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May 19

Jets midfielder Steve Ugarkovic keen for European challenge

Midfielder Steve Ugarkovic is not sure sure how the Newcastle Jets will fare against the speed and skill of La Liga talent in Spain, but he can’t wait for the challenge.
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After playing on trips to China and Port Macquarie, Ugarkovic was excited for Newcastle’s toughest pre-season test yet, which started on Tuesday when the team travelled to Spain for games against Getafe and lower-league clubs Cartagena and Murcia.

“Personally, I can’t wait,” the former Croatian under-19 player said of the tour.

“And I think as a club it’s going to be a massive experience and a positive one, going over there and playing some great teams.

“Getafe are in the La Liga and even the lower-division teams, it’s still great quality because they are playing in Europe.They are playing against teams like Barcelona B, so it’s going to be a great test, physically and mentally, which will be good.

“Everyone knows Spain is pretty technical with their football so it’s going to be a good test on the field.

“We might be chasing a few shadows every now and then but I think that’s part of the process in football, you like to challenge yourself.”

The Jets won the Super Champions Cup in China, defeating Super League club Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 andChangchun Yatai on penalties. They returned for a 9-0 win over a Mid North Coast select side last week.

Ugarkovic was keen to see Newcastle measure up against European talent.

“We had a good tournament in China against two big sides over there and we performed well and got the results,” he said.“It’s going to be a completelydifferent test for us against completely different opposition, European sides which we haven’t come across, so I think it’s going to be exciting.”


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May 19

Harness racing: Black Silhouette chases redemption in regional series

The Dimarco family and driver Michael Formosa after Shadow Runner’s Bathurst Gold Crown win.Brandy Hill trainer Sam Dimarco hopes a poor run will bring an unexpected bonus in the Breeders Challenge Regional semi-finals with Black Silhouette on Wednesday night at Bathurst.
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Black Silhouette was seventh in the group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge three-year-old fillies final at Menangle on July 1 after an impressive heat win.

Dimarco was disappointed with the poor finish after a comfortable run, which was to be her last before a spell. But the result and Black Silhouette’s quick recovery opened the door to the regional races.

“We didn’t expect to run her,” Dimarco said.

“After her last race, she was going for a spell, but finishing seventh, she was left $200 under the cut-off for the season prizemoney and was eligible for the race, so we decided to put her in.”

Dimarco said Black Silhouette did not adjust to life in the retention barn for the two nights before the group 1 but she had bounced back on return to her1 ½acre paddock.

“She was a little bit flat after the race and we thought she might not be feeling well, but after a couple of days she was running around the paddock, pig-rooting and licking out her feed bins, so we thought we’d push aheadand hope we can make the $30,000 final on the Sunday.”

A top-four finish will make the final. Clayton Harmey’s Yourblueyescrying and the Geoff Harding-trained Rocknlachlan are other Hunter hopes in the semis.

Meanwhile, Dimarco’s group 1-winner Shadow Runner will resume on Sunday at Bathurst after a three-month spell.

Shadow Runner has three wins in four starts at Bathurst, where he wonthe Gold Crown in 2015.He is coming back from a leg injury.


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May 19

Vietnam flood death toll rises to 27

A suburb of Hanoi remains flooded as the death toll from flooding in Vietnam hits 27.The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by tropical storm Son Tinh in Vietnam has risen to 27 with seven people still missing, the government’s Disaster Management Authority says.
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With a long coastline, Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding, with 389 people killed last year in natural disasters such as floods and landslides, according to government statistics.

Though tropical storm Son Tinh weakened to a tropical depression by the time it reached Vietnam last week, the torrential rains it brought caused heavy flooding and landslides in many parts of northern Vietnam. Some areas in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi remain submerged.

The remote mountainous province of Yen Bai has suffered the heaviest casualties in the latest floods and landslides, with 13 people reportedly killed, 18 injured and four missing, the disaster management agency said in a statement.

The floods and landslides have also damaged and submerged more than 12,000 houses, more than 90,000 hectares of crops, mostly paddy, and cut off traffic to several parts of northern Vietnam, the agency said.

Last month, heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides which killed 24 people in the remote and mountainous northern provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang.

The agency urged the authorities and people to keep vigilant for more floods and landslides over the coming days.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, heavy rain is forecast to continue in the northern part of the country until early August.

Australian Associated Press


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May 19

‘Time bomb’: Tropics expansion nudges cyclone formation into new areas

Tropical cyclones are forming further from the equator as the planet warms, bringing new regions into the zone of the intense storms including parts of eastern Australia, new research has found.
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The findings are based on data for 1980-2014 analysed by Melbourne University scientists trying to understand how the expanding tropics are already affecting the development of cyclones.

“In most of the ocean basins, there appears to be a decrease in tropical cyclone formation closer to the equator, accompanied by an increase in formation further away from the equator,” said Kevin Walsh, a professor at the university’s School of Earth Sciences, and a joint author of the paper published on Tuesday inNature Climate Change.

The South Pacific is one basin where the increased southward formation and tracking is already evident, while the North Atlantic has so far seen little evidence of a shift.

