Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Not Porn | Tags: Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un, Korea, News, North Korea, South Korea, Standout | Comments Off on North Korean Leaders Half Brother Assasinated at Kuala Lumpur Airport
The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been reportedly assassinated in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Kim Jong-nam collapsed suddenly at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA – he died en-route to hospital.
Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of death was not yet known, and a post-mortem would be carried out on the body.
According to the official, Kim Jong-nam had been planning to travel to Macau on Monday when he fell ill at the airport’s low-cost terminal. “He felt dizzy, so he asked for help at the counter of KLIA.”
Kim Jong-nam was taken to an airport clinic where he still felt unwell, and it was decided to take him to hospital :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 12th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Auto News | Tags: Grilled Auto News, Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, Stephan Winkelmann, SUV, Urus, Volkswagen Group | Comments Off on Grilled! Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Production Confirmed for April ’17
It’s been five years since Lamborghini first unveiled their Hybrid SUV concept – Urus – at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Since then it’s been waning between remaining a viable but ultimately unrealised vision – like the mythical Estoque super saloon – or a full-fledged addition to the Lambo stable.
In 2013 more hints that the Italian super-car maker was serious about the Urus came from then Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann who said the company’s future plans were very much in-line with a high-performance SUV in its offer.
Via an interview with Digital Trends, Lamborghini’s current CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that production of the überSUV will begin in April 2017, with prototype test vehicles rolling off the line first. Production of customer-bound examples be underway by July 2017 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 4th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Business News | Tags: australia, Bank, Banking, Business News, consumer-finance, regulation, Small Business | Comments Off on REPORT: Small Business Inquiry Finds Australian Big Bank Practices Unfair
I’ve banked with a small bank – Bendigo Bank – since my return to Melbourne 8 years ago. Australia’s big banks have plenty of critics, and now they can add the Small Business Ombudsman to that fast growing list.
The high profile Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, who has authored a report released today into banking practices, has found lenders are not being fair when they enter into contracts with small and medium-sized businesses.
The big four banks enjoy a $19 billion advantage over their smaller rivals by still being able to self-calculate the riskiness of their home loans according to analysis from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
Despite a new regulatory framework requiring the big banks to hold larger top tier capital buffers, their ability to internally assess their asset risks is still a huge advantage in terms of the amount of “expensive” capital locked up and their ability to access cheaper funding.
While the CBA, NAB, Westpac and ANZ are now required to base their regulatory capital on a blanket of at least 25 percent of mortgages being at risk, smaller lenders must base their risk weightings at 39 percent :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: australia, Cankler Science News, Health, Heatwave, Human Interest, weather | Comments Off on Cankler Science Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave
The morning after a sweltering summer night, you’ve tossed and turned, sweated in your sheets, many may experience a rude awakening.
You know the feeling, you wake up feeling groggy, tired, irritable, almost like you have a hangover.
In Australia temperatures like last week’s heatwave – which saw suburbs stay at around 30 degrees Celsius overnight – and with hot days expected throughout the southern summer, sleep disruption is going to be a regular pain in the neck.
While the body’s core temperature generally hovers steadily around 37C, there is a potential for it to rise and develop into a fever if the surface temperature cannot be cooled and a room remains hot :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: australia, Cybersecurity, defence-and-national-security, federal-government, government-and-politics, hacking, information-and-communication, Malcolm Turnbull | Comments Off on Technoid: Australian Prime-minister Declares Cyber Security ‘the new frontier of warfare’
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that cyber security was “the new frontier of warfare” and espionage while announcing new measures to protect Australian democracy from foreign interference :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 26th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: community-and-society, government-and-politics, Housing, housing-industry, Renovation Planning, Sydney Australia, work | Comments Off on ‘Severely Unaffordable!’ Sydney’s Housing Nightmare Laid-bare in New Survey
Sydney’s housing is rated less affordable than global metropolises New York and London in a report that paints a dire picture for the city’s middle-income earners :: Read the full article »»»»