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    Four teenage girls arrested after police chases

    18/08/2018 - Author: admin

    Four teenage girls have been arrested after allegedly leading police on three separate pursuits in a stolen car through Sydney’s west on Thursday night.
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    Three girls – aged 13, 15 and 17 – were passengers in the Nissan Altiva, which was being driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old.

    Police said the car had been reported stolen earlier in the week.

    At 10pm on Thursday, police were conducting random breath tests on Doonside Road, Doonside, when the car allegedly failed to stop when directed.

    A police police began but was ended a short time later after police lost sight of the car.

    At 11.20pm, the car was seen again by police who were also conducting random breath tests on Maxwell Street in South Penrith, 16 kilometres west of where they were first seen.

    The driver allegedly failed to stop and another pursuit began.

    That chase was again terminated due to the allegedly dangerous speeds at which the car was being driven.

    The car was seen again at 11.40pm, on Greenway Parkway, Jordan Springs, and a third police pursuit began.

    Police deployed road spikes to stop the vehicle which hit a gutter near Lakeside Parade.

    The four girls all fled on foot but were arrested a short distance away.

    They were taken to Penrith police station.

    The driver was charged with several offences including taking and driving a conveyance without the consent of owner, driving unlicensed and two counts of police pursuit.

    The three passengers were released pending further investigations.

    The driver has been refused bail and is due to face a Children’s Court on Friday.

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    Brewer pleased with her place in final fight

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    FINAL TEST: Newcastle defender Hannah Brewer says the Jets are keen to get the job done against Canberra on Sunday and book their place in the play-offs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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    JETS defender HannahBrewer could easily have been on the other side of the crunch game with Canberra United on Sunday.

    But in career-best form and with the chance to end her first club’s finals drought with victory over United at McKellar Park, Brewer said there’s nowhere else she’d rather be.

    Brewerwas part of Canberra’s W-League premiership-winning campaign last season and played in their extra-time 1-0 semi-final loss to Melbourne City.However, she was not part of new coach Heather Garriock’s plans, which opened the door for a return to Newcastle.

    Brewer sat on the bench as a 15-year-old in Newcastle’s only finals appearance –a 1-0 loss to Canberra in 2009 –and played another five seasons with the Jets before campaigns with Melbourne Victory, City and United.

    The return to Newcastle cameperhaps sooner than expected, but the Central Coast-basedformer Matilda was glad to be part of coach Craig Deans’squad.

    “Home has always been my goal, to come back here and play,” Brewer said.

    “I loved playing here before but had to move away to better my football. Whether it was this year or a few years down the track, I was still questioning, but obviously I didn’t make the cut for Canberra last year and it threw me up in the air.

    “But I wanted to come back here.I spoke to Deansy early on and he was keen to get me back, so I look back now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than right here, right now.”

    Third-placed Newcastle (17 points) will move four points clear of fifth-placed Canberra (16) with victory on Sunday and guarantee themselves a top-four finish with a round to play. A loss or draw may leave them needing a result against City (16) in the final round.

    Brewersaid making the finals with Newcastle would be special.

    “I was 15 when I started here and wasplaying alongside Em [Van Egmond] then,” she said.“We’re the only ones still here, along with Gema [Simon], so to be possibly making the finals,with thisgame’s result, is massive and exciting for us and I wouldn’t want to be at any other club.”

    As for clinching a finals berth inCanberra, she said: “I’d love to. I’ve got nothing against the club down there but obviously playing against your last club, it’s always a big game and I certainly want to go out and give them a go.”

    Newcastle created far more chances than Canberra in their first encounter this year but went down 2-1.Deans said thatperformance, especially the first half, would give Newcastle confidence for Sunday’s game.

    Brewer expected a tougher assignment in Canberra, who now have Norwegian strikerElise Thorsnes.

    “It’s really a whole new team [this year] and it’s taken them a while to gelbecause they are all so new and don’t know how each other plays,” she said of United. “When we played them here we should have take our chances and won, but we didn’t and I think even at the end of the game we were on top of them, so it’s a massive game for us but one we can certainly win and show them that we’re the better side.”

    The 24-year-old, player of the match in the win over Melbourne Victory, said this was possibly her best season in the W-League.

    “Last season I thought I had areally good season,but I think this season I’ve taken that next step,” she said.

    “Deansy has had confidence in me and given me opportunities to get forward and play a different style of game.”

    Deans will have an injury-free squad for the trip to Canberra, although several players have battled illness recently.

