UP and AT IT | Monday, May 8, 2017

PIC OF THE DAY: This stunning sunset shot was captured by Lisa Brown (@whereislisaa) at Armidale.

PIC OF THE DAY: This stunning sunset shot was captured by Lisa Brown (@whereislisaa) at Armidale.

Regional news

BALLARAT: Von can still picture the large calloused hands of the male staff member who touched in between her legs as he lay next to her on a sick bay bed. She was nine-years-old and it was the weekend. Read more.

DUBBO: Two young brothers were killed and another has internal injuries after a shocking crash near Dubbo in the early hours of Saturday. Read more.

ALBURY: Businesses on the Border will be asked to ignore the Fair Work Commission’s ruling to slash penalty rates and instead do what a workers’ group says is fair for both staff and the economy. Read more.

NEWCASTLE: Eleven years ago, Jenny Aitchison was sexually assaulted. Ever since that harrowing experience, the Maitland MP has never spoken about it publicly. Read more. 

► ORANGE: A man who snatched a handbag out of a 92-year-old man’s hand, knocking him to the ground in the process, has been sentenced to a jail term of two years without parole. Read more.

► HILLIER: Police uncovered a large cannabis crop growing hydroponically in an underground water tank at Hillier. Read more.

TUMBARUMBA: The dormant train line between Tumbarumba and Rosewood is on track to become the historic first cycling rail trail in NSW. Read more.

MEREWETHER: Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes will appeal against his third strike for missing a doping test, a violation which could lead to a two-year ban. Read more.

► Jimboomba: A school zone speeding blitz has detected more than 1685 drivers speeding in peak school hours at Jimboomba. Worse still, it took police just 24 hours of mobile camera operations to reel in so many speeding drivers. Read more.

National news

►Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more likely to be victims of "revenge porn", according to a survey of 4274 people. Read more.

►You'd hope every diagnosis made about your health was evidence based, but there are five common assumptions doctors make that are getting in the way of good treatment. Read more.

►More than 55,000 federal public servants have been told their workplace rights and conditions are safe, in major concessions by the government agencies in their three-year industrial disputes. Read more.

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World news

►PARIS: Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France after an extraordinary campaign that saw the country's two major political parties sidelined, and a last-minute cyber-hack blamed on Russia. Read more

HAMBALANG, WEST JAVA: Prabowo Subianto has been described in Indonesia for years as a "former military strongman" and "The General". These days he is also known as the man most likely to challenge Joko Widodo for the Indonesian presidency in 2019. Read more.

MANILA: Police have ruled out terrorists being behind twin bomb blasts in Manila that killed two people and injured six others. Read more.

On this day

1429: Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War.

1886: Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.

1901: The Australian Labor Party is established.

1912: Paramount Pictures is founded.

1919: Edward George Honey proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended World War I.

1978: The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

1980: The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

FACES OF AUSTRALIA

Alessandrina Merlino

Hard work, lots of love and plenty of Italian food is Alessandrina Merlino’s secret to a long and happy life. Wagga’s newest centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family on Saturday night. Read more.

This story UP and AT IT | Monday, May 8, 2017 first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.