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Shares enjoyed solid buying throughout Monday, largely boosted by investor appetite for most of the banks and energy stocks though Myer suffered some investor displeasure.
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The benchmark S&P/ASX200 lifted 0.3 per cent higher to 5919.2 points and the broader All Ordinaries Index bumped up 0.2 per cent to 5983.7 points.

The Australian dollar traded at US76.75 cents after falling below the US77 cent mark last week for the first time since July.

Robust growth figures out of the United States last week reaffirmed the global view that the major economies are enjoying a synchronised upswing.

“Good global growth is good for the economy and therefore good for banks, so we’re seeing that in the market direction,” said Romano Sala Tenna, portfolio manager at Katana Asset Management.

“We also had a few nasty days last week so Monday is seeing a bit of a rebound. The banks might have been a bit oversold on the back of the ANZ result last week.”

ANZ finished the day up 0.7 per cent, National Australia Bank was up 0.7 per cent and Westpac also closed 0.7 per cent higher. Commonwealth Bank was the only bank to finish the day in the red, down 0.3 per cent.

Myer ended the day 3.2 per cent lower after the retailer’s largest shareholder, Solomon Lew threatened legal action against the company over the department store chain’s alleged lack of disclosure.

A bump in the oil price above $US60 a barrel saw investors pour into the energy names, with the sector finishing up 1.5 per cent for the day.

Australia’s largest oil producer Woodside Petroleum enjoyed a 1.3 per cent lift and Caltex, the country’s biggest oil refiner, closed up 0.2 per cent.

On the downside, Telstra was one of the worst performers, trading down 0.6 per cent. Property sector plays were also weak, with Westfield shares losing 1.4 per cent, Scentre down 0.7 per cent and LendLease lower by 1.6 per cent.

Insurers were also dragging, with QBE down 1 per cent and Insurance Australia Group down 0.6 per cent.

Iron ore play Fortescue slipped 1 per cent in the mining sector and South32 lost 0.9 per cent.

In other equities news, Sigma Healthcare fell after the company’s trading update revealed pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca will exclusively distribute a portion of its products direct to pharmacies, eroding around 1 per cent of Sigma’s sales. The stock closed the day down 4.9 per cent. Market MoversStock Watch: Hydroponics Company

Shares in diversified cannabis company rocketed 42 per cent higher to 32?? on Monday. Hydroponics announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Canndeo has been granted a medicinal cannabis licence by the Office of Drug Control. The licence will allow the firm to advance commercial cultivation of Cannabis sativa, and supports THC’s dual strategy for supplying medicinal cannabis products to support patients in Australia by local production and importation. This is the second of three licences that the company has sought, with its Manufacturing Licence application lodged and waiting for approval. Oil

The price of brent crude shot up over $US60 a barrel on Monday amid speculation that OPEC may look to extend its supply-restraint deal, a move that has seen global stockpiles shrink and has offset rising US drill numbers. Prices have surged to levels not seen since 2015 when Saudi Arabia backed further cuts. Global inventories are down to about 160 million barrels above the five-year average and prices are heading toward “fair” levels, Qatar Energy Minister Mohammed Al Sada said on Sunday. US drillers added one rig last week, according to data released Friday. Brent crude was fetching $US60.41 a barrel at market close on Monday while West Texas Intermediate was trading at $US53.90 a barrel. Chinese stocks

A pronounced bond selloff in mainland China has seen the Chinese sharemarket drop the most since early August, shattering the Communist Party Congress induced calm. The Shanghai Composite Index fell as much as 0.4 per cent on Monday. Investors punished small-cap shares the most as the 10-year yield climbed 4 basis points to 3.89 per cent, a three year high, amid concern Chinese authorities will intensify a deleveraging program. Iron ore

The price of iron ore slid 2.3 per cent on Monday to $US60.08 a tonne as new data showed iron ore holdings at China’s ports have surged to the highest level in two months, adding to signs that the nation’s widespread curbs on steelmakers’ output are starting to bite as policy makers clamp down to try to ensure clean air over winter. Stockpiles expanded 2.7 per cent to 135.75 million tons last week to post the biggest gain since February, according to data from Shanghai Steelhome E-Commerce on Monday. That caps the fourth weekly rise in five, and puts holdings back on a path toward the record 141.5 million tons hit in June. Petrol prices

The price of petrol has soared to a 2-year highs, according to the Australian Institute of Petroleum. The national average Australian price of unleaded petrol rose by 9.0 cents last week to 136.4 cents a litre, reflecting the ending of discounting cycles in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It was the biggest weekly lift in the national petrol price in 13 years of records. “Petrol prices are coming down in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and motorists can expect relief at the bowser over the next 7-10 days,” says Craig James, chief economist at CommSec. “But so far the price declines are much more tepid than in recent price cycles.”

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He threatened to spoil Winx’s Cox Plate party and now Darren Weir’s ironhorse Humidor will wade into spring carnival waters not tested in almost a decade by contesting all three of Melbourne’s spring carnival majors in the one year.
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Not since Master O’Reilly ran in the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in 2008 has a horse contested three of Australian racing’s four grand slams in the space of 17 days, but Weir will wind back the clock for the $6 million race.

It is a program which has become almost obsolete in the modern-day, cotton wool caper of nursing horses to their major targets, yet Weir is adamant Humidor is thriving with repeat races.

Elvstroem is the only other horse to have tackled the big three in the same year in recent times, winning the 2004 Caulfield Cup before progressing to the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

He ran fourth in the second of Makybe Diva’s three-peat, coincidentally the same place Master O’Reilly finished when chasing home the Blake Shinn-ridden Viewed.