    Newcastle had the bye last round and lost 2-1 to cellar-dwellers Adelaide before that.

    Deans said United would provide a challenge to the Jets defence, which conceded both goals from set pieces against Adelaide.

    “They have everyone all fit now and they’ve since signed a national team striker from Norway,” Deans said of Canberra.

    “She’s scored goals for them and contributed in pretty much every game she’s played.

    “They’ve got Ashleigh Sykes and Michelle Heyman as well and are similar to Melbourne City, with good quality players in the front third.

    “They are a challenge for us. They’ve scored 10 goals in their past two games and we’ve got to make sure we’re nice and tight at the back and try to keep a clean sheet.”

    The match and Newcastle’s last-round game will be streamed live on the Fox Sports website.

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    TV’s highest paid actress selling stunning Hamptons farmhouse

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    She might be TV’s highest paid actress but that hasn’t stopped Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo, from downsizing her property portfolio.
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    The actress has listed the four bedroom, four bathroom converted Hamptons farmhouse she owns with her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, for US$3.75 million ($4.68 million).

    Pompeo and Ivery purchased the property, located in the historic village of Sag Harbor, in 2011 for US$925,000 ($1.15 million) and soon transformed the existing farmhouse into the modern cedar strip-sided home it is today.

    “I loved the history of the property,” Pompeo told Architectural Digest. “There was a cabin, which was built by a woman who was a civil rights activist lawyer. She actually built it with her own two hands.”

    Set on 3.3 hectares, the light-filled home has been designed to balance modernity with the farmhouse’s authentic charm.

    Related: Grey’s Anatomy star speaks of fair pay battle Related: The Money Pit home is up for sale Related: Why celebrities love a country estate

    “I was looking to do something modern and hip and young, and I wanted to do something you don’t see out there???I wanted to do something different,” she said.

    “It’s decorated in a way that’s a fresh look compared to those Hamptons places that all look like they’re owned by 60-year-old Hamptons billionaires, with the shingles and the light columns. They all put me to sleep.”

    The home is also equipped with an open-plan living area with a double-height ceiling, a rustically-styled screened porch, a media room and a large heated pool.

    Pompeo recently made headlines for a candid interview she gave about her battle to earn fair pay on the hit TV show, where, for 13 seasons, she’s played lead character Meredith Grey.

    “I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a now viral interview.

    This article was originally published on Stuff.

    The home is equipped with a country-style kitchen.Photo: Brown Harris Stevens

    The large cabin has four light-filled bedrooms.Photo: Brown Harris Stevens

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    Robert Dillon: Sporting Declaration

    13/05/2019 - Author: admin

    THERE is a theory, to which many parents subscribe, that soccer is the safest of the footballing codes for their kids to play.
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    After events of the past week, Sporting Declaration is not so sure.

    I refer in particular to anincident in Newcastle’s A-League clash with Wellington at McDonald Jones Stadium last weekend involving Jets winger Jason Hoffman and Wellington defender Marco Rossi.

    For those who missed it, five minutes into the second half, Rossi was in possession, attempting to shield the ball, as Hoffman arrived to pressure him from behind.

    In a split-second response that brought tears to the eyes of many viewers, Rossi appeared to reachbehind, grabHoffman in an area most commonly known as the crotch, and squeeze forcefully. Hoffman immediately dropped to the turf in obvious distress, hands cupped around his nether regions, before bouncing angrily to his feet to remonstrate with Rossi and referee Jarred Gillett.

    He clearly felt violated, and Foxtel replays were quick to pinpointthe cause of his chagrin. Commentator Andy Harper accused Rossi of a “squirrel grip” and “ungentlemanly conduct”, and judging bythe accompanying vision,it was hard to disagree with that observation.

    Referee Gillett may easily have missed the incident, given that he was following the play, but the same cannot be said of the A-League’s recently introduced Video Assistant Referee.

    Unless he was asleep or watching Netflix, rather than the game, he must presumably have seen what unfolded –as did 10,877 fans via the stadium big screen.

    And at this point, as is so often the case, the round-ball code’s disciplinarysystem was responsible for more raised eyebrows than Rossi’s handiwork.

    Apparently (according to those I spoke to in the corridors of power at Football Federation Australia) “ungentlemanly conduct” is a red-card offence, so the VAR had two options.

    Liaise with referee Gillett and tell him to send Rossi off, or allow play to proceed without even a yellow card.

    He chose the latter.

    That’s a judgement call and perhaps he felt Rossi was entitled to the benefit of the doubt. But it’s the next part of the process that raises question about the A-League’s judicial protocols.

