Cats decline to match Port’s Motlop offer

Steven Motlop is officially a Port Adelaide AFL player after Geelong declined to match the Power’s offer to the restricted free agent.

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Motlop has signed a four-year deal at Alberton Oval, with the Power beating crosstown rivals Adelaide — who were thought to have offered a more lucrative deal — in the race for his services.

It continues a busy trade period for Port, who earlier this week secured former Brisbane skipper Tom Rockliff as a free agent and are frontrunners to sign Melbourne forward Jack Watts.

The AFL are yet to confirm the compensation Geelong will receive for Motlop but it is expected to be a late second-round draft pick.

Motlop, who played 135 games for the Cats and booted 175 goals, said he was impressed by the presentation made by Power coach Ken Hinkley and skipper Travis Boak.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Geelong,” he said.

“I spent nine great years there and they were fantastic for my footy and a great support for me and my family.

“I already have a connection to the Power where my older brother, Daniel, played for six seasons and my cousin, Marlon, still works in the community department.

“Port Adelaide is also an industry leader with its indigenous community work, which is an area that is really important to me.”

Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said Motlop had been a strong contributor for the Cats.

“It is always a difficult day when a long-term player departs,” Lloyd said.

“He helped us reach the finals seven times and was a creative and dynamic player who was invested in our program.

“We thank him for his service to Geelong and wish him well in his new journey with the Power.”

Motlop’s decision to join the Power could result in Adelaide forcing wantaway speedster Charlie Cameron to play out the final year of his contract despite Brisbane offering a first-round draft pick.

Death toll climbs to 35 as US fires rage

Fire officials in Northern California have reported further headway against the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state’s history, as the death toll rose to 35 and teams with cadaver dogs combed charred ruins for human remains.

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The wind-driven blazes, which erupted on Sunday night in the heart of California’s renowned wine country, north of San Francisco, have destroyed an estimated 5700 homes and businesses and forced the evacuation of at least 25,000 people.

With more than 200 people still missing on Friday in Sonoma County alone, and rubble from thousands of incinerated dwellings yet to be searched, authorities have said the number fatalities from the so-called North Bay fires would likely climb higher.

Even as firefighters gained more ground during a second day of better weather, they braced for a return of higher temperatures, lower humidity and strong, gusty winds that could increase the threat to communities still in harm’s way.

Ground crews raced to clear drought-parched vegetation along the southern flanks of fires, removing highly combustible fuels adjacent to populated areas before extreme heat and winds were forecast to revive over the weekend.

“We’ve challenged the troops to get out there and secure mainly the south parts of these fires in preparation for those strong north winds,” Bret Gouvea, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), told a news conference.

As of Friday afternoon, 17 major wildfires – some encompassing several smaller blazes merged together – had consumed nearly 222,000 acres of dry brush, grasslands and trees across eight counties.

Governor Jerry Brown planned to visit the area with California’s two US senators on Saturday.

Officials have said power lines toppled by gale-force winds the first night may have sparked the conflagration, though the official cause remained under investigation.

Much of the devastation centred in and around the Sonoma County town of Santa Rosa, where whole neighbourhoods were reduced to landscapes of grey ash, smouldering debris and burned-out vehicles.

Some victims were asleep when flames engulfed their homes, and many survivors had only minutes to flee.

The picturesque town of Calistoga, at the northern end of Napa Valley, faced one of the biggest remaining hazards. Its 5000-plus residents were ordered from their homes on Wednesday night as a fierce blaze dubbed the Tubbs fire crept to within 3km of city limits.

The 35 confirmed fatalities – 19 in Sonoma County – mark the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said his office had investigated nearly 1500 missing-persons reports stemming from the fires, and all but 235 had since turned up safe as of Friday evening.

Still, Giordano said 45 search-and-rescue teams and 18 detectives had been deployed to scour obliterated neighbourhoods for more victims.

At a fairground converted to a shelter in the nearby city of Petaluma, about 250 cots were full by Friday, and people slept in tents in the parking lot as volunteers served porridge and eggs for breakfast.

Yasmin Gonzalez, 28, her four children and husband, a grape picker, were anxious to leave the shelter and return to their apartment in Sonoma.

“It’s horrible to leave your home, and your things and not know what’s going to happen,” Gonzalez said.

The year’s wildfire season is one of the worst in history in the United States, with nearly 8.6 million acres burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

In the worst year, 2015, about 9.3 million acres burned.

Iraq forces retake positions from Kurds in disputed Kirkuk

Iraqi forces Friday retook positions controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014 in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month.

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A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to defend themselves “at any cost” against the Iraqi operation and called for international intervention.

Ethnically divided but historically Kurdish-majority Kirkuk is one of several regions that peshmerga fighters took over from the Iraqi army in 2014 when Islamic State (IS) group swept through much of northern and western Iraq.

Baghdad is bitterly opposed to Kurdish ambitions to incorporate the oil-rich province in its autonomous region in the north and has voiced determination to take it back.

The Iraqi army and the peshmerga have been key allies of the US-led coalition in its fights against IS and the threat of armed clashes between them poses a major challenge for Western government.

“The Iraqi armed forces are advancing to retake their military positions that were taken over during the events of June 2014,” an army general told AFP, asking not to be identified.

Speaking from an area south of the provincial capital Kirkuk, the general said federal troops had retaken “Base 102” west of the city after peshmerga fighters withdrew during the night without a fight.

The peshmerga’s Kirkuk commander, Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa, said his forces had withdrawn from areas they had recently entered during fighting against IS in the west of the province.

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“We withdrew to our lines in the area around Kirkuk and we will defend the city in the event of an attack,” he said.

“If the Iraqi army advances, we will fight.”

Kurdish media said the peshmerga had withdrawn from around 72 square kilometres (28 square miles) of territory.

Sheikh Mustafa said there had been an attempt to negotiate an agreed disengagement of forces through Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi but it had been overruled by field commanders.

A top aide to Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani vowed the  peshmerga would defend their positions “at any cost”.

“Thousands of heavily armed peshmerga units are now completely in their positions around Kirkuk,” Hemin Hawrami said. 

“Their order is to defend at any cost.”

The Kurdish authorities accused the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) — paramilitary units dominated by Iran-trained Shiite militia — of massing fighters in two mainly Shiite Turkmen areas south of Kirkuk in readiness for an attack.

