Pamela Anderson ‘files for divorce’ from Rick Salomon, again

Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Rick Salomon for a second time, reports say.
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The pair first wed in Las Vegas in October 2007, but Anderson filed for divorce by December of the same year. Both Anderson and Salomon then filed for anulment in 2008, citing fraud as reason for their request. Neither of them commented publicly at the time.

Whatever went on, they clearly decided to bury the hatchet. The pair were spotted ”canoodling” together on a holiday in Hawaii last year, according to Us Magazine.

In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October last year, Anderson admitted she was in some sort of relationship with her ex.

”I say we’re best friends … with benefits,” she told DeGeneres. ”I don’t want to meet anyone else.”

DeGeneres said Anderson seems to like going back to the same guys after marrying them. Anderson responded: ”It’s recycling … no, I’m very happy. We’re happy. He’s a great guy.”

The former Baywatch star remarried Salomon in secret this year, revealing the wedding in January when she made an appearance on the red carpet for the third Annual Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home Gala.

”We’re very happy,” Anderson told E! News. ”Our families are very happy and that’s all that matters.”

The happiness didn’t last long. E! News claims to have seen the court documents which list their separation as July 3, the day Anderson filed the paperwork.

The divorce papers were filed just two days after Salomon won $US2.8 million in the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop.

Because she filed after the big win, Anderson could be getting half of Salomon’s winnings.

Salomon is most famous for appearing in Paris Hilton’s 2003 sex tape One Night in Paris, which he sold to an adult movie company after suing the Hilton family.

He has two children with Elizabeth Daily, whom he married in 1995 and divorced in 2000. Salomon then married actress Shannen Doherty just two days after the pair started dating in 2002, and they annulled the marriage after just nine months.

Anderson has had an equally turbulent relationship history. She married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in 1995 after they had known each other for four days.

The couple have two sons and divorced in 1998 but reunited two more times: first in 2001, and again in 2008.

She married Kid Rock (after the pair had already been engaged and broken up once) in 2006, but the couple divorced soon after, citing ”irreconcilable differences”.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 17 – Run-in to finals too long

With Origin reaching its not-as-thrilling-as-it-would’ve-been-if-it-was-a-decider climax, the focus supposedly turns back to the NRL.
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But if recent years are any guide, it takes the players and the fans a few weeks to get over the Origin hangover.

The Origin players are either heavy-legged or injured and it takes a while for the teams to adjust. Also, there are nine rounds left between now and the finals. Too many. The finals race doesn’t really get interesting until a month out from the playoffs.

The next few weeks traditionally form something of a lull period where Origin is still casting a shadow and the finals are too far off in the distance.

And thankfully this weekend is the last round where byes are scheduled. Another reason for the halt in momentum for the premiership. It’s hard to keep a close eye on your team when you’re never quite sure if they’re playing each weekend.

1. Bulldogs (4): Came back fresh after the bye, even without their Origin stars. Tony Williams started his career as a winger trapped in a forward’s body, now he’s the world’s biggest halfback.

3. Sea Eagles (1): They looked a little complacent against the under-strength Bulldogs last Friday night. Supercoach Toovey won’t be too happy with that kind of display and will be having a word or two to his players before this Friday’s clash with the Tigers on the topic.

2. Panthers (2): Showed the previous week’s loss to the Warriors was indeed a blip on the radar with a professional polishing off of the Tigers at Leichhardt.

4. Roosters (3): Ring those alarm bells out Bondi way, supercoach Robinson. They led by 24 over Cronulla and lost. How can that happen? Complacency. The Roosters were guilty of thinking they would score every second set and frittered away their advantage in embarrassing fashion.

5. Warriors (6): Had the bye but move up due to South Sydney’s loss.

6. Rabbitohs (5): That’s two performances on the trot with the lacklustre loss at home to the Titans on the back of the defeat in Townsville. Luke Keary’s return from injury gave them a bit more spark in the halves but supercoach Maguire’s Bunnies look unsettled.

7. Eels (7): Had the bye.

8. Dragons (10): It was fitting that the Reg Gasnier tribute match featured some spectacular finishing for tries with Jason Nightingale showing he’s pretty much perfected the winger’s art of diving for the corner to get the ball down even if it means his body flies off in various angles into touch. A well-deserved first career hat-trick for the Kiwi international.

