Shaun Oliver died a hero, trying to save a stranger’s children from drowning at Wollongong’s City Beach

Wollongong drowning: Shaun died a hero, trying to save a stranger’s child HERO: Shaun Oliver. Picture: Facebook
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TweetFacebookWollongong drowning: Shaun died a hero, trying to save a stranger’s childhttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜生活/transform/v1/crop/frm/bEHa392pg8uWfDH5RxA6T9/d172152c-c830-4d68-bfca-f1b6bbb7f2b4.jpg/r2_85_958_625_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgA father-of-three who drowned at a Wollongong beach on Sunday has been hailed a hero.man, drowned, died, oliver, four kids2017-09-12T05:30:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5571631676001https://players.brightcove苏州夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5571631676001An off-duty paramedicleft his wife and his own young child on the sand in order to bring the 10-year-old boy ashore, saidDetective Inspector Brad Ainsworth, of Wollongong Local Area Command.

Mr Oliver got into trouble as he attempted to rescue the 12-year-old boy.

Surfers ultimately came to the boy’s aid. Meantime, Mr Oliver was swept out to sea.

Three police officers later stripped off their uniforms and pulled him to shore, where paramedics tried in vain to revive him.

Paramedics transported one patient, believed to be in a serious condition, to Wollongong hospital by road ambulance.

He was later pronounced dead at Wollongong Hospital.

“It’s a heroic act,” Det Insp Ainsworth said. “It’s unfortunately cost him his life.”

The stricken children and their father were visiting the unpatrolled beach from their home south of Wollongong.

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Addressing reporters on Monday morning, Det Insp Ainsworth expressed frustration at the loss of life. He described surf conditions at the time as“treacherous” and confirmed the beach was closed when the family entered the water.

“There was a heavy surf, there was a drag, there was an undercurrent -there were all the conditions there that you don’t go in,” he said.

“It’s a tragic loss of life and, not putting too much of a point on it … it really puts individuals that come to the aid of people there in danger, and it’s the ultimate sacrifice, I suppose.”

“We haven’t even reached the swimming season yet. Unfortunately it’s a timely reminder and warning that you swim between the flags, at patrolled beaches only.”

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Mr Oliver leaves behind a wife and three young children.

He was employed as project manager at a company in Lynbrook, in south-east Melbourne, and was a shopfitter by trade.

​In a Facebook comment, his sister Clare Murray wrote “we are all shattered”.

“My brother… the ultimate hero. We cannot believe this has happened… a loss that will be felt by many,” she wrote.

Mr Oliver’s brother Nathanael has launched a Gofundme campaignaimed at supporting the 32-year-old’s grieving family.

”He was faced with the terrible decision when he heard the cries for help and, without a thought for his own safety, launched himself into the water,” Nathanael Oliver wrote.

His aunt and uncle, Gary and Karen Oliver, said they were“so very proud, and so very sad” at their nephew’s actions.

He attended Chandler High School in Keysborough, graduating in 2002.

School friend Joel Tranquille said: “Hewas a great friend to everyone, you wouldn’t be able to find a single person that would tell you otherwise.”

“It’s never easy when you hear about a friend passing when he is still so young, especially a great bloke like Shaun,” Mr Tranquille said.

Another high school friend, Lisa Pountney, saidMr Oliver “would talk to everyone even socially awkward people”.

“(He)would make you laugh or smile if you were sad, he would always put others before himself, he was a bright and loveable guy,” she said.

His former sporting club, Keysborough Football Netball Club,tweeted: “Devastating news that our former junior and senior player Shaun Oliver drowned trying to save two young children in Woolongong (sic)”.

The emergency unfolded about 4.30pm on Sunday, almost two weeks before patrols at the beach will get underway as part of the 2017/2018 patrol season.

The off-duty paramedic and two children were transported to Wollongong Hospital for assessment, but did no require admission.

Lachlan Pritchard, Surf Life Saving state duty officer, said authorities had issued a hazardous surf warning on Friday, and that conditions had eased by Sunday but were still considered dangerous.

“It can be quite deceiving, the surf conditions,” he said.

“While the waves might not look too big, the undercurrent …is quite strong and that’s what does cause most of the issues. The conditions can sweep you right out.

“If you do get stuck in a rip, we encourage you to raise your hand to signal for help and ride the rip out to the back where there is calmer water and hopefully wait for emergency services to arrive.”

Surf lifesavers are urging swimmers to heed the “no flags, no swim” message, as summer approaches.

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Best in the nation: Sydney Uni comes in fourth in world rankings

The University of Sydney has been ranked fourth in the world for graduate employability, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University and the University of Oxford for its effectiveness in “preparing students for the workplace”.
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The University of Melbourne is closely behind with a rank of seven in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings, followed by the University of NSW at 36, the University of Queensland at 49 and the University of Technology Sydney at 69.

A total of eight n universities have been listed in the top 100 in the ranking, which was launched in 2015 to look beyond traditional measures such as research strength and academic reputation. Instead, it focuses on students’ chances of finding jobs soon after graduation, institutions’ reputation among global companies and connections with employers, and the achievements of alumni.

It currently ranks the top 500 universities in the world.

Overall, Stanford University was ranked first for graduate employability, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, the University of Sydney, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.

Martin Juno, lead analyst in the QS intelligence unit, said that Sydney University was the only institution “to achieve at least a top 40 rank in all five metrics considered”.

It was ranked eighth in the world for employer-student connections, 14th for its partnerships with employers and in the top 20 for its graduate employment rate.

“All this makes [Sydney University] one of the most reputed institutions among employers in the world … [it] is clearly [doing] an excellent job in terms of employability, with their employer engagement strategy being top of the class,” Mr Juno said.

