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RELATIONSHIP ROMP: The cast of Rumours, which is being staged in St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, in Georgetown.EYEBROWS were raised when acclaimed American playwright Neil Simon penned a farcical comedy called Rumors in 1988.
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Simon was renowned for his down-to-earth and warm use of comedy to look at people’s relationships.

Nonetheless, Rumors proved to be a laugh-raiser with United States audiences, who generally aren’t fans of farce, and Simon in 1990 paid tribute to renowned British writers of farce by developing a version set in London.

That rewrite, given the English spelling Rumours, has been a hit worldwide, with actors and audience members alike finding it to be fun.

Newcastle actor Steve McLauchlan so enjoyed playing several years ago one of the Rumours’ central characters, a well-to-do lawyer who tries to hide what appears to have been a suicide attempt by a prominent politician, that he put his hand up for the same role in a production by Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club that opens on June 2. And he won it.

His character, Ken Gorman, and wife Chris (played by Sandra Monk), also a lawyer, are the first arrivals at a dinner party being held at the home of Britain’s Deputy Minister of Finance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his marriage.

They find the man lying upstairs, with a gun in his hand and a bullet wound in an ear lobe. His wife and servants aren’t in the house, and the meal hasn’t been prepared.

The couple, who have their own problems, try to keep what has happened from subsequent arrivals.

But the cover-up become increasingly desperate. And each pair also has troubles, with one husband and wife having had their luxury new car sideswiped on the journey.

Ultimately, two policemen turn up, for an unexpected reason.

The cast also includes Geoff McLauchlan, Jan Hunt, Peter Eyre, Kim MacKay, Erol Engin, and Natalie Burg, with Bob Spargo and director John McFadden as the cops.

Steve McLauchlan says there is a lot of cleverness in the play, “but actors have to work hard on it, not only in delivering the lines but presenting the characters in such a way that audience members can relate to them”.

His character, for example, is almost deafened by a gun unexpectedly firing a bullet.

Rumours is being staged in St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, in Wentworth Street, Georgetown, as a dinner show, with performances on Fridays, June 2 and 16, Saturdays June 3, 10 and 17, and Sunday, June 11.

The meal begins at 7pm. Dinner and show tickets are $40.

There will also be a show only matinee on Sunday, June 11, at 2pm; tickets $20.

Bookings: 0432 886 149.

Attorney General Mark Speakman asked to decide on Folbigg baby killings review case

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FOUR babies died, a Hunter mother was convicted of their killings and the community was rightly shocked, angered and saddened by the loss of those innocent, vulnerable lives.
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It has been 14 years since Kathleen Folbigg was sentenced to 30 years’ jail for the crimes that horrifiednot only the Hunter, but the nation. There the matter would have ended,with a motherpaying the penalty for the worst crimes imaginable.

But like another case involving a Hunter mother and the death of her baby –Lindy Chamberlain’s conviction forthe murder of baby daughter Azaria –there have been questions about the Folbigg convictions for some time, and from credible quarters.

It has been nearly two years since Newcastle University Legal Centre and three Newcastle barristers lodged a petition with NSW Governor David Hurley seeking a judicial review in the Folbigg case, and nearly four months since it has been with Attorney General Mark Speakman.

Supporters of a review believe it is not unreasonable to ask for a decision based on the strength of material before the Attorney General, and the number of years Folbigg has already served.

Folbigg was convicted of killing her four babies after a jury was convinced of the Crown case beyond reasonable doubt. But just one report in the petition for a review –that of respected n forensic pathologist Professor Stephen Cordner –raises significant doubt about those convictions.

Professor Cordner found there was no pathological or medical basis for concluding homicide in any of the Folbigg baby deaths, which raises serious questions about how their mother came to be convicted of murdering three of her babies, and the manslaughter of a fourth.

A second report by a British expert directly contradicts what the jury was told –that were no reported cases in the world of four babies in one family dying of sudden infant death syndrome.

Our judicial system relies on convictions only after the Crown meets a high standard –proving a case beyond reasonable doubt. But when there is reasonable doubt about convictions, it also provides for a judicial review.

The community needs to have faith in a justice system that can accommodate an extraordinary response to an extraordinary set of circumstances. That response needs to be made in a timely fashion.

