Te’o waits for the phone call he thought would never come

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As former Queensland State of Origin star Ben Te’o waits for the phone call on Thursday which will reportedly confirm his shock selection in Warren Gatland’s 40-man British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand, he would be well advised to reflect on just how fast his star has risen since switching codes in the wake of winning the 2014 NRL Premiership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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After a successful league career with the Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and then Souths, seven Origin appearances and a Rugby League World Cup cameo for Samoa, the Auckland-born star opted to head to Irish province Leinster to try his hand at rugby a little under three years ago.

Now at English Premiership strugglers Worcester, the centre has made eight appearances in the white jersey of Eddie Jones’ England, albeit only chalking up a solitary start – in an untidy victory over Italy which was mired by the home side’s legal, yet controversial no-ruck tactics.

Having qualified for the national side via his English mother, Te’o earned a deserved reputation as an aptly named impact player, coming off the bench with marked success as Jones’s side retained their Six Nations title.

However, it is not a label that sits comfortably with the 30-year-old Lion-in-waiting: “It’s not something I like doing,” he told England’s Times newspaper.

“I’ve never liked not starting a game. When you’re in a training camp with England, it’s such an intense environment and you put a lot into the training. Then it comes to game day and you only get 20 minutes …”

“You don’t want to say, ‘I’m an impact player.’ I’d never want to say that” he added.

He may be typecast, but it is this reputation which will see the rookie picked ahead of eminent centres including compatriot Jonathan Joseph, Ireland’s Jared Payne and Garry Ringrose, Scotland’s Huw Jones and Wales’ Scott Williams.

“You play whatever role you’re given,” he said. “But you can start to be seen as a certain type. You play for 20 minutes and feel like you’ve got so much more to give.”

Previously, Te’o had spoken cooly on the subject of the Lions, suggesting that not even he believed his career would lead him to the storied shirt so late in his career – and so soon after his switch: “I know the significance of the Lions but I can’t say I grew up wanting to be a British Lion,” he told the Times.

The subject of a fierce tug-of-war between Ireland, England and , Te’o eventually opted to swap Leinster for Worcester and throw his hat into the ring for a shot under Jones – and the gamble has paid off handsomely.

“I’d had meetings with [ head coach] Michael Cheika, and going back there was a possibility,” he said. “Eddie said he could only pick players who play in the Premiership but, if I came over here and played good rugby, he’d have a look at me. I just chose what felt right.”

The popular centre says he was inspired to widen his horizons after watching his former Broncos teammate – and one-time flatmate Israel Folau – swap league for AFL, and then rugby.

“However successful people say Israel was in AFL, in his head he was successful,” Te’o said. “He gave it a go and the most important thing was that he learnt a lot about himself along the way. You’ve got to challenge yourself sometimes and I wanted to do that.”

When Te’o answers the call on Thursday, he will join the ranks of such luminaries as Jack ‘Iron Man’ Matthews, Mike Gibson, Jeremy Guscott, Jamie Roberts and Brian O’Driscoll.

Perhaps more importantly, he will achieve what many thought 2014 Premiership-winning teammate Sam Burgess might, and rubber-stamp a successful conversion to the code. Big shout out to this bloke, when I first thought about going to Rugby Union he was the first guy to tell me I could make it. Told me it wasn’t too late to learn, that I had the talent, just to back myself. And two and a bit years later we are playing a test match against each other.A post shared by Ben Te’o (@ben.teo) on Dec 6, 2016 at 10:25pm PST

ADVERTISING FEATURE: City fires up for visitor

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SAILING INTO TOWN: HMAS Newcastle and her crew will play a pivotal role in Anzac Day centenary celebrations this year.GUIDED missile frigate HMAS Newcastle will fire a seven-gun salute tomorrow afternoon as she sails for the last time into her namesake port.
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Fort Scratchley will welcome the ship with a salute from its No.2 Mk.7 gun before the HMAS Newcastle replies with a salvo from its ceremonial deck gun.

The arrival marks the start of a busy few days of activities for the ship’s captain and crew.

From 10am Monday, the vessel’s full complement of 184 servicemen and women will take part in a Freedom of Entry march through the city.

The march will start at Perkins Street before proceeding along Hunter Street, turning onto Darby Street and then onto King Street before ending at Civic Park.

HMAS Newcastle commanding officer Commander Mark Sirois said the march was “a fitting honour” for the crew and city prior to the ship’s decommissioning.

“Newcastle is our home port and our namesake city, and the Freedom of Entry is an old tradition that creates an even greater bond,” he said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, who will inspect the crew and preside over the march, said HMAS Newcastle and her crew had maintained close ties with Newcastle since her launch in 1992.

