Wiasak hopes crash doesn’t ruin Commonwealth Games dream

From the high of winning a national crown, two-time world champion Rebecca Wiasak came crashing back to earth.
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The Canberra cyclist was hopeful her concussion wouldn’t prevent her from realising her Commonwealth Games dream, after she was forced out of the Women’s Tour Down Under following her crash in Adelaide on Thursday.

Wiasak was in seventh heaven less than two weeks ago when she sprinted to victory in the n criterium championships in Ballarat, but pleasure has quickly turned to pain.

While the concussion was her most serious injury, Wiasak’s face has a serious case of gravel rash, along with her shoulder, hand and knees.

The 33-year-old was using a brief stint on the road bike in early January in her bid to be part of the n women’s team pursuit team for the track event at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

“[There was] a few moments of panic when I think, ‘I’m running out of time to get my qualifying performance for Comm Games’,” Wiasak said.

“I hope my head does recover because one of my thoughts is that, ‘I hope this doesn’t prevent me making Commonwealth Games’.

“I’m trying to stay positive and push that thought out of my head, and just focus on doing everything right.”

She’ll be able to ride a stationary ergo bike on Monday and if she passes her next concussion test on Tuesday could return to the track on Wednesday.

The crash happened just 50 kilometres into the first stage of the Women’s TDU, with a concussed Wiasak apologising to the Holden Cycling team she was guest riding for.

Riding in the middle of the bunch, a rider swerved in front of Wiasak and clipped the Canberra cyclist’s front wheel sending her over the handlebars.

She was especially disappointed to miss Sunday’s final stage – a street circuit in Adelaide – where Wiasak was hopeful of wearing her green-and-gold jersey as national criterium champion.

“I’ll have the concussion test again on Tuesday and hopefully pass it, and be back on the track and the road on Wednesday,” she said.

“My recollection is a rider swerved to the left very suddenly and just clipped, literally took out my front wheel … it happened very quickly and I went obviously head first into the ground.

“I have very little memory after actually falling. I don’t remember hitting the ground and I have very little memory from even the ambulance trip and then arriving at the make-shift medical centre they had in the footy sheds at Gumeracha.” This sport provides some of the most exhilarating highs and the crappiest of lows. Bummed to crash out of @tourdownunder in Stage 1 on Thursday. Turns out I was a bit of a dud guest rider for @holdencycling. Mild concussion means a few days off the bike to recover. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/JtwqLwMKwm??? Rebecca Wiasak (@RebeccaWiasak) January 13, 2018Unfortunately I have abandoned #WTDU Winds like Qatar our there today. On the freeway whilst in a team car – two bikes flew off the roof racks in front of us. So glad to avoid two bikes thru our windscreen at 110km/h ??????? Kimberley Wells (@Kimbers_Wells) January 13, 2018

East Timor’s minority government could fall within days

SPECIAL 010829 xanana pool.010829.pool photo by andrew meares.fairfax.east timor… East Timorese presidential candidate Xanana Gusmao is held aloft by the crowd as they welcome him to the village of Malelat in Occusi, East timor on Wednesday 29 August 2001. Gusmao visited several regions in East Timor pleading for calm ahead of the August 30 poll to elect a constituent assembly. .Only four months after taking office East Timor’s minority government is set to fall, possibly within days, amid tense political manoeuvrings in ‘s nearest north-western neighbour.
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Uncertainty about the make up of a new government could delay ratification of a landmark agreement to develop billions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

The government led by Mari Alkatiri from the one-time revolutionary party Fretilin faces a second vote of no confidence in its programs from a three-party opposition alliance which holds a majority of seats in Parliament.

Alkatiri has attempted to delay the vote, claiming opposition parties are attempting to stage a coup, as money for government programs rapidly runs out.

Defeat in the vote would automatically trigger the government’s fall.

President Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres, who is aligned with Fretilin, could dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections to be held within months.

Guterres could also invite the second largest party – the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction led by former president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao – to form government, with two other smaller opposition parties.

At the centre of the fractious stand-off are Alkatiri and Gusmao, the country’s two most dominating political figures who have had bitter fallings out in the past.

Gusmao, a wily political operator and hero of East Timor’s struggle for independence, has wielded the most power behind the scenes while leading his country’s negotiations with on a Timor Sea maritime boundary and sharing arrangements for the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field.

