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Russ – Live From The Villa Lyrics



Never throwin’ in the towel, I just use it to wipe the sweat off
And get back in the ring and knock your head off, I’m well off
But I redistribute like a socialist
You get a house, you get a car, I’m on some Oprah shit
And could you focus if your parents goin’ through it?
And you tryna make a hit to save ’em in the other room
It’s pressure that’s gon’ either make you pop or make you pop
My mama cried a lot, I made it stop, we on a yacht
She always gives me game, gives me gems I don’t question
Like give without remembering, receive without forgetting
Disarm ’em with your charm, use your kindness as a weapon
Everyone you meet, be a blessing, not a lesson
Okay, I got you
So many women that my new girl is old news
‘Cause I need more than eye candy, I need soul food
Until then, I’m just slangin’ it
I got your women upside down doin’ stranger things
I see a lot of skeptics, lot of doubters, but I’m smart
I know that y’all are really just dreamers with broken hearts
Feelin’ inadequate, that’s why you doin’ so much talkin’
‘Cause the path that I been blazin’, you’re incapable of walkin’
Y’all be goin’ nowhere fast, here’s some advice you should heed
Directions way more important than speed
This is Singapore suites, Jerry Springer war freaks
In the meeting with Epic, I sat in Sickamore’s seat
That was 2016, though, now I need Rob Stringer’s job
CEO of the whole shit, I’m on some boss shit

Every office I walk in knows this, it’s unspoken, yeah
Artists are martyrs, you want us to feel the pain
So that we can make a song that make y’all say that you relate
At the cost of our mental health, though, that’s a sacrifice
Money doesn’t change you, it just magnifies
If you have a vice, it’s just maximized
I’m either gettin’ p*ssy or makin’ hits, the only shit that cures my appetite
But I get hungry often, I got my twenties poppin’
Smokin’ Moroccan hash, makin’ a lot of cash
While all these dummies comment
‘Bout how they’d do it if they were in my position
But you’re not, you’re mediocre, and you lack the ambition
Plus you lack the persistence, not to mention the intrinsic
Motivation that it takes to even chase after a vision
That only you can see, that only you believe
So watch your tone, you’re not even you enough to f*ck with me
Don’t come for me, it’s Russ, bitch
Anybody real always f*cks with me, it’s up, bitch
I ain’t goin’ nowhere, y’all are stuck with me
Livin’ the dream was worth the chase
Just bought my mom a Rolex and it’s got the purple face
That’s her favorite color, this been her favorite summer
No girls compare, that’s why I still don’t got a baby mother

Ride with me, ride with me
I let you know if I even, I believe
Do anything but lie to me, lie to me
I wanna feel you fly with me, fly with me

Little Jack Melody & His Young Turks – Buccaneer Days Lyrics

There’s a ship in the harbor
Over there with a flag
Every tar is a captain
Every last scalawag
Skull and crossbones, Jolly Roger
We are hyenas of the sea
Looking out for number two
It’s a living, piracy

From Suez to Majorca
From Peru to Madrid
We absorbed and we pillaged
When it doubt, we outdid
All the booty, all the riches
Truffling with our caviar
Hollow-legged, hollow-hearted
That’s the way we pirates are

Yo ho ho and I want some more
Yo ho ho, arr arr arr

Shiny objects from Singapore
Yo ho ho, arr arr arr
Some of those and some more of these
Yo ho ho, arr arr arr
We don’t ask and we don’t say please, no
Yo ho ho, arr arr arr
More, more, more, more, more

Look how low in the water
Loaded down, plundered stuff
Feast your eyes, acquisitions
Yet it’s not quite enough
There’s a monster always grumbling
And the monster must be fed
And the monster’s never sated
And the ocean’s always red

ASX falls as COVID-19 relief rally fizzles out


The Australian share market has closed lower after a volatile session, with the major bank stocks leading the falls

Key points:

  • The ASX 200 ended 0.9 per cent weaker after a volatile session
  • The Australian dollar slipped to 61.25 US cents
  • The Dow Jones wiped out its 900-point surge after oil prices dropped in afternoon trade

At its worst, the ASX 200 dropped as low as 2.5 per cent after a massive rally overseas, which was sparked by hopes of slowing the coronavirus infection curve, fizzled out.

The benchmark index recovered in mid-afternoon trade before retreating again, to finish 0.9 per cent lower at 5,206 points.

The big four banks were a drag on the broader market, with shares in ANZ (-4.9pc), Commonwealth Bank (-3.3pc), NAB (-4.8pc) and Westpac (-5.3pc) all tumbling.

The stocks fell after the financial regulator wrote letters to banks and insurers, asking them to reconsider their need to pay dividends during the pandemic.

