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Round 12 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 01:49 pm in Australian Rugby League
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To my non-NRL trained eye there appear to be a couple of ripper games on Saturday with 2nd vs 1st and 3rd vs 4th.

Thursday May 24:


Friday May 28:

RAIDERS v Sea Eagles

Cowboys v STORM

Saturday May 26:


WARRIORS v Rabbitohs

Panthers v DRAGONS

Sunday May 27:

Knights v SHARKS

TIGERS v Bulldogs
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Posted By: Charles @ May 20 2018, 09:11 AM in "Burning Questions"
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This week I'm giving you groups of letters that equate to some kind of measurement. It is your job to crack the code that the letters represent.

Example: tiiaf = Twelve inches in a foot

Good luck!






A point for each one solved.
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Manipulation of children's accounts.
Posted By: Bear @ May 19 2018, 03:55 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
Commonwealth Bank admits to manipulation of children's accounts.

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CBA admits some staff manipulated children's accounts for their own benefit. Supplied

Posted about an hour ago

The Commonwealth Bank has confirmed that thousands of children's accounts were fraudulently manipulated by retail branch staff as part of a scam to earn bonuses and meet targets.

CBA chief executive officer Matt Comyn issued a statement today in response to a Fairfax Media report about the manipulations and apologised for what he called a "breach of trust".

He said some staff had used bank funds or their own money to illegitimately activate Youthsaver accounts.

He said the small deposits, sometimes as low as 10 cents, were designed to make the accoun ... [more]
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S.H.Y. Wins Pre-Selection Battle
Posted By: Charles @ May 19 2018, 12:38 PM in Other Political News
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young wins preselection despite strong push from challenger

By Isabel Dayman

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Photo: Robert Simms lost the preselection battle to Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young in a close race. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch)

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has stared down an internal party challenge to secure the top spot on the party's Senate ticket at the next federal election.

Her win comes despite a strong push from Greens member Rob Simms, who wrote to members in South Australia in March urging them to vote for him in the party's pre-selection process.

The ABC understands the vote was clo ... [more]
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Another US School Shooting - 10 Dead
Posted By: Charles @ May 19 2018, 12:15 PM in Breaking News
Texas school shooting leaves 10 people dead, most of them students

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Photo: Students and parents were reunited outside the Alamo Gym following the shooting. (AP: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle)

A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol has opened fire in a Texas high school, killing nine fellow students and a teacher, authorities say, in an attack similar to the massacre at a Florida high school in February.

Students said the gunman, identified by authorities as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, first opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School shortly before 8:00am on Friday.

Students and staff fled after seeing classmates injured and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation.

Mr Pagourtzis, was denied bail aft ... [more]
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Chilean bishops offer resignation to Pope
Posted By: Flin @ May 19 2018, 08:07 AM in South and Central America
Chilean bishops offer resignation to Pope
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He can't even get the Vulcan salute right.

All 34 Chilean bishops who attended a crisis meeting this week with Pope Francis about the cover-up of sexual abuse in their country have offered their resignations, the bishops have said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear if the Pope had accepted their resignation.

"We have put our positions in the hands of the Holy Father and will leave it to him to decide freely for each of us," the bishops said in their statement on Friday, in which they also apolog ... [more]
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Is This Really News?
Posted By: Charles @ May 18 2018, 10:17 AM in FAKE NEWS
Royal wedding: Why some people are sick of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Photo: Will you be tuning in to the royal wedding, or do you not care at all? (Reuters: Eddie Mulholland, Graphic: Phil Scarano)

It feels like the whole world has Royal fever as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for a lavish (and televised) wedding.

Yet there's a sizeable group of you who just want to scream, "Oh my God, who the hell CARES!?"

We asked this latter group what they made of the #RoyalWedding. Here's what they had to say:

Many said there were bigger issues to worry about:

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Round 9 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ May 17 2018, 07:29 PM in Australian Football League
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Beware the obvious favourites! All but the final game have fairly short priced fancies but the usual upsets may well be there.

Friday May 18:

Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: I can't see an upset here. The Crows at home should be too strong. ADELAIDE WIN

Saturday May 19:

North Melbourne v GWS: At the start of the season who would have thought the Roos would be fancied ahead of the Giants? Injuries and poor form have plagued one of the early Premiership favourites and I can't see them turning this around. NORTH MELBOURNE WIN

Gold Coast v Port Adelaide: Why play in China? Regardless the Power should win and the locals 'tr ... [more]
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Round 11 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ May 16 2018, 10:35 AM in Australian Rugby League
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I've split my tips evenly between home and away teams. Can't do much worse than last week's effort!

