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Romantic couple recreates wedding photos at Merewether 30 years later

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Romantic couple recreates wedding photos at Merewether 30 years later True Love: John and Elizabeth Ure recreated their wedding photos at Merewether.
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John and Elizabeth Ure.

John and Elizabeth Ure.

TweetFacebookHerald reporter Renee Valentine reported last Saturday that this house –at81Patrick Street – was on the market for the first time in its 130-year existence.

The memories came flooding back for John and Elizabeth.

They returned to the house and recreated their wedding shots.

“Looking at the photographs, some keen-eyed observers might detect that our appearances have changed in the intervening 30 years,” John, of Mount Hutton, said.

“However we choose to believe that we have not changed one iota, at least in each other’s eyes.”

The couple were married at Scots Kirk, a church at Hamilton, on November 21, 1987.

“Elizabeth was brought up in Merewether and I’m an Adamstown boy, however we were both living in Sydney when we started courting,” John said.

Topics loves that John said courting.

Austen-maniaSpeaking of romance, an event will be held in Newcastle on Saturdayabout Jane Austen.

Jane Austen.

Austenis the Queen of epic romance novels.

Pride and Prejudice has long been considered the bestselling novel of all time. It’s neverbeen out of print.

Austen-mania has been growing in recent years, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the author’s death in July.

That’ll continue at Harbourview Function Centre inNewcastle, with a conference titled “Jane Austen on Stage and Screen”.

We asked the Jane AustenSociety’sHunter Chapter to explain what all the fuss was about.

Keira Knightley in the film Pride and Prejudice.

Leanne Garvey: “Jane Austen novels are about the indoor life of women. Everyone can relate to annoying younger sisters, hysterical mothers and vain relatives. Throw in a bit of romance, what more could you want?”

Cerilea Baker: “Austen-mania has grown from a reaction against the coarseness and vulgarity of modern romantic dramas and the frequent dramatisations. Jane Austen presents us with a formal social code, heroines who are engagingly unconventional and who, with spirit and humour, triumph over disadvantage and deceit and find their hero”.

Kerrie Lamrock: “In this day and age, people are still reading books and there is a timeless charm about Jane Austen’s writing.It takes us away from our age of rushed text messages and back to a time when language was elegant and crafted.Her books are a joy to read over and over”.

Leanne Garvey:“Her novels capture what was happening in society during her lifetime and endure because they are so well written”.

Cerilea Baker: “Jane Austen is loved for the humour, irony, the entrancing bad-boy villains, the sparkling strong-minded womenand the plots. In addition you can read the books, hear the CDs, go to the plays and watch the films. There are universal themes of love, the power of money and influence, with insight and drama thrown in”.

Leanne Garvey:“Jane Austen sells. You can walk into a newsagency, a bookstore and even a post office and you will find merchandise that claims some relationship to Jane – socks, stationary, cups with quotes and even Jane Austen toothpaste”.

Austen FashionLeanne is right. Jane Austen is everywhere. Fashion brand Laura Ashley just launched its new spring collection, which was inspired by –you guessed it –Jane Austen.

Laura Ashley clothing inspired by Jane Austen.

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Marcos family vows to return loot to Philippines

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Bangkok: By the time Ferdinand Marcos fled a popular uprising on the streets of Manila, he had amassed a fortune estimated at $US13.5billion ($17billion).
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His annual salary during 21 years as president of the Philippines never rose above $US13,500.

Now, 31 years, later Marcos’ heirs have offered to return some of the wealth they claimed never existed.

“They [the Marcos family] told me they’ll open everything and probably return what is uncovered,” incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters, after being approached by an unnamed Marcos family member.

“They are ready to bring it back???including a few gold bars,” he said.

But Duterte, a political ally of the late president’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos jnr, said the amount offered was not “Fort Knox”, referring to the vault that stores United States gold reserves.

Duterte attempted to justify one of the largest plunderings of state coffers in modern times, claiming that Marcos, who died in Honolulu in 1989, had kept the wealth because he was just protecting it for the economy.

