Hunter Hurricanes’ overseas imports ready for Chinan Water Polo League season opener

Posted on 12/17/2018

RECRUITS: Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan (US), Rachel Fattal (US) and Chayma Hlanadif (Canada) at Lambton Pool ahead of this weekend’s n Water Polo League season openers. Picture: Josh Callinan Vegemite, extreme weather and strange bird noises have been part of the n experience so far, but Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan, Rachel Fattal and Chayma Hlanadif will be back in more familiar territory this weekend.

The North American trio will return to the pool on Saturday and Sunday, helping launch their new team’s n Water Polo League campaign for 2018.

Hunterwomen’s and men’s squadstravel to Sydney for a double header, first against the Drummoyne Devils beforebacking up to play the UTS Balmain Tigers.

Californian 23-year-old goalkeeperLogan, who arrived via the University of Hawaii after another grueling US College campaign, said she feels refreshed and ready to get back in the water.

“I’m just looking forward to playingagain,” Logan said.

“In college there’s huge pressure –school work and trying to win a championship. Here, we want to do as well as we can but there’s also that ease of playing for fun.”

Canadian 19-year-old centre forward Hlanadif, from the Quebec city of Montreal, is returning from a stint on the sidelines forced by a shoulder injury.

“It’s been a while between games for mebecause I’ve been out injured,”Hlanadif said.

“I’ve heard there’s a lot of good n players so I’m looking forward to that.”

RECRUITS: Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan (US), Rachel Fattal (US) and Chayma Hlanadif (Canada) at Lambton Pool ahead of this weekend’s n Water Polo League season openers. Picture: Josh Callinan

Both overseas recruits were excited about the prospect of linking up with fellow international andRio gold medalist Fattal, 24 years of age from University of California, Los Angeles.

“She [Fattal] brings a lot of knowledge,” Hlanadif said.

“She really helps us in the water, we have the coach telling us something and she backs it up.

“Even if she’s not a centre forward she makes me more aware of other things.”

Logan felt the combination of Fattal and Jane Moran, who clinched Olympic bronze with at London 2012, have worked well during training throughout January.

“We have Janeas well so you’ve got the n Olympic version and the US Olympic version in the same pool,” Logan said.

“So sometimes methods clash, but in the end they all work out and you can learn so much from their skill sets.”

Hurricanes women’s coach Mitch Baird said hewill be without local product Julia Barton, who played in last year’s national squad, for the entire season because of a shoulder injury while Montana Perkins remains overseas.

The revamped Hunter men’s side isat full strength.

Call for parties to come clean on pokies

Posted on 12/17/2018

Tim Costello has called for a ban on undisclosed political donations from the pokie industry (File).The NSW Greens are calling on both major parties to disclose all donations they have received from the pokies industry after the state was identified as the “epicentre” of the problem.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform said the current disclosure cap for political donations was providing a “secret veil” for the gambling industry to pedal influence.

Political parties have to disclose donations worth more than $13,200 under commonwealth laws and that, the AGR said, meant smaller donations fly under the radar.

Federal and Queensland Labor recently voluntarily dropped their own disclosure threshold to $1000 but other states are still following the Commonwealth rules.

Alliance director Tim Costello called for a nationwide ban on political donations from the pokies industry.

Mr Costello argued political donations from gambling outfits were a problem wide but the biggest issue is in NSW.

The state was the most “pokies-captured jurisdiction,” he said, adding he was deeply suspicious that further undisclosed donations – below the threshold – were also coming from pokies interests.

Greens MP Justin Field said both the Liberal and Labor parties should disclose all gambling donations.

“We have seen the industry’s access to politicians, the revolving door between gaming-related ministers and gambling companies and real resistance against stronger protections,” Mr Field said in a statement on Friday.

“The undue influence of this toxic industry and its impacts on people and communities must be kept in check.”

A NSW Liberal Party spokesman told AAP in a statement that the party “fully complies with our obligations under the Commonwealth electoral law”.

Labor Opposition leader Luke Foley said he didn’t know how much the ALP in NSW received in poker machine donations but that he was open to discussing further restrictions.

“These things should always be looked at (and) I’m on the record as supportive of very strict caps on donations to ensure that we don’t go down the American road of big money politics,” Mr Foley told reporters on Friday.

“Any arguments for policy change I’ll deal with on their merits, and whether someone has donated a brass razoo to the Labor party or not is not something I care the slightest about.”

The biggest gambling donators identified by the Alliance for Gambling Reform for 2016/17 were Ros Packer ($500,000), Crown Resorts ($209,000), Clubs NSW and Clubs ($170,000).