Thursday May 17:


Friday May 18:



Saturday May 19:


Cowboys v RABBITOHS more]
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Baby Formula Moved Behind the Counter
Posted By: Charles @ May 15 2018, 04:02 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
Coles moves baby formula behind the counter to ward off bulk-buying for resale in China

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Photo: Parents have struggled to find formula for their children due to bulk-buying. (ABC Rural: Brett Worthington)

Baby formula will be joining razors and cigarettes behind the counter at some NSW supermarkets to ensure Australian parents have enough to feed their infants.

It comes after reports that some baby formula brands, worth between $25-$35 for a 1 kilogram tin, were being bought in bulk from Australian supermarkets and on-sold to China for a profit of $100 per tin.

Over recent years Aussie mums have turned to social media and other platforms to express their frustration about not being able to get the brands the ... [more]
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Family Bombs Three Churches
Posted By: Charles @ May 14 2018, 10:55 AM in Asia / Pacific
Indonesian President orders investigation after single family bombs three churches in radical attack

By Indonesia correspondent David Lipson

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Photo: Indonesian police said Dita Oepriarto (L), Puji Kuswati ® and their four children were behind the attacks. (Supplied)

Indonesia's President has ordered a full investigation into the roots of the organisation blamed for three church bombings in the nation's second-biggest city, Surabaya, on Sunday.

Six people from the one family, including a nine-year-old girl, blew themselves up in coordinated suicide attacks, which left 13 dead and dozens more injured.

Their father, 46-year-old Dita Oepriarto, dropped his wif ... [more]
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Threat to Bylong River
Posted By: Charles @ May 14 2018, 10:23 AM in NSW
Hunter Valley's Bylong River could 'dry up' as department ignores advice of NSW Water Office

Exclusive by national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak

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Photo: The Bylong Valley is an area of the Hunter yet to be mined. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy)

A large foreign-owned mine planned for prime agricultural land in the NSW Hunter Valley could cause the Bylong River and local creeks to "dry up", according to an assessment by the NSW Water Office obtained under freedom of information laws.

A series of stark warnings from government water experts, including that the mine would salinate the aquifer beyond limits of current policy for at least a century, appear to have either not been communicated ... [more]
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$1.5m Property Bought on Welfare Payments?
Posted By: Charles @ May 14 2018, 10:00 AM in Australian National News
Court document sheds new light on alleged money laundering case involving former South Sudanese military general

By Connie Agius

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Photo: The Hoth Mai family home in Narre Warren, Victoria. (ABC News)

Many Australians struggle to save a deposit for a home, let alone pay for a property in full.

So how did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments and lived in housing commission?

That is the question he must now answer in the County Court of Victoria, where the AFP launched civil action under the Proceeds of Crime Act (but not criminal charges).

Ngouth Oth Mai is the son of James Hoth Mai, the former chief of ... [more]
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Special Words
Posted By: Charles @ May 13 2018, 09:41 AM in "Burning Questions"
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As most questions can be Googled, I enjoy posting logic puzzles and cryptic questions to make the task more difficult. The answer to this week's question won't be immediately obvious.

I'm starting with one of several ten letter words that have a special feature in common.

That commonality will not be immediately evident but I will add an extra word every second day. Three points if you give the answer with just one word given, two points if you recognise the feature with two words given and one point if you spot what they have in common after all three words are listed.

Your first word is:


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'Bill Shorten lies'
Posted By: Bear @ May 12 2018, 09:14 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
'Bill Shorten lies': Turnbull government attacks Labor's income tax plan.

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Bill Shorten after delivering his budget-in-reply speech on Thursday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.

The Turnbull government has savaged Labor's income tax plan, branding Opposition Leader Bill Shorten a liar and arguing "his numbers don't add up".

In his budget-in-reply speech on Thursday night, Mr Shorten announced a Labor government would offer low and middle-income earners a tax cut of up to $928, almost doubling the relief offered by Treasurer Scott Morrison in Tuesday's budget.

