Centenary of the Great War

SAD TASK: Stretcher bearers near Ypres, in Belgium, prepare a ‘case’ to be carried back to a Regimental Aid Post. Photo: Courtesy of Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details For January 28 – February 3, 1918.COOKS HILL SURF CARNIVALThe Cook’s Hill Life-saving Club turned Anniversary Day to good account by holding a surf carnival, the proceeds of which will go towards the purchase of a memorial to those members of the club who have fallen in the war. The club had the assistance of all the Newcastle district surf organisations and a host of other workers. Appreciation of the cause was shown by the large attendance of the public at the Bar Beach, Merewether, where the sports were held, but unfortunately appreciation did not go sufficiently far on the part of a great majority of the people. It went only as far as the ropes of the enclosure (inside which the events took place), so that the memorial fund is poorer by many a sixpence that would have swelled it had the outside spectators passed the collectors’ bags. There was a fair number inside, but 20 to 30 times as many outside, where lady collectors with money boxes asked for pennies – conscience money it really was.
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NEWCASTLE RECRUITINGMembers of the Newcastle recruiting staff were highly gratified on Monday evening with the day’s results. No fewer than 22 volunteers presented themselves between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and of that number 14 were accepted, four rejected, and four deferred for medical examination. The men accepted were exceptionally fine specimens of manhood, showing that the best type of recruit is still obtainable if approached in a proper manner.

LAMBTONCorporal Arthur Butler, who is on final leave, was accorded a send-off and was the recipient of presentations from his friends at a social evening which was held at Malbon’s Hall on Saturday. There was a large attendance, over which the Mayor (Alderman Charlton) presided. The hall was decorated with the colours of the 3rd Battalion, with reinforcements for which Corporal Butler is leaving. After the toast of “The King,” the Mayor proposed the toast of “The Guest.” He hoped that he would be spared to return, and assured him that they would be all glad to hear from him when he arrived safely at the other side. Other speakers endorsed the remarks of the Mayor and the toast was heartily honoured. Mr. J. J. Fitzpatrick presented the departing soldier with a silver matchbox inscribed and a kewpie set in a silver horseshoe with the battalion colours. Mr. Scobie, a Maitland comrade, presented him with a soldier’s carry-all, and Mrs. Watson handed him a Bible.

PRIVATE TUXFORDMrs. W. Tuxford, of Phoebe-street, Islington, has received letters from the front condoling with her in the death of her husband, the late Private William Tuxford, who was killed in action on October 12 last. Private Tuxford was attached to “Newcastle’s Own” Battalion, and the lieutenant of his company, in the course of his letter, says:- “He took part in some of the hottest fighting for the possession of our objective, and died very bravely under conditions that were sufficient to try the fighting qualities of the very finest troops. Your husband carried out his duties in every respect very faithfully to the end under very severe fire. He was killed outright, and suffered no pains from wounds.” Sergeant C. W. Howard testifies to the great bravery which Private Tuxford always showed, and to the esteem in which he was held by the officers and men. He states that Private Tuxford “went over the top” on October 12 as company clerk. All went well with him until the afternoon. He was taking cover in a shell hole on the new line when a shell fell into the same hole and a piece entered his forehead, killing him almost instantly. He was buried on the battlefield.

LETTERS TO THE EDITORSir,My second son left Melbourne late in June. From the time of his departure I have posted him a couple of papers every week. In his last letter, dated December 9th, and received on Monday, he informs me that so far he had not received a single paper, and goes on to say: “The boys believe they never leave , but are burned to save the trouble of sending them over. Very few ever reach here. If the authorities only knew how much they are appreciated they would be more careful in seeing they were delivered. Letters from home and newspapers give more joy than anything else – it is the only thing we look forward to.” It is evident that carelessness is shown somewhere, and such a state of affairs ought not to be allowed to exist any longer. How can we expect recruiting to flourish while it is known that the men at the front are thus neglected? A large amount of revenue must be collected from the postage of newspapers. Are the authorities obtaining it under false pretenses? The complaint about the non-delivery of papers is also made about parcels. Several, I know, have been forwarded to my son, but so far not one has reached him. – I am, etc., E. H. WRIGHT, St. Augustine, Merewether.

