‘I didn’t tell them that I was pregnant’: Call to scrap maternity loophole

A legal exemption that allows employers to refuse to hire someone who knew they were pregnant when they applied for the job is being targeted for abolition.
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Two subsections in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 allow employers to dismiss women who knew they were pregnant when they applied for a job.

NSW Greens MP and spokesperson for the status of women, Mehreen Faruqi, will introduce a new bill to Parliament to repeal the sections.

“It’s time for NSW to come into step with all other state and federal laws on sex discrimination and remove these exemptions that protect employers who have been discriminatory towards pregnant women,” Dr Faruqi said.

“We know pregnancy discrimination at work is still a huge problem in and many women suffer in silence.

“The fact that NSW has these exceptions means that they are turned away from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission which is unacceptable. We urgently need to change this law to protect pregnant women from discrimination.”

A woman who made a complaint to Dr Faruqi’s office but did not want her name published told Fairfax Media she was pregnant when she recently applied for a communications strategy job.

She did three face-to-face interviews and submitted essays and examples of her work before being offered a job when she was about 4?? months pregnant.

“I didn’t hide my pregnancy, but I didn’t tell them that I was pregnant,” she said.

After being hired the woman called the CEO of the company and told him she was pregnant “as a courtesy” and said she would need four months of maternity leave.

“Then I could jump back into it. We were launching a product, but the launch would have been happening in June and I would have been on maternity leave from September.”

The CEO then offered to put her on a temporary four-month contract instead of the full-time job she had been offered.

Within days after starting work she was dismissed on the basis that she lived 45 minutes away from the office.

After the woman tried to lodge a complaint about the employer, she was told exemptions under the Anti-Discrimination Act applied.

Subsections 25 (1A) and 25 (2A) of the act have exemptions that allow an employer to refuse to hire or to fire an employee who was pregnant at the time of applying for the job, at the time of interview or at the time of hiring. There is an exception for a woman who did not know and could not reasonably be expected to have known that she was pregnant.

“It makes no sense to me. I’m the one being discriminated against,” the woman said.

Dr Faruqi said the NSW Law Reform Commission reviewed the Anti-Discrimination Act in 2009 and proposed a draft bill that removed the exemptions and included pregnancy protections. However, this recommendation had not been adopted.

“We know we still live in a society where too many people think pregnancy and motherhood are incompatible with work,” she said.

“On top of this, we have these laws that protect employers who discriminate against pregnant women, when we should be making it easier for women to overcome discrimination wherever and whenever it happens.

“It is unacceptable that these discriminatory laws have been left unchanged after several reviews have recommended otherwise.”

Belinda Smith, associate professor of law at the University of Sydney and an expert on sex discrimination laws, said NSW was lagging behind federal and other state legislation in addressing pregnancy.

“While we may appreciate that some employers are disheartened to hear that a relatively new employee is pregnant, the fact that someone is pregnant when they are being recruited or hired should not allow discrimination,” she said. “[O]ther acts provide for suitable tailored exceptions rather than this carte blanche one.

Dr Smith said the recent n Human Rights Commission inquiry into pregnancy and maternity discrimination had revealed that even after decades of anti-discrimination laws, pregnancy and maternity discrimination is still “remarkably pervasive”.

She said the NSW protections were limited by not having pregnancy as a separate ground or attribute. Pregnancy had been provided for as a characteristic pertaining generally to women which meant it effectively only provided for direct not indirect discrimination.

“To allow the defence provided for in these sections significantly waters down an already limited protection,” she said.

“Some women would be able to pursue protection under the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984, but this does not apply to state public servants (who only have the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act available), and entails much greater litigation risks (because for hearings of federal discrimination matters in court, the default costs rule applies, which means the loser pays all).

“In any event, that some women have some protections under federal law is not a good reason for NSW to have such backward and limited state protections.”

Fairfax Media on Tuesday reported a case involving an employer who had made an employee redundant two days before she was due to start maternity leave. This was found to be unlawful because of its timing.

Aphotic takes aim at Newcastle CBD coffee market

Aphotic: Baristas Bell Montgomery and Anthony Ferris with co-owner Melissa Askew. Picture Simone De PeakAphotic, 266 King Street, Newcastle (ground floor), Mon-Fri: 6:30am-2pm.
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If there are any caffeine fanatics in Newcastle who still haven’t had their heart rates sent into the stratosphere by a Suspension coffee then you are fast running out of excuses.

Forget for a moment that in this café family the eldest sibling in Islington pumps out a near metric tonne of high octane fuel seven days a week.

Or even that the younger and better behaved Good Brother has held up the eyelids of the office workers in the inner city for many a year by now.

You can savour their best blends in Carrington and, as if you needed any other reason to visit The Edwards in Newcastle West, the Suspension stuff flows night and day out of their machine as well.

