Fairfax weakness could attract predators

27/07/2018 // by admin

With the Fairfax Media share price slumping 8 per cent after a set of results that was largely expected, but an outlook statement that didn’t inspire confidence, it will be a race against time to complete the transformation of the media group before a predator emerges.
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Fairfax posted an earnings before interest and tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $506 million ($607 million in 2011), but there are heavy depreciation/capital expenditure charges.

The feeling is the group’s 2013 EBITDA will be closer to $400 million given the structural decline. And the way the structural changes are gathering momentum it might be lower again the following year. The upshot is it is hard to imagine hard copy newspapers surviving seven days a week.

Private equity predators

Fairfax is targeting cost-savings of $235 million, and is in the process of reducing its workforce by 20 per cent over the next three years, as it moves to a digital first platform. It is early days.

There has been strong speculation that a few private equity groups are looking at the company with a view to breaking it up. Fairfax’s enterprise value, which is the market cap plus debt is a tad over $2 billion, which looks good against an EBITDA of $506 million. There have also been a few analyst reports postulating a similar theme. The company can also decide if it continues in its current form or breaks itself up.

Facing facts

The brutal reality is traditional media is going through massive structural changes and blaming it on cyclical issues is a stretch; this downturn in revenue is structural. That’s why there are $2.9 billion of asset writedowns and impairment charges. It is also why News Corp made more than $2 billion of writedowns two weeks ago, most of which was from the Australian newspaper mastheads.

The pattern is this: digital revenue is up, audiences continue to fragment and advertisers are therefore putting more of their dollars into the digital space. This structural change explains why the digital side of the business experienced an increased in advertising yields.

Seek, Realestate南京夜网 and CarSales all have market caps well above Fairfax and their earnings and stock prices keep going up – structural tailwinds.

When the cycle turns there is no doubt the shift will continue to digital with more advertising revenue poured into that space.

Industry-wide challenge

Newspapers are not alone in this, they are merely ahead of the curve in terms of bearing the structural pain as audiences increasingly move online. SevenWest revealed TV revenue was up 3 per cent, newspaper revenue was down 5 per cent and magazine revenue fell 6 per cent. Digital joint venture Yahoo!7 lifted revenue 27 per cent.

In the US, which is a good indicator of things to come in Australia, figures show that internet protocol TV (IPTV) is rising at the expense of television.

Recent figures out of the United States indicate that people are increasingly turning from TV to IPTV. Comcast showed a drop of nearly 400,000 TV subscribers in the past year, Time Warner Cable lost 169,000 residential video subscribers and DirecTV reported a loss of 52,000 subscribers in the second quarter. US cable TV is actually free-to-air (FTA) as there is no FTA without a cable connection so to see cable connections being dropped in these numbers is more like people turning off FTA than people turning off cable. Internet customers are on the rise across provider. Time Warner Cable increased it broadband subscribers by 59,000.

Gina Rinehart, the company’s biggest single shareholder, will undoubtedly be watching the results with interest. They could be a trigger for her to call for two board seats.

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Can semen treat depression and morning sickness?

27/07/2018 // by admin

Mood lifter … Semen contains anti-depressant properties, according to a team of psychologists.Ah, semen. We know it can make babies, but does it have other medicinal properties?
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Researchers from SUNY Albany say that women who have frequent exposure to semen are happier than those who don’t – and that the sperm is the anti-depressant at the root of it all.

Published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the study included a survey of around 300 “college-aged” women. Using the Beck Depression Inventory to monitor the women’s levels of happiness, the team of psychologists found that the women who had oral sex and intercourse without a condom were happier than those who practiced safe sex.

The women who weren’t having sex and the women who used condoms had similar depression levels.

The psychologists believe the anti-depressant qualities could come from minute amounts of hormones in the sperm, including oxytocin, known as ‘the love drug’, serotonin, which promotes feelings of happiness, and cortisol, a stress alleviator.

Head of the research team, Gordon Gallup, previously suggested that morning sickness can be eased through exposure to semen, through either oral sex or intercourse.

Gallup believes that morning sickness is a woman’s body reacting badly to the foreign DNA – that of the baby’s father – in her body. He suggests that getting more exposure to the male’s DNA, via his sperm, could improve the nausea. His theory has yet to be proved in an scientific setting.

Gallup previously discovered that women who fall pregnant with unfamiliar semen – for example, from a sperm donor – are more likely to develop pre-eclampsia than those who are impregnated with familiar semen.

We’re not sure where to start with all the reason that women having unprotected sex might be happier. They’re probably more likely to be in a committed relationship and perhaps trying for a baby, for starters. And I’m pretty sure that most women with morning sickness would rather stick to dry toast than start the morning with a semen latte.

What do you think? Is this guy just having us on, or might he be on to something? Comment below or join the conversation in the Essential Baby forums.

