Pork chop thrown at paramedics in Darwin

A pork chop (not pictured) was thrown at paramedics. Photo: Penny Paramedics stopped to move a woman off the road when they were hit with a pork chop in Darwin. Photo: Christopher Knight
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A woman has been hit with a fine after two paramedics were hit with a half-eaten pork chop as they tried to convince her to stop sitting in the middle of the road.

It’s not clear why the 21-year-old was apparently eating the hunk of meat at 4.40am on an inner-city Darwin street but the pig projectile has been labelled a “waste of a pork chop”.

The paramedics were on their way back to the station from another job when they noticed the woman, apparently drunk, sitting in the road on Daly Street, to the north-east of the city centre.

St John’s Ambulance Northern Territory operations manager Craig Garraway said they stopped the car but the woman refused to budge.

The paramedics were calling police to help when something sailed through the window, hitting one in the face and the other in the arm.

“Now they didn’t know what had happened at the time,” Mr Garraway said.

“They turned the light on and realised she’d thrown a pork chop through the window and hit both of them and fell to the floor.”

Not wanting to hang around for any more hog-based assaults, the ambos rolled up the window and drove off, leaving police to deal with the “quite abusive” woman.

They arrived a short time afterward and fined the woman for disorderly behaviour in a public place, which reportedly carries a $472 penalty.

Both police and paramedics warned assaulting a public officer was a serious crime but in this case Mr Garraway said the officers found the incident “very amusing in the end”.

“They’re in good spirits and they think it’s quite funny,” he said.

“These things unfortunately happen quite regularly, not so much pork chops being thrown.”

The paramedics had no idea where the pork chop had come from but assumed the hungry reveller must have been chowing down as she took a break in the roadway.

“It was a waste of a pork chop, and I suppose the question is, where do you get a pork chop at four o’clock in the morning?” Mr Garraway said.

“And was it cooked I suppose is the next question, or was it raw?

“I can’t answer that question. I don’t think she’s won a meat tray earlier in the night.

“I suppose luckily for our officers she didn’t have a fork with her or a knife to eat it.”

Mr Garraway said unfortunately people regularly threw things at St John’s Ambulance officers, who are contracted to provide the state-run ambulance service in both the Top End and Western Australia.

Rocks and beer cans were most common but he said the list of projectiles extended to kangaroo tails and other weird items.

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Rugby league unites over sportsmanship behind Central Charlestown four-year-old boy’s first try

UNLIKE most things that becomeinternet famous, there isn’t avideo of IzacSoewarno’s first rugby league try.
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It’s in the scorebook, sure, and the momenthecarefullygroundedthe ballon a sodden Saturday in June will stayinthe memoriesofhis Central Charlestown under-6 teammates.

But none of thatmeant Izac’s first try would go viral.

The Hunter try that made rugby league smile  |  photos, video SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookNo, the four-year-oldwith anoversized jersey and a smile totransport anyoneto the fields of their childhood hasfoundfame because of a Facebook post written by histeammate’s mum.

“I have a son who plays under 6s at Central Charlestown and I never ever write anything or make a comment on Facebook about an opposing team,” began Renee Ridgeway, in a post-game message to the opposing Cardiff Cougars.

“Towards the end of today’s game our little player Izac was passed the ball…there would have been at least 5 players who ‘pretended’ to tackle him and ran as slowly as they couldbeside him watching his first try.”

Ms Ridgeway’s accountleftIzac’s mum SarahSoewarno brimming with tears for her sonwho had startedthe season running the wrong way. Ithas since been shared onlineby Jarryd Hayne.

NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen –who would have givenplenty for a four-pointer at the right time in Wednesday night’s State of Origin loss – alsomessaged hiscongratulations.

Jade Porter, the Cardiff coach whose playersorchestrated Izac’s big moment, saidhetried to set upan oppositionplayer for a try almost every week.

“I saw this kid and told them, this is the day he scores a try,” Mr Porter said.

