Mercedes Corby makes awkward appearance on Studio 10

Mercedes Corby, the sister of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle, has marked her return to the media spotlight with an uncomfortable appearance on Ten’s daytime show Studio 10.
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Hyped as Corby’s first interview since Schapelle’s return to Australia in May after serving nine years in a Bali prison, the awkward segment might’ve left Ten’s off-screen producers sweating.

After a series of nervy responses to questions on Schapelle’s mental state and her current relationship status, host Sarah Harris was forced to call out Corby’s evasive answers.

“You’ve been in the media spotlight for a long time but you seem daunted sitting here today?” she asked Corby.

“Yes!” Corby replied. “Normally it is like they [the media] are there and I’m thrown into it, I’m not prepared and it hasn’t been planned.

“They get me and sometimes it is bad – slow, swinging handbag or yelling or helmet-swinging,” she said about her infamous clashes with photographers, which she said made her look like “some crazy, handbag-swinging maniac”.

She called the media circus that greeted Schapelle’s return to Australia “fake news”, and said journalists needed “somebody to be accountable to”.

“I have met some really great journalists and they care about their jobs and their code of ethics, but then there’s a lot who just – they want the story… I just think journalists should really have more of their code of ethics or have somebody to be accountable to. They are playing with peoples’ lives,” she said.

Asked if she could have survived Schapelle’s ordeal, she answered: “Yeah. I would have survived. I probably would have slept most of the time away.”

Corby, who sat in throughout the episode, was also asked her expert opinion on ‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury’s saga.

“There’s ones that you think are guilty and innocent, and ones that do it for a bit of extra cash – I don’t understand,” she said about Sainsbury’s predicament.

“We’re not from Africa, we’re not feeding our whole families, we’re not paying for generations of schools to make a bad choice – but I still feel for anybody imprisoned anywhere in the world.”

She offered advice to Sainsbury’s family to “stay strong”.

“It is hard for the families. They just have to stay together, be there to support Cassie, keeping her up to date with the outside world and giving her something to be happy about when she is released,” she said. “Ones who do it [smuggle drugs] for a bit of extra cash – I don’t understand.” – Mercedes Corby on “Cocaine Cassie.” #Studio10pic.twitter南京夜网/j65L56suUt??? Studio 10 (@Studio10au) November 2, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The ominous sign at Amazon’s new Australian warehouse

There is a sign outside the first Australian warehouse for Amazon which says in enormous letters “Welcome Amazonians. It’s still day one! Are you ready to make a difference?”
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The sign was proudly set down at the entrance – exactly where employees would walk in from the car park ??? according to the first photos of the Dandenong South site.

To Australians, this might seem a strange thing for a company to say to its employees. Who wants to be trapped at a workplace where it’s always the same day?

The slogan is well familiar in Amazon’s home base in the US, where it has been used for two decades to motivate both employees and shareholders. So what does it mean and where does it come from?

Amazon became a public company in 1997. That year founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to shareholders ??? something that he has since done regularly – which outlined his vision for the firm.

“This is Day 1 for the internet and, if we execute well, for Amazon南京夜网,” he wrote at the time.

“Today, online commerce saves customers money and precious time. Tomorrow, through personalisation, online commerce will accelerate the very process of discovery.”

Bezos explained how the company was “all about the long term” in solidifying and extending its early lead in the online retail market.

“The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model. Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue, higher profitability, greater capital velocity and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital,” he said.

“Because of our emphasis on the long term, we may make decisions and weigh trade-offs differently than some companies.”

And despite acknowledging that the approach was “not without risk” and needs “serious investment and crisp execution” against the incumbent retailers, Bezos has immovably stuck with the long-term strategy since.

Hence Amazon has been, and still is, in “day 1”.

It may have put some investors offside 20 years ago, but in retrospect, there aren’t many arguments against the day 1 strategy. Amazon floated on the Nasdaq in May 1997 with a first day closing share price of $US1.96, adjusted for splits. Today the stock price is at $US1,105, which is a mind-blowing 563-fold increase.

