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Foo Fighters bring their stadium rock back to China in 2018

Dave Grohl (centre) will bring the Foo Fighters to in January as part of their world tour. Dave Grohl and great mate Taylor Hawkins thrilled a smallbunch of local rock’n’roll fans recently, but the full weight of Grohl’s multiple Grammy award-winning band will be on show when Foo Fighters tour in January, supported by Weezer.
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After bashing out some old favourites in Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory last month, anticipation around a Foo Fighters tour only heightened with new albumConcrete &Goldalso coming out September 15.

The band’s world tour will bein on January 20atPerth’s nib Stadiumahead ofshows in Adelaide (Coopers Stadium, January 23), Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium, January 25), Sydney (ANZ Stadium, January 27) and Melbourne (Etihad Stadium, January 30).

The tour also touches down in New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on February 3.

Pre-sale tickets for Frontier members will be available from Tuesday, September 19 and general ticket sales begin on Friday, September 22.

Foo Fighters’ last n tour on the back of their 2105 albumSonic Highwaysplayed to over 250,000 people. The band’ssupport act next summer,Weezer, has sold 10 million albums in the US alone since their self-titled release in 1994. Fronted by singer and songwriter Rivers Cuomo​, Weezer release their 11th studio albumPacific Daydreamlater this month.

Grohl, who played drums in Nirvana, founded Foo Fighters in the mid ’90s and has gone on to make nine Foo Fighters albums, winning 11 Grammy awards on the way and selling more than 25 million albums.

“I wanted it [Concrete & Gold]to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever … a gigantic rock record,” Grohlsaid.

Local bands will also support Foo Fighters across the country, including Clowns in Melbourne, the Preatures in Sydney and DZ Deathrays in Brisbane.

This Teneriffe home is falling down but it’s still worth a fortune

6 Hastings Street, Teneriffe?? 6 Hastings Street, Teneriffe??
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6 Hastings Street, Teneriffe??

The hazard tape barring anyone from walking up the front steps is the first clue this house isn’t in the best shape.

And it only gets worse at 6 Hastings Street, Teneriffe. The second set of steps is made of up rows of broken brick, and is almost completely obscured by the overgrown front garden.

Inside, rising damp, wood rot, and termite damage all feature heavily throughout.

Abandoned years ago and left vacant since then, this house may be on the verge of being condemned but it’s no basement bargain.

In fact, it will be too expensive for the majority of most Brisbane buyers ??? last week Domain reported Teneriffe as being on the cusp of becoming Brisbane’s first $3 million suburb.

Given its elevated position, city views and 455 square metre land size, n Property Monitors puts the property’s estimate range from $1.51 million to $2.01 million.

Listing agent Ivo Kornel, of Belle Property New Farm, said he couldn’t give a price guide by law because the house will be auctioned on September 30 but said it’s likely the property, once renovated, would be worth $4 million-plus.

“The biggest question right now is what will it sell for? Who knows? I’ve never seen a worse house than this ??? it has serious issues ??? but the fact is, it’s a huge opportunity in a great street in Teneriffe,” he said.

Already firmly cemented as Brisbane’s most expensive suburb after becoming the first to break the $2 million median, data from PriceFinder shows Teneriffe’s median price has skyrocketed by 41 per cent up to $2,685,000, based on 10 sales so far this year. House prices have grown a staggering 71.8 per cent over the past two years. Related: Teneriffe on the cusp of Brisbane’s first $3m suburbRelated: Brisbane suburbs at the end of their life cycleRelated: Brisbane: crazy for run-down renovators

The property at Hastings Street is in pretty dire condition, with several shattered windows, previous occupants’ possessions strewn throughout the house, and a sagging facade and deck.

In fact, prospective buyers won’t be able to step onto the edge of the deck, because of fears it would collapse.

Mr Kornel says while its pre-war era, its condition meant potential buyers could explore the possibility of demolition.

“Either way, this is an opportunity,” he says. “A Shaun Lockyer (architect-designed) house is being built next door and the owners are spending $2 million on the build alone. It’s definitely a case of being the worst house in the best street.”

