Australia
Aussie conquers Denali, then heads to Everest in effort to set Seven Summits speed record
Police ask for help finding missing Pakenham woman
The man who showed Neil Mitchell “what courage is about”
Australia joins US and other British allies, expels two Russian diplomats
Councillors to vote on permanent booze ban at St Kilda foreshore
Neil Mitchell critical of decision to hand ‘free speech’ gong to former ABC presenter
‘We’re not here to preach to you’: Scientology launches 24-hour TV channel
Canadian Woman Who Instagrammed Her Cocaine-Smuggling Cruise Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
2018-04-19 09:47:30 A Canadian woman was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison after attempting to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship. Roberge will serve at least four years and nine months without parole. At some point she will be deported back to Canada. Roberge — who became known as “Cocaine Babe” in headlines — and her accomplice, Isabelle Lagace, 29, documented their travels by posting photos on their Instagram accounts during the weeks-long cruise that stopped at 17 ports in 11 countries before ending in Sydney   Read More ...
Aussie conquers Denali, then heads to Everest in effort to set Seven Summits speed record
2018-04-19 05:22:02 Having survived a challenging ascent of Denali earlier this month, an Australian man has moved on to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas, where he has a little more than a month to reach his goal of scaling the world's Seven Summits faster than anyone in history. Steve Plain of Perth reached Denali's 20,320-foot summit April 3 with climbing partner Jon Gupta of Caernarfon, Wales   Read More ...
Cricket Australia refutes reports on Head Coach
2018-04-19 05:04:08 Cricket Australia insists no appointment has been made to the vacant national men's head coaching position despite reports that former Test opener Justin Langer has won the job. Australia is on the hunt for a new coach following Darren Lehmann's resignation last month in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, with Langer presumed to be a leading contender. The West Australian reported today (Apr   Read More ...
Lessons from Gold Coast should not be wasted
2018-04-16 01:00:44 The Australian city of Gold Coast will, starting today, return to its normal routine as the quadrennial Commonwealth Games ended yesterday. Australia’s economy has definitely benefited from the more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations who have been visitors for a large part of the past fortnight. Most of those benefits are as immediate as the medals Uganda has collected, five in total   Read More ...
Our April sun: Weather to turn after another warm Melbourne start
2018-04-12 20:02:45 Our warm April has seen some of the hottest days ever recorded in Victoria for the month. But it’s about to turn. It was again an unusually warm night in Melbourne; at 5am it was 30° degrees in Scoresby with northerly winds and cloud keeping temperatures high in Melbourne. After another warm day — a top of 28° is expected about 1pm — temperatures will dip overnight before a cool-to-mild weekend   Read More ...
'Dismal’ diversity among Australian business and civic leaders: Report
2018-04-12 15:04:03 SYDNEY: Almost all of Australia's top executives and other senior leaders come from a European or Anglo-Celtic background, research showed yesterday, sparking calls for more diversity in positions of power. In a country where nearly one in four citizens come from non-European backgrounds, an Australian Human Rights Commission report found only eight chief executives in the stock exchange's top 200 companies came from that group   Read More ...
N2N Connect buys 28% of Australian hybrid lender for RM8 million
2018-04-12 15:01:44 PETALING JAYA: N2N Connect Bhd is buying a 28% stake in Australia’s first hybrid marketplace lender, OurMoneyMarket Holdings Pty Ltd, for A$2.8 million (RM8.33 million) cash. The company told Bursa Malaysia, it had on April 12 signed a subscription agreement with OurMoneyMarket for the acquisition. OurMoneyMarket uses the latest peer-to-peer lending technology in combination with traditional structured finance methods to fund high-yielding unsecured personal loans   Read More ...
Police ask for help finding missing Pakenham woman
2018-04-09 10:03:57 Police have appealed to the public to help find missing Pakenham woman Hayley Dent. She was last seen leaving a venue on Chapel Street, Prahran, shortly before 3am on Sunday. Police have concerns for the 28-year-old’s welfare as her disappearance is out of character. She is described as being about 155cm tall with a medium build, fair complexion and long blonde hair   Read More ...
Aussie cyclist back from brink for emotional Games glory
2018-04-09 08:01:45 Brisbane. Four years ago Australian cyclist Kaarle McCulloch missed the Commonwealth Games with a chronic injury that reduced her to tears, gobbled up her life savings and brought her to the brink of quitting. On Saturday, she won the 500m time trial in front of an ecstatic home crowd for her third -- and most satisfying -- medal at the Games on the Gold Coast   Read More ...
