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Health & Fitness

Why you should really start doing more things alone

ROBERTO A. FERDMAN 11:30pm We're all leaving a lot of happiness on the table by staying home when we're by ourselves.


The budget circus isn't the whole show

Ross Gittins

ROSS GITTINS 11:15pm The budget is worthy of the attention the media give it, but not for the reason many people imagine.

Canberra Life

Live gigs in Canberra this week

11:00pm FRIDAY

Video Football

Roar's Asian campaign over

10:19pm Brisbane is out of the Asian Champions League after falling 2-1 in its must-win clash against Urawa Red Diamonds.


Brisbane Roar now has to look to the future

Brisbane's  Andrija Kaluderovic (right) vies for possession with Okamoto Takuya of the Red Diamonds on Tuesday night.

BETH NEWMAN 10:13pm Brisbane Roar's season officially ended on Tuesday night and the focus will now be on future.

Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers teammates tell James Tedesco to take more control

James Tedesco has been told to step up when a game is in the balance.

MICHAEL CARAYANNIS 10:00pm Robbie Farah has called for James Tedesco to take more control of the team while Aaron Woods laughed off Martin Taupau's gesture towards his Kangaroos teammate.

Union News

ACT Brumbies re-sign versatile James Dargaville

Brumbies player James Dargaville answers questions from the media.

Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times.
2 April 2015

CHRIS DUTTON 10:00pm ACT Brumbies rookie James Dargaville admits he has "no idea" where he fits into the positional puzzle, but will embrace his versatility after signing a new two-year deal in Canberra.


Nikolic's partner investigated over bets

Horse racing

PATRICK BARTLEY 10:00pm The partner of suspended jockey, Danny Nikolic is being investigated over wagering significant amounts of money on horses to lose with Australia's major betting exchange BetFair.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Rabbitoh Luke Keary determined to ignore injury that requires surgery and long stint on sidelines

Playing hurt: South Sydney halfback Luke Keary  is battling a foot injury.

MICHAEL CARAYANNIS 10:00pm Luke Keary needs surgey, John Sutton hopeful of returning for the Rabbitohs.

League News

New Zealand looking good for the 2017 rugby league World Cup while Australia have work to do

Phil Gould dinkus Dinkus

PHIL GOULD 10:00pm It's hard not to be impressed with how well the Kiwis are sitting as they prepare for the next World Cup in 2017.

League News

Parramatta Eel Anthony Watmough not playing loyalty card in Origin debate

Eels come first: Parramatta's Anthony Watmough isn't letting Origin selection talk affect him.

ADRIAN PROSZENKO 10:00pm Anthony Watmough won't be blowing up if NSW selectors opt for a younger - and more in-form - forward for this year's State of Origin campaign.


Meet the rich and poor of Generation Y


INGA TING 10:00pm They haven't even celebrated their 30th birthdays yet, but Generation Y is already marred by a stark divide between rich and poor.


Labor fights LNP attempt to 'nulify' Billy Gordon's vote

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

9:52pm Labor has fended off an attempt by the LNP to 'nullify' Billy Gordon's vote.


Dozens of migrants reported drowned in new Mediterranean tragedy

Migrants sit in their boat during a rescue operation off the coast of Sicily on Monday.

9:41pm Migrants arriving on the Italian island of Sicily on Tuesday said about 40 others travelling with them had died on the journey.

Soccer Match Report

Brisbane Roar knocked out of Champions League by Urawa Red Diamonds

Out of reach: Adam Sarota of the Roar fights for possession against Lee Tadanari of the Red Diamonds.

VINCE RUGARI Brisbane Roar's season is officially over following a 2-1 defeat to Japanese powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday night.

Video Rugby Union

Tahs won't seek revenge against Force

Tahs won't seek revenge against Force (Thumbnail)

The Waratahs say they've learned a lot from the round one upset against the Western Force and are not out to inflict pain on their rivals.


New MPs need to care about the environment for future generations

Mehreen Faruqi dinkus

MEHREEN FARUQI What does a second term of the Liberal-National Coalition government herald for the future of our environment?


Migration of misery is everyone's problem

The problem of refugees is a global one, not a local one.

PAUL MCPHUN  The problem of refugees is a global problem, not one to which Australia can turn a blind eye.

Column 8

Column 8: Chip off the Anzac block

"Hey! Fair go!" hurrumphs Ken Knight C8PhD, of North Turramurra (Anzac childrens' names, Column 8, for days).


Cecily Dignan: Health worker aided communities with empathy and knowledge

Great zeal: Cecily Dignan.

Cecily Dignan spent the majority of her career improving the lot of peoples marginalised by socio-economic, political, racial and gender imbalance or disadvantage.

SMH Letters

Chan and Sukumaran execution: AFP 'not to blame' and Mr Big goes free as a bird

Letters dinkus Dinkus

Few in our society are ever called upon to make a potential life or death decision, but police are among those who are.


It's time to shut down puppy farms for good

Conditions inside puppy farms can be squalid and confined.

