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  • 2 Australian nationals killed in Yemen in November drone strike

    04/17/2014 2:49:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Bill Roggio & Oren Adaki
    Media outlets in Australia and New Zealand today reported that two Australian nationals, including one who was a New Zealand citizen as well, were killed in a US predator drone strike in Yemen on Nov. 19. Last year's airstrike took place in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province, a known jihadist haven, and targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters driving in the Ghayl Bawazir area near Mukallah, the provincial capital. The two Australian nationals killed in the airstrike were identified as Christopher Harvard of Townsville, Australia, and Muslim bin John, a New Zealand dual citizen who reportedly changed his...
  • MH370: Oil slick not linked to missing jet, Australians say

    04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Julie Makinen
    Australian authorities coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that lab tests have shown an oil slick found in the search area last Sunday is not aircraft engine fuel or hydraulic fluid. Searchers are now using a robotic submarine, the Bluefin-21, to look for wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia. The Bluefin-21 has a rated depth of 4,500 meters, or 2.8 miles, and shortly after it was deployed on its first run this week, it returned to the surface several hours later because it reached that depth...
  • RAAF overlooks Saab Gripen for more expensive, controversial Joint Srike Fighter

    04/16/2014 12:53:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 09, 2014
    Saab Gripen ... a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden. Source: News Corp Australia THIS is the low-cost, high performance fighter jet that Australia overlooked when the RAAF spent more than $6 billion to fill a capability gap between its retiring F-111 and Hornet fleets and the controversial stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Saab Gripen is a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden and according to the builder it costs about $US7000 an hour to run compared to $US11,000 for the Boeing Super Hornet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force and $21,000 an hour...
  • Swedish firm Saab bids to design new Royal Australian Navy submarines

    04/15/2014 11:35:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | By IAN MCPHEDRAN
    SWEDISH defence giant Saab is making a bold, secret play for a slice of Australia’s $30 billion future submarine project. As Federal Government placed all options for the navy’s future submarine back on the table this week, News Corp Australia can reveal that Saab and the Swedish Government have been engaged in secret talks with the Defence Department about the design of the new boats. A Swedish delegation travelled to Canberra in March for first round talks. Sweden has along history in submarines but it moved away from the business about 15 years ago when its shipbuilder Kockums — the...
  • World's Best Pizza Not in Italy

    04/15/2014 2:22:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 105 replies
    Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world. Well, sort of. Judges at last weekend's Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) held in Parma, Italy, awarded the world's top margherita pizza title to Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco, owner of the 400 Gradi restaurant in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb. Di Francesco, 36, beat more than 600 competitors from 35 countries to take home the Specialita Traditionale Garantita pizza prize in the annual competition. The win and subsequent publicity has made the small restaurant he owns in his hometown an overnight sensation. "It's been an amazing reaction," Di...
  • AC/DC 'to retire following band member's health concerns' (Malcolm Young very ill)

    04/15/2014 10:20:21 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 82 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 4/15/14 | Nathan Klein
    Australia's most successful rock band AC/DC are thought to be retiring. Rumours surfaced on Tuesday morning that the band are set to split due to the ill health of one of their members, although it isn't clear as of yet who that member is or what the illness is. 3AW reporter Peter Ford told 2Day FM breakfast hosts Sophie Monk, Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Mel B that 'we may never hear them perform or record again'. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2604825/Australia-rock-band-AC-DC-retire-following-band-members-health-concerns.html#ixzz2yybcbXbD Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Missing Malaysia Airline MH370 latest update: Underwater drama as mini-sub aborts first search

    04/14/2014 9:29:42 PM PDT · by OneVike · 33 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 4/15/15 | By Agencies
    A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 aborted its first search of the remote Indian Ocean seabed after just six hours because the water was deeper than its operating limits, officials said Tuesday. The unmanned submarine loaded with sonar to map the ocean floor deployed Monday night from the Australian ship Ocean Shield which has spearheaded the hunt for the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8."After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface," JACC said, without detailing the...
  • Is Oil Slick Found Near 'Ping' Site Linked to Missing MH370?

