$12 schooners as beer tax raised again

Yet another increase in the beer tax is set to push the price of an average scholar to a whopping $12. The beer tax will rise again this week, with the Australian Taxation Office rising the excise by 3.7 per cent from February 1. The tax on beer has jumped by about eight per cent … Read more

UK airline Flybe collapses, cancels all scheduled flights, passengers trapped

UK regional carrier Flybe has ceased trading and all scheduled flights have been cancelled. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) made the announcement the company had gone into administration and urged those with booked Flybe flights not to travel to airports, The Sun reports. Three early Flybe flights from Belfast, two from Birmingham and two … Read more

S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt reveals money struggle, is currently ‘homeless’

S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt was left homeless at Christmas despite her global fame, she has revealed. The 41-year-old British star — whose band raked in $85 million in the late ’90s and early 2000s — had to live in an office with her partner Adam Thomas, 42, and their two girls, The Sun … Read more

What’s Love Got to Do With It: Lily James movie leans into rom-com tropes

Does it matter if a rom-com is predictable? Does it matter if the ending is telegraphed thanks to a combination of the script and your own expectations? If you know where the story goes, are you still compelled to go along for the journey? In a genre which so often leans into the tropes, sometimes … Read more

BBL news; Renegades coach David Saker warns against another player draft

The Big Bash League could be robbed of a raft of big-name international players next season if it goes ahead with another draft. While the season is set to be shortened as early as next summer, which could help mitigate the issues with conflicting T20 leagues around the world, the draft could prove to be … Read more

Chinese engineer gets eight-year sentence in US for spying

A Chinese national has been sentenced to eight years in prison for spying on the US. Ji Chaoqun reportedly embedded himself in the US after enrolling as a student 10 years ago and has since been passing high-value information back to Beijing. The US Justice Department said Ji came to the United States in 2013 … Read more

Australian Tahlia McGrath named ICC T20 player of the year

Australian star Tahlia McGrath looms as a coveted pick at the inaugural Women’s Premier League draft after her stunning rise was capped by being crowned the ICC Women’s T20 cricketer of the year. On the same day it was confirmed there would be five new teams in the WPL to be played in March this … Read more

More than $800 million shelled out to buy five WPL teams in India

Australia’s cricketing superstars are set to reap major rewards after more than $800 million was spent to buy five franchises for the first-ever women’s Premier League T20 tournament in India. The massive figure was more than the sum spent to launch the men’s IPL 15 years ago and was lauded as an “historic day in … Read more

Netball Quad Series: England at war as Australia dominates – 7 things we’ve learned

Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich is likely to give an early insight into her World Cup plans when she names Australia’s line-up for Thursday morning’s Quad Series final against New Zealand. Australia earnt its place in the decider in Cape Town after winning its opening two matches of the tournament against England and the Kiwis and … Read more

Dating app bosses to join roundtable to stamp out violence

Dating app executives will take part in an online safety roundtable as the federal government looks to address alarming sexual violence figures. Representatives from Bumble, Grindr and Match Group — the parent company of Tinder — state and territory governments, law enforcement, academia and NGOs will all attend the meeting in Sydney on Wednesday. Communications … Read more