As political tensions have risen Gusmao has stayed out of the country, prompting many Timorese to ask what role he will play in any political resolution.

Analysts say without his approval of a new government political uncertainty will remain.

Professor Michael Leach, an expert on East Timor from Swinburne University of Technology, said the impasse has brought to the fore lingering divisions between resistance figures during the independence struggle and leaders who remained outside East Timor during Indonesia’s 22-year occupation.

Some local newspapers have used this potentially divisive theme openly in headlines.

Leach said while some East Timorese see a personality clash between Alkatiri and Gusmao, many see a deeper clash about the type of government and which parties should be included.

“Despite the political ructions, East Timorese society remains largely calm,” he said.

“Leaving aside the return of a more belligerent form of democracy and the accusations of an institutional coup, this political standoff demonstrates that the checks and balances in the constitutional system are operating, with strong accountability to Parliament.”

In March, East Timor and are set to sign a treaty on maritime boundary that has been negotiated under UN supervision at The Hague, ending years of bitter disagreement that strained ties between the neighbours.

Any new government in Dili will have to ratify it.

Details of the agreement have not been made public.

Over years Gusmao has demanded that any development of the Greater Sunrise involve an nshore LNG processing plant on a remote part of East Timor, which he envisages becoming an industrial hub.

But the field’s joint venture partners, led by Woodside Petroleum, say bringing the gas ashore to East Timor across a deep undersea trench is uneconomic.

They want to exploit the reserves through a floating LNG platform or pipe the gas to an existing LNG plant in Darwin.

Gusmao is tipped to head a new authority to oversee Greater Sunrise’s development, which is critical to East Timor’s future as existing joint gas fields with run dry in the next few years.

Cricket: Newcastle all-rounder Joseph Price completes extraordinary clean sweep at Chinan Country Championships

Joseph Price has capped off an extraordinary n Country Championships with a whirlwind 24 hours that saw him namedplayer of the tournament andselectedin the national merit XII after the Bush Blues miraculously claimed the overall title.
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The Adamstown 35-year-old picked up the individual honours at the official presentation in Geraldton on Saturday night after NSW Country completed a late-carnival surge to narrowly finish on top of the standingscourtesy ofnet run rate (NRR).

Price hadfigures of3-12, taking his personal tally to18 wickets, in the Bush Blues’ double-bonus-point victory over South on the final day of competition.

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NSW Country dismissed SAfor 95 and successfully chasedthe target four wickets down in the 21stover of the one-day fixture.

The nature of thatresult, combinedwith a loss to equalleaders Victoria bylast year’s champions Queensland and an upset win for hosts WA over contendersEast Asia Pacific,saw NSW Country jumpfrom fourthto clinch the silverware for the first time since 2012-2013.

NSW Country (1.1852) had abetter NRR than Victoria (1.0729).

Both sides finished on 22 competition points, three in front of Queensland (19) and four ahead of East Asia Pacific (18).

NSW Country won their last two 50-over encounters with double bonus points after losing their opening three. Earlier at the tournament the Bush Blues won the T20 crown undefeated.

Wests all-rounder Price also scored 277 runs at an average of 25.18.

He was joined in the n Country XII by Bush Blues’ teammates Caleb Ziebell, leading wicket taker Cameron Sudigest andwicketkeeper of the tournamentTom Groth.

Meanwhile, the women’s title was won by South with Bush Breakerspair Rebecca Cady and Naomi McDonald named in the n Country XII.

ASX to catch Wall St’s bullish wave

AFR photo. generic ASX stock board shares investors investment portfolioThe local sharemarket, which has lagged overseas rivals so far this year, is poised to start the week sharply higher as Wall Street bulls shift into yet a higher gear.
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The S&P/ASX 200 has risen a mere 1 per cent this month, lagging behind the 4.2 per cent advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500, the Nasdaq’s 4.7 per cent gain and the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 5.3 per cent leap. The fast start to 2018 in New York has been reasonably broad based and there’s little evidence that the upward market melt is cooling.

Over the weekend ASX futures surged 31 points or 0.5 per cent. The n dollar topped US79?? as the greenback swooned.

A key test for local investors this week will be December’s employment print on Thursday, which will provide a fundamental check on November’s retail sales and December manufacturing.

