Queens Of The Stone Age announce Australian tour ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

ROCKING RETURN: Palm Springs rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are coming back to Newcastle Entertainment Centre in August for the first time in four years. Their last visit was a co-headliner tour with Nine Inch Nails in 2014. US rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are coming to Newcastle.

That’s right, Newcastle. We missed out on last year’sVillains World Tour.

The band played only a handful of Australian dates in support of their seventh studio album, all of which sold out quickly. Frontman JoshHomme promised to return, saying:“Everybody who knows me knows that Australia is my home away from home.”

The band last performed at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2014 with co-headliners Nine Inch Nails.Homme was in fine form, despite battling the flu. So was his Australian-born wife,Brody Dalle, who opened with songs from her band The Distillers. The couple have three children.

The upcoming August visitwill offer Hunter rock fans a chance to see a healthy Homme, who had shunned medical advice to perform at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre show in2014.

The Way You Used To Do – Queens Of The Stone AgeThe flu failed to foil the evening, which the Herald’s reviewer dubbed“arare and memorable night in Newcastle for rock fans of all ages”.

The Villains World Tour returns to Australia and New Zealand for nine headline showsin August and September. Australian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking is the support.

Homme will be joined on stage byTroy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Dean Fertita (guitar/keys), Jon Theodore (drums/percussion) and Michael Shuman (bass).

Featuring fan and radio favourites Head Like A Haunted House, The Way You Used To Doand The Evil Has Landed, Villainsdebuted at number one on Australia’s ARIA Album Chart.

No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone AgeIt was the second for the California hard rock heavyweights, following the Mark Ronson produced …Like Clockwork, which hit the charts in June 2013.

The band’s major album Songs for the Deafwas their first appearance on the Australian album charts’ top ten, ranking seventh in September 2002.

Queens Of The Stone Age play an all-ages gig at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on August 30.Tickets go on sale on May 3 through Ticketek.

Frontier members presale tickets are on sale for 24 hours only, starting at 2pm on May 1.

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McGovern future no distraction for Eagles ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

West Coast are fighting hard to fend off Victorian AFL clubs and re-sign Jeremy McGovern.West Coast coach Adam Simpson has called for calm regarding the uncertain AFL future of Jeremy McGovern, saying the contract speculation isn’t a distraction.

McGovern raised alarm bells among Eagles fans on Thursday when he said he was likely to put contract talks on hold until the end of the season.

Victorian clubs are circling the restricted free agent with reported offers of more than $1 million a season, while Fremantle are also interested.

Simpson is hopeful McGovern will stay put at the Eagles, and isn’t stressing about the situation.

“I don’t see it as a distraction,” Simpson said.

“It’s footy. That’s what happens on occasions. We love ‘Gov’, we want to keep him and we’re doing everything we can to keep him.

“He’s playing good footy, so I don’t see it as a distraction from his point of view, and the team is going alright as well.

“This is not the first time it’s happened, so I think we’ve just got to calm down a little bit. This happens a lot.”

West Coast (5-1) will be aiming to continue their hot form when they take on Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

The Power have named star ruckman Paddy Ryder to play his first match since he suffered an achilles tendon injury in round one.

However, coach Ken Hinkley says he may withdraw Ryder if they deem the Optus Stadium surface too hard.

The Power will be without star forward Chad Wingard (hamstring), while the Eagles were also dealt an injury blow in the form of Lewis Jetta (calf).

Simpson dismissed any concerns that spearhead Josh Kennedy had pulled up sore and might be in doubt.

“I spoke to him this morning and he said, ‘I haven’t felt this good this year’, so he’s right to go,” Simpson said.

“He’s quite surprised about some of the talk.”

Port’s off-season recruiting spree had many pundits tipping them to win the premiership this season.

Simpson said taking on Port Adelaide would probably be his team’s toughest test of the season to date.

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Hamilton count on change in luck ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Hamilton’s Rhys Cooper.

Hamilton coach Peter McGuinness believes his side’s fortunes have to turn in the Northern NSW NPL.

He just hopes they are still playing well enough to capitalise when they do.

Starting a new era under McGuinness with an overhauled squad, Olympic are in the unfamiliar position of second last after seven rounds with just four points. But they’ve been far from off the pace. All four losses have been by one goal. They take on Lake Macquarieat Darling Street Oval on Sunday needing to stop the rot.

“The way we play, we’ve got to turn that into points, otherwise it’s a waste of time,” McGuinness said.

