Welcome to Black Circle: The home of rock ‘n’ roll coffee in Newcastle

On the beat: Black Circle Cafe owner Daniel Wolinski. Picture: Simone De PeakBlack Circle Café, 4/12 Alma Rd. New Lambton, Mon-Fri: 6:30-5pm, Sat: 8am-2pm.
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The world would become a simpler place if every café owner just named their blends after their favourite songs.Imagine the time you could save searching for your next favourite cup. All of those confusing references to yield, dose, origin and process could be replaced with a few simple words that could say everything you ever needed to know.

Who cares about how they wash coffee beans in the New Guinean highlands? Give me a 500 gram Bat Out of Hell and I’m Walking On Sunshine baby.

Over at the Black Circle cafe in New Lambton, owner Daniel Wolinski has chosen seminal Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam to headline on his main stage.

Displayed on the back wall are a range of coffee blends named after his favourite of their songs. Fans of the band will recognise the titles – Immortality, The Fixer, Oceans and the first album favourite, Even Flow.

Any fans of blends from premium East African, South and Central American origins will also have reason to raise their hands up and sing their hearts out too.

If the musical references are a little old school – if the 1990s can already be called that – then the coffee Wolinski pours here is much the same. This is a café that not only celebrates the nostalgic value of music and the Black Circle of vinyl it came recorded on, but the classic chocolate and caramel tastes that have dropped out of the charts at many other coffee venues.

The house blend is a spicy and dark one. A duo of Brazilian and Costa Rican maestros play the classic notes up front, with a rhythm section hailing from Ethiopia and Kenya. Add a few solos from a Sumatran and you have it – the Even Flow. The song this one was named after is an explosive concoction that bursts forth from somewhere unstable. The blend does it justice.

The gentler ballads in the Black Circle collection are the lighter and fruitier Immortality and Oceans blends. Alongside the Even Flow and The Fixer,all are available in either a 250g ($13) or 500g ($22) bag of grounds or beans.

The when and the where of how this café discovered that coffee are still on the hazy side. We know it is roasted and blended in Manly but the restseems to be a bit of a secret. Perhaps it should stay that way. We also know that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first talked about the blues as schoolboys on a train station platform. To find out what happened next we have to go out and buy all the albums. Or we can just buy a coffee and wait till they play them at Black Circle.

Sexual consent can’t be assumed: NSW government

Sexual consent laws in NSW will be reviewed after the state government questioned their adequacy, fairness, and clarity following a high-profile sexual assault case over an incident in a Kings Cross alleyway.
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NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman referred the laws to the Law Reform Commission after saying there was a “systemic problem” with sexual assault reporting and convictions in the state.

“There is a reluctance by complainants to come forward. They’ve already been traumatised once, and they have to go through this re-traumatisation yet again,” Mr Speakman told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

His announcement comes less than 24 hours after Saxon Mullins spoke to the ABC about her ordeal as an 18-year-old virgin when she says she was anally raped by 21-year-old Luke Lazarus in an alleyway behind a nightclub in 2013.

Attorney General Mark Speakman speaks during a media conference concerning the law of consent in sexual assault proceedings outside the Supreme Court in Sydney. Photo: AAP Image/David Moir

“He pulled me back and said something … he said, ‘put your f**king hands on the wall’. And so I did,” she told Four Corners on Monday.

Over the past five years, Ms Mullins, now 23, endured two trials and two appeals with Mr Lazarus spending 11 months in jail after being convicted by a jury.

In the second trial, a judge found Mr Lazarus had no reasonable basis for believing Ms Mullins had not consented, but that Ms Mullins – in her own mind – had not consented.

Mr Speakman said Ms Mullins’ story raised questions about whether the law was adequate, clear and fair.

“(It’s) a concern that someone who has not consented can go through four court cases and not get a final resolution for the complaint,” he said.

“We know there is a systemic problem with sexual assault reporting and convictions in our law.”

In the review, which could take about a year, Mr Speakman wants the commission to look to other states, such as Tasmania, which has some of the toughest sexual consent laws in the country.

NSW Minister for Sexual Assault Prevention Pru Goward commended Ms Mullins for her bravery in sharing her story, saying sometimes women in these situations are too afraid to say “no”.

But it doesn’t mean consent has been agreed to, Ms Goward said.

“You must explicitly ask for permission to have sex and if it’s not an enthusiastic ‘yes’ then it’s a ‘no’,” Ms Goward said alongside Mr Speakman.

“It is not enough to assume that because your victim did not say ‘no’ that she has, in fact, said ‘yes’.”

