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Facebook launches local news feature ???Today in’

Social media giant Facebook has launched a new product called “Today in” that aims to push local news and information to those with a profile on the platform.
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It’s understood this will be in addition to local news that already appears in Facebook’s News Feed and on publishers’ pages.

The feature is being tested initially across six US cities: New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington and Binghamton, New York.

It will include community updates, group discussions and local events, along with a local news component.

There are no plans yet for an international test, despite the new product launching as Facebook, along with other technology platforms such as Google, faces increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies across the world.

In December, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was formally directed by the government to investigate the role of these companies in spreading fake news stories and diverting advertising away from traditional media.

When he launched the inquiry, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said one part of the review would be the impact of the digital platform on the choice and quality of news and journalism available to the public.

“When you’re getting news articles, do you know enough about how they’re fashioned for you?” he said.

A Facebook spokeswoman at the time said it took its “role in the media ecosystem very seriously and invest significantly in products that support publishers”.

Anti-trust regulators in Israel are also looking into the platforms, while tensions have been seen across Europe.

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said it is his personal New Year’s resolution to “fix Facebook” in 2018, including the recruitment of experts to look at “questions of history, civics, political philosophy, media, government, and of course technology”.

Local news has been of enduring interest to Facebook. In David Kirkpatrick’s 2010 book The Facebook Effect, he said the rationale given by Mr Zuckerberg for the News Feed was that a “squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa”.

The Finkelstein Inquiry into media regulation found that by 2011, 60 per cent of Australians used the internet as a source of local news.

In December last year, Vivid Social calculated active Facebook users at 15 million in Australia.

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Victoria is owed millions: minister says

Victorian Health Minister Jill HennessyThe Victorian government hasannounced revised figures show the federal government owes them almost $2.3 million for services performedat Albury-Wodonga Health – up from the $940,000 the state government claimed previously.
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A spokeswoman said the overall figure “owed to Victorians”, $104 million, had not changedthe department had just looked into each hospital’s funding type which changed the figures breakdown.


The Victorian government claims itsfederal counterparts are putting lives at risk by delaying a $940,000 payment for covering additional patients at Albury-Wodonga Health, and $100 million statewide.

However a spokesman for the federal Health Minister claims final payments will be made in the coming months after the completion of a review into irregular funding activity.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy claimed Malcolm Turnbull had conceded late last year the state was owed money but had failed to reimburse the Victorian government for treating tens of thousands of extra patients, putting the future funding of hospitals at risk.

She said the shortfall created uncertainty for hospitals trying to plan for future patient demand, sothe state government had to top up funding while waiting for the reimbursement.

“Victorians deserve to know why Malcolm Turnbull is once again short-changing them – this time at the expense of their health,” Ms Hennessy said.

“It’s not good enough.”

The claims come as Victoria’s Laborgovernment enters the year of state elections.

It also followed Victoria’s criticism and abandonment of the federal Liberal Coalition government’s black spot program.

A spokesman for the federal health minister did not confirm the monetary amounts but said a review was under way into 2015-16 funding with final payments to be made in coming months.

“The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and the National Health Funding Body are undertaking an assessment of irregular and unexpected activity in 2015-16, and this review is expected to be completed shortly,” he said.

“This is an independent process to which both the Commonwealth and the states have long committed.”

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the $940,265 owed for additional treatments at Albury-Wodonga was the equivalent of six more nurses for the hospital.

She said the $104 million owed to the state was equivalent too 100,222 chemotherapy treatments, or more than 650 extra nurses statewide.

“I’m very concerned about these budget cuts to prop up the federal Liberal-National Party’s budget bottom line at the expense of country patients’ health,” she said.

The National Health Funding Pool Administratorwas unavailable for comment.

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For the love of lamb

BALANCING ACT: You can’t go wrong with lamb cutlets. This recipe combines earthy and sweet flavours.
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Lamb is the hero of the second dish in Food & Wine’s recipe series from Melissa Dixon, Kingland executive chef who designs recipes forBistro on Hermitage, James Estate, Maccoa Restaurantand the Kingland Yacht.

