THIS WEEK: Wednesday: Lakes v C’town. Saturday: Adamstown v Valentine, Jaffas v Lakes, Jets v Hamilton. Sunday: Maitland v Edgeworth, Magic v C’town.Charlestown are eyeing a late charge at up the ladder when they head to Macquarie Field on Wednesday night to take on the Roosters.
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Fresh from beating the Newcastle Jets Youth 4-0 on Saturday, the Blues play Lake Macquarie in a catch-up game from 7.30pm.

A win will put them ahead of Lakes into seventh, three points behind sixth-placed Broadmeadow, who they play at Magic Park on Sunday.

“Tomorrow night’s the big one,” Charlestown coach Shane Pryce said. “If we do something there, the boys will be ramped up for Broadmeadow, so we’ll see what happens.”

The win over the Jets was the Blues’ first game since the club announced Pryce would be replaced by David Tanchevski at season’s end.

“We hadn’t played for two or three weeks and with everything that’s gone down, for them to come out and do that, it was really, really pleasing,” Pryce said.“I was happy for them.”

Lake Macquarie, who are yet to lock in coach Anthony Richards for next year, lost 3-0 to Magic last Sunday and will be without Justin Broadley but welcome back Matt Toohey (both suspension).

Tim Davies (Kahibah) has joined Lakes, who Richards said were disappointed with the result but not the effort with 10 men for an hour against Magic.

** Edgeworth coach Damian Zane and Broadmeadow skipper Josh Piddington will represent their clubs at the FFA Cup round of 32 draw on Thursday at Fox Sports Studios in Sydney.

Both clubs are on a third trip to the nationwide section of the knockout, where they could meet A-League teams. The draw will be live on Fox Sports from 3pm.

** Maitland will add new recruit Chris Fayers, James Tassell and Lachlan Yates to theirPPS list to replace Ryan Broadley (holidays), Josh Williams (knee) and Andrew Pawiak (overseas deal) this week.

Edgeworth will bring in Keanu Moore, Josh Low, Joe Melmeth onto their list and take off Bailey Maxton (Weston) and Jim Fogarty.

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CLOSING IN: A photograph of the car allegedly involved in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie marble slinging. Picture: NSW PoliceTHREE men in their 30s are believed to be responsible for a spate of vandalism using marbles and slingshots in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
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Police revealed on Tuesday theyarrested the men –from Newcastle, Belmont and Windale –after pulling over a Holden Commodore on Scott Street in Newcastle East on Friday night.

Police allegedly found a slingshot and marbles in the car.

It is alleged the car – which police say had a child in it at the time – was seen in the Honeysuckle area, where a restaurant had a window smashed.

Earlier, a woman was hit in the arm with a flying marble after a Charlestown business was targeted.

The marble mischief continued over a fortnight, with businesses in the Islington, Hamilton and Wallsend areas targeted.

Residents say cars parked on Scenic Drive in Merewether were also targeted.

SMASHED: A photograph of vandalism posted to a Merewether community page. Picture: Facebook

Newcastle City Chief Inspector Dean Olsen said police were appalled with the “childish” vandalism.

“Over the two-week period I can certainly say that dozens and dozens of premises have been targeted in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie,” he said.

Police will carry out forensic analysis of the marbles retrieved from the shopfronts and cars before laying charges.

That is expected to take at least two weeks.

The car, which is registered to a Villawood address, has been seized.

Police had closed in on the car after they were able to obtain CCTV footage from one of the targeted businesses.

The description of the car was crucial in Friday’s arrests.

Police investigations continue.

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34th BATTALION MEMBER: Private Thomas Dix, from Hamilton, killed in action in Belgium May 29, 1917. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.
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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for June 25-July 1,1917.

US TROOPS IN FRANCEA huge company of American troops arrived in France last week and an enthusiastic welcome is being prepared for them.The dark, upstanding hulls of the great transports with their escorting cruisers and destroyers, made an impressive picture as they slowly steamed up to the deserted quays. The French populace had no idea the United States troops were crossing the Atlantic. The news quickly spread, and great crowds immediately gathered. The American soldiers and the populace exchanged heartfelt cheers, and enthusiastic welcomes, which were repeated again and again during the day.The weather throughout was calm, and the journey without events, the German submarines having evidently no inkling of the movement. The troops arrived in splendid condition.

