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Jonathan Sri - the Westender interview

Jonathan Sri - the Westender interview

The Westender talks to Greens Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Jonathan Sri. When asked the key factors behind the unexpected success of his election campaign, Jonathan Sri was quick to answer “Volunteers!” Jonathan had hundreds of volunteers out and about in his campaign, door knocking and making people aware of his Green policies. Jonathan says he also won a lot …Read more.

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Paniyiri celebrates forty fabulous years

Paniyiri celebrates forty fabulous years

BRISBANE – it’s this weekend!! The 40th anniversary PANIYIRI GREEK FESTIVAL and Australia’s favourite Greek Princess EFFIE is leading the celebrity charge to GO GREEK. Joining her is a list of stars that is guaranteed to melt your haloumi and sweeten your honeypuffs!!  There’s Home & Away stars George Mason and Philippa Northeast; House Rules  …Read more.

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The Krishnas are turning 50!

The Krishnas are turning 50!

In 1965 an elderly saintly monk journeyed from India to America to begin a spiritual revolution, giving spiritual wisdom to a world dissatisfied with a life of materialism. It was 50 years ago, on 12th July 1966, that ISKCON’s Founder AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  incorporated his international spiritual movement that continues to dynamically flourish world-wide. To celebrate this milestone, ISKCON …Read more.

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500 Lives

Black Friday for Arts funding

Maxim Boon of Limelight Magazine reports on a devastating day of reckoning for Australian arts as 62 organisations miss out on crucial operational funding. Australian artists have faced many desperate moments over the past three years, particularly in the last 12 months following the 2015/16 Federal Budget announcement last May, which revealed devastating cuts to the funds …Read more.

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Celebrating Pascha in Brisbane's Greek Orthodox Community

Celebrating Pascha in Brisbane's Greek Orthodox Community

The Orthodox Churches follow a different calendar to calculate the observance of Easter and this year, Orthodox Easter was celebrated over this last weekend. Most Christian traditions follow the Gregorian calendar. However, for Easter observances the Orthodox communities follow the older Julian calendar. This means that while occasionally the celebration of Easter can coincide for all other Christian faiths, at other …Read more.

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Cows, crocodiles and cane toads

Cows, crocodiles and cane toads

Artist Stewart Shuker talks about his very public art work on the new, West Village site. Hoardings around construction sites have habitually been cold, austere, unfriendly edifices, designed to keep the community out emotionally as well as physically. By contrast — an example of how West End does things differently — inquisitive cows, cheeky crocodiles and perky birds are among …Read more.

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Peabody in deep trouble down under?

US based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis look into the legal and accounting gymnastics surrounding the energy giant’s bankruptcy, and the ramifications for their Australan operations. In reporting its 1Q2016 results last week, Peabody Energy says it lost US$228m for the three months to March 2016 (before a notional tax credit), a more than doubling of the pretax …Read more.

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Queensland puts the heat on Canberra

Queensland puts the heat on Canberra

Record High Sea Temperatures hit Great Barrier Reef as State Government turns up the heat on Commonwealth to address climate change The Palaszczuk Government has renewed its call for the Commonwealth to address climate change and provide fresh funding for the iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is struggling to recover from the current mass coral bleaching event. Speaking in Cairns, …Read more.

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Container Deposits a win for the community

The announcement by the NSW government that it will proceed with a genuine container deposit system (CDS) was welcomed by the Boomerang Alliance of 35 groups, as a historic win for the community. “This has taken 13 long years of campaigning with almost unanimous support from the community.  Governments have come and gone – but today leadership has been shown,” …Read more.

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When superheros go to war

When superheros go to war

The Westender’s Minou Yuille reviews the latest offering from Marvel Entertainment: Captain America: Civil War. (Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie) Captain America: Civil War is the third and final film in the Captain America series. This series may have started out in the weakest link in Marvel Entertainment’s series of superhero origin films leading up …Read more.

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On your bikes, Brisbane

Thousands of Queenslanders will be pedalling their way towards an active and healthy lifestyle when they saddle up for the 2016 Bike Week on May 15-22. Entries are now open for the eight-day celebration of all things bike-related, which is hosted by Bicycle Queensland and has become the state’s largest annual cycling festival since its inception in the early 1990s. …Read more.

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Reef bleaching and #climatechange link explained - The Conversation EDO

Reef bleaching and #climatechange link explained - The Conversation EDO

Great Barrier Reef bleaching would be almost impossible without climate change Andrew King, University of Melbourne; David Karoly, University of Melbourne; Mitchell Black, University of Melbourne; Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, The University of Queensland, and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, UNSW Australia The worst bleaching event on record has affected corals across the Great Barrier Reef in the last few months. As of the end …Read more.

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Con Students perform The Magic Flute

Con Students perform The Magic Flute

Enter a world of magical serpents, pipe playing birdmen and the formidable Queen of the Night, as Prince Tamino battles the forces of evil to win the hand of her daughter Pamina. Directed by stagecraft expert Anna Sweeny and conducted by Head of Opera Nicholas Cleobury, Queensland Conservatorium students will present the classic tale of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in …Read more.

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