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Mental health month: Hunter events
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ZORICA Ciganovic has been through a great deal in her life, but one of her biggest battles has been anxiety.

Ms Ciganovic, of Newcastle, was a Serbian living in Croatia when the war in Yugoslavia broke out in the 1990s.

She was seven months’ pregnant when she and her family were forced to flee to Serbia at a moment’s notice to escape genocide.

Her husband needed dialysis three times a week and they had to find him treatment throughout the war.

She lost friends and close family during that time.

Her husband died 15 years ago and Ms Ciganovic and her family came to Australia as refugees in 2004.

Once here she had to learn the language and brave the cultural barriers, while caring for a family member with a mental illness.

She said being a carer was one of her biggest challenges and it was only once she came to Australia she developed anxiety.

“You don’t have any friends, you don’t know where to go, what to do,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“Your heart starts beating a lot, your hand trembles and you get that choking feeling.”

She said she would not have recovered without the help of the mental health support group Arafmi Hunter.

Now she is in her fourth year of a social work degree.

Ms Ciganovic has spoken of her challenges to highlight living with anxiety during Mental Health Month.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians and anxiety is the most common problem.

“It’s important to know how much people can survive and still be functional,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“You can function if you find the right help.”

She said that while anxiety was a normal response to stress, it was not normal to feel anxious all the time.

“Anxiety is a fear of fear,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“If a person is isolated it just increases it”, and it “is not predictable”.

CALMER WATERS: Zorica Ciganovic knows a lot about being anxious. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ms Ciganovic encouraged carers who were struggling to get help.

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The 14,868 fans at Hunter Stadium wanted a goal, or at least a sterling performance, from English marquee man Emile Heskey.
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But after their first look at the former English Premier League star, many would have left Turton Road dissatisfied.

Heskey played at the point of the Newcastle Jets attack and during the first half struggled to get involved as his teammates provided him with little quality service. The veteran striker looked strong and reasonably fit, occasionally muscling away defenders to get the ball and lasting 25 minutes longer on the pitch than coach Gary van Egmond had intended.

Van Egmond said it would take time for the other players to learn how to best use the former Liverpool man.

‘‘I thought his contribution was great,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’s a real target man up front. You see a number of times where people can look to play the ball in and look to run off him, and we need to get better at that.

‘‘Not only in a position of where the ball is going into him and the same person is getting the ball back, but the third man running, and the next person running into space as well.’’

Heskey had only one sight of goal, a half-chance in the 49th minute when right back Scott Neville dinked a cross into the box and the Englishman could not get enough on a glancing header to trouble the keeper.

Heskey arrived only 10 days ago and was always going to lack match fitness.

He was replaced in the 70th minute by Newcastle product James Virgili, who immediately fired two shots at goal.

‘‘He was wanting to stay out there for 95 minutes, but we have to be a little bit careful with him and we probably went over a bit today,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’ll have recovery now, a massage and a day off and back on the training paddock.

‘‘I was looking for half a game, to be honest with you, but he has such a will to play.’’ Van Egmond worked hard in the pre-season overhauling his squad and bringing in a host of younger, faster players to play a high-tempo, possession-based game.

He said he had not changed his philosophy after the arrival of 34-year-old Heskey, a traditional target man.

‘‘He’s enhanced our game plan, if anything,’’ van Egmond said.

Adelaide coach John Kosmina was impressed with Heskey and said his potency was minimised his central defenders Antony Golec and Newcastle-bred Nigel Boogaard.

‘‘I thought Antony Golec, in particular, did a real good job on Heskey,’’ Kosmina said.

‘‘Boogs did well and competed physically and didn’t give him too much room.’’

Emile Heskey. Picture Darren Pateman


Carbon tax could still cause damage

September 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

The carbon tax has likely peaked as an issue but Labor will wear the cost of its political damage.THE carbon tax likely peaked as an issue before the price actually started – indeed, its first three months have been an anti-climax.
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But Labor will continue to struggle with the political damage it has done since Prime Minister Julia Gillard started dancing with the Greens after the election.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, on the other hand, having had the best of times with the debate, faces harder work from now on. He still seeks to keep the tax as centre of his campaigning, a strategy that might need to change in coming months, especially if Labor continues its modest poll recovery.

Abbott also has to explain precisely how a Coalition government would scrap the tax, with all the messy consequences of having, in effect, to ”compensate” voters for the withdrawal of their present compensation. Those questions will become sharper as the election approaches.

And remember, Abbott is committed to the enormous step of a double dissolution if he can’t get the tax repealed – an undertaking that may look rash if voters and businesses seem less concerned about the tax’s impact.

The climate issue, which helped Kevin Rudd surf into power in 2007, turned first against him, contributing to his downfall, and then against his successor.

