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A-League: Coach calls on senior men to lift in another test of Jets’ depthphotos

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ME: Teenage attacker Mario Shabow is in line to make his starting debut for the Newcastle Jets against Melbourne City. Picture: Max Mason-HubersERNIE Merrick is confident his young guns will “do a job” but it is the Jets’ senior players who the coach expects to step up against Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
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The Jets’ depth faces another test after Wayne Brown (calf) and Jake Adelson (knee) stretchedthe club’s casualty wardto seven.

Brown is only likely to miss a week but the news could not be worse for Adelson, after scans confirmed the right back had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the youth team’s 1-all draw with Sydney FC. The 21-year-old now faces a third knee reconstruction.

Brown and Adelson join Ronny Vargas (ankle), Roy O’Donovan (groin), Jack Duncan (foot), Daniel Georgievski (knee) and Jason Hoffman (groin) on the list of injured players.Although Hoffman is a slight chance of being fit.

Coach looks to senior men to set Jets course TweetFacebook Jets trainingPictures: Max Mason-HubersThe more likely scenario is for teenager Mario Shabow to be promoted for his first start on the right wing and either Nick Cowburn or Johnny Koutroumbis to replace Georgievski at right back.

“It is certainly testing our depth which has been an ongoing thing during the past few weeks,” Merrick said.

“All the boys who have come into roles have done a very good job.At the beginning of pre-season training we made sure everyone was well aware of the roles and what wasexpected in attack and defence. There is nothing new to the boys, it is just getting used to the intensity and the pressure of first-team football. If you have more than two or three youngsters then the senior players really have to step up.”

Merrick said they would look to sign an injury replace for Adelson during the January transfer window, but for now thefocus was on City and continuing the Jets’ climb.

Newcastlesit in second place, four points above Saturday’s opponents, who have lost three straight and on Monday sacked assistant coach Michael Valkanis.

“Melbourne City are a wounded team and will be out to prove themselves,” Merrick said. “I think it will be a really tough match. I keep saying to our players that tough matches are the best ones at this stage of the season in preparing for the finals.”

Merrick expects Tim Cahill will be fully recovered from a taxing Socceroos campaign.

“Cahill will play some part and McCormack will play some part as well,” Merrick said.

“Although they have lost Osama Malik (suspended), they still have Neil Kilkenny, Luke Brattan and Stefan Mauk. It is a team rich in players.

“However, we are in great form as well. The other thing about City is that they play open football and have the type of players to play open football. It should be an end-to-end affair which really suits us.”

The Jets in conjunction with community partner,Greater Bank, hope to raise funds and awareness for charity CanTeen on Saturday. The club will give 1000 general admission tickets to fans who purchase a CanTeen bandanna for $5 at the Family Fun Fairto be held in the stadium’s western car park before kick-off.

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Property Watch: Luxury waterfront property in Belmont hits the market

Luxury waterfront home could set record WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.
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LUXURY: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road is being marketed with a price guide of $3.5 million to $3.75 million.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

LUXURY: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road is being marketed with a price guide of $3.5 million to $3.75 million..

TweetFacebookPARK PRESENCEA Merewether home that has only been owned by the one family and backs on to Gibbs Brothers Oval is expected to be sought after.

The three-bedroom home at 60 Curry Street is set on 664 square metres, has a separate double garage and large workshop and gated access to the oval.

It is being marketed by Daltons Partners with a price guide of $1.6 million and will be taken to auction by David Phelan on December 16.

SOUGHT-AFTER POSITION: This Merewether home has been in the one family since it was built in the 1950s and enjoys private access to Gibbs Brothers Oval.

PRDnationwide’s Joel Soldado is marketing 1 The Avenue, Maryville, a two-bedroom home on 516 square metres with rare off-street parking for four cars and adjoiningIslington Park.

It has a price guide of $850,000 and will be auctioned on December 23.

SUBURB RECORDSThree new suburb records appear to have been set in the past 10 days.

Dalton Partners sold historic Lambton residence ‘Cartrefle’for $1.54 million on November 23, setting a new residential house sale record for the suburb according to n Property Monitors.

In Caves Beach, McGrath Estate Agents sold stunning ‘Vantage Point’ in the exclusive Sea Cliff Place for $2.75 million, believed to be a suburb residential sale.

In Cessnock, Baird Real Estate sold a four-bedroom home in Chapman Street for $700,000. Agent Heath Baird believes it set a newa residential house sale recordfor the city.

According to APM, there have been 271 sales in Cessnock this year.

Find more property news on what’s selling around town on page 8.

UNDER $500KIf you are looking for a home under half a million dollars then there have been a few hit the market this week.

