Canberra junior star Andrea Thompson bolsters national title hopes

Canberra junior Andrea Thompson will attempt to make the leap to senior glory at the athletics national championships in Sydney this weekend after claiming age-group gold medals.
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The capital’s senior athletes will ride the wave of junior success when they start their national title campaigns at the Sydney Olympic Park athletic centre on Friday.

More than 40 Canberra competitors will chase glory, including 100 metre champion Melissa Breen and hurdler Lauren Wells, who is aiming for her 10th n title.

But youngster Thompson (long jump) is aiming to step up against older rivals to stamp themselves as stars of the future.

Thompson won the under-20s long jump event by almost 10 centimetres with a 6.12 metre leap.

Canberra finished the juniors with an impressive medal haul, including 10 gold medals, after under-20s 5000 metre runner Courtney Hopkins won her event after making a dash from the airport to the track after the cross country world championships in Uganda.

Eddie Osei-Nketia won the under-18s 100 metre sprint in 10.56 seconds and Athletics ACT executive officer Ben Offereins said the junior stars were ready to make the jump to the next level. </iframe

“Andrea’s a 6.30 metre jumper and if she can do that in a final, that’s medal contention,” Offereins said.

“She’s got some tough competition, but she’s really in from. We’ve had heaps of success at the junior level, which is awesome for Canberra. Our female jumpers are really coming through.”

Athletics ACT claimed its first senior gold medals on Thursday with Jayden Sawyer and Cameron Crombie winning gold and silver respectively in the ambulant javelin.

London Olympian Offereins has withdrawn from the 400 metre after suffering a lower-leg strain last week, but has set his sights on a career farewell at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year.

“The injury isn’t great timing but it’s the nature of the game. At this age you tend to be a little more fragile,” Offereins, 31, said.

“I’m aiming for the Comm Games and that will be the end for me. I’ve never had a chance to run in front of a home crowd [in a major meet] and that would be a fitting finish for me.

“The biggest challenge is keeping the body on the track, but that’s the goal.”

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Ten Fair Work offices retire months after qualifying for pension

Iain Ross, Fair Work President, during a Senate Committee hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 28 May 2012.Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Photo: Alex EllinghausenTen former Fair Work Commission members, including outspoken critic Graeme Watson, retired early within months of qualifying for a full pension at the age of 60, a parliamentary committee has heard.
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Fair Work Commission president Iain Ross told the senate estimates hearing on Thursday night that the former vice-president Graeme Watson retired this year on a maximum pension of $272,544 per year.

When Mr Watson announced his resignation in January he declared the Fair Work Commission was “partisan, dysfunctional and divided”.

A former partner at law firm Freehills, Mr Watson was the last remaining Coalition appointee in a senior role at the commission and a strong dissenter in favour of business. The Coalition made three new appointments last week.

Mr Ross said 10 of 12 presidential members who had qualified for the maximum judicial officer’s pension had resigned before the retirement age of 65.

Those who retired early left within nine to 18 months of qualifying for the maximum judicial officer’s pension.

The recent resignations of vice-president Watson, senior deputy Peter Richards, senior deputy president Jenny Acton and senior deputy president Matthew O’Callaghan all occurred within three to six months of qualifying.

The estimates hearing on Thursday night heard Mr Watson, who will receive a full judicial officer’s pension of $272,544 per year, had made inquiries about the taxation of his pension.

Opposition spokesman for employment, Brendan O’Connor said the fact Mr Watson “wrote to the Government complaining about the tax treatment of his generous $272,544 per annum pension tells you everything you need to know about the former Commission member”.

“Mr Watson has long favoured cutting the rates of pay for workers, though it’s now clear he’ll do anything to ensure his pay packet remains untouched,” Mr O’Connor said.

Fairfax Media tried to contact Mr Watson for comment but the calls were not returned.

Mr Ross said that a maximum judicial officer’s pension was equivalent to 60 per cent of their former pay and received for the remainder of their life.

A former president would receive $291,162 per annum based on the most recent Remuneration Tribunal increase in January.

A former deputy president would receive $251,376 and a former senior deputy president, $264,606.

But it was not uncommon for presidential members, once having qualified for the maximum pension, “to comment that they are, in effect, ‘working for 40 per cent’ of their remuneration”.

“I also understand that former vice-president Watson wrote to the Minister in 2015 regarding concerns with taxation issues relating to the judicial officer’s pension payable to members, which could affect consideration as to the timing of their retirement,” Mr Ross said.

In recent weeks, Mr Watson has been arguing in favour of a cut to the national minimum pay for the lowest paid workers in the country saying this would help ease youth unemployment.

In his first public appearance since resigning last month, Mr Watson used a speech at the Centre for Independent Studies last week to criticise his former boss, Mr Ross.

