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Brisbane businessman takes just 60 minutes to buy $3m penthouse

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A Brisbane-based businessman has bought a multimillion-dollar Toowong penthouse the day he saw it, little more than a week after the apartment hit the market.
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The buyer ??? who selling agent Emil Juresic declined to name ??? owns importing and exporting companies in several countries.

“The buyer saw the place yesterday, twice,” the NGU Real Estate principal said. After visiting the property on the Wednesday morning, the buyer came back at seven o’clock that night with his family.

“I left him for one hour in the place with his family. I came back an hour later and the contract was on the table.”

Mr Juresic presented the offer of $3,075,000 to the sellers that night, even though they live on the southern tip of the Gold Coast.

“I drove all the way to Coolangatta at 11pm to finish the sale,” he said.

By midnight, the ink was dry and the offer accepted.

The relatively quick sale has left others in the property industry impressed, because prestige property in Brisbane can be notoriously difficult to move. Related: Brisbane remains a favourite for investorsRelated: Proposed new laws to make selling harder in BrisbaneRelated: Poorer suburbs can be up to 10 degrees hotter

“Having it sold in one week is really good, you don’t see that much. Especially high end properties,” Red & Co’s residential sales director Anthony Oddo said. “Sometimes they take four to six weeks and sometimes they take even longer.”

Mr Oddo suggested the sale may have been as fast because of the uniqueness of the property.

“There’s all that talk about units struggling but if you’ve got something that’s unique, it doesn’t have to be $2 million plus, it will sell and you won’t have to struggle to resell,” he said.

The penthouse at 37 Archer Street is certainly something special, featuring a huge New York-style void in above the living areas, 180 degree views of the Brisbane river from the two storey, floor-to-ceiling windows, and unbeatable city views. It also has four bedrooms, a rooftop spa, and nine car parks.

Mr Juresic put the speedy sale down to the quality of the unit and his team’s marketing strategy.

“We had a great product to sell, it’s got a great location too. It’s on the money,” he said. “I don’t want to sound arrogant but I always say this, I sold over $50 million in property in a year for one reason: my marketing strategy works.”

Maniumpathy hotel review, Colombo

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Tour operators and travel agents have until recently tended to omit Colombo from their itineraries. But not including the burgeoning Sri Lankan capital in your plans, aside from all else, would mean missing some outstanding colonial-era architecture, some of which, including the Dutch Hospital, now a tasteful restaurant and retail complex, has been restored by the army following the end of the three-decade-long civil war. Maniumpathy, by contrast, is a 19th-century mansion-cum-boutique hotel that has belonged to no fewer than five generations of the Hallock family from Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority far north. THE SPACE

Guests are in the best hands at this delightful establishment, named after a town called Manipay, since it is managed by the British-owned Manor House Concepts, a collection of restored accommodation-based villas, most of which date to the 19th-century British colonial period, across the teardrop-shaped island. After such a long history, Maniumpathy only recently was transformed into a boutique hotel in a well-to-do area of Colombo. The hotel is built around a tranquil courtyard garden and pool. THE ROOM

Each of the eight rooms, of which there are four types, are named after a woman from various generations of the family. I’ve scored the 52-square-metre Annapuranie Suite, an elegant, antique-festooned ground-level room that runs directly off the garden and pool. It features a four-poster bed and a large separate bathroom. Though the room is a little dark, there is an inviting small private garden terrace running off the bedroom. Meals are served under the nearby verandah of the majestic main house but you can also opt for room service. THE FOOD

One of the pleasures of a visit to Sri Lanka is its traditional breakfasts, replete with local egg and string hoppers and curries. One of the best is served here at The Nandi, the hotel’s low-key terrace restaurant overlooking the courtyard. Elsewhere, for larger groups, there is the opportunity to dine in the Grand Ebony Room, named after Maniumpathy’s 16-seat ebony table. If you fancy heading out for lunch, don’t miss the courtyard cafe at charming Barefoot Gallery on Galle Road. It doubles as the headquarters of the renowned textiles design house with branches throughout Sri Lanka. STEPPING OUT

