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18 Sep

Compliance inspections reveal shortcomings in Hunter industrial practices across the Hunter region

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More than 100 Hunter industrial premises, including mine sites, were inspected last financial year resulting in a raft of prosecutions, fines and cautions.
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TheDepartment of Planning and Environment’s compliance team conducted104 inspections, successfully prosecuted two companies, issued six penalty notices and gave eight official cautions in the Hunter region.

Fifteen thousand dollar fines were issued to:

Huon Aquaculture –failing to maintain sea pens at the Marine Finfish Research LeaseStratford Coal – breaching train dispatch after hours.Macka’s Sand Quarry – Three penalties including exceeded extraction depth, failing to provide notification of incident at the time and truck movement breaches.Seaside Boulevard Fern Bay. Sediment controls breach.Jandra Quarry – Air quality monitoring breach.The failure of Huon Aquaculture’s“fortresspen” resulted in 20,000 kingfish escapeing intothe Port Stephens’marine park in January.

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Calls for independent review of Port Stephens’ fish farmThe fish, which were used to being automatically, created an ecological risk to marine park.At the same timecommercial and recreational fishers reported bumper catches over several weeks.

Poor maintenance of the sea pens and the attached predator nets and a build-up of barnacles and algae on the sea pens were identified as significant contributors to the incident.

Great escape: The “fortress pen” that was damaged in rough seas on January 19. About 20,000 kingfish escaped in the Port Stephens marine park.

The company has undertaken measures to reduce the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future.

The department’s compliance team conducts spot checks without warning, regular inspections and auditsand works with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules.

“We can issue the highest on-the-spot fines in the country for breaches of conditions with the most severe fines attracting up to $5 million,” he said.

“We are here to investigate complaints from the public, local councils and other state government agencies but also build effective partnerships with industry.”

Department of Planning and Environment director for compliance Ben Harrisonsaid the compliance team had expanded from seven to more than 30over the past four years to cater for the rapid growth in development across the state and to ensure existing operations were adequately monitored.

“We’ve boosted our investment and put more boots on the ground in managing compliance and delivering education to assist industry to ensure they are doing the right thing.

“Thanks to our larger team we are now able to better service NSW, including the Hunter in a strong and proactive way.”

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18 Sep

Hillary Clinton guest star on Murphy Brown

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Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made a cameo appearance on Murphy Brown.Hillary Clinton is the first big name cameo of Murphy Brown’s revival season.
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Clinton appeared in the September 27 premiere of the Candice Bergen-led sitcom – but not as herself.

Instead, she was “Hilary,” a woman who said she is often mistaken for the former presidential candidate but actually spells her name with only one “L.”

She arrived at Murphy’s new cable news show, Murphy in the Morning, to interview for the “secretarial position.”

“Your reputation proceeds you, but I want you to know I’m not afraid of hard work, I’m qualified, and I’m ready on day one,” Clinton said to Murphy at the start of her interview.

Murphy went on to ask if she had any secretarial experience (“For four years I was the secretary … of a very large organisation,” she replied) and if she had experience with technology and teamwork.

“I do have some experience with emails,” she said. And on the topic of how many people it takes to run a production, she relied on another one of her campaign mottos: “Everyone works together, it takes a village.”

In the end, though, Murphy said although she was “very impressive,” she was “maybe a little over-qualified” and needed some time to think about the hire.

Clinton left Murphy with a business card that said her email address was “Hilary at you could have had me dot com.”

The original Murphy Brown, which ran on CBS for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998, became known for a wide range of cameos.

Iconic figures in pop culture such as Aretha Franklin appeared, as did big names in the news media, such as Connie Chung, and politics – most notably Dan Quayle.

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18 Sep

Sleepless in Seattle’s 25th anniversary is a great excuse to go

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A foodie’s paradise at Pike Place MarketThe birthplace of Starbucks, Nirvana and Jimmy Hendrix, incredibly diverse neighbourhoodsand award-winning restaurants – Seattle is quickly becoming the cultural hub of north westUnited States.
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This year,Sleepless in Seattle –the ultimate romcom that ignited the love affair with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and the Emerald City – willcelebrateits 25thanniversary.

Embrace the ‘90s nostalgia and follow in the footsteps of this all-time classic as you experience the iconic set locations firsthand – we’ve compiled a list of the must-visits when strolling through Seattle streets.

Lake Union Visit the iconic floating home in the film, along the water’s edge. PIC: Rudy Willingham

Kick-off your time in Seattle with a snoop around the world-famous floating house, aka Sam and Jonah’s home. The place is docked off Westlake Avenue on Seattle’s picturesque waterside neighbourhood of Lake Union, butnow privately owned, so a tour from the water is your best bet of checking it out.

South Lake Union is famous for being home to the e-commerce giant Amazon, but actually also hosts the drool-worthy Seattle Street Food Festival – a must-do if you’re in the area in summer.