Vic court throws out pokies complaint

Posted on 12/17/2018

Shonica Guy has lost her court case against Crown Casino and Dolphin Treasure poker machines (file).A former gambling addict has failed in her Federal Court bid to find Melbourne’s Crown Casino and its Dolphin Treasure poker machines are misleading.

Justice Debbie Mortimer said the case by Shonica Guy against the casino and Dolphin Treasure manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies failed to show consumer laws were breached.

“I did not find anything in the conduct of Crown or Aristocrat that could be found as unconscionable,” the judge ruled in the landmark case on Friday.

Ms Guy alleged the casino’s 38 Dolphin Treasure machines duped players about their chances of winning.

Crown and Aristocrat denied all allegations.

Ms Guy claimed the machine’s player information display also misled gamblers about what they could expect as a return, as an individual.

Justice Mortimer conceded that information may cause confusion, but it was not misleading or deceptive under law.

She said a lack of specific evidence from people claiming to have been exploited or victimised based on the identified features of the machine, substantially affected the strength of Ms Guy’s case.

Further, Crown and Aristocrat’s compliance with comprehensive regulations, including around the fairness of how the game operates, was an important factor in her decision.

Ms Guy had not sought any financial compensation and said outside court she took on the case to show ns that poker machines and their design played a big part in gambling addictions.

“I hope this can lead to a better way forward and a better industry so no one has to go through what I’ve gone through,” she said.

Justice Mortimer noted Ms Guy’s courage in pursuing the case publicly and said her findings did not diminish the tragedies caused by problem gambling.

But it was the court’s task to consider issues of law and not rule on the ethics of gambling.

She also noted that although the allegations were not proven, research into the possible relationship between a machine’s design and gambling addiction was a new field being explored.

Aristocrat welcomed the finding, saying it took its regulatory obligations seriously.

The company said it continued to support “balanced and fact-based harm minimisation initiatives” and would do more where it could, recognising the issues were complex and required collaboration across industry, regulators and the community.

The Gaming Technologies Association also welcomed the decision, saying it should end the “myth and misinformation” waged against the industry.

Ms Guy’s lawyer Jennifer Kanis said the outcome was disappointing and more research was needed to show the connection between machines and addiction, so it’s clear to regulators.

“I don’t think the gaming industry can say they’re vindicated,” she said.

Monash University Public Health lecturer Dr Charles Livingstone believes poker machines are on “borrowed time in their current form” as more research is undertaken.

“Sooner or later we will realise (the harm) and regulate this business properly,” he said.

The case returns to court next week to determine costs.

Support Newcastle’s live music scene with the Herald’s gig guide

Posted on 12/17/2018

GIG OF THE WEEK: Art-pop artist Jessica Cerro, better known as Montaigne, will showcase her stellar vocals at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday night.MUSIC5 SawyersFriday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews.

Albion Hotel WickhamSaturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Counterpart.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Argyle HouseWednesday, Sweet Kicks silent disco.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Kaylah Anne.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Sophie Aked.Friday,Codi Kaye.Saturday,Aqwa.

Beach HotelSaturday, Rock Oz.

Belmont 16sWednesday, Patrick Brady. Friday, On The Prowl, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Loko, Matt Semmens.

Belmont HotelSunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling ClubFriday, Bon Jovi Experience. Saturday, Gen X.

Blackbutt HotelFriday, Bob Allan.Saturday, Xyz.

The BradfordFriday, Reggie Sinclair.Saturday, Vortex.

Bulahdelah Bowling ClubFriday, Pocket Aces.

Burwood InnFriday, Mark Wells.

Cambridge HotelFriday, Montaigne. Sunday, The Pits,All In A Year,Trouble in Paradise,Fungus.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Kellie Cain.Saturday, The V Dubs.

Carrington PlaceThursday,Jack McLaughlins Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Louis Abell.

Catho PubSaturday, Lee Rolfe.Sunday, Club Esky.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, Anyerin.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Chris Daniel.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Purple Hearts.

Charlestown Bowling ClubFriday, The DuoTones.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Civic TheatreSunday, Celtic Woman (IRE).

Clarendon HotelFriday, Arley Black. Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Club CatalinaSunday, Bobby C.

Club KotaraSaturday, Cruzers.

Club LemonTreeFriday, Kim and Mik. Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club Maitland CityFriday, Solid Gold Party.

Colliery InnFriday, Matt McLaren.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Sami.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth​Friday, Kyle Cartner.Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Angel Gear.