In the Age/Nielsen poll, support for an ”emissions trading scheme” was consistently high in 2008-09 – about two-thirds of voters favoured one. But then support fell in 2010. The ”carbon tax” has never had majority backing.

Nielsen pollster John Stirton identifies two ”tipping points”: ”the apparent failure to reach agreement at the Copenhagen climate change conference, which made it easier for opponents of action on climate change to portray Australia as going it alone, and the emissions trading scheme morphing into carbon pricing – the carbon tax.”

After Copenhagen, support for an ETS dropped 10 points to 56 per cent (in February 2010).

Backing for ”a price on carbon” began at 46 per cent in October 2010 but crashed after becoming closely associated with Gillard’s pre-election statement that there would be no carbon tax. It fell to 35 per cent in March 2011, and was 37 per cent in last month’s poll.

What’s happened, in the broad, over the last few years is that climate change has turned from an emotional rallying cry to a practical policy challenge with all the accompanying difficulties.

Even more important, at the micro level the debate became somewhat less about carbon pricing and somewhat more about ”trust”.

Once the tax started on July 1, things changed again, as people focused on how they personally are affected.

Beforehand, 51 per cent feared they would be worse off, but after a short period of the ”lived experience” (Gillard’s phrase) 38 per cent say they are worse off and a majority, 54 per cent, say the carbon tax is making no difference.

Nationals NSW senator John Williams insists the carbon tax issue is still potent, with higher costs disadvantaging businesses such as a big exporting abattoir at Inverell, and ”more bad medicine to come” when in 2014 the diesel fuel rebate is reduced.

But West Australian Liberal Mal Washer says: ”We beat the drum too hard on the carbon tax – everyone has stopped listening to the sound of it. The marrow has gone out of it – we need to move on to other issues.”

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A crane driver killed in an industrial accident at Rutherford was an ‘‘easy-going, kind-hearted man’’ who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two children.
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Aberdeen man Warren Black, 37, was loading drill rods on to his truck on Friday afternoon when one of the rods fell from a forklift, knocked him to the ground and fell on top of him.

He died instantly.

Mr Black, a contractor for Boom Logistics, was remembered as a popular colleague by workmates yesterday.

Boom Logistics chief executive officer Brenden Mitchell said the company and its employees were ‘‘deeply saddened’’ by the accident.

‘‘Warren was well-liked by everyone at Boom and this comes as a great shock to everyone,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

‘‘Boom’s priority is to support Warren’s family and colleagues.’’

A manager and a close workmate from Boom Logistics visited Mr Black’s wife, Alethia, and his two young boys on Friday evening.

Mr Black’s sister, Diana Black-Straker, was one of many family members and friends to post messages on Facebook after the accident.

‘‘We are all in shock at the tragic death of my brother Warren yesterday,’’ Ms Black-Straker said.

‘‘Thoughts especially to his pregnant wife Alethia and their children Liam and Bailey.

‘‘Rest in peace little brother, you are greatly missed already xxxx.’’

A number of colleagues also posted about Mr Black.

‘‘The world has lost one of its best today,’’ wrote former colleague Sara Barlow.

‘‘I am devastated that we have lost such an easy going, kind-hearted man.’’

WorkCover and detectives from the Central Hunter police command have examined the accident site, J & S Engineering in Racecourse Road, and will continue investigations into the accident.

Warren Black.

ONE of the Hunter’s most significant heritage homes, Anambah House near Maitland, faces residential development on a scale its owner says is far too dense and will threaten its character.
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Tomorrow Maitland City Council will consider a proposal to allow 80 lots to be developed in the Anambah urban release area.

The development would bring houses to about 650 metres from the state-listed heritage house, owned by Jann Zappacosta.

Mrs Zappacosta bought the JWPender-designed house in 2011 from well-known heritage consultant Stephen Berry, who long-campaigned to protect the Anambah Lagoon, which the house overlooks, from development.

Mrs Zappacosta said under the plan the lagoon would be ‘‘lost’’ because of the closeness of the new houses.

A report to the council says the land will be developed as low density.

It says flooding and changes to the visual amenity are the two biggest constraints to the site. Plans show landscaping is intended to soften the impact on the house.

Mrs Zappacosta said 50 houses would have been suitable but 80 was too many.

The council report said the proposal supported the provision of housing for Maitland’s growing population.

Mrs Zappacosta is restoring the house for accommodation, weddings and other events.

Anambah House was built by grazier John KMackay for his son William.

Construction began in 1889 and ended in 1906.

Opera diva Dame Nellie Melba sang Home Sweet Home on the staircase in 1908, and Australian performers of the 1950s, such as Roy (Mo) Rene and Jack Davey were guests of the then-owners, radio star Hal Lashwood and his wife, a member of the Mackay family.