Mr Watson suggested Mr Ross had presided over an administration that marginalised commissioners like himself with a business background in favour of others who, like Mr Ross, had a union background.

He said the entire safety net including minimum wages, allowances, leave entitlements and penalty rates needed review.

“We have a very high level of minimum wages. In addition to that we have higher minimums for skilled employees above the minimum rate, which is unusual by international standards,” he said.

“Then we have all sorts of add-ons, such as allowances and penalty rates, which are also unusual and leave entitlements.”

Mr Watson said the recent reduction in Sunday penalty rates were more “modest” than he and his former commissioner Michael Roberts had wanted.

‘Trying times’: daughter calls for Chongyi Feng’s return from China

Yunsi Feng’s, whose father, Congyi Feng, a UTS Professor, has been prevented from leaving China and returning home to Sydney. 30th March 2017 Photo: Janie Barrett Photo: Janie BarrettHer dad has been barred from leaving China and his future is uncertain but Yunsi Feng is determined to stay strong.
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The 24-year-old Sydney lawyer got an unexpected call from her father, UTS associate professor Chongyi Feng, on Friday to let her know he had not been allowed to board a flight out of China.

The story has since made international headlines and there are growing fears for Professor Feng’s welfare.

“These are trying times,” Ms Feng told Fairfax Media.

“But I’m trying to stay calm about the situation and to be there for him. I’ve told him not to worry about anything here in and to just focus on trying to get back home.”

Professor Feng, who has been critical of the Chinese government’s growing influence in , is a permanent resident of but was travelling on a Chinese passport.

Lawyers who are in contact with Dr Feng say he has been questioned by state security officers as a suspected threat to national security.

The n government has raised the case with Chinese authorities and Ms Feng says her “biggest hope” is that keeps up diplomatic efforts to resolve the issue.

“I hope [the n government] recognises the role my father has played in the n community and that is an important issue because of that,” she said.

Ms Feng, who spoke out about the family’s ordeal for the first time on Thursday, said she is mystified why her father has been prevented from leaving China.

“That’s the million-dollar question,” she said.

“I just don’t know how the issue is supposed to be resolved in a circumstance like this ??? I’m just hoping for my dad to call and say “surprise, I’m allowed to go home” but right now it’s a feeling of waiting for something to happen.”

Ms Feng appealed for her father’s quick return to .

Professor Feng, a Chinese studies specialist, has tried to reassure his daughter about his situation during recent phone calls.

“He’s telling me not to worry but I don’t know for sure how things are going over there,” she said.

“The focus for me is to make sure that he knows I’m OK and I’m holding down the fort at home. I want him to be able to focus on his situation and not worry about my wellbeing.”

Professor Feng’s wife, Xiuping Chen, is an n citizen and has been with him in China throughout the ordeal. She will stay as long as possible.

“Right now we are trying to stay positive,” said Yunsi Feng. “We can maintain family communications at least. But there’s always the worry that this becomes drawn out.”

Ms Feng is an n citizen and has lived in suburban Sydney since she was two years old. She said her father had dedicated much of his professional life to building understanding between and China.

“I hope that people see this is a family man, this is someone that has engaged with the n community for two decades, this is someone who has contributed to lot to , especially its understanding of China.

“He’s not just important to me, he’s important to the n community, especially the academic community.”

Port Stephens police commander Chris Craner appointed Chief of Staff to Commissioner Mick Fuller

MOVING ON: Superintendent Chris Craner has been appointed Chief of Staff to Commissioner Mick Fuller.Chris Craneris the new Port Stephens police commanderCollective effort to rub out domestic violenceCar a fitting tribute for Richardson | videoIt has been little more than a year since Superintendent Chris Craner took over as the Port’s police commander.
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He came to the command vowing to provide stable leadership and to address issues such as domestic violence, police proficiency and transparency.

With some major gains in those areas under his belt, it seems it hasn’t taken long for the top brass to take notice.

Last week, Superintendent Craner was appointed to fill the temporary role of Chief of Staff to the NSW Commissioner. It means the Port Stephens LAC will receive its sixth commander in nine years.

“I came here promising stable leadership and I think the command is in a far more stable position than it was 15 months ago,” Supt Craner said.

“I’ve worked to make our police officers feel valued and make the community feel valued and that brings stability.”

Top cop’s new appointment | photos TOP COP: Superintendent Chris Craner, pictured when he first became commander of Port Stephens LAC in April 2016. Supt Craner was the Port’s fifth commander in eight years. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

TRIBUTE: Superintendent Chris Craner and Sergeant Martine Morley with the new Port Stephens police car, which is dedicated to Geoffrey Richardson who died in the line of duty in March. Picture: Simone De Peak

CRAFTSMEN: Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed members Allyn Sloane and Ian Dorney with Port Stephens police commander Superintendent Chris Craner. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

KNOCK OUT: Horatius Feni (H for short) with Superintendent Chris Craner who coordinated a Port Stephens effort to deliver new boxing gear to a gym in South Africa. Picture: Supplied

AT WORK: Superintendent Chris Craner.

