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The Conversation 09/29/2020 07:00
Federal Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy has admitted some COVID deaths in aged care might have been prevented if there had been a quicker public health response. Murphy, Chief Medical Officer until mid year, told the COVID Senate committee “if the public health response had been more prompt, then we might have avoided some of the scale of the outbreaks in Victoria”. He said some of the spread among facilities might have been avoided if the federal-state Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (initiated by the Commonwealth) had been stood up earlier – “if we’d been aware, had prior warning, that the public health response may have been compromised”. It was not possible to say what proportion of aged care deaths could have been preven.
The Conversation 09/29/2020 02:50
Shutterstock. “No Cash Accepted” signs are increasingly common in Australian shops, thanks to COVID-19. Even before the the pandemic struck, though, we were well along the cashless path, with demand for coins . For the most part Australians have taken cashless payments in their stride. A fully cashless society is often envisaged as inevitable. But the experiences of Sweden and Zimbabwe, two very different countries that have gone much farther down the path to a cashless society, highlight the pitfalls of such thinking. Sweden shows the need to safeguard access to cash. Zimbabwe shows the importance of the transition not being forced. Read more:. Sweden’s cashless experience. Sweden was quick to move toward a cashless society. In the decade to
The Conversation 09/29/2020 01:57
An A$800 million has been released this week to support economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the package is:. targeted at building on this digital transformation of Australian businesses to drive productivity and income growth and create jobs. The plan includes a controversial Digital Identity system the government says will make it easier to engage “with government services, and in future, the private sector”. The big question is how ready the government is to handle the responsibility associated with such a scheme — and how it fits with similar schemes already announced by other departments, such as the Australian Tax Office. Read more:. The breakdown. You can read the press release but some of the measur.
The Conversation 09/29/2020 01:30
The game Hollow Knight is currently being developed by Adelaide indie games company Team Cherry. Team Cherry. In a first for Australia, the South Australian government has a new rebate for video game development. Companies will be able to recoup 10% of production costs on projects spending at least A$250,000 in the state. This rebate is a strong step for the local industry, but more than one approach is needed to make games production sustainable in Australia. This funding has the potential to grow mid-to-large sized game development teams, but not the smaller creators. While a handful of Australian studios have teams of 20-50 staff and a couple of foreign-owned companies can boast workforces of approximately 150, the video game industry her.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 23:18
Shutterstock. A trip to the supermarket presents shoppers with an overwhelming number of milk choices. And far from just being the domain of the modern hipster, plant-based milk alternatives are going mainstream. These alternatives may be suitable for people who are intolerant to dairy milk, or have ethical or other personal preferences. They tend to be lower in saturated fats and energy than dairy milk, but also lower in protein (except soy) and calcium (unless fortified). Some are also high in added sugars. As to which milk is best, there’s no simple answer. Dairy milk tends to come out on top for nutrient quality, though soy is a good substitute from a nutrition perspective. And it should be noted these alternatives aren’t technically mil.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 22:15
All things considered, Westpac’s record A$1.3 billion fine for breaching anti-money-laundering laws could have been worse. Each of the alleged 23 million breaches of the between 2010 and 2018 carried a penalty of up to A$63,000. So the fine might have been more than A$1 trillion. The A$1.3 billion equates to three months’ earnings for Westpac. It is A$400 million more than the A$900 million the bank set aside in its half-year results (in April). But that didn’t bother the market. ended the week 7% higher. As Nathan Zaia, an analyst with investment research company Morningstar, : “It’s huge. It’s the largest fine in history. It’s an eye-watering number. But it’s already pretty much been expected by the market.”With Westpac’s annual profit e.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 16:00
TANNEN MAURY/EPA. “We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote,” lamented in 2016. He was alluding to obstacles that, in some states, intentionally suppress voting. Voter suppression measures in the US are again in the spotlight. As some Americans in this year’s presidential election, President Donald Trump has raised the spectre of voter fraud, the central justification for voter suppression efforts in the modern age. The forerunners of today’s sophisticated techniques for excluding minority voters have their roots in the post-Civil War 19th century. Tens of millions of Americans are expected to cast their ballot by mail this year, despite Trump’s attempts to d.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 15:59
