Australian government says Afghanistan safe for refugees
The Australian government is suspending refugee applications from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, saying the security situation in both countries is now good enough and no one should fear for their lives.
Financial Services Minister Chris Bowen says security conditions in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are improving to the point where less refugee applications from these two countries will be granted.
“We are seeing signs in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan that the situation has improved enough to lead one to the conclusion that less refugee applications will be granted,” Mr Bowen said told Lateline.
An honest mistake – right under their noses too
Oh dear Mr Marshall, what a lucky honest mistake you made at the District Court.
Accidentally picking up some papers you weren’t supposed to have; conscientiously using them as the basis for a story and then returning them with an apology.
In response to the incident, Sunday Star Times publisher Mitchell Murphy said, “This was an honest mistake. Nothing more, nothing less.”
Anyone else might call it dishonest, but we know, it was just a lucky break. Yeah right!
We can make money from this fugly’s humiliation
- K-Pick impresses judges with song
- She says she’s a shy account clerk
- Inspired by SuBo
SHE is shy in public but comes alive when performing musical theatre in Sydney retirement and nursing homes – now Susan Boyle doppelganger Kim Pickering Jones is trying to replicate her hero’s success.
The single 42-year-old woman from Mt Kuring-gai blew away producers, judges and a 1000-strong live audience with her rendition of the George Gershwin classic Summertime while auditioning for TV show Australia’s Got Talent.
She’s a fortune star in the making. Yeah right!
Not fugly, just f#$%&*g ugly
“Whilst a long time ago it might have been short for … two words … it is now being used regularly, particularly in entertainment circles, as simply an adjective. For example it is being used to describe an attitude or a dress,” said TVNZ news spokeswoman Andi Brotherston.
Mark Sainsbury thinks Nanny McPhee is “fugly”, but the Broadcasting Standards Authority believes it’s not swearing to say so. Has Mr Sainsbury visited the room of mirrors recently. Yeah right!
Check out Lara’s bingles
Since when did the Australian Football League give itself the power to be an arbiter of what an AFL player can and cannot photograph? Brisbane player Brendan Fevola has not been sanctioned for allegedly circulating a semi-nude image of serial girlfriend Lara Bingle.
Why is Bingle so upset? There are plenty of semi-nude images of her circulating. From my brief survey it looks like she happily posed for them.
League official Adrian Anderson said there was “insufficient evidence” to punish Fevola.
Hang on, he took the photo; how else did it get around to his player mates?
“All AFL players and officials should be aware that taking and distributing private images without consent is unacceptable and can result in sanctions,” Anderson said.
Bye bye Bebo
Social-networking site Bebo, which has about 630,000 members in New Zealand, is set to be sold or shut down.
Parent company AOL has announced it will not provide new funding to Bebo to compete with rivals, and may sell or shut down the site.
“Bebo, unfortunately, is a business that has been declining and, as a result, would require significant investment in order to compete in the competitive social-networking space,” a company statement said.
The site has lost members to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Meanwhile, somewhere near Little Rock…
The mother of a 16-year-old boy said she was only being a good mother when she locked him out of his Facebook account after reading he had driven home at 150km/h one night because he was mad at a girl.
He’s alleging defamation – by his mom! She says her son’s a dickwad.
Social media is so cool and it’s the future. Yeah right!