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Motorsport: Charlotte Poynting changes gears again and again SPEED: Charlotte Poynting, who turns 20 on Thursday, at last year’s Newcastle 500. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Charlotte PoyntingPictures from Newcastle Herald archivesCharlotte Poynting isn’t sure which way she will go eventually, but for now the Novocastrian driver is happy switching between disciplines.

The Warners Bay teenager, who turns 20 on Thursday, will compete in herthird different car in as many weeks when she hits the track at the Gold Coast 600.

Poynting will finish the Aussie Racing Cars season this weekend before changing back toSuperUtesat the Newcastle 500 next month, but it comes fresh on the back of claiming a scholarship for the 2018-19 SsangYong Racing Seriesin New Zealand.

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She contested the opening round just south of Auckland on the weekend, less than seven days after sealing the ute spot across the Tasman.

Trials were inPukekohe, New Zealand, onSunday, October 7, andonly 24 hoursprior Poynting was making her SuperUtes debut at iconic n course Bathurst.

There isaround 2300 kilometres between the two venues.

“It’s been pretty hectic,” Poynting said.

“The scholarship just popped up on Facebook four days before Bathurst and I was like this could be a good opportunity.

“Being in the ute all weekend in Bathurst definitely helped me over the other girls who tried out for the scholarship in New Zealand.”

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The female-driver scholarship covers most of the costs to participate in thefive-round SsangYong Racing Series, which continues in New Zealand in December, races twice in February and wraps up in March.

Poynting finished12thoverall on the weekend after four races.“The racing is awesome and it’s going to teach me so much because it’sjust door-to-door the whole time,” she said.

For now Poynting changes gears.She said all three vehicleshave their own “challenges”, especially the drastic contrast between the small Aussie Racing Cars and the larger SuperUtes.The SsangYong Racing Series utes ratein between.

As for 2019, Poynting said: “at this stage it’ll be a full season in Aussie cars and hopefully a couple of ute rounds”.

Poynting drove the historic first lap of the new track at the inaugural Newcastle 500last year as part ofAussie Racing Cars practice.

Meanwhile, 27-year-old Woodrising resident Aaren Russell will have his third and final Supercars race for 2018 at the Gold Coast on the weekend.

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AFL premiership player Liam Ryan has had another run-in with the law, this time over an alleged family violence incident following a local football match in Western .

Police were called to an incident in Kalbarri just before 4.30am on Sunday, following a football match between Kalbarri and Shark Bay, and spoke to a 20-year-old woman.

Officers later issued the West Coast forward with a 72-hour police order to stay away from her, although no complaint was made.

A police order gives a person temporary protection against the risk of domestic violence while they decide whether they want to apply for a family violence restraining order in court.

In a statement, West Coast said Ryan obeyed a move on notice issued by police and the club would work with the 22-year-old to establish the details.

“The club will at all times keep the AFL fully informed of all relevant details,” the statement read.

“The club remains cognisant of Liam’s health and wellbeing, and will work closely with him to ensure those considerations are prioritised.

“Once the club has established the facts around the allegations it will release further information.”

Many Eagles players are on leave following their premiership win.

Last week, Ryan was banned from driving for 18 months and fined $1700, plus court costs of $205, after he was caught drink-driving on July 2.

Ryan crashed his car into a tree in Armadale and was caught at a nearby park, with a blood alcohol sample revealing he had a reading of 0.138g.

The Eagles suspended Ryan for two AFL games at the time of that incident.

Ryan told AAP last month he had since turned his life around, saying the crash had straightened him up.

The times are a changing when it comes to strawshttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd成都夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/324VkdtvqnBSp7aYw6KyqmM/1a3cecbf-6dab-4ee4-a28c-c4e550c2e98b.jpg/r0_69_5071_2934_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgDo you think plastic sucks? Consider your optionsnews, national, 2018-10-15T19:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove成都夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5847909561001https://players.brightcove成都夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5847909561001In the past few months, many Newcastle businesses have started addressing single-use plastic straws, and I couldn’t be more invested.

I have conflicting opinions on straws.

I surge with rage when watching the viral video of the sea turtle hissing and bleeding when having a plastic straw removed from its nose, yet I regularly crave bubble tea, which needsenormous straws to slurp up the chewy black tapioca balls.

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My morals and desires have never sparred so regularly since the bubble tea shop opened next to my home in Newcastle West. It’s not really possible to enjoy this drink without a fat straw.

But plastic is bad and it doesn’t go away. One estimate says ns use 10 million straws every day, or 3.5 billion a year.

