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Rugby league at risk due to ‘soft kids’

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LONE RIDER: Group 4 boss Mick Schmiedel is known for calling it how he sees it, and has done so again – taking ‘lazy’ parents and ‘soft’ kids to task.Plain-talking Group 4 president Mick Schmiedel has bemoaned the dramatic drop in junior league players graduating to the senior ranks in the region –and has laid the blame on “lazy” parents and “soft” children.
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With the league heartland in danger of becoming awasteland in the under-16 and under-18 ranks, the former long-standing player, who is aveteran administrator and coach, said parentsneeded to get “off the couch” and get their kids involved in league.

“I put the blame, and they won’t like this, squarely at mums and dads,” he said.

“I think a lot of mums and dads have just got too lazy now to take their kids to training or go down to the footy to watch.


— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) June 13, 2017

“They’drather sit at home or … God knows what they’re doing.”

Schmiedel, who coaches Collegian Warriors’ first grade and under-13 sides, also unloaded of kids –telling them to harden up.

He said years ago if a player“got a spray”from the coach he“took it on the chin”.

“Now (it’s), ‘I’m not copping that. I’m going to another sport. I don’t deserve that’,” he said.

CONCERN: Leading league figures say the lack of junior players entering the senior ranks is hurting the region’s premier competition, First Division.

“Well, you probably did deserve it. You’ve been a little sh**at training, you weren’t doing what you were told, deal with it … And that’s the problem we’ve got.

“Personally, I think we’ve become such a cotton wool society that we’ve got to be so careful of people’s feelings that we don’t want to upset them.

“Hang on. Little Johnny has been a sh**of a kid, so I told him to pull his head in or he’s doing laps. Andhe goes home crying because the coach was nasty.”

Schmiedelsaid the situation was so dire there were only three under-16 sides and four under-18 sides this season.

“So that tells you there’s not a lot (of players) coming through,” he said. “I think there’s only four (under) 15 sides at the moment.”

He added: “The thing with sport in general is we’re competing in a market that everyone wants, and you’ve got rugby union and you’ve got AFL going strong and soccer going strong, basketball’s strong.

“So we’re all trying to dip into the same player pool … which makes it difficult.”

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The politics at play in our changing city

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AT THE height of its influence, Renew Newcastle’s founder Marcus Westbury was fond of retelling an old joke.
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Newcastle, it seemed, was always on the verge of something. A large-scale development was just around the corner. Three to five years away.

The joke, of course, was that most of the action never really seemed to eventuate, and in the meantime it wasorganisations like Renew fostering small-scale development that helped beginNewcastle’s revitalisation.

That word –revitalisation –has since been adopted by the NSW governmentas its catch-cry in Newcastle.

Indeed it’s no longer UrbanGrowth or the Hunter Development Corporation guiding state investment in the city, it’s Revitalising Newcastle, an amalgam of various state government departments.

The state government, through Revitalising Newcastle, claims credit for bringing that elusive large-scale development to the city.

The narrative is that it has beenthe government’s half-a-billion dollar investment in Newcastle, mostly spent on the 2.7 kilometrelight rail project, that has helped bring activity into the city.

A springboard launchingthe $1.6 billion in development busily changing Newcastle’s skyline.

But if the NSW government wants to bask in our success, it must also accept the heat when things aren’t as positive.

Yet in recent excursions into the city’s politics, two Berejiklian government ministers have failed in this regard.

First it was theTransport Minister Andrew Constance, who attempted to shift attention fromhis own delay incominggood on a promise to produce a business case for the light rail extension with anattack on the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

And now it’s the Arts Minister Don Harwin, who raised hope for funding to expandthe Newcastle Art Gallery, and now – having failed to deliver any money –is putting theblame on the council.

Say what you will about the council –and it is not without blame, because it has had years to come up with fundsfor theexpansion –but the light rail business case and the gallery extension are exampleswhere the state government has prioritised massive spending in Sydney above more modest projects in Newcastle.

Nothing like a looming election to bring out the blame shifting and party politics.

Issue: 38, 527

Five highlights in your travel week23 June

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The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge … climbers greeted by live music.Twilight climbs on all weekends in July and August will see four local musical artists serenade climbers at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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After a bucket-list journey ascending the iconic bridge to a vantage point 134 metres above the harbour, climbers will be greeted by a series of musicians, comprised of three duos and one singer-songwriter, waiting at the top with acoustic instruments safely attached and in hand.