6 Hastings Street, Teneriffe, will hit the market next week. See domain苏州夜总会招聘.au for more details.

John Cornforth 1917-2013

John Cornforth was awarded a Nobel prize in chemistry in 1975 and is still the only n to take the Nobel in chemistry. That year he was also named as joint n of the Year. Later hen was knighted and still later the recipient of a Centenary of Federation medal for his contribution to society.
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John Cornforth in 1997.

John Warcup Cornforth was born on September 7, 1917 in Sydney, the second of four children of John Cornforth, a Classics teacher from England, and his n wife, Hilda (nee Eipper), a nurse, and grew up in Sydney and Armidale. At 10 he started to go deaf from a condition called otosclerosis, where the bones in the middle ear become deformed and stop transmitting sound. By 20 he was completely deaf, except for the ringing in his ears of tinnitus, a common side effect of the disease.

Luckily, at Sydney Boys High, a young teacher, Leonard Basser, influenced Cornforth in the direction of chemistry, which seemed to the young student to offer a career where his deafness might not be a handicap. And so it proved, he was accepted to the University of Sydney at 16 and because he couldn’t hear the lectures he started reading textbooks, which in those days were mostly in German, so he taught himself German as well. He graduated in 1937 with a bachelor of science, first class honours and University Medal.

Big moment: John Cornforth receives the Nobel prize for chemistry from King Carl XVI Gustav. Photo: AP

After some post-graduate work in , Cornforth was awarded one of two 1851 Exhibition scholarships in 1939 to study at Oxford. In those days there was no facility to do a PhD in chemistry in .

The other winner of the scholarship that year was Rita Harradence, who he had already met in the laboratory when she needed his help. Equipment was so hard to get in those days that Cornforth had taught himself glass-blowing so he could repair things, and Harradence asked him to fix a flask he she had broken.

Cornforth and Harradence arrived in Oxford in 1939, just as the war started, and after they had finished their doctoral work (on steroid synthesis) they became part of the group doing chemical studies of the new drug penicillin (the discovery of which earned the n Howard Florey a Nobel prize in 1945).

In 1949 Cornforth helped to writeThe Chemistry of Penicillin, the record of that work.

Meanwhile, in 1941 Cornforth and Harradence had married and she became his co-researcher and interpreter. They collaborated on 41 scientific papers and he always said that she was ”much better at the bench than I am” and that she did most of the experimental work.

After the war had few openings for research chemists who could not lecture at universities, so the Cornforths stayed in England and he went back to the synthesis of steroids, in collaboration with his PhD supervisor, Robert Robinson. In 1946 Cornforth joined the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council and worked at its National Institute. In 1951 his team was able to complete the first total synthesis of the non-aromatic steroids.

At the Institute he met biological scientists and started work on collaborative projects with several of them. In particular, he shared an interest in cholesterol with the Hungarian scientist George Popjak.

He and Popjak devised a complete carbon-by-carbon degradation of the nineteen-carbon ring structure of cholesterol and identified the arrangement of the acetic acid molecules from which the system is built, work that eventually led to Cornforth’s Nobel prize.

In 1962 Cornforth and Popjak left the Medical Research Council and became co-directors of the Milstead Laboratory of Chemical Enzymology, set up by Shell Research Ltd. There they studied the stereochemistry of enzymic reactions by means of asymmetry artificially introduced by isotopic substitution, and Cornforth continued the work when Popjak left for the University of California.

Over the years, honours came along. Cornforth was elected to the Royal Society and awarded the Chemical Society’s Corday Morgan medal in 1953. He also received the Flintoff medal in 1965. The American Chemical Society awarded him its Ernest Guenther award in 1968 and he took the Prix Roussel in 1972. He and Popjak were jointly awarded the Biochemical Society’s Ciba medal in 1965, the Stouffer prize in 1967 and the Royal Society’s Davy medal in 1968.

In 1975 Cornforth left Milstead to become Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Sussex. Then came the Nobel prize, which he shared with Bosnian chemist Vladimir Prelog for ”their efforts to relate molecular structure to the properties of chemical compounds”.

