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Pauline Hanson launches GoFundMe page to battle QLD border closures

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Controversial One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson is hoping to file a case against the Queensland Government after they refuse to open their borders to tourism.</p> <p>She claims that the closures have become unconstitutional and that there is no official advice from federal authorities saying they’re required.</p> <p>If the Queensland Premier is unable to provide official documents stating why the borders have to remain closed by tomorrow afternoon, High Court action could be just weeks away.</p> <p>As taking cases to the High Court isn’t cheap, Hanson has set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the case, with the goal of raising $1,000,000.</p> <p>The fight to take the issue to the High Court came after the Queensland Premier said that the borders would stay closed until at least September, a statement that was backed up by the state’s chief medical officer.</p> <p>Pauline Hanson has this morning told <em>The Today Show</em> there’s no reason the borders shouldn’t open now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"I'm all for leadership but this is a dictatorship and it's ridiculous." Pauline Hanson is threatening to take Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the High Court if she doesn't reopen the state's borders. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/6XFDH49mmO">pic.twitter.com/6XFDH49mmO</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1265377851353763840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We may not have a cure for the coronavirus, a vaccine for another year or two, we can’t keep the borders closed that long.</p> <p>“It’s a virus that we have to live with. Just because you get coronavirus, doesn’t mean that it’s a death sentence.</p> <p>“It will affect those people with underlying health issues, but the whole fact is that we’re destroying our economy more so than what the coronavirus is.</p> <p>“Tell me, 100 deaths because of the coronavirus, and last year we had over 900 because of the flu.</p> <p>“So go figure there, we didn’t close the borders because of the flu, so we have closed them because of coronavirus.</p> <p>“People are getting depression, suicide, businesses are closing, losing homes, losing businesses.</p> <p>“And the majority of people last that I’ve heard, 67 percent wants the borders opened.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Impoverished Indian couple try to sell their two-month-old amid lockdown

<p>With no work of money amid India’s lockdown, a migrant worker couple in Hyderabad tried to sell their two-month-old baby boy for Rs 22,000 (AUD$443).</p> <p>People took to Twitter to share the “horrific” news, discussing how the lockdown is pushing people to take drastic steps.</p> <p>It is reported that authorities arrested the couple Madan Kumar Singh, 32 and Saritha, 30, who migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Hyderabad, for work.</p> <p>The construction labourers who lost their jobs during the lockdown asked a woman named Seshu to help broker the deal. She was also taken into custody.</p> <p>The couple have two children and tried to sell the younger one.</p> <p>The first child is seven years old.</p> <p>Sharing the news report, tweep @Agrawal_Raj: “Now this. A new low being reached every day. While this too shall pass, scars and sorrow will remain forever. #migrants”</p> <p>According to PV Padmaja Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Balanagar, the child was “rescued and shifted to Sishu Vihar being run by the Women and Child Welfare Department,” reported<span> </span><em>hindustantimes.com.</em></p> <p>The report also stated that as per enquiries, the couple was “facing acute poverty conditions”.</p> <p>According to police the couple had thought they won’t be able to raise the second child due to their financial condition.</p> <p>However, the child’s mother told the police that her husband was an alcoholic, and was demanding money from her to buy liquor.</p> <p>The broker Seshu, allegedly helped them find a childless couple, who agreed to buy the child for Rs22,000 (AUD$443). The police said they received a tipoff, and managed to arrest Seshu as she was taking the child for a medical examination.</p> <p>Highlighting the miserable conditions faced by India’s migrant workers and other poor people in the country, @TheAmitLakhani tweeted: “Misery and sufferings all around. Just imagine, parents, selling off their child because of poverty.”</p> <p>However, @KhalidHMukadam said the reason could be, to ensure their baby didn’t starve: “[maybe] they were ensuring their child gets proper food and care…”</p> <p>Tweep @All4Dhananjay pointed out that the politicians, and lawmakers, were continuing to ignore the sufferings of the poor citizens. “Where has humanity died? Why don't local administration… ministers come out from there air-conditioned rooms, and assist the needy?”, he asked.</p>

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Jacinda Ardern abruptly halted live TV interview due to earthquake

