Coronavirus Qld: Check-In Qld app launched

Long queues, waiting times and filling out countless forms could be a thing of the past as a new QR code check-in app is launched across Queensland today.

The Check-In Qld app has been spruiked by the state government as a simple way to improve contact tracing.

The free mobile phone app remembers a person’s details, eliminating the need to re-scan QR codes and re-enter personal information when visiting a particular venue.

But ministers have assured the public only the most basic data will be retained by the government in case of an outbreak.

Businesses will need to sign up to the new app, which is not mandatory.

Doug Meagher, Venue Manager at the Orion Hotel in Springfield, said it simplified the check-in process for people visiting his business and the administration duties for his staff.

“It’s made it more efficient, I’ve been able to take a staff member from the front door and put them back into a service role,” Mr Meagher said.

“It was a convoluted system we previously had, we had excel spreadsheets we needed to send to Queensland Health, we had to retain the data for 28 to 56 days on premise.

“We had QR codes with onerous information … you couldn’t check people in with that.

“Now if you come in, scan it once, you’re done.”

Digital Economy Minister Leeanne Enoch said it was similar to the contact tracing app used in the ACT and had gone through extensive trials prior to the rollout.

She said the data collected by the app would be stored for up to 56 days before being deleted.

“Queensland Health will be able to access that immediately if they have to in order to carry out contact tracing,” Ms Enoch said.

Testing and trials of the new app began in January at selected venues from Cairns to Ipswich.

The app’s launch on Sunday comes as Queensland recorded no new cases of locally-transmitted coronavirus cases.

More than 207 businesses in the trial have registered and are using the new app and more than 29,000 people have checked in at these venues.

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Bernie’s Smitten Mittens beer launched to commemorate the Vermont senator’s comfy inauguration pose

‘Warming just like his mittens’: Brewery launches ‘Bernie’s Smitten Mittens’ beer to commemorate Vermont senator’s comfy hand wear at Joe Biden’s inauguration

  • A popular New England brewery has created a new beer, ‘S’mitten Mittens’ 
  • The can features Bernie Sanders infamous pose from the Biden inauguration
  • Four Quarters Brewing in Winooski, Vermont, has brewed a maple s’more stout 
  • Sanders’ fuzzy mittens sparked numerous quirky memes across social media

A special brew has been developed paying homage to the memorable mittens worn by Bernie Sanders at Joe Biden‘s presidential inauguration. 

Drinkers can pick up a can of Bernie’s Smitten Mittens, a stout made by Four Quarters Brewing in Winooski, Vermont.

The can has been produced just in time for Valentine’s Day, this Sunday.

A popular New England brewery has created a new beer, ‘S’mitten Mittens’

The can features Bernie Sanders infamous pose from the Biden inauguration

 The can features Bernie Sanders infamous pose from the Biden inauguration

The Brewing Warehouse came up with the idea a few days after the inauguration and asked 'CAN SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE MAKE THIS BEER!'

The Brewing Warehouse came up with the idea a few days after the inauguration and asked ‘CAN SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE MAKE THIS BEER!’

So what does it taste like? 

Bernie’s Smitten Mittens is ‘a warming, maple s’mores stout with maple syrup, milk sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, graham cracker and marshmallow,’ according to the brewers. 

It was inspired after the senator’s special gloves appeared to go viral.     

The famous mittens were knitted by Jen Ellis who teaches in the Essex Westford School District.  

‘His mittens, they have the s’mores colors,  but then, because we’re in Vermont, it has to be a maple s’mores stout.’ ‘ Four Quarters Taproom Manager Will Havens said to the Milton Independent. 

The 79-year-old's wool mitten and signature brown coat stood in stark contrast to the long flowing overcoats and leather gloves at the Capitol

The 79-year-old’s wool mitten and signature brown coat stood in stark contrast to the long flowing overcoats and leather gloves at the Capitol

Jen Ellis is the woman behind the mittens worn by Bernie Sanders during Biden's inauguration. She has long since sold out of the comfy hand-warmers

Jen Ellis is the woman behind the mittens worn by Bernie Sanders during Biden’s inauguration. She has long since sold out of the comfy hand-warmers

The special beer is only available for a short time over Valentine's weekend

The special beer is only available for a short time over Valentine’s weekend

The stout supposedly tastes of caramel, maple and smores in true New England style

The stout supposedly tastes of caramel, maple and smores in true New England style

The idea for the beer was that of the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, Vermont’s largest craft beer, wine and liquor store.

