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Motive sought in Stockton stabbing

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QUESTIONS: Police close part of Maitland Street after an elderly man was allegedly stabbed. Pictures: Simone De Peak QUESTIONS: The chair the man rested in while being treated.
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DETECTIVES are investigating whether a stabbing which has left one elderly man in intensive care and another facing a serious criminal charge was the result of bad blood over a small cash loan.

The alleged victim, 66, was rushed to John Hunter Hospital for emergency surgery after stumbling out of his Housing NSW unit in Stockton with knife wounds to his chest, abdomen and back about 8am yesterday.

Police have praised two nurses who were attending to another Maitland Street resident when they saw the injured man and tried to stabilise him as paramedics rushed to the scene.

Two police officers who were nearby assisted the man before officers took a 67-year-old man into custody at another Stockton residence.

He was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today.

Maitland Street was blocked to traffic for most of the day as specialist crime scene officers worked on gathering evidence at the scene.

The alleged victim lives in a single storey unit where blood was spattered in a front doorway.

A plastic chair, which was sitting in the shaded front lawn of a residence across the road from the alleged victim’s house, had blood covering it after the man was sat down as his injuries were attended to.

His bloodied shirt was lying nearby.

Newcastle City detectives are investigating whether a dispute over a small loan may have prompted an argument.

The alleged victim, who was lucid at the scene before his condition deteriorated following blood loss, was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

He was listed as being in a serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The scene at Stockton. Pic: Simone De Peak

The scene at Stockton. Pic: Simone De Peak

Hoffman a ‘hardcore addict’ according to drug dealer

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Hoffman with his former partner, Mimi O’Donnell, at the 2006 Golden Globes. Photo: Mark J. Terrill/APPhilip Seymour Hoffman was a hardcore addict, says the man charged with being the actor’s drug dealer.
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Despite being accused of playing a part in Hoffman’s death, Robert Vineberg, also says he could have saved the star.

“He was my friend,” Vineberg, a jazz musician and self-confessed junkie, told The New York Post in an interview from jail on Sunday.

“I could’ve saved him,” he said.

“If I knew he was in town, I would’ve said, ‘Hey, let’s make an AA meeting.’ If I was with him, it [Hoffman’s death] wouldn’t have happened. Not under my guard.”

Yet the 57-year-old was arrested last week after an informant claimed to have seen Hoffman scoring drugs from Vineberg’s home.

Police subsequently raided Vineberg’s apartment and found 300 bags of heroin.

Vineberg was charged with felony drug possession and, according to The Post, is one of three suspected dealers charged in connection with Hoffman.

Vineberg denies that he sold Hoffman the 73 bags of heroin found in his apartment.

In fact he claims that the last time he saw the 46-year-old Capote star was in October last year.

He says the actor, who left behind three children, was high on heroin at the time, but went to rehab after.

Vineberg says the two stayed in touch via email and text message after that time, as they both attempted to get clean.

“He left me a voicemail in December saying, ‘I’m clean,’” Vineberg said. “We’d text back and forth, ‘Oh, I got one day on you!’ ‘No I’ve got one day on you,’”

But then they both relapsed and lost touch.

“He was using needles. He was a hardcore addict,” Vineberg says, claiming that Hoffman had a 10 bag a day habit. ““How much was he found with? Seventy bags. You do the math. That’s a one-week supply.”

That amount is twice the amount used by “average” junkies, according to experts.

Vineberg said he was “devastated” by the actor’s death.

“When we got together, we talked about books. And art. He was a normal guy. You wouldn’t know he was an Oscar winner,” he said.

“He loved his kids. I offer my condolences to his family.”

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Syrian aid not enough, says Labor’s Tanya Plibersek

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Labor has joined aid groups in attacking as inadequate Australia’s $12 million pledge towards the humanitarian crisis gripping civil war-torn Syria.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has branded the Abbott government’s contribution to a United Nations fund to help refugees and other victims of the bloody civil war ”woefully inadequate”.