HOLMAN AT SALISBURYMr W.A. Holman, the Premier of NSW, spent the weekend with the troops on Salisbury Plain, England, as the guest of Major-General Mackay.He visited the various training units, and addressed the men, who gave him an enthusiastic welcome.MrHolman was impressed with the excellent arrangements for the men’s feeding and recreation. He visited the hospitals, and was gratified at the health, condition, and physique of the men. The new arrivals appeared to be well up to the standard of the earlier Anzac contingents.He will spend next weekend with the ns on the West Front.

RECRUITING QUESTIONIt is likely that in the new recruiting scheme, ‘s duty in the direction of reinforcing our men at the front will be met by a quota of between 7000 and 8000 per month.During the conscription campaign last year 16,500 men monthly were asked for, but experience has shown since then that this total was above that required to reinforce the units at their present strength. Actual requirements, it is believed, could be met by barely half that figure. Some such task would probably be set to accomplish. ‘s monthly average this year has been about 5000.

DISTRICT FIRE BRIGADESA meeting of the captains, officers-in-charge, and other representatives of the district fire brigades was held at Newcastle Headquarters Fire Station on Saturday, to consider the formation of an organisation in connection with the various patriotic movements in Newcastle and district. Mr T. Gorman, divisional officer, presided. After considerable discussion, it was resolved that the fire brigades form a Patriotic War League, to remain in existence for the period of the war, and that the committee consist of the permanent officers and the whole of the captains in A District, which embraces Wallsend, West Wallsend and Boolaroo. Divisional-officer T. Gorman was elected president, District-officer Hillier secretary, and Captain G. Anderson (New Lambton) treasurer. Suggestions in regard to the creation of a standing fund for the league were approved. The machinery for conducting the business of the league was given attention to.

​ABERMAINMr Jim Garratt’s communication, offering to put on a benefit entertainment monthly to assist the widows and orphans of Abermain, whose bread-winners had fallen at the front was received by citizens’ committee, and secretary was instructed to write him, conveying best thanks of committee for his generous offer.A working bee was formed of Abermain miners, and on Saturday good work was done by lining the house, and erecting tank and building brick chimney for the wife of one of their late comrades, viz., MrsH. Williams, whose husband recently died from wounds received at the front. Some weeks or more ago another comrade’s wife’s house was removed and renovated. In the former case the necessary funds were advanced by the citizens’ committee.Mrand MrsR. Devon have received word from their son, Private Hugh Devon, stating he has received parcels from Abermain Ladies’ Comforts Fund Committee. The parcel contained just what he was in need of, and he expresses heartfelt thanks for same, and wished to be remembered to Abermain people.

DISTRICT CASUALTIESLieutenant Perrau. Mrs W. Perrau, of Turnbull St, Hamilton, has been informed that her son, Second Lieutenant R. D. Perrau, was killed in action on June 11.

Private Penrose. MrThomas Penrose, of Junction St, Merewether, has been informed that his brother; Private J. Penrose, was killed in action in France on June 7. Private Penrose was well known in football circles, and played with South Newcastle.

Private Read. Mr W. Read, of Wickham, has received word that his son, Private T. (Piper) Read, was killed in action on June 9.

Private Wilcox. MrsWilcox, of Teralba, has been informed of the death at the front of her son, Private Thomas John (Nugget) Wilcox. Private Wilcox, who was 29, had since boyhood been in the employ of MrT.C. Frith, storekeeper.

Sergeant-Major Bissett. Mrand MrsT. Bissett, of West Wallsend, have been informed that their son, Sergeant-major T. Bissett, of the Black Watch, has been killed in action in Mesopotamia.

Private M’Curry.MrM’Curry, of Carrington St, West Maitland, has been informed that his son, Private George (Jum) M’Curry, previously reported missing, was killed in action in attack on Bullecourt by a machine gun bullet on April 11.

Private Taylor.MrsM. Taylor, of MetcalfeSt, Wallsend, has been notified that her son, Private Robert Taylor was killed in action on June 7. Private Taylor, who was a native of Wallsend, was 30. At the time of his enlistment he was working at Neath Colliery. His only brother, Private Albert Taylor, was killed in action in July of last year.

Private Hincks. Mrs Arthur Straker, of Cardiff, has been notified that her brother, Private Alex. Hincks, was killed in action on June 8.

Private Pyle. MrAppleby, of Cardiff, has been notified that his friend, Private J. Pyle, was killed in action in France on April 15. Private Pyle, when he enlisted, was an employee of Lymington Colliery. He was a native of Northumberland, England.

Private Cantelo. MrsW. Cantelo of Ocean St, Dudley, has been informed that her son, Private Frederick Cantelo, was killed in action on June 9.

