Tigers hope Leichhardt magic ends slump

Russell Packer is a certainty to return from a knee injury for Wests Tigers’ NRL clash on Thursday.The Wests Tigers are hoping their first home game at Leichhardt Oval will snap them out of a worrying form slump that has them on the cusp of dropping out of the NRL top eight.
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After winning five of their opening six matches, the bubble has burst on the early-season surprise packets with three straight losses.

However the return of co-captain Russell Packer, as well as veteran Benji Marshall’s first home game at Leichhardt since leaving the club in 2014, could be just the tonic for Ivan Cleary’s side.

Their losing streak has coincided with a knee injury that forced Packer out of the past four matches.

“When you can’t affect the result, it’s always harder to watch. But coming back this Thursday I’ve got the opportunity to try and help and do my role for the team,” Packer said on Tuesday.

“I’m looking forward to playing again and moreso running out onto Leichhardt Oval for the first time as a Wests Tiger. I can’t wait for that.”

After the Tigers scored shock wins over Melbourne twice, the Sydney Roosters and Parramatta over the opening six weeks, Packer admitted the side may have gotten swept up in their success.

He implored his teammates to switch their focus back to a defence that leaked less than 10 points a game up until round six, and then 24 points over their current losing run.

“Just because you start the season well doesn’t give you the right to keep winning,” he said.

“I think maybe we’ve fallen into that trap a little bit where maybe we’re expecting to win games that we probably should’ve.

“When we started the season, our style of play was built on our defence and working hard for each other. We can look at that and try and use those characteristics as a building block.”

Second-rower Michael Chee Kam said Cleary believed the team had been guilty of ill-discipline and strayed from a defensive game plan that had the team humming early in the year.

“We take it as a wake-up call. No better place to turn it around than Leichhardt this week,” he said.

Tigers co-captain Chris Lawrence is the only injury worry for the Cowboys game due to concussion.

Cessnock Golf Club goes into voluntary administration with debts of more than $10m

MONEY MATTERS: Cessnock Golf Club is seeking expressions of interest for amalgamation after the club was placed in voluntary administration last month with debts of more than $10 million. Picture: Simone De PeakA VOLUNTARYadministrator has been calledin to take control of the financially troubled Cessnock Golf Club as it struggles under the weight of morethan $11million debt.
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Cessnockis one of the oldest golf clubs in the Hunter and has operated a public-access courseoff Mount View Roadsince 1926.

In 2005, the club signed a joint venture with Newcastle civil construction company Daracon Group for a $30 million redevelopment of its land fora golf-lifestyle resortknown as Stonebridge Living.

It includeda 138-lot residential subdivision, which still has lots for sale, and an 18-hole Jack Newton golf course andnew clubhouse that opened in 2012.

The club owes more than $10 million to secured creditorDavidMingay, the managing director and founder of Daracon Group.

Administrator Simon Thorn, of PKF , was appointed last month and has advertisedseeking expressions of interest for an amalgamation to keep the registered club operating.

He said there were several “positive” lines of enquiryand expressions of interest closed later this month.

“The club has beenin a position where it is cash poor,” Mr Thorn said.

“The land development is all but complete and the club has significant assets for sale, but we are unsure at this stage if theywill satisfy the debt in full. It isvery early days though.”

There are 58 residential lotsand two commercial sitesfor sale at the club.

President Robert Hodge said theclub hadmore than 250 members, but no money to advertise its new facilities that include a cafe, function centre and soon-to-open kids’ playground.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Cessnock Golf Club course superintendent Merv Hayward on the job at the Jack Newton designed 18-hole course. Picture: Simone De Peak

He said despite Mr Mingay being “extremely patient”, the board had no choice but to call in anadministrator.

“We didn’t think it was the right thing to keep trading with the way things were, we believe we can get through this but we needhelp from a professional to guide us,” he said.

“The important thing for people to know is that it’s business as usual and we need community support to get through this.

“We need people to visit the club and come for a round of golf.”

MrThorn agreed, saying community support was crucial for the club’s long-term survival.

“The club entered into an agreement over the land deal and that has caused problems,” he said.

“We are trying to find a solution so the club can remain open to the public.

“This club shouldn’t fail, but we really need every and anyone to go out and have a round of golf because it will help to keep the club alive.”

Mr Mingay said he was hopeful the club could find a partner to amalgamatewith and keeptrading.

