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Cancer Research Forum to focus on Hunter survival rates

The incidence and survival rates of cancer across the Hunter New England Area will come into focus this week as part of the first Cancer Research Forum.
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According to the Cancer in New South Wales: Incidence and Mortality Report, the Hunter New England region has some of the highest cancer rates in the state, but survival rates are increasing and treatments continue to improve.

Research into diagnosing and treating cancer has been one of the main drivers of improved survival rates.

According to latest figures the Hunter New England Area Health Service has a higher than state average incidence of melanoma in males and females, a higher overall incidence of cancer in males, and a high incidence of lip cancer in males.

The Hunter also has higher mortality rates of prostate cancer than the state average.

The figures have also revealed that 104 Maitland men and women were diagnosed with melanoma between 2004-2008 and 906 local men were diagnosed with cancer during the same period.

Fifteen Maitland residents were diagnosed with lip cancer in that time and 328 died from cancer during the same four years.

The forum will be held at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday between 5.30pm and 7pm. Registrations are needed by Wednesday. For more information phone Sue Russell on 4923 0700 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Elder’s trio have inside running

BIG NIGHT: Darren Elder has a busy card at Newcastle on Friday night.Darren Elder will have the inside running in three straight races at Newcastle International Paceway tomorrow night.
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The Louth Park trainer-driver will start from barrier one with Mosquito Coast, Tidy Module and Charli Dollar in races three, four and five respectively.

Mosquito Coast has a 2030 metre journey ahead, Tidy Module will travel a bit further (2550m), while Charli Dollar, trained by Darren’s father Brian, will run the mile (1609m) off a last start win.

All three races have $5000 prizemoney up for grabs.

Each of the 10 events are weighted the same at Newcastle tomorrow night and the Elder name appears in most.

Elder will contest all but two races with Impilo (trained by Glen Tippet), Paintmeacanvas, Noveau Shannon and Hezacamotion making up the rest of the contingent.

Racing at Newcastle starts at 6.24pm tomorrow.

Down the F3 the following night, Kurri Kurri driver Josh Osborn and Shane Tritton, who trains out of Keinbah, will chase the bigger prizemoney at harness racing headquarters in Menangle.

Osborn has drives on Aniromar (race four, number five) and Motu Miss Lilli (race seven, number one) while Tritton has a pair of runners in race five – Hawthornden and All About Art.

They are in the hunt for a combined prize pool of $56,000.

Racing at Menangle starts at 4.58pm on Saturday.

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Andrews takes his footy to highest level

NATIONAL STAGE: Nic Andrews will represent NSW Combined Independent Schools at the Australian schoolboys league titles.Hunter Valley Grammar School student Nic Andrews will fly the Maitland rugby league flag at the Australian Schoolboys Championships being held in Port Macquarie from Sunday.
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The talented teenager will be part of the NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) squad taking on the country’s best under-18 rugby league players at the annual week-long tournament.

Andrews, despite coming from a rugby union background, is no stranger to the national rugby league stage having participated in the under-15 version of the competition two years ago.

This time around the year 11 student will be up against more senior players, being aged just 16, but previous experience at this representative level will hold him in good stead.

The NSW CIS outfit play ACT in their opening encounter on Sunday before facing off against Combined Association Schools on Monday.

This completes the preliminary rounds before finals are played out from Wednesday to Friday.

The under-15 Australian Schoolboys Championships were held in Darwin last month and All Saints College students Brock Lamb and Jayden Butterfield helped NSW Combined Catholic Colleges to a 41-32 victory in the final.

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Be vigilant, not hysterical, says RSPCA

The RSPCA has warned dog owners to be vigilant following reports of more missing dogs.
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RSPCA Hunter shelter manager Samantha Shanahan said reports of missing dogs should prompt owners to secure their pets.

“People think their fences are secure until they find a small hole,” she said.

“Dogs can jump over [1.5 metre] fences and people should lock their gates.

“If anyone has any information that confirms illegal dog fighting rings exist they can call our hotline 1300 CRUELTY and our rangers will investigate.”

Tank the bulldog went missing and was found dead at Farley, with an autopsy ruling out foul play.

Tank’s owner Amy Cole said his death might not be suspicious but his disappearance from their Rutherford home on June 8 was.

“Since updating the Tank Facebook page a few people have suggested Tank was not stolen,” she said.

“I am very upset by this.”

Mrs Shanahan said there was a degree of hysteria concerning missing dogs at present.

“While we have seen the odd cut on dogs there is nothing conclusive to say it is a result of illegal dog fighting,” she said.

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Garbage gauntlet

UNACCEPTABLE: Paul Stoneman navigates his way through the 34 bins that line the footpath of William Street, East Maitland.Conditions placed on a high density housing development at East Maitland have been continually broken leaving pedestrians to navigate a maze of rubbish bins each week.
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As many as 34 bins are placed on the kerb in front of the 17-unit building in William Street each Monday night ready for collection the next morning.