Westpac said it had not made a decision yet but would do so on May 4, when its first-half results are released.

BoQ profit dives

Bank of Queensland has confirmed it will defer paying dividends to its shareholders until “the economic outlook is clearer”, citing the “significant disruption caused by COVID-19”.

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This led to a 2.1 per cent slide in the bank’s share price.

The regional lender was also influenced by a letter from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), urging all banks and insurers to “seriously” consider the “deferment of dividends” and “limit discretionary capital distributions in the months ahead”.

It also reported a 40 per cent slump in statutory first-half profit (to $93 million), and its cash earnings after tax dropped by 10 per cent (to $151 million).

BoQ chairman Patrick Allaway said the bank understood the impact of its decision on shareholders but said following APRA’s guidance was a prudent step.

The bank’s revenue was flat at $545 million for the six months to the end of February, while expenses soared 31 per cent to $377 million.

Australia and its banks downgraded to ‘negative’

The Australian dollar has slipped to 61.25 US cents, from its overnight high of 62 cents.

RBA slashes interest rates to 0.25pc
The Reserve Bank cuts interest rates to a record low and announces a quantitative easing program for the first time in its history to help prevent a coronavirus-driven recession.

This was after the Australian economy’s “AAA” credit rating outlook was downgraded to “negative” by S&P Global Ratings.

S&P expects the nation to plunge into recession for the first time in almost 30 years.

It also said there had been a “substantial deterioration” of the Government’s “fiscal headroom” due to its massive debt burden, resulting from its coronavirus stimulus packages, which was worth more than $210 billion.

However, another agency, Moody’s, reached the opposite conclusion and rated Australia as “AAA stable” .

Moody’s said this was due to the nation’s “very high economic strength, reflected in its solid and stable growth history, as well as strong growth potential, notwithstanding current challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak”.

Both agencies agreed Australia’s weakness was its high levels of household debt, which could be a problem if there was a significant housing downturn.

Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings downgraded its outlook for Australia’s major banks to “negative”.

Fitch said the big four banks were likely to experience a substantial jump in bad debts as more businesses failed and unemployment spiked amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rio Tinto reveals tax payments

Rio Tinto has disclosed it paid $US7.6 billion ($12.37 billion) worth of tax and royalties across its vast network of global businesses in 2019, including $US4.8 billion in corporate tax.

The overwhelming majority of its taxes were paid in Australia ($US6.2 billion), where the largest part of the miner’s business is located.

It also made significant payments in Chile ($US311 million), Mongolia ($US305m), Canada (US$291m), United States ($US178m), the United Kingdom ($US117m) and South Africa ($US80m), according to the company’s latest “taxes paid” report.

But Rio also revealed the profit from its controversial Singapore marketing hub surged by 73 per cent to $US459 million last year.

Furthermore, it revealed the extent of its latest tax dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

“In March 2020, the ATO issued amended assessments to our company for the 2010 through 2016 calendar years in relation to the pricing of the sale of aluminium between Australia and our Singapore commercial centre,” Rio said in its report.

“The amended assessments are for a total amount of A$86.1m.”

Penfolds may go its own way

Shares in Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) have lifted by 0.5 per cent.

This was after the Melbourne-based company revealed that it wants to spin off its Penfolds wine division as a separately listed company.


Treasury Wine Estates may spin-off its Penfolds wine division into a separate company. (Penfolds: AAP)

The company, which also owns the Beringer and Wolf Blass labels, is struggling with falling demand for its wine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Penfolds accounts for about 10 per cent of the company’s total volume, but more than half of its earnings.

Any decision over whether or not to demerge Penfolds would depend on TWE getting approval from shareholders and regulators, as well as market conditions in light of the virus outbreak.

If a potential demerger proceeds, the company expects it to be finalised by the end of 2021.

Shareholders would then own a share in Penfolds and “New TWE” — the remaining business.

TWE is also looking to downsize its commercial wine business, and has considered selling some of its brands and restructuring its supply chain.

“The retained commercial business will comprise a smaller portfolio of profitable and differentiated brands that will continue to appeal to consumer trends and preferences across key markets,” TWE said.

Wall Street volatility

The local bourse’s volatile performance comes after Wall Street’s rollercoaster session, which saw massive gains at the start before ending with slight losses.

The Dow Jones index finished 26 points (or 0.1 per cent) lower at 22,654, a big comedown from its earlier 900-point surge.

Likewise, the benchmark S&P 500 index posted a 0.2 per cent loss, after surging by as much as 3.5 per cent during the day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell by 0.3 per cent.


The Dow Jones surged by more than 900 points, but wiped out all its gains by the close. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Despite the minor falls, US markets have surged by about 20 per cent in the past fortnight, and global markets have also jumped.

