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Jarryd Hayne scored 10 tries in 15 NRL games for Parramatta in 2018Parramatta have told Jarryd Hayne they still want him to be at the Eels next year despite the NRL star turning up the heat on the club for a new contract.

Off-contract Hayne took to social media over the weekend to claim he was still waiting on an offer from Parramatta, before the club returns to pre-season training at the start of next month.

Responding to fans questions on Twitter, Hayne reiterated his desire to bring a premiership to the Eels but insisted he was being honest in his claims he was yet to receive an offer to stay.

“5 weeks still waiting for a contract??” Hayne tweeted in reply to a plea from a fan for the club to re-sign him on Friday night.

Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr confirmed to AAP on Monday they were still talking to the 31-year-old about a new deal, and they had told him they wanted him at Parramatta.

The two-time Dally M medallist’s tweets come after he claimed earlier this year he did not want to make a decision on his future until the end of the season.

At the time Hayne also avoided questions over a potential move to the 15-man game with Fiji, before the Rugby World Cup at the end of next year.

But it now appears clearer that both Hayne and the Eels want to stick together in 2019.

Hayne was one of the Eels’ best players in the back half of 2018, busting through 32 tackles and scoring six tries in the final six games of the season as he returned to fitness.

Gurr said last week the club did not have a deadline in finalising Hayne’s future.

“Certain dominoes need to fall where they need to fall. We’re patient,” he said.

“He was very good and off the field (at the end of 2018), and he demonstrated some leadership around the team.

“Once he was fit and healthy, is he the Jarryd Hayne of 2009? No.

“But he was still an effective Jarryd Hayne.”

PRODUCTIVE MOVE: Philippa Clayton has three Airbnb properties and will make $8000 out of Supercars week from two units she owns on The Hill.Philippa Clayton could not believe how “easy and successful”her first Airbnb property was.

Now, three years on, she owns three and stands to make $8000 in a week during Supercars next month from two units on The Hill.

Ms Clayton is part of a rising number of Novocastrians who are cashing in on the short-term rental movement.

According to Newcastle business advisory and accounting firm Pitcher Partners, there has been a surge in the number of the city’s short-term listings on Airbnb.

They used to data from tracking site AirDNA成都夜生活 and found Newcastle had 511 Airbnb rentals with around one-thirdlisted by owners with more than one property.

Data from AirDNA成都夜生活 showed the total revenue enjoyed by Newcastle’s Airbnb owners over the month of November last year was $1.4 million,up 378 per cent on the $370,000 for the same period in 2016.

Ms Clayton’s Airbnb journey began when she utilised a granny flat at her Highfields property.

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“I had this space downstairs, which was like a fourth bedroom and was a bedroom for me at the time,” Ms Clayton said.“I’d think I’m going to rent this out.”

Airbnb provided the vehicle.

“I thought I had nothing to lose and I was blown away by how easy and successful that was,” Ms Clayton said.

“In the first three months there was only about 10 days that it wasn’t booked.”

The “jack of all trades” saw an opportunity when she bought three units in their own complex on The Hill last year. She lives in one and Airbnbs the other two.

Last year Supercars organisers rented the two properties, which each sleep five, for volunteers to the tune of $4000 each for one week. They will do the same next month when the Newcastle 500 juggernaut rolls into town again for the November 23-25 event.

Philippa Clayton enjoys the view from her home on The Hill. She bought a three-unit complex in Church Street last year. Ms Clayton lives in one and Airbnbs the other two.

Pitcher Partners Newcastle managing partner Michael Minter said “many locals are unaware they have a lazy assetat their disposal”.

“Events like the Supercars are generating a lot more talk around people using Airbnb -renting out a room for it or vacating the house for the duration and getting some good dollars for it,” Mr Mintersaid.

“It has opened people’s eyes to theopportunity here, not just around the time of the Supercars but as an ongoing thing, just to generate a bit of extra cash.”

