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New Adnate mural unveiled on Stewart Avenue featuring Aunty June Rose and her great-granddaughter

New Adnate mural unveiled on Stewart Avenue featuring Aunty June Rose and her great-granddaughter

CONNECTED: Kumarah Green [centre] with her daughter Nayeli Green and grandmother Aunty June Rose, who are both depicted in Adnate's new mural on Stewart Avenue. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Cameron Park’s Kumarah Green saysNewcastle’s latest piece of public art depictsthe “kindred spirit” shared between her 20-month-old daughter Nayeli and 82-year-oldgrandmother,Aunty June Rose.
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“My nan is very wise, but she has a very youthful spirit, very playful,” Ms Green said. “I hope people can see the connection they have.

“I hope nothing more than Nayeli grows up to be just like her.”

Revitalising Newcastle commissioned Melbourne artist Matt “Adnate” Lastto create a muralon the corner ofStewart Avenue andHunter Street. The25 metre long, 6.5 metre high wind wall forms part of the ongoing Newcastle Bus and Coach Interchange development.

CAPTURING TIME: Melbourne artist Matt Last, known as "Adnate", and Aunty June Rose in front of her portrait. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The artwork, unveiled on Sunday, islocatedjust a few blocks from another mural Mr Last completed in 2013,on Hannell Street.

Mr Lastsaid theconcept behind the new workwas“the passing on of culture, generation to generation”, as well as recognising the decades of volunteer service Ms Rose hasperformed as one of thefounders ofthe Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-Operative.

Ms Rose, of Fletcher,said the painting was “absolutely beautiful”.

“I’m surprised he managed to get something out of this old face,” she said.

The work incorporated elements from the art of Raymond Kelly Jnr, Ms Rose’sgrandson, with blues and greens representing the combination oflakes, rivers and ocean inthe Newcastle area.

UNVEILING: Members of Aunty June Rose's family with Matt Last at the unveiling of the mural on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The word “Thirrilmun”means Brown Treecreeper, a type of woodpecker,in the language of the people of the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie.The birdis a women’s spiritual totem.

The main totemof the area, the eagle, is also depicted.

“It recognises the important role mothers and grandmothers play in our culture, the importance of women, aunties and sisters,” Ms Green said.

Many passersby remarked on Aunty JuneRose’s eyesinthe mural.

Her irisescontaina beach scene, in reference tothe birthplace of the82-year-old’s earliest-knownancestor, a woman named Mary.Ms Rose said records showshe was deliveredon Newcastle’sforeshorein 1812.

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Bancroft ‘naive, desperate’ in Cape Town

Bancroft ‘naive, desperate’ in Cape Town

Cameron Bancroft was let down by captain Steve Smith over the sandpaper affair, the WACA boss says.The light at the end of the tunnel is drawing ever closer for Cameron Bancroft but debate continues to rage about his culpability on a dark day in Cape Town.
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Bancroft's nine-month suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal elapses on December 29.

He is set to return to top-level cricket the following day in the BBL when Perth Scorchers face Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston.

Bancroft's reintegration into the n setup took a further step on Wednesday when he spoke with national skipper Tim Paine while the Test squad trained at the WACA Ground.

WACA chief Christina Matthews on Sunday said Bancroft had completed "at least double" his required 100 hours of community service, working with young cancer patients and spending time at disadvantaged schools.

Matthews has worked closely with Bancroft and expects the opener to bounce back but she remains disappointed by the position the 25-year-old was put in by former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

"I think he was naive and desperate to belong and so he was caught in a position of 'what do I do?'," Matthews told SEN radio.

"And I think that's the real indictment. When your captain kind of knows what's going on and doesn't stop it and your vice-captain's involved, you go 'where do I go'?

"His responsibility was to say no but for whatever reason he felt that he couldn't. He's done everything he can since to take responsibility and make the most of it.

"I think he's learnt a lot about himself and what he stands for.

"He'll forever have to live with it no matter how good his career is or how bad his career is. But there's no doubt he'll bounce back."

Bancroft has captained his club cricket team, taken up yoga and learnt how to speak Spanish during his suspension.

Matthews said Bancroft had learned plenty from the experience and had no doubt he could handle returning to the spotlight.



