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Round 22 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 04:34 pm in Australian Football League
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Friday August 17th:

Richmond v Essendon: The Bombers still hold hopes of appearing in finals but must beat the Tigers to keep the dream alive. The Tigers might relax having secured top spot but I still see them winning in a close one. RICHMOND

Saturday August 18th:

Collingwood v Port Adelaide: Two injury affected sides with a lot to play for. Another close one but I see the 'Pies getting home. COLLINGWOOD

Geelong v Fremantle: A must win game for the Cats but they musn't take the Dockers too lightly. GEELONG

GWS v Sydney: Billed as the Battle of the Bridge, this should be a cracking game. The Giants are in good form but one can never discount the Swans. more]
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Round 23 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 04:20 pm in Australian Rugby League
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I'm running a bit late. I thought I posted this yesterday but forgot to click "Post New Topic".

Thursday August 16th:


Friday August 17th:


STORM v Eels

Saturday August 18th:

PANTHERS v Knights

TIGERS v Dragons

SHARKS v Cowboys

Sunday August 19th:

Bulldogs v WARRIORS

Raider ... [more]
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'Pennsylvania priests molested thousands'
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:39 am in North America
'Pennsylvania priests molested thousands'
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Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse.

Officials in the US state of Pennsylvania have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 "predator priests" who molested children in six dioceses.

It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nation's most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse.

The report echo ... [more]
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CFMEU fined more than $500,000
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:23 am in Australian National News
CFMEU fined more than $500,000 by Federal Court for breaches of Fair Work Act
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Justice Richard Tracey said the union regarded itself as free to break the law.

Three construction officials who deliberately broke workplace laws at sites in Queensland and Victoria have cost their union close to $577,000 in fines, in what the Federal Court has described as "disgraceful and shameful" behaviour.

The Victorian case centred around the behaviour of Nigel Davies and Alex Tadic, who both refused to show their entry permits on the Bendigo Theatre construction site in 2014.

The court heard Mr Davies told one manager to "f*** off" while Mr Tadic engaged in a "loud, ... [more]
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Archbishop Philip Wilson to serve sentence at home
Posted By: Bear @ Aug 14 2018, 07:23 PM in CRIME -
Former Catholic archbishop Philip Wilson to serve sentence at home; sex abuse survivor called 'rubbish'

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An abuse survivor has been called "rubbish" by a member of Adelaide's former Catholic archbishop Philip Wilson's entourage, in an exchange played out in front of a media scrum

Wilson had just been told by a Newcastle magistrate he could serve his sentence for concealing historical child sex abuse in home detention as opposed to prison.

As he left the court, Peter Gogarty — who was a victim of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher — asked Wilson to apologise but the clergyman stayed silent.

One of Wilson's supporters asked Gogarty why he did not come forward 40 years ago and later said: "I don't have time for rubbish like yo ... [more]
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Wooden boardwalk collapses
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 14 2018, 08:56 AM in Breaking News
Wooden boardwalk collapses during seaside concert in Spain, injuring more than 300 people
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Hundreds of people were hurt, two seriously, when a wooden esplanade collapsed at a seaside music festival in north-west Spain, local authorities said.

The incident, at the O Marisquino festival in the town of Vigo, left 316 people injured — but there were no reports of any fatalities.

Nine of those hurt are still in hospital and two are in the intensive care unit, but their lives are not in danger, a government spokesman said.

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Vigo Mayor Abel Caballero said the platform that collapsed just before midnight was 30 metres long and 10 metres wide.

He added tha ... [more]
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Drought Relief Convoy
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 13 2018, 01:26 PM in Australian National News
Drought relief convoy of trucks carrying hay leaves WA bound for stricken NSW farmers

By Sarah Collard and Andrea Mayes

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Photo: Some of the WA road trains involved in a cross-country convoy to deliver hay to drought-affected farmers in NSW. (Supplied: Tony York)

A huge convoy of about 20 road trains laden with 2,000 bales of hay is en route from outback Western Australia to drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales.

The massive cross-country aid effort, organised by the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) charity, includes 1,000 tonnes of hay worth $500,000 — which is enough to feed 1,000 cows or 20,000 sheep for a fortnight.

About 16 trucks left Northam in WA's Wheatbelt early on Monday, with the remaining trucks to ... [more]
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Where am I?
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 12 2018, 10:17 AM in "Burning Questions"
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The photo below was taken in 2005 and I am standing in front of an olive tree that was planted on 906AD. It is very close to an historic structure.

