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As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging

[unable to retrieve full-text content] As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging The GuardianFull coverage

Australian police investigate death of koala screwed to post

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM [SYDNEY] The death of a koala found screwed to a post in Australia has sparked an outcry from animal rights groups and prompted a police investigation. The koala may have been alive when it was "cruelly attached" to the post of a wooden shelter using building screws, though it was dead when found on Wednesday, said Koala Rescue Queensland in a Facebook post accompanying a picture of the animal. It shows the small koala, limbs wrapped around one of the shelter's wooden supports, appearing to clutch a bunch of gum leaves. The caption says "all is not as it seems". It gives the location as a lookout at Brooloo Park, 140 km north of the city of Brisbane in Queensland state. "Police are currently investigating the matter," Senior Sergeant Pierre Senekal, at nearby Kenilworth, told Reuters on Thursday. He said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) will organise an autopsy of the animal to determine cause of death. Animal cruelty c..

The Girls From Oz return with their Australia Day shows

For two shows only, The Girls From Oz, a trio of expat singing talent and their Pommy Pianist, will pay a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their beloved home country on 26th January 2018. Their cabaret act features songs by Australian artists such as Kylie, Men At Work, John Farnham and Vegemite, but sung as you’ve never heard them before! The Girls From Oz have given these songs their own 3 part harmony twist with a touch of dancing, some instrumental multitasking and plenty of laughs. The Girls From Oz are made up of a bevy of bonza beauties currently living in London and this performance will be starring Natasha Veselinovic (‘Les Mis’ international tour and ‘The Railway Children’), Chloe Rose-Taylor (‘Carrie – the Musical’ Australia) and Melissa Gall (‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Sound Of Music’ Australia) and are joined by their pommy pianist, Simon Beck (‘Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Monty Python at the O2’). After a successful run at last summers Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Girls are returning to Londo..

Maori artist brings Australia's colonial history to life in 25-metre video installation

New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana is in Australia to unveil her collection of work - including her striking 25-metre video installation In Pursuit of Venus (infected). Reihana, who is of Maori and British descent, loves to explore how identity and history are represented through her artworks, and challenging colonialism. And her featured panoramic installation does not shy away from those concepts. In Pursuit of Venus , 2015—17, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. SBS Debuting at the 57th Venice Biennale last year, the video work is an adaption of 19th century French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, also known as The Voyages of Captain Cook. "I was really inspired to create a work that kind of spoke back through time," Reihana told SBS News. "Just kind of readdressed some of the look of the wallpaper and certainly to put a stake in the ground. "And say yes Indigenous people are strong and yes we are still here." Reihana..

From flying fists to a culture built for success – Perth Lynx star Alice...

Alice Kunek loves the physicality and competitive nature of sport more than most, but when punches started flying in a team meeting earlier this year, she started to wonder whether she’d made a bad decision. The 26-year-old joined French team, Lyon, in February after finishing her WNBL season with Melbourne. Searching for a different experience after losing some passion for the sport, she was stunned by her introduction to the club midway through the season. Lyon suffered an 87-59 belting and it was obvious the team was in trouble. “In our first film session, we’d come off a loss and there was a punch-on between the girls during the film session. The coaches just sat there and I had my head in my hands thinking ‘what have I got myself into?’,” Kunek recalled “There were some deep seated issues with that team from earlier in the season. They were speaking in French, I was sitting in the corner and then they just went at each other. One had to get taken out of the room and the coach got ..

The rise and fall of Ben Ean Moselle and what it says about Australian...

Do you remember Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle? This slim-bottled, white table wine was quaffed in great quantities in the 1970s. It played a leading role in democratising wine drinking in Australia as tastes began to diversify from an almost exclusively beer-drinking nation. As we discuss in the Journal of Australian Studies, Ben Ean’s fortunes were aligned with tremendous social flux between the 1960s and 1980s. According to industry luminary Philip Laffer, Ben Ean was invented by accident in 1956. It boomed in the 70s but began to decline in popularity in the mid-1980s as fine wine became more desirable. In 2009, the company that owned the Lindeman’s brand stopped making the wine. In the 1970s, Ben Ean was the first wine to be advertised on TV. A breezy, comforting egalitarianism prevailed in the ad, which featured the Little River Band: “Who wants to journey on a gigantic yacht? … Who wants to be a millionaire? I don’t”. [embedded content]Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle was the first wine a..

Film Review: Big in Japan (Australia, 2017) is far more than one man's vainglorious...

Where most foreigners settling in Japan pass their time in Japanese pubs, English schools or seeking out every piece of longstanding architecture, David Elliot-Jones spent his trying to become famous. And you’ve probably never heard of the guy, but that doesn’t mean he failed. Big in Japan opens with a preface about the seemingly endless ways of reaching massive audiences through sites like YouTube and through social media. But the documentary isn’t mired by that well-beaten drum, it’s not another film about how these new mediums connect people; it’s a film about three guys putting these mediums to the test. With foreign talent in demand, three filmmakers (David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod & Louis Dai) move to Japan to test whether these mediums can gift anyone fame. The star to be, Dave, is an average Victorian in his mid-twenties, known to his friends by his peculiar looks and personality. He’s also willing to do pretty much anything to become famous. Tracking Dave’s exploits in Jap..

New podcast challenges cultural whitewashing

Lena Nahlous interviews Benjamin Law; courtesy Diversity Arts Australia; Photos by Jennifer Macey Launched by Diversity Arts Australia, new podcast The Colour Cycle aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing by questioning the degree to which Australia’s arts and cultural sector resembles Australia at large. The seven-part series is hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS). Nahlous told ArtsHub: ‘The trigger was the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium that we held last year where we brought together people from the arts sector to talk about cultural diversity in the arts. We didn't want these conversations to disappear or to stay locked in that room. We wanted them to have a broader reach and a longer life, and we felt podcasts was the way to make this happen.’ ADVERTISEMENTRead: From ticking boxes to thinking outside the square She added in a statement: ‘We want our podcast to open up conversations about why our arts and screens don’t reflect Australia’s..

Australian Olympic Committee names new managers

By Associated Press Published: 01:57 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 02:22 EST, 18 December 2017 SYDNEY (AP) - The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has appointed a former police spokesman as its new media director as part of a restructure of management following complaints about a dysfunctional culture within in its administration. Strath Gordon, who had previously worked for the New South Wales state police and the Australian Rugby Union, was named on Monday as the new head of the AOC's communications department. Amie Wallis, a former human resources manager at one of Australia's biggest banks, was also appointed as the head of people and culture, a new job that was created as part of the AOC restructure. FILE - In this May. 6, 2017, file photo, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates comments on his re-election during an annual general meeting of the AOC in Sydney. The AOC appointed a former police spokesman Strath Gordon as its new media director on Mo..

Local government, police and fire staff recognised in 2018 New Year honours list

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Local government, police and fire staff recognised in 2018 New Year honours list The GuardianFull coverage

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