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Olympics in doubt as Japan COVID outbreak worsens

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The United States has issued a warning to citizens saying they should avoid traveling to Japan until the country’s COVID-19 outbreak is brought under control.

It comes as Japan struggles to convince the international arena that it is ready to hold the Summer Olympics in July.

The US State Department raised its travel advisory for Japan to level four – meaning the country is now in line with other nations from Latin America to Europe.

Experts say Japan’s latest Covid outbreak is due to the small number of the population that have had their vaccination.

Around 3 percent of Japanese citizens have received their jab, compared to 40 percent in both the US and Great Britain.

Japan’s leader Prime Minister Suga this week extended the state of emergency that is currently in place, in the hope of controlling the outbreak before the Olympics.

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Warnings against the Olympics

Japanese tycoon Masayoshi Son has warned of significant dangers around holding the Olympics in Tokyo. This comes as the Japanese Government on Monday kicked off a mass vaccination drive to catch up with other countries and ensure a “safe and secure” Games.

In a series of tweets, the influential SoftBank Group CEO expressed bewilderment and concern about the Tokyo Olympics, calling Japan a “vaccine laggard” and saying the slow inoculation drive less than two months before the start of the Games could put people’s lives at risk.

“Currently more than 80% of people want the Olympics to be postponed or canceled. Who and on what authority is it being forced through?” the billionaire executive, wrote in a tweet in Japanese over the weekend.

In a follow-up tweet posted late on Sunday, Son, who has 2.8 million followers, wrote: “Does the IOC (International Olympic Committee) have the power to decide that the Games would go ahead?

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Qantas appoints new Chairman amid board renewal

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Qantas Airways has announced significant changes to its board, including the appointment of John Mullen as the new chairman, as part of its ongoing renewal strategy following a tumultuous period for the airline.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra, will assume the role of chairman of Qantas’ board, succeeding Richard Goyder.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra.

Mullen will officially join the board as a non-executive director and chairman-elect on July 1, with plans to take on the chairman’s responsibilities ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in October.

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Dr. Nora Scheinkestel will also join the board as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee effective March 1, 2024.

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Richard Goyder, outgoing chairman of Qantas, remarked that these changes mark a new chapter for the airline following a period of significant challenges, including the early resignation of former CEO Alan Joyce and Goyder’s own decision to step down.

Goyder expressed confidence in Mullen’s ability to lead Qantas into its next phase, citing Mullen’s extensive experience as a director and chairman of large and complex companies, as well as his distinguished executive career in the transport sector both domestically and internationally.

“These changes reflect a new chapter for Qantas, and John brings a wealth of experience that makes him the right choice to lead the national carrier into its next phase,” stated Goyder.

The announcement comes amidst ongoing efforts by Qantas to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its operations to adapt to changing market dynamics.

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Google goes rogue as search engine falls short?

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In the digital era, where instant access to information is the norm, Google has emerged as the go-to source for swift answers. However, a recent study has raised a cautionary flag, suggesting that the top search result on Google may not always be the most reliable or accurate.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from USC sheds light on the factors influencing Google search result rankings, emphasizing the importance of users exercising caution to avoid being misled by potentially inaccurate information. The interview explores the role of search engine optimization (SEO) in determining rankings, questions the reliability of the top search result as an indicator of accuracy, and delves into strategies for increasing awareness about the limitations of search engines. As we navigate the vast digital landscape, a critical eye and awareness are essential tools to discern the accuracy of the information provided by the seemingly omnipotent search engine.

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U.S. lawmakers warn about Russian ‘space threat’

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What is Congress doing to keep America safe?

New U.S. intelligence shows that Russia developing some sort of anti-satellite nuclear weapon.

After lawmakers warned of a ‘national security threat’ about Russia wanting nuclear weapons in space—White House adviser John Kirby said that there is not an imminent threat.

Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin is weighing in, as he just declared that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons into space.

Matt Laslo, the Congressional Correspondent for Raw Story joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #space #Russia #nuclear #nuclearweapon #satellite

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