”Today I have written to the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, urging her to provide more assistance from Australia as a matter of priority,” she said.

Aid groups have previously blasted the size of Australia’s contribution. The Abbott government pledged $10 million at a UN-backed conference held in Kuwait last month where the international community raised $2.4 billion.

Australia’s contribution – converted to US$8.9 million – compared with US$380 million by the United States, US$164 million by Britain and US$110 million by Germany.

Even countries with considerably smaller economies than Australia – such as Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands – have pledged substantially more money to Syria.

Australia has committed a further $2 million towards dismantling the Assad regime’s chemical weapons.

Oxfam chief executive Helen Szoke recently branded Australia’s pledge deeply disappointing.

”Australia’s commitment to the appeal is not commensurate with the need, the size of the appeal or Australia’s capacity to contribute,” Dr Szoke said.

”This is the largest humanitarian appeal in history for a reason. The needs are staggering. This is the worst crisis of the 21st Century.”

She said the Abbott government’s contribution compared poorly with the $100 million that Australia had pledged to help Syrians under the previous Labor government.

According to UN figures, about 2.3 million Syrians have been forced to flee the country, many of them now living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon, which are struggling to cope.

A further 6.5 million people are internally displaced and 9.3 million in total – about half of Syria’s population – are in urgent need of assistance.

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Indonesian military commander reportedly accepts Australian Navy incursions accidental

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Federal Minister Scott Morrison had to admit Australian Navy incursions into Indonesian waters during the government’s Operation Sovereign Borders. Photo: Peter RaeFederal politics: full coverageGreens to launch inquiry in clash at Manus IslandThe Pulse Live from Parliament
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Indonesia’s top military commander has reportedly accepted that Australia’s recent incursions into the country’s waters were accidental, paving the way for reduced tensions between Canberra and Jakarta.

Despite some fiery rhetoric in Jakarta and even accusations that Australian Navy and Customs ships knew they were breaching Indonesian sovereignty, the chief of the country’s armed forces, General Moeldoko, has said the incursions were mistakes, according to the Jakarta Post.

”[What has happened recently] was accidental, but we will always be alert in protecting our borders,” he is quoted as telling the Indonesian parliament’s foreign affairs and defence commission.

He was reportedly hosing down accusations by some parliamentarians that Australia’s breaches were designed to disrupt Indonesia’s coming elections.

Fairfax Media understands there were about five breaches in December and January while Australian Navy and Customs ships were carrying out border protection operations – at least some during boat turn-backs, which Jakarta opposes.

General Moeldoko is known to be close to the Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley. General Hurley received an interim report into the causes of the breaches recently.

It is understood that this inquiry has found that navigational errors were made both by Operation Sovereign Borders headquarters as well as the ships themselves. But it is not clear whether a full explanation of the breaches will be made public once the full report has been completed.

Indonesia’s initial reaction when the Abbott government admitted the breaches was one of fury, with Jakarta vowing to move a frigate down to its southern waters to boost patrols.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and other senior government figures swiftly apologised for the ”inadvertent” breaches.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said such incidents as well as Australia’s tough border protection policies more generally were ”complicating” efforts to return relations to normal in the wake of revelations that Australia spied on senior Indonesian politicians.

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So hot right now: A guide to cult condiments

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A squiggle of French’s mustard on a classic hot dog. Photo: Tanya Lake A squiggle of French’s mustard on a classic hot dog. Photo: Tanya Lake
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A squiggle of French’s mustard on a classic hotdog. Photo: Tanya Lake

Sriracha bottles lined up at Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney. Photo: Quentin Jones

Sriracha bottles lined up at Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney. Photo: Quentin Jones

No hip foodie joint would be caught dead without a cult condiment on its retro tabletops. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular sauces going round.Sriracha sauce

The green-capped, cockerel-stamped red bottle is so hot right now – found atop the tables at Melbourne’s Chin Chin, Momofuku Seiobo in Sydney and plenty of places in between. There’s even a documentary exploring the condiment’s origins, and a Sriracha Festival was held in Los Angeles last year.