“They were short of money and I loaned them money, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“I would really like to see them get through their financial situation.”

In 2015, the club was denied state regulatory approval to sign over management of its operations to Mr Mingay in an effort to settle the debt.

The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority vetoed the deal, finding it wasnot in the public interest and would be a conflict of interest for Mr Mingay to be both the club’s manager and mortgagee.

The registered club’s solicitor, Paul O’Sullivan, told authorities at the timethe clubowed $10.2 million to Mr Mingay, the debt could not berepaid and the clubwas at risk of financial collapse.

BEST-LAID PLANS: Course designer Jack Newton, Daracon’s John Mingay and planner Stephen Leathley discuss the Stonebridge development in 2010.

However, the authoritiesruled that the “developer (Daracon Property Pty Ltd) and the proposed manager . . . are associated entities”and the agreement would give Mr Mingay “a high level of control”over club property, its financial operations, its sale of liquor and operation of gaming machines.

Mr Hodge said Mr Mingay had been extremely supportive of the club over many years.

“There is no doubt that without the residential development the club would be going alright, we are trading as a club quite well,” he said.

“But we are where we are and we are doing the best we can to get through this. Davidcould have closed the doors years ago on us. He’s done the right thing by the club and we just want to get this sorted out in the best way possible for everyone involved.

“We believe the club can get through this.”

For more information about Cessnock Golf Club visitwww.cessnockgolfclub苏州夜总会招聘or call 4990 1633.

US leadership in Asia in doubt under Trump

The US remains the pre-eminent power in Asia but China is rapidly closing in, a new index finds.America’s political leadership in Asia is in doubt and its diplomatic influence has been damaged by the Trump administration’s foreign policy decisions, a new power index has found.
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The Lowy Institute is launching the interactive online index, which measures power across 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, at an event hosted by former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

The index measures power over eight broad categories; military might, economic resources, future potential, diplomatic and cultural clout, alliances, trade and resilience.

America might be ranked top dog on the new Asia Power Index, but US President Donald Trump’s political leadership is on a par with Cambodia’s contentious leader.

The index concludes that overall the United States remains the pre-eminent power in Asia but China is rapidly closing in.

Japan ranked third and India fourth, both securing major power status.

ranked sixth overall, behind Russia, but joined Singapore and South Korea in sharing kudos for punching above their respective weights on the world stage.

Despite the hullabaloo over North Korea’s nuclear weapon’s threat, the index finds Pyongyang’s power is mostly overestimated – the reclusive state ranks 17th.

Ahead of a historic North Korean-US diplomatic summit, the index finds dictator Kim Jong-il’s political leadership comes in ninth – four places ahead of US president Donald Trump who shares 13th spot with Cambodian leader Hun Sen, .

n Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was fifth-placed, with China, Japan, Singapore, India’s leaders ranking higher.

While the US was streets ahead in the majority of categories, its Achilles heel was in trade ties and diplomatic influence.

“US diplomatic influence in the region has been damaged by nervousness about the Trump administration and its foreign policy decisions, including its withdrawal in 2017 from the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the Lowy Institute report says.

“US political leadership in Asia is in doubt.”

The index found China’s One Belt, One Road trans-national infrastructure building initiative was a factor boosting its standing on trade, diplomatic influence and future prospects.

Meanwhile, while Indonesia ranks 10th overall the index pegs the southeast Asian nation as one to watch.

In the “future trends” category it ranks fourth.

By 2030, Indonesia’s economy is expected to overtake Japan’s and Russia’s to be the fourth-largest among countries on the index.

* The power index is available at: http://power.lowyinstitute苏州模特佳丽招聘/

NSW tops nation for most Amazing Aussie places, according to Chinan Traveller magazine

Usually it is NSW’s beaches which bring people to its shores, but according to n Traveller there is much more to see. Picture: Destination NSWIt is official…New South Wales is the place to travel to. That is according to the latest ‘research’ from n Traveller magazine.
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In its recent release –100 Amazing Aussie places –NSW has hadthe most destinations make the cut.

It was a close one with 19 locations listed in comparison toWestern ’s17, followed byQueensland in third place on16.

The locations are split into several categories including rural towns, coastal haunts and foodie favourites. But the most controversial may just be the list of alternative capitals to spend more time in.

