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A taste of China, via Sydney, coming soon to a phone near you

The world will soon have a new set of emoji. From June this year, your smartphone will speak the universal language of dumplings, as well as chopsticks, take-out boxes and fortune cookies, created by one-woman marketing machine Yiying Lu via Shanghai, Sydney and Silicon Valley.
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The flavour may be Chinese but the story is quintessentially global, starting with Ms Lu herself, a graphic design artist who arrived in Sydney as an international student from Shanghai and now travels the world as creative director of 500 Startups, a leading Silicon Valley-based accelerator program and venture capital firm, coaching startup firms on the mysteries of successful branding.

Until now, her best known drawing has been the “Twitter fail whale”, made for her friends when she was a student at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The whale being lifted by tiny birds on strings became a viral meme after it was licensed by the microblogging behemoth from the artist in 2008.

The dumpling emoji was conceived in 2015 after Ms Lu and her friend, former New York Times journalist Jennifer 8.Lee, realised its glaring absence when they had to send dumpling photos to each other to communicate their mutual meal plans.

Their “Emojination” Kickstarter campaign to get it added to iOS phones came to the attention of the Unicode committee which asked Ms Lu to create the other three.

The four designs have been approved for a new emoji standard to be released in June.

Ms Lu drew them on a bus in Abu Dhabi in 2015 during one of 25 overseas trips she made from her home base in San Francisco. Now she can’t wait to see what the world makes of them.

She may work with some of the biggest names in business – Google, Microsoft, Disney, PepsiCo, Sony – but she doesn’t like to take life too seriously.

“Yiying means happy and creative. I have to stick to my brand,” she says.

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Sydney Morning Herald half-marathon: DJ Tigerlily gets back her groove

Here comes Dara Hayes (aka DJ Tigerlily), dodging small dogs as she jogs by the beach on a sunny morning in Maroubra. She used to run weird but has found her groove, somewhere between a shuffle and a spring. Her hair used to be electric blue but is mousy brown now.
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“It wasn’t always blue. It was pink. It was purple. It was red. It was green,” she says. “But I became worried that my whole identity was around my hair colour. I was the blue-haired girl. I had definitely grown out of it.”

The 25-year-old musician/artist/ambassador/adventurer/vegan and “good vibes machine” changed back to brown just before running the New York marathon in 2016, for suicide prevention charity Lifeline. She started to falter at the 33-kilometre mark.

“It’s a funny feeling when your body is just telling you to stop, that it isn’t fun anymore,” she says. “I was really hurting but I got through it.”

She shuffled home in about four hours 41 minutes, pushed on by the greater challenges faced by people with mental health problems. “I kept thinking that I am enduring all this physical pain right now but in an hour I will be eating pizza in my hotel room. But the pain so many people suffer is long term and enduring.”

As a teenager, Hayes struggled for years with an eating disorder and feelings of self-loathing. “I felt really down and out, and didn’t understand how to deal with it,” she says. “I still haven’t really got to the bottom of why. But what’s important is what’s happened since and how I got better.”

She says she found her way to happiness with the aid of a hypnotherapist. More recently, she has turned to a personal trainer to improve her physical fitness and “weird” running technique for TheSydney Morning Herald half-marathon.

“Running is really meditative and cathartic,” she says. “I have had massive panic attacks and times of anxiety in the past. But whenever I feel crap I go for a run and 99.9 per cent of the time I will come back feeling so much better.

“That is part of the reason why I am so passionate about mental health, especially for young women. Because there is light at the end of the tunnel and there is hope.” The Sydney Morning Half Marathon is on May 21, 2017. Register at smhhalfmarathon南京夜网419论坛

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Will Australia be drawn into a fresh conflict in the Middle East?

Photo: The PentagonPM ‘knew in advance’ of US strike on SyriaTrump orders US military strike on SyriaWhat we know so farIs Australia about to be drawn into another military conflict alongside the United States in the Middle East?
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What we don’t know yet is whether this is a one-off, punitive strike to deter further chemical attacks on civilians or the start of a longer process to remove Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator.

We’ve learnt something remarkable about Donald Trump here. The man who has promoted “America first” and shown mostly hard-headed realism on international affairs has abruptly launched a humanitarian intervention.