Despite what you may read and hear, there is much to do and enjoy in Colombo with its British, Dutch and Portuguese influences. A visit to the Galle Face Hotel, the Raffles of Colombo and one of the oldest surviving colonial-era hotels in Asia, for a drink or a bite is essential as is an evening stroll along the seafront of Galle Face Green, Colombo’s premier, and oft-crowded, public park. Elsewhere, don’t miss frenetic Pettah markets, one of the nearest India-like experiences you’ll encounter in Sri Lanka. THE VERDICT

Maniumpathy is magnificent. It’s a fine, rewarding alternative to a stay in a larger hotel and an opportunity to experience a taste of Sri Lanka’s colonial history and architecture when the British referred to the island as Ceylon. The breakfasts alone are worthy of a return visit. ESSENTIALS

Doubles from $US200, low season. 129 Kynsey Road, Colombo. Ph +94 (01) 1269 6988. Maniumpathy can be booked as part of a Classic Safari Company itinerary. See classicsafaricompany苏州夜总会招聘.au; manorhouseconcepts苏州夜总会招聘; maniumpathy苏州夜总会招聘HIGHLIGHT

A languid Sri Lankan breakfast taken under the eaves of the mansion overlooking the beautiful courtyard, gardens and pool. LOWLIGHT

The hotel is a little removed from the main action in Colombo but transport is plentiful and easily arranged.

University of Newcastle graduates’ day to shine

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University of Newcastle graduates’ day to shine | photos BIG PLANS: Law honours graduate Alex Winn (right) with Georgia Monaghan, before Mr Winn addressed fellow graduates at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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MOMENTOUS DAY: University of Newcastle graduates Billy Sun, Carrie Sun and Eva Guo pose for a selfie on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MOMENTOUS DAY: University of Newcastle graduates Billy Sun, Carrie Sun and Eva Guo pose for a selfie on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

BIG PLANS: Law honours graduate Alex Winn before Mr Winn addressed fellow graduates at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates including Alice Irungu, in red, outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

PROUD: Yan Xue at her university graduation on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookIFAlex Winn could go back and offerhis younger selfadvice on starting university, the law honours graduate wouldn’t pass on a golden study tiporseize the chance toeliminatehismistakes.

Insteadthe 24-year-old from Adamstown, who was among hundreds of business and law students to graduate from the University of Newcastle on Thursday, would go back and soak up everything aboutstudent life that he could.

“I would say to get involved in things, because there’s always opportunities,” hesaid.

“And not just the study opportunities; I’d saygo to the parties, just get involved.”

At the end of six years of study for adouble degree, Mr Winn empathised with hisfellow graduates in theGreat Hall on Thursday about Newcastle student cultural artefacts such as$7 deals and the“David Attenborough”-worthy mosquitoes of Jesmond.

He also appealed to each of them to use theirprivilege for good, and to protect the rule of law from those who might tryto erode it.

“In times when those values feel increasingly under siegewe must speak up in their defence,” he said.

“For all graduates, our degrees have taught us skills in critical thinking, logic and reasoning.I hope we use them well. To confront bigotry and ignorance with rational argument. To act with kindness and compassion rather than fear.”

Mr Winn now teaches the university’s first-year law program full-time, andwill take up a position next year as a tipstaff, or associate, to a judge on the NSW Court of Appeal in Sydney.

The university’sVice-ChancellorCaroline McMillen said this year’sgraduation, which concludes on Friday, is an opportunity to reflect on the transformative impact that education can have on a student’s life.

“Graduation is a grounding and inspirational moment for not only the students and their families, but also the university.It represents the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, trials, tribulations and personal growth that cannot be measured by marks alone,” Professor McMillen said.

“It is a proud moment for the University of Newcastleto watch the next generation of talented graduates cross the stage and embark on the beginning of their remarkable careers with a world-class education behind them.”

Bella bought 19 homes, then the market halved

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6Point and Propertyology Simon Pressley, managing director of PropertyologyA real lack of diversification in property market hotspots is catching out investors and it’s threatening to send some people to the wall.
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Imagine paying nearly $50,000 a year in council rates on top of mortgage repayments for properties that no one wants to rent.

That’s the position that real estate agent and investor, Bella Exposito finds herself in after going all in and buying up 19 properties in the Queensland mining town of Moranbah.

“About 70 per cent of my wages is going out on mortgage repayments, and rates are on top of that cost. It makes me feel sick and very angry,” she says.