Shinn was confirmed on Monday as Humidor’s rider for the Melbourne Cup after Godolphin surprisingly paid up for last year’s placegetter Hartnell, who was widely tipped to run in the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

Damian Lane, who was admonished by Weir for his aggressive Caulfield Cup ride on Humidor, will partner Hartnell should James Cummings elect to start him.

Shinn was widely praised for his canny ride on Humidor, which almost crashed Winx’s bid to equal Kingston Town’s three Cox Plate wins, less than an hour after he racked up his fourth winner on one of Australian racing’s biggest days.

And he will now have the chance to add a second Melbourne Cup to his trophy cabinet after his success on Viewed in 2008.

“It’s as good a chance I will have to win a second Melbourne Cup,” Shinn said. “It’s exciting. It shows his toughness. Darren’s able to peak them after hard runs and I know I’ll be on a fit horse.”

Humidor remains a $7.50 second favourite with Sportsbet for the Melbourne Cup, shadowing Lloyd Williams’ Almandin ($6.50).

“He put it to the great mare on Saturday and he gave me an unbelievable feel,” Shinn said. “The blinkers definitely helped and knowing Darren is happy to run him again just gives me so much confidence.

“I’m thankful to the owners for making the decision to keep me on.”

Meanwhile, trainer Alain Couetil flew into Melbourne and had his first look at Tiberian as the French stayer attempts to emulate the feats of Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) in winning Australia’s most famous race.

“I think he’ll run very well,” Couetil said. “The owner of Dunaden didn’t think he was capable of running [and winning a Melbourne Cup], but he’s said from the start this one is capable of running and adapting to the racing out here.

“Americain didn’t win a group 2 in France and came here [to win a Melbourne Cup]. On paper he’s probably better. I think for Tiberian, with 24 runners, the race is very difficult.

“[But] the horse is really well. I think he’ll run well. The horse is really intelligent and he adjusts to the ground he’s galloping on. A little bit of rain would be good. I think he’s got the speed to go with them.”

Tiberian is part-owned by Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, which also brought Heartbreak City Down Under last year when the horse was a gripping second to Almandin.

One of Europe’s most prolific riders, Olivier Peslier, has been booked to ride Tiberian. Connections are hoping Peslier will familiarise himself with Flemington on his first Australian visit with rides on Derby Day.???

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Virgin Australia is scrambling to accommodate thousands of passengers after the Samoan government blocked it from operating flights between the Pacific island and New Zealand.
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Samoa pulled the plug on Virgin Samoa, a joint venture with Australia’s number two airline, in May and is preparing to launch its own national carrier called Samoa Airways.

Virgin Australia had planned to fly its own services from Australia and New Zealand to the Samoan capital Apia from November 13, but on Monday said that permission for Auckland to Apia flights had not been granted.

“Virgin Australia is disappointed with the Samoan government’s decision to deny authorisation of our services,” a Virgin Australia spokeswoman said.

“We are working in conjunction with the Australian government to explore options to encourage the Samoan government to reconsider its decision.”

About 6000 passengers booked on the five weekly return Auckland – Apia services will be affected. Virgin said it would fly those passengers to Samoa via Australia or to other destinations, or give them refunds.

“We are working hard to re-accommodate affected passengers as a matter of priority and will be proactively communicating with them to discuss their options,” the spokeswoman said.

Virgin’s twice weekly return services from Sydney to Apia and weekly return service from Brisbane will go ahead as planned from November 13.

Virgin management is understood to view the decision as a move to protect Samoa’s fledgling national carrier, and is in breach of Australia and Samoa’s bilateral air services agreement.

The decision means Air New Zealand and Samoa Airways will be the only carriers servicing Auckland to Apia from November 13.

Virgin Australia and the Samoan government each owned 49 per cent of Virgin Samoa, which will cease flying on November 12; resort and hotel operator Grey Investment Group controls the remaining 2 per cent.

Virgin Samoa made a $4.2 million profit from $47.8 million in revenue last financial year, according to Virgin Australia’s 2017 annual report.

The Samoan government reportedly withdrew from the venture amid dissatisfaction over high airfares and allegations that Virgin and Air New Zealand had been colluding on fares.

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THE politicians are in Israel for the ceremony to mark the 100thanniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will take his place in thesolemn line-up, despite the chaos left behind after an historic High Court citizenship case that cost the Turnbull government dearly.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is in Israel, too. He wasted little time after landing in Jerusalem to take a swipe at the Prime Minister for the citizenship chaos. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan tried to settle the argument, but his comment that “This sort of thing happens all the time” probably didn’t help.

A search of Hansardfrom Federal Parliament in Australia’s earliest years as a nation shows political debate has not changed a great deal in 100 years. But Australia has changed, which is why it is interesting to consider our extraordinary fascination with warsand our involvement with them.

A majority of Australians had most likely not heard of the Battle of Beersheba before we embarked on a four-year, $600 million commemoration of World War I.

Gallipoli was the Turkish campaign that captured public attention and redefined Anzac Day, for many, as a symbol of Australian male courage under fire. For servicemen, though, it was the campaign that had them openly challenging the glorification of war.

It is a wonder why the Battle of Beersheba, with its dramatic charge by two Australian Light Horse units on a Turkish stronghold, was not better known or commemorated.

It was, after all, the battle that prompted British General Edmund Allenby to thank the Australians in a letter that ended: “Such a complete victory has seldom been known in all the history of war.”

