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    Mumford looking for four-year deal

    27/07/2018 - Author: admin

    Swans premiership ruckman Shane Mumford is out of contract, with negotiations yet to begin on what his management hopes could be a new four-year deal. He is sure to attract attention from several clubs if talks break down.
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    Melbourne’s Max Gawn is another ruckman seeking a new deal, with discussions also on hold.

    Mumford’s current four-year deal, estimated to be worth between $250,000 and $300,000 a season, is about to expire.

    His agent, Anthony McConville, of Mac’s Sports, and the Swans agreed over summer to wait until at least the mid-season break to open discussions.

    Mumford, who will turn 27 in July, is one of the competition’s premier ruckmen, although he appears to have been hindered by injury this season.

    He has played 64 matches for the Swans since leaving Geelong, after he was unable to dislodge Brad Ottens and Mark Blake during the 2009 finals campaign.

    ”He is 26. In a perfect world, I would like to look at four years, to be honest,” McConville said of imminent contract discussions.

    ”If it is three years, it’s three. If it’s two, it’s two. I haven’t had the conversation with them [Sydney].

    ”I will go to the table with an open mind. In saying that, we have a relative amount of expectation … We will see where it takes us.”

    The lucrative deal the Swans offered four years ago raised some eyebrows, but both parties have prospered. Mumford was traded for pick 28, which the Cats used to secure Mitch Duncan.

    ”It was a good, fair deal considering the output they have got from a player over the last three and a bit years now,” McConville said.

    ”I am sure they [Swans] are happy with the result.”

    Mumford has worked well alongside flourishing ruckman Mike Pyke, although just what the Swans do in terms of selection of their big men when Kurt Tippett is available after his league-imposed suspension is intriguing.

    Former Swans premiership coach Paul Roos this week acknowledged the importance of stockpiling ruckmen, having watched Fremantle’s big men department decimated by injury.

    ”I would say there is always interest from clubs, especially with his quality,” McConville said.

    ”I would expect to have the conversation with the club around midyear. I wouldn’t imagine there would be too many issues going forward – hopefully not. But, I mean, we’ll see.

    ”There are a lot of things to take into consideration, obviously, when players are out of contract, both for the player and the club.

    ”It was always said from the start of this season that we won’t start talking until midyear. We are still a few weeks from that period. They were happy with that, I was happy with that.”

    Mumford’s hitouts to advantage have dipped from 28 per cent last season to 21 per cent, but he still wins 52 per cent of all hitouts.

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    No muzzle on Clarke’s men for Ashes

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    There is no danger Australia will follow England’s lead and ban players from talking about the Ashes, after James Pattinson revealed the bowlers’ plan to ”open up” England by targeting their captain and best batsman Alastair Cook.
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    England coach Andy Flower has muzzled his players, who have been told they will face disciplinary action if they shift focus from the series against New Zealand and the Champions Trophy to talk publicly about the more glamorous Ashes assignment that follows.

    Australian captain Michael Clarke has no such concerns, and has encouraged his troops to keep talking and tweeting as the Champions Trophy and Australia A squads prepare to depart for Britain this weekend.

    ”I’m very open to the guys talking about whatever they want to talk about. I love the fact that in the Australian team we allow people to be themselves,” Clarke said. ”That’s probably one of the great advantages of social media … We understand there’s a line and don’t overstep the mark. [But] there’s no restrictions in regards to guys not talking about the Ashes.”

    Pattinson, the potent young paceman, took immediate advantage of the licence, taking early aim at Cook. The opening batsman scored 1249 runs at 48.03 last year but was dismissed by left-arm quick Trent Boult in both innings in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s, for 32 and 21.

    ”The big thing for us is Cook, he’s their star batsman, their captain, their leader, so we want to get into him as much as possible, not really verbally,” Pattinson said. ”As a bowling group, we’ll be working hard on trying to get into him early on, bowl to his weaknesses and try to get his wicket because we feel like if we can do that, we can open them up quite early.

