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Judge orders 30-year-old man to leave family home in New York after parents take him to court

Michael Rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in Syracuse, N.Y., brought by his parents, Mark and Christina, of Camillus. The two parents confer with their lawyer, Anthony Adorante, in the court gallery behind. Photo: Douglass Dowty /The Syracuse Newspapers via APA judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house in upstate New York after they took him to court.

Mark and Christina Rotondo filed a lawsuit against their adult son, Michael Rotondo, in a desperate last measure after he refused to leave the family home earlier this year.

Michael had lived with his parents for the past eight years, rent free, since he lost his job.

A letter from Michael’s parents asking him to move out. Photo: Supplied

The court case was a culmination of several attempts by his parents to kick him out through formal letters, payments and life advice.

In one letter, his father wrote “after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately”.

“You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision,” he wrote on February 2.

Another letter from Michael’s parents offering money and life advice in the hope he moves out. Photo: Supplied

According to reports of court documents, Michael did not help with chores or pay board and ignored other efforts to help him get back on his feet.

In a letter dated February 18, theRotondosoffered their son $1100 so he could ‘find a place to stay’ and also gave him some life advice including organisational skills, searching for jobs and selling valuable items to generate income.

But by the end of March it became clear to hisparents he would not leave and Michaelwas finally taken to the Supreme Court by his parents after all their other attempts failed.

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During the Supreme Court hearing, Justice Donald Greenwood tried to convince Mr Rotondo to move out for good on his own.

ButMrRotondo argued,as he represented himself in court, that he was entitled to stay for another six months until he found somewhere else to live.

Justice Greenwooddescribed the demand ‘outrageous’ and served him with an eviction order following a 30-minute court appearance.

A judge ordered Michael Rotondo, 30, to be evicted from his parents’ house at 408 Weatheridge Drive, Camillus, in New York state.

Letters to the editor Saturday May 26 2018

WATCH IT: Parents will be urged to keep quiet watching junior football fixtures this weekend to allow the players to enjoy the game without verbal questioning. HUNTER families this Saturday will be prevented from verbally offering encouragement or cheering on their own children at local soccer matches.

WhileNorthern NSW Football’s Silent Saturdayinitiative is primarily directed at the small minority of parents who we consider over the top and critical, our policy is in relation to all comments – even if they are positive in nature.

Parents are advised that duty officers will be encouraged to use their mobile phones to record any vocalisation of support or otherwise on the day.

We will be reviewing carefully any footage provided to us,and parents caught out may be banned from attending future matches if they can be identified.

It may seem heavy handed, and some may feel this is political correctness gone too far, but it is important that parents follow instructions on the day. Prior to game starts, officials will hand out leaflets to parents instructing them are not to communicate verbally with their children whilst on the field – at any time.

Northern NSW Football is considering making cheering freesoccer an ongoing part of future seasons.

Phillip Andrews, Northern NSW Football development managerLOCKOUTS AIM OFF THE MARKTO JUNEPorter (Letters, 19/5):while I agree with you that Tony Brown is indeed brave to be doing what he’s doing, I also believe that he, like anyone who supports the lockout laws and zero tolerance reforms to the current licensing laws, is, somewhat ill-informed and misguided.

The story you told of a soldier brandishing a gun after being denied a drink is quite obviously an incredibly extreme example of alcohol-related violence, andin the 2000sany extreme cases of alcohol-related violence in Newcastle have always been few and far between.

Overall, the vast majority of Friday and Saturday nights in Newcastle have been incident free, with only a profoundly small percentage of people causing any trouble.

On the other hand, countless Novocastrian pub and club patrons continue to prove time and time again that they are well and truly capable of behaving themselves each and every weekend.

In this new millennium, Newcastle boasts zero incidents of anyone pulling out a gun in a pub or club after the call for last drinks.

Adz Carter,NewcastleA BIT SHORT ON BUSH WISDOMONE wonders if there is anyone in politics who has any grey matter when it comes to the acknowledged fact that n cities, in particular Sydney and Melbourne, are bursting at the seams,and on both the fundamental issues of housing and transport are not coping.

Of course, most with any commonsense would realise that the problem is one created by the politicians themselves. The complete failure of the immigration scheme, or the lack of one.

The nonsense that there are plenty jobs in the bush may be true in the good times, but what happens in times of drought when the crops fail and water is as scarce as a honest party politician?

