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25 July
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Bird landing unknown but Knights deal stays

Bird landing unknown but Knights deal stays STRUGGLE: The battle for Jack Bird’s signature continues with the Knights, who have tabled an offer with the Sharks star, now waiting to see if he stays at Cronulla, leaves for Brisbane or comes to Newcastle. Picture: Getty Images

TweetFacebook Jack BirdPictures from Getty ImagesKnights coach Nathan Brown concedes he would understand if Jack Birdchoseto play in Brisbane instead of Newcastle next year but would still love the Sharks premiership star to end up in the Hunter from 2018.

The race for Bird’s signature heated up this weekwith the Broncos reportedly upping the ante considerably on the Knights original offer, which included a recent visit to the region, while current club Cronulla are also keen to keep hold of the NSW representative.

Brown said the Knights weren’t about to get in a bidding war and remains content with what has been tabled for the 22-year-old back despite the danger of losing his services north of the state border.

“Brisbane are an appealing club with10 or 12 origin and rep players, and they’re a one-townteam, which are all attractions for Jack,” Brown said.

“We had heard about it [the Broncos offer], but it doesn’t surprise me. Some clubs have the capacity to do a lot more than other clubs andBrisbane have always been a club that can attract those type of players and can afford those type of players.

“It would be great for Brisbane if it happens, but obviously we’d like him to come here. What unfolds there will unfold and we can’t do anymore as a club.

“We’ve put a fair bit of time into it andmade Jack a very good offer forwhere we’re atas a club. Hisdecision will come sooner or later, either favourable or unfavourable.”

In terms of Friday’s round 7 NRL clash with the high-flying Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium, Brown said the last-placed Knights would once again be up for the challenge despite losing four games by 10 points or less.

“I’d love to see the guys get some reward for their hard work, but wecertainly don’t do big chunks of the game well enoughto be quite honest,” he said.

“We’re far better than what we were at any stage last year as far as competitiveness, especially in the heatof the battle in the early parts of the game. But at some stages we fall away and when we do there’s a little three-four-five minute window where sides jag a couple of tries on us, which makes it hard.”

The Knights’21-man squad named on Tuesday remained unchangedfrom last week’s 22-12 loss to the Bulldogs but Danny Levi returns to starting hooker after a late shift to the bench, Jamie Buhrer moves back to the second-row and Joe Wardle goes to the reserves. Sam Stone has been elevated to the main 17ahead of Luke Yates.

“Sam Stone, whilst only a kid, has certainly been one of our most consistent players, so he’ll definitely come back into the squad,” Brown said.

“The fitness of one or two blokes will probably determine that [the final 17].”

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Elsewhere in rugby league the NSW Challenge Cup continues at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday night with Macquarie playing Helensburgh in onesemi-final (8pm) while South Newcastle have been eliminated from the state knockout competition followinga forfeit toConcord Burwood.

“Pulled out due to a lack of fit players,” Souths coach Ben Cross said.

25 July
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Scripture review finds a lot is taken on faith

THEREare more than 100 faith organisations providing special religious education, or what is more commonly known as scripture, in NSW public schools.

The majority are Christian, but Jewish, Hindu, Islam, Buddhist, Baha’i, Sikh and Vedic is also taught at some schools.

In 2015 the NSW Department of Education commissioned a $300,000 taxpayer-funded review of special religious education and special ethics education after controversy following its decision to change enrolment forms so that parents had to opt their children out of scripture. This followed a brief period when parents had to opt their children into scripture, which sent scripture numbers across the state crashing, and Christian scripture providers appealing to the NSW Government.

The ARTD Consulting review had a December, 2015 deadline, but it controversially remained with the Department of Education and NSW Government until its release on Tuesday.

The review contents, and the Department of Education’s rejection of all recommendations of substance, make it plain why the department sat on this for so long. The findings highlight serious issues with transparency, provider accountability, compliance monitoring by the department, parental choice and availability of information, the quality of what is taught and the amount of trust the department relies on when it comes to scripture providers in a self-regulating environment.

The department’s wholesale rejection of major recommendations reminds us what a politicised field scripture in state schools has become, only weeks after respected former Newcastle principal John Beach described it as “a can of worms” for principals because “you can’t say no to the scripture people”.

The department’s rejection of one recommendation –that secondary school students opting out of scripture should be able to do regular classwork while scripture lessons are held –is particularly troubling after the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council expressed “serious concern” that the choice of a minority of students deniedthe opportunity for learning for others.

In astatement the department noted the framework underpinning scripturedated back to 1848. The ARTD review supportsmore modern concepts of transparency, accountability and parental choice. The department needs to get with the times.

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25 July
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Hospital death rates higher than expected

Mortality rates: John Hunter’s rate for haemorrhagic stroke improved between 2009 and 2015 from higher than expected to no different than expected. Cessnock Hospital had a similar improvement for heart attack.PATIENTS who attend John Hunter Hospital for ischaemic stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)or hip fracture surgeryare dying at a rate “higher than expected”considering their ages and conditions when compared to counterparts in other hospitals, according to new data.

The Bureauof Health Information’sreport Exploring clinical variation in mortality analyses deathwithin 30 days of hospitalisation for seven different conditions as either lower than,higher than, or no different to the expected rate.

BHI chief executive Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque said the July 2012 to June 2015 data assessed a patient’s “entire journey”, from diagnosis in the emergency department to care provided on the ward.

“Patients in NSW can trust the care they receive,” he said. “We provide this information so hospitals can target their assessments to further improve quality of care.”

Hunter New England Health executive director of greater metropolitan health servicesKaren Kelly said it had undertaken an “extensive review” of the data. “In response, we also conducted our own audit of patient information for the identified chronic diseases,” she said. “The results tell us that overall patients consistently received timely and appropriate care for all of these conditions.

“We haveidentified opportunities to improve the clinical pathways for these conditions andstrategies will be put into place with the aim of improving outcomes.”

