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Experienced to tackle all needs

28/09/2019 Posted by admin

SALES, SERVICE AND SUPPORT: Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point is staffed by people who fish and know what people who fish need.Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Points is an old school tackle shop.
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Staffed by experienced and active fishermen who understand what fishermen need to get on the water and stay on the water.

A member of the Tackle World franchise for over 20 years, Jason Nunn and his knowledgeable staff sell a complete range of tackle, fresh and frozen baits, boating accessories as well as outboard sales and service.

“We sell and Honda and Mercury outboards,” Jason said. “We have a very busy and active workshop with experienced personnel and our mission is to keep people on the water.”

When you’re talking outboard motors, you need to know you’ve got someone in your corner.

“You need sales, service and support,” Jason said. “It’s important youhave someone to talk to who is prepared to listen. We’ve got the workshop facilities and computer hardware to read the diagnostics, and we’re flexible in terms of pick-up, drop-off, or even come to you for off-site repairs.”

Open seven days a week, from early till late, Fisherman’s Warehouse is there when you need them –say,6am on a Saturday and your battery’s flat.

“We’re all fishos, we all understand what equipment you need in this local area and we know how important it is to be there when it matters,” Jason said.

“You can’t buy the knowledge, it comes with years and years of experience and that’s what Fisherman’s Warehouse delivers.”

Bug recorded accused dad for 300 hours

28/09/2019 Posted by admin

Newcastle courthouse. A CLARENCE Town man accused of killing his severely disabled daughter in 2011 allegedly told police: “I suppose you think I did it? You have to prove I did it, don’t you?”, according to court documents.
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The “unusual” comment and other allegedexamples of the man’s conduct and demeanour after the nine-year-old girl was found dead will be among the factors the prosecution rely upon to say the man is guilty of manslaughter.

And that reliance, according to the man’s defence, is what makes 74 discs containing more than 300 hours of covertly recorded conversations “particularly significant” to the case.

The matter has dragged through the courts since the man was charged in 2014, and is currently delayed over a fight between the parties over who should transcribe the voluminous recordings.

TheNewcastle Heraldrevealed on Thursday that the case against the man looks set to be delayed further as his legal team prepares to take Newcastle District Court Judge Roy Ellis’s ruling against a temporary stay to the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA).

“Presumably, the Crown will ask the jury to draw on its understanding of human experience to reason that such a comment was unusual and indicative of guilt,” the man’s barrister, Bret Walker, SC, said as part of defence CCA submissions.

Mr Walker submits that, to properly evaluate that argument, the jury, and the man’s defence,should have access to the transcripts of the listening device material, which recorded the man in “unguarded circumstances” in the wake of his daughter’s death.

The prosecution claim the tapes –which were recorded in the man’s home over three weeks in August, 2011, and the same period in April, 2013 –picked up nothing inculpatory, meaningevidence that shows, or tends to show, a person’s involvement or guilt.

They say they don’t plan to rely on the tapes during a trial currently set down for July.

But the defence want to make sure there is nothing exculpatory, or favourable to the man,on there.

In the meantime, neither side will transcribe the discs.

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban

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Saudi Arabia has screened blockbuster ‘Black Panther’, ending a decades old ban on public cinema.Saudi Arabia has launched its first commercial movie theatre, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernise the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
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A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” on a 13.72 metre screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday for the first public viewings on Friday, according to Adam Aron, chief executive of operator AMC Entertainment Holdings.

“Saudis now are going to be able to go to a beautiful theatre and watch movies the way they’re supposed to be watched: on a big screen,” he told Reuters ahead of the screening.

The smell of buttery popcorn filled the air as confetti rained down through the multi-storey atrium where Aron and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad al-Awwad announced the launch and proceeded into the 450-seat hall.

The opening marks another milestone for reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to open the country culturally and diversify the economy of the world’s top oil exporter.

The prince, 32, has already eased restrictions in the last two years, including on public concerts, women driving and gender mixing. The kingdom held its first-ever fashion show last week with a women-only audience.

