May's top advisers resign after UK election shock

May's top advisers resign after UK election shock

May suffered a humiliating blow as the “snap election” Thursday spectacularly backfired, stripping her Conservative Party of its commanding majority in Parliament. She had called the vote three years earlier than required by law, with the aim of sweeping an even greater majority for her party before Brexit talks in nine days to take the country out of the European Union. May is trying to stitch together a credible government this weekend as she fends off a mutiny in her own party. Conservative MPs are publicly airing their anger, some…

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Workshops spearheading new way to improve health of Indigenous men

Workshops spearheading new way to improve health of Indigenous men

Posted June 11, 2017 08:30:05 Photo: Dave Mangenner demonstrates his throwing style. (ABC News: Sallese Gibson) Many men are notorious for neglecting their health but on Tasmania’s north-west coast a cultural project is literally spearheading a new way of dealing with the issue. The ancient Aboriginal art of spear-making and throwing is being used to engage the area’s Indigenous men and, at the same time, improve their health and wellbeing. About a dozen men have been gathering for weekly spear-making workshops in Devonport, as part of the health initiative developed…

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Giants set up Super Netball grand final meeting with Lightning

Giants set up Super Netball grand final meeting with Lightning

Posted June 10, 2017 21:40:09 Photo: The Giants are heading to Brisbane for next weekend’s Super Netball grand final. (AAP: David Crosling) Giants Netball have won through to the inaugural Super Netball grand final with a clinical 65-57 victory over Melbourne Vixens at Hisense Arena. The eight-goal win secures the Giants a grand final berth against Sunshine Coast Lightning at Brisbane Entertainment Centre next Saturday. It was not to be for the Vixens who completed the regular season as minor premiers but lost both of their finals matches. Kristina Brice…

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Three decades of social history captured by self-taught photographer

Three decades of social history captured by self-taught photographer

Updated June 10, 2017 15:16:48 Photo: Bob Hawke in Melbourne in 1980 before he was prime minister. (Rhonda Senbergs) Self-taught Australian photographer Rhonda Senbergs photographed Melbourne and Sydney’s art and political scenes for three decades, always conscious her work was forming a valuable social history for future generations. She took thousands of photographs, including candid shots of prime ministers, leading artists and filmmakers, ANZACs, Aboriginal activists as well as her friends and neighbours in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Senbergs died in 1998, aged 57, but her daughters Jes and…

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Wawrinka, Nadal to meet in French Open final

Wawrinka, Nadal to meet in French Open final

On men’s semifinal day at Roland Garros, most would have considered Nadal’s tussle with Thiem to be the one to watch. After all, the duo tallied the most victories on clay this season and Thiem is one of the rare players to have toppled the Spaniard twice on dirt. But it turns out that Wawrinka’s match with Andy Murray — a battle between veterans who’ve won three majors — was the standout encounter. And by some distance. While Nadal crushed the young Austrian 6-3 6-4 6-0 in two hours to…

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