Morning Buzz: Amazon's Australian launch was 'weirdly underwhelming'

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Amazon's Australian launch was 'weirdly underwhelming'

"The American Amazon site has a Christmas theme with hot Christmas deals, whereas the Australian site just has a toothless child smiling back at you," Mr Hall said Photo: Joe Armao

"The American Amazon site has a Christmas theme with hot Christmas deals, whereas the Australian site just has a toothless child smiling back at you," Mr Hall said Photo: Joe Armao

James Hall was perched at his "home theatre personal computer" two Thursdays ago, repeatedly hitting the refresh button on Amazon's Australian site in anticipation of its "soft" launch.

As a frequent customer of Amazon's US site and self-described techie, he was disappointed to find he wasn't one of the "small number of customers" chosen to participate in Amazon's "internal testing phase" starting at 2pm that day. Read more

Nine patients woke up to find surgical instruments inside them

There were 34 sentinel events in NSW hospitals in 2015-16. Photo: Stock

There were 34 sentinel events in NSW hospitals in 2015-16. Photo: Stock

Nine hospital patients in NSW have had to undergo further surgery after medical instruments were left inside them in 2015-16, a new report reveals.

The Auditor-General's latest report on NSW's health system shows there were 34 sentinel events – major adverse events that result in very serious harm or death to patients – in public hospitals in 2015-16, a third fewer than in the previous year.

Sydney man charged with trafficking wife and baby daughter

Pardeep Lohan outside court, where he was charged with people trafficking. Photo: Lucy Cormack

Pardeep Lohan outside court, where he was charged with people trafficking. Photo: Lucy Cormack

A man who allegedly trafficked his Indian wife and their two-month-old daughter from Sydney to India has appeared in court, facing charges of human trafficking, general dishonesty and document forgery.

It is alleged Pardeep​ Lohan, from Lidcombe, used threats, coercion and deception to force his wife and Australian-born child to travel to India in March this year. Read more

Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: IOC

The Russian and Olympic flags fly at the Sochi winter Olympics, where medallists were involved in doping. Photo: AP

The Russian and Olympic flags fly at the Sochi winter Olympics, where medallists were involved in doping. Photo: AP

Russia's Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country's government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.

Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. Read more via SMH

Supermoon and heavy rain cause flooding at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens

Ten-year-old Poppy Rudge from the UK wades through the water at the Botanic Gardens while her family watches. Photo: Louie Douvis

Ten-year-old Poppy Rudge from the UK wades through the water at the Botanic Gardens while her family watches. Photo: Louie Douvis

Monday night's supermoon was one factor to blame for the flooding of part of the Royal Botanic Gardens on Tuesday morning, a meteorologist said.

A high tide lapped at the top of the waterfront wall along Farm Cove and flooded the walkway around the Botanic Gardens about 10am.

'Maybe we got it wrong': Aussie bowling coach laments Smith's decision

Joe Root sweeps Nathan Lyon. Photo: AAP

Joe Root sweeps Nathan Lyon. Photo: AAP

Steve Smith's decision not to enforce the follow-on continues to linger, with Australia having burnt their reviews in an increasingly tense day-night Ashes Test and Joe Root having kept alive England's chances of pulling off the unthinkable.

From Root's call at the coin toss to send Australia in, to Smith's move not to bowl again at England on the the third night, the second Test that is shaping up as an unlikely thriller has been all about the two teams' respective captains. Read more