It created a spoof beer can complete with mitten graphics for the special ale. 

‘Can someone for the love of god please make this beer!’ the caption on the Instagram post read.

‘Beverage Warehouse was just so excited about it, so we said, ‘Let’s do it,” Havens said. ‘We thought if there was ever a time to make a beer for a meme, it would probably be this one, just given how close to home it all was.’

A portion of the sales from the beer will be donated to a local food bank. 

Cans of Bernie’s Smitten Mittens will be available in Winooski starting at 10am on Friday and also at  Four Quarters Brewing on West Canal Street in the town.   

There were countless memes portraying Sanders wearing his comfy knitted gloves in all kinds of amusing places and situations

There were countless memes portraying Sanders wearing his comfy knitted gloves in all kinds of amusing places and situations


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‘We must speak up’: In conservative Kuwait, women have launched their own #MeToo movement

Women in Kuwait are defying conservative norms and a culture of “shame” to speak out against harassment for the first time, in a social media campaign sparked by a popular fashion blogger.

Dozens of testimonies about being stalked, harassed or assaulted have emerged online, focused on the Instagram account “Lan Asket” – Arabic for “I will not be silent”.

Kuwaiti fashion blogger Ascia Al Faraj, who has more than 2.5 million social media followers, said in an explosive video uploaded last week that there is a “problem” in the country.

“Every time I go out, there is someone who harasses me or harasses another woman in the street,” she said in the emotionally-charged video uploaded after a vehicle sped up to “scare” her while she was walking to her car.

“Do you have no shame? We have a problem of harassment in this country, and I have had enough.” 

Ms Faraj’s video sparked a nationwide movement in a country where the #MeToo campaign that took off in the United States in 2017 did not make much of an impact.

Radio and TV shows have hosted activists, lawyers and academics to discuss the issue of harassment, and the US embassy in Kuwait also threw its weight behind the women.

“A campaign worth supporting. We can all do more to prevent harassment against women, whether in the US or in Kuwait. #Lan_asket,” it said in a tweet last week.

The embassy also tweeted a striking graphic that illustrates the campaign – images of three women, one unveiled, one with a headscarf, and another with her face covered – and bearing the slogan “Don’t harass her”.

Activists have also emphasised that foreign women who make up a large portion of the Kuwaiti population, many in menial roles, are among the most vulnerable to assault and abuse.

‘Silence not an option’

Shayma Shamo, a 27-year-old doctor who studied abroad and moved back to Kuwait last year, launched the “Lan Asket” platform after seeing Ms Faraj’s video.

“As soon as I opened the account, the messages started to pour in… from women and girls that have experienced verbal, physical and sexual harassment,” she told AFP.

Ms Faraj said in another video uploaded later that week that she had also received “intense stories” by Indian, Pakistani and Filipina women working in Kuwait.

“The expat community here is incredibly vulnerable and are sometimes harassed at a level that Kuwaiti women will never understand,” she said. 

While there has been tremendous support online, the movement has also faced a backlash from conservative voices who say women should simply dress conservatively to avoid harassment. 

“Silence is no longer an option. We must speak up, unite and defend each other because what is happening is unacceptable,” Dr Shamo told AFP.  

Rothna Begum, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, said women were taking the fore in a society where, like many in the Middle East, police often do not take such abuses seriously, and the fear of bringing shame to families silences many.

“These accounts being published are incredibly important to give Kuwaitis a sense of what harassment actually looks like and the terrible harm it causes,” she told AFP.

‘Shame’ culture

The Arabic word “ayb”, or shame in English, is a term that most girls growing up in the region learn at a very early age.  

“Going to the police station is ‘ayb’ and talking about harassment is ‘ayb’,” Dr Shamo said. 

“As soon as a woman starts to speak about being harassed, the questions from family members start: What were you wearing? Who were you with? What time was it?” 

But Kuwaiti women are pushing the boundaries of their society, considered one of the most open in the Gulf region, and where a law against harassment exists on the books, but where discussions about gender-based violence remain taboo.

