Night club identity John Ibrahim’s girlfriend Sarah Budge will not be reopening her Kings Cross bar and restaurant, which has been closed for months due to COVID-19.
Budge has been upset by the realisation the business would not recover from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown that has smashed the hospitality industry.
‘Sarah’s a bit heartbroken,’ a friend said. ‘She’s disheartened at the moment.’
The 30-year-old model launched Crane Bar in May 2013 and had traded through the Kings Cross lockout laws which forced the closure of many local venues.
A source close to the stylish brunette said she had been carefully considering Crane Bar’s fate in recent weeks and had finally accepted she had to let the business go.
Budge had already shut down its website and disconnected the phones. Eighteen staff will now lose their jobs.
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Night club identity John Ibrahim’s girlfriend Sarah Budge will not be reopening her Kings Cross bar and restaurant, which has been closed due to COVID-19. Budge has been upset by the realisation the business would not recover from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown
Daily Mail Australia understands John Ibrahim had advised Budge against re-opening, believing it would take at least six months for the business to have any chance of recovering. The couple is pictured together
Crane Bar, known for its Japanese fusion food (left) and selection of cocktails (right), had been the main focus of Budge’s attention in recent years
Restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic including limits on patron numbers forced Budge’s painful decision to permanently close the doors.
‘Unfortunately, Crane is another casualty of corona,’ the source close to Budge said. ‘Crane will be one of many to come. She’s going to put her focus on other things.’
Crane Bar opened to much fanfare with a lavish event attended by onetime X Factor host Luke Jacobz and Home and Away star Dan Ewing.
It originally had a coveted 24-hour licence and could cater for late-night corporate and social functions for up to 350 guests.
Laws introduced in 2014 to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in Kings Cross meant 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks but coronavirus proved to be the last straw.
New South Wales restaurants were closed for all but takeaway and delivery from March 23. Up to ten seated patrons were allowed from May 15, then 50 from June 1.
That limit will be removed from July 1, when each customer will still be required to have four square metres of space. For Crane Bar, the damage has already been done.
Daily Mail Australia understands Ibrahim advised Budge against re-opening, believing it would take at least six months for the business to have any chance of recovering.
The King of the Cross has told friends any hospitality venue that was on shakey ground before the coronavirus pandemic was unlikely to survive COVID-19.
The 30-year-old model launched Crane Bar in May 2013 and had traded through the Kings Cross lockout laws which forced the closure of many local venues
Crane Bar opened to much fanfare with a lavish event attended by onetime X Factor host Luke Jacobz and Home and Away star Dan Ewing. It originally had a coveted 24-hour licence
Ibrahim once operated a string of night clubs in the Cross but his main commercial interests in the formerly infamous party precinct are now in real estate.
He is the owner of the Bayswater Road building in which Crane Bar was located. The premises was previously the site of the popular Bayswater Brasserie.
Ibrahim’s friend, radio host Kyle Sandilands, is moving his private business ventures into another Bayswater Road building he owns which used to be a Milky Lane burger joint.
Budge had been better known for her modelling career before being photographed with Ibrahim in July 2015, when they had reportedly been dating for about a year.
After finishing school Budge had studied to be a make-up artist and worked part-time in night clubs in Sydney’s central business district.
Over the past decade she featured in TV campaigns for Virgin Australia and in photo shoots for lingerie and swimwear brands.
Budge had been better known for her modelling career before being photographed with Ibrahim in July 2015, when they had reportedly been dating for about a year. They are pictured together at Crane Bar
She has been represented by leading agencies such as Scoop and Chic and scored a role promoting women’s fashion brand Rockmans.
Crane Bar, known for its Japanese fusion food, cocktails and music, had been the main focus of Budge’s attention in recent years and she had fought to keep it open.
The closure of Crane Bar comes after Budge was acquitted in September last year of possessing an unlicensed 9mm Glock 26 pistol.
Budge was charged after police found the weapon in the bedroom of her Double Bay apartment in August 2017 during raids on the homes of Ibrahim family members and associates.
John Ibrahim was not linked to the gun charge or any offences committed by his relatives which led to the raids.
The King of the Cross has told friends any hospitality venue that was on shakey ground before the coronavirus pandemic was unlikely to survive COVID-19. Crane Bar staff are pictured
John Ibrahim supported his girlfriend Sarah Budge at her mother Leone’s funeral in Sydney in March last year (pictured)
Budge was found not guilty of three firearm charges after a jury determined prosecutors could not prove she knew the weapon was in her apartment.