This week I'm offering a multiple choice question. Where was the photo taken?

( A ) Spain

( B ) France

( C ) Greece

( D ) Turkey

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Only one chance this week. On Wednesday I'll post a picture of the structure but if you give a correct answer before then you earn 2 points. A correct answer after the Wednesday clue earns one point.
... [more]
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Queensland Man Charged Drug Offence in Bali
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 11 2018, 10:39 AM in CRIME -
Queensland man living in Bali arrested for cocaine possession after police raid

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Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to a Queensland man who has been arrested for cocaine possession in Bali.

Bali police have alleged Brendon Luke Johnsson, 43, was selling drugs as well as using them himself.

He was with his Indonesian girlfriend at a boarding house in Kuta last Saturday when Indonesian police raided the property.

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Photo: Brendon Johnsson has been living in Bali for about four years, Bali police said. (Facebook: Brendan Johnsson)

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Water Leaks Blamed on Drought
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 10 2018, 10:34 AM in Australian National News
Sydney Water network cracks under pressure of drought; leak jobs taking weeks to resolve

By Paige Cockburn

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Photo: A leak in north Narrabeen that was losing water for two weeks. (Supplied: Christine Dwyer)

Sydney Water says it is drowning in leaks across the city due to the NSW drought, with some pipes spurting water for weeks before being repaired.

As customers become furious about the water wastage, the utility company has urged patience as their teams experience a high workload due to dry soil.

"I can see occasionally ... our leaks have run for longer than others," Sydney Water's network manager Gary Hurley said.

"I'd apologise to any ... [more]
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Foreign Aid v Helping Farmers
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 10 2018, 10:24 AM in Other Political News
Australia's foreign aid budget called into question when farmers face drought

By Alexandra Beech

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Photo: Australian farmers hit by drought are struggling to find or buy feed to keep their stock alive. (Supplied: Edwina Robertson)

Social media has been flooded with memes and posts calling for the Federal Government to cut foreign aid spending and use that money to help struggling farmers instead. But is that really a good idea?

With emotions running high as drought grips large parts of the country, the Government is worried misinformation and "fake news" about the aid budget is spreading online.

But it's not just keyboard warriors who are angry.
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Adani in Pollution Cover-Up
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 10 2018, 09:54 AM in QLD
Adani spent a year trying to hide this information on its reef spill

By national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak

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Photo: A Queensland Government satellite image of the Calely Wetlands and the Abbot Point coal terminal after Cyclone Debbie. (Supplied: Queensland Government)

Adani has been fighting to hide details of what it told the Queensland Government about the risk of pollution to the Great Barrier Reef ahead of Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Now, conservationists say documents and a series of emails obtained through freedom of information laws appear to show the company and the Queensland Government knew the pollution would be so bad it would break t ... [more]
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'Hydrogen fuel is energy and water intensive'
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 10 2018, 07:53 AM in Cars - Bikes - Speed
Hydrogen car future needs federal funding for fuel stations, car makers say
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CSIRO researchers spent a decade developing the membrane to extract hydrogen fuel from ammonia.

Car makers say Federal Government support will be vital if zero-emission hydrogen-fuelled cars are ever to become a common sight on Australian roads.

The call follows a successful test this week of cars powered by hydrogen extracted from ammonia with a new metal membrane developed in Brisbane by the CSIRO.

What's the fuss about?

Tipped as the future of green motoring, hydrogen cars are virtually emissions-free and both simple and fast to refuel.

Researchers said the breakthrough would allow hydrogen t ... [more]
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Police car damaged, rocks thrown by youths.
Posted By: Bear @ Aug 9 2018, 07:06 PM in VIC
Police car damaged, rocks thrown by youths during fight 'about girlfriends' in Melbourne.

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Police converge on Taylors Hill. Photo: Nine News

A fight involving dozens of Sudanese-Australian youths from Melbourne's southern and northern suburbs that forced local residents to shelter indoors was caused by a dispute about "a couple of girlfriends", police have said.

Police said two groups of youths arranged via social media to "to have a fight" at Watergardens Shopping Centre, in Melbourne's north-west, about 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Video shared on social media appeared to show two females pushing and shoving each other, before falling to the ground and wrestling as people watched on.

