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Hillary Clinton on why she stayed with Bill

In her new book on her loss of the 2016 presidential election – and her shock, anger and grief – Hillary Clinton has given the clearest insight to date into a marriage that has fascinated the world since the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
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“I don’t believe our marriage is anyone’s business??? But I know that a lot of people are genuinely interested. Maybe you’re flat out perplexed,” she writes in What Happened, introducing a deeply personal passage on the couple’s shared life.

“There were times that I was deeply unsure about whether our marriage could or should survive,” she writes without specifically mentioning her husband’s infamous infidelities.

“But on those days I asked myself the question that mattered most to me: Do I still love him? And can I still be in this marriage without becoming unrecognisable to myself-twisted by anger, resentment, or remoteness. The answers were always yes. So I kept going.”

She writes of the joy she still feels when she thinks of their first date at a Rothko exhibition.

“I still think he’s one of the most handsome men I have ever known.

“I am proud of him: proud of his vast intellect, his big heart, the contributions he has made to the world.

“I love him with my whole heart.”

Throughout the book Bill is discussed as Clinton’s key personal and political confidant, as an engaged and loving father and grandfather and as a champion of Hillary’s career.

“Long before I thought of running for public office, he was saying, “You should do it. You’d be great it. I’d love to vote for you,” she writes

There are hints that their relationship was strengthened by the public life they shared.

“For Bill and and me, there are added complications,” she writes. “Do we let people into our lives who we don’t know very well? What if they just want to get to know us in order to have a good story to tell?”

And Clinton discusses how they turned to each other upon her shock defeat.

The day after making her concession speech the two retreated to their New York home and avoided their phones and email, Clinton saying, the two, “couldn’t quite handle everyone’s kindness and sorry, their bewilderment and their theories for where and why we had fallen short ??? for now Bill and I kept the rest of the world out. I was grateful for the one-billionth time that I had a husband who was good company not just in happy times but sad ones as well.”

Clinton explicitly rejects the suggestion that the two have shared a marriage of convenience.

“I know some people wonder why we’re still together. I heard it again in the 2016 campaign: that “we must have an arrangement” (we do, it’s called a marriage): that I helped him become President and then stayed so he could help me become President (no); that we lead completely separate lives, and it’s just a marriage on paper now (he is reading this over my shoulder in our kitchen with our dogs underfoot.)”

The relationship has proved to be controversial not just because people suspected its basis.

Clinton has faced criticism for defending her husband to the point of unfairly attacking women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile Bill Clinton has been viewed by some as an unhelpful influence in his wife’s two failed presidential campaigns.

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Murdoch’s Fox weighs in to court battle for Network Ten

MERCURY. NEWS. Pic of Bruce Gordon owner of WIN TV . Picture: Sylvia Liber . 7 February, 2017The Murdoch family-controlled 21st Century Fox has intervened in a Supreme Court battle for control of Network Ten as America’s CBS seeks to buy the failed free-to-air network.
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Billionaire Network Ten backer Bruce Gordon is seeking a court declaration that Ten’s administrators failed to give creditors adequate information about a joint bid by his company Birketu and Lachlan Murdoch’s Illyria to buy Ten.

Administrator KordaMentha backs a rival proposal by CBS.

Fox, which is owed $195 million by Ten, was given leave to be heard in the dispute on Tuesday on the first day of an urgent two-day hearing.

Andrew Bell, SC, for Mr Gordon’s Birketu and Ten’s regional affiliate, WIN Corporation – which is majority owned by Mr Gordon – rejected claims Birketu was a “disappointed underbidder”.

Birketu was a “disappointed overbidder” and the administrators should put its proposal to creditors for a vote, Dr Bell told the court on Tuesday.

He said KordaMentha’s statements backing CBS’s proposal had had the effect of “poisoning” Ten employees against the bid by Birketu and Illyria because they suggested the court case was “putting at risk the certainty provided to 750 employees … under the CBS transaction”.

“The administrators have turned [the law] on its head, having themselves chosen the winner, and entrenched that choice by, for example, excluding the Birketu-Illyria bid from the [creditors] report,” Dr Bell said.

An unusual secondary creditors’ report, released on Monday, revealed the Birketu-Illyria bid was $3 million higher than the bid by CBS but was too complex and would have seen secondary creditors getting just 2?? in the dollar.

Richard McHugh, SC, for the administrator, said Dr Bell’s opening address to the court “misrepresents the relative merits of the two proposals”.

He said the Birketu-Illyria bid expired on August 25 and “there continues to be no … proposal that could be put before the creditors”.

“On the 25th of August, a better offer having been received from CBS, the administrators moved forward … with that better offer,” Mr McHugh said.

WIN and Birketu are also seeking court orders that would remove or reduce the voting rights of CBS on the takeover proposal.

Jason Potts, SC, for CBS, said it was a “fairly extraordinary proposition that a major creditor of an insolvent company in voluntary administration should by court order be prevented from voting at all” or have its voting rights diluted.

