Maitland store Hyde & Silk specialises in clothing and giftware made in an ethical and fair trade environment

GOOD BUY: “I love the story behind every product and like sharing that with customers,” says Amanda Hyde, in her store. Picture: Marina Neil GROWING up on the Hunter River, lending a hand in her family’s commercial fishing business, Amanda Hyde was quickly immersed in all things environmental.
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“I was a deckhand on the prawn trawler and we just had smaller and smaller catches year after year and it led me to think about what’s happening in the environment and the impacts we have locally andglobally,” says Ms Hyde.

After completing an environmental science degree at the University of Newcastle, Ms Hyde worked in natural resource management for the Department of Fisheries and then in emergency management.

A chance conversation with a friend, however, led her to take leave toresearch and recently launch her first retail business, Hyde & Silk.

Located in High Street, Maitland, the shop stocks only fair trade and ethically sourced products from local and global suppliers.

“It follows on from my ethos of ethical and fair trade and having a minimal impact on the environment is important to me,” she says.

The business pursuit was developed when Ms Hyde was asked by a friend where she shopped “locally”.

“I replied, ‘I don’t’, because I like to always buy something a bit different when I travel,” she recalls. “I then thought if I open a shop with clothes that I like and want to wear then surely others have the same interests.”

Hyde & Silk –the silk is a reference to the fact all customers are given a silk bag with a purchase –stocks accessories, homewares and clothing in retro, boho and casual styles, including popular local brands that are made in ethical workshops in India, Thailand and Nepal.

“I am passionate about fair trade and ethically producted fashion as opposed to the recent increase in ‘fast fashion’ –cheap, mass produced and poor quality clothing that only lasts a season at most,” she says.

“The term ‘fast fashion’ implies that it is ok to throw away the item after wearing it only a few times but it is not ok and I hope to inspire shoppers to make responsible purchases that help others less fortunate while reducing waste.”

One of the brands she stocks is Happy Trunks harem pants, with each purchase of a pair assistingthe Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand.

“People can often not realise the impact of their purchase, but I call it ethical consumerism –it’s value adding when you can help a community through buying your everyday items,” she says.“I wantpeople to know that by purchasing anything here it really does value add to thecommunity it came from, they are not big companies I support, they are very small communities.”

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Mystery Weston couple win over half a million dollars in Saturday Lotto bonanza

A Weston couplewho originally bought alotto ticket in the hope of purchasing a cattle truck are planning on retiring and paying off their mortgage after winning over half a million dollars.
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The division one prize of$500,446.24 was won inSaturday Lotto the day after Day.

One of eight division one winners from around the country, the couple were said to be overjoyed with emotion when told of the win.

The wife, who was running on a treadmill whenLotto officials rang, declared she was going to retire.

“$500,446.24! That’s us! Whoa! Wow! Oh my god,” she said.

“I can’t believe that! I’ve never won anything.

“I don’t think I’m going to finish my walk on my treadmill now, I’m going to have a beer!

“We’ll pay off the mortgage and I might be able to retire.”

Her husband added: “I told you it was our time to win.”

The lucky pair, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their 24 game marked entry online atthelott苏州夜总会招聘.

Asked how they came up with their numbers, the woman revealed the quirky nickname for their entry.

“We have a property and we were trying to buy a cattle truck at the time so we picked all of our favourite numbers and nicknamed the entry ‘Cattle Truck’,” she said.

“We ended up buying a second hand cattle truck anyway, but have just kept the same numbers and kept playing them.

“The numbers were just dates of special occasions, special people’s birthdays and they are truly special to us now.”

The winning numbers were 4, 7, 11, 32, 40 and 1, while the supplementary numberswere 26 and 29.

The win continues a lucky string of lotto bonanzas across the Hunter in the past six months.

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OpinionAction needed to stop young deaths

The recent passing of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett has struck a chord across , with thousands of people expressing their sadness over her death and sharing messages of support to her family.
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Our thoughts are also with the Everetts, Dolly’s friends and the communities to whom she was connected. Much coverage about Dolly in the news and social media has focused on cyberbullying, shifting the focus from the loss of a young life.

The widespread exposure of the suicide of Dolly may have raised feelings of distress for some people. I would encourage anyone who is going through a tough time to seek support.Talking to a trusted relative or friend, a counsellor, GP, or online services such as Lifeline and eheadspace can help. It is important to recognise that suicide is rarely the result of a single event or factor and is a complex and multi-faceted issue. It is usually a result of a person feeling hopeless about life due to a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. It is heart breaking that any young person would feel like their only option is to end their life.

