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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What exactly is Ivanka Trump’s role working for her father’s administrationin the White House?Apparently it has nothing to do with politics.
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The daughter of US President Donald Trump, who wasmade a federal employee in Marchfollowing months of speculation aboutwhether she would be stepping up to take on the traditional roles of a “First Lady”, has said she tries to “stay out of politics”.

Speaking on conservative morning television showFox & Friends, the fashion mogul turned White House occupant revealed she is more than happy to take a step back fromthe political world, saying she feels”blessed” to bepart of her father’s rise to power, but is no “political savant”.

Ivanka Trump with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Getty Images

“His political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish,” she said. “I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before… But I don’t profess to be a political savant.”

Trump is employed as an “unpaid adviser” to her father. However, even before she took on this role she had been by his side during official duties, includinghis meeting withJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, has beena senioradviser to the president since January.

The comment seems strange from Trump, given she resigned from her fashion brand at the start of this year following conflict of interest concerns.

The former modelfaced backlash after her company sent out a “style alert” press release, providing alink to buy a bracelet Trump wore during a60 Minutesinterviewshortly after her father’s election.

With the release of her book,Women Who Work(which she reportedly completed in October, before her father’s election), Trump announced she wouldnot be going on a promotional book tour and would be donating the profits from sales to charity.

“In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” shesaid in April.

“I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November.”

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Travel can be confusing and disorienting for some, particularly those not familiar with how airports work. Photo: Peter BraigWith the mass movement of holidaymakers about to begin for summer, this is a missive to those people whom I depend upon to make the exit and entry a smooth one – our airport border protection officers.
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Despite new uniforms and hard-line branding as the n Border Force, I have to say, that in all the years I’ve travelled, I’ve never met a difficult or cantankerous frontline worker at any n airport. Testy, maybe, but usually those moods are confined to times when the arrival hall is overcrowded.

Perhaps I’ve been lucky but I generally find our immigration and customs officers good-humoured, which is not always the experience I have in other countries. I’m an n coming in and out of my own country, so I’m aware I’m under less scrutiny than I would be if I entered Argentina, for instance. So I can’t speak for the experience of foreign nationals, who can be singled out, certainly at Customs.

I almost always get ushered through Customs quickly, while other nationalities are channelled towards the X-ray machines. I assume this is due to the high likelihood that certain visitors don’t understand our quarantine laws, even though they have been informed before arrival, or are apt to try to smuggle in food anyway.

Our ground-breaking television program, Border Patrol, seems to uncover an inordinate amount of sausages, cheeses and cash.

I do find that quickly navigating Immigration and Customs quite often depends upon the time of day my plane is departing or arriving. On the past few trips, I’ve gone through departures at Sydney airport with the speed of lightning. In fact, the lines have been so short both at Immigration and the security check, that on the occasions when I’ve had an express pass I’ve withheld handing it over, instead saving it for another, busier, time.

Once upon a time express passes were gold, but the new, automated security gates have sped up the process tremendously, both for arrivals and departures. You’re less likely to have to meet an immigration officer at all, unless the gate rejects your photograph. (This happened to me in the early days.) I do sometimes miss my little chats with the immigration officers, though.

The SmartGates are now open to visitors of various nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and French, making the movement of people even speedier.

I often marvel at the patience of the security personnel manning the scanners, who have to keep the lines moving and deal politely with confused, stubborn and plainly clueless people at the same time. The airport process does tend to dazzle you a bit – so many lights, people, different instructions – and travellers are apprehensive and a bit extra-sensitive, so patience from the people controlling the flow is essential.

I often become impatient myself with fellow passengers, who have their liquids scattered willy-nilly throughout their carry-on, wear elaborate outerwear that takes minutes to unbutton, or boots that can’t quite be unzipped, and express surprise that they need to take out their laptops or iPads, which means they need to unpack the whole lot on the conveyor belt or floor to extract the devices from the bottom of the case.

School holidays are often the times when various airport unions choose to strike. Border officials (or the lack of them) often take the full brunt of travellers’ frustrations. It’s no fun adding an hour or two to an already long trip standing in line waiting for the borders to open and process your passport.

So, every time I travel, I keep my fingers crossed it won’t coincide with industrial action, however justified that action might be. I’m travelling before Christmas, so I suppose I’m tempting fate by writing this.

