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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has welcomed NSW’s plan to scrap home and hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals from November 1 but said this is “about Australian residents and citizens first”, not tourists.

“I’m very pleased that the NSW government has advised …that they will be in a position to move to a no quarantine arrangement for people arriving back in Australia from the 1st of November,” Mr Morrison said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday.Credit:James Brickwood

The change “enables us to be in a position to ensure that we can lift the caps for returning Australian citizens, residents and their families from the 1st of November into NSW”, Mr Morrison said.

“What this also means is we will be allowing Australians, permanent residents and citizens and their families, to leave Australia from wherever they live in Australia and return, but obviously the capped arrangements in other states will continue because of the vaccination levels in those states and territories.”

“The federal government is not opening … up to anything other than Australian citizens and residents and their immediate families. That is what will happen from the 1st of November in NSW, and indeed all around the country for Australians departing. To return to Australia, obviously they’d have to do that through Sydney or under the capped arrangements in other states and territories.”

Mr Morrison said “the Commonwealth government has made no decision to allow other visa holders, student visa holders, international visitors … to come to Australia under these arrangements”.

“They are decisions for the Commonwealth government and when we are in a position to make that decision down the track, obviously in NSW, they will be able to do so if they are vaccinated without having to quarantine.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said earlier this morning that hotel quarantine would be a “thing of the past” from November 1 for fully vaccinated returning Australians as well as tourists. He said NSW would get tourists back as quickly as possible but “returning Australians will naturally be the first cab off the rank”.

Under the NSW plan, people will be required to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight and show proof of full vaccination. The state government said in a press release that “further advice about testing requirements for arrivals will be provided in the coming days”.

Asked if Mr Perrottet had consulted him about NSW’s changes, Mr Morrison said “the premier and I, and indeed prior to him becoming Premier in earlier discussions with ministers in the NSW government, this has been a topic of discussion for some time.”

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“I welcome the announcement today that is consistent with the advice I have had from my own Chief Medical Officer and we’re looking forward to those arrangements coming into place.”

Mr Morrison said NSW had confirmed 210 unvaccinated people will be allowed in each week.

“Earlier this week, I wrote to all the premiers and chief ministers and asked them to advise me of where they are up to when it came to home quarantine, which would enable Australia to move to the next phase, more broadly, that would allow Australians to travel overseas and return if they are vaccinated, and to return, to return vaccinated, with no caps on their return,” he said.

He said it won’t be open slather for everyone in the world to come to Australia and the Commonwealth would stick to its plan of allowing travel only by Australian residents and their families first.

“We are not opening up to everyone coming back to Australia at the moment. I want to be clear about that,” he said.

“In the first instance, it will be for Australian residents and their families. We will see how that goes and then we will [look] to other priorities set out as being skilled migration as well as [getting international] students to Australia and then we will move on to the challenge of dealing with international visitors to Australia.”

The federal national security committee tweaked the rules earlier this week to classify overseas parents of Australians as “immediate family”, meaning they will qualify for travel exemptions under the restrictions.

This comes after a long community campaign for the change.

The decision to classify parents overseas as immediate family has been made, but it won’t come into effect until November 1 when the other travel changes take place.



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Former Michigan State Basketball Player Anthony Ianni Wants New Book To Motivate And Educate


Anthony Ianni’s first grade class had a good week. His teacher was so proud of the work the students completed and of how well they behaved that she exclaimed she was “living on cloud nine.”

If that is where Ianni’s teacher was living, well, there certainly had to be such a thing. So Ianni wandered over to a window and looked skyward in search of where his teacher lived.

Which cloud was it? How does she get up there? Is there a large stairway leading to it? Why are other kids laughing at me?

In his book, Centered, due to be released in early September, Ianni provides many such examples of his struggles as a child on the autism spectrum. Through it all, though, he had dreams that he was determined to turn into reality.

And he did.

The former Michigan State basketball player, MSU graduate, husband, father of two young boys and motivational speaker triumphed over many obstacles to fulfill his dreams when virtually every medical professional gave a young Ianni nary a chance of even attending college. 

