February 5th, 2019

Rozelle’s love.fish oozes eco-friendly credentials and an imaginative take on fish and chips

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Rozelle’s popular love.fish is where traditional meals, ethical protocols and lively imagination meet. Photo: Fiona Morris WHO
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Lisa Messenger, author, editor, entrepreneur from Birchgrove

WHERE

love.fish in Rozelle

WHY

“It’s a really easy, casual place that’s really local to where I am. I love their whole philosophy around sustainable seafood and eco-friendly fish. They even have biodegradable take-away containers. It’s not too over the top. It’s friendly and happy and pretty casual, which I like.”

WHAT

“I’m a sucker for salt and pepper squid anywhere I go and they do a really good one. They do a really good John Dory and a really good quinoa salad – that sounds so cliched, it’s so of the moment, but I love it. When I’m feeling really naughty, I have the twice-cooked, hand-cut chips. I always think if you have the grilled fish and quinoa salad, you can have the chips: the 70/30 rule! Seventy per cent good, 10 per cent indulgent. If I’m 50 per cent bad, I might throw in a bit of banoffee pie; you can’t go past that.”

ABOUT

“I’m at a lot of events with my job, and I eat out two or three times a week. I like lots of different places, but these days I try to be more healthy, which is a bit boring because traditionally I like tapas. I eat a lot of fish and salads at the moment, but I err on the side of the 70/30 rule – it’s good to have a bit of naughtiness. My partner makes me terrible – well, good, but bad for me – desserts, which I’m trying to say no to.

“I’ve just launched my latest book, Daring and Disruptive, which is really exciting. My philosophy is on business and living your best life and finding your purpose and how to do things differently. It’s for anyone with energy and creative flair. I’m the CEO of Messenger Group and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine, for people wanting to make a difference in the world. It showcases people from all walks of life and all industries and shows that anything is attainable, just get out there and give it a go. And I travel a lot …I pinch myself, it’s a pretty fantastic life.”

LOVE.FISH 580 Darling Street, Rozelle, 9818 7777, lovefish杭州龙凤论坛m.auEntrees, $3-$19; mains, $17-$30; desserts, $14. $80 for two, plus drinks

3.5 out of five stars 

5 Neptune

4 King fish

3 Big cahoona

2 Small fry

1 Fish out of water

Fish and chips. Chish and fips. Is there any more hard-to-improve-upon culinary pleasure? Hot batter, steaming flesh and big, fatty, salty chips. Not your everyday meal, granted, but a union that has stood the test of time, the whims of fashion, the assault of the health lobby and the flippancies of some non-omnivores. Give or take the odd cultural nod – a grilled fillet there, a sweet-potato chip here – there’s little that has changed in the 150-odd years since its big reveal.

So, love.fish. Traditional fish and chips, check. Serious eco-credentials, check. Whole new ways of updating the classic, check. The Rozelle bolthole –one of a strip of buzzy places that gives Darling Street’s west end a lively energy of an evening – is a monument to what can be done with a traditional meal and ethical, internationally infused imagination.

On the night we visit, the unfussy eatery is chockablok with well-to-do Balmainians, many of whom are happy to sit on tables on the breezy, traffic-edged pavement under blankets if they don’t fit into the simple and tiny inside space. Its owner, the unfailingly upbeat Michelle, has spent years developing connections with Sydney’s most sustainable fish sellers, putting strong morals ahead of all else. Like her take on packaging, food waste, recycling and energy, the star of the show, the fish, is absolutely sustainable and thus not contributing to over-fishing or poor farming practices. (It’s a show of how far we have to go as a country that love.fish is so rare in this regard.) Her staff, like her, are a friendly and engaging lot.

To start, Huon salmon poori rolls are clever, clever, clever – sheep’s milk yoghurt and mango pickle, and a few judicious spheres of salmon roe add to crispily wrapped, gently spiced fish. It’s imaginative and delicious, though could do with a little more of the fresh pickle. House-cured trout is pretty and nimble, an edible dive into brightness and crunch.

If fish and chips are husband and wife, their necessary third wheel is surely lemon. (We’re less big on vinegar than in England, a very good thing that lets our top-quality fish have its fair say.) But there’s a whole army of concubines for the legion of fish choices on the market-dependent menu, too: alongside chips, a coeliac-friendly sides list is a romp across continents, through pastures and into spice souks. There are deep, inky purple carrots with blobs of smoky baba ghanoush, black tahini and olive salsa. There is Lisa Messenger’s quinoa in a sweet potato and pumpkin salad, polenta chips and greens in a selection of guises.

It’s probably not meant to be, but house rag pasta with Spencer Gulf prawns, Fraser Island spanner crab and truffled baby peas seems an homage to the mushy peas so traditionally paired with fish ‘n’ chips. The sweet peas are broken and full of seafoody juices, heady and richer than they look.

The double-cooked chips – fried in rice bran oil – are nigh-on perfect; a thing of true class. They’re made even better alongside the puffy goujons of beer-battered whiting. Double yes.

Biodynamic and organic wines are very reasonable, not inching above the $48 mark; our drop of Mudgee Riesling a nifty $37. BYO is $4.