ROLLS OF HONOURSir, Who are entitled to be on rolls of honour? Is it those who have gone to the war, or at any rate those who sailed from to do-so, or is it anyone who has worn khaki? And if the latter, than if some, why not all? I notice on the Kurri Kurri Public School roll of honour the names of two boys who for three years have been employed in the training camp, and have never left and never intend to, whilst the names of two other boys who are training militia and cadets are omitted. All are in the same category, none of them fighting; all training only. If the first two boys are entitled to be honoured, why not the other two? – I am, etc., FAIRPLAY.

CORPORAL CHRISTENSENMrs Christensen, of Stockton St, Stockton, has received letters from France, relating to the death of her son, the late Corporal F. Christensen, who was killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge on November 10. The captain of the company to which Corporal Christensen was attached, and the chaplain of the battalion, both write referring to his soldierly qualities, and the esteem in which he was held by all ranks. He was killed by a shell, and his death was practically instantaneous. Corporal R. W. Druery writes: “It is with the deepest regret that I write these few lines re the death of your son, Frederick. I happened to be one of his mates right through the war. I enlisted with him at Newcastle, and we went all through since, and I can tell you that he was a noble son, and one to be proud of, liked by everybody that came in contact with him. His death came as a shock to all the boys, and you can rest assured that you have the deepest sympathy of all the boys of No. 1 platoon, so please accept my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement. I came from Wallsend, and if there is anything I can do I will be only too willing to do it. He was killed at Passchendaele Ridge on the 10th November, 1917.”

SERGEANT-MAJOR MARSHALLWriting to a friend in Mayfield, Private Bert Bull, of Waratah, gives an account of the battle in which Sergeant-major Artie Marshall was killed. He says: “I could not explain how things were. It was simply life for life. We were up against very big odds, and snipers and machine guns were everywhere. We had to go a mile, with mud up to our waists, and at times we could not work the bolts of our rifles for mud and grit, but after a hard task we took our objective. But later on we had to retire a couple of hundred yards, which meant a lot to us. In that terrible stunt poor Artie Marshall went down. We all felt his absence very much, for he was well-liked among the lads. Everybody had a good word for him, and a few days before the stunt came off he said to me, “Well, I am having a rest this time.” He was told he would not be going ‘over the top,’ and he wished Percy and myself the best of luck, and then the night of the stunt, just as we were going up, he came to me and said that every man available had to go, and he had to go also. On the third day of the stunt I came in contact with some of D Company, and I asked them how they were, and they said: “There are about 12 of us left.” That will give you an idea how it was, and they told me Artie was missing, and when we got relieved I was told he had fallen, and I can tell you, Artie Marshall was a soldier and a man, and that means a lot. He can’t be given too much praise for the work he did during twelve months in France, and on the field.”

SERGEANT FOULKES MISSINGMr and Mrs Foulkes, of Cardiff Rd, Wallsend, have received a letter from Captain H. Connell, in France: “It is with the deepest regret that I write to inform you that your son William is reported ‘missing – believed killed’. The last information we have of him is that he was seen in the morning of the 12th October, moving into the attack with the company. Should we receive any further information concerning your son, you can rely upon being informed at once. Your son’s work with the company was such as to have earned for him the esteem and confidence of all. He was one of my senior non-commissioned officers, and would before long have been recommended for further promotion, his keenness and capacity having made such his due.”

PRIVATE A. RICHARDSONBy the last mail Mr and Mrs T. Richardson, of Pittown, Wallsend, have received from their son, Private A. Richardson, who is a prisoner at Friedrichfeld, Germany, a letter, in which he says: “You will have got word that I am a prisoner of war. You can let the boys know that I am quite well, just waiting for the finish , so that I can get back that way, so don’t worry about me. I have been very lucky. Got through without a scratch, and will be back one of these fine days. Would like to know how Oscar Mullally got on, for I don’t know if he was with us or not.”

