Health and Fitness: Ways to get the kids moving during school holidays

FUN AND PHYSICAL: Bubble Soccer is one way to get the kids moving these school holidays. But there are plenty of other options that don’t include a cost. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers“I’m bored.”“I’m hungry.”“Can I watch TV?”

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this in the past few weeks then I would have a good little savings account going.

Keeping the kids amused and out of each other’s hair during the school holidays requires planning and mental stamina.

It is easy to clock up the screen hours and I have to admit my kids have been watchingmore TV than normal, butI don’t feel too bad about it if they have been out and burned off some energy for a few hours in the morning then again in the afternoon.

My mantra during this timehas been: ‘Get them out to wear them out.’

We have been hitting the pool, beach or park most days and last week we took ona trampoline park which gave us all a good workout.

One thing I have found though is it can get pretty costly going to places like the pool and trampoline park.

If you are looking for ways to get the kids moving these holidays here are a few suggestions that carry a cost:

■Trampoline parks. One hour here and the kids, and you, will be ready for an afternoon nap.

■Ice skating. It provides a cool option on a hot day and requires the use of many muscles.

■Ninja Parc or Climb. The Parc in Cooks Hill offers holiday sessions to get the kids moving through ninja obstacles courses or challenging themselves on the new climbing zone.

■Hit a pool. Call your local pool to see if they have any activities scheduled such as inflatable zones. Another option is booking the kids in for some intensive swimming lessons.

■Sporting clinic. There are a range of sporting clinics available through the holidays, such as InZane Football which offers full day or full week camps. Surfing lessons are another option.

Free activities include hitting the beach, going for a walk, ride or scoot along the Fernleigh Track, Bathers Way, Nobbys Breakwall or around Lake Macquarie, bushwalking through Glenrock, Mount Sugarloaf or Blackbutt, taking on a parkrun at one of the 12 locations in the Hunter region or just heading to your local park.

According to aNSW Government article( I read recently,only 26 per cent of children areactive enough.

So getting them moving any way you can is good I think.

The article also said 62 per cent of children eat enough fruit but only five per cent eatenough vegetables.

I have three kids who all want to eat different things so I have tried to get a bit more creative with snacks in the holidays.

I have been making breakfast smoothies and afternoon fruit frappes. Slipping a good handful of baby spinach in with frozen banana and frozen mango or berries has been one way I have been getting more vegetables into them. I also adda cup of oats to morning smoothies to give us all some sustained energy.

SNACK OPTIONS: Adding baby spinach or kale to frozen fruit smoothies is a good way to get more vegetables into yours and your kids’ diet.

Sizzling Summer SessionsIf you are looking to improve your fitness it is always helpful to do some standard tests that you can revisit down the track.

You may not notice differences during your program so this is a good way to see results and stay motivated.

Some ideas includea 20-minute walk/run. Use the same course and measure how far you make. Do it again after four weeks, eight and 12 to gauge improvements.

Do one minute of short shuttles at a good pace and record how many you can do.

You could also do a set time in the pool, on the rower or on a bike.

Upcoming fitness eventsAcross the Harbour swim, Newcastle harbour, January 26:Choose from a 1400-metre return swim from Queens Wharf to Stockton and back, or theone-way option of 700m starting on Stockton side. This iconic Newcastle event has proven popular in the past and returns tothe calendar after an absence.

Nobbys to Newcastle Ocean Swim, Nobbys beach, January 27:A2km ocean swim fromNobbys to Newcastle beach.

NewRun, Newcastle Foreshore, April 15:One for the whole family with races ranging from 2km for kids to 21.1km. The good news is you still have three months to prepare.

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

Barbarouses seals a dramatic late win for Victory

A cool late finish by Kosta Barbarouses with less than a minute of normal time remaining was enough to give Melbourne Victory a nerve-wracking 3-2 win over Perth Glory in a dramatic finale at a rain-lashed AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Spanish striker Diego Castro looked as though he had rescued a point for the visitors when he sprang Victory’s defensive line with five minutes remaining to lob an equaliser over Victory’s stand-in goalkeeper Matt Acton. That would have been a result which Victory boss Kevin Muscat would have seen as an injustice after his side bounced back strongly after conceding a goal in the second minute of the game.

But Barbarouses’ late strike, when he finished from a superb cross field pass from Leroy George, restored Muscat’s smile and left Glory boss Kenny Lowe cursing his luck.

Lowe had delivered his players a huge serve in full view of the cameras at training last week, and if he was looking for an immediate reaction he got it in the shape of a goal within 90 seconds.

Victory failed to deal with a corner from the Glory right and when the ball fell out wide on the left to Walter Scott the youngster needed little invitation to whip a cross back into the danger area.

Defender Scott Neville escaped his markers and flashed a header past Acton, who was forced to pick the ball out of his own net less than two minutes into his first appearance of the season.

Acton was playing because regular goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas suffered a foot injury in Victory’s controversial 2-1 loss to Wellington, but he wasn’t the only change to Muscat’s line up.

Muscat also shuffled his midfield to include new signing Terry Antonis for his first start in a Victory shirt.

