INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Heart Open is putting females in Newcastle on the stage

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Female power in Newcastle | PHOTOS Alex Morris interviewing dancer Jacinta Rose at a Hearts Open event.
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Open Mic: Alex Morris interviewing dancer Jacinta Rose at a Hearts Open event. Picture: Lazy Bones

Alex Morris. Picture: Lazy Bones

Poet Laura Kebby at a Heart Open open-mic event. Picture: Justine Cogan

Poet Bastian Fox Phelan at a Heart Open open-mic event. Picture: Lazy Bones

A guest performer at a Heart Open open-mic event. Picture: Lazy Bones

Poet Katy Gray at a Heart Open open-mic event. Picture: Lazy Bones

Poet Rachael Ainsworth at a Heart Open open-mic event. Picture: Lazy Bones

The band Moonsign perform at a Heart Open event. Picture: Justine Cogan

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So, she and friend Chloe Warrenstarted abi-monthly, female-focused open-mic night in Newcastle, called Heart Open.

“I didn’t know Chloe that well [at the time], but I loved her stand-up comedy and thought she and I could be a good team,” Alexsaid.

“We got chatting with our friend and amazing local typographer Sophie Elinor Brown, and she helped us come up with the name and created our logo for us.

“Then we just invited some of the talented women we knew to come and perform in a local pub.”

Chloe’s a scientist, so she wanted to make sure decisions about where to take the event were informed by data.

“We started collecting feedback from our audiences and we hope that each show has been an improvement on the last,” Alex said.

The next event will be held on Fridayat Newcastle Museum’sBHP Gallery to mark International Women’s Day.

The night will feature artists and performers. Aspecial guest will attend to respect the location and its history.

Chloe and AlexwillinterviewJanet Murray, a former BHP chemical engineer and blast furnace operations superintendent.

“Janetworked for nearly 20 years at the Newcastle steelworks. She’s a fascinating woman with so many interesting stories.”

Alex said the event aimed tocreate “a welcoming and encouraging environment where female-identifying and non-binary people feel comfortable expressing themselves”.

“It’s also an open mic nightand we really want to be inclusive, so we encourage all people to sign up for that in between featured performers.”

Heart Open is promoted as a “bi-monthly celebration of creativity”.

Each event features fourartists “sharingthe secrets of their journey, their creative processes and inspiration”.

“We welcome poets, dancers, comedians, musicians, actors, authors, painters, sculptors, air-ukulele players … you get the gist.”

Council needs another $4.6million for Lochinvar intersection to go ahead

Cr Henry MeskauskasMaitland City Council has agreed to chip in another$4.6 milliontowards the construction cost of an intersection at Lochinvar.
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As part of its 2015-2016 budget the NSW Government provided anallocation of $11.5 million towards the project through the Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF).

However areport presentedto council last week said at that time the intersection formed part of the work schedules attached to the Lochinvar Section 94 Contributions Plan and the item was subsequently removed from that plan.

“During the time that has lapsed since the funding announcement, a definitive design and costing has been developed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)in conjunction with council,” the report said.

“Based on communications with RMS, this process has revealed the ultimate intersection design required to support development in the north eastern catchment of the urban release areawill not be achievable within the HAF funding budget,” the report said.

Councillors were advised that anadditional $4.6 million was needed to cover the cost of the project.

The report said the intersectionis a key strategic access point to the north eastern catchment of the Lochinvar Urban Release Area and is required as a direct result of proposed development within the catchment.

West Ward councillor Henry Meskauskas successfully moved a recommendation to approve the additional $4.6 millionto make up the shortfall in HAF funding by amending the LochinvarSection 94 Contributions Plan.Council will exhibit the draft plan before afinalreport to council.

Fairfax Media has reported how Lochinvar is set to become Maitland’s next boom town with the first of 5000housing lotson public exhibition anda school and shopping precinctto come.

Council has received a development proposal for 146 lots off the New England Highway, behind the Aird’s building. The lots are within the Lochinvar Urban Release Area.

Speed zones cut on busy Newcastle roads

REDUCED speed limits will be introduced between Wallsend and Hamilton on Thomas Street, Newcastle Road and Griffiths Road, the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS)says.
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A RMS spokesperson said, after a recent speed zone review, the existing 70km/h speed on the route along Thomas Street, Newcastle Road and Griffiths Road will be reduced to 60km/h, from 460 metres west of Lake Road at Wallsend to 100 metres west of Beaumont Street at Hamilton.

The changes will be introduced on Sunday.

