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‘Innocent mistake’ greets Alice Springs school’s Jewish guests – Hitler on parade

The boy, said to have ‘an interest in history and politics’ was given permission to dress up as Adolf Hitler. Five Year 9 exchange students from Bialik College, a Jewish school in Hawthorn, were visiting the school at the time.. Photo: Penny Stephens

Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, ‘Mein Kampf’, outlined his plans for Germany.

Last month a Perth mother painted her son’s skin black for a Book Week parade, as he wanted to look like footballer Nic Naitanui.

A student at an Alice Springs private school has dressed up as Adolf Hitler for a Book Week parade which coincided with a visit by exchange students from a Melbourne Jewish school.

A teacher at St Philip’s College gave the student permission to dress up as the Fuhrer, with the costume earning the boy the title of one of the “best dressed”.

The Northern Territory school has apologised for the incident, which occurred at a Book Week assembly on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the school said a respected teacher had made an “innocent mistake”.

She said the student had an interest in history and politics and had asked for permission for his costume.

“This was an innocent mistake by a teacher who is a respected, honourable and lovely person who got it wrong on the day,” she said.

The incident occurred in front of five Year 9 exchange students from Bialik College, a Jewish school in Hawthorn East.

It comes just weeks after a Perth mother painted her son’s skin black for a school Book Week parade because he had wanted to look like his “idol”, AFL footballer Nic Naitanui.

Bialik College principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner said the students were “saddened” by the incident, but the school was dealing with it appropriately.

“It was an error of judgement on behalf of the school,” he said.

“From what I understand, there was no malice, and not just because there were Jewish kids there but because it was the wrong thing to do.”

He said Bialik students had been holding exchange visits with St Philip’s for six years, and would continue to do so.

St Philip’s College is now reviewing its policies to ensure that a similar incident never occurs.

“The school is providing support and assistance to the teacher, the student, and their family.

“It has been a very distressing lesson for all concerned,” it said.

The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, an organisation that raises awareness about anti-Semitism and hate speech, said the student had displayed “disturbing insensitivity”.

The body’s chair Dvir Abramovich called for the federal government to introduce mandatory Holocaust education in all Australian schools.

“I am shocked by the level of ignorance shown by this sad episode. Clearly, this offensive and ill-judged incident is a wake-up call that we all have much work to do in ensuring that all students understands the evils of the Holocaust, and what Hitler represents,” he said.

“This student, who displayed such disturbing insensitivity by choosing to dress up as Hitler, a brutal tyrant who symbolises unbridled hate and genocide, and the teacher who awarded him the prize, must be taught about the results of Hitler’s demonic plan to symmetrically exterminate the Jewish people and the enormous suffering he caused.”

Book Week is celebrated by schools across Australia, and encourages students to dress up as their favourite character from a book.

Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni a victim of legal bungle in Thailand, says lawyer

Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni was sentenced to two life prison sentences in Thailand. Photo: Facebook/Saphire Club Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni at work in Pattaya. Photo: Facebook/Saphire Club

Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni at a bar. Photo: Soundcloud

Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni. Photo: Soundcloud

Bangkok: Jake Mastroianni, an Australian DJ known in the night clubs and strip bars of Thailand’s Pattaya by his stage name Badmouth, was the victim of a critical legal error that put him behind bars for life, his lawyer says.

Mastroianni, 26, was spending time at his girlfriend’s apartment in the Thai beach city after his British friend sold ecstasy pills to a foreign man outside a nearby supermarket.

As the friend, Lance Whitmore, a 27-year-old former soldier, pulled 200 pills from his backpack, undercover police rushed to arrest him.

The buyer turned out to be acting for police in the 2014 sting operation targeting foreigners in Thailand’s “sin city”.

Dozens of police later burst into the apartment where Mastroianni was hanging out, bringing his life as a fun-loving likable DJ to a crashing end.

Police discovered 61 ecstasy pills in the apartment, leaving Mastroianni two years later in Thailand’s notorious Klong Prem prison, convicted and facing two life sentences, a punishment that lawyers say is extremely harsh, even in the country where drug traffickers can be executed.

Mastroianni is now considering whether to lodge an appeal against the verdict in a case his lawyer says contained a series of troubling events, including questionable legal advice when he was initially arrested.

Nathan Feeney, a Bangkok-based lawyer with the firm Thailandbail, who is now acting for Mastroianni, says a “critical error” was made when his client’s case was not separated from Whitmore’s.

