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'The selectors are morons' – are Australia in worse shape than England?

As news started to leak through of the squad that Australia would name for the first Ashes Test, the home side’s problems began to be laid bare. From the other side of the world, and with all the problems England have had to deal with, Australia seemed unbeatable, especially with Mitchell Starc limbering up to devour touring batsmen by taking two hat-tricks in the same match. But the local wisdom was that Steve Smith’s side had just as many problems as the Poms. When the squad was confirmed on Friday,…

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Worrying about insomnia may be worse than lack of sleep

Like millions of Australians, I have trouble sleeping. While sleep disturbances come in many forms, I used to think those of us who slept badly had on thing in common: we suffer for it the next day. Can’t sleep? Don’t stress. Photo: Stocksy Now a new review is casting doubt on that idea. The review was published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy in October this year. It found that, whether or not you sleep poorly, the way you function the next day has more to do with your attitude…

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More than 103 million Americans will have high blood pressure under new guidelines

The American Heart Association has changed the definition of hypertension for the first time in 14 years, moving the number from the old standard of 140/90 to the newly revised 130/80. The change is outlined in the American Heart Association 2017 Hypertension Practice Guidelines, an extensive report by experts without relevant ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The changes are expected to drastically impact adult Americans: revising the hypertension threshold downward will increase the percent of U.S. adults living with high blood pressure from 32 percent to 46 percent — nearly…

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Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed. The app, “Update WhatsApp Messenger”, appeared to have been developed by the firm behind the real program – WhatsApp Inc. According to users on web forum Reddit, the fake contained ads and could download software to users’ devices. It has now been removed from the Play Store. Whoever was behind the app managed to make it look as though its developer was “WhatsApp Inc”. They did…

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Derby Day's celebrity stakes attract more than the odd also-ran

Things must be grim in the celebrity stakes at Derby Day if the biggest “celebrity” name on the track is Karl Stefanovic and his new girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough. But that’s how the day has panned out for frantic marquee hosts inside the infamous Birdcage enclosure as a tug-o-war between various sponsors breaks out to have the much-photographed couple installed in their teepee. TV personality Karl Stefanovic with partner Jasmine Yarbrough arrive at the Birdcage on Derby Day. Photo: Chris Hopkins The press alerts started early in the day. First Emirates announced…

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Toyah Willcox: 'I'd rather have been a 70s punk than be young today'

After playing a member of the anarchic and murderous girl gang in the 1978 punk film Jubilee, actress and singer Toyah Willcox is revisiting the story in its first stage version. Is she still punk, 40 years on? “I can’t live in a world of dullards,” Toyah says. “So I think on that level, I’m definitely punk.” Toyah, who forged an acting career while also making her name as a pop star, is still rebelling against the expectations of society – in her own way. “For me, it’s non-conformist,” she…

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Future Tense: Amazon Key Is a Lot Less Scary Than My Post-1-Click Remorse

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE I recently bought a pair of sneakers online after some browsing. I knew exactly what I was getting, having owned the same model and size before; they just weren’t available in any neighborhood stores. The sneakers arrived in a few days, and I was satisfied with them. Then came the targeted ads. Over the next week I was hounded by online ads for the same sneakers I’d bought, along with others I’d rejected and many more I hadn’t even seen. (Amazon also showcased items “inspired…

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