Hawrami urged the international community to intervene and call on the Iraqi prime minister to “order PMF to pull back if he can or if they listen to him”.

Iraqi Kurdish premier Nechirvan Barzani urged Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq’s highest Shiite religious authority, to intervene to prevent “a new war in the region” and called for dialogue with Baghdad.

A legislator close to Abadi said Iraqi special forces, police and PMF fighters were advancing “to retake control of the oil fields taken by the peshmerga when IS entered Iraq”.

It was “logical for the peshmerga to withdraw” in the face of the advance, said Jassem Jaafar.

The PMF issued no statement but it published photographs of one of its fighters making a victory sign in front of a Kurdish flag.

Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Iran-backed Badr group that is part of the PMF, called on the peshmerga to withdraw, saying it is the Iraqi army’s “duty” to retake those positions.

Lucrative oil fields

The surge in tensions comes two weeks after Kurdish voters overwhelmingly backed independence in a non-binding referendum that the federal government condemned as illegal.

The September 25 polls were held in the three provinces of the autonomous Kurdish region as well as several other Kurdish-held areas, including Kirkuk.

On Friday, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum, a Kurd, was in Kurdistan for talks with Kurdish officials, sources there said. 

Meanwhile, a blast targeted the offices of a Kurdish mobile phone provider in Hilla, south of Baghdad, causing material damage but no casualties, a police source said. 

The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said its intelligence reports suggested that Iraqi troops and armour were preparing to take over the Kurdish-held oil fields, an airport and a military base.

The Kurds export an average of 600,000 barrels of oil per day under their own auspices, of which 250,000 bpd come from the three fields they control in Kirkuk province.

Abadi has repeatedly denied any intention of ordering an assault on his own people but tensions have been high for days.

On Friday, residents in Kirkuk city queued at petrol stations with jerry cans to fill up while other civilians took up arms and deployed on the streets.

One of them, Khasro Abdallah, vowed “to defend Kirkuk to the death”.

The federal government suspended international air links in and out of Iraqi Kurdistan after the referendum.

It said there could be no negotiations on wider autonomy until Kurdish leaders annul the vote and commit to remaining part of Iraq.

At that moment, the seatbelt sign flicked off, and Ling Zheng got up to get his luggage . “Ms . Wu, would you like me t…

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Wu Lan opened her eyes when she felt the flight touch down . Letting out a wide yawn, she shook a still asleep Qiu Xiao off her shoulder and groggily muttered, “I thought I told you to wake me up, should I dock your pay after all?”Qiu Xiao chose that moment to jolt up and profusely apologize to Wu Lan, “Boss, boss, it looks like this damn alarm stopped working on me, please don’t dock my pay?”Wu Lan’s mouth twitched, “Qiu Xiao, we can’t blame technology for all of our wrongdoings, I’m afraid I really can’t make an except—“”Come on boss, I won’t mess up again, I’ll treat you to a drink?” Qiu Xiao implored her . Advertisement“Stupid, did you really think I would dock your pay for this? But still treat me to that drink,” Wu Lan laughed . Ling Zheng had already woken up, and had a riot watching this exchange between the boss and subordinate pair . ‘The world would cry if they knew that their mysterious Silver Tech CEO was such a serial deadpanner,’ he inwardly snorted . At that moment, the seatbelt sign flicked off, and Ling Zheng got up to get his luggage . “Ms . Wu, would you like me to get yours as well?” he asked . “No, that’s alright Mr . Ling . Qiu Xiao has to work for his pay after all,” she replied . Qiu Xiao began muttering curses next to her and got up as well to retrieve their luggage . “Pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mr . Ling, I’m Qiu Xiao, you can just call me Qiu Xiao,” Qiu Xiao amicably said . “Likewise, I’m Ling Zheng, and you can just call me Ling Zheng, in that case,” Ling Zheng good-naturedly said . “Well, we’ll see you around, Ling Zheng,” Qiu Xiao cheerfully said, “Come on, boss . “”See you, Mr . Ling,” Wu Lan said . They walked out of the plane and towards the pickup area . “I see you made a new friend, Qiu Xiao,” she said . “I did make a new friend, are you proud?” he smugly asked . “I am, it’s your very first friend, I’m getting so emotional,” Wu Lan deadpanned . Qiu Xiao lightly thwacked the back of her head, and Wu Lan let out a good guffaw . Qiu Xiao only chose to put on a wounded face . They reached the pickup area, and Qiu Xiao asked, “Who’s picking us up, boss? You said it’d be a surprise . “”Haha, you’re going to love this Xiao, it’s Ling Xiu!” Wu Lan grinned . Qiu Xiao’s face paled a few shades, and he managed to get out, “Ling Xiu? The Ling Xiu? That little beast you raised up?””Wow, you’ve gotten awfully brave to be calling my Little Xiu a beast! Bravo, it seems you think you can best her in a fight, maybe I should let her know,” Wu Lan laughed . “No, no, no . There’s no need for that at all Great God Wu, how could Ling Xiu be a beast, she’s the most perfect person to exist, after you of course, since you taught her everything she knows, haha!” he nervously placated . “That’s more like it, keep that attitude and you’ll live decades longer,” Wu Lan laughed .Wu Lan opened her eyes when she felt the flight touch down . Letting out a wide yawn, she shook a still asleep Qiu Xiao off her shoulder and groggily muttered, I thought I told you to wake me up, should I dock your pay after all? Qiu Xiao chose that moment to jolt up and profusely apologize to Wu Lan, Boss, boss, it looks like this damn alarm stopped working on me, please dont dock my pay? Wu Lans mouth twitched, Qiu Xiao, we cant blame technology for all of our wrongdoings, Im afraid I really cant make an except— Come on boss, I wont mess up again, Ill treat you to a drink? Qiu Xiao implored her . Stupid, did you really think I would dock your pay for this? But still treat me to that drink, Wu Lan laughed . Ling Zheng had already woken up, and had a riot watching this exchange between the boss and subordinate pair . The world would cry if they knew that their mysterious Silver Tech CEO was such a serial deadpanner, he inwardly snorted . At that moment, the seatbelt sign flicked off, and Ling Zheng got up to get his luggage . Ms . Wu, would you like me to get yours as well? he asked . No, thats alright Mr . Ling . Qiu Xiao has to work for his pay after all, she replied . Qiu Xiao began muttering curses next to her and got up as well to retrieve their luggage . Pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mr . Ling, Im Qiu Xiao, you can just call me Qiu Xiao, Qiu Xiao amicably said . Likewise, Im Ling Zheng, and you can just call me Ling Zheng, in that case, Ling Zheng good-naturedly said . Well, well see you around, Ling Zheng, Qiu Xiao cheerfully said, Come on, boss . See you, Mr . Ling, Wu Lan said . They walked out of the plane and towards the pickup area . I see you made a new friend, Qiu Xiao, she said . I did make a new friend, are you proud? he smugly asked . I am, its your very first friend, Im getting so emotional, Wu Lan deadpanned . Qiu Xiao lightly thwacked the back of her head, and Wu Lan let out a good guffaw . Qiu Xiao only chose to put on a wounded face . They reached the pickup area, and Qiu Xiao asked, Whos picking us up, boss? You said itd be a surprise . Haha, youre going to love this Xiao, its Ling Xiu! Wu Lan grinned . Qiu Xiaos face paled a few shades, and he managed to get out, Ling Xiu? The Ling Xiu? That little beast you raised up? Wow, youve gotten awfully brave to be calling my Little Xiu a beast! Bravo, it seems you think you can best her in a fight, maybe I should let her know, Wu Lan laughed . No, no, no . Theres no need for that at all Great God Wu, how could Ling Xiu be a beast, shes the most perfect person to exist, after you of course, since you taught her everything she knows, haha! he nervously placated . Thats more like it, keep that attitude and youll live decades longer, Wu Lan laughed .