At Pattaya’s police station officers combined the 200 pills they found in Whitmore’s possession with the 61 pills found in the apartment of Mastroianni’s girlfriend.

When forensically examined they were found to contain 27.8 grams of pure MDMA, the ecstasy substance.

Mr Feeney told Fairfax Media that no drugs were found on Mastroianni or in any of his belongings.

He pointed out that the 61 ecstasy pills were discovered in an apartment rented in the name of his Thai girlfriend who was never charged with any offence.

“Jake didn’t live in the apartment. He stayed there on and off. It was her apartment in her name,” Mr Feeney told Fairfax Media.

“That is a key point. Did Jake have possession of the pills?”

Mr Feeney said he was “mystified” why police charged Mastroianni with both possession of the drug and possession with intention to sell it when in fact it was Whitmore who was caught in the act.

Mastroianni refused to plead guilty at his trial, which led to the double life sentence, unlike Whitmore, who pleaded guilty and copped the lesser sentence of 50 years jail.

Whitmore, who was working at the time for a Thai petroleum company, told his family he was carrying the pills for a dealer and that he was tortured and kept in a police “safe house” for three days after his arrest.

Whitmore too is in Klong Prem prison, facing the prospect of being an old man when he is released.

“It’s worse than a POW camp…there are cockroaches everywhere and they feed the prisoners rotten rice and fish heads,” said his father Russell Whitmore, who had opened a bar in Pattaya, adding that his son sleeps on a concrete floor in a cell with 74 prisoners. The cell block is designed for 20.

Mastroianni and Whitmore were shackled together when they appeared in a Bangkok court last Tuesday. The judge turned down appeals against their sentences.

They now have 30 days to decide whether to lodge a further appeal or to apply for more time to consider it.

Mr Feeney said Mastroianni was looking at a prisoner transfer scheme that could see him serve some of his sentence in an Australian jail.

Prisoners who receive a life sentence in Thailand must serve eight years before being eligible for a transfer.

Mastroianni has already served two, meaning he would have to wait another six years before becoming eligible to return to Australia.

Deciding to lodge a further appeal carries further risk in a country where judges often impose harsher sentences on those who contest verdicts.

Under Thai law the amount of ecstasy Mastroianni was charged with possessing and intending to sell is in the highest bracket and carries a possible death sentence.

Mr Feeney said Mastroianni has spent time in the prison hospital for heat exhaustion or a flu-like illness but has made some friends.

He said his client has been able to cope “fairly well” so far in the prison also known as the “Bangkok Hilton”.

“Other people in his position may have gone mad – some people do,” he said.

“Jake is a smart kid. That is the thing that gets to him most – he can’t do anything with his brain. It’s really boring in there. Reading material is restricted. Visitations seem to be the only that keeps him going mentally.”

EDITORIAL: The Royal Commission points an unwavering spotlight

WHEN the chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, thanked the Newcastle Herald for its reporting of crimes against children, he was recognising the bravery of those whose determination to step forwardhas allowed the Herald to campaign as it has.

Chairman of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan

Although we like to believe that the truth will always find a way to emerge, and that good will eventually triumph over evil, history shows that this is not necessarily the case.

Not all perpetrators are caught. Not all bad deeds are punished. Not all victims or survivorsare properly recompensed for the pain and suffering inflicted on them. But thanks to this Royal Commission, the spotlight has been shone like never before on the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, and, just as importantly, on those who have protected them.

It will be three years this week since the commission held its first public hearing. Although conducted in Sydney, it, too, related to events in the Hunter Region, examining the response of various agencies to a former head of theHunter Aboriginal Children’s Services, Stephen Larkin, who was prosecuted in 2012 for offences committed some 15 years earlier.

All up, the royal commission has examined 43 separate case studies:a 44thhearing, into a serial Catholicpaedophile,John Joseph Farrell, starts in Sydney on Monday.The Newcastle Anglican hearing –which ran out of time before somekey witnesses couldgive evidence –will resume in Sydney on Wednesday, November 16.

As well as the public hearings, the commission has conducted a substantial number of private sessions. The commission’s final report is due before the end of its formal term of inquiry at the close of 2017, but findings have already been published for about half of its case studies. On top of this work, the commission has published various consultation and research papers, and Justice McClellan has given a number of speeches, all part of a brief to not only investigate the abuse of children, but to find ways to best ensure it does not flare again.

The commission’s hearings, in Newcastle and elsewhere, have rarelymade for easy listening or reading, and they have revealed a side of Australia, and Australians, that does not, in the main, do us proud. It’s an investigation, however, that we, as a nation,simply had to have.

