Archive for: ‘October 2018’

Darrell Eastlake has died

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

Sports broadcaster Darrell Eastlake has died, aged 75.

He died on Thursday morningin a nursing home on the NSW Central Coast after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Darrell Eastlake, in his prime.

Eastlake, who was intrinsically linked to Wide World of Sports, worked in television and radio for more than 40 years.

Fairfax commentator Peter Fitzsimmons was one of many colleagues who have paid tribute to Eastlake on social media.

He tweeted: “Long remembered for his State of Origin calls, and his outcries of “What a HUGE man,” during weight-lifting at Commonwealth Games. Feel privileged, to have worked with him. Vale.

Mr EastlakebattledAlzheimer’s disease and emphysema since 2010.

#BREAKING: Legendary sports announcer Darrell Eastlake has died aged 75. #9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/VFnuaWxdry

— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) April 18, 2018

Licence suspension calls as mining blast ‘billows over vineyards’

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

The cloud, which vignerons allege floated over farmland after a blast at Mount Thorley Warkworth on Friday. HUNTER vignerons are calling on the state government to investigate Yancoal’s Mount Thorley Warkworth mine, alleging acloud of orange dust floated over farmland in the region last week.

Farmers said the orange dust was sparked by a blast at the mine shortly before midday on Friday, but the mine refutes suggestions it did not dissipate over mining areas.

Bainton Family Wines’ Antony Bainton said landholders had written to the Department of Planning seeking an investigation and a suspension of their licence until Yancoal demonstrates it can blast “without creating environmental harm”.

“This is not an isolated incident,” he said.

“These mines are huge and they are causing pollution that is damaging people’s health.

“The least the government could do is ensure they are complying with their licences. We need better protection.”

Broke vigneron Stewart Ewan said the Broke-Fordwich area lacked sufficient protection from mining.

“We get blanketed by pollution at times, and the land mapped five years ago as a critical industry cluster for our industry is not protected from expanding coal mines,” he said.

“The physical and economic damage caused by open cut mining remains a serious blight on our environment.

“The air quality in the Hunter over the summer and autumn has been terrible. We’ve been getting frequent alerts that it breaches the standard, but what’s being done to change it?”

A Yancoal spokesman said the blast was initiated at 11.51am and did create some dust due to the fact light, sandy dispersive soil was blasted.

“The subsequent plume was observed to cross the Putty road, where it then dissipated over the Mt Thorley and Bulga Mine areas,” the spokesman said.

“The Bulga mine was notified prior to the blast and confirmed dissipation occurred over their land.”

He said the company took its responsibility for managing blasts serious, monitored impacts and had a proven history of responsible environmental management.

“We refute the accusations related to the blast, as well as the deliberately inflammatory remarks made against our people regarding their respect for surrounding industries.”

Lock the Gate Alliance’s Georgina Woods said the group supported safeguards for the wineries.

“That means enforcing environmental conditions and ensuring our industry is safe from being gobbled up by expanding coal mines,” she said.


Wambo pleads guilty over blast odour‘Toxic sky’ as blast goes wrongEPA slammed over mine blast tweetPollution data leaves Hunter gasping

Fatal house fire possibly murder-suicide

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

Police are investigating whether a fatal Brisbane fire was a double murder-suicide.A police investigation into a Brisbane house fire that claimed three lives has not ruled out the possibility of a double murder-suicide.

Three bodies were removed from the Everton Hills home after an explosion and blaze that tore through the property on Tuesday morning.

Police have formally identified 53-year-old Graeme Thomson as one of those killed.

The Whitsunday SES volunteer was remembered by his colleagues as a “loving and caring man”.

“So hard to believe that his smile, his mad humour, and endless positive energy is no longer with us,” a tribute to Mr Thomson on the Whitsunday SES Facebook said.

“We are going to miss him on many levels. Rest in peace, Graeme.”

The two other people killed in the fire have been formally identified as Mr Thomson’s ex-wife Ros and his son Dylan.

According to reports Dylan is at the centre of the police investigation.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the blaze was still being treated as suspicious, and investigators could not rule out the possibility of a double murder-suicide.

A woman named Shelly Thomson, believed to be Graeme and Ros’s daughter, posted a photo tribute to the family on Facebook.

A family member, Mark Thomson, commented on tribute, saying the trio would be sadly missed.

“Our family will stick together through these hard times,” he wrote.

Friends also offered their support to Shelly online.

“My heart is breaking for you Shell. Love you,” wrote Elysha Davis.

“Thinking of you and your family at this sad time,” wrote Judi Worrall.

What sparked the ferocious blaze remains a mystery, with neighbours telling police they heard a loud explosion and could smell fuel as the fire took hold.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

Australian Associated Press

Regional food producers among the very best

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

WIN: Elle Brown and Dylan Abdoo of Newcastle Greens. Picture: Simone De PeakTiliaris Lovedale Limes has been one of the Hunter Valley’s best-kept secrets –until now.

Loved by chefs for their quality organic finger limes, the Rothbury business has just been named a state winner in the 2018delicious.Produce Awards.

Now in its13th year, thedelicious.Produce Awards shine the light on new and native products, as well as consistently outstanding producers who are often the unsung heroes behind great chefs and a great meal.

Theawards are a celebration of Australia’s ethical, sustainable and innovative ingredients and the passionate, talented people behind them, as nominated by the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs. There are four categories:Dairy,Paddock,SeaandEarth.

Newcastle Greens won anaward for its Calvin Lamborn Snap Green Varietals;Bungwahl’s Burraduc Farm for its Buffalo Mozzarella; and Little Hill Farm for its Pasture-Raised Joyce’s Heritage Gold Chicken. Merriwa’s Papanui Open Range Eggs got a nod and, a little further afield, so did Port Macquarie’s Near River Produce Pasture Raised Rare Breed Pork.

HAPPY: Kelly Eaton, of Little Hill Farm. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Rhoades-Brown, of Pokolbin’s Muse Restaurant, was on the NSW judging panel alongside Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, Bronte and The Farm at Byron Bay),James Viles (Biota Dining & Rooms),Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar)andDanielle Alvarez (Fred’s).

The state winners’ produce will beblind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners, revealed at a special event in Sydney on August 13.

“Each year our state judging panels sit around tables across the country and taste their way through hundreds of nominations, debating the most worthy winners for their state,” delicious.editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum says.

“In 2018 we continue to celebrate new, innovative, native and consistently outstanding Australian ingredients grown, caught, sourced or produced with dedication, passion, knowledge and regard for the environment.”

NSW judge Darren Robertson: “I was really happy to join the NSW state judging this year. I have long been an admirer of thedelicious.Produce Awards and the work they do in highlighting the important role our producers play in making the Australian food industry the world-leading industry it is. We tasted some incredible cheeses, new vegies with so much flavour and amazing seafood too.”

Plastic straws, cotton buds face UK bans

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants single use plastic items banned in the UK by 2024.Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action”.

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit on Thursday.

Leaders from the Commonwealth – a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($A112 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.

Australian Associated Press