The Opposition Leader also promised to pay down debt faster than the Coalition and boost funding for healthcare and TAFE by using money Labor banks as a s ... [more]
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Salim Mehajer back behind bars
Posted By: Flin @ May 11 2018, 07:16 PM in Breaking News
Salim Mehajer back behind bars
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Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been arrested after allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

Mehajer, 31, was arrested at Sydney's Bankstown Police Station at 10:00am this morning.

It is alleged Mehajer used two mobile phones, in breach of his bail conditions.

He faced Bankstown Local Court today where he was refused bail and is due to face court again on June 6.

Mehajer was on bail over allegations that he staged a car accident in October 2017 to avoid appearing in court over charges that he assaulted a taxi driver.

In March, he was sentenced to a three-year good behaviour bond and ordered to undergo counselling after pleading guilty to assaulting the taxi driver.

Mehajer admitted causing injury to ... [more]
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Posted By: Flin @ May 10 2018, 07:22 AM in Australian Football League
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Winners in RED

Round 8
Friday, 11 May (7:50 pm) Hawthorn vs. Sydney WIN

Saturday, 12 May (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney vs. West Coast WIN

Saturday, 12 May (2:10 pm) Carlton vs. Essendon LOSS

Saturday, 12 May (4:35 pm) Gold Coast vs. Melbourne WIN

Saturday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide WIN

Saturday, 12 May (7 ... [more]
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Round 10 - Fixtures and Tips.
Posted By: Bill @ May 9 2018, 07:40 PM in Australian Rugby League
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I've tried to offer some insights into the games this weekend a la the contributions by Charles. I wouldn't read too much into it though. I still tossed the coin.

Thursday 10th May:
West Tigers v COWBOYS LOSS
Tigers have had tough physical games since the start of the season, so I expect that they will be carrying some injuries. Benji Marshall lo9oked knackered at the ... [more]
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Accused Damond killer appears in US court
Posted By: Flin @ May 9 2018, 08:30 AM in North America
Accused Damond killer appears in US court
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A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault didn't speak in a brief court appearance.

Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy said Tuesday that prosecutors have been providing evidence to the defence as part of discovery. Sweasy told Judge Kathryn Quaintance that no plea negotiations are underway.

Prosecutors say Noor was in a squad car's passenger seat when he shot Damond through the driver's side window after she approached the vehicle. They say there is no evidence Noor encountered a threat that ... [more]
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Peter Dutton says third country resettlement for M
Posted By: scepo @ May 7 2018, 03:44 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Peter Dutton says third country resettlement for Manus Island refugees 'a myth'

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton holds a Labor party document while talking to the media

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Photo: Peter Dutton says it is a "myth" that other countries will be willing refugees on Manus Island. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Refugees on Manus Island who are not resettled in the United States will remain in Papua New Guinea, with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton saying it is a "myth" that other countries will be willing to take them.

Key points:

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Former Victorian detective Denis Ryan wins police
Posted By: Flin @ May 7 2018, 11:13 AM in VIC
Former Victorian detective Denis Ryan wins police compensation decades after being forced out police force
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Denis Ryan was forced to resign after trying to charge a notorious paedophile priest.

A former detective, who was financially and professionally ruined by his own superiors for trying to bring a paedophile priest to justice, will receive compensation almost 50 years after he was pushed out of Victoria Police.

Denis Ryan gave up his police pension when he chose to resign from the force after being ordered to drop his investigation into Monsignor John Day, a Catholic paedophile priest who preyed on children in the Mallee.

The decision had a profound impact on his life, costing him a ma ... [more]
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Backlash over ‘disgusting’ army training video
Posted By: Flin @ May 7 2018, 07:45 AM in Europe
Backlash over ‘disgusting’ army training video
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A British army instructor is facing a court martial for filming a crying female recruit in scenes that senior military sources described as “way out of line”.

Furious army bosses are trying to track down the bully corporal who videoed a distraught woman as he launched a barrage of abuse during a bayonet drill.

The distressing video has been shared on social media thousands of times in the past three days.

It appears just weeks after the launch of a new campaign aimed at prospective female recruits.

A former senior army officer told The Sun Online the instructor’s behaviour was unacceptable by today’s standards.

