Boris Johnson has ordered an independent review into Greensill Capital following the David Cameron lobbying controversy.
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Two-time North Melbourne premiership player David King has made his selections for the remainder of Round 4.
On SEN’s The Picks, King and Julian De Stoop discussed all the matches ahead this weekend and how they forecast them panning out.
(King and De Stoop both picked Essendon at the line on Thursday night).
Kingy’s Round 4 Picks
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Port Adelaide v Richmond
Kingy says: “I think Port will bounce back. I think Kenny (Hinkley) will have them ready to go.
“The Tigers won’t be too fussed. They’ll go over there, give their best shot but I’d be taking Port.”
Pick: Port at the line (-9.5).
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane
Kingy says: “You generally get a pretty ordinary, scratchy day (in Ballarat), the Dogs love it that way in the trenches.
“I will be taking the Dogs at the -12.5.”
Pick: Bulldogs at the line (-12.5).
St Kilda v West Coast
Kingy says: “NicNat at the centre bounce is going to give them three goals and keep St Kilda at arm’s length.
“I’m a massive fan of what West Coast are doing.”
Pick: West Coast at the line (-14.5).
Extra pick: De Stoop has West Coast to win by 35 points or more.
Gold Coast v Carlton
Kingy says: “I think Carlton could get hold of the Coasters.
“Probably bet of the week.”
Pick: Carlton at the line (-2.5).
Collingwood v GWS
Kingy says: “There’s nothing that tells you that the Giants should win this game, except that they always give the Pies difficulty.
“Leon (Cameron)’s going to have to pull a rabbit of the hat for this one. You’d think Collingwood would win, but Giants at the line.”
Pick: GWS at the line (+26.5).
North Melbourne v Adelaide
Kingy says: “19.5 is a very shallow line. If you’re tipping with your head, you’re thinking one goal a quarter, the Crows are better than the Kangas for 20 points.
“I expected the line to be 40 to be honest.”
Pick: Initially tipped Adelaide at the line (-19.5), later changed to North at the line (+19.5).
Extra pick: De Stoop has North Melbourne at the line (+19.5).
Melbourne v Geelong
Kingy says: “It will be a ripper game. The slow ball movement in the end will get up for the Cats.”
Pick: Geelong head to head.
Fremantle v Hawthorn
Kingy says: “I struggle to see how the Dockers are favourites.
“If (Nat) Fyfe plays, I’ll take the -10.5, if he doesn’t, I’ll take the Hawks at +10.5.”
Pick: Fremantle line (-10.5) if Fyfe plays. Hawthorn line (+10.5) if Fyfe doesn’t play.
Extra pick: De Stoop has Hawthorn to win head to head.
All Kingy’s picks in a multi: $47
(Not including Adelaide v North and Freo v Hawks due to uncertainty).
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Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been forced to publish text messages sent to former UK prime minister David Cameron relating to the disgraced Australian businessman Lex Greensill.
Greensill Capital’s collapse has embroiled some of the British Conservative party’s biggest identities after it was revealed Cameron was advising the company and used his connections to personally message the Chancellor of the Exchequer seeking help for the firm.
Cameron’s messages have not been published and the former prime minister has refused to respond to media queries for weeks.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s correspondence, published under freedom of information early on Friday morning AEST, shows that he rebuffed Cameron.
The first message sent on April 3, 2020 read: “Hi David, thanks for your message. I am stuck back to back on calls but will try you later this evening and if gets too late, first thing tomorrow. Best, Rishi”.
In the second reply sent 20 days later, Sunak said: “Hi David, apologies for the delay. I think the proposals in the end did require a change to the Market Notice but I have pushed the team to explore an alternative with the Bank that might work.
“No guarantees, but the Bank are currently looking at it and Charles should be in touch. Best, Rishi.”
“Charles” refers to Charles Roxburgh, the UK Treasury’s second most senior bureaucrat.
The texts reveal that Sunak did explore ways British taxpayers could financially support Greensill Capital, although this was ultimately rejected.
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Following a 3-14 record and brutal list cull, David Noble would have known what he was getting himself into at North Melbourne.
Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Port Adelaide and Gold Coast see the Kangaroos anchored to the bottom of the ladder but Noble was prepared for a “bumpy road.”
That does not mean he will simply accept poor results as part of the process though and his measured reaction to the 14.14 (98) to 5.9 (39) loss on Saturday night captured that point.
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“We’re annoyed. We’re disappointed in the way that we’ve presented tonight but we’re not just here to take 12 months to develop,” Noble said.
“I daresay by the time we get back to the hotel it’ll be made pretty clear that what was delivered tonight is not on.”
