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Australian town creeped out as it rains spiders

Written By Carla Harris

Australian Spiders

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If the sun is practically blocked out by the webs of baby spiders falling from the skies, it will certainly be regarded as most people’s worst nightmare. However, for an Australian town called Goulburn, it was nothing less than a horrifying reality.

Locals complained earlier this month that the “rain” was appalling due to tiny spiders making nests in people’s hair and even beards. Ian Watson, a resident of Goulburn, said: “The whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred metres into the sky.”

As creepy as this may seem, it is not uncommon for specific areas in Australia to experience such a phenomenon. Martyn Robinson, a naturalist from the Australian Museum, explained that spiders, especially babies, use a migration technique known as ballooning to migrate to the top of trees and plants and to “parachute” down using their webs.

Luckily, due to cold overnight temperatures, all the webs generally disappeared by the time morning hit. Robinson also stated that it was unlikely that any of the species of spiders involved in this phenomenon were harmful.

An Aggressive Species Spreads Fear Throughout Australia

Written By Carla Harris

Crawling Fish

An aggressive fish species that can survive outside of water for up to six days, crawl across dry land and suffocate its predators have been spotted on two islands in the Torres Strait, and is threatening to spread towards the Australian mainland.

A senior researcher at the James Cook University, Nathan Waltham, said that it would be a “major disaster” for certain Australian fish species and other wetland inhabitants such as turtles and birds if the crawling fish, known as Anabus testudineus, hit Australia. This is mainly because when the fish “populate an area they’re not commonly found in, they can disrupt the balance of that habitat”.

The fish, which is native to south-east Asia, has sharp spines on the protractible cover of its gills and uses it to drag itself from one waterhole to another. It can also hibernate in the mud of dried-up riverbeds for up to six months and it swells up when swallowed by predators in order to choke them to death.

Nathan Waltham also stated that the freshwater species could tolerate exposure to saltwater. According to Waltham, it’s very unlikely for the crawling fish to be able to swim all the way to the Australian mainland, but there is a danger that it would “arrive in the bottom of a fishing boat or as a discarded live-bait fish”.

Local fisherman are urged to report sightings if they find a fish species they are not familiar with. Waltham concluded that “only with on-going education and surveillance are we going to prevent climbing perch from arriving in northern Australia”.

Australia’s Hoyts Cinema Chain acquired by China’s Wanda

Written By Carla Harris

Hoyts Cinema Chain

China’s Wanda Cinema Line Corp has announced it will purchase the Australian cinema chain Hoyts Group – a decision that might just lead Wanda Cinema to become a global entertainment company.

Wanda Cinema didn’t disclose how much they are paying to get ownership of Hoyts, but it is speculated that the amount could be close to $750 million.

Over 450 cinema screens in Australia are operated by Hoyts, while Wanda Cinema is China’s largest cinema operator with over 150 motion-picture houses in 80 cities across the country.

Dalian Wanda, the parent company of Wanda Cinema Line Corp, seeks to expand its holdings away from real estate, hence the latest acquisition. The Dalian Wanda Group also owns the North American cinema chain AMC Entertainment.

Earlier this year, Dalian Wanda purchased Swiss marketing firm Infront Sports and Media AG for $1.15 billion, following a 45 million Euro investment in the Spanish soccer club Atletico Madrid.

Dalian Wanda also agreed to a $8.07 billion investment in 2013, in order to build a movie studio and entertainment complex in the Chinese coastal city, Qingdao. One thing is certain; the Wanda Group is rapidly increasing its foothold in the entertainment and leisure sector across various countries.

“Handsome” Australian-raised gorilla finds fame

Written By Carla Harris

Shabani the Gorilla

It seems that an Australian zoo produced a gorilla that is driving Japanese women mad because of his “good looks”.

The gorilla, known as Shabani, lives in Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan and was raised at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Since Shabani moved to Japan in 2007, he has attracted a large following of fans who find him “attractive” and “handsome”.

Shabani is an 18-year old silverback and boasts rippling muscles and a mysterious look on his face. Shabani was moved to Japan in order to mate with three female gorillas, and as a result has two male offspring.

The gorilla’s fame is mostly thanks to Twitter, where followers often refer to Shabani as an “ikemen”, which means “good-looking man”. Pictures of Shabani are also making the rounds on social networks, where fans capture him while he appears to be flexing his muscles, stare into the distance, and play with the younger gorillas.