“The safety of motorists and pedestrians is important to the NSW government which is why steps are being taken to improve safety along this very busy stretch of road,” the spokesperson said.

“In the five years between July 2011 and June 2016 there were 382 crashes, including 272 injury crashes along this 8.5 kilometre section road.

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“The injury crash rate per kilometre is almost five times higher than the typical rate for an urban arterial road with a 70km/h speed limit which is why action is needed.

“The reduced speed limit will provide significant road safety benefits to the 40,000 motorists who travel along the route each day.

“In addition to this, the changes will also improve safety near Hamilton North Public School for students and their families, including the Newcastle Showground which becomes very busy when events are on.

“Electronic message signs will be in place to advise motorists of the changes and will remain for at least a week after the new speed limit signs have been installed.

“Motorists are reminded to observe the new speed limit and are advised to drive to conditions.”

More work for women in NSW workforce

Tanya Davies says 37 per cent of senior leadership roles in the NSW public sector are held by women.The number of women in senior leadership and traditionally male-dominated roles across NSW is steadily increasing but there’s still more work to do, according to the NSW minister for women.
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The latest snapshot on the status of women in the NSW workforce was released on Tuesday as part of the Then and Now report.

The report, based on NSW workforce profile data, shows women now fill almost 38 per cent of leadership roles in the public sector. The government wants to increase that to 50 per cent by 2025.

But the situation is worse in the private sector where women fill just 26 per cent of board directorship position of ASX 200 companies. That’s up from almost nine per cent in 2009, according to the n Institute of Company Directors.

“At the end of last year in the public sector more than 37 per cent of senior leadership roles were held by women,” NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies said in a statement on Tuesday.

“While this makes the NSW government more progressive than the private sector there is still more work to do.”

Meanwhile, the number of women working in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as mining and construction, continues to grow at between two and five per cent every year.

However, women are still more likely to be employed in health care, social assistance, education and training, according to the Then and Now report.

Ms Davies noted that in 1973 there was only one female member of the NSW Legislative Assembly but today that figure has increased to 28.

“It’s imperative that women are represented at decision making tables across government and business to ensure the best outcomes for both men and women, in their public and private lives,” she said.

Vic woman strangled with cord, court told

Mehmed Solmaz is charged with murdering Fatma Solmaz, 61, last May at her Sunshine West home.A Melbourne woman was hit on the head with a wooden table leg and strangled with electrical cord by her former husband, a court has heard.
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Mehmed Solmaz, 61, has been ordered to stand trial for murdering Fatma Solmaz, 61, at their Sunshine West home last May.

He entered a plea of not guilty, claiming to police his former wife assaulted him with the same wooden table leg and he acted in self-defence.

A forensic examination of Solmaz after his ex-wife’s death found he had minor injuries that were expected to heal.

Despite being divorced, the former couple lived together up until Ms Solmaz’s death.

Their two adult sons were in court for Tuesday’s committal hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Police allege that after Solmaz assaulted his ex-wife with the table leg and strangled her, he fled to Queensland.

He was arrested after Ms Solmaz’s body was found and extradited to Victoria.

An autopsy showed she suffered blunt force trauma injuries to her head, which rendered her unconscious, before she was strangled, forensic pathologist Dr Michael Burke told the court.

The defence suggested Solmaz spoke of noises in his head in the aftermath of Ms Solmaz’s death.

However, detective leading senior constable Joseph Strachan said he had no concerns about Solmaz being unfit for interview and his only complaint was a sore back.

Magistrate Luisa Bazzani said the case against Solmaz was “overwhelmingly strong”.

“Ms Solmaz was in no position to threaten or harm Mr Solmaz at the time she died – she was unconscious,” she said.

“She posted no risk at all to you (Mr Solmaz), according to the evidence.

“It’s an overwhelmingly strong case.”

Ms Bazzani said from the accounts given, Ms Solmaz was a hard working woman devoted to her family.

“Tragically she died in her own home,” she said.

Solmaz, who was aided in court by a Turkish interpreter, was remanded in custody to appear in the Supreme Court for trial directions on Thursday.

Screen babies for immunodeficiencies

Newborns should be screened for primary immunodeficiency diseases, an expert says.n newborns should be screened for severe immunodeficiency diseases to improve survival and health outcomes for those born without a functional immune system, a paediatric specialist says.
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Currently babies are screened, via the heel prick blood test, for more than 40 different conditions, including inborn errors of metabolism and cystic fibrosis.

Dr Jovanka King, a specialist paediatric immunologist and immunopathologist at SA Pathology at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and the University of Adelaide, wants screening to be expanded to include inherited primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID).