There they will perform for each group as they climb the final stairs to the summit, in the genres of art folk, soulful reggae and Americana-inspired folk music.

This musical experience is included in the standard price of the ticket.

Phone (02) 8274 7777 or visit www.bridgeclimb南京夜网

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel … pampering mothers-to-be.

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has launched a new babymoon package, offering a special pampering experience for mums-to-be.

Defined as a romantic getaway or planned period of calm for expectant parents, the babymoon allows a restful getaway before baby arrives.

The Emporium’s package includes a 24-hour movie package, ice-cream and popcorn, a mum-and-bub gift pack including a signature plush zebra toy, valet parking, late checkout and a 10 per cent discount voucher at the Cheeky Bambino family concept store in the Emporium precinct.

The babymoon package is priced at $150 on top of whatever room rate is chosen.

Phone 1300 833 611 or visit www.emporiumhotels南京夜网.au

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … special opening rate.

The Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is offering a special introductory rate special of $159 per night in a studio king room for when it opens on July 19.

The rate is valid for stays to September 29 and includes 1GB of internet access daily, a welcome drink voucher and room upgrade, subject to availability.

The 136-room, nine-storey hotel is located close to T2 and T3 terminals and features 24-hour service, express check-out and internet kiosk.

The restaurant and bar will serve a provincial menu, featuring the regional NSW beef and sustainably sourced local seafood, served with local draught beer, wines and hand-crafted cocktails.

Phone 131 517 or visit www.mantra南京夜网.au

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel … a great base for Darwin’s popular winter events.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in the heart of Darwin is offering early-bird and longer-stay deals with up to 15 per cent off standard rates.

Darwin plays host to a wide range of sporting and cultural events during winter, including the Royal Darwin Show (21-23 July), Darwin Fringe Festival (July 11–23), Darwin Cup Carnival (July 8–August 7) and this year’s Darwin Festival (August 4–21), an 18-day calendar of activities featuring local and touring artists, outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel is located in the city centre, close to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin waterfront and Darwin Casino, and within walking distance of Darwin Mall and popular night spots.

The property offers serviced apartments, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. All apartments feature separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities and balcony, plus complimentary high-speed wi-fi.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels南京夜网.au

Fingal Beach … people line up to make giant humpback.

Each year in Port Stephens, hundreds of people gather on the beach to make the shape of a giant humpback and celebrate the whale-watching season.

The creation of the mammoth mammal will take place at noon on Saturday, July 15, as the finale of the region’s winter Naturefest celebrations. The event will be held on Fingal Bay Beach with free registration available from 10am.

This year visitors can also take advantage of a special winter accommodation deal offered by Marty’s at Little Beach.

Groups of up to four people can stay at Marty’s at Little Beach — 10 minutes from Fingal Bay — in a two-bedroom apartment for $200 per night on the weekend, based on a minimum two-night stay.

Larger family apartments, suitable for up to six people, are available for $250 per night.

Phone bookings will secure a further discount on accommodation.

Nestled between the sheltered stretches of sand at Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach, Marty’s offers studios and self-contained apartments with balconies, a heated swimming pool, free wi-fi and Foxtel, and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Phone 02 4984 9100 or visit www.martys.net.au. For general regional inquiries visit www.portstephens.org.au

Attack on 20-year-old a case of mistaken identity

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DUO: Roberts and Miners
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A YOUNG man with an intellectual disability and foetal alcohol syndrome has been left scared to leave his home after being targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

The 20-year-old was attacked and told he would be shot during the incident in the main street of Gerogery on May 14.

The victim had driven to a toilet block, about 100 metres from the town’s pub, and heard voices coming from the hotel.

When he got back to his car, he saw a blue Ford and called his girlfriend.

He started his vehicle by reaching in through the window when the Ford turned its lights on and reversed towards him about 9pm.

The victim drove away, followed closely by Gregory Roberts, 29, in the Ford.

It’s alleged his partner Amina Miners, 30, was in the vehicle, which overtook the victim’s car and slammed its brakes on.

Miners allegedly got out, opened the door, ripped his seatbelt off and pulled the man from the car.

The victim was crying and shaking uncontrollably and didn’t understand what was happening.

Miners allegedly threw his phone into nearby bushland so the victim couldn’t call police, as Roberts told her it was the wrong person.

The victim fled and Miners allegedly took his keys and threw them awaybefore the pair got into their car and followed him.

He hid in grassland and the pair screamed at him, before Miners allegedly punched him in the side of the head.