In Israel, at Beersheba, there will be a re-enactment of that famous charge that started at 4.30pm and ended with the town of Beersheba falling. It is credited with changing the course of history because of subsequent events that were pivotal to establishment of the state of Israel.

Commemorations are political. The relationship between Australia and Israel is a cause of celebration for some, concern for others. But even in Israel the reality of what was at stake for those young men on that autumn afternoon will almost certainly hit home, despite the pageantry.

Back in Australia that reality finds proof in weathered graves now a century old –that young men died while fighting for others.

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The Tax Office has fallen short of budget revenue targets by $4.2 billion, its 2017 annual report shows.
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The 20,435-strong organisation also reported it continued to cut deals with the top end of down, rather than heading to court.

Over the past financial year the ATO initially issued 36 large companies with tax bills amounting to $2.8 billion, but after wheeling and dealing it collected only half that amount – $1.4 billion.

Net tax collections in 2016-17 were $359.3 billion, up $16.7 billion (4.9 per cent) over the previous year, but $4.2 billion (1.2 per cent) below the amount expected at the time of the budget 2016-17. The shortfall was under the amount recorded a year earlier (2015-16) of $14.5 billion. Low wage growth

“Subdued wage growth” continued to have an impact on individual’s tax collections in 2016-17, the ATO’s annual report said, which were up $6.8 billion (3.6 per cent) over the previous year, but below budget expectations by $3.1 billion.

GST collections were $2.5 billion (4.3 per cent) higher than the previous year, but $0.9 billion (1.5 per cent) below the budget 2016-17 expectations, “reflecting softer consumption growth and lower consumer price inflation than anticipated”.

Company tax receipts were $5.8 billion (9.2 per cent) higher than the previous year. “This reflected higher commodity prices flowing on to stronger growth in company profits,” the ATO said.

Australians claim about $23 billion in tax deductions for work-related expenses each year. Photo: Erin Jonasson Tax refunds hit $42 billion

In 2016-17, the agency issued income tax refunds with a total value of $42.4 billion. It also issued activity statement refunds with a total value of $56.7 billion. Total refunds were $99.1 billion, up 2 per cent from 2015-16.

The ATO completed 3.1 million compliance activities across all taxpayer segments this year, raising $15.6 billion in total liabilities and collecting $10.2 billion in cash, although it said that some related to liabilities raised in previous years.

Work-related expenses accounted for about 76 per cent of deductions for individuals (about $23 billion), but individuals commonly over-claimed rental and work-related expenses, it said.

To deal with this, the agency undertook 762,000 compliance activities and raised tax liabilities of $893.8 million. Cutting deals with big bosses

The ATO recently came under criticism for cutting deals with big companies.

In 2016-17, there were about 650 settlements, with 89 per cent occurring in the pre-litigation stage. This compares with about 1350 settlements, or 96 per cent, occurring at the pre-litigation stage in 2015-16. Most of these matters related to the 2014 tax amnesty known as, Project DO IT, and the agency’s offshore voluntary disclosures.

While most settlements, in percentage terms occur with micro-businesses (50 per cent with 326 micro-businesses in 2016-17), the value of settlements in dollar terms is highest at the top-end of town (in 2015-16 it settled on $1.36 billion of revenue with 36 large companies)

In the high-weallth individuals market it also settled big – they got hit with $237 million worth of tax bills but in the end paid $95.5 million.

The ATO is changing the way it reports settlements in its annual reports. It now wants to measure settlements by “client groups”.

It reported that in the “public and multinational businesses” segment there were 61 taxpayers that initially got served tax bills of $3.7 billion but in the ATO got $2.3 billion (a variance of $1.4 billion).

The ATO said it was “settling cases earlier” with taxpayers and “continues to be aware of community concerns that we are settling the right cases in the right way”. That’s why it had engaged three retired Federal Court judges to conduct “independent assurance” of large settlements.

In the “public and multinational businesses” segment there were 61 taxpayers that initially got served tax bills of $3.7 billion but in the ATO got $2.3 billion Photo: Louie DouvisCollectible debt

Collectable tax debt was $20.9 billion, up from $19.2 billion in 2015-16. The majority was owed by small business. Small businesses owed nearly $13.9 billion in collectable tax debt, an increase of 7 per cent from last year.

The 12-month rolling average of the ratio of total collectable debt to net tax collections was 5.6 per cent, “not quite achieving the target of ‘below 5.5 per cent'”, the ATO said.

These were “reasonable results”, it said, given a year-on-year increase of $1.8 billion in audit-raised liabilities, including liabilities flowing from the Tax Avoidance Taskforce, the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce, Operation Elbrus and Operation Nosean.

???The decrease in debt collection activities was due to the lead-up to an ATO system upgrade in November 2016 and IT outages late last year and early this year. Complaints up

The ATO received 25,073 complaints – inclusive of 1274 complaints to the office of the Inspector-General of Taxation Ali Noroozi.

The ATO received 25,073 complaints – inclusive of 1274 complaints to the office of the Inspector-General of Taxation Ali Noroozi. Photo: Louie Douvis

Community complaints represent 0.1 per cent of the total tax returns lodged in 2016-17, and its complaint processing time was improving.

At the end of 2016-17, 88 per cent of liabilities had been paid on time, down 1.4 percentage points from last year, and 96 per cent of liabilities had been paid within 90 days of becoming due, consistent with 2015-16.

The ATO registered 190 and finalised 192 compensation claims, with 79 resulting in compensation being offered.

