold a torch, and a light is clearly shining from the clasped hand.

    This photograph has our office divided. Is that a laser or a camera in the hand of the cloaked fan ?

    It certainly had no affect on the end result of the stunning strike which was the highlight of the Socceroos’ encouraging 2-2 draw.

    What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.

    If it is a camera then that fan has snared a fantastic memento of the game. If it is a laser then it is another example of an annoying trend that has recently blighted sport.

    Last year, Australian five-eighth Bernard Foley was targeted by green laser beams on his face and missed two crucial kicks when Australia trailed Argentina towards a Test they eventually lost 21-17.

    Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic was also targeted during the Asian Champions League win over Saudi Arabia giant’s Al-Hilal by the Riyadh, although that did not prevent him from making a series of great saves.

    “There was a whole bunch of them out there doing whatever they could to distract me,” said Covic after the game.

    “It’s just more of pain in the backside really … I spoke to the ref at half-time.

    “I mean, what do you do? Sixty-three thousand people and 20 or 30 of them shining lasers, not much you can do. But in the end we’re the ones smiling.”

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    Flat Chat: Horror Airbnb hosts flout building’s and council’s by-laws

    2019 - 08.21

    Flat Chat – March 28 Photo: Shakespeare.The facts are appalling – a family rents several apartments they own in a seaside block through an online agency, in direct contravention of their building’s by-laws and local council zoning.

    They are making so much money from this that they just pay any NSW Civil Administration Tribunal fines that come their way.

    Meanwhile, the council says they need more reliable evidence than something as unconvincing as Airbnb listings, complete with an online calendar that tallies with the comings and goings of short-term guests.

    A senior member of the council, and a friend of the family, also rents part of his house online as holiday accommodation.

    Members of the executive committee have been threatened, their cars have been keyed, they are subject to a torrent of email abuse, police have been called many times and AVOs have been issued.

    Now, before all you Airheads get your iPads in a twist, this is not an attack on Airbnb. We use it and have found some great friends through it.

    The problem is, online rental agencies make it way too easy for scumbags like this family to flout their building’s by-laws and ignore council zoning.

    At least Airbnb asks owners to confirm that they are allowed to list their properties this way. This family is clearly lying. Unfortunately, the Airbnb complaints email address isn’t working.

    The two real problems here are that, firstly NCAT is ultimately a toothless organisation, no better than its predecessor the CTTT when it comes to dealing with the realities of modern apartment living.

    If the by-law breacher decides it’s worth paying modest fines every few months, there’s nothing they can do. Another fine, another slap on the wrist and the victims get zilch as their apartment block is turned into a holiday hotel.

    As for the council – let us not forget that the government prefers to leave issues like this to the locals; hand washing and buck passing in one deft move. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s bill on short-term letting can’t come soon enough.

    You can read the whole holiday hosting horror story on the Flat Chat Forum.

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    Glenn McGrath’s Cricket World Cup formula for Australia against India: Quick wickets equals victory

    2019 - 08.21

    Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath.DL: What do Australia’s fast bowlers need to do to counter India’s batsmen?

    GM: We have the bowlers to do it, hopefully there’ll be a little bit in the wicket for the fast bowlers. India has always been a quality batting outfit, there’s never been any doubt about that. It was their bowlers, more-so, who let them down in the tri-series earlier this summer. To see the turn-around in the Indians has been incredible because you would hardly have given them a chance to make the last eight the way they played earlier! They’re really switched on – it’s the World Cup and it’s obviously important to them. Australia needs to take early wickets. The importance of early wickets was highlighted the other night when New Zealand played the West Indies. [The Kiwis] were only two or three down at the 30-over mark and then scored 230 runs off the last 20 overs. They showed if you have wickets in hand you can do anything. There’s a need to take early wickets [today]. India has an outstanding batting line up and while M.S.Dhoni has been a little bit out of form he still adds a lot as a proven finisher.

    DL: A lot has been said about Australia’s bowlers, what are your thoughts on India’s attack?

    GM: Their bowlers have really turned it around. They have guys who are bowling at 150 km/h, they have control, are taking wickets and bowling well in partnerships. Mohammad Shami is one  . . . bowling in the high 130s [and taken 17 wickets at 13.29]. Ravi Ashwin offers good control as well; a quality spinner. They’ve worked things out . . . maybe they were thinking about the World Cup during the Tri-series.

    DL: What does Australia need to do to win this semi-final?

    GM: Score more runs than India [laughs]. Australia needs to focus on what they do well. They have a strong batting line-up, a very good fielding team and very good bowling attack. They just have to go out there and continue to do what they’ve done so far. If Mitchell Starc can take early wickets again; Mitchell Johnson comes back and bowls a little bit better; Josh Hazlewood bowls good areas  . . . look, they just have to bowl as they have throughout the World Cup. They need to be aggressive, they need to look to take wickets because if they can take three or four early wickets then it’s game over.

    DL: You mentioned Mitchell Johnson. Put your coaching cap on for a second and tell us what’s going on with him.

    GM: It can be tough coming back from a successful year because everyone’s expectations – as well as your own – are very high. If you don’t start off with a bang everyone’s asking questions and making comments. You can try and force things so my advice is ‘Mitch, just relax. Run in and let it go. You have everything you need to be successful and your other bowlers are bowling well’. Yeah, just run in and let it go and try and bowl good areas and at good pace.”

