Letters to the editor Friday March 16 2018

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ON THE RAILS: Kahibah’s Peter Sansom argues governments are overdue in looking to speed up the rail trip between Sydney and Newcastle. He blames hostility towards rail.
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WHY has it taken so long for governments to see the need for straightening the railway between Sydney and Newcastle (“State case for quicker commutes”, Herald 10/3)? People have been screaming out for the straightening out of our railways for years, yet governments of both political persuasions have been deaf to these calls.

For a long time, both parties seemed to have been openly hostile to rail transport. The closure of the railway into Newcastle and the pathetic excuses for its closure bore witness to that. What’s interesting is that the access to the harbor, which was one of the pathetic excuses, has not helped businesses in Hunter Street.

I digress. When I was an engineman driving freight trains between Broadmeadow and Sydney, I became very frustrated at having to endure steam age alignments while many millions of dollars were spent on new roads and freeways that very quickly became clogged up with traffic. I really hope we see something happen soon.

Mind you, the north coast line needs to be straightened as well. The north coast line is worse the line between Sydney and Newcastle. It’s about time our governments got their priorities right. Rail transport is between three and nine times more fuel efficientthan road. Considering the looming energy shortage – peak oil is still a major issue that the media seems to have forgotten about -and green house gas issues, I’m at a loss to understand why more has not been done before now.

Closing the rail to Newcastle hasbeen of no benefit to the city, and the traffic has only become worse.

Peter Sansom,KahibahCOAL FAR FROM FLAWLESSI NOTE that Matt Howell (“Tomago boss wary of AGL Liddell plan”, Herald 13/3) is worried about renewable energy power supply. If I were him I would be more worried about the 44 fossil fuelled power generation breakdowns since summer began, especially when two coal-fired generators broke down together and took 1000 megawatts of generation out of the grid in an instant.

The Portland smelter mentionedlost its supply due to a fault on transmission lines, nothing to do with generation of electricity.

Since the n Energy Market Operator learnt how to integrate renewables in the South n grid over the past year, more than 50 per centof South ’s power has successfully come from renewables.I also note that the new owner of the South n steel works is planning on using renewable energy to power the steel works since cheap renewable power will make the steel works profitable.

Agner Sorensen,TeralbaRELATED: Today’s Short TakesA KNIGHT TO REMEMBERJARROD Mullen was hung out to dry. Explain this to me again: against the background of Matt Lodge returning to football or Ben Barba testing positive to cocaine not once, but twice, Mullen incurred no assault charges, no bubbler displays, no betting on the game or placing the game in disrepute. Basically, as I understand it he was making a last-ditch attempt to play the game he loves and represented so well. He was held in high regard,then crucified.

Why? For trying all he could do to recover from an injury that had plagued his otherwise exemplary career for years. His career ended not due to a chemical enhancer, or a rape, or anassault, or any of the other apparently minor misdemeanours that get a slap on the wrist.Can someone please explain how this can be?

Greig Hardman,MerewetherCOURTING A BAD REACTIONI KNOW they’re doing their job but I’ve seen it that often, and it annoys me that much, that I feel the need to say no thanks.

Almost every night on the television news there’s a report about a court case.As the accused walks from the courthouse, clearly demonstrating by their body language that they have no wish to say anything to the assembled media, our intrepid reporter feels obliged to shove a microphone in their face and throw a leading question in their direction:“what would you like to say to your victim?”, or“do you feel any remorse for your actions?”, or “would you like to apologise to … ?”.If they choose to run from the cameras, all the better. We will all view the chase. If they lose their temper and push a cameraman or woman, it will probably be replayed multiple times.I hope I’m not the only one but frankly, I think it’s sensationalism masquerading as news reporting and I choose to say no thanks.