Labor pledges environmental law overhaul

Labor pledges environmental law overhaul

Opposition leader Bill Shorten is proposing stricter environmental standards.'s environment laws would be rewritten under an elected Labor government which would also create a new national protection authority.
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten made the announcement at the ALP's national conference on Sunday, after a deal was struck to avoid a stoush on the conference floor.

He said a new Environment Act and the Environmental Protection Agency would preserve oceans, rivers, coasts, native species and bushland.

The agency would conduct public inquiries, provide advice to the environment minister within a clear decision-making and enforcement framework.

Labor's environment spokesman Tony Burke said the policy avoided the ignorance and laziness of conservative governments determined not to act.

"The EPA will give us fair environmental laws that make sure we are no longer the extinction capital of the world," Mr Burke told conference delegates.

An administrative error saw the measures included in the final draft policy platform taken to conference, before an agreement between internal lobbyists and the parliamentary party was sealed.

But a deal was struck with Labor's environmental group ahead of the conference, heading off a potential stoush on the conference floor.

Labor Environment Action Network co-convenor Felicity Wade said the new laws would replace Howard era environment legislation

"A new Environment Act is huge," Ms Wade told AAP.

"The federal Environment Act which we work under is a Howard piece of legislation and it really is about making sure the market has untrammelled access to the environment and to the communities affected."

She said the national EPA would depoliticise environment policy, with a focus on scientific evidence informing decision-making.

"Actually having some institutions ns could trust on the environment would be very powerful," Ms Wade said.

But the compromise wasn't enough for the 800 people protesting outside the conference, which was also disrupted before Mr Shorten's speech by anti-coal activists.

Wilderness Society SA director Peter Owen says Labor's climate policy will become irrelevant if the influence of fossil fuels is not contained.

"Fossil fuel burning is what's driving climate change and all of the environment is going to be devastated, seriously impacted by that," he said.

"If we can't stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, strong environment laws are not going to save us."



Aussies take 76-run lead in Perth Test

Aussies take 76-run lead in Perth Test

Nathan Lyon bagged five wickets as Virat Kohli was controversially dismissed in the second Test.Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch both weathered blows as reached 0-33 at tea on day three of the second Test, enhancing their lead to 76 runs in Perth.
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Tea was called on Sunday when Finch was struck on the right glove by a rearing delivery from Mohammed Shami and immediately called for assistance.

Harris, hit on the helmet by a 142.5 km/h ball from Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the session, was assessed for concussion by 's team doctor and cleared to continue his innings.

Finch is on 25, while Harris is unbeaten on seven after being dropped on one by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.

Earlier, stoic skipper Virat Kohli's outstanding century ended in contentious fashion as India were bowled out for 283.

Kohli, who marched to the crease with India in deep trouble at 2-8 on Saturday, outclassed 's star-studded attack in a knock of 123 to doggedly shift momentum in the match.

The gifted right-hander was out edging to Pat Cummins in the penultimate over of Sunday's morning session, with the dismissal upheld after third umpire Nigel Llong agonised over every angle of Peter Handscomb's slips catch to see whether it carried.

Llong eventually decided there wasn't conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field call and reprieve Kohli, who clearly thought otherwise as he trudged off Optus Stadium without acknowledging the crowd.

Kohli's dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-3 but Rishabh Pant, dropped on 15 when he hammed the ball back at Cummins, counter-punched with a quick-fire 36 from 50 deliveries.

Nathan Lyon wrapped up the innings by dismissing Pant and Jasprit Bumrah in the same over to finish with a haul of 5-67.

The hosts struck in Sunday's opening over, when Lyon had Ajinkya Rahane caught behind on 51, then Mitchell Starc struck Kohli's left elbow during the following over.

Kohli didn't flinch. The superstar was unperturbed by either setback, with an ice pack in the morning drinks break the only treatment he received during the session.

Kohli brought up the 25th ton of his Test career - and record-equalling sixth in - with a sweetly-timed straight drive off Starc's second delivery with the second new ball.



