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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Newcastle business Yogic Wisdom is the first in the Hunter to offer a post graduate diploma in yoga therapy

Found her calling: “Along came yoga teacher training and I’ve never looked back,” says Yogic Wisdom founder Kym McDonald.
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What was your first job out of school?

I was an apprentice fitter and turner with the Electricity Commission NSW. That led me into mechanical engineering. I’d attend trade shows and demonstrate welding and other mechanical tasks. A woman doing what was considered a traditional male role created quite a stir. I have always gone against popular choices and trends to follow the direction that feels right for me.

Kym McDonaldHow do you differentiate yoga and yoga therapy?

Yoga classes are often taught in groups and are usually more general. Often, students are seeking exercise to stay in shape. Identical form and instruction is taught, with some adaptations, without the individual in mind. Yoga instructors may offer classes for specific conditions such as pregnancy, runners or seniors. A yoga therapist is an experienced yoga teacher with substantial additional training in therapeutic applications and supporting skills. They incorporate a multidimensional approach to caring for individuals. A yoga therapist’s goals include managing and reducing symptoms of suffering, rooting out causes of suffering, improving life function, and shifting attitude and perspective in relation to a client’s condition.

Who do you expect to do the yoga therapy diploma?

Qualified yoga teachers in the Hunter and Central Coast who want to deepen their knowledge and provide a holistic solution to their students, either one on one or in small groups.

How many hours are involved?

650 hours over two years of study. Once qualified, they can practice as a yoga therapist and register with Yoga .

Why does yoga remain relevant?

People use yoga to manage their work life balance, to de-stress and improve their quality of life. Others are searching for a place and community to understand themselves more.

Do you practice daily?

Just before dawn I practice movement and breath techniques for 40 minutes finishing with 30 minutes of meditation. In the evening, 20 minutes of relaxation breathing, mindfulness reflection and gratitude for my day.

Do you believe in yoga’s benefits moreso for body or mind?

To separate the body from the mind is difficult as they are part of the whole being. Many students initially come to class for the body and quickly realise that their whole being is benefiting. Students often share that they feel much calmer, sleep better, their relationships improve and they have greater personal awareness.

What’s the answer for those who want to do yoga but have no time?

Yoga doesn’t have to take long and you can do it at home. At Yogic Wisdom we can review diet, body structure and personal requirements to recommend a customised home practice. For many, it is a simply a 20 minute morning practice and sometimes a 10 minute evening breathing and gentle movement to provide restorative sleep. Greater results are always gained from daily practice, as yoga was originally designed.

Any other innovation in your business?

We want to offer a scholarship program for students. We’re also creating opportunities for more people to benefit from yoga through our new all bodies and ages beginner’s classes, plus free yoga classes. In a first, our yoga therapy students will observe client sessions provided by me through free clinics. Yoga is about giving back. Nine years ago we created the Karma Yoga community charity which supports a school and orphanage in Bangalore. We plan to run more events to fund a school bus.

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ArtLayers of meaning between pages

ENGROSSED: Installation view, Brigita Ozolins The Secretary (detail) 2014. Photo: Simon OzolinsBOOKS these days have serious competition. Yet the book is a crucial building block of our civilisation, since for at least the past 500 years a growing torrent of books has documented discoveries, created history and fed the imaginative lives of more and more of the world’s population.
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At Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery until October 15 Meryl Ryan has created a superb exhibition, Book Club, which takes this fundamental saga as basis for the work of 11 contemporary artists who celebrate or subvert the book as a physical object. It brings together many extraordinary works; vivid metaphors and surreal objects.

SIMRYN GILL: Four Atlases of the World and One of Stars, 2009. Image: Utopia Art Sydney

In Deidre Brollo’s elaborately constructed library, books are repositories of almost forgotten knowledge. In the other large installation by Brigita Ozolins, familiar from her work at MONA, walls and floor are densely covered with thousands of discarded printed pages, while a sightless secretary adds to the pile.

Ahn Wells, in a surprising new trajectory, makes an autobiographical paper quilt, a patchwork of scraps from diaries and notebooks on one side with fragments of untranslated Korean text from a childhood book on the reverse.

Julie Gough from Tasmania and Archie Moore from Queensland place the book in a colonial context, correcting the white assumptions of old school history books and miniaturising the role of the missions.

The book is a central and symbol-laden object in the work of William Kentridge. This celebrated South African artist often works with printed text, subverting with superimposed moving images, contrasting the inert with living things. Burgeoning painted trees dominate the newsprint in a layered metaphor. Several sculptural pieces interpret how our brains function like an ill-catalogued library.

