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                                      How not to win friends: Facebook sneaks in fees to promote posts

                                      11/09/2018 Posted by admin

                                      Dazzle Strands has found its views on Facebook have dropped from 800-1000 to 90 per post in just a matter of months. Brands have to pay just to promote their posts to the people who “like” their page.
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                                      It’s not just an impost on brands – Facebook also charges for promoting personal posts to friends.

                                      Facebook is being accused of an underhanded bait and switch, with brands and even personal users now forced to pay for “promoted posts” to reach all of their “likers” and friends.

                                      Evidence suggests that the algorithm that determines which posts appear in your News Feed, called EdgeRank, has been tweaked so that posts are visible for under 15 per cent of your connections unless you pay.

                                      For individuals the cost to promote a status update is $US7.20 ($A6.95) and for brands the cost depends on how many fans or “likers” they have, but is around $US20 ($A19.30) per post to reach 3000 fans and $US200 ($A193) to reach 50,000 fans.

                                      Catherine Cincotta, 33, from Melbourne, runs hair accessory firm Dazzle Strands, which has about 4000 likes on Facebook.

                                      “I was getting at least 800 to 1000 post views and then July hit and then all of a sudden it started going progressively down so I was starting to see 300, 200 and now it’s at about 90 on average,” she said.

                                      “I find this to be underhanded … all of a sudden the posts are being suppressed and you’re getting bombarded with requests to advertise with them.”

                                      Lisa Dale, 32, runs an online gift hamper business, Signed Sealed Delivered, and Facebook is one of her main avenues for promotion. She also has about 3000 fans and has noticed her post views have likewise trailed off significantly, despite her fan base growing.

                                      “They’ve sucked me in. I’ve worked so hard to build up this great page and now the only way I can maintain it now is to pay. If they were going to do it, they probably should’ve done it at the start,” said Dale.

                                      Mashable journalist Matt Silverman wrote in a recent column that Facebook’s EdgeRank was creating artificial scarcity by “rigging the game and then asking users to pay to level the playing field”. The New York Observerwrote that “Facebook is broke, on purpose, in order to extract more money from users”.

                                      Last week blog Dangerous Minds wrote a post titled “Facebook: I want my friends back”, accusing the company of turning down the volume on users’ Facebook reach. To reach the blog’s entire 50,000 fan base Facebook charges $US200 per post.

                                      “We post seven days a week, that would be about $14,000 per week, $56,000 per month … a grand total of $672,000 for what we got for free before Facebook started turning the traffic spigot down in Spring of this year — wouldn’t you know it — right around the time of their badly managed IPO.”

                                      Earlier this week Simon Dell, director of Brisbane-based marketing firm TwoCents Group, said for his firm’s page the average “reach” over the past 10 posts was 195 or 16 per cent, but at times it dropped to just 94 views.

                                      One of Dell’s clients had an average reach of just 12 per cent of their 5400 fans and another was 19 per cent.

                                      “Facebook isn’t seeing fans as a community anymore, they’re seeing them as numbers,” he wrote on MarketingMag南京夜网.au. “Being able to reach just 15 per cent of your brand advocates who have opted in to receive your communication isn’t a great ROI for your time and effort.”

                                      Facebook has been under significant pressure to turn its huge user numbers into revenue and the company is now worth a bit over half as much as it was when the company went public. Its shares are worth

                                      $US21.94 ($A21.18) down from the offer price of $US38 ($A36).

                                      In a recent blog post Facebook ads engineer Philip Zigoris wrote that any changes Facebook makes to its news feed algorithm were more to do with offering users more relevant posts than making money.

                                      “Regardless of whether you’re paying to promote a story or just posting one to your Page, the news feed will always optimise for stories that generate high levels of user engagement and filter out ones that don’t,” he wrote.

                                      The response from readers was mostly negative with most complaining that they shouldn’t have to pay in order for their posts to be visible by their friends.

                                      “So tell me, how are people meant to engage with the content if they’re not being shown the content in the first place?” wrote one.

                                      Another said: “I have to tell you the vast majority of my friends really hate this, find it very frustrating, and the only thing that keeps them from leaving Facebook is all their friends are here and there is no real option … yet.”

                                      Facebook declined to comment for this story.

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                                      AFP ends investigation into swearing Rudd video

                                      11/09/2018 Posted by admin

                                      Kevin Rudd fluffing his lines in that video.The Australian Federal Police has closed its investigation of the leaking of a damaging video of former prime minister Kevin Rudd swearing and banging a desk.
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                                      The release of the video, posted anonymously on YouTube, escalated the tensions between Mr Rudd and Prime Minister Julia Gillard which contributed to February’s leadership ballot.

