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The anti-cotton wool schools
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 09:15 am in Education
The anti-cotton wool schools where kids stare down risk in favour of nature play
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Old plastic crates and DIY obstacle courses are the hot ticket at West Greenwood Primary School.

Far from wrapping children in cotton wool, a growing number of WA public schools are doing the opposite, giving their students the opportunity to race around on rollerblades, fly off ramps in crates and slide down trees.

They are setting aside injury concerns to help children build resilience and squeeze in much-needed physical activity, in an age where screen time dominates and where one in four children is either overweight or obese.

Schools that have adopted the so-called "anti-cotton wool" approach ... [more]
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Homeless shelter launched to tackle housing crisis
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 20 2018, 01:20 PM in Breaking News
Melbourne's first pop-up homeless shelter launched to tackle housing affordability crisis.

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Maryanne Van Arkadie struggled to find a home after returning to Melbourne. ABC News: Danielle Bonica

At the height of her good fortune, while the tip of a Chesterfield cigarette still burned brightly between her fingertips, Maryanne Van Arkadie had no inkling that one day life would be lived out of a suitcase.

It would have been a severe contradiction to the charmed existence of a woman who once modelled as a Chesterfield girl, when those things were still allowed, and watched the Grand Prix from the top of a Melbourne high-rise, with a glass of champagne.

Until this year, that was the direction life had hurtled.

After modelling, she moved to Rome where sh ... [more]
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Ratepayers' Clean-Up Bill Over "Art"
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 20 2018, 11:47 AM in WA
Fremantle ratepayers face clean up bill to remove Arcs d’Ellipses artwork

Kate EmeryThe West Australian
Friday, 20 July 2018 2:00AM

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Felice Varini’s Arcs D'Ellipses installation framed High Street in golden arches.Picture: Mogens Johansen

Fremantle ratepayers could be left with a bill to remove an international artist’s high-profile optical illusion from some of the port city’s heritage-listed buildings.

Felice Varini’s Arcs d’Ellipses used yellow painted foil to transform Fremantle’s High Street, including many of its historic buildings, as part of last year’s High Tide festival.

But the City of Fremantle has run int ... [more]
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Who Do You Think You Are
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 20 2018, 10:25 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
"Who Do You Think You Are" is a popular TV series in a number of countries. Australia has its own version which is always interesting.

This, however, is a rather funny 'send up'. I hope you enjoy!

... [more]
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WoW VTOL Electric fun
Posted By: Pool @ Jul 20 2018, 04:56 AM in Science & Technology
All-electric personal VTOL aircraft working prototype
This looks amazing, one of the only YouTube worth watching..

Opener is adding itself to the list with the unveiling of its BlackFly, which they describe as “the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.”
They have been developing the aircraft for 9 years in stealth mode and they are just now stepping out into the light to show what they have been working on.
They released some impressive footage of a working ... [more]
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$190 billion in gold found off Sth Korea.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 19 2018, 07:38 PM in Europe
Russian warship ‘carrying $190 billion in gold found off South Korea 115 years after it sunk.

THE fascinating story of a Russian warship carrying up to $190 billion worth of gold has emerged after its wreckage was discovered 113 years later.

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SALVAGE crews have discovered the wreckage of a submerged Russian warship carrying £100 billion ($189 billion AUD) in gold.

Divers off Ulleungdo, an island in South Korea, found the Dmitrii Donskoi — which sunk in battle in 1905 — and is thought to still contain 5500 boxes of bullion and coins weighing 200,000 kgs.

The Imperial Navy cruiser was ... [more]
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Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 19 2018, 11:36 AM in Science & Technology
Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century coming next week
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First, the good news: At nearly two hours long, next week's lunar eclipse will be the longest of the century.

The bad news: North America is the only continent on Earth where it won't be visible.

The best views will be in Africa and Asia, but folks in Europe, South America and Australia will still get partial views.

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The eclipse will occur on the night of July 27 into the early hours of July 28. According to EarthSky, it's the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. "The to ... [more]
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Round 18 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 19 2018, 08:52 AM in Australian Football League
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I'm always worried when the games look TOO easy to tip. This is one of those rounds!

