Mediterranean diet could help IVF women

Mediterranean diet can help with IVFA Mediterranean diet could help women receiving IVF to achieve successful pregnancies, a study has suggested.
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Researchers asked women about their eating habits before they underwent the treatment and found those who ate more fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, fish and olive oil, and less red meat, had the better outcomes.

The study found women who ate that way in the six months before IVF had a 65 per cent to 68 per cent better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women with the lowest adherence to the Mediterranean-style diet.

The research, which is published in the journal Human Reproduction, focused on dietary patterns rather than individual nutrients, foods or food groups.

It assessed the diet of 244 women via a food frequency questionnaire when they enrolled at a clinic in Athens, Greece, for their first IVF treatment.

The questionnaire asked them about how often they ate certain groups of food in the preceding six months before they were given a MedDiet Score, which ranged from 0-55, with higher scores indicating greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet.

The researchers was led by Associate Professor Nikos Yiannakouris at the department of nutrition and dietetics at Harokopio University of Athens

“The important message from our study is that women attempting fertility should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, because greater adherence to this healthy dietary pattern may help increase the chances of successful pregnancy and delivering a live baby,” Yiannakouris said.

“It should be noted that when it comes to conceiving a baby, diet and lifestyle are just as important for men as for women.

“Previous work from our research group among the male partners of our study has suggested that adherence to the Mediterranean diet may also help improve semen quality,” he said.

“Taken together, these findings highlight the importance of dietary influences and diet quality on fertility, and support a favourable role for the Mediterranean diet on assisted reproduction performance.”

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Tas Labor pledges to fix health ‘crisis’

TASMANIA STATE ELECTIONLabor has pledged to fix Tasmania’s health “crisis”, while Premier Will Hodgman spruiked a timber mill on the second day of campaigning for the March 3 election.
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After declaring health Labor’s number one priority, leader Rebecca White on Tuesday announced a flagship $560 million six-year package aimed at recruiting more doctors and nurses and reducing emergency waiting times.

“Thousands of Tasmanians have been affected by the crisis in health and many, many more have a loved one who has been affected,” she said outside a health clinic in the Franklin electorate.

“It’s time to say ‘enough is enough’.”

Labor plans to recruit 500 health staff, put $75 million towards improving wait times for outpatients and update the plan for the state’s four major hospitals.

Hospital infrastructure would get $250 million, while $8 million is to be spent on ambulances.

A recent Productivity Commission report found Tasmanians wait the longest for ambulances in , with the average response time ballooning to more than half an hour.

Liberal Health Minister Michael Ferguson spruiked Tasmania’s health system though, saying elective surgery times were improving under the Liberal government.

But Ms White accused Mr Ferguson of “cherry picking” data from the latest Report on Government Services.

“Our health workers across Tasmania have had a very different experience,” Ms White said.

“What he hasn’t acknowledged is that there are 30,000 people waiting to get on the elective surgery waiting list.”

The premier, meanwhile, spent a second consecutive day in the state’s north.

He announced a $190 million hardwood mill plant for Burnie that would create 221 jobs.

Mr Hodgman said the Liberals health policy would be revealed in coming weeks.

“I will make the point again that in successive budgets we have put more into health than Labor and the Greens ever did,” he said.

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Hunter twins provide double the fun on first day of big school

All smiles: Mackenzie Hill and Scarlett Hill with Charlie Lunn and Hamish Lunn. Picture: Marina NeilCHARLIE and Hamish Lunn haven’t started classes at big school yet, but theyalready look the part.
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“They’vebeen wearing their school uniforms in the afternoons after preschool for a few months,”the boys’mum Tonya Lunn said.

“They’re pretty excited and have been looking forward to it for a long time now.”

The Lunns, aged five, are one of two sets of identical twins who will start kindergarten this year at St Therese’s Primary in New Lambton.

They will be in a separate class toScarlett and Mackenzie Hill, who are also five.

