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Penguin coach Peter Templeton credited his sidefor ‘’sticking to the game plan’’ aftertheir 61-point NWFL win over Wynyard on Saturday night.
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TOP GAME: Luke Gorrie’s forward pressure was key in Penguin’s win over Wynyard. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

The Two Blues got the job done 14.22 (106) to 6.9 (45) at Wynyard, a game that Templeton said his boys controlled for the majority of the match.

The visitors led at every change, by 17 at the first change, 30 at half-time and 47 at the final change.

‘’We were just trying to get the ball in a little bit quicker into our forward line,’’ he said.

‘’We looked at where we position ourselves in our forward-line, where the most attacking parts of the ground were, so we could give our forwards the best opportunity.’’

Penguin forward Chris McDonald cashed in to kick five goals, while Will Dau also bagged five for the Two Blues.

Luke Gorrie’s forward pressure and Keenan Slater in the back-pocket drew high praise for Templeton, standouts in what he said was a team performance.

He paid credit to Wynyard’s pressure, which contributed to their inaccuracy, but goal-kicking would be a focus going forward.

‘’We are getting these shots on goals, but we need to straighten up,’’ he said.

For the Cats,Chris Bryan kicked four goals, while Mitchell Englund had a strong game.

Penguin’s win moves them into third spot on the ladder with a 2-0 record, while Wynyard are sixth having split their first two outings.

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Pedigree Tigers at top of the pack

FIVE GOAL BAG: Matt Robinson slotted several majors for the Kelly Tigers.
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The Glenrowan Kelly Tigers aren’tshying away from their goal to win three premierships in a row after another healthy start to the season.

The powerhouse club hasdispatched itsfirst two opponents with ease in the opening rounds of theOvens and King season.

Greta couldn’t kick a major in the first half of its gameagainst theKelly Tigers on Saturdayand went on to lose convincingly 4.3 (27) to 30.17 (197).

Jordan Hanstead booted six goals for Glenrowan while teammates Max Scott and Matthew Robinson got five each.

The Kelly Tigers will faceTarrawingee in the next round.

Tarrawingee are also on two wins and beat Bonnie Doon on the weekend 16.10 (106) to 5.8 (38).

In other games Goorambat and District beat Benalla by eight points, King Valley ground out a tough four-point win over Moyhu, Milawa beat North Wangaratta by 134 points and Bright dusted Whorouly.

Full Scores

Glenrowan: 9.3, 16.7, 22.11, 30.17 (197)

Greta: 0.0, 0.2, 2.3, 4.3 (27)

Goal scorers Glenrowan: Jordan Hansted (6), Max Scott (5), Matt Robinson (5), Matt Duffy (4), Mitchell Potts (2), Angus Gray (2), Mitchel Kilner (2), Tristan D’Antonio (2), Christopher Sussyer (1), Josh Garland (1)

Goal scorers Greta: Jason Humphries (2), Patrick Dube (1), Paul Fruzynski (1)

Moyhu: 4.2, 5.3, 8.4, 12.5 (77)

King Valley: 3.5, 7.8, 10.12, 11.15 (81)

Goal scorers Glenrowan: Corey Smith (8), Andrew Balfour (2), Anthony Welsch (1), Peter Sullivan (1)

Goal scorers King Valley: Zachary Blackshaw (3), Brendan Sessions (3), Hayden Sims (2), Adam Evans (1), Daniel Bruce (1), Richard Castles (1)

Goorambat and District: 1.4, 6.5, 9.7, 11.9 (75)

Benalla All Blacks: 1.2, 2.3, 5.4, 10.7 (67)

Goal scorersGoorambat and District:Cameron Symes (5), Liam Hernan (2), Shayne McKean (2), Stuart Sutherland (1), James Dalton (1)

Goal scorers Benalla All Blacks:Harry Moran (3), Samuel MacGregor (3), Max Gallagher (1), Dylan Exton-Cash (1), Joel Eastwood (1),Teague Mcmaster (1)

Bright:5.0, 10.2, 15.3, 19.5 (119)

Whorouly: 1.5, 1.7, 6.11, 12.14 (86)

Goal scorersBright:Thomas Buckley (8), Michael Bradbury (4), Benjamin Bond (3), Brendan Jenvey (1), Darcy Martin (1), Regan Alexander (1),Samuel Buckley (1)

