gHello. Weeks of speculation over Novak Djokovic’s involvement in the Australian Open have come to an end after the world No.1 revealed last night he has a medical exemption to bypass Melbourne’s strict quarantine rules. Meanwhile, more NSW hospital staff are speaking out against the pressure of staffing shortages and recording Covid infections.
Djokovic is on his way to Melbourne to defend his Australian Open title after refusing to disclose his Covid vaccine status. Organizers of the Australian Open have confirmed he has received a medical exemption and said two panels of experts have reviewed the case. The Australian Technical Advisory Group is authorizing exemptions for reasons such as major acute medical conditions to any serious side effects from previous doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The reason for Djokovic’s exemption is unclear and has received mixed responses from his peers.
Employees at New South Wales hospitals have expressed anger at being left on the front lines with seriously depleted staff levels amid a large increase in Covid cases. “The light at the end of a tunnel is a fucked up train right now,” said Gil Wilson, head nurse at Lismore Base Hospital. “We cannot see an end to this.” NSW set another record for new infections, with 23,131 cases reported yesterday and a positivity rate of 28%. Scott Morrison continues to be criticized for his decision not to provide free rapid antigenic tests, so what are other countries doing? Many offer free and widely available testing and price caps for private sales in other countries – very different approaches to the Australian policy of leaving testing to the “private market”.
Lawyers for Prince Andrew have fought to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against the royal a day after a 2009 deal was unsealed between Giuffre and the late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Lewis Kaplan closely questioned Andrew’s lawyers about their claim the settlement means Giuffre’s lawsuit should be dismissed. He also promised “a decision very soon”.
Waters off Sydney suffer from extreme sea heatwave, with temperatures 3 ° C above normal and likely to be at their highest levels on record for January. Global warming, La Niña and atmospheric conditions are believed to be responsible.
The Catholic Church’s unsuccessful attempt to argue that it was not responsible for the abuse of a priest against a five-year-old child, as this took place during “social” visits after opening hours. was called “ruthless” by the survivor and “common sense” by a judge.
$ 316.5 million Indigenous cultural neighborhood to be established in Canberra, which would include a long-awaited national resting place for the ancestral remains of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, as part of a plan announced by the Morrison government.
‘Unprecedented’ number of people withdrew from Australian diplomatic posts abroad during pandemic, revealed an internal government document.
Emma Watson was accused of anti-Semitism after posting message of support for Palestinians. The former Israeli ambassador to the UN attacked the actor’s post with a Twitter post saying “10 Gryffindor points for being an anti-Semite” and was accused of “cynical militarization” of the term.
European gas prices rose more than 30% yesterday, adding to growing concerns about the cost of heating a home, as supplies that typically arrive in Europe from Siberia continued to flow east for the 15th day in a row.
Paraguayan military officer dies after being impaled by deer while serving in a security service at the presidential residence.
Angus and Julia Stone arrived on the Australian music scene as a duo in 2006, and although they still make music together, they both forged solo music careers. Angus is rocking smug as Dope Lemon and releasing his third album this week, titled Rose Pink Cadillac. A particular guitar is essential to every Angus record: a 1960s Telecaster given to him by his father. Stone tells us about this “Holy Grail” instrument, as well as the story of what he would save from a fire and the object he most regrets losing.
Something has changed in many Australian families over the past couple of years. For some, upheaval meant not only stress, but also slowing down, coming together and more adaptability.. “The pandemic has reset the importance of just being able to spend time with your children,” said Nick Tebbey, National Managing Director of Relationships Australia. “People got real strength from it and were almost surprised at how much they enjoyed their time together. “
On the evening of Sunday, January 5, 1975, the bulk carrier Lake Illawarra sailed down the Derwent River at Hobart and missed the main navigation challenge under the Tasman Bridge. He knocked down two pillars and caused more than 100 yards of road 45 yards to collapse into the river below, along with four cars that crossed the ditch. Twelve people died, and the death toll would have been much higher if it had not been for a quiet Sunday evening during the New Years holiday period.
One of our favorite full story episodes of 2021 was about portraying First Nations on the reality show. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down. The show was marred by controversies over race and lack of diversity, but it also saw the debut of its first Aboriginal drag queen: Biripi and Queen Worimi JoJo Zaho. JoJo talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the power of First Nations dating and the journey to glory.
Public confusion and mistrust of vaccination in Papua New Guinea has been fueled by what experts say are crippling failures in the authorities’ response to the pandemic. For Australia Reads today, Pacific Editor-in-Chief Kate Lyons presents an investigation by Jo Chandler into how the country’s Covid strategy has gone so wrong.
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Nick Kyrgios will arrive in Sydney this week with the lowest ranking since his breakout performance at Wimbledon in 2014. His withdrawal from a warm-up event in Melbourne due to asthma means he will break out of the top 100. According to a live estimate, Kyrgios is now at 115, but there is a possibility that that will drop further from here. the next publication of the official standings Monday, in a week at the Australian Open.
Covid forced the closing of nearly 270 childcare centers in NSW yesterday with more closings expected as the industry faces staff shortages, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The companies are sale of rapid antigen tests on Uber Eats up to $ 65, depending on Age but the consumer watchdog told the ABC that by investigating excessively priced tests, he no evidence of widespread price increases.
The national cabinet will meet for the first time in 2022 with rapid antigen testing expected to be high on the agenda.
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