Luke in the Millennium Falcon: Star Wars trailer delights fans

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is short and typically enigmatic, but it has fans abuzz.
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The reason? It shows Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) back on board the Millennium Falcon, the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”, as it was once called.

Luke was last aboard the ship – in rather bad shape, having lost a hand to the Dark Lord of the Sith who had just revealed himself as his father – at the end of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. This time he looks to be in fuller command of his faculties, even if his mood is still rather bleak.

This is the third trailer released for the eighth Star Wars film, which opens on December 15, and it continues to develop the central theme evident in the previous two: light and dark striving to assert dominance, or alternatively to come into balance.

Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, the new villain of the series, reprises a line we’ve heard before. “Let the past die,” he says. “That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”

We don’t yet know whom he is addressing, but it’s a fair bet it’s Rey (Daisy Ridley), who seems to occupy the space in this saga that was occupied by Luke in the first trilogy, a neophyte Jedi knight torn between wanting to do the right thing and giving full rein to her power whatever the cost.

That theme gets a further echo in the words of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), whom we saw in The Force Awakens only as a giant holograph but who was revealed in the second trailer in his full disfigured glory. “Darkness rises and light to meet it,” he growls ominously.

Little wonder, really, poor Rey seems so confused. “I need someone to show me my place in all this,” she says.

The notion of inversion gets another airing in the appearance of John Boyega’s Finn. Having shed his Stormtrooper origins to join the Rebels in The Force Awakens, here he is in the uniform of an Imperial officer. Has he switched sides again? Not likely, as he’s doing battle – with a light sabre, no less – with Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) who is, despite her gleaming silver armour, on the side of darkness.

How will all this play out? Who will survive? Who will join the Dark Side? Who knows.

Mark Hamill has teased his followers with a clue – or, more likely, a bit of misdirection – over on Twitter.

With Luke having already appeared in the looming Darth Vader position on a poster for the film some months back, a new poster for the Japanese market shows Rey in that same spot. Hey you Dark Side theorists: Look who’s looming at the back of the poster now! Another clue for you all… #TheWalrusWasPaul#WaitForVIIIpic.twitter南京夜网/ojizOaoYKu??? @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 1, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Prince Harry charmingly discusses his pizza preferences

During a visit this week to Chicago high school, Hyde Park Academy, Prince Harry, alongside Michelle Obama, surprised students in more ways than one.
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It’s not everyday that a prince and a former First Lady show up unannounced during a seminar being held for 20 students.

The students all had the opportunity to discuss the power of young people’s voices in making a difference, but it was an answer Prince Harry gave while being quizzed on Chicago’s signature delicacies that was one of the biggest (and best) surprises.

“I can safely say from my experience, and all the travelling I’ve done, all over the world, speaking to people your age – the younger generation is the cure to all of the problems,” he told the students.

After a serious discussion, the students from the school on Chicago’s South Side, located across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Centre, suggested trying Chicago traditions such as hot dogs and pizza. Thanks to my friend Prince Harry for joining me today to surprise these remarkable students at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side. We were blown away by their passion, ambition and talent! #ReachHigher #ObamaSummitA post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Oct 31, 2017 at 2:54pm PDTWatch the moment when Prince Harry and @michelleobama made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. The high school is just across the future site of the Obama Presidential Center. As well as chatting to students with Mrs Obama at the high school, HRH later spoke at The Obama Foundation Summit.A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Nov 2, 2017 at 7:24am PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

‘Time is ticking’: Tesla’s Elon Musk in ‘eighth hell’

There will be no new model 3 Teslas in 2017.
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The electric carmaker updated its website for customer reservations on Wednesday, including a table that shows the base $US35,000 ($44,000) Model 3 won’t be available until some time next year.

That follows a painful earnings call for chief executive officer Elon Musk, who described the company as being in the “eighth level of hell” (there are nine, in case you’re counting).

The stock price fell 8.9 per cent on Thursday, the most in more than 16 months.

The electric-car maker won’t build 5,000 units per week of its Model 3 sedan until sometime in March, three months later than planned.

“I have to tell you I was really depressed about three or four weeks ago,” Musk said on the call after Tesla reported a record quarterly loss and cash burn.

