Health and Fitness: Cameron Park gym going beyond the limits

Posted on 12/17/2018

HELPING HAND: Body Beyond Limits owner Michael O’Sullivan with gym members Maddy Coburn and Lisa Bryzozowski.“Limits exist only in the mind.”
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It is the mantra of Michael O’Sullivan, who has been helping changethe lives of residents from Cameron Parkand its surrounding areas.

The story of his gym is the kind Ilove to hear about.

So, when I was told about the work the 36-year-old was doing there, I was keen to get alongto Body Beyond Limits to see for myself.

What I found, tucked away in an industrial part of Cameron Park,was a warehouse that hasbeen converted into more than a gym, but a place for all members of the community and their families to not only work out but to find social support as well.

Meeting “Mick”, you could sense the passion immediately.

He had started Body Beyond Boot Camp in hisbackyard three years ago with a set of boxing gloves and two kettle bells.

As word got out, numbers grew and in June this year he opened the fully functional gym Body Beyond Limits.

Mickproudly told me of countless members of the community he has seen turn their lives around.

Their stories and transformations can be seen lining the walls of the gym.

There has been a lot of weight lost collectively but the main emphasis, hetold me, was on helping people change lifestyle habits.

That includes establishing good physical habits as well as nutrition ones andthe gym runs regular nutrition challenges.

“My goal is I want to change as many lives as I can,” he told me as he shared the numerous success stories.

They were many and varied andincluded his own.

He grew up playing sport and always had a passion for fitness.

But when injuries struckin his 20s he went through a period of inactivity, “a couple of years without doing anything”.

“Iwent from 102 to 145 kilograms and I felt miserable, depressed,” he said.

“I didn’t think I was big, I just thought I was solid but then I realised I couldn’t tie my shoes properly because my gut was overhanging.

“I said to one of the guys I worked with, ‘I’m going to go back to the gym’, and he pulled me up and he said, ‘Yeh, sure’.

“I felt embarrassed. I went home that night and said, ‘I’m going back to the gym’.”

He has not looked back and is keen to have many more success stories to share in the future.

“I feel like I’m not doing enough,” he told me.

“I want to see more families getting active because once the parents do it, the kids are going to do it too.

“We’re trying to teach people there is a better way.”

One of those who has seen the benefits is 11-year-old Maddy Coburn, who was going along to Body Beyond Boot Campsessions with her grandmother then eventually started joining in herself.

She is now a regular attendee and told me she feels much more confident in herself.

LisaBryzozowski, 42, has been training with Mick for the two years and rarely misses a day at the gymbut admitted shewas hesitant to go at first.

“I kept saying, I can’t afford it, I’ve got a little one and I work part-time and I just don’t have the time,” she told me.

“Mick kept saying I should go along and then one day I had no excuses soI finally went and I was totally addicted from the word go.

“I thought, ‘Why haven’t I been doing something for myself before?’ It was at Mick’s house. The kids would sit there on a rug, in the sunshine watching us.Then they’d start to join in, which is another good part of it.”

He said Lisa was an example of many mothers who sacrifice their own nutrition, time for physical activity and time for themselves because of family and work commitments.

Body Beyond Limits has grown to around 250 members in a short period of timeand you get a sense with the work being done there it will continue to grow.

SIZZLING SUMMER SESSIONSI love interval sessions for a variety of reasons. It is a great way to improve speed, fitness and recovery times and, personally, I find it an easier mental battlethan going for a longer, slower, sustained run or ride.I am motivated to work harder for a short period knowing a rest/recovery will follow.

Here is a sessionto try and I will share a few more in coming weeks.You can do these running, walking, cycling or rowing at the gym.

100 metres hard: 300m easy; 200m hard: 200m easy, 300m hard, 100m easy: 400 metres hard: 400m easy. Repeat from the start or in reverse.

UPCOMING FITNESS EVENTSLake Mac parkrun fifth birthday, Booragul, February 10:Get in creative mode and start planning your dress-up outfit, themed with the letters ‘L’ and ‘P’, to celebrate a milestone for this free 5km event. There will also be a charity barbecue afterwards.