Mining towns aren’t the only ones at risk of a property price correction. Propertyology head of market research Simon Pressley says capital cities like Sydney and Brisbane also have their weaknesses.

“Every location has an Achilles heel,” Pressley says.

“Perth’s property market has experienced a downturn due to its economic exposure to iron ore and gas; Sydney’s Achilles heel is financial services and an above-average proportion of Asian investors, Brisbane plays the role of a head office for the coal industry,” he says.

Moranbah, which is part of Isaac Regional Council, was ‘s third best-performed property market for the 15-year period since the turn of the century.

That puts it behind West n mining towns Newman and Port Hedland.

In 1995, the median house price in Moranbah was only $13,000 and it peaked at a whopping $580,000 in late-2012. Since then property values have nearly halved.

“I can’t say it’s a financial loss yet because I haven’t sold,” Exposito says. “But the value of my properties has come down 60 to 70 per cent.

“I’m a real estate agent, so if I’m not safe, no one is.”

Some property commentators blame speculators for driving prices dramatically higher in Moranbah, while others blame the arrival of fly-in-fly-out workers for causing it all to go bust.

“Moranbah is not the sort of location which we would consider to invest in because it is a one industry town with no economic diversity and not an overly desirable lifestyle,” Pressley says.

“Whether it were Moranbah or Sydney, we don’t encourage investors to adopt an all-my-eggs-in-one-basket strategy like some people have.”

But a lack of diversification is only part of the issue according to Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson.

“Moranbah was a classic bubble market based on high levels of speculation and a perfect storm for prices to move south.

Moranbah was a ”classic property bubble”. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“It’s an example, of how we shouldn’t look at property as a short-term cash spinner,” Wilson says.

“Those that look at property for shorter-term gains are in the wrong product.

“If you want to diversify – you need to make sure you can afford to buy property first, if you can’t put 20 per cent in as a deposit, then it probably signals that you can’t afford it,” he says.

There are many investors who own property in Moranbah and who are close to going broke as they’re forced to realise huge losses.

Homes that were once fetching as much as $4000 a week, are now lucky to be tenanted for $500 a week.

At this point in time, Bella’s debt is manageable because of record low interest rates.

“Prices were just unrealistic,” Exposito says, adding that if she had sold her family home at the peak in 2011, it would have fetched about $920,000, that’s about four times what she’d value it at today.

The added dilemma for Bella is that an oversupply of properties in the local market means there’s little demand for rentals.

“We have about 500 properties on our office rental role at the moment.

“I’ll be okay until December to meet my repayments. But after that I don’t know.”

“I’ve met with Isaac Regional Council members and after they hiked rates in July 2016, they are likely to put rates up again,” she says.

In addition to that, from July 1 this year, the local council will also begin charging for all water consumption on top of current rates charges.

“I have some small one-bedroom units that are only a tiny 35 square meters in size and the annual rates are around $2600 per unit which is the same as an average house in Moranbah,” Exposito says.

“This amount is around three times what I pay on similar properties that I own in Brisbane, where I have access to much better services and great demand from tenants.”

For some time now Bella has been a vocal critic of the property downturn in the Queensland mining town of Moranbah, which she blames on the Labor Government under Anna Bligh, approving fly-in-fly out workers.

“Before miners would settle in the local area, but now 70 per cent are opting to fly in and fly out, and they are not even coming into town to shop with buses taking them from the airport to work, and back again.

“Now we have a lot of supply of properties but no demand,” Exposito says.

Hunter Defence supporting Hunter industry

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EYE ON THE PRIZE: Promoting the Hunter’s defence industry capabilities will hopefully land the region jobs and innovation opportunities. Picture: Jonathan CarrollThe NSW Upper House Standing Committee on State Development is undertaking an inquiry into the Defence industry looking at how NSW based companies can maximise opportunities from Defence’s growing exports and investment in defence capability. It is also looking at how we maximise economic benefits of locating defence force bases and defence industries in the regions. The Committee sat in Newcastle last week.
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Hunter Defence made a submission to the inquiry. Representatives of Hunter Business Chamber and HunterNet gave evidence before the Committee.

Hunter Defence is a joint initiative of the Hunter Business Chamber and HunterNet to collaborate on initiatives to promote the Hunter’s defence industry capabilities as well as provide strategic leadership on defence issues and to advocate to government and government agencies in relation to the region’s defence capabilities.