“Army training is rightly tough. There’s nothing wrong with being plunged in puddles and the lik ... [more]
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ANZAC Badge Found - Returns 'Home'
Posted By: Charles @ May 6 2018, 11:29 AM in Good News Stories
An Anzac badge found in a Perth park has been given to the descendants of its owner

By James Carmody

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Photo: Charles Richardson's Return From Service Badge was found buried in a park in Perth's south. (ABC News: James Carmody)

After spending a century lost in the dirt south of Perth, a World War I military badge has been returned to the grandson of the Gallipoli Veteran to whom it was originally issued.

Hobbyist metal detector Matt Franceschini thought he had found an old coin when he unearthed Charles John Richardson's Return From Service badge last year.

It was buried under 20 centimetres of dirt in what is now a park in Perth's southern suburbs.more]
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Cryptic Palindromes
Posted By: Charles @ May 6 2018, 09:45 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Palindromic words are a special group of words that are splelt the same both backwards and forwards (eg dad). To make life a little more difficult, I have provided clues that are a little cryptic. Can you identify the 5 palindromic words?

1. Runs a naughty establishment.

2. Flies beneath it to avoid detection.

3. When I was younger there were only two - now I'm not sure.

4. Placed above a mere mortal.

5. Just a fraction I note.
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Waste crisis.
Posted By: Bear @ May 5 2018, 06:52 PM in Australian National News
Waste crisis: Australia isn't recycling, we're 'just collecting'

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A truck dumps cardboard for recycling at Re Group's Hume facility. ABC News: Matthew Roberts

By Nick Miller5 May 2018

“If you collect rubbish and ship it to China that’s not recycling, that’s just collecting.”

Dr Karl Williams, head of the centre for waste and resource management at the University of Central Lancashire, says he’s looked at a lot of rubbish in his career.

And though Europe is going through its own crisis at the moment, like Australia, he suspects that the difference between the two territories is that Europe has a better class of trash.

On January 1, China imposed a ban on the importation of lower-grade waste such a ... [more]
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Another Aussie Caught Ball Tampering
Posted By: Charles @ May 5 2018, 10:31 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
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"Dump NAPLAN" - NSW Govt.
Posted By: Charles @ May 4 2018, 09:09 AM in Education
NAPLAN testing needs to be dumped in NSW with 'haste', NSW Government says

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Photo: Education Minster Rob Stokes says the test has become a way to "extort money" from students.

New South Wales is the first state to call for NAPLAN testing to be scrapped, with Education Minister Rob Stokes demanding it be replaced as a matter of urgency.

The test is being used dishonestly as a school rating system, Mr Stokes said, and has sprouted an industry that extorts money from desperate families.

Mr Stokes said the assessment, for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, is being used to rate students, not track their progress.

"You now have an industry tha ... [more]
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Round 7 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ May 3 2018, 03:41 PM in Australian Football League
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Some interesting games and some very short priced favourites this week,

Friday May 4:

Geelong v GWS: The Cats fell asleep in the last quarter last week but GWS have injury woes. GEELONG WIN

Saturday May 5:

Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast: The Doggies are the youngest team in the competition and have been up and down. The games is at Ballarat and the Suns haven't travelled too well so I'm leaning towards WESTERN BULLDOGS WIN

Essendon v Hawthorn: The Bombers have fallen away in recent weeks and face a disciplined Hawks team. HAWTHORN WIN

West Coast v Por ... [more]
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Round 9 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ May 2 2018, 12:11 PM in Australian Rugby League
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My form has been "off" recently. I thought about tipping all home teams but decided I needed at least one away tip (sorry Knights!).

Thursday May 3:

BRONCOS v Bulldogs WIN

Friday May 4:



Saturday May 5:




Sunday May 6 ... [more]
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Nobel Peace Prize for Trump?
Posted By: Charles @ May 2 2018, 11:32 AM in Breaking News
Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

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Photo: The Trump administration has led a global effort to impose stricter sanctions on North Korea. (AP: Jung Yeon-Je/Pool Photo)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in thinks US President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, according to a South Korean official.

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace," Mr Moon told a meeting of senior secretaries, according to a presidential Blue House official who briefed media.

Mr Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday pledged at a summit to end hostilities bet ... [more]
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Kangaroos Attacking Tourists
Posted By: Charles @ May 2 2018, 11:07 AM in Australian National News
'One lady got 17 stitches': Kangaroos hopped up on carrots are attacking tourists

ABC Newcastle
By Ben Millington

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Photo: A tourist feeds a carrot to a kangaroo at Morisset Hospital in Lake Macquarie. (Supplied: Tripadvisor)

They are the cute and cuddly icons of Australia, but kangaroos are viciously attacking people at a popular tourist spot, and an addiction to carrots is to blame.

