Danny Russo creates paddock-to-plate menu for Marble & Grain in Braddon

Paddock-to-plate push for Marble & Grain in Braddon. Paddock-to-plate push for Marble & Grain in Braddon.
Nanjing Night Net

Paddock-to-plate push for Marble & Grain in Braddon.

Paddock-to-plate push for Marble & Grain in Braddon.

Changes are afoot at Braddon hotel restaurant Marble & Grain. Former hatted chef Danny Russo has been consulting on the menu at the eatery on Mort Street in the Avenue Hotel.

Russo formerly earned a Sydney Morning Herald chef’s hat at L’Unico in Balmain and has worked all round Europe. He’s been sourcing produce from hotel owner Rob and Batkovic’s farm which produces everything from vegetables and herbs to Scottish Highland cattle. “We’re just going back to what was meant to be,” he says.

The revamped steakhouse menu has a more paddock-to-plate feel, he says. “We do a fantastic section where we share the love, we do a butcher’s board, a tomahawk steak, a 1kg dry aged ribeye Scottish Highland. We’ve got an heirloom charred carrot salad which is beautiful with hazelnuts. It’s not just all meat – there is quite a lot of vegetarian.”

Russo plans to work on the Marble & Grain project for the next couple of months and has already spent the past month in Canberra. “We’re doing paddock to plate in the sense that the owner has a farm,” he says. “We’ve got a program in place that one day a week the boys in the kitchen must go the farm to help them pick all the herbs, the spinach and it’s absolutely fantastic.”

He says Canberra has “definitely turned the corner” when it comes to food culture. “And not only that, you’re so resource rich that I think people might be quite surprised. Just from what I’ve seen you’ve got some really good restaurants, really passionate chefs. It’s healthy competition and they’re doing a great job.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

NBN Co sets target of 90,000 fibre-to-the-basement connections in 2015

Sources said the higher costs were caused by contractors demanding more pay to work on the project. Photo: Rob HomerNBN Co is aiming to have 90,000 homes and businesses ready to connect to its fibre-to-the-basement network by the end of 2015.
Nanjing Night Net

It comes as the broadband provider on Tuesday launched its FTTB service, with 2000 customers across 18 apartment blocks now having the chance to connect to the network through various internet service providers.. NBN Co had been running trials before the launch.

NBN Co chief customer officer John Simon said that during trials users were getting speeds near 89 megabits per second for download and 36Mbps for upload.

NBN Co estimates about 1 million end users will be connected to FTTB once the rollout is complete.

About 30 per cent of premises in Australia are MDU (multi-dwelling units), but only about one-third of those have more than about a dozen end-user premises, Mr Simon said.

“Many of them might not be served at all by fibre to the basement. Where the economics makes sense, they might be served by fibre to the node,” Mr Simon said.

While there was no black-and-white number for required end users in an MDU, Mr Simon said the smaller the apartment block, the less likely it would be part of the FTTB rollout.

“Until we do the design for each building, we don’t finalise an outcome, but generally you would expect the economics aren’t going to be too favourable for something that has got under nine end-users premises – but that’s not a hard rule that they apply,” he said.

NBN Co has already commenced work on a further 500-600 MDUs.

Mr Simon said  NBN Co had come across competing technology while rolling out its FTTB network.

“We do know that some buildings that we’re constructing into today do have other providers and we are building out in those buildings as well,” Mr Simon said.

TPG’s competing network is aiming to connect about 500,000 homes to its FTTB services, which it has to offer wholesale services for, in metropolitan areas.

TPG chief executive David Teoh  said last week that the FTTB rollout was moving slowly due to having to convince strata committees of the product as well as the impact of having to stop sales because of a change in government regulation forcing it to create wholesale plans for other internet service providers.

Mr Simon claimed NBN Co was having few problems with strata boards.

“Most of, that we can see, the body corporate are welcoming for NBN because they can see that most importantly we bring a large amount of competition and therefore more choice for end users, or their residents,” Mr Simon said.

