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Kia Stinger
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:46 am in " Car News & Reviews"
Tested: the Korean car that wants to take on the Holden Commodore V8, the new Kia Stinger
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The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to Holden Commodore V8 fans.

MEET the Korean car that wants to fill the void left by the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.

The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to revheads who prefer rear-wheel-drive performance sedans.

Instead of a V8, however, the Stinger has a choice of a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder or twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6. With 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque the V6 has less grunt than that of a Holden Commodore V8 (304kW/570Nm) but weighs almost as much (1780kg versus 1800kg).

However, the Kia has an eight-speed auto versus the Holden’s six-sp ... [more]
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Preliminary Finals
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:31 am in Australian Rugby League
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Preliminary Finals

Fri
Storm vs Broncos

Sat
Roosters vs Cowboys


Good Luck.
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Tony Abbott 'headbutted'
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:07 am in Australian National News
Tony Abbott 'headbutted' by man wearing 'Vote Yes' badge
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Tony Abbott with anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Hobart, September 21, 2017

Tony Abbott has said he was attacked by a same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart, who the former prime minister said headbutted him after asking to shake his hand.
Key points:

Tony Abbott said his injuries were minor
Mr Abbott says a person wearing a Vote Yes badge was behind the incident
Pro-same-sex marriage campaigners and Bill Shorten have condemned the violence

Mr Abbott, who has been campaigning for the No vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey, was in Tasmania to attend a Young Liberal cocktail party on ... [more]
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BIG W REMOVES CHRISTMAS REFERENCES.
Posted By: Bear @ Sep 21 2017, 07:41 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
BIG W REMOVES CHRISTMAS REFERENCES FROM FESTIVE TREE PRODUCTS.

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Big W has plenty of names for their trees ... but none of them are Christmas.

The traditional style of tree is now called a “Grand Pine Tree” and the snow-covered version has been labelled the “White Forest Tree” despite being surrounded by seasonal decorations.

When The Daily Telegraph visited the Campsie store yesterday, there was no reference to Christmas trees among a plethora of trees on offer.

On Big W’s Facebook page, many vowed to boycott the business.

Bernie Cee said he was “disgusted”. “Are you serious? Lucky I buy mine from Kmart,” he wrote. “That’s a disgrace and I’m offended that I am not allowed to celebrate and enjoy C ... [more]
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AFL Backs SSM "Yes"
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 21 2017, 09:50 AM in Australian Football League
AFL shows same sex marriage support

Published: 9:35 pm, Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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The AFL has put the writing on the wall in support of same-sex marriage, with a change to its logo at the game's Melbourne's headquarters.

It comes as Carlton declines to endorse the 'yes' campaign out of respect for 'personal choice'.

This puts the club at odds with the AFL's new 'yes' logo in Docklands after chief executive Gillon McLachlan said it was important the organisation make a 'strong statement' on the issue.

'This is an issue that means a l ... [more]
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Chamber of Commerce Want Shopping on Christmas Day
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 21 2017, 09:14 AM in WA
WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants Christmas Day shopping, longer Boxing Day hours

Dylan Caporn
Thursday, 21 September 2017 4:30AM


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The State’s peak business lobby group wants extended Christmas shopping hours — and be able to open on Christmas Day — sparking a furious response from the retail union.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA wants businesses to be able to open from 8am to 9pm on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and 6am on New Year’s Day.

CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott said in a letter to the Commerce Department in May that such a move would allow business owners to open their doors during “peak business trading periods”.more]
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Giant Snail to Eat Crown of Thorns
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 09:06 AM in Environmental Issues
Giant sea snails could solve Great Barrier Reef problem

Newscorp wires
Monday, 18 September 2017 8:43PM




Releasing giant triton sea snails on the Great Barrier Reef would not lead to a cane toad-like population explosion because scientific controls are tighter than they were 150 years ago, according to a top researcher.