Like the rest of his teammates he began this game slowly and Victory collectively looked like a team coming to terms with being caught so cold so early.

But Antonis was quick to stamp his influence on the game. Two footed and with good vision and control, he showed that he wanted the ball as much as he could get it, and displayed an impressive range of passing both left and right, short and long as he tried to kick-start his new team’s revival.

George, the Dutch winger who has been a shining light in an otherwise rather dull season for Victory, also got into the groove and began to create space and opportunities on both flanks as he ranged from left to right.

Antonis’ clever flighted ball set up Barbarouses in the 16th minute, but the Kiwi winger’s fierce drive flew across the face of goal. Minutes later the same two players linked again, Antonis once more the provider, before Barbarouses’ cross was headed to safety by Neville.

George then switched to the right and glided past Scott and Xavier Torres before feeding James Troisi, but the latter could not get his cross over.

Antonis linked well with full-back Jason Geria before George, back on the left flank, skated past Glory full-back Jeremy Walker to set up Barbarouses, but he put his effort straight at goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

Victory got the goal their pressure deserved approaching the half-hour mark, and George was heavily involved yet again.

The Dutchman intercepted a lazy pass in the centre of the field by Castro, burst forward and played a one-two with Besart Berisha which left him clear in space. George’s initial shot was blocked by Reddy, but he managed to scramble the rebound into space and Troisi reacted quickest of all, smashing the ball home to level the score.

After the restart, Victory got their noses in front, with George again playing a major role.

The Dutchman whipped in a tantalising, curling cross from a free kick wide on the Victory right which Milligan, reacting quicker than the Glory defence, got to first before lashing a shot past Reddy on the half-volley.

With 19 minutes remaining Leigh Broxham eventually made his 250th appearance, replacing Dino Djulbic in the middle of the back four, and, after a topsy turvy finale, was able to celebrate in style.

Amateur drone photographer off to a flying start

Luke Keesmaat has owned a drone for four months. In his spare time he fliesas much as he can. Drone class.

“I‘d been considering buying a drone for 6 to 12 months beforehand.”

The 30-year-old marketing officer from Albury iskeen to take his video skills to the next level.

“I’vealways done video as a hobby. I work with a university so I do video forthem occasionally. With my job, I’m hoping to be able to incorporate that into what we do.”

And frankly, he’s surprised at the results.

“The weir [Lake Hume] – it kind of impressed me. I wasn’t expecting to it look so epic. It almost looked like something out of a movie.”

Imposing structures and drones go beautifully together and Luke has captured this at 1:21 when the drone scales the weir floodgates.

All up this package took Luke about a day to put together. He chose a quiet afternoonto go out to Lake Hume and was there for an hour and a half. Then there was a few hours editing time. Luke uses the video editing software Premiere Pro but saysiMovie is just as good at times and quicker, especially for titles.

That flying feeling

Luke says seeing things from a new perspective keeps drone cinematographyexciting.

“It’s interesting to get perspectives on things that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to see.”

“When I take footage of people’s houses – they don’t even recognise their own houses. Being able to see things from unique angles.”

Amateur drone photographer off to a flying start GREAT WALL: Luke Keesmaat captures the weir wall with his drone at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke Keesmaat has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

IMPOSING: The weir wall and the drone captured by Luke Keesmaat at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke Keesmaat has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

SUN DOWN: Luke Keesmaat’s drone panorama at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

TweetFacebookThere are cheaper drones on the market. These are Luke’s start up costs:

Invested between $1,700 and $2,000 for the drone.Uses an iPad mini as a screen.Spent another $500 to $1,000 to get properly set up.SET UP = $2,300

For Luke the drone decision was about investing in the future.

“I didn’t want just get something lower quality and then upgrade. I had the idea in mind to gohigher quality and do it for business in the future and not upgrade later.”

Portability was also a key criteria.

“I wanted to theability to take it travelling – it folds up into a little bag and I took it on as carry-on to America and Holland.”

“The Mavic Prostood out – you can fold it down and take it with you.”

Advice for others eyeing off a drone

“Do yourresearch and make sure youare buying the right productfor youas it is an investment.Ensure that it is what you want to do and get on forums and discuss with the experts first and work out what you’re wanting to do and what yourrequirements are.”

And practice!

“I just took it out into an open space and had a practice. That’s how I’ve been learning. There’s a lot of stuff online, forums as well where you can get a lot of information so that part ispretty easy.”

Drone licensing and the flying rules

It’s important to note you need a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licence if you want to fly commercially and charge clients.

“I’m in the process of getting a CASA License – you need that if you want to do it commercially,” says Luke.

“The weir is okay because the local laws are five kilometreswithin the airport and 30 metres from people.”

“It’s down the track as to whether I do it personally or a longer term goal do videos for other people.”​

Nike uniforms ‘Like a liquorice allsort threw up’

It wouldn’t be day one of the n Open competition without a spot of public debate on the players’ uniforms, and this year Nike is in the hot seat.

The sports apparel company which sponsors some of tennis’ biggest names has gone with a bold colour combination in 2018 which is being compared to a much-maligned sweet.