ISSUE: 48,334

Where to eat in Bangkok: Chef David Thompson

David ThompsonAustralian chef, author, restaurateur and top-ranked Asian chef in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, David Thompson is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on Thai cuisine.

The chef behind Sydney’s legendary Darley Street Thai and Sailor’s Thai runs successful restaurants around the world including Nahm in London and Bangkok, and Long Chim, in Singapore as well as Perth. He’s just returned to Sydney, opening a Long Chim in Angel Place. See longchimsydney杭州mFAVOURITE TABLE

Anywhere on the streets, because it’s there Bangkok is at its culinary democratic best. Everybody who visits and lives in Bangkok finds themselves on the streets eating well often. And you’ll find me there too, eating with the best of them. An oyster omelette, say, or some mind-snappingly spicy squid stir-fried with green peppercorns and holy basil or a more gentle, assuaging noodle. LOCAL FOOD DISCOVERY 

Hands down sand ginger (brao horm in Thai). It’s in season at the moment in Bangkok. A cardamom-like cousin of our regular rhizome ginger, it’s peppery pungent and both the leaves and roots are used fresh and dry. In Bangkok, we are enjoying this newfound gem in a catfish curry with green peppercorns, Thai basil and deep fried shallots. BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET

The local markets, in particular Or Tor Kor market  (Thanon Kamphaengphet). It is modernised, slightly sanitised but is full of soul and sustenance and filled with fresh produce, fish, seafood and meat, and the most beguiling array of fruits and vegetables, jackfruits, mangoes, lychees and custard apples, basil, tamarind and melons, all tender and ripe and ready to eat. MUST-TRY DISH

Apsorn’s Kitchen, also known as Krua Apsorn is a wonderful food experience in Bangkok. It’s located in the northern older part of the city, not too far away from the Vimanmek palace. It’s an unprepossessing place, bright, neon-lit and functional but it is full of Thais. I always try to get there when I am in Bangkok. They speak little English but there is an English version of the menu that contains some gems. I believe they have the best crab stir fried in curry powder,  and the deep-fried kingfish with green mango and the yellow curry with prawns and lotus shoots, clear, tart and spicy, is an exemplary lesson in honed balance. You’ll have to get there early to get this curry but it’s worth the effort. I also like the stir-fried pork with oyster sauce and crunchy garlic. FAVOURITE INDULGENCE 

Eating on the streets. It is an everyday event for me, but for those reading this it’s an indulgence and the best way to eat and experience Thai food in Bangkok. Thais are obsessed with food. If they are not eating, they are preparing it, buying or asleep, dreaming of it. Yet it is one of the great paradoxes of Thailand that though there is great food and excellent markets, you can sometimes be hard-pressed to find a great Thai restaurant. Strange I know, but it’s one of the lamentations of those who live in the city.  A BIG NIGHT OUT

There’s a fantastic trendy bar in Chinatown, Tep Bar or Smalls down on Suan Phluu or for the truly louche, and as last port of call, Wongs on Sathorn 1. BEST TIME TO VISIT

The rain can be dampening, the heat torrid in the hot season, so the cool season is best and that’s from November to February. But no matter what, the food is always good throughout the year.

The Hobbit, Sherlock actor Martin Freeman filming post-apocalyptic thriller in Australia

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Martin Freeman in Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo: Supplied

Helen Mirren is also coming to Australia for a feature role.

In a big week for Australian film, Martin Freeman has joined Helen Mirren among the big-name international actors shooting in Australia.

The star of The Hobbit movies and TV shows Sherlock and The Office is filming the post-apocalyptic thriller Cargo in South Australia.

It centres on an infected father, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, who is desperately seeking a new home for his infant daughter “and a means to protect her from his own changing nature”.

It is being directed by newcomers Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke and also stars Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom, Gallipoli) and Caren Pistorius (Offspring, Slow West).

After the shoot, Cargo will be post-produced in Sydney.

It is a feature-film version of a short that went on to international festival success after being made for Tropfest in 2013.

The project came to light as the NSW Government announced it has invested more than $2 million to secure four feature films, four TV drama series and other projects.

Also included is a new film, Sweet Country, from director-cinematographer Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah).

It is a described as “a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.”

In a separate announcement from Screen Australia, director Gregor Jordan (Two Hands, Ned Kelly) is to shoot adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel Dirt Music.

Mirren, the Oscar-winning star of The Queen, will head to Melbourne for the Spierig brothers’ supernatural thriller Winchester House early next year.