Dr Levesquesaid there had been a “substantial improvement” in NSW death rates for all sevenconditions over the past 15 years, including a 41 per cent decrease forheart attack, which now has the equal lowest rate.

Calvary Mater Newcastle is one of only four NSW hospitals to record higher than expected death rates for heart attack:10.3 per cent compared to a NSW figure of 6.9 per cent. This is up from 2009 to 2012, when its rate was no different than expected. Its ratefor COPD also grewto higher than expected. Chief executive officer Greg Flint said it would“assess and enhance the clinical pathways for the conditions highlighted”.

DrLevesque said NSW death rates fell most sharplybetween the two time periods for ischaemic stroke. At John Hunter, its rate hasbeenhigher than expected for the past six years. Ms Kelly said it had a highproportion of severe stroke patientsbecause of its dedicated stroke unit. Its rates for COPD and hip fracture surgery grew to higher than expected.

Belmont Hospital’s death rates for congestive heart failure and COPD also rose to higher than expected. It is the only Hunter hospital with a lower than expected rate, for ischaemic stroke.

Statement fromCalvary Mater Newcastle (CVM) chief executive officerGreg FlintCalvary Mater Newcastle is the major cancer care centre and palliative care service for the Hunter New England Local Health District.

CMN delivers more than 320,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 16,000 inpatient treatments per year.

Further to the latest BHI report, CMN also conducted a general audit on the conditions reported on by the BHI.

CMN dedicates significant time to improve and strengthen clinical pathways to ensure that our patients are getting to where they need to be quicker and therefore start their treatment faster.

Work has already begun to assess and enhance the clinical pathways for the conditions highlighted in the most recent BHI report. This will ensure we continue to improve the quality of care we provide for our community.

CMN regularly reviews its performance and clinical outcomes. CMN submits data to the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and submits data for comparative purposes to the Health Roundtable. Performance is also reviewed with Hunter New England Local Health District.

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

An older and frailer cohort of people present to CMN with AMI compared to NSW state averages.

The BHI Report identified that patients who presented to CMN with acute myocardial infarction had significantly higher rates of other chronic health conditions compared to NSW similar cohorts. These included: Hypertension (14.5% higher), Renal Failure (3.9% higher), Malignancy (2.1% higher), Dementia (0.9% higher).

Patients were also significantly older, with 41% of the presentations to CMN being 75 years or older when compared to 38% in NSW. Our audit showed that the average age of patients who died was 80 years.

Our own audit has shown that all patients were under the care of, or had a consultation with a cardiologist. Documentation on the Chest Pain Pathway indicates that all elements on the pathway are well adhered to at CMN.

A change in process for Cardiac Rehabilitation for AMI patients in the Coronary Care Unit at CMN has seen a marked improvement in inpatient cardiac rehabilitation review and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation referrals. This also included an improvement in education for the patient upon discharge and providing individualised care plans to patients.

CMN will make some adjustments to the current process and documentation of the cardiac rehabilitation inpatient review system to indicate when patients have received a cardiac rehabilitation review while an inpatient.

CMN will improve the documentation of education provided to cardiac patients during admission and at discharge through the development of a check list.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Patients presenting to CMN with COPD had one or more significant chronic health condition.

Significant co-morbidity and patient factors among the CMN patients were higher than the NSW index. These included pulmonary circulation disorders, congestive heart failure, fluid and electrolyte disorders, cardiac arrhythmia, solid tumour without metastasis, metastatic cancer, diabetes (complicated), psychoses, lymphoma and liver disease.

Our audit has shown that an average of 93.5 percent of patients had their discharge summary provided to their primary care clinician within two days and there was improved use of antibiotics in the audit period.

Improvements can be made to the number of referrals to pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education relating to COPD, including smoking cessation. There has been some improvement from 2014 to 2016, reflecting a slight increase of consults by the Chronic Disease Nurse.

Spirometry (a test that can help diagnose various lung conditions, most commonly COPD) was not well attended within 24 hours of admission and decreased in 2016, while previous patient history spirometry attendance was not well documented. This is anticipated to improve with spirometry being added to the Clinical Application Portal in the future.

It is recommended that spirometry education and training for nursing staff is provided with a review of available equipment and spirometry be attended in the emergency department to determine baseline and confirm diagnosis.

It is also recommended that promotion of the referral and access to a Chronic Disease Nurse is increased and supported to include Congestive Cardiac Failure and diabetes in their service to COPD patients.

Statement from Hunter New England Health executive director of general metropolitan health services Karen KellyHunter New England Health has undertaken an extensive review of the BHI data. In response, we also conducted our own audit of patient information for the identified chronic diseases.

The results of our audit tell us that overall patients consistently received timely and appropriate care for all of these conditions.

We haveidentified opportunities to improve the clinical pathways for these conditions andstrategies will be put into place with the aim of improving outcomes in patient care.

For each condition, improvement strategies include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Respiratory Stream has identified COPD management as a priority on the 2017 annual plan with specific focus on expansion of John Hunter Hospital’s AcuteNon-Invasive Ventilationservice to other sites using a telehealth model, increasing the number of patients having access to quit smoking programs and increasing the uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Hip Fracture: Consolidate the implementation of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Clinical Care Standard,Hip Fracture Care.

Ischemic Stroke: Improve access to dedicated stroke beds or units as a priority.

Congestive Heart Failure: Development of a check list for best practice in the management of Congestive Heart Failure. Increase referrals to community and primary care for early intervention

Hunter New England Health is also rolling out the use of electronic discharge summaries, which will improve the information patients get when they leave the hospital and the communication to GPs and other care providers. This will enhance the coordination of follow-up care.

John Hunter Hospital

John Hunter Hospital is the tertiary referral centre for the entire northern NSW region with more than 76,000 presentations each year to our emergency department.