John Buckley,FloravilleWHY BRAKE SO SUDDENLYHOW wonderfully efficient the Roads and Maritime Services are with this fiasco (“Speed stoush in Parliament”, Herald 14/3). Firstly we see illuminated signs informing everyone that the speed limit will change on March 11, for some obscure mystical reason, and then, with the illuminated signs still in place, we see that the old 70km/h speed limit signs are still in place on March 12. This begs two important questions: what is the obscure reason behind the speed limit change, and how can people be so inefficient asto carry it out with mass confusion?Oh, I forgot – a state government entity was possibly trying to get our local government to carry out the physical replacement of signs. The result doesn’t surprise me.

Peter Hickey,ShortlandTWO DECADES OF DISCOVERYI WOULD like to congratulate the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) on their 20thanniversary.

In their two decades, they have achieved tremendous accolades and results that have promoted Newcastle as a city that is leading the way in medical research.I always put the HMRI at the top of my list when visiting dignitaries ask what they need to know about Newcastle and where they should visit.

As a father of two children with asthma, I am particularly proud of the work that they are doing in this field. Dr Peter Gibson and his team at the HMRI are now considered an international centre of excellence for asthma and lung research.I would like to congratulate current and past HMRI Directors, Michael Nilsson, Emeritus Professor Maree Gleeson OAM and Emeritus Professor John Rostas on their work over the past 20 years, as well as the Board and its past and present directors.I look forward to the work that will be produced over the next 20 years and beyond.Thank you to all the hard working researchers, students and staff at the HMRI. You are an asset to Newcastle and the greater international community.

Tim Crakanthorp, Newcastle MP

Reds’ Kurz talks down Sydney FC job link

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Marco Kurz has talked down speculation of replacing Graham Arnold as Sydney FC A-League coach.Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has flat-batted links to the soon-to-be vacant Sydney FC job, pointing out that he’s still on contract for another A-League season.
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Kurz has been named as a potential replacement for Graham Arnold when the title-winning mentor leaves to take over the Socceroos at campaign’s end.

Speaking for the first time since Sydney publicly confirmed they were hunting a new coach, the German carefully talked down speculation he was in the running.

“I’ve heard about the rumours from Sydney; maybe it’s not too bad to be named for a club like Sydney FC,” Kurz said.

“But I am concentrated on our next game and I am contracted for the next season.

“It’s only speculation, not more. My focus is for the boys for our goal and nothing else.”

The coach’s future isn’t the only distraction threatening to disrupt the Reds’ finals run, with half a dozen players off contract, including Danish winger Johan Absalonsen and defenders Tarek Elrich and Ersan Gulum.

“It’s normal that players, whose contracts finish after this season, speak with other clubs and find a new way,” Kurz said.

“But I am 100 per cent sure that all players contracted for Adelaide United are focused on the last game.”

Less of an interruption to the squad will be last week’s change of ownership.

Piet van der Pol, the head of the European-based consortium that had bought out all previous stakeholders, has addressed the playing group and attended two training sessions, including on Friday.

He will also be watching on Friday night when his new club host Melbourne City as they try to consolidate their top-six spot.

The Reds haven’t won in five games since January’s 1-0 defeat of Wellington.

That was one week after suffering a 5-0 thrashing by third-placed City. They also have everything to play for on Friday with Melbourne Victory only one point adrift.

With Taylor Regan and Dzengis Cavusevic returning from suspension, Kurz said everyone was available except Baba Diawara (quad).

City, also coming off a two-week break, are again missing Osama Malik (quad) but regain Bart Schenkeveld from suspension.

“Melbourne City is a strong team, very disciplined, very compact,” Kurz said.

“And we have the experience in the last game that they need only one or two chances to score a goal.

“That means we must use every single chance to score and not make simple mistakes like in the last games.”

STATS THAT MATTER:

* City have won their past three games against Adelaide, keeping three clean sheets and scoring a total eight goals

* But City have lost their past three consecutive games

* The Reds have a league-high 321 shots on goal

Campese backs Chinan Comm Games double

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Captain Lewis Holland is confident of men’s rugby sevens gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Rugby great David Campese believes can pull off a historic double and land gold medals in the men’s and women’s sevens at next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
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Campese expects the tournament hosts to grow an extra leg, performing in front of family and friends on home soil, just as they did with twin successes in January at the Sydney Sevens.

