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This would not have been news to Trump, whose early political mentor and personal lawyer was Roy Cohn, consigliere to such dons as Fat Tony Salerno and Carmine Galante. After Cohn guided the brash young developer through the gutters of city politics to win permits for Trump Plaza and Trump Tower, it happened that Trump elected to build primarily with concrete rather than steel. He bought the mud at inflated prices from S&A Concrete, co-owned by Cohns client Salerno and Paul Castellano, boss of the Gambino family.
Trump moved next into the New Jersey casino business, which was every bit as clean as it sounds. State officials merely shrugged when Trump bought a piece of land from associates of Philadelphia mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo for roughly $500,000 more than it was worth. However, this and other ties persuaded police in Australia to block Trumps bid to build a casino in Sydney in 1987, citing Trumps Mafia connections.
The NSW state government commissioned a review of the laws relating to consent in sexual assault cases in May 2018, following the acquittal of a man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year old woman in an alleyway behind his fathers Kings Cross nightclub in 2013. The proposal has been met with opposition by the President
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Penang Hawker Street Food in Dixon House Food Court is a K-Tel compilation album of Malaysian food hits. Do yourself a flavour... There's too many for lease signs in Dixon House these days, but it's still plenty busy and there's half a dozen great stalls kicking butt. The menu at Penang Hawker Street Food is same same but different, there's less than 20 dishes to choose from so it's
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Sydney man who pleaded guilty to manufacturing replica guns with a 3D printer is facing a lengthy prison sentence. Mr Sicen Sun was arrested last year after advertising one of his replica firearms on a Facebook community Buy, Swap and Sell group for $1 million negotiable. He
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A couple of weeks back, I went to hear Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, two right-wing nationalist speakers who recently finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand, speak at Sydneys International Convention Centre. My attendance was part study, part curiosity about their audience and influence.
EXCLUSIVE: Six years ago, the son of one of Sydney's most wealthy and powerful real estate agents ran a red light without slowing down and then almost killed an innocent woman crossing the road, before attempting to flee. It's an incident which would usually be reported on by many journalists. But in a city addicted to real estate speculation and property development, there are suggestions the media helped shut down the story. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]
As reported in our recent blogs about conditional release orders and broadened intensive correction orders, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) on 24 October 2017, which amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) as it relates to the penalty options available to magistrates and
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Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of
the Sovereign Union, 13 Aug 18
last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and
Head of State of the Euahlayi Nation, said from Sydney today:
I am extremely concerned that the enthusiasm to quickly negotiate so-called Treaty/Treaties
with the illegal occupying colonial States under the Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia
will lead to First Nations unwittingly ceding their inherent sovereignty.
I must ring alarm bells nationwide, while the Australian
Government and its colonial States
are sitting back in their warm and comfortable offices slowly applauding
the stupidity of our childlike race.
The Governments have been very clever in the last thirty years
to use the disunity within our communities
to withdraw funding and shut down burgeoning successful community organisations. The Governments
achieved the total destruction of these organizations by the First Nations lackeys,
of whom there are plenty, to shut down our hard fought for successes
and now these communities have nothing.
The regurgitated Constitutional
Inclusion/Recognition and the Yulara
have been rejected by the grassroots across Australia.
Its only the half-educated half-baked Blacks, living off the blood money being...
On August 9th, Sydney beamed out strong support for Julian Assange with a live-to-air event: THE GAGGING OF JULIAN ASSANGE. The venue, with live audience, was Politics in the Pub at the Sydney Gaelic Club. Thanks goes to the #Unity4J movement and particularly its Stream Team, for their invaluable technical support.
In Sydney, the speakers were Cathy Vogan, Professor Stuart Rees and Mike Head. Christine was interviewed two days earlier by Cathy Vogan, and this was pre-loaded to the stream. There had been mysterious problems, in getting her connected to the live monthly VIGILS that #Unity4J have been running, so no risks were taken
Here is the entire show, as broadcast on August 9th, with a direct link to Suzie Dawsons talk. As viewers will see from the opening remarks by Vogan, there was a power failure (and internet lockout) while Christines interview was playing. Dawson focuses on the #Unity4J movement to save Julian now 2700 people strong, and comprised of artists, writers, techs and speakers. She addresses the idea of bringing together people with different political opinions, who have one common aim, and how thats been panning out.
Big shout-out to Gard Lord, @Jarraparilla, for this list of the main points made by Christine Assange:
*** If UK get him on the [bail] warrant, which should be defunct, they can then drop that [and] serve the Grand Jury indictment with no proper legal process. Then they can extradite Julian to the US, again without legal process because you dont have to present a prima facie case
*** And then,...
Gotthard Base Tunnel Switzerland. Longest tunnel in the world at 57 km, with a total rail track length of 152 km. Opened on schedule in 2016. Total cost $AU 13.2 billion.
