Connect with us

Australia

Clive Palmer is accused of trying to enter West Australia so he can promote hydroxychloroquine

Published

on

clive palmer is accused of trying to enter west australia so he can promote

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has accused Clive Palmer of seeking to enter WA so he can promote hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure.

The billionaire mining magnate, who was denied an exemption to WA’s hard border closures, is challenging the restrictions on the basis they are unconstitutional.

A ruling is expected in the High Court in October after a four-day hearing wrapped up in the Federal Court last week.

Clive Palmer, who was denied an exemption to WA's hard border closures, is challenging the restrictions on the basis they are unconstitutional

Clive Palmer, who was denied an exemption to WA's hard border closures, is challenging the restrictions on the basis they are unconstitutional

Clive Palmer, who was denied an exemption to WA’s hard border closures, is challenging the restrictions on the basis they are unconstitutional

Mr Palmer has claimed he wanted to enter WA to attend to business interests and meet WA senator and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

But WA’s premier claims Mr Palmer had other intentions when he initially submitted his application.

‘He wanted to come to Western Australia to promote hydroxychloroquine to the people of the state as some sort of cure for COVID,’ Mr McGowan told reporters on Monday.

‘All the evidence is not only is it not a cure, it’s actually dangerous.

‘Him coming to Western Australia to promote a dangerous drug, I don’t think was a good thing for our state and I’m pleased that (WA Police) rejected him.’

Mr Palmer in April announced he had purchased almost 33 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug touted by US President Donald Trump which has since been found to be ineffective at treating COVID-19.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has accused Clive Palmer of seeking to enter WA so he can promote hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has accused Clive Palmer of seeking to enter WA so he can promote hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has accused Clive Palmer of seeking to enter WA so he can promote hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure

It also emerged on Monday that Mr Palmer’s pilot had completed some of the exemption application forms on his behalf and they contained errors.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote to Mr McGowan at the weekend saying the Commonwealth would no longer support the High Court case after taking into account the evolving state of the pandemic in recent months.

Having labelled Mr Palmer ‘Australia’s greatest egomaniac’, Mr McGowan said he was prepared to reconcile with the Morrison government.

‘I want to get on with the prime minister, I want to work together with Senator Cormann … this has been a pretty big road bump but we’re past it now and I think relations between the state and Commonwealth should get back onto an even keel,’ he said.

Mr Palmer said it was ‘astounding’ the premier and his ministers continued to publicly comment on a matter that was before the court.

‘They need to respect the court’s independence and as officers of the court, they need to take these responsibilities seriously,” he said in a statement.

WA recorded no new virus cases on Monday, leaving the state with six active cases.

The premier announced $319 million in new funding for upgrades at 63 public schools across the state, the latest in a series of stimulus measures.

‘These are extraordinary times and we have to use our financial capacity to get people back to work,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘We’ve got to get a pipeline of investment now. We can’t wait till later.’

Powered by: Daily Mail

Australia

Monica Lewinsky reveals armed men tried to carjack her in 2011, sending her into ‘years of therapy’

Published

on

By

monica lewinsky reveals armed men tried to carjack her in 2011 sending her into years of therapy

Monica Lewinsky has revealed that a group of armed men tried to carjack her in 2011, sending her into an emotional crisis that required years of therapy.  

Lewinsky, who became a household name in the 90s after her affair with Bill Clinton almost cost him his presidency, opened up about the traumatic experience in a personal essay for Vanity Fair on Thursday.

Nine years later, the 47-year-old said she’s come to see The Gun Incident, as she calls it, as a metaphor for the coronavirus pandemic because Americans have spent months ‘threatened with death and disruption’. 

Lewinsky said that she never would have made it through that dark period in her life without counseling – and she doesn’t believe that people will make it through the current health crisis without access to help as well.  

She is now calling for the federal government to establish a ‘mental health czar’ on the same level as Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the US response to COVID-19, to help the country cope with the lasting effects of the pandemic in the years to come. 