Mr Trump notably called “on all civilised nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria [and] to end terrorism of all kinds and all types”.

Is he planning to go further? To intervene fully in Syria and remove Mr Assad while forcefully brokering some kind of stable peace?

Notwithstanding Mr Trump’s strong words and those of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the past 24 hours, removing Mr Assad remains just as tangled a proposition as it has at any time in the past couple of years during which it has eluded the international coalition.

There are no signs that Russia is prepared to abandon its ally Assad, meaning that the US would be taking on a major power. Unless Trump has some sway over Moscow we don’t know about, then ending the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria would mean a major military intervention requiring air power and ground troops, including Australia’s.

The sheer magnitude of that means it is more likely that the US military action will remain a limited strike to punish Assad over the chemical attack. Mr Trump is finally responding to the crossing of the famous red line that his predecessor had drawn but then failed to enforce. He is saying that he will not hold all the might of the US military on a tight leash when there are such deliberate and cruel provocations.

Russia, importantly, can at least tolerate this limited attack on its ally Assad. If Moscow is prepared to let it pass and Assad has no way to retaliate against the US, this should not escalate the broader conflict.

And if the US plans to constrain its military response to such targeted strikes, there is no role for Australia.

But remember this is a complicated conflict and Mr Trump has just proved himself to be an unpredictable president. Even if it is meant as a limited strike, the X-factor is that someone will decide to hit back somehow – Assad through some indirect means, Russia by deliberately conflicting with coalition air forces operating in Syria, or Iran perhaps through its proxy Hezbollah.

If Mr Trump was prepared to act so swiftly and decisively over the chemical attack, he may well do the same again if the other side takes the next step. Then we are in an escalation and Australia would be hard pressed to avoid getting involved.


Robert Dillon: Can the Knights find a new Ben Kennedy?

INSPIRATIONAL: What would the Newcastle Knights give for another player of former Test forward Ben Kennedy’s quality?A GOOD few years ago, back in the days when Newcastle were one of rugby league’s heavyweights, Knights officials identified a player at a rival club they felt could strengthen their squad.
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They offered him a three-year deal.

The club for whom he was already playingmatched the offer.

The Knights came back with a four-year deal, then a five-year deal. The other club were desperate to keep the player, so they matched Newcastle’s offer year for year, dollar for dollar.

The player weighed it all up and then signed with the Knights.

That player was Ben Kennedy, who ranks, in my opinion, alongside Tony Butterfield, Michael Hagan and Mark Sargent as the four most influentialimports since Newcastle’s 1988 foundation season.

Kennedy must have agonised over his decision to join Newcastle.

He had spent four years with Canberra, long enough to form close bonds with his teammates. But he had enough foresight to realise the Raiders were at the end of a golden era.

Ricky Stuart and Bradley Clyde had already joined Canterbury, while Laurie Daley, Brett Mullins and David Furner would all depart within 12 months.

Kennedy looked at Newcastle and saw a roster featuring names like Johns, Buderus, MacDougall, O’Davis, Gidley, Tahu and Simpson and liked what he saw –a team whose window for success was wide open, and likely to be staying that way for some time.

Over the next five seasons, he helped the Knightswin a premiership,represented NSW and Australiaand in many ways was Newcastle’sheart and soul.

With the benefit of hindsight, it was a major faux pasto let him leave after an injury-riddled 2004. He then spent two seasons at Manly, where he had a similarly inspirational impact.

The thing that made Kennedy such an important signing in Newcastle’s history was not just his on-field ability.

It was the fact that, when others might have been inclined to stay in their comfort zone, he realised the Knights were his best option. He wanted to be a part of that team, and he wanted to live in Newcastle.

Obviously back in 1999, there were certain things that made playing for Newcastle highly attractive.

As mentioned, the Knights had a high-quality squad. Their average home crowd was almost 21,000 –second only to the Broncos.

They were coached by one of the all-time great tacticians in Warren Ryan, and while the training facilities were basic, that was the same at many clubs.

Meanwhile, the cost of real estate and Novocastrian lifestyle meant players were content to accept “unders” to wear the red-and-blue jersey.