Crown & Anchor Hotel

Customs HouseWednesday, Perry Carter. Friday, Glen Harrison. Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Denman HotelSunday, Layth Gunn.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday, Matt Scullion.Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

East Maitland Bowling ClubFriday, Jumpin Jukebox. Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubFriday, Overload. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, Full Throttle.Saturday, Wicked.

The EdwardsFriday,Loui Abell & Jerome.Saturday,Hockey Dad (instore performance),Howard Shearman.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Mojo Bandits.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, James Naldo.

FinnegansSaturday, Savage.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Loose Change.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Arcane.Sunday, Junior and Luana.

George TavernFriday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Deuce.

Grand HotelTuesday, Adam Miller Trio.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaFriday, Joel Oakhill.

Gunyah HotelFriday, Hayden Shepherd. Saturday, Triple Zero.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday,Jamie Hay,The World At A Glance,George Booth,Boudicca. Friday,Zeolite,Ame Noire,Setmeonfire,Corotted. Saturday, Grasshole, King Coyote, The Med Heads.

Harrigan’s PokolbinFriday, State FX. Saturday, Arley Black, Jimmy Craz Band. Sunday, Shaka.

Hawks Nest Golf ClubThursday, Let The Mango.Friday, Robbie Urquhart.

Hexham Bowling ClubFriday, Whiskey Business.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Big BangBand. Saturday, Uptown.

Hotel CessnockThursday, Higher Ground.

Hotel DelanyFriday, Surian. Saturday, Overload.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Shivoo.

Imperial Hotel SIngletonSaturday, Viagro.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Hurricane Fall.

The Junction HotelFriday, Pete McCredie. Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Kahibah Sports ClubSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Kent HotelWednesday, Zane Penn. Friday, Triple Zero.

King Street HotelFriday, UNI Student Night. Saturday, Saturdays At King.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Josh & Liv.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Ben Woodham.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, 24 Hours.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,DJ Perry Carter.

Lass O’GowrieThurs,Creative Creatures Open Mic.Friday,The Not Nots,Moot,The High Andies.

Lizotte’sWednesday,Chelsea Berman, Spin Gents, Midnight Movers. Thursday, 8 Ball Aitken. Friday, Mark Tinson Book Launch. Saturday, Tim Hart, Luke Thompson.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Lucky HotelFriday, Max Jackson. Saturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelFriday, Pepper & JV. Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen HotelFriday, Jackson Broadway. Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland TavernFriday, Holly Mae. Saturday, Rebecca Johnson Band.

Mavericks On The BayFriday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On DarbyFriday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Max Jackson.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesFriday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Prestige Inc, DJ Searly.Saturday,Misbehave, DJ Angelo.Sunday,Todd Schmoo.

Morriset Country ClubSunday, Bob Allan.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Gerda +1.

Nag’s Head HotelFriday, Jason Bone. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Neath HotelSaturday, Sami.

Nelson Bay DiggersJade & Willow. Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubFriday, Mick Jones.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Mark Wood. Saturday,Fool On A Stool.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Mardy Leith, Bandditts. Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Plough InnFriday, Chris Daniel.

Potters BreweryFriday, Roxy. Saturday, Arley Black.

Premier HotelSaturday, Lithium. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, 3 Of A Kind. Saturday, Stp.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Gaz N Gaz.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Cotton Sax and Strings.Sunday, Allan Freihaut.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kellie Cain.

Salamander TavernFriday, Redline.

Seabreeze HotelFriday,Outerphase.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Shaft TavernFriday, Trataka.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday, Zac & Ben. Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Shortland HotelFriday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Outerphase.

Small BallroomSaturday,Lich King (US),Hidden Intent, Cerebral Contortion, Grim Demise, PurEnvy.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubFriday,Todd Schmoo.Saturday,Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Spinning Wheel HotelFriday, Shaka.

Stag and Hunter HotelWednesday, The Scullion Sessions ft. Amber Lawrence & Damien Baguley. Friday, The Fossicks. Saturday, The Craw, The Ride Ons, Biggs Project.

Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling ClubFriday, Witchery.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Redline.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Jim Neal.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Moondogs.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Jamie Martens Duo.Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto HotelFriday,Leeroy &Ross.Sunday,JohnLarder.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Two Left Feet. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Sideshow.Sunday, Romney Watts.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Jim Overend.

Warners At The BayFriday, Pistol Pete.

Saturday, The Last Stand –Chisel Barnes show.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, The Smarts.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New LambtonThursday, Angamus.Friday,The Remedy Trio.Saturday,The Big Bang. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelWednesday,The Wild Oats,Friday Night Zoo.Friday,Phil Emmanuel,Bounty Hunters.Saturday,Sophie Aked Duo, The Years.Sunday,Mark Wood,Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.