I’m on a bit of an Spanish mackerel kick at the moment, so its rendition as a special – paired with grilled asparagus, golden beet salsa and pancetta crumb (and thus removing the pressure of settling on a side from the list of 11) – is a simple and wise choice. There are burgers for the turf lovers and housemade aioli, tartare, salsa and mayo. Oh, and ketchup incurs a fee of $1.

To reel it all in, banoffee pie and pear tatin wouldn’t go amiss on, as Lisa Messenger puts it, those 50 per cent bad days. They are, after all, offset by all the goodness put into such a thoughtfully minded dinner.

February 5th, 2019

Date with Kate Waterhouse: Alexandra Agoston’s model life

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Scouted at 15:  Kate Waterhouse, left, with top model Alexandra Agostone. Photo: Louise Kennerley Catching up: Alexandra Agostone with Jean Paul Gaultier at his exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Alexandra Agoston is one of Australia’s most successful modelling exports. She has appeared on the cover of leading international magazines and is a regular at the Paris couture shows. The 26-year-old, who is based in New York, tells Kate Waterhouse about how she got her big break, working with John Galliano and aspiring to be an actor.

When you were young, did you always envisage yourself to be a model and live the life you lead today?

No, not really – it wasn’t a dream of mine. I was scouted when I was 15 in Paris so before that, I didn’t really know. I wanted to do something creative but I also liked physics and maths at that time and I never read any magazines before I started working. I didn’t wear any makeup or ever wear any high heels or anything. I was so raw when I started.

How were you scouted?

It was in Paris on a family holiday with my mum and my brother and walking down the street and a woman came like running after us. She was from one of the top modelling agencies in the world and she was the head of it and she was like, “We would love to represent you.” So I came back to Sydney and I started to work here while I was still at school and then, when I was 16, I went to New York and did Fashion Week and did 23 shows in my first season.

 

What was it like when you first started?

When the opportunity came about, I was definitely intrigued by it. I remember the first job I did. I had never worn high heels before and the stylist could tell so he gave me a pair of heels in the shoot and said, “Put these on and don’t take them off – even brush your teeth in them and wear them with your pyjamas.”

Was it daunting to be thrown into such an adult world as such a young age?

Yeah, you are definitely thrown in. Especially then – even though it wasn’t that long ago – I feel now there is a lot more exposure to the way things work in the modelling industry. With the TV shows like Top Model and Instagram and social media it has created a lot more fascination about backstage and the real life of models. But I feel like when I started, there wasn’t really any of that. There wasn’t even Facebook!

How important is social media with models these days?

I think it’s really important and I also – for me, I love it because it allows me to put together something that I think represents me completely… Then [companies] will book me for me and what image I represent.

Yes, it seems that models these days have to be savvy on social media. This was evident with American Vogue’s Instagirls cover in September.

Yes exactly, it’s amazing. It kind of brings it back to the ’90s supermodels, where it was more about the model as a person and as a personality and about what they represent.

Is there pressure to maintain a certain image in social media?

No, I don’t think I feel the pressure. I think it comes quite naturally to me.

Do have plans to branch out into other things?

 

I’ve done some acting work and studied acting. So I love that as well. I’m kind of just in that creative zone.

 

What would be your dream role?

 

A Quentin Tarantino film.

 

Does Chris Colls [her boyfriend, a photographer] inspire you?

Totally! In that way I think we have a really beautiful relationship. I’m definitely inspired by him because he is so talented. I’ve learnt so much from him and collaborating and shooting together is amazing.

Do you get to work together very often?

Yeah. We actually just shot a story for Porter magazine, which is really cool.

 

Is it easier or more challenging shooting with your partner?

It’s easier because we, I think, trust each other so completely that we can both be so open when we shoot. I completely trust his eye and his judgment, so I’m just so free in front of the camera because I know he is not going to capture me in a wrong way.

What would you say is your biggest career highlight so far?

Definitely working with John Galliano for Christian Dior would be a major highlight. To be in that environment and to be part of that historic process is so beautiful. He would design the dresses on me. So what happens is they employ me for that month and I’m on call for him whenever he needs me… I worked with him over a period of almost three years, so I got to know him very well… And to be at the 60th anniversary celebration show at the Palace of Versailles was amazing.

 

What’s next in the pipeline?

The Kookai campaign is out. I recently shot the high summer collection in St Tropez, which was unreal. Also [this week] Jean Paul Gaultier, who I’ve worked with a lot, is having an exhibition in Melbourne and he asked me to be a part of it because I’ve worked with him in Paris over a couple of years and he is putting his muses together for his collection. He just interviewed me for his book and asked me to attend with him, so it would be great to see him. KateWaterhouse杭州龙凤论坛m

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO Kitchen By Mike, Roseberry.

WE ATE A chicken Caesar wrap and a salad.

WE DRANK Freshly squeezed juice and mineral water.

ALEXANDRA WORE Kookai jumpsuit, Marni leather jacket, Kookai boots and Mulberry bag.

 

February 5th, 2019

How stock pickers fiddle investment returns

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Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig
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Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig

Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig

The issue of whether to pay for stock picking advice boils down to two simple questions: First, does the company have a good track record in making money and second, can I believe their track record?

