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Short Takes: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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HOW can these wealthy private schools be called independent when they receive huge government subsidies? Go figure.
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David Davies, Blackalls ParkDOUBLE standards? We shall see if Teflon Billy Slater’s illegal shoulder charge is good enough for him to play in the grand final.

Mick Porter,Raymond TerraceI LOVED the story regarding Richard King (‘Brekky radio king’s wake-up’, Newcastle Herald Weekender,22/9). He helped me many years ago when a tree fell on my car at Stockton. Keep going Richard, I love you.

Darren Duffy,Bobs FarmREGARDING the gender gap pay: pretty simple equation, if you’re doing the same grade of work, you get paid the same pay rate, and treated equally. It happens on unionised workplaces across all industries.

Steve Paras,PelicanCHECKOUT operators’ days are far from easy Steve Barnett (Short Takes, 24/9). They have little job security, few benefits along with lousy pay. They also have to put up with rudeness and taunts from customers. Considering all of this, they do a fantastic job.

Julie Robinson,CardiffIN America they are still investigating and accusing Russia of interfering with their political system, yet a high profile citizen of the United States can determine who we have for our prime minister. It seems the meaning of the word “conservative” is meaningless when it comes to pleasing certain people.

Barry Reed,IslingtonKEITH Parsons, yes I totally agree with you (Short Takes, 22/9). Tim Crakanthorp has been getting under Andrew Constance’s skin by doing his job, but I don’t agree with his praise for our lord mayor. I think she is the worst mayor we have ever had and as a Labor voter she will never get my vote again. But we do have three of the best politicians here in Newcastle who work so hard for Newcastle – they are Crakanthorp, Claydon and Hornery. So, keep giving it to those arrogant Liberals in Sydney.

Colin Geatches,MayfieldSHARK attacks are unfortunate, so are car accidents. I find it bizarre that we are prepared to cull sharks in the hope we may kill the shark responsible, but humans who should have an understanding of responsibility are set free by the courts on drugs, drink driving and speeding offences to fulfill their destiny and kill innocent humans. A shark, a texting drunk or drug driver? I know what I would take my chance with.

Steve Barnett,Fingal BayI WANT to congratulate councillor John Church for taking council budgets seriously (‘Council at war on finances’, Newcastle Herald,22/9). The lord mayor’s attack on him was totally unnecessary and shows poor conduct. Maybe if there were a few more L-plate councillors we might have a more transparent council.

Mark Burslem,Newcastle EastTHE POLLSDOyou think we need more youth mental health services in our region?

Yes 98.44%, No 1.56%

Newcastle Knights corporate sales executive Matthew Ninness accused of defrauding club

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‘FAKE SALES’: Matthew Ninness, inset, is accused of defrauding the Newcastle Knights of more than $150,000 for corporate boxes, season tickets and parking passes that he “sold” to fake clients so he could meet sales targets.A NEWCASTLE Knights corporate sales executive accusedof defrauding the club of more than $150,000by “selling” corporate boxes and season tickets to fictitious business ownerswill remain behind bars after a fresh bid for bail failed on Tuesday.
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Matthew Ninness, 37, of Maryland, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception in relation to a number of alleged“fraudulent agreements” he made due to “the pressure to hit [sales] targets” and “be someone of value” in his new role as the NRL club’s corporate sales executive.

Mr Ninnesswas refused bail in Newcastle Local Court after his arrest in June due, in part,to previous corporate credit card fraud convictions which remain unresolved because of Mr Ninness’ failure to complete a community service order.

He launched a Supreme Court bail application in Sydney on Tuesday, but that was also refused.

Employed on November 20 last year to sell the club’smatch day hospitality packages, police allege it took less than a month before Mr Ninness begangenerating fraudulent transactions; making up a company name, owner, ABN, mobile number and putting the fake client down for corporate box tickets, season launch seats andcar park passes.

Between December 14 and February 23, police allege Mr Ninness defrauded the Knights a total of $157,122.

The packages were not used by anyone, and a lot of the tickets were allegedly later found in Mr Ninness’ car or home.

Newcastle Knights staff began asking questions in April when the outstanding invoices and payments were identified and it’s alleged Mr Ninness tried to explain away the outstanding payments by saying the client was overseas or, in one case, had died.

It is not alleged that Mr Ninness made any money from the fraudulent transactions, butinstead that the Knights were left at a financial disadvantage.

Mr Ninness, who has spent 104 days behind bars since his arrest, will remain locked up untilat least his next appearance in Newcastle Local Court on October 18.