John Hunter Hospital is also the Major Trauma Service for Northern NSW and the only one outside of Sydney.

The hospital provides a full spectrum of care for patients along with education, clinical support and workforce development and treats the more seriously ill patients transferred for more specialised care.

Many patients receiving care in these categories are transferred to John Hunter Hospital from other hospitals.

Hospitals right across the district transfer patients to John Hunter Hospital for its highly specialised services. Often patients are first treated and stabilised in their local facility, but then transferred to John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

Ischaemic stroke: John Hunter Hospital has a renowned stroke service with a track record of world-class care for patients who present with stroke.

The quality of stroke care we provide and the fact we have a dedicated stroke unit means that a high proportion of severe stroke patients present at John Hunter Hospital.

Our stroke team prides itself on accurate diagnosis and assessment of initial stroke severity. Since early 2016 this has been done with the assistance of more sophisticated imaging, including the Bi Plane Angiography.

We acknowledge that travel distances between people’s homes and hospitals in the rural areas where patients are being transferred from means that it can take longer for them to start receiving the care. We have begun work that focuses on reducing the time it takes to start treatment for a number of conditions.

We are also strengthening our relationship with NSW Ambulance, with initiatives such as the on-route thrombolysis program and stroke by-pass protocol. These initiatives mean that suspected stroke patients can begin receiving treatment while they are on their way to hospital.

We are always working to improve stroke management at John Hunter Hospital. We have recently expanded our Acute Stroke Unit four to 12 beds. This will improve the delivery of care, rehabilitation and outcomes for stroke patients. In addition, our Stroke Team is at the cutting edge of research, working to find ways to provide better care for our patients.

Research has shown that initial stroke severity at onset is the most powerful determinant of mortality and dependency. Since initial stroke severity was not recorded in the BHI data, small differences in the severity case mix could explain the small absolute difference in average 30 day mortality, which gave a higher than expected result.

Hip fracture surgery: Each year at John Hunter Hospital we admit more than 400 hip fracture patients who are older than 65 years of age. The BHI report shows that 94.7 percent of hip fracture patients between 2012 and 2015 were aged 65 years or older and 81.2 percent were aged 75 years or older.

In addition to this, our patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW index, including dementia and renal failure. Our audit data shows that John Hunter Hospital patients had a 6.6 percent higher incidence of dementia.

In early 2015, the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Hip Fracture Care were introduced and are now implemented for patients admitted with hip fractures. The Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Consultant ensures all seven standards in the guidelines are followed for every patient. The BHI data will not yet reflect these changes in practice, but we would hope to see future improvement.

Since the introduction of the guidelines, 92 percent of patients at John Hunter Hospital have had their surgery within 48 hours of admission, receiving more timely and appropriate pain relief and being mobilised sooner.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: John Hunter Hospital audit data shows a relatively high proportion of our patients were experiencing acute respiratory failure. This may indicate that the COPD patients treated at John Hunter Hospital were very sick patients transferred for specialist and Intensive Care services.

Our internal audit of patient information showed that 94 percent of patients had one or more significant other chronic diseases, while a high proportion of patients (92 percent) were current or ex-smokers.

John Hunter Hospital patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW index, including Congestive Heart Failure, pulmonary circulation disorders, diabetes (complicated), other neuro disorders, psychoses and lymphoma.

To address this, we are creating medical records to accurately document COPD severity, in particular pre-existing COPD severity and other chronic diseases. This will enable more accurate prognosis and support treatment decisions for each patient.

Staff will also improve the promotion of interventional programs with evidence to improve COPD outcomes: including smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and co-ordination of care following discharge.

Belmont Hospital

Belmont Hospital is a community hospital with 23,000 presentations each year to the emergency department.

Many of the patients treated at Belmont Hospital live in the surrounding area. This has an impact on the type of conditions and the acuity of patients treated at the hospital. The patients presenting are older, with many other chronic diseases.

Belmont Hospital dedicates significant time to improving and strengthening clinical pathways to ensure that patients are getting to where they need to be quicker and therefore start their treatment faster.

Work has already begun to replicate this methodology for the conditions highlighted in the most recent report. This will ensure we continue to improve the quality of care we provide for our community.

Congestive heart failure: The BHI reports showed that Congestive Heart Failure patients at Belmont Hospital were older than their cohorts across NSW. 94 percent of patients were aged 65 years or older (90.2% NSW average) and 75 percent of patients were aged 75 years or older (73% NSW average).

The Belmont Hospital patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW cohort, including hypertension (27.4 percent higher), renal failure, other neuro disorders, fluid and electrolyte retention, metastatic cancer, three or more previous acute related admissions and paralysis.

Belmont Hospital is working to increase referrals to community-based clinical services for patients with heart failure conditions and introduce a checklist management guide to clearly identify best practice and allow staff to record adherence and completion of this.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Cigarette smoking is the most significant risk factor for these patients and our audit showed that 98 percent of COPD patients reviewed at Belmont Hospital were former or current smokers.

Age also played a significant factor for COPD patients at Belmont Hospital, with the BHI report showing that 85.1 percent of patients were aged 65 years or older (79.5% NSW average) and 58.3 percent of COPD patients at Belmont Hospital were aged 75 years or older (50.7% NSW average).

Belmont Hospital COPD patients also had more chronic diseases than the NSW cohort, including congestive heart failure, diabetes (complicated), other neuro disorders, three or more previous acute related admissions, solid tumour without metastasis and fluid and electrolyte disorders.

15 August
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Missy Higgins’ former apartment for sale

My Sydney: Bondi Vet’s Dr Lisa Chimes has a favourite beachSydney’s coast rules in the next wave of prestige suburbsSimone Zimmermann’s glamorous $5.5 million North Bondi home upgrade
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The year 2005 was a good one for Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins – winning five separate ARIA Awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the MTV Australia awards. It was also the year she bought this North Bondi art deco apartment.

