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Xi praises Marxism to win China’s future ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China must continuously improve the ability to use Marxism.Chinese President Xi Jinping has hailed Karl Marx as “the greatest thinker of modern times,” in a speech seen as part of an effort so shore up his power against domestic critics.
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Xi’s address at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing was one of a series of events in China marking the bicentennial of the philosopher-economist’s birth in 1818 in Germany.

“We must win the advantages, win the initiative, and win the future. We must continuously improve the ability to use Marxism to analyze and solve practical problems,” Xi said beneath a massive portrait of the white-bearded Marx on a stage bedecked with scarlet and gold curtains.

“Today, we commemorate Marx in order to pay tribute to the greatest thinker in the history of mankind and also to declare our firm belief in the scientific truth of Marxism,” he said.

Promoting Marx is seen in part as a way for Xi to strengthen ideological control and counter critics within the ruling Communist Party unhappy with his move in March to eliminate presidential term limits. Xi is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, an official that is also not term-limited.

Marx’s work became the inspiration for communism, an ideology that aims for shared ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes.

China launched market reforms three decades ago but the party keeps an iron grip on power.

Australian Associated Press

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Theoharous set to miss A-L grand final ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Christian Theoharous’ chances of playing the A-League grand final “doesn’t look great,” says coach.A crunching tackle from Luke Wilkshire looks set to rob exciting Melbourne Victory young gun Christian Theoharous of the chance to play in Saturday’s A-League grand final.
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The 18-year-old winger has barely trained all week and barring a miraculous late recovery in the morning, is all but certain to watch the clash from the stands at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Theoharous spent the first half of the week in a moon boot after the crude challenge from Wilkshire – which went unpunished – late in Victory’s 3-2 extra time win over Sydney FC in last weekend’s semi-final left him with strained ankle ligaments.

“It was a tackle that obviously got him pretty good,” coach Kevin Muscat told reporters.

“He’s struggled all week, if I’m honest.

“He tried to train yesterday without any assistance, an injection or anything like that and he was still pretty sore.

“It’s another 24 hours so we’ll see how he pulls up but it doesn’t look great for him.”

It’d be a heartbreaking outcome for Theoharous, who made his A-League debut last season but only announced himself this campaign with a string of electric performances off the bench.

Muscat will instead have to count on a similar late impact from Jai Ingham, who appears the most likely replacement for him in the extended squad, against the Newcastle Jets.

Striker Pierce Waring is another option.

Reports have linked Theoharous with a move to Germany at the end of this season but how the injury might affect those hopes of an overseas contract remains to be seen.

Muscat has given the rest of his squad a clean bill of health and says the gruelling impact of their 120-minute battle with the Sky Blues won’t have any negative physical affect on them whatsoever.

“Yes, Newcastle have had an extra day and they’re at home but our methodical training led by Anthony Crea will deliver to the players,” he said.

“It was said last week we were less physically prepared (than Sydney FC) but it was the opposition walking around with cramps after 115 minutes.

“We’ve dispelled that and the confidence and belief they’ve got in Anthony to deliver them to a grand final with maximum energy is great.”

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Newcastle Beachwatch: Friday, May 11, 2018 ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Newcastle Beachwatch: Friday, May 11, 2018 STYLE: A surfer grabs a neat wave on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.
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BUILDING: The swell at Bar Beach on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A /Newcastle surfer on Monday, May 7, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING DIP: Conditions at Newcastle city beach on Friday, May 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SCENES: A surfer cuts across a wave on Thursday, March 3, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: The morning sky on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

FIRST LIGHT: The scene before dawn on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Newcastle beach. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CALM: Conditions at Nobby’s beach on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: Newcastle surfer Mark Richards at Ladies Lefts on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: Surfers in the water at Dixon Park on Monday, April 16, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Conditions on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: Conditions in Newcastle on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: A surfer out for a morning paddle at Merewether on Monday, April 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A young surfer on a wave at Merewether on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

STORMS: Merewether Baths on Wednesday, March 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURFING: The beautiful autumn weather in Newcastle on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

DAWN: Sunrise at Merewether on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CLEAN: Shore rides at Dixon Park on Monday, March 26, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: A surfer catches the big swell at Newcastle point on Friday, March 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: A surfer at Nobbys bank on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: The view of Nobbys breakwall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

VIEWS: Sailor’s Rock at Merewether on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GROMS: Merewether surfers on Monday, March 19, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SHINING THROUGH: Sunrise at Merewether on Friday, March 16, 2018, Picture: Dave Anderson.

SPRAY: Dawn surfing at Pogo’s on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BARREL TIME: A surfer finds the right wave on Monday, March 12, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

OVERCAST: Rough conditions at Newcastle City Beach on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

KEEN: A young surfer at Merewether on Monday, March 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING: Surfers at Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: A surfer cuts loose at Merewether on Friday, March 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Photo: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken at Newcastle Beach on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Friday, February, 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken on Monday, February 19. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GIRLS RIP: Photo taken at Merewether on Thursday, February 15. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Jesse Adam four times winner Open Mens Division Merewether Surfboard Club 2017. Piucture: Davbe Anderson

