Morning Post: Resistance to reopening plan, Australia grants Afghanistan visas and tips for Zoom | Australia news
GGood morning. Scott Morrison faces more resistance to reopening plan as NSW prepares for another day of record-breaking Covid cases. Evacuation efforts in Afghanistan continue as Australia grants more than 100 visas to former local employees a day after the rejection. And as you sip your morning coffee, learn how caffeine became the most dominant drug in the world.
Scott Morrison insists that growing case numbers are no reason to abandon the national plan to open up the country once vaccination rates reach 70% and 80%. But some heads of state are not so sure, warns that the worsening Covid crisis in New South Wales could be a deal breaker. On Sunday, NSW hit another record of 830 new cases and three deaths, bringing the number of victims in the current outbreak to 71.
The Australian government says it has issued humanitarian visas to more than 100 Afghan nationals who worked at their embassy the day after telling them that their visa applications had been denied. The conflicting information created confusion as thousands attempt to flee the Taliban regime. An attorney for hundreds of former ADF interpreters and Australian auxiliaries has accused the government of attempting “to get this out to the media” before informing clients. The Biden government has ordered commercial airlines to help transport people evacuated from Afghanistan, while the UK plans to set up offshore asylum centers for Afghan refugees in countries like Pakistan and Turkey.
Greenhouse gas emissions from Australian industrial sites have increased by 24% since 2005. and must be addressed now if the country is to have the chance to hit net zero by 2050, according to a new report from the Grattan Institute. The Melbourne-based think tank recommends policy changes such as improving Australia’s failed “security mechanism”, creating a “future fund for industrial transformation” similar to the national green bank, and expanding government energy-saving programs. The report comes as the Morrison government invited industry to take part in shaping a promised new “collateral loan mechanism” that will help large energy-using companies adopt new technologies to reduce costs and emissions.
On average, about 68% of the new Covid cases in NSW were “examined” in the past weekwhich means that it was not known how much time they had spent in the community while they were contagious and how great the risk was to others. Guardian Australia looked at how many “under investigation” cases were resolved by comparing daily briefing numbers with subsequent NSW Health updates.
The bill to ban imports of products made using forced labor is due to be debated shortly after the Senate resumes on Monday. Independent Senator Rex Patrick originally proposed a ban on imports of goods from China’s Xinjiang region because of concerns about the forced labor of Uighur Muslims.
NSW police apologized for sending an email containing sensitive information to the wrong person. Personal information about a woman who was fined for violating the lockdown was sent to a man with the same name as the woman’s attorney, who happened to win a case against police for invasion of privacy himself.
Josephine Baker, a famous French-American dancer, singer, and actress who worked with the French Resistance during World War II, will be the first black woman to be buried in the sacred Panthéon mausoleum in France. The remains of Baker, who was born in Missouri in 1906 and buried in Monaco in 1975, will be transferred to the Panthéon in November.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said on Sunday that he would step down after seven years in office. The unexpected announcement came before next year’s parliamentary elections and after Löfven became the first Swedish head of state to ever lose a motion in parliament in June.
Ho Chi Minh City is preparing for lockdown as Covid cases swell in Vietnam’s most populous city. Residents will have to stay at home from Monday, with the army and police on duty.
Former US President Donald Trump received unusual boos and ridicule at his rally in Alabama after telling his supporters, “I recommend taking the vaccines.” The state is currently battling the Delta outbreak and rising hospital admissions among the unvaccinated.
Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican congressman investigating sex trafficking, got married. Gaetz has repeatedly denied the allegations of paying a 17-year-old girl for sex.
Charmed, the late 1990s TV series that follows a San Francisco witch coven, has been demoted to Buffy’s less sophisticated, mainstream younger sister status for far too long. It’s time to put this strangely relatable show about three sister witches juggling life and magic into the iconic TV Hall of Fame alongside Buffy, writes Isabelle Oderberg.
With many parts of Australia still locked, connecting with others through Zoom can feel increasingly difficult. After 18 months of video conferencing, virtual classes, and online events, lessons have been learned to make digital connections a little less disconcerting. Experts share their insights into solving some common video chat dilemmas.
When Michael Pollan was doing research on caffeine for his book on naturally occurring drugs, he decided to give it up for three months. Through his research and experience, Pollan came to a view of caffeine that recognized its drawbacks, but also took advantage of its considerable benefits. He tells Rachel Humphreys the remarkable story of how caffeine became the dominant drug in the world and the only one we have incorporated into everyday conventional life.
You can read Pollan’s long reading, The Invisible Addiction: Is It Time To Cut Out Caffeine? Here.
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Cricket Australia’s decision to keep Justin Langer as national coach risks maintaining a dysfunctional relationship between the testing legend and his players, potentially threaten Australia’s chances at Asheswrites Sam Perry. “The current status of the team no longer has to be to blame on just one side … Your partnership always leads to mediocre results at best. If CA has plans to improve on this, Langer’s position must therefore be untenable, ”he writes.
Juventus vice president has given assurances that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at the club this seasonThe Portuguese star reportedly requested to be excluded from the opening game against Udinese on Sunday in order to secure a move from Turin.
Parcel and grocery deliveries across the country are facing disruptions, with the Transport Workers Union threatening a 24-hour country strike on Friday unless transportation giant Toll reverts its proposals to cut overtime and use cheaper contractors Australian reported ($). New research shows Australia is on the verge of an electric car boom, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which points to record sales over the past six months and forecasts for more choices. And researchers are building a “honey library” to discover counterfeits of Tasmanian leatherwood honey abc news reported.
A cautious federal parliament will sit in the blocked ACT.
The trial of Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe, charged with the murder of an Aboriginal teenage boy, is due to begin but is delayed at the last minute.
And if you have read this far …
The best photos of the weekend from around the world, selected by the Guardian’s photo editor: Open water swimmers crossing the Borsporus, a campaign to save the alpaca Geronimo, and an Afghan refugee giving birth to a child on board a US evacuation plane.
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