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Three girls ‘took stolen vehicle on 500km drive’

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Three girls have been stopped by police after driving a stolen vehicle more than 500 kilometres from Queensland to the NSW Mid North Coast, police say.
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When officers approached the four-wheel-drive in Taree South on Monday afternoon, they allegedly found a 15-year-old girl in the driver’s seat, with her two friends, aged 13 and 12, in the passenger seats.

Police said the Nissan Murano, which belonged to one of the girls’ relatives, had been reported stolen from outside a house on the Gold Coast on Monday morning.

The same vehicle was spotted at a service centre on Bucketts Way in Taree South about 4pm on Monday.

Police allege the 15-year-old girl had driven the vehicle nearly 500 kilometres from the Gold Coast to Taree with her two friends before police caught up with them.

Inspector Ben Atkinson, from the Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Command, said the girls told police that they were on their way to Sydney.

He said it was remarkably lucky that no one was injured.

“They’ve driven 500-odd kilometres on one of the busiest pieces of road in the country. You have trucks, other motorists, people with caravans and novice drivers. The risk is pretty high,” he said.

The oldest girl had been dealt with under the Young Offender’s Act, and all three children had been placed in the care of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

The incident comes less than a month after a 12-year-old boy was stopped by police in Broken Hill after he attempted to drive across on his own.

The boy, who was reportedly tall and more mature looking than his age, was about 1300 kilometres into his planned journey from Kendall, near Port Macquarie, to Perth when highway patrol officers pulled him over on April 22 when they noticed his car’s bumper dragging along the ground.

“Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy travelling from Kendall, NSW, on his way to Perth,” a police spokesperson said at the time.

The boy told police he was planning to visit relatives in Western .

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Man, 37, dies after being stabbed in the leg in a Wagga driveway

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A man has died in a Wagga Wagga driveway after he was stabbed in a suburban park before stumbling down a street and collapsing outside a home.
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Emergency services were called to French Place about 3.45am, arriving to find the 37-year-old man in a driveway with a serious leg injury. Paramedics treated the man’s injuries, but he died at the scene.

Police believe two men had been fighting in a small park between French Place and Toy Place, where one man was stabbed. He then stumbled away and collapsed in the driveway, where he later died. The home is not believed to be connected to the attack.

A 28-year-old man handed himself in to police about 10am.

Acting Inspector Ryan Sheaff said the 28-year-old man, from the suburb of Tolland, was assisting police with their inquiries, but no charges had been laid.

He said it was believed the men were known to each other. The deceased man was from Junee, north of Wagga Wagga.

Strike Force Bonarius was formed to investigate the man’s death and police are believed to be searching for the weapon used in the attack.

Forensic services examined the front yard of the home as police kept both ends of the small street blocked off.

Detectives from Wagga Local Area Command were investigating the death.

Neighbours were shocked to find the small cul-de-sac blocked off as a crime scene on Tuesday morning.

“It’s terrible,” one woman said. “I’m just shocked, we didn’t hear anything last night.”

Another neighbour said there had been fights previously in the suburb, but nothing like this.

“People have rows, but this is a bit surprising,” he said.

“I’m worried because there are kids in the street and there are maniacs running around killing people.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Wagga Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Rain, hail or shine, there’s lots to see and do this weekend

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SATURDAYPaddock Sessions 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 1.30pm to 8pm, Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi. Come for the day with a picnic blanket or camp. Market and food stalls and a line-up includingImogen Clark & Band, This Way North,Joe Mugovan,Finnian Johnson and Abby Dobson.
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Lovedale Long Lunch10am to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday. A progressive-style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale.

Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival 2017 10am to 3pm, King Street, Raymond Terrace.

2017 Hunter Innovation FestivalSaturday and Sunday, various venues. Forums, workshops and more. For the program of events go tohunterinnovationfestival苏州桑拿/program.

The 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival is on this weekend.

Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale Saturday, 9amto 5pm, Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.Back by popular demand; up to 60 per cent off activewear; access to exclusive products.

Planning Your Dream Kitchen10am to 11.30am, HIA Home Inspirations Centre,17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West. A free seminarfor anyone who would like to avoid the pitfalls and get the best bang for their buck in renovating their old kitchen or building a new one.

Chemical Clean Out 9am to 3.30pm,Glendale TAFE, Frederick Street, Glendale.You can drop off paints, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, motor oils and fuels, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, acids and alkalis, and fluorescent tubes and globes. Only household quantities are accepted.

