Friday, June 29, 2018

State of Origin 2018: The side of Kalyn Ponga you didn’t know

Kalyn Ponga makes his debut for the Maroons in game two of State of Origin tonight.
At face value, the young Knights player has it all. He is prodigiously talented on the football field, has achieved success that others his age dream about, and has a rare ability to adapt to whichever sport he plays.
At such a young age, Ponga has been through much adversity and hardship.
When the talented athlete was just seven, his 18-month-old brother Kacey drowned in a heartbreaking accident in Mount Isa.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hip-hop video by advocacy and peer disability support group uses technology to break new ground

A hip-hop music video released in Newcastle has broken new ground in the genre, featuring two non-verbal artists who rap using communication devices.

MC Jaco (Jacob Hughes) and The King (Robert King) wrote verses that were programmed into the devices, allowing their lines to be spoken.

Seven artists in total are featured in the music video for 'My World' which was released on YouTube at a red carpet event.

Peer worker with Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) Catherine Mahony said the release "could be a world first".
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New Vice-Chancellor announced

The Council of The University of Newcastle has today announced the appointment of Dr Alex Zelinsky AO as its next Vice-Chancellor and President, commencing in early November 2018.

A computer scientist, roboticist and systems engineer, Dr Zelinsky’s career spans innovation, science and technology, education, research and development, and commercial start-ups.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

China Merchants takes Newcastle stake amid Australia trade friction

China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort), the Hong Kong-listed arm of the state-controlled Chinese group, paid A$607.5 million ($457.5 million) for a 50 percent stake in the world’s largest coal port that has ambitions to become a major container port serving shippers in New South Wales (NSW). 

However, exporters in Australia’s highly successful wine sector, including Pernod Ricard, owner of the Jacob’s Creek, the country’s largest wine brand, and the NSW-based McWilliams Wines, have complained of serious delays at China Customs that could jeopardize forecasts for Australian wine exports to top A$1 billion in value for the first time in 2018.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Trump 'welcome' in Australia: politicians

US President Donald Trump would be welcomed by both Liberal and Labor if he decides to visit Australia during a tour around the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea in November.

Mr Trump, along with other world leaders, is expected to make stops in Australia as part of a tour that will take him to the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' summit in Papua New Guinea on November 17 and 18.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


When the weather outside gets miserable, heaters inevitably get turned up.

But with more than 4,000 house fires in the state already this year, firefighters are urging people not to get complacent.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

State of Origin | Queensland Maroons choose Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga.

NEWCASTLE Knights dynamo Kalyn Ponga has been named to make his Queensland Origin debut in game two of the series against NSW at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

Ponga has been chosen on the interchange bench, replacing Brisbane utility Anthony Milford.

The 20-year-old could yet come into the starting side if Melbourne veteran is unable to overcome a lingering hamstring problem.