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  • Stockland Green Hills centre in $377m upgrade

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Stockland will undertake a $377 million redevelopment and expansion of its Green Hills Shopping Centre at East Maitland in the Lower Hunter Valley.Stockland has cemented its presence in the Hunter Valley, with a planned $377 million upgrade of the Green Hills Shopping Centre at East Maitland.

    As part of the new project, Stockland will more than double the size of the centre and will include a new David Jones department store that will showcase a new, smaller format of about 6225 square metres on a single level.

    David Jones chief operating officer David Thomas said it was on a “mission to bring world-class, premium retail to Australia”.

    “Our new store at Stockland Green Hills will showcase our considerable investment, not only in the look and feel of our store, but in training local full-time and part-time customer service staff who will be so crucial to our efforts to win customers in regional Australia,” Mr Thomas said.

    The smaller stores are the new way for David Jones, which is now owned by the South African Woolworths group.

    In August, David Jones revealed plans to open a 1400-square-metre boutique store in Sydney’s Barangaroo, the first of up to 10 small-format stores that will sell mainly clothing, cosmetics and accessories.

    The group has also said it plans to sell two of David Jones’ four company-owned stores – Market Street in Sydney and Bourke Street in Melbourne – raising more than $300 million to fund refurbishments and expansion.

    It is said the owners are already fielding calls from overseas investors and Australian super funds for the Sydney site, which could be transformed into an apartment block, with retail on the ground level. Upmarket label Hermes is said to be looking at the store as a potential new site, once its Elizabeth Street lease expires.

    The planned development comes as Australian retail sales grew +0.4 per cent in September in line with the previous month’s consensus expectations.

    The data was characterised by solid gains in household goods and cafes, which improved at +1.02 per cent month on month and +0.86 per cent month on month respectively, while there was some decline in department store sales (-1.96 per cent month on month).

    Colliers International associate director research  Daniel Lees said when examining the data year on year, overall retail sales remain stable.

    “While some of the major Australian retailers are undergoing a period of strategic change and turbulence, in many cases this is occurring because new entrants see our market as appealing and are choosing to pursue businesses ventures here,” Mr Lees said.

    “Australians are affluent, well travelled and have an appetite for global brands at compelling prices. Our domestic players are simply reacting to increased levels of competition with well-developed omni-channel business models.”

    Once completed, the new Stockland centre will be more than doubled in size to about 70,000 square metres and in addition to David Jones, will include BIG W and an exciting, new-format Target with its latest products and customer service innovations. Stockland will also develop the biggest and best new Dan Murphy’s store in the trade area.

    The centre will also have a new-concept JB Hi-Fi Home store, and a Harris Scarfe department store, bringing the total to 225 stores.

    Stockland chief executive Mark Steinert said the group had identified Stockland Green Hills as a highly “accretive redevelopment opportunity”.

    “It’s already one of the most productive centres in Australia and this expansion will enable us to capture a portion of the estimated $867 million of escape expenditure that leaves the primary trade area every year,” Mr Steinert said.

    John Schroder, chief executive of commercial property at Stockland, said Green Hills was already one of the group’s highest-performing centres, and one of the retail industry’s most productive.

    “This $377 million redevelopment will take Green Hills from strength to strength to ensure it becomes an absolute powerhouse within the regional economy,” Mr Schroder said.

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  • Australia v New Zealand series: Steve Smith’s men given ‘rev up’ as era begins

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

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    Australia have turned to one of the country’s most senior military officers for guidance to help usher through the start of the Steve Smith era.

    Major-General Stephen Day stressed to Smith’s men the importance of team work, a message which holds even more weight following the spate of retirements of senior players this year.

    Invited to speak to the team to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Anzac landing at Gallipoli, General Day spoke of the need to respect the opposition and the bond between Australia and New Zealand.

    General Day, a passionate cricket fan, addressed Australia’s bowlers on the Gabba and had a long chat with vice-captain David Warner in the nets.

    A veteran of Namibia, Iraq, East Timor and now the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra, General Day will stay in Brisbane on Thursday and join the players in the rooms after play.

    “He was talking a lot about teamwork. New Zealand were our ally throughout the war, it’s a bit different coming up against them in the battle,” Smith said.

    “For us it’s about respecting the opposition and being able to go out there and make sure we play as a team.

    “He used the phrase a champion team rather than a team of champions. That kind of thing he was trying to get across. It was great to have someone like him come in and give us a rev up before tomorrow.”

    Smith, who deputised as leader for Michael Clarke in Brisbane last year, has vowed to lead from the front in his first Test appearance in the top job since formally taking over the reins.

    “Last year when I was captain I did that, I’d like the same results as last year,” said Smith, who averaged 93 in his three Tests at the helm against India last summer.

