Knights banking on million-dollar Pearce to lead club to the finals

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Wests Group/Knights chief executive Phil Gardner says Newcastle should be aiming for the 2018 play-offs after confirming that NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce had agreed to their terms for a four-year deal.
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The race to sign Pearce ended early on Thursday afternoon when the former Roosters halfback told the other two clubs with whom he had been negotiating, Manly and Cronulla, that he had accepted Newcastle’s offer.

All that remained was for the Wests Group board of directors to ratify the contract, understood to be worth more than $1 million a season.

Wests’ endorsement is considered a fait accompli, and there is a possibility that Pearce could be in Newcastle as early as Friday to meet his new teammates and face the media.

Pearce will become the highest-paid player in Newcastle’s history, and expectation of the impact he will have was best illustrated by bookmakers immediately winding in the three-time wooden spooners’ premierships odds.

The Knights tightened from $41 title long shots to $31, from $7.50 to $6 for the top four, and from $3.50 to $3 to make the play-offs for the first time since 2013.

Asked if the finals were a realistic goal, Gardner replied: “Absolutely”.

“If you bring in a player of the quality of Mitchell Pearce, you’ve got to have the expectation that the team will go better.

“You don’t go into any competition not to win it. That’s the ultimate goal and what we’re working towards.

“Realistically with regards to next year, even before Mitchell Pearce, we were confident we would improve and be very competitive.

“Now we have to be a bit better than that.”

Gardner was hopeful Pearce would not be the last player Newcastle recruit before 2018 kicks off.

They have already signed his former Roosters teammates Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson, ex-Broncos Tautau Moga and Herman Ese’ese, Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland) and Slade Griffin (Melbourne).

“We think that he is someone who will help us attract other players, because they will want to play with him,” Gardner said. “If there was player that suited the team and was capable of making a substantial difference, we would still be in a position to do something.”

Gardner said Knights coach Nathan Brown and football manager Darren Mooney deserved the credit for the Pearce coup.

“It’s a great vote of confidence in the program we have here at Newcastle,” Gardner said. “Mitchell lives in Cronulla and he’s played with a lot of their players in the NSW team, so the easy option would have been to sign with the Sharks. But he’s backed himself and the players we already have here to be successful, and we believe he can help take the team to another level.”

Gardner reiterated that Newcastle did not want to lose 20-year-old Maitland junior Brock Lamb, who was one of their standout performers last season.

Lamb has another year to run on his contract with the Knights, but there have been suggestions he may seek an early release, amid rumours that Manly are interested in signing him or Trent Hodkinson to replace Blake Green, who has joined the Warriors.

If Lamb stays, he faces a battle with Watson for the right to partner Pearce, and Brown has already stated on a number of occasions that Watson will get first shot at playing five-eighth.

“Brock’s a player of the future,” Gardner said. “He’s a very good prospect and a local junior, and he’s under contract at this club for another year.

“We want Brock to stay and get better. Good sides have depth.

“If Kalyn Ponga was injured, Connor Watson could play fullback and Brock in the halves. So we still see plenty of first-grade opportunity for Brock, and Mitchell Pearce can help make him a better player.”

Pearce’s signing leaves 29-year-old Hodkinson facing a career road block.

It is understood re-joining Manly, his original NRL club, might be an option.

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Accused sex offender set to face trial

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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.

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Creating that special bond

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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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People not a priority in privatisation game

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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

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OrotonGroup collapses into administration, joining Aussie retail bloodbath

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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

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Morpeth heritage listing battle continues

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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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Variety launches coffee initiative in Civic Park | PHOTOS, VIDEO

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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.

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An indictment dressed up as a sound regulatory move

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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.

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Keolis Downer releases new transport network

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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 newcastletransport.info. The detailed timetables will be available from January 2.

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Silvio Berlusconi debuts new face

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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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