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Ruby Princess passengers launch class action over alleged COVID-19 mishandling

Ruby Princess passengers launch class action over alleged COVID-19 mishandling

Law firm Shine Justice (ASX: SHJ) has filed a class action against the operators of the Ruby Princess cruise ship, Carnival Plc and Princess Cruise Lines, over the alleged mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak on board. The law firm is seeking compensation through the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of passengers, their families and t...

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DroneShield shares fly after US Air Force contract

DroneShield shares fly after US Air Force contract

Update: Since this story was published, DroneShield announced an order from the European Ministry of Defence for its RadarZero portable counterdrone system, sending shares 16 per cent higher to 18 cents each in early trading.  Shares in Australian defence technology group DroneShield (ASX: DRO) have risen by more ...

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Surfers Paradise Marriott set for $35m rebrand

Surfers Paradise Marriott set for $35m rebrand

The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa will have a new name and look in December as part of a $35 million rebrand to bring a new luxury aesthetic to the iconic hotel. The upgrade represents the first introduction of the multinational chain's JW Marriott brand in Australia, named after John Willard Marriott, Sr who founded...

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Woolworths taps SendFX to power international money transfers

Woolworths taps SendFX to power international money transfers

SendFX has been selected by Woolworths's Employees Credit Union to offer members preferential exchange rates and an improved digital offering for international money transfers. The partnership is not just a win for the Young Entrepreneur Award-winning founders of SendFX Ian Cragg and Paul Billing (pictured), but a boon for the members...

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Retail Food Group dairy facility closed after workers test positive for COVID-19

Retail Food Group dairy facility closed after workers test positive for COVID-19

A dairy processing plant in Tullamarine, Melbourne that supports Retail Food Group's (ASX: RFG) operations has been shut down after three workers tested positive for COVID-19. The Dairy Country facility's entire staff will now be sent to get tested and the premises will only reopen once deep-cleaning has been completed. "...

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Airnorth resumes Gold Coast-Townsville flights

Airnorth resumes Gold Coast-Townsville flights

Australia's second-longest running airline Airnorth has reopened its third intrastate flight route in Queensland within the space of a few weeks, connecting the Gold Coast and Townsville as domestic travel starts to pick up. Services will commence on August 2 and will operate twice weekly every Sunday and Wednesday between the two cit...

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Provenir mobile abattoir granted licence to operate in Victoria

Provenir mobile abattoir granted licence to operate in Victoria

Provenir has secured a licence from the Victorian Food Safety Authority to operate its mobile abattoir in the state, allowing the company to branch out from New South Wales. The company, which launched in 2019 after receiving the go-ahead from the NSW Food Authority, will now be able to operate the first and only mobile abattoir in V...

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Bega Cheese launches AI innovation to protect bees

Bega Cheese launches AI innovation to protect bees

Bega Cheese (ASX: BGA) has marked its entry into the honey aisle with the launch of the Purple Hive Project, an initiative designed to protect honey bees from the threat of the destructive Varroa mite. The pest has crippled bee colonies around the world, and while the mite is yet to hit the Australian industry it is only a matte...

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Ingham's Victorian processing plant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

Ingham's Victorian processing plant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

An Ingham's (ASX: ING) processing plant in Melbourne has been shut down after five employees returned positive tests for COVID-19. The site, which engages in 'further processing' (turning poultry into products like nuggets, burgers, etc.), has been temporarily closed and all other employees have been requested to self-isolate ...

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Zelira partners with US research centre to treat symptoms of diabetes complications

Zelira partners with US research centre to treat symptoms of diabetes complications

Zelira (ASX: ZLD) has partnered with US-based Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi (CVSCM) to develop and commercialise CBD and hemp products to target symptoms associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Diabetic Neuropathies (DPN). Under the agreement, Zelira will grant an exclusive licence to CVSCM to manufacture, ...

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9 in 10 with symptoms don't self-isolate: Victoria reports 484 new cases

9 in 10 with symptoms don't self-isolate: Victoria reports 484 new cases

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says cases will continue to go "up and up" if behaviours don't change as the state records a record-breaking 484 new cases of COVID-19 today. Data analysis has revealed more than one in two people waiting for test results are ignoring isolation orders and going to places like work and the sho...

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Viva Leisure to acquire Plus Fitness franchisor for $18m

Viva Leisure to acquire Plus Fitness franchisor for $18m

Viva Leisure expects a new deal will make it the fourth-largest fitness group in Australia by number of clubs, and the third-largest in member numbers.  Earlier this week industry body Fitness Australia reported 60 per cent of gym businesses claimed they would go out of business without JobKeeper, but an acquisition announcement toda...

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16 new COVID-19 cases in NSW, Thai Rock cluster grows to 37

16 new COVID-19 cases in NSW, Thai Rock cluster grows to 37

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says businesses should act like they expect the next customer who walks through their doors could have the virus. The COVID-19 cluster linked to the Thai Rock restaurant in Sydney continues to grow with New South Wales reporting 16 new cases of the coronavirus today. Of the new cases, 11 can be trac...

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Joint taskforce arrests 12 over alleged crime syndicate fraud

Joint taskforce arrests 12 over alleged crime syndicate fraud

Authorities have arrested 12 individuals linked to an alleged criminal syndicate after an 18-month operation targeting tax fraud, including seven men arrested in Queensland who are expected to be extradited to NSW to face court. The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Australian Securities and Invest...

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AMA calls for national consistency on mask wearing and stronger state borders

AMA calls for national consistency on mask wearing and stronger state borders

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called on the National Cabinet to meet, discuss and adopt a nationwide position on mask wearing and the strengthening of state borders to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a statement AMA President Dr Tony Bartone says the adoption of mask wearing in areas of community transmission is essential, ...