We have a problem where we are over-represented by urban pollies and public servants who have no knowledge of the fragility of this vast country. I think it’s high time those in power educated themselves on the reality of life outside the city and stop this blasé attitude that big is better.

Alan Metcalf,StocktonADDRESS UNSEEN EMERGENCYOH my God. I work for a freight company and we have our own employee assistance program. Get with it Ambulance NSW(‘Spotlight on NSW Ambulance after Hunter paramedic’s death’, NewcastleHerald,22/5).Really?Shame on you.

These people, along with police, nurses and firemen deal with the day to day issues of all different scenarios, danger and life threatening situations. They should have the best on offer in the way of counselling, issues on the job etc. It’s unbelievable in this day and age that you provide so little.

Step up and look after our special peoplebecause they have to be beautiful souls before they take on a job in the fields mentioned. I certainly don’t think I would last a week doing any of their jobs. Let’s fight for them now before we lose any more people due to their occupation and the issues they face day to day.

Michelle Toohey,BarnsleyNO NEED TO SOLDIER ONI FEEL gutted for the families who have to deal with the lack of support for paramedics by Ambulance NSW (‘Spotlight on NSW Ambulance after Hunter paramedic’s death’, Herald,22/5).

I think paramedics deal with more trauma than policemen, firefighters or even surgeons. They deal with life and death every day, and it appears they aren’t supported to deal with what they see. So many millions can be funded into reviewing the processes, but we need to see changenow.

We respect our Anzacs and our soldiers, yet our paramedics are doing this day in, day out. They need so much more support, and they need it now.I believe families are being torn apart by the lack of support. I don’t have all the answers, but experts do and they need to be heard.

Compulsory debriefing with peers, on-site counselling support, and time off for mental health time seem commonsense to me but are non-existent in the structures of Ambulance NSW. Change the systemnow, or we’re going to keep losing our soldiers that are fighting the good fight and keeping us all alive.

Nathan Toohey,Mona ValeBRAVO ON A TALE OF OUR CITYTHANK you so much Robert Dillon for a great read inHard Yards. I enjoyed every page as a dyed-in-the-wool Knights fan and would like to make a small suggestion:that names were put under team photographs if you writeanother book.

I also love your weekly comments about our great team. I couldn’t get a copy at my local newsagent, so my son managed to get it for me on his computer and it came very quickly. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any Knights fan.Well done, Robert.

Elizabeth Giles,AshtonfieldLETTER OF THE WEEKTHE pen goes to Geoff Black, of Caves Beach, for his letter on the logistics of the University of Newcastle’s plan to add new city campuses in the future.

Buddy helping young Swans forwards fire

Sydney youngster Will Hayward says Lance Franklin inspires the AFL club’s young forward line.The formula that helps Sydney’s fresh-faced forwards find their feet at AFL level so quickly is simple: strong leadership and the tutelage of legend Lance Franklin.

Franklin returned from a bruised heel last weekend and will spearhead the Swans’ push for a top-four spot on Saturday, when they face Brisbane at the Gabba.

However, the superstar’s three-week absence wasn’t the cause for crisis that many predicted.

Sydney recorded away wins over Geelong and Hawthorn during that stretch, with 19-year-old Will Hayward kicking three goals in each game. Ben Ronke, playing in his third match, booted seven goals against the Hawks.

Youngsters Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley have also been a regular source of goals for John Longmire’s team this year, while Oliver Florent and Robbie Fox have also stepped up in their second season at the club.

“Once you get here it doesn’t take long to realise what’s required to play. We’ve got some of the best leaders in the game and they really drive the standards,” Hayward told reporters on Thursday.

“It gives you no choice but to buy in, I think that’s why there is always a few young boys playing.”

Franklin’s words of advice – on the field and off it – have also helped.

“He’s unbelievable. He takes you under his wing, he’s really approachable,” Hayward said.

“Even when he wasn’t playing, he’d come into the rooms at halftime and talk to us. He always has an insight and his knowledge of the game is obviously second to none.

“Whether he’s playing or not, he’s such a great person to have around the club.

“I think I heard Benny Ronke saying (to Franklin that) you’ll be struggling to get a game if I’m kicking seven every week, it’s good that he’s back.”

