Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 06:24 pm in " Car News & Reviews"
ACCC takes action against Ford over dodgy transmissions
Sam Jeremic Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:58AM
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking action against Ford Australia over its conduct regarding cars fitted with its PowerShift automatic transmission, however the car company says it strongly refutes the allegations.
In a statement issued today, the ACCC claims Ford engaged in “unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct” and it made “false or misleading representations in its response to customer complaints”.
The issue surrounds the PowerShift dual clutch transmission in Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport models sold in Australi ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:21 am in Australian National News
Queues, security for Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance
Cardinal George Pell will be greeted by a large media pack when he fronts court for the first time on historical sex offence charges.
Reporters and camera crews began assembling outside Melbourne Magistrates Court on William Street well before 6am on Wednesday, ahead of Cardinal Pell's scheduled appearance later in the morning.
International media also gathered outside the court, including a large crew from US news broadcaster CNN. Security has also been stepped up outside the court, with guards standing in front of the main doors.
Cardinal Pell will be in court for what should be a short administrative hearing, where h ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:17 am in Vale - R.I.P.
Dr G Yunupingu: Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician dies aged 46
Australia's most prominent Indigenous music artist Dr G Yunupingu has died aged 46 and is being mourned by family and friends as a "genius and wonderful human being".
The singer — from the remote community of Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, 500 kilometres east of Darwin — shot to stardom in 2008, winning an ARIA Award for his namesake album.
The album hit triple platinum in Australia, silver in the UK and charted in multiple countries worldwide.
Dr Yunupingu's record label Skinnyfish described him as "one of the most important figures in Australian music history, blind from birth and emerging from the remote Galiwin'ku community ... to sell ... [more]
Sarah Martin, , Federal Political Editor Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:35AM
Britain is hoping to sell its Type 26 frigate to the Royal Australian Navy.
WA could host Royal Navy ships from Britain as its defence minister flags new deployments in the Asia-Pacific region and joint naval exercises with Australian forces.
Ahead of a visit to Australia this week, British Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon said the Royal Navy was looking to expand its deployments “further and wider” afield, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea and on the Korean Peninsula.
The move comes as British defence giant BAE Systems revealed it had ... [more]
Diversity concerns as gated Muslim communities inc
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 24 2017, 04:17 PM in Asia / Pacific
Diversity concerns as gated Muslim communities increasing in popularity in Indonesia
Photo: A sign for the Royal Sakinah Muslim housing complex reads "living in Islamic Harmony". (ABC News: Ari Wu)
In the satellite city of Depok, 40 kilometres south of Jakarta, 47-year old mother of four Heni Rahayu sits in her living room to explain to the ABC why she wants to live near Muslims and Muslims alone.
Her family home is a newly built, modest-but-modern, three-bedroom townhouse in a new housing complex with about 130 identical properties. Many are still being built.
Heni feels safe here, in a gated Muslim housing estate, ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 23 2017, 10:06 AM in "Burning Questions"
I'll be flying off to Darwin in search of some sunshine next weekend so this week's BQ will have to do for a fortnight. (I must remember to lodge my tips for 2 weeks as well!)
While the places and creatures named may be real, the rest is pure fiction.
The W.A. Wildlife Fund has successfully lobbied to have a number of nature reserves (Fox Creek, Riverbank, Simpson’s Lake, Wallaby Swamp) established in places (Capel, Franklin, Lancelin, Tambellup) to protect the habitats of certain endangered animals (albino kangaroo, bilby, spiny anteater, Western turtle,). Using only the clues below, match each park to the year it was established (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000) and the animal that lives within it, and determine the county in which each is located.
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 20 2017, 10:56 AM in Other Sports
Golf’s Great White Shark Greg Norman strips down, gets back to nature
Chris Hook Thursday, 20 July 2017 8:03AM
Greg Norman turned 62 this year and judging by this revealing shot the golf legend isn’t ready to put away his iron just yet.
The Great White Shark, showing off a body a man half his age would be proud of, is clearly still happy to take out his favourite club and have a swing, with his Instagram page showing the veteran getting his kit off and enjoying the Colorado wilderness.
