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Man injured in rooftop fall at Tomago a 19-year-old electrical apprentice who plays soccer for West Wallsend

INJURED: Jaryd Hayter celebrates scoring a goal during a recent soccer match playing for West Wallsend Senior Football Club. Picture: FacebookA 19-year-old apprentice electrician who fell more than 12 metres through acommercial building roof at Tomago on Thursday is in a “critical” condition at John Hunter Hospital.


Jaryd Hayter,an under-19 West Wallsendsoccer player,was installing solar panels when he fell through a skylight, according to Safe Work NSW.

Paramedics were called to 24 Old Punt Road, coating businessWet and Dry Coatings Pty Ltd,at about 11.30am Thursday.

A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said on Friday that the worker had “fallen between 40 to 50 feet” andsuffered significant injuries to his feet and legs.

The spokesman said the worker was wearing a harness at the time of the incident but it had “gave way”.

Policeand three ambulance crews attended, includinga helicopter with two doctors on board. Mr Hayterwas taken to John Hunter Hospital by road.

An update on Mr Hayter’s condition from Hunter New England Health on Friday confirmed he was in a critical condition.

It is unclear who Mr Hayter was working for at the time of the incident.

Wet and Dry Coatings Pty Ltd responded to inquireson Friday but referred the Newcastle Herald to SafeWork NSW.

“Initial inquiries indicate the worker was installing solar panels on the roof of the building when he fell through a skylight and landed on the ground below,”a spokesperson from SafeWork NSW said.

“A SafeWork inspector responded to the site and SafeWork NSW’s investigation is ongoing.”

A post on the West Wallsend SFC Facebook page wasflooded with messages of support for MrHayter, who was due toplayin the under-19 Northern League One semi-finals on Sunday.

Club president Jason Taylor told the Herald on Friday Mr Hayter’s injury had left his teammates “shattered”.

“They’re not just mates,they’re best mates,” Mr Taylor said.“The club’s shattered, not to mention the West Wallsend community.

“What’s been good to see though is the support from the whole football community in Newcastle.”

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No safe limit to alcohol intake: study

A global study has found there is no safe limit to alcohol consumption.Going teetotal is the only way to avoid risking health with alcohol, scientists have claimed.


Previous research suggested that moderate levels of alcohol – around one drink a day for women and two for men – may protect against heart disease.

But the authors of the new study insist any benefits from drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harms.

They estimate that consuming just one drink per day increases the risk of developing one of 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5 per cent, compared with not drinking at all.

US lead researcher Dr Max Griswold, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: “Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol.

“In particular, the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for ischaemic heart disease in women in our study.

“Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more.”

The scientists pooled together data from 592 studies with a total of 28 million participants to assess the global health risks associated with alcohol.

The team used a new statistical method to estimate the risks of consuming between zero and 15 standard alcohol drinks each day.

Globally, around one in three people – or 2.4 billion – drink alcohol, said the researchers, whose findings are reported in The Lancet medical journal.

Each year, 2.2 per cent of women and 6.8 per cent of men die from alcohol-related health problems including cancer, tuberculosis and liver disease.

Other harmful consequences from drinking alcohol included accidents and violence.

Worldwide, drinking alcohol was the seventh leading risk factor for overall premature death and disease in 2016, the study found.

However among people aged 15 to 49 it was the most important risk factor, accounting for 3.8 of women’s and 12.2 per cent of men’s deaths.

For people over the age of 50, cancers were the leading cause of alcohol-related deaths. They were responsible for 27.1 per cent of alcohol-related deaths of women and 18.9 per cent of men.

The 0.5 per cent increase in risk meant that 918 people per 100,000 who consumed one alcoholic drink a day would develop a health problem compared with 914 who did not drink.

The relative increase in risk rose to 7 per cent for people who consumed two drinks a day and soared to 37 per cent for those who downed five drinks.

Any protection against heart disease, stroke and diabetes offered by alcohol turned out to be “not statistically significant”, said the researchers.

Denmark had the highest proportion of alcohol consumers, 95.3 per cent of women and 97.3 per cent of men, and Pakistan and Bangladesh the lowest. Just 0.8 per cent of Pakistani men and 0.3 per cent of Bangladeshi women drank alcohol.