Just this week yet another Suspension fuelling station has been added to the network. You might notice that this one looks and sounds a little different from the others.

If the older siblings have been a little loud, rough and ready then Aphotic at 266 King Street, Newcastle is definitely the most clean cut of the bunch.

You are unlikely to find any dirt under the nails in here. The clientele wear shirts and ties. The music is down to a respectable volume. This place means business.

When owners Graham and Mel Hardes decided to open up a café on the ground floor of one of the busiest office buildings in Newcastle they knew exactly where to turn for their supply.

Literally hundreds of sleep deprived employees would pass by this coffee window every morning. Graham and Mel almost felt that a responsibility had been bestowed upon them.

This workers above them were going to need endless cups of coffee. Expertly prepared, super humanly strong and freshly roasted ones. They would need something created by Suspension.

Your first taste of this coffee will remind you of all the flavours that are familiar to one of their outstanding medium roasts.

It has subtle acidities but is full of richness and bold, full bodied flavours – Guatemalan, Tanzanian and the famous well roundedness of the Papua New Guinean Kongi Gold.

Yet something is noticeably different. It is take-away coffee but not as you know it.

Amidst the everyday beiges of the flourescent office foyer, the interior of this realm is a black and cobalt blue. This is the Aphotic zone. The deepest, bottom floor portion of the ocean that is least affected by sunlight.

These baristas work like they have been surviving on something else as well. Fast, efficient and focused only on the coffee order at hand. A brand new perk for working in an office.

Maguire clone Seibold to land Rabbitohs gig

He’s almost cloned Michael Maguire’s career development and Rabbitohs assistant Anthony Seibold will be announced as the South Sydney coach’s replacement on Thursday.
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The softly-spoken Seibold, who has quietly cultivated a coaching resume away from the harsh glare of the NRL head coaching spotlight, is set to rise to the helm of the proudest club in the league after Maguire’s Redfern exit was confirmed on Tuesday.

Seibold, 42, was shortlisted for the vacant Titans coaching job, but Rabbitohs officials have moved swiftly to lock up the highly regarded Queensland State of Origin assistant to lead South Sydney’s resurgence.

Rabbitohs officials will unveil Seibold at a scheduled press conference on Thursday morning.

The similarities between former teammates Maguire and Seibold are uncanny, the pair both serving apprenticeships under Craig Bellamy at the Melbourne Storm.

They were teammates at Canberra in 1998 during Seibold’s only season in the NRL.

But the little-known Seibold, who served as Trent Barrett’s understudy at Manly last year before joining the Rabbitohs and was hand picked by Kevin Walters to be a Maroons assistant for the last two years, is said to vary greatly in his methods from the famous disciplinarian in Maguire.

“I think he is really good to be honest,” Queensland Origin star Darius Boyd said. “He knows a lot about his footy and gets along well with the players.

“We’ve had him at Origin for two years now and I have been really impressed with what he has done.

“It’s easier when you are an assistant, I don’t know what he is like as a full- time coach but around the blokes at Origin he is quiet but gets through what he needs to say and gets his point across.”

The future of Maguire, who was said to be caught off guard by the Rabbitohs’ decision to cut him loose, doesn’t appear as bright in the immediate future despite interest from English Super League club Warrington.

It’s understood the Titans are reluctant to pursue a coach who employs the similar hard nosed methods of ex-boss Neil Henry, meaning Maguire could be forced to bide his time if he decided to remain in .

But with a resume which is highlighted by being South Sydney’s drought breaker, opportunities are sure to present themselves.

Seibold’s career path might mirror one of the most unlikely elevations to NRL head coaching having completed a Bachelor of Teaching after his retirement from playing.

He has previously spoken about his tertiary qualifications and passion for teaching as a great grounding for rugby league, perhaps not too different to one of the most successful coaches in the modern NRL era in under fire Bulldogs clipboard carrier Des Hasler.

The Rabbitohs have never hidden their desire to promote coaches from within their own system and Seibold, who is set to be guided by current South Sydney assistant David Furner, fits the bill.

The central Queensland-raised Seibold will welcome back a fit-again Greg Inglis next year while the Rabbitohs’ capture of Knights star Dane Gagai has filled their fans with hope they can return to the finals after two years outside the top eight.

The support for Maguire from ex-players continued on Wednesday with Eels’ centre Kirisome Auva’a hailing the coach’s influence on his career.

“He was a really good mentor and a father figure given I was an interstate boy moving to Souths from the Storm,” Auva’a said. “He being there, he looked after me off field and obviously on the field as well. It’s sad to see him leave, he’s obviously done good for the club.”

Cameron Downs State School celebrates 50 years of education

Outback school celebrates 50-year milestone with first fete Original Cameron Downs State School building.
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Cameron Downs State School in 1993.

Cameron Downs State School in 1995.

Cameron Downs State School in 1996.

Cameron Downs State School today.

Cameron Downs State School today.