Whorouly:Paul Glanville (3), Nathan Hooper (2), Taylor Fenton (2), Anthony Ivone 2, Josh Kelly 1, James Neary 1,Donald Malsem (1)

Tarrawingee: 1.3, 7.5, 13.9, 16.10 (106)

Bonnie Doon:1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 5.8 (38)

Goal scorers Tarrawingee:Kyle Raven (5), Daniel Salmon (3), Chris Penney (2), Matthew Solimo (2), Jordan Solimo (1), Jarrod Everitt (1),Michael Cornish (1), Daniel McCormick (1)

Goal scorersBonnie Doon:Shannon Galea (2), Kaine Greening (1), Ben Kelleher (1), Kieran McMillan (1)

Milawa: 4.5, 8.9, 20.11, 28.16 (184)

North Wangaratta: 2.0, 6.1, 8.1, 8.2 (50)

Goal scorersMilawa:Jack Stamp (7), Dylan Pritchard (4), Brent Newton (3), Ben Clarke (3), Sam Bowers (3), Edward Dunstan (2),Ryan Hussey (2), Steven Williamson (2), Scott Pell (1), Steven Burke (1)

North Wangaratta:Dayne Carey (2), Haydn Cook (1), Jay Dale (1), Ryan Hearne (1), Michael Denholm (1), Daniel Williams (1),Toby Marx (1)

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Bruce’s toughest battle of all

RECOVERY: Golden Square man Bruce Wright went into cardiac arrest twice during last year’s Tough Mudder event. Picture: DARREN HOWEWITH just a few kilometres left to goin one of Victoria’s toughest endurance events, Golden Square man Bruce Wright thought he could battle through crippling stomach pain.
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The 50-year-oldhad already made it past 17 kilometres of the 2015 Tough Mudder event on Phillip Island in October, battling through thick mud and some of the toughest obstacles on earth.

The stomach pain was the only indicator of what was to come.

Next thing Bruce knew, he was being loaded into a helicopter on a stretcher.

“It’s amazing, but all I had was this one silly thought: I hope I paid my ambulance cover,” Bruce said.

But what really surprised the non-drinker, non-smoker was what had happened in those minutes between first falling into cardiac arrest, and the arrival of the helicopter.

Bruce had died twice.

His main arteries were blocked solid.

When he first collapsed to the ground, two other competitors saw the scene from the top of a hill.

They were Epworth HealthCare nurses Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson, who quickly grabbed a defibrillator and raced to Bruce’s aid.

Adam started compressions while Kaddy kept Bruce’s airways clear and out of the mud. A tough task, after a 17 kilometre run through almost solid mud.

A crowd had gathered as the pair worked on Bruce, managing to re-start his heart.

The cheers and applause from onlookers was short lived however, as Bruce fell into cardiac arrest for a second time.

He was resuscitated again and the helicopter arrived to take him to The Alfred.

Bruce underwent a triple bypass and remained in hospital for three weeks.

“I was really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars, so I hoped I could pull through,” he said.

From the comfort of his lounge chair, Bruce underwent two blood infusions a day for five weeks.

He has now returned to work at Freedom Aged Care, telling his story to his many friends at the residential care community.

Bruce Wright thanks the two nurses who saved his life at last year’s Tough Mudder race – Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson.

But one of the most important steps of his recoverytook place on Monday last week.

Bruce visited Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson at Epworth Health, to thank the two nurses who saved his life that day on Phillip Island.

He continues to keep fit with a home gym, and is still confused at why his arteries had become blocked.

“There hadn’t been any history of cardiac arrest in our family, but it’s got to come down to genetics,” Bruce said.

Either way, he could thank his lucky stars the two nurses were nearby when disaster struck.

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Knights tame Tigers at Hunter Stadium  | Photos

Knights tame Tigers at Hunter Stadium  | Photos THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll
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THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Knights tame the TigerTHRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollNEWCASTLE scored their first victoryunder coach Nathan Brown–and ended a 231-day winless run–with a gripping 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

GIDDY UP

KNIGHTS coach Nathan Brown says his players have nothing to fear as they prepare for Saturday’s clash with competition leaders Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
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Brown acknowledged that the 2015 runner-upsand premiers North Queensland remain the NRL’s benchmark sides, judging by their form in the opening six rounds of the season.

But after Sunday’s 18-16 win against Wests Tigers –their first victory this year –Brown declaredhis troops will head north full of confidence and belief that they can spring a boilover.

