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.
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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苏州美甲/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

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.