After acclaim for the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice Film Festival, another film with high hopes, Garth Davis’ Lion, is about to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, an Indian-Australian businessman who tracks down his long-lost birth mother and brother in Calcutta using scraps of information and Google Earth in the drama.

PlayStation 4 Pro: what Sony’s new high-end console is all about

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Pro plays the same games as the regular PS4, but will make many of them look better. Photo: Sony The upcoming PlayStation lineup. From left: the new PS4, PS4 Pro, Dualshock 4 controller, PS Camera, PS VR and Move controllers. Photo: Sony

Sony has announced two new versions of its PlayStation 4 will release this year, including one with greater graphical capabilities than the standard console.

At an event in New York City, Sony took the wraps off a new standard PS4 — which is smaller than the existing device but functions exactly the same — plus the PS4 Pro, a bigger and more powerful machine.

The Pro has a higher clocked processor and a more powerful GPU than the standard, and while both consoles play the exact same game discs and downloads, game developers have the option of adding graphical bells and whistles that only players with the Pro will see.

Sony explained that this strategy is a way to give players and game developers choice over the fidelity of the experience, while also making sure every player can play every PS4 game.

The Pro is capable of outputting games and streaming video at 4K resolution, something the regular PS4 cannot do. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is also coming to games and streaming video on PS4 however, since HDR only requires a compatible TV and not a heap of additional processing power, the capability will come to all PlayStation 4 consoles via an online update next week.

Sony said some developers are working on PS4 Pro and HDR updates for games that have already been released, meaning players will see improvements in the games they already own if they have an HDR TV or upgrade to the new console. Developers will also be able to give Pro-exclusive graphical touches to games running on the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.

It’s worth noting that, when it comes to gaming on the PS4 Pro, there’s no upgrade that applies to every game. So it’s not true to say the Pro “plays PS4 games in 4K”, or that it makes all PS4 games look better. Rather, the specific in-game differences between the Pro and the standard PS4 will differ from game to game.

Examples shown off during Sony’s event included drawing extra environmental details on screen, adding water reflections, increasing shadow complexity, applying physics to objects like a character’s hair, displaying the game in 4K or applying an algorithm that makes game textures better. It just depends on what the game developer decides to do with the extra resources, if it decides to do anything at all.

Importantly, some of the improvements made possible by the Pro console won’t require a 4K TV to see, meaning players using standard Full HD TVs will still see improved graphics using the new console.

With the release of PS4 Pro, the platform has come much closer to gaming on PC in the sense that two people could buy the exact same game but — depending on the machine they have and the kind of display it’s connected to — get a range of different results. The key difference is that players won’t have to change settings themselves to optimise performance, and that Sony is guaranteeing all software will run well on the base hardware.

In Australia the new-look PlayStation 4 will be available on September 15. It will cost $439.95 with a 500GB hard drive or $509.95 with 1TB. The PlayStation 4 Pro, which has a 1TB hard drive, will be available on November 10 at $559.95. So should I consider a PS4 Pro?

Incremental updates like this are pretty new to video game systems. Usually you can make a hardware purchase decision based solely on the software available for the system, but the new paradigm means software is tied to a family of consoles rather than a specific machine.

If you already have a PS4, the upgrade will come at a big price considering all the games you get will also be playable on your old machine, but it may be worth it for some (especially those with 4K HDR TVs). Upgrading will make sure you get the best version of future games, and may improve the graphics of games you already own, depending on whether the developers take advantage of the extra grunt.

If you don’t yet have a current generation console, the PS4 Pro is only $50 more than the 1TB PS4. It could also potentially tip the scales in favour of Sony’s platform compared to Microsoft’s Xbox, which has also seen a recent revision of its standard console with the Xbox One S and plans a more powerful box in 2017. Yet while the PS4 Pro is certainly more capable than the PS4 or Xbox One S, which are comparable in terms of processing power, one has to assume next year’s Xbox will raise the bar again.

In terms of streaming video, the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro both handle 4K HDR, while the standard PS4 does HDR only. Bafflingly, since it’s a Sony standard, the Xbox One S will play 4K HDR Blu-Ray discs while no version of the PS4 will.

If you don’t care about 4K or HDR at all, the only advantages the PS4 Pro appears to have over the standard PS4 are that game developers can choose to make their games look nicer on the latter, and PSVR owners with a PS4 Pro may get a bit more out of their virtual reality experiences.

