AWW! Dreamworld reveals names of adorable tiger cubs

UPDATE @ 9.45am: Two adorable female tiger cubs born at Dreamworld last month have officially been named!

Gold Coasters, it’s time to meet Melati and Mya!

Melati is an Indonesian name meaning “Jasmine flower” and Mya is an ancient name which has many origins, meaning “beloved” or “great”.

The names were selected by Tiger Island staff and chosen from over 2,000 suggestions made through Dreamworld’s online naming competition.

Mum, Nika, gave birth to the adorable sister cubs on Wednesday 24 January at 9.40am and 10.50am.

Overnight, the cubs were moved from post natal care to Tiger Island’s nursery den, where from today, Dreamworld guests will be able to get a first-hand look at the beautiful baby tigers through the ‘up-close’ viewing windows.

EARLIER @ February 13, 7.00am: Two precious female tiger cubs born at Dreamworld last month have been moved from post natal care to Tiger Island’s nursery den.

Mum, Nika, gave birth to the adorable sister cubs on Wednesday 24 January at 9.40am and 10.50am.

From today, Dreamworld guests will be able to get a first-hand look at the beautiful baby tigers through the ‘up-close’ viewing windows in the nursery den.

Names for the cubs are also set to be revealed today, with the winning names chosen through Dreamworld’s online naming competition.

EARLIER @ February 2, 8.48am: DREAMWORLD has welcomed two precious female tiger cubs to Tiger Island.

Mum, Nika, gave birth to the adorable sister cubs on Wednesday 24 January at 9.40am and 10.50am.

The birth heralds the first pitter-patter of newborn tigers at Dreamworld since Nika gave birth to two girls in November 2015.

The yet to be named new sister cubs weighed a healthy 1.4kg and 1.6kg.

Dreamworld’s General Manager of Life Sciences, Al Mucci, said the birth of the cubs marked another important step forward in the global tiger conservation movement.

“These two beautiful cubs will be fantastic global ambassadors for their endangered cousins in the wild,” Al Mucci said.

“Around the world, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 tigers alive in the wild.  Tigers are listed as critically endangered and Dreamworld’s breeding program is helping to ensure a long-term future for these magnificent animals.”

The cubs will remain in the Tiger Island nursery den for the next two weeks and are then expected to make their first public appearance later this month.

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Beware of Bitcoin

It seems almost impossible to ignore cryptocurrency at the moment. On news websites, in your social media feeds, on nightly television bulletins – everywhere we turn, we are greeted by another story about the rise (and fall?) of cryptocurrency.

Even at an Australia Day BBQ recently, the topic of discussion turned to Bitcoin, with a couple of punters admitting they’d looked into buying it.

After all, “people have become millionaires off it!” one friend said.

Indeed they have, which makes these new currencies appear very, very alluring.

Cryptocurrencies seem to have appeared from nowhere, and the value of Bitcoin has boomed over the last 12 months, at one point reaching a high of AU$16,000 per ‘coin’.

But what is cryptocurrency? Is it a legitimate currency, and is it risky to purchase?

Essentially, cryptocurrency is a decentralised digital cash system. Its supply and usage is not monitored by a central bank, or any centralised system at all. I was surprised to learn it’s been around for longer than we thought: Bitcoin was first announced 10 years ago, in 2008.

To really dumb it down, this website so wonderfully explains it as: “limited entries in a database no one can change without fulfilling specific conditions”.

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Source: Blockgeeks | What is Cryptocurrency: Everything You Need To Know [Ultimate Guide]

For me, this next part is where it gets incredibly difficult for the average Jo or Joanne to comprehend: cryptocurrency has no intrinsic value (because it is not redeemable against a commodity, such as gold) and it has no physical form (as it exists only in the network).

It’s also completely anonymous to spend, which makes me nervous – imagine all the nefarious ‘goods and services’ being trafficked on the internet, funded by crypto transactions? I shudder to think…

And lastly, it’s ridiculously susceptible to fraud and scams. There was one cryptocurrency, OneCoin, which was discovered to be a Ponzi scheme – only after its founders allegedly funnelled more than US$350 million through Germany. Another, Confido, disappeared after raising US$370,000.

And there’s Block.One, which has received US$700m in real money, in exchange for digital tokens that “do not have any rights, uses, purpose, attributes, functionalities and features”.

So people paid hundreds of millions of dollars for unsecured, unusable, unspendable ‘digital tokens’?

I think I’ll just stick with my cash in the bank for now.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s Aussie support act has been revealed and we’re SO excited!

Anyone heading to Ed Sheeran’s upcoming Aussie shows have been dying to know who his support act will be.

Well, we can finally say the wait is over!

Much-loved Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins has been announced as Sheeran’s special guest and will open all of his 2018 Australian shows.

“In Australia Missy Higgins will be joining me, which I’m very happy about as I’m a long-time fan of her music,” Sheeran said in a statement on Thursday.

Higgins, best known for her hits “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Steer” and “Where I Stood”, says she is both honoured and terrified to be sharing a stage with Ed.

“I’m profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share a stage with Ed and play to so many people but it’s already giving me butterflies. I don’t know whether I’m excited or terrified – probably a bit of both!”

Bring on March!

Mum and Child

How to fail at doing the school run

Anyone who has school-aged children knows that the entire school drop off experience is a fraught one.

No matter which school your child attends and how carefully planned out the traffic and drop off system is, school drop off is a total rat-trap.

For a certain window of time – at my kids’ school, it’s about a 15 to 20 minute period – there are 400 cars vying for all of about 15 car spaces. Okay, in reality it’s about 50 spots, but many of them are a 5-minute walk from the school gate.

It actually pays to be late, because you’re assured a close park! But if you arrive within that 20-minute period of chaos, you’re going to be playing a stressful game of “spot the park”.

Dropping my kids off to school yesterday, as I cruised past the strip of premium parks right near the gate, I spied the impossible: a parent walking back to their car right in front of me. Miracle of miracles!

I couldn’t believe my luck – I may have even squealed – and as they turned on their ignition, I flicked on my indicator, and waited.

And waited.

And waited!

Said parent had hopped into the car and then fiddled around on their phone for a good five to seven minutes. Fed up, I eventually drove right up to their window to get their attention and asked, “Are you leaving?”

They finally got the hint and put their phone down, then zoomed off. By now, we’d been waiting for the precious car spot (and forcing other parents to drive around us) for about eight minutes, so the first bell had sounded.

We proceeded to park and then race around to my kids’ respective classrooms – and the whole time I was fuming.

Please, for the love of God, when you get back to your car, consider an expedited exit a community service. Don’t sit there with your brake lights intoxicatingly lit up while you make a phone call, or browse Facebook, or make comments on instagram, or reply to texts.

There’s an unwritten rule of school run parking, people: make it snappy!

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Everything Aussie’s need to know about Super Bowl 2018

The most anticipated game of the year is finally here with two of NFL’s biggest teams battling it out in the American Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are hoping to secure a sixth Super Bowl title and make history when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis today.

Aussies wanting to get in on all the action can do so from 10:00am AEDT on Channel 7 or ESPN.

Global superstar Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime show, which is sure to be a thriller.

It comes 14 years after his controversial Super Bowl performance, where he accidentally exposed Janet Jackson’s breast in a “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004.

All eyes will also be peeled to the TV as advertisers unveil their million dollar Superbowl Ads.

There’s rumours Tourism Australia has secured a spot with a Crocodile Dundee themed video starring some of Australia’s most-loved actors.

Here’s a sneak peek we were treated to last week featuring Aussie stars Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Mauboy and Luke Bracey: