Why men pay for sex?

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What makes a man sleep with a sex worker? We asked 3 escorts to quiz their clients Prime Minister David Cameron may have described his Culture Secretary John Whittingdale as "a single man who is entitled to a private life" but it hasn’t stopped a media frenzy over the latest revelations that he had a relationship with a sex worker. Although the relationship occurred before Whittingdale was made a minister last year ( he says he ended it when he found out about her line of work!) critics claim trying to keep the relationship under wraps may have clouded his judgement about press regulation. He was chair of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which was instrumental in the phone-hacking scandal. Perhaps Cameron’s nonchalance about the whole thing is the real point here. After all, research reveals that one in 20 men has willingly slept with a sex worker anyway. 

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Gallery: Iditarod dog sled race

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Alaska is so warm this year, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race had to have snow brought in to Anchorage to make the ceremonial opening race happen. The Alaska Railroad is hauling 300 cubic yards of snow from Fairbanks to Anchorage on Thursday for the opening ceremony on Saturday. Even with the 15 truckloads of imported snow, the route for the ceremonial kickoff race was shortened to 3 miles, as opposed to the usual 11 miles. (The course for the race itself is about 1,000 miles.) City of Anchorage personnel tried to figure out a way to keep the full 11-mile course, but with the warm weather lingering, it wasn't possible this year, Stan Hooley, CEO of the Iditarod Trail Committee said in a news release. "A persistent ridge of high pressure over Alaska in January and February has kept snow totals low and temperatures warmer than normal across much of the state," CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

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Pokies critics hit the jackpot

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Len Ainsworth quietly sips a cup of tea in the austere boardroom of Ainsworth Game Technology. The 92-year old pokies king has just engineered a near $500 million jackpot after selling his majority stake in the company he founded two decades ago to Austria's Novomatic. And he's clearly feeling pleased with himself. "It's not a bad result for an amateur," chuckles Ainsworth. Given Ainsworth's status as the world's oldest pokies magnate, there have been no shortage of suitors lining up over the years with offers to buy his stake. While Ainsworth steadfastly refused to budge, the privately-held Novomatic played a masterful long game. The Vienna-based gaming giant, the second largest poker machine maker globally, started its pursuit of Ainsworth in early 2013. Worried about the growing problem of gambling addiction, politicians in Austria and Germany had started to impose new regulations on pokie and casino operators forcing Novomatic to look offshore to keep growing its revenues.

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Perceptions of crime surveyed

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) today published Research and Statistical Bulletin 1/2016 ‘Perceptions of Crime: Findings from the 2014/15 Northern Ireland Crime Survey’ (NICS). It is a National Statistics Publication. In addition to describing respondents’ perceptions of causes of crime, recent crime levels and the extent of problems of anti-social behaviour in the local area, this bulletin illustrates three commonly used measures of concern about crime: worry about crime and personal safety; perceptions of the likelihood of victimisation; and perceptions of the effect of ‘fear of crime’ on quality of life. Key Findings Drugs (73%), alcohol (62%) and a lack of discipline from parents (51%) were the three factors most commonly identified by NICS 2014/15 respondents as major causes of crime in Northern Ireland today. When asked which single factor they considered to be the main cause of crime, the most common responses, cited by 29% and 20% of respondents respectively, were drugs and a lack of discipline from parents.

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South Melbourne children pay price for schools shortage

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Up to 220 new schools need to be built in Victoria in the next decade to cope with an explosion in student numbers, research has warned. But despite the alarming statistics, for the first time in 15 years, not a single new state school will open its doors to students when class returns next week. Victorian schools must absorb 190,000 extra students between 2016 and 2026, according to an analysis prepared for Fairfax Media by the Grattan Institute. This will mean 7200 extra classrooms and teachers, and between 140 to 220 new government and non-government schools. "To have no state schools opening this year is disgraceful," Australian Education Union Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said. Many state schools are already feeling the squeeze and have crammed portables into their playgrounds to accommodate extra students. Others are turning away families, running classes in halls and storerooms and staggering lunchtime so there's enough space for children to play.

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Healesville Sanctuary

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What animal lover doesn't love cute spring animal babies? There's no better time to visit Healesville Sanctuary than these spring holidays! With adorable ducklings, waddling baby wombats and Rascal the baby kangaroo joey, just for starters, you and your family are sure to be delighted. And of course there's a variety of other favourite exhibits and shows; Spirits of the Sky show daily at 12pm and 2pm, showcasing magnificent birds of prey; eagles, owls and parrots in flight. Tales from Platypus Creek is a show held daily at 11:15am and additionally at 1:30pm on weekends.  See Platypus in a unique riverside tank environment in their brand new amphitheatre. Observe Platypus as they interact with keepers, play in the water and even enjoy having their tummies tickled! As seats are limited it is recommended you arrive 15 minutes early. Cool Conservation gives visitors the chance to see breeding programs in action for two of our threatened alpine species; the Mountain Pygmy-possum and Southern Corroboree Frog.