WestConnex in Sydney. 33 km of road of which 16 km is new tunnels. Road is considerably less expensive to build than rail. Original forecast cost of $AU 10 billion, now expected to be $AU 18.6 billion.
And his father Iman Siraj Wahaj - the mentor of Linda Sarsour - spoke at Quest for Success in Sydney lst year pic.twitter.com/k3HTSOstJT Neryl McPhee (@NerylMcphee) August 12, 2018 https://www.smh.com.au/national/ji-training-camps-held-in-blue-mountains-asio-told-20021130-gdfw5w.html
With a couple of major hospitals in TWT territory, doctors and medical professionals are in ample supply. And they pay a lot in tax, perhaps too much. Tax legislation restricts their use of discretionary trusts and similar entities, so they generally cop it sweet. But theres still stuff they can do and iChoice has been able to help many doctors and medical professionals because we love helping those who spend their lives helping others.
University of Newcastle researchers have collaborated on a
world-first eHealth initiative aiming to target young peoples big
six behaviours to help reduce their chronic disease risk.
Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin and Professor David Lubans are part of the online Health4Life Initiative, launched today at UNSW Sydney.Led by UNSWs Professor Maree Teesson AC, the project aims to help to help thousands of young Australian high school children reduce their chance of developing chronic diseases, including heart disease and mental health disorders, by preventing and modifying lifestyle risk behaviours that commonly emerge in adolescence.
See more at: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/featured-news/ehealth-program-targets-young-peoples-big-six-behaviours-to-reduce-chronic-disease-risk
SydneyLETS and a whole bunch of other sharing initiatives have been highlighted in The Sharing Map.
This map interactive helps people locate sharing initiatives and engage with collaborative economy in order to save time and money, while connecting with others in the community.
The map itself was created at a MapJam which gathered people together to share their knowledge about sharing resources around Sydney. Watch the video below to learn more:
In a series of Deirdre Chambers-like coincidences, at least three parliamentarians made claims for travel and travel allowances that coincided with election activities in Queensland and NSW towards the end of 2017.
Labor MP (and former Treasurer) Wayne Swan and Pauline Hanson One Nation Senator Brian Burston made claims for tax payer funded travel to or around Queensland on the weekend of that states election in November 2017.
The following week, Nationals Senator for NSW, John Williams, claimed travelling allowance for an overnight stay in Tamworth on the evening of the by-election in New England that saw Barnaby Joyce returned to Parliament after his disqualification in the High Court.
Travel rules for Commonwealth MPs, while quite generous, do provide some sharp cut offs around business that cant be characterised as parliamentary, executive or official business, but rather takes on a patina more consistent with that of party activity.
The Handbook in effect for the relevant period says of claims for travel:
Senators and Members are responsible for ensuring that any travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation, that is, in most circumstances only for Parliamentary, electorate or official business, but not party business
Former Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, spoke at a Melbourne ALP event on the evening of Friday 24 November to honour Jenny Macklins contribution to the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 10 years before.
According to The Australian, Anthony Albanese reportedly characterised this Macklin event as a party fundraiser similar to one he was holding a week later in Sydney.
However, with polling day in Queensland on Saturday, November 25, Swan returned to Queensland. This he did with an $1025 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane on election day.
THE banks will behave badly again. The only questions are how long it will take and what form will it take. In the 2011 film Margin Call an investment bank CEO played by Jeremy Irons rattles off the years of financial busts from the late 17th century to the 2008 crisis that he is dealing with in the film.
The bank had discovered (before anyone else) that its vast portfolio of triple-A-rated mortgage-based bonds were in effect worthless. So the bank knowingly dumped the lot on to an unsuspecting market which thought it was snapping up bargains by buying the worthless bonds at below market price.
Irons dismisses the ethical qualms of a more junior executive played by Kevin Spacey saying that the buyers paid the market price at the time. He dismisses Spaceys warning that the panic sale would trash the banks reputation and no-one would buy anything from it again by saying, Being the first out the door is not a panic.
In Australia in the early 1990s we saw similar behaviour with the Westpac foreign-loans scandal, documented in Senator Paul McLeans book Bankers and Bastards.
Westpac organised large foreign-currency loans for some of its customers at much lower interest rates than were prevailing in Australia. Alas, the value of those currencies rose and the value of Australian dollar fell, but the customers had to repay the loan in the foreign currency so they were much worse off than if they had taken a higher-interest-rate Australian-currency loan.
