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American and Qantas Getting Close to Offering Reciprocal Upgrades

American and Qantas were drumming up excitement for their enhanced joint venture back in the fall, and that included talk of reciprocal upgrades across the two airlines. AAdvantage President Suzanne Rubin told the Sydney Morning Herald...Show More Summary

After she was denied a cup of coffee, Alexandra Smith wrote about the condescending way strangers treat pregnant women.

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

In a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald, Alexandra Smith, the paper's education editor, recently detailed a frustrating experience she had while being pregnant for the third time. Smith explained how, after fasting for a series of blood tests, she craved a cup of coffee. Show More Summary

Aussie CSIRO: Massive cuts to Government Climate Jobs

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Sydney Morning Herald reports that 350 research jobs are to be cut at the government CSIRO. Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe Fears that some of Australia’s most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job…

Two Friends Have a Close Call With a Lightning Strike That Hits the Boat Shed They Are Standing In

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Two friends named Nick and Daniel filmed a lightning strike in Sydney, Australia’s Oyster Bay as it hit the boat shed they were standing in to shelter from the storm. After the incident, the young men appeared on the Australian morning show Sunrise to discuss their near miss. via Yahoo News, Neatorama

U.N. to Decide if Wikileaks Founder Assange is Detained Unlawfully

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

A U.N. decision on whether or not Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, is being unlawfully detained is due to be announced on Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Assange’s movements have been limited since...Show More Summary

Trump is no conservative. Well, he wasn’t yesterday, anyway, and may not be tomorrow

Mark Kenny of the Sydney Morning Herald claims Donald Trump is ”ultra-conservative”, confirming how little this political commentator knows about US politics or…

For the First Time, Marriage Equality Has the Votes to Pass in Australia’s Parliament

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Support for marriage equality in Australia’s parliament has reached critical mass in both houses for the first time ever, according to the Sydney Morning Herald: According to the key lobby group leading the charge for a broadened definition of… Read The post For the First Time, Marriage Equality Has the Votes to Pass in Australia’s Parliament appeared first on Towleroad.

Jerry Bruckheimer Hints At ‘Top Gun 2’ With Photo Of Himself And Tom Cruise

Jerry Bruckheimer has re-ignited talk of a possible sequel to the 1986 Top Gun, after posting a photo of himself and original star Tom Cruise on Twitter, The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting. On Tuesday afternoon, Bruckheimer posted a photo of himself and the 53-year-old Cruise, and captioned it with an explanation that will get... Show More Summary

Australian counter-terrorism police raid Melbourne properties

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian counter-terrorism police on Friday morning said they had raided multiple properties in Melbourne amid heightened fears of attacks by home-grown militants inspired by Islamic State.

Oaktree Taking Quiksilver Private

Oaktree Capital Management, the deep pockets that saved Billabong, is hoping to take Quiksilver private when it emerges from bankruptcy, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Oaktree Capital Management will own more than 90 per cent of the shares in Quiksilver and will take the company private if a US court approves […]

Tennis Match-Fixing: Former Australian Star Nick Lindahl Pleads Guilty

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

An Australian former tennis professional pled guilty to a charge relating to match-fixing Monday morning as tennis continued to be mired in corruption controversy. A Sydney court heard how Nick Lindahl, 27, a former rising star of Australian...Show More Summary

One person's costs is another person's income

What a relief!According to Jessica Gardner in the Sydney Morning Herald, a recent report suggesting that the growth in utilization of the Australia private health care system might slow down is off base.Two rival private hospital leaders,...Show More Summary

Samuel L. Jackson & 'Hateful Eight' Cast Attend Australian Premiere

Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell hit the red carpet at the Australian premiere of The Hateful Eight on Wednesday (January 13) in Sydney, Australia. The 67-year-old actor told the Sydney Morning Herald that his role in the movie is one of his favorites. “It’s always the last one, because the memory is [...]

I Flew Jetstar Economy — How Bad Was It?

Yesterday we needed to fly from Queenstown to Sydney, and booking a revenue ticket ended up being the most practical option. Virgin Australia had a flight in the afternoon, while Jetstar had a flight in the morning. The timing of the...Show More Summary

Cocky Man Uses Penis Doodle As His Official Signature

last monthNews : Huffington Post

You have to admire a man who's willing to put in writing that he's a dick.  An attention-starved law student in Australia has been drawing a penis as his signature, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Jared Hyams of Victoria has battled authorities for five years for the right to use a crudely drawn phallic doodle as his John Hancock, the paper notes. Show More Summary

Madonna’s Son Rocco May Be Tired Of Being Embarrassed By His Mother, Choosing To Live With Father Guy Ritchie

Madonna has always been known as flamboyant and riding on the edge, but apparently it might be just this behavior that drove her son Rocco to flee to England to live with his father. The Sydney Morning Herald reveals that there has been speculation that Madonna has repeatedly humiliated Rocco by posting embarrassing photos of... Show More Summary

Guns N’ Roses To Reunite, Ending One Of The Greatest Feuds In Rock And Roll History

Guns N’ Roses lost their guitarist 23 years ago, but The Sydney Morning Herald reports that they are reuniting to bring back their old act for the 2016 Coachella Music Festival. Apparently, this will end one of the greatest feuds in rock and roll history as Axl Rose and guitarist Slash come together again. Show More Summary

Soundwave Festival Canceled — And The Money Owed Is Staggering

Australia’s Soundwave festival has officially been canceled. While there was a huge lineup set for the event, these bands are now owed a large sum of money. And here’s the list. According to Sydney Morning Herald, the Soundwave festival was canceled because the event’s headlining band removed itself from the list. Show More Summary

Sydney Tornado: Powerful Storm System Brings Damaging Winds To Australian City

A tornado touched down in Sydney, Australia Wednesday morning (Sydney time), causing moderate damage and sending at least three people to the hospital, News Corp Australia is reporting. At about 10:30 A.M. Sydney time (about 6:30 P.M. Show More Summary

Taylor Swift’s Generosity To Fan With Cystic Fibrosis

Taylor Swift has been spreading good cheer, charity, and generosity lately. Maybe it’s just the holiday spirit flowing through her veins. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Swift’s most recent act of kindness was meeting a girl who has cystic fibrosis. Show More Summary

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