In South-east Asia, cyber criminals make hay of government websites

Wednesday, 25. July 2018

Bangkok: A top level investigation into cyber crime across South-east Asia has identified nearly 9000 malware-laden servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals.
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The international police agency Interpol said analysts identified 270 websites across the region that have been infected with malware code exploiting vulnerability in their design applications.

Among them were several government websites containing the personal data of their citizens. The governments were not named.

Derek Manky, global strategist at Fortinet, one of seven companies that collaborated with Interpol in the crackdown, said criminals are increasingly using a sophisticated web of compromised systems to launch attacks.

“Compounding these challenges, cyber criminals have no regard for political boundaries of national lines and will leverage various geopolitical protocols to their advantage,” he said.

One criminal based in Indonesia selling phishing kits via the dark web posted a YouTube video showing customers how to use the illicit software.

A number of phishing website operators were identified, including one with links to Nigeria.

Interpol said in a statement that threats were posed by 8800 comand-and-control (C2) active servers across eight countries, including various malware families that targeted financial institutions, spread ransomware – computer malware that installs covertly on a victim’s device and then locks it – distributed spam and launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Investigations are ongoing.

Interpol said the operation highlighted the need for law enforcement to proactively investigate vulnerabilities exploited by cyber criminals, rather than waiting for reports from victims.

It said identifying different laws applicable to cybercrimes was an important part of the operation.

Singapore police assistant commissioner Cheng Khee Boon was quoted by the Straits Times as saying “we will spare no effort to track down cyber criminals who think they can operate under the impunity of cross-jurisdictions”.

An Interpol office was opened in Singapore in 2015. It works with companies to expose cybercrime.

Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, China and Vietnam provided intelligence for the crackdown.

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Addressing trauma issues

Wednesday, 25. July 2018

NEED FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Research strongly suggests that a high percentage of adult survivors of childhood trauma develop mental health problems.
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People exposed to traumatic experiences are at a higher risk of developing psychological and physiological health issues.

WIDE RANGE: Traumatic experiences can include single incident events, such as a car accident, or multiple adverse experiences such as abuse or neglect.

A traumatic experience can be described as an event that overwhelms a person’s capacity to cope, and can impact people of any age, sex, race or socio-economic background.

Traumatic experiences may include single-event experiences such as accidents or natural disasters, or more chronic exposure to traumatic events such as in domestic violence and childhood trauma.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been defined as emotional, physical or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, exposure to domestic violence or substance abuse, parental separation or having a family member incarcerated, or having a family member with a mental illness.

While the majority of us have been exposed to at least one ACE, research into its impact indicates that as a person’s number of ACEs increases, as does their risk for negative outcomes in medical, social and psychological health.

In terms of a person’s psychological health, some common manifestations of trauma may include difficulty with executive functions such as attention, memory and decision-making, low self-esteem, difficulty regulating emotions, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, irritability, dissociation, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, suicidality, or engaging in high risk behaviours.

Affected people often note that issues feed into each other, compounding problems.

As well as being very distressing, the person’s symptoms can interfere with their ability to carry on with their everyday work, life and relationships.

People who are affected by traumatic experiences may have developed ways to manage their distress that may seem to help in the short term, such as avoidance, substance abuse, self harming and dissociation; however, these strategies can lead to greater problems in the long term.

Treatment aims to support the individual to develop healthier and more adaptive ways of managing and reducing distress so they are able to get on with their lives without experiencing the debilitating effects of trauma.

There are a range of medications and trauma-informed approaches available to support people in their recovery.

There are also several strategies that people can employ in their daily lives to support their general health and wellbeing including good diet and exercise, good sleep hygiene, engaging in social activities, having things to look forward to, yoga, and engaging in regular relaxation and mindfulness.

Several apps for smart phones have been developed to support people in this regard, including “What’s Up” which has a range of strategies to support emotion regulation and the “HeadSpace” and “Smiling Mind” apps which provide guided mindfulness and meditation strategies.

Support is available for survivors, their families and communities through professional phone, information and resources, advocacy and education.

For further information on how to access appropriate treatment, it is recommended that people talk to their General Practitioner (GP) for a referral to a trauma-informed psychiatrist or counsellor, or contact the Mental Health Information and Support Service on 1800 011 511, the Blue Knot Foundation 1300 657 380, or the Victims of Crime Counselling Service on 1800 633 063.