In its latest quarterly results, Amazon beat market expectations to post $US43.7 billion in revenue. The company is forecasting between $56 billion and $60.5 billion for the lucrative Christmas quarter, which would be 28 per cent to 38 per cent growth from the same time last year.

Bezos briefly became the wealthiest person in the world in July, and retook that title in the past week with $117 billion to his name.

Perhaps this meme that went viral this year sums it up best. Day 2

So will Amazon ever get to Day 2? Bezos addressed this hypothetical in this year’s letter to shareholders.

“I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades. I work in an Amazon building named Day 1, and when I moved buildings, I took the name with me. I spend time thinking about this topic,” he wrote in April.

“Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”

Bezos said that established companies may spend decades in day 2, but “the final result” always comes after that.

He admitted that he didn’t have all the answers to avoiding day 2.

“Here’s a starter pack of essentials for Day 1 defence: customer obsession, a sceptical view of proxies, the eager adoption of external trends, and high velocity decision making.” You can read below Bezos’ full explanation of each of those four essentials:1. True customer obsession

There are many ways to centre a business. You can be competitor focused, you can be product focused, you can be technology focused, you can be business model focused, and there are more. But in my view, obsessive customer focus is by far the most protective of Day 1 vitality.

Why? There are many advantages to a customer-centric approach, but here’s the big one: customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great.

Even when they don’t yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customers will drive you to invent on their behalf.

No customer ever asked Amazon to create the Prime membership program, but it sure turns out they wanted it, and I could give you many such examples.

Staying in Day 1 requires you to experiment patiently, accept failures, plant seeds, protect saplings, and double down when you see customer delight. A customer-obsessed culture best creates the conditions where all of that can happen. 2. Resist proxies

As companies get larger and more complex, there’s a tendency to manage to proxies. This comes in many shapes and sizes, and it’s dangerous, subtle, and very Day 2.

A common example is process as proxy. Good process serves you so you can serve customers. But if you’re not watchful, the process can become the thing.

This can happen very easily in large organisations. The process becomes the proxy for the result you want. You stop looking at outcomes and just make sure you’re doing the process right. Gulp.

It’s not that rare to hear a junior leader defend a bad outcome with something like, “Well, we followed the process.”

A more experienced leader will use it as an opportunity to investigate and improve the process. The process is not the thing. It’s always worth asking, do we own the process or does the process own us? In a Day 2 company, you might find it’s the second.

Another example: market research and customer surveys can become proxies for customers ??? something that’s especially dangerous when you’re inventing and designing products.

“Fifty-five per cent of beta testers report being satisfied with this feature. That is up from 47 per cent in the first survey.” That’s hard to interpret and could unintentionally mislead.

Good inventors and designers deeply understand their customer. They spend tremendous energy developing that intuition. They study and understand many anecdotes rather than only the averages you’ll find on surveys. They live with the design.

I’m not against beta testing or surveys. But you, the product or service owner, must understand the customer, have a vision, and love the offering.

Then, beta testing and research can help you find your blind spots. A remarkable customer experience starts with heart, intuition, curiosity, play, guts, taste. You won’t find any of it in a survey. 3. Embrace external trends

The outside world can push you into Day 2 if you won’t or can’t embrace powerful trends quickly. If you fight them, you’re probably fighting the future. Embrace them and you have a tailwind.

These big trends are not that hard to spot (they get talked and written about a lot), but they can be strangely hard for large organisations to embrace. We’re in the middle of an obvious one right now: machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Over the past decades computers have broadly automated tasks that programmers could describe with clear rules and algorithms. Modern machine learning techniques now allow us to do the same for tasks where describing the precise rules is much harder.

At Amazon, we’ve been engaged in the practical application of machine learning for many years now. Some of this work is highly visible: our autonomous Prime Air delivery drones; the Amazon Go convenience store that uses machine vision to eliminate checkout lines; and Alexa, our cloud-based AI assistant.

(We still struggle to keep Echo in stock, despite our best efforts. A high-quality problem, but a problem. We’re working on it.)

But much of what we do with machine learning happens beneath the surface. Machine learning drives our algorithms for demand forecasting, product search ranking, product and deals recommendations, merchandising placements, fraud detection, translations, and much more.