Shutterstock. Most people consistently use the same hand to do tasks that require skill and control such as writing or threading a needle. We know genetics plays a big part in which hand a person prefers, but it has been difficult to identify the exact genes responsible. To find out more, we the DNA of more than 1.7 million people and discovered 41 regions of the genome associated with being left handed and another seven associated with being ambidextrous. What makes people left-handed? About 88% of people prefer to use their right hand for complex tasks, around 10% prefer their left hand, and the other 2% report they do not have a preference and can use either hand. Hand preference develops so early that it can be seen . Handedness tends to.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 15:59
Shutterstock/Harvepino. Have you ever wondered why the Earth’s surface is separated into two distinct worlds – the oceans and large tracts of land? Why aren’t land and water more mixed up, forming a landscape of lakes? And why is most of the land relatively low and close to sea level, making coastal regions vulnerable to rising seas? Our new uncovers the fundamental forces that control the Earth’s surface. These findings will help scientists calculate how land levels will respond to the melting of ice sheets and rises in sea level, as a consequence of global warming, as well as providing insights into changes in land area throughout our planet’s history. View of Mt Cook/Aoraki, rising 3724m above sea level at the head of Lake Pukaki in New Z.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 15:58
You have a chronic health condition and visit your specialist for an annual check-up, but the referral’s expired. You’re told to get a new referral from the GP to claim the Medicare rebate. You take the next afternoon off to see your GP, who gives you another 12 month referral and tells you they can’t backdate it. You’re out of pocket for the specialist fee and gap payment for your GP consultation. You’ll have to do it all again next year. are highlighted in a on the specialist referral system out today by the , the research arm of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. The report, which we co-authored, finds shortcomings in a broken referral system, plagued by collection and wasted dollars. Fixing these issues requires a bett.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 15:58
Kittisak Jirasittichai/Shutterstock. What used to be known as a requirement to lend responsibly is now regarded as red tape. The National Consumer Credit Protection Act introduced by the Rudd government after the global financial crisis introduced responsible lending obligations that required lenders to ensure the loans they were offering were "" for borrowers. No longer.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 15:58
Last month, on the centennial of the 19th amendment granting American women the vote, US President Donald Trump announced he would issue a posthumous pardon for Susan B. Anthony. A suffragette, Anthony was convicted of voting illegally as a woman in 1872. The response was . Some applauded the president, others . The term has been levelled in recent times at celebrities, politicians, and brands. But what does “” mean? The defines it as:. An attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media. So, virtue signalling is an expression used to call out an individual, company, or organisation - suggesting they are only backing an idea to look good in.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 13:52
A snapshot of the rich plant diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Gui Becker. ,. It seems like each day scientists report more dire consequences of climate change on animals and plants worldwide. Birds that are in the year can’t find enough food. Plants are their insect pollinators hatch. Prey species have to escape predators. In short, climatic shifts that affect one organism are likely to trigger ripple effects that can disturb the structure and functioning of entire ecosystems. One component of animal health that largely reflects the surrounding environment is the , the consortium of microbes now known to aid in food digestion, regulating the immune system and protecting against pathogens. The species of bacteria that make up the mi.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 08:24
Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko takes the oath of office during an unannounced inauguration ceremony Sept. 23 in Minsk. As if a fraudulent election and months of mass protest weren’t enough drama for Belarus, its embattled authoritarian leader went ahead and inaugurated himself as president in a , held without prior announcement or live television broadcast. This begins Alexander Lukashenko’s sixth term as president, at least according to Lukashenko and government-controlled Belarusian media.
The Conversation 09/28/2020 08:23
Traditional dancers celebrate Hari Raya, the end of Ramadan. ,. On Erin Gruwell’s first day as a high school English teacher, she faced a classroom of 150 “at risk” freshmen. Most of these kids, statistically, were going to fail. They were tough, their young lives already defined by poverty, gangs, violence and low expectations. These students, she wrote, knew nearly every “” except one: hope. Yet four years later, every one of her “at risk” students at Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA, had . More than half went on to graduate from college. The stories written by Gruwell’s students were published as a book called . It became a New York Times bestseller and in 2007 was made into a major motion picture called starring Hilary Swank. Graduat.

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