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World markets

Why markets should be more nervous about what lies ahead

The markets have good reason to be edgy, in fact they should probably be more on guard than they seem to be.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Sydney's MLC Centre is a landmark building.
Commercial real estate

GPT to sell out of Sydney's historic financial strip

Sydney's MLC Centre could soon have a new part owner with GPT putting its $760 million half share in the landmark building on the market.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Senator Susan Collins, a Republican.
Russia probe

Daylight seen between GOP and White House on Russia sanctions

Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions in place.

Zoe Hives.
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Australian Open

Hives, Sharma tumble as Barty keeps Aussie flame alive

Wildcard Zoe Hives and qualifier Astra Sharma both went down in straight sets as Ashleigh Barty kept her good form rolling.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Madison Lyden was on the trip of a lifetime before tragedy struck in New York.
Tragedy

US truck driver in crash that killed Australian gets $US1000 fine

New York rubbish truck driver, who drank beer before the bicycle crash that killed Australian tourist Madison Lyden, has left court with $US1000 in fines.

  • by Peter Mitchell
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Jacqui Lucas enjoying a trip to Lake Burley Griffin in the hot summer of 1968.
Weather

Canberra's hottest day: When the temperature reached 42.2 in 1968

Temperatures reached into the 40s across the capital on February 1, 1968 – which is still Canberra's hottest day on record.

  • by Staff writers
The Australian cricket team's Test series loss to India also may have played a role in denting confidence, according to Westpac.
Money psychology

'Evaporated': Australian consumer confidence suffers biggest plunge in three years

Sliding house prices, worries about a global trade war and the Australian cricket team have all played a role in Australian consumer confidence plunging, says Westpac.

  • by Wayne Cole
St Peter's Anglican Church pictured on Tuesday.
Weather

Too hot to change church sign as Canberra heads for 40 again

Canberra is on track to break its record for the most consecutive days of 40 degrees or above, according to forecasters.

  • by Jasper Lindell
Most of inland south-eastern Australia is expected to reach 45 degrees or warmer on Wednesday.
Extreme weather

The world's 15 hottest sites on Tuesday were all in Australia

Australia was home to all 15 of the world's hottest temperatures on Tuesday, a feat it may well repeat on Wednesday and beyond as a huge swath of the nation bakes.

  • by Peter Hannam
Daniel Cook is one of a number of contractors who has not been paid by Jump!
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Small business

Swim school Jump! CEO unloads on red tape as tradies complain about payment

Demolition contractor Daniel Cook responded to an ad for swim school franchise Jump! for what he thought would be a straight-forward job.

  • by Emma Koehn & Cara Waters
With only five different layouts on offer, your housing commission house was identical to many others in your street.
Opinion
Canberra life

The four houses that define your Queanbeyan childhood

Which one of these did you live in?

  • by Bree Element
Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn after an upscale hotel was attacked in Nairobi.
Terrorism

'No further threat': Kenya authorities secure Nairobi hotel as death count begins

Authorities have evacuated around 50 survivors of the deadly attack on a luxury Nairobi hotel, which claimed a US citizen and a British citizen among the 15 reportedly dead.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the third day of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide on Tuesday 18 December 2018. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Culture wars

'It will remain on the 26th': Bill Shorten rules out changing Australia Day date

Meanwhile, Greens MPs are threatening to bypass a government ruling that citizenship ceremonies be held on January 26, by running their own ceremonies outside the public holiday.

  • by Max Koslowski
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May listens to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking after losing a vote on her Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London, Tuesday Jan. 15, 2019.
Opinion
Brexit Chaos

Theresa May made mistake after mistake in lead-up to Brexit defeat

Now is the time for Brussels, not just London, to redouble Brexit diplomacy to help ensure that a hard, disorderly exit doesn’t come to pass.

  • by Andrew Hammond
R. Kelly won't be touring Australia after all.
Live music

Promoters cancel Australian R. Kelly tour in wake of 'controversy surrounding him'

"Given the current situation in R. Kelly's personal life and the controversy surrounding him, the promoters have decided not to move forward," the tour's organisers said.

  • by Robert Moran
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Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has "assumed the worst."
Brexit Chaos

'I've assumed the worst': Aston Martin and Bentley have prepared for slow-motion Brexit crash

UK carmaking giants says they have been bracing for a Brexit 'disaster'.

  • by Gabrielle Coppola, Oliver Sachgau & Christoph Rauwald
Wally Masur would like to see Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic patch things up behind closed doors.
Australian Open

Tennis Australia's performance boss Masur wants Hewitt-Tomic summit

The prospect seems remote, but Tennis Australia performance boss Wally Masur believes a closed-doors sit-down could solve the spat between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic.

