Australia
India joins Australia Group, MEA says it’ll be mutually beneficial
Australian men jailed for gang raping girl, 16, and filming it on a GoPro
Family claims first and then second car stolen in two separate robberies
‘Despicable’: A funeral stalker’s heartless theft from grieving boy
The surprising truth about trampoline safety prompts crackdown calls
No. 1 Simona Halep ignores injury, beats Eugenie Bouchard in
Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice
Hot and bothered: Temperatures rise, seeds fall in Australia
2018-01-19 12:31:55 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Djokovic urged tennis organizers to be more flexible about the rules for drink breaks, time between points and suspension of play when the conditions were bordering on dangerous   Read More ...
Brisbane Roar 3 Perth Glory 2: Holman settles five-goal thriller
2018-01-19 12:27:56 Brett Holman struck the winner as Brisbane Roar claimed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Perth Glory in Thursday's A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium. Substitute Holman fired past Liam Reddy at his near post 17 minutes from time to clinch the three points after the visitors twice cancelled out leads for John Aloisi's side. Avraam Papadopoulos put the hosts ahead after only four minutes but Chris Harold equalised seven minutes later following a fine pass from Diego Castro   Read More ...
This week at Davis: 19 January 2018
2018-01-19 12:27:51 Drilling has finished at Mount Brown South camp now with 294.6m depth reached. An amazing effort by this team of six in very demanding conditions. They are now packing up and we will start moving the many tons of gear and valuable ice cores back to Davis to join the ship. The Year Round Access team have continue their hard work in the field with seismic investigations and rock coring work now complete   Read More ...
This week at Casey: 19 January 2018
2018-01-19 12:27:43 Science is a-happening at Casey as we reach the middle of Summer. Dr Clive gives his view of Casey through pictures. And, we meet Chloe the Casey 'cargo overlord'. Nicknames: Awesome (I totally didn’t just make up that one…) From: A lot of places and nowhere in particular. Originally Queensland, also spent a lot of time in Darwin, Hobart, Thailand and the Philippines   Read More ...
This week at Mawson: 19 January 2018
2018-01-19 12:27:38 The 12th January 2018 is now a day to remember at Mawson. There was some pain, as there was no communications available in or out of the station for about 10 hours during the day. The dedicated comms team worked continuously throughout this time making changes in the back of the satellite dish, and then carrying out the required performance and acceptance testing of all the main and redundant satellite uplink and downlink equipment on station   Read More ...
This week at Macquarie Island: 19 January 2018
2018-01-19 12:27:32 As we hit the middle of January 2018, we’re now already over halfway through the Macca summer season! This past two weeks has seen much activity across the Island, with science projects being completed and new projects commencing, the arrival and departure of summer expeditioners, and visits from three tourist ships. Science–wise, both the recent azorella and remediation projects have been now been completed, with both projects teams successfully achieving season objectives   Read More ...
Budding Australian cricketer Arjun Nair suspended for suspect bowling action
2018-01-19 12:26:34 Rising Australian spinner and member of Sydney Sixers, Arjun Nair has been suspended for a suspect bowling action. This was after the 19-year-old underwent a test on January 4, at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane which reported that Nair had bowled with a visibly different action from what he normally does at the BBL. Hence, he was automatically banned from all first-class, List A, and Twenty20 cricket for a period of 90 days   Read More ...
“Growth” super fund options delivered stellar returns in 2017, while DIY funds pool grows: Here are the top 10 growth funds
2018-01-19 12:23:17 In 2017 growth super funds delivered some of the best returns for retirement savings since the 1990s, but while recent data has suggested traditional funds have outperformed DIY super, there’s still plenty of Australian’s flocking to the manage their own superannuation accounts. ChantWest’s annual review of superannuation in Australia confirmed other reports that 2017 marked an out-of-the-ordinary year for returns. The median return for a growth fund over the past 12 months has been 10   Read More ...
Basecamp co-founder Jason Fried on why all companies must be prepared to kill off ideas
2018-01-19 12:23:12 As a business grows over time, new ideas will evolve, and shelving past ideas becomes a necessity, no matter how successful they were. “Most companies, products and services start out simply,” he writes. “It’s rare that the first version of something is more complicated than the second. “But once a company starts saying yes to one good idea after another, it starts accumulating scars   Read More ...
