Has Australia finally been won over by Halloween?

National Halloween Tom and Eve Lyon, Frankie the cat and Scarlett Horskins getting ready for Halloween.Credit:Justin McManus It’s one of the nation’s more divisive celebrations. As kids don witches hats and homes are smothered in fake cobwebs, it won’t be hard to spot those choosing to welcome November by celebrating all things spooky on Halloween …

'Among the safest in the world': Aircraft model at centre of plane crash bound

National Aviation The same model of a new type of aircraft that crashed into the ocean after taking off from Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta is set to be used by Australian airlines. But aviation expert Neil Hansford said it was highly unlikely a technical fault within the plane’s structure had led it to plough into …

'A lot of fear out there': ASX set for more losses as Wall Street rout deepens

Business Markets Wall Street The sell-off in US stocks picked up steam as mixed corporate earnings and weak housing data fuelled anxiety that rising prices will crimp economic growth. The S&P 500 has slumped by more than 7 per cent in October.Credit:AP In mid-afternoon trade on Wednesday local time, the S&P 500 Index is 1.4 …

Blake Griffin notches 50-point haul as Simmons sits out

Sport Basketball NBA Blake Griffin’s career-high 50 points propelled the Pistons to a dramatic 133-132 overtime victory over a 76ers side missing Australian Ben Simmons. Simmons rested his troublesome back, watching on as Griffin ran rampant before landing the decisive free throw after being fouled when driving to the hoop with 1.8 seconds remaining. JJ …

Simmons forced out of NBA clash with Orlando due to back ailment

Sport Basketball NBA Ben Simmons made an early exit in Philadelphia’s NBA clash against Orlando due to back tightness and was ruled out of the rest of the match by the Sixers. Simmons played eight minutes, notching four points and four assists before he was withdrawn with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The …

Small-minded logic of stadium and sail critics is holding Sydney back

I love Sydney and this great state of NSW, but it ain’t perfect. Can someone explain to me how Parramatta Stadium has been demolished and rebuilt with the keys to be handed over next Easter yet there’s now a royal stink through the media with one of the intended anchor tenants, the Parramatta Eels, threatening to …

'It is mind games': Horn slams Mundine for pre-fight vanishing act

Sport Boxing Jeff Horn Jeff Horn says he’s happy for Anthony Mundine to remain in the dressing-rooms as the national anthem rings out but confirmed Advance Australia Fair would be played before the bout at Suncorp Stadium in late November. As he did before his fight against fellow veteran Danny Green in January last year, …

Bookies fear 'Makybe Diva effect' could deliver a bloodbath

Sport Racing The Everest Michael Sullivan believes the Makybe Diva effect could make a Redzel win in The Everest a nightmare result for on-course bookmakers at Randwick on Saturday. The defending champion was a $6.50 favourite at BetEasy last night and Sullivan fears the consequences of an army of $20 punters targeting the horse they …