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Morning zap for Hunter’s coast

Morning zap for Hunter’s coast The storm over Newcastle harbour. Picture: Jan Lowe
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Lightning strikes over Stockton. Picture: Jan Lowe

The storm off Bar Beach. Picture: Andrew Black

The storm off Nobbys. Picture: Sharni/2300images南京夜网419论坛

Dawn storm over Newcastle Harness Racing Track. Picture: Nathan Rice

The storm over Boat Harbour. Picture: Braeden Hopkin

The storm over Stockton. Picture: Jan Lowe

Stormy sunrise at Wallsend. Picture: Glenn Baxter

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The light show over the region failed to deliver any relief to parched paddocks, with Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data showingless than two millimetres of rain in any part of the region since 9am on Tuesday.

Meteorologist Steph Spackman said the dry conditions had likely amplified the early morning storm’s impact.

“When it’s raining that sound kind of muscles out the storm,” she said.

The storms were fairly typical meteorologically, Ms Spackman said, the result of instability as remnants of a cold front were pushed north by a change.

“There was nothing particularly unusual about the storms [but] they were moving quite quickly,” she said.

Ms Spackman estimated the storms were shifting at between 40 and 50 kilometres per hour.

The lightning had appeared along most of the NSW coast, including as far south as the Illawarra, before they petered out near Port Macquarie.

Possible morning showers on Wednesday are due to give way to overcast but dry conditions along the Hunter’s coast on Thursday before skies of mostly sunshine for Friday and Saturday.

Another cold front is due on Sunday but Ms Spackman said it was unlikely to deliver a deluge.

“To be frank a lot of Newcastle might not get a lot of rain from that,” she said.

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Roger Moore dead at 89, family confirms

Roger Moore dead at 89, family confirms TweetFacebook Roger MoorePictures: GettyBritish actor Roger Moore, who won international fame playing secret agent James Bond, died on Tuesday aged 89, his family said on the actor’s official Twitter account.
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His 12 years as James Bond, the British agent with a voracious appetite for danger and sex, made Moore a millionaire and a heartthrob the world over.

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,” his three children announced in a statement on the Twitter account.

Stars of the stage and screen pay tribute to James Bond actor Roger Moore

The son of a London policeman, Moore once said the upper-crust image he portrayed both on and off the screen was a carefully nurtured cover for his shyness and timidity. He also said he was terrified of playing the sex scenes which were a key part of the Bond movies.

Moore’s big breakthrough as an actor came in 1962, when he won the title role in the television seriesThe Saint. In this role, he honed his image of the urbane Englishman with a stream of damsels to rescue from distress.

In 1973 came the coveted part of James Bond, writer Ian Fleming’s action man spy 007, who held cinemagoers across the world in thrall. The Bond films were said to have earned Moore £14 million ($24 million).

Roger Moore as James Bond in For Your Eyes Only.

He moved to the United States to become a tax exile.

“I don’t see why a chap shouldn’t do what he likes and live where he wants on his money, and the British government, which allows talent to go abroad because of taxation, has only itself to blame,” he said in an interview in 1989.

After handing over the role of Bond to Timothy Dalton, Moore went into semi-retirement, living a millionaire’s life and travelling between his homes in Los Angeles, Switzerland and the south of France.

One of his Swiss neighbours, the actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, got him involved with UNICEF, the United Nations agency focused on children’s health and safety.

In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $US90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.

For his charitable work, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Speaking of his UN engagement, he once told the LondonDaily Telegraphthat it was “about the only thing I’ve ever done that’s of any use, really.”

Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Roger Moore dead at 89, family confirms

Roger Moore dead at 89, family confirms TweetFacebookMoore’s big breakthrough as an actor came in 1962, when he won the title role in the television seriesThe Saint. In this role, he honed his image of the urbane Englishman with a stream of damsels to rescue from distress.
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In 1973 came the coveted part of James Bond, writer Ian Fleming’s action man spy 007, who held cinemagoers across the world in thrall. The Bond films were said to have earned Moore £14 million ($24 million).

Roger Moore as James Bond in For Your Eyes Only.

He moved to the United States to become a tax exile.

“I don’t see why a chap shouldn’t do what he likes and live where he wants on his money, and the British government, which allows talent to go abroad because of taxation, has only itself to blame,” he said in an interview in 1989.

After handing over the role of Bond to Timothy Dalton, Moore went into semi-retirement, living a millionaire’s life and travelling between his homes in Los Angeles, Switzerland and the south of France.

One of his Swiss neighbours, the actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, got him involved with UNICEF, the United Nations agency focused on children’s health and safety.

