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Saying hello to 2018 with the Coffs Harbour chamber

A variety of activities are planned by Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, starting with a breakfast meeting with NSW chief planner Gary White on January 30

Full house for inaugural carer conference

FULL HOUSE: Ellen Slater (left) discussing progress of the retreat with visiting carer Kim Shephard.

Joyland Carers Retreat has the full house sign up for maiden venture

Scaffolding comes down on Coffs Central

UPGRADE: The new-look of Gowings' Coffs Central shopping centre is being unveiled.

Facade of Gowings' Coffs Central has been revealed in part

Australia’s deadliest jobs revealed

Jobs in agriculture are among the most dangerous in the country. Picture: Andy Rogers

Work in these professions? You’re more likely to die on the job

BUSINESS COLLAPSE: ‘I had to empty my kids’ accounts’

Former Michel's Patisserie franchisee Robert Verni.

Robert Verni says he was forced to empty his kids’ bank account

Darrell Lea’s $200 million treat

Kylie Hone of the Darell Lea Park Beach Plaza shows the store is still very much open.

THE 90-year-old Aussie confectionery maker Darrell Lea sold for $200 million

Coke cuts bottle size and ups price after sugar tax

Coca-Cola has blamed UK sugar tax for a price hike.

Coke contains more than 10g of sugar per 100ml

A COLOSSAL RISK: Huge danger sign for housing in Australia

There could be far too many apartments for sale in coming years. Picture: Glenn Hunt/The Australian What does a million dollars buy in Aussie capital cities?

Dangerous property trend could turn a downturn into worse

Noel Whittaker says don't get beached by dream purchase

Be careful if you're planning to buy a beach house, warns investment guru Noel Whittaker

Aussie kids scored $1.1b these holidays

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ hands out more than $368 million during the Christmas holidays. Picture: iStock

AUSSIE kids have been raking it in thanks to the “Bank of Mum and Dad”.

How to avoid a debt trap

A stressed couple trying to work out how to manage their bills and household finances.

There are simple ways to ease money pain in 2018

New changes to how Australians bank their cash

Technology will play a key role in changing the way we bank this year.

It’s banking, but not as we know it: the big changes coming in 2018

Welfare cheats pocket billions in undeserved payments

Centrelink and Medicare offices at Dalby.

Families were overpaid the most at $1.2 billion in family tax benefits

Bitcoin ‘will come to a bad end’

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway.

Billionaire Warren Buffett warns the recent bitcoin mania won't end well

Microsoft’s big bitcoin backflip

The Sydney Microsoft store in Pitt Street Mall. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Microsoft has rethought the “unstable” currency and resumed accepting bitcoin

Facebook news feed change wipes billions off value

Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to change the way Facebook operates people’s news feeds has cost him $3.3bn, with his personal net worth dropping by 4.4 per cent.

CES 2018: Best tech gadgets on the planet

Samsung’s new giant 146-inch TV can be used to create a ‘wall-sized’ display. Picture: John Locher/AP

Here’s the best of the world’s largest tech convention

Motorists could face ‘human-controlled car’ tax

A olvo driverless car

There'll be a price to pay in the future, according to company leader

The sex app easier than ‘using a condom’

The way we have sex may be about to change.

A new consent app some say is revolutionary while others call it offensive

The balance of time

OUT of all the challenges in business, finding a good work/life balance still seems to remain as one of the greatest of all.

New postcode restrictions for home loans

The Commbank has announced a range of changes to make it tougher for borrowers.

Home loan customers will be forced to come up with fatter deposits

Preparing your business for Rally fever

RALLY REVENUE: Opportunity is knocking for local businesses as rally time nears.

Kennards Hire Rally takes over the Coffs Coast from November 16-19

Number crunching business improvement

Financial rationale made Coffs Harbour Council 'fit for the future.'

Creative estate judgement

Do you have a legal question for solicitor Manny Wood?

Legal Hypothetical with solicitor Manny Wood

'Something badly wrong' with govt offer to retiring worker

Christoph Schnelle recently had a client who had to choose between a $400,000 lump sum or $37,000 pension for life from their government employer.

Pension choice angers business columnist Christoph Schnelle

Using secret audio recordings as evidence

The Greek Goddess of Justice, known as Themis.

What grounds are there to use recordings in courts

Uber $150 ‘cleaning fee scam’

UBER customer Ebony has warned of a “cleaning fee scam’ by Uber after she was charged the maximum $150 fee for a mystery mess she says she didn’t make.

Meet the Gladstone man paid to play video games

THE ENTERTAINER: Video game streamer Matt Gregory with his streaming set-up.

Matt Gregory is a popular online streamer.

CES 2018: The smarter, sharper tech coming your way

Tech firm LG is expected to show off the world's largest 8K OLED television screen at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.

Star Trek doors, folding phone screens and infra-red hair dryers

Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset brings 3D sound to iPhone

Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset.

You can record sounds coming from left to right