Windale Gateshead Bowling ClubFriday, Emile.

THEATRECeltic Woman – Voices of AngelsIrish singers, dancers and musicians celebrate their homeland’s rich music and cultural heritage. TEG Live, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 3pm.

Little Women –The MusicalFour young sisters, led by would-be novelist Jo, try to show in the 1860s that women are as adept as men; adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Young People’s Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. Ends February 24. Go to ypt老域名出售.au for days and times. 4961 4895.

Love LettersA man and woman who began writing romantic notes to each other as teenagers continue the practice throughout their lives; funny and moving work by A.R. Gurney. Bare Productions. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, Saturday and February 17, at 7pm; 4998 7766. Harp of Erin Theatre, Wollombi, Wednesday, February 14, dinner and show at 6.30pm; 4998 3230.

Newcastle Comedy ShowcasePro and amateur Newcastle comedians show their amusing and very different styles. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7pm. Door sales.

Our Land People StoriesBangarra Dance Theatre’s indigenous performers use dance to tell three stories about their peoples’ backgrounds, including their relationship with Governor Macquarie. Civic Theatre,Fri& Sat, at 8pm.

Out of OrderA junior government minister gets more than he bargained for when he takes an attractive opposition secretary to a hotel bedroom during a parliamentary sitting; comedy by Ray Cooney. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre.Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until February 24, and 2pm Sunday matinees on February 18 and 25.

The DiamondsSong and dance celebration of great divas including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and others. SMA Productions, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Friday, at 8pm, with foyer activities from 7.30pm. 4993 4266.

We’re Going on a Bear HuntMichael Rosen’s adaptation of his book for young people about a family and their musical dog on the title search; lively adventure for all ages. Andrew Kay & Associates, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Wednesday, at 4pm, and Thursday, February 15, at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. 4929 1977.

MOVIESBreathe(M)Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed. (Lake Cinema)

Darkest Hour(PG)During the early days of World War II, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (this year’s Golden Globe Winner, Gary Oldman) must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

Den of Thieves(MA)While planning a bank heist, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Fifty Shades Freed(MA) The third installment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

Insidious: The Last Key(M)The fourth installment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise.

I, Tonya(MA)Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle(PG)In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it.

Just to Be Sure(M)When 45-year-old widower Erwan discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn’t his real dad, he begins a search for his biological father. (Tower)

Lady Bird(M)The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure(M)In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet.

Molly’s Game(M)Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol(G)Cool down with the PAW Patrol as they make a splash to save the day in 2 newunderwater adventures!

Sweet Country(MA) A period western set in 1929 in the n outback. An Aboriginal stockman kills a white station owner and goes on the run. (Tower)

Tad the Lost Explorer(PG)Tad Jones, the most awkward explorer, must rescue his beloved Sara from a millionaire who is looking for King Midas’ necklace.

The Florida Project(MA) Six-year-old Moonee gets into mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living the shadow of Disney World. (Tower)

The Greatest Showman(PG)The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Post(M)A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

The Shape of Water(MA)An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. (Tower)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(MA)After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police.

Wonder(PG)A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.


15 Unwritten Law (US) – Small Ballroom

16 Tori Forsyth – Small Ballroom

18 Karise Eden – Lizotte’s

24 Holy Holy – Small Ballroom

24 The Living End, Spiderbait, The Lemonheads (US), Veruca Salt (US), The Fauves, Tumbleweed – Bimbadgen

25 Eugene Hideaway Bridges (US) – Lizotte’s

28 David Duchovny (US) – Wests NEX


2 Tired Lion – Cambridge

3 Jimmy Carr (UK) – Civic Theatre

7 Turnover (US) – Small Ballroom

8 Shaun Kirk – 5 Sawyers

10 James Blunt (UK), Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd, Karise Eden – Bimbadgen

10 Damien Leith – Lizotte’s

10 Abbe May – Cambridge

11 Willow Beats – Cambridge

11 Rick & John Brewster – Lizotte’s

15 The Butterfly Effect – Cambridge

17 Chocolate Starfish – Cambridge

18 The Brothers Comatose (US) – Flow Bar

18 Russell Morris – Toronto Hotel

21 The Smith Street Band – Bar On The Hill

22 Harry Manx (CAN) – Lizotte’s

24 Crossroads Country In The Vines ft. Billy Ray Cyrus (US), Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson – Roche Estate

