Family affair: Angelo Palozzi, Lily Payne, Tulia Palozzi, Angela Palozzi and Mario Palozzi with some of their best sellers. Picture: Jonathan CarrollTHE Palozzi family had prepared to bid an emotional arrivederci to their landmark Italian restaurant, but after a rollercoastermonth, they are poisedto stay.
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Manager Angelo Palozzi, who operates Arrivederci with his siblings Mario, Mary and Lina – their eldestbrother Patrick passed away in 2006 –said the family received an avalanche of calls after they listed their Glebe Road building at The Junction for sale with vacant possession.

History: Patrick Palozzi, Lina Ravlen nee Palozzi, Tulia Palozzi, Angelo Palozzi, Mary McElhinney nee Palozzi, Mario Palozzi and Riccardo Palozzi grew the business.

“We had people say ‘how could you do this to us?’ and that they would find out where we lived so they could still come over for dinner,” Angelo Palozzi said.

“We’ve seen people propose here, hosted18thand 21stbirthday parties, even a wedding reception.

“We’ve had regulars come in with babies who are now coming in with their own babies, so we’ve become part of people’s lives.”

Mr Palozzi said the family had always planned if they didn’t receive their goal price at or after the December 16 auction to negotiateto rentthe premises and continue to operate the business.

He said they expected to exchange contracts in the new year with thebuyer –a party of three investors –and to sign a three-year leasefrom April, with a further three-year option.

“We were not in a real hurry to get out and all the siblings have agreed to stay on.

“It’s in our blood –15 of our 18 children have also worked here,” Mr Palozzi said.

“It hasbeen a big year –ourfather who held it all together passed away at the end of July and Mary’s husband Chad died too.

“We thought it may be time to go and look for a change after 33 years, have a holiday, but then realised it’s not meant to be now.We are happy to be here for a few more years.”

The Palozzis’late parents Riccardo and Tulia purchased the business from Riccardo’s nephew in 1984 and the building around1989.

Tulia Palozzi served her mother’s recipes,honed in her hometown of Villavallelonga, in central Italy.

“Mario was a crane driver and I was an apprentice boilermaker when they bought the restaurant and Mum taught us how to cook too,” he said.

“Her recipes continue on, even though she’s been gone for more than 20 years.

“We still make all our own lasagna, gnocchi, cannelloni and fillings. It’s all from the heart.”

Mr Palozzi attributed Arrivederci’s popularity to it’s “casual” feel.

“It’s not fine dining – peoplefeel welcome and like it’s a second home.”

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Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, during a Senate estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 23 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Australian Border Force head Roman Quaedvlieg will on Friday clock up seven months of paid leave – funded by taxpayers – while under investigation for possible abuse of power.
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Frustrations are mounting within the newly formed Home Affairs Department, as well as the corruption watchdog, about the length of time the investigation is taking.

Mr Quaedvlieg is one of the country’s most senior public servants and is paid $618,000 a year. If receiving his full salary, he has pocketed more than $360,000 while on leave to date.

A spokesman for Home Affairs, formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, confirmed Mr Quaedvlieg remained on paid leave this week.

He has been out of the office since May 29, when he stepped aside pending an investigation by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity into possible abuse of power.

The commission is investigating whether Mr Quaedvlieg acted improperly by allegedly helping his girlfriend – a younger woman in the ABF – secure a job at Sydney Airport. Mr Quaedvlieg denies any wrongdoing.

At a Senate estimates hearing in October, Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo confirmed Mr Quaedvlieg was on leave, was still being paid and was subject to the ongoing integrity commission investigation. The department confirmed on Wednesday that none of those facts had changed.

Mr Pezzullo revealed he had personally approved paid “event leave” for Mr Quaedvlieg, which was similar to “miscellaneous leave”. According to the relevant enterprise agreements, paid “event leave” can be granted “where it is considered to be in the interest” of the department. Miscellaneous leave, by contrast, is usually unpaid except in certain emergencies.