In 1993 it was the setting for the movie Country Life, starring Greta Scacchi and Sam Neill.

Mrs Zappacosta said another bigger proposed development to the west was also putting pressure on the house.

CLOSE UP: Anambah House.

As fans sat down in their seats at Hunter Stadium yesterday afternoon they could have been forgiven for holding lofty expectations.
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The Newcastle Jets kicked off their Hyundai A-League campaign at home against a travel-weary Adelaide United side who had just returned from Uzbekistan.

Yet hopes were dashed in the first minute when Dario Vidosic poked home an easy goal to stun the home crowd into silence and from then on the Jets never looked like getting in the game.

The crowd stuck with their team though, and although most would have gone home frustrated, the healthy attendance of 14,868 bodes well for growth of the game.

Large sections of the crowd were dominated by blue and red merchandise and membership caps were out in force under the hot sun.

All eyes were on star signing Emile Heskey and many fans donned their number nine jerseys in a show of support.

One keen fan even sported ‘‘Del Heskey’’ on his back, perhaps hoping the former Liverpool front man could merge his skills with Sydney FC’s marquee signing Alessandro Del Piero.

Debutant goalkeeper Mark Birighitti added to the crowd’s woes midway through the second half when he was sent off for handball after a rash foray out of his box and Iain Ramsay soon finished off the match to send the home crowd off in a sombre mood.

Brian Loxley and his family bought memberships for the first time this season but he wasn’t too deflated by the result.

‘‘I don’t think they played too badly,’’ he said.

‘‘Even when they went down to 10 men the players were still pushing and the crowd tried to lift them.

‘‘But I guess it was just one of those days.’’

Brian and Kelda Loxley with sons Kade, 7, Hunter, 3, and Eli, 9, who were cheering on the the Jets from the stands. Pictures: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop

Jets fans at the opening match of the A-League season at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Peter Stoop


Before they sit down to address the issues of the city, Newcastle’s new councillors have had to solve a disagreement about where they will sit.
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At a ‘‘mock’’ council meeting last week, councillors stood divided on whether the chamber’s seats should be arranged according to the city’s ward representatives, or based on political groupings.

Labor councillors wanted to sit together and argued that being separated would potentially require recesses to allow them to discuss unexpected motions or amendments.

Lord mayor Jeff McCloy and his supporters argued for a City Hall seating arrangement based on the four wards.

After a few rounds of musical chairs, the Labor councillors conceded.

Cr McCloy said he was positive about the prospects of the new council and that the seating issue ‘‘was solved in a nice and humorous way’’.

‘‘It’s important that we all work together,’’ he said.

The seating arrangements were apparently discussed at an informal meeting of councillors last month that most Labor councillors were unable to attend.

Cr Nuatali Nelmes said her colleagues had spent too much time ‘‘worrying about where the Labor Party is going to sit, to the point of holding secret meetings’’.

After two terms where perceived dysfunction and indecision overshadowed other aspects of the city’s government, the working relationship between the councillors will be in the spotlight.

The first meeting tomorrow night will include an election for deputy mayor, with Labor and the Liberals expected to provide viable candidates.

It will debate the gifting of childcare centres to community operators.

Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy.

Stella Potts is just two days old, but her father Luke already has a riveting tale to tell on her 21st birthday.
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Baby Stella was born in the car park of a Lambton service station, on the front seat of her parents’ car, just minutes from the hospital.

Mother Danielle Potts went into labour about 3am on Saturday morning.

Two hours later, Mr Potts was rushing his wife towards Newcastle Private Hospital.

‘‘The contractions were pretty close together as we were in the car,’’ Mr Potts said.

‘‘Danielle said to me, ‘you’re going to have to stop’.’’

The nearest place was the 7 Eleven service station on Croudace Street at Lambton. Mr Potts said he parked the car, called 000 and was given advice on how to deliver the baby.

Just nine minutes later, at 5.41am and moments before ambulance paramedics arrived, Stella was born.

‘‘I didn’t do much, I just caught her as she popped out,’’ Mr Potts said.

‘‘I made sure the cord wasn’t wrapped around her neck, wrapped her in a blanket at put her on her mother’s chest and then the ambulance turned up.’’

Baby Stella is the couple’s second child. Charlie, 2, was born when they were living in rural Victoria and had to travel a considerable distance to hospital.

Friends had advised the family, who live at Maitland, to be packed and ready.

But neither Mr or Mrs Potts, who was in labour for eight hours with Charlie, expected their daughter to be so eager to enter the world.

‘‘She’s doing fine, which is the main thing,’’ Mr Potts said. ‘‘It will make a great story for her 21st.’’