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“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Mrs Lunn said.

“They’re so ready to go and I’m really excited about the fact they’re going and we’ll be moving on to the next phase of life, but I’m sad this is the end – I feel quite torn about it.

“I will miss them a lot and the house will be a lot quieter.”

Mrs Lunn said her boys had been preparing by practising their drawing and letters, as guided by their older sister Sophie, who will start year two.

“Hamish is really curious about science and loves video games and reads those kinds of books,” she said.

“Charlie loves art and drawing and is a helper, he very much wants to be involved and engaged.”

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TweetFacebook Hunter twins, triplets and moreSubmit a photo by emailing [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.auMrs Lunn said the boys were in separate rooms at their Queensland preschool in 2016 but moved to the same room when they relocated to the Hunter in 2017.

“Once they get confident we plan to separate them – we want to ensure they get to develop their own skills sets without all the comparing that happens,” she said.

“They really stuck together last yearfor emotional support and this will be a big exhausting year.

“These guys look after each other and are always checking the other one is okay.”

The boys said they were both most looking forward to “making art”.

Natalie Hill said her daughters had been “absolutely ready for school for about five months” and had grown even more excited since finishing preschool and starting to talk about seeing theirolder cousins and friendsat school.

“They love learning and ask a lot of questions,” Mrs Hill said.

“They lovewriting on Christmas cards, learning new words and spelling.

“Scarlett picks things up very quickly and then gets bored, so I think she’ll be into sport and activity.

“Mackenzie is very creative and arty and loves singing and dancing.

“She’ll work on things and keep going and going and going.”

Scarlett said she thought school would be about “being happy” and she was “looking forward to playing in the sandpit” while Mackenzie said school would be “fun” and she wanted to “make craft”.

Mrs Hill said separating the girls into different rooms at preschool was “the best thing I ever did”.

“Mackenzie used to follow Scarlett around and we wanted her to gain some independence,” she said.

“Ever since then Mackenzie has just blossomed. They loved talking to each other about what they did that day with their friends.”

But Mrs Hill said the girls were still each other’s biggest fans.

“If one is in trouble, the other can get really upset,” she said.

“They do not like the idea of the other one getting left out.”

Mrs Hill said it would be difficult to see her girls leave the nest, but her husband Daniel said he was excited for them, that they were “ready for the next challenge” and he was looking forward to seeing his “hard-workers thrive”.

“I’m ready for them to go,” Mrs Hill said.

“But I’m starting to realise they’re going to school and there’s no going backwards.

“I’m going to have a very strange face on the first day trying to hold it in until they get into their classrooms.

“They’re going to be nervous because it takes them a while to adapt to an environment.

“They’ll cling a little bit but after an hour they’ll be alright, once they’re able to make themselves feel comfortable.”

Both mothers said while they could usually tell their children apart, it wasn’t alwayseasy.

“Charlie tends to be the one that pretends to be Hamish,” Mrs Lunn said.

“Hamish does not seem to get the same joy out of it.

“We’ve cut Hamish’s hair shorter and left Charlie’s a bit longer.”

Mrs Hill saidScarlett had small pink stones in her earrings and a pink schoolbag, while Mackenzie had purple versions.

“They correct people if they get mixed up, I don’t think they’ve realised yet they could be playing tricks!” she said.

“Scarlett’s our fashionista. She’ll be the one wanting to change her uniform andwear a belt or pink socks.”

Students’ return to classrooms will be staggered from this week, depending on their school and grade.

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MCG to host men’s, women’s T20 finals

CRICKET AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCEMENTA world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event could be set with the MCG to host stand-alone finals for the men’s and women’s World Twenty20s in two years’ time.
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Ten countries will compete in the women’s T20 in February and March of 2020, before 16 men’s teams arrive for their tournament in October and November of that year.

The tournament will mark the first time the men’s and women’s competitions have been split when both played in the same year.