Victoria Police suspends four officers over disturbing videos
2018-04-09 05:19:26 Victoria Police has suspended four officers and assigned another to “alternative duties” following the release of several disturbing videos. Members of the force have been accused of brutality. In a statement, Victoria Police said it had; suspended three officers in relation to an incident that occurred at a private Preston residence in September, 2017. suspended one officer in relation to an incident at a Preston chemist in February, 2016   Read More ...
Intruder stabbed with own weapon during afternoon home invasion
2018-04-09 05:19:22 A home intruder has been stabbed with his own knife during an aggravated burglary at Keysborough. Police believe a female inside the Gemini Court home was confronted by a man with a knife on Friday afternoon. A struggle then took place, where the intruder was stabbed. He was found nearby with non-life threatening injuries and taken to hospital under police guard   Read More ...
The man who showed Neil Mitchell “what courage is about”
2018-04-09 05:19:17 Neil Mitchell met a courageous man on the weekend. Not a police officer, not a footballer, just a man heading home from the MCG by himself. The man was wheelchair bound, unable to speak or use his hands, but wasn’t going to let that stop him. “You could excuse him, with his condition, never leaving the house,” Neil said. “That man, to me, is what courage is about   Read More ...
30 NOT OUT: Malcolm Turnbull hits his unwanted Newspoll milestone
2018-04-09 05:19:14 The Prime Minister has reached the same benchmark he used to oust Tony Abbott from the nation’s top job. He’s now reached the same milestone. The Coalition’s primary vote is up one point to 38 per cent, which is now four points down on the 2016 election result. Labor dropped back two primary vote points to 37 per cent, shaving off what had been one of its strongest primary votes since 2015   Read More ...
Australia privacy chief to probe Facebook over data breach
2018-04-05 21:16:04 Sydney, Australia. Australia is investigating Facebook over alleged privacy breaches, authorities said Thursday, after the firm admitted the personal data of thousands of local users was improperly shared with a British political consultancy. The social networking giant said Wednesday the data of up to 87 million people worldwide -- including more than 300,000 Australian users -- were shared with Cambridge Analytica   Read More ...
Curious great white shark flirts with police boat off Australian coast
2018-04-02 18:00:41 Two South Australian police officers got up close and personal with a great white shark while they were out on patrol.   Read More ...
Global Economy Week Ahead: Eurozone Inflation, U.S. Jobs, Australia Rate Decision
2018-04-02 13:02:17 April 1, 2018 3:00 p.m. ET This week features inflation and unemployment figures in Europe, the March U.S. jobs report, and an interest-rate decision by Australia’s central bank. TUESDAY: The Reserve Bank of Australia releases a policy statement and is widely expected to keep rates steady, which would mark the 20th consecutive month without a change. The inflation   Read More ...
David Warner says ‘sorry’ to Aussie fans
2018-03-30 05:04:30 Former Australia vice-captain David Warner has broken his silence in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket. Warner was found to have been responsible for the "development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball", and "instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan". The 31-year-old was also charged with providing advice to a junior player on how to tamper with the ball "including demonstrating how it could be done"   Read More ...
Australia joins US and other British allies, expels two Russian diplomats
2018-03-27 04:00:18 SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia joined the United States and other British allies in expelling two Russian diplomats on Tuesday (March 27) in response to a nerve agent attack on a double agent in England. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the pair were "undeclared intelligence officers" and had seven days to leave. "This decision reflects the shocking nature of the attack, the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II, involving a highly lethal substance in a populated area, endangering countless other members of the community," he said   Read More ...
Australia to expel two Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack
2018-03-27 00:47:43 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is expelling two Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. The United States said on Monday it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, joining governments across Europe in punishing the Kremlin. [L8N1R84DY] "Together with the United Kingdom and other allies and partners, Australia is taking action in response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK," Turnbull announced in a statement   Read More ...
Steven Smith steps down from Rajasthan Royal’s captaincy
2018-03-27 00:04:20 Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday decided to step down from Rajasthan Royals’ captaincy in the wake of the severe backlash he has faced after admitting to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa. India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will now lead the franchise in the upcoming 11th edition of Indian Premier League as Cricket Australia is mulling harsher sanctions despite a one-Test ban by the ICC   Read More ...