Andriessen Property haslisted 83 Wilkinson Avenue in Birmingham Gardens for $480,000, Elders Real Estatehas listed 13 Chinchen Street, North Lambton for $430,000 to $470,000 and First National are marketing a five-bedroom home at 48 Steel Street, Jesmond with a price guide of $450,000 to $480,000.

NEW AGENCYA new boutique agency has opened in Tighes Hill.

Tracey Stewart Real Estate is operational and will officially be launched on Tuesday evening.

Ms Stewart is a licensed real estate agent, stock andstation agent, strata manager, business broker and auctioneer.

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New $1.54 million record in LambtonBig auction results in Maryville and Merewether

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Cricket: Newcastle quartet poised for NSW Country call-up at national championships

POSSIBLE: Newcastle off-spinner Nick Foster will be in contention for NSW Country squad. Picture: Marina NeilUp to four Newcastle cricketers are expected to earn Bush Blues’ caps for January’s national campaign when the NSW Country squad is announced this week.
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The representative team, set for official release on Wednesday, will be named in the wake ofNewcastle claiming athird NSW Country Championshipstitle in five seasonson the weekend.

Newcastle defeated Central Coast by three wickets in the 2017-2018 decider at Bowral’s Bradman Oval to seal an undefeated campaign and coach Shane Burley said tickets to the n Country Championships in Geraldton were just rewards.

“For us, we’re all about winning that trophy because these guys are really proud to represent Newcastle,” Burley said.

“To earn a cap is a by-product of that and another reward for their efforts.”

Newcastle quartet Burt Cockley, Nathan Price, Nick Foster andJoe Price are the most likely candidates with skipper Mark Littlewood, last season’s n Country XI member Pat Darwen and left-arm opening bowler Dan Morton all unavailable.

Former first-class paceman Cockley, by chance, and all-rounder Nathan Price, by choice, are back playing first grade in Newcastle this summer while off-spinner Foster and form dangerman Joe Price are both Bush Blues’ incumbents.

Newcastle rookie Dylan Hunter also put himself into contention with a hard-hitting half-century in Sunday’s showdown as well as picking up 4-22 with his left-arm orthodox spinners during the preliminary rounds at Inverell earlier this month.

NSW Country will be coached by Jeff Cook.

The national titles will take place in Western from January 5 to 13.

Meanwhile the Newcastle Steel side will give injured Joe Price (groin) all week to prove his fitness for Sunday’s crunchNSW Premier T20 Cup game against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval. Price went down in a double header at home last weekendand may be replacedby Jonty Durrheim, who has been put on standby.

And finally the Newcastle under-18team will be ledby Josh Claridge at next month’s NSW Country Colts Championships inTamworth (December 18-21).

You’ll need your boogie shoes to shake that booty at A Day On The Green

There will come a time when ’s own disco queen Marcia Hines removesher well-deserved crown and hangs it withpride in the pool room.
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GOLDEN GIRL: Marcia Hines is joining living legends of disco and funk at A Day On The Green on December 16. Picture: Louie Douvis

She will direct her magnificent voice and years of performing experience to other songs. Other musicals. Other stage shows. But now is not that time. As she tells Weekender, she’s “not disco-ed out just yet”.

Hines is part of a star-studded A Day On The Green line-up that is all about shaking that groove thing. She will be joined on stage by KC and the Sunshine Band, Sister Sledge and theVillage People.

“Oh, it’s going to be a hoot. All these people have had such great songs,” she says.

“They weren’t just big, they were humongous. You know what Imean?A lot of people came in and out of the disco era but these are three of the biggest, ever.”

Known for engaging with her audience and, at times, walking through the crowd to shake hands and sign memorabilia, Hines is a very giving performer.

“It’s a lovely feeling to give because you get so much back from your audience. It makes people happy,” she explains.“Disco and performing is my primal scream, you know? I love it. It doesn’t feel like work.”

She says meeting her audiences mid-set is partly prompted by her “nosy nature”.

“I want to see who’s out there,” she says, laughing.“But Iam shy by nature, which is interesting. When it comes to performing a different me comes out – the extroverted me. Does she have a name? No, but she is most definitely present.”

Hinescame to in 1970 from Boston to star in the stage musical Hair. She was crowned Queen of Pop in 1976, 1977 and 1978, and had hits spanning three decades –thinkYou, From The Inside, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself and Music Is My Life. She was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007, received the Order of (AM) in 2009 and starred in the smash hit musical Velvet.

The Grammy-Award winningKCandthe Sunshine Bandhave sold more than 100 million records, have a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fameandhave ruled dance floors around the world for decades with their irresistible blend of funk,discoandR’n’B.