Emphasis should be on supporting young people who may be experiencing similar thoughts of hopelessness. We lose far too many young ns to suicide and we need to ensure that young people are supported and have help available so that we can prevent further tragedies.

LOST: The death of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett has highlighted the need for sustained efforts to support young people with mental health issues, the author says.

n Bureau of Statistics data released in 2016, again identified suicide as the leading cause of death for school-aged children. Each week we lose eight children and young people to suicide and as a country we need to continue to work together to change this. headspace School Support teams respond to suicide notifications every week in secondary schools across . headspace will be expanding its work in schools as a delivery partner, along with Early Childhood , for the new mental health education initiative run by beyondblue. headspace also has 101 centres across providing mental health support services to young people aged 12-25.

In June 2017, the federal government announced that a new headspace centre will be opening in Katherine. Suicide rates of school-aged children in the Northern Territory are the highest in . Young people in the Northern Territory die by suicide at more than four times the rate of any other state or territory, with many of these being Aboriginal young people.

I would encourage anyone supporting a young person, as well as friends, to inform themselves so that they can recognise when someone might be going through a tough time. There are a number of resources available on the headspace website, as well as from many other organisations, that provide information and advice on mental health and other topics relating to young people’s wellbeing. With many young people heading back to school in the coming weeks, this message is particularly timely.

The need for sustained efforts to support young people with mental health issues is vital; because any life lost to suicide is too many. The responsibility to reduce suicide requires ongoing investment and lies with the whole community. In collaborative and supportive efforts, we can stop this tide of preventable deaths.

Jason Trethowan is the CEO at headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.If you or someone you know is struggling, visit headspace苏州模特佳丽招聘.au to find your nearest centre or call eheadspace on 1800 650 890.

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Aust, US in search for ferry survivors

MISSING DINGY FOUNDUS and n aircraft have joined the search for passengers of a missing ferry off Kiribati, as rescuers scoured the central Pacific Ocean for a life raft believed to be carrying survivors.
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Eight people rescued from a drifting dinghy on the weekend said the ferry broke up soon after setting out on January 18 and that they had seen other passengers scramble aboard a life raft.

“There is definitely a possibility that the people in the life raft are alive given that only a short while ago we found people in an open dinghy alive,” said New Zealand-based rescue coordinator Paul Craven.

“We’re hoping in a life raft they’re actually in a better survival situation so that’s why we’ve got such an intensive search going today,” he said on Tuesday.

Authorities are uncertain how many people had been on board the ferry, Craven told Radio New Zealand. Reports from survivors and government officials varied between 35 and 100 people.

The 17-metre catamaran was reported missing on January 20, two days after it departed Nonouti Island on a 250km trip to Betio in Kiribati.

has sent a P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft to assist in the search and the US Coastguard has sent a Hercules aircraft from Hawaii to scour the northern part of the search area.

A New Zealand aircraft spotted a dinghy on Sunday with eight people, including a 14-year-old girl, who had been adrift for days without water. The eight were rescued by a fishing vessel.

They told rescuers they had scrambled into their tiny dinghy as the ferry disintegrated soon after setting off and that other passengers had made it into another dinghy and a liferaft.

The second dinghy had broken up and likely sunk, Craven said, with the search now focusing on finding the life raft.

He said the rescuers’ main concern was that any survivors would be facing the heat for days without drinking water.

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Tributes flow for ex-Aust F1 boss Walker

OBIT WALKERTRIBUTES FOR BUSINESSMAN AND FORMER GRAND PRIX BOSS RON WALKER:
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* Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – “Ron was a wise and true friend to me as he was to so many Liberal leaders. We will not see his like again. Out hearts go out to Barbara and their family at this sad time.”

* Former prime minister Tony Abbott – “He was a staunch friend and constant encouragement to successive Liberal leaders and will be much missed.”

* Labor leader Bill Shorten – “Vale Ron Walker, a man of big ideas and great generosity. Modern Melbourne owes much to his vision and drive.”

* The Confederation of n Motor Sport – “His contribution to the n motor sport landscape will forever be remembered.”

