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Ford Recalls 43,000 Cars Due to Fire Risk
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 18 2017, 09:18 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Ford recalls 43,000 cars due to fire risk

Sam Jeremic
Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:44AM

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Ford has issued a recall of nearly 43,000 Focus small cars due to a fire risk.

A government recall notice claims excessive levels of dust may build up in the cars in certain environments, which could block the carbon canister during a purge cycle.

This could cause vacuum levels in the fuel tank to exceed design limits and possibly crack, leading to a fuel leak and possible fire should the leaked fuel reach an ignition source.

Ford Australia says there have been no cases where a Focus has caught fire, but the recall was instigated after detecting the fuel leaks in a small number of vehicles.

Symptoms of the pro ... [more]
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13 Killed in Barcelona Terror Attack
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 18 2017, 09:06 AM in Breaking News
Barcelona terror attack sees at least 13 people killed at iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot in Spain

Ellen Whinnett
Friday, 18 August 2017 5:17AM

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Terror has struck at the heart of the Spanish city of Barcelona, with at least 13 people reported dead after a van ploughed into crowds on the famed Las Ramblas tourist street.

The attack, mid afternoon Spanish time, also left at least 100 people injured, Catalan police have confirmed.

ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the terror attack, according to the Amaq news agency.

Barcelona terror attack leaves bodies lying all over Las Ramblas
Two suspects have so far been arrested in relation to the horrific attack.

Injured are helped on a lo ... [more]
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Round 22 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Gary @ Aug 17 2017, 07:07 PM in Australian Football League
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Round 22

This weeks guesses;

Adelaide V Sydney
Bulldogs V Port Adelaide
Collingwood V Geelong
GWS V West Coast
Gold Coast V Essendon
Carlton V Hawthorn
Melbourne V Brisbane
St Kilda V North Melbourne
Fremantle V Richmond
... [more]
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Round 24 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 17 2017, 08:45 AM in Australian Rugby League
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Thursday August 17:

EELS v Titans

Friday August 18:

RABBITOHS v Warriors

BRONCOS v Dragons

Saturday August 19:

Knights v STORM


Cowboys v SHARKS

Sunday August 20:

RAIDERS v Panthers

Bulldogs v SEA EAGLES

Happy tipping and good luck!
... [more]
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Seven-Month-Old Fights for Life in Bali
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 16 2017, 09:23 AM in Asia / Pacific
Family devastated as seven-month-old fights for life in Bali hospital

Amelia Broun
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 6:18PM

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The parents of a seven-month-old baby fighting for her life in a Bali hospital fear their little girl may need to be flown to Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital.

Little Almeera contracted pneumonia and is unable to breath without oxygen, leaving her Perth father Daniel and her Indonesian mother Sonia devastated.

“The pneumonia has caused inflammation around her heart,” Almeera’s father Daniel posted online.

“She is unable to breath without oxygen and she stopped breathing three times in one night.”

The couple, who now reside in Bali and operate a bar and grill, thought th ... [more]
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Poo-powered car hits the streets of Brisbane
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 15 2017, 07:54 AM in Cars - Bikes - Speed
Poo-powered car hits the streets of Brisbane
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Every time a toilet is flushed in Brisbane's south and west it could be contributing to the fuelling of Australia's first poo-powered car.

Queensland Urban Utilities is saving millions of dollars every year as it uses the city's toilet waste to power up to 50 per cent of two of its largest sewage treatment plants, and now one of its fleet cars.

QUU spokeswoman Michelle Cull said one day the sewerage and water provider hoped to have an entire fleet of cars that could run on human waste.

Ms Cull was quick to debunk myths about the QUU car.

"We get asked all sorts of funny questions like does the car smell, or more]
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Clergy Could Face Charges Over Failure to Report S
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 14 2017, 03:33 PM in CRIME -
Clergy may soon face charges over failure to report confessions of child sex abuse

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:18AM

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Clergy who refuse to report child sexual abuse because the information was received during a religious confession could face charges if recommendations for new institutional criminal offences are accepted.

The child abuse royal commission wants failure to report child sex abuse in institutions to be a criminal offence, extending to information given in religious confessions.

People in institutions who know, suspect or should have suspected a child is being sexually abused should face criminal charges, it says in its criminal justice report released on Monday.