Friday July 20:

Saint Kilda v Richmond: It's hard to imagine the Saints troubling the Tigers. RICHMOND

Saturday July 21:

Collingwood v North Melbourne: Both teams will be looking to bounce back from disappointing losses. The Pies look better balanced than the 'Roos. COLLINGWOOD

Sydney v Gold Coast: This could gety igly for the Suns as the Swans continue their march to the finals. SYDNEY

Essendon v Fremantle: The Bombers at home will be too strong for the scrappy Dockers. ESSENDON

Brisbane v Adlelaide: The LIons are o ... [more]
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Sir Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy case
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 19 2018, 07:49 AM in Entertainment
Sir Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy case
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Sir Cliff Richard has been awarded 210,000 pounds ($A374,000) damages after winning his privacy case against the BBC.

The judge said the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff's privacy rights in a "serious" and "sensationalist" way.

The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a child sex assault allegation.

The judge awarded Sir Cliff damages for the "general effect" on his life and said he is entitled to recover further sums for the financial impact on the star, which will be decided at a later date.

During the hearing S ... [more]
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Round 19 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 18 2018, 10:35 AM in Australian Rugby League
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There are a number of games that, potentially, could cause surprises.

Thursday July 19th:

EELS v Bulldogs
(I can't believe I picked the wooden spoon favourites!)

Friday July 20th:

SHARKS v Raiders

BRONCOS v Panthers
(a flip of the coin!)

Saturday July 21:

KNIGHTS v Titans
(Home team when in doubt)


Cowboys v DRAGONS

Sunday July 22:

Warriors v more]
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LNP Longman candidate Trevor Ruthenberg sorry
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 17 2018, 09:49 AM in Other Political News
LNP Longman candidate Trevor Ruthenberg sorry for defence medal mix-up on parliamentary bio
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The LNP's candidate in the Longman by-election, Trevor Ruthenberg, has apologised for wrongly claiming he earned a prestigious defence service medal.

Mr Ruthenberg, the former state MP for the seat of Kallangur, listed the Australian Service Medal as one of his accolades on the official Queensland Parliament website, despite never receiving the distinction.

He received the Australian Defence Medal, which is awarded to those who have served for more than four years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as opposed to active service.

The LNP selected Mr Ruthenberg in May to contest the marginal seat of Longman against sitting Labor MP Susan Lamb, who quit Federal Parliament ... [more]
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Beat(en) Generation
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 16 2018, 01:23 PM in FAKE NEWS
This "Fake News" section immediately came to mind when I was listening to the chorus of the song "Beat(en) Generation" by The The.

"The beaten generation
The beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation
The beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination"

The The was essentially Matt Johnson and various session musicians. I thought this song would be viewed by a wider audience, rather than having it the music section.

I think the title is a clever play on the Beat Generation of the '50s which, in turn, led to the hippie and counterculture movements of the '60s. The lyrics appear to be mourning a generation lost and are as relevant today as they were when the song was recorded in the '80s.

Here is the song:

Two French police motorcycles have crashed during a demonstration in front of President Emmanuel Macron at a grandiose Paris parade celebrating Bastille Day.

The motorcyclists were part of a group tracing patterns on the Place de la Concorde in central Paris as part of a carefully choreographed performance on Saturday.

After briefly falling down on the cobblestoned plaza, the motorcyclists righted the vehicles, to applause from President Macron and the crowd.

Police and gendarme services did not immediately have any details on who was involved. It appeared one of the motorcyclists miscalculated the entry onto the plaza.
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Donald Trump denies criticising Theresa May
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 14 2018, 08:29 AM in FAKE NEWS
Donald Trump denies criticising Theresa May, dismissing UK newspaper report as 'fake news'
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US President Donald Trump insists that he did not criticise British Prime Minister Theresa May during an interview this week with The Sun newspaper in which he questioned the UK leader's handling of Brexit.

"It's called fake news," Mr Trump declared.

During a joint news conference with Ms May, Mr Trump said he had "a lot of respect for the Prime Minister".

The President said the newspaper didn't include the "tremendous things" he said about Ms May in the interview.

"Unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what I said about the Prime Minister and I said a tremen ... [more]
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Endangered Blue Whale Harpooned
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 13 2018, 10:32 AM in Europe
Endangered blue whale harpooned and killed by Icelandic whalers, Sea Shepherd says

ABC Science

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This would be the first blue whale deliberately killed in 40 years, according to IUCN.
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An Icelandic whaling company has been accused of slaughtering an endangered blue whale.

International anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd claims the huge animal was killed by the Hvalur hf whaling company, which is licensed by Iceland's government to slaughter smaller fin whales.

At the time of writing, there was still conjecture over the exact identification of the whale, with some suggesting it may be a hybrid of a blue whale and fin whale, which do occ ... [more]
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Central West Ghost Towns
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 13 2018, 10:04 AM in NSW
Curious Central West: Unearthing the mystery and beauty of ghost towns

ABC Central West
By Micaela Hambrett

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Photo: The former Murga Post Office sits abandoned on private property. (ABC Central West: Micaela Hambrett)

The Central West of New South Wales is littered with crumbling remains of once thriving settlements.

There are the collapsing tin roofs of former post offices, the empty Cobb and Co changing stables, and clusters of headstones worn smooth by wind and rain.

But there are also the unseen towns and villages — those reclaimed entirely by nature.

Curious Central West questioner Sam Guthrie grew up close to the lost village of Galleymont, near Blay ... [more]
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Australia's Indigenous WWII Pilot
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 13 2018, 09:41 AM in Australian National News
The story of Australia's only Indigenous WWII fighter pilot, Len Waters, told in new book

ABC Southern Qld
By Sophie Volker

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following story contains images and names of people who have died.

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Photo: Len Waters was Australia's first and only known Indigenous fighter pilot during World War II. (Supplied: Australian War Memorial)

Len Waters was Australia's first and only known Indigenous fighter pilot during World War II.

He achieved the unthinkable, flying a ... [more]
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Faults Australia’s top-selling utes
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 13 2018, 09:37 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Secret documents reveal true extent of mechanical faults with some of Australia’s top-selling utes
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Toyota dealers are also trying to repair faulty drive shafts — if customers complain — on the first visit by machining them. If the transmission thump continues, HiLux owners will get a new “rear propeller shaft slide joint”, but only on the second visit back to the dealer.

In a statement to News Corp, Toyota Australia apologised for the inconvenience to affected customers and confirmed the above technical issues are being addressed.

The company urged owners who encounter these faults to “immediately contact their nearest dealer, who will investigate further and provide support and transport assistance as required”.

The Ford Ranger — the second best-seller behind the H ... [more]
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Round 18 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 12 2018, 05:48 PM in Australian Rugby League
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The first couple of fixtures look fairly tight and there is bound to be the odd upset.

Friday July 13th:

Panthers v SHARKS WIN

Knights v EELS LOSS

Saturday July 14th:


Sea Eagles v STORM WIN


Sunday July 15th:


DRAGONS v Tigers more]
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The 'invisible' problem plaguing LGBT couples
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 12 2018, 04:56 PM in Social Issues
The 'revolutionary' programs giving hope to LGBT domestic violence survivors

By Samantha Selinger-Morris

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Photo: Gay male perpetrators of domestic violence may justify their behaviour by telling their partner that all men are violent by nature, experts say. (Rocco Fazzari)

When Elizabeth* first fell in love with Janie* nearly two decades ago, the future looked rosy. They built a home together and had two children.

But eight or nine years later, as the stresses piled up — the death of loved ones, the need to field the parenting opinions of their child ... [more]
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Tax dodgers and fudgers cost Federal Government $8
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 12 2018, 04:35 PM in Australian National News
Tax dodgers and fudgers cost Federal Government $8.7 billion in a year

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Photo: The Australian Government lost out on billions in 2014-15. (AAP: Dan Peled)

If you've ever exaggerated your work expenses to get a bigger income tax return, then you might have contributed to the Federal Government's $8.7 billion loss in 2014-15.

Key points:

: Tax Office calculates that $8.7 billion in government revenue was lost from income tax alone

: Accountants believe it's a "wake-up call" and is down to hidden income, false deductions and errors

: ... [more]
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Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion cleared over trave
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 12 2018, 03:48 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion cleared over travel expenses, former adviser repaid for outstanding trip

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Photo: Ms Campion started working with Mr Joyce as his media adviser in May 2016. (ABC News: Lucy Barbour)

An audit has found former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce did not break any travel expense rules between May 2016 and February this year.