TASTES RIGHTEOUS: Alex Morris conducts stringent testing on a bamboo straw at MoneyPenny. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Straw concerns are growing faster than the recently discovered isle of plastic, between Hawaii and California. Evidently this island isthree times the size of France. The popular documentary series War on Waste helped generate awareness on all of plastic’s problems. The recent Coles and Woolworths plastic bag showdown proved that, like single-use-plastic, the environmental morals of big businesses can be flimsy.

Straws are necessary for people with certain disabilities. Sadly the anti-straw movement has not always been inclusive. Surely there’s a way to reduce mainstream plastic straw use without affecting those who need straws?I don’t have all the answers, but I think about it a lot. What is the best way to reduce reuse and recycle? Should it be down to the individual? The business? The government? Should charities lead the way?

McDonald’s has announced it willphase out plastic straws across by 2020.

I started asking around town about various establishments’straw policies.

Paul Davies, owner, MoneyPennyWar on Waste. Under this policy, self-service straws were removed and members were notified that staff would supply a straw with a drink only when requested, to accommodate for community members who need a straw for accessibility purposes.

“As a sailing club, located on the water, we’re very conscious of seeking out strategies that can reduce our environmental impact. This is just one of many sustainability practices we have implemented here at the club over the years,” Belmont 16s CEO Scott Williams says.

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In the two months since the implementation of the policy the club has reduced its straw usage from 10,000 units a month to 3000 units. This saves$50 amonth. While the financial benefit is minimal, the long-term environmental impact is significant.

Ethan Ortlipp is the co-owner of the Coal and Cedar cocktail bar in Newcastle and the Royal Crown Hotel in Dudley. About two years ago they removed single use straws and napkins, he says.

The Family Hotel in Newcastle West also decided to ditch straws in collaboration with The Last Straw,a campaign to reduce the use of the plastic straws in n venues.

“They suck,” their marketing manager, Zack Hearn, says of straws.

“As a business (we) didn’t want to negatively impact the environment where we could meaningfully avoid it, so (we) decided to take steps to mitigate some of the potential effects by ditching straws,” Hearn says. “Our philosophy is that you wouldn’t use a straw to have a drink in your living room while watching television, so why do you need one sitting at the bar?”

Looking for solutions: Taiyo Namba of Nagisa and Susuru.

Overall, most have been receptive to it, he says.

“Straws cost very little as is, but we’d go through hundreds a week, so the fact we now go through none is significant. We have biodegradable paper straws available for use if you donate to our monthly charity and really don’t want to drink directly out of a glass, so there are options for those who crave a straw no matter what,” he says.

The Hop Factory, in Darby Street, uses paper straws, and in Cooks Hill, the Cricketers Arms Hotel is moving towards a paperstrawpolicy after they get rid the of the last of their plastic. Four or five months ago, Papa’s Bagel Bar in Hunter Street switched to paperstraws, and their chef, John Du’Bery, says they are struggling to keep up demand.

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Mark Conway is the manager of the Happy Wombat, a Hunter Street gastropub. He’s aware of how wasteful straw usage can be, for example when people order drink after drink. He says one person doesn’t need 10 straws for 10 drinks. He’s noticed more awareness about straw usage.

“We have existing biodegradable plasticstraws, but once they run out we’ll move to paper biodegradable,” Conway says. “We will always have some for use, but a biodegradable option. I (also) tell staff to minimisestrawuse.”

Sprocket Roasters at the Newcastle Museum recently started using a biodegradable straw derived from corn starch that looks just like the original plastic straw.

Comitment: Stainless steel straws at Estabar.

Screamin’ Veemis, on Darby Street, uses a biodegradable paper straw sourced by manager Elise Glanz. She said her staff help educate her on these issues.

“We’re always looking to improve what we can,” Glanz says. “Last year we made the change. We’re doing something good for our town, if not the country as well.”

Taiyo Namba is a manager at Nagisa on Honeysuckle and Susuru on King Street. He says they are looking into metal straws. The problems are that the straws get stolen, they don’t come cheap andare hard to clean. They’ve tried paper, but they don’t last long enough.

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“All in all, I think it’s important for us businesses to change, as we consume the most of these disposable products. Straws are just the beginning; we were able to change all the take-away containers to biodegradable at Susuru and are looking to change Nagisa as well,” Namba says. “I think choices are still low and costs are higher, which for a business is detrimental with ever rising expenses.”

Davies, from MoneyPenny, also commented on the prohibitive cost of stainless steel straws, particularly for venues who don’t offer table service.

“At least 50 per cent of them get stolen and that’s being generous,” Davies adds.

