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Amanda Seyfried reveals she is expecting her first child

Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried have been engaged since September. Photo: Kevin MazurAmanda Seyfried is no stranger to the red carpet but at a Givenchy press event, her appearance left people talking. Launching the Live Irrésistible fragrance, the 30-year-old spokeswoman took the chance to announce that she was expecting her first child with fiance and fellow actor Thomas Sadoski.
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Clad in a sheer black mini-dress, there was no mistaking her baby bump.

The couple, who first met while working together on the off-Broadway show The Way We Get By, started their relationship when they reunited on the set of The Last Word. The pair confirmed their engagement in September, six months after they started dating   Baby bump alert!   #AmandaSeyfried is pregnant! The actress is expecting her first child with fiancé Thomas Sadoski. | Sylvain Gaboury/GivenchyA photo posted by People Magazine (@people) on Nov 29, 2016 at 5:37pm PST

The actress has not been shy when it come to speaking about the prospect of parenthood, revealing her desire to be a mother in an interview with Marie Claire UK last year.

“I keep feeling like my eggs are dying off. I need to get on it… I want a child. Badly,” she said.

“‘I want to be a mother, badly. That’s what I feel. I’ve been feeling it for like, two years. I’m not ready but nobody’s ready. It changes everything… so how you can ever be ready for that?”

Speaking toE! about wedding plans when she was with long-term partner Justin Long (the pair split last year), the star also revealed that she definitely wishes to have at least two children in the next few years.

The actress is no stranger to an on-screen wedding but it will be her first time down the aisle in real life.

“I got married so many times in my life – on screen! I don’t want a white dress! I’ve worn so many of them,” she said.

“The fact is, that kind of stuff is less about the ceremony and more about the commitment. So it’s like children. That’s where it’s at, right? For me. But it’s different for everybody. I’d like to have one in the next four or five years. And the second one can happen between 35 and 40. Or I can adopt… It’s fine. I definitely want to a couple kids.”

It will be the second time down the aisle for Sadoski, with the 40-year-old Newsroom actor previously married to actress Kimberly Hope.

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Bella Hadid bumps into her ex The Weeknd on the Victoria’s Secret runway

Every ex’s dream: Bella Hadid bumping into her ex The Weeknd on the Victoria’s Secret runway in Paris on Wednesday. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris One of the most covered up people to take to the catwalk was Irina Shayk, 30, who is rumoured to be expecting her first child with boyfriend, Bradley Cooper. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain
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Sisters Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid pose backstage. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain

Auckland’s Georgia Fowler making her VS debut. She is sister’s with Kate Fowler, who is Merivale boss Justin Hemmes’ partner. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

Fifty-one of the world’s most sought-after models took to the runway at the Grand Palais in Paris on Wednesday for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016.

The multi-million dollar line-up included 21-year-olds Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who both returned to the show for a second year, while Hadid’s younger sister Bella, 20, made her walking debut alongside the likes of VS veterans Alessandra Ambrosio, 35, and Behati Prinsloo, 28.

One of the most covered-up people to take to the glitter-strewn catwalk was Irina Shayk, 30, who is rumoured to be expecting her first child with boyfriend, Bradley Cooper.

The Russian did nothing to allay whispers that she was with child when she concealed her stomach for both runway appearances with a trench coat and a red fringe robe.

Performing at the 20th anniversary show were ​Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd, 26, who had a rather awkward encounter with his underwear-clad ex-girlfriend, Bella, who he reportedly split from in the last few weeks.

As the Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, belted out Starboy he turned to serenade her as she sauntered past in a grey lace teddy with matching sheer cloak (let’s face it, how every ex-girlfriend dreams of bumping into her former significant other).

However, it was reported, “she didn’t return his coy glances instead looked coolly straight ahead.”

“You are in my way, please move,” she probably did not tell him as she sashayed past.

There was plenty of eye-catching lingerie on display throughout the show’s six themed sections: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel and Bright Night Angel.