Tom Hardy, real-life action hero, chases down motorbike thief in London

Wednesday, 25. July 2018

It’s either horrible luck or the greatest story in a petty criminal’s life: you manage to swipe a motorbike, only to be run down by a marauding Mad Max.
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Actor Tom Hardly apprehended a teen thief who crashed a stolen motorbike in South London traffic, The Sun reports.

According to witnesses, the actor sprinted after the boy after he attempted to flee the scene.

“It was mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie,” a witness told The Sun.

“Two boys on the nicked moped had jumped a red light and smashed into a car.

“Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.

“I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block,” the witness said, adding that Hardy proudly pronounced “I caught the c—.”

“Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you mess with. I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over,” the witness said.

In what sounds like a scene from one of his films, The Sun said the star “vaulted walls as he sprinted after the crook – then grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and patted him down for concealed weapons.”

Scotland Yard police later confirmed the report, saying two 16-year-old males ran off and “one was detained by Tom Hardy”, although the actor’s spokesperson declined to comment, said BBC News.

Hardy, 39, who recently co-created and starred in the BBC period drama Taboo, will next be seen in Dunkirk, the upcoming WWII epic from his Dark Knight Rises and Inception director Christopher Nolan.

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Australia waits for the call from Uncle Sam

Saturday, 13. July 2019

GIVEN how little governments like to leave to chance, it was unlikely to have beena coincidence that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used Anzac Day to raise the possibility that Australia would accede to any US requests for more troops as part of a “long-term commitment” to the war on terror.
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For if there is ever a time of the year that the Australian public feels patriotic about the military, it’s this week, when everyone from the PM down to the pet-shop galah –to pinch Paul Keating’s memorable description –is talking about how much the Anzac spirit means to ordinary Australians, and how the modern Australian soldier is the living embodiment of the diggers of past years.

And they are: there is no denying that. But as soldiers know, the decision to go to war in the first place is usually made by politicians and generals far from the front lines. Our leaders may not want to admit it, but having come this far with America in its military response to 9/11, there is little practical chance that we will do anything but support the US regardless of whether we have questions about the way our most powerful ally is prosecuting its war.

There will be a debate along the way –and there should be –but Australia is so enmeshed with the US (and not only through communications bases such as Pine Gap) that we are probably not in a reasonable position to turn down any requests that may come from US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

Especially, as Vice-President Mike Pence reminded us this week, after the Manus Island refugee deal that President Donald Trump agreed to on his arrival in office. The two issues –Manus Island and troop deployments –may never be officially mentioned in the same sentence, but if the Manus agreement results in most of its residents being given new homes abroad, then the Turnbull government’s gratitude will be palpable and heart-felt.

For the residents of the Hunter Region, the potential for further troop deployments has real meaning, thanks to the presence of the Singleton Military Area and RAAF Base Williamtown.Significant numbers of Hunter personnel have served in hostile theatres over the various phases of this war on terrorism, and the longer the battles continue, the greater this region’s contribution will be.

All we can do is hope that those who volunteer for duty come back in one piece, physically and mentally.

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Awesome foursome win Jillaroos’ call-up

Saturday, 13. July 2019

FOUR members of the inaugural Newcastle Knights women’s team have been named in the preliminary Jillaroos squad for their Test against the Kiwi Ferns in Canberra on May 5.
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The 25-player squad includes Novocastrians Bec Young – a World Cup champion, State of Origin winnerandIndigenous All Stars skipper –and Caitlin Moran, Port Macquarie’sSimoneSmith andCentral Coast-based IsabelleKelly.

All helped the Knights beat Cronulla Sharks earlier this month in an historic exhibition match.

The Aussie squad will be reduced after on Sunday after a training camp this week on the Gold Coast.

The Test will be played as the curtain-raider to the trans-Tasman clash between the Kangaroos and Kiwis.

TEST HOPEFULS: Bec Young, Caitlin Morgan, and Simone Smith are all in the preliminary Jillaroos squad.

* NEWCASTLE’S under-16s play Canberra Raiders on Saturday for a berth in the 2017 Harold Matthews grand final. If the Knights, who were undefeated minor premiers, advance, they will face the winner of Parramatta andManly.