9. Storm (9): Had the bye.

10. Tigers (8): It’s going to get better for Wests with Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods returning from Origin duty but the likely loss of Braith Anasta for the rest of the season on top of James Tedesco leaves supercoach Potter with very few experienced options in the key positions.

11. Cowboys (11): The three-point loss to St George Illawarra gives them a 7-9 record and 13th place on the ladder. Another season of under-achievement looms.

12. Broncos (12): Had the bye.

13. Knights (13): See above.

14. Titans (14): A much-needed win over Souths and they need more good publicity – the Gold Coast Suns are getting significantly bigger crowds to their games.

15. Sharks (15): After three straight weeks without scoring, they’ve had back-to-back wins after trailing by more than 20. So before Cronulla fans start dreaming of a miraculous rise from the bottom of the ladder, remember they’ve had two decent halves of football from the last 10. Interim fill-in reserve supercoach Shepherd deserves another week or two after that win.

16. Raiders (16): Had they bye. And boy were they happy with that.

Navitas shares plunge 32 per cent after Macquarie University contract loss

Shares in education group Navitas have plunged 30 per cent, wiping about $100 million off the fortune of founder Rod Jones, after Macquarie University ended an 18-year agreement with the Perth-based company.
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Macquarie will effectively kick Navitas off its campus.

The company’s Sydney Institute of Business and Technology, which had operations on Macquarie’s campus and acted as a bridging school to help prepare students for university, will move to Sydney’s CBD after an 18-year partnership that saw 20,000 students progress to Macquarie.

Navitas told the ASX on Wednesday morning that it will extend its current deal with Macquarie, slated to end early next year, until 2016, but the university will then establish its own in-house pathway college.

The announcement followed a two day trading halt, and shortly after trading commenced on the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday, its share price plunged 30 per cent from $7.04 to $4.66.

Navitas’s group chief executive Rod Jones described the development as “disappointing”.

“[It] will likely result in a one-off decline in growth in university programs earnings which will impact the second half of FY16 and the first half of FY17,” he said.

However, Mr Jones reaffirmed Navitas’ 2014 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, but said the company would take a “conservative” approach to the next financial year, and advised of a one-off non-cash goodwill impairment of up to $40 million.

Many of its SIBT’s 3200 students are from overseas and Navitas said SIBT would continue to help students access Macquarie through a streamlined visa processing program.

Macquarie vice-chancellor Bruce Dowton said the time was right for Macquarie to “assume full responsibility for our pathway programs”.

Navitas has recently been performing strongly on the ASX, its share price had gained 43 per cent in the past year, and it had a market value of $2.6 billion.

Waratah Jacques Potgieter knocked back offer to return to Bulls in Pretoria

Staying with the Tahs … Jacques Potgieter celebrates scoring a try the Highlanders.Waratahs cult hero Jacques Potgieter rebuffed an approach to make an early defection back to his old South African franchise the Bulls this year.
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The three-Test Springbok is under contract with the Waratahs until the end of next season but, according to South African sports site supersport杭州后花园.za, the Bulls were struck down with a bad case of seller’s remorse and tried to lure back the hulking second-rower halfway through the term of his Australian deal.

The 28-year-old told SuperSport he “missed South Africa but I have another year in Sydney to complete”, while his agent, Gert van der Merwe, said the Australian dollar’s relative power over the South African rand had made the Waratahs his home – for now.

“He certainly was looking to come back, but the deal he was offered was a good one, and it was hard to refuse,” Van der Merwe said.

Potgieter has proved a recruiting masterstroke for NSW coach Michael Cheika, injecting much-needed mongrel into the Waratahs’ pack and winning over jaded fans with his abrasive playing style. He was given his biggest send-off yet after the Waratahs’ 44-16 victory against the Highlanders, when a record Allianz Stadium crowd of about 24,500 treated the 194-centimetre, 115-kilogram loose forward to a rousing standing ovation.

The success of his first season here is all the more remarkable considering he was a regular bench-dweller in Pretoria under coach Frans Ludeke, not to mention the Waratahs’ poor success with South African imports Sarel Pretorius and Hendrik Roodt.

