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15/10/2021

9 News

Tornado rips through regional NSW city of Armidale

A clean-up is underway after a storm ripped through the NSW town of Armidale overnight.


 

15/10/2021

9 News

Fresh hail, storm warning for Brisbane

Queensland residents are bracing for more wild weather today, with a severe warning issued for large parts of the state.


 

15/10/2021

SBS News

Home COVID-19 tests approved in Australia, available from November

Rapid home tests are a few weeks away, as Australia recorded its worst-ever day of COVID-19 cases but authorities expressed hope of making lockdowns history.


 

15/10/2021

Reuters

U.S. FDA advisers back Moderna COVID booster shots for older and high-risk people

Oct 14 (Reuters) - A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted on Thursday to recommend booster shots of Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness or occupational exposure to the virus.


 

15/10/2021

Nasdaq

New Zealand food prices rise in September

WELLINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - New Zealand food prices rose 0.5 percent in September, data from Statistics New Zealand showed on Wednesday, while the index rose 4.0 percent from the same month last year.


 

15/10/2021

South China Morning Post

WHO says global Covid-19 cases decline, but Europe deaths rise

The World Health Organization said the number of global coronavirus cases fell in the last week, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.


 

14/10/2021

News.com.au

‘Double whammy’ supercell storm alert for Queensland and Northern NSW

Forecasters are bracing for flash flooding as a monster storm batters parts of one state, with rain drenching much of the east coast.


 

14/10/2021

Sky News

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt 'pleased' as Pfizer set to be approved for children aged five to 11

The Health Minister is "confident" Pfizer will be approved for children aged five to 11 as vaccination rates across the country continue to exceed expectations.


 

14/10/2021

ABC News

Australian gas producers rake in profit windfall as global energy crises send prices rocketing

Australian gas producers are making up to $200 million on single cargoes of liquefied natural gas. Energy crises in Europe and Asia are driving gas markets to record highs ahead of the northern winter. Industry experts say the situation points to the role of gas as a balancing fuel in switch to green energy.


 

14/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Kemp: Beset By Coal Shortages, India's Power Grid Struggles To Meet Demand

India has experienced persistent electricity shortages since the start of October as power generators have proved unable to meet resurgent demand as the economy rebounds from last year's coronavirus-driven recession. The country's power crisis stems from the same mismatch between rapidly growing demand and lagging supply that is also causing electricity shortages in China and soaring gas prices across much of Europe and Asia.


 

14/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Now A US Govt Official Is Telling Us That Supply Chain Nightmares Could Potentially Last For "Years"

The truth is starting to come out, and a lot of people aren’t going to like it. When the supply chain problems and the shortages began, government officials repeatedly assured us that they would just be temporary, and most of us believed them. But now it has become clear that they aren’t going to be temporary at all.


 

13/10/2021

9 News

China-Australia tensions: Warning 'worst is to come' on trade sanctions

Australia should brace for further China trade sanctions amid the diplomatic fallout from former prime minister Tony Abbott's visit to Taiwan, state-controlled media has warned. In an editorial, China Daily said Mr Abbott's private trip to Taiwan last week damaged further the already fraught relations between Canberra and Beijing. It also warned that "the worst is probably yet to come", flagging more trade hits against Australian exporters.


 

13/10/2021

9 News

Global supply chain and shipping nightmare about to get worse

Computer chip shortages, epic port congestion, and a serious lack of truck drivers. The world's delicate supply chains are under extreme stress. And the supply chain nightmare is jacking up prices for consumers and slowing the global economic recovery.


 

13/10/2021

BBC News

What we know about Covid-19 jabs for kids

In Israel, more than half of those over 12 years old and some younger children have had a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine – with a few already onto booster jabs. What can we learn from this?


 

13/10/2021

Al Jazeera

Gaza’s undrinkable water ‘slowly poisoning’ Palestinians

The water crisis in the Gaza Strip affects every one of the coastal enclave’s two million inhabitants. Many people in Gaza must resort to buying their drinking water from private suppliers as municipal tap water often does not work because of long power outages, and is usually too salty to drink even when it does.


 

13/10/2021

Al Jazeera

The IMF warns of growing threats to global economic recovery

The IMF is warning that threats to the global eocnomic recovery are growing along with a ‘dangerous divergence’ in recoveries between richer and poorter nations.


 

13/10/2021

ABC News

BOM declares La Niña alert as the east braces for storms this week

BOM declares an alert indicating a 70pc chance of a La Niña forming in the coming months. La Niña is typically associated with wetter-than-average conditions for northern and eastern Australia. Heavy rain and severe storms are forecast for the south-east by week's end.


 

13/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Vaccine Effectiveness In New York Dropped As Delta Variant Surged During Summer, Study Shows

The effectiveness of the three COVID-19 vaccines dropped significantly over the course of 10 weeks this summer when the Delta variant exploded to become the dominant strain of the CCP virus, according to a preprint study


 

12/10/2021

7 News

NSW COVID cases PLUMMET after residents get first taste of freedom

New South Wales has recorded another significant drop in new coronavirus cases after the state’s lockdown ended for vaccinated residents on Monday.


 

12/10/2021

ABC News

Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott bars all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in state, calls Biden's policies 'bullying'

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in his state — by any entity, including private employers — describing the Biden administration's call for mandatory vaccines as "bullying".


 

12/10/2021

BBC News

Kraft Heinz says people must get used to higher food prices

People will have to get used to higher food prices, the boss of Kraft Heinz has told the BBC. Miguel Patricio said the international food giant, which makes tomato sauce and baked beans, was putting up prices in several countries.


 

8/10/2021

ABC News

ATAGI says immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot

Australia's expert panel on vaccines has recommended a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for people who are "severely" immunocompromised.


 

8/10/2021

ABC News

Transport union threatens national delivery strike as Christmas approaches

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has warned that thousands of workers from major Australian transport operators will walk off the job nationwide, if their companies fail to agree to secure work arrangements in ongoing enterprise bargaining negotiations.


 

8/10/2021

ABC News

Extra COVID-19 restrictions lifted for Mount Gambier, Wattle Range and Grant council areas

Extra COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia's South East will be lifted and the 70 kilometre border bubble with Victoria will be reinstated, except for the Victorian town of Portland.


 

7/10/2021

Daily Mail

Bombshell as court hears no one in NSW HAS to get Covid jab

Teachers and aged care workers are not being forced to get a Covid vaccine, government lawyers have insisted, but are simply left unable to take advantage of exemptions to the stay-at-home orders afforded to the double jabbed.


 

7/10/2021

ABC News

WA school leavers COVID vaccination mandate declared a sign of future for vaccine passports

At the end of November, thousands of high school graduates will head to Western Australia's South West tourist region to take part in rite-of-passage school leavers celebrations.


 

7/10/2021

Reuters

Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups

STOCKHOLM, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Sweden and Denmark said on Wednesday they are pausing the use of Moderna's (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects.


 

7/10/2021

News.com.au

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet accused of being ‘disrespectful’ toward chief health officer

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has been grilled in his first significant press conference as the state’s leader, with a TV reporter asking if it was “disrespectful” that he did not invite the chief health officer.


 

6/10/2021

Al Jazeera

As UK cracks down on protests, surveillance tech market grows

From mobile phone trackers to facial recognition software, a range of spying tools were on sale at a recent London exhibition.


 

6/10/2021

ABC News

SPC cleared in Australian-first investigation, back on track to have all staff vaccinated for COVID-19

Fruit producer SPC has been cleared of any wrongdoing by WorkSafe Victoria after the company decided to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for its staff. SPC's CEO says concerns were raised that the company had not properly consulted with staff before making the decision. More than 99 per cent of SPC staff have now either had a first jab, second jab or booked an appointment. Worksafe says it made inquiries to ensure occupational health and safety obligations were being met.


 

6/10/2021

Sky News

Queensland police officers and NSW Health workers quit over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

More than 130 NSW Health workers and an unknown number of Queensland police officers have resigned from their positions over the vaccination mandate set for their sectors.


 

6/10/2021

ABC News

Surging farmland prices squeeze locals of profitability and hopefuls of ownership

High land prices are squeezing established local farmers and young families out of ownership.


 

6/10/2021

ABC News

Brisbane company Ellume recalls some COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen test kits in US over false positives

Some of the Australian-developed home COVID test kits have been recalled in the United States after an increase in false-positives. Brisbane-based Ellume developed the test and earlier this year signed a $300 million deal with the US to supply the rapid at-home antigen tests. It received US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorisation.


 

6/10/2021

Zero Hedge

China Folds, Unloads Australian Coal Despite Import Ban Amid Power Crunch

China appears to have folded and unloaded Australian coal shipments despite an unofficial import ban, according to FT, citing multiple commodity analysts. The move emphasizes China's dire need for coal supplies amid a power crunch with more than half of the country's provinces rationing power.


 

6/10/2021

Perth Now

Up Late with Ben Harvey: Nightmare scenario if WA resource sector shuts down revealed

“Don’t worry about the $27 billion in LNG sales we put at risk by closing them down… we can’t make a cup of tea, we can’t have hot showers, we can’t even turn the lights on because Synergy uses that gas to fire its power stations.” Harvey says if WA was forced to shut down the mining industry it would cost the State government dearly. “The royalties those (mining) companies pay totalled $12.1 billion last year… its cash in the bank and pays for pretty much everything.” On Tuesday, Mr McGowan would not commit to exempting mine sites from lockdown even with high vaccination rates.


 

4/10/2021

ABC News

Israel tightens COVID-19 ‘green pass’ rules, requires Pfizer booster shot, sparking protest

Israel's Ministry of Health has raised the bar on what it considers full immunisation . Citizens will be required to have a Pfizer booster shot to be eligible for a "green pass". In recent months, cases of COVID-19 have surged in Israel's unvaccinated population.


 

4/10/2021

News.com.au

China Evergrande’s collapse, iron ore price drop could hurt Australia’s economy

With one of China’s biggest property developers on the brink of collapse, its crash could have huge consequences for Australia.


 

4/10/2021

Sky News

Melbourne passes Buenos Aires' record as the world's most locked-down city

The Victorian capital has officially hit a world record as the most locked down city across the globe since the start of the pandemic with infection rates soaring to unwanted highs.


 

4/10/2021

ABC News

Facebook pages fall quiet as administrators fear legal action over defamatory comments

A Facebook defamation High Court ruling exposes pages to new legal risk. In response, MPs, councils and government agencies are disabling Facebook comments. There are fears the ruling will have a "chilling effect" on community-run Facebook pages.


 

4/10/2021

Al Jazeera

US condemns ‘provocative’ Chinese military activity near Taiwan

US State Department spokesman called on Beijing to cease its ‘military, diplomatic’ coercion against Taiwan.


 

1/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Northrop, Raytheon's Hypersonic Missile Conducts First Successful Test Flight

Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman completed the first test flight of an air-breathing hypersonic weapon last week for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF), according to a press release from Raytheon.


 

1/10/2021

NBC News

Ethiopia crisis a 'stain on our conscience,' U.N. says as thousands face starvation

The crisis in Ethiopia is a "stain on our conscience," the United Nations humanitarian chief said, as children and others starve to death in the Tigray region under what the U.N. has called a de facto government blockade of food, medical supplies and fuel.


 

1/10/2021

9 News

Patients potentially injected with saline instead of Pfizer vaccine at Melbourne GP clinic

A GP clinic in Melbourne's east has potentially injected dozens of patients with saline solution instead of the Pfizer vaccine by mistake.


 

1/10/2021

7 News

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns amid probe by anti-corruption watchdog

Gladys Berejiklian has resigned as New South Wales Premier amid a probe by the state’s anti-corruption watchdog.


 

1/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Erdogan Alarms NATO Allies: 'Putin Agreed To Jointly Produce Jet Engines, Warships & Submarines'

There were some unexpected, surprising agreed-upon initiatives to come out of Wednesday's Sochi summit between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan which will be sure to catch the attention of the West, given Turkey comprises NATO's second largest army - also given the prior S-400 and F-35 standoff with Washington.


 

1/10/2021

Zero Hedge

Authorities Threaten Jail Time For Unvaccinated Aussies Who Try To Enter Businesses

Authorities in New South Wales are threatening to jail Australians who don’t show a COVID-19 vaccination pass when they enter businesses.


 

1/10/2021

the most important news

Even The Liberal Media Is Warning Of A “System Collapse” Due To The Failure Of Global Supply Chains

If CNN starts sounding like The Economic Collapse Blog, what does that mean? Unfortunately, the truth about what is in our immediate future is becoming apparent to everyone. Global supply chains are in a state of complete and utter chaos, and this is driving up prices and causing widespread shortages all over the country. Over the past couple of weeks, I have written five articles with either “shortage” or “shortages” in the title, and some have accused me of being a little alarmist. If that is the case, then CNN is being alarmist too, because one of their top stories today openly warned of a “global transport system collapse”…


 

30/9/2021

CNN

The workers who keep global supply chains moving are warning of a 'system collapse'

Seafarers, truck drivers and airline workers have endured quarantines, travel restrictions and complex Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements to keep stretched supply chains moving during the pandemic. But many are now reaching their breaking point, posing yet another threat to the badly tangled network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world.


 

30/9/2021

News.com.au

Forget Evergrande, power crisis is the next big economic shock for China

China is in the middle of a power crisis that has turned critical – slowing production in factories and threatening economic growth.


 

30/9/2021

Sky News

Victoria soars past its own pandemic record with 1,438 local COVID-19 cases and five deaths

Victoria has recorded another grim day with its highest daily infection numbers since the coronavirus pandemic hit Australian shores.


 

30/9/2021

Sky News

Australia's postal system under more pressure as FedEx delivery drivers go on strike

Thousands of employees from a major parcel delivery service will hold a 24-hour strike from midnight tonight over job security, poor pay and working conditions.


 

30/9/2021

ABC News

Ridges mine to close off back of plummeting iron ore prices, hundreds of Kimberley workers laid off

The Ridges iron ore mine is being placed into care and maintenance. The Kimberley miner is responding to plummeting iron ore prices. It's estimated the closure will see around 200 staff laid off and lose local businesses up to $3.5 million each month.


 

29/9/2021

WA Today

Low vaccination rates in eastern Europe risk entire Continent’s efforts to end pandemic

Around 72 per cent of adults in the 27-nation European Union have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but a stubbornly low uptake of the shots in some eastern EU nations now risks overwhelming hospitals amid a surge of infections due to the more contagious delta variant.


 

29/9/2021

ABC News

A small number of fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 in NSW have died — here's why

Between March 1 and September 11, 4 per per cent of the people who contracted COVID in NSW were fully vaccinated. The vaccines are effective at helping people avoid serious illness. However, some people remain vulnerable despite being fully vaccinated.


 

29/9/2021

ABC News

Triple-0 emergency calls spike across Victoria as COVID cases rise

On Monday, the highest volume of triple-0 calls were made since the thunderstorm asthma event in 2016. The Northern Hospital in Epping is under pressure due to COVID, with concerns about ambulance ramping. The ambulance union says paramedics are burnt out and more staff are needed.


 

29/9/2021

Zero Hedge

T-Shirt And Jean Inflation Coming With Decade High Cotton Prices

In New York, the contract for December delivery climbed as high as $1.01 per pound, the highest since November 2011. In the last six sessions, prices have surged more than 14% on news of heavy rains damaged crops in Texas and Mississippi, the top growing regions in the U.S., according to Maxar Technologies Inc.'s senior meteorologist Donald Keeney who spoke with Bloomberg.


 

29/9/2021

CNN

China's growing power crunch threatens more global supply chain chaos

A growing power supply crunch in China is triggering blackouts for households and forcing factories to cut production, threatening to slow the country's vast economy and place even more strain on global supply chains.


 

29/9/2021

ABC News

Victoria records 950 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as some restrictions ease slightly

Victoria has recorded 950 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths. The deaths of seven people with COVID-19 is the worst day for fatalities of the current outbreak, and brings the number of deaths from the third wave to 38.


