Socceroos: Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos rewarded with international call-up

Andrew Nabbout. Picture: AAPERNIE Merrick said he’s the first to congratulate Andrew Nabbout about his deal with Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds.

That became double congratulations on Tuesday when Nabbout and now former Jets teammate Dimi Petratos werenamed in new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk’s preliminary squad for this month’s friendlies against Norway and Colombia.

Nabboutfarewelled teammates and friends on Tuesday as the 29-man squad was announced. It capped a fairytaleresurrection for Nabbout, whohas revived his A-League career at Newcastle over the past two seasons after playing in the Malaysian second-tier following his departure from Melbourne Victory in 2015.

Starting as a wide attacking player with Newcastle, Nabbout has stepped up as a fill-in striker this season and scored 10 goals in 22 games.

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— Craig Kerry (@craigkerry77) March 6, 2018

“I’m the first one to congratulate Andrew,” Merrick said of the deal with Urawa Red Diamonds.

“He’s had a great couple of years here.He’s a great servant to the club, playing fantastic football.

“He has an opportunity to go to a really big club over in Japan and I think he’ll do very well, so I think it’s a good move for him and for the club.”

Petratos is also in line for a Socceroos debut and a chance to push his World Cup selectionclaims.The former Brisbane player has starred for the second-placed Jets as a playmaker in his first season with the club.

Both friendly matches will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten.

Dimi Petratos

Socceroos: Aziz Behich, Joshua Brillante, Tim Cahill, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones (gk), Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak (gk), Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Jamie Maclaren, James Meredith, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Nikita Rukavytsya, Mathew Ryan (gk), Trent Sainsbury, Aleksandar Susnjar, James Troisi, Daniel Vukovic (gk), Bailey Wright.

Ask Noel: investment property, debt and more

I am focusing on paying off my first home loan. Would you recommend I buy a new investment property for the future of my family, or keep paying off the first home loan quickly? I have only an average middle-class income.

The first step is to get your mortgage under control, and then think about diversifying.

I suggest control would mean having your repayments at the rate of $1100 a month for every $100,000 of your loan.

This would have it paid off in 10 years with minimal interest if interest rates were no more than 6 per cent.

As you already have a substantial amount of money in the residential property basket, namely your own home, I think a better strategy would be to start to invest in share-based investments.

The good thing about doing that is you can start small and add to your investment as your experience and confidence grow.

You don’t have to go out on limb and borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars as you would have to do if you bought investment property.

I note you use the words ‘‘new’’ investment property.

Keep in mind the secret of success in real estate is to buy a property at the right price, and then add value by rezoning or refurbishment. This is usually not possible with a new house or a unit.

If I buy a second home, keep the first home and change it to a full-time investment property, should I change the investment home loan to an interest-only loan? What should be my investment goals?

The name of the game is to maximise your deductible debt, and minimise your non-deductible debt. You do not want to be in a situation where you are paying tax on the rent from an investment property, while stuck with a huge non-deductible mortgage on your residence.

Therefore, I would certainly recommend you convert the loan to interest only, and if this is not possible, then try to get a 30-year loan where the first 10 years’ payments consist mainly of interest anyway. This should free up resources to enable you to speed up repayment of the non-deductible debt on your residence.

Readers who have a debt on their own residence now, and are thinking of renting it out in the future, should make sure extra payments are kept in an offset account, and not paid off the loan. This will maximise future tax deductibility of interest.

In a recent article you warned about the inherent dangers in debt consolidation, and mentioned the scenario where a family with several personal loans could get out of trouble by focusing on paying the smallest loan off first, and then using the payments no longer needed for that to attack the second smallest loan. If a family could not do that, what would be the harm of rolling all the personal loans into their housing loan, getting a cheaper rate overall?

Rolling all the debts into the housing loan would certainly pay them off quicker, provided the family were disciplined enough to increase the payments on the housing loan to dramatically speed up the loan term. The problem is that most people end up in financial strife because of bad money management – if they don’t change their ways many would be in worse problems if they increased the housing loan, as they would end up paying all personal loans over 30 years.