Compared to other States, NSW has often been seen as “missing in action” in the defence space. It is said that in other states political leaders from the Premier down are far more engaged in dealing with Defence and defence industries and that in NSW and we have missed opportunities.

While Defence invests about $5.5bn annually in its operational expenditure in NSW with direct employment of about 26,500 people and an additional 29,500 indirectly employed, the Defence sector contributes only about 2 per centof gross state product. This may explain a perceived lack of interest by governments in the past but, fortunately, that is changing in NSW. The contribution in the regions is far more significant. It is more like 10 per centin the Hunter and 12 per cent in Shoalhaven. In its submission to the current inquiry, Defence NSW noted that “Defence investment is one of the key drivers of employment and economic growth in many regional areas”.

The Defence NSW submission noted that for “every $1bn in Commonwealth defence spending we can attract to NSW will boost our State Gross Product by $1.4bn and support up to 10,000 jobs across the economy”. These figures alone must surely incentivise the NSW Government to get behind the Defence industry in NSW and the many opportunities it presents for jobs and investment growth and the development of advanced manufacturing industries.

There has to be a high level of political engagement to achieve this outcome and it has to be a bipartisan whole of government approach.

What is good for the Hunter is good for NSW and vice versa. It was for this reason that the Chamber released its Hunter Defence Strategy in February 2013. The principal recommendation in this strategy was for the “NSW Government to develop a comprehensive NSW Defence Industry Action Plan”.

It took four years for the Government to release a Defence and Industry Strategy in February 2017. The Government is to be congratulated for having now done so and also for establishing Defence NSW as an agency within the Department of Industry to drive the State’s engagement with Defence and industry. The test now will be whether Defence NSW is adequately resourced to do the job it has.

It is pleasing to see the strategy drawing the connection with the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and the recognition of defence as a growth area for the Hunter in that Regional Plan.

The Hunter Defence submission stressed the need for essential enabling infrastructure to support the opportunities for investment and development at Williamtown. One key piece in this puzzle is the M1 to Pacific Highway upgrade which was included in Infrastructure ’s priority list released last February, together with the upgrade of Tomago and Cabbage Tree Roads.

Support for Newcastle Airport’s plans for new airport infrastructure and the creation of a defence and aerospace hub is also critical to foster innovation and employment opportunities.

Opportunities in the Hunter are not limited to the JSF and AWAC programs at RAAF Williamtown. The Standing Committee also took the opportunity to visit the Carrington marine precinct being developed by Thales, an exciting opportunity to bring ship repair and maintenance back to the Hunter.

Other good news stories emerged last week with Varley announcing a partnership with Israeli company Rafael to establish a manufacturing facility for an anti-tank guided missile as part of the LAND 400 project and BlueZone’s announcement that it is working with the Army to develop robotic boats for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Hopefully these good news stories will only gather momentum the more the State Government and business groups engage with Defence and the defence industry.

Tony Cade is CEO of HunterNet and Richard Anicich is a director of Hunter Business Chamber

More Masters drama: $180m of stores change hands

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The unfolding saga of the Masters collapse has taken a new twist with diversified property fund Charter Hall Group seizing control of a portfolio of six former Masters stores worth around $180 million.
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Charter Hall will take over the Bunnings-leased properties in Western , NSW and Queensland in a deal that will return a significant chunk of capital to the consortium of wealthy families who last year outlaid $830 million to scoop up the former Masters stores from retail giant Woolworths.

Charter Hall, led by David Harrison, has long coveted Masters’ assets.

It steered a consortium of property heavyweights that included Bunnings, Harvey Norman and US retail titan Costco in a failed bid to snare the former hardware chain’s entire portfolio of 61 stores and 21 development sites when they were being offloaded by Woolies.

Instead Home Consortium, led by UBS banker David Di Pilla, outfoxed Charter Hall and other larger property players to take control of the assets.

Home Consortium would not comment on the deal with Charter Hall.

Wesfarmers-owned Bunnings has long confirmed its interest in taking on at least 15 of the old Masters stores in different locations across the country.

The chain was quick to begin negotiations with Home Consortium once it gained control of the portfolio, installing its signature red hammer logo on numerous leasehold and freehold sites.