However, Mr Simon again acknowledged that competing wholesale networks present an issue.

“Our business plan is predicated on rolling out to a certain number of premises. If there is wholesale cherry-picking across the board in large parts of that, that will have an economic impact to the business plan,” Mr Simon said.

“All we can do is do what we’re doing and accelerate our rollout. “

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Shares in Slater & Gordon’s target, Quindell, surge 25pc in London

Slater & Gordon is seeking $890 million from shareholders to fund its proposed acquisition of troubled UK professional services firm Quindell. Photo: Jessica ShapiroSlater & Gordon’s $1.2 billion deal to buy the troubled UK professional services firm Quindell prompted a 25 per cent jump in its share price in London overnight, a “remarkable recovery” in some sceptics’ eyes.
Nanjing Night Net

Dubbed a “deluxe ambulance-chaser” in Britain, Quindell’s prices soared 30 per cent in early London trading rising to 180p before falling back to 148p. At the beginning of the month it traded at 90p.

The deal, greeted with widespread interest and a few raised eyebrows by the financial press, forms a major plank of Slater & Gordon’s aggressive expansion into the UK with much of its work in the lucrative ‘no-win, no-fee’ personal injury claims.

Already, the UK accounted for close to half of its $418 million revenue last year, with both companies signalling the deal will create the UK’s largest personal injury firm.

Under the Slater & Gordon deal, Quindell plans to return as much as £500 million of proceeds to shareholders later this year, fuelling the share rise on AIM, London’s junior stockmarket.

Quindell’s interim chairman, David Currie, installed after its founder, Rob Terry, was unceremoniously removed late last year in a bid to restore investor confidence, described the move as a “landmark”, one which would allow it to “move forward with renewed purpose”.

The company, described by the Financial Times recently as an “unusual collection of loosely related insurance, technological and legal businesses piled on top of a golf club” has struggled with a share price tumble, losing over £2 billion in market value last year  prompting industrywide speculation it was running out of cash.

A Price WaterhouseCoopers report was commissioned last year to investigate the company’s much-weaker-than-expected financial results and while this report has yet to be made public, a preliminary statement on the review provided by Quindell on Monday found that “accounting practices in some parts of the group were described as “largely acceptable but are at the aggressive end of acceptable practice”.

The company was listed on AIM in May 2011 via a reverse merger as a small technology company, and moved quickly to buy up a series of companies servicing the motor industry insurance industry.

The company’s pledge was to build a multiplatform, one-stop shop provider of services, from car hire, legal advice and medical assessments, aimed at “revolutionising” and slashing costs to the car insurance industry. Companies swallowed up by Quindell included a Mobile Doctors business to offer nursing, occupational therapy and psychological assessments for drivers and passengers as well as the acquisition of two legal firms and a car repair business.

The company grew rapidly in its first year but was enveloped in turmoil in 2014 after a New York-based research company launched a scathing, short-selling attack and a series of controversial share sales and resulted in the board’s decision to shake up management from the top down.

While some observers have hailed the company’s model as a compelling investment story, other commentators are unconvinced by both the business model and the company’s rapid growth.

They argue that while Quindell provides the full gamut of services to the insurance industry when a claim is made, it still has to pay the insurer upfront for car crash cases and then it takes aslong as six months to receive payment once the claim is resolved.

“This means that though the outsourcing group reported revenue of £380 million in 2013, it generated operating cash of just £10 million” the  Daily Telegraph in London reported.

Concern has also been raised over a previous venture founded by Rob Terry in 2000. As chief executive of the newly created insurance software firm The Innovation Group, he led the company in a similarly rapid expansion campaign just before the dotcom bubble burst. Similarly to Quindell, this company too became involved in a complex reverse takeover.

