North Queensland Cowboys end Parramatta Eels’ season, but Jason Taumalolo faces nervous wait

Cowboys end Eels’ season but Taumalolo faces nervous wait TweetFacebookPictures: AAPParramatta’s season is over, but perhaps so too is that of North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.
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The Eels’ premiership drought will now stretch into a 32nd year after the Cowboys once again defied the odds to march to within one game of an unlikely grand final appearance. Whether Taumalolo will be part of the side that takes on the Roosters next weekend remains to be seen after he put a shoulder charge on opposing No.13 Nathan Brown.

The Cowboys have already progressed further than most expected without injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, but a suspension to Taumalolo would be a blow that perhaps even Paul Green’s men wouldn’t be able to recover from.

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The blue and golds came into the game as favourites after pushing Melbourne to the limit, but couldn’t reproduce that performance against the plucky side from Townsville.

The battle of the 13s was a ripper. The buy of the year against, to borrow a line from Billy Moore, the buy of the decade. Taumalolo and Nathan Brown were again among the best for their teams. They seemed to find each other on multiple occasions, although Taumalolo’s hit on Brown in the 29th minute didn’t appear a legal one. While the whistleblowers took no action, replays appeared to show a copybook shoulder charge. It will be a nervous wait for ‘JT’ and his side.

Taumalolo again ran for more than 200 metres. Tackling him is often an exercise in futility. Just ask Daniel Alvaro. The Parramatta forward was a tad lucky to be playing after throwing a reckless elbow against the Storm. Luck deserted him when he got his head in the wrong spot trying to stop ‘JT’. He knocked himself out just five minutes into the game and didn’t return.

The match also marks perhaps the last for in the NRL for Semi Radradra. He will leave the game not only as the pre-eminent winger but also its most dangerous player. His latest try, the 82nd of his short but eventful career in the 13-man code, was a cracker. When Te Maire Martin put up an attacking crossfield kick, it would have been a Cowboys try had one of his teammates come down with it. Instead, Radradra leapt above the pack, marked it like he was playing at the adjoining Spotless Stadium, and ended up putting the ball under the posts 100 metres upfield. When he is in one of these moods, there is no stopping him.

Radradra has the No.2 on his back, but couldn’t be confined to the sideline. There were times when he was playing in the centres, while on other occasions he was pushing forwards out of the way in the middle of the field. Toulon have got themselves a special buy indeed.

While he can score them, so too can opposing wingerflanker Kyle Feldt. His put-down – fighting the sideline, the cover defence and gravity- was just as spectacular.

The Cowboys’ third try could well have been the eight-point variety. Microseconds after Coen Hess put down the ball, Eels hooker Cameron King cleaned him up with a late hit. The visitors took umbrage, players ran in from everywhere and punches were thrown. Officials decided not to give Ethan Lowe an additional shot at goal.

This is will go down as yet another season of disappointment for the Eels. They finished fourth to earn two cracks in the finals, their first since 2009, but went out in straight sets. Two of the tries they scored were from opposition kicks. The only other, from the boot of Mitchell Moses, came after the full-time siren.

Wrecking ball: Jason Taumalolo goes for a gallop. Photo: AAP

Brown was again outstanding in a beaten team. However, their attack, so potent during the back end of the season, didn’t click on the biggest stage. Perhaps the physical and emotional energy they expended against the Storm last weekend was greater than that used by the Cowboys in their extra-time thriller against the defending premiers.

The difference was Michael Morgan. He may be playing without Johnathan Thurston but is playing more and more like him in recent months. With Morgan firing, particularly if Taumalolo is available, the Roosters will do well not to underestimate them. Too many teams have already made that mistake.

Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash

The Nissan GT-R R35, which burst into flames after crashing near Darling Harbour. Photo: SuppliedCrash investigators may soon turn to a vehicle “black box” to reveal what caused a fiery car crash in Sydney’s CBDin which three people were burnt to death.
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Shortly before 3am last Saturday the white $200,000 Nissan GT-R R35 was travelling down Goulburn Street at speed, approaching Haymarket.

It is understood the car had only been bought days before the accident.

Joseph Bagala, 39, brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr, 39 and 31, and Bree Keller, 22, were just moments from the horror crash that would leave two families reeling and the latter three dead.

Brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr were farewelled by hundred of mourners on Friday. Photo: Facebook

Among car enthusiaststhe high-performance Japanese vehicle has earned the nickname “Godzilla”, dominating racing around the world, including the Bathurst 1000 in the 1990s.

The supercar can surge from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, while its top speed is more than 300km/h.

From Leichhardt, Wiley Park and Narrabeen, just how Mr Bagala, the Nasrbrothers and Ms Keller came to be in the car together that night remains a mystery to the families.

NSW Police have confirmed “considerable speed … along with a loss of control” were major contributing factors in the accident, however they are yet to confirm just how fast the car was travelling when it flipped and burst into flames next to the Novotel Rockford hotel.

