Border breakfast wrap-up | Monday, October 31, 2016

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Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

Fresh five for WodongaFive newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.More here.

Past mayor proves hit for voters at age 80City voters in Wangaratta have turned to an 80-year-old former mayor to help lead the council after three years of administration.More here.

Four new faces voted inBallarat’s new council has been revealed.Previous mayor Des Hudson will retain his seat on south ward, along with fellow incumbent Jim Rinaldi and newcomer Ben Taylor, pushing out Peter Innes.More here.

Contaminants found in railway station soilSections of the Ballarat Railway Station car park have been fenced off amid fears elevated levels of contaminants have been found in the soil.More here.​

New Bendigo council revealedIt hasbeen an exciting weekend for the nine candidates who have been elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council.More here.

Mosquito coil sparks house fire at MandurangPeople have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.More here.

Man dies in HorshamA Horshanman, aged 32, has died after his four-wheel-drive hit a tree due to losing control on the Urquhart Street andKalkee Road overpass. More here.

VOTE HERE: Horsham Cup Best Dressed 2016| PhotosHave your say on who wore it best and you could win! More here.

RACV declares Portland roads the worst in VictoriaEvery few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves –often across double lines –to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims. More here.

Zombies shuffle their way down Port Fairy streetDozens of zombies shuffled their way down the main street of Port Fairy during what is set to become an annual event. More here.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

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Look beyond your comfort zone at work

Options: Federation Training Skills and Jobs Centre project manager Jackson Long said the centre would provide Latrobe Valley residents with ongoing support and skills when finding work. photograph emma watsonA Skills and Jobs Centre has opened at Federation Training’s Morwell campus, available to the young and old seeking a new career path or training option.
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Project manager Jackson Long said the centre was one of many across Gippsland, funded through the State Government to link job seekers to employers.

“We’re about giving people the skills and the ability to look for jobs further afield than what they would normally,” Mr Long said.

“Get them out of the box and let them look beyond what they would normally.”

As part of the centre, two industry engagement coordinators are knocking on industries’ doors to find out what local employers are after.

“They want to know what the employers would like to see come to their door; what sort of skills would you like to see come to your door that could help you improve your company?” Mr Long said.

He said this knowledge could then be transferred into advice for Valley job seekers, who often didn’t realise how employable they were.

“The jobs are pretty thin on the ground here in the Latrobe Valley, but (this is about) the idea of actually giving people the ability to go and get a job when they do find one, or perhaps look further afield than what they have in the past,” Mr Long said.

“They might think their skills are very limited to one job, so (this gives them) the ability to come in and talk to someone who’s got a pretty broad range of skills and knowledge with industry, to actually have a talk with them.

“They might say, ‘well I can only do this or I can only do that’, and after the interview they may think, ‘oh ok, I’ve got all these other skills’.”

FedTraining is holding a series of free workshops at the Morwell campus, covering employability skills, resume writing, where the jobs are and interviews.

For more information or to book your place, phone 1300 133 717, email [email protected]论坛 or visit 梧桐夜网federationtraining.edu419论坛/service/skills_and_jobs_centre

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Kids on the ball

Ball kids: Children from the Latrobe Valley helped out at the Traralgon ATP Challenger Tour. photograph hayley millsThey are often overlooked but it’s hard to imagine a successful tennis tournament without them.
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They are the ball children who spend their time chasing down loose balls to ensure matches run smoothly and with minimal delay.

Last week there were about 50 ball children who volunteered their time at the ATP Traralgon Challenger tournament.

Danielle Healey said she relished the opportunity to see the players up close.

“It’s good to be on court with players that you know are going to make it to the Australian Open or have played at Wimbledon,” Danielle said.

“It helps you know that you can use that (the insight gained watching the players) on court and improve your game and know that’s something that the players do.”

She said it was something she intended to continue in years to come.

Ryan O’Brien, who has been a ball child at the tournament for the past three years, said he enjoyed the banter with the players. He shared an experience with a player from this year’s edition.