“It should be a good opportunity for our blokes to go up there, play in front of a really bigcrowd, and enjoy the game and back themselves to do well,’’ Brown said.

“We shouldn’t go there thinking we’re going to lose. We’ve got to go there with a mindset that we can do well.

“It doesn’t mean we will, but that’s the mindset we’ve got to have. That’s the mindset that, as a club, all those younger players have to develop.

“If we compete hard, whatever else comes, comes. We can build off the back of that.’’

Even after Sunday’s breakthrough win, Newcastle’s first since Brown was appointed at the end of last season, they are certain to be at long odds to upset the Broncos.Brisbane have ruthlessly ground out five wins from their first six games of 2016.

Their only loss was by one point to Penrith in round three.In the process, they have scored135 points and conceded 73.

The Knights, in contrast, have a draw and a win to their credit after six games, and have scored 92 points while conceding176–the most in the NRL.

Brisbane have won their past four games against Newcastle by a combined scoreline of 153 to 52 –or 38 to 13 on average.

Brown said, on early-season performances, the Cowboys and Brisbane were a class above the rest of the competition.

“If there was a grand final tomorrow, they’d be the two teams running around in it,’’ Brown said.

“At the moment there’s no doubt about that.But like when we went to Melbourne, we’ve got to look at it as a really good challenge.

“We’ve got to go there believingwe’ve got a really good shot at winning the game. We’ve got to get that mentality.We’ve got to give ourselves a chance, but obviously Brisbane are in fine form.’’

Newcastle are expected to welcome back 2014 Kangaroos representative Sione Mata’utia, who missed the win against Wests Tigers with concussion, and possibly hooker Danny Levi(back).

BENCHMARK: Brisbane players celebrate a try.

Vintage day of Stomping good revelry

STEP UP: The Cessnock Stomp Festival is an event for all the family, offering a slightly quirky take on entertainment, lifestyle, fun, food and wine.
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Advertising FeatureKick back in country style for a day of revelry, fine local food, wine and music at the Cessnock Stomp Festival,an event for all the family.

Enjoy a feast of beautiful food and wine from the Hunter Region, an eclectic range of arts and crafts markets, many different offerings from local businesses, a Mad Hatter’s High Tea party, a meet-the-wine-makers breakfast and a chance to meet the legends of the Hunter Valley wine industry.

On this Sunday, April 17, the festival’s expanded program will embrace the diverse skills of the Cessnock community –from wineries, restaurants and artisans to artists, historians and musicians.

The centerpiece of the Festival is the McGuigan WineGreat Cessnock Stomp, where participants will celebrate the end of vintage in the age-old traditional stomp.

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Cessnock Stomp FestivalWith shoes off and pants rolled up, competitorsstep inside the barrel and work their feet into a stomping frenzy and get the grape juice flowing to fill their jug as full as they can in two minutes.

Five Great Cessnock Stomp heats will be held hourly from 10.30am.

Heat winners will go feet-to-feet in the final stomp battle at 3pm.

The winner will be crowned the 2016 Great Cessnock Stomp Champion and be awarded great prizes.

Chat to some of the best wine makers of the Hunter while sharing breakfast at the Meet the Wine Makers Breakfast.

Wine makers include StoneHurst Wines, Catherine Vale, Ascella Organic Wines, Ballabourneen Wine, Capercaillie Wines, Ernest Hill Wines, McGuigan Wines, McLeish Estate, Tempus Two Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Draytons Family Wines.

Tickets to the Meet the Wine Makers Breakfast are just $15 and can be purchased online at the 苏州美甲美睫培训学校cessnockstompfestival苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.

Join the Hunter Valley’s home-grown microbreweries for ale, a lager, or a stout.

It’s just a “hops”, skip and a jump to beer enlightment when you’re in the company of Hunter Beer Co, Hope Brewhouse and The Lovedale brewery.

Or join the crowds at the Tempus Two Bubble Lane to celebrate and explore all things bubbly.

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Birthday fun at Billabongs

FILLING A NICHE: Billabongs officially launched its new sushi bar on Wednesday night, believing it provides diners with a new eating option in Maitland.Advertising Feature EVER POPULAR: Billabongs and East Maitland Bowling Club have grown together over the years, and the restaurant now seats 470 people.
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Billabongs FamilyRestaurant celebrated 21 years in business on Wednesday nightwith the official launch of its brand new sushi barand a gala prize givewayat East Maitland Bowling Club.