Crash investigators will examine every aspect of the accident and will now likely refer to the car’s event data recorder (EDR), which stores crash information, much like a “black box” flight recorder used in aviation.

The primary function of an EDR is to sense a developing collision and decide whether to deploy airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.

Crash investigations expert Mark George is one of about 20 civilians in skilled in analysing crash data.

A former military police warrant officer and NSW police sergeant, Mr George launched the inaugural crash data retrieval training course for n police and civilian crash investigators in 2011.

The Nissan GT-R R35 series, which retails for around $200,000.

At that time the Sydney metropolitan crash investigation unit said greater use of the technology in crash investigations was “coming”.

Mr George said most EDRs were housed in the airbag control module of a vehicle, “but they also kept a record of crash and pre-crash data”.

Northern beaches hairdresser Bree Keller, 22, who died in the horror crash. Photo: Instagram

He estimates about half of all n vehicles made since 2007 have the device.

“That data is useful for determining … impact forces, injury likelihood, and what the vehicle was doing immediately prior to collision,” he said, adding that it was rare for an EDR to be so damaged that the data could not be used, even in a fire.

On Wednesday the family of Ms Keller, a northern beaches hairdresser, spoke of their grief in the days it took for police for police to formally identify her body using DNA and dental records, due to the severity of the fire.

“The circumstances of her death are horrific and this week we’ve been having to live with the fact we can’t bring her home,” her mother Tania Keller said on Wednesday.

Stepfather Peter Francis said the entire family remained “at a loss” as to why Ms Keller was in the car, adding that the family did not know “any of the people in the car”.

According to court documents, Jeff Nasr appeared before Burwood Local Court last month for two separate AVO applications sought by police for two different women.

At the time of the accident he was also on bail for charges of destroying property and common assault.

It has been reported Steve Nasr was fined $800 after pleading guilty topossession of a prohibited drug in 2014.

Hundreds of mourners farewelled the Nasr brothers at a memorial service at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Punchbowlon Friday.

A hearse carrying two white coffins was led through the street by a procession of luxurycars and men on motorbikes, some covering their faces with bandanas.

Sole survivor and father-of-four Joseph Bagala remains at St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition, after suffering serious burns and arm, rib and and head injuries.

A NSW Police spokesman said police from Sydney City local area command were “preparing a report for the information of the Coroner which will outline the full circumstances surrounding the deaths”.

The story,Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tasmanian tiny house movement dreams big

Living big in tiny houses One of the tiny house models from Wagonhaus, out of North-West Tasmania. Picture: supplied
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Inside a Wagonhouse, where the outside is welcomed in.

Tiny houses still include the necessities.

The kitchen inside a Wagonhaus tiny house.

The bathroom of a tiny house.

Sunlight streams into the living area of a Wagonhaus tiny house.

TweetFacebookGone are the days when a sustainable home was equated with mudbricks and limited electricity functions.

The sustainable homes of today are intelligent, innovative, and attractive.

Sustainable House Day has been run nationally since 2001, and invites the interested public to step inside these environmentally friendly homes to discover more about the new age of building practices.

In Tasmania, five properties will take part in the day on Sunday, September 17.

Some have been renovated to incorporate sustainable aspects, others have been purpose-built to function in harmony with the environment.

The Bell sisters have brought an international sustainable house concept to Tasmania –the tiny house movement.

The tiny house movement, the details of which are exactly as the name suggests, began in the United States and quickly spread across Europe, and into the Southern Hemisphere.

Katie and Tamika Bell began Wagonhaus last year, and on Sunday, will open their tiny doors into big ideas, at Forth.

Since launching, Katie said the business, which operates out of the North-West, has been flooded with interest, and is booked out into next year.

Katie attributes it to a fast-growing level of engagement with environmental awareness and sustainability.

“More and more people are becoming excited by eco-tourism, farm-to-plate food systems, permaculture and thermally efficient design,” she said.

“I think it is, in part, a reaction to the perception that government and big business are failing in their role as responsible environmental custodians.

“Increasingly, everyday n families want to take back control over their environmental future.”

The smallest Wagonhaus build is less than one-tenth of the size of the average n house, at 2.4 metres by 3.5 metres.

The largest, the family model, is 2.4 metres by ninemetres. They still include bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and lounges.

“I think the most surprising thing people find is just how spacious it feels,” Katie said.

Katie studied at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture in Launceston, and said she and her sister were inspired by the movement’s success overseas, coupled with Tasmania’s fostering attitude towards innovation.

“My sister and I thought to ourselves, ‘the tiny house movement might have started overseas, but it is here, in our incredible Tassie backyard, that we can take it to the next level’,” Katie said.

“As young entrepreneurs, both Tamika and I know just how difficult it can be for young people in Tasmania.”

Katie said the sisters were inspired by their own circumstances: “We did not have access to secure, affordable housing, let alone the freedom to travel, to live debt-free, to live in harmony with nature and to protect the environment.”

