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Victoria

Eight decades - that's worth a good round of applause

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LAWRENCE MONEY 5:00am SPY COLUMN

Business

Crown Casino haven for drug traffickers, 'a blot on the community'

Gambling chips are becoming underworld currency.

CHRIS VEDELAGO, CAMERON HOUSTON 5:00am Crown Casino is a haven for drug traffickers and money launderers, leading one of Victoria's most prominent judges to label the venue a "blot on the community".

NSW

Two dead in NSW road accidents

4:16am A man has died after losing control of his car and crashing into a creek in NSW's Tweed Valley, while a second man died after smashing into a tree in the Riverina.

Soccer

Manchester City outplayed by Leicester who go six clear

Leicester's Robert Huth celebrates scoring his team's third goal against Manchester United.

Leicester City, playing with panache, belief and a ruthless streak that has made a shock first Premier League crown a real possibility, crushed title rivals Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday through...

World

Austrian avalanche kills up to five: police

An avalanche in Austria has killed up to five people.

Five people have been killed in an avalanche that buried 17 people from the Czech Republic in Austria's skiing region of Tyrol, police said.

World

Boy, 11, jailed for murdering girl after she refused to show him puppies

Shooting victim: McKayla Dyer, 8, was killed by her 11-year-old neighbour.

A boy, who shot dead his neighbour, 8, when she refused to let him see her puppies, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and jailed.

World

Bomb kills eight in Pakistan city of Quetta

At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home...

ACT News

Pat Campbell's view February 7, 2016

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A selection of published work from The Canberra Times artist.

Queensland

Queensland's $24 billion energy merger claims first casaulty

TONY MOORE The Queensland Government's plans to merge power distributors Ergon and Energex into a $24 billion new energy distributor by mid-2016 has had its first restructuring casualty.

Queensland

Queensland ministerial travel: Labor outspends LNP in first nine months

CAMERON ATFIELD The Palaszczuk government outspent the Newman government on overseas ministerial travel by nearly two-to-one in its first nine months in power.

Victoria

$1.6 billion elevated rail project to replace level crossings on Dandenong line

ANNA WHITELAW Elevated trains will run nine metres above street level along the Dandenong Pakenham line.

Money

Are you sabotaging your kids' solvency? How to teach what schools don’t

NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON Unless you're lucky, your child won't learn vital money management skills at school. Which means their only trustworthy tutor is you.

Fashion

Gen Y but rocking '80s goth

ERIN MUNRO Street seen Artist Alissa admires the style of Siouxsie Sioux and won't be seen in yellow.

TV Guide

NCIS: LA provides polished, easy-viewing prime-time fare

MELINDA HOUSTON While the lights of NCIS are slowly dimming, NCIS: LA glows ever brighter.

Private Sydney

Private Sydney: Inside Sydney's real 'dating coaching' scene

MICHAEL KOZIOL Meet the Sydney men who help other guys pick up women – and who say they are worlds away from the likes of Julien Blanc or Roosh Valizadeh.

Political News

The Bitcoin of politics: Flux Party offers radical new model for democracy

HEATH ASTON When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull encouraged Australia's young innovators to go out and disrupt traditional industries, he may not have been expecting anyone to propose an alternative model to the...

Family Relationships & Sex

About last night: Are nude beaches OK?

MAUREEN MATTHEWS There's no need to be shy about naked sunbathing – just keep a sarong handy.

Travel

How the other half live and travel: Qantas First Class Lounge

BEN GROUNDWATER First class travel is an eye-opener - suddenly you wonder, who are the people who can afford this?

TV Guide

Julianna Margulies delivers a tour de force in return of The Good Wife

MELINDA HOUSTON Alicia's evolution over seven seasons of The Good Wife has been one of its myriad pleasures.

NSW

Self-made millionaire Ian Malouf asks Baird government for $400 million

NATALIE O'BRIEN He built up his waste empire from scratch only to have two of his properties forcibly resumed. Now the waste entrepreneur is pursuing the government for more than $400 million compensation

Victoria

My Place: Margaret Anthony's school felt like home

The friendliness and warmth of staff and students makes coming to school every day a pleasure.

MARGARET ANTHONY The first time that I walked into my school, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, I was touched by the friendliness and warmth of both staff and students.

