Cirque and Avatar combine for tour

Cirque and Avatar combine for tour

TWO of the biggest entertainment properties in the world — Cirque du Soleil and the movie Avatar — will combine for an arena tour of Australia this year. James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi hit, which is the highest grossing movie ever with global box office of $3.6 billion, is the inspiration for the Cirque du Soleil show Toruk — The First Flight, which will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in October and November. Cameron, who will start shooting the long-awaited sequel to Avatar in August (the first of four), believes…

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Boys arrested after ‘dirt bike rampage’

Boys arrested after ‘dirt bike rampage’

THREE young boys are in police custody after they allegedly rode a dirt bike across a junior soccer match and robbed a woman at knifepoint. Parents desperately tried to shield their young children as the three boys disrupted the junior sports event in Armadale on Sunday morning. According to witnesses, two of the boys were allegedly armed with large kitchen knives as they tore through Morgan Park on a dirt bikes. “They did a few laps of the oval,” parent Mark Berry said. media_cameraThree young boys are in police custody…

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Our universities aren't earning the money we give them

Our universities aren't earning the money we give them

Sorry, but the small funding cuts imposed on the universities in the budget don’t rouse any sympathy from me. In an ideal world we’d be investing more in our universities, but our world is far from ideal. And so are our unis. They’re inefficient bureaucracies, with bloated administrations and over-paid vice chancellors. The vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney, Michael Spence. Photo: SuppliedTo hear them talk, you’d think unis were the fount of all economic virtue. According to Sydney University’s Michael Spence, the budget was “an opportunity missed, because the government’s…

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Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso forced to retire

Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso forced to retire

Andretti Autosport driver, Sato, took the lead in the closing stages as he edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske into second. “You guys saw, it was a little too hard for me today. Congrats to Takuma Sato,” Castroneves told ESPN. “I really tried hard. I think I bent the throttle pedal, I was pushing that hard,” the Brazilain driver added. At the point he was forced out of the race, Alonso held the fastest average lap time in his own Andretti Autosport car. Yet the irony…

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Train stabbing victims: Army vet, college graduate

Train stabbing victims: Army vet, college graduate

The two men were killed after they intervened when a man allegedly yelled what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” at two women on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. A third victim, a poet, survived the attack, but is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. A suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been arrested on aggravated murder charges. The victims’ families, friends and Portland residents gathered Saturday at a nearby grassy area. They shared…

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