James Packer is clearly not the Hero Mariah Carey was after.
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The n billionaire, 50, described his 18-month relationship with the superstar singer, 47, as a “mistake” he entered into during a “low point” in his “personal life”.

In an interview with the Weekend n from Ellerstina, his polo ranch outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he acknowledged he has been living as a recluse, he said the reason why they started dating “is complicated”.

“She was kind, exciting and fun,” Packer said of Carey, who he was introduced to by their mutual friend, producer Brett Ratner.

“Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

Packer proposed to Carey with a $10 million engagement ring in January 2016. When they broke up in October 2016, it is believed Carey got a $50 million pay out. She also kept the ring.

But there is no love lost when it comes to Carey either, recently referring to Packer as a “motherf—er” when asked about his whereabouts during an interview in June in Israel, where the casino mogul was sought for information about his relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

During the revealing, wide-ranging sit-down Packer also spoke about his second wife, Erica Packer (nee Baxter), the mother of his three children, whom he split from in September 2013 after six years together.

“It is my biggest regret that I let my marriage to Erica fail. It is what it is and she is doing an incredible job with the kids and we are in a great place,” he said.

Erica and the children now live in Los Angeles. He added: “LA is a really terrific place for them to be. There is a lot of positive energy, a lot of positive affirmation there. And there is not the Packer ??fishbowl that there would have been in Sydney. They have anonymity there that they don’t have in Sydney. That is really healthy for them.”

He also discussed having more than $5 billion of debt in his two biggest companies – at Crown and Consolidated Press Holdings.

“I was terrified,” he said.

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A QUESTION regarding the citizenship drama: How did the first few federal Parliaments get on? Surely most, if not all, the membersthen would have had parents or would themselves have been born overseas?Is it right that until early in the 20th century, n-born ns were considered (or were) British subjects? If so when did it change?
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Fred Saunders,Waratah WestMALCOLM Turnbull has now blamed Labor for everything except Tony Abbott’s bald spot. Give him time though.

Mac Maguire, CharlestownNEWY, Newie, Novocastria (Letters, 27/10)? Of course Newcastle (by any other name) is just Newcastle. But I wonder why no one has ever called it Newc’sle, you know, like fo’c’sle, where the hard working crew tries to sleep during the thrashing of the storm while the captain and officers swan it up in the relative comfort of amidships. Perhaps Sydney could be renamed Amidships.

Peter Ronne,WoodberryWHENEVERI have out-of-town visitors I take them on a tour of the city, beaches, etc. During the last three months, it has been so simple, just follow the detour signs, but point out that there are many places where we just cannot drive. Thankfully, we still have the Anzac Memorial Walk.

Joan Lambert, AdamstownWITH all the discussions about assisted dying, a thought occurred to me that if a person really wanted to die they would find a way. The proposed assisted method suggests anuncertainty by the person where, in reality another person, doctor or whatever is involved in making the decision for them (and possibly blamed).

Robyn Burtinshaw, Nambucca HeadsTENS of thousands got into Nobbys without fuss on Anzac Day. Supercars will be fine. Do people forget a city can handle events and thousands of people?

Name supplied, RedheadTO Alan Kendall (Letters, 26/10): It’s hard-working ns who donate to church-administered charities that deserve thanks. To see money given in good faith being used to cover up and defend paedophiles is appalling. You failed to mention the Catholic and Anglican churches in your letter. The Salvos are fantastic but it’s us sinners who put cash in the box on a Friday when the Salvos come to the clubs and pubs, it’s the gamblers and boozers who won’t be going to heaven you should be thanking.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayLOOK out, we may have a plebiscite on our hands on when we may celebrate Day. I wonder if it’s going to be ns who only vote?

Ross Jurd, EdgeworthTHE POLLSSHOULD the Knights re-sign Sione Mata’utia after 2018?

Yes 79.84%,No 20.16%IS Pearce within reach for the Knights?

