Hunter Breakfast | Friday, September 23, 2016

Morning Shot: @cyclicalobscura shared this shot from the Bogey Hole.

Morning Shot: @cyclicalobscura shared this shot from the Bogey Hole.

Beachwatch: An increase in swell from the low in the Tasman to the South.Fresh offshore winds during the morning and Southern corners to handle direction best.Swell from the SSE 1 to 2m.Winds Westerly at 10/15kts turning S/W to South later on.Tide going low for the early suiting Nobbys Reef,South Newcastle,Cliff and Merewether. 

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Weather: A gale force wind warning is in place for the Hunter coast. Possible afternoon or evening shower in Newcastle and Nelson Bay (both 20 degrees). Cloudy at Raymond Terrace and Maitland (21 degrees), Scone (20 degrees) and Toronto (22 degrees). 

Hunter headlines

Two veteran Hunter horse trainers have been found guilty of animal cruelty offences by Racing NSW stewards, after a filly with a "de-gloved" leg died in "considerable pain and suffering.” Read more.

PHOTOS IT had barely been seen before in the Hunter, and has not been seen since. The red dust storm that descended on the region in 2009 was exactly seven years ago today. Read more.

LOCALS who do not fill out their 2016 Census by the deadline tomorrow (Friday, September 23) will risk fines of $180 per day, for every day they are late. Read more.

A MAN stopped in Charlestown will face court over allegations he possessed more than $100,000 worth of cocaine. Read more.

RESIDENTS living near a neglected creek in Lake Macquarie are frustrated that recommendations to the local council to have it maintained and cleared years ago had been ignored. Read more.

A NELSON Bay pharmacist says that Sundays and public holidays have become a “loss-making exercise”.Read more.

THE Jets appear poised to announce a home-grown coaching team featuring Mark Jones in the head role and Clayton Zane as his assistant. Read more.

Maitland junior Greg Bird was again in the gun sights of the media this week for an alleged indiscretion that may cost him his job at the Gold Coast. Read more.

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Regional

SYDNEY: "Do you mind if it's messy?" said one killer to another. The answer was no. So nine days before the murder Stanley Forward, 23, and Donald Cameron, 64, drove to Bulahdelah State Forest, north of Newcastle.

They brought a mattock, two spades and three pairs of gloves and set about digging a shallow grave for their victim. More here.

BATHURST: A man has spoken of his miraculous escape after plunging down an abandoned 15-metre mineshaft with his motorbike while on an endurance ride near Bathurst on Saturday.

Stanley Forward was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years' jail. Photo: Fairfax Media

Stanley Forward was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years' jail. Photo: Fairfax Media

Lachie Smith, 24, was taking part in the Yamaha-sponsored Sunny Corner Rally, when he attempted to take a shortcut over a hill in the pine forest area on the enduro but instead plunged into an abandoned mine shaft. More here.

LEETON: The man who helped his twin brother conceal the murder of NSW school teacher Stephanie Scott has apologised to her family.

Lachlan Smith, 24, had a lucky escape after he accidentally rode his motorbike into a 12-metre deep mine shaft at Sunny Corner. Photos: CHRIS RYAN

Lachlan Smith, 24, had a lucky escape after he accidentally rode his motorbike into a 12-metre deep mine shaft at Sunny Corner. Photos: CHRIS RYAN

Marcus Stanford, 25, who pawned Ms Scott's engagement and graduation rings, delivered the apology on television shortly after he was released from prison. Read on.

► ULTIMO: A "pop-up" primary school for 300 children at Wentworth Park in Ultimo will escape environmental scrutiny, despite the discovery of lead contamination at the site and the takeover of public recreation space. Read on.

► CESSNOCK: Acid was poured on the back of a dog last weekend in the latest horrific act of animal cruelty in the Hunter Valley.

Marcus Stanford admitted he'd done a 'really stupid thing'. Photo: Emma Partridge

Marcus Stanford admitted he'd done a 'really stupid thing'. Photo: Emma Partridge

Cessnock resident Carly Anderson said that “some low life scum” went into her Vineyard Grove backyard on Saturday night and attacked her unsuspecting beagle Max. Read on.

► CRADLE MOUNTAIN: A 71-year-old Victorian woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling on a day walk near Cradle Mountain.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the peak of Marion's Lookout about 4.50pm, where the woman was found with a suspected broken wrist and minor head and neck injuries. Read on.

Beagle Max after the acid attack. Picture: Facebook

Beagle Max after the acid attack. Picture: Facebook

BECKOM: While communities in the east of the region count the cost of Wednesday’s deluge, western towns are bracing for swollen water systems to reach their peak.

