Author Archives: andrew sam

Sydney Royal Easter Show : Showbags on trial

A sneak-peak of what this year’s Showbag Pavillion has to offer proved a real treat for 30 chronically ill children from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Royal Far West, who all got to test drive the showbags that will feature at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.   A record number of 349 Showbags was on display for the ...

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NSW election 2015: Premier Mike Baird visits the Maronite Community

With the New South Wales election in sight, Premier Mike Baird has been busy on the campaign trail.  In a bid to reach out to Australian Maronite voters, Mr. Baird made an appearance at Maronite Bishop Antoine Tarabay’s residence in Strathfield earlier this evening. Mingling with influential community leaders, Mr. Baird praised the hard work of the Maronite Lebanese community ...

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Australian Embassy supports medical centre in Jieh, Lebanon

Australia’s Ambassador designated to Lebanon, Glenn Miles, visited today the newly renovated Our Lady of the Star Free Clinic in Jieh. The Australian Embassy provided Clinic with US$11,500 as part of its Direct Aid Program for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Director of St Charbel Convent, the Mayor of ...

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Bitesize Sports Update: What you need to know

SOCCER – Western Sydney Wanderers put aside their A-League woes to open their Asian Champions League defence with a 3-1 win over Japanese giants Kashima Antlers, as Brisbane succumbed to an injury-time stunner in a 1-0 loss to 10-man Beijing Guoan. CRICKET – The luck of the Irish helped deny UAE a thrilling maiden World Cup victory, Gary Wilson’s late-hitting ...

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Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis labeled “shamefully inadequate”

Australia should reverse its “shamefully inadequate” response to the global refugee crisis by accepting 10,000 Syrians, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has released its 2014 annual report which gives Australia poor marks for its hardline asylum-seeker policies, children in detention and high indigenous incarceration rate. Amnesty International spokeswoman Claire Mallinson said Australia had the capacity to do more ...

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Chris Brown denied entry to Canada

R&B star Chris Brown, notorious for brushes with the law including an assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, has reportedly been barred from entering Canada, forcing him to cancel performances. “Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold-out crowds in Montreal and Toronto,” the controversial US singer wrote on Twitter. “The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t ...

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Hep A scare continues: Berries could affect 100 schools

Students and staff at nearly 100 schools and childcare centres across Australia may have contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries, federal Labor says. In Victoria 53 schools and childcare centres have raised the alarm about the health of staff and students. Another 22 institutions in South Australia and 18 in Queensland may also be affected. “The latest figures are ...

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Taylor Swift crowned ‘world’s top-selling artist’

Taylor Swift has been crowned the world’s top-selling artist in 2014. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said that Swift was the world’s most popular recording artist last year when accounting for physical sales, downloads and streaming. Swift dominated US charts in late 2014 but the group said that she was also among the top five artists ...

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Breaking: IS has reportedly kidnapped Assyrians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups say. The extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province around dawn on Monday. In the assault, the militants took between 70 and 100 ...

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More calls for Multicultural NSW chief to be sacked over controversial war memorial guidelines

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today invited multicultural media to the launch of Multicultural March, but the focus soon turned to the fact that Chief Executive of Multicultural New South Wales Hakan Harman, who was listed on the media invitation, was absent. Mr. Harman has been criticised by ethnic community leaders who are calling for him to sacked ...

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