Stella with parents Luke and Danielle Potts and brother Charlie. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers


EDITORIAL: Air pollution comes back

July 27th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

WHEN the BHP steelworks closed, one of the most common predictions was of a Mayfield renaissance.
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Relieved of the burden of air pollution from the smoking giant next door, the suburb would bloom as newcomers rediscovered its vibrant shopping strip and modest but character-filled residential streets, some pundits tipped. That prediction has been only partially fulfilled.

The suburb has a great deal more residential amenity than many of the new brick-veneer satellite settlements on the fringes of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

But if Mayfield hasn’t experienced the great rebirth many had expected, one explanation might be that one big source of pollution appears to have been replaced by a number of smaller ones.

According to the authoritative government website, the National Pollutant Inventory, the 2304 postcode that includes Mayfield, Warabrook, Sandgate and Kooragang Island has experienced a surge in some pollutants over the past decade.

Inventory statistics indicate that the number of pollution-generating industries in the area increased from nine to 16 between 2001 and 2011. The number of officially reported pollutants from those sites increased from 35 to 38.

Ammonia emissions grew 188 per cent, benzene 600 per cent, sulphur dioxide 312 per cent and carbon monoxide 6 per cent, with most of this increase attributed to industries on Kooragang Island.

After last year’s highly publicised malfunctions of the Orica fertiliser plant on Kooragang, the state government introduced tough new pollution control measures and there is evidence that these will soon result in lower emissions of some pollutants.

That’s good news, but residents of the affected suburbs are rightly calling for a smarter approach to applications by companies to build new industrial plants in the area. Instead of considering each application in isolation, it is argued, approval authorities should examine every proposal against a backdrop of the existing environment.

It’s a similar argument to that mounted by Upper Hunter residents who have long wished for the cumulative effects of coalmines to be considered when new mining proposals are received.

So far the idea appears to have been too hard for the government to embrace, but that’s no reason for residents to stop demanding a smarter approach to industry regulation.

Bali anniversary

IT seems hardly possible that the Bali terrorist bombing that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, could have been 10 years ago.

The memory seems too raw and painful to already have aged a decade.

But while the pain remains, much healing has been done. Many people who were caught up in the tragedy have worked with great determination to ensure that those who perished are remembered and that the terror of the day is balanced by compassion and kindness.

That’s the best answer, in the end, to those who sow hatred and violence.

RESERVE Bank Governor Glenn Stevens is expected to serve out his full term – due to end in September 2013 – despite reports in Britain that the Australian central bank boss has been approached to take the top job at the Bank of England.
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One of the world’s top central bankers, Mr Stevens was reportedly among the contenders to become the next governor of the Bank of England to replace Mervyn King, London’s Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified sources.

However, it is believed that Mr Stevens has not been approached by any officials from Britain, despite the news report saying informal discussions had taken place.

Mr Stevens has been at his current post since September 2006 and is believed to be planning to serve out his full seven-year term to September 17 next year.

A Reserve Bank spokesman declined to comment on the news report, or on Mr Stevens’ tenure.

Mr Stevens is scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee this morning in Canberra.

It is highly unusual for a foreign citizen to head the central bank of another country. An exception in recent years has been American-born Stanley Fischer, who is the head of Israel’s central bank. To take the top job in 2005, Professor Fischer first had to become an Israeli citizen and renounce his American citizenship.

Earlier this year, Canada’s central bank chief Mark Carney was also reportedly approached for the Bank of England role.

The BoE governor will soon become Britain’s most powerful civil

servant, assuming responsibility for not just monetary policy, but for the monitoring of banks and the prevention of future financial crises.

It will be the new governor’s job to lead the bank through major reforms to Britain’s regulatory system, ”including the transfer of new responsibilities that will see the bank take the lead in safeguarding the stability of the UK financial system”, the government’s advertisement says.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate that he or she can ”lead, influence and manage the change in the bank’s responsibilities, inspiring confidence and credibility both within the bank and throughout financial markets”.

The list of applicants will tomorrow be seen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and a decision is expected to be announced by the end of this year.

The role will pay £302,000 ($A478,240) a year.

The list of reported favourites to succeed Mr King includes the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor, Paul Tucker, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner, the Independent Commission on Banking chairman, John Vickers, and former British civil service boss Gus O’Donnell.

Mr King will have been head of the bank for more than 11 years when he steps down in June.

Mr Stevens, who has helped steer Australia through the global financial crisis, was last month voted one of the world’s best central bankers by Global Finance magazine.

He will have been in the role for seven years, which is the average length of the modern governor’s term.

It is the job of Australia’s federal treasurer to appoint the RBA governor.

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