Month: April 2019

GALLERY: Four seasons in one week

Newcastle weather forecast
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A week is a long time in weather.

Those brave enough to battle the wind and swell on the Nobbys breakwall at 12.30pm yesterdaywere battling a temperature of just over 10 degrees celsuis – and that’s before the wind chill factor came into it.

Exactly a week earlier, they would have been basking in the glorious 35 degree heatwave which shon on the Hunter.

‘‘That is pretty extreme but not unheard of,’’ Weatherwatch’s Don White said.

‘‘If it is going to happen, it usually will happen in October or November.’’

A good blanket of snow greeted the Barrington Tops as the cold air, which had travelled from above the Great Australian Bight and were meant to stop at the snowfields, curved a bit further north and took in parts of the Hunter.

Barrington Tops resident Helen Marmone, who lives on Tomala Road, said it was the first time in several years they had experienced a spring snowfall.

Mrs Marmone said the temperature had dropped to zero, with a wind chill factor of -7.8 degrees, about 2pm.

The snow began to fall about 11.30am.

Snow has covered parts of the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Helen Mamone

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow at Barrington Tops. Picture: Joanne Smith

Snow has covered parts of the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Helen Mamone

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow falling at Tomalla Homestead at the the Barrington Tops today. Picture: Andrew Lyall

Snow falling at Barrington Tops today. Picture by Scott Smith

Storm clouds over Nobbys Beach today. Picture: Darren Pateman

Windy weather this morning. Picture: Darren Pateman

Snow falling at Guyra. Picture: Guyra Argus

Glen Innes Examiner staff Melissa Grennan, Lisa Reed and Irene Penn enjoy the snow this morning. Photo: Glen Innes Examiner

Snow falling at Guyra. Picture: Guyra Argus

Mr White said the wind should have abated overnight, although the Hunter could continue to experience colder-than-normal conditions until about Tuesday.

Large swells would continue to attract surfers across the weekend, although there was warnings for rock fishermen to steer clear until the waves abate.

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Remembering the McKeons: Bali bombing victims

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THREE nights ago, two men sat in a Kuta bar and talked about the last minutes of their sister’s life before the Bali bombings 10 years ago.

Ben Sutherland, of Scone, and his brother Ron May, of Sydney, were in a nightclub near the Sari Club where their sister Lyn McKeon, 45, and her daughter Marissa, 14, of Kincumber on the Central Coast died on October 12, 2002.

‘‘We were just sitting there listening to the music and talking about how nice it was,’’ Mr May said yesterday on the phone from his Kuta hotel.

‘‘And that’s how it must have happened. They would have been sitting there listening to the music and having a nice time on holiday, and then they were gone.’’

Mrs McKeon’s husband Ross, 47, survived the blast but suffered serious burns to his hands and feet. Their other daughter Kristie, 13, also survived.

The McKeons were two of 88 Australians, and 202 people in total, to die in the first Bali bombings in 2002.

Ross and Kristie McKeon, Mr May, Mr Sutherland and wife Linda and their sons Jesse and Colby, and Mrs McKeon’s sisters Terrie Smith and her husband Warren, are at Bali Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park today for a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of the bombing.

It was a very emotional time, Mr May said.

Even though he attended a memorial service at the cultural park on the first anniversary in 2003, the 10th anniversary was difficult because time had elapsed and life had gone on for survivors.

‘‘You only have to look at the children to realise time stopped for some, but the rest of us have gone zon,’’ Mr May said.

Kristie McKeon, 23, is a model who travels the world. Mr and Mrs Sutherland’s son Colby was 11 yesterday, and on the eve of the memorial service the extended family celebrated a bitter sweet birthday for him.

In a phone call from Kuta on Wednesday night, Mrs Sutherland remembered 10 years ago, receiving a phone call as she cleared up after Colby’s first birthday party, and suddenly being plunged into the nightmare of an international terrorist attack.

‘‘It was surreal when it first happened because you can’t believe it,’’ Mrs Sutherland said.

Reality hit with a chance sighting of an obviously injured Ross McKeon being wheeled on an ambulance stretcher during television coverage of the bombing.