“No,I don’t think it would have happened when I was his age. But 100 per cent,it’s good for a kid’s confidence and it’s going to make him want to come back next year andplay the game of rugby league.”

Charlestowncoach Mat Toshack has already noticeda lift from his smallest player at training.

Izac’s try,reportedly scored from just inside hisown half,has brieflydominated the lives oftheBelmont NorthSoewarno family. Izachas, obliging various media,relived it dozens of times. A children’sclothing line has made approaches.

Andrew Blackwell, the Central Charlestown Facebookadministrator who first promoted the post, said it had reached more than 150,000 people by mid-week.

But even if Izac’s momenthad been confined totwo teams and their parents watching in the rain, hismum said she would have been happy.

“It was just beautiful to watch his teammates run over andgive him hugs,” MsSoewarno said.

“It made him feel special.”

Hybrid barley a weed control tool

Syngenta technical manager for conventional genetics Kathryn Hearn with Syngenta growth awards winner Greg Giblett, Quirindi, NSW, and Syngenta northern EU marketing manager Mark Hall with a crop of hybrid barley at the recent Cereals event in Cambridgeshire, England.BRITISH farmers are increasingly looking at non chemical methods of controlling problem weeds, with uncertainty surrounding future registrations of key herbicides such as glyphosate.
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With this in mind options such as hybrid barley are becoming more and more popular as higher yielding varieties hit the market.

Syngenta reported strong interest in its new Hyvido Bazooka and Hyvido Belfry lines at last week’s Cereals field day, the premier arable farming event in the United Kingdom.

Hybrid barley, introduced to the UK in 2011, is being used as a tool in running down blackgrass seed numbers.

Blackgrass is the number one crop weed in the UK. It is a vigourous species with the ability to set large numbers of seed.

The winter barley crops are achieving great success in outcompeting blackgrass.

Syngenta technical manager of conventional genetics Kathryn Hearn said the hybrid vigour meant the crops got away strongly early after being planted.

“There is good early canopy closure which makes it difficult for weeds,” she said.

As hybrids, the barley varieties are only suitable for feed purposes, but Ms Hearn said farmers were saying the high yields would compensate for a lack of a malt premium.

Farmers in the UK are reporting high yields with hybrid barley lines.

Hybrid cereals are widely available in the UK, with barley recording better results in weed suppression than wheat in trials.

The two new Syngenta lines will have a strong fit in northern England, due to high levels of resistance to wet weather diseases.

Unusually for Australian growers, used to semi-dwarf varieties, the hybrid barleys are bred to be tall in order to smother blackgrass.

They are also six row varieties, virtually unknown in Australia, with all three spikes on the ear fertile.

The hybrid barleys are generally sown in September, relatively soon after the previous crop is harvested.

While Australian producers are familiar with growing hybrid canola lines, the hybrid cereal sector is far less developed. There have been hybrid wheat lines commercialised but they have failed to attract significant market share, due to the fact yield benefits are relatively modest in comparison to the additional costs.

· Gregor Heard travelled to the United Kingdom as a guest of Syngenta.

EDITORIAL: Maitland forum on amphetamine addiction

ONE of the biggest shifts in the Australian drug market over the past decade or so has been the rise of ice amphetamine.


Old fears about addicts drifting into deathly overdoses on heroin have been replaced with the tales of ambulance workers and police having to wrestle down crazed amphetamine users who’ve gone two or three days without sleep.

The reasons behind the switch from heroin to amphetamine are complex and international. The shift may have started after 9-11, when theinvasion of Afghanistan cut supplies of raw opium, leadingcriminal syndicates to invest instead in amphetamine factories. Regardless of cause, ice is by farthe most popular and powerful powder drug on Australian streets, and its unpredictable impacts have put fear into the families of drug users, and created new problems for the agencies who have to deal with those under the influence.

To help those with concerns, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is hosting its latest“Breaking The Ice” forum at East Maitland Bowling Club on Wednesday, October 26.