Commander Tim Hansen from Victoria Police ... [more]
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Manager Sues Shane Jacobson
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 9 2018, 01:53 PM in Entertainment
Shane Jacobson's ex-manager sues for cut of $1m earnings

By Tom Cowie
8 August 2018 — 11:47am

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Entertainer Shane Jacobson is locked in a legal battle with his former manager for a cut of more than $1 million in earnings he will bank for appearing in ads, stage productions and TV shows.Shane Jacobson being sued by former manager

Shane Jacobson is in a legal battle with his former manager, Deb Fryers for a cut of more than $1 million in earnings from ads, stage productions and TV shows.

Jacobson's long-time manager and publicist Deb Fryers filed a writ last month in the Victorian County Court claiming she had not been paid ... [more]
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Jarrod Lyle (36) Passes Away
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 9 2018, 01:12 PM in Other Sports
Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies, aged 36, after ending treatment for leukaemia

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Photo: Australian pro golfer Jarrod Lyle died surrounded by family. (Supplied)
Related Story: 'His poor body can't take any more': Golfer Jarrod Lyle goes into palliative care

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36.

It comes just eight days after he decided to end his treatment to go into palliative care.

Lyle had been undergoing his third stint of cancer treatment after a recurrence of acute myeloid leukaemia last year.

He is survived by his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.

"It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us," Ms Lyle said in a statemen ... [more]
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Round 21 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 9 2018, 11:51 AM in Australian Football League
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With top eight and the vital top four spots all still up for grabs, this round is vital to a number of teams. Last week I went the wrong way on a number of close ones. This week I'm hoping for better results on those games that look to be close contests.

Friday August 10th:

Essendon v Saint Kilda: The Bombers still cling to a faint chance of playing finals while the Saints were very disappointing ast week. ESSENDON WIN

Saturday August 11:

Hawthorn v Geelong. Two teams with a history of fierce and close encounters. The Hawks were good last week but I feel the Cats' mid-field depth is a big factor. GEELONG LOSS

Gold Coast v Ri ... [more]
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China in Africa
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 9 2018, 09:18 AM in Africa
With a Positive Spin, Chinese News Outlets Cover Africa
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A boy holds the Djiboutian national flag in front of the Chinese national flag before the launching ceremony of China-financed 1,000-unit housing construction project in Djibouti, July 4, 2018.

In Rwanda, a Chinese-owned garment factory provides jobs to hundreds of local workers. In Ethiopia, a Chinese-built railway makes life easier for business owners and travelers. In Zambia, a Chinese-funded television project will bring satellite TV to 500 villages.

Each of these stories, published by Xinhua, China's state-run news organization, typifies the country's coverage of Africa.

Rather than focus ... [more]
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Turnbull - alleged $444 million fraud.
Posted By: Bear @ Aug 8 2018, 03:02 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Malcolm Turnbull defends surprise $444 million Government donation to tiny reef body.

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The PM has called the donation "a wonderful investment in ensuring that we maintain the health of the Great Barrier Reef". AAP: Michael Chambers

Malcolm Turnbull insists the Government's nearly half-a-billion-dollar donation to a private foundation with links to big resources companies has been done transparently, despite the body itself not asking for the money.

In April the Government announced it would give the Great Barrier Reef Foundation $444 million to fund projects to improve the health of the reef.

The foundation had only six staff when it was told it was getting the huge grant, which managing director Anna Marsden told Radio National was a ... [more]
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Push to Return Korean War Dead
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 8 2018, 10:04 AM in Breaking News
Bishop push for return of Korean war dead

Nick EvansThe West Australian
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 2:01AM

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Pilot Officer John Beverley Halley, was listed as assumed missing on operations, presumed dead in 1953.Picture: Australian War Memorial/O5309

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she has pushed the case for the return of Australians lost in the Korean War directly to her North Korean counterpart for the first time, opening a new window of hope for the families of the lost.

Ms Bishop said she spoke to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of an ASEAN regional forum in Singapore and was confident he had taken Australia’s co ... [more]
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Round 22 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 8 2018, 09:41 AM in Australian Rugby League
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Nearing the end of the home and away rounds we see some teams looking towards finals, others playing for pride. Friday's encounter between South Sydney and Sydney should be a ripper.

Thursday August 9:


Friday August 10:



Saturday August 11:



Eels v DRAGONSmore]
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Who will be Australia’s 25 millionth resident?
Posted By: Bear @ Aug 7 2018, 07:38 PM in Australian National News
Who will be Australia’s 25 millionth resident?

