Bulga Open Cut mine in the NSW Hunter Region employees 1,000 people and is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year. (ABC News: Greg Miskelly)Paterson’s diverse geography now stretches from the sea change towns of Port Stephens, westward into the Lower Hunter, an economic centre for mining and manufacturing.It also takes in the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s largest regional economy’s.With the coal industry in the midst of a downturn, jobs and the economy will be major issues for the region in this federal election.At Glencore Coal’s Bulga Open Cut mine, which employs approximately 1,000 people, electrician Madeline Brennan said the area relies on mining.”My mum owns a takeaway shop in Cessnock, and a lot of her people who buy her stuff, they’re either contractors or they work in the mining industry,” she said.”There’s always that sort of consistency with the industry, that it is supplying jobs in the region.”Jobs, skills ‘disappearing’ as mining declinesBut the amount of work provided by the mining industry has declined in recent years, says Victor Cassar, a magnet maker at International Magnetic Solutions.He said the downturn has been tough on the Hunter.”We won’t survive if we’re only going to supply the coal industry,” he said.He said the answer was to create new designs to take to market, but that was expensive.”If the Government does embrace innovation, and join manufacturing up with academia . And starting releasing funding for new projects and new concepts, I can see it bouncing back.

The definitive Oz experience: Immerse yourself in the wonder of Oz in this keepsake collection of fifteen titles from L. Oh no! Did I just mention the secret? Then it’s too late. I’m afraid nothing will stop you now. (And, because I’m not a complete Scrooge, toward the bottom, a couple of devices for the kids!)Except for the fact that these sunglasses remind me of the bold wrap around style worn by the late Ray Charles, Oakley’s latest MP3 playing glasses are stylin’, smokin’ and sound just great. (The earlier version of Oakley’s “Digital Music Eyewear ” was a tad flimsy when they were released last year and held a mere 256 MB of music: space for a smattering of songs.) Oakley’s Thump 2 is beautifully re engineered: the earpieces swivel smoothly and fit precisely, rather snugly, to your ears. The sound clarity is simply fantastic.

The Antec P150 can be found in the One series and is considered a PC It comes with an Antec Neo HE High Efficiency 430 Watt power supply, which has three twelve volt rails offering 32A on the combined 12V rail. (Not enough to run the latest SLI and CrossFire cards, but enough to run most high end cards) The Antec P150 is lined with sound deadening panels on the sides and the top to help keep noise levels down. It features just one case fan, a 3 way adjustable 120mm case located in the rear of the case..