The long weekend in Sydney is about to get a whole lot more exciting thanks to two huge AFL matches.
If you’re looking to kick your long weekend off with a bang, the Sydney Swans will take on Hawthorn at 7.50pm this Friday night. The best part is you can score four adult tickets for just $99* using the promo code FRIENDS (*conditions apply). At less than $25 a pop, this one’s a no-brainer.
But perhaps the most exciting part of the long weekend is the fact that for the first time ever, FightMND’s Big Freeze is being played in Sydney.
If you’re unfamiliar, FightMND is a not-for-profit charity co-founded by former Essendon great, Neale Daniher, shortly after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013. The charity aims to raise awareness of the disease within Australia in the hopes it can lead to both better care for those affected by MND and increase funding for vital research into finding a cure.
This Sydney first sporting experience serves as a great opportunity for fans in New South Wales to get involved in what is an incredibly special day on the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season calendar. Join the crowd full of blue beanies at the SCG on Monday afternoon to support Neale Daniher’s fight against motor neurone disease and see the Melbourne Demons taking on the Collingwood Magpies in Nathan Buckley’s final match as their coach.
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Moist air with a dew point of 17.2 at 1am today means the temperature will feel like 17.9 degrees making the day slightly humid. The relative humidity is 91 per cent.
The highest expected temperature today is 25, which is 4 degrees higher than yesterday’s max.
Today’s maximum is the highest the mercury will climb over the next seven days, according to the forecast.
The chance of rain today is 10 per cent.
Showers are less likely tomorrow with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a slim (5 per cent) chance of rain.
The UV index is predicted to be 4. There is a moderate risk of harm from sun exposure. Experts suggest covering up, using sunscreen outside and avoiding the sun around noon.
Winds will be northwest around 16 km/h in the morning shifting to west around 15 km/h in the afternoon.
Details for the next six days:
Friday, June 18: Sunny. Min – 8.0. Max – 21.
Saturday, June 19: Mostly sunny. Min – 8.0. Max – 19.
Sunday, June 20: Mostly sunny. Min – 8.0. Max – 21.
Monday, June 21: Partly cloudy. Min – 9.0. Max – 21.
Tuesday, June 22: Partly cloudy. Min – 9.0. Max – 21.
Wednesday, June 23: Possible shower. Min – 11.0. Max – 21.
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All of Victoria has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1:00am Friday meaning a hard border is in place for all non-residents without an exemption wanting to enter the state.
Only Queensland residents returning to the state will be allowed entry and they must enter 14-days of hotel quarantine.
The only other people allowed to enter Queensland will be those with a valid exemption.
People who entered Queensland in the 24 hours before the border closure — and who had been in Victoria in the last 14 days — are required to observe Victoria’s lockdown rules.
The lockdown will be in place until 11:59pm June 3.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said people in that category should have received a text message from Queensland Health informing them of the rules.
“If you’ve filled out a declaration pass, you’ve been in Victoria in the last 14 days, you will need to follow exactly the same process as if you were still in Victoria,” Dr Young said.
“That means you must stay wherever you are for the next seven days, when it will be reviewed by Victoria and you can only leave for those essential reasons.”
The Victorian lockdown rules mean you can only leave your house to:
Dr Young also said people could attend pre-booked vaccine appointments, but needed to inform clinics they had been in Victoria and must wear a mask.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath warned the situation in Victoria was dynamic and people who have been in Victoria in the last 14 days should frequently check Victoria’s list of updated exposure sites.
“Even if you checked it yesterday and a venue wasn’t on there that you’d been to, check it again, and keep checking it,” Ms D’Ath said.
“Because if you have been to one of those sites, you will need to follow the health advice depending on the tier of that site in terms of going into quarantine and getting tested.”
If you have been in Victoria in the last fortnight, authorities are warning people to closely monitor their health.
“Anyone in Queensland — anyone at all — if you have symptoms, this is the time to come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said.
From 1:00am on May 27, everyone entering Queensland must complete a border declaration.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said all planes arriving from Victoria would be met by police officers at the airport, as well as all connecting flights.
“There will be random checks across our road borders in the coming days,” Commissioner Carroll said.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy said there was a sense of deja vu for Queensland police but the service was ready.
“We’ll stay on those borders and airport processing until our Chief Health Officer lifts her direction.”
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When Charlie, a 10-year-old boy, came in for his first visit, he didn’t look at me or my colleague. Angry and crying, he insisted to us that he was cisgender – that he was a boy and had been born male.
