Embattled payments provider Tyro defends outage response

“We understand the significance of this disruption and sincerely apologise to our impacted merchants,” he said. “We are committed to genuinely considering all options to help our customers who have been impacted by this issue and these discussions will be prioritised once the issue has been completely resolved.”

Mr Cooke said Tyro had been actively collecting, repairing and returning terminals and was working “24/7” with terminal provider Wordline and partner Amtek.

“We are working at pace and will be in a position to update customers and the market on this shortly, when we will also have a clearer idea of how long it will take to have most impacted customers back to normal operations,” he said.

Tyro listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2019 and is chaired by former Telstra chief executive David Thodey.

The fintech was valued at $1.4 billion on debut and reported a $19 million loss in February last year.

Melbourne craft brewer Moon Dog was one of the businesses hit by the outage with nine of its 14 Tyro terminals bricking on Wednesday last week and chief executive Maurice McGrath said the terminals still have not been replaced.


“It hasn’t affected us as much as other businesses as we have still been able to get by with the five still working,” he said.

However Mr McGrath said he would consider switching payment providers as a result of the outage.

“Our priority at the moment is to make sure they are operational again but the reality again is that when you have a significant technological issue you have to evaluate your options going forward.”

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Jack Riewoldt not giving up on embattled teammate despite controversial off-season

Richmond veteran Jack Riewoldt is backing embattled teammate Sydney Stack as the small forward prepares to make another court appearance in the coming days.

Stack is currently due in a Perth court next week, after spending the festive period in jail after being arrested on December 19 for allegedy breaking Western Australia’s strict COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Riewoldt said it was disappointing to hear the 20-year-old had been in trouble over the off-season, but wasn’t going to “give up” on the talented forward.

“It’s been hard for the club to be in touch with him because he’s been in jail for the holiday period,” he told reporters on Monday.

“It is disappointing as a senior player when someone finds themself in trouble, but when we engaged Sydney to come to our football club we weren’t under an illusion that he was going to come in and it was going to be a really smooth transition.

“We expected that we were going to have some small issues with him. When you take on a young man like Sydney, who wasn’t and hasn’t been afforded a lot of the luxuries that a lot of Australian children grow up with, you know it’s going to be a project.

“So we’re not going to give up on Sydney Stack. He is a young man that has got a lot of issues, he has a lot of potential, but most importantly now we put the football side of things to one side and we actually want to continue to grow him as a young man because he’s got some fantastic traits.”

Stack has been at the club since early 2019, where he was picked up as a pre-season supplementary player.

He was embroiled in controversy in 2020, where Stack alongside teammate Callum Coleman-Jones was sent home from Richmond’s hub in Queensland after breaking COVID-19 protocols, with both players still having four matches of their 10-game ban to serve in 2021.

Stack has played 26 games for the Tigers in two years.

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Belarus protests: Embattled leader Alexander Lukashenko hints he may quit

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How Stephen Dorff Became a Flashy, Brutish MMA Fighter in ‘Embattled’

Stephen Dorff was coming off the grueling production schedule of True Detective’s third season when he started the work to become Cash Boykins, the volatile brawler of MMA drama Embattled. The HBO anthology series had taken a lot out of him, and he dropped weight for the role, so the path to becoming a welterweight roughneck was already uphill.

“I was running on fumes after True Detective, but I was excited about Embattled, and I had this surge of adrenaline that latest a month,” says Dorff. For four weeks before filming kicked off in Alabama, the veteran actor worked with trainer Josh Perzow to get into combat-fighting shape. “My whole life was working out and eating during that time.”

Not making weight wasn’t an option for Dorff, who’s a long-time fan of mixed martial arts, and would be sharing his set with UFC headliners like Tyron Woodley and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. We spoke with Dorff on his training process for Embattled, mixing it up with MMA legends, and pulling swagger inspiration from fighters like Conor McGregor to create Cash Boykins.

Men’s Journal: What about the Embattled storyline drew you in?

Stephen Dorff: This script  just moved me. There have been movies based in the fight world that I like, but not as many as you would imagine given how big the sport is and is becoming. In contrast, there have been a whole lot more boxing movies, because it’s been around longer. I love boxing movies. Cinderella Man is a brilliant piece of work. But there’s no doubt that now it’s MMA’s time. It’s more relevant and prevalent. There’s been Warrior and a few of that caliber, but the writer of this, David McKenna, is just so talented it sets itself apart. I wanted the role immediately, I knew that he isn’t the nicest guy, but undeniably a fascinating character.

I know you’re a fan of UFC. How did you first get introduced to that world?

I started becoming a fan, because I’d been following boxing a bit, and mixed martial arts were starting to kick off. I started to prep for Felon with Ric Roman Waugh and through there I met Greg Jackson’s team. There were a bunch of great guys out there, like Cowboy Cerrone. I actually kept in touch with him. We based a lot of the fighting we were doing in the yard around their fight styles, and the story was loosely based around what actually happened in California State Prison, Corcoran.

How did you envision the character once you got the role?

He’s had a welterweight title at one point, but he’s really the featherweight champion of the world…the kind of fighter that brings in six or seven million pay-per-views. He’s that guy. I immediately went to the champions that exist today with that kind of flash and showmanship we were looking for. Obviously a guy like Conor McGregor is going to be a big inspiration, if you strip away the Irish and replace it with this Southern swagger. That same kind of abrasive fighting talent is what I wanted—the kind of unpredictable instigator who flusters opponents, gets in their heads, then puts them on the floor. I took a little of the flash from Mayweather as well. I like how he’s always showing off money. I thought about Cowboy Cerrone as well, as far how much of a lion that guy is. He’ll walk into a ring with literally anybody, anywhere. Not the biggest guy in the room, but the biggest personality, larger than life. I tried to morph all of those guys together for Embattled.

And how did you start the physical preparation for Embattled?

Once it was announced that I was going to be doing the third season of True Detective, they knew they wanted me for the part. I told them I wanted to do it after I was done filming, but I needed some time because I wasn’t going to be close to as big as I wanted to be. The plan was to be pretty lean and skinny for True, so I needed time to transform into an MMA fighter after. I started the ramp up to the process while I was filming though, slowly doing more workouts and eating more. Once we wrapped, I went all-out with my trainer, doing a big calorie load. I put on about eight to 10 pounds of muscle in the short time we had, which is a lot for me. Especially in just four weeks.

Did you already have a trainer in mind?

I found myself in Montreal doing the movie Immortals, and I really needed to be in shape for that. There was an enormous amount of shirtless scenes, in addition to the battles that were in the script. I ended up connecting with these guys who work with a lot of hockey players, one being Josh Perzow, who I’ve worked with on a few movies since. I just really liked the way he worked, and the fact he works with real athletes and fighters. Once I got this, I gave him a ring, because I really needed someone there with me in Los Angeles. We should have had two months for this kind of prep, but we had four weeks. We made it work, though.

Stephen Dorff filming MMA drama ‘Embattled’ IFC Films

Was it difficult to balance the Embattled fight scenes with the rest of production?

The biggest request I had was making the fights the first thing we filmed. There were people in production who wanted to get to them later, because they didn’t want to risk people getting hurt during the stunts and not being able to finish their scenes. But I knew we needed to put trust in our crew, because if I had to film these crazy long days, just doing the drama, I’d be beat and have no time for real workouts. That would end up cutting the legs out from under the work I already put in. So we moved the fights to the front of our production schedule, which allowed me to focus singularly on getting into shape for combat. The real effort started in Los Angeles, and Josh was able to put size on me immediately. We traveled to the set in Alabama together and kept up our sessions—two weeks of eight hours a day, then getting into the cage.

Speaking of the cage, once the workouts were going well, how did you start doing the mixed martial arts training?