Private Hincks. MrR. Hincks, of Regent St, New Lambton, has received word that his son, Private Cecil Hincks, has been killed in France.

Private Elliott. Mrand MrsAbraham Elliott, of Morgan St, Adamstown, received a message last week that their son, Private George Elliott, of Newcastle’s OwnBattalion, died of wounds on June 9. Private Elliott was 28 and was employed at the Sulphide Works when he enlisted.

Private Jenkins. MrsTom Mitten, ElizabethSt, Tighe’s Hill, has been advised that her brother, Private Tom Jenkins, who was reported missing, is now a prisoner of war in Germany.

Driver Toll. Alderman A. F. Toll and MrsToll, of Wickham, received a cable message from London last night, stating that their son, Driver T. Toll, who was officially reported missing, from April 11, is a prisoner of war in Germany.

LATE LES DARCYThe body of the late Les Darcy was brought to his home town, East Maitland, Thursday evening, and was received by a large gathering of his boyhood friends who desired to pay a tribute of respect to his memory. As the coffin was removed from the carriage and conveyed to the hearse prayers were recited by the Very Rev. F. O’Gorman, P.P., The Revs. J. J. Coady and Davoren were also present. The coffin was carried by Messrs. Con Irwin, J. Ferry, G. Knight, M. Stapleton, R. Stapleton, P. Hayes, P. O’Rourke, and M. Tobin.A procession was formed and a large number of men marched, four abreast, behind the hearse and mourning coach, followed by vehicles, via Melbourne and High streets, to St. Joseph’s Church, where the body will remain until Saturday morning, when a Requiem Mass will be celebrated. The body was accompanied from Sydney by Miss Winifred O’Sullivan, Miss Pearl Darcy, Miss O’Rourke, Mr. E. Darcy, (father), Messrs. Cecil and John Darcy (brothers), Mr. and Mrs. John Irwin, Messrs. J. P. Fletcher, H. Cameron, M. Stapleton, and Mick Hawkins, the late champion’s comrade and trainer.Among a large number of beautiful wreaths placed on the coffin was one from “Hunter River Boys at the Front.”

CURRENT NEWS​An order has been issued by the Department of Defence instructing farriers in the military force to work up old and worn shoes into new ones, in view of the increased cost of horseshoe iron.

In connection with the late Les Darcy’s funeral at East Maitland on Sunday, a special fast passenger train will leave Newcastle 1.5 pm, stopping only at Honeysuckle, Hamilton, Waratah, Victoria-street, East Maitland and West Maitland. On the return journey the train will leave East Maitland at 5pm.

ENLISTMENTSErnest Anscombe, Murrurundi; Herbert James Batterham, Moonan Flat; Mary Ellen Briggs, Newcastle; Frank Bristow, Kurri Kurri; John Brogan, Newcastle; Thomas Brown, Newcastle; John Williams Davis, West Maitland; William Dooley, Newcastle; William Fitzgerald, Kurri Kurri; Eric Hodges, Carrington; Andrew Irving, Merewether; William James, Kurri Kurri; Peter Meeking, Newcastle; Francis Anson Mehan, Mayfield; Samuel John Moore, Gloucester; Percy Earl Morris, Mayfield; Douglas Robson, Hamilton; Earle Desmond Robson, Hamilton; James Arthur Milton Ruttley, North Waratah; Charles James Swaddling, Dungog; Reginald Ernest Swan, West Maitland; Arthur Tams, Stockton.

DEATHSPte Joseph Dagg, East Gresford; Pte Sidney Edmonds, Telarah; Sgt Arthur Gower, Islington; Pte Archibald Gray, Stroud; Pte Samuel Vincent Heffernan, Murrurundi; Spr Robert Hughes, Hamilton; Pte George Reginald Smith, Cooks Hill; Pte John Cyril Tripp, Muswellbrook.

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BARING IT ALL: Western Sydney band Pist Idiots proudly promote their working-class roots in their music.
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DON’T let the colourful band name or the barechestsfool you –Pist Idiots frontman Jack Sniff takes his music seriously.

The western Sydney four-piece are at the forefront of the pub-rock revival along with bands like West Thebarton and Bad//Dreems.

It’s high-energy,abrasive and unashamedly blue collar, but in the case of Sniff, there’s also vulnerability.

Whether it’s singing about being unable to find love (F—k Off)or delving into his own feelings of self-worth by singing “I over-drink, I tend to overeat,” on 99 Bottles, Sniff isn’t afraid to express his own insecurities.

