Mercedes Corby makes awkward appearance on Studio 10

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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苏州美甲学校/j65L56suUt??? Studio 10 (@Studio10au) November 2, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲学校.

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

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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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The ominous sign at Amazon’s new Australian warehouse

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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苏州美甲学校,” 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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Flanagan eyeing off special win for Ruby

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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.

Sophie Monk’s stalker jailed after police assault

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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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Enjoying the charming heritage city of Ipswich

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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苏州美甲学校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.

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

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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.

Jelena is probably, certainly, almost definitely, back on

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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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Marist brother arrested with 400 sexually explicit images

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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

House of Cards staff accuse Spacey of sexual assault and harassment

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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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