Judge for yourself. Here are the top alternative capitals to visit:

Bendigo, Victoria Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: PETER WEAVING

The Bendigo Art Gallery was the main reason this Victorian location made it to the top of the list. The gallery has become a must-do activity in the city and frequently showcases international exhibits.Described as a ‘thriving creative city,’ itscafe, dining and fashion culture were the other reasons that Bendigo made the list.

Fremantle, Western The outlook over bathers beach.Photo: Lousie Southerden/WA Today

Fremantle is an instagram-worthy destination with plenty of cafes and shops set amongVictorian and early Edwardian architecture. The arts centre, live music andLittle Creatures Brewery also get a mention.

Bundaberg, Queensland You can always find rum in Bundaberg. Picture: AAP Image

According tothe magazine there is more to Bundaberg than ‘rum, turtles and aviation history’. The city holds festivals, food markets, live music and of course…there is the rum.

Newcastle, New South Wales The coastal city of Newcastle. Picture: Newcastle Herald

There has been a lot of talk about Newcastle, after the city hosted the A-League grand final and the Newcastle 500 Supercars street circuit. Despite these big events, it is the city’s beaches, coffee culture and food which got it on the list.

Townsville, Queensland View to Magnetic Island, Queensland. Picture: Tourism Queensland

Townsville is all about the great outdoors. Swimming, scuba diving, hiking, throw in The Museum of Tropical Queensland and you can see why this one made the cut.

​The list goes on and on. Outside the top five (let’s not wax lyrical any longer) you have:

6. Ballarat, Victoria7. Alice Springs, Northern Territory8. Launceston, Tasmania9. Mt Gambier, South 10. Armidale, New South WalesWhether you agree with the list or not, you can check out the impressive 100 -part holiday guide here.

Your guide to what’s hot this week in Newcastle music, movies and theatre

PARTY TIME: DZ Deathrays celebrate the launch of Bloody Lovely at The Cambridge tonight. Joining them is Clowns, These New South Whales and Boat Show.
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MUSIC5 Sawyers Thursday,Adam Miller,JordanBrodie.Friday,AK Morris.Saturday,Devultra.Sunday,Howard Shearman.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Zac and Ben.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, James Naldo.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, The Tantrums.

Bar Petite Saturday, Adrienne.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, Sarah Christine. Friday, Nano. Saturday, Aqwa. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Beach HotelFriday, The V Dubs.Saturday, The Black Sails.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Tigerlily.

Belmont 16s Friday,Mr James Band,Just Jade.Saturday, Menopause The Musical,Cruzers,Hayden Johns.Sunday,Norm Bakker.

Belmont Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Paperboy.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, KISStory. Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Viagro.

The BradfordFriday. X & Y.Saturday, Two Fires – Chisel-Barnes Show.

Bull & Bush Hotel Medowie Sunday, Cathy Cannon.

Burwood InnFriday,Austin Mackay.Saturday,Ngariki.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, DZ Deathrays, Clowns, These New South Whales, Boat Show. Friday, Red Fang, Drunks Mums (main room), Pandamic,Wavevom, Voodoo Youth,Fungas (side bar).Saturday, ColourSound ft. Phil Shaw, Zoot, Rinse & Wash, Lukenalley.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Carrington Place Thursday, Jack McLaughlin’s Frenchman St New Orleans Band.

Catho PubSaturday, Jacinta.Sunday, Phonic.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Josh & Liv. Saturday, James Osborn, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Jake Folbigg.Saturday,Megan Core.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Four To The Floor.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Jade & Willow.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, Mental As Anything.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Civic Theatre Friday, Angus & Julia Stone.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matty G.

Club KotaraSaturday, Shivoo.

Club LemonTree Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Clean Slate. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Club Maitland City Friday, Solid Gold Party.

Colliery Inn Friday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Romney Watts.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Jacinta.Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Matty G. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Kazzie,DJ Timmy Coffey.

Customs HouseFriday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Anyerin.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Anyerin.Sunday,Megan Core.

Denman HotelSunday, Michael Bryers.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, Snowy Robson. Kwozzie.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, The Leadbellies.Saturday, Witchery.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, D.Love.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Soundscape.

Gateshead TavernFriday, The Bad and The Ugly.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Cygan Groove.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, This Way North, Demi Mitchell, Hey Lady. Sunday,We Lost Our Goat,Trashed Again, Hang The Hipster,Human Failure.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Purple Rain. Saturday, Kristy James, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Levymen.Sunday,The Blue Water Cowboys.