The secret life of John Harvey

CANDIDATE: John Harvey in Cessnock last year. PICTURE: Max Mason-Hubers

YOU may never heard of him, but John Harvey may be one of the most interesting men to ever stand for local politics in the Hunter.

In an era when colourful characters have almost all been weeded out ofour council chambers, MrHarvey, the owner of the Royal Oak Hotel in Cessnock and acandidate for mayor in Saturday’s local government election,boasts a remarkable resume.

Parts of it readlike the biography of the ultimate insider. An adviser to a generation of Liberal Party heavyweights, Mr Harveymade his name as an advance man for former NSW PremierNick Greiner, before eventually becoming one of hismost trusted advisers.

He’s a former Federal Directorof the National Party, and for a time worked with the likes of former Victorian PremierJeff Kennett and Liberal Party leader Andrew Peacock.His website boasts of once meetingformer US PresidentGeorge Bush.

But other ventures make him sound more like a character out of Dickens. Born in Canberra, he’sadentist by trade who also reportedlyonce farmed turkeys and helda job as a maitre d’.

He played a key role in the –at the time controversial –construction of the Eastern Creek raceway,and was, perhaps most infamously, theinstigator of a disastrous business venture that began with one of theoriginal supermodels –Elle Macpherson– backing his vision for an all-female yacht crew racing around the world,and endedin a long-running court case with the West Australian government.

Mr Harvey did not respond tomultiple requests for comment on Friday, but his dealings with the woman sometimes known as “The Body” were followed with considerable interestby the Sydney press in the late 1990s when a sponsorship deal with the state government in WA went sour.

No stranger to standing for elected office–he first ran for the National Party in 1981 in the stateseat of Burrinjuck, polling 41 per cent of the vote, and most recently stood as an independent in the seat of Hunter in this year’s federal election, polling a more modest 4.9 per cent–he’s considered an outside shot of becoming Cessnock mayor.

Butafter polls close, he’ll have plenty of stories to tell back at the Oak.

Spin Out has Tim Ferguson of Doug Anthony All Stars behind the wheel for first film

Tim Ferguson (of Doug Anthony All Stars fame) has co written a film called ‘Spin Out’ starring Xavier Samuel around the B and S ball culture. Photo: Penny Stephens Morgan Griffin as Lucy and Xavier Samuel as Billy in Spin Out. Photo: Sony Pictures

The reformed Doug Anthony All Stars (from left): Paul Livingstone, Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson.


Telling lies to the media used to be standard operating procedure for the Doug Anthony All Stars (aka DAAS), so I’m not sure what to make of Tim Ferguson’s claim that he has reverse-pitched a new show to the ABC.

“I called them the other day and said, ‘You will come up with a format for us. We’re not pitching anything, you’re just going to make it happen. You’ve got six months, arrange it, put it together, and we’ll turn up and do a show’.”

Did you really make that call?

“I did,” he insists. “I called [head of entertainment] Jon Casimir’s office. I just thought, ‘What don’t you do in television?'”

And has he called back?

“He hasn’t got my number.”

Here’s what we can say with some certainty: at 52, and with his body severely affected by the multiple sclerosis that was first diagnosed at 19, Ferguson has directed (with Marc Gracie) his first feature film.

Spin Out is a ribald romantic comedy set at a B&S ball. It features a lot of what is known in the trade as “circle work” – utes doing doughnuts in the dirt – and it stars Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin as a pair of childhood friends who don’t realise, or acknowledge, their love for each other until she’s about to head off to Sydney.

“Directing was a role I completely underestimated,” says Ferguson. “It’s like when you’re about to have your first baby and somebody says ‘Oh, it’s tiring’, and you think, ‘Yeah, I’ve been tired’. And then you have your first child and you realise it’s beyond tiredness. You get so tired you can’t remember anything.

“I just underestimated the demands that are made on you in terms of decision making – every 30 seconds you’re given a multiple choice.”

Ferguson is confined to a wheelchair now; when he wants to adjust his position as we chat, he has to use his hands to move his legs. But he insists the physical demands of filmmaking were no greater for him than they were for anyone else.

“I don’t experience the fatigue some people get with MS,” he says. “It’s not that the muscles are weak for me, it’s just that they’re on all the time.”

On set, he got around in a motorised golf cart, rigged up especially with dual monitors so he could see what was being shot on camera A and camera B. It was a diesel golf cart, he quickly points out.

“Everything had to have a noisy engine. If we’d had electric we just would have been picked on by the stunt guys.”