“If the players want it, they can achieve what they want to achieve,” Campese told AAP on Thursday after ‘s two Games squads were announced.

“Especially maybe some of the players who live in Queensland, their parents haven’t really had the chance to travel and now they can actually sit and watch their son and daughter play.

“Some people do love that. They thrive. That’s what they play for.”

Sydney Sevens stand-out Maurice Longbottom has recovered from an ankle injury that had sidelined him for six weeks and been named to spearhead the n men’s assault.

The former South Sydney NRL junior, who joined the n sevens team in late 2017, missed the past two world tour legs.

Captain Lewis Holland, who strained his hamstring in the most-recent leg in Canada, was also selected for the April 13-15 showpiece.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are hunting ‘s first gold medal at a Commonwealth Games.

With the women competing for the first time, next month provides a historic opportunity for Commonwealth nations to win gold medals in both events.

Nine members of the Glasgow bronze medal-winning men’s side will be backing up, including veterans Tom Lucas, Sam Myers, Jesse Parahi and James Stannard.

“A gold medal and the No.1 spot is always the goal. We’re not going there to compete. We’re always hungry,” Holland said.

Eight members of the triumphant women’s team from the 2016 Rio Olympics have been picked, including co-captains Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams.

Embracing the pressure of favouritism, coach Tim Walsh said his side were hell bent on adding Commonwealth Games gold to their growing trophy cabinet.

“Every time we’ve put the players under pressure, they’ve thrived under it,” Walsh said.

“If we turn up in our best physical state and mental state, then we’re every chance.”

‘s men have been drawn in Pool B alongside Samoa, England and Jamaica, while the women are in Pool B with Fiji, Wales and England.

‘s men’s sevens team: Lachlan Anderson, Timothy Anstee, Thomas Connor, Lewis Holland (capt), Boyd Killingworth, Maurice Longbottom, Thomas Lucas, Samuel Myers, Benjamin O’Donnell, Jesse Parahi, John Porch, James Stannard, Charlie Taylor.

‘s women’s sevens team: Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry, Dominique Du Toit, Georgina Friedrichs, Ellia Green, Demi Hayes, Shannon Parry (co-capt), Evania Pelite, Alicia Quirk, Cassandra Staples, Emma Sykes, Emma Tonegato, Sharni Williams (co-capt).

Newcastle Permanent defends branch closure after criticism in NSW Parliament

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Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millet says there has been a significant shift in the way people do their banking, with the rise of digital platforms.Newcastle Permanent has dismissed a claim that it’s abandoningthe western suburbs, after Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery took aim at the financial institution in NSW Parliament this week.
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The Labor MP criticised Newcastle Permanent for the recent closure of its Lambton branch, which came on the heels ofshut-downs at John Hunter Hospital and the University of Newcastle.

“Lambton residents and business owners have been left aghast by this decision by the Newcastle Permanent,” she said.

Read more:Newcastle Permanent marks 115 years in business

“Despite being some of the most profitable companies in , financial institutions have abandoned the people in the western suburbs by closing vital services like this one in Lambton.”

But Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett said the institution had seven branches within 5km of the former Lambton office on Elder Street andhad30 across the Hunter.

He said the decisions to close the Lambton, John Hunteranduniversity branches weremotivated by the need to“invest ourmembers’ funds efficiently and responsibly”.

Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett.

Read more:New chairman for Newcastle Permanent

“Over the past few years the Lambton, John Hunter Hospital, and University of Newcastle branches have experienced a significant decline in over-the-counter transactions and local customer visits,” Mr Millett said.

“While we value our loyal customers at these branches, many of our customers preferred the convenience of being able to manage their everyday banking onlineand be supported by our local customer contact centre.”