Holmesville Hotel Friday, Mark Wells.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Paperboy.Saturday,Mark Wells Trio.Sunday,The Years, Tina Turner Show.

Hunter Valley Gardens Sunday, Kim.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Snape & Son Duo.

Kahibah Sports Club Friday, Gen-X.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The V Dubs.

King Street Hotel Friday, Brynny.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Ryan Daley.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Aqwa.

Lass O’GowrieThursday,The Zilzies.Friday,Ezra Woodward,Hurst,Alex Martin.Saturday,Barfunkle,Nugwardo.

Lemon Grove HotelSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Cherub,Children of the Land,Jono Burgess &Friends. Friday, Bondi Cigars. Saturday, The Idea Of North. Sunday, The Beatnix. Tuesday, Dr Feelgood (UK).

Lochinvar Hotel Sunday, Ty.

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelFriday, Jason Paris.Saturday, Lee Rolfe.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic.

Maryland TavernFriday, Bobby C.Saturday,Iguana.Sunday,Jake Folbigg.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Brendan Murphy. Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Deuce.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Early Daze.Sunday, David McCredie.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators. Sunday, Metro Muso Muster Jam Session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,The Ultimate Pink Show.Saturday,Mojo Bandits.Sunday, Roxy,Boney Rivers.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Menopause The Musical, Loko.Saturday,The Big Bang.Sunday,Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubFriday, Tom Christie.Saturday,Marissa.Sunday,Scratch.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubFriday, Anyerin.Sunday,Marissa.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The Vault Saturday,Lethal Vendetta,Requiem of the Damned,From Love to Violence,Evocatus.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Tim Rossington. Saturday, Aaron Hipwell, Elisa Kate.

Oaks Pacific Blue ResortSunday, Emily Smith.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Code Red.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Katie N Feff, Kristy James. Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Premier HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday,DV8.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.

Queens Wharf HotelFriday, Hayden Johns,Dr. Zoom Duo.Saturday,Zac & George,Lithium. Sunday,Fish Fry,Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Kazzie.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, XYZ.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Way.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Kelly Hope.Sunday, James Naldo.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Salamander Tavern Friday, The DuoTones.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Smokin Rosie.Sunday, Jacinta.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday, Megan Core.Saturday,Josh & Liv.Sunday,Ryan Daley.

Shoal Bay Country Club Friday, Little Cents. Saturday, Guthrie, Gasoline. Sunday, Aqwa, Micro Circus Duo.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Roland Tings,Jackson Blanch, Kizza,HaydenShepherd,WillFreeth,MacDaVillain.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Emile. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Zane Penn.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Port Royal. Friday, Geoff Achison, Adrian Keating. Saturday, Paperhill.

Station HotelKurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Sounds Of Sunday.

Stockton Centre Thursday, Max Jackson. Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Brassic Duo.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Echos Of The Sixties.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Mardmax.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Cover Girls.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Junior and Luana.Saturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Frick N Orson.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Mark Lee.Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Kick–The INXS Show.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Emily Smith.Sunday,Beth Gleeson.

Wests CardiffSaturday,The Years.

Wests New LambtonThursday,Angamus.Friday,Tre Soul Trio.Saturday,Loko. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Karate Kid Vs The World.Friday,Money For Rope,NTL Landmarks,NicholasConnors. Saturday, Them Wild Oats,The Donkey Browns,The Not Nots, Mick N Josh. Sunday, Morning Glory, Tim Rossington.

Windale Gateshead Bowling ClubFriday, Crawfish Stew Band.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Jake Folbigg.

MOVIESAvengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place(PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time(PG)Through one girl’sjourney led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes fromindividuality.

Blockers(MA)Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Chappaquiddick(M) Jason Clarke (Everest) is Ted Kennedy in this political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy’s car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House(PG) Max Irons leads an all-star cast featuring Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson in this screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Early Man(PG) Dug and Hognob unite theirtribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) True story of the playful but passionate relationship between a young working-class Englishman and an eccentric Oscar-winning American actress. (Regal)

Finding Your Feet (PG)A posh woman seeks refuge with her bohemian sister.(Lake, Regal)

Game Night (MA15+)A weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when a murder mystery party is arranged. (Regal)

I Can Only Imagine (PG)The inspiring true story behind a chart-topping song. (Regal)

I Feel Pretty(M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

Life of the Party(M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Midnight Oil 1984 Documentary chronicling a crucial year in the life of Midnight Oil.