    Because the incident was seen and dealt with by the game-day officials, the match-review panel effectively hadno authority to overrule their decision.

    So even if the match reviewers believed that some form of sanctionwas warranted, their hands were effectively tied.

    There is, admittedly, a vague clause referring to “obvious error”, but it seems the panel only play this card when they consider a player has been unfairly sent off and hence is facing an unwarranted suspension.

    The bottom line isonce the VAR ruled that Rossi did not deserve a red card, that was pretty much the end of the story.

    If Hoffman was annoyed about that, he declined to comment on Monday –perhaps justifying the label of “the nicest guy in the A-League” my colleague James Gardiner once bestowed upon him.

    Jets coach Ernie Merrick was similarly inclined to let it pass through to the keeper.

    “Our view is that, unless it’s a really dangerous tackle, what happens on the field, stays on the field,” hesaid. “Jason’s not worried about it. We just move on.”

    Fair enough, but I can’t help pondering a couple of questions.

    First of all, if Rossi’s incident has escaped any form of punishment whatsoever, has it created a precedent? Is it now open slather for squirrel grippers in the A-League?

    Moreover, what if Hoffman had suffered an injury to what most would consider a vulnerable part of the anatomy? Would he have been entitled to any recourse?

    It’s not as if the match-review panel treatthe issue of on-field etiquette lightly.

    Brisbane Roar defender Avram Papadopoulos copped seven matches earlier this season for spitting at Sydney FC’s Matt Simon.

    Last seasonMelbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis was banned forfive games forcalling Melbourne Victory’s Albanian striker Besart Berisha a “f—ing gypsy”.

    The message to players seems to be don’t spit at opponents or racially abuse them, but feel free to grope their wedding tackle, because it’s no holds barred.

    Let’s weigh up the lenience shown to Rossi alongsidejustice, rugby league-style.

    South Sydney’s Sam Burgess copped a two-game ban in 2013 for a squirrel grip on Melbourne’s Will Chambers, after which he was embarrassed andremorseful.

    More recently, in 2015, then Knights prop Korbin Sims was caught manhandling former teammate Willie Mason in a game against Manly.

    Given that Sims’s indiscretion was more an affectionate fondle than a blatant squirrel grip, he escaped suspension. But NRL officials were still disgusted enough to send him an official warning letter for a concerning act.

    The irony is that the NRL’s bunker and judiciary are constantly hammered during the season by critics querying their credibility.

    This week’s events would suggest they have a firmer grip on reality than their soccer counterparts.

    VIOLATED: Newcastle Jets winger Jason Hoffman was on the receiving end of what was described as a “squirrel grip” in last week’s loss to Wellington Phoenix.

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    Strategies for beating the back-to-work culture shock

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    If you’re anything like me, going back to work after time off is quite the adjustment.
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    Getting back on track with early morning routines and the daily commute can be difficult – especially when the weather is still gorgeous outside.

    And while there’s nothing more than any of us would like to do but be on holidays 24/7, those responsibilities won’t disappear, and those bills won’t pay themselves.

    This is when finding that work/life balance becomes especially important.

    One goal that I’ve set for myself this year is to really get out there and make the most of my days.

    It can be so easy to just get home from work, plop down on the couch and watch back-to-back episodes of House Hunters, but while the days are still long, it’s the perfect time to get outside in the evenings.

    If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, hit the beach for a dip, take a walk along the sand and explore the rocks.If the beach is out of reach, what about a trip to yourlocal pool?Maybe get some exercise and swim a few laps.

    If you’re keen to make some new friends and keep fit, create a walking group on Nabo南京夜网419论坛 with your neighbours and walk around your neighbourhood.

    I’ve been looking to unleash my inner artist for some time, and while I’m definitely not going to be commissioned to touch up the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel any time soon, my weekly art classes at the local studio are helping to break up what can sometimes be a rather monotonous week.

    It makes a world of difference to do something just for you during the week.

    We can get too caught up in our work and keeping other people’s lives running smoothly.

    We need to give ourselves some attention.

    So go on – give it a try and keep a part of your holiday self alive all year around.

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    Pearson on a different planet, even for a Queanbeyan Gift winner

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    World champion Sally Pearson is on a different planet, even if you’re a Queanbeyan Gift winner.
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    At first glance, Andrea Thompson’s ACT championships schedule seems like a school sports day – 100-metre sprint, 200m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin, provided there’s no clashes.