His unlucky youngest brother, Ling Yi, had chosen the technology industry, and had recently been very suppressed by Sil…

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Meanwhile, Ling Zheng drove his Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to the airport as well, since he was done in City F . He took the time to think about his own circumstances . Back when he was only 19, his family had already begun the competition for ownership of Ling Enterprises . Him and his four siblings all had the choice of beginning a subsidiary company in different industries under the name of Ling Enterprises, and the owner which met the most success would eventually become the owner of Ling Enterprises . He had chosen the entertainment industry, and Glacial Entertainment was meeting with a lot of success . His unlucky youngest brother, Ling Yi, had chosen the technology industry, and had recently been very suppressed by Silver Tech . While his company, Bronze Technologies, hadn’t gone bankrupt yet, it was still very close to destruction . ‘After meeting Wu Lan today, I can see why youngest brother is having so much trouble . Even I can’t guarantee I would remain unscathed by that woman,’ he thought . His eldest brother, Ling Mu, chose to begin a pharmaceutical research company, and his third youngest brother, Ling Lei, opted out of the competition in order to support Ling Zhen . He was currently the head of PR at Glacial Entertainment . Their sister, Ling Xiu, had been abroad for a few years now . Her situation was rather unique . Ling Xiu had actually only been discovered to be part of the Ling family when she was 16 . She had lived with them until she was four years old, but then she was kidnapped while the family was abroad at the ancestral home, and thought to be dead . Apparently, her kidnappers had been killed while transporting her to a secure place, where they would then ask the Ling family for ransom . They never made it there . There had been a car accident which killed them, and Ling Xiu was left alone and wounded in an unfamiliar country with no way of contacting anyone . Had it not been for an older orphan girl she met that took Ling Xiu under her wing, Ling Xiu would’ve died of starvation or been trafficked . AdvertisementIt was only after 12 years that the Ling family found her again by coincidence, and a DNA test later, she had been reintroduced to a much older family that even had a new member she’d never even met or heard about, Ling Yi . Understandably, she was more than a little shocked . So, when she turned 18 herself, she informed the Ling family that she would be travelling for a while instead of starting a subsidiary company, and only occasionally kept in contact with them . It had been 3 years since she left, and the family just got word that she would be back in City S for a while, hence the urgent call he had to take during Silver’s presentation . He had been told that his younger sister would be staying in his city, and he had to house her for as long as she wanted to stay . Ling Zheng was happy his sister was visiting, especially since they had been very close siblings before the incident, but they had both changed a lot, and still had moments of disconnect, where neither understood the other’s difficulty . He sighed as he exited his car and went in to the airport . About an hour later, Ling Zheng boarded his flight and took a seat in the first class compartment, sipping his water . Closing his eyes, he just enjoyed the quiet noises around him, no conflict to be heard whatsoever . “Qiu Xiao, wake me up when the flight is over,” a familiar voice said . Ling Zheng opened his eyes . In the aisle next to him, two people sat . One was an unfamiliar man with a scar Ling Zheng thought should be Qiu Xiao and the other was none other than Wu Lan!”I’ll be sleeping too, boss, but if I wake up in time, I’ll wake you up too,” Qiu Xiao said . “Dammit Qiu Xiao, if I was meaner, I would’ve docked your pay over a hundred times today,” Wu Lan wryly said . “Well, thank you for your kindness ma’am, good night,” Qiu Xiao chortled . “How could I not find it in my heart to be kind to you, Qiu Xiao? Have a good rest,” Wu Lan rolled her eyes and then noticed Ling Zheng . “What a coincidence, Mr . Zheng . Do you have any business in City S?” she asked . “No, I live there . What about you?” he asked . “No, I also live there,” she responded . “Have a nice flight, Ms . Wu,” he closed his eyes again . “You too, Mr . Ling,” she said . After putting her headphones in, she closed her eyes as well . Qiu Xiao yawned and fell asleep after setting an alarm for the end of the flight .Meanwhile, Ling Zheng drove his Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to the airport as well, since he was done in City F . He took the time to think about his own circumstances . Back when he was only 19, his family had already begun the competition for ownership of Ling Enterprises . Him and his four siblings all had the choice of beginning a subsidiary company in different industries under the name of Ling Enterprises, and the owner which met the most success would eventually become the owner of Ling Enterprises . He had chosen the entertainment industry, and Glacial Entertainment was meeting with a lot of success . His unlucky youngest brother, Ling Yi, had chosen the technology industry, and had recently been very suppressed by Silver Tech . While his company, Bronze Technologies, hadnt gone bankrupt yet, it was still very close to destruction . After meeting Wu Lan today, I can see why youngest brother is having so much trouble . Even I cant guarantee I would remain unscathed by that woman, he thought . His eldest brother, Ling Mu, chose to begin a pharmaceutical research company, and his third youngest brother, Ling Lei, opted out of the competition in order to support Ling Zhen . He was currently the head of PR at Glacial Entertainment . Their sister, Ling Xiu, had been abroad for a few years now . Her situation was rather unique . Ling Xiu had actually only been discovered to be part of the Ling family when she was 16 . She had lived with them until she was four years old, but then she was kidnapped while the family was abroad at the ancestral home, and thought to be dead . Apparently, her kidnappers had been killed while transporting her to a secure place, where they would then ask the Ling family for ransom . They never made it there . There had been a car accident which killed them, and Ling Xiu was left alone and wounded in an unfamiliar country with no way of contacting anyone . Had it not been for an older orphan girl she met that took Ling Xiu under her wing, Ling Xiu wouldve died of starvation or been trafficked . It was only after 12 years that the Ling family found her again by coincidence, and a DNA test later, she had been reintroduced to a much older family that even had a new member shed never even met or heard about, Ling Yi . Understandably, she was more than a little shocked . So, when she turned 18 herself, she informed the Ling family that she would be travelling for a while instead of starting a subsidiary company, and only occasionally kept in contact with them . It had been 3 years since she left, and the family just got word that she would be back in City S for a while, hence the urgent call he had to take during Silvers presentation . He had been told that his younger sister would be staying in his city, and he had to house her for as long as she wanted to stay . Ling Zheng was happy his sister was visiting, especially since they had been very close siblings before the incident, but they had both changed a lot, and still had moments of disconnect, where neither understood the others difficulty . He sighed as he exited his car and went in to the airport . About an hour later, Ling Zheng boarded his flight and took a seat in the first class compartment, sipping his water . Closing his eyes, he just enjoyed the quiet noises around him, no conflict to be heard whatsoever . Qiu Xiao, wake me up when the flight is over, a familiar voice said . Ling Zheng opened his eyes . In the aisle next to him, two people sat . One was an unfamiliar man with a scar Ling Zheng thought should be Qiu Xiao and the other was none other than Wu Lan! Ill be sleeping too, boss, but if I wake up in time, Ill wake you up too, Qiu Xiao said . Dammit Qiu Xiao, if I was meaner, I wouldve docked your pay over a hundred times today, Wu Lan wryly said . Well, thank you for your kindness maam, good night, Qiu Xiao chortled . How could I not find it in my heart to be kind to you, Qiu Xiao? Have a good rest, Wu Lan rolled her eyes and then noticed Ling Zheng . What a coincidence, Mr . Zheng . Do you have any business in City S? she asked . No, I live there . What about you? he asked . No, I also live there, she responded . Have a nice flight, Ms . Wu, he closed his eyes again . You too, Mr . Ling, she said . After putting her headphones in, she closed her eyes as well . Qiu Xiao yawned and fell asleep after setting an alarm for the end of the flight .