“It’s tough but I’m confident things will turn around. When you look at the scale of things and how much luck and things have gone your way, it’s very little.We’ve just got to make sure we’re still playing football when it turns.”

Also Sunday, Josh Rose is set to debut for Edgeworth atMaitland, Charlestown travel to Adamstown and Valentine host Weston at CB Complex.On Saturday, Jaffas take on the Jets Youth at Edden Oval.

In the HeraldWPL Saturday, Adamstown host Merewether. On Sunday, New Lambton welcomeWarners Bay and Wallsend play Thornton at The Gardens.

McGuinness, meanwhile, will be without Leo Bertos, who is coachingin a youth tournament inJapan, and Jed Hornery (hamstring injury).

Hamilton defeated Kahibah 5-1 in the FFA Cup round four on Thursday night and the side had come through unscathed. Rhys Cooper and Jake McGuinness scored doubles.

Lake Macquarie defeated Maitland 2-0 on Wednesday night in their cup game and coach Nick Webb said they too had no injuries from the midweek tests.

New goalkeeper Stuart Plant, who switched from Charlestown,debuted in the match and Webb was impressed with his organisation and positioning at the back. The Roosters lost 5-3 to the Jets Youth last week and are seventh on six points in the NPL.

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Pies rookie sidelined with heart condition ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Collingwood’s Kayle Kirby will take time away from the AFL after being diagnosed with a heart issue.Collingwood rookie Kayle Kirby’s AFL season is likely over after being diagnosed with a heart condition, months after he collapsed during a VFL practice match.

The 19-year-old was taken from the field in an ambulance after collapsing midway through the match at Collingwood’s training base on March 31.

Kirby, who played his sole AFL game in round 23 last year, was found to have suffered an irregular heartbeat and tests have since revealed an underlying heart condition.

“Kayle will be monitored by club medical staff and his cardiologist over the next three months during which time his response to a light training program will also be tracked,” the Magpies said in a statement on Friday.

“Kayle is unlikely to return to playing during this three month period.

“A further update will be provided at the conclusion of this time.”

Kirby’s situation is similar to that of St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton, who has also been effectively ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Roberton collapsed off the ball during St Kilda’s round-four game against Geelong.

He is set to undergo further tests with doctors unsure of the cause of his heart problems.

The 26-year-old on Thursday said further testing and monitoring, which has involved a device being implanted in his chest, would take around three months.

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Revenge of the Massive toy Geek ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Revenge of the Massive toy Geek TweetFacebook Massive Geek galleryPictures: Lee MaxwellLEE Maxwell admits he received some curious looks from bystanders when he was poking around the storm water drain inthe Kotara Homemakers Centre recently.

Perhaps they initially thought he was a graffiti artistlooking to tag the drain’sconcrete walls.

They became even more puzzled when they realised the 39-year-old Novocastrian was holding a camera and a large Raphael doll from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lee wasn’t spraying graffiti, but he waspursuing therapidlygrowing art form of toy photography.

“I thought perfect, there’s a sewer and there’s a few pipes in there,” Maxwell says.“When I got Raphael and took him down into the sewer there wasone of the little off-shoot pipes and it was the perfect size, perfectly scaled.

“I put Raph in there and took the photo. A couple of people were walking past and they’relike‘what are you doing’ and they then see I have a giant Ninja Turtle.

TURTLE POWER: Lee Maxwell’s photo of Raphael in a Kotara storm water drain.

“So that’s always funny.”

For the past three years the Gatesheadfather-of-one has been regularly uploading photos of his extensive toy collectionon his Instagram profile, Massive Geek.

It’s filled with creative and colourful portraits of everything from comic superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman to ’80s toy favourites Transformers and GI Joe to movie characters like ArnoldSchwarzenegger’s Terminator and Star Wars.

Massive Geek has built an audience of 2375 followers, while it pales in comparison to the 22,000 Los Angeles-based professional toy photographer Mitchel Wu possesses, it is growing quickly.

“This trend started with watermarking your photos and I did a particular photo of my’60s Batman and Joker and did a muck around thing with Batman tied up and few of the baddies around him and posted a comment,‘will Batman escape this dastardly duo’ like in the old’60s TV series,” he says.

“There’s a page called Epic Toy Art whojust share other people’s stuff and they shared it and I got 3000 hits and my followers progressively went up for there.”

Maxwell first started collecting GIJoe toys as a child in the ’80s. But while most boys grow out of action figurines, Maxwell’s obsession only deepened.