Billabongs offersa widerange of food at numerousserving stations, includingbarbecue, seafood, noodles,salad,desserts and now its all-newsushi bar.

“We looked around and realised no one in Maitland was really doing sushi at night,” Billabongsmanager Mr Ly Do said.

“We thought there was an opportunity to offer a new dining option.

“We did a soft opening on April 2 and last night was the official launch.

“We hope our new sushi bar gives our loyal customers a chance to explore a new type of food that’s proving very popular.We’re eager forfeedback and treating it like a work in progress.”

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Billabongs Family RestaurantPrizes in the giveaway totalled over $19,000, including a 55-inch flat screen TV, a huge range of whitegoods likefridges, washers and dryers,plus the ever-appetisingfree entry to the buffetto the end of the year, and a 50 per cent off buffet voucher to the end of the year.

“Customers who ordered an adult meal at the restuarantover the last couple of months received a ticket and those tickets went into the barrel,” Mr Do said.

“We just wantedto thank all our loyal customers, suppliersand the community for supporting us.”

Mr Do said the celebration had becomepart of a tradition of showing appreciationover the past 21 years that everyone joins in.

“We’re like a family,” Mr Do said.

“George Brown, from Swan Bay Oysters, supplied eight dozen oysters to give away on the night.

“Local cake makerHeavens Kitchen and Constant Cake Craving suppliedthe birthday cakes.

“Local food suppliers like Bibina, Bidvest and Red Funnel, and all our Chinese food suppliers contributed to the prize draw, and we just want to thank them too.

“We’re freshevery day, every time and that’s a tribute to our suppliers who enable us to be the best value and keep customers coming back.”

East Maitland Bowling ClubCEO Steve Duggan said theclub was proud of its long andprosperousassociation withthe owner of Billabongs, Mr JimmyPo.

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Wests return stronger

Local rugby league returns to the Newcastle sporting agenda this weekend with round one of the Real NRL. But how are the teams shaping up in 2016 and who will be striving for a tilt at the title? Herald sports reporter JOSH CALLINANtakes a closer look around the grounds.
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JUBILATION: Lakes United will be defending their premiership crown in 2016 and hoping to go back-to-back in the Newcastle Rugby League first grade competition.

WESTERN SUBURBS

Coach:Steve Storrie

Last Premiership:2014

Last Year:Minor Premiers(missed grand final)

In:Jake Finn (Newcastle Knights –NSW Cup),Tim Holman (Bathurst),Jacob Jenkinson (return),Jacob Ling (injury),Kyle MacGregor (Wyong),Chad Redman (Gold Coast Titans),Brad Tighe (Gold Coast Titans).

Out:Justin Smith (retired).

Bottom Line: Last year’s minor premiers will start as favourites with NRL players Brad Tighe and Chad Redman adding to an already strong Rosellas squad. Keen to make amends for missing first grand final since 2010.

Tip:First

MACQUARIE

Coach:Adam Bettridge

Last Premiership:1991

Last Year:Third (grand finalists)

In:Daniel Abraham (Kurri),Shane Beale (South Newcastle),Scott Briggs (South Newcastle),Sol Foster (Windsor Wolves),Brock Harmer (Kurri),JosephLeighton (South Newcastle),Ryan Pywell (England),Matt Simon (South Newcastle).

Out:Travis Edwards (Canterbury –NYC),Royce Geoffrey (England),Mitch Manson (England),Mick Moran (retired).

Bottom Line:The Scorpions fell just short of breaking a25-year premiership drought last seasonand welcome Scott Briggs on board in the halves for 2016. Adam Bettridge takes over the reins as coach.

Tip:Second

LAKES

Coach:Dean Noonan

Last Premiership:2015

Last Year:Second (Major Premiers)

In:Shaun Boss (Wyong–NSW Cup),Kyle Kennedy (Mackay),Marcus Marsh (Aberdeen).

Out:Hayden Jeans (Wagga Wagga),Jack Mackin (Brisbane), Rob Mason (Maitland).

Bottom Line: The only thing harder than winning a premiership is defending it, but with player of the year Chris Adams there again Lakes will certainly be in the mix to claim the crown once more.

Tip: Third

Wests return stronger TweetFacebook Lakes’ grand final glorySOUTH NEWCASTLE

Coach:Todd Hurrell

Last Premiership:1989

Last Year:Sixth

In:Sam Cook (NZ Warriors–NSW Cup),Jared Edwards (Cessnock),James Elias (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup),Willie Heta (Cessnock), Ben Roose (injured), James Taylor (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup),Ben Tupou (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup).