"There are people getting kicked and scratched at least every day," tourist shuttle bus driver Shane Lewis said.

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Photo: People are being seriously h ... [more]
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Online NAPLAN Testing Issues
Posted By: Charles @ May 2 2018, 10:40 AM in Education
NAPLAN tests go online as teachers' union warns of internet bans amid systems failure fears

By Rebecca Carmody

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Photo: More than 250 WA schools will conduct NAPLAN testing online this year for the first time. (ABC News: Natasha Robinson)

Year 11 and 12 students at some West Australian schools have been banned from using the internet during online NAPLAN testing due to fears of a systems failure, the teachers' union says.

The State School Teachers' Union WA said concerns about insufficient bandwidth had forced a number of high schools to limit internet access during the testing period from May 15 to 25.

Union vice-president Samantha Schofield said it was a ... [more]
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Sao Paulo fire:
Posted By: Flin @ May 2 2018, 06:43 AM in South and Central America
Sao Paulo fire: At least one person dead after blaze causes dramatic building collapse
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An abandoned 22-storey building occupied by squatters in Sao Paulo has caught fire and collapsed, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighbouring buildings and surrounding streets.

Firefighters said at least one person had been killed in the collapse and there could be more, as they tried to locate three others who were still unaccounted for.

The building, a former headquarters of the federal police, caught fire around 1:30am local time on the sixth floor, according to firefighter Andre Elias.

Firefighters set up a perimeter and worked to evacuate people, with local media reporting that around 150 people lived in the lower 10 floors.

A few hours later, as flames en ... [more]
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Palm Island riots payouts
Posted By: Flin @ May 2 2018, 06:26 AM in QLD
Palm Island riots payouts could attract financial 'sharks', expert warns
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Indigenous residents of Palm Island are being urged to watch out for "sharks" who will try to exploit their new-found wealth in the wake of a major legal settlement.

It was revealed on Tuesday the Queensland Government had agreed to pay $30 million to settle a class action in the Federal Court over the 2004 Palm Island riots.

Indigenous activist Lex Wotton, who was convicted of inciting the riots following the death of Cameron Doomadgee, launched the legal action in 2015

Mr Doomadgee, 36, died of massive internal injuries after he was arrested for being drunk and was then locked in a police cell, with no visible injuries at the time.

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ABC censured
Posted By: Flin @ May 1 2018, 04:13 PM in Australian National News
ABC censured for calling Tony Abbott 'most destructive politician' [/SIZE]
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Andrew Probyn joined the ABC in 2017.

ABC's television news division has been censured for describing Tony Abbott as "the most destructive politician of his generation".

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the ABC breached its impartiality obligations by using this "pejorative" term.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the ABC breached its impartiality obligations by using this "pejorative" term.
A news segment describing Tony Abbott as 'destructive' has breached ... [more]
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Cardinal George Pell to stand trial
Posted By: Flin @ May 1 2018, 03:55 PM in Breaking News
Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on historical sex assault charges
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George Pell will be the most senior Catholic leader to face a jury after being committed to stand trial on multiple historic sexual assault charges.

In a decision that will ring loud through the Vatican and around the religious world, Australia's most senior Catholic and the man who a year ago oversaw management of the Vatican's finances was on Tuesday committed to stand trial on half the charges he faced, involving multiple accusers.

However, magistrate Belinda Wallington struck out a series of serious charges at the start of her ruling, finding there was insufficient evidence for him to be convicted by a jury.

Ms Wallington committed the 76-year-old on charges against multiple complainant ... [more]
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The Unwanted Rohingya - Who Are They?
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 30 2018, 10:19 AM in Asia / Pacific
Stateless Rohingya pushed from Myanmar, but unwanted by Bangladesh

By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane

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Photo: There are about 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar. (Reuters: Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

The Muslim Rohingya who have fled "textbook ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar to arrive in makeshift camps in Bangladesh are unwanted by both countries.

In Bangladesh they are a burden; in Myanmar they are despised.

The Rohingya are not recognised as citizens by Myanmar and have lived under an apartheid system in the western Rakhine state for decades.

