Canberra house values go backwards in 2014, again bucking capital city trend

January 2, 2015 – 5:49PM

Primrose Riordan

Reporter at The Canberra Times


Canberra is yet again the kid left behind, waiting to be picked up after school – clocking up another year as the only city to record an annual fall in home values in 2014.

The December CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Report also reveals Canberra to be the weakest performing capital city in the last quarter of 2014, when dwelling values  slipped by 3.4 per cent.

In the same period Perth, Sydney and Brisbane recording the greatest quarterly gains, rising 2.8 per cent, 2.3 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively.

Canberra was also the only capital city to record falling values  across 2013, according to the Australian Property Monitors.

This year, according to the new report, dwelling values in Canberra fell by 0.6 per cent.

“Despite the positive result across most cities, the annual rate of capital gain across Australia’s capital city housing market has continued to slow,” CoreLogic RP Data senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said.

Canberra units were hit the hardest in the past quarter with values dipping by 4.2 per cent while house values slid by 3.4 percent.

In the three months to December, the median dwelling price in Canberra stood at $520,000, surpassed by Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin – although that is a rise from winter’s $510,500 median price.

The bad news is that things are not looking up for 2015. Tim Lawless, CoreLogic RP Data’s head of research, said the easing values in the Canberra market were expected to last.

“Conditions are clearly softening across Perth, Darwin and Canberra and we expect this trend to continue,” Mr Lawless said.

Nationally the rate of growth slowed to 7.9 per cent over the 12 months to December.

This year should see slower “more sustainable” rates of growth, with the heat coming out of booming market, Mr Lawless said.

“Sydney and Melbourne have been the standouts for capital gains over the current growth phase, however the level of growth compared with last year is now lower as some heat leaves these markets,” he said.

He said to watch Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart for “stronger performance over the coming year” after “some acceleration in the rate of capital gain over the past year”.

For those letting out their properties, the report notes that “rental growth is sitting at its lowest annual rate in more than a decade” nationally.

Combined capital city rents increased by just 1.8 per cent over the past year with house rents increasing by 1.7 per cent over and units 2.4 per cent, according to the report.

Gross rental yields in December in Canberra sat at 4.2 per cent for houses and 5 per cent for units.

This was compared with 3.7 per cent for houses and 4.5 per cent for units nationally, down from 3.9 per cent for houses and 4.6 per cent for units Australia-wide at the same time last December.

Mr Kusher said demand for housing may slow this year.

“Low rental yields and the likelihood of tougher lending criteria to investment buyers will likely dampen the very active investor segment of the market which may in turn reduce housing demand in 2015,” he said.


Source : The Canberra Times

Should Asia be split in two?

January 2, 2015 – 1:21PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

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It’s called the Asian Cup, and it kicks off on January 9 when Australia hosts Kuwait at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

But a cursory glance at the list of qualifiers raises the question: should it be called the Middle Eastern Cup, or the Gulf Cup part two?

Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine all hail from what, in FIFA-speak, is known as West Asia.

The rest of us, not forced into tongue-tied definitions because of the dictates of football realpolitik, call it the Middle East.

The only qualifier from their part of the world in Central Asia is Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic.

Host nation Australia are in the Asian region geographically and for reasons of football politics, but most of their Confederation neighbours would struggle to see Australia as a genuinely Asian country.

That leaves four qualifiers who, in the definition of most secondary-age schoolchildren, would be termed Asian: Japan, South and North Korea, and China.

So what, you might say: what’s the problem?

Surely all of these Middle Eastern nations qualified through an open system of group games and are simply better than the East Asian opponents who faced them in those qualifying competitions?

And it’s not as if the repetition is unknown. What about Europe? All countries from that continent are lumped together for qualifying matches, and if Eastern European nations no longer make it with the frequency they once did that’s because they are not good enough.

But I think there are significant differences between the two cases.