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Riviera expanding production facility to meet demand for luxury yachts

Riviera expanding production facility to meet demand for luxury yachts

A multimillion-dollar expansion of luxury yacht builder Riviera's production facility will increase the company's capacity by more than 20 per cent as demand rises. Currently under construction, the expansion of its 14-hectare facility on the Gold Coast will bring Rivera's production under one roof, which the group says will e...

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Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper named global brand ambassador for Bondi Vite

Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper named global brand ambassador for Bondi Vite

A producer of vitamins for professional and everyday athletes Bondi Vite has named Captain of the Wallabies Michael Hooper (pictured) as its global brand ambassador. The Sydney-based company, founded by former professional rugby player Damien Fitzpatrick, says Hooper's status as one of Australia's leading sportspeople was in perfe...

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Downer to raise $400m, mulls exit from Spotless hospitality business

Downer to raise $400m, mulls exit from Spotless hospitality business

Almost three years after acquiring an 88 per cent share in Spotless Group for $1.3 billion, Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) plans to buy all remaining shares in the company while selling off some of its divisions. Amidst a planned $400 million equity raising at a 12 per cent discount at $3.75 per share, Downer is cleaning up shop and cons...

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Bauer Media Australia shuts down eight titles

Bauer Media Australia shuts down eight titles

Eight major titles under the Bauer Media Australia umbrella will be shut down due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the company's advertising revenues. The titles to be closed were temporarily paused in May and include Harper's BAZAAR, ELLE, InStyle, Men's Health, Women's Health, Good Health, NW, and OK!. Today'...

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JobKeeper 2.0 details revealed, extended by six months

JobKeeper 2.0 details revealed, extended by six months

The Federal Government has today affirmed it will maintain current JobKeeper arrangements until the end of September, before introducing JobKeeper 2.0 with staged reductions until 31 March 2021. The new two-tiered payment support scheme is expected to lift the total cost of the initiative by $16 billion. From October, businesses that ...

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Ardent Leisure charged over Dreamworld tragedy

Ardent Leisure charged over Dreamworld tragedy

The operator of Dreamworld, Ardent Leisure (ASX: ALG), could be hit with $4.5 million in fines over charges relating to the Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy in 2016. The company confirmed that the Queensland Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has today filed three charges against Ardent Leisure in the Magistrates Court, alleging the compa...

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Kogan sales still skyrocketing four years after ASX listing

Kogan sales still skyrocketing four years after ASX listing

E-commerce giant Kogan (ASX: KGN) has seen sales nearly double during the fourth quarter, four years on from the company's debut on the ASX. The company's gross sales hit $94 million in June, with the company bagging $17 million in profit during the month. Comparing the fourth quarter of this financial year to 4Q19 gross sales...

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Majority of Australians would present at work with cold and flu symptoms

Majority of Australians would present at work with cold and flu symptoms

Approximately 70 per cent of Australians would go to work with cold or flu symptoms, despite extensive public health communication telling people to stay home if sick. These findings, from an independent survey commissioned by cleaning services company Cleancorp, raise alarm bells for employers as many Australians head back to the office ...

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CannPal breakthrough as treatment alleviates dermatitis in dogs

CannPal breakthrough as treatment alleviates dermatitis in dogs

Pet pharmaceuticals company CannPal (ASX: CP1) is in advanced discussions with commercialisation partners for its oral nutraceutical DermaCann, which has demonstrated reduced skin inflammation for dogs with atopic dermatitis. The company has today announced the completion of its safety and efficacy study for DermaCann - one of three ...

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Brisbane tech startup accepted into exclusive US accelerator program

Brisbane tech startup accepted into exclusive US accelerator program

A startup behind an AI-based IT support platform is one of seven companies from around the globe accepted into an exclusive US-based business accelerator program. Brisbane-based TRIBU, a fresh startup from the minds behind CROFTi, beat out thousands of applicants to be accepted into the LAUNCH Accelerator. LAUNCH is a 14-week program ...

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New workforce management tool to help employers support staff health and wellbeing

New workforce management tool to help employers support staff health and wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced business owners to truly understand the importance of employee health and wellbeing; just one employee contracting the coronavirus could spell disaster for many businesses. And while instructing employees to work from home allows companies to mitigate the threat of an outbreak at the office, the mental hea...

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JobKeeper lifeline will remain open for business

JobKeeper lifeline will remain open for business

Since JobKeeper was announced on March 30 it has provided a massive economic and psychological boost to the nation. At a cost of $70 billion it is supporting 960,000 businesses and 3.5 million workers, or about 30 per cent of the pre-COVID private sector workforce. It is the single largest fiscal measure in Australia's history. It...

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Majority stake in BCT puts MyFiziq one step closer to NASDAQ listing

Majority stake in BCT puts MyFiziq one step closer to NASDAQ listing

The following article is sponsored content in partnership with MyFiziq. Business News Australia does not give financial advice. MyFiziq (ASX: MYQ) will increase its shareholding in Body Composition Technologies Pte Ltd (BCT) by taking a majority stake of 54.5 per cent in the company. MyFiziq has developed and patented a proprietary di...

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Flexigroup humming as an Afterpay for large transactions

Flexigroup humming as an Afterpay for large transactions

A record number of e-commerce and instore integrations have led Flexigroup's (ASX: FXL) buy-now pay-later (BNPL) platform Humm to grow significantly during the fourth quarter. The payments solution, designed for larger transactions of up to $30,000 in the retail, health and services spaces, saw total transaction growth of 447 per cent...

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NSW border restrictions to tighten with Victoria

NSW border restrictions to tighten with Victoria

The NSW Government will make it even harder for people travelling from Victoria to enter the state as of midnight, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) urges the public to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible. The state government has established a strict new border zone, tightened permit conditions and stronge...

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