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  1. We’re not bogans: Wagga ‘oozing with culture’

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    August 8, 2018 by admin

    A sign of sophistication.Wagga’s cultural identity has been thrust into the spotlight after a Canberra commentator, who admits to knowing nothing about the city, branded residents “a rather conservative, unsophisticated flock”.
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    Columnist Ian Warden used the analogy “we’re living in a kind of Wagga” to describe the disappointment he felt after the Canberra Symphony Orchestra released its concert program for 2013, which he says is conservative and “rather depressing”.

    “Lots of the selected works are the sorts of things you’d find on one of those four-CD sets of Classical Greatest Hits for Bogans, for people who don’t know much about classical music but who know what they like,” Mr Warden wrote.

    Later, Mr Warden admitted he knew nothing about Wagga when questioned about his comparison. Wagga City Council tourism manager Sally Nolan suggested Mr Warden “make a trip to Wagga to see the vibe that surrounds us”.

    On the eve of the Jazz Festival, Ms Nolan said ‘unsophisticated’ is not a how she would describe the culture and attitude of the city.

    “I look at what Wagga was like 10 to 15 years ago and the city has grown and matured, more than anything else people are very proud of it,” Ms Nolan said.

    With the five new shows set down at the Civic Theatre, seven exhibitions due to arrive at the city’s galleries and a host of markets and community events in coming weeks, Ms Nolan said the city is “oozing with culture”.

    “Visitors to the gallery and museums are quite high,” she said.

    Reflecting on his column, Mr Warden said his readers would be familiar with the tongue-in-cheek comparisons to depict the difference between country and city.

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  2. Qantas tech operations flying along

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    August 8, 2018 by admin

    Qantas’ decision to split its international and domestic operations sent shockwaves around the airline in July, but one team was already preparing for the job of splitting IT systems.
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    The restructure complicated an already nuanced technology operation whose tentacles touch every part of the airline – from freight to frequent flyers. It was also a catalyst for improvement as it exposed weaknesses in outsourcing, enabled the relocation of IT people to where they were needed most and, ultimately, saved $30 million.

    It all began when the airline looked to outsource parts of the project, exposing gaps and weaknesses in the technology operations.

    ”We had many sources of truth and this old state created complexities,” said Qantas IT financial controller Larry Morrissey.

    ”We had multiple sources of data, which led to lots of reconciliation, and also lack of consistency in what we were reporting to the business.”

    So the airline made an early decision to install a project management application in October 2011 that would provide visibility of all legacy systems as well as help with the difficult task of prioritising projects along domestic and international lines, explained Qantas chief information officer Paul Jones.

    The CA Clarity PPM system would also ”liberate” the knowledge locked away in spreadsheets and silos.

    ”By having this single source of truth it allowed us to have a look at the entire portfolio and relating that to which projects make sense in an international and domestic sense,” Jones said.

    Qantas now more accurately aligns IT spending with commercial goals, according to Jones, because the project management application centrally stores technology project information such as where it is installed, phases of implementation, and upcoming projects.

    ”That means it’s easier to take a portfolio view across the entire airline rather than everyone having their own pots of technology,” he said.

    The new system also gives visibility to the distributed technology operations where seven outsourcers – IBM, Fujitsu, Telstra, Optus, TCS, Satyam and Amadeus – manage 80 per cent of the carrier’s technology systems and support.

    The remaining 20 per cent is provided in-house where, from August 1, IT staff were relocated inside the various divisions – from catering, freight, engineering, international, domestic and loyalty – assembled into mini businesses, each with its own chief executive.

    ”The airline is very complicated so you need IT people with the customers,” Jones said. ”Every sub-part of the airline [needs] tech people working day-by-day.”

    He said five technology strategies added value to the airline: IT staff located within divisions, technology modernisation programs, single project view, employee engagement and IT cost reduction.

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  3. The forecast is for no paper with an uncertain outlook

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    August 8, 2018 by admin

    Behind this pile of predictions is a paperless office.NBN Co predicts the country’s new high-speed broadband network will transform the economy by sprouting paperless offices across the country. But, for the immediate future at least, paper is here to stay.
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    Real estate agency Dougmal Harcourts, on the New South Wales south coast, is counting on becoming a paperless office on the back of its early national broadband network (NBN) adoption. It recently invested in iPads and remotely hosted storage applications, and shifted its offices out of the Kiama CBD – so staff can work from anywhere.

    It had previously accumulated 20 filing cabinets of documents to satisfy its licence obligations as it needs to keep records of every transaction for five years.

