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American pop-punk band Good Charlotte have been locked in to headline the NRL grand final entertainment. International superstars Joel and Benji Madden will bash out their hits Last Night and I Don’t Wanna Be in Love at the decider at ANZ Stadium on September 30. Ireland’s The Script, will also feature as part of the day-long festivities. ”We are excited to play at the NRL grand final; we always feel so at home in Australia, so to be included in a sporting event like this is really exciting for us,” the Maddens said. ”Hopefully we don’t screw up in front of such a big crowd! Can’t wait to see everyone there! Thank you, Australia.” Joel Madden is well known to local audiences after his stint as a coach on The Voice. A finalist from the show, Sarah De Bono, will perform the national anthem, while the Mindfield Project, a group of young musos from Sydney’s south west, will also play a track. The Script will perform their hit singles Hall of Fame and Breakeven as part of a pre-match tribute to this year’s retiring NRL players, including Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Petero Civoniceva, Ben Hornby and Dean Young. They will also perform another song during the half-time break. The Madden boys will squeeze in a three-concert tour – in Melbourne, at Luna Park and in Newcastle – the week before the grand final.
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FRIDGE RE-OPENED

The Fridgegate investigation has been reopened. Sin Bin revealed in January that Manly backer Steve Reilly had pulled his sponsorship of the club over allegations that one of the fridges provided for the players had been appropriated by former media manager Peter Peters. Club officials claimed they were powerless to act because ”Zorba” was no longer affiliated with the premiers. However, it’s understood the matter is back on the agenda after Reilly fired off an email – obtained by Sin Bin – to club bosses on Thursday. It read, in part: ”Peter Peters was never fully investigated or was prepared to give a full statement of facts because allegedly he was no longer employed or legally connected to the Manly Warringah NRL Team. On reading recent media comments, this has now changed and I request that Kerry Chrysiliou now follow up with what her fellow board members directed her to do and that was to interview and obtain a full statement of facts with regard to my complaint regarding my stolen fridge unit.” It was resolved that a full report into the matter be tabled at the next board meeting. It wasn’t the only bit of argy-bargy at the fiery meeting. The Penn faction sent a letter to directors calling for long-serving official Bob Reilly to be stood down from the district club, claiming he was damaging the brand. Every single director, bar one, dismissed it out of hand. ”The Sea Eagles are proud to have Bob on board,” said board spokesman Phil Sidney, who is also the boss of part-owner Quantum. ”He brings a lot of insight and he’s always dealt ethically with everybody. He brings a lot of experience to the football club.”

BLAKE STAKED

We’re hearing very strong mail that former leaguie Phil Blake is the favourite for the vacant Waratahs coaching job. The former Manly, Norths, Souths, Dragons, Raiders and Warriors playmaker has impressed the right people and has the inside running. An announcement is imminent.

BEAR BACKERS

The Central Coast Bears are taking a leaf out of South Sydney’s book in their quest to gain admission into the NRL. The Bears have posted a petition and are calling on all rugby league supporters to sign up. At the time of writing, 1713 supporters had done so. ”As South Sydney commence their finals campaign, it is worth remembering it was only through people power that they are still competing,” Bears boss Greg Florimo said. ”All fans of the Bears – and anyone who believes the league should respect its history – are urged to sign the petition.” You can check it out at change南京夜网/bringbackthebears

THAIS IN TOUCH

Cronulla sponsor Shark Energy Drink may extend its association with rugby league … all the way to Asia. Apparently a Thailand team has been in touch about forming a relationship with the company.

RELAXED TO THE MAX

NSW Origin Legends president Chris Anderson has downplayed talk of a feud with colleague Max Krilich. The NSWRL has distanced itself from the organisation following its failure to supply financial accounts. ”No, we’re fine,” Anderson said of Krilich. ”We’re growing from turning over $200,000 18 months ago to turning over about $1.3 million and with that comes some growing pains. We’ve had some blues along the way in terms of what direction we want to take with resources, but it’s just the normal hassles that comes with growing a business five times [its size] in 18 months.” Anderson said he was hopeful the NSWRL would realign itself with the NSW Origin Legends when they provided their audited accounts at a board meeting in coming weeks.

THAT’S MY BEN

Even Ben Barba’s father has been ”Haslered”. Ken Barba revealed he had a tear in the eye watching Ben play finals footy on Friday night. Asked how premiership favouritism sat with him, Ken replied: ”No, no, we’re just flying under the radar.”

PEACHEY KEEN

Sharks under-20s forward Tyrone Peachey, the nephew of Cronulla legend David, will sign a one-year extension to remain at the club.

HUMBLE HADLEY

We revealed last week that Andrew Voss had brought defamation proceedings against fellow Nine Network commentator Ray Hadley. The matter was set to be heard this week but was settled out of court on Thursday – Voss’s birthday. As part of the six-figure settlement, Hadley had to read out an apology to Voss on his 2GB breakfast show, saying his ”criticisms were unwarranted”. Voss told Sin Bin: ”I am happy Ray has conceded his comments were unwarranted and for acknowledging the unnecessary hurt it caused my family. He regrets making the comments. We can all make mistakes, I guess.”