Out:ShaneBeale (Macquarie),Scott Briggs (Macquarie),Riley Brown (Central),Joey Leighton (Macquarie), Matt Simon (Macquarie), Kurt Warden (Wyong–NSW Cup).

Bottom Line: The Lions have recruited well to present a strong starting squad, and if theyavoid injuries to key signingswill look to make inroads at the back end of the year.

Tip: Fourth

CESSNOCK

Coach: Dan Smailes

Last Premiership: 2003

Last Year: Fourth

In: Kori Barber (France), Noah Easton (Newcastle Knights–NYC),Marvin Filipo (Newcastle Knights –NSW Cup), Chris Pyne (return),Jake Watts (return).

Out: Geordie Connelly (Maitland), Jared Edwards (South Newcastle),Willie Heta (South Newcastle),Kerrod Holland (Canterbury Bulldogs).

Bottom Line: Goannas mentorDan Smailes was captain-coach the last time Cessnock won the competition and he will be hoping to repeat the dose from the sidelines this year.

Tip: Fifth

MAITLAND

Coach: Trevor Ott

Last Premiership: 2011

Last Year: Eighth

In: Kurt Aldridge (Manly –NSW Cup),Geordie Connelly (Cessnock),Toby Evans (Guildford Owls),Liam Faughlin (Eastern Suburbs–Sydney rugby union),Cameron King (Parramatta – NYC),Rob Mason (Lakes), Luke Mercer (Kurri),Shay Padberg (Kurri), Willie Poleo (Greta Branxton),Jacob Sinclair (overseas).

Out: Tyme Dow-Nikau (Kurri), Howie Grant (Wanderers –rugby union),Kade Hardy (Kurri), Elliott Jennings (Wanderers –rugby union).

Bottom Line: Last year’s wooden spooners could be theimprovement package with new additions creating depthacross the park, including the return of 2013 rookie Liam Faughlin.

Tip: Sixth

CENTRAL NEWCASTLE

Coach:Rowan Kelly

Last Premiership:1949

Last Year:Fifth

In:Cody Brooks (injury),Riley Brown (South Newcastle),Brad Calder (Belmont South),Dale Clacherty (Old Bar),Jacob McKendry (injury),Tom McKenzie (Central Queensland Capras).

Out:Jace Delaney (injured), Daniel French (Kurri Kurri),Dean McBain (retired).

Bottom Line: The Butcher Boys made the semislast yearand there is no reason why they can’t do it again, especially with the inclusion of playmaker Riley Brown.

Tip: Seventh

KURRI KURRI

Coach:Phil Williams

Last Premiership:1995

Last Year:Seventh

In:Mitchell Bird (Greta Branxton), Paulo Dinauvoli (Scone), Nathan Campbell (Wagga Wagga), Tyme Dow-Nikau (Maitland), Daniel French (Central), Kade Hardy (Maitland), Joel Harrison (Scone), Brady Hammond (Tweed Heads), Josh Griffiths (Muswellbrook),Joel McCann (injury),Ethan McKenzie (return), Jake Moore (Greta Branxton), Cameron Moran (Western Suburbs), Kevin Torrens (Casino).

Out:Daniel Abraham (Macquarie), Tim Bennett (Queensland), Scott Dunn (not playing), Brock Harmer (Macquarie), Brad Manton (Sydney),Luke Mercer (Maitland), Josh Papworth (Maitland),Shay Padberg (Maitland), Kyle Smith (Penrith Panthers–NYC),Jay Stevens (overseas), Damien Walters (retired).

Bottom Line: The Bulldogs are almost an entirenew squad with a lot of player movements, but Terence Seu Seu and Ryan Walker will be vital in key positions.

Tip: Eighth

‘Captain’s call’: Lib MP lashes Malcolm Turnbull and ministers for opposing bank inquiry

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has criticised his government for pre-empting a parliamentary enquiry on the banks. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Pressure builds on Malcolm Turnbull as three more Nationals MPs speak out

Veteran Liberal MP Warren Entsch has lashed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior frontbenchers for making a “captain’s call” to oppose a royal commission into the banking sector.

