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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James Packer’s Hollywood partner Steven Mnuchin joins Trump’s White House team

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, talking with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower on Wednesday. Photo: Evan VucciJames Packer’s career as a pop groupie might be over, but his political influence is growing with one of his Hollywood business partners, Steven Mnuchin, announced as Donald Trump’s pick for the job of US Treasury secretary.
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Despite Trump’s anti-Wall Street rhetoric, Mnuchin would become the third Goldman Sachs alumnus to head the US Treasury since the 1990s – the same firm that produced our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Mnuchin and other cabinet appointees will face senate hearings in the weeks following the January 20 presidential inauguration.

It was not a surprise choice by Trump. Mnuchin was in charge of fundraising for Trump’s election campaign.

But it has not always been a smooth relationship either. In 2008, a Mnuchin company was among a group that Trump sued over a luxury hotel and condominium tower he was developing in Chicago. The case was settled out of court.

But Mnuchin’s most recent career has been as one of Packer’s business partners in Hollywood.

In 2013, Mnuchin merged his company Dune Entertainment with Packer’s RatPac Entertainment – a joint venture with film maker Brett Ratner.​

Ratpac-Dune announced plans to finance up to $US400 million worth of Warner films that year having already scored a big hit with Gravity which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

The connection now spreads Packer’s political influence across three continents. He has close ties to the family of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Packer’s private company has not responded to reports from Israel about the extent of those ties – which apparently include the Israeli PM using Packer’s neighbouring home for meetings, Mariah Carey concert tickets and joint holidays.

There was also a report that Packer has been seeking permanent residency in Israel.

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Nestlé scientists find method to cut sugar in chocolate

Cutting down on sugar while keeping their products sweet is the Holy Grail for food giants under pressure from health advocates and governments. Photo: Supplied The discovery of the sweeter sugar could give the KitKat maker an edge over its rivals. Photo: Jason Adlen
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Call it sugar lite.

Global food giant Nestlé announced on Wednesday that it had developed a type of sugar with markedly more sweetness, allowing the company to reduce the amount of sugar in its chocolates and lollies.

“It is sugar, but it is assembled differently so it can disassemble easily in your mouth with less going into your gastrointestinal tract,” said Dr Stefan Catsicas, the company’s chief technology officer.

The discovery could give the KitKat maker an edge as food producers face increasing pressure from governments, health advocates and shoppers to make products healthier.

Big food companies that also include Cadbury chocolates parent Mondelez International and PepsiCo are scrambling to create healthier products to reduce their reliance on treats laden with sugar and salt. It comes as the UK, Mexico and some US cities implement sugar taxes to help fight childhood obesity and diabetes, which affects four times as many people now than in 1980. The World Health Organization has said increasing the price of sugary drinks by 20 per cent would reduce consumption by a fifth.

Locally, both the Australian Medical Association and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges called for a sugar tax to tackle rising rates of obesity last month, fuelling the public debate of a sugar levy. ‘Holy grail’

Nestlé declined to fully explain the process as it is pursuing patents for it. But Catsicas compared a normal crystal of sugar to a shoe box, where the box is made of sugar and everything inside it is also made of sugar. The new sugar, he said, will be processed to have the same sugar exterior – though it may be a globe instead of a box – to dissolve in the mouth. Because less sugar is inside, less goes to the stomach.

Nestlé said the new sugar would be introduced in products starting in 2018, and that more details about it would be released next year.

If the new sugar lives up to its billing, it would represent a milestone in the food business’s never-ending quest for more healthful ways to sweeten products. Nestlé will initially use the product to reduce sugar in its confectionery lines by as much as 40 per cent, Catsicas said.

“Reducing sugar is the Holy Grail of food companies these days – but does it work?” said Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

Nestle, who has no connection to the company, said it was impossible to know how much promise the product has, particularly because sweets – which the food business prefers to call “confections” – are not the biggest source of sugar in the diet. The biggest culprits were soft drinks, and then “grain-based desserts”, she said.

Catsicas said Nestlé would have preferred to make the announcement after receiving patents and trademark protection. But he said the news was already leaking, and the company wanted to tell its own story rather than allowing someone else to do so.

Nestlé might eventually sell its new sugar to other food companies for use in their products, Catsicas said. But he added that “it is not something that can be mixed into your coffee.” It also cannot be used to sweeten soft drinks, the company said.

Nestlé, which, like many big food companies, is working to reduce the fat, salt and sugar in its products, previously developed a way to reduce fat in ice cream. Its “slow-churned” ice creams are processed in such a way that they require less fat.

“It’s all about thinking: How can I expose my sensory system to the taste I’m looking for but with the minimum of that ingredient – and without replacing it with something else,” Catsicas said.