LATE PRIVATE HOUSTONMrs J. Houston, senior, of Mitchell St, Stockton received the following letter from Lieutenant-colonel Morshead concerning her late son, Private George Houston: “I deeply regret having occasion to write to you of the death of your gallant son. He was killed in action in the Battle of Passchendaele, third battle of Ypres, on October 12th last. I deeply deplore the loss of such a splendid young man, and such an excellent soldier. Your late son was held in high reputation for his good work, his soldierly bearing, and his upright character. In action he distinguished himself by his courage and devotion to duty. We mourn, more than can be expressed, the death of so fine a comrade. Officers, non-commissioned officers, and men all join me in offering you and your family most heartfelt sympathy in this, your sad bereavement.”

ENLISTMENTSEric John Andrews, West Maitland; Albert Burge, Newcastle; Harold Edgar Conlin, East Greta Junction; Daniel Richard Cooksey, Mayfield; Clyde McDowall Kirkwood, Bolwarra; Charles Wilfred Luscombe, Muswellbrook; Henry Milton Murray, Merriwa; Martin George Nissen, Singleton; Aubrey Carl Olive, Port Stephens; Stanley Charles Rowe, Newcastle;Arthur Ernest Thomas, Hamilton; John Robinson Younger, Wallsend.


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Kimberley residents facing major flooding

KATHERINE FLOODSHigh flood levels in the Northern Territory’s Kimberley region are expected to remain for nearly a week in some parts with several hundred Daly River residents evacuated to Darwin.
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The area has been inundated with 500mm of rain over three days lifting the Daly River to major flood levels, Northern Region Emergency Controller Assistant Commissioner Matthew Hollamby said on Tuesday.

Mr Hollamby said 280 people had been flown by helicopter safely from Daly River and were in the process of being bused to an evacuation centre at the Darwin showgrounds.

“At this stage we expect the Daly River to remain at a major flood level until at least Monday next week,” Mr Hollamby said.

Authorities had previously said around 380 residents were at risk, with some residents already self-evacuating.

The flooding has forced the closure of schools in the Daly River region including Nganambala School, Nganmarriyanga School, Peppimenarti School and Woolianna School.

Kiana School and Lajamanu School in the Katherine region will also be closed on Wednesday.

The area had been on stand-by for several days after monsoonal rains caused by a vigorous westerly flow over the Timor Sea battered the Top End.

The rains prompted a severe weather warning for Darwin and a flood warning for the Adelaide and Katherine rivers.

A severe weather warning was also issued for the Tiwi Islands and parts of Arnhem Land.

Residents in Darwin and some rural areas were warned to prepare for localised flooding in the coming days, with authorities providing sandbags.

A Recovery Assistance Hotline has been established and anyone with questions should call 1800 700 250.

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Corruption watchdog restores trust: Labor

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A federal corruption watchdog is closer to becoming a reality after Labor threw its support behind establishing one to restore public faith in politics.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is open to the idea but appears set to face stiff opposition including from his deputy should he bring any proposal to cabinet.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Tuesday announced a Labor government would set up a national integrity commission within a year of winning office.

“The most corrosive sentiment awash in western democracies around the world is the idea that politicians are only in it for themselves,” he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

“That’s simply not true. But so long as the political news is dominated by the minority who do the wrong thing – the travel rorts and dodgy donors and sinecures where cabinet ministers walk straight into cushy jobs in the same sector – then we’re going to have a hard time convincing the n people that we’re serving their interests and not ours.”

The commission would investigate serious and systemic corruption by federal MPs, their staff, public servants, statutory office holders, Commonwealth judges and the governor-general.

It would have to be independent, well-resourced, secure from government interference and effectively run as a standing royal commission, Mr Shorten said.

One commissioner and two deputies appointed by parliament would each serve a fixed five-year term, be able to hold public hearings and make findings of fact that could be referred to public prosecutors.

The new body would cost almost $60 million over four years.

Mr Shorten offered to work with the government to make the watchdog a reality sooner, saying: “It doesn’t have to be a Labor-Liberal sort of Punch and Judy show.”

Mr Turnbull said his government was considering the findings of an inquiry into the issue.

