Sydney, June 19 (IANS/EFE) A team of Australian scientists has identified 280 craters on the moon's surface using a combination of gravitational data and topographical images from satellites, media reports said. A high-definition map prepared by the researchers at Curtin University in Perth identifies lunar craters not previously detected, ABC reported Tuesday. The project was initially designed to capture high-resolution images of the Earth, but it was later expanded to study the moon and Mars.
Sydney, June 19 (IANS/EFE) Australian fashionistas are mourning the closing of the Lisa Ho fashion house, which has dressed stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Jennifer Lopez and Elle Macpherson over the past three decades. Lisa Ho Group, which has total debts of some A$10.47 million ($9.91 million), handed over control of its operations to receivers earlier this month as part of its bankruptcy filing.
Bridgetown (Barbados), June 18 (IANS/CMC) West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been forced to withdraw from the first ever Caribbean Premier League (CPL) because of his contractual obligations with English county team Derbyshire.
Sydney, June 18 (IANS) Using ultra-high resolution mapping techniques, scientists from Australia have identified 280 craters on the moon that have never been mapped before.
Canberra, June 17 (IANS) Australia has announced the grant of 13 new offshore petroleum exploration permits as part of round one of the 2012 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release, Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray said in a statement Monday. The award of these permits will see an estimated 180 million AU dollars ($172.2 million) in new investment in waters off Western Australia and Tasmania over the next three years, reported Xinhua. According to him, the high demand for Australia's offshore petroleum acreage is pleasing, with 23 bids received for 15 new release areas from a mix of international and Australian companies
Sydney, June 17 (IANS/EFE) A temporary ban has been imposed by the Australian government on the sale of 19 synthetic drugs in the wake of the death of a teenager who used a substance similar to LSD, the media reported. The 120-day ban applies to the sale and distribution of psychoactive drugs that produce effects similar to those experienced while using illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, allowing the state governments to revise existing legislation, the AAP news agency reported.
Sydney, June 15 (IANS) A married Indian couple have won the right to stay in Australia, for now, after seeking refugee status claiming they might be killed if they returned to India as they are from different castes. A court in Canberra ruled in favour of the couple who hail from Punjab after their plea for refugee status was rejected by Australian immigration and refugee authorities.
Bridgetown (Barbados), June 12 (IANS/CMC) Matches scheduled for Jamaica's Sabina Park in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will still be played there despite the collapse of a deal to install floodlights at the popular Caribbean venue in time for the tournament, organisers have announced. Tournament officials say they have tweaked the schedule in order to accommodate the Jamaica matches which will be played over four days in mid-August. The deal collapsed about three weeks after Jamaica cricket officials announced a partnership to install floodlights at Sabina Park between Sabina Park Holdings, the entity which manages the venue, and Consolidated Energy Partners (CEP), the intended financier and contractor for the project.
Canberra, June 11 (IANS) Australia will deliver funds for new dementia research on the impact of Vitamin B12 levels, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler said Tuesday. Vitamin B12, commonly found in seafood like oysters, has a key role in normal brain functioning, reports Xinhua
Sydney, June 11 (IANS) The Australian state of Queensland is preparing to host the annual G20 Summit in November next year when 25 world leaders and 4,000 delegates will converge on Brisbane. Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls Tuesday joined a business, community and government group working to make the most of the G20 meeting for the state in 2014, reports Xinhua.