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Divine intervention a necessity for Mrs Kerr

Love for the job: “I’ve been in accountancy all my life, I have a real estate licence, but now I am living my passion,” says Therese Kerr. THERESE Kerr –mum to Miranda, businesswoman, author, speaker and self-described holistic family health ambassador –will be in the Hunter in a few weeks.
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She’s no stranger to the region, given her youngest child, son Matthew, runs Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen in Rothbury.

Then, of course, she once lived in Newcastle.

“My parents ran hotels and we had The Glasgow Arms in Carrington, on the rightwhen you come over the [Cowper Street]bridge,” she says.“We never stayed in one place too long but I went to St Aloysius in Hamilton from Year 7 to Year 10.”

These days, Mrs Kerr and husband John livein Tweed Heads but spend much of their timetravelling the country in the name of The Divine Company.

Mrs Kerr founded the certified organic beauty product business 18 months ago after a discussion with her “Ran” (Miranda).

The younger Kerr didn’t want to stray from premium beauty products in her KORA Organics business, so a family decision was made thatMrs Kerr would retail products including toothpaste, deodorant and hair treatments via The Devine Company.

Miranda Kerr’s disposition to all things organic started with her mother, whose plans to have four children ended in 1995, when severe endometriosis plagued her.

Six years later, feeling “pretty sick” when her spleen was removed after doctors found tumours on it, Mrs Kerr began researching the effect of food and beauty products on the body and was “gobsmacked” to realise how many chemicalswere in everyday products, from toothpaste to perfume.

A convert of Bill Statham’s book The Chemical Mazeand now in contact with leading RMIT and University of Queensland researchers on the issue, Mrs Kerr says the lack of awareness of the toxins in our environment in Australia led to her forming her company and trying to educate the public.

“About 60 per cent of what we put on our skin will go into our bloodstream and up to 100 per cent of products applied under your arms will,” she says.

On March 16 and 23, she will speak at twowellness workshops at the Organic Feast in Maitland, the first focusing on how to reduce chemicals in daily life, the second on baby care.

Certified organic products are costlier but, shesays, last longer because they are super concentrated and regardless better for us.

Her advice to those wanting to start to live cleaner is to use certified organic toothpaste and deodorant and avoid any product with the word “fragrance” listed in the ingredients.

For information on the workshops call 4934 7351.

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Peddling safe network

Pushing on: Newcastle Cycleways Movement president Peter Lee is part of a committee calling for volunteers to help pitch the CycleSafe Network to the NSW State Government before the June budget. Picture: Simone De Peak.A GROUP of volunteers are calling for community support to convincethe NSW State Government to spend$100 million to build 160 kilometres ofconnected walking and cyclingpaths across the Hunter Region.
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The CycleSafe Network Committee, which includesrepresentatives from Newcastle Cycleways Movement, the Heart Foundationand the University of Newcastle, are hosting an information session about the Active Travel Transport Infrastructure Project at Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, on Saturday from 8am to 10.30am.

They hope to recruit volunteers to promote theircampaign and lobby the state government ahead of the June budget to build theproposed“active transport network” that would linkkey locations across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

President of Newcastle Cycleways Movement Peter Lee said the paths would be appropriate for people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

The network would also complement currenttransport optionswithout major disruption to existing roads.

“The reason many peopleare not riding at the moment is because they don’t feel safe on the road,” Mr Leesaid.

“But with separated infrastructure they’ll feel safer and switch to riding to work and it will free up the road network for people who really need to use it.”

The CycleSafe Network is working with the University of Newcastleto puttogether an “economic case”to show how the proposal could financially benefitthe Hunter.

DeborahMoore, the Heart Foundation’s regional health promotion coordinator for theHunter and CycleSafe Network member, said the link between physical activity and heart disease was undisputed.

“In today’s busy work and social environment, it gets more difficult to dedicate a certain amount of time every dayto exercise,” she said.

“But if there was an easily accessible, safe way for people to get around, to go shopping, to socialise, and go to work, then people could be getting physical activity every day without thinking about it.”

The Newcastle Greens support the proposal, with candidate John Mackenzie praisingcycleways for reducingtrafficcongestion, parking stressandpollution.