“I want to give people the hope and inspiration that they are looking for,” said Ianni of his book, co-written with Rob Keast. “I want my story to be the underdog story that today’s generation can read and look up to.”

Ianni’s mother, Jamie, still has piles of paperwork from his Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or behavior evaluation reports submitted by specialists. Excerpts from these reports are sprinkled throughout the book and a couple of them get into a level of detail that might cause Ianni some discomfort even today. However, such details need to be revealed in order to potentially help parents going through a situation similar to what his parents went through. 

“There were some things I did as a kid that I am not very proud of,” he said. “Sometimes I get embarrassed whenever my mother brings them up because they were not my favorite memories as a youth. However, parents who read the evaluations could find them very impactful. The same for educators as well. With my IEPs, they will see where I was at five, six or seven years old and the process of getting to where I am now. That can give them hope for their son, daughter or student.”

To that extent, it was not just about how Ianni’s parents coped, but teachers and athletic coaches as well. Through his experiences Ianni knows what can work and what might not work when it comes to receiving instruction in a given setting. In his case, the basketball court was a safe haven and a place where he wanted to realize many of his dreams. He also had to have people believe in him.

“My book may not only be an inspirational tool for a lot of people, but it can also be an educational thing for coaches, teachers and administrators,” said the 32-year-old Ianni, who walked on and was a center for the Spartans after playing two seasons at Grand Valley State. “In whatever sport it might be, coaches may have a young man or a young woman on their team and they are trying to find ways to help them. They can read what (Michigan State coach) Tom Izzo did for me, what my (Okemos, Mich.) high school coach, Dan Stolz, did for me and what my AAU coach, Anthony Stuckey, did for me. They can learn from this and apply it (within their coaching structure).”

Ianni, who was first Division I basketball player known to be on the spectrum, does not want the book to be solely about autism. Sure, being on the spectrum is at the core of who he is. But so are the many things Ianni has accomplished. Hence, the book was written with several other qualities in mind.

“The one thing I loved about doing this book is that it was not just written for a particular audience,” he said. “Rather, it is a book for many audiences and that is what excites me. It is not just a book about autism. It is a sports book, a motivational book, an inspirational story and an underdog story.”

The underdog was a champ on May 5, 2012. That was the day Ianni graduated from Michigan State with a degree in sociology. Each anniversary of that date he posts a graduation photo on his Twitter account.

“In my mind, it was a historical moment,” he said. “It is something that people told my family would never happen, would never be done. After all the things that were said about me during my youth, I received a degree from one of the nation’s top universities.”

Alas, that was only the beginning. Since talking to forbes.com a little more than two years ago about overcoming the many obstacles he faced since he was a toddler, Ianni has continued tirelessly in his effort to spread awareness and education in the hope of ramping up acceptance for those on the spectrum.

Prior to the pandemic-related shutdown, Ianni’s calendar was full of speaking engagements, whether it was students, non-profits or autism-related conferences and summits.

The pandemic put a temporary halt to the physical travel, but not his message. Like many others, Ianni turned to Zoom and connected with various groups two to three times per month. He plans to resume traveling in mid-to-late August.

“I am fired up about it,” he said of resuming in-person engagements. “I am itching to get back out there to do my presentations. The one thing I have always gotten out of doing in-person presentations is the interactions with students, educators and administrators. I feed off that live energy.”

There are many more things Ianni desires to accomplish as a speaker and author. As such, the book may prove to be the tip of the iceberg.

Centered is just the start,” he said. “I am really excited to see what else is in store.”

As for progress that is being made on the autism awareness front, Ianni is pleased with much of what he has seen, though plenty more needs to be done.

“We are getting there,” he said. “There is still a lot of work to be done and in the end I hope to be part of that process in any way possible.”

He already has.