The preliminary final is at Kogarah at 1pm.

* NEWCASTLE’Sreserve-grade side will be hoping to end a two-game losing streak when they meet Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Their team will include former NSW Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson, playing his first game since being dropped from the NRL squad last week.

Hodkinson will partner five-eighth Will Pearsall and will also skipper the team.

* THE Knights’ under-20s will be fighting to stay in touch with the top eight when they play Gold Coast on Saturday.

After a54-12 thrashing by the Cowboys last week, Newcastle are equal seventh but ninth on for-and-against stats.

The Junction’s railway history

Saturday, 13. July 2019

Route: John Shoebridge shows where Watkins Street coal rail tracks once crossed over Glebe Rd at The Junction. Picture: Mike ScanlonHUNDREDS of motorists drive daily through The Junction, near Merewether, but few would realise its secret history. Once best known for its rail tracks, not roads, it was where the coal lines of four main mines on the Burwood Estate (modern Merewether) converged.But that was at around its peak of activity, some 130 years ago, in 1887.
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And from the early 1900s, The Junction was even often referred to by another name. It was popularly called Howley’s Junction, or Howley’s (rail) Siding in Watkins Street, after well-known mine owner Thomas Howley.

Howley operated the now closed Glenrock Colliery and revived the beach railway, but he was a latecomer really to the local coal industry. He died in 1942 and within two years, his colliery, railway and rail sidings at today’s Junction were all closed.

Coal rail network: This map shows the various railway lines around Merewether in 1887 which all converged on The Junction.

Perhaps another reason he’s remembered today is because of his large (now demolished) corrugated iron shed that stood roughly where the back gate of The Junction School now is in Watkins Street, Merewether.This tin shed (later a horse stable) could accommodate two aged locos. As well, the remains of Howley’s original, legendary ‘Coffee Pot’ loco – with its vertical boiler – lay behind the engine shed becoming a well-known sight for residents from 1925 to 1949.

But how did this now largely unknown railway saga begin?To learn more, let’s journey with respected Hunter coal historian and former mining engineer John Shoebridge, of Lake Macquarie.Shoebridge revealed the complicated saga of a vital 1854 coal railway here as guest speaker at Bob Cook’s Heritage Hunter event last weekend at The Junction.

His talk, titled Secrets of the Junction, outlined pioneering businessman Dr James Mitchell eventually acquiring 1834 acres of land south of Newcastle, including land belonging to A.W. Scott in 1849.Mitchell named it the ‘Burwood Estate’ after his wife’s family home in England.

“Was a dowry involved? It seems so,” Shoebridge said. Mitchell’s wife was a daughter of the landowning Scott family.

“Dr Mitchell once owned all the land from Glebe Road, then known as Lake Macquarie Road as was Darby Street, south to the shore of Glenrock Lagoon,” Shoebridge said.

“The other (northern) side of Glebe Road was all owned by the Australian Agricultural Company right up to Newcastle waterfront.

“The Newcastle Copper Company, founded by Mitchell, then opened a small coal mine behind the present Merewether Baths dressing sheds,” Shoebridge said.

“Mitchell decided to build a tramway from his mine and beachside railway towards The Junction via Watkins Street. He realised the AA Company’s embargo on other companies carrying coal across its land north to the port couldn’t last. It didn’t, but a special government act had to be passed to allow it to be built in 1854.”

Before that railway finally came to link The Junction directly to Newcastle Harbour, coal was carried in horse-drawn drays along Lake Macquarie Road to the harbour.

Shoebridge said besides Dr Mitchell’s 1852 beach mine, his Burwood Estate leased a coal mine site to allow Mr Donaldson’s 1848 wooden rail tram road to go down today’s Mitchell Street.

“Donaldson’s mine was behind The Ridge, Dr Mitchell’s family house and much later a maternity home,” Shoebridge said.

Then there was J&A Brown’s 1853 mine at the end of present day Merewether Street and the Victoria Tunnel (from 1853) owned by Joshua Llewellyn Morgan. This coal tram road went down Glebe Road to the west. The mine was in the Glebe Valley, below present City Road.

“And at The Junction, all the coal rail lines converged. It was so busy there was once a signal box on the northern side of Glebe Road. There was also a passenger platform, plus a loco water tank and about 12 area potteries connected by rail,” he said.

