December 4, 2018

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OPINION: Got a tone to pick with you

LITERALLY JAB: Muhammad Ali surprised his opponents. NOW listen. But I already was listening. Did you have to say that? Make you feel important did it?
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Now that you have commanded me to listen with your best uppity school principal tone, I am going to sit here and look interested but won’t be thinking about anything that spills into the vapour from your pompous gob. I’ll be dreaming about cat videos while nodding away and surreptitiously looking for the nearest exit and planning how quickly I can use it.

The only time I want to ever hear “now listen” is just before Ross Wilson cranks out “Oh we’re stepping out”, providing timeless and sage advice regarding a dance move generations of awkward, sober (awkwardly sober?) and unco-ordinated Australian men – whether they be metro, hetero, or retro – can manage without embarrassing partners, children, innocent bystanders or those who actually can trip the light fantastic. “I’m gonna turn around. Gonna turn around once and do the Eagle Rock.” Yes brother, we can all manage the Eagle Rock. The turn itself can be tricky if done at anything resembling quarter-Michael Jackson speed whilst nursing a dodgy hip or footy knees, but if you take it slowly enough there is a reasonable likelihood there will be little need to seek medical treatment for acute self-inflicted humiliation the following day.

But “now listen” is just one of the everyday sayings that has permeated the language and gets up my goat, which should never be confused with getting on my goat.

What about “I’ve got a bone to pick with you”? Oh spare me days, Nanna. This one buries the passive and privileges the aggressive. Why not say “I cannot legally physically punch you in the head with my clenched fist so I am going to punch you in the brain with a pointless and ordurous idiom as preferred by the most tiresome dolts in the English speaking world.”

“I’ve got a bone to pick with you” is the particularly annoying person’s way of sending a signal that you have annoyed them, winning them an annoyance boxed quinella comprised of being simultaneously both annoying and annoyed in any order.

I never want to hear this tedious phrase again, unless of course you are going to literally pick a bone with me, in which case a courteous invitation to a carnivorous feast may be acceptable, depending upon prior commitments and the nutritious parameters of the fad diet I am failing to comply with at any particular time. You would be welcome to pick my brain at such an occasion.

What about “with all due respect”? Like Muhammad Ali jiving his head quickly to the right before unloading a lethal left jab, this pearler signals something untoward is coming. This is the go-to passive aggressive insult par excellence spurted by attack weasels before they scarper back to their burrows.

Literally is the new “like”. I literally don’t, like, like you using literally. It’s 2015’s “absolutely” and is most often used to sabotage and poison an otherwise tolerable auditory ambience in a situation where an agreeable silence would be just dandy. Please shut up.

Now it’s election season and the Baird government is regularly wheeling out Laura Norder and her get tough promises in the usual cavalier fashion of those attempting to win the hearts of talkback shock-jocks and the Murdoch table thumpers, how about mandatory life sentences for misuse of the word literally? Like, literal life sentences.

“Can I ask you a question?” What? Besides that question you just asked, asking me whether you could ask me a question? I am not sure if I can answer that question without taking it into full consideration that you didn’t ask me a question whether you could ask me a question regarding the asking of a question. Just ask the question.

“I know this sounds like a dumb question, but…” Why are you asking me a question that you are apparently pleased to qualify with a disparaging announcement? Why not rethink the question and make it sharp and focused? Why not pass on asking it at all? Otherwise I’ll take it as a comment and refer the matter to Tony Jones where the Twitterati will joyfully pass comment on the validity of the question’s merits. On the other hand, maybe you could just ask the question without an introductory clause outlining unnecessary anxiety. Verbal oxazepam.

“It is what it is.” Oh Jebus. Just shoot me. Not literally.

“Thanks in advance.” That one means I have flicked you a task by email so intolerable that I would rather chew wasps than do it myself.

“Just sayin.” Arrrrgggh.

Paul Scott is a lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle

 

December 4, 2018

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IAN KIRKWOOD: Revel inShow and tell

IAN KIRKWOOD: Revel in Show and tell All the colour abd fun from the Newcastle Show. Pictures: Marina Neil/Peter Stoop/Phil Hearne/Simone De Peak
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TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald sports writer James Gardiner observed, for ‘‘a fifth straight game the Jets were fiercely competitive’’.

On Saturday, a swell that brought sizeable and picture-perfect waves to every beach on our part of the coast continued to pour in from the ocean depths, as it had on Friday.