Sriracha is a pulpy, pungent mix of fresh jalapeno chillis, garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt, and it goes with everything. David Tran, 68, a Vietnamese immigrant and the sauce’s shy founder, is tight-lipped about the condiment’s growth (an estimated 20 million bottles are produced each year) and famously doesn’t advertise. The sauce’s Australian distributor revealed that demand for the sauce increased by 30 per cent last year. With mountains of merchandise including “I put Sriracha on my Sriracha” T-shirts, recipe books and rooster-adorned high heels, Sriracha hot sauce is the undisputed king of cult condiments.

How to use it

Small Victories chef Alric Hansen suggests Sriracha converts use the sauce “liberally, with anything”. The Melbourne cafe goes through about five bottles a week, serving the sauce with signature BBQ pork belly and Korean BBQ wagyu sandwiches – and customers request it with their eggs. Hansen first encountered Sriracha about 10 years ago when it was still “very underground” and finds it has been consistent. “I like how acidic it is; I’m a big fan of vinegar,” Hansen says.Roasted pork belly with Sriracha mayonnnaiseFrench’s Classic Yellow Mustard

This inoffensive mustard, in a curvaceous, primary yellow squeeze bottle, is an American diner classic and often used for that signature squiggle on a hotdog. Melbourne’s Huxtaburger uses French’s on its burgers, which have gained a cult following of their own. After training in the United States, Huxtaburger’s Daniel Wilson chose French’s because “[it’s] that classic American mustard” for burgers, bready pretzels and hotdogs.

How to use it

Looking beyond burgers, Wilson suggests adding the mild mustard to coleslaw. “Because it is slightly sweeter, you could put it through a slaw because it’s piquant without being too spicy like a Dijon,” he says. “It’s a good one for kids.”Chorizo hot dog with red peppers and onionsKewpie mayonnaise

With its cute Kewpie doll-adorned sheath, this Japanese mayonnaise packs a umami punch. The creamy mayonnaise uses egg yolks rather than whole eggs, which adds a distinctive richness. This is balanced by vinegar and a savoury boost from MSG, hence a squirt from the squeezy, pliable bottle is an addictive addition to many a meal. Plus, who can resist a mayonnaise with its own mascot?

How to use it

“I really like Kewpie with any kind of seafood, especially fried fish fingers, soft shell crab – it works so well with fried seafood,” Hansen says.

Canberra’s Mocan and Green Grout does just that, pairing soft shell crab with Sriracha and Kewpie in a cult condiment double punch.Prawn crackers with salmon roe, Kewpie, nashi and roasted chilliJapanese barbecue seafood pancakesTuna, avocado and tofu with wasabi KewpieTabasco sauce

Sriracha may be in the hot-sauce limelight but Tabasco still reigns. The world’s most popular hot sauce was established in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. The Victorian-era sauce was first distributed in old cologne bottles, and the small glass vessels remain recognisable. Advertisements circa 1899 proclaimed that Tabasco “should be on every well-appointed table” and the bottles still grace many in cafes, bars, diners and restaurants.

Tabasco sauce is made from aged red tabasco peppers, vinegar and salt. One look at the online store and the sauce’s cult status is cemented – with Tabasco-spiked chocolate, jerky, jelly beans and ice-cream available.

How to use it

James Metcalfe, head chef at Sydney’s The Bourbon, is a big fan of Tabasco. “I like putting it on top of pizza. I also like having it on ribs. I generally put it on a lot of stuff – spaghetti bolognese works well, steak – but pizza’s my favourite,” Metcalfe says.