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Anthony Bourdain’s book: ‘World Travel’ inspires our post-pandemic trips


Filled with travel logistics, restaurant recommendations, Bourdain observations, personal essays from loved ones and colleagues, and illustrations throughout from artist Wesley Allsbrook, the book is both a literal guide for seeing the world as well as a source of inspiration as we plan post-pandemic travel.

Swimming in highly quotable mantras to live by, we gathered our favorites from the book to channel when you hit the road again.

‘Drink some wine, walk around a bit more, eat, and repeat. See? It’s easy.’

In the France chapter of “World Travel,” Bourdain instructs those lucky enough to visit Paris to do as little as possible. Running through back-to-back activities like hitting the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame in one day is going to leave you exhausted and overwhelmed.

“The most important thing to do the instant you arrive in Paris is stop,” Bourdain said.

Don’t pack your itinerary with a destination’s highlights unless you want to miss out on its magic. Instead, slow down and savor a new place. Grab a seat at a sidewalk cafe, at the end of a dive bar, on a city park bench, and take it all in.

‘This is one of those scenes where you get the slackjawed and touristy feeling — in a good way.’

While Bourdain reveled in off-the-beaten-path exploration, he could also appreciate more classic tourist experiences, as seen with this quote recalling his time at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

He celebrated places where tourists flock but that still hold up, from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Throughout the book, he also championed visiting places travel TV hosts and regular people alike would appreciate, such as museums, book stores, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wildlife conservancies.

‘Yes, the future is here. But the past, too, is everywhere.’

In the quote above, Bourdain was talking about Cuba. However, it’s a sentiment that can be applied anywhere you go. He advises people visiting Havana that “if you can, you should come here with your eyes open and see.” Get to know a place for where it’s going and where it came from.

Yes, Bourdain would wax poetic on a destination’s cuisine and bar culture and unconventional points of interest, but Woolever explained that he also read about a place’s history and literature before a visit so he could put things into context.

‘Once you allow your senses to guide you, you may begin to find pleasure in many things you would ordinarily overlook.’

Also from the Paris section of the book, this piece of Bourdain wisdom captures the idea of enjoying a new place without assumptions, even if you’ve familiarized yourself with its history and culture. As you travel again, go in with an open mind and see where a place can take you.

And if you’re going in with preconceived notions, don’t be afraid of having your opinions challenged. In “World Travel,” Bourdain confesses to changing his mind and benefiting as a result, such as when he went to Los Angeles with a New Yorker’s attitude — and ultimately admitted he loved the place.

‘So many of the good times traveling this world relate directly to finding a human face to associate with your destination, the food you eat, and the memories you’ll keep forever.’

The book’s South Korea chapter kicks off with this message of gratitude for Nari Kye, a woman who worked with Bourdain and his team when they worked on “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” in her home country. It’s a testament to how important people can be as a part of your travel experience.

In a time of mask-wearing and social distancing, it may feel inconceivable to talk to strangers, but getting to know locals — once coronavirus is no longer a threat to you or them — is an essential part of traveling like Bourdain.

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Man Utd team news: Rashford and Anthony Elanga travel for Granada clash


The England international has recovered enough to take part in training but is unlikely to last 90 minutes against the Spanish side

Marcus Rashford will be assessed on the day of the game to establish if he can play a part in the Europa League clash against Granada on Thursday.

The forward limped off in the win against Brighton at the weekend but trained with his team-mates on Wednesday morning ahead of flying out to Spain. The England international could be fit to start but it is unlikely he will last the full first leg of the quarter-final clash. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promoted 18-year-old winger Anthony Elanga to the first-team squad in the absence of Anthony Martial, who is missing with a knee injury he picked up on international duty.

What was said?

Speaking about Rashford’s injury, Solskjaer said: “I can’t disclose the team now. Marcus is travelling and we’ve got to make a decision tomorrow if he starts. I don’t think he’ll be a 90-minute man, so let’s see where he’s at tomorrow.

“Marcus joined in training this morning so let’s see how he reacts. If there’s any risk of making it worse I’m not going to overplay him. His back has recovered and he’s a tough one. It’s also a responsibility for the player to tell us, as he did on Sunday, he said it was too sore and he had to come off.”

