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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Hunter Street businesses experience first day in Newcastle light rail works zone

CLEAR PATH: A scooter rider crosses Hunter Street on Tuesday after work began on the light rail project. A section of the street between Auckland and Darby streets is closed to traffic. Picture: Marina NeilIt didn’t take long for some CBD businesses to feel the pinch of Newcastle’s light rail construction.
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Work on the Hunter Street part of the major projectstarted on Tuesday and is expected to keep a stretch of the city’s main street off-limitsto traffic until the end of the year.

Business owners on the closed part of Hunter Street, between Auckland and Darby streets, are bracing for a challenging three months as they figure out how to adapt to the new conditions.

Tanya Corradi, from NNT Uniforms, was openly critical of the work on Tuesday morning.

Hunter Street stretch ‘like a ghost town’ Not happy: Sharlene Lipnicki and Tanya Corradi from NNT Uniforms say the business has already had a drop in customer numbers since Hunter Street was closed for light rail construction. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

In Progress: A map showing planned light rail work up to 2019. Construction crews moved into Hunter Street, between Auckland and Darby streets, on Monday.

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TweetFacebookHerald also spoke with other Hunter Street business owners who would not speak publicly about their concerns.

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— Nick Bielby (@nickbielby) September 11, 2017

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he was excited to see Newcastle transform, but acknowledged the challenges.

“With all major construction there is some disruption,” he said.

“I won’t pretend there won’t be some short-term pain, but there will be long-term gain at the end.

“Our experience is that drivers will see traffic settle down once everyone gets used to the changes.

“In less than two years, Newcastle light rail will be part of everyday life.”

A Newcastle Now spokesperson said the CBD business advocacy group had received varying reports about travel times on Tuesday morning.

“There was noticeable traffic congestionduring the morning peak hour, however, we expect that drivers will quickly work out their most efficient way into the city by altering their start time, travel route, car pooling or even using a park-and-ride option,” she said.

“It is still very easy to walk around the city, particularly along Hunter Street.”

After the stretch between Auckland and Darby streets is complete in December, work will shuffle down Hunter Street to a patch between Worth Place and Auckland Street.

Work on Scott Street, between Pacific and Telford streets, is also expected to begin in December.

Construction between Crown and Perkins streets is scheduled to begin in November and work between Crown and Darby streets is due to start next year.

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Sunrise presenters butt heads over kids’ sports

Of all the potential topics to stir up heated debate on breakfast television, kids’ sports seems the most unlikely.
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But Sunrise presenters Natalie Barr and Mel McLaughlin got caught up in an awkward back-and-forth over which sport is more popular among youngsters: cricket or basketball?

The two presenters were responding to comments from NBL boss Larry Kestelman, who’s been stoking the flames for basketball’s moment as ‘s top summer sport ahead of its season launch in October.

“Good luck, mate,” McLaughlin, filling in on the show for regular sports reporter Mark Beretta, joked. “It is important to aim high.”

Barr quickly shot back.

“I agree with him,” she said. “With the new generation coming up, basketball is absolutely more popular [than cricket] with kids.”

“At grassroots levels, it has fantastic numbers – they just need to convert it,” McLaughlin countered.

The comments sparked an odd argument, with hosts Sam Armytage and David Koch looking on enthusiastically as each presenter refused to back down. (Koch, a shareholder in the NBL’s Sydney Kings, surprisingly didn’t jump in.)

“Kids aren’t interested in cricket as they were, like previous generations,” Barr said.

“I think different competitions have changed. I think the shorter form has gotten back on board…” McLaughlin replied.

“Disagree,” Barr interrupted. “I’m surrounded by kids who love basketball…”

“Yeah, but they’ve gotta go to the games, they’ve gotta wear the jerseys…” McLaughlin said.

After trading volleys, the duo’s tiff was brought to a stop by the ding of a boxer’s bell as producers looked to get the show back on track.

McLaughlin, the weeknight sports presenter on Seven News, will remain on Sunrise while Beretta recuperates from a waterskiing injury.

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Pay for the new iPhone with your old one

Apple is a company that makes active money out of secrecy. This week’s iPhone launch is surrounded by plenty of rumours and some surprisingly solid detail, and that’s exactly the way that Apple likes it, because it’s all free publicity for one of the world’s biggest companies.
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The one detail we can be assured of is that the new iPhone models won’t be cheap. Apple doesn’t do cheap. It’s simply not in Apple’s DNA to even consider what the word “cheap” might mean, because it considers itself a luxury brand in the company of brands such as Rolex or Ferrari.