<p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was broadcasting live on television during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Wellington on Monday morning.</p> <p>The earthquake was centred 30kms north west of Levin on the north island and was felt sharply in Wellington.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of New Zealander’s reported feeling weak rattling as far north as Auckland and as far south as Dunedin.</p> <p>Ardern remained unflappable as the earthquake hit, as she explained that the Beehive moves a little more than most.</p> <p>The Beehive is the executive government building in New Zealand.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern caught on camera as 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near the capital city of Wellington (no immediate damage reported) <a href="https://t.co/5zq64ud0rb">pic.twitter.com/5zq64ud0rb</a></p> — Peter Martinez (@rePetePro) <a href="https://twitter.com/rePetePro/status/1264671970718875648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here ... quite a decent shake here. If you see things moving behind me,” she said.</p> <p>The camera shot shakes as Ardern looks around to judge her safety.</p> <p>“The Beehive moves a little more than most,” she joked.</p> <p>“It’s just stopped. No, we’re fine. I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”</p> <p>Commenters on social media agreed that Ardern keeping calm was the most “New Zealand thing ever”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Omg ffs this is the most New Zealand thing ever. <br /><br />Prime Minister being interviewed during an earthquake 😅😅😅 <a href="https://t.co/BQJUS3PAcB">https://t.co/BQJUS3PAcB</a></p> — Chloe Wilson (@ChloeWilson273) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChloeWilson273/status/1264661334961958912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Jacinda has the skills to lead NZ; covid19, march 15, economy and she smiles off a large earthquake like it was nothing. What a person. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nzpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nzpol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NewshubNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewshubNZ</a></p> — Adamski (@damibott) <a href="https://twitter.com/damibott/status/1264648444552949760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote>

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Man who rescued baby whale plans to donate fine funds to marine charities

<p>Django Hopkins didn’t think twice when he saw a baby whale calf tangled in shark netting and rescued the whale in his tinny.</p> <p>However, as Hopkins is from Queensland, it’s illegal to interfere with equipment used for shark control and he could have received a possible fine of up to $26,900.</p> <p>A fundraising page was set up to cover the costs of the fine and it quickly raised more than $20,000.</p> <p>"The GoFundMe page is by two guys I don't even know – they started it, and I think it's about $24,000 today," Hopkins said.</p> <p>He’s made it clear he’s not planning on pocketing the money, as a Department of Fisheries investigation has cleared him of any serious breaches.</p> <p>"It can either go to Sea Shepherd or it can go back to them - I'm not just going to get it and go to the pub when they open."</p> <p>The whole experience of saving the calf was “the best part of the whole thing”, according to Hopkins.</p> <p>"I'm a typical Aussie male, I do stuff first and think about it later. There was no real thinking, I saw it and that was it, you just get going and get in the water," Django told 2GB's Ben Fordham on Thursday.</p> <p>"(Saving the calf) was the best part of the whole thing. Because of the adrenaline going through the whole experience, I can barely remember any of it."</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2jk90q1eTtc"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>He also holds no ill will towards the Department of Fisheries and said they’ve done the right thing.</p> <p>"It's hard to put yourself in the position where you're going to break the law or help something or someone, but they have pulled bodies out of these things - so I get it on their behalf."</p> <p>The whole experience wouldn’t stop him from helping another animal in distress but warns others not to do the same.</p> <p>"I was going straight in. I'm not scared of it, to be honest," he said.</p> <p>"I wouldn't recommend everyone go and do it, its highly dangerous."</p>

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Jacinda Ardern turned away under her own lockdown rules

<p>It appears that not even the Prime Minister of New Zealand is exempt from coronavirus restrictions, as she was turned away from a café in Wellington.</p> <p>The reason she was turned away was that it had already reached its limit of customers under new social distancing rules.</p> <p>A post about the incident was made on Twitter, with Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford sheepishly responding as to why the couple were turned away.</p> <p>"I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organised and book anywhere," he admitted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.</p> — Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) <a href="https://twitter.com/NZClarke/status/1261499022801395712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>After the couple were turned away, a space opened up and the couple were chased down the street by staff from the restaurant.</p> <p>"Was very nice of them to chase us down the street when a spot freed up. A+ service," Gayford said.</p> <p>The owner of the café, Olive, said that they were bemused by the media attention and explained to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12332448" target="_blank">NZ Herald</a><span> </span>that it was nice “after all the drama and stress” of the past two months to talk about “something light-hearted and fun”.</p> <p>"She had a lovely brunch and left half an hour later. She was lovely with all the staff ... [and] she was treated like a normal customer."</p> <p>The café owner also confirmed that it was a date for the couple, as they did not have their 23-month-old daughter Neve with them.</p> <p>"[It was a] date brunch."</p> <p>Cafes and restaurants were not able to operate during the level 4 lockdown in New Zealand and under level three, they could only serve takeaways.</p> <p>As the restrictions were eased to level 2, cafes and restaurants were able to open if they followed strict social distancing rules and ensure contact tracing is in place.</p> <p>Customers must be seated at a distance from each other and be served at the table instead of the counter.</p>