24 Dragon – Lizotte’s

24 Mia Dyson – 48 Watt Street

24 Allday – Cambridge

March 29 April 2 Bluesfest, ft Robert Plant (US), John Butler, Lionel Richie (US), Jose Gonzalez (SWE), Tash Sultana, Sheryl Crow (US), Melissa Etheridge (US), Lauryn Hill (US), Dan Sultan, Kesha, Benjamin Booker (US) & more–Byron Bay

25 Canned Heat (US) – Lizotte’s

27 John Waite (UK) – Wests New Lambton

29 You Am I – Cambridge


2 Newton Faulkner (UK) – Lizotte’s

6 Jimmy Barnes – Civic Theatre

6 Don Walker – 48 Watt Street

6 Mental As Anything – Lizotte’s

12 Thundamentals – Cambridge

13 Heaps Good Friends – Small Ballroom

13 Thundamentals – Cambridge

15 Kate Miller-Heidke – Civic Park

26 Simple Plan (CAN) – Wests NEX

27-29 The Gum Ball ft. Remi, The Cribs (UK), Rocket Science, Butterfingers, The Aints, Screamfeeder, Ben Salter, Terra Lightfoot (Can), Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes & more – Dashville

28 Rose Tattoo – Cambridge

28 Groovin The Moo ft. Royal Blood (UK), Portugal. The Man (US), The Amity Affliction, Ball Park Music, Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, Amine (US), Vera Blue, Flight Facilities, Dean Lewis & more – Maitland Showground


1-2 The Whitlams – Lizotte’s

5 Narara Music Festival ft. Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, William Crighton, Shaun Kirk & more – Mt Penang Gardens

5-6 Barry Humphries – Civic Theatre

10 DZ Deathrays – Cambridge

11 Angus & Julia Stone – Civic Theatre

15 Dr Feelgood (UK) – Lizotte’s

19 Silverstein (US) – Cambridge

20 Julia Morris – Civic Theatre

27 Rick Price & Jack Jones – Civic Theatre


22 Amber Lawrence – Lizotte’s


15 Bay City Roller (UK) – Wests New Lambton


6 Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) – Cambridge

8 Shania Twain (US) – Hope Estate

SA triple murder: grandmothers’ grief

Posted on 12/17/2018

Donna Rigney says Steven Graham Peet has caused her family overwhelming grief every day (file)The “vision” of how her beloved young grandchildren were murdered – strangled with cable ties -haunts Janet Wells, something she “can never stop thinking about”.

“I loved our babies more than life itself and knowing how they died kills me,” she told the South n Supreme Court in a victim impact statement on Friday.

“It’s a vision I can never stop thinking about.”

It came after Steven Graham Peet earlier pleaded guilty to the murders of Adeline Yvette Wilson-Rigney, and grandchildren Amber, 6, and Korey, 5.

Peet strangled Ms Wilson-Rigney and her children with cable ties before trying to conceal their bodies at a property north of Adelaide in May 2016.

Ms Wells joined the maternal grandmother of the children Donna Rigney in describing the “overwhelming grief” they have lived with since the tragedy.

“The pain that you have brought upon me and my family has caused overwhelming grief every day,” Ms Rigney said.

She told the court the day of the triple murder was the most painful of her life, and her “whole world was turned upside down” by the tragedy.

The bodies of Ms Wilson-Rigney and the children were all found with cable ties around their necks and hidden under clothes and bedding and, in the case of the boy, under a child’s play tent.

The young girl had adhesive tape wrapped around her head and a sock had been stuffed in her mouth.

Her arms had been tied behind her back.

The young boy had parts of his body wrapped in tape and his hands and feet were secured behind his back in a hog-tied fashion.

Ms Wilson-Rigney had also suffered severe head injuries consistent with being struck with the claw-end of a crowbar or a hammer.

Her body was found in the laundry but evidence suggested she was attacked in another room and dragged there.

Ms Wells, the paternal grandmother of the children, said she was moved to provide a statement due to the effect the killings has had on her husband.

The court heard statements detailing the consequences of the crime on several other relatives from both sides of the family.

In sentencing submissions, defence counsel Bill Boucaut said Peet will feel “shame and regret” for the rest of his life.

“He genuinely held Yvette Rigney in affection and he loved her children.”

Prosecutor Tim Preston said Peet killed Ms Wilson-Rigney in anger and her children because they witnessed their mother’s murder.

He urged Justice Malcolm Blue not to accept in any form Peet’s earlier claim of disassociation during the murder of Amber and Korey.

“It’s hard to envisage a crime of greater objective seriousness,” he said.