I am 66 years old and receive a part pension – my wife is not yet old enough to receive the pension. We are considering extending our home, with the extension costing around $120,000. Am I correct in my understanding that the amount spent on such an extension would become part of the non-assessable value of our residence in accordance with Centrelink rules for the aged pension?

Your assumption is correct.

Just make sure you don’t fall into the trap of over capitalising your home because the money you would lose on a resale would be more than you would save by becoming eligible for a bigger pension.

Noel Whittaker is the author of Making Money Made Simple and numerous other books on personal finance. His advice is general in nature. Readers should seek their own professional advice before making decisions. Twitter:@noelwhittaker

Farmers could survive US tariffs: minister

Agriculture is in a strong position to absorb any shock tariffs from the US, Canberra says.n farmers have access to enough global markets to survive any escalation in tariffs from the United States, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud believes.

Mr Littleproud says the government’s record on trade deals, including landing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has put agriculture in a strong place to absorb any shock tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump.

“We’ve been able to spread the risk globally around the world for our producers in the agricultural sector, but also in terms of other industries,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Mr Trump has announced he will put a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium.

The US is adamant there will be no exemptions, but the n government has continued to lobby for one, which is understood to have been promised on the sidelines of last year’s G20 summit.

The move has sparked fears of a “trade war” which could spread to other sectors.

“One part of the world may want to move into protectionism, we don’t,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We in need to engage with the world, particularly in the agriculture sector, more than anybody.”

Trade Minister Steven Ciobo will sign the 11-nation TPP, which does not include the US, in Chile later this week.

Mr Littleproud pointed to that deal, along with agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, as evidence export markets won’t suffer from further US tariffs.

“I’m confident our track record can be put on the ground against any government of any nation and it’s top of the pops as far as I’m concerned,” Mr Littleproud said.

Sydney Zoo defends its name in court

Taronga Zoo has launched legal action against western Sydney rival Sydney Zoo.For more than a century Sydney’s Taronga Zoo had the chance to be known as Sydney Zoo and didn’t take it, a new zoo being built in the city’s west has claimed in defending its own right to the title.

Taronga Zoo has launched legal action in the Federal Court against Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd, in hopes of preventing the zoo at Bungarribee Park, near Blacktown, from using the name.

It’s alleging misleading or deceptive conduct, arguing the title could cause the public to confuse the new zoo with its own facility on Sydney harbour and falsely believe it’s located in the city’s centre.

The chief executive of the not-for-profit Taronga Conservation Society – which operates Taronga Zoo – says their attraction is often described as “Sydney zoo” by visitors.

“It’s for this reason we believe that another facility calling itself Sydney Zoo within Greater Sydney will create confusion,” Cameron Kerr said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This could negatively impact the experience of guests at both sites.”

Sydney Zoo chief executive Jake Burgess, after an initial hearing on the matter on Tuesday, said the idea western Sydney is not part of Sydney is “absurd”.

“I’m pretty sure the community of western Sydney feels like they’re part of greater Sydney,” he told AAP on Tuesday.

Mr Burgess said despite Taronga Zoo operating since 1916, it’s only now there’s a “new kid on the block” they have decided to lay claim to Sydney Zoo.

“Any large international city has the capacity for more than one zoo,” he said.

“We believe in our heart of hearts that we are generally entitled to use the name Sydney Zoo and we think the court will hopefully see that as well.”

The legal action comes after IP , the federal agency that administers intellectual property rights, rejected Taronga Zoo’s opposition to the registration of Sydney Zoo’s trademark in January – a decision Taronga Zoo is challenging.

Construction of the new zoo began in December and it’s expected to open early in 2019.

Mr Burgess said Taronga Zoo’s Federal Court action is coming “late in the piece”, more than two years after it learnt about Sydney Zoo.

But Taronga Zoo – which said it would not oppose the name Western Sydney Zoo for its soon-to-be rival – said its aim has been to reach an agreement outside of court, which hasn’t proved successful.

“We are supportive of a new zoo in Western Sydney and we have shared advice and guidance in the development of their facilities and best practice animal care,” Mr Kerr said.