 

28/9/2021

Al Jazeera

Energy crunch: How high will oil prices climb?

Surging demand coupled with supply shortages has sent crude prices to a near three-year high.


 

28/9/2021

Reuters

China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook

Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast operated by candlelight and malls shut early as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted.


 

28/9/2021

Zero Hedge

North Korea Launches "Unidentified Projectile" Into Sea Of Japan

Just days after Pyongyang said they're open to "constructive" talks with South Korea, and two weeks after the rogue nation fired a "new type long-range" cruise missile, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports North Korea fired at least one unidentified "projectile" from its eastern coast Tuesday. The latest tick-up in missile firings comes as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to boil, and a US British warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Monday.


 

28/9/2021

BBC News

UK Fuel supply: Army put on standby to ease pressure on petrol stations

The Army has been put on standby to help ease pressure on petrol stations and deliver fuel after days of long queues and pump closures. Military tanker drivers will be trained so they are ready to be deployed if necessary, the government said.


 

24/9/2021

ABC News

International students to return before Christmas in NSW but vaccine requirements lock some out

Hundreds of international students will be welcomed back to NSW before the end of the year but students from China and Nepal will likely be excluded from the pilot plan announced by the state government.


 

24/9/2021

BBC News

Migrants freezing to death on Belarus-Poland border

The BBC has obtained first-hand accounts from migrants who say they’ve been illegally deported from the European Union by Polish border troops.


 

24/9/2021

Reuters

Australia treasurer warns of financial risks if net zero not adopted

SYDNEY, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Australia must brace for higher borrowing costs if the country fails to match other developed nations in efforts to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will say on Friday.


 

24/9/2021

Zero Hedge

US Meat Prices To Remain Elevated Amid Depleted Reserves

Beef, pork, and chicken in US cold storage warehouses have yet to recover from pandemic lows and could continue to support higher prices.


 

24/9/2021

Zero Hedge

COVID-19 In Norway Can Now Be Compared To The Flu, Says Health Chief

Coronavirus can now be categorised as one of several respiratory illnesses with seasonal variation, Geir Bukholm, assistant director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), has said.


 

23/9/2021

Freight Waves

Record shattered: 73 container ships stuck waiting off California

The number of container ships at anchor or drifting in San Pedro Bay off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has blown through all previous records.


 

23/9/2021

Business Insider

The verdict is in: Pregnant women pass COVID-fighting antibodies to their unborn children

A new study found high antibody levels in newborns whose mothers had received the Pfizer or Moderna shots. Studies have also shown that mothers can transfer antibodies to infants through breast milk.


 

23/9/2021

Zero Hedge

Stunning Interview Sees China Warn "23 Million Australians" That US Pact Now Makes Them "Target" For Nuclear Attack

Gao bluntly warned that the deal which will see Washington give Canberra nuclear submarine technology now makes all of Australia a target for nuclear strike: "The watershed moment will be if Australia is armed with nuclear submarines to be locally produced in Australia, Australia will lose that privilege of not being targeted with nuclear weapons by other countries," Gao warned.


 

23/9/2021

Zero Hedge

Wuhan Scientists Planned To Release 'Chimeric Covid Spike Proteins' Into Bat Populations Using 'Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles'

18 months before the pandemic, scientists in Wuhan, China submitted a proposal to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into the wild in an effort to inoculate them against diseases that could have otherwise jumped to humans, according to The Telegraph, citing leaked grant proposals from 2018.


 

23/9/2021

ABC News

After Victoria's earthquake, here's how to check if your home has been damaged and what you should do about it

If your home is hit with a quake, here are some of the things you should look for when it's safe to do so — and what you should do if you spot something that doesn't look right.


 

23/9/2021

9 News

Retired healthcare workers called back to bolster NSW COVID-19 response

Thousands of retired or temporarily unemployed health care workers are being asked to come back to bolster the COVID-19 pandemic response in New South Wales. The call to arms comes as the state grapples with an ongoing Delta outbreak and the threat of a surge in hospitalisations in October.


 

23/9/2021

9 News

Victorians bracing for more aftershocks in the coming 'days' after 'rare' earthquake

Victorians are being warned to prepare for more aftershocks in the coming "days, if not weeks" after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck. The force of the event was felt across the state and into South Australia and New South Wales. It is the largest recorded earthquake in Victoria since such events were measured.


 

23/9/2021

7 News

PM doubles down on plan to open international travel by ‘Christmas at the latest’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the federal tourism minister’s prediction international travel will resume by Christmas “at the latest”. Speaking in Washington on Thursday morning AEST, Morrison said the national reopening plan “provides for people to travel again”.


 

23/9/2021

Sky News

Locked down Greater Sydney on track to reopen to the fully vaccinated earlier than expected

New South Wales is on track to immunise 70 per cent of the eligible population with two doses of a coronavirus vaccine two weeks earlier than first predicted.


 

23/9/2021

Zero Hedge

US & Israel Restart Secret 'Plan B' Talks On Iran As Alternative To Nuke Deal

During their respective addresses to the UN General Assembly meeting this week, Biden and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi both expressed a desire to continue talks focused on the restoration of the JCPOA nuclear agreement in Vienna. This even as Raisi blasted the "hegemonic United States" and its nation-building efforts abroad in places like Iraq and Afghanistan as having "failed miserably".


 

22/9/2021

Zero Hedge

OECD Warns Of Higher Inflation For Next Two Years

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its quarterly report Tuesday and warned about increasing inflation risks for the next two years as the growth rate of the economic recovery has stalled.


 

22/9/2021

ABC News

Evergrande's collapse could be very bad news for Australia and the world. Here's why

For the first time since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008, there is a serious risk of global financial contagion. That is, there is a possibility that investors, en masse, will withdraw their cash from major institutions around the world and those banks in turn will not be able to meet their own funding or lending obligations. It's colloquially known as a "credit crunch".


 

22/9/2021

Business Insider

Air Force commandos are preparing for war with Russia or China by rethinking what a ‘runway’ really is

The US military is preparing for a potential conflict for a capable adversary, namely Russia and China. Part of that preparation is finding ways to distribute forces so they can keep operating if fighting starts. For the Air Force, that means using new airfields, and its special operators have been crucial to that.


 

22/9/2021

ABC News

Christmas ham shortage looms due to abattoir restrictions, warn supermarkets and meat industry

Supermarket owners and the red meat industry are calling for meatwork restrictions to be removed ahead of the Christmas rush. COVID-19 workforce restrictions in abattoirs and a lack of seasonal workers in horticulture are likely to result in higher prices for produce. The red meat industry is forecasting more than 250,000 surplus spring lambs will not be processed this year.


 

22/9/2021

News.com.au

Victoria hit by magnitude 6 earthquake

Victoria has been hit by an earthquake, with residents from Melbourne and Gippsland to as far away as Sydney, Canberra and Tasmania reporting shudders.


 

21/9/2021

9 News

Father claims Victoria's vaccine rules mean he'll have to sack his son

A man claiming to be a Victorian construction business owner has said he will have to sack his son due to the state government's vaccine mandate.


 

21/9/2021

Breibart News

No Vaccine Rules for Big U.N. Meeting: Free Pass for World Leaders

Presidents, premiers, monarchs, dignitaries, diplomats and their traveling staff members have been told by organizers they won’t have to show coronavirus vaccination passports or other proof of inoculation on arrival at U.N. headquarters on Turtle Bay, Manhattan.


 

21/9/2021

Breibart News

Hollywood Elite Privilege: LA County Dept. of Public Health Says Mask-Less Emmys Covered Under Filming Exemption

In response to the controversy over the images of maskless celebrities partying at the Emmys while staffers huddled behind their face-coverings, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health defended the display by touting Hollywood filming and television production “exceptions” put in place a year ago.


 

21/9/2021

9 News

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine safe for children aged five to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages five to 11 and that it will seek US authorisation for this age group soon, marking a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters.


 

21/9/2021

9 News

Jetstar launches $20 flight sale between NSW and Victoria

Jetstar is offering flights between Victoria and NSW for as little as $20 once the states reopen.


 

21/9/2021

CNN News

Stocks tumble as Wall Street's fears turn to China

New York (CNN Business)The Dow and the broader US stock market fell to close sharply lower Monday as Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande's debt crisis made American investors uneasy.


 

21/9/2021

BBC News

Covid: US opens up to fully vaccinated travellers

The US is easing its coronavirus travel restrictions, re-opening to passengers from the UK, EU and other nations.


 

17/9/2021

Sky News

NSW announces home quarantine trial for returning travellers

Returning overseas travellers may be able to quarantine at home as NSW embarks on a trial program in preparation for international borders reopening.


 

17/9/2021

Zero Hedge

US Pork Exports To Dominican Republic Spike Amid Pig Ebola Outbreak

The first outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Western Hemisphere in four decades began on July 28 in the Dominican Republic and was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


 

17/9/2021

ABC News

Vaccine passports could be mandatory for WA events and air travel by year's end

West Australians could require COVID-19 vaccine passports to go to football matches, concerts and fly interstate and overseas by late this year.


 

17/9/2021

ABC News

Pfizer COVID vaccine available for over 60s in WA from next week, Mark McGowan announces

West Australians aged 60 and over will be eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Monday next week, Premier Mark McGowan has announced.


 

17/9/2021

SBS News

Why Australia's new defence pact with the US and Britain is so significant

ANALYSIS: While ditching a $90 billion deal with the French is a massive diplomatic move by Australia, the real underlying consequence of the new US-UK pact surrounds our highly conflicted relationship with China.


 

17/9/2021

SBS News

South and North Korea fire missiles hours apart, raising prospect of arms race

South Korea successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile Wednesday, becoming only the seventh country in the world with the advanced technology and raising the prospect of a regional arms race.


 

16/9/2021

South China Morning Post

Singaporeans, whether vaccinated or refusing to be jabbed, feel a social divide over coronavirus

When the Singapore government announced strict segregation measures in August for those who were not yet vaccinated against Covid-19, it had an immediate desired effect. Vaccination numbers surged, from 70 per cent who had completed the two-shot regimen as of August 8, to 78 per cent just two weeks later.


 

16/9/2021

The Guardian

Australia nuclear submarine deal: Aukus defence pact with US and UK means $90bn contract with France will be scrapped

Australia has scrapped its strife-torn $90bn submarine deal with France and entered a new pact with the United States and the United Kingdom to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.


 

15/9/2021

News.com.au

Australia urged to find new trading markets in face of China’s aggressive behaviour

One of the world's most powerful international organisations has issued a grim warning to Australia about relying on trade with China.


 

15/9/2021

CNN

Chile overcame the Delta variant. Now it's racing to vaccinate kids

The high immunization coverage has led to decreasing infection rates, but Chile doesn't plan to cut back precautions, or ease its vaccination drive. Last week, the government announced that Chile would become one of the few countries in the world to approve vaccination with CoronaVac for children between the ages of 6 and 11.


 

15/9/2021

BBC News

Boeing says air travel to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024

The plane maker Boeing says it expects that it will take another two and a half years for global aviation to return to pre-pandemic levels. Its vice president of commercial marketing, Darren Hulst, said: "The industry recovers to 2019 levels of traffic by the end of 2023, early 2024" and domestic flying would be at the forefront of any recovery.


 

14/9/2021

Al Jazeera

COVID-19 vaccine boosters not widely needed, say scientists

Booster doses for general population ‘are not appropriate at this stage in pandemic’, international scientists say.


 

14/9/2021

7 News

Home Affairs Minister issues Karen Andrews warn extremists radicalised online during pandemic

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has issued a chilling terror warning to Australians. She told Sunrise the threat of an attack may have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic as potential extremists are radicalised on the dark web during lockdown.


 

14/9/2021

ABC News

Epidemiologists and infection data indicate COVID-19 curve is flattening in Sydney

The seven-day average for infections has fallen to 1,395 from 1,430. An epidemiologist said the reproduction rate of the virus was closing in on 1. But a spike in cases in Redfern and Waterloo have health authorities anxious.


 

14/9/2021

ABC News

Port operators accused of price-gouging, ACCC boss Rod Sims unhappy with them

ACCC is investigating whether there is price-gouging at Australian ports by big stevedore firms. Importers and exporters have welcomed the regulator's inquiry into dramatic price increases on the waterfront. Rates to unload import containers have risen by fivefold over the past four years, from nearly $25 to $122 per container.


 

14/9/2021

ABC News

Australia's farmers on track for record-breaking season easily surpassing $70bn worth of produce

Australian farmers are expected to grow and sell a record $73 billion of produce in 2021-22. Good weather conditions and high prices are driving returns for livestock, grains, fruit and vegetable farmers. Freight and labour costs, a mouse plague, COVID-19, and foreign trade are challenges for the farm sector.


 

10/9/2021

ABC News

Tasmania to make masks mandatory at events of 1,000 people or more

Masks will be mandatory in Tasmania at large events from next Saturday, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced.


 

10/9/2021

News.com.au

ACT records 24 new local Covid-19 infections; Child under 12 hospitalised

Canberra has recorded 24 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, bringing the national capital’s total outbreak to 463.


 

10/9/2021

7 News

NSW COVID press conferences will no longer be held every day, premier confirms

NSW COVID press conferences will no longer be held every day, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed.


 

10/9/2021

Reuters

Explainer: Beyond Delta, scientists are watching new coronavirus variants

CHICAGO, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spawned a Greek alphabet of variants - a naming system used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to track concerning new mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some have equipped the virus with better ways of infecting humans or evading vaccine protection.


 

9/9/2021

Radio Free Asia

Amid Food Shortage, North Korea Orders Army to Shoot Crop Thieves on Sight

With food shortages driving hungry North Koreans to steal crops from fields, authorities have deployed military units to guard farmland during harvest season with orders to shoot crop thieves on sight, sources in the country told RFA.


 

9/9/2021

Al Jazeera

Think disasters are isolated? Think again, warns the UN

The Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses 10 disasters of 2020 and 2021, including the Amazon wildfires, the Beirut explosion, and the cold wave in Texas in the United States among others, and makes the case that solving such problems will require addressing their root causes rather than surface challenges.


 

9/9/2021

News.com.au

Victoria records 324 local cases of coronavirus

More than 200 mystery infections have emerged in Victoria as the state braces for a new surge in daily infections.


 

9/9/2021

Sky News

Federal government's ban on Australians travelling overseas to be lifted as early as November

Australians looking to leave the country have been required to apply for a travel exemption since the international borders were snapped shut in March last year but that could change in coming months.


 

9/9/2021

ABC News

Israel is struggling with COVID-19, despite high vaccination rates. What lessons can Australia learn?

While overall adult vaccination rates are high, there are pockets of Israel's population that remain unvaccinated, including some ultra-orthodox Jewish communities. Making things more challenging is the fact that 25 per cent of Israel's population is younger than 12, meaning only 68 per cent of its whole population is fully vaccinated — a threshold too low to achieve herd immunity.


 

7/9/2021

BBC News

Chip shortage could last into 2023, says car boss

The chip shortage that is disrupting global car production could continue into 2022 and even 2023, a leading German car industry figure has said. Covid had been a stress test for the industry, which needed a thorough review of its supply chains, Daimler chairman Ola Källenius said. Supplies of semiconductor chips have been failing to meet demand in a wide range of industries. These include carmaking, which staged a quick recovery from the pandemic.


 

7/9/2021

ABC News

Severe winds bring down power lines, trees, cut roads, damage property across Tasmania

More than 6,500 homes were without power this morning and at least one house lost a roof in the Hobart suburb of Lenah Valley.


 

7/9/2021

ABC News

Severe winds bring down power lines, trees, cut roads, damage property across Tasmania

More than 6,500 homes were without power this morning and at least one house lost a roof in the Hobart suburb of Lenah Valley.