While the economies of many eastern European nations are shaky and the money is no longer there to spend on coaching and development that there was when totalitarian governments invested in sport as a means of propaganda, at least they have a strongly defined football culture.

They may, at some point in the near future, begin a football renaissance through the talent that might emerge despite the lack of resources.

In many countries of South-East Asia there is not just a lack of cash to develop a football infrastructure but there is simply not a deep-rooted football culture.

The likelihood of Sri Lanka, Guam, Thailand, Malaysia or even wealthy Hong Kong seriously threatening their powerful Middle Eastern rivals, who have money, emerging leagues and a football culture that has developed rapidly in the past four decades, is slim.

So what, you might say. That’s the way of the world.

But does it have to be? After all, it does all get quite samey.

The 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar boasted 14 of the 16 nations who have qualified this time. The differences are Oman and Palestine, who made it to Australia, in place of Syria and India from 2011.

In 2007 there was a fair bit of variation as the tournament was staged across four countries, so Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia all qualified as hosts. Even so, of the remaining 12 qualifiers, seven came from the Middle East.

Of course, there always will be powerful nations who qualify almost as a matter of course all over the world. Mexico have dominated in Concacaf World Cup qualifying for decades, with only the US recently challenging.

The European giants of Italy and Germany invariably make it to World Cups and Euro championships whatever else is happening in football on the continent, while Brazil have not missed a World Cup from South America.

But in Asia there does seem to be an even larger monopoly. Occasionally ideas are floated about a total revamp of a 47-member group which stretches from Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, includes India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, takes in Brunei, Laos and Timor-Leste as well as the East Asian giants Japan and South Korea, finishing as far south as Australia.

Usually they founder for political reasons, and it’s not likely that the Asian Football Confederation will vote itself out of existence. Turkeys don’t put their wings up for Christmas, despite what the evidence of recent days might suggest. Still, it’s worth asking once more whether it is time for FIFA to look seriously at splitting up the AFC and in the same breath fix up the anomaly that is Oceania.

Why not fold Oceania into this huge block, and then split it in two so we have a genuine West and Central Asian Confederation and an East Asian and Oceania Confederation?

Logistically it would make a lot of sense, cutting down on travel time and making it easier for teams to play qualifiers away from home in more time-friendly zones without having to deal with the worst effects of jet lag.

Why not hive off what is now West Asia – Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE and Yemen – and parcel it up with the Central Asian Football Federation and the South Asian Football Federation to make an entirely new body.

The 12 Middle Eastern countries could be joined by Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan from Central Asia, plus Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Maldives, India,  Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. That would be 25 nations in all.

They could then create a totally separate confederation – East Asia and Oceania – by folding all the countries in the East Asian and ASEAN football federations in with the 11 members of the Oceania group.

That would contain 33 members, many of them very small, so there would need to be a qualification mechanism by which the smallest countries played each other to eliminate the weakest before going into the main draw for qualifying games for major tournaments.

Unwieldy? Difficult? Of course. And the big teams would still likely dominate, at least at first.

But it would make more geographical sense, and it would give the chance to some of the smaller developing East Asian nations to at least make inroads in a confederation which would not prove so daunting.

Such a scenario would allow FIFA to get rid of Oceania, with its half a qualifying spot for the World Cup, and at the same time expand the chances for teams from both new confederations to make a splash on the global stage by giving both three qualifying places to the World Cup.

That would, of course, mean taking one and a half spots from other regions: but if the game’s rulers are serious about growing football in underdeveloped regions there is nothing better than the carrot of a World Cup place to encourage investment and participation. Nations like Indonesia, in particular, with huge populations and an emerging economy, might be a particularly fertile ground in which to plant the seed.

The Europeans would rail against such a suggestion, but the game has reached saturation point there while the real upsides are in this part of the world.

It might mean the end of the Asian Cup as we know it, but we could get two bites at the cherry instead by having two new continental confederation championships – the East Asian Cup and the West Asian tournament.

Why not give it some serious thought?