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The pair walked out of the restaurant, casually chatting, and once they were far enough away from the brightly lit entrance, a group of delinquents wielding rusted pipes surrounded them . One of the boys, who seemed to be their leader, spoke up and asked, “Which one of you two is Wu Lan?””That would be me, who wants to know?’ Wu Lan asked . ‘Whoever it is is clearly very stupid . What type of bird brain must one have to send a bunch of brats after me, they are clearly asking for death,’ thought Wu Lan . Her boredom was clearly leaking through, and Ling Zheng was the first to notice it . ‘I had heard rumours, but who would’ve thought they were true?’ he thought . Many had ordered hits on Wu Lan before, and there were rumours floating around in the underworld that Wu Lan would take every hitman that went after her down with ease, and as a result, nobody would dare to go after her other than delinquents without any knowledge . ‘Let’s see if she’s just putting up a front or not then,’ he decided . Advertisement“Dead people have no need to know who killed them,” the delinquent sneered . “Wow, Mr . Ling, I think there’s an apt Japanese term for this kid, I think this would be called Chuunibyou Syndrome or something? How dramatic, I didn’t think they actually existed!” Wu Lan cheerily pointed out . “Neither did I Ms . Lan, these types of people must be pretty rare . At any rate, he’s at least in high school, so he is far past the age to speak like this . Just one thing Ms . Lan, he said he was going to kill you, isn’t that a problem?” Ling Zheng responded in a similar cheery tone . ‘So she has a funny side, I didn’t expect this, but I like it . ‘”Hey you two, talk all you want, but you won’t be leaving here alive! Get them!” the delinquent shouted, clearly very enraged . At that moment, Wu Lan let out a bright smile and the temperature in the area seemed to drop . Ling Zheng only saw flickers of her movement as all 35 armed delinquents were knocked unconscious in less than 10 seconds . ‘Holy crap, it was true!’ Ling Zheng was shocked on the inside, but his expression remained the same throughout the entire debacle . Wu Lan returned to his side, all 35 delinquents on the ground without any visible wounds, and her not even out of breath . “Haha, I’ve let you see something unsightly today, Mr . Ling,” she politely said . “Not at all Ms . Wu, it was my privilege to see an expert such as yourself in action,” he said . After another round of pleasantries, the two went to leave again, and this time, nothing happened . After Ling Zhen left, Wu Lan picked up the boy who was the leader of the delinquents and pressed a certain pressure point . He woke up gasping for air . “So, who sent you, brat?” Wu Lan pleasantly asked . The delinquent, clearly scared for his life now, immediately stuttered out a response, “I-I-I don’t entirely know, b-b-b-but it was a-a-a pretty woman w-w-who stayed in the Y-Yellow Pines hotel for the b-business convention down the street . S-she said that you were a t-threat to her life and w-would wreck her home, p-p-please don’t kill me . “Wu Lan began interrogating the kid for more information, but all she got out of him was that it was pretty lady who stayed in Yellow Pines, a stupidly luxurious hotel, and seemed to be crying about how Wu Lan would ruin everything . ‘F*cking bull, I haven’t made any enemies recently, least of all young ladies . If I’ve antagonized anyone, it would have to be Bronze Tech, when I poached Qiu Xiao as my assistant, and even then, their owner was a man . Even if this was the fellows from Bronze, I don’t even care . I’ve known Qiu Xiao long before he worked there, and he wasn’t being treated well there . If that means that they send people after me, then I’ll just take all of them down until they have nobody left to send . ‘”Alright brat, scram, and tell the lady that she can talk to me in person if she has any concerns that she absolutely feels the need to iron out,” Wu Lan said, now sounding disinterested . “Y-yes ma’am,” the delinquent meekly said, then he ran out as fast as he could . Wu Lan waited for a few minutes, and Qiu Xiao pulled up to her, beckoning her into the car . “To the airport, Qiu Xiao,” she said . “‘Kay, boss,” he flippantly said, probably still in a good mood from his exploits without Wu Lan .The pair walked out of the restaurant, casually chatting, and once they were far enough away from the brightly lit entrance, a group of delinquents wielding rusted pipes surrounded them . One of the boys, who seemed to be their leader, spoke up and asked, Which one of you two is Wu Lan? That would be me, who wants to know? Wu Lan asked . Whoever it is is clearly very stupid . What type of bird brain must one have to send a bunch of brats after me, they are clearly asking for death, thought Wu Lan . Her boredom was clearly leaking through, and Ling Zheng was the first to notice it . I had heard rumours, but who wouldve thought they were true? he thought . Many had ordered hits on Wu Lan before, and there were rumours floating around in the underworld that Wu Lan would take every hitman that went after her down with ease, and as a result, nobody would dare to go after her other than delinquents without any knowledge . Lets see if shes just putting up a front or not then, he decided . Dead people have no need to know who killed them, the delinquent sneered . Wow, Mr . Ling, I think theres an apt Japanese term for this kid, I think this would be called Chuunibyou Syndrome or something? How dramatic, I didnt think they actually existed! Wu Lan cheerily pointed out . Neither did I Ms . Lan, these types of people must be pretty rare . At any rate, hes at least in high school, so he is far past the age to speak like this . Just one thing Ms . Lan, he said he was going to kill you, isnt that a problem? Ling Zheng responded in a similar cheery tone . So she has a funny side, I didnt expect this, but I like it . Hey you two, talk all you want, but you wont be leaving here alive! Get them! the delinquent shouted, clearly very enraged . At that moment, Wu Lan let out a bright smile and the temperature in the area seemed to drop . Ling Zheng only saw flickers of her movement as all 35 armed delinquents were knocked unconscious in less than 10 seconds . Holy crap, it was true! Ling Zheng was shocked on the inside, but his expression remained the same throughout the entire debacle . Wu Lan returned to his side, all 35 delinquents on the ground without any visible wounds, and her not even out of breath . Haha, Ive let you see something unsightly today, Mr . Ling, she politely said . Not at all Ms . Wu, it was my privilege to see an expert such as yourself in action, he said . After another round of pleasantries, the two went to leave again, and this time, nothing happened . After Ling Zhen left, Wu Lan picked up the boy who was the leader of the delinquents and pressed a certain pressure point . He woke up gasping for air . So, who sent you, brat? Wu Lan pleasantly asked . The delinquent, clearly scared for his life now, immediately stuttered out a response, I-I-I dont entirely know, b-b-b-but it was a-a-a pretty woman w-w-who stayed in the Y-Yellow Pines hotel for the b-business convention down the street . S-she said that you were a t-threat to her life and w-would wreck her home, p-p-please dont kill me . Wu Lan began interrogating the kid for more information, but all she got out of him was that it was pretty lady who stayed in Yellow Pines, a stupidly luxurious hotel, and seemed to be crying about how Wu Lan would ruin everything . F*cking bull, I havent made any enemies recently, least of all young ladies . If Ive antagonized anyone, it would have to be Bronze Tech, when I poached Qiu Xiao as my assistant, and even then, their owner was a man . Even if this was the fellows from Bronze, I dont even care . Ive known Qiu Xiao long before he worked there, and he wasnt being treated well there . If that means that they send people after me, then Ill just take all of them down until they have nobody left to send . Alright brat, scram, and tell the lady that she can talk to me in person if she has any concerns that she absolutely feels the need to iron out, Wu Lan said, now sounding disinterested . Y-yes maam, the delinquent meekly said, then he ran out as fast as he could . Wu Lan waited for a few minutes, and Qiu Xiao pulled up to her, beckoning her into the car . To the airport, Qiu Xiao, she said . Kay, boss, he flippantly said, probably still in a good mood from his exploits without Wu Lan .