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that, in hindsight, the National Broadband Network project was a mistake and blamed the former Labor government for setting up a new government company to deliver the mammoth infrastructure project.
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And Mr Turnbull, who was previously the Communications Minister in the Abbott government, admitted the giant project might never make back the money invested by taxpayers.

Despite this, the Prime Minister said his government had no plans to impose a levy or penalty on people who connect to the internet using mobile data connections, rather than the fixed line network.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced a barrage of questions about the NBN on a visit to the CSR Viridian glass facility in Canberra on Monday Photo: Andrew Meares

Customers who connect to the internet via a fixed-line connection that is a competitor to the NBN network will soon have to pay a levy of $7.09 a month to help subsidise the NBN, which is required to offer connections to hard-to-reach customers.

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says a similar levy may need to be applied to mobile connections for the NBN to make a profit – or the government may need to consider new regulation to protect the approximately $49 billion network, so that it can receive a return on its investment.

Complaints about the NBN increased by 160 per cent in the last year, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, with more and more users revealing they are not getting the speeds they have paid for and, in some cases, are receiving slower speeds than those they achieved on older ADSL connections, which are being phased out.

NBN Co has blamed retail service providers, who sell connections to the network to the public, for the slower than expected speeds and argued retailers have not purchased enough bandwidth to deliver promised speeds.

On Monday, ahead of a Four Corners report into the delivery of the network, Mr Turnbull was asked at a press conference in Canberra if “in hindsight, the project was a mistake” and a “massive waste of money”.

“Yes,” Mr Turnbull responded.

“Well, it was a mistake to go about it the way they [Labor] did; setting up a new government company to do it was a big mistake. If you want to look at a country that did this exercise better, it’s New Zealand, and what they did there was ensure the incumbent telco, the Telstra equivalent, split network operations from retail operations and that network company became, in effect, the NBN,” he said. 96NormalfalsefalseEN-GBX-NONEX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}96NormalfalsefalseEN-GBX-NONEX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}

The Prime Minister said there were question marks over whether the network would ever make money, and rubbished claims by former prime minister Kevin Rudd that the project would have attracted private investors.

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When he became communications minister, Mr Turnbull helped lead the switch away from the faster but more expensive Labor plan to roll out fibre to the home. Instead, the company switched to fibre to node, which leaves users relying on old copper wires for the final connection to their home – which has the effect of slowing the speeds available.

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Professor Gordon Wallace is getting used to winningawards for his innovative scientific research projects.
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Butbeing named 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year, was ‘’extra special’’ for the University of Wollongong researcher.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) director at UOW, will receive the honour during the 2017 Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering, at Government House on Monday night.

Professor Wallace,who will receive a prize of $60,000, is beinghonoured in part for his groundbreaking work, which could pave the way for implantable 3D-printed structures containing living cells to regenerate damaged cartilage, bone and even organs.

This fusing of human biology with engineering and robotics has the potential to fix a patient’s specific medical condition – from cancer to diabetes and neural diseases – by printing a functional 3D structure containing living cells and inserting it into their body via surgery.

Professor Gordon WallaceRead more:Award nod for handheld 3D device which will repair cartilage

Prof Wallace welcomed the latest award, adding the prize was a tribute to the work of his hard-working team.

‘’It is a great honour to have a fantastic team to captain and for our research to be recognised in this way,’’ he said.

‘’We will continue to strive to ensure that our most fundamental discoveries are translated into real applications to the benefit of our communities in the most effective way possible.’’

Professor Wallace is among 10 leading researchers, innovators and educators who will be honoured at the 2017 Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Prizes recognise the contribution scientists and engineers make to our everyday lives.

‘’This year’s Prizes again demonstrate NSW has some of the world’s best and brightest scientists and technologists across a diverse range of disciplines right here in our own backyard,’’Premier Berejiklian said.

‘’Through their inspiring ingenuity and innovation this year’s winners have delivered economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for the global community.’’

