Porte phones home after sickening crash

TREATMENT: Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France on Sunday night. His mother Penny said she ‘had a feeling’ something might happen. Picture: Getty ImagesSeconds before cyclist Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France, his mother Penny had walked away from her television in Tasmania.
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Mrs Porte had been watching the stage with Porte’s father Ian but said she ‘had a feeling’ something might happen to her son.

“We knew it was a dangerous stage, it had been wet, I just had a feeling, intuition maybe,” she said.

“I couldn’t see it, I walked away and came back in hoping it would be over and it was, but not in the way we expected.”

Mrs Porte said she had spoken to her son on Monday morning from the hospital –Centre Hopitalier Metropole Savoie in Chambery –where he had been transferred.

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— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) July 10, 2017RELATED READINGRichie Porte in serious crash on Mont du Chat descentRichie Porte’s 2017 Tour de FrancePorte suffered injuries including a non-displaced right clavicle fracture and a non-displacedacetabulum (hip) fracture and extensive cuts and abrasions to the right side of his body.

Mrs Porte said her son had not told her how he was feeling about having to exit the race, but said it was disappointing for the family.

“He had great hopes this time so it’s disappointing all round for all of us,” she said.

Porte is expected to be moved to a hospital in Monaco in the coming days but in the meantime his wife Gemma is by his side.

Mrs Porte said Gemma had been travelling to Chambery to be with Porte for Monday’s rest day from competition but changed her flights to get there quicker after she heard about the crash.

She said she and her husband would not be travelling to Monaco to be with their son as they believed he was already in safe hands.

“I don’t think he wanted the pressure of us being there and he is with his wife now,” she said.

The #TDF2017 won’t be the same without our leader @richie_porte but the race goes on. Time to head out for a rest day coffee ride. #Ride_BMCpic.twitter南京夜网/m4ffogima0

— BMC Racing Team (@BMCProTeam) July 10, 2017

Mrs Porte said it was hard watching her son compete and she believed she had seen him endure similar crashes twice before.

“It gets really hard to watch, I don’t like it,” she said.

However, she thanked all the officials and Porte’s team for how they were assisting him in the aftermath.

Mrs Porte said his team was like his family and they all looked after each other. She said even some of his competitors were his friends.

“At the end of the day it could have been much worse, he will heal up and he will be back.”

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‘We have to work around President Trump,’ says Al Gore

“All around the world, the coal industry is in a terminal decline” … former US vice-president Al Gore in Sydney. Photo: Ben RushtonAfter 19 of the 20 nations recommitted to combating climate change at the G20 summit in Germany, Al Gore was in high spirits as he arrived in Australia.
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But the former US vice-president and climate change crusader admitted toconcern overthe USlosing its role as world leader oninternational issues, including the North Koreanmissilecrisis.

“It’s a period for the United States where we have to work aroundPresidentTrump,”Mr Gore said. “And on some issues, such as those in foreign policy, that’s not easy to do.”

In Australiato launch the documentaryAn Inconvenient Sequel:Truth to Powerand meetpolitical and business leaders, Mr Gore lauded the 19 world leaders who agreedtheParis accord on cutting emissions was irreversible.

“When President Trump made his announcement that he wanted to withdraw the US from Paris, I worried that other countries would follow his lead,” he said. “But, quite to the contrary, the rest of the world has redoubled its commitment.

“And in the US, state governments and city governments and businesses have said ‘we going to meet the goals anyway’.

“The latest trend in the numbers shows that the US is likely to meet or exceed the commitments made by former President Obama regardless of what Trump does.”

Eleven years afterAn Inconvenient Truthhighlighted the global warming crisis,the new documentary focuses on Mr Gore’s continued efforts to promote climate action then negotiate behind the scenes at the Paris summit in 2015.

He was glowing about the level of bi-partisan support for climate policy in Australia, despite a decade of argument.

“I’m gratefulthatyour federal government, even though there’s friction and controversy, has stood by the Paris agreement,” he said. “The premiers of your stategovernmentsand the mayors of your cities and your business leaders for the most part are moving in an impressive way.”

While insisting the climate change battle would be won, Mr Gore said the question was whether it would be in time.

“The Great Barrier Reef is at dire risk,” he said. “The droughts come all toofrequently, especially affecting farmers.