“I’ve never thought about a wider message or anything, it’s always been pretty personal to me,” Sniff said.“Everyone’s in the same boat. No one has a perfect life.”

They’re feelings which have struck a chord with youngn men.

In the past year the explosion of the #MeToo movement has challenged men to change their behaviour towards women, and the music industry has been at the vanguard of thatdiscussion.

Sniffunderstands that Pist Idiots can play a role in changing behaviour.

Pist Idiots – Leave It At That“The way the world is twisting and turning at the momentis definitely for the better,” he said.“It won’t happen immediately, but maybe in five, 10 or 20 yearsthe way society is functioning will hopefully be better with a lot less dickheads.”

The south-west Sydney suburb of Revesbyisn’t known for itsarts scene.All four members of Pist Idiots grew up in the suburb, went to high school together andstill live in Revesby.

The band began as an excuse to “get drunk in the garage,” but after gigging for two years they released their debut self-titled EP in 2017 and toured with Newcastle punk heroes The Gooch Palms and Skegss.

Momentum grew in January when the release of the single Leave It At That convinced triple j to label Pist Idiots as one of the “ones to watch” in 2018.

Then in July Pist Idiots released their second EP Princes.

Sniff, with his moustache,frizzy dark hair and burly frame, cuts a similar appearance to ’70s legend Captain Beefheart.He’s also earning a reputation as araucous performer.

“Sometimes we forget we’ve got a show on because we’ve having lots of fun performing,” he said.“I like to feed off the crowd a lot and I can gauge the energy and the approach off that.

“The main thing is to have a good time and make sure everyone’s safe. I’ve got to be those eyes. Regardless of what it looks like, we’re always watching.”

Pist Idiots bring their Princes tour tothe Cambridge Hotel on August 30.

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Manly coach Trent Barrett has quit the NRL club, following another poor season.
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AAP understands Barrett has resigned and will finish up at the end of the season.

There is expected to be a formal announcement on Wednesday.

It is the latest movement in the code’s coaching merry-go-round, with former Penrith assistant Barrett now in the box seat to replace the sacked Anthony Griffin at the Panthers.

Barrett worked there as an assistant coach for three years before getting the top job at Manly.

His whole time at the club has been a rollercoaster ride ever since he was appointed to replace club legend Geoff Toovey in controversial circumstances in time for the 2016 season.

Barrett threatened to walk out only last week after a season in which the club has lurched from one crisis to the next.

It was the second time this year reports arose about Barrett expressing dissatisfaction with his level of support from club officials.

In May, he vowed to stick with Manly after he was filmed meeting with his management and lawyers about the situation.

Earlier on Tuesday, some of the club’s senior players publicly said they expected Barrett to stay until the end of his contract.

“He’s here for the next couple of years. Baz is a great coach, the players love him and we’d love to have him around,” said veteran Trent Hodkinson.

“I’m sure it will all work itself out.”

Forward Frank Winterstein said the players had “full faith” that Barrett would stay.

Barrett has had to deal with a lot since he took the reins at the northern beaches club, with his team never far from the headlines.

First there was now-disproved match-fixing allegations from before his time, then the club was fined for breaching the salary cap.

Soon after that, captain Daly Cherry-Evans was fined for getting into a fight with teammate Jackson Hastings at a strip club in the Queensland city of Gladstone following a loss to the Gold Coast.

After that night, Hastings spent most of the season playing NSW Cup, leading to allegations of him being frozen out after Barrett repeatedly didn’t pick him when first-choice five-eighth Lachlan Croker suffered a season-ending injury.

Hastings has since left the club to head to Super League side Salford.

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PROWLING: Jones The Cat launch their double A-side single on Friday night at the Small Ballroom.JONES The Cat frontman Jack Watterson admits his wife Sophie hates his Newcastle punk band’s latest song, I Want You Still.
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“I maintain it’s the angriest love song that anybody’s ever written,” Watterson said.“There’s this spoken word thing, which is basically me ranting.”

Jones The Cat will launch the track and its double A-side companion,Time Waster,at the Small Ballroom on Friday night.

It’ll be the four-piece’s first tastefromtheir forthcoming EP, which will be released through Canadianindependent label Dine Alone Records later this year.

The label release was part of Jones The Cat’s prize for winning last year’s Uni Sounds competition at Sydney’sOxford Art Factory.

Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman Simon Berckelman produced the music for the unnamed EP, while the vocals were recorded by Peter Holz (Gang Of Youths, Peking Duk).

“There’s a lot of argument about what the name of the EP should be,” Watterson joked.