Though less visible, much of the impact of machine learning will be of this type ??? quietly but meaningfully improving core operations.

Inside AWS, we’re excited to lower the costs and barriers to machine learning and AI so organisations of all sizes can take advantage of these advanced techniques.

Using our pre-packaged versions of popular deep learning frameworks running on P2 compute instances (optimised for this workload), customers are already developing powerful systems ranging everywhere from early disease detection to increasing crop yields.

And we’ve also made Amazon’s higher level services available in a convenient form. Amazon Lex (what’s inside Alexa), Amazon Polly, and Amazon Rekognition remove the heavy lifting from natural language understanding, speech generation, and image analysis. They can be accessed with simple API calls ??? no machine learning expertise required. Watch this space. Much more to come. 4. High-velocity decision making

Day 2 companies make high-quality decisions, but they make high-quality decisions slowly. To keep the energy and dynamism of Day 1, you have to somehow make high-quality, high-velocity decisions.

Easy for start-ups and very challenging for large organisations. The senior team at Amazon is determined to keep our decision-making velocity high. Speed matters in business ??? plus a high-velocity decision making environment is more fun too. We don’t know all the answers, but here are some thoughts.

First, never use a one-size-fits-all decision-making process. Many decisions are reversible, two-way doors. Those decisions can use a light-weight process. For those, so what if you’re wrong? I wrote about this in more detail in last year’s letter.

Second, most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70 per cent of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90 per cent, in most cases, you’re probably being slow.

Plus, either way, you need to be good at quickly recognising and correcting bad decisions. If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.

Third, use the phrase “disagree and commit.” This phrase will save a lot of time. If you have conviction on a particular direction even though there’s no consensus, it’s helpful to say, “Look, I know we disagree on this but will you gamble with me on it? Disagree and commit?”

By the time you’re at this point, no one can know the answer for sure, and you’ll probably get a quick yes.

This isn’t one way. If you’re the boss, you should do this too. I disagree and commit all the time. We recently greenlit a particular Amazon Studios original. I told the team my view: debatable whether it would be interesting enough, complicated to produce, the business terms aren’t that good, and we have lots of other opportunities.

They had a completely different opinion and wanted to go ahead. I wrote back right away with “I disagree and commit and hope it becomes the most watched thing we’ve ever made.” Consider how much slower this decision cycle would have been if the team had actually had to convince me rather than simply get my commitment.

Note what this example is not: it’s not me thinking to myself “well, these guys are wrong and missing the point, but this isn’t worth me chasing.”

It’s a genuine disagreement of opinion, a candid expression of my view, a chance for the team to weigh my view, and a quick, sincere commitment to go their way.

And given that this team has already brought home 11 Emmys, 6 Golden Globes, and 3 Oscars, I’m just glad they let me in the room at all!

Fourth, recognise true misalignment issues early and escalate them immediately.

Sometimes teams have different objectives and fundamentally different views. They are not aligned. No amount of discussion, no number of meetings will resolve that deep misalignment. Without escalation, the default dispute resolution mechanism for this scenario is exhaustion. Whoever has more stamina carries the decision.

I’ve seen many examples of sincere misalignment at Amazon over the years. When we decided to invite third party sellers to compete directly against us on our own product detail pages ??? that was a big one.

Many smart, well-intentioned Amazonians were simply not at all aligned with the direction. The big decision set up hundreds of smaller decisions, many of which needed to be escalated to the senior team.

“You’ve worn me down” is an awful decision-making process. It’s slow and de-energising. Go for quick escalation instead ??? it’s better.

So, have you settled only for decision quality, or are you mindful of decision velocity too? Are the world’s trends tailwinds for you? Are you falling prey to proxies, or do they serve you? And most important of all, are you delighting customers?

We can have the scope and capabilities of a large company and the spirit and heart of a small one. But we have to choose it.

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Sophie Monk’s stalker jailed after police assault

Sophie Monk’s Tasmanian stalker is the first person jailed under the state’s mandatory sentencing laws for assaults on police.
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James Scott McCabe, of Beauty Point, appeared in the Launceston Supreme Court on Thursday having pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in June last year by striking him to the head with a bat and punching him four times.