Fairfax Media understands the integrity commission has furnished the Home Affairs Department with preliminary findings about Mr Quaedvlieg. But there is growing frustration at senior levels of the department about a delay of the commission’s final report. It is also understood that complexities related to the Border Force boss’s statutory position – appointed by the cabinet – have contributed to the delay.

An integrity commission spokesman said the commission was “not able to comment on matters that may be under investigation”.

Though well-resourced, the commission has had an increased workload since the Immigration Department was included in its remit two years ago. Nearly half of all its corruption investigations relate to the Immigration Department (now Home Affairs), according to its 2016-17 annual report.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton last week deflected questions about Mr Quaedvlieg’s continued absence, saying he would not pre-empt the investigation.

Adding to Mr Quaedvlieg’s woes is an internal probe by the Home Affairs Department into how his official Twitter account “liked” a pornographic video while he was on leave. Similar incidents have befallen cabinet ministers Christopher Pyne and Greg Hunt in recent months, both of which were dismissed as hacks.

In his only known public statement since the investigation became public – made to The Australian in July – Mr Quaedvlieg said he had not acted inappropriately and was “looking forward to an early exoneration and resuming my public service career”.

He also said public speculation about his actions “serves only to gratify the prurient interests of scandalmongers”, and noted Australia’s security was “threatened by splintering, but still pernicious, global ideologies that motivate individuals and groups to commit senseless acts of terrorism on innocent populations”.

Mr Quaedvlieg did not respond to Fairfax Media’s requests for comment on Wednesday.

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Grief-stricken relatives are holding bedside vigils for two sisters who were pulled from the wreck of their family car after it was involved in a horrific head-on collision on Boxing Day.
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Annabelle Falkholt, 21, and her actress sister Jessica Falkholt, 28, were seriously injured in the crash, which claimed the lives of their parents and a 51-year-old man driving the other car.

The women remained in critical conditions in separate Sydney hospitals on Wednesday.

Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt are fighting for their lives after their parents were killed in a head-on crash. Photo: TNV

A fire “incinerated” both cars involved in the crash after the sisters were pulled to safety. Their parents, whose ages were not released, could not be saved.

Chief Inspector Phil Brooks, of the NSW Police traffic and highway patrol command, said crash investigators went to a home in Ryde before they located relatives of the family at several other Sydney addresses.

Jessica Falkholt, 28, is in a critical condition in hospital. Photo: Supplied

“And sadly, those family members are travelling to Liverpool and St George hospitals to engage with their loved ones who are very much in a critical condition at the moment,” Chief Inspector Brooks said.

Jessica Falkholt has starred in Home and Away, with a recurring part in 2016, and will appear in the upcoming Australian film Harmony.

She is a graduate of UNSW and the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and has worked in production for Channel Seven, according to an online profile.

The fiery Princes Highway crash on Tuesday has headlined a deadly festive season on NSW roads, with 21 people killed since the start of Operation Safe Arrival on December 16.

It includes another three on Boxing Day after a 25-year-old woman was killed when her car hit a tree near Taree, a 43-year-old man who died when his Ford Falcon ran into a parked semi-trailer at Emu Plains and a 23-year-old Dubbo woman who suffered horrific head injuries when she fell from a moving four-wheel drive at Peak Hill.

The deaths, almost triple the number for the same period last Christmas, have senior police flabbergasted.

“This Christmas-New Year period is meant to be a time of happiness, to spend time with family. And sadly, for many, this has resulted in tragedy,” Chief Inspector Brooks said.

“So far, during the operation, 21 lives have been lost. Those families directly impacted by road trauma on NSW roads.”

He later added: “Everyone who has been on our roads leaves home in the hope they can get back there [or] to their destination.

“Sadly, for 21 people so far during Operation Safe Arrival that hasn’t occurred courtesy of what is a very clear lack of personal responsibility on our roads.

