Avoid kitchen catastrophe

Warning: Firefighter Greg Mantle with Newcastle station officer Peter Messenger are among those from Fire and Rescue NSW urging the public to be aware of how easily residential fires can start in the kitchen. Picture: Nick BielbyIt can take only three minutes for a kitchen fire to turn into a blaze that can leave a home in ruins, a Newcastle firefighter says.
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Hunter residents are being urged to take care in the kitchen after new figures revealed the number of house fires that started in kitchens this year tracking to be close to last year’s numbers.

In 2016, fire crews across the region were called to 361 fires at premises where a flame or heat source had been left unattended in the kitchen.

There have been 146 of these types of fires so far this year.

Newcastle had the highest number of incidents in the regionlast year –99 compared with 34 so far in 2017.

Lake Macquarie had 86 kitchen fires in 2016, compared with 43 in the six months to June.

Wyong has recorded 26 kitchen fires so far this year, after it registered 67 in 2016.

So Fire and Rescue NSW is promoting its Keep Looking When Cooking campaign to spread awareness about how easilykitchen fires can take hold.

The emergency service branch has developed a mini-magazine that is being distributed to cafes, bars and community centres across the state to promote kitchen safety.

The mini magazine will also feature recipes submitted by firefighters, across a variety of cuisines.

Newcastle station officer Peter Messenger said almost half of all house fires started in the kitchen.

“Usually when people turn away from the stove top, get distracted by their television or phone or simply fall asleep,” he said.

“It can literally take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one so it’s important to be vigilant.

“Kitchen fires represent 45 per centof all residential fires and 34 per centof injuries, with a flame or heat source being left unattendedbeing the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires.

“Hundreds of injuries happen every year due to kitchen fires, so we’re urging people to keep looking when cooking and avoid cooking catastrophes this winter.”

According to Fire and Rescue NSW figures, firefighters are calls to about 3865 house fires across the state each year. Kitchen fires are the most common cause of residential blazes.

An average of 21 people die and 502 people are injured in house fires each year.

Fire and Rescue NSWcommunity safety and research Chief Superintendent Jeremy Fewtrell said firefighters also saw a 10 per cent rise in the number of fires that started in bedrooms or lounge rooms during winter.

“We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and remember to keep everything in the house a metre from the heater,” he said.

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A ray of sunshine for Knights fansPOLL, PHOTOS

A ray of sunshine for Knights fans | POLL, PHOTOS Scored: Oliver Paddison was delighted to receive Jamie Buhrer’s headgear.
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Oliver Paddison with Jamie Buhrer’s headgear.

Jamie Buhrer wearing the headgear.

Jamie Buhrer in action.

TweetFacebook“Even withthe recent poor form, he has remained staunch and so positive. Yesterday he said to me at the end of the game:‘It’s OK they lost. They are learning from their mistakes’.”

If only more supporters were like him,Brearne lamented.

Brearne gavea special thank youto Knights forward Jamie Buhrer.

“At the end of the game, my son was standing in the grandstand at the end of the tunnel. Jamie Buhrer came off the field with headgear in hand,” she said.

“He walked over to my son and handed his headgear to him. My son was stoked.”

Oliver likened thistothe style of Jonathan Thurston, who regularlygiveshis headgearawaytofans.

“I have emailed the Newcastle Knights to say thank you, but thought I would pass this feel-good storyon to you, seeing everything about the Red and Blue at the moment is so negative,” Brearnesaid.

It’s a tough time for Knights fans at the minute.Topics hopes Oliver’s storygives them a little lift. Feel free to send uplifting Knightsstories to [email protected]南京夜网.au.

Knights HistorySpeaking of the Knights, NBN will screen a one-hour documentary,Days of theKnights- Celebrating 30 Years, on Sunday at 2.30pm.

NBN will screen a documentary about the Newcastle Knights on Sunday.

The program will feature Andrew “Joey” Johns, Paul “The Chief”Harragon and otherformerKnightslegends.

The docohas been billed as a “fascinating trip down memory lane” that captures thefootball club’s immense effect on the Huntercommunity.

It’ll show the best tries, tackles and moments from the past 30 seasons. The Knights first joined the top-tier rugby league competitionin 1988.