Original lead singerand “cop” Victor Willis will front the Village People for the first time in 35 years. The revamped group will also be backed by a full live band for the first time in decades. As for soul sisters DebbieandKim Sledge, they are oneof the original “girl groups”.

Together, these acts will get you up and dancing to songs likeThat’s The Way (I Like It), Give It Up, Boogie Shoes, Get Down Tonight, Please Don’t Go,Shake Your Booty, Can’t Stop The Music, Y.M.C.A, In The Navy, Macho Man, We Are Family andHe’s The Greatest Dancer.

Marcia Hines is encouraging fans to get down with the disco fever and dress for the occasion at Bimbadgen on December 16. Tickets are on sale now through ticketmaster苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Uber used vanishing message system to hide tracks

A criminal probe of Uber Technologies has turned up revelations that the ride-hailing company used encrypted messaging to hide its tracks while spying on rivals, evading authorities and fighting off lawsuits.
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Richard Jacobs, who was a manager on a corporate surveillance team at Uber, privately told federal prosecutors about the secret messaging system and publicly testified about it on Tuesday.

He provided details on how Uber employees were trained to “destroy communications that might be considered sensitive.”

His allegations reveal yet another dimension of Uber’s renegade corporate ethos, which has landed the San Francisco-based company in multiple scandals. As of October, Uber was facing at least five criminal probes by the US Justice Department, Bloomberg News reported.

The revelations stem from and further complicate an already labyrinthine plot in Waymo’s lawsuit accusing Uber of trade-secret theft. Jacobs was put on the witness stand on Tuesday after US District Judge William Alsup learned from prosecutors last week that Jacobs had communicated with them.

Jacobs became the star attraction at a hearing that was meant to cover final preparations for a much-anticipated trial over allegations that Uber stole self-driving technology from Waymo.

The trial, which was set to begin on Wednesday with jury selection, was indefinitely postponed over the judge’s concern that relevant information that Jacobs shared with prosecutors may have been withheld from Waymo.

“I would look like a fool if Uber were to fool me,” Alsup said, rejecting an Uber lawyer’s attempt to push forward with trial. The judge said he’d been burned enough times by Uber’s promises that it had scoured its servers for key evidence it was required to turn over. Shadow system

Alsup said that he takes Jacobs’s allegations seriously because prosecutors found the ex-employee to be credible in his account of Uber relying on non-traceable devices and automatically-deleting messaging systems.

“It turns out the server is only for the dummies. The stuff that does matter goes on this shadow system,” Alsup said. “You should’ve come clean on this a long time ago.”

On the other hand, the judge forced Jacobs to reveal that he reached a $US4.5 million settlement with Uber that Alsup said could mean he’s been “bought off.”

Jacobs said he’d raised his concerns with executives at Uber before working out an agreement over his departure. He testified that he’s still earning much of the settlement money as a paid consultant to Uber, and is required as part of the agreement to not publicly disparage the company.

Under intense questioning from both Waymo and the judge, Jacobs softened and recanted some of the most sensational criticism of Uber contained in a 37-page letter his lawyer wrote to prosecutors. The letter is sealed but the judge said he intends to make it public after hearing any objections.

Over the course of the hearing it became unclear whether the seemingly bombshell revelations about Uber’s corporate surveillance tactics will be of much help to Waymo’s case. Overseas rivals

Jacobs testified that Uber’s Strategic Services Group, which since has been renamed, was focused mostly on gaining an edge on overseas rivals. While he said stealing trade secrets was part of that mission, he told the judge he wasn’t aware of efforts to extract proprietary information from US firms — including Waymo. He said the team sought to gather information on drivers, metrics and incentives at competing foreign platforms.

“I did not believe it was patently illegal,” Jacobs said. “I had questions about the ethics of it. I suppose because of my personal ethics it felt overly aggressive and invasive.”

Jacobs testified that some Uber employees, including those working in its autonomous driving project, were instructed to use ephemeral self-deleting messaging on Wickr networks. The surveillance team used “anonymous servers” separate from the “main part of Uber” and “non-attributable devices” purchased for the company by outside vendors, he said.

A lawyer for Waymo asked Jacobs about an Uber staff attorney who allegedly guided efforts to “impede, obstruct, or influence” lawsuits against the company.

“There was legal training around the use of attorney-client privilege markings on written materials and the implementation of encrypted and ephemeral communications intended to destroy communications that might be considered sensitive,” Jacobs said.

Uber said none of Tuesday’s testimony “changes the merits” of Waymo’s lawsuit. The ride-hailing company has denied wrongdoing.

“Jacobs himself said on the stand today that he was not aware of any Waymo trade secrets being stolen,” Uber said in an emailed statement. ‘Seeking money’

Arturo Gonzalez, a lawyer for Uber, sought to put Jacobs’s assertions about the company’s practices in context, saying his attorney conveyed them while “seeking money” from Uber.

