Month: October 2018

Dees open their doors to Dawes

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MINDFUL that Carlton and its new coach, Mick Malthouse, are in the race to lure Collingwood forward Chris Dawes, Melbourne coach Mark Neeld is still hopeful his relationship with the disgruntled Magpie could help convince him to join the Demons.

Neeld coached Dawes in his first four years when he was an assistant at Collingwood, and the Demons have also used one of his former premiership teammates – assistant coach Leigh Brown – in pitches to sell the Melbourne vision to Dawes, who is fielding rival offers.

Melbourne has spoken to Dawes several times and expects a decision by the weekend. But the Demons are one of three clubs waiting to hear from the 24-year-old within the same timeframe, including Carlton and Malthouse, who was senior coach of the Pies until last season.

The Western Bulldogs – armed with a bounty of draft picks inside the top 50 courtesy of the Brian Lake trade – are the other interested party, and there was speculation on Wednesday that the Dogs had already struck a deal that would include first and second-round selections.

But the player’s management has since hosed down suggestions a deal had been done for Dawes, who still has two years to run on his Collingwood contract but is unhappy that the club signed Quinten Lynch from West Coast, effectively to play in front of him.

Neeld said having a previous relationship with Dawes helped in this type of trade talks, but he was also acutely aware of how close Malthouse was to him. ”We used [our relationship with Dawes] for everything it was worth … Leigh Brown and I went around to see Dawesy straight away.”

Neeld said having someone at the club with a strong relationship with a recruiting target had worked for the Demons last year when it lured another key forward, former Brisbane Lion Mitch Clark.

”Having [assistant coach] Jade Rawlings on our coaching staff, who coached Mitch while he was in Brisbane, that was really important.

”We know what type of player [Dawes] is; we would really like to have him at the footy club. We will wait until the end of the weekend, and he may or may not be.”

Neeld has also had ”preliminary talks” with Essendon key forward Scott Gumbleton, but said he had received no indication during his 30-minute conversation as to whether the 24-year-old would leave the Bombers, who have offered him a contract.

Neeld said he was confident there was enough talent in the club’s crop of young players that the Demons could afford to bring in up to ”four to six experienced players” if they could get deals done.

Melbourne has already signed Shannon Byrnes from Geelong and is after another key forward to play alongside Clark.

Neeld said the club would take both Dawes and Gumbleton if it could. ”They would be all right, I reckon, Clark, Gumbleton, Dawes, they’d all get a game.”

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Life beyond Puberty Blues

Nell Schofield and Jad Capelja in a scene from Puberty Blues.It’s hard to not be a little shocked by some of the issues covered in Channel 10’s Puberty Blues. So imagine how the original movie was received 30 years ago. Someone who remembers very clearly is Nell Schofield, who played Debbie in the original film.
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“It was always scandalous, mainly because it dealt with underage sex and drug use,” Nell said.

However, it really struck a chord with teenagers and Nell, now 49, remembers there were queues around the block when the movie was first screened. “I think a lot of teenage girls really related to Debbie Vickers, especially surfer chicks like me,” Nell said.

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She admitted that smoking on screen wasn’t a stretch because she was already a “naughty smoker, trying to be cool”. She also recalled having close bonds with friends like Debbie does with the other lead character, Sue Knight, who was played by Jad Capelja in the movie.

Nell said she and Jad “hit it off immediately” and became great friends. She said it was a whirlwind for the pair, who became overnight stars. “It was very exciting to be movie stars and we got caught up in the excitement,” Nell said.

She said it was an innocent age for teenagers, who were unaware of the dangers of smoking, unaware of the dangers of underage sex and unaware of the dangers of “baking yourself with baby oil under the sun”.

While studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Nell worked with other students including Baz Luhrmann and Sonia Todd to come up with the play, Strictly Ballroom, which was later turned into a film and is another Australian cult classic. “It’s nice to be associated with some really classic Australian films,” Nell said.

Nell said she struggled to land any more acting after Puberty Blues, while Jad appeared in Freedom, directed by Scott Hicks, who later went on to direct Shine. A little disappointed that her acting career began and ended so quickly, Nell pursued a different career path. She became a travel writer, which took her to many amazing places, including Antarctica.

Over the years, Nell and Jad drifted apart. Nell was shocked when she learnt that her friend was suffering from schizophrenia. Jad sadly took her own life in January 2010.

Nell recently appeared on Australian Story and met Jad’s son, Miles Muecke. She showed him some of the locations where they filmed Puberty Blues.

