Archive for: ‘February 2019’

Putting people in control

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

POSITIVE: The changes will give greater choice, control and flexibility in the way people receive home care services, and how those services are delivered.
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As of February 27, elderly residents in Newcastle and the Hunter will have significantly more choice about the care they receive at home and who delivers it through changes to government-subsidised home-care packages.

FLEXIBLE: From February 27, 2017, if you have a home care package, it will be easier to change providers if you are looking for a better fit.

Rather than allocating funding to registered home-care providers, home-care packages offering services to keep older people living independently in their own home (such as personal care, domestic assistance and social support) will be assigned directly to individuals who can then choose the provider they feel best meets their needs.

Allocating funding directly to an individual means they are now free to “shop around”to determine who they would like to deliver their services, not simply a provider who has a package available.

MOBILE: If you choose to change service providers, your home-care package funding will move to your new service provider.

It also frees consumers who are not happy with their current provider to be able to change providers easily.

This is good news for the 3500 residents aged 65 years and over across Newcastle and the Hunter who already receive services under a home-care package, and the growing number of residents who may be eligible in the future.

Leading local home-care provider, Sue Mann Nursing &Community Care managing director Andrew Mann says the changes are a great outcome for older people of Newcastle and the Hunter.

“Independence, choice and control are all very important for people as they age and working through the options for care is a big decision,” Mr Mann said. “Providing consumers and their families with choice means they are in control of choosing the provider that delivers services in their home.”

Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care have developed some “Top Tips” to help select the right home care provider:

Do your research: Check they are a registered provider, look at their websites, clients testimonials, talk with people you know who may use their service and determine a short-list.

Have a conversation: Call the provider and ask them some questions about their company (how long have they been established, experience of staff, quality of care) together with how they run their packages (eg. fee structure, service options) Meet with them – organise for the provider to come to visit so you can get a sense of how you feel with them in your home. Meeting a provider will also give you a sense of their professionalism.

Compare providers: Look at several different providers so you can make an informed choice about the type of provider you are looking for and who might be the best fit for you.

If you’re considering home care or would like more information about home-care packages, contact myagedcare, either via the website at www.myagedcare苏州夜总会招聘.au or call 1800 200 422.

EDITORIAL: How much to pay people for working on Sundays

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

AT its essence, the debate about penalty rates centres on the appropriate level towhich employees should be compensated for working outside of normal hours.
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But as the Fair Work Commission points out in the opening sections of itshistoric decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in six hospitality and retail awards, penalty rates were originally as much about deterring employers from scheduling work outside “normal hours” as it was to compensate employees for working them.

Hence, it would seem, the name “penalty rates”. But as the commission notes, things have changed so much since then that “deterrence” is no longer a “relevant consideration” in setting weekend and Sunday penalty rates. Old notions of a time to work, and a time to rest (with the country sliding to a near halt on the Sabbath)are more or less irrelevant in a society where many of us,especially in cities, want our retail and hospitality providers open seven days a week, if not around the clock.

And if we expect those retailers to open, we must accept that they need to be able to trade at a profit to do so. With the commission proposing to cut the affected penalties by up to 25 per cent, the question is whether these reductions in individual earnings will lead to more work overall –and so a greater benefit to more people –or whether it will embolden employers to seek further rate cuts, in the same way that a once “progressive” tax system has become progressively flattened.

In examining the pros and cons of this decision, there is no doubt that many of those affected are in low-paying jobs. As such, they are likely to rely heavilyon the extra income from Sunday shifts. But as various media investigations have shown in recent years, a number of employers –some of them high-profile –are already paying well under the going rate, regardless of what the law says. In other situations, unions and employers have voluntarily agreed to ease weekend penalties in exchange for higher general hourly rates of pay, arguing that such arrangements meet the commission’s “better off overall” test.

In hindsight, not all of these deals have worked out well for employees. With this in mind, the commission should keep a very close eye on the impacts of this decision, and be prepared to reverse it if the benefits promised by employers do not eventuate.

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Knights winger Ken Sio is confident he can match it with Warriors legend Manu Vatuvei

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

FOR more than a decade, Manu Vatuvei has terrorised and trampled those unfortunate enough to play rightwing for the Newcastle Knights.
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TRY TIME: Ken Sio at the Auckland Nines.

Now the jobof taming the “Beast” in Newcastle’s season-opening clash with the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday week has been handed to new recruit Ken Sio.

HARD YARDS: Ken Sio at training.

FEARSOME: Manu Vatuvei

As first assignments go, they don’t get much tougher. In 19 games against Newcastle, Vatuvei has scored 19 tries –more than any other opposition player in history.

SMILING ASSASSIN: Manu Vatuvei

The next best against the Knights is champion Melbourne fullback BillySlater, whose 23 games have yielded 17tries.

In his past 11games against Newcastle, Vatuvei has crossed the stripe 14times, including three doubles and a hat-trick.

Yet if players such as Akuila Uate and Jake Mamo have struggled to contain the fearsome 30-year-old, Sio can at least enter the game with a degree of confidence.

