October 18, 2012 |
Raw, unsettling and mesmerizing, the once-thought-lost Australian classic from 1971 "Wake in Fright" has been restored, and this grimly propulsive work, often cited as auguring the continent's arrival as a cinema powerhouse, merits attention. As charged as a nightmare, the adaptation of Kenneth Cook's novel chronicles the lost weekend of a young, soft-featured British schoolteacher named John Grant (Gary Bond) stuck - willfully or not, it could be argued - in "The Yabba," an Outback mining town of hard men who take seriously their entreaties for you to join them in drink after drink.
September 27, 2012 |
Planet Earth may be 4.5 billion years old, but that doesn't mean it can't serve up a shattering surprise now and again. Such was the case on April 11 when two massive earthquakes erupted beneath the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, far from the usual danger zones. Now scientists say the seafloor ruptures are part of a long suspected, yet never before observed, event: the slow-motion splitting of a vast tectonic plate. The first of the quakes, a magnitude 8.7, was 20 times more powerful than California's long anticipated "big one" and tore a complex network of faults deep in the ocean floor.
September 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- At the Australian Open earlier this year veteran Russian Ekaterina Makarova upset Serena Williams in the fourth round. She made Williams run and run, frustrating the American, who didn't seem in ideal physical shape after spending almost a year recovering from injuries and illnesses. Saturday at the U.S. Open, Makarova played the same, demanding game, hitting her groundstrokes deep and well. But it was a different Williams across the net, one who was physically capable of hunting down balls no matter how long the rallies and it was Williams who advanced to the fourth round at Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory that lasted 1 hour 21 minutes and was more fascinating than the final score indicated.
August 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Australian regulators might be paving the way for one solution that would prevent the kind of high-speed trading blunder that slammed Knight Capital Group: a "kill switch. " The Australian Securities and Investments Commission this week proposed a set of requirements to halt runaway computer trading, including the introduction of an off switch that would immediately shut down programs. And regulators in the U.S. may consider similar safeguards. It took Knight more than half an hour to finally gain control of a computer program that sent a torrent of errant trades into the market - a glitch that ultimately cost the company $440 million.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON -- Missy Franklin is not quite the gold medal guarantee that the "Missy the Missile" hype tends to suggest. Franklin is entered in four individual events, but her times appear out of medal range in the 100 and 200 freestyle. She did enter the Olympics with the best qualifying time in the 100 and 200 backstroke. However, she heard a loud warning shot in the Sunday morning qualifying heats in the 100 back. Franklin won her heat, in 59.37 seconds. But Australia's Emily Seebohm set an Olympic record in her heat, in 58.23 seconds.
July 22, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els threw his ball and doffed his cap to the cheering fans after his birdie putt fell at Royal Lytham's 18th hole, doing a little half-pirouette in delight at a strong British Open finish. The Hall of Famer accepted congratulations, signed his card and strolled over to the putting green to await the inevitable letdown. "I just thought I'd be disappointed again," said Els, who over a star-crossed career has spent more time than he cares to admit waiting for playoffs that never came.
July 1, 2012 |
Steve McCann clinched gold in the BMX Freestyle Big Air final for the second consecutive year with a spectacular final run. The 92.33 closing run helped the Australian edge Zack Warden and Kevin Robinson, who earned a 92 and 91, respectively. PHOTOS: Summer X Games 2012 “It seems to be a little déjà vu of last year,” said McCann, who claimed the 2011 gold on the final run. “I don't know how it works like that.” He pulled off the flashiest run of the day to successfully defend last year's gold.
June 30, 2012
Re "Apathy isn't a crime," Opinion, June 26 Jonah Goldberg believes requiring people to vote is "absurd, cynical and repugnant. " Australia has required voting since 1924, a system Australians vigorously support. Virtually everyone votes, even though the fine for not voting is only $20. The result of this system is that no group can be ignored because they are less likely to vote. It also increases the legitimacy of those who win office because almost everyone has voted.
June 27, 2012 |
Australian sprinter Daniel Batman, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was considered one of the best sprinters in his country's history, was killed Tuesday in a car accident near Darwin, Australia. He was 31. Batman's car hit a culvert and rolled. Police say speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors. Batman was the Australian national 200-meter champion in 2005 and 2008. "It's a massive loss for the athletics fraternity," Matt Shirvington, Batman's former training partner, told Australia's SEN radio.