He downplayed the long-term implications of the delays. “In the grand scheme of things,” Musk said, “this is a relatively small shift.”

But the setbacks lengthen the wait for hundreds of thousands of customers waiting for their Model 3 and extend the payoff period for the billions of dollars the company has spent to expand. The manufacturing snags will embolden skeptics who’ve doubted the company’s ability to quickly reach mass production, a feat the youngest US carmaker is trying to pull off for the first time with a car that starts at $US35,000.

“We left the call frustrated with the lack of transparency from Tesla management,” Jeffrey Osborne, a Cowen & Co. analyst who recommends selling the shares, wrote in a note to clients.

“Elon Musk needs to stop over promising and under delivering and the board should rein in a CEO who publicly shares his aspirational goals that have rarely been hit.”

Tesla burned $US1.42 billion in cash in the third quarter. The carmaker is spending heavily on both its auto assembly plant and at its battery gigafactory, contributing to an adjusted lost per share of $US2.92 per share, worse than analysts estimated. Bottlenecks

People from key teams at Tesla are now focussed on fixing bottlenecks that have hobbled production, said Musk, who held his earnings call at the Nevada battery factory where he and co-founder J.B. Straubel are spending their days and nights, even camping on the roof . Btw, just want to express a word of appreciation for the hard work of the Tesla Gigafactory team. Reason I camped on the roof was because it was less time than driving to a hotel room in Reno. Production hell, ~8th circle ?????? Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 26, 2017 Source: Tesla

The “$US35,000 electric car” has been Tesla’s top goal and marketing calling card for years. It’s an important price point, competing with entry level luxury petrol-powered cars like the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C Class.

When you include a $US7,500 US tax credit, the price is cheaper than the average new US car and more in line with a well-optioned Toyota Camry.

But on Wednesday’s call with analysts, Tesla pushed back its timelines for the Model 3 by three months. And perhaps the biggest warning flag: Musk would no longer give a timeline on when Tesla would reach a production rate of 10,000 a week.

Last quarter he was unequivocal on that point: “What people should absolutely have zero concern about – and I mean zero – is that Tesla will achieve a 10,000 unit production week by the end of next year.” 2. The solar roof

One of the first completed installations of a Tesla Solar Roof. Source: Tesla

A year ago this week, Tesla unveiled its remarkable solar shingles with much fanfare in Hollywood on an old set of “Desperate Housewives.” It began taking deposits in May.

There’s still little indication of when the product might roll out. Tesla said things will move slowly in the coming quarter while it gets its new factory in Buffalo, New York, up and running.

Then, the company said, the product will ramp up “in 2018.” That’s a wide window for customers trying to plan a roofing project.

Perhaps a better indication of where things stand is this: Tesla’s website currently shows job postings for 24 “lead roofer” positions – all in California. Each position, according to the descriptions, would be second-in-command of a small roofing team.

Meanwhile, the amount of standard solar installations being done have dropped 42 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, just before Tesla bought SolarCity. 3. Autopilot

No hands. Photo: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

A year after Tesla started charging $US8,000 for a feature called Full Self Driving, there’s still no sign of a rollout of such features, and Musk hinted that a more powerful supercomputer may be needed to achieve its goal.

On Wednesday, he said the current hardware can reach “approximately human-level autonomy.”

Musk concedes that the system will probably need to be significantly safer than the average human driver in order to achieve regulatory approval, so a hardware upgrade may be necessary.

“We’ll have more to say on the hardware front soon, we’re just not ready to say anything now,” said Musk. As a consolation, anyone who has already paid for the option will get a free computer swap.

Tesla said new features will be coming for its less-ambitious $US5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package in the next few months. Musk said the other hardware for autonomous driving-8 cameras, a radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors-will be sufficient.

Other companies pursuing autonomous driving are also including expensive lidar kits. Musk was undeterred: “We are certain that our hardware strategy is better than any other option, by a lot.” 4. Tesla semi

Tesla was set to unveil its first all-electric long-range semi truck back in September. Then it was moved to October.