And lined up along the kerb, the bins extend beyond the building’s 14 metre frontage, often blocking access to driveways on either side.

Neighbouring resident and spokesman Paul Stoneman flagged the issue with the council nearly five years ago and again this month.

“School children have to navigate their way past this unsightly, smelly labyrinth of garbage bins each Tuesday and we want council to uphold its promise that the bins be picked up internally,” he said.

Council issued this statement to the Mercury when asked about the issue: “The concerns raised will be looked into by council’s development surveillance officer [Daniel Beckett] and the appropriate action will be taken when all the facts are known.”

The issue was first noted in a report to the council, June 24, 2008 during the planning stages of the development.

“The applicant has stated that waste collection services shall be arranged with a private contractor, with the waste vehicles able to manoeuvre within the site,” report author Shannon Sullivan wrote.

Mr Stoneman told the council at that time a regular kerbside collection was unsuitable.

“Another 34 garbage bins on the kerb Tuesday mornings will be a pretty ugly site,” he said.

Mr Sullivan responded, in the same report, that it would not be an issue.

“The proposal has been designed to provide sufficient internal manoeuvring for waste vehicles to enter and exit the site in a forward manner,” he wrote.

Mr Stoneman said residents weren’t asking anything unreasonable, only that the council enforce the terms of the development approval.

“With all the heritage buildings in the area, East Maitland Public [School] just celebrating its 150th anniversary, it’s unsightly,” Mr Stoneman said.

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Raid on Winter Cup: Mackay has two chances in rich Brisbane race

CUP TILT: Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay has two starters in the Winter Cup at Brisbane.They may be different sexes and starting either end of the boxes but Young Snozz and Zipping Catra give Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay two chances in tonight’s group 1 Winter Cup final at Albion Park.
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Mackay’s charges, dog Young Snozz and bitch Zipping Catra, will jump from box two and eight respectively and have genuine chances of bringing home the $75,000 first prize from the Queensland track.

They both took out heats of the 520 metre series last week with impressive showings, most notably Young Snozz with a time of 30.37 seconds closely followed by Zipping Catra (30.75s) in a later event.

“There was three days of rain in the lead up to the heats but they both stood up,” Mackay said.

“Took two up and got two through which is a good start – but they have boxed well and they are both a chance [in the final].”

Young Snozz now has a career record of 10 wins from 26 starts after his startling Albion Park debut, while Richmond Oaks winner Zipping Catra has previous group 1 experience following an appearance in the Vic Peters final at Wentworth Park.

Mackay, one of the country’s leading trainers, is having a good run scoring a double with Tiz Now and Chisled at Bulli on Monday.

Mackay will be chasing more finals glory at Maitland tonight with two young up and comers in action. The experienced mentor is now looking after Fancy Tip, who will jump from box two in the Rod Higgins Bookmaker Mixed Final.

Fancy Tip arrived at his Richmond Vale kennels following last week’s heat win at the Maitland Showground track.

Fancy Tip is the fastest qualifier for the 450m decider after stopping the clock at 25.12 seconds on Thursday.

Mackay also has Gold Trump on a maiden run in the second event (450m) on the 10-race card.

Three heats of the Rural Country Cup will also be run during the twilight meeting while the 565m challenge (race five) should be evenly contested with three participants already breaking the 32 second barrier up against last week’s Maitland To City final winner Shelly Shelby.

Maitland Greyhound Club sponsorship and promotions manager Fred Robertson said Fancy Tip (race eight, number two) was his best bet of the day.

Racing starts at 4.02pm.

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Feuding Facebook cousins refuse help

Fraudulent Facebook accounts, threats to kill an unborn baby and revenge attacks were some of the allegations made by feuding cousins in court on Thursday.
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The two teenagers, who had refused mediation, represented themselves in Maitland Local Court on Thursday during an apprehended violence order hearing.

One of the cousins, a 19-year-old Maitland man was seeking an AVO for the protection of him and his pregnant girlfriend, but his female cousin refused to consent to the orders.

The man alleged that his cousin posted threats to kill the couple’s unborn child on Facebook.

The magistrate Darryl Pearce read out some of the threats: “I wanna kill you and the baby whether it’s alive or not you’ll be giving birth to a dead baby.”

The woman denied posting the comments and said at the time there were three fraudulent Facebook accounts in her name that she had since reported.

The man said in addition to threats online his cousin had verbally abused his girlfriend, allegedly calling her a “s—-” and goading her to fight.

He said on one occasion his cousin parked outside his family home and yelled: “Come out s—- let me knock you out”.

“Unless an order is made someone is going to get hurt,” the man said. During her evidence, the woman said her cousin had recently been convicted of egging her car.

