Author Archives: andrew sam

Sebastian pumped over Eurovision spot

He was the first ever Australian Idol winner and now he’ll be the first ever Australian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest. After weeks of speculation and conjecture, Guy Sebastian has been named as the artist who will represent Australia at Eurovision on May 23 in Vienna. “I’m pumped,” Sebastian said soon after Thursday’s announcement at the Sydney Opera House. “It beats the local ...

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Mortgage rates lowest since 1968

Home loans have dropped to their lowest level in almost half a century after the Reserve Bank’s surprise interest rate cut in February. Mortgage rates fell to 4.9 per cent after the cut, levels not seen since 1968 – the year Martin Luther King Jnr was shot in the United States and Hey Jude by the Beatles was at the ...

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Mike Baird: Life Behind Bars for Sex Offenders

People who commit the crime of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 will be facing life behind bars as part of a package of strong child protection measures announced by Premier Mike Baird and Attorney General Brad Hazzard today. “This is about protecting child victims of sexual assault and bringing paedophiles to justice,” Mr Baird said. “Included in the ...

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Museum reopening boosts Iraqi pride

Even as Iraq mourns the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad has brought joy and pride to visitors by opening its doors for the first time in 12 years. The public opening at the weekend was brought forward in response to a video released last week by the Islamic State group showing militants ...

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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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