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rip live music, hello to a generation of tone-deaf coders

my advice for aspiring singer-songwriters in sydney? move cities. why? because the music scene in sydney has been almost completely snuffed out.i am not talking about the major-label-backed tours that roll in to the hordern pavilion or the guy mumbling wonderwall as he kicks his loop pedal in the corner of your local bar. bede kennedy, centre, and castlecomer. photo: daisy hofstetteri am talking about licensed venues that host live original music because they have paying patrons and fair licensing laws. i'm talking about the magic of walking into a pub and hearing a band or a singer-songwriter play their own material just before they get really successful. this is the heart of any true music scene. to see tame impala before tame impala become tame impala.for the wide-eyed musician ho...





detainee sets fire in cell at alexander maconochie centre

staff at the alexander maconochie centre have had to extinguish a blaze after a detainee set fire to bedding in a cell.the fire started at 6.30pm on wednesday and amc staff removed the detainee before putting it out. the alexander maconochie centre. photo: sitthixay ditthavongthe building was evacuated to let the smoke dissipate and act firefighters conducted air monitoring with hazmat crews.no staff or detainees were injured during the incident.





clubs opt not to vote on constitutional reform

clubs have opted not to vote on constitutional reform in the knowledge they didn't have the numbers required to gain a voice on the australian rugby league commission.it had become evident that at least two clubs were not prepared to back the constitutional changes in their current form, leading to a resolution to adjourn a vote until march 12. ready to listen: new arlc chairman peter beattie. photo: robert shakespearepeter beattie has vowed to unite the clubs after three of them stymied constitutional reform at rugby league central on wednesday - gold coast, canterbury and melbourne are understood to be the three clubs opposed to the changes that would have made landmark changes to the commission.beattie, who officially succeeded john grant as the new arlc chairman said he will al...





greens fail to win support for bid to block apple's fed square store

an attempt to block the andrews government’s deal with apple to build a store in federation square has failed in parliament, clearing the way for the contentious retail development.the greens sought to disallow planning approval for the new apple shop, which would require the demolition of the existing yarra building, currently home to the koorie heritage trust. greens leader samantha ratnam (left) listens as labor's philip dalidakis defends the apple store in parliament.  photo: joe armaobut the party was friendless in the upper house on wednesday, its disallowance motion defeated by 34 votes to four, as labor, the coalition and the cross-bench combined to vote it down.american tech giant apple and the andrews government have been in negotiations to build a shop in federation squa...





duo charged after brutal bashing of two female police officers

a man and woman have been charged after they allegedly bashed two female police officers, including brutally punching one in the head, following a car pursuit.the duo, believed to be brother and sister, were seen driving erratically by police in a volkswagen that was missing a wheel, along pindari avenue in mill park just before midnight on february 17. a man and woman have been charged after they allegedly bashed two female police officers. there was a short police pursuit before the car stopped outside a house in nivea terrace in south morang.the driver of the vehicle is then alleged to have instigated a violent assault on both police officers before his sister joined the brawl.both officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.a 21-year-old south morang man has been charged w...





scientists chase down dinosaur movements by watching turkeys sprint

researchers have built running tracks for turkeys, emus and ibises and other birds in the race to discover how dinosaurs moved.birds had previously been used to explore the movement of dinosaurs but not to the extent of this latest research, in which 12 bird species were observed sprinting to explore how the weight of an animal can affect its movement. researchers have raced birds to find out how dinosaurs moved. photo: peter bishop, queensland museumthe resulting article said while the movement of dinosaurs that walked on two legs had caused controversy, the scientists had devised an equation that helped calculate how the extinct giants roamed.it could also potentially provide answers to other questions, including if they were cold or warm-blooded and if tyrannosaurus rex really wa...





the afl's secret formula for free agency compensation

geelong were controversially awarded the same compensation for free agent steven motlop as the brisbane lions received for tom rockliff partly because of the one-year age difference between the pair.motlop, who surprisingly earned the cats an end-of-first-round choice (pick 18), just scraped into the same compensation ‘‘band’’ as rockliff, who was paid close to $100,000 a season more than the ex-cat over the same period and whose salary nearly delivered the lions pick no.2 in the 2017 national draft. geelong's compensation for losing steven motlop was controversial. photo: aapthe motlop decision was made on the basis of a secret formula that the age can reveal in detail – the so-called ‘‘secret herbs and spices’’ which also renders the length of contract largely irr...