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Beetson offers many options

December 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Trainer Peter Trevor-Jones has waited more than 12 months to have Beetson back in his stable. Now he has the headache of what to use as the starting point for the 2010 Bathurst Gold Crown winner.
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The Art Major five-year-old is a prospect for the Canola Cup at Eugowra but there is also the rich country races series, which ends in a final at Menangle.

Beetson has not raced since April last year after suffering a tendon problem. “He had a little bubble on his tendon so I had it scanned and was given the advice that the best thing for him was time off, so he has had a good break and everything is perfect with his leg now,” Trevor-Jones said.

“I have two options for him. I would love to target the Canola Cup at Eugowra at the end of September or I can try and qualify him for one of the rich Menangle country finals.”

Beetson won a trial at Bathurst on Monday, rating 2:01 and zipping home in 28.4 seconds for his final quarter, showing he has lost none of his talent. Trevor-Jones would love to take him to Eugowra but is unsure whether there is enough time to have him ready for the heat and final a week apart. “It is the best country event in NSW and I have had some success in consolations in the past, however, I have never been able to win the big one,” he said.

Meanwhile, three weeks after a fire at Leeton Paceway, the fund-raising effort for affected trainers and drivers has moved to eBay as three stallion nominations are being auctioned. A service to For A Reason, valued at $2500, has been donated by Wagga’s Yirribee Stud and the McCarthy family. Alabar Bloodstock had previously donated services to stallions Art Official and Safari. Harness Racing NSW board member Rob Nalder has offered a service to Armbro Operative.

Five horses were lost in the fire as well as the gear of several trainers and drivers.

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Tigers faction sounded out Stuart

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THE faction trying to get rid of Tim Sheens from the Wests Tigers failed in a secret play to bring Ricky Stuart to the club – but they live in hope of moving Sheens to the Warriors. The big problem is the Tigers can’t afford the $1 million payout to Sheens, who is contracted until the end of 2014. There was a quiet push to bring Stuart to the club before the NSW coach signed with the Eels last month with the idea that Sheens could be placed at Parramatta. Those pushing for that to happen now admit they moved way too slowly. Sheens is not unpopular with the Tigers players and is still considered an excellent coach – there’s just a feeling it may be time for a new voice at the club. The usual suspects, including ex-St George Illawarra mentor Nathan Brown and Royce Simmons, are getting a mention at the Tigers. Sheens negotiated a deal worth about $600,000 to stay with the joint-venture club – he is set to receive a 75 per cent payout if his contract is terminated early. The move to place him at another club is designed to lighten the financial burden on the Tigers, who would then need a new coach. The fact the Tigers can’t afford to pay him out shows they have some money issues and Sheens has been forced to work under that constraint. Sheens remains confident he has board support.Andon’s words of inspiration
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TO MANY, Laura Andon has lived the dream life. Professional surfer, presenter, actress and now author. The 27-year-old Sydneysider has just penned a book documenting her journey through life in an effort to inspire people to chase what is important to them. Called The Ride of Life, it also doubles as a manual to teach people to surf. ”I was lucky enough to be a pro surfer when Billabong sponsored me and I just hope that people can pick up this book and be inspired to get out there and give the sport a go,” she said. Andon has tried her luck at acting – she has learnt it’s a tough gig – but at least she got to audition for roles in Man on a Ledge and Charlie’s Angels. ”Yeah, I missed out to Rachael Taylor,” she laughed. Andon has just fronted a new travel adventure program called Miss Adventure, which looks like being picked up in America.Roosters for Quade?

FORMER Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has urged Quade Cooper to quit rugby and go and play for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. Cooper is yet to re-sign with the ARU despite having a contract with the Queensland Reds but Jones, a long-time Cooper fan, says the star Wallabies No.10 looks completely out of sorts playing in a team coached by Robbie Deans. Jones caught up with Cooper’s manager, Khoder Nasser, in Tokyo last week where the pair had a long discussion about Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams. ”It’s clear to me that Quade has lost all confidence playing in the current set-up and I think it’s time for him to go and start something new,” Jones said. ”Quade is a brilliant player who could succeed at anything and I think the ideal home for him would be playing fullback for the Roosters next year. I don’t know what their salary cap situation is like but I think they should make room for him if they can. And this isn’t an insult to Anthony Minichiello. I’m sure he would be just as comfortable playing wing for the Roosters and with someone like Cooper at the back it would give the Roosters a dynamic set-up.” Cooper has made no secret of the fact he’d like to play in the NRL one day, however, there have been no talks with the Reds about negotiating a release from that contract.Against the odds

DAVID FURNER asked this column not to write about his wife Kellie’s battle with breast cancer several weeks ago, but he made it public at the Raiders’ presentation dinner when he marvelled at her toughness this year. It was a moving moment from a man who has long been considered one of the toughest to have played the game. Furner is the first to acknowledge what his wife and others who have been involved in a cancer fight know all about real adversity. But it’s also a mark of his courage – he’s coached the Raiders in a difficult environment throughout the year – with calls for his head a common thing for the majority of the year. He didn’t flinch or lose his belief in what he was doing. Now everyone knows where he got his resolve. More strength to the Furners.The main man