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Dallas reboot fails to strike it rich

27/07/2018 // by admin

The cast of Dallas redux. Chris (Jesse Metcalfe) and John-Ross (Josh Henderson) don’t see eye-to-eye.
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DallasWednesdays, 9pm, Nine

What’s it all about?

A reboot of the prime-time soapie that ran over 357 episodes from 1978 to 1991 and gave us the immortal cliffhanger-cum-ad-campaign ‘‘Who shot JR?’’ as well as the world’s longest dream sequence (all 31 episodes of the 1985 season).

Our view

OMG, it’s as if the last 21 years never happened. One minute I’m in the shower, the next I’m watching that familiar title sequence and hearing that old theme music again. I guess all those Dallas-deprived years must have been nothing but a terrible dream.

The boys are back in town: there’s Bobby (Patrick Duffy), and there’s JR (Larry Hagman), both looking a little old and haggard. But since I thought he was dead, I guess Hagman isn’t looking too bad, really, all things considered.

Here comes Sue Ellen (Linda Gray); ooh, has she ever had some work done. Here’s lil ol’ Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) too, as top-heavy as ever.

But this ain’t the ’80s no more. The world has moved on. Oils ain’t just oils, Sol – they’re atmosphere-polluting carbon-rich non-renewables. And even the Ewings – well, some of them – have caught on.

While JR’s son John-Ross (Josh Henderson) is itching to get back into the oil business, secretly drilling on uncle Bobby’s ranch, Southfork, Bobby’s adopted son Chris (Jesse Metcalfe, the spunky gardener from Desperate Housewives) is making a play in what passes for the clean energy business in Texas.

John-Ross has struck the mother lode (cue obligatory scenes of him and his hot girlfriend rubbing oil into their already-glistening young bodies), but Bobby doesn’t want a bar (or barrel) of it. He’s sick of oil, sick of the way the Ewings have been torn apart over money, and just plain sick. Yep, he’s got stomach cancer and time is running out, fast. No biggie. He’ll get round to that chemo just as soon as Chris has married Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo). And right after he’s given the ranch away to a wildlife trust. But first he needs to get a haircut and tidy his room. And have a shower, of course.

Meanwhile, Chris reckons he’s learnt how to extract methane from the ocean, in easy-to-transport ice form (is it just an accident that it looks like a big block of crystal meth?) It’s clean. It’s green. It’s the future. But whoops. It also causes earthquakes. What the frack?

All of which is enough to rouse JR from his depression – and drug-induced catatonic state (who shot-up JR?) just in time to get back to what he does best: being a bastard. Yay!

So far, so familiar. And that’s the problem with Dallas redux. Its thunder in the glamodrama stakes has been stolen by Revenge, a smart reboot of the genre that brilliantly married its debts to the original (Conrad Grayson hides out at the South Fork Inn, for instance) with a really smart and of-the-moment take on compromised morality.

By comparison, the Dallas cowboy (re)boot looks kind of tired and predictable, the producers largely satisfied with the tactic of stuffing fresh young actors into a well-established format, and surrounding them with the old-stagers to ease the transition.

Still, there’s plenty of promise in JR playing dirty all over again, even if Hagman is looking so haggard that you’re torn between rooting for him to shake things up a bit and asking if he’d like a nice hot cup of tea and a Ginger Snap before shuffling off to bed.

In a sentence

It may not make shoulder pads fashionable again (dear God, no), but Dallas does its best to prove that bad behaviour never goes out of style.

Best bit

JR’s eyebrows. They deserve a show of their own.

Worst bit

Linda Gray’s “work”.

Worth watching again?

From the point JR rouses himself from his chair of death, just about.

Grade: B-

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The big fat link between obesity and breast cancer

29/08/2019 // by admin

While many of us now know that obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, we are less aware that obesity increases the risk of 12 cancers, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.For the first time in history, there are now more people with obesity in the world than underweight people. The tidal wave of obesity shows no signs of slowing down – a 2016 global analysis in The Lancet found that worldwide, the number of obese people has risen from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014.

While many of us now know that obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, we are less aware that obesity increases the risk of 12cancers, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

This includes breast cancer, the most common cancer in Australian women, according to the Cancer Council.

“There is mounting evidence that obesity is associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer, especially in postmenopausal women, and that once diagnosed, breast cancer outcomes are poorer for women with obesity of all ages,” said Central Coast Breast Cancer Surgeon Dr Mary Ling.

Breast cancers can be broadly classified as hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-negative. Hormone receptive-positive breast cancers test positive for oestrogen and/or progesterone receptors and account for two-thirds of all breast cancers.

The effect of obesity on the risk of breast cancer is different for premenopausal and postmenopausal women. “Obesity is associated with a markedly higher risk of ER-positive (estrogen receptor positive) breast cancer in postmenopausal women,” said Dr Ling.