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FINESSE: Signora’s linguini with Cloudy Bay clams, tomato, chilli and garlic. The Italian restaurant has just opened at The Landing Bar & Kitchen. Picture: Dominique Cherry
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Signora at The Landing Bar & Kitchen is now open and serving contemporary Italian cuisine. The dining area is stunning and head chef Paul Thornton was thinking outside the square when he designed the menu.

Entrees include the Sloppy Guiseppe Panino with bolognese, pickled chillies, rocket and mozzarella; and the charred asparagus with whipped ricotta and walnuts. As for mains, think roast pumpkin ravioli with goat’s cheese and sage butter or linguini with Cloudy Bay clams, tomato, chilli and garlic. There’s pizza and dessert, too.

Murder mysteryBonta Vera at Minmi are getting into the Halloween spirit with a “murder mystery” party on October 31, 6pm to 9pm. Tickets cost $30 which includes games, food and your chance to win prizes.

Prawn auctionMake a bid on the season’s first box of Hunter River prawns and you will be helping a worthy cause. The Commercial Fishermen’s Co-operative Ltd at Wickham is hosting the inaugural prawn auction on November 1 and donating proceedsto the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The event starts at 7am with bidding on the trawler-fresh box of prawns expected to take place from 8am. There will be a live video-conferencing link to the Sydney Fish Market, too.

“This is our way of giving back to a local community whose love of fresh seafood has supported local fishing families for generations. Hunter River prawns are arguably the most highly prized of the fresh seafood that the co-op is famous for – even more so than the local lobster,” co-op general manager Rob Gauta said.

About half the size of a tiger prawn, the Hunter River variety are renowned for their concentrated flavour and can be enjoyed witha squeeze of lemon and some crusty bread.

Baking queenCake Craze owner Michelle Smith has just returned from another baking adventure in the US. She flew a four-tier competition cake and box full of sugar flowers to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) and took home bronze for her cake. She taught cakeclasses in California,New Jersey andThe Americas Cake Fair in Orlando, Florida, and will return toMiami inApril for the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo where she will be be teaching, demonstrating and judging.

Michelle Smith

Also, a Halloween Cupcake class is being held at Cake Craze’s Warners Bay headquarters on Monday, October 30, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Big brunchResidents of Carrington, Islington, Maryville, Tighes Hill and Wickham: get to know your neighbour at the Throsby Big Brunch this Sunday, October 29, under the fig trees at Islington Park. It’s a casual community gathering where residents share a plate and a story or two.The event, which kicks off at 10am,is hosted by the Throsby Villages Alliance. To reserve your seat at the long tableregister atthrosbybigbrunch苏州模特佳丽招聘.

Super banquetBocados Spanish Kitchen is taking advantage of its Watt Street position and offering a “V8 Supercar Banquet” over that weekend.Tickets for a window seat in the upstairs banquet room cost $170, all other seats are $130 per person. Don’t take too long to think about it or you might miss out.

Noodle barSusuro, Newcastle’s first ramen and gyoza bar, is set to open next Tuesday, October 31, at 140 King Street. Lovers of Japanese noodles and wontons have Taiyo Namba, owner of Nagisa,to thank for the newest addition to the city’s culinary map. Head chef Chris Schofield has mastered a fine art.

Family takeawayDid you know Winnies Jamaican now offers a family takeaway pack? It comes with a large whole jerk chicken, sweet potato fries, jerk corn, soft bread rolls and slaw. An added bonus is a bottle of Yardies hot sauce.

Burgersto goSpeaking of takeaway, Mister P’s Burger Bar at Charlestown is now open on Sunday nights for takeaway and Uber Eats orders only.

Change of dateNewcastle Food & Wine Weekend has been pushedback to March next year and a new venue is being sought. Organiser Jessica Eckford-Aguilera saidsupport forthe event had been “overwhelming”and “everyone is still on board despite the change of date”.

Chips pleaseThe chunky haloumi chips at the Greek Taverna Newcastle look seriously yummy. Make a booking on a Friday or Saturday night.

Beach feastThe next travelling Street Feast event is on this Saturday, October 28, at Dixon Park Beach. Be there from 4pm and 8pm to sample all kinds of food truck fare. Don’t forget your picnic rug.