Qld Labor MP kicked out of parliament

Steven Miles accused the Qld opposition leader of not responding to a letter his office never sent. Queensland MP Steven Miles has apologised to state parliament and the LNP leader.

Queensland government minister Steven Miles has had a day to forget in state parliament, being kicked out for interjecting not long after making a contrite apology to the opposition leader and the house.

Speaker Curtis Pitt warned the rowdy house on Tuesday he was in a bad mood due to a sore back and wouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour.

After warning MPs several times for interjecting, Dr Miles was the straw that broke the speaker’s back when he shouted across the chamber while Mr Pitt was on his feet calling for silence.

He was then suspended from the house for an hour.

It came after Dr Miles offered a formal apology to the parliament for accusing the opposition leader of not responding to a letter his office never sent.

He slammed Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington in parliament in February for not responding to the letter, which called on her to condemn a shortfall of almost $1 billion in federal hospital funding for Queensland

But on Tuesday, a contrite Dr Miles offered his apology to the opposition leader, saying a communication error meant the letter was not sent.

“My office emailed a copy of the correspondence in question to the leader of the opposition within two days of being alerted to the error,” he said.

“I apologise to the leader of the opposition, and the house for this matter.”

The opposition had written to Mr Pitt and called on him to refer Dr Miles to the Ethics Committee over the matter but the speaker said the apology put the matter to rest.

He took the opportunity to warn MPs about frivolous referrals to the Ethics Committee, saying he would be cracking down on the practice.

Mr Pitt said over the past term of government there were 87 calls for MPs to be referred, of which only four required further investigation.

He said that showed MPs on both sides were abusing the system and called for it to stop.

Medowie driver Gavin Manning readying to set new Chinan truck speed record at South China’s Speed Week

READY, SET, GO: Medowie’s Gavin Manning with his truck ahead of his trip to South ‘s salt flats at Lake Gairdner for the 28th annual Speed Week where he hopes to set a new n record. Picture: Simone De Peak. n truck speed record holder Gavin Manning will begin his annual pilgrimageto SpeedWeek at Lake Gairdner in South on Wednesday with plans of setting a new record –on his 63rdbirthday.

The current record holder in his truck class, Mr Manning is heading to the 28th annual Dry Lakes RacersAssociation event to attempt to beat the speed he set in 2010 of 156mph (251kph).

He will leave from his home in Medowie anddrive for three days across to South ’s salt lakes and prepare for his tilt at the record on Tuesday, March 13.


Repair job starts on Supercars trackSuper trucks grounded for Newcastle Supercars weekend“We’re looking at breaking our own record,” Mr Manning said. “We currently hold the n speed record for a truckon the salt, which is about 156 mph.

“If you’ve ever seen the [movie]TheWorld’s Fastest Indian, that’s exactly what we do. Burt [character] did it on a motorbike, many others were out there in cars, but we do it in a truck.”

An annual visitor to the lakes for Speed Week, Mr Manningset a recordin 2005 and then broke it in 2010.

However, he was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked of the chances of breaking it again.

“It’s motor racing, you’ve got to line up at the start line and what you get is what you’re given,” he said.

“The test will be as it leaves the start line and we seewhat we’ve done well and what we haven’t.”

Gavin Manning

The 62-year-oldhas put in a meticulous preparation for the record attempt over the past seven years. A crew of four will make the drive across with his vehicle, while many others including his family will fly over.

“Because of the nature of the beast it’s a long time between drinks,” he said.

“Our first shake-down run will be on the 12th of march and then if everything’s goes good we’ve got a 24-hour turnaround we’ve got use, to check and prep and let everything cool down.

“We’ll have a decent crack at it [the record] on the 13th.”

Darby Street Live micro music festival set to liven up hospitality and retail strip on Saturday, March 24

CHANGE OF SCENE: Newcastle artist Paris Grace performs at the Darby Street Live festival launch on Tuesday. Picture: Simone De Peak. Newcastle’s live music scene is set for a shake up at the end of the month withthe debut of theDarby Street Live micro music festival.

Launched on Tuesday at Darby Street fashion and music store Abicus by Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, the festival aims to showcase some of the Hunter’s best musical talents in cafes, shops and restaurants where they may not usually perform.