And it was still there on Sunday, a great run of surf, even if it was a fortnight too late for Surfest.

Also on Saturday, the Newcastle Knights ran out for the first game of the season, scoring a spine-tingling 24-14 victory over the Warriors, fighting their way back from a 14-6 deficit and doing it with a man in the sin bin for 10 minutes in the second half.

There were 16,000 people cheering the home team on at Hunter Stadium, but I listened to the game through one earphone while negotiating my way with a mate and three children through the Newcastle Show.

Ah, the show!

Beloved by children, and looked at by many of us with a weary and wary eye.

Picture: Simone De Peak

A day out, yes, but once you get sucked into the sideshow alley, you can kiss goodbye to $100 or $150 a child without even blinking.

For those on limited budgets, it’s best to hand over the folding stuff and console yourself that it’s only once a year, and that the smiles on those little, and not-so-little faces are worth the wallet-full of redbacks that it’s cost to put them up on top of whatever ride is now scaring the daylights out of them.

As the word itself suggests, the ‘‘sideshow’’ started out on the ‘‘side’’ of the ‘‘show’’. An addition to the main attraction, in other words.

But the way the Newcastle Show is nowadays – and I am pretty certain it’s the same with a lot of regional shows – the ‘‘sideshow’’ appears to be the main game, especially if the weight of numbers is any indication.

All up, show organisers expect the three days of good weather this year will have brought more than 50,000 people through the gates, an increase of about 30per cent on the 35,000 of last year and 2013.

I was there from mid-afternoon until 9.30pm on Saturday and through all of that time, the crowds were much thicker over on the amusements side of the showground than they were over on the traditional side, where the goats and the chickens and the horses were doing their thing.

The main animal sheds were shut on Saturday afternoon – the cattle exhibitor had to cancel, as I later learnt – and I left with the feeling that the agricultural and industrial part of the Newcastle Show was on a noticeable decline.

So I went back on Sunday to talk to Newcastle Show Association president Roger Geary and his dedicated – and mostly volunteer – band of helpers, who told me that, yes, it was a battle, but a battle they were determined to win. It’s definitely a show of two worlds, financially.

While $20 and $50 notes disappear hand over fist on rides and amusements, those showing their goats and ponies are doing so for a love of the game, and for precious competition points to gain entry to the Royal Easter Show.

To make the most of the show, I would definitely recommend picking up a program. I was too distracted by the pull of three nine-year-olds dragging us relentlessly towards the rides and the sugar, and when I did finally drag the group over to the show ring, it was a bit hard for an untutored novice to know what was going on.

But I know one thing. I’m glad we stayed for the fireworks. In January I had a whinge about Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, which, for most of the crowd, were like distant paintings on a near-silent sky.

Not so at the show. Let loose on Friday and Saturday nights from the centre of the show ring, it was an explosive rain of explosion and colour, the air thick and grey with the sulphurous reek of gunpowder.

As the kids said on the way home: Best fireworks ever!

 

December 4, 2018

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EDITORIAL: The year of living equally

AS long as gender inequality exists in society, there will always be a need for International Women’s Day.
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It’s true, women are highly visible in positions of power; in politics, on television, in the workplace. But the reality is that men still rule the world, or think they do, and still make up most of the rules that govern the world.

Yes, Julia Gillard was Australia’s first female prime minister, and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop is one of those named as a likely successor to prime minister Tony Abbott.

But they are the exceptions that prove the rule. Their high profile makes it seem as though women are equal players on the political field.

But the reality is that most of the positions that matter in Australian governments are still held by men.

Indeed, the latest global measures of gender inequality – a ‘‘gender gap index’’ compiled by the World Economic Forum – shows that Australia is slipping in relation to other countries. We ranked 24th last year from 142 nations, a steady decline from 2006, when we were 15th from 115 countries.

In everyday fields, most women still live lives that depend, to some extent, on the goodwill and largesse of men. Parenting is now much more of a shared experience than it was a generation or two ago, but women are still often cast in the role of the primary caregiver, while the man’s image remains that of the bread-winner. Some men – and perhaps some women – will say that is how it should be, and that gender roles are bequeathed to us by nature, not society. They may even say this division is not one of inequality, but of intrinsic, natural difference.

But modern experience tells us this is not the case. A crucial aspect of child care is that it provides women with choices if they want to contribute to the workforce, who wish to build careers for themselves.