“Mitchell sold them coal to operate, but he gave them the local clay for free. At that time there were even rail excursions out to Glenrock,” Shoebridge said.

But who would ever now imagine, there was once a large lagoon at The Junction with a windmill pumping water into a big storage tank for use by steam engines?

Shoebridge said the lagoon (later filled in for future homes) stretched from about Watkins Street about half way down Bar Beach Avenue to where a stormwater drain now exists under the road.

Mitchell died in 1869 and his son-in-law E.C. Merewether continued the Burwood Estate business.

And why was Patrick Street, which crosses Watkins Street, so named?

“Patrick was a steam engine driver on the Burwood Estate when the line went along Watkins Street from Merewether beach to the port,” he said

The intersection of Patrick and Watkins streets was also once the site of the Burwood Estate office. From this cottage, estate rents were collected and Merewether land was later also sold.

Shoebridge also said a rail route bridge across the Parkway Ave drain was once called ‘Chinaman’s’ because Chinese market gardens were once there.

And now, there’s even pseudo parallel rail lines in the footpath outside the Arrivederci Restaurant across the road from the Eastpoint centre at the heart of The Junction.

This widened footpath incorporating the fake rail track (pictured) indicates the old route of the Watkins Street coal railway across Glebe Road long before Eastpoint was built.

“The coal railway went across Glebe Road here and north on a narrow strip of land between the old Hunter Theatre and a service station which had both existed there,” he said.

Shoebridge said there were eight different rail eras from 1852 locally, including even BHP and the Howley coal interests towards the end.

“Initially there were four rail lines into The Junction. In the last years, there were only two lines,” he said.

The last coal train ran through The Junction in August 1954 because the Joint Coal Board had closed the last four small pits in the Glebe Valley. Four years earlier, railway land along Watkins Street was donated to Newcastle council.

In 1956, the Merewether Estate relinquished its rail rights and most of the track was lifted. Two years later, the AA Company even sold the Burwood Tramroad right-of-way over its land to Newcastle council.Finally in 2006, family descendant John Merewether donated Merewether Estate railway land along Merewether beach to Newcastle City Council.

“Mr Merewether had come to me. We did our own research, finding out that he still did own the beach land,” a surprised Shoebridge said.“I told him jokingly that if we put up a toll gate to the beach he’d make a killing financially, but all he wanted was that no one ever built on the land.”

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Ross keen for big City shot

Saturday, 13. July 2019

NEWCASTLE winger Nathan Ross is desperate to take his final chance to become just the fourth Newcastle Knightto who have played for City Origin.
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READY: Nathan Ross has made City selection, signified with the initials ‘CC’ written on his wrist, a goal in 2017.

And a source has told the Herald,the 28-year-old is in the mix to make the team for the May 7 match at Mudgee.

Canterbury have told the NRL their players will not be available for the game, which has been declared the last in the concept.

Ross, though, was determined to feature for City. Tony Butterfield, Jamie Ainscough and Adam Cuthbertsonare those who havegained City selection while playing for Newcastle.

“For me it would be a massive honour to be able to represent this club and represent City in the final showdown,” Ross said ahead of Newcastle’s away clash with Gold Coast on Saturday.

“From the beginning of pre-season it’s been one of my goals. My first goal was to play in the round one team, and I’ve accomplished that, and now it’s to play for City.

“I know back in the day it was more seen as a trial for Origin, but to play representative football at any chance, it should be a goal of everyplayer in the competition.

“I’ve just got to keep my work-rate up and finish off those tries and hopefully have another good showing this weekend, and I might get a call from Freddy [City coach Brad Fittler].”

Ross, who played juniors withBurleigh BearsandCoogee Randwick Wombats,has scored six tries in seven games this season to push his claims for a first representative appearance.

Helping his cause is the absence of incumbent City wingers Aaron Gray (Rabbitohs) and Josh Mansour (Panthers) because of injury.

While Canterbury have shunned the fixture in the interest of their players’ welfare, Ross said gaining selection would be a boost for him and his club.

“Apart from Dane [Gagai], we haven’t had too many players in the representative footballof late and it’s something I’d like to do,” he said.

“I think if you get picked in these representative teams, it shows that you are putting your team first. It shows you are playing good football week in, week out.It shows you are doing a good job for your club.”

