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DODT TAKES OUT THAILAND CLASSIC

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Hunter-based golfer Andrew Dodt has produced a flawless final round at the Thailand Classic¬†to win the $2.5-million tournament by one shot. The 29-year-old carded five birdies in his 67, then faced a nervous wait on the 18th. Local favourite Thongchai Jaidee needed this putt to drop, to force a playoff. “Cheering and yelling then commentator saying ‘No, not to be.” The tournament – which is part of the European Tour – is Dodt’s first win in four years, and comes after he had to endure qualifying school last November. “To be honest losing my card two years ago was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. It’s unbelievable, a dream come true.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL PROPOSED FOR WICKHAM

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A Hunter group has submitted a proposal to the state government for a cruise ship terminal at Wickham. The Urban Development Institute of Australia also has plans to include restaurant, retail and hotel space at the site in the Throsby basin. It believes the proposal would generate tourism and bring jobs to the city. “In the interest of supporting local business and ultimately creating more jobs, it makes sense to look at locating the cruise terminal on the waterfront at Wickham, close to the proposed Wickham interchange,” said UDIA Hunter Chair, Geoff Rock. “If the terminal is moved, those passengers will arrive within walking distance to the CBD, automatically boosting pedestrian traffic in the centre each year.” Newcastle currently has a temporary cruise ship terminal, located at the old dockyard site at Carrington.     Read More »

WORLD-FIRST TRIAL OF NEW STROKE SCANNER

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The Hunter region is the first in the world to trial a new piece of equipment, which has the potential to rapidly diagnose stroke and other traumatic brain injuries. The ‘Strokefinder’ works by emitting low-energy microwaves to detect bleeding patterns in the brain. With the potential for early detection, it could mean paramedics and emergency teams are able to administer treatment enroute to hospital. The trial will begin in the John Hunter Hospital’s emergency department, before being extended to ambulances. The first machine is expected to arrive by the middle of this year. We’ll bring you more details and pictures in NBN News at 6. Read More »

CANCER COUNCIL WANTS CIGARETTES BANNED NEAR SCHOOLS

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With the state election drawing closer, the Cancer Council has launched a campaign of its own. It’s calling on politicians to ban the sale of cigarettes near schools, in a bid to reduce the number of teenage smokers. Join the conversation online by taking part in our poll. Read More »

PUSH TO REDUCE SALE OF CIGARETTES NEAR SCHOOLS

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The Cancer Council is calling on the state government to reduce the number of tobacco retailers in the Hunter, especially those situated near schools. Data shows the electorates of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie Cessnock and Port Stephens have a higher number of outlets selling cigarettes compared to the state average. The Cancer Council says it’s concerning, because most people who smoke have their first cigarette before they turn 17. “Although smoking rates amongst adolescents are declining, it is still the danger period when it comes to taking up smoking. Almost 13 per cent of 16 to 17 year olds in New South Wales report smoking in the past seven days, and almost 30 per cent of these smokers buy these cigarettes themselves,” said Community Programs Co-ordinator, Dana Buzinec. James Garlick, from the Hunter Cancer Action Network, says educating young people about ... Read More »

TURBULENT RIDE FOR HUNTER FOOTBALL FANS

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Unfortunately for Hunter football fans, the current situation at the Jets is nothing new. Despite the region’s proud and passionate history in the game, its national teams have endured a turbulent ride. Read More »

PAEDOPHILE PRIEST TO SPEND MORE TIME BEHIND BARS

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One of the country’s worst paedophile priests will spend more than 19 years behind bars. The court heard the sadistic and abhorrent abuse, which occurred in Hunter schools, was covered up by others within the Catholic Church. Read More »

DEFENCE RECRUITS FAREWELLED IN NEWCASTLE

The Defence Force has held a special ceremony in Newcastle today, to send off one of the region’s largest contingents of R-double-A-F and Army cadets. The 17 cadets were sworn in, before they make their way to the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. “Newcastle are actually taking on the highest amount of ADFA recruits this year and for the last few years. Of that includes 9 pilots which is over a quarter of our target for national pilot intakes this year.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENCES

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A Hunter man will face court next month, charged with child pornography offences. Officers working on an inter-agency covert operation in 2012, say the 50-year-old was allegedly sharing child abuse material online. A Commonwealth Search Warrant was issued for the man’s Weston home, where he was arrested yesterday. Police also seized computers, external storage devices and mobile phones. The man’s been granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Cessnock Local Court on February 26. Read More »

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Mid North Coast, Upper Hunter and Northern Tablelands. It predicts some areas will receive large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rain, with the possibility of flash flooding, over the next few hours. The State Emergency Service says people should move their cars undercover where possible, and avoid driving through flood waters.   Read More »

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