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Your definitive gift guide for dadTrending

According to independent researchcommissioned by Amazon, grooming products and clothing items rank high on the list of what ns are thinking of buying Dad thisFather’s Day, but what theyreally want are electronics or tools. The most sought after gift? A good oldgift card. Here aresome ideas that fit into all those categories and more.


Quick Groom body groomer, $129.95. Featuring five easy clip-on combs and a detachable handle to trim or remove back hair, this is the gift hairy dads secretly want. Available at Shaver Shop.

iGo dash cam range, from $99.95. Dash cams have become a common car accessory, and if dad doesn’t have one yethe’ll be rapt to receive this neat model. uniden杭州夜生活m.au

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton, $39.95. Nothing beats a great read and this n author never fails to deliver. Winton’s newest novel is a fast-paced tale about solitude, unlikely friendship and survival. penguin杭州夜生活m.au

PowerStep D-handle fibreglass garden spade, $34.98. There’s nothing more satisfying than completing an outdoor project, especially if it involves a gardening session with the kids. Available at Bunnings.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor mud mask, $80. You’ve probably never considered visiting Sephora for a Father’s Day present, but many dads secretly love a spot of at-home pampering. sephora杭州夜生活m.au

Gold Class Experience Voucher, $159. Treat dad to a night out. Includes two movie tickets, two glasses of wine and five items from the menu. shop.villagecinemas杭州夜生活m.au

Vintec 40 bottle single zone wine fridge, $1749. For dads who highly rate their wine collection, this fridge will keep his reds and whites at perfect drinking temperature. eands杭州夜生活m.au

Hinterland four-person folding tent, $100. For dads who love the great outdoors, be it escaping to the wilderness or camping with the kids in the backyard. bigw杭州夜生活m.au

Bamboo Tip, $79.95. This stylus is easy to use everyday for dads on the move, allowing them to work across several devices without pairing issues. buywacom杭州夜生活m.au

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, $49.95. Indulge your gaming dad with an afternoon of screen time, battling it out in his favourite game. elderscrollsonline杭州夜生活m/en-gb/joinus

Angry Ram trunks, $19.95. While giving socks and jocks is normally a Father’s Day faux pas, you’ll be quickly forgiven if there’s a novelty factor. funkytrunks杭州夜生活m

Tricerataco Double Dinosaur taco holder, $14.95. Thought to be extinct, the prehistoric taco holder is back – a perfect gift for the dad who has everything. gyrofish杭州夜生活m.au

Harley Davidson layered print -Tshirt, $64. If you can’t afford to buy dad a Harley, why not pick out something else from the iconic motorcycle’s merchandise range? h-d杭州夜生活m.au

Greeting card, $4.95. At the very least, a fun card with a witty message can let dad know how much you love him. kikki-k杭州夜生活m

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Scott Morrison: new prime minister, same old disconnected political parties

GRIM: The harsh reality of regional life goes on while the pollies in Canberra indulge their egos. AAP Image/David MariuzDENNIS woke earlier than usual. There was killing to be done.


He dressed in the darkand sat on the bed and put on his boots. He leaned over his wife and kissed her forehead. ‘Sorry,’he said. ‘I didn’t mean to wake you.’

‘It’s okay,’ she said, propping up on her elbows. ‘I’ll make you breakfast.’

‘No need. I’m not hungry. You go back to sleep.’

‘I’m so sorry.’

He took her calloused hand in his calloused hand and gently squeezed it. ‘It’s all right.’

‘No, it’s not.’

The floorboards creaked under foot as he limped along the hallway of a home that had been in his family for three generations. He stopped at the portrait of his late father hanging on the wall. It was like looking in a mirror: bushy black eyebrows,wide set, piercing blue eyes, high cheekbones that ridged across a weather-beaten face, thick hoary hair. ‘It’s not my fault,’ he whispered. ‘I tried my best.’

He went to the kitchen and made a cup of black coffee and he went outside. He placed the coffee on top of the railing of a wide verandah,buttoned up a rugged winter coat,removed worn gloves from its pocket and put them on. He patted the old cattle dog sitting next to him. ‘Good boy,’ he said.

He sipped the coffee as the sun rose, illuminating an undulatingfarm that stretched as far as the eye could see. A mist enveloped the severely parched land. He shook his head slowly. ‘Bloody hell,’ he said. ‘Bloody hell.’

