Author Archives: andrew sam

Backing Multicultural Small Businesses

Minister for Small Business John Barilaro is encouraging the Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese small business communities to meet with recently recruited multicultural business advisors in Fairfield, Merrylands and Cabramatta. On board the Small Biz Bus in June will be four dedicated business advisors to support small business owners with frontline services that helps their businesses grow and develop. “The ...

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Depp dogs saga could deter stars: Doohan

Film stars like Johnny Depp will be less likely to come to Australia after the saga surrounding the actor’s dogs, his friend Mick Doohan has warned. The five-time motorcycle racing world champion said although he thinks Depp found the ordeal “quite humorous”, he was surprised about the media attention over smuggling in his pooches Pistol and Boo. The so-called “war ...

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Film legend Omar Sharif has been diagnosed with an illness

Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, star of such classics as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his agent has said. The agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed news first reported by the Spanish daily El Mundo, which cited the 83-year-old actor’s son Tarek. Kenis gave no further details in an email to AFP. Known for ...

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10 Ways You Can Help Nepal After the Deadly Earthquake

Want to help Nepal? Then do one or more of the following things: Donate to a major charity Companies like (but not limited to) World Vision, Oxfam and the Red Cross are on the ground in Nepal helping with relief efforts. Whichever is your preference, giving money to charities who have specific operations on the ground will be one of ...

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Q & A with Jason Clare MP

Q & A with Jason Clare MP Shadow Minister for Communications and Member for Blaxland Jason Clare sits down for a Q&A session with Naomi Tsvirko, answering questions about metadata retention legislation, the proposed budget, media representation of western Sydney and the future of the Australian Labor Party.   ON METADATA RETENTION LEGISLATION NAOMI TSVIRKO: Once the metadata retention bill ...

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Depp unofficial face of Aust biosecurity

Hollywood star Johnny Depp has unwittingly become the face of a campaign telling the world not to mess with Australia’s hard-line biosecurity regime. That’s how the federal government is promoting its “war on terrier” after winning Australia widespread international attention for telling Depp’s dogs to “bugger off” back to the United States or be put down. “There’s a lot of ...

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Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

Amid a bitter public fight with Israel’s government, President Barack Obama has donned a yarmulke and pitched his nuclear deal with Iran and the case for a Palestinian state directly to US Jews. Visiting Washington’s conservative Adas Israel synagogue on Friday, Obama embarked on a Hebrew-sprinkled charm offensive which stressed that US-Israeli relations encompass more than just official links with ...

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Vivid show set to light up Sydney

Record crowds are expected at the Vivid Sydney light show extravaganza on Friday night when the switch is flicked on. The festival of lights, music and ideas runs for 18 nights and will feature more than 60 works as well as musical performances and special talks, including a Q&A with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. More than 1.4 million people ...

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Depp leaves Australia to be with wife

Johnny Depp has reportedly walked off the Pirates of the Caribbean set on the Gold Coast and is headed back to the US to be with his wife. The actor is meant to be shooting scenes as the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in Queensland. But he unexpectedly left the set on Wednesday night, with plans to return home on the ...

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Sunny, with a chance of rain, hail, thunderstorms, and more sunshine

“If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” That’s the motto used by Sydneysiders whenever someone complains about our temperamental weather. And for the most part, it’s true. One minute the weather is nothing but picturesque clear skies, warm temperatures and comfortable cool breezes – the ideal picture of summer. The next, the skies have turned a smoky ...

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