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Australia’s population growth rate is raising concerns about our transport, infrastructure and housing. Source:News Corp Australia.

Australia’s population will surpass 25 million tonight, according to projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The population clock estimates that this record will be set by 11pm, on the basis that our number increases by one person every 83 seconds.

Census data from last year revealed the “typical” Australian was a 38-year-old married mum-of-two, with parents born in Australia, English ancestors and a house mortgage.

But when you consider the diversity of our nation, the 25 millionth resident could be just about anyone — a descendant from th ... [more]
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Volunteers Help With Tree Planting
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 7 2018, 09:57 AM in WA
Salinity, erosion fight and the sake of crop diversity sees volunteers help farmer plant 30,000 trees

ABC Great Southern
By Aaron Fernandes

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Photo: Not-for-profit group Avongro hosts tree-planting workshops on agricultural properties. (ABC Great Southern: Aaron Fernandes)

A West Australian farmer has invited a group of Perth-based green thumbs to help plant 30,000 trees on his Kojonup property, south-east of the capital.

The volunteers brought a mobile DJ and loud speakers to help brave cold temperatures and bouts of rain.

Fourth generation farmer David McFall asked for help planting the trees, which he said were to fight salinity and wind erosion, and to diversif ... [more]
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Free Meals for the Homeless
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 6 2018, 01:36 PM in Good News Stories
'Free meal for the homeless everyday': Restaurant leftovers bound for the bin go to those in need

By Patrick Williams

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Photo: Ginger and Garlic has been giving away meals to the homeless for the past five months. (Supplied: Ashish Sood)

More than a decade before Ashish Sood opened up his own restaurant, he spent time living on the streets.

It was 2007 when he arrived in Brisbane on a student visa and with nowhere to go.

It was only for two weeks, but he's never forgotten how it feels to sleep rough in a park.

He had come to Australia to study hospitality and commercial cooking. He had a dream of one day owning his own restaurant.

And when he ... [more]
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What's the Question?
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 5 2018, 09:49 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Something different this week.

It sounds as if the answer is 9W, so what's the question?

Hint #1: This is a non-mathematical question so there is no need for an understanding of algebra

A further hint will be posted on Tuesday if nobody has come up with the correct question. However, points will be awarded for creative responses. ... [more]
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China's Imitation Oz Wines
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 4 2018, 11:01 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
'Benfords?': Australian lookalike wines are big sellers on China's new billion-dollar retail giant

By Michael Walsh and Bang Xiao

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Photo: Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of imitation Australian wines have been sold on Pinduoduo. (Pinduoduo)

Fancy a cut-price case of the Barossa Valley's famous "Benfords" wine? China's third largest online shopping platform Pinduoduo might have just the right deal for you.

Pinduoduo rose to global prominence last week after debuting on the Nasdaq with a valuation of $US24 billion ($32.6 billion), cementing its place as a rival to China's e-commerce giants Alibaba and

The three-year-old company has a s ... [more]
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Building a Community
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 4 2018, 10:21 AM in Good News Stories
Zita Stark is building a community, one English class at a time

By Cathy Jacobs

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"I'm not a visa number. I'm not a bunch of papers. I'm a person … and Queensland said hello."

It was the first time Zita Stark had felt that way since immigrating from Hungary four years earlier.

She was receiving a 2016 Queensland community service award for her volunteer work promoting cultural diversity in rural Australia.

"It was the most important moment of my life," says Zita.

In 2012, the former tax advisor left what she describes as a joyless existence in debt-ridden Hungary working up to 14 hours a day on low wages to survive.

Up to 190,000 immigrants are admitted to Australia each ... [more]
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Planting trees and grasses
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 4 2018, 08:40 AM in Environmental Issues
How planting trees and grasses can help stabilise farmland in a changing climate
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As parts of the country face the toughest drought in people's lifetimes, tree species that can assist in water and soil management have a renewed purpose.

Need to raise your water table, stabilise your soil or grow an alternate fodder source in arid conditions?

There is a tree — or grass — for that.

Fran Bodkin, a Dharawal elder who has degrees in environmental science, geomorphology and climatology, wrote the Encyclopedia Botanica by hand when pregnant and confined to bed rest.

She said farmland could be stabilised naturally to help it cope with a changing climate, and it was as simple as planting a few trees.