McCabe was handed an eight-month suspended sentence in 2015 for stalking Australian celebrity Sophie Monk – by assaulting the police officer, he breached that sentence.

Acting Justice Pierre Slicer told the court on Thursday the 2016 attack was serious enough to warrant the mandatory minimum sentence of six months. The court heard the officer was off work for four days following the incident and suffered ongoing headaches.

The legislation was introduced in 2014 and applies to serious assaults, but so far nobody has received the minimum jail term.

Reading out McCabe’s history, acting Justice Slicer described him as having suffered mental illness.

Acting Justice Slicer said McCabe “regularly failed to take prescribed medications”.

But he said McCabe’s mental illness did not impact his judgement “to the degree he did not know” what he was doing when he attacked the officer.

Acting Justice Slicer told McCabe he would be activating the eight-month suspended sentence and imposing a new sentence of 12 months for the assault charge.

He will serve the sentences cumulatively and he is eligible for parole after 10 months.

The Examiner

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Look at us now: From Kindie to the HSC, the twins are all grown up

Look at us now: From Kindie to the HSC, the twins are all grown up Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Dream team: Tiani and Kristan Kolbas, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Jacinta and Georgia O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Tiani and Kristan Kolbas, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Jacinta and Georgia O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta (top) O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis (top) Regan and Tiani and Kristan (top) Kolbas. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas and Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream big: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Dream team: Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas, Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald has followed Georgia and her twin sister Jacinta since they started inthe same Eleebana Public class astwins Kristan and Tiani Kolbas and Maxine and Alexis Regan in 2005.

Everyone except Georgia has finished their final exams, while Maxine left school in year 11 and works for Aurecon.

The Herald reported when the twins finished year six theyhad swapped classes on April Fool’s Day to trick their teachers.

Read more: The twins are ready to take the next step together

The girls –all now 18 – said while they were still occasionally mistaken for each other, being a twin had taken on a new meaning as they started forging their own paths.

Maxine and Alexis’parents decided at the end of year 10 it was best for them to move to twoprivate schools.

The girls were adopted at five months old from Papua New Guinea and are each other’s “wingman”.

“They wanted us to have our own separate identities, not as twins,” Maxine said.

“I am more laid back and it didn’t bother me going with Alexis’ decisions, but they wanted me to start making my own decisions.”

Alexis said the sisters had gone to school, socialised with the same friends and lived together, which had caused some arguments.

“But that first day getting up and putting on a different uniform to Maxine was so hard –she’s my backbone,when issues arise she’s the person Igo to.”

Maxine said they had “completely different personalities”.

“You annoy each other, but you don’t want that spot filled by anyone else,” she said.

“I was okay with it, but worried if something wentwrong I would not be there. When I left my school to start work I knew if she was in trouble, I could be there in a heartbeat.

“The people you grow up with become your family…but being adopted means our only bloodline here is our twin.”

Meanwhile, Jacinta said she didn’t like being a twin.

“You don’t have your own personal identity, it’s not ‘Jacinta’, it’s ‘the twin’,” she said, although she saidhaving a sister for support, motivation and to study with through the HSC was invaluable.

Georgia said comparison was constant.

“There’s always ‘Who is the smarter one, the clumsier one, the hotter one.”

The sistersaren’t fazed about being separated. The longest they’vebeen apart istwo and a half weeks, when Jacinta was in South America and Georgia inNew York.

“But I think we had better conversations when we were apart,” Georgia said.

“We were Face Timing and actually cared about what each other was doing.”

Kristan said she had considered moving to Sydney, but was unsure if she could leave Tiani.

“I love being a twin,” she said.

Their relationship deepened around the trial exam period, when Kristan developed a mystery rash she said could have been brought on by stress.

It covered her body and required a week in hospital, followed by another week of in-home care and disrupted her study preparation.

“Tiani couldn’t bear to see me crying,” she said.

“I wanted to leave school but I got through because of her and my family and friends. I can’t believe I did it.”

