• principal in favour of naplan

    Your kids are more than exam results. And here’s a principal who agrees.

    By LOUISE AYLING     An Australian teacher has written a heartfelt letter to his students after the release of the school’s NAPLAN results. Len Christie, the principal of Beechboro primary school in Western Australia, wrote a message of encouragement to his students in the school newsletter last Wednesday, the Daily Mail reports. “I’d like you, your [read more]

  • A series of strange phenomena began to plague a young California couple in the months following their move.

    She envied the couple who bought her dream home. What happened next is sickening.

    When Janice Ruhter and her husband Jerald Rice bought their dream home in 2011, they were looking forward to welcoming their second child into the world and settling into a peaceful family routine. But a series of strange phenomena began to plague them in the months following their move to the San Diego house, Maura Dolan reports for The Los [read more]

  • I don't even like pizza!

    Dangerous, idiotic giveaway: Buy 10 pizzas and get a fluffy animal.

        By SHAUNA ANDERSON   Some fast food restaurants give you a free McHappy meal. Small fries for just a dollar if you’re lucky. Or remember when you could collect those 10cm Buzz Lightyears? But if you visit Pizza Hut at Mount Waverly in Melbourne you might just get a small fluffy animal to [read more]

  • (Photo: supplied by NSW police)

    Tuesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Search for William Detectives are investigating known sex offenders in the area where three-year old William Tyrell went missing on the NSW mid-north coast. The little boy was last seen playing in his grandparent’s front yard at 10.30m on Friday in Kendall. News Limited reports police dogs have so far failed to pick up [read more]

  • Displaced Iraqis, who have fled the offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, on Saturday at a camp for displaced people (Photo: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cheat sheet: Did we just go to war?

      By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST You might have heard that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced Australia will send special forces and combat aircraft to the Middle East to help the fight in Iraq. What you might be wondering, though is what this actually means: Just how big is this conflict? And what’s going to happen next? We spoke [read more]

  • getyourgamefaceon

    The most powerful, confronting Photoshop campaign we’ve seen.

    Warning: This post contains a graphic image and references to domestic violence and may be distressing for some readers. A confronting image showing a model Photoshopped to bear a painful-looking, swollen black eye has gone viral. The image — accompanied by the slogan “get your game face on! — is going viral on Twitter, accompanied by [read more]

  • William was wearing this Spiderman suit.

    Day 4 of searching for missing 3 y/o William Tyrell. Have you seen him?

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON             It took just five minutes for William Tyrell to go missing. He was playing with his sister in the front garden of his grandparents home. The three-year old was dressed as Spiderman. It was 10.30am. There was no reason to believe he wasn’t safe. And yet [read more]

  • "It is a death cult reaching out to countries such as Australia

    Monday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Australian military intervention in Iraq     Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced Australia will send RAAF combat aircraft and army Special Forces advisers to join the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State terrorist group. He told a press conference yesterday that eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A18 Super Hornet or “classic” Hornet [read more]

  • marijuana

    The dangerous drug that 60 per cent of parents don’t know about.

                By SHAUNA ANDERSON If you knew there was a drug out there that was 1000 times stronger than marijuana, would you be concerned? That your teenager might find it easy to obtain. That it was marketed as “safe legal high”. But that, in reality, it can cause psychosis, heart [read more]

  • baby with 8 limbs

    The incredible before and after photos of a baby who was born with 8 limbs. 

          By CAITLIN STOWER Paul Mukisa is only four months old, but he’s already got a pretty inspiring tale of survival to tell. The baby boy was born on 27 May in Nabigingo, Uganda, with four arms and four legs — and now, after a lengthy surgery involving multiple surgeons, anasthesia and a blood transfusion, he’s successfully had [read more]

  • Nina Funnell

    The Lockhart murders: The voices that matter most, have been permanently silenced.

              By NINA FUNNELL Over the last 48 hours I have received all sorts of emails in response to a piece I wrote about the murders of Kim Hunt and her three children. I’ve had complete strangers call me to thank me, including one woman who just yesterday was handed the [read more]

  • ZakEbrahim

    He is the son of a terrorist. But he has chosen peace.

    Zak Ebrahim was born in Pennsylvania in the US to a loving mother and father. His father was an Egyptian engineer; his mother was an American teacher. Unfortunately, Zak’s father was also a terrorist. A terrorist who was a member of a Bin Laden organisation, and helped plan the first World Trade Centre bombing in 1993. [read more]

  • The Hunt Family - Greg, Kim,

    Sister-in-law doesn’t ‘blame’ Geoff Hunt for murdering her extended family.

      This post deals with the tragic deaths of a family including children, as well as an apparent suicide, and may be distressing for readers.   UPDATE: Kim Hunt’s sister, Jenny Geppert, has told The Daily Telegraph she does not blame Geoff for murdering his family. “All I feel is sadness and the terrible loss of a most [read more]

  • ISIS beheading

    Sunday’s news in under 5 minutes.

            New ISIS video claims to show British man being beheaded. The Islamic State (ISIS) have released a new video threatening British Prime Minister David Cameron. It allegedly depicts a British aid worker named David Haines being beheaded. This third beheading in the space of a few weeks is believed to be a warning to [read more]

  • reeva steenkamp parents

    Saturday’s news in less than two minutes.