AT WORK: Superintendent Chris Craner.

UNITED: Senior Constable Brendan Sykes, White Ribbon ambassador Roger Yeo, Senior Constable Lisa Holloway and Port Stephens LAC commander Chris Craner. Picture: Sam Norris

UNITED: White Ribbon ambassador Roger Yeo with Port Stephens LAC commander Chris Craner, speaking at the inaugural Port Stephens White Ribbon Day march in Raymond Terrace. Picture: Sam Norris

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4 tips for Chinan home shoppers buying property in the US

Maybe you fell in love with a new city while on holiday in the US. Maybe you’re itching for a new experience. Or maybe, after observing the American dream from afar, you’ve decided to pursue it for yourself.
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Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to move to the land of opportunity. But the prospect of navigating a foreign tax system, calculating extra administrative costs or learning about a completely different housing market can feel overwhelming.

For ns looking to buye a home abroad, here are tips to keep in mind. Photo: Laurent Delhourme

Talking to an expert, such as a mortgage lender or real estate professional with experience helping international buyers, can help you figure out what you need to do and what you can expect from the process. It’s comforting to have a seasoned professional on your side and can help alleviate some fear of the unknown. Use search tools, like Zillow’s Agent Finder, to choose an agent based on sales and listing activity, area of expertise and reputation.

A real estate agent is an important partner when buying a home as they can provide helpful information about homes and neighbourhoods and have an extensive knowledge of the home buying process. In the US, the sales commission is paid by the seller, so buyers do not pay to have an agent work on their behalf.Beware of scams

Some investor specialists try to take advantage of foreign investors who know little about the market. Be aware of the red flags for scams and internet fraud, and remember the key rule: it if sounds too good to be true, it probably is.Understand the requirements

In the vast majority of cases, there are no US laws that prohibit foreign nationals buying properties and owning land in the US. However, there are additional disclosure requirements for foreign buyers using cash in some cities. It’s best to work with a professional to navigate your specific needs when it comes to buying your new home.

n citizens who buy property in the US will need to complete and file a tax return annually in both and the US. Generally, US property held by a foreign investor will be subject to additional requirements as stipulated by the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. As an n resident, you are taxed on your worldwide income, including income from offshore bank accounts, any rental income from the US property and capital gains on overseas assets.

You don’t need to be a US citizen or have a green card to buy a home in the US, but you do need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). An ITIN is a tax-processing number assigned to foreign nationals, who are required to have a US taxpayer identification number, but do not have one and are ineligible for a Social Security number.

An ITIN can be issued by the Internal Revenue Service or by an IRS-approved certified professional accountant.Get financed

Using financing (like a mortgage) to buy a home is technically optional, but necessary for many buyers. US banks impose stricter lending criteria for foreign investors, which can make it difficult to obtain financing. Most banks require a hefty deposit, normally about a third of the home price. For instance, to get financing to buy a property for $US750,000, you would need a $US250,000 deposit.

Generally, qualified foreign buyers with a 30-40 per cent down payment can often obtain financing for real estate purchases in the US. Many banks require foreign buyers to have a specific amount ($US100,000 or more) on deposit with the bank, while others set loan limits of $US1 million to $US2 million. The buyer may also be required to present a minimum of three months of bank statements.

Before applying for a US mortgage, buyers must first establish credit and earn a good credit score. You can build your credit score by opening US bank and credit card accounts and paying off the balances. Buyers will also want to be sure to report all income on their tax returns. Lenders use this income information to determine how much money they are willing to loan the buyer to buy a home.

Online tools are a good way to gauge what you can afford. However, n buyers will also want to consider issues such as currency exchange rates, international wire transfer fees, multinational taxation and accounting issues, and import-export restrictions regarding currency and household goods. Photo: Spaces Images/Blend Images

‘If you think I’m not good enough’: Aung San Suu Kyi offers to resign

Bangkok: Twelve months after being swept into office on a wave of optimism, Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has acknowledged disappointment over the state of her country, saying she is prepared to step down if people end up dissatisfied with her leadership.
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“When I joined politics, I said ‘I promise one thing; that I will do my best.’ That’s all. I can’t do better than that,” Ms Suu Kyi said in a televised speech.

“So if you think I am not good enough for our country and our people, if someone or some organisation can do better than us, we are ready to step down.”