I bought my first stainless steel straw from Estabar café in the East End over a year ago. If my memory serves me right, I paid $7 for it, and I enjoyed it righteously at happy hours around town until I forgot about it and it sat in my purse for a few months. I tend to be more of a wine drinker, especially during winter.

In 2016 the town of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains went straw free; all the shopfront businesses agreed to phase out plastic straws. Newcastle is on its way, but I did talk to a couple of businesses who were quite happy leaving the straws up to the individual. But perhaps if each individual Novocastrian saw how unnecessary straws were for able-bodied people, we could substantially reduce plastic in this town without even needing a policy or government intervention.

The authory: Alex Morris at Money Penny on Honeysuckle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

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Imagine a future where everyone everywhere will be able to ethically and affordably enjoy beverages of all kinds, with neither fear, nor guilt, nor association with a political party.

I’ve figured out how to deal with my straw guilt regarding the bubble tea. Bubble tea straws are really easy to clean because they’re so big. I just put them in the dishwasher and use them again and again. I don’t have a bubble-tea keep-cup though, so my plastic guilt has not completely washed away.

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HARBOUR VIEW: Artist and writer Gavin Fry at lunch in his “home port” with Scott Bevan. Picture: Simone De PeakGAVIN Fry gazes through the forest of masts at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club’s marina, surveyingthe harbour.

The 72-year-old writer, publisher and artist is looking at not just the water but something that flows through his paintings.

Fry finds inspiration in harbour life, in the buildings around its edges, and in the vessels that glide across it.His paintings are currently being exhibited at Cooks Hill Galleries.

For Newcastle viewers, the subjects are close to home.

The harbour landmarks, from Nobbys to the grain terminal, feature in Fry’s boldand geometric compositions, in an exhibition titled Home Port.

“There is a very basic rule, and that is ‘paint what you know’,” he explains while eating pumpkin risotto at The Wickham Boatshed.

Gavin Fry’s painting, “The Fort and the River”, on exhibition at Cooks Hill Galleries. Picture: Courtesy, Gavin Fry

“And I know about the harbour, I know about the sea, I know a bit about ships. It’s the thing I see all the time, I’m familiar with it. I love the forms, you could look at the [grain] silo from every different angle and it’s totally different.

“When you see something across the water, you’re able to get a perspective and a clarity you don’t get purely on the land.”

In the past few years, Fry has gained a new perspective and clarity in his own working life.

Duringhis long career in ’s cultural landscape, he has written books about art and artists,and he’sheld senior positions in galleries and museums, including about 12 years as the director of Newcastle Museum.

But by picking up the brushes and making marks on canvas to depict the harbour, Fry has returned to his own creative home port. He has re-engaged with what led him to a career in the arts in the first place.

Writer, publisher and artist Gavin Fry. Picture: Simone De Peak

GAVIN Fry was born in 1946 in Melbourne, the youngest of three children of a police detective father and a mother who loved art.

For young Gavin, being surrounded by pictures was part of everyday life. His mother and maternal grandmother knew local artists who were making a name for themselves, such as Danila Vassilieff and Adrian Lawlor, and their paintingsended up in the Fry home.

“The paintings we had at home weren’t like the pictures other people had at home, if they had pictures in any way at all,” he recalls, adding that their presence taught him “art is a nice thing to have around, and it made your life more interesting”.

It also provided source material for later inFry’s life. Forhis Master of Arts, Frywrote athesis on Adrian Lawlor.

When he was at school, Fry says,“I really wanted to be an artist, but I have to say I knew that being an artist was a fairly precarious occupation”.

He enrolled in courses to become an art teacher. But once he was working in high schoolsin regional Victoria, Fry was unfulfilled.

“I liked teaching, but I didn’t like schools very much,” he says. “They were just dull. I’d look at the principal or senior master and say, ‘Do I aspire to that?Is that what I really want to do with my life?’.I knew I wanted more. I wasn’t quite sure what ‘more’ was.”

While he was doing a little painting in his spare time, the demands of the job meant his creative energy was going into being a teacher. Painting drifted further away, but the study of it came closer.

Fry and his new wife, Colleen, a fellow teacher, moved to Melbourne. He landed a job as an art lecturer at the State College of Victoria and headed to university for further study.Fryhad answeredthe “more” question. He wanted to work in galleries and museums, “and it all bowled on from there”.

WAR ART: Gavin Fry, with Gallipoli paintings by Sidney Nolan, in 1980.

In 1980, Fry received two job offers on the same day. He had a choice. Director of Bendigo Art Gallery. Or the curator of art at the n War Memorial.