Apple actively wants an iPhone to be an aspirational luxury product, and it charges accordingly. While some rumours put the price of the best new iPhones steering towards a wallet-alarming $2000, even the entry-level new models are likely to tip the scales over $1000 outright. That’s a lot of money to lay down on a smartphone, but iPhone buyers are typically loyal to the brand.

Fortunately, if that describes you, the chances are good that one way to lessen the sting of buying a new iPhone is right in the palm of your hand. One beneficial factor to staying faithful to the Apple brand is that iPhones tend to retain their value for far longer than their Android cousins, and that means if you’re looking to trade up to a new model, there can be some significant value to be realised from your existing handset.

That doesn’t mean you should rush into taking the first offer you get, however, because the differences in ease of approach and especially the funds you’re likely to realise can be substantial.

As an example, Apple offers its own “trade-up” scheme, run through its stores or online, where you trade in your existing handset for Apple Store credit to be put against a new phone. It’s actually run by a third-party company, and the prices you’ll get are pretty appalling. At the time of writing there’s no listed price for an iPhone 7, but a 128GB iPhone 6s in perfect working order will net you a paltry $210. Given Apple will charge you just $1.05 less to repair the screen on that exact model, it’s a terrible deal.

Telcos, too, will offer you a range of trade-ins. They all have their own “new phone” style deals, where you recontract for a further 24 months and get a new handset, but there you’re handing over a working phone that you’ve made up to a year’s worth of repayments on, and getting absolutely nothing in return for it. Economically, that’s a poor deal.

All three major telcos also offer the option to trade in a phone you fully own for mobile bill credit, which will at least realise you some funds towards your phone bill, if not actually your new handset. Although it’s worth noting that Telstra uses the exact same third-party seller as Apple, with the same low offered prices.

You could opt to go for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker, although there you’re likely to get wildly variable pricing depending not only on the condition of your phone, but also the whims of the merchant involved.

The online equivalents are the many businesses that specialise in buying secondhand mobile phones under brands like Mobile Monster, Cashaphone or Mazuma Mobile, to name but a few. There you’re likely to see a better result with relatively little fuss, but it’s worth checking multiple sellers, because prices can vary a lot. As an example, I was quoted between $340 up to $530 for an iPhone 6s 128GB, and between $510 and $720 for an iPhone 7 128GB from a variety of mobile resellers when testing recently. That’s a significant difference that you could put towards a new iPhone for the exact same handset.

As my older relatives used to endlessly say, if you want a job done right, do it yourself, and that applies to iPhone sales as well, because the best realised prices you’re likely to see are by selling it yourself, whether in person or online. Gumtree’s online price checker suggests that iPhone 7 models typically sell for $859 through its service, while parent company eBay has completed listings for iPhones ranging between $700-$1000, which suggests that there are buyers.

Of course, selling that way involves more work and more risk on your part, because you’ve got to either mail your phone to a stranger (and hope they don’t try to keep it and reverse the payment), or meet someone while keeping your goods and person secure. Still, if you hanker after the latest and greatest and want to pay the least for it, it’s clearly the way to go.

Alex Kidman is the tech & telco editor at finder苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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‘She would have flown metres’: Jogger critical after being hit by car

Witnesses have reported seeing a woman “flying mid-air” after she and a man were struck by a vehicle in Sydney’s west on Monday night.
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Shortly before 7pm, a 21-year-old woman and her male companion, 22, were knocked down while jogging on Concord Road, Rhodes.

Both were taken to Westmead Hospital, where the woman remains in a critical condition, and the man is now stable.

Anthony Quartarone was driving home from Strathfield station when he witnessed the accident.

“I was stopped at the front of the queue, where it was red. It was green for the car that came through, it was driving normally,” he said.

“Then it skids and I turn my head, next thing I see is a woman flying mid-air, she would have flown metres. I think she just landed on the ground. I believe she had run out in the traffic.”

Mr Quartarone described hearing “halting brakes” and a “bang” when the accident occurred. /**/

Another witness, who owns a local business close to the accident, said she also heard a “thud and a screech of brakes.”