NEWS LTD boss Kim Williams may be the man who determines what Craig Bellamy does next. What is certain is that the Warriors or any other club that wants him will need to shell out big dollars. His agent, John Fordham, made a quick trip to Auckland two weeks ago but it is believed that trip was for pleasure not business. However, my spies saw him with Warriors officials after Tuesday night’s Dally Ms. It is my understanding the Warriors tabled a $4 million offer for three years – that kind of contract will put him in Wayne Bennett’s pay league. With Ricky Stuart signed at the Eels, the Roosters board were known to be urging chairman Nick Politis to try to secure Bellamy but it would have required the co-operation of the Storm’s owner, News Ltd. Fordham knows Williams is the key and told Roosters powerbrokers he would seek a meeting with the News boss if Bellamy wanted a change of scenery. It’s my understanding Fordham was talking to Roosters board members but not Politis. They had a falling out several years ago but are back on talking terms with Fordham a regular in the Roosters’ corporate box. Politis had been told by a third party Bellamy wanted to coach the Roosters but was wary he was being fed that information to pump up Bellamy’s already considerable price tag. Trent Robinson was always favoured by the playing group for the top job – the players give him plenty of credit for the club’s appearance in the 2010 grand final. Politis was keen to stick with Brian Smith but he started to hear stories about the playing group losing respect for the coach – and he smelt a tricky year coming up. Politis chased Tim Sheens before appointing Smith.Kicks keep coming

THERE were plenty of people keen to kick Brian Smith when he was up – and there are more keen to boot him now he is down. He seems to make enemies of players easily. From my perspective he has always been interesting and polite. Former Roosters sprint coach Roger Fabri, who was removed during Smith’s time tweeted “karma” once the news started to spread; Todd Carney replied with “ha ha”. Carney is clearly still seething about comments Smith made to him after he won the Dally M Medal in 2010. He felt Smith didn’t give him the credit he deserved for winning the award. Smith’s departure from the Roosters will open the way for a potential return to the club for Carney, no doubt on big bucks. When Carney left the Roosters his relationship with Braith Anasta was strained. Anasta switching to the Wests Tigers means the coast is clear.Barba a cut above

WHEN Des Hasler was walking out of the Dally M awards on Tuesday night he saw Ben Barba preparing to face the media. He smiled and said: “Take it easy on him.” But he’d know that Barba would have no trouble handling the situation. He was as polished in front of the media as he is on the field. He says he hopes his win is a message to all of those who have been doubted in some capacity. “I just want people to get something out of this if they can, and that is to believe,” he said. “To believe in themselves and not to listen to people who say you can’t do something. I know how that feels and it’s not good. Anything is achievable if you dedicate yourself and you put your mind to things.” As recently as last year Barba was being questioned as a player. “I won’t lie, last year I was affected and I was wondering if I could play fullback or play first grade. There were doubts in my mind about my ability but I just put my head down and dedicated myself to giving it a real go and now I have the rewards. But I’d give it all back to win a premiership.”Parramatta prayers

Ricky Stuart has dealt with some interesting rumours in his long career, and this is up there. He was said to be courting Parramatta signing target Israel Folau by going to church with the GWS Giants drawcard. Stuart had heard the rumour. He politely said it was not quite right.

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Time is the enemy as the anointed Nissan team for the 2013 V8 Supercars series, Kelly Racing, works feverishly to get four Altima lookalike cars on the grid for next year’s opening race, the Clipsal 500. The pressure is on to quickly lock in the technical specifications for the entry of the Japanese brand into the category. Nissan will be the long-awaited third brand in the series, which, since its inception in the early 1990s, has been a simple Holden versus Ford formula which flourished for many years but recently has been showing its age.
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Go back a few seasons and V8SA was demanding a pile of money from the likes of Mitsubishi and Toyota to join the series. Today there are inducements for interested brands. V8 Supercars Australia is hoping desperately Nissan’s arrival will give the series the required fillip. Certainly there is considerable interest in the campaign by the Japanese manufacturer, once a stalwart in the Australian Touring Car Championship (until forced out 20 years ago by V8 Supercars’ two-make rule).

The Kelly gang’s contribution is hugely impressive. From Australia’s biggest, flashiest race facility in Braeside, Melbourne, a 60-strong Kelly Racing workforce has been toiling (initially in secret) to develop a five-litre engine while adapting an Altima body to the general-issue 2013 Car of the Year chassis. Nineteen departments at Kelly Racing contribute to the creation of the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar. Just about everything, bar some technical assistance from Nismo Japan, is done in-house. Todd Kelly, a co-owner of the team with his brother Rick, described Tuesday’s engine unveiling as his ”proudest moment in 15 years as a race car driver”.

