The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Articles from December 31, 2016

A Journey through Time; Hungary Always at the Crossroads
TRAVEL with Erle Levey BEING in the centre of Europe brings its problems. You are the meat in the sandwich. Not only are you at the crossroads of trade routes, you are in the centre of wars and religious upheaval. That is Hungary's situation...
Answers
1. How many of Australia's six largest deserts are partly or wholly in Western Australia? 2. How many days are in 2017? 3. Which "pretty woman" played Tinker Bell in the 1991 movie Hook? 4. "Punter" was the nickname of which former Australian...
Assassin's Creed; Aussie Director Puts Twist on Video Game for Big Screen
Assassin's Creed Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, Brendan Gleeson. Director: Justin Kurzel Rating: M Reviewer's last word: Impressive action sequences and an interesting mythology help this video...
Bloodhound Joins Sherlock
Byline: with Hannah Busch IT'S been a long three years between seasons for fans of the best British television show there is, Sherlock. That was the last time a new episode within the show's usual time frame aired. Fans got a one-off period...
Daughter's Death a Hard Lesson; Instructor Has Experience
Byline: Madolyn Peters Madolyn.Peters@dailymercury.com.au MACKAY driving instructor Wayne Bell knows fatality statistics in Queensland, and will rattle them off to anyone who will listen. One person dies on Queensland roads every day and a half....
Don't Let the Boss Pinch Your $1500
IF YOU'RE enjoying some downtime over January, it's worth taking a few minutes to check your super savings. Most employers do the right thing and make regular super contributions for their employees. However, a recent industry report found almost...
Embrace Trends with Authenticity
Byline: with Tracey Hordern AS 2016 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to 2017 and what trends will be dominating this coming year. While I'm not one for slavishly following trends, none of us live in a bubble, so here's a quick wrap...
Era of the Right-Wing Turbulent
"Some are seeing 100% increases in annual contract prices. Some are deferring investment whilst others are shutting up shop because they cannot afford an extra 500k every year to power their enterprise," Cory Bernardi told The Australian newspaper....
Girls Nab State Roles; Mackay Talent Bolsters Under-Age Queensland Sides
Byline: Madolyn Peters Madolyn.Peters@dailymercury.com.au CRICKET: The junior girls championships will have a real Mackay flavour next year. Three Mackay girls and another former junior have been selected in two different teams for the tournament....
Go Sea the World; Cruising the World Just Gets Bigger and Better as the Years Go By
TRAVEL with Ann Rickard IF YOU ask me what the Next Big Thing is in travel for 2017 (and I know you haven't asked but I'll give an opinion anyway), it has to be cruising. Yes, we all know cruising has soared in popularity over the past few...
Instant Attraction Not Always the Key; Match-Making Expert Shares What She Has Learned from Years of Helping People Find 'The One'
BETWEEN THE SHEETS with Helen Hawkes I'VE known matchmaker Yvonne Allen for years, ever since she started to become vocal about what she'd learnt about relationships through one of Australia's most successful dating agencies. Yvonne is still...
Leave the Map in Your Hotel Room
WHEN it comes to travelling, there are two kinds of people in this world. The first kind, they like to do everything by the book. Go to all of the top tourist spots and everywhere that your guidebook says. The other kind, that's the more relaxed...
Make a Date to Talk Finances
TOMORROW is a new year, and it will likely arrive with a few old resolutions for a lot of people. We asked the Barefoot Investor Scott Pape a few questions to help you get in good financial shape in 2017. What's a common mistake people make when...
Map Reveals Flood Prone Areas; Mackay Region Roads Most Likely to Flood
Byline: Luke Mortimer Luke.Mortimer@dailymercury.com.au MACKAY REGION ROADS Prone to flooding: Lansdowne Rd, West Mackay: After heavy rain Water comes from the cane paddock as well as from the drain on the south side of Lansdowne Road. With nowhere...
New Year with a Clear Head
THE WEEKEND COOK with Maggie Cooper NEW Year's Eve is a time for celebration as we see out the old year and welcome in the new. For some reason it's often associated with too much booze; how many hangovers are present on January 1? I've had...
O'Keefe Tipped to Get a Turn in Sydney Test Side
Byline: BEN HORNE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH CRICKET: Widely expected to be named in Australia's squad for the third Test, Steve O'Keefe has not flown with the Sydney Sixers to Adelaide for tonight's clash with the Strikers. There is a prevailing feeling...
On for Young and Old Down under; Todd Woodbridge Can't Wait to See the Game's Biggest Names Return to Action in Australia, Writes Terry Mallinder
PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES NICK Kyrgios taking on Roger Federer. The master against the apprentice. It's the match-up that Australian tennis great and now Channel Seven commentator Todd Woodbridge most wants to see this summer. They may be...