What about the ongoing goalkeeper debate?

Dean Henderson has started the last seven games for United while David de Gea missed out on a place in the starting XI against Brighton at the weekend, and Solskjaer would not disclose who would play.

“With the ‘keepers, that’s the same. I’ve got two very, very good options and whoever plays will play well I’m sure,” Solskjaer said. “David has been a top keeper and is still a top keeper. If it’s Dean or David I’m very comfortable with both of them and I’m very happy that none of them are happy not to play.”

Will Elanga play a part?

The 18-year-old has been impressing since making the step up to the first team and will be on the bench in Spain on Thursday night.

“Anthony will be in the squad on the bench. He has impressed in training with us, he was very unlucky two or three months ago when he got a bad injury and he worked really hard to come back,” Solskjaer explained. 

“He was due to move into the first team squad back then. He’s got some X-factor. He’s a goalscoring winger, he’s confident, he likes to beat men, finish with his right and left foot and he’s got a great attitude. When he’s been training with us he’s not been fazed by it, he’s been confident. He’s not there just for experience, he’s there to play a part if he has to.”

Who has made the travelling squad?

Eric Bailly is still in Ivory Coast after testing positive for Covid-19.

Full squad: De Gea, Henderson, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, Amad, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Rashford.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis misses Thursday night game in Detroit – Orange County Register


As Anthony Davis left his post-game press conference on Wednesday, he laughed after wrapping up a question about a seemingly balky right knee.

“You’ll see me tomorrow,” he said.

But Lakers fans didn’t see Davis on the court against Detroit, in the second game of the Lakers’ back-to-back on Thursday night. The team announced a few hours before tip-off that Davis would miss the game with a bruised right quadriceps that he injured in the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Davis indicated Wednesday night following a 107-106 loss to the 76ers that although he had seemed to favor his right knee, it wasn’t a lingering issue.

But on Thursday, Davis felt some swelling, leading the Lakers to make the call to shelve him.

“I’m not sure what play, but he came in, he was hobbling for a few possessions, felt like he banged and then just played through the pain the rest of the night,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “Obviously swelled up a little bit and had some discomfort this morning so I decided to hold him out.”

It was the third game the 27-year-old has missed this season, all of which so far having been linked to back-to-backs. Of the Lakers’ four back-to-back game sequences this year, Davis has only played in both games once. Vogel said it hasn’t been part of the Lakers’ strategy to rest Davis in back-to-backs, but the timing of the injuries have simply been happenstance.

The Lakers started Kyle Kuzma, who got his fifth start of the year in his home state of Michigan with family in attendance. It also opened up rotation minutes for Talen Horton-Tucker. Both made a scoring impact in double digits, but the game still marked the first loss of the season without Davis, dropping them to 2-1 without their star big man.

Since signing a five-year maximum contract in the offseason, Davis’ numbers have tailed off slightly from last season, in part owing to the Lakers’ scoring depth this season. He’s averaging 21.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. After starting the year on a tear from long range, his 3-point percentage has dropped to 32.6 percent, and he’s only made a 3-point shot once in his last seven games.



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Guardian Australia contacted CSL to ask for more information about why the manufacturing company did not send a representative to appear before the Senate Covid committee.

While CSL told the committee it was too busy to appear, other major companies, including Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have appeared. Pfizer participated despite trying to meet a tight deadline to deliver its vaccine for rollout in Australia by the end of the month.

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It is totally disrespectful for CSL, the recipient of $1.7 billion in taxpayer funded vaccine related contracts, to refuse to appear before today’s Senate COVID Committee. If they won’t respect the Senate’s request, they should expect a ‘subpoena’. #auspol https://t.co/ZS3gMO8VoE


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CSL is manufacturing 50m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the drugs regulator, the TGA.

Guardian Australia specifically asked CSL to comment on whether its failure to appear was a bad look for transparency, especially given Australia is counting on high uptake of, and trust in, its product.