Free lunchtime yoga class, Civic Park, February 6:Revitalising Newcastle are hosting a range of health and fitness activities and this week it is a yoga session for all abilities. Class starts at 12.30pm.

Sparke Helmore City Triathlon, February 25, Newcastle Foreshore:Various distances from novice to hardcore and individual as well as team entries.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]老域名出售.au.

Victory can survive Milligan exit: Muscat

Posted on 12/17/2018

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat insists his club will be fine after Mark Milligan’s departure.Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat insists Mark Milligan’s departure won’t be a fatal blow to the A-League club’s title hopes.
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Just weeks after their board voted to decline offers for the 32-year-old Socceroo, Victory this week reluctantly agreed to sell Milligan to cashed-up Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli.

Money was the decisive factor for both club and player, with Victory relenting after receiving a third bid well beyond the $300,000 offer they originally resisted.

Just six days earlier, the club had issued a statement declaring the 2015 championship captain would remain a Victory player until “at least” the end of the season.

Muscat on Friday refused to be drawn on the club’s efforts to prevent Milligan’s departure, saying he was focused on Saturday’s clash with Newcastle Jets.

“The conversations were private and they’ll remain private,” he said.

“We can dig and scratch but the concentration is (elsewhere).

“I’m not saying it wasn’t disappointing. I’ve admitted that it’s disappointing but we move on.

“We’ve got a big game to look forward to tomorrow with a real good group and a positive group.”

Should Victory go to the transfer market to replace Milligan, they won’t be constrained by the salary cap given the three-time World Cup attendee was on a marquee deal.

But Muscat remains bullish about his fourth-placed side’s midfield depth, with recent signing Terry Antonis likely to slot in alongside Carl Valeri and James Troisi.

Victory were thrashed 4-1 by the Jets during their last visit to Newcastle but they redeemed themselves with a 2-1 win at AAMI Park in December.

Star winger Leroy George has trained well and will be considered for selection after being sidelined with hamstring soreness.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Victory have struggled to win in Newcastle. They have claimed the three points from just one of their past 11 visits to McDonald Jones Stadium.

* Muscat’s side have turned around their form on the road of late, winning four of their past five away games.

* Newcastle have scored a goal in 18 consecutive games – halfway towards the record set by Brisbane Roar in 2011.

Newcastle fashion boutique High Tea With Mrs Woo says it’s important now more than ever to shop local to support stores affected by the light rail work

Posted on 12/17/2018

STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY: Siblings Angela, left, Juliana and Rowena Foong in their Darby Street store High Tea With Mrs Woo. Picture: Dean Osland
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Why have youjoined city traders to urgethe public to shop local in view ofthe traffic chaos in the city caused by the light rail work?

The message is most meaningful when it comes directly from us as Newcastle city retailers. We want to raise awareness and motivate our community to support local businesses through this challenging construction period. Continued patronage ensures that your favourite businesses will still be around when construction ends.

Angela Foong

You went to the recent forum when city shops met the NSW small business commissioner. How was it?

It was an important event thatenabled us to listen as well as express our concerns individually and collectively. It helped us better understand the year of infrastructure improvements that lies ahead but also highlighted the severity of its impact to city traders.

How did you feel after it?

Knowledge is powerful; there is more strength in numbers. We are feeling positive that our collective voices have been heard and that we can create better foot, bicycle, car access and parking options in the city.

Your shopisn’t directly affected by the rail work but has it had an effect?

We are hearing often from customers, colleagues and friends, ‘I just don’t come into town anymore.’ The general feeling is that it takes much longer to come into town and more difficult to find a parking spot that’s close to their destination. Like many other city businesses, our store on Darby Street is experiencing lowerfoot traffic and sales.

If people are avoiding town what can be done to entice them back?

Construction works occur on weekdays with tradespeople and city workers fighting for parking! So let’s encourage everyone to visit on the weekends when they are absent. How can we make the city bustling on the weekends? Could the council offer free weekend parking everywhere in the city? Perhaps a free inner city bus service – along Hunter Street, Civic Park, Darby Street, The Mall, Pacific Park and the main beaches – people could spend more time in the city, free transport between places of interest?