“He hit a couple of aces and he wanted the same ball and I gave him the ball and he said ‘how do you know that’s it?’ and I said, ‘it’s dirtier’, Ryan said.

“He said ‘if that’s it it’s good’ and then he hit two aces with it.”

Hunter Eenjes said he joined in because he enjoyed helping the Traralgon Tennis Association and the players.

“(It’s) very entertaining, it can be scary sometimes when they crack it,” Hunter said.

Harriet Luders said she enjoyed it because “you get to know some more people and you get to watch some players and you can learn from them”.

“I didn’t get to do the whole week because mum said ‘you have to go to school’,” Harriet said.

“But I did get to do Monday and I’ve really enjoyed it – I’ve done it for the past four years.”

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Hilary Duff is sorry for pilgrim and Native American Halloween costumes

Hilary Duff has apologised after she and boyfriend Jason Walsh attended a celebrity Halloween bash dressed as a Native American and a scantily-clad pilgrim.
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The former Disney star was met with a wave of outrage after pictures of the pair in the poor-taste costumes at the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party appeared over the weekend.

Walsh, who met Duff while working as her personal trainer, wore a headdress and face paint, while Duff wore a pilgrim’s hat and top.

It was the couple’s first red carpet appearance together, after they confirmed their relationship last month.

Needless to say, Twitter was quick to call out the pair for shameless cultural appropriation and insensitivity via the worst medium possible: the couple costume. No @HilaryDuff Traditional dress is not a costume and you being dressed as a pilgrim proves to me how insensitive and ignorant you are.— LOOKING FOR CL’S EP (@hahannah14) October 29, [email protected]@[email protected] Surprised to see this was taken in 2016 bc 1) wow blatant racism and 2) Hillary Duff.— Sara Marie (@Ms_SaraMarie) October 29, [email protected] your halloween costume is ignorant and incredibly disappointing. Come on lizzy mcguire… Feel like Gordo would’ve stopped this— Emily (@ejlouws) October 30, 2016I’d bet my life that Hilary Duff ~meant~ no harm; she just exists in a bubble of white privilege, and ~that~ does harm

so we talk about it— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) October 30, 2016

Early on Monday morning, Duff posted an apology for the costume on her Twitter account.

“I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume,” she wrote. “It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my [heart] sorry.”

In future, maybe a good litmus test for whether a costume should leave the house is just: is this directly referable to a genocide?

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Halloween 2016Mega Gallery

Halloween 2016 | Mega Gallery Halloween at Lithgow.
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Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Chantelle Hitchenor.

Sienna looking pretty evil for Lithgow Festival. Photo Eliza N John Pearce from Bathurst.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Richmond resident Lisa Cox’s children dressed up in Ghostbusters inspired costumes for Halloween.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Photo Laura Hannan from Orange.

Becka sent in this spooky photo from the Lithgow Halloween Festival.

Picture: Toni McInerney.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

My daughter’s first jack o lantern. First time carving a pumpkin. Photo Pamela Frape from Bathurst

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Kapooka Neighbourhood House

The Leader reader Tina Scott sent through this photo of her Halloween-inspired property.

Tina Scott sent in this photo of an interesting Halloween costume.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Shayden Wadley took this photo of their property on Acacia Drive, Narellan.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Halloween at Lithgow.

Elly Kennedy took this photo of her property on McRae Avenue, Camden.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Photo Danielle Weddup from Bathurst

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Elly Kennedy took this photo of her property on McRae Avenue, Camden.

Photo Danielle Weddup from Bathurst.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Picture: Toni McInerney.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Becka sent in this spooky photo from the Lithgow Halloween Festival.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Shayden Wadley took this photo of their property on Acacia Drive, Narellan.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Picture: Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Becka sent in this spooky photo from the Lithgow Halloween Festival.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Photo Tracey Harvey from Orange.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Amy-Louise Gaffey sent in this haunting photo of her property in Riverstone.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Photo Trudy Young from Bathurst.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Tony Sheedy sent through this spooky photo of a property on Colliers Avenue at Beverly Hills.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Photo Tracey Harvey from Orange.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Tony Sheedy sent through this spooky photo of a property on Colliers Avenue at Beverly Hills.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.