Strasbourg attacker backed IS: dad

Strasbourg attacker backed IS: dad

The man who shot dead four people in the Strosbourg Christmas market supported Islamic State.The father of the 29-year-old suspect in last week's deadly Christmas market attack in France says his son supported the Islamic State group.
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The interview with Abdelkrim Chekatt by the state-run France 2 television channel was shown on Saturday night, two days after his son was killed in a confrontation with three police officers in his childhood neighbourhood in Strasbourg following a massive manhunt. Four people died in the Tuesday night attack. A dozen others were wounded.

The Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, is the largest in France. It reopened on Friday after being closed during the search for the suspect.

Chekatt said he had seen his son, Cherif Chekatt, three days before the attack but couldn't contact him while he was on the run.

He acknowledged that his son backed the IS group.

"He'd say, for example, that Daesh, fights for the just cause and all that," the red-bearded father said, using the common term in France and elsewhere for the Islamic State group.

The interview, initially outdoors with the father, continued briefly inside with Cheriff Chekatt's mother, Rouadja Rouag, who expressed shock and sorrow for the deaths. France 2 said the couple had been divorced for a long time.

Abdelkrim Chekatt, a French-Algerian, said he'd tried in the past to dissuade his son from backing the Islamic State, saying, "You don't see the atrocities they commit." The son would reply that "it's not them".

Shortly after Chekatt's death, the Islamic State group's Amaq news agency claimed he was a "soldier" of the group. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner rejected the claim as "totally opportunistic".

The father and mother and two siblings of the suspected killer were among seven people held for questioning. French media reported that the family members were released. The three others, still in custody, are unrelated but close to Chekatt.

The young Chekatt had been on a French intelligence watch list for radicalism and was convicted 27 times for criminal offences - the first time at age 13 - mainly in France but also in Germany and Switzerland. Investigators are trying to determine whether he had accomplices or logistical support.



WACA chief takes aim at Cricket China

WACA chief takes aim at Cricket China

Day two of 's second Test against India at Perth Stadium attracted less than 20,000 fans.WACA chief Christina Matthews has launched an extraordinary broadside at Cricket (CA), blaming poor ticket sales for the inaugural Test at Perth Stadium on the organisation's handling of the ball-tampering scandal.
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Ticket sales have been disappointing for the second Test against India with the new 60,000-capacity stadium and an enthralling series failing to bring punters through the gates.

Just 20,746 fans attended on Friday and 19,042 on Saturday - well down on the 35,000 opening-day crowd the WACA had initially hoped to attract.

A similar crowd is expected on Sunday's third day.

Matthews, who interviewed unsuccessfully to replace James Sutherland in CA's top job, says cricket's governing body should have foreseen the fallout from the ball-tampering scandal and the subsequent cultural reviews.

"I think n cricket as an entity is on the nose and a little bit of trust has been lost," Matthews told SEN radio on Sunday.

"Certain things happen ... and you've got to work a lot harder than you might have had to to get them all back.

"What happened in South Africa was kind of an insult to everybody and how they feel about the game.

"We follow that up a few months later with the culture review and, let's say, the lack of foresight on Cricket 's part to see how the public were going to react to that.

"You kind of live and learn."

Matthews said she hadn't been surprised by the damning findings of the independent review that led to several key figures at CA falling on their swords.

"You kind of always know when things are not going well, particularly when you work in it day to day," she said.

"It probably surprised me that others were so surprised. It was obvious from a team perspective that the team's culture had been waning.

"There's evidence now to suggest that in terms of surveys that have been done and haven't probably seen the light of day.

"We've had a lot of change ... James being around for 17 years, that's a really difficult thing to pull off, being in the one job for 17 years and nothing really changing."

Matthews was pipped for the CA chief executive role by Kevin Roberts, formerly the organisation's chief operating officer.

She believed CA weren't ready for a female chief executive, noting she had been the first woman interviewed for the position in its history.

Matthews also dismissed talk of Perth Stadium making a play for the Boxing Day or New Year's Tests, saying the priority would instead be securing a day-night Test - potentially against New Zealand at the start of the summer.



Protesters storm Labor conference

Protesters storm Labor conference

Anti-Adani and refugee protesters stormed the stage as Bill Shorten started his speech.Climate change protesters have stormed the stage at Labor's national conference, leading to one woman being arrested for trespassing.
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The group took to the stage as Bill Shorten started to speak to call for an end to Queensland's controversial Adani coal mine.

