13 of the Cheapest Hobbies You Can Teach Yourself

13 of the Cheapest Hobbies You Can Teach Yourself

Photo: Ostanina Anna (Shutterstock) Scrapbooking is an artistic hobby that involves creating visually interesting collages from scrap materials. Some folks employ it to memorialize the big moments of their lives—birthdays, graduations, and other special events. But you can scrapbook about just about anything, and it can even be a purely artistic expression where you use … Read more

Have We Reached Peak Pinocchio? Fifty Remakes of the Classic Tale Baffle Fans

Have We Reached Peak Pinocchio? Fifty Remakes of the Classic Tale Baffle Fans

Around 50 Pinocchio movies have been released since the classic 1940 Disney film, including, no lie, 1965’s “Pinocchio in Outer Space.” Filmmakers’ unflagging fascination with the wooden boy’s tale may explain why 2022 shaped up as the year America reached peak Pinocchio. Even die-hard fans suspect supply has outrun demand. Three Pinocchio projects have premiered … Read more

Food-Delivery Apps Press to Amend New York City Fee Caps

Food-Delivery Apps Press to Amend New York City Fee Caps

Delivery companies Grubhub and DoorDash Inc. DASH 2.33% are pushing for enactment of a bill in New York City that would amend the city’s cap on the fees they can charge restaurants—a measure the companies say is urgent as a new minimum wage for delivery workers takes effect next year. Grubhub retained a former state … Read more

Lismore’s new cafe a space for the Deaf community and hearing people to ‘come together’

Lismore’s new cafe a space for the Deaf community and hearing people to ‘come together’

Lilly Cook has taken on an ambitious task: renting out what was once an iconic local cafe in Lismore and making it her own. Ms Cook also happens to be deaf, and her cafe is becoming a gathering place for the large and active Deaf community in the NSW Northern Rivers region. “I lost my hearing … Read more

10 of the Best Gifts for Book Readers (That Aren’t Books)

10 of the Best Gifts for Book Readers (That Aren’t Books)

This is the gift of a book, technically, but it comes with a lot of extra goodies, and it’s more exciting than simply picking a title off a wishlist. You select the genre, and the Etsy shop puts together a package with a new or lightly used book plus a bookmark, pen, and edible treats. … Read more

Restaurant Groups Push to Overturn California Fast-Food Wage Law

Restaurant Groups Push to Overturn California Fast-Food Wage Law

Restaurant and trade groups said they have submitted enough voter signatures for a ballot measure to try to halt the implementation of a new California law that would set minimum hourly wages for fast-food workers in the state starting next year. A coalition of restaurant owners and business groups called Save Local Restaurants said Monday … Read more

Unions NSW survey of 7,000 foreign language job ads finds more than half offer illegal rates of pay

Unions NSW survey of 7,000 foreign language job ads finds more than half offer illegal rates of pay

Sarah* moved to Australia from the Philippines with the promise of a massage therapy job in Canberra, so she could send money home to her family. Key points: 7,000 job ads written in foreign languages were surveyed by Unions NSW Retail, cleaning, transport, building and construction were the worst offenders Federal Immigration Minister Andrew Giles … Read more

Blackstone Stake Sale Values MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay at $5.5 Billion

Blackstone Stake Sale Values MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay at $5.5 Billion

Blackstone Inc. has agreed to sell its 49.9% stake in two Las Vegas hotels in a deal that values the properties at $5.5 billion, marking one of the largest U.S. casino transactions this year. The New York investment firm is selling its stake in the MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay to Vici … Read more

NightQuarter entertainment and hospitality precinct closes on Sunshine Coast

NightQuarter entertainment and hospitality precinct closes on Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast’s recovering music industry has been dealt a major blow with the largest live music venue in the region suddenly shutting its doors permanently. Key points: Live music venue and entertainment precinct NightQuarter is closing its doors Co-owner Michelle Christoe says the business has run out of money Owners say COVID restrictions, cost … Read more

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Ghosts Cities Across America

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Ghosts Cities Across America

ONTARIO, Calif.—The unsolicited proposal from Elon Musk’s tunnel-building venture arrived in January 2020. To the local transportation authority, it felt like finding Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. Officials had started planning for a street-level rail connection between booming Ontario International Airport and a commuter train station 4 miles away, with an estimated cost north of $1 … Read more