Tonga, Covered in Ash and Worried About Covid

As it struggles to clean up and reconnect with the world, Tonga confronts the risk that international aid workers could bring in a virus it has so far kept out.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-zealand, #tonga, #volcanoes

Djokovic Returns to Warm Embrace in Home Country of Serbia

Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia over his vaccination status could signal future difficulties in his quest to win a record 21st tennis Grand Slam title.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #belgrade-serbia, #decisions-and-verdicts, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis

Australia Acts, and Novak Djokovic Exits

Three readers applaud Australia’s decision to deport the tennis player over his refusal to get the Covid vaccine.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

At the Australian Open, Everyone Not Named Djokovic Is Ready to Star

After Novak Djokovic’s immigration troubles, he is gone, but don’t worry: Plenty of other stars and story lines are ready for the spotlight.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #barty-ashleigh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #fritz-taylor-harry-1997, #kenin-sofia-1998, #murray-andy-1987, #nadal-rafael, #osaka-naomi-1997, #raducanu-emma-2002, #stephens-sloane, #tennis

Serbia’s Leader Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Vucic Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Novak Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End

Novak Djokovic lost to a government with powerful laws, determined to make an example out of him.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #melbourne-australia, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Australia Wants Novak Djokovic Out. Australians Are Thrilled.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic Is Out of Australia. It Couldn’t Have Happened Fast Enough.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

As the Australian Open Nears, There Seems to Be Only One Story

With just days to go before the start of the tournament, some players felt that the Novak Djokovic situation was overshadowing everything else.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #nadal-rafael, #vaccination-and-immunization

Australian Open Players Discuss Djokovic Situation

With just days to go before the start of the tournament, some players felt that the Novak Djokovic situation was overshadowing everything else.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #nadal-rafael, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Mental Health of Tennis Players Is No Longer in the Shadows

The sport is very stressful, and many professionals had to often manage their anxiety alone. Now the tours provide help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #assn-of-tennis-professionals, #australia, #australian-open-tennis, #content-type-service, #psychology-and-psychologists, #soderling-robin, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Novak Djokovic, a Master on the Court, Keeps Making Errors Off It

Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star, is at the center of some of the most divisive debates of the pandemic: Individual versus community, science versus quackery.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #tennis

Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Stay in Australia Lives Another Day

A federal court judge scheduled a Sunday hearing to address the unvaccinated tennis star’s Australian visa revocation. The Australian Open begins on Monday.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-and-emigration, #morrison-scott-1968, #serbia, #tennis, #victoria-australia, #visas

How Serbia Views Novak Djokovic

Many feel a personal connection and pride with the tennis star, even if they do not agree with his decisions to stay unvaccinated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

With Djokovic’s Status in Limbo, So Is the Australian Open

Thursday brought no resolution in the star’s duel with the government, even as the tournament’s draw placed him (for now) at the top of the bracket.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

Genevieve Beacom Is First Woman to Pitch Professionally in Australia

At 17, Genevieve Beacom became the first woman to play in Australia’s top professional baseball league. She hopes her next stop is college ball in the United States.

#australia, #australian-baseball-league, #baseball, #beacom-genevieve, #content-type-personal-profile, #women-and-girls

Djokovic Admits False Statement on Australia Travel Document

The tennis star also said he had participated in an interview and a photo shoot even after testing positive for the coronavirus, in an apparent violation of rules in his native Serbia.

#australia, #belgrade-serbia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #tests-medical, #visas

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Came Back to Bite Australia’s Prime Minister

Scott Morrison thought he had a political winner. Now, with an election looming, Australians debate their government’s fairness and competence.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #visas

Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Play Tennis Unvaccinated Could Be Just Starting

The days-long battle to enter Australia to defend his Open title presages headwinds he may face if he attempts to travel the world without being vaccinated for Covid-19.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #french-open-tennis, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #united-states-open-tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Djokovic Stay at Park Hotel Highlights Australia Asylum Seeker Plight

The tennis star is quarantining in a Melbourne hotel where asylum seekers have been held for over a year, under a program that has been widely criticized.