Source : The Canberra Times

Sacked Australian National University staff member seeks compensation and job back

January 2, 2015 – 11:45PM

Michael Inman

Courts reporter for The Canberra Times.

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A staff member at the Australian National University says she was humiliated when she was sacked after seeking a pay upgrade.

Joyce Noronha-Barrett has asked the Federal Court to order the university to pay her compensation, not make her redundant, and hire her into a newly established job.

Documents filed by her lawyer Bradley Allen Love Lawyers also sought a provisional court order to freeze Ms Noronha-Barrett’s termination, to stop the university filling the new position, and allowing her access to her workplace.

Court papers said Ms Noronha-Barrett – whose online profile says she has worked in the education sector for 30 years – started work as a senior administrator in the school of Archaeology and Anthropology in March 2011.

She was paid as a level 6/7, but she discovered the pay rate breached the enterprise agreement because the job should have been classified as a level 8.

Ms Noronha-Barrett applied for a classification review in May, but the ANU at first refused to consider the request and then rejected it after 15 weeks.

The ANU then failed to failed to refer an appeal, lodged in September, to a classifications review panel.

Meanwhile, Ms Noronha-Barrett’s position was abolished and a new level 8 job was established in its place.

She was not offered the job.

Her employment with the ANU was set to finish next week.

Ms Noronha-Barrett’s lawyers say the ANU breached the workplace laws again by not redeploying her into the new job.

Court papers said the decision meant she suffered loss and damage, including financial loss through past underpayment and loss of future income, and suffered shock, distress, and humiliation.

Her lawyers say the university sacked her to prevent her from exercising her workplace rights to refer the dispute to the Fair Work Commission.

“The respondent took adverse action against the applicant by refusing or failing to redeploy her into the position after it was reclassified and refused or failed to provide any necessary training to assist her meet the selection criteria for the position within a reasonable timeframe,” court papers said.

“The respondent’s refusal or failure to redeploy the applicant into the position after it was reclassified was taken in order to prevent the applicant from continuing to be employed in the position.”

Ms Noronha-Barrett asked the court to declare the ANU had breached the Fair Work Act, and order she be hired in the level 8 job and paid compensation.

The ANU refused to accept the temporary conditions when the matter appeared for mention before Justice Jayne Jagot in December.

The court heard the two sides had reached a “rock-solid impasse”.

But the parties reached a temporary agreement after the judge warned she would refuse the interlocutory application with costs.

Frenzied negotiations led the court to issue interim orders, by consent, that ANU not terminate Ms Noronha-Barrett’s job before a review had been completed, and that she could apply for vacant jobs at the university.

The court also ordered the ANU to file and serve its defence by late January.

The matter is listed for directions in early February.


Source : The Canberra Times

Carl Valeri recounts Germany upset

Valeri fights for the ball with Germany's Sven Bender.

Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri reflects on Australia’s stunning 2011 upset win over European powerhouse Germany in Mönchengladbach.CLICK HERE to see the video.

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Mile Jedinak honoured by Football Federation Australia award

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak converts from the penalty spot against the Netherlands at the World Cup.

Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak says 2014 was a year to remember as he was presented with the award for FFA’s top male footballer of 2014 in Melbourne today.

Jedinak and Westfield Matilda star Katrina Gorry were today named the FFA’s top Male and Female Footballers of the Year for 2014, adding to their recent awards at the Asian Football Confederation Awards night, where Jedinak was also named the AFC’s International Player of the year.

After being presented with the trophy at today’s press conference by former national team midfielder Josip Skoko, the Socceroo and Crystal Palace skipper said 2014 had been full of highlights.

“One highlight? There’s been a few… it’s been a huge rollercoaster. So many positive things.

“Going to a World Cup, captaining your country is right up there. Retaining your status in the Premier League.

“Massive year for myself and my football career. I’m very honoured to receive the award.”


The next challenge in Jedinak’s career is to lead the national team in the Asian Cup.

