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.

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.

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.

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— 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.

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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Creating that special bond

IMPROVING LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: Lake Macquarie Family Day Care currently has vacancies available across Lake Macquarie and Newcastle for children of all ages. Lake Macquarie Family Day Care provides the option for families to have their children cared for in a small-group environment by quality education providers.
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There is a special bond between Family Day Care Educators and the children under their care, and it is something that is hard to replicate in any other setting.

Lake Macquarie Family Day Care Educator, Mary Copas, has been looking after children for many years in different capacities but her passion is providing care for children in a loving home environment.

“My background is in nursing but after having four children of my own I knew that childhood education was something I wanted to be part of,” Mary said.

“I started my training not long after I had my children and have had experience working in centres and the coordination of Family Day Care services but being involved in the children’s lives directly and watching them learn and interact is where I wanted to be.”

Over the course of a week, Mary is responsible for the care and education of 12 different children, aged between 18 months and four years old.

“At Family Day Care we encourage children to learn through play and to just be themselves in the process,” Mary said.

“Watching the children learn and encouraging them to develop an enthusiasm towards life-long learning is important to me.

“I also try to create a space where children can feel like they belong. For parents to know that their child is comfortable and excited to come to care because they are happy to be there is so important.”

Lake Macquarie Family Day Care Educator, Mary Copas

In Lake Macquarie City, there are more than 115 educators caring for 700 children and helping them to improve their learning through play.

Lake Macquarie Family Day Care currently has vacancies available across Lake Macquarie and Newcastle for children of all ages.

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Morpeth heritage listing battle continues

Morpeth Heritage Conservation Group committee members John I’anson, Jill Ward and Heather Berry. Picture: Simone De Peak.Maitland Council will meet with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to clear up “misinformation” around the process to list significant parts of Morpeth on the State Heritage Register.
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Councillors voted on Tuesday night to allow the meeting, whichwas requested by the OEH.

It followscouncil’s decision not to supportcommunity consultationon listing of theMorpeth Heritage Conservation area on the State Heritage Register.

In a letter to council, Katrina Stankowski from the OEH said information in media and social media reports was “troubling” as it contained misinformation about the process that could have affected some people’s perceptions.

“OEH would like to arrange this meeting at your earliest possible convenience before further misinformation is spread amongst the Maitland and Morpeth community,” Ms Stankowski stated in the letter.

Councillor Robert Aitchison said he gave “full marks” to the OEH for trying to clear the air around how the process would work.

“I’ve heard some dreadful stories,” he said. “I heard some people talking about how they had a two-year-old house and wondered how it’s going to fit in with a heritage listing. Well it’s not going to fit in with a heritage listing.

“But these are the mistruths that are going out there, and we need to get this sorted out.”

Simon Brooker from the Morpeth Heritage Conservation Group and Jan Davis from Maitland Greens bothspoke on Tuesday night and urged councillors to take part in the meeting with the OEH.

An OEH spokesperson saidthey were currently seeking to begin the consultation process of engaging with local council and other stakeholders about theproposed nomination.

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An indictment dressed up as a sound regulatory move

An indictment dressed up as a sound regulatory move Enough: Some of the pelvic mesh victims who have campaigned for changes in the health system after mesh surgery.
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Examples: Some of the transvaginal – through the vagina – mesh devices approved for use in Australia and the United States.

Suffer in silence: Cover art for a Newcastle Herald Weekender series highlighting the consequences of more than a decade of pelvic mesh device use in Australia.

Campaigner: Australian Pelvic Mesh Device Support Group founder Caz Chisholm who led the campaign for the scandal of pelvic mesh use to be made public.

Scandal: Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch, who told Federal parliament that pelvic mesh was the greatest scandal against women and mothers in Australian medical history.

TweetFacebook Pelvic mesh approvals in Australia are an indictment on the health systemRegulator bans devices but women say it’s too little, too lateTHE Therapeutic Goods Administration’s targeted banning of some pelvic mesh devices on Wednesday is an indictment dressed up as a considered move by the regulator.

The TGA’s statement was soundly bureaucratic. There was “a lack of adequate scientific evidence” for a group of mesh slings, it said. An “examination of clinical evidence” forprolapse devices implanted through the vagina found the risks outweighed the benefits.

But some of these devices have been on the market for years. An unknown number –but certainly in the thousands –have been implanted in Australian women.

The scientific evidence for this group ofmore than 40 mesh prolapse and sling devices hasn’t changed over the years. The cold, hard fact is that the evidence for their safe use in women’s bodies was never there. There wasn’t even sound evidencethe deviceswould do what their makers said –relieve women of some of the complications of childbirth.

It’s not unreasonable to reach the conclusion that the past decade or more has been one long experiment by mesh inventors, manufacturers and doctors, using women’s bodies as the testing grounds.

No-one told the women, of course.

They trusted doctors who told them the devices were safe. The doctorsdidn’t tell the women of the many millions inmesh manufacturer dollars sloshing through their gynaecological “training” conferences. The doctors didn’t believe there was a conflict of interest, or any likelihood that funding might influence whether they used mesh or not, despite good evidence that even small amounts of corporate funding is associated with changed prescribing habits.

Manufacturers certainly didn’t disclose how they targeted and funded “key opinion leader” doctors, who recommended mesh devices to other surgeons and GPs.

The TGA didn’t tell the women about an approval process that allowed mesh devices on the market because otherdevices had already been approved in other countries, and there was little or no evidence backing those devices anyway.

The Royal Australian College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians stayed largely silent for years while it accepted meshmanufacturer funding. This was despite many women returning with mesh complications, and some doctors writing papers more than a decade ago warning that mesh devices were not based on good science.