It’s a different story for Ryan’s latter-day counterpart, Nathan Brown, in 2017.

The Knights are two-time wooden spooners. Their home crowds have been declining for five years, and last season’saverage attendance of 14,457 was nothing special, in comparisonto other clubs.

Moreover, under NRL ownership since 2014, Newcastle have struggled to attract the third-party sponsorships that their rivals use to top up player salaries.

All of which has combined to leave the Knights in aposition where they are strugglingto attract elite-level talent. Some players, clearly, have been using Newcastle as leverage to secure better deals elsewhere.

Greg Bird would appear a case in point. The former Gold Coast enforcer was a target for the Knights for most of last season, but his decision to join Catalans Dragons would indicate his home-town club were little more than a fall-back option.

The last thing Newcastle need are players with that attitude.

Nor do they need players like the mercenaries Wayne Bennett brought to town, the majority of whom shot through as soon as the master coach left and Nathan Tinkler’s money dried up.

What the Knights need are players who see a team that, within two or three years, will be reaching the peak of its powers when the likes of Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen and Greg Inglis have hung up their boots.

North Queensland dynamo Kalyn Ponga obviously agreed toa lucrative dealwith Newcastle, starting next season, but I doubt money is his only motivation.

I’m sure that a guaranteed shot at playing fullback –the go-to man in an up-and-coming team –was part of the attraction.

He could have stayed in Townsville and learned his trade more gradually, but apparently Ponga is a young man in a hurry, willing to back his ability.

Will Cronulla’s classy utility back Jack Bird be similarly inclined? We’ll wait and see.

There were reports during the week that Bird had agreed to Newcastle’s terms, although he said on Twitter:“Why Newy? Guess the media has tried jumping the gun? Goes to show that everyone believes what the media says.’’

Like Ponga, Bird would potentially be a great signing. But if he decides to stay with Cronulla, then perhaps he’s not the right fit for Newcastle.

The Knights should not be breaking the bank to sign anyone. They need players who, first and foremost, believe the club can achieve great things and want to contribute.

What would they give for another Ben Kennedy?

Can Duterte’s order to occupy disputed islands be taken seriously?

Bangkok: At first glance Rodrigo Duterte’s order to deploy Philippine troops to 10 small islands and reefs in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea is a serious escalation of a dispute that could engulf the world’s major powers.
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But like so many comments made by the 72-year-old firebrand President since he took office last June, it is unclear whether he is joking, stirring patriotic sentiments at home or is serious.

Taken at his word, sending the troops to build permanent structures like barracks and water desalination plants on the islands is a surprising reversal of his policy not to antagonise China. China in October pledged to invest $24 billion in the Philippines where poverty is widespread.

“It looks like everybody else is making a grab for the islands there, so we better live on those that are vacant,” the President told reporters during a visit to a military camp on the western island of Palawan on Thursday.

“I have ordered the armed forces to occupy all??? At least, let us get what is ours now and make a strong point there that it is ours,” he said.

The remarks are sure to provoke an angry response from China, which claims almost all the strategically important parts of the South China Sea where US$5.3 trillion in trade passes each year.

It is unclear how Mr Duterte’s order could be executed. Some of the islands would need expensive and logistically difficult reclamation work before structures could be built on them. China could block supplies to the islands by stationing its Coast Guard vessels in waters near islands it occupies.

Analysts trying to interpret Mr Duterte’s often expletive-ridden and inflammatory comments on many issues wonder whether he is making a policy statement or another of his high-stakes quips.

When he was campaigning for president he said he would ride a jet-ski to an island in the South China Sea and raise the Philippine flag.

He later mocked the media for taking his claim seriously.

On Thursday Mr Duterte told his troops that he may visit one of the islands on the Philippine Independence Day in June to raise the flag.

Asked about his plans for a rusty ship that serves as outpost in the South China Sea for a handful of Philippine marines, he said “I will replace it with a luxury liner. There will be waiters, food, swimming pool so the soldiers there can get fat.”

The man who likes to be called “The Punisher” also told the troops never to surrender to the enemy.