“I ran outside and there were two people lying in the middle of the road in the traffic. I was the first one to assist the people,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

“I called back to my husband to call an ambulance.”

She said the injuries of both involved appeared quite severe.

At the scene, a discarded sneaker could be seen lying next to a red Toyota sedan with a heavily smashed windscreen.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man and the woman at the scene, before taking them to Westmead Hospital with head and possible leg injuries.

Officers attached to Burwood Local Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the incident.

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Ouch, Bellevue Hill buyer says goodbye to $277,500 deposit

Property developer Peter Zhu has pulled out on an agreed $5.55 million Bellevue Hill house purchase, forgoing a $277,500 deposit in the process.
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The failed deal comes four months after Mr Zhu exchanged on the property with an initial 5 per cent deposit paid up front, and a further 5 per cent deposit due last month to hold the property over an extended eight-month settlement.

However, last month Mr Zhu failed to come through with the second half of the deposit and it was returned to the market on Monday.

Patrick Cosgrove, of Raine & Horne Double Bay, who sold it last time, has set a $5 million guide for the property ahead of an October 12 auction.

Records show the Bundarra Road property is owned by Gillian Stals, whose husband Andrew Stals is a former lawyer who founded the corporate advisory Minerva Capital Partners.

The Stals bought the almost 1000-square-metre property in 2011 for $3.6 million, and returned it to the market pitched as a DA opportunity with approval for a four-level mansion with a glass-fronted swimming pool and a tennis court.

Mr Zhu’s role as head of property developer LB Group and spearheading the redevelopment of Gosford’s Mariner’s Plaza into a two-tower complex made him an ideal buyer given his own plans to redevelop the property into his forever home.

Mr Zhu’s business dealings in first made headlines in 1999 when his contract to sell Olympic Club memberships in China in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics was cancelled by the Sydney Organising Committee. The matter went all the way to the High Court, which ruled in 2004 that NSW taxpayers should pay him $4.23 million for the wrongful termination of his contract.

Mr Zhu is just one of a few high-end home buyers who have walked away from their purchase, costing them their deposit in the process. Related: Robby Ingham returns Tamarama home to marketRelated: Buyer defaults on purchase of Cate Blanchett’s homeRelated: Buyers walk away from sales at St Albans auctions

The Tamarama beachfront reserve home of fashion industry pioneer Robby Ingham exchanged for more than $13 million a year ago to an Asia-based expat buyer who later pulled out of the deal, forcing the property back onto the market. It sold last month for $13 million to DJ Annie Conley.

The most famous example was in 2015 when Cate Blanchett’s Hunters Hill trophy home was sold for a bullish $19.8 million just weeks after it hit the market to Chinese-born property developer Richard Mingfeng Gu.

A year later it was returned to the market after he failed to complete the deal. It sold this year for $18 million to London-based expat Katrina Chandler, wife of investment banker Chris Barter.

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WineWhere to buy a show-stopperJohn Lewis

SUCCESS: In addition to her four Silkman boutique brand trophies, Liz Jackson took the Marshall-Flannery Trophy for best current-vintage semillon. Photo: Chris Elfes
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THE 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges awarded 23 trophies and 36 gold medals and many of these winners can now be bought at cellar doors, online and in bottle shops.

The top red wine, theSilkman 2015 Reserve Shiraz, is available at $50 a bottleatsilkmanwines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Small Winemakers Centre 426 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.

It won the Doug Seabrook Trophy for thebest red of the show, the Hector Tulloch Trophyfor best shiraz and the Elliott Family Trophy for best two-year-old shiraz.

Silkman is the four-year-old boutique venture of husband and wife team of Shaun Silkman andLiz Jackson, who are respectivelychief of production and bottling and chief winemaker at theFirst Creek winery headed by Shaun’s father Greg Silkman.

The boutique brand of former First Creek husband and wife winemaking duoDamien Stevens and Jodie Belleville won theGeorge Wyndham Trophy for best current and one-year-old chardonnay with theirHart and Hunter 2016 26 Rows Chardonnay, which is available at$40 at the463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and onhartandhunter苏州夜总会招聘.au.

The Tyrrell’s family wine company was again dominant with 10 trophies and 11 goldmedals andwith its 2009 Vat 1 Semillon netting a top-of-the-show score of 97 points out of 100 in the 2015 and older semillon class.