Halloween at Lithgow.

Becka sent in this spooky photo from the Lithgow Halloween Festival.

Hawkesbury Gazette reporter Conor Hickey had an up close experience with a witch on Monday.

Picture: Toni McInerney.

Picture: Toni McInerney.

Picture: Toni McInerney.

Oura’s Halloween celebration. Picture: Les Smith.


Video: Melbourne Cup jockey Blake Spriggs and his love of luxury cars

Blake Spriggs with a $600,000 Ferrari he loaned for a day in 2012.ON and off the race track, Blake Spriggs likes to travel in style.
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So when he called into the luxury car dealership of close friend and former employer Terry Mullens in Sydney recently, he didn’t miss the chance to take a 2013 Ferrari California for a spin.

In tomorrow’s @newcastleherald, @BlakeSpriggs and his need for speed ahead of #MelbourneCup ride pic.twitter南京夜网/GNKN53XRC7

— Craig Kerry (@craigkerry77) October 31, 2016

“They had me in there and tried to convince me to buy a Ferrari,” Spriggs said.“I said‘if I win the cup, I might come back’, he laughed.

“They had a second-hand one there and it was beautiful, but I said ‘I’ve got to go before I do something stupid’.”

Spriggsjoked that he had already done the numbers and the jockey’s five per cent commission from the Melbourne Cup first prize of $3.6 million –$180,000 – was“about the cost of the car”.

The Ferrari California Blake Spriggs test drove recently.

The Newcastle-raised hoop, who recently traded in an Audi R8 for an Audi S6, said: “I’ve always had nice cars because I enjoy them. I don’t live a party lifestyle, so that’s my reward.”

Spriggs, who will ride Sir John Hawkwood in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday,worked as a salesman forMullens during a tough time in his career four years ago when he broke his ankle and was out for five months.

“Iwas doing it tough when it came to race rides because I’d been out of my time as an apprentice for a couple of months and it wasn’t going to plan,” he said. “Then once I was injured, it made me wonder if it was going to be worth going into it again, if I could find something else that I enjoyed instead.I did enjoy it but it doesn’t overtake racing for me.”

“Istill enjoy being around the nice cars, but it’s not at the same level as racing when you can get to this sort of level.”

Spriggs said Mullens, who owns Sydney City Prestige,Artarmon, continued to be a great supporter and he regularly visited his dealership to catch up.

“Terry’s been a long-time family friend of mine and I met him through riding his horses,” he said.

“He’s always been there for me since I met him. He’s a very helpful person andout there to help people.

“He doesn’t expect anything in return, he’s that sort of person. He treats me like family and he actually calls me his son.

“He was there at probably one of the harder times and he’s there now.”

Bus driver Manmeet Sharma’s family calls for justice, safety for community

Manmeet Sharma, left, with his elder brother Amit. Photo: Alisher Amit / FacebookAs Manmeet Sharma’s state of Punjab, India celebrates Diwali, the festival of light, his brother and close family friend are calling for justice.
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Long time family friend Winnerjit Goldy and Manmeet’s older brother Amit Sharma, also known as Amit Alisher, flew into Brisbane early Sunday morning and as they sat in a home in Brisbane’s south east later today with the curtains drawn, they were physically and emotionally exhausted.

They had just been to visit the spot where their brother and friend had been burned to death as he sat behind the wheel of a bus at Moorooka on Friday.

Winnerjit Goldy at the site where Manmeet Sharma was killed. Photo: 7 News Queensland

Mr Goldy said neither he nor Amit had slept since learning of Manmeet’s death, which had rocked them to their core.