“On the last bullet, put the pistol to your head and tell the enemy ‘f— you.’ At least you will die with your dignity,” he said.

Carlyle Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea at the University of New South Wales’ Australian Defence Force Academy, said it was quite clear that China’s continued consolidation of control over and militarisation of islands in the disputed waters has unnerved Filipino defence officials and now the President.

China has recently fortified its three main islands with airfields, hangers for military jets and installed missile weapons systems and anti-aircraft guns.

Professor Thayer said the Philippines was spooked by reports, later denied by Beijing, that China was moving to install environmental monitoring equipment on to Scarborough Shoal seaized by China in 2012. The shoal sits only 12 nautical miles from the Philippine coast.

Manila also raised concerns when a Chinese oceanographic ship plied waters in the Benham Rise off Philippines’ east coast.

Richard Javad Heydarian, an assistant professor of political science at Manila’s De La Salle University, said Mr Duterte’s comments were meant to calm nerves within the Philippine defence establishment.

“He definitely felt the heat, so is now scrambling to build his patriotic credentials,” he said.

Professor Thayer pointed out the Philippines will violate a 2002 declaration among claimant nations in the South China Sea to exercise self-restraint if it does occupy the islands.

“Even more serious, China is likely to respond. Chinese officials have been quoted as saying ‘if you do one, we will do one and a half. If you do two, we will do two and a half,” he said.

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ARU to meet on Sunday to prepare for vote on 15-team Super model

The fate of one of Australia’s five Super Rugby teams could be decided as soon as Monday after the Australian Rugby Union moved to bring to a head one of the most damaging periods of uncertainty in the history of the code in Australia.
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Almost a month after South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia met in London to agree to a new competition structure for Super Rugby next season but decided to keep it a secret, the ARU board will meet on Sunday to prepare for a vote on the plan on Monday morning.

Though the four SANZAAR nations have maintained a strained silence, it is expected the ARU board will vote on a 15-team model that requires Australia to sacrifice one of its five Super Rugby licences and South Africa two of its six licences.

In an interesting development, however, the board’s nine directors, including chairman Cameron Clyne, ARU chief executive Bill Pulver and former Wallabies John Eales and Brett Robinson, will now also consider which of the five teams the ARU might sacrifice, with the nine-year-old Western Force looming as the team most likely ahead of the Melbourne Rebels and ACT Brumbies. It is a marked change from earlier messaging out of ARU headquarters, which emphasised agreeing to cut a team as a separate process from deciding which team that would be.

The change means one of those three teams could learn their fate as early as Monday and be forced to play out the remaining 10 rounds of this season in the knowledge they will not exist beyond August. However, there was also speculation earlier in the week that the position of Japanese team the Sunwolves was under scrutiny after the Force, Rebels and Brumbies worked hard to shore up financial and government support for their businesses.

News of an ARU vote comes despite prevarication from SA Rugby, the South African national union, which met on Thursday but had not by Friday told the other joint venture partners of its decision in any official capacity.

The ARU, which has come under enormous scrutiny and pressure over its handling of the vexed issue, appears intent on tying up its own end of the agreement and avoiding any further drawn-out speculation, which has plunged the code into a spiral of negative publicity for the past month.

The Rugby Union Players’ Association, which looks after the interests of Australia’s 160-odd professional players, implored the board to back a national footprint for the code.

“The ARU board undoubtedly has a wealth of professional expertise and respected business leaders, with a proven track record of growing businesses all over the globe,” chief executive Ross Xenos said.

“We’d like to see that same growth mindset applied to Australian rugby for a vibrant and prosperous five-team future, rather than making further cuts to the game in an attempt to shrink our way to success.

“The ARU should hold the line and retain all five Australian Super Rugby teams, not make any concessions because of the ills of the past.”

However, the ARU board’s approval alone would also not set in stone a 15-team format next season. Each of the unions in the SANZAAR joint venture must vote internally to approve the change and re-negotiate the remainder of a lucrative broadcast deal signed in 2015.

In the Australian case, it was not until late on Thursday that the ARU received sign-off from Fox Sports. The imprimatur of all broadcasters is key as the current deal is not due to expire until 2020. That includes British broadcaster Sky, whose enthusiasm for southern hemisphere rugby content led to the 147 per cent increase in the current deal.