The former Masters stores snapped up by Charter Hall were sold with long-term leases in place to Bunnings.

Large-format retail leases typically stretch to 20 years with several options to renew.

The hardware chain has initiated development plans that will allow it to reformat the Masters sites to suit its retail offering.

Andrew Marks, general manager property at Bunnings, previously confirmed that Bunnings would take over the former Masters site in Albion Park in NSW.

The group has also received development approval to convert the Rockhampton Masters store in Queensland and several others in WA – Wangara, Bayswater and Mandurah – into Bunnings stores.

Another former Masters store in NSW, to be occupied by Bunnings in Hoxton Park, is also part of the deal.

Mr Marks did not return calls on Thursday from BusinessDay for comment. Charter Hall was approached for comment on Friday.

The group, which controls a portfolio of 168 retail properties worth $5.5 billion, is understood to be purchasing the Home Consortium properties for its existing Long Wale Hardware Partnership, which controls assets valued over $700 million.

“Our strategy in the retail sector is to continue to provide a secure and growing income stream for our investors,” Charter Hall’s annual report released on Friday says.

“We do this in two ways; one is through non-discretionary convenience-based shopping centres and the other is through single-tenant long-leased assets with tenant customers including Bunnings and ALH Group.”

Another key part of Charter Hall’s growth strategy is exposure to ‘s leading retail companies, Woolies and Wesfarmers.

“We are harnessing an understanding of their property needs across our retail, office and industrial and logistics sectors to provide total solutions for their property requirements,” it said.

Charter Hall recently began collecting assets to seed a new consumer staples fund, paying $21 million for a Bunnings Warehouse-leased property in Tasmania.

The group purchased the store in Burnie, on Tasmania’s north coast, via its balance sheet for an initial yield of 6.1 per cent.

The 3.04-hectare site will be the first property to underpin Charter Hall’s Direct Diversified Consumer Staples Fund (DCSF) which is set to launch next month.

The group is understood to have earmarked several more assets for the fund, which is targeted at giving investors exposure to retailers on long-term leases.

Knights co-captain Sione Mata’utia is still waiting for a World Cup clearance.

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CONCERN: Sione Mata’utia.THE Knights are leaving no stone unturned to ensure Sione Mata’utia is cleared to represent Samoa at the end-of-season World Cup.
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COLLECTOR’S ITEM: The Mark Hughes Foundation is selling autographed prints of the 1997 grand final team.

Mata’utia missed Newcastle’s last two games of the season after suffering a head knock in the round-24 loss to Melbourne –the third time in 2017 he was taken out of a game after a head-injury assessment.

The 21-year-old flew to Melbourne last week to consult with Professor Paul McCrory, an internationally recognised neurological expert.

“All the prelim stuff isthat he’s been cleared to play, but he’s still waiting on the result of a couple of functional tests,” Newcastle’s physical-performance manager, Tony Ayoub, told the Newcastle Herald.

“They take a little bit longer, but we’re hoping to get those results early next week and then we can make a decision on what he’s doing.’’

Mata’utia passed the protocols that would normally have allowed him to play in Newcastle’s last two games of the season, against Canberra and Cronulla.

He was frustrated when the club’s medical staffdecided to err on the side of caution and ordered him to stand down.

Samoa’s first game at the World Cup will be against New Zealand on October 28 –nine weeks after Mata’utia’s most recent game.

Meanwhile, Ayoub was hopeful Newcastle forwards Daniel Saifiti and Mitch Barnett, who have both undergone shoulder reconstructions, will be fit to start next season.

“Daniel’s surgery was two weeks ago, and it all went well, and we expect him to be fit for round one,” Ayoub said.

“He’ll have a bit of a limited pre-season until Christmas.Barney is a couple of weeks behind him, but I’m confident he can be ready for that first round.”

* To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Newcastle’s 1997 premiership, the Mark Hughes Foundation isselling hand-painted prints of the team, autographed by the players involved.

The limited-edition prints are selling for $200, of which 25 per cent will go to the MHF and brain-cancer research.