The longest run of job creation since 1994 is set to continue, with the market expecting a 15,000 month over month gain, according to NAB, which sees “upside risks” given solid job advertising trends on job site SEEK as well as a “reassuringly steady” employment index in NAB’s monthly business survey.

NAB is expecting the economy to have added at least 35,000 jobs last month. The bank expects the unemployment rate to hold at 5.4 per cent, though NAB markets strategist Tapas Strickland said “the trend is firmly lower in 2018”.

“Trend employment growth currently exceeds the level needed to keep the unemployment rate unchanged and at +22k is enough for it drop 0.1 every 2-3 months,” Mr Strickland wrote in a weekend note. “The most recent employment indicators suggest it could fall below the RBA’s 5 per cent NAIRU in 2018.

“Our view of a continuing strong labour market is part of the reason why NAB sees the RBA hiking rates twice in the second half of 2018,” Mr Strickland also said. Bond market turning

It’s the prospect of higher global rates that has put investors on notice over this past week, reflected in part in the spike in US government yields; the 10-year yield hit a 10-month high last week and over the weekend the yield on the 2-year Treasury topped 2 per cent, its highest since the 2008 depths of the global financial crisis.

The yield moves lead Bill Gross to declare that a “mild” bear market had begun for bonds. But there’s not yet a consensus; Morgan Stanley strategists still see value in Treasuries.

Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter attributed at least “some of the back-up in US bond yields” to “much more conventional, homegrown factors – a solid domestic economy, an uptick in inflation, and a rising budget deficit” – a reason why he agrees that “yields are more likely to rise than fall this year”.

Mr Porter is far from alarmist. Inflation is rising and could get a push from the recent leap in oil prices. The US government is going to start selling more debt in part to cover the cost of Republican tax cuts, at the same time as the Federal Reserve is planning to pare its $US4 trillion-plus ($5 trillion) balance sheet. There are no black swans here.

“Against this backdrop, one doesn’t need to concoct any stories about China trimming its purchases to make a bearish case for Treasuries,” Mr Porter said.

“The global economy is beginning to behave in a much more normal fashion, and so should monetary policy.”

To that point, and first off the rank on rates in 2018 is widely expected to be the Bank of Canada, which meets this week – Thursday morning AEDT. Governor Stephen Poloz is expected to announce a third 25-basis-point hike in its current upward cycle, lifting the bank’s target rate to 1.25 per cent.

Over the weekend, the latest US consumer price data bolstered bets that the Fed will lift its key rate by 25 basis points in March – the first of potentially three hikes in 2018. In the wake of the CPI data, TD Securities said it now sees three hikes as its base case for this year, up from two. That in turn led TD to lift its yield expectations on the short end of the US curve, up to five years, however it held its year-end 10-year yield forecast at 2.65 per cent.

BasketballSuzy Batkovic stars as Townsville win the first game of the WNBL grand final series.

CLASS ABOVE: Townsville Fire skipper Suzy Batkovic puts her team on the attack in Saturday’s win against Melbourne Boomers. Pictures: AAPSUZY Batkovic is one game from the fifth Women’s National Baketball League title of her career after Townsville’s 69-64 win against Melbourne Boomers in the grand final series opener.
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FOCUSED: Suzy Batkovic takes a shot from the free-throw line.

The Fire now travel to Melbourne and will try to wrap up the series on Thursday and make the third and final game redundant.

Batkovic, the three-time Olympian from Newcastle,became the first Townsville player to surpass 3000 points as she finished her 150th game for the club with 16 points along with 15 rebounds.

“I’m really proud of my girls at the defensive end,” Batkovic said in aFox Sports interview.

BATTLE: Suzy Batkovic attracts the attention of Liz Cambage.

“There was a time that we couldn’t convert, but we did such a solid job on defence and that kept us in the game when things were tough.”

If Townsville win the grand final, Batkovic will match her former Opals teammate, Lauren Jackson, as a five-time title winner. Long-serving Canberra capitals skipper Nat Hurst holds the record with six titles.

Townsville coach Claudia Brassard credited her team’s defensive play and experience as the keys to the Fire’s game-one victory, which puts them in the box seat to notcha third championship in the space offour seasons.

“It’s nice to get that out of the way and while it wasn’t pretty, it’s still a win and we are one up,” Brassard said.

“Offensively, we probably got bogged down quite a bit but Melbourne were the best defensive team in the competition and they showed that here.”

