Highlands Rise and Shine | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

That’s all for today. Don’t forget to join us again tomorrow from 7.00AM.

I just can’t stop watching this little character.

The new President of Bowral Football Club has promised a revamped club in 2017, with a perfect mix of fun and top quality coaching, as registrations for the winter season get underway in February.

Highlands businessman Craig McIntosh was elected as the club’s new president at the end of 2016 and is currently managing the rush of registrations for the club’s juniors and senior male and female teams.

Robertson-Burrawang secured a third grade win in warm conditions on February 11. 

The team took a 42 run victory over the Mittagong Lions at Stephens Park. 

Robertson won the toss and elected to bat first, posting a total of 197 runs off their 30 overs. More here.

During February, Ovarian Cancer Australia is calling on all Australian women to #KnowAskAct.

Every year in Australia, about 1,550 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1,200 succumb to the disease. 

Only 43 per cent of women diagnosed will survive five years post diagnosis. 

► Learn the strong, emotional dance of Spaniards and gypsies at a Moss Vale studio.

Marisol Santos is the founder and instructor of Flamenco Solymar, where the community can learn the flamenco.

► WHEN well known local resident, Bill Missingham died last month and the Southern Highlands lost a very decent man.

William Johnstone (Bill) Missingham was a former Wingecarribee Shire Councillor, sawmiller, farmer, Robertson Show committee member and sportsman who had a mighty fine reputation around these parts. He spent most of his life at Robertson where the family produced four generations of sawmillers working out there in the bush winning timber. More here.

► Work aimed to improve road safety will be carried out on a section of Sheepwash Road at Avoca.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out maintenance work which includes resealing sections of the road between Nowra Road and Bresnahans Lane to provide a safer road for motorists.

Work will be carried out between 6.30am and 6.30pm from February 15 and is expected to take three days to complete, weather permitting.

Steve Horton is a passionate man.

And he is passionate about the Southern Highlands.

Steve is the new chairman for the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SHCCI).

More here.

TRAFFIC:  All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.

TRAINS: Commuters can expect a good service on the Southern Highlands today. 

WEATHER: A partly cloudy day with light winds becoming NE 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending N in the late evening and a daytime maximum temperature of 27 can be expected in the Highlands today.

Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now:

7.00AM:  Good morning and welcome to the Southern Highlands Rise and Shine. Over the next few hours we will be bringing you as much information as possible from across the Southern Highlands and nationally.

Weather, road conditions, breaking news, we will have it all - and we'd love to have your help! If there's anything happening in your part of the world, drop us a line! Email jackie.meyers@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

State of the nation

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

► Leadville, NSW: Drive slowly down Black Stump Way and you’ll see the four letter word warming the hearts of the Central West: love. Four, tall steel letters spelling ‘love’ are all you can see in the bushfire ravaged paddock belonging to the Knyvett family. The Knyvetts were among dozens of property owners struck by the Sir Ivan bushfire which burnt more than 50,000 hectares at the weekend. More here.

►  Armidale, NSW: A jury will resume deliberations on Wednesday morning to determine whether or not a school staff member sexually assaulted students at a New England school. The 12-member jury panel retired to consider their verdicts on seven charges on Tuesday morning following the summing up of the case by Judge Jennifer English on Monday. More here.

► Rushworth, Vic: The state government has sabotaged protected crown land by deliberately tearing down trees in the Whroo state forest in the interest of “public safety”. A five-kilometre stretch of a well-travelled historic Gold and Ironbark trail near Rushworth is now littered with hundreds of fallen trees and jagged tree stumps, making the environment dangerous to the public. More here.

Tamworth, NSW: Farmers in the state's north are pulling together to help producers affected by the Sir Ivan fire in the Coolah region by donating hay. The idea kicked off with a truckload of hay donated by Tamworth-based Goonoo Red Angus stud producer Graeme Jordan and is being managed by Hazells Farm and Fertilizer owner Rod Hazell. More here.

► Mandurah, WA: It might look like a crime scene, but the dead dolphin found wrapped up in a bed sheet in a Mandurah carpark near Mariners Cove boat ramp on Tuesday afternoon didn’t die in mysterious circumstances. More here.

Ballarat, Vic: A lack of understanding and compassion may have caused Catholic priests to hear the confessions of clergy committing child sex crimes and allow them to continue to abuse, an inquiry heard. More here.

Orange, NSW: Emergency services were called to a ruptured gas pipe near the corner of Byng and Anson Streets on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred about 5.10pm when NSW Fire and Rescue and police were called to block parts of Anson, Byng and Sale streets stopping pedestrians and vehicles from entering the area. More here.

► Jimboomba, Qld: Jimboomba resident Dawn Ketter will have difficulty receiving letters this week, after her home mailbox was blown up. Ms Ketter said she heard a loud bang about 9.15pm on the Saturday evening and immediately thought a gas bottle had exploded in her street. “It honestly sounded like a bomb,” she said. “The whole house shook and we are double brick.” More here.

► Ballarat, Vic: A Ballarat man who ran from court the moment he was sentenced to jail now faces a fresh charge. Matthew Hind originally appeared before the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon over a charge of contravening a community corrections order. More here.

National news

►  A trove of official data about incidents at Australia's offshore detention centre in Nauru has been censored as a result of a request from the Nauruan government. Fairfax Media used freedom of information laws to request incident logs for the Manus Island and Nauru facilities between August 2015 and April 2016. More here.

► The use of force and physical restraints in Australia's onshore immigration detention network has soared - more than doubling in just nine months - despite the prison population declining over the same period, internal documents reveal. More here.

► The integrity of the process for developing Australia's new poultry standards is in question, with scientists raising concerns about inaccuracies and the RSPCA threatening to quit in protest. More here.

National weather radar

International news

► Bangkok: A Myanmar court has sentenced a Rohingya Muslim man to death while no one has yet been held to account for more than 1000 documented atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, against other Rohingya in the country's western RakhineState. More here.

Washington: Donald Trump's embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late on Monday, a dramatic early casualty in an administration hobbled by security chaos and confusion and a firming sense that the administration and its intelligence agencies are openly at war. More here.

► Malaysia: The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters, while other media reported he had been assassinated.

On this day

1923 – Greece becomes the last European country to adopt the Gregorian calendar.

1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1949 – Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.

1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

2001 – The first draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.

2013 – A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

The faces of Australia: Elsie Allison

There’s nothing bland about Bland Shire according to wildflower expert, Australia Day local nominee and 91-year-old Elsie Allison.

The area boasts an abundance of flowers year round.

Creator of the famous “Wildflower Walk” and community enthusiast Elsie spreads her love for all things nature each year with people from across the country.

Read more here.