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Pandemic pain reignites Australia's love affair with Foster's - the face of Aussie beer everywhere BUT Down Under since the 1980s

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The international face of Australian beer is making a triumphant return to Aussie fridges after years in exile.  Brewer Carlton & United Breweries has announced it will be boosting production of Foster’s Classic by 300 per cent in coming months. Foster’s helped put Australia on the international map back in the 1980s when Aussie legend Paul Hogan used to promote the 'liquid lifesaver' abroad.  Paul Hogan made some classic commercials for Foster's back in the 1980s Foster's is making a comeback after years in the shadow of its flavoursome brothers  Hoges was the face of Foster's during the 1980s  The Foster's Story  Foster’s was created by two Irish-American brothers, William M. and Ralph R. Foster, who arrived in Melbourne from New York in 1886. The brothers began brewing Foster's Lager in November 1888 and it was made available to the public from February 1889.  It was the first beer to pioneer cold beer and it is still brewed at Melbourne’s Abbotsfor

Twisted father who shot dead his son, 19, and the teenager's girlfriend in front of horrified children at a family gathering faces life in jail after pleading guilty to murder

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The appropriate sentencing discount for a South Australian man who shot dead his son and his son's girlfriend will be a key issue in prosecution submissions, a court has heard. Pawel Klosowski, 46, of Mount McIntyre, appeared in the Supreme Court in Adelaide for the first time on Monday, after pleading guilty to the murder of Lukasz Klosowski and Chelsea Ireland, both aged 19. Police had been called to his southeast property in August after reports of a shooting and arrested him without incident. Pawel Klosowski , 46, of Mount McIntyre, appeared in the Supreme Court in Adelaide for the first time on Monday Klosowski pleaded guilty to the murder of Lukasz Klosowski and Chelsea Ireland, both aged 19 While he faces a mandatory head sentence of life behind bars, the court was told Klosowski had first admitted his crimes when SA laws allowed for up to a 40 per cent discount on his non-parole period for guilty pleas. Those discounts have since been reduced under new legislation. However,

Furious Tory rebels DEMAND Michael Gove publish his evidence after he claims the NHS - including Nightingale emergency hospitals - could be 'overwhelmed' by coronavirus cases without the Government's tier system

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Furious Tory rebels today demanded Michael Gove publish the evidence underpinning his claim the NHS would be 'overwhelmed' by coronavirus without the Government's new tiered system of restrictions.  The Minister for the Cabinet Office made the claim on Saturday as he tried to quash a Conservative revolt and persuade MPs to support the curbs when they are put to a vote on Tuesday.  But leading Tories responded with anger to the suggestion as they called for the Government to stick to 'hard evidence, not hyperbole'.  Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs which is opposing the measures, told Mr Gove that ' if he genuinely thinks that hospitals would be overwhelmed, then show us the modelling' which proves it.   Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, is under fire from Tory MPs after claiming the NHS would be 'overwhelmed' without the Government's new tier system Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery

Covid cases have fallen by a THIRD since second national lockdown - and have HALVED in the North, new study reveals

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Infections have plummeted by nearly a third across England since the second national lockdown was imposed, a major study has revealed. Cases have halved in the North West and North East – boosting hopes that much of the North could be moved down into Tier Two. The Imperial College London research, commissioned by the Department of Health, was based on random swab testing of 105,000 people between November 13 and 24. Overall, one in 100 tested positive compared with one in 80 during the previous round of testing between October 16 and November 2.  Imperial College's monthly React survey of 105,000 people between November 13 and 24, published this morning, found that coronavirus cases fell to 72,000 infections per day from around 100,000 new infections per day at the end of October. This graph shows how cases have largely fallen everywhere in the past month, particularly in the north-east and north-west. The darker the blue colour the larger the fall Sharp decline: Based on its Octob

'We will never cancel debate at this school': Provost of Eton College LORD WALDERGRAVE says school 'prides itself on independent, critical thinking' amid Freedom of Speech row over sacked English teacher