1/57 Wairoa Avenue was home to the musician for 10 years – until she sold it to her parents in March 2015 – who then sold it on to her sister, artist Nicola Higgins, in November of the same year.

Records show Higgins bought the beachside apartment for $636,000 in June 2005 – now it is being sold with a price guide of $1.5 million.

In a block of four with a private garden, the two-bedroom North Bondi pad might prove tempting for those looking for a property with a creative pedigree.

It’s not the only property Higgins has parted with in the last few years – she also listed and sold her Abbotsford warehouse conversion, scoring over $2.2 million for the Melbourne apartment in March 2016.

Higgins broke onto the Australian music scene with her 2004 album The Sound of White, followed up by On A Clear Night.

The hit Australian singer-songwriter stepped back from the music scene in 2009 and took an extended break. She returned with the album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle in 2012, touring again in 2016 – including performing at the 2016 ARIAs – and releasing a song inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis.

1/57 Wairoa Avenue, North Bondi.

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15 August
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Joy of Easter offers the gift of new and renewed life

Bishop Peter StuartChristians understand that central to God’s nature is the desire to create and the desire to love. We gain this ancient and modern insight into God from the psalms of old and the songs of today. Christians also understand that the people of the earth do not always live and act in harmony with God’s loving and creative nature. We can be destructive and uncaring; acting selfishly and imposing great harm others.
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As Christians think about these understandings we reflect that there are times when people offer amazing sacrificial service showing amazing mercy and kindness. We also recognise that there are times when individuals and communities resist the impulse to do good and show care.

This conundrum of human behaviour finds itself played out in the words and phrases that fill churches through holy week and Easter. We ponder the amazing character of God and recognise that even though it was possible for God to wipe his hands of everything He had made, God consistently and lovingly chooses to find ways of being reconciled with creation. Central to this interplay between God and creation is the invitation to creation to come to its senses. Men and women are invited to respond to God’s loving action and live differently; seeking peace and justice for all.

One of the burdens of coming to our senses is the deep recognition of the mistakes we have made, the harm we have done, the hope that we have diminished. When we become alive to the reality of loving goodness we can cry out with despair as we realise the impact our decisions and actions have had on others.

Christians understand that rather than requiring us to carry those burdens for the rest of our days, God invites us to experience forgiveness in which the weight of the burden is lifted from us. Rather than being imprisoned by our wrong-doing we are invited to begin afresh. We are given the gift of new and renewed life – such is the joy of Easter. A mistakeoften made about the gift of forgiveness is the expectation that with forgiving comes forgetting. The Christian tradition in fact moves in the opposite direction. We are called to remember the road we have travelled and the grace that has been bestowed on us. We remember in order that we might not cause harm again.

When we know the reality of being forgiven we do not walk on this earth as people with a sense of entitlement but as people who marvel at the chance of trying again. As we have known forgiveness we offer forgiveness to others. As we have received mercy so we show mercy to others.

Yet, within so many countries and communities we all too often see a different sentiment. We hear people speak of retribution and revenge and, over and over, we observe how this has consumed their life and made them bitter. When we make enquiries about the causes we hear, on many occasions, of intergenerational harm in which withholding mercy and kindness has become a way of life. Too many people have got caught up in a story where there are no new beginnings and there is no hope.

At the heart of Christian life is the invitation to a different way of living in which wrongdoing is not forever held against us. The Christian way is centred on new beginnings in which sins are forgiven because of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.

This is at the heart of the celebration in churches across the region on Good Friday and Easter Day.

Dr Peter Stuart is theAssistant Bishop and Commissary of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

15 August
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Hero war correspondent honoured in WWI stamp series

A war correspondent who was shot in the leg in Turkey during World War I but refused to stop writing will be honoured in a stamp series commemorating the centenary of the war.
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Australian journalist Charles Bean, once a junior reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, just hours after the dawn attack.

The then 36-year-old quickly won the affection of the Australian troops and, just two weeks after the landing, was recommended for a decoration for his bravery.

Only a few months later, he was shot in the leg but refused to leave the peninsula, staying in Gallipoli throughout the remainder of the campaign and continually filing stories back to Australia.

According to the Australian War Memorial, he filled 226 notebooks by the end of the war.

Australia Post will commemorate Bean in the Centenary of WWI stamp series, available from next Tuesday.

Philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said: “Correspondent Charles Bean was a key non-combat figure, who recorded Australia’s part in the war and initiated our national military heritage collection.”

The stamp design is based on a photograph of Bean taken by Herbet Baldwin in 1917.

In the photograph, Bean is watching the Australian advance through a telescope near Martinpuich in France.

Bean won the Australian Associated Press ballot to become Australia’s official war correspondent.

While overseas, he pushed for systematic record collection during the war and suggested relics and photographs could be displayed in a museum, the birth of the Australian War Memorial.

After the war, he went on to write the multi-volume official history of Australia’s part in WWI, a project that took 23 years.

He died in hospital in 1968, aged 88.

Other stamps in the collection commemorate the Australian Flying Corps, the Third Battle of Ypres, the Sinai-Palestine campaign and support from women on the home-front.

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15 August
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Logies luring God of Thunder to present night’s highest prize

Dave Hughes Photo: SuppliedThe Gold Logie must weigh a bit. The organisers of TV’s night of nights have had to enlist the help of the God of Thunder to lift it.
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Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the hit Marvel franchise of the same name, has been asked to present the most coveted trophy at this year’s Logie Awards, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Hemsworth is no stranger to the Logies, he won most popular new male talent back in 2005. But since his transformation into the muscled Norse god of Hollywood we are familiar with today he has been notably absent.

So far the crown prince of Asgard’s response to the offer has been lukewarm. Fairfax Media understands Hemsworth has agreed to present the award, but only if he doesn’t have anything else on that night.

The Hollywood heartthrob has been showing his friend Matt Damon around New South Wales, by helicopter and flash cars, no less.