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Prince Harry says “life has changed dramatically” in new video message

<p>Prince Harry has said that life has “changed dramatically” for everyone during the coronavirus crisis as he reflected on what would have been the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, the Duke of Sussex posted a video of himself addressing his followers from his LA home.</p> <p>Harry urged his “Invictus family” to look out for each other after the games were postponed as a result of the pandemic.</p> <p>They were expected to be hosted in The Hague, Netherlands this week but have had to be postponed till 2021 due to the virus.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the <a href="https://twitter.com/InvictusGamesNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@InvictusGamesNL</a>, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: <a href="https://t.co/HLRnzCk9cu">pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu</a></p> — Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreInvictus/status/1259165987288412161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The competition, established by the Prince in 2014, gives current and former wounded, injured or sick veterans from over 20 countries around the world.</p> <p>In the video, Harry said: "As we commemorate VE Day this weekend and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, we should have also been gathering together in the Netherlands to kickstart the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague.</p> <p>"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG 2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation, and they are busy putting plans in place for next year."</p> <p>He added: "The new dates will be shared with you very soon. I hope that all of those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through this challenging time."</p> <p>The Duke urged his Invictus family to make sure they were “supporting one another” during these challenging times.</p> <p>He then thanked the “incredible healthcare professionals” around the world who are helping deal with the coronavirus crisis.</p>

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"Beaten and pinned down": Christian church members dragged into street after raid by Chinese officials

<p>Shocking video footage from inside a Christian church in China shows officials raiding and violently dragging members out of the church mid-service.</p> <p>ChinaAid, a Christian watchdog group on persecution posted the story from the church in Xiamen, a Fujian province.</p> <p>In a video taken at the church, officers and attendees of Xinguang Church shout as attendees try and block the officials from entering.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UkHgvKcpsaM"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Officials then drag a person to the door and the men who were guarding the door were “beaten and pinned down”, according to a statement from<span> </span><em>ChinaAid</em>.</p> <p>"The state security police came banging at the door, then they kicked it down and dragged those in the way outside the doorway,"<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/xiamen-church-05042020155239.html" target="_blank">Radio Free Asia</a><span> </span>quoted Pastor Yang Xibo.</p> <p>Officers also confiscated phones and used “brutal force” against some Christian women as well.</p> <p>As the church’s meeting place is located at a private residence, police broke down barriers and dragged three people out.</p> <p>Church members had received no warnings, which an eyewitness confirmed.</p> <p>"They didn't say anything or show any documentation, but they just nailed a man and a woman to the ground, pinning them by the chest and legs using their knees. "</p> <p>No warrants were reportedly shown, and the church has since been banned.</p> <p>Gina Goh, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for Southeast Asia has said that China is resuming its crackdown on Christianity since the threat posed by COVID-19 has been reduced.</p> <p>"In recent weeks, we have seen an increased number of church demolitions and cross removals on state-sanctioned churches across China, as house church gatherings continue to face interruption and harassment.</p> <p>“It is deplorable that the local authorities not only conducted this raid without proper procedure, but deployed excessive use of force against church members and bystanders," she said.</p> <p>"ICC calls on the international community and the US government to condemn China's constant human rights abuses."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.chinaaid.org/2020/05/breaking-violence-erupts-when-officials.html" target="_blank">ChinaAid</a><span> </span> </em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Five-year-old boy pulled over on the highway while parents were at work