He said it was the most successful university in “at producing graduates with highly successful career paths”.

Mr Juno also highlighted the University of Melbourne and UNSW as the two most reputed n institutions among employers.

“Leading institutions present a remarkable aptitude and willingness to successfully engage with a wide range of employers, providing students and [graduates] with an extensive network and, thus, work-placement opportunities,” Mr Juno said.

“This enhanced collaboration with companies and organisations, both domestically and internationally, is usually translated into a higher employer reputation, more successful alumni and a higher employment rate after graduation.”

A number of n universities have performed far better in the graduate employability ranking than the overall QS World University Rankings, which were released in June. The University of Sydney was ranked at 50 in the overall ranking while the University of Melbourne came in at 41.

Mr Juno said that this was mainly due to weaknesses in measures that are excluded from the graduate employability rankings, including research strength and student-to-faculty ratio.

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Town ‘going nuts’, so locals are escaping to these tiny places

An attention grabbing budget priced property at Newstead sold easily as it was priced at $235,000 and was on 970sq metres and close to the local school. This church conversion at Fryerstown fetched $675,000 when it sold recently.
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In Harcourt, an elegant four bedroom home on an acre is looking for $598,000.

Originally a Victorian home built at Maryborough, the lovely, four bedroom Rosehill farm has been moved several times before landing in Maldon. It’s on the market for $675,000-$695,000

Just as the domino effect of property jostling happens in the capital cities, so it can play out similarly in some of the top sea and tree change townships.

Castlemaine – the artsy hub of the Goldfields region that has been known as “Northcote North” since being colonised by early tree changers and first-home buyers who realised they had to get out of Melbourne to get into the market – continues to maintain such allure that “it’s going nuts!” according to agent Tom Robertson.

The Waller Realty agent says “the amount of enquiry is phenomenal. We’re flat out sales-wise, too. There are no quiet seasons here anymore”.

Fellow agent Brett Waller, of Castlemaine Property Group, laments that “for this time in spring, the amount of stock is well down”.

Most inquirers are coming from Melbourne. “But we’ve also got people moving up from Woodend now because they no longer feel like they’re in the country until they get past Malmsbury.”

With the continuous waves of incoming newbies, even on a cold day, Castlemaine township is rocking.

Photographer Michael Rayner, who moved up last year because in search of affordable property and “a powerful sense of community” embedded within a scene he could relate to, has counted 14 cafes in the commercial hub.

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“It’s funkster junction,” confirms Robertson.

Yet, in a town where any cute period property in need of renovation is now hard to find, and when they are fixed up can sell for $600,000 to $700,000 – “with quite a few selling for $1 million” – the domino effect is in operation.

The response of some long-term residents who liked it sleepier, has been to move out of the big smoke they believe Castlemaine has become and on to the smaller, cheaper, satellite villages of the district. Here, they can buy a nice house for about $400,000 and either pocket the change or put it into their super.

“They’re escaping,” says Robertson. “Escaping the Melbourne-type prices and moving one town further out.”

This “Castlemaine effect” is bringing into focus the old gold rush towns of Maldon, Harcourt, Fryerstown and Guildford.

History-redolent Maldon, with its film-set red bricks, rusting galvanised iron and streetscapes of arching verandahs is, Waller says, 20 minutes from the transport links of Castlemaine.

“People now settling in Maldon are prepared to travel to Castlemaine to commute to Melbourne (90 minutes by train to Southern Cross Station),” he says.

If their children don’t attend schools in Maldon or Castlemaine, including a Steiner School option, the kids also become commuters, travelling on to reputable colleges in Kyneton, Bendigo or Maryborough.

On granite country and famous for its wines and apples, Harcourt hasn’t much of a commercial centre. But in all the residential breathing space, there are some tidy and affordable homes.

One that is more upmarket than most is a four-bedroom home in Reservoir Road that, on an acre, is looking for $598,000 through Wallers.

“Harcourt is popular because it’s handy to Melbourne, interesting to young families,” says Robertson, “and there’s quite a bit of subdivision talk going on.”

In pretty and scantily populated Fryerstown, 10 kilometres south-west of Castlemaine, Robertson has just sold another top priced “but beautiful church conversion for $675,000”.

At the other end of the price scale and consequently contested by a crowd of interested buyers is an interesting new house built using old materials that Brett Waller has also just sold for $235,000. (Yes, you read that right!) Sited at Newstead, a town midway between Castlemaine and Daylesford.

Also on the way to Daylesford is picturesque, if low-key, Guildford (population 333) where, among a handful of properties on the market, are an almost million dollar, four-bedroom brick house on 20 acres, and a converted train “with a pool and three bedrooms”, adds Robertson.

Speaking of trains, Brett Waller reckons that because Castlemaine and its satellite settlements are now considered viable for daily city commutes, the velocity of the region’s future development will hinge “on what happens next in public transport”.

That, and the domino effect of property jostling.

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Emergency laws to ban vilification, intimidation and threats in same-sex marriage campaign

ns who feel vilified, intimidated or threatened by another person’s conduct during the same-sex marriage campaign will have legal recourse under emergency laws being rushed through Parliament this week.
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Civil penalties of up to $12,600 will apply, but any legal action for an alleged breach of the new law will have to be approved by Attorney-General George Brandis.

The special protections will end at the conclusion of the same-sex marriage postal survey in November.

Attorney-General George Brandis will have the power to block legal action or appeal an injunction. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Civil penalties can be imposed by a court, but no criminal penalties – such as fines or jail time – will apply.

“It will be unlawful to vilify, intimidate or threaten to harm a person either because of views they hold on the survey or in relation to their religious conviction, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status,” a government spokesman said.

“That will be a sunset provision, it will only last for the period of the postal plebiscite.”