Whether we realise it or not, the truth of the matter is that many of society’s conceptions of male and female roles are preconceptions, shaped by an often subtly acting group of biases and prejudices that we are often not even aware of until they are deconstructed.

And if there is one area of society that proves the amount of ground that men are yet to give, it’s in domestic violence.

Men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators, and the act itself – of male violence towards women – is always wrong. There are no excuses, ever, and we should not need an International Women’s Day to remind us of this.

Nor is the right to a life without violence something we should think of only once a year.

Australian society, indeed all society, benefits from gender equality. In 2015, the idea that a woman should enjoy exactly the same rights and privileges as men is not feminist dogma, it is simple common sense.

 

March 5, 2019

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Luke Foley promises Labor would add 500 paramedics

More paramedics: Labor would add 500 more staff over four years. Photo: Amy CorderoyAn additional 500 paramedics would be hired over the next four years under a Labor election policy announced on Sunday.
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Paramedics say the 15 per cent increase in staff over four years will stop dangerous work practices that currently exist in overstretched ambulance stations, where paramedics are sometimes forced to work long hours without days off, and sometimes to attend jobs alone.

Labor leader Luke Foley said the system was overstretched, and the additional resources, which would be gradually rolled out with 125 new positions each year, would help them focus on saving lives.

“Paramedics are one of the most trusted professions in our communities – their arrival at our homes, workplaces and everywhere in-between can literally be the difference between life and death,” he said. “This is about increasing response times, increasing and improving patient care.”

He said the policy would cost $46.6 million over two years, along with $2.1 million for capital costs including 76 additional ambulances and extra equipment such as defibrillators and stretchers.

Steven Fraser, an intensive are paramedic from the mid-north coast, said the new positions were needed and would allow paramedics to treat patients more quickly.

“In our job, time matters, minute matters, and what we want and … what we are getting here is more resources to make those minutes less,” he said. “In order to do the job you have to have the people there, it can’t be done remotely”.

Labor says ambulance response times have increased under the Liberal government to an average of 10.8 minutes last financial year – above a national benchmark of 10 minutes.

The NSW Ambulance service website, which breaks down data by subgroup rather than overall average response time, shows the average daytime response time in the Sydney area decreased over the past three years. However, response times in other parts of NSW and at night have blown out.

Labor’s health spokesman Walt Secord said Labor intended to target the new ambulance positions to areas of need, with half in Sydney and half in rural areas.

He said Labor was also promising more hospital beds in Westmead, the Tweed and St George, which would held prevent “trolley block”, where ambulances were stuck at hospitals unable to offload patients at busy emergency rooms.

“Many paramedics have expressed to us the frustration of getting people to hospital only to find out there’s a shortage of beds,” he said.

In January Fairfax Media revealed patients and paramedics had been kept waiting up to 20 hours in Blacktown Hospital because of bed closures.

Gerard Hayes, the NSW secretary of the Health Services Union, said he hoped the Liberal government would match the promise.

“We have seen over the last three years increases in call-outs that go to 30,000 [extra] a year, and paramedics can’t meet that gap without these resources,” he said.

The Labor policy says there are currently 3435 paramedics, who attend more than one million cases each year.

“Roster vacancies are often unfilled and there are also reports of paramedics being forced to respond to call-outs by themselves,” it says. “This is an unsafe practice for both paramedic and patient”.

The Baird government has committed $150 million to roll-out five new “super” ambulance stations at Kogarah, Bankstown, Blacktown, Liverpool and Penrith, a plan the Labor party said it will also back.

Your seat by seat guide to the NSW election:

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March 5, 2019

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THEATRE: Mr Bennet’s Bride goes on tour

REPRISED: Cassandra Griffin, James Chapman, Lance Hawkins and Tracey Gordon are among the cast taking Mr Bennet’s Bride on the road. Picture: Simone De PeakWHEN Newcastle Theatre Company staged the premiere last year of member Emma Wood’s Mr Bennet’s Bride, a prequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, they wondered what the audience response would be.
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Austen’s novel centring on the five Bennet sisters, with the two oldest being of an age where they are expected to marry, has been popular with readers since it was published 200 years ago, and the film and television adaptations have been audience favourites.

In Mr Bennet’s Bride, Emma Wood draws on references in the novel to the backgrounds of the girls’ ill-matched parents to show how they came together 25 years earlier.