The Australian Medical Association marketed one mesh device as an “Australian medical design breakthrough” and then said nothing about mesh for years after many women reported serious complications. It was, as AMA president Dr Michael Gannon conceded in August, “a long way from our proudest hour”.

“To call this a tragedy is not overstating it at all,” he said. Around the world more than 150,000 women have launched legal action in a compensation tsunami that is estimated could reach more than $20 billion.

The women knew nothing about all of the abovebecause they trusted Australia’s health system, and gave what they thought was informed consent to surgery that many were assured was simple, effective, and involved little more than an overnight hospital stay.

But you can’t give informed consent in a system with no transparency where it’s needed, too many conflicts of interest, and no accountability for years when things go terribly wrong.

And yet, that is our health system.

Keolis Downer releases new transport network

Newcastle’s private transport operator, Keolis Downer, says it will introduce 1200 new bus and ferry services when it starts its new routes and timetables on January 14.
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The firm has released many details of its new network over the past few weeks, including buses every 15 minutes on four key routes across the city and an on-demand bus trial in Lake Macquarie.

Keolis Downer Hunter chief executive officer Campbell Mason said the company had listened to feedback from existing customers and those who did not use public transport before devising its new plan.

“Customers will receive a better service with the introduction of four frequent routes every 15 minutes during the day linking Charlestown, Glendale, Wallsend and Jesmond to the Newcastle CBD,” he said.

“We’re here to get more people riding public transport.

“What we have designed and announced today is a new network that reflects what the locals have been telling us they want.We should see patronage grow.”

Three of thefour main routes willconnect with the Stockton ferry at Queen’s Wharf.

The new network amounts to a wholesale overhaul of bus routes in the city, and eachnew routewillhave a new two-digit number.

“The key for us is to get information out well ahead of time to customers so they can plan their travel, they know what the new network is going to look like, what changes are coming from the 14thof January onwards.

“It’s good that the implementation is in the middle of January, which is a quieter time. That will allow people a bit of lead-in.

“We’ve been briefing our staff on the new network. We have to make sure they’re well across the new routes for day one. The new drivers will need to be very well briefed on the new routes they will be taking.”

Mr Campbell said some routes and timetables might need to be reviewed to make sure they were operating as planned.

“If we find that the time between certain points on the network is longer or shorter than had been planned, we need to adjust the timetable accordingly.”

Keolis Downer has attracted criticism from commuters and for underpaying drivers since taking over the network five months ago but was widely praised for its handling of the large Supercars crowd last weekend.

Mr Campbell said the government and Supercars would examine whether they could draft in more ferries next year to alleviate a bottleneck to and from Stockton during the busiest times of the race weekend.

He said Keolis Downer supported a new ferry wharf near the transport interchange at Wickham.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said at Tuesday night’s council meeting that a ferry terminal could be built at the new cruise ship terminal at Carrington, and Mr Campbell said Keolis Downer would be happy to run ferries when a ship was in town.

Information on the new bus and ferry routes and timetables is available at The detailed timetables will be available from January 2.

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Gonna Mish you

END OF AN ERA: All good things come to an end despite our irrational wishes to the contrary.SIMON WALKER: That’s Life archive
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There’s never a good time for a bad time, but when it’s time, it’s time.

Such wasthe reality confronted last week when we called a day on our beloved family cat Mish Mash.

It’s a situation many pet owners face, if they’re lucky enough, and I say that advisably because it’s a bittersweet moment.

The end of a two-decade era.

While the city was revelling in Supercars, and Same Sex marriage equality was passing the Senate, we were at home dealing with another big issue.

Mish arrived in our lives as a five-week-old rescue kitten and grew up with our kids, becoming a fixture over 20 bliss- and hiss-full years, depending on whether you were trying to clip her nails or not.

It’s fair to say she was as much a piece of the family furniture as the pieces of family furniture she spent most of those 20 years sleeping on, when she wasn’t sleeping on us.

It was the second familiar feline we’ve lost this year and a poignant lesson in loss.

The first went in June and was unexpected because at seven he was seemingly full of tomorrows.

Mish was tipped much more likely to cross the rainbow bridge due to miles on the clock but defied ever-advancing renal failure with a devil-may-care attitude to exercise and hitting the kitty litter tray.

Death is a fact of life, however, and like most consumer durables these days, none of us comes with a warranty. Deep down we hoped Mish wouldlive forever becausethe thought of parting seemed beyond sweet sorrow, particularly as that time grew obviously closer.

In the end it wasabout reducing suffering, and I promise I won’t extend yours by going on too much more about this, butmaybe one day our Parliaments will. Victoria’s did this week.

Vets obviously go through it a lot because when we took Mish in last Monday, a checkup nearly becameaput down. The ultimate one. The writing had been on the wall, but not in such big letters that we couldn’t yet cling to the hope of one last course of action. Or rather antibiotics. If they kicked in, and then the appetite, and then the digestive system etc, then maybe we could pushpast pseudo relevant landmarks like clawing past Christmas and New Year.

It’s called clutching at straws. And come Thursday, we were in little doubtthat the inevitablewas at hand, if we so chose.

As mentioned at the start, there’s never a good time for a bad time, but when the vet suggested that now, before puppy pre-school, was probably a better time, the finality of what you are doing strikes home. After all those years, it cameto this.

And with that, and some tissues and kind words and final pats and a paw print, we called time on 20 years.

The nest is now emptier than anticipated at the beginning of the year, reminding us all that nothing lasts forever and that we should always cherish what we’ve got.

Mish will live on in the memory as one of the great family cats but her passing, as does any loss, reallyputs the “purr” into perspective.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

“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.