Lulu Al-Aslawi, a Kuwait media personality whose Instagram feed features her in glossy fashion shoots, said she has been bullied online for the way she dresses.

“Girls don’t speak up over fears of being stigmatised, but we will not stop until we overcome this cancer in society,” she told AFP.

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Come and Play Netball campaign launched statewide – 16 News

Netball NSW is excited to launch a new campaign entitled Come and Play Netball which aims to help the sport rebound after a difficult 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign, which starts on Monday 18 January, will work with the organisation’s affiliated Clubs and Associations – as well as incorporated media and advertising platforms – in the hope of returning playing numbers to pre-pandemic levels.

Come and Play Netball can be broken down into three pillars – paid media, owned assets and local area marketing – and will have an estimated reach of over five million people, targeting key metro and regional areas.

Netball NSW has appointed agency Benedictus Media to help deliver the campaign which will feature state-wide radio and outdoor advertising as well as strategic digital placement. It will also incorporate the organisation’s two professional teams, the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball.

Swifts and Australian Diamonds midcourter Paige Hadley and fellow Diamonds Kiera Austin and Kristiana Manu’a from the GIANTS will feature in the campaign.

The vast NSW netball community will also play a key role with Netball NSW providing each Association with a suite of promotional material to ensure Come and Play Netball reaches all levels of the game across the state.

Netball NSW Executive General Manager of Community & Pathways Darren Simpson said the campaign was a huge, but necessary and exciting, undertaking.

“When you look at what the last 12 months have thrown at our netball community it’s very important that we put significant investment into helping the game bounce back,” he said.

“Netball across NSW had around a 15% drop in playing numbers in 2020 which compared to other sports was actually not a huge fall-off. However, when you note how much netball grew before COVID-19 we really want to get back on that path as quickly as possible.

“Netball’s grassroots numbers are among the biggest in the state but we should never rest on our laurels and we hope this campaign will help kick-start growth again in 2021.

“I would also like to thank our NSW netball community for committing to support Come and Play Netball, and our two elite teams in the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball for adding their voices too.”

Netball NSW Executive General Manager of Commercial & Marketing Steve Neal gave some more insight into how the campaign would work:

“In terms of radio in metro areas we’ll have a large presence on both Smooth FM and NOVA, while the campaign will also be heard on local radio stations from Wollongong to Orange, Lismore to Wagga Wagga and Newcastle to Dubbo, just to name a few.

“Our outdoor advertising will start in February and be placed on retail panels and outdoor furniture at a combined 145 locations across the state, which will rotate on a fortnightly basis.

“We will also be harnessing the full power of the Netball NSW, the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball’s marketing and social media platforms and providing all Associations with creative they will be able to use in their own environments along with suggested copy and helpful hints around sharing the campaign.”

Come and Play Netball will run for six weeks from mid-January to the end of February.


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Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

On Sunday morning, Virgin Orbit became the third privately funded American rocket company to reach orbit—and the only one to accomplish the feat from mid-air. The company’s liquid-fueled rocket, called LauncherOne, was released from beneath the wing of Cosmic Girl, Virgin Orbit’s customized Boeing 747, off the coast of California. Cosmic Girl’s pilot, Kelly Latimer, parted ways with the rocket at around 30,000 feet—the cruising altitude of a typical passenger jet—and after a few seconds of freefall, LauncherOne ignited its engines and boosted itself into space. Once it reached orbit, the rocket released its payload of 10 cubesats built by researchers from NASA and several American universities before it fell back to Earth.

The successful launch was a welcome win for the Virgin team, which has been buffeted by setbacks since its first launch attempt last spring. That first test flight in May was aborted seconds after the rocket was released due to a breakage in its propellant line. After engineers had identified and fixed the problem, company officials planned a second launch in December, but decided to postpone it as Covid-19 cases spiked around their headquarters in Los Angeles.

“We’ve done a huge amount to assure the safety of the team, and so much of our launch operations and our activities are virtual,” Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart told reporters on a call ahead of Sunday’s launch. “Doing it in the face of a pandemic is really amazing.”

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Today’s launch marked the culmination of nearly a decade of work by engineers at Virgin Orbit, which is one of two rocket companies founded by billionaire Richard Branson. In 2018, Virgin Orbit’s sister space company, Virgin Galactic, made history by launching a spacecraft carrying two humans from beneath a custom plane, which sent them rocketing to the edge of space. Branson clearly loves launching stuff from planes and has staffed both companies with engineers and pilots who make it look easy. Now the question is, can he turn it into a sustainable business?