Cameron Downs State School today.

TweetFacebook Cameron Downs State School throughout the 50 years | PhotosPhotos supplied.A small state school in the middle of outback Queensland, will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with its first ever school fete.

In 1997 the new school building was opened.

Celebrating this significant milestone, Cameron Downs State School will host a school fete at its grounds, 65 kilometres south of Hughenden,on Saturday, September 23.

Hosted by the P&C, the day will includean official welcome, live band, novelty games, bar, market stalls and more.

OrganiserShona Larkin hopedthis celebration wouldencourageas many past students and families to return and visit.

“We are very fortunate to celebrate the 50 years of education at oursmall rural school. For a small, one teacher school in the middle of nowhere it is a great achievement!”

Cameron Downs School was established in 1967 as an one-teacher ‘provisional school’after lobbying from four founding families in the local area; the O’Brien’s of Marionvale Station, the Wearing’s of Elabe Station, the Doyle’s of Sutton Downs Station and the Underwood’s of Sandalwood.

The Queensland Education Department leased a small portion of land from property owners and appointed a teacher and paid hiswages. The local community provided the land, the school buildings, teacher accommodation, furniture, books, playground equipment and any teaching aides, along with the maintenance.

Cameron Downs School was situation in the middle of Cameron Downs Station, one of the largest and earliest settled properties in the Hughenden district.

The majority of the pupils came from surrounding properties and travelled long distances to attend school each day. The original enrollment saw a total of12 students at Cameron Downs School in 1967.

In late 1992, a transportable three-bedroom home was set up near the school and with the changes bought about by Equal Employment Opportunities this also meant that a female principal could be sent to the school. In 1993 the first female principal was appointed to the school, the nineteenth principal to date.

“In September 1997 the school marked its 30th anniversary with the opening of the new school building – which couldn’t come at a better time with 14 students enrolled in Year Oneto Seven,” Ms Larkinsaid.

“The original small building no longer provided the space and room to educate the students, as well as a well stocked library, a diverse range of teaching resources and technology including computers.

“The new building was officially opened by Marion and Terry O’Brien,one of the originalfounders of Cameron School.

“The O’Brien family had a long involvement in Cameron Downs school life with seven of their children enrolled to attend the school over the years.Even after the last of their children had left primary school, Mrs O’Brien played a huge role in the school community.”

Theoriginal classroomis still being well utilised as the main office, administration, library and lunch room.

The grounds over the years have also been transformed with the establishment of a lawn, trees and gardens along with the installation of a new playground and sheds to house the playground equipment.

Ms Larkin said the school hadundergone many changes throughout the 50 year history, but the dedication and spirit of the parents and community whomaintained its establishment continued as strong as ever.

“Approximately 180 students have attended Cameron Downs State School during its 50 years,” she said.

“The least amount of students was in 2015 with only three enrolled,two of which were named Daniel.

“Over the years, some of the families have travelled up to 100km one way for their children to attend Cameron Downs School on a daily basis.

“Many of the families car pool children and take turns to lessen the travel. Over the years there have been students who have driven themselves to school, via four-wheelers, motorbikes and mini mokes!

Without the Cameron Downs State School and the next closest school being located in Hughenden, Ms Larkin said it would have made it difficult for students to travel to school.

Off to school.

“All roads leading to Hughenden, were and still remain unsealed blacksoil.

“For the majority of the year the Hughenden-Muttaburra Road is less than ordinary.

“During the wet season any small storm or shower of rain causes the road to be boggy and during the dry season the road is rough, with corrugations and loose dirt that is full of bulldust.

“Thankfully, Cameron Downs State School has had a strong enrollment of students within the last few years with a number of young families returning to the land, which has allowed the school to continue.

“We are also every fortunate to have such a wonderful community involvement to keep our little school running.”

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Journalist and presenter Peter Luck dead at 73

In the the modern world of television it is easy to get lost in a sea of streaming platforms, suited executives and 21st century technology.
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But in the olden days – or the golden days, if you were lucky enough to have lived in them – it looked more like the wild west, with dirt under the heels, tape recorders, spools of actual film and reporter-producers who were more cowboy than corporate.

The journalist Peter Luck, who died today, aged 73, was one of those cowboys, a reporter who built his reputation in a world where the field of journalism was sometimes as lawless as the personalities on which it aspired to shine a light.

In the late 1960s, during the social and technological revolution, Luck stepped into the limelight as a reporter on This Day Tonight, the ABC’s then-flagship current affairs program.

That series served as an incubator for some of n journalism’s most famous personalities: the legendary Bill Peach, Gerald Stone (who was later the producer of 60 Minutes), and reporters such as Richard Carleton and Caroline Jones, Mike Carlton and George Negus, Sonia Humphrey and, of course, a young guy named Peter Luck.