One Night in Dungog 5.30pm, James Theatre, Dungog.Cocktail party followed by a screening of the very best short films from the 2016 Dungog Short Film Festival.

SUNDAYRSPCA Million Paws Walk 8.30am to 2pm, Morpeth Common, Morpeth. Activities for you and your pet; children’s activities; competitions; live music; giveaways; market and food stalls.

2017 Hunter Memory Walk & Jog Tulkaba Park, Teralba.Take part in a3km or 6.5km walk or run. Also, there will be raffles, food stalls, entertainment and special guests.The event raises funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s NSW.

Blast From The Past Rock and Roll Picnic 10am to 3pm, Toronto foreshore. Music; food and market stalls; Show and Shineand a children’s entertainment area.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Main game kick-off 2pm.

Annual WALK-A-THON and FUN RUN8.30am, CB Alexander College, Tocal Road, Tocal.Walk or run 5km or 10km. Raffles; craft stalls; food and drinks. Adults$20 walk, $10 run; children (15 and under) $5 walk or run.

Africa Day Celebration10am to 4.30pm, Islington Public School. Free event for all the family to enjoy. Colourful fabrics, fashion, food stalls, market stalls and workshops, plus wine tasting, art, music and dance.

Vintage Farm Display and Market Day9am to 3pm,Clarence Town Courthouse.

The Sebel Kirkton Park Wedding Open Day10am to 2pm, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin. Bridal experts; live entertainment;handmade workshops; local wine and produce as well as goodie bags, prizes and giveaways.

2017 Variety NSW Bash8am, Bar Beach. Two-time Paralympian Maddie Elliott OAM will wave the starters flag for the 26thVariety NSW AHA Bash. The Maitland local will start the cavalcade of 80 Variety Bash cars from Bar Beach on the week-long adventure to support Aussie kids in need.The Variety Bash will visit Gilgandra, Cowra, Narrandera, Yass, Bathurst and Muswellbrook and return to Bar Beach on May 27.

The Fashion Circle 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford. Quality pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Entry $5.

SAVE THE DATEFor a night of food, film and fun head to Casuarina Estate on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin on May 27. Doors open at 6pm for wine and beer tasting served with canapes plus a three-course dinner. The event celebrates the life of winemaker Brian McGuigan, who will host thedinner and recount tales of his life in the Hunter Valley. Book atstickytickets苏州夜网.au.

MARKETSHamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.

Tea Gardens Village Market 9am to 1pm,Myall Quays Shopping Centre.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

ARTS & CULTURENewcastle MuseumRemembering the Pasha Storm (including VR display); Shadows of Sacrifice; A Ticket To Paradise?.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryLocal Artist Uncovered: works by Marc Brabander. Until July 2. Also,Wild Learning –Get To Know Your DSLR Camera With Ivan. Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

Newcastle Art GalleryLaunch event –Abstraction: Celebrating n Abstract Women Artists, 11am to 12.30pm Saturday. Until July 23. Also, Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryDavid Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton:Welcome to WOOF WOOF.Until May 28.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018.Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages.Until June 18.Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.

Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryScanlines. Until June 25. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2.CLICK: Schools in Focus. Until June 25.

Wallsend District LibraryNikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition. Until May 28.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreEbb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists;The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter;Creature: Max Watters Collection. Until July 2.

Timeless TextilesThe Breath of Felt; Lumpy. Until June 4.

The Lock-UpJamie North: Slidings; Sally Bourke: Brutal. Until June 11.

CStudios Art GalleryDouble Vision –Land and Sea. Paintings by Peter Erson Smith and Kay McFarlane Smith. Until May 27.

Art Systems WickhamTattoo ARI Project: Dan Arnold, Ash Dosen, Cristyn Franks, Braden Gill, Ruth Hughes, Jeramy Lewandowski, James Matthews, Lisa Stratigos, Danny Giles.Until May 28.

Gallery 139AMBEDO: Julia Flanagan, Matthew Tome. Until June 4.

Alchemy Art SpaceNepal Exhibition. Until May 26.

World of Brass Sunday, 2pm to 4pm,Lake Macquarie Centre for Performing Arts, Warners Bay.Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band performance.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleriesHARMONY by Holly Marlin and Kara Wood. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space Student Gallery What IS Art? Until June 4.

