南京夜网,南京桑拿论坛,南京夜网论坛 Powered by Ally!

Archive for January, 2019

‘I can’t praise her enough’

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Love: Ellen and Barry Robinson said showing affection was important. “I can’t sleep without my cuddle first,” Mr Robinson said. Picture: Marina NeilBARRY Robinson knew the night he met Ellen Stacey that she was the woman he wanted to marry.
Nanjing Night Net

Fast forward 60 years, three children,nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren later and Mr Robinson, 80, is as enamoured with his bride, 79, as he was on their wedding day.

“I can’t praise her enough,” Mr Robinson said, his eyes welling.

“My love for Ellen can’t be calculated or put into words.

“I could not live without her, I would not want to breathe. She’s been my goal in life.”

The couple will enjoy a simple lunch, most likely at Charlestown Bowling Club,to mark their diamond anniversary on September 7.

“We just see it as another day – we’ve still got each other, that’s the main thing,” Mrs Robinson said.

Her husband agreedthe anniversary was “not a big thing”.

“There’s no reason to make a fuss out of it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next 20 or 30 years together.”

The couple met at a dance at The Rivoli in Parramatta in the winter of 1956.

“For me, she was it – there were sparks straight away,” Mr Robinson said.

“I knew that she was special and there was something with us. I knew I was going to marry her that night.

“I knew in my heart I had to have her.”

Mrs Robinson said while she “thought he was nice” and they shared a kiss, she wasn’t quite convinced that she had met her future betrothed.

Still, she ran to her friend’s house a few days later to answer the call young Barry, who was doing his boilermaker apprenticeship, had promised to make.

They were engaged about six months later – “everyone thought I was pregnant, but I showed them!” – and married on September 7, 1957, in Glebe.

“It felt right,” she said. “I just loved the way he was. He was just so good.”

Mr Robinson said his wife “just ‘got’ me”.

“I couldn’t believe she was mine,” he said. “I was in a rush to get away to our honeymoon [to The Entrance].”

They welcomed son Mark in 1958, 16 months after theymarried, then David 16 months later and Peter 16 months after that.

The family moved in 1971 from Marayong to Charlestown.

The couple have done almost everything together, weathered Mr Robinson’s diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy and only spent a handful of nights apart.

“It’s all about loving one another, it’s as easy and hard as that,” Mr Robinson said.

“We have our blues, our arguments, but we get over them.

“My love has just got deeper and deeper and deeper. It’s the way she treats me, she’s very thoughtful, loving and tolerant. She’s put up with me.”

Mrs Robinson said it was crucial to trust each other.

“Forgive and forget, live and learn,” she said.

“We still kiss every morning and every night and say I love you every day.”

Troye Sivan to return to film in gay conversion drama

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Troye Sivan has been cast in Joel Edgerton’s upcoming film ‘Boy Erased’. Photo: SuppliedSinger Troye Sivan is set to star in Joel Edgerton’s upcoming gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
Nanjing Night Net

The South Africa-born Australian performer became a household name after his EP TRXYE rocketed to No.1 on the iTunes charts in 58 countries back in 2014.

Boy Erased, due out in 2018, will explore the life of a young man who is the son of a baptist teacher. After he is outed to his conservative parents, he is forced to participate in a gay conversion therapy program.

“This movie is gonna be so important and I’m honoured to be part of it,” Sivan wrote on Twitter.

While Sivan is best known for his music, he did play a younger version of Hugh Jackman’s character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and had a key role in the Spud franchise.

Edgerton, who is perhaps best known for his work on The Secret Life of Us and minor roles in the Star Wars prequels, will oversee the film after his 2015 directorial debut The Gift.

Boy Erased will also star Tony award winner Cherry Jones – whose more recent performances include Amazon’s critically acclaimed TV drama Transparent – and Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The film is based off a critically-acclaimed 2016 memoir by American writer Garrard Conley. Conley was 19 when his parents told him he could either go to gay conversion therapy or be disowned.

The memoir recounts the harm he was subjected to at the Love in Action ex-gay program, and also includes accounts from other participants.