The girls said they were sad to leave school–Georgia said she “cried the entire graduation day”– but ready for the future.

“I’m keen as,” Jacinta said. “I’m keen to do something I love, for responsibility, to be an actual adult!”

“Rev head” Maxine said she thinks often abouther dream to be a V8driver –she has a certificate three in automotive qualification.

Alexis is considering the emergency services; Jacinta is planning to study architecture; Kristan is deliberating between nutrition and dietetics or personal training while Tiani wants to operateher own business, perhaps in interior design.

“We’ll see each other every few years and be able to pick back up where we left off,” Tiani said.

Marist brother arrested with 400 sexually explicit images

Sentenced: Former Hamilton Marist Brother Terry Gilsenan pictured at the order’s harbourfront home in Sydney.MARIST Schools Australia saw no problem giving convicted child rapistBrother Terry Gilsenan a prominent position on its website in 2015, as contact person for school resourcesincluding comic books and posters.
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He was only identified as “Brother Terry” when the Newcastle Heraldchecked to confirm he was a former Hamilton Marist Brother who was jailed in 2001 for rapinga 12-year-old boy in the 1980s.

‘‘It is the view of the Marist Brothers that Brothers who have been convicted can be gainfully employed, provided the strictest conditions are met,” Marist Brothers Provincial Leader Brother Jeffrey Crowe said in 2015.

“Brother Terry’s role and these conditions were considered appropriate for someone in his circumstances. They are regularly reviewed.”

Nine months later Gilsenan, 62, was charged with five counts of making and possessing child abuse material while living at theMarists’ harbourfront property in Drummoyne and a second property at Tennison Point.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday aSydney District Court judge was told Gilsenan was still on parole in 2003 when he photoshopped a photo of the head of a 13-year-old girl on to the naked body of a woman and used it as part of a sexual fantasy, for his sexual gratification.

The court was told the Marist order allowed him to remain a Marist Brother after serving his jail sentence, and later approved formal roles for him within the Marist Schools system.

Between August 2015 and February 2016 Gilsenanphotoshopped more images of a teenage girl and a naked woman. During a police search of his belongings at the Marist properties in February 2016, more than 400 images of naked children were found.

Solicitor Greg Walsh argued Gilsenan’s crimes were serious but he had not disseminated the images and there was no physical harm or cruelty, although he conceded they were “not victimless crimes”.

Gilsenan hasbeen removed from the Marist order and is no longer a Brother after the Marists adopted “a much more vigorous and rigorous regime” of responding to its convicted child sex offenders because of the Gilsenan case, Mr Walsh told the court.

He argued Gilsenan had already served 20 months’ in custody and “never wants to offend again because he just doesn’t want to go back to jail”.

The court was told Gilsenan will be supported by the order when he leaves jail.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Gilsenan was a teacher at Hamilton Marist Brothers in 1995-96.

The Herald, Newcastle

Marist victims abused in court

Marist victims abused in court Jailed: William Wade, known as Brother Christopher, outside Sydney District Court before he was jailed on Friday for child sex offences.
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Evidence: Brother Christopher giving evidence at a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle in September, 2016.

Intimidating: Brother Christopher as a headmaster at Hamilton in the 1970s.

TweetFacebook Child sex victims abused in court as senior Marist jailedBrother Christopher sentenced for offences against two boysA FEMALE supporter of one of the Marist Brothers’ most senior educators hissed“rottensods” to his two child sex victims as he was jailed on Friday for offences four decades ago.

The verbal abuse helps explain why child sex victims can take many years to report the crimes, said one of Brother William Wade’s victims, who was sexually abused at Hamilton Marist school in 1976 when he was 13 and Wade was the headmaster known as Brother Christopher.

“He’s been convicted but they still don’t believe he did it. These men have always had their believers. What hope would a kid have had back then if he’d said Brother Christopher did these things to me?” said the man.

Wade, 81, was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, with a minimum sentence of nine months, after he was found guilty in a judge-alone trial of three counts of indecently assaulting two boys at Hamilton Marist school, and Kogarah Marist school in 1980.