Ms Goward is calling for discussions in schools about what consent means and the importance of explicit conversations.

Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqui welcomed the law review and insisted consent must be redefined as active, positive and voluntary.

“Sexual violence persists in our society and we must do everything we can to change this, leading with changing our laws coupled with education and awareness around positive and active consent in the community and within the justice system,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

NY attorney general denies physical abuse

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after allegations of physical abuse by four women were reported in an article in the New Yorker magazine.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo called for Schneiderman’s resignation within hours of the article’s publication.

“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday.

“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

In the article published late on Monday, the New Yorker reported that four women who said they had had romantic relationships or encounters with Schneiderman said they had been subjected to nonconsensual physical violence.

Reuters has not independently confirmed the accusations.

“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity,” Schneiderman said in a statement issued by Stu Loeser & Co before he announced his resignation.

“I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

In his statement late on Monday, Cuomo said he would ask a New York district attorney to investigate the accusations against Schneiderman, who is the state’s highest law enforcement official.

“My personal opinion is that, given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as Attorney General, and for the good of the office, he should resign,” Cuomo said in his statement.

Schneiderman announced his resignation a little more than an hour after Cuomo issued his statement.

The New Yorker reported that two of the women who spoke to the magazine “alleged that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.”

The two women who were named in the article both called the abuse by Schneiderman “assault,” the magazine reported. One of the women said Schneiderman slapped her across the face after she rejected his advances and that when she told him she wanted to leave, he said, “A lot of women like it. They don’t always think they like it, but then they do, and they ask for more,” according to the article.

Schneiderman has been a high-profile proponent of the #MeToo movement.

Avoid the flu this season – get vacinated

At Risk: The flu vaccination is very important for protecting people at high risk of serious flu complications.
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ADVERTISING FEATUREWith winter and the colder weather fast approaching, so too is flu season, and after last year’s record flu season it is time to start thinking about prevention.

Flu season typicallypeaks around July to September and everyone is vulnerable,however, certain groups are at particular risk including young children, the elderly and those with other chronic conditions.

No one wants to get sick and there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself against influenza:

Be vaccinated.Hand washing and personal hygiene, such as trying not to touch your mouth or nose.Where possible, avoid crowds during the flu season.Even though the influenza vaccination has been proven to be the most effective protection against the flu, recent research by the Pharmacy Guild of has revealed that one in two n adults do not plan to vaccinate against the flu this year despite last year’s record flu season which saw more than 249,000 reported infections.

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Pharmacy4Less KotaraGuild national president George Tambassissays n adults are generally misinformed about the seriousness, and unaware of some of the infectious aspects of the flu.

“Most ns don’t realise how infectious the flu is, with 77 per cent of respondents unaware the flu virus can remain active when airborne for 45 minutes or more.”

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The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot –through your workplace program, at the GP, or through chemists which offer the service.

“The flu vaccine contains ‘killed’, inactivated virus particles,” sayspharmacist and owner of Pharmacy4Less Kotara, Nader Eltom.

“These train your immune system to develop protection against the virus within several weeks. These antibodies protect against infection if you are exposed to the virus.”

The vaccine does not contain a live virus, so it is impossible to catch the flu from the vaccine.

“Annual vaccination against seasonal flu can reduce your chances of getting thefluand can also reduce the severity of flu symptoms if you do catch the flu,” Nader said. “Getting the vaccination can also protect people around you who may be more vulnerable to the flu, including children and the elderly.”

Pharmacy4Less Kotara offers a quick and inexpensive flu vacination program at it’s convenient location on the corner of Park Avenue and Kullaiba Road next to the Homemaker Centre.

“The flu vaccination service is $19.99 for anyone between the ages of 18-64,”Nader said.

“You do not need an appointment and the process usually takes about 15 minutes, including a brief questionnaire and waiting time.

“You can even get the flu vaccine in store, while you are waiting for your other medications.”

Pharmacists atPharmacy4Less Kotara have completed vaccination training to ensure that the flu vaccine can be given safely and appropriately.

This includes Pharmacist Immunisation training endorsed by the Pharmacy Guild of , regular first aid accreditation, and annual CPR updates.Theyalso keepa range of common and specialised travel vaccinations if you’re thinking about heading overseas.

“Our qualified pharmacists can help answer any queries about vaccinations and travel health for people of all ages,” Nader said.

“Pharmacy4Less Kotara also keeps a range of dose administration aids, travel products and supplements to help keep you well while you are away.”