    04/14/2014 3:06:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/14/2014
    Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are investigating an oil slick found not far from the area where underwater “pings” that may be linked to the aircraft’s black box were detected. “A sample of about two liters has been collected and we are a number of days before it can be landed ashore and conclusively tested,” said retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the painstaking search off Australia’s west coast. “I stress the source of the oil is yet to be determined.” The slick is approximately 18,000 feet down-wind and down-sea...
  • Bluefin-21 deployed today in hunt for MH370 – JACC

    04/14/2014 2:39:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    The Malaysian Times ^ | April 14, 2014 | Paper Editor
    PERTH, Apr 14: The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 will be deployed later today, as the search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues underwater. Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) chief coordinator Air Chief Marshal (Retired) Angus Houston said the decision to deploy Bluefin was made as no further confirmed signals had been picked up by the towed pinger locator since Tuesday last week, reported Bernama. :snip: ... the AUV, which had the ability to go down to 4,500m underwater, would be deployed on its first mission covering approximately an area of 40sq km in the vicinity of...
  • MH370 Black Box Rumors Unfounded: Search Leader

    04/11/2014 11:19:10 AM PDT · by hamboy · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 11, 2014 | NBC News
    Search Leader:  MH370 Black Box Rumors Unfounded! An Australian search official dismissed reports Friday that the location of the data-recording black boxes on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had been found.
  • [Cat 5] Cyclone Ita shows no sign of weakening as it heads for north Queensland

    04/10/2014 8:40:29 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 22 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | 4/11/2014 | unknown
    The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Ita, the category-five system bearing down on the far north Queensland coast, is showing no signs of weakening. The weather bureau says Ita has slowed down as it heads towards the coast and should make landfall between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight. The bureau says the cyclone has very destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour near the core. Cooktown resident Ivan Juff says locals are nervous but he has decided to stay put. "I've seen what Cyclone Larry and all those did, and this is up there with them ......
  • Major Breakthrough In Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370

    04/09/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/09/2014 | Bruce Dorminey
    In a major break in a race against time, searchers for MH370 have detected two new electronic pings — both received in the last 24 hours — from what they hope is the missing Boeing BA +1.23% 777-200’s black box flight data recorders. The news was announced at a Wednesday morning press conference in Perth. “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft; what’s left of the aircraft,” Retired RAAF Air Marshal Angus Houston told reporters. Just days before batteries on the black box pingers are expected to expire, Australian authorities leading the southern Indian Ocean search for the...
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe Could Lose Use of Left Arm

    04/08/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 8, 2014
    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives. In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury. Thorpe, who made his Games debut in Sydney in...
  • Australia says new 'pings' best lead yet in Malaysia jet search

    04/07/2014 3:16:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2:38am EDT | JANE WARDELL AND SWATI PANDEY
    (Additional reporting by Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Michael Perry) Sydney/Perth(Reuters) - An Australian ship searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has picked up signals consistent with the beacons from aircraft black box recorders, in what search officials said on Monday was the most promising lead yet in the month-long hunt. The U.S. Navy "towed pinger locator" connected to the Australian ship Ocean Shield picked up the signals in an area some 1,680 km (1,040 miles) northwest of Perth, which analysis of sporadic satellite data has determined as the most likely place Boeing 777 went down. :snip: The...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australian Ship Picks Up Signals Consistent With 'Black Box' Pings

    04/07/2014 7:20:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/07/2014 | By ROBB M. STEWART in Melbourne and RACHEL PANNETT in Sydney
    The Australian navy picked up extended underwater signals in the search zone for Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU +2.44% Flight 370, in what authorities said Monday was the best lead yet in the hunt for the missing jet's "black box" flight recorders. The naval ship Ocean Shield—fitted with U.S. Navy black-box detector equipment able to pick up signals far beneath the ocean surface—has been searching an area of the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia for nearly two days. Investigators believe the area is the most likely spot where the plane may have run out of fuel, more than...
  • MH370 skirted Indonesia to avoid radar: report