This week is the first time the Sutherlands have been to Bali.

‘‘Ben couldn’t come before this. It was just too traumatic for him,’’ Mrs Sutherland said.

Mr May’s wife Karyne, who had to stay in Australia but will attend a memorial service at Coogee today, said she was glad her husband had gone back to Bali, after vowing he would not return after 2003.

‘‘I think he might have felt like a lot of people,’’ Mrs May said. ‘‘How can you enjoy yourself on a holiday in Bali knowing people have died?’’

‘‘I’m glad he’s gone back, because it might break that barrier.’’

Mr May said the extended family, including Ross and Kristie McKeon, had dinner on Wednesday night. They enjoyed being together, and Mr McKeon was with his partner Kerry, but ‘‘I don’t know what Ross thinks every time he looks at the memorial near where it happened’’.

‘‘He doesn’t let too much out. Time goes on, and it might deaden the pain a little bit, but you change when something like this happens. There was the person you were before, and the person you become,’’ Mr May said.

There was considerable coverage in Bali of security concerns leading up to the memorial service, Mr May said.

‘‘There’s always a worry, but we’re here and hopefully nothing’s going to happen, but it’s always at the back of your mind, ‘‘ he said.

‘‘One part of you knows these kind of things happen when people least expect it, so you wouldn’t expect anything at a memorial service with a lot of security, but you don’t know how these people [terrorists] think.’’

Appreciating the life they had was the family’s tribute to Lyn and Marissa.

2002: Kristie McKeon and her father Ross, comfort one another at the funeral for Lyn and Marissa McKeon.

MARISSA MCKEON

LYN MCKEON

‘‘We’re all here, we’re all together to remember them, and that’s the main thing’’ Mr May said.

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Better luck with Irish

Andrea Riseborough gives a a multilevel performance as Colette in Shadow Dancer.JAMES Marsh is understandably pleased he’s been able to make his espionage thriller, Shadow Dancer. In 2005 he directed The King, a religious drama starring William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal, and it was not well received.
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”People hated it,” says the English filmmaker, who had to return to documentary-making when work subsequently dried up.

Marsh rebounded with Man on Wire in 2008, which won an Oscar for best feature documentary, and the equally acclaimed Project Nim. With his stock renewed, he put together Shadow Dancer. It’s the story of a young woman, Colette (Andrea Riseborough), who, because of a British intelligence officer (Clive Owen), is forced to choose between betraying fellow IRA members, including her brothers, or going to jail and losing her son.

”It’s an uncomfortable and quite gripping thriller because the spying takes place within a family setting,” Marsh says. ”This is about the ties of blood and how they can be tested and pulled apart and inverted. Film is such a great medium for deception because it’s visual.”

Marsh and writer Tom Bradby, who covered Northern Ireland’s sectarian violence as a TV reporter, have removed the politics from the story and focused on the personal betrayal. The early-1990s setting offers a pre-digital intimacy that recalls Tomas Alfredson’s labyrinthine adaption of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

”It’s all about what we know and the characters know, and the discrepancies between [these],” Marsh says. ”We respect the audience’s intelligence, but we don’t lay things out too simply because life isn’t like that.”

The vagaries of independent filmmaking meant Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall almost played Mac and Colette. A delayed start made them unavailable and Owen, who had been unavailable, became available and joined Riseborough, who gives a fine performance that operates on different levels not resolved until the end.

If Shadow Dancer has been far more successful than The King, it doesn’t mean they are opposites. Both concern interlopers bringing dangerous change into a home. ”Project Nim was also about a very strange family, one with the chimpanzee as the interloper,” Marsh says. ”There are probably psychological reasons why I’m interested in that, but I’m not going to go to a therapist to find them out.”

Shadow Dancer is now screening.

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Listeria outbreak closes flight meal kitchen

An international catering kitchen at Brisbane Airport that provides thousands of in-flight meals has been closed after a dangerous bacteria was found on kitchen equipment.
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Listeria was found at Alpha Catering’s catering kitchen at Brisbane Airport this afternoon and it was immediately closed by Queensland Health and Brisbane City Council.