Organisers say the forum will provide expert information about ice by “cutting through rumours and misinformation about drugs”. Those taking part can have their “questions answered during a panel discussion where the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of our panelists”.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation website –adf杭州.au –contains helpful informationabout ice use. To counter the natural fear factor, the foundationnotes that despite an “enormous amount of attention” given to ice, “only a small number of people use ice regularly and only a small proportion of users will experience problems”.

That said, reliance onice amphetamine is a serious situation and one that will often have a dramatic impact on the family and friends of someone in the grip of addiction.

While some politicians still talk ofa“war on drugs”, such rhetoric carries little weight at an individual level. Unfortunately, as one drug and alcohol worker told theNewcastle Herald,there is no authorised replacement drugfor ice in the way that methadone is prescribed for heroin users.From this worker’s perspective, problems with ice abuse in the Hunter region are continuing to grow. Even so, amphetamine addiction can be beaten. Butas the foundation recognises, the person with the habit has to want to stopfor the treatment to succeed.

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YouTube recruits Dwayne Johnson for new sci-fi series Lifeline

Bankable: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who starred in the high grossing San Andreas, earned $US64.5 million in the past year. Photo: Mario AnzuoniYouTube’s new weapon in their fight for a chunk of Netflix’s online streaming audience? It’s not cute kitties or viral pranksters, anymore – it’s the world’s highest paid actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.


The website, which has recently made major moves towards creating original content for its YouTube Red subscription streaming service, overnight announced a handful of new programs slated to premiere on the service in 2017.

Among those is The Rock’s Lifeline, an eight-episode sci-fi action series centred on an insurance company that “sends its agents 33 days into the future to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients”.

Other big-name programs include Impulse, a sci-fi thriller from director Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Edge Of Tomorrow) about a young girl uncovering her teleportation abilities, and a yet untitled comedy about professional gamers from Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty).

Johnson, who was recently named the world’s highest paid actor by Forbes magazine following last year’s haul of $US64.5 million ($84.4 million), is also among YouTube’s most popular celebrities, with over 1.36 million subscribers, highlighting the site’s strategy to utilise its own biggest names to expand YouTube Red (the service costs $11.99 per month in Australia and New Zealand).

“Our thesis is simple: identify YouTube’s most engaging stars and top genres, and invest in the content that fans tell us they want. In other words, let our community drive our content,” YouTube’s global head of content Susanne Daniels said in a keynote address at industry conference Mipcom yesterday, in which she announced the slate of new programs. Cool news as @SevenBucksProd & @Studio71 are partnering up with @YouTube Red for our sci-fi action thriller series #Lifeline in 2017. pic.twitter杭州m/LYdMViXZXn— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 17, 2016

The news follows on from YouTube’s other already announced programs, which include a series based on the Step Up franchise, executive produced by its original stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum and also set to premiere in 2017.

Suspended rail line beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘$400m costlier’ than tunnel

A suspended carriageway would have cost $400 million more than a tunnel. Photo: Sarah Keayes The carriageway would limit the ability for ships to pass beneath the bridge. Photo: Christopher Pearce


The state government considered bolting on a carriageway beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge or building a viaduct above two lanes of traffic for a new metro rail line but eventually decided tunnelling under the harbour was the best option.

In laying out the justification for the second stage of the $20 billion-plus rail project, a truncated version of its business case reveals that a suspended carriageway or a viaduct would have cost at least $400 million more than tunnelling under the harbour.

The two options for running a new metro line on the bridge also had a “number of constraints”, such as posing a barrier to ships passing beneath or detracting from one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.

“These options would also have broader network impacts during construction and operation (particularly in terms of access to the Sydney CBD for other transport modes). Consequently, these options were not progressed further,” it said.

Another option to run the metro line along lanes seven and eight on the bridge would have required connections at either end of the bridge to tunnels for the metro line.