With 2014 revenue estimated at $9.7 billion, money is clearly no object when a $4million emerald and diamond encrusted Fantasy Bra worn by Jasmine Tookes, 25, steals the show. She was passed on the honour from Lily Aldridge, 31, who wore it last year in New York City.

Australia was represented by Perth-born Bridget Malcolm, 25, who said she was “beyond thankful” for the opportunity to walk in the show for a second year in a row, while it was third-time lucky for Swedish-Australian model, Kelly Gale, 21.

Malcolm wore VS’s Pink range exclusively – think cheerleader-chic with knee-high socks, letterman jackets and crop tops, while Gale swanned out in a grey two-piece with feather embellishments.

Merivale millionaire Justin Hemmes also had a connection to “the most watched fashion show in the world” when his partner Kate Fowler’s sister made her debut.

Georgia Fowler from Auckland, New Zealand, daughter of professional golfer, Peter “Chook” Fowler, said she was “living the dream” and also gave a shout-out to her mum and dad who flew to Paris to be her “biggest fans”.

What do the models do once the catwalk wraps? Party.

“I’m planning to let loose and have some champagne and dance,” Tookes told the Telegraph.co.uk. “It’s going to be good.”

But for Jenner, after “training like an angel” for all of those weeks, there was only one thing on her mind post-show.

“Burger please,” she wrote on Instagram.

You can watch the show on December 5 in the US and December 8 in Australia on Channel Nine.

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Baird government has no industry support for privatisation of land titles registry

There are 3.5 million certificates of title in NSW, each one proving the ownership of a parcel of land. Photo: Mark Merton Staff at NSW’s Land and Property Information protested the government’s privatisation plans in June. Photo: Public Service Association
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The Commonwealth Bank would not confirm or deny whether it’s reconsidering its confidence in the land titles system, ahead of the sale. Photo: Glenn Hunt

 

The Baird government is charging ahead with its land titles registry sell-off, despite having no support from peak professional bodies across the state’s property sector.

It comes amid the Commonwealth Bank’s refusal to confirm or deny claims it is reconsidering its confidence in the integrity of the land titles system, which underpins the state’s economy.

A Fairfax Media survey of peak bodies including the NSW branches of the Property Owners Association, Real Estate Institute, and Property Council of Australia, found nine out of 11 believed the privatisation process should be stopped. Two were uncertain or neutral.

“Not only would the homeowner have to pay extra insurance of $900 or more to compensate for the loss of confidence in the government’s guarantee, but surveyors, lawyers and other professionals would be forced to pass on additional fees as their costs shoot up,” said Michael Green, president of Institution of Surveyors NSW.

The survey also found nine out of 11 felt they hadn’t been adequately consulted about the sale of the Land and Property Information unit (LPI), which keeps the official record of land ownership. Two were uncertain or neutral.

“It is disgraceful there was no consultation with key stakeholders and the community,” said John Gilmovich, president of POANSW.

The government is planning to splash the speculated $1.5 billion proceeds from the 35-year concession of the LPI on sports stadiums, despite an oversupply of sporting infrastructure capacity.

The peak bodies expressed concerns about higher costs to home buyers, increased risk of fraud and threat to personal data security, under a privately-run monopoly geared towards making a profit.

“Our biggest concern is that it is a very profitable government body that just needs a revamp … and due to the nature of the data it collects it should be part of the government’s drive for free, open data,” said John Cunningham, president of REINSW.

“Privatising it puts that initiative at risk and exposes the public to private information risk.”

The government is currently collecting the first round of bids. It wasn’t slowed down by the UK government’s final decision to permanently abandon plans to sell its registry on November 23.

It also wasn’t hindered by the recent F6 land titles bungle which saw more than 200 families unknowingly buy homes that could be knocked down for a freeway. Banks watching closely

Opposition finance spokesman Clayton Barr said a senior Commonwealth Bank employee told him the bank – the country’s top mortgage lender – was reconsidering its confidence in the integrity of the land titles system, and this process had begun before the F6 bungle came to light.