If you really can’t hack it and like the idea of whirling through the airport on a buggy or having someone cut in line for you, or you’re unable to stand in a queue, there are premium airport meet-and-assist services available for a fee. The service is available worldwide for any passenger on any airline in any class.

Although navigating the airport departure hall looms as an ordeal to be overcome before the real business of travelling begins, I prefer to see it as the gateway to a new adventure, and the arrivals hall a portal to a welcome return home.

Which is why I’m always happy to see our border officials – as long as they’re happy to see me.

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Third Test: v South Africa day 1 Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.
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Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

Scenes from day 1 of the Third Test between and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images.

TweetFacebookA blunder that left David Warner ineligible to open the batting failed to rattle Test debutant Matt Renshaw on Thursday night as he and last-second partner Usman Khawaja safely negotiated through 12 overs under lights in Adelaide to close out the opening day of the pink-ball Test.

A clever declaration by South Africa’s wily captain and centurion Faf du Plessis caught the ns off guard after he had replied to the boos of the Adelaide Oval crowd with a sparkling unbeaten hundred.

In a twist in the closing stages of the final session Warner was not permitted to open with 20-year-old Renshaw after being deemed to have spent too much time off the field receiving medical treatment for a shoulder problem sustained during South Africa’s first innings.

Warner and captain Steve Smith were told that the vice-captain hadn’t served the required time back in the field to bat immediately after spending longer than the maximum eight minutes off the ground.

“I think the guys were a little bit annoyed, especially Smithy and probably Ussy, who had to go out and bat,” said Josh Hazlewood. “But it’s just one of those things that rarely happens but it happened today and I think the way Ussy adapted to the situation, he did a great job for us today.”

“You know the rules and (Warner) was just off the field for too long. He’ll hold himself accountable, that’s how Davey goes. He’ll know he did the wrong thing and apologise to the group, probably especially Usman, and obviously learn from it and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

Du Plessis had overheard Warner speaking with umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong when he returned to the field and ran off the ground with first-gamer Tabraiz Shamsi, declaring at 9-259 and giving Renshaw and Khawaja 12 overs under lights to bat.

South African captain Faf du Plessis celebrates after scoring a century during day one of the Third Test match at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images

“I listened to the conversation he had with the umpires,” du Plessis said. “I heard he had six minutes left before he could bat again so I thought let’s have a crack.

“It was just for me to try and take them a little bit out of their comfort zone.”

While Warner will have to bat at No.3, Renshaw (8 not out) and his Queensland captain Khawaja (3 not out) ushered to stumps and will resume at 0-14, trailing by 245, on Friday. After being earlier stationed at first slip on debut and taking a good low catch to dismiss Hashim Amla, Renshaw’s first Test runs, via a boundary to fine leg, brought a smile to his face and a roar from the stands.

It wasn’t the first involvement of the 32,255-strong crowd.Du Plessis had been roundly booedafter a week in which he was front and centre of a ball tampering controversy but proceeded to take the shine off Smith’s new n team.

There is something about Adelaide for South Africa’s stand-in captain. Four years ago, on his Test debut here, he held out an n attack for the best part of two days with an obstinate century that secured the tourists an epic draw.

Then there was the hoo-ha upon his arrival at the airport this week, the flashpoint of an episode in which he was charged and ultimately fined by the ICC. As it turned out, could have used him to be rubbed out of the third Test match rather than escaping suspension on a technicality.

Whatever you say about du Plessis – and he’s been called a few things this week – one thing is certainly is not is weak.

If anything the cool reception, coupled with his feeling of injustice about the Hobart mint affair, served to further inspire the 32-year-old. The chatter of ‘s recalled antagonist-in-chief Matthew Wade also made few inroads as du Plessis dashed to three figures and wound up unbeaten on 118 in the South African total. When he reached his ton, the few boos that rang out again were muffled by begrudging applause. He said later it was the best hundred of his career.

It was a day of significance for despite the match being a dead rubber, the series already claimed by South Africa. Infused by youth and with ambitions of launching off a bold new era from the wreckage of the past three months, the hosts were bursting in the field with the energy of a team that has been given a fresh start.

“There was some really good energy out there. I guess that’s what a few young faces do for the team,” Hazlewood said. “I think it probably started a couple of days ago at training, that extra energy from the young guys, and it showed today.”