“The devil will always be in the detail … It’s not something to embark on in a rushed or ill-considered way,” he told reporters in Sydney ahead of Mr Shorten’s announcement, insisting the idea had not been ruled out.

However, Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce said appropriate checks were in place.

“If you really are corrupt, you’re going to get busted. You’re going to get caught, you’re going to go to jail,” he told 2GB radio.

Institute director Ben Oquist, whose think tank’s work helped shape Labor’s policy, says while there may still be resistance, he believes all federal politicians will come to see a new watchdog as inevitable.

“It would be in the government’s political interests and the nation’s economic interests for the prime minister to take this offer from the opposition leader today,” he said.

“It would help those politicians doing the right thing – and that’s most of them – to be seen in a better light.”

Mr Turnbull said Mr Shorten was “no anti-corruption warrior” and had done everything he could to prevent corruption in the union movement from being exposed.

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Codeine changes will save lives: minister

GREG HUNT CANCER RESEARCH GRANTFederal Health Minister Greg Hunt insists up to 100 lives a year can be saved when codeine is taken off store shelves this week.
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From Thursday codeine-based pain medication will no longer be available over the counter at pharmacies and shops.

Customers will have to get a prescription from their doctor under the publicly criticised changes decided by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Mr Hunt says codeine is addictive and dangerous and ‘s over-the-counter ban will match others in the US and UK.

“We know that there are over half a million ns with some form of codeine addiction,” he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

“It would be almost unthinkable for any responsible government to ignore the unanimous advice of medical authorities.”

The minister pointed to a greater availability of paracetamol and ibuprofen combination medications and talked up the nation’s high bulk billing rates when quizzed about the frustration and cost of having to see a doctor for a script.

In October, all state health ministers – bar South – wrote to Mr Hunt urging him to rework the codeine reforms.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned people may try and get codeine from emergency departments instead.

“The problem with this decision is that GPs might not be available when people are in pain, or they may charge $70 to $80 more (by way of consultation fees) for something people used to be able to get over the counter for less than $10,” he told The n on Tuesday.

A prescription is required for codeine products in some other European countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany and Italy, as well as Japan and the United Arab Emirates.


* Codeine-containing painkillers, such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol.

* Codeine-containing cold and flu products, such as Codral and Demazin.

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Augusta bush fire downgraded; extent of damage unknown

WA bush fire downgraded; extent of damage unknown The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.
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The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

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Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

TweetFacebookThe Shire of Augusta Margaret River has confirmed the emergency warning for the Augusta area was downgraded to a Watch & Act alert at around 5.30am on Tuesday morning following an exhaustive night of work by firefighters.

Sixty personnel from brigades in the Shire as well as crews from City of Busselton and the Department of Parks and Wildlife spent Monday night battling the huge blaze, which is believed to have broken out near the West Bay Caravan Park just north of Augusta townsite.

“[Firefighters]have now built containment lines around 90 per cent of the fire.” a Shire media spokesperson said on Tuesday morning.

“A number of the crews are currently conducting backburns to contain the remaining 10 per centof the fire, which is burning towards difficult-to-access Karri swamp terrain.”

EARLIER:Augusta residents warned to evacuate as out-of-control bushfire threatens homesMore firefighters are working on making smouldering trees and logs along Caves Road and Bussell Highway safe ahead of roads re-opening during the day.

“Once major roads are reopened, efforts will then move to the reopening of local roads to enable residents to return to their properties.”

The extent of damage is as yet unknown, and the Shire urged fire-affected residents to remain at temporary accommodation until they have seen their road advertised as re-open.

Roads are expected to re-open around 10am local time on Tuesday.

Rapid assessment officers from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were due to arrive in the region on Tuesday morning to begin accessing properties and damage.