Traditionally a back-rower, Cheika has used Potgieter to great effect in the second row with Kane Douglas, where his ball carrying has helped bring out career-best form in players such as Douglas and Wycliff Palu. He has also helped blood super-sized youngster Will Skelton.

Douglas went as far as clarifying this week that although Cheika’s tough-love coaching had a role in the second-rower’s resurgence this season, it was mainly thanks to “Potsy”.

“He throws himself into everything and us three in the locks have been bouncing off each other,” Douglas said. “When you see big hits or big carries, them things are contagious. You see Jacques do something and you think ‘I want to do that as well’.”

Graduate teachers not up to scratch: Victorian government

Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced a review into teacher education. Photo: Ken IrwinCall for maths, science expert teachers to lift primary gradeUniversities and colleges are failing to produce teachers who meet the needs of Victorian schools, according to the state government. In a submission to the federal review of teacher education, Victoria says it has “higher expectations for teacher education graduates” in some areas. Of concern was that degrees were not equipping teachers with the specialist knowledge required in literacy, maths and science. Courses often did not devote enough attention to teaching children with special needs – this was seen as an area of specialisation rather than a core requirement for every teacher. And classroom organisation and behaviour management skills had been consistently identified by principals as areas in which graduate teachers were often lacking. “There are growing concerns about the capacity of providers to produce sufficient graduates with the professional skills and knowledge required to teach in contemporary classrooms.” The submission suggests reducing the number of universities and colleges that offer teaching degrees in order to improve quality. There are 400 courses offered at 48 institutions in Australia, including 12 universities, colleges and TAFEs in Victoria. Victoria wants federal support to introduce numeracy and literacy tests that teaching students must pass before they graduate, as well as compulsory  practical components for all students in rural or disadvantaged schools. It also wants a tougher selection process to ensure students have an aptitude for teaching. An example, it says, is the Teacher Selector tool used by Melbourne University, an online test that measures personality traits such as emotional stability, conscientiousness, perseverance or grit, and openness to views of others. Victoria’s submission comes amid anxiety over the low entry scores required to study teaching, with most top year 12 students eschewing the profession. The average ATAR (tertiary entrance rank) for education courses in Victoria was 61.9 this year, dropping as low as 40.25 at Federation University’s Mount Helen campus. This compares to an ATAR 98.95 for biomedicine at Melbourne University and 98 for law at Monash University. Entry standards for teaching degrees are outside the scope of the federal review of teacher education, chaired by Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor Greg Craven. But in a submission to the review, Melbourne University recommended that all teaching courses become graduate-entry rather than undergraduate degrees over time. “A major threat to teacher status lies in the perception that less able people are being admitted into teacher education as reflected by low ATAR scores,” it said. It also said graduate-entry degrees would mean candidates had made more mature decisions to enter teaching and would lead to the profession becoming desired by many bright undergraduates and career changers. The submission also called for more funding for so-called clinical programs of teacher education, such as the Master of Teaching at Melbourne University, in which student teachers spend time in schools every week.  It recommended minimum entry standards and a quota of commonwealth-funded teaching places, to control the oversupply of primary teachers and secondary humanities teachers. And it said alternative teacher education programs should only be supported if there was evidence of their success. “Programs like Teach for Australia – while five times more expensive than traditional programs – are increasing despite an absence of a reasonable evaluative basis to continue this support,” the submission said. Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne last month announced an extra $22 million for the Teach for Australia program, which fast-tracks non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged schools after six weeks of initial training.One of the academics behind the Melbourne University submission was Professor John Hattie, who was recently appointed president of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. Mr Pyne said at the time Professor Hattie would play an important role in refocusing AITSL’s work to closely align with the government’s approach to teacher educationFor more education stories go to www.facebook杭州后花园m.au/theageeducation
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Nathan Tinkler skips out on Wilkie Creek mine

Nathan Tinkler claimed he had sold his racehorse ­business and estate for $130 million, enabling him to finance the Wilkie Creek acquisition. Photo: Nic WalkerNEWCASTLE Jets owner Nathan Tinkler’s return to the resources sector is in doubt after the former billionaire missed a scheduled payment on his $150 million acquisition of Wilkie Creek coalmine in Queensland.
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The Australian Financial Review reported on Wednesday that Mr Tinkler had committed to paying a portion of the sale price by June 30, but no payment was made.