Marcos family members have enjoyed a remarkable political comeback in recent years and are grooming Bongbong to become the next president.

After running for the vice-presidency last year, Bongbong is challenging the vote in court in a fight that could install him in the country’s second-highest office.

When the late Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled the country in 1986, the 1220 pairs of shoes his wife Imelda left behind became a symbol of kleptocracy??? in a nation where many still walked around barefoot in abject poverty.

Over the decades, the shoes, stored in a museum, were damaged by termites, storms and neglect, as staff appointed to a Presidential Commission on Good Government initiated legal action across the world to track down the Marcos fortune.

They recovered $US4.4billion from Swiss bank accounts, shares, real estate, paintings and jewellery, including three of the world’s top jewel collections that included “diamond studded tiaras, necklaces, brooches, earrings, belts and other gems”.

But powerful Philippine politicians are now demanding the return of the remaining billions.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, a staunch Duterte ally, said it isn’t enough that the Marcos family only return part of their ill-gotten wealth.

“Everything that was stolen should be returned???it’s not like we will be satisfied just with crumbs,” he said.

Senator Francis Pangilinan said the intentions of the Marcos family should not be taken at face value.

“Aside from returning the ill-gotten wealth the Marcoses should also apologise for atrocities committed during martial law,” he said.

But BongBong denies his parents ever committed any crime. He seems assured of Duterte’s backing in his bid for the presidency at the next elections.

Despite ordering a war on drugs that has left more than 12,000 mostly poor Filipinos dead, Duterte’s popularity remains high among the country’s 100 million citizens.

Duterte stunned his nation in November when he allowed the late president’s body to be buried in the national Heroes’ Cemetery. Critics said Marcos should have been denied such an honour.

The Marcos family has again become one of the Philippines’ most powerful political clans.

Imelda, now 88, has been a congresswoman since 1995. Attempting to justify her extravagant lifestyle, she has often claimed her late husband’s fortune came from a recovered treasure hidden by a Japanese general during World War II.

The oldest Marcos daughter, Imee, is Governor of northern Illocs Norte, the family’s stronghold.

After winning office in a landslide last year Duterte thanked the Marcos family for their financial support during his campaign.

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Principal discourages teachers from publicly supporting same-sex marriage

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Edict: St Pius X principal Robert Emery wrote to teachers he did not mean to alarm anyone by suggesting they not make comments contrary to church teachings. “My only intention is to to keep us all safe.” Picture: Marina NeilTEACHERS at one of the Hunter’s largest Catholic high schools have been issued an edict not to “say or suggest or imply” they support same-sex marriage.
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St Pius X High School Adamstown principal Robert Emery has written two emails to staff warning that while they should vote in the upcoming marriage law postal survey according to their conscience, they shouldn’t “put yourself out there in a way that could be detrimental to your employment or promotional prospects in a Catholic school”.

Mr Emery said while staff didn’t need to delete comments previously made on social media, they should “be careful from this point onwards not to say or write anything online or in class that could be seen as contradicting Catholic Church teaching”.

“That is not a sensible thing to do when you are an employee of the Catholic diocese,” he wrote.

“It is completely permissible to answer student questions about the issue provided you present both sides of the debate in a fair and non-judgemental way.

“You are of course also OK to say that you agree with the church’s view on the issue, if that is what you believe.

“It is NOT OK [sic] to say or suggest or imply that you believe the other side of the debate is the correct one – even if you do!”

A Catholic Schools Office (CSO) spokeswoman said Mr Emery wrote the emails based on hisresponsibility to ensure staff were acting in compliance with the CSO’s code of conduct.

A concerned parent who saw the emails said they were “blown away” by the reference to future opportunities for career advancement.

“The overwhelming feeling I got was that they seemed threatening,” the parent said.

But the CSO refuted this, saying “all decisions on employment, promotion and reward will be made on the basis of merit and will not discriminate on the basis of particular attributes”.