Mr Millett said the organisationwas“committed to the people of the Hunter”, buttechnological advances had shifted the way people did their banking.

State Labor MP for Wallsend Sonia Hornery.

He said the ATM would be retained at Lambton.

“Keeping this branch open is no longer sustainable when we have to invest in providing services to customersthat prefer digital channels,” he said.

Ms Hornery wrote to Newcastle Permanent to ask for the closureto be reviewed.

“These institutions love to spruik their credentials as being local and friendly but don’t back it up when they close local branches and advise customers to stay loyal and just get online,” she said.

Dad thanks supporters over son’s Vic death

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The father of Brodie Moran has thanked people for the sympathy they have shown.The father of an eight-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his mother in Victoria says he never felt his son was in danger and not being there to prevent his death is his “biggest regret”.
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Brodie Moran’s body was found at a Tootgarook house on the Mornington Peninsula last week, following a call to Ambulance Victoria.

His mother, Joanne Finch, 42, is in custody after being charged with murdering the Tootgarook Primary School student.

In a statement on Thursday, the boy’s father Lee Finch says he never stopped “loving, caring and supporting” Brodie, whom he described as a “very loved, kind, considerate and caring boy”.

“Brodie’s passing has touched so many people,” he said.

“If I could be half the person my son was I would be proud.

“He lived a life in his eight short years that many others may not live in a lifetime.

“When remembering Brodie it is with happiness of his warm cheeky smile and loving caring nature, and this is a gift he has left us all.”

Mr Moran said not being there to prevent his boy’s death is his “deepest regret”.

“Although Joanne and I had separated in July 2015, I never stopped loving, caring and supporting my son both emotionally and financially,” he said.

“Brodie and I had a weekly FaceTime session together when he would share with great enthusiasm all that he had done that week.

“At no point did I, or anyone around Brodie and Joanne, feel that he was in danger.”

Mr Finch said he was touched by the warmth and support people, including from strangers from the other side of the world, had shown him.

He also thanked police and medical services and requested people allow him, his family and friends grieve in private.

Joanne Finch appeared in court last week and did not apply for bail. She was remanded to next appear in court on June 29.

Protest against new Newcastle and Lake Macquarie bus timetable at Gregson Park, Hamilton

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A rally against the new Newcastle and Lake Macquarie bus timetable will be held on Sunday at Hamilton.The decision to send an‘out of service’ bus to taketwo passengers from Broadmeadow to Redhead was an“isolated” response,Newcastle’s public transportoperator Keolis Downer said ahead of a public rally against the region’s newtimetable this weekend.
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The response came after Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison told NSW Parliament this week that an empty bus was sent to Broadmeadow on February 23 to take the passengers to their destination after they missed their connecting service.

Ms Harrison called on the government to reveal how often“public buses are being used as apersonal taxi due to missed connections”.

Read more:‘Constituents are angry’: Labor MPs hammer at government on buses

Fairfax Media received a shortstatement when Keolis Downer was asked about the issue this week.

“The use of a‘not in service’bus to transfer customers after a missed connection on 23 February was an isolated operational response to an isolated operational issue,” the company’sHunter general manager Mark Dunlop said.

Tension: Last month, the auditorium at Belmont 16 Footers was packed for a public meeting over concerns about the new Newcastle and Lake Macquarie bus timetable.

A public rally calling for Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s new bus timetable to be scrapped will be held on Sunday morning.

The rally will start at Gregson Park, Hamilton, at 10.30am before a march to the Newcastle bus depot in Hamilton.

Read more:New bus timetable faces first test

The suburb is one of the focal points of criticism aboutthe new timetable, with business owners complaining that there is no longer a bus service that runs down Beaumont Street–one of the city’s busiest shopping and dining precincts.

Helen Necovski,store manager ofPiggott’s Pharmacy on Beaumont Street, said there had been adrop in customers since the new timetable was introduced.