“HMAS Newcastle personnel have regularly taken part in Anzac Day marches and other military ceremonies in the city and they have welcomed thousands of Novocastrians for open days during the ship’s many visits. But equally important is their ongoing charity work with local organisations in need.”

The ship’s crew will be among an estimated 800 current and former servicemen and women and their families taking part in the city’s main Anzac Day march through Newcastle to Civic Park.

Also during the visit, a troop of 100 Scouts from the Hunter and Manning regions will be given an exclusive tour of the vessel.

HMAS Newcastle has been deployed on various military and peace-keeping roles throughout the Pacific and Persian Gulf areas and will continue on operational taskings and exercises throughout 2018 prior to her decommissioning in 2019.

NHRU: Wells heads list of internationals leading the way for Newcastle University

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STAR ATTRACTION: New Zealand fly-half Dan Wells is one of six overseas recruits at University. The 26-year-old Northland sevens star plans to make Newcastle his permanent home. Picture: James GardinerDAN Wells was in need of a change. New town. New rugby environment.
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A Kiwi, he had just represented Northland at the national sevens championships –the platform from which the New Zealand squad for the IRB world sevens circuit is selected.

There was talk of a place in the Northland ITM Cup program but Wells had heard that line before.

He looked at an opportunity in Ireland before Newcastle University entered the equation.

Wells is one of sixinternationals recruited by the Students through the support of the McCloy Group.

The 26-year-old didn’t just pack a bag and jump on a plane.He and partner, Steph Haynes, sold their house in Whangarei, where he was a builder, and relocated stock, lock and barrelto Newcastle.

“It was a bit of a gamble,” Wells said. “We have fallen in love with Newcastle. It is easy to get around andthe beaches are beautiful. We plan to settle down here.”

Apart from Wells, hooker Luke Harwood (Wales), No.8 Jack Cooke (Ireland), centresFausto Carpini (Argentina) and Nelson Gomes (France) and halfback Gianluca Naldi (Italy) are foreigners.

Gomes scored a try and Wells (conversion) and Naldi(penalty) also scoredin the Students’ 20-16 win over Nelson Bay.

“You can see that everyone has skill, but we all have different styles and techniques,” Wells said.“It is taking time for us to gel. By about round three we should be close.”

Wells has played mainly at 12 or 15 in recent seasons but has been handed the job of running the team at fly-half.

“We have a few boys whose English is not that great and they want someone to control the game,” he said. The video clips they saw of me weremainly playing fullback. I enjoy kicking but counter attacking is my strength.Uni have a few boys who can play 15 and they really want me to settle in as a number 10.”

Wells was born in Gisborne and went to noted Auckland rugby academy,Manurewa High School, where he played in the first XV aged 15.He represented Northern Region Maori colts (under-20s) and was picked up by Northland.

Younger brothers Henare, 24, and Dallas, 22, are talented rugby league players. They grew up on the Gold Coast with their fatherand attended Keebra Park High School. Henare played under-20s at the Sydney Roosters and was at the Warriors last year. Dallas played under-20s at Cronulla.

“Theyhave done well in league, but I can still handle them,” he laughed.

Next for the Students are Lake Macquarie.

“I’m used toto playing physical teams back home,” he said.“Club rugby here is pretty strong. From what I’m told wehave a lot more experience this year whichgives the young boys confidence.”

Memorial for Lindt Cafe siege victims in limbo

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Almost 2?? years after the Lindt Cafe siege, the promised permanent memorial to victims is in limbo, with its exact location impacted by coming major infrastructure works in Martin Place for the new Sydney Metro station and the government still refusing to announce an installation date.
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A spokesman for the Premier’s department could not even guarantee the memorial would be built before the new station, which is set to be operational in seven years.

In the days that followed the December 2014 siege that claimed the lives of lawyer Katrina Dawson and cafe manager Tori Johnson, grieving Sydneysiders laid an impromptu memorial of flowers that filled a block of Martin Place.

Former premier Mike Baird promised survivors and families of victims in January 2015 a permanent memorial would be installed before the first anniversary of the siege by gunman Man Haron Monis.

“The outpouring of grief that was symbolised by a sea of flowers in Martin Place, and that moved hearts around the world, was the beginning of our recovery process,” Mr Baird said in a statement announcing the memorial plans.

“The unveiling of a permanent memorial, on or before the first anniversary of the siege, will be another significant step in that process, and will guarantee that the memory of Tori and Katrina lives forever in the heart of Sydney.”

But a year later, in December 2015, Mr Baird announced only the design of the permanent memorial, by n architect Richard Johnson, which would feature 400 flowers in lit boxes inlaid into the granite pavement in a “scattered starburst pattern”.