 

7/9/2021

Sky News

Coles and Woolworths shelves left 'empty' as thousands of workers isolate amid Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales – which topped a total of 29,253 cases on Monday – has forced thousands of supermarket workers into self-isolation after being deemed close contacts by NSW Health contact tracers. As a result, the supply chain at Coles and Woolworths has suffered. CEO Woolworths Group Brad Banducci last week said there are currently more than 3,300 team members in isolation due to COVID-19 outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.


 

7/9/2021

Sky News

Scott Morrison granted travel exemption by ACT Health Officer to fly from Canberra to Sydney

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was granted a travel exemption to travel to Sydney over the weekend for Father's Day before returning back to Canberra for a national security meeting. His office confirmed Mr Morrison flew on a taxpayer-funded flight to the Harbour City on Friday afternoon to celebrate with his family before returning on Monday morning.


 

7/9/2021

Zero Hedge

The Great Computer Chip Shortage Of 2021 Is Just Heating Up

The great computer chip shortage of 2021 will likely get worse before it gets better. This conclusion was reached following brief study and anecdotal review. Moreover, while COVID lockdowns may have initially triggered the shortage, several decades of shortsighted decisions and simmering geopolitical tensions make it much more than a matter of fixing a few broken links in the supply chain.


 

6/9/2021

Sky News

Western Australia border to stay shut to eastern States until 2022

Western Australia does not plan to reopen its borders to coronavirus virus-hit eastern states until 2022. Premier Mark McGowan wants to see vaccination rates of between 80 and 90 per cent before setting a date to allow NSW, Victoria and the ACT back in.


 

6/9/2021

Sky News

Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker delivers opening remarks at Senate Inquiry into media diversity

Sky News Australia chief executive officer Paul Whittaker has told a Senate inquiry into media diversity that YouTube is a publisher which escapes all "regulatory or legal burdens" traditional publishers face.


 

6/9/2021

SBS News

Will state borders have to stay open if Australia reaches its 80 per cent vaccination target?

As Australia slowly approaches its 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target, several states and territories have indicated they may not be willing to throw open borders once the target is reached, potentially setting up a constitutional standoff.


 

6/9/2021

Reuters

Israel to reopen for small foreign tour groups

Tour groups of between 5 and 30 people from countries on Israel's green, yellow and orange lists will be allowed to enter the country provided all group members have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the tourism ministry said.


 

6/9/2021

Reuters

Elite Guinea army unit says it has toppled president

Soldiers say on TV they've dissolved government. Fighting near presidential palace earlier Sunday. President's whereabouts unknown. Conakry residents begin to celebrate on streets.


 

6/9/2021

Zero Hedge

World Food Prices Jump In August To Near Decade High

In a new report via the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global food prices are on the rise, once again, and back to near-decade highs. FAO released a statement Thursday that detailed after two consecutive months of declines, world food prices in August jumped due to solid gains in sugar, vegetable oils, and cereals.


 

3/9/2021

9 News

Four million Pfizer doses in Australia this week under swap with UK

Four million additional doses of Pfizer will be sent to Australia this month under a vaccine swap deal with the United Kingdom.


 

3/9/2021

Al Jazeera

S Korea developing missile as powerful as nuclear weapon

Three-tonne missile designed to destroy underground facilities by penetrating tunnels to effectively nullify nuclear launches.


 

3/9/2021

Zero Hedge

Australia Could Force Citizens To Report Their Location On-Demand Via Government Tracking App

The government of South Australia is running a trial for a system that could eventually force citizens to take a photo of themselves via a government app to report their location on demand within 15 minutes of authorities requesting it, or face a police investigation.


 

3/9/2021

ABC News

Australia records near-record warmth during the wettest winter since 1996

Australia has just experienced its fourth hottest winter since 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).


 

3/9/2021

ABC News

Adelaide Hills winery Bird in Hand to require patrons to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

An Adelaide Hills winery will become one of the first businesses in South Australia to require its patrons to be fully vaccinated.


 

3/9/2021

9 News

Premier's warning: Unvaccinated Victorians will be 'locked out' of venues

Unvaccinated Victorians will be prevented from going to "many venues" once the state reopens and the COVID-19 vaccine threshold has been met.


 

3/9/2021

9 News

Spike in exposure sites in Melbourne's north as 128 new cases recorded in area

A childcare centre, apartment tower and multiple food stores are among a series of new Tier One sites in Melbourne's north added to Victoria's list of COVID-19 exposure sites.


2/9/2021

Al Jazeera

Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN

Number of extreme weather disasters shot up nearly fivefold from 1970s to most recent decade due to global warming. The number of weather disasters – such as floods and heatwaves – driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a UN agency says.


 

2/9/2021

Al Jazeera

Solar ‘boom’ times as Lebanon’s fossil fuels run dry

Because of the government’s failure to secure heavy fuel oil for power plants, electricity provided by the state-owned Electricité du Liban has dwindled to two hours per day, and has been shut off completely in some areas of the country.


 

2/9/2021

SBS News

Victoria reports 176 new local coronavirus cases - its biggest daily jump this year

It is the state's highest daily jump in cases this year. Of the new infections reported in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday, only 83 were linked to previous cases.


 

2/9/2021

ABC News

Sydney could be subjected to Australia's longest lockdown despite surging vaccination rates

NSW is on course to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of people aged 16 and over by about October 18. Greater Sydney has had two lockdowns compared to Victoria's six. About 46,000 people on average are receiving their second vaccination in NSW each day.


 

2/9/2021

ABC News

Australia Post, with 500 staff in COVID isolation, will pause parcel pick-up from e-commerce retailers in locked down states for four days

Post offices will remain open, deliveries will continue and post boxes will also continue to be cleared. Collections from e-commerce retailers will be temporarily paused. It comes as organisation is processed a record volume of mail in August.


 

1/9/2021

Perth Now

Brazilian viper venom possible COVID cure

A study published in the scientific journal Molecules this month found that the molecule produced by the jararacussu pit viper inhibited the virus’s ability to multiply in monkey cells by 75 per cent.


 

1/9/2021

7 News

Warning from Paris: Australia faces a ‘reckoning’, as France learns to ‘live with COVID’

Over the last week, France has averaged more than 17,000 cases a day. During the country’s third wave in March 2021, more than 42,000 people were testing positive every 24 hours. Deaths from COVID are beginning to rise again, but remain well below previous waves. Hospital statistics appear to show the vaccines are working, with the vast majority of those requiring treatment unvaccinated.


 

1/9/2021

ABC News

Premier relaxes hotel quarantine ban on returning Queenslanders as state records zero new COVID-19 cases

The Queensland government will begin allowing residents from interstate hotspots back into the state from Saturday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 50 rooms would initially be made available, with more spaces offered as hotel rooms open up.


 

1/9/2021

CNN

China's economy is being rattled by the Delta variant and supply chain woes

China's economy stalled this month as the country tried to stamp out a surge in coronavirus cases and contended with the ongoing shipping crisis.


 

1/9/2021

Sky News

Business community publishes open letter calling for the end of COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia

The business community said coronavirus lockdowns have taken their toll on the mental health of Australians as they declared the country will need to follow in the footsteps of other nations in opening back up once vaccination rates increase.


 

31/8/2021

BBC

Hurricane Ida: One million people in Louisiana without power

Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida.


 

31/8/2021

Al Jazeera

South African scientists monitoring new coronavirus variant

Scientists yet to establish whether the new variant is more contagious or able to overcome immunity provided by jabs.


 

31/8/2021

ABC News

South Australia lifts restrictions for people travelling from Katherine and 11 LGAs in South East Queensland

South Australia will lift all restrictions on people travelling from Katherine in the Northern Territory, and the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland. People arriving from those regions had been required to undertake COVID-19 tests and self-isolate until returning a negative result.


 

31/8/2021

Perth Now

BHP considers making Covid vaccines compulsory for workers, now trialling workplace jabs

BHP has become the first resources company to begin trialling workplace-based COVID-19 vaccinations and is seriously considering mandating jabs among workers. The mining giant said the trial would begin this week at the Mt Arthur coal mine near Muswellbrook in NSW’s Upper Hunter region.


 

31/8/2021

Ron Clutz

Greenlight for Ivermectin in Japan

Article at gnews reports on announcement by Dr. Ozaki, chairman of the Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Association Greenlight for Ivermectin in Japan.


 

31/8/2021

ABC News

Singapore the country most fully vaccinated against COVID-19, tracker finds

Authorities say they will soon announce further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Singapore has been planning an exit strategy that involves "learning to live with COVID-19". Fifty-five people have died from the virus overall.


 

31/8/2021

ABC News

Australian Electricity Market Operator predicts stable supply despite closures of coal-fired power stations

The manager of the country's electricity markets has dropped its warning that Australia faces a power supply shortage. AEMO says the closure of coal plants in coming years will be shored up by new battery and gas plants. Possible flooding at Yallourn station in Victoria remains the biggest short-term risk to supply.


 

31/8/2021

Zero Hedge

FDA Issues Warning About Increased Risk Of Heart Inflammation Caused By Moderna Jab

Earlier this month, we reported on leaked data from a Canadian study which arrived at a disturbing conclusion: the risk of rare side effects like myocarditis and pericarditis - types of heart inflammation that are potentially deadly in some patients - was at least 2.5x higher in the Moderna jab than in its main competitor, produced by Pfizer-BioNTech.


 

30/8/2021

Al Jazeera

WFP calls for urgent aid as millions of Afghans face starvation

Qatar, Doha – Millions of Afghans face the risk of starvation and a “catastrophe on top of a catastrophe” the head of the United Nations’ World Food Programme has warned, saying the agency needs $200m by the end of the year to continue its operations in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.


 

30/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Berenson After Viral COVID Tweets

It was never a matter of if, but when. Science journalist Alex Berenson has been permanently suspended from Twitter, just one day after a viral series of tweets spotlighting an Israeli preprint study which showed that natural immunity from a prior Covid-19 infection is 13 times more effective than vaccines against the delta variant.


 

30/8/2021

News.com.au

Virgin Australia plans to order all staff members to be vaccinated

Virgin Australia has revealed a new vaccine rule in a bid to ‘protect the health and safety of our workforce, and in turn the wider Australian community’.


 

30/8/2021

ABC News

WA hospital elective surgeries postponed amid severe strain on system, despite lack of COVID-19

WA's Health Department has confirmed some elective surgery at public hospitals will be postponed for a month to cope with increasing pressure on the system, despite the lack of COVID-19 in the community.


 

30/8/2021

ABC News

Queensland truckie convoy heads for NSW to protest mandatory vaccine

After blocking a major Gold Coast highway, Queensland truckies protesting mandatory coronavirus vaccines are now heading to form a blockade in northern New South Wales.


 

30/8/2021

9 News

SA patients forced to wait 15 hours at public hospital emergency rooms

The maximum time a patient spends waiting in South Australia's public hospital emergency departments before being seen is almost 15 hours, it has been revealed.


 

27/8/2021

News.com.au

Exporters told International Freight Assistance Mechanism subsidy to continue until mid-2022

Thousands of Toll truck drivers will launch strike action on Friday after crisis talks between the transport union and the logistics giant failed to reach an agreement.


 

27/8/2021

ABC News

Exporters told International Freight Assistance Mechanism subsidy to continue until mid-2022

The federal government will extend until June next year a subsidy that helps exporters deliver fresh food to countries around the world.


 

27/8/2021

9 News

Staggered return-to-school plan for NSW students

The NSW Government has announced a staggered return to school for all students from late October.


 

27/8/2021

ABC News

COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available to under-16s. For some, they can't come soon enough

The things Isla Ayoub misses most during lockdowns are her friends and face-to-face learning.


 

27/8/2021

ABC News

Japan suspends 1.6 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses after contamination reports

Japan has suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials.


 

26/8/2021

SBS News

Qantas expects to resume international flights from December to highly-vaccinated countries

The airline says it is preferencing destinations with high vaccination rates such as North America, the UK, Singapore and Japan.


 

26/8/2021

ABC News

NSW records 1,029 COVID-19 cases, three deaths, some restrictions eased

Some freedoms for fully vaccinated people will begin from September 13. The changes come as authorities are concerned for people's mental health. Investigations will take place into three COVID deaths at private homes in in Western Sydney.


 

26/8/2021

ABC News

Hay fever grass pollens have tripled in Brisbane, study shows, and it could be related to climate change

Researchers say the significant grass pollen increase affected public health. But they couldn't say climate change directly increased pollen levels. Experts want more research into the impact of climate change on allergies.


 

26/8/2021

Reuters

COVID vaccine protection wanes within six months - UK researchers

Protection against COVID-19 offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fade within six months, underscoring the need for booster shots, according to researchers in Britain.


 

26/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Scientists Race To Unlock Mysteries Of "COVID Resistance" Seen In Small Number Of People

Like with virtually every other virus (including HIV), it appears a tiny fraction of the human population are mysteriously immune to the virus. And after a nearly two-year pandemic, scientists are starting to confirm cases of this type of resistance as they seek to study it and learn more about the virus.


 

26/8/2021

ABC News

Western Sydney health clinic says not enough vaccines sent to protect Indigenous community

More than 13,000 Indigenous people in West and south-west Sydney need to be vaccinated. So far, the health service has jabbed just 1,000 people, or 40 people a day. Health experts say the community is willing to be vaccinated but doses aren't available.


 

26/8/2021

Business Insider

Rapid testing and ‘work cells’: Here’s how Australian supermarket giants plan to stay open as the Delta variant breaks daily case records

As daily coronavirus case numbers reach record levels in New South Wales, Australian supermarkets say they are prepared to stay open. COVID-19 exposure has rattled stores across the nation, forcing countless workers into self-isolation and disrupting operations. But separated shifts, additional break rooms, and targeted department closures will keep stores operating, according to Coles, Woolworths, and ALDI Australia.


 

25/8/2021

Business Insider

15,000 workers are threatening to shut down Australian supply chains as Transport Workers Union industrial action escalates

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is looking at bringing its fight to Linfox and its subsidiary Bevchain as it escalates threats of industrial action against logistics companies. The Union filed applications with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) on Wednesday, with a strike against Toll already scheduled for Friday. If the new applications are successful, it would open the door for as many as 15,000 truck drivers to walk off the job in the coming weeks, potentially shutting down food and fuel supply chains.


 

25/8/2021

7 News

Queensland halts ALL interstate hotel quarantine because state is ‘overwhelmed’

Queensland will pause its hotel quarantine system for two weeks, with the state government claiming it’s “overwhelmed” by people trying escape COVID-19 lockdowns.


 

25/8/2021

SBS News

NSW shatters Australia's COVID-19 daily case record again, reporting 919 new infections

New South Wales has shattered another coronavirus case record, reporting 919 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One new death, a man in his 80s from Sydney's north, has also been recorded in addition to a 30-year-old western Sydney mother of three whose death was announced yesterday.


 

24/8/2021

ABC News

Doherty Institute director says reopening the country is safe once 70-80 per cent COVID vaccination rate achieved

Reopening the country despite high numbers of new infections will be safe when Australia reaches its vaccine target of 70 to 80 per cent, the head of the Doherty Institute says.


 

24/8/2021

Business Insider

Toll drivers will strike from Friday, shutting down Australia’s road transport for the first time in a decade

As many as 7,000 Toll workers will go on strike this week after crisis talks failed on Monday, the first in the company’s history.


 

24/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Peak Retail Season: Let The Chaos Commence

Freight markets have entered their second year of extreme dislocation, brought on by record consumer spending and a transportation network that doesn’t have the labor or equipment to fill the need.


 

24/8/2021

Sky News

Gale force winds, heavy rain, flooding: NSW residents told to brace for possible 'weather bomb'

After a record-breaking hot spell in Sydney, meteorologists warn conditions are changing dramatically as a cold front blasts New South Wales.