He estimates he owns more than 1000 toys and figurines, which commandeer an entire room in his Gateshead home on custom-made shelves.

“Itstarted from a love of comic books,” Maxwell says.“Having a 3D representation of that particular character was cool.

“For the Transformers stuff, it was nostalgia because I grew up loving that and I was the kid in school -and there was a few of us -that loved GI Joe.

“I loved the concept of having a jeep and a tank and little dude that fitted inside it.I guess it’s just snowballed from there and gotten bigger and bigger.”

Maxwell buys a new piece every fortnight on average from toy stores or online and admits the cost and household space the hobby consumes has led to some tense negotiation with his wife, Renee.

“When we first started going out in high school I said,‘I’ve gota bit of a nerdy hobby and I need you to know one thing, it’ll probably outlast you’,” he laughs.“It didn’t go down too well at first.”

Maxwell proudly claims “geek” as a term of endearment and wore a “Nerdy By Nature” t-shirt while giving a tour of his toy collection.

“I’ve doneit for so long they [my friends]don’t think anything of it anymore,” he says.

SNAP: Lee Maxwell’s photo recapturing a scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“It’s the new people who come through who are like,‘OK, you’re buying dolls’. You get that a lot, then they see the photos or they come and see it.

“It’s hilarious because they can rip on you about it but as soon as they come into the room there’s always something they grab and go,‘Oh my god, I remember that, that was the best’. That’s always fun to watch.”

There’s also an end game to Maxwell’s growing passion for toy photography. Much like so-called Instagram “influencers” who are paid or given clothes to model and endorse, some toy companies and stores regularly send their new products to photographers.

“There’s a couple of guys who the companies send stuff to photograph because they’re that good and theirshots make you want to buy the bits and pieces,” he says.

“That’s a goal one day. If it happens, it happens. It would be a nice side effect of putting it all out.”

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Court to decide on Gallagher citizenship ( admin posted on April 28th, 2019 )

Labor senator Katy Gallagher will learn her fate on Wednesday when the High Court hands down its decision in her citizenship case.

However, the case could have wider implications for a swag of lower house MPs – and the numbers on the floor of federal parliament – if the court finds her disqualified to sit in parliament due to her dual citizenship.

Senator Gallagher, who represents the ACT, argues she took every possible step to renounce her British ties to ensure her eligibility to run for parliament.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue told the court in March it was clear Senator Gallagher had not complied with renunciation requirements and as a result her Senate seat should be vacated.

But her legal team says she took every action she could to sever citizenship by descent through her father and it was “incredibly uncertain” how long a person should have to wait for British officials to approve the decision.

Senior government figures have said if Senator Gallagher is disqualified, three Labor lower house MPs in similar dual citizenship situations – Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb – should resign.

Labor last year sought, but failed to get, government approval for a job lot of MPs to be referred, including its own members as well as coalition MPs Julia Banks, Jason Falinski, Alex Hawke, Nola Marino and independent Rebekha Sharkie.

Some coalition members say the constitution needs to be changed to allow dual citizens to run for parliament, given Australia society’s multicultural nature.

WA Liberal senator Linda Reynolds, who is chairing an inquiry into section 44 of the constitution, is one member who says a referendum is needed.

But cabinet minister Mathias Cormann said he didn’t think it would succeed.

“But I’m personally not persuaded that the Australian people disagree with the proposition that a member of the federal parliament should be an Australian citizen only,” Senator Cormann told reporters in Canberra.

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Snowden colt has win in sight ( admin posted on April 28th, 2019 )

Peter Snowden

Champion Sydney trainer Peter Snowden is confident a huge drop in class will lead to his classy colt Sokudo breaking through for his first win at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday.

The two-year-old will contest the 1400-metre maiden plate in which he is well weightedunder the set-weight conditions.

Sokudo has had five starts for three placings, two of which came at Randwick and Warwick Farm.

First up at Hawkesbury over 1300mon April 5, Sokudo went back to third-last in a field of 12before unwinding in the home straight to finish third, beaten less than two lengths. In his most recentstart, the colt took on a classy field in the Fernhill Handicap, a black-type race at Randwick on April 14. After racing in third-last position, Sokudo made up significant ground to finish three lengths behind the smart Futooh.

Saturday’s race is a massive drop in class and Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, told the Herald on Thursday that he expects a bold showing.

“This is a lovely race for him and realistically he wants a bit longer than 1400,but we have freshened him up since his last run three weeks ago,” he said.