CBS’s bid sees more money going to all creditors, except the ANZ Bank, Westpac and Fox, because it has agreed not to pay itself anything from the creditors’ pool of money.

Illyria and Birketu offered to pay CBS $7.4 million of the $348 million it is owed and 21st Century Fox $4.1 million of the $195 million it is owed. Employees and generic trade creditors receive 100 per cent of their claims in both bids.

The hearing continues.

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New ‘pay as you go’ lounge opens at Melbourne Airport

You can now kick-start you holiday the right way with free-for-all access at the new marhaba lounge at Melbourne Airport.
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Located in the international terminal, T2, the lounge is the first of its kind in , and is open to anyone to use – no matter what flight or flight class you’re on.

This means passengers who are not travelling in first or business class, or do not have a frequent flyer status, will be able to use the lounge for a fee of $65. The price provides access for a four hour maximum stay. Children under 12 are an additional $35.

With room for 200 guests, the lounge will have 26 staff on deck and features all the amenities you’d expect, such as free Wi-Fi, buffet cuisine, n wines, a quiet zone for relaxation, and importantly, shower facilities for transiting passengers.

Hudson coffee will be on site, although that may not necessarily impress local Melbourne coffee drinkers. Lounge opening hours will be from 6am until midnight.

Entering the lounge on a casual basis is easy – you can pay for access on the spot or you can guarantee your place through online bookings at marhabaservices苏州夜总会招聘.

To get free access to the lounge, you’ll need to join Priority Pass, an independent lounge access provider. For $US499 ($A619), you will receive unlimited free access, or for $US249 ($A309) you get ten free visits. Guests will cost you an additional $A33.

Additionally, complimentary access will be provided to those flying with yet-to-be-named airlines marhaba is currently working with.

Marhaba is part of Dnaba, an international and independent airline service provider, which has lounges in Bahrain, Dubai and Karachi.

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Brexit ‘copy and paste’ bill a step closer

London: After days of debate, the “great repeal bill” that sets the stage for Brexit has won a major vote in the UK parliament.
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However up to a dozen Conservative MPs are expected to table amendments to the bill which has been criticised by opponents as a “power grab” by Theresa May’s government.

The 66-page EU Withdrawal Bill seeks to copy and paste all EU laws into British statute books at the moment of Brexit, so UK citizens, businesses and courts can be certain what rules apply the next day.

But thousands of pieces of law will need modification to survive the transition – and in order to avoid having to pass every such law through Westminster the bill includes so-called ‘Henry VIII’ powers that allow government ministers or even civil servants to make the necessary changes.

Critics said this was an unprecedented affront to parliamentary sovereignty, that would allow ministers to make new laws without referring to Westminster.

But the government said it was a standard and unremarkable process necessary to make sure the system of laws didn’t fall off a “cliff edge” at Brexit.

The second reading debate on the bill went late into Monday night, with the final vote after midnight.

The speaker imposed a five-minute limit on MPs as the debate dragged on.

In the end MPs voted to give the EU withdrawal bill a second reading by 326 to 290.

At least one Labour MP joined Conservative and DUP MPs who pushed the bill through, after warnings that rejecting the bill would be unpopular in Leave-voting communities who would see it as frustrating their choice.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said it was a “deeply disappointing result”.

“This bill is an affront to parliamentary democracy and a naked power grab by government ministers,” he said in a statement after the vote. “It leaves rights unprotected, it silences Parliament on key decisions and undermines the devolution settlement.

“It will make the Brexit process more uncertain, and lead to division and chaos when we need unity and clarity.”

He said Labour would seek to amend and remove “the worst aspects from the bill” as it went through an eight-day committee stage.

Senior Conservatives including Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve are expected to back amendments which would “remove the excesses of the bill”, the BBC reported.

Mr Clarke said he needed better guarantees on how the government would use its delegated powers, saying “I’ve known governments to go back on reassuring words in the past”.

While he defended the bill as necessary, Brexit Secretary David Davis has already said he is willing to accommodate changes to the bill “in the spirit of preparing our statute book for withdrawal from the European Union”.

However legal experts have expressed doubt that a middle ground exists that would satisfy both the demands of Parliament, and the practical needs of preparing the ground for Brexit.

British law blogger David Allen Green said “MPs have voted, in principle, in favour of the greatest shift in power from legislature to executive in modern constitutional history.”

“In effect, ministers will be able to make, amend and repeal law by fiat. To be mini-legislatures.”

It was a “botched bill”, he said, and expected “heavy amendments” at the committee stage.

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Look: It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No! It’s a train … house

215 Shicers Gully Road, Guildford 215 Shicers Gully Road, Guildford
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Set among the leafy hills just outside Guildford in central Victoria is a house with a curious history – the seemingly conventional facade hides a converted 1920s train carriage.

“When I tell people I live on a train, they have certain ideas of what it will look like, but when they come to see it, they’re gobsmacked,” says owner Steve.