 

24/8/2021

9 News

'We can't stay in the cave': PM hits back at state opposition to COVID-normal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit back at opposition from state premiers over the country's roadmap back to pre-pandemic life, saying the days of pursuing an elimination strategy for COVID-19 are over.


 

20/8/2021

The Guardian

The Guardian view on famine in Ethiopia: food must not be a weapon

In the early 1980s, as a terrible famine claimed between 400,000 and 1 million lives in Ethiopia, the international community responded to what was widely misunderstood and misreported as a natural disaster. Famines are never just a matter of drought. Human Rights Watch later noted that Ethiopia’s repeated crises – especially the devastating one of 1983-85 – “were in large part created by government policies, especially counter-insurgency strategies”. Tigray was “the very nadir of the famine”, as a destructive army offensive was accompanied by the deliberate blocking of aid.


 

20/8/2021

9 News

Permit system for travel between regional NSW and Greater Sydney

Anyone travelling from Greater Sydney to regional New South Wales must have a permit or they will face fines of up to $5000.


 

20/8/2021

9 News

'This will get away from us': Victoria Premier's warning as state records 55 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews says health authorities may look at further restrictions after the state recorded 55 new local COVID-19 cases, within only 10 of those in isolation for the entire time they were infectious.


 

20/8/2021

9 News

Sydney lockdown extended, mask mandate and curfews for hotspot LGAs after 644 new local COVID-19 cases

New South Wales has recorded 644 new local coronavirus cases and four deaths, with at least 41 of the cases were infectious in the community.


 

20/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Senators "Horrified" To See Black Hawk Helicopters In Taliban Hands

A group of senators led by Republican Marco Rubio of Florida is demanding answers to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, writing in a letter: "As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment – including UH-60 Black Hawks – in the hands of the Taliban."


 

20/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Landmark Study Proves COVID Vaccines Much Less Effective Than Advertised

The largest study yet to examine the efficacy of COVID vaccines in the wild has just been published by the University of Oxford and UK Office for National Statistics, and unsurprisingly it found that the efficacy rates for the Pfizer and Moderna are significantly lower than the 90%+ rates first advertised from the initial controlled trials.


 

19/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Iron Ore Futures Crash After Miner BHP Warns Of Peak Prices

Iron ore futures in Singapore have crashed 9.5%, steel futures plunged 7%, and copper is down 3.5% Wednesday afternoon after Anglo-Australian miner BHP warned of peak iron ore prices.


 

19/8/2021

ABC News

New Zealand in nationwide lockdown as link between Delta case and NSW evades authorities

Cases of the Delta variant have been climbing in New Zealand this week. One case has a connection to the border, but authorities suspect that is a separate infection, not linked to the outbreak . Genomic sequencing has linked the first case found in Auckland to the outbreak in New South Wales.


 

19/8/2021

9 News

Victoria has recorded 57 new local coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded 57 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, out of almost 50,000 tests. The surge in infections comes as Victoria marks 200 days of lockdown in total during the coronavirus pandemic. Of the new local cases, the health department said 54 are linked to known outbreaks and 44 were in isolation during their infectious period.


 

19/8/2021

9 News

Troops to arrive in Queensland to stop illegal entry from NSW along the border

Queensland is stepping up its strict border with New South Wales by calling on the Australian Defence Force to patrol entry points. From tomorrow, an additional 100 troops will arrive in the sunshine state to keep those trying to enter from the south out.


 

18/8/2021

9 News

US ready to help Australia evacuate citizens, vulnerable Afghans from Kabul

The Biden Administration said the United States will help Australia evacuate its citizens, former embassy guards and interpreters from Afghanistan.


 

18/8/2021

ABC News

New Ebola case in Ivory Coast sparks mass vaccinations of health workers

Ivory Coast has begun vaccinating health workers against Ebola after a case of the deadly virus was confirmed.


 

18/8/2021

ABC News

Hordes of mice threaten WA crops as farmers prepare for bumper harvest

Growing numbers of mice are spreading across Western Australia's grain belt, damaging valuable crops that have been forecast to produce a record harvest this season.


 

18/8/2021

Zero Hedge

"Unprecedented" Police Operation Underway In Sydney To Enforce COVID Restrictions

New South Wales (NSW) Police have issued nearly 600 infringement notices, or fines, on individuals found breaching public health orders on the first day of a three-week crackdown on COVID-19 non-compliance.


 

18/8/2021

Zero Hedge

USDA Crop Tour Warns: Megadrought Impacting Corn And Soybean Yields

Crop conditions for soybeans and corn have worsened in the latest crop tour findings in the US which confirmed hot and dry weather this summer has taken a toll on yields.


 

17/8/2021

BBC

How water shortages are brewing wars

Unprecedented levels of dam building and water extraction by nations on great rivers are leaving countries further downstream increasingly thirsty, increasing the risk of conflicts.


 

17/8/2021

ABC News

Albany farmers still seeding crops after six months of wet weather

While WA as a whole is forecasted to harvest a record crop in 2021, some south coast farmers are still reseeding crops lost to water damage. Reseeding in August is extremely rare on WA farms, almost six months after the start of the growing season. If paddocks are left bare over summer they risk erosion, moisture loss and weeds.


 

17/8/2021

AP News

Kabul airport plunges into chaos as Taliban patrol capital

Thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport Monday, some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they held onto a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths. At least seven people died in the chaos, U.S. officials said, as America’s longest war ended with its enemy the victor.


 

17/8/2021

SBS News

'We all need to get out': Crisis-hit Lebanon reels from latest deadly explosion

The country's latest tragedy comes as it grapples with an economic crisis described by the World Bank as one of the world's worst since the 1850s.


 

17/8/2021

Reuters

U.S. declares first Western reservoir water shortage, triggering cuts

U.S. officials for the first time on Monday declared an official water shortage for the massive Lake Mead reservoir, triggering supply cuts to parts of the drought-stricken Southwest, as 10 Western governors appealed for federal drought disaster aid.


 

17/8/2021

News.com.au

NSW records hundreds of new cases

New South Wales has recorded 452 new cases and one new death. A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.


 

16/8/2021

ABC News

Fire crews contain Lake Bennett blaze as unpredictable bushfire conditions threaten across NT

Northern Territory firefighters have managed to contain a bushfire that has been burning since yesterday afternoon at Lake Bennett — but the watch and act alert will remain until at least this evening.


 

16/8/2021

ABC News

NT records new case of COVID-19, triggering snap three-day lockdown

The Northern Territory has a recorded one new case of COVID-19, a man in his 30s who spent time in the community while infectious.


 

16/8/2021

ABC News

Hobart wakes to low-altitude snow as 'vigorous cold front' hits Tasmania

Tasmania has been transformed into a winter wonderland.


 

16/8/2021

ABC News

Pfizer COVID vaccination available for 16-29 age group in WA as border restrictions row flares up

The WA government has expanded its COVID-19 vaccination program to include anyone aged 16 to 29.


 

16/8/2021

7 News

NSW records 478 COVID-19 cases, a pandemic high, and eight further deaths

New South Wales has recorded another 478 locally acquired COVID-19 cases, in another record-breaking day for the state’s escalating Delta outbreak.


 

13/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Shippers Frantic After China's Busiest Port Shuts Container Terminal Due To Covid

We recently discussed how already astronomical container shipping costs are set to rise even higher should China lock down one or more shipping terminals to contain the spread of the delta variant in provinces that have direct exposure to global commerce ("Shipping Rates From China To US Hit Record $20,000 With No Drop In Sight" and "Brace For Astronomical Shipping Costs As China Goes Into Lockdown Mode") with Goldman Sachs explicitly warning that "port closures or stricter control measures at ports could also put further upward pressure on shipping costs, which are already very high."


 

13/8/2021

Zero Hedge

"Wakeup Call": Pfizer Vax Only 42% Effective Against Infection In July

This week, Dr. Fauci confirmed that "at some time in the future" everyone will likely need a booster shot for the Covid-19 vaccine due to "fading efficacy."


 

13/8/2021

News.com.au

Vaccination hubs to open to over 18s in Victoria

Victoria will open all its state vaccination hubs to over 18s as the state pushes for younger people to take up the jabs.


 

13/8/2021

ABC News

NSW travellers entering WA must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination under tighter border rules

Western Australia is further tightening its border restrictions for people arriving from New South Wales, requiring they show proof of having had least one COVID-19 vaccination.


 

12/8/2021

ABC News

ACT enters lockdown for seven days as four cases of COVID-19 recorded

At midday, ACT authorities confirmed a man in his 20s from Gungahlin in Canberra's north had tested positive to the virus and had been infectious in the community since Sunday. Just after 5:00pm, Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman announced live on ABC Radio Canberra that three others had since tested positive in the ACT, all of them close contacts of the first case.


 

12/8/2021

Financial Review

Beware fairy tales about inflation

We are not heading towards the wage and price spirals of the 1970s, but recent data does point towards a future in which we need to worry more about inflation than in recent years.


 

12/8/2021

SBS

More western NSW areas awake to lockdown as COVID-19 spreads further out of Sydney

Eight local government areas in western NSW have been added overnight to a growing list of locked-down areas as COVID-19 spreads further out of Greater Sydney.


 

12/8/2021

Sky News

Tensions grow over ‘no jab, no job’

The fight of mandatory vaccination at work continues to heat up and Prime Minister Scott Morrison and National Cabinet have been urged to clear up the confusion. Businesses have argued they are being left at the mercy of the courts when it comes to decisions to make the jab mandatory.


 

12/8/2021

9 News

South Australia to offer Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to over 16s in Australian first

South Australia has announced a major step forward in its vaccination rollout, offering both Pfizer and AstraZeneca to anyone aged over 16. The two vaccines will be available at state-run clinics from Monday.


 

11/8/2021

News.com.au

China will likely succeed in crashing Australia’s iron ore price

You could be mistaken for thinking that it’s a good time to buy iron ore. After all, Australia’s magic dust has gone down a quarter in price in the past month. Isn’t the idea to buy low (and sell high?)


 

11/8/2021

The Guardian

Global food supplies will suffer as temperatures rise – climate crisis report

Food production around the world will suffer as global heating reaches 1.5C, with serious effects on the food supply in the next two decades, scientists have warned, following the biggest scientific report yet on the climate crisis.


 

11/8/2021

CNN

Guinea confirms West Africa's first case of rare, Ebola-like Marburg virus disease

A patient with the rare, but highly infectious Marburg virus disease has died in Guinea, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement on Monday. It's the first case of the Ebola-like virus in West Africa.


 

11/8/2021

News.com.au

NSW on edge as infections near 6000, cases spread through regions

It’s now apparent that NSW has all but lost control of the outbreak, with infectious disease expert Professor Peter Collignon telling Today earlier he now expected restrictions to remain in place until “well into next year” as authorities scramble to stop the spread.


 

11/8/2021

Zero Hedge

90% Of Patients Treated With Experimental Israeli COVID Drug Discharged Within 5 Days

Some 93% of 90 seriously ill coronavirus patients treated in several Greek hospitals with a new drug developed by a team at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center were discharged in five days or fewer during the Phase II trial of the new therapeutic.


 

11/8/2021

ABC News

Farming on the edge

If the climate becomes drier, farmers in some parts of the Eyre Peninsula could find it harder to make a living. But they’re already adapting to an uncertain future of climate change and dwindling townships.


 

10/8/2021

SBS News

Parliamentary report warns of 'persistent skill shortages' as half a million migrants leave Australia

It warns a lack of skilled migrants and near-record-low unemployment has resulted in major labour shortages, in areas including engineering and agricultural technology.


 

10/8/2021

9 News

Severe weather warnings for Victoria and WA as cold fronts slam opposite sides of Australia

The wild weather continues for Western Australia today as a pair of cold fronts trigger damaging winds, hail and snow in the south west of the state. Across the country in Victoria, a cold front will bring damaging winds to the Central, East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland.


 

10/8/2021

AP News

‘Code red’: UN scientists warn of worsening global warming

Earth is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations called a “code red for humanity.”


 

10/8/2021

Huffington Post

Covid Or Brexit? Here's What's Behind 'Food Shortages' In The UK

The hashtag #foodshortages seemed to trend following news the Army has been put on standby to deliver supermarket supplies, as the UK is struggling with a huge shortage of truck drivers. This does not mean there is not enough food in the UK, but that there are difficulties with getting food to the right destination.


 

10/8/2021

Zero Hedge

China Starts Constructing $17 Billion Nuclear Power Plant

The Xudabao 3 unit is the first of four units at the plant to see the beginning of construction. Russia’s Rosatom will design the nuclear island and will provide equipment. The Russian firm will also provide commissioning services for the equipment it will have supplied. The Russians will also provide the construction and equipment for the Xudabao 4 unit, whose construction is expected to begin in 2022. The two units are currently expected to be commissioned in 2027 or 2028.


 

10/8/2021

News.com.au

Iceland deals with growing Delta outbreak as high vaccination rates stop deaths

Some 96 per cent of all Icelandic women over 16 have received at least one vaccine dose. The figure for men is about 90 per cent. And even with a significantly reduced rate of severe illness, the explosive outbreak is seriously straining the tiny nation’s health system.


 

9/8/2021

ABC News

Chinese fertiliser factories 'focusing on local market' as international prices skyrocket

International fertiliser prices are at record highs this year, with farmers now nervously watching manufacturers in China.


 

9/8/2021

ABC News

NSW construction workers allowed back on site amid COVID lockdown if they 'meet vaccination conditions'

Construction workers in Sydney are ready to pick up the tools with the latest announcement around COVID-19 safe workplaces.


 

9/8/2021

9 News

Warnings as severe weather to slam parts of WA today

Severe and dangerous weather is forecast to slam the southwest of Western Australia today as a trough and cold front crosses the state.


 

9/8/2021

ABC News

Moderna names Australia among potential locations for COVID vaccine trial on children aged 6 months to 12 years

Australian babies as young as six months old could be part of a trial by vaccine manufacturer Moderna, if a plan flagged by the company goes ahead.


 

9/8/2021

ABC News

COVID vaccine eligibility checker updated to include pregnant women in phase 1b

The federal government has updated the national vaccine eligibility checker to include pregnant women, two weeks after they were made a priority in the rollout and were put in phase 1b.


 

9/8/2021

Zero Hedge

14 Israelis Have Caught COVID-19 Even After Booster Shot, Some Hospitalized

The population of Israel has been looked upon of late as a global guinea pig of sorts given it was the first country out of the gate to implement a large-scale booster shot program for people 60 and up who've already been vaccinated with two rounds of the COVID-19 shot. This was announced only at the end of July, and the early data is beginning to trickle in.


 

9/8/2021

Reuters

Explainer: Beyond Delta, scientists are watching new coronavirus variants

CHICAGO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spawned a Greek alphabet of variants - a naming system used by the World Health Organization to track concerning new mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some have equipped the virus with better ways of infecting humans or evading vaccine protection.


 

5/8/2021

ABC News

India building secretive base in Mauritius as it strengthens military ties with Australia

Agaléga, located about 1,100 kilometres from Mauritius' main island and home to about 300 people, is likely to facilitate maritime patrols over the Mozambique Channel — now a popular passage for large commercial ships, particularly oil tankers. The strategic outpost would also allow India's navy to observe shipping routes around southern Africa, which now account for a significant portion of China's energy imports.


 

5/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Rising Production Costs Undercut "Transitory" Inflation Narrative

An application to increase the supply charge of water from $92 a quarter to $722 for residents of a South Australian town has been lodged just months after an application by the private provider to increase annual bills by about 260 per cent was rejected.


 

5/8/2021

ABC News

Private provider lodges application to hike Mount Compass water supply charge by 682 per cent

An application to increase the supply charge of water from $92 a quarter to $722 for residents of a South Australian town has been lodged just months after an application by the private provider to increase annual bills by about 260 per cent was rejected.