In an interview in 2006 he recalled the time, after his wife had told him the news that she had heard on the radio.

”I think that’s the day I remember with the most pleasure in my experimental life.

”I was quite surprised. I had estimated my chances at about one in three. I knew that [Robert] Robinson had put me up for the prize.

”As for the ceremony, I couldn’t hear a word of what was said. And so, as usual, I amused myself by looking around at the audience. It was in this sports stadium, an enormous place, because the town hall was being refurbished, but I could see, in the darkness of the auditorium, these flashes of bright light. They kept on like this, and I couldn’t make out what they were. And finally I realised all the women were wearing their jewels, and that was what was causing the flashes of light. That was the thing I remember most of all from the ceremony.”

Cornforth was knighted in 1977, then awarded the Copley medal by the Royal Society of London in 1982. He went on lecturing at the University of Sussex until he retired and also travelled around the world to give lectures. He last lectured in in 1992 for the 75th anniversary of the Royal n Chemical Institute.

There he sympathised with modern students, saying that their study was more difficult than in his day.

”When Rita and I were learning our chemistry here, chemistry was not really very difficult. There was not really all that much to know. Now I am sorry for you people because there really is a lot to know.”

A lot of it, it must be said, because of his original research.

John Cornforth is survived by his children Brenda, John and Philippa, grandchildren Catherine and Andrew, four great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews. Rita died in 2012.

Sydney Morning Herald –first publishedDecember 14, 2013

James Ashby photographed flying drone near power station

One Nation staffer James Ashby has been referred to the aviation watchdog after flying a drone near a Queensland power station.
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But Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff said he did not do anything wrong.

Fairfax Media has obtained an image which shows Mr Ashby apparently operating a remote control while standing beside a ute outside the Stanwell power station, near Rockhampton.

It is understood a security guard approached Mr Ashby on July 13 about 5pm after witnessing him using a drone near the power station.

Mr Ashby stopped using the drone and handed over his One Nation business card.

The incident was referred to authorities, with a Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman confirming the Stanwell matter was being assessed.

The CASA spokesman said there were no specific restrictions or laws against flying drones over or near Queensland infrastructure, such as power stations, as current laws concerned their use near people or crowded areas.

Contacted for comment, Mr Ashby said no drone operations were performed over the Stanwell power station.

“Recorded vision from that day prove this response,” he said in a text message.

Mr Ashby said CASA officials had confirmed there was no concern of illegal activity and pointed to the CASA Drone Complier website which stated for the Stanwell power station: “You may fly here, but beware of low flying aircraft”.

Mr Ashby told Fairfax Media there was no requirement to seek permission to fly in the area.

Asked for a copy of the drone video, Mr Ashby declined and said the footage was for One Nation purposes when the party discussed electricity.

But he said he believed the footage may have been used in a Facebook video for One Nation candidate for Keppel Matt Loth.

The video contains about six seconds of footage that appears to have been filmed by a drone above a road near the Stanwell power station.

During estimates hearings in July, Stanwell Corporation chief executive Richard Van Breda confirmed an incident where a person flew a drone near the power station south-west of Rockhampton.

“In mid-July we did have an event at one of our power stations,” he said.

“We did observe a member of the public flying a drone in the vicinity of Stanwell power station taking photographs and footage of that site.

“Permission had not been sought for that activity and had not been granted.

“In accordance with our standard procedures, we confronted the person and requested that they stop that activity immediately.”

Mr Van Breda said the matter was referred to police, ASIO and CASA.

More generally, Mr Van Breda said its power station sites were considered critical infrastructure, given their importance in providing security of electricity supply.

“As a result, we treat any unauthorised activity around our sites very seriously and we have comprehensive and very strict procedures in place covering security, communication and escalation of issues,” Mr Van Breda said.

“All our power stations have perimeter fencing and we have security in place and an escalation process to deal with any security issues.”

At the time, Treasurer and Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt said the outcome of the case was not yet known, but he believed Stanwell had acted appropriately.

“There is a very good reason why we have all of the regulation in place to ensure that people require permission to approach, to be on premises and to be around such important pieces,” Mr Pitt said.