Topics noted recently that it had been 20 years this year since the Knights won their first grand final.

That was the momentous day inHunterhistory when the Knights beat Manly 22-16, withDarren Albert scoring in the dying moments.

Quite a few punters on Facebook pointed out that this grand final victory occurred when Super League split the competition. As such, they reckoned the 30-24 grand final triumph over Parramatta was more noteworthy.

But a win’s a win, innit.

Wavy WindowWe wrote last week about curiously shaped condensation on the back window of ahome at Belmont South.

Why does this condensation have a wavy shape at the top? We asked an expert.

As readers would know, last week we interviewed Dr Rob Morrison, who co-hosted The Curiosity Show in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

We couldn’t let Rob go without asking him for his thoughts on the window.

“That’s ahard one without being there to inspect,” Rob said.

“It looks pretty obvious that there is something that is either heating up the glass to the point where there is no condensation or else heating up the water vapour in the roomair to the point where it is not cold enough to condense on that clear part of the window.

“That suggests that the corrugations on a nearby section of roof (nearby or the pattern would be larger) may have let the morning sun shine on to the top part of the window, producing a corrugated warm part.”

Other possibilities were an air conditionerwith a gridded vent, blowing warm air in “an evenly spaced series of airflows”, or “some kind of vertical blind”.

He’s still got it, that Dr Rob!

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Crime watch is back

WATCH OUT: Neighbourhood Watch pioneer Bill Hackney of Metford.Huge residential growth in the city’s west, spiralling crime and inadequate police have pushed western suburbs residents to the brinkof wagingtheir own war on criminals.
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Hunter Area Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Bill Hackney and West Ward councillor Henry Meskauskas have joined forces to resurrect a Neighbourhood Watch program and will organise a public forum to gauge community interest.

Mr Hackney said he has been watching with interest social media groups which have been reporting on crime in the westand said it is time to act.

He saidAberglasslyn’s population has grown40 per cent since the 2007 census and along with that growth has come unprecedented crime.

InRutherford in last month there were: Ninebreak and enter offences, 34 reports ofmalicious damageincluding graffiti,50 thefts half of which were stealing frommotor vehicles and 13 assaults of which half were domestic violence related.

“There is a bit of a gang mentality in the Rutherford and Aberglasslyn area,crime is gathering momentum and people are becoming scared.

Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison who supports the launch of a new Neighbourhood Watch group has beenon a mission to obtain an additional 20 police officers for the Central Hunter Local Area Command.

She said localpolice have a huge workload with a high incidence of domestic violence and the state’s highest incidence of stolen motor vehicles.

“The population of Maitland grows by five new residents a day and we have one of the highest rates of domestic violence across the state which is a very labour intensive crime to work on,” Mrs Aitchison said.

“The police minister can’t tell us how much the actual strength of our command has risen in the six years since the government came to office.

“We need at least 20 more police on the ground right now to make a difference.

“Our cops are doing the same job as those in Newcastle with about 80 less officers.”

A date is yet to be fixedfor the forum to resurrect the watch group which folded about 15 years ago.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Wewelcomeyour Letters to the Editor. Please email your thoughts [email protected]南京夜网.auor join our online Facebook community atfacebook南京夜网/maitlandmercuryThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Central Coast shooting: drug dispute suspected

Central Coast shooting: drug dispute suspected Shooting victim Jesse Thompson was a father-of-two, friends said. Photo: Facebook
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Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

TweetFacebookA teenage father-of-twoshot dead during a car chase on the Central Coast on Mondaywas a known ice dealer who clashed with rivals over supply in the Wyong area.

It’s understood a drug dispute triggered the terrifying car chase and shooting in Wyong just after 12.30pm on Monday.

Jesse Thompson, 19, was shot in the chest as a silver Toyota 4WD he was travelling in was chased through the streets of Wyong by a white ute carrying at least two men.

Police initially said he was 22 however his age was corrected on Tuesday to 19.

Shooting victim Jesse Thompson was a father-of-two, friends said. Photo: Facebook

The two cars first met on the corner of Byron Street and Panonia Road in Wyong on Monday and an altercation ensued.