    04/06/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 6, 2014 | World | Press Trust of India
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew around Indonesian airspace apparently to avoid detection after vanishing from radar screens on March 8, a media report said today, suggesting the possibility of a more sinister reason behind the jet's disappearance..... After reviewing radar data provided by neighbouring countries, investigators have now found that the jetliner curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean, CNN quoted a Malaysian official as saying. The official also suggested the possibility of a more sinister reason behind MH370's disappearance a month ago. The plane's flight path clearly showed that someone on the plane was...
  • British ship HMS Echo arrives in area where (3) 'pulses' were heard (MH370?)

    04/06/2014 9:51:10 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/6/2014 | Richard Shears and Lizzie Edmonds
    A Royal navy ship has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to verify signals Chinese officials believe could lead to missing flight MH370. The three 'fleeting sounds' have been picked up in the multi-national search currently being conducted 1,000 miles off Australia's west coast. At least one of those 'pings' is believed to have a similar frequency to that given off by a black box. HMS Echo, one of Britain's most sophisticated hydrographic vessels, is racing against time to determine whether the sounds were signals from the plane's black box as the batteries powering the device are expected to run...
  • Chinese ship searching for MH370 detects 'pulse signal'

    04/05/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 04/05/2014
    A Chinese ship searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 detected a "pulse signal" in the southern Indian Ocean on Saturday, but there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the missing plane, state media said. The signal picked up by the vessel's black box detector had a frequency of 37.5kHz, the official Xinhua news agency said -- identical to the beacon signal emitted by flight recorders. The announcement came nearly a month after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared off radar screens en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, triggering an unprecedented international search. Australian...
  • MH370 passengers cleared, as investigation turns to ground crew, caterers and mangosteen farmers

    04/04/2014 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 65 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman/The Telegraph
    Malaysian police have expanded an investigation into the missing plane to include ground crew, caterers and the farmers who picked four tons of mangosteens, a tropical fruit, that were in the hold. Despite failing to find any suspicious evidence about the passengers or crew, Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s police chief, said he was confident that the case would be solved. He said police traced the mangosteens, a tangy Asian fruit with leathery skin around juicy white flesh, to an orchard in the city of Muar and examined both the farmers and the Chinese importers. “Imagine how many people we must...
  • Flight MH370 Is Now a Criminal Investigation, but No Passengers Are Suspects

    04/02/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Wire ^ | 04/02/2014 | BRIAN FELDMAN
    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now been classified as a criminal investigation, according to Malaysia’s police chief. He also cautioned that the investigation may still not arrive at any concrete conclusions. Specifically, authorities believe the plane's deliberate and abrupt turn off course could not have been simply the result of an accident. However, officials also announced on Wednesday, none of the passengers are suspected of any wrongdoing, leaving the investigation to focus solely on the crew at this time. The current consensus is that radar and satellite data show the flight turning off course and flying back...
  • Mystery Continues: Malaysian Probe May Never Trace any Sign of MH370 Wreckage!

    04/02/2014 8:34:03 AM PDT · by ND23 · 26 replies
    Flight MH370 has become a mystery. And it may stay unsolved for a long time. Asserting the point, some police officials stated that the probe may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared. They also mentioned about the futility of the search planes because of the dearth of knowledge that the authorities have in this regard.
  • Gun Control: The Facts, Figures, And Frustrations

    04/01/2014 4:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Kevin Litman-Navarro
    When I think of Chicago, my mind goes to Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan and the Sears Tower. Over the last few weeks, I have added something else to this list: gun violence. Since Friday, 17 people have been shot in the city. A couple weeks back, on the night of March 11th, ten shootings occurred in Chicago. Just to be clear, that is over the course of ONE NIGHT. Only the Chicago Tribune reported on these incidents, resulting in most Americans not even hearing about them. This is an irresponsible omission; an incredibly disturbing trend; a manifestation of our hyper-desensitized...
  • Australia's Dingo Is a Unique Species, Study Shows

