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Hunter BreakfastJune 1

Morning Shot: @cyclicalobscura/InstagramBeachwatch:The big southerly swell is already clearing out the sand in the southern corners and setting up the banks for winter.Strong sweeps and a early low tide making a difficult paddle out for the experienced surfers.Swell is coming in from the South at 2 to 3m. Winds strong South easing during the afternoon.Southern facing breaks to handle the conditions best off Nobbys,Merewether and Dudley.Stockton and Blacksmiths offering some protection.Fingal up at Port Stephens.Take care if going for a swim and more than likely dangerous surf signs up at patrolled beaches.Best to swim at Ocean Bathes. Water temp 18C. –Dave Anderson
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Weather:Shower or two in Newcastle and Nelson Bay, possible shower in Wallsend and Toronto (all 18 degrees). Possible shower in Raymond Terrace (17 degrees).

Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Hunter headlinesA WOMAN has escaped a sinking car to swim to the shore after careering off the Swansea Bridge. Read more.

A late night Malaysia Airlines flight was turned back to Melbourne Airport shortly after take-off following a security incident involving a “disruptive” and “threatening” passenger who tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying an unidentified black object, according to the airline and local police. Read more.

PHOTOS Humpback whales are now migrating through the waters of Port Stephens. Read more.

HUNTER engineering company Varley has expressed renewed business confidence after reaping rewards from a lucrative federal government contract for the F35-A Joint Strike Fighter program. Read more.

THE University of Newcastle will shed 30 jobs as it seeks to “future-proof” itself in the face of industry change and ongoing budget pressures. Read more.

A SECRETtaskforce set up by the Turnbull government to tacklefirefighting foam contaminationwill not be having any meetings.Nor will it be reporting to thepublic on its activities, dealing with the legacy of toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl[PFAS]chemicalsat dozens of sites across the country. Read more.

The steadying influence on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service after being part of its inception in 1975, CliffMarsh announced on Wednesday that he was standing down as chairman after 25 years at the helm. Read more.

NEWCASTLE Knights did an extra wrestling sessions this week to prepare but Nathan Brown insists there is nothing illegal about the Storm’s ruck tactics. Read more.

State of Origin: Round oneNewSouth Wales hasgone one-up in the 2017 State Of Origin series with a dominant display in the opening match of the series at Suncorp Stadium. Read all about it.

Scenes from Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Regional news

►CRESCENT HEAD:Nearly 300 surfers took to the waves at Crescent Head over the last week for the annual Malibu Classic surfing competition. Full story.

Back in: Surfers return to the water after a shark sighting caused a temporary cessation of proceedings on Friday. Photo: Callum McGregor.

►BURRADOO:A Burradoo home sustained significant damage after a fire broke out on May 31. Full story.

►NEWCASTLE:Two experienced Filipino crewman who died aboard a foreign-flagged ship in within a six-week period met with “foul play”, a Coroner has ruled.

The chief cook,CesarLlanto​, 42, disappeared overboard from the giant coal carrier MV Sage Sagittarius on August 30, 2012 as it approached Australian waters in the Coral Sea en route to Newcastle. Full story.

Sage Sagittarius: The coal ship at the centre of an inquest into mysterious deaths on board. Picture: David Tease

►TASMANIA:A missing persons case in Tasmania’s south has become a murder investigation.Full story.

Dwayne Robert Davies, 47, of Risdon Vale.

National news

►MELBOURNE:A late night Malaysia Airlines flight was turned back to Melbourne Airport shortly after take-off following a security incident involving a “disruptive” and “threatening” passenger who tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying an unidentified black object, according to the airline and local police. Full story.

Security personnel board flight MH128 after it returned to Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Leoncelli

► SYDNEY:For almost a decade Mark and Faye Leveson have searched tirelessly for their son.

They have armed themselves with shovels and spent hours digging at possible burial sites, lobbied for a $250,000 reward in Matthew Leveson’s case and come face to face with the man once charged with killing him. Full story.

The parents of Matthew Leveson, Mark Leveson (left) and Faye Leveson (right) at the site where the search continues for the burial place of their son Matthew Leveson in the Royal National Park at Waterfall, NSW. 31st May, 2017. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►CANBERRA:A male Labor politician has been forced to apologise for demanding to know whether Foreign Minister Julie Bishop ordered flowers and other decorations at an event because she is a woman. Full story.