The Swans’ forward line prides itself on applying fierce pressure, something Hayward suggested was also the Lions’ strength in their last-start upset victory over Hawthorn.

“They’ve obviously had a good win last week and that just makes us a lot more hungrier and eager to get up there and try to get the job done,” Hayward said.

“They’re playing really good footy.”

Tension as NSW abortion bill debated

The proposed legislation would create a 150-metre exclusion zone around abortion clinics.Pro- and anti-abortion activists have gathered outside NSW Parliament as a bill to create “safe zones” around abortion clinics is debated.

The proposed legislation, introduced to parliament last week, would create a 150-metre exclusion zone around clinics and make it an offence to film staff and patients without their consent.

Labor’s environment spokeswoman Penny Sharpe – who co-sponsored the bill with Nationals MP Trevor Kahn – told the crowd of supporters on Thursday that anti-abortionists are blocking paths, handing out misleading leaflets, jostling the women’s partners, and photographing and filming them.

“They basically they try and make it as difficult as possible for women to do the very basic thing which is seek medical treatment that is in their best interests,” Ms Sharpe said.

“They try to tell them that they are going to hell and that there will be moral and other spiritual consequences”.

But Bethany Marsh, from We Support Women NSW, is against the bill. She describes herself as a “sidewalk counsellor” – handing out pamphlets outside abortion clinics to help women in distress.

“I find women that enter the clinic are often doing it because some one is coercing them or forcing them into it, normally a partner or a parent,” she told AAP.

“We stand there peacefully with a pamphlet in our hands and if we see a woman in distress or in need of help then we just say ‘would you like some help?'”.

Fair Agenda campaign manager Alycia Gawthorne said the decision to have an abortion was between a woman and her medical professional.

“We think this is a matter of personal privacy and dignity and that women should be protected if they want to seek to terminate their pregnancy,” Ms Gawthorne told AAP.

The upper house is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday before it goes to the lower house in June.

Westpac trading conduct ‘unconscionable’

Westpac has been cleared of manipulating a key n interest rate but the bank did engage in unconscionable conduct by trying to influence it, the Federal Court has found.

Justice Jonathan Beach found corporate regulator ASIC had “not made out its case” that the bank engaged in market manipulation or market rigging.

However, he did find the bank engaged in unconscionable conduct four times in 2010, by trying to rig bank bill swap rates (BBSW).

“Westpac’s conduct was against commercial conscience,” the judge said in his ruling in Melbourne on Thursday.

“I agree with ASIC that such trading on the said four occasions is contrary to the statutory standard that all things be done to ensure that financial services are provided efficiently and fairly.

“None of Westpac’s conduct on the said four contravention dates could be described as fair.”

ASIC had accused the bank of engaging in misconduct and market manipulation to push the BBSW higher or lower between 2010 and 2012.

The BBSW is a key interest rate that affects the rate at which institutions borrow and lend money.

Justice Beach said the market manipulation or rigging alleged had not been made out but the unconscionable conduct to influence the rate was “deliberate”.

“Westpac failed to ensure its traders were adequately trained not to engage in trading with such a sole or dominant purpose,” he said.

“This should have been reinforced and stipulated to them orally and in writing.”

The judge found the bank contravened its financial services licensee obligations, by reasons of these inadequate procedures and training.

Justice Beach also noted traders such as Colin Roden were awarded “not insubstantial bonuses” at that time, and Westpac’s Group Treasury’s profit and loss was at least a factor in awarding those bonuses.

“Generally, Westpac’s bonus structure allowed for Group Treasury staff to earn many multiples of their base salary as a result of their financial performance,” he said.

However, the judge conceded it was another thing to say that traders engaged in manipulative trading.

“But I do agree that the financial incentives (albeit indirect as they are not directly referable to specific trading activities) are supportive of ASIC’s case.”

Westpac said in a statement it was committed to working with regulators in a constructive manner, “including when we have a genuine difference of opinion”.

“When that occurs our aim is to resolve the difference in an open, transparent and respectful way,” it said.

An ASIC spokesman lauded the judgment as a “very significant and positive outcome for the integrity of the n financial market”.

The three other big banks settled out of court over the same accusation of rate rigging but Westpac decided to fight on.

The size of any penalty is yet to be decided. Under the ASIC Act, one count of unconscionable conduct alone draws a $1.1 million penalty.

