A-League: Topor-Stanley expects little to change at old club Wanderers

High alert: Jets stopper Nikolai Topor-Stanley is looking forward to taking on his former club Western Sydney. Picture: Darren Pateman AAP TOWERING Jets stopper Nikolai Topor-Stanley admits he didn’t know what being a professional footballer meant before he joined Western Sydney Wanderers.
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For four years, Wandererscoach tony Popovic drilled home the importance of preparation, planning and physical condition.

Topor-Stanley does not expect Wanderers to be any different now they are under the control of Popovic’s former lieutenant Hayden Foxe.

“It would be pretty hard to change the principles Poppa brought to that club overnight,” Topor-Stanley said.

Nor does Topor-Stanley believe a draining schedule will be a concern for Wanderers when they take on the Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

Wanderers gave up a 2-0 lead to draw 2-all with Sydney in a pulsating Sydney derby last Saturday, before going down 2-1 to Adelaide in the FFA Cup semi-final at Campbelltown on Tuesday.

“Knowing Poppa, he would have had them drilled a long time before this to be ready,” he said of the former coach, who left Wanderers on the eve of the season to join Turkish club Karabükspor.“He plans far, far ahead. The one thing I learned from him is that he would have them ready. I Don’t think that will cause a ripple in that team.”

Popovic’s exitis not the only change at Wanderers.

The arrival of former La Liga duo Oriol Riera and Alvaro Cejudo and Dutch No.10 Roly Bonevacia have added a new dimension to their attack.

“They have recruited well, especially in the attacking roles,” Topor-Stanley said. “TheSpanish players, especially their striker, havebeen in a rich vein of form. We will have our hands full.”

Wanderers have scored two goals in each of the opening three rounds and, like the Jets, are unbeaten.

Asked what the key was to stoppingWanderers, Topor-Stanley said: “IfI knew the answer to how to shut down opposition squads, I would have the golden ticket.Ernie has flagged that he is not to happy with us conceding goals every game. As a defender I am not too happy about that either, but we are still winning. We can’t take away from our attacking players who are winning us games.I think, without it sounding too cliche, it is about us focusing on what we have been doing well.”

What the Jets are “doing well” is scoring goals. They have netted nine in three games, three more than the next best, with Roy O’Donovan grabbing five.

However, they will be without marquee midfielder Ronny Vargas, who faces a long stint on the sideline after breaking his left ankle in a 2-1 win over Brisbane.

“Mentally, without dismissing it, we haveto focus on our job,” Topor-Stanley said. “That is what he would want us to do.”

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‘Bezos can be mayor’: Amazon has been offered its own city

Amazon苏州夜总会招聘 is receiving offers of billions of dollars in tax breaks and other perks from cities and states across North America that are participating in a company contest to pick a location for its second headquarters.
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Elected officials are eager for the more than $US5 billion ($6.3 billion) investment by Amazon and up to 50,000 new jobs that will come with “HQ2.”

For its second campus, Amazon wants a metropolitan area of more than a million people with good education, mass transit and likely lower costs than its home base in Seattle.

Amazon said it had received some 238 proposals from various places, with a decision to be announced next year.

“There is no better place to do business than Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an October 13 letter to Amazon’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, seen by Reuters.

New Jersey proposed $US7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments, according to a news release from the governor’s office earlier this week.

A report from the California governor’s office seen by Reuters said Amazon could claim some $US300 million, and on Thursday a state assemblyman announced plans to introduce legislation in 2018 that could offer Amazon $US1 billion in tax breaks over the next decade.

And in a far different proposal, the mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Stonecrest, Jason Lary, said his city would use 345 acres of industrial land to create a new city called Amazon. Bezos would be its mayor for life, Lary said.

“Jeff Bezos can be the mayor, CEO, king, whatever they want to call it,” Lary told CNBC television. “He’ll be the first person to actually have a corporate city.”

Amazon’s need to compete for tech talent with Silicon Valley companies such as Google likely places the HQ2 prize out of reach for some smaller cities.

Moody’s Analytics has ranked Austin, the headquarters of Amazon’s subsidiary Whole Foods, as the favourite.

“The cities I talked (to) all know they are being taken and resent it,” said urban studies expert Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute. However, cities expect some indirect benefits from the contest, such as closer ties to state and regional officials, he said. Harsh words

Since its beginnings as an online bookseller in 1994, Amazon has had a savvy approach to taxes, collecting no sales tax for many purchases until recent years, and now pitting governments against each other to win tax breaks.

In some cases, the contest has gotten heated.

New Hampshire warned Amazon not to choose nearby Boston, saying in a report posted online: “When you leave your tiny $US4000-a-month apartment only to sit in two hours of traffic trying to make your way to an overburdened airport, you’ll be wishing you were in New Hampshire.”

Milwaukee’s bid touted its proximity to Chicago, a nearby competitor, arguing that Amazon could tap that city’s workforce and amenities while avoiding its congestion and high costs of living.

“We consider Chicago one of our finest suburbs,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Many governments have declined to discuss the tax packages they are offering for fear of tipping off rivals.

The bid by Austin is confidential, a chamber of commerce official told Reuters. Missouri’s economic development department said the state had a non-disclosure agreement with Amazon.