    But the Queanbeyan athlete’s dream is to compete in the heptathlon, and long jump, at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    The 19-year-old dashed clear to win last year’s Queanbeyan Gift in December, but now her focus was on gaining a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

    While there’s no heptathlon event at the ACT champs at the AIS track this weekend, she’s making the most of it to fine-tune her preparation for the nationals and Comm Games selection trials next month.

    Thompson started her long schedule on Friday, but one of her highlights will be competing against two-time world champ Pearson in the 100m hurdles on Sunday.

    She said the fields in all the events were so strong it was “basically nationals, just in Canberra”.

    “Racing Sally in the hurdles, we’re on two different planets really. When you’re racing against her you have to go into your own head space, do your own race,” Thompson said.

    “Then watch the video later – see how much she smoked you by.”

    Thompson’s only new to the heptathlon – this is just her second season.

    She took it up because she got “frustrated” with the long jump and wanted to “broaden her horizons”.

    Originally her goal was to qualify for the Tokyo Games, but the Comm Games on the Gold Coast have “confused” things.

    She’s hopeful of getting qualifiers in both the heptathlon and the long jump, which means she’ll have a busy four days on the Gold Coast in April.

    Two will be spent competing in the long jump, with the other two in the heptathlon.

    “My goal this season is to get a B-qualifier in the heptathlon and also in the long jump,” she said.

    “It’s pretty stacked this year both in the long jump and the heptathlon, we’ve got so many good athletes I’d be very lucky to get a spot.

    “Especially seeing as I haven’t got qualifiers yet. It’s a long shot, just keeping my hopes up I guess.

    “Tokyo 2020 was always my aim and they kind of confused me by throwing a home Commonwealth Games in there.”

    She was excited at the prospect of competing with two-time Olympian Lauren Wells.

    The pair will go head-to-head in the long jump, with 10-time 400-metre-hurdles-champion Wells rekindling her interest in the event.

    Canberran Wells finished second at the 2007 nationals in the long jump when she was about the same age as Thompson is now.

    “It’s been so cool to watch her come back. When she was my age she did a lot of long jump and then went towards the 400m hurdles,” Thompson said.

    “So it’s been really cool to watch her come back and absolutely smash it. I’m not sure if it’s on her plans for the Games or anything, but it’d be pretty cool.”

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    Souths coach Anthony Seibold swaps notes with Brumbies

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    Two rookie coaches are keen to form a partnership between Australia’s most successful rugby league and rugby union clubs to help them settle into their new roles.
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    South Sydney Rabbitohs coach and former Raider Anthony Seibold swapped notes with ACT Brumbies coaches during a five-day camp at the AIS this week and wants to build on the foundations with a sustained relationship.

    The Rabbitohs had a boxing session with Australian middleweight champion Dave Toussaint, as well as visits from guest speakers featuring Jane Saville, Matt Shirvington, Kelvin Giles and Gayelene Clews.

    The input from outsiders was complemented by “in-house sessions” run by the players and a couple of days spent trading secrets with the Brumbies.

    Seibold has known Brumbies defensive coach Peter Ryan “since he was about 17” and the pair leapt at the opportunity to link up when the Rabbitohs rolled into Canberra.

    “I let [Ryan] know I was on my way down and he said ‘it would be great for you to come in and have a look at training’, so I went to the Brumbies on Saturday and I spent the day there with them,” Seibold said.

    “I always love looking at other sports and looking at what other teams and coaches are doing. They came out on Monday and again it was great for them to observe us train, give us some feedback on what they saw, and it was good for me to give them some feedback on what I saw on Saturday as well.

    “It’s a really good little connection and I’d really like to keep that going going forward. We’ve got a great connection with Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.

    “I’d be really keen to continue that connection with the Brumbies going forward. The Brumbies, I’ve always been a really long-time admirer.

    “They’re the most successful franchise in Super Rugby in Australia, so just to build a connection with them and look at what they’re doing, it’s certainly a good opportunity for myself while I was down here.”

    The Rabbitohs have worked closely with Port Adelaide over the past six weeks, bringing six coaches and 11 players to Redfern before Christmas, before two Souths coaches and two players visited the AFL club two weeks ago.

    Now they’ll take everything on board in the lead up to their pre-season clash with English glamour club Wigan at ANZ Stadium on February 17.

    Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “[Seibold] came and watched our session last weekend and we did the same on Monday.

    New Brumbies coach Dan McKellar. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

    “He’s in a similar position to me … he’s a first year head coach, has been an assistant coach for a number of years. David Furner is there as well, and they were very welcoming of us.