“Out of the 21 lives lost so far, 11 of those deaths have been from people leaving the road in a vehicle crashing either into a tree or a telegraph pole sadly losing their lives on the side of the road.

“Three other deaths are courtesy of people drifting across to the other side of the road resulting in head-on crashes [and] sadly more lives lost on our roads in sad and tragic events.”

The spike in deaths is not the only worry for police, with highway patrol police handing over more than 13,500 speeding fines and charging 433 motorists with drink-driving.

“Luckily for those drivers, they get to go home to their families,” Chief Inspector Brooks said.

“Sadly, for the 21 lives lost so far during the operation those families will no doubt be feeling the pain and suffering of losing a loved one this close to Christmas.”

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The Melbourne Renegades have made the finals of the Big Bash League just once, and were eliminated in the semis. The Perth Scorchers are the dominant force of the competition, with three titles to their name, including the most recent one. What’s more, the Scorchers have never lost to the Renegades in six and bit years of the BBL.
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Yet according to Perth coach Justin Langer, it’s the Renegades, not his own side, who are the team to beat this summer.

The two teams, both of which started the season with consecutive victories, are on an early season collision course, set to square off at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

The Renegades will enter the match off a six-day break after beating Brisbane Heat at Docklands last Saturday night, while the Scorchers – despite being ravaged by international call-ups and injuries to gun quicks Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile – beat the Melbourne Stars by 13 runs at the WACA Ground on Tuesday night.

Whether the wily Langer was playing mind games or not is hard to tell, but in any case he said the vast experience of the Renegades, who feature former Scorchers spinner Brad Hogg, meant they deserved to be considered the standout side.

“I think they’re the favourites for the tournament,” Langer said after beating the Stars.

“They’re so well-balanced with their team. They’re such a well-balanced team. [They’ve got] experience, Cameron White is a brilliant leader, [Aaron] Finch is dangerous. [Brad] Hodge. I’d pay money to watch Hodge bat.

“They’ve got a very good team. I think they’re the team to beat.”

Langer said Coulter-Nile and fellow quick Joel Paris were both getting close to being available to play again after injuries.

Opener Michael Klinger made just one against the Stars after returning to the side for his first game since revealing the cancer battle of wife Cindy.

Langer reiterated that the club was supporting the veteran. “It’s great to see him playing cricket,” Langer said. “We’ll just help him through as much as we can.”

Seamer Andrew Tye, who continued his excellent start to the tournament with 5-23, said “it was awesome to have [Klinger] back in the change rooms”.

“What he’s going through is just heartbreaking. If he ever needs anything, and if he ever just wants a hug, we’ll be there for him.”

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You can lead Americans to the cinema, but you can’t make them think.
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A silent sequence in the latest Star Wars film has left so many people baffled that a popular US cinema chain has begun issuing warnings to cinemagoers.

The public notices were attached to cinema doors after some people mistakenly thought there was a technical glitch during a nail-biting space battle scene in The Last Jedi’.

“The Last Jedi contains a sequence at approximately one hour and 52 minutes into the movie in which ALL sound stops for about 10 full seconds,” one of the warnings at AMC Theatres reads. “While the images continue to play on the screen, you will hear nothing. This is intentionally done by the director for a creative effect.”

AMC Theatres operates the largest share of cinemas in the US, followed by Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark.

The Last Jedi’s visual effects supervisor Ben Morris defended the silent sequence, arguing it was designed to challenge people’s expectations.

“We always hoped that [scene] would resonate, both as a story beat and as a striking visual,” he said in an interview with trade publication Collider.

“When I heard all of the cries and gasps in the silence, it was just fantastic. I think it shows strength, if you invert your normal concept of what space shots in Star Wars look like. We wanted to come up with something clean and new, that had that delicacy and serenity to it.”

Despite the confusion, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has taken the box office by storm – snapping up more than $960 million in worldwide ticket sales as of Sunday.

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