After placing the orders, Wu Lan cut straight to the point . “Mr . Ling, for what purpose have you arranged this dinner…

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Politely smiling and stretching his hand out for her to shake, Ling Zheng responded, “Nice to meet you as well Ms . Wu, I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting the famous founder of Silver Tech to be such a pretty young lady . “Advertisement“Haha, you flatter me Mr . Ling, your fame exceeds mine, being the second young master of the Ling family,” calmly deflected Wu Lan, shaking his outstretched hand, ‘This is too funny, I bet he thought I was a man! It really is a blessing to have such an androgynous name, there is never a dull day . ‘After exchanging brief pleasantries, they both ordered their drinks and meals . After placing the orders, Wu Lan cut straight to the point . “Mr . Ling, for what purpose have you arranged this dinner with me?””Ms . Lan, I have asked to meet you today in order to propose a collaboration between our Ling Enterprises and your Silver Tech,” Ling Zheng began saying with a formal tone . “Shoot then, Mr . Ling,” prodded Wu Lan . “Our Ling Enterprises has a direct child company called Glacial Entertainment that I am primarily responsible for directing . Glacial Entertainment has recently risen to be one of the leading companies in the entertainment industry, and we feel like our technology is far behind the outstanding standard Glacial has . Here is where Silver Tech enters the equation . Silver Tech has been known to develop software and hardware that fits and exceeds the requirements of their clients, and has many examples of that standard everywhere in the world nowadays . From security cameras to highly innovative and secure products in the computer, cell phone, and overall smart device industry, Silver Tech has consistently outperformed all competitors . Many would argue that given a few more years, you will meet huge tech giants like Microsoft and Apple head to head, and this is no small feat . In order for us at Glacial to take further leaps and surpass ourselves and our competitors, we feel that Silver Tech fits our needs and ideals the best out of all tech corporations . What we would like to do exactly with Silver is to sign an exclusive developing contract, within the entertainment industry, for the duration of two years . We would like you to develop a line of devices for exclusive use by Glacial,” continued Ling Zheng . “I’ll need to hear more details about this before I can acquiesce to anything, Mr . Ling,” Wu Lan serenely said . ‘Oh? An exclusive contract? I’ve been meaning to expand into the entertainment industry anyway, so I might as well give this young master a listen,’ thought Wu Lan . And so, the pair discussed the deal until the end of the dinner, when they determined that they would have to meet a few more times to finalize the contract details and such . “Ms . Wu, I have enjoyed this dinner with you, and here’s to a good cooperation now and in the future,” Ling Zheng said, a little tired . ‘Damn it all, this woman won’t even let the smallest detail go! No wonder she carried Silver Tech up so high, she left not a single stone left unturned tonight!’ inwardly thought Ling Zheng . “I look forward to our cooperation Mr . Ling . Have a good night,” Wu Lan unhurriedly said . She shook his hand again, thinking ‘It’s been such a long time since someone actually negotiated with me in a business setting, I was getting very bored . This Ling Zheng might be worth working with . ‘Politely smiling and stretching his hand out for her to shake, Ling Zheng responded, Nice to meet you as well Ms . Wu, Ill admit, I wasnt expecting the famous founder of Silver Tech to be such a pretty young lady . Haha, you flatter me Mr . Ling, your fame exceeds mine, being the second young master of the Ling family, calmly deflected Wu Lan, shaking his outstretched hand, This is too funny, I bet he thought I was a man! It really is a blessing to have such an androgynous name, there is never a dull day . After exchanging brief pleasantries, they both ordered their drinks and meals . After placing the orders, Wu Lan cut straight to the point . Mr . Ling, for what purpose have you arranged this dinner with me? Ms . Lan, I have asked to meet you today in order to propose a collaboration between our Ling Enterprises and your Silver Tech, Ling Zheng began saying with a formal tone . Shoot then, Mr . Ling, prodded Wu Lan . Our Ling Enterprises has a direct child company called Glacial Entertainment that I am primarily responsible for directing . Glacial Entertainment has recently risen to be one of the leading companies in the entertainment industry, and we feel like our technology is far behind the outstanding standard Glacial has . Here is where Silver Tech enters the equation . Silver Tech has been known to develop software and hardware that fits and exceeds the requirements of their clients, and has many examples of that standard everywhere in the world nowadays . From security cameras to highly innovative and secure products in the computer, cell phone, and overall smart device industry, Silver Tech has consistently outperformed all competitors . Many would argue that given a few more years, you will meet huge tech giants like Microsoft and Apple head to head, and this is no small feat . In order for us at Glacial to take further leaps and surpass ourselves and our competitors, we feel that Silver Tech fits our needs and ideals the best out of all tech corporations . What we would like to do exactly with Silver is to sign an exclusive developing contract, within the entertainment industry, for the duration of two years . We would like you to develop a line of devices for exclusive use by Glacial, continued Ling Zheng . Ill need to hear more details about this before I can acquiesce to anything, Mr . Ling, Wu Lan serenely said . Oh? An exclusive contract? Ive been meaning to expand into the entertainment industry anyway, so I might as well give this young master a listen, thought Wu Lan . And so, the pair discussed the deal until the end of the dinner, when they determined that they would have to meet a few more times to finalize the contract details and such . Ms . Wu, I have enjoyed this dinner with you, and heres to a good cooperation now and in the future, Ling Zheng said, a little tired . Damn it all, this woman wont even let the smallest detail go! No wonder she carried Silver Tech up so high, she left not a single stone left unturned tonight! inwardly thought Ling Zheng . I look forward to our cooperation Mr . Ling . Have a good night, Wu Lan unhurriedly said . She shook his hand again, thinking Its been such a long time since someone actually negotiated with me in a business setting, I was getting very bored . This Ling Zheng might be worth working with .

The brief contact they had was enough for Wu Lan to tell that under the clothing was a bed of muscle, not that she part…