Ms Suu Kyi, once celebrated as a heroine of democracy, appealed for more time amid a myriad problems facing the country, including fighting with ethnic armed groups in border areas, atrocities on long persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a rise in hate speech and sluggish progress on reforming an economy shackled by 50 years of military rule.

“We know that we weren’t able to make as much progress as people had wanted???one year is not a long period,” she said.

Analysts say Ms Suu Kyi, who formally carries the title State Counsellor, is not facing any threat to her leadership while her opponents, comprising the military and its allies remains deeply unpopular.

Known as “The Lady” who suffered years of torment and injustice for standing up to the military, Ms Suu Kyi still draws widespread personal admiration across the country, one of Asia’s poorest.

But dissenting voices are rising as she cuts an aloof figure in office while failing to delegate authority, articulate her government’s policies and publicly confront the powerful military which maintains control of key security ministries.

“Many voters feel frustrated,” Myo Zaw Aung, an MP in Ms Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy told Reuters, citing pervasive low-level corruption as one source of disaffection among a population who also face ramshackle public services.

“People had sky-high expectations for the NLD but actually the change can’t be that dramatic – they are not seeing an obvious change at the grassroots level,” he said.

In her 25-minute speech, Ms Suu Kyi reiterated that her government will refuse to accept a United Nations fact-finding mission to investigate atrocities on Rohingya in western Rakhine state but said her number one priority is to end ethnic conflicts involving about 20 rebel groups.

“We have a lot of hope???but hope is just hope – nothing for sure yet. We have to keep trying,” she said.

Separately, Ms Suu Kyi’s government announced that five more groups had agreed to attempts to reach a landmark peace deal.

But critics say Ms Suu Kyi’s failure to speak up for the Rohingya and denials that widespread abuses have taken place in Rakhine have severely damaged her reputation as a human rights defender.

UN investigators have accused Myanmar security forces of systemic abuses in Rakhine which the UN says could amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

Ms Suu Kyi was criticised by her fellow Nobel peace laureates in December for failing to protect the Rohingya.

Derek Mitchell, the US’s ambassador in Myanmar from 2012 until last year, said it was reasonable to question whether Ms Suu Kyi and the NLD have taken full advantage of the momentum of their victory during their first year in office, regardless of structural obstacles.

But he said the biggest question mark hangs over the role of the military which under the constitution does not allow for civilian control.

“Economic underdevelopment, civil war and degradation of virtually every institution save one – the military – over the past 50 years cannot be wiped away by a single election,” Mr Mitchell told the Nikkei Report.

“Nor can the legacies of social division, mistrust and corruption created in their wake.”

More than 70,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh refugee camps after fleeing Rakhine since October when Myanmar security forces launched a brutal crackdown after attacks on several police border posts.

Myanmar’s military has declared that more than one million Rohingya living in the Buddhist majority country are illegal immigrants despite that they have lived there for generations.

A-League: Ben Kennedy signs with the Mariners as Jets aim to make amends against Wanderers

PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Long-serving Jets keeper Ben Kennedy has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Ryan Osland
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BENKennedy never imagined playing for anyone but the Newcastle Jets.

But an opportunity to re-establish himself as a first-choice keeper at the Central Coast Mariners was an opportunity too good to knock back.

Kennedy on Friday agreed to terms ona one-deal with a year option at the Mariners, bringing an end to 10-year association with the Jets.

The Jets had offered the 30-year-old, who rupturedhis Achilles in the pre-season,a one year extension.

The Jets deal was slightly less than the Mariners,but the decision to head down the freeway was more football-based.

With Paul Izzo departing the Mariners for Adelaide,Kennedy will get first shot at the No.1 spot.Jack Duncan is entrenched in goals atthe Jets and is in talks about extending his contract.

“We know how much Ben loves Newcastle and the Jets,” Kennedy’s agent Joel Grenell said.“Football-wise this makes sense.He is guaranteed the No.1 spot. The situation Ben is in. He hasn’t played football this year and Jack has done quite well.Coaches are quite loyal to goalkeepers and if Ben has two yearsin a row without playing his career could effectively be over if Newcastle don’t offer him a new contract.”

Former JetsIvanNecevski, 37, and Adam Pearce, 20, are the other keepers on the Mariners books.Another former Jet, Matt Nash, is the goalkeeping coach.

“It is all about timing,” Grenell said. The time is right for Ben to make the move and play some games.”

Jets football operations manager Joel Griffiths said they weredisappointedto loseKennedy, who made his A-League debut in 2006 and played 114 games.

“We have done everything right by BK in terms of his rehabilitation and offering a contract extension,” Griffiths said.“He has chosen to go to the Central Coast. I want himto be happy and hope he gets to be No.1. I just wish it was at another club.”

Meanwhile,coach Mark Jones is adamant a couple of bad result does not make the Jets a poor team.