Blockchain energy trading startup Power Ledger to pitch to Richard Branson after becoming Extreme Tech Challenge finalist
2018-01-19 12:23:00 Emerging Aussie blockchain startup Power Ledger will soon find itself pitching its power trading platform to Sir Richard Branson himself after getting into the finals of the Extreme Tech Challenge pitch competition in Las Vegas last Friday. The pitch comp is one of the world’s largest, held at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and judged by members of the international startup community   Read More ...
How startup unicorn Canva turned its first “pretty terrible” pitch deck into one that impressed investors
2018-01-19 12:22:55 Ever wonder what the first pitch deck of a billion-dollar company looks like? Or how many iterations one has to go through before investors sit up and take notice? Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins shares her startup’s first attempts at wooing investors, and the things she learnt along the way. We’ve had a very consistent vision for a long time, though the way we express that vision has changed dramatically over time   Read More ...
Building sub-contractors worry about tough 2018 as experts warn there's mixed news on construction trends
2018-01-19 12:22:47 There could be troubled times ahead for small businesses and contractors working in construction, with property analysts and economists kicking of the year with predictions the residential apartment sector slowdown could cause pain. “There is absolutely no question we have seen a considerable softening in the construction end of the residential apartment space,” Watpac managing director Martin Monro warned inoday. While data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows new housing starts in the year to September rebounded, experts and industry leaders have been divided in commentary on the state of the sector and what the next 12 months will hold for builders and their suppliers   Read More ...
Mike Cannon-Brookes’ “radical” idea for fixing Australia’s tech skills shortage that Steve Baxter thinks is one the best he’s heard
2018-01-19 12:22:40 According to Queensland’s chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter, one of the best proposals for fixing Australia’s current concerns around tech skills and short-term visas like thecame from the mouth of Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes three years ago. Speaking to StartupSmart, Baxter says he, Cannon-Brookes, and former trade minister Andrew Robb once met for dinner to discuss Australian inbound investment visas, when the Atlassian co-founder aired his views on what would be a solution to get more skilled tech workers locally   Read More ...
India joins Australia Group, MEA says it’ll be mutually beneficial
2018-01-19 12:22:32 After gaining entry into two export control regimes — MTCR and Wassenaar, India on Friday joined the Australia Group (AG), which seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons. “On 19 January 2018 India formally became the 43rd member of the Australia Group (AG), the cooperative and voluntary group of countries working to counter the spread of materials, equipment and technologies that could contribute to the development or acquisition of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) by states or terrorist groups,” the AG said in a release   Read More ...
The intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce her pregnancy has a deeper meaning
2018-01-19 12:22:24 When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy via Twitter on Friday, she did so with an intriguing image choice. Rather than taking a happy selfie with her husband, the PM chose a photo of three fishing hooks to post alongside her message. The meaning of the symbol is likely twofold, according to those in the know. The most obvious meaning is hinted at in the announcement itself: "This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats   Read More ...
WATCH | Australian Open: Rafael Nadal storms into R4 with Damir Dzumhur demolition
2018-01-19 12:20:43 Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.   Read More ...
Nadal demolishes Dzumhur to make Open Round 4
2018-01-19 12:20:36 Melbourne - Rafael Nadal continued his impressive start to the Australian Open, dropping just five games in romping to a straight sets win over Damir Dzumhur on Friday. The Spanish world No 1 took just 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach the fourth round with a demolition of the 28th seeded Bosnian on Margaret Court Arena. Nadal, a losing finalist to Roger Federer last year in Melbourne, has lost only 21 games in his three victories to reach the round of 16   Read More ...
Melbourne Victory thrashing spells end to Western Sydney Wanderers' undefeated year
2018-01-19 12:15:56 A soaring start to 2018 came crashing down to earth for Western Sydney Wanderers, whose undefeated opening to the new year was ended by yet another heavy defeat to rivals Melbourne Victory. A 3-0 loss to Victory turned the recent optimism into a few jeers from Wanderers' supporters at the sound of the full-time whistle after falling victim to an inspiring performance from Melbourne forwards Kosta Barbarouses and Besart Berisha   Read More ...
