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four former presidents among mourners at barbara bush funeral

houston: four of the united states' five living former presidents gathered at a houston church on saturday to remember the life, legacy and trademark pearls of former first lady barbara bush, who died on tuesday at the age of 92.former presidents barack obama, george w bush, bill clinton and george bush joined about 1500 guests at st martin's episcopal church, which she and her husband, former president george hw bush, began attending soon after moving to houston in the late 1950s.former president george hw bush looks at the casket...




suspected florida school shooter appears in court

florida: a gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case and opened fire at a florida high school has been denied bond during his first court appearance.a handcuffed sky bouche appeared on saturday before judge willard pope via video conference at the marion county jail. the ocala star-banner reports a second court date was set for next month.a shackled sky bouche, 19, is led to the court.bouche told the ...




investigators enter syria's douma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens

gathering environmental evidence will be especially complicated, famini said.both agents believed to be used in the attack degrade over time, making tests for the actual agent difficult, he said.the team had been waiting for a week to enter douma, just a six-mile drive northeast from where they were staying in the capital, because of what russian and syrian authorities said were security issues.the city was the recent focal point of a large-scale government campaign aimed at routing armed rebel factions from ghouta, the suburban areas ringing the capital.during the final phase of that assault, opposition activists and medical workers contend troops loyal to syrian president bashar assad bombed two areas of douma with chemical-filled barrel ...




woman stabbed 'multiple times' at inner sydney unit block

two people were arrested after a woman was stabbed at a redfern unit block in the early hours of sunday.police said the woman, 35, had suffered multiple stab wounds when emergency serves were called to the walker street block shortly after midnight.she was treated at the scene and taken to hospital, where she was in a...




red cross says employee killed in yemen

the international committee of the red cross (icrc) said on saturday one of its employees had been killed in a shooting in the yemeni city of taiz.it made the announcement on its twitter feed, and said it was trying to find out more information about the incident.yemeni officials and the icrc named the man as hanna lahoud, a lebanese national, who was killed in taiz in southwestern yemen by unknown gunmen who opened fire on a car.lahoud was in charge of the icrc's detention programme in yemen,...




trump does not think personal lawyer michael cohen will 'flip'

florida: president donald trump said on saturday that he doesn't expect michael cohen, his long-time personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates cohen's business dealings.trump, in a series of tweets, accused the new york times and one of its reporters of "going out of their way to destroy michael cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip"' - a term that can mean cooperating with the government in exchange for leniency.replayreplay videoloadingplay video"most people will flip if the government lets them out of trou...




dignitaries, sports stars arrive for barbara bush funeral

houston: four former us presidents are among about 1500 mourners gathering at a houston church for the funeral of former first lady barbara bush, the matriarch of one of the country's most prominent political dynasties.flags were flown at half-mast for the wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the nation's 43rd. the first attendees arrived on city buses escorted by houston police motorcycle units on saturday morning, and walked into st martin's episcopal church in h...




it is important for good people not to lose heart

q: during the recent cricket ball-tampering scandal, i saw a young sportsman being interviewed. he summed up his attitude to the controversy by saying, "nice guys come second". i was shocked. how can we hope for a better world, more equitable gender relationships, or more compassionate politicians if this is the attitude towards competition that is being taught to young people? this certainly seems to be a recipe for success among our world leaders, but what kind of world are they creating?a: as people in the west rejected organised religion, and followed the path of personal ambition and competition, being kind came to be equated with being weak. we keep hearing about a need for "cultural change" in many of our institutions – the police...




techknow

i tested uniden's igo cam 60 and garmin's 65w. common features that make incident video genuinely useful include: relatively high resolution; wide-angle lenses; time stamping; and gps geotagging. both can also automatically save video if the vehicle swerves or collides; record if the parked vehicle is bumped; and loop record so new video replaces old when the sd card is full.driver-assist features include warnings for speeding, frontal collision and lane departure. the latter didn't function well when testing the uniden. this may have been due to it not being optimally positioned, which is challenging given optimal driver viewing is also important, and the mount's sticker only works once.garmin 65w $349the best of garmin's three dash cams...




short cuts

i am not a witch ★★★★ m, 93 minutes. australian centre for the moving image, until monday, may 7.beginning with a tourist party stopping at a ramshackle zambian zoo where those caged are purportedly witches, the debut feature of filmmaker rungano nyoni confidently declares itself as a bracing satire of dogma and discrimination, while also serving as a reminder that the illogical perpetually presents itself as the logical. when several minor incidents lead villagers to accuse an eight-year-old newcomer, shula (terrific newcomer margaret mulubwa) of being a witch, the child is forced to accept the claims and is sent to a witch camp, which is at once a government reformatory and a lucrative work detail. nyoni not only captures the absur...




keeping time and greening the environment with the wewood watch

wewood watchthis designer watch doesn't cost the earth. in fact, when you treat yourself to a wewood watch you not only gain a timeless piece of hardware but also help the world get a little bit greener. at the heart of wewood is sustainability, which means that every purchase of a wewood watch...




