Rise & Shine | Monday, September 19, 2016

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Photo by @rosesnapz 'Always looking for the best views.' #midnorthcoast #manningvalley #wanderaustralia #australia #nsw #visitnsw #flatrocklookout

Your morning news snapshot from the Mid North Coast, around regional Australia and beyond:

PORT MACQUARIE: Last year Port City Breakers were left feeling numb.  This year it was cross-town rivals Port Sharks’ turn as a slick Breakers outfit out-enthused the 2015 premiers...report and photos here.

Inspired by captain Ben Stewart, the Breakers led 20-0 at the break in one of their most comprehensive performances of the year.

Inspired by captain Ben Stewart, the Breakers led 20-0 at the break in one of their most comprehensive performances of the year.

TAREE: Police have arrested and charged a man following a fire at a church in Taree in the early hours of yesterday morning. The 25-year-old man was arrested in relation to two outstanding warrants, with police also charging him with malicious damage by fire in relation to the incident.

KEMPSEY: Crescent Head poet Renee Williams will slam it with the best at the NSW finals of the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney opera house in October...full story here.

GLOUCESTER: Chinese-backed mining company Yancoal is laying off 45 people from its Duralie open-cut mine, near Gloucester...full story here.

People's Choice award winner Nikki Heavey with host Phil Wilcox at the Kempsey Shire Library for the Australian Poetry Slam heat.

People's Choice award winner Nikki Heavey with host Phil Wilcox at the Kempsey Shire Library for the Australian Poetry Slam heat.

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

Coal trucks on the way to the coal preparation plant at Yancoal's Stratford operation near Gloucester. Yancoal is laying off 45 employees from the neighbouring Duralie mine.

Coal trucks on the way to the coal preparation plant at Yancoal's Stratford operation near Gloucester. Yancoal is laying off 45 employees from the neighbouring Duralie mine.

Regional

HUNTER: A teenage boy has described holding his bleeding cousin in his arms and promising him he wouldn’t die, after the 15-year-old from the Hunter was stabbed in the abdomen on Saturday night. 

The boy then picked up his cousin up and carried him along an alleyway towards some nearby homes to seek help. Read the full report.

► WIMMERA: River flooding is expected to peak on Monday morning after rain eased off over the weekend and water was diverted to multiple lakes.

SEPTEMBER 16: Wimmera River flooding at Horsham-Lubeck Rd, Lubeck.

SEPTEMBER 16: Wimmera River flooding at Horsham-Lubeck Rd, Lubeck.

With catchment areas soaked and many lakes full, the region is at risk of further flooding if heavy rains return later this month. More here.

VICTORIA POINT: A man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava robbed a Victoria Point petrol station on Saturday night.

WANTED: Pictures from CCTV footage of a man wanted by police after a robbery at a Victoria Point petrol station.

WANTED: Pictures from CCTV footage of a man wanted by police after a robbery at a Victoria Point petrol station.

The man threatened a 21-year-old employee with the knife, demanding money from her. Read on.

►ALBURY: A woman who had her head smashed into concrete three or four times at an APCO service station wants to remain friends with her assailant.

COURT: Akashia Sharram Bunker smashed her friend's head into concrete at the APCO service station in North Albury.

COURT: Akashia Sharram Bunker smashed her friend's head into concrete at the APCO service station in North Albury.

Court proceedings have prevented Akashia Sharram Bunker, 23, and the victim from contacting each other. But Albury Local Court has heard they hope to resume their friendship once it’s legal to do so. Read on.

►  MAITLAND: Dom Punch’s dream has been to drive again since he suffered a severe spinal injury a year ago.

Dom Punch is hoping to drive again with the use of a modified, wheelchair accessible van.

Dom Punch is hoping to drive again with the use of a modified, wheelchair accessible van.

That goal could become a reality for the 28-year-old through a modified, wheelchair-accessible van. But that van comes with a price tag in the six figure range. More here.

► BATHURST: The biggest time of the year – Race Week – is getting ever closer and Bathurst Regional Council has now announced the guide to off-track events. 

