Mundine admits Geale wanted it more

Anthony Mundine lost against Daniel Geale earlier this year. Photo: brendan esposito\nAnthony Mundine has admitted he didn’t have the “eye of the tiger” in his loss to Daniel Geale and still dreams of booking a date with Floyd Mayweather before the superstar American retires from the sport.

After a dominant display against Canelo Alvarez on the weekend, Mayweather has slated four fights over a 24 month period as part of his exit strategy from boxing. Potential opponents include Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao and Adrian Broner.

Despite his loss to Geale, Mundine still covets a meeting with Mayweather and at 38, wants to add his name to the list. His road back begins with ageing great Shane Mosley on October 23 in Sydney.

Mundine is treating every fight as his last at the moment and said there were no second chances for him at this late stage of his career. Should he beat Mosley, he believes more doors will open.

“My exit strategy is to try and get to Floyd Mayweather within those four fights. I’ve got plenty of time. All I need to do is get past Mosley. If I do that, I know there will be massive offers,” Mundine said.

“(US promoter) 50 Cent has already spoken about future events. But I have to get past Mosley and that’s all I’m worried about.”

Mosley is 42 and many boxing fans believe he is well past his prime. But he managed a win over Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano in May to break a streak of losses to Mayweather, Pacquiao and Alvarez.

Potentially more concerning for Mundine is the lack of will to win he believes he showed in his unanimous points loss to Geale in January. Mundine still believes the scores should have been much tighter but admits Geale was the hungrier fighter.

“Initially I was disappointed. I knew it was a close fight but when I look back and watch the video, he probably wanted it a lot more than me. That was disappointing for me,” Mundine said.

“Normally I have that eye of the tiger, that will to win is stronger than my opponent. If I did have that, like he did, I don’t reckon he would have gone 12 rounds with me because at times, it felt easy.”

Some introspection and the prospect of an upcoming fight has Mundine believing the fire in the belly has returned in time to host Mosley, who Mundine believes remains a dangerous customer despite his years.

“Definitely, it’s back. I can feel it. Because I’m at a stage in my career where it’s kill or be killed for me. It’s like a sudden death footy final. I know if I don’t get up and perform I’m out the door,” Mundine said.

“And I don’t want that to happen. I still have big dreams and I know I can match it with the best in the world.”

Mundine is in Brisbane and will be at the launch of the Brisbane Sports Performance Centre at Kangaroo Point on Saturday night.

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Why the Gold Coast is better than a cheap holiday in Thailand or Bali

Jason Bright drives the #8 Team BOC Holden during the V8 Supercar Championship Series. Photo: Quinn RooneyThe Queensland tourism minister has warned Australian parents that an increased focus on cost cutting could rob children of future memories of an iconic Gold Coast holiday.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said much of what made Gold Coast holidays so memorable in times past was still available and readily accessible to Australian families.

“We urge Aussie parents to consider the impact on their children’s future memories before choosing cheap overseas holidays simply based on price,” she said.

“Many Australian adults are fortunate enough to have fond memories of their own childhood experiences on the Gold Coast. Nearly all the best aspects of a holiday on the Coast in times past remain accessible today, well within reach of most family holiday budgets.

“We have an obligation to our children to show them the natural attractions of the Gold Coast.”

Despite a 6 per cent increase in international visitors in the last financial year, domestic tourism to the Gold Coast has continued to suffer, partly because of record low fares to cheaper destinations such as Thailand and Bali offered by airlines departing from the Gold Coast.

Tourism operators voiced concerns at the recent DestinationQ travel conference that cheap overseas flights were negatively affecting the local travel industry, just as the increased focus on cost cutting and outsourcing of production overseas had damaged the Australian commercial retail sector.

It’s evident to most shoppers that the current race to the bottom in the retail sector through globalisation and offshoring is responsible for much cheaper goods and chronic declines in quality. Tourism operators are concerned a similar trend will damage local Gold Coast tourism and result in Australian children missing out on the famous Gold Coast holiday experience.

However, Gold Coast tourism operators are confident the V8 Supercar carnival from October 25-27, officially known as the Armor All Gold Coast 600, presents an ideal opportunity for Aussie mums and dads to relive some of the best days of their lives and share these with their youngsters.

12 reasons not to take a cheap overseas holiday:

1. The Armor All 600 V8 Supercar event

The entire family will enjoy what is shaping up to be the most spectacular race of the season – guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping!