Mr Church (M)Based on the true story of a unique life-long friendship. (Regal)

Peter Rabbit(PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’sgarden.

Rampage(M)Based on the1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One(M)When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Sherlock Gnomes(G)When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2(MA) When an international border dispute arises between the USand Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area.

The Divine Order (M)In the run-up to a new referendum on women voting, an everyday housewife bands together with a rabble of hippies, grannies and other colourful types. (Regal)

The Greatest Showman (PG)The story of American showman P.T. Barnum. (Lake)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA15+) After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move. (Lake)

Truth Or Dare(M)Agame of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly.

Tully (M)Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno).

THEATREAnnie: KidsAdaptation for young performers of the bright musical about an orphan girl who encounters many different people when she searches for parents she believes are still alive. High Street Productions, at St Philip’s Christian College Theatre, Waratah. Saturday, at 2pm and 6.30pm.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JrLively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel that has a young girl finding herself among colourful creatures when she falls into a rabbit hole. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. This Friday, at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm until May 19.

The HollowA murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites diverse and eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until May 19, with 2pm Sunday matinees on May 13 and 20.

Luke Kidgell – Because I CanThe stand-up comedian endeavours to answer the questions no one is asking about things happening around us. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm.

The Orchid &the CrowComedy cabaret with writer and performer Daniel Tobias looking through story and song at his sometimes almost deadly experiences; songs co-written by his Die Roten Punkte comedy duo band partner Clare Bartholomew. Critical Stages and Salvador Dinosaur, at the Civic Playhouse. Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to KnowMother’s Day acted reading of a play looking at 20 of Shakespeare’s dynamic female characters, with writer Kath Perry heading the cast. Straylight , at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Sunday, at 5.30pm.

Summer of the Seventeenth DollTwo Queensland cane-cutters find that things have changed when they meet Melbourne girlfriends on their summer break; classic play by Ray Lawler. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm (final shows).

WoyzeckA soldier ill-treated by his superiors and those attracted to his girlfriend tries to resolve his problems; reworking by Newcastle’s Claire Pasvolsky of German writer Georg Büchner’s unfinished 1836 play. Pasvolsky Actors Studio, at The Dungeon Theatre, Adamstown Uniting Church. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7pm.

Buy A Bale Hunter campaign looking for truck drivers

Truckin’ plea to help deliver donated hay to hungry animals Ron Campbell at his Merriwa property. Picture: Simon McCarthy
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Merriwa, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Belltrees, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Ian McCallum is a fifth generation farmer from Moonan Flat in the Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Upper Hunter. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Blandford, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Ron Campbell drives around his Merriwa property. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Craig Murphy feeds hay to his stock at his Blandford property. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Ian MacCallum with the food required for his stock when there’s little to graze in the paddocks. Picture: Nick Bielby

TweetFacebookthe Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate, Hunter Valley Newsand charity Rural Aidis looking for more truck drivers to help transport hay to Upper Hunter farmers experiencing the worst drought in living memory.

There are 100 loads of hay planned over the next three to four weeks and while there are some truck drivers on board, more are needed.

Read more: Everybody’s looking for rain

Read more:Massive hay drop in the Upper Hunter underway

HUNTER DROUGHT: 33 per cent of the region is in drought, 39 per cent is at the onset of drought and 28 per cent is borderline and could slip into drought or recover. Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Five truck loads of hay will arrive in the Upper Hunter this week alone.

Truck drivers will be paid to transport the hay from the NSW/Victorian border to the Hunter.

Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder said.

US judge affirms coffee warning ruling

A California judge has ruled that all coffee sold in the US state must carry a cancer warning.A court ruling that gave coffee drinkers a jolt earlier this year has been finalised with a Los Angeles judge saying coffee sold in California must carry a cancer warning.
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Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled on Monday that Starbucks and other roasters and retailers had failed to show that the benefits of drinking coffee outweigh any risks from a carcinogen that forms during the roasting process.

This followed a written decision he made tentatively in March.

A non-profit group sued about 90 coffee companies under a California state law that requires products containing cancer-causing chemicals to be labelled.

The coffee industry did not deny that the chemical acrylamide is in coffee, but argued it was at harmless levels meaning their products should be exempt.

