Rocking in hall of fame

LOVE THAT ROCKS: Guitar super couple Orianthi and Richie Sambora performing at a charity show alongside The Doors’ Robby Krieger. RICHIE Sambora promises he will reunite with Bon Jovi if the iconic American band is inducted into the Rock’n’roll Hall Of Fame inApril.
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He wouldn’t miss it –dead or alive.

“It’s going to happen. It’s been a long time,” Sambora tells Weekenderfrom his home in Los Angeles.

It would besacrilegious if Sambora wasn’t there celebrating Bon Jovi’sinclusion into one of music’s most exclusive clubs.

Together with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora forged one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the late 80s and 90s, producingera-defining hits like Livin’ On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive and Keep The Faith.

The pair were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Rock’n’roll Hall Of Fame opened in 1986 and boasts theveritable cream of popular music talent like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and David Bowie.

Bon Jovi havepreviously been nominated and will compete with the Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Dire Straits and Kate Bush to join the class of 2018.

LIKELY RETURN: Richie Sambora performing with Bon Jovi back in 2010.

“To get in that line, to get in that queue with all those people I grew up idolising, that’s what makes it,” Sambora says.

“I grew up makebelieving I was Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan and they’re all in there.The fact that someone gives you a little nod is really good.”

If the induction happens it will be particularly exciting for Bon Jovi fans. Itwill mark the first time since 2013 that Sambora has performed with the arena rock legends.

However, the 58-year-old guitarmaestro has hardly been keeping quiet since departing Bon Jovi’s rock juggernaut.

In the interim he has forged ahead by launching an electrifying duo, RSO, with his partner and Australian guitar goddessOrianthi.

Last year Sambora and Orianthi toured Australia and performedat the NRL Grand Final and then in September they released their debut EP Rise.

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The five-track EP of polished modern rockwas merely a taste of what the couple have created in their home studio.

“I think we have70 songs in the can, or something like that,” Sambora says of writing with Orianthi.“We’ve written so much.

“The man-woman thing doesn’t really exist. Some people will get together in today’s world and do a single, but this is Ori and I and it’s an entity.

“I don’t think it’s happening out there any more. We know what to do. It’s not likethis is our first time at the dance.”

The 32-year-old Adelaide-bred Orianthi might have been born a year after Bon Jovi’s debut album, but she’s hardly a newcomer to the rock’n’roll world.

Orianthi, full nameOrianthi Panagaris,has been writing songs since she was 15 and jammed with the legendary Carlos Santana at 18. Then came her big break in 2009 when she performed in Carrie Underwood’s band.

That led to her being personally selected by Michael Jackson to perform on his This Is It tour, which was ultimately cancelled due to the pop icon’s death.

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However, Orianthi quickly recovered from the tragedy to become Alice Cooper’s first female touring guitarist from 2011 to 2014.

These successes in the traditionally male-dominated world of rock havemade Orianthi a poster girl for aspiring female guitarists.

“Growing up I never thought about that, I just wanted to play guitar,” Orianthi says.

“I love to inspire more females to pick it up and be in the industry and be strong and empowering, but I also want to inspire guys too.

“It’s really cool I get so many messages through Facebook and social media saying‘thank you so much for inspiring me’.”

Given both Sambora and Orianthi are renown for their wizardry on a fret board you can only imagine the guitar duels which happen in the lounge room.

Orianthi says their professional relationshipnever crosses the line into their personal one by becoming overlycompetitive.

ROCKING UNION: Orianthi and Richie Sambora are renown for their on stage guitar duels.

“I think it’s just being able to inspire each other, like if Richie comes in with an idea,we’re working off each other,” she says.

“We bounce ideas around all the time and it’s a very creative atmosphere.”

Sambora agrees.“It’s basically common respect, that’s what it’sabout,” he says.“We respect each other and what we’ve done and we live together.

“There’s the relationship part of that and then the business part.”

Richie Sambora and Orianthi headline the inaugural Under The Southern Stars with Jimmy Barnes at Tuncurry’s Harry Elliott Oval on January 6.

