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.”


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.