French flairNic Poelaert’s eclairs really are a work of art. They look almost too good to eat. Almost. Employers, if you want to impress your colleagueson Melbourne Cup day, pre-order Choux Patisserie eclairs now on0478 198 689.

Summer lovin’Bistro Lowlands is known for its burgers but has added a healthy, on-trend option to its summer menu –poke bowls. Take away or eat in, the choice is yours. Vegan options are alsoavailable.

United for lifeNatalia from United Speed Cafe at Georgetown and Jane from Let’s Do Lifeare organisinga fund-raiser for TheBlack Dog Institute and Lifeline on November 18. It begins with a bootcamp session followed by yoga and a talk about depression and suicide prevention.

WIN: launch party ticketsThis summer The Landing Bar & Kitchen is expanding its craft beer selection and launching a timely collaboration with Newtown-based brewerYoung Henry’s. Also, Hunter Valley nativeOllie Margan has re-worked the cocktail and bar list to champion fresh, local and seasonal offerings. To celebrate, The Landing is hosting a Summer Party on November 3 at 1 Honeysuckle Drive. Kicking off at 7pm, there will be live music, bar snacks and Newcastle artistMarcus Dixon will create a permanent mural inside the venue.Food & Wine has a double pass to give away to the Young Henry’s launch at The Landing Bar & Kitchen, valued at $100. To enter, send the words “The Landing” with your name, address and number [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au. Entries close on Monday, October 30, at 9am.

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The n Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) would be able to “disgorge” or confiscate company profits obtained by breaking the law, under a proposal to beef up ‘s corporate penalty regime.
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A high-powered review of ASIC’s enforcement powers on Monday said the penalties available to ASIC were often too weak to act as a real deterrent, or inadequate when compared with the severity of misconduct.

The position paper also pushed for longer prison terms for criminal breaches of the Act, arguing some criminal penalties should be doubled from five to 10 years.

The move towards tougher civil and criminal penalties comes after multiple reviews have found ‘s penalties for corporate wrongdoing have failed to keep up with the public expectations.

“Appropriate penalties send a signal to the community that breaches of the law are taken seriously and so promote confidence in the system, as well as providing a deterrent to would be offenders,” the paper says.

In what would be a significant boost to the fines facing law-breaking companies, the paper proposed giving ASIC the power to demand companies be stripped or “disgorged” of any profits earned through misconduct – a penalty open to regulators in Canada, Hong Kong and the United States.

Offending companies could also be hit with fines, as well as having to hand over illegally-obtained profits.

“This position recognises that it may not be appropriate for a defendant to retain a profit or benefit derived from contravening the law, particularly where the financial benefit can be quantified,” the paper said.

It also recommended a significant increase in the maximum fines imposed on companies that break laws administered by ASIC.

The penalty for a company that breaches the Corporations Act should be increased from $1 million to near $3 millon, it says, or three times the value of benefits obtained or 10 per cent of annual turnover.

The paper also called for tougher jail terms for some corporate offences that involved “dishonesty,” saying a review of penalties in 2010 had increased the penalties for some crimes such as insider trading, but not others within ASIC’s scope.

The paper proposed doubling the maximum prison term to 10 years in several areas, including misleading disclosure that materially damaged investors, and dishonest financial reporting breaches, which are treated as criminal offences.

The ASIC Enforcement Review comes after several inquiries have called for ASIC to be handed stronger powers to enforce corporate laws, to deter misconduct in the corporate sector and financial markets.

A Senate inquiry, published earlier this year, recommended ASIC be given the power to “disgorge” profits from white-collar crimes, such as insider trading or rigging of markets.

Outgoing chairman Greg Medcraft famously described as “paradise” for white-collar criminals in 2014, saying civil penalties often amounted to a “slap on the wrist”. Mr Medcraft is set to be replaced by former Goldman Sachs banker James Shipton.

