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Hunter BreakfastTuesday, May 16, 2017

Weather: Mostly sunny in Newcastle (20 degrees) and Nelson Bay (21 degrees). Sunny in Wallsend, Raymond Terrace andToronto (all21 degrees).
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Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: Delays on the Hunter and Newcastle lines. Buses replaced the 6.07am Scone to Hamilton train due to mechanical repairs. Passengers have been urged to allow extra travel time as a result. Delays can also be expected between Sydney and Newcastle due to urgent signal repairs at Cockle Creek.

Beachwatch:Good chance of some clean big waves during the morning. Wind is keeping the swell off the coast so some beaches will seem smaller.Swells from the south increasing 2 to 3m with a 2nd swell from the East at 1m.Wind moderate West to S/W.Low tide is first up and that will suit Nobbys Reef and Bank.Few bigger sets off Pogos and Merewether.Looking for some protection,then try Blacksmiths and Catho in the corners to the south. Fingal up at Port Stephens.Only swim at patrolled beaches with sweeps running north.Erosion in southern corners and water temps on 19C.

Hunter headlinesTHE University of Newcastle says “The World Needs New”. Staff say they need to know whether they still have jobs. Read more.

THE “outstanding” actions of a Hunterman who saved the life of an unconscious swimmer at south Newcastle Beach last year have been recognised at Government House. Read more.

THE Hunter has contributed more than $20billion to the state’s coffers through the sale of publicly-owned entities over almostthree decades, a new analysis reveals. Read more.

Preparation for a Port Stephens koala hospital and ecotourism facility has begun, with preliminary site works likely within a month. Read more.

SPECIALIST detectives have released images of two gunmen suspected of carefully choosingtheir time before storming theSwansea Workers Club and pointinga sawn-off shotgun at staff during a violent armed robbery earlier this year. Read more.

A Lake Macquarie campaign is tackling ugly parent syndrome at junior sport.Read more.

DANE Gagai insists his focus is on the Knights and has refused to buy into speculation that the Origin star is poised to sign a lucrative three-year deal with South Sydney.Read more.

THE recruitment of New Zealand international goalkeeper Glen Moss is just the start as the Jets go “full throttle” to build a squad capable of challenging for the A-League. Read more.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► BALLARAT, VIC:A former Ballarat man who killed and dismembered his Indonesian partner before taking his own life in 2014 had seen a doctor for anxiety, depression and a sleep disorder in the weeks before their deaths, an inquest has heard.

► PORT MACQUARIE, NSW:The decision to includePort Macquarie Base Hospital ina trial of medicinal cannabishas met with a strongly favourable response.Crescent Head resident Tony Bower is an advocate for the use of medicinal cannabis. He operates Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd.One of his patients is 12 year old Jai Whitelaw from Queensland who was diagnosed with three rare forms of epilepsy as a five year old in 2010.

►TASMANIA:A petition has been started to ban child sex offender Nicolaas Bester from the University of Tasmania Hobart campus and terminate his PhD scholarship.National Union of Students women’s officer and University of Tasmania student, Heidi La Paglia, started the petition which demands that the university take this action in the interests of student safety.

►BENDIGO, VIC:Beccky Johns was a passionate supporter of Kidney Health Australia and its work with kids, so no doubt her dad Paul will be channelling her enthusiasm when he embarks on the 4000-kilometre Kidney Kar Rally in a few months’ time.

► HUNTER, NSW:TheHunter has contributed more than $20billion to the state’s coffers through the sale of publicly-owned entities over almostthree decades, a new analysis reveals.

►TASMANIA:Tasmania Police officers will soon have extra protection with the introduction of body cameras.Police Minister Rene Hidding announced the $3.4 million state budget commitment to police safety on Monday.The funds will allow the roll out of Body Worn Cameras for all frontline officers in the stateover the next four years.

►WESTERN VICTORIA:A speeding driver who allegedly evaded police for about 250 kilometres was arrested after his tyres were spiked during a major police operation.