    ”The possibility of being able to hold all that data in a safe and secure place with cloud backup is one of the things the NBN enhances,” said Sue Spence, the realtor’s managing director. ”It’s not our main consideration but it’s certainly one of several that led us down this path.”

    NBN Co says its high-speed broadband fibre can now support multiple telephone lines, which will allow small businesses to provide more reliable services.

    ”Ours is still definitely a face-to-face industry but more and more we can run services online that traditionally a real estate agent is doing face-to-face,” Spence said.

    But it is the iPad, not the NBN, that is hastening print’s decline, according to Kyocera managing director David Finn.

    ”Before the iPad erupted onto the scene, the industry pundits were saying the paperless office or reduction will occur in 20 years’ time,” said Finn, whose company continues to sell printing machines. ”Who knows how much that is going to accelerate?”

    Increased viewing quality on the iPad and other mobile devices meant people were definitely printing less, he said, but businesses would use paper for at least the next 15 years.

    ”[NBN Co] has this vision that everyone will be connected, but there will still be people with more devices at home just to receive information and print documents.”

    The paperless toilet will arrive before the fully digital office, he predicted. ”The paperless office is a myth.”

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  4. Dear Tracy: A letter on baby weight loss, from realistic mums everywhere

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    August 8, 2018 by admin

    The pressure for new mums to lose their baby weight is in the spotlight again, with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson saying women use pregnancy as “an excuse to let their bodies go”.
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    Anderson, who’s credited with sculpting the post-pregnancy bodies of Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, got back to her pre-baby weight just six weeks after giving birth. In the September issue of Dujour magazine, she argued that while the “journey of getting back to your best level of performance physically is very hard” it’s also an “incredibly empowering place to be”.

    I can already hear you shouting at the screen in indignation. So I thought I’d write a response to Tracy, on behalf of those of us who didn’t lose our baby weight in six weeks.

    Hey Tracy,

    Firstly, good for you! You look amazing, as does J-Lo and Gwyneth, so kudos to all of you. I’d love to look like you guys at any time in my life, let alone six weeks after having a baby.

    But here’s the thing: we all know that to look like you ladies do, it takes WORK. Hours of sweating, pain and effort. And you know what? Most of us just aren’t that into putting ourselves through that, because we just had a baby! And we want to hang out with those babies. Feed them, hold them, get to know them, and try to figure out what the hell we’re doing. Many of us waited a long time to get these babies, longed for them for years, and went through trials to get them. So now they’re here we kind of want to soak them up for a bit.

    We also find that on some days, just getting out of our pyjamas – let alone out of the house – is tough. We’re tired, we’re not sleeping much, and, quite frankly, when we do have a moment to ourselves we’d rather eat cake than go to the gym.

    Look, your dedication to fitness is impressive, and your intention to encourage new mums to be healthy is fair enough. But when most of us read your words and look at your body we don’t feel inspired – we just feel bad. Bad that we don’t look like you do, that we’re not motivated to go to the gym in the little time we have, and that people will judge us for “letting ourselves go”.

    We don’t want to feel bad. We want to celebrate the amazing achievement of having a baby. We want to feel like superheroes. To be applauded and praised because a baby came out of our body. Not inferior because those bodies don’t look like they used to.

    Being fit and looking good is your job; it’s what you’re paid to do, your passion, and clearly what you’re good at. We have passions, jobs and things we’re good at too, but you don’t see us in magazines proclaiming that everyone should do what we do. I wrote a musical in the weeks after I had my second baby. I would write when she was asleep, and sometimes in the middle of the night when I was feeding her. I wrote in every moment I had spare, just like you work out. It made me happy, it stimulated and inspired me. So should I do interviews suggesting all new mums write a musical, because it’ll empower them? Um, no, because the mums who weren’t into writing musicals before they had babies probably aren’t going to be into afterwards. It’s unlikely to be a helpful suggestion.

    Some people are saving lives in the months after they have babies. There are mums coming up with scientific discoveries, teaching, nursing and representing people in a court of law. Do we compare ourselves to them and feel inferior because we’re not doing what they are? Are they in magazines proclaiming how “empowering” their life choices are post-baby, and encouraging us to do the same?

    Of course not. That would be silly.

    But here’s the thing. Sometimes we forget that comparing ourselves to people like you is equally silly. We let your toned post-baby body make us feel inferior, instead of realising that the vast majority of us didn’t look like you before we had kids, so it’s unlikely we will afterwards. We forget that we don’t have the time or the money to dedicate our lives to looking like you and Gwyneth, and that even if we did we’d probably want to spend it on something less exhausting and more fun.