    “We’d certainly love to bounce ideas and stay in touch in the future, whether that means doing a session together … we’ll wait and see.”

    While the trip to the AIS allowed the Rabbitohs’ players and staff to utilise the facilities designed for Olympic Games athletes, it was a chance for Seibold to reconnect with a huge part of his life.

    Seibold played two seasons for the Canberra Raiders in 1997-98 alongside Green Machine coach Ricky Stuart and laughs plenty has changed since then.

    While the pair are now opposing coaches, the city Seibold once called home is “almost unrecognisable”.

    “I still get here a little bit because my wife [Holly] is from Canberra and her family still live here,” Seibold said.

    “Her brother used to play for the Raiders, Lincoln Withers. Lincoln dropped down during the week and spent a day with us on Tuesday to have a look. I do get here two times a year.

    “It’s almost 20 years ago when I played for the Raiders, and certainly since those days it’s almost unrecognisable in some ways.

    “I remember it fondly, a couple of years with the Raiders was really good, I got an opportunity to play with some of the legends of the game there like Sticky [Stuart], Laurie [Daley], Clydey [Brad Clyde and Furnsy [David Furner] and those types of guys.

    “I was only here for two seasons but I really enjoyed it.”

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    Giving back to the city with the auctioneer’s hammer

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    George Rafty lost his father to stroke and dementia, his father-in-law to cancer, and other members from both his personal and business families.
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    It’s why he decided two years ago, when he was first preparing to open his own real estate business, that he would be giving back to the Newcastle community.

    DONATION: First National Newcastle City real estate principal George Rafty with a cheque for $20,000 he presented to Hunter Medical Research Institute.

    After 25 years in the property industry, Mr Rafty worked out that a month-long auction initiative would be the best way he could raise money. It would enable the business to give back, himself to give back and his clients to give back.

    ‘Spring Fling’ as it’s now known, has raised of over $40,000 during the past two years. Around $20,000 donated each September straight to the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

    It’s George’s hope that it canbelife-saving money.

    “Everyone knows someone going through hard times,” said Mr Rafty.

    “For me personally, I’d love nothing more than to be a part of something that potentially one day, could be a cure for cancer.

    “We don’t appreciate these up and coming people who are searching for cures.

    “I couldn’t think of a better cause, it touches a lot of people in our community.”

    A well-knownHunter resident, Mr Rafty has been one of the country’s leading real estate agents throughout his career. But he only opened his own agency, First National Newcastle City, in February, 2016.

    “The idea is, it gives us an opportunity to give something back to HMRI, but also to the community for those who want to be a part of what we’re doing,” he said.

    “We donate to various charities;schools, we have donated toand supported;police and ambulance, we believe in giving back when we can.”

    Born and bred in Newcastle, Mr Rafty grew up working in his parents and relatives cafes and restaurants dotted around the city.

    It’s where he believes he learned the crucial skills required to carve out thecareer he has in real estate.

    “For those thatcan remember, my mother and father had what was originally the Brown Derby, and then RitzMilk Bar,” Mr Rafty recalled. “Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s they had Cafe Continental and the Matarra Bar.

    “My wife, Rose, her dad also hadGelato Dolomiti’s in Hamilton. I spent a lot of my time in those places aroundthe city of Newcastle.

    “In terms of customer relationships and service, if people werecoming in for what was just a coffee and doughnut, it had to be with the most respect.

    “If you look after people, they’ll always come back.”

    Mr Rafty will be back to support the community again this year when the auctioneer’s hammer falls during Spring Fling.

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    East Timor dissolves Parliament in effort to solve political standoff

    13/04/2019 - Author: admin

    Bangkok: East Timor’s Parliament has been dissolved and fresh elections called to end a political impasse that has paralysed Australia’s north-western neighbour for months.
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    President Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres announced the dissolving of Parliament on Friday, saying “only the people can help us out of the impasse”.

    “All go and vote again to strengthen our democracy,” he said, stressing that consensus must take priority over individual interests.

    The decision forces Guterres’ political ally and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to go back to the polls only months after his Fretilin, the former revolutionary party, narrowly won the most seats in July. Under the country’s constitution Alkatiri remains caretaker prime minister until the election.

    Guterres looked upset as he announced the decision before dozens of MPs, officials and journalists in Dili.

    A three-party opposition alliance had refused to pass the Fretilin-led government’s budgets and programs, forcing Guterres to intervene.

    The President could have invited the second largest party – the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction led by former president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao – to form government, with two other smaller opposition parties.