“I was trying to seek revenge, everything was happening,” the man said.

The court heard the cousins had been referred to mediation but the man failed to attend because of work commitments.

Mr Pearce said the woman had made sufficient threats to warrant an order.

“There is a clear impression that both sides are in part involved in abusive language and threats to each other,” he said.

A 12 month AVO against the female cousin was granted.

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Football mad Rutherford celebrates 45th birthday

PARTY TIME: Rutherford Football Club president Michael Waeger with (from left) Ryan Bolam, Ryan Hodges, Brock Boyd, Sam Cauchi and (front) Harry Waeger.These juniors represent the latest crop of footballers from the western suburbs of Maitland.
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Ryan Bolam, Ryan Hodges, Brock Boyd, Sam Cauchi and Harry Waeger are some of the hundreds who call Norm Chapman Oval home on a Saturday morning throughout the winter months.

The Saturday morning games have been a fixture in the area since 1967 when the Rutherford Football Club formed, with young boys and girls testing their wares in the green and white uniform.

The main difference being, 45 years on from Harry Hethrington’s first team, numbers are at an all-time high.

“The last couple of years has seen a big growth,” club secretary Kylie Parsons said.

There are nearly 550 registered members of the club about a decade on from a merger between the junior (Dragons) and senior (Rams) clubs.

Of the 42 Rutherford teams 37 are junior ones and many are part of the Football Federation Australia-backed small-sided games. More than 350 families, including president Michael Waeger’s, are involved at the club.

And a recent venture online, an addition of a club website, has reported more than 110,000 hits in four months.

To mark the occasion the club will hold an anniversary disco at Maitland City Bowls, Sports and Recreation Club on Saturday night followed by a dinner on August 4 at the same venue.

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Support for pick-up rolls in

PICK-UP NEEDED: Kevin Dever, of Rutherford, says a kerbside council pick-up is needed. Thirty years ago, before Kevin Dever left Beresfield for Rutherford, there was a kerbside, bulky waste pick-up.
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“Half of it would get recycled before it was collected,” he said.

“Someone would say ‘that’s a nice lounge,’ and take it.

“I don’t see a problem with that.”

Mr Dever was one of 64 respondents to the Mercury’s campaign calling on Maitland City Council to implement a kerbside pick-up service.

In addition to the coupons, readers have posted numerous comments on the Mercury’s website stimulating robust debate.

The campaign will continue this week.

Mr Dever said it was a convenience back then, but essential now.

“There are a lot of pensioners in this area without a trailer and the vouchers are useless,” he said.

“The tip is too expensive and if they don’t do something about it the illegal dumping is only going to get worse.”

As a resident of Vindin Street, the pensioner is tired of people dumping rubbish in the reserve behind his home and against his neighbour’s fence.

“People been dumping stuff behind there for years and things have only been getting worse,” he said.

“You name it, old mattresses, prunings, even household garbage – food scraps – it’s just getting worse.”

Mr Dever said for any retiree having to rely on family to get rid of rubbish it was an insult to their independence.

“My son-in-law had to help me with the last load and now I’ve got some timber out of the garden to get rid of,” he said.

“He works a seven day roster at the pits and has a family so it might be a fortnight before he has time.

“If you haven’t got independence you’ve got nothing.”

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Sport? It’s a load of bull

PROTEST: (From left) Lucia Webster, Amy Johnson, Callie Redman (front) and Lily Denshire.A small group of young animal liberationists will launch an assault on a professional bull riding competition in Newcastle on Saturday night claiming the sport is inhumane and cruel to animals.
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Headed by young psychology student Amy Johnston, the group of about 20 will also use the protest – at the Brendon Clark Professional Bull Riding event – to call for the sport to be banned across the Hunter.

Maitland women Callie Redman, Lucia Webster and Lily Denshire have supported the call.

“These animals are enslaved and taken out of their natural environment to perform and that’s cruel,” Ms Hill, 22, said.

“Bull riding is outdated and belongs in the dark ages, we are in a new era now and more advanced so we don’t need to do this anymore. I am still quite shocked that we support it in any way.”

But PBR Australia general manager Glenn Young said the protesters’ claims could not be further from the truth.

“There is a lot of misguided information out there, but from our perspective the bulls are treated with as much respect as the human athletes who ride them,” Mr Young said. “Most of our bulls live longer than most cattle in the industry and about 90 per cent of them will go back to the paddock for breeding after their careers and will die from old age.”

Ms Johnson, 23, of Newcastle, disagreed.

“We want this sport to be banned because there is no way this industry will ever be humane,” she said. There is this great quote saying that genetics load the gun and the environment points the trigger and that’s relevant here.”

The protest will be held outside the Newcastle Entertainment Centre between 7pm and 8pm.

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