This was mainly due to expectations that many countries would fall into short recessions, followed by fast “V-shaped” economic recoveries, and the decisions by governments and central banks to inject record amounts of stimulus into their economies.

Sentiment was also boosted by early signs that the rate of new COVID-19 infections and deaths may be starting to slow down in the epicentres of New York, Italy and Spain.

But Wall Street is still in a bear market, having fallen by about 20 per cent from the record high it reached in mid-February.

‘Premature’ market rally

Some investors believe markets are getting ahead of themselves given the economic fallout from COVID-19 is widely expected to be worse than the global financial crisis (GFC) more than a decade ago.

Sharp rise in unemployment could trigger house price crash
The spread of coronavirus across Australia could see unemployment reach about 10 per cent and house prices drop 20 per cent, says one economist.

In previous bear markets, including the GFC, markets had surged several times before hitting a new low within months.

“The rally is sentimental and a little premature because if we lift these lockdown measures too soon and try to resume economic activity, we’re going to get a very severe pandemic rebound,” said Indranil Ghosh, chief executive of Tiger Hill Capital in London.

However, US markets lost their steam as oil prices tumbled in the afternoon trading session.

Brent crude plummeted by 3 per cent to $US32 a barrel.

Investors are concerned about an oil oversupply, particularly when demand for jet fuel has plunged amid worldwide travel bans and widespread businesses closures.

These worries are on top of the rising scepticism that Saudi Arabia and Russia can reach a deal to end their self-destructive price war at their Thursday (local time) OPEC+ meeting.

“Reports suggest they are focused on a three-month cut to output, although volumes have not been discussed,” ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett said.

“What is clear is that the US must be involved [and] President Trump said he hasn’t been approached by OPEC yet.

“But following his meeting with oil executives over the weekend, the likelihood of them agreeing to a voluntary cut to output looks unlikely.”

European markets experienced strong gains, particularly London’s FTSE (+2.2pc) and Germany’s DAX (+2.8pc), as they finished trading before the slide in afternoon oil prices.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

Morrison says tens of thousands of jobs could be lost if schools shut


Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists schools will remain open — for now — as governments across the country face increasing heat from parents opposed to the decision.

The ABC understands absenteeism — particularly in affluent areas — is as high as 30 per cent as parents struggle to understand why schools should stay open when social distancing is being encouraged elsewhere.

Mr Morrison said he was following the advice of the Government’s health experts and young people were a low-risk group.

Closing schools would put pressure on health workers to stay at home to look after children, and hurt the economy more broadly, he said.

“The disruption that would occur from closures [of schools] around this country would be severe.

“Let’s keep our heads as parents.

“What do I mean by severe? Tens of thousands of jobs could be lost, if not more,” he said.

“The impact on the availability of health workers — a 30 per cent impact on the availability of health workers.”

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Singapore, China held up as examples

Mr Morrison cited Singapore as a country which had successfully controlled the virus while keeping schools open.

A report from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention examined the impact of school closures overseas and found short-term school closures did not affect the spread of the virus.

“Available modelling data indicate that early, short to medium closures do not impact the epi curve of COVID-19 or available health care measures,” the report said.

“In other countries, those places who closed school (e.g. Hong Kong) have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not (e.g. Singapore).”

The report said longer closures of eight to 20 weeks may have some impact on community spread, but other measures such as handwashing and home isolation had a greater effect.

The same report also mentioned the danger of closing schools, saying it could lead to young people having greater contact with at-risk groups.

Australia’s chief health officer, Brendan Murphy, said there had also been very few cases of coronavirus diagnosed in children in the Chinese province first affected by the outbreak.

“Only 2.4 per cent of the cases reported in Hubei province were in people under 19,” he said.

“Children have very, very few instances of clinical disease and, if they do, of even more severe disease.”

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Minh Le Cong tweets: About schools staying open ..if that is going to continue then at least institute thermal screening of all students beginning and end of day . All febrile are home isolated for 14days . Even Singapore are doing that , if we keep citing them as reason why schools can stay open !

Closing schools ‘takes doctors off frontline’

Australia’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, which runs 80 public and private hospitals, says if schools are closed, they must convert to a childcare service for the children of health care workers.

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) estimates 80 per cent of its staff are women with school-age children.

“Catholic hospitals are willing and able to fight the virus, but our ability to do so will be jeopardised if a large number of nurses and clinical staff are taken off the frontline,” said CHA chief executive Pat Garcia.

“One option might be to, where appropriate, provide resources to ensure the children of health workers can remain supervised by staff at school during school hours — and potentially beyond.”

Norway and Belgium are two countries that have closed their schools to most students, but insisted they remain open as a childcare service for health workers.