Record-breaking heat to give way to 200mm downpours in NSW, Victoria

The entire state of Victoria and large parts of South Australia and New South Wales are on flood watch as an unprecedented wet weather system looks to smash through the recent record-breaking heat.
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Southern and eastern Australia is about to cop a lashing from Mother Nature, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises, with falls of up to 200mm predicted in parts of Victoria and western NSW.

Severe thunderstorms are expected in South Australia late on Thursday and into Friday, bringing with them damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall up to 100mm.

As the system moves into Victoria and NSW, that predicted rainfall only gets higher.

“The system will ramp up over Victoria and western NSW on Friday and into Saturday with rainfalls of 100-200mm expected in these areas, particularly those areas closer to the ranges,” BoM senior forecaster Scott Williams said.

“Peak falls in the northeast of Victoria could top 300mm over the 48 hours to Saturday night.

Initial Flood Watch issued for Victoria: From Friday to Sunday widespread totals of 60-120mm in the South and 100-200mm in the North are forecast. Widespread flooding is likely from Friday onwards. Check here for updates南京夜网/arHidYCYGu

— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 29, 2017More than a months rain forecast in 36 hours in some areas to start our summer. Check the #forecast at南京夜网/gb9i8dBbYt

— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 29, 2017FLOOD WATCH updated 4:30pm. Very heavy rainfalls expected Friday and Saturday for Bell, Belubula, Murrumbidgee, Upper Murray and Snowy Rivers:南京夜网/QpKsnjiqt8

— Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) November 29, 2017The State Emergency Service advises that people should:Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood waterKeep clear of creeks and storm drainsBe aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocksBe alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roadsBOM Severe Weather Update – Warnings current at 10.30am Friday, November 30Source: Bureau of Meteorology


Flood watch for Bell, Belubula, Murrumbidgee, Upper Murray and Snowy Rivers:Local and minor to moderate riverine flooding may develop along the Murrumbidgee River from Friday onwards.Southern and central districts forecast to receive the most rain, with some areas likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during Friday and Saturday.The Upper Murrumbidgee catchment is wet following rainfall in the last two weeks.Potential to cause minor to moderate riverine flooding as well as local flooding from Friday onwards.Victoria

Initial flood watch for Victoria:​Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop in the far west during Thursday night before extending across the remaining parts of the State during Friday. The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.Three day totals of around 60-120mm are expected south of the Divide and over the far northwest with totals of between 100 and 200mm over remaining areas on and north of the Divide. However, totals over the northeast ranges may exceed 250mm.Catchments likely to be affected: Snowy River, Tambo River, Mitchell River, Avon River, Macalister River, Thomson River, Latrobe River, Traralgon Creek, South Gippsland Rivers, Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek, Yarra River, Maribyrnon River, Werribee River, Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers, Hopkins River, Lake Corangamite, Otway Coast, Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers, Kiewa River, Ovens and King Rivers, Broken River, Broken Creek, Seven and Castle Creeks, Goulburn River, Campaspe River, Loddon River, Avoca River, Wimmera RiverSevere weather warning for heavy rainfall:Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are likely to develop in the far west during Thursday night before extending across the remaining parts of the state during Friday. The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.Three-day totals of around 60-120mm are expected south of the Divide and over the far northwest with totals of 100-200mm for remaining areas on and north of the Divide. However, totals over the northeast ranges may exceed 250mm. Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Forget sea and tree changes: There’s another option out there

While the outback holds a special place in many Australian hearts, there would be few city dwellers keen to trade urban comforts for life on a remote outback property.
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It wasn’t something Amy O’Shea had expected to do either. After spending a gap year working in retail in her hometown of Toowoomba, and feeling uninspired, her mum suggested she head to a remote country area to work as a governess.

“My original reaction was ‘what even is a governess?'” O’Shea says.

A career teaching and caring for outback kids isn’t something urban women are lining up to do, but O’Shea’s interest was piqued. She found a “govie” position on Hewart Downs Station, a few hundred kilometres north of Broken Hill, and was soon heading out to far-west NSW.