#australia, #djokovic-novak, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #melbourne-australia, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Djokovic Tested Positive for Coronavirus in December, His Lawyers Say

Lawyers for the tennis star, who is appealing Australia’s decision to deny him entry, said the positive test came weeks before he flew to the country.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #visas

Fossils of a Prehistoric Rainforest Hide in Australia’s Rusted Rocks

The find suggests overlooked rocks across the continent may contain more fossilized surprises.

#australia, #flowers-and-plants, #fossils, #insects, #paleontology, #research, #science-advances-journal, #spiders, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Novak Djokovic and Fellow Star Vaccine Skeptics Are Increasingly Scorned

The tennis star is the latest target of a public outcry against vaccine skeptics and stars wanting special treatment. Denied entry to Australia, he awaits a hearing Monday on his deportation.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #football, #irving-kyrie, #rodgers-aaron, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic Collides With Australia’s Covid Fight

Barring the tennis star from entering the country offers a chance to change the subject as an election looms and coronavirus cases are at record highs.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Djokovic Granted Medical Exemption to Play in Australian Open

The top-ranked player in men’s tennis revealed his plans in a post on his Instagram account.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Djokovic Granted Covid-19 Vaccine Exemption to Play in Australian Open

The top-ranked player in men’s tennis revealed his plans in a post on his Instagram account.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Chasing the Night Parrot: The ‘Ghost Bird’ of Australia’s Outback

An elusive, nocturnal parrot disappeared for more than a century. An unlikely rediscovery led to ornithological scandal — and then hope.

#audubon-magazine, #australia, #biodiversity, #birds, #birdwatching, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #indigenous-australians, #parrots, #science-and-technology, #university-of-queensland

‘Koala Massacre’: Australia Files Hundreds of Animal Cruelty Charges

A property owner and two companies in Australia were charged after a land-clearing operation left dozens of the marsupials dead, injured or starving.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #deaths-fatalities, #koalas

Putting the fear of bass into mosquitofish—with a robot

The Robo-bass, along with some actual fish.

Enlarge / The Robo-bass, along with some actual fish. (credit: Giovanni Polverino)

The mosquitofish is a particularly troublesome invasive species that has spread from its original home in North America to various locales around the world, including Europe and Australia. The small, 3 cm-long fish likes to chew the tails off fish and tadpoles and consume the eggs of other freshwater denizens.

Being an invasive species, the fish are mostly fearless, and they have no predators in the places they’ve colonized. However, an international team of biologists and engineers has found a solution to the problem: a robot.

Back in 2019, Giovanni Polverino—currently a post-doc at the University of Western Australia—and his colleagues developed a mechanical largemouth bass that proved to be effective in scaring mosquitofish. In North America, juvenile largemouth bass regularly make meals of the species; the primal fear of this predator has stuck with the mosquito fish as they traversed the globe.

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#australia, #fish, #invasive-species, #robotics, #science

Biden Taps Michelle Kwan and Caroline Kennedy for Ambassador Posts

Ms. Kennedy, nominated to be ambassador to Australia, and Ms. Kwan, nominated to be the envoy to Belize, were prominent Biden supporters during the 2020 campaign season.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #australia, #belize, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kennedy-caroline, #kwan-michelle, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Doctors Often Prescribe Placebos. But How Well Do They Work?

An Australian researcher argues that the medical community has enshrined placebos as “mysterious and highly effective” in clinical care on the basis of flawed research.

#australia, #chronic-condition-health, #harvard-university, #kaptchuk-ted-j, #placebos, #research, #university-of-sydney

Her Instagram Handle Was ‘Metaverse.’ Last Month, It Vanished.

Five days after Facebook changed its name to Meta, an Australian artist found herself blocked, with seemingly no recourse, from an account documenting nearly a decade of her life and work.

#augmented-reality-computers, #australia, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #names-organizational, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

First Fires, Then Floods: Climate Extremes Batter Australia

Many of the same areas that suffered through horrific bush fires in 2019 and 2020 are now dealing with prodigious rainfall that could leave some people stranded for weeks.

#australia, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #la-nina, #weather

U.S. and Others Pledge Export Controls Tied to Human Rights

The Biden administration’s partnership with Australia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom aims to stem the flow of key technologies to authoritarian governments.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #denmark, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #norway, #russia, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

The World Is Unprepared for the Next Pandemic, Report Says

The latest Global Health Security Index finds that no country is positioned well to respond to outbreaks.

