Month: May, 2019

How Miranda Kerr keeps looking good

Three Generations: Anne, Miranda and Therese Kerr.
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Topics has long wondered how Miranda Kerr attained her radiance.

Now we know: she got it from her mamma…. and organics.

Herald journo Penny Green spoke to the supermodel’s mum, Therese Kerr, ahead of her appearance at Organic Feast in East Maitland on March 16 and 23 to talk about living without toxins and herorganic beauty product business, The Divine Company.

Therese is right into organics, which she passed on to her daughter.

Therese was proud that Miranda’s business, Kora Organics, and her brother’s restaurant, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen in Rothbury, were focused on good health.

“It is beautiful and so lovely,” Therese said.

“When we do something good in the community and for people, with Kora or Devine doing good for the environment, that is important and we are all connected.

“It’s so important that we leave our children with a land that is fertile, that has the ability to sustain them. My children doing that is just beautiful.”

All this talk of beautiful children and organics is positively inspiring.

Mind you, the family has been caught up in its fair share of controversy.

In 2013, Therese stood down from her position as general manager and chief executive officer of her daughter’s company. Some reports said Miranda sacked her mum from the position, but Therese denied this and said “Miranda and I just had different visions”.

In 2014, the Kerr family featured in an episode of ABC’s Family Confidential.

On the program, the family urged Miranda to spend time with them, saying they hadn’t seen her for “over a year”.

“Miranda’s life is so different now – she’s surrounded by ‘yes’ people all the time. It’s so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be,” Therese said on the show.

Miranda’s grandmother Anne Kerr added: “We had this beautiful girl and everybody was after her and that’s how it’s been ever since”.

Miranda wasn’t overly happy with the show, later sayingshe “feels sorry for her family” and claimingthey were “naive” to give the interview.

“They got sucked into a situation,” she said.

When Penny asked Therese about the fallout from the show, she said: “We did [the show] really as a thing for Flynny (Miranda and ex-husband Orlando Bloom’s son). My mum died when I was pregnant with Miranda, so she never got to see my children. We were approached by Family Confidential and we thought, ‘you know what, it’s a beautiful opportunity to have something that Flynn will have forever’.

“It’s a beautiful piece and the media picked up on what it wanted to.

“As a family we are an open book, there are no airs or graces, I don’t do pretentiousness well, I don’t take to that, we are all made of the same stuff.”

She said the family simply shared their feelings about not being able to see Miranda as much as they would like because of her success.

“But that’s OK,” she said.

“It was turned into ‘Miranda’s mum pleas for her to come home’.

“We were just being real, not saying that it’s right or wrong. Then I got crucified. It is what it is.”

In the SpotlightThe Oscar-winning film Spotlight could easily have been set inthe Hunter.

Instead of a story about Boston Globe journalists, it could have featuredNewcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy and the editors behind her at the time, the likes of Chad Watson and Jason Gordon.

That’s why Newcastle is mentioned in the film’s credits and that’s why the film is massively important to the region.

A special screening will be shown at Towers Cinemas Newcastle at 6pm on Friday, March 18.Prior to the film, Joanne McCarthy will speak about her work to shinethe light on child sexual abuse in the Hunter– which led to the royal commission.

Funds from ticket sales will go to the Clergy Abuse Network in the Hunter and Manning areas. This group is working with the royal commission to establish a suicide register,help victims and survivors and bring offenders to justice.

Saving the DayMerewether surf lifesaver Graham “Tamba” Adam is doing more than saving lives, he’s also retrieving stolen property.

Grant Sproule, founder of Throwing Buckets magazine, had a signed poster of pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons stolen at Surfest.

“Someone stole it on Sunday after the event had finished,” Sprouley said.

“Tamba, a Merewether local, found it out the back of The Beach Hotel in the car park.”

Sprouley reckoned someone had stashed it while they were at the pub, with plans to pick it up on their way home.

“Tamba the lifeguard saves the day again,” said Sprouley, who gave the poster to the surf lifesaving legend for his efforts.

Brown confident new partnership will fire

PRIMED: Trent Hodkinson will partner Jarrod Mullen in the Knights halves for the first time against the Gold Coast on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNATHAN Brown has no doubts that Jarrod Mullen and Trent Hodkinson will hit it off.
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If it’s not against the Gold CoastTitans in round one,it will be down the track.

Many pundits believe the Knights chances will hinge on the star halves and how well theycombine.A club-imposed ban on Mullen sidelined the five-eighth from the 34-28 trial loss to Canberra.The up-shot is that Sundaywill be their first game in tandem.