However valuations, despite its well-received technology, were affected and Terry left the company three years after in the wake of a share price collapse.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2015: Omar Musa, Suzanne McCourt and Christine Piper hit it big with debut works

Rapper and poet Omar Musa has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin. Photo: Jay Cronan
Nanjing Night Net

Rapper and poet Omar Musa has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin. Photo: Jay Cronan

Rapper and poet Omar Musa has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin. Photo: Jay Cronan

Rapper and poet Omar Musa has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin. Photo: Jay Cronan

Elizabeth Harrower: Miles Franklin contender for a novel written in the 1960s. Photo: Lidia Nikonova

Elizabeth Harrower: Miles Franklin contender for a novel written in the 1960s. Photo: Lidia Nikonova

Elizabeth Harrower: Miles Franklin contender for a novel written in the 1960s. Photo: Lidia Nikonova

Elizabeth Harrower: Miles Franklin contender for a novel written in the 1960s. Photo: Lidia Nikonova

Queanbeyan rapper and poet Omar Musa is among three debut novelists featured on the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist. Suzanne McCourt and Christine Piper, who won the Vogel Literary Prize last year, are also first-time novelists.

At the other end of the spectrum, Elizabeth Harrower is longlisted for the first time at the age of 87, for a novel she wrote in the 1960s but withdrew from publication in 1971. After that she didn’t publish again. The only award Harrower has won is the 1996 Patrick White Award. However, she allowed publication of In Certain Circles last year and, with the reissue of her four earlier novels, it has brought her a late burst of admiration in Australia and overseas.

“There are many wonderful things in this novel,” wrote Andrew Riemer in The Sydney Morning Herald review of In Certain Circles. “Harrower’s skill in evoking a place is impressive. Her eye for oddities of behaviour, for quirks of character and for patches of pretentiousness is as sure as ever. The wry intelligence of her view of middle-class Australian life is evident throughout. Her writing is characteristically sharp and pithy. Whatever the reason behind her decision not to allow this novel to be released four decades ago, its rebirth is an event to be celebrated.”

Eight of the 10 nominees are women, also including award-winning veterans Joan London and Sonya Hartnett. Many of the books deal with forms of domestic violence, child abuse and broken families, reflecting a trend in fiction – and sadly, in society.

State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian and one of the judges, Richard Neville, described the list: “From a contemporary rap symphony [Musa] and a 1950s polio clinic love affair [London], to the suburban father too good to be true [Hartnett] and the spiritual journey of an Antarctic supply ship [Parrett], this year’s Miles Franklin longlist showcases the extraordinary vitality and range of recent Australian fiction.”

“Interestingly, a number of the novels are written from the child’s perspective, with unravelling families, or families in tension, driving the narratives,” he said.

The longlist of 10 authors competing for the $60,000 prize is:

Elizabeth Harrower, In Certain Circles

Sonya Hartnett, Golden Boys

Sofie Laguna, The Eye of the Sheep

Joan London, The Golden Age

Suzanne McCourt, The Lost Child

Omar Musa, Here Come the Dogs

Favel Parrett, When the Night Comes

Christine Piper, After Darkness

Craig Sherborne, Tree Palace

Inga Simpson, Nest

This year’s judging panel also includes The Australian’s Murrary Waldren, Sydney bookseller Lindy Jones, Queensland Writers’ Centre founding chair Craig Munro and Emeritus Professor Susan Sheridan.

The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957 for a novel that is “of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases”. The shortlist will be released on Monday May 18 and the winner will be announced on June 23.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Mother-of-four Salwa Haydar stabbed to death, husband refused bail

Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Bexley on Tuesday morning. Photo: Nick Moir Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Bexley on Tuesday morning. Photo: Nick Moir
Nanjing Night Net

Police in front of the Bexley home where a woman was stabbed to death and her daughter was injured. Photo: Nick Moir

Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Bexley on Tuesday morning. Photo: Nick Moir

Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Bexley on Tuesday morning. Photo: Nick Moir

Do you know more? Email [email protected]南京夜网.au

A man has been charged with stabbing his wife to death and injuring his teenage daughter during a violent domestic incident at a southern Sydney home on Monday night.