Travel

Scenic expands from rivers to the sea with Scenic Eclipse

SALLY MACMILLAN Australian company's new ship will have the highest passenger-ship ice class rating for voyages in polar regions.

Comment

On the rockpile of regret

JOHN ELDER Better to start over no matter how low you've fallen, John Elder writes

Travel

Legend of the Seas: short cruises in Australia

DAVID MCGONIGAL Speed cruising – will it catch on? If you like your experiences short and intense, it just might work for you.

Travel

Tips & advice: The Tripologist

MICHAEL GEBICKI Is a guided tour the only option when travelling in Iran?

Designs

Lifestyle is finding more than a way of life in a home

Windows are left undressed in the living spaces allowing natural light to flow in. A favourite work is Abdul Abdullah’s “You see monsters” photograph behind King Living’s Jasper Metro sofa.

JUDY BAROUCH From the moment one arrives at the Macleay Regis, it's clear that this grand Art Deco building is a special place.

Latest News

Miley Cyrus becomes Liam Hemsworth's new neighbour with $3.2 million Malibu buy

Miley Cyrus has bought a new home next door to rumoured fiance Liam Hemsworth.

CAMILLE BIANCHI Miley Cyrus has moved closer to rumoured on-again beau Liam Hemsworth, with the purchase of a $3.2 million home in Malibu.

Travel

Reef House Palm Cove, review: A tropical treasure

JANE RICHARDS Palm and Cove. The words conjure up louvre windows, palm fronds, hot nights and a gin sling or two.

Latest News

Prestige home owners roll out the red carpet for Chinese New Year

LUCY MACKEN Cashed-up visitors may end up buying more than just a few koala-shaped teddy bears.

Travel

New Zealand North Island tour: Northern Discovery

WENDY SQUIRES The water lapping at the shorelines was Aegean blue, the secluded beaches Whitsundays-worthy and then, as if on cue, a pod of dolphins appeared.

Comment

Virus and pranksters conquer a world divided by selfishness and fear

Daniel Flitton

DANIEL FLITTON Fears and threats are easily amplified across the globe and humanity needs to find a better way of co-operating, Daniel Flitton says.

Travel

2016 family fun: From epic slides to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade

TRACEY SPICER Just when you're feeling holidayed out, you can start planning 2016's cool family holiday choices.

Entertainment

Steady hands make light work when restoring 18th-century porcelain

Trude Ellingsen, conservator of objects at the NGV, readies works for the Eighteenth-Century Porcelain Sculpture exhibition.

ANNABEL ROSS NGV conservator Trude Ellingsen has spent the past five months restoring twenty damaged statues ahead of the Eighteenth-Century Porcelain Sculpture exhibition.

NSW

Mario Fenech comments and new movie Concussion put spotlight on sports injuries

DAMIEN MURPHY Head injuries sustained in sporting contests are in the spotlight.

TV Guide

TV previews, February 8: CSI: Cyber, Australia's Got Talent and The Feed

MELINDA HOUSTON Not even the combined presence of Ted Danson and Patricia Arquette can raise this series out of the mire.

Travel

Sri Lanka Wildlife: Heritance Kandalama hotel

ANDREW TAYLOR It's a glass half-full for the cranky macaque and his gang of droopy-nippled alcoholics who slurp up the spilt gin.

National

Is technology eating our brains?

Handwriting is on the decline, to some people's regret and others' delight.

MICHAEL COULTER Humans evolved to become Homo sapiens, or wise people, but what is left of us when gadgets hold our wisdom?

NSW

Dads hire coaches to find family friendly work

COSIMA MARRINER Dave Macfarlane wanted to go part-time so his wife could resume her career but he wasn't sure it would work.

Latest News

Chinese New Year sees foreign buyers flock to Melbourne

CHRISTINA ZHOU An influx of Asian buyers are heading south to look at property. What do they want from our houses?

Victoria

Black Saturday bushfire victims devastated after class-action payouts delayed

Jim Baruta filmed the approaching bushfire as it surrounded his house at St Andrews on Black Saturday Februar 07, 2009.  THE AGE . news .

EBONY BOWDEN Black Saturday victims say they feel left in the dark by law firm Maurice Blackburn after it confirmed payouts from the record $494 million class-action settlement would be delayed until next year.