As things turned out, Mr Bennet’s Bride was a hit with theatregoers.

The show became the third biggest audience draw in the company’s 57-year history, selling 98 per cent of seats in its three-week run. Some audience members enjoyed it so much that they returned for a second viewing.

Word about the play spread beyond Newcastle, with the organisers of Canberra’s annual Jane Austen Festival asking if the NTC production could be staged as part of their 2015 event.

So Mr Bennet’s Bride will have three performances at Canberra’s Repertory Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12.

The following Saturday, April 18, there will be two shows in Sydney, at Chatswood’s Zenith Theatre.

Novocastrians haven’t been forgotten. NTC will host three stagings at its Lambton theatre on Easter weekend, with matinee and evening shows on Saturday, April 4, and a matinee on Sunday, April 5.

And Emma Wood, who is now living in Canberra, has received other good news about the play in the past week.

Sydney-based David Spicer Productions, a theatrical agency that represents predominantly Australian works, is now publishing plays through new subsidiary DSPress.

Mr Bennet’s Bride is the first play offered in book form.

The NTC production, again being rehearsed by director Julie Black, has new cast members playing four of the 10 characters, as some of the original actors had other commitments.

James Chapman has joined the cast in the role of James, the Mr Bennet of the play’s title.

James is 28 and trying to ignore his father’s demand that he get married almost immediately.

The widowed father, Robert, is worried that if James, his only child, doesn’t marry and produce an heir, their vast rural estate will fall into the hands of a greedy cousin who has just become father to a son.

While James doesn’t get along with dad, he’s grateful for the advice and support his father’s live-in sister, Mary, gives him.

Tracey Gordon, who played Mary last year, has returned to the role and she is enjoying it as much as the first time. She also sees the inclusion of four new cast members as giving the storytelling freshness.

Chapman auditioned for the role of James before the play’s first staging, and he’s excited to now have the chance to play the initially grumpy loner who is attracted to a young woman whose parents see him as a good catch.

Other returning actors are Lance Hawkins as Robert, Cassandra Griffin as Emily Gardiner, the 17-year-old who catches the eye of James, Malcolm Young as the avaricious cousin, Benedict Collins, Stephanie McDonald as another would-be bride, Clara Bowman, and Alison Murphy as Clara’s mother.

Other newcomers are Patrick Campbell and Fran Hodgson, as Emily’s scheming parents, and Jenny Brook, as the observant housekeeper.

Mr Bennet’s Bride can be seen at the NTC Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton, on Saturday, April 4, at 2pm and 8pm, and on Sunday, April 5, at 2pm. Tickets: $29, concession $23. Bookings: 49524958; newcastletheatrecompany上海龙凤419m.au.

 

March 5, 2019

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Eagles give one of these nights to remember

Eagles give one of these nights to remember LEGENDS: The Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh perform at Hope Estate, Pokolbin. Picture: Dean Osland
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Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

Scenes from the Eagles concert at Hope Estate on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

TweetFacebookHUNTER audiences were treated to a performance from one of the world’s most revered bands, when The Eagles took to the stage at Hope Estate.

Band members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit played in Pokolbin on Saturday as part of their History of The Eagles world tour, which began in 2013 to coincide with the release of a documentary of the same name and has been suggested as possibly their last.

The three-hour show spanning the band’s entire career saw them play songs they had not previously performed live, as well as celebrated favourites such as Desperado, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes and Take It To The Limit.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records.

 

March 5, 2019

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Back from the brink: how to lose 207kg

TRANSFORMER: The transformation of Jordan Tirekidis who lost more than 200 kilograms.Source: South Coast Register
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JORDAN Tirekidis lost 207 kilograms and with it the title of Australia’s fattest man.

He had a severe food addiction that was killing him and about three years ago decided to turn his life around.

On a bad day Mr Tirekidis would eat up to 20 hash browns and four coffees for breakfast, four to eight burgers with fries and several colas for lunch. Afternoon tea was often 16 cakes. On the way home after a family dinner he would consume four Hungry Jack meal deals followed by a late night snack of two family pizzas, a large cola and a dozen ice-creams.

Mr Tirekidis’ journey from being a morbidly obese 310 kilograms has resulted in him having a strong connection to the Shoalhaven on the New South Wales South Coast.

Mr Tirekidis is a Sydney resident but lived in the Shoalhaven while on his weight-loss journey.