“The bushfires are growing into these mega fires that the firefighters here in Australia have talked to me about. And sea level rise, you have homesin Sydney that have been damaged already by the combination of sea level rise andstorm surge.

“The cyclones are not more numerous, but they’re more powerful when they do hit.”

Mr Gore described entrepreneurElonMusk’splanto build theworld’slargest lithium ion battery in South Australia as incredibly significant.

“I hope that it producesa sense of pride in South Australia to be the world’s leader,” he said.”Itwill be the first one of many.

“People weresceptical whenElonMusk announced he was going to build electric cars as well. And now the market cap of Tesla is right at the level of General Motors and Ford in just a few short years.

“The cost declines for battery storage are really quite dramatic so this is just the beginning.”

Mr Gore rejected former prime minister Tony Abbott’s view that Australia should be creating new and more efficient coal-fired power stations.

“All around the world, the coal industry is in a terminal decline,” he said.”China and India have been closing hundreds of coal-fired power plants.

“The demand for coal is declining rapidly. Globally, the market capitalisation of the coal industry has been plummeting because nobody wants the dirty air, much less the global warming pollution.”

Mr Gore said the future forjobs was in renewable energy.

“In the US, there are already twice as many jobs in solar as in coal,” he said. “Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than other jobs in the economy. The single fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician.”

Queensland students to get Comm Games holiday

It’s not about the surfboards but rather the buses, the Queenland government says.Queensland state school studentswill get an extra day of holidays next year after the Commonwealth Games.
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Education and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said Queensland’s state schools would start Term 2, 2018 on Tuesday, April 17 instead of the day earlier, to allow school buses used during the Games to return to regional areas.

But while students will get the day off, it will not be a public holiday.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4 to 15, 2018.

Ms Jones said the later start date followed advice from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“TMR has advised many of the state’s school buses will be in use at the Games’ closing event on Sunday, April 15, and will be unable to return to regional centres in time for the start of school on Monday as originally scheduled,” she said.

“Many of our school buses will be used to transport spectators, event staff, athletes and media representatives during the Games.”

As every Games ticket will include free public transport, more than 700 buses will be required during the 11-day event.

Ms Jones said the date change would also allow teachers to access an extra day of professional development, with Monday, April 16 allocated as a flexible professional development day.

She said the decision to delay the start of Term 2 followed discussions with P&Cs Queensland, relevant unions and principals’ associations.

“I wanted to relaythis message to parents now, well before the beginning of Term 2 in 2018, so they have a long period to plan for this date change,” Ms Jones said.

Opposition Education spokeswoman Tracy Davis said children would miss out on a day of learning and parents would either have to take leave or be faced with extra childcare costs.

Brisbane residents scored anextra public holiday in 2014 during the G20to clear the inner-city due to the disruption and lock down expected.

No holidays or hot showers: How Jo gave up living with money

More than two years ago, Nemeth ditched her job, rental house, car and bank account and built a shack on a friend’s farm. Photo: Kim LuthiIt’s no secret that the cost of buying or renting a property has reached knee-buckling proportions.
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Challenges aside, Jo Nemeth says the change has been overwhelmingly positive. Photo: Kim Luthi

But what if you could sidestep the whole shebang and ditch not only mortgage or rent payments, but the need to spend any money, ever?

To most of us, living without cash or cards sounds like an impossible dream. But for Jo Nemeth, who documents her journey under the name ofJo LowImpact, it’s the new norm.

More than two years ago, Nemeth ditched her job, rental house, car and bank account and built a shack from discarded building materials on a friend’s farm in Koonorigan, in northern NSW.

“We [her former partner, and her now-adult daughter]had a pretty idyllic life but I was working and I was stressed, and I was seeing all the damage that I was doing to the planet, and that I was doing to other people and it got to me so much,” says Nemeth, 48.

“I thought at least if I stop buying stuff I will reduce my own impact, I won’t be adding to the burden on the planet,” says the former community development officer.

Nemeth was also deeply concerned about the social impact of her purchases – particularly the damage large supply chains were causing.

“You know we have child slavery, we have people being pushed off their land, we have people working in factories in developing countries in dangerous situations.”

Her first step to going money-free was striking a laidback arrangement with friends, who agreed to let her live on their land for a year in exchange for help growing vegetables.

She swapped a hot shower for a cold bucket wash, a modern toilet for a compost bucket toilet, a washing machine for hand washing and a kitchen for a hand-built rocket stove.

