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Tony Butterfield: Knights can muzzle the Dogs

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: The Knights could easily have beaten the premiers last weekend. Now for the Bulldogs. Picture: Getty ImagesThe headlines from last week could have been anything.
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Tony Butterfield: Knights can muzzle the Dogs TweetFacebook“Sharks attacked”, “Giantkillers” or “Upset of the season”. All would have been apt. If only the Knights found another gear and icedthewin, they could have celebrated like it was 1997.

Alas, not to be. But that shouldn’t change the positive head space of the players who, for the second week in a row, gifted control of the ball. They also lost the penalties, made more missed tackles, made less tackle breaks and fewer line breaks. A post-mortem like that would surely result in a morbid prognosis – much like the hammering by Penrith the week before. But they found something special against the reigning premiers. Is it their rhythm? Their mojo?Their attitude?

Whatever, the tremendously gutsy and character-building effort will have them in a great frame of mind for the reconstituted Bulldogs mob. Subscribing to the “you’re only as good as your next game” mantra, I’m tipping the Knights will fire on all cylinders on Friday night.

Interest in how our squad handles an even bigger pack of forwards than last week will be higher than it has been for some time. Whether each player is up for another herculean effort, well, we’ll see.

Special mention to Mitch Barnett for his wholehearted efforts this year. A star last week, he was the catalyst,in my view, who sparkedthe fightback. He’s a footballer, this bloke, from good Tareestock and an example to footballers who want to be just that. He pushes the envelope in a refreshingly brash rebuke to conservative rugby league,and itsboring and plentifulproponents. As I’ve said before, he’s a keeper.

Young Brock Lamb was also notable for his defensive transformation. Obviously targeted for inexperience and size, his clean sheet last week is testament to his improved technique and an impressive desire to deliver for his teammates. More than 20tough tackles and no misses.Kudos, young man.

Now for the Doggies.

* OVER the past 20 years, rule changes in rugby league have promoted bigger, faster, stronger, harder. That increases viewer appeal by increasing interchanges, building up the size of footballers and increasing the distance between players to add the speed. Bigger collisions? Brilliant! Precisely the aspects around which the game can make safer its workplace for players, but I digress.

Interpretive and subjective adjudications of the rules are confusing for everyone.

By way of example, I get frustrated watching legitimate kick-chasers being run off the ball by “lost” defenders. Often a “read call” by referees, its remains a blight on the game as referees refuse to acknowledge the foul. Even with replays, tworeferees, twotouch judges and someone in the ear?

Spare me days. It has always been a penalty and represents a capitulation by the referees. Already threatening the art form of the short-kicking game, non-action will only encourage further risk aversion and a lesser game.

But for “on trend” ignorance of the rules at the moment, I can’t go past the fakeplay-the-ball with the foot,and the lazy defender lying in the play the ball. Two classics. The players know it and the refs know it. It’s been open slather and they’ve been doing it all day! For 100years both have drawn a penalty. But not the past fiveweeks.

If only by halfa second, not touching your foot to the ball makes the play-the-ballit quicker. The defensive team must therefore counter. So they’ve add another layer of time-wasting by laying in the ruck. Tit for tat. This circular debate is a reflection of the match manager’s shortcomings.

Tough decisions, made early and with the authority vested in the whistle, send clear messages. Things will get a lot easier for referees if they jump on the bandwagon of long-term trends. It will also beeasier for the juniors to relate.

* FORme, thetreatmentof the three errant Penrith players dropped for getting out on the tiles in Melbourne town last week was a bit rough.

Fair dinkum, it’s hard enough playing against the Storm in Melbourne without pulling the old “hotelcurfew” on. I mean, players are back into it very quickly these days. They enjoya window of mere hours to mix, bond, relax with teammates. Reviewing the game, assessing next week’s opposition, or talking anything but footy would seem a reasonable option for a few blokes in their 20s who are likely still sweating from the evening’s encounter.

That said, it’s easy to understand the attitude of managementafter a tough loss. With sixdays to recover it was thought prudent to lock ’em in.

However observersmightfeel about it, the upshot was the players have been put on notice early in the season. The inclusion of captain Matt Moylan inthe mix communicated loud and clear thatnobody is above the team.Methinks theharshlesson may pay dividends down the track.

* THE appointment lastweek of Australian, Queenslandand Melbourne captain Cam Smithto the post of general presidentof the Rugby League Players Associationsignals less a new style and more a new standing for the union of NRLplayers. Replacing the long-serving Clint Newton, Smith will inherit a body of members largely engaged in the running of their business. NotwithstandingNewton’s significant input and influence over many years, it’s expected Smith connections and the esteem in which he is held will be a bonus for the union. Perhaps even something of a circuit-breaker in current horse-trading for a CBA.