“However, a recent large study has found the opposite is true for premenopausal women, where obesity is associated with a lower risk of ER-positive breast cancer. This is not a reason to try to gain weight to prevent breast cancer. It just means the pathway to developing breast cancer is different in younger women compared to older women, and more research is needed to understand this.”

Once diagnosed with breast cancer though, the effect of obesity on breast cancer outcomes is independent of menopausal status. “Studies have shown that obesity along with decreased physical activity and weight gain are associated with poorer survival in patients with breast cancer at any age.

“In contrast, exercise and weight loss are associated with reduced breast cancer risks and better [treatment] outcomes,” said Dr Ling.

The link between exercise and improved cancer outcomes is so strong that the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) recently released a position statement stating exercise should be prescribed as an essential component of cancer treatment.

“Soon we may also see incorporation of weight loss intervention as standard part of management for patients with breast cancer,” said Dr Ling.

For more informationvisitHealthshare, a joint venture with Fairfax to improve the health of regional Australians.Oryou can find a specialist near you using the health tool below.

OpinionPlastic bags and change management

29/08/2019 // by admin

LESSONS: Lenore Miller says that businesses can learn plenty from how the elimination of single-use plastic bags from NSW supermarkets was handled. We’re all familiar with the Colesplastic bag debacle and accompanying triple back-flip with a side of small plastic products.

At its core, the removal of single-use plastic bags from supermarkets was a change management project.

Coles was looking to change a process and modify customer behaviour.

Removing single-use plastic bags has already been done successfully in other Australian states.

Here, the change implementation was a PR nightmare.

Staff were threatened by angry customers. There are change management lessons for all.

The saga could all have been avoided with better preparation and implementation including close monitoring and corrective actions.

It’s not unusual to meet resistance in change projects. It’s something skilled change practitioners plan for.

Change management planning should include analysis of those impacted by the change, including those outside the organisation.

This could be customers, suppliers, unions, media or politicians.

Organisational change almost always impacts multiple groups.

What appears to have been done poorly in this instance is the scoping of anticipated customer resistance and an accompanying mitigation strategy that would have supported staff to roll out the project successfully the first time.

Communication planning is a vital part of change management with key messages, questions anticipated and staff trained to answer those questions.

Knee jerk changes to squeaky wheels rarely bring the required change or business success.

This is a cautionary tale for all organisations.

This change project has damaged Coles’ brand.

Don’t let this be you! Plan and prepare properly for change, communicate well, and think twice before hastily changing your plan.

LenoreMilleris aHunter-basedchange management practitioner and an employee engagement and capability expert.lenoremiller南京夜网

REVIEW: Kaki King, Lizotte’s, Sunday August 19

29/08/2019 // by admin

Kaki King’s custom acoustic sits suspended on stage, then the guitar god appears TweetFacebook Kaki King at Lizotte’s Pictures: Paul DearIN recent decades the legendary Bob Dylan, much to the ire of his fans, has made detachment central to his concert experience.

Fans heading along to Dylan’s Wednesday night show at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre will surely learn that when he fails to utter a word.

Fellow American Kaki King also employed a level of detachment to her audience on Sunday night at Lizotte’s. However, this wasn’t some act of rudeness or nonchalance, instead it was artistic expression.

The 38-year-old King is an experimental guitar powerhouse. Famously Rolling Stone magazine’s youngest member and sole female on their 2006 New Guitar Gods list.

Yet in her critically-acclaimed The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body show,she isn’t the star orthe centre of attention. Not in King’s eyes anyway.

It’s more performance art, than a musical concert.

The focus of the performance washer guitar. Before the show began her customisedwhiteOvation Adamas 1581-KK acoustic sat suspended in the centre of the stage.

Then through akaleidoscope of video projections and synthesizerKing walked onto stage dressed in white.

This minimalist appearancewas completed with a pair oflarge white sunglasses and an expressionless face.

Before the tour King described herself as merely a vessel for which to channel the music of the guitar.

“As long as I show up for the guitar, it shows up for me and guides the way,” King told the Newcastle Herald.

And so the next hour progressed, with the guitar illuminated with a constantly-changing collage of visual imagery about life, creation and death.King was almost out of view behind the body and the neck as she furiously danced along the fret board with her fingers.

After the opening track In The Beginning she stared blankly out into the small, yet appreciative audience. After the longest and most awkward of silences, as if daring the crowd to speak, King gave a quiet, “hello.”

After that, not a word was spoken until after the penultimate song.

Instead King allowed her instrument andthe multimedia projectionson both the guitar’s body and backing screen to speak to the audience.

The performance mostly stuck to the album version ofThe Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, the dramatic finale ofThe Surface Changes drew the biggest crowd response and It Runs and Breathes sounded more distorted and edgy live.