Anger mounts over scandal in Australia
2018-03-27 00:02:48 International cricket bosses suspended Australia captain Steve Smith for one match and docked his entire match fee for the current Test after he admitted responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in the ongoing game against South Africa. Opener Cameron Bancroft, 25, was hit by three demerit points, fined 75 per cent of his match fee and warned for his part in attempting to "change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage" on Saturday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement yesterday   Read More ...
Vettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP
2018-03-27 00:01:21 Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling duel with world champion Lewis Hamilton to steal the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. The four-time world champion got the jump on the Mercedes ace off a miscalculation on the pit stop under Virtual Safety Car conditions and held off Hamilton for his second straight win in Melbourne and third overall   Read More ...
Most of over 150 stranded whales die on Australian beach
2018-03-23 17:45:58 PERTH, Australia (AP) -- More than 150 whales have become stranded in Hamelin Bay in western Australia, and only 15 of them were still alive on Friday, authorities said. The mammals are believed to be short-finned pilot whales. The stranded animals were first spotted by a commercial fisherman early on Friday morning. As of Friday afternoon, only 15 whales were alive   Read More ...
Nearly 150 beached whales die after mass stranding in Australia
2018-03-23 16:00:48 A fisherman came across nearly 150 carcasses of mostly short-finned pilot whales Friday morning and reported the situation to local authorities. "As we've left the anchorage we've seen four or five whales. I believe (there are) more on the beaches," fisherman Graham Pateman, who alerted the authorities, told Australian broadcaster ABC. Fears that the dead whales could attract sharks led officials to close several beaches in the Hamelin Bay area at the southwestern tip of Australia some 196 miles south of Perth   Read More ...
Nearly 150 beached whales die after mass stranding in Australia
2018-03-23 15:48:43 than 150 short-finned pilot whales stranded themselves Thursday on the southwestern tip of Australia, stunning parks officials and prompting a massive rescue effort to save as many as possible. The mass beaching likely took place sometime Wednesday night to early Thursday morning, local time, at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, according to the state's parks and wildlife service. Videos of the scene showed dozens of the animals piled against each other on the shore, many with their tails still wiggling, as onlookers expressed concern   Read More ...
Over 130 whales die on Western Australia beach
2018-03-23 15:06:00 One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia. A rescue operation began this morning (Mar. 23) in Hamelin Bay, on the state’s south-western tip, to save the remaining 15. Volunteers and vets were trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea. Authorities have also issued a shark alert, warning people to stay away from the area   Read More ...
Rescuers Are Searching for the Survivors After 150 Whales Wash Ashore in Western Australia
2018-03-23 12:17:32 Friday, most of them now dead, prompting a massive effort to save the survivors as an incoming tropical cyclone approached. The beached whales were first spotted by a fisherman in Hamelin Bay, about 180 miles south of Perth, the BBC reports. Most of the animals, believed to be short-finned pilot whales, had already perished, but rescue efforts by Parks and Wildlife officials, veterinarians and volunteers were soon underway to save an estimated 15 survivors   Read More ...
2 U.S. tourists die in helicopter crash on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
2018-03-23 12:05:02 BRISBANE, Australia – A helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado, police said. The helicopter pilot pulled one passenger from the wreckage after Wednesday’s crash but desperate attempts to revive the 65-year-old woman failed, Police Inspector Ian Haughton said Thursday. A 79-year-old man also died despite bystanders’ attempts to resuscitate him, Haughton said   Read More ...
Tom Elliott slams ‘ludicrous’ outburst from Greens leader
2018-03-20 10:02:37 Greens leader Richard Di Natale has “gone too far” linking Australia’s devastating bushfires and recent cyclone in Darwin with the government’s “inaction” on climate change, says Tom Elliott. In an extraordinary outburst in the senate, Mr Di Natale said Australians were “bearing the brunt” of the government’s “failure” to act. “It’s ludicrous,” Tom Elliott said. “Bushfires have been part of this continent for thousands upon thousands of years   Read More ...
Councillors to vote on permanent booze ban at St Kilda foreshore
2018-03-20 10:02:35 Following the trashing of the St Kilda foreshore by drunken revellers on Christmas Day last year, Port Phillip Councillors are set on decide on whether alcohol is completely banned at the beachside spot. St Kilda foreshore sustained more than $33,000 in damage, resulting in an alcohol ban on Boxing Day which lasted for the rest of summer. Victoria Police are now calling for a permanent booze ban in summer along the St Kilda foreshore or they’ll charge council for their services   Read More ...
