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Sydney weather: 30 degrees at midnight as city endures hot summer night

24/08/2018 Posted by admin

The city reached an overnight minimum of 28 degrees. Photo: Kate Geraghty The forecast for 2pm on Wednesday, January 18. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

Firefighters tackle an out-of-control bushfire near Bathurst on Tuesday. Photo: Nick Moir

A picturesque morning in Gowan, near Orange, on Wednesday morning. Photo: Nick Moir

The sun rises over Parramatta Road in Sydney early Wednesday morning before the temperatures rise. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Sydneysiders have endured yet another sticky, stifling night of summer, with the temperature not dipping below 28 degrees in the city all night.

Overnight conditions were actually cooler in the city’s west, where Penrith dropped to a low of 25.3 degrees and Badgerys Creek to 23 degrees in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The overnight temperature observations for the city made for some uncomfortable reading, and explain why many Sydneysiders would have tossed and turned into the early hours.

At 10pm on Tuesday, the temperature at Sydney’s Observatory Hill was still sitting at 32.3 degrees.

An hour later, the city hit its minimum overnight temperature of 28.1 degrees, before it began climbing again, cracking 30 degrees at midnight.

Those waking up in the city at 6am were confronted with 31.2-degree conditions.

“We have a very warm air mass over us at the moment and some light to moderate winds that helped to keep that warm temperature at the surface,” said Miranda Langton, a duty forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology.

“It’s been hot across the whole of NSW. Cobar is still sitting on 31 degrees [just before 6am on Wednesday]. Even somewhere like Thredbo is about 16 degrees.” The average minimum temperature for Thredbo’s top station for January is 6.7 degrees.

Ms Langton said that, despite the stifling night-time conditions, Sydney technically did not break the record for its hottest ever January night. That was recorded in 1994, when the temperature reached a minimum of 26.2 degrees.

Daily temperature observations are recorded over a 24-hour period to 9am and, at 9am on Tuesday in the city, it was 25 degrees.

“A similar thing happened [on Friday] night. We thought we’d broken the record but the 9am temperature was lower,” Ms Langton said.

Sydney on Tuesday climbed over 35 degrees for the sixth day this summer, the first time that has happened since the summer of 1990-1. The record of the most summer days over 35 degrees was set in 1895-6, when nine days were recorded over that temperature.

That record could tumble this year. On Wednesday, the city is forecast to reach a maximum of 37 degrees, while Tuesday next week is forecast to reach 38 degrees, and the city is only half way through summer.

The long-term average of Sydney summer days over 35 degrees is just two per season.

Sydney’s west is expected to be even hotter on Wednesday, with 42 degrees forecast in Penrith and Richmond.

Bleary-eyed residents can take solace in the fact that a cool change is slowly moving its way up the NSW coast.

Ms Langton said that cool change should move through Sydney on Wednesday morning, with a medium chance of showers in the early afternoon and late evening, and the chance of a thunderstorm in the early afternoon.

Conditions are expected to be much more comfortable for sleeping on Wednesday, with a low of 21 degrees forecast in the city, rising to a maximum of 25 degrees on Thursday.

The Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban on Wednesday for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges and Southern Slopes regions of NSW.

On Tuesday, one home was destroyed by a fast-moving and out-of-control bushfire near Canberra, on a day when temperatures soared across the state.

The blaze, referred to as the Currandooley fire, also threatened homes at Boro and Mount Fairy, near Tarago.

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Does E’s new TV series have Tom Cruise in its crosshairs?

24/08/2018 Posted by admin

Hollywood insiders are wondering whether a new series is poking fun at Tom Cruise. Photo: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures Josh Henderson will play Kyle West in the new series The Arrangement. Photo: Richard Shotwell

Television shows used to jump the shark, but will The Arrangement be the first show to jump the couch?

Meet Kyle West. He’s Hollywood’s hottest actor, a disciple in the Institute of the Higher Mind and soon to marry a hitherto unknown actress signed to a decade-long marriage contract.

He’s also fictional.

But the Hollywood establishment is doing a double take at the characters in the new series The Arrangement and wondering if they’re not looking at a sly in-joke aimed squarely at Tom Cruise, Scientology and Katie Holmes.