Front Room Galleryat Newcastle Art School Diploma of Visual Arts 2017. Until June 2.

THEATREAnyone for Breakfast? Husbands and wives who are having affairs (or trying to have them) are involved in a night and morning of amusing confusion in Derek Benfield’s comedy. Club 71, at St Peter’s Hall, Hamilton. Saturday; dinner and show from 7pm.

Snugglepot and CuddlepieThe gumnut babies head through the bush on a journey and meet Mr Lizard, Mrs Snake, the big, bad Banksia Men and others; lively musical from May Gibbs’ book. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

Two to TangoBright double bill: Last Tango in Little Grimley, in which a small town theatre faced with closure decides to stage a sex comedy; and Haiku, moving play with a mother revealing that her autistic daughter voices Japanese-style poetry. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, until May 27, plus 2pm matinees on Sunday, May 21, and Saturday, May 27.

VelvetMarcia Hines leads a musical cast as it looks through disco, dance, music and circus at the problems of people in a nightclub. Organised Pandemonium and Strut & Fret, in the Aurora Spiegeltent, Civic Park, until June 4: Tuesday to Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.

MUSICAdamstown Uniting ChurchSaturday, Salon Days:Music from the Golden Age of Palm Court Orchestras. Sunday, Carole, Joni & Carly –The Songwriters That Changed The World.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Mardmax.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Argyle’s 4thbirthday party.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Jade Lee Wright.Sunday,Nicholas Connors.

Beach HotelSaturday, Trataka. Sunday, The V-Dubs.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Defaced.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Captain Risky.

The BradfordSaturday, Witchery.Sunday, Tiali.

Burwood InnSaturday, DJ Dan Phelan.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Northlane,Hands Like Houses.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Project X.

Catho PubSaturday, Layth Gunn.Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ngariki.

Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday,Hayden Johns.

Clarendon HotelSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club KotaraSaturday, Paul Watters.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Club RedheadSaturday, Viagro.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Zac & Ben.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday,Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, The V-Dubs.

Crown & Anchor HotelSunday,Zane Penn Duo.

Customs HouseSaturday,Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

D’Albora MarinaSunday,Ben Travis.

Denman HotelSunday, Sarah Christine.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, The DuoTones.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday,Norm Bakker.

The EdwardsSaturday, The Owls, dave, Nicholas Connors, Mahala Williams, e4444e.

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Exchange HotelSaturday, Hummingbirds.

FinnegansSaturday, Brooke Evers.

FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Melody Feder.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSaturday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead TavernSunday, The Way.

George TavernSaturday, Banddits.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Frankenbok, Zombonimo. Sunday, Alby Pool.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday,Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof HotelSaturday, Ben Travis.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Overload. Sunday, Shivoo.

​Hamilton Station HotelSaturday, The Wildbloods,Magnus,Yours Alone.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Gen-R-8, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager.

Honeysuckle HotelSunday, Lisa Hunt.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Bernie Ayrton.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Code Red.

The Junction HotelSaturday, Frets With Benefits.

Junction InnRaymond TerraceSunday, Troy Kemp.

Kent HotelSaturday,The Fedz. Sunday, Grant Walmsley.

Khartoum HotelSaturday, Brazillian Brothers.

King Street HotelSaturday, Reecelow.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Bernie.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,The No Such Things,The Fonzies.

Lizotte’sSaturday, A Tribute To Woodstock. Sunday,n Dance and Talent Centre.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Jason Ray.

Mark HotelSaturday, Kim and Mik.

Mary EllenSaturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Dave Owen.

Merewether SurfhouseSunday,Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, James Osborn.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Newcastle DiggersSaturday, Smokin Rosie.

Newcastle Jockey ClubSaturday,Jordan Fleming.

Northern Star HotelSaturday,Mark Wood.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, Whiskey Business.

Pippis At The PointSaturday,Jon Schatz. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

The PourhouseSaturday, Sami.

Premier HotelSaturday, Shivoo. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday,Wesley’s Edge.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Todd Schmoo, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pistol Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Outlaw Ave.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Kelly Hope.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Dai Pritchard.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Sami.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday,Elisa Kate.Sunday, Heather Price.