“Sokudo is talented but he can be hot and cold. It is a huge drop in class from the Fernhill and he will love the big track.I expect Sokudo to race midfield and be very strong late. Mitchell Bell rode him at Hawkesbury so he knows the horse.”

He was even more confident of the prospects of his lightly raced three-year-old Expierroment in the 1400m maiden handicap.

The gelding carriesthe same colours as stablemate and Everest winnerRedzel and he hasn’t raced since he finished a close third behind the smart Amanito at Newcastle on December 3.

Expierroment has since had a recent barrier trial at Randwick.

“I really like this horse,” Snowden said. “He is a Saturday city class horse. I am not sure if I will send him to Newcastle. I have nominated Expierroment for Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting.”

Kris Lees will saddle up six runners at Newcastle on Saturday and the three-year-old filly Wisdom Treeis a standout in the 1200mmaiden plate.

The daughter of Australian champion sire Snitzelturned in an eye-catcher on debut at Wyong on April 19. She was taken back to last in a field of nine in the 1000m maiden and when called on at the 400m mark, she stormed home to be beaten less than 1 ½lengths.

The longer trip on the more spacious track should lead to victory for the filly. Of Lees’ other starters, Ten Carat (race 5), Juventus (race 7) and Greater Good (race 8) all have strong claims in their respective events.

Another Newcastle galloper, Flying Rose should end a frustrating run of minor placings when she steps out in the 1600mclass 2 handicap.

This preparation, the mare has been placed in four of her five starts. She has been placed in all of her Newcastle starts.

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Merewether Mackerels make splash into winter swimming season ( admin posted on April 28th, 2019 )

Brave: Phil Callender, diving while Don Platt, Bruce Watson, Andrew Bright and Alice Bright watch, said he once swam in water less than 14 degrees at Merewether. “You just can’t stay in – it’s painful.” Picture: Jonathan CarrollPHIL Callender’s Sunday morning ritualspanning four decades started with a simple question.

Swimming in Merewether Ocean Baths –his “second home” –he met the late Stewart Hetherington, who asked if he wanted to join the Merewether Mackerels Winter Swimming Club.

“I said I’d think about it and 38 years later I’m still here!” he said.

Mr Callender is one of about 50 members agitating for the club’s swimmingseason to kick off on Sunday.

The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band will march the cohortto the baths, where they will drop blocks of ice and compete in 50metre raceshandicapped to create an even playing field for the range of ages and abilities.

Race winners will earn a spot in the day’s final.

Club secretary Billie Holmes-Fairfull said while the water temperature was still moderate, it would plummet with the onset of winter to around 16degrees.

“At the start of the season some memberscomplain it’s too warm,” she said.

“As time goes on it will get too cold for some people, but not for us.

“We love the cold, it’s fantastic –the colder the better.

“We’re not allowed to say the F-word –freezing –or the C-word –cold on Sundays, or we get fined [by members].”

The clubstarted in 1972 and meetsevery Sunday from May to September, with registration starting at 8am for races from 8.30am.

Some members arrive a little early for some heart-starting sweet muscat, while for others the water –combined with the wind chill – does the trick.

“When you dive into icy water it wakes you up if you’ve had a big night the night before,” Ms Holmes-Fairfull said.

“It’s refreshing. The cold keeps you moving and is just a great way to wake up and start your morning.

“You could stay in bed but then you might not get up to 12 o’clock.

“This keeps you young.

“A lot of time if there’s big surf and we can’t put the lane ropes out we just jump in and have a swim.”

Mr Callender said it was “unbelievable” how “therapeutic” it was to swim in cold water.

“The hardest thing is getting in –gettingout youfeel ‘At least I’ve done it and got a reward for the effort’.

“After a while you just don’t think about it, you get in, do it, get out and carry on with the rest of your day.”

He walks or cycles to the bathswithout fail inrain, hail andshine “because you’re going to get wet anyway”.

Ms Holmes-Fairfull said the club keptits motto of ‘friendship, fun and fitness’ alive by taking turns to cook pots of post-race soup each week, travelling together to competitions and barbecues.

“There’s so much respect for our older members, including Alf Carpenter who is 101, from the younger members.

“It’s so nice to see kids 12 and up relatingto the older generation as well as being part of competing against them, it’s just fantastic.”

Mr Callender said the club was about camaraderie.

“You might not see them [the members] all summer, but you’re guaranteed to see them every winter.”

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May avoids London council election wipeout ( admin posted on April 28th, 2019 )

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has avoided a wipeout in London local elections and eked out gains in Brexit-supporting regions elsewhere, results show, denting the opposition Labour Party’s hopes of a big win.