* Entrepreneur, media buyer and friend Harold Mitchell – “I see him two, three times a year and he was looking more frail but what a fighter … He was a very generous man.”

* Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg – “A brave and thoughtful man who did so much to promote Melbourne, the Liberal Party and broader community. RIP.”

Victorian Liberal Party president Michael Kroger – “A truly great n has been lost to us. He was one of the Liberal Party’s greatest and most trusted servants.”

* Victorian coalition leader Matthew Guy – “Ron Walker loved Melbourne and Victoria. His generosity touched many. His achievements helped put Victoria on the map.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews – “Ron Walker was a giant of Victorian cultural and political life. Whether feared or revered, Ron was someone who you never forgot.”

* Acting Melbourne Lord Mayor Arron Wood – “His love of Melbourne and his contribution to our great city will never be forgotten.”

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Commercial Property: Multiple income streams and highly visible location in Maitland Road property

STRONG PROSPECTS: This two-storey building on busy Maitland Road in Mayfield features two residential flats and a retail space and is fully leased.Attractive location and multiple income prospects are expected to make aproperty on Maitland Road sought after.
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Raine & Horne’s Alan Tonks is marketing 171 Maitland Road, Mayfield, which is set for auction on March 8.

The two-storey masonry building is fully leased. It includes two residential flats and a retail shop. Mr Tonks said it offeredgood vehicle andpedestrian exposure.

Total net income comprises $64,600 per annum and the property is approximately 405 square metresin total with rear access.

“This is a great opportunity to purchase a well-located property with fourincome streams in the thriving suburb,” Mr Tonks said.

DEMAND FOR INVESTMENTSBrent Sinclair, of Knight Frank, said the sale of an investment property at 467-469 Pacific Highway, Belmont for $2.7 million showed a 6.1 per centyield on the passing net income.

The property consisted of two detached buildingsand was sold fully let with leases to Battery World and Pet Quarters until 2022 plus options.

“There is a shortage of investment stock and an increasing demand from investors, especially from Sydney,” he said. “We could do with more listings like this to meet the pent-up demand.”

WAREHOUSES IN WARATAHTwo warehouses in Crescent Road, Waratah being marketed by Colliers International’s Mark Yazbeckoffer differentopportunities.

He said a 198 square metre warehouse with 6.3m clearance at 3/27 Crescent Road was “perfect for any tradesman or business owner”.

“It is in a centrallocation with good access to service the majority of Newcastle’s residential population base and its affordable,” Mr Yazbecksaid.

The property has on-site car parking, roller door access and a self-contained kitchen. It is being sold for $425,000 plus GST plus outgoings.

Neighbouring warehouse 2/27 Crescent Road is being sold through expressions of interest and offers an investment opportunity.

It is fully leased by Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre Pty Ltd until July 2020 with an annual net income of$40,100 plus GST.

It is an open plan warehouse with self-contained kitchen, toilet amenities and functionrooms.

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Victoria’s multicultural advocate to serve second term

GRATEFUL: Dr Sundram Sivamalai is looking forward to reprising his role as community representative commissioner for VMC. Picture: Luka KauzlaricSundram Sivamalai feels both excited and fortunate to continuehis rolein promoting peace and harmony.
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Thecommunity representative commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission, which acts as a voice and the mainlink between the diversemigrant communitiesand the state government, has beenreappointed for a second term.

“I am passionate and I put my hand up because I love doing it, I sincerely believe in doing it,” Dr Sivamalai said.

“You don’t come here because you want an accolade, you come because you seriously believe in it and you want to deliver the message.

Dr Sivamalai, who lives in Ballarat, said commissioners wereselected for their background,experience andknowledge of the issuesthey representedin order to lobby and advise government.

The formerfoundation chair of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council believed regionalareas were more disadvantagedcompared to metropolitan areas.

“I’m very passionate about regional areas, the reason being if you are in metro you find there are alternatives… whereas in the region you are limited,” Dr Sivamalaisaid.

One of the biggest issues affecting migrants in the region was employment.

Dr Sivamalai saidmigrants took on positions far below their education and experiencebecause of difficulties matching qualifications to overseas equivalents and lack of local work experience.

He used the example of a qualified doctor with a Muslim background who took on a position working in a bacon factory out of desperation.

Transport in regional areas can also poseproblems for migrants entering the workforce without a car or licence, with the jobs availableoften requiring travelling long distances.