Haydar Haydar, 58, faced court on Tuesday morning after the mother of his four children, Salwa Haydar, 45, died from a number of stab wounds in their Bexley home.

The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Ola, is believed to have called triple-0 about 6.45pm to say that her mother had been stabbed and was unconscious.

The teenager was later taken to St George Hospital suffering serious injuries to her hand, police said.

Mr Haydar did not apply for bail in Kogarah Local Court on Tuesday and it was formally refused. He briefly looked to a group of supporters in court, who left in tears after police led him away.

Devastated relatives from Mrs Haydar’s village in Lebanon congregated at the end of Valda Street on Monday night, watching on as police and forensic officers taped off the red brick villa where the couple lived.

“She was from our village and she was a cousin to me,” one man told Fairfax Media.

“She was a nice woman, a hard worker,” he said.

Mr Haydar handed himself in to Kogarah police station on Monday night where he was later charged with murder and intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Relatives say the couple had only recently moved into the quiet cul-de-sac which backs onto Bardwell Valley Parklands.

In 2007 Mrs Haydar spoke to Fairfax Media about the day her mother Layla was killed by a missile attack as she tried to escape her village in Lebanon.

At the time she said her husband, Mr Haydar, was watching the news and learned that a convoy, of which her family was part, had been attacked.

“It was as if it was just yesterday,” she said. “It is still very hard on everyone. The people there are still suffering.”

In July 2006, several vehicles left the village of Aitaroun, one of the most bombed areas in south-east Lebanon, near the Israeli border. She said at the time her brother saw the first two cars ahead of them get attacked and realised their lives were in danger.

“They ran for safety in a small field,” she said. “A missile fell and killed my mum and injured my sister-in-law and niece.”

The family returned to the car and rushed the injured to Najm hospital, on the southern edge of Tyre.

A year later, Mrs Haydar said her family was still struggling to come to terms with the devastation. Salwa’s sister-in-law underwent  a number of operations for an injured arm while her niece will need plastic surgery.

Magistrate Christine Haskett adjourned Mr Haydar’s case until April 9 at Central Local Court.

The National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tippett tipped as a rising star

Former Swifts goal attack Gretel Tippett made her presence felt against her old side on Monday night. Photo: Rohan ThomsonQueensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz says the unorthodox nature of goal attack Gretel Tippett makes her one to watch.
Nanjing Night Net

Geitz had plenty of praise for the emerging attacker after the side’s 51-47 win over the NSW Swifts, Tippett’s former side, labelling her a “star of the future”.

Tippett played close to her most decisive role in the side’s win over the NSW Swifts on Monday night.

A former WNBL player, Tippett’s background shines through in the way she plays, sneaking in at least a couple of basketball style lay ups per game.

The 21-year-old shifted back to her home state of Queensland from the Swifts at the end of last year to be closer to her family.

Tippett brings an unpredictability to her game and not just in the eyes of her opponents, Geitz said.

“I don’t think she knows what she’s doing half the time,” she said.

“She’s just a freak.

“She’s prepared to do the hard work, dig in, listen, be open and that’s why I think she’s going to go a long way.”

Geitz said the raw talent of Tippett made her an exciting prospect for the side.

“I think the thing with Grets is she’s so unorthodox,” she said.

“While she’s learning more and more about the game, setting screens, which you can see happening in her game,  she’s still got this amazing athletic ability that not many goal attacks have.

“She’s physically so strong and fast.”

Tippett was one of a number of Firebirds who pulled off critical moves in the match against the Swifts to seal the game for Queensland, a fact that Geitz was quick to praise.

Her combination with Jamaican shooter Romelda Aiken continues to improve as they spend more time on court together.

It was the defensive efforts of the Firebirds across the court against the Swifts  that proved the difference, from Tippett to midcourters Kimberley Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson.

The latter pair proved pivotal in the early stages, with Simpson finishing with a team-high four intercepts.