The new home required O’Shea to adjust to some difficult realities, like “iffy” phone reception and sharing a bathroom with workers on the property. But she was soon won over by the beauty of the landscape.

“The country can go from deep red sand hills to stony open flats every few hundred metres,” she says. “It can be quite harsh sometimes, but I love that you can come out here and see for miles, breathe fresh air and see the whole sky at night. Plus the sunsets are pretty amazing.”

O’Shea says the most unexpected thing was the friendliness of the local community.

“Everyone just seemed to love everyone, and they were so welcoming to me as well. Coming from a city where you pass people you don’t know every day???it was really awesome to have someone smile and have a conversation with you.” Related: The professional couple living on a busRelated: How Ashlee is flipping Hawaiian apartmentsRelated: The downside of rural life no one talks about

With neighbours living kilometres from one another, getting together to socialise is a priority, and there are no prizes for guessing where it’s done: “Out here we go to the pub,” O’Shea says. “That’s where the whole town gets to catch up on weekends. Other than that, we go to rodeos, gymkhanas, and occasionally get to dress up for the races.”

It was at a local gymkhana that she met Jake, the manager of the station next door, who would later become her husband. She laughs at the suggestion that it was love at first sight. “No, I don’t think so. We took it slow for the first couple of months, although we did get engaged pretty quickly.”

She credits her husband for introducing her to a new favourite hobby – sheep mustering. “My husband is a bit motorbike mad, so he got me on one and out there mustering with him as soon as he could, and I had a ball. I don’t think I could ever get tired of doing that every day.”

If her new hobby is a world away from Toowoomba, so is her latest governess job, which has her travelling all over the corner country of far-west NSW with the family she works for. Their accommodation is towed along with them – two dongas (transportable buildings) on semi-trailers that provide necessary living areas, as well as the schoolroom O’Shea teaches in.

That job will be wrapping up soon, however, as O’Shea prepares for the next stage of her ever-evolving life – she’s due to have her first baby in March. Being pregnant is another reminder of how isolated she is.

“I’m 22 weeks pregnant at the moment and have had a few issues along the way, and while the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) is amazing, it’s difficult knowing that if something happens you’re so far away from anything.”

She’s grateful to be better connected than some. The home she shares with her husband at Yandama Station has decent phone service, and is relatively close to an RFDS-approved landing strip in case of emergency.

O’Shea plans to go back to Toowoomba for the birth, but only temporarily. She misses her parents, but knows she’ll be keen to return to the wide open spaces of Yandama Station.

“Whenever I go back to Toowoomba, the one thing I miss is the open sky,” she says. “I love that I can look out my bedroom window and see the sheep going down to water. No cars, no noise. I love being out on the bike and just seeing open land for as far as the eye can see.”

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People not a priority in privatisation game

Mark Morey, secretary of Unions NSW
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Good government is all about setting priorities.So what does that say about the Berejiklian government’s decision to privatise the new hospital inMaitland?Especially when it is spending a whopping $2.5 billion knocking down and rebuilding relatively new Sydney football grounds?

It says this government doesn’t really care about services like health, education and transport.It says this government is more interested in providing games for inner-city residents than delivering on the basics for people in the regions. In short, it says everything we need to know.

Let’s be clear about what the privatisation of theMaitlandHospital means. Regardless of whether the operator is a big corporation or a religious not-for-profit entity, it will be running the hospital on the same type of contract. That contract will allow the new operator to extract a financial surplus – money for them that could and should be going into the provision of services.

We know from experience what happens under hospital privatisation: patient care suffers; cleaning happens less often; the standard of food slips; patients have to wait long periods for assistance because there aren’t enough staff to move them.

These arrangements don’t even deliver better value for money to the taxpayer. According to the Auditor-General, the 1992 privatisation of Port Macquarie Hospital resulted in the state “paying for the hospital twice and giving it away”. Costs were 20 per cent higher than those in the public sector, and risk was lumped with the government and NSW taxpayers.

While the NSW government’s argument for privatising hospitals has always been threadbare, it rested on the simple assumption the government should no longer be in the business of providing public health services.

