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The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in June

Our streaming picks for June, including ‘Sweet Tooth,’ ‘Good on Paper’ and ‘Eden'

By Noel Murray

Every month, streaming services in Australia add a new batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for June.

2 Russian crew do spacewalk at International Space Station

MOSCOW — Two Russian cosmonauts ventured out of the International Space Station Wednesday on a spacewalk to prepare for the arrival of a new Russian module.

It’s the first spacewalk for both Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, who arrived at the space station in April, and it’s expected to last about 6 1/2 hours.

The two needed to get the space station ready for the undocking and disposal of the Pirs docking compartment, which will be replaced later this year by the new Nauka (Science) multipurpose laboratory module.

They have already replaced a fluid flow regulator and also need to replace biological and material science samples on the exterior of the Russian modules.

The two Russians currently team up at the space outpost with NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Exports jump to $32.21 billion in May; trade deficit at $6.32 billion

Exports in May last year stood at $19.24 billion and in May 2019 it was at $29.85 billion, the Commerce Ministry’s preliminary data showed

India’s exports grew by 67.39% to $32.21 billion in May driven by healthy growth in sectors such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products and chemicals, according government data released on June 2.

Exports in May last year stood at $19.24 billion and in May 2019 it was at $29.85 billion, the Commerce Ministry’s preliminary data showed.

Imports in May rose by 68.54% to $38.53 billion, from $22.86 billion in May 2020. In May 2019, imports stood at $46.68 billion.

“India is thus a net importer in May 2021 with a trade deficit of $6.32 billion, an increase of 74.69% over trade deficit $3.62 billion in May 2020 and reduction by 62.49% over trade deficit $16.84 billion in May 2019,” the Ministry said.

Oil imports during the month under review rose to $9.45 billion, as compared to $3.57 billion in May 2020. In May 2019, it stood at $12.59 billion.

Exports during Apr-May this year jumped to $62.84 billion, as against $29.6 billion in the same period last year. It was $55.88 billion in Apr-May 2019, the data showed.

Imports during Apr-May 2021 was $84.25 billion, an increase from $39.98 billion in April-May 2020. In Apr-May 2019 it stood at $89.07 billion.

In Apr-May 2021, oil imports aggregated at $20.32 billion from $8.24 billion in Apr-May 2020. In Apr-May 2019 it was $24.16 billion.

Dogecoin explosion: Elon Musk tweet and major listing sends meme cryptocurrency rocketing

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Conservative Columnist Warns Of GOP Plot To Steal 2024 Election

Conservative columnist Max Boot envisioned a “nightmare scenario” as he warned of a GOP plot to steal future elections in his latest column for The Washington Post.

“Republicans have spent nearly seven months making bogus charges of fraud in the 2020 election under the banner of ‘stop the steal,’” Boot wrote Tuesday. “Now they have segued into a ‘start the steal’ offensive to ensure that they will win the 2022 and 2024 elections — even if most voters once again support the Democratic Party.”

The pundit broke down how GOP-sponsored bills to restrict voting in Georgia and Arizona — plus temporarily blocked legislation aimed at doing the same in Texas — sought “to avert another election defeat for Republicans” and may help the GOP overturn results.

Boot then feared “a Republican-controlled Congress overturning the 2024 presidential election results to install (ex-president Donald) Trump or a Trump mini-me in the White House.”

“I hope I am being overly alarmist. I really do,” said Boot. “But after the storming of the Capitol — and the Republican failure to hold the instigators to account — we have crossed a Rubicon.”

“The best way to protect our electoral system is to pass the For the People Act, which would curb partisan gerrymandering and protect voting rights” he concluded. “Senate Democrats have to choose between saving the filibuster and saving democracy. They can’t do both.”

Read Boot’s full essay here.


Here's a quick way to make a budget and start saving more money

Really, a budget is just a list.

It's most efficient to build this kind of budget on a spreadsheet somewhere — whether it's Microsoft Excel or a Google doc. Then add new expenses as you spend.

And those new expenses will surely pop up. Try to do as much planning as you can for those once or twice a year costs — like buying presents around the holidays, or that vacation you plan every year. Or, the unexpected doctor's visit.

The more you track your spending and keep an eye on it, the better you'll get at homing in on your monthly expenses.

Check out this video for a step-by-step guide to making a budget that will work for you.

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