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.

HOPE: Richie Sambora has found love and musical inspiration with Orianthi.

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 https://t.co/Ildo3KSAXKpic.twitter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 https://t.co/SrkQxr8aaYpic.twitter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: https://t.co/xZcXIvFypN#NSWfloodspic.twitter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

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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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Innovative product delivers fatal ticking-off

Summer and more time in the bush brings the inevitable problem for us and our pets: ticks and their removal.
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The latest thinking is to freeze them and flick them off. But how to do that?

Last week I saw a new product on the market, Tick Tox, a small pressurised-can with a fine nozzle and a shielding device to target just the tick to ensure the tick, and not the skin around it, is frozen.

The life cycle of a tick, as it hatches from egg to larva, metamorphoses to nymph, grows to adulthood, mates and lays about 300 eggs, requires three blood meals from its host animal, or indeed any animal or human that might come along at the wrong time.

Our local ticks deliver a potent paralysis toxin that commonly sendspet dogs to the veterinary surgery. It’s less common, but some humans develop dangerous anaphylactic reactions to the tick saliva and some develop allergies to red meat such as beef.

During the long history of evolution, many human and animal bacterial pathogens have adapted to use the tick as a way of passing from one host to another, so a tick bite in Australia can cause disease such as scrub typhus.

Indeed our laboratory showed some years ago that the brown dog tick causes tick fever in dogs through injecting them with a bug, previously not thought to be in Australia, called Anaplasma platys. The symptoms being anaemia and autoantibodies to blood platelets, the target cell of the bug.

Tick Tox is a wonderful example of entrepreneurism. Canberran, Peggy Douglass, after having too many tick bites while working in her aunt’s Palm Beach garden, decided to do something to make it easier to kill ticks, by snap freezing them, thus filling a gap in the market.

Professor Tim Roberts is the director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle

Around the world and back to Parramatta – a Hayne timeline

2006: Hayne makes first grade debut
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Bursts onto the scene as a teenager, making his debut on the wing against the Penrith Panthers. He grabs his first two tries in his fourth game and goes on to score 17 in 16 games to win Rookie of the Year. Eels lose in week one of the finals to Melbourne.

2007: Rep jerseys abound

No signs of second year syndrome as Hayne scores a try on his Origin debut as NSW lose the series, but wins NSW Player of the Year honours. Switches to fullback mid-season for Parramatta, who reach the prelim before losing to the Storm again. Represents Australia for the first time.

2008: World Cup dreams

The Eels fall off a cliff and miss the finals – Hayne again plays Origin, but represents Fiji at the 2008 World Cup and reaches the semi-finals before being thrashed by the Kangaroos.

2009: The magic run

Starts the season playing five-eighth and centre, before a switch to fullback ignites the Eels and they make a run to the grand final after finishing eighth. They are once again thwarted by the Storm – his last NRL finals match for 7 years – but Hayne wins the first of his two Dally M medals.

Fairytale run: Hayne’s performances in 2009 were arguably his best in an Eels jersey. Photo: Steve Christo

2013-14: Origin and World glory

The Eels spend several years in the cellar, including wooden spoons in 2012 and 2013. But Hayne shines on rep duty, earning the top tryscorer award at the 2013 World Cup as the Kangaroos easily win the tournament. In the 2014 State of Origin, the Blues win the series for the only time in his career. Claims his second Dally M, joint-winner with Johnathan Thurston.

2015: The switch

Moves to the San Francisco 49ers, and grabs headlines throughout a highlight-filled pre-season. Plays eight regular season games and struggles to make an impact, before retiring from the sport in 2016 when the team hired a new head coach.

Living the dream: Hayne in action for the San Francisco 49ers. Photo: AP

2016: Olympic dream and NRL return

After leaving America, Hayne expressed his desire to go to Rio with the Fijian rugby sevens team. He is left off the final roster for the Olympics as Fiji claim gold. After failing to come to terms with Parramatta, Hayne signs with the Gold Coast Titans for the second half of the 2016 season. They finish eighth and lose in week one of the finals.

2017: homecoming

The Titans finish second last as speculation mounts that Hayne is agitating for a return to Parramatta. The request is granted, as Hayne’s globetrotting career comes full circle.

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US teams tailored tactics around Kerr

Former adversaries aren’t surprised that Matildas star Sam Kerr has been crowned the Asian player of the year, having had to base their tactics solely around the threat of the nimble striker for years.
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Western Sydney Wanderers’ midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta spent two seasons playing against the Australian forward in the US National Women’s Soccer League and revealed her team’s game plan would always change whenever it faced Kerr.

LaBonta joined Sky Blue FC in 2015 but parted ways just before Kerr moved to the club, meaning they narrowly crossed paths at the New Jersey side. The American youth international then spent two seasons at FC Kansas City where the Australian forward became one of the most difficult opponents her team would face.