The series was unveiled to US media today at a programming showcase in Los Angeles and despite persistent denials the panel was immediately barraged with Cruise and Holmes-related questions.

“The character of Kyle West is not at all inspired by anyone in particular,” is the denial the E channel issued late last year when the first trailer surfaced online and a lot of eyebrows were arched.

Today, the show’s executive producer Jonathan Abrahams, was forced to repeat that denial.

Asked whether he was even able – legally – to say the series was based on Cruise and Holmes, Abrahams answered: “Even if I could legally do it, I don’t have the authority to do it.”

But he added: “It doesn’t matter, because it really isn’t.”

Abrahams also conceded Hollywood’s history was peppered with such stories.

“One of our writers on the show has been in the industry since the early 1970s and when you sit around in a room with people for eight hours a day the amount of true life stories, rumours and urban legends that get tossed around … we couldn’t fit it all into a season,” he said.

“I have heard of contract marriages going back to the days of the early talkies,” he added. “There is a lot of fodder to inspire this kind of thing.”

The Arrangement is the story of a young actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) who auditions for a film but is instead offered a marriage contract to Tinseltown’s biggest star Kyle West (Josh Henderson).

West is the poster boy of an organisation named the Institute of the Higher Mind, and West’s “mentor” in the series is the institute’s chief Terrence Anderson, played by Michael Vartan, who also seems to control much of his life.

The friendship between West and Anderson is obviously intended to mimic the close friendship of Tom Cruise and Scientology chief David Miscavige.

“This contract is about my reputation,” Kyle tells Megan, in the trailer which was screened to US media. “The people that are relying on me to be the actor that everybody has to have in their movie. If Kyle West gets humiliated, that is bad for business.”

In another scene, Terence says: “Kyle’s choices reflect on us. I don’t want to clean up another trainwreck.”

When it was first unveiled last year the US entertainment industry trade publication Deadline said it had drawn “a lot of attention at the pilot stage due to some similarities between its plot and Tom Cruise, his ties to Scientology and his relationship with Katie Holmes.”

Deflecting questions about Scientology, Abrahams told US media today the series hoped to explore the place “self help organisations” have in Hollywood.

“These self-help organisations are about aspiring,” he said. “There’s a real promise to it: join our thing, do our program, spend X amount of dollars for the weekend intensive and you can change your life.

“To me that’s not about faith, it’s about hope,” Abrahams added.

The show’s star Josh Henderson, who was most recently seen in the TNT channel’s revival of Dallas, said Hollywood life was full of rumours like those explored in The Arrangement.

“Everyone has heard rumours and myths about these kind of things,” Henderson said. “That’s what’s kind of fun living in this world. We get to tell our own story.”

Abrahams added the series was not working “towards a couch jumping moment.”

Instead, he said, “it is really about how do you normalise this sort of ludicrous arrangement.

“The idea seems so crazy, but it happens, so how to free thinking, intelligent people make decisions like this and what are the ramifications, what are their lives like after they make these decisions,” Abrahams said.

Though many of the questions fired at the panel were intended to be light-hearted, Abrahams acknowledged that they contained a more serous line of questioning.

“It was a joke but there is a question beneath the joke,” Abrahams said.

“I am going to plead the fifth,” he added, referring to the US constitution’s fifth amendment, which guarantees no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”

The 10-part drama series launches on E in March.

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Granville rail disaster’s 40-year anniversaryPhotos

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Granville rail disaster’s 40-year anniversary | Photos Scene of the Granville Train Disaster, which claimed 83 lives in January 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

Rescue work gets underway at Granville in January, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection

A victim is carried from the scene via a stretcher on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection

Rescuers search through the wreckage at the Granville rail disaster site on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

An image from inside the wreckage of one of the carriages from the Granville rail disaster. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

Rescue work gets underway at Granville in January, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection

People sift through the wreckage during the Granville rail diasaster. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection

People work frantically to assist with the rescue effort at Granville on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

Rescuers search through the wreckage at the Granville rail disaster site on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

An image from the Granville train disaster in January 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

A crane is used to assist with the rescue operation at Granville on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