<p>A five-year-old boy was caught behind the wheel of his parents’ car on a highway.</p> <p>Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rick Morgan pulled over the SUV when he spotted it weaving in and out of lanes on the freeway at 50km/h.</p> <p>Morgan said the car was swerving so badly he thought the driver needed medical attention.</p> <p>The trooper was shocked to find five-year-old Adrian behind the wheel, who was sitting on the edge of his seat to reach the pedals.</p> <p>“Where did you come from? How did you get this car?” Morgan could be heard asking the boy in a dash camera footage.</p> <p>The boy told police he had left home and drove the car about three miles through the city of Ogden after his mother refused to buy him a Lamborghini. He said he was going to his sister’s house in California and wanted to buy the luxury sports vehicle there.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">His story is that he left home after an argument with Mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself. He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.</p> — Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) <a href="https://twitter.com/UTHighwayPatrol/status/1257388985002930178?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet,” Utah Highway Patrol said on Twitter.</p> <p>The boy and his family are being interviewed by police, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/05/baby-driver-utah-police-boy-five">The Guardian</a> </em>reported. Both parents <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52548236" target="_blank">were at work</a> and the boy was reportedly <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/utah-boy-family-car-buy-lamborghini/">left in the care of his sister</a> when he took the car keys and left.</p>

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Victoria experiences spike in COVID-19 cases after outbreak at meat plant

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Victoria has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases after an outbreak at a meat facility in Melbourne.</p> <p>Cedar Meats is linked to a total of 45 coronavirus cases and 11 of those have been confirmed as new infections overnight.</p> <p>The plant has since shut down for extensive cleaning as 300 workers undergo testing for the virus.</p> <p>The outbreak at the plant also triggered an outbreak at a Sunshine hospital, where dozens of workers were ordered home after a plant worker needed emergency surgery on his thumb and later tested positive to the virus.</p> <p>Around 152,000 Victorians have been tested for coronavirus, with a total of 1423 cases.</p> <p>Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has stood firm on restrictions not easing until infection rates are under control.</p> <p>"You will see clusters emerge over time. That's the whole point of tracking and tracing," he said.</p> <p>"Only when we get to the point that we have confidence that we have the disease under control do we have options.</p> <p>"Our circumstances, as are other states, are different. We are not at a point where we can start talking about the winding back of arrangements."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-cedar-meats-outbreak-infection-spike/23e4d5ea-b7f7-4e14-abd6-1ff1f082435d" target="_blank">9news</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Outrage over photo as lockdown restrictions are eased

<p>A photo of a “disgusting” mess around a bin in a New Zealand park has caused outrage after the government eased lockdown restrictions for COVID-19.</p> <p>Merania Mihaka, a resident of Rotorua on the north island, claims that it only took hours for people to create a mess.</p> <p>"For 5 weeks Papatuanuku was able to heal herself, it takes less than 24 hrs for humans to ruin her again," she wrote, alongside photos of rubbish from fast food restaurants left discarded around public bins, on Facebook.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmerania.mihaka%2Fposts%2F3396723683689151&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=741&amp;appId" width="552" height="741" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Papatuanuka is a Māori term meaning the land or a Mother Earth figure in Māori mythology.</p> <p>Others were angered by the sight.</p> <p>“Obviously these people don't appreciate what they have,” one woman wrote.</p> <p>One man added: “humans are the worst”.</p> <p>“Disgusting alright,” another woman wrote. </p> <p>“How disappointing to see some people just never learn.”</p> <p>The photo was posted just a day after New Zealand moved out of its toughest level of coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen.</p> <p>"There is no one point in time that this mission ends. We are in the next phase of the battle and we are not done,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained.</p> <p>“It’s an ongoing battle.”</p> <p>The level three restrictions, which limit people to local travel and keep malls, pubs, hairdresser and other businesses closed, will last for at least another two weeks.</p> <p>"No one wants a second wave in New Zealand and we must guard against that," Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>"Elimination does not mean zero cases," she said.</p> <p>"It would be an ongoing campaign and zero tolerance for cases."</p>

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"It saved Australia": The decision that spared thousands of lives