Sydney District Court Judge David Arnott accepted his victims’ evidence that Wade sexually abused them in his school offices after both boys turned to him for help when they were sick and in pain.

Wade sexually abused his first victim after the boy complained of feeling sick and was taken into the headmaster’s office by a female school administrative staff member, who left the boy in the office and shut the door.

Wade called the boy to him with the words: “Come and sit on my knee darling, and tell me all about it.”

Wade put his arm around the boy’s waist and his hand down his shorts where he fondled the boy’s genitals.

Judge Arnott accepted evidence that Wade committed a similar act at the Kogarah school four years later when a boy in severe pain with a twisted testicle was taken into the headmaster’s office and the door was shut.

Wade asked the boy if he could see his genitals and knelt in front of him.

“He said words to the effect of ‘This might help you’, and putthe boy’s penis in his mouth,” Judge Arnott said.

Hospital records showed the boy was admitted to St George Hospital later that day for treatment.

The two men separately reported the offences to police in July, 2015 and July, 2016, when Wade was charged.

One of his victims cried outside the court while talking about the impact of child sex offences on people’s lives, after the court heard he had still not told his mother of the sexual abuse.

“People don’t understand the damage it does to the victims. Even after all these years it still affects me. And it’s not just the victims themselves who are affected. For every victim there’s layers of other victims. The families. The suicides.”

The “Rotten sods” comment from one of Wade’s supporters was a shock, but not a surprise.

“What are these people thinking? That we made this up? That we went through all this, for what?”

Wade’s earliest release date is August 2, 2018. Judge Arnott said he was required to sentence him under the sentences that applied at the time of the offences.

Wade was an “opportunistic” offender who committed gross breaches of trust against his victims, and relied on his authority and position as a headmaster to silence the boys, the judge said.

The Sydney areas that boast the best auction success

Clearance rates are a statistic that vendors hold in high regard, perhaps increasingly so considering that Sydney experienced a quarterly price reduction of 1.9 per cent to $1.17 million during the three months leading up to September.
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September was a turning point for Sydney, when house prices produced the second-worst performance of Australia’s major cities for the quarter. It fell just behind the volatile Darwin market, which moved backwards by 3.6 per cent.

Moderating prices are likely to spark an element of nervousness among spring vendors who are mid-way through an auction campaign. However, once the statistics are drilled down, we see that the impact on Sydney regions has varied.

The number of houses sold at auction in Sydney declined 18 per cent in the September quarter compared with the June 2017 quarter. This fell across all regions apart from the Central Coast. The number of houses sold under the hammer during this period is still 6.4 per cent above the results from the September 2016 quarter.

Annually, all Sydney regions experienced a boost to the volume of houses sold at auction, apart from the city and east, the inner west and the upper north shore.

The highest clearance rate was in the northern beaches and the city and east at 70 per cent. The northern beaches was one of only two regions to reach a higher clearance rate compared with the June 2017 quarter, rising marginally from 69 per cent.

The central coast also recorded an improved quarterly clearance rate, from 52 per cent in June to 53 per cent in September.

Relatively robust clearance rates were recorded in the lower north shore and the inner west, at 68 per cent and 67 per cent, respectively, although that was significantly lower than the 82 per cent and 86 per cent achieved last year.

The lower north shore had the highest median price at $2.4 million, based on properties auctioned throughout the September quarter.

If 70 per cent is the benchmark to determine a seller’s market, technically only two regions fall within this category: the city and east, and the northern beaches.

The upper north shore (63 per cent), the south (62 per cent), Canterbury Bankstown (59 per cent) and the West (57 per cent) recorded lower clearance rates compared with last year’s September quarter.

The south west had the second-lowest auction median price at $814,000, scraping by with a clearance rate of 50 per cent.

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Hunters Hill landmark of radio’s Sturge Harty on offer

In Hunters Hill, the 1874-built mansion of the late 2GB radio presenter Frank Sturge Harty and his wife Delphine, Wybalena House, is for sale for the first time in 35 years.
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The historic property was built for Hunters Hill mayor and steamboat proprietor Charles Jeanneret for his wife Julia Ann and their 11 children, and was one of more than a dozen such villas built by him on the peninsula.