People work frantically to assist with the rescue effort at Granville on January 18, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

The front page of The Canberra Times on January 19, 1977. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

The front page headline on the Sydney Morning Herald on January 19, 1977, the day after the Granville rail diaster. Picture: SMH archives

The page two headline on the Sydney Morning Herald on January 19, 1977, the day after the Granville rail diaster. Picture: SMH archives

The page nine headline on the Sydney Morning Herald on January 15, 1978, nearly 12 months after the Granville rail diaster. Picture: SMH archives

The headline on page 3 in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 21, 1977, which paid tribute to Mt Riverview losing community icon Jim Fisher in the Granville rail disaster. Picture: SMH archives

A white rose is left on the train tracks at Granville in memory of the fallen. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

Roz Simms and Tina Morgan remember those who died in the diaster at a service in 2010. Photo: Nick Moir, SMH

A message and flowers are left in honour of “Jeff”, one of the victims of the Granville rail disaster. Picture: Fairfax Media archives

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On January 18, 1977, a crowded train derailed and crashed into the Bold Street bridge at Granville.

The Sydney-bound train had departed from Mount Victoria station in the Blue Mountains.

In total, 83 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the disaster.

The page eight headline on the Sydney Morning Herald on January 19, 1977, following the Granville rail diaster. Picture: SMH archives

The following day, the Bold Street bridge was described as a “tomb” in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

Bold Street bridge was described as a “tomb” in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 19, 1977. Picture: SMH archives

This Wednesday, January 18, a memorial service will be held in Granville to mark 40 years since the incident.

Commemorations will start at 8am at the GranvilleRailway Disaster Memorial Wall.

Abell will ring 83 times and names of those killed will be read out.

Amemorial service will be held at St Marks Anglican Church at 10am.

Never forgotten: The Granville Railway Disaster Memorial Wall lists the names of the 83 people killed on January 18, 1977. Picture: Parramatta-Holroyd Sun

‘Erratic’ Tarago fire leaves trail of destruction near Canberra

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Water bombing aircraft over Tarago fire. Photo: Elesa Kurtz A home belonging to Richard Graham that lost in the Tarago fires. Farm-hand Scott Williams checks the damage. Photo: Karleen Minney

Livestock lost in the Tarago fires on a farm near Mount Fairy. Photo: karleen minney

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms owners Tony Coote, Gary Nairn and Michael Fitzgerald assess the damage to their property. Photo: Karleen Minney

The burnt-out area to the east of Canberra as of Wednesday afternoon.

The fire stretched to the west of Bungendore Road and crossed Goulburn Road to the east. Photo: Clare Sibthorpe

Firefighters endured hot and windy conditions as they tried to contain an “erratic” grassfire near Tarago that burnt 3300 hectares, destroyed at least one property and killed livestock.

Shortly after 5pm a second fast-burning fire grass began burning north of the initial blaze or Bungendore Road between Collector Road and Lumley Road in Tarago.

Three trucks on the scene and were able quickly control the fire which began nearby a property.

Firecrews were hard at work all afternoon battling the larger blaze. By 2pm had been downgraded to a “watch and act” alert, as crews set up containment lines around the fire.

Firefighting continued along Mt Fairy Rd, with a small pine forest near one home in smoke as fire trucks stood to defend the property.

Out west, past Lake George, smoke was climbing above the hills while the wind turbines stood still.

NSW Rural Fire Service captain Peter Bavington was overseeing one line, watching the smoke on the horizon west of Goulburn Road.

“Trying hard to get back to normality,” Mr Bavington said. “There’s basically no flame.”

Most of the fire was embers and spot fires, while smoke was still visible on the hills between Tarago and Mount Fairy.

The main concern was the chance of embers picking up and lighting any grass east of Mr Bavington’s position, and a small strand of bush where fire crews had pulled out earlier to allow water bombers to target it.

Mr Bavington had 30 trucks at his disposal along Goulburn Road plus ACT chainsaw crews, while locals were manning utes loaded with water tanks at the driveways to their properties. Earlier on Wednesday morning, gusty hot conditions made tough work of managing the blaze.

Tarago Road and Goulburn Road remain closed to traffic and the Goulburn Queanbeyan Railway is also closed, with traffic being diverted to the Federal Highway, causing significant travel delays.