The answer to the first question, which is usually ‘yes’, is far less important than the second.

Why? Because there are many ways to make performance figures look good, and many investors don’t have a clue what they are.

Intelligent Investor Share Advisor has been around for 16 years and we’ve seen all the tricks from come-and-go newsletter publishers to black box stock pickers. Almost all will claim to outperform the market. Far fewer will show how they’ve arrived at their figures.

Here, then, are the top six ways to make successful investing look easy, if only you pay them some money.

1.      Not annualising returns – One company recently claimed an average gain of 41.1% from their ASX-listed recommendations over the past three years. Sounds pretty good, right? Trouble is, this figure was a simple average of a number of stocks over different time periods. We ran the numbers and the average annualised return was about 14%. Watch out for companies not annualising returns to make their numbers look bigger. A stock that doubles over 10 years isn’t anywhere near as good as one that doubles in a year.

2.      Assuming the future looks like the past – One recent headline from a stock tip sheet read, ‘Does your investment strategy return over 20% annually? Ours does.’ This insidious projection of the past into the future is misleading, creating unrealistic expectations about returns. Just because you made 20% last year doesn’t mean you will next year.

3.      Annualising small, short-term gains – This one’s very popular. A company recommends a stock and quickly sells for a 7% gain in a month. They turn that into an annualused return of 125% by assuming the stock would have made 7% a month for a year. Here, the unscrupulous take the annualising principle and misuse it to bump up their numbers.

4.      Not ‘closing’ recommendations – Companies reporting on their overall recommendations track record usually only include ‘closed’ recommendations – those stocks that have been sold. So how do you lift the average return figure? If you tell your subscribers to never sell, you can exclude the very worst recommendations from your calculations. By keeping the dogs as a ‘Hold’ the headline returns will look far bigger than they actually are.

5.      Hyping up past gains – If the marketing blurb just features a few big winners but doesn’t mention overall returns, that’s a problem. Companies cherry pick recommendations for a reason, instead of providing figures on all the stocks they’ve bought and sold. Everyone has big winners, including the proverbial monkey and dartboard. A 300% gain in one stock means nothing until you see all the other recommendations that didn’t go so well.

6.      Telling investors what they need rather than what’s realistic – Here’s another example from a recent tip sheet email: ‘We figure Australians need around a 15% return to fund a great lifestyle.’ Pandering to what investors ‘need’ and not what is realistically achievable is like dangling an invisible carrot. Take it from me:achieving a 15% after-tax return over five years in a world of rock-bottom interest rates without taking excessive risks or leveraging up is very, very tough. As legendary Australian fund manager Don Brinkworth said, ‘profits can be made safely only when the opportunity is available and not just because they happen to be desired or needed.’

By using the above techniques, it’s easy to over-hype individual personalities and their stock picking skills. ‘Prophet on the mount’ syndrome preys on people’s desire to find a (preferably charismatic) messiah to follow and venerate. But you’ll generally find at least one and maybe more of these little tricks behind the performance figures they quote.

So how should you judge a company offering advice on what stocks to buy and sell? You’ve still got to look at their track record but if you find any of these techniques embedded in their calculations, think twice about using them.

And for the record, Intelligent Investor Share Advisor’s performance is audited annually by accounting firm Grant Thornton. Between 1 June 2001 and 30 June 2014 we’ve generated annualised returns of 14.0% from 405 unique positive recommendations.

Nathan Bell is research director of Intelligent Investor Share Advisor (AFSL 282288). To unlock Share Advisor’s stock research and buy recommendations, take out a 15-day free membership.

February 5th, 2019

Serena Williams opens WTA Finals with win over Ana Ivanovic

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Singapore: Serena Williams jokes that she is not planning to write a sequel to her 2010 autobiography so much as a series, considering how much has occurred in the life and career of the 18-time grand slam champion. Still, at just-below-major level, Williams has also won four year-end WTA Championships, and successfully wrote the first chapter in the bid for No.5 with Monday’s 6-4, 6-4 round-robin defeat of Ana Ivanovic.

Opening the eight-player WTA Finals at the 10,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, Williams resumed from the break required to treat the left knee problem that she had feared would prevent her from headlining the event, and thus attempting to defend the championship that the world No.1 has won in Istanbul for the past two years.

Result: different venue; same winning start. Williams said she was not entirely untroubled by the injury that forced her withdrawal from the recent China Open, but the great American also did what she needed to against a rejuvenated Ivanovic, the former French Open champion who won four titles in 2014 and is set to finish in the top 10 for the first time since her major-winning year, 2008.

“I felt pretty good,” said Williams, 33, who stretched to 16 her consecutive run of wins at the prestigious tournament, accumulated over 2009, 2012 and 2013. “I really felt like I don’t really have anything to lose at this point. I just started practising on Monday, so I feel like I just got to do what I got to do and do the best that I can.

“I felt the knee a little bit, but compared to what it was in Beijing, it feels so much better. I’m getting better, which is great. Just have to keep doing my program so by the end of the week, hopefully – if I’m here – I’ll still be getting better.”