King’s guitar playing was at it’s most impressive when she combined her fingerstyle with fret-tapping slap bass techniques. The competing rhythms were a marvel to behold.

However, at times the performance did suffer from needless pretension. Particularly in the feedback heavy Battle Is A Learning.

Before the final song King finally emerged from her cold aura of detachment, raised her sunglasses and addressed the crowd. Ina lengthy and warmmonologue she rambled about Newcastle being her final Australian show and one of the last ever performances of the three-year-oldThe Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, as well as her plan to see the Great Barrier Reef in the coming days.

By the time King started advertising her custom passerelle bridge for sale, you were certainly ready for more music. And what music it was.

Sadly only a crowd of about 40 people were there to listen and see King’s innovative multimedia production. A Sunday night in winter is a difficult sell, buta world class guitarist as inventive and compelling as Kaki King deserved better.

Accused ‘inconsistent’ about Qld killing

29/08/2019 // by admin

A Brisbane man seeking to be acquitted of murdering a Korean woman on mental health grounds gave inconsistent accounts of the killing, a psychiatrist says.

Alex Reuben McEwan has admitted killing Eunji Ban near Brisbane’s CBD in November 2013.

But he has pleaded not guilty to murder, arguing his schizophrenia left him unable to control himself.

“I think this young man has been inconsistent in his accounts of many, many things about the alleged offences,” psychiatrist Pamela van de Hoef told McEwan’s trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.

“So it’s really hard to know where the truth lies.”

McEwan claims he was possessed by a demon named Jazzy when he repeatedly punched, kicked and strangled Ms Ban, 22, near her Roma St unit.

He then dragged her to nearby Wickham Park and dumped her under a tree where she drowned in her own blood after suffering extensive head injuries.

Defence barrister John Allen QC has argued his client was suffering from a mental illness when he killed Ms Ban.

But Dr van de Hoef echoed the evidence of two other psychiatrists in casting doubt over whether McEwan’s schizophrenia affected him at the time of the killing.

“One of the inconsistencies in my view is (that) to the police he said it was ‘as if’ I was watching someone else. ‘As if’ I were possessed,” she said.

“The people I’ve interviewed, assessed, treated who have had passivity phenomena, there’s no ‘as if’ about it. It actually ‘is’. It is perceived as happening that way.

“That (McEwan’s) kind of description is much more in keeping with dissociation, de-realisation, depersonalisation.”

McEwan earlier told the court he tried but could not prevent himself from attacking Ms Ban.

Closing submissions in the trial will begin on Tuesday.

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Good Karma for our Farmers needs your help on Sunday. This and more foodie newsFood Bites

29/08/2019 // by admin

GOOD KARMA: Corey Crooks, Mike Galvin of Falcon, Chris Wilson of The Koutetsu, Paul Davies of MoneyPenny and Taps Wilson of The Hop Factory. Picture: Simone De PeakTen Newcastle venues have joined forces in an attempt to do something –anything –to help farmers in drought-stricken areas who are doing it tough.

Good Karma for our Farmers is a fund-raising initiative supported by The Grain Store, The Happy Wombat, The Falcon, The Hop Factory, Foghorn Brewhouse, Bar Petite, The Koutetsu, Coal & Cedar, MoneyPenny and Reserve. This Sunday, August 26, show your support and visit one or more of these venues and take advantage of special meal or drinks deals, raffles and the like. All profits will go to Rural Aid.

Those venues who don’t open on Sundays will be promoting their own Good Karma for our Farmers appealson Saturday night instead.

“It’s easy for us to sit here on the coast but if you go out to places like Dubbo or Tamworth, mate, it looks like the moon it’s so barren. We can’t make it rain for our farmers but we wanted to help,” The Grain Store’s Corey Crooks said.

“Unless you live in those areas you don’t realise how bad it is. NSW and Victoriaare out of hay, and South Australia has enough for about 18 months, I heard.

“One of the reasons the farmers’ margins are so low is because they have been screwed over by big supermarkets over the yearsand now they don’t have that buffer to get through these periods of drought,” Crooks continued.

GOOD KARMA: Corey Crooks, Mike Galvin of Falcon, Chris Wilson of The Koutetsu, Paul Davies of MoneyPenny and Taps Wilson of The Hop Factory. Picture: Simone De Peak

“There areso many big players who could help them out. What about the $70 million in savings because of the plastic bag ban? Or the big banks putting these guys’ mortgages on hold or something?

“We wanted to raise awareness as well as money, like the conversation we are now having. It’s so easy for us to take for granted how the food gets into our pantry or onto our plate when we eat at a restaurant.

“Without farmers we’re in trouble.”