The latest ruling means the Council for Education and Research on Toxics can seek a permanent injunction that would either lead to ominous warning labels or an industry commitment to remove the chemical – as the US potato chip industry did when sued by the same group.

Lawyer Raphael Metzger, who represents the non-profit, said he hopes mediation will lead to settling the eight-year long case.

If no agreement is reached, another phase of trial would determine civil penalties as high as $US2,500 per person exposed each day since the suit was filed in 2010.

“In all the years I’ve been practicing, I’ve never had a case that got to this point,” Metzger said.

“They’ve lost all their defences and we proved our case. The only issues left are the nature and form of the injunction and the amount of penalties to be assessed. It’s not a pretty place for them to be.”

Urban quits after expulsion recommendation

West n MP Barry Urban has quit after a committee made the unprecedented recommendation he should be expelled for committing a “gross and aggravated contempt of parliament”.
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The Labor-turned-independent Member for Darling Range resigned moments after the report was tabled in parliament on Tuesday, having been found to have repeatedly lied about his education and work history.

“There was overwhelming and compelling evidence to refute the member’s claims and conversely there was no credible evidence supporting the member’s claims,” Procedures and Privileges Committee chair Peter Watson said.

Mr Urban was even found to have deliberately sought to deceive the committee by providing a forgery of a degree from the University of Leeds.

“(He has) demonstrated a pattern of serial dishonesty and deception for at least two decades,” Mr Watson said.

“This is not a case of a single error of judgment.”

The committee concluded Mr Urban was not the person he represented himself to be and had breached the trust of his constituents and parliamentary colleagues.

“This is a situation I regret and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” Mr Urban told parliament.

Premier Mark McGowan said Mr Urban’s conduct was completely and utterly unacceptable, and apologised to the electorate.

The resignation will trigger a by-election for Darling Range, which Mr Urban won with a 5.8 per cent margin in March last year, with the seat previously held by the Liberals for decades.

Mr McGowan suspected the swing to Labor was based on the “prevailing mood at the time” under the Barnett government, but the party could not rely on it this time.

He said he was annoyed the electorate must go to the polls again, but was back in campaign mode, saying his government was committed to extending a rail line and building a new primary school in the area.

He also conceded Labor’s preselection process needed improvement, but said not every detail could be “chased down”.

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan described Mr Urban as Mr McGowan’s “man” and called it a “dark day” for the parliament.

“This will be a referendum on Mr McGowan, on his putting a fraudster into the seat of Darling Range and also breaking promises on taxes, fees and charges, and cuts to frontline services,” Dr Nahan told reporters.

“Mr Urban should never have stood, he should never have been preselected and he should have stood down some time ago.”

Centenary of the Great War

COMPELLING: The Frank Gardner Memorial in front of the Newcastle Post Office attracts the awe of a policeman. Photo:The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for May 6-12, 1918.AUSTRALIAN CASUALTIESThe weekly return issued by the Defence Department shows that the casualties in the AIF to date have reached 241,309. Details are as follows:

Died, 45,097; missing, 497; prisoners, 2935; wounded, 122,133; sick, 70,433; unspecified, 214.

It is explained by the department that the figures relating to deceased, missing, and prisoners of war represent the actual net totals, after all corrections consequent on errors and later advices have been taken into account. The figures in respect to wounded and sick represent the totals reported by cable, and are in excess of the actual number of men affected, because many are admitted to hospital more than once.

KILTED BRIGADEA representative meeting of former members of Newcastle Scottish Rifles and their friends was held in the council chambers on Saturday to consider the joint effort of the Highland Society and the members of the Scottish Rifles to promote the formation of a kilted brigade for the front. Mr D. L. Macdonald presided.An account of the meeting at the Highland Society’s rooms on 30th ultimo was submitted by W.O. J. Mitchell. After consideration, it was decided to co-operate with the Sydney committee, and to this end it was decided to elect a provisional committee to be entrusted with the duty of enlisting the sympathy and support of the Scottish community in the Newcastle district, and inaugurate a local recruiting campaign in the event of authority for formation of the kilted brigade being received from Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence. On the motion of Captain J. A. D. Robb, Mr. D. L. Macdonald was elected president. The following members of committee were also elected: Captain J. A. D. Robb, Lieutenant J. Snedden, junr., hon. Lieutenant W. E. Smith, Mr J. Snedden, senr., and Mr F. Harmer. W.O. J. Mitchell was appointed organising secretary. The secretary having been instructed to report the result of the meeting to the Sydney committee, the meeting adjourned to a date to be advertised awaiting the decision of the military authorities.