Mr Allen said the Rural Fire Service was investigating the destroyed property in Hazeldell Road area, as well as livestock loss.

“We have got our building impact assessment in the area to confirm that and determine what type of property it is,” Mr Allen said. These chooks got very lucky last night with the flames circling these sheds, the dogs refused to leave them. pic.twitter苏州美甲培训/RD9tDLRVIk— Finbar O’Mallon (@finbaromallon) January 18, 2017

Mr Allen said residents should enact a bushfire survival plan, which can be found at myfireplan苏州美甲培训419论坛.

“They should not only make the bushfire survival plan but discuss what they would do with family,” Mr Allen said.

Authorities recommend residents download the Fires Near Me smartphone app and follow firefighters’ advice if their property is under threat.

As 6.30pm on Wednesday 32 residents who had left or were evacuated from the area had registered their details with police. The register was opened on Wednesday morning as part of the emergency operations protocol.   People who have chosen to relocate due to #Tarago fire should contact Queanbeyan Police Station on 6298 0558 to register #nswrfs— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 17, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训.

Katherine Heigl welcomes her first biological child, brother for two daughters

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Katherine Heigl and her husband, singer Josh Kelley, welcomed a healthy baby boy on December 20, a representative confirmed in a statement to People.

The baby, named Joshua Bishop Kelley Jnr, is the couple’s first biological child, after they adopted two daughters, Naleigh, 8, and Adalaide, 4, in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

Heigl, 38, confirmed the news of her first natural pregnancy in a blog posted last June, revealing her daughters were “excited to welcome their sibling into the fold”.

“It was totally unexpected but thrilling,” the actress wrote on her blog,Those Heavenly Days. “The whole pregnancy thing is new to me but the thrill of having a baby is not.”   For all you gestating ladies out there check out Those Heavenly Days for my “Pregnancy Favs…Thus Far” and get some tips and tricks for feeling more comfortable inside and out while growing a life! thoseheavenlydays苏州美甲培训A photo posted by Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl) on Sep 20, 2016 at 2:09pm PDT

“We’ve known for awhile that we wanted to add to our family and frankly didn’t really care how we chose to do that. We were considering adoption again, fostering, or pregnancy if possible. Seeing as I have never been pregnant and as my gynecologist reminded me last year, I’m of advanced maternal age, I wasn’t sure pregnancy was even in the cards for us. Turns out it was very much in the cards!”

Heigl has been quite vocal over the years about parenthood, revealing that growing up with her adopted older sister Meg, (who is a South Korean native, like Heigl’s daughter Naleigh) spurred her decision to pursue adoption.

“We still talk about having biological children as well — I’m not ruling anything out. But my feeling about adoption is, Why not? There’s nothing about it that makes it any less meaningful of a relationship in my mind,” she toldRedbookback in 2010, after adopting Naleigh.

“Adoption has been a part of my life and a part of my family, so it was how I wanted to start. It felt natural and right to me.”   Happy New Years Eve from the Kelley girls! Here’s to a spectacular, joyful abundant 2017 for all! A photo posted by Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl) on Dec 31, 2016 at 6:33pm PST

Heigl and Kelley, who met in 2005 and tied the knot in December 2007, had celebrated the pending arrival of their newborn with a nature-themed baby shower last year.

In the lead up, the Grey’s Anatomy star blogged details about planning the day.

“I headed straight to Pinterest to cultivate a look for the shower that spoke to not only the holidays, but also our mountain home in Utah where the baby will be born,” Heigl wrote.

“I loved that my mum involved me and that I got to contribute my ideas. I’m kind of a control freak on occasion… okay, more often than not, so getting to have a voice when it came to the shower was pretty awesome for me!”   Up now on Those Heavenly Days are all the fun details, inspiration and photos from @joshbkelley and my baby shower! It was such an amazing and special event that I’m thrilled to share with all of you!A photo posted by Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl) on Dec 10, 2016 at 1:31pm PST   @joshbkelley and I have some news…go to thoseheavenlydays苏州美甲培训 and I’ll tell you alllllll about it! A photo posted by Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl) on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:24am PDT

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