Rights Group Details Brutal Ongoing Crackdown in Homs

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 11 (IPS) – At least 587 civilians in Homs were killed by Syrian government forces between mid-April and August, the highest number of casualties for any single governorate, reveals a… Continue reading

Palestine Pushes On at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) – Palestine plans to continue its bid to become a full member at the United Nations, even with the odds stacked against the Palestinians receiving the requisite… Continue reading

Occupy Activists, Union Leaders Find Common Cause

NEW YORK, Nov 7, 2011 (IPS) – When Mary Clinton, 25, joined other activists to help organise the Occupy Wall Street movement on Sep. 17, she never imagined the gamble would turn into… Continue reading

Haitian Cholera Victims Seek Reparations from U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8, 2011 (IPS) – More than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims are seeking compensation, action and an apology from the U.N. and the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for… Continue reading

Women Losing Ground in Economic, Political Equality

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2, 2011 (IPS) – While gender equality ratios have improved in 85 percent of countries over the past six years, economic participation and political empowerment for women has failed to… Continue reading

Bumper crowd predicted for first day of cup carnival

ATTENDANCE figures for next week’s Melbourne Cup carnival are tipped to be down, but a 13 per cent rise in numbers is forecast for tomorrow’s Derby Day at Flemington. Analysts at the market… Continue reading

Global competition shows we are all photographers in this technological age

IN THE digital age, a great photograph can be captured on an expensive camera or a cheap mobile phone. Scott Gray, 37, founder and managing director of the World Photography Organisation, says as… Continue reading

Bring on the booza

A sibling team embraces the sweet treats of the souk. As he travelled through the Middle East last year, Jilbert El-Zmetr, 30, spent much of his time eating delicacies such as nougats, pistachio… Continue reading

The pink marketing machine

Julian Lee, Julie Robotham and Sandra Siagian  Today marks the end of a month-long campaign to persuade us to support breast cancer charities by buying pink. But where do our dollars go? You… Continue reading

Tourism operators fear slow Christmas as Qantas disputes cause disruptions

IT HAS been a tough nine months for Adam Karras and Katrina Knowles, owners of the Elandra Resort at Mission Beach in north Queensland. IT HAS been a tough nine months for Adam… Continue reading

Vietnam vets want to be consulted before rapprochement.

COLONEL Don Tait, 71, lost his best friend in the Vietnam War. The night before his mate was due to return home after 12 months service in February 1969, he was shot dead.… Continue reading

The plate outdoors

Tours cover fertile ground as the Crave food festival continues, writes Sandra Siagian. South-west’s best Victor Pisapia’s food philosophy is simple: cook with local produce whenever possible. The chef and founder of VictorsFood,… Continue reading

Rising stars’ dinner date

Youthful energy is on the menu at the annual Young Chefs’ Dinner. Up-and-comers dish it up Diners can sample the culinary works of five rising stars at the 14th annual Young Chefs Dinner… Continue reading

Burlesque act with a twist

 BY SANDRA SIAGIAN WHEN burlesque performer Emma Maye Gibson, 23, of Carss Park, takes the stage she doesn’t offer audiences a typical performance. She likes to give people her own take on the… Continue reading

Cronulla Festival brings in spring

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN CRONULLA Spring Festival marked a new season at Cronulla Plaza on the weekend. About 30,000 people turned up to the annual two-day event to check out the attractions including rides,… Continue reading

Shaolin Warriors master mind over matter

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   THEY are fit, energetic and specialise in death-defying tricks.Whether they are flipping through the air or lying on a bed of nails, these highly-trained kung-fu practitioners have mastered the… Continue reading

Join the chorus

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   IT’S the Broadway musical that has won nine Tony awards and a Pulitzer prize for drama.The theatre is bare and the stage is stripped of props with the main… Continue reading

New cafe is siblings’ dream

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   IT WAS fate that led a brother and sister to drop their careers and open a cafe. Dimitri and Stella Lascaris of Sans Souci were working in different fields… Continue reading

Films which delight in a touch of the unreal

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN THERE is a touch of the make-believe in these three movies released this week.We have talking animals in Zookeeper, the classic tale of the little blue people in The Smurfs and a body… Continue reading

Jumping through hoops at Cronulla Spring Festival

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN THERE is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy at the Cronulla Spring Festival this weekend.The annual two-day event which starts today marks the start of spring will have… Continue reading

Orphan Annie returns

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN  HER bright red curls, loveable nature and catchy selection of tunes including Tomorrow and It’s the Hard Knock Life has made her one of the most famous young orphans. Now… Continue reading

A Leader Home Show-stopper

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN HOMEMAKERS turned out in force for the 27th Leader Home Show on the weekend.About 11,000 people attended the two-day event at Sutherland Basketball Stadium. There were seminars, demonstrations and more… Continue reading

Adult rating for games welcomed

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN IT has been a long wait for the gaming industry but it looks like there will be an R18+ classification for video games.NSW was the only state to oppose the… Continue reading

It’s the real deal

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   THE hard work has paid off for H.T. Wills & Co Hurstville which took home the top honours at the 2011 St George Leader Business Awards last week.The real… Continue reading

St George businesses gather to celebrate

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   THE most outstanding businesses in St George were honoured at the St George Leader Business Awards last night.About 460 people attended the sold-out event at Conca D’oro Centre Riverwood.… Continue reading

Diabetes team ready to give advice

PEOPLE with diabetes looking for information, support or answers to their questions can call the Australian Diabetes Council customer service team for advice. A range of dietitians, diabetes educators and exercise physiologists are… Continue reading

Interest rates kept on hold

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   HOME owners can relax for another month after the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates on hold at 4.75 per cent in their first meeting in… Continue reading

Band restless for success

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   IT HAS been nearly four years in the making, but tomorrow Amy Meredith’s debut album, Restless, will finally be released. The five-piece band, four of whom hail from Sutherland… Continue reading

Units snapped up in Mashman’s Kingsgrove block

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN ALMOST 85 per cent of units were sold off-the-plan in a multi-million dollar landmark development at Kingsgrove on Saturday.Prospective buyers queued up before 8am to purchase a unit at The… Continue reading

Archbishop Pell blesses hall

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   CATHOLIC Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell made a special visit to St Patrick’s College at Sutherland to bless its recently refurbished hall on Tuesday.   Cardinal Pell led… Continue reading