Nissan has been keenly pushing the point that its five-litre VK56DE alloy quad-cam 32-valve V8 is technically superior to the rival push-rod engines in the Fords and Holdens. It’s also about 15 kilos lighter, though this will be addressed with lead ballast. But in a series of barely disguised four-wheeled socialism, all cars are supposed to be equal in performance. The headache for the V8 supercars’ parity committee is to get the Nissan V8 to produce power curves close (within 1 to 2 per cent) of those of the Holden and Ford V8s. The parity process starts in earnest in a matter of days when a prototype Nissan race engine is handed to V8SA, starting a process of trial and error. ”We may have to tune back torque and chase top-end horsepower,” Todd Kelly suggested. ”We’ve complied with every single engine rule applying to the Ford and the Holden, other than having four camshafts instead of two.”

At the same time, V8SA has to conduct aerodynamic testing on the Altima body, which the Kellys agree is sleeker than the Commodore and Falcon Car of the Future shapes. Kelly says the team has built some drag into the Altima race car’s bumper and side skirts and even raised the body a little to make it less slippery at speed. On-track aerodynamic testing will decide the ultimate body package for the Nissan.

With 14 Nissan V8 race engines and four Nissan V8 Supercars needed to be goers by February, Kelly concedes there isn’t any time for hiccups, and that the team needs to condense two years’ worth of work into six months. Decisions need to be made on drivers too, with Kelly indicating he has been inundated with calls from would-be Nissan speedsters from other teams. Kelly is confident even diehard V8 fans will welcome the Nissans next year, and there will be no repeat of the booing that marred the brand’s last Bathurst 1000 triumph in 1992.

An estimated $25 million has been ploughed into the facility, and that’s before the race budget is tossed in.

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Kelly’s heroes get him on track

December 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Before he was ready for another NRL berth, Albert Kelly had to go through the other kind of birth. ”It definitely puts things into perspective,” Kelly says of his newborn daughter. ”I look back on myself growing up and I want her to have some of the things I missed out on.”
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Over the past two months, Kelly has gained valuable life experiences to go with those he picked up while contracted at Parramatta, Cronulla and Newcastle. The 21-year-old has two important additions to his life – daughter Brida-Lee and mentor Brian Dowd. The pair have given him the motivation to return to the highest levels of the game.

”Definitely – it’s still one of my goals to get back up there,” Kelly says. ”I wouldn’t mind getting there and having another shot. I can make something out of it now. I’ll put it all in. Make sure I don’t leave any stone unturned and see what comes of it. Any opportunity I get I’m going to grab with two hands and go at full speed. I don’t think I hit my straps when I was in Sydney. Now I’m ready for the experience of the NRL.”

By his own admission, he wasn’t ready for the responsibilities that come with becoming a professional athlete the first time around. Even before he had played a single first-grade game, the hype was overwhelming. The cousin of Greg Inglis. The scorer of the fastest try in league history (a nine-second effort for Wentworthville against Newtown in May 2009, one of five he scored that day). The next Brett Kenny.

”In every article, I was ‘the cousin of Greg Inglis’. It’s overwhelming,” he says.

The incident that ultimately cost him his chance at the Knights was a trivial one. Wayne Bennett handed him a contract in the Hunter, which was torn up after he smashed a light outside Fannys nightclub. He paid the $100 required to replace the bulb, plus an additional court cost of $150. But because he was on a ”one strike and you’re out” policy, the ultimate price was much higher.

The common denominator in all his misdemeanours was alcohol. But with the help of Dowd, his mother, Hannah Donavan, and his partner, Mtia Tass, great progress has been made on this front. For proof, look no further than the latest community events he has been involved in. Kelly recently attended a party for a friend who had died, the function marking what should have been his 18th birthday. It’s the sort of occasion that would normally result in a big night. Not any more.

”I’ve been off it for a while and that makes me make more rounded choices,” Kelly says. ”[Dowd] has helped a lot in that process with alcohol and the issues I had.”

Dowd knows what Kelly is going through better than most. He, too, was a young Aborigine who came down to play for Newcastle, at the age of 23, but a raft of personal issues meant he never made it. He battled ”every problem under the sun”, including depression and bankruptcy. At the age of 27, he attempted suicide. ”I know what it’s like to be Albert Kelly because I was that man once upon a time,” Dowd says.

But after turning around his own life, Dowd dedicated the rest of it to helping others. Six years ago, he founded Black on Track. It started as a modest pilot program in Newcastle and has become a Deadly Award winner as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment program of the year.

”It pretty much set me free,” Kelly says of the venture. ”He’s got tools to set people free to make choices for themselves and manage their lives. I’ve learned about my responsibilities, how you carry yourself, [knowing] that younger kids look up to you as a role model. It puts things in perspective, having little kids come up saying ‘Can I get your autograph?’. It puts a smile on your dial. It makes you feel happy putting a smile on someone’s face. I just want to be the best dad I possibly can be and a full-time role model for my daughter.”