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Young Greens Resign in Disgust
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 3 2018, 03:54 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Young Greens resign 'in disgust' over handling of sexual misconduct allegations

By Clare Blumer, ABC Investigations

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Photo: Young Greens are angry about the party's handling of sexual misconduct allegations. (AAP: Mal Fairclough)

Young Greens have written an open letter to the party demanding it "reshape its culture around sexism within the party", as dozens "resign in disgust" over the handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

The petition comes in the wake of an ABC investigation which revealed the Greens mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct by members.

In an open letter addressed to the national, state and territory br ... [more]
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Tradie Helps Struggling Pensioner
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 3 2018, 12:44 PM in Good News Stories
Bendigo tradie Dave Love says his ‘heart melted’ at plight of struggling pensioner at McDonald’s

Natalie RichardsThe West Australian
Thursday, 2 August 2018 10:06AM

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Melanie Langley filmed the moment her partner David showed his generous spirit at a Victorian McDonald's restaurant.

An Australian tradie filmed coming to the aid of a struggling pensioner at a McDonald’s counter says his heart melted at seeing the man count his change at the counter and he “couldn’t not help the poor fella”.

In footage which has been viewed more than a million times on Facebook, Dave Love is seen helping an elderly man who empted his pockets to try and pay for his breakfast in Bendigo.

Mr Lo ... [more]
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The War on Waste
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 3 2018, 12:11 PM in Social Issues
How a family can reduce their waste to just one bag a week

ABC Radio Darwin
By Jesse Thompson and Annie Brown

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Photo: Hamish, Joe, Rachel and Tay Lovett produce just one bag of rubbish between them each week. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson)

The Lovetts, a family of four living in a breezy tropical house in suburban Darwin, don't consider themselves exceptional.

But each week they do something that others might regard as miraculous and put just one small bag of household rubbish out in their kerbside waste.

With the war on waste raging on multiple fronts, and the City of Darwin this week joining a number of councils to ban single-use plastics, you might be w ... [more]
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Round 20 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 2 2018, 02:15 PM in Australian Football League
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I rushed my tips last week and missed a couple of selections I normally would have made. I'm taking a little more care this week ... and I need to given the number of games that could go either way.

Friday August 3rd:

Richmond v Geelong: This will be a great game with some great match-ups all over the ground. The Cats will feel the loss of Stewart from their defence and may have difficulty containing the Tigers. In a close one ... RICHMOND WIN

Saturday August 4th:

Hawthorn v Essendon: Two sides desperate to keep their finals aspirations alive. The Hawks have been in solid form recently but may be troubled by the Bombers' pace. In another close one .... ESSENDON ... [more]
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Nigerian Farmers Killed in Large Numbers
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 2 2018, 10:23 AM in Africa
Nigerian farmers are under attack, so why don't we hear about it?

By Michael Jensen

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Photo: Men march along a truck carrying the coffins of people killed by Fulani herdsmen in January. (Reuters: Afolabi Sotunde)

We've heard a lot lately about white South African farmers being killed in farm murders. But another group of African farmers are being killed in far greater numbers and we've barely heard a whimper.

What would you think if you heard that there was a group of people, all belonging to one religion, who were being savagely attacked by another group so that they were forced out of their homes?

If whole villages were being destroyed, churches burnt to ... [more]
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Coles Backflips on Plastic Bags
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 2 2018, 09:59 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Coles plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

The Conversation
By Kim Borg and Edwin Ip

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Photo: Coles' backflip now offers shoppers free bags that they would have to pay for at other supermarkets. (ABC: Xavier La Canna)

One month after removing free lightweight plastic bags from checkouts, supermarket giant Coles has decided to offer thicker reusable plastics bags for free, indefinitely.

This unprecedented move is in response to strong backlash by customers who are struggling to switch to reusable bags.

We know that offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use. We also know that banning lightweight bags can increase the use o ... [more]
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NSW drought assistance.
Posted By: Bear @ Aug 1 2018, 06:16 PM in NSW
NSW Government announces extra $500m in drought assistance for struggling farmers.

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement at a farm near Bathurst today. ABC News: Joanna Woodburn.

The New South Wales Government's drought assistance has tipped over $1 billion, after a fresh cash injection for struggling farmers the Premier says have faced an "unforgivably dry winter".

The Berejiklian Government had been criticised by regional stakeholders, including at last week's NSW Farmers Annual Conference in Sydney, for not doing enough to support those in dire straits on the land.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced an additional $500 million in emergency funding to help drought-affected farmers.

