Australia’s next tennis star admits she only plays for money

Australian open 2017 ,Women’s Singles – Round 1 Destanee Aiava (AUS) playing against Mona Barthel (GER) on show court 2. 16th January 2017 Fairfax Media The Age news Picture by Joe Armao
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Australia’s next tennis star Destanee Aiava has echoed controversial men’s player Bernard Tomic and bluntly admitted she only plays the game for money.

Aiava burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at the Brisbane International earlier this year when she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA main draw match.

The teenager kicked-on to make her first Australian Open and after playing in all the grand slam qualifiers she has risen more than 300 places in the rankings to a career-best world No. 147.

Aiava has long been touted a rising star in the women’s game and while her form is red-hot, she said spending more than 30 weeks a year on the road takes its toll.

Aiava is the only provider for her family and said after three years living out of a suitcase the sport isn’t as fun anymore, admitting she only still plays for the money.

“I was one of those kids where our house was like a cabin, so I’m kind of used to that poor lifestyle and I just want that lavish lifestyle,” Aiava said.

“Money is the motivation, obviously everyone wants a better lifestyle for their future and money definitely helps that a lot.

“I can’t lie anymore, I’m done with that, honesty is the best policy. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel and I just want it, as soon as I have enough money I’ll stop playing.”

Aiava said there was no shame in being honest about her motives and wanting to support her Samoan-born parents.

“I’m turning 18 next year and I want to get my own apartment so I can move out, but my parents are separated and I want to buy both of them a house as well,” Aiava said.

“They’ve been a huge help on my career and I wouldn’t be here without them, so I want to give back to them as much as possible.

“I’m motivated to supply for my family because I’m kind of the only provider right now, so there is a lot of expectations there, but yeah that’s kind of why I’m still playing.”

The 17-year-old is playing at the Canberra International this week, the same courts Nick Kyrgios forged his early career on, and Aiava pointed to the Australian men’s No. 1 as the inspiration for her honesty.

“Nick was the first to admit that tennis isn’t as people think it is and I’m just just kind of sick of hearing people say ‘oh you must enjoy the travelling and you must really love the sport’ because it’s completely different to how you perceive it,” Aiava said.

“When you’re playing you have all this pressure and expectations on you from everyone and it’s tough, so I just want to put it out there that it’s not as rosy as it seems.”

Aiava then followed Kyrgios down another path and admitted tennis was not her favourite sport, instead pointing to another round ball game.

“I love watching basketball, I can’t play to save my life but since it’s a team sport and they’re surrounded by that team environment I find it really relaxing to watch,” Aiava said.

Aiava cruised past Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in Canberra to book her place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Flanagan eyeing off special win for Ruby

BIG NIGHT: Heddon Greta trainer Daniel Flanagan with Vic Peters Classic finalists Only Want Mum and Surfing Dyno. Picture: Simone De PeakTrainer Daniel Flanagan would bethrilled to have two runners in a group 1 final at any time.
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And itwould be a dream come true if Only Want Mum or Surfing Dyno wonthe Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

But the Heddon Greta Hotel manageradmits it would be extra special if Only Want Mum was the one to salute.

Only Want Mum was named in memory of three-year-old Ruby-Rose Milton, who died in May 2015 froman aggressive childhood cancer known asneuroblastoma.

As a tribute to Ruby-Rose, Flanagan told her mother,Renae Macpherson, who worked as a waitress at Heddon Greta Hotel at the time, that he would name his next greyhound in her honour.

During her battle with cancer, Ruby-Rose would say to doctors and nurses coming to her aid that “I only want mum”.

Flanagan saidMacpherson, who has since moved interstate, was “over the moon” with the name and he had contacted her about Only Want Mum before its first start.

“When wewereat the funeral I said to her that we’re going to name the next dog after her,” Flanagan said.

“And she was the one that came along, so it’s good. She broke in OK but from the time she was born, she was named after her little girl.”

Ruby is the kennel name of Only Want Mum, which made the age-restriction $75,000-to-the-winner Vic Peters Classic final with a third from box six in first semi-final last Saturday night.

The dark brindle bitch, which has two wins from six starts, will jump from box five in the decider and was $21 with TAB Fixed Odds.

