News archive from 24 December 2013

NAB and UBS pay up for alleged market misdemeanours

NAB and UBS pay up for alleged market misdemeanours

The corporate watchdog has penalised National Australia Bank and international bank UBS for what it describes as potential market misconduct.Under a deal reached with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission after an investigation, NAB...

ABC News, 11:11 in Business
 
Top End retailers welcome gift of Christmas as shoppers spend up

Top End retailers welcome gift of Christmas as shoppers spend up

Retailers in Darwin say the Christmas shopping period appears to have lifted pressure on the struggling retail sector.The retail market in the Northern Territory capital has experienced a tough year overall, with many consumers hit by a steeply rising...

ABC News, 12:21 in Business
 
Retailers get Christmas cheer from spendthrift consumers

Retailers get Christmas cheer from spendthrift consumers

The Australian Retailers Association expects Christmas sales to meet forecasts for a 3 per cent rise compared to a lacklustre festive season for retailers last year.The group's executive director Russel Zimmerman says businesses are reporting high...

ABC News, 13:42 in Business
 
Share market continues winning run into Christmas break

Share market continues winning run into Christmas break

The Australian share market has continued a positive run into Christmas, lifting two-thirds of a per cent in a shortened trading day.Closing around an hour-and-a-half early, the All Ordinaries index finished up 34 points at 5,325, and the ASX 200 was...

ABC News, 16:26 in Business
 
Christmas a tough time for fire-affected Blue Mountains residents, support services aim to bring cheer

Christmas a tough time for fire-affected Blue Mountains residents, support services aim to bring cheer

Christmas in the Blue Mountains will be especially poignant and painful for residents who lost their homes in October's devastating bushfires, and local support services have swung into gear to help.More than 200 homes were lost in the region, west of...

ABC News, 06:00 in Business
 
Gaye Nicholls delivers Christmas parcels with a smile to properties in outback NSW

Gaye Nicholls delivers Christmas parcels with a smile to properties in outback NSW

Mail delivery driver Gaye Nicholls travels 3,000 kilometres a week in the New South Wales outback to make sure people get their Christmas deliveries on time.Ms Nicholls covers the area of the Central Darling district in the state's south-west, driving...

ABC News, 09:23 in Business
 
Flu hits Alaska Airlines crews, 24 flights cancelled

Flu hits Alaska Airlines crews, 24 flights cancelled

Alaska Airlines cancelled 24 flights on Sunday and Monday after flu-stricken pilots and flight attendants called in sick. Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says about 270 passengers were affected by cancelled flights. Another 14 flights were cancelled...

 
Christmas Day weather forecast in your state

Christmas Day weather forecast in your state

SANTA may have a bit of trouble seeing where he's going in Sydney this Christmas, with persistent cloud cover expected to continue into Wednesday. The Bureau of Meteorology expects rain to develop in western Sydney and push eastward on Wednesday...

 

Show off your bikini bod at these hot spots. Ouch!

WHETHER you've got a brand new teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini to show off or you've worked all winter on that bikini body, here's a Listopedia Best Bikini Beaches Bucket List for you from Expedia. Tamarama, Sydney Tamarama beach is a small...

 
Sri Lanka lets Australian hotelier Geoffrey Dobbs in after flag spat

Sri Lanka lets Australian hotelier Geoffrey Dobbs in after flag spat

THE Australian owner of one of the world's most exclusive hotels has been given temporary permission to return to his home in Sri Lanka after being barred in a flag spat. Sri Lanka officials were outraged after Geoffrey Dobbs flew the country's flag...

 
Elephant kills zookeeper who snuck into cage in Vietnam

Elephant kills zookeeper who snuck into cage in Vietnam

A VIETNAMESE zookeeper was killed by a two-tonne elephant after he tried to sneak into its cage to paint a fence. "The elephant lifted him up with his trunk and smashed him onto a water tank next to the cage," said Nguyen Van Sang, an...

 
Four dead as rain, wind lash UK, France

Four dead as rain, wind lash UK, France

GALE-FORCE winds and rain have hit Britain and France, killing at least four people, disrupting Christmas travel and leaving thousands without power. In Britain, two people died in pre-Christmas storms and there were two deaths in car accidents linked...

 
Mexico, Brazil, Sydney, Gold Coast, these are the world's best bikini bod. Ouch!

Mexico, Brazil, Sydney, Gold Coast, these are the world's best bikini bod. Ouch!

WHETHER you've got a brand new teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini to show off or you've worked all winter on that bikini body, here's a Listopedia Best Bikini Beaches Bucket List for you from Expedia. Tamarama, Sydney Tamarama beach is a small...

 
Mariah Carey says her 2001 movie 'Glitter' is the biggest regret of her career

Mariah Carey says her 2001 movie 'Glitter' is the biggest regret of her career

NOT surprisingly, Mariah Carey has revealed that the biggest regret of her career was her 2001 movie Glitter. The film, which was described by critics as "heroically bad," and "Too washed-out and worthless to even be so bad it's...

 
Beyonce wows at the release party for her new visual album

Beyonce wows at the release party for her new visual album

THIRTY-TWO-YEAR old Beyonce wowed onlookers and party revellers at the release party for her visual album. The star showed off her toned hourglass figure in a slinky Tom Ford mosaic black dress and matching thigh-high boots. Source: Splash News...

 
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