During his 57 games for Parramatta, before two years with Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League, Sio marked up against Vatuvei twice.

In their first clash, in 2012, the Warriors won 36-20 but Sio picked up a try and kept Vatuvei scoreless.

A year later, Sio crossed for a double in Parramatta’s 40-10 win and again Vatuvei’s name did not feature on the scoresheet.

In other words, the score is 3-0 to Sio after two games.

At 189 centimetres and 109 kilograms, Vatuvei will hold a significant size advantage over 26-year-old Sio (185cm and 95kg).

Yet Sio said he relies on an old-fashioned approach when lining up against the 28-Test Kiwi international: “He’s a big bloke, but the same for everyone who gets tackled, you can’t run without your legs.’’

Sio admitted stopping Vatuvei would be easier if the Knights can “get numbers in the tackle’’ and not allow him space to wind up.

“He’s a legend of the game and it will be awesome to come up against him again,’’ he said.

“I went all right last time, but I didn’t really have to tackle him front-on.

“That would be a pretty scary thing to have to do, but it would be a good challenge as well.’’

It will be the first time Sio has played at Mount Smart Stadium, where the Knights have won just one of their past 11 games.

“The last time I was there [with Parramatta], I had a bit of a shoulder problem and was 18thman,’’ he said.

“So this will be the first time I’ve played there in the NRL.

“But even playing in reserve grade, it’s always a tough place to play.’’

Sio has settled in quickly since joining the Knights in October, scoring a try in the Auckland Nines and also last week’s 44-0 trial thrashing of Canberra.

“It’s a good feeling to come back home [to ],’’ he said.

“The boys have made me feel welcome and Newcastle is an awesome place to live.’’

Vatuvei, with 152 tries, is equal 10thon rugby league’s all-time tryscoring tally.

Sio has a handy strike rate in his own right, scoring 37 times in 57 top-grade games for the Eels.

South Coast defeats Hunterin CHS girls cricket championship final

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

RUNNERS UP: The Hunter open girls cricket team with coach Peter Hosking fell at the final hurdle in Thursday’s CHS Championship final.The Hunter put in their worst batting display of the carnival to fall to South Coast in the CHS Girls Cricket Championship final on Thursday.
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A combination of good bowling and fielding and some rash shots saw the Hunter dismissed for 45 and effectively out of the contest.

However, the Hunter girls dug deep and had South Coast six wickets down before the southern team passed the small total.

Both teams had gone into the final undefeated and Hunter coach Peter Hosking said the batting collapse was a disappointing way to end their campaign.

鈥淲e were probably guilty of the girls not putting enough value on their wickets and knuckling down into an innings,鈥?Hoskingsaid.

鈥淪outh Coast bowled well and put a lot of pressure on in the field.

鈥淚 think the girls showed their true character in the way they fought back by taking six wickets before South Coast passed the target.鈥?/p>Hosking said he was extremely proud of his team鈥檚on-field efforts, sportsmanship and terrific behaviour.

鈥淭hey did their schools and the zone very proud, they were a great bunch of girls to coach,鈥?he said.

Hunter beaten in CHS girls cricket final | PHOTOS South Coast’s Jessica Marsh looks to go on the attack against Riverina in Wednesday’s semi-final. South Coast won the game and meet Hunter in the final on Thursday. Picture: Michael Hartshron

South Coast’s Naomi Woods plays an attacking shot. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast’s Naomi Woods plays an attacking shot. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Maitland’s Jasmine Goode (centre) high-fives teammates after running out Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Hunter’s Jasmine Goode, from Maitland, sends down a delivery against Sydney South-West. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Hunter keeper Anita Handono takes a diving catch. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen scrambles to make a run. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen sprints to try to make her ground. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen is run out after risking one too many quick runs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hannah Darlington jogs in to complete a run. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter’s Jasmine Goode waits for the return of the ball from the outfield. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter bowler Jasmine Goode, from Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter bowler Jasmine Goode, from Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hannah Darlington and Eliza Mallitt react after falling short against the Hunter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Girls from the Hunter and Sydney South-West teams shake hands after the game.

Hunter players Jordan Johnson and Trudi Peterson from Hunter Sports High. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter teammates Mollie Mullen and Kirsten Smith from Scone High and Jess Hjort from Toronto High.

Mollie Mullen from Scone and Cassidy Baker from Maitland. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter players Kirsten Smith and Alison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter players (back row) Mollie Mullens, Abbey Taylor, Jasmine Goode, Nell Gibson and Millie Kohl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina player Lilly Tassell from Hay. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Rikki and Ebony Hoskin from Howlong, near Albury.

Sydney East players enjoy the shade during their game against Sydney West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter batsman Kirsten Smith plays a shot down leg.

Hunter batsman Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter batsman Kirsten Smith plays a straight drive. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Kirsten Smith. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina batsman Delilah Crighton. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina batsman Delilah Crighton. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

TweetFacebookHosking praised the facilities at Maitland Park.