                                      An AFP spokeswoman said it had not found ”sufficient material or evidence to substantiate charging of any person for theft or unauthorised disclosure” of the video.

                                      ”The AFP has finalised the matter and as such, it is not appropriate to comment further,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

                                      A spokesman for Mr Rudd said he had no comment.

                                      The video shows Mr Rudd fluffing his lines while trying to record a video message for Chinese New Year in 2009.

                                      In a series of out-takes he expresses frustration at the diplomats from the Australian embassy in Beijing, who had scripted the message in Mandarin.

                                      ”Tell these d—heads in the embassy to just give me simple sentences,” Mr Rudd says in the video. ”This f—ing language… it just complicates it so much.”

                                      At another point, he appears to ask a staffer to cancel a scheduled meeting.

                                      ”Tell them to cancel this meeting at 6 o’clock will you… I don’t have the f—ing patience to do it.”

                                      The video appeared on YouTube on February 18, under the title ”Kevin Rudd is a Happy Little Vegemite”.

                                      Four days later, Mr Rudd resigned as foreign minister and announced his intention to challenge Ms Gillard for the leadership. The following Monday he was trounced in a caucus ballot, 71 votes to 31.

                                      At the time Mr Rudd commented that the release of the video was ”a little bit on the unusual side”.

                                      An internal review by the Prime Minister’s department found the video had not come from within the department. At the time, Ms Gillard denied her office was involved in the release of the video, saying it did not have access to the material.

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                                      No campaigning? Well, not much in Sandy’s aftermath

                                      11/09/2018 Posted by admin

                                      US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may have officially suspended their election campaigns to concentrate on relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, but with just a week to go before the election, it’s clear some political footsoldiers and commentators have not got the message.
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                                      Mr Romney five times ignored questions put to him at an Ohio event — officially a storm-relief fundraiser — about comments he once made advocating stripping funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

                                      Instead, he told the audience in a gymnasium in the city of Kettering: “We have heavy hearts, as you know, with all of the suffering going on. I appreciate what you have done.”

                                      Reporters at the event noted women proudly showing off t-shirts that read, “Obama — you’re fired”.

                                      Having spent Monday night at the White House keeping tabs on the storm’s progress and overseeing the emergency response, President Obama today visited a Red Cross shelter in Washington, DC.

                                      “We certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended … The most important message I have for [those affected] is that America’s with you,” Mr Obama said.

                                      But even before the storm surge had peaked, high-profile conservative columnists attacked the President for playing politics.

                                      “He says he’s not concerned about the impact on the elections,” Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News.

                                      “I’m sure he’s very sincere on that. It is a little odd that he shows up in the briefing room, where he hasn’t shown up in the briefing room for about, what, a month-and-a-half on Libya, or for everything else for that matter? Then you get the photo-ops of him in the situation room deploying, I guess, the utility crews who will restore power all over America.”

                                      Meanwhile, a Salon南京夜网 commentator wrote that Mr Romney’s Ohio event was “surreal enough to be a campaign parody, with the candidate comparing the federal government’s hurricane relief efforts to the time he and some friends had to clean up a football field strewn with rubbish and paper products”.

                                      Perhaps the weirdest political comments on the storm came from Michael Brown, the Bush-era FEMA chairman who was widely discredited for that administration’s lacklustre response to Hurricane Katrina. On Sunday night, he accused the President of getting involved too soon. He stood by those comments today.

                                      One man who has garnered universal praise for his response is the combative New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is one of Mr Romney’s most high-profile surrogates.

                                      On Monday, he attacked the Democrat mayor of Atlantic City before praising President Obama for his energetic response.

                                      “I have to say, the administration, the president himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far,” he told reporters.

                                      Mr Christie, who many expected to run for president this year, dismissed the election as not a priority.

                                      “I’m sure that while the national election is obviously very important, that the people of New Jersey, in this moment, would really be unhappy with me if they thought for a second I was occupying my time thinking about how I was going to get people to vote a week from today,” Christie told reporters today.

                                      Mr Romney will resume his campaign events Wednesday in the US, while Barack Obama is not expected to return to the campaign trail until Thursday.

                                      How the storm will impact upon the election is unclear. Three of the eight major daily tracking polls — the lifeblood of the campaigns and the political media in the last few days of a deadlocked election — have been suspended.

