Wednesday, December 2

The European regulator could approve the first COVID-19 vaccine on December 29

European regulators can approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmacists Pfizer and BioNTech Four weeks from now, the EU's anti-drug agency said on Tuesday, a time frame that could mean the vaccine will launch first in the United States and Britain.The European Medicines Agency plans to convene a meeting before December 29 to decide whether there is sufficient safety and efficacy data on the vaccine for approval, the regulator said. The agency also said it could decide as of January 12 whether to approve a rival vaccine injected by Modern Inc.German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer said early Tuesday that they had asked the European regulator for expedited approval of their vaccine. The companies have said that clinical trials showed the vaccine...

Chinese newspaper warns of Australian ‘evil’ about ships in South China Sea

An editorial in a Chinese state newspaper warned Australian ships to stay away from the South China Sea as tensions between the two countries mounted.The Global Times, a daily tabloid that is politically aligned with the Communist Party of China, published an editorial today stating that Prime Minister Scott Morrison "blatantly" asked for an apology for a doctored image of an Australian soldier that was published in TwitterIn the editorial, the newspaper drew a light veil over an Australian presence in the South China Sea, warning that it will be forced to swallow "bitter pills."The front page of The Global Times home page. (Supplied)"Australia treats China's goodwill meanly. It is not worth arguing with. If it does not want to do business with China, so be it. Its politics, military an...

How Trump’s Refusal To Concede Could Cost Republicans A Lot

Some establishment Republicans are sounding the alarms that President Donald Trump's conspiratorial denials of his own defeat could threaten the party's ability to win a majority in the Senate and counter the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.The concerns come ahead of Trump's planned visit to Georgia on Saturday to campaign alongside Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are facing strong Democratic rivals in the Jan.5 election that will determine which party controls the Senate when start of Biden's presidency.Republicans recognize Trump as the biggest driver of GOP turnout, including in Georgia, where Biden won by fewer than 13,000 votes out of some 5 million cast. That means all the buzz from one of Trump's iconic rallies could matter. But some Republicans worry ...

Chinese embassy criticizes Australia’s complaints about manipulated image as ‘absolutely unacceptable’

China has said Australian complaints about a doctored image of a soldier holding a knife to a child's throat are "unacceptable" and a departure from the recent report on possible war crimes in Afghanistan.In a statement issued by the Chinese embassy, ​​a spokesman said that the complaints made by the Australian secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs were "absolutely unacceptable"."We would like to further emphasize the following: the anger and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing more than a misinterpretation and overreaction to Mr. Zhao's tweet," said a spokesman for the Chinese embassy.The tweet posted by Zhao Lijian. (Twitter)"The accusations being made are simply for two purposes. One is to divert public attention from the horrific atrocities committed by...

Victoria Cross Medal awarded to Teddy Sheean 78 years after the sinking of the HMAS Armidale in World War II

What would ordinary sailor Edward "Teddy" Sheaan think if he could have seen the events in the manicured gardens of Government House at Yarralumla in Canberra on this first day of summer of this wacky year 2020?A gathering of the most powerful and respected in our nation gathered under a canopy, protected from the bright sun, along with their family to honor their incredible sacrifice on this day in 1942.It is a mistake that it took Australia so long to properly acknowledge the extraordinary bravery of ordinary seaman Sheaan, but today's ceremony has finally corrected that mistake, as he became the first member of the Navy crew to receive the Victoria Cross, Australia's highest military honor.Sailor Edward "Teddy" Sheean has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions in Worl...

Debt and deficit will grow as Queensland 2020 budget is announced

After a year like no other, the Queensland The 2020-21 budget has been issued.Treasurer Cameron dick revealed that the state's finances had been significantly impacted by COVID-19, with debt increasing to $ 102 billion and the budget deficit increasing to $ 8.63 billion.The document also predicts four more years of deficit before a surplus and total debt of more than $ 130 billion is reached by 2023-24.Dick defended the figures, saying the government will borrow less than Victoria ($ 192 billion) and New South Wales ($ 191 billion) and had to deal with revenues that were $ 12.3 billion lower than anticipated. .Queensland 2020 Budget Summary. (Nine)The Treasurer said his first budget meets all of Labor's electoral commitments and the government's plan to create and restore jobs."It...

The RBA keeps interest rates on hold at an all-time low of 0.1%

Australian interest rates will remain at an all-time low of just 0.1% for the remainder of 2020 after the nation's central bank decided not to cut the official cash rate further.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut rates to their lowest levels on Melbourne Cup day last month, saying they will likely keep the cash rate unchanged for up to three years.Today, RBA Governor Philip Lowe in his monetary statement said the bank is doing everything it can to revive the nation from its current COVID-19 recession.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut rates to their lowest levels last month on Melbourne Cup day, saying that at that point they will likely keep the cash rate where it is for up to three years. (AP)"In Australia, the economic recovery is underway and recent data has generally been...

How to get the $ 250 financial support payment this month

More than five million Australians will benefit from another $ 250 coronavirus payment just in time for Christmas.Known as the "Financial Support Payments," the new cash spill exists in two payments of $ 250: one to be paid in December 2020 and the other to be paid in March 2021.If you are confused by the large number of payments and eligibilities, here is everything you need to know about the latest Government Support Payments.READ MORE: NSW $ 100 Coupon ExplanationKnown as the "Financial Support Payments," the new cash spill exists in two payments of $ 250: one to be paid in December 2020 and the other to be paid in March 2021. (AAP)Who is eligible for the financial aid payment?The $ 250 child support payment is only paid to some Australians; it is not a blanket payment that everyone...

WA will open borders to Victoria and NSW on December 8

Western australia It will reopen its borders to Victoria and New South Wales in time for Christmas starting at 12:01 am on December 8.Prime Minister Mark McGowan said residents of Victoria and New South Wales would be allowed to enter the state from this date with conditions.The two states would be classified as "very low risk" jurisdictions, joining ACT, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.Washington Prime Minister Mark McGowan says the borders will be reopened to Victoria and New South Wales on "conditions." (Nine)"I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone for your patience and understanding, not just in the past few weeks but throughout the course of this pandemic," McGowan said."It has been a long wait and our first border controls were introduced in March, nine mont...

Canberra is now Australia’s second most expensive housing market

Canberra is now Australia's second most expensive real estate market, outpacing a Melbourne market that has been hit by reduced investor activity and extended COVID-19 closures.New data from real estate research firm CoreLogic shows that Canberra now has a median value of $ 672,866, outperforming Melbourne, which sits at a nearby $ 672,172.Sydney remains the most expensive housing market in the country with a median value of $ 860,967.Canberra is now the second most expensive real estate market in the country. (Image: Elesa Kurtz)They are followed by Brisbane ($ 515,267), Hobart ($ 505,683), Perth ($ 463,846) and Adelaide ($ 459,896).Darwin is still the cheapest capital city to buy property, with a median value of $ 405,857.Nationally, the median property value in Australia, which inclu...