Daily Archives: January 23, 2014

$6m cash found in suitcases in Sydney


POLICE have found $5.7 million in cash in a south Sydney apartment in what has been described as one of Australia’s largest cash seizures.

A 58-year-old US citizen is in custody after police on Saturday found seven suitcases in the Mascot unit he was staying at, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus said on Thursday.

He made the announcement after briefing the media about a special task force launched by the Australian Crime Commission, codenamed Eligo, which last year seized more than $580 million worth of drugs and assets associated with money laundering.

“This is one of Australia’s largest cash seizures,” Mr Negus told reporters in Sydney.

The man arrived in Australia via Costa Rica two days before his arrest and denies owning the money.

He was charged with one count of dealing with property worth over $100,000, reasonably expected to be the proceeds of crime.

The maximum penalty is three years in jail, but he could face up to 25 years if police charge him with money laundering.

source: theaustralian.com.au

Πήρε ρεβάνς η Μπαρτσελόνα


Η Λεβάντε προηγήθηκε ξανά, αυτήν την φορά με τον Ελ Ζαρ, αλλά η Μπαρτσελόνα νίκησε με 4-1, έτσι “καθάρισε” την πρόκριση και πήρε ρεβάνς για την απώλεια στο πρωτάθλημα.

Η Μπαρτσελόνα νίκησε με 4-1 στην έδρα της Λεβάντε, έτσι ουσιαστικά “καθάρισε” την πρόκριση στα ημιτελικά του κυπέλλου, ενώ πήρε και… εκδίκηση για την απώλεια στο πρωτάθλημα πριν 4 μέρες.

Οι γηπεδούχοι το Σάββατο είχαν προηγηθεί με τον Λουκά Βύντρα, τώρα προηγήθηκαν με τον πρώην παίκτη του ΠΑΟΚ, Ναμπίλ Ελ Ζαρ, στο 31ο λεπτό.

Η ισοφάριση ήρθε στο 53′ με ένα περίεργο αυτογκόλ του Χουανφράν, με την μπάλα να χτυπά στα πόδια του έπειτα από απόπειρα απομάκρυνσης του Βύντρα.

Πέραν του αυτογκόλ, ο Έλληνας άσος ήταν πρωταγωνιστής και στο 1-0, καθώς έχει βάλει το… χεράκι του με ένα έξυπνο σπρώξιμο στην περιοχή (παρατηρήστε το στο video).

Τα άλλα 3 γκολ της Μπαρτσελόνα τα πέτυχε ο Τέγιο στο 60′, το 81′ και το 86′, όλα από ασίστ του Λιονέλ Μέσι.

ΛΕΒΑΝΤΕ: Χάβι Χιμένεθ, Ναχόρε, Βύντρα, Χουανφράν, Καράμπελας, Καμαράσα, Ελ Αντουά, Σέρζιο Πίντο, Σουμέτρα (62′ Πέδρο Ρίος), Ελ Ζαρ (77′ Νονγκ), Νταβίντ Μπαράλ (72′ Άνχελ).

ΜΠΑΡΤΣΕΛΟΝΑ: Πίντο, Ντάνι Άλβες, Μπάρτρα, Πουγιόλ (57′ Μαστσεράνο), Αντριάνο, Σονγκ, Τσάβι, Σέρτζι Ρομπέρτο, Πέδρο (77′ Αλέξις Σάντσες), Τέγιο, Μέσι.


Εσπανιόλ – Ρεάλ 0-1 (25′ Μπενζεμά)



Σοθιεδάδ – Σανταντέρ 3-1 (4′ και 33′ Μίκελ Γκονθάλεθ, 62′ Βέλα / 83′ Μαμαντού Κονέ)

Λεβάντε – Μπαρτσελόνα 1-4 (31′ Ελ Ζαρ / 53′ αυτ. Χουανφράν, 60′, 81′ και 86′ Τέγιο)



Ατλέτικο – Μπιλμπάο (22:00)

Πηγή: sport24.gr


Αποκλεισμός-θρίλερ για Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ


Η Σάντερλαντ νίκησε 2-1 την ManUtd στα πέναλτι μέσα στο “Ολντ Τράφορντ” και πήρε πρόκριση-θρίλερ στον τελικό του League Cup. Συγκλονιστική εξέλιξη και στην παράταση.