Mr Thompson’s car then sped off as the men in the ute opened fire from behind. His car stopped about 600 metres away on Warner Avenue to flag down a passing ambulance.

A witness, Lloyd Kelly, said he saw four men “hanging out of the 4WD screaming” before they dragged Mr Thompson’s body out of the car.

Police sources have confirmed details supplied to Fairfax Media bya local man and acquaintance of Mr Thompson’s who said the teen was well-known in Wyong for dealing ice.

The acquaintance, who asked for his name to be withheld for his safety, said he would often watch Mr Thompson going in and out of houses on Casey Drive in North Wyong buying and selling ice.

Late last year, as the acquaintance was sitting at a bus stop outside Cutler Centre shops, opposite Casey Drive, he saw police stop and searchMr Thompson.

“The cops took his backpack off him and put him in the police car,” he said.

“Police gotta do something about [the drug dealing], there’s too many kids that seethis everyday in Wyong and on Casey Drive. Something needs to be done, it’s a joke.”

Mr Thompson had two daughters with his girlfriend of five years. On his Facebook profile, he said he worked at Red Rooster.

On Monday, close friend Brittney Tatesaid Mr Thompson was “a great father, son, brother, cousin, uncle”.

“He was so loved by many. He was always smiling” she said.

Police have interviewed a 28-year-old man who was in the car with Mr Thompson and sustained a grazed hand in the shooting.

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Weekend Planner: July 8-9, 2017

SATURDAYClothing Repair Cafe 1pm to 4pm, The Commons community hub, Ground Floor, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton (The Wesley Uniting Church Fellowship House building).Bring clothing in need of minor repairs and, under the direct guiding hand of a skilled tutor, learn how to fix the garment yourself.
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Raffertys Coastal Run 2017 8am to 1pm, Raffertys Resort. An 11km, 22km and 35km trail run through Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area.

Snowtime in the Garden Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 9pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Until July 16.

Black Creek Family Fun Day10am to 2pm, TAFE Park, Darwin Street, Cessnock.Join Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation for a family-friendly day of music, culture, stalls, food, jumping castles and lots of activities for the kids. A flag-raising ceremony will commence at 10am at TAFE Park, followed by a street parade.

Hedweld Milbrodale Mountain Classic Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Putty Road, Milbrodale. Entry $10 per person per day; children 12 and under free.

Creative Childcare Hunter StreetOpen Day 11.30am to 1.30pm, 946-954 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Picnic lunch, face painting, clown entertainment and music.

Book Launch 10.30am to 12.30pm, Charlestown Library. Amber and Alice is the new romantic comedy by Janette Paul (pen name of bestselling crime author Jaye Ford).

History in the Museum’s Neighbourhood: A Walking Tour 1pm to 3pm, meet atNewcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle. Encounter heritage buildings and fascinating stories of local history on thistwo-hour tourover 2.7km of even terrain. Bookings essential.

Hypnotik for Hannah 5.30pm to 10pm, Club Macquarie, Argenton. Two-course meal with a hypnotist and illusionist show raising money to help support Hannah, 15, and her family as they fightEwing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer.

NAIDOC Week Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5.30pm, Cessnock City Library.

SUNDAYSchool Holiday Disco 3pm to 5pm, Cardiff RSL Club.Face painting, balloon animals, games and giveaways. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Whale Talk 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Bar Beach car park viewing platform.Allinvited to delve into the natural history of the whales during their annual migration at four free talks by cetacean guru Jeannie Lawson.

Brickfest 2017 is at Newcastle Jockey Club on Sunday.

Newcastle Brickfest 2017 9.30am to 5.30pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow. A LEGO fan event featuring a city layout with fully working trams and trains and a working LEGO version of Kooragang Island. Bookings essentialat trybooking南京夜网.

150 Years Under Lock & Key Tour at Maitland Gaol 11am,Maitland Gaol, East Maitland. Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 90-minute tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Soul Food10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul. The theme for this month is The Mountains of Life: Exploring the tests and challenges of life.

Winter Blues & Jazz Fest 10am, Memorial Park, The Entrance.