                                      On a more practical level, early voting has been disrupted across the north-east, although it is impossible to predict exactly how this might affect the election. The President was thought to have an advantage among early voters until recent polls suggested Mr Romney had whittled this down.

                                      It is also unclear now whether the impact of the storm could hinder people from getting to the polls next Tuesday. If that is the case, polling places could open longer.

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                                      Australia v India series 2017: India the proving ground for Australian Test cricket credentials

                                      10/03/2019 Posted by admin

                                      facebook南京夜网/CricketNSWAfter a terrific finish to the Test summer beating Pakistan 3-0, the challenge of next month’s Indian tour now looms large.
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                                      India is an amazing place to visit with a different culture and a great passion for cricket but it is a tough place to play.

                                      Recent history tells us that over the past 10 years India has lost just four of 49 Tests at home – two to South Africa and two to England.

                                      Touring there tests you physically and mentally. It puts every area of your skill and resilience under the microscope.

                                      To stand up and play well in India is to announce yourself as a world class team and that is what we want to do.

                                      We may have to play ugly to score runs and take wickets. Captain Steve Smith talked about adapting to the conditions.

                                      The most important thing I found when I toured there four years ago was adjusting to the type of wickets we’ll be playing on.

                                      They’re going to be spin-friendly?but India’s batsmen are probably the best players of spin in the world, so we’re going to have to be patient.

                                      In India, Test matches tend to start slowly but they can speed up very quickly. It’s about hanging in there and trying to win the big moments throughout the day.

                                      Most of our new-look team have never played a Test in India. With all the recent changes only Steve Smith, David Warner, Matt Wade and myself are survivors from 2013. Seven of us remain from last year’s tour of Sri Lanka, which presented similar conditions.

                                      But there is an energy and a belief in this young group which we saw during the second half of the summer. The way they play their natural game gives me the confidence we can climb cricket’s biggest mountain.

                                      I have been particularly impressed with Peter Handscomb, who in just four Tests has shown himself to be a world class cricketer.

                                      For a young player to come in under difficult circumstances and play with the freedom to score two centuries and two half-centuries in his first four Tests says volumes about his character – both on and off the field.

                                      We played some great cricket in Melbourne to win a match which appeared as though it had been ruined by rain, and I particularly enjoyed the last Test in Sydney on my home ground.

                                      We played more great cricket to dominate that match and I was delighted to be paired up again with fellow New South Wales spinner Steve O’Keefe, in the first time in a while two spinners have played in a winning Australian side.

                                      We’re good mates and complement each other with our bowling – not just because we spin the ball in opposite directions.

                                      I tend to come over the ball and gain more turn and bounce whereas Steve is very accurate, always attacking the stumps and creating subtle chances.

                                      While no one can predict the future and the touring squad is yet to be chosen, I believe Steve and I can be vital members of the team in India.

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                                      Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says ‘dream not over’ for Christian Lealiifano to play Super Rugby this year

                                      10/03/2019 Posted by admin

                                      Brumbies recruit Wharenui Hawera is the “frontrunner” to step into the No.10 jersey. Photo: Rohan Thomson Christian Lealiifano is still an outside chance to play in 2017. Photo: Brendon Thorne
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                                      ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says the “dream is not over” for Christian Lealiifano to play Super Rugby this season.

                                      But he’s backed Wharenui Hawera as the “frontrunner” to wear the No.10 jersey in Lealiifano’s absence.

                                      Larkham said Lealiifano was halfway through his recovery period following his bone marrow transplant after he was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.

                                      He said last season’s co-captain was “going well” and he was still hopeful Lealiifano would play some role in the 2017 season.

                                      Along with Hawera, Larkham has several options to fill Lealiifano’s boots at flyhalf.

                                      Former Western Force centre Kyle Godwin, who made his Wallabies debut last year, was one, while the Brumbies coach could also turn to youngster Nick Jooste and fullback Aidan Toua.

                                      “We have the option of Kyle playing 10, but we’ve also got young Nick Jooste coming through. Aidan Toua’s played 10 in the past as well, so he might give us some coverage there,” Larkham said.

                                      “And then the dream is not over for Christian yet. He’s past the halfway stage. He has to be monitored for 100 days post the transplant and I’m pretty optimistic.

                                      “I’d certainly like to see him back at some stage this year, but the odds are probably against that.

                                      “Between those four guys, with the possibility of Christian, there’s good depth and enough there to play the way we want to play.”

                                      But the man most likely to wear the No.10 was Hawera, who the Brumbies have plucked out of New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup where he played for the Southland Stags last season.