Some had to be dragged away by security, while Mr Shorten accepted a "stop Adani" flag from one protester.

The beginning of his speech at the conference in Adelaide on Sunday was delayed as the group, which also included refugee protesters, was cleared.

Mr Shorten then told the conference "the only people (the group) is helping is the current government".

"People have the right to protest but you have to ask yourself - when you see these protesters, who is the winners? It is the coalition," he said.

Isaac Astill, who handed the flag over to Mr Shorten, said 80 per cent of Labor supporters believe coal mines are no longer in the national interest.

"ns are looking for political leaders who will stand up to the mining billionaires," he said.

"Yet Bill Shorten and the Labor Party still support Adani's mine, opening up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth."

Donna Smit, another Adani protester, called on Labor to stop the mine.

"Adani are determined to dig their coal mine but we're more determined to stop it before the federal election," she said.

She said protesters will attend every community and press event during Labor's conference, which runs until Tuesday.

South Police later confirmed one woman was arrested for trespassing.

Adani has announced it plans to start work on the mine before Christmas.



Social media giants expected to co-operate

Social media giants expected to co-operate

Mitch Fifield says social media companies are expected to co-operate with an online safety charter.Social media companies will be explicitly told to protect n children as part of a $17 million online safety package aimed at helping parents and their kids.
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An online safety charter will be developed laying out expectations for social media companies to protect n children.

The coalition government announced the support package on Sunday, with new resources for parents and carers.

"What we expect is their full co-operation," Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said of digital giants.

"This will be a charter where an agreement will be entered into with these digital companies but as I've always said before...if there is a necessity for legislation that is something we are prepared to look at," he said.

The charter will outline expectations for companies to see a better use of artificial intelligence to remove inappropriate content, make better use of human moderators and greater transparency around complaint statistics, the minister explained.

Repeat offenders would also be banned from platforms under the charter arrangements.

"Our objective is to change the culture and the behaviour of the digital platforms and the tech companies, and the online safety charter is their opportunity to demonstrate that they're up to that task and that they will embrace it," Mr Fifield told reporters in Melbourne

The move was welcomed by 's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant who said it was a positive step.

"If we're going to stay ahead of techs and teens we need to be one step ahead and we need to be proactive in terms of targeting responsibilities of the online safety platforms large and small," she said.

"This is a societal challenge and a parental challenge that our parents didn't have to deal with."

Melbourne mother-of-three and researcher Dr Olivia Metcalf said while the internet was a great tool it could also bring harm.

"It's really overwhelming sometimes as a parent to know exactly the best way to keep them safe when it comes to technology and anything that can be done at another level to help support parents is really essential," she said.

Ahead of the launch Prime Minister Scott Morrison said nothing was more important than protecting children.

"We must all work together to ensure the safety of our youngest ns online, including parents, social media companies and the community," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ahead of the launch.

A draft will be developed over the summer, and the final charter will be agreed in 2019.

The package also includes money for online safety research including a national e-survey to identify trends earlier and provide more resources for parents.



Kookaburras aim to end year with bronze

Kookaburras aim to end year with bronze

have lost a sudden death shootout to the Netherlands in the Hockey World Cup semi-final.Kookaburras coach Colin Batch admits he'd change his line-up if his team gets into another shootout in Sunday's World Cup bronze medal match.
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The world No.1 side will meet England in a battle for third spot after losing a heartbreaking shootout 4-3 to Netherlands in their semi-final.

The consolation match starts at 10pm (AEDT).

The defeat in India, which included a dramatic final-minute n goal to force a shootout, ended their pursuit of an historic third-straight World Cup title.

The shootout went to sudden death after both teams converted on three of their five shots, however, could only score one more goal.

Aran Zalewski and Tim Brand missed their shots, while Daniel Beale was left devastated after having his second attempt swept away.

"We practice (shootouts) a hell of a lot. We went with the five and Andrew Charter as the goalkeeper. We believe that was the right call," Batch told AAP.

"(But) we've got another five guys who can take them. If we have to do it (on Sunday night), we'll probably change things up.

"But it's hit and miss.