2. The world’s best beaches

What better way to enjoy Queensland’s “beautiful one day, perfect the next” weather?

3. Adventure theme parks

Excitement and adrenaline at Movieworld, Dreamworld, Wet & Wild and don’t miss the brand new “Storm-chaser” wet roller coaster at Seaworld.

4. Surfing, fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding

Rent a SUP board and cruise along Currumbin Creek in style or throw a line in and catch your own dinner.

5. Fish and chips on the beach

There’s nothing quite like fish and chips from a paper wrapper with a fresh breeze and the surf roaring in the background.

6. International-class restaurants

A new breed of chefs are ready to amaze. New restaurants such as Bazaar at QT offer exciting dishes for all, no matter what your dietary preferences may be.

7. Value-for-money accommodation

Good quality hotels and family holiday apartments all along the coast are still available for the Armor All 600 V8 Supercar event.

8. V8 racing driving lessons

Thrill younger licence-holders in your family who are new to driving as they learn important new driving skills behind the wheel of a V8 supercar with expert instructors.

9. Q1 Skypoint walk

Take the twilight climb and strap yourself securely to the outside of Australia’s tallest building, and gasp at the sublime beauty of a sunset you will never forget. An absolute must for visitors of all ages and guaranteed to be an unexpected highlight of your visit.

10. Wildlife parks

What’s not to love about nursing a koala, feeding the kangaroos and having a rainbow lorikeet perch on your head?

11. Shopping

See why the Gold Coast’s retail shops and big-brand outlets continue to draw visitors from Australia and around the world.

12. Clubs, pubs and night life

At night the famous Glitter Strip really lights up with its unique style of clubs and pubs. During the day, sit on the veranda, soak up the view of the Pacific and enjoy a family meal at one of the Coast’s many surf clubs.

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Buffett cautious amid IPO rush

Sometimes you think you’ve seen everything that can possibly happen when it comes to investing and finance. Then the Winklevoss twins prove you wrong, again. This time, they’ve suggested that Bitcoins – the virtual would-be currency – could be a national currency one day.

Yes, the brothers famous for claiming they really were the brains behind the birth of Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) have decided an online payment method preferred mostly by criminals and paranoid anti-government types might one day carry the head of a sovereign on its obverse.

You know, I could be wrong. But the odds of that are pretty small, with the possible exception that a rogue government might just think the idea is crazy enough to work. Yes, I’m looking at you, North Korea.

But let’s face it – the imprimatur of Kim Jong-un would be the exception to prove this rule. No one has ever invoked the North Korean leadership as moral authority – and that’s unlikely to start any time soon.

Confidence – and risk – soars

The broader economic picture might be somewhat of a patchwork, but that’s not stopping investors.

In case you wanted proof, almost 600 US companies hit 52-week highs after the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold fire on reducing quantitative easing.

Still not convinced? The market in initial public offerings is hitting its straps, with Twitter, Freelancer苏州美甲美睫培训 and plenty of others lining up to list on the main exchanges, and the aforementioned Winklevoss twins figure this is an attractive market into which to tip a Bitcoin-based exchange traded fund.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting the markets are getting to bubble territory yet but it’s hard to argue that the markets aren’t – at least in part – starting to lose their inhibitions. And that’s when investors should start to be wary.

If you’re thinking I’m the guy who takes away the punchbowl just as the party gets into full swing, or the neighbour who calls the police when the music gets too loud, then I’m – at least metaphorically – guilty as charged.

Everything in moderation

I’m not suggesting the punch isn’t good or the music enjoyable – just that the result of unbridled indulgence tends to be a pretty rough hangover. That’s a day wasted in bed if you party too hard. It can be many thousands of dollars up in smoke when it comes to investing.

To torture the metaphor a little further, by all means enjoy the party. Have some punch. A little can be a good thing. Just because the market is getting more expensive doesn’t mean there aren’t good investments to be found. There are fewer than at this time 12 and 24 months ago, but they’re out there.

Warren Buffett, the greatest living investor, seems to agree, telling US cable channel CNBC that US shares are “more or less fairly priced now”.

Foolish takeaway

That said, not investing at all can be the worst form of risk. The ASX has expanded almost 30-fold in the past three decades, through wars, recessions, crashes and panics. But when speculation takes over and investors start to feel the envy of missing out on the gains others are enjoying, you know it’s time to be careful.