SAVE THE DATEThe third annual St Albans Writers’ Festival is taking place from September 8 to 10.The intimate literary celebration attractssome of the best and brightest of Australian writers for a weekend rich with talks and ideas surrounding the theme of “Escape and Explore”. The festival precinct includes the historic St Albans Church, the Settlers Arms Inn, the School of the Arts Halland marquees corralled around a huge fire and hay bales in the St Albans Reserve festival hub.Simmone Logue will cater the entire festival weekend, including a three-course Dinner With The Writers. Cost: $120 for an all-day pass (five writers’ sessions); $200 for a weekend pass (10 writers’ sessions);special event tickets sold separately. Details and tickets at stalbanswritersfestival南京夜网.au.

MARKETSThe Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday,9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner of Brokeand Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, corner The Esplanade and Lake Street, Warners Bay.

Hunter Wine Country Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm,De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm,Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Markets at the Rectory Sunday, 9am to noon,The Rectory, 48 Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace.

ARTSCessnock Regional Art Gallery Ngani Barray This Country: Wonnarua artist Lesley Salem; works by CatholicCare’s Indigenous Art and Culture Program for Teens and Parents of Teens. Opening Saturday at 5pm.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryDiane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d. Exhibitions launched Sunday, 2pm to 4.30pm, refreshments served, all welcome.

The Society of Artists – Newcastle Art Prize 2017 at Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday to Monday, 9am to 5pm.Entry by gold coin donation.

Morpeth GalleryTwo Living Masters: Gordon Hanley and John McCartin. Saturday and Sunday only.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryDerek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3.Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018.Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages; Who Was Les Darcy?End Sunday.Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.

Newcastle MuseumOne Million Stars To End Violence;RAD Exhibition; Australian of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.

Peter Sesselmann Artist GalleryColouring Out. Until July 10.

Reader’s Cafe and LarderExhibitionby Joanne Conder. Until July 28.

John Earle GalleryNew paintings in progress.

The University GalleryBalnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression. Until July 15.

Crowtrap StudioExhibition celebrating 50 years of painting. Until July 10.

Newcastle Art GalleryAbstraction: Celebrating Australian Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23. The Phantom Show. Until August 20.

Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreContemporising the Modern: Australianmodern and contemporary photography;Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.

The Lock-UpStitched Up. Until August 6.

Gallery 139The PRINT:Jane Collins, Maddyson Haddon, Anne McLaughlin, Anne-Maree Hunter, Terri Brander, Gina McDonald.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Terra Obscura:Three Dungog Artists explore obscure terrains. Until July 23.

Watt Space Student Gallery Bundled & Bound – Works by Fiber-Textile Students;The Temporal Length of Existance –Danielle Minett; Selfie Factory: Individual and Collective –Ralph Kenke; Visceral Bond –Donna Jorna.

Cooks Hill GalleriesWhat Lies Beneath. Until July 17.

Acrux Art Gallery Warm & Cosy.

Now showing at Timeless Textiles: Bush Capital (Canberra: capital city by design, bush city by nature, beautiful city to live in, and our secret to share) – tACTile is a group of six Canberra-based fibre artists, formed in 2001, who mountexhibitions every few years. Each artist contributed a prescribed number of tilesrepresenting personal vignettes of living in Canberra, which were assembled tocreate their mosaic map.

Timeless TextilesThe Map Project: Where I Live. Until July 16.

THEATREDisney is a Wish Your Heart MakesA lively look at Disney musicals, with 28 songs fromfilms includingSnow White,Pinocchio,Peter Pan,Aladdin,Beauty and the Beast,The LionKingandFrozen. Maitland Musical Society. Club Maitland City, Saturday, at 7pm, and Sunday, at 2pm.

Legally Blonde: the MusicalJrA high school graduate follows her boyfriend to universityto study law. Pantseat Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, 2pm and 7pm.

Peter PanThree children fly with the title character to Neverland, where they encounter lostboys, fairies, Viking women warriors and pirates; adapted by Craig Sodaro from J.M.Barrie’s novel. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 2pmand 7.30pm. Sunday at 2pm.

Singin’ In The Rain JrRomantic musical set in Hollywood in the late 1920s when talkingfilms were first made, calling for actors with good voices. Hunter Drama, at St Phillip’sChristian College Theatre, Waratah. Saturday at 2pm and7.30pm.