The theory is that with Hodkinson predominantlyplaying first-receiverit will freeMullen to unleash his running game wider of the ruck.

“They have trained well enough together,” Brown said. “All this stuff about combinations and all that. Last year [at the Broncos]Ben Hunt and AnthonyMilford hadn’t played together and I didn’t see too many people at the end of the year worried about their combination. They lost the first game and then won a heap in arow. We can make an excuses and have a song and dance, but at the end of the day they have a job to do.If they do it well they will work well with each other.”

Hodkinson will on Sunday play opposite the man he replaced in Newcastle, Tyrone Roberts, who will partneremerging star Ashley Taylor.

“Watching the Titanslast year from the outside, they were one of the better attacking teams in the comp,” Brown said. “Unfortnately for them, young KaneElgey has hurt his leg and they lost AidenSezer (Canberra)and James Roberts (Broncos). The halves they have brought in; Tyrone Roberts is obviously well known around here, and young Ashley Taylor is a highly regarded playerfrom the under-20s who was wanted by a number of clubs. I’m sure the attacking side of the game for them is going to be hard to stop but I don’t think any side is going to be perfect in round one.”

Roberts had defensive issues at the Knights and was often a target for opposition back-rowers. As well as test the diminutive play-maker defensively, the heavy workload was aimed at blunting his attack.

“I don’t think there are any smaller players in the competition who don’t have bigger people running at him,” Brown said. “It doesn’t matter who the coach is or the opposition. I don’t think it will be any different for our halves as it will be for their halves.”

Like the Knights, the Titans have had a big turnover in personnel. In their main trial they finished strongly, scoring a late try, only to go down 22-20 to South Sydney.

“​For us at the moment –obviously we will have a small look at theGold Coast –it’s more about us getting our systems and what we want to do right,” Brown said.


HARD YARDS: Korbin Sims, Pauli Pauli and Jeremy Smith wrestle Tariq Sims to the ground at training on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.COACH Nathan Brownhas put the onus on his senior men to spearhead a fresh-faced Knights outfit in the NRL opener, warning they have no excusesnot to start the season well.
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As expected Brown will giveFijian twin-towers Daniel and JacobSaifiti, former Warriors lower-grader David Bhana, and Knights juniorsJaelen Feeney and Pat Mata‘utia theirfirst crack in the NRL against the Gold Coast Titans at CBus Stadium on Sunday.

The 19-man squad named on Tuesday, which will be trimmed to 17, bearslittle resemblance to the outfit which collected the wooden spoon last year.Gone areKurt Gidley, Beau Scott, Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo, and with them more than 1000 games of first-grade experience.

Brown, who takes charge of his first NRL game in seven years,has the utmost faith in the young brigade but said they need support.

“They are all in there for a reason,” he said of the rookies.“They all tick a number of boxes. If they get out there and do what they do well and contribute to the team, that is all we can ask. I would expect them to be a little bit nervous, and I expect them to be excited.Theirperformance will hopefully reflect the senior players. The older ones are the ones who need to hit the ground running. There is no excuse for a senior player to not start the year off well.”

Co-captains Jeremy Smith (193 games) and NSW halfbackTrent Hodkinson (116) and home-grown products Jarrod Mullen (197), Kade Snowden (173) and Ukuila Uate (151) provide the bulk of experience.Dane Gagai (90), Robbie Rochow (66) and Korbin Sims (54) are also deep into their NRL careers.

“We are quite comfortable with where we are at as a squad,” Brown said.“It’s obviously inexperienced, but we have a core group of senior players who have been around long enough to know what they need to do. If they do it well, I’m sure the younger players will feed off the back of them.”

Five is the most debutants theKnightshave fielded since their inception in 1988 and the most in the NRLsince the “Baby Broncos” chose six first-timers in 2002.

“When we got here as a coaching staff, we made it quite clear that the team will be picked on form,” Brown said. “We are not too worried about the age of people. It is no good not having confidence in them. All the guys we have put in had really good parts to their game in the Canberra, and they also had parts they would want to get better. The only way they are going to get better is by training and playing.”

Brown is not expecting perfection from the L-platersbut saw enough in the 34-28 trial loss to Canberra, especially in the second half, to select them with a degree ofconfidence.

“When you put a fair number inwhat you expect is that they should be able to fulfill their role in our team reasonably well,” Brown said. “They are going to have some errors. One of thoseerrors can’t be commitment. They have to compete hard and get themselves in the right positions to do the job for their teammates. Along the way they will have little ups and down, that is what young people do. As a whole, we have a lot of confidence in the guys. Against Canberra there was some positive stuff that came from the rookies. No-one should expect them to be perfect. As long asthey compete hard and get the roles right I’m sure they will give the opposition stuff to think about most weeks.”