The wine, which is not currently available, won the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for best white wine of the show, the Maurice O’Shea Trophy for best semillon and the McGuigan Family Trophy for best mature two-year-old and older semillon.

The currently available Tyrrell’s trophy wines are the:

2011 Stevens Semillon(Len Evans Trophy for the best named vineyard wine and Tyrrell Family Trophy for best named vineyard white wine), which can be found in some wine stores at $35 a bottle

2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay(Murray Tyrrell Trophy for best chardonnay and Lindeman Trophy for best two–year-old and older chardonnay), which sells for $75 attyrrells苏州夜总会招聘.au, the Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery and wine stores

2017 HVD Semillon, which joined the 2005 and 2009 HVDs in winning the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Trophy, is available at $35 to Tyrrell’s Private Bin members.

TheRidgeview 2016 Impressions Shiraz, which won the Drayton Family Trophy for best named vineyard red wine, can be bought for $40 at the 273 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury, cellar door and onridgeview苏州夜总会招聘.au.

TheVinden Estate 2017 Verdelho, which won the Jay Tulloch Trophy for best verdelho and the Silver Bullet Trophy as international judge Elaine Chukan Brown’s favourite wine, sells for $30 at the 17 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and onvindenestate苏州夜总会招聘.au.

The Agnew Group’sCockfighter’s Ghost 2016 Reserve Semillonthat won the Ed Jouault Trophy for best one-year-old dry semillon is available at $30 at cellar dooraudreywilkinson苏州夜总会招聘.auandthe De Beyers Rd cellar door.

TheMcWilliam’s Mount Pleasant 2014 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, which won the James Busby Trophy for best mature three-year-old and older shiraz, can be bought for $250 a bottleat theMarrowbone Rd, Pokolbin, winery, and onmountpleasantwines苏州夜总会招聘.au, as can the$80Mount Pleasant Non-Vintage Tawny Blend, winner of the Trevor Drayton Trophy for best fortified wine.

The gold medal $35Mount Pleasant 2009 Elizabeth Semillonand $50Mount Pleasant Wines 2014 Rosehill Shirazare also online and at cellar door.

TheDe Iuliis 2016 Shiraz,which won the Alexander Munro Trophy for best current and one-year-old shiraz, is available at $25 from October 1ondewine苏州夜总会招聘.auand at 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery.

Shaun Silkman andLiz Jackson won a fourth trophy in theother red varietals and blends sectionwith the not-yet-releasedSilkman 2016 Reserve Shiraz-Pinot Noirand a gold medal in the2016 and older semillon class with theSilkman 2017 Single VineyardBlackberrySemillon, which sells on-line and at the Small Winemakers Centre for$35.

The Iris Capital group of Sydney hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout made asuccessful Hunter Wine Show debut when itsSweetwater 2014 Shirazscored the 96-point top gold in 2015 and older shiraz class.

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RU OK? Day is a good opportunity to reach out and start meaningful conversations in the Hunter

Teacher Hayley Weber and Dr McGill with students Emarehi Okhawere, Hamish Gleeson, Sabrina Amiri and Corey Stevenson. Picture: Marina NeilSUICIDE prevention can startwith a conversation, and now students at Jesmond Public School have a special place to sit and ask each other, “RU OK?”
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A “conversation bench” was installed at the school ahead of RU OK? Dayon September 14, an initiativewhich aims to protect peoplefrom suicide by offering a way for them to connect with each other.

Dr Katie McGill

“We’rea very multicultural school, with upwards of 27 nationalities out of 200 children,” relieving principalBrad Bannistersaid.“Within those cultures, a large percentage are from refugee backgrounds, and many of themhave a lot of stories to tell.I think the bench will give them their own space and time to choose whenthey have thoseconversations.”

LifeSpan Newcastle, which is rolling out an integrated suicide prevention strategy, has supported local workplaces and organisations by offering community grants to host RU OK? Day activities throughout the city on Thursday.

Dr Katie McGill,Lifespan Newcastle coordinator, said the conversation benches wereabout creating a space where people could check in with each other.

“When we’re having a hard time, often we don’t reach out to others or tell themabout things that are going on for us,” Dr McGill said.

“Sometimes that’s because we find itembarrassing, or there is a bit of shame around it, or we have a sense that if we tell people we’re having a hard time of it, others might think we’re weak.”

People who were worried about a loved one’s mental health were often afraid to bring it up.

