5 Elite Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

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5 elite travel destinations for wine lovers
With the advent of technology and people's preferences, wine has turned out to be one of the most elegant drinks today. And there is nothing more charming and adventurous than planning your next trip at the world's finest and elite wine destinations. Most of the wineries worldwide have set their standard, catering to all the preferences of a wine...

Melbourne’s hotel quarantine bungle is disappointing but not surprising. It was overseen by a flawed security industry

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melbourne’s hotel quarantine bungle is disappointing but not surprising. it was overseen by a flawed security industry
Picture: Scott Barbour/AAP In late March, the Victorian government put private security firms in charge of hotel quarantine in Melbourne. This happened without a formal tender process. It was a decision made at the height of concern about the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. But it is one that has come back to bite Victoria as it stares down a second...

Our field cameras melted in the bushfires. When we opened them, the results were startling

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our field cameras melted in the bushfires. when we opened them, the results were startling
Picture: Taronga Zoo This article is a preview of Flora, Fauna, Fire, a multimedia project launching on Monday July 13. The project tracks the recovery of Australia’s native plants and animals after last summer’s bushfire tragedy.  In late summer, male northern corroboree frogs call for a female mate. It’s a good time to survey their numbers: simply call out “Hey,...

Return of Stage 3 COVID-19 Restrictions

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covidians we are!
As you know, Stage 3 restrictions have returned to parts of Victoria, including Port Phillip. We have updated our website to reflect on how this affects our services and I encourage you to check it for any further updates. We will get through this together as we did before - with kindness and doing things differently to keep ourselves – and...

Cream of The Crate: Album Review # 191 – Carol Kaye and The Hitmen: Guitars 1965

cream of the crate: album  review # 191 – carol k and the hitmen: guitars 1965
    This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.  This is album retro-review number 191 in the series of retro-reviews of...

Victorians, and anyone else at risk, should now be wearing face masks. Here’s how to make one

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victorians, and anyone else at risk, should now be wearing face masks. here’s how to make one
Scott Barbour/AAP Image After early success in suppressing COVID-19, we are facing a resurgence in Victoria, which is threatening disease control for the whole country. Outbreaks in northwestern Melbourne, including in public housing tower blocks in inner Melbourne, and now in the twin border towns of Albury-Wodonga, signal a risk of losing our hard-won gains. These gains have already come at a...

Even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

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even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date
Picture: "Piper" by Susan Garwood Pets are beloved family members. On July 1st 2018, every state and territory of Australia (excluding the Northern Territory) enacted laws making microchipping cats and dogs compulsory. South Australia was the latest state to make microchipping mandatory, part of a series of reforms aimed at increasing responsible pet ownership. Microchipping – and appropriate use of associated databases –...

Here’s how the Victoria-NSW border closure will work – and how residents might be affected

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here’s how the victoria-nsw border closure will work – and how residents might be affected
Picture: Wikimedia Commons Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the border between his state and NSW will close after 11:59pm on Tuesday to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne from spreading further. It will be the first border shutdown between the two states since 1919, when the Spanish flu epidemic prompted the NSW government to close its borders with Victoria, Queensland and South...

$2.5 billion lost over a decade: Nigerian princes lose their sheen, but scams are on the rise

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Image: Shuttlestock Last year, Australians reported more than A$634 million lost to fraud, a significant jump from $489.7 million the year before. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its latest annual Targeting Scams report. But despite increased awareness, scam alerts and targeted education campaigns, more Australians are being targeted than ever before. With all the technological tools we have, why does...

Online Or Instore?

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online or instore?
Advanced technology makes it easier than ever for people to get the things they need without having to lift more than a finger. Online shopping is more than just a trend – it’s a way of life for many people, and while it’s unlikely your local Walmart will be closing its doors anytime soon, there are some things that...