The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Articles from December 22, 2017

BBL Desire Burns Bright with Joe; the Action-Packed BBL Has Taken the Country by Storm, Especially the Players, Writes Terry Mallinder
JOE Burns is in rare form. Playing for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield, he notched scores of 81 and 103 against West Australia in Perth before backing up with an unbeaten 202 against South Australia in Cairns. Such is his scintillating touch...
China Warns of Threats to Students
Byline: James Law News Corp CHINA'S embassy in Canberra has issued a safety warning after what it claims is a surge in "insulting incidents" directed at Chinese students living in Australia. The embassy posted a message to its website at the...
Get Crafty with Books; Don't Toss Old Books Away When You Have Finished Reading Them. You Can Make Fun Crafts with Them. Try Some of These Ideas
Book safe You will need: Thick hard-covered book. You can buy books cheaply at garage sales, library sales, old book shops or just around the house. A sharp craft knife Hack saw Epoxy or thin super glue Clamps Felt or decorative...
Hampton Says He Has More to Offer
Byline: Michael Thompson Townsville Bulletin RUGBY LEAGUE: Cowboys utility Ben Hampton believes he will have more to offer next year after struggling to get to grips with an unfamiliar style of footy. Hampton has already received praise from...
Home Ground Heat
Byline: Daniel McKenzie daniel.mckenzie@dailymercury.com.au MACKAY-bound Women's Big Bash League franchise the Brisbane Heat hope to turn Harrup Park into their fortress away from home. Set to play a double-header against the Melbourne Stars...
Home Loan Demand Still Going Strong
THE historically low rate environment is helping to keep heat in the property market, with home loan demand remaining strong. According to the latest Housing Finance Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 55,406 home loans were approved...
Hosts to Continue Bouncer Barrage; Aussies Won't Be Holding Back
Byline: Russell Gould Herald Sun CRICKET: The Australian bouncer barrage will continue on Boxing Day despite claims the under siege English batsmen deserve more protection from the umpires. Australian captain Steve Smith has pledged to plough...
How Much Value Will a New Bedroom Add?
MOST Australian home owners understand that adding a bedroom will increase the value of their property, but by how much exactly? Cathy Morrissey, known as The Reno Chick, says while a combination of factors ultimately determine the value of a property,...
Jumanji Sequel Is Surprisingly Fun
HERE'S a shocker: Hollywood has made a sequel to a movie from 22 years ago, hoping to cash in on the nostalgia and an existing intellectual property. But here's the real shocker: It's actually really entertaining, throwing together four charismatic...
Lee the Missing Piece of Puzzle? Third Signing for Titans
Byline: Connor O'Brien Gold Coast Bulletin RUGBY LEAGUE: The Titans have plucked their third signing of the month and it's a pick-up that could solve a problem that has haunted the Gold Coast club throughout their 11-year NRL history. Agile centre...
Looks like a Strong Finish to the Year
DAY TRADER DARRYL MORLEY THE All Ords spent six weeks trading sideways between 6000 and 6100 with a couple of short-term spikes above or below this range. However this week it has finally broken above this range and if it closes near its high...
RBA Sees out a Full Year with No Change to Rate
THE Reserve Bank of Australia has ended the year just as it began -- with no changes to the official cash rate. The recent decision to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent marks the 16th consecutive month that the cash rate has been...
Sandow Mines Boyhood Dream
IT'S A journey that started as a boyhood dream. Walking along the Moranbah streets he now calls home, former NRL star Chris Sandow is content with his new life. The dusty streets of the mining town two hours south-west of Mackay where Sandow...
Six Property Settlement Tips for Buyers
AFTER celebrating success at auction or negotiating a private sale, the next milestone in your property-buying journey is settlement. Here's what you need to know. 1. Understand settlement Property settlement is an official process usually conducted...
Suzi's Split Personality
It's amazing what some fire power can deliver. We're not talking Kim Jong Un style, rather some right-pedal shenanigans in Suzuki's cross-breed offering. The Suzuki S-Cross recently benefited from a new engine and transmission combination and the...
There Will Be Retail; Busy Christmas Period and Shorter Hours
Byline: Troy Kippen troy.kippen@dailymercury.com.au CHRISTMAS mayhem could be on the cards at shopping centres across the region this weekend. The centres are reporting more customer traffic than in previous years and, with Christmas falling...
The Wrath of Khan a Worry for Thunder
CRICKET: Strikers keeper Alex Carey has enjoyed four days unlocking the mysteries of Rashid Khan but Sydney Thunder enter tonight's clash flying blind against the Afghan leg-spin prodigy at Adelaide Oval. Rashid, 19, will become the first Afghan...
'Tis the Season to Be Happy
Make and model? It's one of the new Honda MCTs. They have been out for a couple of years and it has proved to be a winner. They are very reliable, it's fuel injected and uses a lot less fuel then the original CTs. What's it mean to you? A bucket...
Trump Celebrates Tax Bill Win
THE US Congress has passed the biggest overhaul of the American tax system in almost 30 years, sparking widespread condemnation from Democrats who say the new law will benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat...
Two Daughters Lost to Addiction
Byline: Megan Palin news@dailymercury.com.au THE tragic deaths of two sisters who were addicted to prescription drugs and died five years apart before their 30th birthdays should serve as a warning to others, their mother says. New South Wales...
Warning Sounded on Immigration
Byline: Frank Chung News Corp ENTREPRENEUR Dick Smith says it is "not accidental" that immigration skyrocketed by 27 per cent last year, accusing Australian politicians of cooking the books to keep economic growth figures artificially high. Australian...
Waugh: Brisbane's Dynamic Duo Bring Most Heat
HE'S an unabashed Sydney Thunder fan, but Australian cricket great Mark Waugh is looking forward to seeing the Brisbane Heat in action. Namely Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn. When it comes to power hitting in the Big Bash League, there is none...
Weird Ways Parents Choose Baby Names
Byline: Lucy Kippist UNIQUE names are all the rage these days and the quickest way to bag one of your own is to start thinking outside the box. 1. Pick up on baby's cues "We looked up meaning of names because Phoebe did not stop moving when...
When a Property Passes in at Auction
THE most essential skill of any bidder at a property auction is knowing when it's time to stop. When the price reaches a level that no longer represents value to you, it's time to call it a day. Sometimes auctions will make all our property dreams...
Would-Be Robber Flees from Store Empty-Handed
A WOULD-BE robber, allegedly armed with a hunting knife, turned and left a Mt Pleasant store empty-handed after the owner stood up to his demands for cash. Greenfields Shopping Centre Night Owl owner of three years Brian Perrin said the man, wearing...
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