US coal giant Peabody Energy is understood to have granted an extension to Mr Tinkler and his New York-based financiers, although it’s not clear for how long.

Mr Tinkler, who has a reputation for late payment, announced the Wilkie deal in May telling the media that a lot of people would like to be ‘‘as broke as me’’.

It is understood the mine purchase was initially dependent on the sale of Mr Tinkler’s thoroughbred racing operation Patinack Farm, which is still on the market.

The Herald reported last month that retail magnate Gerry Harvey is owed tens of millions of dollars by Mr Tinkler over racing interests.

Mr Harvey said that he had a caveat over all of Mr Tinkler’s horseracing and breeding assets and was considering selling the horses that race in the name of Patinack.

The revelation threw into doubt the veracity of claims made in May that Mr Tinkler had done a deal to sell his bloodstock interests to a Dubai-based firm, Cibola Capital.

In late June Mr Tinkler admitted in a media report that he had not met conditions associated with the funding of Wilkie Creek.

But he claimed the deal still had the backing of financing secured from US investment bank Jefferies and its parent private equity firm, Leucadia National.

‘‘The conditions precedent on the funding package included Patinack Farm settling and we have solved that another way now and moved on,’’ Mr Tinkler said.

According to the AFR, Stanmore Coal, a junior miner focused on the Surat Basin where the Peabody mine is situated, was among the two rival contenders, as was a private equity-style investor. Both bids were some distance from the hefty amount ventured by Mr Tinkler.

Stanmore, the immediate underbidder, offered close to $20 million, excluding liabilities, for Wilkie Creek, which was mothballed at the end of last year after successive attempts to sell the mine by Peabody Energy fell flat.

Peabody listed the Wilkie Mine – near Dalby, north-west of Brisbane – for sale in mid-2012.

At the time, it was exporting 2.5 million tonnes of thermal coal a year through the Port of Brisbane and a $500 million price tag was touted to prospective buyers.

The mine closed in December last year, with the company blaming the carbon tax.

It has no employees or equipment left, but Mr Tinkler said he planned to put the mine back in production by the end of the year.

World Cup Gallery: Brazil -v- Germany

World Cup Gallery: Brazil -v- Germany David Luiz and Maicon of Brazil look dejected after allowing Germany’s fifth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Hulk of Brazil controls the ball against Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) and Jerome Boateng of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates scoring his team’s first goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Sami Khedira of Germany controls the ball as Oscar (center) and Fernandinho of Brazil give chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany separates Thomas Mueller of Germany and Hulk of Brazil after a challenge in the box during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Philipp Lahm of Germany tackles Marcelo of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

David Luiz of Brazil controls the ball against Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marcelo of Brazil competes for the ball with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany separates Thomas Mueller of Germany and Hulk of Brazil after a challenge in the box during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Hulk of Brazil and Thomas Mueller of Germany compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

David Luiz and Maicon of Brazil react after allowing a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marcelo of Brazil reacts after allowing a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Manuel Neuer of Germany makes a save at a shot at goal by Paulinho of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team’s seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Paulinho of Brazil tackles Benedikt Hoewedes of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Emotional Brazil fans react after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team’s sixth goal against Dante (L) and David Luiz of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

A dejected Brazil fan holding a Neymar mask reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Oezil and Philipp Lahm of Germany celebrate a 7-1 victory over Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Oscar of Brazil shoots and scores his team’s first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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Sharemarket tipped for a 10 per cent pull-back

Markets have climbed to record highs but concerns about a sell-off are rising. Photo: Dominic LorrimerCould we be at the start of the sell-off in equities that many investment managers have spent months calling?
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Many developed sharemarkets are regarded as being expensive, still this hasn’t stopped them climbing to record highs. The Australian benchmark index S&P/ASX 200 is up 13 per cent over the past year, and is trading at 14.6 times forward earnings.

Wall Street has also been trading at records and at a valuation of 18 times reported earnings is at the highest since 2011. Back then, it was in the middle of a 19 per cent slide, its biggest during the current five-year bull market, according to Bloomberg.

But the Dow Jones index has been unable to hold above the record 17,000 mark and dropped 118 points overnight as investors locked in profits ahead of the second-quarter reporting season. US miner Alcoa was the first company to post results that beat expectations.