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Matt Scullion cracks his first Golden Guitar

TERRIFIC TRIO: Travis Collins, from left, and Amber Lawrence and Matt Scullion celebrating their win at the Golden Guitar Awards. Picture: Brendan Esposito TUNES are like children for songwriters, so little wonder Newcastle’s Matt Scullion was beaming with pride when he won his first Golden Guitar at the Tamworth Country Music Awards last Saturday.
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Scullion picked up the APRA AMCOS Song of the Year with Cessnock’s Travis Collins and Sydney’s Amber Lawrence for Our Backyard. The track also landed Collins and Lawrence Golden Guitars for best duo and best single.

Newcastle’s Neville Anderson claimedBush Ballad of the Year for Henbury Blues, a song he wrote forDean Perrett.

While his co-writers have previously tasted Tamworth success, it was Scullion’s first trophy after six nominations.

Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence – Our Backyard“It was fantastic, especially to win song of the year,” Scullion said.“It’s the category that’s most special to me, being a songwriter, so to win song of the year was a great feeling to be recognised by my peers and the n country music industry.”

Scullion has already penned 16 n country No.1 singles for other artists and launchedhis own album I’m Just A Song in Tamworth. The award is only expected to increase demand for his songs.

“A Golden Guitar definitely looks good on your resume and does give you better credentials,” he said.

DOM IS RED HOTNEWCASTLE-bred drummer Dom Borzestowski celebrated Gang Of Youths’triumphant Triple J Hottest 100 result last Saturday in France’sMont Saint-Michelalongside his parents Anna and Andrzej.

Gang Of Youths scored three tracks in the top 10–Let Me Down Easy(No.2),The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows(No.5) andWhat Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?(No.10)–plus their cover of The Middle East’sBloodcame 41st, to bethe most successful n act in the poll.

The second placing to US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Humble, means Borzestowskiis the second Novocastrian to finish runner-up in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Gang Of Youths – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest ShadowsSilverchair’s Straight Linescontroversially lost toMuse’s Knights Of Cydonia by just 13votes in Triple J’s tightest ever poll in 2007. Many believed Silverchair deserved the win asKnights Of Cydoniawas technically released in 2006.

Ben Gumbleton also flew the flag for Newcastle in this year’s Hottest 100, with Boo Seeka’sDoes This Lastcoming 85thand adopted Novocastrian Kim Churchill scored 94thspot throughSecond Hand Car.

EURO VACATIONS ON THE ROAD: Vacations will begin a whirl-wind 16-date tour of Europe in April.

FOR the past year Vacations frontman Campbell Burns has constantly fielded requests from foreign fans to tour overseas.

When your EP Vibes has received 1.3 million streams on YouTube and its lead single Home has been played 723,000 times on Spotify, you obviously have a fanbase.

It was just a matter of money. Finally the Newcastle indie four-piece will tour Europe in April and May, passing through France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlandsand the UK.

Before that Burns will be making a trek to the US alone to perform with American-based musicians at Austin’s famed South by South West Festival from March 12-16.

Last week Vacations released their new single Steady and an announcement on a debut album is around the corner.

JOHNS LENDS VOICEWhat So Not – Be OK AgainSILVERCHAIR legend Daniel Johns will feature on four tracks on the upcoming album from electronic producer Chris Emerson, better known asEmoh Instead.

The Flume collaborator’slatest project is What So Not and first single Be OK Again, featuring Johns’ vocals, was releasedinNovember. However, Johns has actually lent his voice to a furtherthree tracks –If You Only Knew, Same Mistakes and What So Not –on What So Not’srecord Not All The Beautiful Things out March 9.

“Watching Emoh work is eye opening,” Johns said.“A real professional with great vision.”

CHINGY SORRYIT turns out it wasn’t just Newcastle fans that were cheated out of seeing US hip-hop star Chingy.

The Right Thurr rapper ended up cancelling his entire n tourdue to passport issues that he discovered when attempting to board a plane in Los Angeles, less than 48 hours before his Warners Bay Hotel show on January 18.

Chingy posted a video on social media apologising to his n fans.

“We’re working on it and it’s gonna be done real soon,” he said.“We’re gonna be taking care of it and getting it situated [sic]. You know that Ching-a-ling is always over there, because you always show me love. I want you to know the tour is gonna be back on slamming, because you know how I jam. It’s gonna be popping.”

Don’t holdyour breath.