The total amount of compensation payments made in 2016-17 was $801,305. The median payment was $500 and the average was $8,435. Fraud investigations

Fraud prevention and internal investigations across the year – which in some cases included collaborating with the Australian Federal Police – resulted in 404 allegations or reports, of which: 122 were substantiated, 134 were unsubstantiated, 35 were not able to be determined and 113 remain open at the end of the year.

“Unauthorised access continues to be the largest category of substantiated allegations, and is identified through proactive monitoring and integrity scanning,” the agency said, which “predominantly involves access to the employees own records or those of their family members or other people to whom they are connected”.

At Senate Estimates last week, Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan revealed that ATO staff that were the subject of Operation Elbrus investigations breached the agency’s code of conduct but are now back at work.

Former ATO deputy commissioner Michael Cranston stepped down from the agency in June. Photo: Peter Rae

Mr Jordan told estimates that while one of the ATO’s highest-ranking officers, Michael Cranston, stood down in June following allegations that he abused his position, other staff members involved in breaches of the code have returned to work with sanctions. Multinational focus

The ATO was performing one-on-one reviews of the largest 100 public and multinational groups.

Engagement with taxpayers under the Top 1,000 program resulted in 12 voluntary disclosures, with a tax impact of over $24 million.

At the end of June, the ATO had 98 audits under way covering 81 public and multinational businesses. There were 33 audits finalised at 30 June 2017, with total income tax liabilities raised in excess of $4 billion.

The agency in 2016-17 collected $1.7 billion in income tax from public and multinational businesses.

More was coming with 18 companies – such as Google and Facebook – restructuring under the federal government’s Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL), meaning $6.5 billion in sales was now being counted as part of the Australian tax base.

18 companies – such as Google and Facebook – are restructuring under the government’s Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL) Photo: Phil Carrick

The Diverted Profits Tax (also informally known as the ‘Google Tax’) applying from July this would see more money (estimated at about $100 million) coming in. Move to lock in deals

More multinationals were coming to the ATO to lock-in deals ahead of time to avoid getting hit with big tax bills later. This in ATO-speak is known as “Advance Pricing Arrangements (APAs)”.

In 2016-17, the agency completed 16 APAs (6 bilateral and 10 unilateral). This was down compared to the 41 APAs it completed in 2015-16, when it processed a larger than average number of APAs on a project basis.

At 30 June 2017, there were 114 applications in place and another 106 in progress, including 31 in the early engagement stage.

Taxpayers continued to make voluntarily disclosures of underpaid or unpaid tax, which resulted in $776 million in liabilities (this included about $193 million in GST liabilities, with cash collections of $187 million as a result of voluntary disclosures from large businesses in 2016-17).

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German trainer Andreas Wohler knows what it is like to win the Melbourne Cup, having enjoyed victory in 2014 when Protectionist romped to an easy triumph under English champion jockey Ryan Moore.
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Now the 55-year-old horseman is back in town and keen for a repeat effort next week courtesy of Red Cardinal, a horse who has gone under the radar somewhat as he has not had a preparatory run in this country.

Red Cardinal, a son of Coolmore stallion Montjeu, has not been seen in public since a disappointing fifth of eight in one of Europe’s key lead-up races, the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville.

That race was won by well-fancied Cup contender Marmelo, who ran an impressive Melbourne Cup trial when sixth in the Caulfield Cup.

But Wohler counsels punters against reading too much into that form, saying his galloper was not at his best that day.

“The Kergorlay is a good race but that day Red Cardinal was not himself, he didn’t like the ground [described as good] that day, and he also had a skin allergy,” Wohler told a Cup carnival launch crowd at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday.

And he is confident that he will not be far from the leaders next week, especially if Marmelo is in at the finish.

“I think where Marmelo is, we are at least,” he declared when asked about his horse’s prospects.

A cursory glance at Red Cardinal’s previous efforts suggests his trainer might not be far off the mark, even though Moore, who enjoyed such success with him three years ago, has changed his mind and will not now partner the horse as he cannot easily get to Australia from the Breeders Cup meeting in the US. Kerrin McEvoy, successful on Almandin 12 months ago, will now look for back-to-back wins aboard the German galloper.

Before his Deauville disappointment, Red Cardinal went to Belmont Park in America and saw off the useful English stayer St Michel in the Belmont Gold Cup.

And at the start before that he was too good for another very handy English horse, Nearly Caught, in a group 2 race at German track Hoppgarten in May. Both those races were over 3200 metres, the Cup distance.

Wohler was feted when he won at Flemington with Protectionist, famously being treated to a free breakfast the next morning at the cafe he had been patronising regularly while looking after his horse.

The memories of that success, and how big an event the Cup is, have made him determined to be involved on a regular basis.

“I have been racing all round the world but I have never experienced anything like the hype around the Cup.

