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    [Australia], Dec 22 (ANI): Australian cricketer Jason Sangha, who recently became the youngest player to score a half-century in the 2018-19 Big Bash League (BBL), credit England Test skipper and Reported by Sify 2 hours ago.

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    Nationals have been cancelled after 42 years of competition as School Sports Australia require four competing states to hold the tournament. Reported by Brisbane Times 2 hours ago.

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    Former speedster Mitchell Johnson has slammed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to give 'average' rating to the Perth Stadium pitch, which hosted the second Test of the ongoing four-match series between India and Australia.  Reported by Zee News 1 hour ago.

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    A star economist says these 30 risks will define markets in 2019 **

    · *Deutsche Bank has produced a 30-item list of the risks it thinks will be the most important drivers of financial markets next year.*
    · *Produced by Torsten Slok, Deutsche Bank's chief international economist, the list spans everything from a market "fire sale" driven by trading algorithms to Britain leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.*

    After a turbulent 2018, which has seen stocks swing violently, it is time to look ahead to what might be in store as we head into the new year.

    With 2019 less than two weeks away, Deutsche Bank has produced a 30-item list of the risks it thinks will be the most important drivers of financial markets next year.

    *Read more: The global stock rout shows no sign of letting up as an 'extraordinary' quarter of losses comes to a close*

    Produced by Torsten Slok, Deutsche Bank's chief international economist, the list spans everything from a market "fire sale" driven by trading algorithms to Britain leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.

    Obvious worries, like the US-China trade war and the Fed's continued increases in interest rates, feature prominently, but more esoteric risks, such as a house price crash in Australia also appear.

    Check out the full list below:

    *SEE ALSO: While China and the US spar over trade, Europe quietly heads for its worst year since the financial crisis*

    Join the conversation about this story »

    NOW WATCH: The equity chief at $6.3 trillion BlackRock weighs in on the trade war, a possible recession, and offers her best investing advice for a tricky 2019 landscape Reported by Business Insider 21 minutes ago.

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    Lucy Hale rocks her cool newsboy cap while running some errands in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (December 19). The 29-year-old actress recently opened up to Harper’s Bazaar Australia about her workout routine, and why she’s not the biggest fan of yoga. “I’m one of the weirdos in the world that genuinely likes working out, [...] Reported by Just Jared Jr 2 days ago.

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    This week’s Australia Letters revisits a year of revolving doors, gender, tech and geopolitical challenges. Reported by 2 days ago.

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    Our critic explores the reasons for eating steamed pudding and other cold-weather dishes during the sweltering summer. Reported by 2 days ago.

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    Atmosera, a leading Microsoft Azure cloud services provider, announced today that it has been nominated for three Cloud Awards, a global program that celebrates success and innovation in the cloud computing industry.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) December 20, 2018

    Atmosera, a leading Microsoft Azure cloud services provider, announced today that it has been nominated for three Cloud Awards, a global program that celebrates success and innovation in the cloud computing industry.

    Atmosera earned nominations in the Best Cloud Consultancy or Systems Integrator, Best Cloud Hosting Provider, and Best Hybrid Cloud Solution categories. This is Atmosera’s first nomination in each category.

    “Atmosera prides itself on delivering managed services that simplify transition to and information management within Azure. Reaching the Cloud Awards shortlist for not one but three categories is a validation of our efforts,” said Jon Thomsen, Atmosera CEO. “It’s an honor to be named alongside some of today’s most exciting cloud technology innovators. We look forward to the final results in January.”

    Hundreds of organizations applied for this year’s Cloud Awards, which accepts entries from cloud-focused companies of all sizes and home countries. This year’s entries represent the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

    “This year, the judges have had a more difficult time than ever in deciding which entrants should move forward to the next stage, and every submission displayed unique points of merit,” said Larry Johnson, Cloud Awards organizer. “Each entrant was worthy of a place on the shortlist, so making this cut signifies considerable focus on innovation and success.”

    The Cloud Awards will announce winners on January 29, 2019.