The protections are similar to those already enacted in various state jurisdictions around but do not currently exist at a Commonwealth level.

The laws, to be rushed through both chambers of Parliament by Thursday night, will apply to “conduct” during the campaign, which could include advertising, leaflet materials or behaviour.

Judges will have the power to injunct any materials subject to an alleged breach, but Senator Brandis will also have the power to appeal that injunction.

Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann told the Coalition party room Senator Brandis would no doubt approach the issue of “with a bias toward freedom of speech”.

The Turnbull government has been negotiating the bill, first revealed by Fairfax Media, with shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus, and Labor is expected to back the measures.

The bill will also import a number of safeguards from the Commonwealth Electoral Act, such as a requirement that campaign materials bear an authorisation, and apply them to the postal survey campaign.

The usual safeguards do not automatically apply because the survey is being conducted under the auspices of the Census and Statistics Act, through the n Bureau of Statistics, rather than the Electoral Commission.

Tuesday’s Coalition party room meeting green-lighted the new laws as former prime minister Tony Abbott penned an opinion piece for Fairfax Media advocating the “no” vote.

Mr Abbott argued it had been years “since gay people have been discriminated against, and just about everyone old enough to remember that time is invariably embarrassed at the intolerance that was once common”.

However, the former PM went on to say same-sex couples in settled domestic relationships “have exactly the same rights as people who are married”.

“To demand ‘marriage equality’, therefore, is quite misleading. Same-sex couples already have that,” Mr Abbott wrote. “This debate is about changing marriage, not extending it. And if you change marriage, you change society; because marriage is the basis of family; and family is the foundation of community.”

The former prime minister also charged supporters of the legal change for being primarily responsible for bullying and hate speech in public debate, rather than same-sex marriage opponents.

“It’s striking how little love the supporters of same-sex marriage are showing for anyone who disagrees with them,” he argued.

Big businesses, from sandwich giant Subway to the ride sharing service Uber, also copped a serve for “virtue signalling” on the issue.

Mr Abbott concluded by urging a “no” vote to show that “political correctness has got completely out of hand”.

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Sally McManus sounds the alarm about government’s union-busting laws

Sally McManus , Secretary of the ACTU. Photo Nick Moir 30 March 2017A new tranche of industrial relations laws planned by the Turnbull government are an “attack on democracy”, according to ACTU chief Sally McManus, who says fighting them will be the next major front in the organisation’s fight against the federal government.
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The proposed laws amend the Registered Organisations Act and do three things: create a public-interest test that could make it harder for unions to merge, as the construction and maritime unions are currently attempting to do; toughen the rules that allow union officials to be disqualified; and harden up the rules that allow a union to be deregistered.

The government argues the proposed laws, which were introduced into Parliament on August 16 and are now being examined by a Senate committee, protect workers’ interests by ensuring unions comply with their legal requirements.

It says its laws simply expand the grounds a court can consider in deregistering a union, to include repeated law-breaking, serious criminal offences and corrupt conduct by union officials.

But Ms McManus said those three specific measures were “three huge problems” for the union movement, as they would allow employer and business groups – and the minister – to interfere with the operation of unions.

The draft laws state that an application for deregistration of a union can be made to the Federal Court for corrupt or unlawful conduct by a Fair Work Commissioner, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, or “a person with a sufficient interest”.

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‘The Ballad of Joey Johns’ by Nah Mate releases new video, plan more rugby league-themed songs

LEGEND: Sam Cupitt and Joshua Ballico from the band Nah Mate.HE gave us ‘The Ballad of Joey Johns’,and for that we are eternally grateful.
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ButNewcastle folk/alternative musicianJoshua Ballico,who performs under the name Bofolk Ballico, wasn’t done.

He’s put together a band, Nah Mate, whose first release, a full recording of the unofficial Newcastle anthem complete with a new video dropped last week, and the group plan on releasing more original rugby league-themed songs.

As well as Ballico, Nah Mate consists ofSam Cupitt (vocals), Ryan Cox (harmonica and electric guitar), Dhare Labbe (bass) and Andrew Greentree (drums). But for ‘The Ballad of Joey Johns’ they were also assisted by Shaun Danger on electric guitar and Spencer Scott on bass.

We wanted to know what other songs the band might cover, and suggested maybe a Cliffy Lyons themed tune that centered on his penchant for rolled cigarettes and inch-perfect inside balls.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that we discuss Newcastle rivals in one of our songs,”Ballico said.

“We also flashback to the 2002 Origin series and discuss one of our favourite commentators. “The attention received by the original video was enough to make me think there was an audience out there for these songs. “A niche. “But after recording the original I practiced the song with my band. “It went really well live and sounded great with a full band. “That’s really what motivated me to make this recording and video. “Sam Cupitt had endless lyric ideas that were all worth pursuing.

“The songs will not exclusively be about Newcastle players, but will all be sung from a Novocastrian perspective.”

GREAT: Joshua Ballico recreates that iconic Joey Johns image.

MONKEY LAWSUIT SETTLES SAY CHEESE: The monkey selfie. Copyright Naruto, er, David Slater.

IF you’ve done a communication degree, a media law course or shown any interest in copyright then, chances are, you’d be familiar with the monkey that took a selfie.

In 2008, British nature photographer David Slater traveled toIndonesiato take photographs of the critically endangeredCelebes crested macaques.

But the case, which is now referred to as Naruto et al vDavid Slater, didn’t gain wider public attention until the photographs werepublished as monkey self-portraits by a news agency in 2011.And we’d hoped that a recent US lawsuit over who owns the copyright to the selfie photographs snapped by Naruto would finally, once and for all, answer the novel legal question.