Speaking on behalf of Amit, who was too shocked to talk as he grievedfor his brother, Mr Goldy said the last few days had been extremely difficult.

“From last three days, all the time has been very hard for us, every time is very hard for us, it is really the worst time in our lives we are suffering from something the whole world knows about,” he said.

Mr Goldy said their 29-year-old brother and friend was a “visionary man” who was a leader in his community.

“He was not only driver, he is a shining star, a good artist, a good hero, he had made two movies, he was a good social worker, he did a lot of things for his community in Australia even in India also,” he said.

“We invested everything on that guy, for his studies for his life.”

Manmeet’s family back home in the village of Alisher have not been told of the “heinous” crime, Mr Goldy said, and neither he nor Amit have seen their parents since learning of Manmeet’s death.

“Even we haven’t met our parents, we can’t face them, what do we say?” he said.

“We have closed everything, we have disconnected the televisions before we left.

“Right now we have just told them Manmeet is in a coma, he had a very big accident.”

Mr Goldy said their village has cancelledtheir Diwali celebrations, a five-day festival where rows or series of lights are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over bad, as the village mourns in silence.

“The family has gone to the temple to pray in general because of the festival – everyone in the town is watching them but noone is speaking a word,” he said.

“Everyone knows in the village except for them.”

Mr Goldy said Manmeet, who was a school bus driver before he wasa taxi and bus driver, had gained his Australian citizenship just six months prior to his death and had always spoken of justice in Australia.

“Whenever we talk about Australia, he always said it is a country of justice, so we need the government to fulfilhis words and hopefully in the future they will do their best,” he said.

“We need from the community support, we need the support from the government also and we need a peaceful country so the community of Indians who are staying over here, their security should be good.

“A country like this one, we never expected these things, it can’t be happening, but it has.”

Amit to take his brother’s body back to Indianvillage

The two men will remain in Australia until Manmeet’s body is released to them.

“As soon as the formalities are completed we will take the body back home to India to have the funeral over there,” Mr Goldy said.

The pair are expected to meet with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Monday to discuss a memorial for Manmeet.

“We demanded a memorial, we are seeing the Lord Mayor tomorrow, we need a memorial at the bus stop, to put his name over there, or at the park,” Mr Goldy said.

“Everyone has supported us, so in future also, whatever the direction the case goes, we need the justice from the government.”

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The freak snake with the scorpion sting that could take your pain away

Dr Bryan Fry holds a king cobra. Young king cobras are often prey to the blue coral snake. Photo: Bryan FryThis snake is a freak. It boasts the largest venom glands in the world. It eats king cobras for breakfast. And it has a scorpion’s sting. But that’s not what has scientists excited.
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“We have found the wildest snake toxin ever, from the venom of the most outrageous snakes,” Bryan Fry said. “It does something no other snake has ever done.”

The Queensland University venomologist is talking about the aptly named long-glanded blue coral snake of south-east Asia – and its unusual venom which takes hold with lightning efficiency.

The super-powerful venom of the long-glanded blue coral snake could inspire new pain treatments for humans. Photo: Tom Charlton

A reptile with electric blue stripes and neon-red head and tail, it grows up to two metres long. Its venom glands extend to a good 60 centimetres – about one-quarter of its body length.

“On the scale of weird, this one goes to 11,” Dr Fry said. “It’s a freaky snake.”

Described as “the killer of killers” due to its taste for young king cobras, this snake is unique among snakes because, like scorpions, its venom causes its prey to spasm.

Exactly how it does this has been discovered for the first time. The results, published in the journalToxins, could lead to improved pain management for humans.

“This venom hits a particular type of sodium channel that is important for the treatment of pain in humans,” Dr Fry said.

With colleagues from Australia, China, Singapore and the US, Dr Fry identified six unusual peptides in the venom of the blue coral snake that can switch on all of its prey’s nerves at once. This immediately immobilises its victim.