The Fire matched Melbourne’s intensity on defence and while towering centre Liz Cambage (26 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks) proved too tough to stop, they restricted the visitors to 13 per cent shooting (3-of-23) from three-point range.

“Our threes didn’t drop, we just had a miserable percentage tonight,” Melbourne coach Guy Molloy admitted after the loss.

“We make two or three more of those shots and turn it into a mediocre percentage, the game could have been ours.

“We needed to knock down our shots and we just didn’t tonight.”

The big-game experience of Batkovic, along with guard Kelly Wilson and centre Cayla George, proved invaluable for the Fire as they held off a fourth-quarter charge from the visitors.

“They have all been there before, they know what finals are like and I think down the stretch we are going to rely on them,” Brassard said.

“We have a lot of experience and we can draw on a few of those players to come out and get it done for us, which is nice.”

Needing a win to keep their title hopes alive, Cambage expects her side to turn around their shooting woes in game two on Thursday night as they attempt to set up a deciding game three back in Townsville on Sunday.

“We’ve got a pretty young team, we’ve got a lot of girls playing in their first grand final,” Cambage said.

“Hopefully they got a lot of their nerves out tonight and they’ll be pumped to go and hit those shots on our home court.”

Mystic river: Along the mighty Murray River

Our little boat noses a path through the rushes in the brown creek, the quiet engine competing with a flock of egrets. Disturbed, they eye us warily from their perch on a half-submerged river red gum.
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At the tiller is John: long of beard, sharp of eye. He manages The Frames, a luxury couples-only retreat in the South n village of Paringa, which recently won gold as the country’s best self-contained accommodation at the n Tourism Awards. Overhanging the banks of the Murray, The Frames is five minutes’ drive from the gracious Riverland town of Renmark, and its day cruise through the creeks is for the lucky few.

Earlier that morning, my Instagram feed showed a friend’s boat cruising down the bayous of Mississippi, spotting alligators.”‘Amazing!” said followers. “I’ve done that!” In comparison, my little pootle through the backwaters of ‘s own mighty Murray definitely deserves the name Backwater Secrets.

Why don’t we rave about our own quiet waters? Perhaps we should adopt a French word, instead of “back creeks”, to describe this labyrinth of creeks, lagoons and inlets that cobweb the strong, flowing River Murray, here at the corner of three states.

“There are a lot of creeks hidden away, you wouldn’t even see them or know where to go unless you’re out exploring,” John says.

He’s been cruising the hidden waterways of the Murray since he was a boy, happily skipping school to head upriver in an Aussie version of Huckleberry Finn. He reckons there’s about 200 kilometres of these arms and creeks, many unnamed and most relatively unexplored.

As he chats, two glossy, sleek emus step in for a closer look at us before striding back into the bush. Dubbed “the emu whisperer” by guests, John’s been known to coax the tall, inquisitive birds even closer. A glittering rainbow bee-eater hunts at the water’s edge and the call of a whistling kite, hunting from up high, echoes about us.

It’s the signal for morning tea and John pulls the boat onto a convenient bend in Kylie Creek – named for the Murray’s first female paddleboat captain – where he sets up a little coffee station. Captain Willow, the retreat’s golden retriever mascot, guards the boat with one eye on the South n classic, a creamy bee-sting cake from the local bakery, and the homemade chocolate slice fresh from the oven of The Frames’ owner, Cathy Edmonds, which we eat while perched on a fallen tree.

“Some of these trees are thousands of years old,” John says. “A lot of people don’t know what the Murray’s about – it’s not just an irrigation system, not just water. It’s a lifestyle, it’s history.”

Watching us from the banks are straight big red kangaroos, while hunched grey wallabies and fat-bottomed euros peer warily from screens of long grass. There’s beauty in the striations of a tree’s bark, in the Aboriginal canoe trees that are still marked by the boats cut from their trunks a hundred years ago, and in the soft blending of the wallaby’s dove-grey coat, which lets it melt into the silvery bushland.

A goanna sunbakes on the river bank, fat-bellied and lethargic. By the time we’ve pulled up the tinny and leapt out, he’s halfway up a eucalyptus tree. The land has been good: he’s a healthy couple of metres long, his smooth scales shimmering in the sunlight.