Then it was pushed until November 16, explicitly so that resources could be diverted to deal with Model 3 problems. Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.??? Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2017 Photo: supplied

Tesla is working on a system that will allow owners to rent out their cars using what they’ve dubbed the Tesla Network. Once fully autonomous driving is achieved, the idea is that fleets of privately owned Teslas will function like a driverless Uber or Lyft, picking up and delivering passengers for a fee that will be split between Tesla and the individual car owners.

In the shorter-term, the Tesla Network could function more like Zipcar. An owner could switch a setting online and open their car for someone to rent. The Model 3 uses key cards and Tesla’s smartphone app instead of a key, so in theory anyone could be granted access through an automated system.

The Tesla Network, which accounts for billions of dollars in long-term revenue in many analyst models, is supposed to be unveiled this year.

With all of the bigger delays drawing the attention, it didn’t even get a mention on Wednesday.


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A suburb offering location and lifestyle

A suburb offering location and lifestyle FAMILY HAVEN: Adamstown has grown in popularity in recent years and has plenty to offer, including the Fernleigh Track. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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TweetFacebookSUBURB SNAPSHOTEnjoying a central position bordered by Merewether, Broadmeadow,Kotara and New Lambton, Adamstown is a suburb which has gained in popularity in recent years.

As people have become priced out of sought-after coastalsuburbs Merewether and Merewether Heights, they have started looking to Adamstown and realising all of the benefits it offers.

Around 6000 people live in Adamstown and it has a median house price of $695,000.

LIFESTYLEIt has access to many services with a shopping village located on Brunker Road as well as close proximity to Westfield Kotara shopping centre.

It is also offers easy access to the Fernleigh Track, which extends over approximately 15.5 kilometres betweenAdamstown to Belmont.

In its formative yearsthe suburb, like most of the early settlements in Newcastle, revolved around coalmining but was isolated from other suburbs by thick bushland

These days, it is a quick car or bike ride to the inner city, beautiful beaches and the harbour. It also has easy access to public transport and Brunker Road is targeted for an urban renewal.

It has several parks, including Adamstown Oval where some of the region’s most talented footballers have honed their skills.

FROM THE EXPERTAdamstown is a current hot spot for families with access to great schools, shops and close proximity to the city of Newcastle.

It is close to the Fernleigh track and Glenrock while Westfield and the Home Makers Centre are on your door step.

It has quiet streets with plenty of parks and house blocks are generally a generous size. Further growth is expected as surrounding suburbs become less affordable.

– Presented byMatthewWaddell, general manager Robinson Property

Bizarrely, our global city is not swinging like a gateway

UNDERWHELMING: Our hub-and-spoke network model is apparently ready to roll.What if a 40-year plan for infrastructure in Newcastle and the Hunter was announced and no one noticed?
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That’s what happened last week.

The document is the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan.Even the government hid it under the bed. The ministers for transport (Andrew Constance) and roads (Melinda Pavey) issued a vague media release about the plan and said nothing about Newcastle and the Hunter. Nothing was issued at all by the parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald.

Because there was nothing to announce?

We used to complain that Macquarie Street would make infrastructure promises, then renege on them. Now, it seems, they don’t even make promises.

The plan is more than a bit bizarre. A 40-year plan should do three things: appraise what is needed, show how existing and future projects will address a region’s needs, and set a timetable for the rollout of projects according to available funding. But the new plan does none of these, at least not for Newcastle and the Hunter.

As is too often the case with modern government, the document appears to have spent more time in a graphics office than on the desk of transport and infrastructure planners.

The state’s regional plan starts with a peculiar argument: that transport provision in NSW will in future concentrate on a “… hub and spoke network model radiating out [sic] from regional cities rather than a network just focused on Sydney.” What could this mean? That residents and businesses in non-metropolitan NSW should give up on getting anywhere fast unless it is to the nearest air-conditioned shopping mall?

Or maybe the hub and spoke idea is a way of telling us to give up on fast 21st century transport services across NSW, especially between Sydney and Newcastle.

Yet – again in bizarre fashion – the plan declares Newcastle to be one of NSW’s three ‘global gateway cities’, alongside Sydney and Canberra.