Bomb squad called in after explosives found at Perth home
2018-01-19 12:15:52 A huge stash of explosives have reportedly been found at a Perth home. Explosives as well as ammunition and detonators were found in a shed at the property. Its understood police officers came across the stash when called to the home over an apparent burglary.   Read More ...
Nadal hardly raises a sweat to move into fourth round
2018-01-19 12:15:38 The heat caused Rafael Nadal more sweat than his third round opponent Damir Dzumhur, as the world No.1 swept into the final 16 of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over the 28th seed. It is the 11th time Nadal has made the final 16 of an Australian Open with his only loss in the tournament before the fourth round coming way back in his Melbourne debut in 2004 when he lost to Australian Lleyton Hewitt   Read More ...
Australia v England: Tourists hold nerve to take 2-0 series lead
2018-01-19 12:06:46 Second ODI, Brisbane England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by the wickets of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan   Read More ...
Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first
2018-01-19 12:04:14 CANBERRA, Australia - A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometres north of Sydney. They were about a kilometre from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors   Read More ...
Un implacable Rafael Nadal se instaló en octavos de final del Abierto de Australia
2018-01-19 12:02:47 El español Rafael Nadal, número uno en el ranking ATP, certificó este viernes su presencia en los octavos de final del Abierto de Australia al derrotar por un concluyente al bosnio Damir Dzumhur (30°), vigésimo octavo favorito en Melbourne Park. Dominador desde el fondo de la pista, el ibérico gobernó a su antojo el duelo y lo cerró en una hora y 50 minutos, para acercarse a la ronda de octavos, que pisará por undécima vez en Melbourne   Read More ...
Nadal into 4th round; oldest and youngest out in Australia
2018-01-19 11:45:34 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The heat wasn't a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open. Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win, and leveled his career head-to-head record with Dzumhur. The 16-time major winner lost their only previous meeting when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set at Miami in 2016, giving Dzumhur the win that day   Read More ...
Tsonga hits back to win the second set
2018-01-19 11:11:44 An increasingly frustrated Nick Kyrgios dropped the second set 6-4 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after losing his serve in the fifth game of the second set. It means the match is certain to go into four sets after Kyrgios won the first set in a tiebreak. Tsonga played controlled tennis during the second set, advancing to the net when possible and putting pressure on Kyrgios who became increasingly agitated as the set wore on   Read More ...
Ben Simmons quiet as Philadelphia 76ers upset Boston Celtics
2018-01-19 11:11:41 Ben Simmons has followed being overlooked for the starting five in the East NBA All-Star team with a quiet performance in his side Philadelphia's upset away win over Boston. The Australian had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in the 89-80 victory at TD Garden on Thursday, hours after finding out he had missed out on a starting spot for East   Read More ...
Australian men jailed for gang raping girl, 16, and filming it on a GoPro
2018-01-19 11:04:26 When Tristan Carlyle-Watson invited a teenage girl to an Australian house party over Facebook, she asked that he take care of her. But the vulnerable 16-year-old girl would that night find herself surrounded by up to eight strange males, with Carlyle-Watson doing nothing to intervene when several of them forced themselves on her. He would later remark in a Facebook message that bringing the girl to the party was like "throwing a piece of meat to a pack of wolves", the NSW District Court has heard   Read More ...
Cricket Australia bans rising star Arjun Nair for suspect bowling action
2018-01-19 10:44:38 Rising Australian spinner Arjun Nair has been banned from bowling in domestic cricket for at least three months by the Cricket Australia due to a suspected illegal action during the Big Bash League (BBL) clash.   Read More ...
Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy
2018-01-19 10:43:17 MELBOURNE, Australia – French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32   Read More ...
Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy
2018-01-19 10:35:49 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32   Read More ...