He threw what was left of the coffee on the ground, put the cup on the railing and pulled down the bridge of his worn Akubra. ‘Come on, boy,’ he said. ‘Let’s get this over with.’

The dog shambled beside him as he limped towards a2002 Landcruiser ute parked in front of the house. He opened the vehicle’s door and winced as he bent over and picked up the dog. The dog was placed on the passenger seat. He got in and started the engine and drove down a gravel driveway that joined witha dirt road.

He drove for a few minutes, stopping by a barren, flat field. He removed the rifle from the rifle rack on the ceiling. ‘You stay, old boy,’ he said, patting the dog. He got out and closed the door.

The sheep, 54 in total and dreadfully emaciated, were huddled togetherpathetically in a makeshift pen beside a large hole and an old bulldozer. He winced as he climbed into the pen. And he sighed heavily as he positioned the rifle on the highest point of the animal’s head and fired.‘Bloody hell,’ he said. ‘Bloody hell.’

LATER that day ata nearby location, Debbiepulled up in the driveway of her rented home – lowset, brick and unremarkableon a street lined with unremarkablehomes.‘Pleasebe okay,’ she said to herself.

She always uttered those words when she returned home late at night after finishing her shift as a cleaner. And the words were always accompanied by an anxiety that had found a permanent place in her. Like an unwelcome house guest who won’t leave.She alighted the 2005 Ford Focus station wagon and hurried to the front door.

When she opened the bedroom door she sighed heavily at the sight of her two children sleeping on single beds next to each other. She pulled the sheet over the youngest, Anna, 5, and kissed her lips.

Claire, 8, woke when Debbie kissed her.‘Hi, Mummy.’

‘Hi to you.’

‘How was work?’

‘You know: same old, same old.’ She sat on the bed and brushed the fringe from Claire’s eyes.‘Did you and Anna go to bed on time?’

‘Yes, Mum.’

‘Good girl. I don’t know what I’d do without you.’

Claire hugged her. ‘I love you, Mummy.’

‘And I love you. Now lie down and go back to sleep.’

‘You look tired, Mummy. Are you okay?’

‘Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. Now go to sleep. You’ve got school tomorrow.’

‘Dad’s not coming back, is he?’

‘No, sweetie. It’s just us three now.’

‘I missDaddy.’

‘I know you do.’ Debbie kissed Claire and kissed Anna and left.

Debbie tried to reconcile the face staring back at her in the bathroom mirror with the young woman whohad trapped numerous men in big brown eyes –an uncommon beauty from common stock. Unkempt brunette hair framed a make-up-free, blotchy complexion from which crow’s feet sprouted and lines cross-crossed theforehead.She sat on the edge of the bathtub andsobbed.

THE following morningat a home across town, Peter and Mary ate toast at a breakfast table. They were both wrapped in a blanket and mouth steam accompanied Peter’s lament: ‘I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to provide for you properly.’

Mary reached across the table and patted his age-ravaged, frailhand. ‘Now dear, don’t you go beating yourself up again. I won’t have it.’

‘I’m sorry. It’s just …’ He sighed heavily.

‘I know. It’s lousy. But we’ve got to make the most of a bad situation. Besides, it won’t be winter for ever.’

‘Yeah, but we’llbe broke for ever.’

Mary rose slowly, using the table for support. ‘To hell with this,’ she said. ‘I’m going to shout you a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.’

‘We can’t afford that.’

‘I don’t care. We’re going to treat ourselves. Now, go get changed.’

Peter opened the cafe door for Mary to enter. ‘After you, as always, beautiful.’

She framed his worn face with her worn hands and kissed his thin, cracked lips. ‘I love you,’ she said.

‘And I’ve loved you from the moment we met.’

‘Romantic fool,’ she laughed.

They sat on stools at the counter. The cafe’s decor had a 1970s retro look. Debbie served them. ‘What can I get ya?’ she said.

‘Two cappuccinos, thanks,’ Mary said.‘And what sort of cake is that?’


‘Two slices of carrot cake, too.’

‘Full-cream milk and sugar?’ Debbie said.

‘Full-cream milk for both, one sugar for me and none for my husband.’ She touched his elbow with her elbow. ‘He’s sweet enough.’

‘Ha,’ he said.