    For more information about Atmosera, visit For more information about the Cloud Awards, visit

    About Atmosera:
    Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures. Offering private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions, Atmosera works closely with customers to engineer, deploy, and operate cloud architectures with advanced services that deliver strategic business outcomes. Atmosera’s expertise simplifies the process of cloud transformation, and our 20+ years of experience in managing complex IT environments provides Atmosera customers with confidence and trust in our solutions. As a Gold-level, nationally Managed Microsoft Partner, Atmosera is a leading certified Azure Service Provider offering cloud automation, compliance (HIPAA/HITRUST, PCI, SOC 2, NIST, IRS-1075), InfoSec, data resiliency, mission-critical IT infrastructures, and other services. To learn more about Atmosera and cloud services, visit

    About the Cloud Awards:
    The Cloud Awards is an international program, which recognizes and honors industry leaders, innovators, and organizational transformation in cloud computing. The awards are open to large, small, established, and start-up organizations from across the globe, with an aim to find and celebrate the pioneers who will shape the future of the Cloud as we move into 2019 and beyond. Categories include Most Promising Start-Up, Best SaaS, and “Best in Mobile” Cloud Solution. Finalists were selected by a judging panel of international industry experts. For more information about the Cloud Awards please visit Reported by PRWeb 2 days ago.

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    Researchers and engineers at Australia's National University have developed a semiconductor that's thin and flexible enough t -More-  Reported by SmartBrief 2 days ago.

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    Australia to Assess Aaron Mooy Injury With Huddersfield Star Doubtful for Asian Cup Campaign Reported by 2 days ago.

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    Let us help you start your day. Reported by 2 days ago.

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    In 1996, musician Paul Kelly released a song from the point of view of a man in prison thinking of family and friends celebrating Christmas without him. "How to Make Gravy" remains a hit. Reported by NPR 7 hours ago.

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    Ellyse Perry cements herself as one of Australia's best batters with incredible performance Is there anything Ellyse Perry can't do?The T20 World Cup winner batted down the order in the Australian line up during women's cricket's showpiece event but she has taken the long handle to the Women's Big Bash League.She became... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.

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    Though children are too young to vote, they're finding ways to take action in other ways: In Australia, thousands of students skipped class Nov. 30 to protest the government's climate policies, and in the US and Canada, groups of young people are suing their governments. Reported by Christian Science Monitor 12 hours ago.

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    Very hot conditions have been forecast for Adelaide and much of South Australia on Christmas Day. Reported by SBS 1 hour ago.

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    Cricket: Sophie Devine makes Big Bash history White Ferns all-rounder Sophie Devine has become the first woman in Australia's Big Bash League to score a half-century and take five wickets in the same match.She made 95 off 60 balls for the Adelaide Strikers as part of their... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.

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    Jadeja was included in the 13-member squad for the Perth Test but has not played since and according to the BCCI, he lacked "required intensity" while bowling during the net sessions. Reported by Zee News 1 hour ago.

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    [Australia], Dec 23 (ANI): English pacer Tymal Mills has been ruled out of the ongoing eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) due to a hamstring injury. Reported by Sify 1 hour ago.

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    [India], Dec 23 (ANI): Hours after Indian head coach Ravi Shastri revealed that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was selected for the Australia tour despite not being fully fit, the Board of Control for Reported by Sify 9 minutes ago.

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    Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 23, 2018 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the last Saturday before Christmas, a community of Iraqi refugees living in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut gathered together for the celebration of Mass.

    Like the city they live in, the church building used by the Parish of St. Elias is not their own; It is another Eastern Catholic Church, Melkite Greek, lent to them three days a week for Mass, catechism classes, and other community activities.

    And on the evening of Dec. 22nd, the church was also the location of a Christmas choral concert put on by a group of the refugee community’s young people; those who have “a beautiful voice,” as one non-performer described it.

    The Chaldean Church, which can trace its roots back to at least the third century, has only been present in Lebanon for about the last 115 years. The first Chaldeans in Lebanon began when one priest and around 25 families from Iraq, Syria, and Iran arrived in the country, the Chaldean Bishop of Beirut, Michel Kassarji, told CNA.

    He said that around 1914 another large group arrived in the country, fleeing Christian genocide in Turkey. Today, Lebanese Chaldeans number about 10,000, with most living in the capital city of Beirut. These 10,000 are served by two priests.