The elections are viewed as a gauge of public support for May as she faces a possible revolt in parliament over her strategy for leaving the European Union.

With two thirds of results declared, May had avoided the kind of widespread losses that would have weakened her authority over Conservative lawmakers ahead of key tests of her plans to take Britain out of the EU customs union as it quits the bloc.

Against a backdrop of heightened expectations for the Labour Party, the ballot also showed the limitations of its recent resurgence under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

May’s party held on to control of Wandsworth council – a low-tax Conservative stronghold since the time of late prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The council had been one of Labour’s more ambitious targets in Thursday’s vote and one it campaigned heavily to win.

Voting decides more than 4400 council seats, determining the makeup of 150 local government authorities who are responsible for the day-to-day provision of public services.

They do not affect seats in parliament, where May has only a slim working majority thanks to a deal with a smaller party.

The Conservatives also held the symbolic council of Westminster, London’s political district, indicating that the final scale of losses in the capital would come in at the lower end of the predicted range.

Ruling parties typically suffer losses at local elections and opinion polls had predicted a bad night in London for the Conservatives after eight years in power. May is also negotiating an exit from the EU that 60 per cent of the capital rejected at the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Results elsewhere in London’s 32 boroughs showed the forecast swing to Labour in the capital had materialised, although not strongly enough to inflict the heavy losses that would pose a serious headache for May.

Outside London, the Conservatives regained control of councils in the pro-Brexit regions of Peterborough and Basildon, largely at the expense of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP).

UKIP has suffered leadership issues and struggled for a new purpose since achieving its primary political aim at the 2016 Brexit referendum when Britons decided to leave the EU.

But May’s party lost control of the highly prized council in the Trafford area of the northern city of Manchester – its only foothold in an Labour-dominated important economic region where the Conservatives have spent years trying to win support.

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Green Machine look to change reputation ( admin posted on April 28th, 2019 )

Canberra captain Jarrod Croker says defence will be crucial to any Raiders’ NRL resurgence.They may be known for their free attacking arsenal but Canberra hope to become synonymous with defence as they look to continue their NRL resurgence against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Raiders captain Jarrod Croker believed they had set the benchmark in their last round 18-8 win over North Queensland – Canberra’s first triumph in Townsville since 2006.

Now Croker wants the Raiders to show the Titans just how much they had strengthened their defensive wall since their memorable last round clash in round one.

In the season opener the Titans came back from 18-0 down after 12 minutes and 24-12 at halftime to pip Canberra 30-28 with a last-minute Konrad Hurrell try.

“We haven’t looked back on it but we have come a long way (since),” Croker said.

“Defensively we have got stronger.

“I think the way we defended against the Cowboys … we have set that as a benchmark.

“Defensively we want to build on that effort last week, to bring that mindset.

“We showed (against Cowboys) that we are a pretty hard team to beat when we do.”

Canberra are known for being able to blow teams off the field with their backline firepower.

They have the NRL’s best red zone attack, scoring a try from every 8.6 tackles they have in their opponent’s 20m.

But Croker hoped Canberra soon earned a very different reputation.

“We certainly don’t train to be the side that scores the most points and doesn’t worry about defence – we want to be a good defensive side,” he said.

“You need good defence to win comps.”

Canberra are starting to learn how to win ugly.

Their past two victories have come from scoring 18 points.

It marks the first time they have won two matches in the same season with 18 points or less since 2006.

Canberra (11th; 3-5 record) have won three of their last four games after a horror 0-4 start.

Saturday’s clash looms as a State of Origin trial with Canberra wrecking ball Josh Papalii lining up against fellow Queensland lock hopeful Jai Arrow of Titans.

Papalii has regained form since being dropped to reserve grade a month ago, showing no sign of distraction as he decides his future.

Papalii has been linked to South Sydney and Cronulla as he mulls over a new three-year Raiders deal.

Blake Austin, Shannon Boyd, Dunamis Lui, Junior Paulo, Aidan Sezer and Sia Soliola are also off contract this year.

“The boys who are off contract have handled themselves well, they haven’t made it a distraction,” Croker said.


* Since 2011 the Titans have won eight of 13 games against the Raiders

* The Titans are on a six-match losing streak outside of Queensland, with their last win in round 16 last season

* Titans backrower Will Matthews is in line to play his 100th NRL match, almost 10 years after making his debut in round 16, 2008

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