State of the NationSunday, November 2, 2014

Good morning. Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Firstly, something on everyone’s lips – petrol prices:Why we will pay more for petrol, even though Parliament says no.

And, if you haven’t caught up with the Melbourne Cup latest, you need to know it’s a case of same horse, same barrier, same result forJapanese trainerTomoyuki Umedadeclared after favourite Admire Rakti drew barrier eight for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

NEWCASTLE: A 15-year-old boyhas died after being struck by lightning at One Mile Beach atPort Stephenson Saturday.The boy had been surfing with friends and an adult when an electrical storm blew over about 5pm.He was about 20m out ofthe water, on the shore, when he was struck.

WARRNAMBOOL: Two localstables will provide two runners in Tuesday’s Emirates Melbourne Cup after the Darren Weir-trained Signoff won Saturday’s Lexus Stakes at Flemington.

BENDIGO: TheState Opposition has promised$148.6 million to traincustody officers to supervise prisoners kept in police holding cells, including at Bendigo Police Station.

WAGGA WAGGA:The jockey that was airlifted from Tumut Turf Club’s race day on Saturday afternoon was rolled on by her horse, paramedics say.Apprentice jockey Chynna Marston, 23, left the track in a stable condition but was rendered unconscious by the fall.

TAMWORTH:Locals rallied in Tamworth yesterday to take a stand against cancer.It was the Tamworth Relay for Life and the annual Cancer Council fundraiser was in full swing – with locals setting up camp at the Carter St ovals for the big event.

ORANGE: Policeare appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed a knife-pointand touched inappropriately in the early hours of Saturday.

ALBURY: BobThompson is the showbag king.The 80-year-old Temora resident has been coming to the Albury Show for the past 35 years, and first joined the show circuit at age seven.

Bob Thompson, 80, at the Albury Show last night, is a veteran of the circuit. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

►In the movieNight at the Museuman ancient curse causes the exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.In a reversal of this scenario, an activist organisation is claiming that the creatures at a Sydney aquarium are being disturbed by after-hours human activities.

►The home of Melbourne’s anarchists will soon be overshadowed by the might of capitalist developers.Two apartments rising up six levels are set to tower either side of the Northcote headquarters of the Melbourne Anarchists Club.

►Belinda Ritchie was in good company at the Australian Geographic Society awards at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney’s CBD last Wednesday. Bindi Irwin received the Young Conservationist of the Year award. Aussie soldiers Heath Jamieson and Seamus Donaghue, who raced against Prince Harry to the South Pole, got the Spirit of Adventure award and Dick Smith got a lifetime achievement award.But what Ritchie, a 31-year-old Sydney lawyer, accomplished to be named Young Adventurer of the Year demonstrates similar tenacity, stamina and fortitude.

Belinda Ritchie rode from Healesville near Melbourne to Cooktown north of Cairns.

► To set foot in a real estate expo in China is to run a frantic gauntlet of sales staff thrusting glossy pamphlets into every open hand they can find.Vying for the attention of cashed-up investors is always competitive at major property events; with hundreds of property developers spruiking dreams of home ownership – and not just in China.

►New human remains have been found at the crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced.According toDe Telegraaf, a Dutch team together with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe went to the crash site with local disaster relief workers on Friday.

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Photographer and former Neighbours star Dan Paris is sharing some of his favourite spots in Esperance in his fourth book, which has just been released.Showcasing the best of the region, Esperance A Place Less Travelled is a collection of Paris’ favourite places in the area.

Out now: Dan Paris shows off his newest book at West Beach, a location shown throughout the book.

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