Monica Lewinsky (pictured) revealed that she underwent years of therapy after a group of armed men tried to carjack her in 2011 in a personal essay for Vanity Fair on Thursday

Monica Lewinsky (pictured) revealed that she underwent years of therapy after a group of armed men tried to carjack her in 2011 in a personal essay for Vanity Fair on Thursday

Monica Lewinsky (pictured) revealed that she underwent years of therapy after a group of armed men tried to carjack her in 2011 in a personal essay for Vanity Fair on Thursday

Lewinsky is calling for the federal government to establish a 'mental health czar' on the same level as Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the US response to COVID-19

Lewinsky is calling for the federal government to establish a 'mental health czar' on the same level as Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the US response to COVID-19

Lewinsky is calling for the federal government to establish a ‘mental health czar’ on the same level as Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the US response to COVID-19

Lewinsky opened her essay by recounting the attempted carjacking, which she said took place at around 10.30pm on March 10, 2011, in Los Angeles. 

She was talking on the phone with a friend while driving home from a Meshell Ndegeocello concert when she decided to pull over onto a residential street a few blocks from her apartment ‘to focus on our conversation’. 

‘It must be safe here,’ she thought to herself, noting that the street was well-lit and there was a man walking by with his dogs. 

About five minutes later she heard voices but figured it was just people arriving home. A bright light reflected off of her side mirror for a moment before cutting off as a man appeared at her door.  

‘I assume he wants directions, but I am alone, and it is nighttime,’ she wrote. ‘As I am about to shoo him away, I look up into his face. It is then I see a menacing look about him, and as I glance away I notice something – he is gripping a gun, brandished at his waist. 

‘I am looking straight down the barrel of A Gun. I feel pure terror. Panic courses through my veins, and “what if I die” thoughts rumble through my head. I duck and brace to hear a gunshot, imagining next: I’ll be shot in the back. But for my own heartbeat, it’s silent, like the moment before an avalanche. 

‘And then, “Get out of the car, bitch!”‘

Suddenly a second person started yanking on Lewinsky’s locked passenger side door. 

‘There are voices—plural. I understand that this is a group—with a gun. This jolts me into survival mode,’ she wrote.

‘I jam my Prius into drive, gun the accelerator, and move forward with my head down. Tires squealing. Praying there are no cars parked in front of me. I speed away in horror.’ 

Lewinsky is pictured in 2013 when she was still reeling from the attempted carjacking

Lewinsky is pictured in 2013 when she was still reeling from the attempted carjacking

Lewinsky is pictured in 2013 when she was still reeling from the attempted carjacking 

While Lewinsky successfully fled from her attackers, the nightmare didn’t end there. 

In the following weeks she said she found herself completely off-kilter, unable to make rational decisions and constantly paranoid about the smallest sounds around her.  

‘What I used to tell myself was “Oh, just the upstairs neighbor,” becomes, “Maybe someone is in the apartment?”‘ she wrote. ‘In situations like these, the heuristics we use to discern danger become obsolete. How can I learn to trust the world again?’

Lewinsky said she’s been in therapy for years, but that she had to increase her counseling substantially after that night.  

‘The trauma required someone to walk me through both the shock and terror of a potentially deadly experience: an expert who could help me begin to navigate a new normal,’ she wrote.

33865404 8794819 image a 47 1601566657641

33865404 8794819 image a 47 1601566657641

‘In an instant, I had entered a world that would never be the same for me again, and yet, yet, I also wanted to be able to move into this new world—and function. There was anxiety, depression, and fear.’

Lewinsky then explained why she chose to speak out about that experience now nearly a decade later, writing: ‘What if I told you that for me, The Gun Incident (as it lives in my brain) has become a metaphor for what’s transpired for all of us this past year—since we’ve been threatened with death and disruption brought on by the coronavirus? 

‘Lately, I have asked myself this question: Could I have moved forward from that moment without any assistance with my mental health and state of well-being? Probably. 

‘But having had that help—that guidance—made a world of difference in metabolizing the trauma of the experience and navigating a new terrain.’

Lewinsky said that she never would have made it through the trauma of the attempted carjacking without counseling - and she doesn't believe that people will make it through the current health crisis without access to help as well

Lewinsky said that she never would have made it through the trauma of the attempted carjacking without counseling - and she doesn't believe that people will make it through the current health crisis without access to help as well

Lewinsky said that she never would have made it through the trauma of the attempted carjacking without counseling – and she doesn’t believe that people will make it through the current health crisis without access to help as well 

She then broke down a number of ways in which the pandemic has upended American life – forcing people indoors and isolating them from friends and relatives for months before everyone started easing back into a new normal.  

‘How do we step out into this new world—emotionally? What about the mental health costs of the underlying anxiety of the times?’ she asked.  

‘There’s an authority figure and voice that has been missing from the COVID-19 conversation since day one: a mental health commissioner or czar. In other words, a mental health version of Anthony Fauci.’ 

Lewinsky outlined her proposal for an authoritative expert who could brief the American people on ‘what is normal to feel in a global pandemic?’

She questioned how different the crisis would have been if such a position had been made at the start of the pandemic so that mental health was given as much attention as physical health.  

‘I’m not suggesting that since the beginning of the crisis no one has mentioned a blip about our emotional states,’ she wrote. ‘What I’m suggesting, instead, is that the administration has overlooked a dire need—and that decision is a reflection of our values and priorities in this country.’

But Lewinsky insisted that its not to late to rectify the situation, as the pandemic’s effects on mental health will likely last for years, so there’s still time to bring someone in to address them. 

Read Lewinsky’s full essay here. 

33865382 8794819 image a 44 1601566591717

33865382 8794819 image a 44 1601566591717

33865386 8794819 image a 45 1601566595451

33865386 8794819 image a 45 1601566595451

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Australia

McDonald’s DITCHES Angus Australia’s certification for its beef

Published

on

By

mcdonalds ditches angus australias certification for its beef

McDonald’s has ditched Angus Australia’s certification program, causing concerns burger lovers may not be getting bang for their buck.

The fast food giant celebrated 11 years since the launch of the McDonald’s Angus burger range on August 25 this year. 

The beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd. 

Angus Australia said their verification set ‘an important benchmark’ in the fast food sector, which ensured customers buying a McDonald’s Angus burger ‘were getting what they paid for and were consuming genuine Angus beef’.

McDonald's has ditched Angus Australia's certification program and will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process

McDonald's has ditched Angus Australia's certification program and will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process

McDonald’s has ditched Angus Australia’s certification program and will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process

But on September 30 – and more than a decade after a ‘mutual’ relationship – McDonald’s terminated the verification process.

Angus Australia said they were ‘disappointed’ to make the announcement. 

Angus Australia’s Commercial Supply Chain Manager, Liz Pearson said: ‘Whilst we understand that McDonald’s will continue to offer the Angus burger range, Angus Australia will unfortunately no longer be involved in the verification of the integrity of the breed claim for this range.’

‘To that end, Angus Australia can no longer provide assurances that the beef in these burgers is actually Angus.’

Ms Pearson thanked McDonald’s for their ‘confidence’ in the Angus breed and for taking the brand to ‘new heights’.   

‘It is rare for a corporation like McDonald’s to have a partnership with an industry organisation such as has been achieved with Angus Australia,’ she said. 

For the past 11 years, the beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd (stock image)

For the past 11 years, the beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd (stock image)

For the past 11 years, the beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd (stock image)

‘We look forward to new opportunities to collaborate with industry influencers for the benefit of consumers and Angus breeders alike.’

McDonald’s will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process. 

The fast food giant said it will still ‘support the ongoing promotion and development of Angus beef in Australia and New Zealand’, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

The move will allow McDonald’s to ‘continue to source large volumes of high-quality Angus beef for its Australian and New Zealand Restaurants.’

On September 30 - and more than a decade after a 'mutual' relationship - McDonald's terminated the verification process. Angus Australia said they were 'disappointed' to make the announcement (stock image)

On September 30 - and more than a decade after a 'mutual' relationship - McDonald's terminated the verification process. Angus Australia said they were 'disappointed' to make the announcement (stock image)

On September 30 – and more than a decade after a ‘mutual’ relationship – McDonald’s terminated the verification process. Angus Australia said they were ‘disappointed’ to make the announcement (stock image)

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Australia

SARAH VINE: Prince Harry is so busy polishing his halo all he can see is his reflection 

Published

on

By

sarah vine prince harry is so busy polishing his halo all he can see is his reflection

For someone such as myself who has never experienced racism, I think it’s almost impossible to truly comprehend the level of abuse that people of colour endure.

I’ve glimpsed it occasionally secondhand, but until it happens to you or someone you love, the depth of damage it causes can never be truly understood.

Prejudice in all forms is wicked, and racial prejudice is perhaps the most wicked and knuckle-dragging form of all.