    But Alkatiri, who claimed in December opposition parties were attempting to stage a coup, wanted Parliament dissolved and fresh elections called.

    Voters are expected to go to the polls in the staunchly Catholic nation after Easter.

    At the centre of the fractious standoff are Alkatiri and Gusmao, the country’s two most dominating political figures who have had bitter fallings out in the past.

    Gusmao, a wily political operator and hero of East Timor’s struggle for independence, has wielded the most power behind the scenes while leading his country’s negotiations with Australia on a Timor Sea maritime boundary and sharing arrangements for the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field.

    As political tensions have risen Gusmao has stayed out of the country, prompting many Timorese to ask what role he would play in any political resolution.

    Analysts say without his approval of a new government political uncertainty will remain.

    Professor Michael Leach, an expert on East Timor from Swinburne University of Technology, told Fairfax Media there was a strong chance the three opposition parties would form a pre-election coalition which would make them a formidable electoral force.

    “Fretilin has promised to take its government program directly to the people in a campaign after it failed to gain parliamentary support,” he said.

    Leach said despite the political ructions East Timorese society remained calm.

    “That said the 2018 parliamentary elections could prove a far tenser affair than the election last year which occurred in the wake of an unprecedented era of major party cooperation,” he said.

    “In previous elections cross-party agreements have sought to minimise inflammatory campaigning and many people in Timor-Leste [East Timor] hope to see the same again.”

    The former Indonesian-occupied territory hasn’t had a functioning administration for months and the coffers of state agencies were starting to run dry with the government’s failure to pass a budget.

    There have been no street protests unlike 2006 when mobs rioted across Dili, prompting intervention by Australian troops.

    Many social media users expressed relief at the decision to return to the polls.

    In recent days, Guterres met with political party leaders and other influential figures, including those from the Catholic church.

    The political uncertainty could delay ratification of the landmark agreement to develop billions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

    East Timor and Australia are set to sign in March a treaty on maritime boundary that has been negotiated under UN supervision at The Hague, ending years of bitter disagreement that strained ties between the neighbours. Any new government in Dili will have to ratify it.

    Details of the agreement have not been made public.

    Gusmao has demanded that any development of Greater Sunrise involve an offshore LNG processing plant on in a remote part of East Timor, which he envisages becoming an industrial hub.

    But the field’s joint-venture partners, led by Woodside Petroleum, say bringing the gas ashore to East Timor across a deep undersea trench is uneconomic.

    They want to exploit the reserves through a floating LNG platform or pipe the gas to an existing LNG plant in Darwin.

    Gusmao is tipped to head a new authority to oversee the Greater Sunrise development, which is critical to East Timor’s future as existing joint gas fields with Australia run dry in the next few years.

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    ‘What a mess’: Airline accidentally offers overseas fares at 90% off

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    The $US540 ($670) return ticket from Atlanta to Auckland seemed too good to be true.
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    When American Jennifer Lutz booked the fare through the Student Universe travel website, she quickly received confirmation from Air New Zealand of the cheap trip from Atlanta, to Auckland, then on to Sydney and return.

    Then Student Universe called her on Friday to say the flights were cancelled. So Ms Lutz called Air New Zealand and was told the airline would not honour the purchase because the fare paid – about a quarter of what she would normally pay – were mistakenly advertised at very low prices.

    An Air New Zealand spokeswoman confirmed that on Tuesday (US time), flights from some American cities to New Zealand were accidentally advertised on third-party websites at roughly 10 per cent of their intended value.

    This meant some one-way fares were advertised for about $US100. All customers who bought the “mistake fares” will be refunded.

    Ms Lutz, who was set to join her partner in Sydney while she does a medical rotation, said she was disappointed Air New Zealand were not honouring the confirmed tickets.

    “I had already begun booking hotels and other travel based on those travel dates. As far as business practices go, it is certainly dishonourable. I will not be rebooking with Air New Zealand if I can help it.

    “I know many others were impacted as well and have already set their hotel and vacation plans. What a mess.”

    The Air New Zealand spokeswoman said: “These fares were available at that price as a result of a genuine human error in the data entry process. They have been cancelled and customers will receive a full refund from their travel agent.

    “The US Department of Transport regulates flights to and from the United States, and we are following their guidance on mistake fares [the loading of ‘mistake fares’ is an occasional issue for all carriers given the manual processes involved].

    “In addition to full refunds, any legitimate out-of-pocket expenses that the customers may have incurred will also be reimbursed.