In what was a difficult year for the entrepreneur, her beloved mother Leone died of cancer in March 2019.
Crane Bar had operated under the company name Crane Bar Sydney, of which Budge was the sole director between October 2013 and May 2019.
In May 2018 it was placed in the hands of liquidators who reported the business was ‘not profitable’ and generated trading losses of $726,909 between July 2015 and May 2018.
The liquidator’s report found the losses were likely influenced by the lockout laws introduced after the ‘coward punch’ deaths of two 18-year-old men in Kings Cross.
Last drinks: Crane Bar fought through the Kings Cross lockout laws but will now not re-open
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Mourners hold a candlelight vigil outside of the Supreme Court for RBG
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris joined hundreds of mourners outside the Supreme Court as she paid tribute to ‘titan’ and ‘legal mind of the ages’ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The U.S. Senator and her husband Douglas Emhoff on Saturday stopped by a makeshift memorial outside the steps of the high court in Washington D.C. where the veteran judge served for 27 years before her death on Friday.
The site is now blanketed with a collection of flowers, homemade cardboard signs and prayer candles left by hundreds of mourners who visited the steps of the court to pay their respects in the wake of her passing.
Harris shared a photo of her visit on Twitter, calling the Supreme Court justice ‘a titan—a relentless defender of justice and a legal mind for the ages.’
‘The stakes of this election couldn’t be higher. Millions of Americans are counting on us to win and protect the Supreme Court—for their health, for their families, and for their rights,’ Harris said.
It comes after President Trump announced he will nominate a replacement for Ginsburg ‘without delay’, setting up an extraordinary confirmation battle in the Senate just weeks before the election.
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Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff on Saturday stopped by a makeshift memorial outside the steps of the Supreme Court to pay tribute to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Democratic vice presidential nominee dressed comfortably and wore a mask during her visit to the high court
Harris shared a photo of her visit on Twitter remembering Ginsburg as a ‘relentless defender of justice.’
Mourners stopped by the Supreme Court early Saturday to pay their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday
Scores of people laid flowers, prayer candles and condolence messages to the late justice outside of the high court
The Supreme Court Justice passed away in her home in Washington, D.C. on Friday, after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer
Flowers and tribute signs lined the sidewalk outside of the Supreme Court, where Ginsburg served for 27 years
Ginsburg, who had battled several bouts of cancer after first being diagnosed in 2009, finally succumbed to metastatic pancreas cancer Friday evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington D.C.
Hundreds of people packed the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday night and the street across from the U.S. Capitol as they sang and wept together during a candlelight vigil.
The impromptu nighttime memorial was held shortly after news of her passing broke, which triggered an outpouring of tributes from both sides of the political spectrum.
President Donald Trump issued a proclamation directing that flags at the White House and all public buildings and grounds and military facilities be flown at half-staff until the late Justice Ginsburg is interred.
During the memorial, dozens of people wearing protective masks sat on the steps quietly reflecting on Ginsburg’s legacy, while others knelt to leave bouquets of flowers, small American flags and photos of the justice.
Several times, dozens in the crowd broke out into song, singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘This Land is Your Land’ as others embraced one another and wiped tears from their eyes.
At one point, the crowd broke into a thunderous applause – lasting for about a minute – for Ginsburg.
‘Thank you RBG,’ one sign read. On the sidewalk, ‘RBG’ was drawn inside a pink chalk heart.
Jennifer Berger, 37, said she felt compelled to join the large crowd that gathered to pay tribute to Ginsburg’s life.
‘I think it is important for us to recognize such a trailblazer,’ she said. ‘It is amazing to see how many people are feeling this loss tonight and saying goodbye.’
Visitors were seen breaking down in tears as they mourned the loss of the veteran justice
Mourners left hundreds of handwritten messages as well as ‘RBG’ merch that had become popular among young people in recent years
On Friday, hundreds packed the steps of the Supreme Court as they held an impromptu candlelight vigil for Ginsburg
Many were seen singing and weeping as they reflected on Ginsburg’s legacy. She spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers
People gather to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the steps in front of the Supreme Court on September 18
Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers.
Young women especially seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the ‘Notorious RBG’, for her defense of the rights of women and minorities.
The memorial service remained mostly peaceful and somber, but turned tense for several minutes after a man with a megaphone approached people in the crowd and began to chant that ‘Roe v. Wade is dead,’ a reference to the landmark Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide.