“Jump in my boot before I shoot ya,” she allegedly shouted at the 20-year-old.

The man ran into a paddock and told someone in a nearby farmhouse to call Triple-0.

Roberts took full responsibility for the incident during a police interview – claiming he had been the one who had robbed and assaulted the victim, and that his partner wasn’t even in the car.

The following day, he admitted he had lied to police and made a fresh statement with comprehensive allegations against his partner.

The false statementto the investigators led to Roberts being charged with hindering a police investigation into a serious indictable offence.

Magistrate Tony Murray told Roberts he was at some risk of going to jail, noting it was “a serious matter”.

Miners is behind bars for her alleged role, and is yet to enter a plea.

Roberts will be sentenced on July 27 and Miners will return to court on July 10.

The Border Mail

‘It brings everything back’

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‘It brings everything back’ Memories: Lyn McKeon and daughter Marissa before their deaths in Bali in October, 2002.
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Survivors: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie survived the 2002 Bali bombing, but their lives changed forever.

Grief: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie at the funeral of Lyn and Marissa McKeon.

Injured: Ross McKeon in hospital after the 2002 Bali bombing.

TweetFacebook Memories of 2002IT’S been 15 years since Terrie Smith’s sister and niece, Lyn and Marissa McKeon, were killed in a bomb attack on the Sari Club in Bali, but the memories of 2002 came flooding back on Saturday with a simple news report.

American prosecutors had filed terror charges against the alleged architect of the 2002 bombings, Riduan “Hambali” Isomuddin, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians, the report said.

Mrs Smith and husband Warren were stunned by what they called “the good news”. But they were reminded again of what they lost when a cancelled flight back to Australia saw Ross and Lyn McKeon, their daughters Marissa, 14, and Kristie, 12, and 13 friends have dinner at the Sari Club –the only time the group went to anightclub during their three-week holiday.

“Hearing it like that without any warning, it brings everything back, but it’s not as raw as it was five yearsago, and five years ago it wasn’t as raw as it was five years before that,” Mr Smith said.

“We’re past the crying stage but it sort of all hits home.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described the 2002 Bali bombing as the single greatest loss of Australian life in a terrorist attack, which had been a “scar on the hearts of all Australians”.

“I hope that, should this prosecution succeed, there will be some closure for those who were devastated by the loss of loved ones, family and friends,” Ms Bishop said.

Isomuddin is accused of directing the co-ordinated attacks on Paddy’s Irish Pub, the Sari Club and the US consulate in October, 2002, as well as the 2003 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta which killed 12 people.

Terrie and Warren Smith said they would follow the prosecution but the incarceration of Isomuddin at Guantanamo Bay since 2006 was “the best thing because he hasn’t been able to hurt anyone else”.

“Other people have been protected from this coward,” Mr Smith said.

Ross McKeon suffered serious injuries during the bombing while daughter Kristie was found by friends, distraught and alone, after the attack.

Mr McKeon still bears the physical and emotional scars and the simple act of looking at photographs at family events showed the extent of the grief felt by him and his daughter, Mr Smith said.

“He doesn’t saytoo much,” he said.

In an interview one year after the bombing Mr McKeon said the grief “comes up when you don’t expect it”.

“We might be at a sporting event or something like thatandI’ll think, 12 months ago Marissa was running around, Lyn was hereandwe were watching this together as a familyandenjoying life together. Andnow they’re not here.”

Mr Smith said Kristie’s marriage and the recent birth of her first child were times when she keenly felt the loss of both her mother and sister.

“Marissa is badly missed by her sister. Things have happened in Kristie’s life and it would have been nice for her to have her mother and sister there.”

Terrie Smith said July 7 will be another reminder of the permanent losses from October 12, 2002, when Lyn McKeon would have celebrated her 60thbirthday.

In 2003 Ross McKeon said he had constant memories of his wife and daughter.

“They are sweet memories but you have to let them be sweet rather than hold on to them, because then they go sour because you start thinking about what you’ve lost. You have to let it pass and not dwell on it.”

In November, 2008 three men were executed on the island prison ofNusakambanganin for their parts in the 2002 Bali bombing, and a fourth man died in a police shoot-out in 2010. Other conspirators were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences.

In October, 2005 another bomb blast in Bali claimed the lives of Newcastle residents Colin and Fiona Zwolinski and Jennifer Williamson, and left members of nine other Newcastle families with serious injuries.