He did though also concede that “there is an element of certain characteristics that teams need to learn to build and grow, and with that comes bumpy roads.”
For North Melbourne, those bumpy roads will likely come in sudden flashes, as it did in the second quarter on Saturday when the Suns kicked six unanswered goals.
It left former Hawthorn player Ben Dixon feeling “fearful” for Noble early in the contest.
“Both teams want to play with speed, but the Suns did it with more control, more numbers and attacked the corridor – and North Melbourne allowed them to do that and it opened up in the second quarter,” Dixon said.
“I’m fearful for David Noble because there’s been no defence at all and the Gold Coast Suns, you don’t want their confidence up – and they’ve got it.”
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Noble admitted the need to stick at it for the entire four quarters will come with time, adding that North Melbourne were guilty of allowing the Suns to capitalise on the fast game.
“You’ve just got to hang in, you’ve just got to fight, you’ve got to defend like crazy and at times we didn’t do that well enough,” he said.
“We’ve got to continue chipping away and learn as we go.
“We’ve got to continue to learn to apply ourselves to a game for four quarters. We’re doing it in bits and pieces at the moment.
“I thought we fumbled the ball a lot tonight. The ground gets really slippery up here but I didn’t think we spent enough time over the ball and you give teams that are going to play fast an opportunity to score and that’s what happened.
“I thought there were times we didn’t compete with the ball, which was not acceptable.”
As is the case with all developing teams, the Kangaroos are aware of the bigger picture – only last week they fielded what was their youngest side since 2012.
“We always knew the pathway was going to be bumpy along the way,” Noble added.
“I think last week we had our youngest crew on the field in 10 years. The experience for guys like [Tom] Powell, [Charlie] Lazzaro, Jack Mahony – to get that experience is going to be invaluable going forward.”
While two-straight heavy defeats are never the ideal way to kick off a season, five-time premiership Hawk Dermott Brereton told Fox Footy there is a key reason to expect more pain at the Kangaroos – at least in the short-term.
“David Noble’s at a different place then Stuey Dew,” Brereton said.
“He’s still learning about what some of his unknown entities can do in certain positions. He’s still learning about what his players are capable of. Until he beds that down, we’re going to see a few margins like this.
“But there were moments where you could see with North Melbourne that you were happy with the endeavour. You could see the effort was there.”
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The body of a man found in a submerged car in the flooded Canungra Creek on the Gold Coast hinterland is that of missing man David Hornman, Queensland police have confirmed.
Just before 12:30pm emergency services were called to Canungra Creek in Lamington National Park where the upturned vehicle belonging to Mr Hornman was discovered.
Police divers have since recovered the 38-year-old’s body from the vehicle this afternoon.
Mr Hornman had last been seen on Monday.
Three Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) crews attended the scene.
The incident happened after the Gold Coast Hinterland recorded more than 450mm of rainfall since Sunday.
More than 700 people have reached out to Mr Horman’s mother, Suzy Allington, on social media.
“I wish God had taken me instead, RIP my beautiful son, you were the best”, her post read on Facebook.
Water Police Acting Senior Sergeant Mitch Gray said a report would be prepared for the coroner
“The time he’s gone missing, as we know, was in a terrible weather period for the Gold Coast,” he said.
“We were experiencing flash flooding in the area, so that will form part of our investigation as to what’s caused this incident today.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Gray said the recovery mission was dangerous given the conditions in the river.
“It was very difficult today. We had strong currents but we had the best people we could,” he said.
“We had our swift water rescue team with our police divers and those guys are absolute professionals.
“We were able to get the job done in what was some hazardous and dangerous conditions.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Gray offered his condolences to Mr Hornman’s family.
“The loss of a loved one in these circumstances — just not knowing for the last four days where they are — it’s out of character, that’s going to be painful … I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone,” he said.
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But Teague said it was far too early to be talking about September.
“It’s our second game of the year, so you won’t catch me buying into that sort of thing,” Teague said.
“We want to go out and win, don’t get me wrong, but you can play really well and get better and not win at this time of the year. I think a couple of years ago Collingwood lost their first few and played in the grand final.
“We want to win every game. We believe in ourselves, we believe we’ve got the players and the game style to win every game and that’s what we are going to do. We expect to win.”
The return of Martin and Williams spelt trouble for young wingman O’Brien, who has struggled to cement a place in the senior team since being drafted in 2017.
Carlton’s match committee decided not to drop a tall, but that seems unlikely given how well Levi Casboult and Oscar McDonald played together in the second half against the Tigers.
McDonald started as the injury substitute but Teague admitted he could be promoted to the starting 22 after a strong debut performance.