    Smith wants his team to buck the current international trend by winning more series abroad. While he stated he will continue the Australian tradition of playing aggressive cricket, he will happily forego the flair of his predecessor in favour of pragmatism.

    “With me it’s about making sure I’m adaptable to each of the conditions,” Smith said.

    “In Australia you can be more attacking, for instance, than in India with our quicks.

    “My captaincy style I need to be adapting to the conditions we face as well. If the time calls for it I’ll certainly be able to set those really attacking fields and let our bowlers go to work.”

    The Gabba surface is likely to offer plenty of encouragement to the quicks, with plenty of green still on the pitch on the eve of the match.

    Australia have backed the height and bounce of Josh Hazlewood over the steadiness provided by veteran Peter Siddle, who will carry the drinks.

    Hazlewood captured seven wickets on Test debut in Brisbane last year, which played a big factor in his recall after missing the final rubber of the Ashes.

    “I think we saw it last year against India the way he could hit high on the bat and bring the keeper and slips into play,” Smith said.

    “This and the WACA will certainly suit him. He’s come a long way, he’s learned a lot in England and he bowled really well last week in the Shield games.

    “He’s in a good place and hopefully he can have similar results to what he had last year.”

    Smith confirmed Mitchell Marsh would bat at No.6 ahead of Peter Nevill, despite speculation the two would swap places in the order.

    The Kiwis opted for Doug Bracewell, their hero from their victory in Hobart four years ago, over Mark Henry as their third seamer.


    Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

    New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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  • AFL players unlikely to follow NFL player’s lead with lawsuit against fantasy sports site, says legal expert

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Different ball game: A lawsuit by AFL players against fantasy sports operators is unlikely, says a legal expert. Photo: Greg NewingtonA lawsuit taken out on behalf of all NFL players against a fantasy sports website is unlikely to be repeated in Australia, says an expert in the legality of sports betting.

    Washington Redskins’ Pierre Garcon last week filed a lawsuit in the US District Court against daily fantasy sports website FanDuel. Daily sports fantasy sites have risen to prominence in the US in recent years, with DraftKings the other major player in the area. Garcon has accused FanDuel of using his name, image and likeness without permission in television advertisements and infomercials.

    Whereas traditional fantasy websites, such as the AFL’s Dream Team, News Corp’s Super Coach or Fairfax’s Ultimate Footy are all built for season-long participation, the daily competitions have gained popularity in the US due to the minimal time commitments required to play them. Games are based around one day or week of a season, with cash prizes available.

    Australia’s first daily fantasy sports website, Moneyball, launched in March. The status of DraftKings and FanDuel is itself controversial, with Nevada last week becoming the first US state to declare the sites gambling operators.

    Australian lawyer Jake Williams cast doubt both on Garcon’s prospects of success, and the chances of a similar action being taken in a major Australian league, such as the AFL.

    “I am certainly not an expert on US intellectual property law but I would say that FanDuel would have to be favoured at this point,” Williams said from Munich. “First Amendment protection goes hand in hand with right of publicity claims, so it won’t be easy for Garcon, especially with regards to his name and statistics.”

    Williams is the legal counsel for Sportradar, the world’s biggest supplier of sports and betting-related live information, odds services and fraud detection. The organisation has been employed by Cricket Australia to help monitor betting trends.

    Contemplating whether an Australian sportsperson could be successful against a fantasy sports website, Williams outlined the differences in the law between Australia and the US. “We don’t have right of publicity laws in Australia like they do in the US. It would need to come along the lines of misleading or deceptive conduct or the law of passing off.

    “The problem is that a player in Australia would need to show some type of misrepresentation and harm. That isn’t very likely, especially given gambling is legal in Australia, it obviously is not in the US so affiliation with it can arguably be seen as damage to reputation.”

    “Moneyball is the FanDuel equivalent in Australia so it would have to be a player suing someone like that. I think the US litigious culture is also a factor that is not as strong in Australia. We don’t think about suing for every little thing … like the US.”

    Victorian Williams is now based in New York, having obtained a masters in international and comparative sports law at St Johns University.

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  • Melbourne Cup 2015: Paddy Payne says hard work was the answer for Michelle Payne

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    Older brother and mentor Patrick Payne admits that when he was watching Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup he was more concerned about his now-famous sister not running into trouble than creating history .

    Payne, 40, while understandably elated at Michelle Payne’s Cup victory, maintains there were some anxious moments in the early stages of the $6.2 million handicap.

    “I knew Prince Of Penzance was a hard-pulling bloke and I could see them slowing up in front and I thought ‘Oh heck, hold on Michelle, because there’s every chance you could clip the heels of the one in front’.”

    “But after half the race was gone, I knew she was OK and she suddenly crept forward and the rest was history.”