Turning fear into hope after cancer diagnosis

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TERRY WHEELERHunter Prostate Cancer Support GroupTERRY Wheeler is the man you want in your corner when the going gets tough.
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As a founder of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group, Mr Wheeler has backed hundreds of men –and their partners – who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

One of those men was Maitland man John Leeks, who described his diagnosis as “sheer terror” as he struggled to come to terms with it.

LEADERSHIP: Terry Wheeler, right, with support worker Greg Milan at a meeting of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group.

But, thanks to Mr Wheeler,he turned “giving up” into renewed optimism about the future.

It is a story that has been repeated hundreds of times over within the support group, Mr Leeks said.

“Terry has spent 20 years speaking to people over the phone, visiting them at their home, visiting them in hospital, he makes every contact he can –even though he himself has severe prostate cancer,” Mr Leeks said.

“I think the only way you can describe that is extreme charity and generosity.”

According to Cancer Australia, more than 16,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

It is estimated that 3400 men die from prostate cancer every year.

Mr Leeks said the value of the support group founded by Mr Wheeler was the camaraderie between its members.

“Terry basically set me straight; he got me talking to other people,” he said.

“The first thing that happens when you hear prostate cancer is you go blank.

“It comes out of the blue, so it’s critical that you talk to people.

“Doctors are very good at giving medical advice, but when you’re in there all you’re hearing is cancer.

“When you talk to people about it, you know what to expect, you become more optimistic.”

Mr Wheeler said the group was designed to be encouraging –not only for men, but their partners as well.

“The strength of the group, for the last 20 years or more, is that people, including their wives, can talk about things important to them about their prostate cancer journey,” he said.

“We do this on a one to one basis or in a group discussion environment … it is purely at what our members and especially new members want to do.

“We cater for all people and we don’t push anyone in any way.

“We find that the doctors cannot provide the sort of fellowship and time that is provided by our group.”

The Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Maryland Community Centre. Attending the meeting is free.

To find out more, visit hunterprostatesupport.org

Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets

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Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets The fading light reflected on mid-level clouds creates a stunning sunset on the Manning River on Saturday evening. Photo by Janine Watson.
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Photo by @katrina_begg of last night’s sunset #nature_perfection

Photo by @gbake1974 / ‘Sunset over the Macleay Valley. Nothing but natural, no filters #sunset sunset #macleayriver’

Photo by @alexchiswell taken at Oakdale.

Photo by @sue_take2 taken at Port Macquarie and shared on Instagram – ‘Pelican photobombing my sunset #pelican #bird #sunset #nofilter #portmacquarie’

Another stunning photo of Saturday night’s sunset captured at Port Macquarie by @ruthandturbo

Image by @_denise_fg taken at Port Macquarie.

Saturday night’s sunset captivated photographers including @sophie.smiles who shared this photo taken at Port Macquarie on Instagram.

More #sunset_brilliance by @ _denise_fg

Sunset over Kempsey captured by @chrissy636363 and shared on Instagram.

Another stunning Kempsey sunset captured by @chrissy636363

Photo by @shell2444 ‘Winter weekends …. the end of a sensational Saturday in #portmacquarie ‘

By @gbake1974 ‘As the evening egrets flock by #sunset #macleayvalley’

Clouds flushed with colour as the sun sets near Kiama.

Another stunning image taken by @gbake1974 at Kempsey and shared on Instagram.

Sunset on Wollongong Harbour by @turaumus

Sunset near Kempsey. Photo by Ronnie Grammatica Photography.

Photo by @lisamary64life.sun.beach #livesunsets #bythelakeside #forsternsw

Sunset photo taken at Forster by @emilytheone

TweetFacebook Photo gallery – sunsets have been captivating photographers across the south-east of the country.Related:

Your photos capture the changing seasonsYour photos show the strength of the oceanSome stunning sunsets have been snapped in recent days across the south-east of Australia.

Saturday night was no exception and according Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje, it’s all to do with the clouds.

“There’s the right amount of mid-level cloud around at the moment for the light to reflect off and make for some brilliant sunsets.”

If you have any sunset photos you would like to add to our gallery email [email protected]南京夜网.au

Forty-one Victorian lives would have been saved last year by this one safety measure

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Forty-one people died on Victoria’s roads last year because they were in a car that did not have electronic stability control.
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The braking technology, which has been mandatory in new cars in Victoria for six years, has been compared to seatbelts and drink-driving laws for its role in saving lives.