Mr Minter, however, warnedwith the opportunities offered by the sharing economy came a host of new tax obligations that owners should be aware of.

Nightly rates for the city’s top properties have reportedly jumped from $400 per night to $1400 ahead of the Newcastle 500with the most expensive listing commanding $2000 per night.

“If you are renting out space there is no question it must be reported as taxable income in your tax return,” he said.

“Of course, you can claim a portion of spend on that space but if you are utilising your family home in some way to earn a shared space income then you don’t get the full capital gains tax exemption upon selling it.

“A lot of ns have significant wealth tied up in their family home. As soon as you start renting out a portion of it is no longer a tax-free asset and people don’t always think about the long-term impact.

“Smart sharing is about being aware of all the implications and doing your homework carefully.”

Tsunami inundation risk mapped for first timehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd成都夜生活/transform/v1/crop/frm/UfX4XDhNMhVpTbjzWZdknP/cff3a875-4976-422e-b719-ab756cbffae8.jpg/r0_317_6000_3707_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgUniversity of Newcastle researchers have highlighted the impact of inundation on the NSW coast as part of a unique study into tsunami threats.newsletters, editors-pick-list, 2018-10-16T05:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove成都夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5848763970001https://players.brightcove成都夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5848763970001Tsunamis explainedUniversity of Newcastle researchers have highlighted theimpact of inundation on the NSW coast as part of a unique study into tsunami threats.

The results of modelling in Sydney harbour show the potential for powerful currentsand dangerous whirlpools to form following a tsunami.

The work also demonstrates the need forincreased community awareness about the risk of a tsunami occurring.

The research team is hoping to do a similar study that will show how Newcastle harbour would be affected by a tsunami.

The study has been published in the latest edition of the journal Scientific Reports and supported by the NSW Office of Emergency Management.

Lead author and PhD candidate, Kaya Wilson, said the tsunami risk to was under-researched and needed to be taken seriously.

Research: Dr Hannah Power and Mr Kaya Wilson.

“When you broach the idea of being susceptible to tsunami, you’re usually met with a dichotomy – either total disbelief that we’re at any risk, or panic as to what the threat means to the individual,” Mr Wilson said.

“NSW has been affected by serious events in the past – for example the Chile earthquake in May 1960, which caused major disruption to Sydney Harbour; we need to ensure we’re equipped to best respond to all possible future scenarios.”

The Newcastle Herald reported on Wednesday, May 25 1960 that thetsunami triggered by the Chilian earthquake caused the tide inNewcastle harbour to rise by about half a metre inless than a minute.

“The small change rocked small craft in the harbour, sank a 600 pound launch and swept others from their moorings,” the Herald reported.

What a tsunami might look like in NSW

The main cause of tsunamis is submarine earthquakes. The vast majority of these occur at ‘subduction zone’ tectonic plate boundaries, where two tectonic plates are colliding. When enough tension builds up, it is released and the force pushes the water column upward, causing waves to radiate outward.

For the east coast of , one of the nearest subduction zones is the Puysegur Trench south of New Zealand. Because tsunamis can travel as fast as jet liners in the deep ocean, a tsunami originating from the Puysegur Trench could reach Sydney in about two hours.

Project lead and coastal geoscientist, Dr Hannah Power, said when considering a likely scenario for Sydney and other estuarine areas on the east coast, our understanding of tsunami needed to be accurate.

“A Sydney-sider will probably experience a tsunami in their lifetime, but the way we think about tsunami needs to be reframed to reflect a realistic picture of a likely event,” Dr Power said.

“Hollywood sells us images of huge walls of water and engulfing waves, but in fact we’d be looking at something more like a significant and unpredictable tide moving in and out in minutes rather than hours. The water could be rapidly rising and falling, with current speeds changing direction every few minutes. As a result, we could see dangerous whirlpools to theeast of Spit Bridge, something which is reported to have happened in 1960 during the Chilean tsunami.