In this regard, apart from the expected head-butting over a player revenue share arrangement, the NRL are also trying on an old chestnut that has been resisted for as long as I can remember. Thisrelates to the NRL wielding the power to inspect things like player tax records, bank accounts and mobile phones. All in the name of policing the recalcitrant player group and maintaining the integrity of the game and its partners.

Particularly the off-shore punting houses.A bridge too far?Tell ’em their dreamin’!

Working dogs keen as a whistle

Stockman Murray Wilkinson has developed his own secret language of whistles that he uses to direct as many as nine working cattle dogs at the same time.
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“One dog can do the work of six to eight men,” he said. “And I have never had a dog call in sick on Monday. They are available rain, hail and shine, and they work for a bit of kibble, a few pats and affection.”

Wilkinson was eight when he was transfixed by a stockman at the Easter Show who commanded his working dogs with a series of whistles.

When the 195th Royal Sydney Easter Show opened on Thursday, Mr Wilkinson launched a new show to demonstrate the old craft of dog whistling – not the political kind practised in Canberra these days.

Using nothing but whistles, his border collie cattle dogs – including Zac, Merle, Chime, Boo and Mambo – put cattle through an obstacle course and herded them to different parts of the arena.

“Zac,” he called out, and then issued a quiet whistle that sent the black and white border collie running away. Another whistle, barely audible, brought the dog back immediately.

Each whistled command is personalised with a different tone for each dog.

So why whistle? “Because of the distance it can carry,” replied Mr Wilkinson who works 13000 head of cattle on the Packer family owned Ellerston Pastoral Company located east of Scone, NSW.

“Where we are working every day, it is steep mountain country with thick timber,” he said. “We whistle so it carries through the bush instead of voice commands. There is a left whistle, there is a right whistle, there is forwards, backwards and then there is another one to break out even farther to go after cattle.”

Mr Wilkinson also breeds and sells working dogs that can handle stock in all conditions.

“Where I work is quite steep and thick country, and that’s where these dogs excel because they can go and do their jobs by themselves.”

His dogs are so well trained that even if he put a T-bone steak inside the front door, they wouldn’t dare cross the threshold.

“You’ve got to set boundaries,” he said.

They are strictly outdoor dogs, rewarded with lots of pats and motivated only by an innate love of rounding up animals. To discipline them, he issues a deep doggy growl.

The Farm Dog Survey, by Sydney University, found a working dog costs its owner about $8000 but does about $40,000 worth of work in its lifetime.

Mr Wilkinson said it wasn’t feasible to employ many full-time cattle hands these days. “If you can send one dog one way, and another round the other way to get the cattle, that’s two men you’d otherwise be using. “

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Get your affairs in order

It is undoubtedly important to put measures in place to ensure that our “blood, sweat and tears” accumulated over our lifetimes fall into the right hands after we are gone.
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VALID REASON: The most important reason for making a will is to make sure that, after your death, your property is distributed in the way you would have wished it to be.

We may want our children to profit from our labours; our favourite charity to flourish from our endeavours; our spouse to be financially secure.The legal instrument that enables us to look after those we leave behind is known as a will.

It is of paramount importance that the will is drafted to accurately reflect your wishes,to allow for the contingencies of life, and is valid.

If a will is invalid you may as well not have bothered creating one in the first place.

An invalid will is discarded and legislation then dictates how your hard-won labours are to be distributed.

This same legislation operates if you never made a will and died intestate.

The legal process addressing this situation is known as Letters of Administration.

The legal process involved with Letters of Administration is far more expensive than obtaining Probate in relation to a valid will.

So what easy steps can you take to ensure a more cost-effective probate?

First of all, seek the help of a lawyer. They understand the legislation and case law associated with the creation of a valid will.

Don’t fall afoul of the rules like Mr Burge who determined to “go it alone” and amend his will himself rather than seeking professional legal advice: Burge v Burge [2015] NSWSC 289.

In that particular case, Mr Burge had consulted solicitors who had drafted a valid will on his behalf in 1983.

Thereafter, and at varying times until his death in 2013, Mr Burge, himself, prepared various amending documents including a later will and handwritten notes on the original will.

These documents were found in different locations.

After two-plus years and two appeals incurring enormous legal expense, it was determined that the 1983 will would prevail.

Second, keep your legal instruments in the same place. Most lawyers offer their clients a deed packet facility whereby your legal instruments can be stored free-of-charge.

-Nada Vujat, Solicitor, Emery Partners

‘Urgent meeting’: Chappypie China Time plans in doubt

Sydney residents wanting to experience the majesty of imperial China may have to continue to travel further than Wyong, following the seeming disintegration of plans for a Chinese theme-park on the Central Coast.
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The company behind the mooted “Chappypie China Time” theme park at Warnervale has apparently failed to make contractual payments for the purchase of land for the theme park.

And the Central Coast Council, which had contracted to sell the land to Australia China Theme Park, issued a mysterious statement this week saying it was seeking an “urgent meeting” with the company.