The first step to going money-free was striking a laidback arrangement with friends, who agreed to let her live on their land for a year in exchange for help growing vegetables. Photo: Kim Luthi

Before closing her bank account (she still has a small amount of superannuation), Nemeth bought one solar panel, a battery and an inverter, saying goodbye to electricity bills for good.

“It’s a very, very small system that’s just enough to charge my laptop and my phone and to run a light,” she says.

After the recent floods in Lismore forced her to move, Nemeth has parked a wagon handmade by her father in a friend’s backyard in North Lismore. In exchange, she’s transforming the yard into an oasis of free food.

Without heating, the depths of winter may prove chilly. But Nemeth can always snuggle under her blankets with her laptop and a DVD from the library.

Using Wi-Fi at home is off the cards – she accesses it at the library or at friends’ houses – as is making phone calls.

As she establishes the latest vegie garden, Nemeth says she gets food by helping out a stallholder at a local organic farmer’s market, and hitchhiking back to her friend’s farm weekly to help out.

Without heating, the depths of winter may prove chilly. But Nemeth can always snuggle under her blankets with her laptop and a DVD from the library. Photo: Kim Luthi

She also happily accepts any food her friends or family are throwing out. “If they’ve got flour that’s got weevils in itI’ll take that and sift the weevils out.”

Nemeth has more swapped or donated clothes than she knows what to do with. And holidays aren’t a big deal. “I don’t think about holidays now as my life is pretty cruisy and interesting,” she says.

Before leaving the rat race, Nemeth set up a fund with her dentist, now down to $700.

There have been definite challenges along the way, such as a lack of hot showers. Then there’s the impact this life choice has had on her personal life.

“The one thing that I’ve realised recently that I sacrificed, that I gave up to do this, was my relationship with a man that I loved,” she says.

Challenges aside, the change has been overwhelmingly positive, she says.

Nemeth dreads the thought of “ever going back to that kind of moneyed life where I have to get a job and live a normal life”.

“I have this incredible sense of freedom – I wake up in the morning and I don’t know what I’m going to be doing for the day, I don’t know what friends I’m going to be hanging out with, who’s going to come and visit me, what I’m going to build or create.

“You know it’s just exciting, I feel filled with this sense of freedom and excitement.”

Gay marriage ‘Plan B’: Liberal MPs may cross floor if conscience vote push fails

Liberal senator Dean Smith is preparing a private member’s bill to legislate same-sex marriage. Photo: Philip GostelowLiberal MPs are seriously considering taking the extraordinary step of crossing the floor to legalise same-sex marriage before Christmas if the Coalition maintains its position that a plebiscite must be held on the issue.
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The preference for moderate MPs is to use a private members’ bill drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith as a trigger for the Liberal party room to drop its election commitment to a plebiscite and allow a free vote in Parliament.

But there is a growing expectation in the Coalition that if this fails, moderate MPs fed up with the lack of progress will take advantage of the close numbers in the House of Representatives to bring on a vote on same-sex marriage.

In order to force a vote, three Coalition MPs would have to cross the floor and support a Labor motion to suspend standing orders.

Greens MP Adam Bandt, the Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie, Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and Victorian independent Cathy McGowan would also have to support the motion. If that happened, Labor would then bring on Senator Smith’s private members’ bill.

Coalition sources said gay rights advocate Warren Entsch and gay MPs Trent Zimmerman, Tim Wilson and Trevor Evans were the most likely candidates to cross the floor to vote for it. The bill would be expected to pass the Senate, where the government does not have a majority.

Nationals MP George Christensen last month crossed the floor to support a Labor bill to stop cuts to penalty rates, setting a potential precedent for other MPs to do the same for issues important to them.

But MPs are acutely aware of the magnitude of defying party policy on such a totemic issue and the destabilising effect crossing the floor could have on the government. That is why a conscience vote is seen as by far the best way for the issue to be resolved.

Senator Smith on Monday said it was time for Parliament to “rise above petty politics” and deal with same-sex marriage.

“I just don’t think the argument denying same-sex couples equality before the law can be substantiated any more,” he told ABC Radio in Perth.

“And further to that I do think it is Parliament’s job to decide the issue.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the weekend said: “We support a plebiscite where all Australians will be given a vote on the matter.

