Morning Mail: Sydney Prepares For Covid Case Number Jump, Branson Into Space, England v Italy |
Hello. Sydney is preparing today for triple-digit Covid case numbers, a ‘new space age’ begins and Novak Djokovic clinches his sixth Wimbledon title.
Sydney reported 77 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday and the first death from locally acquired coronavirus in Australia this year. A 90-year-old woman, who authorities say was not vaccinated, caught the virus from a family member. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she expected daily cases to exceed 100 on Monday and continue to increase during the week. Victoria has closed its borders to travelers from NSW and ACT, except for returning Victorian residents who will need to be quarantined for 14 days. The government new “graphic and confronting” Covid TV ad Showing a breathless young woman in hospital sparked a backlash, while Anthony Albanese said the Coalition’s new ‘Arm Yourself’ vaccination campaign hadn’t quite ‘cut’.
Proposed new wind farm on Robbins Island in northwest Tasmania could threaten disease-free Tasmanian devil population, according to federal environmental officials, who say habitat damage could be difficult to offset. Correspondence obtained by Guardian Australia shows officials expressed concerns that no comparable habitat existed elsewhere to offset the effects the project could have on the island’s unique devil colony.
Richard Branson successfully flew to the edge of space and returned to his Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane days before a rival launch by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, as billionaires clash to usher in a new era of space tourism. The spacecraft made a suborbital flight on Sunday morning, reaching 88 km above the Earth’s surface. “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age,” Branson tweeted shortly after the flight, accompanied by a photo of himself weightless.
England and Italy are heading for extra time in a hotly contested Euro final. You can follow the last minutes on our liveblog. It comes after a hectic day in the host country, with groups of ticketless English fans making their way through the turnstiles at Wembley.
Covid violations on the rise in Australian hotel quarantine system, with data showing that there have been as many leaks recorded in the past three months as there were last year. Experts say the current system is ‘linked’ to a leak and that hotel quarantine could be unsustainable in the face of more transmissible Covid strains such as Delta. “It was a good quick and dirty fix in April 2020, but since then we have seen and suffered the limitations of such a system,” said Driss Ait Ouakrim, epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne.
Investing in new social housing for domestic violence survivors would not only provide security to those in need, but could also create tens of thousands of jobs., a new search for the Everybody’s Home campaign was found.
Baby boy has died after being mutilated by his family’s American Staffordshire dog on the central coast of NSW. Officers and paramedics performed CPR on the five-week-old boy, but he could not be resuscitated.
Violence and looting erupted in South Africa after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. He began his 15-month sentence for contempt of court on Wednesday evening. Johannesburg police said some of the theft and damage perpetrators were taking advantage of their anger over Zuma’s imprisonment.
One of Brazil’s leading conservative newspapers calls for the impeachment of the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, as public outrage over his response to the coronavirus and corruption drove the right-wing populist’s ratings to their lowest on record.
Boris Johnson appears determined to lift England’s remaining Covid restrictions on July 19. But many in the NHS fear it will be overwhelmed – and tourist hot spots are fearful as well.
When the moderators of Subtle Asian Traits, a private Facebook group with nearly 2 million members, announced in June that it would be turned into an American television series, the news was greeted with a wave of cynical comments from his members. Some people have expressed hope that the show will not “become a negative stereotype for Asians.” The group defines itself as “a community that celebrates the similarities and differences within the subtle features of Asian culture and subcultures”. Today, its television adaptation is faced with the challenge of adapting an internet phenomenon and questions of cultural representation.
Last year, Australians bought more plants than ever. But some popular houseplants can become invasive weeds when they leave the house.. “Most of the remaining bush areas in Sydney are at the edge of streams. These are shady, moist places rich in nutrients from runoff. These are perfect conditions for houseplants to thrive, ”says Marty Gauci, a community bush protection worker in western Sydney.
For the first in our new series on the nation’s historic moments, Guardian Australia takes a look at a photograph of pioneering athletes Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie at the 1912 Olympics, who were the first to include swimming events for women.
Half a century ago Barry Kennedy was taken from his family and forced into an abusive Canadian system that sought to erase his Indigenous heritage. Now, after the discovery of over 1,000 bodies in unmarked graves at schools, including his own, he reflects on the traditions that have been erased, the friends he has lost – and Canada’s recalculation with that history – during a conversation with Rachel Humphreys.
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Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon by defeating Matteo Berrettini (4) 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in a hard-fought men’s singles final. “It was more than a battle,” Djokovic said. With his latest victory, Djokovic has now won the first three Grand Slam titles of this year and is one step away from finishing the Grand Slam. Above all, Djokovic finally caught up with his big rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, rising to join them in a three-way tie with 20 Grand Slam titles.
Tennis legend and Wiradjuri wife Evonne Goolagong Cawley paid heartfelt tribute to ‘little sister’ Ash Barty, saying she just felt it was ‘her moment’ to win Wimbledon during Naidoc week. Barty wins over Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 Saturday came 10 years after winning the Wimbledon women’s title at age 15. She became the first Australian woman, and native Australian woman, to win Wimbledon since Cawley in 1980. As Emma Kemp writes, with her historic triumph, Barty delivered a moment of inspiration for Australians around the world.
Senior business officials have turned to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to intervene in Australia’s supply of Pfizer vaccines, Laura Tingle writes for the ABC. The federal government is working on the details of a business support program for Covid-19 in Sydney, on Australian reports. And the Victorian Pride Center officially opened on Sunday, making Victoria Australia’s first community center specifically designed for LGBTQ communities, age reports.
To come up
Clem Bastow will be the liveblogging of the MasterChef final on Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. Read his semi-final recap which revealed three finalists – Elise, Justin and Kishwar.
And if you’ve read this far …
Guernica, Pablo Picasso’s monochrome howl of anti-fascist fury, is perhaps the most famous painting of the 20th century. Now another ‘forgotten Guernica’ is on its way to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola painted Guernica Gernikara in 1977 as part of a campaign to bring Picasso’s masterpiece back to Spain. Today his work is celebrated in its own right.
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