WallycomNovocastrian Maureen O’Brien’s technology-related musical comedy looks at abuyer’s attempts to get aid to fix an expensive new computer. Adamstown Uniting Church’sDungeon Theatre. Saturdayat 2pm.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, Devultra.Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Adamstown Uniting ChurchSaturday, Hey Universe, Looseleaf IV, Kieran Wicks.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Soulplay.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Allstar.

Bar On The HillSaturday, Horrorshow.

Bar PetiteSaturday, GW Freebird.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday,Robbie Long.Sunday,Tim Rossington.

Bay HotelSaturday, C2Air Studio 54,Gen-X.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Rumour, Melody Feder. Sunday, Bloom.

Belmont HotelSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmont SportiesSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Bradford Saturday, Sass And The Boss Trio.

Burwood InnSaturday,DJ Surian.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday,Tom Ackroyd, Ryan Moon, Tomek, Luke Massey, B2B, Ben Pailas.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, GenR8.

Catho PubSaturday, John Larder.Sunday, DV8.

Caves Beachside HotelSaturday, The Ruiins. Sunday, Ava.

Central BarSaturday, Jacob & Laura.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Greg Bryce.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Rendezvous.

Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday, Mick Jones.

Clarendon HotelSaturday, Max Jackson.

Club KotaraSaturday, Chase.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Jon Matthews.

Country Club HotelSaturday, Troy Kemp.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Kristy James.Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Customs House Saturday, Dave Owen.Sunday, Max Jackson.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Anyerin.

D’Albora MarinaSaturday, Bonny Rai.Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Denman HotelSunday, Loren Ryan.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday,The Levymen.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.Sunday, Norm Bakker.

East’s Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Ash Mountain.

The EdwardsSunday, Joe Pug (US), Courtney Marie Andrews (US),Ben Leece.

Joe Pug, live at The Edwards on Sunday.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Gateshead TavernSaturday, Junior and Luana.Sunday, The Hitpit.

George Tavern Saturday, Misbehave.

Grain StoreSaturday,BethGleeson.Sunday,JJ King.

Grand Junction HotelSunday, The Slowdowns.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday, Kaylah Anne.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Overload.Sunday, Blues Bombers.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Adam Gibson, NRWD, Dog Dirt,Aitäh.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Kevin O’Hara, Hellrad. Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, Counterpart. Sunday, Bluewater Cowboys.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Mike Vee, CrocQ.

Hotel Delany Saturday, The Fedz.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Eye On You.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Loko.

The Junction HotelSaturday,Mike Vee.

Kent HotelSaturday, The Smarts. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

Lake Macquarie TavernSaturday, Paparazzi.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Jamie Martens.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,Safehands,Stockades,Suburban Haze.Sunday, Pucko & Friends.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Mental As Anything, Daniel March. Sunday, Van The Man.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelSaturday, The Remedy.

Mary EllenSaturday, Phase III.Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland TavernSaturday, The Gaudrys.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Todd Schmoo.Sunday, Mick Jones.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Merewether SurfhouseSunday, Jerome.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSunday, Marriah.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday,Love That Hat. Sunday,Tailgate Drive.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Nano.

Nags Head HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Neath HotelSaturday, Sami.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Kim and Mik. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Jason Bone.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday,Little Cents.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Sundays Record Duo.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Redline. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

The PourhouseSaturday, Shawn Lidster.

Premier HotelSaturday,Mark Wells Trio. Sunday,Bounty Hunters.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley, The Big Bang. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Jackson Broadway.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Beau Hatch.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Jared Taylor.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Kelly Hope.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday,John Larder.Sunday,NicholasConnors.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Higher Ground.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Summerland Kings.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Luke Smith.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday,The Autumn Hearts,The Marquis,Lenny Tranter & TheBagism Revalation.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, The Sun Rockets.

Swansea HotelSunday, Ashley Knight.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Echo’s Of The Sixties.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.

Telarah Bowling ClubSunday, Karen O’Shea.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday,Deborah Sinclair.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.Sunday, Zane Penn.

Town Hall HotelSaturday, Lauren Ryan.

Victoria Hotel HintonSunday, Luke Smith.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Jamie Martens.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Reg Sinclair.