Alki BeachWalk 20 minutes south to explore Alki Beach – where Annie secretly watched Sam and Jonah playing on the beach. This is one of the only places Meg Ryan filmed in the city and is perfect to follow in the star’s footsteps and people-watch the day away.

When you need to refuel, try a Seattle staple – Duke’s Chowder House (the building Annie hid behind in the flick), and warm up with their famous clam chowder.

To work off your lunch, why not hop on a bike, play some beach volleyball or roller-blade down the sidewalk – Alki beach is one oftheareas in Seattle to see (or to be seen) getting sporty.

Space Needle The Seattle skyline features the iconic space needle. PIC: Howard Frisk, courtesy of Visit Seattle

Head to the city centre to see the iconic Space Needle; arguably the defining landmark of Seattle and a feature in the background of a number of the movie scenes.

Recently renovated for the first time since its creation, the Space Needle offers 360-degreeviews of Puget Sound and shouldn’t be missed by any true fan of the flick.

Check out the new and improved Seattle Space Needle experience – The Space Needle’s new VR Bar. Visitors can take a walk on the wild side around the Space Needle’s outer halo or strap in for a pulse-pounding bungee jump from the edge of the viewing platform, all without having your feet leave the ground.

Pike Place Market Dine at Athenian Seafood, where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner talk dating and tiramasu.

The real star of the show is Pike Place Market, Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods, trendy diners and hole in the wall bites.

The market isstillhome to the Athenian Seafood Restaurant, where Sam dined with friend Jay, played by Rob Reiner, to discuss dating and tiramisu. Don’t leave before getting that Insta-worthy selfie in the exact seat Tom Hanks sat.

Pike Place Market is a known as a foodie’s paradise and there are a couple must-visits while you’re there: namely the first Starbucks(the birthplace of the coffee mega-chain) and the huge fish market (a trip to the seaside isn’t complete without tasting their fresh produce). When you’re ready for a pick me up –head to Market Spicewhere you can grab a steamy tea sample.

Gas Works Park Gas Works Park lights up on the Fourth of July. PIC: Rudy Willingham

For a final epic celebration of all thingsSleepless in Seattle,look no further than Gas Works Park and their incredible fireworks display. While Sam merely watches the fireworks from across the lake on New Year’s Eve, the park actually hosts the city’s spectacular Fourth of July celebrations.

If you can’t time your stay with this date, the Park is still a perfect place to have a picnic with unrivalled views or watch the sunset over Lake Union.

The park, designed by Seattle landscape architect Richard Haag, transformed the gasification plant to what has now become a Seattle landmark. Complete with the ‘cracking towers’ and boiler rooms turned picnic areas, Haag managed to preserve Seattle’s industrial past and change the communities feelings towards the gas plant.

For more information visitwww.visitseattle成都模特佳丽招聘

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18 Sep

Six highlights in your travel week28 Sept

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Kids just want to have fun … showing off on the Mekong.Evergreen’s 2019/20 south-east Asia brochure showcaes new itineraries on its first Star-Ship on the Mekong River, the Emerald Harmony.
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The company’s lead-in itinerary for the season is the 13-day ‘Majestic Mekong Discoverer’, taking in Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap from $4035 per person twin-share, including flights.

It’s inclusive of a seven-night cruise, two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, three nights in Siem Reap, return flights and airport transfers, 30 meals with complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner while cruising, and all tipping, gratuities, port charges and taxes.

In addition, Evergreen ‘You’re Invited’ cultural experiences include a performance from Phare Cambodian Circus, a tuk-tuk drive in Phnom Penh, a traditional Buddhist monk blessing, and a visit to a family-owned silk factory.

Phone 1300 383 747 or visit www.evergreentours成都夜总会招聘.au

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport … fabulous views of Sydney’s Pittwater.

Book in advance and save at Metro Mirage Hotel Newport, in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs, about a 45-minure drive from the CBD.

Book 30 days or more in advance and save $10 per night, $15 per night if you book 45 days or more in advance.

The property features views of Sydney’s Pittwater and is close to a multitude of activities — surfing on beautiful beaches, bushwalking, tennis, golf, catered cruises, deep-sea fishing and sailing.

There’s complimentary wi-fi and, as a website exclusive, one-hour late check out at 11am.

Visit www.metrohotels成都夜总会招聘.au.

The Orange Wine Festival … a great chance to try cool-climate wines.

Plan a mid-week grape escape or wine weekend away in the picturesque Orange region of the NSW Central West from October 12-21, and take advantage of the culinary events on offer during the 13th annual Orange Wine Festival, which showcases the best new-release cool-climate wines and spring produce from the city and its surrounding villages.

Highlights including ‘Wine in the Vines’, a winery-to-winery tour led by local vignerons on October 20.

Go behind the scenes of cellar doors and enjoy a roving lunch with matching wines, transfers and a bottle of local wine to takeaway, for $149 per person.

Orange Wine Festival Night Market includes 50 food-and-wine stalls dotted around leafy Robertson Park on October 19.