Nell, who lives with her girlfriend Kate in Sydney, is hosting an event to raise awareness about mental illness and raise money for beyondblue.

The Beyond Puberty Blues fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, October 13 at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion Theatre. There will be a screening of Bruce Beresford’s Puberty Blues and an appearance by reggae band King Tide, which is headed by Tony Hughes, who played Danny in the original film. It will start at 6pm and finish at 11pm. For tickets visitrocksurfers南京夜网/2012/09/beyond-puberty-blues-fundraiser/.

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Shades of moral grey put good in Good Wife

Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) resolve is tested in The Good Wife.The Good WifeWednesdays, 8.30pm, Ten
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What’s it all about?

The fourth-season opener in this consistently excellent drama executive-produced by the Scott brothers, Ridley and Tony. This episode is sadly dedicated to Tony, following his death in August.

Our view

Season four opens where season three ended, with Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) – the in-house investigator of law firm Lockhart & Gardiner – sitting in the dark in a barren apartment waiting for vengeance to come a-calling. We still don’t know on whose behalf, but by the end of the episode we do: he’s a shifty Englishman (Marc Warren) who turns up at the firm claiming to be a tow-truck driver who needs some legal assistance in his hunt for a major city hall contract. Yeah, right. Anyway, what unfolds between him and Kalinda is as unsavoury as it is predictable.

Kalinda’s increasingly shady and shadowy private life is, in fact, becoming something of an issue for the show. It offers titillation as she plays both sides of pretty much any fence you might care to mention (sexual, legal, ethical) but it also drags the plotlines into barely plausible — and in the case of the pseudo-rape scene in this episode, quite risible — territory. I’m starting to wish it just wouldn’t go there.

Elsewhere, the resolve of the good wife of the title, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), to play everything by the book is tested (for the millionth time) when her 17-year-old son Zach (Graham Phillips) is pulled over by a state trooper and pinged for suspected drug possession. It’s a beat-up, of course, and she could easily make it all go away simply by getting semi-estranged hubby Peter (Chris Noth), the state attorney, to get all heavy on the blower. But Alicia doesn’t roll that way, so it goes to court instead. Thanks a lot, Mom.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, things are looking disastrous. Lockhart & Gardiner is (for the millionth time) staring down the barrel of insolvency — nay, bankruptcy — with debts of $60 million, questions over the fitness of its principals (never mind its principles) to rule, and a court-appointed trustee (Nathan Lane in a Lurch-like role) preparing to wield the axe over staff numbers, furniture leases and the modernist paintings on the walls of Diane’s (Christine Baranski) office.

In other words, it’s business as usual in the world of The Good Wife.

What makes this show so much better than your average legal procedural is the meshing of the office and the domestic worlds, the shades of moral grey that the characters inhabit, and its ability to tap into hot-button issues in the case plotlines (terrorism, cyber crime, the pros and cons of social media have all figured prominently). Zach’s web-video campaign against the bent copper who pulls him over in this episode straddles the domestic and social issue elements but it’s really the arrival of Nathan Lane’s character that gives the clearest indication of where things might be headed this season. It’s a hell of a way to welcome Will (Josh Charles) back to the bar, really.

In a sentence

A slightly conflicted return but given the consistent form of the three seasons so far, well worth hanging in there.

Our score: B

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Company hopes to make a mint, from right inside one

Striking gold: the Melbourne Mint’s 19-century steel vault.A Melbourne company is hoping to tempt investors into the world of gold, with a showroom that strikes at the heart of the timeless metal.
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Bullion retailer Melbourne Mint has taken up shop inside Victoria’s former home of money-making — the Melbourne Mint — from which it also takes its name.

With the building’s 19-century steel vault as the showroom’s centrepiece, the company is hoping to convince  investors that gold offers a safer return than volatile equities in the current economic climate.

“The latest reports out of Europe say there’s no likelihood of change this decade,” Melbourne Mint CEO Peter August said.

“It’s sad — I don’t want to see economic turmoil, but at the same time, there’s an option for people to protect their wealth.”

The company, part of a global precious metals group that includes the Australian Bullion Company, Gold Merchants International and Universal Coin Co, will allow customers to buy gold bars over the phone, online or in the flagship Melbourne store, which has recently been restored to showcase its Renaissance Revival architecture.

Mr August said he hoped to attract seasoned investors as well as passing members of the general public.