It’s all part of the mantra at Pharmacy4Less Kotara which is “More Care For Less Cost”,providing one-to-one personalised service as well as a guarantee to beat any price on’s largest range of products.

“Our range includes discounted prescriptions, medicines, healthcare products, beauty products, personal care, mother and baby products, health equipment and much more,” Nader said.

Pharmacy4Less Kotara also offers a range of free services includingprescription reminders, blood pressure testing, cholesterol screening, diabetic screening and provision of diabetic supplies, weight management advice, smoking cessation advice, baby advice,vitamin specialist advice,Webster packing and medication reviews.They also accept unwanted or unused medicines.

Another feature that sets Pharmacy4Less Kotara aparthas beenthe introduction of the Healthsure Medical Centre inside the premises,giving patients access to quality GPs Monday to Friday.

Tas govt concerns over church redress plan

Tas Treasurer Peter Gutwein says the govt is worried about the Anglican diocese selling churches.Tasmania’s Anglican Diocese will sell dozens of historic churches to help fund millions of dollars in redress for survivors of child sexual abuse under a plan that has the state government worried about its impact on the community.
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Anglican Bishop Richard Condie has pledged to pay $8.6 million in redress and wants the state to sign up to the national scheme.

The state’s Anglican body plans to sell more than 100 properties, including 76 churches plus halls, houses and blocks of land, with about a quarter of the money earmarked for redress.

But state Treasurer Peter Gutwein says people are worried about the community impact of the plan.

He will meet with church leaders next week to clarify “a range of matters” after a number of constituents raised concerns with him.

“I want to understand on what basis the properties will be sold and how cemeteries specifically will be dealt with,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

The diocese on Monday released a preliminary list of 78 properties, including 55 churches, it plans to put up for sale.

The full list will be made public after the church’s Synod in June.

It will then be open for community consultation, with a final list decided in December.

Tasmania is yet to join NSW, Victoria and the ACT in joining the national redress scheme that stemmed from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“We’re working through this matter and we’ll have more to say in coming weeks,” Mr Gutwein said.

“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to make a positive announcement.

“Tasmania as a jurisdiction is in a different position to most jurisdictions as we’ve already run a state-based scheme.

“We need to work through those matters, as well as the national scheme at the same time.”

Folau linked with possible Reds switch

A Queensland homecoming could be on the cards for Israel Folau if he opts to continue his rugby union career in next year.
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While the NSW Waratahs are desperate to retain the off-contract Wallabies superstar, speculation has emerged about a shift to their fiercest Super Rugby rivals.

The 29-year-old has held talks with Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn regarding a possible move next year, according to News Corp .

The Reds become the latest club linked to Folau, after talk of a $1.4 million dollar deal from England’s Sale Sharks and an NRL offer from Gold Coast Titans.

But there could be something in it if his relationships with key figures at the Waratahs have become strained, despite claims to the contrary from inside the franchise.

An incredulous tweet from Folau’s wife Maria at the weekend suggested some discontent over Folau being used on the wing instead of his preferred fullback position.

Coach Daryl Gibson switched Folau to the wing earlier this season and, while he started at fullback in the narrow loss to the Blues on Saturday, he was shifted to the wing for the crucial closing stages as bench players arrived.

“OMG @NSWWaratahs why do you keep playing @IzzyFolau on the wing????,” tweeted Maria Folau.

Folau has always maintained publicly that he’s happy to play wherever asked and NSW assistant coach Chris Malone insisted on Monday that remained the case, saying there had been numerous discussions about it.

Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore on Tuesday attempted to hose down departure talk, issuing a short statement.

“Israel said publicly last week that contract negotiations are still ongoing with us and Rugby ,” said Hore.

“As far as we are aware, reports of a move to another Super Rugby franchise is purely speculation.

“We have said before what value he brings to our team, and that has not changed.”

There’s no doubt Folau would be a huge asset for the Reds, who won’t comment on transfer speculation.

Aidan Toua has been serviceable at fullback for them this season – replacing the banished Karmichael Hunt – but Folau would be a major step up and add an extra dimension to the team’s struggling attack.

Folau grew up in Logan, a short drive south of Brisbane, and previously played for Brisbane in the NRL and for the Queensland State of Origin team.

However, the Reds would need to find a way to offload Hunt, Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby to make a move for Folau financially workable.

All three are unwanted by Thorn but are contracted to the club until the end of 2019.

Hunt is seemingly unwilling to risk injury by playing in Brisbane club rugby and appears to be biding his time until a suitable offer from Europe arrives, with no chance he will return to the Reds fold after his second drug indiscretion.