They further saw the challenges that faced community members in Northern and North-West Tasmania – housing affordability, the cost of education and transport, and workforce changes.

“Wagonhaus Tiny Homes is the vehicle helping us face that challenge head-on,” Katie said.

“Our tiny homes are going to drive change (both literally and metaphorically) for our communities, by creating more green jobs, more sustainable development and encouraging a shift towards green living at home and in our community. I believe in thinking globally and acting locally.”

As well as their size and ethos, the compact homes incorporate eco-friendly architectural design to boost their sustainability factor.

They use passive solar gain, double-glazing, universal insulation, and cross ventilation for starters, and then there’s the off-grid extras of solar power and composting toilets.

“While rapid technological development such as solar panels, lithium batteries and composting toilets have certainly made the dream of building green homes easier, much of our work still lies in harnessing old wisdom,” Katie said.

“Technological fixes can improve things, but more important is thorough planning in the design and construction phase.

“Attention to detail, correct positioning of the building envelope and the use of thermally appropriate materials is the main game when it comes to designing an eco-friendly home.”

The Wagonhaus tiny homes will be on display at Forth, from 10am to 4pm.

Other homes taking part in Sustainable House Day in Tasmania are:

“Our retirement home”, Evandale: A renovated 1970s house that has been built to sustain its “elderly” residents into the future. It includes recycled timber and stained glass, and a drip-irrigation garden with vegetable patches and a healthy mix of flora.“Renovation”, Westbury: Five years on from its initial renovations, the owners of this property are inviting the public to see how its updates have aged. Its attributes include bamboo flooring, a greywater system, a low-emission woodfire, and outside, a composite wooden deck and a cob pizza oven.“Organic living”, Sheffield: This house is an owner designed and built, solid timber construction. It was designed to be a self-performing passive house, which utilises a range of timbers to maximises their best assets.“Andrew’s House”, Devonport: This home scores an 8.1 rating for passive solar, and has been designed to be energy efficient. The owners brag that with their solar power system, they haven’t paid a power bill since they moved in 12 months ago.All properties will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

To find out more about Sustainable House Day, and to register to view a house, visit sustainablehouseday成都夜网

Billionaire Ten backer Bruce Gordon loses court challenge to CBS takeover

Billionaire media mogul Bruce Gordon has lost a court bid aimed at thwarting the sale of Network Ten to America’s CBS after the NSW Supreme Court threw out his case against administrators of the free-to-air broadcaster.
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Mr Gordon, through his companies WIN Corporation and Birketu,took urgent legal actionon September 6 to prevent Ten’s administrator, KordaMentha, from holding a second creditors’ meeting last week.

WIN television owner Bruce Gordon lost his court bid to thwart the sale of Ten to CBS. Photo: Rob Homer

The meeting was delayed until tomorrow.

The administrator backs the sale of Ten to CBS.

Mr Gordon’s companies had also asked the court to make a range of orders and declarations, including that KordaMentha’s second report to creditors failed to include adequate information about thebid for Ten made by Birketu and Lachlan Murdoch’s Illyria Nominees.

The companies also sought orders that would either reduce or eliminate CBS’ voting rights on the takeover proposal.

CBS is Network Ten’s largest creditor, with Ten holding a $172 million debt to the US group.

On Monday, NSW Supreme Court Justice Ashley Black said he was “not satisfied” that lawyers for Mr Gordon’s companies had established any deficiencies in the creditors’ report that would require orders to be made.

He was also not persuaded that CBS should have its voting rights reduced or removed.

Since the case was heard urgently last week, Birketu and Illyriahave made a fresh bid for Ten.

Justice Black said he had “not had regard to commercial developments which may have occurred after the hearing was completed and judgment reserved” because the parties did not seek to have a further hearing.

“While that approach may seem artificial, it reflects the fundamental proposition that a court must reach its decision on the evidence led by the parties at the hearing before it,” he said.

Justice Black said the question for the court was “not, and should not be, which of any competing commercial proposals put by interested parties would be most advantageous to the creditors of the Ten Group companies” including employees and shareholders.

“That is a matter properly left for their decision,” he said.

Protester charged for refusing to remove black mask under new laws

A 24-year-old man has been charged under Victoria’s new laws aimed to preventviolence from masked offenders for refusing to remove a face coveringat a rally in Melbourne on Sunday.
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A27-year-old female protester has also been charged with assault after a scuffle with police and journalists.

The man will becharged on summons for wearing the black mask, which covered part of his face, Victoria Police said on Monday.

Protesters at an anti Fascists rally in the city. The group is protesting against the far rights “Make Victoria Safe Again’ rally. Photo: Scott McNaughton

Police moved on three other men under the new laws, enacted on Wednesday, which give authorities more powers to crack down on violent protests and rioters with facial coverings.