A few months before Charlie came into our office, he handed a note to his mother with four simple words, “I am a boy.” Up until that point Charlie had been living in the world as female – the sex he was assigned at birth – though that was not how he felt inside. Charlie was suffering from severe gender dysphoria – a sense of distress someone feels when their gender identity doesn’t match up with their assigned gender.
I am a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who has been caring for transgender youth for over a decade using what is called a gender-affirmative approach. In this type of care, medical and mental health providers work side by side to provide education to the patient and family, guide people to social support, address mental health issues and discuss medical interventions.
Getting on the same page
The first thing our team does is make sure our patients and families understand what gender care is. We always begin initial visits in the same way. “Our goal is to support you and your family on this journey, whatever that may look like for you. My name is Mandy and I am one of the doctors at CATCH – the Child and Adolescent Trans/Gender Center for Health program. I use she/her pronouns.” Sharing pronouns helps transgender people feel seen and validated.
We then ask patients and families to share their gender journey so we can better understand where they are coming from and where they hope to go. Charlie’s story is one we often hear. A kid may not think much about gender until puberty but begins to experience worsening gender dysphoria when their body starts changing in what feels like the wrong way.
Social transitions with family help
Transgender and gender-diverse youth (those whose gender identity doesn’t conform to the norms expected of their assigned sex) may face transphobia and discrimination, and experience alarmingly higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide than their cisgender peers. One option can be to socially transition to their identified gender, both at home and in the outside world.
An important first step is to help parents become allies and advocates. Connecting parents with one-to-one as well as group support can help facilitate education and acceptance, while helping families process their own experience. Charlie’s parents had been attending a local parent group that helped them better understand gender dysphoria.
In addition to being accepted at home, young people often want to live in the world in their identified gender. This could include changing their name and pronouns and coming out to friends and family. It can also include using public spaces like schools and bathrooms, participating on single-gender sports teams and dressing or doing other things like binding breasts or tucking back male genitalia to present more in line with their gender identity. Though more research needs to be done, studies show that youth who socially transition have rates of depression similar to cisgender peers.
Many young people find that making a social transition can be an important step in affirming identity. For those that still struggle with depression, anxiety and managing societal transphobia, seeing a therapist who has knowledge of and experience with gender-diverse identities and gender dysphoria can also be helpful.
However, most young people also need to make physical changes to their bodies as well to feel truly comfortable.
Gender-affirming medical interventions
When I first met Charlie, he had already socially transitioned but was still experiencing dysphoria. Charlie, like many people, wanted his physical body to match his gender identity, and this can be achieved only through medical interventions – namely, puberty blockers, hormonal medications or surgery.
For patients like Charlie who have started experiencing early female or male puberty, hormone blockers are typically the first option. These medications work like a pause button on the physical changes caused by puberty. They are well studied, safe and completely reversible. If a person stops taking hormone blockers, their body will resume going through puberty as it would have. Blockers give people time to further explore gender and to develop social supports. Studies demonstrate that hormone blockers reduce depression, anxiety and risk of suicide among transgender youth.
Once a person has started or completed puberty, taking prescribed hormones can help people match their bodies with their gender identities. One of my patients, Zoe, is an 18-year-old transgender woman who has already completed male puberty. She is taking estrogen and a medication to block the effects of testosterone. Together, these will help Zoe’s body develop breasts, reduce hair growth and have an overall more female shape.
Leo, another one of my patients, is a 16-year-old transgender man who is using testosterone. Testosterone will deepen Leo’s voice, help him grow facial hair and lead to a more male body shape. In addition to testosterone, transgender men can use an additional short-term medication to stop menstruation. For nonbinary people like my 15-year-old patient Ty, who is not exclusively masculine or feminine, my colleagues and I personalize their treatments to meet their specific need.
The health risks from taking hormones are incredibly small – not significantly different, in fact, than the risks a cisgender person faces from the hormones in their body. Some prescribed hormone effects are partially reversible, but others are more permanent, like voice deepening and growth of facial hair or breasts. Hormones can also impact fertility, so I always make sure that my patients and their families understand the process thoroughly.
The most permanent medical options available are gender-affirming surgeries. These operations can include changes to genitals, chest or breasts and facial structure. Surgeries are not easily reversible, so my colleagues and I always make sure that patients fully understand this decision. Some people think gender-affirming surgeries go too far and that minors are too young to make such a big decision. But based on available research and my own experience, patients who get these surgeries experience improvements in their quality of life through a reduction in dysphoria. I have been told by patients that gender-affirming surgery “literally saved my life. I was free [from dysphoria].”
