August 28, 2002 |
MOVIES Australian Census: The Force Is With Them The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday that more than 70,000 people in Australia identified their religion as Jedi in last year's census. As in Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi and "Star Wars." Chris Brennan, president of the Star Wars Appreciation Society, speculated that only 5,000 of the Jedi respondents were "hard-core" believers. Another 50,000 put it down for fun, and the others "did it just to give the government a bit of curry."
July 18, 2013 |
Can a wetsuit protect a diver from sharks? In Western Australia, where shark attacks (although still rare) have risen sharply, officials and scientists alike are testing whether the answer may lie in fashion. So, when it comes to avoiding sharks, is it better to stand out or to fade into the background? A "conspicuous" wetsuit with big white and deep-blue stripes on the arms and legs makes a diver obvious to sharks. A "cryptic" version has been likened to the Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
April 20, 2010 |
Google Inc.'s fight with China over Internet censorship made headlines around the world, but it has been engaged in similar battles around the globe. At least 25 countries, many of them with repressive regimes but even those with democracies, have at times blocked the public's access to Google over the last several years. All told, more than 40 countries actively censor the Internet, compared with a handful in 2004, which is when the OpenNet Initiative, a group of academics, began tracking global censorship.
October 4, 2000 |
The next president of the International Olympic Committee should be Belgium's Jacques Rogge, says Michael Knight, the Australian state government minister who headed the operational team that put on the Sydney Games. Knight said today that if the IOC "wants to keep the reform process going," Rogge is the "only sensible person" to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Spaniard who has been atop the IOC for 20 years and who retires next July.
April 30, 1988 |
Corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court, who on Friday finally succumbed to fallout from the October stock market crash, combined the manners of an aristocrat with the doggedness of the self-made man. The South African-born Holmes a Court, who sold out most of his corporate empire to arch-rival Alan Bond and the Western Australia State Government Insurance Commission, left an indelible mark on Australian business life.
June 12, 2001 |
The European Commission is investigating whether Hollywood movie studios are charging consumers artificially high prices for movies sold on digital video discs in Europe. The inquiry into DVD pricing practices by Vivendi Universal, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox, AOL Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney Co., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Sony Corp. and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures was announced Monday by European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti.
June 27, 1999 |
"If you want to catch a tiger," Kim Hak Yong was saying, "you have to go into the tiger's cave." Today, Kim and his North Korea team enter that cave. They face the United States in a game at Foxboro Stadium that they have to win to reach the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. And the tiger is waiting. Both teams are coming off impressive victories. The U.S. mauled Nigeria, 7-1, in Chicago on Thursday, the same day North Korea upset Denmark, 3-1, in Portland, Ore.
May 19, 1992 |
The last few years have been generally good to the disparate nations of the Pacific Rim. The numbers show greater wealth and improved health for most although population growth has been a problem for some. AUSTRALIA Government: Federal parliamentary democracy Area (square miles): 2.96 million 1986 1991 %change PEOPLE: Population (in millions) 15.8 million 17.5 million +10.8% Population growth rate 0.8% 0.8% -- Literacy 98.5% 99% -- WEALTH: Per capita GNP**($U.S.) 9,563(1985) 14,900(1990) +55.
January 10, 1989 |
Choosing international protocol over domestic politics, Britain announced Monday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Howe will represent it in Tokyo next month for the state funeral of Emperor Hirohito.
January 13, 2005 |
The burly men who Mamdouh Habib says bundled him onto a small jet in Pakistan bound for a grisly torture cell in Egypt didn't give their names. But their nationality seemed clear. "They ... spoke American English with no foreign accent," Habib's lawyer later told a U.S. court. Several of the men sported large tattoos, including one who bore "a tattoo of an American flag on or near his wrist." Habib had already been interrogated in Pakistani jails by three other Americans -- two women and a man.