However, despite the arrests, Victoria Police say they were “generally pleased with the behaviour” at Sunday’s two separate rallies – which saw parts of the CBD shut down as for a right-wing demonstration calling for a crackdown on crime and a left-wing counter-protest against racism.

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The 24-year-old man – dressed all in black and sporting a close-cropped mohawk – silently stood among the left-wing protesters before police swooped in and asked him to remove his face covering, which was in breach of the new laws. He refused and was dragged from the crowd to a

side street, where he was handcuffed and searched.

The man yelled at journalists covering his arrest after his face covering was removed that they were invading his privacy and right to “conceal my identity for my own private reasons” .

OpinionWhich way for humanities at Newcastle university

Humanities under siege: “Education is a social good, not a commodity”.We Athenians, in our own persons, take our decisions on policy or submit them to proper discussion… The worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated.’
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Pericles, ancient Greek philosopher, gave this wise advice 2500 years ago. Why should 21st century Novocastrians bother to listen to a long dead philosopher? Answer: because their own University of Newcastle is threatening to oust philosophy and classics as core humanities disciplines, ‘before the consequences have been properly debated.’

A ‘consultation paper’ presented by UoN management onSeptember 5 to the School of Humanities and Social Science (HASS), shocked academic staff by proposing euphemistically to ‘detach’ 11 staff across seven disciplines: philosophy, classics, linguistics, sociology, community welfare, and cultural studies. They will be replaced with 6.5 appointments with skills supposedly more attuned to contemporary demands. These job cuts are necessary, management insisted, as part of the ‘reinvention’ of the traditional Bachelor of Arts (BA) in order to arrest declining enrolments and (unquantified) revenues, and to ‘align’ the School with UoN’s ‘NeW Futures Strategic Plan, 2016-2025’.NeW Futures has a ‘vision’: ‘a global leader … creating a better future for our regions through innovation and impact.’ But will job slashing, casualisation and outsourcing of academic and professional staff benefit the Hunter, already suffering 19 per cent youth unemployment? Is axing crucial humanities disciplines and the scholars who research and teach them compatible with UoN’s boast that it is in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide? What top-tier university worthy of the title jettisons the very disciplines that have defined universities for centuries and still do?

UoN management vows that HASS will be transformed into a ‘vibrant’, ‘distinctive school’ that can ‘address contemporary social, cultural, political and economic challenges faced by our communities.’ The opposite threatens. Worldwide, the humanities have been under siege as higher education has been increasingly transformed into a product to be sold globally. This is certainly the case in : education is our third largest export industry. The result has been the prioritising of the vocational dimensions of university education at the expense of the invaluable whole of life and career preparation degrees such as the BA provide.

But the tide is turning.

We know that employers increasingly prize HASS ‘transferable skills’, such as researching, writing, communication, problem solving and analysis, that can provide for career flexibility. Management justifies cuts to HASS disciplines and staff with commitments to ‘pioneering education’ and ‘interdisciplinary’ research ‘translatable’ to meet industry needs. Of course, the ‘real world’ labour market cannot be ignored. But far from being distinctive, HASS risks being reduced to just another training provider. In educating ‘work-ready graduates’, UoN should capitalise on its abundant HASS and STEMM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine).

Education is a social good, not a commodity. In 2015 UoNcelebrated 50 years of delivering the highest quality, comprehensive, university education to the Hunter, from which the university was born: a priceless contribution I’m sure Pericles would applaud. It should not be diminished.

Professor Roger Markwick isvice-president (academic staff), UoN branch of the National Tertiary Education Union, and a former head of HASS.

Meet the funky Cardiff cafe with a heart of gold

HARD WORK: Heather Scott has opened The Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art House at 272 Main Road, Cardiff. Picture: Simone De PeakHeather Scott is living her dream.
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For the past 12 years the coffee lover, artist and mother-of-two has had an idea brewing away in the back of her mind.Why not combine all her passions in the one business?

And so The Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art Housewas born. The funky little cafe openedin July at what was formerly known as The Mosh Pit on Cardiff’s Main Road.

“It was a matter of opportunity and timing,” Scott told Food & Wine.

“I had been working at The Mosh Pit for threeyears as a baristawhen my boss decided to sell the cafe part of her business. I couldn’tstand the idea of a stranger coming in and possibly destroyingthe heart and soul of the place.

“I also didn’tlike my chances of finding another job I loved as much as this one.”

She has“spent her entire working life” in hospitality.

“Straight out of school I started at the Newcastle University Union where for the next 10 years I did everykind of food and beverage job there was,” she explained.

“I had a seven-year break when I had my childrenand The Mosh Pit came alongwhen I was desperate to find myself again after being a single parent for so many years. It saved me. I hope I can create something just as special and important for someone else.”

The food offering is a collaboration with a friend andtalented cook.

“We brainstorm ideas constantly. We are very much on the same wavelength and love food made from scratch that is healthy and delicious.”