The sell-off is likely to weigh on the local sharemarket at the start of trade this morning, with the September SPI Futures down 20 points, or 0.4 per cent.

Longview Economics chief market strategist Chris Watling said that 2014 was on course to be one of the quietest years in terms of volatility in the last 50 years.

“Years without a pullback of 7.5 per cent are rare indeed” and there were only nine such years in the past 50, he said. Rarer still were years with no pullback above 5 per cent, with only one year in the last 50 years and only four since the start of the data in 1928,” he told Livewire.

While many investment managers see the market pushing higher over the next 12 months, a 10 per cent pull-back is what many were tipping. The last time the Australian sharemarket experienced a significant pull-back was in the third quarter of 2012.

“It is expensive,” said National Australia Bank analyst Emma Lawson in a morning note. “That has been the mantra right across asset classes for months. Then, periodically, markets get super worried about that and take profits. Across asset classes, and ignoring any of the underlying macro data or evidence that the liquidity rug isn’t going to be pulled out from under them soon, there is a move to unwind positions.”

Last night, US and European stocks extended a sell-off, with the Nasdaq sliding the most in two months.

US small caps were hardest hit, with the Russell 2000 underperforming the wider market. This drove yields lower but boosted the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, which measures the level of fear in the market, added 5.7 per cent to 11.98 points – its biggest two-day rally since early April, according to Bloomberg.

“A sustained rise in market volatility poses risks for the Australian dollar and yield plays, but it would need to be sustained before we worry,” said NAB’s Ms Lawson.

Global equities climbed to a high value of $66 trillion at the end of last week, helped by six years of gains in US stocks, including the Dow Jones breaking above 17,000 points for the first time.

Over the past financial year, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index has remained near record lows, which has only further peddled the hunt for higher returns in equities.

Lisa Marie Smith: It’s up to Thailand to chase fugitive Australian

Dublin: Irish police are hoping that Thailand is too distracted by its internal woes to bother with a fugitive Australian alleged drug smuggler who has popped up 18 years later as a Dublin cafe proprietor.
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Lisa Marie Smith, now 38 years old, fled Thailand in 1996 at age 21 while on bail and facing a possible death sentence, after being allegedly caught with 4 kilograms of hashish and more than 500 amphetamine tablets.

She was sighted in Athens later that same year, and it was assumed she had taken a false identity and was hiding somewhere in Europe.

However last week the Irish Sun newspaper reported that she was the co-owner of Hippety’s Cafe, a small, brightly-painted cafe in the cobblestoned streets of trendy Temple Bar in the Irish capital.

On Friday a reporter from that newspaper confronted “Lisa Smith”, who was working behind the counter of the cafe. The Sun reported that “Smith refused to talk about her past”, instead said she had “somewhere to go” and jumped into a car.

Company records retrieved by Fairfax Media show that Ms Smith has been company secretary of Hippety’s Limited, which owns the cafe, since it was incorporated in December 2010.

The Sun reported she had been in the country for more than a decade, working a string of temporary jobs including one at the Howl at the Moon nightclub.

A co-director of Hippety’s is Terence Smith, of Whyte Street in Brighton in Melbourne.

Terry Smith, Lisa Marie’s father, was boss of National Mutual Asia in 1996 when he paid a $74,000 surety for his daughter to become the first foreigner in Thailand to be granted bail on drug charges.

Lisa Marie Smith was released from the infamous “Bangkok Hilton” prison after five months inside, and she used her British passport to flee to Europe.

Thailand issued an arrest warrant, and she is still on Interpol’s wanted list.

Interpol told Fairfax it would not comment on the case of Ms Smith. A spokesman said Interpol would rely on local police to conduct investigations, and that the “red notice” on Ms Smith was not the same as an international arrest warrant.

“Interpol cannot compel any member country to arrest the subject of a Red Notice,” the spokesman said. “Many of Interpol’s member countries, however, consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty.”

Ireland does not have an extradition treaty with Thailand – though countries that do include the UK, Belgium and Australia.

Dublin’s Garda police said they could not comment on any individual case. Fairfax understands, however, that the Garda have contacted Thai authorities, asking if the arrest warrant still stands, and if they wish to pursue it.

“Where it stands after that I don’t know,” a Garda source said.

Police here have no plans to arrest or question Ms Smith. She has not been interviewed over, or charged with any crime in the years she has been in Ireland.