Listeria can cause food poisoning and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, with even a mild case able to cause a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or a premature birth.

The discovery was confirmed yesterday afternoon by a spokesman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.

“Apparently their (Alpha Catering) own quality assurance testing picked up listeria on some of their equipment today,” he said.

“Listeria is a danger to pregnant women in particular and they called in Brisbane City Council and they were shut down from 2pm.”

Queensland Health chief health officer Jeannette Young said they would assist the council “to work with the business to ensure these issues are addressed”.

“The suspension of this licence will remain in place until a number of corrective actions are undertaken by the business,” Dr Young said.

Inspectors from the council and Queensland Health were inspecting the Alpha Catering kitchen facilities this afternoon.

“They have been looking over the equipment there,” Mr Springborg’s spokesman said.

“They have put an immediate suspension on their operations in place until corrective actions have been taken.”

The company will have to run a “forensic clean” of the catering kitchen before it can be re-opened, the spokesman said.

“And it will be only be once the authorities are satisfied that they will be re-opened,” he said.

The council also confirmed listeria had been found and the kitchen had been closed.

Alpha Catering Sydney-based sales and marketing manager Pat Osborne said he had only recently been told of the food poisoning problem.

“We have our operations people out there right now trying to learn what we can about it,” he said.

Alpha Catering has operations in Australia, the United Kingdom and Asia.

It provides meals for Virgin Australia and Emirates flights out of Brisbane.

Virgin Australia spokeswoman Emma Copeland said they could not estimate how many meals had been affected.

“Alpha Catering are a key catering supplier for our flights departing Brisbane,” she said.

“We are currently working with Alpha Catering and our other catering suppliers on a solution.”

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27 years’ jail for Hilliary Allen’s killer

NO penalty equates to the crime, the family of Hilliary Allen said yesterday, but they are satisfied with the 27-year jail term handed to her killer, Scott O’Heir.
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O’Heir will spend at least the next 18 years behind bars serving a 20-year non-parole period dating back to April 8, 2010.

Mrs Allen’s eldest son, Gary Edwards, described his mother her as a beautiful, refined lady, small in stature, with a huge and loving heart.

In a victim impact statement read in Newcastle Supreme Court on behalf of the family, Mr Edwards said she went to church each Sunday, and only ever identified the good in people.

‘‘Mum deserved her life to end in dignity in the arms and surrounded by those who truly loved her, not on a cold concrete floor in her garage, alone, terrorised and harmed by a stranger,’’ Mr Edwards said.

‘‘We were robbed of the opportunity for our last good byes.’’

Mrs Allen, 82, was a very active and proudly independent person, who walked five to six kilometres most mornings, played bowls, and loved to garden and cook.

She treasured spending time with her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

‘‘Scott O’Heir’s greed has destroyed all of these simple pleasures,’’ Mr Edwards said.

‘‘Unfortunately, at the time of her death, she was only a few weeks away from being told that she had two more great grandchildren due to be born at the end of the year.’’

O’Heir,29, was found guilty by a jury earlier this year of robbing and murdering Mrs Allen on March 1, 2009.

At the hands of O’Heir, Mrs Allen suffered a deep cut on her right leg which, because of its position, she must have sustained while in midair, acting Justice Freeman said.

‘‘This must have been the result of some considerable amount of force,’’ he said.

O’Heir then held Mrs Allen around her throat in the crook of his arm to direct her around the house while he stole various items, the court heard.

Mrs Allen died from blood loss due to her leg injury within an hour of being wounded, acting Justice Freeman said.

O’Heir’s 27-year jail term was made up of five sentences, to be served partly concurrently, including four break and enter offences to which he pleaded guilty after being convicted by trial of murder.

On the murder charge alone he was sentenced to 21 years to October 2037, with a non-parole period of 14 years ending on October 7, 2030.

LOVING FAMILY: Hillary Allen’s sons Gary and Brian Edwards outside court yesterday, said their mother deserved to die with dignity surrounded by family, not alone, terrorised and harmed bny a stranger.

Hilliary Allen

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