The Stubborn Scorpio has a set breakfast and lunch menu but all sorts of specials can pop up on the cafe’s Facebook page without warning.The takeaway hummus and vegetable sticks, for example, have been popular at $5 a tub.

“We are certainly not a vegan-only cafe however the demand is growing and we love to provide a variety of options,” Scott said.

The cafe is as much about supporting the local arts community as it is about good coffee and food. Artists can exhibit their works in the in-house gallery and manyare offered for sale.

“We display and sell artworks of all types from exclusively local artists,” she said.

“These people are our customers, friends of friends or people who live down the road.Iwanted to providean outlet for artists, for people who are trying to turn a hobby into a career. To give someone a start.”

Emmys 2017 live: Award winners and highlights

Emmy Awards 2017: red carpet and award winners Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
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Anna Chlumsky arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, Michelle Visage and RuPaul arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Anna Faris arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Lisa Joy, left, and Jonathan Nolan arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Angela Sarafyan arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Amanda Brugel arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Issa Rae arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Carson Kressley, from left, Michelle Visage, Rupaul and Ross Mathews arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Chrissy Metz arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Samira Wiley, left, and Lauren Morelli arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Susan Sarandon arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Alec Baldwin, left, and Hilaria Baldwin arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Jimmy Kimmel, left, and Molly McNearney arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Nicole Kidman arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Award, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Justin Mikita, left, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Jessica Biel arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Melissa McCarthy, left, and Ben Falcone arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Jane Fonda arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Michelle Pfeiffer, left, and David E. Kelley arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Heidi Klum arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lily Tomlin arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Laverne Cox arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Uzo Aduba arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Tessa Thompson arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Yvonne Strahovski arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Sonequa Martin-Green arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lauren Adams arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Felicity Huffman arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

From left, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Judith Light arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Halston Sage arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Carrie Coon arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Michel Gill, left, and Jayne Atkinson arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Marsai Martin arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Samantha Bee arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Ashley Nicole Black arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP=

Samira Wiley arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Vanessa Bayer arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

TweetFacebookTV’s night of nights was poised to be dominated by Aussie talent, like Nicole Kidman, inside and outside on the red carpet.

is going into this year’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards with an impressive form, and two wins from four nominations at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Check out exactly who, right here.

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Matildas ride winning streak into Newcastle for Brazil rematch

Chloe Logarzo, Emily van Egmond and Gema Simon in Newcastle on Monday. Picture: Simone De PeakMatildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo traces the side’s hard-won popularity back to the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Japan 15 months ago.
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waltzed through the final qualifying tournament undefeated, playing to a TV audience back home of more than 300,000.

They carried that form to the Rio Games, where they lost on penalties to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals, then they topped their group at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, in front of the Netherlands, Sweden and China, before losing to Denmark on penalties in the third-place play-off.

Matildas ride winning streak into Newcastle GOLDEN GIRLS: The Matildas celebrate after Lisa De Vanna scored with a long-range volley against Brazil on Saturday in Penrith. The FFA expects a crowd of more than 14,000 for Tuesday’s night’s second game at McDonald Jones Stadium. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Monday.“The fact we’ve started being successful, everything feels like it’s falling into place and we are being portrayed as the elite athletes we should be.

“We were so successful in the Japan campaign for the Olympic qualifiers, and that’s where we really first sparked the love and everyone really got behind that and watched us.The TV ratings were ridiculous, and that was a really goodstart.”

Logarzo, who last appeared in the W-League for Newcastle early last year and now plays for Norwegian club Avaldsnes, came off the bench inthe last 15 minutes on Saturday and hopes for more game time in front of her adopted home crowd on Tuesday.

Fellow midfielderEmily van Egmond said beating Brazil again last weekend, after the 6-1 rout in California, was “sweet” revenge for the Rio disappointment.

“They’ve knocked us out of an Olympic Games, and obviously it hurt,” she said.

“Tournament of Nations they were missing some key players, so that’s what made the victory even more sweet on Saturday at Penrith.I think they were pretty close to their full-strength squad.

“To have a five-time player of the year come out like Marta and to beat them 2-1 is awesome and shows what direction this team’s going in.”

She said the recent success followed years of hard work by the players, coach Alen Stajcic and his support staff, who include her father, assistant coach Gary van Egmond.

“I think we had success in America, and I don’t know if we would have had these crowds [without it], but we’ve been playing some exciting football for a while.

“I think it’s great that we’re able to come home and show the exciting brand that we are playing.We’ve heard nothing but good things about the crowd.”

The former Newcastle midfielder, who now plies her trade with Wolfsburg in Germany’s Women’s Bundesliga, said n football was following the lead of other sports with better pay for women at W-League and international level.

“I think women’s sport in general in is going in the right direction. You see what AFL are doing, even Cricket with their contracts.