Cooper is also keen to work his way back into Thorn’s good books and has, according to The n, knocked back offers to play out the season with the Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels, while Frisby is on loan to French club Bordeaux for this season.

Mum fights deportation to stay with son, 8

A Filipino woman has gained her first desperate wish – to enjoy Mother’s Day with her three children – but is still braced for the fight of her life to keep her family together in .
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Brisbane-based Bernadette Romulo is begging Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to save her from deportation, saying she’ll be torn away from her eight-year-old son, who cannot go with her.

Giro was born in and cannot leave due to partial custody arrangements with his Filipino-n father.

Ms Romulo met with immigration officials on Tuesday afternoon, on the day her bridging visa expired, fearing she and her overseas-born daughters – half-sisters to Giro – would be deported after 11 years living in .

But she was given some renewed hope with another bridging visa extension until May 26.

“I have my fingers crossed but I’m still hanging in the air,” she told AAP.

Ms Romulo arrived in in 2006 on a 457 visa with her first husband and two daughters before that marriage failed.

She has lived on a bridging visa since applying for permanent residency in 2012 when her second marriage to Giro’s father broke down. Her bid for permanent residency was rejected last December.

Ms Romulo has been waging a social media campaign in a desperate bid to remain in , including a change苏州模特佳丽招聘 petition that’s generated more than 22,000 signatures of support.

The single mother has also produced a tearful video, begging Mr Dutton not to take her son away from her.

“The Family Court said Giro must live with me. But the department of immigration is deporting me. Should I cut myself in half?” she told AAP on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what to do. But I’m not going to just give up. Because it’s cruel, very cruel. He’s only eight.”

Mr Dutton’s office says he’s not handling the case, and the matter is with Assistant Home Affairs Minister Alex Hawke.

Mr Hawke’s office says the case has already been comprehensively assessed by the department and the assistant minister only intervenes in a “relatively small number of cases”.

“Child custody matters are beyond the scope of this department and are addressed through the appropriate jurisdiction of family law,” the department said in a statement.

Ms Romulo still fears imminent deportation along with her 12- and 13-year-old daughters from her first marriage.

But she said it was a great relief for them all that they can stay together for Mother’s Day. Giro had already made his mother a card for Sunday, worried he wouldn’t be with her.

“Dear mummy. You have a heart better than a universe and love from Pluto to Venus. You are smarter than Einstein and greatly loveable. You are more important to me than anything else,” it reads.

Ms Romulo said her six years of fighting for permanent residency was all about staying together as a family.

“If we get deported, doesn’t matter as much, as long as we can keep my son,” she said.

NBA: Ben Simmons vows to help 76ers create play-off history

FLYING: Newcastle raised guard Ben Simmons take the ball to the rim in the 76ers’ series saving win over the Celtics. Picture: AP​Ben Simmons, with a smile on his face and a diamond-studded boxing kangaroo chain hanging around his neck, declared the Philadelphia 76ers were ready to make NBA playoffs history.
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The 21-year-old n rookie made the bold proclamation minutes after his Sixers staved off elimination in their series against the Boston Celtics with a 103-92 victory in Philadelphia on Monday.

“I’m not ready to go home and start my vacation,” Simmons, who had a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, told reporters in the post-game press conference.

“Definitely not.”

It was the 76ers’ first win in the series and they still trail 3-1, with Boston needing just one victory to move on to the eastern conference finals.

Simmons and the 76ers are aiming to win four-straight games to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 0-3 series deficit in the best-of-seven series.

There have been 129 teams attempt a comeback from three losses in a row to start a series.

All failed.

Simmons and his 76ers now head to Boston for Wednesday’s game five knowing a loss will end their season.

“We believe our time is now,” he said.

“It is going to take a lot, but it is just the way our mindset is.”

The 76ers were so confident of winning game four they arrived at the Wells Fargo Center arena with their luggage and a plane on the tarmac ready to fly them to Boston.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been the master strategist in the series but Brown countered with the game-winning move by shaking up his starting line-up.

He replaced forward Robert Covington, who missed all eight field goal attempts in game three, with the energetic but unheralded TJ McConnell.

The back-up point guard took some of the ball-handling pressure off Simmons and made inspirational plays with a career high 19 points.

“There’s an injection of energy you immediately know you are going to get with him,” Brown said.

Simmons had error-filled games in the game two and three losses but was determined to play more aggressively and take open shots in the game four victory.

His aggression backfired early, missing five of his first six field goals, but midway through the second quarter he found his range.