The Federal Government is investigating a breeding program for the triton which eats and repels the crown-of-thorns starfish — a potential game changer in protecting the Reef from one of its biggest dangers.

Australian Institute of Marine Science research manager David Souter said any release would be under the most controlled circumstan ... [more]
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Cars Abandoned at Perth Airport
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 08:34 AM in WA
Backpackers blamed for abandoned Perth Airport cars

Nick Butterly
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 4:30AM


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Deb Blaskett with some of the abandoned cars at Perth Airport.Picture: The West Australian

Lazy backpackers are again being blamed for abandoning big numbers of old cars at Perth Airport, with more than 100 vehicles dumped over the past year.

The airport has warned it would move to seize dozens of cars unless owners came forward within a few days to reclaim their vehicle.

Some have suggested the cars could have been left behind by workers heading back east with the end of the mining boom, but Perth Airport says most were probably left by backpackers w ... [more]
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Tasmania Pioneers Rock Lobster Farming
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 17 2017, 10:20 AM in TAS
World-first rock lobster farming deal

Updated: 8:25 am, Sunday, 17 September 2017

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The world's first commercial rock lobster hatchery will be built in Tasmania after a local company backed a major breakthrough made by Hobart researchers.

Cultivation of the species in commercial quantities has previously been impossible due to their long and complex life cycle.

'There's never been a way to have sustainable rock lobster culture,' Professor Greg Smith from the University of Tasmania told Sky News Australia.

'In the past people have used antibiotics to get of the bacterial diseases, as we know that's not a sustainable thing to do ... [more]
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What and Why?
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 17 2017, 08:55 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Back to our regular Sunday posting. Three points up for grabs here.

What is this (below) and what is the cause of its appearance?


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Seven arrested after deadly school blaze
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 17 2017, 07:22 AM in Asia / Pacific
Seven arrested after deadly school blaze
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Seven boys have been arrested in connection with a deadly fire that killed 23 people in the sleeping quarters of an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, police chief Amar Singh confirmed.

"I can assure you the case is solved with the arrest of seven of them," Singh said, adding that the suspects were aged between 11 and 18.

The arrests were made based on CCTV footage that had been provided to the police. Two gas cannisters found on the second floor, where the fire broke out, were also used in the investigation.

None of the boys were pupils at the school. "After taking urine tests, six of them tested positive for marijuana," Singh said.

He added that it looked as though the fire had been started d ... [more]
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Council Candidate Wants to Ban Public Housing
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 16 2017, 10:12 AM in WA
Mosman Park council hopeful Andrew Wilson promises to ban public housing if elected

Natalie Richards
Friday, 15 September 2017 1:31PM


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Town of Mosman Park council nominee has blamed break-ins and anti-social behaviour on public housing residents and pledged to move them to Fremantle if elected.

Andrew Wilson, who is running for council in the affluent western suburb in next month’s local government elections, denies his stance is elitist and insists it stems from locals feeling unsafe around their public housing neighbours.

In a video on his Facebook page, Mr Wilson is seen pointing out the close proximity of public housing on Wellington St ... [more]
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Club Dumps Margaret Court Over SSM Views
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 16 2017, 09:48 AM in Australian National News
Same-sex marriage critic Margaret Court hits back over Cottesloe Tennis Club dumping

Dylan Caporn
Friday, 15 September 2017 5:53PM


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Tennis legend Margaret Court has returned serve to a Perth tennis club that turfed her out as a patron this week, saying she is being silenced for her views on same-sex marriage.

Despite being dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club, Mrs Court remained defiant yesterday, accusing the LGBTQI community of wanting to “destroy marriage”.

Mrs Court said she was disappointed the tennis club had dumped her as vice-patron, saying the move was “politically motivated”.

“I think it’s sad. You don’t ... [more]
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Alan Joyce's $24.6m Pay Packet
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 15 2017, 06:37 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
Joyce claims Australia’s biggest pay cheque in a decade

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Details of Alan Joyce’s $24.6 million pay packet were laid bare in the latest Qantas annual report, which has been released this afternoon.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce has scored the biggest pay cheque awarded in Australia in a decade, snaring almost $25 million in pay and perks over the past year.