It was somewhat of an anti-climax, though, when du Plessis won the toss and told the ns to bowl, delaying a first look at the revamped n top six featuring Renshaw, 25-year-old Peter Handscomb and 24-year-old Nic Maddinson.

Aside from finding du Plessis elusive the n bowlers did their job. Hazlewood led the way with 4-68, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird chimed in with two each and Nathan Lyon ended a drought of 110 first-class overs without a wicket when Wade stumped Kagiso Rabada.

The story of this n team here, though, was only ever going to be able to be told when they batted. It has been that side of their game that has let them down so badly and prompted such mass change.

Despite an unsettling late change to the order they passed their first test on Thursday night.

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It’s time for airlines to educate passengers about onboard etiquette. Photo: Justin ChinFIVE-STAR TREATMENT
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Having recently had to miss an international flight due to circumstances beyond my control (but not claimable on travel insurance), I was concerned about the cost thrown away of a non-refundable flight and five-star accommodation.

After a couple of calls, AirAsia revealed that I could be reimbursed at least the taxes, a significant component of most fares. Hotels苏州夜总会招聘 called the hotel and persuaded it to agree to reimburse the full cost of the booking.

With persistence, politeness and a reasonable excuse, non refundable doesn’t always mean you can’t get something, if not everything back.

Ross Duncan, Potts Point, NSWSTAYING MOBILE

On a recent trip from Albury to Proserpine and Hamilton Island via Sydney and Brisbane with Virgin , my husband and I once again experienced exemplary assistance and service on all sectors which made for a most relaxing experience.

We have done this trip many times, but things have become a bit more complicated as my mobility is severely reduced and I require a wheelchair.

At all airports a wheelchair was waiting either in the air bridge or at the foot of the boarding stairs. We were boarded first but had to wait at our destinations until all other able-bodied passengers had disembarked; a small inconvenience but well worth it. It is also worth mentioning that Virgin prefers disabled passengers to book wheelchairs well in advance and for all sectors.

Thank you again, Virgin .

Sibylle Texler, Harrietville, VICWHAT A PEARLER

Brian Johnston, I suspect I was on the same voyage as you from Amsterdam to Basel (Traveller, November 12) and I agree with everything you wrote in your feature.

I would, however, add that the crew of the Scenic Pearl was of the highest quality and this made a wonderful journey even more memorable. Their great attitude, first-class service and friendliness contributed much to a very special travel experience.

Ian Scobell, North Blackburn, VICNOW HEAR THIS

Doris LeRoy’s letter (Traveller letters, November 12), makes an important point about security at airports, both domestic and international. As someone with two cochlear implants, I need – and ask for – a “pat search” when boarding flights, as the internal implant can set off airport security alarms.

Cochlear implant users are issued with a “Patient Identity Card”, to explain about the implant to airport security staff. The point is that as bionic medicine makes further strides, airports need to become aware that more people are using bionic “spare parts”, which could affect security equipment, setting off “false alarms”.

As full-body security screening becomes more widespread, how will this equipment affect people with heart pacemakers, stents, cochlear implants, hip and knee replacements, and – in the foreseeable future – “bionic eyes”? I’ve already heard of other people with knee and hip replacements who’ve encountered this problem at airports, and there is a real need for security staff to be trained in a correct, and dignified, way of dealing with people using bionic medical devices.

Kaye Gooch, Prahan, VIC

As a traveller with artificial knees I can empathise with the sentiments expressed by Doris LeRoy. When transitting on to the Irish Republic I watched in astonishment as the young lady in front, who had not removed her belt, had to go back through the screening while her belt went separately and despite not activating any alarms the second time had a security officer pull up her top, put their hands inside her pants, and run them around her waist in full view of everyone.

My astonishment turned to horror as I was accorded the same treatment when only my knees had beeped at the hand-held sensor, a procedure that was repeated in similar manner some weeks later when I returned from Glasgow to board my flight home.

I have not experienced this type of search anywhere other than at Heathrow.

Kathy de Flon, Belmont NSW

I have two knee prosthesis and carry a plastic card with my name and type of implants. This card is quite useless and simple logic tells me I could still be carrying a weapon so I never get precious about being searched.

I feel compassion for the staff, just do it and let me move on. My only complaint is that my husband has to claim my hand luggage or it sits there unattended. If these inspections happen to pick up just one miscreant then it has been worth every second of my minimal discomfort.