He spent a lot of time with Nowra personal trainer Ivan Murray and hypnosis weight-loss specialist Mark Stephens from Milton.

Mr Stephens said discovering why Mr Tirekidis would eat as many as 13 burgers or 12 family blocks of chocolate in a single binge was crucial to helping him overcome his addiction.

“Food had become an anaesthetic for Jordan and getting to the underlying problems took time,” Mr Stephens said.

Mr Murray remembers their first exercise session.

“We started with 15-metre walks. His first session on a cross-trainer machine lasted 30 seconds,” Mr Murray said.

“We had to take it easy. We didn’t want Jordan getting hurt either by too much movement too fast or by breaking any machinery.

“It was pretty scary. He had a journey and a half ahead of him.”

Now with two thirds of his body weight gone, Mr Tirekidis is a new person and wants to help others get fit and healthy.

Mr Stephens documented the steps taken to help Mr Tirekidis shed more than 200 kilograms in a book titled, the Think Slim Diet.

The book will be launched in Nowra on Tuesday, March 17 at the Bomaderry Bowling Club from 6pm.

 

March 5, 2019

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Qantas 747-400 VH-OJA lands at Illawarra Regional Airport

Qantas Jumbo 747 lands at Illawarra Regional Airport | Photos The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
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The Qantas 747 Jumbo making it’s way over Wollongong towards its final home at the HARS facility in Albion Park Rail. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The Qantas 747 Jumbo making it’s way over Wollongong towards its final home at the HARS facility in Albion Park Rail. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The Qantas 747 Jumbo making it’s way over Wollongong towards its final home at the HARS facility in Albion Park Rail. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A photographer waits for the the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra to make its final approach in a Yallah paddock north of the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra on final approach north of the Illawarra Regional airport. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra is parked at its final home at the HARS complex at the Illawarra Regional airport at Albion Park Rail. Picture: KIKR GILMOUR

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Thousands of people were on hand to watch the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Captain Greg Matthews departs the 747-400. Photo SYLVIA LIBER

Captain Greg Matthews hand over the keys to Qantas 747-400 to HARS president Bob De La Hunty

Pilots and former Pilots Michael East, Ossie Miller, David Massey-Greene, Rob Greenop , Ray Heiniger, Peter Hagley and Ossie Miller.Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Graeme Boyd at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Graham Smith and Kim Kinninmont at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Ezekeil Curnow, 8 at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Neil Tazewell who worked for Qantas for 42 years seen at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrives at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

An extremely delighted fan is happy to see the Qantas 747 Jumbo the City of Canberra arrive at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

TweetFacebookA STUNNING Autumn morning and thousands of spectators welcomed the Qantas VH-OJA to its new home at the Illawarra Regional Airport on Sunday.

The record breaking 747-400, known as the City of Canberra, is being donated to the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society.

Captain Greg Matthews – the pilot in command on the 15 minute flight from Mascot to the Albion Park Rail – said the flight and landing at the small airport went according to plan.

‘‘All the plans we put in place to make this landing as routinely as possible all worked very well for us,’’ Captain Matthews said.

The aircraft touched down at the Illawarra Regional Airport ‘‘just after’’ 7.47am.

‘‘Conditions in Sydney were fine, it was a beautiful night in Sydney last night and I was glad to hear there were blue skies and calm winds in the Illawarra,’’ Captain Matthews said.

‘‘There were a few delays leaving Sydney, but we did our best to make good that arrival time.’’

Captain Matthews said the flight was ‘‘a bit sentimental’’

‘‘But we know the aircraft will be well maintained by HARS and we know it will be looked after as a great tourist attraction.’’

One of four pilots charged with delivering the Qantas 747-400 to the Illawarra Regional Airport on Sunday morning was Michael East.

The last time the former University of Wollongong student touched down at the Illawarra Regional Airport it was behind the controls of a single-engine four-seater.

On Sunday morning he was on a 400 seat aircraft – albeit 400 empty passenger seats.

‘‘The flight this morning went off perfectly, it was beautiful day and I am elated and thrilled to be part of it,’’ the second officer said.‘‘It was perfect conditions, few clouds and a light breeze.

‘‘Coming out of Sydney we had the fire trucks give us a water cannon salute and that was spectacular and coming down the coast it was beautiful.‘‘We were blown away so many people came out to see it.