But, alas, the thing about courts, particularly in the US, is if they can settle a case without proceeding to trial, they will.

Under the deal, Mr Slateragreed to donate 25 per cent of any future revenue to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques, lawyers for an animal-rights group said last week.They said they would seek to dismiss the case pending before the San Francisco- based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the macaque monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of Naruto. Lawyers for Mr Slaterargued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including a now-famous selfie of the monkey’s toothy grin.

Slater argued that he engineered the photographs in 2011 by travelling to an Indonesian jungle, spending three days with a troupe of monkeys to gain their trust and deliberately making his camera accessible to the animals to take photographs.

A lower court ruled in the photographer’s favour, saying that animals could not hold copyrights. The 9th Circuit was considering PETA’s appeal. The lawyers notified the appeals court on August 4 that they were nearing a settlement and asked the 9th Circuit not to rule.

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Tomago Aluminium is preparing for more power shutdowns this summer

Smelter’s $100m decision Concerns: Tomago Aluminium chief executive Matt Howell is the man who has to make the “$100 million decision” when the company is asked to shut down parts of the smelter during extreme conditions. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.
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Past: A 1984 photograph of the potroom at Tomago Aluminium showing a worker about to tap molten aluminium.

History: A 1992 photograph showing the huge potline at Tomago Aluminium.

Future: Liddell power station outside Muswellbrook which has become the catalyst for an energy “debate” in .

Talks: AGL chief executive Andy Vesey arrives in Canberra on Monday for talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Discussions: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks to the media last week about Liddell power station.

TweetFacebookIf a potline is shut down for longer than an hour it can quickly turn to custard, literally.

Tomago Aluminium chief executive Matt Howell

After 75 minutes without power an aluminium smelter’s potlines startto “freeze”. After three hours without power they aredamaged beyond repair. The replacement bill is $100 million per potline, and the risk of shutting even one down is a “$100 million decision”.

’s energy “crisis” –brought to a head by the sudden closure of ageing coal-fired power stations and a decade of energy policy inertia –is an existential threat to the state’s biggest power user, with February’s shutdown a warning of what could lie ahead.

“Of course we’re concerned,” Mr Howell said.

If Tomago Aluminium has an “uncontrolled potline freeze” of its three units caused by energy unreliability this summer,“In an environment of low prices you’d walk away. You’d take the insurance money and walk away,” Mr Howell said.

He argues strongly for coal and gas power into the future, despite AGL’s public statement that it is moving away from coal, and an AEMO report last week backing the need for an upgraded national energy market design because the existing market “is unlikely to incentivise the development of new flexible dispatchable resources (energy on demand) at the level required”.

Mr Howell acknowledged “the need and desirability of renewables”, but after February’s shock, and an earlier shock in January, 2016 when AGL requested a potline to be shut for 40 minutes,he prioritises reliability in the short term to keep the smelter operating.

In the January, 2016 incident there were four failed attempts to re-start the potline. The 40-minute shutdown stretched to two hours and 35 minutes offline, with 11 frozen cells within the potline.

If Tomago Aluminium had ignored AGL’s request for a potline shutdown in February, the company would have been forced to pay the wholesale price applying at the time,at the cap of $14,000 per megawatt hour because of the extreme conditions, with a final bill of $5.25 million for 75 minutes of energy.

If it had ignored AEMO’s request to remove another 300 megawatts of demand from the grid that day there would have been a probable state-wide blackout, with the likelihood of irreversible damage to three potlines, Mr Howell said.

“Our concern is about the reliability of the national energy market. The closure of Liddell in 2022 has just brought the issue into focus. We have a long-term contract with AGL until 2028. We’re obligated to buy and they’re obligated to supply. It’s the reliability of supply and how that affects us that is the issue,” he said.

“We can’t afford to be exposed to the wholesale power price when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. I get asked why I don’t support batteries but it’s a nonsense and it needs to be called out for what it is. The batteries exist, but you can’t afford the costs.”

Mr Howell is critical of AGL, and said interruptions initiated by AGL were “longer and they’re more frequent”.

He strongly supports proposed changes to bidding intervals in the national energy market after clear evidence of late “rebidding” by generators leading to significantly higher prices achieved for power.

“The current system is a bit like playing a hand of poker where the dealer knows the cards to come in advance,” Mr Howell said.

Grattan Institute energy fellow David Blowers described events in February as a “massive warning shot across the bow for everyone in the energy system”, prompting “every point in the market pulling together to make sure they have appropriate responses”.

AEMO’s responses had included finding other high energy users that could potentially shut down in extreme conditions so that Tomago Aluminium is not put at risk, Mr Blowers said. AEMO had also increased emergency capability.

“We’ve got a lot more tools in the toolbox to be able to deal with it, but things can happen. It’s understandable that people are nervous,” he said.

n National University Energy Change Institute director, Professor Ken Baldwin said was “only now realising the implications of a decade of energy policy paralysis by governments, and we’re being forced to address this on a very short time frame”.

“Dysfunctionality” could only be addressed by energy policy certainty, he said.

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Party with Jerry Schwartz at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Party in style with Hunter hotel mogul | PHOTOS Glitzy: Jerry Schwartz built the new five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. A special, pre-opening launch will raise money for the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).
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Jerry Schwartz and his son Dane lay concrete during the hotel’s construction.

Jerry Schwartz at his Vaucluse home in 2013.

Jerry Schwartz at a former monorail station at World Square, which is now an office space, in 2016.

TweetFacebook The five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. If you like to party and have fun, you best keep reading.

Check out this picture–it’s thefirst five-star luxury hotel to be built in Sydney since the Olympics.

It was built by Hunter hotel mogul Jerry Schwartz, who is planning a big party to mark the occasion.