<p><span>A leading expert in infectious diseases has praised a move made by the Australian government that was once considered “terrible”, as it has prevented possibly thousands of deaths in Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>Professor Sharon Lewin, head of the Doherty Institute, says she doesn’t believe the decline in positive COVID-19 results doesn’t have anything to do with “good luck” but it was the government’s quick response to the pandemic that allowed numbers to stay low in comparison to the rest of the world.</span><br /><br /><span>Professor Lewin singled out Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “brilliant” choice to ban foreign travellers arriving from China, or anyone who had spent time in another country, from February 1st.</span><br /><br /><span>She says she believes the move prevented a widespread outbreak.</span><br /><br /><span>“For me, I [initially] thought that was a terrible decision, I’ll say honestly, and the World Health Organisation, too, said that blocking flights was the worst thing that you could do for a global health crisis,” she admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>“But it saved Australia, because it actually stopped seeding at the very beginning.”</span><br /><br /><span>Professor Lewin went on to note that Italy and the US banned flights from China at a similar time, but they were still acquiring Chinese nationals and those who’ve visited China from other countries.</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to deny the idea that Australia had less positive coronavirus results and less deaths than any other country simply “because it’s an island and it’s summer”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Actually, between mid and late March, when the epidemic was taking off in the end of summer, the doubling time was every two days. The outbreak was proceeding with the exact same rate as anywhere else in the world,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told countries they should have listened to advice given by the WHO in January to prevent a significant outbreak.</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Tedros, did however say in the past that a travel ban on China was not necessary as the virus began spreading around the globe.</span><br /><br /><span>The WHO has a close relationship with China and it is this relationship that has caused tension between many western countries including the US whose president Donald Trump pulled the country’s funding.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison also caused tension between China and Australia when he pressed for an independent review on the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak.</span></p>

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Chinese “batwoman” scientist issues chilling prediction

<p>Before the coronavirus pandemic took the world by surprise, a Chinese scientist who was the first in the world to discover the genetic sequence of the virus issued a terrifying public prediction.</p> <p>She’s named the “Batwoman” of Wuhan by those who work with her as she has been studying the potential viruses’ bats carry for years, even going on expeditions to bat caves which she describes as “spellbinding”.</p> <p>Shi Zenghli has warned the world for years that the wildlife trade of bats, civets and other animals was only going to result in disaster.</p> <p>She co-authored a paper five years ago that contained a warning for the public that the SARS virus outbreak "heralded a new era in the cross-species transmission of severe respiratory illness with globalisation leading to rapid spread around the world and massive economic impact."</p> <p>"Although public health measures were able to stop the SARS-CoV outbreak, recent metagenomics studies have identified sequences of closely related SARS-like viruses circulating in Chinese bat populations that may pose a future threat,'' the paper states.</p> <p>During that time, Dr Shi gave a Ted Talk, discussing the history of bat-bourne viruses which included the Hendra outbreak in Australia where she worked with the CSIRO.</p> <p>In the presentation, she mentioned that more SARS-style viruses were lurking in bat caves and humans were to blame for putting “pig farms next to bat colonies”.</p> <p>“Even though we have been looking for so many viruses for so many years, SARS didn’t come back,” she said.</p> <p>“But in fact, in nature, these viruses similar to SARS … actually it’s still there.</p> <p>"If we humans do not become vigilant, the next time the virus gets infected, either directly or through other animals. This possibility is entirely possible."</p> <p>Now, amid the coronavirus outbreak, Dr Shi is at the centre of a diplomatic war of words between the US and China, as the US claims the Chinese government “covered up” her COVID-19 findings during a critical week in January.</p> <p>On December 30, authorities in Wuhan approached Dr Shi and asked her team to analyse blood samples, making her the first scientist in the world to learn about COVID-19.</p> <p>On February 3, her team publicly reported for the first time that the virus was born from bats.</p> <p>"Here we report on a series of cases caused by an unidentified pneumonia disease outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, central China,'' the paper states.</p> <p>"This disease outbreak - which started from a local seafood market - has grown substantially to infect 2761 people in China, is associated with 80 deaths and has led to the infection of 33 people in 10 additional countries as of 26 January 2020. Typical clinical symptoms of these patients are fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties (dyspnoea), headache and pneumonia. Disease onset may result in progressive respiratory failure owing to alveolar damage and even death.</p> <p>"Samples from seven patients with severe pneumonia (six of whom are sellers or deliverymen from the seafood market), who were admitted to the intensive care unit of Wuhan Jin Yin-Tan Hospital at the beginning of the outbreak, were sent to the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for the diagnosis of the causative pathogen. As a laboratory investigating CoV, we first used pan-CoV PCR primers to test these samples13, given that the outbreak occurred in winter and in a market - the same environment as SARS infections."</p> <p>But according to the<span> </span><em>Mail on Sunday</em>, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Yanyi Wang ordered Dr Shi and other key officials to not disclose information on the disease in January.</p> <p>She warned “inappropriate and inaccurate information” was causing “general panic” and warned the National Health Commission "unequivocally requires that any tests, clinical data, test results, conclusions related to the epidemic shall not be posted on social media platforms, nor shall [it] be disclosed to any media outlets including government official media".</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Scientific American</em>, Dr Shi insisted that COVID-19 came from wet markets, but that her first fear was it escaped from her own lab.</p> <p>But she said this is not possible because the genetic code of COVID-19 does not match the coronaviruses her team was working on.</p> <p>However, she allegedly released a strange statement through a Chinese social messaging app in early February, saying those claiming the virus came from her Wuhan lab should “shut their stinking mouths.”</p> <p>"The novel 2019 coronavirus is nature punishing the human race for keeping uncivilised living habits,'' it said.</p> <p>"I, Shi Zhengli, swear on my life that it has nothing to do with our laboratory," she wrote on a Chinese social messaging app in early February, according to<span> </span><em>Caixin Global</em>.</p> <p>"I advise those who believe and spread rumours from harmful media sources … to shut their stinking mouths."</p>