Keolis Downer, the private operator of Newcastle buses, introduced a new timetable for Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in January.

MsNecovski, who catches the busbetween work and her Adamstown home each day, said the servicenow drops passengers at Tudor Street–a road that intersects Beaumont Street.

”I find there is hardly anyone on the bus, where before it used to take all these people down Beaumont Street,” she said.“[Some elderly bus patrons]can’t walk that far. The bus does drop them off at Tudor Street,but to get to my shop and to IGA, that’s three blocks down, where they could [formerly] get off at my block. I havea bus stop across the road.”

When asked about Keolis Downer’s recent data that showed an almost five per cent increase in patronage on some routes in January, 2018, compared with the previous year, Ms Necovski said:“it’s not in our area at all”.

Changes to thetimetable introduced in January have drawn community backlash, with a 10,000 signature petition calling for the change to be reversed sent to parliament and about 1000 people attending a public meeting in Belmont last month.

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Ask Noel: energy discounts, capital gains and more

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RECENTLY you stated that Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders also receive an Energy Supplement, viz. $366.60 per year for singles and $275.60 per year for each eligible member of a couple. I’m told that this is incorrect. Apart from the recent one-off supplement of $125 per household which was recently paid, CSHC members have no other energy entitlement, so I am advised. Would appreciate your thoughts. What is the Low Income level that applies, and what are the requirements in order to meet the Low Income Test?
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A department spokesperson says that CSHC holders may receive the Energy Supplement depending on when they claimed and were eligible for the card. Since March 20, 2017, the Energy Supplement is no longer paid to new CSHC holders. CSHC holders who were receiving the Energy Supplement on September 19, 2016, will continue to receive the Energy Supplement as long as they remain eligible for a qualifying card or income support payment.

To receive a Low Income Health Care Card (LIC) individuals must meet residence and income test requirements. The income test looks at the gross income earnt for the eight weeks before a claim is submitted. The amount that can be earnt depends on the individual’s situation.

More information on the LIC can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

I am 76 and in the process of writing my will. I have $380,000 in super. I intend to leave the balance on my death to my two grandchildren, ages 25 and 22. I understand this will incur a death tax of some 15 per cent, plus 2 per cent Medicare Levy.

If this is correct, is it advisable to withdraw the balance and place the funds into a term deposit or an alternative that you may recommend. Would putting the money in the bank affect my pension?

This is partly true. Your superannuation will probably, but not necessarily, have a taxable component and non-taxable component. Only the taxable component would incur the death tax if left to a non-dependant. I assume from the information provided your grandchildren are not dependants. Yes, I agree you should withdraw the money at some stage, but when this should occur will depend on your age and the state of your health. For example, if you are in good health I wouldn’t be rushing to do it. Keep in mind that you can appoint an enduring power of attorney and give that person the power to withdraw all your superannuation and place the proceeds in the bank if you are at a stage in life when you believe that death is imminent.

Putting the money in the bank should not affect your pension as your super is being assessed now under the deeming provisions.

My wife and I are trustees of a SMSF, established about 15 years ago. The fund has substantial unrealised capital gains, but also some unrealised capital losses. The gains far exceed the losses. We are thinking about establishing a corporate trustee but do not understand whether such action would trigger a capital gains event. Could you please advise?

There should not be a capital gains/loss event because the beneficial owner remains the same. However, in some states, I believe there could be stamp duty issues depending on the assets the fund holds and how the paperwork of the trust deed was prepared. Make sure you take expert advice every step of the way.

I’ve read conflicting information about the ability to ‘‘convert’’ a property from non-tax deductible owner-occupied to a tax-deductible investment property. My understanding is that if a home loan is taken out for the purposes of buying a home to live in, and that property is later rented out, the loan interest cannot be claimed as a tax deduction against rental income because the original purpose of the loan was not for investment purposes. Is this correct? I’ve recently read commentary that suggests that when the property becomes an investment property the interest becomes deductible even for the same loan.

