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Alexander Vindman retires from US Army, alleges ‘bullying’ by Trump

Washington: Former White House aide Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, says he is retiring from the US Army after suffering what his attorney described as campaign of “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” by Trump. Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel who had been due for …

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Neobank 86 400 to seek more capital for mortgage push

Neobanks, which aim to pinch retail banking share from the majors with digital features and competitive prices, are known for being capital-hungry businesses in their early stages as they try to grow their lending. Mr Bell said the lender had not yet set a definite number for how much capital …

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NSW flags further COVID-19 restrictions with risk of contagion ‘extremely high’

Ms Berejiklian also flagged minor changes to gatherings in NSW “to ensure additional safety” were likely and would be announced on Thursday. ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys conceded the NRL could again be forced to prevent fans from entering grandstands, after the state government allowed stadiums to operate at 25 …

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Target and superquiz, Thursday, July 9

Today’s Target: 24 words, good; 36 words, very good; 49 words, excellent. Wednesday’s solution: delve, dive, eleven, endive, enliven, ENLIVENED, envied, even, evened, evil, levee, levied, levin, live, lived, liven, livened, veil, veiled, vein, veined, vend, vendee, vide, vied, vile, vine

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Australia should switch course and try to eliminate COVID-19

An enormous team of public health officials is working around the clock to test tens-of-thousands of Victorians each day, and to trace the contacts of the thousands of people in self-isolation. But Victoria’s Chief Health Officer says they are at their limit. To control the spread, locking down was the …

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National cabinet to decide on hotel quarantine, cuts to flights

The move prepares the ground for a debate on stronger measures across all states and territories in the wake of quarantine breaches at Melbourne hotels that led to dozens of coronavirus infections. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews launched a judicial inquiry last week into the conduct of security guards and the …

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Australia welcomed my mum so I’m mystified by what’s happening during COVID

My mum was only 18 years old when she escaped the Chilean coup d’état in 1973. With the backing and support of the United States, the democratically elected government of president Salvador Allende was overthrown by General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet’s brutal regime murdered thousands, imprisoned and tortured its political rivals, …

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After tribunal rejection, ACTU doubles down on paid pandemic leave for all

Clusters of coronavirus cases associated with security guards, meatworks, and nursing homes have sparked fears infected casual employees without sick leave might be tempted to attend work because they did not want to miss out on income. The FWC on Wednesday declined the union bid to give paid pandemic leave …

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54,000 fewer apprenticeships to start this year, threatening longer-term skills shortages

First and second-year apprentices have been hardest hit by job losses during the coronavirus pandemic. Fouth-year apprentice carpenter Jayden Fleischer, 19, from St Ives in Sydney, lost his job in late March but found another one a few weeks later after he posted his details on a social media site …

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