Judy Jones, Thornleigh, NSWNOT SO SPECIAL

I tried to book a Scoot BIZ seat on the “Tuesday Special” price and had the Scoot system cancel it on me. After entering all the details including credit card and verification I received an onscreen prompt saying it was confirmed with a booking reference number and seat numbers confirmed.

I come home later in the day looking for the confirming email and it was a no show. I checked my credit card and it had not been debited. I then rang the bank and transaction record showed it had been authorised;

I called Scoot to get explanation and was told someone had cancelled the booking. I double-checked their website and found seat prices had gone up by SGD107.

There was no way Scoot would honour the ticket even with a confirmation boarding reference.

Graeme Hooper, Toronto, NSW 

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There is a battle going on just metres from London’s Tottenham Court Road tube station – and it is not between bargain hunters on nearby Oxford Street – this is a fight to preserve one of the most important streets in the city’s storied musical history. Denmark Street – known to the faithful as Tin Pan Alley – was home to the music industry for more than 100 years. Important studios were located there: the Rolling Stones recorded their debut at Regent Sounds and Donovan recorded his eponymous debut at Southern Music’s Studios. Denmark is also the only street full of musical instrument shops in Britain, if not the world.
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But this historic strip of guitar shops, drum sellers and rehearsal studios is currently caught in a perfect construction storm with the building of a huge new hotel and the Crossrail project that aims to link Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London and Canary Wharf. The result is that the street has been surrounded by chaos and landmarks have been destroyed.

I first discovered this musical enclave in my 20s when a singer-songwriter friend would play at the intimate 12 Bar Club. This proving ground for artists such as Martha Wainwright, Adele and the Libertines used a 14th-century forge as its stage; the performers surrounded in an ancient brick hug, the audience crammed standing in front or sitting on the balcony that always felt as it if might topple over if the crowd got too enthusiastic. This didn’t feel like playing someone’s lounge room as much as squashing into a friend’s hallway with a band and 50 of your new best friends. Between gigs patrons would go for air in the alley where you might find the band having a cigarette.

The 12 Bar Club is gone now, subsumed into the hotel complex, though the historic forge has been preserved thanks, in part, to a popular kick back against the destruction of London’s music history.

The Save Tin Pan Alley movement was founded by Henry Scott-Irvine, who is also crowd-funding a documentary, Tin Pan Alley Tales, to preserve the area’s unique history. Scott-Irvine wants the area to become a Music Heritage Zone with music-related businesses granted special exemptions to help keep them in what is becoming a very gentrified spot.

“Hotels, apartments and restaurants will be the order of the day if the Camden planners and councillors continually fail to see the long game of developer-loophole-chess being played out in the front of everyone’s eyes,” he says. “Only Tommy, ‘the deaf, dumb and blind kid’ from The Who’s rock opera could fail to see this.”

I am back on Tin Pan Alley listening to the dissonant music of the heavy machinery to see how much damage has been done. Walking the guitar shops, stuffed so full of Fenders and Gibsons you fear they may burst, you can imagine a gangly Keith Richards lighting a cigarette as he leans against the distressed brick walls in a break between recordings. The shopfronts date back to the 17th century and music wafts out of the shops as customers test the merchandise, if you can hear it amid the din. The cobbled laneway where we used to spill out of the 12 Bar is gone, along with the club itself, roads are closed and the small street is towered over by new steel and concrete giving it the look of a film set – like a real life Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, secreted away from daily commuters; the shininess of the new buildings serves to highlight the pleasantly ramshackle nature of the street itself.

But Save Tin Pan Alley doesn’t want the street preserved in formaldehyde they want it to continue to make a valuable contribution to the music scene that has given the world everything from the Stones and the Pistols to Royal Blood and London Grammar.