PARADE: This year's Race Week off-track events kick-start on Wednesday, October 5 with the Supercar driver and transporter parade.

PARADE: This year's Race Week off-track events kick-start on Wednesday, October 5 with the Supercar driver and transporter parade.

The popular Supercars driver and transport parade will take its usual route up William Street to Kings Parade, kicking-off a jam-packed week on Wednesday, October 5 at 11.30am. More here.

PORT STEPHENS: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has always found time to treat koalas over the past 20 years and the results speak for themselves.

In the past four weeks alone he’s operated three orthopedic surgeries on koalas in his Noah’s Ark clinic, all of them destined for release. More here.

PATRON SAINT: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has the highest level of respect among members of the Hunter Koala Preservation Society. Picture: Supplied

PATRON SAINT: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has the highest level of respect among members of the Hunter Koala Preservation Society. Picture: Supplied

National news

►Black Caviar is a proud mum once again after giving birth to Snitzel filly in the Hunter Valley on Saturday. Read on.

► A simple band of gold found in a Perth street has sparked a major Facebook search to find the wedding ring's owner.

Peter Moody has announced Black Caviar has had another filly. Photo: Joe Armao

Peter Moody has announced Black Caviar has had another filly. Photo: Joe Armao

Facebook user Tony Croce sparked the search after he found the ring on the road in North Perth near Coles. Read on.

More than one in five NSW coal mining jobs have gone since employment peaked four years ago, the industry body Coal Services has revealed.

A summary of statistics for the 2015-16 financial year also shows the number of coal mines in NSW has fallen from a modern peak of 62 in June 2010 to 40 in June 2016. Read on

► Two NSW members of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Nomads, have been charged with trafficking $750,000 worth of ecstasy after a tip off that the drugs were being flown as freight on a flight between Darwin and Sydney. Read on.

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Two Nomads bikies have allegedly been caught trafficking $750,000 of ecstasy.

Two Nomads bikies have allegedly been caught trafficking $750,000 of ecstasy.

International news

NEW YORK: An explosion in New York City neighbourhood Chelsea has injured dozens of people.

According to police reports, the explosion occurred on 23rd Street around 8.30pm on Saturday, September 17. More here.

RIO: Iranian paralympian Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a cycling crash, Iran's national Paralympic committee has announced.

Golbarnezhad was competing in the men's C4/C5 road race when he lost control and crashed into the asphalt, breaking his neck. He was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital, but the 48-year-old later died. More here.

SINGAPORE: As Red Bull driver Max Verstappen approached turn 3 of Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit, he could never have suspected what would by lying on the road in front of him. Take a look.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The evening explosion at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood injured over a dozen people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The evening explosion at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood injured over a dozen people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

On this day

1870: Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)

Iranian paracyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, has died after a serious crash during the men's C4-5 road race at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: File photo/Getty Images

Iranian paracyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, has died after a serious crash during the men's C4-5 road race at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: File photo/Getty Images

1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote

1985: Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000

Bizarre sighting: The lizard scampered across the track after Verstappen passed it Photo: Getty Images

Bizarre sighting: The lizard scampered across the track after Verstappen passed it Photo: Getty Images

1986: US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Rhys Thomas

Rhys Thomas was given three months to live, but almost three years on he is alive and recovering well thanks to a medical breakthrough lauded as a “penicillin moment” for cancer treatment.

Since being diagnosed with melanoma in October 2013, the New Lambton father-of-three and anaesthetist has been participating in a clinical trial for a new class of cancer drugs that work through immunotherapy. Read the full story.

Positive results: Dr Rhys Thomas of New Lambton is participating in a clinical trial which is showing positive results for melanoma patients and could prove beneficial for other cancer treatments. Picture: Marina Neil.

Positive results: Dr Rhys Thomas of New Lambton is participating in a clinical trial which is showing positive results for melanoma patients and could prove beneficial for other cancer treatments. Picture: Marina Neil.

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