Sydney current speeds with largest modelled event.

We could also see serious coastal erosion impacting infrastructure.

“Some of the larger events we’ve modelled could cause rapid current speeds of up to eight metres per second, becoming dangerous very quickly. For context, an Olympic swimmer might swim two metres per second at their fastest.

“Although we wouldn’t expect a risk to the CBD, strong currents and unpredictable rapid water movements would make the harbour an unsafe place to be, posing a threat to swimmers, fishers, boaters and potentially those near the water.”

Dr Power stressed the importance of raising community awareness of the tsunami risk to Sydney to ensure better understanding of how to respond.

“If you think about a two metre swell, we wouldn’t feel the need for concern, however a two metre tsunami would be devastating,” she said.

“We need to put the risk in context for the general public, so that when we receive alerts warning of a potential tsunami threat, people take it seriously and act safely. That means following the instructions and warnings from our emergency services as advised, rather than trying to witness the event.”

Modelling the possibilities

The likelihood of a major tsunami impacting NSW is very low but the consequences of a tsunami can be devastating, as witnessed across the Indian Ocean in 2004, Japan in 2011 and the recent event in Indonesia.


NSW State Emergency Service tsunami maps show evacuation areasThe research team worked to model different scenarios from various source zones – locations where a tsunami could originate – at a range of earthquake magnitudes from a 7.5 up to 9.

Utilising an impressive seamless 3D map of the land and ocean floor around Sydney Harbour, which Mr Wilson developed by stitching together individual pieces of mapping information, the team were able to accurately replicate the effect of such events in Sydney.

“We looked at various likely scenarios ranging from a more likely 1 in 20-year event, to a more major 1 in 5000-year event,” Mr Wilson said.

“For example, the 1960 tsunami that came from Chile, had significant marine impacts in Sydney. We could expect a tsunami of a similar size in the Harbour once every 50 to 100 years.”

Dr Power emphasised the use of probability as a measurement should be put into context.

“When we say something has a 1 in 20-year likelihood, that doesn’t mean it happens once every 20 years. It means that, on average, there is a 1 in 20 chance of that event happening every year,” Dr Power said.

“Whilst you might think a 1 in 100-year event is infrequent and unlikely to happen in your lifetime, in reality there’s a 1 in 100, or a one per cent, chance of it occurring every single year.

“If you translate that to something people might put more emphasis on, perhaps like their health, if there was a one per cent risk of a medical procedure going horribly wrong, you might rethink whether you wanted to have that operation, which is why it’s imperative we have this research to support ’s emergency preparedness.”

Impact on emergency response

If a tsunamigenic event were to occur, warnings on the tsunami threat to the n mainland and offshore territories are provided to emergency services, the public and the media by the Joint n Tsunami Warning Centre. This centre is jointly run by the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience . In NSW, the State Emergency Service coordinates the emergency response.

Mr Wilson explained that their research outcomes showing tsunami propagation in estuaries is useful for evacuation planning.

“Sydney is obviously incredibly populated, so we would want to ensure we’re responding in the safest way. In the event of a tsunami emergency, either over-evacuating or under-evacuating the area could be disastrous,” Mr Wilson said.

“This study contributes to the knowledge base that we use in as part of the infrastructure we have in place to protect us from tsunamis.”

Where to from here

As a testament to the team’s investigation, emergency services have already paid close attention to the findings.

Working toward a goal of increasing public awareness around likely effects of earthquake-generated tsunami, the team hope to apply their modelling to the rest of the east coast and even further afield.

“Now we have these results from our work modelling Sydney, we can make an informed assessment that similar estuarine regions would be at comparable risk,” Mr Wilson said.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to model Newcastle yet, as we haven’t been able to access the data. We’d love to map our own backyard as we’d suspect Newcastle would be at a similar risk to Sydney.

“We hope to continue our work to ultimately ensure , and even higher-risk locations overseas, are well equipped to deal with any possible scenario to help keep our communities safe.”