Most people in Myanmar see them as illegal immigrants from across the border but mainstream media usually says the Rohingya have 'lived in Myan ... [more]
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Men and Women
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 29 2018, 09:16 AM in "Burning Questions"
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To say that Women and Men are different is stating the obvious.

Apart from the obvious biological differences, statistics also reveal differences.

For instance, at birth a female's life expectancy is 79.45 years while a male's is 74.14.

The statistics below all reveal other differences, but what are they showing? It is your job to identify that. To make things a little easier, I can tell you that all four are sport related.

1. Women 4kg; Men 7.26kg

2. Women $39,711; Men $311,972

3. Women 7.52m; Men 8.95m

4. Women $68,178; Men $40,396
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Mass Stabbing Attack in China
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 28 2018, 09:22 AM in Asia / Pacific
Seven students killed and 12 injured in a mass stabbing in China

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Seven Chinese secondary school students have been killed and another 12 injured in a knife attack outside a school, state television reports.

The attacker had been bullied at school and harboured a hatred of children, the report by state broadcaster CCTV said.

The attack happened at the Number 3 Middle School in Mizhi county in the north-western province of Shaanxi, when the students were on their way home from classes.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man also from Mizhi, wanted to exact payback for the bullying he had suffered at school, CCTV reported.

According to a police statement posted on social blogging site Weibo, the attack occurred at 6:10pm local t ... [more]
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War in Syria. What's the Truth?
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 28 2018, 09:08 AM in FAKE NEWS
Syrian war: The boy at the centre of conflicting tales about alleged Douma chemical attack

By Anne Barker

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Depending on who you believe, 11-year-old Hassan Diab is the victim of a chemical gas attack ordered by Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime, or: he's an unwitting pawn in a fabrication by rebel forces who deliberately staged the attack as a "provocation".

Either way, the Syrian boy has become the face of a broader story about war propaganda: initially portrayed by the West as a victim, he's since become the face of Russia's claims that the chemical attack was a fiction.

Hassan is the boy filmed at a hospital in Douma late on April 7, with apparent symptoms from being gassed with chlorine or the nerv ... [more]
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Thief dressed as lion robs Melbourne store
Posted By: Flin @ Apr 27 2018, 11:11 AM in Australian National News
Thief dressed as lion robs Melbourne store
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Police have released images of a thief dressed in a lion onesie robbing a business in inner Melbourne.

The thief and his accomplice, who wore a black jacket with the word "Uber" on the back, gained entry to the business in Down Street, Collingwood, about 3.10am on Sunday, April 22.

The duo stole items including an Apple iphone 8, four Microsoft Surface Pro computers, a GHD Hair Iron, a Canon camera and chocolates. ... [more]
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Round 6 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 27 2018, 09:45 AM in Australian Football League
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There are, potentially, some great games and close encounters. Not an easy week for tipsters.

Friday April 27:

Western Bulldogs v Carlton: Both sides have shown promise at times but generally have disappointed. The Blues almost scored an upset last week while the Doggies were given a football lesson. This week might just see the Dogs bounce back. WESTERN BULLDOGS WIN

Saturday April 28:

Geelong v Sydney: Two sides that will probably be in finals contention later in the year. The Swans are missing key forward Franklin and midfielder Hannebery while the Cats are always strong at home. GEELONG LOSS

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Th ... [more]
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Bill Cosby's conviction
Posted By: Flin @ Apr 27 2018, 07:13 AM in Entertainment
Bill Cosby's conviction is one of the greatest show business downfalls of all time
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From America's Dad to convictions on all three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman — Bill Cosby's downfall is complete.

Today he shuffled from court on his cane to the waiting black suburban SUV pursued by news helicopters as he tried to shake the press.

The choice of car and cane (which often didn't touch the ground) were humble for a man of his means and an attempt to manage a toxic image.

He failed to convince the most important people, the jury, and he'll likely face an even humbler ride to prison in the near future.

Last year, I covered Cosby's first trial which ended in a hung jury after six days of deliberations.

A lot ... [more]
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ANZAC Day 2018 - One Story of Many
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 25 2018, 09:48 AM in Australian National News
Anzac Day 2018: Remembering Daniel Hodgekiss 100 years after the battle at Villers Bretonneux

ABC Mildura-Swan Hill
By Damien Peck

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An unmarked grave lay in Nichols Point cemetery for 88 years. (Supplied: Lisa Cooper)

For almost a century, an unmarked grave lay unidentified in red Mallee soil and dirt, unrecognised for the gallant acts that saved a Victorian battalion during the infamous Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

The body of World War I soldier Private Daniel Hodgekiss was laid to rest in 1934, but little was known about his heroic story of defending his battalion in France.