“There’s no there there,” Gonzalez said. He convinced Alsup that Waymo needs to reveal whether it, too, relies on self-deleting technology.

Waymo said the postponement of the trial will give it a chance to investigate the issues raised by Jacobs.

“The evidence brought to light over the weekend by the US Attorney’s office and revealed, in part, today in court is significant and troubling,” the company said in an emailed statement.

The Waymo trial already has been delayed once, from October 10, when the judge agreed to give Waymo more time to evaluate a 2016 report commissioned by Uber to vet its hire of the engineer at the centre of the dispute, Anthony Levandowski.

Alsup referred the lawsuit to the US Attorney’s office in May. Prosecutors opened an investigation of Uber for trade-secret theft, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Strategic Services Group was led by Joe Sullivan, who had been Uber’s chief security officer. He was ousted as the company announced last week that it had concealed a data breach that compromised information on 57 million riders and drivers. Sullivan and his team had been at the center of an internal inquiry led by the company’s board of directors.

The team acted as a corporate intelligence agency, conducting its own background checks and monitoring employees and competitors. Much of its work has been cloaked in secrecy even within the company.

Alsup said there’s a 50-50 chance the information revealed by Jacobs will prove damaging to Uber or a “dry hole.”

“We need to get to the bottom of this.”

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Kew Jaliens comeback talk raises hopes at Weston Bears

WANTED MAN: Kew Jaliens checking out Newcastle Jets training in March this year. Picture: Simone De PeakBack-to-back wooden spooners Weston are hopeful Dutch international Kew Jaliens will come out of retirement to add experience to their 2018 Northern NSW NPL line-up.
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Jaliens, 39, last played in 2015 when he made 11 A-League appearances for Melbourne City after36 games with Newcastle.He was captain when one of five players then-Jets owner Nathan Tinkler exiled from the club following a player revolt against coach Phil Stubbins.

The Beijing Olympian took on the technical director role at Weston in 2016 but resisted approaches to play.

Gerard Carey took overas TD late last season but Jaliens remained a weekly feature on the field, as well as helping coach Steve Piggott off it, at senior Weston training.

Jaliens has made an appearance at Bears training this pre-season, fueling speculation he may play next year. However, Weston presidentRod Henderson said: “I can’t say definitively yet that he’s going to play.”

“He has been training with the boys and is helping Piggo with the coaching side of things, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. He’s still doing a hell of a lot with the kids here, and he’s trying to stay fit.

“If he did play, it would be fantastic for the club and he would be a revelation for the competition.”

On the prospect of Jaliens playing, Piggott said: “There’s always a possibility but the reality is people have got to make their own minds up.”

Piggott said Jaliens was interested in the club andhelping its young talent.

“He’s just been to training once so far, I think, so nothing much has changed,” he said. “If he wanted to play, great, but he hasn’t played before.

“He’s just coming to help out and he’s got a wealth of knowledge so I’ll tap into it.

“He’s coming to our trial game next week to help out, but he’s not playing in it. That’s where it’s at.”

Jaliens could not be reached for comment.

Nathan Morris, who won a grand final with Lambton Jaffas this year, could also return for the Bears. Henderson said Morris wastraining with Weston to testout his knee following an operation.

Weston have gained Josh Maguire, Jackson Burston and Regan Lundy but Todd McSorley is unlikely to play.

On Morris’ potential return, Piggott said: “We had a chat, and he asked if he couldcome have a bit of a kick.

“He’s another with awealth of experience and if he decides to play again, that’s great.If he doesn’t and wants to be involved around the club, that’s great as well.

“More and more of these ex-players need to become coaches. That’s a big part for me.

“Nathan’s father, Trevor, isback involved with the 15s, Jamie Subat is coaching the 20s.

“Weston needs these people who have been involved with the club for a long time to be involved with the juniors. That’s a big goal for me.”

He said Weston were stilllooking for another experienced player and had room for an import.

Safety first with furniture

Hidden dangers: Do not put tempting items such as favourite toys on top of furniture in case it tempts children to climb up and reach for them.At least 15 children under the age of nine have died in since 2000 after domestic furniture fell on them.
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This is around one death per year, according to information provided by the n Furniture Association, quoting the National Coronial Information System.

The three most common furniture items were chairs, chest of drawers/tallboys and tables/benches/desks.

So what can you do to protect your family and loved ones? The AFA provided these tips.

