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Wisconsin hospital worker arrested for spoiling vaccine doses

Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters during a teleconference on Thursday afternoon that the pharmacist deliberately removed 57 vials that held hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration at a Grafton medical centre overnight on December 24 into December 25, returned them, …

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US markets close at record highs to cap off a tumultuous year

“When you think about the year we’re glad it’s over, but it was also unbelievable in a lot of different ways,” said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina. “This is the first year in history that the S&P was down 30 per cent for …

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How to get Sydneysiders to wear masks

Although condoms and lifejackets may appear to be very different products to face masks, lessons learnt over the past 40 years from encouraging condom and lifejacket use should be used to inform efforts to increase mask wearing. Requirement: lifejackets have become much more acceptable.Credit:Craig Abraham Marketing for condoms and lifejackets …

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Sydney’s New Year’s Eve still goes off with a bang

In the end, Sydney made the most of a bad situation. There was still colour and music and champagne as Sydney’s traditional fireworks spectacular went off with a bang. It was just a little shorter than usual. Unlike previous years, there was only one fireworks display: a seven-minute affair, which …

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Why an Aussie NBA star’s brother flew around the globe to play for Flat Earth FC

“It was frustrating,” said the quietly-spoken midfielder. “I was just looking for a way out of Melbourne, out of lockdown.” Eventually, Maker found one. And it landed him a contract with arguably the most peculiar club in all of world football: Flat Earth FC. Flat Earth FC bills itself as …

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‘It was heated’: Cabinet papers show John Howard’s government grappled with how to introduce the GST

Then-Prime Minister John Howard examines a pamphlet on how to shop with the GST on July 1, 2000.Credit:Brendan Espositio The cabinet papers show how a decision had to be made about pubs that operated beyond midnight. Would a beer bought at 11.59pm have a different price because of the GST …

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Are cows the new coal? Chowing down on meat alternatives

“We sell a lot more animal-based meat than we do plant-based meat,” he says. “But there’s also a group of meat eating people that are interested in the health aspects and they’re interested in the environmental aspects and the millennial side of the population as you know, anything that is …

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Tensions with telcos and network gaps to challenge NBN Co in 2021

Loading The declaration of completion from the federal government is a crucial first step in paving the path for the privatisation of the NBN. But there will be far sterner tests ahead before we get anywhere close to that process. There will be a Productivity Commission inquiry, the findings of …

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Target Time and superquiz, Friday, January 1

TARGET TIME Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list is …

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Identity politics, Australia and George Christensen’s shameful ‘northern strategy’

Yet we cannot ignore the shocking hypocrisy on the political right. Throughout the 20th century it made identity politics an electoral artform. Witness the anti-Catholic sectarianism deployed by the largely Protestant non-Labor parties from the 1900s to the 1950s. It spiked during World War I. Australians of Irish-Catholic background who …

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