Should plans for the project irretrievably break down, it would be an ignominious and wasteful end to a scheme that at one stage promised a $500 million development for the region.

The project had been enthusiastically backed by the former mayor of Wyong Doug Eaton.

But it would be an entirely predictable outcome for the theme park’s many critics.

“We said this from the outset,” said the Labor Member for Wyong, David Harris.

Mr Harris said there was no evidence the company behind the project had experience delivering something of the size it was promising. Nor was the land zoned for the sort of use they envisaged.

Indeed, the director of Australia China Theme Park, Bruce Zhong, has previously made a virtue of his lack of experience. “This is a world’s first-ever project,” he told Fairfax Media in 2014.

But Mr Zhong has not responded to an emailed request for comment.

Nor has Mr Eaton, whose wife was previously revealed to have shares in a company part-owned by Australia China Theme Park. Mr Eaton has said his wife had no knowledge of how she came to acquire those shares.

Another curious aspect has been the advertisement in China, on social networking app WeChat, of the potential to invest in the project and receive permanent residency visas.

The latest development comes after the former Wyong Council last February contracted with Australia China Theme Park to sell it two parcels of land totalling 15.7 hectares near the Pacific Highway at Warnervale.

The company paid $300,000 deposits for each parcel, and was to settle the first parcel for $3 million plus GST this February.

The Central Coast Council then gave the company an extension until the end of March. But the Council’s statement this week suggests the Australia China Theme Park has missed that deadline.

The council said that the contracts contained confidentiality clauses and as such it could not comment, but that it had “sought an urgent meeting with representatives of ACTP to discuss these contracts”.

Bob Graham, a former independent councillor on Wyong Council, which has since been merged into the Central Coast Council and placed under the control of an administrator, said the project never made any sense.

Mr Graham said the council-owned land at Warnervale should instead have been used for a business park, which could already be employing people.

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An elegant affair in the Blue Mountains

Live music … part of the deal at the Hydro Majestic High TeaI guess that I used to think of the Blue Mountains as an obstacle — one that I rarely stopped at and even more rarely enjoyed, but one which I had to confront on each of many trips over the years between Sydney and the Central West of New South Wales.
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But certainly no longer. What used to be an impediment has become a much favoured haunt — an avenue lined with sumptuous food, fine accommodation and unforgettable scenery, both in dappled sunlight and swirling, sometimes quite eerie, mist.

View from the Hydro Majestic’s dining room … the mist rolls in … or is out?

That appeal was driven home a couple of weeks ago when myself and the Woman with Altitude were hosted by Ralf Bruegger, the general manager of the Escarpment Group, which has in its portfolio the Hydro Majestic, Lilianfels, Echoes and Parklands in the Blue Mountains, and has recently expanded to take on The Convent in the Hunter Valley.

It all started with a rather decadent High Tea in the Hydro’s Wintergarden restaurant watching the mist swirling around the Megalong Valley.

Ralf and his team are to be congratulated on their attention to detail in so tastefully and authentically restoring what is certainly a more-than-century-old Blue Mountains icon. They have done the region and, indeed, Australia a great service.

We opted to share servings of the traditional Wintergarden offering and the more radical Eastern High Tea, accompanied by flutes of French bubbly.

Both dishes were served on three-tiered stands laden with tempting savoury and sweet treats.

Gorgeous food … the Hydro Majestic’s Eastern High Tea (left) and Wintergarden High Tea

It was there that we abandoned the Woman with Altitude’s car, not realising that she had left on the lights and was rapidly flattening the battery, and shared my car to Katoomba, where, because accommodation at Echoes was booked out, we had to stay at luxurious Lilianfels. Damn!

Lilianfels was established by Sir Frederick Darley, sixth Chief Justice of NSW, as a family retreat after he purchased land at Katoomba’s Echo Point in 1888.

It epitomises accommodation in the grandest of manner. It is elegant and its silver-service restaurant, appropriately named Darley’s, delivers food totally worthy of the surrounds.

There’s absolutely nothing ‘mini’ about our Mini Mini Saddle Suite, with its elegant décor, absolute king-size comfort and separate lounge and bedroom.

A comfortable resting place … the Mini Mini Saddle Suite at Lilianfels

The quality of the food at Echoes — and it really is next door, well within walking distance — certainly matched the luxury of our suite at Lilianfels.

We tried entrées of crispy soft-shell crab served with pan-seared scallops and som-tom salad; and pan-fried quail with kale, shimeji mushrooms, and tamarind-and-honey glaze … an absolutely delicious pair of starters eagerly washed down with glasses of crisp riesling from Bests in Victoria’s Great Western district.

One of the delicious entrées at Echoes … soft-shell crab with pan-seared scallops

These were followed by two of the best main courses we have recently tried: free-range chicken wrapped in jamon, and served with sweet potato and quinoa rosti, braised fennel, wild mushroom and truffle veloute; and char-grilled angus tenderloin, served with onion jam and baby vegetables grown in the garden of the Escarpment Group’s nearby Parklands property.

Both dishes were simply sensational, with the velvety veloute sauce an absolute stand-out.

I’m a great fan of reds from France’s Rhone Valley, which I reckon offers better value than the more esteemed Bordeaux and Burgundy regions, and the Perrin & Fils blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre certainly did more than justice to the exceptional tenderloin.

And similarly a glass of De Iulius chardonnay from the Hunter Valley to the chicken.

It was a very fine meal in a beautiful room, tended by the most efficient, friendly staff … and full marks to the Hydro’s handyman, who had no trouble jump-starting the Woman with Altitude’s car the following morning.

John Rozentalsis a freelance writer whose passions aretravel, food and wine. He lives at Molong in the Central West of NSW, from where he hostsOz Baby Boomers, a lifestyle-resource for mature Australians, and Molong Online.

Fresh Fogarty boosts Greens for 2017 opener

NEW PLAYER: Sam Fogarty returns to Merewether at outside centre after a beneficial off-season with the NSW sevens program. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMerewether Carlton coach Mick Gill reckons Sam Fogarty has come back a different playerahead of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Unionseason opener against old rivals Wanderers at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
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Outside centre Fogartyspent the summer months with the NSW sevens program andwas the sole country-based player in the state side, which included the national championships in Adelaide in November, and Gill barely recognised him at Townson Oval in the lead up to their 2017 campaign.

“It was like we received a brand new player after that off-season with The Waratahs,” Gill said.

“Fogo had gained a yard of pace, he came backstronger, and his skillset was unbelievable. Just 100 per cent a better player.”

Fogarty will partnerskipper Jay Strachan in the centres, which Gillidentified as a key area for Merewether.

“That’s where our strength is,” Gill said.

“Both players have a licence to throw it around and I don’t want to lock them in anywhere. Rather than having to standsomewhere on the field they can go andfind their own opportunities.”

The rest of the backline has been shuffled around with Thomas Smith slotting into fly half after University recruit Will Frost injured his shoulder in a recent trial while versatile Blake Creighton could miss the year following a knee reconstruction.

The Greens forward pack is also a mixed bag –weakened without Alex Hills (Randwick) and prop WendallWilhelmus (shoulder surgery) but bolstered by flanker Billy Freeman (University) and back-rower Kent Hatchwell (return).

Butstability has been provided in drawing the Two Blues straight up according to Gill, allowing the group to gel in sight of last year’s grand finalists.

“It actually helped with our pre-season, giving us that extra motivation,” Gill said.

“Not that you need much motivation to play Wanderers …but it made those fitness sessions a bit easier.”

Wanderershave named five-eighth Luke Simmons as captain whilesecond-rower Doug McKillop (Scone),halfback Gus Locke (UK) and No.15 Josh McCormack (Maitland) all debutfor the hosts. Tom Emayel returns after two years abroad.

Elsewhere, two-time defending premiers Hamilton are at home to The Waratahs, Beaches travel to meet Maitland, Lake Macquarie tackleSingleton and University take on Nelson Bay.

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PHOTOS: Hamilton claim back-to-back titles with grand final win over Wanderers

BLUE CARD: Concussion trial in Newcastle for 2017

Meanwhile, the NHRU season was officially launched at Wests City on Friday with former Wallabies coach Alan Jones the guest speaker at the annual Hawthorne Club luncheon.

And the women’s competition doesn’t start until April 22 but 10 Hunter players will represent NSW Country at the Southern States Championships in Wagga Wagga on Saturday.

Magpies aim for fast turnaround

KEY MAN: Marquee Matt Thompson also helps coach Maitland.
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MATT Thompson believes Maitland are better this year, but they will need to be if they are going to challenge Edgeworth at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday night.

The Magpies beat Newcastle Jets Youth 4-2 on Wednesday night at Speers Pointto belatedly open their NNSW NPL season after four washouts. Thompson scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half and Matt Comerford struck in injury time after it was 2-2 at half-time.

“It was just a good result, to get a game in and get through it unscathed,” Thompson said.“It’s not easy playing on that surface against a team that runs around a bit, after not playing for three weeks.”

They meet an Eagles sideon Saturday (7.30pm) in round five coming off the bye and smarting from a 2-1 loss to Lambton Jaffas. Maitland lost 4-3 to Edgeworth in the semi-finals last year and Thompson said they would need to improve.

“We talk about how we nearly beat them, but at the end of the day, they won and they probably never felt like they weregoing to lose it,” he said. “No doubt, we need to be better. We haven’t really lost in terms of personnel fromlast year. Obviously we lost [Dean] Heffernan, but we gained Shane [Cansdell-Sherriff], Andrew Pawiak and Josh Dutton-Black.I think we’re in better position than last year in that we have a strong 16, 17 players.”