Now, 16 months later, a spokesman from the Premier’s department says “design work on the Martin Place memorial is progressing”.

“The location of the memorial will take into consideration planned infrastructure projects at Martin Place, including Sydney Metro, and any existing services underground.

“The department will continue to speak with the families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson regarding the next phase of the memorial design. The focus remains on creating a lasting memorial that will honour the memories of Tori and Katrina.”

He would not give a date for its installation but said the memorial should be in place before the new station, which is due to be operational by 2024, “subject to final planning approvals and endorsement by all key stakeholders”.

A spokeswoman for the City of Sydney said responsibility lay with the government. The memorial “is being managed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet,” she said. “We are providing support to the state government with the development of the project.”

The families of Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson could not be reached for comment.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley was critical of the delay and uncertainty around the project.

“Surely with all the resources of government, the Premier can tell us when and where the memorial will be installed,” he said.

Construction of the Martin Place station for the new Sydney Metro rail line will involve the demolition of buildings between Castlereagh and Elizabeth Streets, and the creation of new underground connections to the existing Martin Place train station.

Macquarie Group wants to build two new commercial towers above the new station, a proposal that has proceeded to the third and final stage of the same unsolicited approvals process that delivered James Packer’s Barangaroo casino to the city.

The coroner is expected to hand down his findings from the inquest into the deaths of Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson within weeks.

Kendall Jenner struggled to cope with Caitlyn’s gender transition

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Kendall Jenner – the self-described “tomboy” model sister of the Kardashian’s and star of that Pepsi commercial – has spoken about how she struggled dealing with her father’s gender transition.
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Jenner is the eldest daughter of Kris Jenner and Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner, who transitioned in 2015.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar to plug her Estee Lauder contract, the 21-year-old opens up about discovering “clues” regarding her father’s identity which initially led her to think Caitlyn was having an affair.

“It was like an investigation for a really long time… We would find little things and think, ‘This isn’t normal.’ For a minute, we were like, ‘OK, is he cheating?’ And then we’d say, ‘I don’t think so’,” she said.

Kendall said she already “kind of knew” before Caitlyn came out as transgender in April 2015.

“When she told us, and told us that it was going to be a real thing, it was an emotional couple of months,” she says. “And if I would talk about it, I would cry, just because you’re mourning someone??? losing someone. The person is still there, of course, but physically you’re losing someone. It was my dad who I grew up with my whole life and who raised me.

“It’s an adjustment, for sure. But honestly, you start to realise that this person is still alive. This person is still here. They are still a blessing. They are still awesome. I realised that I should just be thankful that I still have my dad. It starts to just become normal. You’re just like, ‘Okay, cool’.”

The two still have a close relationship and share a bond of cars and adventure sports. Caitlyn, with the help of former late night TV star and vintage car enthusiast Jay Leno, recently advised Kendall on her latest purchase – a 1956 Corvette.

Like a chapter from a “How To Be The One Percent” manual she discusses how she nearly refused to buy the vehicle that took dealers four weeks to locate.

“F—! I don’t like the colour,” Kendall remembers thinking of the robin’s-egg-blue car when one of Leno’s car experts found it after a month-long search. “So she figured she’d get it and just have it painted,” the feature reads.

No more video game antics, now City must be ruthless, says Cahill

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It’s been called the most bizarre match in the A-League’s 12-year history, and Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill isn’t arguing.
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The Melbourne City marquee man described last weekend’s 5-4 defeat to Perth Glory as being like a video game and the strangest match he has been involved in.

Cahill likened the topsy-turvy contest to a FIFA game with his children.

“The game was a mess. I don’t think I have played in a game like it ever,” he said. “It seemed it was like a game of FIFA [where] you go all-out attack [as] Real Madrid when you are two down against my kids, and I lose 4-2 or win 5-3.”

He smiled when reminded about Glory keeper Liam Reddy’s amazing run in the dying moments when he came out of his goal and began dribbling past City opponents.

“It was like when you press that button in the middle of FIFA and the goalkeeper just goes on a ‘worldy’. It was an amazing game to play in and to be on there but that’s the way the game was meant to be, purely because they [Glory] could do whatever they wanted because they were on a hiding to nothing.

“If they won by four goals they would have got a home final. The circumstances of the game meant that they had to come all out, meant that they could attack …”

City must, of course, tighten up defensively, but Cahill would be surprised if Perth adopted similar gung-ho tactics when they face each other again in Sunday’s elimination final in Melbourne.

“It’s having the mentality to go out here and just be ruthless. This week we have no choice but to be ruthless. Do you actually think they are going to play like that again? Having to win away from home, it will be very interesting.”

