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SciNight – X-rated science for adults

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Questacon SciNight

[ 15 May 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Be seduced by science at Questacon’s next SciNight as it delves into some cheeky, adults-only topics for one night only.

Is the Y chromosome disappearing? What’s the science behind who you’re attracted to? Why is latex so useful… and when is it not?

Take an intimate look into the science and technology behind genes, gender and reproduction. [...]

Fyshwick childcare centre lockout

By 14 April 2015

Staff of the Artemis Family Learning Centre in Cessnock Street, Fyshwick found themselves locked out of the building yesterday morning. Apparently some dispute regarding the lease of the building.
This Canberra Times article refers to “20 families” being turned away. The centre is licensed for 125 kids, so it is likely that a lot more families [...]

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Wanniassa man arrested after Kambah mugging

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man from Wanniassa after he allegedly stole a car and wallet in Kambah last night (Monday 13 April).
About 10.15pm, a man was sitting in his car in the Saint Thomas the Apostle school in Kambah when he was approached by a man who told him to get out of [...]

Canberra to host blockbuster Chinese exhibition in 2016

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Chief Minister Andrew Barr meeting with National Library of China Director, Dr HAN Yongjin

Canberra will play host to a significant Chinese exhibition in early 2016, with the National Library of Australia partnering with China’s largest library.
Qing: Life in China, 1644 – 1911 will include architectural drawings for the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, as well as ancient manuscripts, maps and books.
In a media release, Chief Minister Andrew Barr [...]

What do Canberrans think about mandatory data retention laws?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While I do not have access to statistics on how Canberrans feel about the recently passed mandatory data retention laws, I can honestly say that I have spoken to no one who agrees with them.
The Australian Capital Territory’s Human Rights Act was the first charter of human rights enacted in Australia. After coming into force [...]

Canberra barista Sasa Sestic crowned world’s best

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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ONA Coffee founder Sasa Sestic has been crowned World Barista Champion at the World Barista Championships in the United States this morning.
The long-term Canberran is the first Australian to win the title since 2003, beating finalists from the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and France to do so.
It was Sasa’s first time representing Australia [...]

Guided tour of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories

By 13 April 2015

[ 22 April 2015 at 11:00 am; ] Ever wanted to find out how rocks, oil, gas and water are analysed? Now’s your chance! Following a brief introductory overview, take a tour through some of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories.

Numbers are limited to 60, with bookings required via Eventbrite. The tour will take 40-50 minutes, departing from the Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre.

Safety considerations: All visitors [...]

Build a prison and they will fill it!

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A number of years ago, the US gained some infamy by having over one million people in its jails. I heard, in about 2002 or 2003 or thereabouts, that American Correction Services (ACS), built a 600-bed prison in California and then offered it to the State government for use in its prison system. The Californians [...]

Brumbies prop Scott Sio on why he supports cancer charity Redkite

By 13 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When Brumbies prop Scott Sio was awarded man of the match following last Saturday’s 20-3 win against the Cheetahs, he had no difficulty choosing a charity to receive a $500 donation.
“As soon as I found out I had received man of the match, I knew I wanted my donation to go to Redkite, which is [...]

Patient undergoing Ebola testing at Canberra Hospital

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A medical professional who recently returned from West Africa has been admitted to Canberra Hospital’s isolation ward as a precautionary measure, ACT Health has confirmed.
Following the development of symptoms this afternoon, the person will be medically assessed, including undergoing testing for the Ebola virus. The person did not treat any cases of Ebola.

Winter workshops: Cheese making, bread baking, growing bushfoods and more

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Environment Centre has released its new batch of workshops scheduled to run over the next few months. Workshops are held almost every Tuesday and Saturday with making blue vein cheese next up this Saturday 11 April.
Other topics cover a wide range of skills including cooking from scratch and sustainable home design. Old favourites [...]

Man charged over Gungahlin ram raid

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has charged a 20-year-old man of no fixed abode following investigations into the aggravated burglary of a Gungahlin jewellery store last month.
Around 5.10am on Tuesday March 31, ACT Policing responded to an incident in which a silver Subaru Impreza wagon was driven into the Gungahlin Village shopping complex, breaking through the doors from [...]

Have you seen this giraffe?

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It may sound like a tall tale, but police are investigating the theft of Stretch, a six-foot fibreglass giraffe statue from Gungahlin over the long weekend.
The statue was stolen from Kinder Haven Childcare and Early Education Centre sometime between Thursday 2 April and Tuesday 7 April.
ACT Policing has described the missing statue as “a giraffe, [...]

Motorcyclist dies after collision with bus in Bruce

By 9 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision on Haydon Drive, in Bruce yesterday evening (Wednesday, April 8) in which a motorcyclist collided with an ACTION bus.
Police were called to the scene around 7.10pm.
The motorcyclist, aged in his 20s, was riding south on Haydon Drive when he collided with the side of an ACTION bus turning right [...]

Free whooping cough vaccinations for pregnant women

By 7 April 2015

All pregnant women in their third trimester in the ACT will have access to a free antenatal pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination, Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today.
The introduction of the ACT Government funded program follows an update to the 10th Edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook on 27 March 2015 that recommended pertussis vaccination [...]