Mr Entsch, one of five government MPs who supports a royal commission into the banking and finance sector, told Fairfax Media on Monday that he was “worried about senior colleagues ruling this out when we have an inquiry under way”.

“How can senior members of the government make a captain’s call and pre-empt this [parliamentary] inquiry?”

And Liberal MP Bert Van Manen, a member of the committee holding that inquiry, due to report May 20, told Fairfax Media the committee should be allowed to run its course and that the recommendation of a royal commission should not be pre-emptively ruled out.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott was, in part, brought undone by a slew of so-called “captain’s calls”, including the decision to knight Prince Philip.

The term – which the Macquarie Dictionary named its word of the year – became a politically explosive term in the dying days of the Abbott government and synonymous with the former prime minister’s lack of consultation with backbench colleagues.

When he took the nation’s top political job, Mr Turnbull promised no more captain’s calls and the restoration of cabinet government.

Labor announced on Friday it would hold a $53 million, two year royal commission if it wins the election later this year.

Mr Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison, Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton are among the members of the Coalition front bench who have subsequently dismissed the idea as a “thought bubble”, a political stunt and a “distraction” while highlighting that Labor has previously opposed such a move.

Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday that government MPs George Christensen, former minister Luke Hartsuyker and Ken O’Dowd all supported, or were open to such a probe. They join Mr Entsch and Senator John Williams.

Mr Entsch said that he had referred victims of malfeasance to the committee examining corporations and financial services and that there was “was nothing in the inquiry terms of reference that excluded a royal commission”.

“It’s all very well to say banks have learned from their mistakes and they will be nicer moving forward. But what about the sins of the past?”

“To stand up and pre-empt the findings of a Senate inquiry, when I have been referring victims to this with an expectation of them being heard, they are shattered that senior members of the government have made this captain’s call.”

A fired-up Mr Entsch vowed to keep fighting for a royal commission.

Mr Van Manen said Labor was grand-standing and engaged in political point scoring by reversing its position and backing the probe after previously voting against it.

“We should let the inquiry run its course, there is an awful lot of detail and work being done. That’s what should happen, then let’s go from them there,” he said.

“You can’t rule it [a royal commission] out.”

Mr Morrison defended the major banks on Monday, declaring that “when you hear Bill Shorten come on the eve of an election and call for a royal commission in this area, you know he’s playing politics”.

“You know he is being opportunistic and he’s being opportunistic with something which goes to the heart of the performance of our economy. Of course there are issues that need to be addressed in the banking and financial industry,” he said.

The push for a royal commission follows a string of financial scandals in the past few years, including the CBA financial planning scandal, bank bill swap rate rigging and the CommInsure life insurance scandal, which saw sick and dying people denied claims. Many of these stories were revealed by Fairfax Media.

Last week, the corporate regulator ASIC this week launched action against Westpac Bank over alleged rigging of the bank bill swap rate, and launched an action against the ANZ Banking Group for similar behaviour, while the Commonwealth Bank has been caught up in allegations of unethical behaviour by its insurance arm.

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Bionic eyes set to switch from fantasy to blinking reality

Samsung are attempting to patent a contact lens with a built in camera.Aficionados of the 1970s-era television series The Six Million Dollar Man, rejoice: contact lenses are coming that could make all your bionic-eye dreams come true.
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A patent application published last week shows Korean electronics giant Samsung is working on a contact lens with a tiny built-in camera.

The lens, which would be controlled by blinking, includes an antenna that will allow the lenses to speak to your phone.

The patent follows the disclosure last year that a global team of academics, funded by the US defence industry, had developed contact lenses that could give the wearer telescopic vision.

WIth that device you would soon be able to zoom in on and record whatever is in front of your eye, without anyone knowing.

The Samsung patent application also suggests wearers of the lens would be able to project images directly onto the lens, potentially doing away with the awkwardness that augmented reality applications have sometimes struggled with on platforms such as  Google Glass.

The application is dated to 2014, about the same time Samsung moved to trademark the name Gear Blink, which has set technology bloggers to wondering if the new product and name aren’t tied to the same project.

Samsung uses the name Gear with its line of wearable technology.

The lens as described in the patent would create a product eerily similar to one imagined in one episode of the British cult TV series Black Mirror, in which the ability to record ones’ entire life and replay it on a screen inside the eye leads to destructive and dystopian outcomes.

Bernard Robertson-Dunn, chair of the health committee of the Australian Privacy Foundation, said such technologies were rife with risk and would need to “be watched very carefully”.