►NOWRA, NSW:Rubbish dumped at the Salvation Army’s South Nowra store is costing the organisation more than $20,000 a year.

National news► Papua New Guinea police have conceded multiple gunshots were fired into Australia’s refugee compound on Manus Island during an Easter rampage that has been shrouded in mystery and conjecture.It followed a report by charity Amnesty International claiming to have established “with a degree of certainty” that bullets were fired into the regional processing centre, despite initial police denials.

► Former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, whose famous clashes were some of the most hostile in Australian political history, will both be presented with honorary doctorates by Israeli universities this week.

► The tweets started just after 9pm on Friday and kept coming relentlessly, in alphabetical order, for the next 48 hours.Over 2000 tweets in total – all aimed at Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young – listing how much each public school in NSW would lose unless the Turnbull government funds the six-year Gonski agreements in full.

►Marine scientists heading out on a month-long voyage to explore for the first time the deep waters off Australia’s east coast, estimate that up to half of all animals they encounter will be new species or, at least, ones never seen in Australian waters.Led byMuseums Victoria, the international team of researchers will sample and film the cold, dark abyss that begins where Australia’s continental shelf ends.

National weather radarInternational news►The jury has been sworn in for the trial of Australian entertainer Rolf Harris who is accused of four counts of indecent assault against three women, two of whom were teenagers..

►Australian woman Sara Connor has had her jail sentence increased to five years for the fatal group assault of a Bali police officer after the prosecution appealed to the High Court.The increased sentence will come as a bitter blow to the 46-year-old from Byron Bay, who was not in court. She had faced an anxious wait for the ruling from Bali’s Kerobokan jail.

► A guard at the Colombian prison where accused drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury is being held has accused the Australian of being an attention seeker and lying about the conditions inside the facility, Channel Nine reports..

On this day1953:Happy birthday Pierce Brosnan! The Irish-American actor turns 64 today. He is also known by Bond, James Bond, having been the fifth actor to portray the secret agent. But his talents don’t end there. Check out Brosnan in action during the 2008 musical Mamma Mia!:

Faces of Australia:Steve TowleWELL-KNOWNNSW Ambulance inspector Steve Towle will take to the road for his last shift onFriday, May 19, bringing to a close a tremendous 42 years of dedicated service.

Based at Port Macquarie for the past 30 years, Mr Towle will take with him a sense of pride at the many patients he has treated and assisted along the way.

“I will miss the interaction with patients, making them feel better and reassuring them. A lot of our patients are aged 80 and over and reassurance goes a long way,” he said.

Mr Towle signed up in November 1975 at age 18, inspired by his father Fred who had been an honourary (volunteer paramedic) for about 10 years.

“I started out working in a bank, which didn’t inspire me that much. So I had a think about what I liked to do,” Mr Towle said.Read more.

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Which of your fave US shows are coming back – and which ones aren’t?

2 Broke Girls, the controversial sitcom which was once a primetime fixture on Channel Nine, has been cancelled after six seasons – the biggest scalp yet from the US TV industry’s “upfronts”.
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The upfronts, the period where networks reveal their upcoming fall primetime schedules – and notable omissions – in a bid to secure early advertisers, has seen mixed fortunes for a number of big-name TV imports, including the one-time Nine hit.

A longtime critical punching bag for its reliance on racist stereotypes for punchlines (even Kevin Rudd once infamously got involved), the series – starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as a couple of wisecracking diner waitresses – steadily saw its ratings drop since its debut in 2011 where its lead-in was the hit Two and a Half Men.

In December, Nine reportedly paid $86 million to renegotiate its syndication contract with Warner Bros, allowing it to dump the underperforming show.

Conservative commentators in the US have also cried foul over the cancellation of Tim Allen’s Trump-friendly sitcom Last Man Standing – which airs locally on Ten’s multi-channel Eleven – despite consistent ratings.

They’ve even led calls for a boycott of network ABC over its alleged “liberal bias” in axing the show, which stars noted Republican Tim Allen as a Democrats-bashing family man.