Many Saudis have rejoiced at the end of the cinema ban, sharing praise and pictures of Prince Mohammed on social media.

Others expressed confusion at what they consider a government flip-flop, with one tweeting on Wednesday: “Remember you will stand in front of God … and you will bear the sins of all those who watched the movies.”

Some religious conservatives view cinema and acting as inconsistent with Islam.

There has been little apparent resistance to the social reforms, which seemed unthinkable just a few years ago, though the space for criticism is also limited. Several prominent clerics were arrested last year in an apparent bid to silence dissent.

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Serving Country Exhibition

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Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM
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Serving Country ExhibitionOur First Nations People servicemen and women will be doubly honoured during Newcastle’s Anzac Day commemorations through a moving photographic exhibition and candlelight vigil in Civic Park.

TheServing Countryportrait exhibition at Newcastle Region Library will feature more than 200 photos and stories covering a century of service by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who will also be acknowledged at the annual War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil in Civic Park.

Serving Country, by celebrated human rights photographer Belinda Mason and Dieter Knierim, canvasses around 150 individual and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who proudly served –and continue to serve –Australia.

One featured is Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM, a Senior Indigenous Culture Officer for the Australian Defence Force.Watego rates serving the same Royal Australian Artillery Regiment as his father a career highlight. Four men from Watego’s family, which lends its name to Australia’s most easterly beach at Cape Byron, served their country, with Colin’s two younger brothers also enlisting.

“Serving Countryprovides a platform for sharing stories that exposes the real experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women, and acknowledges the positive roles they play in the community,” Warrant Officer Watego, who has been instrumental in recruiting personnel to the project, said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Newcastle Library was proud to host this “remarkable exhibition”.

Historic light on Warriors Chapel

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BURNING BRIGHT: Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes, left, The Very Rev Dean of Christ Church Katherine Bower, with historic flame that has been burning since the 1920s.Christ Church Cathedral’s hallowed Warriors Chapel will be incorporated into Newcastle’s Anzac Day Commemorations for 2018.
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The Anzac flame monument at next Wednesday’s Nobbys Dawn Service will be lit from a flame that has flickered in the chapel since Great War widows and family of the fallen gathered to mourn husbands, sons, brothers and fathers buried on foreign battle fields.

The sanctuary lamp will be ceremonially relit by Dean Katherine Bowyer during the annual Anzac Service on Sunday evening, before Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes uses it to light the Anzac flame at the 5am Dawn Service.

“This is a wonderful addition to the commemorations organised by Council in cooperation with the City of Newcastle RSL,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“I look forward with great pride to receiving the flame from Dean Bowyer at the Dawn Service next Wednesday morning.”

Newcastle Sub-Branch RSL President Ken Fayle said Newcastle’s Anzac Day Committee was proud to include the Warriors Chapel in commemorations.

“By tying in the lighting and blessing of the flame from the Warriors Chapel we are seeking to create more interest in the Anzac Service in the Cathedral, which has been held since 1916 without a break, and highlight what amounts to an incredible museum of our war history,” Mr Fayle said.

Other items on display in the Warriors Chapel include:

The Book of Gold, a book bearing the names of Hunter men killed in the Great War made from the wedding rings and other jewellery donated by local war widowsThe Birdwood Flag, an Australian red ensign presented to General Birdwood on the battlefield in Ypres in 1917.The Gallipoli Flag – Union Flag was presented by Colonel G. Burnage, Commanding Officer of the 13th Infantry Battalion, AIF, who served at Gallipoli, to the Cathedral at the first Anzac Day service there on 25 April 1916.The fabled Toc H lamp was endowed by Australia’s then-Governor General Sir Henry Forster in 1926, after he had lost two sons in World War One, to the international good will Toc H movement, which emerged from a beloved shelter for soldiers in Belgium during WWI. A Ceremony of Enshrinement was held in 1926 and the Toc H or “Forster” lamp was placed in theWarriors Chapel, making it the spiritual home of Toc H in Australia.