Key points:

: Only one anomaly in work trips, where Ms Campion stayed an extra night in Sydney between Gladstone and Canberra because she was recovering from illness

: Audit noted and scrutinised that from March last year Mr Joyce s ... [more]
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A Win For the Little Guys
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 11 2018, 04:39 PM in Good News Stories
Win for the Carters' Castle: Planning Minister tells local council it's dreaming in bid to throw family off land

By Lauren Day

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The Carters' Castle: One family's decade-long fight to keep its own slice of serenity

A family whose plight was likened to that of the Kerrigans in Australian movie The Castle have won a battle to keep their land.

Five generations of the Carter family have lived at Marong, near Bendigo, for around 100 years, but for more than a decade they've been fighting the local council's attempts to compulsorily acquire 313 hectares of it to create a business park.

Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo voted six to two i ... [more]
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Round 17 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 11 2018, 03:20 PM in Australian Football League
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The last of the Thursday night fixtures meaning from now on we can wait until the "ins" and "outs" are announced before making our tips for the weekend games.

There are a couple of tough games that could go either way this week.

Thursday July 12th:

Adelaide v Geelong: The Crows are a shadow of the 2017 team and have been plagued by injuries and inconsistency. They will be buoyed by the signing of Sloane and will be playing for pride (and a slim finals chance) at home against a solid Cats outfit. This could be very close. GEELONG LOSS

Friday July 13th:

Saint Kilda v Carlton: Friday nights were supposed to be blockbusters but the Saints have slashed admission prices to attract spec ... [more]
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Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and coach rescued af
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 11 2018, 07:49 AM in Asia / Pacific
Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and coach rescued after marathon ordeal
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The final boys are taken to the helicopter on a stretcher bound for Chaing Rai hospital.

ALL 12 boys and their coach from the Wild Boars soccer team are now free from the Thai cave that has been their prison for more than two weeks, in what has been called a modern miracle.

The final boy emerged into daylight on Tuesday at around 6pm local time (9pm AEST).

Nineteen divers helped escort the final five members of the group out of Tham Luang cave, in the toughest rescue operation of the past few days.

The youngest of the group, aged just 11, was one of the last to reach the surface.

The coach left the cave after the boys, f ... [more]
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Fight to Save Historic Buildings
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 8 2018, 10:13 AM in WA
Historic buildings to be razed to make way for caravan park in tiny WA town of Walpole

ABC Great Southern
By Mark Bennett

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Photo: The Rendezvous Guest House was one of the first buildings in Walpole. (Supplied: Walpole and Nornalup Historical Society)

Residents from the tiny town of Walpole on Western Australia's south coast have vowed to fight a move to bulldoze the town's first buildings built by original settlers almost a century ago.

Thousands of holidaymakers from Perth and around WA flock to Walpole during the summer holidays.

But now news that the local council has approved a developer's request to demolish two timber guest houses dating from 192 ... [more]
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Posted By: Charles @ Jul 8 2018, 09:53 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Who, in the late '50s, sought liberation from the unwanted attention of an intellectually challenged Eros? ... [more]
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Sophia the robot.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 8 2018, 09:17 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
Could Sophia the robot be the next ABC news presenter?

All Virginia Trioli could ask was; "is there much sexism and misogyny in the robot world".

Sophia's reply suited the stupid question.

... [more]
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Porkbarrelling hits $300m in key seats.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 7 2018, 06:36 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Malcolm Turnbull's and Bill Shorten's porkbarrelling hits $300m in key seats.

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Malcolm Turnbull with LNP candidate Trevor Ruthenberg pledged $10 million for a sawmill in Longman.

Bill Shorten's desperation to ward off threats to his leadership by holding Braddon and Longman at the super Saturday byelections has seen Labor unleash a torrent of campaign promises worth $215 million to win over fickle voters in key marginal seats.more]
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Pastor to be Deported
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 7 2018, 06:30 PM in Breaking News
Self-styled Baptist pastor to be deported after 'harassing' worshippers

By Talissa Siganto and Laura Gartry

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Photo: Police confiscated Mr Robertson's camera after the confrontation at Darra mosque. (ABC News)

A self-styled Christian Baptist pastor from New Zealand accused of harassing worshippers at two Brisbane mosques earlier this week has had his visa cancelled and is facing deportation.

New Zealand national Logan Robertson, 31, and two others were charged on Friday after allegedly abusing community members at the Kuraby and Darra mosques on Wednesday and Thursday .

