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Hunter Street businesses experience first day in Newcastle light rail works zone

CLEAR PATH: A scooter rider crosses Hunter Street on Tuesday after work began on the light rail project. A section of the street between Auckland and Darby streets is closed to traffic. Picture: Marina NeilIt didn’t take long for some CBD businesses to feel the pinch of Newcastle’s light rail construction.
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Work on the Hunter Street part of the major projectstarted on Tuesday and is expected to keep a stretch of the city’s main street off-limitsto traffic until the end of the year.

Business owners on the closed part of Hunter Street, between Auckland and Darby streets, are bracing for a challenging three months as they figure out how to adapt to the new conditions.

Tanya Corradi, from NNT Uniforms, was openly critical of the work on Tuesday morning.

Hunter Street stretch ‘like a ghost town’ Not happy: Sharlene Lipnicki and Tanya Corradi from NNT Uniforms say the business has already had a drop in customer numbers since Hunter Street was closed for light rail construction. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

In Progress: A map showing planned light rail work up to 2019. Construction crews moved into Hunter Street, between Auckland and Darby streets, on Monday.

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebookHerald also spoke with other Hunter Street business owners who would not speak publicly about their concerns.

Traffic at the Auckland St detour as #Newcastle light rail work kicks off on Hunter St @newcastleheraldpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/3xubDDRdah

— Nick Bielby (@nickbielby) September 11, 2017

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he was excited to see Newcastle transform, but acknowledged the challenges.

“With all major construction there is some disruption,” he said.

“I won’t pretend there won’t be some short-term pain, but there will be long-term gain at the end.

“Our experience is that drivers will see traffic settle down once everyone gets used to the changes.

“In less than two years, Newcastle light rail will be part of everyday life.”

A Newcastle Now spokesperson said the CBD business advocacy group had received varying reports about travel times on Tuesday morning.

“There was noticeable traffic congestionduring the morning peak hour, however, we expect that drivers will quickly work out their most efficient way into the city by altering their start time, travel route, car pooling or even using a park-and-ride option,” she said.

“It is still very easy to walk around the city, particularly along Hunter Street.”

After the stretch between Auckland and Darby streets is complete in December, work will shuffle down Hunter Street to a patch between Worth Place and Auckland Street.

Work on Scott Street, between Pacific and Telford streets, is also expected to begin in December.

Construction between Crown and Perkins streets is scheduled to begin in November and work between Crown and Darby streets is due to start next year.

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Sunrise presenters butt heads over kids’ sports

Of all the potential topics to stir up heated debate on breakfast television, kids’ sports seems the most unlikely.
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But Sunrise presenters Natalie Barr and Mel McLaughlin got caught up in an awkward back-and-forth over which sport is more popular among youngsters: cricket or basketball?

The two presenters were responding to comments from NBL boss Larry Kestelman, who’s been stoking the flames for basketball’s moment as ‘s top summer sport ahead of its season launch in October.

“Good luck, mate,” McLaughlin, filling in on the show for regular sports reporter Mark Beretta, joked. “It is important to aim high.”

Barr quickly shot back.

“I agree with him,” she said. “With the new generation coming up, basketball is absolutely more popular [than cricket] with kids.”

“At grassroots levels, it has fantastic numbers – they just need to convert it,” McLaughlin countered.

The comments sparked an odd argument, with hosts Sam Armytage and David Koch looking on enthusiastically as each presenter refused to back down. (Koch, a shareholder in the NBL’s Sydney Kings, surprisingly didn’t jump in.)

“Kids aren’t interested in cricket as they were, like previous generations,” Barr said.

“I think different competitions have changed. I think the shorter form has gotten back on board…” McLaughlin replied.

“Disagree,” Barr interrupted. “I’m surrounded by kids who love basketball…”

“Yeah, but they’ve gotta go to the games, they’ve gotta wear the jerseys…” McLaughlin said.