People wishing to buy can do so via the websitemarkhughesfoundation苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Celebrities share awkward childhood photos to support Puerto Rico

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico in the past week, some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez and Jimmy Kimmel are banding together by sharing blasts from the past, all in support of aid efforts.
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The idea came to fruition on Wednesday’s episode The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after guest star, Parks and Recreation actor Nick Kroll challenged celebrities to post photos of their awkward teen years using the hashtag #PuberMe.

The initiative coincides with the star’s new Netflix show Big Mouth, an animated comedy premiering on Netflix this week, about middle-school students going through puberty. The show’s host Stephen Colbert vowed to make a donation through his AmeriCone Dream Fund towards the hurricane relief efforts for every celebrity that participates.

“For every celebrity that puts up a puberty picture from when they’re 13 and [uses] #PuberMe – and I’ll decide what a celebrity is, thank you – I’ll give a donation to AmeriCone Dream Ice Cream Fund to Puerto Rico hurricane relief,” Colbert explained. Kroll also promised to match the donation made. A treasure trove of throwback photos have begun to roll in from celebrities, and fans of the show alike. Awkward phase @nickkroll come on meow who doesn’t love braces?! Super fly ???? #PuberMe#PuertoRicoReliefpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/olULe4VS4T??? Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) September 28, 2017Nick Kroll asked me to post a pic of my awkward stage, but I never had one. So here’s me lookin’ cool as hell! #PuberMe#PuertoRicoReliefpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/UC9a7XtjZa??? Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 28, 2017Thank you Stephen. In return, here’s me trying to look like a tough guy because I hadn’t yet hit #puberme. #PuertoRicoReliefpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/WAzZ6kk6qb??? nick kroll (@nickkroll) September 28, 2017Really into the #PuberMe challenge. Cause I just LOVE talking about the most awkward time of my life besides perimenopause, this 1’s for ???????????? pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/0WoimDyfrS??? Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) September 28, 2017Hey @NickKroll & @StephenAtHome here’s a photo of me from earlier today #PuberMe#PuertoRicoReliefpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/TELUdYH43d??? Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 28, 2017#PuberMe loved a tight double side tendril, a sequin shoulder padded frock and sheer white pantyhose. Current me loves what @nickkroll & @StephenAtHome are doing to raise money for #PuertoRicoReliefA post shared by Melissa Rauch (@themelissarauch) on Sep 28, 2017 at 1:04pm PDTYo ma mensches @nickkroll & @StephenAtHome here’s some sweet awkward #Puberme for #PuertoRicoReliefpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/y4JrPr7ekf??? Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 28, 2017Okay @[email protected]@jimmykimmel here you go! Rocking the Fred Perry hard! #puberme @puertoricorelief pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/4rDpC2zoSL??? Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 28, 2017Okay, here ya go… fresh perm… Members Only jacket… #PuberMe#[email protected]@StephenAtHomepic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/5ZKuPC1f8H??? Angela Kinsey (@AngelaKinsey) September 28, 2017this uncomfortable little lady goes out to @nickkroll for #puertoricorelief #pubermeA post shared by aidybryant (@aidybryant) on Sep 28, 2017 at 11:55am PDTDear @realDonaldTrump I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don’t let your people die like this. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/mDO848JAUx??? Rihanna (@rihanna) September 28, 2017This picture breaks my heart! I will be donating to Puerto Rico and help them get the food & water they desperately need. Please donate! pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/l3kOXifa1I??? Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 26, 2017THANK YOU ALL. #ALLin4PR YOUCARING.COM/RICKYMARTIN LINK IN BIOA post shared by Ricky (@ricky_martin) on Sep 28, 2017 at 1:51pm PDT

Agreement over FFA Congress remains elusive

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FFA chairman Steven Lowy might have declared Friday as deadline day to solve the governance impasse choking n soccer.
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But a meeting in Melbourne on Thursday involving representatives of the FFA’s state federations, the players’ union (the PFA) and the A-League clubs failed to resolve the roadblock impeding the management of the local game.

The inability to resolve the issue makes the likelihood of FIFA intervention to take control of the governance and management of the n game far more likely.

If FIFA did step in, it would almost certainly lead to the ousting of Lowy, who succeeded his father as chairman of the organisation two years ago.

FIFA has ordered Lowy to broaden the current narrow representation of the n game’s 10-member Congress, currently comprised of representatives of the nine state federations (which have historically voted along lines the FFA has supported) and one person from the A-League.