“With that comes a high level of professionalism and expectation, and that’s what we want to aim for, to be regarded among the other best countries in the world.”

Jets captain and Matildas left back Gema Simon, who also plays forAvaldsnes,did not take the field on Saturday but said the sellout crowd was “surreal”.

“Growing up in Newcastle and always wanting to play in the national team, to be able to do both at home is pretty special,” she said.

Simon and Logarzo will fly out of on Wednesday and are due to play in Norway on Saturday.

Simonsaid she would return to Newcastle after her club commitments end on either November 4 or 18. The W-League starts on the last weekend in October.

WINNERS MATILDAS’ TICKETS

The winners of the Newcastle Herald Matildas ticket giveaway for the game in Newcastle on Tuesday night were:

Melinda Cullen, Brendon Farrar, George Cottrell, Steve Harrison and Emma Levine

Mental health groups sound alarm over dramatic same-sex marriage survey spike

Mental health groups are in urgent talks about how to deal with a dramatic spike in demand they are attributing to the same-sex marriage postal survey, with fears the situation will worsen further as the campaign goes on.
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Digital youth service ReachOut saidit has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August, when the postal survey became Turnbull government policy.

ReachOut –a frontline group that has about 1.5 million unique visitors to its website every year –saidits online forums have also recorded a sharp increase in activity, with young gay people reporting feeling scaredand tired of personal attacks.

Digital youth service ReachOut said it has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August. Photo: Andrew Meares

One of the country’s top mental health experts –former n of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry –is in no doubt the spike is linked to the divisive debate unleashed by the postal survey campaign.

“We are hearing a lot from LGBTIQ people that this is reviving traumatic experiences, particularly from their school years,” said Professor McGorry, now the executive director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

” is on the threshold of something really positive but we do have to manage the risk to vulnerable people over the course of the debate.”

Digital youth service ReachOut said it has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August. Photo: Andrew Meares

While ReachOut and Orygen have gone public with their concerns about the spike in demand, Fairfax Media understands half-a-dozen of the nation’s most prominent mental health organisations have been part of crisis talks during the last three weeks. Some have taken their concerns directly to the government.

ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas said young LGBTIQ ns were discriminated against every day and were already at high risk of self-harm.

The national debate about their right to marry was “heightening this level of distress”.

“The debate around the postal survey has been, and will continue to be, a significant drain on both the LGBTIQ community and the mental health organisations that support them,” he told Fairfax Media.

“We fear will be counting the cost of the postal survey for many years to come, and not just to the budget.”

Another major service under pressure from the increased demand, but which did not want to be named, said young gay people were reporting feeling “hated by ns” as a result of the debate.

The groups say they are hearing not just from gay people but from friends and family similarly distressed about the debate. They say they fear most of all for young people who don’t seek help, with concerns thousands of young people are suffering in silence and at risk of harm as the ‘no’ campaign intensifies.

Opponents: Lyle Shelton, managing director of the n Christian Lobby and Karina Okotel, vice-president of the federal Liberal Party. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opponents of same-sex marriage officially launched their ‘no’ campaign in Sydney on Saturday, led by conservative politicians Cory Bernardi, Matt Canavan and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Supporters of the reform launched the ‘yes’ campaign in capital cities across the nation on Sunday.

Many same-sex marriage advocates wanted a free vote on the issue in federal Parliament and opposed a public vote –whether by plebiscite or postal survey –partly because of fears about the mental health impacts.

But some opponents of the reform have dismissed the mental health concerns of the campaign, including Senator Canavan, a Nationals MP who said people should stop being “delicate little flowers”.

“Can’t we just all grow a spine and grow up? The debate hasn’t been that bad,” Senator Canavan said in response to warnings from the National Mental Health Commission last week. The worst of the debate had actually come from “vile tweets and statements we’ve heard from ‘yes’ campaigners”, he said.

Federal Liberal Party vice-president Karina Okotel said last week it was not just gay and lesbian ns facing harassment. She said she had been the victim of “vitriolic abuse” for her stance against same-sex marriage.

“A culture has developed whereby it’s acceptable to vilify, mock, abuse and shame anyone who stands in the way or even raise questions about whether we should legalise same-sex marriage. I have been called a homophobe, a bigot and been told that my views are disgusting,”she told the National Press Club this week.

National Mental Health Commission co-chair Allan Fels said the survey debate had heightened discrimination against gay and lesbian ns, with LGBTIQ people experiencing “damaging behaviour in their workplaces, communities and in social and traditional media”.

Worth its weight in fame: China looks sharp ahead of this year’s Emmy Awards

The Emmy award is a copper, nickel, silver and gold sculpture of a winged muse holding aloft an atom – representing the television “arts and sciences” – and wholesale she’s not worth much more than $US400.
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To the winner – either the television programs which take out drama, comedy and limited series, or the actors, directors and writers nominated for those same programs – the long-term value is much greater.

The precise economics of an award’s “worth”, however, is hard to pin down.

