VW dieselgate recall: car giant addresses Australian owners

Volkswagen Australia says affected cars are still safe to drive, and says software upgrades are well under way.

French yacht thief escapes charge, taxpayers foot $15k bill

 And the taxpayer is footing the $15,000 bill for removing the vessel from the beach after it began breaking up in king tides early in May.

Police say the case of a $200,000 yacht theft is not on their books.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Work/Life Balance

WORK and being a mum is a juggle - how do you find the balance?

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My Shout: A wink to a veteran in the craft beer market

You don’t buy IPAs if you are not into big hops, but this one manages to deliver that but without completely overpowering the malt.

Winter: time for comfort food

Kumara are full of vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fibre.

Hearty vegetarian alternatives for winter.

The chocolate queen shares her cake tips

Kirsten Tibballs’ decadent chocolate cake.

Check out Kirsten Tibballs' sweet, sweet chocolate tips

EXCLUSIVE: Find out what really makes Heston tick

Heston Blumenthal is a judge on the MasterChef panel this week.

Heston on cooking and questioning everything

Red, red wine - this has to be the best way to stay warm

Feeling the cold? We've got the 10 best red wines to keep you warm

Book review: The vibrancy of vegies

This book is for anyone who loves cooking with vegetables.

Don't know how to make the most of your vegies? Here's the solution.

Eat: Snag a winter winner with sausage and lentil simmer

Warm up this winter with this cold weather cure.

Weekly recipes from MKR winners Dan and Steph Mulheron

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

AUSSIES have high standards when it comes to cleanliness, with almost 3 in 5 (57%) admitting to judging friends on the state of their toilet.

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?

11 carpet cleaning hacks we bet you’ve never heard of

If your vacuum cleaner struggles to pick up pet hair, try a squeegee for fur-free carpets every time.

11 carpet cleaning hacks you've never heard of.

DIY: Building a sawhorse with Ayden and Jess

Builders Ayden and Jess show you how to use leftover timber

WATCH: Coast homes destroyed by termites

EATEN: Termite damage in another Sunshine Coast home.

Pest controller finds active termites in three homes a week

DIY: Add a splash of luxury to your bathroom

A gooseneck tap over the claw-foot bath adds a traditional touch to an otherwise modern design.

At what stage in home-building do you plan a bathroom?

Interior: Inject a little colour into a tired home

The right cushions can also add a fresh look and inject colour into any space. Stylist Miv Watts' home.

Even the most loved interior touches get boring after a while

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

MOST of the food plants that we grow and eat originate in places other than Australia.

Clone and grow your own potatoes

Spoiled for choice ... there are close to 4000 different varieties of potato.

Turn one kilogram of potatoes into enough for winter

Gardening: Repair storm damage to encourage new growth

Remove damaged leaves to make the garden look better and minimise the risk of infection.

MOST gardens along the east coast took a severe battering this week

Orchid will spike interest

A pink and white evergreen cymbidium clarisse orchid flower in bloom.

Everything you need to know about growing orchids

Zygocactus is one plant that celebrates winter in style

The zygocactus is recognisable yet has an uncommon name

It's hardy and easy to grow and all it needs is good drainage.

Edible flowers: Roses aren't just for looking at

An Ian Thorpe rose.

There are plenty of flowers useful in the kitchen

Travel: Where killers go to be stitched up

IT'S probably hard to imagine a trip to Australia Zoo making you feel like a voyeur.

Why Lucca is the place to get lost

The view over the Italian town of Lucca and its typical terracotta roofs.

If Italy is on your travel bucket list, you'll want to read this.

The most Colourful Vietnam Markets | Bac Ha Market!

Jolene Ejmont at the Most Colourful Markets in Vietnam, the famous Bac Ha Market!

The most Colourful Vietnam Markets | Bac Ha Market!

Murwillumbah couple to feature on The Briefcase tonight

PARENTS will face dilemma over briefcase containing $100,000 cash in controversial 'social experiment'.

REVIEW: Game of Thrones S6E10 The Winds of Winter

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

*WARNING this story contains spoilers for today's season final*

The Hard Word speaks to Carnifex

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

We talk life, blood, and metal.

EXCLUSIVE: Ginia Rinehart and Coast groom ‘extremely happy’

Ginia Rinehart and Simon Robinson were married on Hamilton Island at the weekend.

Ginia Rinehart has tied the knot with her Nambour sweetheart

PREVIEW: Game of Thrones S6E10 Winds of Winter

Jonathan Pryce in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones. Supplied by Foxtel.

A look ahead to Game of Thrones S6E10: Winds of Winter.