                                      The 23-year-old spent four seasons at Waikato before joining the Stags and while he was yet to be part of a Super Rugby program, Larkham was impressed with Hawera’s skills.

                                      “You can certainly tell he’s played in a high-level competition before at 10. His organisation out on the field is top notch,” Larkham said.

                                      “He certainly stands out there in terms of the 10s we’ve got here at the moment. His organisation is better than the other guys.

                                      “His understanding of the game plan and the way that we want to play is already there and he’s got a great skill set both with the ball in hand and defensively.

                                      “There’s obviously a few games to go before the start of the season, but he’s certainly put his best foot forward so far and at this stage probably the frontrunner for that position.”

                                      Hawera joined the Brumbies on a training trial for the chance to earn a contract.

                                      He now has his sights set on making his Super Rugby run-on debut against the Canterbury Crusaders in round one.

                                      “I’m stoked to be here and it’s been a long road, played in New Zealand for a few years and jumped at the opportunity to come over here for a bit of a trial and to see all the hard work pay off, it’s pretty good and pretty satisfying,” Hawera said.

                                      “I’ve just got to put my best foot forward and train hard and earn the boys’ respect first and foremost and then just hope for the best.”

                                      Larkham said that first-round team was starting to take shape, but there was still a few weeks of pre-season, as well as the two trials, for players to impress.

                                      He said all three hookers were in the running to replace departed Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, while Chris Alcock was ahead in the race to replace David Pocock, who is having a sabbatical this year.

                                      “Saia [Faingaa’s] had one of his best off-seasons. He’s really enjoyed coming back down … [Josh Mann-Rea’s] just a team man through and through so he’ll train as hard as he can every single time and Robbie Abel’s certainly improved his skill since last I saw him,” Larkham said of his three hookers.

                                      “They’re all putting their hand up, they know there’s a great opportunity there for one of them.

                                      “[There’s] good competition [at openside flanker] as well. There’s Jarrad Butler, there’s Jordan Smiler, there’s Tom Cusack, Rob Valetini. There’s a number of guys in that back row that can play any number of positions there, but Chris Alcock is probably the standout at this stage.”

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                                      Chewing gum is better than drugs for easing nausea after surgery, study suggests

                                      10/03/2019 Posted by admin

                                      The scientists used peppermint gum in their study. There’s no data on the efficacy of spearmint flavour. Photo: Andrey Rudakov About one in three people suffer nausea and vomiting after surgery. Photo: Glenn Hunt
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                                      Chewing a piece of gum could be more effective than a leading drug for nausea, new research suggests.

                                      About one in three people suffer nausea and vomiting after surgery.

                                      In?some cases the queasiness can last for days and cause people’s wounds to bust open.

                                      Nausea after surgery is more common among women?and for people who already get motion sickness.

                                      It also seems to be associated with certain procedures, particularly those where people’s abdomens are blown up with gas so surgeons can move their instruments around.

                                      Dr Jai Darvall?, from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said that since drugs used to treat nausea and vomiting after surgery were ineffective for some people, he and his colleagues set out to test chewing gum against a leading drug treatment among 94 women having surgery.

                                      Women who felt sick after their procedures received either a stick of Wrigley’s peppermint gum to chew while being monitored in the recovery room, or the anti-nausea drug ondansetron.

                                      In the gum group, 15 of 47 patients experienced nausea and vomiting. Twelve of these patients chewed gum (one didn’t want to and two more?were too sleepy).

                                      Nine of the 12 given gum – or 75 per cent –?said it fully resolved their problem within about 10 minutes.

                                      In the drug group, 13 patients experienced nausea and vomiting.

                                      All of them were given ondansetron through an intravenous drip, but only five – or 37 per cent – said it fully resolved the problem.

                                      Dr Darvall said while the small study, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia,?needed to be replicated and done in multiple hospitals to prove gum was a useful treatment, it was encouraging.

                                      He said chewing gum was cheap and didn’t require an intravenous line, making it potentially attractive for the treatment of nausea suffered by millions after surgery each year.

                                      Post-surgery nausea is considered such an annoyance that one US study found people were willing to pay $100 for a treatment to get rid of it.

                                      Dr Darvall said chewing gum was already prescribed by colourectal surgeons to help patients stimulate their digestive system after major bowel surgery.

                                      He suspects that chewing is the key mechanism, rather than the peppermint flavour.

                                      “We think it’s tricking the stomach and brain into thinking the person is eating … Perhaps the brain finds it hard to be eating and nauseous at the same time,” he said.