"Good technique survives sometimes, but you could also be unlucky."

Batch praised his men for showing courage in coming back from a 2-0 deficit to force the shootout.

"I was really proud of the comeback they made," he said.

"Credit to the boys that they fought through and stayed calm at the end to score.

"That's certainly the positive from the game.

"Netherlands are a very experienced team and with that calming affect at the start of the game, they were able to generate those early opportunities."

The third-place playoff will finish what has been a successful year for the men, who retained top spot in the rankings for the entire season.

Batch's side claimed almost every trophy on offer, including Commonwealth Games gold, the Champions Trophy and Azlan Shah Cup.

After completing their World Cup commitments, the Kookaburras will turn their focus on the inaugural Pro League beginning in February.

"We want to put everything in this bronze-medal match tomorrow, make sure we win that, and then focus on the Pro League," Batch said.

"It's an exciting competition, obviously the first season of it.

"We're travelling around the world a lot, but we're playing at home as well."



UN climate conference agrees on rules

UN climate conference agrees on rules

Scientists say emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide need to drop sharply by 2030.Nearly 200 countries have overcome political divisions to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.
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The plenum of representatives from nearly 200 countries approved a compromise on Saturday evening at the UN Climate Conference in the Polish city of Katowice.

Delegates had worked beyond Friday's scheduled end to the conference to hash out a rulebook for implementing and financing the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

The head of the conference, Michal Kurtyka, sealed the plenary compromise with a stroke of the gavel.

Kurtyka said that the climate negotiations were not about national interests, but about humanity and responsibility for future generations. The decisions were "1,000 small steps forward," he said.

"You can be proud," Kurtyka said.

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze spoke of "an important signal to the world," adding that there are now joint rules for countries to measure and compare each other's environmental protection efforts.

"We must make sure that the earth remains inhabitable," Schulze said.

A sticking point among the states was whether to bring in more ambitious climate protection targets before 2020. Another stumbling block was a new global pollution rights trading system.

Three years ago it was agreed in Paris that global warming should be kept to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and preferably to less than 1.5 degrees, but countries were to put forward their own plans to cut emissions.

Time is short: The years 2015 to 2018, according to analyses by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), were the four warmest since records began in the 19th century. And the 20 warmest have been in the past 22 years.

If things continue as before, we will probably be living in a world that is 3-4 degrees warmer by the end of this century.

The fatal consequences, depending on the region, will be more heatwaves, longer droughts and more storms, heavy rain and higher water levels.

Comparability and transparency are important as the Paris Agreement is based on mutual trust and does not provide for sanctions if countries do not make progress. Primarily peer pressure is expected to keep everyone on course.

Yet scientists say the measures to phase out polluting energy sources like coal, oil and gas agreed so far fall desperately short of what is needed.

At the COP24 talks, delegates clashed over financing, with poorer countries most affected by climate change demanding recognition of the damage that it causes and long-term financial support.

A report from the Global Carbon Project revealed last week that greenhouse-gas emissions in 2018 were projected to rise by at least 2 per cent.

It was the latest of several reports, the most notable of which was the UN IPCC report, which showed that it was unlikely that the world would be able to prevent global warming from stopping at the 1.5-degree mark.

Ethiopia's Gebru Jember Endalew, spokesman for the group of poorest countries, called for researchers' warnings to be taken seriously. "I represent a billion of the people who are most hurt by climate change," he said.

"We demand justice in order to survive. We are not responsible for the catastrophe that threatens us all."

Greenpeace International's executive director, Jennifer Morgan, also sounded a critical note.

"A year of climate disasters and a dire warning from the world's top scientists should have led to so much more. Instead, governments let people down again as they ignored the science and the plight of the vulnerable. Recognising the urgency of raised ambition and adopting a set of rules for climate action is not nearly enough when whole nations face extinction."

"Without immediate action, even the strongest rules will not get us anywhere. People expected action and that is what governments did not deliver, Morgan said.

"This is morally unacceptable and they must now carry with them the outrage of people and come to the UN Secretary General's summit in 2019 with higher climate action targets," the Greenpeace director added.

Chile will host the UN's next climate conference in December 2019 or January 2020, the country's Environment Ministry announced on Friday.