Σε ένα συγκλονιστικό ματς στο “Ολντ Τράφορντ”, η Σάντερλαντ νίκησε με 2-1 την Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ στην διαδικασία των πέναλτι και πέρασε στον τελικό του League Cup.

Στο 90άλεπτο η ομάδα του Μόγιες επικράτησε με 1-0 και οδηγήθηκε η αναμέτρηση στην παράταση, όπου με δύο γκολ στα τελευταία λεπτά φτάσαμε στα πέναλτι.

Με το γκολ του Τζόνι Έβανς στο 37′ η Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ νίκησε 1-0 στην κανονική διάρκεια και το ματς πήγε στην παράταση, καθώς δεν μετρούν τα έκτος έδρας γκολ στο 90άλεπτο (2-1 το πρώτο ματς).

Στην παράταση όμως τα εκτός έδρας γκολ μετράνε, έτσι το 1-0 θα ήταν αρκετό για την ManUtd, αλλά τελικά οδηγηθήκαμε στα πέναλτι.

Ο Μπάρντσλεϊ στο 119′ ισοφάρισε σε ένα με σουτ έξω από την περιοχή και τραγικό λάθος του Ντε Χέα, ο οποίος φαινόταν πως θα μπλοκάρει άνετα, αλλά η μπάλα έφυγε από την αγκαλιά του και κατέληξε στα δίχτυα του.

Υπήρχε και συνέχεια όμως στο θρίλερ, καθώς στο 121′ ο Χαβιέρ Ερνάντες με κοντινό πλασέ σε κενό τέρμα από ασίστ του Γιανουζάι έκανε το 2-1 και έστειλε το ματς στα πέναλτι.

Μόνο ο Ντάρεν Φλέτσερ σκόραρε στα πέναλτι για την ManUtd, με τους Γουέλμπεκ, Γιανουζάι, Φιλ Τζόουνς και Ραφαέλ να αποτυγχάνουν.

Για την Σάντερλαντ σκόραραν οι Μάρκος Αλόνσο και Κι Σουνγκ-Γιονγκ, με τους Γκάρντνερ, Στίβεν Φλέτσερ και Άνταμ Τζόνσον να μην τα καταφέρνουν, αλλά στο τέλος να πανηγυρίζουν.

MANUTD: Ντε Χέα, Ραφαέλ, Σμόλινγκ, Έβανς, Μπούτνερ (85′ Εβρά), Νταρέν Φλέτσερ, Κάρικ (95′ Φιλ Τζόουνς), Γιανουζάι, Καγκάουα (61′ Βαλένσια), Γουέλμπεκ, Χαβιέρ Ερνάντες.

ΣΑΝΤΕΡΛΑΝΤ: Μανόνε, Μπάρντσλεϊ, Ο’Σέι, Μπράουν, Μάρκος Αλόνσο, Κάτερμολ (83′ Γκάρντνερ), Κι Σουνγκ-Γιόνγκ, Κόλμπακ, Άνταμ Τζόνσον, Μπορίνι (86′ Άλτιντορ), Στίβεν Φλέστερ.

Πηγή: sport24.gr


It’s a man’s world no more


Suzi Dafnis: Mentoring women through the perils of starting a small business is what the ABN is about.