And that is something worth fighting for, so come on people, make some noise. TRIP NOTESMORE INFORMATION

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British Airways flies from Sydney and Melbourne to London via Singapore, britishairways苏州夜总会招聘. Qantas operates daily flights to London Heathrow from Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai, qantas苏州夜总会招聘. SEE AND DO

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Paul Chai travelled at his own expense.Five more offbeat London music landmarksTHE 100 CLUB

One club to survive the Oxford Street area’s drastic changes is the 100 Club which has been putting on live music since 1964 and has seen performances from the Who, the Kinks, the Stones – it would be easier to list the famous bands that haven’t played this tiny space. 100 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia; the100club苏州夜场招聘.ukTHE TURK’S HEAD

This pub is best known as a rugby hangout, where local tradition dictates that, if you have been to the game at nearby Twickenham Stadium, after a few pints friends lift you skyward like a rugby player and you stick your ticket to the roof of the pub. But this was also Ringo Starr’s local watering hole, though you would barely know it save for a black-and-white Beatles photo in the men’s toilet, and the occasional well-researched Beatles tourist braving the rugby scrums. 28 Winchester Road, Twickenham; turksheadtwickenham苏州夜场招聘.ukTHE GHOST OF BOWIE

A nondescript laneway, just west of the far more famous Carnaby Street, is where David Bowie stood for the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Not too much has changed, apart from the K.West sign that was above Bowie’s head, squint and you can almost see him. 23 Heddon Street, Soho, London URBAN OASIS

The bustling Berwick Street in Soho was the scene of a more recent classic album cover, What’s the Story Morning Glory by Oasis. Liable to be full of bustling office types by day and enthusiastic drinkers by night you won’t be able to reproduce the cover yourself, but you can say you’ve seen it. Berwick Street, Soho, London JIMI HENDRIX’S HOUSE

Had Jimi Hendrix and composer George Frideric​ Handel lived at the same time they would have shared a common wall when they resided in London. Now there is a quirky museum at this address that seeks to promote both of these very different musical geniuses. 23-25 Brook Street, London; handelhendrix苏州模特佳丽招聘

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TOUGH GIG: Jets captain Gema Simon, right, keeps tabs on Perth star Sam Kerr last Sunday in Newcastle’s 1-0 win. Picture: Getty ImagesCOMING off one of her most challenging times on and off the field, Newcastle captain Gema Simon admits she was “a little bit burnt out” before thisW-League season even started.
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But with help from the Newcastle staff and a deeper Jets squad around her, the foundation player is eyeing along overdue finals appearance this year.

Simonreturned from a stint with South Korean club Suwon over the winter to again lead the Jets, who are atop the table ahead of their round four game against Canberra at McKellar Park on Saturday from 4pm.

The one-game Matilda helped keep superstar Sam Kerr and her Perth side at bay in a 1-0 success at McDonald Jones Stadium last week, which followed a 4-0 win over Melbourne Victory and1-0 loss to Melbourne City on the road.

The 26-year-old and Rhali Dobson are the only survivors from Newcastle’s inaugural W-League squad of 2008-09, which was the last Jets side to make finals.

Simon believed the current line-up, includingAmerican trio Jen Hoy, Megan Oyster and Arin Gilliland, were“headingin the right direction” to repeat that effort.

“We’ve definitely got more depth in thesquad this season and everyone seems to get on quite well, so if we keep doing the little things right and improve each week, we should be able to push for a finals spot,” Simon said. “It’s a long way off, but it’s definitely the goal for us this season.”

The promising start to the season for Simon came after a lucrative but difficult off-field experience in South Korea.Simon said she went through the entire season without a translator, making it like “a big game of charades for eight months”. She also had no help from a physiotherapist.

“It was really tough, and it’s probably one of the most challenging things I’ve been through as a person and a player,” she said.

“I learnt a lot about myself and Icame back a more mentally tough person. The football side was good, I enjoyed that. Thelifestyle side of it wasn’t my favourite.But it was what I wanted in terms of playing full-time football, training everyday. Sometimes it was too much but I’d rather be training than not. Being in a non-English speaking country, so far away from home, that was probably the hardest part.”

She said catching up with other ns in the league “kept me sane” and, despite the obstacles, she took a “lot of positives” out of the experience.

“I was a little bit burnt out when I came back, but they are looking after me while I juggle a few niggles and try to play some good football and do my job for the squad,” she said.

Simon said the Jets would have to improve on their effort against Perth, where they struggled to maintain possession.

“We got the three points, but the way we did it wasn’t the way we wanted,” she said.

“I suppose we have high expectations on ourselves. We definitely didn’t play great last week, but it’s definitely a positive we can play that way and get away with a win.

“We’re definitely going to have to tidy it up a little bit and be better the rest of the season.”

On Saturday, Simon said the Jets would be on guard for the Canberra attack, which has lost Jasmyne Spencer (ankle) but still contains the likes of Michelle Heyman, Hayley Raso and Ashleigh Sykes.