She says infants with an inherited PID – of which there are more than 150 types – are in-and-out of hospital with severe and recurrent infections.

Within one year they can face eight or more ear infections, two or more serious sinus infections and two or more bouts of pneumonia.

Babies born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) – which inhibits the production of T and B immune cells – become critically unwell relatively quickly, says Dr King.

“They require long stays in hospital, expensive treatments and medications, intensive care admissions and the condition is associated with a high rate of death and other complications arising from that,” Dr King said.

A bone marrow or stem cell transplant offers a cure for SCID and the evidence shows survival is greatly improved when performed before the age of three-and-a-half months, Dr King said.

“Beyond this age, affected babies have a higher burden of infection and other complications due to their untreated disease,” she said.

“The only realistic way to achieve the goal of early transplantation for babies with SCID is to diagnose them early in the newborn period, before they develop symptoms of the disease,” she said.

But currently a diagnosis can take months and for this reason expanding screening should be a health priority, Dr King told experts at the Pathology Update 2018, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) annual conference held at the weekend.

“Conditions such as SCID are life-threatening, therefore making a diagnosis and starting treatment as early as possible is essential, Dr King said.

Studies in Sweden have demonstrated expanding screening to include PID would save lives.

“Affected infants were detected by an abnormal screening test, which enabled rapid medical assessment, confirmatory testing and commencement of treatment within the first weeks of life,” Dr King said.

Doctor King also believes this new screening would also be cost effective.

“Economic analyses performed in other countries have demonstrated that it is more cost effective to screen newborns for SCID than it is to manage a critically unwell child in whom diagnosis and treatment was delayed, which is costly to health systems.”

Xenophon wants to lure Qantas to SA

Alan Joyce is looking for a location to establish an international flight academy to train pilots.Nick Xenophon wants Qantas pilots to train in regional South .
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The SA-BEST leader says he’ll ensure the next state government provide the airline with a financial incentive to set up a training base in Whyalla or Port Lincoln, if his party holds the balance of power after the March 17 election.

“The training staff, trainee pilots, support staff and ancillary staff would all live and work in the area, injecting millions of dollars a year into the local economy,” Mr Xenophon said.

Last month Qantas announced plans to address the global pilot shortage by setting up what it said could eventually be the southern hemisphere’s largest flight academy.

“Boeing estimates the world will need about 640,000 more pilots in the next 20 years, with 40 per cent in the Asia Pacific region,” Chief executive Alan Joyce said last month.

He said the company would look not just at the financial incentive package offered by states but existing infrastructure when picking a location.

“Over time, we see the potential for the academy to become a competitive advantage for in the region, it could train pilots for other airlines and grow into the largest academy of its kind in the southern hemisphere,” he said.

The company plans to open the $20 million school in 2019 and train 500 pilots a year.

South will face tough competition with Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner indicating his government would prepare a business case and mayors in far-north Queensland indicating they would also bid for the facility.

SA-BEST said an incentive for Qantas to come to SA would be similar to the $10 million offered to OZ Minerals to relocate their headquarters from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick praises toughness of Nigel Boogaard after season-threatening injury

TWO days after slamming the histrionics of Sydney defender Jordy Buijs, Jets coach Ernie Merrick has praised the toughness of Newcastle skipperNigel Boogaard, who is likely to miss the rest of the season.
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Boogaardwas on Tuesday found to have a fractured tibia and torn calf in his left leg from an incident late in the 2-1 win over Sydney on Saturday night. He is expected to miss between six to 10 weeks, giving him only a slight chance of featuring in the finals.

The centre-back, who shook off a knee muscle strain to take on Sydney, walked off in the 82ndminute as the 10-man Jets fought to retain their advantage at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Buijs, on the other hand, came in for heavy criticism for his theatrics an hour earlier when rolling on the ground andholding his face after a seemingly minor collision with Roy O’Donovan, who was sent off.

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— Craig Kerry (@craigkerry77) March 6, 2018Herald that Buijs “put on an injury display like a B-grade actor that was embarrassing”.

On Tuesday, he praised the resilienceof Boogaard in facing his injury blow.

“He’s taken it well, he’s a tough character, mentally and physically,” Merrick said.“He walked off the park and if I ever ask him how it is, he always says it’s 100 per cent, ready to go, but he’ll have to sit out for a few weeks now.

“He’s had a great year withhe and Nikolai [Topor-Stanley] as the centre of defence, their stats this year have been better than any other pair in the league.”