In South Africa it has been reported that the Kings and Cheetahs are likely to face the chop, although strong opposition is expected from both teams. Crucially, South African broadcaster SuperSport is understood to support the proposed model in principle after ratings plunged under the 18-team format, which started in 2016.

Fairfax New Zealand reported that a return to a 15-team competition would probably see the format revert to three conferences, with Japan’s Sunwolves joining the Australian conference and Argentina’s Jaguares in the South African group. New Zealand would retain its five franchises in the third conference.

Under the 15-team Super Rugby format, which ran from 2011 through 2015, teams played two rounds of local derbies – eight in total, two more than they do now – followed by four games against opposition from the other two conferences.

Historical concerns centred on the inequality of the conferences and, in New Zealand, the limited prospects of Kiwi teams making the play-offs.

– with Liam Napier

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Can Sydney FC go on with job and take place among greats?

Be grateful for small mercies. Or be careful what you wish for.
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Either thought may be applicable for soccer fans as they contemplate the run out of the current A-League season as it staggers towards its pre-finals conclusion.

Those who advocate a first-past-the-post system to be adopted in Australia, as is the case in most countries round the world, should be mindful of the second axiom.

If this operated here the season would have been over about six or seven weeks before it actually concludes on Easter Sunday. At least there will be something at stake in that game when Perth Glory entertain Melbourne City with both clubs jockeying for position for a finals berth.

Sydney’s all-round excellence was only officially ratified when they disposed of the Glory in Perth a couple of weeks ago when it became mathematically certain they would be Premiers. But the reality is that Graham Arnold’s team has been superior for so much of the season that the Premiers Plate was a foregone conclusion from some time in early February.

For the last six or so weeks of the season the real interest has been two-fold: could Sydney keep their run of sustained excellence going right to the end of the campaign, and which teams will fill the lower (from third place down) rungs of the finals ladder.

In that respect we should be grateful for the small mercy that is the finals system.

In the absence of something every soccer fan (save for the beancounters and business types at the FFA) wants, promotion and relegation, then the skirmishing for those finals spots is the only thing that has been able to sustain interest in the league these past few months.

Now, of course, we are moving to a different phase, and the fascination from mid-April onwards will be all about Sydney and whether they can seal the deal by actually winning the championship.

A title would be a fitting testament to their domination and all-round superiority, but those who like to slow down and survey the scene at car crashes and train wrecks will, of course, be hoping otherwise.

The Sky Blues’ worst nightmare would be to lose to their rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in a semi or grand final, although many would see that as a wonderfully ironic twist to a season that, Sydney apart, has not really set the pulses racing.

Even though their record is superb (only one league loss in 25 games) the Sky Blues took a long time to catch people’s imagination: Arnold-coached teams often do, as the former Mariners and Socceroo boss puts an emphasis on hard work, team structure and discipline and first of all makes his side hard to beat. But the brilliance of Milos Ninkovic, the all-round quality of Bobo and the hard work of the evergreen Alex Brosque has made them a compelling team to watch the longer the season has gone on and the more they have found their groove.

Still, there remains a chance that the Wanderers, a team that has skulked around in mid-table or out of finals contention for most of the season before putting together a strong burst of form in the last month or so of the campaign, could upset the applecart. They are in a rare vein of form, and have some previous here as they are the only side to have beaten Sydney during the regular season. They would relish a meeting with their rivals in the finals and would love nothing more than to destroy Sydney’s Championship dream.

Could Melbourne Victory, clearly the second-best team all season, burst the Sydney bubble in the cruellest of ways?

Their final few matches have been of soporific interest as, like Sydney, they have not been able to change position and be caught for second spot for several weeks. But they seem to be hitting a flat spot at just the wrong time, and having lost three of their last four, will need to start showing some sort of spark pretty soon for anyone to give them a chance.

Outside of these two it is hard to see any of the others stopping Sydney. Melbourne City have the firepower and big-game players in Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill to have a puncher’s chance. Brisbane Roar are competitive with anyone on the day, but lack the consistency of Sydney, while it’s hard to see Perth Glory, another up-and-down unit, keeping it together for three finals games.