Finding suitable housing was another issue, especially for migrants with large families not suited to the standard rental size, along withaffordability and difficulties in getting reference checks.

Intergenerational gaps could be hard on children, who oftenhad to balance the expectations at home with the cultural differences presented to them at school.

DrSivamalai is also eager to focus on education, including more flexibile adult English classes and more support for children in school, retirement, ensuring migrants know their rights and options, and the health sector, such as finding interpreters or having bilingual culturally-sensitivestaff.

But he believed some regionswere already doing a good job supporting multiculturalism, including Ballarat with its range of groups, initiatives and policy of welcome, and was optimistic about an inclusivefuture.

The Courier, Ballarat

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Yemen PM prepares to flee Aden

YEMENYemen’s prime minister is preparing to flee the country for Saudi Arabia after separatists seized the area around the presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden in fierce battles overnight, security officials say.
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According to the officials, fighters loyal to the so-called Southern Transitional Council fought all way to the gates of the Palace of Maashiq in the district of Crater in Aden, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s troops to abandon their positions.

The officials said Hadi’s prime minister and several Cabinet members would leave imminently to Riyadh.

The palace is the seat of Yemen’s internationally backed government. The separatist forces did not enter the palace itself and were stopped by Saudi Arabian troops who have been guarding the palace for the past months.

However, a senior government official told The Associated Press that Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar and several ministers remain inside and that the separatists have not seized the palace itself.

The official declined to say whether the prime minister was to leave Aden. The security officials and the government official spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.

The fighting in Aden first erupted on Sunday, when a deadline issued by the separatists for the government to resign expired. Hadi, who himself is in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia has described the separatists’ action as a “coup.”

The violence in Aden has killed at least 36 people and wounded 185 since Sunday, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

It has also exposed deep divisions within the alliance between Hadi’s government and the Saudi-led coalition. The two are fighting against Yemen’s Shi’ite rebels, known as Houthis, who are in control of the country’s north.

The warring parties have been locked in a bloody stalemate for most of the last three years.

But within the Saudi-led coalition, allies from the United Arab Emirates have trained the separatist forces and empowered them over the past year, in a direct challenge to Hadi, who is in Riyadh.

The US State Department has expressed concern and called upon all parties to “refrain from escalation and further bloodshed.” Washington backs the Saudi-led coalition.

“We also call for dialogue among all parties in Aden to reach a political solution,” the statement said.

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Scorchers are the BBL’s greatest: Bancroft

BBL SCORCHERSCameron Bancroft has declared the Perth Scorchers the BBL’s greatest-ever team, and he wants them to convert the city’s new $1.5 billion stadium into a fortress.
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The Scorchers’ success in ‘s T20 competition is unrivalled – three titles, and two runner-up finishes in six completed seasons under master coach Justin Langer.

Perth have the chance to continue that glittering dynasty when they take on the Hobart Hurricanes in Thursday night’s semi-final at Optus Stadium in Perth.

If the Scorchers win that match, they’ll host the final on Sunday given they finished the regular season on top of the table.

A sellout crowd of 55,000 is expected to turn out for Thursday’s match.

But just how Scorchers players adapt to their shift from the WACA remains the big unknown.

The Burswood venue made its grand opening last Sunday – with losing to England by 12 runs in a thrilling ODI match.

Bancroft said he and his teammates would have to prove themselves at the new stadium.

“It’s a bit of a weird one,” Bancroft said.

“The one thing we do have is the respect – we’re the best team in this competition. We have been since the beginning of time since the beginning of BBL.

“We’ll showcase our skills… If we can do that, I’m sure we can make Perth Stadium a brand new home and a brand new fortress for us.”

The Hurricanes will be without this season’s leading runscorer – D’Arcy Short – because of international duties.

Bancroft said without Short, Hobart’s biggest threat with the bat was veteran George Bailey.

And he said West Indies paceman Jofra Archer was a big weapon with the ball.

Archer has taken 15 wickets at an average of 19.7 this season.

“He’s got a bit of an arrogance about him,” Bancroft said of Hobart’s star import.

“But in saying that, he’s been able to back that up with his skills in the tournament. We respect him really highly.

“That over he got Maxy Klinger out in that game a few weeks ago was without a doubt a yard quicker than his first over.

“That’s what he’s able to bring – he kind of jogs in, and just lets go with a thunderbolt. You certainly don’t expect that. He’s a class player.”