Jerry’s known for owningCrowne Plaza hotels in Newcastle and Hunter Valley, along with theNovotelon Newcastle Beach.

He’s also known for being a doctor, cosmetic surgeon and philanthropist.He’s a big supporter of the world-renowned Hunter Medical Research Institute, affectionatelyknown by its catchy acronymHMRI.

Which brings us to the party. Jerryhasgivenaway all 28 floors of the hotel to 28 charities for a special, pre-opening launch of hisnew hotel at Darling Harbour on October 3. HMRI was given one of these floors.

Those who join the party willbe among the first people to stay at the new five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

HMRI hasnine rooms left, which it is offering for $1000 each. Every cent will go to HMRI.

This “golden ticket” type eveningwill buy you anooncheck-in, an 11am checkout,breakfast, entry to an exclusive cocktail party in the hotel ballroom and use ofthe hotel’s swish facilities.

If you take up this offer, you’ll be the first people to sleep in one of the hotel rooms, the first tojump on the bed and the first to… ahh, how do we say this politely… ermm… christen the bed.

HMRI’s Rebekah Wilson said “it’ll be great fun” and aspecial experience at the upmarket hotel.

“It’s a chance to get dressed up and attend a proper cocktail event,” Rebekah said.

“It’s the day after a long weekend and school holidays. That’s a good night for people to go down there.”

JerryconsidersNewcastlehis second home,since heworked there as an ophthalmology registrar at Royal Newcastle Hospital.

“HMRIis expanding strongly, which will help build Newcastle’s reputation as one of the most progressive medical research and technology hubs in ,” Jerry said.

Jerry Schwartz and his son Dane lay concrete during the hotel’s construction.

“The funds they raise through the Sofitel Darling Harbour charity launch will help fuel that expansion.”

The Sofitel launch isimportant to him.

“It’s the first new-build hotel I’ve been involved with and it will play an important role in Sydney’s future tourism development,” he said.

“I’m expecting all of my friends in the Hunter to get behind HMRI’s fundraising efforts for the charity launch, but also to call the Sofitel their Sydney home away from home.”

Jerry said he’ll personally welcome to the Sofitel those who take up the HMRI offer and also “join in the partying with them”.

“We’ve produced some fantastic brews out at the Lovedale Brewery this year, so I’ll see if we can bring in a few cases to give the party a distinct Hunter Valley flavour.”

To secure a room, [email protected]苏州模特佳丽招聘.au or phone(02) 4042 1000.

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The ten rules of living in a sharehouse

The price you pay: If you leave unwashed pots in the sink from your dinner preparation, your washing up interest compounds.Hi! Welcome to our home. Bins are Tuesday night and rent is due on Fridays. Here are some other easy peasy rules for living in our share house.
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1. Unfortunately, something is not either “clean” or “not clean”. Infinite levels exist between these two states, and the likelihood of your concept of “clean” lining up with your roommate’s concept of “clean” is a point of a per cent.

2. If your roommate is in their room with the door shut, they may as well be dead. The only channel of communication open to you in this instance is the text message. Knocking is the highest insult to a closed door. Appreciate this unspoken rule.

3. You learn the true meaning of the phrase ‘No one owes you anything in life’ when you find your clean washing in a cold wet heap on the laundry floor next to a humming washing machine full of your roommate’s load.

4. Never, ever, move in with a musician unless you somehow have the foresight to invest in soundproofing.

5. If you leave unwashed pots in the sink from your dinner preparation, your washing up interest compounds. Other people can’t wash up their plates because the sink is blocked, so they stack their plates on top of yours. You are now contractually bound to wash the lot.

You may be late on credit card repayments, but you’ll never miss paying your debt to the kitchen sink again.

6. All sex must be silent. There is an acute desperation and claustrophobia associated with waking up to the sounds of sex coming from the next room and being sentenced to lie awake for hours, listening to thumping.

7. The real estate agent provides the tenant one simple service – to test your capacity for total misery. Never fall for the rouse of them being your friend. They serve one God – the Landlord – and they will reinforce your lowly place by putting off repairs for as long as possible, returning your phone calls a full 72 hours later etc. Let this humble you.

8. Observing your roommate’s mouldy food in your fridge is great way to generate pent up rage for your next exercise class.

9. Never cross the unspoken line of hooking up with a roommate. That friend of a friend of yours who did it and is now married with 2.5 kids and a golden retriever? Urban myth. Didn’t happen. There is no good to come of it.

If it’s good, you’ll want to keep doing it. If it’s bad, you just hooked up with your roommate.

10. You will always feel as if you do the majority of the cleaning. This is because you probably had your filth cleaned your entire life by your wonderful mother, who you increasingly realise you owe two decades of unpaid labour wages to. Let this humble you.

And remember above all else, your roommates are not your friend if it means sacrificing their happiness for yours. They can and will turn on you like a pack of hungry wolves if your runners stink up the bathroom.

Face it. You have no friends in that house. Only precarious allies.

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ABC won’t review vetting despite controversial calls

???ABC Radio won’t be reviewing its vetting procedures despite a number of controversial comments being made on air by callers in recent weeks.
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On Monday a caller rang Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne program to praise Hitler’s treatment of gay people.

The veteran broadcaster was interviewing Victorian Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton to discuss the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.

Faine then accepted a call from a listener who said his name was Don. The man said he thought it was “disgusting” the commissioner was encouraging people to vote yes, before asking if he could “say one more thing”.

“Hitler had put all those kind of people in their own concentration camps, it’s one of the two good things he did,” he said.

Faine, who didn’t hear Don say the word Hitler, then asked the caller to repeat what he said.

“Hitler had concentration camps for these gay people, one of the two good things he did,” Don said. “The other one was build the autobahn.”