The Catholic Schools Officedeclined to comment on ramifications for teachersfound to publicly support the ‘yes’ vote, except to say they had been “remindednot to bring personal opinion into the debate, but rather address both sides of the same sex marriage debate with their students”.

Principal RobertEmery said teachers hadn’t been discouraged from discussingthe issue.

“The students are really interested in the same sex marriage debate, very much from a social justice perspective and teachers have spoken about both sides of the debate with their students,” he said.

“The discussions have detailed what is currently occurring –that there are people fighting for the right for marriage equalityand conversations also touch on the church’s teachings.”

But a concerned parent said hearing personal opinions only from teachers whodid not support same sex marriage could skew students’ understanding of the issue.

“I can’t believe the email basically said feel free to speak out against it [same sex marriage], but don’t you dare say anything for it,” the parent said.

“What messages are being sent to kids of a vulnerable age?

“Is this the start of the negativity everyone predicted?

“It’s really concerning and upsetting because Bishop Bill Wright hasnot put any formal statement out, the principal has just taken it upon themselves to put this out.”

Bishop Wright said in a statement to theHerald“the diocese respects each individual’sright to their personal opinion on what the law should be on same sex marriage”.

Catholic schools St Ignatius’ College in Sydney and Xavier College in Melbourne have cautiously endorsed same-sex marriage in messages to parents, staff and students.

They referred to Pope Francis’ teachings on love, mercy and non-judgement and encouragedtheir school communitiesto dwell on their own consciences.

The Independent Education Union said it was“extremely concerned that our schools could become fertile ground for damaging speech” during the debate.

It said it wouldexpect schools to be “safe havens” and that“neither staff nor students are put into situations where inappropriate or hostile commentary, or action, is directed at them”.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) published a tip sheet this week about talkingwith children and young people about marriage equality and related issues.

It includes:

Let your children know it is ok to talk about marriage equality.Listen carefully to children to understand what they really want to know.Explain the meaning of LGBTI+ words.Let children know there is diversity in relationships.Talk to children about what marriage equality means.Offer alternate views of relationships – not everyone wants to get married.Clarify any confusion and misconceptions about the marriage equality vote.The Herald, Newcastle

Feast on Father’s Day

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

FISH OF THE WEEK: Darcy Ittensohn wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 41cm whiting in the Swansea Channel recently.
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The Father’s Day weekend promises fishing fun, with reasonable weather on the radar and the lure of winter species in abundance.

The weather has been wild outside but will possibly abate by Saturday and present a great chance to chase snapper.

“They’ve been gettingreds up to 2kg in close this week and we’ve got a cracking tide just on 5am on Saturday,” Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, said.

“If the seas calm down and you can get offshore its a grand opportunity to fish for a Father’s Day feast.”

Down south around Texas, there’s some been great kingfish about, up and over a metre, and a lot of longfin perch.

“The perch are great eating and only ever caught in deep water,” Jason said. “Generally in 100m to 120m of water, and they stick to the bottom.

“You fish for perch like you would for snapper, generally with smaller hooks, pillie strips, bonito, mackeral and even a prawn if you can get them down.

“At the moment there’s not a lot of current around so it’s a fantastic time to have a shot.”

Cool tailor

Closer to shore, the tailor have been going wild.

Jason bagged out during a windy, brisk but productive midweek session on the lake in an open tinnie.

“Bloody cold, with the wind chill but there is plenty of tailor around,” he said.

“The late afternoons go good with fishranging from 1kg to 1.5kg.”

Jason suspects they are starting to gather in the run-up to the full moon due next week.

“All the fish I caught through the week were fully roed up,” he said

“The deeper patches of water between Marks and Coal Points seem to be holding a heap of fish.

“I was casting to fish with shallow divers and they were absolutely crunching them.

“When they were coming into the boat they were spewing up white bait.

“It was pretty uncomfortable with the wind and chop, but it confirmed the theory that these conditions tend to raise the bait to the surface and the tailor were smashing them.