It was the third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov’s shirt which got the most attention on Monday as he made sort work of young Austrian Dennis Novak in three straight sets.

Some loved the pink, some hated it, but there was no denying that the Bulgarian looked like a walking liquorice allsort. I’ve found Grigor Dimitrov’s inspiration for his #AusOpen outfit… pic.twitter老域名购买/9agItM7DON??? Dejan Kalinic (@DejanKalinic) January 15, 2018Like an All-Sorts Licorice threw up .??? Rayce (@DandyVolley) January 15, 2018Kyle Edmund rocking the liquorice allsort outfit. @nOpenpic.twitter老域名购买/qz0RbmEcg8??? judy murray (@JudyMurray) January 15, 2018Anyone thinking the same thing? ???? pic.twitter老域名购买/tN5zogtK0T??? Sam Blaikie (@BlaikieS12) January 15, 2018The @Nike men at @nOpen look so bad I’m seriously going to have to consider switching off – liquorice allsorts pic.twitter老域名购买/TNOgyyQVdT??? Lindsay Mouat (@lindsaymouat) January 15, 2018I just can’t even with what @Nike is making their players wear during the @nOpen. They’ve outdone themselves with awful. pic.twitter老域名购买/85e9cjW6Xp??? Tennis Nerd Podcast (@TennisNerdPod) January 15, 2018Photo: AAP/Julian Smith

“I like it. Had issues with Nike’s kit a few years ago, when that blinding yellow, with traces of pink was worn by Nadal and others. Now that was migraine worthy. But this…I think it’s classy.”

Wrote another: “Watching the n open makes you want to impulse buy on Nike. DIMITROV GOT THE FLY FIT ON.”

Could we be seeing a wave of liquorice allsorts on amateur tennis courts this year?

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are two big-name Nike athletes yet to hit the court.

World no. 1 Rafael Nadal made his n Open debut on Monday night but chose an understated grey singlet to accompany his pink shorts and sweatbands.

Could Federer win his sixth n Open grand slam dressed as an British confectionary?

Either way, a good backhand is a good backhand no matter what colour you’re wearing. Just ask Federer. @Nike loving the pink @nOpen#RealMenWearPink#ausopen??? Maja Popovic (@_mpopovic) January 15, [email protected] is LACING their athletes with some FRESH gear at the #nOpen! I’m digging the pink/black combo??? Keane Cobb (@KeaneCobb) January 15, 2018I like this Nike kit a lot pic.twitter老域名购买/wYN1AYSMyY??? Melvin (@MTKigz) January 15, 2018Watching the n open makes you want to impulse buy on Nike. DIMITROV GOT THE FLY FIT ON pic.twitter老域名购买/VuhvUElHX0??? Doctor West (@doctorjaywest) January 15, 2018

Teen found alive after 30 hours trapped in car at Lake Macquarie thanks to father’s intuition

Emergency services had to cut the 17-year-old free from the vehicle. Picture: SuppliedA father who hired a helicopter to search for his missing son said the gamble paid off, when the chopper spotted the teen’s wrecked car in the bush at Lake Macquarie.

Samuel Lethbridge, 17, was missing for about 30 hours after the car he was driving left the Pacific Highway at Crangan Bay and ended up in bushland about 20 metres from the road.

After the wrecked car was spotted by the helicopter about 10.20am on Monday, emergency services rushed to the scene where they found the teenager trapped in the car.

It took rescue crews about an hour to cut the teen free from the wreck. He was then taken to John Hunter Hospital with an ankle injury, a fractured forearm and a compound fracture to his femur, an ambulance spokesman said.

His father Tony Lethbridge told Sunrise he knew his son must have been in trouble when he failed to show up as expected.

“Well everybody was saying he’s probably run away … [but] that’s just not Samuel,” he said.

“His mates were telling us he was a bit tired when he dropped his mate off on the Central Coast so it was the only thing we could reallythink of.”

Mr Lethbridge said a similar crash happened in the area about five years ago, so he had to go looking.

The car was spotted about 20 metres from the roadway near Crangan Bay. Picture: Supplied

“I can’t leave him out there without looking so yeah we went and hired the helicopter straight away and found him within ten minutes,” he said.

Samuel’s uncle Michael Lethbridge was in the helicopter when they found the car. Looking shaken, he said it was a strange feeling to find the vehicle.

“It was an absolute wreck, and I was a little bit afraid of what I might find,” he said.

Sam’s dad said it was lucky they found Samuel when they did.

“They said he wouldn’t have lasted a great deal longer,” Mr Lethbridge said.

The 17-year-old remains in a serious condition in hospital after having surgery on Monday night for his leg fracture. Mr Lethbridge said his son was in intensive care, but he was getting better.

“He’s still got a dislocated elbow, his right arm is broken, he’s got a few other bits and pieces but he’s on the mend,” he said.

Officers from the Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were investigating the cause of the crash, and police urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jake Gyllenhaal recalls meeting friend Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhaal has recalled the first time he met his friend, the late Heath Ledger.

Speaking to GQ , Gyllenhaal explained that, although the pair starred together in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, it was actually an unsuccessful casting a few years earlier which kicked off their friendship.

