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Why we must report the daily COVID-19 numbers differently | ticker VIEWS

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As Australia continues to battle its Covid-19 crisis, there is growing pressure to change the way we report on daily COVID numbers

For the last 18 months, Aussies have been waiting for the daily press conference and bracing for the Premier’s to face the cameras and reveal the dreaded numbers. It is becoming an unconscious part of our small talk conversations.

Change the reporting rhetoric

The daily reminder of Covid-19 cases continues to instill fear in our lives and fear for what the future holds. The daily numbers are representing how much longer we’ll be stopped from working. How much longer we’ll be binging on Netflix. How much longer we cannot see loved ones. How many more Uber deliveries do we have to track?

In all seriousness though, lockdowns are addressing the immediate health risk that the Covid-19 virus brings. But, what are the long-term impacts on our economy and our mental health?

Why are we only reporting on Covid-19 cases? Why are we not reporting mental health numbers from our helplines daily? Why are we not hearing about the seriousness of each case? All valid questions and Luke Nayna from the Counsel House is urging the Governments and mainstream media to rethink their approach.

“People need to understand the physical and the mental impacts. We need to be reporting the numbers in a way that shows the benefit of vaccination. What is the impact on the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated. What are the hospitalisation rates of individuals?” 

Luke Nayna, The Counsel House 

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Concern for mental health

Lockdowns are addressing the immediate health risk, but there is a lack of investigation into other health risks that millions of Australians are facing. Crisis helplines are facing continued increases in calls.

The vaccine is the key to reopening the economy. But, until we reach those targeted vaccination rates, where is the support, recognition, and transparency around mental health and economic burden?

“Too much emphasis is being put on the physical health, and if it is being put on the mental health then there isn’t the transparency and communication from the Government.” 

Luke Nayna, The Counsel House

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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