‘‘On approach there were thousands of people lining the runway with cameras flashing away … it was a very special moment.

‘‘HARS is fitting place for the aircraft to spend it is life, it is a historic aircraft.

‘‘It will be on for display generations to come and will be a great tourist attraction.’’The 34-year-old said after months of planning it is back to regular duties this week.

‘‘Tokyo this week is my next adventure,’’ he said.

‘‘This has been going on for a few months, Qantas has hundreds of people working on this in all different departments so a huge thank you goes out to them.

‘‘A lot of work has gone into making this happen today.’’

Source: Illawarra Mercury

 

February 5, 2019

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HUNTER HEALTH KICK: Week 5 hitting the halfway mark

HOP TO IT: Skipping is a great way to get a cardio workout and firm your legs and thighs. Picture: Marina NeilSO, here we are, week five of the Hunter Health Kick with the halfway point of the 10-week challenge looming.
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It would be great to hear or see how our Health Kick participants and community members have made changes to their health and what impact that is having on their day-to-day lives.

You can share your progress on the Herald website or the HunterHealthKick2015 Facebook page.

Hearing what others have done, or are doing, to get results where their health is concerned is always inspiring to me and, I am sure, many others.

The halfway point of this year’s Health Kick is the perfect time to reflect on the short and long-term goals you set for yourself at the start. If you have already made great progress then you might reassess your long-term goals. Or if you feel things are progressing slower than you had hoped, then maybe you can adjust your short-term goals to stay motivated.

Events are one of the ways I keep myself motivated. Sometimes you can feel inspired at the start of a campaign but then a few weeks in motivation begins to wane. I would suggest that you stick with it, see the 10weeks out. If you have an off week then don’t beat yourself up about it, just look upon it as a minor hurdle in your journey to a healthier you.

I set my own health and fitness goals for this year’s campaign after welcoming a third baby into our lives in November.

After taking part in and completing, albeit not without some pain, a small triathlon recently I have started thinking about what challenges are next. I’m planning the Hill2Harbour 10km on April 19 then maybe the City2Surf in August, depending on how the body holds up with some added training between now and then.

I like to write down all of my training sessions so I can look back and see how I have progressed over time.

I also like to convince friends to do events with me so we can train together.

Training with others has numerous benefits, such as socialisation while getting fitter; building positive workplace relations (if you can convince some colleagues to train with you); and even improving your times if you are training with faster or fitter people than yourself. Some might shy away from this last one but sometimes training out of your comfort zone can be both challenging and rewarding.

If you haven’t got someone else to train with there are plenty of groups out there ranging from the pretty serious to the pretty casual. I heard a lady talking on the radio the other day about her cycling group – Eat, Ride, Laugh – a social group that meets up on the weekends for a casual bike ride.

Health and fitness can come in many forms – the main thing is to find what will keep you motivated in the long term.

It doesn’t have to be an event, it might just be a challenge you have set yourself in training. It might be to be able to run from A to B without stopping or being able to perform one push-up.

The main thing is to stay motivated, stay accountable and don’t get disheartened if these things take longer than you thought to achieve. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

The feeling when you do reach those goals will be worth it when you get there.

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Renee Valentine is a qualified personal fitness trainer and mother of three. Email [email protected]杭州龙凤419m

 

February 5, 2019

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Woman dies after reports of attack in western Sydney

Prabha Arun, believed to be the woman stabbed while walking home form work. Photo: Channel NineA woman was found lying in a pool of blood after being stabbed while walking home from work near Parramatta, police say.
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Police were called to a walkway in Amos Street, Westmead, about 9.30pm on Saturday, after reports of an attack, and a woman was found suffering a “serious wound”.

The woman, who the Nine Network identified as Prabha Arun, in her 40s, was treated by paramedics, before she was taken to Westmead Hospital, where she later died.

Nine Network also said local man, Arvand Amirian, found Ms Arun, an IT consultant at technology firm, MindTree, in a pool of blood.

Superintendent Wayne Cox said police believe she walked from Parramatta station, up Argyle Street, then into the walkway near Parramatta Park.

“During the course of her journey she was attacked by a person or unknown persons, and she consequently suffered a life-threatening injury,” Superintendent Cox told reporters.

“It’s a horrific attack without any stretch of the imagination and certainly my heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this point in time.

“There was a large amount of blood so she obviously suffered a significant wound.”

