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sydney auction clearance rates slump below 70 per cent, suggesting soft start to spring

more than 30 per cent of auction properties in sydney failed to sell at the weekend as wary buyers opted not to compete for second-tier houses and apartments.b and c-grade properties (unrenovated, on main roads, near commercial and industrial sites) almost always do well in a boom market. but experts say sydney is returning to a “normal” market in which real estate transactions are being driven by traditional factors such as a demand for larger family accommodation or a need to downsize, rather than straight-up property speculation.the big spin-off from these changed market conditions is that the second-best properties aren’t selling nearly as well as they did late last year.the most expensive property sold on saturday was 1503/61 mac...




boy, 17, critical after shooting in neerim east

a 17-year-old boy has been flown to the royal melbourne hospital in a critical condition after a shooting at neerim east, 115 kilometres east of melbourne.paramedics were called to the scene about 2pm to attend to a boy with head injuries.    photo: paul roverepolice spokeswoman creina o'grady said police were at the scene of a firearms inciden...




ainslie forward hayden armstrong faces anxious wait for afl canberra grand final

ainslie have booked their ticket to another afl canberra grand final but they'll be sweating on the availability of hayden armstrong after he was reported before the bounce.armstrong's premiership dreams could go up in smoke for a second year running following a pre-match melee in his side's 16.10 (106) to 3.12 (30) victory over the eastlake demons at gungahlin enclosed oval on sunday. afl canberra preliminary final between ainslie tricolours and eastlake demons at gungahlin enclosed.?ainslie celebrate a jack powell goal photo: rohan thomsonthe ainslie forward went to shake hands with his opposite man before the bounce but copped a jab to the stomach in return.he was locked in a tussle with two rival players before ...




canberra raiders leader sia soliola set for nrl return against melbourne storm

he's renowned as the canberra raiders' spiritual leader but sia soliola went through a tough patch of his own during his ban for the high shot that flattened billy slater.soliola is set to return from a five-game suspension for the raiders against slater and the melbourne storm on saturday night. sia soliola returns. photo by karleen minney. photo: karleen minneythe raiders are playing for pride after manly playmaker daly cherry-evans nailed a left-foot field goal in golden point to beat the new zealand warriors and shatter canberra's finals hopes.manly is now four points ahead of the raiders with just one game left and soliola will look to inspire the green machine in their bid to finish on a high.the 30-year-old collec...




sydney swans expect kurt tippett to be fit for elimination final against essendon

sydney is confident kurt tippett will be fit for the swans' first final after re-injuring his troublesome ankle against carlton.the ruckman had scans on the weekend and if results come back as expected, the swans believe tippett will take his place in the side to face essendon in an elimination final. 'absolute freak': lance franklin kicked 10 against the blues and is in scintillating form heading into the finals. photo: aapthe dons, wooden-spooners last year, booked their place in the eight after overcoming fremantle, while richmond's comfortable win over st kilda send the swans back to sixth position.tippett hurt his ankle in the first term but returned to play out the second and third quarters. he sat out the final term a...




a year since the rio olympics, the legacy of the games is tattered

maracana stadium pulsed with samba, bossa nova and forro music a year ago during the closing ceremony of the 2016 rio olympic games, but since then, brazil's storied temple of soccer has barely been used.odebrecht, the giant construction company that helped renovate the stadium and is the majority shareholder in stadium concessionaire maracana sa, is embroiled in a massive brazilian corruption scandal. the soccer arena has scarcely been maintained and the concessionaire has asked for such high rental rates that most teams can't afford to play there. a security guard makes his rounds before an anniversary event at which one of the musical groups performing on an outdoor stage had to make repeated announcements to muster an audience of fe...




a fishmonger's death has sparked a months-long protest in morocco

what began as a spontaneous movement calling for a serious inquiry into the gruesome death of a fishmonger in the mountainous the rif region along morocco's coast has turned into one of the longest protest movements in north africa since the arab spring.the protesters are seeking to draw attention to government corruption, as well as to the neglect of infrastructure and economic development in the region. nasser zefzafi, the leader of the group organising the protests — known as hirak chaabi, or the popular movement — has been in jail since late may. in 2011, morocco's king mohammed vi pushed for constitutional reforms and ceded some power to parliament in response to arab spring protests. photo: moroccan royal palacewhen the arab sp...