MAKING A RACKETTFRESH from their Boxing Day set at the Cambridge Hotel, Sydney all-female pop-punk band Rackett are returning on March 29 to play the Small Ballroom.The 18-date tour to promote their latest single Alive is a result of Rackett winning the Rockin’ The Puburbs competition, backed by n Hoteliers Association NSW.

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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe quits

(FILE) USA FBI DEPUTY DIRECTORAndrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director who has been a target for US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans as the agency continues its Russia investigation, has resigned.
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Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House played no role in his resignation.

“The president wasn’t part of this decision-making process,” she told reporters on Monday.

The New York Times reported that McCabe told friends that he felt pressure from the director of the bureau, Christopher Wray, to step down.

But Trump had publicly attacked him, and wrote on Twitter in December, “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”

There had been speculation that McCabe would step down in March, once he was eligible to receive full retirement benefits. But he has been the target of right-wing media that he is part of the so-called “deep state” undermining the Trump presidency.

McCabe served as interim FBI director after Trump fired James Comey. McCabe returned to his post after Wray was confirmed as the new director.

The Washington Post reported last week that shortly after McCabe was appointed deputy FBI director, Trump asked him who he voted for in the 2016 election.

McCabe’s wife, Jill, was the recipient of $US500,000 from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in her bid for a state senate seat. Trump was reportedly upset by McCabe’s wife’s political involvement. McAuliffe is a longtime ally of Trump’s 2016 foe, Hillary Clinton.

The network also said that Trump suggested that McCabe ask his wife how she felt being a loser. She failed to win her campaign for office. McCabe replied, “OK, sir.”

Democrat Seanator Richard Blumenthal called for a “full explanation” of the circumstances of McCabe’s departure.

He said that McCabe “was subject to baseless political attacks levied by President Trump’s sycophantic supporters in an effort to discredit the work of the FBI and the integrity of the Russia investigation.”

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Gold Coast Suns enter new era under Dew

AFL SUNS MAGPIESIt isn’t quite George Orwell’s 1984, but Gold Coast midfielder Jarryd Lyons says the Suns’ penchant for capturing everything on camera will help the side as they begin a new era under rookie coach Stuart Dew.
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Dew, a two-time AFL premiership player and former Sydney assistant coach, is among the first wave of AFL mentors to have graduated from the code’s new accreditation course.

His modern touches can be seen and heard at training courtesy of the music blaring to replicate the game day and the drones hovering overhead capturing every move.

The club is also working with technology partner, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on ways to assist the football department and streamline data analysis.

With marquee man Gary Ablett returning to Geelong before Dew arrived on the Gold Coast, Lyons says it is a fresh start for the Suns.

“Stu wasn’t ever there when Gary was, so he really had nothing to do with that, never mentioned it and it made the transition a pretty simple one,” Lyons said.

“He never had a chance to worry about it.”

The Suns finished 17th last season, with Lyons forced to watch his old club finish on top of the ladder and ultimately fall in the grand final to Richmond.

He insists life is good though, with the club’s Orwellian approach to training right up his alley.

“It’s definitely different … I’m into my eighth season now and a lot has changed since I started,” Lyons, who has two seasons to run on his contract, said.

“The key thing is technology; lots of cameras and programs and drones and lots of reviewing.

“Vision review suits me; everyone’s different, but it definitely works for me, but it means there’s definitely no hiding out there.”

Despite the loss of Ablett, Lyons will fight with the likes of Fremantle recruit Lachie Weller, Jarrod Witts, Aaron Hall, David Swallow, Touk Miller and Michael Barlow for time in the engine room.

But the Sandringham Dragons product is yet to miss a training session this preseason and is confident of playing a big role.

“I’m running better and have had more time on the track; personally to not have missed a session so far this preseason is a big thing for me,” he said.

“(With Ablett gone) it’s up to the rest of us, as a group, to step up and fill that void.”