St Louis, Missouri received the most Twitter mentions related to HQ2 over the last two weeks – more than 1,300 – according to social media monitoring company Brandwatch. Boston and Chicago were next.

Other candidates have simply taken the opportunity to market themselves.

“Hey Amazon, we need to talk,” ran an ad for Little Rock, Arkansas in the Bezos-owned Washington Post on Thursday. “We’re happy knowing that many great companies find our natural good looks coupled with our brains for business irresistible.

“You’ll find what you’re looking for. But it’s just not us,” the ad read.


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Female aged care worker charged with assaulting woman, 85

A worker at an aged care facility in Sydney’s north west is facing charges after allegedly assaulting an 85-year-old resident.
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NSW police allege a 58-year-old female employee at an Estia Health aged care facility in North Epping entered the elderly woman’s room and assaulted her on August 22.

The employee was arrested at Ryde Police Station on Thursday morning and charged with four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and five counts of common assault.

She was granted conditional bail and is scheduled to appear before Burwood Local Court on November 2.

Estia Health confirmed the woman’s arrest in a statement, saying the alleged assault was promptly reported to authorities.

“Estia does not tolerate behaviour of the kind that has been alleged under any circumstances and terminated the employment of the staff member,” Estia chief executive Norah Barlow said.

“Our response to the allegation was handled as it should be – quickly, sensitively, and within the legal framework.”

The aged care sector has been under the spotlight following a series of media expos??s about horrific abuse and neglect in residential facilities.

On Wednesday, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt told the National Press Club the current system has “let us down”.

He announced a stricter auditing regime, saying facilities would be subject to surprise spot-checks instead of the current system in which checks are advised well in advance.

The announcement comes after an investigation into how an aged care facility in South received full accreditation from the n Aged Care Quality Agency despite shocking mistreatment of residents, including a sexual assault by an employee and a murder by a resident.

Federal government figures show the Department of Health received 2,862 notifications of reportable assaults in aged care facilities in 2015-16.

Of these, 2,422 were recorded as alleged or suspected unreasonable use of force, 396 as alleged or suspected unlawful sexual contact and 44 as both.

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‘Dishonest, awful’: Alec Baldwin lashes film critic

Alec Baldwin’s treatment of a film critic has left some wondering whether it was the Emmy award-winning actor or his Donald Trump impersonation in charge of his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
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The Saturday Night Live star has gone on an epic rant against a writer for US pop culture site Decider, with some going as far as to label the online tirade sexist.

In a series of now-deleted tweets sent from his charity’s account, Baldwin called Kayla Cobb a “dreadful writer” because of a piece she’d written about his 2013 documentary with James Toback. Cobb wrote that Seduced and Abandoned now carries “sinister implications” thanks to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the fact Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 200 women.

“I cheered when Gawker lost its case to Hulk [Hogan],” Baldwin wrote. “So, of course The Decider wants to tar me with the Toback brush. Kayla Cobb, you are a dreadful writer.”

The Decider is owned by News Corp and has no affiliation to the now-defunct gossip website Gawker. When Cobb replied to Baldwin’s tweet and provided her email in case he would like to make a statement about Toback, the television personality fired back.

“I would send you an email, on any subject, if you weren’t such a dishonest, awful writer,” he said.

“Is that a ‘No comment’ on Toback?” Cobb asked.

“Why don’t you let prosecutors and real journalists investigate such cases and you stick to divorces and plastic surgery,” the 30 Rock star replied.

Baldwin’s behaviour has been slammed as rude and sexist, leading him to tweet from his personal account: “Liberal assholes are worse than conservative assholes.” Mr. Baldwin has blocked me, but he is also sending me tweets I can’t see. Reminder: I’m a TV critic and this is over a documentary from 2013 pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/akH0TtRehm??? Kayla Cobb (@KaylCobb) October 26, 2017Liberal assholes are worse than conservative assholes.??? AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) October 26, 2017

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Jane Harper wins Britain’s top crime-writing award

It’s an award that has been won by writers such as Ruth Rendell, Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid, Henning Mankell, and John le Carre.
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Now Jane Harper has become the third n after Peter Temple and Michael Robotham to win the British Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of the year.

Harper won for her first novel, The Dry, which was published in in 2016, having the year before won the Victorian Premier’s award for an unpublished manuscript. It was named book of the year in the n book industry awards in May and has been published in more than 20 countries. When reviewed in The New York Times, Janet Maslin described The Dry as a “breathless page-turner”, while Laura Wilson in Britain’s Guardian said it had “a sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat”.

Harper, who lives in St Kilda, said it was exciting to be recognised by the CWA and not something she expected. “It is the big one. I remember when Michael Robotham won thinking how amazing it was for him and how well-deserved.” She said the book had exceeded her expectations again and again.

The Dry is set in a small farming town where a man has killed his family and himself. When detective Aaron Falk returns to the community for the funeral of his old friend he eventually realises things are not quite what they seem.

Harper’s attention in the past few weeks has been on promoting her second Aaron Falk book, Force of Nature, which was published in September. It will be published in Britain and the US in February.

The Dry has been optioned for the screen by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s production company, with Harry Cripps writing the script. At the recent Emmy awards ceremony, Papandrea said filming could start as early as next year.

Meanwhile, Harper said her third book “was at the planning stage”.

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