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‘Peter Pan effect’: Why reef-killing crown-of-thorns starfish more dangerous than previously thought

Once on a coral diet, the starfish could rapidly grow to up to a metre in length and consume a square metre of reef in a day or two, said Professor Maria Byrne, who supervised the research. She said it was long understood that other predatory starfish around the world …

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Stage four lockdown and further closures remain likely, Andrews warns

A harsher social distancing regime is still likely in Victoria’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premier has warned, despite ‘stability’ in the spread of the disease through the state in recent days. Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday that he believed there would be ‘stage four’ restrictions, curtailing the movements …

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Super funds have powers to restrict member withdrawals

Loading The government’s modelling shows the scheme will effect 1 per cent of total super assets, but experts predict this figure will blow out to double and will disproportionately affect funds with a concentration of members working in industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The $44 billion fund representing …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID-19 cases pass 1.2 million worldwide, UK PM Boris Johnson in intensive care

Here are the latest official figures provided by the prime minister’s office. These are current as of 4pm today: More than 1,327,803 cases of coronavirus and 74,807 deaths have been reported in 207 countries and regions. There have been 5,908 confirmed cases in Australia. More than 310,000 tests have been …

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Austria, Denmark first in Europe to announce easing of lockdowns

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz credited his country’s early response – it imposed a national lockdown on March 16, earlier than some of its neighbours. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, centre, arrives for a coronavirus news conference with other ministers in Vienna.Credit:AP “We reacted faster and more restrictively in Austria than in …

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To play or not to play, that is the question

But a smaller increase is still an increase. The numbers are still rising. The peak is still to come, and when it passes, the other side won’t be all downhill. This week, I heard a health professional say authorities might at some point have to “antagonise” the flattening curve to …

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‘Toughen up’: NSW Swifts coach slams NRL players over handling of pay cuts

“The netballers went straight to a 70 per cent pay cut, they asked very little questions and just got on with it,” Akle said. “If we’re comparing codes … the guys they’re still doing really well and I understand that they’ve got mortgages to pay as well … but when …

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Northern Blues died with a whimper, but hope remains Preston could return

“If it wasn’t for Carlton we wouldn’t have existed at all,” Papal told The Age. “We felt we were ready for a good season. This feels like we have run a marathon and were about to get the prize only to have it snatched from our hands.” Papal said Carlton …

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