DMA's review: shameless Oasis vibes create genuine emotion

DMA’s: melancholy vibes moving the crowd to tears. Photo: suppliedDMA’sEnmore Theatre, October 14 ★★★★ It’s a homecoming gig for one of Australia’s most internationally hyped of late, yet Newtown’s DMA’s are up against it from the start. For one, they have to follow gnarly South Australians Bad Dreems, who even let two members of the headliners join them for a tune before threatening to blow them off the stage with their thrilling, thundering, steely-riffed rock. The other mountain for DMA’s to climb is the Gallagher-shaped elephant in the room. After all, lazy as it might be to compare these guys to Oasis, it’s still not as lazy as them actually, shamelessly copying Oasis. While as a point of difference Johnny Took might lead into most songs…

Experts reveal the long debated question: Do vegetarians really live longer? It's an age-old question that goes something along the lines of: does avoiding meat really help a person to live a longer, happier, healthier life? A biology lecturer from Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., seems to think that the answer to this question is yes, though he admits that the science is still mixed and somewhat unclear.On the one hand, James Brown points to research suggesting that sticking to a meat-free diet can help prevent early mortality, or put another way, those who consume only vegetables and dairy products are less likely to die early – and this is from any cause. Some research suggests this, including one particular study cited by the Daily Mail Online.This study looked at nearly 100,000 Americans, all...

Bikie laws: Labor's crime laws under debate in parliament Labor's serious and organised crime laws have passed, just after 10pm on Tuesday. The LNP revealed it would not support the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill, meaning it was up to the cross benchers to get the bill across the line. Debate continued on the government's serious and organised crime laws on Tuesday night.  Katter's Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth voted with the government, while independent member for Cairns Rob Pyne abstained from the vote.  Independent member for Cook Billy Gordon supported the government. The bill passed with 44 votes in support to 41 against.  Parliament moved on to consider amendments to various clauses of the bill. The debate on the bill began on November 10, with the government confirming on Monday it planned to ...

Medical News Today: Why men might find multitasking more challenging There is a popular belief that women are better than men at multitasking. Although some studies have supported this claim, other scientists have pointed to the insufficient evidence for this generalization. New research supports the former, suggesting it may be more difficult for the male brain to switch between tasks, as it uses more resources to do so.Men may find it more difficult to switch between tasks, suggests a new study. We commonly use the term "multitasking" to refer to our brain's ability to perform several tasks at once. However, from a psychological point of view, "task-switching" may be a more accurate term. Findings in neuroscience and psychology suggest that during what is commonly referred to as "multitasking," the brain actually performs a task...

GWS could get draft penalties in 2017 over Lachie Whitfield case In an acrimonious dispute that has tarnished relations between the AFL and its youngest club, the league remains determined to penalise Greater Western Sydney for conduct unbecoming over the Lachie Whitfield affair but could now defer draft penalties until 2017. Determined to punish the Giants for their role,  AFL chiefs Gillon McLachlan and Andrew Dillon remain frustrated at the legal threats targeting the AFL, led by GWS chief Dave Matthews, given their efforts in negotiating Whitfield down to a six-month suspension when he faced four years out of the game. Allan and Lambert hid Lachie Whitfield from the threat of a drug test.  Photo: Getty Images For the third time in 14 years a club was facing the loss of prime player selections on the eve of the ...

Rio Tinto launches $5 billion cost cutting drive Rio Tinto says it will generate $5 billion in extra free cash flow over the next five years by slashing operational costs across its global empire.  The savings drive revealed on Thursday is centred on cash generation, disciplined spending and a focus on "operational excellence" - a program that was already on track to cut $2 billion in costs across 2016 and 2017, the Anglo-Australian miner said.   "A relentless focus on generating cash, together with capital discipline — prioritising value over volume — means that investors can expect us to deliver superior shareholder returns whilst continuing to invest through the cycle," Rio's chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques said in statement ahead of an investor seminar in Sydney.  "We have placed our assets at the heart of the business ...

High levels of lead found in Florida schools' drinking water Children spend the majority of their time in school, so it's only natural that attentive parents make a point of ensuring that these are safe and productive places. Many parents focus on aspects such as the school's security, its teachers and its academic statistics, but few parents give the quality of the school's water a second thought. All that could be about to change, after significant levels of lead were found in the water in several Florida schools.Florida AM University professor of environmental health Don Axelrad collected the samples, which were then turned over to Florida State University geology professor Vincent Salters for testing. The water was taken from sinks and water fountains in the schools. The researchers discovered levels of lead ranging from 1 to 25 parts...

Campaigner Barbara Hocking sought a better life for the mentally ill Barbara Hocking was one of Australia's leading advocates for people affected by mental illness. Her leadership and achievements leave a lasting legacy in how people living with mental illness and their families are treated and regarded. As the first full-time executive director of SANE Australia (1995-2012), she led campaigning and advocacy to argue that those affected by mental illness are not just clinical "cases for treatment", but human beings with the same rights as all of us to inclusion in society – through access to housing, employment, social support and freedom from stigma and discrimination. Barbara Hocking, mental health advocate.  Barbara fought consistently for "a better life" for people affected by mental illness – a task which became the mission of SANE Australia, and has ...