Shortland HotelSaturday,Scully.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Dr Love.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Soundabout.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Tim Hulsman.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Sunnyside TavernSaturday, Emily Rose.

Swansea HotelSunday, Karen O’Shea.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Bounce.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Rock Oz.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.

Toronto WorkersSaturday,Scratch. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall HotelSaturday, Logan.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday,Kellie Cain. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The BaySaturday,Wicked.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Hell Rad.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Tim Harding.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Bowie: Ashes To Ashes, Loko.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Fishfry + Pow Wow.

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

A Street Cat Named Bob(PG)The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

Alien: Covenant(MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers(G) Mickey Mouse and his pals racearound the globe.

Don’t Tell(M)The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Sara West in a scene from Don’t Tell.

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry(M)Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

Fences(PG)A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950swhile coming to terms with the events of his life. (Regal)

Get Out(MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style(M)Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(M)The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

Jasper Jones(M)On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. (Regal)

Hidden Figures(PG)The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the USspace program. (Regal)

John Wick: Chapter 2(MA)After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword(M)Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

Loving(PG)The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. (Regal)

Snatched(MA 15+)A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

The Case For Christ(PG) Ajournalist struggles with his wife’s newfound faith in Christ.

The Fate Of The Furious(M)A mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape.

The Met Opera: La Traviata(E)Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. (Event)

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

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One(MA)Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, an unlikely pair race against an impending global crisis and are confronted by the monsters that live inside us all.

The Zookeeper’s Wife(M)Zookeepers Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

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

Whiteley(M) A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of ’s most celebrated artists.

New APS agency to be put in electorate Nationals lost

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The Coalition government will establish its new regional investment agency in the heart of an electorate its state counterparts suffered a historic loss to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Regional Investment Corporation announced in budget papers last week would be based in Orange, where the National party lost its 69-year stranglehold in a NSW by-election last November.

The agency’s emergence in the central west NSW town, which will continue the federal government’s push to decentralise the public service, has drawn fire from Labor regional spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon who accused the Coalition of pork barrelling.

Mr Joyce said the government considered several regional cities for the RIC, including Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Bendigo, Lithgow, Toowoomba and Wagga Wagga.

“Locating the RIC in Orange makes sense, building on the existing base of agricultural investment institutions in the city, including the New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority and Macquarie Bank’s Paraway Pastoral livestock enterprise,” he said.

“Orange is an important agricultural hub in a region which generates about $1.7 billion in gross agricultural production, and is the home of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the lack of any competitive tender to host the RIC was “another example of a Barnaby Joyce pork barrel special”.

“Barnaby Joyce has no decentralisation plan, only a plan to ward off One Nation,” he said.

Towns that missed out on the RIC should be told why the government selected Orange and what process it followed, he said.

The agency, designed to improve delivery of funds to farmers and consistency in farm business loan assessments, will arrive next year in the city that is part of the federal Calare electorate held by the National party’s Andrew Gee.

The Nationals held the state seat of Orange by more than 20 per cent before the by-election triggered by Mr Gee’s resignation to run at a federal level, but voters shook the NSW Coalition government when they abandoned the party.

The Baird Government’s proposed ban on greyhound racing and council amalgamations were among issues blamed for the massive swing against the Nationals, who said they would try to reconnect with the region’s voters.

Mr Gee won Calare at the federal election four months earlier despite a 9 per cent swing against his party.

The government said in budget papers it would spend $28.5 million over four years to establish the RIC.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the agency would do the work of state-based rural adjustment authorities, and that the funding should be spent on regional infrastructure projects or research and development in agriculture.

Netball: Sam Poolman impresses Chinan Diamonds selectors before Commonwealth Gamesphotos

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Poolman shines like a Diamond CLOSE ATTENTION: Sam Poolman puts pressure on Vixens shooter Mwai Kumwenda in Canberra on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images
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TweetFacebookNewcastleHerald on Tuesday that the 26-year-old Giants goal keeper would get “some sort of opportunity” this year after impressing national selectors.

The three Diamonds selectors will announce squads on June 27 for the Quad Series in August, Constellation Cup against New Zealand in October and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Alexander said Poolman had turned around her career under Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald this season after four years with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

“We’ve been very impressed with her improvement this year,” Alexander said.