 

5/8/2021

ABC News

Shepparton food processor SPC is the first company in Australia to mandate COVID-19 vaccination of all staff

Shepparton food processor is the first Australian company to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for staff. All of SPC's 450 onsite workers will receive paid vaccination leave and up to two days of special leave to recover.


 

5/8/2021

ABC News

The COVID-19 'vaccine passport' is coming. Here's how it could work and how it's legal

Health authorities are currently pleading with Australians to get vaccinated if they can. But at some point later this year, once vaccines have been widely available for some time, that approach is expected to shift.


 

4/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Airports From Nantucket To California Suffer Jet Fuel Shortages

A shortage of tanker truck drivers has caused fuel delivery disruptions at airports from Nantucket to California. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a "Notice to Airmen" warning that some airports would not have enough jet fuel through Monday.


 

4/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Israel's Defense Chief Urges Military Action Against Iran "Right Now"

On Monday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened Iran and said Israel must take action against the Islamic Republic "right now" over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman. Israel, the US, and the UK have blamed Tehran, but Iran denies the accusation, calling the allegations "baseless".


 

4/8/2021

ABC News

Beirut was the 'Paris of the Middle East'. Now it's in the midst of one of the world's worst economic collapses in 150 years

Lebanon's crisis is largely a result of decades of corruption, waste and mismanagement, with previous governments having spent vast sums of money, leaving the country deeply in debt with little to show for their efforts.


 

4/8/2021

Sky News

Wuhan to undergo mass testing after COVID cases emerge

After Wuhan recorded its first infections in more than a year, 11 million people in the Chinese city will undergo mass testing.


 

4/8/2021

ABC News

North Korea feeds war rations to the poor after heatwave ravages food supply

North Korea is about one million tonnes short of food for its people according to South Korean intelligence. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un admits his country is facing its "worst ever crisis" during the pandemic.


 

4/8/2021

Sky News

Evidence suggests timeline of COVID outbreak ‘much earlier’ than thought

‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’ author Sharri Markson says “a lot of evidence” suggests the timeline of COVID-19 is “much earlier” than most people think.


 

3/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Drought, Frost Plunge Brazil's Second Corn Yields To Decade Low

An agriculture nightmare plays out in Brazil as drought and frost cause second corn yields in the country's center-south to hit their lowest level in 10 years. Crop losses due to unfavorable weather may result in shortages and persistent food inflation due to Brazil is a top player in global corn production.


 

3/8/2021

Zero Hedge

Obama Risks Superspreader Event As 700 Expected To Attend 60th Birthday Party At Martha's Vineyard Mansion

Less than two weeks go, the Daily Mail reported on Australian socialite Anthony Hess, who 'unknowingly spread the Delta strain of coronavirus to at least 60 people in a single weekend' despite being fully vaccinated.


 

3/8/2021

7 News

Qantas temporarily stands down 2500 staff as COVID-19 crisis causes border closures and travel standstill

About 2500 Qantas and Jetstar employees will be stood down for two months because of domestic coronavirus border closures.


 

3/8/2021

ABC News

Pfizer vaccine bookings open to Canberrans aged 30 to 39 as ACT pushes towards vaccination target

From today, Canberrans aged 30 to 39 can book appointments to receive a Pfizer vaccine, as the ACT pushes to be the first jurisdiction to reach the 70 per cent vaccination threshold.


 

3/8/2021

ABC News

WA COVID vaccination 'blitz' to target people in their 30s as state lags behind others

Western Australia will start a "vaccination blitz" in two weeks' time to boost the number of people protected against COVID-19, Premier Mark McGowan has announced, with people in their 30s able to book appointments.


 

30/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Over 10,000 Troops To Take Part In Major Joint China-Russia War Drills

China's defense ministry on Thursday unveiled that the PLA military is set to host major joint military drills with Russia in early August - to include more than 10,000 troops from both countries in China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, in the north-central part of the country.


 

30/7/2021

News.com.au

Mystery as record number of frogs die across Australia

People around Australia are reporting a “truly unusual outbreak” of dead frogs, with “shrivelled” creatures turning up across the nation.


 

30/7/2021

New.com.au

Health care clinic in Campsie shamed after charging $250 for Covid vaccine

A health care clinic in Sydney’s southwest is charging hundreds of dollars for residents to get their hands on a Pfizer vaccine.


 

30/7/2021

News.com.au

Mystery as record number of frogs die across Australia

People around Australia are reporting a “truly unusual outbreak” of dead frogs, with “shrivelled” creatures turning up across the nation.


 

30/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Containers Are Being Built At A Record Pace. It's Still Not Enough

When will the container capacity crunch finally ease? For an early indicator, keep an eye on production of the humble 40-foot dry cargo box. If the volume and cost of new containers pull back, supply chain pressures are abating. Unfortunately for beleaguered cargo shippers, these bellwethers now imply the opposite: that the scramble for container capacity is growing even more intense.


 

30/7/2021

9 News

Queensland school shut after student tests positive to COVID-19

A Brisbane school has been closed after a student at the campus tested positive to COVID-19.


 

29/7/2021

The Conversation

Now that Australia’s inflation rate is 3.8%, is it time to worry?

Suddenly, Australia’s annual inflation rate is 3.8%, having jumped from 1.1% for the twelve months to March.


 

29/7/2021

SBS News

NSW reports record 239 COVID-19 cases and two new deaths as authorities further tighten restrictions

New South Wales has reported a record 239 local cases of coronavirus and two new deaths, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian warning things are “likely to get worse before they get better”.


 

29/7/2021

7 News

COVID-19 case flew between Brisbane, Qld and Perth,WA

Queensland authorities are on alert over a flight from Brisbane to Perth last week after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.


 

29/7/2021

Reuters

Australia's largest city posts record daily rise in COVID-19 cases, seeks military help

SYDNEY, July 29 (Reuters) - Australia's biggest city Sydney posted a record one-day rise in local COVID-19 cases on Thursday and warned the outbreak would get worse, as authorities sought military help to enforce a lockdown of 6 million people poised to enter its sixth week.


 

29/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Soaring tortilla prices hit struggling Mexican households hard

Mexico City, Mexico – For 69-year-old Maria Eugenia Aguilera, her weekly shop has come with nasty sticker shocks over the last year.


 

29/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’

Thousands of scientists have repeated calls for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency, warning that several tipping points are now imminent.


 

29/7/2021

BBC News

China expanding its nuclear capabilities, scientists say

Satellite images from Xinjiang province in the west of the country suggest it is building a nuclear missile silo field, a report from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) says.


 

28/7/2021

The West Australian

Likely inflation spike won't unsettle RBA

The latest annual inflation figures are expected to show a huge jump in prices, particularly for fuel, growing well above the Reserve Bank of Australia’s two to three per cent target band.


 

28/7/2021

Yahoo Finance

Like prices, inflation talk is going through the roof

After all, prices across the economy rose at the fastest pace since 2008 in June — and between labor, materials and shipping, it's gotten more expensive and challenging to get just about anything done in the business world.


 

28/7/2021

9 News

Warnings for several states as intense winds slam opposite sides of Australia

Severe weather warnings are in place for three states and the ACT again today as gale force winds slam opposite sides of Australia. A strong cold front generates powerful winds, rain, and large surf over southern Australia.


 

28/7/2021

News.com.au

New covid variant discovered as Delta continues to spark Australia’s lockdowns

The UK may have freedom but they’re also brewing up a potentially fatal disaster that could see Australia suffer further.


 

28/7/2021

News.com.au

Eye-watering cost of Greater Sydney lockdown extension revealed

The eye-watering cost of Sydney’s strict stay-at-home extension has been revealed as the city is set to be locked down for another month.


 

28/7/2021

South China Morning Post

No entry: the trouble ahead in China for the WHO’s Covid-19 origins hunt

The UN body wants to investigate the possibility that the coronavirus could have leaked from a laboratory in China. But Beijing is blocking the path and any progress could be months away.


 

28/7/2021

Al Jazeera

IMF warns of growing poverty, unrest and geopolitical tensions

The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging market and developing economies thanks to vaccine inequity and a lack of fiscal support, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Tuesday.


 

27/7/2021

Sky News

Economic benefit of China’s rise is now a ‘substantial risk’ with increasingly complex COVID-19 dynamic

Australian political and business leaders once championed China as it rose to the economic superpower that it is today, but the intertwined and complex dynamics caused by the COVID-19 pandemic puts Australia between a ‘rock and a hard place’, writes David Scutt.


 

27/7/2021

ABC News

Blacktown apartment block under police guard after six residents test positive to COVID-19

Residents have been told they can't leave the apartments for two weeks. Residents were tested yesterday and there are six positive cases across three associated households. The building is taped off and police are ensuring compliance with public health orders.


 

27/7/2021

Perth News

Perth weather: Wild storm uproots trees and halts train services causing peak hour chaos

Perth and the South West have been lashed by wild weather overnight, with wind gusts of more than 135km/h uprooting trees, plunging roads into chaos and grinding trains to a halt. More than 18,000 homes and businesses have been left without power after a strong storm cell barrelled through WA, bringing with it a “twice in a year” weather system, huge downpours and even hail in parts.


 

27/7/2021

7 News

Victoria’s Tuesday COVID cases promising ahead of lockdown ending announcement, with all 10 new infections in isolation

Victoria has recorded another promising sign the state-wide lockdown will end as planned, with all of the new COVID-19 cases in isolation for their entire infectious period.


 

26/7/2021

9 News

Australian government secures 85 million Pfizer booster shots for 2022 and 2023

The federal government has secured an additional 85 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to provide Australians with booster doses in the next two years.


 

26/7/2021

9 News

How Taiwan is trying to defend against a cyber 'World War III'

As China steps up military pressure on Taiwan, the self-governing island is preparing for the next big frontier of warfare: crippling cyberattacks.


 

26/7/2021

ABC News

South Australian COVID–19 lockdown to end on Tuesday night after one new local case

The case is an 87-year-old man linked to the Modbury cluster who has been in quarantine, bringing the total number of cases to 19.


 

26/7/2021

7 News

Calls for welfare recipients in lockdown to automatically receive higher COVID-19 disaster relief payments

Labor wants welfare recipients living in lockdown areas automatically bumped onto higher COVID-19 disaster relief payments.


 

26/7/2021

7 News

WA on COVID alert over flu-like symptoms on SECOND cargo ship off Perth

Western Australia is again on COVID-19 alert after a bulk carrier in waters off Perth reported it was carrying crew members with flu-like symptoms.


 

26/7/2021

Perth Now

Perth weather: Bureau tells people to leave work early as heavy rainfall, damaging winds forecast

Four days — that’s all Perth residents got before the blanket of grey clouds and soaking showers we’ve been trapped under almost every day this month returned.


 

26/7/2021

Hellenic Shipping News

China crackdown could knock crude oil import growth to 20-year low

Beijing’s crackdown on the misuse of import quotas combined with the impact of high crude prices could see China’s growth in oil imports sink to the lowest in two decades in 2021, despite an expected rise in refining rates in the second half.


 

26/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Why Is The CDC Quietly Abandoning The PCR Test For COVID?

We have detailed (most recently here and here) the controversy surrounding America's COVID "casedemic" and the misleading results of the PCR test and its amplification procedure in great detail over the past few months.


 

23/7/2021

9 News

Numerous websites briefly go down in widespread outage

Major websites went down Thursday in what appeared to be a brief but widespread outage.


 

23/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Here We Go Again: Toyota Shutters Factory In Thailand Due To COVID 'Delta' Variant

Today in "are we going to do the entire lockdown again for the Delta variant despite the entire world having access to vaccines" news...


 

23/7/2021

Reuters

Deadly floods in Germany, China and North America’s sizzling heatwaves have one common link: jet stream

Devastating floods destroyed towns in Germany and Belgium. A ruthless heatwave broiled the Western US and Canada. Heavy rains paralysed a Chinese industrial hub home to 10 million people. These recent weather phenomena are being intensified by the changing climate.


 

23/7/2021

9 News

Gusty winds and rain heading for Australia's east after cold snap

There's been some relief from the cold snap this morning with temperatures climbing slightly higher after much of the country experienced its chilliest day of the year.


 

23/7/2021

9 News

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for children aged 12 to 15

Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed the approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.


 

22/7/2021

Reuters

UK food supply chains ‘on the edge of failing', meat industry warns

The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) said the shortage of skills was so critical, some plants had reported vacancies of 10% to 16% of permanent positions, discounting the impact of the pandemic. “On top of the underlying worker shortage, we’re also hearing from some members that between 5% and 10% of their workforce have been 'pinged' by the (health service) app and asked to self-isolate,” BMPA CEO Nick Allen said.


 

22/7/2021

SBS News

South Australian COVID-19 cluster doubles to 12 cases as list of exposure sites grows

South Australia has recorded another six local COVID-19 cases in addition to the one announced earlier on Wednesday.


 

22/7/2021

News.com.au

Victoria records 26 new local Covid-19 cases as lockdown remains in place

The state’s health department confirmed the new local virus cases about 9am but in a positive sign for the Victoria’s lockdown, they said all 26 were linked to existing outbreaks that have stemmed from NSW.


 

22/7/2021

Al Jazeera

UK to permanently deploy two warships in Asia Pacific

Plans for the high-profile visit by the UK carrier strike group come as London deepens security ties with Tokyo amid tensions in the South China Sea.


 

22/7/2021

ABC News

At least 25 killed, 200,000 displaced by evacuations as torrential rain floods China's Henan province

Heavy rains have lashed Henan province since the weekend and more is forecast. The equivalent of a year's average rain hit Zhengzhou city in just three days. Rainstorms submerged the city's metro, killing 12 people and injuring five.


 

22/7/2021

Zero Hedge

American Life Expectancy Sees Biggest Drop Since WWII, Erasing 20 Years Of Progress

Life expectancy in the US fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the biggest decline since at least World War II, as COVID killed indiscriminately, while the numbers of overdoses, homicides and other "deaths of despair" climbed.


 

21/7/2021

News.com.au

Victorian Premier hints at future where vaccinated Aussies granted more freedoms

The Victorian Premier has hinted at a future where Aussies vaccinated against Covid-19 would be granted more freedoms than those who haven’t received the jab. When questioned about the possibility, Daniel Andrews said there was “genuine interest” in the idea. But he warned no coronavirus vaccine developed anywhere in the world completely prevented people from contracting the virus.


 

21/7/2021

Al Jazeera

‘It cannot be contained’: Indonesia COVID deaths go unreported

More people are being forced to isolate at home as overwhelmed hospitals turn patients away. Many are dying.


 

21/7/2021

ABC News

Consumers lose confidence, and those in states not affected by COVID lockdown feel it most

Consumer confidence is down sharply in data collected on the weekend. It’s down most in cities and states not in lockdown.


 

20/7/2021

ABC News

BOM declares negative Indian Ocean Dipole, tipping the odds towards more wet weather

The IOD climate driver is associated with wetter than average conditions for most of southern Australia and parts of the west coast. Farmers in some areas are already enjoying a wet year, but more rain will be welcome for some. Researchers say positive IOD phases may become more common in the future, but negative events are harder to predict.


 

20/7/2021

Sky News

States close borders as more than 13 million Australians go into lockdown amid COVID outbreaks

As Greater Sydney, Victoria and South Australia all go into lockdown, states and territories across the country slam shut their borders.


 

20/7/2021

ABC News

Russia tests hypersonic Tsirkon missile, leaving NATO concerned about potential escalation

The missile flew at seven times the speed of sound. It hit a target more than 350 kilometres away. NATO allies say they will respond in a measured way to Russia's growing capabilities.


 

15/7/2021

News.com.au

What it‘s like for Sydney Covid patients in St Vincent’s ICU

For the first time, cameras have been allowed inside a Sydney ICU, where patients are fighting for their lives.


 

15/7/2021

Zero Hedge

South African Army 'Activates' All Reserve Members Amid Worsening Social Unrest

As social unrest nears the 7th day in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, the South African Army Reserve has ordered "all Reserve Members" for duty on Thursday morning.