The commissioners said they ... [more]
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Barnaby Joyce a Dual Citizen
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 14 2017, 03:18 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
He’s one of us: NZ confirms Barnaby Joyce is a Kiwi

News Corp, AAP
Monday, 14 August 2017 8:11AM

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Authorities in New Zealand have confirmed that Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is indeed a citizen of their country.

It puts increased pressure on the Nationals leader to step aside, as the matter of his apparent dual citizenship is examined by the High Court.

The shocking revelation, which Mr Joyce made in Parliament this morning, puts Malcolm Turnbull’s majority government under threat.

New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has confirmed Mr Joyce is a New Zealand citizen under the Citizenship Act of 1948.

Mr ... [more]
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More Nicknames
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 14 2017, 03:00 PM in "Burning Questions"
Time for an open-ended question where FDNC members can share their experiences.

What sort of nicknames did you have as a child and do you have any now? What nicknames really amused you or struck you as really clever?

When I was in my early teens my myopia (short sighted) hadn't been detected. I used to quint to see the blackboard and was called "Jappy" by a couple of classmates.
Over many years of playing cricket I was "CA". These are my first initials and after I printed CA before my surname in the scorebook "CA" stuck. To this day I am still "CA" when I catch up with old teammates.

I've come across a number of amusing nicknames over the years. One of my cricketing teammates was Phillip K. He was often called PK which led to some jokes about chewing gum but one of our players took to calling him "Nelson". It took a while before the connection to F1 driver Ne ... [more]
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Sporting Nicknames
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 13 2017, 10:11 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Sporting Nicknames.

If I mentioned “The Shark” in a discussion on sport (particularly golf) the name Greg Norman would quickly spring to mind.

But who are these sporting identities? To make it fair I have equal numbers of AFL and NRL nicknames plus two from our summer sport.



Captain Blood



What's a Packet of

I'm feeling generous and I'm offering a point for each of the individuals that you correctly identify.

... [more]
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Sally Pearson wins world championship gold
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 13 2017, 07:38 AM in Other Sports
Sally Pearson marks stunning return from injury with world championship gold in 100m hurdles
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Sally Pearson has capped an extraordinary comeback from injury by winning gold in the 100m hurdles at the world athletics championships in London.

Competing at her first major global championship since 2013 and having overcome serious wrist, hamstring and achilles injuries, the Australian powered away from the field to win in 12.59 seconds.

"That was bloody hard," an emotional Pearson said shortly after crossing the finish line.

"I've worked so hard, I don't know what has just happened out there.

"I'm so tired ... [more]
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LNP government would review speed limits
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 12 2017, 08:48 AM in QLD
LNP government would review speed limits on 100 Queensland roads
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The LNP would be open to increasing speed limits above 110km/h, but the review would consider safety advice from police and traffic engineers, individual road conditions and grading.

Many Queensland roads may not pass the safety test to increase above 110km/h.

The speed limits of arterial roads and stretches where the speed limit frequently changes up and down arbitrarily would be targeted.

Mr Nicholls said congestion cost motorists time and the economy money.
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Turnbull's Tough Stance on North Korea
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 11 2017, 01:23 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Australia will join war if North Korea attacks US, says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

News Corp network
Friday, 11 August 2017 7:42AM

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says any attack on the United States by North Korea will prompt him to invoke the ANZUS treaty -- and rush to Trump’s aid.

Speaking to 3AW this morning, Mr Turnbull said he remained confident that diplomatic sanctions on North Korea “will bring the regime to its senses”.

But he said the US and Australia were ’joined at the hip’ when it came to defence.

“If there is an attack on the United States, the ANZUS treaty would be in ... [more]
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Saudis Funding Radicals in Australia
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 11 2017, 01:03 PM in Australian National News
Saudis were funding radicals in Australia, Perth Imam claims

Nick Butterly
Friday, 11 August 2017 7:30AM

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Imam Feizel Chotiah, Rabbi Dovid Frelich and the Rev. Dr John Shepherd were part of the Q&A panel discussion for Rotary of Perth.

A Perth imam claims he warned a senior security figure that the Saudi government was funding radicals in Australia but was shocked when the official admitted the problem was “above his pay grade”.

Imam Feizel Chothia told an interfaith forum that Australia was one of the safest countries from the threat of terrorism primarily because of the close relationship between local senior Islamic officials and ASIO and the Aust ... [more]
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Round 21 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 10 2017, 08:08 PM in Australian Football League
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Some interesting games with a few more upsets on the cards.