The 2014 review of the financial system by former Commonwealth Bank chief David Murray also recommended tougher penalties for white-collar criminals and law-breaking companies. The ASIC Enforcement Review is a response to Mr Murray’s inquiry.

The ASIC Enforcement Review has also proposed that ASIC’s powers to obtain search warrants should be strengthened, and that it should also gain extra clout allowing it to ban senior managers and directors in finance who oversee breaches of the law.

The review is set to report to the government by the end of next month.

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THE council boss says that the fact that a licensing fee was paid to Supercars should have been well known to the public. Perhaps if they had put this information on one of their spin sheets then the newer members of council would not have had to ask this question. I understand the previous premier mentioned $2 million paid to Supercars to allow them to rip up our parks.
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John Hudson, Newcastle EastLET me get this straight. Our council paid a large sum of our money – how large they refuse to disclose – to host an event which Supercars could not place anywhere else, which has hurt small businesses, laid waste much of our city’s cultural and architectural heritage, destroyed and alienated our parklands, and rendered many thousands of citizens, many frail and elderly, prisoners in their own homes.An inquiry into this disaster is welcome, but our lord mayor needs to disclose the amount paid to host the races. Otherwise, what did she mean when she spoke of honest and transparent government?

John Beach, GoondiwindiBRAD Hill (Short Takes, 26/10): What a great idea using the Supercars track to race monster trucks. At least all those monstrous mine dumpsters won’t be thrown on the scrap heap when coal meets its maker. It would have to be held during the day as there won’t be enough candles to illuminate the track at night.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayAFTER a recent illness I have been confined to the house and watched TV. It is now obvious that in order to be on daytime TV you will have to know how to cook, be gay, have a fire in your house in Melbourne or Brisbane (nothing happens in NSW), run your car into a house in Adelaide, but the worst is the funeral and life insurance commercials, not good for me.

John Maxwell Hollingsworth, HamiltonLOVE your idea of Super Truck racing, Brad Hill (Short Takes, 26/10). Pity the new track hadn’t been built in open space and inventive ideas would have meant year round rev head jubilation rather than inner city desecration.

Susan Macleod, Newcastle EastI WENT to Newcastle on a rare visit yesterday and noticed that Beaumont Street was closed because of trackwork. We really have to thank our government for desecrating our railway system.

John Brattan, ThorntonBEFORE the Herald readers dare to wonder if you and I get married if the same-sex plebiscite passes the senate Dave McTaggart, I hope you’re tasting a few more n-made beers instead of the concern of my whereabouts. As for the Knights outperforming the Jets, gladly in the wooden spoon department.

Rocco De Grandis, Cameron ParkTHE POLLSTHE Newcastle light rail is:

A great improvement on the city’s infrastructure 50%,It’s too early to say. Wait to see when it is finished. 28.31%,The worst thing to happen in town 21.69%Read More →

POPE’S View (Herald,27/10): Magnificent. Both the opinion by Waleed Aly and the Editorial have clearly elucidated this fiasco by Turnbull and Cash.I have always respected Malcolm Turnbull as a decent and honourable person but no longer.I believe that his stature has been diminished
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Donald Mennie,The EntrancePLEASE Nathan Brown, don’t do it. A game of football is not worth bringing Mitchell Pearce to the Knights and Newcastle. Give a local young kid a go. He’ll have pride and passion and play his heart out.

Darryl Horne,WaratahBOTH parties Liberal and Labor couldn’t run a pub chook raffle. Disgraceful would be a kind comment. They have no idea about the real issues facing everyday people. Self important, incompetent and ignorant best describes these creatures. John Howard or Gerry Harvey please help.

Brad Hill,SingletonRIGHT on Bob Walker (Letters, 27/10)! I grew up in Bailey Street, Adamstown from 1939 on, always proudly Newcastle never Newy/Newie! Always someone wanting to change tradition.

Kevin Miller,WindaleWELL, here we are almost three years after cutting and removing the Newcastle heavy rail line and still a split Herald poll result (The Polls, 27/10). Fifty per cent support and the jury’s out for almost a third of participants on the impending light rail, so future polling will be interesting. Given the cost of work so far I doubt this transport novelty will be funded beyond its current circuit.