“I was auditioning for Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann had chosen three actors. It was Ewan [McGregor], it was Heath, and me,” he told the magazine. “I never met Heath, I only heard about him. They would literally put me in a room and lock the door and Heath would come in and then Heath would be shuffled through the door. I never saw him.”

Despite neither of the pair landing the role, Gyllenhaal, who is godfather to Ledger’s daughter with Michelle Williams, now 12-year-old Matilda, said they become friends based on their “mutual frustration”.

“When Brokeback Mountain came out and it got all the attention it did, I remember, a few months later, Heath called me and he was like, ‘Hey, mate, I got some news for you.’ I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Baz just offered me his next movie. I just wanted you to know, I f—ing turned it down!’ So that was how much Heath loved me, you know. That was how I met him.”

Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008.

Reflecting on his time working with Ledger in 2015, ten years after Brokeback Mountain’s release, Gyllenhaal told NPR Ledger was “incredibly special, and that doesn’t even come close to encapsulating who he is – who he was”.

“I miss him as a human being,” he said, “and I miss working with him. And what an unfortunate thing it is that we won’t be able to see the beauty of his expression.”

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[email protected]: ASX set to slip lower at open

The information of stocks that lost in prices are displayed on an electronic board inside the n Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, , on Friday, July 24, 2015. The n dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg MARKETS. 7 JUNE 2011. AFR PIC BY PETER BRAIG. STOCK EXCHANGE, SYDNEY, STOCKS. GENERIC PIC. ASX. STOCKMARKET. MARKET.

Stock information is displayed on an electronic board inside the n Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, , on Friday, July 24, 2015. The n dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

The leads for the Asian session are not overly insightful and one can almost run a ruler under the overnight leads, with the US offline for Martin Luther King Day. So we will wait for S&P 500 futures to re-open at 10:00 aedt and we can start to ramp up into gear.

1. Europe: Aussie SPI futures have traded heavy through European equity trade, where we saw the various European equity bourses close slightly lower, where volumes were around 25% lower than the 30-day average. We can see SPI futures trading to a low of 6004, before finding support and then largely doing very little from the period of 22:00 aedt, with a tight range in play. I would suggest a focus on the Aussie SPI futures, especially for those trading our ASX 200 market, as we have seen solid support coming in at 6000 since mid-December. So, for those expecting to see the ASX 200 pullback say into 6000, then SPI futures could lead if we see a break of the figure.

2. ASX: Our opening call for the ASX 200, given Aussie SPI futures are 11-points lower, sits at 6066, although where the index heads after the full unwind of the market and from 10:20 is anyone’s guess. That said, if we look at price action on Friday and Monday, we can see that early rallies were quickly sold and this provides some believe that traders will use strength into 6070/80 to raise cash levels in the portfolio. With US markets closed, BHP and CBAs ADR did not trade, so we have no clear guide there and moves in commodity markets have been mixed, with spot iron ore closing 1.9% lower (at $76.59), while copper (+1.3%), US crude (+0.8%) and gold (+0.2%) have pushed higher.

3. Rio in focus: There will be some focus on RIO, who release its Q4 17 production numbers at 08:30 aedt, with the market going into this release clearly very excited about the level of iron ore shipments and also mined copper production. Where expectations for iron ore shipments from Pilbara are expected around 89 million tons in Q4, which puts into it on target for the 2017 run-rate guidance of “around 330mt.” Whether the numbers suggest we see any major tweaks to the 2017 NPAT consensus estimates of $8.491 billion, or $4.80 EPS, is yet to be seen, as so often the analysts are close enough the company to not be overly surprised by production reports. What is interesting though is valuation is really starting to matter again in and it is impacting a touch on sentiment, where CBA was recently downgraded to ‘hold’ by Bell Potter, on grounds it was “priced to perfection”, and where UBS yesterday downgraded ORG to ‘neutral’ and STO to ‘sell’ recommendation after the recent stellar run.

4. BHP: We have seen Morningstar and Investec cut BHP to a ‘sell’ and ‘hold’ call respectively and while I haven’t seen the rationale for being so bearish, with a $20 price target one suspects the Morningstar analyst is seeing something most in the market aren’t. So let’s see if RIO can inspire today and with a forward (blended) price-to-earnings ratio of 15.2x, the highest since December 2015, one feels that there is an elevate possibility the analyst community start to trim back on their bullish stance ahead of earnings on 7 February. The trend in price though is strong and weakness would seem to be a buying opportunity, in my opinion, and momentum is strong with RIO gaining 7.9% YTD, vs a 6.8% gain for the ASX 300 metals and mining index and 0.2% gain for the ASX 300.

5. Aussie dollar: There are other clear focal points for the session ahead. One of those is clearly the AUD, with the trade-weighted AUD sitting up at the strongest levels since October and AUD/USD hitting a session high of $0.7979 and pushing up 0.7% on the day. The event risk from the domestic data flow today is light, with new motor vehicle sales and ANZ consumer confidence unlikely to move the AUD to any great degree.