After heavy defeats to Melbournce City (4-0) and Wellington (5-0), the Jets host a resurgent Wandererson Saturday.

The Jets have travelled on the edge –inside and out –of the top six for much of the campaign.

“The world doesn’t change in two weeks,” Jones. “We did a good job to get where we got too and it is extremely disappointing to miss out on the six.”

“At crucial times we haven’t beenclinical enough in front of goal and we have let ourselves down inconceding soft goals at times. A lot of those were individual errors. We work on those at training and just need to do better.That includes myself, the assistant coach … everyone.”

The Jets, who have 11 players off contract, have signed Melbourne Victory championship-winner Daniel Georgievski for two years and are in talks with several other A-League players headed by Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan.

“We want players who can play in the best teams in the league,” Jones said. “We are not after second best. We want to win the league so we want the best players. Daniel has been there and done that and been successful when push comes to shove. The more quality we get in the team, the better we will execute.”

Wanderershave gone in the opposite direction to the Jets.After 21 rounds they were on 24 points, two above Newcastle. They drew nil-all with Adelaide before consecutive 3-1 win over Wellington and City to move to 31 points, five clear of seventh placed Phoenix.

“They have gotten on a purple patch,” Jones said.“Brendan Santalab has scored five goals in two weeks. That is the difference. You haveto take your opportunities and they have done that of late. That is not to say that we can’t go and do a job.”

Santalab is out suspended but Jones remains wary of an attack which has found its groove.

“Wellington had a few out and the boys who came in stepped up,” Jones said.“They have Nicolas Martinez whois a great footballer,[Mitch] Nichols is clever as well and Jumpei is excellent. They have some dangers as does every team.Apart from Sydney FC, who have been amazing all year, everyone hasbeaten everyone.You need to step up and make sure you are on your game.”

Doncaster Mile: Le Romain on meteoric rise to become Kris Lees’ best ever

SAMANTHA Miss “was a star from day one” and Lucia Valentina lived up to her New Zealand hype for Kris Lees to deliver him three group 1 wins each.
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TOP TEAM: Kris Lees and Le Romain. Picture: Getty Images

Le Romain was third at Wyong on debut.

But just 19 months after that start, Le Romain is set to become the Newcastle trainer’s greatest group 1 horseat Randwick on Saturday.

The four-year-old, a sales reject owner-breeders offered to sell for $40,000 when unraced, was the $5 favourite for the $3 million Doncaster Mile with TAB Fixed Odds.

Already a group 1 winner in the 2016 Randwick Guineas, Cantala Stakes and 2017 Canterbury Stakes,Le Romain will become Lees’ best at the top level and move within sight of Lucia Valentina’s stakes mark of $4,354,803 with victory.Le Romain has won $2,077,075 from 16 starts and is primed to take the Doncaster first prize of $1,755,000.

“You never know where they’re going to come from,” Lees said.“Samantha Miss was a star from day one and Luciaof coursecame from New Zealand with a big rap on her.This horse just keeps coming under our guard.

“It’s very hard to pick a horse that early and say that he’s going to get to the level that he’s got to, but he’s always shownabove average ability and he’s just kept improving every preparation.

“Now he’s at the highest level and competing well.He’s a good,tough,genuine gelding. Uncompromising.”

Samantha Miss won at Randwick on debut and seven times in a 12-start career before sold for a $3.85 million record broodmare price. Lucia Valentina started her n career with third in the group 3 Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm.

Le Romain has often shown fighting qualities in tough conditions to carve out his impressive record.

“I think that’s the reasonhe’s probably right in the market,” Lees said.“He’s pretty bombproof, he handles all conditions, racing patterns, he’s come up with a nice draw [eight] and a top jockey [Hugh Bowman].”

A heavy 8 surface at Randwick only strengthened Le Romain’s claims.

“It’s a very open race, with the rain, that could change a people’s opinions, but I think it’s just a good open race,atypical Doncaster,” said Lees, whose only other runner in the event was Slow Pace [13th in 2014].“We don’t want a bog but he’s adept in all conditions, and the wet takes a few out of play.”

Lees also hasSense Of Occasion, a $51 chance.

“He’s good at the Randwick Mile, he can handle the soft ground,” he said.“He’ll be out the back and he’s a little knockout chance.”

Five highlights in your travel weekMarch 31

From Versailles: Treasures from the Palace … a tapestry in wool, silk and gold thread, showing an audience with Cardinal Chigi from the series Life of the King.You’ve still got a couple of weeks to get to Canberra’s National Gallery of to see Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, their current block-buster exhibition.
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And please heed my advice. This is one not to be missed. It’s obviously neither as big nor as spectacular as the real thing on the outskirts of Paris but it’s certainly impressive and worth travelling to see.