Now, however, the claim that the state is too broke to run hospitals has been blown apart. The money has always been there – it’s just that Ms Berejiklian wants to spend it on something else, on a different set of priorities.First it was Parramatta stadium, knocked down and rebuilt.Now it will be Allianz Stadium – only 29 years old – knocked down and rebuilt.And the final insult: ANZ Stadium will be knocked down and rebuilt just 17 years after it hosted the Olympics.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s nothing better than a day at the footy.But even the most ardent sports fan can see the Premier’s $2.5 billion stadium program is one of the most obscene, disgraceful exercises in wasteful spending in the history of NSW. This is not an error of judgement, or a silly decision made in haste. The stadium program has been years in the making, and involves the highest-ranked people in government. And the privatisation of our assets is how they are paying for it.

I’m sure selling hospitals and rebuilding sports stadiums plays well for the Premier in the boardrooms of Sydney. The Premier will probably get an extra glass of champagne at the SCG Trust Christmas drinks this year. Maybe Ms Berejiklian needs to get out of the boardroom and see what life is like for the rest of us who don’t get a free ticket into the corporate suites for State of Origin.

Communities around the state have already rejected the NSW government’s hospital privatisation agenda. Bowral, Goulburn, Wyong and Shellharbour have already said “no” to privatisation.

It’s the Hunter’s turn to send Ms Berejiklian a clear message: your priorities are all wrong Premier, and it’s time to start putting people first.

Mark Morey is the secretary of Unions NSW

OrotonGroup collapses into administration, joining Aussie retail bloodbath

Oroton’s board hasn’t managed to find a viable way out of the retailer’s financial woes. Photo: Nic WalkerIconic handbag retailerOrotonGroup has gone into administration, becomingthe latest casualty in Australia’s retail bloodbath.
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The company said on Thursday morning that an eight-month strategic review failed to find a viable option to secure its future.

Its 59 Oroton stores, including the one at Westfield Kotara, will continue to trade as usual while administratorsDeloitte Restructuring Services pursue a sale or a recapitalisation, the company said.

Oroton has suffered falling sales in recent years and racked upa $14.2 million loss in 2017.

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Thecompany’s shares, which went into a trading halt on Tuesday while the boardfinalised the result of its review, had fallen from$7.80 in early 2013to $2.44 a year ago. On Monday, they closed at just43¢.

Interim chief executive Ross Lane, whose grandfather Boyd Lane founded Oroton in 1938 and whose family holds 21 per cent of the company’s shares, said management was unable to find a better outcome than voluntary administration.

“The board is disappointed that it has had to take this step after running such a comprehensive process,” he said.

“However…. it is apparent that voluntary administration is necessary to protect the Oroton business and the future of this iconic Australian brand.”

AdministratorVaughan Strawbridge said he and hiscolleagueGlen Kanevsky would be focused on continuing to operate the business as they seek to sell or recapitalise the company.

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Restructuring the group was a possibility, and “our ambition is that a stronger Oroton business will emerge from this process”, Mr Strawbridge said.

Oroton joins a string of mid-sized fashion retailers to collapse over the past 18 months, with Marcs, David Lawrence, Herringbone, Rhodes & Beckett,PaylessShoes and Pumpkin Patch all going under.

Oroton said in August that it would close itssix Gapfranchise clothing stores so it could focus on its core handbag brand.

The company’s stock is tightly held, withfund manager and long-time company backerWillVicars, of Sydney-based firm Caledonia, owning18.2 per cent of shares.

Gazal Corporation, the listed wholesaler of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen andPierre Cardin apparel in Australia,bought 7.3 per cent of Oroton in July.

A privatisation bid by the Lane or Vicars camps, or a takeover from Gazal, were all floated as possible outcomes from the review.

