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Panthers overcome injury woes to beat Bulldogs

The Penrith Panthers secured their sixth win of the NRL season in round 8 on Friday night, beating the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 22-14 despite losing their fullback Dylan Edwards to a shoulder injury. Edwards injured his shoulder in the 13th minute meaning he will now join halfback Nathan Cleary on the sidelines. The Bulldogs were […]


Swans beat Cats in thrilling finish

A seven goal to one final quarter from the Sydney Swans propelled them to a much-needed away victory over the Geelong Cats at Geelong’s Kardinia Park/GMHBA Stadium on a sunny afternoon yesterday. Sydney 12.14 (86) defeated Geelong 10.9 (69) in a seesawing affair where the result was confirmed only two minutes from the final siren […]


Travelling the world on horseback

The first time I met Kate Pilcher we were sitting around a kids table doing readers with our young daughters. There’s no way I would have pinned her for a linguist who has spent more than two years living and working in Kenya as a horse guide. Fluent in Spanish and Swahili, Kate’s appearance captivated […]


Like a cheesy sitcom film set – and wonderful fun

As someone who thoroughly enjoys being indoors, curled up under a blanket, watching trashy TV or a good crime documentary, I wasn’t overly excited when my fiancé presented me with the idea of a camping trip. “It’ll be freezing!” I gasped, with what I’m sure was a horrified look on my face. Winter not being […]


The Nobel-winning scientist who made himself sick

A scientist makes a discovery challenging the medical establishment, his research isn’t taken seriously by his peers and in desperation to prove he’s right he experiments on himself. Sounds like the plot from a campy sci fi movie, doesn’t it? Proving real life is stranger than fiction, Professor Barry Marshall got his Nobel Prize doing […]


More than lines on a page – the power of drawing


Prepare to have your appreciation of drawing stretched beyond comprehension when you visit the Sunshine Coast University’s Art Gallery current exhibition, showcasing works from the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. The light, open space at the gallery is filled with a collection of travelling works from the Grafton Regional Gallery. So much more than lines on […]


Music has charms to soothe a troubled heart

Their eyes lit up and they started singing. No longer were they confused old folks. They were remembering a time when they were young. Leading them in song was a vibrant woman who sang and strummed guitar. And no singer could have a better audience – they were fully engaged with her facial expressions, singing […]


Bottas thrills with split-second Russian Grand Prix win

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first-ever Formula One victory at the Russian Grand Prix overnight. Bottas, parachuted into the Mercedes team in January after the surprise retirement of defending champion Nico Rosberg, has struggled to come to terms with his new car in the opening three races of the season. But in Russia Bottas […]


Review: Queen of Katwe

Based on a true story, Queen of Katwe is a classic and inspiring tale of overcoming extreme adversity to pursue and achieve dreams, against all odds and in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Set against a backdrop of an impoverished Uganda over the last five years, the film chronicles recent events as they unfolded. Directed by […]


Thinking superheroes attract young audiences

Making intelligence cool again is the aim of a company that brings internationally renowned intellectuals to Australia. Run by glamour couple Desh Amila, 34, and partner Suzi Jamil, 24, Think Inc is seeking to bring ideas to a younger audience. Mr Amila was inspired to create Think Inc in 2013 after going to an intellectual […]


Relaxation Centre helps people discover inner strength

Stepping into the Relaxation Centre of Queensland is like driving along the highway and rising over a crest to see the wide expanse of beautiful blue ocean ahead of you. Another world opens that has the potential to unshackle, calm and free the mind, heart, body and soul from life’s burdens, tragedies and illnesses. The […]


Good pickings in strawberry festival

A Sunshine Coast school celebrates 30 years of its community fundraiser Strawbfest on 3 September, with live music, prizes and plenty of strawberries. The Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm opposite Chevallum State School donates the fruit from one of its fields for the event. Children from every grade help pick the strawberries, with the motto “pick […]


Surfer inspires kids to go to school

In the slums around Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor in Kerala, India, poverty is everywhere. In one village children as young as 10 work on fishing boats instead of going to school. Just 2km away from Vizhinjam waves break cleanly on the shores of Kovalam Beach. It was here that Jelle Rigole, a 32-year-old Belgian, realised surfing […]


Trainer pulls his weight to help African orphans

A personal trainer has gone the extra mile to raise money and awareness for orphans in Africa by hiking one of United Arab Emirates’ tallest mountains. Lee Harrison tackled the 12km road up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain as part of a fundraising campaign that will see the Abu Dhabi-based Brit complete a series of […]


Challenging times ahead for Gladstone as roller-coaster ride continues

Industry is the Gladstone Region’s life blood and has been considered for decades as the centre of Queensland’s sporadic industrial prosperity. But the intermittent cycle of industrial projects in Gladstone creates instability within the region’s economy and often leaves local businesses struggling to survive. The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) recently released their […]


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