The Garda have also contacted UK authorities to see if she is wanted there.

“If nobody wants her, and she is happy, she can stay in Ireland,” the source said.

Reports of Ms Smith’s presence in Dublin sparked heated debate in the Irish capital. One commenter on the Irish Independent website said she was “lucky to escape from one of the most corrupt judicial systems in the world”.

Others said it must be a “slow day at Interpol” if she was among the world’s most wanted criminals.

However other commentators said Ms Smith did not deserve a second chance, and it was unfair to other convicted drug smugglers to let her go free.

Another co-director of Hippety’s is Stephen Maguire, reportedly Smith’s partner.

In March, Maguire was in the local media after a gang of 25 youths attacked him outside the cafe. The attention resulting from the attack drew attention to the cafe and its owner’s secret past.

Herald Breakfast – July 9

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @andynenad shared this shot of winter sun near Redhead on Tuesday.
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Weather:GALE force winds may blow through parts of the Hunter, the Bureau of Meteorology warns, with a strongcold front crossing NSW later today.Sun and developing winds are forecast for Newcastle (20 degrees),Maitland (21 degrees) and Scone (19 degrees).

Trains: Trackwork delayed the 4.44am Newcastle to Telarah train while the 5.37am Telarah to Newcastle also left slightly later. No unscheduled trackwork or delays reported on the Newcastle line.

Traffic: Traffic lights are flashing yellow at the intersection of Newcastle Link Road and Lake Road, with a truck breakdown hindering journeys on Industrial Drive.

A truck has come apart on Industrial Drive. Peak hour traffic delays heading west @newcastleheraldpic.twitter杭州后花园m/aXMzBxJjoA

— Rosemarie Milsom (@RosemarieMilsom) July 8, 2014

Beachwatch: The wind will be north-west with the swell from the south-east around one to 1.5 metres. Wave conditions will be crisp and clean but they may get a bit windblown once the stronger winds kick in so it’ll be best to catch what you can early.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @andynenad shared this shot of winter sun near Redhead on Tuesday.

WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SON, MOTHER ASKS: HE wrote letters home, begging for his mother to get him out of HMAS Leeuwin naval base, and now she suspects she knows why.Gregory Metcalf became a cadet at the Perth base aged just 16 but not long after arriving, in 1964, he wrote that ‘‘he could not go on living’’.

NSW PREMIER IN MAITLAND TODAY: PREMIER Mike Baird will visit Maitland Wednesday – his second visit to the Hunter in a month – amid growing pressure to release the construction timeline for the new Lower Hunter hospital.

RSPCA UNDER FIRE OVER COMPLAINT HANDLING:THE RSPCA is under fire from animal activists after it left a severely emaciated dog in the care of its owner despite numerous welfare complaints.

FINE DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATIONS AFTER ASIAN MUM “ONLY ONE TICKETED”: A PARKING fine of $169 issued to an Asian woman dropping her daughter at a Caves Beach childcare centre has sparked a race row.

TIM OWEN SEEKS NEW TALKS ON T4 LEVIES:NEWCASTLE council maintains the city was dudded. A ‘‘gobsmacked’’ Newcastle MP Tim Owen agreed, saying a new round of negotiations was the only way to turn things around.

FIRST LOOK FOR BABY TASMANIAN DEVILS:PHOTOS, VIDEOA literal ‘‘pouch full’’ of Tasmanian devils had their first health check-up in the Australian Reptile Park on Tuesday.

DECISION ON BENNETT’S FUTURE EXPECTED SOON:HE will reach an unprecedented milestone this weekend when he coaches his 700th top-grade game, but will Wayne Bennett have dual cause for celebration this week?

ALEX MCKINNON HEADING HOME TO HUNTER STADIUM:Ishapes as the most emotional moment in the history of the Knights.Four months after the devastating tackle that broke his neck and ended his rugby league career, Alex McKinnon will return to Hunter Stadium for the first time when the Knights host Gold Coast on Sunday week.

ORIGIN III 2014: PRESSURE ON THURSTON AS BLUES NIGGLE:TRASH-TALKING NSW prop James Tamou has apologised to Johnathan Thurston, but the Blues are likely to be less accommodating to the out-of-form Queensland pivot tonight.