Other cancellations to affect local viewers include Eleven’s animation favourite Son of Zorn and the supernatural procedural Sleepy Hollow.

In bittersweet news, popular programs like Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal (Seven) and Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl (Eleven) have both been issued seventh season reprieves, with their upcoming seasons announced to be their last.

Of course, many local favourites are set to return.

Ten’s Modern Family was renewed for two more seasons, which will take it through to its tenth season, with the cast rumoured to have struck “significant pay increases” from around $US350,000 to $US500,000 per episode.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the cult favourite inexplicably buried by Ten in late-night screenings on Eleven, will return for season three, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the cop comedy currently being fast-tracked by SBS, will return for season five.

In one of the bigger announcements of these upfronts, American network ABC revealed American Idol is set for a reboot, with Katy Perry to be confirmed as a judge on the show later this week, according to TMZ.

Simon Cowell, the acerbic judge who appeared on the show from 2002 to 2010, revealed he was asked to return to the program, but “the answer is no”.

“I have no interest,” he told Variety. “My memories are when we first started. It was a different time… You can’t recreate that.”

A Channel Ten spokesperson said the network has “no plans” as yet to revive the show locally here.


Blindspot (Seven)

Blue Bloods (Ten)

Bob’s Burgers (Eleven)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (SBS Viceland)

Chicago Fire (Seven)

Chicago Med (Nine)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Eleven)

Elementary (Ten)

Empire (Ten)

Family Guy (7Mate)

Fresh Off The Boat (Eleven)

Hawaii Five-O (Ten)

How to Get Away with Murder (Seven)

Law & Order: SVU (Ten)

Lethal Weapon (Nine)

Madam Secretary (Ten)

Modern Family (Ten)

NCIS: New Orleans (Ten)

Once Upon a Time (7Flix)

Scorpion (Ten)

Speechless (Eleven)

Survivor (9Go)

The Amazing Race (Seven)

The Bachelor US (9Life)

The Bachelorette US (9Life)

The Goldbergs (Seven)

The Middle (9Go)

The Simpsons (Eleven)

This Is Us (Ten)


New Girl (Eleven)

Scandal (Seven)


2 Broke Girls (Nine)

Last Man Standing (Eleven)

Sleepy Hollow (Eleven)

Son of Zorn (Eleven)

– with Washington Post

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MasterChef fans mourn the loss of show favourite Pia

It came down to a choice between Italian mother Pia Gava, 48, and Bondi doctor and father Ray Silva, 42.
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It may be because she comes across as someone who gives cuddles behind the scenes to anyone struggling with the pressure of MasterChef or any homesick teens who are surrounded by much older adults, but the madre of the show will be sorely missed by fans for more than just her Italian cooking.

Pia’s commentary throughout has been kind, considerate and devoid of any ego. She’s not out to “prove herself” or make tricky concoctions.

Her delicious gnocchi (not quite MasterChef’s “death dish” – that being risotto) in the auditions cemented herself as a gutsy home cook.

She told Fairfax Media: “Before I sent off the application, I sat down with my family. My son will be in Year 12 and I had to say, ‘Look, I might not be here to support you and I won’t do this unless you are OK with me not being here.’ They just said, ‘Are you crazy? You’ve helped us all the time, this is for you.’ ” Where my MasterChef adventure began…Gorgonzola Gnocchi & Parmesan crisps. Anyone made gnocchi lately?#masterchefaupic.twitter南京夜网/Sd0wBd4Fhn??? Pia Gava (@PiaGavaCooks) May 13, 2017Well done Top 3 @[email protected]@Eloise_Praino I’m so proud of you! Now I need to get ready for the Pressure Test! ????#MasterChefAUhttps://t.co/5E25KNrGVS??? Pia Gava (@PiaGavaCooks) May 14, 2017Done, done & done…we did it @[email protected]#MasterChefAUhttps://t.co/SMemPwaMah??? Pia Gava (@PiaGavaCooks) May 15, 2017Looks like @PeteMorganAU has done a spectacular job of replicating @andybowdypastry’s majestic ‘Rita’ cake. #MasterChefAUpic.twitter南京夜网/3gfmqWUDay??? #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) May 15, 2017We’ve loved having you in the #MasterChefAU kitchen @PiaGavaCooks, we wish you all the best! #MasterChefAUpic.twitter南京夜网/1Q7tAfJKkm??? #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) May 15, 2017Loved creating the beautiful Rita cake! I’ll miss the adventure. Remaining contestants…Smash it! #masterchefaupic.twitter南京夜网/ITImkPCkPa??? Pia Gava (@PiaGavaCooks) May 15, 2017Hearts across the nation break