Ivanovic was responsible for Williams’ shock fourth-round exit at this year’s Australian Open, but the seventh seed is now 1-8 against the world No.1. The Serb recovered from 1-4 down to level at 4-4 in the first set, before fluffing a routine volley for a 5-4 break.

“I’m definitely very disappointed that both sets I made a few easy errors in the last service game,” Ivanovic said. “Especially in the first set, you know. I had a break point in 4-all, which I didn’t take and kind of got down a little bit on myself. Then I rushed a little bit in the next service game, so that was a little bit disappointing. I felt I created lots of chances, especially off the ground.”

The other undefeated player from the strong red group after the opening night of competition was fourth seed Simona Halep, who dismissed Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2.

“I played really well and am really happy to have found my game again,” Halep said. “I played aggressive at the right times and hit some winners. She is a great player and is very young and will definitely be at the top for a long time.”

The junior player in the field at 20, but also the most consistent grand slam player of the season with three semi-finals, Bouchard admitted she did not feel match-sharp. “But I feel like I can build on this. I still have another match, even though I lost, so there is a positive.

“That’s another interesting part about this tournament. First match playing No.4 in the world. It’s not like you can ease into a tournament or anything like that. You’ve got to hit the ground running. But it’s kind of a great experience to get so many kind of high‑quality matches back to back like this.

“I feel like it’s a match that I can build on, kind of get some rust off today, and just try to be a bit better in the next match.”

January 5th, 2019

Drayton South rejected to protect Upper Hunter’s Coolmore, Darley studs: report

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THE Drayton South coal project appears to have been rejected, putting hundreds of coal jobs at risk.
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Although no formal statement has been published by the Planning Assessment Commission, the Daily Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the project has been rejected to protect Coolmore and Darley thoroughbred studs.

A facsimile of the final page of the PAC report says the benefits of the project do not outweigh the risk of losing the two studs and says the project is not in the public interest.

Drayton, owned by the British-basedAnglo American, began operations in 1983.

It employs more than 500 mineworkers and the company has repeatedly said the mine will shut from a lack of coal if the Drayton South extension is not approved.

READ THE PROJECT REFUSAL HERE

Lock the Gate Alliance NSW co-ordinator Georgina Woodswelcomed the “sensible” decision in a statement on Tuesday morning.

“It has been clear for some time that the horse studs could not co-exist with the Drayton South mine, and so we welcome the [Commission’s] sensible decision that the project was not, on balance, in the public interest,” Ms Woods said.

“This decision is a welcome relief for the businesses and communities that were directly threatened by this mine, but the anguish of this protracted battle could have been avoided by upfront protection for areas that should always have been off-limits to coal mining.”

But the editor of Hunter-based magazine Coalface, Shane Davey, said compromise was lacking in the decision.

Mr Davey, a member of Singleton Chamber of Commerce, said “we all want a renewable future but we need an economic future as well”.

“I am a racing supporter, I put tens of thousands of dollars a year into the industry through sponsorship but if they are going to be fair dinkum about this what do you think funds Darley?,” Mr Davey said

“It’s funded from the profits of Middle East oil extraction.”

Mr Davey said Drayton job cuts would have a big impact on Muswellbrook.

“I’m scared for local business and I’m scared for the community which is already in a state of crisis and this is just going to be a further death knell for further economic confidence that will put us back years.”

Drayton South’s rejection was also a blow to the Hunter, according to the miner’s union.

Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union mining and energy northern districtpresident Peter Jordan said Drayton workers would be devastated at hearing the news via the media this morning.

“It is an appalling way for this news to be delivered,” said Mr Jordan.

Mr Jordan said more than 500 Drayton workers’ future would have been secure if the extension won approval.

“This is a blow to them and their families – they deserve better than reading about it in the newspaper,” Mr Jordan said.

“Mining and horse breeding have co-existed in the Hunter for over 130 years and we believe that co-existence could have continued with the proposed extension.”

January 5th, 2019

Performance artist holds a mirror to the world on Warrnambool Civic green

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Warrnambool artist Patrick Tonks performs on the Civic Green.141019RG12 Picture: ROB GUNSTONEON Sunday afternoon Patrick Tonks stripped off his blue singlet, smeared himself in paint and began yelling in Hebrew and Hindi.
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He didn’t mind the confused faces of onlookers or even some aggressive shouts from those in cars doing Liebig Street laps.

To strangers the performance art might have appeared chaotic, perhaps even a little scary.

Shirtless and sitting across from a mirror in the civic green, Tonks cut his beard and chanted in a mix of languages and sang.

“Then I painted myself with red paint which was symbolic of religious self-flagellation,” Tonks said. During the act Tonks shaved erratically, sang the Muslim call to prayer and old colonial sheep station songs.

A day later and the paint cleaned off, Tonks put the chaos into some order.

“I turned the mirror on the audience — or the imaginary audience. What I’m doing isn’t necessarily beautiful, but sections are,” he said. “I was exploring my feelings; what’s happening in the current climate about people being human.”

The work is essentially about judgment and peeling off the layers of violence and fundamentalism.

Part of the idea came to him earlier in the year when a nine-year-old asked him why he had a beard.