THE DISHMarinatedLamb Cutlets withWhite BeanPuree, Currants, Olives andPine Nuts

Serves 4


12 frenched lamb cutlets

1 bunch rosemary

1 bunch thyme

50g pine nuts

50g currants

100g wild baby olives

400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup almond meal

1 lemon, zested and juice

1 grated garlic clove

100ml olive oil

Salt and pepper


1. Chop thyme and rosemary, mix with olive oil and lemon zest. Marinate lamb cutlets in herb and lemon zest and marinate for a minimum of two hours.

2. White bean puree: add beans, almond meal, garlic and 1 tbs of lemon juice into a blender. Blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper and set aside in a small serving bowl.

3. Heat a pan to med-high heat, add cutlets into pan two or three at a time. Seal on first side for around 3 to 4 minutes, turn over and cook on other side for approx. 2 mins. Set aside and repeat with remaining cutlets.

4. Once lamb has been removed and is resting, add to pan while still hot pine nuts, currants and olives. Toss around untilpine nuts let off a nutty aroma.

5. Serve lamb on platter, top with currant, pine nut and olives and serve with a bowl of white bean puree.

Summer daysHoneysuckle Ice-creamery & Gelato has been a popular stop-off for families and late-night revellers since it opened in late November. The servings are big and there are more than 35 flavours to choose from. Food & Wine can vouch for the chocolate and berries combination.

Vegan lunchThe Family Hotel is hosting a three-courseVegan Long Lunch on February 25. There are two sittings: 11am to 1pm, and 1pm to 3pm.The last event sold out so don’t drag your feet. Tickets $51.64 at eventbrite南京夜网419论坛.

Fresh is bestFarmers and Artisan Market @ Lake Mac East comes to Swansea’s Quinn Park on January 20, 8am to 1pm.Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, bread, gourmet items and more.

Spice things upThe Essential Ingredient at The Junction is hosting a Get It India Masterclass on February 3 from 10am. World-class home cook Susan Kumar will teach you how to prepare samosas, brinjal (eggplant) fry, chettinad lamb curry, spicy pumpkin korombe and okra curd salad during thefive-hour class which also includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon coffee. Tickets $245 per person atessentialingredient南京夜网419论坛.

Bon appetitTintilla Estate’s French Provincial Long Lunch is so popular two events are being held this year. On March 24 and 25, from noon, guests can enjoy afour-course meal paired with Tintilla wines. Tickets cost $105 ($95 for club members) and bookings are essential by emailing [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or phoning 6574 7093.

Evening feastNanna Kerr’s Kitchen is hosting Hungerford Hill Feast on March 24. The evening begins at 6.45pm with canapés and sparkling wine on the balcony overlooking the vineyards and Brokenback Ranges,followed by a seated four-course tasting menu with matched Hungerford Hill wines. Tickets $109 at kerrsorganic南京夜网419论坛.

Festival returnsMaitland Taste returns on March 10.Listen tolocal and interstate experts in the fields of cooking, edible gardening and biodiversity across two stages while sampling some of the best street food andwine the Hunter has to offer. There will also be fun and educational activities for the kids, live entertainment, boutique market stalls, fresh produce and styled dining areas.

Beer dinnerA Beermakers Dinner is taking place at Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club on February 24. Tickets are $60 per person and include beer tasting and a five-course dinner.

New menuLegend Vietnamese Restaurant at Wallsend changed its focus from yum cha to quality Vietnamese cuisine in October but still offers yum cha on Sundays, 10.30am to 2.30pm.A limited yum cha selection is available on the regular menu. The restaurant has been refurbished in recent months, too.

Salad daysThe Burwood Inn’s tuna tataki, sesame aioli, mirin watermelon, soy caviar and wasabi peas caught Food & Wine’s eye this week. It’s on a specials menu but hopefully will hang around.

Oi oi oiShoal Bay Country Club is going all out for Australia Day with crab racing, thong throwing, live music, DJs and more.