REVEALED: The Coast man marrying into the Rinehart family

Gina Rinehart (left) and her youngest daughter Ginia who is tipped to marry Sunshine Coast man Simon Robinson.

REVEALED: Who is the newest member of Gina Rinehart's family?

PHOTOS: Is 17-year-old Ashlee Gladstone's next top model?

At just 17, Ashlee has seen herself on the big screen and in national beauty magazines.

Zeil’s the real deal when it comes to world-class shopping

Frankfurt, the fifth-largest city in Germany, is home to the Zeil (below right), one of the busiest shopping streets in the country.

Is this the world's best shopping destination?

Meet the first transgender woman to enter beauty pageant

Transgender female Mandy Leigh Jones is proud of her 186 tattoos.

Mandy the first transgender woman in the Miss Ink Australia pageant.

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

Ash Anderson will leave Gladstone on Tuesday to compete in the national titles for the Miss Hawaiian Tropics. Photo: contributed

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

City glam team beautifies Miss World Australia finalist

YOUNG BEAUTY: Miss World Australia finalist Emma Peterson visited Toowoomba to have a glam team beautify her for her competition portfolio.

Miss World Australia will be chosen later this year

GALLERY: Beef Week babes grace the fashion catwalk

THE Northern Star is a proud sponsor of the Casino Beef Week Fashion Parade and this year's 2016 event held at the Casino RSM was a sold out success. Local businesses and community came together to showcase fashion, music and entertainment. Up and coming fashion designers along with Casino fashion houses featured a wide range of winter clothing and accessories modelled by locals with professional hair and makeup artists adding to the glamour of the night. Performances by the talented young dancers and singers ensured the 600 guests revelled in community spirit and fashionable fun.

The lingerie section wasn't quite what the guys had in mind

Sydney Fashion Week awash with muted tones

American model Bella Hadid (centre) leads the Misha Collection show.

Collections anchored in cream, white, black and grey

ATM operating systems need security updates

Barnaby jack is the Kiwi who first hacked into an ATM.

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

Is the new Macbook worth it?

The new Macbook

It's expensive but the new Macbook is impressive

Forget business success question, ask what people will buy

The five cent coin is soon to be a discontinued currency in Australia.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

We shouldn't be looking at what makes a business successful

The nightmare of getting proper care for one resident

Elderly Gympie woman pleads for help at home

Could we finally get a fair go on health care in the Gympie region?

FAIR GO: Disadvantages in rural health will become a key focus if the Coalition is re-elected, with the Turnbull Government revealing its vision to improve health outside metropolitan areas.

Another huge win for Fair Go for regional Australia

Can cancer just disappear?

Could stimulating the immune system causes regression?

OPINION: Steaks have been raised in vegan challenge

My meals have comprised vegetables, soy and a squeeze of lemon juice for dinner. And another firm favourite is a wombok salad for dinner and lunch.

Four days in and it’s a lot tougher than I thought.

How to be a farmer when you're allergic to your crop

Rob Hutchings from Freshwater Crayfish Traders at Tarome.

VIDEO: Crayfish invasion hits the Scenic Rim.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

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THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

Battle for Wide Bay: Can candidates improve life expectancy?

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Candidates say how they would improve life expectancy in Wide Bay

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

ONCE you’ve made the decision about using childcare and which type of childcare you want, the next step is to help your child get ready to start.

Live Now: Work and Childcare

HOW do mums balance work and family life?

LISTEN: Smacking children does harm says trauma specialist

Stephan Friedrich gets set to walk into the cage before one of his fights.

Smacking children limits children's brain development.

Baby boy catches meningococcal while in 10-person house

Baby Hamish is battling meningococcal meningitis in Tauranga Hospital. Mum Ashley holds his hand, with grandmother Charmaigne.

The 3-month-old boy lives at a property with 10 other people sharing two bedrooms...

Teen couple kissing at Woolworths 'disgusting'

'I reported the matter to Policelink'

"Let's go home, we can't kill this baby"

Couple has no regrets after deciding not to abort Down Syndrome baby

Social media good for your health?

Mums are continuing to turn to social media and the internet for medical and health advice.

MUMS turn to Facebook for parental advice.

Relationships: Boyfriends versus husbands

MANY women struggle with the difference between a boyfriend and a husband, plunging into unholy matrimony with a man who would have been best kept for Saturday.

Five steps to make someone fall in love with you

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Psychotherapist and author M. Gary Neuman shares his top tips

'Love drugs' now exist - how do we handle that?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?

He broke a vow for her

QUIET CEREMONY: Adrian Flikweert and Babylyn Garillo were married on Saturday, May 28 at Apex Park Gladstone after meeting online.

TWENTY years ago Adrian Flikweert vowed he’d never marry again.