The bad advice was bad enough. The attempted cover up and the legal advice on how to do it was worse.
Westpac got an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court to stop The Sydney Morning Herald and others publishing what became to be known as the Westpac papers. So The Canberra Times published them in an ACT-only edition beyond the reach of the NSW courts.
That made the NSW injunctions rather silly and they were lifted.
All booms and busts attract malfeasance of one kind or another. In 2008 it was the packaging of sub-prime mortgages into bonds and giving them triple-A ratings they did not deserve. In Margin Call it was selling bonds the bank knew to be worthless. In booms the malfeasance has been insider trading, such as the Poseidon bubble of the late 1960s.
These scandals usually result in inquiries,...
THE Treasury-Home Affairs report on immigration seems to have based its evidence and reasoning upon its conclusion that high immigration is a good thing. On the reports own figures, present high immigration will produce an extra 1.1 per cent of total GDP. Given that 190,000 immigrants year is just a tad under 1 per cent, that does not make for very much increase in GDP per person. And that is on Treasurys optimistic and economics-only view.
The economic gain per person is so little that more people are questioning whether it is worth the risk.
The underlying economic equation, though, remains inescapable. If you increase population by 2 per cent a year, which is what is happening in Australia, you have to double (yes, double) your infrastructure effort not just increase it by 2 per cent.
This is because infrastructure (roads, football stadiums, hospitals, bridges etc) on average last about 50 years. Some longer (the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Some shorter (Olympic Stadium). If the stuff lasts 50 years you have to replace 2 per cent of it every year, just to mark time. If you add 2 per cent population growth you have to add another 2 per cent, in effect doubling the infrastructure requirement, just to mark time.
This is why people are screaming.
There are few economies of scale here. When a school is full you have to build a whole new one. Indeed, there are diseconomies of scale. If you use a road to capacity, it gets clogged and people waste time in traffic.
Treasury concentrates on income and tax and virtually ignores stresses on capital (infrastructure). It also ignores the environment. It ignores the replacement of agricultural land with housing and whether we have enough water. It ignores the social cost of forcing people into apartments. It ignores the morality of reducing Australias capacity to export food as more will be consumed here.
A lot of the increase in GDP from higher population comes from the higher price of goods and services that become scarcer, not from higher standards of living. A round of golf now charged at $1000 because land values have sky-rocketed adds $1000 to GDP. Yet it is the same round of gold which only added $100 to GDP when that was the going rate when we had lower population and lower land values.
GDP is a warped measurement. It does not measure well-being. If higher GDP (and not even much higher GDP per person) is the best argument for continuing the recently hugely increased immigration intake, it is a very poor one, even if you believed the economic...
Bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester, weaves sweeping stories of strong women succeeding in a male dominated world at key historical moments. Her latest book, The Paris Seamstress, shows just how much a young Parisian seamstress, Estella Bissette, will sacrifice to make her mark in New Yorks fashion scene of the 1940s. Then, seventy- five years later, as her granddaughter, Fabienne Bissette, learns more about her grandmothers past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, societys boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstressis the fascinating, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
Author, Natasha Lester, is my guest today.
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, is published by Hachette Australia.
The Brandenburg Quartet brings together the four principals of the multi ARIA Award-winning Orchestras string section: violinists, Shaun Lee-Chen and Ben Dollman; violist Monique ODea; and cellist, Jamie Hey. Performing exclusively on gut strings, the group seeks to explore and shed light on little-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire. The Brandenburg Quartet are bringing the unique sound world of the Brandenburg in their debut performance at the Independent Theatre with a program of exquisite classical quartets played on period instruments.
Violist, Monique ODea, is my guest today.
Brandenburg Quartet | Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
DURANTE Concerto for Strings in G Minor | ROMBERG String Quartet in F Major, Op.1/3
HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op.76/2.
More Info: www.brandenburg.com.au
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A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.
The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.
The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Caf in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.
The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.
Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether its a single incident or coordinated attack, said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.
Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop this app makes it seamless.
The fact that the information is stored on a cloud platform means that you can do it at a pace and at a cost that you could never do using traditional platforms, Stanley added.
Citadel also plans to use the app as a prototype to develop similar apps in the fields of wel...
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I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.
The 'Ata' anomaly
Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018.
A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.'
However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.
The 'Starchild' skull
A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...