Jones The Cat are also steadily building their Sydney fan base through a month-long Wednesday night residency at The Record Crate in Glebe.

BRAVE RETURNCESSNOCK country starTravis Collins will follow-up his Golden Guitar-winning album Hard Light (2016) and collaboration with Amber Lawrence, Our Backyard (2017), by releasing his new album Brave & The Broken on Friday.

The first singleoff the album, High Horse, was released in May. Collins will launchthe LP in his own backyard of Cessnock Leagues Club on Thursday night with support from Viper Creek Band and Mickey Pye.All proceeds from the night will be donated to drought-stricken farmers through Buy A Bale.

FARMERSHEARDTRAVIS Collins isn’t the only member of the music industry digging deep.Newcastle’snew music festival Scene & Heard is offering 100 free tickets to farmers for its November 4 show at Wickham Park. Other punters at the festival will also be able to donate throughcollection tins towards the Buy A Bale charity, which helps to provide food for rural stock.

WORLDLY LEECENEWCASTLE alt-country troubadour Ben Leece is renown for his poetic lyrics, so it’s little wonder he’s chosen an intriguing title for his debut solo album. No Wonder The World Is Exhausted will be released on October 19 through alt-country indie label Stanley Records.

You can catch cuts fromNo Wonder The World Is Exhausted, like lead single Villains, on Friday when Leece and his band Left Of The Dial perform at the Stag and Hunter Hotel.

B WISE COMING UPSYDNEY emerging hip-hop artist B Wise will be dropping beats at the Cambridge Hotel on October 6 during his Area Famous national tour.

The Nigerian-n recently premiered his new single Actin’ Different and smooth funk version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic Under The Bridge for triple j’s Like A Version.

FOR THE RECORDGET that spare cash ready vinyl lovers because the needle drops on the bi-annual Hunter Record Fair on Saturday at Kotara High School. Thousands of new and second-hand vinyl records are on sale across all genres.

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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson leaving Newcastle courthouse during his hearing. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAPENRAGED Hunter abuse survivor Peter Gogarty called the Catholic Church a “disgusting corrupt organisation” outside Newcastle Courthouse after dramatic scenes as Archbishop Philip Wilson started home detention for concealing Hunter priest Jim Fletcher’s child sex crimes.
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Mr Gogarty called on Wilson to say sorry and show contrition,accused a Wilson supporterof calling him “rubbish”, and vowed to continue standing up to the church only weeks after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed his campaign to have Wilsonresign or be sacked, that ended with Pope Francis accepting the archbishop’sresignation.

“Where is the contrition from former Archbishop Philip Wilson?His Grace, as somebody just said upstairs, has shown no grace,”said Mr Gogarty, who once knew Wilson well enough to call him Phil, and whose family knew Wilson as a young Hunter priest from the mid-1970s.

Archbishop’s home detention: survivor labels church ‘disgusting, corrupt’https://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/GJZ5TVpAk84wrTzsQfLQRB/b589b690-d081-4b0d-9929-46dbf5273b9a.jpg/r2_49_798_499_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgThere were dramatic scenes as Archbishop Philip Wilson started home, national, 2018-08-14T15:18:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5821724198001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5821724198001“Thisman (Wilson) said two weeks ago that he was resigning because of the hurt to people like me. But I’m still here still hurting and he’s now going to lodge an appeal, and we could wait months and months and months for that process to play out,” said Mr Gogarty,after telling the media he was“beside myself about this” as Wilson left to begin home detention.

“We’ve had one priest, who was going to give evidence against the archbishop, take his own life. We have another victim ofFletcher who can’t be here today because hehas serious health problems, and the archbishop does not have a single, solitary word to say to anybody like me that says ‘Sorry for your suffering’.


The Catholic Church turned its back on Father Glen Walsh, says his brotherAdelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson found guiltyPope accepts resignation of archbishop Philip Wilson’Why don’t you call?’, said the abuse survivor to the Pope“We’ve just had another member of the Catholic Church basically call me dirt,” he said of an altercation between himself and a Wilson supporter where the supporter used the word “rubbish” in a comment in response to Mr Gogarty’s call for the man to speak to him “on camera, right now, you and me”.

Mr Gogarty, who was sexually abused by Fletcher from the age of 11, vowed to “take every opportunity over the next few months to do everything I can to bring the attention of the public to this disgusting corrupt organisation and I hope that at the end of this the archbishop’s conviction sticks, and I hope he enjoys his six months having a holiday at his sister’s house”.