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Ongoing gender care
In March 2021, nearly five years after our first visit, Charlie walked into my exam room. When we first met, he was struggling with his gender, anxiety and depression. This time, he immediately started talking about playing hockey, hanging out with friends and making the honor roll. He has been on hormone blockers for five years and testosterone for almost a year. With the help of a supportive family and a gender-competent therapist, Charlie is now thriving.
Being transgender is not something that goes away. It is something my patients live with for their entire lives. Our multidisciplinary care team continues to see patients like Charlie on a regular basis, often following them into young adulthood.
While more research is always needed, a gender-affirmative approach and evidence-based medicine allows young transgender people to live in the world as their authentic selves. This improves quality of life and saves lives, as one of our transgender patients said about his experience receiving gender-affirming care. “I honestly don’t think I would be here had I not been allowed to transition at that point. I’m not always 100%. But I have hope. I am happy to see tomorrow and I know I will achieve my dreams.”
Mandy Coles, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of the Child and Adolescent Trans/Gender Center for Health, Boston University
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Some Queenslanders who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine say they are finding it difficult to secure an appointment and the slow uptake has raised concerns over vaccine hesitancy.,With almost a million doses of AstraZeneca being delivered per week to Australia and the country on track to receive 40 million doses of the two-shot Pfizer vaccine by the end of the year — here's what you need to do to get the jab in Queensland.,To be eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine, you need to be over the age of 50. You can check if you're eligible by visiting the federal Department of Health website. ,If you are eligible, type in your postcode and vaccine clinics in your area will be listed.,However, many of those listed come up with “none currently available”.,For example, postcode 4068 in western Brisbane listed one clinic with an appointment in late June.,One clinic said they were supposed to receive 50 doses a week, but delivery had been patchy.,Brisbane's South Bank Respiratory Clinic in Grey Street is a good place to start, as they are receiving at least 3,000 doses a week, but an appointment is necessary.,The easiest way to do that is to book online.,A clinic at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast had appointments available on a few hours' notice, while one at Chermside in northern Brisbane had some available within the following week.,In Far North Queensland, some doctors in Cairns are listed on the federal government's website, but next to their name it states: “Does not perform COVID-19 vaccine Dose 1”.,Others had appointments available two weeks in the future, with around 10 clinics in the region offering jabs.,Major hospitals on the government website invite you to “make a booking” and someone will be in touch.,Queensland Health said every hospital and health service in Queensland would be provided vaccinations as part of the state's roll out.,This will be provided to adults under the age of 50 through state and territory clinics.,Again, the federal government's website is the best place to start.,But the rollout is patchy at this stage.,If you are under 50 and have an underlying medical condition — such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or chronic inflammatory conditions — you're eligible to be at the front of the queue for the Pfizer vaccine.,But you will need a letter of authority from your GP before you can make an appointment online.,The federal government website states that Pfizer clinics “will continue to be added to the Vaccine Clinic Finder”. ,You are urged to check back regularly.,A 38-year-old arthritis sufferer who contacted the ABC said she had tried for six weeks to access the vaccine and to date had been unsuccessful.,She said timing was critical as she had to go off her medication in between jabs.,Queensland Health said the roll out was “not a race”.,The Queensland government just added pharmacies into the mix in a bid to speed up COVID vaccine delivery.,There is no set time, but in coming weeks up to 56 pharmacies across rural and regional Queensland will begin to administer vaccines, in line with a decision made by National Cabinet.,Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said community pharmacies would play an important role in the ramp up of the vaccine roll out in the second half of the year.,More pharmacies in Queensland will come online as more vaccines are delivered in coming months.,Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has previously said Queensland does not have enough supply of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the demand of a mass vaccination hub.,Ms Palaszczuk said Queenslanders were most likely to get their vaccines from GP clinics and pharmacies, rather than at a purpose-build centre.,”If you're going to have a mass vaccination centre, you need to have a lot of vaccine,” the Premier said.,”You can't have all this demand and not have the supply to meet it.,”The last thing I'd want to see is thousands of people turning up to a centre and not having enough vaccine.”,More vaccine supply is expected for the second half of this year. ,A Pfizer hub is due to open in every hospital and health service across the state by the end of next week.,For all COVID-19 vaccine inquiries and updates, you can also call the national helpline on 1800 020 080.
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At 1am today, expect a dry day with a dew point of 8. The temperature will feel more like a cool 7.8 with a relative humidity of 83 per cent.
The highest expected temperature today is 22, the same as yesterday’s max.
Today’s maximum will be topped on Wednesday, but cooler conditions are expected on five of the next six days.
The chance of rain today is 50 per cent.
Showers are more likely tomorrow with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a high (70 per cent) chance of rain.