    Cook averages 50 against Australia and Peter Siddle foreshadowed a new approach.

    ”In the past we have tried too many different things instead of sticking to what we knew would work. If we keep that consistency we know we can build pressure on him,” Siddle said.

    The Australians have also been monitoring Cook’s opening partner Nick Compton, who has made two centuries in his first eight Tests, and young middle order batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, one of whom is expected to make way for Kevin Pietersen if he proves his fitness before the Ashes.

    ”Joe Root looks a pretty composed player … Compton is finding it hard, getting lbw a lot, he closes off quite a bit,” Pattinson said. ”You look at those things, find out weaknesses, but they’re all class batsmen. The big thing for us is don’t have any doubts, trust our ability, that will shine through in the end.”

    The 23-year-old fast bowler, who has recovered from abdominal surgery, has milked his older brother and Nottingham veteran Darren for information about bowling at Trent Bridge, the seam-friendly venue for the first Test.

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    Ryan in mix to join revamped Storm

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    GreenEDGE Cycling boss and Melbourne businessman Gerry Ryan says he will decide early next month whether to join the consortium that has taken control of Melbourne Storm.
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    European-based Kiwis Bart Campbell and Michael Watt and Melbourne millionaire Matthew Tripp have been identified as members of Holding MS, the company that assumed control of the Storm from News Limited on Tuesday.

    Ryan has also been mentioned but told Fairfax Media he was yet to commit to the group.

    ”I think we’re all going to meet on the fourth or the third of June, when we’re going to discuss the final rollout of the new structure,” Ryan said.

    ”We’ll have some dialogue then and I’ll decide what I’m going to do.

    ”I don’t have time to be the owner or major shareholder. But I have said before I think the club can work.”

    Ryan said it was his understanding that three individuals were already committed and five more had been asked to take part.

    Ryan said he was impressed with new chief executive Mark Evans and that the new owners would ”bring value to the club” but believed it would ”take a few years to turn the club around”.

    ■ Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he always believed James Maloney, who lines up for the Roosters against Melbourne on Saturday, would be a first grader and added the ex-Storm player would not be out of place in the NSW team. Maloney left the Storm for the Warriors in 2009 after playing four first-grade games.

    ”I used to play against his old man,” said Bellamy. ”He was a tough unit, his old man. James is of the same ilk. He’s a tough, gritty player , he’s probably made for origin.

    ”I don’t really think about, when they leave here, what level they’re going to get to. I knew he was a first-grade player, without a doubt. He’s done tremendously well. He’s had a real good career over there at the Warriors.

    ”If he does get that [blue] jumper, it’s going to be an enormous credit to him. He hasn’t had the easiest start to his career … but he’s worked really hard and it will be a real pride thing for him and his family if he gets that blue jumper.”

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    Hunters fire warning shot at farmer who caught them on property

    29/06/2019 - Author: admin

    Committed to allowing hunting in NSW national parks: Premier Barry O’Farrell. Photo: Dean OslandPolice are looking for two men who bailed up a farmer at gunpoint and fired a warning shot near Orange after he caught them illegally hunting on his land.
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    The 43-year-old property owner was working on his farm when he heard shots and then saw two men chasing kangaroos.

    He followed them over his property boundary into the neighbouring Canobolas State Forest, but when he tried to take a photograph of their number plate, one of the men trained a gun on him, police said.

    One of the hunters smashed the phone and fired a warning shot at the farmer’s feet.

    This week Premier Barry O’Farrell confirmed that the government remains committed to allowing hunting in many of the state’s national parks.

    A similar program allowing the hunting of feral animals in parks in South Australia was shut down this month when one hunter shot another in the ankle during a supervised cull of feral goats.

    The NSW opposition says there is a ”very real risk to public safety” from hunters operating in parks.