Have you been talking with other shops about how to get people into town?

The Darby Street business group is wonderful and active – monthly meetings to brainstorm ideas on street improvement and accessibility for customers. We have also been speaking with other city traders such as the Newcastle Art Gallery, High Swan Dive and Estabar and feeling a strong sense for collaboration and cross-promotion to work together to keep the city vibrant by hosting events and in-store experiences.

Some say there’s never been more city parking, but people are just thinking it’s all too hard to come in?

I live in Carrington and it certainly takes a lot longer to come into town, especially at peak times – streets are closed, traffic diverted and routes re-routed! I also have two young children and empathise with other parents that the additional car-travel time can be a deterrent to drive to town. I prefer to ride into town on our cargo bike – the journey is often quicker and much more enjoyable.

What are the benefits of shopping local?

We are so proud to be one of the established independent traders that is unique to Newcastle’s culture. Shopping local values, endorses and supports Newcastle’s diverse culture – each with our own interesting storefronts on main and back streets; offering relevant and unique products and experiences to their community; servicing your neighbourhood, your family.

High Tea has been open 17 years. What’s the secret?

It’s perseverence! Our commitment to n-made, natural fibres and Slow Clothing values has kept us on a clear path. We work hard to maintain a strong family business but being based in Newcastle and having incredibly supportive parents, partners, friends, customers and community has definitely kept our business going.

What is in the pipeline?

So many projects! A highlight is the ‘Slow Wearing Weekend’, in August that we will launch at the Newcastle Art Gallery with a series of in-store events city stores. Watch this space.

How is your new spaceThe Fernery going?

We are so delighted by how quickly our community has embraced it! We host Retrokombico coffee kombi on Friday mornings from 7am, and will be opening up a creative studio space there for daily/weekend /weekly hire – to host workshops, exhibitions, pop-up stores, events, markets and gatherings, Watch this space too!

Newcastle is too gentrified now: true or false?

Fashion focus: Angela, Juliana and Rowena Foong in their Darby Street store High Tea With Mrs Woo. Picture: Dean Osland

We love living in this incredible place we call home. It is growing and we’re excited for its future. It has the potential to be a truly unique city, but our decision-makers and town-planners need to be more creative, cultured and courageous! Offer alternate ways of living (smaller; better quality; co-ops, co-housing); focus on community and the sharing-economy; less cars, more bikes. Protect the city from over-development by making it people-orientated, at the ground level; support small independent traders; make space for art. Newcastle wants to be a city where commerce, community and charity meet well.

Newcastle family Indian restaurant Raj’s Corner support Chinan cricket captain Jason Sangha despite clash of cultures at Under-19 World Cup final

Posted on 12/17/2018

Spiced up Sangha support ALL THE BEST: Sylvia Sangha and Kristy Dobos at popular Indian restaurant Raj’s Corner, showing support for n captain Jason Sangha ahead of Saturday’s Under-19 World Cup final. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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TweetFacebook Sylvia Sangha and Kristy DobosPictures by Jonathan CarrollSylvia Sangha has clocked up some serious kilometres following the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealandwhile Kristy Dobos has watched from afar back home in Newcastle.

Jason Sangha

Either way, the support out of popular Indian restaurant Raj’s Corner has been unwavering for n cricket captain Jason Sangha.

And there will be no divided loyalties at the Beaumont Street premises in Hamiltondespite the clash of cultures in Saturday’s final.

and India will battle it out for the prized trophy, with 18-year-old Novocastrian Jason in the middle atMount Maunganui’s Bay Oval, south west of Auckland on the North Island.

Mrs Sangha said that rivalry wasn’t heightened regardless of the family’s relationship with the two nations, and Raj’s Corner workers were all serving up the same dish.

“Idon’t think so [more rivalry because it’s versusIndia],” Mrs Sangha said.

“All the guys here [at Raj’s] are supporting , don’t worry. They would probably get the sack otherwise.