The company had net debt of $5.4 million at the end of FY17, and a market capitalisation of $18.3 million at its last share price. The 31 per centshares in free float had a value of just $5.7million.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Variety launches coffee initiative in Civic Park | PHOTOS, VIDEO

GRAND OPENING: Variety Australia launched their mobile coffee van in Civic Park alongside a Newcastle Senior School market stall, with free coffee under the midday sun. Picture: Isaac McIntyreCivic Park hosted the launch of the Variety Australia mobile coffee van on Tuesday morning, with a crowd of CBD workers turning out for the free coffee drive.
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Hosted by Member of Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp, alongside Variety’s Head of Regional Development Jason Bourke, the event is planned to be the first of many as part of the Community Building Partnership program.

“It’s a fantastic new addition to Newcastle,” Crakanthorp said of the mobile coffee van. “$20,000 to get this amazing machine. It’s a group effort with Jason [Bourke] and some very discounted beans from Crema Coffee Garage.”

“It’s good publicity for Variety in the park, and getting their brand out there to make sure that both they and the school that they are partnered with get a lot of exposure. We [were] right in the middle of the park with a lot of red, so it really stands out.”

Variety launches coffee initiative in Civic Park | PHOTOS, VIDEO OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

OPEN: Variety’s free coffee van was an immediate hit in Civic Park at their grand launch. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

TweetFacebookPlenty of love for the @VarietyAU coffee van handing out free drinks at #CivicPark until 11. Even @crakanthorp is serving cappuccinos. pic.twitter南京夜网/ce0MPQ7ox5

— Isaac McIntyre (@isaac_mcintyre6) November 29, 2017

The next appearance of the Variety mobile coffee van will be at Christmas carol events over the coming weeks.

If you are interested in hiring the van for events, contact Variety on49654911.

Silvio Berlusconi debuts new face

Silvio Berlusconi is making a bid to re-enter politics and what better way to show he’s ready for it than with a brand new face. Italy’s former Prime Minister, who at 81, has already weathered a number of controversies, including serial sexual harassment claims, tax fraud and the infamous bunga-bunga parties, is showing no signs of slowing down with his completely refreshed visage.
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No stranger to heavy makeup, (foundation and eyebrows are very much on fleek) Berlusconi emerged on Sunday to attend a right wing political meeting and an Italian chat show with a face that would not be out of place at a Madame Tussauds exhibition. His gleaming teeth and what looked to be sprayed-on hair framed what is possibly the tightest face in politics.

And there has been stiff competition. President Donald Trump, 70, looks to have undergone multiple surgeries, including what looks to be a major face-lift, nose job and teeth replacement. His ex-wife Ivana Trump confirmed this in a court deposition, saying under oath that her then husband flew into a rage because of the pain of scalp-reduction surgery, adding that Trump underwent liposuction for his chin and stomach.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden, 75, emerged only two years ago with a startlingly smooth forehead, leading one plastic surgeon to comment that he’d “Bet his pay cheque” that Biden had undergone a brow lift. Let us not forget former secretary of State, John Kerry, who in 2013, vigorously denied multiple claims he’d had fillers put in his cheeks.

If these men have in fact had something done, it would make a certain type of sense. Journalist Paul Begala’s statement, that “politics is show business for ugly people” has entered the lexicon for a reason, and that reason is ego. It’s interesting to note, however, that public life in all of its forms now requires more of men, or rather, men of a certain age are feeling vulnerable to the culture’s obsession with appearance. It’s a grim gender reversal, aren’t we all used to scrutinising women for having had too much work? And aren’t we then accustomed to spurning them if they don’t age as gracefully as we would wish?

But it is perhaps a sign of the mainstreaming of plastic surgery, which means we can expect more work and more denials.

Still, if these men intend to deny they’ve had anything done, they should probably put more effort into their excuses. Might we suggest following the lady’s lead and putting it down to “lots of water” or “sunscreen” or, the fabulously modest “good genes”, followed by a shrug.

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Hope new test will reduce cancer deaths

ALMOST 102,000 women in the Hunterare overdue for a pap test ahead of a new cervical screening procedure being rolled out from Friday.
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Experts claim the newfive-yearly test is more accurate than its predecessor, with cervical cancer deaths expected to reduceby 20 per cent.

Morethan 18,000 women in Newcastle alone are overdue for a screening test, data shows.