At the moment, Kelly is a ”full-time dad” and part-time footballer, playing for the Central Charlestown Butcher Boys in the Newcastle competition. But there is unfinished business in the NRL. When Bennett was accused of poaching Dragons forward Beau Scott in March, he defended the early signing by saying ”there’s no one to recruit in September”. Kelly is one of the few high-profile NRL players without a contract for 2013 alongside the likes of Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri, Bulldogs veteran David Stagg, Titans forward Michael Henderson, Eels prop Justin Poore and Rabbitohs co-captain Michael Crocker.

While some of the comparisons to Inglis annoy him, he makes this one himself. ”I know Greggo has done a lot of good things for himself and the community back home,” he says of the Kempsey product. ”He’s one of the biggest stars in rugby league and definitely a role model. I look up to him myself and to be like Greggo would be great.”

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FALLING property prices, ironically, are proving to be a boon for vendors in Melbourne’s inner north and east, as buyers are lured back into the auction market in the hope of scoring a bargain.
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While 40 per cent of properties are still being passed in city-wide, home owners in Collingwood, Fitzroy North, Hawthorn, Carlton, Armadale and Abbotsford still stand a 75 to 80 per cent chance of making a sale.

Defying perceptions of a stagnant market, a dozen suburbs have posted boom-level clearance rates, thanks to eager buyers snapping up properties after prices fell by up to 16 per cent in the past 12 months.

Industry insiders say buyer demand is rising as the property slump has improved affordability in popular gentrified or blue-chip pockets.

”We’re finding the northern suburbs are performing better and more consistently than other areas of Melbourne, and I think it’s mainly to do with price point,” said Hocking Stuart director Rob Elsom. ”We are getting a lot of family homes listed for sale that are in a price bracket that are still affordable to people.”

The latest trend follows a decade of soaring price growth that quickly put many of these areas out of reach of middle-class and aspirational buyers.

Median house prices have fallen by between $40,000 and $74,000 in Carlton ($587,000), Fitzroy North ($800,000) and Collingwood ($666,000) in the year to June, according to the Fairfax-owned Australian Property Monitors.

In the east, Armadale no longer belongs to the ”million-dollar suburb club”, after shedding $170,000 from its median price, now $930,000.

But rather than spooking buyers, the price falls are fuelling competition to the point where more than three in four home owners in these areas make a sale on auction day, according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.

Sarah and Mark Adams, who are putting their Collingwood townhouse under the hammer in fortnight, are ”pretty confident” they will find a buyer. ”It’s only been open for inspection twice and already somebody wants to come back to see it again,” Ms Adams said. ”There’s a lot of apartments in Collingwood, so our place is fairly unique.”

BIS Shrapnel analyst Angie Zigomanis said a falling market could inspire prospective buyers, especially those looking to upgrade suburbs. ”Seeing prices fall in an area where a buyer wants to live but couldn’t afford to before, can prove attractive enough for them to choose to upgrade, even though their own home might conceivably be worth less than a year ago.” But the data also shows that a steep fall in prices does not guarantee that buyers will once again flock to an area.

While Toorak’s median house price dropped by 26 per cent, the clearance rate has averaged just 56 per cent. In Maribyrnong, only 38 per cent of properties have sold under the hammer, despite prices falling by 11 per cent.

The REIV has also noted that clearance rate figures are being affected by the unusually low number of properties up for auction, 19 per cent below the 2011 level. ”In a market where volumes are low, the places where auctions work shrink to the historical auction territory of Melbourne, which is the inner city and east,” said REIV spokesman Robert Larocca.

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s parents John and Moira in 2010.JOHN Gillard moved his young family halfway around the world in 1966 so his younger daughter, Julia, could enjoy a warmer climate and have some respite from the chronic chest infections that plagued her as a child in Wales.
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Only in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that his little girl would grow up to become prime minister.

Mr Gillard, 83, whom the Prime Minister described as her ”inspiration”, died in Adelaide yesterday morning after a long illness. ”I will miss him for the rest of my life,” she said in a statement from Russia, where she was attending the APEC leaders summit.

”He taught me that nothing comes without hard work and demonstrated to me what hard work meant as a shift worker with two jobs.

”He taught me to be passionate about fairness. He taught me to believe in Labor and in trade unionism. But, above all, he taught me to love learning and to understand its power to change lives. He always regretted his family background meant he had not proceeded on to higher education as a young man. He was determined that I had the opportunities he was denied.”

Her father, born into a poor Welsh family, echoed those sentiments in an interview in 2010: ”Because I had been deprived of a proper education, I made a firm affirmation, and Moira [his wife] agreed, that if our children had the academic potential we could bring it to fruition, and we made sure that happened.”

Ms Gillard has often referred to her parents and spoken of their sacrifices.

In return, Mr and Mrs Gillard were vocal supporters of their daughter, often speaking out in her defence and praising her achievements.

During the cliff-hanger 2010 federal election, Mr Gillard said watching his daughter throughout the campaign had been one of the proudest moments of his life.

”I’m proud of my daughter all the time,” he said. ”The English language doesn’t contain enough words – awesome, great, fantastic, tremendous, it is all of those multiplied by 10.”

Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan said: ”Anyone who saw Julia and her dad together recognised a very special, very close and very treasured father-daughter relationship.”

The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott offered his ”sincere condolences” to Ms Gillard.

Ms Gillard yesterday left Vladivostok for Adelaide to join her mother, Moira, and sister, Alison.

Trade Minister Craig Emerson appeared in her stead at the APEC summit.Father and daughter

John on speculation about the 2010 election date:”I wouldn’t push Julia to divulge something like that. Being a loquacious Welshman, if I’m told I’m likely to blab.”

John on Julia’s decision not to have children:”Women are not breeding machines, you know. Women are unique people in their own right. If they want to marry and have children, that’s lovely. If they want to remain single and build a professional life, that’s wonderful.”

John on Julia’s relationship with Tim:”[Marriage] is a decision that two adult people that have a loving relationship will make. I think they can make intelligent decisions without asking their father.”

John on the kind of prime minister Julia would be:”The best there is … so long as she doesn’t turn into Maggie Thatcher.”

John on Julia’s formative years:”She was steeped in political discourse around the table … When Gough came on TV, the shout would come out, ‘Quick, Gough’s on!'”

John on Julia’s motivation:”Undoubtedly she got her love of politics from me.”

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The tipping point

November 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Designer Natasha Fagg at RMIT student runway. Full beam: Designer Bernadette Francis (left) and Ashlea Chong at the MSFW RMIT student runway.
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Sideways: SimonaRoeder (left) andHelena Witte,wearing Roeder?swork, at the MSFWRMIT student runway.

How are you feeling, in oneword?’Oh!’ like, ‘Ohh!’Designer Lois Hazel (above left)with Monique Hallowes, in oneof Hazel’s designs, before theMSFW RMIT student runway.

Cake pops and sweet pea at the Brown Brothers Spring Soiree.

A little tipple: Cameron Sherryand Kristin Cavicchiolo at theBrown Brothers minis launch.

When was the last time you weresurprised?’I’m surprised every dayby people, in a good way.’Nick Brown (above) and his cousinKatherine Brown at the Brown Brothersspring soiree.

Aurelio Costarella and Rebecca Judd at the Flemington spring fashion lunch.

What?s brand new in your life? ‘Can I be superficial? This; my new Dion Lee suit!’ Suzy Wilson (left) and Nadia Coppolino atthe Flemington spring fashion lunch.

Lemon slice: Rhia Taranto(left) and Natalie Hunter at theFlemington spring fashion lunch.

Spring Hay fever: Oliver Hay, in DomBagnato, and Maddy Hamilton, in Ellery,at the Flemington spring fashion lunch.

ON THE verge, that must be the sweetest spot; the intake of breath before a kiss, the split second before ”yes”, that moment when everything is possible. On Thursday night, at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week RMIT student runway, you could almost feel the tipping point as the top fourth-year fashion design students sent their work down the runway at the Melbourne Town Hall.

We were intrigued to learn what could happen next; where would you love to intern? ”Givenchy,” Natasha Fagg (pictured) said without hesitation. “The couture and what they produce just blows my mind.” If you could be at Givenchy tomorrow or on holiday which would you choose? ”Givenchy,” she nodded solemnly. ”No holiday.” Queensland model Olivia Thornton, who walked for Fagg, may find her holidays far away, too. Increasingly in demand, Thornton has, this year, appeared on international catwalks for Mary Katrantzou and Thierry Mugler.

Final year fashion design student Simona Roeder would put herself on a plane to intern for Jean Paul Gaultier. ”I think I love the fantasy within his collections,” she mused, ”the combination of masculinity with femininity. Fashion is always about telling a story.”

Lois Hazel, whose collection was inspired by the raw, organic effect created when structures are manipulated – disrupted – nominated Yiqing Yin. ”She’s incredible,” Hazel said. ”She’s very sculptural in what she does. It’s all about feeling how the fabric moves. The process determines what the outcome is.”A sparkling surprise

‘A springtime soiree’ was the perfect phrase for Brown Brothers’ celebrations. There was croquet and canapes, cake pops and sweet pea (pictured) and a surprise; the launch of Brown Brothers’ ”mini” range. Mini bottles made for spring straw-sipping, of Moscato, Cienna, Vintage Moscato Sparkling and Vintage Moscato Rosa Sparkling. So, at The Trust, in conversations punctuated by the thwack of a croquet mallet and licks of Ricketts Point ice-cream, we were eager to find out, when was the last time you were surprised.

”Today,” Nick Brown said. ”Someone let me in in traffic … in Melbourne!” His cousin, Katherine Brown, told a slightly longer tale. ”My sisters threw me an amazing surprise 30th party, in April,” she said. ”I had no idea. My boyfriend said it was his grandparents’ 60th engagement party and I said, ‘Whatever, as long as you drive, I have to do work in the car’. Then he tried to get me to put on a dress and I’m like, ‘Why would I put a dress on to drive to Milawa for three-and-a-half hours?”’ She blushed, “I started being really ratty in the car. But then we got there … I saw my two sisters walking towards me. I couldn’t talk; my voice went up an octave.” And then, just as you’d wish of any surprise, she said wistfully, ”I wish that it went for longer.”Get set spring racing

IT’S ON for real now; the spring racing carnival. Why now? Because the Flemington spring fashion lunch happened last week, in the Atrium high above the track, and it’s the event that breaks the seal. Like the just-popped cork in a bottle of champagne, or the first tray of glasses dropped at a party, once it happens, we’re on. So, at Flemington racecourse on Thursday, before taking our seat at the Emirates table, we wondered, what’s just starting in your life, what’s on?