On another riverbank that faces vivid red cliffs, chairs, tablecloths, a barbecue and three courses with local wine are produced from somewhere inside our little boat. During our long lunch, just one other craft passes, and we all wave congenially to each other. Otherwise, a sleepy warmth hovers over the river: word has it its signature pelicans are up at the flooded Lake Eyre, and the Riverland’s avid water-skiers have already had their early-morning thrill before heading into work.

“There’s not a day you don’t love it,” John says, and everyone nods benevolently.

These back creeks aren’t a completely hidden secret: just the weekend before, a rush of supercharged petrolheads cut through the reeds as the Red Bull Dinghy Derby came to town, and summer weekends see the river and its tributaries full of mad skiers, yabby chasers and paddlers, with the Murray’s signature houseboats swishing sedately through them all, like matrons on a mission.

Later, on the 90-minute drive back to the closest airport, Mildura, everyone in the car is quiet with their own thoughts, a whirligig spinning alongside our car, picking up the red dust. It’s still nearly 400-kilometres to the nearest state capital, Adelaide, but already it feels like civilisation is closing in.

“Why isn’t the Murray promoted as an icon, like Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef?” asks Cathy’s husband Rick. A Riverland farmer and entrepreneur, born and bred, he’s genuinely bewildered.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Wallsend remain in semi-final race after 112-run win against Cityphotos

Wallsend post vital victory over City DUCK: Wests batsman Cooper Leenox (left), at the non-striker’s end, narrowly avoids a ball hit by teammate Ben Evans at Kahibah Oval on Saturday. Charlestown’s Parth Shah is the bowler. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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SLIDE: Charlestown’s Aaron Payne in the field. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

OUT: Parth Shah catches Ben Evans off his own bowling. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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TweetFacebook NDCA first grade – Charlestown v WestsPictures by Jonathan CarrollWallsend have boosted theirsemi-final chancesandjoined a logjam of teams in and around the top four after Saturday’s comprehensive 112-run win over third-placed Newcastle City.

With four two-day matches remaining in the regular season the Tigers jump into sixth spot on the competition ladder and are now in the midst of five sides separated by six points.

Wallsend (40), whosuffered back-to-back losses before the Christmas break,have Charlestown (43) and title holders Hamilton-Wickham (42) just above them in the first grade standings whileBelmont (38) and University (37) sitjust below them.

The Tigers meetboth University and Belmont in the last two rounds in what could become virtual play-offs in their bid for a shot at premiership glory.

This potential scenario, coupled with thecongested leaderboard, made Wallsend’s victory against Cityeven more important at No.1 Sportsground on day two of the round 10 encounter.

The early wickets of City pair Sam O’Sullivan and Nicholas Tantos for ducks set the tone beforea crucial spell from Tigers skipper Nathan Price, who was recently named captain of the NSW Indigenous squad for next month’s national championships in the Northern Territory.

Price (3-30) took 3-11 when he dismissed Kai Appleby (25), Ahmed Badat (26) and Jonty Major (6) in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 6-87.

Newcastle representative all-rounder Dylan Hunter followed soon after and City, after resuming at 1-31, were all out for 123.

Wallsend, who made 235 last weekend, enforced the follow on and City finished at 3-55 when stumps were called.

Elsewhere,Charlestown (6-143) staved off an outright attempt by second-placed Wests (217), who already had first-innings points and eventually an 85-run lead, courtesy of an unbeaten half-century by skipper Steve Mace at Kahibah Oval.

Matt Webber’s 5-56 ensured Uni(209) fell 58 runs short against Hamwicks,frontrunners Merewether (9dec241) had a comfortable victory after starting the day at 1-61 and 108 behind Waratah-Mayfield, Toronto got the job done by 50 over Belmont (125) but weren’t able to muster a second-innings resultwhile Stockton-Raymond Terrace held on by 28 to denywinless Cardiff-Boolaroo (160).

LADDER: Merewether 66, Wests 53, City 48, Charlestown 43, Hamwicks 42, Wallsend 40, Belmont 38, University 37, Toronto 27, Waratah 21, Stockton 20, Cardiff 10.

Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald

SATURDAYLake Mac Festival of Surfing Saturday and Sunday, Redhead Beach.Longboard, short board and stand-up paddleboard competitions;markets and beach activities.
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The Levee One Day Sale 9am, The Levee Central Maitland. Offers and discounts from more than 50 stores.