In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $US90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.

For his charitable work, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Speaking of his UN engagement, he once told the LondonDaily Telegraphthat it was “about the only thing I’ve ever done that’s of any use, really.”

Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Readers guess income of 15 jobs. How close were they?

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How much do politicians, paramedics and taxi drivers earn on average?

Our quiz asked readers to hazard their guesses on how much they thought people doing 15 different jobs could expect to take home each year. (If you’d like to take the quiz, check out this link)

More than 25,000 people took up the challenge, and now we have the results. After averaging out all the responses, we thought it would be interesting to see whether the collective wisdom was on point.

So how accurate were everyone’s guesses?

It turns out we underestimate how much politicians earn on average and have a pretty good grasp of how much paramedics take home, but vastly overestimate what taxi drivers bring in.

If the collective guess came within $10,000 of a job’s average income we have given it the “correct” tick. As you can see, people were pretty accurate when it came to pinpointing what pilots, paramedics, teachers and nurses take home.

But on some of the other jobs the guesses were not nearly so on-the-money, as the graphic below shows. The red marker shows a job’s average income, while the orange marker shows the average guess among readers. For some jobs, there is a wide gulf between the two points. iFrameResize({checkOrigin:false},’#pez_iframe9′); var frame = document.getElementById(“pez_iframe9”);

When it comes to taxi drivers, the collective guess of $57,851 was more than twice the actual average income of $24,707.

It is possible the average income figure – calculated from tax office data – understates the amount. For example, it might be that part-time drivers who only work weekends are driving down the average. And, ultimately, the information the ATO receives is self-reported by those lodging their tax returns, which may not be a reflection of an individual’s true earnings.

But it might not be too far off – a 2011 report into the taxi industry in New South Wales found the average driver took home $29,000 a year. And the move towards more contactless payments in recent years means taxi drivers do not get as many tips.

Taxi driver Afzal Ahmad said unfair competition from ride-sharing app Uber had also been driving down earnings. “Competition is good, but it should be fair,” he said.

He said about $58,000 was what taxi drivers might have earned in a good year before Uber was around. Nowadays, cabbies could expect an annual income between $45,000 and $50,000, he said.

Quiz takers also slightly over-estimated what footballers earn. That may be because of a disparity across the major codes, or the fact that some of their biggest stars can command massive salaries.

But on the flipside, the collective guess thought members of parliament were earning $35,000 less on average than they actually are.

Using this interactive, you can check out the distribution of guesses for a selected job. The green area shows the range that would have roughly been classed as a correct answer in the quiz. <a href=’#’><img alt=’Dashboard 1 ‘ src=’https://public.tableau南京夜网/static/images/qu/quizanswers/Dashboard1/1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a> This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Hunter BreakfastMay 24

Beachwatch:A cool crisp morning on thebeachwith clean waves and light offshore.The early high tide to suit most beaches as conditions start to drop.Swells still a combination of S/E to South at 1.5m.Wind starting off N/W tending S/W and freshening late afternoon.The bank off The Cliff for some good lefts and also check Flatrock,Dixon,Pogos and Merewether.Dudley,Redhead,Blacksmiths and Frenchmans to the south.Up at Port Stephens,One Mile and Birubi.Heavy shorebreaks and sweeps making for poor swimming conditions.Try northern end of BarBeachor Merewether Bathes if going in today.Water temp 20C.
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Weather: Possible morning shower in Newcastle, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace(all23 degrees), Wallsend and Toronto (both 24 degrees).

Traffic: Breakdowns on the M1 at Morisset (near Mandalong Road) and Calga (just past the interchange) are closing breakdown lanes and hindering southbound traffic. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Hunter headlinesANY lingering hope, or fear, that the King Edward Park headland could one day host a function centre is likely to be rubbed out after Newcastle City Council voted to begin the process of changing the types of development allowed on the site. Read more.

Hundreds gathered to remember Janice Callinan (nee Sands), the mother of professional surfer Ryan Callinan, in a sunrise reflection and paddle-out memorial at Merewether Beach on Tuesday morning. Read more.

Lochie Burke and Jack Cullen want to change the negative stigma attached to drones and are doing a good job of pitching their case.The pair co-foundedLake Macquarie-based company JAR Aerospace in January and have a bold five-year plan to change the face of aeronautics and aerospace engineering in Australia. Read more.

WHEN Ben Abel took to climbing five years ago, he never thought he would end up representing the country.But that’s what happens when you ignite a passion. Read more.

Wintickets to the 2017Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show. Read more.