    Added to these in recent years are around 3,500 Chaldean families, just a small portion of the estimated over 1.5 million refugees who fled to Lebanon from the instability, conflict, and terrorism in their home countries.

    “Our duty as a Church is to serve these people as we can,” Kassarji said, which his diocese does in part through two refugee centers, one at the Parish of St. Elias.


    Saturday’s anticipatory Mass, for the fourth Sunday of Advent, was celebrated in the Chaldean language, a dialect of Aramaic. It was said in a simple manner by Fr. Yousif Mikha who is studying in Beirut and who helps with the refugees. It was attended by a few dozen mothers, fathers, young people, and children.

    Afterward, more people began to trickle into the church for the concert, and it was filled with a peaceful, but joyful energy, as people greeted each other, conversing softly over the noise of the choir’s final rehearsal.

    People were open and friendly, and readily shared their stories about life in Iraq and in Lebanon.

    “I and my husband do not work here, and this is difficult. We don’t like anything. We suffer here,” one woman from Baghdad told CNA. A mother of two school-age girls, she said she and her family have been in Beirut for two years, and that they are waiting to go to any city that is safe. “I don’t want to return to Iraq,” she said. “Life in Iraq is difficult now.”

    Wilson Yonan, a husband and father of girls aged six and three, arrived with his family one and a half years ago. He explained that it is not legal for refugees to work because they are undocumented, though some companies will hire them for lower-than-average wages. Or some are paid to work at the church.

    He would not return to Iraq, he said. “In my opinion, it won’t be safe in the near future. It needs a long time to be safe again. So that Christians can go back and live there again.”

    About life in Lebanon, “what can I say?” he said. “We are going through some bad circumstances here because the living is really expensive.” He added: “We’re waiting to travel to one of the hosting countries, like Australia, Canada, the U.S.”

    A 15-year-old boy named Issa said the same thing. His eyes lit up and he smiled as he explained that “soon,” he and his family would be moving to Canada, to rejoin two of his four sisters who were recently granted visas to enter the country.

    The disappointment showed in his face as he shared that he had hoped to be celebrating Christmas in Canada this year, not in Lebanon, where he has lived with his parents and five siblings since he was a small child. “But it’s ok,” he said reassuringly, as he looked away.


    Every single one of the refugees is waiting to leave and to go to Canada, Australia, or the United States, the director of the center, Raphael, told CNA. Visa applications are not something the center helps the Iraqi refugees with directly, but they provide legal support if needed.

    Funded by aid given through the Chaldean Diocese in Beirut, the center runs programs to help refugees with rent and medical expenses, leads catechism lessons for children, and offers classes in things like English and IT for adults. The diocese also recently built a new school for over 100 children, overseen by 12 teachers who are also members of the community.

    “We try to give them hope in the first place,” Raphael said. “It’s to feel like a family. I’m not just a director, I have this paternal figure [for them].”

    Raphael, who is half Iraqi and half Lebanese, works one day a week as a sociology professor at a local university. But the other days he devotes himself completely to the community as a volunteer full-time director.

    His dedication to the community is personal, he said. “I feel that these people who are displaced, they need more love than anything else. It’s not only relief work, it’s more giving love, giving tenderness to people that are really in bad conditions [spiritually], before being in bad conditions materially.”

    “It’s small things that can make changes,” he noted, pointing to the evening’s Christmas concert as an example. It is about helping them to feel at home, not “displaced or abandoned,” he said.

    “Activities like this one make them feel that they are doing something for the community. Especially the young ones that are going to sing today.”

    The evening’s performance, of well over an hour, included songs in Arabic and Chaldean. At one particularly beautiful moment, the choir was silent, while Fr. Raphael Traboulsi, vicar general of the diocese, sang a portion of the Gospel of Matthew in Aramaic.

    “Christmas,” Yonan said, “is a time of rethinking, rethinking about what God did for us. We were apart from God because of original sin. God wanted to bring us back. That’s why he sent his son Jesus to save us and bring us back home.”

    “And,” he added, “it’s a time for party and entertainment, because it’s a happy time.” Reported by CNA 15 hours ago.

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