King Charles will not appear on new Australia $5 note

King Charles III will not feature on Australia’s new five dollar note, the country’s central bank has announced. The new design will pay tribute to “the culture and history of the First Australians”, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) says. A portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II appears on the current design of five dollar note. The Queen’s death last year reignited debates about Australia’s future as a constitutional monarchy. “This decision by the Reserve Bank Board follows consultation with the Australian government, which supports this change,” the bank said in a statement. “The Bank will consult with First Australians … Continue reading King Charles will not appear on new Australia $5 note

Cardinal George Pell’s funeral sees mourners and protesters clash

Mourners and protesters have gathered – and clashed at the funeral for Cardinal George Pell in his Australian homeland. The Catholic Cardinal died in Rome last month, aged 81, after complications from hip surgery. Formerly one of the Pope’s top aides, Cardinal Pell was Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic. But his public image was tainted by unproven allegations he concealed and committed child sexual abuse. Inside St Mary’s Cathedral, where Cardinal Pell served as Archbishop of Sydney for over a decade, dignitaries including former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott filled pews. Noticeably absent were Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New … Continue reading Cardinal George Pell’s funeral sees mourners and protesters clash

Adani calls off share sale after price plunges

India’s Adani Enterprises has called off its share sale after the share price plunged on Wednesday. The Adani Group’s flagship company confirmed the $2.5bn raised from the sale would be returned to investors after shares fell 26%. The group’s companies have seen more than $90bn wiped off their value since a US investment firm made fraud claims. Adani denies the allegations. Gautam Adani, the founder, has fallen out of the top 10 richest in the world. According to the Forbes real-time billionaires list, Mr Adani is now the 15th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $74.7bn. He was … Continue reading Adani calls off share sale after price plunges

Four people found guilty of helping jihadist in Vienna terror attack

Four men have been given long jail sentences for being accomplices to murder in a deadly terror attack by a lone jihadist gunman in the heart of Austria’s capital in November 2020. Kujtim Fejzulai went on the rampage in Vienna’s busy nightlife area known as the Bermuda Triangle, shooting dead four people and wounding 23 others. His nine minutes of terror finally ended when he was shot dead by police. The men on trial were accused of helping him before the attack. Two others aged 22 and 23 were found not guilty of being accomplices to murder but were convicted … Continue reading Four people found guilty of helping jihadist in Vienna terror attack

A quarter of global population used facebook daily in December

The number of people using Facebook daily grew to an average of two billion in December – about a quarter of the world’s population. The bigger-than-expected growth helped drive new optimism about the company, which has been under pressure as its costs rise and advertising sales slump. Shares in parent company Meta surged more than 15% in after-hours trade as boss Mark Zuckerberg declared 2023 the “year of efficiency”. He said he was focused on cost cuts. “We’re in a different environment now,” he said, pointing to the firm’s revenue, which declined in 2022 for the first time in its … Continue reading A quarter of global population used facebook daily in December

Never Say Never: Kazuyoshi Miura, 55, signs for Portuguese second-division side Oliveirense on loan

His 56th birthday is just around the corner but Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura is still making moves in football – literally. Miura, in his fifth decade as a professional footballer, has joined Portuguese second-division side Oliveirense on loan from J-League outfit Yokohama FC. His new adventure in Portugal represents a sixth country in which he has played, following spells in Brazil, Japan, Italy, Croatia and Australia. “Even though this is a new place for me, I’ll work hard to show everyone the kind of play I’m known for,” said Miura, who will celebrate his birthday on 26 February. He has … Continue reading Never Say Never: Kazuyoshi Miura, 55, signs for Portuguese second-division side Oliveirense on loan

Ukraine billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky targeted in new anti-corruption swoop

Ukraine has launched a fresh wave of anti-corruption raids on high-profile figures, including one of the country’s richest men, Ihor Kolomoisky. The home of former interior minister Arsen Avakov was also searched, as part of the apparent purge. Ukraine has launched an anti-corruption drive and officials said the leaders of the customs service had been fired. President Volodymr Zelensky said raids were necessary to ensure “people do not abuse power”. Speaking on Wednesday President Zelensky said: “Unfortunately, in some spheres, the only way to guarantee legitimacy is to change leaders along with institutional changes implementation.” Ukraine has come under increasing … Continue reading Ukraine billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky targeted in new anti-corruption swoop

Suriname court seeks to uphold ex-president’s sentence

Prosecutors in Suriname have asked the High Court of Justice to uphold a 20-year jail sentence given to former President Desi Bouterse. The 74-year-old was convicted in 2019 of ordering the extrajudicial execution of 15 political opponents four decades ago. Bouterse has since been appealing against this ruling and cannot be arrested until the process ends. The court is expected to rule on the sentence later this year. Bouterse has denied involvement in the executions. He insists the victims – who included lawyers, union leaders and journalists – were shot while trying to escape a colonial-era fortress in Paramaribo, the capital … Continue reading Suriname court seeks to uphold ex-president’s sentence

Dances With Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse arrested in sex abuse case

Las Vegas police have arrested a former actor who is accused of sexually assaulting young indigenous girls, according to police records. Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by the name of Nathan Chasing Horse, is suspected of being the leader of a cult known as The Circle. Police have identified at least six alleged victims dating to the early 2000s. No lawyer has so far been allocated to him who could comment on his behalf. The Associated Press reports that his home, which he is said to share with five wives, was raided on Tuesday following a months-long police … Continue reading Dances With Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse arrested in sex abuse case

Rigged System: Oscars 2023 in turmoil over the nomination of actress Andrea Riseborough

Oscars organisers have decided British actress Andrea Riseborough can keep her nomination, but said tactics used in her film’s campaign “caused concern”. Riseborough was an outsider for a nomination but was championed by stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Edward Norton. The Oscars Academy has now reviewed whether the campaign broke its rules. It concluded that the issues did “not rise to the level that the film’s nomination should be rescinded”. Academy chief executive Bill Kramer added: “However, we did discover social media and outreach campaigning tactics that caused concern. These tactics are being addressed with the … Continue reading Rigged System: Oscars 2023 in turmoil over the nomination of actress Andrea Riseborough

Washington DC householder charged with shooting boy, 13

A Washington DC householder has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 13-year-old child who he suspected of breaking into cars. Jason Michael Lewis, 41, turned himself in to Washington police on Tuesday. He is accused of shooting the teenager at around 04:00 on 7 January. According to arrest documents, as he was being shot, Karon Blake shouted, “I am sorry, please don’t” and “I’m a kid, I’m a kid.” Mr Lewis is black, as was the teenager. He is an employee with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The Washington Post reports that he has … Continue reading Washington DC householder charged with shooting boy, 13

PayPal cuts 2,000 jobs as global economy weakens

PayPal is shedding around 2,000 jobs, or 7% of its workers, as it becomes the latest big tech firm to cut costs. The online payments company says it was forced to make the decision as it faces “the challenging macro-economic environment.” PayPal’s announcement follows tens of thousands of layoffs by technology giants in the last month alone. This year, Google’s parent company Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft have announced major job cuts. “We must continue to change as our world, our customers, and our competitive landscape evolve,” PayPal’s chief executive Dan Shculman said in a statement. Also on Tuesday, Snap – the … Continue reading PayPal cuts 2,000 jobs as global economy weakens