 

15/7/2021

Sky News

COVID-19 update: Face masks return to Melbourne as Sydney outbreak grows, lockdown considered

Masks will become mandatory in all indoor settings - including workplaces and secondary schools - as the state tries to overcome the outbreak from Sydney that has jumped the border.


 

15/7/2021

Sky News

COVID-19 update: Face masks return to Melbourne as Sydney outbreak grows, lockdown considered

Masks will become mandatory in all indoor settings - including workplaces and secondary schools - as the state tries to overcome the outbreak from Sydney that has jumped the border.


 

15/7/2021

SBS News

Indonesia posts record daily COVID-19 infections as it becomes new 'epicentre of Asia'

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have achieved so far during a rapid advance across the country as U.S. forces pull out.


 

15/7/2021

SBS News

Indonesia posts record daily COVID-19 infections as it becomes new 'epicentre of Asia'

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have achieved so far during a rapid advance across the country as U.S. forces pull out.


 

15/7/2021

Reuters

Afghan Taliban seize border crossing with Pakistan in major advance

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have achieved so far during a rapid advance across the country as U.S. forces pull out.


 

14/7/2021

ABC News

Kim Jong Un grapples with the worst crisis in his reign so far: A crippled economy, no COVID-19 vaccines and food shortages

Its virus control strategy to date has been simple and effective: strict quarantine measures have kept the virus from coming in by keeping everything else out. But while North Korea may not have the virus within its borders, its pandemic defence has come at a cost. Along with crippling its economy, the closure has also meant there is no clear strategy on how the regime will vaccinate its population to protect it against a wave of the coronavirus.


 

14/7/2021

ABC News

Chinese spy ship returns to waters off Queensland ahead of Defence's largest war-fighting exercise

The ADF says it has been monitoring the approach of the vessel for "several days". The ship is expected to remain outside Australian territorial waters. Similar Chinese spy vessels watched Australia's war games in 2017 and 2019.


 

14/7/2021

South China Morning Post

South China Sea: US-Philippines treaty covers Chinese attack, Blinken says

China says international ruling regarding the resource-rich waterway are a ‘waste of paper’ containing obvious errors and its sovereignty will not be affected Statement coincides with anniversary of 2016 international tribunal ruling in favour of Manila’s territorial claims.


 

14/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Portions Of Mississippi River Nearing Record Low, May Jeopardize Barge Traffic

In another sign, the megadrought is wreaking havoc across the Western half of the US. There are multiple portions of the Mississippi River that are nearing record low water levels that may inhibit commercial or private vessels from traversing the critical waterway.


 

14/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Goldman Says Economic Impact From Delta Will Likely Be "Modest"

In heavily vaccinated countries like the US and UK, the analysts pointed out a newfound discrepancy: while Delta is driving new cases higher in places where restrictions on movement and business have recently been lifted, the number of new hospitalizations and deaths have remained subdued, and shown little correlation with any rise in confirmed cases.


 

13/7/2021

Sky News

Delta variant ‘seemingly less severe’ but ‘more transmissible’

The Menzies Research Centre’s Nick Cater says it seems clear the chance of dying if you contract the Delta variant is “considerably smaller” than the Alpha variant. “Basically, if you’re under 50 it’s virtually zero – that’s according to public health UK,” he told Sky News host Cory Bernardi.


 

13/7/2021

SBS News

Victoria records one new COVID-19 case, as Melbourne apartment complex told to quarantine

A Melbourne apartment complex is in lockdown as authorities work to track the movements of a group of infectious removalists from NSW who visited the state.


 

13/7/2021

ABC News

Deputy Premier hints at new restrictions for parts of Sydney

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has hinted at new restrictions for parts of Sydney, admitting NSW has "lost control" of the outbreak.


 

13/7/2021

ABC News

Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown may cost Australia $7 billion, economist warns

Greater Sydney's lockdown could cost the national economy $1 billion per week, according to a prominent Australian economist. "We’re already into the third week. But if it gets extended for, say, another four weeks, we’re looking at a $7 billion cost," AMP Capital's chief economist Shane Oliver said.


 

12/7/2021

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: Mark McGowan posts epic video celebrating the end to mandatory masks

It’s masks off Monday and Mark McGowan has celebrated with an epic face reveal.


 

12/7/2021

G News

[Inquisitive Minds] Spontaneous Abortion Rate is Shockingly High After Vaccine

Dr. Tom T. Shimabukuro’s research group from the Immunization Safety Office at the CDC, studied 827 cases if pregnant women in different trimesters, in which 700 of the 827 women were vaccinated in the third trimester, the rest of 127 supposed to be in their 1st or 2nd trimester. Their conclusion of this study as stated, “The preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”


 

12/7/2021

9 News

AstraZeneca vaccine to become available to over-40s in NSW in desperate bid to suppress outbreak

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to all residents in NSW aged 40 and over, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.


 

12/7/2021

9 News

Queensland to ease restrictions after zero new local COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus restrictions will ease across Queensland after the state recorded zero new local COVID-19 cases overnight.


 

12/7/2021

G News

Big Tech Platforms’ Censorship Has Violated Many Global Citizen’s Freedom of Speech, Congress Is Introducing a Plan To End This

House Republican members are pushing a plan to regulate social media companies, in part, by allowing users who have been censored to sue the Big Tech firms who “monopolies.”


 

12/7/2021

Perth Now

Perth weather: Reports of flooding in southern suburbs as huge storm hits WA

A "twice-in-a-year" supercell storm event has crossed the coast and begun battering WA, with rainfall totals already topping 30mm in some areas just hours after it began.


 

12/7/2021

Zero Hedge

What If The Next Major Cyberattack Targeted The Internet?

Over the past few months I have been writing analysis on a planned crisis war game organized by the World Economic Forum called “Cyberpolygon.” The event will be held this week on July 9th, and it’s allegedly designed to simulate a massive cyberattack that somehow disrupts the global supply chain, or at the very least disrupts the supply chain of multiple large economies.


 

9/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Demand for bush food is booming, so why are so few Indigenous people involved in the sector?

The demand for native food in Australia continues to outstrip supply, but only a small percentage of people in the industry are actually Indigenous.


 

9/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Death of WA woman, 61, linked to vaccine

The death of a 61-year-old West Australian woman last month was likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has confirmed.


 

9/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Pfizer developing COVID-19 vaccine booster after waning immunity

Pfizer will develop a booster dose to protect people from variants of COVID-19 after seeing waning immunity from its vaccine.


 

9/7/2021

Sky News

Crowds for Olympic Games scrapped as Tokyo enters state of emergency

The Games will be held without crowds due to Tokyo entering a state of emergency, Olympics minister Tamayo Marukawa has confirmed.


 

9/7/2021

SBS News

Heavy rain for NSW to last into weekend

New South Wales can expect heavy rain today and high winds in some areas, with wet conditions continuing into the weekend.


 

8/7/2021

Al Jazeera

Oil prices stay volatile amid ongoing OPEC+ clash over output

Oil has soared in 2021 as the rollout of coronavirus vaccines permits major economies to reopen, spurring a revival in global consumption. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies have returned some of the production they took offline at the height of the pandemic, but they’re struggling to agree on a way forward.


 

8/7/2021

Sky News

QLD records two new cases as Sunshine Coast University Hospital staff isolated

Queensland has recorded two new cases of local transmission. It comes as ten hospital staff from Sunshine Coast University Hospital have been forced into 14-day quarantine after saving the life of a COVID-19 infected patient.


 

8/7/2021

SBS News

NSW braces for COVID-19 cases spike as authorities flag possible harsher restrictions for Sydney's southwest

Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned the virus was spreading rapidly in the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown.


 

8/7/2021

ABC News

Farmers on the New South Wales–Queensland border have gone from one extreme to the next, with the wettest start to the winter cropping season in a decade.

Farmers on Queensland's border are reporting the best start to winter in a decade. Some paddocks are so soggy that some are seeding by plane. However, heavy rain has halted sowing operations in northern NSW.


 

8/7/2021

Reuters

Haiti may slip deeper into lawlessness after president's killing

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead overnight on Wednesday, stoking fears of deepening chaos in an impoverished Caribbean nation already reeling from rampant gang violence and facing a constitutional crisis.


 

7/7/2021

Reuters

Iran begins process of making enriched uranium metal; U.S., E3 dismayed

Iran has begun the process of producing enriched uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Tuesday, a move that could help it develop a nuclear weapon and that three European powers said threatened talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.


 

7/7/2021

SBS News

Victoria to reveal new 'COVID-normal' rules as businesses push to ease mandatory masks

Victoria's next step toward 'COVID-normal' restrictions is set to be announced, with business groups lobbying for an end of mandatory masks in offices.


 

7/7/2021

ABC News

NSW records 27 new COVID-19 cases as Greater Sydney lockdown extended

NSW recorded 27 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday. The source of nine of those remain under investigation. Greater Sydney's lockdown has been extended for another week — until 12:01am on July 17.


 

6/7/2021

ABC News

Flooded south coast WA farmers to lose out on potential record grain harvest

Farmers may expect to harvest a record 20 million tonnes of grain in Western Australia. Excessive rain drowned some crops in the Great Southern and south coast regions. Some south coast WA farms are too waterlogged to sow or spray.


 

6/7/2021

ABC News

Second severe WA weather warning for state's south as barrage of cold fronts head for coast

Thunderstorms and showers with strong winds are set to hit WA's south. There is a warning about possible damage to homes and property. Perth is not in the warning zone but is still set to get decent rainfall.


 

6/7/2021

Sky News

Pfizer boss suggests third COVID-19 vaccine dose needed after efficacy rates drop in Israel

While efficacy rates have fallen, the vaccine is still proving to be strong barrier against any severe symptoms. Hospitalisation prevention was sitting at 93 per cent from June to July, slipping slightly from earlier reports of 98 per cent and there have been no deaths in the last 12 days.


 

6/7/2021

SBS News

Masks and distancing rules to be scrapped in England as part of shift to 'personal responsibility'

That variant now accounts for nearly all new COVID-19 cases in Britain, and infection rates have soared, sparking concern. But mass vaccinations have stopped a resultant surge in hospital admissions or deaths.


 

5/7/2021

Al Jazeera News

UN World Food Programme says 41 million on verge of famine

Some 41 million people in 43 countries are at imminent risk of famine, with nearly 600,000 others in four countries already experiencing famine-like conditions, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.


 

5/7/2021

ABC News

Australia Post launches new parcels marking traditional place names

Australians will now be prompted to include traditional place names when addressing letters and parcels, after a community campaign.


 

5/7/2021

7 News

New Sydney COVID cases confirmed as city waits for lockdown announcement

NSW has recorded another 35 cases of COVID-19 as Greater Sydney awaits a decision on whether lockdown will be extended.


 

5/7/2021

7 News

WA records another COVID-19 case as household contact tests positive

Western Australia has recorded one new local COVID-19 case days after more than two million residents were freed from lockdown.


 

5/7/2021

Reuters

Face masks to become a personal choice in England, minister says

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - The wearing of face coverings in England will become a personal choice and the data that will determine if lockdown restrictions can be lifted this month was looking "very positive", Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Sunday.


 

5/7/2021

9 News

Warnings as severe storms lash Western Australia

Residents in Western Australia are being warned of destructive winds and dangerous surf as a severe strong cold front moves across the state.


 

5/7/2021

9 News

Queensland records four new local COVID-19 cases, all linked to known infections

Queensland has recorded four new local COVID-19 cases.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new cases were linked to known infections and had been confirmed as the Alpha strain of the virus.


 

2/7/2021

Zero Hedge

Mark McGowan reveals Perth and Peel’s COVID-19 lockdown will be lifted from 12.01am Saturday amid one new case

The Perth and Peel lockdown will be lifted at midnight as planned despite WA recording one new locally-acquired case overnight.


 

2/7/2021

Zero Hedge

New Study Links "Acute Chest Pain" In Male Soldiers To mRNA Vaccines

More research has been published highlighting more problematic side effects linked to COVID-19 shots. Last week, we published our latest update on rare cases of heart inflammation that have been linked to the mRNA COVID jabs, including the jabs from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. After a hurried secret meeting with its advisory board on vaccine safety, the FDA reluctantly release a warning asking patients experiencing these symptoms to seek help immediately.


 

2/7/2021

9 News

WA enters its final day of lockdown after 'amazingly encouraging news'

Residents in Western Australia's Perth and Peel regions are hoping they have woken to their final day of lockdown.


 

2/7/2021

Perth Now

US warns on China's nuclear build-up

The United States says China's rapid build-up of its nuclear forces is concerning and is calling on Beijing to engage with it "on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilising arms races".


 

2/7/2021

G News

Fauci: "There Are Now Two Americas, The Vaccinated & The Unvaccinated"

America’s favourite Chinese lab funding coronavirus doomonger doctor Anthony Fauci announced Tuesday that there are now two Americas, a vaccinated America and an unvaccinated America.


 

30/6/2021

G News

Mortality Rate 8 Times Higher Among Fully Vaccinated Than Unvaccinated If Infected by Delta Variant – UK Data Shows

Delta variant (B.1.617.2) of CCP virus is spreading like wildfire all over the world. Because of the super high infectivity of this variant, a lot of countries have taken full advantage of this “opportunity” to persuade (or scare) people to get vaccinated, claiming that vaccination will offer a significant level of protection.


 

30/6/2021

ABC News

Frustrated West Australian-Northern Territory border families feel pain of COVID-19 rules

Residents relying on essential services across the WA-NT border call for a long-term solution. Alana Hunt worries about her family's access to emergency care and her partner was unable to say goodbye to his sister before she died. The family now faces a 500km trip to the doctor or the shops.


 

30/6/2021

SBS News

Temperature records tumble again in US, Canada as heatwave enters uncharted territory

The "statistically freaky" heatwave is affecting western Canada and the north-west US. Lytton in British Columbia set a new Canadian record of 47.9C on Monday. The heatwave is being driven by high pressure, climate change and drought.


 

30/6/2021

SBS News

Queensland hospital worker confirmed to have Delta coronavirus variant as millions wake up in lockdown

The 19-year-old tested positive on Monday but is believed to have been infectious in the community for about 10 days, and in that time worked two shifts at the hospital and went on a family holiday to Townsville. Late on Tuesday, authorities confirmed she has the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus.


 

30/6/2021

SBS News

Queensland announces three more local COVID-19 cases on first full day of new lockdown

All three local cases are close contacts of existing cases. The new numbers came from 18,447 tests.


 

29/6/2021

Perth Now

Perth lockdown: FIFO flights grounded as miners told to stay put

More than 20 FIFO charter and scheduled passenger flights have been cancelled within WA today as the four-day Perth and Peel lockdown kicks in.


 

29/6/2021

Perth Now

Perth coronavirus restrictions: Everything you need to know about the mutant COVID-19 Delta variant

A new COVID-19 case that has led to phase one restrictions in Perth and Peel is “probably” the highly infectious Delta strain, Health Minister Roger Cook has revealed.


 

29/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Syria's Largest US-Occupied Oil Field Comes Under Missile & Mortar Attack

A US military base at Syria's occupied Omar oil field in Deir Ezzor province has come under attack by unknown groups following last night's Biden-ordered airstrike on militia bases along the Syria-Iraq border. Western sources are reporting it as "revenge" by "Iran-backed militias" for the Sunday night US military action against pro-Iranian encampments along Syria's eastern border, which left multiple militia members dead.


 

29/6/2021

9 News

NSW records 19 new COVID-19 cases amid record testing numbers

New South Wales has recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm yesterday. A staggering 67,000 people were tested for the virus in the 24-hour reporting period as the number of exposure sites around Sydney continues to grow.


 

29/6/2021

ABC News

Australia-New Zealand travel bubble set to resume with some states

The New Zealand government has announced that the travel bubble with Australia will resume with South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria on July 5.