“It is critical that all Australians be given a say and the only reason they haven’t been given that say is because of Bill Shorten.”

Senator Smith said Mr Turnbull was “100 per cent correct” to say it was government policy for a plebiscite to be held before any vote in Parliament.

But he said it was common for policy positions to change – such as on amending section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – thanks to advocacy by MPs.

“My view is the country is ready for a sensible pathway for same-sex marriage and importantly I don’t think the plebiscite enjoys community support any more,” he said.

“The plebiscite is a failed policy; it doesn’t enjoy public support any more.”

Liberal MPs are considering whether to cross the floor on same-sex marriage. Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator Smith said he was finishing drafting his bill, which will include strong religious protections, and would present it to his colleagues so the issue can be resolved by the end of the year.

Mr Entsch said he was in “total agreement” with Senator Smith’s stance.

“But I won’t provide a running commentary on this, that would only stir up the crabs and make people agitated,” he said.

Mr Entsch will travel to New York in September for a three-month secondment at the United Nations.

Liberal senator Eric Abetz, who opposes same-sex marriage, said: “The Prime Minister has made it very clear, yet again, that the Coalition policy is that of a plebiscite.

“We won the last election on that policy and I trust it will remain Coalition policy.”

Xuereb closes gap on leaders

Sydney reinsman Nathan Xuereb moved to within two wins of the Newcastle drivers’ premiership with a double on Monday.
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Nathan Xuereb

Xuereb steeredOur Midnight Mayhem and Supreme Stride to comfortable victories for visiting trainers Stacie Elliott and Craig Cross at Newcastle International Paceway to go to 32 for the season at the track.

With just over seven weeks remaining in the season, Xuereb trails Hunter drivers Mark Callaghan (34) and Brad Elder (33) in what shapes as a exciting battle for the premiership.

Still a junior driver, Xuereb was second in two other races on Monday. He is gaining strong support from trainers such as Cross at Newcastle.

Cross appears the major threat to Clayton Harmey’s shot at a first Newcastle trainers’ premiership.Harmey, who recently moved to Nulkaba, secured the Hunter Valley trainers’ title last year but finished a win short of stopping Shane Tritton claim a seventh consecutive Newcastle crown.

This year, Harmey leads with 43 wins at Newcastle, 15 clear of Cross (28).Mark Callaghan is third on 25.

Harmey’s lead, though, is set to be threatened because he is having aback operation next Monday and will scale back his team while he recovers.

“This is the last attempt of trying to fix my back, it will be my third back operation in three years,” Harmey told HRNSW.

“I had a crash at Newcastle on August 8, 2014, and have had troubles with my back ever since.I haven’t driven in a race since the fall, I drive trackwork but that’s all.

“I’m always in pain . . . nerve pain is the worst pain I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy and hopefully with my next operation they can fix it.

“It’s an unfortunate time to have the operation as the team is going so well at the moment.

“Hopefully I can hold onto the Hunter Valley premiership.

“I’ll still have a few people helping me such as my cousin’s wife, Grace, and Joel Sweeney, so if we can keep a few of the horses going while I’m recovering that would be good.”

‘Like Uber for nannies’: How the babysitter got turbocharged

Lauren Brown is seen caring for nine-month-old Thomas as part of her Nanager business. Photo: Chris HopkinsLauren Brown isa new kind of nanny.
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She cares for and educates children while cooking, cleaning, washing dogs, attending appointments, filing and doing pretty much anything else the families she works with ask her to do.

Brown calls herself a “nanager”. She’s trademarked the name and set up a business connecting would-be nanagers with families.

“I was working in childcareand I just got to know a lot of families and see their crazy lives from the outside and one day a mum approached me and asked ‘would you be a nanny?’,” Brown says.

After working as a traditional nanny for a while the 30-year-old says she saw an opportunity to offer more.

“I realisedI’m really good at that additional layer on top of nannying, the cleaning and managing,” she says.”I thought the nanny industry was still pretty under-utilised. I soon discovered people really value the service and I started expanding and I thought there is so much work for this niche service of combining quality childcare and effective home management.”

Boot strappingIt’s early days for the business, which 30-year-old Brown started four months ago with $8000 of her own savings.

