A-League finals decided with Roar, City to host

A-League finals decided with Roar, City to host

Posted April 16, 2017 21:35:41 Photo: Melbourne City and Perth Glory will meet for the second time in a week in the second elimination final. (AAP: Tony McDonough) Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City will host finals in the first week of knock-out competition in the 2016/17 A-League season. A crazy final day of the regular season — which saw Brisbane beat Wellington 4-3 and Perth Glory beat City 5-4 — settled the final places and set up some tantalising finals. A-League finals week one Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers…

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'I still can't believe she's gone': Calls to address visiting student drownings

'I still can't believe she's gone': Calls to address visiting student drownings

Updated April 15, 2017 16:46:10 Photo: Sanskriti K C is grieving for her two Nepalese friends who were swept from rocks at Sydney’s Maroubra beach. (ABC News: Danuta Kozaki) There are calls for a national approach to training overseas students about water safety after a disproportionately high number of drownings in New South Wales this summer. The Royal Life Saving Society estimates there were about 42 deaths along the state’s beaches, pools, and waterways between December and February. Of the five overseas students who drowned, four were Nepalese. Sydney based…

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Opinion: Turkey's democracy died today

Opinion: Turkey's democracy died today

It comes as no surprise that at the last minute, when the counting showed the “no” vote was threatening the thin lead of the pro-Erdogan “Yes” vote, electoral authorities stepped in to announce they would allow unsealed ballots to be counted, in contravention to the rules. Already the lead-up to the vote gave enormous advantages to the yes camp, particularly in the form of media coverage. Meanwhile, opponents faced intimidation and the risk of job loss if they publicly voiced their opinions. Now, with the results showing a narrow 51%-to-49%…

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How has Canberra's bird population changed?

How has Canberra's bird population changed?

It’s known as the Bush Capital and Canberrans are proud of the way they live so close to nature. But ecologists say we shouldn’t pretend that there’s anything ‘natural’ about the environment of Canberra in 2017 – and you only have to look at the city’s birdlife to see just how much things have changed. A Curious Canberran asked: How has the make-up and diversity of Canberra’s bird population changed? Flocks of wild brolgas once danced on the Limestone Plains, when the first European settlers arrived on the site of…

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Turks vote on new powers for Erdogan

Turks vote on new powers for Erdogan

Voters are being asked to endorse an 18-article reform package put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party that would replace the current system of parliamentary democracy with a powerful executive presidency. If passed, the new measures would amount to the biggest constitutional upheaval for the country since its foundation in 1923 after the demise of the Ottoman Empire. They would cement Erdogan’s grip on a country whose divisions have deepened since a failed coup attempt last July that ended with the deaths of more than 250 people and…

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