The fit-out that makes Newcastle a global gateway city is, apparently, its coal export port, the local airport and a cruise terminal. Underwhelming isn’t it?

In respect to connectivity between Newcastle and Sydney, the plan seems to defer high speed rail considerations for at least two decades. So an entire next generation of new rail users should expect no improvements on the world’s slowest rail journey other than new train carriages.

A year ago, writing in the Sydney press, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “Right now, Sydney is experiencing the biggest infrastructure and jobs boom in history. And the good news is we are only just warming up.”

She is spot on. Infrastructure spending in Sydney involves the rollout of a city-wide metro system, a new international airport for Western Sydney, major roads to the airport site, sizeable additions to the inner city light rail network and new light rail for Parramatta, and massive extensions to the city’s motorways via WestConnex and NorthConnex. More will follow, paid for by sale of portsand utilities, including the electricity networks, assets that once belonged to all of us.

The jobs and income benefits for Sydney are immense. And that city gets a fit-out deserving of a genuine 21st century city.

Meanwhile, just up the M1, the state’s second city gets a new tag: Newcastle, Global Gateway City. I hope they erect a sign.

Phillip O’Neill is professor of economic geography at Western Sydney University.

Gig guide November 9

GIG OF THE WEEK: Grammy award-winner English bluesman Jon Cleary rolls into Lizotte’s on Thursday on his GoGo Juice world tour.MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, Alessandro.
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Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday,Twilight MusicalDialogues – Spain&SouthAmerica.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Witchery.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.

Bar Petite Friday, Ty. Saturday, Truman Smith. Sunday, GW Freebird.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Richard Walker.Friday,Aqwa.Saturday,Entity akaEddy Tolhurst.Sunday,Codi Kaye.

Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Friday,Savage. Saturday,Overload.

Beach Hotel Friday, Thread. Saturday, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, Overload.

Belmont 16sFriday, Max Jackson, Wayne & The Wanderers. Saturday, Cruzers, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmore HotelFriday, The V Dubs.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Triple Zero. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bimbadgen Saturday, Stevie Nicks (US), The Pretenders (US), Ali Barter.

The BradfordFriday, Allstar.Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Ecca Vandal. Friday, Custard, Muzzy Pep (Glasshouse) Raave Tapes, Fritz, Clypso, Jacob, King Single (sidebar). Saturday,CRAZE Skellism. Sunday, Creo, dave, Stranger Than Friends.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Jungle Kings. Saturday, The Core.

Catho PubSaturday, Maryanne Rex.Sunday, Christie Lamb.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Four To The Floor.

Cessnock Golf ClubFriday,Daxton Monaghan.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Deuce.

Civic Theatre Friday, Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers, Tania Kernaghan.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Club KotaraFriday, Mark Lee.Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Club LemonTree Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Club Maitland City Friday, Roxy.

Colliery Inn Friday, Greg Bryce.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Brett O’Malley.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Kristy James.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs HouseFriday, Kim. Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Jerome, Sunset Club.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Denman Bowling ClubSaturday, Arcane.

Denman HotelSunday, Dan Killen.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday,Bobby C.Saturday,Redline.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Andrew G. Sunday, Roadhouse.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Project X. Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

East’s Golf & Leisure Club Saturday, Tyler John.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, Viagro. Saturday, Blue On Black.Sunday, James Naldo.

The Edwards Thursday, Jess Locke.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

FinnegansFriday, Random Hero. Saturday, DJ Sonic,DJ Extraordinate & Steve Zappa.

Flow Bar (Old Bar) Friday,Jimmy Moore & Roobs. Sunday,Grace Turner.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Paparazzi.

Gateshead TavernFriday,Instigators.Sunday, Lunasea.

George TavernFriday, Sarah Christine. Saturday, Phonic.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Pete McCredie.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, 24 Hours.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday,Parasytes (CAN),Dog,RortMenace,ObatBatuk. Friday,Heart Beach, Treasuretroves, Sunday League. Sunday,Ruby Gilbert,The Wayward Henrys,Ramblin’ Ash Constance.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Rob Long, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Triple Zero.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Boltman.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Live Baby Live –INXS show.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Kent HotelFriday, Shivoo.