Both women’s semi-finals will be held in Sydney before the final is held at the 100,000-capacity MCG.

The International Cricket Council are talking up the potential for a near-sellout at the March 8 decider which has been scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day.

That could potentially beat the 90,185 crowd that packed out the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1999 for the women’s soccer World Cup final between the USA and China.

At least 70,000 fans packed out India’s Eden Gardens in 1997 when faced New Zealand in the women’s 50-over World Cup final, while Lord’s was sold out for last year’s decider.

‘s side, led by superstar batter Meg Lanning, have won three of five world T20s and will be out to reclaim the title during this year’s tournament in the West Indies.

“It’s very exciting to think about … to potentially play in front of over 90,000 people,” Lanning said on Tuesday.

“I think it just shows where the women’s game is at. It’s always evolving and it’s exciting to see where it is in 2020.”

The men’s semi-finals will be split between the SCG and Adelaide Oval before also culminating at the MCG.

Eight cities in total will be used between the two tournaments.

Hobart and Geelong will feature in the men’s group stage while Canberra, the WACA, Melbourne’s Junction Oval and Spotless Stadium are to each host women’s group matches.

‘s six main venues – including Perth’s new Optus Stadium and Bellerive Oval in Hobart – will then be used for the Super 12 stage of the men’s tournament.

Steve Smith’s side have never made it beyond the world T20 semi-finals despite enjoying strong success in 50-over and Test cricket.

“When T20 cricket started, it was just a smash-and-grab sort of game,” Smith said.

“The game has changed so much and the strategy behind the game is really important.

“Hopefully we can get that trophy that’s eluded us for so long.”

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Lauryn Eagle convicted of drug driving

LAURYN EAGLE COURTProfessional boxer Lauryn Eagle will appeal her conviction for drug driving, with her lawyer saying she should not be penalised for simply taking her prescribed medication.
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The 29-year-old was on Tuesday convicted of driving with an illicit drug in her system, fined $600 and banned from driving for six months.

Magistrate Hugh Donnelly at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court rejected an application by Eagle’s lawyer Adam Houda to record no conviction, saying it was “not an acceptable sentence” because of her criminal history and poor driving record.

Her case did not attract the leniency which would be afforded to a first time offender.

The magistrate referred to evidence that the methamphetamine detected in her system at a random breath test in July 2017 was an ingredient of Desoxyn, a drug prescribed to her in the US to treat ADHD.

Eagle pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug in her system, after the magistrate rejected an application to have the charge disposed of under the Mental Health Act.

According to the police facts, Eagle saw her GP about the side effects she was having from a drug prescribed to her for ADHD and told him her research identified another drug, Desoxyn.

The GP noted the drug was not prescribed in but gave her a prescription she could present to a doctor in the US on her April 2017 attendance at a boxing training camp.

The facts referred to an internet search of Desoxyn, which included a warning about possible impairment when operating machinery or driving.

Referring to NSW law, the magistrate noted there was a defence to consuming morphine if it was prescribed for medicinal purposes but this did not extend to methamphetamines.

“Where a driver is taking any kind of medication, there is an obligation to find out whether it will affect his or her ability to drive,” Mr Donnelly said.

After her guilty plea was entered, Mr Houda asked the magistrate not to record a conviction saying Eagle was not aware that Desoxyn contained the offending ingredient.

“No way in hell she would have driven if she knew that,” he said.

Mr Houda also submitted she had been punished enough because of unfair publicity linking her to an illicit substance.

“Having a conviction recorded against her would be unjust and unconscionable when you take into account the facts in the matter.”

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NRLConnor Watson says first few games will be “make or break” in his battle with Brock Lamb for the Knights five-eighth position

In my hands: New recruit Connor Watson says the ball is in his court to nail down the five-eighth spot outside Mitchell Pearce at the Newcastle Knights this season. Picture: Marina Neil
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TALK toConnor Watson about nailing down a spot in the halves with the Knightsand he doesn’t hide from the reality.