1658 - Abraham Leeman van Santwits was the first officer and
navigator of Waeckend Boey and he and 13 sailors were marooned on
an island off the coast while trying to find survivors of the Gilt
Dragon. They ate seabirds and seals to survive and dug a small well
from which surprisingly they obtained reasonably fresh water to
drink. Leeman urged his men to make repairs to the boat including a
make shift sail of seal skins. Today in 1658 they began their
voyage home to Batavia.
1800 - Today saw the first recorded public performance of a Shakespearean play in Australia.
The popular historical drama Henry IV Part 1 was performed at the Theatre Sydney according to a playbill advertising the event which is held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
Margaret and David gave it 4 stars.
1802 - Matthew Flinders - that well-trained servant of the famous cat Trim - was pottering about the coast when he happened upon a French explorer chappie by the name of Nicholas Baudin today; being the polite, well-mannered souls that they were they sat and shared a coupla scones, a pot of tea, and various charts, maps and where-you-can-find-fresh-water knowledge as those explorer peeps are wont to do.
Matthew must have enjoyed the conversation greatly for he dubbed the spot Encounter Bay.
1814 - William Shelley scribed some fan-mail, dated Parramatta, 8 April 1814, to Governor Macquarie, about the civilisation of the natives, their relations with European women and a plan for an institution segregating boys and girls and educating them.
1816 - Wave your little wooden leg with gay abandon!
The patients were transferred from the old hospital to the new General Hospital in Sydney on this day.
1817 - Mary Reibey had a spare sitting room gathering dust in her house at Macquarie Place so a gaggle of Sydney merchants, with a nod and a wink from Gov Macquarie himself, started the Bank of NSW from her parlour. It changed its moniker to Westpac in 1982.
1822 - Charles Throsby wrote to Alexander Berry re the Shoalhaven cedar venture, the bearer of the letter being a native named Broughton who had been born at Shoalhaven.
1826 - Tired of reading tram timetables by torchlight, the first street lamp in Oz sprung to life in Macquarie Place, Sydney.
1829 - Charles White was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Murphy at Luskintyre.
1840 - THE HATEFUL LASH
The Colonial Times, published at Hobart Town, has put forth a lengthy and sensible article under this head, which the talented editor has followed up by two others on the same subject. It is a production worthy the consideration of the public, and an honor alike to the head and heart of its author. The humane feelings of a true Englishman recoils at the inhuman practice of bin...
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1780 Jorgen Jorgensen, he who would become King of Iceland and
claim the throne of Denmark but, in the end, would die homeless and
penniless on the streets of Hobart as a convict, was pupped on this
1790 - Supplys trawling nets were deployed; about four hundred- weight of fish being brought up, it was issued to the English.
1805 - After 3 weeks the spear was extracted from the Cow Pastures (Camden) leader Cogy. Despite his wound, Cogy was well enough to take part in a punishment trial at the Hawkesbury River.
1815 Bathurst, New South Wales was founded following its discovery by George Evans.
1819 - The NSW Govt-built schooner (that's a ship not a beer glass) Prince Regent, intended as a gift for the King of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) was launched with spectacular gusto today; having taken over 3 years to build it was a bit of a let down when Lord Bathurst sent a text from the Colonial Office to Macquarie suggesting the ship would make a fully sick boat for Lieut. King in which to gallivant about the continent.But King wanted a roolly fully wicked ship so he flashed the cash and bought himself another boat so the Prince Regent toddled about doing donkey work until she was finally sailed off into the sunset towards Hawaii and taken possession of by King Liholiho on May 1st 1822.
1835 - Major Thomas Mitchell set out on his second expedition, determined to discredit the discoveries made by Sturt.
1841 Edward John Eyre became the first European to cross the Nullarbor Plain, arrived in Western Australia.
1851 - William Tom and John Lister were a tad bored so they went out, played in the creek at Ophir and dug up some GOLD!
Edward Hargraves did not, I repeat, did NOT discover the gold.
He was just a very greedy boy.
1881 - George Adams knew the worth of 2 flies crawling up a wall and so he held the first Tattersall's Sweep on the Sydney Cup neddy race. This was the first of Tattersall's lotteries, run from the Tattersall's pub in Sydney.
1887 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Hornsby - Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) - Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) - Hawkesbury River.
1891 - Brilliant cartoonist who lampooned Hitler and created Colonel Blimp, Sir David Low, was born in New Zealand. His cartoons were published when he was only 15 and The Bulletin invited him onto their staff, in Australia, when he was 18.
1893 - Today saw the ever-so-ungainly collapse of the Commercial Bank of Oz when the cocks came home to roost after the silly 'Land Boomers' had done their dough, done other peoples' dough and some had done the 10 feet dash at the end of a rope after the huge land speculation chicanery....
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