“They are always going to be competitive and they have a very attacking side this year,” she said.

“I think that’s where their strengths are this season and we have to combat that, and be smart with what we do and how we play.

“We’ve gone over some video this week and we’re going to be more aware of their attacking threats.”

Newcastle have lost goalkeeper Kelsey Wys (knee) for the season and have brought in 15-year-old Annalee Grove as a back-up to Claire Coelho.

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Hillary Clinton: the target of WikiLeaks. Photo: Supplied A screengrab of the message the author receives when trying to view or follow Wikileaks on Twitter.
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WikiLeaks has blocked me on Twitter and I want to know why. After all, the organisation bills itself as pro-transparency.

Yet these days rather than opening a window into the workings of governments, its business appears to be the use of information to muddy waters and promote conspiracy theories.

Before I was blocked, WikiLeaks had already threatened my employer Fairfax Media with legal action for my analysis about how the hacktivist organisation and Russia’s paths keep crossing. But that moment had passed. So I wondered: was it me pointing out that during the US election WikiLeaks had disseminated- through retweets to its 4 million followers – sometimes wild misinterpretations and misinformation about Hillary Clinton’s emails, and even theories that suggested the death of a low-level Democratic Party staffer was part of a cover-up?

Was I on the blacklist because of my stated opinion that the only governments WikiLeaks cared to “open” were Western democracies? Meanwhile, authoritarian and kleptocratic governments like China’s, Iran’s and Russia’s – the ones that might jail their own Julian Assanges – well, they got a free pass.

The final straw may have come after emails linked to Vladimir Putin’s aide were hacked and I asked on Twitter if WikiLeaks wouldn’t publish those emails, too.

But that tweet is history – and so is the US election.

African-Americans are left wondering if the slow progress of the last 150 years will end with the election of a man backed by the Klan and its sympathisers. Ditto Jews the world over, watching the Klan’s hipster nephews, the so-called ‘alt-right’, gather to make straight-arm Hitler salutes in a Washington ballroom. Muslims in America are worried about being rounded up. People fear for their physical safety.

What role did Assange play in the election of this abnormal candidate? More precisely, how was it ever OK for Assange to pound away at Hillary Clinton’s reputation and that of the Democrats with data hacked by an enemy government?

How was it okay for WikiLeaks, in plain sight, to advance the fortunes of one American candidate over another?

Many WikiLeaks supporters who need to ask themselves these hard questions won’t. That’s because for many in the tech community, their beliefs run in a decidedly libertarian direction.

Meanwhile, much of the public, so distrustful of power – of any power – see the need, as one colleague of mine put it, “to wreck the system so it could be started over.”

Politics, to them, is like technology. Reforming a system of government with its checks and balances and limits on power is like wiping a laptop’s hard drive and reformatting it.

Except it’s not.

Democracies thrive with strong institutions, which rely on a culture of accountability and trust. A strong democratic culture encourages them to reform when that is clearly necessary.

But today, democracy is being undermined by regimes with a keen grasp of technology’s potential for sowing confusion, division and disorder in systems that rely on trust and public faith.

Assange did the work of one of those regimes.

With Trump’s election, dystopian forces have been unleashed in what is, for better or worse, still the world’s most influential democracy. This isn’t theory. This is reality. It’s Americans on the street angry and fearful for what comes next.

Soon there will be anti-democratic forces in the White House. And this matters for democracies everywhere. Here in . In the US. In France. In Germany.

These systems depend on a mainstream politics geared toward the centre, grounded in realistic compromise and openness. Not constant revolutions but incremental and sustained change.

WikiLeaks just helped deliver a blow to the kind of consensus democracy countries like the US and  are built on.

Discussing WikiLeaks as a sometimes reckless, often anti-Western-state organisation rather than a plainly heroic endeavour is, I suspect, why I was blocked on Twitter.

This clash between what WikiLeaks purports to be in cyberspace and what it really is in the world of international politics is an inconvenient truth for Assange and his followers. It’s one that burst into the open in 2016.

It’s for this reason, I suppose, that WikiLeaks would rather I don’t know what they’re tweeting.

Maybe some of WikiLeaks’ other Twitter followers should be asking these questions too. Maybe they can ask if the organisation has moved from being a force for productive reform to one of destruction and distortion? And if it has, who in the world today does that benefit?

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