  • by Ben McKay & Darren Walton
McDonald’s sponsors junior athletics, basketball and swimming programs.
Food & drink

Irish burger chain beats McDonald's in Big Mac trademark battle

McDonald's said it plans to appeal after losing some European Union trademark rights to the Big Mac name after a challenge by smaller Irish rival Supermac's.

  • by Stephanie Bodoni and Leslie Patton
Homecoming: Dragons import Gareth Widdop will trade the NRL for the Super League next year.
NRL Player Movements

'Childhood dream': Dragons star Widdop off to Warrington in 2020

St George Illawarra's English import Gareth Widdop will return home next year after signing a three-year deal with Warrington Wolves in Super League.

A frolicking cat.
Say What?

Silicon Valley landlord rents $US1500 studio to 2 cats

Two cats are living large at a $US1500-a-month ($2083) studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing.

Theresa May's Brexit plan has been heavily defeated in parliament.
Brexit Chaos

Historic defeat in parliament leaves Brexit plans foundering

Scores of pro-Brexit defectors from Theresa May’s Conservative party doomed the deal, voting alongside most of Labour’s MPs who hope they can now trigger a general election.

  • by Nick Miller
An electronic board displays stock information at the Australian Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Global equity?markets are in retreat after Wall Street losses that began in the final session of last week worsened on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its biggest intraday point drop in history. Photgrapher: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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8@eight: ASX set for flat start

What happened overnight and what's ahead for the ASX.

  • by Kyle Rodda
ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay has rejected claims tenancy law reforms would lead to higher rents.
Canberra

Canberra Now: Plans to avoid 'censusfail'; Kyrgios out in first round

Plus, what will a private education cost in Canberra?

  • by Steve Evans
Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan died last year, aged 46.
Pop culture

The Cranberries debut new song to mark anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death

'All Over Now' chronicles a case of domestic abuse and features O'Riordan's haunting voice.

  • by Nardine Saad
Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska.
US Congress

US Treasury secretary urges senators to ease Russia sanctions

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Republican senators to support the Trump administration's decision to ease sanctions on Russian companies.

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I'm there for you: Awer Mabil wants people with mental health issues to know they are not aline.
Asian Cup

Awer Mabil reveals mental health tribute behind Socceroos goal celebration

Socceroos winger Awer Mabil says his trademark goal celebration is intended to raise awareness for people suffering from mental health problems.

  • by Vince Rugari
Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei Technologies, denies company spies for China.
Techno-nationalism

Huawei founder says Trump is 'a great president', denies firm spies for China

The founder of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has said he puts business first, and would “definitely say no” to a request to spy.

  • by Kirsty Needham
FILE - This June 27, 2007 file photo shows singer and actress Carol Channing in Concord, N.H.  Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television has died at age 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll says Channing died of natural causes early Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Rancho Mirage, California.
Vale

Carol Channing, Broadway's 'Dolly,' dead at 97

In a career that spanned seven decades, the saucer-eyed, raspy-voiced musical-comedy star never shook her associations with her most well-known stage roles.

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Opinion
Letters

Human intelligence is a lethal mutation that defies nature

Enrico Fermi was a physicist, James Allan. Biology provides the answer; or rather, evolution.

  • by The Canberra Times
Inland NSW and Victoria roasted on Tuesday, with days more of the extreme weather to come. Tolarno station on the lower Darling had dust devils to add to the heat.
Water

Fish kill risks mount as temperatures 'scream' in hard-hit Menindee

The first of 16 machines aimed at keeping vital fish stocks alive in NSW's ailing rivers will be installed as soon as Wednesday as fears build of more large dieoffs amid searing inland temperatures.

  • by Peter Hannam
Editorial
Opinion
Editorial

Palmer's poll push a costly distraction

Clive Palmer's latest poll push has already managed to alienate thousands of Australian voters. But wait, there's more to come.

  • by The Canberra Times
The new Men's Shed facilities at Weston Creek. From left, workshop manager Allan Booth, committee member Graeme Ireland, vice president Bryan Blackburn, and (front) president Graham Lacey.
Canberra life

From tin to brick: Southside Men's Sheds enjoy an upgrade

Weston Creek Men's Shed has relocated to a better facility, while a new Men's Shed will be built in Hughes.

  • by Cassandra Morgan
Golden mega-deals have given Newcrest Mining Managing Director, Sandeep Biswas,   cause for deep thought.
Opinion
Gold

Gold mega-deals give Newcrest pause for thought

The mergers of two big North American gold miners will leave Newcrest trailing well behind the sector's leaders.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
WorkSafe ACT shut down the Hume recycling facility last Thursday after discovering the exits were blocked with rubbish.
Recycling

Hume recycling centre 'operational' as regional waste joins backlog

Rubbish from towns surrounding Canberra was being stockpiled at the Mugga Lane tip as the closure of the Hume recycling facility entered its fifth day. 