Conley has said he believes the film adaption of his book will treat conversion therapy survivors with the respect they deserve.

“I have worked with many people to ensure that my story and the story of other queer folks who suffered through conversion therapy would not be stereotypical or threadbare,” he wrote on his website.

“Every draft has been sent to me in the first round, and though the draft may change, I believe it will only change for the better. The team is working hard to get this story right.”

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

Spring outlook tilts towards wetter conditions eventually

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Prospects are improving for a wetter-than-average spring for coastal NSW but the shift away from the recent dry spell may not occur until later in the season, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Nanjing Night Net

The forecast comes as Australia closes out what is likely to be the country’s warmest winter on record for maximum temperatures.

In its latest update to its three-monthly outlook, the bureau said a strip of the eastern Australian coast from southern Queensland down to Victoria now had odds favouring better spring rains than usual.

The season, though, is likely to continue the trend of above-average temperatures for both day and night for much of south-eastern Australia and the northern third of the country, the bureau said.

“We’re expecting Sydney’s conditions to stay relatively dry for the first few weeks of September,” Andrew Watkins, manager of climate prediction services at the bureau, said.

“Certainly October is the period when we start to see the odds swing around” to wetter weather, he said.

Sydney’s near-term outlook points to the dry spell continuing, with rain only a 5 per cent chance for each day until next Thursday.

Sunday looks to be the pick of the week for those looking to wave winter goodbye, with 28 degrees forecast for the city and similar warmth in the west.

The absence of cloud cover means nights will remain on the cool side. Those preparing for Saturday morning outdoors can expect the mercury to start from a low of 7 degrees before topping out at 22 degrees on a sunny day.

A cold front moving through late on Sunday will knock daytime temperatures back down below average levels by early next week before they start to climb again by the following weekend,” Tom Gough, a Weatherzone meteorologist, said. Fire season watch

Winter was one of Australia’s driest on record, particularly in northern and eastern NSW.

That prompted the Rural Fire Service last week to bring forward the fire season in nine areas in the state, including Bathurst, Lithgow and the Blue Mountains, to September 1.

The bureau’s outlook for September rainfall alone (see chart below) points to a modest shift towards wetter-than-average conditions for a narrow band around Sydney.

The agency rates its model accuracy for spring rainfall predictions as “moderate”.

The bureau said that with the El Nino conditions in the Pacific neutral, the influence driving a tilt towards a wetter spell for much of the country is warmer-than-usual waters in the central Indian Ocean.

“With the circulation patterns expected, [and] high pressure favoured to the south of Australia, we will see a greater easterly flow across southern Australia,” Mr Gough said. “With these onshore winds in this pattern this would favour increased rainfall on the east coast, and drier in the west.”

This pattern will have a clearer impact for spring as a whole, as shown by the bureau’s rainfall projection chart below: Warm outlook

If fire authorities were hoping for cooler-than-usual conditions during spring to slow down the loss of fuel moisture, the seasonal outlook doesn’t offer much encouragement.

According to the bureau, the odds clearly favour above-average daytime temperatures for south-eastern and northern Australia.

This outlook is particularly true in September, especially for the eastern third of the continent and Tasmania. (See chart below of the chance maximum temperatures will be above average for the month.)

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

Could Future Fund manage your retirement savings too?

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Future Fund chairman Peter Costello has hinted the sovereign wealth fund could possibly start managing money on behalf of superannuation funds.
Nanjing Night Net

While ruling out managing retirement savings directly, Mr Costello said that if a super fund wanted the Future Fund to manage some of its money, that could be possible.

However, he said that the money would have to be managed separately as the Future Fund is “legally a sovereign fund and, therefore, we cannot mix private monies into it”.

Mr Costello made the comments while announcing the Future Fund produced a 8.7 per cent return for the year to June 30, 2017.

For the past 10 years, which is almost the life of the fund, it is has produced an average annual compound return of 7.9 per cent.

Over the same period, balanced investment options – the options that most workers have their super with – returned less than 6 per cent.

“The Future Fund continues to perform well and has exceeded its benchmark return objective,” Mr Costello said.