“He said to me that ‘you like Muhammad (the prophet of Islam), don’t you?” For a while Tonks brooded on what the child had said, along with beards being the in-thing of inner Melbourne.

It all culminated with the culturally blending show at the civic green on Sunday.

The act titled DeTerrorise (We Are All But Human) was filmed and Tonks hopes to exhibit the clip in Warrnambool at some point. He concedes the meaning might be lost or even misunderstood, particularly in the medium of performance art.

“I don’t want to control what you take away from the performance,” Tonks said. “If they don’t understand the language, then they’ll certainly understand the symbolism.”

January 5th, 2019

Truck collides with multiple cars at Dee Why

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People were trying to climb into the truck to pull the driver out, a witness says. Photo: Peter Rae A car is stuck under the truck in Sydney’s north. Photo: Peter Rae
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A truck has overturned at the intersection of Warringah Road and Pittwater Road. Photo: Melanie Kembrey

Accident: A truck overturned at the intersection of Warringah Road and Pittwater Road. Photo: Kevin Lynch, smh杭州龙凤论坛m.au reader

Rescue workers carry away one of the people trapped under the truck. Photo: Peter Rae

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Witnesses say it was incredible no one was killed when an out-of-control truck careered down a hill, through a major intersection and smashed into eight cars that were stopped at a set of traffic lights on Sydney’s northern beaches on Tuesday.

The pantech truck, which was carrying a load of food, tipped over near the intersection of Warringah and Pittwater roads in Dee Why at 6.10am and slid along the busy road, before coming to rest on top of a car.

A man and woman who were inside the car were trapped in their vehicle for more than an hour before they could be freed from the wreckage. Police said the woman was flown to hospital with serious injuries, while the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed both the injured man and woman were police officers from the Central Metropolitan Region. It was not clear if they were on duty at the time.

Four other men were taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Joel Hatton said his car was just metres from being wiped out as the truck ploughed through the busy intersection.

He said he jumped out of his car and thought he would find people dead.

“There was a big bang. I was just scared, freaked out, it was full on,” Mr Hatton, who lives in Dee Why, said.He estimated the truck was travelling at about 80km/h down the hill.”The truck driver was OK, he climbed out the window, had blood on his face,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Paul Bailey said firefighters rescued six people from their vehicles, including a man and woman in the same car who were trapped beneath the truck. The pair were still trapped in their vehicle but talking to rescuers just before 7am.

The man was soon rescued, but the woman remained trapped until about 7.40am when she was freed. Dee Why resident David Gorrick had pulled up in his car at the traffic lights when he saw the truck hurtling down Warringah Road towards him.”I was stopped at the lights and the truck came down Warringah. It tried to take the corner, it obviously lost its brakes, it was on two wheels and it slid across the road,” Mr Gorrick, who was on his way to work, said.The vehicle in front of his, a ute, was hit by the truck and the driver had to kick his way out, Mr Gorrick said.”I got out to help people. There was petrol flying around,” he said.Mr Gorrick said the truck driver was “very shaken up” and had a bleeding nose.”It was very quick. I was lucky,” he said.

A taxi driver who saw the crash called radio station 2GB to say that the truck had travelled down the hill on Warringah Road before hitting the median strip, crossing to the wrong side of the road and overturning.

The witness said the truck landed on top of three cars that were waiting at the lights.

“They were standing still at the lights, they had nowhere to move, and [the truck] has just gone straight over the top of them all,” the witness said.Ashleigh Connell, who lives in a house across the road from the crash site, said she heard screeching and a huge bang. She ran outside still wearing her pyjamas.”People were yelling and swearing. There were people trying to climb into the truck to pull the driver out. All the people from Fitness First (opposite the crash scene) were running out,” Ms Connell said.”It’s so bad here. You hear accidents all the time. Literally, there’s one every day. When you’re watching the TV every night you hear screeching but this one is by far the worst I have seen.”

This is what’s left of the car which was stuck under the #deewhy truck. Female police office was pulled from it alive pic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/8ENaeZs8Qi— Daniel Sutton (@danielsutton10) October 21, 2014One man, Johnny, was near the intersection when the crash occurred and said he left his car to try to help.”There were lots of people. Everyone was panicking and trying to help. People were running out from around the place,” said Johnny, who did not want to give his last name.”I would have got here one minute after it happened. I was scared but I guess it was the adrenaline.”

Police said the pantech truck lost control as it turned from Warringah Road into Pittwater Road and crashed into eight other vehicles. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said five men and one woman, all believed to be aged in their 30s and 40s, were injured in the crash. The men were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, and the woman was flown to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Police said the truck driver had undergone mandatory testing, and the truck would remain at the crash site until it underwent a mechanical examination.

The same intersection was the site of an almost identical truck crash in 2000, in which an 11-month-old boy died.

In that crash, a tip truck crashed into nine cars that were waiting at traffic lights on Warringah Road during the morning peak hour. A witness, former Australian rugby league player Don McKinnon, reached into a burning car to rescue the trapped boy, but the boy later died from extensive burns.

Following Tuesday morning’s crash, a Transport Management Centre spokeswoman said all south-bound lanes of Pittwater Road had been blocked at the accident scene approaching Warringah Road, and were expected to remain closed throughout much of the morning.