At his New Orleans-inspired restaurant, Metcalfe makes his own version of the hot sauce, poaching long red chillies with a touch of chilli powder to create a “luminous orange” drop that’s “not as fierce” as traditional Tabasco. This previously off-menu hot sauce will soon grace The Bourbon’s table caddies. Metcalfe can’t go past the original Tabasco for cocktails, insisting that a dash (or few) gives a Bloody Mary its essential kick.Bloody Mary gazpachoWhitebait ‘chips’ with green Tabasco mayonnaisePrawn gumboAioli with a twist

Originally a provincial garlic mayonnaise, chefs are experimenting with flavoured aiolis to complement dishes. Naomi Lowry, head chef at Sydney’s Tappo Osteria, is a prolific aioli maker, trialling saffron, squid ink, orange and lemon, apple and fennel, and porcini variations on the garlicky classic. A recent creation, a coddled egg aioli, beefed up the egg factor and incorporated six-minute eggs, with the still-runny yolk subtly colouring the mayonnaise.

Tips and how to use it

Lowry’s tip for anyone experimenting at home is to incorporate a few drops of boiling water at the end of the emulsion. This helps to prevent the mixture from splitting. Don’t be afraid to get creative. The strangest aioli Lowry has tasted was a vanilla aioli paired with licorice-poached salmon at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck.

Lowry says aioli is a versatile sauce and is great for “snacky, dipping foods”. She uses it to cut through fried foods like arancini, and says it’s popular because “I just think people, they like something to dip”.Roasted garlic aioli Squid with squid ink aioliGrilled corn with chipotle aioliFish finger sarnieHP Sauce

This sticky brown breakfast favourite is popping up on British-leaning cafe menus. Matt Forbes makes his own version at Melbourne’s Cobb Lane, having grown up with the sauce in England. “It’s like a family jug, you know. It’s been with me my whole life,” Forbes says.

Developed by a grocer, HP has been a British favourite since 1903. The original recipe remains a closely guarded secret, and ingredients include tamarind, malt and spirit vinegars, tomatoes, dates and secret spices. Fruity, BBQ, honey and spicy variations are available, with 28 million bottles consumed each year.

HP stands for Houses of Parliament and the classic label features a baby blue scene of the buildings.

How to use it

Forbes uses HP liberally: “I love it with fish and chips, anything; sandwiches; it’s all breakfast-orientated really – with a sausage sandwich it’s fantastic, or mixed into scrambled eggs.”

Make your own brown sauce using Matt Wilkinson’s recipe – the perfect addition to a bacon “butty” sandwich.Paul Wilson’s Scotch eggsBacon, egg and English brown sauce butty

Sauce sourcing: Many of these condiments are stocked at major supermarkets. Kewpie mayonnaise and Huy Fong Foods Sriracha are available from Asian grocers.

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Call for drought action

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AS the drought deepens across New South Wales,NSWFarmersis calling on the Federal Government to urgently take action.
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Research byNSWFarmersrevealed that some areas inNSWhad not seen effective rain for more than two years and whilefarmerswere well prepared, some had distributed their last fodder and were down to core breeding stock.

NSWFarmersPresident Fiona Simson said: “Supportingfarmersat this time is providing an investment in rural communities andfarmingbusinesses for the future.”

“Comments this week by the Prime Minister about bringing a drought package forward are encouraging and indicate the Federal Coalition is willing to look at what needs to be done now,” she said.

“But the package set to be introduced in July was developed as part of a preparedness package and is not designed to supportfarmersin their current situation.

“We need to look at measures that will helpfarmershere and now. If we don’t we put at riskfarm businesses, families and rural communities which in the longer term impact beyond the individual to the Australian economy.”

Ms Simson said that just like the millennium drought, government and industry needed to work together to develop measures that were effective and beneficial in the long term.

“Ourfarmersare some of the most competitive and efficient in the world and providing bridging support in these extreme conditions complements our long term viable industry,” she said

“FarmersinNSWhave been proactive, they have been prepared for this drought but they need short term investment from the government to help them through this crisis until the drought breaks and food and fibre production returns to normal.”

A ‘WEATHERING the drought together’ seminar will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Wingham Golf Club from10.45am to 1pm

Special guest speakers include Elders, Rural Financial Counselling and Rural Mental Health representatives. Book for catering purposes, call Natasha Yarrington, Youth Dairy Connection on 0400 136 229.