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Michael Buble returns to Instagram in son Noah’s first appearance since beating cancer

<p>Michael Buble has shared an adorable Instagram video featuring six-year-old Noah, which is the first time the youngster has appeared on their story since beating cancer.</p> <p>Singer Michael and his wife Luisana Lopilato took to social media on Friday night to share the video with their son.</p> <p>Noah seemed to be thrilled as he cuddled up with his dad while Luisana spoke to the camera.</p> <p>It is believed this is the first time Noah has made an appearance on their Instagram Stories since his health scare.</p> <p>Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016, with Luisana posting a rare photo of him in 2017, captioning it: “Time doesn’t stand still. There’s nothing like mummy’s cuddles.”</p> <p>In the latest post, Michael spoke to his boy: “You can come and say hi, you’re always welcome dude.”</p> <p>Michael then described his son as “tough” and a “superhero” and said he was too brave to follow in his footsteps</p> <p>"He doesn't want to be a singer when he grows up, he doesn't want to do any of that, he wants to swim with sharks, be a scuba diver," revealed Michael, who has made a fortune from performing.</p> <p>"This is our super hero. We have two other super heroes but you know what, this boy is a big inspiration for us and it was a big inspiration for us to do this with you and be welcomed into your homes all over the world."</p> <p>Michael and Luisana, who met on the set of a music video, are also parents to Elias, four, and one-year-old Vida.</p>

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Media outlet’s savage response to Meghan and Harry’s brutal letter

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told a number of British tabloids on Sunday that they would never deal with their outlets again, and on Tuesday, The Sun’s editor issued a brutal response.</p> <p>The royals sent a letter to the editors of The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror and Express where they wrote they would no longer respond to any questions or inquires made by journalists working for the outlets.</p> <p>Instead, they both said they would employ a policy of “zero engagement” with the tabloids, except through their lawyers.</p> <p>The representative who sent the message on behalf of the couple said they refused to “offer themselves up as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion” and accused the outlets of running stories that are “distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason”.</p> <p>It is just a new log in the ever fiery battle between the Sussexes and the British media.</p> <p>The Sun’s Executive Editor Dan Wootton did not take the brutal letter lying down however and published an opinion piece where he said the ex-royals chose to “put their lifestyle before family or country” and need to cease “pathetic fights” and instead focus on different issues.</p> <p>“Harry and Meghan’s decision to flee to a sunny Californian mansion – on a carbon emitting private jet, of course – showed that their character is based on a desire to put their own lifestyle first before their family or country,” Wootton wrote in a brutal response to the couple.</p> <p>The tabloid editor went on to discuss Prince Harry’s claim that the British media was “lying” about how serious the coronavirus was in the UK.</p> <p>The royal told the podcast<span> </span>Declassified: “I think what has happened especially in the UK is the very best of the human spirit and it's proving that things are better than we are led to believe through certain corners of the media.</p> <p>“Certainly when you're in isolation it can be very worrying when you're sitting there and the only information you're getting is from certain news channels, but then if you're out and about and you're on the right platforms you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront.”</p> <p>Wootton criticised Prince Harry by writing the royal lived over “9,000km away in a luxury Hollywood mansion” and that as a “former senior member” he has virtually “no access” to government information to support his claims.</p> <p>“He has no qualifications or expertise whatsoever to comment on the severity of a pandemic,” the journalist went on to say.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to withdraw from their position as senior royals in January. On April 1, the couple ceased using their HRH titles and currently reside in sunny Los Angeles.</p>

