Williamtown RAAF Base is on bottled water after “strong smells” in water from firefighting hoses

WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Base was on bottled water on Tuesday after strong smells were detected in water fromthree fire hoses.
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Staff including subcontractors working on the base were advised not to drink tap water until tests determined what was causing the odour.

The Department of Defence will issue a media release before noon but the Newcastle Herald has been advised there was a strong acetone smell about the water.

Hunter Water interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said the RAAF Base advised Hunter Water of the incident.

“They flushed the hoses and that removed the odour immediately. They took the precautionary step of advising people not to drink tap water until they knew what had caused the smell,” Mr Bath said.

There was “absolutely no threat of any sort of contamination –if it is found to exist on the base –of Hunter Water’s network”, he said.

Although there was public comment linking the water odour with the perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) water contamination scandal at the base, Mr Bath said PFOS had no odour.

“Defence does not for one minute believe it is PFOS,” he said.

Mr Bath said even if there is a contamination incident at a private property, including the RAAF Base, the network has backflow prevention devices to stop contamination from individual sites affecting the network.

A Defence spokeswoman confirmed a statement would be issued later on Wednesday.

Williamtown RAAF Base: It was bottled water on Tuesday at the Defence base after strong smells from three firefighting hoses led to water tests.

Dyson returns for new EP tour

After returning home to Australia in late 2015 to join The Waifs on tour, US-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mia Dyson is heading back on a headline run of dates to support her forthcomingEP, Right There. Set for release on February 12, theEP features herlatest single, Tearing Up the Lawn, and follows her acclaimed 2014 album, Idylwild. Dyson plays at Lizotte’s on April 3. Bookings at lizottes杭州夜网.au
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World No.1 golfer Jordan Speith shows off new $10 million Dallas mansion

Lavish: Spieth’s infinity pool. Photo: http://10719bridgehollow杭州夜网/ The fully-equipped gym. Photo: http://10719bridgehollow杭州夜网/
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World number one golfer Jordan Speith is the proud new owner of a US$8.5 million ($12.3 million) Dallas mansion, compete with indoor basketball court.

The 22 year-old recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Coca-Cola and shattered the field with an eight-shot win in Hawaii earlier this month – and now he has bought himself a lavish manor with all the trimmings.

Speith purchased the 10,000-square-foot-plus house in the upscale Dallas neighbourhood of Preston Hollow for US $7.1 million ($10 million) last month.

The Texan purchased fellow PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan’s property which includes a 12-car underground garage – and was originally listed at a whopping US$8.5 million ($12.3 million).

His home is breathtaking with an indoor basketball court, three Living Areas, infinity-edge pool, gym, spa and fire pit.

Spieth raked in a whopping US $53million ($76.7 million) during a sensational 2015, overtaking Tiger Woods as golf’s highest earner, after winning both the Masters and US Open.

However, that is just the start, with the star planning a busy 2016.

“I would like to contend in a couple of majors on the Sunday and I’d like to win at least one of them.”

“I’d also like to represent the United States in not only the Olympics but also the Ryder Cup. It would be great to get a couple of wins, not only for myself but for my country” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Caligula’s Horse back on the road

Brisbane five-piece Caligula’s Horse perform in Newcastle at The Small Ballroom April 17 in support releasing themusic video for new single, Turntail. Anuplifting and passionate track with a powerful political message, Turntail is takenfrom the progressive alt-rock band’s latest album,Bloom, which was released in October. Perth progressive metal actChaos Divine open the show. Bookings at oztix杭州夜网.au
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Bowie tribute night at the regal

David Bowie fans can celebrate the legendary musicianat Regal Cinemawhen it screens hisReality Tour concert on January 29 and 30, then on February 5 and 6. The Reality Tour filmfeatures 30 classic songs filmed live in Dublin. In true Regal fashion, patrons are encouraged to dress up as theirfavourite Bowie incarnation. Tickets cost $8. Bookingsvia the cinema’sFacebook page or phone4951 7630.
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Gig of the week

Known for his deadpan delivery anddark humour, British comedianJimmy Carrbrings his Funny Business showto Civic Theatre Newcastle on Sunday. Startsat 8pm and bookingsthrough Ticketek.
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Party pics: January 21, 2016photos

Party pics: January 21, 2016 Lin Hilder, of Sydney, and Karen Hilder, of Cooks Hill, with Matt and Natalie Hilder, both of Speers Point.
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Laura Muir and Jane Austin, both of Sydney.

Sharon, Ashley and Adam Brewster, all of Thornton.

Hannah Petersen and Lucy Almond, both of East Maitland.

Emily Allanson, of Raymond Terrace, with Alyssa and Julie-Ann Andrews, both of Wallalong.

Janelle and Amy Baker, of Elermore Vale.

Joran, Brooke, and Alyce van der Velde, all of Newcastle.

Jodie and Mali Jenkins, of Sydney.

Justine, Bradley and Sonya Beers, all of Sydney.

Olivia and Angela Blanch, of Wallsend.

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Olivia and Angela Blanch, of Wallsend.

Justine, Bradley and Sonya Beers, all of Sydney.

Jodie and Mali Jenkins, of Sydney.

Lin Hilder, of Sydney, and Karen Hilder, of Cooks Hill, with Matt and Natalie Hilder, both of Speers Point.

Joran, Brooke and Alyce van der Velde, all of Newcastle.

Janelle and Amy Baker, of Elermore Vale.

Emily Allanson, of Raymond Terrace, with Alyssa and Julie-Ann Andrews, both of Wallalong.

Hannah Petersen and Lucy Almond, both of East Maitland.

Sharon, Ashley and Adam Brewster, all of Thornton.

Laura Muir and Jane Austin, both of Sydney.

Search begins for young fan with homemade Lionel Messi Argentina shirt

Ultimate fan: A young boy is pictured in a hand-made Leo Messi shirt. Photo: TwitterA viral social media campaign is underway to find a young boy wearing a homemade Lionel Messi top, with rumours that the superstar himself wishes to present the child with a real one.
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The unidentified boy was photographed wearing a blue and white plastic bag improvised to perfectly reflect Argentina’s national team strip – with the name of his idol and the number 10 written across its back.

The image first appeared on Turkish fan blogs, with the child said to be from the war-torn region of Dohuk in Iraq.

A Tweet from Juez Central read: “Tremendous image. A child in Iraq manages to play in his idol’s t-shirt. The Beautiful Game”. Tremenda imagen. Un niño en Irak se las ingenia para jugar con la camiseta de su ídolo. The Beautiful Game. pic.twitter杭州夜网/O7iMtX1bhe— Juez Central (@Juezcentral) January 16, 2016

As the search to track down the child goes on, Messi has yet to publicly acknowledge that he has seen the picture via any of his official accounts, however one of Twitter’s most popular fan-run accounts with almost 700,000 followers, @messi10stats, tweeted that they had received a direct message from “Leo’s team” who are looking to track him down. We got DM from Leo’s team. They want to know who this kid is so that Leo can arrange something for him. RT & spread https://t.co/MylJyDOpsu— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) January 18, 2016

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.