GLASGOW | Australia’s swimmers won two gold medals on the final night of competition to complete a record haul of Commonwealth Games medals, while our shooters also picked up two more golds to top their sport’s medal tally.
Daniel Tranter took out the 200m individual swim medley final before Australia’s women’s 4x100m medley relay team won the nation’s 19th gold medal of the Glasgow meet.
The men’s medley team just fell short of completing a clean sweep of the relay events, taking silver with a scintillating last leg by James Magnussen unable to reel in gold medallists England.
Magnussen also took bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle final and Cameron McEvoy silver as England’s Ben Proud won gold.
There were also minor medals for Mack Horton (silver Full Story »
Comment | During a visit to Adelaide before the federal election, then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott cast doubt on the idea of building submarines in Australia.
Remarkably, it elicited little fear and loathing and, at a stretch, the now PM’s words could be claimed as a mandate.
They are certainly something to fear.
It means that right now, South Australia’s defence industries future looks about as bright as BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam expansion plans.
The Abbott Government’s discussion paper being released this week ahead of the June 2015 Defence White Paper pushes forward its preferred option of buying future submarines “off the shelf” from another country.
Yes, it would be a cheaper option, if buying a submarine was like popping down to Harvey Norman for a dishwasher. Which it Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Plutonium is natural; orange is a town.
Orange and natural wines are on the rise internationally.
Presuming such tinctures are not from Orange, and contain no plutonium, I recently wrote of my longstanding theory that wine production, sale and marketing, and especially its packaging, shares a lot with the popular music business. Having been a music critic before I took my very deep dive into wine, I’ve often marvelled at the parallels.
My article likened the current wave of very old-fashioned natural or orange wines to the minimalist reactionary punk movement of the mid-’70s. That piece raised a prickly frisson around the wine business, mainly because I confused orange with natural.
This was done partly out of ignorance – I have a lot to learn – Full Story »
South Australia has a blood bank, an eye bank and even a brain bank – so why are we the only state in Australia that doesn’t have a milk bank?
“All the other major states in Australia operate milk banks but SA is really lagging behind because we’re not doing it,” Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics senior lecturer Dr Jacqueline Miller says.
“Milk banks have significant outcomes on the survival and long-term health of premature infants; to be providing them with the best possible care we really need to have a milk bank here.”
The potential for the State’s first milk bank, including the benefits of human milk banking, will be explored at a seminar tonight (Tuesday, July 29), hosted by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Unit and the Women’s and Chil Full Story »