In May, CBA agreed to pay $25 million to settle action brought against it by ASIC over bank bill swap rates for attempting “to engage in unconscionable conduct”.

The amount is half that paid by rivals National Bank and ANZ in similar settlements related to alleged manipulation of the key rate.

Costs were reserved on Thursday, with parties to return to court at a date to be fixed.

90s style, rebornTrending

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Fila raw edge cropped hoodie, $39.95. The sportswear that was hip in the 1990s has returned. This version gives a nod to other other essential item of the decade, a toned midriff. factorie苏州楼凤.au

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Short Takes May 26 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

A HEARTFELT thank you to the fellow cyclists who stopped to assist my cycling buddy following an accident, earlier this week on the Fernleigh Track. The accident near Whitebridge, left my friend badly injured.A huge thank you as well to the doctor, several paramedics and ambulances that responded so quickly to our 000 call and consequently transported my injured friend to the John Hunter Hospital. The excellent service you deliver to our community, often in trying circumstances, is to be applauded.

Ian Thomas, The HillKNIGHTS coach Nathan Brown has again selected Daniel Saifiti and Connor Watson this week despite them both contributing greatly to their two previous defeats. It seems to be one rule for some and another for others. Good to see Heighington and Buhrer in the side, but what does Luke Yates have to do to get a game? He can tackle, which many of the team seem not to be capable of. Puzzling.

Robert Green, GeorgetownWHYdoesn’t Newcastle City Council show that it truly supports our city and find a few million dollars to secure our Maritime Museum?This should be quite easy.After all, the NCC easily found millions, although exactlyhow many are their secret, to support a three day car race, which has nothingto do with the uniqueness of our city.

Cecily Grace,NewcastleWILCOX’S View (Herald, 23/5)showed all but one of the front bench ‘manspreading’, a phenomenon of which I am almost daily reminded. Even working on gym machines most men sit with their knees as far apart as possible. After watching the Royal Wedding I wondered.Have they all lost cellos or are they just showing off their manhood?

Joan Lambert,AdamstownBEFORE we get too carried away in the rush to sack, defrock or imprison Archbishop Philip Wilson (“Unholy orders”, Herald 25/4) we could stop to ask how we can facilitate healing for what has been so painfully traumatic to so many people.

Mark Porter, New LambtonTWO recent comments byWayne Bennett indicate to me that his time is up. First, he claimed the NRL is biased against Brisbane when everyone in the game acknowledges that for 30 years the Broncos have had a geographical, financial and crowd advantage over every other team. Secondly,he says that he would never leave the Broncos in bad shape. I think we know a team he left in very bad shape. It’s time for him to do a Clint Eastwood and ride off into the sunset.

Greg Hunt,Newcastle WestI FULLY agree with recent comments about Detective Jeff Little (Letters 24/5). What wonderful work performed by theseunseen, dedicated and professional detectives.At last the once-impregnable bastion of the churchhierarchy has been exposed to the public, provingit is not above the law.

John Chaplin,MerewetherTHE POLLSCAN Kalyn Ponga become the youngest Dally M winner?

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Forget manscaping, landscaping’s the new trend

Forget manscaping, landscaping’s the new trend TweetFacebookNarellan Vale’s Jason Clenton takes great pride in his lawn and maintains it daily. Picture: Ashleigh TullisMen across Macarthur are spending their days trimming, pruning and sculpting their bushes.

In the garden that is.

Macarthur, in the south-west of Sydney, is front and centre of a growing trend to create immaculate lawnsand front gardens.

Men are ditching their Victa lawn mowers in favour of a cylinder mower.

And one of those will set you back a whopping $3000.

Why, you may ask?

All to get that perfect-looking striped green grass commonly found on football fields.

One Narellan Vale resident has taken his pride and passion for lawn care to the next level.

Jason Clenton spends time maintaining his front yard and mowing his lawn every day.

He is determined to have the best front yard in the suburb.

“I have taken the ordinary activity of lawn care from once a week to once a dayduring summer,” Mr Clenton said.

“Maintaining my lawn daily makes it an easy job.

“I am passionate about the way my garden and home is presented.

“It’s all about street appeal.”

Mr Clenton said friends, family and passers-by wanted to walk, roll, play and even take selfies with his manicured lawn because it was so lush and green.