    Park rangers have also objected to their role of supervising recreational hunters in parks, and have documented many close calls when hunting has spilled over onto private property or groups of hunters have acted carelessly.

    Game Council NSW says it only endorses hunting when it is done responsibly, by people with an appropriate licence.

    The Orange farmer was uninjured but badly shaken by the incident, police said.

    Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Dave Harvey said the two men were less than four metres from the farmer when they shot at him.

    “It’s out of the ordinary and police are very keen to speak to any of the men who were there,” Inspector Harvey said. “All resources have been made available to investigate the matter.”

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    Cooney out as Dogs hit fresh snag

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    The Bulldogs’ dismal season so far has been hampered further by a hamstring injury to one of their few success stories, with Adam Cooney to be out until the round 12 match against Collingwood.
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    The Brownlow medallist is set to miss the next two matches after scans revealed the tightness he experienced late in Saturday’s loss to Gold Coast was actually small bleeding in his right hamstring.

    The bleeding was below that required to be graded, but the Dogs have taken a cautious approach with their star, leaving him out of this Saturday’s match against St Kilda and the following week’s game against Port Adelaide.

    Given the match against the Power is in Darwin and the week before the club’s mid-season bye, it makes sense for the Dogs not to risk Cooney on the interstate trip next week.

    “Adam felt tightness in his right hamstring towards the end of the game on Saturday. An MRI revealed a small bleed within the muscle, which will keep him sidelined for two weeks,” a club spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

    Cooney had started the season well, moving more freely after cutting-edge treatment on his troublesome right knee in the off-season. He has led the team in key statistical categories such as disposals, uncontested possessions and is second for goals.

    Although on the same leg, medical staff are certain the hamstring issue is unrelated to the degenerative knee problem Cooney is now managing better than ever.

    Losing one of its in-form senior players will test the under-siege Dogs even more when they take on the Saints at Etihad Stadium.

    The club has endured more criticism this week than in any other time throughout Brendan McCartney’s short reign, with the loss to the Suns prompting several commentators to point out the Dogs have won only one of their past 19 games.

    Facing the media on Wednesday, McCartney said he believed the criticism was “partly” fair.

    “The scoreboard’s the scoreboard, the ladder’s the ladder and your wins and losses and percentage . . . reflect how you’re playing. It probably doesn’t reflect how we’re training and preparing for games – actually, it doesn’t reflect it – but those bottom-line results also reflect your draw, your injuries, the youth of your list, the inexperience of your list.”

    McCartney said he had “no doubt” the Dogs were on the right track, despite the external criticism this week.

    “We’re disappointed with our results but we’re very clear about where we’re going. Outside our club not everyone might see that – and at the moment it’s quite clear very few people would probably agree with what I’m saying – but internally we believe we’re a lot closer to some better results than people realise,” he said.

    “We know where we’re at and we know that we’ve got a lot of work in front of us. We haven’t shied away from that, for almost 18 months now. The challenge is when we do get presented with opportunities, we take them.”

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    Waterhouse is ruining betting: rival

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    Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker, Sportingbet, has backed calls for a complete ban on the spruiking of live odds in sports broadcasts and launched a withering attack on Tom Waterhouse.
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    Sportingbet joined market leader Tabcorp in voicing concern at the damage being done to the gambling industry by the growing public outrage at the intrusion of betting into football coverage.

    Michael Sullivan, chief executive of Sportingbet, said he would support a full ban for the good of the industry, and accused Tom Waterhouse of ”acting irresponsibly”.

    ”What he’s doing now is affecting all our businesses,” said Mr Sullivan. ”I’m the biggest consumer of rugby league in the world and it makes me sick in the guts when he comes on TV. The frequency of his appearances is what’s also driving people mad and Channel Nine has a lot to answer for.

    ”Prohibition of advertising full-stop is going too far but there’s some middle ground. If it means banning live odds on TV to sort this out then that’s what should happen. I wouldn’t have a problem with it.”