Thehospitality and retail strip is set tocome alive on Saturday, March 24 when local artists play in businesses along the street from 2pm until 8pm.


A tip in the right directionA well-oiled Wine MachineSinging for joy and therapy“The whole idea is to take music, the diversity of musicanda whole range of different styles of music, and put them in places you wouldn’t normally see,” festival organiser Steven Pickett said.

“With Darby Street having the reputation as that cultural hub where there’s so much great art, fashion and music, it was a natural fit.

“In some of the venues here we’ve got lane ways,alcoves andshop fronts, as well as a couple of licensedpremises you’d normally find live music in.”

Mr Pickett said the event has been made possible through a NSW GovernmentLive Music Office grant and funding from Newcastle City Council.

“Music’s the soul of Newcastle and we need to nurture it,” he said.“We’re presenting music in a way that’s not been done before.”

Singer Paris Grace, who won the Newcastle Tip Jar music competition in 2017, playedat Tuesday’s launch and says she can’t wait to perform among the 25 other already confirmed artists.

“I’m very excited, I just love performing,” she said.

“I think it will really attract people because there’s a lot of new artists and different styles of music.”

Work kicks off on redevelopment of Hunter Street mall as Iris Capital CEO Sam Arnaout and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes turn first sod

Work kicks off on redevelopment of Hunter Street mall BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

UNITED FRONT: Iris chief executive Sam Arnaout, UrbanGrowth NSW program director Michael Cassel and Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes last November. Picture: Marina Neil

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— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) March 6, 2018

It’s understood some of the apartments are still for sale, but Iris Capital representatives would not be drawn on what proportion remained unsold.

The workwill also feature an open piazza, a pedestrian link from Perkins to Wolfe Street and basement car parking for 295 cars.

Mr Arnaout and Councillor Nelmesdownplayed concerns over the effect construction may have on existing businesses and worsening traffic congestion in the CBD, as well asthe squeeze on parking once the new apartments arrive.

“Wewill always work with the community to minimise any impact, but with any development there are going tobe levels of disruption at points in time,” Mr Arnaout said.

“I work in and around the city and I can always find a park,” Cr Nelmes added.“The park and ride we’ve set up also at Broadmeadow has taken hundreds of commuter car parks out of the city.”

Cr Nelmes arguedthat if people encountered congestion on King Street, they should use other routes to enter the CBD.

“Be smart about it, if you’re local and you know the streets,” she said, stressing that people needed to“stop talking the city down.”

Read more:

Hunter Street mall redevelopmentResidential apartments in stage one of the East End redevelopmentRemembering Hunter’s history, shops, arcades and malls | photosA community consultation panel has been set up to manage the effect of the construction works, includingrepresentatives of Iris Capital and council officers.

The mall redevelopment has been split into four stages. The first stage will see a building constructed on thecorner of King and Perkins Street, along with Washington House on Hunter Streetand Fabric House on Wolfe Street.

All three are expected to be completed within about three months of each other.

Iris Capital, a Sydney-based development company, purchased the 1.66 hectare mallsite from UrbanGrowth and GPT in late 2016.

Liberal MLC backs jailed Labor minister Ian Macdonald over Doyles Creek

LAID LOW: Former Mineral Resources Minister Ian Macdonald MLC is led into the Supreme Court for sentencing in July 2017. Picture: Nick MoirSTATE Liberal upper house member Peter Phelps says he will continue to promote the cause of former Labor minister Ian Macdonald, who he says was wrongly jailed for corruption over the Doyles Creek training mine.

Macdonald was found guilty last yearof misconduct in public office and jailed for 10 years with a non-parole period of seven years. He has appealed the case but faces another trial in March next year over the Mount Penny lease.

Dr Phelps, a Queenbeyan-based MLC who is up for re-election at next year’s March state election, said on Tuesday that he was speaking out about Macdonald because “there is nothing in Doyles Creek that comes within a bull’s roar of corruption as far as I am concerned”.

In parliament last month, Dr Phelps gave a 3000-word speech that covered the history of the Doyles Creek training mine, the ICAC hearing that examined it and the legislation passed afterwards that stripped mining company Nucoal of the Doyles Creek mining licence.