The UV index is predicted to be 2. While there is a low risk of harm from sun exposure. Experts suggest using eye protection, sunscreen and covering up, especially people with sensitive skin who burn easily.
Winds will be west-northwest around 15 km/h in the morning shifting to west-southwest around 16 km/h in the afternoon.
Details for the next six days:
Friday, May 21: Shower or two. Min – 13. Max – 21.
Saturday, May 22: Partly cloudy. Min – 13. Max – 21.
Sunday, May 23: Partly cloudy. Min – 12. Max – 21.
Monday, May 24: Partly cloudy. Min – 12. Max – 21.
Tuesday, May 25: Partly cloudy. Min – 12. Max – 22.
Wednesday, May 26: Shower or two. Min – 14. Max – 23.
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FOR the Millennial generation, inflation (aka rising prices) is something to read about in the history books. Instead, for in the past few decades, we have been living in a period of falling prices – otherwise known as deflation.
Why have prices tended downwards for manufactured items? Answer: China. Thanks to China and Asian manufacturing economies such as Vietnam and Indonesia, any surge in demand for consumer goods in America or Europe is met with an increase in output in Asia. To be blunt, the world has a surplus of manufacturing capacity that puts a lid on shop prices.
Until now that is. Last week, the latest US consumer price index registered a 4.2% annual spike and alarm bells started ringing. You might think 4.2% sounds tiny. But five years at that rate (a typical parliamentary term) and prices will have jumped by nearly a quarter thanks to compounding. If you don’t receive complementary wage rises, you are suddenly going to be a lot poorer.
Matters aren’t as bad in the UK or Europe (yet) but there has been an unusual modest uptick in prices. What is going on? The answer is Covid. The repeated lockdowns have disrupted production while consumer savings have jumped because we’ve not been able to spend. With the lockdown rules disappearing, consumers are spending more but manufacturing production is struggling to keep up. Demand exceeds supply and prices go up – sped on by companies trying to earn a little extra to make up for their losses during the pandemic. Welcome back inflation.
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Of course, this could be a temporary, post-Covid blip before we get back to long-term deflation.
But the financial markets are not sure. Last week, stock markets fell with the first hint of American inflation. Normally, an absence of inflation means low or zero interest rates – the situation for the past decade. In such circumstances, the best place to put your investment cash is in buying company shares.
But the return of inflation will mean rising interest rates. Result: money will flow out of shares and into safe, fixed-interest bonds that cover inflation costs. In other words, the return of inflation could mean the end of the share price boom of the past decade. Lots of folk will lose their shirts.
None of this is good news for a post-Covid economic recovery in Scotland – which has a knock-on impact on the timetable for the next referendum. The Scottish Government won’t hold a referendum till there is post-pandemic “stability”. If it interprets this as full economic recovery, we could be in for a long wait for indyref2. It also raises the thorny question of why we need independence if the Scottish Government thinks it can reboot the economy using existing devolved powers.
Which brings me to the question of unemployment. According to the latest data, around 1.67 million people were unemployed in Scotland between December and February. That’s down 50,000 on the previous quarter but it’s still 311,000 higher than a year ago. Unemployment is concentrated among the young. Folk under 25 account for more than half of the jobs lost in the year to March – around 436,000. The end of the lockdown will bring unemployment down but, with the hospitality industry in tatters, don’t expect any quick return to normality in the labour market.
However, this is the good news. The bad news is that the Scottish labour market has performed well below expectation for the past decade. During his stint as Finance Secretary, John Swinney promised an extra 100,000 jobs in the fast-expanding North Sea renewables industry. Yet few of these jobs transpired. This was because the Scottish Government had limited powers or incentives to hand to ensure offshore wind turbine machinery was manufactured locally. Instead, the jobs went abroad, mostly to Asia or the Gulf.
COULD more have been done to create high-skill, high-paid jobs in Scotland associated with the boom in renewables? The answer is certainly yes. But here a political conundrum emerges.
The SNP government has been unwilling to draw attention to its relative failure to grab a sufficient share of the global renewables employment bonanza. This was because (I presume) it did not want to be castigated for falling down on the job.
However, there was an alternative strategy. The fight over jobs in renewables could have been put at the heart of the referendum campaign. The Scottish Government could have highlighted how devolution constrained its ability to direct energy companies to source locally.
The Scottish Government could have pressured North Sea energy companies by withholding planning permission to bring power lines onshore, though that might have been subject to legal challenge. Alas, the Scottish Government was reluctant to take on the energy multinationals or Westminster and 100,000 jobs were lost.