    “We apologise to customers for any disappointment as a result of this error.”

    People who bought the mistake fares expressed their disappointment. What kind of incompetent company is Air New Zealand that cancelled my tickets after 24 hours of being bought.If I made a change to my tickets after 24 hours they would have charge me but @FlyAirNZ can do that after 24 hours? @RenesPointspic.twitter南京夜网/bOqQjkAkSI??? Susan Ramirez (@Susan45143110) January 25, [email protected] how can you just cancel a flight just because I got a good deal on it?? You made a mistake. Honor the tickets! #[email protected]@united#auckland#seattlepic.twitter南京夜网/4kmnzyiuFY??? Sneaky Bones (@sssneakybones) January 26, 2018This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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    Australian seals dream move to European giants

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    Anthony Carter may not register with the most ardent football fans but the little known 23-year-old from Melbourne can now claim to play for the most decorated club of any current Australian player. The centre-forward sealed a dream move from the Portuguese third tier to one of Europe’s most famous clubs after signing a four-and-a-half year deal with SL Benfica.
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    The towering striker was presented with the famous red shirt of the Lisbon giants at the 65,000 seater Estadio da Luz on Thursday after finalising a $300,000 transfer from Trofense.

    ???As revealed by Fairfax Media last month, Carter was plucked out of the regional third tier of Portuguese football after Trofense accepted Benfica’s transfer offer to purchase Carter during the January transfer window. Carter appeared on the radar of the 36-time league champions after scouts took note of his performances earlier in the season. Unbeknownst to Carter, officials from Benfica watched as he scored two solo goals in a 4-1 win for Trofense over Coimbroes in November which prompted the transfer.

    A deal was agreed upon in December but only formally sealed on Thursday morning (AEDT) when Benfica officials met with Carter and his agent in Lisbon.

    “Anthony Carter, the 23-old forward that in the last season and a half played for Trofense, was recruited by Sport Lisboa Benfica,” a club statement read.

    Carter will be eased into life at Benfica by spending the coming months with their B team which competes in the second tier of the Portuguese league. However, the club expects Carter to start competing for a first-team spot and a long-term deal tying him with Benfica shows their faith in the Australian.

    “Born in Melbourne, Australia, on August 31, 1994, Carter signed on Wednesday afternoon a contract for four-and-a-half years and will integrate with the B team during this week. The player will wear the number 94 jersey,” a statement read.

    Carter announced his arrival at Benfica on social media, bidding farewell to Trofense after 18 months with the club.

    “Very Happy to announce that I have Signed with SL Benfica,” Carter said on social media. “I would like to thank my agent [Sergio Guedes] for believing in me and making this happen. I would like to thank Trofense … for giving me the opportunity to be able to play and show my self. Work begins now and I can’t wait to get started. For??a SLB! 1904…Will do me best to score and help the club.”

    Carter first moved from Melbourne to Europe as a 16-year-old joining Italian club Vicenza, before moving to then Serie A club, Parma. A lack of first team opportunities prompted a move to Romanian club Cluj where he gained his first taste of senior football, making six appearances mostly on the wing. An opportunity to become first team regular in Portugal prompted his move to Trofense in 2016 where he emerged as a prolific centre-forward, scoring 20 goals in 42 appearances. He is yet to feature for the senior or youth Australian national teams.

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    How we celebrated Australia Day across the country, in pictures

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    How we celebrated Australia Day across the country, in pictures NEWCASTLE: Newcastle Citizenship Ceremony at Newcastle City Hall. Karungurungu 13 from the Democratic Rebublic of Congo. Picture: Marina Neil
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    TASMANIA: The mini-Olympics at a family fun event at George Town, Northern Tasmania. Picture: Scott Gelston, The Examiner

    BENDIGO: Australia Day celebrations at Lake Weeroona. Picture: Darren Howe

    Families enjoying the Ulverstone Australia Day ceremony. Picture: Brodie Weeding

    FORSTER: Alicia Studdert from the Green Point NSW RFS getting the snags on the barbie. Photo: Janine Watson

    FORSTER: Kevin Barnard and Dianne Tipping with dogs Travis, Remy and Barney. Photo: Janine Watson

    NEWCASTLE: Australia Day Newcastle. Kurt Gidley after completing the 1400-metre Harbour Swim. Picture: Simone De Peak

    NEWCASTLE: Australia Day Newcastle. Picture: Simone De Peak

    PORT MACQUARIE: Peter and Trudy Navan seek the shade. Photo: Peter Daniels

    TAREE: Pastor Russell Saunders OAM plays the didgeridoo to start the Australia Day ceremony in Taree. Photo: Scott Calvin