Fodder only for Wingham cattle as drought intensifies across NSW

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Greens to launch inquiry into security squads clash at Manus Island detention centre

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Refugee children on Manus Island. Photo: SuppliedFederal politics: full coverageIndonesian military commander reportedly accepts Navy incursions as accidental
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The Greens party will launch an inquiry into a violent clash that occurred on Manus Island’s detention centre between the notorious Papua New Guinea police mobile squad hired to secure the centre, and the PNG army.

The opposition government and the Greens accused Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of a ”cover up” after the incident in October last year led Australian staff to be evacuated, while local staff and asylum seekers were left behind.

The Greens will initiate the inquiry on Wednesday requesting the sequence of events that led to the incident, allegations of shots being fired, and what, if any, communication was given to Mr Morrison at the time.

”The government’s policy of rampant secrecy across the immigration network is dangerous and it needs to be exposed,” the Greens’ immigration spokeswoman, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

”A picture of confusion and chaos has emerged in regard to this incident on PNG and the government’s obsession with secrecy has left us with no option other than to launch an inquiry.

”Reports of staff evacuations, shots being fired and refugees being left to fend for themselves are very concerning.”

There are currently more than 1000 people being held on Manus Island, Ms Hanson-Young said.

”The government is arrogantly ignoring the Australian people and their right to know,” she said.

The inquiry comes after a Fairfax Media investigation revealed that amid the panic security guards left their posts, communications broke down, there was no official chain of command and no emergency response plan was made for an outside threat.

They also show that, after reports of guns being drawn, only expats were ordered to be evacuated, without the knowledge of the G4S security officers.

A spokesman for the Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, said he maintains there was no “evacuation” and there had been “no credible reports” that weapons had been drawn.

“As such any investigation into the alleged conflict is and remains a matter for PNG authorities,” the spokesman said.

This month Mr Morrison has continued to harden his asylum seeker policy. On Wednesday he will introduce changes to the Migration Act in the House of Representatives.

Under the proposed changes, supported by the Labor party, all asylum seekers who are given a negative assessment by ASIO will be automatically denied a permanent visa. They will, however, be allowed an independent review of their assessment.

Visas will also be applied effective immediately, rather than waiting until the person is informed and, if a person is denied a protection visa, they can never apply for one again.

Last Friday it was revealed the government had quietly reintroduced a temporary protection visa, which is revived by human rights groups as being inhumane and cruel.

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Jai Courtney leads race for Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis

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A Good Day To Die Hard star Jai Courtney could be joining the Terminator franchise. Photo: Dennis Van Tine Soldier reboot … Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) in the original Terminator film franchise.
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Australian actor Jai Courtney has found himself in the final leg of the race to cast the lead role in the Hollywood’s reboot of the Terminator franchise.

Terminator: Genesis, which is slated for a 2015 release in cinemas, is one of the most anticipated blockbuster films in development in Los Angeles.

The industry news blog Deadline has named Courtney and actor Boyd Holbrook as the two actors left vying for the role of Kyle Reese.

Reese was played by Michael Biehn in the original Terminator film franchise.

Holbrook is a 32-year-old former model turned actor, whose credits include Milk, Hatfields & McCoys and Behind The Candelabra.

Sydney-born Courtney, 27, is best known for roles in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and A Good Day to Die Hard. Before moving to Hollywood, his Australian TV career included roles in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints.

Terminator: Genesis is already generating buzz because the franchise’s original superstar, actor turned California governor turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as the “terminator” cyborg.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has already been signed to play Sarah Connor.

Another Australian actor, Jason Clarke, has been rumoured for the role of Sarah’s son John Connor.

Casting the film has been a long and sometimes public process.

Australian actress Margot Robbie was considered for the role of Sarah Connor, but ultimately lost to Emilia Clarke.

In addition to Courtney and Holbrook, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hardy, Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult were all tested for the role of Kyle Reese but eventually ruled out.

The original Terminator, released in 1984, starred Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin, model T-800, which was sent back in time to kill a woman, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son would one day become a key resistance fighter.

The character of Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, was a resistance fighter sent back in time to protect Connor and her son.