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“Thank you for your time, and we at Silver Technologies hope to see you all again,” finished Wu Lan with a polite smile on her visage . She took a small bow and leisurely strode off the stage, a smattering of polite applause to be heard from those present . Wu Lan had opened Silver Tech exactly five years ago, and it had already become a giant within the corporate world, valued at over 100 billion dollars . Discreetly yawning as she walked towards her seat, she inwardly groaned ‘Damn, I want a nap . ‘ At that moment, Wu Lan accidentally bumped into a rather good looking young man talking to one of his acquaintances, about 24 years old, with a fluffy head of stark, white hair, sharp features, a set of dark purple eyes, and wore a black suit that contrasted with his hair, along with dark amethyst cufflinks and an amethyst stud in his ear . The brief contact they had was enough for Wu Lan to tell that under the clothing was a bed of muscle, not that she particularly cared . In unison, they murmured a polite “Sorry, excuse me,” and Wu Lan continued on to her seat to collect her belongings and leave . The man returned to his conversation as well . Her presentation was the last one for the day, and the convention was over . Awaiting Wu Lan was a tall, slender man with light green eyes, and loosely tied black hair going down to his waist . He had a thin scar slashed across his face, and intricate black tattoos peeking out of his white collar and sleeves . Advertisement“Qiu Xiao, let’s go, what’s on my schedule next?” she asked her companion and assistant, Qiu Xiao . “You have a dinner meeting with Ling Zhen from Ling Enterprises at the Cloudy Dragon restaurant, boss . Also, good job up there . ” he responded . “Thanks, let’s head straight over to the restaurant,” she said . Sliding into the driver’s seat of the sleek BMW, Wu Lan started the car . Qiu Xiao next to her could be found darkly muttering, “If you drive, then what’s my job supposed to be?””Qiu Xiao, haven’t we gone over this? I like to drive, you like to drive, so we take turns! You drove us here, I drive us to the Cloudy Dragon, not a difficult concept,” she wryly responded to her assistant’s aggrieved murmurs beside her . Only a despondent sigh could be heard in response, marking the end of the topic . They drove in comfortable silence for about an hour, with moderate traffic, but nothing they hadn’t seen worse of . Wu Lan pulled into a parking spot near the entrance of the Cloudy Dragon and she got out . “Qiu Xiao, you can go have some fun until our flight, pick me up in two hours,” she said . He happily left, probably to go to meet one of his many lady acquaintances, if Wu Lan knew anything about him . She rolled her eyes at his excitement and entered the restaurant to be led to her seat by a waitress . She was fifteen minutes early . Sipping a glass of water, she waited idly, playing with the stem of the glass . Fifteen minutes later, a fluffy white head appeared by the doorframe of the entrance . It belonged to none other than Ling Zheng! He walked into the restaurant, and as the waitress led him to the reserved table, he spotted his dining partner for the night . She had long, black hair, smooth, dark skin that would be usually seen tropical climates, pleasing features, eyes that were different colors, one a gleaming silver, the other bright gold, and wore a classy black pantsuit with silver accents . The woman sat relaxed in her chair, one hand languidly playing with the stem of her glass, and the other resting on the armrest of the chair, not moving . Her lithe appearance gave off the feeling of being near a resting predator . It was the same woman who had bumped into him earlier in the day! ‘She’s the CEO of Silver Tech?! I thought their CEO was a man though? If I had been in the room for their presentation this would’ve been less of a shock . ‘ Ling Zheng’s mind was racing with unsaid thoughts . He had long admired the reclusive CEO of Silver Technologies who had built an empire larger than his family’s in only a few years, and slightly regretted that he had to miss the company’s presentation due to an urgent call from his family . Wu Lan looked up at the sound of a chair sliding back and saw the same young man she had bumped into earlier in the day . ‘Small world,’ she thought, as she nodded her greeting and introduced herself, “Nice to meet you Mr . Ling, I am Wu Lan from Silver Technologies . “Thank you for your time, and we at Silver Technologies hope to see you all again, finished Wu Lan with a polite smile on her visage . She took a small bow and leisurely strode off the stage, a smattering of polite applause to be heard from those present . Wu Lan had opened Silver Tech exactly five years ago, and it had already become a giant within the corporate world, valued at over 100 billion dollars . Discreetly yawning as she walked towards her seat, she inwardly groaned Damn, I want a nap . At that moment, Wu Lan accidentally bumped into a rather good looking young man talking to one of his acquaintances, about 24 years old, with a fluffy head of stark, white hair, sharp features, a set of dark purple eyes, and wore a black suit that contrasted with his hair, along with dark amethyst cufflinks and an amethyst stud in his ear . The brief contact they had was enough for Wu Lan to tell that under the clothing was a bed of muscle, not that she particularly cared . In unison, they murmured a polite Sorry, excuse me, and Wu Lan continued on to her seat to collect her belongings and leave . The