NT chief minister says Omicron ‘too contagious’ for lockdowns to work as nation records at least 88 Covid deaths

Welcome to Sunday.

Before getting to the heart of the matter, I want to say hello to everyone, but above all Ash Barty– who became the first local to win the Australian Open singles title in 40 years.

Of active players, only Barty and the sport’s four “GOATs” – the greatest contenders of all time – Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have trapped majors on clay, grass and hard courts.

“I feel very humbled to be in such a select group,” Barty said the day after their 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win over Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.

“To be honest, I don’t really feel like I belong to these champions of our sport.

“There is still work to be done, no doubt. I’m still learning a lot and trying to refine my craft and trying to learn every day to get better and better.

Backing up this amazing win was Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis who beat Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell win the men’s doubles final.

In non-tennis news, more than a million rapid antigen tests are being delivered to schools in NSW, according to the Australian.

More than 3,000 schools and 5,000 child care centers had already received their tests, NSW Premier Dominique Perrotet noted.

The Federal Department of Health has detected a “very low number” of cases of the BA.2 subvariant known widely as “Omicron’s son” in more states and territories.

The subvariant has been detected in over 40 countries and is feared to be more contagious than Omicron.

In politics, prime minister Scott Morrison revived the debate on border security by issue stern vaccination warning to US rap star Kanye West.

The 22-time Grammy winner has planned a tour of Australian stadiums in March, but is widely known for his anti-immunization stance and has yet to say whether he is vaccinated or not.

“The rules are you have to be fully vaccinated,” Morrison told reporters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

“These are the rules. They apply to everyone, as people have seen recently.

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Kanye West (right) and Julia Fox. Photography: JM Haedrich/SIPA/Rex/Shutterstock

And women may hold the key to getting insecure men to try eating less meat, according to a new study on vegan food.

Men who view meat consumption as central to their masculinity are a particularly tough market for vegan dishes, and according to recent research, women may be the answer to broadening their horizons.

While they feared their friends would laugh at them for eating a vegan burger or showing up to a barbecue with a round of plant-based patties, if their girlfriend took them to a vegan restaurant, those fears were dissipating.

“It was very interesting the importance of romantic relationships, some of the men were saying ‘if she likes it, I will’. There’s a lot of soft power in deciding what kind of food men would choose,” said said the Curtin University sustainability professor. Dora Marinova said AAP.

Let’s go!

With Australian Associated Press.

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