Matildas star Kerr named Asian player of the year

It’s been a stellar year for Sam Kerr, the breakthrough star of Australian sport’s breakthrough team, the Matildas.
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And she has capped off a memorable 12 months off by being named as Asia’s best female player at the annual Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards held in Bangkok overnight on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who plays for Perth Glory in the W-League and Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US, took the title ahead of DPR Korea forward Sung Hyang Sim and Japanese defender Saki Kumagai.

It is a rich reward for the forward, who, until quite recently, was better known as the younger sister of retired AFL star Daniel Kerr. Nowadays it is the West Coast Eagles premiership winning player who is known as the older brother of one of world soccer’s shooting stars.

“This is the third time Australia have won the award and I think we are going in the right direction with women’s football in Australia,” Kerr said after picking up the award.

“I am very proud to fly the flag for Australia. Individual awards are not important.

“It’s been a good year for the clubs and the Matildas and my top memory on a personal level is breaking the (scoring) record, and the award in the US which I will probably remember forever.

“My teammates are everything, like I said, without them it wouldn’t be possible. My two clubs are my everything and hopefully in the future I will have success also with the national team.”

Kerr starred for the Matildas in the recent two-match series with China, scoring twice in both the 3-0 win in Melbourne and the 5-1 victory in Geelong.

In the latter game she set a record, scoring for the national team for the sixth game in a row.

Her international coach Alen Stajcic says the improvement she has made in recent times is a testament to her dedication and hard work – and the increasing maturity she has shown in her game has taken her to the next level.

“She’s a true professional and I think she has shown that. The amount of attention she has had in the last three months, it’s really gone from zero to 100.

“To be able to come out and perform shows how much she has matured as a person and shows her sporting quality. She’s really becoming one of the superstars of Australian sport, to be able to reproduce effort after effort in every game … what else can you say.”

Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou and Japan’s Masatada Ishii were beaten to the coach’s award by another Japanese, Takafumi Hori, while international Asian player of the year, given to players from the region who earn their living outside of Asia, went to Tottenham midfielder Son Heung-min, who beat out Aaron Mooy.

Omar Khrbin, part of the Syria side who faced the Socceroos in September’s Asian World Cup play-offs, became the first player from his nation to be crowned Asia’s player of the year.

The 23-year-old claimed the title ahead of last year’s winner, Omar Abdulrahman of the United Arab Emirates, and China’s Wu Lei, who missed out for the second year in a row.

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The world’s most Instagrammed locations

With 375 million active users, Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms in the world – and keeps growing.
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The rise of “social influencers” on the medium has seen tourism bodies and brands increasingly using Instagrammers with large followings to promote their products and destinations.

But, it seems, if you’re Disney you don’t need any help.

Instagram has revealed the top 10 most ‘grammed destinations of 2017 and four of the top 10 are all Disney parks.

Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, came in at No.1 on the top 10 list, with Tokyo Disney at No.5, Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando at No.6 and Disney California Adventure Park, also in Anaheim, at No.9.

US destinations dominated the top 10 list, with seven of the top 10 slots. New York was the stand-out city with Times Square (2), Central Park (3) and the Brooklyn Bridge (8) all making the list, while the Las Vegas Strip came in at No.10.

France was the only European country to make the top 10, with the Eiffel Tower at No.4 and the Louvre museum at No.7 World’s most Instagrammed locations

1. Disneyland, Anaheim, US if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true??? thank you @revolve #revolvearoundtheworld #believingA post shared by Bridget (@bridget) on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:03pm PDTSophie Calle’s “Voir la Mer” is a series of intimate video portraits revealing people’s emotional responses to witnessing the sea for the first time. Catch the portraits in Times Square at 11:57 PM from now until October 31st! #CTL17 #fiaf ????A post shared by fiafny (@fiafny) on Oct 2, 2017 at 2:02pm PDTWaking up to this today ?????? Looks like it’s going to be an amazing day ?????????? #bondi #bondiicebergs @travellerau #beach @adinabondi @adinahotels #adinabondi #bondichickA post shared by Annie Dang (@anie_dang) on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:58pm PSTsingapore is one of the most exciting cities i’ve visited so far. ???????????? which megacity is your favourite? i would love to visit hongkong next year! ???? #tb #singapore #marinabaysands #travel #asiaA post shared by CARLA ???? (@carlie_cooper) on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:51am PST

2. Bellagio Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

3. The Venetian Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

4. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (Dubai, UAE)

5. MGM Grand Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

6. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

7. Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

8. Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV)

9. Fontainebleau??? Miami Beach (Miami Beach, FL)

10. Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)

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New infrastructure fund in Newcastle 20-year metro plan

Vision: Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser, Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent, Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer and Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Fort Scratchley on Thursday. Picture: Simone De PeakA new fund is being developed to make sure money is availablefor infrastructure projects that theGreater Newcastle areaneeds as it grows over the next20 years.
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The Hunter Special Infrastructure Contributions Fund is part ofthe Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, which NSW chief planner Gary White unveiled on Thursday.

Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the new fund was not a replacement for the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund,which wound up at the end of last financial year.

NSW chief planner Gary White. Picture: Simone De Peak

Where the HIIF provided money for a wide range of projects–including for sporting organisations and community groups–Mr MacDonald said the new fund would collect financial contributions from developerssolely for state infrastructure.

Details of the new fund are still being finalised but are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan will bea strategyto make the most of the city’sgrowth in the coming years.

Housing, transport and population growth are key aspects of the Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, released on Thursday. Picture: Simone De Peak

A growing entrepreneurial economy, rich natural environment, wide variety of housing and jobs, and fostering thriving communities were the four main goals set out in the draft document.

According to the plan,Greater Newcastlerefers to the Newcastle, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie and Maitland local government areas.

“Greater Newcastle is expected to grow to 700,000 people in 2036 [up from 540,000 in 2017], with potential to grow further over the longer term, making it an important metropolitan city,” Mr White said.

“That projected growth reflects Greater Newcastle’s strengths and its enormous potential. However, until today it was the only Australian city of this size without a metropolitan plan. This is an exciting and significant step.”

Mr MacDonald said recent investment in aviation, defence industries, transport, education, health and tourism had created “a great buzz” in the Hunter.

Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald.

“Greater Newcastle has grown from an industrial town to a successful diversified economy, and now it is primed to step up as Australia’s newest metropolitan city,” he said.

Theplan identifies Broadmeadow, Callaghan, East Maitland, John Hunter Hospital, Kotara,Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle Airport, the Port of Newcastle and“major trading hubs” at Beresfield-Black Hill and Tomagoas areas that will continue to drive the transformation of the cityinto a metropolitan area.

“These locations will underpin new job opportunitiesin specialised employment areas for health,defence, education and research, as well as newmixed employment areas, with a focus onintegrating land use and infrastructure, openspace and urban design,” the plannoted.

It predicts that at least an extra 18,150jobs will be needed across Greater Newcastle by 2036–with the largest number (7750) required in Newcastle CBD.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent, Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser and Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer joined Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Mr MacDonald and Mr White to speak in support of the planat Fort Scratchley on Thursday.

Cr Nelmes pointed to the integration of land use and transport as the most significant part of the strategy.

“We’ve just seen the release of the [NSW Government’s] Future Transport Plan –that draft –and that, very much, is reflected in the draft metropolitan strategy,” she said.

“Those transport corridors linking John Hunter Hospital to the CBD, to the university, as well as to other nodes like Glendale, are so important in the development of this metropolitan area.”

The plan is availableand open for public feedbackon the NSW Planning website until the end of February.

Holistic care mapping out more choice

RIDING HIGH: . Max is a resilient, courageous and fun loving young man who has a very strong support network.
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The Allambi Care Lifemaps program is a holistic wraparound model of care, providing a flexible service delivery aimed at supporting the participant to live as independently as possible.

At its centre is the participant, their strengths, needs, goals and aspirations.

From this information relevant supports are implemented from many disciplines such as, but not limited to, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, speech pathology, experienced and trained direct care and management staff, and other professionals.

Each participant’s individual circumstances and cognitive abilities are catered for and strategies are implemented providing a dignity of risk ideal. This allows the participant to grow and develop within a quality framework which also provides safety and security.

The program provides a therapeutic model of care which enables participants to develop new strategies to manage challenges which may have been previously managed by maladaptive processes. Ultimately this empowers them to be able to have more control and exercise more choice in their day to day lives.

The flexibility also allows for support levels to be determined on an as-required basis, ranging from intensive support services right through to less intensive drop-in support models.

Case Study: MaxMax is diagnosed ASD, has an intellectual disability and has been receiving supports from Allambi Care since April 2014.

This initially started with drop-in support within the family home and has over time, moved to a Voluntary Out of Home Care Residential Placement.

At the beginning of the year Max took the transition to a new class at school in his stride. He is also engaging more with his family.

Another huge achievement has been this young person’s willingness to sit with others to eat, use cutlery and try a variety of new vegetables and healthy foods.

Due to Max’s achievements over the last year he was awarded a recognition award at the recent Allambi Care Achievement Dinner, where his family were present to watch his acceptance video.

Roo takes out ute’s front seat at Jerrys Plains

IMPACT: The Mitsubishi ute after it crashed with a kangaroo on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains. Picture: NSW Police
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A MOTORIST on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains is counting their lucky stars after a kangaroo reportedly went through the front window.

Highway patrol officers said it was incredibly fortunate there were no injuries, with the force of the impact so strong the kangaroo snapped the front passenger seat.

It died in the back seat of the Mitsubishi ute, police said.

The crash occurred about 6am.

In other police news, highway patrol has issued more than 1000 fines for mobile phone use as part of a one-day state-wide traffic crackdown.

A further 306 fines were issued for drivers not keeping left, while 561 were issued for defective vehicles.

Traffic and Highway Patrol commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police were disappointed with continued mobile phone use behind the wheel.

“Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive is just not getting through,” he said.

“In a single day, officers issued more than 1,000 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.

“It is also disturbing to see so many vehicles that are not roadworthy still out on our roads, putting drivers and other innocent road users at risk.

“We have already lost 354 lives on NSW roads this year and the greatest tragedy is that many deaths were avoidable if people took responsibility for their actions and for the maintenance of the vehicles they are driving.”

In August, theNewcastle HeraldreportedHunter motorists forked out nearly $13,000 a week for mobile phone related offences.

At the time, aHeraldroadside survey revealed alarming mobile phone use on Link Road, Jesmond,and the Pacific Highway, at Highfields.

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