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Thursday March 31, 2011
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Ridout calls for overhaul of Fair Work laws

Thursday March 31, 2011
A KEY Labor business adviser, Heather Ridout, is pushing for changes to the Fair Work laws, saying there is a "very strong case" to suggest they do not encourage better productivity and are making it harder for businesses to restructure.

'Business as usual' at failed Colorado

Thursday March 31, 2011
COLORADO stores will remain open and gift cards and lay-bys are safe, despite the failure of the retailer, the company's receiver says.

A management fee beckons

Thursday March 31, 2011
The financial group that wrestled control of the flagship mortgage fund from the now collapsed MFS in 2008 is edging closer to collecting its first management fee.

Business in plea on Asian languages

Thursday March 31, 2011
BUSINESS leaders have written to federal MPs to emphasise the importance of Asian languages, amid fears a program to support the teaching of languages in schools could be cut in the May budget.

Business leaders back Asian studies

Thursday March 31, 2011
BUSINESS leaders have written to all federal MPs to stress the importance of teaching Asian languages, amid fears a program to support them in schools could be a casualty of the May budget.

Business plea for Asian languages

Thursday March 31, 2011
BUSINESS leaders have written to federal MPs to emphasise the importance of Asian languages, amid fears a program to support the teaching of languages in schools could be cut in the May budget.

Expo offering answers

Wednesday March 30, 2011
PLANNING is well underway for the Illawarra Business Chamber Q&A Business Expo on June 24 at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

Commercial divers worried over sinking standards

Wednesday March 30, 2011
PROPOSED changes to commercial diving regulations could compromise safety and threaten the viability of existing businesses, an Illawarra diver claims.

Calls for action on Alice Springs crime

Wednesday March 30, 2011
More than 200 residents protested outside a sitting of the Northern Territory Parliament in Alice Springs yesterday, demanding a crackdown on antisocial behaviour and crime. Police have called for an investigation into why Aboriginal children as young as eight roam the streets of Alice Springs at night. Superintendent Michael Murphy said possible causes were alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and lack of accommodation for young people from remote communities. Government and community agencies "have to look at all the reasons," he said. The Action for Alice group, formed by business people in December, also wants an 11pm to 6am street curfew for under-18s.

Big night on the cards for judiciary after rough weekend

Wednesday March 30, 2011
THE Northern NSW Football judiciary will have a busy evening tomorrow after six players were red-carded in three state league matches last weekend.

Food training close by

Wednesday March 30, 2011
THE Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce and TAFE NSW have organised food safety courses for businesses in the northern surburbs next month.

Out and about at the Illawarra Women in Business Awards

Wednesday March 30, 2011
Tracey Lawson and Hayley Kelloway at the Illawarra Women in Business (IWIB) Awards.

Greens play with fire

Wednesday March 30, 2011
BOB BROWN is getting into very dangerous territory by promising to oppose part of the tax changes the federal government will be putting to Parliament later this year. The Greens leader does not like the idea of big companies getting the promised one percentage point off their company tax rate from July 2013. He thinks a 30 per cent tax rate is low enough for them. Small businesses should get the cut, not big business.

Unbeaten Stingrays thrash Lions in grand final replay

Wednesday March 30, 2011
THE Illawarra Stingrays sent a warning to their challengers when they thrashed Inter Lions 4-1 in Sunday's grand final rematch.

Return of the bubbles

Wednesday March 30, 2011
ILLAWARRA Women In Business is putting the fun back into networking for both men and women on Monday with its next Business Over Bubbles evening.

Ruling a blow to Tweed

Wednesday March 30, 2011
THE business model of low-ball king David Tweed has been dealt a legal blow by the New South Wales Supreme Court.

Innovation has helped spawn the second retail internet bubble, but will it last?

Wednesday March 30, 2011
E-outlet and daily deals businesses are set to become cottage industries, writes Michael Baker.

Leaders welcome change of government

Tuesday March 29, 2011
ILLAWARRA business and industry leaders see the election of a Coalition government as an opportunity for NSW and the region.

From drag king to Dragon town via Paris

Tuesday March 29, 2011
SHE has been one quarter of a female "drag king" ensemble, performing at international arts festivals and "queer bars".