The single worst reason to buy an investment is the money other people are making. By the time everyone’s talking about it, most of the gains will probably have been realised, and we’re closer to the end of the party than almost everyone knows.

Only in hindsight will we realise we shouldn’t have had that last drink (or three), but by then it’s too late.

The Winklevoss twins are welcome to their Bitcoins. I wish every success to the companies floating on the stock exchange. Just remember, they’re not selling because they want you to be rich, but because they want your cash. And no one in their right mind sells cheaply.

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Scott Phillips is a Motley Fool investment adviser. He owns shares in Berkshire Hathaway. Twitter @TMFGilla. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691).

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Martin wants to stay a Tiger

The disgraceful handling of troubled young footballer Dustin Martin reached a new low point on Thursday when the bewildered-looking 22-year-old was led around a football club he didn’t really want to join.

And a club that, upon meeting Martin and upon brief reflection, came to the conclusion it did not really want him. Like Melbourne before it, Greater Western Sydney has enough of a job on its hands without taking on a high-maintenance player with social issues when what it craves is on-field leadership.

Martin clearly wants to remain at Richmond, which has been as good as home to him since he was drafted as a wayward but prodigiously talented 18-year-old and which has put in place a series of mentors and minders for him and offered him a two-year contract worth about $1million. Internally, both coach and captain are asking him to stay. Externally, either Martin’s manager Ralph Carr or his father Shane must cut their losses and make it happen. While life in many ways would be significantly less stressful for the Tigers without Martin, he remains theirs and their problem. This columnist now seriously questions whether he is worth the trouble and if Martin does return to Tigerland with his tail between his legs it would serve everyone in his camp right if the offer is reduced.

Further, the AFL Players Association’s agents board should make a point of analysing this debacle as a test case and seriously question Carr’s accreditation. He has handled this so unprofessionally and should have realised how much potential harm he could cause his client.

Next week the explosive young star should finish in the top five in the club best and fairest. If only he had the strength he demonstrates on the MCG and took a stand on his own as Reece Conca did this week and put pen to paper without waiting for his manager to get to town.

Conca has sacrificed significant money, which Fremantle had placed on the table to stay at Richmond. No one yet has put their hand up for Martin, and that GWS has chosen not to pursue him despite the difficulty that club has had luring players, shows how concerned it must be about his issues.

When Martin turned up so dishevelled he was told to leave the track in January this season, the concerned and frustrated Tigers went to AFL medicos and asked for the player to be target-tested for illegal drugs. That Martin was able to have the season he did after his problematic off-season speaks volumes for the work put into him by Richmond.

And yet Carr continued to claim all year there were offers aplenty for Martin. Richmond called his bluff in what appeared a risky but ultimately necessary stand. It seems true that Martin was being shopped around by his manager Carr because of an undertaking given to Martin’s father and yet no offer has yet been tabled. Martin appears to have begun to lose his way late in the season when his management attempted to bring the contract issues to a head on the day Richmond lost to Carlton in round 20.

Martin had a relatively frank conversation with GWS bosses, in which he acknowledged he had some work to do to clean up his reputation. That seems likely to be Richmond’s job now and a change of management wouldn’t hurt either.

Some intriguing revelations came to light during what can only be described as a cynical tyre-kicking exercise orchestrated by Carr and recorded by media from the time on Thursday morning that the young footballer arrived at Melbourne Airport.

When asked by the Giants about whom he looked to for advice and mentoring, Martin, in front of Carr, put forward the Richmond Football Club and key individuals within that organisation. How embarrassed Carr must have felt.

During the day Martin was contacted by coach Damien Hardwick and received text messages from his captain Trent Cotchin. He briefly spoke on Friday with outgoing president Gary March, with whom he remains close. Both Cotchin and Hardwick reassured Martin the club still regarded him as a Tiger and wanted him to stay.

Which must say something for how Richmond feels about him. But should Martin return – as now seems probable – to a club he never really left, he has some work to do to win back its trust and that of his teammates.

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Historic plaques of Newcastle: map

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Wayne Mullen with the memorial to Morris Light at Newcastle City Hall. Mr Mullen has documented 80 plaques around Newcastle for an interactive map./

Anglican building, The Abbey. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Adolphe, 1804. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

35th Infantry Battalion WWI battles. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Anne Feneley plaque.Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Bank of NSW. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

City Hall administration centre.

