Posted By: Charles @ May 19 2018, 12:15 PM in Breaking News
Texas school shooting leaves 10 people dead, most of them students
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.
Posted By: Flin @ May 19 2018, 08:07 AM in South and Central America
Chilean bishops offer resignation to Pope
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]
Posted By: Charles @ May 17 2018, 07:29 PM in Australian Football League
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. ADELAIDEWIN
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 MELBOURNEWIN
Gold Coast v Port Adelaide: Why play in China? Regardless the Power should win and the locals 'tr ... [more]
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
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]
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
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]
Posted By: Charles @ May 13 2018, 09:41 AM in "Burning Questions"
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.
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.
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]
Posted By: Bill @ May 9 2018, 07:40 PM in Australian Rugby League
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. Tips in RED CAPITALS
Thursday 10th May: West Tigers v COWBOYSLOSS 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]
Posted By: Flin @ May 9 2018, 08:30 AM in North America
Accused Damond killer appears in US court
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]
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
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.
Former Victorian detective Denis Ryan wins police compensation decades after being forced out police force
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]
Posted By: Charles @ May 6 2018, 09:45 AM in "Burning Questions"
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.
Posted By: Charles @ May 3 2018, 03:41 PM in Australian Football League
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. GEELONGWIN
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 BULLDOGSWIN
Essendon v Hawthorn: The Bombers have fallen away in recent weeks and face a disciplined Hawks team. HAWTHORNWIN
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
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]
Posted By: Flin @ May 1 2018, 04:13 PM in Australian National News
ABC censured for calling Tony Abbott 'most destructive politician' [/SIZE]
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]
Posted By: Flin @ May 1 2018, 03:55 PM in Breaking News
Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on historical sex assault charges
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]
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
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]
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 27 2018, 09:45 AM in Australian Football League
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 BULLDOGSWIN
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. GEELONGLOSS
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
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]
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 24 2018, 12:03 PM in Australian Rugby League
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
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]
Posted By: Charles @ Apr 19 2018, 05:43 PM in Australian Football League
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. SYDNEYLOSS
Saturday April 21:
Saint Kilda v GWS: The Giants look to be too strong for the Saints. GWSDRAW
Carlton v West Coast: The Eagles have started the season well and, despite a poor record at the MCG, they ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Apr 19 2018, 07:24 AM in Computer & Technical Things
‘Game changer’: Discovery on tiny island could alter global economy
A TINY island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that has been described as a “game changer”.
Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare-earth elements in deep-sea mud — enough to feed global demand on a “semi-infinite basis”, according to a new study published in journal Scientific Reports.
The deposits, found within Japan’s exclusive economic waters, contain more than 16 million tonnes of the elements needed to build hi-tech products from smartphones and radar devices to missile systems and electric vehicles, according to the study.
For instance, yttrium, one of the metals included in the recent discovery, can be used to make camera lenses, superconductors and mobile ... [more]