Ross’ last chance to impress selectors will be against the only team Newcastle have beaten this year.

However, he was not expecting an easy time against the Titans, who upset Cronulla on Saturday night 16-12 and went down 24-22 to Brisbane a week earlier.

“The only thing I can take away from the round two win is how much respect I actually have for the Gold Coast Titans,” Ross said.

“They’ve been ravaged with injuries this year and they’ve got players like Jarrod Wallace and Anthony Don who keep leading them forward. Ryan James, their captain, has been phenomenal, so I think they are a team of unsung heroes.”

Robert Dillon: Seven Days in League

Saturday, 13. July 2019

THURSDAYIF Nathan Brown ever grows tired of coaching the NRL cellar dwellers, he shouldn’t have any problem launching a new career as a restaurant critic.
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BON APPETIT: Nathan Brown has a lot on his plate, trying to coach the Knights and sign players for next season.

Seems like Browny has dined atjust about every eatery in town entertaining potential recruits. Last night it was Shaun Kenny-Dowall in The Junction.

Hopefully these blokes are splitting the bill. I mean, the Knights are $1 million or more under the salary cap, but I’d hate to think they get bustedfor athird-party sponsorship rort (ie offering prospective signings free feeds).

I’m guessing Browny must be getting a bit sickof the sneaky iPhone photos that keeppopping up in the next day’s paper. Perhaps the answer is to play host at home.

As our archive picture reveals, he’s no Nigella Lawson in the kitchen, but he’s no mug.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Nathan Brown and Shaun Kenny-Dowall dine out in The Junction last week.

Meanwhile, on a slow news day, reports surface that star Tigers Aaron Woods and James Tedesco have signed with the Bulldogs and Chooks respectively.

Just when you’d think that makes them $1.05 favourites to collect the Dally M award for most dysfunctional club, it is revealed the Knights have arrived in Townsville minus skipper Trent Hodkinson, who has been punted. This is shaping as a deadset photo finish.

FRIDAYTHE weekly diatribe arrives from the Maitland Maniac, labelling the Newcastle media “dopey c—s” for not reportingthe Knights “are not fit and mentally tough enough to compete in the NRL”.

He then adds: “Nathan Brown has coached the Knights for 31 games for two wins, 28 losses and a draw. Winning percentage: 15.5. What a Joke! Much like you, Robert Dillon!”

I might be a dopey c— and I might be a joke, and maths was never my strongest suit. But at least I know how to work out a percentage, unlike the Maitland Maniac. (Two divided by 31, times 100, equals 6.45 per cent.)

Meanwhile, the Knights erroneously announce Sione Mata’utia will become the youngest skipper in the club’s history against the Cows tomorrow night.

They have apparently forgotten Jarrod Mullen was nine months younger than Sione is when he captained the Knights in round 11, 2007.

Mind you, Mullo would probably prefer to forget that too, given Newcastle copped a club-record 71-6 hammering from the Broncos.

SATURDAYBUNNIES prop George Burgess is in strife again after impersonating a sledgehammer squashing a grape with a shoulder charge last night on Broncos dynamo Anthony Milford.

Given his loading for previous offences, big George is looking at a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

It gets Seven Days to thinking. George’s identical twin brother Tom surely doesn’t have a track record as bad as his sibling’s.

Maybe they need to change jumpers before they run out, thenany mayhem George commits will go on Tom’s rap sheet and be viewed more leniently by the judiciary.

Meanwhile, up in Townsville, the Knights get dusted 24-12 but the Novocastrian faithful are celebrating nonetheless.

Two of the Cows’ tries are scored by future Newcastle Hall of Famer Kalyn Ponga.

It’s great to see the 19-year-old carving it up in the NRL, but I’m a bit worriedthat each try he scores for the Cows might be one less thathe scores for Newcastle.

Someone needs to tell him to start saving them for next year.

SUNDAYTIGERS skipper Aaron Woods emulates our Kalyn by helping towel up his future club, as the Tigers down the Doggies 18-12.

Canterbury look home and hosed until Tigers halfback Luke Brooks –the last 25 per cent remaining of the not-so-big four –produces a miracle play to create a try for winger Kevin Naqaima.