The Hartys bought it from Sydney University in 1982 for $650,000, and it has returned to the market following the death of Delphine Harty two years ago, aged 105.

Darren Curtis and Martin Ross, of Christie’s International, have a price guide of $7 million to $7.5 million.

The listing replaces Wahroonga’s heritage home Red Hall on the high-end shelf after it was sold after three weeks on the market.

Rumour has it a buyer from China snapped up the home of the late transport and logistics industry boss John Strang, AO, and his widow Allison, for close to the $8 million high hopes.

Settlement will confirm the result given the tight lips of Christie’s Darren Curtis and Martin Ross. Related: Scott Sutton sells trophy home for $7.3m+Related: Watsons Bay semi sells for $14mRelated: Comedian Andy Lee sells in inner westGarden guru buys in Bowral

Jeanne Villani, one of the owners of the City Extra restaurants at Circular Quay, is joining the Southern Highlands set, paying $2,375,000 for the Victorian Gothic house Highdown in Bowral.

Records show the Hansel & Gretel-style residence in Notts Hill, next door to arts aficionado Justin Miller, was sold by lawyer Anna Lungershausen through Drew Lindsay, of his eponymous agency. The Hansel and Gretel-style residence known as Highdown in Bowral. Photo: Supplied

Villani is widely acclaimed among Sydney green thumbs for the extraordinary garden at her Bayview home, Waterfall Cottage, which is likely to hit the market soon.

Meanwhile, veteran media boss George Buschman and his wife Belinda have returned to the Southern Highlands, buying the Windemere property in Avoca through Drew Lindsay for $3 million.

It is a return home for the couple who have owned notable rural residences Patchdale and Highfield Park.

The tree-change comes as the couple pocket $5.9 million for their Vaucluse home through Belle’s James Nixon, less than two years after they bought it for $4.7 million. The Southern Highlands property of lawyer Anna Lungershausen sold for $2,375,000. Photo: SuppliedGlanworth reno plans lodged

Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning a makeover for his Darling Point waterfront trophy home Glanworth.

Plans lodged with Woollahra Council outline a Heather Buttrose Associates-renovation that includes a new study, lift, terrace and a pergola, all to the tune of $544,000. Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning to renovate his Darling Point property. Photo: Trevor Collens

The billionaire chairman of Seven West Media has owned the American antebellum-style home at the northern most tip of Darling Point since 1998, when it was sold by Singapore businessman Ho Whye Chung for $9.5 million.

Odds are Stokes is planning to spend more time at his Darling Point base now that son Ryan and his new wife Claire are set to move into their Federation house Rilworth, which they bought earlier this year for $16 million in time for Christmas. Halvorsen family selling up

The Wahoonga residence Skaugum, built by the boat-building mogul Harold Halvorsen in 1950, is for sale, ending 67 years of family ownership.

Named after the official residence of the Crown Prince of Norway – and having played host to Norway’s now King Harald in 1974 – the property features timber floors, architraves, skirting and staircase bannisters that were built in the Halvorsen boatsheds. Skaugum in Wahroonga goes to auction on December 7. Photo: Supplied

Following Harold Halvorsen’s death in 2000, at the age of 90, the property was inherited by son Harvey Halvorsen and his wife Nancy.

“Now we are moving to the United States, where we spend a lot of the year already,” Nancy Halvorsen says. “We feel it is time for another family to enjoy the estate and make new memories.”

Ray White Turramurra’sDavid Walker is asking $4.5 million ahead of the December 7 auction. The sale will mark the end of 67 years of family ownership. Photo: SuppliedEight figures for empty block

Accountant Anthony Calabro has sold his 1300 square metre patch of dirt in Vaucluse for $10.15 million.