wife and lover guilty of murdering husband with cyanide-laced juice

arun kamalasanan and sofia sam poisoned sam abraham with a deadly dose of cyanide so the illicit lovers could be together.on wednesday, a jury at the supreme court in melbourne found kamalasanan and sam guilty of murdering her husband after a three-week trial. sofia sam pictured here with her husband sam abraham and their son.  photo: suppliedkamalasanan, 35, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced, while sam, 33, sobbed as she was led into custody by guards. both had pleaded not guilty to the charges.the trial had heard that sam moved with her six-year-old son to australia from india in 2012, with mr abraham joining his young family a few months later after working in dubai.all the while, prosecutors said, sam had been having an affair with kamalasanan, who she'd known for y...





airport surf park to create jobs, attract tourists and cause waves

usually the only waves to be seen out melbourne airport way are from friends and family saying their goodbyes.that's all going to change thanks to australia's first manmade surf park, work on which is due to start on thursday. an artist's impression of the surfing lagoon. image: wave park group photo: wave park groupthe development sits on 7.1 hectares leased from melbourne airport for 30 years and is adjacent to the essendon football club.one thousand waves will be pumped out each hour using renewable energy sources, with waves ranging from 0.6 to two metres high across six separate sections to accommodate each surfer's skill level. the park is due to open by easter next year. image: wave park group photo: wave park groupan annual 20 megalitres of water will be needed to rep...





wa teen who stabbed, killed stepfather avoids jail

a perth teenager who stabbed and killed his abusive stepfather in order to "protect" his eight-year-old sister has avoided jail. the teenager appeared in the supreme court of wa for sentencing on wednesday, and the court again heard details of the violent abuse the teenager, his disabled brother, sister and mother had suffered at the hands of his stepfather.  the teenager was due to be sentenced last thursday but his case was adjourned. photo: heather mcneillthe 18-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 17 when he killed his 36-year-old stepfather inside their girrawheen home two years ago.on the night of september 16 2016, the court heard the heavy-drinking stepfather had consumed eight or nine beers when he choked the boy's 15-year-old brother.his brother, who...





'hardest physics exam ever' didn't affect wace results: wa curriculum authority

a curriculum council report has found the "harder than expected" wace physics exam ultimately didn't affect year 12 student results, despite there being an error in one of the questions.doubts were raised about the fairness of the exam in november when students vented their frustration about the test on social media. the reports will point out a number of areas of concern for teachers to focus on next year.  photo: karleen minneyone perth mother wrote to watoday about her own son's problems with the exam, and slammed the test's "inconsistency"."it was unbelievable," sathi kunjan said."physics is very objective, there is a right and a wrong answer - i don't see why they've got to create such enormity of difficulty in order to test the students."my son was showing me all t...





real estate and property market news

amara city gardens development signals a change for the perth property marketwa’s obsession with a freestanding home on a quarter acre block is slowly changing.





jennifer lawrence looks amazing, proves hollywood is sexist

oscar-winner jennifer lawrence, the second highest paid actress in the industry, star of two separate billion dollar franchises and your imaginary drinking buddy, is still not as powerful as the nearest man. for proof, look no further than the recent photo call of the actress alongside her male co-stars for the promotion of her forthcoming spy movie, red sparrow.lawrence, 27, was out doing the usual promotional stuff in london on wednesday, our time, on the balcony of the corinthia hotel, to be precise. the temperature in london is roughly 6 degrees celsius. you know, coat weather. so all of her male co-stars are naturally wearing coats. but not jennifer. poor j.law is standing there in her black, versace gown, looking extremely cold. francis lawrence (left), matthias schoenaert (s...





barnaby joyce and vikki campion's first interview

barnaby joyce and his pregnant partner vikki campion claim they have been hounded out of their rent free apartment, and fear their baby son will be viewed "somehow less worthy than other children".in an exclusive interview with fairfax media in armidale a fortnight after their relationship was exposed, the couple made a direct appeal to politicians and members of the public: "it's time to move on." deputy prime minister barnaby joyce in the kitchen of the armidale townhouse he is living in with vikki campion.  photo: peter hardinthe deputy prime minister also insisted he can work alongside malcolm turnbull, and said the prime minister never directly asked him about the relationship with ms campion before it was revealed on the front page of the daily telegraph. the nationals lea...