“They have been in this deep stretch of water for about a fortnight, compressed, stacked up on top of each other and as the moon approaches they push up.”

Outside inAnglers have been getting jew on squid, but they are pretty scarce in the lake. Squid that is.

It’s a different story offshore, but as mentioned the seas have made it tough getting out.

The upside to the big seas is they have pushed the bream inside.

“Bream have been going off in the southern sections of the lake, responding well to lures,” Jason said. “August is always a good month.”

Lean whitingThere’sgenerous numbers of whiting building up in the channel and they’ve been about in numbers near Aeropelican in the lake.

“They’re stacked up on the sand but not really on the chew,” Jason said.

“They seem lean and probably won’t bulk up until the next prawn run probably due mid-October out of the channel.”

It’s been a similar story with salmon; plenty about but not too much action.

“We’re seeing heaps on the surface doing their ‘guppie’ thing where they look like they’re biting at air, but not biting at anything else,” Jason said.

“I think it has something to do with spawning.”

Meanwhile, there’s a few luderick about but the best might be yet to come through September as fish begin to push back in from offshore.

“We’ve seen a few luderick around Swansea Bridge and out on Lucy’s Breakwall but the bigger fish tend to come in around September and are normally of a very good quality,” said Jason, who is a big rap on the weed fly if you can’t get hold of any genuine green weed.

Bay reportBream have been prevalent throughout Port Stephens and surrounds, responding to soft plastics and floating fish baits worked in chicken pelletberley, according to the guys at Duff’s Salamander Bait and Tackle.

Similarly, luderick have been about in numbers.

Stockton Beach has been throwing up plenty of bream of a night, biting on pipi, mullet and beach worms in thegutters. Don’t be surprised to find tailor, jew and whiting in the mix.

Local rock platforms, when accessible,have been producting tailor, bream, and jew.

Trag up to 3kg off the BIg Gibber have had anglers excited north of Nelson Bay while snapper continue to inhabit Sambo Reef, 21 and the V as well as the odd jew and rock cod around Broughton Island and Uralla Reef.

Closure overThe three-month fishing closure for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch in local rivers closes at midnight on August 31, allowing anglers to get back to targeting some of Australia’s great native sportsfish.

‘World’s number 1 anti-vaxxer’ denied entry to Australia

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

The self-proclaimed “world’s number one anti-vaxxer” has been denied permission to visit Australia.
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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.

“We’re not going to allow him to come here,” Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB.

“These people who are telling parents that their kids shouldn’t be vaccinated are dangerous. We have been very careful in having a look right through this particular case and it’s clear to me that it’s not in our national interest that he should come here.”

Mr Heckenlively, who lives in northern California, contributes to a website that claims autism is “an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover”.

He also has links to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced former doctor whose debunked study was central to the anti-vaccination movement and has since gone on to make the film Vaxxed.

The film has been banned by several film festivals but has been shown in secret locations around Australia.

The Turnbull government has strong views on the effectiveness of childhood vaccinations. Photo: Karleen Minney

Immigration officials recently banned British campaigner Polly Tommeyand US campaigner Suzanne Humphries from entering the country for three years after the pair toured Australia with Vaxxed, which alleges there is a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism.

The opposition had written to Mr Dutton requesting Mr Heckenlively’s application for a visa be denied.

“Dangerous misinformation peddled by anti-vaccination proponents should never take the place of proven, scientific advice, and we have a responsibility to make sure parents are getting the right messages,” the opposition’s health spokeswoman, Catherine King, said on Thursday.

“The fight against vaccination misinformation is continuous – earlier this month, we saw two anti-vaccination advocates tour the country and show a film that wrongly claims a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. While our immunisation program has historically been effective, there is growing evidence that anti-vaccination advocates and their political allies like Pauline Hanson and One Nation are now undermining our success – as shown by the doubling of measles cases between 2013 and 2014.”

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