“I got sick of being called a nanny as IthoughtI was associated with someone who was a babysitter and I am so much more,” Brown says. “I am reinventing it.There’s not much I’ve said no to personally. I draw the line at things thattake away my safety or supervision of children, I did say no to picking up dog poo once.”

Brown charges a $300 fee to connect nanagers and families and says expanding the role of the traditional nanny opens up higher earning potential.

“Nannies are pretty underpaid but when we slot in the house duties as well there is a higher pay rate and more room to negotiate,” Brown says. “For me it’s making it a valuable careeroptionfor those who love working withchildrenoutside of childcare.”

Nanagers charge between $27 to $38 an hour and Brown is creating alternative revenue streams for her business through a resource platform and workshops for nannies.

“It’s really magical to see the impact on working parents and especially working mums when I get to see mums return to careers that they love”, she says.

Lauren Brown has trademarked the word Nanager. Photo: Chris Hopkins

The nanny appBrown is not the only entrepreneur tapping into themarket for nannies. Mother of threeViviana Rossiosis set to launch her nanny app Little Ones later this year.

Rossios came up with the idea for the app, which she describes as “like Uber for nannies”, when she was juggling caring for her two-year-old, 11-month-old and newborn.

“I had three kids under 2½,” Rossios says. “My mum used to come and help but she would get really tired and I could see she was exhausted. Childcare is not always available,centres are overflowing and you need to wait threeyears for some of them. I thought why can’t I get someone to help me without the commitment of a full-time nanny.We can order a cab through Uberso I wanted to do the same.”

Little Ones is a joint venture between Rossios and her brother Rob Rossi, a childcare operator.

The app will befree to use, with caregivers setting their own rates of $25 an hour and above with Little Ones taking an 11 per cent handling fee from the payment received.

Rossios says Little Ones will follow a “stringent” process of background checking carers.

“Obviously it’s not for everyone and there are some people who are hesitant, but overall there’s beena positive reaction,” she says. “There’ssuch a high demand for childcare services that I feel it’s just a wanted and needed service.”

Annemarie Sansom is the president of non-profit group the Australian Nanny Association, which has 4500 members. Photo: Supplied

Growing demandDemand for nannies is increasing every year, according to Annemarie Sansom, president of non-profit group the Australian Nanny Association, which has4500 members.

Sansom says when she started working in early childhood education nannies were employed on a full-time basis by high-net-worth families.

“Now 20 years later we see lots of ordinary families using nannies who are juggling with a lot of women going back to work,” she says.”We find families utilising a combination of services including centre daycare and nannies. We are finding a larger proportion of people using nannies part-time.”

Sansomsays Nanager provides an option for nannies who want to diversify but is not for everyone, with some nannies wanting to focus solely on childhood education.

“The nanny housekeeper role has always been around but it went by the wayside and Ithinkwhat Lauren is doing isreinvigoratingthat,” she says. “I think the business is fantastic.”

Sansomsays the Australian Nanny Association is building its own online portal but she does have concerns about some online offerings.

“The big concern that we have about apps and directory websites is the concern about child safety and whether they are meeting child safety standards,” she says. “It is not just being complacent and relying on the working with children check, it’s aboutfurther measures to ensure the safety of children.”

Burglar’s leg blown off in bungled break-in

Newcastle courthouse. BENJAMIN Rhodes went to run, but he could only crawl.
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His mate, Ryan Jewell, sprinted across the remote property on The Weir Road at Teralba and jumped into Cockle Creek.

The pair had just been confronted by a homeowner, alerted by a security light at his farm shed, who interrupted their bungled burglary attempt.

It was early onMay 14, 2016, and the second time in a few hours that the pair had broken into the remote property insearch of power tools and firearms.

Rhodes was shot in the left leg at close range, with Jewell later telling the police he saw a flash, heard a loud bang and then heard his mate call out for help.

Jewell said he thenheard more shots ring out over his head as he turned and fled.

Rhodes managed to crawl across the property and was eventually found by a police dog lying in long grass in a ditch, bleeding profusely from a serious wound to his leg.

He had lost so much blood he was considered critical and was in a coma when he arrived at John Hunter Hospital.

Rhodeshad to have his left leg amputated and now requires a wheelchair to get around, court documents state.

Jewell and Rhodes pleaded guilty toaggravatedenter dwellingwith intent, which carries a maximum of 14 years in jail,and larceny.