“Unlike the tunnel option [beneath the harbour], use of the Sydney Harbour Bridge would require the use of existing suburban rail stations and platforms at North Sydney and Wynyard,” the business case summary said.

“The use of existing infrastructure for the project would largely result in replication of the existing T1 North Shore Line and would not provide additional rail services to new areas.”

The government eventually opted for the second stage of the metro line to run under the harbour from Chatswood to Sydney’s CBD, and on to Sydenham and Bankstown.

It has put a price tag of between $10.5 billion and $11.5 billion on the second stage, while the cost of the first section from Sydney’s north west to Chatswood is $8.3 billion. The latter is due to open in 2019.

The business case summary also shows that the government considered a conversion of the existing Bankstown Line to allow it to carry metro trains to be one of the “less complex options” when it weighed up the route for Australia’s largest rail project.

The Bankstown Line needed less infrastructure work to convert to a metro service when compared with other lines such as the South or Illawarra. The latter would have required extra tunnels and tracks, and “significant enabling works such as alternative freight routes”, it said.

The conversion of 13.5 kilometres of track between Bankstown and Sydenham will be one of the most disruptive parts of the project. Tens of thousands of commuters will be forced to catch buses for more than six months during construction.

Critics have questioned the rationale for spending hundreds of millions of dollars on converting a line that is under-used by commuters.

They have also criticised plans for an extra 36,000 dwellings to be built along the Bankstown-Sydenham corridor over the next two decades.

But the business case summary, released on Tuesday, said converting the Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown would “improve network reliability by reducing the number of rail lines sharing the same existing tracks”.

It would also “unlock capacity” at Central Station – the city’s busiest – and “significantly reduce platform and train crowding”.

“The T3 Bankstown Line does not share operations with other lines or rail freight. It would therefore be less complex to convert and segregate from the existing rail network when compared with other lines.”

Labor transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay accused the Baird government of drip-feeding information about the multibillion-dollar project and called on it to release the full business case “which they have been sitting on for six months”.

“”It is clear the government has failed to learn the lesson from WestConnex, which has operated in secrecy,” she said.

“It needs to come clean on how much fare revenue it will get; how it will be paid for, including how much will be raised by high-rise development above stations; and the level of disruption it will cause to residents along the Bankstown Line.”

Malcolm Turnbull will finally introduce electronic voting. Wait…for the Parliament?

MPs cross the floor during a division at Parliament House. Photo: Andrew Meares Coalition frontbenchers during a division in the House of Representatives in March, 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen


The division on the second reading of the Omnibus Bill at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 14 September 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew Meares

MPs could soon be able to vote in Canberra without leaving their green leather seats. Just by swiping a smart card. How marvellous.

No counting off votes by whips. Perhaps even no damning or humiliating pictures of the nation’s privileged representatives being seen to line up like sheep on an issue, and being accountable to constituents and/or colleagues for their actions.

Nup. Swipe a card, press a button. Matter dispatched. Problem resolved.

That’s right, with all the challenges facing this country from entrenched poverty, to national security, from homelessness, to runaway pharmaceutical costs, species loss, and aged care, the Turnbull cabinet has put “The Fixer” on to the pressing urgency of establishing electronic voting in the House of Representatives.

Perhaps Christopher Pyne will go further and propose the extension of electronic voting facilities on bills from the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge at Canberra’s schmick new airport. At least that way he could gather up those pesky WA MPs running for the last plane out on a Thursday.

Pyne has been handed the job of constructing a cabinet submission on the best way to introduce electronic House voting procedures.

To what end you may well ask?

What’s the problem really?

Clearly, if there is a problem of major logistical dimensions associated with voting in Australia, it ain’t the tiny matter of a few overpaid MPs being into a formal division.

It’s voting itself – in general elections.

As we saw again in the recent post-election debacle, the result was not known on the night. Indeed, it took weeks to determine the outcome in some seats.