Motorists have been advised to use Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road as an alternative route.

The spokeswoman said the accident scene was spread right across the road, and motorists were experiencing significant delays in all directions.

“An extensive clean-up operation is required at the accident scene. As a result the road is expected to remain closed for some time,” she said.

She said a contra flow was in place at the accident site, meaning motorists travelling in both directions could pass the crash scene using the lanes of the north-bound carriageway.

City-bound buses are delayed up to 30 minutes, and other services on the northern beaches are also experiencing delays.

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January 5th, 2019

Making the most of technology

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Small businesses must embrace new technologies to ensure they remain competitive, are attractive as an employee and that productivity remains high.
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New technology can have high initial costs, a big consideration for many business owners who are looking for cost effective measures in the workplace.

Three key areas for businesses to embrace technology in the workplace include; a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy, cloud computing, and systems management software.

The phenomenon of BYOD in the workplace isn’t a new concept with many businesses now offering this style of work. This has a positive impact for both employers and employees but business owners need to have an effective policy in place to ensure it doesn’t become a burden on their bottom line. These policies can include purchasing guidelines as well as procedures for maintenance and security.

Talking to your preferred computer supplier can help craft the best policy for your businesses to ensure that all associated costs are kept under control.

Cloud computing is an attractive option for businesses looking at managing costs for a range of office related tasks including IT management. It is also a great option for businesses with mobile or remote workers Business owners opting for onsite IT setup will be responsible for purchasing the necessary equipment including servers, PCs, software and the physical storage device. This doesn’t include ongoing equipment maintenance, which combined with the initial significant outlay for the equipment itself, can be a daunting task for a small businesses.

There are a range of cloud options available such as private, public and hybrid, all of which can greatly benefit a small business by allowing staff to access files from anywhere.

The cost is also significantly less than keeping a server onsite as a business can simply subscribe to a service and experience the benefits larger businesses receive from a cloud presence. This positively impacts ongoing costs and maintenance time.

Small businesses also face similar IT challenges to those of larger companies but might not have the funds or staff of specialists to take care of everyday IT tasks. Using system management software is a cost effective way to monitor view and control hardware (servers, desktops, and laptops) and software (operating systems, applications, and patches) across your network.

For example, if a business installs different software and applications, systems management software can keep track of all license agreements and installed software by analysing what software is actually being used versus just installed. This allows unused licenses to be reassigned to other users or retired, significantly reducing software use-based licensing costs.

Other key benefits include managing anti-virus and malware management tools, which are vital to small businesses that can ill afford computer downtime. The importance of a robust backup and restore software can’t be underestimated. Business owners should ensure their preferred systems management software offers this as an option.

These are just a few ways small businesses can embrace more technology in the office and control costs. Decisions by savvy business owners now can ensure their business hits the ground running in the new year with the right solutions in place to effectively scale for any expansions and create a cost effective, digital ready office space which enables a productive and positive work environment.

Jeff Morris is Dell’s Australia and New Zealand end user computing general manager.

January 5th, 2019

WWI in the Herald: October 19, 1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive
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MONDAY 19 OCTOBER 1914

The most important and difficult task which confronts the new Federal Government is to meet the financial exigencies of the war.

The majority of the States have wisely agreed to leave the raising of war taxation, if absolutely needed, to the Commonwealth, and are apparently entering upon an arrangement by which their loans will be floated by the Federal Government.

The latter proceeding is a sensible one, inasmuch as it will enable the loans to be issued without clashing. The nature of the conditions under which the Commonwealth will undertake this duty has not yet been announced, but it may be that they are only of a temporary character, to continue until the end of the war.

It may be hoped that the arrangement will ultimately lead to a complete understanding between the States and the Commonwealth as to the conduct of financial business. In this way at all events the war will be beneficial to Australia.

It is reported that the Federal Government will be able to dispense with additional taxation for the current year, and perhaps also for the next. If it is found to be necessary, we have little doubt that Australia will submit to it ungrudgingly.

In an emergency of the present description it is obvious that the Federal Labour party, although it is opposed to raising loans if they can be avoided will find it necessary to borrow.

The very heavy war expenses, for instance, could not be met out of revenue without very heavy taxation, and it is stated that the Government contemplates meeting them by loans.

These will be floated, if possible, in Australia. Although fairly large appeals are being made to British capitalists by the Imperial Government, there will be enough money to spare for Australia’s needs if the London market is appealed to.

The interest rate will be above the average, but that cannot be complained of under the circumstances. The recent successful flotation of a comparatively small loan by New South Wales shows that the British market is responsive to demands from safe quarters. And the security which Australia can offer is beyond question.

The Federal Government will also need money for its public works, and as it has advanced moneys to the States it has not too large a reserve to draw upon. But its credit is so good that it can obtain any necessary funds.

The Federal Government realises that if it can be avoided, no increase of taxation in the Commonwealth ought to be imposed.

The effects of the war are already being felt in many directions, and with the many other calls upon the people it is not desirable that the burden should be increased.

When the war is over there is little doubt that Australia’s import trade and general activities will again become brisk, but it is well not to impose too heavy a strain on the people.

