UP and AT IT | Monday, February 27, 2017

PIC OF THE DAY: This incredible sunset shot was captured by @juli_.elisa.

PIC OF THE DAY: This incredible sunset shot was captured by @juli_.elisa.

Police and court

A woman has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a man killed when she was behind the wheel of a car in Moree.

Police have captured a teenager wanted for allegedly stabbing a walker during an attempted robbery in Armidale.

The New England Highway was closed at Stonehenge south of Glen Innes due to a car crash which brought down power lines near Surrey Park Court.

A man who allegedly threatened police near Boggabilla on Tuesday has been caught by Goondiwindi Police.

Politics

Moree Plains Shire councillors unanimously voted against deregulation of Moree’s airport at a meeting on Thursday night. A town meeting was held in Moree on Thursday evening to gauge community opinions.

After a year-long campaign, paramedics are thrilled to see a $48 million boost to paramedic injury protection from the NSW Government, including around $18 million in injury prevention funding.

A Danish Wind Farm expert visited Armidale last week to speak with the community about making the most of the new Sapphire Wind Farm.

Agriculture

A new weapon will be unleashed in the war on wild rabbits - Australia’s single worst, most widespread, destructive and costly environmental and agricultural vertebrate pest animal.

Through the lens

It’s Sunday afternoon on the New England Highway and cattle trucks pass in the dozens the man who’s called the open road home for 40 years

Dapto wildman Andrew Ucles is on the comeback trail after losing his health, his TV deal and - almost - his mind

Local nurse Emma Dykes is busy juggling nursing with her career as an aspiring country music star. After releasing her debut album at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, she has been touring the New England region, and will bring her music to The Union Bar on Saturday, March 4.

Show circuit

The Glen Innes Agricultural Show was awarded a “blue ribbon” in State Parliament on Wednesday, with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall singing praises of the work of volunteers.

As residents gear up for the Inverell Show on March 3-4, Gary Jones is excited to see Red Poll cattle as this year’s feature

School

In a landmark move last week, education authorities released changes to the HSC syllabus – but not everyone was happy.

A multi-million dollar redevelopment has seen St Nicholas’ Primary School transformed into a high-tech and modern learning space, with the big tick of approval from kids, parents and teachers.

In a world where communication is instantaneous and people can reach one another on the opposite side of the globe – cyber security is more important than ever.

State of the nation

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

► WOLLONGONG, NSW: A man will not be eligible to get his licence back until he is 113. Read more.

Oops, he did it again: Serial unlicensed driver Jason Blackley (centre) could be Wollongong's worst repeat traffic offender after he was caught driving without a licence for the 27th time on Saturday afternoon.

Oops, he did it again: Serial unlicensed driver Jason Blackley (centre) could be Wollongong's worst repeat traffic offender after he was caught driving without a licence for the 27th time on Saturday afternoon.

EVERTON, VICTORIA: The victim of an apparent random shooting has spoken for the first time, saying he played dead. Read more.

LAVERS HILL, VICTORIA: Six people were injured in a head-on collision on the Great Ocean Road. Read more.

► WAGGA, NSW: A man bashed at a kebab shop was taken to hospital. Read more.

BEAUDESERT, QUEENSLAND: Two people have charged after an investigation into allegations of misuse of donations received by a charity. Read more.

► MALMSBURY, VICTORIA: A prison guard was assaulted at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre on Saturday night. Read more.

National news

HE “MADE A MISTAKE”: Geelong skipper Joel Selwood lost his licence on Friday. Read more.

BID FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY: The Victorian government plans to print the home suburb of all political candidates. Read more.

Premier Daniel Andrews, flanked by Planning Minister Richard Wynne and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, talks to the media on Sunday. Photo: Penny Stephens

Premier Daniel Andrews, flanked by Planning Minister Richard Wynne and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, talks to the media on Sunday. Photo: Penny Stephens

National weather radar

International news

►GROUNDED: Victorian man Thomas Keating will be unable to leave Thailand for months pending a Thai court hearing on a charge of reckless driving causing the death of his partner Emily Collie in a jet-ski crash. Read more.

Emily Collie and Thomas Keating. Photo: Supplied

Emily Collie and Thomas Keating. Photo: Supplied

LIMBO: Up to 10 surrogacy-born babies with Australian biological parents are stuck in legal limbo in Cambodia after a crackdown on commercial surrogacy there last year. Read more.

Hour Vanny, left, who gave birth to a baby for an Australian man, with her sister-in-law Som Tha Satry, who gave birth to twins in October. Photo: Craig Skehan

Hour Vanny, left, who gave birth to a baby for an Australian man, with her sister-in-law Som Tha Satry, who gave birth to twins in October. Photo: Craig Skehan

On this day 

1900 - In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906.

1908 - Star number 46 was added to the US flag for Oklahoma.

1922 - The US Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amendment to the US Constuituent - women's right to vote.

1958 - The USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR.

1964 - The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.

1965 - France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria.

1969 - President Nixon visits West Berlin.

1998 - The FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati.

2010 - Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

The faces of Australia: Danya Benson

OUTBACK: Mount Isa School of the Air year one teacher Danya Benson extends the walls of her classroom to cater for students in remote areas. Photo: Samantha Walton

OUTBACK: Mount Isa School of the Air year one teacher Danya Benson extends the walls of her classroom to cater for students in remote areas. Photo: Samantha Walton

Teacher Danya Benson is ensuring students in remote areas get the best education possible.

“The students have taught me a lot about their life on a station through their school work,” she said. Read more.

The story UP and AT IT | Monday, February 27, 2017 first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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