Also Saturday, Valentine host Adamstown (2.30pm) and Hamilton welcome the Jets Youth (6pm). On Sunday, Charlestown host Broadmeadow and the Jaffas are away to Lake Macquarie.

* Go totheherald南京夜网419论坛for the BarTV Sports livestream of Lake Macquarie v Lambton JaffasEdgeworth coach Damian Zane, meanwhile, said attacking UK recruit Kieran Sanders would play under 20s on Saturday after serving a three-match ban carried over from his time with Far North Queensland Heat.

Zane said the Eagles had responded on the training paddock to the midweek loss to Jaffas.

“We trained on Saturday and it was quite a heavy and intense session,” Zane said.

”You can just seenow, all the cattle are back andplayers are looking around and seeing there’s a battle on now for spots.

“They are proud of what they have done the last couple of years and that loss stung them. It was a tad harsh to lose, but losing away to Lambton, there’s noshame in that. It was good for us, it’s got us going and I’ve seen it at training.

“I think the game showed up a couple of players who were a yard off as well. We’vegot a fair bit of work into them over the last week and a bit, so I expect a big performance from them.”

Thompson said “Edgy, for me, are the team to beat again”.

“Even though they had a loss to Lambton the other week, they have proven themselves over the last few years and they are a quality side,” he said.

Thompson said Ryan Clarke, who missed the win over Jets Youth with a hamstring problem, would likely return against Edgeworth.

Thompson, Maitland keeper Matt Trott, Adamstown’s Stuart Musialikand Edgeworth striker Daniel McBreen will back up on Sunday in the F3 Derby Legends Game at Central Coast Stadium before the A-League clash between Newcastle and the Mariners.

McBreen and Trott will play for the Mariners, whileThompson and Musialik will be in Newcastle’s line up for the seven-a-side exhibition.

“I’m not sure which one’s more important to be honest,” Thompson laughed about the two clashes this weekend with McBreen, who has been talking up the Legends Games rivalry.

“Hopefully we can get the win in both, that’s the plan.”

Fears over drinking water

ON THE ATTACK: Catherine and Tony Witcomb at their property in Eagleton, which would border a proposed rock quarry. They fear their rural way of life will be destroyed if the proposal receives the green light. Picture: Simone De Peak HUNTER WATER and the Roads and Maritime Service havecome out in opposition to plans for a hard rock quarry in the catchment for Newcastle’s main drinking water source.
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Boral Resources –which operates the nearby Seaham Quarry – has also launched an attack onthe proposal, warningit contains“deficiencies, incorrect conclusions and inadequate mitigation measures”.

TheHeraldreported in February that plans for the quarry at Eagleton, north of Raymond Terrace, hadbeen resurrected after four years.

The EagletonRock Syndicate plans to extract around 10 milliontonnes of rock inside the boundaries of the catchment for Grahamstown Dam, which supplies about 20 per cent of Newcastle’s drinking water.

In a letter to the planning department, senior Hunter Water engineerMalcolm Withers said the organisation “does not support approval of the proposed development in its current form.”

Hunter Water found the syndicate had failed to show water discharged from the quarry would be of equal or better quality than what is currently leaving the site.

Its management plan had been designed for a “typical catchment” rather than a sensitive drinking water source, it argued.

It came as residents mobilised against the proposal, lodging nearly 50 objections with the Department of Planning and forming the Eagleton Residents Action Group.

“It’s a majorissue not just for us but for the people of Newcastle,” spokesperson Tony Witcomb said.

“Because of the Williamtown fiasco,Hunter Water have closed off use of some of the Tomago Sandbeds,soit’s more important than everthat the Grahamstown catchment doesn’t have any contamination issues.”

The quarry wouldcome within 150 metres of Mr Witcomb’s back fence and would see the removal of a hill that acts as a buffer between his home and the Boral quarry.

His home is also near a motorbike racing track and the site of the proposed $12 million Circuit Italia and Mr Witcomb said the company’sacoustic assessmenthad not taken into account all the noise sources in the area.

“The noise is going to be atrocious,” he said, adding most residents relied on tank water and feared it would be contaminated with dust.

The group has also pointed out a number of existing quarries in the area haveapplications before the state government for expansions.

“Why build a greenfield quarry whenthe infrastructure is not there and the quarry’s not required?” Mr Witcomb said. “It’s not like people are screaming out for gravel.”

In its objection, the Road and Maritime Service warned extra truck movements would put pressure on the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Italia Road, “exacerbating the potential safety risk”.

It found the intersection was likely to need upgrading if the quarrygoes ahead.

Boral Resources complainedit had not been consulted on the proposed development, despite the syndicate’s claims to the contrary.

The company said trafficassessments for the new quarry were based on the “incorrect” assumption it would cease operations by 2026 and the proposal had “ignored” noise and air quality impacts on the proposed Kings Hill subdivision.