“I think luck comes to those that are prepared and do the hard work, otherwise I’d be sitting around waiting for my lottery ticket to cash in,” says Suzi Dafnis.
With a philosophy like that, it’s easy to see why success isn’t a fluke for Suzi, yet you wouldn’t pick it from her credentials.
With no business degree, no formal training in how to write a budget or how to balance a book and even before she reached her thirties, Suzi was a regular in the BRW Young Rich List.
Suzi made her millions by helping others realise their dreams and start their own business with sound advice.
She heads the Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN), an online community which provides training and mentoring for women starting out in their own businesses.
It’s helped thousands of women tackle the ins and outs of starting a small business, and has linked many to like minded individuals and created a network of successful women.
“I got immediately involved in the organisation years later when I sold my business. I decided that this was my real passion, working with women entrepreneurs, and decided that’s what I was going to do,” Suzi tells Neos Kosmos.
Her success story has inspired many and has made her such a good fit in the network.
But she will be the first to tell you she’s come a long way from running a business out of her spare room.
“I started my first business when I was 26 years old. It was a small events company, which after two years grew too big for that office and we moved and expanded overseas.”
That was Pow Wow Events, a company that brought out some of the best business public speakers and noted authors.
Her seminars were ahead of the curve, adapting to the changing climate of the finance and business world and offered real educational help, not just overarching motivational speeches.
“Motivation on its own doesn’t really get you anywhere without having solid skills,” she believes.
She was one of the first people to introduce an internet marketing expert to the seminar scene, something not many were utilising in the early ’90s and ’00s.
She found the American market a great fit for her events, and while only initially expecting to stay for two years, she ended up staying for seven, taking seminars around the country.
It was actually her connection with acclaimed author Robert Kiyosaki, of Rich Dad Poor Dad, that made her coffers really grow.
“We initially brought him out here to do a speaking gig, and when he wrote the book he said ‘take a box of books, if you think you can sell them great’,” she says.
“Of course we ended up selling millions of copies.”
They had the Australian publishing license for Rich Dad Poor Dad for 10 years, making millions while launching a further 12 best sellers in their newly created publishing business.
They would find the Australian market was hungry for business tips, after the early ’90s recession, people were desperate for help and hoping to capitalise on the incoming boom.
“The work [Rich Dad Poor Dad] was so new and impacted so many Australians on so many levels that we would go into a city and people would be so excited to have us there because finally they were being empowered to take control of their financial lives and to get out of the rat race,” she says.
In many of her seminars, Suzi would find there really wasn’t a big presence of women attendees. Scared off by the male dominated business world, the ratio was never equal, and it was something Suzi wanted to fix.
After selling her events business in 2007, the Australian Businesswomen’s Network became her new project in the hopes of inspiring women to take their first steps into pursuing their business dreams.
“Like a lot of women, I went into my business with very few skills outside of my core competency,” she says.
“Very early on I sought out mentors. If I didn’t know how to do something in a new area, I’d seek out someone who did.”
And therein lies the network’s main purpose. To help ferry businesswomen past the five year point, where so many businesses have failed.
After years in business and running the network, Suzi has noticed certain trends that make a successful businesswoman.
She says it’s down to three things: education, inspiration and networking.
“Having strong business skills, having role models and mentors that you can look up to, and building relationships,” she says.
It’s not enough to just hand out business cards and expect the majority of your work to be done, and it’s something Suzi hates seeing business novices do.
Being too insular is also a common mistake, where people become too engrossed in their business and don’t take the chance to make friends with their peers, look at the competition and look outside the box.
“Sometimes the biggest innovations you make in your business is not by looking at your competition but looking at a totally different industry,” she says.
Away from her desk at the Australian Businesswomen’s Network, you’ll find Suzi speaking at countless seminars around the country.
She’s become one of the best experts on utilising social media in business, and won the Best Australian Blog in the Business category last year with the ABN’s personalised blog herBusiness. She’s also a prolific media commentator on women in business and has been called upon many times to share her knowledge, including being a judge on Channel Seven’s Dragon’s Den.
But what really makes her happy is seeing small successes for women just starting out.
“Success might be finally getting their accounts out of a shoebox and into Excel,” she says.
“To me, just to see someone empowered to take the next step to overcome a barrier, and to do something they haven’t done before, is great.”

source: Neos Kosmos

Play bouzouki


Identifying a gap in the market, Nick Kanaris has brought the Greek instrument to the masses.