Mr Robertson is the self-proclaimed pastor of the Pillar Baptist Church which originated ... [more]
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Craig Lowndes announces his retirement.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 6 2018, 07:04 PM in Other Sports
Australian motor-racing legend Craig Lowndes announces his retirement.

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Lowndes (right) and Triple Eight Race Engineering team boss Roland Dane. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

CRAIG Lowndes may have called time on his illustrious 21-year career as a full-time driver but the 44-year-old’s drive to conquer Mount Panorama is not over yet.

CRAIG Lowndes’ drive to conquer Mount Panorama is not over yet.

The 44-year-old has called time on his illustrious 21-year career as a full-time driver, meaning the chequered flag will fall on his career at the season-ending Newcastle 500.

But the legend will not be lost to the sport.

The six-time Bathurst winner will continue to race at Mount Panorama, Sandown and on the Gold Coast as an endurance-event driver with Triple Eight Rac ... [more]
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Rohingya Crisis
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 5 2018, 10:16 AM in Asia / Pacific
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to deploy thousands of police to refugee camps to improve safety

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Photo: 19 people have been killed in the crowded camps since August last year. (AP: Manish Swarup)

Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from neighbouring Myanmar.

Since August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19 people, some of them community leaders, have been killed.

Police have made a number of arrests in connection with some of the ki ... [more]
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Posted By: Charles @ Jul 4 2018, 02:58 PM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
I think this delightful piece of Australian Bush Poetry may have been posted before but, in case you missed it, here is "Entrapment".

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Big Windfall for Coles and Woolworths
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 4 2018, 01:44 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
Coles and Woolworths to rake in $71m from sale of 15¢ reusable shopping bags

The West Australian
Wednesday, 4 July 2018 8:24AM

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Some describe the ban as a money-making move

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths appear set to rake in around $71 million in gross profit from the sale of their 15¢ heavy duty plastic carriers following the ban on single-use plastic bags.

Queensland University of Technology’s Professor Gary Mortimer has calculated the big retailers are also saving $170 million a year by not providing shoppers with free plastic bags.

Prof Mortimer says he has sourced an online provider of heavier bags at 9¢, rath ... [more]
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Round 16 Fixtures and Tipping
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 4 2018, 12:47 PM in Australian Football League
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With 7 teams (Adelaide, Essendon, Geelong, GWS, Hawthorn, Melbourne and North Melbourne) all fighting for one of the 3 spots that seem left for the Finals, it is an interesting round.

Thursday July 5th:

Sydney v Geelong: The Cats will be desperate to win while the Swans record at home this year is unimpressive. Nevertheless I'm tipping SYDNEY. LOSS

Friday July 6th:

Richmond v Adelaide: The Tigers appear a cut above the rest of the competition. The Crows will be fighting hard but I can't see them winning. RICHMOND WIN

Saturday July 7th:

Brisbane v Carlton: The Lions impressed me last week and they'll be keen to go b ... [more]
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Round 17 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 4 2018, 12:20 PM in Australian Rugby League
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Just 4 regular fixtures plus the "dead rubber" of State of Origin.

Thursday July 5th:

STORM v Dragons WIN

Friday July 6th:


Saturday July 7th:

Bulldogs v RAIDERS WIN

Sunday July 8th:


Wednesday July 11th:

Queensland will be playing for pride and this could be the difference. However, the Blues have been good for me so I'll stick with them.

Queensland v NSW more]
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Australiai and Electric Cars
Posted By: Pool @ Jul 4 2018, 08:02 AM in Environmental Issues
Australia and Electric Cars
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I saw a article in The Australian about electric cars and how in 50 years they will take over.
So I got to thinking well that would be a lot of reorganizing.

Reading up on electric cars, it seams the biggest advantage is that the owners unless going on a big trip , never have to goto a gas station again, just drive for the day then plug in at home and recharge the vehicle at night. Tesla have about 600km's of range
So most recharging will be at night and at off peak hours , solar panels wont work well there.
So I googled and worked this out

The estimated numb ... [more]
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Leyonhjelm denied he had engaged in "slut-shaming"
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 3 2018, 07:25 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Unapologetic Leyonhjelm lashes out at Turnbull and media over Hanson-Young slurs.
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Senator Leyonhjelm refused to apologise for his remarks about Senator Hanson-Young.Photos: Getty.