Teague has also joined Western Bulldogs counterpart Luke Beveridge in hitting out at the new VFL/East Coast competition rules, which some clubs think could stunt the development of players trying to make their way into the seniors.
The VFL is this season trialling zones for all stoppages, meaning each team needs to have a minimum of three players stationed inside 50, including a pair in the goalsquare.
“Watching the [VFL] game the other day wasn’t enjoyable,” Teague said.
“Sitting there waiting 14, 15 seconds for each stoppage and for players to get back, it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. I think it’s as much around the fans as the players. The fans didn’t enjoy it, the players didn’t enjoy it.
“If you’re looking for a rule to be able to see if this will this help the game going forward, whilst also having the guarding the mark rule, well which one is it?
“I’ve heard a couple of other coaches and I’m probably aligned with them. Watching it, it didn’t sit well with me, it didn’t feel like it was in the tradition of the game and the way the game should be played.”
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It looked every bit like a disastrous piece of business for the Broncos and so it has come to pass. David Fifita, once the jewel in what was to be a premiership-winning young pack at Red Hill, terrorised his former club to lead the Titans to a 28-16 victory over their former M1 overlords.
Fifita’s defection from the Broncos last year was the ultimate gut-punch for Brisbane as they limped to a wooden spoon. Brisbane love to trumpet the notion that they never lose a player they want to keep but when the Titans waded in with a mega-offer, they were blown out of the water.
That might come to be a recurring them when it comes to the devastating edge back-rower. After a quiet debut for his new club against the Warriors in round one, Fifita scored twice for the Titans as they went some way to justifying the pre-season hype after a spree of signings that also included Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
Even when he wasn’t putting points on the board, Fifita was causing problems for a Broncos defence that unfortunately had the kind of soft touch that made them such easybeats in 2020. When Jarrod Wallace went over from close range to open the Gold Coast account, it was because Brisbane only had eyes for Fifita as he lurked wide of the ruck.
His first try in the 32nd minute saw him gallop straight through the grasp of Anthony Milford, who Kevin Walters had urged to show him more in defence, in what was the first of three tries in a seven-minute period before half-time that effectively ended the contest.
“I felt sorry for him last week with the criticism he came under,” said Titans coach Justin Holbrook. “Just happy for him, he had a really good week and showed what he was capable tonight.”
The Titans weren’t exactly crisp themselves but when you have a weapon like Fifita, sometimes that’s all you need to tear a team apart. In the 54th minute, with just a slightest hint of a gap, Fifita used his power, footwork and pace to smash over again and underline the value of his acquisition for a club with dreams of much bigger things.
But coach Justin Holbrook is unlikely to be pleased by the significant real estate Brisbane occupied in the second half, as well as the open space they found against a defence that scrambled decently but was clearly fatigued.
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Momofuku Seiōbo is closing its doors after nearly 10 years at The Star in Sydney.
The two-hatted restaurant opened in 2011 – the first of world-renowned chef David Chang’s ventures outside New York.
General Manager Kylie Javier Ashton made the announcement on social media this morning, calling it the end of an era.
“This isn’t a sad ending… the goal was always to create a sustainable restaurant post-pandemic, which is exactly what we rebuilt,” she wrote.
“When our lease was up for renewal, we realised that the most sustainable thing we could do was to finish our time on top.”
Barbados-born Paul Carmichael has been executive chef at Momofuku Seiōbo since 2015, serving up Caribbean dishes with Australian ingredients.
It closed for 18 weeks during the pandemic and reopened in June 2020 with a refreshed menu and fewer tables in line with coronavirus restrictions.
The open kitchen and dining space means diners could watch their food being cooked and constructed in front of them.
The restaurant was ranked as the number 2 restaurant in Australia by Gourmet Traveller Magazine 2020.
Paul Carmichael was awarded Chef of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Magazine 2020 , and Kylie Javier Ashton was awarded Citi Service Excellence Award by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2019.
Momofuku Seiōbo also has two hats from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2020.
The last day of service will be on Saturday June 26, 2021.
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An anti-lockdown protester who has launched civil action over Victoria’s lockdown restrictions made a brazen move in his court case.
An anti-lockdown protester interrupted his own lawyer during a court hearing to declare he wanted to challenge the validity of Victoria’s public health act.
David Weisinger is one of three anti-lockdown protesters who launched civil action against the state’s top health bosses chief health officer Brett Sutton and deputy public health commander Finn Romanes.
Police allege Mr Weisinger helped organise a protest outside Queen Victoria Market in September last year when clashes broke out between protesters and officers. He has been charged with incitement and is on bail.
His lawyer Serene Teffaha was about to address the court when the anti-lockdown protester interrupted.
“I understand that you’re representing me … I just want to say one thing to the court,” Mr Weisinger said.
