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Ash Maher 26 (right) dances on Bondi beach at the 'Dawn Disco' she and her friend started 3 months ago. They dance on Bondi beach every Wednesday morning from 6:30am till 7am and welcome anyone who wants to dance. Bondi Beach, Sydney. 27th May, 2015. Photo: Kate Geraghty

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.

Best of the world - June 3, 2015

A lion yawns at the zoo in Erfurt, eastern Germany, on June 1, 2015.       AFP PHOTO / DPA / MARTIN SCHUTT   +++   GERMANY OUT

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.

What's the future of crowdfunding?

Many hands: Medved says there is science behind the wisdom of the crowd.

Claire Dunn 10:55am A new approach to purchasing equity in a business could change the world of innovation finance.


Tipping in Australia: Who should you tip and how much?

In some countries it's complicated, but here things are simpler.

DAVID WHITLEY 3:08pm In some countries it's complicated, but here things are simpler.


The untouched Australian islands that played host to one of our darkest events

Fishing huts are among the only signs of human life amid the Houtman Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia.

DAVID WHITLEY 4:22pm White sand beaches, crystal-clear waters ... and one of the most horrifying events in Australian history.

Capital life

Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene from November 28

<i>Song for an outsider</i> by Manuel Pfeiffer in the Marsden Art Group's annual exhibition at the Watson Art Gallery.

CLARE COLLEY 11:45pm A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning November 28.

More dangerous bushfires in our future if we don't take action on climate change

Firefighters find themselves at the front line of climate impacts, and conditions are gradually worsening

Peter Marshall and Victoria McKenzie-McHarg 9:00pm There are no climate change sceptics at the end of a fire hose. Australia's firefighters know from first-hand experience that climate change has led to more frequent and more intense fires. It has also made our fire seasons longer.


Mixing Mojitos and gas on Great Barrier Reef: Welcome to Australia's new economy

Curtis Island: The majority of people coming to the tropical isle these days are there to help build the LNG facilities, not for the pristine beaches or endangered dugongs and snubfin dolphins.

James Paton 10:33am On the largest island in the Great Barrier Reef, $80 billion of LNG terminals are helping feed China's hunger for energy. The next major construction project may appeal to its tourists.


Fans banned from Dynamo Kiev European games over racism

Kiev will play in an empty stadium.

10:30am Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to play their next two home European games behind closed doors following racist behaviour and crowd disturbances caused by their fans when they hosted Chelsea last month.

ACCC deals another blow to Brookfield, rejects undertakings for $9bn Asciano takeover

Slumping prices for exports are likely to punch fresh holes into the federal government's revenue expectations and cruel hopes for any near-term rebound in economic strength.

Jenny Wiggins 10:35am The ACCC has dealt another blow to Brookfield's proposed $9 billion bid for Asciano, rejecting proposals designed to address competition issues.

Eighties icon

Sheena Easton explains why music is always going to be about sex

Sheena Easton is touring Australia and will perform the hits that made her a huge star in the 1980s.

SARAH THOMAS 10:27am IN 1985, Scots pop singer Sheena Easton found herself among the Filthy 15, a list of the songs deemed the most morally objectionable to the Tipper Gore-led conservative campaigners the Parents Music Research Centre.

SA hit by two fires within 12 months

10:19am The fire burning north of Adelaide is the second major blaze to hit South Australia within the past 12 months.

It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

It's normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships.

Alina Morawska 10:23am The ease of access to pornography has changed rapidly


LivingSocial offers a cautionary tale to today's unicorns

The danger of being an overvalued unicorn.

Mike Isaac and Katie Benner 10:15am Rows of empty desks at LivingSocial give a glimpse of what life is like when you are more unicorpse than unicorn.


Competition stymies growth at BoQ

10:18am The Bank of Queensland is seeing some benefits flowing from recent home loan rate hikes but says it is also facing tough competition for business.

ACCC clears Transurban to buy AirportLinkM7

Transurban's result shows other parts of the economy are responding to measures that are easing the resources boom hangover.

10:14am Transurban's $1.9 billion purchase of Brisbane's AirportLink M7 toll road has been given the green light by the competition watchdog.

NBL fan who poured beer over Sydney Kings' Marcus Thornton set for investigation

Baffled: Marcus Thornton looks up after a fan tipped beer on him during the game.

10:21am The NBL are currently meeting with the Illawarra Hawks to determine the fate of a fan who poured beer on Sydney Kings import Marcus Thornton on Wednesday night.


Blues to pay tribute to Hughes

Steve Zemek 10:09am Phillip Hughes will be on NSW' mind at the SCG on Friday, one year after his death.

Don't ban developer donations: Guy

10:13am Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy says banning property developers from donating won't work.

Emoticons: Every picture tells a story and that's good enough for the Oxford

There's a word for it.

David Astle 10:00am It may make you smile tears of joy or grimace darkly, but emojis are the biggest movers in mass communication.


Big brands brave Periscope stumbles to reach millennials

Periscope, which Twitter bought earlier this year, allows anyone to live-stream an event through a mobile phone.

Jessica Toonkel 9:56am Despite the risks, big brands are going ahead with plans to use live-streaming video to attract some of the most finicky consumers.

Vocation placed in voluntary administration

'If Amazon did that they'd go out of business': Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler.

James Thomson 10:19am The board of beleaguered education group Vocation has placed the company in administration after being unable to raise funds to continue the business.


Frozen in time

The 70's retro home in Ascot Vale that time forgot

Every room is a time capsule of an era when things were groovy and people rocked to funky music.

Sue Hewitt 10:00am Every room is a time capsule of an era when things were groovy and people rocked to funky music.

Syrian refugees become SES volunteers within weeks of arriving in Australia

'We keep looking at the positive side' ... Johnny and Carol Bilouna.

Angela Thompson 9:56am Less than a year after arriving in Australia, with their bullet-riddled Aleppo home a fading memory, Johnny and Carol Bilouna pulled on matching orange jumpsuits and helped a stranger.

Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has a massive tattoo - of himself

Inked: Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

DAVID SYGALL 10:34am It's the kind of body art that makes Australia's heavily-inked cricketers look humble.

New NRL deal tipped to reduce Nine's rights bill by $300 million

Estimates suggest the total NRL rights package could be worth $1.8 billion over five years, including pay television, free-to-air, digital and international rights.

Dominic White and Max Mason 10:25am Nine would reduce its bill for the TV rights to the NRL by about $300 million over five years, under a proposed deal with News Corp, it is believed.

Government springs citizenship changes

10:05am Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Labor will look at last-minute changes the government has sprung on its citizenship legislation.

Vocation enters voluntary administration

Vocation CEO Stewart Cummins. The company has been under pressure since the Victorian government withdrew $20m in funding.

9:56am Troubled education provider Vocation has been placed into voluntary administration after investors refused to tip extra money into the business.

GST supporters on another planet:Shorten

9:44am Opposition Bill Shorten says people don't know what they are talking about if they want a higher rate of GST.

Threat of terrorism growing in Vic: police

10:12am The growing number of terrorism suspects being investigated in Victoria suggests an attack is inevitable, the state's police commissioner says.