  • by Katie Burgess
The ACT government has rejected claims reforms to tenancy laws in Canberra could drive the cost of rents up.
Canberra

ACT government rejects claims tenancy changes will drive up rents

The ACT government says the changes aimed instead to protect tenants from excessive rent increases.

  • by Daniel Burdon
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Dickson Pool during Canberra's January heat wave.
Canberra

Idea for Dickson pool to become an indoor facility floated in survey

The survey asks Dickson Aquatic Centre users for their thoughts on the future of the facility.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
Non-government school fees will rise sharply this year in Canberra, largely across the board.
Education

How much Catholic, private school fees will rise this year in Canberra

As uncertainty over government funding continues, private and Catholic schools are raising fees.

  • by Sherryn Groch
Dirty Dancing is on at Limelight this week.
Canberra life

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend, January 18-20

Drink while you draw, picnic in the gardens of the National Gallery and spruce up your summer clothes with some tie-dye.

  • by Serena Coady
The ACT government will soon measure factors like health and social capital, as well as economic growth.
ACT government

ACT government to introduce wellbeing index

Bhutan has its happiness index and New Zealand has a living standards dashboard. Now it's Canberra's turn.

  • by Katie Burgess
Bill Kelty
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Superannuation

'They should be accountable': Labor legend tells Shorten to face up to Industry Super

Bill Kelty has warned the alternative prime minister he has a duty to protect workers' savings over the vested interests of "loud underperformers". 

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten and the Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus hold a press conference on Labor's proposal for a National Integrity Commission.
Opinion
Federal election

Hoping for a more accountable government this year? Don't bet on it

It is highly likely Australians will go to the polls with a federal political donations regime that fails to deliver the transparency the electorate has made clear it wants.

  • by Colleen Lewis
Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt in 2016.
Opinion
Australian Open

Bernard Tomic oversteps the mark again

It would not be an Australian Open without a political controversy involving one of either Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt or Nick Kyrgios.

  • by Jake Niall
Samantha Stosur was defeated by Dayana Yastremska.
Australian Open

Stosur succumbs to Ukrainian wunderkind

Momentarily, Sam Stosur looked like she would get through a first round at last. Then Dayana Yastremska got going.

  • by Greg Baum
Elaina Tito.
Industrial relations

Truck-driving mum loses unfair dismissal case after refusing redeployment

Elaina Tito refused a redeployment offer after an injury because it would have left her children without someone to care for them.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Matthew Ebden celebrates his victory in the first round.
Australian Open

'Not my first rodeo': Ebden to take Spanish bull by the horns

Aussie Matt Ebden says he holds no fears in going after Spanish ace Rafael Nadal.

  • by Sam McClure
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Chilling out: Neal and Ken Skupski (foreground) with siblings Kate and Steve Lustig at rear.
Australian Open

The Open tennis players staying with a Melbourne family

Instead of a hotel, two British Australian Open players are staying with a sports-mad family in Melbourne's south-east - and it's not the first time the family has hosted international players.

  • by Carolyn Webb
NAB’s payment system problems are a ‘wake-up call’ for banks.
National Australia Bank

'Done it again': NAB internet banking services resume after second outage in a week

Mobile and internet banking services have been restored several hours after frustrated National Australia Bank customers were hit by the second outage in a week on Tuesday afternoon.

  • by Simone Fox Koob
The market took a strong lead from Wall Street futures.
Sharemarket

ASX climbs to two-month high

Australian shares advanced to the highest level since November 13, ending two days of losses for the local market as positive sentiment returned.

  • by William McInnes & Natasha Gillezeau
Thanasi Kokkinakis receives treatment during the match.
Australian Open

Kokkinakis retires hurt after winning first set

Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis retired hurt after going a set ahead against Japanese opponent Taro Daniel.

  • by Paul Sakkal
A mass fish kill in the Darling River at Menindee left hundreds of stinking carcasses.
Water

Bureaucrats refuse responsibility for 'ecological disaster' on river

Officials managing Australia’s most important river network have also cast doubt on claims that a million fish were killed in this month’s mass die-off in the Murray-Darling system.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Measles causes fever, cough and a runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes.
Healthcare

Two unvaccinated children with measles on flight to Sydney

The children have been diagnosed with measles after returning home from a trip to Sri Lanka, health authorities say.

  • by Kate Aubusson
Ed Harry operates 87 stores across Australia and employs 498 staff.
Retail

Menswear retailer Ed Harry enters voluntary administration

Ed Harry, which has 87 stores across Australia, will immediately hold a clearance sale of existing merchandise.

  • by Alex Druce
Picture perfect: Roger Federer snaps a selfie with Serena Williams at the Hopman Cup in Perth.
Australian Open

Your complete guide to the 2019 Australian Open

Roger Federer is coming off back-to-back Open titles while Serena Williams is also gunning for history.

  • by David McAlpine