King Street Hotel Friday,Chevalino,Arbee. Saturday, Will Sparks.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Marissa + 1.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Bernie. Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Siren.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,DJ Perry Carter.

Lass O’GowrieThursday,Jess Locke,Grace Turner,Jen Buxton.Friday,Sid Berry,Yettie Calzone,Art P.Saturday,Crocodylus,Waxfinz,Wavevom,Ill Sylvester.

Lizotte’sThursday,Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (UK),The Rehab Brass Band. Friday, Wendy Matthews, Goldheist. Saturday, Harrison Craig. Sunday, Ross Wilson, Benny Black.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Jerome. Saturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Remedy.

Mary Ellen Friday, The DuoTones. Saturday, Blues Bombers. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, The Years. Saturday, Too Pretty For Punk.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Code Red.Saturday,The Briens Band. Sunday,The Rattlesnakes.

Morriset Country ClubFriday, Rendezvous.Sunday, Lennie Live.

Muree Golf ClubFriday, Lennie Live.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Tim Usher.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday,The Levymen.Saturday,Counterpart,The Vallies -tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Elisa Kate.Saturday,Just Jace.

Pedens CessnockFriday, Hurricane Fall.Saturday, Amigos.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Kaylah Anne, Kaylens Rain. Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Potters Brewery Friday, Jon Schatz. Saturday, Pete McCredie.

The PourhouseSaturday, Jamie Martens.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Lithium, Mark Wells. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Jordan Fleming, Josh & Liv.Saturday, Pete Hibbert, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Max Jackson.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, Big Night Out.Saturday, Xyz.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Katie N Feff.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Junior and Luana.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Soundabout. Saturday, Project X.Sunday, Jessica Cain.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday,Holly Mae.Saturday,Purple Hearts.Sunday,Mark Wood.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Kevin O’Hara. Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Small Ballroom Friday, Grizzlee Train,Jack Dawson,Kristen Lee Morris. Saturday,Lycanthrope,Convex,Lowgazer,Burial at Sea andMitch Bryant.

Snake Gully HotelFriday,Maryanne Rex.Saturday, Brazillian Brothers.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Bad Luck Kitty.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Mick Jones.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Willie & The Bandits. Sunday, Geoff Achison.

Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Station HotelKurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Easy Daze. Saturday, Amigos.

Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Kylie Jane.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Time Slip.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, The Remedy Duo.Saturday, Kazzie.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Arley Black.

Town Hall HotelSaturday, Daxton Monaghan.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Mardy Leith. Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi HotelSaturday,Hayden Johns.Sunday, Brett O’Malley.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Jim Overend. Sunday, Reg Sinclair. Tuesday, Wayne Rogers.

Warners At The BayFriday, Rubber Bullet. Saturday, Wicked.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday,Gen-X.

Weston WorkersSaturday, Anthology.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Jake Rattle & Roll.

Wests New LambtonThursday,Angamus.Friday,Tre Soul Trio.Saturday, The Rock Factor. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Club Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,One Night Stand.Saturday,Chikarma,The Ride Ons.Sunday,Greg Bryce,Ghost Road.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Rockin’ Eddie Band.

MOVIESA Man Called Ove(M) Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with new neighbours. (Regal)

Bad Moms 2(MA) Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.

Barbie: Dolphin Magic(G)Barbie and her sisters work at a coral reef researching dolphins.

Battle Of The Sexes(PG)The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. (Lake Cinema, Regal)

Blade Runner 2049(MA)Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner, unearths asecret that could plunge society into chaos.

Casablanca(PG) 1942 classic film set in Casablanca in December 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.(Regal)

Conor McGregor: Notorious(MA)A all-access account of Conor’s meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parents’ spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven figure pay-packets in Las Vegas.

Daddy’s Home 2(PG)Father and stepfather, Dustyand Bradhave joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.

Detroit(MA)A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history.

Geostorm(M)When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat.

Home Again(M)A single mum’snew life in LA takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely house guests.

Jigsaw(MA)Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways.