The Emergency Re ... [more]
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Round 21 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 1 2018, 12:47 PM in Australian Rugby League
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Some games look fairly straight forward this week, but there appears (to my untrained eye) to be a couple of cracking games on Friday night. I'm also picking the cellar-dwellers again (it worked last time

Thursday August 2nd:

Friday August 3rd:

Knights v TIGERS WIN

Rabbitohs v STORM LOSS

Saturday August 4th:

DRAGONS v Warriors more]
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Coalition heading over a cliff: Barnaby
Posted By: Michael.W @ Jul 31 2018, 09:22 PM in Other Political News
Coalition heading over a cliff: Barnaby
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Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce believes the coalition is heading over a cliff, but still thinks it can turn things around.

Mr Joyce says the Turnbull government needs to be brutally honest in recognising a primary vote in the 20s is "kinda crazy", otherwise a lot of MPs will be looking for jobs after the federal election.

Some people need a "kick up the a--" to avoid getting "smacked between the eyes again" like in last weekend's by-election losses, he says.

If you don't change, that result won't change, I can assure you of that," he told Sky News on Tuesday night.

MPs are united and "rah rah" in the joint party room but Mr Joyce says when they se ... [more]
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Shorten celebrates as Labor wins.
Posted By: Bear @ Jul 29 2018, 04:46 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Shorten celebrates as Labor wins back Longman, Braddon, Perth and Fremantle in byelections – as it happened.

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Labor four from four, independent retains Mayo.

We end the night with nothing having changed in the parliament – which means everything has.

For the government.

Labor campaigners are telling me that the result is “way better than expected” and these are the same people who over the last few weeks have been telling me how close it was going to be. Part of the reason these byelections were so difficult to call is because the parties themselves didn’t know how it would go – and that’s because polling single seats is a notoriously difficult job.

And that’s not a new ... [more]
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Music From a Movie
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 29 2018, 09:36 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Here's one for the movie buffs.

A piece of music, written by a German composer chiefly known for his operas, was featured in a famous scene from an award winning movie from the late '70s.

Name the piece of music.

Name the composer.

Name the movie.
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Is It Becoming Too Hard To Die?
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 28 2018, 10:02 AM in Health & Medicine
The doctors who think it's become too hard to die

By Anna Kelsey-Sugg for Saturday Extra

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Photo: Stumbling into 'the end bit' without a plan is the worse thing you can do, says one intensive care specialist. (Unsplash: Katarzyna Grabowska)

Intensive care specialist Ken Hillman believes it's become too hard to die.

When his grandfather died in 1959, it was in his own room at home, with little medical intervention.

"Most people's grandfathers died at home in those days, because the general practitioner was the last medical representative in that line. If he said 'there's nothing more to offer', then there was nothing more to off ... [more]
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Prince Charles says he was deceived
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 28 2018, 07:13 AM in Europe
Peter Ball abuse inquiry: Prince Charles says he was deceived by disgraced bishop
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Prince Charles has issued a statement to a British inquiry investigating child abuse, saying he had been deceived by a disgraced Church of England bishop jailed for sex abuse.

The remarks by the Prince of Wales on Friday (local time) came amid an investigation into the handling of allegations against former bishop Peter Ball, who had claimed to be a confidant of the heir to the throne.

The 86-year-old Ball had accepted a caution for one count of gross indecency in 1993, but later admitted further crimes. He is currently jailed for sexually abusing 18 young men over 30 years.

Prince Charles said he didn't realise the truth until Ball's conviction.

In the letter read to th ... [more]
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Round 19 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 27 2018, 01:59 PM in Australian Football League
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I'm running late today, so i'll make it quick!

Friday July 27:

Essendon v SYDNEY LOSS

Saturday July 28:

RICHMOND v Collingwood WIN

GEELONG v Brisbane WIN

GWS v Saint Kilda WIN



Sunday July 29:

North Melbourne v WEST COAST more]
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SA man charged over biting police
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 27 2018, 08:38 AM in SA
SA man charged over biting police officers
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An Adelaide man has been charged after allegedly biting two police officers while resisting arrest before being tasered, police say.

Officers visited a Valley View home in the early hours of Friday and were speaking to the man when he became aggressive, and bit the officers on their hands as they tried to arrest him.