Bandapalooza 3pm, Lass O’Gowrie Hotel. Nine bands playing; visual artists. Entry $5.

A-League 5.35pm, Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Swinging Safari–Special Q&A Screening 6pm to 9pm, Reading Cinemas Charlestown. With director Stephan Elliott.

National Music Academy Open Day 10am to 5pm, 461A King Street, Newcastle. Free trial lessons.

Computer Pals For Seniors 9am to 4pm,Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre, East Maitland.Pop-up desk offering information and help with all devices.

Waterworld Central Doyalson Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Doyalson Wyee RSL Club.

Hunter Valley Aviation Open Day 9am to 5pm, 455 Wine Country Drive, Cessnock.

Free Face Painting 10am onwards, The Secret Garden, Charlestown Square.

Outdoor Cinema 6pm, Hungerford Hill Wines, Pokolbin. Movie: The Mummy.

Super Street Garage Sale 8am, 65 East Street, Warners Bay.Multiple households are having a jumbo garage sale at the one location.

DSA January Surf Day 8am onwards, Caves Beach.Any person with a disability is welcome; cost is $10 (volunteers and carers exempt).

Thrashville 11am onwards, Belford. Music festival.

Christmas Lights SpectacularSaturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, 5.30pm to 10pm.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, 57 Dowling Street, Nelson Bay. trade stands, live entertainment, sparkling on arrival, canapes, ceremony site tours. Entry is free.

SUNDAYNewcastle Holiday & Cruise Expo10am to 3pm, NEX, Wests City, Newcastle.Exclusive savings on flights, tours, cruises and packages, free theatre presentations and a virtual reality lounge.

Outdoor Cinema 6pm,Hungerford Hill Wines, Pokolbin. Movie: Wonder Woman.

Timbernook Launch Day 2pm, Yamuloong, 71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb.Timbernook Newcastle is an n first.Spend time outdoors and learn more about the Timberbook children’s programs. Bookings are essential.

Locals Night 6.30pm, The Verandah Restaurant, Pokolbin. Pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a five-course Italian-inspired tapas dinner. Cost $50 per person, bookings essential by phoning4998 7231.

Bridal Expo 10am, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

The Wellbeing and Psychic Fair 10am to 4pm, Swansea RSL Club.

Mister P’s Burger Bar Closing Down Party Noon to 3pm, 215-217 Pacific Highway, Charlestown.

Crop til You Stop 10am to 10pm, The Scrapbooker’s Confetti Box, 100 Pacific Highway, Swansea.Bring along your craft and create in a fun environment.

SAVE THE DATEMy Kids Market NSW is coming to Newcastle Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow on February 25, 9am to noon. Everything families need can be bought and sold including babies’and children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books, prams, bikes, cots, highchairs, rockers and other nursery items. Stall bookings are now open online, for details visit mykidsmarketnsw苏州夜总会招聘.au.

MARKETSFarmers & Artisan Market @ Lake Mac East Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Swansea.

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Darling Street, Broadmeadow.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

ARTSLake Macquarie City Art GalleryBoard; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf lifesaving); At The Beach. Until February 4.

Finite GalleryCaves BeachSchool holiday workshops, go tofinitegallery苏州夜总会招聘/category/newsfor details.

Cooks Hill GalleriesThe Summer Collection, online exhibition. Until February 4.

The Lock UpFinal Remembering, by Lottie Consalvo. In the Halls of My Youth, by James Drinkwater. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle MuseumDinosaur Revolution, until January 28.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryArt Maker, Patron, Lover, by Gary Grealy. Until March 18.David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale –A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Taking a closer look, by Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8.

Newcastle Art GalleryPainting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Until February 18.Free tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, until February 18.

Gallery 139The Doggie Show. Until February 4.

Timeless Textiles Urban Narrative, by Eszter Bornemisza. Until February 10.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local HSC 2017. Until February 11.

Port Stephens Community Arts CentreSun, Surf and Sand. Until February 20.

THEATREDead Centre and Sea WallThis double bill by Tom Holloway andSimon Stephens looks at factors that alter the relationship between acouple, with the woman moving from England to in theDeadCentre to try to escape her past, and the man looking in Sea Wall atissues in a coastal region that affected them. Stooged Theatre, at theCatapult Dance Studios, Newcastle West. Saturday at7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm.