Police believe Ms Arun was attacked with a sharp weapon, but they do not yet know whether the attack was random or targeted.

Nine Network said Ms Arun had been on the phone to her husband, who lives in India with their 10-year-old daughter, when she was attacked. Her husband is flying to Sydney and is expected to arrive on Sunday evening.

The gumtree-lined walkway where the woman was attacked is close to Parramatta Golf Club and connects a leafy residential area to Parramatta’s CBD.

Strike Force Marcoala, made up of local officers and homicide detectives, has been set up to investigate the woman’s death, and police have urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

February 5, 2019

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Tony Abbott and Mike Baird turn first sods for WestConnex

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier Mike Baird at Granville on Sunday. Photo: Edwina PicklesPrime Minister Tony Abbott says NSW motorists will soon be “singing in their cars” as he appeared alongside NSW Premier Mike Baird for the first time in the state election campaign to tout the imminent start of construction on the WestConnex motorway.
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Mr Abbott, along with Mr Baird, federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay, gathered with motorway executives and local MPs at Granville on Sunday morning to promote the infrastructure projects a re-elected state coalition says it would build.

“Every day motorists will be rejoicing,” Mr Abbott said at the event.

“They will be rejoicing, they will be singing in their cars, frankly, because their cars will be moving,” he said.

At the event, Mr Abbott and Mr Baird used shovels to “turn sods” for the motorway, though construction proper is not scheduled to start on the first stage of WestConnex – a widened M4 between Parramatta and Homebush – until May.

The first stage, a $500 million project, will be built by 2017 and involves widening the existing M4 to four lanes in each direction for 7.5km.

The project is being part-funded by both state and federal governments, as well as new tolls for motorists, which is why Mr Abbott said it was important Mr Baird was re-elected.

“An infrastructure prime minister needs an infrastructure premier as his partner,” Mr Abbott said.

The Prime Minister, who kept clear of the campaign in last month’s Queensland election, said he would do whatever he could to assist Mr Baird, though Mr Baird could also assist him.

“I am always happy to benefit by association,” he said of the premier’s popularity.

Mr Hockey, meanwhile, was promoting the $2 billion the federal government will hand to NSW under a deal to encourage privatising existing assets to pay for new infrastructure.

The projects NSW has agreed to part-fund with the $2 billion include another harbour rail crossing, an upgrade to train lines in western Sydney, light rail around Parramatta, spending on road pinch points, clearways and smart motorways, road funding in southern Sydney, and regional road freight.

“The only way you are going to get jobs created is if you start to invest more in infrastructure and of course governments haven’t got an endless supply of money, so we need to redeploy the value in existing assets into new assets to create new jobs,” Mr Hockey said.

When the M4 is widened, as the government promises to do by 2017, a toll of between $3 and $4 will be re-imposed on the road, though Mr Abbott said motorists who did want to pay the toll could use other roads.

The Roads Minister, Mr Gay, said Sunday marked “day one of building better roads in Sydney.”

“This is day one of thousands of people cheering in their cars, giving us the high five, saying good on you you’re finally into it, you’re finally doing something,” Mr Gay said.

“It’s not lefty trendies in the inner suburbs saying ‘No, we don’t want something that will actually help them,” he said of the WestConnex, which has drawn fierce criticism in parts of Sydney’s inner west.

The shadow roads minister, Michael Daley, criticised the delay in starting work on the project after the WestConnex was first announced in October 2012.

“It is the widening of an existing road – not the construction of a brand new one,” Mr Daley said.

He also criticised Mr Abbott and Mr Baird for scheduling the “sod-turning” before construction was due to start.

“I’m not sure what they were doing there … because the sods they turned will be sitting there for another two months.

Your seat-by-seat guide to the NSW election:

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February 5, 2019

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TOM FARRELL INSTITUTE: Innovation the Australian way

OUR goal at the Tom Farrell Institute is to seek regional solutions for a sustainable future for ourselves and our grandchildren.
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This means sustainable levels of jobs, sitting in a sustainable society that must be necessarily equitable and fair, sitting in a natural environment that is one we would wish for our great-grandchildren to be able to enjoy as we have.

The answer to creating the jobs is, of course, through innovation. For example, a group of UNSW students in 1985 set the world record for solar efficiency.

Today, even though still self-proclaimed geeks, each of these students is now a senior executive of some of the largest solar manufacturing companies in the world.