    TASMANIA: Australia Day family fun event at George Town, Northern Tasmania. Picture: Scott Gelston, The Examiner

    TASMANIA: Jumping for joy at an Australia Day family fun event at George Town, Northern Tasmania. Picture: Scott Gelston, The Examiner

    Curious puppy looking on at the Ulverstone Australia Day celebrations. Picture: Brodie Weeding

    BENDIGO: Australia Day celebrations at Lake Weeroona. Picture: Darren Howe

    BENDIGO: Australia Day celebrations at Lake Weeroona. Picture: Darren Howe

    TweetFacebookPEOPLE across the country met togetheron Friday to mark Australia Day.

    Communities gathered for official ceremonies and private events to celebrate the day.

    However, it was not without controversy.

    In the lead-up, there was debate across the country about whether the celebrations should be moved from January 26.

    And on the day, tens of thousands of people descended upon Melbourne’s CBD to take part in an “invasion day” rally.

    Despite the debate,Australia Day also provided people with a chance to celebrate our high achievers.

    Quantum physicist Michelle Simmons was named 2018 Australian of the Year, in recognition of her work in the “space race of the computing era”.

    Soccer player Samantha Kerr was also celebrated on the national stage as Young Australian of the Year.

    Australian National University scientist Dr Graham Farquhar was announced as the Senior Australian of the Year for his work on photosynthesis and food security, while NSW high school maths teacher Eddie Woo was named Local Hero for his online “Wootube” channel, which aims to make maths more accessible for students.

    Many others in the community were decorated with various Australia Day honours.

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    Seven dishes you must try in New York: Chef Stanley Wong

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    UNI TOAST WITH TRUFFLE
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    This uni toast with truffle is just to die for as it is the perfect combination of crispy and umami yumminess – one of the best ever dishes I’ve had in New York from the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. The dishes are mostly seafood-oriented and Japanese-inspired with modern French cooking techniques. See Brooklynfare南京夜网FOIE GRAS SUSHI

    I get my sushi fix at Sushi of Gari – my favourite location is the one on Columbus. The Butter sauteed foie gras topped with simmered sliced daikon radish with balsamic vinaigrette sauce is my absolute favourite sushi dish in NYC – super creative and part of the “Omakase” menu. I love how innovative the combinations are. See sushiofgari南京夜网MARSHMALLOW AND RICE CRISPY TREAT

    A great “new” concept I like is run by my friends Chris and Jen Russell. One day, together with their kids, they created these little marshmallow and rice crispy treats for a bake sale and they became so popular it evolved into a fully fledged business. The caramel sea salt is a must-have. See treathouse南京夜网BRICK OVEN ROASTED WHOLE DORADE

    My friend Hilary is the chef at Catch NYC, a great seafood place right in the heart of the Meatpacking District, also my old stomping ground. I absolutely love the king crab ceviche but their stand-out dish is the whole dorade, which is baked in the brick oven and comes with a lovely tomato, artichoke and clam stew. See catchrestaurants南京夜网/catchnyc/AVOCADO LETTUCE CUPS

    A favourite of mine to eat a bit healthier is the avocado lettuce cup from ABCV, Jean-George’s vegetarian restaurant in Union Square Park. The cups are filled with toasted cumin, serrano, lime and pepitas, a perfect blend of different textures and flavours. Goes great with their cold-pressed organic juices.

    See abchome南京夜网/dine/abcv/CREAM CHEESE BAGEL

    You can’t visit New York without having a bagel and Russ & Daughters is one of the oldest and best in the biz. My favourite is a scooped pumpernickel with pastrami cured salmon and scallion cream cheese. The freshly baked bagels are still warm and crunchy and this sandwich is enough for a light lunch in itself. See russanddaughterscafe南京夜网SHRIMP OKONOMI-YAKI

    A little bit like a savoury Japanese pizza pancake with a scrumptious sweet and tangy sauce on it that pairs perfectly with the mayo and “dancing” bonito flakes. I love to get this for a little snack when I go to St Marks where you can find it at Otafuku X Medetai. See otafukuny南京夜网

    In his 30-plus-year career, Stanley Wong has headed many top restaurants in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, and in New York with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, of Jean-Georges Restaurants fame. Wong’s latest venture, Eastside Kitchen + Bar is in Sydney’s Kensington Street precinct. See eastsidekitchen南京夜网419论坛

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