6. China: The event risk today comes in the form of CNY moves though, as the inverse correlation between USD/CNY and AUD/USD is strong, and therefore the PBoC daily CNY ‘fixing’ mechanism will get greater focus today, especially with USD/CNY at the lowest levels since December 2015. Traders, seemingly happy to bid up AUD/USD here on the notion that Chinese imports are gaining purchasing power when the goods they are buying are priced in USDs, while a stronger Chinese currency attracts capital inflows, which in turn should support economic growth, but also incentives investors to move holdings out of USDs. In the past 24 hours we have heard from at least two central banks, who have disclosed they have increased their share of CNY in their reserves.

7. Euro: We are also watching EUR/USD, with the pair trading just shy of $1.2300, although with US fixed income and rates markets closed a key catalyst has been missing. There has been some focus here on comments from ECB member Hansson, who detailed that the ECB “should adjust policy before the summer” and the recent EUR appreciation “is not a threat to the inflation outlook”. So some bullish comments here, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise as most in the market understand he is one of the most hawkish members of the ECB. GBP/USD is also on the radar with December CPI (+3%) and core CPI (+2.6% expected) due at 20:30 aedt, with price testing $1.3800, with focus on $1.3804 – the 61.8% retracement of the 21% decline post Brexit vote. A move through here suggests a tilt at $1.4000.

8. Market watch:

SPI futures down 11 points or 0.2% to 6013

AUD +0.7% to 79.71 US cents

US markets shut for Martin Luther King Jr day

In Europe: Stoxx 50 flat, FTSE -0.1%, CAC -0.1%, DAX -0.3%

Spot gold +0.2% to $US1340.78 an ounce

Brent crude +0.5% to $US70.21 a barrel

US oil +0.8% to $US64.81 a barrel

Iron ore down 1.9% to $US76.59 a tonne

Dalian iron ore flat at 538 yuan

LME aluminium +0.6% to $US2227 a tonne

LME copper +1.4% to $US7210 a tonne

10-year bond yield: US 2.55%, Germany 0.58%, 2.77%

This column was produced in commercial partnership between Fairfax Media and IG

Severe heatwave headed for Sydney and eastern NSW, with more days in the 40s likely

Beaches will again get crowded as a severe heatwave develops over the country’s south-east. Photo: James AlcockSouth-eastern is in for another burst of summer later this week, with most of coastal NSW, including Sydney, facing severe heatwave conditions.

A broad trough will direct heat from the Red Centre, pushing temperatures in western Sydney potentially close to, or exceeding, 40 degrees for five days in a row from Thursday.

Penrith – which this month posted 47.3 degrees, the hottest recorded in the Sydney Basin since 1939 – is forecast to bake during the spell.

Revised predictions bythe Bureau of Meteorology indicatethe region is likely to endure tops of 42 or 43 degrees on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

This week’s heatwave “will be similar in length but not as intense” as the one at the start of January, Graeme Brittain, a forecaster at Weatherzone, said.

Sea breezes are tipped to spare eastern suburbs the worst of the heat, with temperatures expected to be capped at 30-32degrees during the four days from Friday, the bureau said.

Still, should the onshore winds fail to kick in by midday or soon after on any of the days, the mercury in the CBD could spike as well, Mr Brittain said.

Temperatures will also soar in Adelaide and Melbourne as the continental heat slips southward.

The n Open could be in for a couple of punishing days for players and fans, with 38 and 39degrees tipped for Melbourne on Thursday and Friday.

According to the bureau’s heatwave service, most of eastern NSW and a part of eastern Victoria will be in for severe heatwave conditions by Friday.

A region between the ACT and the coast will be in for an extreme heatwave. (See updated chart below.)

Monday may also be hot for Sydney, with a cool change not expected at this stage until late in the day or into Tuesday, Mr Brittain said.

Mild overnight temperatures and rising humidity by Sunday will make it more difficult for some people to recover from the daytime heat.

There is also little rainfall forecast for the coming week, so fire risks are likely to be elevated along with the temperatures, particularly if winds pick up.

And while the beach may be the place to head during the sunny days this week,extra care might be needed because of rough conditions expected for Monday and Tuesday at least.

The bureau has issueda hazardous surf warningfor the NSW coast for Tuesday, taking in beaches all the way from Byron in the north tothe Batemans and Eden coasts in the south.

Weatherzoneis owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.

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Man’s fin snatched as great white takes ‘test bite’ off Wollongong

JUST TESTING: With one fin gone, Callum Stewart is pictured about three metres from the great white as it appears to decide whether he is a food source. Pictures: Mitchell Scanlan-BloorAfreediver has walked away shocked but unscathed after a 3.5-metre great white shark snatched the fin from his foot, in waters off Wollongong’s Five Islands.

There were seals in the waterasCallum Stewart made his way to the surface off Martin Island about 9am Saturday.He wasfive metres below when hethought he felt one of them bump him from behind.

The blow knocked him upward. Something brushed against his left arm and he marvelled at the seal’s incredible power and bravado. Through a curtain of bubbles, he was awestruck to realise his error.

Callum Stewart

“Iturned around to have a look and that’s when I saw it was a shark,”said Mr Stewart.

“It did a full 180-degree turn and came back to look at me.That’s probably thepoint I realised I might be in trouble.