    04/01/2014 2:42:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 1, 2014 | Pauline Askin
    Australia's dingo is a unique species, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed, according to a new study that definitively classifies the country's largest land predator. The research by Australian scientists, published in the Journal of Zoology, resurrected the species name "Canis dingo", first adopted in 1793 by Friedrich Meyer, a German naturalist. "What we've done is describe the dingo more scientifically," Mike Letnic from the University of New South Wales told Reuters.
  • MH370: UK submarine joins search for missing plane

    04/01/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 55 replies
    BBC via Yahoo! ^ | 1 April 2014 Last updated at 15:04 ET | BBC.Com
    British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help search for the plane's black box recorder. It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo. The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board on 8 March while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Earlier on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston - the man co-ordinating the search from Australia - said the hunt was the "most challenging" ever seen and could...
  • Finding lost Malaysia plane may be impossible: US official

    03/30/2014 11:08:33 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    New York Post | March 31, 2014 | Bruce Golding
    A US Navy official warned Sunday that finding the missing Malaysian jet may be impossible, as efforts to locate the plane intensified ahead of the expected failure of its black-box homing beacons. “It all depends on how effective we are at reducing that search area,” Capt. Mark Matthews told reporters at Australia’s Stirling Naval Base near Perth. “Right now, the search area is basically the size of the Indian Ocean, which would take an untenable amount of time to search.”
  • Flight MH370: Chinese and Australian ships draw blank

    03/29/2014 8:00:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies
    BBC ^ | March 29, 2014
    A Chinese and an Australian ship have failed to identify remains from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after their first day in a new search area. The two ships retrieved objects from the Indian Ocean but none was confirmed to be from missing flight MH370, Australia's maritime authority said. Chinese aircraft also flew over the area, north-east of the previous zone, and have spotted more objects.
  • Satellite Detects About 300 Objects ... ‘Highly Likely That It Is Trash’

    03/27/2014 4:47:36 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 54 replies
    PERTH, Australia (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials in Bangkok said Thursday, but there was little chance of getting human eyes across those items in the near term as weather again forced officials to halt the search for debris by air. Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency, said Thursday the images showed “300 objects of various sizes” in the southern Indian Ocean about 1,675 miles southwest of Perth. He said the images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on Monday, took...
  • Muslim Sex-Offender Who Tried to Kidnap 4-Year-Old Girl Excused for “Cultural Differences”

    03/26/2014 11:54:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    fpm ^ | March 24, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a horrifying story not just because of the actions of the Muslim sex offender in Australia, but because of the actions of the authorities who continue to let people like him abuse, assault and walk away. ... Considering how little boys and girls are treated in Afghanistan, there’s no doubt that it wasn’t an issue for Jaffari. The Muslim sex offender, was not deported or locked up after his previous offenses. Now he’s been kept free once again because of “cultural differences.” Why don’t we call the cultural differences excuse what it really is? Muslim Rape Privilege. ......
  • MH370: Satellite Images Show Up to 122 'Potential Objects'

    03/26/2014 5:52:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    NBC ^ | March 26, 2014 | Alastair Jamieson and Henry Austin
    Satellite images taken on Sunday show 122 "potential objects" in the search for debris from missing flight MH370, Malaysian investigators said Wednesday. Analysis of the images, which were supplied by France-based aeronautical firm Airbus Defence, revealed objects in the southern Indian Ocean around 1,588 miles from Perth, Australia – close to where other objects were previously seen.
  • Shurat HaDin warns charity over alleged terror ties

    10/15/2012 1:30:20 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 2 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/14/2012 13:29 | JTA
    SYDNEY, Australia – A legal group is threatening to sue an Australian charity unless it stops funding a Palestinian not-for-profit organization alleged to be “an active arm” of a terror group proscribed under Australian law. Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center that aims to “bankrupt terrorism” through the courts, alleges that World Vision Australia has been indirectly distributing more than $1 million of Australian taxpayers’ money to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. But World Vision Australia, which distributes funds in Gaza from AusAID, the government’s foreign aid agency, denies the charges. Shurat HaDin this week stood by...
  • Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub

    03/25/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.03.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    The G7 club of wealthy nations has canceled a summit with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, but emerging economies have protested against its exclusion from a G20 meeting. […] For its part, US ally Australia had indicated Russia might also be excluded from a G20 summit in Brisbane in November. But Brazil, China, India, and South Africa rejected the idea. They said, together with Russia, also at The Hague, where almost 60 countries had sent VIPs to a Nuclear Security Summit, that “the escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions … does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful...
  • South Korea to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

    03/24/2014 6:42:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | By Steve Campbell
    South Korea has formally decided to purchase 40 F-35 stealth fighter jets for $6.7 billion, South Korea and Lockheed Martin officials announced Monday. The commitment by South Korea, which is boosting its air defenses amid ongoing tensions in the Pacific region, marks a "big day" for the F-35 program in Fort Worth, said Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed's vice president for F-35 business development. "This is a two-year process that Korea held, an open competition where they looked at capabilities, their defense needs, the price as well as the timing and they chose the F-35. It was another open, transparent process that...
  • Recession Special: Wine Cheaper Than Water!

    07/06/2009 12:38:32 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies · 585+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/6/2009 | Staff
    Well, pour yourself a glass of vino to go with that lobster tail tonight because wine prices have fallen so much, winemakers in Australia are complaining that wine is now cheaper than some bottled water. WATER! Dan Murphy, a major wine-retail chain in Australia, is currently selling cleanskins, bottles of wine without a label that are usually sold in a case, for 1.99 Australian dollars, or about $1.60, the Sunday Mail reports. That’s less than half of what wine cost 10 years ago, the New York Times reported. “Australia can’t even bottle air and make money selling at that price,”...
  • MH370 search: Chinese plane lands at wrong airport in Australia

    03/24/2014 10:05:45 AM PDT · by Robe · 39 replies
    Reuters Via FIRSTPOST ^ | Mar 22, 2014 | Unknown
    Chinese plane lands at wrong airport in Australia The first Chinese plane heading to Australia to join the hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet landed at the wrong airport on Saturday, underscoring the difficulties facing the increasingly complex multinational search effort. The Chinese IL-76 military aircraft made an unexpected stop at Perth International Airport before heading to its correct destination at RAAF Base Pearce outside Perth, where search and rescue operations for Flight MH370, which has been missing for two weeks, are now being coordinated. Read More at Site
  • Australian Manufacturer Debuts First Cashless Bitcoin ATM

    03/24/2014 8:13:52 AM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 24 March 2014 | Jon Southurst
    An Australian company says it has produced one of bitcoin’s holy grails: a cashless ATM that allows users to buy bitcoins using a credit card, and sell bitcoins via a direct deposit to their bank account. The first fully functional Diamond Circle ATM arrived from its manufacturer in Brisbane this week. Unlike competing ATMs and vending machines that rely on QR codes and cash, Diamond Circle’s solution is based on near-field communication (NFC) technology with paper receipt backups. This unique approach is the brainchild of CEO Stephen Rowlison, a seasoned FinTech (financial technology) entrepreneur with 30 years of IT experience...
  • Even seasoned Scully is awed by Australia (Vin Scully) (with video clip)

    03/23/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    MLB.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Doug Miller
    SYDNEY -- Baseball fans and Dodgers fans have been listening to the musical, knowing voice of Vin Scully for 65 years. If anyone's an authority on the game, it's him. So hearing Scully rave about the entire experience of the Opening Series is a good clue that the first regular-season Major League Baseball action Down Under, and the week-long celebration of Australian culture that surrounded it, amounted to one smashing success. "Everybody talks about the long trip from Los Angeles to Sydney -- 14, 15 hours, whatever it is, and another 14 to 15 back -- but I will tell...
  • UVU develops innovative nuclear technology (Thorium LFTR)