Goal defence Clare McMeniman did a sensational shutdown job on Diamonds shooter Susan Pettitt, a vital match-up win for Queensland in the tight contest.

Going into half time and three-quarter time the two sides could not be split and it took two runs of three unanswered goals from Aiken in the final quarter to keep the visitors at bay.

The Firebirds can leapfrog the Swifts into second place on the ANZ Championship with a win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday at home.

“I think we’re in a great position,” Geitz said.

“I think it’s a good thing now that we’ve had our bye and we can just gather momentum and keep working forward.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The Daily Show new host Trevor Noah a global option to replace Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart will soon finish his hosting duties on satirical news program The Daily Show. Photo: Comedy CentralWhen Jon Stewart announced he would soon retire from The Daily Show back in February, it unleashed both a cacophony of grief from fans (at levels usually reserved for a celebrity death or fall of an empire), and frenzied speculation in the United States about who among the nation’s comedians could possibly fill Stewart’s enormous shoes.
Nanjing Night Net

The Daily Show is not just a TV show, it’s an American institution: beloved by the young and progressive, hated by the right, a rare chance to see politicians and news anchors expertly filleted and mocked, and a genuine source of news, ranking in popularity alongside serious newspapers and websites.

So it was surprise to many when on Monday morning, news broke that the new host wasn’t to be an American at all.

When Stewart finishes up in the role later this year, he will be replaced by Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who has built up a strong profile on the global comedy circuit with his distinct riffs on race, identity and culture. Noah, who has done three guest spots on The Daily Show in the past year, was born in South Africa to a black Xhosa mother and white Swiss father. His routines have explored his childhood growing up as a mixed-race child under apartheid, where his mother would have to drop his hand in public in front of police so she would not be identified as having a biracial son.

“It was horrible for me, I felt like a bag of weed” he now jokes.

Noah, 31, is both earnest and irreverent, political but not always politically correct. In his appearances on The Daily Show – he’s appeared three times in guest spots –  he’s turned his wit to taking digs at the ignorant way Africa is perceived in the West, and the hypocritical way the rest of the world sometimes views issues like African poverty or violence, while ignoring such problems in their own countries.

“You know what African mothers tell their children everyday?” Noah said on the show. “Be grateful for what you have, because there are fat children starving in Mississippi.”

 

As news of his appointment spread today reaction seemed to shift quickly from confusion (“Trevor who?”), to disappointment that a woman had not been hired, to pleasant surprise at Noah’s impressive but little-known body of work.

Some have said his appearances on The Daily Show were a little hit and miss, but there’s been near universal praise for his stand-up comedy, like this widely shared clip of his appearance on Live at the Apollo.

 

While lampooning American ignorance may be a key part of Noah’s comedy arsenal, his appointment as The Daily Show host is being welcomed as a positive sign about the slow but sure growing diversity on American television, and the willingness to embrace a performer with a truly international perspective.

The announcement comes at a time when American television is starting to look and sound more and more like American society – an immigrant nation that is diverse in so many ways. Strong black female characters helm dramas like Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Asian Americans are the stars – not the sidekicks – on the primetime sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, while transgender actress Laverne Cox is a breakout star of Orange is the New Black. Larry Wilmore, an African-American comedian, recently launched his own late night talk show on Comedy Central, The Nightly Show, where race is front and centre of political humour.

It’s not a utopian, post-racial culture by any means, and some networks and genres have been more progressive than others. But change is underway, slowly. Now, it has reached late night talk shows, a genre where older, white men have long dominated.

Some commentators have today raised questions about whether Noah, who has lived in the US for a limited period, will be able to continue The Daily Show’s laser focus on the intricacies of local politics, particularly as the US prepares for another presidential election. Stewart was as much a astute political junkie as he was comedian. In this respect, Noah is perceived as something of a gamble.