I don’t raise this to be churlish. But I do worry that the SNP government lacks a coherent or systematic industrial policy. Nor has it been willing to put demands for industrial renewal at the heart of its independence strategy.
True, there’s a lot of talk about a “green new deal”. But even here, the envisaged pace for house building (incorporating better standards of energy conservation) is far too slow either to boost the economy or to hit accelerating global emissions targets. I estimate the Scottish Government would have to up its planned house building by at least 50% to make an appreciable difference.
All this has a knock-on for the referendum debate. The Holyrood election proves the nation is split exactly down the middle on independence. However, there is a constituency of voters who can be won over to Yes if they feel there is a serious plan for dealing with the economy and funding the welfare state people expect of a modern European nation.
We in the indy movement can shout from the rooftops that an independent Scotland would not have a humongous fiscal deficit but sceptical voters want proof there is (or will be) a sufficient tax base in Scotland to support a welfare state.
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Here’s the problem. If you look at the three Celtic nations and English regions outside of Greater London, they all have notional fiscal deficits (of which Scotland’s is not the biggest). This is an optical illusion based on the fact that the bulk of the UK’s tax receipts are booked through London, which therefore has a huge notional surplus. However, this London surplus is the result of big companies, especially in the financial sector, being headquartered in the metropolis.
The problem is this: after Scottish independence, those companies will still be headquartered in London. The indy movement has to prove to sceptical voters that – post-independence – we will have a sufficient industrial and commercial corporate infrastructure paying taxes in Scotland rather than London. Which is why having an industrial policy is key not only to creating jobs but to building a robust tax base north of the Border.
The Scottish Government has to sit down immediately with the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish National Investment Bank and Scottish Enterprise, to prepare a five-year industrial plan. Only then will it convince voters it is serious both about creating jobs and preparing for independence.
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Many Americans comment on how much in-your-face PDA (public display of affection) there is in Russia. My cousin said that Russia is “just the worst country to be single in,” because every day you ride the train and watch couples hug and kiss, kiss a LOT.
But the confusion doesn’t end there. After spending time in Russia, I get awkward even when somebody goes for the simple greeting kiss. Inside, I’m wondering just how many times I’m supposed to kiss their cheeks. In America, one peck is more than enough. But then French people kiss your cheek twice; would they think that I’m insinuating something if I go for the third one by habit?
Because the standard Russian greeting kiss is the triple kiss, in which you kiss the other person three times, alternating cheeks. Traditionally, this symbolizes the Trinity, so many Russians unknowingly, greet each other in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit daily.
But what is Russia’s kiss culture history?
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British travellers face challenges this year not only from the Covid crisis, but also the effects of Brexit. Here’s the lowdown
Holidaymakers in England, Scotland and Wales have been given the green light for trips abroad. Travel is restricted to a small number of countries but the early signs are that they are proving popular with those desperate for a change of scene – this week Tui announced it would be putting on bigger planes to meet demand for trips to Portugal. Bookings for flights to the island of Madeira rose by 625% straight after the green list of countries was announced, according to the website Skyscanner, while demand for Gibraltar leapt by 335%.
For most people, this will be the first trip abroad since the UK’s post-Brexit transition period ended. Here’s our guide to booking a trip in the time of Covid and after the time of the EU.
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We know most of our readers will probably stick to chicken and lean beef for their main protein sources—perhaps some might be willing to try elk, bison, or other meat choices. Hell, we even have a list of the 20 best meat protein sources for you to peruse.
And while we’ve preached the benefits of adding bugs into your diet, this next suggestion might be our weirdest one yet: black soldier fly larvae, or baby flies. Yup, we’re serious.
A new study out of the University of Queensland in Australia found that black soldier fly larvae is just as nutritious as traditional meat sources, such as beef, and may actually provide more nutrients and have a smaller environmental impact. “Just like meat, it contains all the nutrients humans need for health,” Professor Louw Hoffman said in a statement. “The larvae is richer in zinc and iron than lean meat, and its calcium content is as high as that of milk.”
According to providers of black soldier fly larvae, the grubby insects 17.5 percent protein and 14 percent fat. Many studies have shown that a single acre of them could provide the same amount of protein as 3,000 acres of cows or 130 acres of soybeans—so it’s better for the environment as well. And in case you’re wondering, yes the larvae does have all essential amino acids and in some cases has greater concentrations of them than beef or chicken.
While Americans and most European countries don’t typically include insects in their diet, more than two billion people across the world do, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. “The biggest factor that prevents fly proteins being used in our food supply is Western consumer’s’ acceptance of insects as food,” Hoffman said.
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