“The most amazing memory I have is looking this thing dead in the eye, and wondering if that wasthe last thing I’m going to see.

“I was kind of caught up in the beauty of it.

“I realised later, it had my fin in its mouth.”

Mr Stewart, a 28-year-old engineer, says he never felt his fin, measuring almost a metre long, pulled off. However his diving companionCoralie Fleming saw the moment it left his foot.

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For a split second, she thought she was seeing her friend pulled in two, Ms Fleming said.

“It [the shark] opened its massive mouth and as it’s closed its mouth it kind of ripped down as it went to swim away,” she said. “There was one metre [missing] off Callum’s body. I was horrified, then I realisedit was just the fin.”

“We’re just lucky that it was an investigatory bite and didn’t involve any missing limbs.”

“Once we got back on the boat I was pretty upset and a little bit shocked, but it’s a really beautiful encounter with out of our most revered apex predator. It’s this really weird combination of being terrified, but also completely in awe.”

The encounterwas caught on camera by Ms Fleming’s boyfriend,MitchellScanlan-Bloor, only a few minutes after the trio entered the water.

With their boat 30 metres away, having dropped anchor, they scrambled onto nearer rocks to make the quickest possible exit from the water.

Ms Fleming lost her own fins to the sea in her frantic struggle to get ashore.

Mr Scanlan-Bloor was first out of the water, then stopped to pull the others in against a big swell.

“We copped a real beating on the rocks but were out of the water within a minute,” he said.

Dr Vic Peddemors, the Department of Primary Industries’ head shark researcher, said swimming in the presence of seals increased the likelihood of an encounter with a large shark.

“But that said, there are hundreds of people who divewith seals and rarely do they encounter a shark, let alone have an incident where the shark interacts with them,” he said.

Dr Peddemors said the shark’s described behavior indicated it was taking “a test bite”, to determine whether the divers were a food source.

“I didn’t get the impression it came hurtling at Callum,” he said.

“If it had, it would have pushed him right out of the water with a shark of that size, and it wouldn’t have just been his fin that was missing.”

The department encourages the use of its shark smart app, which collates historic and other data to determine the risk of a shark encounter.

Mr Stewart reported soreness to his left side in the aftermath of the encounter, and attributes a bruise on his buttock to the initial blow he received.

Other injuries, including scrapes that caused punctures to his wetsuit, may be the result of his scramble onto rocks, he says.

The Chinese have deep and colourful roots in Newcastle

MYTH BUSTER: The people pictured here were likely members of a visiting theatre troupe. Picture: Newcastle Region LibraryWITH Chinese New Year celebrations due mid next month, let’s look into an unlikely yarn that’s almost slipped under the radar.

The Hunter Valley is full of strange stories, many of which have been forgotten over time. You might even call today’s tale “The case of the disappearing Chinese church”.

It concerns the fate of a once prominent Newcastle Chinese Presbyterian Church in Hunter Street’s West End. It seems to have operated for 35 years in Devonshire Street (once Devonshire Lane), the narrow passageway connecting Hunter and King streets, Newcastle.

SURVIVOR: The former Chinese Presbyterian Church relocated from Newcastle to become Kotara’s first church. Picture: Mike Scanlon

The street is best known these days for being the King Street location of the once notorious Star Hotel, but up in the lane about 1904 there was a timber mission hall. The single-storey wooden building with its distinctive porch became famous locally for decades as the Chinese Mission Church.

It’s remembered best these days for aneye-catching picture taken outside, on June 7, 1915, when a group of Chinese residents in colourful, national costume posed on the church steps.

There’s also another lesser known, undated photograph, showing about 70 parishioners, but all in formal, Sunday-best European dress also posing outside the church hall. The building’s certainly not there now, but it wasn’t demolished and managed to survive in its entirety elsewhere. For over the years, with presumably dwindling church numbers or the site being sold, the timber church building was physically removed and shifted to Kotara, apparently in 1939.

Here, at its new site, it reportedly became the suburb’s first church. But what’s the background of this unusual building? During its time in Newcastle, the church besides being a place of worship served as somewhere Newcastle’s growing Chinese community could learn to read and write English.

Here, its first and probably only pastor was the legendary Reverend Kem Yee. He and his English-born wife made their home in Newcastle, operating the Newcastle Chinese Mission for 32 years.

I’d first stumbled on the tale in the 1990s with the help of historian Cynthia Hunter. My interest, however, renewed recently when Newcastle Library’s local history staff alerted me to the fact the same Rev. James Fong Kem Yee had now attracted the attention of philatelists.

The reverend has a place of honour on the n Postal History website which features several historic letters to Kem Yee at his mission, plus a short biography. Born in Canton, China, in 1862, he left his native land for in 1878 and was then baptised in St John’s Presbyterian Church, Ballarat, in 1882.

He came to as a gold seekerbut then left the Victorian gold fields in 1888 to become a missionary, to work among the Chinese in Maitland and Newcastle.

Kem Yee married an Annie Fuller who had worked for the Presbyterian Church through the Central Methodist Sisterhood. Their three sons were born between 1899 and 1907.