Still, the green looks well kept, a testament to the entrepreneurial athlete’s gruelling five-day-a-week workout regimen, revealed in this week’s Australian Golf Dige ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 20 2017, 10:15 AM in Australian Football League
I like to see the selected sides before posting my tips, however some games seem straight forward and I know some of our punters like to get their selections in early. The games where I haven't lodged a tip will be edited tomorrow.
Friday July 21:
Adelaide v Geelong: A close encounter is anticipated with the teams 1st and 2nd on the ladder. A lot will depend on the fitness of some key players. For the Crows Jenkins looks a possible "out" while Sloane is under a cloud. For the Cats Dangerfield would be a huge omission while 'Scooter' Selwood is important if fit. None the wiser after final selections but I'll take a punt on GEELONGLoss
Posted By: Phillip J. @ Jul 18 2017, 06:04 PM in Breaking News
What possible reason would this Somali gentleman have for killing this innocent lady? No warning, and even his partner was astounded at the cop's action! Less than two years on the job! Why didn't they follow the rules? Cameras not on, as well! He seemed to just attack and murder the lady, and she was the one that called in the first place! He thought her phone was a gun? Well, the other cop that was with her wasn't concerned about her phone, but the killer, from inside of the vehicle, shot her multiple times, with the bullets zooming past his police partner to make the kill shots! Don't tell me that that's standard procedure. There should be a lot more screening of applicants. The Mayor or somebody made a big, big deal about it being the first Somali recruit! I think they rushed him through based on that alone, just to seen to be...(wait for it)...POLITICALLY CORRECT! It now sounds like th ... [more]
Roger Federer's outrageous Wimbledon win marks his
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 17 2017, 03:11 PM in Other Sports
Roger Federer's outrageous Wimbledon win marks his place in tennis and sporting history
Photo: Swiss master Roger Federer has become the greatest of all time while letting his tennis do the talking. (AP: Tim Ireland)
It is quite possible there is something wrong with Roger Federer. Loud snorer? Lousy tipper? Doesn't turn his phone off at the movies?
But as the greatest male tennis player of this or any era again suspended disbelief by winning a record eighth Wimbledon title one month before his 36th birthday with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Croatian Marin Cilic, nothing sprang to mind.
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 16 2017, 09:52 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Turnbull says coal opponents are 'delusional'
Updated: 2:48 pm, Saturday, 15 July 2017
Addressing the Liberal National Party state convention in Brisbane, Mr Turnbull hit out at the state Labor government's 'reckless' plans to ensure Queensland's energy supply is carbon neutral by 2050 and said Australia had an interest in ensuring the future of coal.
'Those people who say coal and other fossil fuels have no future are delusional and they fly in the face of all of the economic forecasts,' he t ... [more]
Sydney Uni teaching how sharia law could be integrated into Aussie law.
Dr Ghena Krayem teaches one of the Sydney University courses. Australia’s most prestigious law school has introduced courses which teach students how sharia law could be incorporated into Australia’s legal system.
As part of Muslim Minorities And The Law, professors Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem are teaching Sydney University students how polygamy and lowering the age of consent could be sufficiently applied to Western civilisation.
The course uses a book, written by the professors, that promotes the idea that “sharia law and common law are not inherently incompatible”.
A portion of the textbook identifies the benefits of turning away from monogamous relationships and notes how shar ... [more]
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 14 2017, 04:50 PM in Other Sports
Queensland Maroons, Roger Federer and Venus Williams show it's time to respect our sporting elders
Analysis By Offsiders columnist Richard Hinds
Photo: Roger Federer celebrates after winning his Wimbledon quarter-final against Milos Raonic. (Reuters: Andrew Couldridge)
You will not understand this until the first time a teenaged barista looks pityingly at your grey-haired, pot-bellied 50-something self and patronisingly enquires: "What can I get for you, sweetheart?"
It is tempting to believe diminished respect for elders is a generational failin ... [more]