The solar industry is now a global multibillion-dollar industry. Their research and then its commercialisation is why more than a million Australian households have solar on their roof.

The recent drop in commodity prices has highlighted the danger to nations relying on commodity exports as an only source of income. Developed nations around the world are looking at new types of commodities to export – soft commodities.

These are the commodities of intellectual property, knowledge and know-how.

These new types of commodities are mined via innovation and are only limited by the minds of their creators. Innovation is all about finding better ways to do things and deliver better outcomes economically, socially and environmentally

Innovation is the Aussie way. Just look at the iconic invention the Hills hoist, while the Aussie invention of Wi-Fi has defined modem life. Imagine a world where you had to run a cable to your smartphone just to post a selfie. Thank God for innovation.

The scale of innovation needed to create sustainable societies won’t just happen. It takes the right mix of geeks, entrepreneurs and a community that will not only embrace change but lead it.

For this, Newcastle is well placed. At the university, Newcastle Innovation assists mightily to transform new ideas into the market, and the newly formed Tech Hunter offers a workspace for smart, city-themed start-ups. The opportunity to become Australia’s first smart city is in our hands.

Professor Tim Roberts is director of the University of Newcastle’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.

 

February 5, 2019

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LESS IS MORE: Bunya nut bounty

DELICIOUS: Shelled bunya nuts. The Sunshine Coast Bunya Dreaming festival is now an annual event. Pictures: Tricia Hogbin BUNYA nuts would have to be one of the most under-appreciated Australian bush foods. I’ve been enjoying an abundance of bunya nuts and have been surprised by how delicious and versatile they are. I’ve eaten bunya nuts every day for more than a week and thanks to a stash in the fridge will continue feasting for a few more weeks.
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Feasting on the fruit of the majestic bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii) is nothing new. Thousands of Australian Aboriginal people would gather in the mountains of south-east Queensland during bumper bunya nut seasons. Tribes came together from afar to feast on the nutritious nuts, exchange stories, trade, socialise, and resolve issues. Tribes would leave nourished and connected after feasting for many weeks.

The last great bunya gathering was in 1887. The tradition was revitalised in 2007 and the Sunshine Coast Bunya Dreaming festival is now an annual event. I love the idea of feasts being used to build community and revitalise culture.

Twenty-five years ago, Jorge Tlaskal planted a couple of bunya pines in his garden at Bulga in the Hunter Valley. He waited 24years for his trees to produce nuts. I was fortunate to help Jorge collect and process the last of this season’s cones.

WORTH THE WAIT: Jorge Tlaskal shelling bunya nuts from a tree he planted 25 years ago.

In late summer bunya trees drop huge cones the size of a bowling ball – and almost as heavy. So it’s best not to loiter under trees when gathering cones.

To get at the nuts you need to pull the cone apart and peel the tough husk away from the seed. It’s best to do this as soon as you can as the husk becomes harder to remove as it dries. The nut is encased in a super-hard shell. Nuts within intact shells can be stored in the fridge for weeks. The longer you store, the sweeter they become. Aboriginal people would store them in dilly bags placed in running water and would also ferment or sprout them by burying them in holes covered in mud or dirt.

Opening the hard shell is a challenge. You can gently crack the shell with a hammer or rock and roast in the oven or on coals until the shell splits in two. Or you can boil in water until the shell softens and splits. Or there’s Jorge’s ingenious method. Jorge quickly and easily cuts the shells in half using a pair of garden loppers held in place using a vice. Within minutes we cut through a bucket of nuts. The nut can then be easily removed from the shell with a teaspoon.

The nuts are safe to eat raw but are much tastier cooked. They have a unique flavour and texture, similar to white sweet potato or chestnut. There’s a myriad of ways to prepare bunya nuts. I like eating them simply with a sprinkling of salt, dollop of butter, or stir-fried in olive oil with loads of garlic. They can be baked in pancakes, biscuits, breads and cakes. Snacked on as pesto or with dips. Or used in pasta sauce, casseroles, soups and stir-fries.

The bunya nut is so versatile I’m considering planting a row of bunya pines along our back fence. I can imagine the family feast 24years from now.

Bunya pines can live for an amazing 500years. I like the idea of my descendants 17generations from now – enjoying fruit from a tree I planted. My great great-great-(you get the picture)-grandchild could collect nuts from my tree. That’s a dream worth having.

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