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nude swimmers take the plunge for charity in lake burley griffin

swimming nude in the lake in the middle of winter sounds nuts, but these people took the plunge on thursday morning for a good reason - the second canberra winter solstice nude charity swim."last year, we had four [people], and we did it illegally," organiser ian lindeman said.the sound of bagpipes serenaded swimmers as they plunged nude into lake burley griffin for a charity dip on thursday morning.photo: karleen minney"we still raised $2100, but this year, we got through all the hoops and we're very, very happy with the turnout for two great causes."mr lindeman said he expected this year's event would raise more than $10,000 for charities lifeline and love your sister.participants in the winter solstice swim on the shores of lake bur...




mother charged with child neglect after baby left with permanent disabilities

a mother has been charged after a seven-week-old baby boy was allegedly left permanently disabled after having seizures for at least 24 hours before he was taken to hospital.police were called after the baby was taken to the children's hospital at westmead on april 17, suffering from ongoing seizures.a 27-year-old woman was arrested at a home at dundas and charged with child ne...




2018 world cup: the lowdown for australia v denmark

the key menchristian erikseneven when not at his best, christian eriksen is decisive. denmark’s star was far from his most intimidating in their opening round win over peru but still set-up the only goal of the game with a superb through ball. he is fast, mobile, possesses an accurate passing game and can score from distance. a danger from set pieces, he is the complete modern-day attacking midfielder and will operate as the fulcrum of denmark's attack.tom rogicaustralia’s attacking x-factor should find more space and time on the ball against denmark than he did when being marked by france’s defensive midfielder, n’golo kante. rogic was kept quiet but will look to find more space in the socceroos’ second game. australia’s coach,...




maroons on high alert for james tedesco as slater, napa train

queensland have made stopping james tedesco a priority as they continue preparations for game two of the origin series, to be played in sydney on sunday.tedesco tore the maroons to shreds in the opener and his name was called out more than once as queensland went through an opposed at sanctuary cove against the residents team.elusive: james tedesco attempts to break the tackle of cameron munster.photo: aap nsw were too fast through the middle at the mcg, allowing tedesco to take full advantage. his contribution to queensland's 50-plus missed tackle count was sizeable.returning maroons fullback billy slater had nothing but admiration for his o...




nude winter solstice swim in lake burley griffin

1/29canberra's 2018 winter solstice nude charity swim. participants raised money for local charities lifeline can...




us stepping up earth's protection from asteroids, comets

there's no quick solution if a space rock is suddenly days, weeks or even months from striking, according to johnson. but such short notice would give the world time, at least, to evacuate the area it might hit, he said.an asteroid nearing earth - in an artist's rendering.photo: nasaground telescopes are good at picking up asteroids zooming into the inner solar system and approaching from the night side of earth, johnson said. what's difficult to detect are rocks that have already zipped past the sun and are heading out of the solar system, approaching from the day side.that's apparently what happened in 2013 when an asteroid about 20 metres in size suddenly appeared and exploded over chelyabinsk, russia, damaging thousands of buildings ...




'embarassed' mickelson apologises for us open rules violation

phil mickelson apologised on wednesday for putting a moving ball during the third round of last week's us open, saying he is "embarrassed" for a lapse in judgment that sparked a storm of controversy.the five-time major champion was already out of contention for victory when he deliberately prevented his ball from rolling off the 13th green at shinnecock hills in southampton, new york, by running after the ball and hitting it back towards the hole.phil mickelson.photo: ap"i know this...




free whoppers for a world cup star's baby: burger king pulls sexist ad

"burger king, within the framework of social responsibility, has appointed a reward for girls who get pregnant from the stars of world football," the ad reads in part, according to a deadspin translation. "each will receive 3 million rubles and a lifelong supply of whoppers. for these girls, it will be possible to get the best football genes, and will lay down the success of the russian national team on several generations ahead. forward! we believe in you!"the ad was posted on tuesday morning. it was deleted on tuesday night after a scathing social media reaction. in a statement, burger king apologised for the ad."we are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in russia launched online," the company's public relatio...




canberra action-packed summer of cricket gets even bigger

cricket act have added another blockbuster fixture to its already jam-packed summer, with manuka oval to host a sheffield shield match between rivals queensland and new south wales in november.canberra will also host an historic first test match, between australia and sri lanka from february 1-5 at manuka, as well as a women's twenty20 international between australia and new zealand.manuka oval has added another fixture to its blockbuster summer.photo: melissa adamsthe annual p...