Family claims first and then second car stolen in two separate robberies
2018-01-19 10:33:55 But when she was on the phone to emergency services reporting the harrowing robbery, she claimed the three people decided they’d come back for a second slice of pie. “It was just too easy for them to take and we were powerless. They didn’t even cover themselves, it looked like guys you could see in the shopping centre, in your own neighbourhood,” she said   Read More ...
Australian Open heat policy could be dangerous: Alize Cornet
2018-01-19 10:21:47 The Australian Open’s extreme heat policy could be endangering the safety of players according to France’s Alize Cornet after she suffered dizzy spells during her third round match against Elise Mertens on Friday. Cornet slumped to the court after serving during the second set of her 7-5 6-4 defeat by Mertens at the Hisense Arena and needed a medical assessment as temperatures pushed past 40 degrees Celsius (104F) at Melbourne Park   Read More ...
Birthday girl Petra Martic reaches last 16 of Australian Open
2018-01-19 10:21:42 Croatia’s Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday. The world number 81 beat Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 6-3 3-6 7-5 to set up a clash with unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens. Twelve months ago Martic was ranked 264 after a back injury but she has now reached the last 16 of three of the last four grand slams and hopes to go even further   Read More ...
'What if?' How the Bourke Street tragedy forever changed the way we look at our streets
2018-01-19 10:18:26 Victims of tragedy are so often chosen at random; by circumstances that couldn't have been predicted, even in a nightmare. It is what shock is made of. And so it was on Bourke Street, Melbourne, on a sunny summer afternoon. Shock would roll like a wave across Melbourne and the state and the nation on January 20, 2017. The swift fury of it   Read More ...
'Mystical' contemporary art celebrates Australia
2018-01-19 10:18:23 Contemporary artist Joshua Yeldham views the bush with spiritual fervour. In the 11 years he has lived by Australia's mighty Hawkesbury River, Yeldham has developed a personal mythology in which every tree, every snake and stingray has symbolic meaning. He talks of lessons learnt from mangroves and their ability to thrive in difficult conditions; of owls as fertility totems; of crows that shriek to warn him about brown snakes when he paints in the bush near his home   Read More ...
Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy while serving as Prime Minister is significant for all women
2018-01-19 10:18:19 Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke on their wonderful announcement that they are expecting their first child. It is huge news for them, but it is also huge for all women because what Jacinda and her young family are going to do is to help make having children a normal part of public life. As soon as I heard the announcement I put in a call to Jacinda to extend my personal congratulations   Read More ...
More Australians travelling overseas, as China tourism boom continues
2018-01-19 10:18:11 Australians travelling overseas, as China tourism boom continues The international departure gates were busy over the past year, with more tourists travelling to and from Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released overseas arrival and departure figures for November, providing an insight into where Australians are heading on holiday and who is making the journey Down Under from overseas. A total of 10   Read More ...
Coco hit with largest Australian Open fine
2018-01-19 10:16:31 Melbourne - Coco Vandeweghe has been hit with the largest fine of the 2018 Australian Open so far - a (R97 400) penalty for unsporting conduct for screaming an obscenity at her first round opponent, Timea Babos. Vandeweghe said after the match that she was irritated by what she described as excessive celebrating by her Hungarian opponent during their match. The 10th-seeded Vandeweghe was assessed a code violation for the obscenity and delay of game for insisting on eating a banana during a changeover, getting docked a point in the second set of her 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 loss   Read More ...
Australia vs England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane, live cricket score: AUS hit back with Hales, Bairstow dismissals
2018-01-19 10:13:27 England are on course to chase down the target of 271 set by Australia after fifties by Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow in the second ODI in Brisbane. Earlier, Australia rode on opener Aaron Finch’s 106 to post a total of 270/9 from their 50 overs. The hosts started solidly, but were pegged back by two quick wickets from Joe Root   Read More ...
Peter FitzSimons: When Raelene Boyle made Betty Cuthbert cry
2018-01-19 10:11:55 It was one of the great moments in Australian sport. You see, when Raelene Boyle won gold in her last race, at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games in 1982 – roaring home in the 400 metres – the stadium roared even as the nation came to a standstill. Raelene, a beloved figure, denied gold in the previous two Olympics at the hands of East Germans (say no more), had at least and at last had the perfect finish   Read More ...