Banks use titles as security for a customer to obtain a loan to buy real estate.

A CBA spokesman said it would not confirm, deny or comment on the claim.

Rival big bank ANZ said it was aware of the process and awaiting the outcome. An NAB spokesman said it was awaiting further details on potential changes from the NSW registrar.

“We will review our practices accordingly when that information is received,” the NAB spokesman said.

A Westpac spokesman said it hasn’t identified any issues with the proposal.

Labor is firmly opposed to the LPI sale, saying it doesn’t make sense to privatise an income-generating asset that pays for teachers, nurses and police.

“Why do we need to sell it off? We don’t need to go down an avenue of selling everything off, particularly assets that earn money and perform very well,” shadow treasurer Ryan Park said on ABC Radio’s Mornings with Wendy Harmer.Government on the defence

Neither Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian or Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet would say whether they were reconsidering the privatisation of the LPI, which turns a steady $50 million profit each year.

The government is not releasing the scoping study, citing “cabinet in confidence”. It’s understood it has consulted the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The legislation allowing the transaction, passed in September, shows there will be contractual agreements between the government and the private operator, which will include government oversight through the Registrar General.

Ms Berejiklian said the scoping study concluded the private sector was in a better position to run the LPI and invest in technology.

“The government is confident this process will result in better outcomes for customers, industry and the taxpayers,” she said.

“Sydney needs world class sporting facilities to attract national and international events, and investment in infrastructure has widespread economic benefits.”

There is an emphasis on technology despite the LPI’s own claims that it is “one of the most robust and reliable land title systems in the world” that “continuously reviews and applies world best practice security measures”.

She said prices of regulated services will only go up by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the government will have step-in powers.

But some of the peak bodies have their doubts, with one survey respondent saying: “We have seen with the gas industry that it is easy to get increases beyond CPI. The private operator can also introduce new products or re-brand existing products and in which cases price increases will be able to exceed CPI.”

After two attempts in two years, the UK Government ditched its privatisation plans, saying the land registry “should focus on becoming a more digital data-driven registration business, and to do this will remain in the public sector.”

Infrastructure funds Hastings, The Carlyle Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, are among the potential buyers. Paper titles killed off

Banks are quietly destroying paper land titles and replacing them with electronic certificates, as a result of a national push to electronic conveyancing on the PEXA system.

PEXA is owned by state governments, the ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac, Macquarie Bank and private equity.

The Public Service Association has raised concerns about the potential conflict of interest and is demanding the LPI sale be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

“The channelling of electronic conveyancing into a company in which the Baird government has an interest is a glowing example of our concerns,” the PSA said.

“As far as the LPI sale is concerned, the PSA has again not seen a business case or cost benefit analysis that explains why such a well run and profitable government service should be privatised.”

Other respondents to Fairfax Media’s survey were: Australian Institute of Conveyancers NSW, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute NSW, Australian Valuers Institute, Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW, Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NSW Country Surveyors Association, and Real Estate Association of NSW.

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NSW Labor MP Ron Hoenig calls for a parliamentary inquiry into children’s soccer

Ron Hoenig is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into youth soccer in NSW. Photo: Nick Moir Little boy in shorts and trainers with his foot resting on top of a soccer ball on green grass with copyspace GENERIC soccer, sport field
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In the NPL youth league, the eastern suburbs Dunbar Rovers provides free football to elite youth players. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

A NSW Labor MP is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into children’s soccer to expose “the scandalous exploitation of local children and their parents”.

The Member for Heffron, Ron Hoenig, first addressed parliament in August this year, after learning that parents in his electorate were paying fees of up to $1100 for children as young as six to play at clubs in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association.

More than 150,000 children aged between five and 17 play grassroots soccer in NSW.

“Football clubs utilising council grounds, which in the past have been community-based [and] run by volunteers, have now outsourced coaching to profit-making soccer academies,” he said. “These private academies have infiltrated this children’s sport, exploiting parents into paying huge fees under the belief that if they pay, one day their child will play for Manchester United.”Mr Hoenig has highlighted the Heffron Hawks as one junior club that has engaged coaching services from a private soccer academy named Soccer De Brazil, where he is aware of children as young as six paying fees of $1100.