“They haveasked if they can support India if they play other countries, but not against .The laptop has been going in the kitchen the whole time, watching all the games.”

Long-serving Raj’s Corner employee Kristy Dobos said she has enjoyed keeping track of the tournament.

“One of the guys has Fox Sports on his phone and that’s how we stay up to date,” Miss Dobos said.

“But I always knew he [Jason] would be famous, I’ve been telling him that since he was 14.”

n-born Mrs Sangha and husband Kuldip, raised in the northern Punjab region of India,headacross the Tasman on Friday ahead of the 2018 decider.

Mrs Sangha, who has travelled back and forth several times to watch all five preliminary games since January 14, said it was worthwhile whatever the cost.

“It has been quite expensive, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” she said.

“When they go out for the n anthem, with Jason leading from the front –it’s an incredibly proud moment.”

The couple, who live at Cardiff South, have owned and operated Raj’s Corner since 1998. They also runtwo other take-away outlets, a dine-in restaurant and a spice shop around Newcastle.

More coverage of Under-19 World Cup final in sport

Syria may be making new chemical weapons

Posted on 12/17/2018

The US suspects Syria may have carried out a second chlorine gas attack in rebel-held Ghouta area.The Syrian government may be developing new types of chemical weapons and US President Donald Trump is prepared to consider further military action if necessary to deter chemical attacks, senior US officials say.
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President Bashar al-Assad is believed to have secretly kept part of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile despite a US-Russian deal under which Damascus was supposed to have handed over all such weapons for destruction in 2014, the officials said on Thursday.

Assad’s forces have instead “evolved” their chemical weapons and made continued occasional use of them in smaller amounts since a deadly attack last April that drew a US missile strike on a Syrian air base, the officials told reporters in a briefing.

Characteristics of some of those recent attacks suggest that Syria may be developing new weapons and methods for delivering poison chemicals, possibly to make it harder to trace their origin, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A deadly sarin attack on a rebel-held area in April prompted Trump to order a missile strike last year on the Shayrat air base, from which the Syrian operation is said to have been launched.

“We reserve the right to use military force to prevent or deter the use of chemical weapons,” one official said, while declining to specify how serious a chemical attack would have to be to draw a fresh US military response.

A second official said, however, that the Trump administration hopes that stepped-up international sanctions and diplomatic pressure will help rein in Assad’s chemical weapons program.

If the international community does not act quickly to tighten the screws on Assad, Syria’s chemical weapons could spread beyond its borders and possibly even “to US shores,” the second official said.

“It will spread if we don’t do something,” the official warned.

The officials echoed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent accusation that Russia, Assad’s ally in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, bears some responsibility for failing to enforce the chemical weapons ban.

Russia has denied any complicity, and the Syrian government has said it has not carried out any of the attacks.

Western officials have cast suspicion on the Syrian government for a chlorine gas attack on a rebel-held enclave east of Damascus last week that sickened at least 13 people.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Thursday said the US is “extremely concerned” about reports that Syrian forces had carried out another chlorine gas attack this week in the eastern Ghouta area.

US GOP train braked in fatal crash

Posted on 12/17/2018

One man died when a train carrying US Republican lawmakers hit a garbage truck in Virginia.A chartered Amtrak train carrying US Republican lawmakers was travelling at 98 kilometres per hour when the driver hit the brakes in a fatal crash that struck a garbage truck on the tracks in Crozet, Virginia, investigators say.
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The National Transportation Safety Board said in a briefing on Thursday that the maximum speed limit at the crossing was 96.6 km/h and that the driver in Wednesday’s crash applied the brakes 20 seconds before the train came to rest, preliminary data shows. Investigations are continuing into whether the train braked prior to impact.

A passenger on the truck, 28-year-old Christopher Foley, was killed and two others on the truck were injured, according to police. The NTSB has not been able to interview the 30-year-old driver of the truck.

No lawmakers were seriously injured but a Minnesota representative, Jason Lewis, was taken to a hospital as a precaution and released.

The train had hundreds of passengers onboard at the time of the accident, NTSB board member Earl Weener said.