Enchanting plans

Tuesday March 29, 2011
EXPECT a new project soon from the Lake House team in Daylesford. Alla Wolf-Tasker confirmed she's establishing a venue in the Daylesford Botanic Gardens and will run a cafe and store on Wombat Hill. "It's a derelict, old 1940s caretaker residence," she says. "We've gutted it and started from scratch. I used to spend a lot of time in the gardens as a child enjoying picnics, and I've often walked the dogs there and longed for a coffee and a decent sandwich." Simplicity is the key here for Wolf-Tasker, and some respite from the busy business that is Lake House. "This will be a place where we can showcase our philosophy of local food in a simpler way." The cafe, which is yet to be named, will have a vegetable garden and fruit trees and provide picnic food for people to enjoy in the gardens. It will open for breakfast, lunch and some evenings. "The Wombat Hill gardens are a place of great enchantment and we are hoping to establish something that does them justice," she says. "It will be a bit of a retreat for me also. I've needed a new little project for some time ... yeah, right!" she adds with a laugh. She is aiming for a post-Easter opening.

MASTERCHEF TRAVIS MCAULEY

Tuesday March 29, 2011
IN MID-2008, when George Calombaris and his business partners at The Press Club were tossing ideas about for their new restaurant venture ‚€ť this one based more on the traditional Greek taverna than their funky, modern, upmarket city eatery ‚€ť they realised they already had the perfect man to head the new kitchen. Travis McAuley had met Calombaris at One Fitzroy Street, a restaurant, bar and cafe in St Kilda, and helped set up The Press Club. He was one of his sous chefs about the time Hellenic Republic was being conceived.

Mechanics of organic

Tuesday March 29, 2011
A mother of two has fresh ideas for her business, writes Lissa Christopher.

Travelling through technology

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Associate Professor Ulrike Gretzel is a leading international tourism researcher and expert in the area of tourism and social media. She recently joined the Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSoR) at the Faculty of Commerce, University of Wollongong.

Snakebean sadly slips off the radar

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Chef Nhut Huynh's (pictured) Oxford Street gem Snakebean is closing. Huynh's business partner, Jeremy McNamara, says they were unable to renegotiate "a reasonable lease" for the budget restaurant.

Where an idea can land you in trouble

Tuesday March 29, 2011
China has changed much in 30 years but speaking out about democracy is still a risky business.

Small businesses at mercy of the supermarket chains, but will anyone dare speak out?

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Sales of house brands decrease sales of branded products.

Evans' pledge to Illawarra

Monday March 28, 2011
INCOMING Heathcote MP Lee Evans has vowed to boost the Liberal Party's presence in the Illawarra after Saturday night's crushing victory over Labor incumbent Paul McLeay.

Inauguration of Historic Falmouth Port

Monday March 28, 2011
Caribbean's Newest Port Offers Cruise Guests Wider Range of Jamaican Adventures.

Cunard Announces 2012-13 Program for Australians

Monday March 28, 2011
Australians wishing to experience the richness of Europe and the heritage of Cunard Line are in for a treat in 2012-13 when the line‚„s three Queens will offer a choice of more than 80 European itineraries.

Crystal to Go All Inclusive in 2012 - Gratis Gratuities, Wines and Bar Service Added

Monday March 28, 2011
Crystal Cruises is enhancing its already expansive host of luxury services and amenities.

New generation

Monday March 28, 2011
PROFESSIONAL services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has taken on a new generation of trainees and graduates from the University of Newcastle.

Cruise Control

Monday March 28, 2011
IF THERE was an element of fortune about the way Sebastian Vettel secured his first formula one world title with a last-gasp win in Abu Dhabi on the final day of the 2010 season there was nothing lucky about the way he began the pursuit of his second crown in Melbourne.

Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow Gets Major Makeover

Monday March 28, 2011
Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow has a fresh new look thanks to a major renovation completed during the two weeks that the ultra-luxury ship spent in dry dock in Singapore, before returning to service on March 19.

Whincup sidesteps carnage to cruise home

Monday March 28, 2011
JAMIE WHINCUP won yesterday's third and final V8 Supercar race and overall victory in the Albert Park 400 after a collision on the opening lap forced five drivers, including Whincup's TeamVodafone teammate Craig Lowndes, to retire.

X marks brand new chapter in Australian cruising as Celebrity Solstice opens for bookings

Monday March 28, 2011
Celebrity Cruises announces Solstice superliner‚„s 2012-13 Australasia season.

Warriors forget their game plan; Dragons fly through the gap

Monday March 28, 2011
WAYNE BENNETT had consolation of sorts for the Warriors, a riff on that worn old theme about the NRL being the toughest competition in the world. "It's such a fickle business," he said. "You can be playing OK, have a bit of hard luck and you can be zero and three; it is such a fine line ... they can turn it around quickly but as each week goes past, of course, it gets a little bit harder."

