Oliver and Charlotte were the most popular baby names in Australia in 2017. There were 2063 boys named Oliver and 1687 girls named Charlotte last year, according to analysis by demographers McCrindle. Oliver has held the top spot since 2014 after overtaking Jack and before that William. In 2017, Oliver was the top boy’s name in all states except in the Northern Territory where Jack is still number one. Charlotte took out the top baby girl name in every state and territory except Western Australia, where it’s number three, beaten by Mia and Isla at number one. About one in 10 of Australia’s 300,000 babies born in the last year were given one of the top 10 baby names: Arthur makes a first entrance in the modern era into the top 100 baby names at 83rd along with Bodhi (93rd), Jude (94th), Asher (97th) and Leon (100th). Aaron (98th) made a comeback into the top 100 after exiting the list in 2016 and Harley (99th) has only just continued his position in the top … [Read more...] about The 10 most popular baby names in Australia
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has received abuse and death threats on social media after his nightmare performance in the Champions League final. Fans blame the blundering player's errors for Liverpool's 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.Karius broke down in tears at the final whistle, admitted his mistakes and made a heartfelt apology to fans for letting them and the team down.He said after the game: "If I could go back in time, I would. I know I let them down."It's very hard right now but that's the life of a goalkeeper. These goals cost us the title basically."But some fans have reacted by positing vile messages on Twitter, some calling the German-born Karius a Nazi and others wishing him dead.One poster called chasepacheco1 wrote: "My Liverpool boys fought hard and I'm proud of them. Except for Karius he can die in a hole." Haven’t really slept until now... the scenes are still running through my head again and again... I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, … [Read more...] about Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius sent death threats after Champions League blunders
While innovation can be exciting, it can also be very challenging. Once the shine wears off new ideas, we realise that ideas are really just hard work in disguise. In addition, innovation takes time. And most people don’t have very long attention spans. If projects go on for too long, people tend to move onto the next shiny object or initiative. If you can relate to these challenges, here are five simple steps to take to get some innovation runs on the board in just 30 days. 1. Identify a big frustration. One of the most common mistakes organisations make on their innovation journey is creating products or services that no one actually wants. As such, your first step is to go out and speak to some customers and understand what frustrates them with the current set of products and services in your category. In addition, spend time watching your customers interact with your products and look for signs of irritation and workarounds – these are all clues as to where you … [Read more...] about 5 steps for getting innovation runs on the board
Tasmanian independent senator Steve Martin – Jacqui Lambie’s replacement after she was forced to leave because she was a dual citizen – will join the Coalition ranks as a Nationals member. Martin, the former Devonport Mayor who fell out with Jacqui Lambie Network leader he refused to give up his place in the Senate for ousted senator and was thrown out of the party as a result, is the second independent set to join the government benches this year alongside former Family First Party senator Lucy Gichuhi from South Australia, who became a Liberal in February. The move will improve Martin’s chances of returning to Parliament in next year’s half Senate election, and will give the government 31 senators to Labor’s 26, meaning it now needs eight members of the crossbench to pass legislation in the upper house. He’s the first Nationals senator in Tasmania in 90 years and Nationals leader Michael McCormack welcomed him to the fold by comparing him to … [Read more...] about The Coalition just recruited another independent senator to the government
WHSmith has been voted the worst high street retailer in the UK this year, in a Which? survey of over 10,000 shoppers. Customers complained of out-of-date WHSmith stores, expensive products and poor customer service in the survey of 100 major retailers which was carried out in January.The retailer has been in the bottom two of its poll for an eighth consecutive year, Which? said.The customer scores given were based on experiences of purchasing items other than groceries, their level of satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending each shop.John Lewis dropped to 10th place - its worst ranking since the annual survey - but it still came out top when rated for its appliances and electronics, furniture and home, outdoor and sports and well-being and beauty.Lush, Savers and Smyths Toys were named the highest ranking shops. Customers praised the smells of Lush stores, the prices at discount cosmetics store Savers, and the staff at Smyths Toys.Ben Clissitt, Which? magazine editor, said: … [Read more...] about WHSmith rated UK’s worst high street shop by Which?