The Scorchers will be boosted by the return of Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh, but spinner Ashton Agar will be missing because of international duties.

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Ex-Aust F1 Grand Prix boss Ron Walker dies

OBIT WALKERA leading figure in F1 motor sport, staunch Liberal Party supporter, successful businessman and all-round fighter.
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That’s how friends, political allies and fellow business names have remembered Ron Walker, who has died aged 78.

Mr Walker, the man who brought the n Grand Prix to Melbourne, died after battling cancer for several years.

The millionaire Melbourne businessman was the n F1 Grand Prix Corporation chairman for 22 years before retiring in 2015.

He wrested the world-renowned race from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1993 and played a role in the creation of Crown Casino, and was briefly Melbourne’s Lord Mayor in the 1970s.

Mr Walker was a prominent Liberal Party figure, working as national treasurer of the party from 1987 to 2002.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led the tributes describing him as “a great n, magnificent Melburnian and ferociously committed Liberal”.

“Ron was a wise and true friend to me as he was to so many Liberal leaders. We will not see his like again. Our hearts go out to Barbara and their family at this sad time,” Mr Turnbull tweeted.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott wrote: “, Victoria and Melbourne have lost a great son with Ron Walker’s passing. For decades, not much happened in Melbourne without Ron being at the centre of things.

“As well, he was a great supporter of good causes, from medical research to the Liberal Party, which he helped to keep together in tough times.

“He was a staunch friend and constant encouragement to successive Liberal leaders and will be much missed.”

The Confederation of n Motor Sport tweeted: “CAMS is saddened to learn of the passing of former n Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker.

“His contribution to the n motor sport landscape will forever be remembered.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said “whether feared or revered, Ron was someone who you never forgot”.

“It’s in great part thanks to Ron that (Melbourne is) now known as the sporting capital of the world,” he said in a statement.

Mr Walker’s relationship with former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett helped him to become the chairman of the n Grand Prix Corporation and in delivering Melbourne the hosting rights for the event.

Mr Walker served as chairman of Fairfax Media from 2005 to 2009 and was an AC – Companion of the Order of .

In 1976 he held a partnership with Melbourne businessman, Lloyd Williams and the pair formed a property development company called Hudson Conway, which developed the Crown Casino complex in Melbourne.

He also served as the chairman of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and served as the Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1974 to 1976.

Mr Walker is survived by his wife Barbara, three children and three grandchildren.

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‘Poisoned juice’ killed husband, jury told

MELBOURNE COURT STOCKA pair of lovers murdered a Melbourne husband by sedating him with sleeping pills and giving him either cyanide-laced orange juice or a fatal avocado shake, a jury has heard.
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Sofia Sam, 33, and Arun Kamalasanan, 35, are on trial for murdering the woman’s husband Sam Abraham at his Epping home in October 2015.

Paramedics were called to the home and they initially believed Mr Abraham had died from a heart attack in his bed.

But an autopsy revealed Mr Abraham died of cyanide poisoning and also had a sedative in his system.

Prosecutor Kerri Judd QC says Mr Abraham may have been drugged with sleeping pills before Kamalasanan fed him cyanide-laced juice as he slept.

“He administered the cyanide himself by sneaking into the house and pouring orange juice with cyanide in it into the mouth of the deceased,” she told the jury.

An alternative prosecution case is that Ms Sam put the cyanide in either an avocado shake or an orange juice she prepared for him.

“The female accused said she made an avocado shake for her husband. She also said she made an orange juice for her husband,” Ms Judd said.

Sam and Kamalasanan knew each other from their college days in India and they were allegedly having an affair at the time of the murder.

The jury was told they reconnected after they both moved to Melbourne and were meeting in secret.

“It is the prosecution case that both accused murdered Sam Abraham,” Ms Judd said.

“Their relationship provided the motive.”

Ms Judd earlier illustrated the pair’s relationship by reading passionate diary entries they sent to each other.

“Can you hold me tight? I want to drift away in your love,” she read from one of Sam’s entries, as the diary was displayed on a screen in court on Monday.

The jury also heard that Mr Abraham’s car was transferred into Kamalasanan’s name following his death.

Both Sam and Kamalasanan have pleaded not guilty. The trial continues on Wednesday.