According to a statement of police facts.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance urges Keolis Downer to ‘keep listening’ to Newcastle bus patrons

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KEEP LISTENING: NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. Picture: Joel CarrettComplaints toKeolis Downer have fallen and are a signrecent tweaks to Newcastle’s bus network havehelped alleviate concerns, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says.
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Constance had a message for city’s bus operator during Monday’s light rail inspection coupled with one for the region’s commuters.

“The complaints have dropped right off,” Constance said.

“I’d say to Keolis Downer ‘you’ve got to keep working at it, you’ve got to keep listening to the community’.

“My message to the community is get in and use it. It’s far more affordable to use public transport than drive your car to work.

“We’re building for the future of the city and NSW’s second largest city deserves a public transport system that works for the community and ultimately we want to keep listening to the community. But I do believe that bus timetable change has alleviated a lot of concern.”

Keolis, which took control of Newcastle’s buses in July last year and overhauled the network in January, suffered a loss in patronage in the first six months of 2018.

There was anoverall drop of more than 120,000 trips compared to July to December in 2017.The January to June periodalso had about 100,000 fewer trips than in the same period of 2017.

A public outcry in the months after the January overhaul resulted in Keolis making tweaks that began on July 29, including changes to east Lake Macquarie services.But in August, the first month following the tweaks, 31,152 fewer trips were taken compared to the year before.

Opal card data shows total patronage was505,381 in August, but excluding the 68,810 ‘other’ trips category that is not broken down by Keolis it dropsto436,571 and allows comparison to the August 2017 total of467,723.

The sixper cent year-on-year fall for August came with a sharp drop in school student trips. The ticket typedropped to 83,961from113,964 trips in August, 2017.

Keolis Downer’s director corporate affairs, Andrew Fletcher,said the total number of passenger trips – referring to the 505,381 figure –was growingeach month.

Mr Fletcher said the “frequent routes” of bus 11, 12, 13 and 14 were “working well” and “37 per centof the metropolitan population now live within 400 metres of a bus stop on one of those routes, providing a great opportunity to attract new passengers”.

“In the coming months we will be encouraging people to take advantage of these 1,200 extra services and the improved 15 minute frequency throughout the day provided under the new network,” he said.


Newcastle light rail work complete by the end of the monthJobs, residential growth focus of Greater Newcastle Metropolitan PlanWatch as tram rolls along Hunter Street for the first time in 68 years

Neil Stevens’ Tyrrell’s brands scoop Valley awards

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WINNING TEAM: Third generation vigneron Neil Stevens (far right bottom row) and wife Bernadette (second from right, middle row) with other Tyrrell’s team members with 2018 Hunter Valley Wine Show trophies. Picture: Chris ElfesLASTmonth, before a 2018 Hunter Valley Wine Show lunch crowd of 400, Neil Stevens took to the stage and confessed he would much rather be out on his tractor in the vines.
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Neil’s characteristic avoidance of the limelight didn’t work last Maywhen he was namedHunter Valley Wine Awards2018 Viticulturist of the Year.

And it didn’t apply at the 2018 wine show as results showed that six Tyrrell’s Stevens brand wines from the vines he manages won trophies and four took gold medals.

The 2007 Stevens Shiraz won gold and the trophy for the best museum red and gold medals went to the 2005 and 2014 Stevens semillons.

The 2018 Single Vineyard Stevens Semillon was the best current-vintage semillon, also took gold and played a role in Tyrrell’s Iain RiggsProvenance Trophy win with 2004, 2011 and 2018 Stevens semillons. And international judge Corrine Mui gave the Silver Bullet award to 2007, 2014 and 2017 Stevens Shiraz reds.

Neil is a third-generation vigneron. His grandfather Alfred Stevens began the dynasty in 1940 when he bought the Air Strip vineyard and sold fruit to Maurice O’Shea at Mount Pleasant.

Neil’s father George ran the Glen Oak vineyard in Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin, and as a teenager Neil worked alongside his dad acquiring the skills that have seen him lauded as “one of great viticulturists of the Hunter” in James Halliday’sWine Companion 2018.

In 1984 Neil and his wife Bernadette bought the Old Hillside vineyard in Marrowbone Road and he and George sold grapes to Lindemans from their 35 hectares of Glen Oak, Old Hillside and Air Strip vines.

In 1993, however, George and Neil made what was to be a propitious switch to Tyrrell’s – a deal sealed and maintained since simply on a handshape with Bruce Tyrrell.

Behind the deal was long friendship and history between the parties. Bruce and Neil went to school together while Bruce’s sons Chris and John were in the same class as Neil’s son Gavin.

