Three countries bidding to host RWC 2023 (AAP)

Three countries bidding to host RWC 2023 (AAP)

AAPon October 4, 2016, 10:42 pm France, Ireland and South Africa are the three countries in the running to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, World Rugby (WR) said on Tuesday. Italy withdrew its application last week after failing to guarantee government support for staging the event. “I would like to congratulate the unions for successfully progressing to candidate status and we welcome further dialogue with all parties as momentum builds towards the selection of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host,” WR chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement. South…

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Huge new oil discovery in Alaska

Huge new oil discovery in Alaska

Oil and gas exploration firm Caelus has found a massive amount of oil waiting to be drilled up in northern Alaska. In a press release Tuesday, the company announced its discovery could yield between 6 billion and 10 billion barrels of light oil — which is recovered from the ground more easily than other types of oil. As perspective, about 79 million barrels of crude oil are produced in the world each day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Caelus estimates it will be able to recover about 30%…

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Pressure-sensing technology used to analyse elephant walking traits

Pressure-sensing technology used to analyse elephant walking traits

Posted October 05, 2016 10:05:36 Video: Pressure-sensing technology used to analyse elephant walking traits (ABC News) Map: University of Queensland 4072 Queensland researchers have found a way to help prevent deadly foot disease in elephants held in captivity. Photo: A very large number of elephants get euthanased every year due to foot disease. (Supplied: University of Queensland) Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou, from the University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Sciences, said a large number of elephants were euthanased every year due to foot disease. To try to prevent this, Dr Panagiotopoulou…

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Rio, BHP reject iron ore fee proposal

Rio, BHP reject iron ore fee proposal

RIO Tinto and BHP Billiton say they have no intention of taking up the West Australian government’s offer to change one of the fees they pay for mining iron ore in the state. The companies have been paying a 25 cent per tonne lease rental since the 1960s, which Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls wants to hike up to $5 per tonne to raise $7.2 billion over four years and improve the state’s ailing finances. The Liberal state government has repeatedly said it does not support the proposal. Premier Colin…

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Sex, lies and railway tracks (The West Australian)

Sex, lies and railway tracks (The West Australian)

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times/TNS –The West Australianon October 4, 2016, 10:55 am The Girl on the Train is an adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ runaway smash novel, which debuted at No.1 on the New York Times’ bestseller list in February 2015 and stayed there for 13 consecutive weeks. Yet even before the book was first released, the film adaptation was already barrelling forward. Nearly a year before the book was published, Dreamworks Pictures acquired the rights for producer Marc Platt. By the time the book was coming out, screenwriter Erin…

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