Replays of the match-winning “meaty” show Brooks wrong-footing Dogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who in trademark fashion then sticks out his leg. It’s a reflex action, but Reynolds –for some reason nicknamed “Grub” –is a serial offender.

Honestly, he’s been responsible for more bad trips than the Beatles in their Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds days.

All the talk at the post-match press conference is about Tigers fans booing big Woodsy.

I guess they need someone to boo, now that Jason Taylor is no longer coaching them.

MONDAYTIGERS chairwoman Marina Go and chief executive Justin Pascoe issue a statement, asking fans to stopbooing their own players.

It’s a fair point.

Back in the day, the time-honouredtheory was that fans pay their money at the gate and are entitled to voice their opinions.

But these are more enlightened times, and I fear it is inevitable that one day soon a player will sue spectators for bullying and harassment.

TUESDAYCOACH Brown politely shuts down questions about (former?) captain Hodkinson at his weekly press conference.

“Can we move on to the next topic please?” he asks.

Fair enough, but what is the next topic?

Maybe: “Does the prospect of a third consecutivewooden spooncause you insomnia?” Or: “Why do rivalplayerskeep giving Newcastle the Basil Brush?” Or: “What hope are you of re-signing Dane Gagai?” Or even: “What’s your favourite restaurant in town?”

It’s all a bit awkward for everyone, but hopefully Browny and Hodko are still on good terms.

If not, maybe it’s time for them to sit down and break bread. Browny’s shout.

WEDNESDAYTHE Tigers confirm the signing of Warriors prop Ben Matulino.

Matulino recently visited Newcastle for talks with Knights officials, who insist they did not make him a formal offer but are not denying they may have taken him out for a feed and picked up the tab.

Tarnya Davis: Just plain mean

Thursday, 13. June 2019

Tarnya Davis: It seems the loudest voice of social media is critical and negative. For years, I have delivered this column in the old-fashioned way – written word on newspaper, delivered to your door.
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At the recent invitation of the Herald I gave Facebook video messaging a try as another means of communication.

I had hoped to be able to share some ideas with more audience, but treading into social media was a new experience and the depth of insults and criticism thrown around on the net was well beyond that which one might experience in any realm of “real life”.

Thankfully.

Journalist Jon Ronsan in his book So you’ve Been Publicly Shamed talks of the experience of the victims of bullying on the internet.The victims in his book may have made a small error, like a bad joke, or a silly comment and then were pursued by an angry mob who attacked them with fury and indignation.

The impact upon the victims was consistently devastating and the punishment was well beyond the mistake they had made.Some moved towns, had to leave their jobs and some didn’t work again.The punishment of public humiliation did not fit the crime.

Monica Lewinsky was perhaps the first ever person trolled by the internet when her affair with then US President Bill Clinton was discovered at the same time people were discovering the voice of global media. In her TED talk she explains how she feared she would die of shame.

It seems the loudest voice of social media is critical and negative and there are “trolls” who enjoy being cruel for the sake of it, with no boundary too low.

There are those who attempt to argue with the negativity, but there are many others who perhaps are frightened to comment should they too become victims.

And so the power of the undercurrent grows.

I am grateful I am able to choose to step away for the moment, but I am reminded of those who can’t step away from abuse and also of those whose experience of shame they are unable to escape, such as those who are victims of childhood abuse.

As Ronsan says, social media has moved from a place of curiosity to one of cold hard judgement, like an angry virtual lynch mob.

Social media isn’t going away and so we need to come up with a safer way for us all to live with it.

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Bernardi looks for more mergers after Family First takeover

Thursday, 13. June 2019

Breakaway senator Cory Bernardi says he will pursue mergers with other conservative parties and seek more defections from the Liberal Party after Family First folded its operations into his nascent Australian Conservatives party.
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Family First, a socially and economically conservative party launched in 2001, will no longer exist from Wednesday and its two South Australian MPs will switch to serve under the Australian Conservatives banner.

The merger will give Senator Bernardi access to Family First’s party infrastructure – including mailing lists – but will not boost his party’s representation in the Senate.

While welcoming the merger, Family First senator-elect Lucy Gichuhi said she planned to serve as an independent rather than join forces with Senator Bernardi.

“While I respect the decision of Family First to join with Australian Conservatives, given the circumstances and the time frames, I have not been able to determine if joining this new entity is the best way for me to serve the people of South Australia,” Ms Gichuhi said in a statement.