The double block by Nielsen Park was bought by budding property developers and brothers-in-law Ben Krimotat and Elon Zizer amid talk they could build their own family compound on the site. Or something. Anthony Calabro has sold his Vaucluse block for $10.15 million. Photo: Supplied

Warren Ginsberg, of Ray White Double Bay, declined to reveal the exact price but records show the property last traded for $7 million in 2011 and late that year, just days before the family was scheduled to move in, the six-bedroom house burnt down. M&C Saatchi boss on the moveTom Dery is selling his Paddington terrace. Photo: Supplied

No sooner had M&C Saatchi’s Tom Dery stepped down from his role as worldwide chairman, remaining Australian chairman of the advertising giant, than he also listed his Paddington terrace.

The Victorian-era house, with separate guest cottage and a lap pool, last traded in 2009 for $3.8 million.

It returns to the market for $5 million with Jason Boon, of Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay-Potts Point. Dery hopes to snag $5 million for the residence. Photo: Supplied

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Woman stole more than $1 million: police

Newcastle courthouse. A REDHEAD woman who stole more than $1 million from a waste management company over an eight-year period created three separate bank accounts to siphon offthe funds, according to court documents.
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Sonia Gai Ambler, 53, has pleaded guilty to stealing property as a clerk greater than $15,000 after a number of other fraud charges were withdrawn.

Ambler, who is represented by solicitor Mandy Hull, did not appear in Newcastle District Court on Thursday and the matter was adjourned to April when she will be sentenced.

Ambler was employed as an administration assistant for EMS Group Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of major environmental and waste management companyVeolia Environmental Services Australia Pty Ltd, between July 2001 and December 2014 according to court documents.

During her employment, Ambler worked from a warehouse, operated by EMS Group, in Aruma Place, Cardiff.But between June 2006 and when her employment was terminated at the end of 2014, Ambler stole more than $1 million from Veolia, court documents state.

Veloia managementdiscovered that payments totalling $1,181,875 that had been made to the vendors “Toronto Plumbing” and “Concut Pty Ltd” had actually been made to Ambler’s personal bank account.

The company conducted an internal investigation using a forensic accountant who identified that on 855 occasions Ambler had transferred funds into three separate ANZ bank accounts under the guise of payment to the vendors.

Lake Macquarie detectives say that the three accounts were opened and managed by Ambler with the sole purpose of defrauding the company.

After her termination from EMS Group Pty Ltd, Ambler was subject to civil action by Veolia in a bid to recoup the stolen funds, according to court documents.

The proceedings were finalised in the NSW Supreme Court in 2015, with Justice Rowan Drake finding in favour of Veolia and ordering Ambler repay $1,018,418.28, according to court documents.

However, according to Justice Media records, the matter was discontinued in August, 2015, and any “asset preservation orders” were dissolved.

Ambler was arrestedat her Redhead home in November 2016 and providedlittle explanation as to why she had stolen money over the years, other than to say she “was going through a bit of a nervous breakdown” and was living beyond her means.

Mystery as Maloney leaves camp hours before World Cup clash

Kangaroos star James Maloney has reportedly finalised a deal to move to the Penrith Panthers in a major player swap deal which will see Matt Moylan join Cronulla.
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Maloney has walked out of the Kangaroos’ World Cup camp just hours before their pool game against France in Canberra on Friday night.

Fairfax Media revealed last month the Panthers were keen to secure a swap deal with the Sharks with Maloney and Moylan to trade places.

The Panthers have lodged a three-year deal for Maloney to move to Penrith, which could be announced as early as Monday.

The contract will need to be cleared by the NRL, but it appears the speculation over Moylan’s future is all but over.

Moylan is set to link with the Sharks on a four-year deal. NRL南京夜网 is reporting the deal will be worth $3.6 million.

The Panthers are seeking clarification over a third-party agreement that is attached to Moylan’s current deal with them.

Maloney was supposed to be playing against France at Canberra Stadium on Friday but was granted leave from camp for personal reasons.

It left the Kangaroos scrambling to replace him, with Ben Hunt also granted leave from camp to get married this weekend.

Cameron Munster looms as the most likely man to replace in the halves alongside Michael Morgan, with Cooper Cronk being rested this week.

Dane Gagai has been called into the 19-man match day squad for Australia, leaving Valentine Holmes, Matt Gillett and Boyd Cordner on an extended bench.

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