He is not, of course, above indulging in mind games, and his claim that City are the underdogs for this game is a little disingenuous, along with the insistence that he has been underestimated all his life.

That was certainly the case when he was a teenage n hopeful heading to London to play for Millwall, but certainly not any more.

Nevertheless, he is sticking to his guns as he limbers up for his first A-League finals series.

“I have been written off my whole life … I wasn’t supposed to play in the last World Cup, I wasn’t supposed to play in the Asian Cup, or I wasn’t supposed to do well in the A-League either because I am too old, I am 37. But I like it like this.

“In all the big games this year I have shown up … and that’s pretty much what’s happened throughout my career,” he says, pronouncing himself reasonably happy with his first City campaign.

“I have played 20 games, scored 13 goals, won an FFA Cup, we are in the play-offs. I will judge at the end of this [finals series], because there is still so much to play for.

“It’s good to be the underdog for once in the finals and not be expected to win this weekend or even in the grand final.”

Patinack Farm parcels to be sold as individual properties

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ON OFFER: Nathan Tinkler’s old horse breeding operation, Patinack Farm, is expected to be broken up and sold off as six individual lots. It is being sold on behalf of liquidators. Parcels of Patinack Farm appear set to be broken up and sold off as individual properties, as the former horse breeding empire of Nathan Tinkler is dismantled.
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The land at Sandy Hollow has been offered for sale in various forms over the last few years and is now on the marketthroughMacCallum Inglis at Scone.

It is being sold on behalf of liquidators Messrs Cussen and Mansfield.

“We are offering it in a different form,” agent Michael Burke said.“We are disaggregatingit along the original property boundaries to offer it six ways or as a whole. But the likelihood is that we will have a number of different owners and a number of different uses.”

Mr Burke said the obvious use for the land wascattle or horse breeding, but a large irrigation license meant it would also be suited to agriculture and horticulture.

“There’s no doubt that country can rear good horses for performance in the sales ring or the track,” he said, adding that its track record predated it being rebranded Patinack Farm when it was purchased by Tinkler.

Expressions of interest will close on May 4.

SHIFTING FOCUSFearthe light rail constructionwill causemajor headaches in the city is propelling interest in middle-ring suburbs, commercial agents say.

Raine and Horne Commercial will auction two warehouses onBroadmeadow Road inBroadmeadow on May 11. Co-Principal Steve Dick said they were attracting interest from businesses that would traditionally be based in the CBD.

“The disruption caused by the light rail construction is creating interest in offices around Hamilton, Broadmeadow and Lambton. These businesses would have once only looked at the CBD,” Mr Dick said.

CARDIFF LISTINGColliers International says a speculative developmentin the Cardiff Industrial Estate is a positive sign for the health of the local economy.

Eight new pre-cast concrete units are for sale at 3 Edge Street, ranging in size from 133 square metres to 154 square metres.

It’s expected the development will be complete by October this year.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE: Toast your support to RSL

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CHEERS: Various establishments around Newcastle will be selling 14-18 Legends Brew on Anzac Day, the proceeds of which will support Newcastle RSL.
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Grand Ridge Brewery has created a new beer that will be on sale at various Newcastle establishments during Anzac Day celebrations, raising desperately needed funds for Newcastle RSL.

SUPPORT: The Clarendon Hotel will be an informal gathering place for serving personnel on Anzac Day and will entertain crew of HMAS Newcastle.

The 14-18 Legends Brew –named in honour of the years 1914-18 in which the Digger legend was born – is a 3.5% “thirst-quenching lager …brewed specifically for the n palate. Crisp, refreshing and surprisingly full bodied”.

“The beer has been made in a style that our Diggers would have enjoyed prior to leaving on their ‘great adventure’and has been created in support of their memories and the sacrifice they made,” Grand Ridge Brewery spokesperson Jason Sommers said.

GRAND PLAN: Grand Ridge Brewery, based in Gippsland, has Newcastle RSL to brew a beer in honour of Anzac Day.

The beer will be available in 50 litre kegs, and Grand Ridge will donate anamount of each keg sold to the Anzac Day Committees/RSL Sub Branches in Newcastle.

“We were looking for a fun, fund-raising idea to support Newcastle RSL,” Jason explained. “I met with representatives.

“They liked our beers and the fact Grand Ridge is the oldest craft brewery in , family owned, using all natural materials.

“We committed to develop this beer which is only available in Newcastle this year –100 kegs. If it goes well, we’ll look at expanding the idea next, and in that way we’ll be doing our bit to support the great work the RSL does each year to put on the Anzac Day celebrations.”