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The Press Book House Cafe: caffeine and wisdom

Classics and discoveries: Murrie Harris at The Press cafe on Hunter Street, Newcastle. Picture: Marina NeilThe Press Book House & Café, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle, Mon/Wed/Fri: 7-4; Thu: 7-6; Sat: 8-3; Sun: 9-2.
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Selling books under the same roof as your coffee and enjoying a lasting and dedicated following has always proved to be an elusive achievement here in Newcastle.

Twenty odd years ago there was an elegant establishment opposite the old Newcastle Herald offices on Bolton Street in the East End. Tastefully arranged around bookshelves were a select number of tables at which well-dressed coffee drinkers would sip to the cerebral sounds of classical music. The ceilings were high but so were the prices. It sometimes felt more like a minimalist art gallery for the well-heeled than a place for a student to sink into a cosy corner with a second-hand novel.

At The Press Book House Café on Hunter Street, Murrie Harris and Ivy Ireland have arranged their shelves a little differently. With an espresso machine at the front of their bookstore and long, communal tables nestled between the novels at the back, they have created a cerebral atmosphere that is less about exclusivity and more about community and inclusion. You are unlikely to see anyone sipping to classical music in here. As the artistic and the unkempt share their ham and pickle sarnies ($10) in an atmosphere that only a needle crackling along old vinyl can create, the ambience at this bookshop is more of a blue-jean 1970 than a blue-blooded 1790.

But none of this means that The Press perceives itself to have reached an untouchable level of cool. This is in no way a café where a roster of surly adolescent girls will make you feel unwelcome because you have not been named after an Indian spice powder. The same couple of blokes making sandwiches and coffees have been here for years.

If anything has changed, it has been the adoption of a philosophy that says your stay should be as long as you want it to be. For every bohemian university student lounging at The Press there is a sharply dressed lawyer who only has time for a $2, cup-through-the-window espresso.

For those with less pressing priorities, Murrie will refill your cup all day long with a rotating single origin filter coffee for $4 – perfect for those who find something on the shelves that they just can’t put down.

If your tastes lean more towards your easy drinking, milk-based coffees – a James Patterson rather than a James Joyce – then these baristas can certainly be relied upon to keep you focused on flipping the pages.

For reasons that have nothing to do with their reputation down South or the quality of their blends, their Melbourne-based roaster Gridlock’d still enjoys a relative anonymity here in Newcastle.

Alternating between the High Beam and the Ghetto Blaster blend, The Press boys have ensured that their following have stayed dedicated to the standard of coffee as much as they have the quality of the literature.

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Pregnant woman jailed over fatal SA crash

GREATLEYAn Adelaide woman who caused the death of a work colleague in a road crash will be sent to jail despite being about to give birth.
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Rebecca Lee Greatley was high on cannabis when she drove through a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer in South ‘s mid-north in May 2016.

The crash killed 26-year-old British backpacker Jamie Dumbleton and injured two other charity workers – Lauren Canciani and Dylan O’Donnell-Middleton.

Greatley initially denied charges of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving but pleaded guilty on the second day of her trial.

On Tuesday, she sobbed uncontrollably in the District Court as Judge Stephen McEwen described her failure to see the truck as “grossly defective” and jailed her for almost two years with a non-parole period of 18 months.

“For whatever reason, she drove straight out onto the highway and into the path of the prime mover,” he said.

Judge McEwen refused to suspend the sentence, despite the 25-year-old being due to give birth in March and facing the prospect of having her newborn taken from her soon after.

In a statement read on their behalf outside the court, Mr Dumbleton’s family said the jailing of Greatley was “the light at the end of our very dark tunnel”.

“Although we now have a sense of justice we still feel, that given the harm done and the loss of Jamie’s life, it is not a complete justice,” they said.

They criticised Greatley, who they said had manipulated the justice system from the moment she was arrested.

“Shown a coldness and selfishness beyond compare. She has played the game and been successful,” they said.

“She has shown very little remorse or apparent sorrow for her actions until today.”

Ms Canciani said she was happy with the sentence and tried not to think too much about the crash or Greatley.

“I don’t have much emotion for her. I’ve tried not to be angry because I don’t think that’s fair to myself either,” she said.

“I hope she’s remorseful. I hope it wasn’t an act and that she really feels bad for what she has done.”

Ms Canciani said while she hadn’t known Mr Dumbleton long, he was wonderful, caring and thoughtful.

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