Rev. Kem Yee died in 1923 while overseeing mission work in Sydney. He’s buried in Newcastle Cemetery. One son, of Paterson, graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1921.

Rev. Kem Yee’s former Devonshire Street church when relocated to Kotara was initially a Presbyterian church, then became a Reformed Baptist church, then a Baptist church. Some older Kotara locals still remember it when it was a Sunday school.

Today it’s a private house with only the unusual facade giving clues to its past. Along both main sides of the rectangular timber building are fivetall, pointy framed windows. And above the main door, probably in recognition of its former history as a Chinese Mission Church are three individual Chinese words wrought in metal.

Many years ago, when I first wrote briefly about the old church building, I received a call from Mrs Gwen Hunter of New Lambton.

She was one of many callers back then who remembered the low-profile Chinese community well.

“Rev. Kem Yee’s wife was the daughter of a missionary who left China before the 1900 Boxer Rebellion,” she told me.

“Much, much later the family changed the name from Kem to Kemble. And two of the reverend’s sons did very well. One ended up being a very clever engineer and the other a doctor, a specialist, in Harley Street, London,” she says.

At the same time, Newcastle University history lecturer Henry Chan told me the best known photograph of Newcastle’s Chinese community in 1915 (pictured) perpetuated a popular myth.

“The Hunter Chinese never dressed like that. It’s probably members of a Chinese operatic troupe who were visiting here for a performance,” Chan says.

He added that many Chinese worked as shepherds at Stroud for the famous pastoral firm, the A.A.Company.

Meanwhile, other readers thought the group were here for a fundraising activity and that’s probably the truth.

In June 1915, the whole of Newcastle participated in a carnival day to raise funds to help Belgium which was badly affected at the start of World War I.

The Chinese were keen to be involved in community activities. The Newcastle Herald reported on June 8, 1915, that the local Chinese community had even imported a huge 158 foot(48 metre) long traditional dragon from Melbourne. Chinese performances were also the mainstay of public events later on at Newcastle Showground.

But there was another surprise about the Chinese Mission Church once in old Devonshire Lane, according to Kotara resident Jim Winsor this week.

Winsor believed the former Chinese church hall faced west into the lane at its northern end, close to Hunter Streetand Newcastle Technical College.

“Look at the brick building at left in the Chinese costume picture. I’m sure that lane cottage later became the popular Kurt’s Coffee Lounge (in the 1970s),” he said.

For the final word, let’s hear again from New Lambton resident Gwen Hunter all those years ago. She remembered the 1904 West End Chinese Presbyterian Church very well.

She said her mother, formerly Christine Miller, used to work there as a Sunday school teacher.

Mrs Hunter said she was flabbergasted to learn that about 30 years afterwards, in about 1936, her mother was standing by the front fence when a Chinese vegetable hawker came by.

Despite the years, recognition was immediate.

“You Chrissie Miller,” the street hawker exclaimed.

“You taught me one-two-three and all about Jesus.”

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Victorian writers dominate Indie Book Awards shortlists

Victorian-based writers have made a clean sweep of spots in the two adult-fiction shortlists for Indie Book Awards, which were announced on Monday.

The awards, which are presented by ‘s independent booksellers to the best books published last year, come in six categories: fiction; non-fiction; debut fiction; illustrated non-fiction; children’s, and young-adult. Victorian writers occupied the four spots both in fiction and debut fiction.

The full shortlists are as follows.

Fiction: Force of Nature, Jane Harper; The Choke, Sofie Laguna; On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong, and City of Crows, Chris Womersley???.

Debut fiction: Wimmera, Mark Brandi; Day, Melanie Cheng; The Last Man in Europe, Dennis Glover, and See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt.

Non-fiction: Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes; The Museum of Words, Georgia Blain; Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason, and The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein.

Illustrated non-fiction: Maggie’s Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins; Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles, Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler; Native: Art & Design with n Plants, Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters, and Beyond the Rock, Janelle McCulloch.

Young-adult: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian; Take Three Girls, Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell; Untidy Towns, Kate O’Donnell, and Wilder Country, Mark Smith.

Children’s: Pig the Star, Aaron Blabey; I’m n Too, Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh; Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, Sally Rippin, and Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend.

The category winners and the overall book of the year will be announced on March 26.

M1 reopened after fatal truck crash, explosion

The M1 has been reopened after a fiery truck crash left one man dead and another injured at Cooranbong on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the south-bound lanes of the motorway about 12.50pm to reports three trucks had collided, creating a large explosion, police said.

One of the trucks was carrying ethanol, which fed the fire. It took at least eight Fire and Rescue NSW crews more than four hours to battle the blaze.

On Monday NSW Police Chief Inspector Darren Cox from the Lake Macquarie Local Area Command said one truck hit the back of a parked truck, and a third truck and a car then also crashed.

The driver of one of the trucks died at the scene, and by early Tuesday morning was yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the car was taken to Wyong Hospital with minor burns, and the two other truck drivers were taken for mandatory testing.

Superintendent Greg Windeatt from Fire and Rescue NSW said the rear compartment of the ethanol truck “breached” and caught fire, which then spread to the middle compartment.