Capsicum spray failed to subdue him and the man was allegedly biting one of the officers on the leg when he was tasered. The 38-year-old will face Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday. ... [more]
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Blood moon
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 27 2018, 08:00 AM in Australian National News
Australians urged to watch rare blood moon
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Early Saturday morning risers are set for a celestial feast as scientists predict the moon to glow blood red thanks to the longest lunar eclipse this century.

Starting from 4am on the east coast of Australia, and from 2am in the west, as the moon moves into the Earth's shadow it will gradually become darker and glow progressively redder over the next hour and a half.

East coast viewers will see the blood moon at its fullest at about 5.30am, with the Earth, moon and sun in perfect alignment.

The colour of the moon is affected by the light from the sun's movements skimming through the Earth's atmosphere and continuing up to space ab ... [more]
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Round 20 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 25 2018, 05:31 PM in Australian Rugby League
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Some tough ones to pick this week as sides set their sights on finals.

Thursday July 26th:


Friday July 27th:


Bulldogs v TIGERS LOSS

Saturday July 28th:



STORM v Raiders WIN

Sunday July 29th:

Titans v WARRIORSmore]
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NSW children ill after using lead eyeliner
Posted By: Flin @ Jul 25 2018, 08:05 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
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Three Sydney children have become ill after using an imported eyeliner from Pakistan almost entirely made of lead.

The Hashmi Kohl branded product was 84 per cent lead and also contained high levels of dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury, NSW Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said on Tuesday.

"Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace," Mr Kean said in a statement.

The children, from the same family, fell ill after using the Pakistan-made products.

Doctors found elevated lead levels in their blood, prompting NSW Fair Trading investigation and referral to Border Force for investigation.

Businesses supplying products that disobey the mandatory standard can be punished with fines of up to $1.1 mi ... [more]
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Tas MP's back Bill Shorten
Posted By: lee @ Jul 24 2018, 07:55 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
This is despite the galaxy poll that showed Labor would have a better chance of winning with Albo in the chair.


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"Every morning, Bill Shorten’s office sends an email to Labor MPs and their staff covering all the media’s political news. This is to guarantee awareness of the day’s major issues.

But the Labor leader’s office is now accused of omitting stories critical of Shorten or that suggest Anthony Albanese might do a better job.

The Daily Telegraph would like to inform Labor MPs that their leader’s office is run by a dead-set big girl’s blouse who is plainly scared of basic facts.more]
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Elon Musk is a total fraud
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 23 2018, 04:44 PM in North America
Elon Musk is a total fraud

DON’T be fooled. So far, Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has only been successful at tricking people into thinking he’s a success.

Maureen Callahan
NY PostJuly 22, 2018

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Photo: Elon Musk

ONE disastrous tweet has finally revealed Elon Musk for what he is: a fraud.

Enraged that a British cave diver called his idea to rescue the Thai soccer team for what it was — “a p.r. stunt [with] absolutely no chance of working” — Musk took to Twitter and called him a “pedo.”

Just like that, Tesla’s market value plummeted by $2 billion.

Musk has been in business since 20 ... [more]
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Name the River
Posted By: Charles @ Jul 22 2018, 07:03 PM in "Burning Questions"
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It's just a stream really but its been trickling away in south west England for a long time.

It cuts through County Dorset or Dorsetshire, an area once occupied by ancient Celtic tribes. Then the Romans occupied the region until the Middle Ages when the Saxons took over.

Some of the earliest Viking raids on the British Isles happened near here back in the 8th century.

In more recent times, the English novelist Thomas Hardy took inspiration from this river and surrounding villages, according to a local Neil Herbert: "If you look closely, just outside the church, there are a couple of graves called the Dumbervilles. And Thomas Hardy used those grave names in his Tess of the d'Urbervilles. And just down the road, is Bathsheba's house in Far From ... [more]
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Labor MP Emma Husar Is Under Investigation
Posted By: scepo @ Jul 22 2018, 09:18 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Labor MP Emma Husar Is Under Investigation Over Allegations Of Workplace Bullying And Misconduct

Exclusive: NSW Labor has commissioned a barrister to investigate federal Labor MP Emma Husar after a number of former staff made complaints against her.

Posted on July 19, 2018, at 9:00 p.m.

Alice Workman

Federal Labor MP Emma Husar is being investigated over allegations of workplace bullying and misconduct within her Western Sydney electorate office after a number of former staff members came forward with complaints against her.

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