Simmons frustrated Brown with reckless passes leading to turnovers in the final quarter but he was more relaxed in the press conference when asked about his boxing kangaroo chain.

“The bling?” Simmons replied.

“That’s just something to represent home.”

The Celtics’ n centre Aron Baynes had another strong game battling with 76ers’ All-Star Joel Embiid with nine points and six rebounds.

Baynes hit two three-pointers, although he missed four others including an air ball, while Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Ben Simmons bounced back to formto record a double-double as Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination from the NBA playoffs with a 103-92 victory over the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers faced being swept by Boston but with the Philadelphia crowd behind them on Monday they earned their first win in the series.

The 76ers still face an ominous fight for survival with no team having come back from being down 0-3 in the NBA post-season.

The Celtics lead 3-1 and need just one more win in the best-of-seven series to progress to the eastern conference finals.

Game five is in Boston on Wednesday.

Simmons was determined to play more aggressively and take open shots but it backfired early with the Newcastle-raised 21-year-old missing five of his first six field goals.

He was not deterred and midway through the second quarter found range and ended the game with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Simmons did frustrate his coach Brett Brown with reckless passes leading to turnovers in the final quarter, as his team attempted to preserve their sizeable lead.

The Celtics’ n centre Aron Baynes had another strong game, battling with 76ers’ All-Star Joel Embiid, to finish with nine points and six rebounds.

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NPL: Josh Rose savours that winning feeling at Edgeworth in next stage of football career

STAR ADDITION: Josh Rose in action for Edgeworth against Maitland at Cooks Square Park on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli
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JOSH Rose admits he wasn’t sure about playing on at a lower level after retiring from professional football following a 17-year career.

But after a win in his first game with Edgeworth on Sunday, the 36-year-old former Central Coast Mariner was glad he did.

After just one training session at Edgeworth, the left-back showed his class in a 2-1 victory over Maitland at Cooks Square Park on debut for the three-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers, who moved to the top of the table.

It came just three weeks after Rose ended his 218-game A-League career with an 8-2 loss to the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium.

The victory with Edgeworth was Rose’s first since Central Coast beat Sydney 2-0 on November 10 last year.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the league but I thought all the boys were really good,” Rose said.“It’s a good quality team, they knocked the ball around well andit was really enjoyable.

“I was joking with the boys after, that it was nice to have a win.It’s been a while.

Josh Rose on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli

“It was good to get a win on the board and get that winning feeling back, so I just really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to more games.”

Rose has joined former Mariners teammate Daniel McBreen at Edgeworth following an almost 400-game league career also taking in stints with Brisbane Strikers, New Zealand Knights, Romanian clubUniversitatea Craiova and Melbourne City.

And after all that, Rose admitted playing on was not a priority as his focus turned to his coaching career and growing the Rose Football Academy.

However, he said the link toMcBreen and Edgeworth’s help in developing his nextcareer convinced him to stay on the field. He hopes now to learn from Eagles coach Damian Zane while taking on a junior role at the club.

“I wasn’t too sure to be honest,” he said of playing.

“It wasn’t something that I’d thought too muchabout. I thought a few offers might come in but I wasn’t sure if I’d continue to play or not.

“But after speaking to Macca, [Edgeworth treasurer] Warren Mills and Zaney, the Edgeworth offer came in. I’d met the boys before so I knew it was a good group. I’d heard a lot of good things about Zaney and from the chats we’ve had, his football knowledge is quite good.

“So for me it’s about learning off these guys and I’m looking forward to continuing in my coaching role. Ijust want to learn off as many people as I can.”

Zane was excited about what Rose has brought to the club as they chase more NPL silverware and a fourth consecutive FFA Cup round of 32 appearance.

“He just looks so smooth,” Zane said.

“He’s not one of those flashy type players. He’s just really effective and the quality of him, he just lifted the training session on Friday night. Ithink the boys wanted to impress and show him that the level is decent around here.

“Our boys, when the cup comes around, there’s a real buzz and it was there on Sunday. He’s been a good addition at a really good time.”

Rose, who lives in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast, said “it’s fantastic to be able to join a successful club like Edgeworth” and he was keen to do his part in the push for trophies.

“The expectation, Zaney has been good in trying to tone that down a bit, but obviously coming from where I’ve come from, the expectation is there,” he said.

“But guys like us –Macca, the Griffiths brothers, Matty Thompson, Leo Bertos – in the comp,we’re all competitors anyway. We always strive to get the best out of ourselves no matter whatand that competitive edge never dies within us.”