      Reeva Steenkamp’s parents accuse Pistorius of lying in court The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have accused Oscar Pistorius of lying in court by repeatedly saying that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. “We were shocked, shocked, disappointed,” Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp told ITN News “You know your heart drops because you just want the truth. [read more]

  • geoff hunt

    The Hunt family murder-suicide. This is what needs to be said.

              By NINA FUNNELL Trigger warning: This post deals with violence against women and children, suicide and other distressing topics. It may be triggering for some readers. If a man walked into a classroom, pulled out a gun and shot three children and a teacher, before turning the gun on himself, we’d [read more]

  • oscar pistorius verdict

    Oscar Pistorius trial: These are the six facts that weren’t enough to prove murder.

          Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steekamp, on Valentines’ Day last year. Judge Masipa yesterday found the double-amputee sprinter had not  intentionally killed his girlfriend.  She did say the 27-year-old paralympian had been negligent, but has yet to rule on whether the killing was culpable homicide [read more]

  • oscar pistorius verdict

    BREAKING: Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide.

            Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide in relation to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. “I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force,” Justice Masipa said as she completed her two-day long judgment. “In the circumstances, it is clear that his [read more]

  • Tony Abbott announcing the move today. (Screenshot via ABC news)

    Breaking: Australia’s terrorism alert level is being raised to high.

            ASIO has raised Australia’s terrorist threat level from medium to high. “I regret to say there are people who would do us harm – and some of them are Australian citizens,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at a press conference in Melbourne this afternoon. Mr Abbott said the Federal government has [read more]

  • Pablo's parents are delighted.

    After 16 weeks of bedrest and a lot of heartache, miracle baby Pablo entered the world.

            With his wispy dark hair, tiny pink fingers and his slow-blinking brown eyes, two-day-old Pablo Hernandez is absolutely perfect. But what makes Pablo particularly special is that his parents, Maria Herrara and Andres Hernandez, came frighteningly close to never meeting him. They’d endured eight miscarriages and seven rounds of IVF over six heartbreaking years — [read more]

  • USA OBAMA ADDRESS

    Explained in 4 easy points: What’s happening in Syria and what Obama is doing about it.

            By DENIS DRAGOVIC US President Barack Obama has announced a more aggressive strategy against Islamic State, including air strikes against its fighters “wherever they are”, even inside Syria – which he had previously ruled out. The long-awaited strategy boils down to a four-point proxy war, involving: 1. An increased “systematic campaign [read more]

  • Oscar Pistorius wept as he was found not guilty of murder.

    Friday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder.     Oscar Pistorius must wait to discover if he is guilty or not of manslaughter after a South African judge ruled that there is not enough evidence for the charge of murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could still be found guilty of culpable homicide, carrying anything [read more]

  • "Oh I feel the baby, the baby!"

    This Dad-to-be is really really really sick with male morning sickness. Poor Harry.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON           It’s hard to describe the overwhelming feeling of morning sickness to your partner. The constant nausea, the extreme exhaustion, the backaches. But for Charlotte Allsopp – a 19-year old pregnant woman in the UK she doesn’t have to describe it – as her fiancé is going through [read more]

  • Another example of journalism on page 3.

    Would you like some nipples with your news?

    By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT Would you like some nipples with your news? It’s a question that for more than 40 years, English newspaper readers have answered with a cheery, “yes, please!” I grew up in a world where it was totally normal for a story about, let’s say, murder, or rape, to sit snugly alongside a [read more]

  • Ebola.

    Breaking: Fears Ebola has reached Australia.

        Update: Gold Coast Health’s head of infectious diseases John Gerrard said it was “exceedingly unlikely” the 27-year-old had the virus after assessing him this morning. “He’s been assessed in the emergency department and we now believe the chance he has Ebola Virus Disease is extremely small, however we are managing him in accordance with [read more]

  • The homestead where the deaths took place.

    Thursday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. “Little hearts breaking there all over the place.”       Police will analyse a one-line suicide note found in the car of Geoff Hunt to determine if he wrote it, and why the devastating alleged murder/suicides of him and his family took place. The body of a man, believed to be Geoff Hunt, was [read more]

  • hudson and teddy

    Unbelievable. Why did Facebook deem this photo “offensive”?

      By SHAUNA ANDERSON     Take a moment and look at this photo. What do you see? The downy hair of a tiny baby. The soft creamy skin of a newborn. His long lashes. His perfect nose. Do you have that primal urge to reach for his tiny hand and feel his determined grip [read more]

  • anglican church sexual abuse

    Behold. God has just erected an incredible sign in this conservative, anti-gay town.

      By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST There’s a town in the US state of Kansas called Topeka that’s home to some of the most vicious homophobes in the world. It’s where the Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group notorious for picketing funerals with its “God hates fags” signs, is based. So one guy had a brilliant idea: he set up a [read more]

  • magda

    Magda Szubanski has lost her million dollar contract with Jenny Craig.

    Magda Szubanski has lost her million dollar contract with Jenny Craig. The 53-year-old comedian will no longer be an ambassador for the weight loss company, Christine Sams reports for the Daily Telegraph. A spokeswoman for Jenny Craig confirmed the news in a statement released to Mamamia. “Jenny Craig and Magda Szubanski can confirm that their [read more]

  • Three new products launched.

    The new iPhone is here. Here’s 4 things you need to know about it.

    It’s here, people. Apple has launched the iPhone 6, along with the iPhone6 Plus and Apple Watch — a new smartwatch with a digital crown. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the new products to a large crowd overnight in San Francisco. We all have a lot of questions about the new products — so here are the [read more]