A large group confronted the man, leading to a brief shouting match.
Many in the crowd began yelling ‘RBG’ to try to drown out the man’s voice as he continued to say Republicans would push to quickly appoint a conservative justice to the court.
Supreme Court police officers stood alongside the crowd and the man eventually left the area.
Ginsburg had notably won over the country’s younger generation, as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing
A woman was overcome with emotion during the memorial service on Friday night
Several times, dozens in the crowd broke out into song, singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘This Land is Your Land’ as others embraced one another and wiped tears from their eyes
The memorial service remained mostly peaceful and somber
Ginsburg’s death paves the way for Donald Trump to expand his conservative majority on the Supreme Court ahead of November’s election.
The leader of the court’s four-member liberal wing had voiced concerns about the political impact of her passing in the days leading up to her death.
‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,’ the legal pioneer said in a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death.
President Trump was on stage in Minnesota when the Justice’s death was announced and had carried on with his campaign rally apparently unaware of the news.
He was later asked about her death by reporters, Trump said: ‘She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time.’
He then paused and held his hands in the air before paying tribute to Ginsburg – who he had a fraught relationship with since he moved in to the White House.
‘She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman whether you agreed [with her] or not. She was an amazing who led an amazing life.
‘I’m actually sad to hear that. I’m sad to hear that,’ he said, before he turned and walked toward his jet.
A man kneels as he brings a megaphone to a vigil on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Washington
On the sidewalk, ‘RBG’ was drawn inside a pink chalk heart. Other messages thanked the Supreme Court Justice for her service to the country
Young women especially seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the ‘Notorious RBG’, for her defense of the rights of women and minorities
A man plays the violin as people gather outside of the U.S. Supreme Court for a nighttime memorial for RBG
Meanwhile the White House flag was lowered to half staff and his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tweeted a tribute to the ‘trailblazer’ and ‘dedicated public servant’.
Trump later tweeted a longer statement, describing Ginsburg as a ‘titan of the law’ whose legal expertise and historic decisions inspired generations of Americans.
‘Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law’ who was ‘renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court,’ Trump said, after the rally in Minnesota.
‘Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds,’ he added.
‘May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.’
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87 after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer. She is pictured at one of her last public appearances in February.
He did not mention plans for nominating a replacement.
Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to his colleague Friday describing her as a ‘champion of justice’.
‘Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,’ Roberts said in a statement.
‘We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.’
Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter all voiced their tributes, along with politicians including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced their tributes.
The White House lowered its flags to half staff and social media users pointed out that in Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah – which started tonight – is regarded as a person of great righteousness.
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Twist in JobSeeker saga as it emerges handout’s fate WON’T be decided anytime soon
The fate of the government’s JobSeeker handout will not be decided in next month’s federal budget, despite growing calls for the more certainty around the scheme.
Under the subsidy program an extra $550 was added to the base rate of $565.70 a fortnight for those looking for work.
The generous payment was introduced in April to help the surging number of recently unemployed workers get through the coronavirus crisis.
But on September 24, the $550 top up will be slashed to $250, as the Australian economy begins to rebound from the pandemic and more jobs come back.
The $250 handout, which about 1.4 million Australians rely on, is set to end on December 31.
According to the government, it’s too early to say whether the program – which has already cost $12billion – should be extended into the new year.
The fate of the government’s JobSeeker handout will not be decided in next month’s federal budget, despite growing calls for the more certainty around the scheme. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on September 18
The generous program was introduced in April to help the surging number of recently unemployed workers get it through the coronavirus crisis
‘There’s still much that we don’t know about where the pandemic’s going to end and what Australia is going to look like,’ Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said.
‘So we remain very focused on making sure the measures we have in place reflect the conditions at the time, and decisions about anything ongoing will be a matter for the time once the economy has settled and we know what a post-pandemic Australia looks like.’
‘We only have to see what happened in Victoria over the last couple of months to realise how terribly volatile the jobs market is, so we want to make sure our responses are timely and targeted.’
Although Scott Morrison has hinted the government is likely to continue to support unemployed Australians into next year, the opposition say a decision needs to be made sooner.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for a permanent increase in the welfare subsidy – to $1100 a fortnight.
Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie has also voiced her concerns.
‘We need the government to have people’s back & we need the government to be able to give people confidence. We need the government to give people easing of their distress about how they’ll cope,’ she told reporters on Friday.
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott is also in favor of a JobSeeker increase and extension during the pandemic.
