Morning Shot: @breemac/InstagramWeather: A shower or two and becoming windy in Newcastle, Wallsend, Toronto, Nelson Bay (all 24 degrees) and Raymond Terrace (23 degrees)
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch:It’s going to be a windy Wednesday if you’re heading beachside today as there is a gale warning in force. The wind will be north-west to west with the swell from the east around half to one metre. We will see a shift in the swell to the south late in the day and it will pick up quite quickly. Wave conditions will be small and clean but may be affected by the strong offshore wind. Around town try the Cowrie Hole, Bar Reef, The Cliff, Merewether and Dudley. Down south try Hams, Catho, and Frazer Park. At Port Stephens try Samurai and One Mile. Most beaches will be good for a morning swim but some rips will develop during the afternoon. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
Hunter headlinesHunter residents will have access to the cheapest street-race tickets on the Supercars calendar at a community fun day on Saturday. Read more.
CAMBERWELL woman Wendy Bowman praised Hunter environment groups,Lock the Gate Alliance and the NSW Environmental Defenders Office in a speech after accepting one of the world’s most prestigious environment awards. Read more.
ANYONE who’s been in enoughexplosions, saidRon Smith, wouldhave heard the start ofthe Nobbys Anzac Daydawn service with a familiar dread.The Air Force veteran, 88, who served during the Korean War, was shaken by theexploding ordnance soundsplayedon twin giant screens at Tuesday’s service. Read more.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has outraged Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group founder Caz Chisholmand mesh victim Gai Thompsonafter urging women and doctors to report serious injuries, and advising theNewcastle Heraldit “did not receive any material evidence to enable investigation of a manufacturer”. Read more.
Stephen Finney leadthe crowd through the day’s proceedings flawlessly in Civic Park on Tuesday.That is,until it became time to call on two-year-old Astor MacGregor to lay a wreath.Read more.
A YOUNG woman was in a critical condition on Tuesday after a crash that trapped her inside the wreckage of her car for more than an hour. Read more.
The federal government has reversed plans to slash millions of dollars in funding from community legal centres after coming under intense pressure, including from lawyers. Read more.
AFTER making his NRL debut at fullback and filling holes at centre, five-eighth and hooker, Jaelen Feeney will finally wear the Knights No.7 jumper as the future of captain Trent Hodkinson becomes increasingly clouded. Read more.
Broadmeadow coach Ruben Zadkovich has unloaded on his own team’s performance, the opposition’s tactics and the timing of Tuesday’s Anzac Day fixture after an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Adamstown Oval. Read more.
STEVEN Ugarkovic hopes for a return to Europe down the track but the midfielder believes the best thing right now for him –and the Newcastle Jets– is stability. Read more.
Regional newsAward for 83-yo farmer who stared down a mining giant
AN octogenarian farmer who stared down a mining giant has won the world’s pre-eminent award for grassroots conservation.
Wendy Bowman, has won the Goldman prize for the environment, which is awarded annually by the Goldman Foundation. Photographed at her property in Camberwell, Hunter Valley. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL – NEWCASTLE HERALD
Shots fired in Wangaratta: Four kids escape to neighbours
Two people have been found dead inside a Wangaratta home after an apparent murder suicide.
Photo: Shana Morgan
Police entered the Belle Avenue home about 5.10pm and found the pair dead inside after a shooting.
Our strength in caring: Curtis McGrath’s Anzac Day dawn service speech
Seventy-five years ago, Australia braced for impact, from the ever-encroaching conflict of World War II, as it made its way south through the Pacific. At a desperate low in the Kokoda campaign, stretcher-bearers lugged wounded Australian soldiers for days through strangling, unyielding jungle to reach medical help.
Curtis McGrath addresses the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial. Photo: Karleen Minney
National newsAustralian troops in Iraq, Afghanistan for long term: PM
Malcolm Turnbull has flagged an Australian military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, saying training of local forces needs to be “a long-term commitment”.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attended an ANZAC Day ceremony at Camp Baird in the Middle East with Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshall Mark Binskin after visiting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Pool Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew Meares
Work for the dole a ‘demonstrable failure, demonises the unemployed’
Work for the dole has been an expensive “demonstrable failure” that does nothing to lessen the nation’s unemployment burden, one of Australia’s biggest charities has said.
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Taxi driver allegedly bashed by fare-evading teens
A 13-year-old boy is among four teenagers accused of bashing a taxi driver, leaving him with serious head injuries and two broken teeth.
Police believe the two girls and two boys caught a taxi to Bridge Inn Road in Wollert, north of Melbourne, about 3am on Tuesday and told the driver that a relative was coming to pay the $45 fare.
National weather radarInternational newsKim Jong-un marks army’s anniversary with subdued fireworks
North Korea has staged its largest live artillery “bombardment”, involving 400 long-range cannons, in the eastern town of Wonsan under the watch of leader Kim Jong-un.
Charge Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague
A blackened body lies unidentified on a slab in a Manila funeral home, one of thousands of suspected extra-judicial killings, or EJKs, as they have become known in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence
Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of insulting Islam: a small clownfish called Nemo.
On this day | April 26There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).
1956 – First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak’s end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year’s only F5 tornado.
2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.