Wednesday, December 1

Biles’ Tokyo struggles could inspire wider change around mental health

Simone Biles' dramatic exit from the Olympic team gymnastics final over concerns for her mental health could be a catalyst for wider change, experts sayFirst it was Naomi Osaka, now weeks later a tearful Simone Biles. Two of the biggest names in sport have publicly revealed that they are struggling with their mental health -- and they could be the catalyst for wider change. The superstar American gymnast Biles on Tuesday stunned the Tokyo Olympics when she pulled out of the women's team final, saying: "I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing."Her participation in the rest of the Olympics is now uncertain.Read NextWriting on Twitter, Henrietta H. Fore, executive director of UNICEF, thanked Biles "for being a role model ...

Biden ‘considering’ mandating vaccine to all federal workers

US President Joe Biden says mandating the COVID-19 vaccine to all federal workers is “under consideration” before calling unvaccinated Americans “not nearly as smart” as he thought. “If you’re not vaccinated you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” he said. The US president was speaking to reporters at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where he urged the “other 100 million” Americans to get vaccinated. “The more we learn about this virus in the Delta variation the more we have to be worried and concerned," he said. “The only one thing we know for sure is if those other 100 million people got vaccinated we’d be in a very different world. “So get vaccinated.” The United States is close to reaching 50 per cent of people f...

AFL news; Carlton young gun Charlie Curnow to make AFL return against St Kilda

Charlie Curnow is finlly back for Carlton. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesCarlton young gun Charlie Curnow’s two-year AFL absence is set to end on Friday night, with the star Blues forward likely to face St Kilda.After two hit-outs in the VFL, and following a horror Carlton loss last week, coach David Teague said if he got through training unscathed, he would play against the Saints.If he does get selected, it would be Curnow’s first AFL game in 761 days.Read Next“Charlie was keen to play last week and put his hand up,“ Teague said on Wednesday.“We weren’t going to rush the process, so we stuck to our plan. He got through that well, so he’s available now. If he gets through training today, then that’s potentially what will happen, we’ll pick him and give him a chance to play AFL f...

Ledecky v Titmus as Olympics grapples with Biles withdrawal

Australia's Ariarne Titmus (C), nicknamed "Terminator", toppled 2016 champion USA's Kathleen Ledecky (R) in a thrilling 400m freestyle raceUS star Katie Ledecky will seek revenge against Australian rival Ariarne Titmus in the Olympic pool on Wednesday as shockwaves from the dramatic withdrawal of gymnastics star Simone Biles from the team competition rippled across the sporting world.Titmus, nicknamed "Terminator", toppled 2016 champion Ledecky in a thrilling 400m freestyle race and she leads the timings heading into the morning 200m final, with the American third fastest.Ledecky, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is in the middle of an arduous programme that also includes the 800m as well as the 1500m, with the final of that event taking place later on Wednesday morning.R...

NRL news; Roosters young gun Sam Walker ready for Parramatta on Thursday

Roosters young gun Sam Walker. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesRoosters rookie Sam Walker has credited the influence of club greats Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco for his stunning breakout season in the NRL as he targets leading the Tricolours towards a top four spot.The 19-year-old half will guide the fifth-placed Roosters against the fourth-placed Eels in Mackay on Thursday night in superb form after taking the NRL by storm.Walker has 19 try assists in just 13 games to showcase his creativity, but he has also played tough and through shoulder and ankle injuries to reveal another dimension to his play.Read NextCronk, who has a halves consultancy role at the Roosters, played with a broken scapula in the 2018 grand final win in the ultimate act of bravery that will forever be part of clu...

James Roberts quarantine breach puts season on notice

Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired case of Covid-19 on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledThe rest of the NRL season is on tenterhooks after another quarantine breach, days after the league was warned any more rule breaks would spell trouble. Vision of Wests Tigers player James Roberts standing on his Gold Coast balcony surfaced on Tuesday, resulting in the NRL informing Queensland Health about the bubble breach, said to have been triggered by mental health issues.James Roberts (pictured in quarantine before the balcony doors were taped up) was seen breaking strict quarantine rules on Tuesday night. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTLast week, after multiple contraventions, Queensland chief health offer Jeannette Young warned the NRL they could have their exemptions rescinded...

Earth’s ‘vital signs’ worsening as humanity’s impact deepens

The researchers said that governments had consistently failed to address the root cause of climate change: "the overexploitation of the Earth"The global economy's business-as-usual approach to climate change has seen Earth's "vital signs" deteriorate to record levels, an influential group of scientists said Wednesday, warning that several climate tipping points were now imminent.The researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said that governments had consistently failed to address the root cause of climate change: "the overexploitation of the Earth".Of 31 "vital signs" -- key metrics of planetary health that include greenhouse gas emissions, glacier thickness, sea-ice extent and deforestation -...

All the new rules as Victoria, SA lockdown lifted

Lockdown rules have eased for 8.5m Aussies. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian CurrieAt least 8.5m Australians were freed from lockdown on Wednesday morning as several states continue to fight off Delta outbreaks.Victoria, South Australia and parts of Central West NSW have all been released from tough lockdown measures as Covid-19 cases fall.The lockdowns were a result of incursions from Sydney’s deadly Delta outbreak, which recorded 172 new cases on Tuesday, its highest number for this outbreak, as the city prepares for a four-week lockdown extension.Read NextVICTORIAIn Victoria, the five reasons to leave the home no longer apply and the 5km travel limit has been abolished.Cafes can reopen for seated service in Victoria and South Australia. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Naomi JellicoeAmong the othe...

Scorching US heat wave kills fish in warming rivers

Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and a whole series of endangered salmon could disappear in another.Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, sound the alarm like scorching heat waves and prolonged drought in the western United States raises water temperatures and endangers fish from Idaho to California.Hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern California's Klamath River as low water levels caused by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fishes.A dead Chinook salmon floats in a fish trap in the lower Klamath River in Weitchpec, California. (AP)And wildlife officials said the Sacramento River faces a "near complete l...

Hubble finds water vapor around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere around Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest Moon in our Solar system.Water vapor forms when the moon's icy surface changes from a solid to a gas, a process called sublimation. Astronomers discovered this water vapor using a combination of new and archival Hubble observations.A study on their findings was published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.An artist's impression shows Jupiter's moon Ganymede. (POT)Previous research has suggested that Ganymede, the ninth largest object in our solar system, contains more water than all of Earth's oceans combined, even though the moon is 2.4 times smaller than our planet.But Ganymede is so cold, with temperatures that can reach -184 degrees Celsius, that the...