STEVE COLEMAN I've seen first-hand the awful, overcrowded and unhygienic living conditions at some puppy farms. Dogs are constantly caged.


More than 70 deaths in five years: we need more education on the dangers of floodwaters

If it's flooded, forget it: despite educational campaigns, people still drive into floodwaters.

CHAS KEYS AND ANDREW GISSING With more than 70 deaths in five years, we need to do more to educate the public so deaths from floodwaters can be prevented.


Pavel Petr: Czech Professor of German literature a devotee of poetry and culture

Pavel Petr, Monash academic in German studies.

After the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 Dr Pavel Petr accepted a senior lectureship in the Department of German at Monash University.

SMH Editorial

Sensible review the right move to reinforce ICAC's power


The Baird government has taken a pragmatic and sensible approach to reviewing the powers of the state's corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, after it suffered a body...


From Bali to Nepal to Dungog: what value a life?

Alan Stokes.

ALAN STOKES From executions to earthquakes to Anzac Day to brain cancer research: we have to decide how much we care and about whom. But what is left in the empathy tank?


Song's success lasted soul singer's lifetime

Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose soulful ballad of eternal love and fidelity, When a Man Loves a Woman, topped the charts in 1966, has died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, aged 74.


Innovative economist committed to policies for the common good

ROSS GARNAUT, JOHN LANGMORE Anthony Clunies-Ross made a remarkable contribution to national and global economic and social strategy.

TV & Radio

MasterChef Australia season 7 begins: Would you like cries with that?

Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston look set to deliver <i>MasterChef</i> revamped.

PAUL KALINA Are we full after MKR or do we have room for another course? Only MasterChef has shaken things up a little.

ACT News

Calvary hospital calls caterers into urgent meetings as relatives fear risk to patients

Instead of spending more money on hospitals, the health budget should emphasise preventative strategies.

Calvary Hospital called its caterers in for meetings on Tuesday as relatives issued warnings patients were receiving sub-standard meals late, leaving their health at risk.

WA News

WA government seeks to finalise Bell Group case

The collapse of Alan Bond's Bell Group led to a long-running legal case.

Legislation aimed at finalising the nation's most expensive and longest-running court case will be introduced to the West Australian parliament.

ACT News

ACTION defends its shake-up of management as business as usual


TOM MCILROY The ACT government denies that a juggling of management positions at ACTION Buses are anything to do with last year's changes to bus timetables and routes. 

WA News

'Sleep-deprived addict' strangled dealer, WA Supreme Court hears

Scales of justice.

A sleep-deprived addict "snapped" and strangled her dealer when she couldn't get free drugs, a Perth trial has heard.

ACT News

Interest rate cut: Treasurer Joe Hockey urges Australians to spend

Kambah couple Leanne and Drew Salzke  with their third son, three-week-old Jack.

JAMES MASSOLA AND FINBAR O'MALLON Reserve Bank's decision to cut cash rates to record lows welcomed by Canberra home owners.


Everest's Sherpas are politicising as disasters strike, says Australian documentary maker

Sherpas training in the Khumbu ice fall in the film <i>Sherpa</i>.

GARRY MADDOX Jennifer Peedom's film, which is screening at the Sydney Film Festival, looks at the risks that sherpas take to help foreigners to the summit.

Newcastle Knights

Kurt Gidley to leave Newcastle Knights for Warrington Wolves

BRETT KEEBLE Never the best, but a player who always tried his best is how Kurt Gildey wants to be remembered at the Newcastle Knights.


Former Telstra executive Deena Shiff heads rural telco review

Long-standing former Telstra executive, Deena Shiff, to lead an investigation of phone and internet services in rural and regional Australia.

DAVID RAMLI Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has picked a long-standing former Telstra executive, Deena Shiff, to lead an investigation of phone and internet services in rural and regional Australia.

Political News

Who is Peter Stephens, the man asked to wait in the car?

Peter Stephens and Stephen Brady.

JAMES MASSOLA, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT He's the man asked to wait in the car when the Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Paris. But who are Peter Stephens and his partner of 32 years, Australia's ambassador to France Stephen Brady?

Video Rugby League

Tigers trio talk up Origin chances

Tigers trio talk up Origin chances (Thumbnail)

Blues coach Laurie Daley may have to reconsider his harsh words about James Tedesco as New South Wales' fullback stocks diminish.

Banking & Finance

CBA fails to pass on full rate cut to borrowers

CBA hasn't passed on the full RBA rate to borrowers but rewarded savers instead.

CLANCY YEATES The Commonwealth Bank is only passing on part of Tuesday's cut in official rates to borrowers, but has taken the unusual step of raising some deposit interest rates.

ACT News

Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal celebrates 50 years

News. The Salvation Army will celebrate 50 years of their Red Shield Appeal this year. Major Gary Masters will be involved in this year's door knock in Canberra.
May 5th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

HANNAH MOORE Canberrans will be encouraged to open their doors and wallets at the end of the month to donate to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year. 

ACT News

Don't sign light rail contracts before the election: Alistair Coe

Light rail.