They will be sentenced in Newcastle District Court in October.The homeowner has not been charged over the incident.

According to a statement of agreed facts, the man told police he saw the shed light come on and then saw two males walk inside.

He told his wife to call the police and went to investigate, confronting Rhodes as he came out of the shed.

“There was a short wrestle and he instinctively tried to point the barrel of the gun towards the ground for safety reasons,” the homeowner told police during an interview on the night of the break-in, according to a statement of facts.

“The gun discharged and shot that male in the leg.

“He picked up some shells, which were on the ground and fired them towards the other male as he was running off.”

Rhodes and Jewell had already broken into the shed earlier in the night and stolen a number of power tools and firearms, court documents state.

But when they returned, Rhodes said “someone started yelling at them and he begged them not to shoot him but he was shot at close range in the leg”, according to an agreed statement of facts.

“That male then threw the gun at him and told him to get off his property.

“He tried to walk, but couldn’t so he crawled away.

“He heard more gunshots as he was crawling away.”

Rhodes remains on conditional bail due to his injuries, while Jewell is in custody.

Gig guide July 13

GIG OF THE WEEK: Canadian garage duo Japandroids make their Newcastle debut on Saturday at the Small Ballroom.MUSIC5 SawyersFriday, Alessandro.
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Anna Bay TavernSaturday, The Way.

Argyle House Saturday, Jay Z 4:44 album party.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Bar Petite Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Nick Connors.Friday,Nicko.Saturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Pana,Elisa Kate.

Bay HotelFriday, Fribays DJs.Saturday,Spank n the Monkey.

Belmont 16sFriday, The Andy Show, Matchbox. Saturday, The Years, Max Jackson. Sunday, Norm Bakker.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Mardy Leith. Saturday, The Levymen.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, Defaced. Sunday, Red Dirt Country.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Ryan Daley.

The BradfordFriday, Allstar.Saturday, All Access 80s.

Burwood Inn Friday,Brown Bear & Hooves. Saturday,DJ Timmy Coffey.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Dope Lemon (Glasshouse), Tired Minds, Young Wolf, Chimera (Warehouse). Saturday, Just A Gent, Moza (Glasshouse),Rapaport,Mac Da Villain,Talakai,Verbal Mechanics,Hypenotic,Kale (Warehouse). Sunday, Steel City of Origin ft.White Blanks,Vacations,Jacob,PALS,Archy Punker,Totty,Nicholas Connors,Chimera,Belle Badi.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Brendan Murphy. Saturday, Purple Rain.

Carrington Place Thursday,Jack McLaughlin’s Frenchman St. New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Nat Henry.

Catho PubSaturday,Darren Rolling Keys.Sunday, 4 Letter Word.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Adrianna Mac Duo,DJ Lil Dee. Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Tom Blake Duo.

Central Bar Saturday 40UP ft. SteveClisby& DJ Stephen Ferris.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ron Hattam.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Jason Bone. Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Club Kotara Saturday, Peter Stefanson.

Club LemonTree Friday, Redline. Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club Maitland City Friday, Roxy.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Samantha Broadbent.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Lennie Live.Saturday, Arcane.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday,DJ Skoob. Saturday, The DuoTones.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Customs HouseFriday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Jessica Cain.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Kim.

Denman HotelSunday, Hendo.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday, Bobby C.Saturday, Jungle Kings Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Phonic. Saturday,Shooting Molly. Sunday,Emile.

East’s Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Edgeworth Sport & Rec Club Sunday, Viper Creek Band.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, Hellbent.Saturday, Pete& KateSneddon.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday,David J Bull.

FinnegansFriday,Random Hero.Saturday, DJ J-Smoove,MC Bone$, DJ Lionette,Benny B.

FogHorn BrewhouseFriday,Anyerin.Saturday, Howard Shearman.

Gallipoli Legion ClubThursday,Ol’ Greg & The Funk.

Gateshead TavernFriday,Arcane.Sunday,Paul Watters.

George Tavern Friday, Joel Oakhill. Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grain StoreSaturday,LoganWolfgang.Sunday,JJ King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Turning Pages.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Yes Commissioner. Saturday, Demi Mitchell, Katie Brianna. Sunday, Ahern Brothers, Ahlia Rain.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Defaced.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday,Jackie Brown Jr, Rachel Maria Cox,NTL Landmarks,Jess Locke.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager. Sunday, Arley Black.