“I had no idea what a bloody curator did!,” he recalls.

But Fry did know about n war art. As a boy, he wouldflick through his father’s collection of armed services Christmas books, which were illustrated by war artists, so“I knew all those pictures off by heart”.

Fry opted for the Memorial job. He was aged 34:“So I’mstarting behind most of my peers, andI knew I had to get ahead more quickly. I thought I’d learn more and pick up more in a big institution than I would in a small one.”

Through the Memorial, Frycame to knowsome of ’s best-known artists, such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and William Dargie.

He learnt more about the power of war art, how a paintersuch as Ivor Hele could portray abattlefield burial of three soldiers and say so much without words.

Gavin Fry at lunch with Scott Bevan. Picture: Simone De Peak

Frybegan telling the stories of artists and their place in n life, through writing. He has written more than 20 books.

“With the art books, I don’t go into great detail about apicture,” he says, addinghe avoids art theory.“If I write a book, I want to answer the questions ordinary people ask.If you can tell the stories of why something is so –and there is always a story there,and I like to tell the stories – then people can better understand what the picture is, and why it’s like it is.”

By the mid 1980s, Fry felt the urge to “kick things along”. So he, Colleen and their two sons spent a year in England. He did a Master of Philosophy at the University of Leicester, studying the architecture of recent British museums,“which was a good excuse to go around the countryside”.

But there was a deeper reason for doing the course.

With ’s bicentennial year approaching, Fryfigured the nation’s growing desire to look back would lead to new museums. He was right. In 1987, he becameinvolved in creating the n National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, as its deputy director.

While he relished the opportunity to work at a new museum, Fry doesn’t have salt water in his veins. He is not obsessed with ships(he much prefers cars), although he did own a small sailboat for a while in the 1990s:“One of the things I knew from the museum was … how much boats cost. Intimately how much they cost!And that would scare the pants off anyone!”

Gavin Fry, when he was the deputy director of the n National Maritime Museum.

By the early 1990s, Fry was exhausted from helping establish the maritime museum, and his marriage had ended. He headed to Canberra for a while, “playing being a publicservant”, before returning to Sydney to run a small museum at Fairfield.

Then in 1999, the director’s job at Newcastle Museum came up. Fry was interested:“I’d done the big museum. I’d done the really small one. And this was Goldilocks, this was the one in the middle. I thought it was big enough to do stuff, but not too big that you’d have to play politics all day long.”

Fryhad been to Newcastle before, in 1988. He’d been invited by a Navy friend to sail out of the harbour on HMASCanberra.

As he recalls that visit,Fry looks across to the Carrington wharves, where theWilliam the Fourthpaddle steamerreplica is berthed.

“I can still remember the bloodyWilliam the Fourthcoming alongside,” he says, wincing, of his day on the warship. “If I’d known then I was going to be responsible for that thing, I would have got in and sunk it!”

Gavin Fry, as the director of Newcastle Museum, photographed in 2009 in a former railway workshop at Honeysuckle, which now houses the museum. Picture: Simone De Peak

As museum director, Fry had to navigate the financial and logistical storms besetting the ship. But he had otherhuge challenges, including moving the museum from Newcastle West to the former railway workshops at Honeysuckle.

“Being immodest, it was my idea,” Fry says of the move. “I was riding my bike around there one day and looking in through the windows and thinking, ‘Great big spaces, look at the location’. The buildings were perfect.”

From the moment he peered through the windows to the official opening, a decade of planning, negotiations andcontroversies passed by: “I still think it was the right thing at the right time in the right place.”

Newcastle Museum opened in the new location in August 2011. Fry retired two months later.

“I was 65. I had so many things I wanted to do,” he explains. “I had a number of writing projects I was doing.”

Gavin Fry’s painting, “Leaving Newcastle”, on exhibition at Cooks Hill Galleries. Picture: Courtesy, Gavin Fry

However, Fry had learnt that when he immersed himself in telling the story of an artist’s life, it was counter-productive to him pursuing his own art: “You’re head is so full of what they do …you’re going to end up being influenced by them, even if it’s unconscious.”

But soon after he retired, Fry was in Victoria, and hismother and a friend encouraged himto start painting again.

He did a “trite little landscape”, but it was enough for him to think, “Yeah, maybe there is something for me to do here”. After a four-decade break, he was back to hisbrushes.

Now Fryis painting his “home port”. He has stayed in Newcastle primarily because of “true love”. He met his partner of about 13 years, Rebecca Gresham, at the art gallery.

But he also likes the “personality” of Newcastle and, as a place to paint, it offers “an infinite variety of subjects and textures”.