So what does a paralysis-inducing venom have to do with improving the treatment and management of pain in humans?

Dr Fry said the research showed that the venom used receptors which were critical to pain in humans. Learning about how these worked could enable improved pain treatment and management.

The venom glands of the long-glanded blue coral snake are up to 60 centimetres long. Photo: Bryan Fry

“It’s also the first vertebrate to do this via sodium channels,” Dr Fry said. “So from a drug development perspective, this is interesting as this animal is evolutionarily-speaking closer to us than a scorpion. Which means it might be more amenable to us.”

While the length of the long-glanded blue coral snake’s venom glands was known, the way the venom worked hadn’t been studied. And given there are related species, there could be as many as 200 variations of the peptides in total.

“It’s a great example of why studying the really weird animals is a great path for biodiscovery and you can’t get any weirder than this snake with the longest venom glands in the world,” Dr Fry said.

“You can’t predict where the next wonder drug came from so you need to protect what you have.”

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Melbourne Cup: Almandin wins

Photo: Eddie JimAnd the Melbourne Cup has been won by Almandin.
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In second place isHeartbreak City, withHartnell coming in third.

And for those in office sweepsRose of Virginiafinished last.

To read more about how the race went and to hear from the winners click here.


It’s almost race time.

If you haven’t had a moment to see who’s racing this yearthe final 24-horse field is here.

Got all dressed up and snapped a photo on Instagram?Then see if your photo is in our gallery here.

Across the country people are headed to race tracks and pubs to watch the race that stops the nation.

Even those headed to work are dressing-up a bit more than normal.

But what is it about this race that makes it so popular?

Have a look at the history and more here.

Speaking of history,Hunter Valley-owned 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist has been retired to stud. Click here to read more.

Want to re-live last year’s Cup? We’ve got the highlights here.

And whilethe Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops the nation, the Agriculture Issues of Prominence Cup surely gives it a run for its money? Check it out in this video:

Melbourne Cup: Almandin wins wins the Melbourne Cup.2016-11-01T12:45:00+11:00 2016 Agriculture Issues of Prominence Cup – Form PreviewHow the odds are shapingupAnd if you are not sure who you should place your hard-earned cash on –we’ve got you covered with these tips.

Or if you prefer to really chance your luck this could help:

And then there is always the tried and true‘let the pets decide’method:

Melbourne Cup: Almandin wins wins the Melbourne Cup.2016-11-01T12:45:00+11:00 beware,historically odds are against the favourite. Read more here

And if you are thinking of taking a punt, perhaps have a look at this piece which looks at betting on the Melbourne Cup versus investing in shares.

Fashions on the fieldTake a walk down memory lane with this galleryshowingsome wonderful examples of how to standout at the cup.

Not sure what to wear to that Cup function you’ve got on Tuesday? Well ladies, we can tell you stilettosare out. Read more here.

Perhaps you forgot Cup day today? It’s ok –there is still time tomake a fascinator out of newspaper. Like this:

Melbourne Cup: Almandin wins wins the Melbourne Cup.2016-11-01T12:45:00+11:00 you want ensure you stay classy and don’t stand out for the wrong reasons? Well then, this should help:

Where are all the celebrities at Melbourne Cup Carnival 2016?Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Enrique Iglesias, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton, Solange Knowles, Eva Longoriahave all made celebrity appearances at the Melbourne Cup Carnival down through the years.But it seems organisers are happy to stick with local talent for 2016.

That is apart from nine-time Olympic gold medallistUsain Bolt, who is on theCrown Melbourne marquee guest list for Oaks Day. Read more here.

Newcastle punk lads Trophy Eyes crack the ARIA top 10

ON THE CHART: Newcastle punk band Trophy Eyes, comprising John Floreani, Jeremy Winchester, Kevin Cross and Callum Cramp, have released their second album Chemical Miracle straight into the ARIA top 10. Picture: Supplied.PUNK rock outfitTrophy Eyeshas donewhat no Newcastle band since Silverchairor the Screaming Jets before themhave –recorda top 10 album.
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The five piece band, including Clarence Town boys Jeremy Winchester and Callum Cramp, had their second recordChemical Miracledebut at number eight on the ARIA album charts last week.

