Sims plans NRL payback for brother Tariq

by admin on 18/01/2019

Korbin Sims may have been mucking around at Brisbane training but he’s ready for the NRL finals.As a kid, Korbin Sims’ backyard games with older brother Tariq usually ended in tears.
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The Brisbane NRL star’s tears, to be precise.

No wonder Sims has jumped at a chance at some long awaited payback, volunteering to help the Broncos exploit St George Illawarra back-rower Tariq’s trademark aggression in Sunday’s elimination final.

Brisbane enforcer Sims will line up against not only his brother but his future club this weekend when he makes his long awaited finals debut after 119 NRL games.

Sims – who recently signed a three-year Dragons deal – said if he crossed paths with his brother Tariq at Suncorp Stadium they would “light each other up”.

Sims will no doubt hope their clash avoids the same fate as their childhood games.

“I was usually the one crying to mum whingeing away that I didn’t get my turn – I think on the weekend it might be my turn,” the Fijian international said of their games as kids.

Tariq Sims’ aggression earned him NSW State of Origin selection this year.

But Brisbane bench prop Sims believed it could also be his brother’s weakness, sparking silly penalties.

“He is really aggressive and it has worked really well for him this year but as a team we can try and work that against him,” he said.

“If he is over aggressive we can try to exploit it.”

No doubt still smarting from their backyard days, Sims looked forward to finding his brother on the field on Sunday.

He just hoped no one held any grudges when he lobbed at 2019 Dragons pre-season training.

“If we cross paths we will try to light each other up,” Sims said of Tariq.

“I am sure he is thinking the same about me. We will wait and see.

“Depending on how the result goes I hope there are no grudges held next year.”

Vic data dump removed after privacy breach

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Documents relating to a botched planning decision by now-opposition leader Matthew Guy have been taken down from Victoria’s parliamentary website after exposing private citizens’ financial and medical records.
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The mother of Hollywood stars Chris and Liam Hemsworth is reportedly one of those caught up in the government’s campaign to undermine Mr Guy, months out from the state election, over the rezoning of Ventnor at Phillip island while he was planning minister in 2011.

Personal details of a lawyer, including her mental health, financial and familial details, were also found among the 80,000 documents released by the Andrews Labor government on Monday.

These were taken down on Thursday and the link to the documents removed from the parliamentary website altogether on Friday.

“Given the volume of documents and the sensitive issues raised, I’ve asked that the online link to documents be taken down this morning until further advice on the motions passed by the House in relation to these documents is considered,” Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks said in a statement.

“The documents, except those already requested to be removed, remain ‘published’ and available in hard copy at the Parliament as originally advised.”

Former privacy commissioner David Watts has warned the government could face legal action over the saga.

Among those caught up in the privacy breach were Leonie Hemsworth, the mother of Hollywood stars Chris and Liam Hemsworth, the Herald Sun reported.

It’s understood Mrs Hemsworth was a Phillip Island local who opposed the Ventnor decision.

But Premier Daniel Andrews dismissed concerns about legal retribution for document dump.

“There’s been some comments made by the former privacy commissioner and I think the current privacy commissioner has a very different view,” he told reporters on Phillip Island on Friday.

“The current privacy commissioner has been very clear about parliamentary privilege and the absolute nature of parliamentary privilege.”

Mr Andrews again apologised for the debacle, saying “it is regrettable, we are sorry that inadvertently (those) documents were included”.

The data dump related to Mr Guy’s 2011 approval for the rezoning of farmland for housing at Ventnor on Phillip Island.

It sparked a widespread backlash and was quickly reversed, but this prompted a legal battle with the would-be developer, who also had connections to the Liberal Party.

In 2013, that case settled for a then-private sum. But the Ventnor documents revealed taxpayers were slugged $3.5 million to settle after Mr Guy worried for his political career if it went to court.

When asked about the Friday’s move to restrict access to the data dump, Mr Guy said “the whole thing is a disgusting debacle”.

He has threatened his own document drops if the Liberal-Nationals win the November 24 state election.

“But one thing I would never do is release 80,000 pages of material without even having checked it,” the Liberal leader said.

On Thursday, the lower house passed a censure motion against Mr Guy, which demanded he resign and pay back the taxpayer money spent on the Ventnor case.

Dumped Demon a hard-luck AFL story: coach

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Demons coach Simon Goodwin admits Jay Kennedy Harris was unlucky to miss out playing Geelong.Dumped Melbourne speedster Jay Kennedy Harris is the hard-luck story of his club’s return to the AFL finals after a dozen years, coach Simon Goodwin says.
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Goodwin dropped Kennedy Harris for Friday night’s elimination final against Geelong at the MCG while Dean Kent didn’t recover in time from his shoulder injury.

The Dees recalled co-captain Jack Viney and Mitch Hannan for the clash against a Geelong side unchanged from its last game.

But Goodwin says he’s feeling for Kennedy Harris as the Demons prepare for their first final in 12 years.

“It’s really unfortunate for Jay,” Goodwin told his club’s website.

“He has been in some really good form and played his role incredibly well but we’ve got some players coming back as well.”

Viney’s inclusion comes after the rugged midfielder missed the past two months because of a toe injury which has restricted him to just seven games this season.

“It’s great to get our skipper back in,” Goodwin said.

“He has done a lot of work and Mitch Hannan has had some really strong footy behind him in the past month.

“He (Hannan) missed with a bit of a sore knee but his form in the VFL last week was very strong.”

Hannan has played just two AFL matches since round 15 – in rounds 17 and 22.

Goodwin believed his side, the league’s highest-scoring outfit this season, was primed to ride a wave of support from finals-starved fans in the fixture against the Cats, the best defensive team in the competition in terms of points conceded.

“I know it has been a long time for our supporters … (they) have got a great opportunity to really inspire their team,” he said.

NAB first to face court over fees issue

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NAB is the first financial services industry player to face court over fees for no service.National Bank says it is working to rebuild customer trust after becoming the first player in the financial services industry to face court action over charging fees for no service.
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NAB could incur millions of dollars in fines after charging hundreds of thousands of superannuation customers $100 million in fees for services they did not receive.

The n Securities and Investments Commission wants the Federal Court to impose a civil penalty and declare NAB’s superannuation trustees NULIS and MLC Nominees broke financial services laws.

The case centres on the trustees deducting about $100 million in plan service fees from the account balances of hundreds of thousands of members of MLC MasterKey Super products.

ASIC took the legal action despite NAB compensating customers.

NAB’s chief legal and commercial counsel Sharon Cook said the bank will carefully consider the allegations.

“We are acting to rebuild trust with our customers,” Ms Cook said in a statement.

“Our announcement this week about removing grandfathered commissions from NAB Financial Planning and NAB Direct Advice, as well as accelerating repayments where fees have been wrongly charged, are more steps in this direction.”

NAB paid $35.9 million in remediation after deducting plan service fees from 220,000 MLC MasterKey business and personal super members who did not have plan advisers.

It is paying another $87 million – $67 million in refunds for plan service fees plus compensation for lost earnings – to 305,000 personal super members where advisers were not required to provide services or the customers did not receive services.

NAB said it was almost halfway through the second remediation and expected to complete the process by the end of November.

ASIC said Thursday’s commencement of the civil penalty action was part of its broad-ranging and significant investigations into fees-for-no-service failures in the financial services industry.

The big four banks and AMP have been ASIC’s main focus over fees-for-no-service issues dating back to 2008, but smaller industry players have also wrongly charged customers.

Before it launched the NAB proceedings, ASIC’s action over fees for no service had consisted of court-enforceable undertakings, bans and imposing licence conditions.