Kedi (G) (Turkish for “cat”) – a filmed tribute to the cats who roam the streets of Istanbul, the humans who carefor them and the beautiful city they all call home. (Regal)

Loving Vincent(CTC)A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. (Tower)

Maudie(PG) An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Regal)

Monsieur Chocolat(M) The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century. (Regal)

Murder on the Orient Express(M)A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of 13strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect.

My Little Pony: The Movie(G)When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!(PG)Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town, is 10 years old today, which means he’s now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer.

The Mountain Between Us(M)Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive ona remote mountain.

Three Summers(M)At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk bandmeets a folk music-hating theremin player and sparks literally fly. (Tower)

Thor: Ragnarok(M) Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.

Tommy’s Honour(M) Set in Scotland in the late 19th century, this true story charts the origins of the modern game of golf through the tale of the family that pioneered the sport. (Regal)

THEATRECockA man and his two love interests, one male, the other female, meet to discuss their relationships in Mark Bartlett’s comedy. Stooged Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm, until November 18, plus 5pm Sunday shows on November 12 and 19, and a 7.30pm Wednesday show on November 15.

Hissyfest 2017: Hot and ColdTen short plays by young and established writers, directors and actors, with a mix of subjects and styles that use the title theme. Tantrum Youth Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Friday, at 8pm, and Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.

Move Over, Mrs MarkhamConfusion reigns when three couples converge on a newly redecorated London flat with sex in mind; brisk comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Newcastle G and S Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Friday and Saturday, dinner at 7pm, show at 8pm (final shows).

Much Ado About NothingShakespeare’s comedy about soldiers finding romance during a victory celebration is set in a World War II English garden in Upstage Theatre’s outdoor production at Maddie’s, Bolwarra. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until November 18.

Relative ValuesA young English earl plans to announce his engagement to a Hollywood starlet at a family gathering, but his relatives want to end the match; comedy by Noel Coward. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm; then Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until November 25, plus 2pm Saturday matinee November 18.

Roman and JulesContemporary musical version of the Romeo and Juliet story, by Newcastle’s Meri Bird, with the title characters teens who meet at a Newy football match. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show from 7pm, show only at 8pm, until November 25; plus 2pm matinee Sunday, November 19.

Slut: The PlayTeenage girls reveal experiences that have led to them being called sluts by adults and young males; engaging drama based by writer Katie Cappiello. Hunter Drama, at the Young Actor’s Development Centre, Broadmeadow. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, plus 2pm Saturday matinee.

Kitty Flanagan: SmashingThe popular comedian looks at love songs, sex, chimps, clowns and psychics. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm, plus return Civic performance on November 25.

Gina Rinehart pays herself a $587m dividend as Hancock doubles profit

Fresh from being crowned Australia’s richest person, the accounts of Gina Rinehart’s private company Hancock Prospecting, reveal the stratospheric rise in her fortunes last year as the family’s Roy Hill mine kicked into high gear.
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The company doubled its net profit to more than $1.07 billion and unleashed a cash bonanza for its owners with a $767 million dividend.

The vast majority of this dividend, $587 million, will be paid to Rinehart who was listed by Forbes this week as Australia’s richest person, after a recovery in iron ore prices boosted her estimated fortune to $US16.6 billion ($21.5 billion).

Hope Margaret Hancock Trust, which is now controlled by Rinehart’s estranged daughter, Bianca Rinehart on behalf of her siblings, owns 24 per cent of Hancock Prospecting.

Ms Rinehart’s wealth increased by $US8.1 billion, according to the 2017 Forbes Australia Rich List, from $US8.5 billion in 2016.

Tax payers get their share of the bonanza as well, Hancock’s income tax bill of $683 million puts it in the top tier of corporate tax payers in Australia.

Iron ore is not the only contributor to Hancock’s earnings. Rinehart has established herself one of Australia’s biggest cattle barons with the purchase of the S Kidman station for $386 million and has consolidated its foot print with other cattle station acquisitions this year.

This includes the purchase last month of the 170,000 hectare Willeroo Station, which was previously owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Rinehart is now preparing the way for her next major export business to China, live cattle.