Tyrrell’s has made great use of the Old Hillside and Glenoak fruit and last year it bought Old Hillside from Neil and Bernadette. Bruce Tyrrell prizes the acquisition, believing it is NSW’s oldest producing vineyard, with some vines planted in 1867 from first-generation cuttings from n wine godfather James Busby.

The sale hasn’t lessened Neil’s passion for growing top-quality fruit. He’s continuing that at Glen Oak and in managing Adam Elbourne’svineyard, Mike McGowan’s vineyard and Ross Crump’s Parched Cow vineyard.

WINE REVIEWSA SILVER BULLET HITWITHthe marque’s 2007 and 2014versions, theTyrrell’s 2017 Single Vineyard Stevens Shirazwon the 2018 Silver Bullet Trophy. It’s bright garnet and has14 per cent alcohol,bouquet garni scents, and juicy plum front–palate flavour. Morello cherry, licorice, spearmint and mocha oak meld on the middle palate and dusty tannins play at the finish.


DRINK WITH:osso bucco.

AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: 5 stars

FOUR-TROPHY SEMILLONTHISTyrrell’s 2013 Belford Single Vineyard Semillonwon 2018 Hunter Wine Show trophies for best white wine, best two-year-old and older semillon, best semillon and best named vineyard white. It shows green-tinted strawhues, vibrant lime front-palate flavour and middle-palate lemon curd, nashi pear and flint.The finish has slatey acid.


DRINK WITH: scallops.

AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: 5 stars

MOTHER’S RED PLEASESTHETyrrell’s 2017 Mother’s Single Vineyard Shirazand today’s other wines areattyrrells苏州夜总会招聘.auand cellar door. This 14%-alcohol red is cherry red and has berry pastille aromas and lifted blackcurrent front-palate flavour.The middle palate shows cranberry, spice, Turkish delight chocolate and cedary oak and the finish minty tannins.

PRICE: $35.

DRINK WITH:coq au vin.

AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

“A bouncy ball being shot out of a cannon in a prison cell,” Press Club bassist Iain MacRae on frontwoman Natalie Foster

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GRITTY: Melbourne’s Press Club delivered a raw and visceral brand of garage-punk on their debut album Late Teens.PRESS Club bassist Iain MacRae likens his bandmate Natalie Foster to “a bouncy ball being shot out of a cannon in a prison cell where it’s got nowhere to go but keep bouncing off the four walls, ceiling and floor.”
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It’s a spot-on description. Anyone who caught the Melbourne garage-punk band’s two Newcastle shows earlier this year supporting The Smith Street Band at the Bar On The Hill andRaave Tapes at the Cambridge Hotel couldn’thelp but be captivated by Foster’s stage presence.

Foster might be small in stature with a wild mane of hair, but she owns a booming guttural voice, which perfectly resonates with the frenetic delivery of the buzz-saw guitars.

“It’s really part of her personality,” MacRae said.“It’s not a stage persona.

“She’s pretty bubbly and a live wire as a human being. Her dancing around on stage as a mad thing is just an extension of that.”

Press Club’s constant touring blitz and the success of singlesHeadwreck and Suburbiahelped launch the band out of Brunswick onto the national stage in the past year.

Press Club – When You Were YoungLast month their performance of The Killers’ hitWhen You Were Youngfor triple j’sLike A Versionfurther cemented their live reputation as explosive performers.

The reception totheir debut album Late Teens, released in March, surpassed even Press Club’s ownexpectations.

“We didn’t know what to expect because we wrote it and recorded it before we started playing shows and then unleashed it on the world and didn’t know if it would get picked up at all,” MacRae said.

“What put it in perspective for me was on release day we’d already sold 88 pre-sales and I didn’t expect to sell 10 records in the first fortnight.”

LIVE: Press Club making their Newcastle debut supporting The Smith Street Band at the Bar On The Hill in March. Picture: Paul Dear

The songs on Late Teens were written shortly after the band formed in mid-2016and was recorded by guitaristGregRietwyk in early 2017, overa year before the album was released.

During their formative phase the four members bunkered down in MacRae’s mother’s house while she was away to write songs and rehearse five days a week.

About 40 songs were written, which MacRae said were eventually culled down to 15 that everyone was satisfied with.

It meant that when Press Club exploded onto the scene they already sounded like a fully-formed outfit, confident in their sound and direction.

“We thought if we could churn out a large volume of material at least some songs would be passable,” he said.

Press Club return to the Cambridge Hotel on November 24.