Professor David Currow,chief executive of the Cancer Institute NSW, said the new test detectedthe presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that may cause cervical cancer.

“The previous pap test could only detect changes in the cells once they had occurred, whereas this test will allow us to identify and monitor women with HPV, who may be at a higher risk of these changes occurring, while women who are negative for HPV will have five years before their next screen,” Professor Currowsaid. “The new test will ensure women are one step ahead of cervical cancer.”

He encouraged thoseoverdue for screeningbook an appointment for the new test as soon as possible.

“We know that eight out of 10 women diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had regular screening. Don’t let this be you,” hesaid.

NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, also urged women to speak with their GP about the Cervical Screening Test.

“Cervical screening has been one of the great public health success stories of our generation, halving both the incidence and mortality rates for cervical cancer,” Dr Chant said.

Professor Karen Canfell, director of research at Cancer Council NSW, said the new program was “excellent news” for all women.

“Recent results from Australia’s largest clinical trial, Compass, have shown that the new Cervical Screening Test is substantially more effective than the pap test,” she said. “Our research also tells us that the renewed program will reduce cervical cancer cases and deaths by at least 20 per cent. Australia has been a leader in this space for decades, and it’s exciting to see us at the forefront of cervical cancer prevention again.”

Need for Vitamin D in pregnancy not proven

There is “insufficient” evidence to recommend vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy, an international study has concluded.
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Vitamin D helps maintain calcium levels in the body to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

A number of studies also suggest that taking vitamin D supplements may also help protect against heart disease, cancer, respiratory infections and asthma, as well as conditions related to pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

But advice on supplementation to date is conflicting, say Canadian researchers.

To investigate the evidence researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto reviewed 43 randomised controlled trials involving more than 8000 women.

Their study, published in The British Medical Journal (The BMJ), assessed the effects of taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy on various maternal and child outcomes.

The results show that taking supplements during pregnancy increased vitamin D levels in both the mother’s bloodstream and umbilical cord blood.

But the researchers did not consistently find that higher doses of vitamin D led to healthier women and babies.

They found that vitamin D did increase the average birth weight of a baby by 58g, and reduced the risk of babies being born small.

But more detailed analysis weakened the statistical significance of these findings.

There appeared to be no effect on whether or not babies were born before their due date.

The researchers did find that mothers who took vitamin D supplements in pregnancy were less likely to have children with a wheeze when they were aged three.

Due to the inconclusive evidence on the effectiveness of taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy the issue “will probably remain unanswered in the foreseeable future”, the authors said.

“Cautious projections for the next decade suggest that we will eventually know more about vitamin D in pregnancy than we do now, but in the absence of a coordinated effort and funding to conduct large new trials, some of the most critical questions about the effectiveness of prenatal vitamin D supplementation will probably remain unanswered in the foreseeable future,” they concluded.

The authors have called for new larger trials on the vitamin’s use in pregnancy to measure the health outcomes.

‘Unrecognisable’: Robots will run mines within a decade

Some mines in the next decade will run without humans and instead rely on robots, virtual models and sensors, according to Anglo American.
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Anglo is betting on technology, such as computerised drills with “chiselling ability as good as a human” to increase productivity, cut costs and reduce environmental impact, Tony O’Neill, technical director at Anglo, said at the Mines and Money conference in London.

“The industry that everybody currently knows will be unrecognisable” in five to seven years, O’Neill said. With mining processes automated, Anglo’s “employee of the future” will only need to focus on managing the company’s relations with governments and communities that live near its mines, he said.

Anglo operates some of the world’s most valuable copper deposits and employs 87,000 workers from South Africa to Chile.

Bots, or software that can execute instructions, will be increasingly important in underground mining, O’Neill said. Small and self-learning, the technology requires less infrastructure than current methods, and commercial application is five to seven years away.

Anglo isn’t the first to invest in automation. In WA’s Pilbara iron ore region, BHP Billiton has begun work aimed at implementing autonomous trains along its 1,300-kilometre rail network.

