Monday, January 25

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Members leave the ‘sad’ Mar-a-Lago after electoral defeat

Many loyal Mar-a-Lago members in Florida they leave because they no longer want to have any connection to the former US president. Donald trumpAccording to the author of the definitive book on the resort."It's a very discouraged place," Laurence Leamer, historian and author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power in Donald Trump's Presidential Palacehe told MSNBC host Alex Witt on Saturday. He said members "are not concerned about politics and said the food is not good."Leamer said he spoke to several former members who "quietly stepped down" after Trump left office.President Donald Trump gestures as First Lady Melania Trump looks on before delivering a speech to supporters at Andrews Air Force Base on January 20. (AP)Trump moved to the Palm Beach, Florida estate after his term end...

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: TGA Tentatively Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Use in Australia

The Pfizer COVID-19 The vaccine has been tentatively approved for launch in Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has confirmed.It's the first vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.The TGA decided that the Pfizer vaccine met the "high standards of safety, efficacy and quality required for use in Australia".TGA provisional approval is for people 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required, at least 21 days apart.Vaccination rollout is expected to begin in February. (AP)A priority group of Australians is now expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the TGA will carry out the necessary checks prior to distribution.When will implementation begin?The latest advice Pfizer has given the gove...

US backs Taiwan after Chinese fighter jets enter airspace

America has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan following the dispatch of Chinese fighter jets near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test the resolve of the new US presidential administration.the US Department of State It said it was concerned about the "pattern of continued attempts by China to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.""We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with the democratically elected representatives of Taiwan," Ned Price, a spokesman for the department, said in the statement.A file photo of a Chinese air force H-6 long-range bomber, similar to the ones that flew near Taiwan. (AP)Taiwan's Defense Ministry said China on Satur...

A new poll says nearly half of all Australians are against changing the date to January 26

Almost 50 percent of people oppose changing the Australia Day date to January 26.Of the 1,222 people surveyed nationwide, 48 percent were against the date change and a quarter neither agreed nor disagreed.Australia Day at Circular Quay. January 26, 2018. Photo: Brook Mitchell (Brook Mitchell)The protests are scheduled for Australia Day tomorrow, which some indigenous Australians regard as "Invasion Day."January 26 marks the day that Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove and proclaimed British sovereignty, in 1788.The measure caused the dispossession of the indigenous peoples of the lands they had inhabited for thousands of years until the arrival of the First Fleet.A member of the Koomurri dancers holds an indigenous and Australian flag during the morning ceremo...

Heat wave conditions will continue in southeastern Australia

Heat wave conditions in the southeastern states will continue today, with temperatures in some areas forecast to hit 40 degrees.Typically for a heat wave the hottest areas have been inland, the past three days averaging a high of 44 ° C at Marree in South Australia, 43.4 ° C at Birdsville in Queensland, and 42 ° C at Smithville in New South Wales.Sydney yesterday had its hottest spell since last summer, averaging a high of 33 ° C for the past three days. With a few hot days ahead, the city is on track to achieve its hottest spell in 10 years, probably averaging at least 33 ° C for five days.Crowds have flocked to the beaches to escape the scorching temperatures in the southeastern parts of the country. (Nine)Parts of the country of New South Wales can expect even warmer conditions. Th...

Residents in danger as fire spreads

Lives and homes are under threat in the Adelaide Hills region as emergency-level wildfires run rampant.Emergency advisories have been issued for Cherry Gardens south of Adelaide and Finiss.Previous watchdog and action alerts have been extended for a growing number of Adelaide Hills communities that are more densely populated, such as Sterling, Aldgate and Bridgewater.The National Fire Service has told hundreds of people that it is too late to leave."Now you are in danger. Take refuge in a solid building. Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot. It is too late to leave because the roads will not be safe," says the CFS message.Fire crews are struggling to contain the wildfire, with conditions so bad they admit they cannot stop the fire from spreading.The bush fire burns ea...

Trump and the Justice Department attorney had a plan to replace their interim AG and undo reports of Georgia election results

Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark almost convinced the then president Donald trump to remove then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and use the Justice Department to undo the results of the Georgia election, The New York Times reported.Clark, who appealed to the former president's false claims of voter fraud, met with Trump earlier this month and told Rosen after the meeting that the then-president would replace him with Clark.Clark would then act to prevent Congress from certifying the election results on the then president-elect. Joe bidenThe favor, according to the newspaper.Rosen demanded to hear the news directly from Trump, according to the newspaper, and arranged a meeting the night of Jan.3, the same day as Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffens...

Hero surfer performs two rescues in the same place less than 24 hours apart

A surfer has saved the lives of three sons and a father from drowning in two separate incidents in Victoria.Ben Roberts rescued the two different families nearly 24 hours apart at Barwon Heads as he passed through Thirteenth Beach.Today, Mr. Roberts noticed that a man and his son were struggling in difficult and hot conditions.Ben Roberts has been hailed as a hero after rescuing multiple people in two separate incidents less than 24 hours apart. (Nine)"There was a son and a father, they were quite groggy ... they swallowed a lot of water, they went in and out of consciousness," he said. Mr. Roberts was about to hit the waves to bodyboard when he heard screams."People upstairs started screaming and we could see that they were in another little tear and we ran off."Yesterday, with the ...

Texan man charged with assaulting Capitol, threatening to murder AOC

A 34-year-old Texas man was arrested for allegedly participating in the assault on the United States Capitol this month and posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate the Democratic Representative. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York.Garret Miller, who is from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, was arrested Friday after being named in a five-count federal complaint.Garrett Miller has been arrested for allegedly participating in the assault on the US Capitol and posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. (AP)Authorities allege that Miller posted photos and videos on his social media accounts showing him inside the Capitol during the January 6 storming of the building by supporters of then-President Don...

Wuhan celebrates the first anniversary of a year of coronavirus lockdown in the world

Life has largely returned to normal in the city of 11 million people, even as the rest of the world grapples with the spread of the most contagious variants of the virus. Efforts to vaccinate people against COVID-19 have been thwarted by disorder and limited supplies in some places. The scourge has killed more than 2 million people worldwide.Children display their calligraphy in Wuhan a year after the Chinese city declared the world's first blockade. (Getty)Traffic was light in Wuhan, but there were no signs of the barriers that a year ago isolated the suburbs, impeded movement through the city and confined people to their housing complexes and even apartments.Wuhan accounted for the bulk of China's 4,635 deaths from COVID-19, a number that has been static for months. The city has be...