But his appointment also follows the success of another Daily Show breakout star, John Oliver, a British comedian whose outsider takes on American politics and culture behind the desk at Last Week Tonight on HBO have proved a huge success with both their local television audience and a broader international audience online. Like Oliver, Noah’s brand of comedy doesn’t try to ingratiate himself with Americans by erasing his different background. Instead he puts difference and outsider observations at the heart of his comedy itself, holding a sometimes unflattering mirror up to his new home, as well as the rest of the world.

“You have to wonder if there’s been an Oliver Effect,” asked Time magazine today, “showing the appeal and potential of taking a more global perspective on what is, after all, a very large news world.”

While many people (Australians chief among them) like to stereotype Americans as parochial, ignorant and comically inward-looking, the success of comedians like Noah reveals a far more nuanced picture is emerging.

It’s one that should perhaps have Australian audiences questioning what progress we have made in our own country when it comes to putting diverse, challenging voices on television.  No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show! — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

need2know: Wall St bounce to spur ASX

Local shares are set to open up as a wave of mergers in the biotechnology sector has driven Wall Street sharply higher.
Nanjing Night Net

What you need2know

• SPI futures up 54 points to 5905

• AUD at 76.41 US cents, 91.92 Japanese yen, 70.68 Euro cents and 51.65 British pence

• In late trade, S&P 500 +1.3%, Dow +1.6%, Nasdaq +1.1%

• In Europe, Stoxx 50 +1.3%, FTSE +0.5%, CAC +1%, DAX +1.8%

• Spot gold down $US12.57 or 1.1% to $US1185.98 an ounce

• Iron ore alips 0.9% to $US52.69 per tonne

• Brent oil down 20 US cents or 0.4% to $US56.21 a barrel

What’s on today

Australia weekly consumer confidence index, private sector credit, new home sales; US Case Shiller home prices, ADP national employment figures; UK GDP.

Stocks to watch

Trading ex dividend today: AP Eagers,ARB Corp, BPS Technology, Genesis Energy, Lycopodium, Metlifecare, SG Fleet, Sealink Travel Group, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Virtus Healthcare.

Commonwealth Bank upgraded Bank of Queensland to “overweight” with a price target of $14.50, up from $12.30 a share previously.

Deutsche Bank retains a “buy” on James Hardie Industries and a target price of $18.55 a share.

Currencies

The euro slumped against the US dollar on worries over whether Greece would secure aid before it runs out of cash in three weeks.

The single currency was down 0.7 per cent against the greenback at $US1.0813. This brings its quarterly decline to 10.6 per cent, which would be its largest since the fourth quarter of 1992.

The dollar index, a gauge of the greenback’s value against a basket of currencies, climbed 0.8 per cent at 98.054 after back-to-back weeks of losses.

Commodities

Investors are bailing out of commodity funds at the fastest pace on record, and the exodus shows no signs of ending.  US exchange-traded funds linked to broad baskets of raw materials saw a net outflow of $US919 million over the first three months of the year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Nickel hit its lowest price in nearly six years on worries over faltering demand for stainless steel and record inventories, while copper recovered part of Friday’s loss of nearly 2 per cent. London Metal Exchange (LME) nickel ended down 3.1 per cent at $US12,880 a tonne.

Teck Resources and Antofagasta are exploring a merger that would create one of the world’s largest copper producers, people with knowledge of the matter said. The companies have held early-stage talks.

United States

US stocks have rebounded from a sharp decline last week, helped by deal activity, especially in healthcare. Major indexes each lost more than 2 per cent last week. All ten primary S&P 500 sectors are higher on Monday afternoon, with S&P energy, up 1.9 per cent and leading the way higher.

Also boosting investors’ risk appetite, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by hopes for more infrastructure spending and monetary policy easing.

Among the deals announced on Monday in the US, Teva Pharmaceutical said it would buy Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $US3.5 billion. Ireland’s Horizon Pharma said it would acquire Hyperion Therapeutics in an all-cash deal worth about $US1.1 billion.

The Commerce Department said on Monday that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, edged up 0.1 per cent last month after dropping 0.2 per cent in January.