police seize students' mobiles as part of drug investigation

students’ mobile phones have been seized by police after seven teenage boys overdosed on drugs at a gold coast school on wednesday.paramedics attended saint stephen’s college at upper coomera about 12.50pm after six 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old were falling in and out of consciousness after a suspected drug overdose. paramedics attended saint stephen's college in upper coomera after several students fell ill from a suspected drug overdose. photo: aapthey were taken to the gold coast university, were four remained in a critical condition, one in a serious condition, and two stable on wednesday evening.a queensland police service spokesman said several mobile phones and electronic devices had been seized as part of the investigation and two crime scenes had been set up on the s...





teenagers armed with bricks terrorise perth street

three men were taken to hospital on wednesday morning following a violent rampage in girrawheen overnight.police said they were called to a disturbance on girrawheen avenue about 1.40am. garshaw wakeyo . photo: 9 news pertha number of people were visiting a home on the street, and as one man was leaving the gathering, he noticed a group of up to six teenagers on the street.he could see they were looking into parked cars, and people came from inside the house to check their vehicles hadn't been broken into.  he was hit in the head during the attack. photo: 9 news perthbut as they came outside, the group of teens picked up star pickets, bricks and rocks and started smashing the windows of about five cars.neighbour barry scribens told 9 news perth residents were terrified.adverti...





australia clinch twenty20 tri-series as dls reigns

australia cruised to a second win in a row at eden park last night to claim the spoils in the twenty20 tri-series.they beat the black caps by 19 runs on the duckworth-lewis-stern method – rain brought an early end when they were 121-3 after 14.4 overs chasing 151. andrew tye celebrates after dismissing new zealand's mitchell santner for a duck in the t20 final last night. photo: aapit was a grind of a game, which made for a change from last friday’s run fest, but australia were never put under any sustained pressure, and didn’t look like stumbling.australia made just 22 in their first four overs, but openers david warner and d’arcy short then added 33 more in the final two overs of the power play, but were forced to wait as rain began to fall.play resumed with no overs lost, ...





national park 'at the mercy' of murray-darling basin water changes

the fate of a 50-year-old national park in western nsw is "at the mercy of water managers" regardless of the region's critical environmental role the reserve was set up to protect, ecologists and locals say.the kinchega national park, about 100 kilometres south-east of broken hill, borders the tandou irrigation property that barnaby joyce's federal agricultural department paid $78 million for its water rights last year. lake menindee in far west nsw in november 2016. photo: nick moirthe park, which contains half of lake menindee, is one of at least four sanctuaries in the nsw section of the murray-darling basin where goals of the office of environment and heritage's national parks and wildlife service face being overridden by other demands, such as from irrigation, environmental...





triple murderer john cribb, 67, dies at goulburn jail

triple murderer and rapist john ernest cribb died at goulburn jail on wednesday.cribb, 67, was serving three life sentences for the stabbing to death three members of the connell family in baulkham hills in north-west sydney four decades ago. john cribb was serving three life sentences.  he reported feeling unwell earlier this week before he was found dead at the prison about 10.30am on wednesday.cribb was on parole for armed robbery when he broke into the connells' home and kidnapped valda connell, 39, and two of her six children, sally, 10, and damien, 4, in august 1978.their bodies were found in a car boot near swansea. cribb had raped valda and then killed the woman and her children with a knife.cribb escaped with well-known criminal william john munday from the morisset hospital...





a moving portrait of grace under pressure

daniela vega gives a fantastic performance.  a fantastic womanm, 104 minutes, limited release★★★½a fantastic woman displays the same unblinking intensity that distinguished jackie (2017), chilean director pablo larrain's study of jackie kennedy in the week following jfk's assassination.larrain is producing this time. the director is argentinian-born sebastian lelio, another filmmaker known for his flair for stories from the female point-of-view.his last film, gloria, about a mid-life love affair, won its star, paula garcia a silver bear at the berlin film festival in 2013, and lelio has since done an english-language re-make with julianne moore.in this film, which has won a silver bear for its screenplay, together with an oscar nomination in this year's foreign film catego...