Beach eatsFeast Fest returns to Blacksmiths this Sunday, January 20, 4pm to 8pm. Bring a picnic blanket or chairand enjoy twilight on the beach with food and market stalls, entertainment and fun activities.

Tapas at MoorMoor Newcastle East will be serving Spanish-style tapas on March 3to celebrate the return to Newcastle of flamenco dancer (and friend of Moor owner Kylie Pratt) Deya Miranda Giner after a 20-year absence. Her husbandPaco Lara Puerto will be dancing with her, accompanied by a guitarist. Details to come.

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Twins ready to take next step together

Dynamic duo: Macquarie Hills twins Kristan and Tiani Kolbas will study for a Bachelor of Business together after they each received an offer from the University of Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan CarrollAs twins, they have a very close relationship– so itmakes sense that Kristan and Tiani Kolbas plan to study for a Bachelor of Business together at the University of Newcastle.
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The 18-year-old sistersfrom Macquarie Hillsare among theYear 12, 2017, high school graduateswho have already received an offer for a place at university for 2018.

They know as well as anyone the feeling of anticipation that many more young people across the Hunter and Lake Macquariewill have as they wait for the next round of uni offers to be released at 7.30am on Friday.

The Newcastle Herald has followed the Kolbas twins’ journey through school, starting when they began kindergarten at Eleebana Public School in 2005 and catching up with them again when the end of Year 12 drew close at Warners Bay High School, last year.

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Another round of uni offers on FridayHunter shines on HSC stageHunter students top state in HSCHSC results: here’s how your school rankedWhile Tiani is planning to study full-time –she hopes to open a fashion-based business –Kristan is taking a slightly less-trodden path.

She’s planning to study part-time while she completes an apprenticeship as a hairdresser, in the hope that she can one day combine her studies and practical skills to open a small business of her own.

“We’re both pretty interested in business,” Kristan said.

“We did Business Studies in Year 12 and we really enjoyed it.

“I was just helping out at the hair salon as an assistant during Christmas time and then they offered me an apprenticeship.

“I really, really enjoyed it and thought if I do the business degree and do the apprenticeship I could own my own hair salon one day. They kind of both work with each other.”

When theHeraldasked the twins if they were close as sisters, the response camein unison: “yes”.

Tiani said the pair had been discussing how to possiblyline-up their study and class timetables so they could have go to universitytogether “so we have each other”.

She said they had initially considered a move toSydney, but stayed because they received offers to study at the University of Newcastle.

The Universities Admission Centre will release about 20,000 university offers on Friday in the first of two rounds of offers scheduled for January.

UAC spokesperson Kim Paino said in a statement on Thursday thatit wasimportant for students to keep their options open.

“There are still more offer rounds to go,” she said.

“But we strongly recommend that applicants accept offers they are made now so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to study in first semester this year.”

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Celebrating some of Australia’s best women writers

Collection Talk: Bold Women in Print. Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll. National Library of Australia, Conference Room, Level 4, Tuesday, January 16, 12.30pm. Free admission. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛.
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Writing isn’t an easy profession at the best of times. For women in the early 20th century, it was even harder to break into print and stay there. Three women who rose to the challenge are the subject of a Collection Talk at the National Library of Australia next week.

Henry Handel Richardson, Miles Franklin and Christina Stead will be the subjects of Bold Women in Print, given by Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll, curator, exhibitions, at the National Library of Australia. She completed her doctorate at the Australian National University on the female artist and spiritualist Christian Waller last year. This will be her first public talk at the library.

“It’s based on a display in the Treasures Gallery and the reason these three were selected is they were among the best writers of the period,” Blakeley-Carroll says.

All three women had to overcome major obstacles to achieve their ambitions to become published writers – two of them, Richardson and Franklin, wrote under male pseudonyms because being taken seriously as women was difficult. the other, Stead, found that her work wasn’t considered Australian enough and was initially given more attention overseas before achieving belated recognition in her homeland.

Richardson (1870-1946) was born Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson. Her best known books are the coming-of-age novel The Getting of Wisdom (1910) and the trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, published in three volumes in 1917 (Australia Felix), 1925 (The Way Home) and 1929 (The Way Home) and finally as a trilogy in 1930.

