Hundreds of people packed into a public forum in Sydney last night, just as licensing police were sent into Kings Cross to begin a crackdown on pubs, clubs and bars in the area. The action was prompted by the death earlier this month of 18-year old teenager Thomas Kelly in an unprovoked attack. A range of suggestions were made to tackle the problem: more trains and buses, pre-paid cabs, tougher legislation to veto new nightclubs and more police. One of the questions being asked is whether...
Microsoft makes more money from its ubiquitous suite of office programs than it does from its operating system, Windows. That is why Microsoft is nervous about the rise of tablet computers -- which do no run office -- and web-based office software from competitors like Google. Yesterday Microsoft released a sneak peak of Office 2013, which tries to tackle both problems head on.
Neuroscientist Dr Kerry Spackman has developed a career coaching athletes, business people, the All Blacks, and Formula One racing teams -- he is even accompanying the Kiwi athletes to the London Olympics. He is the author of a motivational best seller, The Winners Bible: Rewire Your Brain For Permanent Change, and his new book is intriguingly titled The Ant And The Ferrari.
Athletes are starting to bed down in London's Olympic Village ahead of next week's opening ceremony. These games will be marked by the use of social media by athletes, giving us a window into the way sportsmen and women think, work and behave at the Games.
There is speculation that Labor will lose the Victorian state seat of Melbourne, which it has held for 104 years, to the Greens on Saturday's by-election. The race is close, and will likely be decided on the preferences of other candidates. Mike Woods takes a look at some of those independents and minor parties who will play a role in Saturday's election.
Ford has announced that it will cut 440 jobs from its Geelong and Broadmeadow plants in Victoria, because of falling demand for large cars. Ford was handed $103 million in January -- including $34 million of Federal money -- to safeguard jobs. So are subsidies to auto manufacturers actually saving any jobs?
HSBC, one of the world's largest banks, is facing allegations of extensive money laundering for drug lords and rogue states. The accusations were made during a US Senate hearing, where the bank's top executives were grilled over suspicious transactions worth billions of dollars. Particular attention was turned to the billions of suspicious dollars which were funnelled out of the USA into Mexico via HSBC's Mexican subsidiary. HSBC's head of compliance, David Bagley, has resigned.
The Gillard government has released a green paper on the development of Australia's first ever National Food Plan. The paper canvasses a number of challenges, including climate change and the huge spike in food demand when the global population tops nine billion, around the middle of this century.
Australia's 410 athletes have arrived at the Olympic Village in London ahead of next week's Games. It is the smallest team since Barcelona in 1992, but Australian Chef de Mission, Nick Green, is confident that Australia will finish in the top five of the medal tally.