TOM MCILROY The opposition will call on the ACT government to delay signing contracts for Canberra's light rail line until after the 2016 territory election.


ICAC analysis: Murray Gleeson's commission review politically charged

Murray Gleeson during his time as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

MICHAELA WHITBOURN The widely respected Murray Gleeson takes on the politically charged task of chairing a broad review of the ICAC, including whether any "limits or enhancements" should be applied to the exercise of...

Video AFL Real Footy

Hodge and May handed three-match bans

Hodge and May handed three match bans (Thumbnail)

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge handed a three-match sanction for striking North Melbourne's Andrew Swallow, while Gold Coast defender Steven May's tribunal challenge fails.

ACT News

ACTION to trial 'cashless' bus routes in morning peaks

TOM MCILROY ACTION bus passengers on morning services will be required to use the My Way card in a trial of cashless fares.

AFL News

Luke Hodge banned for three games for Andrew Swallow strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

JESSE HOGAN Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.


Businesses becoming less confident

AAP The latest Dun and Bradstreet's Business Expectations survey shows 49 per cent of businesses expect no impact from the May budget.

Political News

Bill Shorten calls for Tony Abbott to explain and apologise over 'bizarre' incident

Bill Shorten says Australians deserve an explanation an incident that left the Australian ambassador to France to offer his resignation.

JAMES MASSOLA Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fully explain to Australians a "bizarre" incident that prompted the Australian ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, to offer...


Best of the world

A worker of the recently closed Swan garments factory covers her face with a scarf to shelter herself from the sun as she participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association (BGMEA) office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, May 4, 2015. More than two hundred workers protested Monday demanding payment of wages still owed to them as well as reopening of the manufacturing unit. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest garment manufacturing country after China. The sector employs about 4 million workers, mostly women. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Limited build-up to make Diamonds surprise package

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

ROJE ADAIMY By not playing any Tests before August's Netball World Cup, defending champions Australia will be unpredictable opponents, says coach Lisa Alexander.

Canberra Life

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra May 8-10

The Hysterical Girls from the cast of the Crucible (L-R) Yanina Clifton, Katy Larkin, Zoe Priest, Alysandra Grant, (back) Saffron Dudgeon.

JIL HOGAN Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.


Agreement to drop federal court action before Bernie Riordan was appointed Fair Work commissioner

ANNA PATTY Before his appointment, Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan was subject to a Federal Court case over $1.8m in directors fees he had been accused of receiving.


Revealed: Curtly Ambrose wanted to 'knock out' Steve Waugh

West Indies cricket captain Richie Richardson, right, pulls away his fast bowler Curtly Ambrose after Ambrose was involved in an altercation with Australian batsman Steve Waugh, left, during their 3rd Test cricket match at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1995.

JON PIERIK West Indian great Curtly Ambrose has opened up about one of the defining moments of Australia's rise to world domination when he threatened to "knock out" Steve Waugh during a heated on-field...

AFL News

Dark days for Rodney Eade's Suns

Worries: Suns coach Rodney Eade.

CAROLINE WILSON It just keeps getting worse for Rodney Eade, the AFL veteran who chose the Gold Coast Suns as his coaching swansong in the belief that the club's biggest drawbacks were its tin-shed training...

Political News

'Toughen the f--- up': Former Labor MP attacks Bill Shorten over Abbott story

ALP backbencher Steve Gibbons during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 28 November 2012.  Photo: Andrew Meares

HEATH ASTON Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has been urged to “toughen the f—k up” by a retired Labor MP.

Canberra Life

Warm start to Autumn in Canberra

Bibaswan Chowdhury's entry Autumn sunset

FINBAR O'MALLON After a warm start to autumn, Canberrans might finally have a reason to pull the electric blankets and slippers out of storage this week with forecasters predicting cooler temperatures from Wednesday.

Banking & Finance

CBA director Jane Hemstritch backs Narev over planning scandal

CBA director Jane Hemstritch said evidence of misconduct in CBA's financial planning arm had

SALLY ROSE Jane Hemstritch joined David Gonski and Kevin McCann in defending the governance at Australia's financial institutions.

Political News

Online jihadist hails power of social media after Texas attack

An FBI crime scene investigator outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

DAVID WROE AND NICK O'MALLEY An Australian Twittter user and Islamic State supporter who appeared to encourage the terrorist attack on an anti-Islamic cartoon event in the US says his movement is "winning the minds of the young...

AFL News

Sam Docherty a bright spot for Blues after tough start


EMMA QUAYLE Sam Docherty's first few months as a Carlton player were emotionally challenging. He feels like they have made him a stronger, more confident person.

AFL News

Gold Coast Sun Steven May banned for three games

Tom Rockliff of the Lions is knocked out after colliding with Steven May.

LARISSA NICHOLSON The Gold Coast's Steven May will serve a three-match suspension after the AFL tribunal rejected his argument he had no alternative to bumping the Brisbane's Tom Rockliff.

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Melbourne set for 'awesome' finals clash

Melbourne Victory and City players already anticipating their first A-League final derby clash, which is set to ignite the city on Friday night.