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Blakeley-Carroll says, is “critically regarded as a major piece of Australian fiction”.

Richardson left Australia in 1888 at the age of 18 and came back only once, in 1912, to research Richard Mahony.

It tells the story of a British immigrant to Australia and the ups and downs of his life – “It could almost be called The Misfortunes of Richard Mahony,” Blakeley-Carroll says.

At various times in the book, Mahony’s wife is the breadwinner when his business interests fail and he is interested in spiritualism and still regards Britain as home – much of this inspired by Richardson’s own parents.

Blakeley-Carroll says of Richardson, “Her mother worked as a postmistress when her father had a mental breakdown and was dying.”

Richardson married and her husband was supportive of her writing career.

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (1879-1954) never married. She wrote My Brilliant Career before she was 20 and published it in Britain in 1901 with the support of Henry Lawson, who wrote a foreword, although, Blakeley-Carroll says, the publisher removed the (?) she had inserted after “Brilliant”.

:Sybylla, the novel’s heroine, is an independent-minded country girl who wants more out of life than to live on a farm as a wife but has a crucial decision to make when she is romanced by a wealthy man.

Franklin lived in the US and England between 1906 and 1932, where she worked for women’s trade unions and continued to write novels. So that her other books would not be compared to her first, she adopted other male pseudonyms, among them Brent of Bin Bin. She continued to write throughout her life and supported other Australian writers and literary organisations.

“Franklin left part of her estate to establish the Miles Franklin Award for Australian literature which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year,” Blakeley-Carroll says, “and in 2013 the Stella Prize for Australian women writers was established in her honour using her real first name.”

Christina Stead (1902-1983), like Richardson and Franklin, also spent many years abroad, living in Europe and the US, where she married writer William Blake,who introduced her to Marxism, before returning to Australia in 1968 after his death.

Blakeley-Carroll says it was “a great tragedy” that Stead could not get her work published in her home country because it was not considered Australian enough.

“Her masterpiece, the 1940 The Man Who Loved Children, was originally set in Australia, but she couldn’t get it published in Australia so her agent suggested she set it in Washington.”

The novel – inspired in part by Stead’s own family – told of a dysfunctional family with a narcissistic father, Sam, his overwhelmed wife, Henny, and the unhappy eldest daughter from his first marriage, Louie. It was first published in the US and Stead was frustrated for many years as importing books to Australia was expensive and she wasn’t well known there. But she kept writing and in 1974, she was awarded the inaugural Patrick White Award for established yet underappreciated writers. And in the year before her death, she also received the New South Wales Premier’s Medal for Services to Australian Literature.

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Travellers can now stay in – and run – a book shop

The Open Book in Wigtown, Scotland, is a popular bookstore with locals and travellers alike. But the standout feature of the store isn’t its selection of novels or even its cosy charm, but rather it is the way in which it is run. With “a new bookseller every fortnight”, it is one of the most unusual forms of accommodation in the world.
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Starting at $63 a night, guests essentially pay to run the bookstore (and get a place to sleep as well).

The store’s Airbnb page reads: “We’ll give you your very own apartment and bookshop below, supported by a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as lovely as possible.”

Although the people who work there have to pay for the honour, this does not erase any of the appeal. In fact, project co-founder Jessica Fox believes it adds to the experience.

“I think in everyone’s life you have that ‘what if’ voice,” she told BBC Breakfast.

“What if I just owned a bookshop by the sea in Scotland? We want to give people the opportunity to do it. This is actual real virtual reality where you can come and be in a bookshop, and feel the cold, and read the books, and enjoy the community, and kind of have little surprises of an adventure along the way.”

From New Zealand to South Korea and North America, travellers have come from far and wide to partake in the business. Popularity has been so high the Open Book is fully booked until 2020.