Allan Schmidt, Taronga Zoo senior zookeeper, said that Shabani was moved to Australia from The Netherlands in December 1996 with his family when he was only two-months old. Schmidt also said that he wasn’t surprised about Shabani’s fame because “the Japanese are crazy and [they] love their fads”.

Higashiyama Zoo officials stated that there has been an incredible increase in young female visitors to see Shabani, who luckily loves the limelight and doesn’t mind his pictures taken.

A Rundown of the Runway - Chanel Couture Show

Written By Carla Harris

Chanel WInter Fashion Show

Karl Lagerfeld chose a casino theme for this year’s Chanel Couture Show, where he made use of 3D printing for a futuristic version of the classic Chanel suit.

Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore gathered around the roulette tables in the centre of the runway, while Rita Ora and French singer Vanessa Paradis were also attending as high rollers at the runway show.

The models were boasting sharply-cut black bobs and bright lipstick to set a 1920s atmosphere, but Lagerfeld managed to take the look into the 21st century by designing the Chanel suits with square-cut shoulders and boxy jackets.

Lagerfeld used a laser aimed into space as a technique to design the three-dimensional suits, as it binds powdered material to create a solid structure. He stated that the “idea is to take the most iconic jacket of the 20th century and make a 21st century version, which technically was unimaginable in the period when it was born.”

Most women who buy couture today are young and modern, which is why couture can only be kept alive if it adapts with the times, says Lagerfeld.

The décor of the runway show was inspired by “the ambience of casinos at a time when people dressed up.” “They didn’t appear to try and win to pay the rent at the end of the month. Today casinos are a bit more dreary because people no longer get dolled up.”

Underwater Volcanoes

Written By Carla Harris

Heat Map of Underwater Volcanoes

A team of Australian researchers recently discovered four enormous underwater volcanoes during a search for lobster larvae off the coast of Sydney.

The extinct volcanoes are believed to be about 50 million years old and are situated just 250km off the coast.

The scientists from Australia’s national science agency (CSIRO) made use of Investigator, Australia’s new ocean-going research vessel, in order to spot the volcano cluster through sonar mapping of the sea floor.

The largest of the four volcanoes is 1.5km across the rim and rises 700m from the sea floor. The volcano cluster is approximately 20km-long and is 5km underwater.

According to the researchers, this discovery may lead to answers as to how Australia separated from New Zealand. Volcano expert, Richard Arculus, said that “this is the first time these volcanoes have been seen.”

Scientists hope that the discovery will lead them to better understand the Earth’s crust as it can “tell us part of the story of how New Zealand and Australia separated around 40 to 80 million years ago,” Richard Arculus said. It is believed that the volcanoes were created by a series of shifts in geological plates.

Professor Iain Suthers, a marine biologist at the University of NSW, said there is a big chance that there are other undiscovered volcanoes in the region, but the Investigator only operates 180 days per year as it doesn’t have enough funding.

The last volcanic eruption in Australia is approximately more than 5 000 years ago.

The Porsche Cayman S

Written By Carla Harris

Porsche Cayman

Some of us could only imagine being the owner of a brand new Porsche Cayman S, but the dream is one step closer to becoming a reality for one lucky player thanks to the Win-a-Car promotion that’s currently running at Casino-Mate.

The promotion is quite simple: players simply need to wager $/€1,000 on any game that get their hearts racing for a chance to drive away with this superior prize.

Players will receive a Checkered Flag for every $/€1,000 wagered, which is worth one entry into the draw. There’s a maximum of ten Checkered Flags per checkpoint and there are four checkpoints in total, which means players can earn up to 40 entries into the lucky draw.

Players who are brave enough to put their racing faces on from 3 August 2015 to 31 August 2015 will definitely not regret the thrilling journey. The player who is lucky enough to win this fast and agile piece of machinery will be announced at the end of this month.

The Porsche isn’t the only thing players can gain from this promotion though – as 10 Free Spins on the Racing for Pinks Video Slot will be awarded to every player who wagers $/€2,000.

Get your engines fired up because this is one promotion you don’t want to miss out on!

New Rugby Star Online Pokie at Casino-Mate

Written By Carla Harris

Rugby Star Online Pokie

The brand new 5-Reel, 243-Ways-to-Win Video Pokie called Rugby Star is making its way to Casino-Mate this September, which means that you can get ready for a month packed with sporty action.