Married With Children star Katey Segal calls hit show’misogynistic’

It was dedicated viewing during the ’90s, but Katey Segal has publicly reconsidered the show that made her a star, Married With Children.
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“It was a very misogynistic show,” Segal, who played disinterested housewife Peggy Bundy, has said about the classic sitcom, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

“The women were portrayed [as] completely exploited on the show. That was Al Bundy’s thing,” she added, referring to the miserable shoe salesman played by Ed O’Neill (Modern Family). “He liked hot women, and they showed them all the time.”

The sitcom, a wry take on ’50s suburbia and feelgood family shows, ran for ten seasons from 1987 to 1997 and built a loyal audience despite middling ratings and controversy over its often lewd punchlines.

Alongside Peggy and Al, it provided breakthrough roles for Christina Applegate and David Faustino, who played the pair’s dropkick kids Kelly and Bud (or, ‘Grandmaster B’, as some remember him).

Somewhere along the way, its satirical slant got muddled, the show’s live audience infamously whooping and hollering over Al’s aggrieved nonsense, including regular putdowns of neighbour Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and a sad gang of husband-activists named No Ma’am who met in Al’s garage to shake a fist at the feminist agenda wreaking havoc on their bowling nights and nudie bars.

Married’s lively studio was so distinct, it was later spoofed in an episode of Futurama, on which Segal was a regular voice actor.

In the interview with AOL, aimed at promoting her new book Grace Notes: My Recollections, Segal noted her conflicted feelings on Married With Children’s legacy.

“People would ask me questions like, ‘Is this what you think? I mean, how can you be on a show like this?’ And I was really clear that I don’t believe in censorship, and I also believe that it’s my job as an actor to interpret the material – it’s not my belief,” she added.

“If you’re asking me, do I think women should be portrayed in a misogynistic way, in an exploited way, of course I don’t think that. But playing Peg Bundy had nothing to do with what I thought; that was my job.”

The show, which currently reruns on 7Flix, has been at the centre of reunion rumours for years.

A spin-off, focusing on Bud’s ongoing struggles with the ‘Bundy curse’, is said to still be in the works, with Segal and O’Neill reportedly onboard to reprise Peggy and Al, now lottery millionaires living in Las Vegas.

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Wilds dogs dictate landuse

SHOCKING LOSSES: Landholders in the Upper Hunter are faced with problems from escalating wild dog attacks. They say the dogs are leaving National Park and State Forests in search of food.Upper Hunter farmers are no longer in-charge of managing their properties that role has been snatched from them by a motleybunch of vicious ferals.
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Wild dogs are now in charge ofareas east and west of Scone particularly in the headwaters of the Hunter River –Tomalla, Hunter Springs and Moonan Flat.

These eastern fall areas were once home to tens of thousands of sheep, in fact at one stage, the historic Belltrees property near Gundy ran 100,000 sheep.

Today commercial numbers of sheep are only found onsix properties between Scone and the Barrington Tops and the reason for this change in landuse is simply the impact of wild dogs.

No matter what the landholders do the attacks on their flocks areworsening and they are being forced to run cattle on land that is really not suited to beef production.

This is happening at a time of record returns for wool and fat lambs which just adds to the frustration of thefarmers.

On the prowl

Moonan Flat producer Gavin MacCallum said the vast majority of the land in his districtwas ideally suited to sheep production.

“But we have been forced out of sheep because of the pressure from wild dogs. No matter what we do their numbers increase and so do the attacks,” he said.

He, like his neighbours, hashad a gut full of asking for help and their pleas being ignored.

Fairfax Mediahas been told by a number of landholders the dogs are coming out of National Parks and State Forests.

“We weretold by staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) that they have caught, on camera, photographs of 40 dogs in just one week,” said Nathan Mamone, Tomalla.

Mr Mamone used to run 3000 sheep on his property, located one kilometrefrom Barrington Tops National Park, today that number is slashed and he runs cattle and works off-farm all thanks to dog attacks.

“Its just so depressing to get out each morning and see your sheep ravaged,” he said.

At Moonan Brook, Neville Hayne, “Castlesprings” says his battle with wild dogs takes up 70-80 per cent of his time.

“I am not spending anytime working on the farm I am just chasing dogs all day. I’ve gone through three quad bikes trying to control them, we are being chewed out by dogs,” said an exasperated Mr Hayne .

His wool cheque is already down $15,000 this year due to sheep losses from dog attacks.

He was critical of the NPWS use of perimeter mound baitingsaying it doesn’t work as dogs don’t like digging up meat.

“Its a complete failure and the situation is getting worse each year,” he said.

Mr Hayne said the dogs were also getting bolder and therefore more dangerous over time.

Across the valley near Merriwa Peter Campbell said dogs were a problem with landholders near Goulburn River National Park.

“As responsible landholders we have to control feral pests and weeds on our land but it appears NPWS don’t have to,” he said.

“We want managers of all public lands to adopt ourattitude when it comes to managing feral pests. These dogs will be harming native fauna as well as livestock.”