If Hemsworth does turn out to be busy washing his Thor wig that night, the Logies team do have a back up plan. They have another superhero on standby, ready to lift the almighty statue in his place.

Melburnian Eric Bana is understood to be plan B for the night.

Like Hemsworth, Bana has also spent time playing a popular superhero. He starred in the 2003 Hulk movie, but sadly doesn’t play the latest incarnation of the green beast set to face off with Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok.

With the Gold Logie usually handed over approximately three years after the ceremony first begins, organisers will be hoping Bana remembers some of his gags from his early stand up career to help the audience, both in the room and watching at home, stay awake.

Should he and Hemsworth turn down the presenter role, it’s understood comedian Dave Hughes will be tapped on the shoulder.

Hughes has been given the honour of opening this year’s ceremony, so it isn’t a big ask for him to stick around until the end to wrap things up.

The comedian, radio and television personality, conveniently based in Melbourne, is currently performing his stand-up show Deluded at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Waleed Aly, Grant Denyer, Peter Helliar, Jessica Marais, Rodger Corser and Samuel Johnson are all up for a Golden Logie this year. Should Aly take out the top gong, it will be his second year in a row he’s taken home the golden statue.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held on Sunday April 23 at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Nine Network.

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15 August
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The Lake Macquarie photographer who shoots celebrity聽chefsPHOTOS

The Lake Macquarie photographer who shoots celebrity聽chefs | PHOTOS Dominique Cherry with celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge. 鈥淚 can tell you now Colin Fassnidge is not as grisly and cheeky as what he is on My Kitchen Rules,” she says.
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Eye for Detail: Dominique Cherry photographing dishes at Margan Wines in the Hunter Valley. Picture: Marina Neil.

TweetFacebookShe knew she wanted to tell stories and had a passion for food.

She鈥檚 not into snobbery and fake things. Which is why she likes chefs.

鈥淭hey have no pretences. They don鈥檛 hold back. What you see is what you get.鈥?/p>But this isn鈥檛 how chefs are depicted in glossy food magazines. These publications, Cherry says, can distort the true nature of chefs.

鈥淚鈥檝e always liked Donna Hay [and her books and magazine], but I thought everything was quite staged and not true,鈥?she says.

Delicious magazine was another example.

鈥淭hey love using Colin Fassnidge [of My Kitchen Rules fame],鈥?she says.

鈥淭hey鈥檒l often dress him up to the nines, do up his dishes and have a special story about him in the front of the magazine,鈥?she says.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 fine but I know who he is and that鈥檚 not Colin. And I know his dishes don鈥檛 look like that.鈥?/p>Cherry knows the real Fassnidge.

鈥淗e likes white T-shirts and his leather jacket because he rides his Ducati all the time and his hair is usually curly and messy. And his dishes are rustic.鈥?/p>Cherry works with Fassnidge and a host of other chefs.

鈥淚 can tell you now Colin Fassnidge is not as grisly and cheeky as he is on My Kitchen Rules. He鈥檚 portrayed as a bit of a meanie on there, but I guess that鈥檚 his role,鈥?she says.

She aims to present the chefs and their dishes 鈥渁s they are鈥?

鈥淩ather than make things super pretty, I want to capture what鈥檚 real,鈥?she says.

鈥淚 like to shoot what鈥檚 truly happening, rather than always posing it up.

鈥淚 think they appreciate that.鈥?/p>In saying that, she鈥檚 conscious of their feelings. She chooses the best angles.

鈥淪ome are sensitive to their appearance. Some might say 鈥業 hate my nose etc鈥?

鈥淭hey say 鈥榞et Dom because she鈥檒l make me look good鈥?鈥?/p>Feminine TouchShe believes being a female photographergives her an advantage when shooting male chefs.

鈥淭hey鈥檒l play with the lense and have a bit of fun. They鈥檒l even be half-flirtatious, which works particularly for magazines with female readers.

鈥淚t helps when they have a twinkle in their eye.

鈥淚 feel I鈥檝e been able to capture some really great snaps of the chefs.鈥?/p>Cherry鈥檚 mission is to capture the chefs in an authentic way.

It鈥檚 this approach that has won her respect, admiration and a lot of photography work.

She was able to penetrate the hallowed circles of celebrity chefs through meeting them as a photographer at events like Good Food Month in Sydney, Taste of Sydney, Taste of Melbourne and the Good Food and Wine Show.

鈥淚 introduced myself and said I was keen to work directly with chefs,鈥?she says.

鈥淚 always heard from chefs that when people shot their dishes, they didn鈥檛 leave it withthe same integrity.

鈥淭hey would produce it to suit the Donna Hay book, for example. I thought 鈥榥o, I want tokeep it real and tell the chef鈥檚 story as it is鈥?

鈥淭hey started to invite me to their restaurants.鈥?/p>She became involved with an initiative calledAppetite for Excellence,a hospitality awards program that travels around the country and recognises and awards talented chefs.

鈥淚 travelled with them,鈥?Cherry says.

鈥淚 met the young chefs 鈥?25- to 35-year-olds. Every year I鈥檇meetfouror fiveloyal chefs,who would end up using me afterwards.鈥?/p>She鈥檚 developed a rapport with many chefs, leading them to employ her to photograph them and their dishes.

When she first started, her photos were used for things like websites and media kits. Nowadays they鈥檙e more likely to end up on social media accounts.

鈥業鈥檝e seen your Instagram鈥?/h2>Cherry admits she doesn鈥檛 fully understand the need of some on social media to constantly and compulsively photograph food.

鈥淧ersonally, I鈥檓 not one of those people who enjoys photographing everything I eat,鈥?she says.

鈥淚 like to tell a story and photograph it when there鈥檚 a story to tell.鈥?nbsp;

Her own Instagram account has food photos intermingled with shots of people.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 want my Instagram to look like a food blogger鈥檚,鈥?she says.