In a professional career that would go on to span some six decades, Luck was either a reporter or a presenter on programs such as Today Tonight and Inside Edition. the ABC’s Four Corners and later executive producer on the Nine Network’s flagship current affairs program Sunday.

Some reporters have the kind of polish that suggests they are destined for television management; Luck was not one of those.

In person, with his slightly dishevelled suit, and his thick mop of hair, he never seemed quite right in an office; was more at home on the road, reporting from the field. (Or a lunch-time stop at Crow’s Nest’s La Grillade.)

To young reporters, such as myself, he was the guy who, in a newsroom filled with people too important or too busy to be bothered, stopped to offer advice, to answer a question, to pass on a fragment of irreplaceable and invaluable wisdom.

In a world which forgets too easily, there is an immortality of a sort in those moments.

And of the many programs to Luck’s name, one does stand out: the Seven Network’s then ground-breaking 36-part series This Fabulous Century, a project unprecedented in scale which explored every facet of n life in the 20th century.

The series, which broke ratings records for Seven, was honoured with a TV Week Logie Award.

With an uncanny knack of being where it mattered when it mattered most, Luck also produced and hosted a documentary on n multiculturalism, Who Are We?, which was screened on the opening night of the then brand new broadcaster SBS.

As he added other credits to his name – Nine’s 50 Fantastic Years, and Salute to ns at War, produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II – Luck the documentarian seemed to overtake Luck the reporter, though the two were deeply intertwined.

Another feather in his bow – Seven’s Where Are They Now?, a documentary magazine series that deeply milked our nostalgia for pop culture and historical events – seemed to confirm Luck as n television’s most accomplished historian.

So it is with a heavy heart that we elevate Luck now to the realm he loved exploring so much: his long life, his many exploits and the stories he covered are consigned to the annals of journalistic (and cultural) history.

Luck’s friend, the journalist Mike Carlton, said on Wednesday he was “saddened beyond measure to report the death last night of Peter Luck. My dear friend, and great journalist and writer”.

Luck died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Carlton said.

In a statement released by the ABC, managing director Michelle Guthrie said: “Peter Luck was a trailblazing journalist who became a role model to generations of reporters and was also loved and respected by audiences.”

“He made a huge contribution to the ABC in his early career and remains forever part of the fabric of the national broadcaster.”

The ABC’s director of news Gaven Morris paid tribute to Luck’s pioneering work on This Day Tonight and Four Corners.

“Peter was an extremely talented broadcaster with a natural warmth and accessibility that ns immediately responded to,” he said. “His wonderful conversational tone – actually a rare ability – made everyone feel like he was talking directly to us.”

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OpinionNew ways of thinking about BA degree

MEANINGFUL IMPACT: “We want to create graduates who can contribute to new ways of thinking about our evolving, dynamic world”. Picture: Andrew MearesIt is time to reconsider the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in higher education. Do humanities graduates attain more than a satisfying personal journey?
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The BA is an important degree. Most people would agree that without an understanding of the global environment, the politics of the day, past events and their significance, or the languages spoken in far-flung places and at home, it’s impossible to foster understanding or to achieve a way forward as a global citizenry.

The BA degree has always been about extending the self into learning, and testing one’s capacity to think. Many argue it is the degree for the 21st century. As identified by the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, “The new Generalist is in fact a master of their trade.They bring expertise and experience in several areas, fueled by insatiable curiosity and the ability to‘hyper-learn’new concepts and ideas.”

With the world of work rapidly changing, employers are looking for highly creative individuals with a strong capacity to solve problems, and the ability to adapt quickly. It iscritical that we ensure our graduates have a portfolio of transferrable skills that can adapt to existing and emerging professions.

The Harvard Business Review in August 2017, the CEO of LinkedIn Jeff Weiner in June 2017 and Forbes Magazine in 2015 all said that a liberal arts degree was “tech’s hottest ticket”, with liberal arts graduates knowing how to use, interpret, read and engage with the vast amount of information online better than other graduates, due to their skills, wide reading and knowledge, and their ability to make informed criticisms of its content.

As a history academic, I trained in a fairly traditional BA degree, and found my way through reading and writing – and lots of it. For today’s graduates, a different approach is needed that stacks more value onto the skills of thinking, communicating, and analysing that have long been the hallmark of an arts graduate.

We are facing unprecedented social change. While the humanities and social science disciplines are perfectly placed to prepare graduates and researchers to be key influencers in public life, they need to be packaged in new ways. To effectively address global challenges and make a meaningful impact in our communities, graduates need to be trained in interdisciplinary thinking.

This is why we are changing how we teach liberal arts: to ensure our graduates have the right range of adaptable and work-ready skills to be competitive in the future workforce, and integrating ‘work’ to bridge the perceived gap between the humanities and social sciences and the ‘real world’.

Integrating ‘work’ as part of the BA should be a priority. We should not only position this experience through work placements, but through a new interface between universities and industry, and bring a very broad group of employers into contact with students in the BA degree through both the physical and online classroom.