Garry Blair, MaitlandTO Tony Padgett (Short Takes, 26/10). Thank you, Tony, for your kind words but I can assure you that your suburb is not the only one who is subjected to these burnouts, but if you like the race track so be it. As they say, there is nothing like the smell of burning rubber in the morning.

Barry Reed,IslingtonKEITH Parsons (Letters, 28/10), where else, but coastal CBD Newcastle, with an ideal station, would you replace distance mainline railway infrastructure of a global city, Sydney, with light rail? Weakening the infrastructure does not answer the airport’s obvious call for unity to lift tourism, (‘Airport calls for unity to lift tourism’, Herald,27/10). We can do much better.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkTHE POLLSWHAT should visitors be excited about coming to visit in Newcastle and the Hunter?

Beaches 24.39%,Food and wine 34.15%,We’re close to Sydney with international travel links 9.76%,Arts and culture scene 9.76%,Other 21.95%WHAT do you think about “’s first dedicated recreation resort park for motoring enthusiasts”?

Sounds awesome 67.68%,It’s not my scene 14.55%,It will be good for local tourism 17.78%HAVE you been a victim of sexual assault or harassment?

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Fighting cancer at 26 Brave: Danielle Richards said her family and workplace’s support was invaluable. “I would reflect on my family – living and gone – and my fiancee and think ‘I am going to do this for them’. I could see the pain everyone was in.’
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Change: Danielle Richards used scalp cooling during chemotherapy to keep her hair. More than 17,000 women in will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

Support: Danielle Richards, with fiance Jack Foster-Graves, said she had to adapt to “decisions and life changing events. Before that I’d never really had to do that”.

Questions: Danielle Richards, pictured recently, said she was originally confused by her diagnosis. “I never smoked or took drugs – why was this happening to me?”

TweetFacebookDanielle Richards had mapped out the next decade of her life.

The radio promotions manager and her fiance Jack Foster-Graves had just bought their first house in Cardiff and were planning to travel overseas, get married and then start a family.

What she didn’t factor in was facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, at age 26.

“My whole world was turned on it’s head,” Ms Richards said. “The first thing out of my mouth was ‘Am I still going to be able to have kids?’

“I didn’t want to lose my hair. I didn’t want to die.

“I thought ‘My parents aren’t putting their daughter in the ground’.”

Fast forward two years and Ms Richards, now 29, has endured cancer treatment, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, all before her 30th birthday.

Ms Richards has sharedher “nightmare” journey during breast cancer awareness month, to encourage women to check their bodiesand not ignore warning signs.

“Young women need to put their mind, body and health first,” she said.

“I thought it was just my hormones and did not go get checked until the nasty stage.

“I don’t have any history of any type of cancer in my family, except for my grandfather who smoked a lot and got lung cancer. It wasn’t a thing I thought would ever happen.”

Ms Richards was at work in July 2015 when she felt a hard lump the size of a lemon in her right breast.

She underwent an ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy.

“When I walked into my GP the following Monday she said ‘Thank goodness you’ve got your Mum with you – you’ve got breast cancer’,” Ms Richards said.

“I felt like I was about to pass out.

“She was talking but it was going over my head.

“I could not conceptualise this was going to happen to me.”

Ms Richards’ eggs were harvested and she was booked for a mastectomy in August.

“When I was about to go in my surgeon asked me, ‘Are you sure you’re okay?’,” she said.

“As much as I wanted to run away, I said ‘Yes, I’m ready’.

“I wanted it gone. Something about that moment changed me and I knew from that point I had to move forward every single day.

“I thought ‘I’m going to win, I’m going to beat this’.

“That momentum kept me going through the whole thing.”

Ms Richards underwent six rounds of chemotherapy – one every three weeks.

After the third round she was found to have a gangrenous appendix, which had been perforated during chemotherapy, and was rushed into surgery.