The film was a monumental hit, followed by three sequels: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and, more recently, Terminator Salvation.

Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1, 2015.

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10 DIY valentines to make your true love

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Fortune Cookie Valentine’s Day Gift.This article first appeared on Mashable.
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Why waste your hard-earned cash on flowers and candy when you can give something that truly comes from the heart?

Holidays are the perfect time to break out your craft supplies and make some thoughtful gifts for friends and family. But Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the one you love most, so it’s important to go above and beyond construction paper hearts. If you really want to wow your significant other, you’ll have to be a little more creative.

There are plenty of easy and fun projects to do to show your sweetheart that you care. Not only will a beautiful handmade gift make your valentine smile, you’ll receive plenty of hugs and kisses in return.1. Fortune Cookie Valentines

Use a takeout box or small plate to dress up these adorable love notes for the apple of your eye. You can write as many sweet nothings as you like.2. Giant Crepe Paper Rose

Normal-sized roses are nice, but bigger is always better. This simple tutorial not only yields gorgeous results, your loved one will be reminded of how much you care for years to come.3. Celery Stamp Rose Card

Who knew you could show your love with groceries? Perfect for kids and adults alike.4. Paper Roll Owls

Use these cute little owls to hide love notes, or just hang them for decoration. Either way, they make a cute handmade gift for the one you love.5. Vintage Style Message Arrows

Be your own Cupid with these colorful and stylish message arrows. Write a short message or a whole sonnet and send it over to the object of your affection.6. Chalkboard Mug

Give your Valentine something personal and a great gift, all rolled into one. Write your own thoughtful message, Valentine’s Day drawing, or just a simple “Be Mine.”7. Personalized Tea Box

If your significant other loves tea, why not make it all their own? Grab their favorite brand and customize it for a Valentine’s Day treat.8. Duct Tape Rose Bouquet

Flowers are great, but duct tape lasts forever. A bouquet of realistic roses is stunning and ever lasting – kind of like your love. Have fun with the wide range of multi-colored duct tapes out there. Everyone loves a rainbow!9. Glitter Glass Jars

Add some sparkle to your Valentine’s Day gift with these jars. Fill them with candy, small gifts, or use them as votives to make them extra special.10. Felt Envelope Valentines

Don’t be afraid of a needle and thread to make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These adorable felt envelopes are perfect for love notes or even wrapping gift cards.

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Boral profit lifts on home building uptick

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Boral chief executive officer Mike Kane.An uptick in residential housing construction, favourable weather and cost cutting helped Boral to a 73 per cent jump in half-year profit to $90.4 million.
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Boral, which is Australia’s largest construction materials and building products group, reported higher earnings for all four of its divisions and a 4 per cent rise in revenue to $2.87 billion for the six months ended 31 December, 2013.

Investors will not be surprised by the numbers given Boral pre-released its $90 million earnings number two weeks ago to correct some low-ball earnings forecasts in the market.

Boral chief executive Mike Kane, who is been in the job for a little over a year, said the improved performance reflects the benefits of costs realignment and restructuring, together with higher volumes from major projects.

Mr Kane has cut 1,000 jobs, moved Boral’s head office from the Sydney CBD to North Sydney and overhauled his senior executive team in a bid to shake costs out of the business.

Boral said on Wednesday that cost-cutting delivered a $60 million benefit in the half-year and the company expects annualised savings of $130 million in fiscal 2014.

“Our focus on improving Boral’s return on funds employed through the ‘fix, execute, transform’ program is delivering tangible results,” Mr Kane said.

Favourable weather has seen Boral’s work on the mammoth Curtis Island LNG projects in Queensland pulled forward and earnings in the second-half are expected to be weaker as a result.

Boral’s building products divisions delivered a $23 million turnaround as residential housing construction rebounds in New South Wales and Western Australia.

Including significant items, Boral reported a net loss after tax of $26.3 million due to non-trading items associated with the $US1.6 billion joint venture the company has formed with Chicago-based plasterboard technology company USG Corp.

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