Monthly Archives: January 2019

Jan
14
  • Footage shows moment NSW mother drives into oncoming freight train near Taree

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    Mother drives into Taree freight train Footage played in the Newcastle District Court showed the car trying to brake before it was hit by the train. Photo: Channel Seven
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    The scene of the accident near Taree in April 2016. Photo: Scott Calvin

    TweetFacebookA mother has sobbed in court as footage was played showing the terrifying moment she drove into the path of an oncoming freight train with her three children in the car.

    The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, failed to stop as the train passed over a small country road at Moorland, near Taree,in April 2016.

    Footage taken from the train showed the woman’s car slamming on the brakes and skidding onto the tracks.

    The train driver blows a horn shortly before impact, and debris can be seen flying into the air as the train’s brakes screech.

    It took 50 seconds for the train, loaded with thousands of tonnes of steel, to stop and its driver feared the people he hit were dead.

    On Friday, a judge in the Newcastle District Court showed the mother mercy by sparing her from a jail term so she can continue to care for her children, one of whom was left brain damaged by the crash.

    “[The children are]victims of this offence, to send their mother into jail at this moment will make them victims of this sentence,” Judge Roy Ellis said.

    Two of the three girls- who were aged two, five and seven at the time – suffered critical injuries, with one needing CPR to be revived at the scene by a passing police officer.

    One daughter still requires 24-hour care due to a brain injury suffered in the accident and her motherbarely manages to communicate with her through a series of hand squeezes.

    The mother had pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

    On Friday, shereceived15 months and 18 months in jail for each child that was critically injured, but the sentence was suspended given her need to care for them.

    The scene of the accident near Taree in April 2016. Photo: Scott Calvin

    “There are some cases that call for mercy,”Judge Ellis said.

    “This offender has punished herself immensely every day since the accident.”

    Outside court, the mother said: “A split second can just change your life.”

    As video of the incident was played in court, she covered her eyes and ears,sobbing through the ordeal.

    The impact sent the car rolling down an embankment, the court heard.

    Judge Ellis described the crossing where the accident occurred as “rather dangerous”.

    He said there were no boom gates, no lights and grass two to three metres in height along the side of the road.

    “It is a tragic situation without a shadow of a doubt,” he said.

    Footage played in the Newcastle District Court showed the car trying to brake before it was hit by the train. Photo: Channel Seven

    The woman, who was 30 at the time of the accident, was also suspended from driving for five years.

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Jan
14
  • North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, news agency reports

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    North Korean tanks took part in a live-fire drill on Wednesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via APNorth Korea unsuccessfully test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state’s main ally, China.
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    The test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the United Nations Security Council that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences’.

    USand South Korean officials said the test appeared to have failed, in what would be a fourth successive unsuccessful missile test since March.

    USofficials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile was probably a medium-range missile known as a KN-17 and appears to have broken up within minutes of taking off.

    Tension had spiked on the Korean peninsula over concerns the North may conduct the test-launch of a long-range missile or its sixth nuclear test around the time of the April 15 anniversary of its state founder’s birth or the day marking the founding of its military earlier this week.

    The timing of the latest launch suggests it was calculated to send a certain message as Pyongyang remains under intense attention of world powers, said Kim Dong-yub, an expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.

    “It was planned at a complicated timing around the end of the South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, the United States talking about military options and the announcement of North Korea policies and the Security Council meeting,” Kim said.

    South Korean and USforces have been conducting annual military drills since the start of March that conclude at the end of April.

    In a show of force, the United States is sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.

    USPresident Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview on Thursday a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for “trying very hard” to rein in Pyongyang.

    But both China and Russia rebuked Washington’s threat of military force at a meeting of the UNSecurity Council on the matter on Friday.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the 15-member council it was not only up to China to solve the North Korean problem.

    “The key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side,” Wang told the council in blunt remarks that Tillerson later rebuffed.

    The UN Security Council is likely to start discussing a statement to condemn the missile launch, said diplomats, adding that it was unlikely to be issued on Friday.

    The Security Council traditionally condemns all missile launches by Pyongyang.

    “It could have happened today exactly because we had the meeting,” Italian UN Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, chair of the Security Council’s North Korean sanctions committee, told reporters when hearing of the test.

    “It’s illegal, it should not be done, it’s another provocative action by North Korea.”

    Neighbouring Japan said the “unacceptable” launch clearly violated UNresolutions and said it had lodged a strong protest with North Korea.