Wowed by the iPhone experience

Monday March 28, 2011
MY iPhone died. I was lost as it is an important business tool.

The Full Package

Monday March 28, 2011
The Zone is about the free market for ideas. It presents arguments for moving from what is the case to what ought to be the case. It is as much about the thinkers as it is about their thoughts. Across media, public policy, philosophy, philanthropy, design, business, culture and more, it seeks to bring fresh visions into public debate.

There's no morality in striking Libya

Monday March 28, 2011
The West's attacks risk a bloody stalemate and threaten the region.

Cruises caught by clean police

Sunday March 27, 2011
HARBOUR luxury cruise boat operators have been warned to clean up their act after three vessels were prosecuted for breaching hygiene laws.

Best to do Norway your way

Sunday March 27, 2011
My husband and I are taking an 11-day Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Cruise in August. The vessel departs Bergen, stopping at coastal towns, destination Kirkenes on the Russian border, from where the ship then returns to Bergen. While servicing more than 30 ports, there would appear to be at least 10 sizeable towns that are offered as shore excursions. Could you advise which excursions are not to be missed, as price is a major factor?

Baillieu sticks to emission targets

Sunday March 27, 2011
PREMIER Ted Baillieu says he stands by targets to cut Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth over the next decade, placing him under growing pressure from business and industry ahead of his first budget.

Loyalty tested by series of scandals

Sunday March 27, 2011
IF YOU tracked Labor's scandals in the Illawarra with pins in a map you would create a pox spreading from Heathcote on Sydney's southern fringe to Kiama, 80 kilometres down the Princes Highway. It is worth a quick review:

A light touch and you're away

Sunday March 27, 2011
A good smartphone app can be a traveller's best friend. Francisca Kellett looks at some of the most useful.

Baillieu to hold line on greenhouse

Sunday March 27, 2011
PREMIER Ted Baillieu says he stands by targets to cut Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth over the next decade, placing him under growing pressure from business and industry ahead of his first budget.

Tip of the week

Sunday March 27, 2011
Cruising with kids

Packer does 'rithmetic

Sunday March 27, 2011
Just ask any glamamama traipsing around the plethora of open days now on offer in the eastern suburbs: finding the right school is a seriously tough business.

sea dream I

Sunday March 27, 2011
LAUNCHED 1984.

Stuntman cometh

Sunday March 27, 2011
If Tom Cruise can do it, so can Richard Tulloch, who meets his fear head on.

Safari, rail and sea

Sunday March 27, 2011
IN EARLY 2012, two glamour queens of travel will combine in a package featuring the best of South Africa.

Plane v train across Siberia

Sunday March 27, 2011
My husband and I are planning a river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg via Mongolia. How would you suggest we get from Mongolia to Moscow without flying on either Aeroflot or Air China? We have thought of going on the Trans Siberian rail; would the trains be comfortable and do they have regular stops?

GOING PLACES

Saturday March 26, 2011
LINDEMAN ON THE CHEAP

Handy for a business

Saturday March 26, 2011
THIS solid brick home, believed to have been built in the 1920s, has retained many of its fine original features.

Head to Head

Saturday March 26, 2011
SSANGYONG KORANDO SX HYUNDAI ix35 ELITE

Busy at the receiving end

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE appointment of receivers and managers Taylor Woodings to the Perth-based Compass Hotel Group is an indication banks are getting serious with insolvent businesses.

Arabian success is key to spicing up west's wealth

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE economic future of western Sydney lies in exploiting the strong links between the Arabic business community and its home countries, a study by the University of Western Sydney has found.

Inside scoop on riding the rails

Saturday March 26, 2011
Long-time train traveller Andrew West offers his tips: slow down, always pick the middle bunk and never overpack.

Baillieu defends delays to state's major projects

Saturday March 26, 2011
PREMIER Ted Baillieu has defended the billions of dollars worth of taxpayer-funded projects his government has put in limbo, blaming huge cost blowouts on the former Labor government.

Big raps on city cruises

Saturday March 26, 2011
WHEN the sun set on the 2010-11 cruising season yesterday, Rhapsody of the Seas sailed out of Newcastle harbour with big plans to return.

BMW 520d TOURING

Saturday March 26, 2011
BMW 520d TOURING

My name, it's always the same

Saturday March 26, 2011
LESS than two weeks ago, AFL supremo Andrew Demetriou took to the airwaves of 3AW's "Sports Today" program, and levelled pot-shots at your humble columnist on four or five occasions, presumably in response to the "Devil's Advocate" column of March 12, which concerned Andrew Demetriou and his pay-packet.