“Those first few games –they are make or break in many ways,”the former Roosters utility says.

“I need to hit the ground running. But competition –that’s what footy is about isn’t it?It brings out the best in people and I’d like to think it will be the same for me.”

Much has already been made of the promise made to Watson when he signed with the club about getting first crack at five-eighth.

It was neveran issue until Mitchell Pearce inadvertently made it one.

Pearce’s surprisesigning suddenly leftWatson dueling with emerging local talent Brock Lamb for the other halves spot.

And while coach Nathan Brown’s “first crack” guarantee to Watson stands, there are plenty of Lamb admirersasking for how long.

To his credit, Watson sees the Lamb challenge as a positive.

“I’ve been competing for positions my whole life,” he says.

“The biggest thing for me in coming up here to the Knights was the opportunity to nail down a position.

“I spoke to Ivan [coach Cleary] when I was looking at going to the Tigers and he wanted to play me at fullback.

“It’s a position I grew up playing butI think the way I’ve sort of transitioned the last couple of years, I really see a future for myself in the halves.

“Obviously I’ve got the utility value where I can play fullback or hooker if needed but I want to nail down the number six spot.

“I’ll get that chance but you never take anything for granted and I know I have to get it right pretty quickly.’

Having ex-Roosters teammate Pearce inside him should help with the pair having played as many as 10 NRL games together in the halves back in 2016 before Luke Keary’s arrival.

The theory is Pearce will steer the Knights around the park, allowingWatson thelicence to utilise his natural running game.

Ask coach Brown how confident is he of Watson making the transition a fulltime gig andhe says:

“We are going to play a style that will suit Connorand that’s the key to it,”he said.

“He’s working really hard on his game at training and a big thing is he’sgot pace andis a great competitor. He has a certain skill-set and we’ll play to his strengths.”

Watson says two high quality trials against Melbournein a week’s time in Melbourne and Parramatta at Maitland on February 24 will give the cluba great gauge of where he and the team is at.

“They will be good tests for us,”Watson said.

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Breaking Bread: Jeremy Bath, Newcastle City Council CEO

LEADER: Newcastle City Council CEO Jeremy Bath at lunch on Watt Street, the scene of controversy over Supercars roadworks. Picture: Simone De PeakBY the look of his face, Jeremy Bath has had a relaxing summer holiday. The Newcastle City Council chief executive officer has grown a beard. But he explains the beard is an exercise in time management.
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It takes him up to 20 minutes to shave, Bath says, “so this saves me 20 minutes in the morning”.

Every minute counts to Jeremy Bath. For in his role as the council boss in a city transforming itself, Bath believes he has so much to do in so little time.

“I want to get through a decade’s work in five years, and to do that, I need to work at double speed,” he says in a flurry of words. Bath often speaks quickly, which highlights his no-time-to-waste attitude.

Jeremy Bath has made time for lunch. He chooses the venue: Oma’s Kitchen in Watt Street. I figure he enjoys German food, or that perhaps he wishes to rub shoulders with local celebrities. The restaurant’s owners, the Fren family, are stars of Channel Nine’s reality program, Travel Guides.

But the prime reason we’re dining at Oma’s Kitchen is because this was one of the businessesdisrupted by the roadworks for the Supercars circuit.

When Bath began as the council’s interim CEO in May, the Supercars juggernaut was already reshapingthe city, in preparation for the November event.The issuetook upa lotof Bath’stime, as public works programs carved up streets and cut deep into the patience ofthose who didn’t want the car race outside their homes and businesses.

So Bath wants to return the scene of so much controversy to “owndecisions” made by the council, and to eat not humble pie, but schnitzel and potato salad.

“I go to bed, in terms of Watt Street, knowing Idid everything and more that we could do to minimise disruption,” he says, adding that “‘minimise’ doesn’t mean ‘eradicate’”.

Bath recalls when Watt Street was a construction zone, he would sometimes walk into Oma’s Kitchen and see “one, two, sometimes no customers; that is very, very hard to see when you know your organisation ultimately made the decision to enact the civil works that are causing that”.

In its handling of the racepreparations, Bath gives the council a “pass mark”. But, he adds, with eight years’ worth of work undertaken in just five months, “I don’t know if we were going to do much better than a pass mark”. The event itself, he says, was “an outstanding success”, and “you look at Watt Street now. We’ve got Watt Street back”.

Newcastle City Council CEO Jeremy Bath. Picture: Simone De Peak

Jeremy Bath seems to be a glass-half-full kind of person. That is evident throughout our conversation, as he trampolines off any subject to talk enthusiasticallyabout his career,and what he wants to achieve now.

Even the decision to drink only water with lunch hashimlaunchinginto a monologue. He talks about how local water is superb quality and cheap, about his previous job at Hunter Water, and the therapeutic qualities of water.

“If you’ve got a headache at work, it’s almost certainly because you’re dehydrated,” he explains.

“Are you sure you don’t get headaches at work from politics?,” I ask him.

Bath laughs, before replying, “Look, you do get a couple of headaches. But I got into this job with eyes wide open.”

Even before he got the job, Bath was tossed into City Hall politics. A furore swirled around therecruitment process for the CEO’s position, particularly in December 2016, when Cr Allan Robinson allegedthat a mystery man in Belmont had told him Bath had already been given the job.

Bath was working in Sydney as a government relations specialist for corporate strategy firm Crosby Textor at the time.

“And I get a phone call from Mum saying, ‘Have you applied to work for Newcastle City Council?’,” he recalls. “And I say, ‘Why do you ask?’. Well, Robbo just told [Radio 2HD presenter] Richard King you’re the guy they’ve all been walking out in protest against. Why would you want to work at Newcastle City Council?! It’s a madhouse!’. They were her words, ‘It’s a madhouse!’.”

An Office of Local Government investigationfound nothing improper or unethical in the recruitment process. Bath was offered the interim CEO role. Then, in December, he was appointed CEO. Given what his mother had to say, and that he had beenplonked into local politics during the recruitment stage, I ask Bath why he took the job.

“I can’t say one reason,” he replies. I’m a Novocastrian by birth, I’ve grown up always with a close eye on Newcastle City Council, not for any aspiration purposes, but just in terms of someone who has had an interest in how the city is governed, how the city is managed.”

Jeremy Bath in Watt Street. Picture: Simone De Peak

IN 1976, Newcastle City Council released a report titled Looking Ahead. It considered how the city should develop and what role the CBD would play inthe future. In the same year, Jeremy Bath was born in Royal Newcastle Hospital.

He grew up in Belmont North. His father, Robert, was rising through the ranks inthe David Jones retail empire, and his mother, Gay, worked in banking. To help make ends meet and afford a private school education for Jeremy and his younger sister, Melinda, Robert also drove a taxi at night on weekends.

Bath still remembers observing the physical toll those hours took onhis father. And he remembers when, as a teenager, he was told his Dadno longer had to drive taxis. He knew that meant the family was doing OK financially,and he was “getting our Dad back full-time”.

Now that the son has become a father of two young children, Bath is keenly aware the effect working long hours is having on his home life.

“The one negative of the job that I’m in is that I don’t really see my kids Monday to Friday,” he says. “A little bit, I feel likeit’s history repeating.”

On balancing work and life, Bathconcedes, “I guess I need to get better”, but says on weekends, he does whatever his six-year-old daughter Maddie and three-year-old son AJ want to do, and he tries to be “ultra-casual” in that timewith his kids and wife Ruth.

“Anyone who sees me in Woolworths at Charlestown Square on a Saturday would shudder to think that’s the CEO of Newcastle City Council,” he says.

Jeremy Bath at lunch with Scott Bevan at Oma’s Kitchen. Picture: Simone De Peak

The work ethic he learnt from his parents is not only imprinted on Bath’s soul. On his left arm is tattooed the word, “Karma”, and on his right wrist, “The deepest cuts are healed by faith”.

“It’s not a religious faith,” he explains. “It’s a faith that good things happen to good people, and if you work hard long enough, things will eventually go your way.”

Bath spent a year studyingeconomicsat the University of Newcastle, “and I loathed almost every day of it”. So he switched tostudy what had interested himsince he was a small child: communications.

“I was the only six-year-old who voluntarily sat through an hour of NBN news every single night,” he chuckles.

While finishingaCommunications degree, Bath worked in the newsroom for radio stations KOFM and NXFM but hated the breakfast shifts. He tried to have himself taken off the early starts, while proving “the newsroom will cease to function without me”, by heading to Japan for a month. He was replaced while he was gone.

“It was probably the best life lesson I’ve ever had, that no one is ever irreplaceable.”

Bath stayed on in Japan for about three years, teaching and doing some journalism, before returning home and marrying his interest in communications with politics.

He worked as a press officer for Liberal senatorJohn Tierney, before joining the Labor-dominated Fairfield City Council. He then moved on to Clubs NSW and Clubs as their media relations manager, dealing with the state government reforms to the poker machine tax.

That experience, along with working on both sides of the partisan fence, taught Jeremy Bath a valuable lesson: that even in the most intense of political battlegrounds, there’s always somewhere in the middle where agreement can be found.

“From the moment I walked in the doors at Clubs NSW, I said ‘What’s your middle ground?’ And they initially said, ‘We don’t have a middle ground’,” he recalls. “And I said, ‘There’s your problem. That’s why you’re not getting anywhere with the NSW Government. You’re going to have find a middle position’.” It took three years of “bitter campaigning”, but both sides found their middle ground, he says.

“There’s always the middle ground. Even in politics. Politics is full of compromises. Politics is all about compromise.”

“Compromise is always treated as a negative. Compromise, I believe, is a very good thing, because if I’ve got two differing opinions, black and white, … you find the middle ground, that grey, and that’s where I try to operate.”

Jeremy Bath at a 2017 media conference with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

Jeremy Bath believes that approach was a key reasonwhy he landed the counciljob. While he had already accrued some executive experience at Hunter Water, including a year as its interim CEO, Bath realised that was not going to be his selling point.

Instead, he pitched that he could work with anyone,regardless of their politics,and he had the ability to find a way for people to work together. In a Labor city that has had a notoriously fractious relationship with the state government, particularly when theCoalitionhas been in power, he saw that attribute as a plus.More than ever, he argues, there has to be clear dialogue between City Hall and Macquarie Street, as the NSW Government pours about$650 million into the Revitalising Newcastle project.

“They [the NSW Government] are not doing that out of the generosity of their heart,” he adds. “They’re doing it because the NSW Government has woken up to the fact that this is a city that offers immense potential, that is already making an immense contribution to our state and to our country. But the potential is almost unlimited.”

Jeremy Bath says he is still in the phase of building trust in his new workplace, with his staff of about 1300, the councillors, and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

I ask what Cr Nelmes is like to work with.

“She’s very pragmatic,” he replies. “She’s evidence-based. Like all politicians, you sometimes haveto go to them twice. You’ve got to pick your moment. You’ve got to make sure you get her on the right day. If she’s being criticised on the front page of theNewcastle Herald, that’s probably not the right day to speak to her, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that’.

“I’ll give you an example,” he says, not for the first time during our interview. Bath believed a section of theSupercars trackshould not be turfed over, as promised, butturned into a recreationalactivity area. The Lord Mayor said “no”. He raised it again with her, proposing a community survey. She agreed.The survey was held, and the community said it wanted an activityarea.

“The more I can have those experiences and those public wins with the Lord Mayor, the easier it becomes to build up that trust,” he says. “There are some things where I’ve said ‘I want to put this to the council, how do you feel about that?’ and she says, ‘Absolutely no way I would support that’, and I’ve gone back a second time, and I’ve got, ‘Jeremy, didn’t you hear me the first time?’‘I did Lord Mayor, I thought I’d try one more time’. And to be truthful, if I believe it’s right, I’ll go back a third and fourth time.

Isn’t he worried he’s revealing to the Lord Mayor what he’s up to, I ask.

“I think she sees my approach. I don’t think she’ll read this and go, ‘Is that what he’s doing?’. But I take that same approach for the council. We’re on a journey of building trust with each other.”

Council leaders Nuatali Nelmes and Jeremy Bath in Newcastle West.

Newcastle is on its own extraordinary journey, Jeremy Bath believes. Physically, the city will be unrecognisable in 10 years’ time. The light rail network will extend beyond the initial 2.7 kilometres, reaching into the suburbs, and new areas of development will sprout along the line.

Jeremy Bath wants to be part of that future. It’s why he and Ruth made the “conscious decision” to leave Sydney and return to his hometown in 2013.

“Sydney is full,” he says, adding “fixing” that is very difficult. “Fortunately, I think for here, we’ve caught Newcastle in time.”

As for his own future, Jeremy Bath insists he has no desire to become a politician.

“The life of a politician doesn’t interest me,” he explains. “I’m seeing it in this role, and I’ve seen it over the last couple of years, you are able to do far more, and in a far more condensed period of time, as a bureaucrat fairly high up in the tree.”

Jeremy Bath. Picture: Simone De Peak

FOR a few hours each month, Jeremy Bath takes time out to pursue his sporting passion: mixed martial arts. He has practised it, but these days he only watches bouts, mostly on television at the pub with friends.Bath doesn’t leave work entirely behind when watching the fights: “I’m the bloke who walks into the hotel with an iPad and a stack of council papers.”

To me, it doesn’t seem like much of a break from the rough and tumble of politics to be watching a brutal human contact sport.Bath counters that, just like mixed martial arts, local politics is notnearly as brutal as itlooks fromthe outside.

“If I only saw what the public see, I’d have a very different, and incorrect view or perception,” he says.“It’s far from a madhouse, and it’s far from a dysfunctional council.

“People just don’t get to see all the good that happens, because it happens behind closed doors.Behind closed doors, they know they’re all in it for the same reason, and that is to make our city better. Which is the same reason I’m in it.”

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No plans for defence exports to China

CHRISTOPHER PYNE VISITThe Turnbull government insists China is not a military threat to ‘s national security, but there are no plans to sell defence exports to Beijing.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne were both busy separately spruiking on Tuesday their ambitious plan to ramp up military exports and push from 20th into the top 10 of global rankings for defence exports.

Mr Pyne inspected Electro Optic Systems’ remote weapons systems, a Canberra-based company that has just been awarded a $410 million overseas contract.

He reiterated the intelligence alliance of “five eyes” countries – Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – were the main priority markets along with Europe.

The government was also exploring opportunities in India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.

“We obviously don’t see China as a military threat,” Mr Pyne said.

“We would not at this stage be exploring military sales to China, that isn’t a priority market.”

He said China had its own sophisticated domestic defence industry and Beijing was unlikely to even look to .

Mr Pyne defended the n subsidiaries of international defence companies potentially being able to access taxpayer dollars in loans for overseas contract negotiations.

“If they are part of a consortium, trying to win an overseas tender, then obviously we look at … whether it fulfilled the requirement,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull inspected defence electronics at Thomas Global Systems in Sydney, saying he wants to encourage more n family-owned businesses to compete globally.

“Let me tell you – ns can win anything. ns can do anything. They can compete with anybody,” he told reporters.

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The ‘s Shayne Baird celebrates a 40 year labour of love

Read all about it: The Herald’s Shayne Baird is a fire warden, first aid officer and on the occupational health and safety committee. “I’ve felt good here for so long that I want to look after other people.” Picture: Marina NeilSHAYNE Baird was a teenager who had just completed a secretarial course when a friend mentioned a job going at the Newcastle Herald.
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Fastforward 40 years and Mrs Baird has celebrated her 18thand 21stbirthdays, met and married her former compositor husband Jim andbecome a mother to two and a grandmother to one, all while working at the masthead.

“It’s not just a job to me,” Mrs Baird said.

“I’venever worked anywhere else and I hope I’llbe here for another 20 years. It’s been exciting –you’re somewhere where news breaks and you’re part of major events.

“I might not be writing the story, but I’m a cog in the wheel.

“I feel part of something bigger than me. It’s prestigious being part of something that’s so community minded.

“The Herald is here for everybody, for the good times and the bad.”

Mrs Baird’s first official day at theHerald’s former Bolton Street offices wasJanuary 31, 1978.

“It feels like it was yesterday,” she said.

“I don’t know where the time has gone.

“I used to do the pays at times and we used to have up to five members of the same family comingup – sons followedfathers or people met here and got married.

“It had a real family atmosphere and that really hasnot changed.”

Mrs Baird started as a junior administration officer in accounting and has served in almost every department since, including circulation, production, editorial, advertising and pre-production.

“One of my first jobs was mailing invoices,” she said.

“I used to fill the envelopes and lick the back.

“I thought peel and seal was technology overload –40 years later and we’re emailing!”

Mrs Baird said she remembered looking from the office into deserted city streets shortlyafter the December 1989 earthquake.

“It felt very eerie, but we had to be there to get the news out.”

Mrs Baird has worked for the past two yearsin pre-production and is responsible for placing advertisements on pages, as well as the commercial insets inside the paper.

Her colleagues spanall ages, which she said helped keep her “young at heart”.

“The best part is I getup at 5.30am, get the paper offthe lawn andfeel fulfilled and a sense of accomplishment seeing the product,” she said.

“When you open up the paper it’s different every day, soI neverfeel like I’m doing the same thing.”

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No apologies for boat policy: Turnbull

SCOTT MORRISON US TAX LEGISLATION PRESSERMalcolm Turnbull says the coalition makes no apologies for taking a tough approach to people smugglers.
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Cabinet documents obtained by the ABC show former immigration minister Scott Morrison requested ASIO in 2013 to delay security checks so asylum seekers would miss a deadline to obtain permanent protection visas.

It is unclear whether ASIO complied with the written request.

But Mr Morrison said in a statement on Tuesday, “As minister for immigration and border protection, it was my policy and practice to put ‘s national security interests first”.

The prime minister backed up his cabinet colleague, saying Mr Morrison had “stopped the boats”.

“We make no apologies for sending the clearest message to the people smugglers and to their would-be customers: if you think you can come to on a people smuggler’s boat, you’re wrong. You won’t. You won’t get here, you will not become a permanent resident,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.

“Keeping our borders secure is a critical obligation and responsibility of government.”

Asked about two days of cabinet leaks from the Abbott era, Defence Industry Ministry Christopher Pyne said he didn’t look in the rear vision mirror.

“Four-year-old stories are four-year-old stories,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he would examine the cabinet documents, but was concerned the government continued to mischaracterise Labor’s position on people smuggling.

“We want to stop the people smugglers,” he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

“When the government says Labor won’t do that, they are giving a signal to the people smugglers to test our system – I wish for once they would think about the national interest and people’s safety rather than trying to turn it into a partisan issue.”

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching says the cabinet leaks appear to be aimed at making Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s leadership rivals Mr Morrison and Tony Abbott look bad.

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