For the Love of Mrs Brown WidowMrs Brown uses internet socialmedia to try to get a romantic partner for Valentine’s Day, and herfamily use diverse means to win relationships; amusing live versionof the TV series with writer-actor Brendan O’Carroll as MrsBrown. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday, at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Honk JrLively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling,with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very differentviews of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. JamesTheatre, Dungog: Saturday, at 7.30pm, Sunday, at 2pm.

I Ought to Be in PicturesNeil Simon comedy about a 19-year-oldgirl who treks from New York to Hollywood to try to make thescreen-writing father who deserted the family 16 years earlier accepther acting ability. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre,Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Marissa +1.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Smoke N Mirrors.Sunday, Romney Watts.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Kim.

Bar Petite Saturday, CrocQ.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday,Dean Kyrwood.Sunday,James Naldo.

Bay HotelSaturday, Gen-X.

Beach HotelSaturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Free Willy & The Grace Brothers.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Troy Kemp.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Hayden Johns, Love That Hat. Sunday, Bloom.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Sundays Record.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Angel Gear.

The BradfordSaturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Cambridge HotelSunday, Jacob, Shrimp, Fungus, Milky Thred, India (all ages show). The Waxfinz, Wavevom,The Med Heads,The Womb Lordz.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Siren.

Catho PubSaturday,James Naldo.Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Blue Water Cowboys.

​Club LemonTreeSaturday, Viper Creek Band, Anthony Lee.

Club RedheadSaturday, Busta Thong.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, The Radiators.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Big Pete. Sunday, Kim.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Early Daze.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, Anyerin.

Customs House Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Tim Harding.

DashvilleSaturday, Thrashville ft. Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot, Batpiss, Frankenbok, Gay Paris, The n Beef Week, Paper Thin, Rort Menace and more.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Jungle Kings Duo.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Paul Watters.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, X & Y Band. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Easts Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Troy Kemp.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Romney Watts.

Fingal Bay Sports ClubSunday, Pistol Pete.

FinnegansSaturday, Lady Lauryn & Lionette.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Paparazzi.

Grand Junction HotelSunday, Teej and Fiends.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Overload.​

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, John Larder, Purple Rain. Sunday, Link Phelps.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Matt McLaren, Holly Mae.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Four To The Floor.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Shadowboxer –The Angels show. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Kent HotelSaturday, Code Red.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Andrew G.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Viagro.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday, Thunder Fox, Arcades and Lions, Catnip, Julia Why?, Diplazar, The Buoys, Rum Jungle, Zampa, Polo Prince. Sunday,Lonesome & Ernest, Plan C,p…t.ENE,Billy Kaye, First Bird.

Lizotte’sSaturday,Soul Sacrifice – Celebrating Carlos Santana.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.

Mark HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen HotelSaturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Smokin Rosie.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, The Perpetrators.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Cruzers, DJ Searly.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Duncan Woods.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Loko. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Emily Smith.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Hummingbirds.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday,Jack Derwin.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, John Larder.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Matt McLaren.

Premier HotelSaturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, The Rattle.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Jerome, Good Company.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, The V Dubs.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Murray Byfield.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Iguana. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Rave On.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Boney Rivers.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, The Amanda Emblem Experiment, Jessie Redwood.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Kevin O’Hara.

Swansea HotelSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Smokin’ Mirrors.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Dance Party.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday,Katie N Feff.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Tyler John.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Andrew G.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.

Toronto HotelSunday, Arley Black.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Roxy.

Wangi HotelSunday, Jamie Martens.

Warners At The BaySaturday, Wicked.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Holly Mae.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Hummingbirds.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Deuce. Saturday, Ben Portsmouth –The King is Back. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Sunhill Drive,Band Of Burbs.Sunday,Ron Knight & The Daze Band.

MOVIESAll The Money In The World(R)The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-oldJohn Paul Getty IIIand the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfatherJean Paul Gettyto pay the ransom.

Breathe(M)The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Lake Cinema)

Coco(PG)Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Darkest Hour(PG)Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

Ferdinand(G)After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Hampstead(PG)An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(PG)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.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower(PG)One day, when Mary follows an odd cat into the woods, she stumbles upon a strange flower that she has never seen before. Suddenly, the luminescent power inside the flower brings a broomstick lying nearby to life, which then whisks her above the clouds and off to a strange andsecret place.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure(M)Young hero, Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Paddington 2(G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Pitch Perfect 3(M)Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII:The Last Jedi(M)Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.