All three trucks and the car involved in the crash were set alight. Just before 5pm, all had been extinguished except the ethanol truck, which continued to burn.

The fire spread to the bush on both sides of the freeway, and the M1 was closed in both directions between Palmers Road and Motorway Link Road for an extended period.

Crews from NSW Rural Fire Service including a helicopter fought the bushfire, which burned 15 hectares of bushland.

The crash caused major delays on the M1, with traffic queued for kilometres in each direction on Monday afternoon leading to delays of up to an hour and 40 minutes.

Crash investigators examined the scene on Monday evening, and will investigate the circumstances around the crash.

– with Dan Proudman, Newcastle Herald

Fritz is not suffering fools on her new single

READY TO ROLL: Tilly Murphy, aka Fritz, will release the single Biggest Fool In The World next month followed by a new EP. Picture: Lazy Bones

FREE from the demands of high school, Newcastle teen whiz Tilly Murphy, aka Fritz, is preparing to unleash a more upbeat sound.

The 18-year-old has busily spent the summer writing and recordingand hopes to drop the first single Biggest Fool In The World in February.

“It’s headed in a more surf-pop vibe compared to my first album,” Murphy said.“I’ve kind of shifted away from that shoegaze sound. This and the rest of the album have a similar sound, which is more upbeat and poppier.”

Fritz’s self-titled debut album attracted the attention of triple j and FBi last year and was characterised by itslo-fi indie rock sound as it was recorded entirely by Murphy in her bedroom using the music production app GarageBand.

This time around Murphy recruited her bandmate and Vacations leader Campbell Burns to produce the songs at Sawtooth Studios.

Murphy also promises the new batch of songs will be brutally honest. Despite her musical breakthrough and successful HSC result, Murphy endured some darkmoments in 2017, which she attempted to internalise.

“My first album was quite dark and I’ve recovered from that so the new songs are definitely more upbeat and happier, but they’re still talking about issues that I still have with people and life, but ina brighter way,” she said.

“I’ve started to realise I want to tell the truth in my songs and not have a sad sound and sugarcoat the lyrics. I want to be honest in my songwriting.”

NEWSMITHIES NEW LINE-UP: The Smith Street Band play the Bar On The Hill on March 21.

INFLUENTIAL Melbourne rockers The Smith Street Band announced theirbiggest ever national tour on Monday, but most of the interest surrounding the newsinvolved their press picture.

The photograph showed the band with new female full-time members Lucy Wilson of The Sugarcanes and Central Coast-raised Jess Locke, plus new drummerMatt Bodiam from the defunct A Death In The Family.

However, missing from the photo was founding drummer Chris Cowburn.

The Smith Street Band played at last year’s Groovin The Moo in Maitland, but bypassed Newcastle on their initial tour to support their fourth albumMore Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me.

The Smithies haven’t forgotten Newcastle this time and will perform at the Bar On The Hill on March 21, alongside Bec Sandridge and Press Club.

PADDY GETS JUNKYDASHVILLE favourite Paddy McHugh will tune up the band on Thursday at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel as he prepares for his Down To Sydney single tour.

The Tamworth-raised, Brisbane-based folk-rocker wrote the track Down To Sydney to draw focus on the high rateof suicide among males fromrural areas.

“Down to Sydneyis a story that has no doubt played out many times in every small town across the country,” McHugh said.“In the song, however, the protagonist finds another way out…. I guess I want people to realise that there are alternatives and there is hope even in the most unlikely places.”

MORE THUNDANEWCASTLE you demanded more Thundamentals and your wish has been granted. Following the sell-out of the hip-hop posse’s Cambridge Hotel show on April 13, a second gig on April 12 has been announced.

Meanwhile, Adelaide rapper Allday will also perform at the Newcastle West venue on March 24. Tickets go on saleThursday.

NARARALINE-UPTHERE will be a strong Hunter flavour at the second installment of the rebooted Narara Music Festival on the Central Coast.

Bellbird’s William Crighton is on the bill for the May 5, alongside NewcastleactsArcades and Lions, Nicholas Connors and The Steve Edmonds Band, who will perform their Jimi Hendrix show.

Roots artists Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca and Shaun Kirk will also perform at Narara, which is held at Kariong’s Mt Penang Gardens.

TAKING TURNSUS punk band Turnstile have joined their countrymen Turnover for their upcoming n tour that stops at theSmall Ballroom on March 7.

Turnstile released the single Moon on Tuesday, the third track off their album Time & Space.

If Moon is any indication, Turnstile’s n tour will be full of high energy and crunching guitars.

SCOTT BEATS FIRENEWCASTLE musician Spencer Scott almost missed a chance to perform alongside Camp Cope frontwoman Georgia Maq on Sunday night in Melbourne due to the Tomago bushfire.

The Paper Thin frontmansupported Maq on Saturday at the Hamilton Station Hotel, before the tour moved to Victoria.

Maq had already organised to drive back to Sydney for her Melbourne flight, but Scott was travelling out of Williamtown Airport.

Scott caught the last plane out of Newcastle on Sunday before the bushfire caused the closure of the airportwhile he was mid-flight.