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                                      Hunter Hero: Friends of Ronald McDonald House chairperson Julie Parsons.

                                      10/03/2019 Posted by admin

                                      A friend indeed: Julie Parsons, chairperson of Friends of Ronald MacDonald House, lends an ear to families with sick chidlren. Picture: Simone De Peak.JULIE PARSONSVOLUNTEERWhen kids are having treatment for life-threatening or serious illnesses at John Hunter Hospital, the go to is Ronald McDonald House. A place that volunteers like Julie Parsons makewarm and inviting.
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                                      Ms Parsons is the chairperson of Friends of Ronald McDonald House, a community organisation of 17 volunteers who raise money for the house and have recently passed the $100,000 mark in donations.

                                      A volunteer for the past 21 years, theretired school photographerhas seen families at their very best and very worst. She could sympathise with thembecause she hadbeen in a similar situation. Five years ago, her grandson was born at 26 weeks.

                                      “I actually became one of the families on the other side,” Ms Parsonssaid.

                                      “I could then relate more to what they were going through.”

                                      Sponsored by fast food giant McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House can remind just about every kid of one of life’s guilty pleasures –junk food. But Ms Parsonssaid the kids only have one thing on their mind when they walk through the door – the toy room.

                                      “We’ve got plenty of happy toys there for them to play with,” she said.

                                      The kids make a beeline for the toy room – while parents are still juggling luggage – which houses PlayStation’s and statues of fast food icon, Ronald McDonald.

                                      Ms Parsons said a big part of her job was spending time with families and listening, if that was what they needed.

                                      “Sometimes, people just want to sit down and have a quiet talk …Some people don’t want to talk at all,” she said.

                                      “[The job is] not to offer advice or think that you’re going to fix everything, but just to be there for the families.”

                                      As part of the 17 volunteers of Friends of Ronald McDonald House, Ms Parsonsplayed a role in raising $100,000 for the House through various fundraising events, which she described as “very exciting”.

                                      Part of the money raised has gone to new lounges in the family area, and a sponsored room in the house.

                                      “We can actually see what our contributions have gone to,” she said.

                                      “The group’s actions have been recognised by the community, with the Friends being nominated for Lake Macquarie’s Volunteer Group of the Year award,” she said.

                                      But despite appreciating the nomination, Ms Parsonssaid the group do what they do for the House, not for recognition.

                                      “I can vouch for everybody in the group of Friends of Ronald McDonald House [that we’re] not there for accolades,” she said. “We get as much out of being there as what we hope the families get out of us helping them.”

                                      Dutton’s values push undermines freedom

                                      10/03/2019 Posted by admin

                                      Peter Dutton’s first thought bubble for the year –a proposal to tighten up Australia’s citizenship test to crack down on would-be terrorists –suggests 2017 is not going to be the year our Immigration Minister starts showing any latent signs of lucidity.
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                                      The way to stop looming jihadists from “exploiting migration pathways”, according to Dutton –a man who previouslypredictedasylum seekers would simultaneously poach Aussie jobs and be unemployable – is for the citizenship test to place more emphasis onAustralian values. If you’re as confused about what this means as I am, the minister has been helpful enough to elaborate: send your children to school, speak English and get a job. Yes, the minister now expects you to find employment, even if it means “taking Australian jobs”,presumably.

                                      Dutton’s proposal has been greeted with unbridled enthusiasm by One Nation leaderPauline Hanson, the self-appointed gatekeeper of what it means to be Australian.

                                      Clearly something needs to be done because, according to7 News, “shocking new figures”show “thousands of migrants fail the test each year”and – worse still – “are allowed to sit it over and over again”. A bit like a driving test then, which a sizeable portion of Australians fail on the first attempt, except they’re typically encouraged to try again, rather than to pack it in because they’re not the sort of people we want on our roads.

                                      As for why so many aspiring citizens are attempting the test “over and over”–it’s something of a mystery in light of Hanson’s claim that “they give you the answers anyway”. But maybe it’s because those sitting the test desperately want to belong here? Or perhaps it’s because the citizenship test relies, to an inexplicable extent, on sporting iconsand dates that the majority of those born here would fail to correctly identify.

                                      Maybe, even, it’s because the test is “flawed, intimidating to some, and discriminatory”, according to a 2008 review, and the updated version, which “ignored most of the crucial recommendations”, still discriminates against the humanitarian program intake; the same cohort, let’s be honest, Dutton has firmly in his sights.

