News from Tasmania
Launceston weather forecast: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a partly cloudy day, with a top temperature of 16 degrees. The temperature is expected to drop to about 4 degrees overnight, into a foggy Saturday morning.
The Examiner’s top stories
Web shock A serial sex offender who is continuing to use social media to contact young girls in Launceston has sparked outrage within the community.
Man had cannabis to ‘make butter’ A Cressy man said he planned to make butter and has after police located about 30 kilograms of cannabis on his property.
Wombat protection boost Three permits allowing for the culling of wombats in the West Tamar have been revoked in an effort to save the mange-ravaged population.
Unleaded price high Launceston residents continue to pay more than regional Australia for unleaded petrol.
NBL’s state move A push to bring NBL matches to Tasmania could open the door for Launceston-born Olympian Chris Goulding to play in his home town.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► NSW: Former Newcastle Knights star Alex McKinnon shares his thoughts in an emotional Foxtel interview, three years after the tackle that changed his life.
► QUEENSLAND: It is said that five servings of vegetables a day are needed to maintain a healthy diet. Well now you can get your daily dose of carrots in your evening’s stiff drink...read on.
►VICTORIA: Wangaratta’s mayor is keen for his council to buy the block which hosted the Kelly Gang’s infamous Glenrowan siege in 1880. The Siege Street land that once housed Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn, but has been empty of buildings since 1976, is up for sale for the first time since 1952.
►The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, joined the worldwide lampooning of US President Donald Trump, roasting him over fake polls and having "a Russian guy" as a helper...full story here.
► New South Wales and Victoria will be hit the hardest by the 1,400 job cull flagged by Telstra, a move unions describe as an "ambush" on workers. The telco giant has announced it will sack around 1,400 employees within the next six months.
►A push by Labor and the crossbench to set up a banking commission of inquiry has fallen just short, after a tied vote in the lower house helped the Turnbull government stymie the move...read on.
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► Hollywood: star Rebel Wilson has won her high-profile court battle against the publisher of Woman's Day, Bauer Media. An all-female six-person jury deliberated for two days over their verdict.
►London: Muslim residents of London's Grenfell Tower, who were awake during the night because they were observing Ramadan, helped save lives after a deadly fire tore through the block witnesses said.
► Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew would turn in his grave if he knew about the feud that has broken out publicly in his family, two years after his death...read on.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Mark Doherty
It was a weekend patrol on Newcastle’s beautiful Bar Beach, and just like every other until the moment it wasn’t.
Veteran lifesaver Mark Doherty, in his fourth decade patrolling the city beach, had kept his eyes on the surf throughout the day, even after the late afternoon southerly change blew most of the summer crowd off the beach.
The flags came down, and he headed upstairs into the club to rest his eyes and watch the sun droop over the horizon.
It was roughly 5.30pm when a few people noticed two children snared in the beach’s gutter, bobbing 200 metres and headed away from the shore.