“I think it is an open race this year. If everything goes right he can really be up in the mix. “

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The Location
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Canberra’s Northbourne Avenue is a busy road that stretches right into the city centre. Straddled either side with deserted public housing buildings of a bygone era (namely, the 70s) which will eventually be demolished as part of the ‘urban renewal strategy’, turning the road into a “grand tree-lined boulevard”. A new light rail service will run down the avenue’s original nature strip, whipping guests from the Mantra into Civic in less than ten minutes, perhaps within the year. The Place

Right now, there’s not much on the block but construction, with more private suites being built, a car park underway, and public spaces yet to be landscaped. But it won’t be long before this is transformed into an urban village, proposed here for the intersection at MacArthur, with shops, transport stations, parks and cafes. The Space

The only hotel to open in the nation’s capital in 2017, a $19 million retrofit has converted the former drab 10 story office building into a bright modern hotel housing 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites. There’s secure underground parking on its way, but the hotel also features conference facilities, a gym with brand new equipment, 24 hour reception and a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, Podilato. The Rooms

We were lucky to be in a two bedroom suite. The suites, behind one door, are two separate hotel suites with their own bathrooms that can be locked as such, or opened up for families. Huge windows allow for impressive natural light. The bigger suite has ample space even with a small dining table, two armchairs and a coffee table, a kitchenette with fridge, sink and microwave in place. The smaller suite resembles a larger room, minus the kitchenette and dining table. The bedding was extremely comfortable, and in the bathroom we loved the drainage that stretched right across the edge of the double shower which stopped the bathroom floor from getting flooded. The Food

The restaurant Podilato is Mediterranean, mostly Greek, and has a variety of dishes to suit those wanting to snack or settle in for a three course meal, with some good wine choices. The balcony attached to the restaurant will be good for a sundowner once the construction outside is complete. Breakfast is also served here in the morning with barista made coffee available, fruit salad, bircher muesli, chia puddings, toast and pastries, and there’s a hot food available to order (at an extra cost). Stepping out

There’s not much to do right now directly outside of the hotel, but not for long; that being said, Canberra is not a huge place with Civic a 20 minute walk or five minute Uber ride away. The light rail will make it even more convenient. The Verdict

Immaculate and spacious digs that don’t skimp on comfort close to the heart of the action. Highlight

Top marks for space, light, and shower drainage. Using the remainder of your clean towels to mop up the bathroom floor is never fun. Lowlight

Our street-facing room had noise from the cars in the mornings which can be bothersome. Ask for a room that doesn’t face the street. The Essentials

219 Northbourne Avenue Turner ACT, Canberra ACT 2601, Ph (02) 6112 9200, mantra南京夜网419论坛

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Battle of Beersheba: The charge that changed the Hunter Charge: An Australian War Memorial photo of the charge at Beersheba which is now believed to be a recreation held the following day.
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History: Bloomfield’s Guy Haydon and the mare, Midnight, at Beersheba.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

Historic: Australian horses and men at Beersheba near the historic Ottoman Bridge outside the town. Picture held by the Australian War Memorial.

Custodian: Peter Haydon of Haydon Horse Stud at Bloomfield. The property has been in the family hands since the 1830s.

TweetFacebookThe battleWorld War I was fought on two fronts, the western one in France and Belgium, and the eastern onearound the Mediterranean Sea against the Turks.

The battle for Gaza was a disaster, described by some as a second Gallipoli, but after it, the English GeneralAllenby became Commander in Chief of the Egypt Expeditionary Force and Australia’s Lieutenant General Chauvel took control of the Desert Mounted Column.

From this, a new plan of attack was hatched. Read on.

Donald Cameron’s connection toBeershebaItwasn’t long before he died in 1950 that Upper Hunter man Donald Cameron talked to his son about the pivotal World War IBattle of Beersheba, where men and horses from the Hunter changed the course of history.

“My grandfather said to my father, ‘Some time people will remember what we did’,” Lieutenant Colonel Cameron’s grandson Dick Cameron said on Friday.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

On Tuesday, 67 years after Mr Cameron’s death, people across Australiaand in Israelwill remember the heroic charge of 800 men from the 12thand 4thLight Horse brigades on the then Turkish town of Beersheba in the afternoon of October31, 1917.

People will gather at the tiny cemetery of Rouchel, near Scone, at the grave ofDonald Cameron; in Muswellbrook at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the crucial role played by the Upper Hunter-bred waler horse at Beersheba;and in Murrurundi on Saturday where one of the most famous of the Hunter walers –the Bloomfield Homestead mare Midnight and her rider, Captain Guy Haydon –will be honoured. Read on.

The pilgrimageA group of Australians has made the journey to Israel to take part in the centenary commemoration of the Australian Light Horse’s Beersheba charge.

Fairfax Media journalist Sally Cripps, who is the descendant of General Sir Harry Chauvel,is taking part in the pilgrimage. Follow here story:

Battle of Beersheba outlined ahead of centenaryBeersheba charge remembered by Australian Light Horse descendants in Israel Wearing with pride: Austin Short at the grave of his grandfather, Howard Taylor, in Haifa, northern Israel. Picture: Sally Cripps.

Muswellbrook to unveil commemorative statueIsrael is a long way from Muswellbrook.

But, on Tuesday, October 31, the two locations will be joined by a defining moment in history – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. Read on.

The Battle of Beersheba reenactedIt was the scene of an astonishing moment in the ANZAC story 100 years ago that sits sandwiched between Gallipoli and the Western Front.

And now history enthusiasts and descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZACMounted Division soldiers prepare for reenactment of the Battle ofBeersheba. Read more.

Military hero Lieutenant-Colonel Donald CameronForGeoff Harrison, it’s been a labour of love.

What started as a personal project about his great uncle Donald Cameron has now turned into a couple of books, with the latest entitled Cameron of Beersheba.

The late Lieutenant-Colonel, of Rouchel in the Upper Hunter, was well-known from World War I, as the commander of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, which together with the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment, captured the town of Beersheba in Palestine. Read on.

PROUD: Author Geoff Harrison, from Soldiers Point, with a copy of his latest book, Cameron of Beersheba.