He said Google Glass’s ability to record and replay had raised privacy concerns around the world.

If anything, contact lenses would pose even greater threats because footage could be recorded in a way that was completely hidden.

“To record things without people’s knowledge is bordering on pure surveillance and invasion of privacy,” he said.

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Punishment for Australians won’t be ‘extreme’ in 60 Minutes child snatch case: Lebanese police source

Sally Faulkner travelled to Lebanon to recover her two children, Lahala and Noah, from their father. Photo: Facebook Tara Brown and the 60 Minutes crew were detained in Lebanon. Photo: Channel Nine
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Seven expected to be charged: Lebanese mediaDetained mother has baby in AustraliaAnalysis: What was 60 Minutes doing? 

The five Australians including a 60 Minutes crew being held in Beirut over a botched child recovery operation are unlikely to receive “extreme” punishment, a police source in Lebanon has said.

The source said that authorities in the country would likely be sympathetic to Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner’s desperation, but stressed it still amounted to kidnapping under Lebanese law.

The source also revealed that a Romanian national who was part of the operation has evaded capture by Lebanese police and remains on the run.

A decision on whether charges will be laid over the snatching of two children – the subjects of a custody battle between Ms Faulkner and her Lebanese former partner – off the streets of Beirut last week is expected on Monday.

Local media have reported that charges are expected to be laid against seven of the nine people originally detained, who reportedly include two Britons and two Lebanese along with the four Channel Nine journalists and Ms Faulkner.

The police source said that the plotters behind the snatching had behaved “as though there’s no rule of law in Lebanon”.

“Maybe they had good intentions but you have to look at their actions,” he said.

The children, Lahala, 6, and Noah, 4, were snatched off the street last Wednesday by several men. Ms Faulkner was working with the British-based firm Child Abduction Recovery International. Lebanese authorities reportedly have some evidence that 60 Minutes paid the $115,000 fee to the firm.

The botched operation follows Ms Faulkner’s separation from the children’s Lebanese father Ali Elamine, who took Lahala and Noah to Lebanon and, according to Ms Faulkner, refused to let them return to Australia.

“What they did in the Lebanese law is called kidnapping. They had the intention to save the kids but they are at the same time kidnapping them,” the police source.

Equally there would be an understanding that Ms Faulkner was acting as a mother in what she saw as the interests of her children, the source said.

“Looking at it from an emotional perspective, you need to see how she was thinking.”

The 60 Minutes crew, who accompanied Ms Faulkner, clearly “acted out of excitement”.

“There’s a difference between kidnapping for ransom or kidnapping to return kids to their mother. So in this case their judgment will be minimal. It’s not going to be extreme,” the source said.

“I don’t think they’ll stay (in detention) for too long. I think they’ll be released soon.”

The source added that “there’s one Romanian who hasn’t been found yet – he fled”.

It was not clear whether he was still in Lebanon or had escaped the country.

The snatching happened on the streets of southern Beirut, which is controlled by Shiite political factions.

Complicating the issue, Mr Elamine’s family is reportedly politically connected. His mother, Ibtisam Berri, who was knocked aside on the street during the snatching at a school bus stop, is the cousin of Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, according to reports.

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A wave of imagination followed Japan’s meltdown

Tamaki Tokita is an academic who has done a study of Japanese and international literature written in response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Photo: Peter Rae Some of the many books of fiction written in response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Photo: Peter Rae
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Ryoichi Wago, a poet and high school teacher in Fukushima, was one of the first writers to respond to the triple disaster – earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown – that hit north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killing at least 16,000 people.

After a few days in an evacuation camp, Wago went home and began to record his poetic impressions on Twitter: “Radiation is falling. It is a quiet night.” “The kitchen. I cleaned up the broken plates. As I put them in a box one by one, I felt miserable. For myself, for the kitchen, for the world.” His early tweets were published as Pebbles of Poetry in a Japanese journal, and he continues to tweet to 26,000 followers.

Five years later, Tamaki Tokita, an academic at the University of Sydney, is surprised by the wave of literature inspired by 3/11.

In her PhD thesis, just completed, she notes about 40 books already published in Japan, almost 30 of them novels, as well as short stories, poetry and films.

“People expect the early responses to be hasty and not as well thought out as later ones, but I found a lot of fiction that was quite imaginative.”

The few books that followed devastating earthquakes in 1923 and 1995 were non-fiction, the writers intent on interviewing victims and recording first-hand experience.