Shaun Raymond, licensee of the Clarendon Hotel, is proud to be playing a role in Anzac Day celebrations.

“We will have the 14-18 Legends Brew available from Saturday onwards,” he said.

“We’re putting on entertainment for the crew of the HMAS Newcastle on the Saturday night.

“We’ll be open from 6.30am Anzac Day with a buffet breakfast available until about 11.30am.

“We’ll also have a limited lunch menu available, and the United Mineworkers PipeBand will play for an hour from around 1pm.”

It will be a big day for the United Mineworkers Pipe Band based at Kurri.

They will perform at the Wallsend Dawn Service at 5am, then the parade down Hunter Street from 9.15am, then off to the Lighting of the Miners Lamp at Neath Hotel at 10.30am, before heading back to the Clarendon.

“It’s a big day for us but one we enjoy every much,” band spokesperson Simon Adam said.

“It’s pretty laid back by the time we get to the Clarendon.

“That’ll be the informal final gathering place for all the serving personnel in town and we’ll just be doing our bit to entertain them.”

14-18 Legends Brew will be available at Newcastle Diggers, The Clarendon Hotel, Stag and Hunter Hotel, Lucky Hotel,Fire Station Hotel, The Old Victoria, Lowlands Bowling Club, Albion Hotel and Mary Ellen Hotel.

Salim Mehajer swore false affidavit, ordered to pay cleaner $25,000

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Salim Mehajer gave “implausible evidence” and swore a false affidavit as he attempted to avoid paying $25,000 to a cleaner for work done in a western Sydney apartment block, a court has found.
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The controversial former deputy mayor of Auburn has been ordered to pay Anping Yan the outstanding debt as well as costs and interest after the cleaner successfully sued him.

Mr Yan sued Mr Mehajer in the Downing Centre Local Court, claiming he was not paid for cleaning the apartment block on John Street, Lidcombe, between September 2013 and July 2014.

Mr Mehajer argued he was not liable for the debt because, in September 2011, his company SM Project Developments subcontracted out the cleaning work to Downtown Project Developments, run by his sister Fatima Mehajer.

Mr Mehajer denied engaging Mr Yan in a personal capacity and only ever spoke to Mr Yan in his capacity as a director of SM Project Developments, which went into liquidation in February 2013.

He also denied that Mr Yan carried out the cleaning work.

However, magistrate Jennifer Atkinson found Mr Yan had proved, on the balance of probabilities, that he had entered into a contract with Mr Mehajer in circumstances in which Mr Mehajer was acting as an agent for Downtown.

Ms Atkinson said the evidence showed Mr Yan carried out the cleaning work and Mr Mehajer and Downtown failed to pay.

During a hearing in January, the court heard Mr Mehajer had sworn an affidavit that listed him as the sole director of Downtown.

But in cross-examination, he admitted he was banned from acting as a director and was not, in fact, a director of Downtown. He explained it away as a “typographical error”.

Ms Atkinson said it “necessarily raises concerns about his attention to detail as in that affidavit he was swearing that the allegations of fact contained in [his] defence were true”.

She found his evidence in many instances was “implausible”. She said his inability to recall a conversation in which he told Mr Yan he would be receiving about $72,000 from the strata company managing the John Street development was “interesting”, given he was apparently able to recall giving Mr Yan an explanation of the structure of the group of companies.

“I find it implausible that in the course of negotiating what would have a been a relatively straightforward cleaning contract, Mr Mehajer would attempt to explain the complex corporate structure of his group of companies to someone with a limited grasp of English or that Mr Yan would understand what he was apparently being told,” Ms Atkinson said.

Further, she found that Ms Mehajer “had a poor recollection of a great deal of what occurred around the relevant time”.

Neither sibling adduced any documentary or independent evidence to support their version of events including accounting records and their evidence was “vague”, the magistrate said.

Chinese-born Mr Yan has poor English skills and was assisted in court by an interpreter, although Ms Atkinson found he was making a genuine attempt to give honest answers.

Mr Mehajer, disqualified from managing corporations until November 2018, is facing charges over alleged electoral fraud offences.

He is also due in court next week charged with assaulting a Seven News reporter after earlier allegedly assaulting a taxi driver at the Star casino in the early hours of April 2.

Mr Mehajer shot to public attention following his lavish wedding to wife Aysha April Learmonth in 2015. The couple are now estranged.

The ultimate weekend away in the NT

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When it comes to a weekend getaway, predictable choices can include overrun cosmopolitan epicentres like Sydney or Melbourne, or bustling touristydestinations like Byron Bay or the Gold Coast.