Electronic stability control could have saved 41 lives in Victoria last year. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Victoria suffered a horror year on the roads in 2016, with 291 people killed, the highest number of lives lost in a decade.

New research has revealed a staggering 14 per cent of those deaths can be attributed to the absence of electronic stability control (ESC).

The average age of a car in Victoria is 10 years, with most cars built well before 2011 when the safety feature became mandatory.

Last year just 31 per cent of registered cars in Victoria hadthe technology, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, Sweden’s Transport Administration and the Monash University Accident Research Centre combined to analyse the circumstances of all 291 fatalities on the road last year.

Their research, which was based on Victoria Police crash data, is the first time a study of its kind has been done in Australia.

Itfoundthat 140 of last year’s291 deaths occurred after a vehicle veered out of itslane, and that 41 of those 140 deaths –29 per cent –could have been prevented if the vehicle had electronic stability control.

Ten of those 41 deaths were from head-on crashes and 31 were from vehicles running off the road.

The research suggests an enormous cut could be made to the state’s road toll if more people drovea car with ESC technology, particularly on country roads.

Thirty of the 41 preventable deaths occurred on rural roads, which consistently have a higher death toll than Melbourne roads, and where veering out of the lane is the cause of 85 per cent of fatal crashes, according to TAC data.

ESC technology senses when a driver is losing control and a vehicleis beginning to skid sideways, and automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels to put the car back on its intended path.

Monash University crash investigator David Logan said although the stability control doesnot prevent everycrash or save every life, the study indicated it plays a huge role in reducing road trauma.

“ESC has the ability to prevent about a third of those run-off road crashes,” Dr Logan said.

“It doesn’t work all the time … you might still be seriously injured but you’re likely to be less seriously injured and you might turn a fatality into a serious injury.”

Samantha Cockfield, the TAC’s road safety director, said the study proved that a shift to newer, safer cars iscrucial in reducing the road toll.

“We know people will continue to make mistakes on our roads and that is why the cars we drive and the safety features in them are so important,” Ms Cockfield said.

“Features like ESC intervene at that critical moment and can turn a potentially fatal mistake into a bit of a fright for the people inside the car.”

The TAC has set a long-term goal of zero road deaths and Ms Cockfield said that through technology, society would ultimately reachthat goal.

“ESC is just one feature and it could have saved 41 lives –other technologies are emerging like automaticemergency braking that have even greater potentialin saving lives,” she said.

“This is why one day we will get to a point where no onewill be killed on our roads.”

The RACV’s manager of vehicle engineering, Michael Case, said electronic stability control was one of the most profound advances in vehicle safety in recent decades.

“Everyone in road safety is looking for a silver bullet, that’s what seatbelts were, and drink-driving regulations,” Mr Case said. “I would put ESC up there.”

So far, there is no way to retrofit older cars with this technology.

He said there was a misconceptionthat large, high-priced cars were safest but new small cars with highsafety ratingscould be bought for as little as $13,000.

The Andrews government has set a target to reduce the state’s road toll to 200 or fewer lives lostby 2020.

So far 116 people have died on Victoria’s roads this year.

In January, while noting a sharp rise in Australia’s road toll, the Turnbull government’s Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester urged parents to “spend a little bit more” if buying their child’s first car, and purchase one with modern safety features.

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Northstars win shootout to climb ladder

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Northstars win shootout to climb ladder The Northstars celebrate a goal.
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Steve Kuhn scores in the shootout.

TweetFacebook Newcastle v AdelaidePictures: PowerPlay PhotographicsThe Newcastle Northstars hauled themselves off the bottom of the Australian Ice Hockey League ladder with a shootout win over Adelaide at Warners Bay on Saturday.

The two-time defending champions beat second-last Adelaide 5-4 after the scores were locked at 4-4 at full-time. Newcastle goaltender Charlie Smart blocked all three Adrenaline attempts to win the shootout.

The two points were enough to lift Newcastle (17) from eighth to sixth, one ahead of Adelaide and Sydney Bears, who lost 7-1 to leaders CBR Brave.

“From a team perspective it was excellent tonight, and I’m not talking about the result,” Northstars coach Andrew Petrie said.

“Obviously I would have rather won in regulation time.That’s always the goal.

“We had a team meeting and I made a bit of a speech about what I thought it would take for us to turn our season around and took some ownership for the position we’re in, which I think is fair.

“They played as a team, they were in a good frame of mind and confident regardless of the score, regardless of how the bounces were going, regardless how the calls were going.”