Dreamworld’s failure to install a safety feature that would have cost no more than $3000 was the “primary” cause of the 2016 Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy.

A safety audit undertaken following the deaths of four guests at the Gold Coast theme park concluded if a water level sensor had been installed during a safety upgrade earlier in the year, the tragedy would have been prevented.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi died when a water pump suffered an “earth fault” for the third time in a day on October 25, 2016, causing water levels in the ride to drop dramatically.

That left an empty raft stranded on the ride’s conveyor before the raft carrying the four victims collided with it and flipped on its side.

An inquest at the Southport Coroners Court into the deaths was shown the report by Safety Related Control Systems on Monday.

It determined installing a water level sensor during an upgrade in February and March 2016 would have added only $2000 to $3000 to the total cost of the works.

“The primary cause of the tragic incident was the lack of a suitable safety-rated water level detection system intergrated to the upgraded conveyor system,” the report found.

“Such a safety system could easily have been provided and at a minimal cost.”

Contractors who undertook the upgrade said they were never asked to install a sensor.

The inquest heard Dreamworld was considering installing a sensor in a future second stage of the safety upgrade.

It was also revealed the drive motor for the water pumps on the ride, which had been installed in 2006, had a recommended operational life of 10 years.

An electrician who performed regular maintenance on the ride for Dreamworld said he had been scheduled to inspect the water pump two days after the tragedy occurred.

In an email to Applied Electro, Dreamworld electrical supervisor Scott Ritchie made a request for a technician to attend the park due to ongoing faults.

Applied Electro electrician Michael Takac told the inquiry any electrical system faulting as much as the pumps on the Thunder River Rapids ride had been was “concerning”.

“It could be multiple things, an earth fault is pretty hard to find … my advice would be to stop the machine. Investigate it further and identify the fault,” he said.

The manufacturers of the pump’s drive tested the equipment shortly after the tragedy but were unable to determine what had caused the fault.

Wayne Cox, who was supervising Dreamworld’s engineers on the day of the tragedy, said he had been informed of only one of two prior malfunctions on the ride that day.

Mr Cox was unaware his staff had merely reset the pump on both occasions without requesting an electrical specialist attend the site.

The inquest was shown documents revealing there had been nine problems with rafts logged in the weeks leading up to the tragedy, seven of which concerned the two rafts involved in the fatal incident.

Mr Cox said if he had been aware of those issues he would have removed the rafts to determine what problems they may have.

The inquest continues on Tuesday.

WARNING SHOT: Reader Mike Sargent contends David Warner’s return to the n Test side is far from unlikely if his form elsewhere warrants selection. WHILE I have little time for David Warner’s behaviour on and off the cricket pitch, I do disagree with Robert Dillon’s summation (‘True Test of character’, Newcastle Herald13/10) that Warner may never again play for .Warner’s batting skills are of such a high standard that excuses will continue to be made for his bad behaviour, both on the field and off. A couple of Sheffield Shield centuries and I expect it will be back to business as usual.

By the way, Mr Dillon, I’d argue Steve Smith is no clean skin as you opine, as much as I love that word.I believe the behaviour of n teams, which hasnot been the best for the past 20 years or so, deteriorated even further under Smith’s stewardship. If you ask me, the on-field antics of Warner, Lyon et al can be sheeted home to the poor leadership displayed by Smith.

needs to find a captain like Mark Taylor or Allan Border before it can regain the respect of the cricketing world. Play hard, but play fair.

Mike Sargent,CootamundraA NEW MAYORAL RACENICK Bielby’s reportmentionsLake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser took a hot lap of the lake before the Big Weekend (‘Full throttle for weekend’,Herald12/10).

Now,could there be a challenge from Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes to maybe embrace the Supercars track with an equally enthralling performance? Would special RMS licences be needed for such exploits? I think it could be very interesting.