Surfing Dyno was second from box six in semi-final number two last week. The brindle dog drew box eight and was $41.

Flanagan expected Only Want Mum to run well in the semi-finals but was unsure how Surfing Dyno would perform.

“When they got the bad boxes, I just hoped for a bit of luck and they had a bit going their way, which is good,” he said.

He admitted to havinga soft spot for Only Want Mum but he also believed she was a genuine contender in the decider.

“Surfing Dyno is no star but he does OK,” he said.

“We just don’t know what he’s going to do from week to week, and he’s drawn out wide, which is probablynot ideal.

“Only Want Mumhas a massive motor and if she can get through and be left alone, I reckon she’s a big chance.”

Flanagan qualifiedExplosive Madame for the Vic Peters final two years ago and she finishedfifth from box one.

Shewas owned by theBord And Pillar Racing Syndicate, who also have interests in the two finalists this year.

“The guys who own the Explosive dogs, own Surfing Dyno and also half of Only Want Mum,” Flanagansaid.

“Dad and I own half of her as well.”

BekinStreet ($2.80),Shallay Pallay ($3.80) and Chasin Crackers ($3.40) were battling for Vic Peters Classicfavouritism on Friday.

Enjoying the charming heritage city of Ipswich

Rafter & Rose … tucked away in an Ipswich laneway and doing some great things for breakfast. I’d heard of Ipswich, of course.
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It was a mid-size city just south-west of Brisbane. Due to an efficient PR office, I also knew it had an international hotel trading under the Metro label. That was really all that I knew when I grabbed the opportunity to spend a few days there and in the surrounding countryside.

And I do mean ‘grabbed’, because I’ve come to realise that some of the most unlikely places can be gold mines for tourists willing to get a little off the standard pathways.

I quickly learnt that it was a richly historic city, indeed Queensland’s oldest provincial city, and that it has some magnificent old architecture ranging from fine public buildings through to some gorgeous examples of grand homes built in the traditional Queenslander architectural style.

The Workshops Rail Museum … features some beautiful restoration work.

It’s also famous as a railway town, and the magnificently restored Workshops Rail Museumis obviously one of the city’s absolute must-sees, a place where some 3000 railway workers clocked on each day and now absolutely jam-packed with relics of a bygone era.

Highlights include beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, the state’s biggest model railway and regular tours of the workshops. There are also lots of hands-on activities to keep children amused for hours.

Certainly worth a visit is the Ipswich Antiques Centre which is housed in a heritage-listed former church hall. It’s made up of many individual retailers, and filled to the brim with furniture, books, records, clothing and assorted bric-a-brac.

Stephen Arnold … providing a great way to see Ipswich and surrounds.

One of the best ways to take in the beauty and historic nature of Ipswich is from the back of a Harley trike driven by Stephen Arnold, who operates asIpswich Trike Toursand provides a range of touring experiences of the city and surrounds, including winery tours, Lake Wivenhoe tours and trips to hinterland highlights such as Tambourine Mountain.

Fourthchild … a culinary highlight of our visit to Ipswich.

And there are plenty of dining options in Ipswich — the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, with a substantial range beers and excellent pizza, and the rich, Germanic-style fare at Heisenberg Haus. If you’re going to have the signature pork knuckle, sharing is probably a good thing. They’re huge.

For us, the highlights came on the form of beautifully prepared and presented modern fare at Fourthchild and a delightful breakfast at Rafter & Rose, which is tucked away, Melbourne-style, in a tiny laneway.

Presentation at Fourthchild is sublime.

And, oh yes, the Metro Ipswich International Hotel,which is basically where I started this story of visiting a Queensland city that was largely an unknown quantity for this scribe.

It’s a fine property, one whose quality and standards you wouldn’t normally expect in a place such as Ipswich.

Metro Ipswich International Hotel single room … plenty of work and living space.

Its mid-city location is spot one, the room amenities, including the king-size bed, tick all the boxes, and the staff are prepared to bend over backwards to help (to the point of keeping the kitchen and restaurant, Harvest, open beyond normal hours after our flight from Sydney was delayed).

Metro Ipswich International Hotel king-double … combines style with utility.