“I did ring her a couple of years ago. It was really important for her to understand that what was holding her back was a bit around her high-performance behaviours.She needed to get herself into the sort of shape that is necessary to play at the very top.

“Nobody was more delighted than me when Julie decided to give that defence spot to her at the Giants.I was confident Sammy would understand this was basically her last chance of having a good crack at it, because there’s so many younger kids coming through.

“To see her put the work in under Julie’s tutelage and what she’s done is just fantastic. I’m just thrilled for her, both as a person and an athlete.”

Poolman won her battle with Melbourne Vixens starshooter Mwai Kumwenda on Sunday as the Giants triumphed 56-52 to return to the top of the Super Netball ladder.

“I’m taking notice of any defence that plays well against the Vixens,” Alexander said.

“Mwai Kumwendahas done such a tremendous job as the shooter and beaten nearly everyone, so I think it’s a real credit to Sam that she was able to really shut down that supply through to Mwai and perhaps put a little bit of doubt in the minds of the feeders.”

The coach said Poolman was reaching her potential after attending the n Institute of Sport on a scholarship in 2011.

“She’s been at the AIS, she’s been an identified junior back in the day at NSW. Many of us thought she’d be the next Liz Ellis in many respects, but there’s also a burden with that, the burden ofexpectation.

“Sammy is a really good person, but she had to be tough with herself.That’s extremely tough for anybody, and I think Julie’s managed her beautifully.

“It’s great that she’s improved so much in that area, and we’re impressed. In some way, shape or form she’ll be getting some sort of opportunity I see this year.”

Collingwood goal keeper Sharni Layton is the n captain, but selectors will name at least six defenders in their squads next month.

Alexander said the selectors would watch closely during the Super Netball finals to see which defenders had the mental toughness and concentration to play well under pressure.

“Sam’s really shown that extremely well this year. She’s a very, very smart defender, and we can see that clearly.”

Poolman has more defensive rebounds than any other n in Super Netball and is fourth in deflections and intercepts.

Fitzgerald said the defender had worked hard inthe off-season and arrived at the Giants “well and truly ready to play”.

“Her agility has improved enormously, and her vertical jump has improved something like nine centimetres over a short period of time,” she said.

“She’s been able to play on a variety of shooters for us.

“I think she’s definitely worthy of being in the n squad. The statistics keep her up in that top echelon of defenders in every regard.

“You have to pick on form and the players who are playing well at the time. Sam’s definitely putting her hand up.”

Brazil accused of anti-indigenous stance

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Indios da etnia Gamela (Viana, no Maranh????o) sofrem ataque na nova retomada de terra que estavam fazendo no munic????cio de Viana. Cerca de 200 homens amarmados com armas de fogo homens com fac????es e paus. H???? cerca de 10 feridos, os casos mais graves que est????o sendo transferidos para a capital do estado S????o Lu????s. Os ind????genas afirmam que o ataque j???? estava sendo organizado independente de acontecer ou n????o a retomada, pois havia um grupo que se auto intitulara “movimento pela paz” que estava incitando moradores do povoado Santeiro. A r????dio local estava abrindo espa????o para pol????ticos contr????rios a retomadas, darem entrevistas – criando um ambiente de animosidade nos ????ltimos dias. A Gamela man is admitted to hospital after a confrontation with farmers in northern brazil on April 30.?? Photo: CIMIThe Brazilian government has appointed an army general as the new president of FUNAI, the 50-year-old indigenous affairs agency responsible for mapping indigenous land and avoiding a repeat of the killings that brought the plight of Amazonian indians to the rest of the world in the 1960s.
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It is the first time in 25 years that a non-civilian has become head of the agency, which is already under pressure from a pro-agribusiness group known as the “ruralist faction” in the country’s Congress.

Franklimberg Freitas, 61, is FUNAI’s eighth president in five years and already faces strong opposition from indigenous communities and activists.

On his way out, his predecessor, Antonio Costa, urged Brazilians to “wake up” as he protested against the perceived architect of his dismissal, the newly appointed Minister for Justice Osmar Serraglio.

“The Brazilian government does not comply with what is written in the Constitution related to indigenous populations. The FUNAI has been forgotten by the government, not only by this government, but also by previous governments, which has left FUNAI in a chaotic situation,” Costa said.