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Son of prominent Illawarra gambling activist accused of bookie’s murder

Arrested: (Clockwise) Terry Hickson is questioned by police on Thursday morning; murdered bookmaker Charles Skarratt; anti-gambling campaigners Jim and Norma Hickson, Terry Hickson’s late parents.A Berkeley punter accused of the brutal killing ofSydney bookmaker Charles Skarratt in 1989is the son ofa reformed gambler who devoted half his life to helping others combat their addiction.
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Mr Skarratt, awell known identity within the greyhound racing industry, was found dead in the garage of his home in Woolwich, on December 22, 1989.

Police claim the 72-year-oldwasambushed inside his garage about 1am. He wasbound, assaulted, stabbed, and robbed of about $25,000 cash –the takings from a Dapto greyhound meet held the night before.

No one was arrested at the time and the case was shelved for almost 30 years until Unsolved Homicide Squad detectives carried out a reviewin 2016 and re-tested several exhibits.

Following a year-long investigation, detectives arrested Terry Hickson at his Nannawilli Street home at 7am on Thursday morningand charged him with murder.

Police will allege blood found in Mr Skarratt’s vehicle and on a sock he was wearing that night matches Hickson’s DNA profile.

Fairfax Media can reveal Hickson, 58, is the third son of Illawarra anti-gambling activist and reformed punter,the late Jim Hickson, who established the telephone counselling service Gambler’s Help Line in 1995.

Mr Hickson and his wife Norma ran the service from their Berkeley home –the same house at which Terry Hicksonwas arrested on Thursday morning.

In court that afternoon, defence lawyer Danny Lagopodis said Hickson needed his liberty for medical treatment on a number of ailments including acute rheumatoid arthritis.

Mr Lagopodisalso questioned thestrength of thecase, saying it appeared to rely solely on DNA evidence.

He said Hickson would agree to “stringent” bail conditions if released.

Opposing bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Shannon Ryan argued Hicksonhad a lengthy criminal record and posed a significant risk to community safety.

“Mr Hickson is a person who has a propensity for violence,” he said.

“[Police allege] the murder was motivated by financial gain and [involved] significant planning in it.”

Sgt Ryan said the case against Hickson extended “beyondforensic evidence” and would includetestimony from civilian witnesses.

He would not elaborate in court on the extent of the additional evidence but saidpolice had “significant fears” for the safety of those witnesses if bail was granted.

Magistrate Brett Thomas refusedHickson’s bail application and remanded him in custody, saying he wasn’t satisfied Hickson had shown why his detention wasn’t justified.

He will reappear in Central Local Court on December 14.

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A murder cold case reframes family histories in Stroud

The gravestone of Allan and Mary McAskill in the grounds of St John’s Anglican Church in Stroud. Picture: Max Mason-HubersLate on the afternoon of Thursday, January 31, 1878, Allan McAskill, the semi-retired manager of Booral Wharf,was brutally murdered on his way home from nearby Stroud.
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The 73-year-old’s bloodied body –the skull was beaten so badly it wassoft to the touch – was thrown into a gully, where it came to rest against a stump. A fowling gun, broken into five pieces, and a ramrod werefound nearby, as were two sets of boot prints.

Eight hundred metres away, McAskill’s wife, Mary, was burning to death inside the flaming ruins of their house. Both she and the house had been doused in kerosene.

It was a crime that shocked the community. The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser referred to it as “one of the most repulsive tragedies” in the nation’s 100-year history.

Two inquests were held in Stroud, then, after a £200 reward was offered,brothersPeter and William Gray, aged 23 and 21, whose family had servedtime for burglary in Maitland jail, were arrested and brought before a preliminary hearing.

The police case was based largely on hearsay evidence that William had incriminated his brother in two conversations, and witnesses put Peter, armed and onhorseback, near the scene of Mr McAskill’s murder.

A murder cold case reframes family histories in Stroud TweetFacebookFor some families it’s been a little bit of a shock. Some families do take it to heart that their ancestors may have been involved.

Dr Steding, who will release a book about the case in the next few months, believes an enragedNicholas confronted Mrs McAskill and murdered her. The evidence of the men who found her body suggests she was on her knees when she died, although her remains were little more than ashes.

Dr Steding has been in Stroud and Booral this week with 30 Swinburne students for a teaching exercise based on the case.