Ferguson grew up in country NSW, and as a kid dreamt of the day he could go to his first B&S ball. By the time he got there, he says, he was 23 and “a man of the world”, having tasted the first wave of success with DAAS (the trio reformed in 2013, with Ferguson and Paul McDermott joined by Paul Livingstone – aka Flacco – standing in for original member Richard Fidler, now a Radio National host).

“I was like, ‘What is this?’ ” he says. “And of course the sense of superiority vanished in about five seconds. It was wild. I woke up on a bus. ‘What are we doing here, Johnno?’ It was terrible but great – an evening I’ll never remember.”

His co-writer Edwina Exton attended balls all over the country in the course of researching the film – “though I don’t know if she had the full paddock experience”, he says slyly – ensuring the world they created should pass muster with the B&S veterans who will hopefully flock to see it. But the ball in the film is a confection, shot in Shepparton in late 2015.

“We had our own studio backlot – we had the shed for a month, the paddock for a month, the whole area, so we could dress it,” he says.

So, you could say you made your first movie at the famous Shepparton Film Studios?

“Yeah, yeah you could,” he laughs. “And if you meet anybody from Star Wars, tell them they’re not that good.”

Spin Out is in cinemas from Thursday September 15

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Whitebridge High students team up with Charlie’s Run 4 Kids to raise funds for Jacob Cooper

Stick together: Jacob’s close friends, Ben McLennan, Jesse Conrick, Jakob Cresnar, Matias Faith and Nathan Davies were the first to run. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollWHITEBRIDGE High students have worn their hearts on their sleeves –and theirshirts, faces and hair – as part of a colourful event to raise funds for a peer fighting leukemia.

More than 650 students each paid $5 tobedoused in pink duringa five kilometrefun run on Friday, which was organised to raisemoney for year nine cancer patient Jacob Cooper, 15.

Jacob’s friend since kindergarten, Jesse Conrick, said his mate would be overwhelmed with the show of support.“He’d love it,” Jesse said.“He’s being brave, he’s a soldier. He’s going to Sydney soon to get a bone marrow transplant.”

More than 650 Whitebridge High students participate in colour run for cancer patient and peer Jacob Cooper pic.twitter杭州m/UvXWtgSAQx

— Helen Gregory (@HGregory_Herald) September 9, 2016

Head teacher of wellbeing Melita Morrow said the school couldn’t have organised the event without the pupils’enthusiasm.“It shows these students look after their own – and that the future is in good hands.”

School captains Lachlan Davis and Anna Stoddard said many students had been touched by cancer.“People say teenagers are more self centered than previous generations, but give them a cause they can connect with and the response is amazing,” Anna said.All funds will be deposited into an account that charity Charlie’s Run 4 Kids set up for Jacob.

The charity, established in memory of late Dudley Public student Charlie Carr, will also donate to Jacob proceeds from its 150 kilometre run inNovember.

Jacob and Charlie met in hospital, when they were both undergoing treatment.

House afloat on Lake MacquarieVideo

The houseboat that broke its tether in Toronto and floated under the bridge before coming to a stop at Fennell Bay.● MORE PHOTOS

WATER views at Toronto may be popular, but the cyclonic storms that lifted the lake have one unfortunate home owner a little bit too close to the edge.

Tianna Brien knew it was raining hard, but she wasn’t quite ready for a house to float past her Toronto home during her morning coffee.

The house, which moves quickly along the Lake Macquarie shore in a torrent of flood water, floats past easily in footage filmed about 6.30am on Tuesday.

“I thought it was a boat or something,” Ms Brien said.

“It just looks like half a house.”

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The houseboat, which some locals said was moored at Toronto,travelledbelow the Main Road bridge before coming to rest “a fair way” along in Fennell Bay, where it was secured.

Ms Brien said the spectacle was a clear warning to anyone who thought about chancing their hand through flood waters.

Ringing police, Ms Brien said she was asked to repeat the unusual spectacle several times to authorities.

“It was going pretty fast,” she said.

“[Going through floodwater] is just stupid.”

Ms Brien’s sister Hannah and her boyfriend Khai Nilsson found the house-come-boat at the end of their street a short time later, tied up by volunteers at the end of Fennell Bay’s Margaret Street.

They said the house had travelled more than a kilometre on water, and the fact it was unfamiliar probably meant it was from even further up stream.

“I was just like, how did that even happen?” Mr Nilsson said.

Ms Brien, whose property has lacked power since 1am, said she was prepared if electricity stayed off overnight.

“We’ve got a little gas cooker so we can just make coffee,” she said.

Originally published asHouse afloat on Lake Macquarie by Newcastle Herald.