Captain Bert Malloy and import Steve Kuhn, who had missed the past three weeks stranded in Bali after his passport was stolen, scored in the first period to put the home side up 2-1.

Adelaide scored twice before Felix Poulin levelled the scores at 3-3 entering the final term.

Joe Harcharik netted for Newcastle but Josef Rezek equalised with five minutes to go.

In 16 games, the 2015 and 2016 AIHL champions have won three times and had three shootout wins.

The Northstars next host second-placed Perth Thunder on Sunday, July 3.

Australians hoarding 23 million unused mobile phones

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Recycled mobile phones are dismantled and their parts are used in the production of new devices and plastic fence posts. In thepockets and handbags of Australians today lie 16 million smartphones.
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Every two to three years those phones are replaced, meaning around five million new phones are purchased every year.

On top of that, more than 23 million unused mobile phones populate the desk drawers and cupboards of the nation.

Of these, fivemillionare broken, a figure which has increased by almost one million since last year.

These are the findings of a recent Ipsos consumer survey into mobile phone use and recycling, commissioned by industry-led mobile recycling program MobileMuster.

“Most of us are really good at knowing we shouldn’t throw our phones in the rubbish bin. But we still hang on to them, just in case we need them,” said Spyro Kalos, recycling manager of MobileMuster.

“A lot of the precious metals in a phone are finite, and there is an opportunity to put them back into the supply chain.”

More than 98 per cent of a mobile phone can be recycled and reused. It is a fact that three-quarters of Australians know, yet only 8 per cent of the population actually recycles their old devices.

The research foundfemales over the age of 45 are the most likely to recycle, while males under 45 are the least likely.

Since it launched in 1998, the government-accredited MobileMuster has collected and recycled more than 1244 tonnes of mobile phone components, or 10.86 million individual handsets and batteries.

Mr Kalos said even if a mobile is broken, consumers can still send “much-needed materialsinto making of new electronic products”.

Plastic, precious metals, copper, cadmium and nickel can all be extracted from broken and retired phones and can be used to create everything from plastic bottlesto stainless steel homewares and batteries.

Just 50,000 handsets can remove the need to mine more than 330 tonnes of precious metal ore.

After collection, MobileMusterdismantles phones and sends batteries,circuit boards and accessoriesto Singapore for reuse,while plastic casings are shredded to producecompositeproducts such aspallets.

Last year Deloitte’s annual Mobile Consumer survey revealed Australia was close to reaching peak smartphone penetration, with rates expected to slow from the end of this year.

Apple device ownership grew to 43 per cent and Samsung hit 33 per cent, while Nokia, Sony, Huawei and HTC combined represented 12 per cent of the market.

Mr Kalos said constantly evolving mobile technology had changed the way consumers purchased and used mobile devices.

“Consumers are holding onto devices a lot longer. Historically it was aligned with a contract period of 18 to 24 months. But now we see consumers using them a lot longer before upgrading every two to three years,” he said.

“Part of the reason is you can upgrade the software without having to change the device.”

He added that, even when Australians do finish using a phone, they rarely extend its life by selling it, as is common in US and European markets.

According to the Ipsos survey, just 9 per cent of Australians did so in the past year, a finding also reflected by Deloitte’s 2016 survey

“Just one in 10 Australian mobile consumers are choosing to participate in the second hand phone market, lagging the global average of 15 per cent and less than half that of the 22 per cent of UK mobile consumers,” the survey found.

The brilliant mind

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The brilliant mind Collaboration: Professor John Forbes (right) with colleagues (from left to right) Professor Raymond Snyder, Professor Michael Green and Professor Alan Coates. The four men established the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group.
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Celebration: Professor John Forbes in expansive mood while talking about his ground-breaking work on breast cancer and its treatment.

Team: Professor John Forbes at work. He emphasised the collaboration of scientists in the Hunter, in Australia and around the world to achieve significant improvements in breast cancer treatment and outcomes for women.

TweetFacebook An end to breast cancer deaths ‘so close you can touch it’Professor John Forbes on the 40-year career that helped change medical historyHE’S been recognised asone of the world’s leading scientific researchers and acknowledged with awards for his outstanding contribution to breast cancer research.

But Professor John Forbes, who has retired as director of research at the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG), said he would have been content to spendthe past four decades “without any recognition at all”, because awards were never the aim.

“We were always working towards a world without breast cancer. That was our aim,” Professor Forbes said.

