Thursday January 31, 2008THE last time Qatar coach Jorge Fossati came to Australia, it cost him his job. The Uruguayan, a former top-level goalkeeper in his native country, was in charge of Los Celestes when they went down to the Socceroos in that fateful World Cup play-off in Sydney in November 2005.
Wednesday January 30, 2008THE last State of the Union address is the turning point for the final straight in the circuit of an American presidential term. It begins the countdown of the final year, in which we'll see the main parties soon choose their candidates for the succession, campaign into the November election, and then cheer the winner into the inauguration next January. For George Bush, yesterday was not the start of a glorious ride into history but a desperate flailing of the whips to keep up a decent show of progress.
Sunday January 27, 2008There's nothing like opposition to sharpen a political party's thinking and inject a touch of humility. If the Liberals in their last term had done a few of the things now being floated, they might have performed better in November. (On the other hand, parties out of power must also beware. That's when the whacky ideas get their best airing.)
Sunday January 27, 2008WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going. As millions of investors take the long weekend to digest the scale of the stockmarket rout - it's still about 10% down from November last year - we already know who's going to survive, even thrive, in 2008.
Saturday January 26, 2008BRENDAN NELSON became the federal Liberal leader in late November.
Wednesday January 16, 2008A MAN is facing a jail term after he raced his Holden sedan against another car, doing at least 150 kmh in a 90 kmh zone on Main Road at Jesmond in November.
Thursday January 10, 2008SHOPPERS shelled out a record $20 billion in November despite the looming federal election and an interest rate rise at the start of the month.
Friday January 4, 2008FIVE cases of a rare but dangerous form of bacterial gastroenteritis caused by Shiga Toxigenic Escherichia Coli, known as STEC infection, have been reported in the Hunter since an alert was issued in mid-November.
Tuesday January 1, 2008IT'S a shame New Lambton Public School principal Tony Negline refused to discuss his school's success with The Herald ("REVEALED: Schools most likely to win selective high spots", November 5, 2007).