 

29/6/2021

ABC News

Queenslanders heading for three-day lockdown as state records two locally acquired COVID-19 cases

Parts of Queensland will go into a three-day lockdown after the state recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.


 

29/6/2021

ABC News

Why are fully vaccinated people subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and is that likely to change?

Millions of Australians are grappling with fresh COVID-19 lockdowns and enhanced social distancing measures as the country faces multiple unfolding outbreaks.


 

29/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Israel Sees Explosion Of Cases In Vaccinated Patients Caused By "Delta" Variant

More evidence is emerging to suggest that the Delta COVID variant poses a very real threat, even to patients who have already been fully vaccinated.


 

28/6/2021

News.com.au

Singapore’s surprising new plan to ‘live with covid’ revealed

No quarantine, no icky tests and no daily numbers – one nation that Australians know well is taking a controversial course out of the pandemic.


 

28/6/2021

ABC News

US launches air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, after drone attacks

The United States has carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria in response to drone attacks.


 

28/6/2021

9 News

The highly contagious Delta strain explained

The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 will ambush countries which have slow vaccination rollouts and a weak uptake in preventative strategies, scientists have warned.


 

28/6/2021

Reuters

Australia says pandemic will hit gov't budget, population over next 40 years

SYDNEY, June 28 (Reuters) - The coronavirus-induced border closures and lockdowns in Australia will have an enduring impact on government coffers and population growth, according to official forecasts released on Monday.


 

25/6/2021

Sky News

Business confidence falls in Victoria after fourth lockdown

Melbourne restaurant owners pushed to the edge by Victoria’s fourth lockdown say they are being forced to invest interstate.


 

25/6/2021

Sky News

China lodges trade complaint against Australia

China has lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation over Australia’s anti-subsidy and anti-dumping measures against Chinese exports.


 

25/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Footage Of Bats Kept In Wuhan Lab Fuels Scrutiny Over Its Research

Official Chinese state-approved footage from years ago showing bats being kept at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has further fueled scrutiny of the research being conducted at the secretive facility.


 

25/6/2021

9 News

Q&A explainer: Everything you need to know about new lockdown for Sydney COVID-19 hotspots

Four Sydney Local Government Areas will plunge into a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight in a bid to stamp out the state's escalating coronavirus outbreak.


 

24/6/2021

Sky News

AstraZeneca use to be phased out by October

The federal government is now projecting the AstraZeneca vaccine will be phased out by the end of the year since it is expected all those 60 years and older will be fully vaccinated by then. The recent changes to the medical advice surrounding the AstraZeneca jab - due to blood clot concerns - means people aged 60 and older are now the only ones eligible to receive the vaccine.


 

24/6/2021

ABC News

'Super' heat tolerant kelp restores hope for underwater forests battling climate change

Heat tolerant giant kelp identified in the wild has been bred and replanted. Climate change has caused giant kelp forests to decline by 95 per cent. Trials of the "super" kelp have been successful with some growing more than four metres in nine months.


 

24/6/2021

Zero Hedge

China Denounces US Navy Warship Transiting Taiwan Strait

China called the U.S. Navy's latest sail of a warship through the Taiwan Strait the region's most significant security "risk creator." The narrow waterway that separates Taiwan from China is a highly contested region. The U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur "conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit June 22 (local time) through international waters in accordance with international law."


 

24/6/2021

Perth Now

Inflammation and Pfizer, Moderna link: US

Rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults is likely linked to vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 shots, a group of doctors advising the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say in a newly-released presentation.


 

23/6/2021

SBS News

Australia's trust in China has fallen to a record low

The 2021 Lowy Institute Poll has revealed record low levels of trust in China, high levels of praise for Australia's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and a desire to do more on climate change.


 

23/6/2021

SBS News

New Zealand coronavirus lockdown 'on the table' after Australian travels while likely infectious

New Zealand health authorities are considering options after an Australian travelled to Wellington, only to test positive for COVID-19 on their return.


 

23/6/2021

ABC News

Atmospheric river set to deliver a deluge from coast to coast

An atmospheric river is set to bring widespread rain from the north-west to the south-east this week. Rain has started in South Australia and is expected to reach Melbourne Wednesday, Canberra and Sydney Thursday and Brisbane Friday. Recent flood-hit parts of Gippsland are not expected to receive significant falls but the Bureau is watching a cut-off-low behind the system.


 

22/6/2021

ABC News

Indian Ocean Dipole developing off WA likely to spell wet winter and spring for much of Australia

The Indian Ocean Dipole influences Australia's weather patterns. A negative IOD phase it brings more rain, especially in south-eastern states. Despite forming off the WA coast, the state's South West will likely miss out.


 

22/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Vaccines Exhibit "Reduced Efficacy" Against "Delta" Variant, WHO Doctor Warns

As the mutant COVID-19 strain known as "Delta" picks up steam across Europe and the US, one of the WHO's leading doctors has just expressed concern about recent research published in the Lancet showing that the first generation of COVID-19 vaccines aren't as effective at protecting against "Delta".


 

22/6/2021

News.com.au

CMO says Brisbane hotel quarantine transmission could be ‘world first'

The country’s chief medical officer said it would appear as though the transmission of Covid-19 throughout a Brisbane hotel could be the first of its kind.


 

22/6/2021

ABC News

California's rapid descent into extreme drought is a climate detective story — and the outcome could be disastrous

The drought in California has rapidly intensified as dry soils soak up snowmelt, leaving dams dry. California suffered record heat last summer.


 

21/6/2021

Reuters

Australian PM promises more COVID-19 shots to states amid rollout delays

SYDNEY, June 21 (Reuters) - Australian states and territories will get more doses of COVID-19 vaccines soon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as authorities look to avoid further delays in an immunisation drive that has hit several roadblocks.


 

21/6/2021

ABC News

Queensland authorities trace source of Emirates flight attendant's COVID-19 infection after ruling out Delta variant

A major contact tracing effort is underway to determine how a member of an international flight crew could test positive to COVID-19 just hours after finishing 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine in Queensland.


 

21/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Iran's Only Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes "Emergency Shutdown"

Multiple reports indicate Iran's only nuclear power plant has "undergone a temporary emergency shutdown," according to AP's Jon Gambrell, citing local reports via state television.


 

18/6/2021

News.com.au

Scammers target residents in Dandenong Ranges who will be without power for three more weeks

Distraught Victorians are being scammed by fake workers being paid upfront to clear debris caused by a massive storm but never returning to complete the job.


 

18/6/2021

9 News

Masks mandatory on Sydney public transport after new COVID-19 case linked to cluster

Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID-19 case was linked to the cluster in the city's east.


 

18/6/2021

ABC News

Victorian Covid-19 patient transferred to ICU as condition deteriorates

The condition of one of Victoria’s positive Covid-19 patients has deteriorated as the state emerges from it’s latest local outbreak.


 

18/6/2021

Reuters

Stung by pandemic and JBS cyberattack, U.S. ranchers build new beef plants

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - U.S. cattle ranchers and investors are sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into new beef plants after temporary closures of massive slaughterhouses at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic left farmers with nowhere to send animals destined to be turned into meat.


 

17/6/2021

ABC News

Unemployment is back near pre-pandemic levels. A CBA economist says missing foreign workers are one reason why

The monthly labour force data is excluding a vital element of Australia's labour force: foreign workers who've been working in Australia for less than 12 months. He says once you take those "short-term" workers into account, the employment picture changes dramatically. It could help explain why job vacancies are at record highs and why employers are complaining that it's difficult to find workers.


 

17/6/2021

News.com.au

Fears new Covid-19 cases could spark restrictions for Sydney

Last time NSW had a locally acquired covid case restrictions were reinstated, with fears two new infections could see rules tightened once more.


 

17/6/2021

ABC News

Victoria records no new local cases of COVID-19 with lockdown restrictions set to ease

Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the state prepares for a further easing of lockdown restrictions. Health authorities are trying to contain a cluster of cases that emerged at an apartment complex in Southbank, which had grown to eight cases by Wednesday.


 

16/6/2021

ABC News

Melbourne communities urged not to drink tap water potentially contaminated after storms

Yarra Valley Water says boiling the water may not remove all contaminants Residents should take care to not ingest water when showering or bathing The water directive is likely to be in place for three days while testing takes place.


 

16/6/2021

CNN

Israeli military launches airstrikes in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons launched from the coastal enclave

The Israeli military struck targets in Gaza overnight Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement, citing incendiary balloons launched from Gaza earlier in the day. According to reports in Israeli media, incendiary balloons launched from Gaza sparked multiple fires in southern Israel.


 

16/6/2021

Zero Hedge

US Indo-Pacific Commander Requests More Spending To Contain China

Facing the Chinese communist regime’s increasing aggression in the Asia-pacific region, the newly appointed Indo-Pacific Commander John Aquilino has recently requested an additional $890 million in spending from Congress to strengthen military equipment in Guam, Alaska, and Hawaii for possible military confrontations.


 

16/6/2021

SBS News

Victoria records three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, all linked to known outbreaks

Victoria has recorded three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight, as authorities plan to further ease restrictions. The Health Department confirmed five new local COVID-19 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, two of which had already been announced.


 

15/6/2021

News.com.au

Victoria records zero new locally acquired Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded zero new locally acquired cases in a promising sign restrictions will be eased again this week.


 

15/6/2021

Sky News

'These are uncertain times' as Taiwan issues Australia warning of Beijing 'grey zone' war

Executive Director of the IPA John Roskam says Australians need to be made "aware" of stark warnings from the Taiwanese foreign minister about Beijing's "grey zone war" sending in armed fishing boats into Australian waters.


 

15/6/2021

BBC News

Nato warns of military challenge posed by China

Nato leaders meeting for a summit in Brussels have warned of the military threat posed by China, saying its behaviour is a "systemic challenge". China, they said, was rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, was "opaque" about its military modernisation and was co-operating militarily with Russia.


 

15/6/2021

SBS News

Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective

Novavax says late-stage data from its US-based clinical trial shows its vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against COVID-19.


 

14/6/2021

Zero Hedge

AstraZeneca's COVID Jab Should Be Halted For People Over 60: EMA

On Friday, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee identified another rare blood condition after people taking AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and said it was examining cases of heart inflammation after inoculation. By Sunday, the head of the EMA health threats said people over 60 should avoid the Astrazeneca vaccine, according to Reuters.


 

14/6/2021

Zero Hedge/p>

CDC To Hold "Emergency Meeting" After 100s Suffer Heart Inflammation Following COVID Vaccines

The new details about myocarditis and pericarditis emerged first in presentations to a panel of independent advisers for the Food and Drug Administration, who are meeting Thursday to discuss how the regulator should approach emergency use authorization for using COVID-19 vaccines in younger children.


 

10/6/2021

News.com.au

Evacuation order for Victorians living in Traralgon Creek area due to flooding

People living near a Victorian creek have been told to evacuate immediately as floodwaters rise rapidly.


 

10/6/2021

News.com.au

Qld outbreak grows after case travelled from Melbourne

Queensland has recorded two Covid-19 cases after a Melbourne couple breached lockdown, putting three states on high alert.


 

10/6/2021

ABC News

Shipping cost surge raises retail price pressures and inflation risks

Soaring demand for physical goods has increased congestion and delays at the world's ports and pushed up shipping costs. The price of products like canned food, shoes, clothes, and computers could increase if retailers start to pass on the higher freight and input costs. The cost of shipping a 40 foot container from Shanghai to Sydney on the spot market has doubled.


 

10/6/2021

ABC News

Mother and son rescued, major power outages as wild weather batters Victoria

More than 200,000 homes and business suffered power outages and thousands remain without electricity. The State Emergency Services has received more than 3,600 calls for help. A mother and son were injured by a tree which fell on their house at Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges.


 

9/6/2021

Zero Hedge

One Bank Goes Apocalyptic: Inflation Is About To Explode "Leaving Global Economies Sitting On A Time Bomb"

As excerpted from "Inflation: The defining macro story of this decade" a must-read report written by Deutsche Bank's global head of research, David Folkerts-Landau, co-authored by Peter Hooper and Jim Reid.


 

9/6/2021

News.com.au

Qantas delays start to international travel as national vaccine rollout time frame slips

Australia’s biggest airline has flagged yet another delay to the highly-anticipated restart of international travel.


 

9/6/2021

Al Jazeera

Pfizer to expand tests of COVID-19 vaccine in children below 12

New study to enroll thousands of children below 12 years at dozens of sites across the US, Finland, Poland and Spain.


 

8/6/2021

ABC News

Record national winter crop sown, but mouse plague could take drastic toll in NSW

A record 23.2 million hectares of winter crops have been sown. The yield is forecast to be lower than 2020-2021, but still higher than average. NSW farmers fear the mouse plague will devastate their harvest.


 

8/6/2021

South China Morning Post

South China Sea: US military gives tacit backing to Malaysia’s claim 16 Chinese planes neared airspace

A Chinese military source had said only two planes were involved in last week’s incident, but a US Pacific Air Forces spokesman disputed that account. The ‘intrusion’ has sparked concerns that China seeks to test other claimant countries’ reactions – though some see a possible nod to international law.


 

8/6/2021

News.com.au

Two new Covid-19 cases as Melbourne’s lockdown set to end this week

Despite a rise in cases, government insiders believe Melbourne’s lockdown will end as planned.


 

4/6/2021

Al Jazeera

Global food prices surge again, stoking inflation fears

Concerns are growing over surging food prices, which climbed for the 12th month straight in May, according to a United Nations gauge.


 

4/6/2021

News.com.au

Sydney veterinarian warns of infectious and deadly leptospirosis in Collaroy

A Sydney veterinarian has reported a case of a dangerous and infectious disease that can be fatal for dogs, warning pet owners to be vigilant with vaccinations.


 

4/6/2021

Reuters

IMF and World Bank urge G7 to release surplus vaccines

The heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Thursday urged the Group of Seven advanced economies to release any excess COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries as soon as possible, and called on manufacturers to ramp up production.


 

3/6/2021

Zero Hedge

China's "Artificial Sun" Sets World Record Running At 120 Million Degrees For 101 Seconds

China’s goal is to develop clean energy sources through next-generation nuclear fusion technology.


 

3/6/2021

ABC News

Audit finds WA remote communities exposed to E Coli, uranium in water supply

The report found safe water delivery has improved in WA since 2015. But contaminants were still found in 37 regional communities. The Department is supplying bottled water to 24 areas.


 

3/6/2021

ABC News

Local production of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines could take up to four years, government says

mRNA technology is used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which need to be imported. The federal government is exploring Australia's capacity to produce mRNA vaccines locally. Officials say it could be up to four years away, depending on the chosen site.


 

3/6/2021

Sky News

PM announces COVID payments for lockdowns over seven days

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has introduced the temporary COVID disaster payment for circumstances where there are lockdowns imposed by states that are longer than seven days and are deemed hotspots. “So the first seven days, they are matters entirely for state and territory governments, as they wish to provide support,” Mr Morrison said.


 

2/6/2021

9 News

Lockdown extended in Melbourne for seven days, restrictions ease in regional Victoria

Melbourne's lockdown has been extended for a further seven days, but stay-at-home measures will lift in regional Victoria.


 

2/6/2021

7 News

JWA COVID scare as Allegra ship crew member and man in hotel quarantine test positive

Health authorities in Western Australia are on high alert after two major COVID scares on Tuesday.


 

2/6/2021

ABC News

Melbourne COVID-19 case travels to NSW South Coast and Goulburn for camping trip

Health authorities say a confirmed COVID-19 case from Melbourne travelled to several areas of NSW while potentially infectious, including Jervis Bay on the south coast and Goulburn in the southern tablelands.


 

2/6/2021

Zero Hedge

JBS Shutters All US Meat Plants As Cyber Attack Jeopardizes Food Supply

Update (2002 ET): The USDA has released an important update about the Biden administration's steps to mitigate potential supply constraints and price surges following JBS' ransomware attack.