鈥淚 want it to look like I document life, stories and people as well.鈥?/p>But she does love Instagram.

鈥淚 get a lot of work from it. People will often say 鈥業鈥檝e seen your Instagram鈥?鈥?she says.

Cherry says about a decade ago her style of photography was considered a tadrisque.

鈥淚 shot in that very journalistic, non-posey, do-your-thing sort of way,鈥?she says.

鈥淎 lot of photographers would be deleting those types of photos becausethere鈥檚a slight movement [in the image].

鈥淏ut I love thosebehindthe scenes shots.And I used to keep them.鈥?/p>Most of the chefs she photographs arebased in Melbourne, but she travels around the country.

As well as Fassnidge, she鈥檚 photographed the likes of Warren Turnbull, Scotty Pickett, James Viles, Manu Feildel, the Masterchef crew, Neil Perry, Luke Nyugen, Mark Best, Justin North, Peter Gilmore, Guillaume Brahimi, Miguel Maestre, David Thompson, Kylie Kwong and Maggie Beer.

Gracious JamieShe鈥檚 also photographed Jamie Oliver.

鈥淭he beautiful thing about Jamie is he is truly beautiful,鈥?she says.

This, she says, means he鈥檚 nice.

In other words, he鈥檚 not up himself.

She did shoot for Top Gear UK when they came to Australia, butthey weren鈥檛 so nice.

鈥淭hey weren鈥檛 that keen to engage. They wereway too cool for school,鈥?she says.

Jamie Oliver interacted with her.

鈥淗e actually cared,鈥?nbsp;she says.

Other chefs, like Colin Fassnidge, have become friends.

As many of the chefs are celebrities, they鈥檙e targets of the paparazzi.

Cherry is proud to be the kind of photographer that chefs can trust.

鈥淚t鈥檚 lovely documenting what they really do,鈥?she says.

She鈥檚 developed a rapport with them, so they鈥檙e 鈥淥K for me to be standing in thecorner and popping across every now and then for a shot鈥?

It took a few years to get to that stage. They don鈥檛 like randoms in their kitchen.

Her rapport with the chefs doesn鈥檛 mean they鈥檙ealways polite.

鈥淚 know how to get out of their space. We have a great relationship and they don鈥檛 mind me being in the back, while they鈥檙e trying to get 200 dishes out in two minutes,鈥?she says.

鈥淚鈥檒l do my thing, they鈥檒l do their thing. But another time, if you鈥檙e hesitating and standing in their space, yeah they will yell like you see on TV because they鈥檙e under stress. It鈥檚 completely understandable.

鈥淲e have a working relationship and sometimes they鈥檒l look at me and be like, 鈥榶ou鈥檒l want an effing dish scenewon鈥檛 you鈥?and they鈥檒l get it ready.鈥?/p>Her job involvesphotographing a lot of scrumptious food.

With this comes fringe benefits.

鈥淎fterwards you can sit down and relax. They鈥檒l always feed you plenty of food. We often shoot the whole menu and at the end the chef always says 鈥榩lease eat鈥?鈥?/p>Food Fight in the HunterMore recently she鈥檚 been photographing chefs in the Hunter.

鈥淚鈥檝e started to do stuff more locally and work with Hunter Culinary. They鈥檙e trying to put the Hunter boys on the map,鈥?she says.

鈥淎 lot of these chefs are winning Australia-wide events, but people think chefs are only coming out of Sydney and Melbourne.

鈥淭he Hunter is trying to say 鈥榳e have a lot of great boys right here in Newcastle and the Hunter鈥?

鈥淭hey have this thing calledFood Fight in the Hunter, which I photographed.

鈥淚t鈥檚 the Hunter boys versus people like Colin Fassnidge, Warren Turnbull and Justin North.鈥?/p>She鈥檚 come full circle because her professional food photography first started in the Hunter.

As a graphic designer, she did some work for Sanitarium 鈥?a mini-cookbook.

鈥淭hey gave me 1000 imagesfromthe last 20 yearsand asked me to produce a book from that.

鈥淏ut the photos were from many different photographers and different eras.鈥?/p>She knew it wouldn鈥檛 work.

鈥淚 always loved photography. I said to them 鈥榟ey guys, give me an opportunity to shoot some shots. If you like them buy them, if you don鈥檛 no hard feelings鈥?鈥?/p>They liked her shots. Hercareer in food photography was born.

13 July
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Rate hikes on the horizon, agent warns

First home buyers need to weigh upwhether they can service their home loans as interest rates start to climb, one of the country’s leading agents has warned.

It comes after all four big banks announced they would raise interest rates, independently of the Reserve Bank. Many smaller lenders, including Newcastle Permanent, are following suit.

There could be pressure for further hikes if the Reserve Bank lifts the official cash rate from its current recordlow of 1.5 per cent.

CEO of Century 21 Australasia Charles Tarby said rising rates could have the positive effect of cooling an overheated real estate market, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. But he saidyoung people – who had never witnessed the heights of interest rates in the early 1990s – needed to be prepared if an era of historically low rates came to an end.

“If you’re accustomed to paying an interest rate of fourper cent and it goes up to five, which is very possible, that’s a 25 per cent increase in your repayment.

“I don’t think people have factored that in. I don’t think people understand how potentially easily rates can rise.”

But Mr Tarby said higher rates could bring some needed relief to the “upward movement” of overheated markets around the country.

“I know this sounds a bit odd coming from a real estate agent but that is not what our economy needs right now,” he said.

“A boom market is a massive disruption to a real estate cycle, and in certain locations it has been brought about by the reduction of interest rates because of economic issues.”

But he challenged the mounting calls for negative gearing to be abolished.

“Realistically only Sydney and Melbourne are producing these massive results and some other markets are struggling,” he said.

“My greatest concern is if you remove negative gearing, what impact is that going to have on the rest of the country, places like Western Australia?”