The NTSB has not yet downloaded the forward locomotive video camera or event data recorder. The board said that when it reviews the video data it should be able to determine if the signals at the crossing were working or if the truck was moving.

The train was taking lawmakers to the annual retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Amtrak said the collision occurred at 11.18am (local time) in Crozet, a tiny town between the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the intersection where the crash occurred had flashing signals and gates to prevent motorists from getting on the tracks as trains approach.

The secret $5 million deal, the regulatory failures, the court case and growing community outrage

Posted on 12/17/2018

Forced out: Former Muswellbrook councillor Christine Phelps and husband Ray on their property at Wybong before they were forced to sell because of coal mining. Mrs Phelps said the MUSWELLBROOK Shire Council has called foran urgent parliamentary inquiry into a secret $5 million coal exploration agreement between the NSW Government and a Hong Kong-based mining company over 7600 hectares of land at Wybong.
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The council has called for cross-party support for an inquiry into why the NSW Government failed to prosecute Ridgelands Resources for failingto comply with a condition of consent to establish a $5 million community fund which the company and the government kept secret for nearly five years.

The condition in a 2013 agreement with the government was only revealed in July, 2017 when Ridgelands made anunsolicited offer of $500,000 to Muswellbrook Council and the council initiated Supreme Court action to recover the full $5 million.

The council’s call for an urgent inquiry comes two days after Ridgelands walked away from a meeting with the council and community representatives to finalise projects under the fund.

It also comes only three weeks before Ridgelands’ five year exploration licence over the Wybong land expires, and as the company seeks to renew the licence.

Muswellbrook mayor Martin Rush said the council had written to each party holding seats in the NSW Upper House, and had received some preliminary support, for an urgent parliamentary inquiry intothe secret deal and why the NSW Government failed to enforce the condition of consent, or prosecute the company, for five years.

An inquiry should also ask what the minister for resources and energy knew and when, and dealings between the Department of Planning and Ridgelands, including any promises or indications made by the department to renew the Ridgelands licence, Mr Rush said.

The 2013 agreement required Ridgelands to establish a community fund “as soon as reasonably practical” after the exploration licence was granted in February, 2013 and to publicise the fund and guidelines to community groups about how to apply for grants. It also required Ridgelands to provide detailed and regular updates on money spent over the five years of the fund to the minister and department.

When the secret deal was revealed former Wybong resident and former Muswellbrook councillor Christine Phelps described it as “the NSWGovernment and the mining industry in cahoots again to shaft the community”.

Mr Rush said Ridgelands representatives on Wednesday declined to approve any projects for funding after giving community groups one week to apply for grants in November, and deferred any further meeting until April. The five-year exploration licence with the condition for $5 million to be spent during that timeexpires on February 26.

Mr Rushsaid an attemptby the council and two community representatives to hold a meeting next week to finalise funded projects was vetoed by Ridgelands.

“Ridgelands haswritten the fund rules to give ita veto over every aspect of the fund’s operation and hasset a date of April for the next meeting, with no guarantee that itwill consider projects on that date either,” Mr Rush said.

“The community is in this position because the State Government has failed to regulate Ridgelands for more than five years. The Minister for Resources and Energy has been on notice of this issue since at least November last year.

“It is utterly reprehensible that Ridgelands Coal has been allowed to set up a community fund in such a way that it can essentially defeat the condition of its licence by exercising a veto on every decision it doesn’t like.”

NSW Greens planning and Hunter spokesperson David Shoebridge said the planning system in NSW pretendedto regulate mining developments but “when push comes to shove there’s no one in the NSW government that has the guts or resources to take on the mining industry”.

“Time after time conditionson developments that are meant to serve the community or protect the environmentare just ignored by the mining industry. They act as though they are above the law, and the fact is, most of the time they are,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Upper House Opposition leader and shadow resources minister Adam Searle said Labor will pursue a parliamentary inquiry into the Ridgelands case which is “a very serious issue of non-compliance with a condition placed on a mining company and an unexplained failure by regulators to enforce it”.

