Up and At It | Tuesday, March 21, 2017


And that wraps it up from us folks, join us from 7am tomorrow for the latest news.


TAMWORTH:  Casual teachers in regional areas are being offered rental subsidies of up to 90 percent, as well as retention bonuses of up to $5000, according to the NSW Department of Education.


NEW ENGLAND:  NEW England Schools are a hive of cultural activity, with new figures painting a picture of just how diverse we really are. Statistics obtained by The Leader have revealed just under ten per cent of students in New England schools identify English as their second language.


MOREE:  After just one week in the Biggest Loser house, Moree’s Anna Winter has already had her fair share of ups and downs.


Weekend sport, have you checked out these photos yet?


MOREE:  With a lowered life expectancy of 10 years among the Indigenous population, it was evident on national close the gap day on Thursday that there is still a long journey ahead. 


NEW ENGLAND:  SENATOR John Williams' social media accounts were overwhelmed with messages of support from friends and colleagues on both sides of politics after he revealed on Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease almost 12 months ago.


TAMWORTH:  A 96-year-old Tamworth man has woken to find an intruder in his bedroom and demanding cash on Saturday morning. It was the second brazen robbery of an elderly victim in just one week. Read how you can help, here.


Welcome to Tuesday folks, we’re with you for the next two hours, so sit back, relax and enjoy. Here’s some national news to catch up on while you start your day.

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

► MANDURAH: Some of Mandurah’s drivers didn’t have the luck of the Irish on their side on St Patrick’s night, after police pulled over 12 drivers over the limit. Read more

► WAGGA: Baby Koby Wiles might have won his fight for life, but his mother Rosie Pollard remains furious at his misdiagnosis and is gunning for a Wagga doctor’s suspension. Read more

► NEWCASTLE: Friends of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan say they still hold out hope their friend is found alive and well. The 23-year-old Pakistani national was washed out to sea by large surf at Nobbys Beach on Sunday night. Read more

REDLANDS: Family members of Michael Eather, who disappeared while whitewater rafting in Guatemala, have visited the area where the electrician was last seen. Read more

► KING VALLEY: The NBN was supposed to be the 21st century technology set to change accessibility to the internet, but North East residents and businesses have been left with disappointment. Read more

LAVINGTON: A girl, 12, was left with a broken collarbone after being struck by a car while with her father and sister. Read more

► KATHERINE: Sexual assaults in Katherine have risen by a third in the past year. Read more

National news

►A number of Regional Express Saab 340 planes have been grounded following a freak incident last week. An investigation is underway after the a propeller sheared off a plane, carrying 16 passengers and three crew mid-flight on Friday. Read more

National weather radar

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International news

►LONDON: Britain has set its date with destiny confirming its two years of negotiations to exit the European Union will begin from next Wednesday 29 March. Read more

►BALI: Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has decided not to appeal the four-year sentence handed down to her by a court in Bali over death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa. Read more

►BEIJING: Pressure on China's leaders to cut pollution from coal is likely to intensify - potentially hurting Australia's exports - with new research showing Beijing's air quality will get worse with climate change. Read more

The faces of Australia: The Evans brothers

HAPPY DAYS: She Will Reign part-owners John Robertson and Matt and Nick Evans at the Australia Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak

Cessnock brothers Nick and Matt Evans like to think their late father, Mark, "pulled a few strings for us" when they bought a five per cent share with mate John Robertson in She Will Reign.

That $2500 stake in the $20,000 filly gave them a piece of Golden Slipper glory on Saturday at Rosehill and a share of the horse’s $2,555,150 in prizemoney.

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