 

2/6/2021

Reuters

U.S. says ransomware attack on meatpacker JBS likely from Russia

Brazil’s JBS SA told the U.S. government that a ransomware attack on the company that has disrupted meat production in North America and Australia originated from a criminal organization likely based in Russia, the White House said on Tuesday.


 

1/6/2021

South China Morning Post

Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base upgrade sparks worries of China link before US diplomat’s visit

A new port and a ship repair facility are likely to have been built just north of where US-funded facilities were demolished last year, a think tank says. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is visiting the Southeast Asian nation, which counts Beijing as a close ally, as part of an Asean tour.


 

1/6/2021

South China Morning Post

Mach 30 wind tunnel to ‘put China decades’ ahead in hypersonic race

Leading researcher reveals new facility capable of simulating flight at 30 times the speed of sound will be ready ‘soon’


 

1/6/2021

SBS News

Victoria records three new local COVID-19 cases as list of Melbourne exposure sites grows

The new cases come as pressure grows on the government to introduce greater protections for the aged care system.


 

1/6/2021

ABC News

Fears napalm-like mouse bait bromadiolone could have 'huge' impact on native species if approved

There are fears Murray cod and native birds could be poisoned by mouse baits. NSW is seeking urgent approval to distribute a poison called bromodiolone to deal with the plague. The regulator wants more detail before it decides whether the poison can be used for the first time since 2016.


 

1/6/2021

ABC News

Queensland grazier says it's time to rethink our attitude towards drought

65 per cent of Queensland remains in drought. South-west grazier Kenton Peart says drought is a normal part of life.


 

1/6/2021

ABC News

Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck says government doesn't have exact figures on how many workers have had COVID vaccines

The government is now asking aged care providers to tell them which staff have had the COVID vaccine. Richard Colbeck says people's occupation is not recorded when they get the jab.


 

1/6/2021

News.com.au

China’s irate response to Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern’s joint presser

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern appeared to stand together on issues about China yesterday, and Beijing does not like it one bit.


 

1/6/2021

Zero Hedge

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger Says Semi Shortage Could Last "A Couple Years"

Intel is now going on the record and doubling down on statements that its CEO made on 60 Minutes earlier this year, stating that it could take "several years" for the current supply shortage of semiconductors to be resolved.


 

31/5/2021

The Gateway Pundit

Thousands of attorneys and doctors have joined forces to sue the CDC, WHO and the Davos Group for crimes against humanity.

1,000 Lawyers and 10,000 Doctors Join Together and File Lawsuit to Prosecute the “2nd Nuremburg Tribunal” Against Corona Fraud Scandal.


 

31/5/2021

Reuters

Australian farmer counts the cost of mouse plague after drought

Australian farmer Norman Moeris lifts a protective tarpaulin covering his valuable grain harvest on a cool evening - only to reveal a seething mass of rodents.


 

31/5/2021

ABC News

Million-dollar cash prizes and free eggs offered to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

As winter creeps closer, Australia's top doctor is urging more people to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against coronavirus.


 

28/5/2021

ABC News

Cyclone Seroja damage report calls for WA area around Kalbarri to be classified as cyclonic

An area only 250 kilometres north of Perth could be classified as "cyclonic" after Cyclone Seroja tore through part of Western Australia's Mid West, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.


 

28/5/2021

Zero Hedge

US Sitting On 'Raft' Of Unexamined Virus Intel; Former Official Says 'Almost No Evidence' Of Natural Origin

Hours after President Biden promised to release the 'full report' from US Intelligence community's 90-day examination of where COVID-19 originated - unless there's something he's unaware of...


 

28/5/2021

News.com.au

Victorians face phone delays, huge queues in rush to get Covid-19 vaccine

Victorians rushing to get a Covid-19 vaccine are facing frustrating delays over the phone and huge queues at vaccination hubs.


 

28/5/2021

SBS News

'Numbing. Surreal': Businesses in Victoria brace for impact of fourth coronavirus lockdown

Businesses in Victoria say they fear the impact of the fourth and latest lockdown, which will be the first lockdown without any JobKeeper wage subsidy for workers.


 

28/5/2021

Reuters

South Asia crosses 30 million COVID-19 cases as India battles second wave

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia region surpassed 30 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally of official data, led by India which is struggling with a second COVID-19 wave and a vaccine shortage across the region.


 

27/5/2021

Zero Hedge

Global Chip Hub Taiwan Hammered By Triple Blow Of Drought, Blackouts And COVID Surge

After the two massive power outages, Taiwan endured another small-scale power suspension in Taipei City on Friday and experienced temporary power generator malfunctions at two separate coal-fired power plants on Sunday and Monday respectively. Maintaining production is crucial at a time of global chip shortage, with political tensions and pandemic-induced lockdowns affecting supply chains and remote working increasing demand for electronic devices.


 

27/5/2021

News.com.au

Melbourne residents report fleeing state ahead of feared lockdown

Melbourne residents have reported fleeing the state as Victoria braces for a likely fourth lockdown amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak.


 

27/5/2021

ABC News

Queensland government responds to failure at coal-fired Callide power station by turning to battery power

About 80 per cent of Queensland's energy comes from coal-fired power stations. The state government is connecting the state's largest battery to the power transmission network. The Lowy Institute's annual climate poll shows 63 per cent supported a ban on new coal mines opening in Australia.


 

27/5/2021

ABC News

Victoria to enter a COVID-19 lockdown as cases from Melbourne outbreak grow

China has imposed tariffs on a number of Australian products in the past year, but few expect it to do that with iron ore. According to global financial services firm UBS, China buys about 70 per cent of the iron ore Australia exports, which in turn makes up about 60 per cent of all the iron ore China imports. Any cuts to Australia's iron exports would have a significant impact on the economy and government budgets.


 

27/5/2021

ABC News

Record iron ore prices boost Australia's economy, but will the China trade war end the boom?

China has imposed tariffs on a number of Australian products in the past year, but few expect it to do that with iron ore. According to global financial services firm UBS, China buys about 70 per cent of the iron ore Australia exports, which in turn makes up about 60 per cent of all the iron ore China imports. Any cuts to Australia's iron exports would have a significant impact on the economy and government budgets.


 

26/5/2021

Murray Watt - Senator for Queensland

Money for the govt, not disaster victims

Have you heard the one about the Government’s $4 billion disaster fund that’s earned more interest for the Government than it’s helped disaster victims? Watch Amanda Stoker try to explain it. They love an announcement, but they never deliver.


 

26/5/2021

ABC News

Queensland blackout to be investigated after fire at Callide Power Station cuts power to large parts of the state

CS Energy's power stations at Callide, Kogan and Gladstone deliver about 30 per cent of Queensland's electricity. The outage at the Callide station had a domino effect, tripping other plants in the network. Energex spokesman Danny Donald says he has not seen such a bad blackout in his 15 years in the industry.


 

26/5/2021

ABC News

Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak grows as Victoria records six new local cases

Victoria has recorded another six local COVID-19 cases, bringing the cluster in Melbourne's north to 15.


 

26/5/2021

Zero Hedge

Iran Kicks Off Large-Scale Electronic Warfare And Air Defense Exercise

On May 25th, the Iranian Army kicked off a large-scale military drill to practice electronic warfare tactics, this drill on electronic warfare is dubbed ‘Separ-e-Aseman 1400’ (Sky Shield 1400).


 

26/5/2021

ABC News

Confirmed COVID-19 case attended Collingwood-Port Adelaide match at the MCG

Victoria has recorded nine cases in the current coronavirus cluster. One of those cases attended the MCG for the AFL match between Collingwood and Port Adelaide. A crowd of 23,415 people attended the match, won by Port Adelaide.


 

26/5/2021

Sky News

Government withholding vaccine dose information: Independent senator

A prominent independent senator has claimed the federal government is deliberately keeping people in the dark over the national vaccine supply. Senator Rex Patrick is on the Senate’s COVID Committee and believes the government is deliberately putting off boosting the ad campaign to encourage people to get the jab because there are so many questions about how many vaccines are available.


 

26/5/2021

News.com.au

China’s warning could wipe $32 billion from Australian economy

China has warned Australia it is in for economic “pain” in the near future — saying plans to hit our highest export are already taking effect and could wipe billions from our economy. According to CommSec, iron ore prices are down sharply again this morning, dropping US$11.85 a tonne or 5.9 per cent to US$188.25 a tonne — after hitting a record high of more than $US230 a tonne earlier this month.


 

25/5/2021

ABC News

Queensland scientists develop peptide-based drugs that could reduce severity of COVID-19

Queensland scientists have developed two new drugs that could prevent COVID-19 infection and stop further spread of the virus in patients who have already contracted it.


 

25/5/2021

ABC News

Hope for wallabies so endangered they were thought to be extinct

Bridled nailtail wallabies are regularly preyed upon by feral cats and foxes when they are juveniles. UNSW scientists have taken young wallabies and raised them in a protected shelter before releasing them, which saw an 89 per cent success rate.


 

25/5/2021

ABC News

Melbourne COVID-19 restrictions return as cluster grows in northern suburbs

A new case identified this morning is being treated as a potential source case for the cluster in Melbourne's north. Masks will be mandatory indoors in Melbourne from 6:00pm Tuesday and limits on gatherings will be introduced.


 

25/5/2021

Sky News

The era of the Americans dominating the world 'has just about gone'

The era when Australia could always know the Americans were going to dominate the world is just about gone, according to Liberal senator Jim Molan. "We have got the best defence force at the moment that I've seen in 50 years exposure to the defence force," he told Sky News host Paul Murray. "But it all belongs to another era. It belongs to that era when the Australian Defence Force could always know that the Americans were going to dominate the world - now that period has just about gone.


 

25/5/2021

Sky News

‘Destructive’ Hawkesbury flood likely within four years

The next Hawkesbury flood is likely within the next four years with “every chance” it will be higher and more destructive than it was in March. NSW experienced its third wettest week on record in early 2021 – averaging a state-wide rainfall average of 102 millimetres.


 

21/5/2021

Zero Hedge

Survey Shows Half Of Non-Mask Wearers Will "Definitely Not" Consent To Being Vaccinated

This looks like bad news for the CDC and the Biden Administration, which are desperate to entice more Americans to get vaccinated before international pressure forces the president to give away the entire US stock of vaccines (Biden announced yesterday that the US would send 20MM doses of vaccine that are authorized for emergency use in the US abroad for the first time as pressure from the international community grows).


 

21/5/2021

9 News

Vax and scratch: New York offers $6.4m lottery for newly vaccinated

Anyone who gets vaccinated at select state-run vaccination sites in New York next week will receive a lottery scratch ticket with prizes potentially worth millions, as Governor Andrew Cuomo tries to boost slowing vaccination rates.


 

21/5/2021

News.com.au

Peter Dutton says transparency on COVID vaccine blood clot cases is important, but risk is very low

Peter Dutton says it is important the government is transparent about cases of rare blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, while urging people to keep the figures in perspective.


 

21/5/2021

News.com.au

Commonwealth Bank has bumped up its three and four year fixed rates on home loans

Ultra-low home loans could be on the way out, with the nation’s biggest lender hiking rates for the second time.


 

21/5/2021

ABC News

Sydney news: Mice-killing chemical rollout, investigation into baby death in Oran Park

Twenty towns in NSW will host grain treatment sites to distribute the poison bromadioline to farmers affected by the mouse plague.


 

21/5/2021

9 News

Smishing: The new scam fleecing Aussie victims of thousands

Australians are being inundated by a new form of scam whereby victims are sent text messages asking for them to share personal details which are then on-sold.


 

21/5/2021

9 News

Six new blood clotting cases linked to AstraZeneca vaccine, including SA man in ICU and 18-year-old in Queensland

A South Australian in a "very serious" condition in hospital is among six new cases of a rare but serious blood clotting condition likely linked to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab.


 

20/5/2021

Zero Hedge

Chip Shortage Enters "Danger Zone" As Lead Times Reach New Record

Semiconductor lead times, the time it takes for a company to order a chip and taking delivery, increased to 17 weeks in April, indicating shortages of these critical components are intensifying, according to Bloomberg.


 

20/5/2021

Sky News

Mouse plague to hit Sydney by August

A destructive mouse plague is closing in on Sydney with experts predicting rodents could begin invading homes by August.


 

20/5/2021

Sky News

Australians' COVID-19 vaccine reticence might be due to 'complacency'

RACGP President Dr Karen Price says complacency due to Australia’s success in handling the pandemic is one possible reason why some members of the Australian public are reticent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


 

20/5/2021

News.com.au

Australian retail icons risk a Debenhams style ‘failure’

A catastrophic retail failure similar to the closure of Debenhams in the UK is a possibility in Australia, an expert has warned.


 

20/5/2021

ABC News

Does Argentina's beef exports freeze open fresh opportunity in China for Australian producers?

The Argentine government wants to lower domestic beef prices with a 30-day export ban. Argentina exported about 750,000 tonnes of beef last year, mostly to China. Australian exporters have diversified export markets due to trade tensions with China.


 

20/5/2021

ABC News

Sunshine Coast farmer putting pot plants in freezer to grow raspberries in winter

Piñata Farms managing director Gavin Scurr says they have been growing raspberries for five years. Mr Scurr says they use long-cane production to trick the plant about the weather. Raspberries are becoming more popular with Australian consumers.


 

19/5/2021

Zero Hedge

China Furious As Japan Refuses To Address Its Radioactive Fukushima Water Dumping Concerns

Angry that Japan has yet to respond directly to the concerns of the international community, China again urged Japan on Monday to face up to its responsibility and refrain from "wantonly" disposing the radioactive, polluted Fukushima water before reaching consensus with all stakeholders and international agencies through consultations.


 

19/5/2021

News.com.au

Sobering graph exposes Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout failure

While Australia has been lauded for its response to COVID-19, a sobering graph has exposed just how far behind the nation is in one key battleground.


 

19/5/2021

South China Morning Post

US exports to China grow at ‘expense’ of Australia after Beijing’s trade ban

Following Beijing’s ban on a range of Australian products, the US has been steadily ‘backfilling’ the void left by its ally. Political observers say the US will prioritise its own economic needs ahead of its allies, including Australia, despite close ties


 

19/5/2021

SBS News

UN says more than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli airstrikes as conflict enters ninth day

The UN aid agency says more than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli airstrikes that destroyed or damaged nearly 450 buildings in Gaza.


 

19/5/2021

ABC News

Yellow crazy ant eradication plan puts paws in the paddock as Far North Queensland fight ramps up

Yellow crazy ants can quickly create super-colonies because they are not aggressive towards their own species. The Wet Tropics Management Authority says efforts to eradicate them from Far North Queensland are working. A detection dog is helping locate the remaining pockets of infestation in the far north.


 

19/5/2021

ABC News

Argentina bans beef exports for 30 days in effort to reduce domestic prices

The Argentinian government is attempting to lower local beef prices with 30-day export ban. One analyst believes ban will put a lot of pressure on China. Argentina exported about 750,000 metric tonnes of beef in 2020, the bulk of which went to China.


 

19/5/2021

ABC News

Epidemiologists explain how a COVID case flew undetected from India to Howard Springs

A new coronavirus case in international quarantine in Darwin this week shows the virus is still able to overcome hurdles designed to keep COVID-19 out of the country.


 

18/5/2021

News Corp

UN agencies call for urgent action to avert famine risk in 20 ‘hunger hotspots’

Famine is already on the doorstep of millions of families in 20 countries, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday in a report that calls for urgent action to avert rising hunger due to factors such as conflict, climate extremes and the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

18/5/2021

Bloomberg

The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything

‘It is anything but efficient or normal.’ Surging corporate demand is upending global supply chains.


 

18/5/2021

SBS News

US to send 20 million vaccine doses abroad

US President Joe Biden says the US will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks.


 

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