Wests CardiffSaturday, The Pink Chevys.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Phonic Trio.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Chikarma, Kisstory. Sunday,Phoenix Pritchard,Compadre Diablo.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

MOVIESAcross The Universe(PG)The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (Regal)

A Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)

Baywatch(M)Follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Churchill(M)A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Tower)

Despicable Me 3(PG)Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he canattend a nearby gamer convention.

Galaxy Quest(PG)The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (Regal)

Going In Style(M) Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)

Hidden Figures(PG) A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. (Regal)

MOM(CTC)Devki, a loving wife and mother of two beautiful daughters seemingly has a perfect happy family, yet somehow true happiness of being a mother eludes her. (Tower)

Monsieur Chocolat(CTC)The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century. (Tower)

My Cousin Rachel(PG)A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Tower)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(M) Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowingwhen deadly ghost sailors escape from the Devil’s Triangle. (Lake Cinema)

Spider-Man: Homecoming(M) Ayoung Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

The House(MA)A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.

Their Finest(M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London bombings. (Regal)

Transformers: The Last Knight(M)Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Una(M)When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. (Tower)

Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Regal)

Wonder Woman(M)An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.

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Quirky card company sniffs success in scents

Jo and Matt Sandford, who run their card business from their home in Sydney. Picture: Ben Rushton.Seeking to create a lasting impression in a love letter? Yellow Postie, which sells personalised cards online, has found a way for people to mail their scents.
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The smitten can swab their scent, perfume or body odour on a “smell-o-vision” card, which features an “odouriser pad”, before posting it to the lucky recipient.

Yellow Postie founder Matt Sandford says, “We’ve had musical cards, even video cards, so why not body odour cards?”

Smells aside, Yellow Postie has had an equally quirky beginning.

Sandford had forgotten his wedding anniversary two years in a row and had requested his florist call him with a reminder.

The florist did for a while and then stopped. In March 2009, Sandford started his own card-sending service.

He and his wife Jo sold their Snap print business in Eastwood, Sydney and created e-commerce website, Yellow Postie, where people can design their own card, have it printed and posted for as little as $4.50.

People can also use their own handwriting instead of electronic fonts.

“You don’t need to go to a newsagent, you can be creative and you can send cards from anywhere in the world,” Sandford says.

Yellow Postie is also developing a new iPhone app on which people can take a photo, attach it to an online postcard and send it off to Yellow Postie to be printed and mailed.

“What is great is now, we too can work anywhere,” says Sandford.

This has been the sea change the Sandfords wanted.

They ran their Snap print store for 30 years. Jo Sandford says, “We used to work 16 hour days and had to meet many franchise demands.”

Using the money from the sale of the business, they downsized to Yellow Postie, which includes a smaller printing studio, also in Eastwood, and a team of 25. But they work mostly from home.

Although more manageable, the business is not without challenges.

Sandford says, “When we first started designing the custom-built website, we used a web-to-print engine, but it didn’t work and we wasted nine months. It was very frustrating.

“And we constantly have to update our website so that it is compatible to every browser there is out there.”

The business has no direct Australian competitors, but faces competition from companies such as Hallmark.

“We think we are different because we are a smaller and easier website to navigate around and our print quality is also better,” Sandford says.

But the small size of the Australian online card market can also be attributable to the idea not catching on as quickly here as it has in Europe and the US.

“It is one of our hardest challenges, educating people about online. When I tell people about our service, I either get a blank look or a comment like ‘Oh, it’s one of those e-things is it?’ ” Sandford says.

Ninety per cent of Yellow Postie’s customers are women, mostly stay-home mothers. As for men, Sandford says, “Getting a man to design their own card? No chance.”

But it is different in the business arena. Many business owners, male or female, find it useful linking Yellow Postie to their client relationship systems.

“It is six to eight times harder to find a new client than to keep one. When you send a personalised card, the return on investment is about 20 to 25 per cent, whereas an email is only one to three per cent,” Sandford says.

“One of our clients, a novelist, sent 375 cards to her clients and sold 220 books,” Jo Sandford says.

Real estate agents, in particular, have found Yellow Postie effective.