FUNAI, or National Indian Foundation, was established in 1967 to replace the Indian Protection Service, which was tasked with assimilating the indigenous population into the broader white culture. The service was formed by a marshal and was disbanded following international outcry over criminal neglect, persecution and massacre of those in its care.

Since then, the agency has had a motley history, credited with both protection of and violence towards tribes.

“Indigenous peoples need a minister who seeks justice and not a minister who takes sides. That’s not the ministerial role. You know very well the side he defends,” Costa said of Serraglio’s alleged ties to the faction lobbying to weaken environmental laws and expand agricultural and mining operations into indigenous territories.

Costa also said he had been under pressure from congressmen to employ people with no interest or experience in indigenous matters. One of his correspondents, Federal MP for the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul Luis Carlos Heinze, sent a letter to FUNAI earlier this year in an alleged attempt to influence the choice of candidate for a key agency position.

Heinze made headlines in Brazil after he was caught on camera depicting indigenous people, homosexuals and slave descendents as “all that is worthless”.

The Brazilian Constitution of 1988, enacted after the end of military rule, defines the right of indigenous people to their lands as “original rights”, that is, before the creation of the nation itself.

But in the past decade, precarious indigenous living standards and government’s inaction in countering the incursion of agribusiness has pushed tribespeople and farmers against each other. They fear FUNAI’s budget cuts and ongoing political instability will put an end to already contested demarcation processes, and have begun autonomous moves to regain territories in several states. Consequently, armed conflicts in disputes over land are becoming more common, with indigenous men over-represented in emergency departments and morgues.

More than a dozen members of a tribe known as the Gamela people were injured two weeks ago after farmers attacked recently occupied land in Maranhao state, north-eastern Brazil, with guns, knives and clubs. Five people needed medical attention for broken bones, cuts and gun-shot wounds, including Aldely Ribeiro whose hands were almost severed in a machete attack. Two other men had surgery to remove bullets from the lungs and head.

The latest violence came two weeks after some 4000 people, mostly indigenous, travelled to the country’s capital, Brasilia, to pressure the government for land demarcation to be carried out in accordance with the constitution. Indigenous leaders say the government of President Michel Temer is working to roll back protections in various parts of the Amazon and allowing farmers and other big-money interest to steal their lands.

“We had just peacefully retaken part of our traditional territory as we have been doing gradually since 2015, similar to other tribes in different parts of the country. Suddenly, many farmers heavily armed arrived. They were very angry and outnumbered us so we decided to retrieve. When most of the Gamela had left, my group was attacked,” recounts the elder Kumtum Akroa-Gamella, who sustained injuries to his hand and head.

The men accuse a former federal policeman and Maranhao MP Aloisio Mendes of inciting the farmers against them.

Mendes denies the accusation. He blames state and federal governments for not acting following several warnings of escalating violence. Conflicts between farmers and tribespeople have also become common, creating problems for farm labourers who find themselves without homes and jobs once a farm is occupied.

According to indigenous rights advocate Daniel Carvalho, the violent situation in Maranhao is amplified by public figures and local media depicting the Gamela as not native to the area.

This is reflected in statements from both Mendes and the Ministry of Justice. In a statement issued after the machete attack, the minister said federal police would investigate the incident involving farmers and “supposed indigenous people”.

Carvalho, a local member of FUNAI, said historical documents and studies proved the existence of the Gamelas in the region. “This type of narrative just demonstrates the level of racism, prejudice and ignorance that exists in our society that fuels the conflicts,” Carvalho told Fairfax Media.

Cleber Buzzato is the national secretary of one of the main indigenous rights groups in Brazil, CIMI.

He said that the attacks happened in a context where agribusiness lobbyists have gained more strength after last year’s impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff.

“Those forces demonstrate to be even more aggressive, even more violent against slave descendents, peasants and indigenous people who fight for land demarcation,” Buzzato said recalling another violent episode where nine rural workers were killed in a dispute with farmers, squatters and loggers.

There are about 450 recognised indigenous territories in Brazil. Another 430 are still in demarcation queues, which can take many years.