The interest is not deductible while you are living in the property but as soon as you move out and rent it the rents become taxable income and all expenses, such as interest and rates, become deductible. However, if you move into your rental property the interest ceases to be deductible.

Noel Whittaker is the author of Making Money Made Simple and numerous other books on personal finance. His advice is general in nature. Readers should seek their own professional advice before making decisions. Twitter:@noelwhittaker

A home in Curry Street, Merewether has sold off market for $4 million

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$4 million sale sets new ceiling for Merewether’s Curry Street NEW CEILING: This near-new home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold off market for $4 million.
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CLEAN LINES: The home was designed by award-winning Space DesignArchitecture.

“HIGH END”: It has ocean views, soaring ceilings, a four-person lift, entertaining zones and a saltwater pool.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

A home in Merewether’s Curry Street has sold for $4 million.

TweetFacebook $4 million sale in Merewether’s Curry StreetThe four-bedroom home was designed by Space Design Architecture and has ocean views, a four-person lift and saltwater swimming pool.It may not be a suburb record but a $4 million sale has eclipsed any other for Merewether’s Curry Street.

The seven-figure sum was paid in an off-market exchange during the week andeasily surpassed the previous highest sale amount for the street of $2.399 million, according to n Property Monitors data. That was paid for No.1 last December.

The $4 million sale of 30 Curry Street –a near new “high end” residence which has ocean views and featureda four-person lift –was brokered by agent Mike Flook, of Robinson Property.

The four-bedroom home, built two years ago,was bought by an interstate businessman relocating to Newcastle.

“The home is in thatgolden triangle of Pell, Curry andJanet streets, anything that hugs the back of the school there and is a block or two back from the beach,” Mr Flook said.

“What the purchaser appreciated was it offered privacy -not being smashed by the elements that you get right on the beach –and it is by far one of the best quality homes that he had seen, and he looked at several other that are currently on the market.

“For a build of that quality combined with position, location and what blocks with older homes are selling for in the immediate area, itwill prove to be a sound investment for the future.”

Merewether continued to setthe pace for propertyin the region last yearwith prices soaring more than 20 per cent on the previous12 months and the suburb’s median rising to $1.38 million,according to APM sales data.

Read more: House prices still on rise in beachside suburb

The biggest sale for the year was $5.05 million in May,when Mr Flook sold 107 Frederick Street, which attracted local, national and international interest.

The Frederick Streetsale was on market but the Robinson Property agentsaid a number of sales in and around that exclusive pocket of Merewetherwere doneoff market.

“We’re working closely and tightly with professional people who have made it clear what they’re seeking,” Mr Flooksaid.

“This was an enquiry I received off a completely different property and everything he described was Curry Street and this one rose to the top of the pile.

“A lot of these people don’t make quick decisions. They’re looking for that right property andon the seller’s side, especially up in that bracket, theyare private people and want to keep it low key.”

The record sale comes after a string of other new benchmarks set for suburbs in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in the past six months.

Read more: Strong 2017 for ‘blue chip suburbs’

New price highs were set in Stockton ($2 million), Garden Suburb ($1.1 million),Adamstown Heights($1.6 million),Hamilton South ($2.625 million), Lambton ($1.54 million), Kotara South ($1.09 million),Broadmeadow ($1.25 million) and Redhead ($1.6 million).

A Hamilton East home which hitthe market last weekend will by far surpass any other sales in that suburb if it reached its price guide of$2.7 million to $2.9 million.

Read more: “Jaw-dropping” Hamilton East home poised for new suburb record

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Focus on cultural Fringe

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SCRUMPTUOUSLY WIERD: Performance artist, theatre designer, and questioning showgirl, Carletta The Great presents the surreal “A Showgirl. Deconstructed”.
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The Newcastle Fringe Festival will bring a smorgasbord of local, national and overseas performing arts to Newcastle for five amazing days from the March 22 to March 26.