“It is on that basis that I have decided to serve as an independent senator for the time being.”

Ms Gichuhi will be sworn into the Senate next month after the High Court decided Family First senator Bob Day’s election was invalid because he had an indirect pecuniary interest with the Commonwealth.

Mr Day, who has bankrolled Family First in recent years, gave a curt “no comment” when asked by Fairfax Media on Wednesday whether he supported the merger.

Speaking at a press conference in Adelaide, Senator Bernardi said: “I hope it’s not the last amalgamation.

“I welcome minor parties, I welcome former colleagues [and] existing colleagues, who want to be part of a team that really, genuinely wants to make politics different.”

Senator Bernardi said the two parties were a “natural fit” and the merger would strengthen the conservative movement across Australia.

He wished Ms Gichuhi well with her career.

South Australian Family First leader Dennis Hood said it was a “great day for Family First and we believe it is a great day for those on the conservative side of politics in Australia”.

“Finally, those on the conservative side of politics will have a united conservative voice in which to support and park their vote,” he said.

“We are excited about the prospect that holds.”

Mr Hood said all of Family First’s state branches and its federal executives agreed to join forces with the Australian Conservatives.

“This is a unanimous decision,” he said. “There has been no dissension within the Family First party at all.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said it was “not a good start” that Ms Gichuhi had declined to join forces with Senator Bernardi.

“They form a new party and the first response you get is the new senator-elect who says she doesn’t want to be a part of it,” he said.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the move was “inevitable” given Mr Day was the “father of Family First” and his financial support had been crucial to the party.

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Cemetery mess ‘disrespectful’

Thursday, 13. June 2019

Campbells Hill Cemetery at Telarah. Picture: SuppliedA Maitland woman has slammed maintenance at a Telarah cemetery after finding her mother’s grave overgrown in recent weeks.
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Maureen Clements said she went to Campbell’s Hill Cemetery to visit her mother’s grave site for Easter and again last weekend for her mum’s birthday, but found the area severely overgrown with grass and weeds.

She vented her anger about the state of the Maitland Council-run cemetery on social media.

Ms Clements told Fairfax Mediathe apparent lack of care with the grounds was a mark of disrespect that she had not been subject to previously, since her mother passed away eight years ago.

“I had to fight my way to get to the grave and came home absolutely filthy,” she said.

“We literally had to walk across graves to get some water to put on the flowers.

“I went back [for her mother’s birthday] and it was just as horrendous. It was actually embarrassing to go there.

“It means total disrespect for our loved ones that are buried there. They built Maitland –there would be no Maitland without all these people that are in these cemeteries.

“I just find it very disrespectful of council to allow it to be like that.”

Maitland City infrastructure projects and building services manager Graeme Matthews said council understood that maintenance of cemeteries was important to residents.

“A recent period of extended rainfall, combined with warm weather, has meant the growth rate of grass at local cemeteries has increased,” he said.

“The extended wet conditions have also meant that the ground has often been too wet for ride on mowers and restricted mowing to hand mowers.

“Council contractors continue to work to keep up with maintenance under difficult conditions.”

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Damn you Google! Your map to Newcastle is sending people to Lake Macquarie

Thursday, 13. June 2019

Wrong Location: Type in Sydney to Newcastle on Google Maps and you get this. Oh Google, what have you done?
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You trawl through our search history to sell us things, pay stuff-all tax, manipulate search results and suck the blood out of writers andmusicians.

Now you’re sending people who want to get from Sydney to Newcastle to the wrong place.

Damn you Google! Your map to Newcastle is sending people to Lake Macquarie TweetFacebook Having a laugh at Google. Reader Rod alerted us to this shocking error.

“Type in ‘Sydney to Newcastle’ in Google Maps and see what happens,” Rod said.

We followed his instructions. It wasn’t pretty.

Instead of directing us to Newcastle CBD, the map sent us to the back streets of Hillsborough in Lake Macquarie, of all places.

Google, how could you do this? We thought your maps were on the money.

“I have complained to Google many times and they haven’t fixed anything yet,” Rod said.

We admit that Google’s search engine is pretty good.

But come on. Surely they can sort this out. We can’t explain why they won’t fix this.

After all, their motto is supposed to be “Don’t be evil”.