The incident comes after Triple J’s Hack program was hoodwinked by a man pretending to be Jewish so he could get on air and claim that multiculturism is the “end of white people”.

‘s alt-right has been targeting the public broadcaster in recent weeks, with online forums encouraging Nazi sympathisers to call into radio programs under the guise of marginalised groups or people simply looking to have a respectful debate.

Despite the recent controversies, an ABC Radio spokesman said the broadcaster’s policies and procedures for vetting talkback callers were sound and did not need updating.

He said Monday’s interview lasted three minutes and was civil until the listener made a “highly offensive remark referencing Hitler” in the last few seconds of the phone call.

“Once Jon [Faine] had clarified what the caller had said, the call was immediately terminated,” he said. “All ABC broadcast is on short delay. By the time Jon had clarified what the caller ‘Don’ had said, the ‘dump’ option was no longer viable hence Jon’s actions to terminate the call when he did.”

Former ABC broadcaster turned Newcastle councillor Carol Duncan said it’s a tricky balance between collecting different views and not allowing offensive remarks to go to air.

“Your producer is your first line of defence,” she said. “Hopefully, any problems are stopped there. But people get through by lying about their identities, lying about the reason for the call and they’re going to take advantage of those seven seconds before you can dump them.”

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Accused murderer denies being angry at husband’s sex tape message

The text message from Qian Liu’s husband said: “Send our video of us making love for him to look at so that he will give up.”
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Han Lim Chin was suggesting Ms Liu send their sex tape to her personal trainer, with whom he suspected she was having an affair.

But Ms Liu said that message, which she read late in the evening on January 3, 2016, did not make her angry.

“I just found this laughable,” Ms Liu told the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, through an interpreter.

“I found him very childish.”

Ms Liu is facing trial for the alleged murder of Mr Chin, 39, who died days after she inflicted a knife wound to his chest during an argument in the couple’s Riverwood granny flat that night.

The Crown alleges Ms Liu was mad when she stabbed her husband, amid tension over his gambling debts and suspicions she was sleeping with her trainer.

The 35-year-old restaurateur has pleaded not guilty, saying she accidentally wounded her husband after grabbing the knife from him and trying to escape his bedroom.

Under cross-examination from Crown prosecutor Brad Hughes, SC, Ms Liu previously agreed she asked Mr Chin about divorce in a series of eight text messages earlier that day.

One message began: “If you want to find excuses or explanations to break up, we can have a good start and a good ending.”

She also agreed that her mother put down a $90,000 cash deposit on a house in Ms Liu’s name, but she did not consult Mr Chin.

Ms Liu did not agree she felt angry or annoyed at her husband as he went in and out of her bedroom during the argument.

“I put it to you you deliberately hit him with the knife?” Mr Hughes asked.

“Not deliberate,” Ms Liu replied.

Ms Liu has told the jury she didn’t realise her husband was hurt until he said so, and she saw blood on the knife.

She said she believed a protective cover was on the blade the entire time.

Ms Liu said when her husband collapsed she ran to the main house, where her extended family lived, and asked a cousin to call an ambulance.

“Why didn’t you call an ambulance,” Mr Hughes asked.

“I was really shocked.”

“Why didn’t you call?”

“Because I couldn’t even speak English properly. I knew the ambulance would ask me a lot of questions and I wouldn’t be able to answer them all.”

Ms Liu agreed with Mr Hughes that she told police “I do this”, but said she did so to “save” her husband.

“I put it to you you full well knew how he was injured because you deliberately injured him. Correct?”

“That’s what you thought.”

The trial continues.

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UN sanctions tighten tourniquet on Kim regime

Washington: The UN Security Council has whacked crippling new sanctions on North Korea to force it to negotiate over its nuclear and weapons programs.
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But it came only after days of diplomatic horse-trading, in which Washington caved to demands by Beijing and Moscow that even harsher American terms be defanged.

The deal between the three powers ensured that neither the Chinese nor the Russians exercised their Security Council veto, which would have derailed what became a unanimous resolution in the aftermath of Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear device test on September 3.

More importantly, Monday evening’s vote revealed the power that China and Russia hold as the globe confronts the North Korea crisis, which on the one hand, they see more as Washington’s problem; while on the other, they see US prescriptions to resolve the crisis as more of a problem for them.

These latest sanctions tighten the UN tourniquet on the regime and its economy, particularly a new ban on its imports of natural gas and condensate; and its exports of textiles, which last year earned more than $US700 million ($874 million).

Combined with the impact of pre-existing sanctions on North Korean exports of coal, iron ore and seafood, the US claims that more than 90 per cent of the North’s exports are now under sanction.

But to get that far, Washington agreed to temper its latest demands.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wanted a total oil embargo – but Monday’s resolution caps the North’s oil imports at 8.5 million barrels a year, a cut of 10 per cent to 30 per cent depending on how the math is done.

The resolution freezes the assets of several regime entities and travel by their officials – but not the assets of, or travel by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, as had been stipulated by the US.

And while the resolution calls for the inspection of ships to and from North Korea, Washington dropped its early call for the use of military force if needed to execute any ship searches.

Also the resolution flagged, but did not implement a ban on renewing the contracts of close to 100,000 North Korean guest workers, most of whom work in Russia’s far east, and who repatriate salaries worth an estimated $US500 million a year.

And perhaps some of the sanctions are moot – there are reports that as sanctions have kicked in there’s been a matching spike in oil smuggling between Russia and North Korea; and the British-based International Institute for Strategic Studies argues that Pyongyang can substitute liquidised coal for oil.

Going into Monday’s security council meeting, French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre declared: “The stronger the sanctions we impose on North Korea, the stronger our hand in promoting a political solution – by definition, this is a compromise in order to get everyone on board”.