Bye Pia #[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@RossAndJohn??? Lyn West (@LynWest65) May 15, 2017It’s a travesty that Pia is gone when others who shall remain nameless are still there. But that’s the way the cake crumbles. #MasterchefAU??? Erin Van Krimpen (@erinvk) May 15, 2017I want a copy of Pia’s family cookbook. #masterchefau??? Sam D (@SamDickfos) May 15, 2017#masterchefau great job Pia, you were one of my faves Ciao!!??? Bill Devanney (@BillDevanney) May 15, 2017WHY IS PIA LEAVING pic.twitter南京夜网/sLt6fyOLmY??? kens 🙂 (@fukendall) May 15, 2017Aww Pia! I liked her. #masterchefau??? Jessica (@_jessticulate) May 15, 2017Oh Pia. Way too early to leave #MasterChefAU??? anonymissjane (@anonymissjane) May 15, 2017AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH. I really think Pia had a lot more to give. Hope she goes on to doing more. #Masterchefau??? Peter (@Doonks) May 15, 2017Pia

Even Mr TV is crying!!#[email protected]??? Mr TV (@Television_AU) May 15, 2017Oh no….Pia!!! Noooooooooo #MasterChefAU??? Ariadne Quinn (@ariadne_quinn) May 15, [email protected] absolutely devastated that Pia is going home! #MasterChefAU??? Esther Wong (@essiemybessie) May 15, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Students set to protest Q&A’s post-budget special

Being an ABC producer is a tough gig.
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On one hand you have to wrangle federal politicians, some of whom are way, way too keen to be on the program (while others have to be practically carried on, kicking and screaming). Then, there is the tricky art of who gets let into the studio audience and who doesn’t.

Q&A staff have, over the past day or so, been negotiating with student activists furious that a young person won’t be on Monday night’s post-budget panel.

The episode, which will be broadcast live from the Gold Coast, is set to feature education minister Simon Birmingham, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen and Greens senator Larissa Waters.

Innes Willox, from business lobby group Australian Industry Group, and academic Miranda Stewart, will also appear.

The National Union of Students is furious that there isn’t a single young person on Monday night’s panel after the Turnbull government signalled its intention to cut university funding and require students to repay their higher education loans sooner.

NUS president Sophie Johnston said it was disappointing a young person won’t be on Q&A to talk about how they will be “hit hard” by the 2017 budget.

“Unfortunately, that hasn’t been changed or rectified,” she said. “This whole budget is a war on young people. They’re calling education bad debt and penalty rates are going to be cut. All these measures are constantly going after young people and not investing in our futures.”

After being called out about the lack of millennials on the panel, a Q&A producer offered the student union a ticket for a representative to sit in the live audience. After all, best not to risk a repeat of 2014 when a group of Sydney students halted the broadcasting of a panel featuring then education minister Christopher Pyne.

This peace offering, however, was rejected – with NUS deciding to instead protest outside Q&A’s Gold Coast studio. The union has also accused Q&A of scouring students’ Facebook pages and knocking back their individual requests to be part of the live audience (this is, of course, standard practice following the 2014 debacle).

Johnston said she could understand Q&A did not want to risk the live broadcast being disrupted, but that was no excuse for not having a young person on the panel to dissect the budget.

“Young people deserve to be heard,” she said.

A view Q&A producers no doubt share, but in practice – this time around – have decided to take as comment.

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