    Tabcorp, Australia’s largest betting operator, has also gone public with its concern at the public outcry and a call for the Gillard government to step in with a national regulatory framework to replace state-based systems.

    It is understood Tabcorp -which is the only other live odds provider alongside Mr Waterhouse on televised sport through its expert Glenn Munsie – would support a ban as long as the playing field was equal for all wagering operators.

    In a statement, Tabcorp said: “Sports betting makes up a fraction of the gambling market but we acknowledge the extent and nature of the advertising is causing growing public concern. Tabcorp supports the introduction of further controls on sports betting advertising but if they’re to be effective they need to be nationally applied and enforced.”

    Mr Sullivan told Fairfax Media from London that he had ”held his tongue” on the Waterhouse issue for 12 months but had now had enough. ”About 98 per cent of the gambling market has been doing the right thing for years. Tom represents probably 2 per cent of the market. He’s trying to court this hype – perhaps with an eye to selling his business – and, quite frankly, I think he’s acting irresponsibly,” he said.

    Mr Sullivan said Sportingbet had grown from a $500 million a year business to $3 billion through promotion – ”and no one said a word”, he said. ”We’ve been there building our business for 12 years, as has Sportsbet, as has Tabcorp but this whole thing is about Tom. Quite frankly, it’s gone too far.”

    Betfair said it would be comfortable with tighter controls. The company stepped back from paying for odds placement on TV three years ago as it became established in the market.

    The appetite for change by the major players could give the opportunity for the government to take a tougher stance. It sidestepped more calls on Wednesday to stop live odds being ”rammed down the throats” of sports fans. The government is waiting on a new TV code of practice to be approved by the Australian Media and Communications Authority despite claims it would simply cement the status quo.

    Two-thirds of Australian gambling advertising on television should be banned, a poll has found. Just 16 per cent of 1400 people surveyed by the Australia Institute think unrestricted gambling should be allowed during sporting broadcasts. A fifth of those surveyed said they wanted gambling advertising only after 6pm. A spokesman for Mr Waterhouse declined to comment.

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    Feeding the soul gives new hope to anorexics

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    New research could help anorexics physically and psychologically.Weight can become the whole world in anorexia, with every gram lost and gained the subject of intense focus. But new research has found people with severe and treatment-resistant anorexia, which kills one in five sufferers, may fare better if their doctors stop trying to get them to gain weight.
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    The international study of people who had anorexia for an average of 16 years found giving them therapy to improve their physical and psychological quality of life and get them back into the community helped where all other past treatments had failed.

    “It’s never been tried before, because in anorexia nervosa treatment getting back to a healthy weight is the main motivation for treatment,” said study leader Stephen Touyz.

    “But it’s not something some patients feel able or capable or willing to do so they simply drop out.”

    Not only did the patients show improvements in a range of tests of their social, physical and mental functioning, they also gained a small amount of weight.

    “A year later they were still doing well, so it wasn’t a temporary thing,” said Professor Touyz, the executive chairman of the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders at the University of Sydney.

    Globally people with long-term eating disorders are often refused insurance coverage and treatment because of the lack of treatments proven to have any effect, according to his paper, published in Psychological Medicine.

    Professor Touyz said although one patient in his study had died, the majority had shown improvements and one had even gone on to have a baby.

    The president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Anthea Fursland, said the research provided hope to clinicians and patients.

    “When you have had an eating disorder for a long time your quality of life and your health is pretty compromised,” she said.

    “It isn’t about being thin or attractive, it’s about staying in control and a fear of losing control, and a number of other things.”

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    Cross the deep Blu-ray sea

    28/05/2019 - Author: admin

    I walked into a big electrical retailer last week and asked for a disc player that would play American Blu-ray discs and also local ones. The guy told me it was illegal to sell such a player. At the next store I was told there was no such thing. And at the one after that, the salesman sold me one.
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    Purely out of interest, I asked at a few more places. One salesman told me they used to sell them but were forced by law to stop. Another said they had none and wouldn’t sell them if they had – the fascinating point being that there was a stack of them behind him.