“We were driving back to our accommodation after a pretty successful show in LA, so we were already on a bit of a high,”Cramp (drums) said.

“Then our manager filled us in with the news that we got number eight. We were allprettyecstatic.”

The bandhadfelt a weight of artistic and popularexpectation onthe album, Cramp said, and can’t quite believe how it has been received.

“We didn’t go in to this album thinking‘let’s crack the charts’,but someone told mewe’rethe third band from Newcastle to ever get in the top 10 and that’s a pretty great feeling.”

The appeal of Trophy Eyes’2014debutMend, Move Oncatapulted themfrom playingNewcastle all-age shows atThe Loft to a place on theWarped Tour–analternative rock touringjuggernaut in the US–as well as performing at London’s Electric Ballroom.

Their sophomore album,with its lyrics of paranoia, loss and near death-experience,cements them as one of the most successful current actsfrom the Hunter.

Chlorine, the lead single fromChemical Miracle,has had more than half a million plays on the music streaming service Spotify.

“A bunch of bands from Newcastle that we looked up to when we first started learning to play our instruments helped shape our sound a little,” Cramp said.

“I think the biggest part that shines through is the mindset that such a blue collar town instilled on us.

“We all work or have worked trade jobs and I think that gave us all a pretty good work ethic.

“We were never afraid of the hard work that being a band requires.”

Next year looms as“the big one”, saysCramp, andthe band will tourfrenetically with the wind of the album’s popularityin its sails.

They will start2017at the UNIFY Festival in Victoriaandplay a run of shows to support Chemical Miracle, starting with a hometown gig at the Cambridge Hotel.


Greta’s Don Cruickshanks enters 14 national tree champions on National Register of Big Treesphotos

Whatever Don Cruickshanks does, he does it well.
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The Greta retiree has grown national champion orchids, and is known as a bit of a celebrity in the orchid world.

He was a successful cow cockyfor many years.

Towards the end of his career, Mr Cruickshanksstarted work as a cattle manager at Rosemount Vineyard and ended up growing grapes.

“I believe whatever youdo, youput everything into it,” Mr Cruickshanks said.

But it’s his latest venture that is perhapsmost impressive.

Mr Cruickshanks has entered 14 national champion trees on the National Big Tree register.

Trees have always been a joy for Mr Cruickshanks from his work on the land.

After he retired he started taking day trips with his wife where they would explore bush areas and enjoy the trees.

Mr Cruickshanks’s sister saw a story about theregister and told him about it.

So he started entering a few of his finds…and boy were they winners.

“When I found a big tree, it just turned out that these trees were bigger than any anyone else had found,” he said.

Don’s tree passion | PHOTOS Moreton Bay fig trees, Maitland Road, Islington Park.

Rare historic Aboriginal scar tree.

Greta’s Don Cruickshanks with the big tree he spotted at Moonan Brook during a recent trip to the Upper Hunter.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

Moreton Bay fig trees, Maitland Road, Islington Park.

Don Cruickshanks, of Greta, with the forest red gum in Fosterton Road listed on the Australian National Register of Big Trees.

Raymond Terrace’s Norfolk Island Pine tree is one of the biggest Christmas trees in the southern hemisphere. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Tree of Knowledge on Hannell St, Wickham.

Tree of Knowledge on Hannell St, Wickham.

Fig trees on Council Street, Cooks Hill.

Union Street, Tighes Hill.

A lone pine in Mayfield West.

Norfolk Pines at King Edward Park, Newcastle.

Norfolk Pines at King Edward Park, Newcastle.