►VICTORIA:Researchers undertaking a landmark study on the platypus are warning of significant population declines and localised extinctions across areas of South Australia and Victoria. Full story.

►National weather radar:World news:►BANGKOK:A new video has emerged of Myanmar soldiers kicking, beating and threatening to kill six ethnic villagers as they were handcuffed on the ground.

The footage posted on Facebook also shows a soldier holding a machete to a villager’s throat. Full story.

►BAGHDAD:An Australian schoolgirl was one of more than a dozen people killed when a massive car bomb tore througha popular ice-cream parlourin the Iraqi capital Baghdad this week. Full story.

►EAST TIMOR:East Timor’s prime minister has asked a Dili court not send two journalists to jail in a controversial defamation case he brought against them that was condemned by human rights and press freedom organisations. Full story.

►WASHINGTON:As the high-powered congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election gather steam, who is in power and who is out has become key to the response of those connected to US President Donald Trump now and during his campaign. Full story.

On this day1968Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1.

1969Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV.

1970″Everything Is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1.

1970Soyuz 9 launched into Earth orbit for 18 days.

1970Tigers Al Kaline collides with another player & swallows his tongue.

1979Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill.

19801st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network.

FACES OF AUSTRALIA: IMOGEN-FAITH MALFITANOWollongong’s CBD is now abuzz with hairspary, sequins and stacatto notes for the 123rdWollongong Eisteddfod –the second oldest in the country.

Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from West Wollongong was one of the first competitors, listed in five different categories over the weekend. Read on.

STARS IN HER EYES: Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from Wollongong has been entering the Wollongong Eisteddfod since she was 8 and competing again this weekend. Picture: Sylvia Liber

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Use your first-home buyers grant building a granny flat

The exterior of a modular granny flatBrisbane builder perfects quintessential tiny housesTen of the world’s best tiny housesBrisbane’s south side: You could be on a ‘gold mine’
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Can’t afford a house? If you’re in Queensland, you can use the $20,000 first-home buyer grant to put towards building a granny flat instead.

As bizarre as it sounds, a new company that specialises in luxury modular houses has discovered that first-home buyers who cannot afford a house can still access the $20,000 Queensland Government grant if they build a granny flat.

Last year the government announced it would give first-home buyers an extra $5000 towards the cost of their new home, taking the total of the grant to $20,000. That extra boost is set to expire on June 30 and Nano Homes, a NSW-based building and finance company, is urging first-time buyers to consider a granny flat as a real property investment strategy before the grant drops back to $15,000.

Managing director George Nori says if the concept sounds left of field, buyers need to “think outside the square”.

“This is a fantastic opportunity ??? if first home buyers are unable to afford the cost of their own home, they can put property on a relative’s land,” he says.

“It gives excellent, flexible, long-term opportunities for families at all stages of life … parents can buy equity, they can downsize into the granny flat as their children’s families grow, it can be rented out, used for other siblings … the opportunities are endless.”

The cost of one of these modular granny flats ??? which are constructed off site then built on the land in about five hours ??? is $139,920. Included in that is a two-bedroom, two bathroom turn-key property with bamboo flooring, modern kitchen, internet, wiring for automation and ducted airconditioning.

With the $20,000 grant, the total cost of the house comes down to $119,920, which Mr Nori says couples on a modest annual income of $40,000 each should be able to pay off in about two years.

“After that, they’ve got an equity position. Depending on what council they’re in, they may be able to rent the granny flat out and get an income from it, or they could sell it to their parents and use the profit to upgrade to a more traditional home … the point is, you’ve created an equity position,” he says.

“The immediate fix is that it gets young people independent, it teaches them how to save, it creates that stepping stone and it also allows them to stay in the suburbs they know and love … and they get to take advantage of that grant before it expires.

“With a little help from their parents, home ownership can be accomplished in an amazingly short time frame.”

Of course, this solution only works if your parents have enough of a backyard to house a granny flat.

“It’s not a universal panacea but it can solve a lot of problems for youngsters who want to get on the ladder and also for their parents wanting to get their kids independent,” Mr Nori says.