“That can be because we think it’s none of our business, that we don’t want to embarrass them, orput them on the spot, or that we just don’t know what to say if they do say they are not OK,” she said.

While Dr McGill encouraged people to check in on friends and family more frequently, RU OK? Day served as a call to action.

“By asking, we’re saying that it’s OK for them to tell us, and it provides that opportunity to have the conversation,” she said.

People should not be afraid to asksomeone if they were considering suicide.

“Asking doesn’t put the idea in someone’s head,” she said. “It just starts the discussion.Finding outwhat ishappening, and what is going to help them in this moment to start to get back on track…itall starts with a conversation.”

Paramedics have urgedpeople to check in on seniors.“People’s willingness to talk about mental health is improving, but we have a long way to go,” NSW Ambulance Senior Chaplain Reverend Paul McFarlane said.

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The steep price we pay for our love affair with water

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Tui Gallaher was a normal teenager, going for a swim with his cousin on a hot summer’s evening at Maroubra. Geoffrey Blackadder, 60, went into the surf to rescue young relatives from a rip at Wooli Beach. Two-year-old Henry Tran tumbled into a garden pond. Robbi and Charli Manago were 23 months old when they entered their backyard swimming pool in Kellyville Ridge. Vera Peacock was two when she did the same. Sujan Adhikari was a 29-year-old masters student from Nepal who went for a dip at Wattamolla Lagoon on Christmas Day.

They are the faces of the price of ‘s love affair with water – which is much steeper than realised. The Royal Life Saving Society ‘s annual report shows nearly 1000 people drowned or were hospitalised from near-drownings last year.

The report says ns underestimate the dangers of water. NSW’s deadly summer of drownings – where 13 people died between Christmas and New Year – contributed to 291 fatal drownings across , a rise of three per cent from last year’s 282 deaths, found the National Drowning Report 2017.

For the first time, the report includes what Royal Life Saving describes as non-fatal drownings. For every person who drowned in nearly three more people were hospitalised with non-fatal but serious injuries from non-fatal drownings, the society estimated. Many of these 685 people who narrowly escaped a watery death will very likely suffer long-term disability including brain damage.

Men accounted for three out of every four deaths. Fatal drownings in inland waterways, including rivers, dams and lakes, which are often unpatrolled and unsupervised, accounted for slightly more than one in three drowning deaths.

Fatal drownings among the youngest and the oldest rose at a much greater rate than the year before: There was a 38 per cent rise in children aged zero to four years of age, with 29 dying in pools, rivers and creeks. Deaths of people older than 75 also rose 38 per cent, with 36 people dying, some with pre-existing conditions or from complications associated with medications.

As the weather warmed up, Justin Scarr, the chief executive of Royal Lifesaving urged the public to choose safer places to swim, including public pools and patrolled beaches.

“ns love the water. It’s an important part of our culture,” said Mr Scarr.

Mr Scarr said the number of deaths was a “sobering reminder” for young and old to learn to swim, to increase lifejacket use, supervise children around water, and swim in safer places such as pools and patrolled beaches.

“Last summer was shocking, with drowning deaths in NSW four times higher than average between Christmas and New Year,” he said.

His comments coincide with reports that a 32 -year-old Victorian man Shaun Oliver died while attempting to save a 12- year old boy who was stuck in a rip on an unpatrolled beach in Wollongong, NSW, on Sunday.

The boy’s three siblings were also rescued from dangerous surf on Wollongong City Beach, which had been closed because of dangerous conditions.

Amy Peden, Royal Life Saving Society’s national manager policy and research, said the 695 non-fatal drownings had been included to show the real extent of the danger of water and to fight complacency around water.

Nearly half of those hospitalised with non-fatal injuries were under five, and research shows many would have life-long injuries such as those suffered by Samuel Morris.

On April 9, 2006, Sam’s lifeless body was pulled out of their Cranebrook home’s pool. Sam suffered severe brain injury, surviving until February 22, 2014, when he died at Westmead Children’s Hospital’s Bear Cottage. His parents set up the Samuel Morris Foundation to provide support for other children who had suffered from non-fatal drownings and prevent other deaths and non-fatal drowning incidents. Wollongong: Drowning victim hailed a hero. Victorian father 32-year-old Shaun Oliver leaves behind a wife & 3 young children. #7Newspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/5ns4tS3fm5??? 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 10, 2017

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A Day On The Green pays homage to its indie-rock rootsTOUR, PHOTOS, VIDEOS

Indie rock revives the ’90s Veruca Salt
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The Living End

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Tumbleweed

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TweetFacebookSeether – Veruca SaltIt’s a line-up of bands who were front and centre ofthe alternative heyday of the 1990s.