keeping palestinians involved is a victory for the us's middle east negotiators

president donald trump's middle east emissaries spent this week energetically selling his israeli-palestinian peace initiative throughout the arab world, from saudi arabia and egypt to the united arab emirates and qatar. then they got to israel and the palestinian territories.at the end of their meetings in jerusalem and ramallah, the best that trump's senior adviser, jared kushner, and his special envoy, jason d. greenblatt, could manage was a two-line statement saying that the palestinians had agreed not to bolt from the us-led process. a perception that donald trump's team is stocked with staunchly pro-israel figures, like son-in-law jared kushner, isn't helping peace efforts. photo: apin the exhausted, jaded, disillusioned world o...




opposition mounts to plan for developer deals on city's public housing estates

plans to sell off public housing land at nine sites across melbourne to private developers have been opposed by six of the eight melbourne councils where residents are affected.the andrews government is fast-tracking plans to sell the nine sites, in some of the city's most exclusive locations: brighton, hawthorn, clifton hill, ascot vale, north melbourne, flemington, brunswick west, northcote and heidelberg west. apartments that would be built on land between the existing flemington public housing towers.  photo: victorian governmentdevelopers who succeed in buying a site off the government will have to rebuild the existing public housing – with at least 10 per cent additional dwellings for the poor.this will lead to around 1100 more...




st george illawarra dragons break penrith panthers' winning streak without dumped josh dugan

st george illawarra dropped josh dugan for disciplinary reasons and still managed to keep their nrl finals hopes alive with a 16-14 victory that snapped penrith's seven-match winning streak.representative star dugan was a late withdrawal from sunday's must-win clash at pepper stadium after reportedly missing the team bus to the ground. spectacular: matthew dufty beats the tackles of nathan cleary and dallin watene zelezniak to score. photo: aapbut, without him, the dragons held onto a slender two-point lead for the final 20 minutes to keep the early season competition leaders in the hunt for the top eight.they remain ninth, but with a far superior for-and-against to penrith, north queensland and manly, who are each t...




tigers in top four as saints bid final farewell to veteran nick riewoldt

richmond4.2  11.5  12.7  19.8 (122)st kilda 1.2   4.3    8.6   12.9  (81)goals - richmond:  townsend 5,  riewoldt 3,  grigg 3,  butler 2,  martin 2,  prestia 2, graham, cotchin. st kilda: gresham 5,  billings 2, membrey 2, longer, bruce,  riewoldt. best - richmond: martin, astbury, cotchin, b ellis, nankervis, townsend, grigg.st kilda: gresham, billings,  dunstan, longer, steele.umpires: donlon, nicholls, hosking.crowd: 69,104 at the mcg.this match may well live on in football history as nick riewoldt's swansong, but in the context of this season it could well be remembered as the victory that set up richmond's tilt at a flag.manly's finals hopes alive after thrillervideo duration01:30previous slidenext slidevideo du...




it's time to acknowledge our colonial terrorism

for the past few days i have listened to people i admire and people i don't, talk about the challenge of facing up to our colonial past. one comment that struck me the hardest on radio was that "none of australia's first europeans were as bad as their confederate counterparts in the united states".john batman is widely known as the founder of melbourne. he makes the american confederates look friendly. as a bounty hunter in tasmania he killed countless aboriginal people. in his words: "we only captured that night one woman and a male child about two years old … next morning we found one man very badly wounded (and) shortly after we found another, alive but very bad … on friday morning we left the place for my farm with the two men, wo...




concerning number of women suffering depression, anxiety: study

rates of anxiety and depression among australian women are at a "concerning" high, as women nationwide fail to meet the recommended rate of weekly physical activity, a new study has found.conducted by not-for-profit government funded organisation jean hailes for women's health, the study surveyed 10,000 women across australia aged 18 to 80 on their physical and mental health concerns. about 60 per cent women perceived themselves as "slightly" or "quite" overweight.  photo: istockmore than 40 per cent of women surveyed said they had been previously diagnosed with anxiety disorder or depression by a doctor or pyschologist, with a "concerning" number of all ages expressing trouble sleeping and "worrying excessively about dif...