Attributing the deal to the relationship between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Haley hailed the decision as a demonstration of global unity against Pyongyang.

But just as Washington had toned down its sanctions demands, Haley also had toned down her rhetoric – last week, she insisted that the North was “begging for war” but on Monday she allowed Pyongyang time to take a new tack.

“If it agrees to stop its nuclear program it can reclaim its future; if it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it,” she told the council meeting:

China worries that a total oil embargo would lead to collapse in the North. And maybe it did the US a favour by holding its position – British diplomats warned ahead of the vote that cutting all oil deliveries to the North as winter approaches would have resulted in Pyongyang holding up pictures of freezing children and charging that the West was the architect of a new genocide.

When it comes to North Korea, China and Russia have much more in common with each other, than with the US. Neither wants a regime on its doorstep to collapse; neither wants a reunified Korean peninsula, which inevitable would be under US patronage; and neither wants American anti-missile defence systems, such as the recently deployed THAAD systems, in their backyard.

To that extent, some analysts argue that Trump’s erratic policy pronouncements on North Korea are making Beijing and Moscow even closer allies and presenting them with an opportunity to undercut the US on the global stage. Just as Moscow sees Ukraine as a buffer between it and Europe; Beijing sees the North as a buffer between it and Washington-allied South Korea.

Both Beijing and Moscow are urging a mutual freeze on the peninsula – Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program in return for the US and Seoul freezing their joint military exercises, which the North sees as a threat.

Washington balks at being so frozen out. But for all Trump’s belligerence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others in the Trump administration are committed to negotiations, a possible framework for which emerged in weekend comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As a participant in the Obama era deal by which Iran agreed to restrain its nuclear program in return for a lifting of global sanctions, Merkel said in a Sunday interview:

“If our participation in talks is wanted, I will say yes immediately???I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict.”

Never mind that Trump is so critical of the Iran deal. Looking at all the layers of Washington’s North Korea strategy – sanctions, military threats, covert action and sanctions on Chinese and other companies that trade with Pyongyang – some analysts see the contours of an Iran-like process emerging.

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Centenary of the Great War

CRUCIAL POST: A Regimental Aid Post near the front line, where wounded would be brought for immediate treatment. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details forSeptember 10-16, 1917.
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MEREWETHER MAN WOUNDEDMrs F. Albert, of Wilson St, Merewether, has received the following letter from her husband, Private Fred Albert:“I suppose you got word from the authorities that I have been wounded. I am glad to say it is not serious, and I expect to be nearly ready for the line again by the time you receive this. We have been doing some hard ‘going’ lately, and I was on sentry post in the front line when I got hit. Fritz started putting over a heavy barrage this afternoon (June 11), and one burst just along the trench, a bit from where I was potted, and one of the pieces passed through my left leg, just above the knee, but luckily it never hit the bone. I am lucky I didn’t get worse, as I lost a few of my mates in the same bombardment, and I feel none the worse for it. I am in hospital in France, just now, and it is very nice, and we get every attention. The weather is beautiful, and everything is green and bright. I have not heard from Will or Jack for a while, but I suppose they are busy, too.”

Will and Jack are Mrs Albert’s two brothers, and are both in hospital. MrsAlbert had previously been notified that her husband had been reported wounded.

PRIVATE DAVID LLOYDIn a letter from France, Private David Lloyd of Merewether, writes: “We have been having rather a rough time lately, and hardly feel in the humour of letter writing just now. I’ve just came out of the greatest ‘stunt’our battalion has been through. Since writing last, I said good-bye to all friends and dear life. Our brigade had a “hop over”,that is, a charge; and you will understand how lucky I am when I tell you I am one of about 300 left of the battalion (about 1100 men). All our stretcher-bearers were either killed or wounded, and I was asked to assist, which I did. We had about 800 yards to carry, and we were carrying from about 6.30amuntil half-past two, by which time practically all the stretcher cases had gone down to the dressing station. I missed my last mail. One of the men was carrying it up, and lost the bag. Of course, I was very disappointed, but we were exceedingly lucky to get away with our lives.”

GUNS WERE ROARINGWriting from France, 18/6/17, Private J. Hughes, of Newcastle, says: “It has been nice and warm here these last few days, with a thunder storm every second or third day. Things have been quiet up our way this last week, but the guns were roaring the week before for seven days continuously. The Red Cross trains were on one another’s heels for two consecutive days, but it is said our casualties were very light in comparison. Our depot is larger than any marshalling yard in , and is only one of hundreds. The trains run in sight of one another, day and night, and it is marvellous the way they transport troops, guns, munitions, and materials. I don’t think the Germans could ever come up to our efficiency in the movement of troops from one sector to the other – trains anything up to half a mile in length. We expect our marching orders any day. Beer here is 1½d., a glass, but poor stuff; wine, 5d; rum, 3d a liqueur glass. We have had three mails from , and have been waiting for another for the last four weeks. Some of the men are getting a few stray papers up to May 1, but no mails. We witnessed a great sight here the week before last – some Taubes came across about 10 am, when we were on the shell dumps. They looked just like flies. One could see the shrapnel burst among the clouds. On a hazy day you can’t see old Fritz – he has his machines painted a deceiving white. Our machines are always overhead during the day time, scouting. I cannot see any chance of leaving France for a long time to come. The food here is good, but rather light, and our officers are very good. We had two days at a rest camp at the port of disembarkation, and we had a 32 hours’ train journey to get to where we are at present. You get less news here than in . It took us 14 weeks from the time we left till we got to France. There is a wonderful mixture of races there.