And the slow-cooked duck and lamb shank papperdelle were both excellent.

For general information about Ipswich, visit 梧桐夜网discoveripswich南京夜网419论坛.It really does live up to its tagline —‘Queensland’s beautiful heritage city’.

John Rozentals was a guest of the Metro International Hotel and Discover Ipswich.

Jelena is probably, certainly, almost definitely, back on

Make a strained reference to Rebecca Black’s Fridayand be optimistic about Australia’s medal chances at the London Olympics, because it is 2011 once again. How else could we explain the pictures of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez that have been surfacing this week?
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The on-again, off-again early 2010s couple appear to have – possibly; nothing is confirmed beyond an Us Weekly “insider” saying it’s a thing – reignited their romance. after being spotted attending church, riding bikes and even watching the hockey together this week.

The original relationship:

Bieber and Gomez began dating in 2010 when Gomez was 18 and Bieber was just 16.

Two years later, the couple, dubbed “Jelena”, moved in together. As a Disney starlet (Gomez was best known for her role on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place at the time) and teen pop heartthrob, Gomez and Bieber were routinely followed by the paparazzi.

The pair’s relationship was notoriously turbulent and the speculation surrounding whether they were together at any given point made for incredible tabloid fodder. They ultimately separated in 2014, after breaking up multiple times during their three-year relationship.

The post-mortem:

In 2015, both Bieber and Gomez relaunched their music careers (Bieber after multiple arrests and stints in rehab, Gomez after a health scare which would later be revealed as the singer undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lupus), and gave weirdly similar promotional interviews which dissected their relationship.

Gomez went first, telling Britain’s Sunday Times in August that the media pressure on the relationship became too much.

“There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press,” she said. “Throw in the fact that you’re a teenager???????? – it makes it more difficult.”

A month later, Bieber told Complex magazine the relationship was bound to “disappoint” because of how heavily invested he and Gomez were in making it work, despite being so young.

“We were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you,” Bieber said.

The resurrection:

By the start of this year, both Bieber and Gomez had appeared to move on.

Meanwhile, this year Gomez has been dating Canadian singer The Weeknd (not a typo, also obviously not his real name, which is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye).

But, with news Selena Gomez and The Weeknd ended things this week, a number of sightings have created a sense that Jelena, after years of keeping their distance, may be back on. Here’s the evidence.

– On October 29, the pair were spotted having breakfast together before attending a church service at Hillsong in Los Angeles.

– On November 1, Gomez and Bieber went on a very performative bike ride around Los Angeles. But, to complicate our analysis, what did Gomez wear to said bike ride? A highlighter blue jacket that had previously been spotted on The Weeknd. But if you thought that was the end of the outerwear analysis you would be incorrect because, later that day, Gomez watched Bieber play hockey in Los Angeles. As the pair left, she was wearing his New Jersey Devils jersey.

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House of Cards staff accuse Spacey of sexual assault and harassment

A production assistant who worked on Netflix hit House of Cards has accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him during one of the show’s early seasons, while other staff members have described the star’s behaviour on set as “predatory”.
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The explosive claims were made to CNN by eight people who worked on the series on condition of anonymity because they feared the professional repercussions of speaking out, CNN reports.

Among the new accusations against Spacey, which included claims of “non-consensual touching” and “crude comments”, were allegations from a production assistant who said Spacey put his hands down the assistant’s pants after he had driven the actor from an offsite location to the show’s Baltimore set. Later that same day, Spacey cornered him in his trailer and “made inappropriate contact” with him, the assistant said.

“I was in a state of shock,” the assistant told CNN. “He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”

The assistant says he told Spacey “I don’t think I’m ok with this”, at which point the actor became “visibly flustered” and fled the set for the remainder of the day.

He says the alleged incident happened months after he’d complained to his supervisor about Spacey’s behaviour. “The supervisor’s solution was never to let the production assistant be alone with Spacey when they were on set,” CNN reports.

“I have no doubt that this type of predatory behaviour was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position,” the assistant told CNN.

“It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”

Another crew member told CNN that Spacey would routinely touch him, including massaging his shoulders from behind.

In a statement to CNN, Netflix said they had just been “made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly”, and that they were “not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set.”