man returned to his conversation as well . Her presentation was the last one for the day, and the convention was over . Awaiting Wu Lan was a tall, slender man with light green eyes, and loosely tied black hair going down to his waist . He had a thin scar slashed across his face, and intricate black tattoos peeking out of his white collar and sleeves . Qiu Xiao, lets go, whats on my schedule next? she asked her companion and assistant, Qiu Xiao . You have a dinner meeting with Ling Zhen from Ling Enterprises at the Cloudy Dragon restaurant, boss . Also, good job up there . he responded . Thanks, lets head straight over to the restaurant, she said . Sliding into the drivers seat of the sleek BMW, Wu Lan started the car . Qiu Xiao next to her could be found darkly muttering, If you drive, then whats my job supposed to be? Qiu Xiao, havent we gone over this? I like to drive, you like to drive, so we take turns! You drove us here, I drive us to the Cloudy Dragon, not a difficult concept, she wryly responded to her assistants aggrieved murmurs beside her . Only a despondent sigh could be heard in response, marking the end of the topic . They drove in comfortable silence for about an hour, with moderate traffic, but nothing they hadnt seen worse of . Wu Lan pulled into a parking spot near the entrance of the Cloudy Dragon and she got out . Qiu Xiao, you can go have some fun until our flight, pick me up in two hours, she said . He happily left, probably to go to meet one of his many lady acquaintances, if Wu Lan knew anything about him . She rolled her eyes at his excitement and entered the restaurant to be led to her seat by a waitress . She was fifteen minutes early . Sipping a glass of water, she waited idly, playing with the stem of the glass . Fifteen minutes later, a fluffy white head appeared by the doorframe of the entrance . It belonged to none other than Ling Zheng! He walked into the restaurant, and as the waitress led him to the reserved table, he spotted his dining partner for the night . She had long, black hair, smooth, dark skin that would be usually seen tropical climates, pleasing features, eyes that were different colors, one a gleaming silver, the other bright gold, and wore a classy black pantsuit with silver accents . The woman sat relaxed in her chair, one hand languidly playing with the stem of her glass, and the other resting on the armrest of the chair, not moving . Her lithe appearance gave off the feeling of being near a resting predator . It was the same woman who had bumped into him earlier in the day! Shes the CEO of Silver Tech?! I thought their CEO was a man though? If I had been in the room for their presentation this wouldve been less of a shock . Ling Zhengs mind was racing with unsaid thoughts . He had long admired the reclusive CEO of Silver Technologies who had built an empire larger than his familys in only a few years, and slightly regretted that he had to miss the companys presentation due to an urgent call from his family . Wu Lan looked up at the sound of a chair sliding back and saw the same young man she had bumped into earlier in the day . Small world, she thought, as she nodded her greeting and introduced herself, Nice to meet you Mr . Ling, I am Wu Lan from Silver Technologies .

McGowan further tweets on Weinstein claim

Rose McGowan has returned to Twitter after a 12-hour suspension of her account with claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her, clarifying previous statements that she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed studio head.

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McGowan, who was suspended because, according to Twitter, “one of her Tweets included a private phone number,” which violates the platform’s Terms of Service, said in a series of five tweets directed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that Weinstein “raped” her. “Over & over I said it,” she wrote. “He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

Her return to Twitter is also coinciding with a #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign for a 24-hour boycott of the platform from midnight on Thursday (New York local time) in protest against women’s voices being silenced.

McGowan urged the head of Amazon Studios, who had optioned a show she had written, to “do the right thing” regarding Weinstein, but after trying to to get her script back from Amazon, the studio pulled the plug on her show, she said.

A recent New York Times investigative report revealed that Weinstein allegedly reached confidential settlements with at least eight women over sexual misconduct allegations. McGowan reportedly received a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein over a 1997 incident.

Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hoffmeister said that Weinstein denies the allegation, saying that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

Weinstein previously released a statement that vigorously denied any allegations of sexual assault and claims that he “believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

Labor divided in Rocky path to Qld poll

Queensland Labor is embroiled in a preselection factional showdown with the premier backing local mayor Margaret Strelow against party stalwart Robert Schwarten for the seat of Rockhampton.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday endorsed Ms Strelow, a fellow member of the Right, before the mayor indicated she was interested in running for the seat vacated by outgoing Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne.

