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‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all

Loading Over the 23-26 January period, “Casey experienced minimum temperatures above zero and maximum temperatures above 7.5 degrees, with its highest maximum temperature ever, 9.2 degrees on 24 January, followed by its highest minimum of 2.5 degrees the following morning”, Sharon Robinson, a UOW climate change biologist, said. “In the …

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Coronvirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison announces $130 billion ‘Jobkeeper’ wage subsidy, Victoria implements stage three social distancing restrictions

A staff member at a Rosanna nursing home in Melbourne’s north-east has tested positive to the coronavirus, Nine News is reporting. Families of those residents have been informed in a letter from the home. Chief health officer Brett Sutton said he was not aware of the case, but said authorities …

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Rain a boon for farmers but bane for fire authorities conducting hazard reduction burns

The RFS and other fire agencies typically do the bulk of any hazard-reduction burning during the period from about mid-March until the end of May when conditions turn too wet. The NSW fires started in July last year, destroying 5.5 million hectares and thousands of houses, and killing 25 people. …

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Torquay Tiger Vlastuin keen to prowl again

Vlastuin is a keen surfer and he has been trying to get in the water to keep his fitness up but even that is proving difficult. The disregard of physical-distancing rules, with thousands laying on towels on top of one another at beaches, saw the car parks at his favourite …

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Video hopefully won’t kill star jockey Bowman’s Queen Elizabeth day

In the meantime, Cummings and Bowman would love to combine for a victory with Bivouac in the group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Saturday in what Bowman labelled ”the race of the year”. Such is the quality of the Randwick sprint with Loving Gaby, Pierata, Redzel, Nature Strip, Santa …

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‘Extreme and draconian’: WA Police launch drones to enforce social distancing rules

“The primary objective is to reinforce the serious nature of the environment we’re in.” Mr McGowan said the drones would be equipped with lights, sirens and speakers, and could be operated from up to one kilometre away. It follows police being given greater powers to charge people for ‘failing to …

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ASX has best day on record amid global pandemic

“According to the latest news, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has also reached out to Saudi Arabia inviting them to ‘reassure’ stability in oil, and hence, the financial markets,” she wrote in a note to clients. “There are even rumours that the US would strike a deal with Saudi Arabia, …

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ASADA reduced to ‘critical testing’ as two staff test positive for COVID-19

“ASADA has implemented its business continuity plan to ensure the essential functions of the organisation remain operational. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working with the Department of Health to inform our response and manage all risks associated with COVID-19.” The doping watchdog’s chief executive, David Sharpe, …

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‘Decision in their hands’: NRLW clubs look to HQ to keep season alive

“We have a commitment to play in the upcoming season, but we are waiting on the NRL’s stance on the Holden Women’s Premiership in 2020 and whether it will proceed,” Johnston said. “We’re unsure how the other clubs are positioned at this stage as far as the NRLW goes; we …

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Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe’s cities cleaner air

Daily weather events can influence atmospheric pollution, so the satellite pictures took a 20-day average and excluded readings where cloud cover reduced the quality of the data. Data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed a similar trend over March 16-22. In Madrid, average nitrogen dioxide levels decreased by 56 …

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