But if your idea of the perfect weekend getaway includes spectacular natural wonders, friendly and obliging locals, fresh-of-the-boat seafood and a sub-tropical climate all year ‘round, think Darwin.

Darwin is a bright and vibrant alternative to typically overrun getaway destinations

In recent years Darwin and surrounding areas have enjoyed huge growth, now serving up a platter of luxury accommodation, exquisite food and drinks, a huge range of nature adventures and a rolling calendar of activities like markets, festivals and live music.

But despite this bubbling melting pot of sights, sounds and tastes, Darwin somehow still retains its welcoming small town vibe – and the locals are only too proud to show you around their truly unique city.

Sounding irresistible? Here is your itinerary for the ultimate weekend getaway in the warm and inviting Northern Territory.

SkyCity’s pool is the perfect place to cool off and relax

Stay at SkyCity Darwin, a sprawling luxury resort that is a casino, accommodation and convention centre in one. Located one minute’s walk from the beach and equipped with two pools, five bars (including a swim up bar) and a spa and wellness centre, SkyCity is the perfect relaxing backdrop for the excitement of the CBD.

A quick breakfast at The Vue is in order before heading into the city

Have a light breakfast at SkyCity’s The Vue restaurant before venturing five minutes drive to Darwin CBD to wander through Centennial Park on the esplanade.

Lunch aboard a Cape Adieu Harbour cruise is the best way to tingle the senses around the stunning coast of Darwin. Enjoy local seafood like Northern Territory banana prawns and smoked Spanish mackerel with bush spice, myrtle and black pepper to the soundtrack of the lapping waves.

Enjoy locally caught seafood as you cruise Darwin’s harbour

Spend the afternoon admiring the splendour of Framed Art Gallery, one of the largest galleries in . The gallery holds a rich collection of fine art carefully crafted by Darwin locals, including paintings, jewellery, glassware and much more.

Framed Gallery is full of treasures

Dinner at chef-hatted restaurant Evoo located in SkyCity Darwin is one of those dining experiences that you’ll talk about for days afterward. Offering sweeping views of the Darwin CBD and Arafura Sea, Evoo’s menu boasts fresh, local and seasonal produce with a Mediterranean twist, creating a signature culinary style. Highly recommended is the degustation menu which is matched with a curated list of local and international wines.

Enjoy locally caught seafood at Restaurant Evoo

After dinner, check out Deck Chair Cinema, Darwin’s open air cinematic experience overlooking Darwin Harbour – with a spectacular starry sky backdrop. Nights in Darwin are always warm and inviting, and the cinema’s program is an eclectic mix of Hollywood blockbusters and avant-garde cult flicks.

Sit back and relax in the warm evening while you enjoy the latest flick

Enjoy breakfast at The Vue before seeing Darwin from great heights in a helicopter with Airborne Solutions. Take in the magnificent coast on a 40-minute helicopter ride west along the white sands of Wagait beach all the way to Charles Point Lighthouse and back over the magnetic termite mounds.

Darwin from above is a spectacular sight. Image source: Darwin Convention Centre

Sit down for lunch at Char Darwin, encased in pristine white walls and solid hardwood flooring or outside under the lantern-filled canopy of trees while fine-dining staff predict your every need. The a la carte menu includes Tasmanian chilli mussels and Northern Territory barramundi fillet, or on-the-land offerings like a succulent Wagyu rump cap or rack of lamb with pea, spinach and fetta tortellini.

Char Darwin is a chic dining experience

Spend the afternoon wandering through The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, which cover 42 hectares of land and are bursting with a unique collection of north n and other tropical species of flora. The lush green and vibrant unexpected colours are the perfect backdrop for your lazy afternoon.

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Finish your weekend with a wander down to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a rich collection of local art, craft, fashion and food, and enjoy the husky reds, oranges and golds from the sunset from the sandy shore as you come down from a great 48 hours spent up north.

Sunset at Mindil Sunset Markets

Flights to Darwin start at $49 flying Jetstar from the major cities.

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Large shark accidentally captured on video at Warrnambool breakwater

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The shock visitor at Warrnambool’s breakwater.A large shark was spottedclose to children swimming in Warrnamboolon Monday.
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A woman onholidays in Victoria’s south-west captured incredible footage of theshark near Warrnambool’s breakwater by accident on Monday afternoon.

Carla Charlton, from the Mornington Peninsula, said she stopped for lunch in Warrnambool with her family when she started filming a seal she spotted with her daughter.

“Iheard this seal barking so we went down to have a look at the seal and I started to takevideoof a seal in the water,” she said.