The increase of the Federal paper money, if it is restricted within reasonable limits, should prove of assistance, although any such issue should really be regarded in the same light as a loan to be repaid at a certain period.

As yet there are no indications as to the attitude of the banks towards the Federal Government’s proposal, but it may be hoped that it will be friendly if not one of actual support.

There is to be a revision of the Customs duties, but that will not be for the purpose of increasing the revenue, nor will it lead to a material increase for some time to come.

Furthermore, if it results in the promotion of Australian industries, as it is meant to do, it will be hoped that their products will increase so largely as to materially reduce the imports and also the Customs revenue.

The war has shown Australia that it ought to be as far as possible a self-supporting country. It has the natural resources, and the expansion of their profitable use will lead to the prosperity of the Commonwealth.

While the war has proved a great setback to the majority of the nations, and chiefly to the country which alone stands responsible for setting Europe aflame, there should be a commercial as well as a political rebound, and Australia should endeavour to keep abreast of the times.

London, Sunday.

Details are to hand concerning the loss of the British cruiser Hawke in the North Sea, torpedoed by a German submarine.

Accompanying this intelligence is the news that a battle has taken place in the North Sea between a British cruiser and four destroyers and German destroyers. All four of the enemy’s vessels were sunk without material injury to the British.

The Allies continue to force back the enemy in France, and although there has been some heavy fighting in no instance has the’ enemy been successful.

Proofs are now accumulating that the war was contemplated by Germany many months ago.

The complaints of the brutality of the Germans to the wounded and dying are borne out by the testimony of an independent war correspondent, who states that the Germans kept wounded British without food for four and five days.

A great battle has been proceeding between the Russians and the Austrians and Germans in Poland for a week. The Russians have so far inflicted heavy loss on the enemy.

Rome, Friday.

At the trial at Serajevo of Prinzep, accused of the murder of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his consort, the Duchess of Hohenberg on Saturday, June 29th, the prisoner declared that it was a “glorious act.”

“My object,” he said, “was not to kill a man, but to show to the whole world the desperation to which Austria had driven the Slav population. The time had arrived when revolution was a duty, and the only possible protest was to strike the individual who was despotism incarnate.” Prinzep likened himself to Kossuth, Mazzini, and Daniel O’Connell. He regretted the death of the Duchess, and stated that he alone was responsible for the organisation of the plot.

The assailant confessed that he belonged to a secret society. He considered the Buxtons to be Turkey’s greatest adversaries, inasmuch as they were seeking to establish a new Balkan alliance against her. He did not wish Turkey to come under Britain’s exclusive influence.

Another accused, Jovanovitch, when interrogated, admitted his activity on behalf of great Servian ideals. He did not know of the fatal attack, though he himself kept weapons to attempt the life of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Constantinople, Saturday.

Turkey has reaffirmed her neutrality.

She has indicated that the reports of the Goeben and Breslau fighting and firing in the Black Sea are untrue.

The “Daily Telegraph’s” correspondent at Athens states that Turkey and Bulgaria have made a binding agreement for a combined attack upon Roumania if the latter country should attack Austria.

Colonel Beeston, of Newcastle, has been appointed to organise and command the Army Medical Corps, which will go to Europe with the second Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. Colonel Beeston will proceed to Melbourne today, and will be accompanied by Sergeants Henderson, Bryant, M’Kendry, Baber, Baston, Hawker, and Nickson, all of whom have been in the camp on the Newcastle racecourse. The Army Medical Corps to accompany the Second Expeditionary Force will be composed of volunteers from Victoria, South Australia, and West Australia, and the camp will be at Broadmeadows, near Melbourne.

Private Les Neate, a grandson of Mrs. W. O’Brien, of West Maitland, and now on service in New Britain, writing to his mother under date September 30, says:-

“Your welcome letter came to me today. We are always waiting to hear home news.

All is well with us. We have pretty well got all the fighting done now. We are garrisoned here at Rabaul, the capital of New Britain.

I am in the Flying Squadron. We go around the country quelling the native outbreaks, or being ready for anything.

It is not a very nice place for marching here, as it is so near the equator.

We do not march in the middle of the day. We generally leave our bivouac at 5.30 in the morning, and march till about ten o’clock, when we rest till about 4 p.m., and then march until it to too dark to see.

Then we have a soldiers’ tea, and a drink of water.

If there are any natives about we get them to climb the cocoanut trees and get some down. The milk is saving our lives.

There is plenty of fever here – malaria. We have not many with it yet. Will Turnbull is still with us.

Our friend “Soldier” went down to Wilhelmshafen. We were there, and captured that place without firing a shot. “Soldier’s” company and another are in garrison there.

It is about 300 miles from here. I suppose some of our German prisoners are in Sydney by this time.

There are a lot more going by the next boat.

We got a number of German officers, and they each had 100 native police under them, armed with Mauser rifles and plenty of ammunition, but they had no heart. We chased them for 32 miles one day, and as soon as we caught them we shot about 50 of them.

Ten of our fellows were shot. They ran out with the white flag, singing out, “I surrender.”

So it was all over for that day.