In 2012, 88 years since the burial, that changed when a headstone was placed to mark th ... [more]
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Round 8 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 24 2018, 12:03 PM in Australian Rugby League
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An early start to this round with a couple of ANZAC Day fixtures. (Unlike the AFL which allows their round to finish on the day).
I can see some more tough games to tip and scoring might again be difficult for out tipsters.

Wednesday April 25:

DRAGONS v Roosters WIN

STORM v Warriors (always dangerous to tip against the Warriors!) WIN

Thursday April 26:


Friday April 27:


PANTHERS v Bul ... [more]
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Cattleman Walks for First Time in 18 Years
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 22 2018, 01:47 PM in Good News Stories
Cattleman defies horse-riding brain injury to walk for first time in 18 years

ABC Capricornia
Inga Stünzner and Jacquie Mackay

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Photo: Michael Ingram loves nothing more than to get outside and inspect his Droughtmaster cattle. (ABC Capricornia: Inga Stünzner)

It looks easy — standing in the middle of a paddock.

But it has taken Michael Ingram almost two decades of hard work and determination to get to this point.

The central Queensland cattle breeder acquired a brain injury 18 years ago when he fell off his horse while mustering, leaving him unable to walk or use the right side of his body.

"I was unconscious for eight weeks and in hospital for 10 m ... [more]
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Hidden Countries
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 22 2018, 09:03 AM in "Burning Questions"
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The following sentences each contain at least one hidden country. The more you find, the more points gained.

5 or 6 earns 1 point; 7 or 8 earns 2 points; 9 or 10 earns 3 points; more than 10 gets 4 points.

Can a dame snub Olivia in Dianne’s presence?

I regret I bet that Ross wed Enid for money.

Neither parents nor wayward children can escape rude comments.

The track which I navigated was well hidden Mark.

How tough an administrator am I if, inch by inch I let them mine paltry amounts?

... [more]
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Bastardising the English Language
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 21 2018, 09:04 AM in "Burning Questions"
This question is in response to Jonno's lament (posted elsewhere) about the misuse and "Americanisation" of the English language.

I'm asking members to post the most annoying examples that they encounter.

As a sports fan I often despair over the use of adjectives when it is an adverb that should be employed by the 'experts' covering games. An example of this would be, "He moved quick to intercept the pass." when it should be "quickly". If the commentator wished to use the word "quick" he should have said, "He was quick to intercept the pass."
Note: I used the words "should have" rather than the often heard "should of".

If commentators and media announcers wish to use abbreviated word forms, why do they insist on saying "On the other side of" instead of "After" when telling us what is to be seen/heard after a bre ... [more]
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AMP boss Craig Meller quits after scandals
Posted By: Flin @ Apr 20 2018, 08:56 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
AMP boss Craig Meller quits after scandals revealed at banking royal commission
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MP's chief executive officer Craig Meller has quit his job with immediate effect after a series of scandals were revealed at the banking royal commission.

The resignation was accompanied by an unreserved apology from AMP to its customers.

The royal commission heard AMP lied to the corporate watchdog ASIC for almost a decade to cover its practice of charging customers fees for advice that was never delivered.

Mike Wilkins, a non-executive director of the company and former CEO at insurer IAG, has been appointed as acting CEO.

Mr Meller has become the first senior executive to lose his job as a result of the banking royal commission.

His fall was rapid, given AMP only st ... [more]
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Round 5 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 19 2018, 05:43 PM in Australian Football League
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I have a feeling that there could be some upsets on the cards this week, but we can only try our best.
The round is made more difficult as two games are played mid-week (Tuesday and Wednesday) so selections aren't known. Those four sides will only have a short break before round 6.

Friday April 20:

Sydney v Adelaide: The Crows were dysfunctional last week and might struggle against the Swans who play well at home. SYDNEY LOSS

Saturday April 21:

Saint Kilda v GWS: The Giants look to be too strong for the Saints. GWS DRAW

Carlton v West Coast: The Eagles have started the season well and, despite a poor record at the MCG, they ... [more]
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