“Investment returns have added over $73 billion to the original contributions from government of $60.5 billion,” the former federal treasurer and current chairman of Nine Entertainment, said.

The government recently lowered the fund’s return objective to inflation plus 4 percentage points, a reduction of half-a-point, to reflect low interest rates around the world.

It has also said that it will not withdraw money from the fund for the next 10 years.

Ian Silk, the chief executive of AustralianSuper, said the Future Fund has strong investment performance, but managing money on behalf of a client, like a super fund, is different to managing a sovereign wealth fund.

The Future Fund can invest in the knowledge that there will be no withdrawals from the fund for at least the next decade, he said.

Because of the very long investment time-frame, the Future Fund can afford a bit more risk in its portfolio, which can produce higher returns.

Super funds have to invest in way that provides liquidity to be able to pay members withdrawals.

Mr Costello said that would allow the fund to be able to pay all of the unfunded liabilities of federal public servants. He added that the fund would still likely have assets for the remainder of this century.

“I would be very confident that if there is no drawdown before 2026 the assets of the Future Fund would be sufficient to meet any unfunded liabilities for the century,” he said.

The fund’s chief executive, David Neal, said the fund’s asset allocation had changed little over the year.

The fund has maintained a cash level of about 20 per cent and the fund can quickly take advantage of any investment opportunities that arise, Mr Neal said.

On the outlook, Mr Neal said economies around the world were doing alright, but that “it’s more the structural backdrop that concerns us”.

“The high debt levels that existed during the financial crises have not moderated, and central banks have taken on a lot of that debt,” he said.

“But at some point it [debt] still needs to paid off, and the concern is that many economies are rather hooked on low [interest] rates.”

Mr Neal is concerned that interest rates, when they do rise around the world, could have a dampening effect on asset prices.

He said that asset prices were also reliant on those low rates.

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

MudgeCorp in 7th heaven

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Steve Mudge, MudgeCorp managing director

LUXURY home builder MudgeCorp won a trifecta of honours at the 2017 MBA Newcastle Excellence in Building Awards, bringing its total to 17 industry awards over seven consecutive years.
Nanjing Night Net

The Gosford-based company received accolades for building excellence in three categories: Custom Built Homes $2million-$3million, Best Use of Tiles, and Best Use of Timber.

“We would like to give a special thanks to the MBA Newcastle, which made all of this possible,” MudgeCorp managing director Steve Mudge said.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: MudgeCorp specialises in luxury and bespoke buildings that consistently deliver outstanding, high-quality results

“A big thank you also goes out to the clients, design teams and dedicated suppliers and subcontractors that worked tirelessly with us. Together, we made each dream a reality.”

While honoured to receive the awards, Mr Mudge admits he has a different focus.

EXCELLENCE: Steve Mudge (MudgeCorp MD), left, and Tobias Drengenberg (MudgeCorp project manager), with Leeanne Farmer (MBA Insurance Services).

“It’s our people, our clients and our commercial relationships that are always at the forefront of what we do,” he said.

“At MudgeCorp we look at excellence as a habit, and not one act.

“We are inspired and motivated by the clients that come to us with an idea, and we use this inspiration from concept to completion with communication, honesty, integrity and shared knowledge. This, to us, is excellence.

Mr Mudge said theyhave the tools (no pun intended), the vision, the values and the expertise.

“We have the team that takes such pride in their work; who stop, reflect on their creations and critique themselves extensively.

“They support one another, and most importantly, they listen. This, to us, is excellence.

Mr Mudge cited a testimonial from a client last month that was really ‘on the mark’ about his company and epitomised why their clients come to MudgeCorp.

“It said, ‘…we have been impressed with the work ethic of Angus, Jake and Matt, and their ability to add suggestions, which has ultimately led to a higher-quality finish’,” Mr Mudge said. “This, to our clients, is excellence.

“Receiving recognition through awards is an honour that we are very proud of, but testimonials like this is recognition like no other. Our clients don’t want us to just build a luxury house, they want us to deliver their dream. They want collaboration, passion and a genuine project team. They want excellence, and that’s where we come in.”