Next Friday night the tournament kicks off with an opening ceremony before the Socceroos face a potential banana-skin against Kuwait.

Today the full squad trained as the team’s preparations ramped up.

But Jedinak was again taking things easy with a session of walking and stretching following his arrival in camp on Wednesday.

And the skipper isn’t thinking too far ahead in terms of the latter stages of the Cup.

“The boss [Ange Postecoglou] will have his expectations but I like to take it day by day.

“I’ve never been one to get too carried away because I know what may or may not be potentially waiting around the corner.

“We’ve just got to prepare let’s get to that one first, do well in that and then we go from there.”

But the former Hyundai A-League star did feel the blend in this Socceroo squad was the right mix and that the torrid 2014 schedule of 10 games on foreign soil had steeled this group to peak this month.

“I think 100 percent we’ve got the right blend. We know what’s happened in the last year in terms of the games and it’s all been built up towards this point.

“It’s great to be in amongst it, you can see the buzz around the group and the camp. The boys are looking to get out there and the preparations have been put in place for a very long time,” he said.

“But now it’s finally here the squad is the 23 that hopefully will do the job. We’re here and ready to go.”

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Source : Football Federation Australia website

Matt McKay excited by rare Asian Cup opportunity

McKay dribbles the ball during a Socceroos training session.

Matt McKay says the Socceroos will be fired up to make a splash at the Asian Cup after coach Ange Postecoglou’s pep talk in recent days.

“It’s a once in a lifetime tournament for us,” McKay said on Friday.

“Ange has made that clear to us, we’re never going to have this opportunity again.

“The expectations are there more so than at the World Cup but I think we can handle it.”

A win would be ideal to start the tournament next Friday night when Kuwait face the Socceroos at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park).

And with Kuwait the opposition for McKay’s Socceroo debut some eight years ago, he’s hoping to have another crack at the Gulf nation after coming on as a late substitute in 2006 at Allianz Stadium in a 2-0 win.

McKay conceded midfield was a tough area to break into for a starting spot in this national team, something he said was necessary particularly given the shorter turnaround for group games at the Asian Cup.

“We know that maybe they [Kuwait] are seen as the weaker side in the group but we’re doing our homework and making sure we’re ready for everything they throw at us,” he said.

“The whole squad will be needed for the whole tournament so it won’t be the same eleven for every game, so everyone has to be ready.”

The Brisbane Roar FC midfielder was one of the 23 squad members who trained in hot conditions today at Collingwood’s training base today.

McKay added he expected the intensity will ramp up as the Kuwait game nears.

“We trained a bit earlier this morning and it was a bit of a lighter session and work our way up to that Friday game next week.”

He added: “Ange wants us to play entertaining, attacking football but that needs to translate into wins.”


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Source : Football Federation Australia website

Tiago Santiago está finalizando seu primeiro filme Deu a Louca nos Apaixonados



O autor Tiago Santiago, ainda longe das novelas, também volta suas atenções para o cinema, além de séries para a televisão paga.
Neste momento, ele está finalizando o roteiro do seu primeiro longa-metragem, “Deu a Louca nos Apaixonados”.

Ficamos assim. Mas amanhã tem mais. Tchau!


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Flávio Ricco duvida que a Rede Record estreie Os 10 Mandamentos em março



Mesmo com atraso nas gravações, a Record continua confirmando a estreia de “Os Dez Mandamentos” para março…
… Mas desde já fiquem todos avisados que vai ser muito difícil isso acontecer…
… O atraso na construção da cidade cenográfica comprometeu todo o planejamento da equipe…
… Nos estúdios os trabalhos até que caminham muito bem.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Flávio Ricco comenta o trabalho de Camila Pitanga nas primeiras gravações de “Babilônia”


Trabalho da Camila Pitanga nas primeiras gravações de “Babilônia” chama a atenção de todos…
… De acordo com o pessoal do elenco, foi um papel desenhado para ela.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery