Nearly half of Chinan school kids are stressed. Here’s how to fix it

Young people in experience very high stress in schools, which has negative impacts on their academic performance and mental health.
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It is crucial schools teach students how to identify and best manage stress. These skills will continue to benefit them throughout their lives.

Adolescence isa critical stage at which to interveneas health-related behaviours established during this periodare often carried into adulthood.

School-based stress management programs,such as mindfulness based yoga programs,have been shown to be effectivein the United States. Similar programs would benefit n school children.

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n school kids are highly stressedNearly half (47 per cent) of n students feel very tensewhen they study, compared to the international average of 37 per cent.

Based on the OECD average, 67 per centof n students report feeling very anxious even if well prepared for a test, compared to the international average of 56 per cent(64 per centfor girls and 47 per centfor boys).

In the 50 per centof young people in years seven to 12 who report feeling moderately to extremely stressed over exams, the number one source of pressurecomes from themselves. Coping with stressis a top issue of concern to young people.

The impact of school stress on young ns and societyDrop outSchool related academicstressandburnoutdecreases student academic motivationandincreases the risk for dropout.

nearly school leavers earn approximately $27,500 less a year than school completers. People with higher rates of educationreport fewer illnesses and better mental health and well-being.

In 2014, there were almost 38,000 early school leavers aged 19,costing $315 million a year. Dropping out can also have wider social impacts, likerepeated inter-generational problemsof low academic outcomes,unemployment, poverty, less participation in the political process and contribution to the community.

Academic achievementIn , students with low well-beingare likely to have poorer academic achievement. Frequent positive emotions during class are associated withmore student engagement, while negative emotions are associated with less engagement in years seven to ten.

Stresscan alsoimpair mental healthwhichfurther reduces academic performance.

In high school, people experiencing depression symptoms havepoorer educational achievement,concentration difficulties, troubles completing school tasks, and troublewith social relationships, self-learning, reading and writingas well ashigher rates of risky behaviour.

The impact of stress and poor stress management follows young people into higher education. In 83 per cent of n TAFE and undergraduate students,the main factor affecting people’s studies was stress.

InUS undergraduates,perceived stressand higher anxiety about examstranslates to poorer final grades and academic performance.

Risky behaviourSubstance use has beenshownto be a dominant stress management strategy in year 11 students in the US. In Canada, students who felt connected to their schoolreportbetter health, higher self-worth, less anxiety and less likelihood of smoking, drinking alcohol and associating with peers who commit crimes.

Academic resilience and buoyancy increases the likelihood of success in schooldespite setbacks, stress or pressure in the academic setting. Resilient and buoyant studentsare able to maintain high levels of achievement,despite stressful events.

Schools can better support students with yoga programs

Schools can change educational policies and practices toaddress the needs of studentsat risk of academic failure. Student stress levels relate to how supportive they feel their teachers and schools are, rather than the number of school hours or the frequency of tests,according to an OECD survey.

The practice of yoga and mindfulnesshas become popularin recent yearsas a form of stress managementin . These practicesdecrease physiological markers of stressin diverse populations.

There is no definitive classification of yoga, butcommon elements are:

controlled breathingmeditative techniquesasanas (the physical yoga postures or positions)mindfulness practice, which is the process of focusing awareness on the present moment and acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, in a non-judgmental way.Mindfulness-based communicationimproves resilience in first-year college students, while students who take part in some moderate or vigorous physical activity are less likely to report theyfeel very anxious about schoolwork.

In high school settings, studies from the US and India show mindfulness based yoga programscan improve gradesormitigate decreases in grades across the school year,improve emotional regulation,improve memory,anger control and fatigue/inertia,improve mood and decrease anxiety.

Aqualitative studyshowed yoga improves self-image and management of negative emotions and optimism. Students think yoga could reduce interest in the use of drugs and alcohol and increase social cohesion with family and peers.

At home, parents can consider practising mindfulness together with their kids, and can access a range of mindfulness and meditation online programs and apps for young people, such as throughHeadspaceandSmiling Mind.

Given the evidence base, offering mindfulness based yoga programs in schools may help young people learn to manage stress and increase their ability to bounce back in response to stress.

Michaela Pascoeis a postdoctoral research fellow in exercise and mental health atVictoria University.This article was originally published onThe Conversation. Read theoriginal article.

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South Coast police boss defends arrests after Huskisson Carnival’s China Day brawl

Top cop defends police after vision of Day brawl goes viral Two Shoalhaven police officers restrain a youth during the Day incident at Huskisson, while another is apprended by police. Image: Facebook
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A Shoalhaven police officer restrains a youth during the Day incident at Huskisson. Image: Facebook

A backpack is thrown at police as they attempt to arrest another youth. Image: Facebook

A police officer is hit in the head by a backpack during the Day incident at Huskisson. Image: Facebook

TweetFacebookThe officer in charge of the Nowra sector of theSouth Coast Police District has defended policeactions in arresting a teenagerafter a brawl ata South Coast carnival on Day.

A video of police attempting to arrest the youth at Huskisson Carnival has gone viral on social media, with police receiving both supportive and negative comments over the incident.

Inspector Ray Stynes said he has viewed the video footage of theincident and “fully supports the actions of police on the day”.

The footage shows two officers initially trying to arrest a youth, surrounded by a group of onlookers who yell at officers to let the youth go.

Things escalated as the youth resisted and one officer wrestled with him on the ground as another told onlookers to stay away while brandishing capsicum spray, which was used a number of times.

Ontwo occasions a backpack was thrown at the two officers, striking one in the back and head at one stage.

His partner is seen shielding the officer making the arrestin an attempt to protect him from further attacks. The arrest was completed when a third officer arrived.

“I fully support the police actions,” Inspector Stynes said.

“If peoplewant to make complaints in relation to the incident they can do it through the police complaint process.”

He said a number of young people were arrested on the evening and later released into the care of their parents.

“They will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act,” he said.

Although it is the second time Huskisson has been embroiled in Day violence, Inspector Stynes said such incidents were a rare occurrence in the Shoalhaven.

“This is extremely rare for the area,” he said.

“I don’t know of it was the combination of the heat or alcohol.”

Police received numerous calls regarding a violent brawl which broke out after the fireworks concluded at the Huskisson Carnival on Friday around 10pm.

Around a dozen police vehicles rushed to the scene, with witnesses saying at least 75 people were involved in the brawl, which erupted in the car park.

One witness said glass bottles and rocks were being thrown in the car park during the incident, with the fight travelling down into the carnival.

Inspector Stynes said there were no further investigations into the incident.

Violent scenes also erupted in Huskisson on Day 2009.

On that occasion approximately 50 people, some draped in n flags and drinking heavily, engaged in assaults and throwing bottles at each other near the wharf area.

It led to Shoalhaven City Council, on the urging of then Shoalhaven Police local area commander, Superintendent Wayne Starling, toban alcohol from 39 council parks and reserves on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Day.

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Whitebridge’s Jack Stewart Courts set for multiple playing courts, upgraded parking spaces and evening lighting improvements

IMPROVEMENTS: The Jack Stewart Netball Courts, home to the Charlestown Netball Association competitions, are set for an upgrade by mid-2018, including parking and lights.The Charlestown Netball Association is welcoming upgrades to their facilities at the Jack Stewart Netball Courts, a project that will finish in mid-2018.
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As well as a plan to extend and resurface the southern four courts, the Whitebridge courts are expected to see a new 40-space car park added near Bula Street, more acessible paths added to the existing car parks and improved amenities.

There will also be improved lighting for the four southern courts, which are expected to be resurfaced into six as part of the improvements.

Dianne Pascoe, president of theCharlestown association, said the assistance from the Lake MacquarieCouncil was very welcome, and would means there’s “a lot lesslamingtons that have to be sold” through the year.

“Their future plan gave the upgrades in Charlestown, and the predicted growth in the area means that we will need more courts and more amenities in the future,” Ms Pascoe said. “We’ve been fortunate to receive a grant from the state government over the new year. It’s amazing by the council.”

That improvement will be enacted after the end of the 2018 season,and will see Charlestown’s twenty bottom courts resurfaced and changed for a cost of $400,000.

“Players are going to get to play on a lot of new courts in the near future and we think that’s going to be great for the competition,” Ms Pascoe said.

“We’re looking forward to the new car-parking services, at the moment people park on hills and bits of dirt and that’s all going to be a proper car park so that will be welcomed by a lot of players and their families we think.

“It’s going to be amazing, will get cars off the street on a Saturday, especially when St Johns has the soccer on and there’s a big crush of cars trying to get to weekend sport.”

The upgrades also give the association a chance to welcome new players into their ranks, Ms Pascoe said.

“The proper lighting gives us a chance to expand further, and it means that we can get more teams into the competitions that we are currently running,” she said. “We can take in ten or twenty more teams for our big competitions in the future.”

Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the project was part of Council’s ongoing investment in sport facilities across Lake Macquarie City.

“It’s fantastic to see so many residents getting involved in netball and these improvement works will help meet that growing demand,” Mr Hain said.

The project is funded bySection 94 Development Contributions. Work on the netball courts is expected to be completed by March 2018, while the car park is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

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Packer’s Crown Resorts seals $370m Las Vegas land sale

Billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts has sold its stake in a large site on the world-famous gambling strip, Las Vegas Boulevard, as the company continues withdrawing from its overseas ambitions.
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The ASX-listed casino giant told the market on Monday it had finalised the sale of its interest in the 14-hectare vacant Las Vegas site, where it had once planned to build a casino, to a subsidiary of Wynn Resorts.

Crown’s share of the proceeds of the $370 million sale would be about $325 million, the company said in a statement.

The divestment comes after Crown Resorts embarked on a large-scale debt-cutting drive, and decided to scrap its strategy of becoming an global casino and hotel empire, selling its stake in a former joint-venture casino in Macau and shelving plans to build a new casino in Las Vegas.

At Crown’s latest annual general meeting, Mr Packer conceded that his ambition of expanding Crown Resorts internationally had failed, in a large part due to the 2016 arrest and jailing of Crown staff in China for the illegal promotion of gambling on the country’s mainland.

“We didn’t succeed in a global strategy,” Mr Packer said at the meeting in October.

Following the China arrests scandal, Crown turned its focus squarely on its operations in Melbourne and Perth, and its long-delayed VIP casino in Sydney’s Barangaroo.

Crown also noted on Monday that it had written down the carrying value of its investment in its Las Vegas subsidiary, Alon, to $200 million, in June 2017.

Crown first announced the Las Vegas sale last year, as part of a $700 million package of asset sales in and overseas.

Among the other sales announced by the company in December were more than $70 million worth of shares in US casino giant Caesars; its 62 per cent stake in online corporate bookmaker CrownBet, and two floors of its new luxury Sydney complex to Mr Packer, its largest shareholder.

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Short Takes for Tuesday January 30 2018

HAVING to work on Day, I was feeling sorry for myself until I read thisuplifting article(“Family’s citizenship a ‘miracle and honour’”, Herald 26/1). Thank you Marie Niyowera for sharing your family’s story and your amazing positivity with us. It is citizens like you and your family that do indeed make the best country.
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Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthA BIT rich asking a goalkeeper to command their 18-yardbox, Colin Geatches (Short Takes 24/1).The six-yardbox is enough. Leave the rest to your backline. As the modern game evolves, I observe defenders apprehensive to tackle, havinghands placed behind their backs as strikers and attackers go down quicker than the Coalition’s approval rating.

Rocco De Grandis,Cameron ParkI WISH to again comment onDavid Warner’s poor performance with the bat for . I think the selectors should have a long look at him before picking him.

John Levett,WaratahTHANK you Minister Hazzard (“Going public”,Herald 26/1). After emergency appendix surgery at the existing Maitland Hospital last September, I believe the staff deservethis ASAP, but I do wonder if plan ‘C’ will deliver as publicly expected. Apparently there’s space at Metford, so let’s not rule out private sector co-location if it can support the new public hospital. Over to tender,weary private health providers for ideas.

Garry Blair,MaitlandI DIDN’T hear the baby screeching at the tennis (Short Takes 27/1), or the ridiculous screaming of the players, or the incessant commentating while the points are being played. Oh, that’s right, I had the television muted. And, anyway, why do we have to have Jim Courier at “our”n Open every year? We have plenty of our own ex-champs who could do the job.

Joy Boots,Belmont NorthREGARDING how we celebrated (“Newcastle keeps it simple”, Herald 27/1),Michael Parris says people and national pride were all in short supply in Newcastle. That’s because they all came to Lake Macquarie and elsewhere. I wonder why?

Paul Brossmann,Warners BayFROM everything I’ve read there has been a shortage of drivers for well over 10 years. The system has been maintained by overtime.Is it too simple to suggest that thestate Government should simply employ more of them?

Shane Tull,DudleyWITH the debate about pill testing at festivals, will Fair Trading have a role to play? Surely the customer who purchases Ratsak Smarties has a right to a refund from their drug dealer when the disco frisbee fails the test. What has society come to when you can’t trust your local drug dealer? Lift your game drug dealers, you’re sinking to newlows.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayTHE POLLSDID you know about the Smith Street car park at No. 2 Sportsground?

Yes 24%, No 76%

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Major Champions Invitational gig for Novocastrian 2018 Avondale Amateur winner Blake Windred

Freshly crowned Avondale Amateur champion Blake Windred could barely believe his ears when told ’s first US Masters winner Adam Scott would soon be a teammate.
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PRIZE: Blake Windred receives the Avondale Amateur trophy from former n PM John Howard. Picture: Anthony Powter

Nor that fellow major title holders Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy,John Daly, Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els and host Nick Faldo would be opponents.

It’s part of therecently launchedMajor Champions Invitationaland come March the Cardiff South 20-year-old Windred will be over in the US state of Florida rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the golfing business.

“That was the best news ever,” Windred said.

“It was after the first round [at Avondale] and I just finished bogey-bogey so I was pretty angry. Then our national coach rang me and said I’d been picked to play in Adam Scott’s team at this new tournament.

“I said ‘thanks mate, youjust made my day’. Thatwas awesome.”

It’s all part of an “unbelievable” period for the Charlestown-club amateur.

Windred sharedhonours for best amateur at the NSW Open in November.

He followed it up with tied fourth for stroke play at the n Amateur in Perth less than a fortnight ago.

The former Cardiff High School student was then invited to participate at the New Zealand PGA next month.

Andcapped off by the unexpected chance to play under captain Scott at Montverde’s Bella Collina for three days from March 12 while securing his breakthroughvictory at the Avondale Amateur in Sydney on Friday.

“Having good results like that can get you into tournaments because Golf NSW and Golf see it,” he said.

Windred was six under and prevailedby one with par on the 72ndand final holedespite seven others at least sharing the lead throughout the back nine.

He found abunkernext to the green with his penultimate shot but kept his cool in front of family and friendsto avoid a play-off with EnglishmanDavid Hague (-5).

“You play for moments like that,” he said.“It was a special feeling to make that putt.”

Extended trips to the US and UK, including a potential crack at theBritish Amateur, are firmly on the agenda for 2018 before returning home to play the NSW and n opens.

In the meantime Windred continues his NSW Amateur campaign in Canberra on Tuesday after shooting a first-round two under on Monday.

He is tied 12thbut just four off the pace with 18 holes of stroke play remaining. The top 32 progress to match play from Wednesday.

*WARATAHhave a father-son combination in their Newcastle district A-grade pennant ranks this season as they prepare to defend the 2017 crown.

Dad Damian and teenage child Jesseare now part of the squad, which has won eight of the previous10 titles including last year’s final against Toronto.

The Fittler familyrecently relocated to the Hunter region after Damian finished up as the long-term pro at Queensland’sBribie Island.

Successful skipper Greg McMillan said he was “looking forward to having both of them on board” for the campaign, which starts at Tanilba Bay on Saturday with Waratah playing 2016 champions Charlestown.

McMillan said promising junior Caleb Bromleyand the return ofJustin Ely from Toronto also add “depth” to the group.Ben Hillard, who was undefeated last season, comes back alongsideWaratah club champion Josh Greenwood, Michael Coutman and Grant Cooper.

In other opening-round fixtures on the weekend Toronto have Newcastle whilepromoted Pacific Dunes meet Merewether.

*HALF-A-DOZENHunter golfers will line-up fortheVictorian Open at 13thBeach Golf Links inBarwon Heads from Thursday.

James Nitties, Aaron Townsend,Callan O’Reilly,Dylan Perry, Nathan Green and Nick Flanaganwill be in action at the PGA tournament.The title was claimed by Muswellbrook product Kurt Barnes in 2005.

* NEWCASTLE-BASEDEuropean-Tour playerAndrew Dodttied 29that the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday after finishing 13 underat Emirates Golf Club.

Dodt, who turned 32 on Day,was one ahead of 2017 US Masters champion Sergio Garcia (-12)but 10 off leaderLi Haotong (-23).

He missed the cut at the season-opening Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month and now joins Charlestown’s Jake Higginbottom in Malaysia for the$3million Maybank Championshipfrom Thursday.

Asian-Tour member Higginbottom was one over and one short of Friday’scut at the Mynamar Open.

*NEWCASTLEHunter District Ladies Golf Associationpennantsteeoff at Maitland on March 12 with seven clubs participating in division one for 2018.

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Catalina aircraft Felix the Black Cat almost ready to leave Newcastle Aero Club for return to Illawarra Regional Airport

NEARLY READY: RCMPA’s Terry Woolard, Warren Easterbrook, John Collins and Bruce Ferguson with the plane. Picture: Lachlan Leeming. StrandedCatalinaaircraft Felix the Black Cat is beingprimed for a return to the NSWSouth Coast after it’s temporary three-month grounding in the Hunter.
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The World War II era plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Maitland Airportback in October while on its wayto the Rathmines Catalina Festival.

Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association president Bill Anderson said the plane would likelyreceive a test flight on Wednesday above the Newcastle Aero Clubat Maitland Airport.

A re-built engine was transferred from Ablion Park earlier this week, where the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is based and the plane is usually housed.

“I’d imagine it would take them a few hours to bolt it on,” Mr Anderson said.

“Wednesday is the day they’re planning to start both [engines] and maybe takeoff and fly.”

The RCMPA has been assisting the Illawarra-based crew over the past few days and the two organisations have a long historyacross the festival’s 11 years.

Felix the Black Cat set for return to the skies TweetFacebookPictures by Lachlan Leeming. “Each year, there’s a relationship and they try and get the aircraft up to our festival,” Mr Anderson said.”The guys that are here,they’re all up from Albion Park.

“We’ve just been here taking the public out, showing themaround and keeping things under control in the aerodrome.”

Around 80 members of the public turned up on Monday to see the plane, which is the only operational Catalina in .HARS project team leader Gordan Glynn said it’s been a slow process fixing the aircraft.

“We spent two days initially taking the engine off,” he said. “We took it back to our base in Albion Park and built up a new engine.We cranked up the other left-hand engine this afternoon and it run pretty good. Tomorrow morning [Tuesday] the crane will arrive to put the new engine on the [other] wing.”

Mr Glynn thought the plane would need a check over and running-in before and full flight back toIllawarra Regional Airport.

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“We’ll get a run out of it in the afternoon [Wednesday] and after that, hopefully if everything else works out in our favour, we’ll test fly it and then come back on a weekend and fly it home,” he said.

“I’ve been up here three days this time and got a team on nine guys, so it’s a big issue to change these things.The trouble is everything’s 15ft up in the air.

“We’ve been flying it for a long time, she’s a pretty simple old-bird but you’ve still got to watch yourself.

“Still got to adhere to the checklists and normal procedures.”

Mr Glynn indicatedthe aircraft will “certainly be back” for the 2018 Rathmines Catalina Festival in October.

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Instant payments could open the door to cyber fraud

is set to welcome a brand new national payments system within the next two weeks, but the instant transfers system could bring with it an elevated risk of cyber fraud.
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The New Payments Platform (NPP), set to be unveiled in early-to-mid February, will do away with the days of waiting up to three days for a bank transaction to be finalised, but also puts more pressure on login and password security, an industry expert has warned.

The system will allow ns to create a “payment ID” using their phone number, email or ABN, giving way to instantly-received payments and associated details.

But the head of fraud and identity at global information services company Experian, Jon Malone, questions the ability of banks to intervene in the real-time processing of transactions that may be fraudulent.

“The days to protect from fraud and detect it before it happens are long gone in NPP-land,” Mr Malone told Domain.

And while an NPP spokesperson responded by saying “the New Payments Platform has been built with security and fraud absolutely front of mind”, and that all banks, credit unions and building societies have to have the capability to detect and respond to fraudulent activity, their efforts can only go so far.

Mr Malone says password security is now more important than ever, with security risks to the NPP concentrated around the ability of fraudsters to steal login details and break into accounts.

It’s a risk the NPP is aware of, with a spokesperson telling Domain, “consumers should continue to be alert to potential scammers that try and trick you into making a payment to them, or trick you into giving them your online banking login credentials”.

Thirteen banks will be a part of the NPP, including CBA, NAB, ANZ and Westpac, and many other smaller credit unions and mutual banks joining in due to their association with the big four.

Malone pointed to the British experience as providing cautionary tales for how banks and fraudsters may respond to the launch of an instant payment system – Britain launched its version of the NPP in 2008, called Faster Payments, which was subject to a series of frauds.

Looking beyond the potential for fraudsters to take advantage of the new system, the NPP may provide relief at a time where household budgets are being tightened and consumer confidence is under close watch.

“Incomes are under pressure and consumers look reluctant to spend – possibly even looking to lift savings instead,” Westpac economists noted this week following its latest consumer sentiment survey, which showed an overall modest lift into ‘cautiously optimistic territory’.

The NPP declined to put a date on the n launch due to “governance reasons”, but said the system was on track for early-to-mid-February.

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House completely gutted by fire at Northcote Street, Kurri Kurri

House completely destroyed by fire at Kurri Kurri TweetFacebookUPDATE 2PMA collection of reptiles is believed to have been caught up in a blaze which completely destroyed a house at Kurri Kurri on Monday.
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Multiple pets in glass enclosures, believed to be snakes, were in the blaze that tore through the two story house on Northcote Street at about 11.30am.

Luke Johnston from Rutherford Fire and Rescue said large plumes of smoke were visible when the crew was en route to aid Kurri Kurri Fire and Rescue.

He said there were initially concerns that neighbouring properties could be caught in the flames, but crews were able to contain the fire and protect them.

It took about 45 minutes for hard working crews to extinguish the blaze,Mr Johnston said.

He said there was no indication as to yet what sparked the fire, with investigations set to continue.

Picture: Lachlan Leeming

UPDATE 1pmFirefighters have contained a fire that destroyed a home in Northcote Street, Kurri Kurri.

Multiple Fire and Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service crews were called out to fight the blaze that broke out about 11.30am.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters have commenced mopping up.

KURRI KURRI | #FRNSW and @NSWRFS firefighters have contained a #fire at a two story house. Crews are mopping up.

— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) January 29, 2018Initial reportA house has erupted in flames at Kurri Kurri on Monday morning.

Emergency Services were called out to the two-storey Northcote Street home about 11.30am.

Four Fire and Rescue NSW trucks were still on scene at 12.30pm.

Maitland Mercury journalist Lachlan Leeming captured this video at the scene:House completely gutted by fire on Northcote St, Kurri. Huge emergency services response pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/cZQw0xxcXH

— Lachie Leeming (@LeemingLachie) January 29, 2018Details from Fire and Rescue NSW:KURRI KURRI | #FRNSW and @NSWRFS on scene at 2 storey house #fire. Large volumes of smoke. Home fully involved. Ops continuing.

— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) January 29, 2018

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Cricket: Jason Sangha first Novocastrian to captain China in Under-19 World Cup final

HIGH FIVES: , including Novocastrian captain Jason Sangha (No.12), during Monday’s semi-final win against Afghanistan in New Zealand. They now advance to Saturday’s Under-19 World Cup decider. Picture: Twitter via @CApathwayJason Sangha will become the first Novocastrian to captain in an Under-19 World Cup final after his side booked a place in Saturday’s decider in New Zealand.
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The former Newcastle representative, Wallsend first grader and Southern Lakes junior will lead his team onto Mount Maunganui’sBay Oval following a six-wicket semi-final victoryover Afghanistan on Monday.

will now meet the winner of Tuesday’s top-four showdown between India and Pakistan.

This weekend will mark the fifth time have played in the final of the 30-year-old tournament.

GeoffParker (1988), Cameron White (2002), Mitchell Marsh (2010) and William Bosito (2012) are those to previously skipper in deciders.

Sangha hopes to become the first general to hold the trophy aloft for in eight years and a record fourth in total.

The chance comes just a week after were almost knockedout of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

Dismissed for 127, including Sangha’s top score of 58, opponents England were 0-47 in reply before leg-spinner Lloyd Pope claimed 8-35 in a stunning 31-run triumph.

Sangha also took threeoutstanding catches in a row at first slip off Pope as England were skittled for 96 and completed a great escape.

Now, combined with Monday’s semi in Christchurch and a second-placed finish in the earlier group stage, are one win away from claiming the 2018 title.

To make the main event Sangha, batting at No.3, scored 26 in a 77-run second-wicket partnership with opener Jack Edwards (72 off 65) chasing down Afghanistan’s181 in the 38thover.

Sangha came to the crease at 1-26 and compiled his knock off 38 deliveries before being caught and bowled by spinner Qais Ahmad (2-35).

However, Edwards was the mainstay and helaunched a counter attack on tweakers Ahmad, Zahir Khan and Mujeeb Zadran, just days after Afghanistanrolled hosts New Zealand for 107.

“There was the danger of the mystique around their bowlers,” Edwards said.

“We had the opportunity to get footage from the New Zealand game and deconstruct the different change-ups in their varieties.

“Seeing a lot of footage really helped. I thought we played them really well and picked them most the time today.”

Edwards struck 10 boundaries, featuringtwo maximums,before he played on to Ahmed with within sight of the target.

Edwards’s half-century, matching Sangha’s two for the carnival,came after he claimed the key Afghan wicket of No.3 Ikram Ali Khil for 80.Seamer Jonathan Merlo returned 4-24 for the Aussies.

missed the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and were fourth four years ago.

Monday’sresult ended a fairytale run for Afghanistan, who backed up last year’s Asian Cup success with the country’s first semi-final appearance in any global top-tier cricket tournament.

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