An even more radical comment on our use of books as imaginative fuel comes from Simryn Gill. Books are transformed into quixotic objects, with a group of atlases pulped and moulded into terrestrial globes and a favourite novel, the corrosive Bell Jar of Sylvia Plath, torn into strips and rolled into 21 strings of spherical beads.

How would one feel wearing that painful semi-autobiography? Do we really assimilate the books we treasure?

As this mind-blowing exhibition demonstrates, books and the printed word make facts, but also feed some other fundamental hunger.

TILLEY’S TEXTAN exhibition within the main exhibition focuses on Lezlie Tilley’s most recent work, using text to create visual patterns. In recent years she has expanded a long-term interest in text into augmented books and into projects where blocking out a single recurring letter creates arbitrary patterns, which now she extrapolates into musical notation. The individual cancelled letters become notes on a stave which, translated into a performable score, can be heard in the gallery. A mundane page becomes sequences of sound reminiscent of Philip Glass and John Cage, the Glass Cage of the exhibition’s title.

As we expect from this artist, the reworked texts are meticulously represented, the sequences building momentum. The combination of elaborately planned detail and complete chance is mesmerising for the viewer and for the artist, taking her ongoing passion for manipulating paper into a whole new realm. Few artists have the imaginative concentration to keep their work constantly evolving, let alone making this leap from sight to sound. Why not dance?

FORMIDABLE CULLENTHE Cooks Hill Galleries’ recent showing of graphics by the late Adam Cullen somehow slipped beneath the radar. He has established a formidable reputation, but it is hard to imagine his casually brutal images in a domestic environment. Works on paper show more respect for both medium and expressive line.

Meanwhile, Gavin Fry paints iconic Newcastle, where obsessively detailed facades are set amid swirling abstract chaos. It’s genuinely surreal.

STRONG BLENDAT Back to Back Galleries until September 24 is a celebration of ceramics.

Nicola Purcell’s classically thrown teapots reveal intensive training and a strong sense of surface design. Jo Davies uses terracotta for simple pasta bowls.

Tracie Bertram’s mosaic-covered objects continue to harvest her fertile visual imagination and craft knowledge in a series of fantastic flamboyant forms.

Elizabeth Treadwell Newman supplies unfettered madness in totem poles and pincushions, while Sandra Shaw’s silken velvet fabrics are a further example of perfected craftsmanship.

This is a strong show.

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Xtraction Espresso has upped the ante with a cool menu

Coffee talker: Kenn Blackman, owner of Xtraction Espresso, on Bolton Street in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De PeakXtraction Espresso, 2/36 Bolton St, Newcastle, Mon-Fri. 6am-3pm, Sat 7-12noon. Closed Sunday.
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There are plenty of Newcastle cafes that can make a quality cup of coffee. A smaller number house baristas that are excellent every single day. Other cafes serve an average coffee but compensate for it by serving excellent food that is unique or imaginative. Some places charm with their atmosphere simply because of the warmth and attentiveness of their service. One or two still have a great atmosphere with almost no service at all. A couple of businesses I can think of manage to be busy every day with little or none of the above. If you are lucky and your coffee machine stands somewhere that is convenient or in a room with a view, then hundreds of customers, regardless of your weaknesses, will sit at your tables just to be seen there.

Rarely in Newcastle does a café appear to have no weaknesses: outstanding coffee, acreative menu featuring delicious food, attentive service that is warm as well as informative, and awelcoming atmosphere.

Xtraction Espresso on Bolton Streetin Newcastle isn’t just ticking all the boxes, it’s setting up a whole new cafe criteria. Apparently you no longer have to give up on good service so that you can enjoy your favourite coffee. You can even be looked after, drink a great cup and be nourished by savoury goodness without once having to leave your table. Xtraction is doing all the important things extremely well.

For those of you who assumed Xtraction focused solely on their coffee then you should order one of their breakfast offerings as soon as possible. Although it is the coffee that I most crave when I arrive there on a Saturday morning it is something else entirely that I encounter when I first step inside. Behind the counter the chef must have been slow cooking his tomato braise, or smoking some brisket to serve with aspero pickles or stirring up a sweet and hearty bolognaise that I make no attempt whatsoever to resist when placing my breakfast order. By the time it has arrived at my table under two perfectly poached eggs, a number of customers have commented on the mouth-watering aromas that have met them at theentrance.