An unapologetic David Leyonhjelm has lashed out at the Prime Minister and the media as he refuses to back down in the face of overwhelming condemnation over his remarks about fellow senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

The week-long controversy, which began when Senator Leyonhjelm told Senator Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men" during a debate about violence against women, has brought the Parliament's reputation into disrepute amid claims of long-running "slut-shaming".

Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer added her voice to the calls for Senator Leyonhjelm to a ... [more]
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Thai soccer team found alive in cave
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 3 2018, 06:42 AM in Australian National News
Thai soccer team found alive in cave nine days after they went missing, focus now on rescue
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Video provided by a Thai Navy Seal shows the boys and their soccer coach when rescuers found them inside the cave complex.

Twelve boys and their assistant soccer coach have been found alive by rescuers inside a Thai cave complex nine days after they went missing, Chiang Rai province's governor announced.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai, the largest northernmost city in Thailand.

A massive international rescue effort has been underway since, with res ... [more]
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Voters' details stolen.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 1 2018, 06:56 PM in TAS
Tasmanian voters' details, including addresses and emails, stolen in Typeform data breach.

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The personal information of thousands of Tasmanians has been leaked, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) says.

TEC was yesterday told by the Spanish company Typeform that an unknown third party had accessed its servers and downloaded information.

Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Andrew Hawkey said the electors were those who had applied for express votes at the recent state and Upper House elections.

"We've been informed that it includes the name, date of birth, email address and enrolment address of all the electors that applied for an express vote at the 2018 Legislative Council and state elections," he said.

"We don't have a figure ... [more]
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Politicians have NO scruples!
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 1 2018, 06:39 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Pay rise for politicians as penalty rates trimmed further in hospitality and retail

ACTU says the personal income-tax cuts will not be enough to offset the drop in earnings for many workers.

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The annual base salary of a federal backbencher will increase from $203,000 to $207,000 from 1 July.

Australia’s federal politicians, senior public servants, and members of the judiciary will enjoy a 2% pay rise on Sunday, while hospitality and retail workers will see their penalty rates cut for the second year in a row.

Large taxation and wage changes ... [more]
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Three Actors
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 1 2018, 09:52 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Sometimes questions that can be easily Googled can be made a little more difficult by adding a few twists in the research trail. Perhaps this is one of them.

"Pulp Fiction", "Three Amigos" and "Lost in Translation" are three successful but quite different movies.

A male star from each of these movies has something quite unique with the other two.

Name the three actors and what they uniquely have in common.
... [more]
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North Korea likely making more nuclear bomb fuel
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 1 2018, 07:53 AM in Asia / Pacific
North Korea likely making more nuclear bomb fuel despite Trump-Kim talks, report says
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US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News has quoted US officials as saying.

In a report on Friday, the American network said what it described as the latest US intelligence assessment appeared to go counter to sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after an unprecedented June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

NBC quoted five unidentified US officials as saying that in recent months North ... [more]
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Will Labor Take Shorten to the Election?
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 30 2018, 01:52 PM in Other Political News
Labor suspects an election is imminent, so what does that mean for Bill Shorten?

By Laura Tingle

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Photo: Captain's call overturned: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

There weren't a lot of Opposition frontbenchers fronting up to the cameras between the time on Tuesday that Bill Shorten announced that Labor would repeal tax cuts for companies with turnover between $10 and $50 million and the time on Friday when he announced it wouldn't.

One of the few who did was deputy leader Tanya Plibersek: "As for the questions about who talked to who when, honestly, Canberra journalists might be interested in these process stories — wha ... [more]
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Is 'Aboriginal' an Offensive Word?
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 30 2018, 01:33 PM in WA
Outcry over word 'Aboriginal' continues as historians push for ban on changing certificates

By Rebecca Turner

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Photo: Mr Smith noticed the word 'Aboriginal' had been removed from his great-grandmother's death certificate. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

The decision by a West Australian bureaucrat to redact the word "Aboriginal" from official documents has created an outcry among archivists, genealogists and historians across Australia.

WA is the only jurisdiction in Australia to deem the word Aboriginal offensive and remove it from historical birth, death and marriage certificates.

The practice only came to light last month after keen family hist ... [more]
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