    03/21/2014 2:54:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    uvureview ^ | February 4th, 2014 | KresLynn Knous
    UVU develops innovative nuclear technology 10 comments, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, by KresLynn Knouse, in News UVU’s office of Technology Commercialization is currently in the process of developing a unique model of a nuclear reactor known as the molten salt reactor, or MSR. MSRs have the ability to recycle the 270,000 metric tons of toxic waste generated from traditional light water reactors into a substantial power supply.MSR development has received increased attention from countries such as China, India, Australia, and Japan due to the efficiency, safety and ‘eco-friendly’ features of the system.MSR design innovators have boasted the potential to boost...
  • German Backpacker 'Ate Flies' to Survive While Lost in Queensland Outback

    03/21/2014 3:29:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | Sat 8 Mar 2014 | Chrissy Arthur, Kate Stephens and Donna Field
    A German backpacker survived by eating flies after becoming stranded by floodwaters in Queensland's outback, police say. Daniel Dudzisz, 26, was reported missing last month while on a walk between Windorah and Jundah, south-west of Longreach. He was picked up by a motorist late yesterday afternoon near Cooper Creek at Windorah. Police Inspector Mark Henderson says Mr Dudzisz had become lost and was stranded in the bush between two flooded sections of the Barcoo River for about 10 days. "He did see the choppers looking for him but they couldn't see him due to the tree coverage," Inspector Henderson said....
  • Radar Hits of 'Significant Size' Registered in Indian Ocean: Flight Crew

    03/19/2014 11:12:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 78 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 4-20-2014 | ABC News
    A flight crew scouring the southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane tells ABC News that they're getting radar hits of "significant size," indicating something lurking below the water's surface. ABC News' David Wright, on board the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, said the crew tells him the radar indicates "there is something down there." It is still too early to tell if the radar hits are related to the missing plane, which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8. The P-8 is among four aircraft and one merchant ship heading to a region off the...
  • Dodgers, Diamondbacks arrive Down Under

    03/18/2014 1:11:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 18, 2014 | Dennis Passa
    SYDNEY (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez ripped line drives to all areas of the park, often scattering his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates in the outfield from the safety of the batting cage. It was just a few hours after arriving in Australia, with his body thinking it was about midnight. Related Stories Still, the first baseman who led the Dodgers in hits, home runs, RBIs and games played last season did a good job of making Sydney Cricket Ground, the home for two Major League Baseball season-opening games this weekend, sound and look like a real ballpark. The Dodgers and their...
  • Uighur leader: “We have plans for many attacks in China”

    03/18/2014 3:21:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2014 5:45 am EDT | Terrence McCoy
    Traditionally, the Uighur separatists aren’t the sort to seek attention. Dwelling primarily in the mountains of Xinjiang Province in northwest China, they don’t maintain an active social media presence like the Taliban or al-Qaeda. They almost never post videos boasting of exploits. But over the last two weeks, amid so-far unsubstantiated speculation the Uighurs had some involvement in the disappearance of MH370, the Turkic-speaking Muslim group has gained greater international notoriety than perhaps ever before. :snip: The Uighur emergence began on March 1 when a group of them wielding knives stormed a train station in southern China and stabbed to...
  • Australian Surfer Injured as Dolphin Slams Into Him

    03/17/2014 3:56:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A surfer in Australia was airlifted to hospital Monday after a dolphin slammed into him as he was riding a wave at a remote beach. The 27-year-old man was on his body board, or boogie board, at Bawley Point, 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Sydney, when the collision occurred. "He has come over a wave and as he did so, a dolphin has come through and hit him in the pelvic area," New South Wales Ambulance duty operations manager Wayne Dunlop said.
  • Dog eaten in its kennel by a python: Owner finds snake with leash still dangling from its mouth

    03/17/2014 9:14:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 135 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 14 March 2014
    An Australian woman discovered her pet dog had been eaten by a snake in the most gruesome possible way after finding a bloated python lying curled in its kennel with the end of the dog's chain still dangling from its mouth. Amazingly, the wildlife-lover had only chained her Chihuahua-Maltese cross overnight to stop it disturbing native animals near her Caniaba home in northern NSW, but it meant there was no escaping the 2.5-metre python that slithered into the kennel. When the woman went outside to let the dog off its chain the following morning, she discovered the bloated snake curled...
  • 5 Intriguing Things This American Observed on His Australia Trips