Friday August 11:

Western Bulldogs v GWS: The Bulldogs are approaching their Premiership form but the Giants will be keen to press their top four claims. GWS Win

Saturday August 12:

Sydney v Fremantle: I can't see the Dockers troubling the Swans. SYDNEY Win

Geelong v Richmond: The Cats will welcome back Dangerfield but will miss Selwood, Duncan and Hawkins. In a close one I'm tipping RICHMOND Loss

Brisbane v Gold Coast: Two struggling sides in a game that could go either way. On the toss of a coi ... [more]
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Round 23 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 10 2017, 08:38 AM in Australian Rugby League
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Thursday August 10:

RABBITOHS v Bulldogs Win

Friday August 11:

EELS v Knights Loss

BRONCOS v Sharks Win

Saturday August 12:

DRAGONS v Titans Win

STORM v Roosters Win

PANTHERS v Cowboys Win

Sunday August 13:

Warriors v RAIDERS Win

Tigers v SEA EAG ... [more]
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Child Protection; sexually assaulted’ girl
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 10 2017, 07:54 AM in QLD
Child Protection Week promoter Michael Sharman ‘sexually assaulted’ girl, 13
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THE face of a Child Protection Week event is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Gympie girl, filming the attack and stalking her via the internet.

The Sunshine Coast Daily reports radio host, voice-over artist and aspiring comedian Ryan Michael Sharman is charged with four counts of carnal knowledge of a child under 16 years, making child exploitation material, unlawful stalking and enter dwelling with intent.

In 2015, the now 21-year-old Gympie man appeared in newspapers across Queensland, promoting a Child Protection Week activity.

Imposing strict bail conditions on Wednesday, Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton warned Mr Sharman he was not allowed to have ... [more]
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Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell dies aged 8
Posted By: Flin @ Aug 9 2017, 07:17 AM in Vale - R.I.P.
Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81
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Country music icon Glen Campbell has died, aged 81, after a he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.

The Rhinestone Cowboy singer was one of the biggest stars of the late 1960s and 1970s. He sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits.

Campbell's publicist, Sandy Brokaw, said the singer died on Tuesday morning in Nashville. No cause was immediately given.

Campbell announced in June 2011 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

But his fame was not restricted to just music. Campbell played John Wayne's offsider La Boeuf in the 1969 movie True Grit and had a weekly audience of 50 million people for the ... [more]
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Who Am I?
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 7 2017, 02:20 PM in "Burning Questions"
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This week's question, posted a little belatedly, is a "Who Am I?"

I was born in NSW a few months prior to the outbreak of WWII.

I attended boarding schools and colleges in Bathurst and Bellevue Hills before enrolling in the National Art School in the mid '50s.

In the early '60s I went to London where I was influenced by the modernist British Art movement. While there I gained a scholarship to study and work in New York. While there I met fellow artists and musicians including Janice Joplin and Bob Dylan. My work was influenced by the peace movement at the time. My work also is featured on a Dire Straits album.

I returned to Australia in the '70s and won many prestigious awards and prizes.

Sadly I became increasingly dependent on drugs and alcohol and ... [more]
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Betty Cuthbert Has Died
Posted By: Charles @ Aug 7 2017, 09:13 AM in Other Sports
Betty Cuthbert, Australian athletics golden girl, has died

Monday, 7 August 2017 6:12AM

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Australia's athletics golden girl died after a battle with multiple sclerosis.
Betty Cuthbert, the original Aussie Golden Girl and who took the 1956 Melbourne Olympics by storm, has died aged 79 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Cuthbert was a four-time Olympic gold medallist, winning three at the 1956 Melbourne games in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events.

She also won gold in the 400m eight years later at the Tokyo Olympics.
Cuthbert picked three Commonwealth Games medals including gold in the 4x100m relay in Perth in 1962.

Cuthbert was Aust ... [more]
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Barnaby Joyce a Dual Citizen by scepo
Round 22 Fixtures and Tips by Charles
Ford Recalls 43,000 Cars Due to Fire Risk by Charles
13 Killed in Barcelona Terror Attack by scepo
Poo-powered car hits the streets of Brisbane by scepo
Round 24 Fixtures and Tips by lee
Seven-Month-Old Fights for Life in Bali by Flin
Shorten, ABC Use Sour Scare Tactics by scepo
Clergy Could Face Charges Over Failure to Report S by Alicia
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