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coronial findings, cold case investigations may be re-opened under new laws

phoebe handsjuk was found dead in the chute at a st kilda road apartment building in 2010. photo: suppliednew laws introduced to state parliament today will make it easier for victorian families to have coronial findings set aside and cold case investigations re-opened.the legislative changes to be outlined by attorney general martin pakula were sparked by the age's investigative podcast, phoebe’s fall, which examined a questionable coronial finding in relation to the 2010 garbage chute death of melbourne woman phoebe handsjuk.phoebe handsjuk’s family was advised it ...




new zealand pm jacinda ardern in labour with first child

the 37-year-old ardern would become just the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth while in office, after the late pakistan prime minister benazir bhutto gave birth to daughter bakhtawar in 1990.ardern's due date was june 17. the birth has been highly anticipated in the south pacific nation of nearly 5 million people. she has not said whether she's expecting a boy or a girl.ardern's office confirmed she had arrived at the hospital with partner clarke gayford.with peters as acting prime minister, ardern plans ...




instagram unveils new video service in challenge to youtube

the initiative comes as parent company facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users' personal information.instagram's move will be a threat to youtube,photo: apinstagram ceo kevin systrom told the associated press that he hopes igtv will emerge as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.that is what's already happening on youtube, which has become the world's most popular video outlet since google bought it for $us1.76 billion nearly 12 years ago. youtube now boasts 1.8 billion users.instagram, which facebook bought for $us1 billion six years ago, now has 1 billion users, u...




why on earth is this man up for a gold logie?

"you don't just buy a property," winter says. "you buy the emotion it creates inside you."to be clear, commercial networks aren't too worried about who claims the gold statue. they're more perturbed by what winter's nomination represents: their declining influence. after all, it's the australian public who put him in the race – ahead of many (higher-profile) broadcast stars.the logies are not a weighted survey of our viewing habits; they reflect the preferences of tv week readers and anyone motivated enough to vote online. these voters are old-school fans, unabashed in their enthusiasm for their favourite shows.winter, right, speaks with a couple desperate to sell their newly renovated home.photo: foxtelwhen smart alecs on twitt...




'perfect storm': what is behind the australian dollar's horror week

national australia bank currency strategist ray attrill said the domestic economy and accompanying rba rates strategy are not the main reasons for the sharp losses by the australian dollar over the past week."it's not really the driver," he said. "the domestic story hasn't really changed. rba signals have been consistent in pointing to glacial progress on interest rates. the rba has made it clear that rates are not a near-term story."loadingwhat has changed is the global economic backdrop, with escalating trade war tensions between the us and china adding to building concerns over emerging markets, particularly in china where stocks fell sharply on monday.mr attrill said that the latest downward move in the australian dollar illustrat...




melbourne express: thursday, june 21, 2018

morning, all. welcome to melbourne express for this thursday. hope your morning is off to a good start.melburnians getting ready for the day. photo: eddie jimit's currently a nippy 5 degree...




bishop breaks ranks on church report into child abuse royal commission

more than 60 per cent of abuse allegations to the commission related to catholic institutions.attorney-general christian porter responded to questions about the tjhc report by saying the key to protecting future generations was for “all those involved to be open and transparent about what occurred and what is being done to prevent a recurrence”.state governments and institutions that decide not to accept the commission’s recommendations “should state so and why”, mr porter said.in nsw parliament on tuesday, nsw greens mp and justice spokesperson david shoebridge, who played a key role in the campaign for a royal commission, lodged a notice of motion calling for the report’s immediate release because “it’s well past time that ...




costa scores again spain beat iran

iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.loadinga goal by saeid ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (var), while karim ansarifard had earlier hammered into the side netting.iran coach carlos queiroz had rung in the changes, dropping captain masoud shojaei and forward alireza jahanbakhsh to the bench, while recalling holding midfielder ezatolahi from suspension and promoting mehdi taremi.the expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting spain to a handful of chances in the first half.david silva sent a free kick straight into the arms of keeper ali beiranvand in the 2...




mark zuckerberg's wealth soars as facebook shares rocket

facebook  co-founder mark zuckerberg is poised to leapfrog warren buffett to become the world's third-richest person.facebook chief executive mark zuckerberg has had a year to forget, but his wealth continues to soar.photo: bloombergzuckerberg, more than a half-century younger than the berkshire hathaway chairman, is now worth $us81.3 billion ($110 billion), gaining $us8.5 billion this year as facebook shook off a data-privacy crisis that caused its stock to tumble 18 per cent. its rebound from a closing low of $us152.22 on march 27 to a record $us201.45 on wall street, narrowing the gap with buffett to $us725 million...




'it's my money, that's it': katiusha stepanyan stashed $200,000 in suspected drug money

loadingstepanyan was invited to stand in the room while the batch of money - totalling $29,500 - was counted, and again told officers she had no comment."i don't like making comments about anything i don't need to," she said. "it's my money, that's it."a further $31,500 was found in the pocket of a jacket hanging in her wardrobe, while $160,000 was seized from a black handbag in the bottom corner of a cupboard.at the time, stepanyan was being paid $80,000 per year.katiusha stepanyan avoided jail despite facing up to a decade behind bars after police seized more than $220,000 in cash from her bedroom.photo: facebookaccording to the agreed facts, police have a "reasonable suspicion" the money was derived from the sale of cocaine, beca...