The overwhelming problem in Australia is not parliament but the antiquated pencil-and-paper voting system for the selection of MPs.

This is a process in which imprecision, ambiguity, and the potential for both administrative error and malfeasance are rife.

Malcolm Turnbull is to be congratulated for his willingness to embrace technology where the opportunity provides.

But presenting solutions, especially expensive and time-consuming ones, to problems that have never been laid out, and may not even exist, is a classic error of politics.

Updating voting procedures in the chambers is a 20th-order issue, whereas fixing the electoral system is right up the top.

Perhaps the only public interest argument in favour of electronic voting is that it might, “might” that is, facilitate some MPs voting more often according to their own judgment, if freed from the peer pressure of having to physically cross the floor from colleagues.

But even for this argument to hold water is a pretty poor commentary on the courage and independence of our federal representatives.

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Super typhoons and a soaking for Australia: weird weather explained

Typhoon Haima is expected to reach category 5 strength by Wednesday. Photo: The Weather Channel Haitians, hard hit by Hurricane Matthew, await aid from a US helicopter earlier this month. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell


As the Philippines braces for its second major typhoon in just five days, a Canadian glacier spawns a giant iceberg and eastern Australia mops up from a record wet spell, climate scientists can pick from a world of weird weather to highlight evidence of global warming under way.

Just days after nations agreed to curb production of greenhouse gases 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and a fortnight before the Paris climate agreement comes into force on November 4, many regions are experiencing bizarre conditions.

September continued the run of exceptional global warmth, with last month narrowly edging last year as the hottest September on record, NASA, the US space agency, said overnight.

After data adjustments, NASA said 11 of the past 12 months had set monthly high-temperature records. (See chart below). This year is on course to smash previous records for annual heat set in 2015 and in the year before that.

Climate scientists, such as NASA’s Gavin Schmidt, emphasise that while individual weather events and even monthly rankings may be newsworthy, “they are not nearly as important as long-term trends”.

Here, though, there are many worrying pointers.

The Philippines is facing the potential for a category 5-strength typhoon Haima just days after typhoon Sarika blew through, leaving a trial of death and destruction that has now extended to neighbours Vietnam and China.

Recent research indicates the western Pacific is experiencing stronger cyclones with the frequency increasing as much as four-fold. Porcupine spike

In Canada, the Porcupine Glacier in British Columbia retreated more than two kilometres “in one leap”, when a major iceberg broke off during the summer, The Globe and Mail reported recently. (See their chart below:)

Mauri Pelto, professor of environmental science at Nichols College in Massachusetts, said he couldn’t identify a bigger iceberg carved from a Canadian glacier in a quarter century of work.

“It’s just a highlight example of what’s happening [from climate change],” Dr. Pelto was quoted as saying. “I have worked on over 200 glaciers just in that area, and all but one have been retreating.”

The behaviour of ice of a different kind caught the attention of  Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of NSW.

After rivalling previously lows in 2007 and 2012, this year’s recovery of Arctic sea ice as winter approaches has slowed sharply, placing it again at record low levels. (See chart below, supplied via Zack Labe, from the University of California, Irvine.)

With less sea ice, more of the sun’s energy is absorbed by the Arctic seas rather than reflected back to space, accelerating the pace of warming in an area that’s warming faster than almost anywhere else.

“It’s moving outside it’s normal operating range,” Professor Pitman said of the sea ice trend. “Climate extremes are emerging much faster than climate scientists thought.” Rain extremes

While major weather events can’t all be attributed to climate change rather than natural variability, a warming world makes them more likely.

Scientists, for instance, estimate that the atmosphere can hold 7 per cent more moisture for each degree of warming – and we’ve had at least that since the Industrial Revolution triggered a rapid increase in greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and land-clearing for agriculture.

Hurricane Matthew, which scrapped along the east coast of the US earlier this month, is estimated to have dumped as much 52 trillion litres on the US, triggering widespread flooding, according to Ryan Maue, a US-based meteorologist.