Under the subsidy program an extra $550 was added the base rate of $565.70 a fortnight, for those looking for work
How are the support payments changing from September?
* The $1,500 fortnightly wage subsidy will continue until September 27
* From the end of September to January, JobKeeper will be reduced to $1,200 for full-time workers and $750 for people working 20 hours or less
* From January to March, the full-time rate will be $1000 and part-time will reduce to $650
* Businesses turning over less than $1billion will have to requalify for the program at both stages through showing a 30 per cent drop in revenue.
* Businesses with more than $1billion in turnover have to demonstrate a 50 per cent fall
* The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 24
* From that date until the end of the year the $550 coronavirus supplement will be cut by $300 to make the overall fortnightly payment $800
* People will be able to earn up to $300 without having their payment reduced
* The mutual obligation rules requiring people to search for four jobs a month will restart on August 4
* Penalties for people refusing a job offer will be reintroduced
* Job search requirements will increase in September when the assets test will also return
* The permanent JobSeeker rate to take effect from January next year will be announced in the October 6 budget.
But there are a litany of voices who claim the generous handout is acting as a dis-intensive for prospective workers.
Australia’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 per cent in July, to to 6.8 per cent in August, indicating the country is on the road to recovery.
However some employers say they’re having trouble finding labour.
Duane Rutherfurd, who runs East Coast Bullbars in Brisbane’s Clontarf, told the Australian Financial Review that he told two JobSeekers who had applied for a role, they were successful.
‘We told them they had officially got the job but both said no because they didn’t want to do it because they didn’t want to have to drive that far,’ Mr Rutherfurd said.
‘It’s very frustrating…what I see is that the stimulus from the government has become a roadblock for getting some people off the lounge. It really is a disincentive.’
Darren Steinberg, the chief executive of one of Australia’s largest property companies, Dexus, has a similar view.
‘People are saying: ”She’ll be right, mate. I’ll keep my support and I’ll lie around on the beach”.’
Brisbane business owner Duane Rutherfurd says the government stimulus has become a roadblock for getting some people off the lounge and is a disincentive
When advertising for a position before the pandemic, Mr Rutherfurd said he would normally get about 150 replies.
At the moment he says there are only 30 to 40.
A survey of 1,100 businesses by the National Skills Commission’s earlier this week found 47 per cent of respondents were having trouble finding staff – a figure up 28 percent.
Meanwhile, the government’s other coronavirus supplement JobKeeper, has also come under fire on Friday after Treasury released data showing the Australian Taxation Office had received over 8000 tip-offs alleging misuse of the payment.
Cafes and restaurant businesses were by far the worst offenders, followed hairdressing and beauty services.
More than 900,000 businesses across Australia have received and handed out JobKeeper payments to 3.5 million workers totalling about $55billion.
Treasury released data showing the Australian Taxation Office had received over 8000 tip-offs alleging misuse of the payment. Pictured are the worst offending industries
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Clive Palmer splurges on $8.3M yacht and names it Nancy-Jean after his mother who died in 2014
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has purchased a $8.3million super yacht and renamed it after his late mother.
Mr Palmer reportedly arrived at Hamilton Island, in Queensland’s Whitsundays, last week to take possession of the 12-foot Sunseeker.
He purchased the boat, previously known as Vegas, from a businessman in July, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer (pictured) has reportedly named a $8.3million yacht he bought in June after his mother
The boat was previously named Vegas. However, when it appeared last week, the superyacht had been repainted and renamed the Nancy-Jean
However, when it appeared last week in the resort playground, the superyacht had been repainted and renamed the Nancy-Jean.
The boat is named in honour of Mr Palmer’s mother, who died in 2014.
She was in her 90s when she passed away ‘peacefully’.
Residents said the arrival of Mr Palmer’s yacht has ‘turned a few heads’ for many reasons – in an area where it isn’t unusual to see a luxury boat.
One said it was ‘very bad juju’ that the boat had been renamed.
‘Re-christening a boat is considered bad luck to boaties,’ said one local.
The boat (interior pictured) is named in honour of Mr Palmer’s mother, who passed away in 2014
‘A boat’s original name is recorded in what we call a “ledger of the deep” and changing it is considered very bad juju. It can be done but it’s extremely uncommon.’
Renaming a boat involves destroying log books with the old name.
Others were simply captivated by the mere size of the three-storey vessel initially purchased in 2009.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Clive Palmer for comment.
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