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Amsterdam to clean up sex-and-drugs tourism in post-virus reboot

Cities and countries across the world are studying what they need to do differently in the post-Covid-19 era. For Amsterdam, whose 19 million annual tourists bring in more than 6 billion euros in revenue, that will mean striking a better balance between visitors and locals in its city centre. Loading …

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Silent majority or fringe dwellers? A search for the ‘sensible centre’

Their vision is certainly ambitious. Claiming to represent “the 80 per cent of us in the sensible centre of Australian life”, they want to run candidates in all 151 lower house seats at the 2022 federal election. And while it might sound trite, they want to change Australian politics. “It’s …

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#BlackLivesMatter momentum mostly free of bots

“I don’t see evidence that suggests BLM is driven by bot activity,” says Jensen. “By and large this appears to be driven by authentic activity.” Nonetheless, it is likely bots are active on the topic. In fact, there were over 70 accounts created since May 25, 2020 that were active …

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Prince Andrew holds the cards as the US pursues sex probe

In November, Prince Andrew, whose older brother Prince Charles is heir to the throne, denied those allegations but said he would “help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.” Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005.Credit:Getty Images But he has yet to speak with …

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Queen Elizabeth’s birthday marked with smaller ceremony

London: Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was marked on Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Colour parade was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts thousands of tourists to line the …

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‘We have atoning to do’, but not for Indigenous incarceration: Abbott

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this month showed 4.7 per cent of Indigenous men were in prison, compared to the general male incarceration rate of about 0.4 per cent. Indigenous children are about 24 more times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous children. Federal and state governments issued …

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No sign of purple rain – so what turned Sydney creek a vivid mauve?

Authorities are still investigating the source and residual impact of contamination that turned a popular section of an inner city creek a bright shade of purple earlier this week. Iris Firat, a nearby resident, said she was “very, very shocked” to see the discolouration of the Duck River near the …

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Two old foes join hands to help save three young dolphins

If the Park is forced to close, these three – Zippy, who is 32, Bella, 15, and Jet, 9 – will be left homeless. The relationship between the Conservation Park and the animal advocates began to thaw in 2018 when Terry Goodall took over as managing director. He began talks …

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Tip-offs point to employers cheating staff on JobKeeper

About 3.5 million Australians are supported by the $70 billion JobKeeper scheme, with the $1500 a fortnight wage subsidy paid by the government via the employer’s payroll. There are strict conditions for companies using JobKeeper, including a “one in, all in” principle that means they must enrol all eligible staff, …

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State’s COVID fight moves to the battling burbs

Health authorities say they have already contacted users of the clinics where the infected GP worked recently and are testing any known contacts but believe the risk of transmission is low because the doctor has never developed symptoms. The GP worked at Lilydale Medical Centre on June 11 and Cedars …

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