Battle of Beersheba by Ron Marshall THE CHARGE: Ron Marshall’s work, on display at Morpeth Gallery, commemorates 100 years since the last great horse charge in history. Picture: Ron Marshall

The assault on Berrsheba, a legendary battle in the First World War, was immortalised by Ron Marshall in his paintingThe Charge. Read on.

Cooper Cronk will be atthe Sydney Roosters next year –but will Mitchell Pearce?
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The Roostersconfirmed on Monday they had signed the 33-year-old Kangaroos and former Melbourne halfback to a two-season contract, a coup that casts doubt on the future of their incumbent No.7.

While Roosters chairman Nick Politis has insisted he wants Cronk and Pearce to play alongside each other in the same team, the latter is reportedly disappointed and disgruntled about his treatment after 11 seasons and 238 games for the tricolours.

And waiting in the wings, along with Manly and Cronulla, are the Newcastle Knights. Knights coach Nathan Brown told the Newcastle Herald last week: “If he [Pearce] was to become available, we’d be silly as a club not to at least entertain the thought of trying to sit downandhave a talk with him.”

It has since been reported that Brown has contacted Pearce’s father, former Balmain star Wayne Pearce, to express interest in the NSW Origin playmaker, and that there havebeen high-level conversations between Roosters and Knights officials.

Nonetheless, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was quoted on Monday saying he “absolutely” wanted to retain Pearce, even though the presence of livewire Luke Keary would suggest something has to give.

Pearce has two seasons to run on a deal estimated to be worth $800,000 per year. No clubwould appear in a better position to offer him top dollar than the Knights, who have a number of vacancies on their 2018 roster and considerable room to manoeuvre inside their salary cap.

If the Knights were successful in luring Pearce out of Sydney, it would instantly solve some of their problems while creating others.

Pearce’s former teammate, Connor Watson, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle and been guaranteed first shot at five-eighth.

FormerNSW halfback Trent Hodkinson and up-and-comers Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger all have another year to run on their deals. Should Pearce sign for the Knights, it will surely be a matter of when, not if, Lamb and Cogger start talking to rival clubs.

ROOSTER BOOSTER: Test halfback Cooper Cronk, as expected, is heading to Bondi. Picture: AAP

As if cheaper prices are not enough, Qantas is now giving you an even bigger incentive to Uber to and from the airport.
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Qantas has partnered with Uber to allow Frequent Flyer members to earn points on Uber trips to the airport.

Passengers will be able to earn points travelling to and from some of Australia’s most popular airports.

To be eligible, you’ll have to download the latest version of the Qantas app, and book your Uber trip through that app to qualify.

The Uber icon will appear at the top right hand corner of the app, from which you will have to request the ride.

The higher the membership tier, the more points you will be able to earn from an Uber trip.

Bronze members will be able to earn one point per dollar spent, Silver will get two points, and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members get three.

Those who are not yet signed up to Uber and book a ride through the Qantas app will earn themselves 2000 points for their first trip, which can be taken anywhere in Australia.

Uber passengers will be able to start earning points with Qantas from November 3.

In 2014, Virgin Australia cancelled a promotion with Uber following a backlash from the taxi industry and members of the public. At the time the ride-sharing service was still technically illegal. It has since been legalised in most Australian states, but remains illegal in the Northern Territory.

Several Australian airports, including Melbourne and Sydney international airports, now allow Uber drivers to pick up passengers from the terminal in designated zones. Airports eligible to earn Qantas points through Uber rides:AdelaideAvalonBrisbaneByron BayCairnsCanberraGold CoastHobartMaroochydoreMelbourneNewcastlePerthSydneyToowoombaTownsville

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Newcastle will not have former skipperGema Simon before round five but will be boosted by the return of three Young Matildas when they face Sydney FC on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
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STALWART: Newcastle foundation player Gema Simon is set to return for round five of the W-League. Picture: Peter Stoop

The Jets beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 on Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium to start their W-League campaign but they face a tougher task against the two-time premiers and champions in round two.

Matildas defenderSimonwas not expected back from overseas in time for the Sydney game and the scheduling of the Norway Cup final means she will miss the opening four rounds of the 12-game W-League season.

Simon is playing with Norwegian club Avaldsnes, who play their Cup final on November 19 against Valerenga –the same day Newcastle host Canberra in round four. The foundation Jet will likely be back for the away clash with Adelaide the following weekend.

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Although yet to sign for Newcastle, coach Craig Deans said: “I can’t see there being too many problems.”

While Simon’s return has been delayed, Deans will welcome backSophie Nenadovic, Cortnee Vine and Clare Wheeler from China, where the Young Matildas fell at the final hurdle in the hunt for anUnder-20s Women’s World Cup berth. Australian lost 3-0 to China at theAFC Under-19 Women’s Championship on Saturday.

“We’ll probably have to pick them up a bit,” Deans said.

“It willbe disappointing for them but at least we’ll have three more players and they are quality players.”

The boost in stocks will help the Jets, whowent on the attack against Wanderers with a back-three formation. It meant the likes of former Wanderers player Nikola Orgill, American Arin Gilliland and midfield general Emily Van Egmond got through a mountain of work racing back in defence.

“The back three works,” Deans said.“We’ve got Arin, who can run all day, Nik Orgill is the same. [Gilliland]has just played 20-odd games in America, so she’s fit.Gema Simon is the same and hopefully she’ll come back in a couple of weeks.

“She and Sophie can play in that position, soI think the system works well for the players we have, because there’s people around the ball in the front third.