                                      On the obscure topic of “Australian values”– just what does the minister mean? What aspects of the national cultural identity should newcomers be required to adopt, to meld with?The so-called “larrikin spirit”perhaps, which at its core, let’s face it, has a healthy disregard for convention and distrust for authority? Or the values reflected in our unofficial national anthem – which celebrates an itinerant labourer who steals a sheep then drowns himself rather than submit to officers of the law?Probably not.

                                      Maybe Dutton is referring to those ideals set forth by Immigration and Border Protection, including the “spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need”– values that may be absent from the minister’s own pronouncements, but are helpfullysummarisedin his department’s “Australian values statement”that aforementioned refugees are duly required to sign.

                                      There’s nothing wrong with wanting new citizens to share certain values in order that we can all get along together. But here’s the thing: in sanctioning how people must behave to demonstrate their worthiness – prescribing what they are permitted to do or wear, to eat, or to speak and in what language – we undermine the most important freedom of all. And that freedom – to be the same, or to be different –just happens to be the thing at the core of the democracy that we want all Australian citizens to cherish.

                                      Testing times: Peter Dutton swimming in Australian values.

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                                      Throwback Thursday: Houses of the Weekphotos

                                      10/02/2019 Posted by admin

                                      Throwback Thursday: Houses of the Week | photos Kilaben Bay
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                                      TweetFacebook The houses of the Hunter: photosEvery week a beautiful Hunter home is picked out as the House of the Week.

                                      From lakeside stunners to cosy cottages, there are some grand housesnestled throughout the Hunter.

                                      Take a look at more than a year’s worth of shots of some of the region’s most stunning houses.

                                      short story: Fire and The Moon by Alison Hawksworth

                                      10/02/2019 Posted by admin

                                      WORTH 1000 WORDS: Each day we will publish a finalist in the Herald short story competition. The winner will be announced on January 28, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil
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                                      Read more finalists’ stories hereIN frustration, the fiery-haired girl stormed out the front screen door, slamming it behind her.

                                      She plonked down on the top step of the decaying, weather-beaten veranda, mulling over what had just happened. She felt totally out of control and her feelings began to boil and bubble inside of her, despite the coolness of the night. She found that sitting still was impossible, so she marched out the gate and down the tree-lined road.

                                      She didn’t know where she was going but the act of just doing something, anything, seemed to help ease her mind a little. Her stride changed from a march to a jog and finally into a lung-busting, heart-pounding run. She ran until she couldn’t possibly run any more. When she stopped she realised she was at the edge of the village. Being quite new to the area, she came across a small lane that she had never seen before. It had a large white rose bush at the entrance and meandered down towards a paddock.

                                      The girl wandered down the dark lane, for there were no street lights here, and started to feel cold as the exertion of running wore off. She shivered and pulled her meagre cardigan more tightly around her.

                                      The air was so calm and still that as she came nearer to the paddock, she could see the exhalations of horses, rising like the puffs of old steam trains, lingering a moment before disappearing into the dark, crisp night above. The nearly full moon poked its head out from behind a cloud and bathed the paddock and the horses in a silvery glow.

                                      The girl clambered over the rickety, wooden fence and slowly approached the large beasts, as they glanced up at her unfazed. A white horse, almost crystalline in the glow of the moon, broke away from the others and ambled up to her. It seemed to sense her sour mood and looked down at her with its long-lashed eyes, as if it were looking down deepinto her soul itself. Then it nudged her with its velvety nose and stamped a front hoof on the ground, almost impatiently.

                                      The girl touched the horse’s cheek, enjoying the feel of the soft, smooth fur. Then she raised her hand up to stroke the horse’s velveteen neck and her hand continued on down to rub the horse’s back. Over and down, over and down, in a hypnotic rhythm. With each stroke of her hand, she could feel a small piece of the hardened rock inside her crumble away.

                                      Suddenly, the horse knelt down with its front legs and nudged her lwith its nose, as if to invite her to climb on. The girl, as if in a dream, grabbed the horse’s mane and pulled herself up on to its back and twisted her fingers through the silky hair. The horse gave a low whinny and then took off like a tightly coiled spring towards the fence, clearing it in a soaring arc.

                                      The clip-clop sound of the horse’s hooves as it trotted down the little, dark lane penetrated the otherwise silent night. On they travelled, girl and beast as one. They cantered down the road, passing the girl’s house, then crossed the bridge and followed the path alongside the river. The horse broke into an exuberant gallop and the girl grinned – they both felt more free than they had in such a long time. There was no destination, all that existed was now.