    03/17/2014 8:21:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/17/2014 | Robert Spencer
    I just returned from Australia, where I was speaking at a conference sponsored by AustraliaÂ’s superlative human rights group, the Q Society, along with Stop Islamisation of Nations (of which I am a board member). Also on the trip were Pamela Geller (SIONÂ’s president), Ashraf Ramelah of Voice of the Copts, Nonie Darwish of Former Muslims United, the Israeli scholar Mordechai Kedar, and numerous Australian human rights activists.Australia is a beautiful country full of marvelously friendly people, as I saw both on this trip and on my speaking tour of six Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, and Cairns)...
  • Macro Energy Shares Soar on Australian Stock Exchange Following Bitcoin Deal

    03/15/2014 4:26:19 PM PDT · by TsonicTsunami08 · 7 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | March 14, 2014 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Shares of Australian investment firm Macro Energy gained 42% yesterday, after news emerged that it plans to enter the bitcoin space and raise A$9.1m ($8.2m) in funding.
  • Britain’s 'finest WWII general' accused of child sex abuse in Australia

    03/14/2014 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 13 Mar 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman
    One of Britain’s greatest military commanders, Viscount Slim, has been accused of molesting children at a school for underprivileged youths while serving as the Queen’s representative in Australia. Bob Stevens, a claimant in a lawsuit against Fairbridge Farm, a school in Australia for mostly British child migrants, said Viscount Slim would arrive in his Rolls Royce and the “next minute we were sitting on his knee and he's got his hands up our trousers”. ... He was labelled “the finest general World War II produced” by Lord Mountbatten.
  • IRA terrorists 'plotted to kill Prince Philip with two bombs targeting Australian motorcade..

    03/10/2014 5:55:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mario Ledwith
    The IRA staged an audacious attempt to assassinate Prince Philip in Australia during an official trip, a former spy has claimed. The Irish paramilitary group allegedly planted two bombs targeting the Duke of Edinburgh’s cortege as he travelled through Sydney in 1973. Both devices were located minutes before the royal visitor was due to pass, prompting an immediate security operation to allay the threat.
  • Howard rates as our (Australia's) best PM of the past four decades

    03/09/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 10th March 2014 | Troy Bramston
    • JOHN Howard has been named Australia’s best prime minister of the past 40 years, followed by Bob Hawke, with Gough Whitlam and Kevin Rudd tying for third place. The poll, conducted last week by Essential Research and provided exclusively to The Australian, shows that 39 per cent of voters ranked Mr Howard, the Liberal prime minister from 1996 to 2007, as the best. Labor’s Mr Hawke was rated as the best prime minister by 14 per cent of voters. A further 8 per cent of voters chose Mr Whitlam while another 8 per cent selected Mr Rudd. Paul Keating...
  • Millstones & Macquarie Grammar School (Austrailia)

    03/06/2014 9:43:06 PM PST · by Impala64ssa
    Bernard Gaynor ^ | Bernard Gaynor
    According to St Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 18, Jesus Christ had some very harsh words of warning for those who scandalise children. And according to an article on the Sydney Daily Telegraph website, dated February 19, Dr Darryl Gauld stated that he was letting his students march in the Mardi Gras to promote the Macquarie Grammar School. These are the exact words of St Matthew: And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula

    03/05/2014 5:30:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | March 05, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The eggs from this chicken may form into stars. The above pictured emission nebula, cataloged as IC 2944, is called the Running Chicken Nebula for the shape of its greater appearance. The image was taken recently from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and presented in scientifically assigned colors. Seen near the center of the image are small, dark molecular clouds rich in obscuring cosmic dust. Called Thackeray's Globules for their discoverer, these "eggs" are potential sites for the gravitational condensation of new stars, although their fates are uncertain as they are also being rapidly eroded away by the intense...