#australia, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #finland, #thailand, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

How Many Countries Will Follow the U.S. Boycott of Beijing’s Olympics?

Several have signaled that they will find ways to protest China’s human rights abuses, whether they declare a diplomatic boycott or not.

#australia, #boycotts, #canada, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #washington-dc

Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

A sweeping report lays out a cloistered, alcohol-fueled environment where powerful men violated boundaries unchecked.

#australia, #discrimination, #higgins-brittany, #jenkins-kate-1968, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Embracing the Swimming Culture After a Move to Australia

In Sydney, something changed. I embraced the uncertainty of the sea, following my children into a culture of volunteer lifesaving.

#australia, #drownings, #oceans-and-seas, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming, #sydney-australia

Suspect Arrested in Wonnangatta Valley Murder Case

In a remote southern Australian area famed for its forbidding landscape and unsolved mysteries, the couple had set out for a weeklong trip and were never seen again.

#australia, #camps-and-camping, #hikes-and-hiking, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #victoria-australia

The ‘13 Going on 30’ Versace Dress Has Come Full Circle

A perfect storm of internet fashion trends — and Halloween — has resurrected a Y2K-era Versace dress. At least, for now.

#amazon-com-inc, #australia, #celebrities, #clueless-movie, #costumes, #design, #dresses, #e-commerce, #fashion-and-apparel, #garner-jennifer, #grande-ariana, #halloween, #hilton-paris, #milan-italy, #models-professional, #movies, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #social-media, #spears-britney, #tiktok-bytedance, #two-thousands-decade, #versace-donatella, #versace-gianni-spa

Australian Minister Wins Defamation Case Over Tweet

A government minister sued and won over a brief Twitter post that called him a “rape apologist.” A journalist sees “asymmetric warfare.”

#australia, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dutton-peter-c, #libel-and-slander, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shane-bazzi, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Contending with the Pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants

Covid kept many people in place. Now several developed countries, facing aging labor forces and worker shortages, are racing to recruit, train and integrate foreigners.

#australia, #belarus, #canada, #dortmund-germany, #europe, #foreign-workers, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #shortages

Jane Campion Is Taking Cinema to the Darkest Human Places

In “The Power of the Dog,” her first movie in 12 years, the filmmaker ventures into the American West — and the inner worlds of cruel, complicated men.

#australia, #campion-jane, #cannes-international-film-festival, #content-type-personal-profile, #cumberbatch-benedict, #dunst-kirsten, #new-zealand, #the-power-of-the-dog-movie, #top-of-the-lake-tv-program

Harris Meets Macron, Signaling a ‘New Era’ After Sub Snub, Both Say

In her vague assignment abroad, the vice president seems to be emphasizing that the U.S.-France relationship is about looking forward, in the wake of an embarrassing diplomatic spat.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #global-warming, #harris-kamala-d, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How I Found Comfort in Volunteer Firefighting

Facing a world on fire turns out to be a great way not to contemplate one’s own misfortunes.

#australia, #fires-and-firefighters, #grief-emotion

Cleo Smith, 4, Is Found 18 Days After She Vanishes in Australia

Cleo Smith had disappeared while camping with her family in a remote area of Australia. She was found “alive and well” in a locked house, and a man was detained.

#australia, #cleo-smith, #missing-persons

Australia Allows Residents, Citizens to Return as Borders Open

The government lifted restrictions on citizens and permanent residents seeking to return to the country. Australians no longer need to obtain an exemption to leave.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Nuclear-Powered Submarines for Australia? Maybe Not So Fast.

Australia’s plan to build the submarines with U.S. and British help faces big hurdles. Supporters say they can be overcome. Critics say they may be too much.

#australia, #bae-systems-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #great-britain, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

In U.S.-China Competition, Taiwan’s Voice Must Be Heeded

Many outsiders are weighing in on what should be done about and on behalf of Taiwan. Few, though, are listening to what Taiwan is saying.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canberra-australia, #china, #cnn, #defense-and-military-forces, #house-of-representatives, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #secession-and-independence-movements, #senate, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #world-health-organization, #xi-jinping