The only explanation we have isthey’re too busy trying to invent immortality. We’re not joking. They really do want that.

History of Wallsend

The opening of West Wallsend colliery in 1888, with the iconic poppet head.

We love cool names. How’s this one: Cath Chegwidden.

Cath is writing and researching a book about the history of Wallsend.

Cath, like a lot of writers, doesn’t mind a metaphor.

“This task has become like the coal mines on which the community is founded,” she said.

“Every now and then, I’m uncovering a treasure.”

Wouldn’t that be more like a diamond mine? We suppose coal is a treasure.

They don’t call it black gold for nothing. Or is that oil?

Cath is on the hunt for stories about the town,relating to family histories, tragic and uplifting events, funny anecdotes, sporting moments and festivals.

She’s alsointerested in the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,which was “an integral part of this community for 150 years”.

Cath has already devotedmonths to digging through archives.

“I’d like to create a fascinating page-turner about Wallsend itself over the last 150 years,” she says.

That’s quite a task, Cath. But we reckon you’re up to it.

Anyone with a story or photographs about Wallsend, can contact Cath on 4954-6914.

Kermit’s Mates

It’s Save the Frogs Day on Saturday. Many are endangered. Don’t let them croak.

We’ve got a joke for you. What’s black and white and green? A frog sitting on a newspaper.

One more. We can’t help it. What do you say to a hitchhiking frog? Hop in.

Last one, we promise. What happened to the frog’s car when his parking meter expired? It got toad.

Jokes aside,the future of frogs isn’t funny. That’s why it’s Save the Frogs Day on Saturday. Kevin McDonald, a retired senior lecturer in environmental scienceat the University of Newcastle, loves frogs.

Kevin noted thatattempts have been made to save the green and gold bell frog from extinction in the Hunter.

And hewas chuffed about the recent discovery of a new frog species in Port Stephens, namedMahony’s toadlet.

The frog was discovered by University of Newcastle biologist Simon Clulow, who named it after his mentor andfrog expert, Professor Michael Mahony.

Kevin said frogs were indicators of “the health of our local wetlands”.

“Protect them lest they croak it!”, he said.

Hey, that’s a good one.

Donald Trump on Burger Urge’s first NSW menu

Thursday, 13. June 2019

If you’re feeling the urge for a burger, Largs couple Katerina and Chris Schafferius have opened the state’s first Burger Urge at Stockland Glendale.
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And it has been a long time coming. They bought the franchise three years ago when the popular Queensland burger chain had just six stores.There are now 21, and counting.

“At the time they probably weren’t ready for me to be knocking at their door, given that we’re interstate,” MrSchafferius told Food & Wine.

“But the brand has matured and developed in that time. When I first knocked on the door Burger Urgeonly had bottled beer in the fridge, now we’ve got a full bar.”

Katerina will manage the store full-time. Chris, a keen triathlete, works for a US mining company as general manager of its Australian operations.

“We’vebeen very patient, trying to find the right location,” Mr Schafferius said.

“Afew people have mentioned that we’ve jumped on the burger bandwagonbut we bought this franchise three years ago, so we were ahead of the curve when it came to dude food or whatever they are calling it.

“At Glendale everything just added up. Not only is therethe cinema and thealfresco space, but there is a good gap in the market when it comes to licensed venues.”

STATE FIRST: Katerina and Chris Schafferius have opened Burger Urge at Stockland Glendale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Burger Urge menu is divided into categories: American Style; House Specials; and Classics. There are vegetarian options, too, as well as salads and a variety of different sides to choose from.

There is even a burger called The Donald Trump with pulled beef, crispy maple bacon, melted American-style cheddar, pickles, hickory BBQ sauce, truffle mayonnaise, aioli and tomato.

Burger Urge founders – brothers Sean and Colby Carthew –are known for walking a fine line when it comes to marketing. The more offensive and attention-grabbing, the better.

As for the Big Momma’s Kentucky Fried Waffle, well, MrSchafferius refers to it as “R rated” and “a very serious burger”.

Head of property atBurgerUrge, Matt Manzie, said the Newcastle region and its “strong and diverse economy” was a “logical next step” from their Queensland base and “will be used as a stepping stone into the Sydney market”.

The second NSW store will open in Port Macquarie in June.