Many suppliers are also helpingby donating, for example, a keg or produce. De Iuliis Wines is donating wine for The Grain Store’s event. Keep an eye out for donation tins and raffles, too.

All profits from the 10 participating venues will be pooled into the group’s Buy a Bale account (help-buy-a-truck-load.everydayhero南京夜网/au/grain-store-newcastle).

“I chose Rural Aid because it’s transparent. Unlike most charities, they disclose what is spent on administration, so you know exactly where your money is going,” Crooks said.

Sweet statisticsFawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery opened at Pokolbin just six weeks ago but already boastssome impressive statistics. More than 7000 customers have been served, and 2352takeaway orders placed.

Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery. Picture: Dominique Cherry

Here’s some more numbers: 821 bacon and egg rolls have been sold; 1317hash browns; 6035 coffees;474 cups of tea; 611 chai and hot chocolates; and 584 sourdough loaves. And the highest-selling bakery item so far is the cannelé (more than 450 have been ordered). Not bad for a new business.

Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery. Picture: Dominique Cherry

Coffee and kidsField, by Glee Coffee Roasters, has opened at the site of the former Locomotive, at 160 Maitland Road, Mayfield. They’re serving breakfast and lunch and, of course, a damn fine coffee. Children are welcome and catered for.

Home deliverySusuru Ramen & Gyoza is now delivering to the following postcodes –2291, 2293, 2294, 2296, 2300, 2302 and 2303 – at a cost of $6.50 per order.Orders can be placed by calling 4049 8448 between 11.30am and 3pm, and 5.30pm and 9pm. The menu can be found online at susuru南京夜网.au

Great outdoorsSomething a little different is on offer this Sunday, August 26, for children aged four to eight.Nature Play Adventure WinterFire, 10am to noon, with Niki Buchan takes place at Belmont Wetlands.Participants will be engaging with flints and making fire, cooking marshmallows and apple slices, and melting chocolate.

The cost for the event is $15 plus booking fee per child with accompanying adult (free) through Eventbrite.

Do it for DadThe Anchorage at Corlette is upping the Father’s Day antics on September 2 with everythingfrom a “Guy Tea” to “Mankind” massages and facials, lunch, whisky tastings and gift vouchers. Bookings are essential.

A buffet breakfast is a good start to his day, available 7am to 10.30am at a cost of $37 per person. Then there’s a one-hour whisky tasting at the Hemingways bar: six of the world’s finest and six matching morsels. Cost $60 per person.

A long lunch is also on offer for$49 per person including a glass of Brokenwood white, red or sparkling, or a beer for dad. You can choose from a special Father’s Day two-course lunch menu or the full menu with children’s options.

The new Guy Tea from 2.30pm to 4.30pm will offer sliders and sausage rolls, cider crumble and caramel banana donuts rather thancucumber sandwiches and cupcakes, and there’s no tea involved. Cost is $49 per person.

There is also a 75-minute Mankind Facial and Back Massage at Spa Lucca, as well as a Sodashi signature Mankind facial.The Ultimate Dad’s Day Out Package combines all of the above.

Dude FoodThe Lovedale Bar at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is also treating dads with a $35 Dude Food platter on September 2, 11am until close. It serves two and includesLovedale cheeseburger sliders with Sydney Brewery East Coast IPA chutney; lamb cutlets with chimichurri; crispy fried chicken with Sydney Brewery cider sweet chilli; salt and pepper squid with sour cream; and a growler of Lovedale Lager.

Win a book for dadKeg Bottle Can, by Luke Robertson, celebrates the best of Australian craft beer: from easy-to-drink crisp lagers and pale ales to stouts, porters and sours.

It features 150 Australian brews, organised by beer-drinking occasion, and includes key information as well as the back story about the brewer and the beer itself, along with food pairings and additional top picks from the brewery.

The book opens with a history of craft beer in Australia and describes the brewing process in detail.

Keg Bottle Canis out now through Hardie Grant Brooks, RRP $29.99. Food & Wine has a copy to give away.To enter, send the words “Keg Bottle Can” with your name, address and number tofreelunch@theherald南京夜网.au. Entries close on Monday (August 27, 2018) at 9am.

Love Sea Food successSeafood lovers flocked to Port Stephens for the Love Sea Food Weekend on August 18 and 19. The weekend is a highlight of the annual, month-longLove Sea Food celebrations that showcase the premium fresh seafood Port Stephens is renowned for.

“Once a year the local fishing, aquaculture and seafood industries come together to showcase the abundance of high quality, fresh seafood that our beautiful region has to offer,” Eileen Gilliland,CEO of Destination Port Stephens, said.

“Coastal townships like Port Stephens were born on the back of thriving fishing industries that stretch back to the 1800s in Australia.”