She said it was common knowledge throughout US women’s soccer that teams’ tactics and defensive set-up would be tailored around the threat of a then 22-year-old Kerr and Kansas City was no different. For each game against Kerr’s Sky Blue FC, Kansas would deploy two defenders on the Matildas forward with the sole task of marking her for the entire game.

“I just know that we were always watching her. I know with a lot of teams, their game plans are based around Sam Kerr. You always have to watch for her,” LaBonta said.

Even if that was successful in nullifying Kerr’s threat, LaBonta said that would still pose other problems.

“You always want to have someone on her and have another player close. The great thing about her upfront is she does a lot of the work and they forget about the other forward around her. She creates so much space for others, a lot of teams tend to focus a lot on her,” she said.

Kerr finished last season as the top-scorer in the NWSL with 17 goals and moved to the all-time leading goal-scorer in the competition’s five-year history. Combined with her 11 goals in internationals, her club form in the US and her impressive start to the W-League season made her one of the hottest properties in world football.

At a ceremony in Thailand on Wednesday, Kerr was crowned Asia’s best player, providing some comfort after narrowly missing out on the final three-player shortlist for the world player of the year and LaBonta isn’t surprised having experience her progress first-hand in recent years.

“She’s been improving so much as a player since I first saw her play a couple of years ago. She’s improved so much, she’s really established herself not just here but in the States as well and internationally. She’s gotten overseas prestigious recognition, she’s crushing it. Now she’s doing so well, it brings so much attention to not only her, the league but women’s soccer in general,” LaBonta said.

Kerr will travel from Bangkok to Sydney to play for Perth Glory against Western Sydney on Friday afternoon at Marconi Stadium. The Wanderers aren’t expecting jet lag or fatigue to diminish the threat of Kerr and her clinical striker partner Rachel Hill, who collectively have scored 11 goals this season.

“We have to be just very strict in our defending and focusing on our shape and not leaving them on their own. Hopefully we keep the ball on them. The game plan is to keep the ball so we don’t have to defend,” LaBonta said.

“You always have to keep your eye on her and her finishing, you just saw the finish she had the other day in their international competition but it’s just top of the class.”

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Diary

December 6Hunter Business Women’s Network Christmas event. Hosted byCoco Skin and Laser. 5:45pm registration for a 6:00pm start. Level 5, 175 Scott Street, Newcastle.Tickets:Members ticket & 2018 early bird membership $65; Event only tickets $35 for 2017 financial members and $55 for guests. Details and bookings via Sticky Tickets.
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December 6Throsby Basin Business ChamberChristmas Party. Topic: Jingle & Mingle. Speaker: Clare Monkley. 5.30pm Carrington Place. 132 Young St, Carrington. Free, however reservations essential for catering. Contact [email protected]南京夜网or telephone 4929 5544.

December 12A Crash Course in Xero.Speaker: Xero’s Hanna Barry. 5.30pm – 7.30pm. The Business Centre,265 King Street, Newcastle.Cost: $45.

December 13Gen Collective Christmas function. Speaker: Michelle Crawford. Bocado’s Spanish Kitchen, King Street, Newcastle.Tickets $55 plus booking fee non-members; $50 plus booking feeGen Collective members. Ticket includes two drinks. Tickets: Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or callJennifer Parkes on 0438 121 119.

February 9Hunter Outlook. Property Council of Australia Hunter Chapter. Speakers: Leone Lorrimer, CEO dwp; Niall Cunningham, principal, development management, wsp; Amanda Wetzel, City Plan strategy and development.12.00pm-2.00pm, NEX, West City, 39 King St, Newcastle. Members: $110; Non-members: $165.

Accused sex offender set to face trial

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN accused of breaking into an 85-year-old woman’s Edgeworth home and subjecting her to repeated indecent assaultover a two-hour period will face a trial in Newcastle District Court early next year.
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“I’m not happy with that,” Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman, 54, called from the court dock upon hearing Judge Roy Ellis confirm his trial date of January 29, 2018; the first week the court will sit after the Christmas break.

“This is the first time me and [barrister William Hussey] have spoke.

Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman said from the court dock.

“Nothing’s been done on my case. “I’ve got a witness…”

Mr Wakeman, who was by no means being critical of Mr Hussey, who has only recently come into the matter,was cut-off by Judge Ellis before he could continue outlining the defence case.

He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence –deprive liberty, inflict assault occasioning actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse and aggravated enter dwelling with intent –inflict assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Wakeman is accused of breaking into the elderly woman’s home and subjecting her to repeated indecent assault between 6pm and 8.10pm on January 22 this year.

The alleged victim was able to hit a duress alarm and a family member interrupted the alleged assault, police said.

Police said at the time of Mr Wakeman’s arrest that it was believed he had undertaken gardening work at the alleged victim’s home on previous occasions.

Mr Hussey said on Thursday that he was awaiting “additional statistics” in relation to the DNA allegedly found at the crime scene, noting that Mr Wakeman had been found to be a “minor contributor”.

“I’m also seeking CCTV footage from Belmont police station to ensure there’s been no cross contamination,” Mr Hussey told Judge Ellis.

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.”