Accor’s Canberra hotels are offering special deals until the exhibition closes on April 17, with rates starting from $109 per night at Canberra Ibis Styles and going up to $167 at Novotel Canberra.

The rates include a night’s accommodation, a glass of French bubbly, buffet breakfast for two, two tickets to the exhibition, a souvenir tote bag, complimentary audio package and a day’s membership to the gallery.

Visit www.accorhotels苏州夜总会招聘! Western ’s Fairbridge Festival … music and camaraderie aplenty. Image: Ted Dana The 25th annual Fairbridge Festival of inspired music will run from April 21-24 in the small Western n village five kilometres north of the Town of Pinjarra and an hour south of Perth.It will again feature the music and camaraderie that regular patrons know and love — all packaged up together in a weekend escape that organisers say will feed your soul.

Included in the family-friendly event will be more than 100 local, national and international world, folk and roots acts performing across multiple stages.

The festival also incorporates youth and children’s festivals, along with artisan markets, a well-being zone, community stalls, workshops, comedy, dance and street theatre.

Visitwww.fairbridgefestival苏州夜总会招聘.au! The Leura Harvest Festival takes over the town’s blossom-lined main street. Image: Ben Pearse On Sunday May 7, the Leura Harvest Festival will again take over the town’s main street to showcase the outstanding produce and fine fare for which the NSW Blue Mountains are increasingly being recognised.The festival will feature a mix of market stalls set among the cherry blossoms lining Leura Mall.

Highlights will include delicious local fare, regional wine and beer tastings, a comprehensive speakers program, the popular pet-chook show and scarecrow competition, the ultimate chocolate-cake competition and a jam-making competition for all age groups.

The overall message will be one of fresh, regional and sustainable.

Visit www.leuravillage.wildapricot苏州模特佳丽招聘 Picnic Island … a fully copper-clad lodge can accommodate up to 10 people

Picnic Island in Tasmania is thought to be the only place in the world where you can sleep within a penguin colony.

One of the few private freehold islands in , the owner has recently constructed a fully copper-clad lodge to accommodate up to 10 people. The copper cladding has quickly taken on a beautiful patina to sit unobtrusively in this special environment.

Cantilevered over the high-water mark with views of the Hazards, on Tasmania’s East Coast, this unique building is a modern interpretation of the beachfront shacks for which the state is famous.

In addition to the penguin colony there is prolific wildlife on and around the island, including sea eagles, shearwaters, dolphins, seals and whales.

Phone 0411 255 179 The n Festival of Chamber Music … nine days of world-class music in Townsville. Image: Andrew Rankin.

The n Festival of Chamber Music will bring nine days of world-class music to Townsville from July 28 to August 5, with experienced Artistic Director Piers Lane AO once more at the helm.

A program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses will be performed by the some of world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens and on Orpheus Island.

A line-up of 42 artists will perform at the event, including 13 from overseas, and three leading n ensembles in the Goldner String Quartet, Orava Quartet (Strings) and the Nexus Quartet (Saxophone). Four international artists will make their n debut at the 27th AFCM — Poul Høxbro (Flutes and Percussion) from Denmark, Italy’s Francesca Dego (Violin), Henk Neven (Baritone) from the Netherlands, and from the United Kingdom, Martin Owen (Horn).

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Open homes: The best property to inspect this weekend in Queensland

49 Armytage Street, Lota Photo: Raine & Horne Wynnum ManlyThe most gorgeous Queenslanders outside of BrisbaneThe Gold Coast family selling five properties at onceAre Brisbane buyers taking to blocks under 300 square metres?321 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
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321 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, has spectacular city views. Photo: McGrath New Farm

For sale, price guide over $1.3 million

???3 bed, 2 bath, 3 car

Open Saturday April 1, 1pm-1.30pm

Agent: Sherrie Storor, McGrath New Farm 0466 872 705

It’s hard to look at much else in this three-bed apartment besides the views but there is so much more to it than the spectacular Brisbane city panorama it provides.

Agent Sherrie Storor concedes the view is what immediately blows most people away: “The views really are something,” she says. “The city is basically laid out before you, it’s just beautiful. It’s certainly a massive selling point.”

But with those views also comes a spacious, well-designed residence. Located on the seventh floor, it’s one of only five three bedrooms apartments in the building and, crucially, includes three secure car parks.

That said, everything is within walking distance here; the city ferries, Riverwalk, the Story Bridge Hotel, the Brisbane jazz club and the CBD.

Inside, the apartment features open plan living and dining with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors which open out to a substantial balcony. The stone kitchen features quality appliances and the three bedrooms all have built-in robes and balcony access.