Barrick Gold is a year into the gold mining industry’s most ambitious experiment to modernise digging, using thousands of sensors at and around the Cortez mine in Nevada.

Other technology uses real-time, virtual models of physical processes to prevent problems before they occur and can be deployed to monitor the mine, processing and distribution, O’Neill said.

The systems, borrowed from the aerospace industry, could increase productivity by about 20 per cent and lower costs by 15 per cent, he said.

The company plans to use so-called “dry water” for cooling and other processes that use lots of liquid. It also aims to reduce mine waste, which would make tailings dams unnecessary.


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Useless aerosols: Cancer Council says best place for spray sunscreen is the bin

Bueti family used Cancer Council spray sunscreen but still got burnt.If you own an aerosol sunscreen, throw it away.
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After a string of consumer complaints about the mists offering no protection, the Cancer Council has changed its tune and says it will strongly recommend against using aerosol sunscreens this year.

Australia’s peak independent cancer authority has sold its own range of aerosol sunscreens at supermarkets and pharmacies for years.

But the council’s leadership has grown so concerned about how difficult they are to use effectively that they have stopped manufacturing them and are in the process of phasing them off shelves.

“We don’t recommend this summer the use of aerosol sunscreens,” Professor Sanchia Aranda, the Cancer Council Australia’s chief executive, says.

“We have identified that Australians are not using them correctly. People seem to be using them a bit like a mosquito repellent.”

The problem is not with the sunscreen’s ingredients, which are effective, but with how difficult it is to use them to apply the correct amount of sunscreen.

A person in a bathing suit needs to apply about 35 millilitres of sunscreen every two hours for full coverage – that’s the size of a whole mini-tube. Each limb needs a full teaspoon of sunscreen.

“It’s a lot more than people think,” says Professor Aranda.

The council has found many people use aerosols to lightly mist sunscreen on, and end up unprotected.

About a quarter of an average bottle of aerosol sunscreen needs to be applied every two hours to ensure you are fully protected.

Adding to the difficulty of judging how much sunscreen has been applied, consumer watchdog Choice says only 40 to 60 per cent of a typical can is sunscreen. The rest is propellant.

Fairfax has reported on several complaints from people who say they liberally applied aerosol sunscreens but ended up horribly burnt anyway.

The council says after decades of education and health warnings, Australians are now quite good at making sure they put sunscreen on.

The problem is about 85 per cent of Australians aren’t applying it correctly. Even among Cancer Council staff there were a few technique issues, Professor Aranda says.

Sunscreen consists of active UV-blocking ingredients suspended in liquid. When you put sunscreen on your skin, the ingredients don’t activate until the liquid evaporates, leaving you unprotected for up to 20 minutes after first application.

If you jump in the water during those 20 minutes, the sunscreen washes straight off.

“You’re just wasting your money,” says Professor Aranda.

About 17 per cent of Australians report getting sunburnt on summer weekends.

A spokeswoman for Edgewell Personal Care Australia, Banana Boat’s parent company, said aerosol sunscreens were effective “when used according to their label instructions”.

“Spray sunscreens are a reliable and effective sun protection method that consumers continue to rapidly adopt around the world.

“Given consumers’ propensity to avoid the inconvenience of sunscreen lotion application, we view continuous sprays as a convenient format that will encourage regular use of sunscreens and help to defend against sun burns,” she said.

“Using clear spray sunscreen, an average adult still needs to apply approximately 35ml of sunscreen for each application.

That’s the equivalent of four applications, per bottle, for an adult.”

The company behind NIVEA sunscreens has been contacted for comment.

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China Energy makes $430m takeover bid for AWE gas

China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group Australia has made a $430 million takeover offer for Sydney-based gas company AWE.
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The Chinese-owned firm has made an unsolicited, non-binding, indicative and conditional proposal at 71 cents a share.

AWE’s board has not rejected the offer, but said “its initial reaction is that the indicative proposal is not sufficiently attractive to provide access to due diligence”.