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Merrick held out little hope of having Boogaard back this season, which could end for the Jetswith the grand final on May 5.

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“Because he hyper-extended his knee, there’s a compression fracture on his tibia,” he said.“It’s not a slight fracture, it’s fairly major.

“The good news is there’s no damage to the articular area of the knee and nor has the ACL been damaged.

“If either of those had been damaged, it would have been very bad and he would have been out for a very long time.

“The good news is it’s a six to 10 week injury. It’s unlikely, but there’s a very small chance he could play in the finals, but he doesn’t have to have an operation. He can gostraight into rehabilitation, which he’s doing upstairs as we speak.”

Boogaard is off-contract at season’s endand Merrick said the injury would have no bearing on the club’s desire to retain the 31-year-old.

“His contract negotiations will continue. It will make no difference to those. We want to keep him at this club,” he said.“He’s very good technically.Strategically, he’s a good on-field leader and he’s a good person to have aroundon and off the fieldat the club.”

The Jets next play on March 17 against Welllington and Merrick indicated Lachlan Jackson would get first crack at replacing Boogaard.

“Lachlan Jackson comes into consideration,Ben Kantarovski canplay as a centre-back, so can Ivan Vujic and Johnny Koutroumbis, so we’ve got a few options,” he said.“Lachlan seems the most obvious one because he’s played twice now against Sydney and has done a very good job.”

Knights the great unknown of NRL: Manly

Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans will carry much of the attacking burden for Manly in 2018.Expect the unexpected from Newcastle this NRL season.
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That’s the opinion of Manly ace Tom Trbojevic as the Knights get set to launch their campaign against the Sea Eagles on Friday night.

There’s high expectation in the Hunter that the arrival of Mitchell Pearce, Connor Watson and Kalyn Ponga will usher in a new era for Nathan Brown’s side after three years of failure.

A bumper 25,000-strong crowd is expected for the round-one clash and some rusted-on supporters are tipping the Knights to climb into finals contention for the first time since 2013.

Trbojevic said the Knights were an unknown quantity for everyone in the competition and they didn’t know what they were set to throw at them.

“It’s very tough to do homework,” Trbojevic said.

“That’s why we can’t really do too much, it’s all about yourselves.

“They’ve got some really big name inclusions – Mitchell Pearce, Connor Watson, Kalyn Ponga, there’s some great players there.

“They haven’t played much together, so you don’t know how to take them on.”

Bookmakers have the Knights and Sea Eagles at even money, with the jury still out on Trent Barrett’s side after the departure of Blake Green, who is set to be replaced by rookie Lachlan Croker at five-eighth.

The hype around the Knights has reached fever pitch with the club having signed up 13,935 members – about 2000 more than they had last year.

Trbojevic said he was bracing for an inhospitable welcome at McDonald Jones Stadium and it was up to his side to embrace the pressure.

“It’s going to be a hostile environment,” he said.

“But then again everyone loves playing the big stages and that’s going to be a big one on Friday night.”

Women’s team ready for Indian cricket test

captain Meg Lanning had an interrupted Women’s World Cup campaign last year.Returning captain Meg Lanning says the n women’s cricket team is well prepared for difficult conditions in India.
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The star batter is back from a seven-month stint on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury and will bolster the visitors significantly for the one-day series starting on March 12.

The three ODIs will be followed by a T20 tri-series against the hosts and England.

have two warm-up matches against India A in Mumbai, on March 6 and tywo days later.

Lanning said there is no need for a dramatic shake-up for after they won the Ashes during the summer.

“We need to slightly tweak our games to suit the conditions and the opposition, but there won’t be any major changes,” she said.

“It’s about adapting to the conditions… the heat and the different pitch conditions and once we get into the matches we’ll be getting more specific about how we want to play the game.”

Lanning, who averages 54.52 in the one-day format, will slot straight back in at No.3 after last playing in the World Cup semi-final loss against India last July.

Veteran vice-captain Alex Blackwell has retired, meaning acting Ashes captain Rachael Haynes will be Lanning’s permanent deputy.

Lanning has high hopes for uncapped pair Nicola Carey and Sophie Molineux, with allrounder Tahlia McGrath missing due to injury.

“They’ve had good domestic seasons and slotted in very nicely so we’re looking forward to seeing how they go in the tour,” Lanning said.

Molineux could provide a spinning option with her left-arm orthodox, an art that is crucial on the turning wickets of India.

“Our spinners have done quite well over here in the past,” Lanning said.

“We’ve got good some variety within our spinning ranks and these two practice matches will see how they operate best.”