“It threatens the integrity of the whole system of mining conditions. When did mining companies get to pick and choose which lawful conditions to meet?” Mr Searle said.

“No explanation for this has come from the Berejiklian Government. Absent a satisfactory explanation, Labor will pursue a Parliamentary inquiry into these issues.”

Hunter Shooters, Fishers and Farmers spokesman John Preston said resources being exploited “belong to the people of NSW and we expect nothing other than full compliance with all agreements and conditions of exploration and mining”.

“These resources can only be dug up and sold once. A deal is a deal,” Mr Preston said.

“The people of the Hunter pay a heavy price for operating mines and whilst we support the mining industry, our first duty is to the people of the Hunter” who receive “a pittance” of the money paid to the state in royalties, he said.

Ridgelands was contacted for comment.

The NSW Department of Planning and the NSW Department of Resources and Energy were contacted for comment. In August, 2017 the Department of Planning said it had referred the Ridgelands case to theNSW Resources Regulator after Muswellbrook Council initiated its Supreme Court action.

Calls to add driver education to school lessons

Posted on 12/17/2018

QUESTIONS RAISED: Wagga driving instructor Glen Gaudron has raised concerns about a proposal to have driver education taught in state high schools. Picture: Les SmithWagga opinion is divided on whether driver education should be taught in NSW high schools.
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The Confederation of n Motor Sport (CAMS) is “in discussions” with state governments to introduce driver education into the school curriculum.

CAMS president Andrew Papadopoulos has said his group developed a proposed syllabus for high schools, which includes five three-hour lessons for up to 30 students at a time.

He said a pilot program for 20 schools consisting of theory and practical driving lessons would cost an estimated $100,000.

NSW Member for Coffs HarbourAndrew Fraser has backed to idea and is publicly calling for Nationals Leader John Barilaro’s support.

Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire said his parliamentary colleague’s suggestion was “a reflection of the general public’s frustration with the road trauma”.

“Nothing has been put forward to the party room, but good healthy discussion is a positive thing,” Mr Maguire said.

“I think when it comes to driver education more emphasis could be a positive thing in a controlled environment, but I wouldn’t like to see 12-year-olds on the road behind the wheel.”

Wagga Rod and Custom Car Club president Alan White has long been a proponent of driver education in schools.

Mr White said he began teaching his own children driving and maintenance skills when they were quite young.

“It concerns me that kids are growing up playing Xbox where games show cars crashing and then fixing themselves,” he said.

“I’ve got four kids, two boys and two girls and I taught them how to maintain their vehicles,” Mr White said.

“It’s a bit hard for parents to teach their children.I have a mechanic background –some parents wouldn’t know what to teach their kids.”

Mr White said he wanted to see children taught to understand cars and shown that “things can go wrong”.

Wagga driving instructor Glen Gaudron, a former teacher, expressed concerns about the impact of trying to shoehorn even more requirements into an already packed school curriculum.

Mr Gaudron, from the Able Driving School, also questioned who would be teaching the lessons.

“I have to ask who will be doing it,” he said.

“If kids are not being taught properly, it is really easy for them to pick up bad habits.”

Mr Gaudron said he would also be concerned if lessons were offered to students as young as 12, the age of many when they enter Year 7.

“Some are going to be just too young and silly to take the lessons seriously,” he said.

Newcastle District Cricket Association: Three first grade players cop one-match suspensions in space of two rounds

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OUT: Hamwicks all-rounder Matt Webber will be sidelined for one match, starting Saturday, because of suspension. University’s Nathan Hudson has the same punishment while Stockton Raymond Terrace bowler Bryan Warren returns after a game away. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNewcastle first XI all-rounders Matt Webber and Nathan Hudson will be sidelined with suspension for round 12while opening bowler Bryan Warren returns after a week off.
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The three players copped one-matchpunishments from January fixtures with Webber and Hudson missing for Hamilton-Wickhamand University respectively while Warren’s back for Stockton-Raymond Terrace.