They added: “We continue to collaborate with MRC [the show’s production company] and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment.”

The streaming giant suspended production on House of Cards earlier this week; they also announced its sixth season would be its last.

The accusations are the latest levelled at Spacey since Monday, when actor Anthony Rapp, 46, accused the star of making a “sexual advance” towards him when he was 14.

Since then, at least three men have accused Spacey of sexual harassment, ranging from the actor’s time in the New York theatre in the early ’80s to his stint as artistic director at London’s Old Vic from 2004 to 2015.

A representative for the actor said on Thursday that Spacey was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment” in the wake of the allegations.

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Captain’s knock in country opener

Captain’s knock in country opener TON: Newcastle captain Mark Littlewood (second from right) made a century in round one of the NSW Country Championships at Inverell on Friday. Picture: Heidi Gibson
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TweetFacebook NSW Country Championships – day 1Pictures by Heidi GibsonA captain’s knock from Mark Littlewood has put Newcastle on the front foot after the opening day of the NSW Country Championships in Inverell.

Littlewood made an unbeaten 116 from 124 balls, hitting six fours and five sixes along the way, in guiding Newcastle to a 59-run victory over Central North at Varley Oval on Friday.

Batting at No.3 the Belmont all-rounderput on a 142-run second-wicket stand with opener and Wallsend marquee Nathan Price, who struck 13 boundaries in his 87 from 100 deliveries.

“They both batted really well and set it up nicely for us,” Newcastle representative coach Shane Burley said.

Newcastle’s 50-over total of 8-274 eventually proved too much for Central North, who were restricted to 7-215 with Simon Norvill (55), former University batsman Aaron Mahony (52) and Hamilton-Wickham skipper Josh Trappel (42)the best in a beaten side.

Pat Darwen, named in the Australian Country XI last season, claimedtwo wickets for Newcastle while Central North’sLincoln Mills and Daniel Willis shared four between them.

“Our bowlers managed a lot of dots which helped us,” Burley said.“We picked up the bonus point as well, which is really important.”

Newcastle now meets first round losers North Coast in Saturday’s second round fixture at the same venue while Central North tackle Western at McCosker Park No.1.

Western (9-243) beat North Coast (134) on Friday.

Mace calls for change of bonus point set-up

SHOT: Charlestown captain Steve Mace out in the middle last weekend. Picture: Marina NeilCharlestown captain Steve Mace has called for a rethink of the bonus point system in one-day matches.
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The inaugural early-season, five-game, 40-over, pink-ball trial finished last weekend with Charlestown narrowly missing top spot in Pool B on quotient to Wests and consequently a Tom Locker Cup final berth.

Charlestown won four times to Wests’ three during the same period but the Rosellas collected six bonus pointsto the Magpies’ two.

Mace believes this anomaly on the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition ladder needs to be addressed, especially considering the points allocated intwo-day matches which start on Saturday.

“The bonus points are too heavily weighted,” Mace said.

“If you play a two-day game over say 180 overs and have a close, hard-fought win after slogging your guts out for 12 hours you getsix points.

“In a one-day game most teams receive eight points for about 50 of 60 overs of work.

“It doesn’t seem right.”

Currently six points are allocated for a win and two for a loss in these limited overs fixtures.

Bonus points come into play, both added and deducted, depending on the severity of the result.

They are based on percentages of the first innings total–either chasing down in quick time or restricting an opposition in reply.

One if the job’s completed between60 and 80 percent and two if under 60 percent.

It meansteams can walk away with six, seven or eight points for a win and two, one or even nonefor a loss.

“It’s not necessarily the team that gets the bonus point has played really well, it’s more often than notthe team that lost it has played really poorly,” Mace said.

“I likethe bonus point because it creates a bit of interest and there’s no perfect system, but it shouldn’t be that way.Maybe one bonus point at about 65 percent. That waythere’s only one bonus point rather than two.”

Bonus point dramasaside, Charlestown sitin a three-way share of second position on the overall standings.

“You’d take that in any five-game period throughout the season let along the start,” Mace said.“It’s a good place to be and hopefully we can go on with it now the two-dayers are here.”

