Rise and Shine | Monday, April 17, 2017

Ellenborough Falls: @153_east Sometimes you just have to chase waterfalls #djiphantom3 #waterfall #nature #nationalpark #hiking #rainforest #midnorthcoast #Hastings

Ellenborough Falls: @153_east Sometimes you just have to chase waterfalls #djiphantom3 #waterfall #nature #nationalpark #hiking #rainforest #midnorthcoast #Hastings

Regional News

GRAND FINAL: Gavin Carney pitched out the grand final for Hastings against the Robina Braves in Wauchope on Sunday. PHOTO: Kate Dwyer

GRAND FINAL: Gavin Carney pitched out the grand final for Hastings against the Robina Braves in Wauchope on Sunday. PHOTO: Kate Dwyer

► Wauchope: Baseball’s traditional Easter Carnival made a welcome return to the sporting calendar, this year bringing nine clubs from as far away as Sydney and the Gold Coast. Read more.

► Port Macquarie: Perfect conditions for ducks, rubber ones that it. Not a cloud in the sky for the annual charity race on Kooloonbung Creek. Read more and see the photos here.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to assist in the rescue.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to assist in the rescue.

► Dunbogan: Members of the Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club performed a dramatic rescue on Easter Saturday when a woman became caught in a rip and was swept out to sea. Read the details here.

"My albums are written around a period of time where stuff happens and as a songwriter you're like a reporter," said Bellimbopinni crooner Rory Ellis.

"My albums are written around a period of time where stuff happens and as a songwriter you're like a reporter," said Bellimbopinni crooner Rory Ellis.

► Kempsey: Bellimbopinni’s Rory Ellis is pushing the boundaries with his eighth album as he celebrates his love for his partner. Read more here.

Sam Burns and Akina Kennedy with some of the display at Great Lakes College Forster Campus.

Sam Burns and Akina Kennedy with some of the display at Great Lakes College Forster Campus.

► Forster/Tuncurry: Visitors to the Forster campus of Great Lakes College are greeted by a sea of red poppies to commemorate this year’s Anzac Day. Read more and see the photos here.

State of the nation

Port Stephens, NSW: A fisherman has earned a story worthy of his craft off Port Stephens, in NSW, after recording what may be the area’s first human encounter with a whale shark.

Steve Currie’s Saturday fishing trip may have turned up no marlin, but spotting the juvenile herbivore gave them a magical moment – and they have the video to prove it:

► National: A look at how we spent Easter around the nation:

In the Hunter, baby Kruz celebrated Easter No. 1. Click the pic for more.

In the Hunter, baby Kruz celebrated Easter No. 1. Click the pic for more.

► South Nowra, NSW: A supermarket delivery truck was allegedly stolen and then involved in a pursuit and crash with a Highway Patrol vehicle on Saturday.

A 38-year-old man from South Nowra in NSW, allegedly threatened the truck driver in Ninevah Close, Nowra, about 3.20pm on Saturday, then drove the truck from the scene.

►South Mt Cameron, TAS: Neil Waters is not out to prove that thylacines still roam the wild in Tasmania.

He says that it is “too obvious”, he doesn’t have to prove it. He is, however, determined to prove that the animal is alive and well on mainland Australia.

As a self-confessed nature lover, Waters had been interested in Tasmanian tigers since reading a book about them in primary school.

►Ballarat, VIC: Men are more likely to be daily smokers than women in Ballarat, a new survey has revealed.

Cancer Council Victoria data released this week found 13.9 per cent of men in Victoria light up every day compared to 10.1 per cent of women.

Eye on the weather

What does it look like in your neck of the woods today?

World news:

Beijing: This wasn't the big one. There was no need for the US military to shoot down North Korea's anniversary salvo - the missile failed at launch.

With North Asia on high alert for a feared sixth nuclear test or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch over the weekend from Kim Jong-un's rogue state, speculation had been rife that the Trump administration would intercept a missile to show that it was prepared to take military action to finally solve the North Korea problem.

Some kind of launch by North Korea was highly anticipated as it celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder on Saturday. Along with the military parade through the capital Pyongyang, fireworks were expected.

 Lyon:  “Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous." You can hear the frustration in the radio talk show host's voice. He and his panel have spent half an hour trying to predict the next president of France in elections that start in just over a week - or even which two candidates will make the second round run-off, of the four currently within a margin of error difference in the polls.

They've ended with a Gallic shrug. "Anything is possible."

On this day …

1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II

1492: Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"

1895: Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)

1961: 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro

1982: Canada adopts its constitution

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