In the meantime you can read about the experiences of other tenants as they write on the store’s blog. Every new visitor is encouraged to blog about their time in the Open Book as part of tradition. Blog posts range from favourite bookish picks to personal opinions and cultural anecdotes, with the couple who most recently stayed in the store inviting Scottish locals to “Come by the shop at 2pm for a bizarre Swedish Christmas tradition!”

One thing’s for sure: whether you are a local or just passing through, the Open Book is the perfect place for those who seek adventure (whether among pages or within the streets of Wigtown).

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Fitzgibbon challenged to make edge his own

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has challenged rising backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon to make the left edge his own this season, declaring his potential is still largely untapped.
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“He’ll be as good as he wants to be –that is what it comes down to,” Brown said of the 24-year-old local junior.

“He has a great feel for the game and really good game awareness. He’s up there asone of the best hole-running backrowers in the NRL. What did he score, eight tries last season?

“If you went through the stats, I think there was only one other backrower in the comp who scored more and we finished last.

Adding to the feat, those eight tries came from just 14 appearances in the top grade with Fitzgibbon consistently one of the side’s best during the back end of the season.

Asked did he see the level of improvement in Fitzgibbon last season coming, Brown said:

“The talent’s always been there but he knows there is always plenty to work on. I would say how far he goes in the game depends on how much he is prepared to pushhimself.”

Which is precisely what the South Newcastle Lions junior has been doing during the pre-season as he faces a genuine challenge to keep his place in the top squad.

With Roosters recruit Aidan Guerra likely to feature on the right edge, Fitzgibbon will be vying with the likes of last season’s co-captain Jamie Buhrer, Mitch Barnett and the emerging Sam Stone for a place in the forward pack.

“I’m not a young bloke coming through anymore. I’m at that age where I’ve got to start cementing a spot in the side and hopefully it leads to some success aroundhere,” Fitzgibbon said.

“We’ve had some good players come into the mix –Aidan’s come in and in my position, JB (Buhrer) can still play there and myself and then you’ve got Sam Stone and even Mitch Barnett.

“So there is a good crop of us running around at the moment so it’s good competition for all of us.

“We all want to be in the side come round one but in the end, it’s up to Browny and the coaches to sort that out but whatever happens, we’ll field a strong side.”

Told about Brown’s “he can be as good as he wants to be” comments, Fitzgibbon said he understands it all comes down to how hard he works.

“Brownyhas said that to me a few times over the past couple of years and obviously, he has some faith in me which is good,” Fitzgibbon said. “I think he has shown that over the past few seasons so hopefully, I can reward him and pay him back for that faith.

“It comes down to me off the back of training hard, putting in some good games and being consistent.”

Fitzgibbon said his form over the back-end of last season was all to do with a build up of confidence.

“With more game time, you get more confidence and it can snowball. You play a few good games and the confidence grows more to the point where you feel you belong at that level and that was the case with a few of the other boys too,”he said

Tough competition: Lachlan Fitzgibbon was one of the leading try-scoring backrowers in the NRL last season and has been challenged by Nathan Brown to make the left edge his own at the Knights in 2018. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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The year is 2020 and Oprah Winfrey is president

Oprah Winfrey broke new ground in 2018 at the Golden Globes, when she delivered a stirring acceptance speech that was part sermon, part battle cry and part State of the Union address. Calls for her to run as the next US president were initially dismissed, (mainly by old white men, unable to grasp her power) before an official campaign was mounted in the spring of 2019.
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Winfrey, who had only expressed her political preference publicly once before, for Barack Obama, ran as an Independent … WOOOMAN BECAUSE TIIIIIIMESSSS’S UUUPPPPPP!

And here we are today, halfway through 2021, with President Oprah Winfrey ready to give her first televised address. Oh, this is interesting, she’s not sitting in the Oval Office behind the desk, she’s actually on the lounge made famous by Kellyanne Conway. Hang on, Winfrey is now saying, directly to camera, that she is “reclaiming my couch”.

Fair call.

Just a note here, on how Winfrey has redecorated the Oval Office. Gone are the tasteless gold motifs, and abundance of flags, in place of what some reporters have called “Hawaii-meets-harvest” theme.