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Spiny crayfish surprises Qld tourists

Lamington spiny crayfishBushwalkers who venture into a unique pocket of world-heritage listed rainforest overlooking the distant surf beaches of the Gold Coast could find themselves face to face with a feisty, hissing local.
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One of ‘s most unusual creatures, the Lamington spiny crayfish, lives there and has been known to startle bushwalkers by confronting them in battle stance, clicking claws and warning hiss.

It is found only in the cool waters and forests of the Gold Coast Hinterland, 1000 metres above sea level – and less than an hour from the tourist strip of Surfers Paradise.

On the edge of the crayfish’s home turf of Lamington National Park is popular guesthouse Binna Burra Lodge, which has been welcoming guests since the 1930s, and is proud of the rare crayfish.

Guest activities supervisor Dean Hogg is a fan: “It’s the most magnificent creature I’ve ever seen.”

“You won’t find this guy anywhere else in and it’s the last thing people expect to find in a rainforest,” he says.

“First you’re startled by their amazing colour and then you’re shocked because you stumble across them on the walking tracks, sometimes a good kilometre away from water. They’re both terrestrial and aquatic.

“They’re also a little feisty and one might stick its claws up at you and have a little hiss just to warn you not to come too close.”

The crayfish can grow up to 30cm long. The bigger they grow, the brighter their colouring. And despite the blue making them stand out in the lush green rainforest, the crayfish are not classed as endangered.

Mr Hogg says the unique local conditions are the perfect environment for the Lamington spiny crayfish to not just survive, but thrive.

“You won’t find these conditions replicated anywhere else, which is why you can only see these creatures here,” he says. “Then when you consider the 220 other species that live in this diverse ecosystem, it’s truly a natural wonder for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.”

In fact, the Gold Coast is home to more than 1300 animal and 1700 plant species.

Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of , the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Within its 20,000 hectares are 14 types of forest, trees more than 3000 years old, and a remarkable array of birdlife and wildlife, including the spiny crayfish.

Best of all, visitors can see them all for free. Walking tracks, some as short as 5km for a round trip, can be accessed via Binna Burra Lodge, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and other points of entry surrounding the park’s edge.

Spring and summer are the best times to catch a glimpse of the Lamington spiny crayfish. In cooler months they tend to hibernate and burrow into the banks of creeks.

AAP, in collaboration with the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Tourism, is publishing a range of newsworthy content in the lead-up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Kyrgios on the move in latest ATP rankings

Ten KyrgiosNick Kyrgios is closing in on a career-high ATP ranking after a summer that confirmed a new-found resolve in the 22-year-old’s attitude to tennis.
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As ‘s top-ranked male player, Kyrgios sits at No.14 in the latest ATP rankings.

Kyrgios has improved three places after going into the n Open as the world No.17 where he was beaten in four tight sets in a round of 16 clash against then-world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov.

Kyrgios achieved his best ATP ranking of No.13 in the world at the end of 2016.

He slipped to No.24 during the middle of the 2017 season but will spearhead ‘s Cup tie against Germany this week with renewed confidence after winning the Brisbane International earlier this month.

Bernard Tomic’s slide down the rankings continues, tumbling a further 25 places to No.168.

Matthew Ebden, a first-round n Open winner over world No.16 John Isner, has moved up four places to No.74 to be ‘s second-highest ranked player.

Rafael Nadal has kept his place as world No.1 although the gap has closed between himself and Roger Federer after the Swiss master’s sixth n Open triumph.

Latest top 25 ATP world rankings

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 9760

2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 9605

3. Marin Cilic, Croatia, 4960

4. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 4630

5. Alexander Zverev, Germany, 4610

6. Dominic Thiem, Austria, 4060

7. David Goffin, Belgium, 3460

8. Jack Sock, United States, 2880

9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 2815

10. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain, 2705

11. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 2620

12. Sam Querrey, United States, 2490

13. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 2470

14. Nick Kyrgios, , 2395

15. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland, 2385

16. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 2320

17. Lucas Pouille, France, 2235

18. John Isner, United States, 2230

19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 2050

20. Andy Murray, Britain, 1960

21. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, 1925

22. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 1850

23. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain, 1845

24. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina, 1810

25. Adrian Mannarino, France, 1705

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