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gHello. Further financial relief is on the way for Sydney residents who face an extended lockdown after the state recorded 112 new cases of Covid yesterday. Meanwhile, England have been forced to assess their problematic football culture, following widespread racial abuse against some of the players. Also in your Morning Mail today – what did swimming in dangerous lakes in New Zealand lead to; and containment recipes.

A new financial aid program for Sydney businesses and residents affected by the latest lockdown will be announced today. The NSW government is also expected to announce other new assistance measures, including money for people waiting for Covid test results to encourage them to stay at home, and measures to protect them. tenants for people unable to pay their rent. The federal government is also expected to increase the amount of money available to workers affected by the foreclosure through emergency payments. The union has warned that income support for casual workers will be essential to avoid a prolonged lockdown in Sydney. Meanwhile, Australians who have received their first dose of AstraZeneca are urged to discuss with their doctors how to reduce the interval between their second injection from 12 weeks to six weeks.

England football manager Gareth Southgate said the racial abuse the team’s players suffered after their Euro 2020 defeat was “unforgivable”. England lost to Italy on penalties and the three players who missed their kicks – Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho – suffered much of the abuse, alongside Raheem Sterling who is a constant target. Personalities from the world of football have shown their support for black English stars, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of hypocrisy, after condemning the racial abuse that followed the final, but previously declined to criticize fans who booed the team for taking the knee.

Major Australian environmental groups have written to the UN, urging it to classify the Great Barrier Reef as “endangered”. The letter to the World Heritage Committee comes as Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley begins a week of lobbying in Europe against change. The letter says an endangered list “must prompt decisive action” by the global community to protect “one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places on Earth.” Peter Garrett says: “The government must take responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef and stop looking for someone else to blame.


Indigenous leader Adrian Burragubba filed a complaint with the Queensland Human Rights Commission after police broke up a protest against the Adani coal mine in August last year. Photograph: Cole Bennetts / Getty Images

Queensland Police Department issues ‘public declaration of regret’ to Wangan and Jagalingou man Adrian Burragubba in an incident in which he was pressured by officers to leave traditional lands at the behest of the coalman Adani.

Australian organizations are seen as soft and lucrative targets for ransomware attacks, according to cybersecurity experts who are urging the federal government to develop a mandatory reporting regime for such cyber attacks.

Former Sydney University of Technology science dean accused of sending threatening letters to herself and her colleagues was found not guilty on nine counts.

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The deal, which will be discussed at the Kunming summit, aims to determine how to feed the world's growing population while protecting the environment.
Draft ambitious targets to halt the loss of biodiversity have been revealed, and include the elimination of plastic pollution. Photograph: David Talukdar / REX / Shutterstock

The UN has put in place a Paris-style UN agreement to reduce the extinction rate, with ambitious goals, including eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds and eliminating $ 500 billion in environmentally harmful government subsidies.

Police in Haiti say they have arrested a new suspect in the assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse – a Haitian living in Florida who allegedly acted as an intermediary between the suspected hitmen and the anonymous masterminds of the conspiracy.

Lightning killed at least 76 people in India during the early stages of the annual monsoon season, officials said.

British parachutist whose parachute did not open properly suffered only “minor injuries” after falling from 15,000 feet took him through the roof of a house in California.

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The New Zealand government now publishes a website called Can I Swim Here?
The New Zealand government now publishes a website called Can I Swim Here? Photograph: Grant Rooney Premium / Alamy

Ingrid Horrocks learned to swim in the wild, but no river or lake in the area where she grew up is “swimmable” any more. Last summer not a single river or lake in the area where Horrocks and his family lived was deemed safe. In 2017, she drove from Wellington to Auckland for a long weekend to swim in as many places and in different ways as possible. “I wanted to remember why we swam in the first place, and recover why it seemed important… Often times it was impossible to tell that something was wrong. But then it turned out that the place I had swam with my friend was “Code Red”. There was an E coli warning in place: Dangerous Levels of Animal and / or Human Feces in Water. Shit. In the lake, there was an intermittent risk of toxic algae from runoff from farms.

After facing one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, communities in Flemington and north Melbourne are celebrating their resilience – with a cookbook. In July 2020, the Victorian government locked down nine high-rise social housing housing 3,000 people to contain the spread of the coronavirus. “The confinement has removed the autonomy of residents, even around cultural practices and food choices. Coming together to create the cookbook was a great way to empower the residents, ”said Gabby Creed, Community Mobilization Manager at Cohealth. There are recipes, stories and artwork from residents of diverse cultural backgrounds – Somalis, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Indians, Egyptians and South Sudanese – and here we have some recipes to tempt the taste buds.

“The Morrison government has failed in all areas of the deployment of the Covid vaccine”, wrote Greg Jericho. “Since March of last year, people across the country have seen their lives severely disrupted – they have missed public events, school and work, family reunions and times of shared joy and sorrow. It’s not about saying “you had a job” – the Morrison government had several jobs related to the vaccine. And they failed them.


Dr Norman Swan has become a household name over the past 18 months thanks to his work for ABC and his Coronacast podcast. Now he’s written a book that attempts to answer common questions about health and wellness. Editor-in-Chief Lucy Clark chats with Swan for the Guardian Australia Book Club about how to tell myths from facts – and what good health really is.

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Sepp Kuss of the Jumbo-Visma team won the 15th stage of the Tour de France after breaking a breakaway of 32 riders in the last climbs of Port d’Envalira and the first category Col de Bexailis.

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A Facebook group of 3,500 Queensland police officers, allegedly filled with racist homophobic and sexist messages, is under internal investigation for its “highly inappropriate and offensive material”, according to the Australian. South Australia will make an offer to the federal government to establish the country’s first mRNA vaccine plant, reports the Advertiser, while age reports that Australia is lagging behind other countries in securing more Pfizer for needed booster shots in the years to come.

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