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Open day opportunity to come see

SECURITY, FREEDOM AND LIFESTYLE: Signature Gardens Retirement Resort brings to the Hunter Valley a new era in the design and amenity of retirement villages.
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The magnificent new clubhouse at Signature Gardens Retirement Resort at Rutherford is now fully operational, and to celebrate, the resort will be holding open days on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 between 10am and 2pm.

Light refreshments and entertainment will be available and resort staff and residents will be available to personally guide guests through the area.

Resort facilities include the clubhouse and heated swimming pool, with construction of a bowling green, putting green and workshop scheduled to commence shortly.

The resort is already home to some 110 residents who are enjoying a full social calendar organised by resident manager, Jill Price, in conjunction with the residents social committee.

“We try to encourage them to be as pro-active as possible and if they suggest it, we try to make it possible,” Jill said.

Construction of Stage 8, comprising a further 12 villas, will commence shortly, with completion expected prior to Christmas.

There are a number of different designs with minor variations, including the Camellia 1, Camellia 1.5 with a garage and workshop, the Lily and the Bromeliad with a single garage and the Orchid 2 with a double garage.

Prices range from $330,000 to $425,000.

Resort project manager Jo-Anne Dryden said that demand has been pleasing with only a limited number of residences in Stage 7 remaining for sale.

“The resort offers the best value and quality in retirement living in the Lower Hunter,”Ms Dryden said.

“Prices arecompetitive and the designs are spacious and functional.

“It’s the gateway to the wine region of the Lower Hunter and is so close to the amenities and facilities that Maitland has to offer retirees.”.

Signature Gardens is located at 14 Denton Park Drive, Rutherford, close to Maitland Hospital, Maitland City Bowling Club, Rutherford Shopping Centre and Hunter Supa Centre and is only 10 minutes drive to Lovedale Road Wine Trail.

Request an information pack by calling 1800 422 155 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

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Bishop Ronald Mulkearns ‘sorry’ for sex abuse in Ballarat

Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns at an earlier hearing in Geelong Photo: Alicia Thomas Bishop Ronald Mulkearns before his retirement, 2002. Photo: Supplied
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Bishop Ronald Mulkearns gives evidence to the commission via video link.

A former bishop of Ballarat has apologised for failing to halt what he called a “problem with priests” – the widespread and long-lasting sexual abuse of children  in Catholic schools across the city.

Abuse survivors and their families have waited decades to hear from Ronald Mulkearns, who served as Bishop of Ballarat from 1971 to 1997, and has been accused of failing to prevent rampant child sex abuse by clergy.

On Thursday, the 85-year-old appeared via video link from his nursing home, which is less than 3 kilometres from the packed courtroom where the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was sitting.

Bishop Mulkearns told the hearing that he’d retired because he wasn’t “doing the job as well as I felt I should be doing”.

Questioned by counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, SC, about what he was not handling well at the time, he said the “problem with priests”.

“And I’d like to say, if I may, that I’m terribly sorry that I didn’t do things differently in that time, but I didn’t really know what to do or how to do it.

“I certainly regret that I didn’t do it differently with … paedophilia. We had no idea, or I had no idea of the effects of the indecent [assaults] that took place.”

At the third and final hearing into the Ballarat Diocese’s response to allegations of child sex abuse, Bishop Mulkearns said he knew that the sodomy and rape of young children was wrong and admitted he was motivated by a desire to protect the church’s reputation.

“I certainly wanted to protect the reputation of the church,” he said.

“I wanted to make sure these incidents didn’t happen in the future and tried my best to work in such a way that it wouldn’t happen in the future.”

Bishop Mulkearns said his memory had been failing since he suffered a stroke and could not recall whether he ever asked priests accused of sex crimes about their alleged offending.

When put to him that he had a clear understanding that priests in Ballarat were raping and indecently assaulting children, he said he “didn’t know to what extent their offences were”.

Bishop Mulkearns was head of the western Victorian diocese that saw some of the  worst crimes against hundreds of children at the hands of clergy.

He has been accused of covering up horrific cases of child abuse, destroying documents and refusing to report predators in his ranks.

He also shuffled priests, including one of Australia’s worst paedophiles, Gerald Ridsdale, between parishes, where they continued to offend.

