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The Loop: First reported death out of Tonga, Kanye West criticised by animal rights group and Ash Barty’s easy win
Good morning, it's Tuesday, January 18. Here's what you need to get going today.
One thing to know right now: The first reported death in Tonga following volcano eruption and tsunami Angela Glover was known for her work helping dogs in Tonga.(Supplied: Angela Glover)
The body of a British woman who was swept away in Tonga's tsunami has been found, according to her brother.
Angela Glover, 50, is the first known death in Tonga following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday, which triggered a tsunami which was felt around the world.
Ms Glover's brother Nick Eleini, who lives in Sydney, said the family was "devastated" by the loss.
"She loved her life — both when she was working in London and then she achieved her life's dream of going to work in the south Pacific," Mr Eleini said.
Ms Glover moved to Tonga with her husband, James, where she started the Tonga Animal Welfare Society.
One thing you'll be hearing about today: Australian Open wins and losses Ash Barty had reason to smile after beating Lesia Tsurenko in the first round.(Getty Images: Cameron Spencer)
Australians Ash Barty and John Millman tasted success on the opening night of action at the Australian Open.
Barty beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-0, 6-1 in less than an hour, while Millman beat Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez in four sets.
Fellow Australians Ajla Tomljanovic and Thanasi Kokkinakis both lost their opening matches in straight sets.
News while you snoozed
- Novak Djokovic has arrived home in Serbia to be greeted by fans, hoards of international media, and warnings from France about his participation in the French Open
- A suspected drone attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels near Abu Dhabi has caused three fuel trucks to explode, killing three people
- Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has returned to Ukraine to face court on treason charges he says are politically motivated
- An earthquake has rocked western Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes
What Australia is searching for online
- Cradle Mountain– The term was trending on Twitter after ABC Back Roads posted about their upcoming episode
- PETA and Kanye West– People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has criticised US rappers Kanye West (also known as Ye) and The Game for using an image of a skinned monkey to promote the pair's new song
- ACCC– In case you missed it yesterday, the national competition watchdog is referring some reports of significant price hikes on COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to the Australian Federal Police
One more thing: Can you catch COVID twice? More and more Australians have now had COVID-19. But that doesn't mean they'll never catch it again. (Pexels: Pixabay)
Well, infections, like vaccinations, help your body create antibodies that fend off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This immunity is most powerful immediately following an illness, when the cellular memory of the infection and neutralising antibodies are at their strongest.
"Someone who has been vaccinated previously and then gets an Omicron infection effectively gets their immunity 'boosted' by infection in a similar way to a third dose of vaccine," says Professor Miles Davenport, who leads the Kirby Institute's Infection Analytics Program.
Mary-Louise McLaws, who advises the World Health Organization on COVID-19, says it's quite safe to assume you won't be reinfected with any variant within three months of recovery.
This is because neutralising antibodies are at their highest during that period, before beginning to wane. "With Omicron and Delta, we're probably not going to have our antibodies forever," she says.
We'll back later tonight with a wrap of today's news.
We’ve all seen photos of the iconic Wineglass Bay, the boat shed at Cradle Mountain or the Neck Lookout on Bruny Island.
Tassie is the place to be this summer, and popular spots can get a little crowded.
It’s a big island, so here are some lesser-known day trips that veer away from the tourist trail, leaving you to take in the scenery in peace.
The Big Tree and Dip Falls
Tasmania has hundreds of waterfalls to chase, but if you find yourself between Wynyard and Stanley in the north-west, Dip Falls is worth a look.
A humble sign on the Bass Highway alerts you to the turnoff to Dip Falls, so keep an eye out.
A mostly sealed road winds through rich farmland and bush until it reaches the falls.
There are multiple viewing areas for all ages and abilities, including stairs that take you right to the bottom of the falls, and another platform at the top.
The bonus is that just five minutes away is the Mawbanna Big Tree, with a circumference of 17 metres.
The spot is a favourite of Launceston’s Sam Woodward.
“I enjoy Dip Falls and Mawbanna because of its unique remoteness and stunning scenery, which is best seen after it’s been raining, and the bloody huge tree which [is] well worth seeing as it’s enormous and has survived for so long,” he said.
Duck Hole Lake
Duck Hole Lake near Hastings is a tranquil oasis in Tasmania’s south.