When buying:

Only buy from reputable and knowledgeable suppliers and retailersLook for the n Furniture Association Members markCheck that furniture meets AUSTRALIAN Standards NOT other international standardsDo not buy furniture designed for commercial use and use it in domestic environments and vice-versaLook for furniture that comes with safety information or equipment for anchoring to walls.When using:

Conduct a Health Check of the furniture in your home or workplaceTest the furniture – make sure it is stable. For example, pull out top drawers of a chest of drawers and apply a little pressure to see how stable it is; make sure the drawers do not fall out easily.Attach, mount, bolt or otherwise secure furniture to walls and floors.Do not put heavy items on top shelves of bookcases.Place televisions at the back of cabinets or secure them to the wall and ensure furniture is fit for purpose and compatible eg: Television cabinets designed for the size of the TV screen and anchored accordinglyDiscourage small children from climbing on furniture.Do not put tempting items such as favourite toys on top of furniture that tempts children to climb up and reach.Do not place unstable furniture near where children play.Put locking devices on all drawers to prevent children opening them and using them as steps.The AFA recommends consumers look for the AFA approved ‘Warning Labels’ when making furniture purchases.

“Our industry members do work hard to ensure the safety of the products and the labels provide consumers with a sense of reassurance that careful consideration has been given to the purpose and use of the furniture,” a spokesperson said.

“Look for the AFA Member approved Warning Labelsas specified in AS/NZS 4935. If you’re not sure, then contact the AFA atwww.australianfurniture苏州模特佳丽招聘.au

“We also recommend consumers check out the ACCC’s Safety tips and watch the safety video ‘Anchor it and Protect a Child’,” she said.

“Every life is valuable and the more information that is available to help avoid the pain and suffering of another n family is absolutely imperative.”

Cameron Scollie pleads guilty to Jesmond shooting, Green Hills armed robbery

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN with links to the Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang used a shotgun to blast another man in the thigh and thumb about a week after he held up the EB Games store at Green Hills shopping centre, court documents state.
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Cameron Scollie, 25, who gave an address at Beresfield and Seven Hills, appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from Mid North Coast Correctional Centre on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an unauthorised prohibited firearm in a public place, in relation to the shooting at the Executive Apartments about 1.47am on February 2 this year.

Scollie, who was represented by solicitor Drew Hamilton, also pleaded guilty to armed robbery in relation to the hold-up at EB Games at East Maitland about 1.15pm on January 25.

Scollie was armed with a shortened single-barrel shotgun when he entered the store, threatened a staff member and made off with $369.20, according to court documents.

He fled to a stolen green Holden Commodore, driven by a second person, that was waiting outside.

A host of other offences, including multiple counts of larceny in relation to stolen number plates, driving offences, stealing cars and stealing fuel will be taken into account when Scollie is sentenced in Newcastle District Court next year.

But Scollie pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of armed robbery in company in relationto an allegedcarjacking at Lambton about 9pm on January 18 this year.

On that occasion Scollie is accused of stealing a woman’s motor vehicle while armed with a shortened single-barrel shotgun, court documents state.

Scollie was committed to face a trial on that matter and will next appear in Newcastle District Court on December 7.

Scollie was arrested at a home in Rudd Street, Lambton about 5.50pm on February 2, about 18 hours after the Jesmond shooting.

Police had been called to Newcastle Road and found a man with a gunshot wound to his left thigh and left hand.

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital as specialist forensic police scoured the scene.

During an extensive search of the area, detectives located a shortened single-barrel shotgun and a stolen Holden Commodore.

Police say further inquiries revealed the vehicle was linked to a number of armed robberies in the Hunter, which were being investigated by Strike Force Shirley detectives.

Scollie’s co-accused, Brian Maynard, 21, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on November 22, where he pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to the shooting at Jesmond and not guilty to armed robbery in company.

His matters are listed in Newcastle District Court on December 7 when Mr Maynard is expected to receive a trial date.

Blue Mountains rockslide: National Parks contractor killed, two others airlifted

Police rescue officers near the site where a bushwalking track has collapsed. Photo: Wolter PeetersA 36-year-old National Parks contractor was killed and two of his colleagues seriously injured when a rockslide at a Blue Mountains walking track fell from a 10-metre height on Wednesday.
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The three National Parks and Wildlife Service contractors were working to improve the safety of the National Pass walking track when they were hit, in an area which has been closed since August 31 “due to an identified risk of unstable sections of rock”.

The 36-year-old man died at the scene, where a crime scene has been established and where he will remain under police guard until his body can be recovered.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The two survivors, aged 26 and 27 were airlifted to hospital with multiple fractures on Wednesday afternoon, following a sensitive extraction.

In a statement the National Parks and Wildlife Service said “experienced contractors” were working to make safe the walking track between Valley of the Waters and Slack Stairs.

“Our condolences go to the family of the contractor who was killed and our thoughts are with the other members of the crew who were injured,” NPWS said.