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Second coronavirus wave hits Singapore – and why it could be even worse here

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Singapore has decided to extend its partial lockdown by another four weeks after reporting thousands of new coronavirus cases in recent days, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien.</p> <p>Singapore reported 1,111 new cases on Tuesday, increasing its total to 9,125 and marks the second straight day of over 1,000 new cases.</p> <p>Foreign workers who were staying in crowded dormitories accounted for nearly 80 per cent of the new infections and was a result of aggressive testing, including those who were asymptomatic.</p> <p>“Many will be disappointed by the extension of the circuit breaker, especially our businesses and workers, who are hurting greatly,” Lee said in a televised<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/coronavirus-singapore-extends-lockdown-as-virus-cases-spike-in-second-wave-of-infections/news-story/c4346931d285c16b05fe043ce493f9da" target="_blank">speech</a>.</p> <p>“But I hope you understand that this short-term pain is to stamp out the virus, protect the health and safety of our loved ones, and allow us to revive our economy.”</p> <p>It comes after ABC health correspondent Dr Norman Swan warns that it’ll be harder to get the Australian community to comply with lockdown restrictions if a second wave of the virus were to hit the nation.</p> <p>He also admitted that the current lockdown is “unsustainable” on<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/why-a-second-coronavirus-wave-could-be-a-lot-worse-032726523.html" target="_blank">ABC Breakfast TV</a><span> </span>on Tuesday morning..</p> <p>“People are going to get frustrated and driven nuts by the kids at home, and something has got to be done.”</p> <p>“It is unsustainable.”</p> <p>The restlessness of the population puts the federal and state governments in a tough position as introducing restrictions the second time around might not have the same level of compliance from the public.</p> <p>“If you do it too soon and you get a second wave, this is what business fears,” Dr Swan said.</p> <p>“There's plenty of businesses that don't want it to be lifted too soon, because the worst thing that they can imagine is then two or three months’ time, they have to shut down again. And that's going to be very hard for government to do.”</p> <p>Dr Swan warned that the second wave of coronavirus infections “could be much worse because you're probably going to find it very hard to convince people to go back into lockdown.”</p> <p>There is a “disturbing factor” that could stop lockdown restrictions from easing in four weeks’ time.</p> <p>“Disturbingly, there's about 10 per cent where we don't know the contact of people getting infected, albeit at very low numbers,” he said.</p> <p>“But we really could get down to almost zero very quickly, and if we could just hold our water for another couple of weeks, we could be really in a very good place to lift things much faster and in a more sustained way.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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How three White Island volcano survivors dodged almost certain death

<p>Three White Island survivors held their breath underwater for two minutes in a move that saved their lives as a toxic cloud of ash hovered above them.</p> <p>Helicopter pilot Brian Depauw landed his aircraft with a group of German tourists on the volcanic island off the coast of New Zealand shortly before it erupted on December 9 last year.</p> <p>The group had to flee by boat as their chopper’s rotors were destroyed when it was thrown from its launch pad amid the explosion.</p> <p>When he discovered the helicopter won’t be able to fly, Mr Depauw saw plumes of ash coming towards the group and yelled “jump into the water!”</p> <p>He jumped into the sea with two of his clients – tourists from Germany – and took in a gasp of air before plunging below the surface.</p> <p>“This is it,” he thought, as reported by US publication<span> </span><em>Outside</em>.</p> <p>“There’s no surviving this.”</p> <p>Depauw witnessed a dark cloud roll over the water’s surface before everything went black.</p> <p>After two minutes, his lungs were in pain.</p> <p>Once the trio saw light, they emerged through the darkness to get some air.</p> <p>The water around them had a thick layer of yellow dust that smelled strongly of sulfur.</p> <p>They then swam to the jetty where tourists with blackened limbs began to gather.</p> <p>The two who followed Depauw into the water came out unscathed, but the others weren’t so lucky as they experienced horrific burns.</p> <p>There were 47 people on the island when the volcano erupted. 21  people died.</p>

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“Get your facts straight!”: Homeowner rages at "dobber" neighbour who called police