Between them, these six bands have notched up eight ARIA Awards, received more than 30 ARIA Award nominations, had 12 top 10 albums and 18 top 40 hit singles.

The Herald spoke to Spiderbait drummer and vocalist Kram on the eve of the tour announcement and he is as excited as he’s ever been to perform in an outdoor arena. At last year’s A Day On the Green at Bimbadgen, Spiderbait shared the bill with You Am I, Something For Kate, Jebediah and The Meanies and were, for many, the highlight of the day.

Mrs Robinson – The LemonheadsKram was insanely good on the skins and at one stage, pumped, left his kitto eyeballthe crowd.

Prisoner of Society – The Living End“That was epic,” he said with a laugh.

“I remember looking out beyond the audience, at this massive sea of people that reminded me of Homebake and Big Day Out, and seeing smoke from the fires in the hills.

“For that to be the first show of the tour, it just created some incredible energy that carried on all the way through. Until we got to Perth and after that show we got banned from Kings Park for life. I still don’t know why.”

n music fans need no introduction to The LivingEnd. Their1998 self-titled debut album spawned singalong anthems Prisoner Of Society, All Torn Down, Second Solution andWest End Riot and 20years on they continue to be a force to be reckoned with and have just completed a huge US tour.

Veruca Salt’s signature hit Seether remains one of the most-loved rock tunes of the ’90s. After breaking up in 1998, the original line-up – Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack – re-formed in 2013 and in 2015 they released their fifth studio album, Ghost Notes.

Buy Me A Pony – SpiderbaitThe Lemonheads’breakthrough album It’s A Shame About Rayand cover of Mrs Robinson made them a household name. Into Your Arms is an indieclassic.

Tumbleweed personified stoner rock in the ’90s with songs like Sundialand Carousel and won the prestigious support slot on Nirvana’s only n tour. As for fellow Aussies The Fauves, they are known for their witty lyrics, melodic pop-rock and often satirical explorations of national themes. You might remember their hitDogs Are The Best People.

Sundial – TumbleweedThe indie rock-inspired A Day On The Green is at Bimbadgen onSaturday, February 24. Tickets are on sale at 10am on September 25 through Ticketmaster.Dogs Are The Best People – The Fauves

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Saddle up for Touch of Wild West

TIMELESS ENTERTAINMENT: Webers Family Circus has been entertaining audiences for many years and their new Wild West Spectacular will continue to WOW. WILD FUN: The show includes your favourite funny clowns, trick dog displays, miniature ponies, and showcases the wonderful and amazing acrobats.
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WEBERS Circus is back in Newcastle, with a Wild West-themed show delivering a family-friendly mix of laughs and thrills.

The circus big top is set up Richardson Park, opposite Newcastle Showground, with performances running from September 18 through to October 18.

SMILE: The three very cute miniature ponies and the comedy dogs will keep you laughing, along with ’s funniest clowns.”

“Webers Circus, With a Touch of The Wild West, is a fantastic show filled with wonderful acts from around the world, which will keep you on the edge of your seats,” said circus owner and managerNatalie Weber said.

“The three very cute miniature ponies and the comedy dogs will keep you laughing, along with ’s funniest clowns.”

Mrs Weber, a sixth generation circus legend, performs in the family-runshow along with her husband and three daughters.

The death-defying aerial acts are a feature of this circus.

“A highlight of the show is the Russian Swing, which is very entertaining, with the three Weber sisters somersaulting through the air, only to be caught by a catcher seven metres high off the ground,” Ms Weber said.

“Our juggler, Cody Harrington, won the junior world juggling championships in Las Vegas, and juggles no less than nine rings, which is a feat in itself.

“The show also includes silks, hula hoops, a cloud swing, line dancing, and much more.

“So saddle up, get you hat and cowboy boots on, and let Webers Circus take you on a Wild West adventure for the whole family.”

Each performance lasts for an hour and 45 minutes.

For all inquiries call 0448 247 287 or book on line at www.weberscircus苏州夜总会招聘.

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