“In the old days, the receptionist has to go around all the sales managers to get their signatures for a thank you card to a customer.

“Now, the business can match digital signatures to a digital picture of the actual house sold, on a card, all from a computer,” Sandford says.

The business has taken off because users are finding the website a convenient platform for sending affections, both positive and negative.

“Cards help people reach out to others because some people have trouble putting into words what they want to say,” Sandford says.

She says the company even has cards for people “coming out” as gay, and those which articulate the dark side of Christmas.

The business printed about 5000 cards by the end of their first year and now makes 15,000 to 20,000 cards a month, making a profit margin of 35 per cent.

“People are over emails. They like a sense of something tangible, something they can own. What is old is new again,” Sandford says.

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Local retailers jump aboard online mega sale

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SOME of Australia’s biggest retailers, including Myer, Target, Westfield and Dick Smith, have signed on for Australia’s version of America’s online shopping phenomenon, Cyber Monday.

The inaugural national online sales event, called Click Frenzy, will take place next Tuesday from 7pm when up to 150 retailers slash their online prices – by between 15 and 90 per cent – for 24 hours.

Event organiser, Grant Arnott, expects the event to attract up to a million shoppers and set a new online sales record for Australia. ”We’re expecting a record volume of transactions on the day. It’s hard to say exactly how much but we expect it will be tens of millions of dollars,” he said.

Participating retailers include Saba, Sportscraft, Dan Murphy’s, Kogan, The Iconic, StyleTread and Booktopia.

”The whole aim is to stimulate activity in the online retail space for the benefit of all Australian retailers whether they are online or multichannel,” he said. ”We want to establish this as an annual event before Cyber Monday really takes hold here and give Australian retailers a much needed boost ahead of Christmas.”

Mr Arnott said the event had been scheduled to begin at 7pm to capitalise on the ”couch commerce” phenomenon – the increasing trend for consumers to shop via iPads, laptops or mobiles while watching TV.

In America, Cyber Monday, which was launched in 2006 and offers online sales from more than 700 retailers, now attracts 10 million shoppers.

Held on the Monday after Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day in the US – Cyber Monday is now by far the biggest day for online sales in America, with $US1.25 billion ($1.20 billion) spent during the 24-hour sale last year.

Sarah Hayden, digital manager for Jeanswest, which is taking part in the event, says it will not only drive online sales on the day but give Australian retailers an opportunity to show off their online stores.

”The international retailers tend to get a lot of publicity, but there are a lot of Australian retailers doing great things online and this is a good opportunity to let people see that,” she said.

Target’s general manager of marketing, Lee Applbaum, said he hoped it would also ”encourage more customers to give online shopping a try”.

Shoppers will have to visit clickfrenzy南京夜网.au to access the retailers’ online deals.

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Advisers take work-now, pay-later path with start-ups

”The sheer complexity of the system is the biggest problem” … David Kenney, Hall Chadwick partner.Legal and accounting firms are cashing in on the start-up technology boom by guiding budding entrepreneurs through the government’s complex, restrictive stock-options regime.
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Employee stock-options plans offer discounted shares to employees in the hope of a financial benefit when the company’s share price rises.

For cash-strapped, unlisted companies the options complement wages and secure skilled workers otherwise tempted by corporates’ larger salaries. The plans are a cornerstone of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial culture, having underpinned growth of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.

In the US, the tax is paid when the option vests. In Australia, companies must pay when the option is issued or acquired by employees. Successful start-ups such as Bigcommerce and business accelerator Starmate have denounced Australia’s system, saying it is a disincentive for innovation.

But a section of the market has seized the opportunity. Tax and legal advisers are cutting costs to cater for the start-up sector, hoping to gain from their eventual success.

Hall Chadwick partner David Kenney said there is now huge demand for specialised tax advice.

”The sheer complexity of the system is the biggest problem,” Mr Kenney said. ”On the one hand, you have the same rules that apply to executives of Australian banks, but they apply to a couple of young entrepreneurial people that have an idea and want to go out and create it … They have a vision, they have a strong idea, and they have to contend with some fairly complicated rules and need frequent advice to make sure they don’t destroy their proposition.”