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Recently, a false narrative has been circulating in the national – and even international – media about Eton. Someone might even say it was fake news. The narrative is that a teacher has been sacked for preparing a video lecture about radical feminist doctrines on gender which put forward an alternative viewpoint for discussion by boys. It is alleged that he was sacked for having the temerity to articulate such views. This is false. Eton now, as in the past, is a school which prides itself on encouraging open-minded, independent and critical thinking. Boys are encouraged to think about and discuss challenging topics. This happens in the classroom every day and in a wide variety of lectures given both by Eton's own teachers, and by outside visitors. Lord Waldergrave says school 'prides itself on independent, critical thinking' amid Freedom of Speech row over sacked English teacher It comes after a head teacher was sacked from his job at Eton College after a lecture he prepa

Stargazers gather in cities across the US as the Beaver Moon illuminates the night skies ahead of the lunar eclipse

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Stargazers were in for a treat in the early hours of Monday with a Beaver Moon - the full moon of November - going through a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse began around 2:32am EST on Monday morning, but was expected to be faint. But the full moon itself also drew crowds, and with many photographers taking the opportunity to take a breathtaking snap. It reached peak illumination around 4:30am EST, Accuweather said.  The November moon got its name for the time of year when beavers scurried to their shelters ahead of winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. It was also historically the time when hunters trapped beavers for their pelts. NEW YORK: The full moon rises behind people standing on The Edge viewing platform in Manhattan WASHINGTON DC: The Beaver Moon rises over the Capitol The moon is sometimes known as the Frost Moon, the Freezing Moon and the Digging or Scratching Moon, dubbed for animals foraging for nuts among fallen leaves. The last major astronomical event o

Backpackers to get FREE $815 a fortnight dole payment in Australia under radical new plans drafted after farmers found dire shortage of fruit pickers

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Workers in low-paid farm jobs like fruit picking would be able to stay on the dole under a parliamentary committee's plan to improve backpacker visas. The Joint Standing Committee on Migration released its final report into the working holiday maker program on Monday. The report, which was sparked by pandemic labour shortages, called for low-paid farm workers to continue to receive JobSeeker payments, which are currently $815 a fortnight for a single unemployed person.  As well, there should be an extension of age limits for the program to people who passed 30 or 35 while waiting or who were granted visas before coronavirus are included. The Joint Standing Committee on Migration released a report on Monday with recommendations to help Australia's fruit picker shortage. Pictures: A woman picking fruit on a farm Countries with low virus infection rates should be prioritised under a country-by-country approach. Alternatively, the government could look at giving countries which usu

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis will today announce whether the government will hold a public inquiry into state collusion in murder of lawyer Pat Finucane during the Troubles

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Grieving relatives of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane will learn today if their 31-year battle for justice could be finally won. The UK Government will later announce whether it will hold a public inquiry into the killing of the lawyer. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis will tell the solicitor's family how the state will respond to a court judgment that found it had failed to hold an 'effective investigation' into his death at the hands of loyalist paramilitaries. Mr Finucane, a 39-year-old solicitor who represented both republican and loyalist paramilitaries during the Troubles, was shot dead in his family home in north Belfast in February 1989 by the Ulster Defence Association in an attack found to have involved collusion with the state. Mr Finucane's widow Geraldine and the couple's three children have been campaigning for decades for a public inquiry to establish the extent of security force involvement. Last year, the Supreme Court said all previ

Philip Green's Arcadia empire faces collapse within HOURS as 13,000 staff brace for being jobless this Christmas - as senior insider says 'no last minute rescue' is expected 'despite £50m loan offer from billionaire rival Mike Ashley'

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The group behind major high street brands including Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins could collapse within hours - with 13,000 staff facing losing their job. Sir Philip Green's Arcadia group is likely to enter administration today. Senior insiders say no last minute rescue deal is expected. That's despite a £50million loan offer from billionaire rival and Newcastle Football club owner Mike Ashley.   Mr Ashley's Frasers Group wrote to Arcadia on Sunday saying it would offer an emergency to help with the group's short-term cash-flow problems.   However insiders have reportedly told the BBC that even with a £50million loan Arcadia would be 'impossible to save'. Meanwhile former city minister Baron Paul Myners today slammed Sir Philip in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today Programme - in which he described the businessman as 'probably the rudest businessman' he had ever met. He said: 'Covid has obviously been a significant factor, but the truth