Morning Shot: The Radiance of the Seas in Newcastle on Tuesday morning. Picture: @wojobungo/InstagramTraffic: A truck has broken down on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown, closing one of three northbound lanes near Warners Bay Road. Drivers are urged to exercise caution. A caravan has also broken down on the M1 at Bar Point, affecting northbound traffic.
Weather:Late shower or two, windy in Newcastle (22 degrees), Nelson Bay (23 degrees). Possible late shower in Wallsend (24 degrees), Raymond Terrace andToronto (24 degrees).
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch:With a gale warning in place, once again you’ll need to rug up if you’re heading beachside. The wind will head southwest to south with the swell on the rise from the south and should be around 2 to 3 metres by the afternoon. Most breaks will be chopped up and messy with the southern ends your best chance of a cleaner wave. Around town try Stockton, Nobbys, Flatrock, Merewether and Dudley. Down south try Blacksmiths, Caves and Catho. At Port Stephens try Fingal and One Mile. Strong rips and heavy edges will develop so do be careful if swimming. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
Hunter headlinesA FORMER firefighter who lit two bushfires near Nabiac during 45-degree heat because the children with him “liked fire trucks” has been jailed for a maximum of nearly two years and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in compensation. Read more.
IT’S doubtful Newcastle Entertainment Centre ever housed as much Lego as it isforBrickman Experience, a toy sculpture expo of space shuttles, Ferrarisand ancient wonders with a brick count in the millions. Read more.
A man has been arrested and charged following a crime spree across the Hunter. Read more.
A FRESH police strike force has been set up to investigatetheworryingescalation in the Hunter’sbikie violenceamid growing concernsan innocent bystander could be seriously injured or killed in the crossfire. Read more.
Juliana Bahr-Thomson doesn’t watch TV.So she doesn’t make a habit of watching Bondi Rescue, theshow she stars in. Read more.
While the Knightshave been widely praised for their improved efforts this year, competing for 80 minutes in all but one game, the reality is that at the corresponding stage of last season they had one extra competition point, after a win against Wests Tigers and a draw with Canberra. Read more.
JETS chief executive Lawrie McKinna says club owner Martin Lee has never once raised the subject of sacking embattled coach Mark Jones. Read more.
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REGIONAL NEWS►WOLLONGONG:A teenager who wasbashed with a metal scooter in an allegedly unprovoked attack at Albion Park has been placed on life support, with his mother telling well-wishers: “he needs a miracle, so please pray”.
Parents of the critically injured teen remained at his hospital bedside on Monday as another boy faced court, accused of the senseless attack. Read more
Police say the teenaged victim (inset) was critically injured near this Albion Park laneway.
►BALLARAT:The Ballarat Football League has sent a reminder to all local football supporters of the boundaries surrounding player-supporter interactionafter one spectator entered the field of play to give Melton South star-attraction Brendan Fevola a chip in the last quarter of its clash with Melton on Saturday. Watch the video here
A still from the video. Watch it here
►PORT PIRIE:A truck driver who had drugs in his system when he collided with three cyclists outside Port Pirie has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Read more
►DUBBO:The home left by a man in a bequest to help defeat cancer before he lost his life to the disease will go up for auction on Wednesday. Andrew Freckleton Harley made the generous gift to Cancer Council NSW motivated by his hope for a cancer-free future. Read more
Andrew Harley, pictured, made the bequest of his home to the Cancer Council before his death in 2015. Photo contributed.
►LAUNCESTON:A luxury shipbuilder hopes to increase production in its Launceston facility after selling the first convertible tender for super-yachts. Van Diemen Luxury Craft has built and delivered a luxury11 metre tender to a clientin Sydney. Read more
SAIL: The 11 metre Sports Limousine was designed and built in Launceston. Picture: Supplied
►MANDURAH: When resident Roshelle Taylor speaks about her daughter Yvonne she can’t hold back the tears. Fourteen months after her daughter died, the 19-year-old said shebelievesher life would be completely different had she taken a simple blood test while pregnant. Read more
Roshelle Taylor with her baby Yvonne. Ms Taylor wants to raise awareness about CMV testing to avoid other women going through the same ordeal. Photo: Supplied.