It looks like the title is Sydney’s to lose as they bid to become one of the all-time great A-League sides. They just have to keep on keeping on.


Brisbane Roar

Back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Put together a record, 36-game unbeaten run.

Melbourne Victory

Won a record first seven games straight in 2006-07, then scored a record 6-0 grand final win with Archie Thompson netting five goals.

Central Coast

Two grand finals in three years (2011 and 2013, when they were champions, and a Premiers Plate in 2012). Also produced several Socceroos in that era.

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That’s my scene, says Dave FaulknerPHOTOS, VIDEOS

That’s my scene, says Dave Faulkner | PHOTOS, VIDEOS GURUS AT GUM BALL: The Hoodoo Gurus are appearing at the Gum Ball this year.
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GURUS AT GUM: The Hoodoo Gurus will headline next year’s Gum Ball.

LIFE OF A GURU: Dave Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus on stage.

MY SCENE: The Hoodoo Gurus in action. Picture: Simone De Peak

LIKE WOW: Hoodoo Gurus

GURU: Hoodoo Gurus lead singer Dave Faulkner. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookYOU AM IYOU Am I are without doubt one of Australia’s all-time essential rock n’ roll bands. Two and a half decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands. Featuring guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson on drums, Andy Kent on Bass, and (since 1999) Davey Lane on guitar, You Am I have released ten studio albums to date. The band has won a total of 10 ARIA Awards including Album of the year, Best Group and Best Independent Release.

RATCATRATCAT set the indie music scene alight, causing a stir among the major labels in 1990 with their Tingles EP and became known for their pop/punk guitar rock. They hit the big time by grabbing the coveted No. 1 spot on the ARIA chart for their smash single That Ain’t Bad. A year later, they went on to release their landmark album, Blind Love, which saw them at the top of the mainstream charts again with both the album and single, Don’t Go Now, peaking at No. 1. In 1998, Ratcat performed with new bassist, Nic Dalton (The Lemonheads among others), at the Homebake Festival.

STEVE KILBEYIT’S a unique band that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name but The Church, led by the enigmatic Steve Kilbey, is just that. Since arriving in Australia half a century ago, Kilbey has forged a unique and frighteningly individual stream of musical thoughts including the church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, being sung along with him by countless Australians. A songwriter of many musical tongues, Kilbey – band singer, songwriter and bassist, painter, writer, poet, actor, sage, dispenser of arcane wisdom, and much loved national treasure – has created an all-embracing artistic universe of unearthly beauty.

GANGGAJANGGANGgajang was formed in 1984 when Mark Callaghan, previously of The Riptides, and Buzz Bidstrup and Chris Bailey, formerly of The Angels, were commissioned to write songs for the ABC TV program Sweet & Sour. The songs became a debut album, the self-titled GANGgajang, with the hit singles Gimme Some Lovin, House of Cards, Giver of Life and the classic Sounds of Then (This is Australia). With the addition of Geoffrey Stapleton on keyboards, guitar and artwork, and Robert James on lead guitar, GANGgajang became a live entity.

THE ALLNITERSSYDNEY act The Allniters are considered the pioneers of Australian ska after they introduced the unique new style of music to the country in the ’80s. The Allnighters will always be remembered for their big sound, cracking tunes and eccentric exuberance. Mischievous and a little bit cheeky, they’re the most successful ska act in Australian history. Their legacy still lives on to this day and in 2013, The Allniters’ cover of Bobby Bloom’s Montego Bay was voted as one of the top 100 songs in Australia.

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Steamfest inspired photo shoot

Steamfest inspired photo shoot VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer
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VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

VINTAGE: The photos were taken at the old Pelaw Main railway station and featured our fantastic models, Stephen, Janelle and Bryce. Picture: Paul O’Brien, Mulbring photographer

TweetFacebookMARJORIEThe photographsfeatures ‘Marjorie’ the little 0-4-0 class steam engine that lives at Richmond Vale Rail Museum. Marjorie was built by Clyde Engineering at Granville, NSW in 1938.She is very similar to the preserved Avonside locomotive ‘Kathleen’. Marjorie the locomotive worked at the John Lysaghts’ works in Newcastle.