The Chinese company’s offer is a 31 per cent premium on AWE’s Wednesday closing price of 54 cents a share. The proposal also includes shares issued under AWE’s current Share Purchase Plan, which is slated to run until 14 December.

Whilst above the market price, the offer is well below recent analyst valuations, which have strenghtened recently due to AWE’s Waitsia project’s 78 per cent increase in proven and probable reserves to 811 petajoules.

RBC Capital Markets has placed a valuation of 91 cents a share for AWE, an upgrade from its previous valuation of 68 cents a share.

Its analyst Ben Wilson concurred with the board’s assessment of the offer.

“While any bid from a company associated with [China Energy parent China National Petroleum Corporation] must be taken seriously, we think the bid pricing needs to be higher to engage the board and major shareholders,” Mr Wilson said.

“This could be an exercise in price discovery from the bidding party and an attempt to compel the board to engage with major shareholders, particularly if more hedge funds come on the register.”

He said a recent share offer in AWE had been well taken up by long-term existing shareholders, “which suggests shareholders may not be easily budged particularly given the strong progress made on delineating a large Waitsia gas resource.”

Mr Wilson also stated that obtaining Foreign Investment Review Board approvals would be difficult due to the potential importance of Waitsia to Western Australia.

“We think FIRB approval could be a major issue given the source of the bid and the emerging status of Waitsia as an important strategic asset within the WA domestic gas market,” he said.

However, Fat Prophets’ analyst David Lennox said the perception in the market was that AWE had missed the LNG boom, and this approach may be an appropriate offer.

“It’s always been viewed as a sleepy hollow, rightly or wrongly,” Mr Lennox said.

“They’ve stuck at the Perth Basin, at the Waitsia field, and it looks like it is paying off now.

“At this sort of price, one would suggest it’s a good offer.”

This is the third takeover bid for AWE in four years.

In May last year, it rejected an unsolicited $421 million cash takeover proposal from US private equity fund Lone Star Funds.

Senex also made a cash and share offer for AWE in 2013.

Mr Wilson said continued interest in acquiring control of AWE reinforces his firm’s positive outlook on the Waitsia asset.

AWE has appointed UBS Australia as a financial advisor and Allens as its legal advisor.

AWE’s share price shot up 19 per cent to 65 cents by mid-morning.

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Next step in Newcastle’s tourist trade

NEW ERA: Gus Maher, a former Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association leader, is the new general manager of the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group. Picture: Simone De Peak
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HE led the first trips for tour behemoth Contiki into new nations including New Zealand and the United States, but Gus Maher is now turning his attention to helping Newcastle tourism take the next step.

The Hunter Valley Events doyen,63, has stepped in as the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group’s general manager, and says the next five years will be pivotal in bringing the city’s new tools for tourism online.

“It’s not like Newcastle is trying to find itself,” Mr Maher said. “Newcastle has indeed found itself froma tourism and visitor economy perspective.”

“I think at the moment we are recognised for a whole lot of diverse things that can add up to a very large sum.

“I think our diversity is already there.”

Mr Maher pointed to aboom in infrastructure as a guide to the city’s next steps, including the mooted beginning of international flightsout of Williamtown.

“The cruise terminal will open soon and that’s from a period of hard work in the last five years,” he said.

“If you look at wherethe airport was 10 years ago, we are in an unbelievable space now.What we’ve got to do in the next five is capitalise on all of it.”

Mr Maher said he saw the next stage as broadening the city’s definition oftourism to fully value visitors drawn here formedical appointments, education and business travel as well as visiting friends and relatives.

In turn, he said that would increase literacy about exactly what served as a drawcard for eachbreed of traveller.

“The first thing I’d like to do is better engage the local industry and have everyone who benefits from the broadness of the visitor economy understand that and work as a team to promote the city,” he said.

“I’d like everyone to know it’s not just about camera-toting international visitors, it’s anyone who comes here.”

Mr Maher described Supercars asan “easy” tourism win but flagged plans to talk with traders whose trade was down,suggesting afood truck alley as a way to offset lost foot traffic.

“Now we know what [Supercars weekend] looks like, let’s redraw the picture a little bit,” he said.