Hexham Bowling Club Friday, Daniel Arvidson. Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Hurricane Fall.Sunday, Bandditts, Bobby C.

Hotel CessnockFriday, Nathan Cole.Saturday, Bob Allan.

Hotel DelanyFriday,The Zillers. Saturday, Misbehave.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Oversteer.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Mark Wells.

The Junction Hotel Friday,Tim Rossington. Saturday,Jason Bone.

Kent Hotel Friday, Loose Bazooka. Saturday, Hellrad. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

King Street Hotel Friday, Benson. Saturday, Slice N Dice.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Melody Feder.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,Bucko.

Lass O’GowrieThursday, Voodoo Youth, Arcades and Lions, Sarah Paulauskas.Friday,The Grounds,Trashed Again,Unfit for Human Consumption.Saturday,Red City,Lady Petrol,Repeaters.

Lizotte’s Friday, Casey Donovan. Saturday,Condabalooza. Sunday, Toni Childs –lunch & dinnershows.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Scully.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Truman Smith. Saturday, Bandditts.

Maitland Leagues Club Saturday, Let Loose.Sunday, Isabella Crebert, Ryan Hemsworth.

Mark HotelFriday,Reg Sinclair.Saturday,2 Good Reasons.Sunday,The Years.

Mary Ellen Friday, Love That Hat. Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, Counterpart.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Kim. Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Mardy Leith. Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, Russell Snape.Saturday, Mark Lee.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, One World. Sunday, Metro Musos Muster jam session.

Mezz BarFriday,Sundays Record.Saturday,4 Letter Word.Sunday,Flattrakkers.

Morisset Country ClubFriday,Whiskey Business Duo.

Muree Golf ClubFriday, Tim Broadway.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Hellbent.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Layth Gunn.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Dr. Zoom Duo.Saturday,Paparazzi. Sunday, The Andy Show.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Big Bang.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Bonny Rai, Max Jackson.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre Friday-Sunday, Grease –The Arena Experience.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The Vault Saturday,Toxicon, Final Form,Lavidius.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Brent Murphy.Saturday,Jye Sharp.

Pedens CessnockFriday, Jon Matthews.Saturday, Shivoo.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Kristy James, KR Duo.Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.Sunday,Lauren Arms.

Potters Brewery Friday, Kaylah Anne.

The PourhouseSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Premier Hotel Saturday,Tre Soul,Big Night Out. Sunday,Love That Hat.

Prince of Wales HotelFriday, Zac & Ben,DJDecaf & Tone.Saturday, Tim Rossington.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Iguana, Anyerin. Sunday, The Years.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Regal Hotel Kurri Saturday, Pete Gilchrist.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, StateFX.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Kellie Cain.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Tim Usher.Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, The Search Party.Saturday, The Fedz.Sunday, Dos Eager,Kelly Griffith.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday,Custom Shop.Saturday,Brent Murphy.Sunday,Murph.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Rendezvous.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Japandroids (CAN), Paper Thin.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Deuce.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday,The Double Up Lounge ftVinyl DJDan Phelan. Friday,Leadfinger, The Delta Lions. Saturday,The On & Ons,Monkeypig.

Star Hotel Saturday, Dr Zoom Trio. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Witchery. Saturday, Picture Book –The Simply Red tribute show.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Swansea Hotel Friday, Tim Harding.Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Venus 2.

Tanilba Bay Golf ClubFriday, Brett O’Malley.Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, The Hitpit.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Nathan Cole.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Outerphase.Saturday, David J Bull.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Saturday,Comedy at the Black Malabar with Confetti Gun.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Arley Black.

Wangi District Workers ClubFriday, Maryanne Rex.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Warners Bay HotelFriday,RnB Fridays DJs.Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New LambtonThursday,Angamus.Friday, Mark Wells Duo.Saturday, Loko Trio.Sunday, 1927, Psuedo Echo. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,Milestones.Saturday,Grant Walmsley Unplugged,The Cassettes.Sunday,Jye Sharp,Justin Ngariki & the Dastardly Bastards.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, The Klassics.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Matt Semmens.

MOVIESA Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)

Baby Driver (MA)A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, hesees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.

Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Churchill(M)A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Lake Cinema)

Despicable Me 3(PG)Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he canattend a nearby gamer convention.