At some stage it was fitted with roller bearings on the side rods/ cranks, which gives a distinctive look and presumably reduces maintenance! Marjorie was retired from use at Lysaghts in 1972 and was initially plinthed in a park at Edgeworth. Fortunately she was rescued from her plinth by Richmond Vale Railway and transferred to their Richmond Main Colliery site near Kurri Kurri. Restoration followed and Marjorie’s first day in service on the RVR occurred on 23 January 1986. Marjorie has since been a regular performer at the RVR, generally appearing in an attractive green livery.

RICHMOND VALE RAILWAYThe history of the Richmond Vale Railway goes back to 1857 when the first section was opened from Hexham, on the banks of the Hunter River, to Minmi near the Sugarloaf Range, a distance of five and a half miles. In 1904 John Brown, who had taken over complete control of the J. & A. Brown Company, started a branch line from this first section through the Sugarloaf Range to Richmond Main Colliery and Pelaw Main Colliery near Kurri Kurri – a distance of twenty-two miles. A large locomotive shed was constructed at Pelaw Main with a major repair shop at Hexham. Richmond Main Colliery was John “Baron” Brown’s pride and joy. This mine was once the largest vertical shaft mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Crashes up at camera spotHunter speed camera map

Crashes up at camera spot | Hunter speed camera map UNWANTED RECORD: The fixed speed camera location on McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park, has had a significant recent increase in crashes. Picture: Simone De Peak
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UNWANTED RECORD: The fixed speed camera location on McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park, has had a significant recent increase in crashes. Picture: Simone De Peak

UNWANTED RECORD: The fixed speed camera location on McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park, has had a significant recent increase in crashes. Picture: Simone De Peak

UNWANTED RECORD: The fixed speed camera location on McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park, has had a significant recent increase in crashes. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookRANKIN Park is home tothe state’s only speed camera witha significant recent increase in crashes, but the NSW government has decided to keep it.

In five years sincethe camera was installed on McCaffery Drive therehas been a 367 per cent rise in “casualty crashes” there, starklyat odds with a statewidetrend of fewer crashesin fixed speed camera locations.

Over the sameperiod, the camera has caught about 10 speeding drivers a month.

It has alsocostmotoristsabout $30,000 a year in fines, out ofa Hunterannual speed camera toll for drivers of about $4 million.

But despite the Rankin Parkcamera being singled out for mentionin a Transport for NSW annual review of speed cameras, the government has ruled out removing or relocatingit.

A “comprehensive review” found the camera hadreduced traffic speeds on the downhill, or westbound, section of McCaffery Drive and should be retained.

“Fixed speed cameras in NSW are placed at specific locations with a known crash history,” a Transport for NSW spokesman said.

“Our aim is to slow drivers down, not fine them, which is why speed cameras are clearly signposted and all locations are published on theCentre for Road Safety website. Over 99 per cent of drivers in NSW do the right thing and pass speed cameras without being fined.”

Wallsend state Labor MP Sonia Hornery called on the government to consider moving the camera, but said therise in crashes on McCaffrey Drivewas a symptom of worseningtraffic.

“McCaffrey Drive is used as a rat run through to Wallsend and the Link Road. The government needs to get on with completing stage five of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass,” Ms Hornery said.

“The government should also review the positioning of the speed camera, given its remarkable failure to reduce casualty crashes in the area.”

Crashesnear the Rankin Park camera tend to be low-impact and the result of “poor decision-making”, relievingNorthern Region traffic tactician Bruce McGregor said, but aren’tnecessarily caused by the camera.

“It’s a heavily populated road at peak times, a main feeder road for John Hunter Hospital and areas of the city, the lake and even the Hunter,” Chief Inspector McGregor said.

“No matter which way you go there’s a heavy volume of traffic, so there’s always the chance of a crash.”

The review found crashes had decreased at all of the Hunter’s other fixed speed cameras, including those at Mayfield West, Gateshead, Sandgate, Lochinvar and Nords Wharf.

Transport has already decided to retainall the cameras except the one on Maitland Road at Sangate, which is under review.

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