Colleagues including his co-founders of the breast cancer trials group –Professor Alan Coates, Professor Michael Green and Professor Raymond Snyder – and University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, celebrated his career at a dinner in Newcastle on Friday.

On Sunday, as he prepared to celebrate his grandson’s sixth birthday party, Professor Forbes said it was “wonderful” to have handed over responsibility for ANZBCTG, although he will continue to attend meetings of the group.

His retirement from direct involvement with patients comes as mollecular research promises direct and positive consequences for breast cancer research and treatment.

“We’re on the threshhold of a glittering era in medical science,” he said, along with the prediction there would be no more breast cancer deaths by the 2030s.

“It’s so close you can touch it,” he said.

Professor Forbes and his three colleagues formed the breast cancer trial group nearly 40 years ago because of the rates of breast cancer in women, the limited nature of treatments and the beliefthat much more could be done.

His many career highlights include chairing the Australian and New Zealand arm of the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study (IBIS I) clinical trial, which established that the drug tamoxifen was not only a treatment for breast cancer, but could prevent half of new breast cancers and significantly reduce the rates of secondary cancer in women.

One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer before the age of 85. More than 14,000 women have participated in ANZCRTG trials. The group’s research program involves collaborating with more than 700 researchers at 84 institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2015 Professor Forbes was named NSW outstanding cancer researcher of the year. In 2014 and 2015 he was named one of “the world’s most influential scientific minds”by Thomson Reuters, based on having research cited most frequently by fellow researchers.

Professor Forbes, who retired in 2016 as professor of surgical oncology at the University of Newcastleand director of surgical oncology at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, said collaboration at local, national and international level was the key to improving outcomes for women.

“We’ve always had a deep strong collaboration with members of our group, and my contribution has been to guide the discussion and be aware of what is happening around the world,” he said.

“We also get input from patients. I’m always interested in what patients tell us.”

The arc of his 40-year career in breast cancer research, from a time in the 1970s when he believed breast cancer was “the most horrible infliction on society”, to today when he predicts an end to breast cancer deaths, had been an extraordinary gift, he said.

“It’s been wonderful to be part of history, and I was fortunate to learn from two wonderful people.”

He acknowledged the help of former University of Melbourne Professor Peter Morris and retired Cardiff specialist Michael Baum who “took me under his wing”, as formative influences.

He also acknowledged wife Jenny and their two daughters who contributed to his understanding of the need for collaboration to achieve goals.

“Women are just so important in our world. The flair and tone of their contribution is all about achieving a better outcome for everyone,” he said.

Not in their interest: The home loan borrowers that have been left out to dry

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Hitting the heartland: The overall effect of the latest round of home loan interest rate rejigs will be to improve bank earnings. Photo: Michele MossopThere is a hidden and worrying risk lurking for a particular set of mortgage borrowers, whose level of financial stress is about to get a whole lot worse.
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It’s those home owners with interest-only loans that are now increasingly under the pump – with National Australia Bank the latest of the big four to announce big hikes in rates on these types of loans.

While banks,the media and the government regularly characterise those that have interest-only loans as wealthy property investors, the fact is that there are many owner-occupiersthat have used this method to finance the family home.

Ironically, regulators have pushed the banks to reduce interest-only lending to improve the overall risk of consumers’ debtto the financial system. But for those investors with interest-only loans, the chances of being unable to service them creates a new and unintended risk.

These hikes have not attracted the ire of the government, which has put the banks on notice that any move to increase mortgage rates will be intensely scrutinised. Again, because it is not seen as hitting the political heartland of the average voter with a mortgage to finance their own home.

But these borrowers are particularly vulnerable because many of them took out their interest-only loans because they didn’t have enough cash flow to repay interest and principal.

The banks have been under regulatory pressure to herd these interest-only borrowers into interest and principal loans – offering little or no fees to change over to principals, and interest rates that are now around 0.6 per cent lower.

The catch though is thatmonthly repayments will be higher in most cases because the borroweralso needs to repay principal.

Those that can afford to switch will do so, but there will be many that will need to remain on interest-only and have to wear the rate increase.

For owner-occupiers who have an interest and principal loan, interest rates have not fallen by much in this latest round of adjustments.

National Australia Bank and Westpac customers will see their rate fall by 0.08 per cent while ANZ customers will benefit to the tune of 0.05 per cent.

It is better than nothing, but won’t have a really meaningful impact to the weekly household budget.