“I am a nuisance. And if the Catholic Church thinks I’m a nuisance now, brace yourselves, because I’m going to stay a nuisance. The community is on my side and on the side of victims and survivors everywhere.”

Archbishop’s home detention: survivor labels church ‘disgusting, corrupt’ Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

TweetFacebook Photos from outside Newcastle Courthouse on August 14, 2018 The archbishop did not respond to any requests to speak outside the court after a short hearing whereNewcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone said an assessment found Wilson could complete his 12-month jail sentence as home detention, with a minimum six-months at an undisclosed NSW location.

A previous hearing was told Wilson’s sister’s Central Coast home was a suitable location to complete the sentence.

Wilson’s barrister Ian Temby, QC, said the archbishop would lodge an appeal today against his May 22 conviction for failing to report child sex allegations about Fletcher to police, but Wilson did not apply for bail pending the appeal. Heelected to start his sentence on Tuesday, with the six-month home detention termending in February.

Hunter man Daniel Feenan, whose statements to police in 2003 led to Fletcher’s conviction for child sex crimes, also criticised Wilson outside the court for failing to speak and backed Mr Gogarty’s call to Wilson of “One word of contrition, Philip?”

“I’d like to see him show some type of remorse and I’d like to see him apologise,” Mr Feenan said, after Mr Stone noted in his sentencing remarks in early July that Wilson had shown no remorse or contrition, and his primary motive in not reporting Fletcher to police was to protect the church.

“I’ve had to show remorse over the years and apologise for things that have happened in my life and he still hasn’t done that,” Mr Feenan said.

Wilson’s decision to starthome detention on Tuesday rather than wait for the outcome of an appeal against his conviction was read by Mr Feenan “that he’s accepted his sentence and he’ll be serving it”.

Mr Feenan declined to comment about whether home detention sent a strong enough message to the community about how the criminal justice system viewed concealing child sex offences, but said he was happy Wilson was convicted and that he was sentenced to jail, although to be served as home detention.

“I can’t comment on how our legal system works,” he said.

Hunter woman Anthea Halpin, who was sexually abused by Hunter priest Denis McAlinden, and whose complaint to police led to the establishment of Strike Force Lantle which charged Wilson, said she was not surprised that Wilson will serve the sentence as home detention.

“I expected this would happen but I’m not unhappy. He’s a convicted criminal. He was called a prisoner in court and he’s lost his job. I think that sends a clear enough message,” Mrs Halpin said.

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Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull used Question Time to promotes the National Energy Guarantee.WHAT WE LEARNED
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* If scientific experts recommend a meningococcal B vaccine be listed, the government will make it available on the national immunisation program and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


The National Energy Guarantee can be a long-term bipartisan policy which delivers cheaper and more reliable electricity and lower emissions.


Whether the prime minister will rule out spending taxpayers’ money on a new coal-fired power station.


“What we are in favour of is cheaper electricity and the market will work out what is the cheaper model.” – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“That is the strongest full-year growth in youth employment in 30 years – before Taylor Swift was born. Now, the Labor Party might shake that off, Mr Speaker, but we are not going to shake it off.” – Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“A year ago the Treasurer said: ‘There’s no such thing as new, cheap energy with a coal-fired power station.'” – Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.

“If you build a new plant, the cost of capitalising that means the cost of that is going to be higher than an existing plant right now. It is simple economics.” – Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“Why would ns trust any promise this government makes about lower power bills – promises which the Member for Warringah, the former prime minister, described today as ‘merchant banker gobbledygook’?” – Labor energy spokesman Mark Butler.

“The problem with the Labor Party is that they think should be more like the Shire in The Hobbit – they think we should all be living like Bilbo Baggins in our turf houses, smoking our weed pipes, sitting in front of our fireplace with the smoke curling out of the chimney, no economy, no industry, no primary industries.” – Leader of the House Christopher Pyne.


“Every time the PM says ‘the time has come’ I think of the walrus. Didn’t work out very well for the oysters.” – Labor MP Terri Butler (@terrimbutler)

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Israel Folau says he will be playing fullback – nowhere else – in Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks.
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And the defiant Wallabies superstar is also vowing to attack the high ball with his customary vigour despite copping a contentious one-match ban earlier this year for a clumsy aerial challenge on Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika won’t name his starting side until Thursday and has gone to great lengths to keep his side under wraps, but Folau all but revealed he’d be wearing the No.15 jumper in the series opener at ANZ Stadium.