While larger firms can charge up to $30,000 to structure an options plan, smaller firms are doing it for $5000 to $10,000, and taking a long view on services.

Andrew Andreyev, principal at Adelaide-based Andreyev Doman, said rates were half to two-thirds of those charged by bigger counterparts. ”If we get involved in setting up a structure, putting in place shareholder agreements, etc, then the price of an option plan can be reduced, because we can spread the ‘getting to know the client’ cost across a number of components of advice,” he said.

Mr Kenney said by providing services cheaply upfront, the firm can cash in when their clients grow and require high-value advice.

Hall Chadwick has created plans for tens of local start-ups, including high-profile companies such as Freelancer南京夜网, Posse, and participants in the Startmate accelerator program. Several have gone on to raise millions of dollars and acquire other companies.

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Child abuse inquiry could take 10 years to complete: Fitzgibbon

Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon has predicted that the royal commission on child sex abuse would be a ”big and slow moving beast” and could take 10 years.
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When announcing the royal commission on Monday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard did not put a time limit on the inquiry, saying the timeframe was ”not knowable” but that it would take ”some time”.

The terms of reference are due by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, Mr Fitzgibbon described the inquiry as ”a big and slow moving beast” that could take a decade.

”Make no mistake it will cause trauma for many individuals and organisations,” he told ABC Radio.

But independent senator Nick Xenophon said a deadline of two years should be imposed on the nation-wide inquiry into child sex abuse in churches, charities, state governments, schools, community organisations and the police.

Senator Xenophon, who had been pushing for a royal commission, said the inquiry is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get it right, provided it has the appropriate resources.

”It can’t drag on for nine or 10 years as the Irish commission of inquiry did,” he told ABC TV on Tuesday. ”A two-year time frame seems appropriate.”

Shadow attorney-general George Brandis noted that there should be an indicative time limit.

”But these time limits can’t really be enforced in a strict way,” he told Sky News.

”If the royal commissioner uncovers avenues of inquiry that need to be explored, well they have to be explored.”

Trade Minister Craig Emerson said it was important that time limits were not imposed on the commission.

”There will be many people who will want to come forward and a lot of investigation to do because this has been a scourge in Australia for a very long period of time,” Dr Emerson told Sky News.

”It will take time to get to the bottom of it.”

Mr Fitzgibbon represents the Hunter region, which is currently the focus of a NSW government inquiry into abuse by Catholic priests.

He said that the NSW investigation – announced by Premier Barry O’Farrell last week – should not be put aside now that the national royal commission had been announced. However, he said, it could “move quickly”.

”It was quite specific,” he said of Mr O’Farrell’s inquiry.

Mr Fitzgibbon added that supported a royal commission because it was the only inquiry capable of compelling witnesses.

”I still believe its the only way to provide closure for the victims,” he said.

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Catholic brother, teacher on child sex charges

Police cannot rule out further arrests, or that more victims will come forward, after a Catholic brother and a teacher were charged over child sex offences at two western Sydney schools.
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The offences are alleged to have occurred at a Blacktown Catholic college and a Lalor Park primary school more than two decades ago.

An investigation, named Strike Force Avia, was established in October last year after three victims, two males and a female, came forward.

Yesterday police arrested the 58-year-old male teacher, who worked part-time at both the school and college, in Blacktown. He was charged with sexual assault and indecent assault relating to the alleged abuse of a 13-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl.

An hour later they arrested a 59-year-old Catholic brother at a home at the Entrance on the Central Coast. He was charged with six counts of indecent assault relating to two 13-year-old boys.

It is alleged that some of the offences occurred on the grounds of the primary school and college.

Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow said it was too early to speculate on whether there would be more arrests.

“It is very early in the investigation at this stage to make any commitment to further arrests, but I can say that the investigation is continuing and I do urge victims to come forward to the police,” Acting Superintendent Haddow said.

Acting Superintendent Haddow said while both men had both allegedly abused the same boy, the allegations before the court relate to separate assaults at separate times by the men.

There was no information before police to suggest there was a “paedophile ring” operating at either school, he said.

Neither man was working at the school at the time of their arrest.

The 58-year-old teacher was granted strict bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court next month. The former Catholic brother will front Wyong Local Court today.

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