Lowy has proposed a new structure for the Congress that would see it retain the nine current state federation members, offer the A-League clubs four seats and give one to the players’ union and one to a representative of the womens’ game.

That would see the state federations hold 60 per cent of the vote – sufficient for them alone to propose and elect members to the FFA board if they acted in concert, whatever the views of the other groups.

The clubs and players’ union are vehemently opposed to that arguing that no one bloc should have such power and influence.

The meeting in Melbourne failed to clear the air and come up with an alternative, leaving the situation unresolved ahead of the scheduled annual meeting in mid-November. The union and the clubs would prefer a 9-5-1-1 structure, which would ensure the state federations, acting in concert, could not direct decisions alone.

Riewoldt rebooted: How Jack loved his new role

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Jack Riewoldt didn’t have a great preliminary final. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great, either.
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There was a time that would burn him. It still wouldn’t sit comfortably, for it’s natural to want to be the one kicking goals. But Riewoldt, by his own admission, is different now. So are Richmond, and so is the forward line.

Riewoldt now has an avuncular pride in his forward line. He thinks of himself as a big brother, and of forward coach Justin Leppitsch as a dad to the Tigers’ small forwards.

“The game’s changed a heap in the last five years and I have changed dramatically as well. I have a greater sense of achievement in seeing guys around me succeed, especially in the forward line, where I’m the oldest by a few years,” Riewoldt said.

“I have two younger brothers and I have seen them succeed and had a sense of pride.

”That is the feeling I get when I see Daniel Rioli kick four goals in a preliminary final. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I love going back and watching the footy.

“It’s always great to see yourself play well but I just absolutely loved every second of watching the game back and seeing [Rioli] do so well in a prelim final.

“What gives me great comfort going into the grand final is the attitude. We have two 21-year-olds, a 19-year-old kid, a guy who had not played an AFL game for 19 rounds then came in and impacted straight away and another guy who is at his third club and is showing leadership beyond his years.”

???As Riewoldt confessed at the beginning of grand final week, he didn’t think he would be in this position. Twelve months ago he sat with Trent Cotchin and for the first time contemplated football mortality. A season that started full of hope had ended in embarrassment. It left him wondering if grand finals – finals even – would mock them for their rest of their careers. Maybe, he thought, it would never happen.

“There was a real lightbulb moment at the end of last year when I sat down with Trent and I said: ‘Mate I have come to the realisation that you are a one-in-18 chance of getting there’. One-in-18 is not great odds, I suppose you are two-in-18 to get [into the grand final], one-in-18 to win,” he said.

“I had some honest conversations about the fact that in my lifetime at this football club we may never play in a grand final, we may never even play finals again, let alone play in a grand final, but decided you still wanted to have an impact on what the club would look like going forward.”

It was around this time that Brett Deledio left to play for the Giants. As he stewed over whether success would ever happen for him at Tigerland, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if a similar thing crossed Riewoldt’s mind.

This time last year Richmond fans were hurting, again, and a minority agitated vocally for a challenge to the board. That annoyed Riewoldt. He understood where the sentiment was coming from once he calmed down but at the time the board challenge just felt as if the Tigers were turning on themselves.

“At the time you sit back and think what the [hell] are these people doing?” he said.

“The hardest thing as an AFL player is you live the day-to-day. We understand the inner goings on and the intricacies and then you hear an older player comment on the club or you hear of a board challenge and you think, ‘Just leave us alone. We can get this back on track, full trust’,” he said.

“The other side of me understands you see 95,000 people there at the MCG and you see people crying after we lose and you know it’s important to them and they want to do something to change it, so you can’t fault that, but it was frustrating at the time.

“I am still proud of the leadership in all aspects of the club from [president] Peggy [O’Neal] to [CEO] Brendon [Gale] right down to myself and Trent and Alex [Rance] and the player leadership group in how that was handled.

“Most of the conversations between the older players and Dimma [coach Damien Hardwick] last year were more just checking in on each other and making sure we were still sane.”

Once the board challenge fizzled, Riewoldt contented himself that they could get it right. And they have.

At the final siren on preliminary final day, he wept. He buckled over as the crowd roared and choked up. Then, he literally choked. He swallowed a bug that flew up from the turf, and started to gag.

“Nearly half-died after playing a prelim,” he laughed.