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In praise of the dancing, spitting oyster, nature’s great purifier

In thus removing excess nutrients, oysters (and other shellfish) help counteract eutrophication. This is a process whereby excess nitrates and phosphates – in particular, from fertiliser-rich farm runoff – feed excess algal growth. Deprived of light, the underlayers of algae die and rot, consuming oxygen. The water becomes hypoxic, killing …

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Aussie crypto mogul fights extradition to the US

Australian bitcoin mogul Greg Dwyer is fighting extradition to the United States from his home in Bermuda even after his co-accused in one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency scandals have presented themselves to US authorities. Earlier this month, Mr Dwyer fronted the Magistrates Court in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, …

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No AMP heads on pikes after ASIC drops criminal probe

It committed serious resources digging into AMP to build a case but the first cracks appeared last August when it was made public that it had sent a series of letters of no action to former senior AMP officials. Those letters came around the same time it filed two briefs …

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Own goal: How England’s Euro 2020 loss brought racism home

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size It took just seconds to start. As soon as 19-year-old Bukayo Saka kicked, missed and broke down in the arms of his England teammates, racists crawled out of hiding and went to work. Banana and monkey emojis were plastered on the social …

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Locking down, opening up: when will the cycle end?

The weddings, births, funerals, the normal markers of life: I cannot keep count of the numbers that have been lost. This current lockdown is filling us with despair. Is it possible that there can be a reckoning, a proper assessment of what has been won and lost and what is …

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Guide to workplace humour just isn’t funny

Being momentarily short of conspiracy theories, cruel intolerance and whack-jobs, I turned my dial to Twitter. Floating atop the effluent flowing through the sewers, I noticed some advice to managers commending they inject humour into their workplaces. This brought back long-repressed memories of a manager who commanded us all via …

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Government and Telstra make $2 billion offer for Pacific telco assets

More than $1.5 billion in taxpayer money could be on the line to help Telstra buy telecommunications assets in the Pacific to keep them out of Chinese hands, under a joint offer lodged by the federal government and the telco giant. Telstra has asked Digicel’s billionaire owner Denis O’Brien to …

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Hybrid work creates risks for office demand

Mirvac’s flexibility charter sets out key principles to enable teams and individuals to work out how to maximise flexibility, providing it works for individuals, teams and customers, he said. Loading Despite the new normal, the firm saw a steady increase in office attendance at its 200 George Street headquarters, rising …

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