Local oyster farmers gave away 1800 oysters for tastings at the festival and sold more than 300 dozen from market stalls on D’albora Marinas. The championship trophy and title for oyster shucking was fiercely contended by local oyster growing families and won by Steve Cole of Cole Brothers Oysters at Karuah.

Steve set a new record by opening, turning and presenting two dozen oysters in two minutes and 36.5 seconds, to beat his own brother, Dean Cole (who won last year’s championship) by oneminute and 15 seconds.

Port Stephens “celebrities” competed in the amateur oyster-shucking competition. Winner Rob Gauta, from Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative, opened 12 oysters in one minute and 15 seconds, to beat competitors Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer, CrGlen Dunkley, Michael Mace ofSalamander Bay Rotary Club and Geoff Allen from theDepartment of Primary Industries.

“Destination Port Stephens have worked closely with the many local industry and oyster growing families who are the backbone of the local seafood industry, to grow Love Sea Food into a unique destination experience with broad appeal,”Gilliland said.

“The participation of so many amazing local eateries and chefs has contributed to the high profile exposure generated for Love Sea Food and Port Stephensall over NSW and Australia.”

This year’s Love Sea Food festival kicked off with a sell-out seafood Gala Dinner at Broughtons at the Bay, hosted by Lyndey Milan. Five of Port Stephens’ best seafood chefs created a decadent five-course feastfeaturing fresh local snapper, oysters, blue swimmer crab, tuna and sea urchin.

The chefs were Ben Way from Little Beach Boathouse, Mat Key from The Little Nel, Ludovic Poyer from The Poyers, Michael Jenkins from The Anchorage, and head chef of the new Rick Stein Bannisters Port Stephens, Mitchell Turner.

Throughout Augustrestaurants and cafes all over the region have been buzzing, as locals and visitors to Port Stephens indulge in the many great valueLove Sea Food Festival menus on offer. A series of Signature Series lunches and dinners again proved to be popular.

A four-course seafood degustation lunch for 85 at popular local eatery, The Little Nel, booked out within days and attracted many Sydney-based seafood lovers. The menu was packed with fresh local seafood, from Port Stephens oysters, lobster and leather jacket to Stockton Bight prawns.

Horizons Golf Resorts’ fresh twist on destination dining, with a Nine and Dine dinner for 80 was also a hit, encouraging festival-goers to stay and play.

A fitting finale for this year’s event will be the Seafood and Semillon Signature Series Dinner at The Anchorage on Friday, August 31.

“It was great to see such a good turn out for our cooking demonstrations and interact with the local growers. We had visitors from outside of the region coming in to the restaurant this weekend which is encouraging, during what has historically been a slow period for Port Stephens,” Ben Way of Little Beach Boathouse said.

Local children participated in a Love Sea Food drawing competition with the following winners awarded for each year category:

Kindergarten: First place Zamia Fox from Bobs Farm Primary School and second place Nash Plant from Bobs Farm Primary School Years 1 and2: First place Charlotte Cowrie from St Michaels and second place Bella Palmer from St MichaelsYears 3 and 4: First place Tegan Barnes from Bobs Farm Primary School and second place Jade Stanley from St Michaels Years 5 and 6: First place Karli Bower from St Philips Christian College and second place Rae McCall from St Philips Christian College.Congratulations, kids.

Charles Blackman’s legacy more than Alice

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Charles Blackman’s painting entitled ‘Alice Amongst Flowers’ is one of his best known works.Prize-winning artist Charles Blackman became famous for his series of paintings of schoolgirls, and kept drawing and painting all his life.

Blackman died in Sydney on Monday, aged 90, after a career that’s seen his paintings lauded, faked and stolen.

Born on August 12, 1928 in Sydney, Blackman was largely self-taught but did attend night classes in drawing and design at the East Sydney Technical College from about the age of 14.

He worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Sun, an early daily newspaper, until he moved to Melbourne in 1952.

The following year, Blackman co-founded the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society and became involved in the more figurative movement of painting taking hold there.

It was in the 1950s that Blackman painted his Schoolgirl series, a haunting collection of images depicting girls and women lost in daydreams or playing games.

Later in the decade he began his renowned Alice in Wonderland series, which conveyed scenes from the popular children’s book with distinctly deep shadows.

The two collections earned Blackman considerable acclaim, and in 1959 he won the Rowney prize for drawing for his unique and individual works.

That same year, Blackman and six other artists formed the Antipodean Manifesto in protest against the perceived dominance of abstract expressionism.

The year 1960 was highly successful for Blackman. Following a very successful exhibition at the Johnson Gallery, he won the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship, the Dyeson Endowment Award and the Crouch Prize.

He then studied and travelled overseas, exhibiting at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London.

In 1977, Blackman was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts.