BEACH: Ollie and Felix with dolphins at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 9. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 8. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Newcastle Beach … Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Beautiful morning. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Chris Davis at Merewether on October 25. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nick at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Todd at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn at Merewether on October 23, 2017. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Erosion at Cliff. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Axel-Rose Curotta at the Mattara Classic. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Kite-surfers at Nobby’s. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sunday arvo at Newcastle. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Merewether morning on September 21. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys Spit on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Stockton on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gleaming grom at Merewether on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Hollow shorey at Pogos on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Heavy shorebreaker at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backpacker surfer at Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The spit at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morning SUP at Pogos. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ski Paddle at Dixon. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Cleaning at Merewether beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie Ryssenbeek navigates The Ladies on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Off-reef at Nobbys on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Paul Snow at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backside glide Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn sets at Merewether on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gulls at Nobbys on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Twin Peaks at Merewether on September 6. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys spit on September 5. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sanding-up at Merwether on September 4. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Super Grom at Merewether on September 3. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Father’s Day at the beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF:Photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNNY: Sunrise at Dixon Park beach on Thursday, March 13, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

TweetFacebookBEACH WATCHMuch cooler day along the coast with strong offshore winds which will knock the swell down. Conditions smaller and not too consistent. Low pressure moving down the coast to provide an increase for the weekend. Swell from the East to S/E around 1m. Wind fresh to strong Westerly. Early high tide to fill some breaks and try the more protected southern corners. 1st up check Cowrie Hole,Bar Reef and Merewether. Newcastle Beach towards late morning low tide. Southern corners of Dudley and Catho. One Mile up at Port Stephens. Swimming conditions okay and it will be warmer in than out. Bar Beach, Nobbys and Merewether are patrolled. Water temp 19C.

– Dave Anderson

HUNTER BOATINGWindsWesterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore north of Norah Head early in the morning and again in the late evening.

Seas2 to 3 metres. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre.

WeatherPartly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

NEWCASTLE SHIPPINGARRIVALS

Yesterday:Kanda Logger, 12.48am; Sincere Pisces, 7.10am; Pheonix Ocean, 7.36am;Taiyo, 9.30am; Sealink, 2.42pm; Ttm Hope, 7pm; New Leonindas, 11.45pm.

Today: Tohokumaru, 12.15am; Ns Silver, 2am; Spirit Of Ho-ping, 7.45am; Hl Boryeong, 12.45pm; Crystal Wind, 4pm; Ocean Rhea, 8pm.

DEPARTURES

Yesterday: Cape Harvest, 2.24am; Shinchi Maru, 3.36am; Nanakura, 4.10am; Nanchang, 8.24am; La Briantais, 3.25pm; Star Jennifer, 4.30pm; Maria Carla, 6pm; Pheonix Ocean, 10.30pm.

Today: Asahi Maru, 2.45am; Sincere Pisces, 3.30am; Cape Zenith, 4.49am; Taiyo, 2.45pm; Tohokumaru, 5.30pm.

AIR QUALITYNewcastleGood

WallsendGood

BeresfieldGood

SingletonFair

MuswellbrookFair

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Six-storey deep sinkhole opens on NZ farm ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

The area often develops sinkholes due to degrading limestone rock beneath the ground’s surface.A spectacular sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-storey building has opened up on a New Zealand farm.
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A worker stumbled upon the chasm before dawn this week when he was rounding up cows for milking on the farm near the North Island town of Rotorua. It appeared after several days of heavy rainfall.

Farm manager Colin Tremain told Newshub television he didn’t realise just how big the hole was until he saw it in the daylight.

He said the area often developed sinkholes due to degrading limestone rock beneath the ground’s surface.

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott told Newshub the sinkhole was three times larger than any he’d seen before.

He said an underground cavity would have developed over decades.

Tremain said he’s planning to install a fence so livestock don’t fall into the sinkhole.

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A-League grand final: Jets striker hopes to repeat history for sports mad city ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

IN THE ZONE: Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan at the final hit out before the A-League grand final against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Picture” Max Mason-HubersJETS’ hired gun Roy O’Donovan was a teenage rookie when the strikerhelped steer his home town club Cork City to a league title on the final day of the season.
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It was a day he will never forget.

“We don’t have the same grand-final thing over there, but it happened to be the first and second placed team played each other in the last game of the season,” he said. “It was at our home ground and if they won, they won the league. If we won, we won the league.”

Cork City beat Derry City, sparking wild scenes.

“Cork is not the capital. It is a big industrial city, it is working class but they love their sport and they love a winning team,” O’Donovan said.

O’Donovan has since played at Wembley, where hisNorthampton Town were defeated by Bradford City in England’s 2013 League Two play-off final and has won the Singapore League Cup with Brunei DPMM.

But he said a win over Victory in the A-League grand final would rank along side the Cork triumph.

“This is up there, this is huge,” he said. “The beauty of football is that I have got to play in lots of different places. Australia is special for me. It feels like home, maybe because of that connection with Cork and a sporting city.”

I’m looking forward to Saturday and hopefully doing something special.”

After migrating north from the Central Coast, O’Donovan made an instant impact at the Jets, netting seven goals in five games until injury, suspension and inconsistency hampered the 32-year-old’s campaign.

“Of course it has been frustrating,” he said. “I was flying the first six weeks and my aspiration and goals were a lot higher but you cut them back with the injury.That 10-12 week period out was hard but it would have been a lot worse if I’d been sitting up in the stands and we were losing every week.”

Three weeks ago he turned a corner, bagging a double in a 8-2 rout of his old club.

“Melbourne Victory have a fantastic team so they’re going to pose a different challenge to what Melbourne City did,” he said.

“But it’s something we’re all relishing. You want to play against the best the A-League has to offer and Victory are definitely up there.”

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