Typhoon Sarika, which left at least 25 dead in the Philippines last week, is now expected to bring flooding rains to south-east China.

Behind Sarika, though, looms a more powerful storm, super typhoon Haima, which is likely to generate peak gusts of more than 300 km/h by Wednesday as it nears the northern Philippine island of Luzon.

“[A]long with the dangers of storm surge flooding and damaging winds, rainfall flooding and landslides would also be major threats in Luzon, given saturated ground from Sarika,” the weather杭州m website said in a report. “More than a foot of rain could fall over northern portions of Luzon as Haima moves through.”

Much of eastern Australia has copped its drenching in recent weeks, although the rains have fortunately been more spread out.

As the Bureau of Meteorology said in a special climate statement last week, the Murray Darling Basin had its wettest September on record, continuing a string of wet months.

“The May to September period was Australia’s wettest on record, with each of the five individual months ranking in the 10 wettest in the last 117 years,” the report said. ‘Off the charts’

“You’re seeing more extreme events and in most of the parts of climate that affect people,” Professor Pitman said.

Heatwaves, for instance, that used to last typically three days, might be stretching in some places out to 10 days.

“It’s like Usain Bolt doing a 4-second,100-metre run,” he said. “It’s completely off the charts.”

Professor Pitman’s centre will shift more of its focus to the study of climate extremes after securing funds from the Australian Research Council last month.

“There is some emerging evidence that the system is redefining itself,” Professor Pitman said.

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Newcastle Permanent chair Michael Slater is set to step down from the role, but will remain on the board, among others.

Holding them to account: Outgoing Newcastle Permanent chair Michael Slater.


The Newcastle Permanent’s annual general meeting will be your last as chair after nearly 10 years in the role. Why step down?

I have had a rewarding time as Chairman with many memories but it is the right time to let someone else step into the role of chair to facilitate board renewal and a refreshed perspective.The board renewal process has seen four directors out of the seven appointed over the last four years.This will provide an opportunity for newer directors to step up.

What are key achievements as chair?

I’m proud of the role of the board and chair in governing this organization through difficult periods over the last 10 years such that it continues to provide a superior, and I think fairer, proposition to the major banks:we have more satisfied customers, better value banking services, happier staff and a wide range of community support focused on young people and their families across regional NSW.

Success against the major banks has been the greatest achievement with more specifically the development of governance improvements and a more diverse board composition, including a better representative proportion of women directors.

Perhaps one of the more difficult achievements, which might sound like the easiest, is maintaining organisational formation around the strategic plan. So many organisations waste time and resources flip-flopping from one strategic initiative to another or chasing immaterial objectives that are not mission critical.Newcastle Permanent has pursued its strategic goals and executed them brilliantly over many years which enable us to take the fight to the major banks.

You have been chair of RDA Hunterfor a year. What progression have you seen?

Transition to new smart industries within the restructuring of the economy (ie innovation and infrastructure investment). Infrastructure development (defence, education, smart systems development and STEM training in schools). Working with regional stakeholders to achieve targeted projects in the regional strategic plan.

You are director of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, which holds a place in the hearts of many Novocastrians. Why is that role important to you?

I’m extremely lucky that my professional skills and experience have given me the opportunity to work with some truly inspirational not-for-profit organisations.

For the WRHS here in the Hunter, it has been wonderful to be involved and support the organisation over the past 20 years. WRHS is a true community benefit not-for-profit – there is no charge for the service provided. From 1 January 2017 it is one of only two contracted rotary winged aeromedical retrieval services.It covers from Sydney to the QLD border.

Equally important, I’ve been very fortunate over the last 10 years as Chair of the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to meet and interact with volunteers from many charitable organisations that give unstintingly of their time and resources to the benefit of sections of the community that do not have the advantages the rest of us have.

After completing a bachelor of commerce at University of Newcastle, what were your plans?