The Oscar “bump”, as its known, is worth an average of around $US14 million in box office terms.

Nicole Kidman was nominated for the lead actress Emmy for her role in Big Little Lies. Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

Television’s commercial metric is harder to break open, but few disagree an Emmy win is worth its weight in … well, at the very least copper, nickel, silver and gold.

Some shows –The West Wing,30 RockandLostamong them – actually posted audience drops after Emmy wins; but others, such asThe Shield, were saved from commercial uncertainty because the afterglow of the Emmy win soothed skittish advertisers.

is going into this year’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards with an impressive form, and two wins from four nominations at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Fashion designer Perry Meek and creative director John McKelvey won outstanding costumes in a variety, nonfiction or reality program and outstanding commercial respectively; Sam Neill and Ben Mendelsohn, nominated for outstanding narrator and outstanding guest actor, lost out.

Luminous performance: Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper in Feud.

But we sail into this weekend’s “night of nights” with a robust form: actors Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, director Kate Dennis and producer Bruna Papandrea all up for key awards.

Given the critical acclaim for their work – notably the stunning reviews forBig Little LiesandThe Handmaid’s Tale– we’re in with a reasonable chance in the categories where we are competing.

And for Dennis in particular, the nomination alone has been transformational, effectively shifting her into a high tier of Hollywood directors: among themBetter Call Saul’s Vince Gilligan,The Crown’s Stephen Daldry andHomeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter.

Coming out of last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys – where the first 93 of the 120 Emmy Awards were given out in a heaving two-night extravaganza – Netflix’sStranger Thingsand HBO’sWestworldwere trending strongest.

Those two shows took home five Emmys apiece, ahead of HBO’sThe Night Of(which had four wins),Big Little Lies,The Handmaid’s TaleandVeep(three wins apiece) andThe CrownandFeud: Bette and Joan(two wins apiece).

The night’s biggest category – outstanding drama – is almost splitting at the seams, but was gifted a little breathing room by the absence ofGame of Throneswhich, this year, fell outside the qualifying airdate.

Director Kate Dennis is an Emmy nominee for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Photo: Paul Harris

The seven nominees are:The Crown,The Handmaid’s Tale,Westworld,Stranger Things,This Is Us,Better Call SaulandHouse of Cards.

It’s a formidable lineup, and whileThe Crown,WestworldandThe Handmaid’s Taleare rock solid contenders, it’s hard to imagine notoriously weepy American sensibilities not giving the award toThis Is Us. Given it’s a network show, that’s a huge win.

In the drama acting categories, its hard to go pastThis Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown for outstanding actor in a drama series. He was luminous. For outstanding actress, most likely it’s Elisabeth Moss forThe Handmaid’s Tale. (Unless she’s given a royal outpacing byThe Crown’s Claire Foy.)

The seven outstanding comedy nominees areBlack-ish,Atlanta,Veep,Master of None,Silicon Valley,Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtandModern Family.

It’sVeep’s to lose, particularly given the clock is now ticking towards its series finale, butBlack-ishis a strong emerging contender and it would be nice to see a network comedy wrestle the award back from cable.

In the comedy acting categories, the smart money is on Donald Glover fromAtlanta, unless he’s bumped byTransparent’s Jeffrey Tambor; outstanding actress will surely go toVeep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, though it would be nice to see it go toBlack-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross.

2017 Primetime Emmys n form guideNicole Kidman, nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Felicity Huffman, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Reese Witherspoon.

Prediction:Kidman’s stunning performance inBig Little Liesought to secure the win, but Hollywood has a hard-to-shake affection for Lange.

Geoffrey Rush, nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Riz Ahmed, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor and John Turturro.

Prediction:In a dense field, Ahmed and Turturro are serious contenders, but it’s hard to see anyone outpacing Robert De Niro.

Judy Davis, nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Laura Dern, Jackie Hoffman, Regina King, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shailene Woodley.

Prediction:Tough to predict; Davis’ performance was luminous but ifBig Little Liessweeps the night it’s down to Dern and Woodley.

Kate Dennis, nominated for outstanding directing for a drama series.

Up against:Vince Gilligan, Stephen Daldry, Reed Morano, Lesli Linka Glatter, the Duffer Brothers and Jonathan Nolan.

Prediction:Dennis is the dark horse in a tight race, but Nolan’sWestworldand the Duffer Brothers’Stranger Thingsare both favourites.

Bruna Papandrea, nominated (as producer ofBig Little Lies) for outstanding limited series.

Up against:Fargo,Feud: Bette and Joan,GeniusandThe Night Of.

Prediction:Aside from strong contenders inFeud: Bette and Joanand HBO’s amazingThe Night Of,Big Little Liesshould have this sewn up.

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Monday from 10am on FOX8 or can be streamed on Foxtel Now

What we love about Newcastle: John Earle

Hollywood was the centre of the world no longer NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak
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NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak

NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook Meet JohnAS a kid, John Earle wondered why he was stuck in Newcastle, when, in his eyes, Hollywood was the centre of the world.

