December 28, 2012 |
Rafael Nadal's comeback has been put on hold for a few more weeks -- or perhaps, a couple of months -- following his withdrawal from the Australian Open. But it is not the troublesome left knee preventing him from playing in Melbourne. The Spanish tennis star issued a statement on Friday saying a stomach virus had disrupted his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. The event starts Jan. 14. Nadal has been out of action since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June because of tendinitis in the knee.
December 23, 2012 |
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
December 20, 2012 |
Jacki Weaver is a big star in her own right in her native Australia. She works constantly, doing movies, TV series and major stage productions. But you'd never know it listening to the merry way she enthuses about her American costars in "Silver Linings Playbook. " "I think you people should have knighthoods," she says about Robert De Niro, who plays her character's husband in David O. Russell's off-kilter Philadelphia-set romantic comedy. "He should be Sir Robert De Niro, Lord of Greenwich Village.
December 10, 2012 |
LONDON -- Tearful and contrite, two Australian radio hosts Monday described themselves as heartbroken over the apparent suicide of the nurse in England who took their prank call seeking information about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Mel Greig and Michael Christian said their impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles was a silly stunt that they never expected to succeed, let alone play a potential role in the death of Jacintha Saldhana, who worked at the hospital where Prince William's wife was being treated for acute morning sickness.
November 27, 2012 |
The U.S Tennis Assn. announced Tuesday that former top 30 player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, former U.S. Open junior champion Jack Sock and two-time reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson of USC are among the players who will compete in the Australian Open wild-card playoffs, held Dec. 14-16, at Life Time Athletic & Tennis at Peachtree Corners in Norcross, Ga. The men's and women's winners will earn berths in the Australian Open main draw...
November 24, 2012
While Australia tries to steer boats crammed with immigrants away from its shores, it is beckoning wealthy foreigners with a new visa that smooths the path to Australian residency - for a price. Under a new visa program that goes into effect Sunday, skilled migrants don't have to pass the usual tests that rate their skills, experience and English ability. The age limit is out the window. But there's something extra that would-be Australians need to do to be eligible: Invest more than $5.2 million in Australia.
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November 23, 2012 |
Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay, whose debut novel, "The Power of One," was made into a popular 1992 movie starring Morgan Freeman, has died. He was 79. Courtenay died Thursday at his home in Canberra, Australia, according to his publisher, Penguin Group Australia. The cause was stomach cancer. The South African-born Courtenay launched his fiction-writing career at age 50 and considered his first novels "practice books. " But "The Power of One," the powerful story of a young boy's difficult journey to adulthood under the shadow of South Africa's apartheid regime, was an instant success when it was published in 1989.
November 17, 2012 |
Environmental researchers have detected excess greenhouse gas levels near the site of Australia's biggest coal seam gas field, prompting calls for halting expansion of hydraulic fracturing until scientists can determine whether it might be contributing to climate change. The reported findings of methane, carbon dioxide and other compounds at more than three times normal background levels have stirred new controversy in eastern Australia over the pros and cons of boosting natural gas output by "fracking," a process that blasts sand, water and chemicals into deep underground wells.
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.