Just before Christmas, JB HiFi’s General Manager of Musical Instruments, Nick Kanaris, decided to stock Greece’s national instrument the bouzouki in stores around Melbourne. As a bouzouki aficionado – he’s been playing from the age of ten – and a parent of children in the local Greek school, he was often the first port of call for parents and friends looking to buy this instrument. What followed exceeded his expectations – nearly all stores sold out of the Greek instrument.
“I was constantly getting asked by parents – because they knew I play the instrument – ‘where could I buy a bouzouki’,” Mr Kanaris tells Neos Kosmos. He says there are only a few stores nationally where you can buy them and sourcing the instrument in Australia – a good quality bouzouki – has been difficult for anyone trying to buy one. He himself travelled to Greece early last year to purchase the instrument.
Whilst there, he passionately researched bouzouki makers (luthiers) around Athens to find the right place where he could import the instrument through distributors in Australia.
“There was a lot of work I did over in Greece, speaking to different luthiers and speaking to different makers, to ensure we found a product that is good quality,” he explains, ”
“Because bouzoukia are 100 per cent hand-made – there are no robotics in the process so no fancy technology you get with a lot of modern guitars – so trying to get a consistent product is not easy.”
Yet he is confident with the luthier they found in Athens to stock the bouzoukia in Australia, where every single bouzouki is hand checked for quality and consistency by the distributor.
Having children attend the local Greek school, Nestoras College, and watching their music program expand – and that of other Greek schools wanting their children to connect with their Greek culture through music – his quest began from there. And having a passion for the instrument himself, it was just a matter of time before he stocked the instrument in stores around Australia. And so far, it’s been a smart choice for the company.
“We almost sold out in a couple of stores, but it’s still at its very early stages,” he says. “We haven’t even done any advertising or haven’t been in any catalogues – it’s just been putting them in the stores.” He said prior to the bouzoukia being stocked, many people were on a waiting list to purchase the instrument – demand was that high.
“Parents like myself want to maintain as much of the Greek culture as possible through our kids, but because they are hand made it’s not something that is produced very quickly.”
As it stands, the Greek instruments are stocked in the Northland and Doncaster stores in Victoria, and Bankstown in New South Wales, with a view to expanding to the Northern Territory but also more stores across Australia in the future.
He says the plan is to continue to have the Greek instrument in stock that will also work closely with the education department at JB HiFi.
“We have a team nationally that looks after and services primary, secondary and tertiary schools all over Australia,” Mr Kanaris says. So even though the company is known for their retail stores, they are also working closely with music education for students all over Australia.

source: Neos Kosmos

Australian homes ‘among world’s most dear’: Fitch report


AUSTRALIAN houses will remain some of the most expensive in the world, despite facing a decade of muted growth as wages struggle to keep pace with more subtle gains in property values.

“The combination of high house-price-to-income ratios and prices that are above the long-term average ratio relative to rents suggests that the potential for further increases in real terms is limited over the next decade,” said Ben Newey, director of ratings agency Fitch, adding that nations such as Britain and Canada faced the same outlook.

“Fitch expects affordability in Australia to deteriorate in the near term, with house prices continuing to rise more than income levels.”

In a global housing and mortgage report, Fitch said homeowners would this year experience gains of 4 per cent – less than half last year’s 9.8 per cent appreciation. Wages are growing at an annual rate of 2.7 per cent, the weakest in 16 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Economists said separate data yesterday showing declining consumer confidence revealed that soft income growth was starting to “overwhelm” the rally in assets such as stocks and property.

“Households are starved of income growth,” said Evans and Partners chief investment officer Michael Hawkins, pointing to weak job creation and low interest rates.

Amid record low demand, Fitch predicted first-home buyers would continue to get squeezed out of the market after the surge in buying from investors benefiting from “preferential tax treatment”.

Economist Saul Eslake recently lashed government grants and negative gearing for exacerbating a rising affordability problem after population growth outgrew new housing stock in the past decade.

In nominal terms – not including inflation – Fitch found Australian house prices were the highest in the world, above Britain and Canada, and would retain the spot at least through to 2015.

Australian homes were second most expensive as judged by house prices to income, as they have been for the past decade.

Despite slower growth than before the global financial crisis, Fitch said property would be supported by continued, albeit slowing, economic growth, better affordability following the Reserve Bank’s rate cuts since 2011, and undersupply in some regions.

Sydney, Melbourne and Perth home values would likely rise further this year, while other cities “may remain flat”, Fitch said.

The rise in house prices was yesterday noted in the faster-than-expected pick-up in inflation in the final months of last year, reducing the chances of further rate cuts.

Analysts have expressed concerns of a brewing property bubble, particularly in cities such as Sydney, amid already record low interest rates.

Fitch said larger cities were not immune from the “consequences” of cyclical house price movements, despite typically experiencing above-average GDP, income, population and house price growth. “Longer-term average annual house price growth cannot excessively disconnect from incomes,” Fitch warned.

The global agency last week put the banks’ world-class credit ratings on notice, saying house price rises combined with a loosening of lending standards could prompt “negative” action.

source: theaustralian.com.au