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Month: August 2021

Shine Awards 2021: nominate an inspiring rural woman

If you know a woman whose passion, dedication, spirit, belief, grace, or courage make a real difference in your rural community or industry, nominate her now.The Shine Awards is a campaign by The Weekly Times, supported by Harvey Norman, celebrating the passion, dedication, spirit, faith, grace and courage of women in rural and regional Australia.ABOUT THE SHINE AWARDSThis is the fifth year for the Shine Awards, and its biggest year yet, as we put the spotlight on Australia's regional and rural women holding communities, businesses and industries together.For the next 14 weeks, The Weekly Times will highlight women on and off farms, in rural towns, community groups, sports clubs, businesses and schools. Their stories will appear in The Weekly Times, on theweeklytimes.com.au, and in our...

Results of US Open tennis round 1: Ash Barty, Alexander Zverev in second round

Ash Barty was in sinister form as he made his way through the first round of the US Open, while Alexander Zverev sounded a warning to Novak Djokovic.World number one Ash Barty, coming off victories at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, began her quest for consecutive Slam titles by defeating Russia's Vera Zvonareva, 2010 US Open runner-up, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7 ) in 88 minutes.The 25-year-old Australian will face Denmark's Clara Tauson on her way to her sixth title of the year."It's certainly been really nice from the beginning," Barty said. Czech Karolina Pliskova, fourth-seeded, second behind Barty at Wimbledon and runner-up at the 2016 US Open, defeated Catherine McNally, the 130-ranked teen wildcard from the United States, 6-3, 6-4.Watch live coverage of the 2021 US Open from Round 1 through the Fin...

The war in Afghanistan is over: US President Joe Biden calls troop withdrawal an ‘extraordinary success’

President Biden, in a defiant speech to the nation, said he took "responsibility" for the decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.US President Joe Biden has praised the "extraordinary success" of the withdrawal of US forces and citizens from Kabul when the war in Afghanistan officially ended after 20 years.Biden praised the "incredible skill and bravery" of the US soldiers, diplomats and intelligence professionals who carried out the operation. The president touted one of the "largest airlifts in history," noting that more than 120,000 people were flown from Kabul. He said that "no nation has done something like this in all of history."Biden said the real decision in Afghanistan was "between leaving and escalation.""I was not going to extend this war forever, and I was not ...

Mel Doyle’s inescapable new tv special Walking with Hope premieres on Foxtel

Melissa Doyle's new show takes viewers on a healing journey that covers tough topics like anorexia, online stalking, and sexual abuse.Beloved dean of media Melissa Doyle returns to Australian screens this week in a one-hour Foxtel special, Walking with Hope. Back in the wild in more ways than one, Doyle leads a very special group of young women on an intimate walk through the Australian bush."I think the walk was a reminder to all of us that we must appreciate the simplicity of Mother Nature," says Doyle, locked up in her Sydney home. "It was pretty basic, really beautiful, and it made us all feel very different at the end of the day." Doyle and her young companions take the road less traveled, not just through the bush but through the harsh territory of their conversation: anorexia, ...

Best suburbs to get locked in revealed: where Sydney residents enjoy a better lifestyle

A study of the real estate industry has revealed suburbs where the long-term lockdown has been deemed a bit more manageable due to lifestyle and some other unexpected characteristics.Forget about great transportation access to the city, the most desirable suburbs right now are the ones that make the lockdown seem a bit more manageable.A survey of real estate industry analysts and buyer agents revealed the top suburbs to survive Covid closures based on access to nature, pedestrian accessibility, parks, space, good options for take away and the culture of cafes. And some surprising options topped the list.Sure, suburbs with a beach less than 5km away like Bondi, Manly, Cronulla, and other coastal suburbs ranked among the best.PLUS: Kerri-Anne Kennerley's Big PaydayExtraordinary Way A Hol...

The ignoble end of America’s longest war

Afghan people board a plane at Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, after an astonishingly rapid end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people tried to flee the Taliban.America's longest war ended in an ignoble way, in the dead of night in Afghanistan.A giant C-17 transport loaded with troops and the US ambassador left Kabul airport one minute before midnight local time on August 31, the deadline set by President Joe Biden.The land that had brutally rejected the British Empire and the Soviet Union gave the same result to the superpower of the modern world.But they did it again in recent days with the mass evacuation and the death of 13 American soldiers from an Islamic State suicide bomber who blew himself up at an airport gate.Five of the 13 were just 20 years old, meaning they...

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian Faces Explosive Case Numbers and Lockdown Fatigue

Last year, the NSW Premier weathered the Covid crisis with overwhelming support. But now, his condition is in crisis and his future is at stake.Just a few months ago, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was on top.His state had escaped Daniel Andrew's fate of Victoria, with residents leading relatively normal lives when Covid devastated Victoria and plunged Melburnians into a grueling and seemingly endless lockdown.In fact, New South Wales had weathered the pandemic so successfully, Ms Berejiklian was credited with Australia's 'gold standard' when it came to her response to Covid, and enjoyed high levels of public support as that the pandemic was progressing.But today, things look very different.'Many positives' aheadDespite the chaos engulfing New South Wales, a defiant Gladys Berejiklian ...

US Evacuation of Kabul Leaves Many Vulnerable Afghans Behind Under Taliban Regime

When the Taliban regained Afghanistan, tens of thousands of civilians decided to flee their homes.Translators, military contractors, public officials, journalists, human rights activists, employees of foreign NGOs, and many others were suddenly in danger. Many had direct ties to the United States and its allies and feared that the militant group would seek revenge against them after the American withdrawal.Others feared that the freedoms they became accustomed to in the past two decades would quickly disappear under Taliban rule. Many felt that the safety of their families was at risk.Some did not get to the airport on time. Others never had a chance to leave. Some simply chose to stay and fight for their rights. Here are stories of some of those who escaped and those who did not.R...

Taliban celebrate US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan amid August 31 deadline

The Taliban have celebrated their return to power with cheers and gunfire after the last American troops left Afghanistan.The hardline Islamist Taliban have celebrated their full return to power with gunfire, after the last US troops left Afghanistan to end two decades of war.America's longest military conflict came to an end on Monday night when its forces left Kabul airport, where it had overseen a frenzied flight that saw more than 123,000 people flee.Taliban fighters then rushed into the airport and fired weapons into the sky across the city in glee, a staggering return after US forces invaded in 2001, weeks after the 9/11 attacks, and toppled them for supporting al-Qaeda."Congratulations to Afghanistan ... this victory belongs to all of us," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tol...

Riverview Tce, Belmont’s Character House Beats Hopes by $ 225,000

The opportunity to break into a prized riverside address attracted several buyers to two houses with characters listed within days of each other.More than $ 3 million in real estate was marketed on one of Belmont's best riverside streets after buyers bought two homes with personality on the list within days of each other.The opportunity to call the prized Riverside Tce home attracted several buyers to each of the weather board bungalows despite the cancellation of their scheduled live auctions.Offers from four buyers pushed the price of a four-bedroom home to 3 Riverview Tce $ 225,000 above expectations.RELATED: Sellers Get $ 250K Bonus On Double AuctionNewtown semi sells more than $ 150 thousand on reserveBuyers pay a premium for the Geelong West bungalowWhitford, Newtown agent John Mo...