                                      After what seemed like hours wandering aimlessly through the surrounding villages and countryside, both the girl and the horse were tiring. The horse turned its head for home and they made their way along the river path, back over the bridge and down the road.

                                      The girl pulled the horse to a stop outside her house and dismounted, feeling at once cold and lonely but with a sense of calm and serenity. She gave the white horse a final pat on its ever-so-soft neck, then stumbled up the crumbling stairs to her house, watching as the horse clip-clopped back down the road and out of sight.

                                      Dragging herself to the front door, the girl turned the handle and was grateful to find it unlocked. She tiptoed quietly to her bedroom and opened the door. The door squeaked loudly and her alarm clock glared at her – bright red numbers breaking through the inky black, as if in silent reprimand at the late hour. She threw herself down onto her bed and was asleep in seconds, exhausted.

                                      The girl slept late and when she arose mid-morning, the house was empty, thankfully. She had a quick shower and wolfed down a hasty breakfast. She was keen to see the white horse again, so she rushed out of the house and ran back down the road to the lane.

                                      When she arrived, there was a young man mucking out the paddock. He was handsome – tall and slim, with long white-blond hair that kept blowing across his face. As he was tucking a tousled lock behind his ear, he looked up and noticed the girl standing by the fence. She was peering around the paddock, as if looking for something. She noticed him glancing at her and climbed over the fence.

                                      “Hi!” she greeted him as she walked over, still looking around.

                                      “Hey!” he replied, softly spoken. “Can I help you with something?”

                                      “Yeah, I came to see the white horse but I can’t see it here today,” she explained.

                                      “The white horse?” the young man asked, looking confused. “I’ve worked here for years and there’s never been a white horse.”

                                      Ben Simmons is preparing for his NBA debut

                                      10/02/2019 Posted by admin

                                      SHOWTIME: Ben Simmons hopes to make his NBA debut in the near future. Picture: Getty ImagesPhiladephia’scomeback win over the New York Knicks has been overshadowed by the sight of former Newcastle Hunters junior Ben Simmons training with his teammates during the pre-match warm-up.
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                                      In a buzzer-beating moment, TJ McConnell hit a baseline jumper to give the Sixers a 98-97 win.

                                      But the sight of No.1 draft pick Simmons completing training drills promises to give just as much inspiration to the Sixers.

                                      Simmons hasn’t played this season after breaking his foot in a training camp.

                                      “To even see him today go through five-on-zero stuff, not a lot, not at a hundred per cent, but with us in a 76ers uniform, the gym got a lift,” Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said.

                                      Simmons could be ready to play within a month although Brown is reluctant to put a timetable on a return.

                                      When Simmons eventually makes it onto the court, Brown would like to think the 20-year-old could have the same impact as Joel Embiid who had 21 points and 14 rebounds on Wednesday night.

                                      “We believe Ben is going to be in that same species, that same genre,” he said. “You feel like that’s going the way that we hoped that it would.”

                                      Brown insists Embiid is a huge part of Philadelphia’s future and a big reason the Sixers have won four of five.

                                      Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to help the Sixers rally from a 17-point deficit.

                                      During the dying seconds, Kristaps Porzingis found himself open for a three-pointer that would’ve sealed a win for the Knicks.

                                      But his shot ended up being an airball which led to McConnell completing the Philadelphia comeback in grand fashion. Derrick Rose returned from a one-game hiatus and scored 25 points for the Knicks.

                                      In other games, Russell Westbrook posted his 18th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95.

                                      Westbrook finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the 55th triple-double of his career.

                                      He already has matched his triple-double total from last season less than halfway through this one.

                                      Last year’s total was the most for a player since Magic Johnson had 18 during the 1981-82 season.

                                      Isaiah Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards.

                                      Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105.

                                      James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw its nine-game winning streak end.

                                      Rookie Dylan Phythian is in line to start season as Newcastle’s fullback

                                      10/02/2019 Posted by admin

                                      OPPORTUNITY: Dylan PhythianIT’S been a long, hard pre-season, but Knights rookie Dylan Phythian will be the least likely to complain.
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                                      Just 12 months ago, after all, he was digging ditches for a living.

                                      As he prepared for his 2016 campaign, as a fringe member of Newcastle’s NSW Cup squad, the Belmont-born utility held down a day job installing NBN data cables.

                                      “Cutting concrete, removing concrete, digging holes, removing cables, conduit and stuff,’’ Phythian recalled.