He said prices in Sydney were “clearly a supply issue” and the result of “dysfunctional arrangements” between councils and state governments, tying up land.

TIGHES HILL IN DEMAND Rate hikes on the horizon, agent warns TweetFacebook‘MUCH ADMIRED’ DISPLAY HOME TO BECOME MEDICAL PRACTICEThe miserable conditions broke to abeautiful Autumn morning as a “much admired” property at 141 Gordon Avenue in Hamilton South went under the hammer.

Domain previously reported that the property, on one of Newcastle’sbusiest street corners, was built by the Australian Agricultural Company as one of the city’s first display homes.

Four registered bidders battled out it with the gavel falling at$750,000.

The successful buyer plans to use the property as a medical practice.

Listing agent John Kerr of Dalton Partners described it as a “fantastic” result for the vendor NSW Trustee and Guardian.

13 July
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Magpies maintain unbeaten start

OPENING GOAL: Ryan Broadley opened the scoring for the Maitland Magpies in their 2-1 victory against Charlestown City Blues on Tuesday night.A second half penalty to Ben Martin has given the Maitland Magpies their second win from their first three starts in the 2017 NPL, as they overcame a resilient Charlestown City Blues 2-1 at a rain-swept Lisle Carr Oval on Tuesday night.

The match was Maitland’s third within the space of just six days. Regulars Matt Thompson and Ryan Clarke were missing from the side, while Matt Comerford and Jordan Elphick were rested from the starting 11.

In a tight opening half-hour, Josh Dutton-Black forced Charlestown keeper Nathan Archbold into action with a pair of saves from two free kicks, until the game came to life shortly afterwards.

New signing Andrew Pawiak breezed past the defence on the right flank before delivering a cross to the centre of the penalty area which was emphatically finished into the bottom corner by Ryan Broadley, to give Phil Dando’s men the lead in the 37th minute.

The Magpies threatened to double their lead shortly after, as Jye Mackellar went close with a header, but Maitland looked in control at the break, despite the slender lead.

All their good work was undone in the 49 th minute however, as Rene Ferguson scored the equaliser for the Blues – scrambling home a close range finish to level it up at 1-1.

The home side was only level for nine minutes, as Martin sent Archbold the wrong way from the spot to reclaim the lead in the 58th minute, after Dutton-Black drew a foul inside the penalty area.

Maitland went in search of a third goal to kill the game, but the sealer proved to be elusive – Carl Thornton forced Archbold into a sharp save, while Dutton-Black saw his goalbound effort deflected over the crossbar after a cut-back from Pawiak.

Despite some heavy, late pressure from Charlestown, Maitland held strong to claim all three points and remain the only undefeated side in this year’s NPL.

The Magpies will look to continue their unbeaten run, as they host the Weston Bears in the local derby at Cooks Square Park on Good Friday at 2.30pm.

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13 July
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Karen Howard among those looking at upper house tilt

LINING UP: Former Newcastle and Paterson candidate Karen Howard is reportedly considering running for the vacant upper house seat left by Mike Gallacher’s resignation. PICTURE: Phil HearneA raft of candidates are considering nominating to replace former police minister Mike Gallacher in the NSW upper house, including former federal MP Karen McNamara and Newcastle businesswoman Karen Howard.

The Liberal Party needs to select Mr Gallacher’s replacement before Parliament resumes on May 2 in order to retain the status quo whereby it only needs the votes of either the Christian Democrats or the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party to pass legislation.

But it may have avoided a “nightmare” scenario of three preselections instead of one, should parliamentary secretary Scot Macdonald decide to contest the vacant position.

The Liberal upper house members are either responsible for individual “provinces” or deemed “at large”.

“At large” positions are more perilous as they are further down the upper house ticket and preselected by a state-wide panel.

Mr Macdonald is facing a strong challenge for his Northern Country province position from Catherine Cusack, an “at large” MLC who previously represented the province.

Ms Cusack last monthresigned as parliamentary secretaryafter criticising Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s first cabinet.

If Mr Macdonald decided to nominate for Mr Gallacher’s vacant Hunter/Central Coast province spot, Ms Cusack would almost certainly quit her seat to contest preselection, sparking a third preselection for her former spot.

On Tuesday, Mr Macdonald told Fairfax Media he would not comment on internal party matters, but said: “I’m happy where I am.”

LEAVING: Mike Gallacher announced his resignation from parliament last week.

Mr Gallacher last week announced his resignation from the NSW Parliament to take a job as chief executive of Ports Australia, three years after he stood down as police minister amid Operation Spicer, an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into Liberal Party fundraising.

The Liberal Party has the right to replace him, and nominations for his upper house seat close on Thursday at 5pm.

Among those understood to have expressed interest are Ms McNamara, the former federal member for the Central Coast seat of Dobell, who is being backed by the party’s right faction.

Also believed to be considering nominating is businesswoman Karen Howard, the Liberal candidate for Newcastle at the 2015 NSW election, who is backed by the left faction.

Others said to be interested include Mr Gallacher’s former staff member John Macgowan, Michelle Moffatt and Young Liberal member Danielle Brown.

13 July
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Managing your pelvic floor

Specialist: Dr Brett Locker has been practising in gynaecology since 1997.A common problemIf the thought of running, jumping, coughing or sneezing has you feeling nervous, then you are not alone.

According to the Continence Foundation of Australia 37 per cent of women in Australia experience some level of bowel or bladder control problems or uterovaginal prolapse –all widely described as pelvic floor problems.

While many women report some level of issue with incontinence, only 1 in 5 will actually seek professional help, preferring to self manage or sometimes shy away from this highly sensitive topic.

Dr Brett Locker is a specialist gynaecologist based in Newcastle and has been practicing in all areas of gynaecology for the last 20 years.