Peet was remanded in custody with the case adjourned to next Wednesday.

Scott Russo reflects on Unwritten Law’s life-changing hit

Posted on 12/17/2018

HAPPY: Unwritten Law frontman Scott Russo is ready to continue his love-affair with .THE birth of his daughter changed the life of Unwritten Law frontman Scott Russo in more ways than one.

Like any parent knows, becoming a mother or father is life-altering. But the arrival of Cailin Russo in 1993 also drastically transformed her father’s music career too.

When Cailin was four years old Russo wrote his daughter a love song, which he never intended to be recorded by his skate punk band, Unwritten Law.

At the insistence of the band’s A&R, who were desperate for a single for theirself-titled third album, Russo road-tested Cailin.

“I played them Cailin which I said‘I’d written it for my daughter and it’s a pop song and it’s not fit for Unwritten Law’ and they said‘thatsong is going on the record’,” Russo reflects20 years later.

“Sure enough we put it on the record and thank god we did because it became our first top-20 single in the United States.

“So if I didn’t have Cailin I wouldn’t have written that song, and if I hadn’t have written that song I mightn’t have a career at this moment.”

Cailin Russo is now aged 24 and famous in her own right as amodel whoappearedin two Justin Bieber videos.

Has Cailin and it’s very un-punk lyrics, “Hey little girl look what you do oh I love you/Hey little girl I love you” changed in meaning now his daughter hasgrown up?

Unwritten Law – Cailin“Not even a little bit. Cailin will always be my baby girl,” Russo says.

Songs like Cailin andLonesome will be dusted offwhen the Californianpunks return to to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their breakthrough 1998 self-titled record,known as the Black Album.

“The Black record I consider to be my first real record with Unwritten Law,” Russo says.“On Blue Room and Oz Factor we weren’t musicians, we were skate punks. With the Black record we worked with a couple of good producers and learnt our craft.

“It was like‘shit, this is how to do this’. We figured out how to write songs. For me it all began with the Black record.”

However, looking back at the songs like the bleak Teenage Suicide orpubescent Sorry, Russo admits he doesn’t recognise that person.

“I was probably not the most admirable human,” he says.“I was a punk rocker, and particularly at that time, we really wanted to make music we wanted to hear.It wasn’t for anything else or for punk-rock fashion or for anything.

“We wanted to make shit we enjoyed hearing. I think if you look at the record it captured the exact mental state we were in.

“You can judge people by their lyrics.I’ve had to re-learn half these lyrics. For some I can’t believe I wrote that, so I was a very different person than I am today.”

Unwritten Law return to the Small Ballroom on February 15.

W-League: Finals-bound Newcastle savour free hit at desperate Melbourne City

Posted on 12/17/2018

Jets coach Craig Deans believes Newcastle’s 5-2 loss to Melbourne City first time around this season “means zero” heading into their crunch last-round W-League clash at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.

GETTING BACK: Gema Simon, in action against Canberra last week, could come into the starting side at left-back.

Deans says the only thing that does matter is “we’re in the finals and they’re not”.

Third-placed Newcastle (20 points) secured a top-four spot last week with a 5-1 victory over Canberra (16) and a chance of catching Sydney (22) for second place and a home semi-final. Two-time defending championsCity (17) will be in danger of missing the play-offs if they don’t win the 8.15pm game.

It’s a stark difference to last season, when Newcastle needed victory over City in the final round to take fourth place from them. The Jets lost 2-0 after a 1-0 defeat to City earlier in the season.

This time, the Jets are safely in the finals but looking to hit back from a heavy defeat to the star-studded City.

Deans, though, said there was no need to change anythingbecause oftheround-three result.

“Everyone forgets that we lost Tori [Huster] at halftime to injuryand Tash Prior not long into the second half with concussion, so we played half the game with some starting players missing,” Deans said.

“We had a few other issues off the field which were out of our control, it just wasn’t an ideal preparation as we would have liked.

“To me, that game is gone. It means zero. It has no bearing on this game andif we won 5-2,it wouldn’t mean anything either.It’s a long time ago and as a team we don’t need to talk about it. We’re in the finals and they’re not yet and that’s all that matters.”

Deans expected City tohandle the must-win situation well but saidhis side still had plenty to play for.

“We’ve been in theirposition the past two years and the only difference is we’ve done that with a young team of pretty much inexperienced players,” he said.“They have the luxury of doing it with pretty much a best XI of all international players. They all play for their national team so they obviously understand how to cope with pressure. They will be able to cope better with the situation.