We have evidence that our BA graduates are critical in shaping current debates. But our graduates and researchers will also be key to how we think about the future.

We want to create graduates who make a difference, have impact in their actions, and who can contribute to new ways of thinking about our evolving, dynamic world. The humble BA has the opportunity to build the leaders in social innovation that will change our region, global communities and the direction of our future.

Catharine Coleborne is Dean of Arts at the University of Newcastle and a historian

PM rejects calls for GST-free power bills

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Minister Josh Frydenberg at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pushed back against calls to remove GST from electricity bills, expressing concern about the multibillion-dollar impact on state and territory government budgets and observing other taxes could just be increased to compensate for the shortfall.
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Parliamentary Budget Office costings for libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm show the idea would cost the states and territories – the recipients of GST revenue after it is collected by the federal government – a maximum of $2 billion.

Senator Leyonhjelm has argued the move, which could wipe hundreds of dollars off power bills, should be considered because power is an essential service just like water, which is exempt from GST.

The PBO advice projects household electricity prices would fall 9 per cent under the change and inflation would slow.

Asked if the government was considering the proposal, the Prime Minister emphasised the $2 billion hit to government budgets and dismissed the idea there would ultimately be savings for consumers.

“Where are they going to make that up from? Are they going to put up land tax? Are they going to cut services? Or are they going to ask us to put up income tax? We are all running very tight budgets here so it would just pass the tax burden on to some other part of the system.”

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the idea was “basically a tax merry-go-round” and warned the GST revenue base was already shrinking.

Senator Leyonhjelm’s proposal to reduce power bills has emerged amid a broader debate around the affordability, reliability and environmental damage of energy sources.

The government is prepared to take a stake in AGL’s giant Liddell coal-fired power station in NSW to keep it open for five more years as a last resort to avoid future power shortages.

It is considered to be more likely that a private sector buyer would be found if AGL, which has committed to the close of the plant as part of a wider move away from coal, agreed to sell.

Pegi Lea creations turn heads at Spring racing events and fashionable festivals

Who dares wins with Pegi TOP NOTCH: Niki Lea Williams is a self-taught maker of headpieces for races and festivals. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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Niki Lea Williams, aka Pegi Lea, from Argenton is a self-taught maker of headpieces / fascinators for the races and festivals. She has worked with superstars including Lady Gaga. Pictured in her home workshop. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Niki Lea Williams, aka Pegi Lea, from Argenton is a self-taught maker of headpieces / fascinators for the races and festivals. She has worked with superstars including Lady Gaga. Pictured in her home workshop. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Niki Lea Williams, aka Pegi Lea, from Argenton is a self-taught maker of headpieces / fascinators for the races and festivals. She has worked with superstars including Lady Gaga. Pictured in her home workshop. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Niki Lea Williams, aka Pegi Lea, from Argenton is a self-taught maker of headpieces / fascinators for the races and festivals. She has worked with superstars including Lady Gaga. Pictured in her home workshop. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Black Friday Photography.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Ajcophotography.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Ajcophotography.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Julie Farragher Photography.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Ajcophotography.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Ajcophotography.

This Pegi Lea creation landed Niki’s brother in the fashion pages.

Model Imogen Anthony wears the custom “Phoenix Warrior Mohawk” by Pegi Lea at Burning Man.

Model Imogen Anthony wears the custom “Phoenix Warrior Mohawk” by Pegi Lea.

Pegi Lea – aka Niki Lea Williams. Picture by Vibe Tribe Visionary.

Pegi Lea – aka Niki Lea Williams. Picture by Luke Grey.

A Pegi Lea creation: Picture by Vibe Tribe Visionary.

Pegi Lea creations: Pictures by MAD DAME.

TweetFacebook Pegi Lea creationsHER mottois “dare to be noticed,” and whether hercreations are starring in fashions onthe field events or adorning the news feeds ofsocial media darlings,Pegi Lea’s eye-catching custom designs tend to bea talking point.

Niki Lea Williams, the Lake Macquarie woman behind the PegiLea brand,has been busy filling orders for her “outrageous” head wear asspring racing events kick off across the country.

It has been that way since her n native mohawk captured the media’s attention at the 2014 Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

“I was just at the right place at the right time, meeting the right people,” Ms Williams said.

“It was a big eye-opener. Itlaunched me into racing fashion.”

Her businessbegan after Ms Williams was involved in a car accident in 2002, which resulted in her becoming a below-knee amputee.

Pegi Lea was thepet name she had bestowed on herprosthetic leg.

“Before I hadmy car accident,I’d never broken a bone, never had stitch, never had to have a blood test,” she said. “I did a good job of it.

“I’d always been fairly creative, was always doing something a bit arty or crafty, orputting things together – but about six months after my accident, I was staying with my dad in Foster, and he showed me the ropes of screen printing.”