Some residents in Beckom, north-east of Ardlethan, have been isolated from the flooding of the Mirrool Creek, and other towns downstream, including Yenda and Griffith, face a nervous wait as the peak moves towards them. More here.

 HUNTER: Now described as a full-time Hunter, resident the former champion racehorse Black Caviar, is fast becoming a super mum following the birth of her third foal. More here.

OVERFLOW: Residents in the village of Beckom have been isolated by the Mirrool Creek bursting its banks after Wednesday's deluge. Picture: SES

OVERFLOW: Residents in the village of Beckom have been isolated by the Mirrool Creek bursting its banks after Wednesday's deluge. Picture: SES

National news

► It had barely been seen before, and has not been seen since. The red dust storm that descended on NSW in 2009 was exactly seven years ago. Take a look.

Black Caviar's latest foal - a filly by Arrowfield's Snitzel. Photograph Georgie Lomax.

Black Caviar's latest foal - a filly by Arrowfield's Snitzel. Photograph Georgie Lomax.

► A Fairfax Media investigation has found two overseas-trained surgeons with compelling claims of bullying, professional mobbing and anti-competitive behaviour that reach into the powerful college of surgeons – a secretive group that largely controls the supply of surgeons in Australia, and allegedly, the level of competition and fees they can charge. Read on.

► Victoria must get all the funds it is entitled to from the Turnbull government for the sale of the Port of Melbourne, despite Treasurer Tim Pallas' "buffoonery", Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says. More here.

Newcastle foreshore on September 23, 2009. Picture: Kitty Hill

Newcastle foreshore on September 23, 2009. Picture: Kitty Hill

► Huang Xiangmo, the Chinese businessman who paid a personal legal bill of Labor senator Sam Dastyari, has resigned as chair of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at UTS over "coverage about political donations and supposed Chinese influence".

Mr Huang, the head of property developer Yuhu and a prolific political donor to both sides of politics, gave $1.8 million to set up the ACRI in 2014. Read on.

British-trained plastic surgeon Patrick Tansley says he was threatened by Australian plastic surgeons. Photo: Jason South

British-trained plastic surgeon Patrick Tansley says he was threatened by Australian plastic surgeons. Photo: Jason South

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International news

NEVADA: A stunt plane pilot has narrowly escaped serious injury after his plane was hit by another one at an air show in the United States.

Thom Richard was preparing to take off in the Gold Formula One event at the National Championship Air Race in Nevada on Sunday when his engine started sputtering. Read on.

DELHI: Dating for a young Indian woman is like Russian Roulette. If they show an interest in the "wrong man", stalking, abuse, violence and death may be in store.

The wing impact missed the pilot's head by centimeters. Photo: Supplied

The wing impact missed the pilot's head by centimeters. Photo: Supplied

The "wrong man" can turn out to be someone like Surender Singh, 34, who on Tuesday stabbed Karuna Kumar, a school teacher, more than 20 times in a busy street in north Delhi – people passing by did nothing – having stalked her relentlessly for more than a year. Read the full story.

OTTAWA: The theft of about $180,000 worth of gold came from within the Royal Canadian Mint, investigators said on Tuesday. Leston Lawrence, a 35-year-old employee of the government mint in Ottawa, has been accused of foiling the facility's high security through a back-end exploit.

Lawrence smuggled out gold nuggets inside his rectum, prosecutors alleged. Read on.

Acid attack survivors participate in a candlelit vigil protesting violence against women. Photo: SAURABH DAS

Acid attack survivors participate in a candlelit vigil protesting violence against women. Photo: SAURABH DAS

On this day

1884: American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing

1889: Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1939: Sigmund Freud, known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, died age 83.  

1942: The 'Manhattan Project' commences, under the direction of US General Leslie Groves: its aim - to deliver an atomic bomb

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson missed her favourite subject at school on Tuesday, but it was all worth it after she received the Murray region Volunteer of the Year award.

The 14-year-old Billabong High School student had to forego visual arts to attend the ceremony at the Albury Club. Holly is a strong advocate for human rights and volunteers with Amnesty International.

Raised in Gerogery, Holly said she didn't expect to win the student category, let alone the overall region-wide gong, in the 10th annual NSW regional Volunteer of the Year awards. Read her story.

YOUNG VOICE: NSW Volunteer of the Year for the Murray region was won by Billabong High's Holly Johnson, 14. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

YOUNG VOICE: NSW Volunteer of the Year for the Murray region was won by Billabong High's Holly Johnson, 14. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

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