Air launch is typically associated with missiles that are bound for targets on the Earth’s surface, but it has a long history in the space industry too. The first orbital air-launched rocket, known as Pegasus, was sent to orbit in early 1990 by Orbital Sciences Corporation, which has since been folded into Northrop Grumman. Like LauncherOne, Pegasus is able to boost around 1,000 pounds of payload into space, and the rocket is dropped from the belly of a gutted passenger jet. But in the last 30 years, Pegasus has flown only 44 missions. To put that in perspective, SpaceX has flown more than twice as many in the past decade.

“When I started looking at feasibility studies and thinking about whether we should do this, Pegasus was the blinking neon sign that was flashing in my vision 24/7,” Will Pomerantz, the vice president of special projects at Virgin Orbit, told WIRED ahead of the company’s first launch attempt last May. “Technologically, Pegasus is a huge success. But from a market perspective, perhaps not.”

Pomerantz says the reason Pegasus failed to attract many customers is because when it launched, those customers didn’t exist. The commercial small satellite industry has exploded in the past few years, and now there are hundreds of companies looking for a cheap ride to space. Pegasus is still around, but its launch cost has ballooned over the past few decades. In the 1990s, NASA paid $16 million for a Pegasus launch. Today it costs closer to $60 million. Even accounting for inflation, that cost has nearly tripled, and it is beyond what most of these small satellite companies can afford. Air launch was once an idea ahead of its time—but now Pomerantz believes its time has come.

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Australia’s first online marketplace supporting women launched

Not-for-profit organisation Global Sisters has launched Australia’s first marketplace that is solely dedicated to supporting women’s financial independence.

Developed with software provider Marketplacer, Global Sisters’ online marketplace vies to make self-employment a viable option for women unable to find a job elsewhere with the help of a user-friendly, quality digital presence with access to millions of buyers around the world.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Sisters Mandy Richards explained that the new marketplace is an exciting next step for the not-for-profit in their drive to scale their impact and support more women across Australia.

“Some of the biggest barriers for women trying to launch their own business are lack of confidence, time, business acumen and access to resources,” Richards said.

“Marketplacer really understood our brief, working with us to build a platform that does not require any special skills or tech knowledge, removing some of the barriers and making it easier for women to take the next step on their business journey.”

With the marketplace, Global Sisters can now provide women with the tools they need to set up their online presence, including an easy-to-use online shop, onboarding and set-up support, inventory management, product pages, multiple payment and shipping options. Their #BackHerBrilliance digital marketing campaign and offers access to expert business education, marketing, and promotional support of a nationwide community of like-minded women who are sharing experiences and overcoming similar challenges.

“Our most recent Impact Report 2020 tells us that 70 per cent of women were at the earliest stage of business ideation when they joined Global Sisters and that 60 per cent of our community were receiving Government income or support,” Richards said.

“An online marketplace allows us to double down on our impact of enabling business for women, broadening access for new Sisters joining via the marketplace to financial resilience and also showcasing to the millions of buyers around the world the incredible creativity, entrepreneurship and possibility that Australian women possess.”

The Global Sisters Marketplace is free to join, with no set-up fee and only a small transaction commission paid to Global Sisters to support its programs.

“Australians can already shop online via the Global Sisters Marketplace for high-quality Australian-made clothing and accessories, beauty products, toys, homewares, gifts, services and experiences. All with the knowledge that they are supporting a woman working toward achieving financial independence,” Richards concluded.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i, Yoga 7i, IdeaPad Slim 5i Laptops with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs Launched in India

Lenovo Yoga 9i, Lenovo Yoga 5i laptops have been introduced alongside Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i laptop in India. All the three laptops integrate Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors and have webcam privacy shutters. Lenovo Yoga 9i is the most premium of the lot, with a 360-degree hinge, textured military grade back finish, Dolby Atmos sound, 4K display, stylus support, and Amazon Alexa voice assistant support. Lenovo Yoga 7i also has a 360-degree hinge for using the laptop in tent mode or tablet mode. It supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and has a glossy back finish. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i has a traditional design and integrates NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics.

