State of the Nation | Monday, April 17, 2017

State of the nation

Port Stephens, NSW: A fisherman has earned a story worthy of his craft off Port Stephens, in NSW, after recording what may be the area’s first human encounter with a whale shark.

Steve Currie’s Saturday fishing trip may have turned up no marlin, but spotting the juvenile herbivore gave them a magical moment – and they have the video to prove it:

► National: A look at how we spent Easter around the nation:

In the Hunter, baby Kruz celebrated Easter No. 1. Click the pic for more.

In the Hunter, baby Kruz celebrated Easter No. 1. Click the pic for more.

A 38-year-old man from South Nowra in NSW, allegedly threatened the truck driver in Ninevah Close, Nowra, about 3.20pm on Saturday, then drove the truck from the scene.

►South Mt Cameron, TAS: Neil Waters is not out to prove that thylacines still roam the wild in Tasmania.

As a self-confessed nature lover, Waters had been interested in Tasmanian tigers since reading a book about them in primary school.

►Ballarat, VIC: Men are more likely to be daily smokers than women in Ballarat, a new survey has revealed.

Cancer Council Victoria data released this week found 13.9 per cent of men in Victoria light up every day compared to 10.1 per cent of women.

Eye on the weather

What does it look like in your neck of the woods today?

World news:

Beijing: This wasn't the big one. There was no need for the US military to shoot down North Korea's anniversary salvo - the missile failed at launch.

With North Asia on high alert for a feared sixth nuclear test or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch over the weekend from Kim Jong-un's rogue state, speculation had been rife that the Trump administration would intercept a missile to show that it was prepared to take military action to finally solve the North Korea problem.

Some kind of launch by North Korea was highly anticipated as it celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder on Saturday. Along with the military parade through the capital Pyongyang, fireworks were expected.

 Lyon:  “Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous." You can hear the frustration in the radio talk show host's voice. He and his panel have spent half an hour trying to predict the next president of France in elections that start in just over a week - or even which two candidates will make the second round run-off, of the four currently within a margin of error difference in the polls.

They've ended with a Gallic shrug. "Anything is possible."

On this day …

1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II

1492: Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"

1895: Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)

1961: 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro

1982: Canada adopts its constitution


Discuss "State of the Nation | Monday, April 17, 2017"

Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.