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Daily Archives: September 12, 2019

Does it really matter whether Boris Johnson lied to the Queen?

In a letter to colleagues Johnson explained why. To introduce a “new bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda for the renewal of our country after Brexit” he needed a new Queen’s Speech (which begins a new session and sets out that agenda), which meant Parliament must first be prorogued. Britain’s …

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Dead man walking: the day hustler Michael McGurk predicted his own death

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size On the morning of August 24, 2009, my mobile rang. It had been exactly a month since The Sydney Morning Herald had run a front-page splash on the dubious exploits of the “wee hustler from Glasgow”, as one of his Scottish mates …

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Dog House

6/11 Bergie the bullmastiff/kelpie, East Melbourne, Victoria Being a big dog in a small space, Bergie’s presence is always felt. He’s vigilant in his role as a protector, but when not on duty adds a relaxed and calming presence to the home, a compact late-Victorian terrace with a pared-back, neutral …

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Hand-holding ‘Lovers of Modena’ skeletons are male

“We were able to … confidently classify them as males,” scientists from the University of Bologna said in the journal Scientific Reports. The burial site near the Italian town of Modena, where the famous “Lovers of Modena” skeletons are buried. Credit:PA The exact relationship between the two men remains a …

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Smart displays aren’t yet the missing ingredient in the modern kitchen

While the average number of screens in Australians’ homes continues to rise, the average number of televisions has been in constant decline ever since the iPad landed on our shores. The big picture Now the tech giants are pushing to get screens into the kitchen, with Google’s $349 Nest Hub …

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California lawmakers ban exotic animals at circuses

Sacramento: Circuses in California would no longer be allowed to include wild animals under a bill state legislators sent to Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. Should Newsom sign Senate Bill 313, circuses in the state will no longer be allowed to use bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys or other wild animals …

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Firefighters’ reprieve over as wind change combines with temperature spike

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Otto said a south-easterly wind change was moving up the NSW coast and due to reach the Gold Coast and Brisbane by early to mid-afternoon on Friday. “We’re expecting the winds to lift, which will make the fires a bit more difficult to manage …

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Murray unsure about inaugural ATP Cup as he focuses on Australian Open

London: Former world No.1 Andy Murray is unsure about entering the inaugural ATP Cup, with the Australian Open his main priority. The 32-year-old, who is about to embark on a three-week stint in Asia as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, has until 5pm on Friday to commit to …

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IVF babies on the rise after advances in fertility technology

“The net effect of transferring those tested embryos is that they have a higher implantation rate and a lower miscarriage rate, therefore the live birth rate goes up,” he said. President of the Fertility Society of Australia, Professor Michael Chapman, said there was growing evidence that treatment cycles using frozen …

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LeBron dethroned, Simmons No.23 in Sports Illustrated’s NBA top 100

Los Angeles: Ben Simmons may have turned his back on Australia’s pursuit of a World Cup gold medal but in the meantime the Philadelphia 76ers star has been named the 23rd best player in the NBA in Sports Illustrated’s new top 100 list. The Melbourne-born 23-year-old, who just signed a …

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