My initial degree was with a major in Economics. I subsequently realised a need to study accounting at a degree level for my role as an accountant. Subsequently I attained an MBA.

What was your first post graduate job?

As a finance analyst, then chief accountant.

What do you hope you’ve instilled in staff?

Hire the right people, get the governance structure right, develop an effective strategic plan and focus on delivering it – without getting distracted on lesser issues.I also encourage people to keep ‘looking up’ – our main competitors are the major banks.

Is the region at a turning point insofar as recent State Government funding grants and the ongoing revitalization of the city?

The Hunter has experienced highs and lows over the last three to four decades, challenges that it has addressed by its resilience and the quality of its business leadership. We will always need to compete with the greater Sydney-centric perspective to continue to obtain grants on an ongoing basis. What is important is that if we do this on a project by project basis with a clear business case and integrated “regional” based focus.

You were named Business Leader of the Year at the 2016 Hunter Business Awards. What qualities do you admire in a leader?

Business leaders need to have a commitment to continue to “strive”, not give in or settle for “average”, or fail to take on a challenge.

I believe all business leaders, whether they operate a small enterprise or govern a large organisation, have an obligation to represent the interests of the community and give back to it in any capacity they can.

Michael Slater

Something very few people know about you?

I have received recognition for 50 years’ service with Surf Life Saving Australia.

Flashback: Melbourne Cup in the Hunterphotos

Flashback: Melbourne Cup in the Hunter | photos Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.


Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at The Windsor Castle Hotel. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at East Maitland Bowling Club. Photo: Perry Duffin.

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Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Club Maitland City. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at the Belmore. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at the Belmore. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at the Belmore. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at the Belmore. Photo: Perry Duffin.

Melbourne Cup at the Belmore. Photo: Perry Duffin.

TweetFacebook The Hunter celebrates Melbourne CupPictures: Perry Duffin, Jonathan Carroll, Darren Pateman, Eddie Jim, Max Mason-Hubers, Peter Stoop, Dean Osland and Simone De Peak.As we prepare for the 2016 Melbourne Cup, take a look back at how the annual race day has been celebrated in the past.

No Makeup Nofember in Newcastle, along with no bras and hairy underarms

No makeup, no bra and hairy underarms | photos, poll Alicia Keys.


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TweetFacebookAlex Morris, 29, is giving $5 a photo to the charity One Girl for the first 100 photos she receives from females who are makeup free, ornot wearing a bra, or whohave hairy underarms.

She’ll also accept photos from men wearing makeup.

She has 64 photos so far, but she’s aiming for 120 in total.The photos have been posted on her Facebook page,No Makeup Nofember.

“It’s about shaking up the status quo and celebrating doing things a little bit differently,” said Alex, who livesin Newcastle.

The concept was based around challenging cultural norms, feminism and gender expectations.

“Ultimately it’s about raising money for a good cause. That’s the number one thing,” she said.

The One Girl charity works to keep girls in school in Africa.

Alex said she was not anti-makeup.

“It’s more about embracing the idea that men should be able to wear makeup without peoplebatting an eyelash and it’s OK if women don’t want to wear it,” she said.

Alex was inspired by the #NoMakeUp selfies of singer Alicia Keys on Instagram.

“In most of her photos on Instagram, she’s embracing the natural look–which is exciting,” she said.

The 35-year-old singer and 15-time Grammy winner published an essay in May, saying she no longer wanted to feel compelled to wear makeup.

“I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” she wrote.

She said on the US Today showthat “society puts limitations on us”.

“And in a lot of ways, I’m sick of it.It would be so amazing to just embrace each other how we are. I think the most important thing is, you do what feels good for you.”

Her comments started a #NoMakeUp movement online. Actress Cameron Diaz posted a picture of herself with no makeup, saying: “I want to talk about one of the biggest taboos in our society. Ageing. I feel like ageing has gotten a bad rap”.

“Learning that you can age well, will actually help you to age better. If you understand how your body works then you can take action to help keep it in the best possible condition, so it can carry you through a long and beautiful life.”