It has set the scene for a heavyweight stoush with Mr Schwarten, a former Beattie and Bligh government minister, who said he would seek preselection if his Unity faction’s preferred candidate, Dan Coxen, was blocked from running.

Mr Schwarten, a Unity powerbroker who held the seat from 1995 to 2012, believes he would win Rockhampton again but would prefer to see Mr Coxen pre-selected.

Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged Mr Schwarten’s experience but vigorously threw her support behind Ms Strelow, a long-time factional foe.

“I think Margaret Strelow would make an outstanding candidate,” she said.

“She has been a strong voice for Rockhampton; she has been an excellent mayor.”

Just hours after the premier gave her “blessing”, Ms Strelow announced she had lodged an expression of interest and had a “huge decision to make”.

“I haven’t quite really settled on what I’m going to do but I felt that I needed to at least show my hand in a more formal way,” she said on Friday.

The decision will upset the Labor Unity faction which has held the seat of Rockhampton since the 1970s, and is also in an alliance with the Left to hold more influence in government than the Right.

Party rules state aspiring candidates must have been members of a local branch for at least six months.

Even though he’s been a party member for eight years, teachers union delegate Mr Coxen has belonged to a Rockhampton branch for only three months.

He would be preselected if he ran unopposed, but if Ms Strelow officially enters the race, he could be excluded.

Mr Schwarten says it would be hypocritical to apply the rule to Mr Coxen as he had seen it ignored “more than a dozen times” in his 48 years in the party, including when Dr Anthony Lynham was shaping up to run in the Brisbane seat of Stafford.

“They’re clearly using the mayor as a ‘stalking’ horse,” he told AAP.

“They’re hypocrites. It’s just a bit of raw, stupid, factional bastardry.”

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls seized on the premier’s support for Ms Strelow, saying it was “on like Donkey Kong” before the election, which could be held next month or otherwise early next year.

“We’ve seen the Labor party break out in their usual factional brawls up in Rockhampton,” he said on Friday.

“If you can’t govern yourself you can’t govern the state, and Labor clearly can’t govern themselves.”

Shorten sidesteps unpopularity claims

Bill Shorten has sidestepped claims his personal unpopularity was a drag at the 2016 federal election, insisting Labor defied all expectations by coming close to victory.

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The Seven Network has reported an internal review of the ALP’s campaign found Mr Shorten hindered the opposition’s success.

The report, written by 18 senior Labor members, has not been publicly released and is understood to have only been read under strict conditions by a handful of ALP national executive members in August.

Mr Shorten says the party’s performance had surprised “all the experts” and he had learned valuable lessons from the campaign.

“People didn’t give Labor any chance when Turnbull took over … that’s it, he will be there for a decade,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Perth on Friday.

“The point is people are not interested in the personalities but interested in the action and substance. Labor put together policies for the last elections, 100 positive policies.

“We campaigned on them and got close.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was reluctant to comment when asked about the ALP report.

“The important thing is that we won the election and look at how much we’ve done with a one-seat majority in the House of Representatives and nowhere near a majority in the Senate,” he told the Seven Network.

Labor won a net 14 seats at the election, almost defeating the coalition after one term in government.

The party’s campaign focused heavily on policy, while the coalition sought to take advantage of Mr Turnbull’s personal popularity after ousting the unpopular Tony Abbott in September 2015.

The Australian reported last week that Labor senator Jenny McAllister briefed the national executive on the report’s statistical analysis and executive members held a broad discussion about the campaign.

Energy, climate policy enters final stages

Coalition MPs could get their first glimpse at the Turnbull government’s energy policy as early as next week.

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Cabinet’s energy subcommittee met on Wednesday to examine what one minister described as an “enormous amount of progress” on the policy.

Minister Christopher Pyne told Sky News on Friday: “We will soon have a comprehensive energy policy.”

He indicated the government’s thinking on subsidies for renewable energy had changed in recent times.

“One of the things we have discovered is the competitive disadvantage of solar and wind in the past versus coal and gas is no longer the case,” Mr Pyne said.

“It’s as competitive to bring solar and wind into the equation as it is to do coal and gas – when that happens you need to change your thinking about things.”

The government has received advice from business and industry, the Australian Energy Market Operator, energy regulators, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Energy Security Board, which was set up in August.

The advice is understood to have covered the topics of gas supply, wholesale market structures, integrated energy and climate policy, network regulation and retail competition.

Federal cabinet is expected to discuss progress on the policy on Monday and the coalition joint party room is scheduled to meet in Canberra on Tuesday.

Beyond next week’s meeting, there are only two more scheduled meetings of the full coalition joint party room – senators and members – before the end of the year.

AAP understands ministers have given a commitment that backbenchers will be given ample time to consider the policy.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told a forum this week he understood the “delicate balance” in developing a policy that dealt with escalating power bills, preventing summer blackouts and reducing emissions in line with Australia’s Paris agreement commitments.

“Should reliability and affordability be compromised, public support for tackling climate change will quickly diminish and previous gains lost,” he said.

“This is in nobody’s interest.”

An estimated $200 billion in investment is needed in the Australian energy industry during the next three decades and investors have been crying out for a long-term policy framework.

Parliament will next week receive a report on proposed laws to abolish limited merits review and possibly pass the laws.

Mr Frydenberg says abolishing the review system, in which network companies can appeal decisions on the prices they can charge, could take pressure off energy prices in the order of billions of dollars.

Man suffers cardiac arrest after sole jumps down his throat

South Western Ambulance Service said medics were called after an angler received the shock of his life when he attempted kiss a 15-centimetre Dover sole fish in celebration before it jumped down his throat.

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The 28-year-old fisherman caught the prized fish off a pier in Bournemouth, southern England, and as tradition decided to kiss his prize.

However, the Dover managed to wriggle out of his hands and jump down the his throat stopping his breathing and causing cardiac arrest.

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Friends attempted to resuscitate the 28-year-old before paramedics were able to pull the 15cm fish from the man’s throat and save his life.

“It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital,” ambulance paramedic Matt Harrison told the BBC.

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“I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done to retrieve the obstruction.”

Paramedic Matt Harrison said he tried to remove the fish with forceps “although the fish’s barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up”. On the sixth attempt he managed to extract it whole.

The ambulance service said the man, who has not been identified, suffered “no lasting effects” from the mishap.

-With AAP