►JIMBOOMBA: Anyone impacted by ex-Cyclone Debbie has been encouraged to apply for financial assistance. Some of the assistance packages are detailed here.
Flood scenes … assistance is out there.
NATIONAL WEATHERWhat does it look like in your neck of the woods today?
NATIONAL NEWS►To be played by John Clarke was a badge of honour for many politicians. While some humourless types might grouch about being lampooned, others took it as a sign that they were, if nothing else, recognisable enough to be the target of Clarke’s coruscating wit.
“His laconic wit was rarely wide of the mark. I should know. With lethal accuracy he made politicians and prime ministers his prey,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. Read more
John Clarke. Photo: Simon Schluter
►Treasurer Scott Morrison has indicated a tax on empty housing stock could be in the May budget, along with plans to encourage elderly Australians to downsize their homes.
He also left the door open to allowing first home buyers to raid their superannuation to fund a deposit, and said further tightening on regulations for foreign investors had “his very close attention”. Read more
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen speaks in the Omnibus Bill at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares
►He is serving a prison sentence over his secret business dealings at Circular Quay.Now Eddie Obeid’s family has been hauled into court to answer questions about the cash profits from two harbourside cafes at the centre of the trial.
The former NSW Labor minister’s wife of 51 years, Judith Obeid, appeared in the witness box in the Supreme Court in Sydney on Monday to give evidence about how the money was spent.Read on
VIDEO SPECIALImagine rising to 3000 feet in a plane not too dissimilar to something used in World War II when the engine seems to quietly stall, the nose tips towards the ocean above Port Kembla and you start spinning.Ahead of this year’s Wings Over Illawarra air show, organisers decided to put reporter Desiree Savage in one of theSouthern Biplanesto find out exactly what it’s like. Watch the video here
Southern Biplane Adventures pilot Chris Clark puts journalist Desiree Savage through a full aerobatics routine, similar to what you’d see from the ground at the Wings Over Illawarra air show. Picture: Adam McLean
WORLD NEWS ►SAN BERNARDINO: At least two adults were killed and two studentswere struck by gunfire in a classroom shooting on Monday at a Southern California elementary school, police and fire officials said.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooting at North Park Elementary School,east of Los Angeles, appeared to a “murder-suicide” and that two wounded students had been taken to the hospital for treatment. Read on
►GAZA STRIP: Everybody in Gaza fears another war. After the 2014 conflict, which killed 2250 Palestinians and 70 Israelis, little has changed on the ground for the territory’s 2 million residents.
A local psychiatrist, Khaled Dahlan, recently told me in Gaza that Palestinians had multi-generational trauma, having been dispossessed and attacked for decades. “We have had so many conflicts” in the last 70 years, he said.
The World Health Organisation estimates that at least 20 per cent of the population has severe mental illness. Read more
Aesha O. Abu Shaqfa, Executive Director of the NGO Future Development Commission, Gaza, March 2017. Photo: Antony Loewenstein
►MOSCOW:Western powers are weighing new sanctions on Russia and Syria for a deadly chemical attack last week, as leaders seek to present a united front ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow.
“The game has now been changed and it’s important that message should be heard from the Americans to the Russians,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters on the first of two days of talks between foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations in the ancient Tuscan town of Lucca. Read on
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY2015 U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet at the Summit of the Americas in Panama for talks aimed at thawing relations; the historic meeting marks the first interaction in decades between top leaders of the two nations.
2013 Japan’s Honda, Nissan and Mazda automakers announce plas to recall 3.4 million cars due to airbag defects.
2011 In France, a law banning wearing the burqa and hijab goes into effect.
1986 Halley’s Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km.
1972 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1967 Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” premieres.
1961Bob Dylan’s 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village.
1951 President Truman fires General Douglas McArthur.
1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball.
1906 Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA:Johnny KasselInspired by the recent wet weather-inspired fungus photo galleries, Johnny Kassel has shared his passion for the fascinating organism.Johnny Kassel has lived ion the Mid-North Coast of NSW for about 12 years and hasan avid interest in nature, especially the flora and fauna native to the Macleay region. Check out his fine fungi here
Johnny Kassel from Collombatti near Kemsey has been captivated by the diversity of fungi popping up in his garden lately.