WHAT LIES BENEATH

Saturday March 26, 2011
I'm guided through an inconspicuous door, not marked in any way to signify what's ahead, and suddenly find myself in the tunnel system of Fort Scratchley.

When in Paris, live like les Parisiennes

Saturday March 26, 2011
GUEST Apartment Services Paris is an agency offering rental apartments in Paris. But for owner Christophe Chastel, the crucial word in the unwieldy title is "service".

Why the inner west is the hottest property

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE inner west is currently the strongest property market in Sydney and it's not hard to see why: it is close to the central business district and relative affordable.

YOUR STARS WITH LILITH

Saturday March 26, 2011
ARIES Mar 21 Apr 20YES, Mercury retrograde has the potential for frustration and aggravation. But knowing this, the smart punter will relax instead of push, base decisions on sound judgment rather than emotional impulse, see the silver lining in setbacks, make delays work in their favour and use these go-slow conditions to set up more effective operating strategies.

Weave your own web

Saturday March 26, 2011
Getting an online presence is now free and easy, writes Alexandra Cain.

When size matters

Saturday March 26, 2011
Julietta Jameson joins the glamour set aboard the 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn.

Up, up and away

Saturday March 26, 2011
Social media has changed how we chat and now business wants its slice of the action. But with valuations rising, isn‚„t this all going to end in tears just like in the dotcom era? Michael Evans reports.

Pass muster/Check-in by card/Himalayan hike/ P&O double-up/History in waiting/Coastal views

Saturday March 26, 2011
Saddle up and ride the Kimberley

Rebels regain respect

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE Melbourne Rebels last night produced a remarkable comeback and restored pride in the club when they ran in six tries to thump the Hurricanes 42-25 at AAMI Park.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Saturday March 26, 2011
The Tahs. Had a thrilling win at the Sydney Football Stadium last week. Sadly, it was the Chee-Tahs, as opposed to the Wara-Tahs, and they beat our blokes 23-3 for their first victory away from home in Super Rugby history.

Fun times for heritage buffs

Friday March 25, 2011
EVERYTHING from Steamfest through to educational walks and an informative harbour cruise fills a packed program organised to mark the National Trust's annual heritage festival.

Know-how to fertilise the Illawarra business garden

Friday March 25, 2011
SMALL to medium-sized enterprises in the Illawarra now have access to the international experience and knowledge of a new business, Global Solutions Strategies.

editor's letter

Friday March 25, 2011
It's not known whether any brave wine fanatic has actually managed to visit every cellar door within reach of Adelaide, nor€šis it known who holds the record for number of cellar doors visited in a single day. Either way, it's a daunting task: there are 200 cellar doors within just an hour of Adelaide, with hundreds more in regions slightly further afield. What this means in reality, of course, is that it's possible to meander outwards from the South Australian capital with the intention of poking around a€šfew picturesque wineries as the cornerstone of a getaway that's rich in food and drink, pretty countryside, historic townships and charming places to stay. This guide, produced for the South Australian Tourism Commission, is a good place to begin your planning, whether you fancy a flying weekend visit via Adelaide, or a few more days to cruise around the regions at a more leisurely pace. We've focused on the three wine regions closest to€šAdelaide - the historic Barossa, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale - but we've also included some suggestions on what to see and do in some of the regions a little further from Adelaide: the Limestone Coast (including the Coonawarra), and the Clare Valley. We've provided tips on which cellar doors to visit (though with so many to choose from you can't really go wrong); and we've tried out activities, restaurants and accommodation and made recommendations. You'll also find a snapshot guide to what to do€šin Adelaide when you pass through, and a calendar of the main events that will attract visitors to the state over the remaining months of 2011. Finally, see above for details on what promises to€šbe a memorable mini-break...

Lean Webber has sights on road ahead

Friday March 25, 2011
MARK Webber is determined to show that last year's challenge for the world championship ‚€ť which he pressed right to the last race in Abu Dhabi ‚€ť was no flash in the pan and the lean and focused Australian is adamant that he and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, who won the title, can be right in the mix at the business end of this campaign as well.

At port of no return

Friday March 25, 2011
PASSENGERS of the ill-fated P&O Pacific Sun cruise to New Zealand will not be compensated further for two missed ports and a 24-hour delayed return.

Momentum builds case for compensation

Friday March 25, 2011
THE launch of a new renewable energy offering to coincide with Earth Hour this weekend has been accompanied by a warning to the federal government that its actions on climate change must not cripple businesses and households with unaffordable energy bills.

