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Daily Archives: September 14, 2021

‘Most free’ society: Britain to offer COVID booster shots to over 50s

“When you’ve got a large proportion, as we have now, with immunity, then smaller changes can make a bigger difference and give us the confidence that we don’t have to go back to the lockdowns of the past,” Johnson said. “In the meantime, we are confident in the vaccines that …

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Bandicoots back from the brink as status downgraded to endangered

The last wild population was discovered living in abandoned cars at Hamilton’s rubbish tip in the mid 1980s. By the late 1980s only 150 animals remained and the situation looked dire. A photo from 1984, when a loader and compactor moved in on the derelict cars that have been home …

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Apple doubles down on 5G with new iPhone 13, upgrades iPad Mini

Apple has unveiled several new devices overnight, with four new iPhones featuring tweaked designs and improved 5G, two new iPads including a redesigned mini and Apple Watches with larger displays. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini presented during the tech giant’s online California Streaming event are 2021’s base model …

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‘Fuel on the fire’: Hospitals faced record demand in the months before Delta hit

Meanwhile, ambulances notched up the highest number of responses for any quarter in a decade: from April to June this year paramedics recorded 329,709 responses, including 8367 for ‘priority 1A’ cases or those patients with life-threatening conditions. About one-third of ambulances did not arrive at the most critically urgent cases …

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Farmers can hit net zero by 2040 while growing productivity: EY report

Senior Nationals representatives such as Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce are waiting to see what benefits they can secure for their constituents in a climate deal, while several representatives like Senator Matt Canavan oppose emissions reduction targets. Loading Mr Morrison has said no future climate policies …

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Bidders line up on runway for $550m Qantas assets

Uber-acquisitive Charter Hall, Goodman and ESR are lining up as keen buyers of the lucrative $550 million-plus Qantas investment and land portfolio campaign which closes on Friday. Such is the attractiveness of the sale and leaseback deal that other strong contenders are Stockland, Mirvac, LOGOS and the Aliro Group, run …

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Target Time and Superquiz, Wednesday, September 15

TARGET TIME Credit: Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list …

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Inner-city teachers push for mandatory jabs ahead of return to class

The inner-city group’s motion is an attempt to put pressure on the Andrews government and the Victorian branch of the education union, neither of which have committed to mandatory vaccinations for teachers. This is unlike NSW, where school staff must be vaccinated by November 8. The inner-Melbourne teachers are pushing …

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Bullying must end, but it can’t all be tweet nothings

It’s true that we learn very early to be robust in dealing with furious reactions in private phone calls and emails from the subjects of our journalism. But as those of us who report on media know, that is not the whole story. Journalists ARE thin-skinned, sometimes ridiculously so, when …

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‘New battleground’: Cyber attackers targeting Australia’s health system

A cyber attack is being reported in Australia every 7.8 minutes as sophisticated hackers, including foreign governments, target the nation’s critical infrastructure and essential services such as hospitals, food distribution and electricity systems. The wave of hacks last financial year included a significant ransomware attack against a Victorian public health …

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