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China to tighten controls on overseas investments

China’s central government has ordered tighter controls on offshore investments made by state-owned enterprises amid concerns over accelerating capital outflows.
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In a statement issued on Wednesday, China’s State Council, or cabinet, said it would establish stricter supervision on the acquisition and financing of state assets overseas, including changes in shareholdings, to ensure “the safe operation of overseas assets and to increase the value of assets”.

The move comes amid an environment where Beijing has stepped up efforts to control the flow of money offshore, with a resurgence of outflows in recent weeks weakening the Chinese yuan, adding to concerns about the resilience of the world’s second-largest economy.

There are growing government concerns that overseas acquisitions are being used to disguise capital flight, with authorities also curtailing options for individuals to invest overseas. Contemporaneous crackdowns on underground banks and foreign casinos – including Australia’s Crown Resorts – have also been linked to China’s increased scrutiny on capital flows.

While China’s foreign-exchange reserves remain over $US3 trillion ($4 trillion), net outflows have reached record levels and the yuan has fallen to eight-year lows against the greenback.

While details of specific curbs were not contained in the State Council’s statement, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have reported the government planned to suspend most foreign investment deals worth $US10 billion or more. It would also restrict overseas investments of at least $US1 billion for companies making acquisitions outside of their core business, as well as foreign real estate deals of more than $1 billion.

The curbs would last until the end of September 2017, Bloomberg reported, adding that regulators would pay extra attention to deals by highly leveraged firms and companies with poor return on assets.

Several government agencies have issued public statements this week to flag the greater scrutiny, including SAFE, the foreign exchange regulator, which said it would step up efforts to authenticate outbound investments and crack down on fake overseas transactions.

Chinese outbound direct investment was up 53 per cent to $145.96 billion year-on-year in October, according to China’s Commerce Ministry.

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Justin Hemmes snaps up Tennyson pub for $37.5m

Justin Hemmes’ empire now stretches from Sydney’s northern beaches to the CBD, the east and the south. Photo: Anna Kucera Ray White’s Andrew Jolliffe has sold the Tennyson Hotel to Justin Hemmes. Photo: Supplied
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Pub tsar Justin Hemmes has snapped up the Tennyson Hotel in Sydney’s Botany Road, Mascot, for $37.5 million – a record price for a hotel sale at a public auction.

It will cement the Merivale chain owner’s presence in Sydney’s suburban pub market, which is unaffected by the city-zoned lockout drinking regulations.

Mr Hemmes is expected to redevelop the site in the same way as his other properties to reflect the local demographic, which includes the nearby Green Square development.

His empire now stretches from Sydney’s northern beaches with his revamped Newport Arms, to the CBD with the Ivy and Establishment, the eastern suburbs with the Coogee Bay Pavilion and the recently re-opened Paddington Arms, and the inner-south with the Alexandria Hotel.

Ray White Hotels Asia-Pacific director Andrew Jolliffe said bidding for the Tennyson was “spirited” and the final price tag was the highest paid at auction for a freehold going concern to date.

“Justin Hemmes completely dominated the 250-person crowd,” Mr Jolliffe said.

He said the Tennyson was a popular multi-level hotel with 30 gaming machines. Notwithstanding its latest ranking at 87 in NSW, it required an upgrade and renovation plans designed by architect Paul Kelly had recently received development approval.

“Only a very small number of Top 100 gaming hotels have changed hands over the past few years, such is the vice-like grip the ever-diminishing number of consolidating ownership bodies hold on this particular asset class,” Mr Jolliffe said.

“The hotel, even in its currently unrenovated state, attracts in excess of $8 million in annual receipts from predominantly high gross profit margin revenue centres.” */]]>

The pub market is currently one of the hottest sectors in the property industry.

To take advantage of the demand, businessmen Geoff Dixon and John Singleton are selling two prized assets, the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown and Kinselas at Taylor Square, in Darlinghurst.

Mr Jolliffe, who is working on the two pub sales, said operators and traditional pub owners such as Mr Hemmes were coming back into the pub industry, which had once been dominated by investors.

He said the yields and the development upside that many of the pubs being sold were offering was the attraction.

Mr Jolliffe this week also sold Queensland’s largest hotel, The Acacia Ridge in Brisbane’s south west, to a Sydney-based fund for about $26 million.

Originally bought in 2014 for $16 million by Sydney hoteliers Peter Calligeros and partner Steve Farley, the hotel was marketed by Mr Jolliffe, together with CBRE Hotels agent Glenn Price.