“But it’s not our problem, we don’t have to worry about them. We’re just going to worry about ourselves and we’ve got a free game to prepare forthe finals.

“There’s a little bit ofpressure on us still because we want to finish second and have a home final, so we’re going to put expectations on ourselves to win the game.

“The motivation for us is to play in a grand final, and that starts tomorrow, not the week after, because you can’t switch on and off when you feel like it. We want to keep playing and keep winning.”

He expected English international striker Jodie Taylor to return and boost City’s already impressive line up but said the Jets, who lead W-League attacks with 26 goals, had their own threats.

“We know what’s coming, we just have to be ready to deal with it,”he said.

“And we’ve got our players who can cause trouble, so they have to worry about us a little bit too.”

“We’ve scored more goals than any other team.

“But we’re not good enough yet to take any luxuries. We’ve just got to keep working hard and doing our best and hopefully it takes care of itself.”

Deans said defender Nikola Orgill would again be sidelinedwith illness,Cassidy Davis had an ankle problem and he was weighing up the risks and rewards of bringing Matildas defender Gema Simon back into his starting side.

Simon continues to build match fitness in her return from a knee injury.

“The only thing is ifwe look to bring Gema Simon back in,” he said of potential changes.

“She had another half an hour on the weekend and came through pretty well, so it’s just whether we take a risk and start her again or give her a bit off the bench.

“But we had a good result and don’t need to make any drastic changes. It’s just if we can play our strongest team, it’s another good game preparation for the finals.”

Hotel magnate Jerry Schwartz in $3.33 million-dollar bid for Newcastle post office

Posted on 12/17/2018

Surgical makeover: Sydney cosmetic surgeon Jerry Schwartz wants to turn the Newcastle post office into a function and events space. Picture: Simone de Peak HOTEL magnate Jerry Schwartz has bid $3.33 million for Newcastle’s dilapidated post office with plans to turn it into a conference and function space with restaurant and bar.

The Sydney-based cosmetic surgeon has thrown his hat into the ring for a second time for the prized site – with exactly the same offer – because he wantsto use it to add value to the operations of his two city hotels, Novotel on the Beach and Crowne Plaza Newcastle.

RELATED:Post office sale attracts national interest

Dr Schwartz bid $3.33 million when the post office was put to auction in 2010 by then owner, Sydney-based developer Sean Ngu, with the sale also including multiple poker machine licences.

It was passed in and later bought by the NSW government for $4.6 million before the Awabakal Land Council made a claim on the site and won in the NSW Land and Environment Court in 2014.

The Awabakal Land Council listed the post office for sale through Colliers International late last year and the expression of interest phase closed in November.

Hotel magnate in $3.33 million-dollar bid for Newcastle post office TweetFacebook Take a lookDr Schwartz said he had put in a bid for the historic site for the site because it complimented his current Newcastle property portfolio and because of his confidence in Newcastle.

“Despite the fact the buildingis more dilapidated and does not include the poker machine licences, I am offeringthe same,” he said.

“I am reinvigorating my interest to utilise [the post office]with my two hotels as a conference and exhibition space with a food and beverage offering.It would be lovely to restore it because it’s a historical andbeautiful part of Newcastle.”

Colliers International national director Adam Leacy, who is working with the Awabakal Land Council on the sale, confirmed Dr Schwartz had made an offer but would not comment on the financial aspects.

Mr Leacy said 11 proposals had been submittedbutthe selection process may take up to two months.

“Part of theprocess of who will be the successful proponentis the Council has some initiatives in line with its cultural objectives that each proponent has to consider in the development going forward,” he said.

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“We have sent those initiatives to the prospective purchasers and we’ll wait for them to report back to us; from there we will shortlist the proponents and then move forward to a final decision.”

Mr Leacy said the post office site had attracted national and local interest, with proposals ranging from hospitality and event use to educational facilities.

Awabakal Land Council chief executive Rob Russell said the organisation was“keen on getting to a position where the new buyer and the land council mutually benefit from the agreement we enter into.”

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Great day out for everyone

Posted on 12/17/2018

ONE STOP: The Expo is a great way to see the latest camping and caravan products in one convenient location. DOG FRIENDLY: Dogs are allowed at the Expo but must be on a leash and when entering the indoor pavilions, dogs must be carried at all times.

ADVERTISING FEATUREIt’s the region’s biggest caravan and camping expo, offering a once-a-year opportunity to see over 160 exhibitors and hundreds of brands all in the one convenient location.

HAVE A CHAT: Visitors can talk to the experts about the latest in camping and caravan products as they wander around.