The Flying Kangaroo has confirmed this afternoon that Mr Joyce notched up the bumper pay packet for the year to June as Qantas’ spectacular resurgence continued.

It was revealed earlier this week that Mr Joyce was in line for the windfall, which is the biggest ever awarded to the boss of an Australian company for a single year’s service since the fi ... [more]
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Big Banks Laundering Drug Money
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 15 2017, 09:34 AM in CRIME -
Big banks used to launder drug money: reports

Updated: 7:13 am, Friday, 15 September 2017

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Labor has renewed calls for a royal commission into the banking sector after reports Australia's big four institutions have all been used by criminal groups to launder drug funds.

Up to $5 million a day is being laundered through Australia's big banks, Fairfax reports.

As well as Westpac, ANZ, NAB and CBA, crime groups have also infiltrated mid-tier institutions like the Bank of Queensland and Bendigo Bank, it says.

Labor frontbencher Antho ... [more]
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Another N Korea Missile Fired Over Japan
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 15 2017, 09:11 AM in Asia / Pacific
North Korea fires missile from Pyongyang over Japan

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Friday, 15 September 2017 6:29AM


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North Korea has fired an unidentified missile eastward from the Sunan district.

North Korea has fired an unidentified missile eastward from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s military says.

The South Korean and US militaries are analysing details of the launch which was early on Friday, the South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says.

The missile has flown over Japan, Japan’s NHK television said.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House has called an urgent National Security Council meeting.

The North’s launc ... [more]
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Rolls-Royce floats autonomous navy vessel
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 14 2017, 04:05 PM in Science & Technology
Rolls-Royce floats autonomous navy vessel concept
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A Rolls-Royce autonomous naval vessel concept acting as an aerial drone mothership

Rolls-Royce has been interested in commercial autonomous ships for some years, but now the company is looking at robotic naval vessels. These 60-m (197-ft), 700-tonne (771-ton) open deck, single-role ships would operate without crews for over a hundred days with a range of 3,500 nm (4,027 mi, 6,482 km) and a top speed of over 25 knots (29 mph, 26 km/h).

One of the biggest single expenses and the hardest item to recruit for a navy is sailors, which is the reason most of the world's advanced sea powers are turning more and more to automation. This allows the next gen ... [more]
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Another Vic council dumps Australia Day
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 14 2017, 07:48 AM in Australian National News
Another Vic council dumps Australia Day
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Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton

Another Melbourne council will dump all references to Australia Day for January 26 but will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date.

Moreland City Council in the city's inner-north voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

However, the council stopped short of cancelling citizenship ceremonies to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was "grossly insensitive" to indigenous pe ... [more]
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Why Rebel got so much money
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 13 2017, 03:41 PM in Justice & Injustice
Rebel Wilson awarded record $4.5 million in defamation damages — here’s why
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REBEL Wilson has just been awarded Australia’s highest-ever defamation payout, after successfully suing Bauer Media over a series of defamatory articles.

In a stunning decision, a Supreme Court judge claimed the extent of Wilson’s defamation was “unprecedented” and warranted substantial damages — to the tune of more than $4.5 million — after the jury found articles published in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK! unfairly painted her as a serial liar who’d faked her way to Hollywood.

It’s a huge financial blow to Bauer — especially considering lawyers for the Pitch Perfect star claim that before the trial, she had offered to settle for $200,000.< ... [more]
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500 Dead as Congo Cholera Epidemic
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 11 2017, 11:20 AM in Africa
Over 500 Dead as Congo Cholera Epidemic Spreads
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More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water.

But this year's epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes as about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region.

The WHO said at least 528 people had died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo's 26 provinces.

"The risk of spread remains very high towards the Grand Kasai regio ... [more]
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