The most interesting parts of the breakfast and lunch choices take their inspiration from Mexican street food and all the smoky spiciness that it has brought to the everyday café menu. With black-eyed beans, chillies and queso quesadillas being wrapped up and served all day there is often a small crowd assembled outside of this kitchen. The Amigo and Jak’d Up burritos are a fearsome pair of meaty, slow-cooked marvels that can also be compacted into toasties. As a Mediterranean alternative, the Sicilian option features a bolognaise much like the one from my breakfast – resting on fresh bread and sweetened with handfuls of fresh herbs and vine-ripened tomatoes.

I am still only halfway through the breakfast when the barista and owner Kenn Blackman joins me at my table. By now he has poured me three coffees and what could have been 50 or so others for the rest of his customers. Working at the machine and the grinders by himself, it takes only a moment to realise that Kenn is as efficient as he is knowledgeable. You could even say that he has mastered the art of combining these strengths. While he pours, steams, doses, gives change and takes orders, Kenn is in an ongoing conversation about all things coffee with any number of his dedicated regulars. It is not unusual to hear a barista flaunt their latest coffee lingo but in here the customers are up to it as well.

The enthusiasm and passion of all this caffeinated banter says as much about the coffee as it does about Kenn. For their milk-based coffees Xtraction currently uses the Maverick and Cargo blends roasted by Delano in Wollongong. Customers can choose one blend or the other and on this Saturday morning could savour a teeth-tingling single origin from Colombia. For espresso enthusiasts, the single origin is hard to pass up for the sheer zinginess and brightness of acidity. At the other end of the coffee strength spectrum, if you prefer a gentler, milk-based coffee, then the Cargo is noticeably milder than the Maverick.

Regardless of the origin or the roast I chose, each coffee Kenn serves me is difficult to fault. It comes as no surprise that Xtraction is becoming synonymous with superior coffee in a Newcastle scene that is brimming with quality beans and talented, passionate baristas. With a new outlet in Maitland and bigger plans around the corner, Kenn Blackman is proof that when it comes to keeping the customers satisfied, consistency will always win the day.

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‘Designed to get us hooked’: Pokies case kicks off

n Baptist minister Tim Costello holds a Door stop in support for Shonica Guy and Jennifer Kanis, Maurice Blackburn’s head of social justice, outside the Federal courts in Melbourne, Tuesday September 12, 2017. Ms Guy and Maurice Blackburn are launching legal action against Crown casino and the makers of the Dolphin Treasure machine, alleging the game is rigged. (AAP Image/Joe Castro) NO ARCHIVINGAn unprecedented lawsuit likened to a “David and Goliath” battle has begun, with a former gambler taking on ‘s powerful pokies industry over claims its products are designed to addict users.
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James Packer’s Crown Resorts, owner of Melbourne’s Southbank casino, and the ASX-listed slots manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure will, for the next three weeks, be locked in a landmark Federal Court trial defending claims that the prominent Dolphin Treasure poker machine is misleading, deceptive and in breach of consumer law.

The case was launched by Shonica Guy, a former pokies addict, represented pro-bono by law firm Maurice Blackburn. Ms Guy on Tuesday morning said she lost 14 years of her life on the pokies, and wanted to stop this happening to other problem-gamblers.

“For too long now, we have been told we are the only ones to blame for pokies addiction,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

“I want this case to show the machines are misleading … and designed to get us hooked.”

The lawsuit alleges the Dolphin Treasure machine, of which Crown Melbourne has 38 on its gaming floor, is designed to mislead gamblers about their chances of winning, partly through an uneven spread of symbols across its five spinning reels.

Reverend Tim Costello, a prominent anti-pokies campaigner with the Alliance for Gambling Reform, said Crown, Aristocrat and the wider pokies industry was the “most powerful industry in “, whose influence was equivalent to that of the American gun lobby.

“They are the equivalent of the National Rifle Association. That’s why we have the greatest number of problem gamblers bar no country in the world … because of the power of this industry.”

Ms Guy’s decision to take on Crown and Aristocrat, he said, was “truly a David and Goliath story”.

“But I know the Bible, and I know how that story ended,” she told reporters outside court. “The little guy, David, wins.”

Former federal court judge Ron Merkel QC, for Ms Guy, told the court that Dolphin Treasure disguised overall losses as wins, and said gamblers were not made aware of a number of allegedly deceptive features of the machine’s design

Among these is the fact the first four reels have 30 symbols while the fifth and final reel to stop spinning has 44 symbols, making it harder to win on the last reel and encouraging the perception that gamblers have had “near misses” when they lose.