    DL: That sounds easier said than done

    GM: Sometimes it is. It all comes back to the individual. Pressure is something that I think comes from within. Mitch will know better than anyone else where he’s at. If he’s happy with where he’s at it won’t be long before he’s back. Although, he did well in Adelaide [against Pakistan] and he just needs to build on that effort.

    DL: The left-handers have made a big impact . . .

    GM: Mitchell Starc has been the stand out but Trent Boult [New Zealand], Wahab Riaz [Pakistan] have been tremendous. I thought it was ridiculous Riaz was fined for his duel with Shane Watson the other night. Everyone at the ground loved it, it was a good and competitive battle and I don’t think it crossed the line at all. But the left-handers have been outstanding and I put that down to the pace they’re bowling and their control.

    DL: Finally, your thoughts on Starc?

    GM: Mitchell Starc has been outstanding and if he bowls well he’s a match winner. He knows his one day game very well – he can run in and swing the ball and bowl yorkers. His confidence is up and that’s having a positive affect on the others. If he continues to bowl well Australia can win the World Cup.

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    Local breeders set to reap rewards as Fastnet Rock stays put

    2019 - 08.21

    Local hero: Fastnet Rock will not shuttle to Europe for this year’s northern hemisphere season. Photo: Kate Geraghty Local hero: Fastnet Rock will not shuttle to Europe for this year’s northern hemisphere season. Photo: Kate Geraghty

    Local hero: Fastnet Rock will not shuttle to Europe for this year’s northern hemisphere season. Photo: Kate Geraghty

    Local hero: Fastnet Rock will not shuttle to Europe for this year’s northern hemisphere season. Photo: Kate Geraghty

    Australia’s champion sire Fastnet Rock is an absentee from Coolmore’s 2015 northern hemisphere breeding season, a decision that will no doubt be a popular one with local breeders.

    Fastnet Rock has been shuttling to Coolmore’s Irish base since 2010 and during that period has had 436 foals born. He had 55 live foals in his first year after arriving late in the season in Ireland.

    The following year he successfully covered 136 mares and in 2013 had his most successful season with 183 mares foaling. However, last year his book was just 85 mares served – a decision that no doubt prompted the Coolmore team to keep him in Australia.

    Fastnet Rock’s oldest progeny are four year-olds and he has had more than 40 winners in Europe, including several group wins and a group 1 placing.

    The son of Danehill won the Australian 2013-14 stallions premiership with earnings of $9,440,061 from 340 foals, which featured 151 individual winners, including 13 stakes winners.

    Fastnet Rock has been at the top of this year’s premiership for the past four months – 106 winners from 205 runners and $7,232,589 in earnings. First Seal is his leading lady and she runs in the group 1 Vinery Stakes at Rosehill as a hot favourite on Saturday.

    Last Saturday he sired the Golden Slipper third-placegetter Lake Geneva, a $1 million yearling sale purchase, which has been placed at her only three starts earning $520,000.

    Fastnet Rock will once again be the star attraction at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales with 57 lots catalogued. He has relatives to Ocean Park, Mosheen, Smart Missile, Starspangledbanner, Dance Hero, Igugu, Rock Classic, Arapaho Miss and Fiveandahalfstar.

    He also has full sisters to Lake Geneva and last year’s Inglis Sales top lot, the Fastnet Rock x Perfect Persuasion colt, which fetched $1.6 million and races as Lighthouse Keeper in Saturday’s opener at Rosehill.

    US breeders set to spend up

    One of America’s emerging breeding operations, Merriebelle Stables, will again be represented at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales at Newmarket beginning on April 7.

    A year ago Merriebelle’s wealthy owners, John Moores and Charles Noell, sent noted bloodstock agent Mick Flanagan to Sydney and he purchased three yearling colts on their behalf going to trainers Chris Waller, Peter Moody and Gerald Ryan.

    Waller’s two-year-old is the Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh, a $100,000 buy, which won first-up at Randwick before finishing fifth to Tarquin in the Pago Pago Stakes on March 14.

    Moody prepares a More Than Ready youngster, which cost $230,000 and Ryan’s two-year-old is a $100,000 purchase by Nicconi.

    Merriebelle Stables began their splurge into racing three years ago and currently have 15 broodmares in America and 10 in Europe with a number of seven-figure buys.

    “This year we could buy a filly or two in Australia. We believe that our interests will be able to grow slowly over time and the owners really like the overall racing there,” Flanagan reported.

    Overall, a number of American’s have become extremely impressed with the Australian breeding set up and have been most active at the past two Easter sales and Magic Millions Gold Coast sale in January.

    Star miler for Swettenham

    Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud in Victoria has received a major boost to its 2015 breeding roster with European champion miler Toronado joining shuttle sires Americain and Equiano.

    Toronado becomes the second European sire from Sheikh Joaan in the space of a week to be involved in a shuttle season to Australia. Last week Bloodlines reported Arrowfield Stud had done a deal to stand Olympic Glory in 2015.

    Sangster claims Toronado is the quickest son of the deceased High Chaparral and was described by champion English jockey Richard Hughes as the fastest horse he has ever ridden in a mile race at Ascot.

    Toronado stood his first season at the English National Stud this year and was strongly supported by Sheikh Joaan’s Al Shaqab operation with many of the top breeders in Britain, France and England also sending big numbers to the stallion.

    His Australian service fee at Swettenham Stud is $22,000.

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