Seeing that the Rugby World Tournament is starting soon, this exciting Pokie is releasing just in time to get you into the spirit of things. Players will have access to this new addition as of Wednesday, 9 September 2015.

Get ready for some serious action right from the first whistle as you can score a try and epic wins of up to 120 000. Rugby Star boasts superb features such as Rolling Reels™, Multipliers, Stacked Wilds and a Wild Pass, as well as up to 25 Free Spins which are triggered by 3, 4, or 5 Scatters.

The Rugby Star Pokie has smooth gameplay and epic graphics are awaiting players who are brave enough to step onto the rugby field to take on this Pokie.

If you’re a new player, Casino-Mate will award you with two fantastic Welcome Bonuses, which includes the 4-Tier Deposit Bonus and the FreePlay Bonus.

Don’t drop the ball – victory can be yours!

Serenity Online Pokie

Experience the Calm with the New Serenity Pokie at Casino-Mate

Generally, when people think about online slot games they think about the graphics, sound quality and hype that so aptly associated with these casino games. Online Pokies are definitely a feat for the senses. But what if you fancy something that is a little more Zen and little less chaotic? You love online pokies but your brain also pleads for a break from the constant bombardment of stressful sounds and all the chaotic elements that come with the everyday modern lifestyle. The answer, my fellow online gambler, can be found in Casino-Mate’s new selection of Online Pokies, and it goes by the name of Serenity


About the New Serenity Pokie

Serenity is the newest pokie game to be introduced to the large catalogue of online pokies at Casino-Mate! As the name suggests, Serenityexudes a sense of calm and tranquillity. It’s the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy their favourite online pokies but also wish for a break from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

Inspired with an East-Asian theme, the game exudes a more spiritual look and feel. Even though Serenity has a relaxing Eastern inspired feel, it should not be mistaken for boring! As with any online pokie, the game features plenty of opportunities to win and includes regular prizes, free spins and multipliers. Serenity is a 5 x 3 Reel, 15-Payline video pokie that offers the opportunity to win up to 1600 times your original wager. Serenity Also includes a Lantern Bonus feature and gives players the chance to choose up to 5 lanterns, each one giving a Bonus Prize.

You can play this online pokie while enjoying the meditative soundtrack that adds to the tranquil atmosphere of the game. In addition to all the features that make this game the Asian-inspired masterpiece it is, there are also exquisitely designed Chinese lanterns of varying colours to look forward to. Thus showcasing a new level of game design.

Serenity is one of the newest games to emerge onto the Casino-Mate stage. You’ll find that this online pokie also boasts cutting-edge graphics. In the mood for winning big while being Zen, play Serenity Online Pokie at Casino-Mate!


What’s New at Casino-Mate?

Lucky Twins Slot Machine

Lucky Twins Online Pokie

Casino-Mate introduces an all-new Online Pokie for international online gamblers. Introducing new games as often as possible is a large part of the Casino-Mate philosophy. As a highly-regarded and prestigious Online Casino, Casino-Mate achieves what all good online casinos do. We have a wide and varied selection of Online Casino games that will continue to grow with the frequent addition of brand new Online Casino games.

Lucky Twins Online Pokie Theme

Lucky Twins is one of the newest games to be released. This Online Pokie features an oriental theme and is a 5-Reel, 9 Payline Pokie. The symbols and theme of Lucky Twins all relate to Luck and have a special meaning attached to them. This Online Pokie has a traditional Chinese theme and features colours like red and gold. Lucky Twins also has an oriental soundtrack and sound effects, these include percussion which is reminiscent of an Ancient Chinese era. If the name doesn’t make you feel lucky, perhaps the theme and soundtrack will. The symbols in the game include a Lucky Cat, a Dream Catcher, Firecrackers and a Pouch of Chinese Coins. The game also includes the regular symbols like, 10, J, Q, K and A.

Gameplay

Unfortunately, Lucky Twins Online Pokie does not include any bonus features. Players will have to solely rely on Scatter and Wild symbols for that extra element in this Online Pokie. Lucky Twins is a medium volatility Pokie with frequent wins that are between 5 and 10 times your original bet. The maximum jackpot win is 25 000 coins. Although the game fails to include any mini-games or bonus features players can still look forward to Scatters, Wilds and Free Spins so it’s still a worthwhile Online Pokie. The game works well on all types of platforms such as desktops, tablets, laptops and mobile phones. You can win big with this new Online Pokie at Casino-Mate Online Casino! Feel free to test and try New Online Pokies at Casino-Mate.


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