TV Guide

Cuffs sticks to familiar beat

MELINDA HOUSTON This tale of a group of new police constables is sturdy rather than inspired.

Political News

Alexander Downer's London party for Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin and staff cost $350 a head

Sumptuous soirees: Alexander Downer  outside Australia House in London.

HEATH ASTON They were ending the age of entitlement at home but 17,000 kilometres away in London, Alexander Downer mustn't have got the memo.

Movies

Brooklyn review: Saoirse Ronan shines in moving adaptation of Colm Toibin novel

CRAIG MATHIESON A young Irishwoman faces a choice between countries and suitors in the tale of a young migrant.

Health

Natural-born killers: mosquito-borne diseases

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito

MARCUS STROM Mosquitoes are responsible for the death of more people than any other animal.

NSW

Sydney's vegetable basin losing ground to urban sprawl as land bankers speculate

JACOB SAULWICK The share of vegetables grown in the city's food basin is heading for a crash.

Sport

Mario Fenech comments and new movie Concussion put spotlight on sports injuries

Jockey Caitlin Forrest.

DAMIEN MURPHY Head injuries sustained in sporting contests are in the spotlight.

NSW

Tattoo licence knock-backs double as police use tool in battle against bikie gangs

AVA BENNY-MORRISON Tattoo licence refusals and revocations for aspiring and established artists have more than doubled as NSW Police use the sector as a tool to crackdown on bikie gangs.

Investing

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

SCOTT PHILLIPS When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

Comment

Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice incident and EJ Whitten crash: fear and loathing in Melbourne

Police investigators pick over the wreckage of the car, which crashed 50 metres off the EJ Whitten Bridge in Melbourne after the driver lost control while racing against another car.

MICHAEL SHORT When irrational emotions are driven by fear and ignorance, somebody gets hurts.

Investing

Australian sharemarket race: tipsters find it tougher going

JOHN COLLETT The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

TV Guide

Pay TV: Melinda Houston's picks for this week

MELINDA HOUSTON This police procedural drama set in Victorian London features a range of Charles Dickens' characters.

NSW

Greens pit native title lawyer against Plibersek as party eyes lower house gains

Tanya Plibersek's stance on a binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage did her untold damage.

HEATH ASTON The Greens have chosen a female native title lawyer to contest Tanya Plibersek's federal electorate of Sydney as the party prepares to target what it believes are five winnable lower house seats in...

Latest News

Stars on Sunday: Dance master takes a step back

Rory and Deborah Callaghan's new 1840-era sandstone home in Balmain East.

LUCY MACKEN Choreographer Graeme Murphy is scaling back his real estate portfolio, offering his Bundeena weekender to the market for $1.45 million to $1.5 million.

National

Two cases of mosquito-borne Zika virus confirmed in Queensland in 24 hours

STEPHANIE WOOD Queensland has confirmed two cases of Zika as the globe deals with the threat posed by the virus.

TV Guide

Tv previews, February 11: Hatch, Match and Dispatch, Food Safari and No Offence

MELINDA HOUSTON This is a wonderful new factual series filmed in NSW's largest office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Victoria

Traditional toys beat gadgets in language development

Three-year-old Leo Colosimo having fun with some traditional toys as mum Kristy Biagini looks on.

HENRIETTA COOK Baby laptops and other talking, flashing toys that promise to improve children's language skills may do the exact opposite.

NSW

Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey do's and don'ts

 

DAISY DUMAS Gong xi fa cai! Welcome, year of the fire monkey.

Travel

Top 10: Best ice-cream in the world

SHANEY HUDSON Keep your cool this summer with these delicious ice-cream sensations from around the world.

World

Oil-producing nations struggling for market power as prices drop

A visitor passes ENOC-branded oil barrels stored at the Emirates National Oil Co.

PAUL MCGEOUGH Less apparent than the plummeting price of crude is a white-knuckle struggle for market power among the world's oil-producing nations.

Travel

Should we book a guided tour in Iran?

MICHAEL GEBICKI We like to travel independently. Is a guided tour the only option when travelling in Iran?

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Australian tourist bridge players arrested in Thailand

Two elderly Australian tourists are among 32 people arrested for playing the card game in Pattaya.