From the newsroom PM 15/08/2012


DAILY Examiner journalists are putting together the finishing touches on their stories for the day and completing articles for publication later in the week.

Photographer Adam Hourigan has put together a fantastic gallery online featuring his photos from the DEX netball heats this morning,

Kate Matthews has traveled to Maclean and she is currently attending a public meeting at Maclean Services Club to look at plans to make significant changes to the rosters of our local paramedics who are objecting to the proposal based on fears of increased fatigue and a loss of service to the community.

Lachlan Thompson has completed his article about haemostasis. He is currently working on a martial arts story and will be speaking to Craig Larsen, the martial arts master.

Our editor Jenna Cairney has been busy organising the election forums for next week and she is frantically trying to file her copy before the Clarence Valley Community Unions forum tonight at 6pm. Jenna will be heading to that shortly before coming back to the office to finish up the paper.Like many of us she is relying on caffeine and chocolate to get through the day.

I (Emma Pritchard) have been busy writing articles to promote our upcoming 2012 Wedding Expo on Sunday. I have been speaking with local exhibitors who will have information stalls and demonstrations at the event and there is a strong feeling of excitement in the air as the expo looms closer.

I've also spoken to Jane Bourke of The Naked Hound who has won a prize for her outstanding dog grooming skills at the Royal Queensland Show, commonly known as EKKA.

Like Jenna I too am relying on chocolate to get me through my first day back in the office. I have a few loose ends to tidy up and another twix bar to scoff.

OPINION: Bees kill more people than sharks

Bees are up there for killing machines, says editor David Kirkpatrick

Should we have nets for bees?

WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

2008 Junior Jacaranda Queen candidates Elora Vest, Rachael Houlahan and Melista King are just a few of the girls who came together to share their stories and be a part of  the new documentary Jaca Girls.

A right royal look at the Junior Jacaranda Queen competition

YOU DECIDE: Should this be our Cover Image this week?

This picture of a shoe from James Spartacus had the most likes for The Daily Examiner's Cover Image photo this week.

Picture of shoe receives most likes for Cover Image

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WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

NEW documentary explores the festival's 20-year-old quest as former candidates share their stories and experiences.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.