Airbnb – more than just a tax dodge?

By 7 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Airbnb is a business name that just keeps popping up. I’d heard a lot about it, but didn’t actually know any Canberrans who had used it or rented out their own place to travellers.
For those who have never heard of Airbnb, it’s a website for people to rent out their own homes or apartments to those [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. departing.io is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Local leaders – Jessica May (Enabled Employment)

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra entrepreneur and disability advocate Jessica May has achieved more in just six months than what many business owners do in years.
The former public servant founded disability recruitment firm Enabled Employment in September last year after experiencing first-hand the challenges of being an employee with a disability. She told her boss that she had a [...]

ACT electorate redistribution proposal unveiled

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Redistribution Committee has today announced its proposed redistribution of the ACT into five electorates.
Currently the ACT has three electorates:

The electorate of Molonglo elects seven members of the Legislative Assembly and encompasses the town centres of North Canberra, South Canberra, Weston Creek, and parts of the ACT to the north and east of Canberra.
The [...]

Ram raid at Gungahlin

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a second aggravated burglary in which a stolen vehicle has been used to force entry inside a shopping centre, and also used to force entry to an arcade jewellery store.
Around 5.10am today (Tuesday, March 31), ACT Policing responded to an incident in which a silver Subaru Impreza wagon has been driven into the [...]

Wig, dog treats stolen in string of Fyshwick burglaries

By 30 March 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to five burglaries in Fyshwick on Friday morning (March 27), believed to be related.
Between 5.30am and 6am on Friday (March 27), an offender gained entry to five businesses in Fyshwick including:

Timmo’s Takeaway on Wiluna Street, where the offender damaged the front door and took cash.
Best Friends Pet Store on Barrier [...]

Free outdoor community fitness sessions in April

By 30 March 2015

[ 1 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 11 April 2015 at 10:00 am; 15 April 2015 at 5:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 10:00 am; ] Take your workout outdoors this Wednesday, 1 April 2015, and come along to a free outdoor lunchtime fitness session at the Deakin fitness station from 1 pm (adjacent to the intersection of Denison Street and Thesiger Court).

Local fitness trainer Lee Campbell will show you how to get a full body workout using the equipment at [...]

Ram raid in Kippax; witnesses sought

By 30 March 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an aggravated burglary involving a stolen vehicle within the Kippax Fair shopping centre early this morning (Monday, 30 March).
Around 6.25am today, police attended the Kippax Fair shopping complex after reports that a vehicle had crashed through the front doors some 10-15 minutes earlier, causing significant damage.
The vehicle has then [...]

Alexander Maconochie Centre – a complex challenge

By 30 March 2015
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I have written many times on corrective services in relation to rehabilitative and restorative processes, and the lack of them, concerning offenders and victims.
Perhaps it is timely to revisit the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), which may have escaped public notice and attention and may give context to further conversations on the subject of how Canberra [...]

Canberra duo’s puppy app entertains and educates

By 28 March 2015

Canberran parents of young children finally have an option when choosing an educational and entertaining mobile app.
What do you get when you mix super cute puppies with numbers and catchy music? An engaging educational Smartphone and tablet app designed by professional educators, thoroughly tested and safe for kids.
After the many disappointing experiences in finding quality [...]

Kangaroo shot with arrow in Queanbeyan

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Tuesday morning, a resident of Greenleigh in Queanbeyan looked out onto her driveway and saw a young kangaroo. He was hurt. He hadn’t been hit by a car as you might guess. He had been shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow was still inside him, piercing his chest through to his posterior shoulder.
Thanks to [...]

Nine firearms seized across Canberra

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized nine registered firearms and tear gas during inspections and warrants across Canberra yesterday morning (Thursday, March 26).
About 7am, members of ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team conducted two inspections under the Firearms Act 1996 at residential properties in Kaleen and Evatt as well as executed two search warrants under section [...]

ACT Health to run Ebola simulation exercise

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced that ACT Health will tomorrow run an exercise simulating a case of ebola arriving at a Canberra health service.
“The functional exercise has been designed to practice and validate the preparedness of the ACT health sector to identify and treat a suspected ebola case,” Mr Corbell said.
“In the eight-hour [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing boy

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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UPDATE: Dylan has been located safe and well. 
ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 11-year-old boy from Amaroo.
Police are currently searching Amaroo and surrounding areas after an 11-year-old boy named Dylan was reported missing earlier this morning (Wednesday, March 25).
Dylan is described as Caucasian, thin build, dark hair and [...]

Tourist and visitor facilities at Ginninderra Gorge

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In February 2015, the Ginninderra Falls Association together with other conservation bodies met developer The Riverview Group at Ginninderra Gorge to look at possible locations for visitor/tourist facilities.
The area is only a few kilometres from West Belconnen and we hope it may be open to the public as soon as possible, perhaps by 2016 or 2017.
Our [...]

Road trip from Canberra: Yarrangobilly Caves

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My last RiotACT article talked about some of the day trips you can take around Canberra to explore the great outdoors. Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the day trips on my to do list and last weekend, I got in the car and ventured out into the Snowy Mountains to explore the caves.
The route I [...]

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