I was glad I put in all that work with Josh, because once I got to Alabama, it was time to start working with Chris Conolley and his team out of Birmingham. Being around real fighters at that point was huge, and Chris is legit, working with guys who are fighting in the UFC now. I think he has one of his guys competing on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi soon. Not only was he working on the movie, but he’s also in it; he plays the referee. I learned a lot of great grabbling moves and submissions. We worked hard to have the executions look real, making sure I’m doing it right on camera. There are some intense movements in there. I’m getting a lot of comments on a scene where I come up with my elbow on my opponent from people who know the sport well. There are elements of that training I would like to keep up with even past this experience. I need to make sure I stay in touch with the guys.

The sprawls that happen in MMA are hard to get down to an exact science, as far as choreography, because it’s so reactive. Did you find yourself coming in contact with your scene partners?

There were a few times I made contact. I clipped a few doubles during those scenes. I was on the receiving end myself a few times. We say sorry, then we move on, usually. I remember I got hit really bad during the filming of Felon. Took one to the cheekbone and it puffed up to a point where we couldn’t keep filming. That’s just the cost of doing business.

How did you put together Cash Boykins’ style?

I’ll be honest, the look just came together. I was in Malibu when the director asked me what I was feeling, and I just said let me handle it. I actually had a dream where I pictured myself having these gold teeth, and I thought his teeth should have been knocked out. So we went with it. We literally bonded the gold teeth onto my actual teeth, and I kept them on for a while after filming, until I had to get into another gig. I also had the idea to shave my head, so I just did it, and sent a photo to the director. He loved it.

There are some well-known UFC personalities in the movie, like Tyron Woodley in Embattled. What was it like having guys that that in the cut?

Getting champions like Tyron Woodley and familiar faces like Kenny Florian as a part of the production just gives us all the more reason to get it right, and the right advice. Getting their thumbs up after some of the fights was huge. Not to mention, it makes it feel real for everyone. The fight organization in the movie is called the WFA, but it’s quite obviously the UFC to the modern viewer. We got a Dana White-type actor to play the head of it. We actually even went to Dana White and tried to get him to be in the movie. He said, “I’m not an actor, but I want to see it when it’s done!” It’s been great getting the response we have from the whole MMA world. I have a habit of picking apart the movies I’m in, and this one stands up more than most. I am extremely proud of it. I hope everyone is able to enjoy it, and to see the effort we put in.

Embattled will be released in select theaters and on VOD on November 20th.

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Senior staff member at embattled council leaves after a year

A PERMANENT replacement is being sought after another senior member of staff at a Northern Rivers’ council resigned recently.

A tumultuous couple of years has seen Lismore City Council dealing with everything from a fire at the waste centre to rate debates, councillor resignations and a $6 million deficit.

In May last year general manager Gary Murphy left to take up a role with Central Coast Council and in August Infrastructure Services director, Gary Murphy (no relation) also left for a role in Queensland.

And now Dr Sharon Harwood, the council’s Director of Partnerships, Planning & Engagement, has left the organisation after one year in the role.

A council spokesman confirmed Dr Harwood decided to leave the council for personal reasons.

It is understood Mark Piorkowski is filling the role while a recruitment process is under way.

“Council wishes Sharon all the best for the future,” the spokesman said.

“We thank her for the work she has done to progress improvements to council operations and make our community a better place to live.

“Council also thanks Mark for taking up the role as Acting Director of Partnerships, Planning & Engagement.”

The spokesman said Mr Piorkowski has a wealth of experience in planning and senior management roles.

Born in Canada, Mr Piorkowski’s career includes significant expertise working across different levels of government including as the General Manager of Operations for Armidale Regional Council.

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Embattled SoftBank renews talks on taking the group private, FT reports

SoftBank Group Corp executives are considering taking the Japanese technology group private as the company seeks a new strategy after disposing of several large assets, the Financial Times reported https://on.ft.com/2ZAauvz on Sunday.