Another allegation is that Dolphin Treasure’s advertised return rate of 87.8 per cent gives the impression that a player will retain 87.8 per cent of the money they bet while risk losing 12.2 per cent, when, in reality, that figure is calculated over the lifetime of a machine and includes jackpots that occasional players rarely win.

Crown Resorts and Aristocrat deny the allegations and will vigorously defend the lawsuit. Industry sources said both defendants were treating the case with the “seriousness it deserves’, but believe they have walked within the boundaries of the law.

The Gaming Technologies Association – the group representing poker machine manufacturers – said the industry firmly stood by the integrity of its products, “which are heavily regulated and comply with strict standards”.

“Those national standards include consumer protection measures, such as no false information, no misleading information, adequate information for players to make informed decisions,” association chief executive Ross Ferrar said. “Those go above and beyond consumer protection legislation.”

When asked whether he believed the design of poker machines contributed to addiction, Mr Ferrar said help was available to gamblers who had a problem, and urged them to “get help”.

Neil Young QC, for Crown Resorts, said the casino operator was “entirely reliant” on the statutory approvals of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

He said the language used in Dolphin Treasure, including the advice on the theoretical return to players, was based wholly on state regulation.

Maurice Blackburn lawyer Jennifer Kanis said the unprecedented lawsuit was not seeking damages from Crown and Aristocrat, but rather, major design changes to make their poker machines “fairer”.

The case will call other former gambling addicts to testify, as well as addiction psychologists and mathematicians.

“Through this action we hope to make people aware of what is really going on in the design of poker machines and importantly to see a better standard applied to the future design of machines,” she said.

“It is our view that this case will have ramifications across the industry.”

Mr Costello said anti-pokies campaigners had given up on the hope that state governments will act on serious pokies reform.

“They take too much in donations from the industry,and they get far too much in revenue,” he said. “They are really Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”

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Traffic snarls as Newcastle’s light rail work starts in Hunter Street

It was one extreme or the other as construction of Newcastle’slight rail network began on Tuesday.
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Headaches and hope as work starts 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.

Picture: Marina Neil

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TweetFacebookHerald spoke with some business owners on Tuesday, they described the lack of cars on the closed stretch of Hunter Street as beinglike a ghost town.

George Fellas, who has owned Civic Lunch Delights for 14 years, said he had noticed a customer drop of about 20 per cent on the first morning of work.

Mr Fellas said he was supportive of the light rail project, but was concerned about the impact on his business and five employees–who all had mortgages.

“We just have to ride it out and eat the cost,” he said.

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— Nick Bielby (@nickbielby) September 11, 2017

“There’s not that much we can do. I’m glad they are starting now–the sooner they start, the sooner they will get the job done. I’m confident it will be a benefit to the whole town.”

Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel said construction in the zone, near Civic Theatre, was expected to finish by the end of the year.

He said pedestrian access would be maintained for businesses during the work.

“For people who live, work and play in the city centre, light rail construction means some traffic changes, and we are asking road users to take this into account when planning their trip,” Mr Cassel said. “We expect traffic impacts to settle down a little once road users get used to the changes and find the best route for them, and we thank road users for their patience.”

Blue Door Cafe owner Peter James said he was willingto put up with the inconvenience for the betterment of the city. But he said it was important that work finished on schedule, before Christmas, so he could take advantage of his business’s busiest time of year.

“We’re happy to work with the crew and try to make itas smooth as possible and try tostay as positive as possible,” he said.

“Is it going to cause us headaches in the meantime over the short-term period? Yes it is. Hopefully it goes as planned. If they don’t stick to the time-frames then they are going to have a very disappointed business owner here.”

Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said it was imperative that the work on the project remain on time“tominimise any negative impacts that arise as a consequence of the traffic restrictions in the zone”.

“We note the special car parking arrangements and that pedestrian access is being maintained and implore shoppers and business patrons to be patient and to maintain their custom of businesses through this period,” Mr Hawes said.

Joseph Baker, who manages Hunter Street cafe The Press Book House, said he had a positive outlook.

“I don’t mind at all–it’s all for the better,” he said.

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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.

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

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

Traffic at the Auckland St detour as #Newcastle light rail work kicks off on Hunter St @newcastleheraldpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/3xubDDRdah

— 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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