                                      “It’s definitely hard work, training, but it’s better than digging holes. It’s hard on the body, but I’d rather be doing that than waking up at six o’clock in the morning to go and dig holes 10 hours a day.’’

                                      Phythian’s life changed dramatically last August when he took a surprise phone call, informing him he had been called into Newcastle’s NRL squad for the round-25 clash with South Sydney.

                                      A try on debut, within a minute of entering the game, and another bench cameo against St George Illawarra a week later was enough to earn the former Hunter Sports High student a contract for 2017. He is now a genuine chance of wearing Newcastle’s No.1 jersey in the season-opener against the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium, after Jake Mamo’s decision to join Huddersfield and North Queensland’s refusal to release Kalyn Ponga a year early.

                                      Knights coach Nathan Brown declared recently that Phythian and Peter Mata’utia were the standout candidates for the custodian role.

                                      Used as an interchange hooker in his two NRL games, Phythian spent most of his junior career as a half or five-eighth, but has been learning the craft of fullback play from Knights assistant coach Mick Potter.

                                      “I grew up playing six orseven,’’ he said.“I did play a little bit of fullback, but the majority was in the halves.

                                      “I’d never really played hooker until I debuted last year. It’s not a bad trait, I suppose, being able to play a few different positions.’’

                                      Brown said after Phythian’s promising initiation last year that theformer South Belmont Rabbitoh was a natural footballer.

                                      “He is certainly tough and competes well,’’ Brown said.“The more of those type of people you put in the squad, the better off we will be.”

                                      The coach has reinforced those comments by backing the 21-year-old as a possible last line of defence for the season ahead.

                                      “It is a massive confidence booster, hearing that from him,’’ Phythian said.

                                      “But at the same time, I just want to be out there learning as much as I can.

                                      “Obviously the goal is to be there in round one, but if that’s not the way it works out, I just want to keep working hard and improving as a player.’’

                                      Asked what would be his strengths as a fullback, Phythian said his ball-playing and kicking game.

                                      “I think I can be a bit of a free-roaming half and run the ball when needed,’’ he said.

                                      Phythian admitted his first full pre-season had taken a toll, especially at the start.

                                      “There was a bit of wear and tear on the legs, shin splints and stuff, but I’ve got used to it as we’ve gone on,’’ he said.“I made the most of our two-week break, but now we’re back into it, and I’m feeling good.’’

                                      Newcastle Jets: A-League critics fire up coach Mark Jonesphotos

                                      10/02/2019 Posted by admin

                                      Big-city critics fire up Jets coach?| photos TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald this week.
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                                      “I think that’s complete ignorance from people that should know the game better. Very disrespectful.

                                      “I always thought that when we got players back we’d dowell and play quite good football, and we’ve been shown to do that.

                                      “It’s mind-blowing the comments that were made. I remember those things and weprove people wrong and we move on.”

                                      The Jets lost twice to unbeatenleaders Sydney and fellow heavyweights Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in their barren spell, and Jones pointed out their worst defeat in that period was 2-0.

                                      He took particular exception to suggestions the Jets did not belong in the A-League.

                                      “It drives us. I’ve always said that a team from Newcastle can do as good as anyone, and when people from Sydney and Melbourne come out with comments that we’re not good enough.

                                      “I think there was a reflection there at one point that us and Central Coast Mariners probably shouldn’t be in the league. Ridiculous statements when we’ve won the league, we’ve got magnificent facilities, we’ve got a magnificent town.

                                      “We’re self-sufficient. We’re a big town and a good town and a town steeped in history, and nothing better than we beat a Sydney or Melbourne team to win the league again.”

                                      Jones was named coach in the A-League team of the week after Newcastle’s come-from-behind 3-2 win inBrisbane last Saturday.

                                      “It’s funny–you win a game and you’re a good coach, and you lose a game and you’re a mug. I’m more than aware of that.”

                                      With the bulk of their squad restored to health, Newcastle have claimed three wins and a draw in their past five games to surge to sixth on 16 points, one behind Perth and two in front of seventh-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, who play Sydney on Saturday night.

                                      “Our aim is to get in the top six, but if we could get a result on Perth on the weekend and Victory do us a favour and beat Brisbane, then we’re two points off fourth, so we’ll chase that,” Jones said.

                                      “Long way to go. We’re only halfway through the season and we need to at least duplicate what we’ve done to this point to make it.”

                                      The cut-off point for the top six in the past five seasons has been 41, 34, 38, 32 and37 points. Newcastle are on 16 after 14 rounds with 13 to play.