Author: Gabriela Motroc
In 2013, the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention openly admitted that antibiotics prescriptions have led to the death of over 23,000 Americans per year, as well as to the emergence of super bugs that are immune to scientific ‘medicines.’

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Markets have been everything but boring so far this year with yet another surprise announcement by the Bank of Canada, dropping interesting rates 25 basis points to 0.75 per cent, causing the USDCAD to jump over 300 pips (3 cents) on Wednesday. Global indices were relatively flat but that didn’t deter the Aussie 200 Index from adding a solid 26.5 points leading up to the all-important ECB stimulus plan meeting, although it has been leaked that $50 billion per month will be issued to buy bonds. We’ll find out at 12:30am Friday morning AEST when the ECB makes their announcement. Traders should be mindful of potentially increased volatility and low liquidity.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Australian-born Islamic State fighters Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar have been accused of trading women into slavery and forcing them into marriage.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Virgin Australia is removing fuel surcharges on flights to the United States and reducing fares on the trans-Pacific route by up to $50 AUD. The move is likely to put pressure on rival Qantas to cut its own fuel fees.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Adam Koessler, father to two-year-old Rumer Rose was criminally charged for using cannabis oil to treat his daughter’s stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer which develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Apartment construction hit its highest level in over a decade.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
In 2013, Perth civil engineer Riccardo Rizzi snapped up the largest unfinished mansion on the Gold Coast’s The Sovereign Islands.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Indices in the US mounted a serious fight back, after spending the majority of the session nearly 1 per cent lower, managing to climb back into the black with the NASDAQ index up 0.44 per cent. It appears a combination of yesterday’s above expectation Chinese GDP data and a handful of commodities rising meant our index got off to a very robust start to the day, closing the session up 85.7 points. Volatility abounds over the next few trading sessions with the ECB announcement due out Thursday evening London time and the Greek Election on Sunday. Gold is currently sitting on the $1,300 per ounce mark.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
The Australian Tax Office has warned “performing artists” making money from YouTube can be liable to pay income tax.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
The Australian Open is arguably the largest annual sporting event in the southern hemisphere. Translated into financial infusions, the event brings a gross economic benefit in excess of over $200 million AUD and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Melbourne.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Chinese company WinSun has 3D printed a five-storey apartment block and a three-storey mansion from a special print material.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Music-discovery company Shazam is now valued at roughly US$1 billion.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
An 86-year-old Florida widow has been living on a luxury cruise ship for almost seven years.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Despite the US Markets being closed for Martin Luther King day, the Asian session was quite active with the Nikkei Index breaking out of a recent range and the Aussie 200 Index managing to hold on to current support levels and remain flat for the session after being down around 25 points from Monday’s close. Chinese GDP figures came in at 7.3 per cent versus the expected 7.2 per cent but the Aussie Dollar was unable to benefit from that news, falling to 0.8182.