    Payne says that his youngest sister, the baby of the household, was the least athletic of her seven sisters. “To be honest, we all could run a bit. Cathy was a good netballer and Marie was terrific at all sports, but I’ve got to be honest, Michelle looked like a baby elephant,” he said.

    “I’d take her to the running races at school and she’d run last. I said ‘What is it? We’re all good athletes except you. She just shrugged her shoulders.”

    But the former champion jockey believes Michelle’s lack of sporting ability made her push herself harder.

    “What a lot of people don’t understand is that jockeys need serious fitness. And when you get to that level of fitness, it helps your level of confidence so much that your riding gets better,” he said.

    “You have no idea how hard Michelle worked on her fitness. Walking or running or whatever, she just did it to get better. I said to her about three months ago, ‘Michelle, you’re looking better than you ever have before, are you doing anything different?’ And she told me that she’d just started a new fitness plan and that it was working perfectly.

    “But I’m more proud of Michelle for the hard work she put in establishing herself. It’s not easy, I know first hand. I’ve got five other sisters who worked and worked to become jockeys, and Michelle was no different.”

    Payne said he couldn’t help smiling at his younger brother Stevie when he went up to pick the barrier for Prince Of Penzance on Saturday night.

    “I could see that cheeky grin on his face. He was desperate to get No.1 and when he picked up the No.1 trophy, I laughed and laughed. I think he’s become a national treasure.”

    Payne believes his father Paddy snr had his share in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. Overcoming a triple bypass, the head of the family of 10 children made time for all of the children, according to Payne, all of the time.

    “He never let us get ahead of ourselves. You’d ride a treble at Caulfield but he’d make sure your head didn’t get too big, but at the same time he was the first one there when you couldn’t ride a winner anywhere.

    “You know, Dad could see one of the girls had had their heart broken when they’d split up with a boy. He’d be on the phone and send Stevie around to stay with them for a week or two to make sure they were OK.

    “We are a big family and for as long as I can remember we’re either fighting each other or loving each other, but we’re always there for each other.”

    Michelle may have been the baby elephant of the athletics track but she’s done something none of her family, or gender, have ever done and that’s bring home a Melbourne Cup.

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  • NRL must promote tolerance in wake of Adam Goodes booing, says Preston Campbell

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    Important match: Preston Campbell at the launch of the Indigenous All Stars match in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photo: NRLNRL All Stars founder Preston Campbell believes the fixture has taken on deeper significance in the light of the hounding of former AFL star Adam Goodes, saying rugby league must continue to preach tolerance and respect among players and fans.

    The All Stars match has been given a tweak ahead of its 2016 instalment at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, with an indigenous side now set to take on a World All Stars that includes a minimum of four NRL players from Australia, New Zealand and England.

    Squads would be rounded out by Pacific Islander nations and Papua New Guinea, giving coach Wayne Bennett plenty of selection headaches as he tries to assemble a team to beat the Indigenous stars.

    The All Stars week remains hugely popular with players and League Central has continued to back the fixture after some speculation around its future prior to its staging on the Gold Coast last February.

    Campbell, one of the men at the heart of the original concept, said the match now commanded an even greater meaning after the abhorrent treatment of former Swan Goodes by certain sections of the AFL fan base.

    Goodes, an Australian of the Year, was booed every time he touched the ball at various stages of the season and didn’t take his place in the lap of honour for retiring players on grand final day.

    Campbell said he couldn’t see the same thing happening in rugby league but that didn’t mean the sport didn’t continually have to be vigilant and educate supporters and stakeholders.

    One of the best ways to do that, he said was via the All Stars game, which puts indigenous culture and the contribution of indigenous players front and centre. And while some AFL fans were worried by a pretend spear, the pre-game dance has become a spine-chilling highlight.

    “To be honest, I couldn’t understand why they were doing it. I think people were getting on board just because others started. They weren’t aware of what was really going on, not aware about why Adam is doing what he’s doing,” Campbell said.

    “He’s passionate about who he is, he’s proud of who he is and where he comes from. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nobody should be booed for being who they are and being proud of who they are, whether they are indigenous or not. It doesn’t matter.

    “If they (fans) can see it and they can listen to an explanation to what it’s all about, they’ll get a lot more from it. It’s all about respect.”

    One man Bennett would love to pick is Sam Burgess, the former Rabbitohs now playing rugby in England. He said he would be an automatic selection if he returned to Australia, even if Todd Greenberg ruled out using NRL funds to make it happen.

    “He’d be good,” Bennett said. “He played actually (in the All Stars match) the first year he came out to Australia. I picked him then before he played a game of rugby league.

    “He loved the week – I remember him coming to me afterwards and thanking me. If he’s available, you can put him down.”

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