”Holidays unfortunately,” Rebecca Judd (pictured with designer Aurelio Costarella) grimaced. Unfortunately? ”Yes, because Carlton didn’t make the finals. We’re four weeks ahead of schedule.” Unlike Judd, Costarella’s life, his career, is right on time … though it is still a secret. ”I’m working on a big deal in the US market” – that’s all he would share.

”I’m just starting birthday parties,” Sara Groen said. ”My little girl (Estelle) is about to turn one and I’m going to try my hand at a little star cake.”

Natalie Hunter was starry-eyed, too, despite her boyfriend’s protestations. ”Sons of Anarchy is my new TV show,” she said. “I’m addicted and I’m in love with Jax (Teller). My boyfriend said, ‘If I had a picture of a girl on the background of my phone … ‘ And I said, ‘Don’t even try it’.” Don’t even get her started.

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Storm within an ace of the big dance

November 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

One measure of Roger Federer’s sustained brilliance was that, during an incredible stretch, he reached 23 consecutive grand slam finals. In a similar vein, it is testimony to the Storm’s enduring excellence that, in two weeks, they will contest their sixth preliminary final in seven years.
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Indeed, on the strength of a powerful 24-6 win during which they overwhelmed a Souths team replete with big names, Melbourne will not merely contest another grand final eliminator. Regardless of who they play, the Storm will start heavy favourites at their AAMI Park fortress – just as they had when ambushed by the Warriors last season.

The memory of that defeat will, no doubt, ensure any sense of complacency is banished from Melbourne’s collective subconscious. Just another motivational bullet in coach Craig Bellamy’s already well-loaded gun.

It has been difficult to tell in the past two seasons whether Melbourne’s trademark was excellence or bloody-minded defiance. Yesterday, there was a touch of both – a comprehensive victory produced despite the withdrawal of winger Anthony Quinn and forwards Jason Ryles and Sika Manu.

The lines through those names seemed to have tipped the balance in South Sydney’s favour. Instead, as a tribute to how the Storm’s system is almost as important as their personnel, Melbourne were left with the pleasant dilemma of adding those three to a team that had hardly missed a beat.

For the Rabbitohs, a finals campaign that presented the best opportunity in decades to break the now 41-year premiership drought hit a speed hump. Was it big-game nerves for a club that had not reached the play-offs since 2007? The excellence of vastly experienced opposition? The exposure of a Rabbitohs team that had the worst big-game record of the so-called Big Four?

Whatever the reason, coach Michael Maguire will have his work cut out restoring the confidence of his team before the cut-throat semi against Canberra or Cronulla – a task made no easier by the arm injury sustained by centre Matt King. At least the new finals system guarantees a home final.

But yesterday was, in every sense, a Melbourne sort of day. Bright sunshine replaced, just before the kick-off, by showers. But, more pertinently, it was a Melbourne day in the manner the home team produced its customary blend of disciplined defence, highly structured attack – peppered with sufficient individual brilliance to befuddle a bigger, more cumbersome, opponent. In the much anticipated battle of the fullbacks between Billy Slater and Greg Inglis, Slater scored the first points on his way to a resounding victory. Seven minutes in, Slater dodged and weaved the first 40 metres of a 90-metre burst by the Storm that led to Ryan Hoffman’s opening try. Although, given Hoffman had earlier been stunned by a heavy blow, the veteran forward might well have thought he was on a ride at Wet’N’Wild rather than sliding across the AAMI Park turf.

Slater’s next move was less stunning, but equally devastating. Seizing a pass from Hoffman, he rolled to the line – and not one centimetre further – with the video referee ruling momentum had taken him that far. More spring in Melbourne’s step, more air out of Souths’ tyres.

On the rare occasions Souths penetrated Melbourne’s defensive 20, they coughed up possession far too easily with misdirected chips or bombs that Slater easily defused. Only late in the first half did the Rabbitohs create any concerted pressure, and then winger Nathan Merritt’s fumble at the other end led, indirectly, to the Storm’s third try.

By half-time, it was hard to tell whether the 18-0 scoreline, or the crowd of 19,750 jubilantly performing the actions to YMCA, was the best indication of where the game was heading. Sisa Waqa kept the party going six minutes into the second half with the game-clinching try. Melbourne’s tireless defence did the rest, with Eddy Pettybourne’s late effort mere window dressing. Thus, with the inevitably of Federer in his pomp, the Storm had made the final four. All that is missing is the single-handed backhand, and the trophies in the cabinet.