The royal commission previously heard Bishop Mulkearns was aware of offending by Ridsdale – convicted of 138 sex offences against 53 victims – but moved him around Victoria as allegations against him piled up.

A 1995 Victoria Police investigation found he appeared to have knowledge of sexual abuse committed by Ridsdale “much earlier” than he claimed.

Bishop Mulkearns was last year named the “pivotal person” responsible for failing to prevent rampant child sexual abuse at Catholic institutions in Ballarat in the 1970s.

Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said Bishop Mulkearns moved priests away from where their offending might continue to avoid notoriety.

Bishop Mulkearns said it was a common church practice to send offending priests for psychological treatment, and that he did not move priests to different parishes without them first receiving treatment.

“I took notice of what the psychologists said about them and in particular of course when they decided it was OK for them to go back into a parish,” he said.

Bishop Mulkearns’ evidence was adjourned after 90 minutes for medical reasons. He will reappear at a later date.

His testimony to the royal commission was delayed in December after he was deemed unfit to appear because he was receiving palliative care.

Cardinal George Pell – who has also been unable to testify in person because of ill health – is due to appear before the royal commission for the third time next week, via video link from Rome.

A group of 15 clerical abuse survivors and supporters will fly to Rome this weekend to hear Cardinal Pell’s evidence in person.

His testimony will be transmitted live from 8am on Monday.

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SEEK profit jumps 50pc on IDP sale, JobStreet acquisition

“SEEK is also re-investing in new products and services which have significantly increased our value proposition to hirers and candidates,” SEEK CEO Andrew Bassat says. Photo: Josh RobenstoneSEEK has begun hiring staff for the launch of its education arm in Asia in the first half of the 2016, as the jobs classifieds and education business continues to grow its international businesses.
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SEEK has had success in its Mexican online education business, Online Career Centre, which is now profitable, chief executive Andrew Bassat told Fairfax Media.

“Education in Asia has not really be launched yet. We’ve started hiring people and we’re imminently about to launch,” Mr Bassat said. “We believe that the reason education has been successful in Australia is because we’re solving real problems and we’re really helping people.”

Mr Bassat said that the fact that the Mexico business was profitable, at a low price point and with no government funding, bodes well for the business in Asia. First-half profit

It comes as SEEK reported a 50 per cent jump in first-half profit to $275.1 million, with revenue up 22 per cent to $482 million.

The lift was helped by the sale of SEEK’s interest in IDP, which came to $181.7 million, as well as a $89.7 million gain from the acquisition of JobStreet.

Underlying profit was up 9 per cent to $102.4 million. SEEK reiterated its full-year guidance of underlying profit of $195 million, before early investment deductions of $20 and the addition of its IDP sale.

SEEK achieved a 15 per cent jump to $151.8 million in its Australia and New Zealand businesses.

“We thought, in particular, the domestic was a terrific result. To go back between [2011] and [2014], revenue was relatively flat, given the high unemployment rate and intense competition. Those factors remain in place, but we’re now starting to see the benefits of all the unique investment we’ve been doing in products and technology for the last four or five years coming through,” Mr Bassat said.

SEEK’s international business, which includes  the investments in Asia, Brazil and Mexico, delivered a 34 per cent improvement in revenue to $298 million. SEEK’s international businesses now account for 62 per cent of the company’s revenue.

“We hope that international can outpace Australia given the early stage nature of those markets,” Mr Bassat said. “There’s some technologies around what we do that if they can take will make a huge difference to those businesses by being able to roll them out across our platform globally and they’ll make a big difference to our business by better outcomes from hirers and jobseekers.” No pending acquisitions

Mr Bassat said there not any imminent acquisitions for SEEK but the company continues to  look for opportunities.

The market was pleased with SEEK’s result as shares in the classifieds business jumped 8 per cent to $14.39.

“Our relationship with our shareholders is mostly terrific. We’ve been very fortunate since IPO in having some investors that have been on the register solidly the whole time, very long term, very understanding of the business and we have a very enjoyable dialogue with them,” Mr Bassat said. “The people that come and go, it’s the short guys I don’t really like very much, and to be frank, those guys, I really don’t want a relationship with.”

SEEK will pay an interim dividend of 21 cents on April 27.

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