Mr Jolliffe said the sale price was “directly indexed to the Acacia Ridge Hotel’s huge 18,000 square metre block, situated prominently on the very active Beaudesert Rd in the blue-collar industrial precinct of Acacia Ridge”.

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UFC superstar Conor McGregor ‘licence’ a step closer to Floyd Mayweather showdown

UFC living legend Conor McGregor has reportedly been issued a professional boxing license in the state of California.
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The move, if true, intensifies speculation that mixed martial arts king McGregor could lure undefeated square-ring champion Floyd Mayweather Jr out of retirement for an epic showdown. McGregor and Mayweather are two of the biggest names in world sport and a meeting between the two would go close to breaking all-time pay-per-view records.

Mayweather has featured in the three biggest boxing pay-per-views of all time including the record-breaking “Fight of the Century” in 2015 when he defeated fought Manny Pacquaio with 4.6 million paying TV viewers generating $400 million.

McGregor has headlined three of the four biggest UFC pay-per-view events, including the record-breaking UFC 202 when he took on Nate Diaz in a rematch of their first meeting in the welterweight division.

That event reportedly produced an unprecedented 1.65 million paid views.

The 28-year-old McGregor created UFC history last month when he became the first fighter to hold both the lightweight and featherweight titles when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

Mayweather, 39, is one of the greatest boxers of all time. A five-division world champion, he remained undefeated in his 49-fight career.

On Tuesday, he posted on social media a photo of a $100 million cheque in his name, received after the Pacquaio fight.

“Y’all still have to work however, I’m happily retired,” Mayweather wrote.   Gotta love these backseat drivers so worried about another man’s legacy instead of trying to write their own. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh. This is just one of my many checks, a cool $100,000,000.00 that I still have every dime of. Y’all still have to work however, I’m happily retired. At the end of the day, it’s them Benjamin Franklins that matter to me, so the jokes on you. I’ve made smart investments, sorry for those who thought that I couldn’t read, write, or count. Y’all call them watches, I call them time pieces. Y’all call them boats, I call them yachts. Y’all call them houses, I call them mansions. Y’all charter jets and we own jets. #TMTA photo posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Nov 28, 2016 at 11:42pm PST

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Trainer who used cattle prod on greyhound unlikely to face criminal charges

Greyhound racing at The Gardens in Newcastle, where the incident is alleged to have taken place. Photo: Marina Neil Investigation: retired Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy will sift through reams of evidence into the Keinbah trial track. Photo: Barry Chapman
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A trainer who allegedly used a 6000-volt prod on a greyhound will not be charged. Photo: Brook Mitchell

A trainer who allegedly used a cattle prod capable of emitting a 6000-volt shock on a greyhound in order to make it run faster is unlikely to face criminal charges after being disqualified from the industry.

Fairfax Media understands Robert Newstead won’t be subject to police prosecution or further scrutiny from the RSPCA after being banned for 15 months by Greyhound Racing NSW for his part in an incident at Newcastle’s The Gardens track in July 2012.

Video of the incident was also obtained by the ABC and GRNSW, the state’s industry regulator, referred the case to the authorities in July to see if criminal charges could be laid. But it’s understood that such a scenario is now considered unlikely.

Newstead will instead serve a lengthy disqualification from greyhound racing after an inquiry found him guilty of “shocking” a greyhound with the electric prod as a lure travelled past the starting boxes during a trialling session.

Newstead was charged by GRNSW with two offences in October and recently pleaded guilty at a hearing.

Due to his plea he was given a 25 per cent discount on his penalty. He will be able to apply for a licence, if he wishes, in early 2018.

The footage of the cattle prod incident emerged just weeks after the NSW government announced an imminent ban of greyhound racing in the state, which was later reversed.

Deputy Premier and Racing Minister Troy Grant, who flanked Premier Mike Baird during his announcement of a ban on greyhound racing, has since quit as NSW Nationals leader after the party lost the Orange by-election to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party candidate Philip Donato.

Newstead hasn’t started a greyhound in any race since April this year, more than two months before footage of the cattle prod incident emerged publicly.

GRNSW has engaged former top thoroughbred racing steward Ray Murrihy to sift through reams of evidence from an investigation into the Keinbah​ trial track, which was chaired by Sydney barrister Clive Steirn​, SC.

Steirn probed whether witnesses misled a GRNSW inquiry in evidence about the conduct of participants at the trialling facility. Dozens of bones were dug up at the site in July.

Murrihy served as Racing NSW’s chief steward for more than 20 years during a distinguished career lasting more than four decades across Australia.

He will determine whether any person figuring in evidence obtained in the Keinbah trial track investigation has breached the rules of GRNSW, which found no evidence to corroborate claims of animal welfare offences at the track during its own inquiry earlier this year.

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