Tasmania's reigning Enduro GP World Champion Matt Phillips to retire

Tasmania's reigning Enduro GP World Champion Matt Phillips to retire

Posted July 20, 2017 19:49:22 Photo: Matthew Phillips has spent the past five years living and training in Italy. (Facebook: Matthew Phillips Off-Road) Homesickness and disillusionment has seen Tasmania’s Matt Phillips announce his retirement from Enduro GP. Photo: Tasmanian rider Matthew Phillips takes a break. (Facebook: Matthew Phillips Off-Road) At just 23 years old, Phillips is a four-time world title winner and the reigning Enduro GP World Champion. He will see out his contract with bike manufacturer Sherco, before hanging up his suit at the end of the season. His…

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Shanghai staff of Australian company 'held hostage' in alleged extortion attempt

Shanghai staff of Australian company 'held hostage' in alleged extortion attempt

Posted July 21, 2017 09:19:14 Photo: A security camera image said to show unknown men occupying USGFX’s office space. (Supplied: USGFX) An Australian currency brokerage says up to 20 staff at its Shanghai office have been held against their will since Wednesday afternoon (local time) in an alleged extortion attempt. A representative of Sydney-based brokerage Union Standard Group Forex (USGFX) told the ABC dozens of men arrived at its Shanghai office and threatened violence. Raymond Chien, a Taiwan-based business manager at USGFX, said at least four staff were still being…

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French singer dies on stage during concert

French singer dies on stage during concert

THERE are rumours an up-and-coming French singer may have been electrocuted after collapsing in the middle of a concert. Barbara Weldens, 35, was singing on stage at a church in the picturesque village of Goudron, in the Lot region in southwest Franch when she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest, according toThe Independent . Police are investigating the cause of her death. However, a spokesman reportedly told L’Europe1 that they “will see in the next weeks if a re-evaluation” is necessary, and that they would assess the possible cause behind an…

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Phone app helps Perth mum lose 70kg

Phone app helps Perth mum lose 70kg

A PERTH mum who shed 70 kilograms has credited a phone application for her drastic weight loss. Casey Gemmell is almost half her size after she was shocked into losing weight when she saw her photo on her son’s first birthday. “It was sort of like a realisation moment of ‘man, that’s what I look like’,” she said. At 160kg, Casey acted on her wake up call and downloaded the app ‘Couch to 5k runner’. media_cameraCasey Gemmell’s before and after shots. Picture: Today Tonight.“It takes you from being a couch potato…

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Young upstarts Halfbrick join Blackmores, Queen in Queensland business's hall of fame

Young upstarts Halfbrick join Blackmores, Queen in Queensland business's hall of fame

To achieve Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame status usually requires a lifetime of achievement, but the changing nature of business has seen a young upstart join the esteemed ranks. For games developer Halfbrick, the Brisbane-based company’s induction was 2 billion downloads in the making. Halfbrick chief executive Shainiel Deo’s company has made Queensland’s Business Leaders Hall of Fame. Photo: Glenn HuntHalfbrick was among six new admissions to the Hall of Fame on Thursday night, joining companies Blackmores, Queen and Walkers Limited and individual entrants Dimity Dornan and George Chapman. Queensland…

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