Mr Campbell said after lengthy negotiations landholders were able to get professional trappers into the Goulburn River National Park earlier this year.

“But it was at their costs and it took a long time to gain NPWS approval. The trappers caught six dogs,” said.

“Its was a great result but really should landholders have to pay for the management of the park.”

The six joined another 14 caught last year with Mr Campbell saying farmers were already reporting less attacks on their sheep thanks to the campaign.

“Imagine if we all worked together what could be achieved,” he said.

Anecdotal reports say wild dogs are now attacking calves near Barrington Tops National Park something landholders have long predicted.

Many frustrated and angry farmers are hopingthe formation of a funded trapper program run by Hunter Local Land Services will make an impact on the dog problem.

We want the NPWS to join this funded program so we are all working together for the betterment of the whole community, said Mr Campbell.

A sentiment supported by Mr MacCallum who along with others producers is sick and tired of talking to NPWS and getting no support.

“Parks are our neighbours but we are bearing the burnt of their poor management and that is so unfair. Why can a neighbour ruin your livelihood,”? asked Mr MacCallum.

Hunter LLS, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and mining companies have pledged funding for the trapper program that will start next financial year.

Mining giant Glencore will be funding $150,000 over three years in partnership with Hunter LLS to support wild dog control efforts across the Hunter.

“As part of our operations, we work closely with landholders across the Hunter on a daily basis so we understand the significant losses being caused by wild dogs,” said Glencore’sCommunity Relations Manager Craig Strudwick

Wild dogs caught on camera in the eastern fall district at the headwaters of the Hunter River.

“This funding will be in addition to the co-ordinated work we’re undertaking with neighbouring property owners at all of our sites to control wild dogs in the region.”

NPWS, spokesperson said last weekNPWS received a request from Hunter LLS, to contribute toa new wild dog program being developed for the Upper Hunter.

“Wild dog controlis a keypriority for NPWS in thisregion, and we will continue to work cooperativelywith LLS to identify opportunities to support the new program,” they said.

NPWS undertakes both strategic and reactive wild dog control programsat Barrington Tops National Park & State Conservation Area, Mt. Royal, Curracabundi, Goulburn River, Wollemi and Yengo National Parks, Camerons Gorge and Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserves, and other reserves across the region.

Techniques used by NPWS include ground and aerial baiting, M44 ejectors and trapping.

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View from the top: North America’s tallest house is on the market

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For those who enjoy heights, but don’t want the hassle of sharing a supertall building with other residents ??? and who might enjoy, perhaps, some significant bragging rights ??? the perfect property is up for sale in the USA.

It’s the Falcon’s Nest in Prescott, Arizona. It’s the tallest house in North America, its 37 metres of height made up by 10 storeys, and at one point had the honour of being the tallest house in the world. Sadly, it’s now been beaten out by the 173 metre tall, $1 billion Antilla mansion in Mumbai, India.

North America’s tallest home – the ‘Falcon’s Nest’ in Arizona. Photo: Lauren Schleifer/falconnesttower南京夜网

In fairness, it’s also dwarfed by the Thumb Butte, the 1985-metre volcanic plug it’s sitting next to. But you can’t buy that for $US1.5 million ($1.98 million), which is the current asking price.

It was designed by an architect, Sukumar Pal, for his family, and built in 1994 for around $US4 million. Shaped a bit like a chimney, it’s got three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 575 square metres of living space, a very fancy 185 square-metre solarium and a hydraulic glass elevator to shuttle the lucky residents up and down, with an entrance at the garage level.

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It’s got quite a small footprint, both physically, about 92 square metres, and environmentally, as the listing with Sotheby’s describes it as exemplifying “passive solar technologies as well as other unique & alternative power, heating & cooling source”.

It’s not the first time it’s come onto the market ??? it was listed for $US2.8 million in 2015, so the current price is a bit of a bargain.

In comparison, Australia’s tallest house, the Girvan House in the Hunter region of NSW, is about 30 metres high and also comprises of 10 storeys. It cost more than $2 million to build, according to the Newcastle Herald, and was put up for sale in 2012 with a price of $1.75 million.

Girvan House, in NSW. Photo: Newcastle Herald

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Five highlights in your travel weekApril 7

The Langham … offering ‘Easter Escape’ packages in Melbourne.Until Sunday 30 April, guests can hop along to The Langham, for the exclusive Melbourne hotel’s ‘Easter Escape’ package.
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The offer includes a extras such as buffet breakfast for two, a chocolate Easter surprise, complimentary valet parking and unlimited use of the hotel’s pool, pool deck, spa, sauna, steam rooms and gymnasium.

Bookings that include children also include a chocolate treat on each day of the stay, a Sing (the musical) drinking cup, a complimentary in-room viewing of Sing, and one Mini-Melba diner aged nine years and under dines for free at lunch per paying adult at Melba restaurant (with the exception of Easter Sunday).