    I guess the lesson is that if you want to play American Blu-rays, you’ll need to exercise dogged persistence. There are certainly players around that do it, but in finding them you do start feeling a bit grubby, sort of as if you’re trying to buy drugs.

    Toshiba has several multi-region-capable players but they need a separate firmware upgrade that some retailers will give you for free, while others won’t.

    If not, you can find the download and instructions in mere seconds online. You load the upgrade just once, but every time you want to change Blu-ray regions you must go into the set-up menu and enter a code.

    Laser freely advertises multi-region Blu-ray players on its website and even on the boxes.

    There’s also a local internet retailer selling players it assures customers are multi-region Blu-ray capable, but you have to first buy the unit and then go through customer service to get an unlock code. Forgive our cynicism, but that worries us a little.

    Or you can buy a Blu-ray player from the US and play your American discs on that (you’ll need a step-down transformer), and use your existing Blu-ray player for local ones.The US option

    About $150

    American Blu-ray players are made for Region A Blu-ray discs (we’re Region B), so buying a player from there means access to American discs. We saw a Sony BDP-S1100 for $US75 ($75.85) plus postage on one US website (several local retailers have it at $99). However, the American machine needs a 110-volt power supply and will fry if plugged into Australian 240-volt mains power, so you’ll need a step-down transformer offered by Jaycar and Dick Smith, among others, for about $50. Some internet sellers, such as Amazon, won’t send an American player to an Australian address.Toshiba BDX3200KY

    Spotted for $169, toshiba南京夜网.au

    Toshiba has Blu-ray players that can be made multi-region capable. Ask the retailer – some are still handing out the firmware upgrade disc. If not, you’ll find the software on the internet. From then on, you’ll need to go into ”set-up” and enter a code whenever you want to swap regions. It’s actually quicker than it sounds. The BDX3200KY is a premium Toshiba and a terrific player for the money, with 3D and high-definition upscaling. It gets BD Live through an ethernet cable. The image quality is crisp and fast and Blu-ray sound is fabulous. It’s quick to crank up, too.Laser BD1000

    Spotted for $99,

    To change Blu-ray regions, you go into the set-up menu and enter a code. There’s no firmware upgrade but everything is in the handbook. This is the cheapest of the three Blu-ray players Laser says are multi-region capable. It packs a lot for the money, including full-HD video upscaling and a USB on the fascia, and it comes with a month of unlimited movie rental from Quickflix. The picture and sound quality are good for the money but there’s no resume function and no internet connectivity.Verdict

    Changing the region on the Toshiba and the Laser involves mucking around, but it works. The Laser is the easiest to get working, but if you make the effort with the Toshiba, you’ll note the quality increase and its operating superiority. With these two machines available locally, the US option is overkill, but will appeal to purists.

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    A Galaxy far, far away

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    The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 presented a familiar moral conundrum: how could we justify ditching the Samsung Galaxy SIII – a perfectly good smartphone that had never faltered in the 10 months we’d owned it, unlike two iPhones in the family that had been replaced in roughly the same span – for the new Samsung unit?
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    Having been branded a ”gadget-obsessed spendthrift” by the chancellor of the household exchequer, we might have spent weeks coaxing the funds out of the joint account. There were, of course, so many productivity-enhancing elements in the new model to support our case. And also, if we put the SIII up on eBay, we could recoup some of the cost.

    It seemed a reasonable investment, given the enhanced productivity one could surely expect from the S4’s larger five-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and faster quad-core processor, additional battery life and it’s ability to respond to finger-hovering (Air View) and hand gestures (Air Gesture).

