World Cup draw 2018: How it works, when it’s on, seedings, pots, possible group for Australia’s Socceroos

World Cup draw 2018: How it works, when it’s on, seedings, pots, possible group for Australia’s Socceroos

THE sporting world’s eyes will be on Moscow at 2am AEDT Saturday morning, when the World Cup draw takes place for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Three months ago, FIFA announced a new format for the competition’s seedings, which has changed the way the draw works from previous tournaments. In the past, FIFA has had a pot reserved for the top seeds based on their world rankings, and then split the rest of the pots by confederation. That spawned a group – or groups – of death, while also making…

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Solomon Lew has grim forecast for retail sector over Christmas trading

Solomon Lew has grim forecast for retail sector over Christmas trading

RETAIL magnate Solomon Lew has warned the turbulence buffeting the sector will claim more victims, with the Christmas trading period set to be the breaking point for many businesses. Mr Lew, whose listed retail vehicle owns brands including Just Jeans, Smiggle and Peter Alexander, has slammed the decade of political instability that has ravaged the halls of power in Canberra. Mr Lew said the uncertainty was causing long-term damage to business confidence and threw his weight behind fixed four-year terms. TERRY MCCRANN: MAKE OR BREAK FOR MYER BOARD LEW FAILS…

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New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

Image copyrightCopernicus Sentinel data (2017) – KNMI/ESA Image caption Nitrogen dioxide is concentrated over cities and industrial areasIt’s been working less than a month but already the UK-Dutch-built Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft was designed to make daily global maps of the gases and particles that pollute the air. The first sample images released by mission scientists show plumes of nitrogen dioxide flowing away from power plants and traffic-choked cities. S5P has even captured the ash and sulphur emissions from Agung volcano. The…

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Thousands of Telstra internet customers overcharged in 'system error'

Thousands of Telstra internet customers overcharged in 'system error'

Updated December 01, 2017 14:28:37 Telstra’s budget mobile and internet provider Belong has overcharged customers overnight, debiting bank accounts multiple times. Key points: Customers have been left unable to pay rent and buy necessities after Belong overcharged their accounts They say the company’s phone line seemed to be down and its online chat system was not working Belong has emailed customers and said they were working on the issue Customers have taken to the company’s Facebook page to vent their frustrations. “Not happy Belong,” one customer posted. “You’ve charged my…

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How Lindsey Vonn mixes style with speed in Lake Louise

How Lindsey Vonn mixes style with speed in Lake Louise

Cameras start clicking when the greatest female ski racer of all time enters a ballroom in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, wearing a fitted black ribbed knit fabric sweater combined with a stretch legging with luminescent print. The outfit is part of her signature collection she helped design with her long-time clothing sponsor Under Armour. According to SportsPro’s 2017 list of the world’s most marketable athletes, the American skier ranked 50th. It’s a testament to Vonn’s marketability that she is one of only two skiers — male or female…

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