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Italy’s “COVID Green Pass” explained



Italy is to make it compulsory for all workers in the nation to have a Covid “green pass” – so what is it and how will work?

Italy is set to make it compulsory for all workers within the nation to carry a COVID Green Pass – a document displaying proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery from the virus.

Green Passes have already been rolled out across Italy, but for different sectors. Currently, they are already required to access train stations within Italy as well as entertainment venues such as cinemas along with recreational activities including swimming pools and gyms.

The pass is also required in order to access a cafe or restaurant.

Educational staff including teachers are already required to show a Green Pass – some have been blocked from working due to failure to display one

The mandate across the Italian workforce is the first of its kind to be rolled out in Europe and one of the strictest, too.

The document will state proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from the virus.

Anyone without a pass will reportedly face suspension from work and may have their pay stopped after five days.

The Italian Government recently approved a law to extend the requirements to all workplaces and employees across all workforces – including those that are self-employed.

Organisations as well as employees face penalties if found to be working without holding a Green Pass.

Almost 65% of Italians have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 however in recent months, infections have again started to rise to the contagious Delta variant of the virus.

Since the pandemic begun, Italy has recorded more than 4.6 million cases of COVID to date and over 130,000 COVID-related deaths.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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Has the Australian Defence Force become top heavy?



Despite a decrease in overall personnel numbers, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has seen a notable increase in senior officers, leading to concerns about its top-heavy structure.

In recent years, the ADF has undergone significant downsizing efforts, resulting in a reduced total workforce.

However, a closer look at the numbers reveals a surprising trend – a growing number of senior officers within the organization.

The rise in senior officers has raised questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s hierarchy.

Critics argue that a top-heavy structure may hinder decision-making and resource allocation, potentially impacting the ADF’s operational capabilities.

Is the increase in senior officers a deliberate strategy, or is it the result of unintended consequences from downsizing efforts?

What implications does a top-heavy structure have on the ADF’s ability to respond to evolving security challenges?

Are there plans to rebalance the officer-to-enlisted personnel ratio within the ADF?

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India’s shift to coal amid declining hydro generation



India has been grappling with a significant challenge in its energy sector as hydroelectric power generation has experienced a sharp decline.

This shift in the energy landscape has forced the nation to increasingly turn to coal as an alternative source of power.

The dwindling water resources and changing weather patterns have led to a decrease in hydro generation, posing a pressing dilemma for the country’s energy sustainability.

With India’s growing population and expanding industries, a steady and reliable power supply is crucial.

However, the drop in hydroelectric power output due to factors like reduced rainfall and glacial melting has strained the nation’s electricity grid.

As a result, coal-fired power plants have become a more prevalent choice to bridge the energy gap, despite concerns about environmental impact and carbon emissions.

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