49 Armytage Street, Lota

49 Armytage Street, Lota Photo: Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly

$1.59 million

5 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 11am- 11.30am

Agent: Chris Vote, Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly 0433 411 540

Lota is the best kept secret on Brisbane’s bayside, according to local agent Chris Vote, who describes it as the “bridesmaid suburb with the same postcode and potential as Manly”.

And when it comes to Lota’s premier position, this contemporary residence set in the hill side with panoramic views of the bay is one of its best.

“I live nearby and grew up admiring this spot,” Mr Vote says. “It’s so quiet, it’s elevated and there’s great parks for kids one block away. The views ae unbelievable and can never be built out.”

The view is certainly stunning, which the split-level design makes the most of. Beautiful, light interiors are supported by banks of glass and louvres, which admit the year-round breezes off the sea.

Features include a designer kitchen, open plan living and dining, media room, expansive terrace overlooking infinty-edge pool and bay views and master bedroom zone with study niche.

While the house has been positioned to make the most of the views and peaceful locale, the local Royal Yacht Squadron, marinas, cafes and farmers’ markets are all only a short walk away. 16 Corsair Crescent, Sunrise Beach

16 Corsair Crescent, Sunrise Beach Photo: Tom Offermann Real Estate

$1.69 million

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 2pm-2.30pm

Agent: Nic Hunter, Tom Offermann Real Estate 0421 785 512

With 180-degree, never-to-be-built-out ocean views, this family home is no more than a three minute walk to miles of golden sand and a northern beach walk to the Noosa National Park.

Agent Nic Hunter says it’s wonderful for buyers with pets and/or children: “There’s a dog beach right there and you don’t have to cross any main roads to get to the beach, which is a bonus with pets and kids.”

Spread over two levels, there’s enough room upstairs to house the whole family, while a self-contained flat downstairs is perfect for visiting guests or permanent and holiday letting.

Upstairs in the main part of the house, the main living areas are flooded with natural light, thanks to the loft-style ceilings, and each room has been designed to make the most of the views. A large entertaining deck with built-in BBQ overlooks the ocean, while the master bedroom is a true retreat; plush carpets, freestanding bath in the adjoining ensuite and a sunset balcony.

Set on a 607 square metres allotment and only 200 metres from the beach, the property is a short distance from schools, shops and local sporting clubs.

31 Beverley Crescent, Broadbeach Waters

31 Beverley Crescent, Broadbeach Waters Photo: Black Label Property

By negotiation

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 10am – 11am and Sunday April 2, 10am – 11am

Agent: Andrew Ramsay, Black Label Property, 0412 022 840

Situated in the highly sought after “Golden Triangle”, this Broadbeach Waters home is majestic in size and scale.

Featuring an open plan living with 5.8-metre high ceilings, the only things that can trump the house itself is the view, so it’s a good thing there’s plenty of it.

Most of the house has been designed to take in the views of the waterway, including the lounge, living room, kitchen and huge master bedroom.

Agent Andrew Ramsay says the property is likely to be in high demand due to its location and aspect.

“It’s a very popular area, particularly the Gold Triangle where this one sits. It’s also on 900 square metres of land,” he says.

Notable features include four bedrooms, tinted windows, blinds and new carpets throughout, swimming pool and private jetty for boating and fishing and outdoor patio with shaded sail.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX just had its Wright Brothers moment

Tesla billionaire founder Elon Musk’s private space company Space Exploration Technologies flew and landed the same orbital rocket a second time in less than a year, a significant milestone in Musk’s mission to make space travel cheaper.
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A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a customer’s communications satellite rumbled aloft on Thursday from a NASA space centre in Florida, a livestream of the mission on SpaceX’s website showed. The spacecraft carried a communications satellite from Luxembourg’s SES that will provide coverage to Latin America.

Phil Larson, a space policy adviser to former US President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado, has called the mission a “Wright Brothers moment for space.”

Much of the expense of space travel lies in building engines, capsules and other equipment only to be used once and then discarded. Billionaires including Musk and Amazon苏州夜总会招聘 founder Jeff Bezos are racing to make rocket reusability – once derided as a crazy idea – into a reality that will dramatically lower costs.

SpaceX has built the Falcon 9 as well as the rocket’s Merlin engines in-house, taking a Silicon Valley approach to constant improvements and a tight collaboration between design and manufacturing.

The rocket SpaceX was attempting to re-fly on Thursday first took off and landed successfully on an unmanned drone ship bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean in April 2016. The company has recovered eight rockets in total, three by land and five by sea.

Recovering and refurbishing the used rocket booster that flew on Thursday took SpaceX roughly four months, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this month. Eventually, that turnaround time will drop to a single day as the company aims to refly rockets much in the way airplanes operate today.

“I think Elon’s given us 24 hours, maybe, to get done what we need to get done,” said Shotwell. “That vehicle needs to be designed to be reflown right away.”