Ordered to Reveal Staff Numbers
Byline: Troy Kippen Troy.Kippen@dailymercury.com.au THE number of employees at a flooring business in Mackay could decide an unfair dismissal claim in Gladstone. Fair Work Commission has ordered the director of Mackay's Carpet Court, Raymond...
Our Motoring Best of 2016
Vani Naidoo THE Christmas holidays are a time for favourites. There are your favourite carols, chocolates, drink of choice and visiting family members, but for we motoring writers, there's also our favourite driving experiences. Two of our learned...
Qatar Invites Aussie Travellers to Stop Over
AUSTRALIAN travellers passing through Qatar can now spend up to four days exploring the country in a new visa deal to encourage tourists to visit. Qatar Airways, which is government-owned, has paired up with the Qatar Tourism Authority to offer...
Rise of the Super Temps; Highly-Skilled Contract Workers to Feature in 2017
RECRUITMENT NATHAN WOULFE AND that, my friends, is a wrap. This year has taken many from us whose time probably shouldn't have been up, dropped some into jobs they probably shouldn't be filling, and hopefully for you has been a year of prosperity,...
Russia Says Retaliation Will Come; Fast Response to Sanctions Promised
Byline: ANDREW BUNCOMBE THE INDEPENDENT MOSCOW immediately threatened to retaliate after America's announcement yesterday it was expelling 35 Russian diplomats, describing the actions of the US as the "death throes of political corpses". In a...
Sequins, Single Shoulders and Sleeves Suit the Party
Byline: with Sarah Barnes Ring in 2017 with a countdown, cheer and champagne. It's a time for pondering your yearly achievements, memories and approaching resolutions while hugging strangers and having that euphoric feeling of fresh possibility....
Stay on Top of the Bills; Set Up an Automated Direct Debit Account for the Regular Bills
STAY AT HOME MUM with Jody Allen LIVING is expensive. I've done it tough in the past, it's hard. But I do believe that sometimes when you have little to live on, you really learn to appreciate what you have. Keeping on top of your bills is...
Superstars Coming Down under; from Adele to the Dixie Chicks, Jon Snow to Wolverine, Sit Back for a Hell of a Ride Next Year
Byline: Seanna Cronin THERE'S no excuse for boredom in the year ahead. The creative worlds of film, television are music are looking brighter than a full-flood spotlight with offerings to please any taste. While 2016 took many legends from us,...
Swapping Tools for the Bible; after about 45,000 Washing Machines
Byline: Troy Kippen Troy.Kippen@dailymercury.com.au JEFF Lawson has no idea how many washing machines and dryers he has repaired over the last 22 years. "It would be very difficult to sit down and work out," he said. "About eight or nine a day,...
Take Charge and Get Back on Track in 2017
BE A boss of money matters this year by giving up the resolutions and drawing up a money bucket list. "Your money bucket list represents personal goals that individually, and collectively, improve your finances," said ME Head of Deposits and Transactional...
The Resolution Solution; Timing Counts and January 1 Is Just One Option for a Start Date
Byline: with Rowena Hardy With 2016 drawing to a close, many of us are celebrating. It might be all the great things we have achieved or that have happened over the past 12 months or the fact that we've survived a terrible year and are hoping for...
The Year That Made and Shook Mackay; KIERAN MORAN Takes a Look Back at the Events in 2016 That Shaped the Mackay Region
Black lung disease The first new cases of black lung disease were actually diagnosed in Queensland in mid to late 2015, but it wasn't known how widespread the disease was until midway through 2016. In August, a parliamentary inquiry was established...
This Lady Reefs in Nature's Wonders; Island Is an Accessible Jewel Cared for by Passionate Staff and Home to Massive Manta Rays
Byline: TRAVEL with Hayley Nissen WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Flights to Lady Elliot Island leave Bundaberg Airport at 8.40am and depart at 4pm. Cost: Adults, $365; children $210. Inclusions: Return scenic flight to Lady Elliot...
Visit to Japan a Learning Experience for Teen Players; Crusaders Revel in Technical Soccer Classes
Byline: Darryl Cash Mackay Crusaders FC Technical Director FOOTBALL: Mackay Crusaders Under-16s team travelled to Japan for a football tour in December. They spent just over a week participating in training sessions, visiting Japanese schools...
What Police Have Planned for New Year's Eve
QUEENSLAND Police will step up their efforts this New Year's Eve with an increased presence at hot spots to deter "complete idiots". Mackay CBD, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island will host the biggest parties on Saturday night and Acting Superintendent...
While You Party on, Pollies Plot and Plan
Byline: with Owen Jacques IT'S New Year's Eve and tonight, the blood in our veins will be replaced with over-priced liquor or low-purity drugs, depending on whether you're a boring baby boomer or miserable millennial. It's that time when we make...
Wind Wreaks Havoc on after Midnight Sailing Bid
SAILING: The drama had started before Mackay's Mark and Greg Tobin and the After Midnight crew had reached the starting line of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. The rubber seal on the rudder had flipped and they were taking on water. "We nearly...
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