Lots of palms, wicker furniture and tea light candles, which Oprah told White House reporters, were there so she could “centre” herself by remembering her “spirit” and calling forth “a-ha” moments, also known as passing executive orders.

Attorney General Eckhart Tolle, who is on hand in case Winfrey forgets, has turned the War Room into a meditation space, replete with yoga balls and sage. This act was viewed as tantamount to treason, in the eyes of Secretary of Defence, Dr Phil McGraw, who, according to reports, was heard to yell, “What were you thinkin’?” in congress.

We also note that on the Resolute desk there are Weight Watchers kitchen scales, complete with calculator, so Winfrey can measure her snacks and work out her points, uninterrupted.

There is a portrait in the corner, where the one of noted racist President Jackson used to be, courtesy of the last President. It’s of the late Maya Angelou, and the inscription below reads, “Oh child, you can fly like an eagle, or you can rest in the deep cave of your thoughts, but you can not do both and accomplish your Father’s work.” Which, yeah, seems fitting.

OK. So Winfrey has begun. “My fellow Americans, here is what I know for sure:

“I’m reaching out to you today from the seat of my soul; a place of comfort, great honour, and deep peace, to inform you that Vice President – and the sister I never had, (even though I did have a sister but she was wack) – Gayle King and I snuck into congress at 3am to pass a new bill, the result of which, I must inform you, means … You get full coverage healthcare! And you get full coverage healthcare! And you get full-coverage healthcare!”

Hold on, there’s an old lady coming into view now, she’s trying to hug Winfrey, who has cut her off at the pass and is clasping her hands at a distance. OK, she’s put her arm around her now.

“This, my fellow Americans, is my teacher from the third grade, Mrs Sally Pimble. Mrs Pimble — can somebody get her a tissue? — Mrs Pimble has been a teacher for 60 years, and in 2018 she lost her health care.

“The last President passed a bill – as you all know – calling melanin a “pre-existing condition” and Mrs Pimble, who still lives in Alabama, and teaches, at the age of 80, lost her insurance. Now I know y’all been angry. I’ve been angry! But, I remember what my friend, Madam Secretary Maria Shriver, once told me: you’ve got to use that anger to motivate, not retaliate! And so, I’ve been motivated to do this!”

Oprah is bowing with her arms clasped now, like a Sensei. Classic Oprah. Oh, she’s now holding up her hand. “There is more, for I believe that out of abundance, should flow abundance, so I announce to you all today that I am personally cancelling all student debt. Yes! All $1.5 trillion dollars – GONE!”

“I’m sure you’re all wondering how I did this. I met with the top one percent, yes folks, the richest people in the country, who control half of the wealth of the nation, and let’s just say they had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment’.”

Vice-President Gayle King is now interrupting – “Literally, she got Jesus to come down here and talk them into some tax cuts.”

Vice-President KIng is now being ushered out, quite forcefully, I might add, by the President’s security attache.

“So let us celebrate in style!”

I’m not sure but it looks as if John Travolta is now heading a conga line which includes Patti LaBelle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tina Turner, an a hologram of Mary Tyler Moore, and the President herself, Oprah Winfrey.

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Shock ODI recall following public spat with chief selector

Glenn Maxwell has been sent another stern message from the Australian hierarchy after being snubbed for the second time in just over a week as selectors pulled another shock move on Thursday.
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The mercurial batsman has been desperate to change perceptions of him this summer but Trevor Hohns’ panel is not taking notice, this time overlooking the World Cup winner for veteran Cameron White, who has not played for his country in nearly three years.

Despite being one of the form batsmen on the state scene, Maxwell’s slide down the pecking order continues apace. The 29-year-old, who last year made one of the best Test centuries on the subcontinent by a recent Australian batsman, must now be wondering what he has done wrong after losing his positions in the Test and ODI sides in the past two months.

Senior figures in the Australian camp have privately voiced their concerns about Maxwell long before his recent axings, believing he should be doing more for a player who has been a regular on the international scene since 2012.