The signs of SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Corp. are displayed at their new headquarters building during a press preview in Tokyo, Japan September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

REUTERS: SoftBank Group Corp executives are considering taking the Japanese technology group private as the company seeks a new strategy after disposing of several large assets, the Financial Times reported https://on.ft.com/2ZAauvz on Sunday.

The discussions are driven by frustrations over the continuous discount in SoftBank’s equity valuation compared with the value of its individual holdings, which continues even after an asset sale programme tried to close that gap, the FT said, citing people familiar with the matter.

A SoftBank spokeswoman declined to comment on the FT report when contacted by Reuters.

Shares in SoftBank, which is led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, on the Tokyo Stock Exchange are down a little over 10per cent so far in 2020 and are trading at 1,307.50 yen. This is a steeper fall than Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index and below the 1,500 price at which it sold units in its 2018 initial public offing (IPO).

The IPO nearly two years ago, still Japan’s biggest-ever stock market listing, was widely regarded at the time as finalizing the group’s transition from domestic telecommunications company to a monolithic global tech investor.

Yet since then SoftBank has faced a host of challenges including losses on investments made by its US$100 billion Vision Fund, activist pressure from hedge fund Elliott Management and questions regarding significant option purchases during the recent run-up in the U.S. stock market.

The talks on taking SoftBank private have been speeded up due to number of fundamental changes to SoftBank’s business strategy to become a long-term investor in businesses rather than a manager of companies, according to the FT.

SoftBank’s recent investment track record has been checkered, including a particularly large bet on the prospects of shared office provider WeWork, resulting in SoftBank reporting an US$18 billion loss at the Vision Fund in May, pushing the conglomerate to a record loss.

SoftBank is nearing a deal to sell British chip designer Arm Holdings, which it bought for US$32 billion in 2016, to Nvidia Corp for more than US$40 billion, Reuters reported on Saturday.

(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru and Joshua Franklin in Boston; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Embattled MP Terry Stephens lists companies at Adelaide address, despite rural residence claim

The ABC can reveal fresh details of the living arrangements of senior SA Liberal MP Terry Stephens, as police confirm they have referred questions around his expense claims to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

ASIC searches have revealed Mr Stephens’s two companies, Sympure Pty Ltd and T.J. Stephens Nominees Pty. Ltd., are registered at his address in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood.

The President of the Legislative Council has repeatedly told parliament his primary residence has been in Victor Harbor since 2011, but that he stays in Norwood to attend parliament and to other business.

Mr Stephens’s decision to nominate Victor Harbor as his primary residence has allowed him to claim more than $60,000 in allowances for stays in Adelaide in the last two financial years alone.

He’s been claiming the allowance since 2011.

Terry Stephens bought the Norwood townhouse for $1.085 million in 2012, on the same day he sold his previous home in the eastern suburb of Stonyfell.

The ABC has been unable to find any companies registered to Mr Stephens in Victor Harbor.

But a search of the Australian Business Register further confirms that Mr Stephens’s family trust is registered at a 5067 postcode — which covers the suburb of Norwood.

An ABC investigation has already revealed that a Victor Harbor apartment where Mr Stephens had been registered to vote was listed as a rental, and that he had not been levied land tax on the Norwood property in the 2019-20 financial year.

The latest revelations came as the Police Commissioner Grant Stevens revealed officers from the Anti-Corruption Branch have referred Mr Stephens’s expense claims to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander.

Mr Stephens’s expense claims have been referred to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Bruce Lander.(ABC News)

Labor wrote to Commissioner Stevens on Tuesday urging police to investigate.

“It was referred to our anti-corruption section and they made the assessment in consultation with the ICAC, and as a result of that, there’s been a referral and I can’t elaborate any further,” the Commissioner said.

“All I can say is that we did receive correspondence and that has been referred to ICAC.”

Premier ‘wasn’t aware it was leased’

More details of Premier Steven Marshall’s single-night stay at Terry Stephens’s Victor Harbor apartment in February 2017 have emerged.