Emergency services first responded to reports of people injured in the rock fall around 11.40am, with critical care paramedics winched in to assess the patients and rescue teams from police and fire and rescue also on scene.

Officers from Blue Mountains Local Area Command, police rescue, Polair and National Parks and Wildlife Service were at the scene. Photo: Wolter Peeters

“It took about one hour for emergency responders to access the site,” said Superintendent Darryl Jobson on Wednesday afternoon.

Fifteen ambulance crews, three rescue helicopters and three Fire and Rescue crews responded to the incident, while a command post was established at the end of Falls Road.

One witness, Mike Burgess, told the ABC he was bushwalking below the remote walking track when he heard a “big explosion” that sounded “like dynamite going off”.

“But I knew it wouldn’t be dynamite, it would be a big slab,” he said.

“We heard all the blooming rocks smash down through the bush – right after that I heard a bloke scream. I’d say there were some pretty bad injuries down there.”

A man has died and two others are trapped after an accident at Wentworth Falls. Photo: Seven News

National Parks director David Crust said the matter was now under investigation, describing it as “a tragic event.”

SafeWork NSW has been notified about the incident.

Large rocks previously fell on the National Pass walking track at Wentworth Falls in November last year.

The track, a popular attraction for 90,000 visitors every year, was then closed on August 31.

The closure was prompted by further signs of increasing instability, which were revealed in an assessment by geo-technical engineers that identified a “dangerous, unstable section of rock above the walking track”.

“Falls of this nature occur throughout the park and the procedures are to help ensure the safety of everyone,” NPWS Blue Mountains acting area manager Arthur Henry said at the time.

Police asked members of the public to avoid the area. Photo: AAP

Federal Court workers walk off the job in Newcastle, call for more money, better conditons

CPSU: MP Sharon Claydon talking to staff outside the Commonwealth Law Courts in Bolton St. Workers walked off the job for half an hour over fair pay and conditions. Picture: Simone De PeakNewcastle’s Federal Court staff stopped work on Wednesday, in protectedindustrial action seeking more money and better conditions.
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Staff walked off the job for the first time in decades, after69 per centof workers rejectedthe most recent enterprise agreement.

Outside theCommonwealth Law Courts in Bolton Street head organiser for the courts for the Community and Public Sector Union, Bronwyn Parris, said the strong rejection vote was a huge achievement.

“It has forced the courts into conciliation and that is a huge achievement, “ she said.

“We are hopeful now, with the assistance of the Fair Work Commission, we can move toward a fairer settlement.”

According to the CPSUthe current offer fails to deliver equity across the courts and cuts existing rights and conditions.

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon, whohas backed the CPSU,attended the strike in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) members met with Federal Member for Newcastle @SharonClaydon outside the Commonwealth Law Courts to outline the conditions that have led to them taking strike action for the first time in decades. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/eFxvO62b5D

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) November 29, 2017

“These workers have been pushed to the brink,” she said.

“They haven’t had a pay rise in four years and were recently asked to accept a pitiful one per cent increase and cuts to their working conditions.

“The fact that this workforce, which hasn’t taken industrial action in 25 years, is now being forced to strike shows just how serious the situation is.”

CPSU Deputy National President Rupert Evans said previous industrial action had alreadycaused significant disruption in the courts, with registries closed and hearings adjourned as a result of our members striking.

“It’s well and truly past time for the bosses to wake up to reality and work with us on a just outcome,” he said.

“The Federal Courts is one of very few agencies where bargaining remains in such a frustrating deadlock.

“We’re calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to step in and advise courts management to follow the lead set by other Commonwealth agencies that have successfully brokered agreements after belatedly recognising that retaining existing rights and conditions is the key to settlement.”

A spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney-General said “the federal courts are responsible for their own operation and management, including in relation to enterprise bargaining matters and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment.”

HistoryHunter’s lost churchesMike Scanlon

COMMUNITY CONCERN: Camberwell resident Deidre Olofsson outside St Clement’s in 2013.FEW things seem sadder in the Hunter Valley than a closed and apparently deserted church building.
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Over the years, with shifting populations, especially those following work in the coal industry, some prominent churches have shut their doors forever.

Then the inevitable happened. Some people remember a once busy church being closed at Greta, then being demolished, while others remember a similar solid Methodist church at Morpeth being torn down in the early 1970s.

But sometimes there is life after death, if you’ll pardon the pun.

A landmark Mayfield Anglican church dating from 1860 was also demolished, probably in the 1960s, and its graveyard also disappeared. In this case, however, a new church was built there to replace it.

But there’s not always a happy ending to old, deconsecrated church buildings.

New life: This striking former historic Presbyterian church in Minmi has been reinvented as a Coptic Orthodox Church.