Richard Devon, Fishing PointVISITS DERAILTHE AGENDATHIS weekend past has seen significant track work maintenance occur on the northern rail line through Newcastle.

This work has necessitated the closure of the level crossings at Adamstown and Clyde Street atIslington to both rail and road traffic. NSWTransport Minister AndrewConstanceappears to have his priorities confused when he suggests fanciful ideas of extending the light rail.

The government’s priority should be a solution to the current rail level crossings that bisect our city causing constant danger, inconvenience and disruption. Mr Constance may label me a whinger as hedid the state member for Newcastle recently (‘Light rail build fortnight from finish’, Herald 18/9),but there are many like me as the next state election looms.

Regarding the rail corridor east of Merewether Street (‘Mystery over corridor land’, Herald 12/10), why the secrecy?

Please come back with our Premier, Mr Constance. I think with every visit you make the governmentfar less popular, bolstering our current sitting state members and ensuring their re-election at the upcoming state poll.

John Mayo, IslingtonEDUCATION NEEDS EVIDENCEI THANK Mr Dolan (Letters13/10) for his concerns regarding my alleged problems and phobias.

I also inform him that I have no problem with his freedom of faith, just as I defend my right to have freedom from faith.

My concern is rather with the fact that millions of taxpayer funds are poured into religious schools thus facilitating efforts to daily indoctrinate students with the beliefs and practices of particular religions.

The students are trapped. They can’t escape. And they dare not question. Daily prayers are part of their “education”.

I reiterate my view that there should be a complete separation of church and state when it comes to educating students.

Let the schools deliver evidence-based education, and let the churches separately deliver their faith-based beliefs in their halls of worship, and not in their schools.

Personally I believe education should be about established facts and hypotheses. Religions are all about beliefs and associated behaviours. There is no evidence whatsoever to support beliefs in gods, heavens and hells, eternal life, ghosts, miracles, and so on.

Yetin religious schools these memes are taught as facts.

Alarming anti-science beliefs are taught as truths in many religious schools. For example, the proliferating “Christian” schools teach Genesis as literally true,that Earth was created in just six days about 6000 years ago,whereas a wealth of scientific facts show completely otherwise.

Finally, secular, fact-based education has no room for secular ideologies, let alone pushing harmfulones!

Kevin McDonald, East SeahamHAVE FAITH IN KIDS TO PICKSEVERAL people have commented in these pages on their despair at religious indoctrination being taught in public schools.

Religious schools of whatever tradition has the right to pass on their beliefs in education, but in the public sector (which should be neutral) I suggest the following may be more pragmatic.

At primary school level, ethics should replace religious instruction to givechildren the basic concepts of right and wrong.

At secondary level, Comparative Religion should be taught to informstudents of the basics of the world’s religions, leaving them to choose one or decide against itas they individually seefit.

Parents wanting their children raised in the education environment of Judaism, Christianity or Islamshould guard against fundamentalism that replaces scientific knowledge with superstitious myths.

The future of our children’s thinking is too important to be left to unqualified albeit sincere practitioners of whatever faith within our state schools.

Neville Aubrey,WallsendTHE DISGRACE IS MISPLACEDTHE increase in the pension has been recently described as a disgrace (‘Aged pension, Newstart increase a disappointment’, Herald 14/9).

What is a disgrace is that a single pensioner on $24,000 can have up to $771,000 in assets before they lose the pension. Are pensioners aware that one would have to have $1.2 million invested to generate this return? Furthermore, if a pensioner passes away, their assets are passed onto the next generation and, if they are on welfare, I believe more of our wealth is lost.

I do not believe in death taxes, butif a person has relied on welfare during their lifea percentage of this money should be returned to the government, not passed onto their beneficiaries.

A married couple are allowed to have over $1 million in assets, not includingtheir house, before they lose the pension. I don’t believe the pension was designed with this in mind.

I find it absolutely crazy that the government borrows money to pay pensions, and I think we are crazy to allow it to happen.

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