Baptist Tabernacle stone. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Commissariat store. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

City Hall foundation stone. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Contribution of industries to war. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Convict barrack.

First hotel in Newcastle – Ship Inn. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

First private colliery. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Engineers’ plaque. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Gantry crane. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Foundation Stone, Newcastle Methodist Central Mission. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Gardiner memorial pavillion. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

General cargo wharf. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Gardiner memorial pavillion. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Goods shed. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Henry Detlev Hingst

HMAS Maitland. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Honeysuckle workshops. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Joy Cummings memorial. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Lee wharf. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Kanichi Nakayasu memorial. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Lifeboat service. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Legacy 50th anniversary. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Lillie Wood memorial chair. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

The Longworth donation. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Memorial to Merchantile Marines. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Military Barracks. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Mitchell Park memorial gates, Merewether. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Morris Light, City Hall. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

National service and combined forces memorial. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

National service and combined forces memorial. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Nesca House. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

New erecting shop. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Newcastle RSL Club. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Nobbys Surf pavillion. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Newcastle war memorial Cultural Centre. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Northumberland County Council.

Ocean Baths opening. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Old Courthouse column. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Opening of Newcastle Art Gallery. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Order of Oddfellows. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Opening of the Union Bank. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Packet Steamer Wharf. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Perway Store. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Presbyterian Memorial. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Rededicaction of war memorial, Civic Park. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Road alignment post. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Royal Newcastle Hospital foundation stone. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Shortland centenary fountain. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Shortland fountain. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Shortland fountain. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Lieutenant Shortland’s landing place.

South Newcastle beach improvements. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

St Johns Church Cooks Hill fence dedicated on Temple Day. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Stockton memorial Vietnam. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Stockton memorial Korea. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Stockton memorial Malaya. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Stockton memorial WWII. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Subalterns Barracks. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Stockton memorial WWII. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

The Store Co-op. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Torpedo mine. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Tree planted by rotary founder Paul Harris. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Tribute from the Graduate Nurses of Royal Newcastle Hospital. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Vietnam memorial Civic Park.Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Vietnam memorial Civic Park. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

War memorial cultural centre. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Warrren Chipchase. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Watt Street. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Wendouree. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

Wesley Fellowship House. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

William Dobell. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

WWI Roll of Honour. Picture: Wayne Mullen.

ARCHAEOLOGIST Wayne Mullen has documented 80 plaques in Newcastle CBD and counting as he attempts the first known recording of these historical treasures.

Mr Mullen has been uploading images and mapping the locations of the plaques, some dating back to the early 1800s, on flickr苏州美甲美睫培训.

‘‘Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia so it does have a depth of history,’’ Mr Mullen said.

‘‘There’s this habit of installing plaques, I haven’t quite got a handle on. The reason I started taking pictures of the plaques is because they were essentially everywhere.’’

Based at The University of Sydney in NSW, Mr Mullen began his discovery of what he describes as Newcastle’s ‘‘forgotten treasures’’ in December 2011.

He purchased a weekender property in the CBD in 2008 and was amazed to discover how many plaques he would come across during his Saturday walks.

‘‘There are these little markers of history everywhere but what I found odd was the lack of awareness that they existed,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s been generation after generation of plaques but no generalised map.’’

The plaques include the site of the 1820 convict barracks in Watt Street and a Pacific Park tribute to former matron of Newcastle Hospital Irene Hall, who served from 1915 to 1958.

The site of Newcastle’s first wharf (1804) on the foreshore near Customs House has also been documented in metal as has the commemoration of former mayor Morris Light, situated at Newcastle City Hall.

Light, an alderman from 1902 to 1929 and mayor in 1924-25, is credited with being the moving force behind creating today’s civic centre.

He died of pneumonia in July 1929, five months before the new civic buildings, which included the town hall (renamed City Hall in 1981) and the Civic Theatre, opened.

University of Newcastle archivist Gionni DiGravio said he did not know of any official documents recording the CBD plaques.

But he said many had been highlighted on heritage walks conducted by Newcastle historical groups.

‘‘We do seem to create a lot of plaques in Newcastle,’’ he said.

He said the plaques tended to commemorate one of four things – the position of ancient buildings, war memorials, important people and early settlement sites.

A Newcastle City Council spokeswoman confirmed there was no general registry of plaques but there was information on 21 commemorative plaques in and around Newcastle that related to World War II.

The World War II plaques were placed at different locations by the Newcastle Australia Remembers Committee in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.