Large shark accidentally captured on videohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/sian.johnson/e23f5f16-e7d3-484e-8034-90b889f24dfd.JPG/r46_0_485_248_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgVIC: A woman who filmed a shark at least two metres long in Warrnambool said it was a “fluke”.shark, warrnambool2017-04-19T15:21:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5402857844001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5402857844001Large shark captured on video in Warrnambool“I kept the video going to capture the seal and then these two fins poppedup out of the water.

“Initially I thought it was two separatefish, then Ithought ‘no that’sa shark,that’s two fins off the same fish’.

“I just kept taking the video because Ithought ‘there’sa shark here’ and I couldn’t believe it.”

Ms Charlton said after the shark was spotted someone raced down and told some kids to get out of the water because they were jumping off the pier.

Shedescribed capturing the moment as a “fluke”.

EARLIER: People are being warned to be careful entering the water around Warrnambool’s Lady Bay after multiple sightings of a shark believed to be at least two metres in length.

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club captain David Owen said there had been “a lot” ofreports about one particular shark spotted on Monday afternoon.

“Just be wary,” Mr Owen said.

He said he issued the warning because“too many people had seen it” and multiple people said it was a white pointer, also known as a great white shark.

The shark was spotted near the breakwater prior to 4pm on Monday afternoon, and Warrnambool’s main beach was closed for two hours as a precaution.

Mr Owensaid he would advise against swimming in the middle of thebay or near the breakwater.

Recreational fisherman Daniel Hainey said he saw the shark from the breakwater sometime after 3.30pm, and it had been briefly tangled in his line.

“Basically there was a boat (that) came in here and had a seal follow it,” he said.

“The boat has pulled out of the water, the seal has gone away –so we thought – then we heard some kids on the pier screaming out toeach other from one side to the other.

“Ithought they were talking about the seal again and not long after saw the shark come up right along the side of the pier here.”

Fisheries Victoria director of education and enforcement Ian Parks said it was not unusual for sharks to be around, and advised people to follow the shark smart safety tips.

“People are more aware sharks are out there but there’s no evidence there’s actually an increase in sharks,” Mr Parks said.

“They’vealways been there and always will and the risk of shark attacks are very low compared to other risks likedriving your car.”

“Sharks are around,” Mr Parks said.“With the new Vic Emergency appit’s a great way of peoplefinding out whether there’s any sightings.”

The safety tips include:

Keep informed by checking the VicEmergencywebsite or app.If you see a shark report it to the police or at a patrolledbeach to lifesavers on the ground.Swim between the flags where possible and obey any beach closures put in place.Try to avoid swimming where waste enters the water.Don’t swim if you’ve got bleedingwounds.Don’t swim if you see large schools of bait fish, particularlyif they are behaving erratically.The Standard, Warrnambool

How Fate of the Furious became a global box office phenomenon

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???It was a weekend where the threat of nuclear war hung heavily over the world. And at the centre of tensions was a flaxen-haired American megalomaniac.
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If you went to the cinema just about anywhere, chances are you’ll recognise this is what happens in The Fate Of The Furious.

Charlize Theron???, as a coolly evil villain who circles the globe in an undetectable private jet, hatches a plan to steal a nuclear weapon to use against the superpowers.

Rarely has a movie so dominated the world’s cinemas at any one time as the eighth instalment in the Fast and the Furious series.

At the risk of sounding like you’ve inhaled the fumes from the scores of high-octane cars roaring across the screen, it took a staggering$US532.5 million ($702 million) as it smashed the record for biggest global opening weekend. It was No.1 at the box office in all 64 international territories it opened in.

So how does a seventh sequel do so well? And could it possibly deserve to sell more tickets than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other better-reviewed blockbusters?

What started out as a series about street racing has turned into a Bond movie by a different name.

It has exotic locations in Cuba, Berlin, New York and Russia. A supervillain named Cipher who wants world domination. High-tech references to EMP devices, nuclear footballs, cyber terrorism and a global surveillance system.

Implausible stunts including – spoiler alert for anyone yet to catch it – cars being harpooned, cars raining down on city streets after their computer guidance systems have been hijacked and cars being chased across the ice by a nuclear submarine. Yes, there are a lot of cars.

Cartoonish international politics including an attack on a Cold War submarine base. And a villain so powerful even real-life hacking group Anonymous won’t dice with her.

With a casual disdain for logic and physics, rapper Chris Bridges is not the only thing that’s “Ludacris” in the movie. Two scenes have characters on opposite sides of thick high-security glass miraculously exchanging threats at length without the need for an intercom.

If being a car chase movie isn’t enough, Fate of the Furious is also every other kind of action movie. A cyberthriller with a bomb that has to be disconnected before the counter hits zero. A prison escape movie. A plane heist movie. A two-buddies-on-opposite-sides-face-off movie. A submarine movie. A zombie car movie. And, after all the damage, a movie about family being what really matters.

