The Examiner's Brekky Blog | Sunday, May 14, 2017

Regional news

'Best feeling': Brooke Pipe, 21, with nine-month-old Harlow. Photo: Peter Hardin 100517PHC010

'Best feeling': Brooke Pipe, 21, with nine-month-old Harlow. Photo: Peter Hardin 100517PHC010

TAMWORTH: As mums everywhere prepare for the traditional burnt toast and spilt coffee in bed tomorrow morning, we talk to three very different mothers about their highlights and challenges in parenting. Read more

NEWCASTLE: A fire has ripped through the popular Redhead Surf Club Cafe from a suspected electrical fire. Read more

ROYAL SMILES: Ruby Lyons, 3, and Kelsea Clingeleffer are all smiles at the Enchanted Morning. PICTURE: Melissa Mobbs.

ROYAL SMILES: Ruby Lyons, 3, and Kelsea Clingeleffer are all smiles at the Enchanted Morning. PICTURE: Melissa Mobbs.

LAUNCESTON: The Tailrace Centre held its annual Enchanted Morning to celebrate the value and potential of young girls. Read more

WARRNAMBOOL: Every mum wants the best for her children but for Teresa Padiet, who fled war-torn Sudan, the desire for her children to succeed is even stronger. Read more

RIVERINA: A mystery winner is still walking around unaware they’re half-a-million dollars richer, as Wagga’s first division prize remains unclaimed. Read more

MAITLAND: A man has been allegedly caught high range drink driving with a disqualified licence twice in two weeks. Read more

BUNBURY: Were you at Bunbury’s Groovin the Moo? Yes or no, it doesn’t matter – check out the photos here.

MT ISA: School of the Air students, governesses and parents congregated in Mount Isa this week for home tutor week. For the students of the Australian outback it was a rare chance to mingle with their friends in the same room. Read more

TAMWORTH: Battle-weary and tired, the never-ending fight for medicinal cannabis for the terminally ill has reached boiling point for Lucy Haslam. Read more

BENDIGO: Without planned fanfare or celebration, Bendigo Livestock Exchange will next week notch up 20 years at its Wallenjoe Road, Huntly, residence. Read more

►WAGGA: Two teenagers accused of bashing a man in an unprovoked attack in Wagga’s suburbs on Friday night have been granted bail. Read more

Fisheries minister Dave Kelly with the type of components that will be used to build the Falcon Bay shark barrier. Photo: Supplied.

Fisheries minister Dave Kelly with the type of components that will be used to build the Falcon Bay shark barrier. Photo: Supplied.

MANDURAH: Fisheries minister Dave Kelly has announced the state government will pay for the installation of a shark barrier at Falcon Bay. Read more

KATHERINE: Katherine doctor Simon Quilty has been celebrated nationally for his work in rural and remote Australia. Read more

GOULBURN: Four people have been taken to hospital following an accident south of Goulburn on Saturday morning. Read more

National news

►A baby girl has been rushed to hospital after she was allegedly repeatedly beaten by a 27-year-old woman at a home in Sydney's west. Read more

►More than $2.2 million in compensation has so far been distributed to the victims of the Bourke Street tragedy. Read more

►We all know about the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Pain psychologist Chris Eccleston argues there are an extra 10 senses that have been neglected by health professionals. Read more

►The Commonwealth public service is making a push toward gender-neutral bathrooms at its Canberra buildings, to foster greater inclusiveness of transgender and intersex employees. Read more

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World news

Two American astronauts overcame an early equipment glitch to complete a marathon spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday. Read more

JAKARTA: Within hours of Jakarta's governor being locked up at Cipinang detention centre on Tuesday, thousands of Indonesians had changed their profile pictures on social media to a black square. Read more

On this day

1787: The First Fleet of convicts departs Portsmouth, England, bound for Botany Bay. 

1792: The first confirmed sighting of the elusive Tasmanian Tiger is made.

1981: An attempt is made to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

1984: The Australian $1 banknote is replaced with a $1 coin.

FACES OF AUSTRALIA

HOME: The Abdou family is delighted to be in Tasmania. Pictures: Piia Wirsu

HOME: The Abdou family is delighted to be in Tasmania. Pictures: Piia Wirsu

Malak Abdou

The Abdou household is full of laughter. 

With cream weatherboards, children's bicycles in the front yard and a concrete path leading to the front door Malak Abdoul was lucky to find the Railton house for his recently arrived family. 

Malak arrived in Australia with his wife, Shery, and their three children Angela, Jacoub and Gabriela 10 months ago. 

A veterinary surgeon of 20 years in Egypt, Malak migrated to Tasmania with a general skilled migrant visa, hopeful of finding work in his field or as a farm manager.

“When I came here I said, ‘Okay, I don’t need anything from the government, I need a job, a chance,” he said.  Read more