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Bomb threat man had just been released from psychiatric care

The Sri Lankan national who allegedly threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane was released from a psychiatric facility hours before boarding the flight, police say.
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Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said the 25-year-old man bought a ticket for the flight after he was released from the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton on Wednesday.

He said police had initial reports that there was possibly more than one offender or more than one explosive device on board, which led to a delay in getting passengers off the plane.

Mr Ashton said clearance was granted overnight for police to question the man after he was assessed to be fit for interview on psychological grounds. The man was likely to be charged and face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, he said.

“We are no longer treating it as a counter terrorism incident,” he said.

“We did initially because of the reports we had and the assessments that were being made. We subsequently, on doing this assessment, determined this was a case involving a mental health issue.”

Mr Ashton said he believed the man was a voluntary patient at the facility.

Premier Daniel Andrews backed the police response but did sympathise with passengers.

He said people were understanding of the fact police had to know what they were dealing with before entering the plane.

He said rushing on could have made things worse.

Mr Ashton said had the incident occurred in Europe or the US, it was likely passengers would still be on the plane.

A passenger on the flight said the man was carrying a large black device that had several aerials protruding from it when he allegedly tried to enter the cockpit.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was the size of a watermelon, it was huge, it was black,” the passenger, former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, told radio station 3AW.

“It had two sort of like antennae stuff coming off it, but it also looked like it had an iPhone jack in it, so it could have been just like a beatbox thing.”

The flight had taken off from Melbourne Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur just after 11pm on Wednesday when the man stormed into the business class section of the plane and demanded to speak to the pilot.

Superintendent Tony Langdon, from Victoria Police, said early on Thursday that the man was believed to have a history of mental illness. He is a 25-year-old Australian citizen from Dandenong, in Melbourne’s south-east.

“We do not believe this is terrorist-related at the moment,” he said.

“We are obviously concerned for the passengers and crew. It would have been a very traumatic experience for them.”

Mr Leoncelli described the alarming moment the man allegedly made threats to blow up the plane, while holding his mystery device.

He said he confronted the man, who ran towards the back of the plane, where a group of other male passengers detained him.

Those passengers held the man on the floor “with eight feet” on his head, back and legs, and hog-tied him as the flight turned around and returned to Melbourne Airport. The flight landed just after 11.40pm. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_tipstar_409″);

“I ended up chatting to the lads who did it [detained the man], and they said they seriously did a number on him and put the hog-ties on him really tight.

“[They] basically sat on him with their feet on his back with his face into the carpet for the next 20 minutes while we turned the plane around and landed again,” Mr Leoncelli said.

Another caller, Russell, said his brother-in-law was on the plane, and described how the man had the device strapped to his body.

“Apparently a gentleman wearing a beanie stormed into the business class section of the aeroplane screaming that he wanted to see the pilot, and he had a device strapped to his chest,” Russell told 3AW.

“Three or four people in the business class section I suppose abandoned their champagne and their orange juice and they gang-tackled him to the ground. They sat on him until they discovered the device, I think it was a transistor radio, gaffer taped to his chest.” Russell said that his brother-in-law described how, once the plane landed, the police stayed “about five miles away” from the plane.

“His words were [they were] ‘probably having a meeting on occupational health and safety’ on how they were going to get into the plane,” Russell said.

Passengers said that, when the plane landed, they were left on the tarmac for about 90 minutes, with very little information from airline staff about what was happening.

Eventually, heavily armed police from the Special Operations Group, wearing camouflage gear and helmets, entered the plane and arrested the man. Malaysia Airlines flight #MH128 has returned to Melbourne after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit shortly claiming he has explosives. pic.twitter南京夜网/6PPTLgW1Qd??? Brendan Grainger (@S118869) May 31, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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‘I’m going to f—ing blow the plane up’: Terrifying flight out of Melbourne

Security personnel board flight MH128 after it returned to Melbourne. Photo: Andrew LeoncelliPassengers on board the Malaysia Airlines flight turned back to Melbourne after a man made a bomb threat have spoken of their ordeal and the long wait for police to storm the plane.
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One fellow passenger described seeing the man behaving erratically and threatening to “blow the plane up” before he was eventually pinned to the floor and subdued by others on the plane.

