It’s summer time! But, since you’re in the office, pass the time until the weekend and the beach with some refreshing news pieces.
- It looks like retailers might not have the same upbeat Christmas they were hoping for a few weeks ago, following news of the interest rate hikes.
- The Victorian Government is on the hunt for a Microsoft reseller to manage its software licensing and supply agreements with Microsoft.
- Finally, Canberra will play host to a major conference on smart infrastructure in 2010.
State of the market
- The market rose solidly and rapidly in morning trading aftersolid gains on Wall St. overnight. It then slowly drifted off that peak during the day. At close of trading, the S&P/ASX200 was up 43.4 points at 4762.4..
- The Aussie dollar is relatively flat despite yesterday’s rate rise thanks to uncertainty about when the next rise will come. It sells for $US0.9256 while gold prices continue to break records at $US1200.2 an ounce. Oil is up by 1.9 per cent to $US78.8 a barrel.
Abbott - The day after
- Phoenix: Dead ETS to rise again
- Costello on Turnbull: A ruthless climber cut down to size
- Move: Abbott facing nuclear energy push
- Turnbull: Taking time to rethink future
- Opinion: Rudd faces fight for his future
- Perspective: Even the new leader seemed surprised by his win
- Hockey: 'I was asked to be a hypocrite; I could not'
- Deputy: Bishop keeps job continuity
- Reshuffle: Frontline changes kept to minimum
- Response: Labor hits fast with ad attacks
- Paul Kelly: The great conservative revolt
- Cold comfort: The psychology of climate denial
- Tiger in the rough: Now a woman called Grubb claims she had an affair
- Banking: Westpac 'cynically' doubles RBA interest rate rise
- Health: GPs bombarded with multiple ailments
- World: Rudd sends more police to Afghanistan
- Commodities: Gold strikes record above $US1200 an ounce
- Technology: Optus taunts Telstra on costs
- Satyam fraud: India files cases
- Hadron Collider: Satyam at full throttle to re-create Big bang
- Telephony: 25 million Indians have their mobiles blocked
- Education: SCEGGS head tells parents ... R.E.S.P.E.C.T
- Windows 7: Microsoft denies security updates causing 'black screen of death'
- Golf: The woman who tamed the beast in John Daly
- Green for go: Can Danny Green really beat Roy Jones jnr
- Cricket: Out of pocket ICL stars seeking legal advice
- Football: Man Utd beat Spurs 2-0 in Carling Cup, Villa also through
- Rugby union: Waratahs pull a big boy out of the Boks
- World Cup bid: It's Becks vs Nic
- AFL: Dennis-Lane's tale is one for the true believers
- Boxing: Minders exchange opening blows
- Branded: Russell meets the in-laws, God's next
- Gramma Mia: Meryl says she's past 'use-by date'
- Motoring: Car collector ready to get shot of 'old gun' at auction
- Television: Seven Network loses C7 appeal over pay-TV rights
- Travel: Best hotels in the world for NYE
- Wine: Duel for best red
- Katherine Jenkins: Sexy, drugs and just a hint of rock'n'roll
- Jarvis Cocker: Post-Pulp renaissance man
- Photography: Faces of the swinging '60s
For the evening:
- Tom Waits fan? The new CD is probably good if you are.
- Sydney: Fine. Mostly sunny. Min: 17, Max: 25
- Melbourne: Shower or two. Windy. Min: 17, Max: 29
- Brisbane: Fine. Min: 18, Max: 28
- Perth: Sunny. Min: 14, Max: 31
- Adelaide: Possible morning shower. Min: 17, Max: 23
- Hobart: Late rain. Min: 11, Max: 22
- Canberra: Mostly sunny. Min: 8, Max: 27
- Darwin: Afternoon shower. Min: 26, Max: 35
Product Wars: Best IT invention
- Results so far...
- 1st - Google - 75%
- 2nd - Netspace - 65%
- 3rd - Apple iPhone - 59%
- =4th - Apple iPods - 58%
- =4th - Nintendo Gameboy - 58%
- Click here to vote for your favourite!