Pegi Lea began with Ms Williams creating screen-printed artworks and clothing, but soon morphed and expandedto include flower crowns, coloured hair extensions, costume attire,and her now signature headpieces. She is self-taught, which is why shebaulks at being called a milliner.

Her work has taken her to racing events including the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast and the Darwin Cup Carnival, as well as Melbourne Cup. It has featured in the Newcastle Jockey Club’s promotions for the past three years.

The eye-catching designs regularly wind upin the fashion pages.

“Last year for Melbourne Cup I mademetallic silver wings for me to wear, and I made a gold mohawk –which my brother decided to wear, with a great blue suit,” she said. “Usually it’s me or some of the women I make headpieces for that get into the paper, but he outdid us all. He was everywhere.”

Instagram “influencers,”such as model Imogen Anthony, have been sporting Pegi Lea creations.

Anthony, who is the girlfriend of radio host Kyle Sandilands, posted pictures of herself wearing a Pegi Lea headpieceat the recent Burning Man festival in the US.

Ms Williams would love to work with superstars likeLady Gaganext.

“I don’t have any rules, except to make sure you can fit under a doorway,” she said.

Bangladeshi send-off gets tongues wagging

Chittagong: The line between what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on a cricket field is again in question after Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain gave a cheeky send-off to ‘s Pat Cummins on day three at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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lost 6/78 as the Tigers limited the tourists’ first innings lead on a rain-affected day, with 9/377 in their first innings at stumps, leading Bangladesh by 72 with two days to play.

One of the men to fall in ‘s collapse was Cummins, who was adjudged lbw to spinner Mehedi Hasan after the hosts reviewed an initial not out decision from umpire Nigel Llong.

When Llong raised his finger to send Cummins on his way, so too did Nasir, who was standing next to the umpire and almost in sync with the official.

The ICC are not expected to sanction Nasir. Speaking after play, n vice-captain David Warner – who completed his second century of the series on Wednesday, said he hadn’t seen the incident.

“I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know much about that. It’s one for obviously the umpires to look at and deem if it was a send-off or not. From my past track records I know that the heat can get to you sometimes. I’m not making excuses for him, but yeah,” Warner said.

Warner was eventually out for 123, but was also involved in the runout of Peter Handscomb for 82, with the Victorian caught short following a direct hit from Shakib Al Hasan, having retreated from what would have been Warner’s 100th run.

Warner lauded Handscomb’s selflessness.

“As I said to him in the change rooms, it’s one of those things where you try and help your teammate out,” Warner said.

“We did speak about it between the overs to suggest ??? he said to me, ‘I’m looking for it’. It’s one of those great pieces of fielding – they were very close. I knew that they were close and my ‘no’ probably wasn’t early enough. It was quite tough to actually look and then say, ‘no’. It was very selfless of him.”

Cummins was the third n wicket in succession to fall following a DRS review, with Matthew Wade (eight) and Glenn Maxwell (38) both removed after unsuccessful challenges.

Warner said the DRS remained a challenging part of the game for his team to master.

“I think once you get down the the tail end and you’ve got your last sort of batters in, you tend to just use it, and I think that’s where the boys messed up last game,” he said.

“It’s about cricket awareness and we always talk about these things when you’re out there. You’ve got to be close enough as well at the other end, and try to be in line as much as you can. With umpire’s call playing a big role in that, if he gives you out it’s quite challenging to turn that over. So that’s always in the back of your mind, especially when you’re given out lbw, and in these conditions it’s quite challenging as well. Umpires might make mistakes and you as a batsman are definitely going to make mistakes as well, so it’s not an easy job for either or. It can be quite challenging in these conditions definitely, when you’re trying to pick out when to do your DRS.”

Rain could still play a part in the match after the first session was washed out on Wednesday, with downpours forecast for both Thursday and Friday. But Warner remained upbeat about his side’s chances of levelling the series with a win, suggesting that the wicket was holding up well.

“Well it’s crucial that we try and put as many runs on the board as possible. I wouldn’t say the wicket is deteriorating, there’s a little bit of rough out there created from the bowlers,” Warner said.

“The middle of the wicket is still nice and true. But as the spinners do, they’ll work what they need to do and hit those rough areas. But it’s upon the batsmen obviously to work out what they want to do, if you want to sweep, if you want to lunge forward and negate that. There’s going to be plans both sides.”

Kimye expecting third child: reports

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will welcome a child via surrogate in January, according to reports.
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Celebrity news website TMZ is reporting Kimye are expecting their third child in early 2018.

According to TMZ, the couple, who are already parents to four-year-old North and 21-month-old Saint, are paying the surrogate $US45,000 ($56,000) for her services after finding her through an agency.

The Kardashan West clan reportedly hired the surrogate because Kim suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta attaches itself too deeply to the uterine wall.