I was reminded of the sorry sight of another ‘lost church’ while motoring up past Singleton recently. It was the fleeting glance caught from the highway of an historic and imposing church building almost hidden away on the slope of a hill.

I’d spied the former church of St Clement’s, just past the village of Camberwell, about 13 kilometres north west of Singleton.

It stood below where the New England Highway intersects with Glennies Creek Road and I went off to investigate because in such a relatively young nation as , this was reputed to be almost 160 years old, or maybe 170 years, when it was formally deconsecrated in 2013.

The sign at the gate on the drive down the dirt road to the former Anglican church of St Clement’s stated 1841/1842, indicating the adjoining cemetery may precede the church.

So, what’s the story behind it shutting forever? An arson attack forced the church’s closure in 2008. It was the beginning of a sorry saga of changing times and priorities

St Clement’s was then reputed to be the Hunter’s second oldest church. Officially it was built in 1843/1844, but only consecrated in 1855. Rather oddly, the earliest tombstones date from around 1860, but a lot more are from 20 to 30 years later. Perhaps the earliest burials are in now unmarked graves, or elsewhere.

For the nearby village of Camberwell – said to be named after a district of the same name in London – must have been a long way from anywhere in colonial times.

St Clement’s church was a real community cornerstone, as former Herald colleague Matthew Kelly discovered in May 2013 when the news broke that the church could soon be deconsecrated.

Kelly reported that nearby residents believed the church had then become a symbol of defiance of mining industry expansion, which threatened to swallow the village in the next decade.

Camberwell resident Deidre Olofsson (pictured) told the Herald at the time that local residents had been robbed of their spiritual home.

“It’s not just a place of worship, it’s an icon of what our community spirit is about,”

Parishioners said they had paid the church’s insurance premiums for many years and had fought to have it restored and reopened for regular services.

The Anglican diocese, however, argued the $375,000 insurance payout would not cover the repair costs plus other likely unforeseen costs. The money should be spent instead on other churches in the Singleton area.

Historic artefacts from the church were to be relocated and a trust fund set up to maintain St Clement’s as an historic site and keepthe cemetery open to the public.

But St Clement’s former parishioners remained angry right up to the church’s being deconsecrated in early July 2013.

The Herald reported that resident Wendy Noble, who had five generations of her family buried in the church cemetery as being “absolutely disgusted with what’s happened”.

Former St Clement’s warden Graeme Cheetham also said the decision was a disgrace. Earlier, he said. “We’re tried everything but they (the diocese) control the funds. It’s a beautiful old church that’s going to be left to rot. That’s the sin of it.”

Former parishioners also feared more local churches might suffer the same fate as St Clement’s as their congregations dwindled.

When Weekender visited the church site recently everything appeared neat externally but big, heavy metal bars had been installed to deter vandals. The church appeared empty, but a magnificent stained glass window could be glimpsed inside.

On the other side of the coin,at least two impressive former 19th century Minmi churches have been given a new lease of life. The small mining town west of Newcastle was like a ghost town for years after the area’s last mine abruptly closed in 1924.

The exodus of mining families, however, had begun in Minmi much earlier, in 1909 when the Maitland Coalfields opened.

As churches closed, St Andrews Presbyterian Church then seemed to become Minmi’s sole survivor. Today the church structure remains, but it’s now the St Mary and St George Coptic Orthodox Church (pictured).

Not far away, the historic former 1883 St John’s Church of England building hasbeen reinvented as a romantic getaway, oozing old world charm (plus in-ground pool), all for $185 a night.

But closer to Newcastle, there once was a building which underwent a more dramatic and unexpected role change.

Older Kotara South residents are likely to remember a disused Catholic church on the corner of Vista Parade and Greyson Avenue. In March 1978, this landmark church building had been vacant for 15 months.

The Newcastle Sunreported that the solid, but plain, church building with its high glass wall of 1960s-style coloured glass squares, was for sale for $30,000. It was a real bargain in anyone’s language. Part of its apparent value – besides the church building itself – was its huge land area.

At the time, the site couldn’t be developed for residential use because of its then land-zoning, which specified church use. There was talk of it becoming a church hall, although none of the other churches seemed interested in buying it.

The church land was the equivalent of about four residential building blocks. The property’s zoning must have eventually changed because homes cover the site today.

The solid brick church, however, had only a short life span of 13 years. It was used until the end of 1976 when services moved to a new $160,000 church nearby. The familiar Kotara South landmark was originally builtas a bathhouse for mineworkers at the local Crofton Colliery in 1952. It wasconverted to a church in 1963.