A spokesperson for Heffron Hawks said it introduced optional academy coaches to “raise the standard of training,” to which parents and players responded positively.

“Now…we offer two strands of teams, the traditional parent-coached teams and professionalyl-coached teams. The parent and players have complete choice, and nobody is forced into choosing one or the other.”

Soccer De Brazil declined to comment on its coaching with any specific clubs, however the Brazilian futsal academy said its coaches were “engaged by some clubs to coach their development programs.”

The rise of academies was raised at an Eastern Suburbs Football Association meeting on Monday, amid a discussion of proposals to address the cost of football.

“We are very concerned that for-profit groups are effectively being granted subsidised access to public grounds, while not-for-profit clubs struggle to find places to train and play,” ESFA president Sean Fenton told Fairfax Media.”The median total registration fee for an under-six player in our association is $280…we don’t think that charging nearly four times the median registration fee is reasonable.”

This week Mr Hoenig wrote to Randwick and Centennial Parklands councils, urging them to allocate playing fields “to community-based sports clubs run by volunteers in preference to any organisation that outsources or employs a soccer academy”.

His call for a parliamentary inquiry follows a Fairfax Media report into elite youth football, which raised questions about fees of up to $2400 being used to fund player wages for first grade teams.

“Everyone knows premier league clubs are running expensive junior representative football solely to put their first grade teams on the park…but now we are talking about parents paying huge fees…in the grassroots community game,” Mr Hoenig said, pointing to “poor administration” within Football NSW.

“Football NSW is a hopeless, incompetent vested interest organisation that is not fit and proper to be in charge of a junior sport.”

In its National Premier League and Youth League competitions, Football NSW sets strict rules banning clubs and players from participating in ‘non-sanctioned programs,’ such as academies, as it “cannot ensure” the delivery or quality of coaches.

However the same rule does not apply in the grassroots competition.

“Associations are separate legal entities to Football NSW and are able to make their own rules,” a Football NSW spokesperson said.

“Football NSW has rules in place that prevent grassroots clubs which have an affiliation with private academies in competition age groups from participating in competitions directly run by Football NSW.”

In response to Mr Hoenig’s allegation that Football NSW is “hopeless and incompetent”, the governing body said it thanked Mr Hoenig for sharing his views.”

As the president of Pagewood Football Club for the past 10 years, George Lundy said he had seen community club football “diminish greatly”.”The problem comes from the top of Football NSW, in regards to the programs they implemented five or six years ago; particularly the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP).”

The program for children aged 9-12 is said to “underpin” the NSW men’s and women’s National Premier League competitions.

“It used to be that your kid didn’t enter elite football until 13, but when the SAP started they could enter at under-9,” Mr Lundy said.

“This provided an opportunity for academies to approach parents, and say, I can get your kids into the SAP and premier league if you do my expensive program. “

Roy Belcher, a former president of ESFA from 2001 to 2008 and the current chairman of Waverley Football Club, said grassroots football’s biggest problem was a lack of coaches.

“We’ve got 150,000 kids playing the game in NSW and there’s just not enough quality coaches. That’s why academies are moving in.”

Mr Belcher said $1800 fees set by Football Federation of Australia for compulsory coaching licenses were “ridiculous” and turning away would-be coaches.

“I think there is a mentality at both Football NSW and the FFA that elite junior football [is needed to identify] the next Harry Kewell,” he said.

“But it’s not about having all these expensive academies making promises to a young family. What is required is that at a community level the game has good quality coaches…”

Director of junior football at the Redfern Raiders Nicholas Procopiadis said he employed an academy to administer coaching four years ago, resulting in fees in excess of $2500.

“But after a year I got away from it, I could see it was profiteering. They just want to sell everything, they don’t want to cater to those who aren’t able to afford it.”

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