A DARING RAIDMr Phillip Gibbs states: The ns below the Somme are making life wretched for the Germans. The ns’ achievement at two on Monday morning was a very daring and successful enterprise.It must be extraordinarily annoying to the German command in that district. Annoying is a mild word. The German troops must have experienced an hour of terror. Many poor wretches were killed. The ns went over in no great numbers. It was almost like a raid, yet they advanced their line 850 yards, on a 2500 yards front. There was no preliminary bombardment. As soon as the attack was launched, our guns were active, neutralising the enemy’s batteries, keeping the roads and tracks under fire, and preventing supports coming up.The Germans were occupying rifle pits and trenches. Groups of machine-gunners were hiding in scattered holes. Some Germans fought for their lives in these holes, but the ns routed them with bayonets and bombs.The ns, whose losses were extraordinarily light, brought back as trophies several machine guns, and a big trench mortar. The episode will remind the enemy that the initiative and offensive spirit is not entirely on his side. It was only a minor action compared with the battles of the last month, and the battles in the coming month, as soon as the enemy is again ready to try another big smash.

AUSTRALIAN ADVANCEThe United Press correspondent, in a message despatched from London on Wednesday afternoon, states that the ns pushed on for 300 yards on a 500 yards front west of Morlancourt, and 500 yards, on a 600 yards front, north-east of Sailly le Sec, east of Amiens.The ns came into action at midnight. Their first move was a feint, with heavy artillery, and their second and third blows were delivered simultaneously. Meanwhile the enemy put up tremendous machine-gun and shrapnel barrages, but the ns held on.The thunder of artillery has increased around Bailleul, and along the Ancre. Brilliant sunshine deluges the battlefields. The war planes are now swarming.

LIEUTENANT BOULDENMr and Mrs Boulden, of Mayfield, have received a letter from their son, Engineer-lieutenant Vivian Boulden, of the Royal Navy (dated 9th March), stating he had passed his chief engineer’s examination. He passed two honorary examinations at the Naval Depot, Devonport, in April, 1917, and has been in the Royal Navy nearly three years. For 14 months he was attached to the Dover Patrol; since then he has been attached to the Grand Fleet. He served his apprenticeship with the firm of Messrs. Morison and Bearby, Carrington, before going to sea. Lieutenant Boulden was in the best of health, although he put in the worst winter for cold and heavy gales he had experienced In the North Sea.

SOLDIER’S SACRIFICEBy the last mail from England Mrs S. Brown, of Carlisle-Street, Stockton, received details of the circumstances under which her son, Private Cecil Brown, made a sacrifice in an endeavour to save the life of a wounded English officer. Private Brown, who had been wounded, was a patient in No. 2 Canadian Hospital, just behind the line in France, when the officer was brought in severely wounded, and suffering greatly from the loss of blood. The surgeons in charge of the case asked for a soldier to volunteer to submit to transfusion of blood, in order to save the wounded Englishman’s life. Private Brown volunteered, and a quart of blood was drawn from his left arm. The officer, for whom the sacrifice was made, benefited greatly, but five days afterwards it was found necessary to amputate one of his legs, and he succumbed to shock. The loss of the blood left Private Brown rather weak, but at the time of writing be was in a London hospital, and was making good progress.

SERGEANT OLIVER, M.M.Mr S. B. Oliver, of Harris St, Cessnock, has received a copy of certificates relating to the Military Medal conferred on his son, Sergeant G. B. Oliver, M.M., for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on October 14, 1917, near Zonnebeke. The certificate says: “The battery being in a new position, registration was being carried out. This NCO when telephone lines failed, owing to heavy shell fire, showed great determination in opening visual communication between the observing station and the battery, and coolness in maintaining it, in spite of heavy shell fire. His action enabled the battery to be registered, and thus ready for service”.Sergeant Oliver was also mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches, published in the London Gazette, 1st January, 1918, for gallant conduct and devotion to duty during operations in the Noreuil sector at Bullecourt, at Messines, and in the Ypres sector, between 26/2/17 and 20/9/17. He isin England, at St John’s Wood OTC, for a few months’ instruction. Before enlisting in 1915, he was employed by Lane and Trewartha, Newcastle.