“With projections indicating continued tropical expansion [with climate change], these results indicate that tropical cyclone genesis will also continue to shift poleward, potentially increasing tropical cyclone-related hazards in higher-latituderegions,” the paper said.

Severe tropical cyclone Ita slammed into Queensland in 2014 as a category 5 storm. Photo: NOAA

Professor Walsh said climate models have so far had “difficulty in picking up this trend” now identified in the paper.

Stephen Turton, a cyclone researcher and adjunct professor at Central Queensland University, said the researchers had used “nifty” analysis that stripped out climate variability, such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation, to identify the poleward shift in cyclones.

The expansion of the tropics,as much as 111 kilometres a decade, had the potential to push the dry sub-tropics much further from the poles if greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise.

“It could be Brisbane to Sydney, Rome to London, by the end of the century,” Professor Turton said.

He said areas such as the Gold Coast could be “a ticking time bomb” as cyclone tracks shifted southwards.

“It’s quite alarming – policymakers need to be made aware” of the risks, and start considering taking adaptive steps such as tightening building codes, Professor Turton said.

Boats lay strewn around Port Hinchinbrook in the wake of severe tropical Cyclone Yasi in February 2011. Photo: Supplied

Although cyclones typically needed sea-surface temperatures of about 27 degrees, warming oceans with climate change did not necessarily increase the number of cyclones.

For instance, regions “in the deep tropics” close to the equator are likely to see fewer such storms as atmospheric conditions stabilise, Professor Walsh said. That would make it harder for thunderstorms – “the seeds of cyclones” – to get going.

The increase in stability in those areas would come as the expected increase in rainfall transfers latent heat into the upper troposphere, decreasing the temperature differential with lower parts of the atmosphere even as the land warms.

“An increase in tropical stability is one of the predictions of climate science,” Professor Walsh said.

That stability, though, may be little consolation for mega-citiesnear the equator such as Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Lagos in Nigeria, where temperature and humidity levels are expected to rise in a warming world.

Such cities “are moving into a climate regime where we can’t draw on analogues”, Professor Turton said.

The paper did not examine how storm strength will change but Professor Walsh said “there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the maximum intensity of cyclones is likely to increase” with climate change.

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May 19

Restored 1890s Lance Villa on The Hill listed for sale for first time since 1991

Restored Lance Villa on The Hill hits market with $2.8mill guide This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.
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CHARM AND POSITION: This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

This circa 1890s residence on The Hill was designed by prominent Newcastle architect Frederick Menkens and is known as Lance Villa.

TweetFacebookCarrington home with versatilityFrom one restoration of a piece of Newcastle’s history to another,Century 21 have listed a two-storey property in Carrington that was once a general store.

The three-bedroom home at 36 Hargrave Street is set for auction on September 1.

It is positioned on a corner block and agent Wayne Stewart said it offered plenty of potential as a home or home with an office/business.

CORNER BLOCK: This two-storey residence in Carrington’s Hargrave Street was once a general store and could be used as a home or home with an office/business.

“It was a bit delapidated when the owner bought it,” Mr Stewart said. “She pulled it to pieces and put it back together pretty much in its original form.

“She sourced a lot of timbers to match it all. The only thing that’s probably missing off it is the beautiful big old [lacework] verandah off the front.”

The building has also been a takeaway in its lifetime.

36 Hargrave Street, Carrington was a general store in the past.

“There is a double-door going from the shop into the residence, so it could be used for two separate purposes,” Mr Stewart said.

“It would be ideal for semi-professional use or a home office. It would also make a beautiful big living area at the front.

“The other thing is the size of the land. It’s about 300-odd square metres and is on a corner … it has a lot of potential.”

An inspection is scheduled for 11.15am on Saturday.

A price guide has not yet been disclosed.

Highpoint adds rooftop areaGWH Build have been granted development application approval for a 90 square metreall weather rooftop entertainment area onHighpoint Apartments in Charlestown.

The rooftop will be 165 metres above sea level and offer 360-degree views of the region, including ocean, lake and mountain ranges.

The rooftop is in addition to thealready planned podium level facility, which includes outdoor BBQ facilities and indoor kitchenette and entertainment area.

Construction has begun on the 16-storey development.

McGrath rebrand to Belle Property

The Charlestown and Hunter Valley McGrath offices have joined Belle Property.

Belle Property Charlestown is located at 325 Charlestown Road and the Hunter Valley office is inElgin Street, Maitland.

First slabs for Wyndham RidgeWorks have begun on the first homes inthe $60 million Wyndham Ridgedevelopment in what Iris Capital general manager Craig Hibbarddescribed as “an important milestone”.

Blocks range from 600 to2500 square metres with prices from $190,000. Half of the 71 lots in stage onehave already been sold. The entire subdivision will comprise248 lots.

What’s listed for under $500kBidding is expected to start from $460,000 for a three-bedroom home on two lots at 699 Main Road, Edgeworth. Dowling Lake Macquarie will take the property to auction on August 4.