Tensions bubbled over last summer when he was fined by the team’s leadership for comments he made about his then state captain Matthew Wade over his position in the Victoria Shield team.

As recently as the first Test, Maxwell was seen by selectors as the next batsman in line but has since been leapfrogged by Mitchell Marsh despite being the leading run-scorer in the Shield.

With Chris Lynn and White ahead of him in the 50-over format, Maxwell now finds himself in the pack with up and comers such as Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar and D’Arcy Short and forgotten man Peter Handscomb.

Maxwell, who is averaging 22 in his past 20 ODI games, is paying the price for modest numbers during a period where the Australian team has struggled in the 50-over arena due to a weakness in the middle order.

The reigning world champions have lost their past two one-day series and were dumped from the Champions Trophy in the group stage. Moises Henriques, Wade and Maxwell have all lost their places.

This is a difficult time for Maxwell, who wants to be seen in the dressing room as a responsible and dependable senior batsman who gets the job done at key moments. He has received plenty of support from the Victorian camp with coach Andrew McDonald surprised he was again ignored.

“He was probably the favourite to take over that position,” McDonald said.

“I don’t know what that means for Glenn in terms of selection going forward. It’s probably another kick in the backside, another hurdle he needs to overcome. I’m sure he’ll be feeling it.”

Selector Mark Waugh had a thinly veiled swipe at Maxwell during Short’s spectacular century when he noted the Hobart batsman had not played a reverse sweep in six games.

“Other batsmen around the country take note,” Waugh said on Channel Ten’s telecast a day after Maxwell had played the same shot for four against former Test quick Peter Siddle. Last week, captain Steve Smith called for Maxwell to “train a bit smarter” and trade in the “funky stuff” for the basics.

There is a silver lining for Maxwell in White’s recall. The Victorian stalwart was at loggerheads with Hohns last year after publicly questioning the panel’s selection policy over the controversial inclusion of Sam Heazlett for a tour of New Zealand. Heazlett had yet to play 50-over cricket for his state at the time.

White said the ODI side was being treated like a “development team” with domestic form overlooked.

“You can get picked to play for Australia in any format out of Big Bash, really. It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” White said.

Now White is being rewarded for his form in the BBL, where he averages 142.5 this season, though he has also been one of the star players in the domestic one-day cup in the past few years.

“Cameron’s in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He’s playing very well,” McDonald said.

“He’s one of the leading run-scorers in this season’s BBL, he’s experienced, he’s a very smart cricketer and he’s a good fielder. He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage.”

ODI squads

Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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Datacom wins contract for 250 immigration call centre jobs

The Home Affairs department has outsourced 250 call centre jobs to international IT firm Datacom despite union fears the move could pose a security risk.
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Immigration services based in Britain, Canada and Sydney will move to Adelaide in a decision Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says will reduce wait times.

The move will cut 250 Home Affairs jobs and has drawn fire from the Community and Public Sector Union, which says the three-year contract will devastate workers and give the government less value for more money.

Peter Dutton announced the Home Affairs department’s contract with Datacom on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

The majority of the job losses will be at Immigration’s Sydney Service Centre where more than 220 departmental employees took calls about visas, citizenship and responded to other compliance queries.

Two overseas centres, provided by Immigration to cover different time zones, will also lose work to the private sector.

Home Affairs department boss Michael Pezzullo said last year the work of a centre in London employing 20 workers and another in the Canadian capital Ottawa where 12 people worked, would go to private players.

The offices take calls from a wide base of users, including businesses with inquiries about sponsoring overseas workers, and have traditionally been an entry point for public servants to get a start working with the department.

Budget papers last May revealed the department was to downsize by 250 but provided no details on where the axe was to fall.

But Mr Pezzullo told his public servants in his post-budget address that the call centres were to go private.

“The Budget will result in the call centre functions performed by the Department in Sydney, London and Ottawa being outsourced,” he said.

“The change to a private provider is still at least 12 months away, and in the meantime we need to continue the valuable work that is performed at these centres in supporting Australia’s economy and our national security.”

Datacom will begin the work in full by mid-2018.

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