Okon quits as Central Coast coach in Australia' A-League
2018-03-20 07:00:20 SYDNEY (AP) — Paul Okon has quit as Central Coast Mariners coach with four regular season games remaining in Australia's A-League. Okon, an ex-Australia international who commenced his managerial career working with national youth squads, joined the Mariners last season and had been negotiating with the club to extend his contract beyond 2017-18. The Mariners released a statement Tuesday saying Okon and the club accepted an immediate release after failing to agree on the strategic direction and plans for the team   Read More ...
Neil Mitchell critical of decision to hand ‘free speech’ gong to former ABC presenter
2018-03-20 05:19:25 Neil Mitchell has clashed with the president of Liberty Victoria after it handed Yassmin Abdel-Magied the Young Voltaire award – given to somebody who has “done the most for the right of free speech” in the past year. “Some of the stuff coming to our social media following the announcement of this award … I honestly understand why she left the country,” Ms Taylor said   Read More ...
Lenders quits on eve of investigation into alleged Labor rorts
2018-03-20 05:19:21 On the eve of the release of an investigation into claims Labor rorted its way to victory at the last state election, the man allegedly at the centre of the scandal has quit his highly paid Government job. Former Labor Government treasurer John Lenders, who played a major role in getting Daniel Andrews elected in 2014, has quit as chairman of the state’s major rail assets corporation, VicTrack   Read More ...
Veteran news presenter forced to apologise in Supreme Court
2018-03-20 05:19:17 Seven News has apologised after being given a dressing down in the Supreme Court over its coverage of a court case involving Peter Dupas. The court heard veteran news presenter Peter Mitchell (above) added several words to a prepared script. Seven Executives, News Director Simon Pristel and Mr Mitchell were present as their legal counsel described it as a “breakdown in process” and not deliberate   Read More ...
Scooter taxis are coming to Melbourne
2018-03-20 05:19:14 Australia’s first scooter taxi service has set its sights on Melbourne. Scooti founder Cameron Nadi told Ross and John they hope to be up and running by April. He also described Scooti’s vetting process as “almost draconian”, which the boys found particularly funny. “We screen a our drivers, we have an almost draconian system where we strictly vet them because there’s a lott more trust involved in getting in someone’s scooter than someone’s car,” he said   Read More ...
Team Isle of Man ready to depart for Australia
2018-03-20 05:10:39 Team Isle of Man will depart for the 2018 Commonwealth Games today. 33 athletes will represent the Isle of Man at the Gold Coast – they’ll fly out of Ronaldsway at 3.10pm. The games take place over 12 days between April 4 and 15 – the team will spend a week acclimatising on the Sunshine Coast before moving to the athletes’ village   Read More ...
Australia bush fires destroy homes, kill cattle
2018-03-20 05:02:36 SYDNEY: High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled large grass and bush fires in Australia, officials said yesterday, reducing dozens of houses to ash and killing cattle. Sixty-nine homes were destroyed in the seaside village of Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales when a fire tore through the area on Sunday. Some 40,000ha were also scorched in south-western regions of neighbouring Victoria as dozens of blazes swept through over the weekend, wiping out beef and dairy cattle   Read More ...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'unwell', scraps Australia public appearance
2018-03-20 04:10:14 Sydney, Australia | AFP | Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday pulled out of a public speech and question-and-answer session in Sydney because she was "not feeling well", the event's organisers said. Suu Kyi has been under fire internationally for her public silence about a military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state that has seen nearly 700,000 of the Muslim Rohingya minority flee to Bangladesh   Read More ...
Australia bushfires destroy homes, kill cattle
2018-03-20 04:09:54 Sydney, Australia | AFP |High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled large grass and bushfires in Australia, officials said Monday, reducing dozens of houses to ash and killing cattle. Sixty-nine homes were destroyed in the picturesque seaside village of Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales when a fire tore through the area on Sunday. Some 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) were also scorched in southwestern regions of neighbouring Victoria as dozens of blazes swept through over the weekend, wiping out beef and dairy cattle   Read More ...
Raging Australia Bushfire Destroys 70 Homes and Sends Residents Fleeing
2018-03-20 04:05:30 A fast-moving bushfire in southeastern Australia has engulfed an estimated 70 homes and buildings, with firefighters still working Monday to contain the blaze. The fire has plowed through more than 2,400 acres in New South Wales, reaching Tathra, a small coastal town about six hours from Sydney, on Sunday, the BBC reports. The 1,600 residents were evacuated and four people were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation   Read More ...