Nicolette Fraillon was told she couldn’t be a conductor ‘because I was a woman’

Australian conductor Nicolette Fraillon says sexism is still an issue within the classical music scene. Fraillon was the first woman in the world to conduct a ballet orchestra, and until December was the Australian Ballet’s chief conductor, a role she held for two decades. Today, female conductors are still the exception. “I think it’s improving, … Read more

China Is Still The Biggest Driver Of Oil Prices

Oil prices settled on Thursday at their highest level since December 1 as the market is turning bullish on China’s oil demand this year. The Chinese reopening is set to drive oil demand growth and push oil higher if most of the developed economies manage to avoid recessions, analysts say. China likely accelerated the pace … Read more

Former judge labels Mark McGowan’s comments on Banksia Hill Detention Center ‘seriously misleading’

WA Premier Mark McGowan’s comments on youth crime are a political strategy to distract from the unlawful treatment of children in the state’s youth justice facility, according to a former president of the WA Children’s Court. Key points: The Premier says many Banksia Hill detainees have committed serious crimes But Denis Reynolds says this does … Read more

Jaya Hunn uses passion for plant and animal conservation to win 2022 Landcare Junior photography competition

Jaya Hunn was at home sick when he learned his picture of a sundew plant had won a national photography competition hosted by Landcare Australia. The 11-year-old Canberra boy’s passion for conservation and plant life was recognized for the image of the plant glistening with dew at Umbagong District Park in Canberra’s north. It was … Read more

Prince Harry left the RAF base on ‘urgent business’ when drug testers arrived unannounced – claims

Prince Harry makes an explosive claim that he was attacked by his brother Prince William in his new memoir ‘Spare’. AP Prince Harry was allowed to leave his Apache helicopter base on ‘urgent palace business’ when it was put on lockdown for a spot drug test, it has been claimed. RAF Wittisham in Suffolk was … Read more

Shanghai doctor says majority of city’s 25 million residents may have been infected with COVID-19 as China battles Omicron wave

A senior doctor at one of Shanghai’s top hospitals says 70 percent of the megacity’s population may have already been infected with COVID-19 during China’s huge surge in cases, state media are reporting. Key points: Chen Erzhen says his hospital in Shanghai sees 1,600 emergency admissions daily, with 80 percent of COVID-19 patients Chinese officials … Read more

Australia and China both gave up on COVID-zero just as an Omicron outbreak hit. Here’s why the situation is so much worse for Beijing

After hearing how scary COVID-19 was for almost three years, 25-year-old Karen Huang felt “a little bit relieved” when she tested positive for the virus in mid-December. “Just like others, I had been wondering when it would be my turn to get COVID,” said Ms. Huang from Guangzhou. Only a week before her infection, China … Read more

Australia and China both gave up on COVID-zero just as an Omicron outbreak hit. Here’s why the situation is so much worse for Beijing

After hearing how scary COVID-19 was for almost three years, 25-year-old Karen Huang felt “a little bit relieved” when she tested positive for the virus in mid-December. “Just like others, I had been wondering when it would be my turn to get COVID,” said Ms. Huang from Guangzhou. Only a week before her infection, China … Read more

China pushes vaccines as retreat from ‘zero-COVID’ turns messy

China is racing to vaccinate its most vulnerable, with some analysts expecting the country’s COVID-19 death toll to soar after it eased strict controls that had kept the pandemic at bay for three years. Key points: The pivot away from China’s “zero-COVID” policy followed widespread protests Infections were exploding in China before the government’s decision … Read more

China’s healthcare system put to the test as COVID-19 curbs fade

When Li tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Baoding in northern China, he expected to be quarantined for five days at a makeshift local hospital as part of the country’s strict pandemic controls. Instead, China the next day abruptly relaxed the policy that has made the world’s most populous country an outlier in a … Read more