It is the third drone incident linked to Mr Ashby to make headlines this year.

In June, a drone video was posted on Senator Hanson’s Facebook page including aerial shots of Parliament House.

Vision from news cameras apparently showed Mr Ashby operating a drone.

Last week, Labor Senator Glenn Sterle asked CASA to look into whether the Canberra flight was illegal, with an inquiry due by September 13.

At a Senate committee hearing, CASA officials said using a drone over Parliament House was “not appropriate” because it was within the control zone of the Canberra Airport.

In July, Senator Hanson posted a video on social media of her flying a drone from a balcony over a street in Townsville, and said the drone was owned by Mr Ashby.

Commonwealth Bank should pay price for its silence

A licence to lend money does not give you a licence to break the law and leave others to foot the bill, no matter how big you are.
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When the law is broken, you should be held to account and required to compensate the victims of your wrongdoing, no matter how big you are.

Since Maurice Blackburn announced its class action against the Commonwealth Bank of for its failure to disclose alleged breaches of national money laundering and terrorism financing laws, there has been some fatuous criticism levelled at those pursuing the case including: the bank’s failures to disclose its misconduct were not material and the class action involves shareholders suing themselves.

The argument about materiality stretches credulity.

Everything about this most recent scandal is material. It raises fundamental questions about CBA’s compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws and if it has blatantly disregarded its continuous disclosure obligations to shareholders.

In short, it goes to the heart of whether or not CBA has proper governance and risk systems.

A banking licence should be a guarantee of exemplary conduct. Instead, in CBA’s case, it appears to have been treated as a licence for bad behaviour.

Over a period of nearly three years, 778,370 accounts were allegedly not monitored by CBA for money laundering and CBA is accused of failing to lodge reports in 53,506 separate transactions of more than $10,000 with the regulator.

Significantly, many of the transactions in question are alleged to be attributable to money laundering syndicates and several of these are related to customers who CBA itself assessed as a potential risk of terrorism-related activities.

Adding insult to injury, it is now evident that CBA apparently knew of these breaches in the second-half of 2015 but chose not to disclose their existence to the ASX.

Shareholders, it seems, were deliberately left in the dark for nearly two years.

The contrary argument regarding materiality is that, because the price movement after the news of the Austrac proceedings was less than 10 per cent, it can’t have been material.

The argument is based on a fallacy. There is no requirement under the Corporations Act or the ASX Listing rules for a 10 per cent price movement for information to be regarded as material and therefore disclosed.

Rather the information has to be information that would influence investors to buy or sell shares.

It is axiomatic that finding out ‘s largest bank has apparently failed in its responsibilities to comply with anti-money laundering laws meets that test of materiality. Would anyone other than an apologist for bank misconduct say otherwise?

In any event, all the empirical evidence points to a material price movement: after the news, the decline in the CBA share price was in the top 1 per cent of price movements for CBA shares in the past five years.

Maurice Blackburn’s class action against CBA seeks to hold the bank to account for its sustained misconduct.

Shareholders who suffered losses will be compensated for the results of that misconduct. Some of those who had interests in CBA shares will no longer hold them, so the suggestion they are suing themselves is false.

Nor will any settlement necessarily be paid exclusively from CBA funds. In many instances, companies have insurance and that insurance meets some or all of the payments in shareholder class actions.

So the notion of a money-go-round is also false.

More importantly though, every CBA shareholder will benefit from the bank being properly held to account for its corporate governance failures.

The alternative is to leave Austrac to prosecute the money laundering breaches but ignore the only effective mechanism for holding CBA to account for the cavalier disregard it appears to have shown for its continuous disclosure obligations.

All that would do is send a signal to large corporations that they can ignore their continuous disclosure obligations with impunity. We have continuous disclosure laws for a reason. They promote the efficient allocation of capital by ensuring investment decision are made on the best available information.

No one should sensibly regard an attempt to enforce those laws and obtain compensation for those affected by flagrant breaches of them as a bad thing. The problem here is not the class action but the underlying corporate misbehaviour that caused the class action.

Andrew Watson is national head of class actions at Maurice Blackburn