New lease of life for fire-affected festival

New lease of life for fire-affected festival Birds of Tokyo’s Ian Kenny performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal.
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The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Members of UK band Bloc Party with Southbound crew at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: Supplied.

The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Fremantle band San Cisco performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Bloc Party’s Kele Olereke performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Bloc party performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

TweetFacebookBusselton’sSouthbound Festival, which was cancelled in January due to the Waroona Yarloop bushfire, has been rescheduled for December this year.

The three-day music festival, which is in its 12thyear and regularly sees a roster of international artists descend on Sir Stuart Bovell Park every year., was cancelled over concerns for people’s safety, with the fire that devastated the township of Yarloop limiting any travel between areas north of Mandurah and Busselton.

The festival will now run December 27-29, which will be the ongoing date of the festival.

A release from Sunset Events, the promoters of Southbound, said the group is “calling out to their loyal supporters to help to rebuild and continue the festival legacy and its future with these new dates”.

“The inspiration to change the dates came from the fire,” Sunset Events managingdirector Dave Chitty said.

“We were determined to deliver the 2016 event if we could and the City of Busselton supporting that means we can deliver that.

“The change in dates and the impact on how we look at the event as a result of the fire has made us even more determined to deliver an even better Southbound for 2016 and beyond.

“Our resolve to strengthen the event and look at things differently will result in many changes which we look forward to sharing with Southbound fans as the announcements unfold in the coming months.”

Concerts hosted by Sunset Events and other companies in the wake of the bushfire raised more than $150,000 in relief, and a spokesman from the company said they would continue to be involved in the fundraising effort in the lead-up to the festival.

While ticket holders for the January festival have received refunds in full, the company will be opening a special pre-sale window to those who already purchased tickets for the rescheduled event in December.

Cyclists gear up for tougher finesPoll

SKEPTICAL: Ted Anderson of Ted’s Bike Shop in East Maitland is sceptical about the new cycling laws. Photo: Perry Duffin
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Cyclists face dramatically higher fines as new bike laws roll out across the state this week.

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Maitland Triathlon Club member and cycling advocate Ted Anderson said the new cycling laws would act as a further disincentive to the already maligned bike-riding community.

“These are laws written and enacted by a government thinking more about cars than bikes,” he said.

Mr Anderson said there was a culture of disrespect for cyclists in Australia.

He admitted that while some break the law, cyclists frequently deal with outright hostility on the roads and lacking infrastructure everywhere else.

“People scream and say they pay rego to drive on the road,” he said.

“Roads are built out of consolidated revenue, not rego.

“But if cycling licenses built cycleways we’d all happily pay.”

Under the new laws motorists are required to give a one metre berth when passing cyclists at up to 60km per hour.

“The passing law will be almost impossible to enforce,” Mr Anderson said.

“I don’t think it’ll achieve anything apart from give police a chance to check our I.D.”

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Other offences, including not having a bell or riding at night without lights, will also rise from $71 to $106.

Cyclists will not be required to carry photo identification until March 2017.

The laws are part of the NSW Government’s Go Together campaign.


Drivers who pass a cyclist must provide 1m of clearance when travelling at 60km/hr or less.This distance increases to 1.5m above 60km/hr.Fine for not wearing a helmet up from $71 to $319Fine for running a red light up from $71 to $425Fine for riding dangerously up from $71 to $425Fine for holding on to a moving vehicle up from $71 to $319Fine for not stopping at children’s/pedestrian crossings up from $71 to $425FROM MARCH 1 2017

Cyclists over 18 years-old will be required to carry photo identificationWHAT YOU SAID

“If they wish to ride their bikes on main roads/highways the should pay registration & obey the road rules like all motorists do”

-Kath Williams Gillis

“More vigilance with stopping the cyclist riding two abreast, in any situation except on a properly closed road for races.”

-Leonie Isenhood

“Why not have a rule where cyclists can only ride if bike lanes are present?”

– Kathy Moore

“Bikes should be in bike lanes or over the white line where ever possible and not ride side by side.All bikes should be made to have side mirrors as well.”

-Andrew Borland

“Trying to police the onemetre rule will be impossible. What’s the law on cyclists riding side by side?”

-Rodney Mark

“What a joke, try driving a truck that takes up the entire lane.”

-Scott Russell Hamilton

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