The National Gallery of Victoria in 1993 held a major exhibition of his works titled Schoolgirls and Angels, which travelled to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

A search was mounted by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2006 for four of the 46 works in the Alice series, as their location was unknown, and later two of the missing paintings were located for the exhibition.

In 2010 a Victorian Supreme Court judge found two drawings purported to be by Blackman were in fact fakes, and ordered they be destroyed.

A documentary about the artist’s life titled An Imprint In Time, was released in 2011, narrated by his granddaughter Clementine Blackman and featuring Archibald Prize winner Judy Cassab, who was one of his closest friends.

Blackman spent much of his later life out of the public eye after he was diagnosed with the memory disorder Korsakoff’s syndrome.

His paintings were highly regarded and often stolen, one ending up being recovered five years after its theft in a suburban garage, and another was never found when a luxury yacht transporting the heist apparently foundered at sea off the Queensland coast.

Blackman was married three times, to poet Barbara Patterson in 1951, artist Genevieve de Couvreur in 1978 and Victoria Bower in 1989, and had six children.

At a 2013 exhibition of silk-screen prints of his work, Blackman was enthusiastic about his ongoing work and told AAP his age was an advantage for his creativity.

“Painting comes from … your remembrance of things past,” he said.

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Swan Reid still in mix for AFL finals

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Sydney hope injury-plagued forward Sam Reid can return this season to boost their AFL title push.Sydney aren’t ready to write off Sam Reid’s injury-plagued AFL season yet.

Reid, who would offer Lance Franklin valuable support in the Swans’ inexperienced forward line, hasn’t played AFL since April 7 because of quad and achilles injuries.

Reid underwent surgery after tweaking his quad in round three then battled back to full fitness, only to suffer a fresh achilles setback in the NEAFL that required more surgery in July.

The 26-year-old has started training and is now racing the clock as he bids to take part in the Swans’ push for a premiership.

It’s a similar scenario to what unfolded in 2016, when Reid was close to returning from achilles surgery in the AFL grand final but ultimately ran out of time.

Sydney are understandably taking a conservative approach with Reid, who has only managed 121 games since the 2009 draft because of a series of injuries, but are optimistic he’ll be back playing soon.

“He is (a chance of returning this season),” Swans football manager Tom Harley told radio station SEN.

“He will train again this week and with a bit of luck he might be able to get some match practice in the reserves, our reserves have qualified for the finals as well.

“There’s an option for him, we would love him back as soon as possible to provide some support for Lance.

“But he’s got to get through a few hurdles this week.”

The Swans’ finals hopes were hanging by a thread last month during a flat patch that was compounded by injuries to Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery and Kieren Jack.

The three veterans are now all fit and firing while John Longmire’s team have bounced back in style, recording impressive wins over finals-bound sides Collingwood, Melbourne and GWS.

The Swans, who secured their spot in the finals with an upset 20-point victory in the Sydney derby, will finish in the top four if they defeat Hawthorn at the SCG on Saturday night.

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Labor ramps up calls to get kids off Nauru

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Labor wants the federal government to remove all the remaining children in detention from Nauru.Labor has joined a chorus of voices piling pressure on the federal government to get the remaining children in offshore detention on Nauru off the Pacific island.

As refugee advocates kicked off a campaign to free the children, Labor penned a letter on Monday urging Home Affairs Peter Dutton to accept New Zealand’s standing offer to resettle 150 refugees.

“Labor is seriously concerned by reports regarding the health and welfare of children in the Australian-funded regional processing centre on Nauru,” opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said on Monday.

“If Peter Dutton is too distracted by his leadership ambitions to address his failure to manage Australian-funded regional processing centres or negotiate other third country resettlement options, it’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to step in and clean up his minister’s mess.”

A coalition of more than 30 advocacy groups will lobby politicians as part of the ‘Kids off Nauru’ campaign calling for the children to be brought to Australia.

Campaigners say 119 children remain detained on Nauru, some of whom have been there for close to four years.

Kelly Nicholls from the Refugee Council of Australia said there was a deep concern for all those detained offshore, and for children in particular.

“There have been consistent reports of children attempting suicide and self-harm,” she said.

“Worryingly, in recent months, there has been an escalation of reports of children suffering ‘resignation syndrome’ where they aren’t leaving their beds and they’ve stopping eating, drinking, talking – even going to the toilet.”

Oxfam chief exec Helen Szoke said Australia needed to ensure people seeking asylum were never again subjected to indefinite detention.

“We are a nation with a strong economy, capacity to resettle a large number of people and a proven history of managing resettlement effectively,” she said.

“We can and must do more.”

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Newcastle musician Crocq shares his love of Filipino food

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Crocq follows his music and marinade dreams TweetFacebook Crocq’s second creative passion | Photos Mini Pinoy Grill All Purpose Marinade. Pictures: Marina NeilNewcastle singer, songwriter and musician Crocqhenri Lucerno – better known as Crocq –says he “makes music to feed your soul”.

