Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:42 am in Entertainment
Playboy names first-ever transgender Playmate:
Men's magazine Playboy has featured its first ever transgender 'playmate' centrefold in its November issue, a move which the model hopes will pave the way for "all women - trans or otherwise - in fashion and other sectors".
Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy and has previously worked with Balmain and Vogue Italia, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazine's 64-year history.
"Every woman's beauty deserves to be celebrated," Rau, 26, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in her first interview to the media about the feature.
"No one deserves to be a woman more than those (trans women) who routinely suffer abuse a ... [more]
Players Association slams AFL over transgender cal
Posted By: Flin @ Oct 18 2017, 08:14 AM in Australian Football League
Players Association slams AFL over transgender call
Mouncey, a transgender footballer, was barred by the league from this year's draft less than 24 hours before it is held in Melbourne.
ALL CLASS: Mouncey praised for response to AFL rejection
It is understood an AFL sub-committee rejected her draft nomination based on an exception in the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's guidelines 'Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport - complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010'.
The exception is to ensure players don't have an unfair competitive advantage in single-sex competitions where the strength, stamina or physique of ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 16 2017, 08:55 AM in Africa
Somalia truck bombs kills 240 people
Kevin Sieff and Abdullahi Dahir Mire, The Washington Post, Monday, 16 October 2017 6:32AM
Somali security forces and others gather and search for bodies near destroyed buildings at the scene of Saturday's blast, in Mogadishu.Picture: AP
The death toll from two truck bombs in Somalia’s capital soared to at least 240 on Sunday, as the deadliest attack in the country’s decade-long war with Islamist extremists signaled that the insurgency is far from defeated despite years of U.S. counterterrorism operations.
Nearly all of the dead were killed by the first bomb, which exploded Saturday outside a popular hotel near a ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 15 2017, 02:30 PM in " Car News & Reviews"
Holden dream cruise: tribute to Peter Brock as Adelaide farewells its iconic car factory
Joshua Dowling, Newscorp Sunday, 15 October 2017 11:39AM
Thousands of Holden fans -- and more than 1200 pristine classic cars -- celebrated the end of an era today, ahead of this Friday’s shutdown of Australia’s last automotive manufacturing facility in Elizabeth, South Australia. Bev Brock, wife of Holden racing legend, the late Peter Brock, waved off the epic convoy on Holden’s "dream cruise" led by Holden boss Mark Bernhard riding in the very first Holden built in 1948 and modern era motorsport star Mark Skaife in one of the last Commodore V8s.
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 15 2017, 09:13 AM in Australian National News
North Korea threatens Australia with disaster
Updated: 8:19 am, Sunday, 15 October 2017
North Korea has criticised and threatened Australia for aligning itself with South Korea and the US and for its attitude toward the Pyongyang regime, according to state-run media.
'Lately, Australia is showing dangerous moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the US against the DPRK,' state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement on Saturday.
'The Australian foreign minister personally expressed her support for the stand of the US to consider all options including the u ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 13 2017, 03:49 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Private health insurance changes set to deliver cheaper premiums to younger Australians
Phoebe Wearne, Canberra Friday, 13 October 2017 5:28AM
HBF chief John Van Der Wielen
Young Australian are set to benefit from a massive overhaul of private health insurance.
Rebates for feel-good therapies such as yoga, homeopathy and tai chi would be banned under a Federal Government shake-up of the private health insurance industry in a move that has won the backing of WA’s biggest health fund.
Under sweeping changes to be announced today, health funds will drop a range of unproved natural therapies and provide cover for unexpected mental illness.
Landsdale power pole that stands on the street still there...but now has company
Rob Scott Thursday, 12 October 2017 6:12PM
The pole was left in the middle of the road after a new road was built around it.
Perth’s most famous power pole is still inside the confines of a street in Landsdale - and it now has company.
A day after 7 News Perth reported residents’ concerns, the pole had water-filled bollards and three traffic controllers stationed around it at the intersection of Candlestick Avenue and Landsdale Road.
They were put on duty after locals queried the safety of the pole, which became marooned on the road after the kerb was built a metre a ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Oct 11 2017, 07:50 AM in South and Central America
Venezuela, another step closer to being cut off from the world
An anti-government activist fires an improvised handgun made from an iron tube during clashes with security forces in Caracas in July 2017.
WITH its spectacular Caribbean coastline, vibrant cities and world famous Angel Falls, Venezuela should be a dream holiday spot.
Lately, it’s been anything but. Extreme violence, corruption, poverty and a currency meltdown have turned Venezuela — formerly South America’s wealthiest nation — into a dysfunctional, dangerous mess, where only the most intrepid of backpackers dare venture.
Now it’s has been dealt a fresh blow, and one that could wipe it off the travel map for good.
Elite police officers from NSW's Public Order and Riot Squad have been trained to use high-powered M4 machine guns and will soon patrol the streets with them.
It's part of the NSW Police Force's plan to strengthen its response to terrorist violence by arming police outside of the Tactical Operations Unit with military assault rifles, The Australian newspaper reports.
The first batch of elite officers have done their training and are accredited to use the M4 and now await the final sign-off from NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 9 2017, 06:36 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says it’s time for a proper GST fix
Colin Brinsden, AAP Monday, 9 October 2017 10:54AM
The way GST revenue is carved up among the states needs a proper fix, rather than more “band-aids and bolt-ons“, Treasurer Scott Morrison says.
Responding to a Productivity Commission’s draft report on how the GST is distributed, Mr Morrison says there is still a long way to go to resolve the issue, which has especially hit Western Australia.
The resources State had its revenue share reduced to less than 30c in the dollar at the end of the mining boom, but the treasurer says the report also shows it is not just a WA problem, but a ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 8 2017, 07:00 PM in Australian National News
Nick Xenophon’s Californian protest puts boot into US company over right to use the word ‘Ugg’
AAP Sunday, 8 October 2017 11:17AM
The master of the political stunt is about to herd sheep in California as part of a protest over an Australian firm’s right to use the name “Ugg”.
Just days after dropping a bombshell that he is leaving the Senate to stand in next year’s South Australian State election, Senator Nick Xenophon boarded a plane for Santa Barbara to tackle Deckers Outdoor Corporation.
He says small business Australian Leather has been hit with a multimillion- dollar punitive damages lawsuit by Deckers, saying it cannot use the word “Ug ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 7 2017, 08:59 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Finance industry to foot $256m bill for ASIC upkeep
AAP Friday, 6 October 2017 10:48AM
The financial industry will pay more than $246 million toward the cost of running corporate regulator ASIC.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said on Friday almost 65 per cent of its $387.7 million in total budgeted resources will be recovered through levies on industry.
“Those who create the need for and benefit from ASIC’s regulation will bear the costs, which will be recovered by levies on our regulated entities,” ASIC said in its cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).
The Federal Government in April last year said ... [more]