Europe

European stocks rose on Monday, bouncing back from last week’s losses with tech shares rallying after merger talks in the industry spurred rallies in the sector.

“You don’t get rich by ‘shorting’ this market. There’s still plenty of M&A around,” said Toby Campbell-Gray, head of trading at Tavira Securities.

Shares in Italy’s World Duty Free sank 8.4 per cent after Swiss group Dufry offered 10.25 euros a share to buy the travel retailer, below Friday’s closing price. Dufry rose 8.5 per cent.

What happened yesterday

The Australian sharemarket suffered on Monday as the big four banks sold off in tandem with the major resources stocks, which were battered after iron ore and oil prices sunk over the weekend

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Wife of millionaire Sydney podiatrist Phillip Vasyli charged with his murder in Bahamas

Stabbed to death: Phillip Vasyli. Photo: phillipvasyli南京夜网The wife of millionaire Sydney podiatrist Phillip Vasyli has been charged with murdering her husband at their luxury home in the Bahamas, police have confirmed.
Nanjing Night Net

Donna Vasyli appeared before a magistrate’s court in the Bahamas’ capital Nassau on Monday, local time, where she was formally charged with one count of murder, a spokesman for the Royal Bahamas Police Force prosecutions office said.

The 54-year-old was arrested last week following the stabbing murder of her husband, whose body was found at their luxury home in the gated community of Old Fort Bay on New Providence Island on March 24.

Mr Vasyli, who owned three podiatry clinics in Sydney and later founded the largest custom orthotic manufacturing laboratory in the southern hemisphere, suffered a single stab wound to his chest. A worker found his body just after 8am in the dining room of the home.

At the time the body was discovered, Acting Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Anthony Ferguson told reporters: “We suspect he was murdered some time during the course of the night.”

The spokesman for the Royal Bahamas Police Force prosecutions office told Fairfax Media that Mrs Vasyli appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Monday, local time, charged with one count of murder.

“She was not required to enter a plea due to the nature of the alleged offence,” he said.

Mrs Vasyli was being held in Her Majesty’s Prison in Nassau, before her next scheduled court appearance on May 20.

Mrs Vasyli and her husband, together with their adult children Aron and Lauren, ran a non-profit organisation, the Vasyli Foundation, which aimed to improve the health outcomes in poor and underprivileged communities around the world.

A short biography of Mrs Vasyli on the foundation’s website says she “has always been known for her kind soul and bright spirit”.

“Donna’s natural good will started her profession as a dental technician in Sydney, Australia before marrying Phillip and then raising their two children, Aron and Lauren,” the website says.

“Truly a nurturing soul who’s motherly instinct and caring values are the root of the family’s moral and traditional values.”

In a statement on Mr Vasyli’s website last week, the family said it was “deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Phillip Vasyli, who died this week at his home in the Bahamas”.

Mr Vasyli, who was living in the Bahamas with his wife, appeared to be revelling in the Carribean lifestyle, often posting photos on social media of beach scenes and sunsets.

His last post on social media was of a Caribbean sunset from what appears to be his home in the Bahamas with the acronym TGIF, for Thank God it’s Friday.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Germanwings plane crash: ‘The pain is almost unbearable’: grieving Australian family visit the crash site

Melbourne Germanwings plan crash victims Carol Friday and son Greig Friday. Photo: Supplied From left: Greig Friday, Carol Friday, Greig’s sister Alexandra and Carol’s husband Dave. Photo: Supplied
Nanjing Night Net

Greig and Carol Friday, with Dave and Alexandra. Photo: Supplied.

From left: Pippa Coram (Greig’s cousin), Greig Friday, Alie Friday (Greig’s sister) and Georgie Coram (cousin).

Grieivng:(From left) Pippa Coram, Mal Coram and Georgie Coram in Le Vernet. Photo: Nick Miller

Lubitz treated for suicidal tendenciesCo-pilot told captain ‘You can go now’Andreas Lubitz’s girlfriend ‘pregnant’78 strands of DNA found at site

Mal Coram saw the mountain that took his sister and nephew. He had brought flowers. And he marked the occasion with a personal goodbye, whispered to the blue sky and snow-striped range beneath it, and the stone memorial at his feet.