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Qantas buffeted by competition headwind as oil prices stay low

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. The airline has disclosed softer trading conditions for the December half. Photo: Cole Bennets Passenger numbers rose 2.5 per cent, but that didn’t stop revenue from falling. Photo: Glenn Hunt
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Despite Qantas warning Monday of soft trading conditions as it battles the headwind of rising competition from rival airlines, analysts were upbeat, telling clients things could have been worse.

The December half underlying profit before tax will run at $800-$850 million, down from $921 million earned a year ago, the airline said on Monday even as it benefits from a further decline in oil prices.

In the September quarter alone, domestic revenue slipped 3 per cent to $3.98 billion due to rising competition on international routes with domestic demand also subdued. Even so, it said the December quarter will see an improvement.

“We are seeing international airfares below where they were 12 months ago, but the impact of that is tempered by the competitive advantages … including our strong domestic position and diversified Loyalty business,” the group’s chief executive, Alan Joyce said.

“Qantas Domestic, Jetstar Domestic and Qantas Loyalty all continue to perform well with high operating margins in a stable market.”

In the December half, the group’s fuel bill is expected to fall to $1.5 billion from $1.7 billion, although for the full year it is expected to be little changed at $3.1 billion compared with $3.2 billion in the previous financial year, it said. Overall, passenger numbers rose 2.5 per cent.

Capacity on international routes rose 5.8 per cent as the group shifted aircraft from domestic services to lift capacity mostly in Asia “in response to growing inbound demand from the region”, it said. Domestic revenue slipped 2.9 per cent, as international revenue fell 6.9 per cent.

In the December half capacity growth has been cut from the earlier forecast 2.5-3 per cent to a more modest 1.5-2 per cent. The decision to shift capacity from domestic to international services will see international capacity rise 3.5 per cent with a 1 per cent decline in domestic capacity, Qantas said.

“We believe investors should breathe a sigh of relief,”J.P. Morgan told clients, with the decline in revenue per seat “a cyclical rather than a structural issue”.

“The stock looks inexpensive, relative to global peers and the ASX industrials market, more broadly”.

Macquarie Equities said the quarterly data was worse than expected, although capacity reductions will help to protect revenues.

“Qantas remains fundamentally undervalued and despite a lack of earnings momentum a return to dividends is evidence of management’s confidence in the sustainability of earnings,” it told clients.

Qantas shares were up 8c at $3.02 in closing trading.

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Senators Derryn Hinch and David Leyonhjelm in Twitter slanging match

Senator Derryn Hinch accused David Leyonhjelm of being a “white-anting vandal”.A Twitter war of words has broken out between Senate crossbenchers, with combative Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm labelling Derryn Hinch “a dumb heap of parrot droppings”.
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The pair have clashed since it was revealed that Senator Leyonhjelm told a rally at Queensland Parliament in 2013 that he would be happy to let police “lie on the side of the road and bleed to death”.

Complaining about new laws designed to deny affiliates of outlaw motorcycle gangs access to gun licences, the NSW senator said police and the public were on a collision course.

“For myself, I am never going to help someone who thinks it’s OK to pull me up, search me and threaten me with jail if I don’t answer their questions, merely because I ride my motorcycle in company with a couple of other people,” he said at the protest.

“If that’s what they think, they can lie on the side of the road and bleed to death.”

After writing a blog post explaining his views and criticising Australians for being too quick to “excel at outrage”, Senator Leyonhjelm turned his attention to Senator Hinch, who is a pro-police advocate.

“You need to read this and apologise to me, you dumb heap of parrot droppings,” he tweeted, linking to the blog post and saying it was acceptable for Australians to criticise police. @HumanHeadline You need to read this and apologise to me, you dumb heap of parrot droppings.— David Leyonhjelm (@DavidLeyonhjelm) October 30, 2016

Senator Hinch didn’t pull any punches in his response, accusing his colleague of being a “a white-anting vandal”. @DavidLeyonhjelm I will never apologise for defending our police against white-anting vandals – even a fellow Senator.— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) October 30, 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.