A 25-year-old man from Dandenong is in custody after he allegedly approached the cockpit on flight MH128 while brandishing an unidentified black object that he said was a bomb.

A group of male passengers detained the man as the flight turned around and returned to Melbourne Airport, where heavily armed police eventually stormed the plane to arrest him.

Robert Macdonald heard a commotion before jumping on the man and restraining him with several other passengers.

He said he wouldn’t think twice about doing it again and dismissed claims he was a hero.

The Scotsman – who was visiting family in Melbourne –also criticised police efforts after they took more than an hour to board the plane.

“I heard an air hostess shouting ‘this guy’s crazy’ and there was a commotion in the seat in front of me.

“We pushed the guy onto the floor and cabin crew put cords on him and secured him to the ground.”

Mr Macdonald said the man’s eye’s were glazed over and he looked dazed as passengers and cabin crew pinned him to the floor.

“It was just my instinct to get up and help,” he said.

“There were three or four guys on him already. He was really struggling but they were big guys so he had no chance.”

“I’d do it again.”

Mr Macdonald echoed sentiments from other passengers upset with how long it took police to storm the plane.

“When we got into the airport this guy was already pinned down so we thought it was going to be quick.”

“Instead we spent an hour and 10 minutes with a potential bomber and potential bomb onboard. What was the delay?”

Fellow passenger Selena Brown said the worst part of the ordeal was waiting 90 minutes for police to board when they could see them outside.

“We were only 10 minutes into the flight and I could hear a kerfuffle behind me. Next thing, a guy ran up the other side of the plane saying ‘I’ve got bomb,'” she said.

“People were screaming and then he was jumped on. There was so many people it was hard to see. Everybody was really calm after that.

“We were told police would take 10 minutes but it was over an hour. I thought it was really disappointing only because we weren’t updated all the time.

“We could see them all outside and they weren’t coming on to the plane and we didn’t know why.”

Ms Brown praised the efforts of passengers who jumped on the man after he started shouting about having a bomb.

“They are pretty big burly guys and they weren’t letting him get away saying something like that,” she said.

Selana Brown tells of her ordeal on board MH128, when a man threatened to blow up the plane. Photo: Justin McManus

“My heart went into my throat a bit but everyone was really calm. The people sitting behind him with little kids, one lady was really upset.

“The passengers were brilliant. Typical thing for Australians to do, to say ‘this isn’t going to happen’. It was really good.”

Don and Judith Urwin were seated in row 32 of the plane, opposite the man in in question in row 31.

Mrs Urwin said she suspected something was wrong when the man got out of his seat 15 minutes after take-off, as the plane was still ascending .

“I just said ‘there’s something wrong – he’s out of his seat –because the plane is still going up,'” she said.

Mr Urwin said he didn’t hear the man yelling threats or see what device he was reportedly wearing on his chest.

“After about 15 minutes he opened up the luggage compartment and proceeded to run up the aisle,” he said.

Selana Brown tells of her ordeal on board MH128, when a man threatened to blow up the plane. Photo: Justin McManus

“Apparently he put one of the hostesses in a headlock. [She] was yelling out ‘stop him’. The passengers jumped on him and got him down pretty quickly.

“You don’t think it can happen in this country but it does.”

When the plane landed, heavily armed police boarded and found that the device the man had been carrying was harmless.

Passengers Stan and Pam Young said there was “no communication” as they sat on the tarmac, and questioned why it took authorities so long to board the plane.

“They just left us waiting and wondering. The captain said security would be there in 10 minutes but it took two hours,” Mr Young said.

“If there was a bomb on that plane we should have been evacuated straight away but we sat there for an hour and a half.

“If security at the airport couldn’t come a bit quicker than that, there’s something wrong.”

Mrs Young said tactical police told passengers to put their heads down and look away as the man was being taken out.

The couple said they weren’t made awareof any potential bomb threat until they were taken off the plane and told by a policeman.

The pair are on their way to a holiday in London and said they haven’t slept in 24 hours.

“We’ve lost a couple of days,” Mrs Young said.

Anotherpassenger, former AFL player AndrewLeoncelli, told radio station 3AW he had “never seen anything like” the device the man carried.

“It was thesizeof awatermelon, it was huge, it was black,” he said.

Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli was on the flight. Photo: Justin McManus

“It had two sort oflikeantennae stuff coming off it,but it also looked like it had an iPhone jack in it, so it could have been just like a beatbox thing.”

Mr Leoncelli said the group of men hog-tied the offender and restrained him on the floor him as the plane turned back to Melbourne.

“I ended up chatting to the lads who did it [detained the man], and they said they seriously did a number on him and put the hog-ties on him really tight … basically sat onhimwith their feet on his back with his face into the carpet for the next 20 minutes while we turned the planearoundand landed again,” MrLeoncelli said.

Malaysia’s deputy transport minister said the device was some kind of mobile phone charger, while Victoria Police superintendent Tony Langdon said the item was something one would “carry around on a regular basis”.

Superintendent Langdon said the man seemed to be suffering from a mental illness and had been acting alone.

Police are not treating the incident as terror-related. Mr Irwin said he and his wife were impressed with police efforts and were not afraid of continuing their travel plans. The pair will now get on another flight to Kuala Lumpur.

“Life’s too short,” Mr Urwin said.

Early reportsA late night Malaysia Airlines flight was turned back to Melbourne Airport shortly after take-off following a security incident involving a “disruptive” and “threatening” passenger who tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying an unidentified black object, according to the airline and local police.

One fellow passenger described seeing the man behaving erratically and threatening to “blow the plane up” before he was eventually pinned to the floor and subdued by others on the plane. A Malaysian government official later told local media the man had been holding a power bank, or mobile charger, not an explosive device.

Dramatic photographs taken by other passengers on board the flight showed heavily armed security personnel boarding the plane after its return to Melbourne.The Malaysia Airlines flightlanded safely around 30 minutes after take-off and the passenger was apprehended by airport security.

Flight MH128, which left Melbourne for Kuala Lumpur at 11.11 pm, was turned back “after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit,” according to a statement from the airline.

In air traffic control audio posted online, a male voice can be heard saying: “We have a passenger trying to enter the cockpit.” About three minutes later the same male voice can be heard saying the passenger was “claiming to have an explosive device, tried to enter the cockpit, has been overpowered by passengers.”

“However we’d like to land and have the device checked,” the voice says.

Victoria Police, who are investigating the incident, said in a statement the man had allegedly threatened the safety of passengers and staff before being subdued.

Passengers have since disembarked the Malaysian Airlines plane. Photo: Andrew Leoncelli

Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli was sitting in business class, several seats away from the cockpit, when the incident unfolded. He described seeing a man carrying a large black cylindrical object which looked like speaker, which appeared to have an on/off button and a charging port.

The Malaysia Airlines flight has since landed safely and the passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Photo: Andrew Leoncelli

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Hayne tight-lipped over Titans future as D-Day arrives

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The mystery surrounding the future of Jarryd Hayne continued on Wednesday night, with the star refusing to give an answer on whether he had decided to take up the option to remain at the Titans next year.

An hour before the deadline expired for Hayne to take up the $1.2 million option, the NSW centre remained coy on his future – despite admitting he had made a decision the day before Origin I.

It’s expected that the Gold Coast Titans will announce Hayne is staying on the Gold Coast next year, but Hayne was keen to keep building the suspense when asked after Wednesday night’s victory over Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

“I’ll have a couple more beers and see how we go ay?,” Hayne joked after the game when asked about the decision on his future.

“The Titans will put out an announcement tomorrow (Thursdsay). I want to give them the respect to put that announcement out and we’ll go from there. You’ll have to find out tomorrow. Make sure you have your phone on you.”

Hayne, who scored a try in his return to the Origin arena for the first time since 2014, is expected to remain at the Titans given a shortage of interest from rival NRL clubs for his services.

He admits he’s comfortable with the decision he’s reached, despite an unwillingness to share that information.

“During the week I wanted to sort it out and what not,” Hayne said.

“Once we make the announcement, I will go into a bit more detail into it. I’m pretty laid back but then I got told we had a timeline, so I was like ‘yeah, sweet’. You’ll find out tomorrow [what I’m doing].”

While James Tedesco and Andrew Fifita stole the show for NSW, Hayne also impressed in his return to the Blues.

“He’s a special player,” NSW coach Laurie Daley said.

“We knew he would come up with those special moments.”

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