    If those arguments didn’t work, we planned to deploy the convenience of the S4’s WatchON app. We would never again have to disturb the chancellor’s recreational time by asking her to help us find the TV or Foxtel remote, because WatchON can control both.

    It was at that point of our preparations that our subconscious mind stepped in and contrived to allow us to lose the SIII while going through security at Sydney Airport, little more than a week before the S4 hit the street. It might have cost us some cash, but it gave us one of those compelling arguments so necessary for the advance of technology.

    Too bad our subconscious mind hadn’t stepped in previously to back up the SIII, which would have made setting up the S4 so much easier.

    Instead, we had to fire up Google’s Play Store and download all our apps and then adjust the settings – and immediately back everything up to the PC, using Samsung’s Kies software, which we generally don’t use for simple file transfers because it’s so easy to plug in the USB cable and drag and drop between folders using Windows Explorer, or Directory Opus, which we use as our Windows file manager.

    It underlined again our affection for some key Android apps that have substantially enhanced our enjoyment of the platform, since we moved away from the iPhone.

    The first is SwiftKey, a predictive keyboard from Britain-based TouchType Ltd, which makes the iPhone keyboard look second-rate in comparison.

    The SwiftKey prediction engine learns how you write from your usage and, if you allow it, the history of your Gmail and social networking accounts, allowing it to accurately predict your next word. Increasingly these days, it offers us the correct word after we’ve entered a single letter. And its Flow feature, which lets the user write words without lifting the finger from the keyboard, and, indeed, enter entire phrases by gesturing to the space bar, is even more uncanny.

    Last week’s update, SwiftKey 4.1, offers some new keyboard themes, among a range of other improvements.

    Another useful app is the free Snapdragon BatteryGuru. It gives users of Android devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor a range of options to improve battery performance, in essence stopping ad hoc refreshing by apps, which consumes both data and battery power.

    BatteryGuru takes a couple of days to learn how you use your device. It then applies the information to reduce unnecessary background activity. Once it knows which hot spots you use, for instance, it turns wi-fi on only when necessary, rather than letting it burn battery power by constantly trying to find a connection.

    You can manually override the interval for specific apps, which you might want to do in the case of Gmail or for chats with Google Hangouts – the replacement for Google Talk, which has just become available for iOS devices – as well as Android and the Chrome web browser.

    In the meantime, we have just started playing with Apex Launcher Pro as a replacement for Samsung’s TouchWiz.

    We would love to hear what Android applications our readers regard as indispensable. The chancellor might even allow us to buy some.

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    Telstra cuts jobs amid market woes

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    The changes will be the “most substantive” for 10 years: Telstra Chief Operating Officer Brendon Riley. Photo: Rob Gunstone Customer confidence is unpredictible: Chief Executive of Myer Bernie Brookes. Photo: Matthew Piper
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    Telstra is poised to make deep cuts to its 30,000 strong Australian workforce, amid a slump in consumer confidence and falling mining investment.

    The telecommunications giant unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the divisions that contain half its staff on Wednesday, in a move that could lead to substantial job losses.

    The announcement came as federal Treasury and the new Parliamentary Budget Office blamed both sides of politics for Australia’s slide into a structural budget deficit – a deficit Treasury warns is now likely to remain for another six years.

    The news was a blow to government hopes that jobs growth would pick up outside the mining sector. Record low interest rates have so far failed to reignite the economy and the latest data will add to pressure for further rate cuts.

    The government’s official commodity forecaster confirmed the resources investment boom had already peaked this year.

    Cost blowouts had caused $150 billion worth of projects to be scrapped or delayed in the past year, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics said, as it predicted mining investment would decline from its current level of $268 billion from now on.

    The Westpac Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment dropped by 7 per cent this month, from 104.9 to 97.6, a level where pessimists outnumber optimists.

    The fall, which came despite this month’s cut in interest rates, was blamed on a budget that removed key benefits from households and forecast deficits until 2015-16.