Eventual attempts to remove the placenta can result in hemorrhaging for the mother, as well as damage to the uterus. The condition also increases the risk of a premature delivery.

“The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate,” a source told People magazine.

“Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.”

Kim’s fertility was the focus of an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians last November.

In the episode, the reality star visited two fertility specialists, one of whom told her that, given the medical risks she would face in a third pregnancy, using a surrogate was “not an unreasonable option”.

“If the two doctors that I trust have told me it wouldn’t be safe for me to get pregnant again, I have to listen to that,” she said at the time.

“But because I don’t know anyone that has been a surrogate or used one, I didn’t really think about that as an option for me.”

In a meeting with a woman who had worked as a surrogate shown in the same episode, Kim expressed worry that, if she had a child by surrogate, she would not “love them the same” as her two biological children.

At the end of the episode, Kim concluded she would not try for another children biologically and instead wanted to “explore surrogacy”.

Earlier this year, another episode of her reality show followed Kim as she had an unsuccessful procedure to increase her chance of conceiving naturally.

“I always knew surrogacy was an option; now it’s my reality,” she said on the episode. “Whatever is meant to be will be.”

In June, it was reported that the family had engaged a surrogacy agency, although they did not confirm the rumours.

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The 10 essential things every traveller forgets

Galloping off to some far-flung corner of the planet has now become so commonplace we don’t think twice about it. Money, passport, air ticket and we’re off, and if we’ve forgotten anything, wasn’t that why shopping was invented? But familiarity breeds neglect. Inevitably, there are things we forget, details we probably once observed when we travelled, and since it all worked out perfectly okay last time, why bother? Time to lift our collective game. Here are 10 must-dos for the next time you’re out and about in the world.
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Simple to do, and one of the most effective ways to block a lurgy from entering your digestive tract – but how many times do you finger-pop a samosa or a cavalo nero and prosciutto bruschetta into your mouth, or dip into the tapas without washing your mitts? Bacterial swabs taken from unwashed human hands have been shown to harbour more nasties than railway station benches, more than kitchen sponges, more even than the average TV remote control, and there’s no way you’d be licking one of those. Email all docs to self and someone who cares

Passport info page, air tickets, travel insurance policy, licence, itinerary – these are all stuff you’re likely to need should you and they through misadventure part company. Save them in as many places as you can think of – email, the cloud and at the email addresses of trusted friends and relations who can be called on if your hour of need arises. Advertising your absence” src=”http://www.smh苏州夜总会招聘.au/content/dam/images/g/y/c/a/9/b/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1504688017299.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

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This is a real Facebook post form a friend: “Hey everyone, having a fabulous time at Nusa Dua, still got another week of heaven to go.” This is maybe not such a smart message to broadcast to your Facebook friends – and remember that attractive person with the mysterious name who sent you a friend request way back when which you accepted? That could be information of interest to them, or anyone else for whom your absence might constitute an opening for personal enrichment. Maybe keep a lid on your movements and if there are kids in the picture, a word about zipping the lips, the circle of trust, the need-to-know principle etc. Surely this Bangkok motorcycle taxi is the smart way to get around?In Bangkok, get a tuk tuk.” src=”http://www.smh苏州夜总会招聘.au/content/dam/images/g/y/c/a/m/8/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1504689156902.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

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The two-wheeled version of The Fast and the Furious, Bangkok’s motorcycle taxis are the way to beat the city’s gridlocked traffic when you’re in a hurry. Locals use them all the time but they’re risky, and not for the faint of heart. Expect a high-speed slalom ride that sometimes involves weaving through markets, up one-way streets the wrong way, onto pavements and those red lights are strictly advisory when there’s no cop around. Possibilities for catastrophe are ever-present. You won’t get a helmet most likely, and if it’s wet, you’re better off walking. In fact if sense prevails you’ll probably walk anyway, or use the excellent BTS Sktrain. The seatbelt sign is off, so why should I keep it on?

Turbulence is not always predictable. Hit an air pocket and your aircraft might fall several metres, but you might not if your seatbelt is flopping by your side, causing your head to meet the overhead bin in a bruising and possibly bloody encounter. Not knowing the exchange rateKnow the exchange rate before you get to a destination.” src=”http://www.smh苏州夜总会招聘.au/content/dam/images/g/y/c/a/d/9/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1504688406821.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

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So you’re in Florence and figuring on around 70 Euro cents to the dollar, give or take. Which makes that leather jacket at 500 euros just a shade over $700, right? In fact more like $770 because at the credit card rate, your dollar is worth only around 64.8 cents, so maybe not such a bargain. Knowing the exchange rate in wherever you find yourself can save you from a nasty surprise down the line, and reach for a calculator if there are big sums involved. Remember too that the rate you get from an ATM is probably slightly better than the rate on a credit card transaction. Also, know what the local currency looks like. I once paid for a meal on the waterfront at Split in Croatia mistaking the euros in my wallet for local kuna. For a lunch that cost HRK70, about $13.25 at the time, I paid ???70. I might have even added a tip. The waiter took the cash and disappeared, never to be seen again.