Lenovo Yoga 9i, Lenovo Yoga 7i, Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i price in India

The most-premium Lenovo Yoga 9i is priced starting at Rs. 1,69,990 in India and comes in single black finish. Lenovo Yoga 7i, on the other hand, is priced starting at Rs. 99,000 and comes in a single Slate Grey colour option. Lenovo Yoga 9i and Lenovo Yoga 7i will be up for pre-orders on Lenovo Yoga 7i will go on sale from January 15, whereas Lenovo Yoga 9i will go on sale from January 12 onwards across channels.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i is the most reasonable, with prices starting at Rs. 63,990. The laptop comes in Graphite Grey colour. It is up for grabs on, Amazon, and Lenovo exclusive offline stores.

Lenovo Yoga 9i specifications

Lenovo Yoga 9i runs on Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. It features a 14-inch UHD (3,840 x2,160 pixels) IPS display with VESA DisplayHDR 400, 500 nits of peak brightness. The laptop is powered by up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU with Intel Iris XE graphics, 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. There are four speakers on board – two woofers and two tweeters. There’s a 60Wh lithium-ion polymer battery and a 1-megapixel web camera with privacy shutter. It has a 360-degree hinge for keeping it in tent mode, flat on the surface, or using it in tablet mode.

There’s a dedicated slot integrated on the laptop to incorporate the stylus. Lenovo Yoga 9i is equipped with an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader, Smart Sensor TouchPad with up to 50 percent more clickable active surface area.

Lenovo Yoga 7i specifications

The slightly lower-priced Lenovo Yoga 7i also runs on Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. It features up to 15.6-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) IPS touchscreen display and is powered by up to Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU. There’s Intel Iris Xe graphics integrated, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

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There’s a 71Wh battery on board that claims to offer up to 16 hours of battery life and a front-facing speaker system that supports Dolby Atmos is also integrated. It also has a 360-degree hinge and a 1-meegapixel camera with Lenovo TrueBlock privacy shutter. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i specifications

Lastly, Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i runs on Windows 10 Home and features a 14-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display. It is powered by the 11th-gen Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake CPU paired with up to 16GB of RAM. It integrates Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics as well.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i features a 14-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display

The laptop has a 720p HD camera on board with privacy shutter. There are two 2W front speakers with Dolby Audio sound support. There’s a fingerprint reader integrated on the power button and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i supports rapid charge that claims to offer up to three-hour long battery life on a 15-minute charge.

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First Artificial Intelligence community Centre launched in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The nation’s first Artificial Intelligence Community Centre, HexArt, was launched here on Monday by IT and EC secretary Jayesh Ranjan. The centre, its sponsors said, is dedicated to the city and the state.


The HexArt Institute in an initiative of the Hexagon Capability Center India (HCCI), the largest product development unit of the technology major Hexagon AB. It considers this institute as a timely societal responsibility initiative. The center will train more than 350 students every year across multiple batches.  


Established at a cost of Rs 64 lakh, the institute incorporates state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT hardware and software and a well-designed curriculum.

The purpose of HexArt is to democratize AI knowledge cum skill to the masses and provide free education on AI to the community.


The fundamental and advanced-level courses are designed for students from Class 8 to Class 12 and senior engineering graduates respectively.


Jayesh Ranjan, who inaugurated the setup, said: “2020 is commemorated in Telangana as the year of AI and it will be a key focus for the coming year and beyond.” He also spoke about the state’s plans for creating a talent pool for emerging technologies. “It is critical that we build a strong talent pool and AI is going to play a key role. I fully appreciate Hexagon’s contributions in fuelling the community level growth for futuristic technology”, Ranjan said.


Announcing the opening of the institute, Navaneet Mishra, VP and GM, HCCI, said, “The goal of the AI community centre is to empower and up-skill the next generation of youths with AI skills. We need to make AI pervasive to compete and succeed in today’s world. As the oldest MNC in Hyderabad, we are committed to building the state’s talent community and advance their growth.”


Earlier this year, HCCI signed an MoU with the Telangana government. “The company is more than happy to contribute towards the government’s commitment to sustain and grow the AI knowledge base in the city and the state,” Mishra added.

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Class action launched against Monash IVF over non-invasive embryo testing

A heartbroken woman has launched a multi-million-dollar class action against one of Australia’s leading IVF clinics, saying her chances of falling pregnant have been scuttled after a controversial genetic test labelled her embryos as “abnormal”.

Danielle Bopping, of Canberra, has launched a class action in Victoria’s Supreme Court accusing Monash IVF of breaching its duty of care by failing to tell her and others about the pitfalls of non-invasive pre-implantation genetic testing, which was being trumpeted by the fertility specialist.

She has since learned the testing can produce false-positives.

Her lawyer, Michel Margalit, said more than 100 people had already expressed interest in joining the suit and she was expecting up to 1,000.

“Danielle’s in her 40s now and had she known at the time that this technology was … not accurate in the manner she believed, she could have taken a different course,” Ms Margalit said.

“I think that there is a real possibility that many, many people will question whether or not they have lost their ability to have children because of this inaccurate testing.”

If successful, the class action could reap millions of dollars in compensation.

“This will be one of the largest class actions ever brought against a fertility provider,” Ms Margalit said.

“We will be fighting for the rights of these women who have placed their trust in the hands of a medical provider and unknowingly have had devastating consequences.”

‘Every week and month counts’

The class action centres on the way in which Monash IVF conducted genetic testing on embryos to uncover abnormalities.

There are two ways to conduct such testing: the first method is through a biopsy, which involves taking a tissue sample from an embryo, a method that is considered invasive.

The second method is called non-invasive pre-implantation genetic testing and involves collecting DNA from the culture that the embryo has been growing in while in the laboratory.

According to court documents, lawyers alleged that Monash IVF told patients including Ms Bopping that the two tests were “identical” in 95 per cent of cases.

In November 2019, Ms Bopping had the non-invasive testing done on an embryo and was informed that the results were “abnormal”.

As a result, she decided not to pursue inserting the embryo.

Her lawyers now say she was the victim of “false, misleading and deceptive” behaviour because she was not told that the non-invasive type of testing could return a false-positive.

Monash IVF has since suspended the non-invasive testing.

Ms Margalit said the decision her client made that was based on the test results had whittled away crucial time.

She has since been unable to find anyone willing to insert her embryo because it has already been labelled abnormal.

“Every week and month counts when you’re in your 40s,” Ms Margalit said.

“Some people fear that they’ve lost their last chance to produce their own genetically-related children.”

Others, she said, had since made life-altering decisions based on those testing results.

“Other people have gone on to use donor embryos and many women are now questioning their decision to cease treatment. So, there really will be lifelong consequences,” she said.

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Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch, Four Days After Starship Prototype Test Launch Flopped

Days after an unsuccessful test launch, the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has launched into space. Fortunately, they had successfully deployed a satellite for radio provider names SiriusXM.

According to NASA, the said rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida’s Brevard County at 12:30 pm ET (4:30 am AEDT), which marks the rocket’s 25th flight this year, NASA said.

About 10 minutes after posting a video of the lift-off to its Twitter feed, SpaceX tweeted the rocket’s first-stage booster had landed on its droneship, Just Read the Instructions, located in the Atlantic Ocean.

As the booster separates after ascent and performs a flip maneuver it allows it to use its engines and “grid fins” to steer itself to a soft landing on the droneship.

As per SpaceX the said reusable booster has been recuperated seven times where the same first-stage rocket booster supported Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station.

The booster supported the Canadian Space Agency’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission to deploy Earth-observation satellites and four launches for Starlink, a SpaceX initiative to provide satellite internet access.

The Falcon 9 successful mission took place four days after SpaceX’s Starship SN8 crashed attempting a landing alike to the ones that Falcon 9 boosters have successfully executed.

Starship SN8 took off from south Texas on Wednesday, mounting over the Gulf of Mexico before navigating itself back to the launch site, where it hit the ground and exploded.

CEO Elon Musk hopes for it to one day to be used to ferry humans to Mars using the said Starship. As they sought data on how Starship SN8 could re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after returning from an extraterrestrial mission and steer itself to a precise landing point.

SpaceX said in a statement. “Low pressure in the fuel header tank during the landing burn led to high touchdown velocity resulting in a hard (and exciting!) landing.”

Meanwhile, the CEO took to Twitter “Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed!”

RUD stands for “rapid unscheduled disassembly” – a fancy way to say “crashed.”