GRAMGood Morning. Infectious disease specialists have called for Greater attention to measures to prevent airborne transmission of the coronavirus. after the premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that Encounters “frighteningly fleeting” had prompted the Sydney cluster involving the highly virulent Delta variant of Covid-19. The five to 10 second contacts, rather than the previous 15 minutes, are believed to be enough to spread the virus, prompting tens of thousands of people to abandon school vacation trips amid a series of shutdowns borders and new restrictions.
Nurses in Victoria have criticized Pfizer’s waste of vital doses due to problems with the vaccine reservation system that have left staff “very frustrated”. The federal government has announced that it will shelve the problematic AstraZeneca vaccine for October, announcing its replacement with injections from Moderna and Pfizer as it rushes to fulfill its promise that all Australians will have access to the vaccine before the end of 2021. Berejiklian also indicated that there could be a complete lockdown for Sydney., telling parliament that his government “would not hesitate to go further and harder.”
The delta variant is likely to cause 90% of new infections in September, The main European disease agency has warned. The variant, first identified in India, is responsible for 99% of new infections in the UK and has risen this week from 4% to 10% of all cases in France. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has urged faster vaccination campaigns across the continent, where 57% of adults have received at least one dose. Oxford scientists are investigating whether the “wonder drug” Ivermectin, which is now used in India, Mexico and throughout South America, could become a highly effective shield against the virus.
A Melbourne-exclusive private school used Jobkeeper payments to supplement its scholarship fund and offer fee refunds to parents. Guardian Australia has learned. Wesley College received $ 18.2 million in worker grants, $ 5 million of which was transferred to its scholarship fund, and parents offered a 20% discount on tuition fees. Principal Nicholas Evans said government funds saved hundreds of jobs at the school and were used to pay staff salaries from April to September 2020. Labor’s Andrew Leigh condemned the private schools that use government money to “subsidize” tuition fees.
Labor has asked the Minister of the Environment, Sussan Law, to “explain the basis” for his claims that Unesco yielded to political pressure listed on the Great Barrier Reef as “endangered”, despite eight reports indicating growing concern for its health.
An emboldened National Party is showing its muscles under Barnaby Joyce, demanding that the Liberals adopt major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin plan as the two sides begin negotiations on a new Coalition deal.
An Australian engineer, detained without charge in Iraq for 77 days, is losing hope of being released. his wife has told Guardian Australia. Robert Pether faces three years in prison for what appears to be a contractual dispute involving his firm and the Iraqi government.
Ben Roberts-Smith has been charged with writing a threatening letter to a fellow SAS soldier and setting his own laptop on fire. during the defamation trial involving the recipient of the Victorian Cross.
Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy newspaper to print final edition today in a movement that, according to observers, represents the death of press freedom in the territory. Chinese police raided the offices of Apple Daily last week. The EU and the UK have strongly criticized the “chilling” move to “silence all voices of the opposition”.
Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has been found dead in a Spanish prison hours after a court approved his extradition to the United States to face charges of tax evasion. The 75-year-old man had previously claimed the charges were politically motivated.
The defense forces of the United Kingdom and Russia have issued contrasting reports. about the alleged firing of warning shots at a British ship patrolling near the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. A BBC journalist aboard HMS Defender confirmed that the Russian military had “harassed” the ship.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has canceled a trip to Munich amid protests by LGBTQ + activists following UEFA’s decision to prevent Euro 2020 host Germany from lighting a soccer stadium in rainbow colors, in protest against homophobia under the Orbán government.
Artificial intelligence has helped restore a Rembrandt masterpiece 300 years after the original canvas was “cut out” to fit between the doors of Amsterdam’s city hall. A contemporary copy of the work, The Night Watch, helped computer algorithms fill in the missing paint segments, pixel by pixel.
Winning literary awards is not a guarantee of immortality. As researchers have discovered, one sixth of the Miles Franklin Award-winning books have completely disappeared from print. But now, as James Shackell writes, a new project seeks to remedy this. “Untapped is a collaboration between authors, libraries and researchers, and it came about because most of Australia’s literary heritage is depleted,” explains Rebecca Gitlin. And thanks to the initiative, up to 200 of Australia’s most “culturally significant” novels will appear as digitized versions in libraries across the country this year.
“Winter is always a slower time for job growth.” And while the payroll numbers are noticeably better than this time last year, there’s no getting around the fact that the Victorian lockdowns have disproportionately affected the hospitality and recreation industries, writes Greg Jericho. “These two industries have consistently been hit the hardest by closed closings and travel restrictions, and more importantly, they are industries with high levels of casual and part-time workers.” And once again, it is the public sector that helps create and replace jobs.
“If I were to describe my particular flavor of the 10 funniest things I’ve seen on the Internet, the word ‘dumb‘ comes to mind. ” This week’s curator, Greta Lee Jackson, hasn’t gone for the intellectual laughs, but if you’ve ever been unable to correctly identify common veggies during potentially awkward grocery store confrontations, this week’s collection might be for you.
Right to repair. It’s one of the most pernicious concepts in contemporary capitalism, but as built-in obsolescence becomes widespread in industries like the smartphone industry, the Australian government is contemplating a regulatory rollback to reduce e-waste. Josh Taylor explores the problem in this episode of Full Story.
To play or not to play? That is the question facing Australian rugby next season as, after winning just two games out of 25 against New Zealand rivals last season, the Super Rugby Australia debates continued in isolation. Bret Harris describes some potential formats.
Spain’s start of Euro 2020 has finally taken off, with a sweeping 5-0 win over Slovakia in their last Group E match. La Roja were in imperative form, preventing their opponents from even a shot on goal in a devastating first half. Spain now faces Croatia.
The advice to wear masks inside offices is dissuading thousands of workers returning to Melbourne’s CBD, business leaders have told the Age. Foot traffic is still as low as 15% compared to two years ago. A WA man whose mother died while trapped in hotel quarantine has gone on a hunger strike, the ABC reports. James Turbitt hopes the law “might turn some heads” about the limitations of the compassionate exemption rules. And dozens of women have revealed the challenges of living in Fifo communities, informs the Western Australia, including cleaning seekers repeatedly to have sex and women whose underwear is stolen from washing lines.
The producer of the satirical comedy group Friendlyjordies, Kristo Langker, who was arrested for allegedly harassing Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro, will appear in court.
The ACCC will release a report on energy prices that will show that costs have fallen and are likely to decline further.
And if you’ve read this far …
For centuries, humans have wondered: are we alone in the universe? But while our gaze has increasingly strayed outward, have aliens already had the same thought? Astronomers now have new clues as to where to look. Having annotated 2,034 star systems 326 light years from Earth, they have come up with a short list of planets from which aliens would be perfectly positioned to monitor human and radio transmissions. And there are 29 possible candidates.
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