A CSL spokeswoman who responded did not answer the question, saying;


CSL appreciates [the] invitation to attend the Senate Select Committee Hearing on COVID-19. Due to our commitment to urgently deliver 50 million doses of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine we are unable to resource our participation at this time.

In response to the global pandemic, CSL employees allocated to the COVID-19 vaccine program are fully focussed and working around the clock to ensure vaccines are available for use in Australia as soon as possible. We will be in a better position to consider a similar invitation later in the year.

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Virgin Australia has cut another 350 jobs, this time at its head office in Brisbane, the Australian Services Union says.

It comes on top of more than 3000 sackings at the airline since it was bought by US investment group Bain Capital last year after going into administration due to the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement, the ASU blamed the latest cuts on the Morrison government and called on it to urgently extend the jobkeeper subsidy for the aviation sector beyond its expiry date in March.

“If the Federal Government had extended JobKeeper by now, these workers would still be employed today – instead they’re hunting for work at the toughest time possible,” the union’s national secretary, Robert Potter, said.

“11,000 jobs have already been lost in the airlines sector and each day the Government delays its decision on whether to extend JobKeeper is costing more and more jobs, with a massive human cost to workers and their families.

“If the Government continues to refuse to extend JobKeeper, industries like aviation are going to continue to bleed jobs and when skilled people leave, they are hard to get back.”

He said the decision was “incredibly disappointing” and slammed Virgin management for failing to properly consult with its workforce over the cuts.

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The vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales will resign at the start of next year.

In a statement released today, Prof Ian Jacobs said he was leaving the job for family reasons, due to the health of his mother and his wife’s parents.

Jacobs will stay in the role for the rest of this year, but will leave in January 2022. He has been the university’s vice-chancellor since 2015.

Jacobs said he made a “difficult and emotional” decision to move to the UK to be closer to his parents and his wife’s parents, after the recent death of his father. “2020 was a difficult year for all of us, requiring many, including me, to make difficult choices,” he wrote in a message to students and staff.


In 2019, my wife Chris and I became concerned about the health of our parents in the UK. We were able to manage the situation at that time because we were able to visit the UK several times a year and knew we could get back within 48 hours in an emergency.

Unfortunately, my Dad became ill and died in July 2020. Because of the pandemic I was unable to travel to the UK for his funeral and have been unable to spend time with my Mum and family over this difficult time.

At the same time Chris’ parents are also in need of increased support. These circumstances are similar to those experienced by millions during the last year and they inevitably lead to re-evaluation of longstanding plans.”

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Carmelo Anthony didn’t travel with Blazers to Los Angeles due to health and safety protocols


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Carmelo Anthony did not travel with the Portland Trail Blazers to Los Angeles for Monday’s game against the Lakers due to the NBA‘s health and safety protocols, the team announced Sunday. At this point, it is unclear why exactly the league’s health and safety protocols would prevent Anthony from traveling with the Blazers to Los Angeles. The Blazers gave the same designation to forward Nassir Little

Anthony played 20 minutes in Portland’s victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday, and as recently as Sunday afternoon, he tweeted about his excitement about playing against close friend LeBron James again. That suggests that whatever prevented Anthony from traveling with the team was recent and unexpected. 

While a positive COVID-19 test is a possibility, several others exist too and nothing can be said definitively. Technically, the Blazers have not even ruled Anthony out of the game, only declaring Zach Collins as out due to injury. So far, the Rockets are the only team to have lost players due to health and safety protocol violations. Ironically, that is who Portland played against on Saturday, though the offending players did not play. 

Portland will be on the road for the next four games, but will only have two stops on the trip: Los Angeles and San Francisco. Whether Anthony will be able to return to the team on either stop is not yet clear, but fortunately, Portland is deep enough at the forward positions to sustain an extended absence of his. Offseason additions Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. have supplanted Anthony in Portland’s starting lineup, so while the Blazers would certainly prefer to have Carmelo with him, they are prepared for whatever happens in this situation. 





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