It features just about every action movie star from Vin Diesel and The Rock down to, well, Helen Mirren.

While much of the dialogue appears to have been typed with a shovel, there is something gloriously, crazily entertaining about the whole fuel-injected package.

Its success owes a lot to the brilliant way n director James Wan handled the real-life death of star Paul Walker in the previous instalment, giving it a heart that elevated the series.

It’s also a triumph of marketing with the super-slick trailer chalking up 139 million views in the first 24 hours.

The filmmakers – with F. Gary Gray from Straight Outta Compton now making Straight Outta The Garage – also know their audience. The story is so well-flagged and the acting so big that non-English-speaking audiences will have no trouble keeping up.

And the multi-racial cast has always been key to the series’ appeal to a young ethnically diverse audience. According to Box Office Mojo, American viewers were 41 per cent Caucasian, 26 per cent Hispanic, 19 per cent African American and 11 per cent Asian on the weekend. While cinema-goers were largely male – no surprise given the series is known for gratuitous shots of skimpily-dressed women – the movie still had enough crossover appeal to be 42 per cent female.

A teenage boy sitting next to me in the cinema positively gurgled at times. The formula – putting the “car” into carnage and taking the “act” out of action movie – is working.

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Family still wait for answers a year after son’s death

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Josh Park-Fing who was killed on the Work for the Dole scheme in 2016. Photo Supplied. Story Anna Patty Photo: Supplied
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On the one-year anniversary of 18-year-old son Joshua Park-Fing’s death, his parents are still waiting for answers to how it happened on a Work for the Dole site.

Josh died on April 19 last year after falling from a flatbed trailer towed by a tractor on a Work for the Dole site in Toowoomba.

His father, Iain Park, told Fairfax Media he has been struggling to come to terms with his son’s death and hopes that safety lessons can be learned to help prevent the same thing from happening again.

“At the end of the day, I would just like the answers and the truth and God willing, it will lead to it never happening again,” Mr Park said.

The Unemployed Workers Union, which has been campaigning for the Work for the Dole program to be scrapped, has written to the federal government asking it to release the results of investigations into Mr Park-Fing’s death.

“For the sake of Josh’s family and all participants in the Work for the Dole program, we call on the government to promptly release this information,” the UWU letter said.

“The government has a responsibility to minimise risks to participants in this and other employment programs.”

Josh left behind his parents, a twin brother Jayden, two other brothers Matthew and Lachlyn and a sister Jemma.

“I never had a chance to see my 18-year-old boy grow up and get married and have kids,” Mr Park said.

He said he still has no answers from an investigation into Josh’s death.

“At the end of the day we just need the truth,” he said. “I’m still baffled about why this happened. I can’t figure out why the report has been withheld.

“The bottom line is we all deserve answers. If we don’t get the correct answers how do we know what needs to change and how to change it?”

Mr Park hopes the investigation into his son’s death helps to improve the safety of other Work for the Dole participants.

“Dreamworld changed its policies after there was an accident – why didn’t that happened when Josh died?” he said.

Speaking on behalf of Josh’s mother, Jenny Fing, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers principal Peter Koutsoukis said he was still waiting for answers.

“Sadly a year after the tragic death of her son Joshua, our client is still no closer to having any answers as to what caused his death,” Mr Koutsoukis said.

“Mrs Fing rightfully expected a timely investigation would have been undertaken into this matter.

“Disappointingly, however, that has not occurred, despite our repeated requests for information on the investigation on her behalf. This includes recently writing to the federal Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash.

“On this first anniversary of Joshua’s death, we again call on the relevant agencies to release the findings of this investigation as soon as possible, to provide much-needed closure for Mr Park-Fing’s family and to help ensure that lessons can be learned as to what caused his death and to prevent future incidents.”

Federal Labor spokesman for employment services and workforce participation Ed Husic said the Turnbull government needed to release its internal review into the incident, or at least explain to the public what it has done to improve workplace safety in the program.

“Under the Turnbull government Work for the Dole is failing, with 90 per cent of participants not securing full-time work after finishing the program. At a time when youth unemployment is at record highs, young ns deserve better,” Mr Husic said.

Senator Cash said the investigation into Mr Park-Fing’s death was ongoing.

“Workplace Health and Safety Queensland continues to investigate this incident,” she Cash said.

“The government will not risk compromising this investigation by releasing the report prematurely.

“Given that the Labor Party is aware of this situation, I would be deeply concerned if it was attempting to politicise the tragic death of Mr Park-Fing.”

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