Business can make or break the carbon tax

Friday March 25, 2011
Gillard is desperate to avoid a carbon copy of the mining fight.

Celebrating the success of all business women in the Illawarra!

Friday March 25, 2011
The third annual IWIB Illawarra Businesswomen‚„s Awards will be held today, March 25, at the new The Seacliff Functions & Dining, North Wollongong.

Women in business make things happen!

Friday March 25, 2011
Illawarra Women in Business (IWIB) started with four Illawarra business women meeting for lunch on a regular basis, sharing business contacts, information and ideas.

When sex doesn't sell

Friday March 25, 2011
BUSINESSES in Australia's sex industry are so convinced that billboards advertising their products or services will be treated as "toxic" and discriminated against that most don't bother advertising in public spaces.

No time to waste: solar rebate reducing!

Friday March 25, 2011
Home and business owners in the Illawarra wanting to install solar power will need to act fast or face paying an extra $1200 for their solar electricity system! The Federal Government has announced that the Solar Credits Rebate, which helps toward the upfront investment in your system, will be reduced by $1200 for systems installed after June 30, 2011. Solar electricity systems installed before this date will not be affected by the announcement.

topic's today

Friday March 25, 2011
GETTING married once can be a big enough headache for some couples, let alone saying "I do" a whopping 86 times.

SUZUKI SWIFT

Friday March 25, 2011
It may look familiar but this popular hatch is now bigger and better, writes Richard Blackburn. SUZUKI SWIFT Rating: 3.5/5 Price $15,690 plus on-road costs (auto $1700 extra)

Ride rage

Friday March 25, 2011
Why do cyclists make drivers so mad? Greg Foyster investigates ... from the seat of a bicycle.

Sobered Dragons

Friday March 25, 2011
ST George Illawarra hooker Nathan Fien, wary of a Cronulla-like resurgence from the men in black on Sunday, has refused to read anything into the Warriors' poor start to the season.

Star 'used steroids'

Friday March 25, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO. Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's home-run record holder, used anabolic steroids in 1999, his boyhood friend and former business partner told jurors at the former San Francisco Giants outfielder's perjury trial.

Big flop planner's life ban overturned

Thursday March 24, 2011
A FINANCIAL planner who was closely involved with two of Australia's biggest investment flops, Westpoint and Trio Capital, will be back in business within months after his life ban was overturned by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Banned planner wins reprieve

Thursday March 24, 2011
A FINANCIAL planner who was closely involved with two of Australia's biggest investment flops, Westpoint and Trio Capital, will be back in business within months after his life ban was overturned by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

ClubsNSW celebrated International Women's Day

Thursday March 24, 2011
ClubsNSW wanted to celebrate women‚„s achievements in the club industry at the ClubsNSW International Women‚„s Day Business Lunch, held at the beginning of this month.

Netball squads prepare for tough season

Thursday March 24, 2011
THE Illawarra's best young netballers are busy preparing for another big season of representative carnivals.

Combet in defence of consultation

Thursday March 24, 2011
THE government has pushed back strongly in the face of blunt criticism from business that it is not being properly consulted on the carbon tax.

Solitary man

Thursday March 24, 2011
Brett Ratten and Carlton face a testing year. They've started it well, writes Martin Blake.

Nuclear is a safe option in risky energy business

Thursday March 24, 2011
Meltdowns are like plane crashes ‚€ť they rarely happen but loom large in our minds.

New Ports and More Short Breaks for P&O Cruises in Record-Breaking 2012-13 Program

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Australians love their short breaks so P&O Cruises has delivered, with the cruise line doubling the range of short cruises on offer in its massive new 2012-13 program.

Princess Cruises Previews Newest Ship as First Steel Plate is Cut in Shipyard

Wednesday March 23, 2011
As the first steel plate was cut today marking the official start of construction of Princess Cruises' next ship, the line unveiled the vessel's profile, released preliminary details about some of its features, and revealed its name ‚€ś Royal Princess.

Your call on business name

Wednesday March 23, 2011
DINEAWAY - The Junction institution known for its famous chicken schnitzel wraps - is calling on its customers to help shape its future.

River Cruising on the Yangzi

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Special interest river cruising is one of the hot trends for 2011 so A&K presents some uniquely themed cruise opportunities onboard luxury cruise ship, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer which journeys along the great Yangzi River through the iconic Three Gorges.

Regent Seven Seas

Wednesday March 23, 2011
We are pleased to announce that our 2012 Summer Collection will be open for reservations on Monday, March 14.

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