Gavin Fry. Picture: Simone De Peak

He will keep writing, but Fry is relishinghisrediscovered joy oftelling stories through painting.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than someone saying, ‘I really like that, and I’ll buy it’,” he says. “It’s not about the money, it’s that somebody wants it enough that they want to live with it.”

After sunset around , the five bright planets can be seen in the western sky this week. Picture: Museums Victoria/Stellarium

For the second time this year, the five brightest planets can be seen at the same time. You can catch them by looking towards the western sky after sunset. The planets will form a line rising up from the horizon.

Mercury and Venus are low to the west, with bright Jupiter shining just above. Higher up in the northwestern sky is Saturn, and completing the set of five is the red planet Mars, high overhead.

OnOctober 12 a beautiful crescent Moon sat just to the right of Jupiter.

As the Moon zips around Earth each month, its apparent motion in the sky is much faster than the more leisurely motion of the planets in their orbits around the Sun.

By Monday night, the moon will have moved higher in the sky to sit near Saturn, and a few days later, on October 18, the moon will partner with Mars.

That will also be a perfect evening to see the planets, as Venus and Mercury will be sitting side by side. Of all the five planets, Mercury is the faintest and therefore hardest to see, so having bright Venus as a signpost to Mercury is always an advantage.

Later this week, Venus, which has been the brightevening starfor most of this year, will move into the glare of the Sun and out of the night sky.

The five planets were last seen together in the western sky, August 2016. Picture: Alex Cherney

Five planets, two groupsThe planets have been doing a merry dance in the night sky over the past few months.

Back in July, they also came together in the evening sky, but on that occasion they were stretched right across the sky. Mercury and Venus could be found in the west, while Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were rising in the east.

As Mercury and Venus are the inner planets, orbiting closer to the Sun than Earth does, we only ever see these two low to the west after sunset, or low to the east before sunrise. They are the planets either following or leading the Sun.

In contrast, the outer planets of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can drift right across the sky, which is exactly what they have been doing since July. The trio has moved from east to west, and now they join Mercury and Venus to put on the five-planet show.

There’s more in storeIt may seem like a common occurrence, since the five planets have come together again in the space of just a few months. But it’s only possible because Jupiter and Saturn are currently on the same side of the Sun and therefore near each other, relatively speaking.

The five planets have come together twice this year and twice in 2016, but before that there was a decade when it just wasn’t possible. The two gas giants were too far apart.

As Jupiter and Saturn pair up in the sky, it’s only a matter of time before the other planets fall into the right configuration to bring them all together.

The next time this occurs will be in July 2020, but it will be harder to see compared to this week. The planets will be stretched across the sky rather than all clustered together in the west as they are right now.

So it’s still special to spot the five planets coming together. There’s great satisfaction in being able to tick off all five planets in a single viewing.

Up for a challenge?Not only are the five easy-to-see planets visible in the evening sky, but they are joined by Uranus and Neptune to complete the planetary set.

Voyager 2 flew by Uranus in 1986 and Neptune in 1989 capturing stunning close-up images. Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech (Uranus) and NASA (Neptune)

These two ice giants that orbit beyond Saturn are modern-day planets. They were not known in ancient times because their discovery needed theaid of a telescopeand anunderstanding of gravityto know how the Solar System works.

But while they may not be seen with the naked eye, Uranus is low in the east at sunset and Neptune is higher up, about midway to Mars.

Practised observers, viewing the sky from a dark country site, have been able to see Uranus with the naked eye by knowing exactly where to look. Through binoculars, Uranus appears like a faint star but a good telescope will show its slightly bluish disc.

It is best to wait until later in the evening, when Uranus has risen higher, to try to observe it. But now is an ideal time, as the planet is approachingopposition on October 24, when it will be at its best.

Neptune is about the same size as Uranus but much further away, making it harder to see. Even with a modest telescope it appears as a bluish star, while the right observing conditions and a high-quality telescope are needed to reveal Neptune’s disc.

Lastly, and not to be left out, even the dwarf planet Pluto joins the crowd. It’s much too small and distant to be seen but currently sits about midway between Saturn and Mars.

Even with a high-quality telescope Pluto only ever appears as a faint star-like object, and it will be a challenge for most (myself included) to find it in its current position among all the stars near the bright Milky Way.

If you are up for the challenge, a free astronomy program such asStellariumis ideal to help locate the planets. But it’s just as rewarding to enjoy the five bright planets, observed since ancient times, briefly coming together in the western sky.

Tanya Hill is anHonorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museums Victoria.

This article first appeared on The Conversation. Read the original article here.