“But it will take a little bit of time. A back three is a little bit of extra work coaching-wise, but I think it suits our players. The style of play doesn’t change though.

“We finishedwith a 4-4-2 because it suited the game better and I think it’s nice to be flexible.”

The W-League Jets kick-off at 5pm Saturday in the second of five home double-headers with their A-League side.

Injury-riddled Collingwood defender Ben Sinclair has retired from AFL football, while teammates Adam Oxley and Jackson Ramsay have been delisted.
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Collingwood have committed to pick Oxley in the 2017 rookie draft should he be available for selection at the time of the Magpies’ pick.

Sinclair, 26, has battled a series of concussions and serious hamstring injuries since he was selected by the Magpies at pick No. 62 in the 2009 national draft.

The quick and tough-as-nails Oakleigh Chargers product, who played 63 games after making his debut in round 19, 2011, against Essendon, didn’t feature at all in 2017 after tearing his hamstring in a JLT Community Series match prior to the season.

Ramsay, 22, rated as a shut-down back pocket prospect by Collingwood, also struggled with injury during his career.

In 2015 he battled shin injuries while his 2016 was cut short due to a knee reconstruction.

Collingwood general manager of football Geoff Walsh said the attitude of the pair in the face of challenges was commendable.

“It says something about both men that they shared reasonably long careers with Collingwood despite their numerous setbacks,” Walsh said.

“Ben and Jackson were extremely popular teammates who leave us with a lot of friends and goodwill. The game is tough, it can be punishing and it isn’t always fair. Ben, who has had to retire from the game at 26 years of age due to his physical issues, and Jackson understand this as well as anyone.

“As I said, AFL football is a tough caper. We can only thank them for giving all they had to Collingwood in their time with us.”

Ramsay played 17 games after being selected at pick No.38 in the 2012 draft.

Oxley, a rebounding and intercept-marking defender from Queensland, has played 31 games since being selected by Collingwood at pick No.35 in the 2013 rookie draft.

He played 12 games in 2016 but couldn’t manage any in 2017, in a season that was interrupted by hip and groin complaints.

“Adam’s shown some promising signs over his career and unfortunately due to injury hasn’t always been able to play to the full potential we know he’s capable of,” Walsh said.

“We plan to have Adam remain part of the club by selecting him in the Rookie Draft should he still be available.”

Collingwood’s defensive stocks have been through plenty of changes in the past two seasons.

At the end of 2016 Nathan Brown (free agent), Jack Frost (trade), Tim Golds (delisted), Jonathon Marsh (retired), Alan Toovey (retired) and Marley Williams (trade) exited the club.

The Pies brought in Lynden Dunn and Henry Schade to fill that void in the 2016 off season but Schade was delisted at the end of the 2017 season. Another defender, Lachie Keeffe, was also delisted at the end of 2017 after he returned from a doping ban at the beginning of this year.

Schade revealed earlier this week that father-son young gun Darcy Moore may move to Collingwood’s back line for 2018 after playing predominantly as a forward since he was drafted in 2014.

It remains unclear whether 2011 All-Australian centre-half-back Ben Reid will play as a forward or defender in 2018. He switched between the forward line and defence for the Pies in 2017 but ended the season as a goal kicker.

During the trade period Collingwood brought in rookie defender Sam Murray from the Sydney Swans in a complicated deal that involved the Pies swapping a 2018 second round pick for Murray, pick 70 in 2017 and a future third-round pick.

Collingwood also lost forward Jesse White (retired) at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile Geelong announced on Monday that they had delisted Tom Ruggles and Matthew Hayball, however they will select Hayball in the rookie draft.

Adelaide announced they had delisted Jonathon Beech, while they also delisted Cam Ellis-Yoleman but have committed to selecting him in the rookie draft.

The Crows also committed to selecting potential father/son recruit Jackson Edwards, son of Tyson Edwards, in the rookie draft. Tyson played 321 games for the Crows.

“There are no guarantees for us or Jackson, but there is an ongoing commitment between the Club and the Edwards family that we will take Jackson in the Rookie Draft if he is available,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

Gold Coast Suns also announced the delistings of Daniel Currie, Trent McKenzie, Matt Shaw and Mackenzie Willis

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Less than half of those able to join the National Broadband Network have done so and those who have joined are accessing it at some of the lowest speeds available, a draft report released on Monday by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission shows.
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The NBN is available to 6.2 million Australian premises but only 3 million of those have migrated to an NBN plan, according to the ACCC.

According to the NBN Co, this number is misrepresentative of the uptake percentage, with 75 per cent of those connected to the NBN migrating to an NBN plan after 18 months.

The ACCC report said that another of the reasons behind the gap was that some providers were being incentivised to keep customers on the older network where they are able to earn better margins.

The poor retailer margins and low uptake of high-speed NBN plans could impact on NBN Co’s ability to recover its costs as most consumers opt for the cheaper plans.

While the NBN can achieve maximum speeds of up to 100 Mbps, just 16 per cent of those currently on the network are using it at speeds above 50 Mbps. It leaves the remaining 84 per cent using it at speeds comparable to those available on the copper wire network.

The low uptake was put down to consumers being satisfied with the current internet speeds and unwillingness to pay for higher speeds.

The report revealed there has been a 79 per cent increase in NBN-related complaints received by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the past year, even when adjusted for an increase in activations.

In 2016-17, the TIO received more than 27,000 complaints related to NBN services. While the increase in complaints was expected, the larger-than-anticipated rise was cause for concern, the TIO said.