They have pored over the evidence, visited the murder sites and recreated the original inquests at Stroud Court House, where local actors played the roles of the coroner, court officials and inquest witnesses in front of a packed gallery. Those who could not fit in had to peer through the windows of the tiny court house from outside.

Dr Steding said the Grays had not been mentioned in either inquest in 1878.

“So why do they suddenly pop up when money comes on the scene?” she said.

“I looked at their family. The whole family, pretty much, was in Maitland jail for burglary.”

Rodney Gorton, the president of the Stroud historical society, said the main characters in the grisly storyhad many descendants living in the district.

“The Grays have a big presence, and one of the local landowners where the Booral wharf is, he’sactually descended from the Nicholases,” he said.

“With the theories Louise has come up with, it’s sort of got people, from their own family point of view, saying, ‘Oh, I didn’t realise they would have been suspects.’

“For some families it’s been a little bit of a shock.Some families do take it to heart that their ancestors may have been involved.

“Some families are going, ‘I knew it wasn’t them,’ and others are going, ‘I didn’t realise it was us.’”

Dr Steding said the historiesof families in the district intertwined.

“I bumped into a Gray in the street and told him it wasn’t the Grays, and he told me he was a Nicholas as well,” she said.

Some members of the prominent Farley family, descended from the McAskills, were at the court house to watch the mock inquest.

Mr Gorton, whose son played the court clerk on Thursday, said the mystery of the cold case was still part of the social fabric of the Stroud area.

“Anybody who’s been here for some time, we’re very familiar with the case.But there’s always been, ‘Who really did it?’ The question’s always been there in the back of the community, ‘If it wasn’t these Gray guys, who was it?’

“No one’s taken as much effort and time as what Louise has to come up with some sort ofconclusion, which, as a community, you’re sort of grateful for.”

Canberra’s Cameron Hillcrosses the Tasman

Canberra driver Cameron Hill has crossed the Tasman for his first race on foreign soil as he looks to leave the disappointment of his Australian campaign behind.
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Hill will race in the opening round of the New Zealand Toyota 86 racing championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on Saturday.

Hill’s hopes of claiming the Toyota 86 Australian series title were dashed by a Mount Panorama mishap despite winning the opening race on the famed Bathurst track.

Elation soon turned to despair after he was disqualified because a crew member touched the car while it was under post-race parc ferme conditions, eventually ruining his championship hopes.

Hill won’t be gunning for the overall New Zealand title, with his maiden race overseas simply a chance to get a taste of international competition.

The weekend looms as a huge opportunity for the 20-year-old – who raced internationally in his go-karting days – as he prepares to make the jump to a new series next year

“I haven’t raced overseas in a car before, but I’ve always watched the Pukekohe Supercars races on TV and wanted to experience the circuit,” Hill said.

“When the opportunity came up to race in this weekend’s event, I grabbed it with both hands – any chance to race on a new circuit is valuable so a big thank you to Geoff [Short, category manager] for giving me the drive this weekend.”

Hill is eyeing the Supercars championship and will take the next step towards his dream when he leaves the Toyota 86 Series at the end of this year.

He qualified fastest in every round of the series and won five races in a row before his Australian series went up in smoke.

But he is refusing to get ahead of himself as he heads to Auckland to race with slightly different cars on a track he’s never seen.

“I will be racing against local drivers who already have experience at Pukekohe, and I only have one practice session to learn the track and then it’s straight into qualifying and racing,” Hill said.

“Also, the New Zealand Toyota 86 race cars have some subtle differences compared to the Australian versions, especially with brakes and tyres, so I will need to get my head around the best driving technique.

“One of the best things this weekend is there’s no championship situation to think about – I can just focus on doing the best job I can in each individual race.”


Friday – 7.30am AEDT – Practice (20 min), 11.35am AEDT – Qualifying (20 min)

Saturday – 8.45am AEDT – Race 1 (12 laps), 1pm AEDT – Race 2 (14 laps)

Sunday – 11.20am AEDT – Race 3 (14 laps)

All races will be shown live on Fox Sports 506 as part of the Auckland SuperSprint coverage.

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