THE GARDNER MEMORIALThe Mayor stated that steps would have to be taken to provide additional space on the Gardner Memorial to record the names of those soldiers who had been killed in the war. The monument had no more room for the names of the fallen soldiers. The council decided some time ago that a roll of honour should be prepared and placed in the Council Chambers, and this would be done when the names could be obtained from the military department. He would be glad to have an expression of opinion as to increasing the space on the Gardner Memorial. Alderman Quinlan said he would like to see the names placed on the pillars in front of the post office. The matter was left in the hands of the Mayor and engineer, and they were authorised to communicate with the postal authorities with a view to having the names placed on the pillars at the post office.

KURRI KURRIDuring the past couple of months, Mr and Mrs A. Galloway, of Kurri Kurri, have been preparing a picture film, featuring local talent. It is intended to screen it at the Royal Picture Palace, and later to despatch it abroad, to be shown at the camps where the Kurri Kurri soldiers are stationed. The film, which consists of a series of comedy and dramatic scenes, is now completed. The film is 1200 feet in length, and consists of 15 scenes.

NEW LAMBTONThe following is a letter received by Mrs S. A. Burnley, Regent Street, on the 8th instant, and dated France, 1st February, 1918, from the sergeant-major of the 34th Battalion, to which her son, Private J. Burnley, was attached, sent on behalf of the NCOs. and men of that battalion: “I would like to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your very gallant son, Private J. Burnley, who made the supreme sacrifice in the third battle of Ypres for the heights of Passchendaele, on October 12, 1917. The attack was made under the very worst climatic conditions, and it was entirely due to the superb determination and bravery of men like your son that the operation was a success. We would like you to feel how greatly we appreciated your son as a comrade and soldier.”

WICKHAMLieutenant-colonel J. W. Clark writes from France to Mrs Bond, Mayoress of Wickham: “In a letter which reached me recently from our Newcastle Comforts Depot, our secretaries mentioned that we were indebted to the Wickham Red Cross, of which you are president, for special donation of socks, and on behalf of the men and myself I wish you would convoy our grateful thanks to the ladies concerned. Your son is, of course, a member of the battalion, and very much appreciated especially by his company, for his sterling qualities. He is quite well, and I trust will be spared to return safely to you when the enemy decide they have had enough.”

THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTIn the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Wise, Honorary Minister, in reply to Mr Finlayson (Q), said the desire to form a Scottish regiment could not be given effect to, but men of Scottish birth and descent would, as far as possible, be trained together and sent overseas together.

ENLISTMENTSFrederick Bradshaw, Adamstown; Francis Henry Burns, Muswellbrook; Bert Coombes, Carrington; Harry Alfred Cummins, West Maitland; William Dick, Toronto; John Robert Garner, Hamilton; Raymond Hunter Guy, Lorn; Harold James Jacobs, Branxton; John Charles King, Adamstown; James Knox, North Waratah; Joseph Lake, New Lambton; Herbert John Lee, West Maitland; Joseph Lower, Morisset; Norman Gordon McMaster, Adamstown; Jack Thomas Murray, Booral; Raymond Joseph Pike, Newcastle; Alexander Shepherd, Holmesville; Percy Gordon Wall, Kurri Kurri; Francis Noel White, Wickham.

DEATHSPte Ralph Atkinson, Plattsburg; Pte Robert James Bailey, Muswellbrook; Pte Arthur Stanton Bowd, Scone; Lieut Russell Stanley Brown, East Maitland; Pte Thomas Byron, Dungog; Pte Thomas Fairhall, Morpeth; 2nd Lieut William Henry Glossop, Aberdare; Pte John Mortimer Griffen, Cooks Hill; L/Cpl Stanley Lloyd Hackworthy, Islington; Pte Valdimar Hektor, Newcastle; Pte Thomas Stanley Hooker, Singleton; Pte Robert Jones, Aberdare; Pte John Liddle, Lambton; Pte Alister Robert Moss, Singleton; Pte Emil Newman, Carrington; Pte John Mortimer O’Sullivan, Stockton; Pte John Leslie Ridley, Wallsend; L/Sgt Thomas Ernest Sawyer, West Maitland; Pte Joseph Alfred Stork, Glen Oak; Pte Serge Tarasov, Newcastle; Pte Francis James Walsh, Dungog; Pte George Frederick Wilson, Baerami Creek.

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