Webber won’t line-up forHamwicks in aseason-defining two-day clash with Belmont at Miller Field starting Saturday. He was sanctioned this week for hitting hisstumps after being dismissedin a 22-run win over Waratah-Mayfield last start.

Hudson’s out against former club Toronto at University Ovalafter also beingreprimanded midweek for talking back with umpires in a vital three-wicket victory over frontrunners Merewether.

And Warren has been named for Stockton against Newcastle City at Lynn Oval from Saturday after being a notable absentee froma 59-run defeat by Toronto. If followsa send off delivered a game earlier versus Cardiff-Boolaroo.

They are the first suspensionshanded down in thetop grade for 2017-2018.

Compounding the loss of Webber for Hamwicks,injured paceman Andrew Maher (back) is alsounavailable for the upcoming encounter.

However, the defending champions welcome back skipper Josh Trappel, who was away for round 11, and he knows the importance of claiming competition points with only one separating third to fifth.

“It’s a big game for us, we need to win it,” Trappel said.

Trappel did not want to comment on the first suspension of Webber’s career.

Elsewhere and the minor premiership will be up for grabs between Wests and Merewether at Harker Oval, Charlestown regain the services of Sri Lankan first-class importSaliya Salan against Waratah at Kahibah Oval while Cardiff-Boolaroo are aiming for back-to-back triumphs when they travel to meet Wallsend.

Meanwhile,former n under-17 representative Greg Hunt returns to Belmont from Sydney for rounds two and three of theNCC Summer Bash on Sunday.The Whips host the Black Roses (Cardiff), minus marqueeNick Watkins,and Sabres (City) at Miller Field.

OPEN: Greg Hunt returns to Belmont from Sydney for Sunday’s T20 fixtures. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

First-up T20 winners the Magpies (Charlestown)and Rosellas (Wests) meet at Kahibah Oval along with the Seagulls (Stockton).The Tigers (Wallsend) are without skipper Nathan Price against the Sea Dragons (University) and Kookaburras (Toronto) at Ron Hill Oval.The Lions (Merewether), Pumas (Hamwicks) and Waratahs (Waratah) are at Townson Oval.

David Hogg tells jury he did not sexually assault a school girl with him for work experience

Posted on 12/17/2018

DENIALS: Newcastle figure David Hogg, centre, with supporters and members of his legal team including lawyer Hugo Aston, right, leaving the Downing Centre courts in Sydney on Friday.LIFESTYLE Solutions founder David Hogg has given his version of an evening in July 1988 that has led to him facing the District Court charged with a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.
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Facing a jury of 10 men and two women, Mr Hogg agreedhe took a Year 11 schoolgirl on a Friday night drive to talk with her and to “counsel” her over her problems, but denieddriving to the Harbour Bridge, and parking there as the prosecution alleges was the case.

Mr Hogg, who was a married Baptist minister in his early 30s at the time, deniedtouching the complainant in any way, or confronting her at her school, Carlingford High, early the following week.

He acknowledges being rung by the head of Carlingford Baptist Church in late 1988 or early 1989 after the church was contacted by the principal of the school, but he believed it was because he had allegedly “made a pass at one of the students”.

“I said something around the words ‘leave it to me and I’ll see the principal and sort it out’,” Mr Hogg told the court.

He said the allegation “wasn’t true”.

Asked if he understood the allegation at the time to be one of sexual assault, Mr Hogg said: “Absolutely not.”

The third day of the trial opened on Friday with Mr Hogg being cross-examined by the Crown over evidence he had given on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Hogg said he had driven around the “local area” with the complainant but could not remember where.

The Crown alleged Mr Hogg confronted the complainant the following Monday or Tuesday and that it “backfired” because he made her so nervous that other people noticed.

“I didn’t go back there,” Mr Hogg said.

Asked about the phone call from the Carlingford minister, Mr Hogg said he “made an assumption” that the allegation had been made by the complainant because he had only taken two girls on work experience: he knew the other girl well and was a friend of her family’s. He denied being told he had been banned from visiting the school. He said he’d been told the “student didn’t want to take it any further”. The school had also been contacted by a parent. The trial resumes on Monday.