After trading volleys, the duo’s tiff was brought to a stop by the ding of a boxer’s bell as producers looked to get the show back on track.

McLaughlin, the weeknight sports presenter on Seven News, will remain on Sunrise while Beretta recuperates from a waterskiing injury.

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Pay for the new iPhone with your old one

Apple is a company that makes active money out of secrecy. This week’s iPhone launch is surrounded by plenty of rumours and some surprisingly solid detail, and that’s exactly the way that Apple likes it, because it’s all free publicity for one of the world’s biggest companies.
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The one detail we can be assured of is that the new iPhone models won’t be cheap. Apple doesn’t do cheap. It’s simply not in Apple’s DNA to even consider what the word “cheap” might mean, because it considers itself a luxury brand in the company of brands such as Rolex or Ferrari.

Apple actively wants an iPhone to be an aspirational luxury product, and it charges accordingly. While some rumours put the price of the best new iPhones steering towards a wallet-alarming $2000, even the entry-level new models are likely to tip the scales over $1000 outright. That’s a lot of money to lay down on a smartphone, but iPhone buyers are typically loyal to the brand.

Fortunately, if that describes you, the chances are good that one way to lessen the sting of buying a new iPhone is right in the palm of your hand. One beneficial factor to staying faithful to the Apple brand is that iPhones tend to retain their value for far longer than their Android cousins, and that means if you’re looking to trade up to a new model, there can be some significant value to be realised from your existing handset.

That doesn’t mean you should rush into taking the first offer you get, however, because the differences in ease of approach and especially the funds you’re likely to realise can be substantial.

As an example, Apple offers its own “trade-up” scheme, run through its stores or online, where you trade in your existing handset for Apple Store credit to be put against a new phone. It’s actually run by a third-party company, and the prices you’ll get are pretty appalling. At the time of writing there’s no listed price for an iPhone 7, but a 128GB iPhone 6s in perfect working order will net you a paltry $210. Given Apple will charge you just $1.05 less to repair the screen on that exact model, it’s a terrible deal.

Telcos, too, will offer you a range of trade-ins. They all have their own “new phone” style deals, where you recontract for a further 24 months and get a new handset, but there you’re handing over a working phone that you’ve made up to a year’s worth of repayments on, and getting absolutely nothing in return for it. Economically, that’s a poor deal.

All three major telcos also offer the option to trade in a phone you fully own for mobile bill credit, which will at least realise you some funds towards your phone bill, if not actually your new handset. Although it’s worth noting that Telstra uses the exact same third-party seller as Apple, with the same low offered prices.

You could opt to go for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker, although there you’re likely to get wildly variable pricing depending not only on the condition of your phone, but also the whims of the merchant involved.

The online equivalents are the many businesses that specialise in buying secondhand mobile phones under brands like Mobile Monster, Cashaphone or Mazuma Mobile, to name but a few. There you’re likely to see a better result with relatively little fuss, but it’s worth checking multiple sellers, because prices can vary a lot. As an example, I was quoted between $340 up to $530 for an iPhone 6s 128GB, and between $510 and $720 for an iPhone 7 128GB from a variety of mobile resellers when testing recently. That’s a significant difference that you could put towards a new iPhone for the exact same handset.

As my older relatives used to endlessly say, if you want a job done right, do it yourself, and that applies to iPhone sales as well, because the best realised prices you’re likely to see are by selling it yourself, whether in person or online. Gumtree’s online price checker suggests that iPhone 7 models typically sell for $859 through its service, while parent company eBay has completed listings for iPhones ranging between $700-$1000, which suggests that there are buyers.

Of course, selling that way involves more work and more risk on your part, because you’ve got to either mail your phone to a stranger (and hope they don’t try to keep it and reverse the payment), or meet someone while keeping your goods and person secure. Still, if you hanker after the latest and greatest and want to pay the least for it, it’s clearly the way to go.