For banks, the positive effect of the far bigger increases on interest-only loans will significantly outweigh the negative impact of the small fall in rates on interest and principal loans.

Indeed Westpac – which has a higher proportion of interest-only loans than the others – could boost itsearnings by 3.5 per cent, according to research from Macquarie. This is calculated on the basis ofall other things being equal.

But Macquarie takes the view that this earnings benefit will be eroded to some degree by some customers switching to interest and principal loans –the caveat being if they can afford it.

Martin North from industry consultantDigital Finance Analyticsbelieves that some investor/borrowers that have interest-only loans would have less incentive to switch because the tax effectiveness of this type of borrowing could be negatively affected.

Young families, investors most at riskThe bottom line is that regardless of the kind of borrower, the overall effect of this latest round of interest rate resetswill be to improve bankearnings, becausein aggregate borrowers will pay more.

North said the two segments most at risk for mortgage stress are younger families that are more typically first home owners that pushed their finances to get into the property market over the past couple of years and at the other end of the spectrum a more affluent group that took advantage of the rising property market and low interest rates to buy one or more investment properties.

Both North and analysts at Macquarie warn that the flow-on effects from increased rate rises even on just interest-only loans, and the potential for some to switch to interest and principal, could be damaging for the wider economy.

“The increase to IO (interest-only) loans combined with the increased likelihood of customers switching to P&I (principal and interest), in our view, will ultimately lead to further reductions in disposable incomes and put even greater pressure on highly indebted households. We estimate that a 50 basis point increase in interest rates has a 4 to 10 per centimpact on disposable income of highly indebted households.

“While it would rationally make sense for many households (particularly for owner-occupiers) to switch to P&I, …. many of these households would not have capacity to do this,’ Macquarie said in a note to clients this week.

‘Deadly combination’In analysing the reasons for an increased level of stressed households, North noted that”the main drivers are rising mortgage rates and living costs whilst real incomes continue to fall and underemployment is on the rise. This is a deadly combination and is touching households across the country, not just in the mortgage belts.’

Against this, the incentive for banks to massage rates higher is greater than ever, given they have been hit by the Federal Government’s bank levy and this week by an additional tax from the South Australian government that many fear could be adopted by other states down the track.

On the other side of the household ledger, the lack of any real growth in wages is only exacerbating the squeeze.

A report from Cit this week that analyses the industry segments in which jobs are growing provides insight into the problem.

“Not only does Australia have an underemployment problem that has been highlighted by the monthly labour force series, but the quarterly data shows that the economy is creating mostly jobs that are below average in terms of earnings,” it said.

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Wallabies hang on to win against Italy

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Wallabies hang on to win against Italy Reece Hodge of the Wallabies celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Italy at Suncorp Stadium. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
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Reece Hodge of the Wallabies (R) celebrates with Joe Powell (L) afrter scoring a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Italy at Suncorp Stadium. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Dane Haylett-Petty of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Italy. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Bernard Foley of the Wallabies celebrates with team mates after scoring a try. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Bernard Foley of the Wallabies scores a try. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Dane Haylett-Petty of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Italy. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Israel Folau celebrates scoring a try. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Israel Folau of the Wallabies scores try. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tommaso Boni of Italy is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Italy at Suncorp Stadium. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Israel Folau scores a try. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

TweetFacebook Photo gallery – see some action shots from the gameThere were plenty of nervous moments but the Wallabies held on for the win against Italy at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In what has been described as a ‘scrappy win’ thehome side left it late to secure the40-27 victory over the Azzurri.

Italy dominated possession and field position for the first stanza but when Australia didfind its attacking form it was hard to stop, piling on three tries in the first 40 minutes.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was feeling the strain.

“Sometimes you’re going mad because … we create excellent play and then try and throw a cut out pass instead of just giving it to the guy next to them,” Cheika said.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika could be forgiven for feeling a little frustrated after his side’s scrappy win against Italy. He is pictured here watching his team warm up before the match. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Israel Folau made history by becoming the first ever Wallaby to score two or more tries in three consecutive Tests.

Toby Smith was sin-binned with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game andthe Wallabies, then up 28-27, were at real risk of being overrun by theItalian side.

There were a few more nervous moments as Italy threatened to take the lead but late tries to Bernard Foley and Reece Hodge allowed for the flattering scoreline.

The scare comes after last week’s dismal showing against Scotland with some describing the Wallabies as a mere shadow of the team they were at the World Cup.