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Unknown Raiders ready to star

November 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Fresh-faced … one of the Raiders’ up-and-comers, Dimitri Pelo.It hit Don Furner at the Dally M Awards. ”I was sitting and looking across at the Bulldogs table,” the Canberra chief executive said. ”They’ve signed up two internationals during the year, they got an international in James Graham at the start of the year. They get another international next year in Tony Williams.
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”As far as I can remember, the only international we’ve ever brought in was Mal Meninga.”

Canberra have been in the big league since 1982. Yet sitting at the Bulldogs table were more imported Test stars at the time of their recruitment than in the entire history of the Green Machine.

So, how did the Raiders get to this point? How does a team that had no major sponsor for the opening seven weeks of the competition make it to the big dance? How does a club with a coach supposedly on borrowed time storm home to book a home final? How do you attract marquee players when, according to one official, you have to pay them overs of about 20 per cent to come to the nation’s capital?

Perhaps the last question is the easiest to answer. They don’t.

Granted their skipper, David Shillington, was poached from the Roosters. But he was only a bench player at Bondi and didn’t go on to represent his state or country until making the shift, leaving Big Mal as their only superstar who was bought rather than made.

Almost every player in the current squad is a local junior or comes from the country. About seven years ago a decision was made to develop players rather than purchase them. The Canberra lifestyle is a much harder sell than the Sydney one, which is why they stopped trying.

”We’re the non-latte set,” Furner said. ”I don’t think you’ll find Shaun Fensom or Jarrod Croker having a latte or worrying about the latest fashions. Our guys aren’t in the social pages and it doesn’t worry them.”

However, it hasn’t stopped the Raiders from being in the headlines. Two months ago, David Furner was gone. The affable coach, according to those supposedly in the know, was warming the seat for good mate Ricky Stuart. There was instability in the ”spine”, they were having more success on the road than at home and the wooden spoon loomed large. The club’s most important forward, Brett White, and key playmaker, Terry Campese, were watching the mess unfold from the casualty ward.

”Put it this way,” said Don Furner, the brother of David. ”If we had to go back halfway through the year and renew memberships then, a lot of them would have come back cut up.”

The easy thing to do would be to cut up the coach’s contract. After all, it’s rare for a man in Furner’s position to pull through. Just ask Stephen Kearney, Brian McClennan or Brian Smith.

But the board persisted with Furner, who is contracted until the end of 2014, and they have their reward. There is now a possibility he may re-sign rather than resign.

Chairman John McIntyre, the NRL’s longest-serving official, said that decision would ultimately be left to the board. But when pressed on his own views, the 72-year-old said: ”I certainly would [re-sign Furner].

”No one is more dedicated to his cause and his job than David Furner. We’ve got a very strong youth policy and it would probably be appropriate to apply that to the coaching staff as well.”

Everyone is looking to pinpoint the moment it all turned around for the Green Machine. McIntyre’s theory is there was ”a change in attitude when the Ricky Stuart story went away”. Don Furner points to the stabilisation of the spine – Dugan returning to fullback, Josh McCrone and Sam Williams gelling in the halves, and Glenn Butriss and Travis Wardell settling into the hooking duties. But for John Waser, that turning point came last year.

Waser and premiership-winning former Knights coach Michael Hagan were brought in to undertake a comprehensive review of the club after a disastrous 14th-placed finish last year. Usually such reviews sound the death knell of the coach. However, this one looked at how they could save rather than skewer the man with the clipboard.

Every player was given an opportunity to vent in a confidential and anonymous manner. Concerns were raised – the absence of a full-time physiotherapist, the length of some of the game reviews, the need for more opposed sessions. Almost all of the key recommendations were acted upon. Significantly, not one of the players thought the problem was Furner.

Waser, who has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport and in an education capacity with the Raiders, believed the navel-gazing process has, belatedly, turned things around. ”Everyone was uncomfortable with where the club was,” he said.

”I think the turning point was when everybody, the board, CEO, the people who sell sponsorship packages, the players, started chipping away to make things better.”

Some sacrifices had to be made. Furner, who proudly wore the green and gold during his playing career, stepped down as Tim Sheens’s assistant with the Kangaroos when things went pear-shaped (although he has since rejoined the Australian coaching staff). His support staff was bolstered. Sam Patterson was appointed as a leadership coach from outside the club to give a fresh perspective and there are big raps on assistant coaches Andrew Dunemann and Justin Morgan.

Momentum is hard to gain but even harder to stop. The Raiders are the only team to have beaten competition leaders Canterbury and Melbourne during the regular season. While today’s clash against Cronulla is a sudden-death encounter, they are accustomed to pressure after winning their past five matches.

”They have actually got nearly the best form, when you look at for and against, of all the teams over the last month,” Hagan said. ”They are probably a chance of getting to week two or week three. They’re full of running. There’s normally a team that has a run of form at the end of the year. ”

Now the Raiders have to prove they deserve to be at the head of the table. Perhaps it’s appropriate Meninga will be sitting in the coaches’ box alongside Furner today.

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