There is no question that it exists, and that even in a progressive, multicultural society such as Britain it still rears its ugly head.

Far from making me want to take up my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me want to stick pins in my eyes. If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt differently

Far from making me want to take up my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me want to stick pins in my eyes. If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt differently

Far from making me want to take up my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me want to stick pins in my eyes. If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt differently

There is also no question that it must not be tolerated, either in institutions or in individuals. That, for me — as for most people — is simply non-negotiable.

People should be judged by their actions, not the colour of their skin. It’s not just what’s right, it’s what makes sense — after all, hate only breeds more hate.

So I have no problem whatsoever with the principle of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s latest foray into politics.

In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s a noble cause. What’s not to like about speaking out against prejudice, and lending support to Black History Month, which each year aims to provide a platform for positive discussion?

And what could possibly be wrong with championing Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) trailblazers, men and women who are leaders in their fields and an example to us all?

Why is it, then, that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so intensely irritating, shallow and self-serving? Could it perhaps be the sight, yet again, of the pair lecturing the world about poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige hues of their £11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, it’s them. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018

Why is it, then, that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so intensely irritating, shallow and self-serving? Could it perhaps be the sight, yet again, of the pair lecturing the world about poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige hues of their £11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, it’s them. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018

Why is it, then, that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so intensely irritating, shallow and self-serving? Could it perhaps be the sight, yet again, of the pair lecturing the world about poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige hues of their £11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, it’s them. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018

The answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. So why is it, then, that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so intensely irritating, shallow and self-serving?

Could it perhaps be the sight, yet again, of the pair lecturing the world about poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige hues of their £11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, it’s them.

Or could it be the way they blithely dismiss Britain, one of the most tolerant liberal democracies on the planet, as suffering from ‘structural racism’?

Or maybe it’s just the fact that I have finally grown weary of being told what to do and think by a Prince who, far from demonstrating a desire to fight to make Britain a better place and stand up for the things he claims so passionately to believe in, has chosen to reject the nation that gave him every conceivable advantage in favour of one that offers him the opportunity to capitalise on his royal status to the tune of many millions.

A once honourable man who stood side by side with his fellow citizens but who, of late, seems to run as fast as he can from the slightest challenge; who cannot accept any divergence from his own point of view; who behaves like a petulant child when challenged; and who refuses to accept any compromise when it comes to his not inconsiderable demands.

Someone who wants to cast himself as the champion of the disadvantaged and forgotten, a man of the people, a brave warrior for the truth — but one who exiles himself in glorious splendour in one of the most exclusive gated communities in one of the most rarefied parts of America.

Far from making me want to take up my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me want to stick pins in my eyes.

If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt differently. After all, she is a woman of colour. She has actual experience of these things. So she has every right to speak out about them.

Harry, by contrast, is driven by the evangelical fervour of the repentant sinner. Because, let’s not forget, this is a person who not so long ago thought it was funny to dress up as a Nazi.

I am happy for his sake, of course, that he has experienced such a positive ‘awakening’. But does he have to shove it down all our throats all of the time?

Meghan and Harry urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election, with Meghan calling it 'the most important election of our lifetime', in a video that was widely seen as a swipe at President Trump

Meghan and Harry urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election, with Meghan calling it 'the most important election of our lifetime', in a video that was widely seen as a swipe at President Trump

Meghan and Harry urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election, with Meghan calling it ‘the most important election of our lifetime’, in a video that was widely seen as a swipe at President Trump

Yet what irritates me most about this latest intervention is that, in their eagerness to show support for this most fashionable of causes, they’ve failed to acknowledge the wider suffering happening across Britain today: coronavirus, which affects every one of us, regardless of colour.

There was not even a whisper of concern or empathy for those whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by this awful pandemic (one which, of course, has not troubled either of them the slightest in their ivory tower).

I can understand it from Meghan. After all, she never really took to us. But for Harry to demonstrate such thoughtlessness with respect to his fellow countrymen and women is deeply sad.

So, yes, Black History Month is an important event in the cultural calendar. And, yes, we all of us recognise the importance of building a more equal and fair society.

But if we want help and inspiration as to how to overcome such hardships, I think we can do rather better than a Prince who has turned his back on his country, his Queen and his family — and who is so busy polishing his halo that all he can seem to see is his own reflection.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.