SPEAKING HIS MIND: Macdonald speaking with the Newcastle Herald in 2013 after being found guilty of corruption at ICAC. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

In the speech, Dr Phelps said former premier Nathan Rees had told the ICAC’s public hearing that theDoyles Creek exploration licence was the sort of thing “you would bring . . . to a cabinet or a budget committee”.

Dr Phelps said this contradicted evidence Mr Rees had given in an earlier, private ICAC hearing –material not made public until after Macdonald’s trial –in which Mr Reestold ICAC counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson that it was the sort of decision that “didn’t require formal cabinet consideration”.

Dr Phelps told parliament that ICAC had deliberately withheld evidence favourable to Macdonald.

“If members want a clear example of malfeasance – I will not use the word misfeasance; it was malfeasance – by the ICAC, then look no further than this,” Dr Phelps said.

“They knew that there was exculpatory evidence dealing with the ministerial decisions of Macdonald in this case, and even though they knew it, they did not seek to raise it. More importantly, they did not seek to call any witnesses who could have corroborated the exculpatory evidence.”

PROTEST: Farmer Ian Moore in court in September 2011 for refusing access to Doyles Creek’s itended operator Nucoal. Picture: Dean Osland

Dr Phelps called for a review of the Doyles Creek matter, and of the criminal convictions of Macdonald and former CFMEU boss John Maitland, and for the Nucoal licence to be returned.

He said there had been “not much push back” from his side of politics after making his speech, although people were curious as to why he was speaking out as he was.

He said it was “not so much about defending Macca as defending a process”.

He said he would continue to raise the issue in the upper house, where he had parliamentary privilege, and would raise it with his colleagues.

“You bet I am going to continue to push it,” Dr Phelps said.

ICAC declined to comment on Dr Phelp’s speech.

ICAC declined to comment on Dr Phelp’s speech.

Read this before you buy a pet

A pet is for life: It’s important to remember that pet ownership is a huge responsibility.Thinking about getting a pet? You’re not alone! is a nation of pet lovers, with around 62 per centof n households having a pet, according to the n Veterinary Association.

For many of us our pet is an important part of the family and having a furry, feathered or even scaled companion is extremely rewarding.

It’s also important to remember that pet ownership is a huge responsibility, so we have put together some things to consider to help ensure the partnership between you and your new companion is off to a good start.

Whether you’re thinking of adopting a dog, cat, bird, pocket pet or something else entirely, getting a pet should never be an impulsive decision. Take your time and research the animal and even the breed you are thinking of getting, so you can be confident your choice of pet will be appropriate for your lifestyle and you are well prepared for their arrival and continued care. There are lots of great books, magazines and websites where you can easily access all this information.

First you should consider whether you are prepared to care for the animal for the rest of its life, bearing in mind that dogs can live for 12 to 18 years and cats can live up to 20 years. Working hours, a busy social life and regular trips away are all factors you need to consider before getting a pet.

Remember that all animals, no matter which one you choose, will require exercise, feeding and company, and many others will also need training, grooming, socialisation and play time.

If you live in an apartment, a smaller pet such as a rat, reptile or certain breeds of dogs might be a good choice, and if you have a big backyard you could think about getting a larger dog or some chickens, as they need daily access to the outdoors and more space to exercise.

Unless elderly or ill, all dogs should be walked at least once a day. Cats can be quite happy in apartments, too. Just make sure you check the rules with your body corporate or landlord first if you are renting.

Making sure you are aware of costs involved with pet ownership is also important. Food, worming, training, boarding, toys, vaccinations, microchipping, desexing, pet insurance, and veterinary care can add up.

If you are interested in adding a puppy or kitten to your family, why not check out the interactive RSPCA Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide (www.rspcapuppyguide老域名出售.au) or access the RSPCA Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer’s Guide (http://www.rspcakittenguide老域名出售.au/) for more information.

Getting a new pet is an exciting time, so just remember to be well prepared for all aspects of pet ownership and it’s likely that both you and your pet’s lives will be better for it.