Alex Kidman is the tech & telco editor at finder苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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‘She would have flown metres’: Jogger critical after being hit by car

Witnesses have reported seeing a woman “flying mid-air” after she and a man were struck by a vehicle in Sydney’s west on Monday night.
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Shortly before 7pm, a 21-year-old woman and her male companion, 22, were knocked down while jogging on Concord Road, Rhodes.

Both were taken to Westmead Hospital, where the woman remains in a critical condition, and the man is now stable.

Anthony Quartarone was driving home from Strathfield station when he witnessed the accident.

“I was stopped at the front of the queue, where it was red. It was green for the car that came through, it was driving normally,” he said.

“Then it skids and I turn my head, next thing I see is a woman flying mid-air, she would have flown metres. I think she just landed on the ground. I believe she had run out in the traffic.”

Mr Quartarone described hearing “halting brakes” and a “bang” when the accident occurred. /**/

Another witness, who owns a local business close to the accident, said she also heard a “thud and a screech of brakes.”

“I ran outside and there were two people lying in the middle of the road in the traffic. I was the first one to assist the people,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

“I called back to my husband to call an ambulance.”

She said the injuries of both involved appeared quite severe.

At the scene, a discarded sneaker could be seen lying next to a red Toyota sedan with a heavily smashed windscreen.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man and the woman at the scene, before taking them to Westmead Hospital with head and possible leg injuries.

Officers attached to Burwood Local Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the incident.

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Ouch, Bellevue Hill buyer says goodbye to $277,500 deposit

Property developer Peter Zhu has pulled out on an agreed $5.55 million Bellevue Hill house purchase, forgoing a $277,500 deposit in the process.
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The failed deal comes four months after Mr Zhu exchanged on the property with an initial 5 per cent deposit paid up front, and a further 5 per cent deposit due last month to hold the property over an extended eight-month settlement.

However, last month Mr Zhu failed to come through with the second half of the deposit and it was returned to the market on Monday.

Patrick Cosgrove, of Raine & Horne Double Bay, who sold it last time, has set a $5 million guide for the property ahead of an October 12 auction.

Records show the Bundarra Road property is owned by Gillian Stals, whose husband Andrew Stals is a former lawyer who founded the corporate advisory Minerva Capital Partners.

The Stals bought the almost 1000-square-metre property in 2011 for $3.6 million, and returned it to the market pitched as a DA opportunity with approval for a four-level mansion with a glass-fronted swimming pool and a tennis court.

Mr Zhu’s role as head of property developer LB Group and spearheading the redevelopment of Gosford’s Mariner’s Plaza into a two-tower complex made him an ideal buyer given his own plans to redevelop the property into his forever home.

Mr Zhu’s business dealings in first made headlines in 1999 when his contract to sell Olympic Club memberships in China in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics was cancelled by the Sydney Organising Committee. The matter went all the way to the High Court, which ruled in 2004 that NSW taxpayers should pay him $4.23 million for the wrongful termination of his contract.

Mr Zhu is just one of a few high-end home buyers who have walked away from their purchase, costing them their deposit in the process. Related: Robby Ingham returns Tamarama home to marketRelated: Buyer defaults on purchase of Cate Blanchett’s homeRelated: Buyers walk away from sales at St Albans auctions

The Tamarama beachfront reserve home of fashion industry pioneer Robby Ingham exchanged for more than $13 million a year ago to an Asia-based expat buyer who later pulled out of the deal, forcing the property back onto the market. It sold last month for $13 million to DJ Annie Conley.

The most famous example was in 2015 when Cate Blanchett’s Hunters Hill trophy home was sold for a bullish $19.8 million just weeks after it hit the market to Chinese-born property developer Richard Mingfeng Gu.

A year later it was returned to the market after he failed to complete the deal. It sold this year for $18 million to London-based expat Katrina Chandler, wife of investment banker Chris Barter.

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