KILLINGWORTHThe last mail brought welcome news to many Killingworth families of the wellbeing of their relatives at the front. Mr James Cherry received news from his son, Private Oliver J. Cherry, that he is now well again, and on furlough in Sheffield (Eng.), and that his brother, Private Rob. Cherry, has been discharged from hospital (second occasion).

LAMBTONMrs R.S. King, of Kendall St,Lambton, has received a letter, dated June 17, from an officer of the _ Battalion, regarding her husband, Private King, who was recently killed in action. After offering sympathy, the writer of the letter says: “Your husband proved himself a true n, and he died doing his duty, and in the great field of honour, namely, the battle field. At all times he was found at his post, and no task was too heavy or dangerous for him to undertake, even though such might have meant the facing of fearful odds, and where certain death stared him in the face. By all who knew him your husband was held in the highest esteem, and many a faint-hearted man went forth under very heavy shell fire with a light heart because they knew that Dick the fearless was their leader. His death came as a sad blow to every man in the company reducing many of the lads to the verge of tears.”

MINMIThe following is a copy of a letter received by Mrs Shears, of School Hill, Minmi: “Seeing that your son Harry was in my section, I feel duty bound to let you know the circumstances under which he died. He was one of the finest soldiers produced, and I was justly proud to be acquainted with him. I was with him from the time we left until the day of his death, and always found him to be an honest and upright lad, and worthy to be called a friend. It is very hard indeed for you, but it is one of the penalties of war which must be paid by someone, but there is always this consolation, that your son Harry died a hero. He will be missed very much by his comrades, especially by the members of the platoon to which he belonged, as he was always cheerful, no matter what circumstances he was under. I never made his acquaintance in civil life, although I only came from West Wallsend. (Signed) Corporal A. W. Hartland, B Company, “Newcastle’s Own”.

NEW LAMBTONMr M. Gubbay, of New Lambton, has received a letter from the chaplain of “Newcastle’s Own”battalion, expressing sympathy in the death of his son, the late Private J. M. Gubbay, who was killed in action on June 17. The chaplain adds that he was buried on the battlefield, and that the colonel of the battalion wished him to convey to MrGubbay his sincere regrets.

A CARDIFF SOLDIERCorporal N. MacRae, writing to his father, Mr J. MacRae, of Cardiff, says: “Just a few lines to let you know that I got through the stunt all right, and I suppose you read in the papers it was a great success. The place where our company went across was one mass of craters. No wonder poor old Fritz is so broken up, as our artillery poured a fearful fire on to him. I got a lot of souvenirs from captured Germans, but have given most of them away. The only thing I am keeping is a watch, which a Fritz gave me in No Man’s Land. The poor beggar’s nerves were completely done. Our company only took five prisoners, so you can guess that it was pretty blood-thirsty. I can tell you I surprised myself very much going across in the assault. Before jumping our parapet I was shaking like a leaf, but as soon as I got over I forgot everything but to follow my O.C. You can do a bit of skiting around Cardiff now, dad, as when we were relieved and came back to our old line of trenches, the O.C. recommended Mat Grey and myself, company despatch runners, for the D.C.M. I don’t know whether we will get it, but anyway, the thought that our O.C. thought so much of us is sufficient for me. For my part, I reckon I did not do more than any other man in the battalion. Cardiff will be well represented for medals if I get the D.C.M., as Sam Egginton gained the Military Medal some time ago. I have been promoted to orderly room corporal. Remember me to all Cardiff people, and let them know that I am quite well.

LATE PRIVATE J. WADDELLThe following is an extract from a letter which Andrew Douglass, a school mate of the late Private John Waddell, wrote to his mother, Mrs A. G. Douglass, of Wickham:“It was in this big stunt that poor Jack Waddell was killed. He was with the stretcher-bearing band. A shell landed right where they were posted, and hit Jack and one of our sergeants in the legs. Jack died about an hour later, but the other poor fellow lived for about 48 hours. When I heard about it I tried to get down to see him, but he had died hours before. Nevertheless, I was there to see him buried. His grave is right on the borders of France and Belgium, near the ridge of Messines. I rode over to his grave the other day, which is about four miles from where we are now. It is well looked after, and a little wooden cross has been erected, but if we are here any time I think it probable our unit will erect a cross itself. Show this letter to Mrs. Waddell, and tell her we are all very sorry that Jack has died. Private Frank O. Dukes, of the Field Ambulance, has also written offering on behalf of himself and comrades deep sympathy”.

AUSTRALIANS AT RESTFrom C. E. W. Bean, Official n Correspondent

London, Thursday:Last night the temperature for the first time indicated a change towards the approaching autumn. The fine weather of the last few days has turned to cold, with clear nights. The greater part of the n troops are in the most magnificent fettle they have ever known, and are enjoying a splendid, long-desired rest.Sports and healthy training have been the program of many units for months.

LAMBTON HONOUR ROLLThe relatives and friends of soldiers who have enlisted from Lambton or Jesmond are requested to send the names, together with date of enlistment, and any other particulars to the Town Clerk, Lambton, for inscription on the Honour Roll. E. Charlton, Mayor.

ENLISTMENTSMik Atoff, Kurri Kurri; Gertrude Alice Burns, Muswellbrook; Walter Keith Campbell, Scone; Frederick George Cridland, West Maitland; Charles Stanley Faulkner, Grass Tree; Hubert Holland Kempe, Cessnock; John William Liversidge, Singleton; Reginald John Marsh, West Maitland; Alfred Ernest Matthews, Mayfield; Eric Alfred Moore, Branxton; John William Neville, East Maitland; Ellen Scott, New Lambton; Leslie Leonard Slyney, Broadmeadow.

DEATHSGunner Miarus Alford, Glen Oak; Sapper Norman Rolf Shiels, Minmi.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. Follow his research at facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

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