NERDIEST SHOW YET: Local comedian Clark Gormley offers nerds a riveting plot line linking famous and eccentric boffins throughout history.

This year there will be over 100 acts taking in comedy, theatre, children’s theatre, music, dance, cabaret and circus, promisingsomething for everyone.

All Fringe venues –the Royal Exchange (Bolton Street), The Grand Hotel (Bolton St), the Cathedral, Catapult Dance Studios (Hunter St – Newcastle West). The Gallipoli Legion Club (Beaumont St, Hamilton) and the Wesley Church (Beaumont St, Hamilton) – are within walking distance of the Newcastle CBD and each venue will have at least three shows a day starting at 6pm on week days and six, starting at 1.30pm, on the weekend.

SIT BACK AND RELAX: Masterful A capella ensemble the Accapelicans perform old and new arrangements ranging from recent hits, jazz standards and traditional ballads.

Feature acts include the Accapelicans (from Sydney), Laurie Black Live (from London),Amelia Jane Hunter‘s “The Blue Hour” (n but resides in Germany),Charlie De Barkle’s “Shaken. A James Bond Cabaret” (from Melbourne), Carletta Childs’”A Showgirl, Deconstructed” (Melbourne),Madelaine Culp’s “The Future Now” and “Aunty Plop Plop’s Useless Shop”, and Canadian stand-up comedian Ally Baharoon’s “The Fun Talker”.

The aim of the Newcastle Fringe is multi-faceted, according to festival director Phil Aughey.

“It gives local artists a platform to produce their work in a professional manner,” he said.“It attracts acts from all over the globe to give a variety of performing arts for the audiences and inspire future artists.

“It creates a cash flow for the venues, local businesses and artists.And it establishes Newcastle as a cultural city with international status.”

Newcastle now boasts five different cultural festivals, namely TINA, the Writers Festival, A Music Festival, Micro Theatre Festival and Newcastle Fringe Festival.All designed to increase Newcastle’s importance as a truly cultural city.

It is no coincidence that the Newcastle Fringe follows Adelaide and Perth Fringes, therefore adding to an n circuit.

It’s something the local business community is increasingly recognising, with NFF’s major sponsors this year includingPort of Newcastle,Port Waratah Coal Services and Newcastle City Council (Make Your Place).

With so many acts to choose fromPhillip suggests audience members get a plan.

“My suggestion to audiences is to chose a venue for each night,” he said. “For example at the Royal Exchange there are three cracker shows following each other.

“The Saturday night program at the Gallipoli club is a standout. Lots of really good shows following each other.”

For more information visitwww.newcastlefringe苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Another Trump lawyer linked to Stormy case

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New documents show a second lawyer was involved in legal efforts to silence Stormy Daniels.New documents show a second lawyer with ties to President Donald Trump was involved in legal efforts to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels from talking about her alleged affair with Trump.
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Attorney Jill A Martin signed the documents, which were filed on February 22 as part of confidential arbitration proceedings.

She’s referenced in the filing as counsel for EC LLC – a company formed by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to facilitate a $US130,000 payment to silence Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign, though the address she lists is that of Trump’s Los Angeles golf club.

Cohen has acknowledged making the payment, but said he was not reimbursed and denied the campaign and the Trump Organisation were involved in the transaction.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, confirmed the authenticity of the new documents to The Associated Press and said the documents show that “contrary to Mr. Cohen’s representations, there is little to no difference between EC LLC and The Trump Organisation/Donald Trump.”

In a statement late Wednesday, the Trump Organisation said Martin worked on the filing in her individual capacity and the company has had no involvement in the matter.

The White House says Trump has denied the affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Earlier this month, Clifford filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate her hush agreement because it was signed only by her and Cohen, but not Trump.

She’s also offered to return the money she was paid for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship.

Clifford alleges that she began an intimate relationship with Trump in 2006 and that it continued well into the year 2007, according to the lawsuit.

She said the relationship included encounters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California.

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