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    Guess Who's Two Years Old Today: 250,000 Front Page Accesses, 5,000+ Articles, 2,000+ Subscribers & 200 Newsletters - All For FREE !
After two years, 250,000 Frontpage accesses & 5,000+ Articles PortMac.News has made it through to our second birthday today, the 5th of December, 2020 !

After publishing 5,000+ articles over 24 months, PortMac.News recorded its busiest day ever during the first day of our US Election coverage - We recorded well over 3,500 front page hits over 24 hours on 04/05-11-20 ! Thanks Port Macquarie & The Hastings !

We had worked around the clock researching & preparing our coverage of the US Elections. In advance we had published a special feature on the winner Joe Biden.

Our goal was to put the events unfolding in the USA into a Port Macqaurie / Hastings context.

And that's what we've aim to do with every article published on the PortMac.News website since it's launch on the 5th of December, 2018.

Over the period we have delivered stories on our Federal election, last years bush fire crisis, ScoMo's trip to  Hawaii, The Virus, Trump, Brexit, Biden, ANZAC Day, VC winners, Port Macquarie & The Hastings hero's, local business, Council activity, roads, protests & much more.

Over the period since we have tracked Trumps confrontational attitude with China, which was understandable. America rightly sees China as a rising world power who is challenging its traditional roll in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia's alliance with the United States as expressed through the 70 year old ANZUS treaty & our shared cultural ties makes us a high profile ally of the USA and as such we have incurred the wrath of the China during 2020.

Does China's attack on Australia effect us here in The Hastings? Of course it does - In every sphere, from tourism to wine production, real estate development to education.

The reality of the situation became crystal clear this week, with China circulating fake tweets, directly attacking our Prime Minister over his and Australia's stance on China's bullying & we have been 'Punished' for asking China 'Difficult questions'.

But as our stories have demonstrated, we are not alone - Our real friends are standing with us.

Locally, the Corona Virus pandemic has effected us all - unemployment & under-employment have taken a total, but we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel now.

Thought that was bad, the Virus has disguised the absence of Chinese tourists, but whilst Australia remains out of favour with China, don't expect Chinese tourist to show up on mass on the North Coast, they won't be coming back.

Chinese investment in Australian real estate has slumped.

Chinese students have been frightened off by lies about our treatment of our Asian citizens, so our local university's can forget Chinese students filling their lecture halls.

Chinese trade tariffs against Australian exports will impact our agricultural industry - just ask our local produce exporters.

All these factors and more are a by-product of our alliance with the United States.

The Biden presidency might mean a change of US attitude towards China, and therefor perhaps Australia & The Hastings can look forward to a more positive relationship with China in the future, which in turn would be boost for our local economy.

We shall see.

As it is, PortMac.News has grown from zero subscribers to over 2,000 in the last 24 months.

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We have a 'Road Map' for growth in 2021 that includes many exciting innovations designed to boost local business and promote Port Macquarie & the Hastings to both Australia & the rest of the world.

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Below | In this weekends 'Related' section below I have selected five stories from this year that I enjoyed, hope you like them too- Editor.

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  • This Weeks 'Featured Stories':
    The Funny & The Weird:

    It's Not Personal, It's Just Business!

    Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

    Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

    He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.

    If you think your job sucks, remember whenever a famous personality dies, someone at Wikipedia has to change all the verbs to past tense.

    Yesterday I did nothing and today I’m finishing what I did yesterday.

    A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.

    The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?”

    The man says “I’m probably too honest.”

    The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.”

    The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”

    The proper way to use a stress ball is to throw it at the last person to upset you.

    If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.

    Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

    To err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.

    A man can do more than he thinks he can, but he usually does less than he thinks he does.

    Archaeologist: someone whose career lies in ruins.

    Drink coffee! Do stupid things faster with more energy!

    I used to be a banker but I lost interest.

    I used to own a paper business but it folded.

    I got fired from the orange juice factory. I just couldn’t concentrate.

    Interviewer: What are your thoughts about nepotism in a workplace environment?

    Candidate: Well, that’s a really good question, Dad.

    Did you hear about the woman who became CEO of a cannabis company?

    She finally broke through the grass ceiling.

    The most successful investor was Noah.  He floated stock, while everything around him went into liquidation.

    Q: When does a person decide to become a stockbroker?

    A: When he realizes he doesn’t have the charisma to succeed as an undertaker.

    What’s another name for long term investment? A failed short term investment!