“You just sort of look at it and say a few words,” he said on Monday. “Like ‘I love you. I love you forever’.”

“That’s all you can do, is say it over and over again. What else can you say?”

Mr Coram came with his daughters Pippa and Georgie and son-in-law Michael to France on behalf of their extended family to say farewell to Carol Friday, 68, and her son Greig, 29, the two Australians among the 150 who died when Germanwings flight 4U9525 came down in the Alps.

“I now know the true meaning of the words grief stricken,” Mr Coram said in a prepared statement read to the Australian media at Le Vernet, the closest village to the crash site.

A stone marker has been erected there for grieving families, in a field overshadowed by the stark peaks of the Alpine range hit by the diving plane.

There was some comfort to be found in the stunning scenery around them.

“I think the fact that it’s such a beautiful place… both Carol and Greig loved the outdoors,” Georgie said. “You know their final resting place is at least somewhere beautiful.”

The family’s grief was obvious in the way they held onto each other for support, embracing in shared comfort and pain.

“The pain is almost unbearable,” Georgie told Fairfax.

The family carried tributes from family and friends: poems, photos and other mementos of Australia to leave as a memorial in a foreign land. They will return to the memorial on Tuesday to read the poems and messages, and to leave paintings that Carol made of the Australian bush.

“I felt the need to come here,” Mr Coram said. “I have a need to see the crash site and pay my respects to my sister and nephew.”

“My family suffers this loss terribly. My brother-in-law and niece are both too devastated to travel here today.”

Dave, husband to Carol for 34 years, is being looked after by his siblings in Australia as he grieves. He helped compose the words that Mr Coram read out at Le Vernet.

Mr Coram also added words from Greig’s partner, who asked not to be named.

“Life has taught us a tough lesson. The lesson is, enjoy every bit of what we have for we don’t know when it is going to be taken away from us.”

Mr Coram said Carol and Greig’s death had “left a hole in our family that will probably never be filled”.

“She was the linchpin of the entire family,” he said. “My life-long travelling companion and my mate.”

“She was a unique and compassionate person, who always welcomed and accepted others, no matter their background.”

Carol’s son Greig inherited those same “beautiful values”, he said, always thinking of others.

Greig was his godson. His daughters considered him not just a cousin, but a best friend and “soul mate for their whole lives”.

Georgie and Pippa are devastated by the loss of their aunt, and cousin.

Ms Friday, a child and maternal health nurse with the City of Casey in Melbourne, and Mr Friday, a graduate acoustics engineer, were on their way to meet Pippa Coram in Germany, where she lives, when the plane came down.

They were on holidays together before Mr Friday started his two-year stint in Europe where he was going to teach English in France.

The family’s thoughts on the man who caused this grief, the flight’s co-pilot, are a mixture of fury and disbelief.

“My two brothers are back in Australia still in denial,” Mr Coram said. “We have decided to treat this as an accident at this stage and thus deny the perpetrator his wishes.”

Georgie explained: “I think the enormity of it right now, with that added emotion was too much for us at this stage. Maybe down the track we’ll be able to process the anger which comes up with thinking that someone did this on purpose and that it’s essentially murder.”

But Mr Coram said there was “no point being angry because it’s happened.

He spared a thought for the parents of the co-pilot. “You feel sorry for (them),” he said. “How would you feel if your child did that?”

He hopes to come back in September, when there is a road out to the crash site and he can get closer to it. Other family members will visit in coming months, he said.

While in the Alps, the family plans to talk to French prosecutors who are investigating the crash.

The family wanted to thank the people who helped them make the journey around the world: Australian Federal Police, the government, and the “sincere and supportive” captain and crews of the Lufthansa and Qantas flights they have been on in recent days.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

« Previous PageNext Page »