Tag Archives: Australia

Sydney Rings Out 2020 With Traditional Fireworks

The Victor Harbor Times reports: Sydney has largely banned crowds for its world-renowned pyrotechnic display, while Melbourne’s fireworks are cancelled. NSW restrictions were tightened further on Wednesday as the state battles to control its growing outbreak. Residents in Greater Sydney, including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains, will be restricted to hosting five visitors in their homes, including children. And …

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Climate Change News: “Seaweed Feed” Wins $1M Prize

Australia’s ABC News outlet reports: A company commercialising seaweed feed product, which slashes the amount of greenhouse gases cattle burp and fart into the atmosphere, has won a $1 million international prize for its work reshaping the food system. According to the science agency, methane emissions from livestock make up around 15 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Future Feed …

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Qantas To Mandate COVID Vax For International Flights

The BBC reports: International air travelers will in future need to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to board Qantas flights, the airline says. The Australian flag carrier’s boss, Alan Joyce, said the move would be “a necessity” when vaccines are available. “I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other …

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Pizza Worker’s COVID Lie Shut Down Australian State

The Guardian reports: South Australia’s six-day lockdown will end three days early at midnight on Saturday after it was revealed a male who tested positive for Covid-19 had lied to contact tracers over working in a pizza bar where another case had worked. The state’s premier, Steven Marshall, made the admission after contact tracers further investigated a male with Covid-19 …

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Biden Reassures Asian Allies In Calls With Leaders

Reuters reports: In their first calls with Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security. The three key Asian allies – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Australian Prime …

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Qantas Airways Sells Out 7-Hour “Flight To Nowhere”

The Washington Post reports: A seven-hour “flight to nowhere” advertised by Australian airline Qantas sold out within 10 minutes on Thursday. To comply with restrictions on interstate travel, the flight will depart Sydney on Oct. 10 and return on the same day, with no stops along the way. But passengers are promised views of the Great Barrier Reef, the Uluru …

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Australian PM: Border Might Be Closed Until Mid-2021

Bloomberg News reports: Prime Minister Scott Morrison signaled that Australia’s borders may remain closed to most international visitors until the middle of next year as the coronavirus crisis escalates across the world. Morrison was asked whether he shared the view of Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce that there was little chance of traveling overseas for at least …

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Australian PM Limits Public Gatherings To Two People

Australia’s 7 News reports: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the strictest gathering recommendations to date. The official advice has tightened to advise that no more than two people gather in public spaces at any given time. Morrison said the two-person maximum would not yet be enforced with on-the-spot fines. “States and territories will decide whether they proceed to make …

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Australia, New Zealand Close Borders To Non-Citizens

The Guardian reports: Australia and New Zealand’s borders will be shut to anyone who is not a citizen or resident, in an escalation of both countries’ efforts to tackle the coronavirus. “At no time in New Zealand’s history has a power like this been used, and I recognise how extraordinary it is,” New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern said on …

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Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Released From Hospital

The New York Times reports: The actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been released from an Australian hospital and will remain in self-isolation after being treated for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, their son said in a video statement on Monday. “They’re still self-quarantined obviously, but they’re feeling a lot better so that’s a relief,” their son …

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Tennis Legend And Anti-LGBT Activist Margaret Court: The Blood Of Jesus Protects My Church From The Virus

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: Margaret Court is now the pastor of Victory Life Centre, a Christian church in Perth. They have no plans to close services as a result of the coronavirus, and a message on her website shows just how far Court is willing to take her religious delusions. “We are in agreement that this [COVID-19] …

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Australian Official Positive After Meeting Barr, Ivanka

USA Today reports: A senior cabinet member in Australia’s government who said Friday he is infected with the new coronavirus was pictured last week standing next to Ivanka Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other White House officials. Peter Dutton, who is Australia’s minister for home affairs, released a statement saying he has been diagnosed with the virus – COVID-19 …

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Hanks Case Amplifies US Failures In Virus Response

The New York Times reports: Tom Hanks had a cold, or so he thought: slight fever, body aches, chills, the usual. In the United States, those symptoms may not be enough to get tested for the new coronavirus. But he and his wife, Rita Wilson, who also felt sick, weren’t at home — they were in Australia. Here, testing is …

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Tom Hanks And Wife Rita Wilson Ill With Coronavirus

Deadline reports: We have just received word that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were tested positive for the coronavirus. Both were down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. In the film, two-time Oscar winner Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. In a separate statement from Warners, they became that …

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Ex-Gay Torture Minister Charged With Molestation

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A former Uniting Church minister who also ran one of the country’s most prominent gay conversion therapy programs has been charged with committing historical child sexual offences more than 30 years ago. Former Reverend Ron Charles Brookman, 70, faced a Sydney court on Tuesday over allegations he indecently assaulted a 13-year-old who was in his …

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Australian Scientists Successfully Grow Wuhan Virus

Business Insider reports: Scientists in Melbourne, Australia, have successfully grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which could help provide international experts with crucial information to beat the virus. It’s the first time the virus has been grown in a cell culture outside China. The scientists come from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity — a joint …

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Gay Man Kills Himself After Protesting Drag Queens

Buzzfeed News reports: A young man has died in an apparent suicide the day after footage of him leading a protest against drag queens, alongside members of a right-wing student group, went viral. Wilson Gavin, who was president of the University of Queensland’s conservative Liberal National Club, was heavily criticised for his part in the protest after the footage was …

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Australian Bushfires Merge To Form “Megafire” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Australia’s bushfire crisis worsened Thursday night into Friday as hot, dry and windy conditions redeveloped across the country’s hard-hit southeast, causing two large blazes to merge into one. The new “megafire” measures about 1.5 million acres, about the size of the state of Delaware or roughly eight times as large as New York City. “What we’re …

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Mormon Group: Our Prayers Made It Rain In Australia

The Friendly Atheist reports: The part of the Mormon Church that oversees the Pacific region has claimed responsibility for causing it to rain in Australia, saying a prayer and fasting event brought life-saving precipitation down on a country where fires have burned 12.35 million acres of land (so far). The Pacific Area Presidency, made up of an area president and …

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AUSTRALIA: State Of Emergency For New South Wales

CNN reports: The Australian state of New South Wales has declared a state of emergency and could begin forced evacuations from fire-stricken areas, as emergency crews battle deadly blazes and brace for a dangerous weekend ahead. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that the emergency declaration would come into effect Friday morning as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate significantly …

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