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Labor questions compensation for clubs while stadium built

Supplied renderings of proposed stadiums.Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced Allianz and ANZ stadiums will be rebuilt and transformed into world-class facilities, keeping NRL Grand Finals in Sydney for at least the next 25 years.?? Ms Berejiklian said the investment would ensure NSW remains the number one destination for major sporting and entertainment events.NSW Labor is demanding to know how much taxpayer funding has been promised to three sporting clubs based at Moore Park to compensate them while a new stadium is built.
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The Berejiklian government announced last week that it would spend about $2 billion to replace Allianz Stadium at Moore Park and ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.

Eighteen months ago, the three clubs – the Roosters (rugby league), Sydney FC (A-League soccer) and NSW Waratahs (rugby union) – warned loudly that being without a home stadium for years would have a disastrous impact on their business.

But the three clubs last week all welcomed the decision to build a new stadium at Moore Park, even though this would dislocate them for two or more years.

The change of heart by the clubs has prompted questions about how much taxpayers’ support they have been promised.

“The NSW government should reveal how much they’re compensating these clubs and if there’s more to come,” said NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley, who is also a Roosters fan.

“The Berejiklian government has opened up the pot of gold for these clubs because of their ineptitude at unnecessarily upgrading both stadiums at the same time,” Mr Foley said.

“That’s less money for desperately needed schools and hospitals,” said the Labor leader, who has been campaigning on the issue at schools.

Last year, Waratahs chairman Roger Davis put the compensation bill for the three tenants at Allianz Stadium at up to $150 million if they were to be moved during construction.

“You’re talking about $600 million on a new stadium many would say you don’t need, then you’re talking about $100-$150 million in compensation,” Mr Davis toldThe n in March (paywall).

Mr Davis said the Waratahs had compensation clauses in their lease with the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust.

“We have a lease with the Trust for 16 years,” he said. “Why you would sign it for 16 if you’re going to be gone for four is a different issue.”

The three clubs said in a joint statement in April last year they would require “major levels of compensation” if their stadium was out of action for up to four years.

After the three clubs endorsed the stadium plan announced last week, The Sydney Morning Herald asked them about potential compensation.

In an email, a spokesman for Sydney FC said: “Compensation was discussed and will be worked through in the fullness of time.”

Other than that, the clubs have not addressed the issue.

The Herald asked Sports Minister Stuart Ayres whether any compensation for the three clubs would come on top of the $705 million allocated for the construction of the new stadium at Moore Park.

A spokeswoman for Mr Ayres said: “Fixtures for content displaced during the construction of both ANZ and Allianz Stadium will be determined by clubs and codes as is currently the case during the construction of the Western Sydney Stadium.”

One source said compensation for the affected tenants at Allianz could come via favourable future venue-hire agreements with the SCG Trust.

Another option might be government support to establish “high performance centres” in the nearby Entertainment Quarter.

The neighbouring Centennial and Moore Park Trust is running an expression of interest for the operation of the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries.

Chairman of the SCG Trust Tony Shepherd has said he would be “be happy to see the Swans or Roosters use the Hordern (or RHI), but that decision is up to other authorities.”

The Swans play at the adjacent Sydney Cricket Ground.

The n Institute of Architects, meanwhile, has criticised the proposal for two new stadiums.

“To demolish, rather than refurbish, seems like an extraordinary waste,” NSW chapter president Andrew Nimmo said.

McCartney appointed GWS list manager

Former Western Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney has joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
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McCartney replaces Craig Cameron as list manager at the Giants. Cameron recently departed GWS to join the Gold Coast Suns.

“We are excited to have Jason join us,” GWS footy boss Wayne Campbell said.

“The work he and his team have done at the Bulldogs has been outstanding and we feel his character, work ethic and willingness to immerse himself in the Giants will make him a valuable addition to our club.”

McCartney thanked the Bulldogs for their support.

“It has been a great experience, and I’ve made some strong friendships over the last six years,” he said in a statement.

“An exciting opportunity has presented at Greater Western Sydney for my family and I, and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

There had been speculation about friction between McCartney and Bulldogs recruiting chief Simon Dalrymple, particularly as the Bulldogs’ premiership defence faltered and they missed finals.

Dalrymple is contracted until the end of 2019 but McCartney came off-contract after the draft.

The Bulldogs had split the roles of list management and recruiting, which other clubs have one person in charge, sparking speculation the pair have clashed over individual players and overall recruiting philosophy.

Chris Grant, the Bulldogs’ director of football, told Fairfax Media in September that the pair had “had their disagreements and difference of opinion over the years” but were “completely fine” when working together.

“On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Jason for his valuable contribution to the Bulldogs over an extended period of time,” Grant said.

“We understand the role is a great opportunity for Jason and his family, we are very supportive of the decision he has made, and we wish him all the best for the next phase of his career.”