He said he had transformed his overgrown and misshaped hedges and trees into an inviting front yard during the past three years.

“My girlfriendthinks I’mstupid and spend too much time on the lawn,” he said.

Facebook groups including Lawn Porn and n Lawn Fanatics havegarnered large followings where people post photos of their lawns to make others envious.

Lawn care businesses in Macarthur have boomed as a result of the growing trend.

Macarthur Mowers and Machinery owner Brett Gilleland, who owns the family business with brother Rhys, said his business had benefited from the hype.

“A few decades ago people wanted cylinder mowers rather than rotary mowers,” Mr Gilleland said.

“The trend has probably grown with social media and renovation television shows.

“There are also a lot of young families who have moved to the area and it seems like they are spending their time at home.

“The parents want a nice lawn so their kids can kick a ball around and they can enjoy a wine or beer outside.”

Mr Gilleland importsProtea and Swardman mowers which are considered two of the best cylinder machines on the market.

Mr Clenton bought a commercial grade mower setting him back $3000.

“I mow in a line one way then go back the opposite way to achieve the stripe look,” he said.

“I need to mow my lawn every day to maintain the stripes.

“People think I spend hours each day but it doesn’t cost a lot of time when I do a little bit every day.”

Mr Clenton uses an automated irrigation system so his lawn and plants are watered when needed.

“I use an app on my phone,” he said, “When I am not home in the middle of the day, I can turn on the water when it is really hot.”

He said anyone could achieve a manicured lawn if they put in the time, irrigated their garden and used the right equipment. He has about 120 square metres of lawn.

Mr Clenton said he wished he had more competition in his street or suburb so he could strive to be better than another family’s yard.

“I have thought about relocating to a suburb like Harrington Park where homeowners spend more time on their garden care,” he said.

“Hopefully my effort will benefit me when I do sell my property.”

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Growth hormone could play critical role in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, Hunter researchers say

Hope grows: Study co-authors, post-doctoral research fellow Dr Lin Kooi Ong, and University of Newcastle associate professor, Rohan Walker, were part of a team who found a link between growth hormone and stroke recovery.HUNTER researchers believe human growth hormone could play a critical role in improving the quality of life of stroke survivors.

Up to 80 per cent of survivorssuffer from memory loss and learning difficulties, but acollaboration between University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute andSweden’s University of Gothenburg has found administeringgrowth hormone after stroke“significantly” improved cognitiveperformance. The first-of-its-kind treatment could be a game-changer in stroke recovery and rehabilitation, the study’s co-author and post-doctoral research fellow, DrLin Kooi Ong, told the Newcastle Herald.

“Ourfindings are remarkable, and very exciting, because in pre-clinical modelling we found that the growth hormone considerably enhancedmemory and learning performance,” he said. “Our results show a significant improvement in learning and memory tasks after the therapy, as well as a reduction in neural tissue loss.”

RELATED: Young stroke survivors struggle to return to work.

The growth hormone treatment also promoted “brain plasticity”by aiding new blood vessel growth and the repair of “neuronalnetworks” after stroke.

“Wetook a microscopiclook at the brain cellsandfound a huge spike neurotrophic factors, which act as brain fertiliserto help brain cells grow and improve function,” Dr Ong said.

While growth hormone was already used in medical treatment, this was the first time ithadbeen applied for its possible link between stroke and recovery.

“It is alreadyapproved for human usage as a therapy for patients suffering growth hormone deficiency, and the safety and efficacy profile of it is well documented,” Dr Ong said. “We have the capacity to re-purpose this drug to be used in the context of stroke recovery, and it is already looking very promising.”

RELATED: Life changes in one stroke.

Dr Ong said the next step was clinical trials.

Their research had evaluated the effects ofadministering growth hormone at 48 hours post-stroke for 28 days, but he was optimistic it would also benefit those who had suffered a stroke years earlier.

“The brain continues to remodel and re-network throughout our lives, so this treatment will actually givehopes to many stroke survivors –in there is almost half a million,” he said.

Co-author and HMRI directorProfessor Michael Nilssonsaidthere had beensignificant progress in reducing deaths from stroke, but the effects could be long-lasting.

“Our community is faced with the new challenge of treating and rehabilitating survivors, hence the importance of this work,” he said. “This encouraging discovery will be a welcome development for all those touched by the devastation stroke can leave behind.”