Imbued with a strong sense of charm, the former Sandringham line carriage has been transformed into a secluded sanctuary. The train carriage is positioned on a block of land Steve found while digging for antique bottles in the gully on a summer’s night four decades ago.

After originally planning to build a home on the land, Steve decided to buy the carriage from Spotswood railway yard about 32 years ago. Getting it home was pretty straightforward, but he found out that turning into a home wasn’t as easy, as the local council had actually stopped incorporating trains into houses years ago.

“Guildford was very quiet at the time, so I didn’t think anyone would notice,” Steve, who didn’t want his surname published, says. /**/

Fortunately, luck was on his side. An acquaintance drew up some plans for the renovation and the council eventually approved them. The former empty block is now a “homely and interesting” property, that Steve made his permanent home about 30 years ago.

The transformation began when Steve removed the seats, racks and benches and sold them to recoup the transportation costs. But it was his partner of 27 years, Lorraine, whom he credits with turning the carriage into a home. Her first decorative decision was to paint the red exterior green. Related: A Melbourne train carriage in QueenslandRelated: Ipswich home with a backyard carriageRelated: Meet the millennials living in vans

Since then, the property has grown to include three bedrooms, a lounge room, central kitchen, a stand-alone bathroom, workshop as well as a double carport. There’s a verandah and a pool perfect for summer dips in between long glances out at the lush landscape that surrounds the homestead.

Sold unfurnished, you get to decide whether to maintain the cool, kitsch vibes or transform the space into a modern masterpiece – it will be your blank canvas.

“We had an electrician do all the wiring, and the plumbers have plumbed the stove in. There’s hot water in the kitchen sink, plumbing in the bathroom, and the toilet and septic tank have all been done professionally.”

His carriage-conversion idea spurred other locals to follow suit. “There are another two people in [nearby] Glenluce who also have train carriages because of this one being here,” he says.

Steve says he is going to miss the views and the quiet isolation when he leaves.

“It’s not a house, it’s a lifestyle,” he says. “I love the place.”

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William Tyrrell investigators ‘will not give up’ three years on

The lead investigator into the disappearance of William Tyrrell says authorities “have not given up…and will not give up” on the investigation, in an appeal for information to mark the third anniversary since the three-year-old was last seen.
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Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin of the NSW Police Homicide Squad made an impassioned plea to the public to come forward with any information pertaining to the disappearance of William.

“It does not sit well with me that three years down the track we haven’t solved this investigation,” he said, adding that it was “very unusual” to brief the media and the public “mid-way” through an investigation.

“We are very mindful of the public’s interest in this matter…very mindful of the public’s expectation that a crime of this nature should be solved.”

William Tyrrell disappeared from his grandmother’s yard in Kendall on the Mid North Coast, on the morning of September 12, 2014.

Detectives and analysts from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Rosann to investigate the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Last year an unprecedented award of $1 million was offered by the NSW government, for any information leading to the recovery of William Tyrrell.

Inspector Jubelin said the reward remained on offer, calling for “common sense” to be used by anyone coming forward to authorities.

“It’s three years down the track, let’s be realistic. We are not interested in sightings of a child running around in a Spiderman suit,” he said, adding that William would now be six years of age, if still alive.

“Please don’t waste our time. We are not interested in information from clairvoyants or people who have dreams.”

Inspector Jubelin said genuine information might be in the form of someone “who has concerns about someone they know, someone in their family…that the way they react when William Tyrrell’s name is mentioned might cause suspicion.”

“Someone out there, even if they’ve operated alone, would be acting strange in relation to this investigation…I want that person to feel the pressure, I want that person to feel everyone is looking at them.”

It has been 12 months since authorities investigating the disappearance addressed the media. Since that time it is understood hundreds of persons of interest have been eliminated, however Inspector Jubelin confirmed the list “is constantly being added to.”

The information appeal comes just weeks after legal documents revealed the child was in foster care at the time of his disappearance.

Legal restrictions prevented the publication of the fact that William was in out-of-home care at the time of his disappearance, but in August a NSW Supreme Court judge said the matter was of “legitimate public interest,” and raised the “tragic possibility” that the child is dead.

Inspector Jubelin said recent media reports about William’s foster family and his biological family had not impacted the investigation in any way, and confirmed both families had been ruled out as having played any part in his disappearance.

“It is basically a living nightmare, this unresolved grief that they’ve got…they are decent people and they are suffering….we want to assist them by solving this matter.”

On Monday a statement published on the Where’s William Campaign Facebook page spoke of “three tragic years of unspeakable heartbreak and endless tears.”

“Tomorrow will mark three years without you, three years of not knowing where you are, three years of keeping hope in our hearts that with every new tomorrow will come the day that you’ll be found.”

From this week, the campaign will roll out an advertising campaign featuring the $1 million reward on billboards, in shopping centres and in cafes and offices around , appealing for information.

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