But Justice Richard Niall said since he had a lawyer he normally didn’t get to address the court but allowed him to speak.
The anti-lockdown protester said he wanted to challenge the validity of the “impugned” Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
“If I need to be removed from being represented, I’ll do that,” Mr Weisinger said.
He asked the judge about whether this challenge was in the jurisdiction of the court.
“I don’t propose to answer that question for this reason. You are represented by a solicitor at this moment,” Justice Niall said.
The judge told Mr Weisinger if he wanted to challenge the validity of the legislation he would need to file separate paperwork and it was not appropriate to deal with it at the same time as the current case.
The protester sighed as the judge explained this.
His lawyer Ms Teffaha said she had to speak to her clients about their position following the High Court case involving Clive Palmer against Western Australia.
Mr Weisinger, Tony Pecora and Kerry Cotterill are arguing the state’s stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus lockdown burdened individuals’ freedom of political communication.
All three were charged for breaching restrictions to attend protests, according to court documents.
Ms Cotterill was handed an infringement notice while carrying a sign “displaying a political message”, an amended originating motion shows.
“She was otherwise complying with the public health directions; she was walking on her own in public, within five kilometres of her ordinary place of residence and was wearing a face mask,” according to the court document.
Mr Pecora was charged with incitement from the use of “his social media to organise protest activities”. His home at Middle Park was raided and he was granted bail but was barred from using social media.
The case will return to the Supreme Court in late April.
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Fears that social media and texting are destroying children’s ability to spell are unfounded, according to Sunrise host David Koch who says screens can boost their skills.
And while the Koch clan has inherited their patriarch’s passion for spelling, reading and writing, the family’s multimedia habits can help rather than harm a child’s language development.
“I don’t think it’s a degradation,” Koch says. “It’s a newer generation putting their spin on words, just the same as the words we use now are different to 300 years ago. Different words describe different (times). Shortening of words, that abbreviation of words in text – I don’t think it’s anything to fear.”
It’s a reassuring perspective for parents and educators still digesting the results of our exclusive survey by personal finance app Humaniti, which shows just how concerned Australians are about the impact of technology on our children’s spelling.
While 97 per cent rate spelling as important, 86 per cent of those surveyed feel social media is negatively impacting how well kids spell, while text and chat messaging is seen as having a negative impact by an overwhelming 88 per cent.
SMARTdaily can also exclusively reveal 77 per cent fear poor spelling will hamper a child’s job prospects.
But educational psychologist Professor John Munro says most children switch and adjust spelling and language to suit the context.
“It happens that the language that is used in SMS messages is typical of the language that three to five-year-olds use to communicate,” Prof Munro says. “If you look at the sort of things that are said, most of what approximates sentences in SMS comprise one event. We’re not unpacking ideas of history or maths or science or the best way of growing vegetables or being economically sensible. You couldn’t use SMS language in those situations – it just wouldn’t work.”
Koch says the launch of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee aligns with his proudest gift to his family: passing on his love of language.
He says social apps and multimedia technology have actually enriched his family’s communication – better yet, it’s happened specifically around spelling, reading and books.
Granddaughter Lila, 9, is reading Deborah Abela’s novel The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee when SMARTdaily visits and admits a keen interest in spelling, but it’s a family-wide obsession that owes a debt to a fictional orphan.
“The reason I got into Harry Potter was my youngest daughter started reading (it) and her three elder siblings took the mickey out of her for reading something about wizards, so I read the first Harry Potter with her,” Koch says.
“We then read every Harry Potter together when it came out – she’s now 32 – and we went to every Harry Potter movie together. It was a bond we had.”
“One of the loveliest memories of (my granddaughter) Matilda (and her family was when) they were all living in Vietnam for many years, and Hong Kong, so she started reading Harry Potter,” Koch says. “My youngest daughter who now lives in London, me in Sydney, Matilda in Hong Kong, we would have our own Harry Potter WhatsApp chat discussing the books as Matilda read them. So that was three generations and it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.”
Use it, don’t lose it
Social media is here to stay. The internet is a vast portal of information and social media platforms can help support a child’s growing spelling skills.
1. YouTube offers free phonics videos and reams of footage from televised spelling bee shows, including Ten’s popular 2015-2016 show The Great Australian
2. Instagram has abundant accounts of interest, including America’s flagship spelling bee, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. @scrippsnationalspellingbee
3. Twitter boasts many children’s authors who have an active presence – including Koch’s
fellow celebrity speller Matt Stanton – sharing news, articles and funny observations. @m_stanton
The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee is a free online competition open to students from Year 3 to Year 8. Teachers and schools can register at kidsnews.com.au
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