AMBITIOUS: Crocqhenri Lucerno – better known as Crocq – is making his own Filipino marinade and has a pop-up diner. Picture: Marina Neil

Now he’s taking that onestep further and sharing his other creative passion in life: Filipino food.

As a child he dreamed of being a chef but Lucerno’s is a family of musicians and talented singers and performingbecame a full-time job. Fast forward a few years, though, and his passion for cooking has been rekindled.

“I developed my own Filipino-style marinade and would prepare it for all sorts of occasions –parties, fiestas, you name it.If there was food, I made sure my marinade was there,” he said.

“For years I had tried and tested, watching people’s reactions as theytried my marinated delicacies.

“I created Mini Pinoy Grill in 2015 and ran a fully licensed mini food trailer for a number of events around the area, including Groovin’ The Moo.However the competing priorities of my music career meant that I decided instead to concentrate on bottling my Mini Pinoy Grill All Purpose Marinade.”

Lucerno is hoping an online Kickstarter campaign will help raise the money required to start larger-scale production of his marinade at a factory in Marrickville. Hesays, laughing, that “the secret ingredient is passion”.

“Cheesy, I know. To me, it’sa rounded, well-balanced flavour of sweet, tangy, salty and soy with a slight bite of spice that draws you in with its smell and has you hooked on its taste.I would have to say Filipino food is very soul enriching.”

What’s clear is that the marinade –and the food he is now serving at Mayfield Bowling Club on Monday and Tuesday nights –is a nod to his Filipino heritage and the distinct flavours and smells that filled his family home growing up.

“It’s hard to explain just what the flavour of the Philippines is, which is why it’s so often overlooked as a cuisine.

“I’m definitely no Gordon Ramsaybut I love food. I have all the necessary qualifications to be in the kitchen but I’ve learnt most of my culinary skills through tasting and cooking for myself.

“The pop-up restaurant was a by-chance happening. After a gig one night, I was speaking to a friend’s partner who mentioned that they had recently taken over the Mayfield Bowling Club’s bistro. The next day I thought ‘What better way to get the flavour of the Philippines out to the worldby allowing people to sample Filipino cuisine, coupled by my signature marinade?’. I’ve been there four weeks now.”

The marinade pairs well, he says, withpork, beef, lamb and chicken but also works wellwith fish, tofu and vegetable stir fries, or as adipping sauce for dumplings, spring rolls and any deep-fried cuisine.

Pre-sales of the marinade are being taken online on Lucerno’s Kickstarter page.

Blackman remembered as man of emotion

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Australia’s art community has united in tribute to prize-winning artist Charles Blackman, who has died peacefully in Sydney surrounded by loved ones, aged 90.

Deborah Hart, NGA head of Australian Art, said the Sydney-born artist “brought a distinct vision to Australian art”.

“His sense of poetry and ability to capture the poignancy, emotion and richness of the everyday urban landscape remains unrivalled,” she said.

“His legacy will live on.’

The Art Gallery of NSW described Blackman as “one of the most celebrated Australian figurative artists of the 20th century”.

Blackman was best remembered for his haunting Schoolgirls paintings depicting girls and women lost in daydreams, which was inspired by his own horror over the murder of a young girl in Melbourne, and then for his Alice in Wonderland series, which conveyed abstract scenes from the popular children’s book.

In a blog post, the gallery made note of the “personal, literary and musical themes” that influenced Blackman’s work, while Sydney artist Marina Finlay, who modelled for Blackman for many years, described him as a “combination of the Mad Hatter and the rabbit”.

“These amazing pearls of wisdom would drop out of his mouth,” Finlay told News Corp on Monday.

“He would say something like, ‘you have got to wrap your pen around a dream’. Another of his sayings was, ‘don’t draw what you see, draw what you feel’.”

Perhaps the most moving tribute came from his son Auguste Blackman, who said father will leave “a wonderful legacy”.

“He painted our dreams. He painted the dreams of everyone,” he said.

“I’ve never met such a man who could channel emotion the way Charles did in the paint.”

Blackman didn’t just paint. He was also loved for his prints, drawing, sculpture and tapestry, through which he explored the female psyche and cats as principle themes, among others.

His works were widely exhibited in galleries around Australia and also at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London. He was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in 1977.

Blackman spent much of his later life out of the public eye after he was diagnosed with the memory disorder Korsakoff’s syndrome.

He is survived by his six children.

* The Harvey Galleries in Sydney will next month open an exhibition dedicated to Charles Blackman. The Evening is the Morning will look at Blackman’s portrayal of the mysticism of cats through bronze maquettes and illustrations from Mark Twain’s A Cat’s Tale. Showing from September 22 to October 7. Details: harveygalleries南京夜网.au

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