The doorbell rattled when Dennis entered the cafe. He limped to the counter and sat next to Peter and Mary. ‘How’s it goin’?’ Dennis said.

‘Good, thanks,’ the couple said in unison.

‘What can I get ya?’ Debbie said.

‘Flat-white coffee, thank you,’ he said.

Awall-mounted TV relayed a media conference with Prime Minister Morrison. Debbie watched it as she made the coffees. She scoffed.

‘What do you make of all this?’ Peter said to Dennis.

‘Out of touch dickheads, the lot of’em,’ he replied.

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Malcolm Turnbull made a deal with the devil. Now the devil has called time

n Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: AAP Image/Lukas CochMalcolm Turnbull won the Liberal leadership by striking a Faustian pact to sell his political soul to the devil. Now the devil has called time on the deal.


The deal with Turnbull’s factional and ideological Satan, the Liberals’ conservative confederacy, was simple.

Turnbull— a moderate who believed in a Republic, climate change and same-sex marriage— would betray all these beliefs in return for high office.

He would be allowed to be prime minister on condition that he implement Tony Abbott’s pre-existing policies. And, it was assumed, win elections.

But, after three years, the conservatives have decided that Turnbull’s time is up.

Tossing aside the moderate mask, they want to rule directly.

Unhappy, Turnbull claims he’s the victim of “a minority in the party room supported by others outside the Parliament [who] have sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership”.

It was, he said at his Thursday press conference, “a very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the right”.

n Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaves after speaking at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

It’s unbecoming for a prime minister to play the victim. Yet he’s right that there’s bullying going on in the cause of getting Peter Dutton elected.

Turnbull is now a spent force, but the conservatives were on Thursday trying to bully Scott Morrison out of contention, too.

“My base hate Malcolm Turnbull, but they hate Scott Morrison even more,” said a senior NSW conservative. “Because he plays both sides.”

But isn’t Morrison a conservative? “He may go to church on Sunday,” says the conservative combatant, “but he’s never lifted a finger for the conservatives [faction]”. The people doing the numbers for him for the ballot are prominent moderates, inside and outside the parliament.

“He should make his peace with Dutts and he could hope to stay on as Treasurer. We have not seen factional war in NSW like we will see if Morrison is elected.

“Any NSW member who supports Morrison will have problems”, a clear threat to the preselection of Liberal MPs and senators.

“Alan Jones and Ray Hadley will go feral,” a reference to the hyperaggressive conservative radio jocks at Sydney’s 2GB who’ve dogged Turnbull’s every day as prime minister.

Julie Bishop, a West n, is not quite so directly threatened but she, too, faces the threat of bullying.

“Julie Bishop is clearly the highest profile Liberal,” says a Victorian Liberal, “and she would solve a number of our electoral issues”, a euphemism for making the party more electable.

“But the question people have to ask themselves is, ‘Does this stop if Bishop wins? Or do conservatives just keep throwing bombs?'” Much as Tony Abbott has done sporadically during Turnbull’s entire tenure.

The rampant hostility and unbridled bitterness now on public display is the sort of recrimination that traditionally breaks out after a party loses office and finds itself in opposition.

The Liberal Party today has gone direct to the recrimination phase, heedless of the consequences.

However harsh the treatment, there’s not much sympathy for Turnbull.

He ascended by aggression and cannot reasonably play the victim. To get into parliament he tore down the Liberals’ Peter King to take his seat of Wentworth.

King appeared in the House visitors’ gallery on Wednesday to witness Turnbull’s last days as leader to opposition cries of “Banquo’s ghost!”

And Turnbull is making his own threats. He told a press conference on Thursday that, should he lose the leadership, he would leave Parliament immediately. This would paralyse the government, which holds power by a single seat, with a byelection.

He also sought to damage Dutton by highlighting the constitutional question over his eligibility to sit in Parliament.

“One elector from my electorate suggested that Turnbull could have squashed that bug with a rubber thong,” said Scott Buchholz, an MP for the Queensland LNP who says he is loyal to the Prime Minister.

“Instead he’s used the blowtorch and burnt the village. It’s a hostile environment.”

Hostile indeed. The assessment of Labor’s Jason Clare: “Whoever ends up winning is going to be leader of a bunch of people who hate each other.”

The devil may care.


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