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This months Business Coaching Feature, Part 2

Stuart Hayes Leadership Stuart Hayes offers free business planning consultations to entrepreneurs looking to improve the performance of their business, particularly in developing functional and accountable leaders in your business. You can apply for a free two hour business coaching session on his website. Stuart Hayes Leadership is locally based in Port Melbourne.. Stuart is an ex CEO Mr Fix it for top business consulting firms where his role was to go into ailing businesses and get them profitable. This makes his background quite unique among business coaches. Stuart Hayes Leadership is locally based in Port Melbourne. Stuart is an ex CEO Mr Fix it for top business consulting firms where his role was to go into ailing businesses and get them profitable. This makes his background quite unique among business coaches. His coaching is known for its practical approach, which is tailored to the individual circumstances of each business. Stuarts Google+ page Stuart's Facebook page https://youtu.be/_Plz0utRZHM We recently interviewed Stuart as part of our feature on business coaching We asked Stuart the following question: With economists forecasting uncertain economic times, the global economy still remaining fragile and the situation in China uncertain, what do you think are the top concerns business leaders should be considering?

His coaching is known for its practical approach, which is tailored to the individual circumstances of each business. Stuarts Google+ page Stuart's Facebook page https://youtu.be/_Plz0utRZHM We recently interviewed Stuart as part of our feature on business coaching We asked Stuart the following question: With economists forecasting uncertain economic times, the global economy still remaining fragile and the situation in China uncertain, what do you think are the top concerns business leaders should be considering? Stuart: Based on my experience, I would say that one of the most important things business leaders should be considering is adapting to the changing circumstances of new market conditions

His coaching is known for its practical approach, which is tailored to the individual circumstances of each business. Stuarts Google+ page Stuart's Facebook page https://youtu.be/_Plz0utRZHM We recently interviewed Stuart as part of our feature on business coaching We asked Stuart the following question: With economists forecasting uncertain economic times, the global economy still remaining fragile and the situation in China uncertain, what do you think are the top concerns business leaders should be considering? Stuart: Based on my experience, I would say that one of the most important things business leaders should be considering is adapting to the changing circumstances of new market conditions

My advice is to reach out for help from someone you can  work with, someone independent, as quickly as possible. The quality of the outcomes you achieve in business is always proportional to the quality of the questions you ask and the first question you need to ask yourself is, “Is my fundamental approach still the right one?” Ideally you should look for a mentor or coach you feel you can trust, someone who has stood in your shoes and can help you see what’s really going on and what you need to do next. Stuart also runs a podcast on developing leadership skills in your career called Careers Unplugged and it’s one of the leading podcasts in business development in Australia. https://youtu.be/2RbGO9XAj94



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An amazing good time in Ashcombe Maze

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What can be more fun than a real life three dimensional hedge maze? Adults and children alike enjoy the challenge of finding their way around the mazes at Ashcombe. Located in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, Ashcombe Maze boasts the oldest hedge maze (over 40 years old) in Victoria and the fragrant lavender and rose mazes are equally delightful and surprisingly more challenging than they might first appear. The Ashcombe Garden Discovery Trail is a self-guided tour that explores kilometers of meandering gardens. Ashcombe Maze is home to acres of Woodland Gardens with a number of features: the Orchard, the Rock Garden, the Scented Garden, the Herb Barrels, the Small Woodland,  the Lily Pond, the Koala Food Trees and Lake Ashcombe to name a few. There are other activities ideal to help fill in the school holidays such as the Great Gnome Hunt where children are armed with a clipboard and a pencil and an answer sheet to record where they find the many gnomes and fairies.

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Ice skating or circus? Why not both at once?

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Get your skates on for lots of fun this spring holidays! What could be more fun than an ice skating rink combined with a big top, clowns, magicians, face painting plus games and prizes? Well, I don't know either, but it's all happening this school holidays at Medibank Icehouse! When? All the extra activities are scheduled for between 11am and 3pm every day in the holidays. And if you haven't learned to skate on ice yet, that's ok, as an experienced ice ambassador will teach you all the basics you need to know in a 15 minute free skating lesson, including how to get moving, how to turn and slow down and also how to fall down safely. All these activities plus skate hire is included in the cost of general admission, Adults $26 and children 6-14 $22. Only five minutes from the city, Medibank Icehouse is located off Footscray Rd, Docklands, and easily accessible via tram, train or car.

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