SpaceX has successfully launched four rockets this year and aims to fly 20 to 24 missions in 2017. The California-based company has contracts with the NASA valued at $US4.2 billion ($5.5 billion) to resupply the International Space Station using its unmanned Dragon spacecraft and later ferry astronauts there with a version capable of carrying crews.

Musk announced last month that SpaceX plans to send two private citizens who paid “significant deposits” on a week-long flight circling the moon late next year. The chief executive officer of electric car and batteries maker Tesla founded SpaceX 15 years ago with the goal of one day creating a human colony on Mars.

The cost of a Falcon 9 launch is roughly $US62 million, according to SpaceX’s website, with modest discounts available for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases. SES, which has flown with SpaceX twice before, was the first commercial satellite operator to launch with the company back in 2013.

The reused rocket was first flown on April 8 with the CRS-8 mission, a cargo resupply mission to the space station.

SES, as SpaceX’s first commercial customer, now expects its own piece of space flight history as a memento.

“Gwynne has promised us parts of the rocket,” said SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell. “We want them for the SES board room.”

Cate Blanchett’s former Hunters Hill home yours for $10,000 a week

Cate Blanchett scores another buyer for her $20m mansion in Sydney’s Hunters HillCate Blanchett’s Sydney mansion back on the market as Chinese buyer defaults on saleInside Cate Blanchett’s Hunters Hill mansion
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Actor Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton look like they’re set to finalise the sale of their Hunters Hill trophy home ‘Bulwarra’ given the historic estate has recently popped up for lease.

Given Blanchett’s obvious preference for privacy over income, and her willingness to leave the property vacant following her move to the United Kingdom last year, sources have suggested the rental opportunity comes care of the recent buyers of the $20 million property.

But it’s not available until May, according to the property’s listing advertisement.

The delayed availability is tipped to tie in with the upcoming settlement on the sale, which exchanged early this year for an unknown sale price through Ken Jacobs, of Christie’s International.

There was no price disclosure at the time of the deal, but the landmark property had carried $20 million price expectations at the time.

Blanchett and Upton have moved their family to the English countryside where ???the Sunday Times reported early last year they had paid ??3 million ($4.9 million) for a historic manor, Highwell House, in East Sussex.

The couple first listed their Hunters Hill home, Bulwarra, in 2015. It sold three weeks later for $19.8 million to a buyer who later defaulted on the sale given problems getting their funds out of China.

Property transactions at this level usually involve a 10 per cent deposit, which would have represented a $1.98 million loss for the Chinese buyer.

The property management on the rental is being handled by Melanie La Pouple, of SydneySlice buyer’s agency. The company’s director is Deborah West, who has long handled the real estate affairs of Cate Blanchett.

The 3624-square-metre estate is available for a 12-month lease, with a $40,000 bond. SydneySlice declined to reveal the rental rate, but industry sources have tipped a rate of $10,000 a week.

Psychologist Tarnya Davis talks frankly about deathvideo

Suggestings on facing death: Psychologist Tarnya Davis offers advice.It’s the one thing we all have in common at some time in the future; yet as Woody Allen says, “I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens”. Some think that talking about death is morose, but perhaps we should think about it more. Perhaps we could even consider living as if death sits on our shoulder.
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Inevitably the day will come when we will have one year left to live. Only 365 days to go. We may know, with the wisdom of medical averages, but it’s more than likely that the countdown starts without us knowing. Maybe it’s already started?

If you knew you had so little time, would you want to keep living the way that you are or would you do things differently?

Matthew O’Reilly is a US paramedic who found himself by sides of people facing their imminent death. He said early in his career, when they would ask if they were going to die, he would avoid telling them, but realised he was robbing them of the truth. Once he was brave enough to tell them, there was an unexpected calm. He also noticed a theme in their talks with him.

1. They had a need for forgiveness for the things in their life they regretted

2. They wished to be remembered

3. They hoped their life had some meaning

It is so easy to get caught up in the process of life that we stop thinking about what kind of life we want and time slips away. It is this opportunity, to live with meaning and according to their values that some people diagnosed with a terminal illness are sometimes able to see as a precious opportunity.

It’s not that we should necessarily hurry up and travel the world, write a book or become famous, although those things might be important.

But we might want to think about whether we want to keep being angry at friend who hurt us those hours, days or years ago.

We might want to stop wasting time on someone who hurts us again.

We might want to lighten up and make a conscious effort to notice how amazing the world is, rather than spending our time focused on what’s not working.

As Buddhist Pema Chodron says, “If death is inevitable and the time of death is uncertain, what’s the most important thing?”

Tarnya Davis is a clinical and forensic psychologist and principal of NewPsych Psychologists.