“Well, I’ve been training at fullback. I haven’t been training anywhere else so hopefully, yeah,” ‘s attacking trump said before Cheika ushered TV cameras and media out of Tuesday’s full team session in Sydney.

“But whatever decisions that ‘Cheik’ makes, it’s best for the team, but I don’t see myself playing any other position other than 15.”

Nor does Folau plan to tone down his aggressive aerial approach after receiving a one-game suspension for making mid-air contact with O’Mahoney during ‘s last Test match, a series-deciding 20-16 loss to Ireland in June.

“I won’t modify anything,” Folau said.

“After the incident in June, going back to Super rugby, I approached the game the same way as any other game.

“For me, it doesn’t change anything. Going into the weekend, I’ll have the same mindset in attacking the ball in the air and obviously making good decisions around that.”

Despite failing on appeal to have his ban overturned and believing the laws around aerial challenges remain too grey, Folau insists he will have “absolutely” no apprehension in employing his deadly leap against the world champions.

“I believe my technique is fair play. I’ll attack the ball at every opportunity I get to try and win possession for the team,” said the code-hopping ace.

“So that mindset won’t change.”

While he’s expected to re-sign until at least after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Folau is off contract at the end of the year, meaning his sixth Bledisloe Cup series could be his last crack at helping the Wallabies regain trans-Tasman bragging rights.

The 29-year-old is making no secret of his burning desire to add the prized piece of silverware to his 2013 Super Rugby triumph with NSW, an NRL grand final victory with Melbourne in 2007 and three straight State of Origin series wins with Queensland from 2008.

“It’s not rocket science that you definitely want to win it,” Folau said.

“Off the back of last year, I thought we built a really good foundation within our team internally.

“We came so close in the second game and we managed to get the win in the third one, which was a good finish.

“But I think that was just a good taste of the potential that the team can fulfil.”

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Dylan Napa (left) is ready to step up in the absence of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for the Roosters.Sydney Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa has declared himself ready to reclaim his role as forward pack leader in the absence of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for the next month.
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Waerea-Hargreaves was on Monday ruled out for up to the opening week of the NRL finals after breaking his ribs in Friday’s win over South Sydney.

His sideline stint is a whack for a Roosters side that has just claimed top spot on the ladder for the first time this year with just three games remaining.

“It’s really tough to lose him but there’s been plenty of games where we’ve played without Jared,” Napa told AAP on Tuesday.

“Our entire Roosters squad have been pushing for spots all year. So while we might be a man down, but it’s next man up.”

And Napa could be just that man, having only returned from injury himself.

The Roosters prop hasn’t played more than 28 minutes off the bench since coming back from a knee injury two weeks ago.

The ladder leaders will need Napa to quickly find his form as they look to replace Waerea-Hargreaves’ high-volume workrate.

The New Zealand international, who had only missed one game so far this year, is averaging 114m and 23 tackles in 46 minutes per game.

He also leads the Roosters forwards in offloads.

Napa’s opening comes after hurting his knee in their round 16 loss to Melbourne that also ruled him out of appearing for Queensland in State of Origin III.

“It was tough to cop, but I’m not the first person to miss an Origin game with injury,” he said.

“It was a little hard to get my running back, but I’m good now. I feel like I’ve been training really well, so we’ll see what happens on the weekend.”

The Roosters are also still without five-eighth Luke Keary, with Ryan Matterson filling in alongside Cooper Cronk in the halves in his absence.

A win against Canberra on Sunday will leave the Roosters in prime position to claim their fourth minor premiership in the past six years.

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A struggling man was held down on a bed and cut with a small blade during an exorcism after his relatives believed he had been a victim of black magic, a Sydney jury has been told.
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The man, who cannot be identified, said they believed the black magic had been performed on him by his in-laws to convince him to move out of his mother’s home with his wife.

The Islamic follower denied consenting to the procedure which involved Hijama, or the use of suction cups to draw blood and incisions made with a blade.

Giving evidence on Tuesday in the NSW District Court, he said when he asked Riza Morinaj what he was doing he was told “I am drawing out the evil” and that the Koran would be recited.

Morinaj, a 39-year-old spiritual healer, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping in company with the intention of gaining an advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, and to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company at a Sydney house in November 2016.

The husband said he wed his wife in an arranged marriage and they lived with his parents for a year, before moving out after his wife felt she was being treated like a slave.

While she respected his parents and had no problem with doing chores, she received no thanks, he said.

Under cross-examination from Morinaj’s barrister, John Selimi, the husband agreed his mother and grandparents blamed his wife’s parents for him moving out, believing they had performed black magic on him.

