Highlands Rise and Shine | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

►Rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis will be in the Highlands on March 25. 

The Moss Vale Dragons and Moss Frail Old Boys will host a dinner with Raudonikis on Saturday at the Moss Vale Dragons club house. More here.

►They may be the youngest players the in the Southern Highlands Hawks Junior AFL Club, but that won’t stop the Auskickers showing Sydney some of their new skills.

On Saturday, March 25 the Hawks will debut a number of their AFL Auskickers at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the annual half time game.

During the half time break in a Sydney Swans match, a game of Auskick will take place. 

►Get ready to save plenty of room for a delicious sausage on a roll.

Bowral Lions Club will hold its biggest barbecue in April.

Already, members of the Bowral Lions Club have been working hard to raise funds for Highlands charities.   

►Do you remember being lost as a child? Separated from your parents, unsure of where they were and the realisation you were all alone? It’s the same fear as a parent, followed by an overwhelming sense of relief when you find them.

HigherGround Raptors has proven it’s the same for birds. More here.

►A good night’s sleep can be difficult when you’re sick, and even harder under fluorescent hospital lighting. 

A Bowral woman has set out to make sleeping a little bit easier for patients of Bowral and District Hospital.

Lesley Mooney has asked the community to donate unwanted eye masks to patients to give them a better chance at a restful sleep. 

TRAFFIC:  All roads are clear in the Southern Highlands today. Drive safely and enjoy the journey. 

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

WEATHER:  A cloudy day with areas of fog early this morning, mainly inland, high (80%) chance of showers, tending to rain inland, the chance of thunderstorms, light winds and a daytime maximum temperature of 23 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

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

► MANDURAH: Some of Mandurah’s drivers didn’t have the luck of the Irish on their side on St Patrick’s night, after police pulled over 12 drivers over the limit. Read more

► WAGGA: Baby Koby Wiles might have won his fight for life, but his mother Rosie Pollard remains furious at his misdiagnosis and is gunning for a Wagga doctor’s suspension. Read more

BENDIGO: Some people would not be caught dead in a graveyard on their wedding day. But it's a choice couples will be able to make once renovations to a 140-year-old chapel inside Bendigo cemetery are finished. Read more

► NEWCASTLE: Friends of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan say they still hold out hope their friend is found alive and well. The 23-year-old Pakistani national was washed out to sea by large surf at Nobbys Beach on Sunday night. Read more

REDLANDS: Family members of Michael Eather, who disappeared while whitewater rafting in Guatemala, have visited the area where the electrician was last seen. Read more

► KING VALLEY: The NBN was supposed to be the 21st century technology set to change accessibility to the internet, but North East residents and businesses have been left with disappointment. Read more

LAVINGTON: A girl, 12, was left with a broken collarbone after being struck by a car while with her father and sister. Read more

► KATHERINE: Sexual assaults in Katherine have risen by a third in the past year. Read more

BALLARAT: A Burrumbeet grandfather has questioned the ethics of duck hunting season, particularly in a popular family camping area where ducks are a key aesthetic feature. Read more

National news

►A number of Regional Express Saab 340 planes have been grounded following a freak incident last week. An investigation is underway after the a propeller sheared off a plane, carrying 16 passengers and three crew mid-flight on Friday. Read more

A push to weaken Australia's race hate laws has ignited tensions inside the government despite the changes having little chance of passing Parliament. Read more

The troubled Australian Bureau of Statistics is to axe another 80 to 100 of its public servants, staff were told on Monday. Read more

►The brother of slain standover figure Wally Ahmad has been arrested as he stepped off a flight from the Middle East in relation to one of Sydney's unsolved gangland killings. Read more

National weather radar

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International news

►LONDON: Britain has set its date with destiny confirming its two years of negotiations to exit the European Union will begin from next Wednesday 29 March. Read more

►BALI: Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has decided not to appeal the four-year sentence handed down to her by a court in Bali over death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa. Read more

►BEIJING: Pressure on China's leaders to cut pollution from coal is likely to intensify - potentially hurting Australia's exports - with new research showing Beijing's air quality will get worse with climate change. Read more

On This Day

1685: The great German composer and organist, Johann Sebastian Bach, is born.

1895:  South Australia's Suffrage Act is proclaimed after being passed by Queen Victoria.

1947: Two men die in the first documented case of death by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

1980: The USA announces its intention to boycott the Moscow Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

2233: Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be born.

The faces of Australia: The Evans brothers

HAPPY DAYS: She Will Reign part-owners John Robertson and Matt and Nick Evans at the Australia Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak

Cessnock brothers Nick and Matt Evans like to think their late father, Mark, "pulled a few strings for us" when they bought a five per cent share with mate John Robertson in She Will Reign.

That $2500 stake in the $20,000 filly gave them a piece of Golden Slipper glory on Saturday at Rosehill and a share of the horse’s $2,555,150 in prizemoney.

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