My Cousin Rachel(PG)A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Regal)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowingwhen deadly ghost sailors led by the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle.

Spider-Man: Homecoming(M) Ayoung Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

The House(MA)A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.

The Met Opera: Eugene Onegin (E)Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. (Tower)

The Sense Of An Ending (M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (Regal)

The Zookeeper’s Wife (PG)The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (Regal)

Their Finest(M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London bombings. (Regal)

Transformers: The Last Knight(M)Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Lake Cinema)

Welcome To The Sticks (M)A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back. (Regal)

Wonder Woman(M)An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.

THEATRECats (abridged)Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bright musical about cats meeting and talkingabout their lives as they compete for a special prize. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamiltontheatre. Thursday 11am and 2pm, Friday11am; Saturday2pm and 7pm; thenSaturday 2pm and 7pm, until August 12 (no 7pm show July 22), and Sundays, July 23, 30and August 6 at 2pm.

Disney Is A Wish Your Heart MakesA lively look at Disney musicals, with 28 songs fromfilms including Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The LionKing and Frozen. Maitland Musical Society, at Soldiers Point Bowling Club. Saturday5pm, and Sunday11am.

GreaseRock’n’rollmusical about two high school students who romance when they meet on aholiday, then find themselves at the same school; professional leads and an ensemble of 800Hunter school students. Harvest Rain, at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.Friday7.30pm, Saturday2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday1pm.

Peter PanThree children fly with the title character to Neverland, where they encounter lostboys, fairies, Viking women warriors and pirates; adapted by Craig Sodaro from J.M.Barrie’s novel. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Thursday2pm, and Saturdays,July 15 and 22 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Rockstar CondabaloozaFundraising show for Newcastle’s CONDA theatre awards,with performances, many amusing, by Newcastle actors, singers, dancers and comedians, andaudience-involving competitions built around the theme Rockstar. Lizotte’s, New Lambton.Saturday6pm.

The Age of ConsentA teenage boy jailed for a murder and a young mother pushing herdaughter to have a theatre career talk about their lives; gripping comedy-drama by PeterMorris. Two Tall Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Opens Wednesday and playsnightly at 8pm, until July 22.

The SeaA fierce storm hits an English coastal town, affecting the people’s lives in manyways, with one believing aliens were involved; engaging comedy-drama by Edward Bond.Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Opens Saturday, 8pm, withperformances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until July 29, plus 2pmon Sunday, July 16, and Saturday, July 22.

Big Ben primed to make a point

Ben Simmons has praised his NBA team Philadelphia for securing Markelle Fultz but is expecting to play point guard ahead of his fellow No.1 draft pick.
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The top draftees from the past two seasons are set to make their NBA debuts this season after Australian Simmons spent 2016-17 on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Simmons, 20, did not reveal his return date on Sunday as an observer of the 76ers’ Summer League game against San Antonio. But he indicated his rehabilitation continues to track positively.

“I’m good. I’ve been getting up and down, five-on-five,” Simmons told ESPN.

“Things like that. Just trying to get back to how I was playing. I’ve been doing well.

“It’s frustrating but I know I got a long season ahead of me. I’m looking forward to getting in the gym and getting better until I start playing.”

The 76ers traded with Boston for their second-straight No.1 draft pick, taking the former University of Washington guard Fultz.

Fultz had impressed in the Summer League before hurting his ankle on the weekend against Golden State.

He will join Simmons on the pine for the remainder of the pre-season before the pair vie for a starting-five spot during the regular season.

“It was a good [trade]decision, obviously,” Simmons said.

“Markelle’s been playing well. He’s a great young kid, great person. That’s one of the things the team looks at. He’s a great player.

“Coach [Brett Brown]wants to start me at the point. But once we get into the flow of things, whoever gets the rebound, we’re just going. I think we’ll be a quick-paced team.

OPTIONS: Ben Simmons

“We have a great, young team and guys who are willing to put in the work. I think the sky’s the limit. Our goal is to win.”

The Spurs won Sunday’s match 101-95 in Las Vegas, with Australian draftee Jonah Bolden scoring seven points for the 76ers with four rebounds from 18 minutes off the bench.

Elsewhere, Adelaide NBL stars Mitch Creek and Nathan Sobey lined up for Utah against the LA Clippers as they play for NBA contracts during the Summer League.

Both players had limited game time, with Sobey recording six points and Creek scoreless.