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Daily Archives: September 27, 2021

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

Washington: US President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. In getting the booster on Monday, local time, he dismissed criticism …

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Years late, Foxtel’s iQ box embraces the internet

Finally delivering the full Foxtel experience over the internet, the Foxtel iQ5 is traditional pay TV’s long overdue attempt to fully embrace the streaming age. For decades, signing up for Foxtel required a set-top box, hooked up to a cable connection or satellite dish with expensive installation fees. This put …

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Glimpses of a low carbon future amid Port Kembla’s coal and steel

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size For South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris, intensifying debate over what a low-carbon future may mean for Australia’s industrial centres is a signal the rest of the country may finally have caught up with the Illawarra. Standing beneath a towering smokestack …

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The time has come for us to be truly independent

Confected outrage has echoes of an earlier rowThe French confected outrage over losing the submarine contract reminded me of Winston Churchill’s tantrum when John Curtin refused to redirect to what was then known as Burma our troops sailing back from the Middle East to defend Australia from Japanese invasion. How …

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From the Archives, 1976: Billy Connolly, kilt-free Scotsman

Wearing shiny, purple gym boots (“they really cheer me up when I look down”), jeans and jacket sewn together from old pieces of denim (“studied carelessness”), he showed that his interest in Australia was not that of a typical kangaroo-hunting visitor. “I’m bursting to get a Foster’s lager – I’ve …

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Kids’ mental health app to replace diagnosis by Facebook and Google

Loading The Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing suggests one in seven children aged 4-17 experience mental illness. The draft National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy estimates one in five 10-11 year-olds have five or more risk factors for developing mental illness, and half of …

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Sydney’s new water strategy explores use of recycled sewage – again

“The proposal in the [strategy] is to develop a demonstration plant and that’s an excellent way to enable people to come and see what it’s all about,” he said. “People will be able to see the technology, understand the safety measures in place, and get to observe the high-quality water …

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David Bowie, Cher and Dolly Parton grace joyous Sydney Modern project

There have been many heroes in Indigenous artist Kaylene Whiskey’s life. Some ordinary; many less so. American songwriter Dolly Parton, who has often popped up in Whiskey’s whimsical work, makes an appearance in a mural commissioned for the hoarding fronting the construction site that is the $344 million Sydney Modern …

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‘It’s not tourism for me’: Meet Australia’s next space traveller

Like so many kids, Chris Boshuizen always wanted to go to space – since the age of four, according to his mum. And soon, albeit briefly, he’s going to realise that dream. The Sydney-born venture capitalist is believed to become the third Australian to travel into space, following astronauts Paul …

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One dead after strong quake hits Greek island of Crete

Athens: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring 20 others, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country’s fourth-largest city. The quake sent people fleeing into the streets in the …

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