    What is the difference between a CEO and a vulture? Vultures fly and at least have the decency to wait until you die to eat you.

    After reading a bunch of “self-help” books, I’ve FINALLY found the secret to financial success!

    I’m going to write a self-help book.

    Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank, Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.

    What do you get when you cross a banker with a fish? A loan shark.

    What’s the difference between buying a lottery ticket and buying stocks?

    In the first case you help finance the local community swimming pool. In the second case you help finance your stockbroker’s home swimming pool.

Gone In 60 Seconds (1974)

Gone in 60 Seconds is a 1974 American low budget action film written, directed, produced by, and starring H.B. "Toby" Halicki. This awesome 70's flick film centers on a group of LA car thieves and the 48 cars they must steal in a matter of days.

This classic 'B' movie film is famous for having wrecked and/or destroyed a total of 93 cars in its epic, record breaking 40-minute long car chase scene.

A total of 127 cars were either destroyed or damaged throughout the entirety of the film. This film is not to be confused with the lame 2000 remake starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.

The Plot:

Maindrian Pace is a respectable insurance investigator who runs an automobile chop shop in Long Beach, California.

He is also the leader of a professional car theft ring, who steals and re-sells stolen cars; using the vehicle identification number (VIN), engines, parts, and details (such as parking decals and bumper stickers) sourced from legitimately-purchased wrecks.

As an insurance industry insider, Pace does have one small idiosyncrasy: All vehicles stolen must be insured.

Pace takes a boat to meet a South American drug lord who offers $200,000 up front with an additional $200,000 upon completion of delivery, in exchange for the theft of over 48 specific vehicles, to be delivered to the Long Beach docks within five days.

The list includes limousines, semi-trailer trucks, vintage cars, and exotics; rendering the order difficult to fill within the time limit. Nevertheless, Pace is confident that the order can be filled by the March 2, 1974, deadline.

Mapping out a basic strategy, the thieves scout out their vehicular targets; all of which have been given female code names.

The plan goes smoothly – with even some of the more eclectic vehicles acquired with relative ease – but obstacles mount.

Chief of these difficulties is a yellow, 1973 Ford Mustang, code named "Eleanor".

The first "Eleanor" Pace comes across is occupied, he locates this car finds out it is owned by H.D. Smith, Harold Dwight Smith, who has screwed over many people in the County.

Further tension enters into the picture when a white Cadillac – stolen as part of the order – is found to contain several kilos of heroin stashed in its trunk.

Pace's brother-in-law, Eugene, sees the heroin as a profitable side business; Pace disagrees, viewing the heroin as a threat to the security of the operation.

Against Eugene's vehement protests, Pace does not relinquish the heroin, and has the Cadillac and its contents burned at a remote location – unbeknownst to Eugene.

The theft of all 48 vehicles is soon completed, but the second "Eleanor" is discovered to be uninsured within hours of delivery to the docks.

After pleas from fiancée Pumpkin Chase, Pace agrees to return it – only because he is aware of a third match for "Eleanor" at the International Towers in Long Beach.

At the same time, Eugene learns of the Cadillac's fate and attempts to start a brawl; ultimately leaving the office in a rage.

Pace prepares to steal the third "Eleanor", unaware that Eugene has anonymously tipped off the police.

As a result of the tip-off, two detectives (Butch Stockton and Phil Woods) in an unmarked Mercury corner the disguised Pace as he exits the International Towers.

A 40-minute car chase (in which 93 vehicles are destroyed) ensues, covering six California cities from Long Beach to Carson. Eluding the police with speed and driving skill, Pace keeps from being caught by police – but not without causing irreparable damage to the car.

Pace is now desperate; police blockades and surveillance surround the areas.

Pace spots another "Eleanor" Mustang pulling into a car wash. Realizing an opportunity, Pace drives the abused Mustang up to the wash entrance, leaves it with the staff, and then dupes the owner of the fourth Mustang (under the guise of being the manager of the car wash).

After a quick license plate swap and removal of his disguise, he subsequently leaves the car wash with the intact Mustang.

Meanwhile, the duped owner is inquiring with the manager of the car wash as to the whereabouts of her Mustang – and faints at the sight of the wrecked car as it exits the wash bay.

The police, spotting the wrecked Mustang, quickly descend upon the scene to arrest the manager of the car wash, who matches the description of Pace.

The film ends as Pace clears a police roadblock, driving the fourth "Eleanor". Job done 70's style !

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