Swinging Safari(M)A teenager comes of age in a small n town during the 1970s when a 200-tonne blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.

The Commuter(M)A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

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

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature(PG)Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Post(M)A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US presidents.

New bus timetable facing first test under private operator Keolis Downer

OPTIMISTIC: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald testing out the new service. IT’S been confirmed there is scope for a review of the city’s new bus timetable, but commuters have been urged to go in with an open mind, as the first shake-upin a decade took effect on Sunday.
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Keolis Downer –the city’s new private transport operator – also used the occasion to launch a trial of its“on-demand” service at Lake Macquarie, the equivalent of Uber for buses.

While the first real test will come on Monday with the rush of morning commuters, the timetable has already meta hostile reception from passengersno longer serviced by a direct route.

Responding to the backlash on Sunday,the state government and Keolis Downer said there was potential for the new timetable to be reviewed, but reiterated itwould see an overall increase of 1200 services.

Thegreatest benefit is expected to be the introduction of services every 15 minutes on four“main trunk routes”.

“That’s where the highest demand for services are, so that’s where we’ve added the extra services,” parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.

He admitted that Novocastrians could be “a little bit wary” about change, butwas optimistic people would come around to the new timetable. He emphasized it was based on Opal card data.

“We’ve had low patronage on public transport –less than four per cent –so business as usual couldn’t go on.

“If we need to make changes, obviously we’ll be talking to people like Keolis, but I think we’ve got to give it a go,” Mr MacDonaldsaid.

Sunday saw Mr MacDonald and Keolis Downer’s Hunter general manager Mark Dunlop ride the first “on-demand” bus from Warners Bay to Charlestown.

Customers can order a bus to pick them up and take them anywherewithin the boundaries of Dudley, Mount Hutton, Charlestown and Warners Bay.

Buses can be ordered by phone or smartphoneapp, with a fixed $3 adultfare and$1.50 concession.

Mr Dunlop said the “sophisticated” technology had already been tested overseasand he was confident it would minimise travel times.

“The app [is] dynamically altering the route to come up with the optimal path for the bus to go and all of this is done in real time,” he said.

He said the entire service would be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but the launch of the timetable was “exciting”.

“There’s an enormous amount of work that’s gone into it,” Mr Dunlopsaid.

Newcastle Cinema Under the Stars at King Edward Park draws crowds despite weather

Hot, windy conditions weren’t enough to stop thousands from turning out to enjoy a movie in the open air on Saturday night.
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Outdoor cinema popular despite weather | Photos Movie-goers at King Edward Park on Saturday night.

Kristy Wilson, Gavin Wilson, Kayden Wilson, Bralie Wilson of Heddon Greta, Mary Crooks of Port Macquarie.

Nicki King, Sophia King, Josh King of Shortland.

Rolatty Lambos, John Lambos, Anni Lambos of Tighes Hill.

Shazzia Abbas, Shezad Abbas, Faris Abbas of Newcastle.

Stephani Hallam, Sharron Goodwin, Nathan Hallam of Valentine.

Kody Goviley, Ebony Edgar of Waratah.

Paul Vandeven, Eliza Vandeven, Fay Vandeven of Newcastle.

Mick Nixon, Lilly Nixon of Adamstown.

Siobhan Maybury, Ariana Evans of Newcastle.

Kale Everson, Darren Everson, Ellie Everson of Lorn.

Chelsey Cannon, Tyler Cannon of Newcastle.

Jo Hanson, Alex Butler, Josh Butler of Branxton.

Matt Gimmond of Waratah with Baby Blue Rabbit.

Nina, Lola and Sam of Cooks Hill.

TweetFacebookSing was the main feature of the 11thedition of the Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars, at King Edward Park. Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett said the event was “a great night out”, despite the weather.

“Families filled King Edward Park from early evening, taking part in the family-friendly circus workshops and small-sided football, and enjoying the live music before settling back with their popcorn to enjoy the movie, Sing,” he said.

“It was a delight to see that, despite the weather, our Cinema Under the Stars event was a great night out for families with lots of laughing children and smiling parents.”

The next event will be held at Maitland Parkon January 19, featuring the animated movie Moana.