    It comes as the chief executive of Myer, Bernie Brookes, said that consumer confidence was patchy and there were no signs of a significant turnaround in overall sentiment.

    ”This is not a heyday for discretionary retail,” Mr Brookes said. ”We’ll continue to invest, getting ready for the consumer to come back but the budget as evidenced by the consumer sentiment is not particularly good.”

    Although the overall reading of confidence fell sharply, a sub-index on whether now is a good time to buy a house jumped by more than 10 per cent in the month and is up by a fifth in the past year.

    In its debut research paper, the budget office estimates that Australia will still be in significant budget deficit in 2016-17, even though the budget papers forecast a $6.6 billion surplus by then.

    If so, the paper says, it would be only because mineral export prices remain unusually high, swelling tax revenues. It predicts the structural balance – which assumes long-run average prices and levels of activity – will then be in deficit by between $5 billion and $28 billion.

    In a separate paper, Treasury gives similar estimates, saying the budget will remain in structural deficit until 2018-19, three years after it is officially forecast to be in surplus.

    Telstra would not say how many jobs would be affected by the changes, but its chief operating officer Brendon Riley described the move as the ”most substantive changes for 10 years”. It will brief union officials next week.

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    Superhero puts fitness company in its place in trademark battle

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    Superman: Trademarked tighter than his lycra suit.He’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, can leap tall buildings in a bound, and now Superman has claimed victory in a Federal Court case.
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    High up in the towering law courts in Sydney, DC Comics went to fight for Superman’s good name, appealing a decision allowing a fitness company to register ”superman workout” as a trademark.

    Justice Annabelle Bennett on Wednesday found in favour of the superhero, ordering the application for Cheqout to use Superman’s name be refused.

    The case went deep into Superman’s history, dealing with everything from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s ”Ubermensch”, the original comic strip character from 1938 to a mysterious earlier figure by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster who was actually a villain.

    Justice Bennett considered several meanings of the word ”superman”, including the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition, which refers to Nietzsche’s concept of ”an ideal human being who by virtue of greater spiritual powers rises above the usual notions of good and evil”.

    This definition also lists the character introduced in the comics, while the Oxford English Dictionary describes ”an almost invincible superhero having the power to fly and typically depicted wearing a tight blue suit with a red cape”.

    The judge found that when Cheqout applied to use the trademark last July, it did so in ”bad faith”, having used ”Superman” with a shield symbol and the colours red, white and blue.

    In July a delegate for the Registrar of Trade Marks ruled there would be no confusion between the workout classes and Superman because DC Comics itself had never conducted fitness clinics.

    DC Comics appealed on the grounds that ”superman workout” would be ”likely to deceive or cause confusion”, and that Superman had ”acquired a reputation” in Australia.

    Justice Bennett concluded: ”I am satisfied that at the date of application for the trademark, Cheqout’s conduct fell short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour observed by reasonable and experienced persons.”

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    Telstra to axe jobs in major shake-up

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    Significant job losses are expected at Telstra after the telco announced sweeping changes to its operational structure.
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    About half of Telstra’s domestic workforce of 30,000 is affected by the changes – which were announced to staff via the company’s intranet – being rolled out by July 1.

    As the company shifts from its legacy copper network and phone directories businesses, it will concentrate on high-growth areas such as wireless networks, the national broadband network and cloud computing, while cutting back on loss-making areas such as the Sensis directory business.

    Chief operations officer Brendon Riley described the move as the ”most substantive changes for 10 years”. He said Telstra would continue to drive improvements in core businesses and increase investment in growth businesses such as network application services, cloud and media assets.

    ”Our traditional businesses are coming under increasing margin pressure and the largest portion of our budget is spent supporting them. This is not a sustainable business model and we have an obligation to redefine our contributions to Telstra,” Mr Riley told staff on Wednesday.