<p>A landlord has made a furious sign in response to an anonymous complaint from a neighbour about the landlord leasing her holiday home in the Central Coast to an essential worker.</p> <p>Tanya Watson, landlord, rented her Woy Woy granny flat to holiday makers since March 2018 but decided to reserve it for essential stays only during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“I had very strict criteria about who I would accept,” Ms Watson told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-home-owner-furious-at-police-call-about-her-granny-flat-072726296.html?guccounter=1" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a></em>.</p> <p>“Essential workers, essential family trips... they had to have a really good reason for coming and be able to provide me with ID and proof of that reason”.</p> <p>Watson decided to rent the flat out to an essential worker who was relocating to the Central Coast for three months, but the decision was only made after Watson checked the details with her future tenant’s employer.</p> <p>The granny flat was rented on a three-month lease, but on Good Friday, police knocked on the door just two days after the new tenant moved in.</p> <p>“They had received an anonymous complaint that I was operating as holiday accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown on holiday properties,” Ms Watson said.</p> <p>Her new tenant was left shaken and Watson herself was “embarrassed”.</p> <p>“She was shocked, a young girl on her own who has moved from interstate, I had to make sure she was ok,” Ms Watson explained.</p> <p>To make sure no further accusations were made, Watson posted a sign on the front of her property which will remain there for as long as she needs it.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835613/sign.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6b85663d3fc845d7846d8cddb3cac10b" /></p> <p>“For your information - Get your facts straight first,” the sign says.</p> <p>“Thanks to the dobber of our rental property. Yes - you are nosey. Yes - you reported us to the police with false facts. Yes - the police verified that I am a responsible owner who has a tenant in my granny flat on a lease.</p> <p>“Mind your own business and stop wasting police time.</p> <p>“This is a rental, not holiday accommodation, so keep walking,” the sign reads.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-home-owner-furious-at-police-call-about-her-granny-flat-072726296.html?guccounter=1" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a></em></p>

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"I’m bloody disappointed": Senior NSW minister flaunts Easter travel ban

<p>Embattled Minister Don Harwin has urgently returned to Sydney apologising to the Premier and the people of Sydney.</p> <p>The Arts Minister was caught residing at his Pearl Beach holiday home on the Central Coast, despite countless government pleas for Sydneysiders to stay out of regional NSW to avoid the spread of the virus.</p> <p>Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “disappointed” – despite being aware of Harwin’s plans before<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em><span> </span>reported it.</p> <p>Berejiklian said it was important her colleagues were “seen to stick to the rule” yet also attempted to defend Harwin by saying he fled to the coast before the lockdown took place.</p> <p>She did not speak about the fact that he had travelled back and forth at least twice in that period.</p> <p>When asked why she’s expressing her disappointment only after<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em><span> </span>made the news public, Berejiklian said “based on what he told me strictly he hadn’t breached the rules because they were prior to the restrictions”. </p> <p>“But as I say today, it’s not strictly about the rules it’s about the message to the community.”</p> <p>Harwin, who usually lives in Elizabeth Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was spotted at his $1.3 million beachside investment property.</p> <p>The Premier said she will not sack the minister even if he receives a penalty, saying you can’t terminate everyone who gets a fine.</p> <p>In a written statement this morning, Harwin said: “I apologise to the Premier and the people of NSW”.</p> <p>“I took advice from my department officials about the Public Health Order to ensure I adhered to the guidelines during this period.</p> <p>“I have no desire to cause a distraction for the Government at this important time and have returned to my Sydney home.”</p> <p>Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said if Harwin’s reasoning for travelling isn’t adequate, then he won’t hesitate to issue a fine.</p> <p>“If (Harwin’s) excuse doesn’t cut the mustard he’ll get the fine,” he said.</p> <p>Mr Fuller said Harwin will be subjected to a line of questioning and pointed out that there was evidence of another person in his home, which may have also breached the rules.</p> <p>Harwin confirmed he had been at the holiday home for “about three weeks” and in that time had once travelled to and from Sydney for a medical appointment.</p> <p>However, he was also in Parliament on March 24 – two weeks ago – which he did not mention.</p> <p>Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who has strongly advised Sydneysiders to stay away from the regions, said there was a clear expectation for everyone to stay in their principal place of residence.</p> <p>“The rules apply to everyone, politicians aren’t exempt – we need to set the standard and I’m bloody disappointed,” he said.</p> <p>“Everyone could go to their holiday home – we are asking people not to. This sets a bad example.”</p>

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