“That role is now taken by ordinary people who can post their experiences on social media,” Tokita says. “What was expected from authors was something more imaginative that would help people recover emotionally.”

Among the first published – in June 2011 – was Kamisama (God) by Hiromi Kawakami, a reworking of her 1994 story about a young woman on a picnic with a bear, now set in a post-disaster world affected by radiation.

Explaining her fable, Kawakami spoke of her “quiet anger” at the country she and her fellow Japanese had built, which had upset the “god of uranium” in the Shinto tradition of divine retribution.

While no 3/11 monster equivalent to Japan’s post-war Godzilla has reared up, there is a predictable taste for dystopian fiction showing a future changed by war, nuclear disaster, closed borders and totalitarian government.

“There has been a real conflict between, on one side, promoting the idea of people united and strong in the face of disaster, and on the other hand, people feeling suppressed from criticism of the authorities and expressing anti-nuclear sentiment,” Tokita says.

In his 2011 novel, A Nuclear Reactor in Love, Takahashi Genichiro imagines men making a porn video to raise money for victims of the disaster.

“He was also talking about freedom of speech, writing about sex as something hidden in Japanese society like nuclear power,” Tokita says. Proving his point, he was forbidden to use the book’s title in a university lecture.

The best of these books can be read without any knowledge of the events that inspired them, Tokita says, and most authors do not take an explicit pro- or anti-nuclear position.

“They just want to encourage people to talk and debate, which is new for Japan.”

Most of the authors were writing in Tokyo, she says, treating 3/11 as a national event and yet with the safety of distance to reimagine its outcome.

Tokita was in Auckland with her mother, finishing her undergraduate degree, when they heard about the disaster on the news. They couldn’t get through to family in Tokyo, where Tokita’s grandmother was forced out of her home after the water pipes broke.

“It caused her big stress and shock, and she died soon after,” Tokita says.

Famous Japanese writers, such as Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe and Haruki Murakami, have given their views to the media though not in books. But ripples of reaction have spread into comics, children’s books, and around the world.

Ruth Ozeki, a well-known Canadian-American novelist and Zen Buddhist priest, is among several English-language writers of Japanese parentage who have written on 3/11. A Tale for the Time Being, her Booker-shortlisted 2013 fable, follows the inquiries of a Canadian writer who finds a Japanese schoolgirl’s diary washed up after the tsunami.

“The English-language response is to want to know the Japanese way of thinking and how they manage to cope and keep rebuilding after all the disasters they’ve had,” Tokita says.

Tamaki Tokita will give a free talk, 3/11 in Literature and Film, at the Japan Foundation in Sydney on April 15 at 6.30pm.   

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Nick Cummins suffers Rio setback

Injured: Nick Cummins Olympic dream is in doubt after an ankle injury has ruled him out for a month. Photo: Cameron SpencerNick Cummins is on his way home to Australia with his Olympic dream up in the air after suffering an ankle injury at the Hong Kong Sevens that has ruled him out of action for up to month.
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Australian sevens coach Andy Friend confirmed Cummins would return to Australia to begin rehab on his ankle after hurting it during his first sevens appearance in six years on the weekend.

Cummins was a late call up for the Hong Kong event after Henry Hutchison pulled out of the tournament due to a foot problem and was set to feature at the Singapore Sevens event this weekend.

It means Cummins will, at best, have just two tournaments – the Paris and London legs in May – to show Friend why he should be included in Australia’s Olympic squad that will be picked in early July.

“He needs to get home and checked. The smartest thing is to get him home and get him an opportunity to get some rehab,” said Friend from Hong Kong. “Whilst we sat him on the bench, in all seriousness it was only going to be if we had nothing else. It was a pretty serious ankle injury. He certainly wouldn’t have been at 100 per cent if he got out on the field. It was definitely giving him some grief.”  Good to have my sis and the old boy in Honkers. #Aussie7spic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/C5mgDJjJLK— Nick Cummins (@nckcmmns) April 10, 2016

Friend said Cummins hurt himself on either his first or second carry of the tournament and was visibly below his best.

“When Nick Cummins makes a line break, Nick Cummins normally scores from a line break … we realised there was something wrong,” Friend said. “I thought he showed great character and fight to continue playing on with that, but it was only afterwards that he realised how serious it was.”

Lewis Holland is also expected to miss a month of football after hurting his foot.

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