“It could be young people starting out, who want to buy an ounce of silver for $40, or older people looking to protect their wealth through a self-managed super fund.”

The opening is unfortunate timing for Melbourne Mint, with the gold price coming down from seven-month highs in anticipation of negative European data.

However, the metal still remains at $1763 an ounce, just slightly below an all-time high of $US1900 an ounce last year.

H3 Global Advisors portfolio manager Mat Kaleel said it was likely to continue to break more records, but that the outlook for three-to-six months was unclear.

“We see the price going higher over time … fundamentally through $2000 [an ounce] in the next two to six years,” he said.

“Gold is not a commodity, it’s just a currency.

“If you’re buying physical gold, its like buying a property. You don’t buy it to trade it, you buy it to hold it for five to 10 years.”

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IMF calls for swift action on debt

The IMF has prodded the world’s rich countries for swifter action as Europe’s debt crisis drags on while the United States and Japan show scant progress handling their budget deficits.
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Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said today political wrangling added to economic uncertainty, slowing growth in both advanced and emerging economies. The IMF cut its global growth forecast this week for the second time since April.

“We expect action and we expect courageous and cooperative action on the part of our members,” Ms Lagarde told reporters ahead of the IMF’s twice-yearly meetings in Tokyo.

The slowdown has not spared emerging market economies, which were instrumental in pulling the global economy out of recession in 2009. Brazil cut interest rates on Wednesday and South Korea on Thursday.

“Developing countries, which have been the engine of growth, will not be immune the increased uncertainty in the global economy,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

“The economic announcements emanating in recent weeks have been sobering. Everyone is vulnerable in times of uncertainty but especially the poor who have few, if any, safety nets and resources and live from day to day.”

The IMF has expressed frustration with Europe’s piecemeal response to its debt crisis and warned that a recent respite in borrowing costs for debt-laden countries such as Spain may prove short-lived unless euro zone leaders come up with a comprehensive and credible plan.

In its financial stability report on Wednesday, the IMF said that without swift policy action, including the triggering of the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programme, the premium that investors demand to hold Spanish and Italian debt instead of safer German bonds would nearly double.

Standard & Poor’s cut its rating on Spain on Wednesday to a level just above junk territory, and Moody’s may soon follow.

The IMF has said it stands ready to support a European bailout for Spain, should Madrid ask. Reuters reported on October 1 that Spain was ready to seek help, but that Germany was blocking an aid request because it preferred to combine a Spanish rescue with additional assistance for other struggling countries such as Greece.

Jose Vinals, the head of the IMF’s monetary and capital markets department, warned that countries must not withhold help if Spain were to ask the European Central Bank to buy its bonds under a new bailout programme, known as OMT for Outright Monetary Transaction.

“If it were to be the case that they decide to activate this mechanism and they can submit to the proper degree of conditionality, it would be essential that the creditor countries do not negate this activation of the OMT for Spain or for any of the countries,” Vinals said.

Japan’s finance minister, Koriki Jojima, called the eurozone’s debt and financial sector problems the biggest risk to the global economy and said it was crucial for Europe to quickly implement agreed steps to resolve the crisis.

“We hope that European countries will overcome conflicts in opinions and strengthen their efforts to unite together and establish a monetary union in the true meaning,” he said.

But Japan also drew criticism from the IMF for failing to come up with a medium-term plan to address its own debt difficulties. In its financial stability report, the IMF said Europe’s troubles provided a “cautionary tale” for Japan that waiting to address its towering debt – estimated at more than twice its annual gross domestic product – could be costly.

European officials are keen to ensure their region is not the sole topic of discussion, and want more attention placed on the difficulties Washington faces addressing its “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect early next year unless Congress acts.

The IMF projected that the fiscal contraction would amount to more than 4 per cent of total US economic output and plunge the world’s biggest economy back into recession.

The Fund itself is struggling to muster the sort of decisive action that Lagarde wants to see from world leaders. Its 188 member countries meet on Friday and Saturday, and will fall short of a goal to implement voting reforms that would give large emerging economies greater say and elevate China to the No. 3 spot in IMF power.

A territorial dispute between Japan and China added another element of disharmony. China’s top central bank and finance ministry officials backed out of the meetings and sent deputies to Tokyo instead. Lagarde said she hoped the world’s second- and third-largest economies could resolve their differences “harmoniously and expeditiously.”

“I think they lose out by not attending the meeting,” she said of the Chinese officials. “And they will be missing something great.”

Reuters

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