She soon weighed just 47 kilograms.

Around the same time, Ms Richards was found to have a mutation in her PTEN gene, which she said increased her risk of breast cancer to 85 per cent.

“I thought ‘This is going to happen to me regardless’,” she said.

“In a way it was clarification about what this meant for my future.

“I had a sense ‘I’m in control now’ – and I knew then I’d have to have my remaining left breast removed as well.”

Ms Richards started five weeks of daily radiation therapy in early 2016.

Her oncologist, knowing she was not yet being paid through income protection insurance, suggested she contact the Cancer Council NSW for practical assistance.

It arranged for three weeks of grocery vouchers, and later for a cleaner.

During the last week of radiation therapy and without her eyebrows, she returned to work.

“The whole process showed me my mind is more powerful than my body,” she said.

“For me, going back to work was about having a purpose again.

“I could still be a 26-27 year old girl even though I’d been through this life changing journey.”

Ms Richards had her left breast removed and a breast reconstruction in May this year.

Her tissue expanders were replaced with implants on September 6.

Ms Richards said while she still occasionally suffers from post traumatic stress, the transformative experience has altered her world view in a positive way.

She and her partner have frozen six embryos and she is also undergoing hormone therapy.

“It’s changed me completely,” she said.

“I had to adapt to this big and scary world and it’s helped me with my own day to day life, in situations that another 29 year old probably could not handle.

“I’m also definitely more grateful and I don’t sweat the small stuff.”

The Cancer Council hopes to raise $1.6 million in NSW through itsPink Ribbon and Girls’ Night activities for research, cancer prevention and advocacy programsand support services.

Breast changes to look for include lumps; achangein thesize, shape and skin; a change to the nipple; nipple discharge; and unusual persistent pain.

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The AFL has confirmed the Gold Coast Suns will play North Melbourne in Cairns in round one of the 2018 premiership season.
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The game will kick off at 6:25pm local time (7:25pm in Melbourne and Sydney) on Saturday March 24, at Cazaly Stadium.

Gold Coast have been forced to move the match because of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will see them lose access to their regular Metricon Stadium home until round 11.

Nearly 10,000 extra seats are currently being built at Metricon Stadium to take its capacity to 35,000.

The stadium will host the opening ceremony and then athletics events throughout the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Fairfax Media reported earlier in October that the Suns were also likely to get the green light from the AFL to sell a 2018 home game to the Fremantle Dockers.

The club is also being paid $2.4 million from the Queensland government for their forced removal from Metricon Stadium.

The round one match at Cazaly Stadium in Cairns will be the eighth time the Suns have played at the venue, for a record of two wins and five losses.

North Melbourne have never played at Cazaly Stadium. Richmond hosted games there between 2011 and 2013 while the Western Bulldogs did the same between 2014 and 2017.

Suns chief executive Mark Evans said the club was excited to play in Cairns, given the footprint they already had in the north Queensland region.

“The Suns are thrilled to be kicking off our 2018 season in Cairns against North Melbourne. A round one game in Cairns presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region ahead of what is always a much-anticipated opening round,” Evans said.

“As a club we have established significant support in Cairns and throughout North Queensland. We are committed to playing our role in developing our game throughout the region, which is also a key recruitment catchment for the Suns Talent Academy.”

The AFL said it expected more than 10,000 people to attend the clash. The Suns will also play home matches in Townsville in 2019 or 2020.

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said the north Queensland region had produced a number of AFL players for the Suns.

“The Gold Coast Suns have played in Cairns seven seasons in a row, however this will be the first time the Suns will be the home team and North Melbourne’s first ever match at Cazaly Stadium.

“North Queensland has produced current AFL players in Charlie Dixon, Jarrod Harbrow, Zac Smith and Jack Bowes and the AFL hopes that bringing matches to the region will continue to inspire both female and male players to reach the big time.

“As in previous years, the AFL has worked closely with the Queensland government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns Regional Council and AFL Cairns to secure the city the premiership match and once again we thank them for their continued support,” he said.

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