Half a century on, as one of the city’s best known artists, Earle sees his hometown differently.

“This place is like the centre of things to me,” he says. “It’s where it’s at.”

Many have seen Newcastle through the eyes and paintings of John Earle. He has meticulously recorded the city’s most beautiful features with his paints and brushes, from the harbour to the ocean pools.

But Earle’s favourite spot for converting life into art is the long strip from Bar Beach to Merewether.

“This is just gorgeous,” he murmurs, as he stands at the northern end of Bar Beach, with a paint-smeared palette and the bones of a new work just waiting to be fleshed out by his brushes. In front of him, the sand is speckled with sunbathers and the sea is a luscious green and blue, its colours being flushed out by the early afternoon sun.

“And look at all those colours there,” he gestures towards the array of swimsuits. “Turquoise, pink, all against the beige setting of the sand. “And when the tide is going out, the rocks look like blue lumps, they add complexity to it.”

When he was a teenager, this place was a source of recreation more than inspiration. He loved surfing and would coax his mother to drive him from New Lambton Heights to the beach. It wasn’t until he was at art school in his early 20s, when he saw the sea on a grey day, that Earle quickly sketched the scene and realised the beach was where he wanted to be artistically.

Earle lived in Sydney and travelled the world painting, but about thirty years ago, he returned to Newcastle to live and work. He’s been painting his home ever since.

“Newcastle’s got an incredible amount of variations,” he says. “I could paint this place every day of my entire life.”

More than being a source of painting subjects, Earle and his wife Amanda Pitcairn love living here. They often stroll along this band of sand that he has painted in hundreds of images. For a holiday, they sometimes travel all the way from their Merewether home and studio and book into Noah’s, “just so we can wake up in this incredible beach city”.

“You’ve got the ocean, the harbour, it’s almost like an island,” he says. “In 100 years’ time, it will be Manhattan by the sea.”

India v China, 1st ODI: Aussies fall short in rain-soaked opener

Chennai: have fallen short in their pursuit of a revised target, losing the rain-affected first one-day international against India in Chennai.
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Chasing 164 off 21 overs after a lengthy delay on Sunday, the visitors slumped to 4-35 in the eighth over when David Warner nicked Kaldeep Yadav through to MS Dhoni.

Glenn Maxwell tried to launch a rearguard action, but his 39 off 18 balls wasn’t enough to save his side from going one-nil down in the five-match series.

David Warner heads back to the pavilion as rain stops play in Chennai. Photo: AP

With the required run rate in excess of 10 with 11 overs remaining, the hard hitting allrounder kicked into gear by plundering 22 off a Kuldeep Yadav over including three consecutive sixes.

But Maxwell was caught in the deep off Yuzvendra Chahal (3-30) looking to clear the boundary for a sixth time before Marcus Stoinis (three) departed three balls later.

From 6-76 the mountain was too steep to climb and finished 27 runs short at 9-137.

It was a cruel loss given the match was only minutes from being abandoned when play resumed.

Rain started falling shortly after India fought back to post 7-281 off their 50 overs after the n bowlers dominated early.

Persistent drizzle abated minutes before the match was due to be abandoned, giving the chance to make a quick dash for victory.

Earlier, West n fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile made a dream start to his first international match since June last year with a sensational opening spell in Sunday’s series-opener.

The 29-year-old picked up three wickets in 13 balls including the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli who was out for a duck to a sensational one-handed Glenn Maxwell catch in the gully.

Kohli may have been regretting his decision to bat first under overcast skies as Coulter-Nile made the most of conditions to shape the ball away from the right- handed batsmen.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a solid 79 off 88 balls for India. Photo: AP

He had opener Ajinkya Rahane (five) and Manish Pandey (duck), both caught behind and was unlucky not have a fourth wicket when Steve Smith missed a chance to catch Hardik Pandya at slip.

Showing no signs of the stress fracture in his back, which has cruelled the last 15 months of his career, Coulter-Nile finished with 3-44 off his 10 overs.

India were reeling at 5-87 when Cartwright took a simple catch to dismiss Kedar Yadav for 40 off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis (2-54).

The situation was tailor-made for MS Dhoni, who combined with Pandya for a 118-run partnership.

While Dhoni rotated the strike, Pandya’s power hitting came to the fore as he hit three consecutive sixes off legspinner Adam Zampa (1-66) in the 37th over, which yielded 24 runs.

Pandya looked to be on his way to a century, but he top-edged an attempted slog sweep to third man off Zampa to end his innings of 83 off 66 balls, including five sixes and five fours.

Dhoni holed out to deep mid-off in the final over, off James Faulkner’s bowling, (1-67) after making 79 off 88 with two sixes and four fours.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar added a useful 32 off 30 balls to help the home side to finish strongly.

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