Lyn Bowtell delivered a knockout performance tonight to make it through to the next round ofThe Voice.The Golden Guitar winner from Greta was up against fellow Team Boy George members Benjamin Caldwell and Taylah Harrington in an elimination round. Read more.

Former Newcastle Knights star Jarrod Mullen will not appeal against his four-year ban for taking an anabolic steroid. Read more.

Central Newcastle prop Jake Finn remainedin critical condition in an induced coma in John Hunter Hospital on Tuesday evening. Read more.

United Kingdom►Police have arrested a 23-year-old man after a suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured scores more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester which was packed with thousands of young people. Read more

►Children were among the 22people whodied in a suicideattack at the Manchester Arena in the UK on Tuesday. Read more

Regional news►NSW: Police investigating historical sexual assaults over a period of almost 20 years have charged a man in Newcastle. The 82-year-old Hamilton man was arrested on Monday and taken to Newcastle police station.Read more

Blair Cottrell and other members of the United Patriots Front outside court in Melbourne today. Picture: Paul Jeffers

►BENDIGO:Three men charged under Victoria’s racial vilification laws for allegedly staging a mock beheading in Bendigo have appeared in court in Melbourne for a second time.Read more

►BALLARAT:Stockland Wendouree will undergo a $37 million renovation starting July 6. The redevelopment will add 6,700 square metres retail floorspace to the shopping centre, including a laneway dining precinct with outdoor seating, and plans for an all-abilities children’s playground.Read more

WHERE: Wagga airport.

►WAGGA WAGGA:A Wagga academic has waded into the public art debate, saying it’s a vital part of the city’s identity.

Senior art history lecturer Neill Overton criticised the anti-art movement as “knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing”. However, he also pointed a finger at the art community, questioning the “blind faith value of culture”.Read more

BLOOD NEEDED: Long-term blood donor Johanna Baker-Dowdell donates for the 52 time in her life to help prevent the critical blood shortage. Mrs Baker-Dowdell said she first donated at 21 years of age. Picture: Neil Richardson

►TASMANIA: The Blood Servicehas called on 170 donors in the greater Launceston region to come forward and donate this fortnight to help reduce the effect of a blood shortage. Read more

►VICTORIA:A number of central and northern Victorian organisationshave been struck off the national charity register by Australia’s charity watchdog. Read more

Batlow CiderFest, conference coordinator Ray Billing and marketing coordinator Harald Tietze are stoked with this year’s turnout at the annual Batlow CiderFest extravaganza.

►CENTRAL NSW:An enormouscrowd flocked to the small township of Batlow onSaturday to taste the flavours the region has to offer in the wake of this year’s cider production.Read more

►QUEENSLAND:Steve Wollaston reckons he has the solution to the issues around the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Mardi Gras. The rodeo copped criticism recently when it cancelled the Friday night Mardi Gras and although Mount Isa City Council later included it in itsWednesday night street party schedule, many parents are unhappy because it is a school night.Read more

National news

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Florence Onus Chair if the Healing Foundation reference committee when they attended the Healing Foundation Bringing Them Home breakfast at Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday. Picture: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew Meares

►The government has poured cold water on a push for a revamped national anthem that would delete words considered offensive by some AboriginalAustralians and introduce a third verse paying tribute to the Dreamtime and Indigenous history before colonisation.Read more

►Former Australian Open boys tennis champion Oliver Anderson has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to a match-fixing offence.

The 19-year-old admitted on Tuesday morning to throwing the first set of a match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament last year. Read more

National weather radar:World news:►UNITED KINGDOM:On Tuesday morning, Katrina woke up shaking.

The memory of the blast, the screaming, the smell of smoke – the frantic search for her mother after the Ariana Grande concert was hit by a suicide bomber – came back to her all at once.Read more

►BANGKOK:Thailand’s military government, opposition parties and human rights groups have denounced the targeting of patients in a bomb-attack at a military-run hospital in the Thai capital as one of the country’s worst acts of terror. Read more

On this dayFACES OF AUSTRALIA TO MARKET: Love Your Eggs founder Larissa Robins with close friend and Design Exchange’s Lyndelle Flintoft. Picture: Lachlan Bence

LARISSA ROBINSLovingly encouraged eggs have made Larissa Robins’ life crazy in a good way.

About eight months on from having 1100 hens arrive on her property near Geelong, Larissa is preparing to sell the fresh free-range eggs in her hometown at next week’s Design Exchange winter market.

Money collected on the door will support Larissa and her Love Your Eggs venture. Read more