The Easter Escape package is available from $355 per room per night.

Phone 1800 858 663 梧桐夜网langhamhotels南京夜网 Peppers Craigieburn … could be home for a NSW Southern Highlands golfing getaway.

Peppers is offering a ‘Stay and Play’ golfing getaway in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Stay at Peppers Craigieburn from $245 per night in an Elms Wing Room or at Peppers Manor House from $269 per night in a Highland Queen Room, including breakfast for two.

Guests will receive a golf pass which contains six nine-hole vouchers to redeem at the eight participating local courses from Sunday to Friday.

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SeaLink has launched a range of one-to-five-night Kangaroo Island ‘Wilderness Trail’ on a 61-kilometre walking trail across one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia.

All packages include ferry travel, accommodation and coach transfers. Trails can be walked independently or with a guide in a small group.

The six-day package, for instance, is priced from $465 per adult twin-share and incorporates the full 61 kilometres of new and upgraded trails over five days, with highlights including Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.

梧桐夜网sealink南京夜网419论坛 Tali Wiru … includes an evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune in Central Australia.

Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s exclusive evening event in the desert, Tali Wiru (meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in local Pitjantjatjara) includes an evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, with this season’s menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia.

Guests enjoy champagne and canapes at sunset, accompanied by the sounds of a didgeridoo, followed by a four-course table d’hote menu with matched premium Australian wines.

A storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture and the southern night sky and the evening ends with a port, cognac or native wattleseed-infused hot chocolate around the campfire.

Tali Wiru runs daily until October 15 and is priced at $345 per person, which is fully inclusive of return hotel transport, full menu, matched wines and entertainment.

Phone 1300 134 044梧桐夜网ayersrockresort南京夜网419论坛. The Barossa Valley … one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. Image courtesy of Barsossa & Beyond

Cruise Express has blended four of Australia’s major wine regions into a new cruise tour next March, spanning the continent from east to west.

The hosted, 10-night ‘Voyage to the Vineyards – East to West’ expedition from Melbourne to Perth includes visits to Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, South Australia’s Barossa Valley and also the Margaret River and Swan Valley wine regions in Western Australia.

A day trip on the heritage train, The Spirit of Progress, and wine-paired lunches are also featured in the itinerary aboard the Golden Princess.

Bookings made by April 30 will receive a bonus upgrade from a premium balcony cabin to a mini-suite.

Prices start at $3990 per person twin-share, including two nights accommodation in Melbourne and one in Perth.

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East End hit with pro-Supercars graffiti

GRAFFITI: A shed at Foreshore Park was hit by vandals this week during a pro-Supercars spray painting spree. East End residents have described the attack as an ongoing campaign. IN what residents regard as an act of retaliation, Newcastle’s East End has been hit with pro-Supercars graffiti.
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Last Sundayit was discovered that vandals had spray-painted the historic United Services Club in Watt Street with anti-Supercars graffiti. In the days since there have beenreports of vandalism attacks on the East End in multiple locations.

The Newcastle 500 Supercars Australia event is due to be held in the East End of Newcastle in November. The event has been met with strong opposition from many residents living trackside.

The most recent act of vandalism wasdiscovered on Thursday when a wall at the heritage significant Joy Cummings Centre in Scott Street was emblazoned with “East Enderz love V8 Benderz”.

Pro-Supercar graffiti has also been discovered in Telford Street, Nobbys Road, Zaara Street, Fort Drive, Parnell Place, Foreshore Park and the lane-way between Scott and Alfred streets, according to residents.

East End resident Cath Whelan allegedthe vandalism was part of an ongoing campaign “bysome pro-V8 race supporters to harass the East End community”.

“We are being unfairly targeted for daring to question the location of this motor race through our suburban streets,” she said.

“We can only hope that the perpetrators are caught red-handed soon.”

Newcastle East End Residents Group secretary Joan Browning said her group was careful to operate within the law to express its opposition to the location of the race.

“We are doing our best to get our point across legally,” she said. “Any defacing of anybody’s property is unjustified, it’s illegal and it’s wrong.”

Meanwhile, Supercars can expect a call fromCessnock City Council. The council said itwanted to take full advantage of the Newcastle 500 to “show off the Hunter Valley wine country to the influx of spectators the V8 Supercars event is sure to attract”.

Cessnock City Councillor Jay Suvaal said the race was an opportunity for the tourism industry and it would be calling Supercars to invite the motor racing team to visit the local government area.

“We know this event is going to be absolutely huge, attracting thousands of people from across Australia,” Cr Suvaal said.

“What a fantastic chance to showcase our region and promote ourselves as a must see and do during people’s visit.”

Cessnock City Council and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance will work alongside local accommodation, transport and tourism operators to promote Hunter Valley wine country as the place to stay for those travelling to watch the race.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent supports the plan.

“[We] could reap real reward for our tourism operators and tourism industry now and into the future,”Cr Pynsent said.

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