The 1.5-hour return walk is for all abilities, and weaves through stunning forest, following an old saw mill tramway.
At the end of the walk you reach a still lake perfect for a picnic, and the stunning forest is reflected on the water.
Duck Hole Lake is also an excuse to visit the quaint seaside town of Dover.
Ringarooma and Mt Victoria Regional Reserve
The iconic Blue Derby trails in Derby get enough of the limelight, so why not say you’ve been to Ringarooma and climbed a mountain?
There are several options in the area such as Ralph Falls, one of Tasmania’s highest falls, which has received accolades as a great short walk.
If you’re up for something more challenging, Mt Victoria is a prominent north-east peak, which can be done in three to four hours.
Launceston photographer Scott Gelston enjoyed the view from the top.
“In terms of the exercise, Mount Victoria is not that different to climbing Cradle Mountain, but you have the place to yourself,” he said.
The walks can be accessed via Ringarooma, or through Pyengana, north of St Helens.
Spotted crake? Bald-headed coot? Get your twitch on and head to the Tamar Island Wetlands, where you’re in for a chance to see 60 different types of birds.
An impressive visitor centre tells you everything you need to know about the local bird life.
There are binoculars to borrow from the visitor centre to see what you can spot.
The boardwalk takes you through thick reeds to the Bird Hide and further on to Tamar Island.
The charming little island was once farmed, and old machinery has been eaten up by trees.
There are barbecue facilities and picnic tables to take in the island’s peaceful offerings.
The Coal Mines
Everyone’s heard of Port Arthur and its spooky history, but another important convict site is arguably just as beautiful, and you’ll skip the crowds.
The Coal Mines Site is free, and situated on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Bay at Saltwater River.
You can walk among old solitary confinement cells and barracks.
There is a pleasant loop that includes a walk on the beach.
Water-washed coal can still be found on the beach, and it is easy to picture hardened convicts working in the mines almost 200 years ago.
The Trowutta Arch
Where’s that? I hear you ask.
The arch is a stunning geological feature at the end of a magical rainforest, but the journey there is just as interesting.
The walk is less than an hour return, and suitable for all ages.
To get to the arch you’ll need to take a road trip past some of the state’s biggest dairy farms as well as logging coupes, using the Tarkine Drive.
It’s a 45-minute drive from Stanley via Irishtown and Edith Creek, so fuelling up beforehand on the local fish and chips fresh off the boat is recommended.
St Patrick’s Head
For a 360-degree view of the Fingal Valley and east coast, St Patrick’s Head is a challenge worth taking on.
The track is accessed near the small town of St Mary’s.
ABC Radio Hobart’s Lucy Breaden recently climbed the summit.
“We made the trek to the top of St Patrick’s Head a few months ago and we were blown away by the view, when we finally reached the top,” she said.
“It’s a three-hour return trip but it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted — it was quite a steep walk to the summit and can be dangerous if you lose your footing.
“We only spotted one other couple during the entire walk, so it’s safe to say it’s yet to be discovered.”
On a fine day, the Hartz Mountains National Park looks out onto some of Tasmania’s most wild and remote scenery.
On a cloudy day, not so much — but you’ll still enjoy stunning glacial lakes and alpine vegetation.
Don’t be put off by the word ‘mountain’. Hartz Peak is doable by most, and if you’re not up for a climb there are several other pleasant short walks.
The park is 84 kilometres south-west of Hobart, and close to Geeveston for snacks and supplies.
For a walk really off the beaten track, it’s hard to go past Montezuma Falls near Rosebery.
The walk is three hours return through thick rainforest, which follows an old mining railway.
If you’re afraid of heights, take the swinging suspension bridge only if you dare.
A viewing platform gets you up close and personal with the falls, which are an impressive 104 metres high.
Dora Point to Skeleton Bay
If you want to share remote beaches with only a hooded plover, the coastal track between Dora Point and Skeleton Bay on Tasmania’s east coast is a must.
The walk can be started from either end of the track, which weaves along pristine coves and orange lichen-covered rocks.
With dozens of little beaches along the way, chances are you’ll have one all to yourself.
If you’re up for a longer walk, the Humbug Point Loop is about 10 kilometres.