Charlestown host Belmont at Kahibah Oval.

Elsewhere in round six encounters winless Toronto are at home to Wests, ladder-leaders Merewether travel to meet last-placed Cardiff-Boolaroo, defending champions Hamilton-Wickham give up another home game to Wallsend, Waratah-Mayfield play Stockton-Raymond Terraceand University clash with Newcastle City.

Play starts at 11am.

Meanwhile, eight teams have entered the second season ofthe Newcastle-based Sixers Social Women’s Cricket competition which starts at Smith Park on Sunday (4:30pm-6pm).

Weeding out weaklings in pot stock sector

Australia’s cannabis companies may have exploded onto the ASX in recent years, generating bemused interest and bad media puns, but their struggle to crack overseas markets means their performance has been decidedly patchy.
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Since the federal government opened up the market for scientific and medical marijuana cultivation in February last year, at least 17 companies have popped up on the local exchange. The most recent was Cannpal, which hit the boards in October.

And despite the government legalising medicinal consumption, in November share price performance of the various “pot stocks” has been mixed.

The likes of Cann Group have done eye-wateringly well; the stock is up 200 per cent since listing at 30?? in May.

Both Zelda Therapeutics and Creso Pharma have also enjoyed solid investor attention, up 87 per cent and 138 per cent year-to-date respectively.

The sector has easily outperformed the Small Ordinaries Index, which is up 10 per cent so far this year.

But other marijuana plays are not riding the hype; Perth-based Chapmans is languishing below half a cent. Capital Mining, previously linked to Chapmans, has been stuck in a trading halt so has yet to outline how its cannabis foray is materialising.

“The volatility in the share price movements are indicative of this kind of fledgling industry,” says Matthijs Smith, senior life sciences analyst at Canaccord Genuity and recent author of a well-read report on the industry.

“They’ve been waxing and waning as attitudes are moving around, but overall people are beginning to cotton on that the most widely abused recreational drug is shifting towards genuine medical status.”

Licensing is still the most critical element in the industry, and while it’s fairly simple to get a medicinal or R&D licence from the Office of Drug Control, manufacturing entitlements are more difficult.

“The ODC is wary of any product disappearing,” says Mr Smith.

So far, eight licences have been issued for the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis, five for cultivation and production for research purposes and four to actually manufacture cannabis products.

The market’s heavyweights, AusCann and Cann Group, have both been granted manufacturing and medicinal licences, while the Hydroponics Company (with its memorable THC ticker) also has a research licence.

MMJ Phytotech, Medlab Clinical, and Creso Pharma have import licences.

“But it’s the lack of export capability that’s really holding these companies back; it’s the next step,” says Mr Smith, pointing out that growing a full plant only takes between three and four months.

“So Australian companies could very quickly serve a global market at scale and at high quality.”

The export infrastructure is already in place, says Mr Smith, given Australia already supplies half the world’s legal poppy feedstock for opioid manufacturing.

If the Australian market mimics that of the exploding North American one, Cannacord says the wholesale value of Australian cannabis could quickly become $400 million a year.

In the US and Canada about 1.2 per cent of people use cannabis for medical purposes, which would translate to around 300,000 people in Australia.

“The economic activity that will unfold from this industry is really rich,” says Mr Smith.”It just doesn’t exist today and there are investors everywhere slowly tuning into this potential.”

A global trend unfolding across markets in Europe and South America as well, medical cannabis is big business.

Just this week, global beverage company Constellation Brands acquired a 9.9 per cent stake – worth $US191 million – in Canopy Growth, the world’s largest publicly traded cannabis company.

The premise of cannibanoid drinks has analysts around the world talking, however Australia is still yet to catch up to the edibles market.

“Once edibles infiltrate Australia, I expect we’ll see local companies go into overdrive,” says Mr Smith.

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Suu Kyi visits Rakhine, reduces Rohingya crisis to a ‘quarrel’

Bangkok: Ten weeks after Myanmar’s army embarked on a ruthless crackdown that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from their homes, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally visited the scene, telling people not to “quarrel”.
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From her helicopter, she would have been able to see scores of incinerated villages, but the military has insisted that Rohingya burnt their own villages as they fled. Burmese state media has accused them of fleeing to Bangladesh to tarnish Myanmar’s reputation.