glimpses of nocturnal activity within contemporary framework

dancenightdance nightdance offers a rigorous exploration of the ways bodies might move in different environments. photo: bryony jacksonmelanie lane ★★★arts house, north melbourne town halluntil august 27partially inspired by the berlin clubbing scene, choreographer melanie lane's nightdance offers glimpses of nocturnal activity within a contemporary movement framework. three dancers (lilian steiner, gregory lorenzutti, melanie lane) preen and gyrate in slow motion against a thumping electronic backing track, gradually deconstructing the movements that we might associate with performers at a strip show or drunken partygoers on the dance floor. against a black floor and with dim lighting, this movement forces us to question our ass...




mid-year gala finds favour with audience

musicthais ★★★½ sir andrew davis leads the melbourne symphony orchestra. photo: msomelbourne symphony orchestrahamer hall, august 26 erin wall sang the title role with finesse. photo: suppliedfor this mid-year gala, sir andrew davis presented a concert version of massenet's once-popular opera, thais: the tale of a fourth-century alexandrian courtesan who is persuaded to mend her ways by a determined monk, only to fall ill swiftly and die in religious ecstasy. not much of a story and outlined with a patchy score illuminated by the famous meditation, a soaring violin solo which, once introduced, enjoys regular revisits. in sydney, the national company mounted the same opera in concert last month: one of the oddest of programming...




josh dugan droppped for disciplinary reasons for dragons' match against penrith

josh dugan has been dropped for st george illawarra's crucial clash with penrith for disciplinary reasons.dugan was named in the dragons' 17 for the must-win match, but was withdrawn when teams were released an hour before kickoff. dropped: josh dugan will miss the dragons' key clash against penrith. photo: nrl photoskurt mann will move to the centres for the dragons in place of dugan, while josh mccrone will return to the starting line up in place of mann at h...




former thai pm yingluck shinawatra to seek asylum in uk

bangkok: former prime minister yingluck shinawatra has left her 15 year-old son in thailand and will seek asylum in the united kingdom after failing to show up for a negligence trial in which she faced 10 years' jail, according to sources in her party.ms yingluck arrived in dubai after flying in a private jet via singapore, sources said. judges hearing the charges against ms yingluck have delayed delivering their verdict until september 27. photo: sakchai lalither departure has prompted speculation in the thai media that the military-run government facilitated her escape after cutting a deal with her family.for two years the country's 50-year-old first female prime minister had been closely monitored by security ser...




hard to fault kehlani parrish who leaves many of her contemporaries for dead

kehlani★★★★☆ a former america's got talent finalist, kehlani parrish has developed into a fully-fledged crossover machine. enmore theatre, august 26r&b shows in sydney have a dismal track record when it comes to matching their hype. artists regularly fail to show up, and when they do, they typically rely on a combination of djs or backing tracks to do the heavy lifting before skipping offstage in less than an hour. such low expectations work wonders for a firebrandsuch as kehlani parrish, who at only 22 years old, leaves many of her contemporaries for dead. a former america's got talent finalist, parrish has developed into a fully-fledged crossover machine, with the vocal power of a young rihanna, the grooves of tlc and kin...




conor's performance a win for the ufc

what many thought would be the 'farce of the century' turned out to be an enthralling contest. we said there would be no winners bar the two men lining their pockets, but we ended up with no losers instead.messi double secures away win for barcelonavideo duration01:20previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:40mayweather finishes mcgregormayweather finishes mcgregorfloyd mayweather put an end to an entertaining fight with conor mcgregor in the tenth round to seal a 50-0 record.messi double secures away win for barcelonavideo duration01:20video duration01:20messi double secures away win for ...messi double secures away win for barcelonatwo second half goals by lionel messi gets barcelona over the line against alaves.atletico madrid dominate ...




charles bentley, would anybody like to go to the antarctic?

charles bentley, who in the 1950s led a team of scientists that measured the west antarctic ice sheet for the first time, and who later explained the mechanics of the fast-moving ice streams that drain the sheet, has died at his home in oakland, california, aged 87.professor bentley was a doctoral candidate in geophysics at columbia university when one of his teachers stepped out of his office and asked, "would anybody like to go to the antarctic?" charles bentley on a research trip to antarctica in 1964. photo: us navy bentley raised his hand. "i thought that sounded like a pretty good deal," he said. after boarding a ship in panama and making his way up a new trail from little america on the ross ice shelf to byrd station, built for...