He himself did not believe in black magic, likening it to the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.

In November 2016, he went to a family function where his grandfather introduced him to three men, including Morinaj, who he said were friends from the mosque.

“My grandfather said these men wanted to have a quick chat with me as to why we moved out,” he said.

He agreed he had a sneaking suspicion they wanted to try to persuade him to move back and he was prepared to play along with it so as not to offend his family.

He told prosecutor Ken Gilson he was held down on a bed upstairs during the episode which lasted about 20 minutes before police arrived.

The husband denied Mr Selimi’s suggestion that he had submitted to the Hijama because he knew his grandfather wanted him to and was going along with it to appease him.

“I was not told what was happening before, I was not told why it was happening,” he said.

He only knew about the black magic exorcism claim during the procedure, not before.

“If they did ask for my permission, I would say no.”

The trial continues before Judge Helen Syme.

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Johnathan Thurston admits he’s growing tired of his NRL farewell tour but that there’s one old foe he’d like to beat on the way out.
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Saturday’s clash with Cronulla will mark the North Queensland playmaker’s final game in Sydney, with his Cowboys currently last on the ladder.

Next week will be his Townsville swansong, before Thurston completes a 16-year career on the Gold Coast in what could be a battle for the wooden spoon against the Titans.

Thurston has appreciated the tributes from rival clubs along the way and can see the appeal of getting one last laugh over long-time foe Paul Gallen on Saturday.

But the 35-year-old admitted, with a finals campaign out of reach, his retirement sideshow had started to drag.

“It’s a little bit tiring; I’m sure you guys (the media) are all getting sick of talking about it too,” Thurston, who made his NRL debut in 2002, said on Tuesday.

“There’s a few games to go, hopefully we cause a couple of upsets … it’s been a lot more enjoyable when you’re on the right side of the scoreboard.”

Long-time teammate Gavin Cooper likened Thurston’s farewell to NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s final season at the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago.

“We’re getting farewell movies everywhere we go,” he laughed.

“The (New Zealand) Warriors are probably setting the standard with how they’re sending off retirees, then obviously we have a long history with the Broncos and I’m sure Sydney will offer something too.

“It’s probably a fitting end in Sydney, finishing at Shark Park for Johno, given our history.”

That history includes a round one encounter this year when Cooper accused the Sharks of employing dirty tactics, while the teams have knocked each other out of four of the last five finals campaigns.

Thurston has also enjoyed a long period of State of Origin dominance over Sharks veteran Gallen, who at 37 is yet to decide if he will join the Cowboys legend in retirement.

“Yeah, there’s a good rivalry between the two clubs; both have forward packs that like to come after each other and as a half you like to sit back and watch that,” Thurston said.

“It’d be nice to get one more over the Sharkies, but I know it’s not going to be easy.”

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John Hopoate will learn the length of his rugby league ban on Thursday.Rugby league bad boy John Hopoate is set to learn the length of his ban on Thursday following charges stemming from a fight in a Manly A-Grade fixture last month.
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Hopoate will front the NSW Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night having already pleaded guilty to three counts of contrary conduct while filling in for the Narraweena Hawks on July 21.

The length of his suspension will be announced on Thursday morning, with a one-year ban likely.

The charges include one count of contrary conduct for offensive language and another for acting with aggression, after the former Manly and Wests Tigers star was already given a four-match ban for striking.

Any suspension would extend across all involvement in the sport and would therefore prohibit him from acting as a coach or trainer at any junior or senior rugby league match.

A life ban is not expected.

Hopoate, now aged 44, lasted just minutes in his first game of the season for the Hawks when he filled in off the bench against the Forestville Ferrets.

After he was initially penalised for a high tackle, a fight ensured on the following play-the-ball after the Ferrets kicked for touch.

Hopoate was sent off as a result for landing a punch, before footage emerged of him threatening the opposition lock in an expletive-laced tirade.

The opposing player was also sin-binned for his role in the incident, which including throwing the ball at Hawks players.

Hopoate played for NSW and in his 209-game NRL career, but also spent a record 45 weeks on the sideline suspended.

His most famous indiscretion came when he was banned for 12 matches for poking opponents’ backsides while at the Tigers in 2001, while his NRL career was ended with a 17-game ban for a dangerous high hit on Cronulla’s Keith Galloway while at Manly in 2006.

Those incidents won’t play any part in this week’s suspension, but he has a prior record in the Manly A-Grade competition which includes being marched for throwing a punch while playing for Manly Cove in 2011.

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