“I hope everything will go fine as local villagers handle the rebuilding process,” Ms Suu Kyi told the residents of Pan Taw Pyin village, according to the New York Times. “We all have to try our best to live peacefully.”

The scolding from the Nobel laureate known as The Lady, came as powerful US lawmakers proposed targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on Myanmar military officers accused of orchestrating atrocities that human rights group say amount to crimes against humanity.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced he plans to visit Myanmar in mid-November when he is expected to intensify pressure on the military and Ms Suu Kyi’s government to end the violence and allow the Rohingya to return home.

“What’s most important to us is that the world can’t stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in the area,” Mr Tillerson said before announcing the trip.

The sanctions proposed by a bipartisan group of senators, including Republican John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will intensify pressure on the Turnbull government to cut Australia’s military ties with Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said Australia is “deeply concerned” about the violence that has sparked a humanitarian emergency in refugee camps in Bangladesh but has refused to directly condemn either the military or Ms Suu Kyi’s government, which claims the military has been responding to attacks by Muslim insurgents.

Senator McCain said the “systematic human rights abuses” committed against Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State demanded a strong response from the international community.

“Our legislation would hold accountable the senior military officials responsible for the slaughter and displacement of innocent men, women and children in Burma [Myanmar], and make clear the United States will not stand for these atrocities,” Senator McCain said.

Democrat Senator Ben Cardin said “never again” is happening again in Myanmar under the watch of the international community.

“This bill will allow Congress to strengthen the President’s [Donald Trump] hand by making clear to Burmese officials that there will be consequences for their crimes against humanity,” Senator Cardin said.

Xenophobic and superstitious generals ruled the south-east Asia nation with an iron-fist for half a century before allowing economic and other reforms in 2011. But the military still wields enormous powers and controls much of the country’s businesses through crony-run corporations.

Ms Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy won a landslide election in 2015, has refused to publicly criticise the military, prompting widespread criticism and the withdrawal of some of her international awards.

During her visit to Rakhine on Thursday, Ms Suu Kyi met religious leaders in Maungdaw, one of the districts worst hit by the violence, according to Chris Lewa from the Arakan Project monitoring group.

“She only said three things to the people – they should live peacefully, the government is there to help them and they should not quarrel among each other,” Ms Lewa said.

– With agencies

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New NRMA chair named at first AGM held in Newcastle in a decade

Changeover: Outgoing NRMA chairman Kyle Loades with incoming NRMA chairman Tim Trumper. Picture: Max Mason-HubersNRMA has posted a record profit of more than $100 millionfor the 2016/17 financial year, members and shareholders were told at the motoring body’s annual general meeting on Friday.
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The AGM, which was held in Newcastle for the first time in a decade, was the last hurrahfor outgoing Hunter-based chairman Kyle Loades.

Mr Loades will step down on December 3after 12 years on the NRMA board –three as chairman.

His successor, Sydney-based Tim Trumper, was announced at the meeting.

“Tim is an outstanding individual,” Mr Loades told the AGM. “He has great vision of where this organisation is going.”

The meeting heard about the organisation’s focus on the future and its efforts to embrace electric vehicles and driverless cars.

Mr Loades said the key piece of feedback from members was the need for improved public transport.

“In Newcastle, we know you can complete every road but you still need public transport,” he said.

“The light rail will be outstanding here in the Hunter.

“In terms of the future, NRMA will continue to lobby for improvements to that light rail.

“We’d like to see it extended to many other suburbs, so you’ll be able to hop onto the light rail out in the suburbs, head into the city and not have to deal with any form of congestion or looking around for a park.

“It’s important that the NRMA isn’t just Sydney-centric, that we get around to regions.”

Mr Trumper’s background is in analytics, technology, the internet, financial services and media.

“I firmly believe the NRMA has a rare opportunity to deliver services to meet the individual needs of our members and customers around transport and tourism, and to continue to expand our legendary service beyond simply roadside assistance,” he said.

“Great change is coming in mobility over the next few years.

“I believe the NRMA must play a leadership role in bringing the community with us on the journey and ensuring they benefit from these changes.”