    Reuters

    The story, North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, news agency reports, first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Jan
14
  • Photos from AFL round 6 match between Giants and Bulldogs

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    AFL round 6: Giants v Bulldogs Heath Shaw and Dylan Shiel of the Giants lead their team from the ground after the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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    Shane Mumford and Devon Smith of the Giants celebrate winning the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval on April 28, 2017. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    The Giants celebrates victory after the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    Toby Greene of the Giants celebrates a goal during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval on Friday night. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Toby Greene of the Giants makes a late hit on Caleb Daniel of the Bulldogs during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Giants players celebrate winning the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Fletcher Roberts of the Bulldogs tackles Steve Johnson of the Giants during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Jeremy Cameron of the Giants is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Rory Lobb of the Giants and Marcus Adams and Fletcher Roberts of the Bulldogs contest a mark during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Toby Greene of the Giants celebrates a goal during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs. Photo by Mark Nolan/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Heath Shaw, Shane Mumford and Dylan Shiel of the Giants lead their team from the ground after the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    Nathan Wilson of the Giants celebrates victory during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    Bailey Williams of the Bulldogs flies over Toby Greene of the Giants during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    Toby Greene of the Giants is tackled high by Jack Macrae of the Bulldogs during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    The Bulldogs look dejected after the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

    TweetFacebook💪💪💪 #AFLGiantsDogs Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/ZJUiIXrrOf

    — AFL Photos (@AFLphotos) April 28, 2017The Giants stood up when they needed to, as the stars for both sides came out to play. Match report: https://t苏州夜场招聘/PikY6XtZ8Kpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/n7zAk156KT

    — AFL (@AFL) April 28, 2017

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14
  • Amazing machine makes new coal in hours

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    I have just spent a pleasant weekend of driving to Braidwood, speaking at a biochar workshop and learning a great deal about the importance of fungi and biochar for tree growth.
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    Not to mention all those extra kilometres for not paying attention to the idiocy of my electronic navigator.

    The attraction in this beautiful part of the state near Canberra was to see the launch of an n-made mobile charcoal maker, the Crossfire Retort, a pyrolysis machine that converts wood and bones into biochar and bonechar for use in agriculture.

    This technology runs the greenhouse system backwards by mining carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to remake (char) coal and put it in the soil. Instead of millennia, new coal can be made in hours.

    The biochar is very good for the soil in two ways.

    Its inert porous structure forms a great home for the bacteria and fungi necessary for plant growth.It also contains the minerals and salts that were present in the original plant material and returns these to the soil.

    Use of charcoal in agriculture is not new technology, evidence is available around the world including the Inca of the Amazon and the Maori of New Zealand.

    At the conference I learnt that a pinch of biochar in the potting mix along with mycorrhizal fungi stimulates markedly the growth of pine seedlings when compared to fungi alone.

    Recent research is confirming that biochar can double the water holding capacity of sandy soils and also accelerate the accumulation of Soil Organic Carbon in soil.

    I am looking forward to my next trip in late July to attend the Braidwood Truffle Festival. It will offer a double delightof truffle food aplenty and lectures by some of the world’s best truffle scientists.

    Professor Tim Roberts is the director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at theUniversity of Newcastle

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Jan
14
  • The week that was:April 21 – 28PHOTOS

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    The week that was | PHOTOS SPARKLING: Merle Phillipps, centre, celebrates her 100th birthday with daughter Jenny Wilkinson and son Tony Phillipps. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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    HUNTER: Jeff Wall from Multiplex and Tim Beattie from Stockland at the construction zone for the next stage of work. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

    ANZAC DAY: Two-up at The Family Hotel in Maitland. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

    HUNTER: Trevor Dickinson’s mural is back on the bricks near Maitland train station. This time permanently. Picture: Perry Duffin

    Dawn service in Maitland

    Anzac Day 2017 service at East Maitland

    HUNTER: Chelsea Mordue, with mum Krystle. An image of Chelsea being saved was one of the most memorabe from the 2015 superstorm. Picture: Perry Duffin

    Nine Mile Ocean Classic at Blacksmiths postponed following shark activity in Swansea Channel

    Newcastle parking: city council’s proposed new parking fee structure criticised as a cash grab

    Ocean Street, Dudley’s road to ruin

    Peabody Energy lost a battle against a Bulga farmer, and the skirmishes continue

    ‘Pie in the sky’: Labor councillors question state government’s affordable housing plan for former Newcastle rail corridor

    NHRU: Adrian Delore to represent family after brother Michael succumbs to head knock

    TEST HOPEFULS: Bec Young, Caitlin Morgan, and Simone Smith are all in the preliminary Jillaroos squad.

    Masked thieves targeted Melville Jewellers and Wallace Bishop Jewellers in Westfield Kotara heist

    RSPCA appeal over Hugo dumped at Muswellbrook

    Bite into the Donald Trump burger at Burger Urge in Glendale

    Relay for Life: Brett Kimmorley and daughters to walk in honour of late mum Sharnie

    Honoured: Camberwell’s Wendy Bowman holds her Goldman Environmental Prize high at a ceremony in San Francisco on Tuesday.

    Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service

    Sue Gilbert prepares for her 15th Dobell Festival of Arts and Crafts at Wangi District Workers Club

    A young woman is in a critical condition after a crash that trapped her inside the wreckage of her car for more than an hour.

    Singleton Co-Op reunion to be held this October

    Sandy Hollow Charity Horse Ride raises funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

    Scone High School student David Kalev-Roy a finalist at JMC Academy Martini Film Awards Sydney

    Hydro appoints CMA Contracting to demolish Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter

    Power Choices event in Dungog to help families

    Hundreds of people attended the Clarence Town Anzac Dawn service this year to pay their respects.

    National Parks Association Bushwalking in the Upper Hunter

    Upper Hunter Community Services offers children a Licence to Ride

    TweetFacebookThe week in news across the Hunter.

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