While he refers to the surgical treatment of pelvic floor issues as a relatively ‘simple twenty minute walk-in, walk-out’ procedure he understands the resistance many women have to seeking consultation.

“It’s only a problem if it’s causing a problem.

“If it’s affecting how you live, for instance; you’re not doing things you would usually do, like exercising or playing with the kids, then it can be problematic and there is a solution,” says Locker.

While it’s usual for patients to undertake a degree of initial investigation into how to go about managing pelvic floorissues, it’s important says Dr Locker, to identify the cause of the problem first, to ensure the correct treatment is provided.

“There is a difference between a patient with incontinence as opposed to someone with an urgency to urinate, or to urinate frequently and this needs to be considered as part of the treatment. Surgery for one will not address the other.”

Where tostartIf you are in the throws of considering reaching out for help, or simply educating yourself a little more, Locker suggests visiting the following websites to get some valuable information and contacts ofwhere else to get help:

jeanhailes.org419论坛continence.org419论坛menopause.org419论坛ranzcog.edu419论坛A visit to your local GP is often a good point from which to start.

Dr Locker says that asking for a referral to a pelvic floor physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications can also be a positive first step.

Do your researchWhile pelvic floor issues are often genetic, they are most common in women after the ageof 40.

Risk factors include: pregnancy, childbirth genetics and menopause.

Determining the underlying cause of the issue involves investigative tests and is often a stumbling block for women uncomfortable about disclosing information.

Dr Locker is sympathetic to this and accepts that the first port of call is often to jump online.

“I embrace the fact that Google is often the starting point for people, it’s inevitable with health related scenarios and it’s important that clients feel that they have exhausted all options first.”

For those though considering professional advice, there is merit in asking the right questions of any potential consultant or surgeon.

Dr Locker suggests that a surgeon that shares information about his or her workis worth pursuing.

“There’s strong evidence to suggest that the more procedures a specialist has done the better their success rate, its important that patientsfeel informed and the discussion is transparent.”

“For instance asking a specialist or surgeon about their consultation to surgery rate can be very telling. A surgeon that says yes to treatingeveryone they see isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

What to expect aftersurgeryIf you decide to undergo surgery, normal life can resume fairly quickly and while a level of common sense should be applied, it’s realistic to assume that you can return to most day to day activities within a matter of days.

Heavy lifting, drivingand sexual intercourse can all resume after several weeks and should be discussed with the specialist at the time of consultation to ensure that expectations are clear.

Dr Brett Locker studied medicine at Sydney University and returned to his hometown of Newcastle to study Obstetrics andgynaecology, until1997. After practicing as a specialist in Port Macquarie for 7 years he again returned home and opened hisCharlestown practice.

13 July
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Labor resists pressure for $900 million Adani coal mine loan

Labor has rejected government claims the Adani Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland deserves a $900 million concessional loan funded by taxpayers, saying the project should stand or fall “on its own two feet”.

The opposition supports the $22 billion endeavour, which backers say will create thousands of jobs, but resources and northern Australia spokesman Jason Clare has dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s claim on Tuesday the government funding is a “tipping point issue to get this mine going”.

“The project should stand on its own two feet,” Mr Clare told ABC Radio on Wednesday morning.

The government is currently considering offering a $900 million loan to the company, to build a railway that would transport coal from the mine to the port at Abbot Point, where it would be shipped to India.

While Adani says the loan would help fund the project’s 389 kilometre rail line, the Indian energy giant has said it is “not critical” or “make or break”.

“On that basis alone … it doesn’t meet the requirement of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Clare said.

“The government’s all over the shop on this. Malcolm Turnbull’s in India saying that this should be done independently by the board … Barnaby [Joyce] yesterday was basically directing the board to fund this project.”

In October 2015, then-resources minister Josh Frydenberg said it wouldn’t be a priority project for federal assistance.

“This is a commercial operation, it needs to stand on its own two feet,” he said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said on Wednesday he hoped the mine became a reality.

“I want to see more jobs in Australia, I want to see more jobs in regional Queensland, but it has got to stack up commercially, it has got to stack up environmentally,” he said. “But I can’t for the life of me see any good reason why Australian taxpayers should be underwriting a billion-dollar loan to a giant billionaire Indian mining company.”

In Delhi on Monday, the Prime Minister assured billionaire businessman Gautam Adani that legal issues with the Native Title Act will not hinder the mine’s progress.

“The issue needs to be fixed and will be fixed,” Mr Turnbull said.

The project is facing widespread opposition from conservationists concerned about the “carbon bomb” impacts on global greenhouse gas emissions as well as local environmental impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Supporters tout the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in a region plagued by high unemployment.

The ongoing uncertainty over the project comes as a new report warns climate change-related damage to the Great Barrier Reef could see one million visitors a year abandon the reef, costing the local economy $1 billion and 10,000 jobs.

Overall, the loss of coral reefs could cost the global economy $1 trillion, the not-for-profit group says, citing recent research.

“The GBR is not the only reef affected by unprecedented coral bleaching in recent times. The longest global bleaching event on record began in 2014 due to record breaking ocean temperatures and continues into 2017,” the report states.

“The burning of coal, oil, and gas is putting Australia’s iconic reefs at risk of further bleaching and death. The rate of surface ocean warming in the 21st century is seven times faster than during the 20th century and the frequency of extreme sea surface temperature events has increased…

“Extreme coral bleaching and the death of reefs will become the new normal unless serious and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved.”

According to new legal advice for the Australian Conservation Foundation, the company directors of the NAIF could be in breach of their duties and face legal action if they approve the loan for the Carmichael project.

Lawyers for Environmental Justice Australia found that, under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the financial risks associated with climate change must be considered in the decision.

“NAIF must consider climate risks. These are assets that will be useless within a decade,” ACF president Geoff Cousins said.

“Investment in coal infrastructure risks public money and in the meantime helps to drive dangerous global warming. NAIF directors who support it should be held accountable.”

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