The 8th annual Newcastle Caravan Camping Holiday Expo is on at the NewcastleEntertainment Centre and Showground from Thursday, February 8to Sunday February11.

The Expo will feature indoor and outdoor displays of caravans, motorhomes, campervans,campertrailers, slide-ons, fifth wheelers, tents and equipment as well as 4WD touringaccessories, and holiday park displays.

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Baileys CaravansFrontline CampersPeople have the chance to browse and compare a huge range of products, with experts on hand to answer questions, and there areactivities and refreshments to make it a great day out for everyone.

“Our Newcastle Expo is an amazing display of everything our industry offers and a fabulous place for anyone who loves caravan and camping holidays,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO, Lyndel Gray said.

“Every year, more and more people across NSW enjoy caravan and camping holidays and our Expos are a great place to pick up everything you need, and to see the latest products to make your next holiday even better.

“Across , more people are enjoying outdoor and adventure based activities as part of their holiday, with caravan and camping holidays a natural fit and a great way to explore NSW.”

The RSPCA will be will be at this year’s Expo offering animal care info, dog toy making activities for the kids and a hydration station for dogs who are welcome to come along and enjoy the expo too*.

Kids can have lots of FREE fun on the jumping castle and inflatable slide, marvel at the reptile awareness display and participate in activities with the Girl Guides. And grown-ups can learn about towing safely with regular demonstrations by Tow-Ed.

Tickets are available at the gates along with free copies of the exhibitor guide and the 2018 NSW Holiday, Parks & Products Guide. Adults $15, concession $10 and kids 16 and under are free with an adult with plenty of free on-site parking at the Showground, with overflow parking at McDonald Jones Stadium where you can pick up a free shuttle bus to the gate.

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About CCIA NSWThe Caravan & Camping IndustryAssociation (CCIA) is the caravan and camping peak industry body in NSW. They have over 720 member businesses, including owners and operators of caravan and holiday parks; manufacturers, dealers and retailers of caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, camping equipment and accessories; and service industries.

Dallas man executed for killing daughters

Posted on 12/17/2018

The Texas execution of John Battaglia, who killed his two daughters in 2001, has been delayed.A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone has been put to death in Texas.

John David Battaglia received a lethal injection for the May 2001 killings of his daughters Faith and Liberty, aged six and nine.

Battaglia and his wife had separated and the girls were killed at his Dallas apartment during a scheduled visit.

Battaglia’s execution was the nation’s third this year, all in Texas. The punishment was carried out after the US Supreme Court rejected appeals from his lawyers to review his case, contending the 62-year-old was delusional and mentally incompetent for execution.

Battaglia smiled on Thursday night as the mother of his slain children, Mary Jean Pearle, walked into the death chamber viewing area.

Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, the inmate replied: “No,” then changed his mind.

“Well, hi, Mary Jean,” he said, looking and smiling at his ex-wife. “I’ll see y’all later. Bye.”

After that, he told the warden: “Go ahead, please.”

Battaglia then closed his eyes and looked directly up. A few seconds later he opened his eyes and lifted his head. “Am I still alive?” he asked.

The powerful sedative pentobarbital began to take effect. “Oh, I feel it,” he said. He gasped twice and started to snore. Within a few more seconds, all movement stopped.

Pearle turned away from an execution-viewing window after Battaglia stopped breathing.

“I’ve seen enough of him,” she said before returning minutes later to watch as a physician examined Battaglia and pronounced him dead.

Earlier in the day, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal that argued a lower court improperly refused Battaglia’s lawyers money to hire an expert to further examine legal claims of his mental competency.

A state judge and the state appeals court described Battaglia as highly intelligent, competent, not mentally ill and faking mental illness to avoid execution.

State Judge Robert Burns said Battaglia’s intelligence and education – he had a master’s degree – showed he had the “motive and intellectual capability to maintain a deliberate ploy or ruse to avoid his execution.”

According to prosecutors, Battaglia became enraged that his estranged wife notified police about his harassment of her.

His wife, who had gone to dinner, returned a call from one of her daughters and heard Faith pleading with her father, who put the call on speakerphone.

“No, daddy, please don’t, don’t do it!” Faith begged.

Pearle yelled into the phone for the children to run, then heard gunshots.

Hours later, Battaglia was arrested outside at a tattoo shop where he had two large red roses inked on his left arm to commemorate his daughters.

Battaglia told The Dallas Morning News in 2014 his daughters were his “best little friends” and that he had photos of them displayed in his prison cell.

“I don’t feel like I killed them,” he said. “I am a little bit in the blank about what happened.”