books top 10

top 10 non fiction#1 the barefoot investor scott pape john wiley $29.95 #2 csiro low-carb every day grant brinkworth & dr pennie taylor macmillan $34.99 #3 the subtle art of not giving a f--- mark manson macmillan $29.99 #4 12 rules for life jordan b. peterson allen lane $35 #5 good night stories for rebel girls elena favilli & francesca cavallo particular books $35 #6 the csiro low-carb diet...




growing a food bank for our children

we kids moved in packs, the older protecting the younger. some gardens were out of bounds but mulberries, paw paws, persimmons, bunya nuts, strawberries, mangos and macadamia nuts were free for any kids, plus the newspaper packages of veg mr doo or mrs lewis gave out to anyone they thought needed them.there are ''free food'' gardens around australia. i know one in nsw, two in sa, one that belongs to a library, and several school gardens in tasmania coordinated by a charity not just so the kids can learn about growing things, but so that families always have enough healthy food to eat.volunteers plant and tend and anyone can take as much as they want. according to the volunteers, the gardens have never been abused.so what to plant? and wh...




our water supply top drop

question: do i need a water filter in canberra?canberra is fortunate to have good water resources and great quality drinking water. the majority of our drinking water is sourced from protected catchments. it is filtered and disinfected at treatment plants. icon water's drop won the water industry operations association nsw and act water taste test just last year.most of our water is from protected catchments.photo: paul jonesthis process includes a pre-treatment of alum and a polymer coagulant to encourage solid particles in the water that could host viruses and bacteria to group together as large...




the story of the j20 trial

across the us, almost 60 bills have been introduced in republican-controlled state legislatures since trump’s election broadening the definition of rioting or increasing penalties for protesters found to have broken the law.the j20 trial, as it has come to be known, is now part of a broader struggle over the right to dissent.protesters burn a limousine during the january 20 demonstrations against the inauguration of us president donald trump.photo: new york times“what’s new about the j20 is not that a lot of people protesting got mass arrested, because we’ve seen that for decades. what’s alarming is that so many people were charged with felony conspiracy to riot, which is unprecedented,” says traci yoder, director of research and...




private school enrolments projected to flatline as parents choose public

the funding has been criticised by teacher unions, who are calling for a similar fund for public schools, but the federal government says that is a responsibility of the states.the projections show private school enrolments increasing from 1,324,360 in 2017 to about 1,333,000 this year, and climbing to 1,375,000 by 2021. from there until 2027, growth in enrolments is expected to slip to an average of 6000 a year, and as little as 3000 in year 2026.in recent years that figure has been growing by about 20,000 students each year.conversely, public school enrolments are expected to leap by 150,000 in just three years, then slow to a growth of 15,000-20,000 a year by 2026-27. until 2012, public schools were adding only about 10,000 students a yea...




sydney school prepares students for world beyond the classroom

ms quince said the model integrates english, hsie (human society and its environment) and pdhpe (personal development, health and physical education) into a humanities stream; and science, tas (technological and applied studies) and maths into a stem stream.students learn subject theory in their villages before moving into tribes of 20 with access to teachers with different subject expertise.they then split into crews of three to five students to develop projects that apply that theoretical knowledge.students are assessed on the projects and associated work."we wanted students to have a choice and a voice and this allows students to decide [what to do]," ms quince said."students pitch their projects and receive feedback from relevant adul...




it's been a big week in art ... with jim pavlidis

illustration: jim pavlidis‘‘if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.’’ so goes the popular proverb, but what if you realised that in trying, trying, trying again you’re simply beating, beating, beating your head against a wall?brilliant south african artist william kentridge was once an aspiring actor before ‘‘i was fortunate to discover at a theatre school that i was so bad an actor … i was reduced to an artist.’’william kentridge says he w...




multiple dead and missing after boat accident in southern china

rescuers search for missing boaters on the taohua river in guilin, in southern china.photo: apbeijing: five people were killed on saturday and multiple others were missing after two dragon boats capsized in southern china, causing 60 people to fall into the water, state broadcaster cctv reported.two dragon boats that capsized sit in the water on the taohua river in guilin.photo: apthe boats had been rehearsing for a race in the taohua river in the city of guilin when the ac...




jimmy maloney making instant impact out west with panthers

maloney looks like he has plenty of fun on the field and at training, so it was little wonder a few of his former teammates had the giggles when recalling their favourite maloney stories.mitchell pearce won the title with maloney at the roosters and went into battle with him for nsw.fast starter: james maloney has always enjoyed success in his first years at nrl clubs.photo: nrl photospearce remembered one pre-season at the bondi club when all the players decided to go on a detox diet."everybody bought into it except jimmy,'' pearce recalls."he said, 'i'm not doing it'. we'd be sitting around eating salmon and raw vegetables, and he'd walk in every day with his chicken sandwich from subway."he can be stubborn. but i have a lot of...