Meet local winemakers and chefs, dine at communal tables and enjoy live music under the stars, all for a gold-coin donation.

Or sample and wines from the Orange Wine Show, choosing from more than 200 types all in the one room, matched with local produce on October 12 for $60 per person.

Enhance your tasting experience and wine knowledge by including a masterclass hosted by Rikard Wines winemaker Will Rikard-Bell for $75 per person.

Visit www.orangewinefestival成都夜总会招聘.au.

Happy campers … a group of trekkers following the historic Rabbit Board Fence.

Keep those boots laced. Southern Queensland has a three-day guided mountain trail dubbed by one happy hiker as “a time traveller’s journey through ancient forests in the footsteps of pioneers and graziers”.

Starting near Killarney, near Warwick in south-east Queensland, the hike follows the historic Rabbit Board Fence for 35 kilometres to the foothills of Wilsons Peak and includes a night camping on Farmer Mal’s property and one night in Spring Creek Mountain Cottages.

The next walk departs Saturday 29 September, with prices from $1050 per person twin-share including all meals and snacks. Small groups are guaranteed.

Phone 07 5463 4114 or visit www.horizonguides成都夜总会招聘.au

Cosmopolitan Quito … a rich history as the northern capital of the Inca Empire.

Save $2000 per couple on a new deluxe Contours Travel package featuring some of the best that Ecuador has to offer.

The 11-day ‘Ecuador Natural Selection: Cloud Forest to Galapagos’ itinerary is available for independent travellers from now until the end of next year, with the savings available for bookings made by this December 31.

The package begins in Ecuador’s cosmopolitan capital, Quito, where guests can visit art galleries, museums, monasteries and mansions, learn of its rich history as the northern capital of the Inca Empire and stand with a foot in each hemisphere at the Middle of the World memorial.

Guests will then journey north-east to the mystical Ecuadorian Choco cloud forest, where the adventure includes an open-air cable ride over and through the forest canopy.

Two nights will be spent here at Mashpi Lodge, a stylish hideaway boasting breathtaking views of surrounding forested mountains through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows.

The package will finish with a luxurious, seven-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands onboard the 90-passenger Santa Cruz II, with highlights including snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, spotting many species of wildlife and a visit to a breeding centre for the endangered giant Galapagos tortoises.

Land-content prices start at $9733 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 135 391 or visit www成都夜场招聘ntourstravel成都夜总会招聘.au

Beijing’s Temple of Heaven … as snapped by renowned n photographer Ken Duncan.

Helen Wong’s Tours is offering discounts of $200 per person on two of its popular group tours through China in 2018-19, and discounts of $150 per person on two group tours in its Vietnam program.

The China discounts apply to the 12-day ‘China Gems’, now priced from $3700 per person twin-share, and the 14-day ‘Yangtze Wonders’, now priced from $4430 per person twin-share, for departures this year and next.

The Vietnam specials are for the 11-day ‘Glimpse of Vietnam’ and 11-day ‘Culinary Delights’ itineraries, with prices now starting at $3050 and $3040 per person twin-share respectively.

Tour groups no larger than 20 are guaranteed with all departures.

Bookings must be made before October 31.

Phone 1300 788328 or visit www.helenwongstours成都夜总会招聘

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18 Sep

Trainer Owen Poulsen back in the winners’ circle in return from family tragedy

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Mount Thorley trainerOwen Poulsen lost interest in harness racing and “life in general” after the death of his 10-year-old son, Matthew, to heart failure a decade ago.
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A little horse, though, bought for just $1000, is helping the 59-year-old enjoy racing again.

Poulsen had his first winner in 23 years when Advanced Warfare saluted with Jack Callaghan aboard at $20.30 at Newcastle Paceway on September 15 and the six-year-old gelding will chase anotheron Saturday night in race one.

He said the breakthrough win was “areal buzz” and he was glad to be back in harness racing. He returned to the sport three years ago after taking a break to help care for Matthew, who battled hypertension on the right side of the heart beforea fatalinfection. Matthew died at home in 2008.

“I sort of lost interest in life in general and it got a bit troublesome for me,” Poulsen said.“I just had to concentrate on getting myself right. It was a really tough time in my life and for my family.”

Poulsen secured Advanced Warfare with help from premiership-winning Cessnocktrainer Clayton Harmey.

“Ipicked him up for $1000 through Clayton Harmey –I’ve brokenin horses for him,” he said. “I just said if you see a little horse for me, let me know, just something I can go to the races with. He said there’s a couple of wins in him if you place him right.

“It’s quite enjoyable meeting new people and old friends. A lot ofpeople have helped me get back in into it, because the game has changed dramatically.”

Advanced Warfare drew seven for the opener on Saturday night and Poulsen was not banking on another win just yet.

“It might be a bit tough,” he said.

“He’s got to get everything right.”

Meanwhile, Morisset trainer-driver Mark Callaghan will spearhead Hunter hopes at Menangle Park on Saturday night when Downunder Stride contests the group 3 Les Chant Cup.

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