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Jones happy to back department of youth

IN THE DEEP END: Jets young gun Lachlan Jackson launches himself into the pool at The Forum. Picture: Simone De Peak JETS coach Mark Jones will continue to back youth.


Jones worked extensively in youth development before stepping into senior coachingroles. He, more than most, knows the importance of giving players a chance.

So when the first-year head coach lost 100 plus-game veterandefenders Daniel Mullen and Jason Hoffman to injury, he had no hesitation in pitching rookies Lachy Jackson and Ivan Vujica into the fire.

It proved a masterstoke. The pair, combining on the left channel, were rock solid in the 4-0 triumph over Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

“You have to do the right thing and give the boys a chance,” Jones said.“If they don’t get a chance, then they don’t see light at the end of the tunnel and they don’t want to play for you. I will give them a chance every day of the week.”

Jackson, 21,had started12 A-League games before Sunday. It was 19-year-old Vujica’s second game and first start.

Add right back Nick Cowburn (21 and 34 games), midfielder Steve Ugarkovic (22 and 13 games), keeper Jack Duncan (23 and 10 games) and attacking midfielder Devante Clut (21 and 18 games) and there is real freshness about the squad.

Jets captain Nigel Boogaard, who played alongside Jackson in the heart of defence, was full of praise for the youngsters.

“Creditto them, they did really well and will make it hard for the others to get their spots back,” he said.“Our coach is willing to give youth a go, and there is enough experience on the field to help them through games. Both boys stood up and did their job. They will have their ups and downs.That is always the possibility with young players. As of tomorrow we concentrate for the weekend. It is the second game of the season …things can change very quickly.”

Hoffman (calf) is in the frame to return against Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.

But with Mullen sidelined for at least two months, Jackson appears set for an extended run at left stopper.

“This next period is key for him,” Boogaard said.“It is a good opportunity for himto cement a spot andshow people he deserves to be playing at this level. I believe he has the potential to go a lot further than the A-League. Hehas a big future but he has to really take his opportunity and grasp it, and really want it.”

The Jets lost all three encounters to Western Sydney last season. The grand-finalist havesince turned over a number of personnel and have a new home at Spotless Stadium.

“It will be a good challenge for us,” Boogaard said. “They are definitely a different opponent to last year.”

Qantas opens new international business lounge at Brisbane Airport

A new lounge at Brisbane International Airport is the first of several new facilities Qantas aim to open in the coming months.


The new multi-million dollar upgrade gives travellers a stylish and modern place to relax before their overseas flight, Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said.

“It reflects the natural beauty of the Queensland landscape through natural light, furniture and design, offering a new standard in premium travel from Queensland’s capital”.

The lounge interior, 30 per cent more spacious than the previous layout, will also feature a special glass-and-light installation created by Brisbane artist Jenna Lee, which represents Queensland as viewed from above, brought to life through glass, watercolour and lights.

Based on the award-winning concepts of Hong Kong and Singapore, menus will also be inspired by the local region. Neil Perry will be working with local food producers to design seasonal menus.

New concepts include a breakfast buffet window from which chefs will serve Rockpool-designed dishes, including healthy breakfast bowls, bircher muesli and French toast.

Rehydration spot ‘Quench’ will serve a range of non-alcoholic beverages including syrups from Bickfords and Buderim Ginger as well as a signature tisane blend designed by Rockpool. A bar will serve craft beer and premium wine, and all-day barista coffee by Vittoria.

The lounge also features a business centre, Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel, shower suites with ASPAR by Aurora skincare products and a Sofitel service experience.

Queensland is an important hub for Qantas, with 60 direct international flights departing Brisbane per week.

A new domestic lounge, Business lounge and refreshed Qantas club – including a new Valet experience – is slated for early next year.

The latest improvement to Brisbane Airport comes after rival Virgin Australia, with Sir Richard Branson, opened a new domestic lounge there last year.

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