Edgecliff resident Bernard Shirley said that intermittent failures on the network meant that he was often left unable to trade shares and send emails.

“You are paying for a service and your options are limited,” he said. “People like me cannot trade shares on the NBN. It’s not the end of the world but it means I can’t conduct my business.”

Mr Shirley said that his previous broadband service on the copper wire network was satisfactory to conduct business and didn’t experience failures with the same regularity as the NBN.

In its report the ACCC said the allocation of responsibilities in fixing service faults was an issue that was affecting consumers.

“The allocation of responsibility for connections and service faults between NBN Co and service providers is an issue that will affect consumer experiences, especially where consumers suffer detriment,” it said.

Many consumers reported an unsatisfactory experience with the NBN during the migration process from the copper wire network to the new network.

In submissions collected by the ACCC, there is also discontent with the speeds and costs associated with accessing the NBN.

A computer applications programmer living near Port Macquarie detailed the significant cost being placed on them because the NBN was not available at their home.

The person, whose details were redacted, said that they had to pay for a separate office space and internet connection, a half-hour drive away, costing $300 a week.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that the report had given the commission a good idea of the problems consumers were facing.

“The study has highlighted a number of areas of consumer concerns which will benefit from some immediate actions,” he said.

The ACCC has said it will establish a Broadband Performance Monitoring and Reporting program in a bid to provide consumers with accurate information about broadband speeds.

Even at its highest speeds, Australia is trailing many other countries in the delivery of high speed broadband. In Japan, consumers can access an average download speed of 756 Mbps for an average price of $60.96 a month compared with Australia where an average download speed of 100 Mbps costs an average of $106.77 a month.

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Newcastle Grammar closes amid Supercars transport confusion Wharf Road grandstands
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TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldon Monday afternoon that school buses would run as usual that day.

The school closure highlights a breakdown in communication over transport plans for the race, which is 25 daysaway.

The Herald reported last week that Transport for NSW, Supercars and Keolis Downer hadnot publicly released a transport strategy for the race weekend, despite the challenge of moving anestimated 150,000 racegoers in and out of the CBD.

It is understood this plan will be released in the next week, but that will come too late for Newcastle Grammar.

“The biggest problem for us is that we have been told that school buses can’t get in and can’t get out on that day,” Mrs Thomas said.

“Darby Street’s closing on that Friday. A section of Darby Street, I believe, will be closed, and we have been told that on that day all the buses will terminate at Civic Park.”

Supercars said this was not correct and all traffic would be allowed as far east as Bolton Street.

The school’s website also says buses will terminate at Civic Park, staff may struggle to find parking spots on the street, and noise from the track will be “significant”.

“We have expressed our concerns to the Supercar organisers, council and our local member,” it says.

Mrs Thomas said she had been working “positively” with Supercarsand that the race would bring benefits to Newcastle.

But it had been “difficult” to make decisions about her school without access to information about student transport.

“That’s probably my problem, that we’re not 100 per cent sure,” Mrs Thomas said.“That is where it’s been tough for us, and I had to make a call.

“You don’t make this decision lightly. We have spent months doing research, trying to work out the best approach, and in the end I felt there was no other option other than to close the Hill campus.

“You can’t just make these sorts of decisions a week out or even two weeks out, because familieshave got to get time to prepare.”

The school’s Hill campus caters for 580 children from years 5to 12. Students from years 5 to 8 will have teacher supervision at Grammar’s Park campus at Cooks Hill on November 24 if required.

Newcastle East Public School, which is two blocks west, will stay open, although comparatively few of its students catch buses.

Mrs Thomas said some of her staff would be at the Hill campus during the race to judge if the school could open in future years.

“We’re well aware that this could go for five years;it could go for longer. My idea is not thatthe kids have a holiday every 24thof November,” she said.

“We’re less than about 200 metres from one of the points on the track, and it’s a practice day. We don’t know what the impactof noise will be and how possible it will be to run lessons.

“I’m not saying it’s an obvious issue, although obviously we’re concerned about that given our proximity to the track.”

Schools a similar distance to Supercars tracks at Adelaide, Melbourneand Winton remain open on race days, and race organisers use school ovals at Adelaide’s Christian Brothers College and Townsville State High for concerts and parking.

For the past two seasons Melbourne Victory’s women’s team has played second fiddle to the all-conquering Melbourne City.
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But on Friday night, when the clubs meet for the first W-League Melbourne derby of the season, Victory will run on to the pitch with a spring in their step, confident they can strike a blow against the back-to-back champions.

City’s title defence got off to an embarrassing start in Perth last weekend when they crashed 4-1 to a Sam Kerr-inspired Perth Glory, while Victory’s women pulled off something of an upset when they defeated highly-regarded Canberra United 2-1 in their season opener.

The win over City was the perfect grand final revenge for the Western Australians, who were beaten on their own turf by City in last season’s title decider after going into that match as favourites.

The scale of the defeat, in which City conceded three times in the last 15 minutes after getting back on level terms early in the second half, will be worrying for coach Patrick Kisnorbo and he can ill afford to have his team show such defensive frailty on Friday evening when Victory and City meet in the curtain raiser for the top of the table A-League clash between City and Sydney FC.

Victory have been in the doldrums in recent W-League seasons but Jeff Hopkins’ side could not have made a better start with their win over Canberra, a game that 15-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross will never forget as she made her debut.

Natasha Dowie, the England international, made sure of the win after Kristen McNabb had given the Navy Blues an early lead.

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