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Pole Dancing an Olympic Sport?
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 04:29 pm in Other Sports
Pole dancing could become an Olympic event

Published: 9:44 pm, Thursday, 19 October 2017

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Pole dancing has officially been recognised as a sport - and organisers are hoping we could one day be seeing the acrobatic moves at the Olympics.

Along with dodgeball and arm-wrestling, it has been awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

This means organisers will be given help to become compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency rules and towards receiving the required recognition from national Olympic committees.

It comes following an 11-ye ... [more]
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Malawi mobs kill two vampires
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:29 am in Africa
Malawi mobs kill two more people accused of being vampires
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The Malawian president, Peter Mutharika, has been visiting parts of the country affected by the vampire scare.

A wave of attacks in Malawi against people accused of vampirism has spread to its second-biggest city of Blantyre, where vigilante mobs killed two people, police said on Thursday.

The lynch mob attacks began in mid-September in a country that is one of the world’s poorest and where belief in witchcraft is widespread.

Six people have already died in the attacks.

In Blantyre on Thursday, mobs “torched a 22-year-old epileptic man in Chileka, and another man was stoned to death … after being suspected of being a ... [more]
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Playboy names first-ever transgender Playmate:
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:42 am in Entertainment
Playboy names first-ever transgender Playmate:
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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]
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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
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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]
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Man's body found after being swept away in floodwa
Posted By: scepo @ Oct 17 2017, 04:54 PM in QLD
Man's body found after being swept away in floodwaters near Gympie as wife watched


A man's body has been found after his car was swept off a flooded causeway near Gympie in south-east Queensland overnight.

The 67-year-old man disappeared in front of his wife when he went to retrieve their car from floodwaters in Mary's Creek about 7:00pm last night.

Instead he was washed away in fast-flowing water.

Their car was found this morning.


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Photo: The car has been retrieved from the flooded creek. (ABC News: Bruce Atkinson)

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran said conditions had been very difficult and his thoughts are with ... [more]
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Somalia Truck Bomb Kills 240
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


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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]
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Adelaide's Farewell to Holden
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


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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.

Behind the ... [more]
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North Korea Threatens Australia
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

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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]
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Crack My Code
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 15 2017, 09:04 AM in "Burning Questions"
There is a letter + number combination missing in this sequence. What is it?

M + 6; V + 4; E + 4: ? + ?; J + 6; S + 5; U + 5; N + 6.
... [more]
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Private Health Insurance Overhaul
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


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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.

The b ... [more]
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Perth's (In)Famous Power Pole
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 13 2017, 10:03 AM in WA
Landsdale power pole that stands on the street still there...but now has company

Rob Scott
Thursday, 12 October 2017 6:12PM


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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]
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Venezuela - What a mess
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
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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.

Dozens of ... [more]
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NSW elite police to be armed with M4s
Posted By: Flin @ Oct 11 2017, 07:26 AM in NSW
NSW elite police to be armed with M4s
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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.
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Peter Kay
Posted By: Flin @ Oct 10 2017, 08:13 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos


This guy is funny http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif ... [more]
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Owner reunited with dog
Posted By: Flin @ Oct 10 2017, 07:19 AM in Good News Stories
Owner reunited with dog who vanished seven years ago
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A dog owner who was separated with his "best friend" for seven years has been reunited with his beloved pet.

Jim Gardiakos' English staffie, Mia, jumped over the six foot fence of his Altona Meadows home in December 2010 and never returned.

The distraught pet owner launched a large search for the two-year-old dog, putting flyers up around the neighbourhood, but his efforts to find her were unsuccessful.

"I was devastated for months," Mr Gardiakos' told 9NEWS.

"I drove around everywhere for months."

"At night I walked around, I put flyers everywhere."
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Morrison Calls for GST Fix
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


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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]
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Xenophon's US Ugg Protest
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


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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]
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Child-on-child sexual abuse is soaring
Posted By: scepo @ Oct 8 2017, 09:22 AM in Breaking News
Child-on-child sexual abuse is soaring and these are the disturbing reasons why


THE number of children sexually abusing other children is rising, and there are some clear reasons why.

IT’S one of the most distressing crimes that exists, because of the suffering it inflicts on two innocents — both victim and perpetrator.

Child-on-child sexual abuse is becoming increasingly common around Australia, and it’s thanks to the society we have all created, say the experts.

When we think about child rape, we typically think of twisted paedophiles who it is easy to despise. But hundreds of minors every year are being sexually assaulted by their peers.

Australian Childhood Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci, who runs one of just a few programs focused on sexualised behaviour in children, says the number of case ... [more]
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Another "What is It?"
Posted By: Charles @ Oct 8 2017, 08:55 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Back to my old faithful stand-by ... a "What is It?"

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Finance Industry to Foot ASIC Bill
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


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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]
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Playboy names first-ever transgender Playmate: by Alicia
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Players Association slams AFL over transgender cal by Alicia
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North Korea Threatens Australia by charka
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