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Australia in limbo: two biggest states in lockdown



As a large part of the developed world begins to transition into a post-Covid world, Australia’s two biggest cities wake up in lockdown today as the Delta variant spreads through the country

Just last weekend, Melbourne recorded its 11th-straight day of zero new Covid infections, and now residents are beginning day one of a snap five-day lockdown.

Victoria enters a snap lockdown after a flare-up of COVID-19 cases

As of 11:59pm last night, Melbournians and Victorians have only five reasons to leave home including… exercise for a maximum of two hours daily, essential caregiving, purchasing food and other supplies, essential work or getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

It comes as Sydney and the state of New South Wales are battling a major outbreak that has seen lockdown extended to at least July 30.

12 cases of community transmission have been recorded in the city over the past 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews apologised to his state yesterday for the lockdown, but says he’s confident that they will get on top of it.

“The team is reviewing all the data and all the epidemiology,”

Mr Weimar, melbourne testing commander said.

Sydney has entered its third week of lockdown, with COVID leaking into regional New South Wales and surrounding states.

The Sydney lockdown is now expected to extend until at least the end of the month, July 30.

Businesses have been left in limbo again, worried that they won’t be able to survive any more closures

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australians must hold onto hope as lockdowns continue across the country, and has urged all businesses the ‘light on the other side is coming’.

Fronting the media in Sydney, the PM stated that the Australian economy has remained strong during the pandemic, and is only set to get stronger once states and territories manage current outbreaks of coronavirus.

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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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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