The Premier yesterday told parliament he’d stayed rent-free with Mr Stephens and his wife in their apartment while travelling between McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island.

Mr Stephens has told parliament he moved out of one of two apartments he owned at The Breeze in Victor Harbor in 2017, and into a third rented apartment in the same building.

On Friday, the Premier confirmed he’d stayed in that rented apartment on the first floor.

Mr Stephens and his wife remain enrolled to vote at that same apartment.

Property searches reveal it is co-owned by two men, Anthony Harrison and Giovanni ‘John’ Muscio.

Mr Muscio is a close friend of Terry Stephens.

Mr Harrison is a director of Cleanwater Investments Pty Ltd, a company in which T.J Stephens Nominees Pty. Ltd. holds shares.

Mr Harrison and Mr Muscio hail from Whyalla — Terry Stephens’s home town.

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Rob Lucas, John Muscio and Terry Stephens together in a photo posted by Mr Stephens in April 2019. Mr Stephens and Mr Muscio are close friends.(Instagram: terrystephensmlc)

The ABC has twice spoken to Mr Muscio to confirm Mr Stephens’s rental arrangements.

On both occasions he directed questions to Mr Stephens, who did not respond to questions for this story.

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WTO action on barley tariffs won’t be easy, embattled sugar industry says

Australian barley growers pinning their hopes on a tariff resolution with China through the World Trade Organization (WTO) could face a frustrating process.

This week China imposed an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports for the next five years, claiming the product had been imported against trade rules.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Australia was still working through the claims, but was serious about prosecuting its case through the WTO if it could not reach a resolution with China.

“If we believe that we haven’t been understood appropriately, then the next course of action for us is to refer it to the World Trade Organization,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We took India to the WTO on sugar, so … we have a strong and proud record of standing up for Australian farmers, but we do that calmly and methodically after understanding the facts and the evidence provided to us.”

Waiting game

But that process could be a long and protracted one, as Australia’s sugar industry has found.

Barley trade with China was worth $1.5bn two years ago.(ABC Rural; Tara De Landgrafft)

In 2018, the Australian Government actioned a process in the WTO, accusing India of distorting the global sugar price through subsidies.

Last year the WTO agreed to establish a panel to investigate and rule on whether India’s high sugarcane prices and export subsidies exceeded its WTO obligations.

But the process has been further complicated by travel restrictions and India has refused to participate in online hearings.

“We’ve got now a bit of a wait to see what the global response is to travel and lifting of restrictions,” said David Rynne, economics, policy and trade director with the Australian Sugar Millers Council.

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Australia’s WTO action over sugar prices highlights the complexities of the process.(Supplied)

Even chance

Mr Rynne said when trade rules were breached and countries aggrieved, there were multiple mechanisms available to resolve disputes.

“What we’ve see over the years, since the WTO was formed, is that roughly 50 per cent of grievances get sorted out diplomatically … countries get in a room and they sort it out and something is negotiated.

“The other 50 per cent of the time, when those negotiations break down, the option for parties is the WTO and that’s what’s happened in the sugar case.

“Hopefully the parties get together and resolve the issues without having to go down that WTO process.”


Insular trend

Mr Rynne said he was very confident that, in the case of the sugar industry, there were clear breaches and that the umpire’s decision would go Australia’s way.

“[But] we need governments to make sure that the WTO framework holds together and there is a mechanism by which countries like Australia and aggrieved industries … have an avenue to be able to say, ‘Hey, there’s a distortion, there’s an inequity happening here, it needs to be resolved or the viability of certain industries is at risk,'” he said.

Mr Rynne said Australia, as a small open economy, had benefitted from free trade over a long period of time.

“We’ve opened ourselves up to competition and we’ve borne the fruit of that through enormous efficiencies and productivity gains in what we do,” he said.

“Not all countries think the same — a lot of countries think very internally, it’s about protectionism, it’s about control and regulations.

“Generally I think the global trend is for countries to become a little bit more insular, to protect themselves, not be as exposed as what they were.

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