    One of legacy businesses, the YellowPages directory, was once a cash cow but has been under pressure as people turn to internet search engines. Telstra slashed 648 jobs from Sensis in February.

    The so-called rivers of gold that once flowed from Telstra’s monopoly hold over the copper wire network are expected to ease as the introduction of the national broadband network gathers pace.

    The overhaul is expected to produce a cut in Telstra’s headcount at home as it expands overseas, in Asia in particular. The company

    refused to comment specifically on the number of jobs to be lost.

    ”I anticipate that we will be creating efficiencies which will mean we have jobs that will go in certain areas but on the other hand there is investment in jobs creation that we need to do,” Mr Riley said. But he admitted the job number was likely to be down overall.

    Telstra has cut about 2500 roles over the past year. At the end of December the telco had a total workforce of 38,663.

    It will reorganise its operations into five groups, Mr Riley said, and three of them – IT solutions, networks, and customer service delivery – will be new.

    Two existing operational units, covering the telco’s work with and for the national broadband network and Telstra’s new growth engine – network applications and services, which manages data for business customers – will be retained.

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    A big drop, but Rinehart is still richer than everyone else

    29/04/2019 - Author: admin

    The richest of the rich.Gina Rinehart’s personal wealth has shed a staggering $7 billion in the past 12 months, but even her losses exceed the total wealth of Australia’s next richest person, according to the BRW Rich 200 list, released on Thursday.
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    The mining magnate easily retained her position as Australia’s richest individual, with total wealth estimated at $22.02 billion, down from $29.17 billion last year. However, the $7.15 billion drop sustained by the mining magnate surpassed the total wealth of the man in second place, shopping centre developer Frank Lowy. His total wealth was up $400 million this year to $6.87 billion.

    Mr Lowy replaced commodities heavyweight Ivan Glasenberg in second place on the list after the chief executive of the newly merged GlencoreXstrata shed $1.79 billion, to drop to $5.61 billion and fifth.

    Mr Lowy is one of 18 people who has appeared in the Rich 200 every year of its 30-year run.

    Conspicuous by his absence from the Rich 200 is Nathan Tinkler, the coal mining tycoon who was beset by a series of debt problems and falling asset values that devalued last year’s listing of $915 million to a paltry-by-comparison $235 million.

    Another to depart the list is Therese Rein, the Queensland-based work services entrepreneur and wife of federal politician Kevin Rudd. Her absence reduces the number of women in the Rich 200 to 14, down from 16 last year.

    Making one of the biggest debuts in the history of BRW’s Rich 200 List is Hui Wing Mau, a Chinese-born property developer who resides in Hong Kong, but whom BRW discovered was educated at the University of South Australia and holds Australian citizenship.

    The 62-year-old is one of China’s largest real estate developers, with more than 70 projects in progress, rising to seventh on BRW’s list with an estimated wealth of $4.8 billion.

    He is one of 16 list members to be based overseas, up from 14 last year.

    Old money in general played a solid game over the past 12 months, with eight of the 18 long-time Rich 200 listees finishing the year with greater personal wealth than when it started.

    The country’s biggest private developer of residential apartments and another 30-year Rich 200 veteran, Harry Triguboff, lifted his wealth to $4.95 billion from $4.85 billion last year and rises one position to sixth.

    Solomon Lew bounced back after a few tough years for the retail sector, lifting his wealth to $1.70 billion from $1.15 billion this year.

    One of the best performers this year is James Packer, whose growing gambling and hospitality business boosted his wealth to $6 billion from $5.21 billion last year.

    Anthony Pratt and family move from fifth to fourth with $5.95 billion after good performances at their packaging business.

    Other standout performances include private hospitals owner Paul Ramsay. His wealth rose by $1.04 billion to $2.70 billion after strong share price growth by Ramsay Health Care.

    Retailer Gerry Harvey has also proved a few people wrong by lifting his wealth to $1.44 billion from $1.10 billion last year.

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