    You are right – we shouldn’t lose ourselves when we become mums. We should allow ourselves a bit of time to eat cake and not leave the house, but also stay healthy. For our children and ourselves, our mental and our physical confidence. We should go for walks, eat vegies, drink water and do our pelvic floor exercises. We know that. We don’t need to see you in a bikini to remind us of it.

    So from now on when we see a picture of you, instead of feeling bad about ourselves, we’re going to try to remember that we’re just different. We have different lives, passions, skills, priorities and body shapes, and we don’t need to aspire to be like you any more than we need to aspire to be like the mum who is saving lives. We know we’re doing the best we can, focusing on being good mums and doing the things that make us happy. And that is what is empowering.

    Kind regards,Mums who haven’t lost their baby weight xx

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  5. Why Demetriou should be ARL’s target

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    August 8, 2018 by admin

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    If the ARL Commission is so intent on hiring an AFL man as its chief executive, maybe it should wait until its leader, Andrew Demetriou, becomes available.

    Rugby league needs a dictator and Demetriou has proven he can control AFL clubs, their Players’ Association and extract superior deals from stadiums and broadcasters.

    The ARLC is pursuing his deputy, Gillon McLachlan, who shares many of Demetriou’s traits but not his “take no prisoners” approach.

    While McLachlan is being portrayed as a polo playing son of one of South Australia’s most patrician families, the real question is: could he stand up to Nick Politis and Phil Gould?

    Both are entitled to their strong views.

    Politis, as the longest serving club chairman, has probably poured about $30m of his private wealth into the Roosters over his near 40 years in control at Bondi Junction.

    ARLC directors lauded his business negotiating skills during his term on the NRL Partnership Committee.

    Gould has demonstrated his great love for the game by turning his back on the rich rewards and comparably relaxed life of the media to return to his first club, Penrith, and basically fix it.

    Indications are he has met most of his objectives inside a year: resurrected their junior representative teams, rid the Panthers of some of ther bloated contracts to create salary cap space and even rationalised the number of licensed clubs they control.

    If he returns to a full time job in the media, as expected, he is will join his close friend, Politis, in maintaining a vigilant watch over the ARLC chief executive.

    If it is McLachlan, good luck!

    Indications are Politis has already sought a meeting with him.

    McLachlan must also deal with an empowered QRL which has half the commissioners either living in or supporting Queensland, setting up potential conflict with Sydney NRL clubs and the NSWRL.

    There is evidence the net cast by the ARLC’s executive search team, Spencer Stuart, has not been very wide.

    The ARU boss, John O’Neill, did not receive a phone call.

    This is not surprising, given he has signalled his retirement and John Mumm, the boss of Spencer Stuart, sits on the ARU board.

    Nor has Ian Robson, chief executive of AFL club Essendon and formerly with Hawthorn, been approached.

    Robson is one of the guesses as the mysterious “third candidate”, with Racing NSW boss, Peter V’Landys, named as the second choice behind McLachlan.

    Nor has Brian Cook been head-hunted.

    Cook is the chief executive of Geelong, a man widely credited with eradicating the Cats’ $7m debt, turning the club into a premiership force and winning grants for the redevelopment of their stadium.

    Cook was the AFL Commission’s preferred choice as executive commissioner when Demetriou, then the AFLPA boss, won the job.

    The AFL’s then chairman, the late Ron Evans, lobbied hard for Demetriou and was supported by the ACTU’s Bill Kelty, who wanted a union man.

    Demetriou’s pay rose with his achievements to reach $2.2m a year, something which caused the NRL’s then chief executive, David Gallop, much grief.

    Gallop was receiving $750,000 when he left the ARLC and could not win another cent from chairman John Grant.

    Now, it appears, the ARLC is willing to pay McLachlan twice the money it paid Gallop.

    Clearly, Gallop was not wanted but surely McLachlan must be causing the ARLC some concern over his reservations about accepting the post.

    If he does not give a yes this week, my guess is the ARLC will wait until a better candidate appears and work with its compliant acting chief executive, Shane Mattiske.

    This will suit the commission’s reform agenda and its need to be seen as relevant, even making rulings on the run.

    They have referred shoulder charges direct to the judiciary, increasing the seriousness of the offence without considering the pressure it places on referees.

    If a defensive player makes contact front-on with his shoulder but doesn’t use his arms, is it a shoulder charge?

    It certainly doesn’t constitute a classic one in terms of intent, but if the shoulder makes contact with the head, then it must be deemed dangerous.

    Referees, along with policing double markers, the wrestle, the strip and the 10 metres, must now cope with attacking players screaming “shoulder charge” every time a player hits the ball carrier high with his shoulder, whether he uses his arms or not.

    It’s a question which will perplex McLachlan who comes from a code where even a bump is illegal.

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