The next day was Sunday, and we went to church parade, with 200 rounds of ammunition in our pouches, and our rifles loaded and cocked.

Halfway through prayers they started firing again. We put two shells of shrapnel into them, and they ran for their lives. I think all the fighting is over now.”

(Date extracted from Unit Embarkation Roll)

Private Richard Aynsley, Weston – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Henry John Baber, Tighes Hill – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Walter Baxter, Wickham – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Lance Corporal Walter John Bleazard, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Saddler Sergeant Horace Norman Bryant, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Lionel William Burnitt, Hamilton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Edward James Darragh, The Junction – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Corporal Cook William Ford, Carrington – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Henry Ernest Guy, Adamstown – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private John Harris, Adamstown – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Staff Sgt Dispenser George Donald Henderson, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Driver Wardell Jackson, Hamilton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Mervyn Graham King, Wickham – 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 1st Reinforcements

Private Arthur Henry Longworth, New Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private George Joyce Malloy, Abermain – 1st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private Herbert Harold Maynard, Morpeth – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Daniel McKendry, Singleton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private William McMillan, Abermain – 1st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private John Francis McQuillan, Merewether – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Staff Sergeant Wilfred Lievesley Nickson, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Henry Ott, Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Albert Rhone, West Maitland – 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcements

Private Sidney Scowcroft, New Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Driver Hilford Uren, Mayfield – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

December 4th, 2018

need2know: Higher open ahead

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Local shares are poised to edge higher at the open ahead of the latest RBA’s musings and some key data on China’s economy.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures up 11 pts at 5317

• AUD at 88.00 US cents, 93.90 Japanese yen, 68.63 Euro cents and 54.36 British pence

• S&P 500 +0.9%, Dow 0.1%, Nasdaq +1.4%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -1.2%, FTSE -0.7%, CAC -1%, DAX -1.5%

• Spot gold up 0.6% to $US1246.11 an ounce

• Iron ore adds 1% to $US81.60 per metric tonne

• Brent oil down 0.9% to $US85.43 per barrel

What’s on today

Australia Reserve Bank board minutes, speech by RBA deputy governor Phillip Lowe, ANZ-Roy Morgan weekly consumer confidence survey, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) International merchandise imports for September; China monthly spending, production and investment data, GDP; US existing home sales.

Stocks to watch

Qantas Alan Joyce at new business suite, Sydney; Newcrest Mining production report; Southern Cross Austereo, Bradken annual meetings.

Cabcharge Australia has rejected a confidential $500 million bid for its under-pressure taxi payments business.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has reiterated a “buy” recommendation on Tabcorp with a price objective of $4.54 a share with first quarter 2015 trading way ahead of expectations.

Commonwealth Bank has moved from “neutral” to “overweight” on Newcrest Mining with a price target change to $12.28 from $10.10 a share.

Currencies

The Australian dollar seems to be caught in the extreme volatility that is expected to continue over the short term, with the overall market bias appearing to be short Aussie dollar (and AUD crosses). “We’ve seen some big and often choppy movements, perhaps exaggerated by thin liquidity conditions, but nonetheless these markets are not for the weak at heart,” said Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA Asia Pacific.

Major currencies are trading in tight ranges with investors facing a vacuum of data and modest price changes in global markets. “The US dollar had a really great run against its counterparts over the last two months,” said John Doyle, director of markets at Washington, D.C-based Tempus, adding that he still looks for dollar strength in the coming months and next year.

Commodities

Copper fell to levels near a six-month low touched in the previous session, weighed down by uncertainty over China’s economic growth, while nickel sunk to the lowest level in seven months.

Copper mine production is forecast to increase by 6.2 per cent in 2015 compared with only 0.9 per cent this year, Vanessa Davidson at consultants CRU told a seminar during LME Week. Davidson said she expected LME cash prices to average $US6760 next year, which was close to the consensus forecast in the LME poll of $US6724.

Shell Midstream Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by Royal Dutch Shell, said it expected its initial public offering of common units to be priced at $US19-$US21 per unit, valuing it at up to $US1.42 billion.

United States

US stocks were mixed in late trade, as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq advanced, but the Dow fell as quarterly results from IBM disappointed. Apple was up 2 per cent ahead of the release of its latest financials after the closing bell.

The $US108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook’s stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and “visionary management”.

IBM shares slumped more than 7 per cent in late trade after the company’s third-quarter earnings fell well short of Wall Street expectations.

Europe

European stocks fell on Monday, trimming lofty gains made in the previous session, with SAP’s profit warning hitting shares in the tech sector. Shares in the German business software maker plunged 6.6 per cent after it cut its outlook for full-year operating profit.

Germany’s central bank said the local economy, the largest in the euro zone, risks coming dangerously close to recession, forecasting little or no growth in the second half of the year.

Shares in Alpha Bank surged more than 13 per cent after hedge fund manager David Einhorn recommended betting on Greek banks and against French debt.

What happened yesterday

The Australian sharemarket extended last week’s rally on Monday, led upward by the big banks as investors search for value following the recent sharp dive in stocks. Asian and US markets were also on the rise.

The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 47.7 points, or 0.9pc, to 5319.4 on Monday.