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Ever tried miming a headache in Hindi? Or busy bowels in Burmese? You can waste heaps of time in pharmacies trying to find the stuff you need to fix simple and predictable ailments, and it’s plenty worse if you’re struck somewhere remote and they’re not available. Read your travel insurance PDS

The product disclosure statement that comes with your travel insurance policy is an insomnia sure-cure but it’s a necessary read. The ifs and buts can bring you undone if you try and claim for something your insurance excludes. If you’re relying on the travel insurance that comes when you use your credit card to pay for your travels, extra care is needed. Some of these policies need to be activated and others limit the amount of medical cover they provide without clearance from the insurer, and that’s something you need to know.

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Your wallet and it’s probably loaded with goodies. All your cash, cards, the whole deal that keeps your holiday afloat. And it might be sitting in your back pocket, or tucked inside a handbag, maybe even with the zipper open. Should it go walkabout in a stranger’s hands, you’re possibly down to whatever bits of silverware are jingling in your pocket and that’s not a happy place to be. Take out what cash and cards you might need for the day and leave the rest in your hotel, preferably in the safe or else locked inside your luggage. If there are two of you, divvy up the loot between you. Register travel plans with DFAT

Logging onto the Smartraveller website and telling the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where you’re going takes about five minutes. Recent terror attacks have shown that there is just about no place where you can take your security for granted, and DFAT needs to know if you’re in-country when things turn nasty.

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ACT forecast to avoid load shedding this summer

The ACT is unlikely to experience rolling blackouts this summer after narrowly avoiding load shedding earlier this year, the national power system manager has said.
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The n Energy Market Operator found while Victoria and South faced a heightened risk of failing to meet the demand for electricity in the 2017-18 summer, there was no forecast risk for the NSW-ACT region.

But ACT climate change minister Shane Rattenbury acknowledged electricity supply was never 100 per cent guaranteed and said the government was “closely monitoring” preparations for the coming summer period.

To that end, the territory will this month take part in a national electricity and gas emergency exercise.

Mr Rattenbury said they’d also partnered with the NSW and Commonwealth governments to identify major electricity users in the area that could be asked to cut down should a shortage arise.

But the government may still call on the community to reduce their use, like they did earlier in the year, to reduce stress on the electricity grid and prevent a wider blackout.

“The ACT has established load shedding guidelines, if required. These guidelines would initiate rolling electricity supply outages of up to two hours across different areas of the electricity network,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The guidelines establish an order of priority to ensure critical infrastructure such as hospitals, emergency services, Canberra Airport and water treatment facilities will not have their electricity supply interrupted, unless it was absolutely necessary and no other alternative was available to preserve the power system or ensure public safety.”

The government is also developing a communications strategy to tell businesses and residents how they can save power over summer to further reduce pressure on the electricity grid.

AEMO recommended governments look at back-up power supply options, like battery storage or generation on the grid, to lower the risk of unscheduled blackouts during peak periods.

They found the risk of load shedding in the NSW-ACT and Victoria regions is likely to increase with the closure of the Liddell power station in 2022.

However their analysis showed renewable energy generation could help maintain reliability in the grid even without strategic reserves.

Cyclist threatened in Summer Hill road rage altercation

The driver of a Toyota Hilux who was involved in an alleged road rage attack in Summer Hill.A violent road-rage incident between a driver and a cyclist that unfolded in Sydney’s inner west has been caught on camera.
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The video, shot by the cyclist, shows the driver of a Toyota Hilux unleashing a tirade of abuse against him.

The altercation, which was sparked by a minor collision between the cyclist and the driver, erupted on Grosvenor Crescent in Summer Hill about 7.50am on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old driver allegedly called the 23-year-old cyclist “Aussie scum” and repeatedly threatened him before allegedly striking him.

“I’m Lebanese mate, I’m going to f— you,” the driver is heard yelling at the cyclist.

“I’m going to f— your life, you son of a bitch. I’m going to follow you, I am going to f— your life.”

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the altercation.

“It is alleged the driver punched the cyclist,” she said. “Investigations are continuing.”

The driver, from Sydney’s inner west, told Channel Nine’s Today show that he slapped the cyclist after being provoked, and he regretted his actions.

“[He was] sticking his finger up, carrying on,” he said.

“We were driving and I didn’t hit him, then [he] got in front of me and he started riding slowly, sticking his finger up and then he took off, braked, and I was rolling in traffic and I hit his back tyre.

“It’s not right. I didn’t provoke it. I’m not a violent person.” In the last few moments the driver involved in a frightening road rage incident in Sydney has spoken. #9Todaypic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/uMdgxUdnWg??? The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) September 6, 2017*/