WineOsborn’s wondrous wine factory

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COLOURFUL COMBINATION: Chester Osborn in front of the Cube with South African husband-and-wife gourmet food team Lindsay Dürr and Brendan Wessels, who will run the tower’s luxury restaurant.IT’S a busy month for winemakerChesterOsborn, whatwith Galvo Garage, Hermit Crab, Ironstone Pressings and the $14 million five-storey, Rubik’s Cube-inspired, tower at his McLaren Vale vineyards.
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Some see the glass-encased steel and concrete Cube as Chester’s folly and he concedes it has made both his father managing director d’Arry and his company board a bit nervous.

“Some people refer to this as WillyWonka’swine factory, and in a way it is,” 54-year-old Chester says.

Whether it’s a folly or an audacious master stroke will soon be established as the Cube opens.

Chester says it’s an assault on the senses with art installations, tasting rooms, what he calls a “wine fog room”, flagons connected to bicycle horns to give insights into wine aromas and a luxury restaurant.

South African husband-and-wife team of head chef Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Dürr have been appointed to run the restaurant. The pair have previously worked in Michelin-starred establishments overseas and top n restaurants.

The Cube got $2 million state government regional development funding and Chester believes it seals d’Arenberg’s status as McLaren Vale’s busiest cellar door with 50,000 visitors a year.

Chester is a fourth-generation Osborn in the 104-year-old family wine venture.

That penchant is also shows in his six new wines that reached my tasting bench last week.There is the $65 d’Arenberg 2014 The Ironstone Pressings Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, the $15 2016 The Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne and the $29 2014 The Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Petit Verdot, which are ravailable atdarenberg苏州夜网.au, the 58 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale, winery and wine shops.

The three other new wines are the 2014 d’Arry’s Original Shiraz-Grenache, currently available at $18, the 2014 Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, for release in early 2018 at $65, and the 2014 Dead Arm Shiraz, for release in June at $65.

HUNTER STARSPETER Windrim from Krinklewood Vineyard and Shannon Burgess-Moore from De Iuliis Wines have won places in the 2017 Young Guns of Wine Top 50 awards.

The 11-year-old awards showcase the best up-and-coming winemakers across and 2017 judging had a rigorous two-day tasting of contestants’ wines.

Other NSW Top 50 winners were Xanthe Freeman of Freeman Vineyards at Hilltops, Tom Ward of Swinging Bridge, Orange, and Chris Carpenter of the Canberra’s Lark Hill Wines.

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Insight into the workforce

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MEETING PLACE: The expo provides a unique opportunity for visitors to speak face-to-face with a variety of organisations.Career Links will host The Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo on Thursday, May 18 at the Newcastle Jockey Club.
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IDEAS EXPOSURE: The Expo is a fantastic one-stop environment for students to discuss available career and training options with potential employers.

The Career & Training Expo is the largest event of its kind in the region, attracting over 145 local and interstate exhibitors, including 32 universities and 27 colleges, from leading education and training providers to some of the Hunter’s largest employers.

Over 4000 students will be attending on the day from all school sectors across the region.

FUTURE BECKONS: There are exhibitors from a vast array of career fields and further training providers making the expo an event not to be missed by students.

New in 2017 is the Industry Pavilion. Career Links in conjunction with RDA Hunter ME program, have invited a number of high skill industries to attend the Expo so they can highlight the current skill requirements and the potential skill base for future positions.

Students will be able to get an insight into the workforce of the future from industries that are leaders in their sectors.

The Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo is open to parents and community members from 1pm till 3pm.

Entry is $5 per person.

Students that attend the Expo with their school are able to return at no charge as long as they are still wearing their wrist band.

With the addition of the Industry pavilion and the increased education sector exhibitors, this year’s Expo will be the biggest presented.

The major sponsors for 2017 are The University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE.

Their support of the event along with supporting partners Defence Force Recruitment, Avondale College, Noverskill and the Department of Education ensures Career Links are able to successfully present an expanded Expo each year.

Career LinksCareer Links was established in 2000 to service the youth of the region.

They are a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of programs and services which connect young people with business, education, community and families, enabling themto transition from school to employment.

This transition is a critical point in development and without targeted support students risk of becoming an unemployment statistic.

Other programs Career Links alsooffers include the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program and Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

SWL coordinates Vocational Education and Training (VET) work placements with businesses for students completing a VET course as part of their mandatory HSC qualifications.

For further information regarding Career Links visit www.careerlinks.nsw.edu.au. For further information on the Career Expo visit www.newcastlecareerexpo苏州夜网.au or contact 02 4967 1050.