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David Caldicott tweets about Norway keeping schools partially open so essential workers can work.

Some parents should keep kids home: expert

Kamalini Lokuge, from the Australian National University’s Research School of Public Health, said people who could take their children out of school should do so, but only if they did not have to leave them with grandparents.

She said this would protect the children of people such as health workers, who needed to send them to school so they could work.

“Our essential workers, our doctors, our nurses, those who supply our food, our electricity — they need to be able to send their kids to school,” Dr Lokuge told a panel discussion hosted by the National Press Club.

“And if we reduce the number of kids in school, we reduce what we call the force of infection in schools — so kids are going to have less contact with other kids, and therefore, there’s less risk of those kids who do need to be in school passing infection on to their family.”

What the experts are saying about coronavirus:

Infectious disease expert Robert Booy, from the University of Sydney, said children were probably contracting coronavirus but it was going unnoticed.

“My suspicion is that they’re actually catching it, but they’re dealing with it so well, they’re having such a mild reaction, that it looks as though they’ve got only a mild cold or no symptoms at all,” Dr Booy said in a video published by the university today.

“Younger children with poor hygiene are most at risk of spreading the virus, but with older children, if they’re washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap, the risk is lessened.

“Certainly they could pass it to someone in their family but I don’t see them as super spreaders.”

Video: What did Singapore and Hong Kong do to control coronavirus?


What about teachers?

Teachers who fall into higher-risk categories are having to make tough decisions about isolating from their families.

Others have criticised a lack of hygiene products on school grounds, which makes department guidance on social distancing difficult to carry out.

“Schools have been told to implement a range of social distancing measures, which include keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between persons and minimising physical contact where possible,” NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos said.

“However, the design of many of our schools and the size of our classrooms make this impossible.

“The overcrowding of some schools also makes this impossible beyond the classroom.

“This is further amplified on wet days when children and their teachers have to remain indoors.”

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Michael Tam tweets: Yes, don't quote Singapore as an example unless you understand the contexts! Singapore also doesn't have exponential growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases, something that we do have in Australia.

School holidays could be extended

The federal and state governments have been discussing starting the Easter holidays a week early.

The ABC understands plans were well advanced but have been delayed after last night’s national cabinet meeting.

A sharp rise in infections could see it back on the table.

Governments believe it is a sensible compromise that will avoid a more drastic shutdown.

The Government has made clear that if schools closed now it would likely be for six months.

In practice, that could mean many students needing to repeat their entire year of schooling.

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Peter Collignon tweets: My interpretation of this modelling is that closing schools will be the least effective intervention to prevent deaths from coronavirus compared to other options. But will have major social and economic costs and interfere with best delivery of many essential services eg health

Aside from a relatively small number of independent schools, the Catholic, independent and public school sectors had all been in support of keeping schools open.

That changed yesterday when Catholic Schools Sydney — which represents 150 schools —broke ranks and called for school closures.

Since then, others in the sector had done the same.

The ABC understands the Catholic education sector had, behind closed doors, been pushing strongly for its schools to be shut.

That had put extra pressure on government, and has been viewed as unhelpful by other school sectors following government advice.

This afternoon, National Catholic Education Commission executive director Jacinta Collins said Catholic schools would adhere to the Australian Government’s advice to remain operational.

“While there is significant concern and debate regarding school closures in Australia to minimise the spread of COVID-19, it is our view that the government and public health authorities are in the best position to determine whether schools should remain open and we will adhere to this advice.”

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The Prime Minister stressed all the states were unified.

“The health advice here, supported by all the premiers, all the chief ministers and my Government is that schools should remain open,” he said.

Professor Murphy said the virus affected children quite differently to influenza and other respiratory diseases, which could be quite severe in children.

He said, however, that it was not known whether children could spread the illness without showing symptoms, so schools needed to be made as safe as possible.

Sick children and teachers should not attend, large assemblies and other gatherings should be limited, and good hand hygiene should be enforced, he said.

Your questions on coronavirus answered:

Video: Question of whether to close schools divides medical experts

(ABC News)

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

Should I cancel my travel plans because of coronavirus?


As international efforts to contain coronavirus intensify, holidaymakers are being forced to navigate flight disruptions, city lockdowns, travel bans and quarantine rules.

It’s prompted many Australians to wonder whether it’s wise to travel, and what to look out for if they do.

Here’s what you need to know.

What’s happening with flights?

Airlines are cutting back their flight schedules in response to falling demand — especially for flights in the Asian region.

So you may have to factor in changes to your arrival and departure times, as well as delays caused by virus screening at airports.

In general, it’s a good idea to check directly with your airline if your flight is still departing as scheduled.

Below are some of the changes you may have to contend with if you’re flying Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin or Tigerair:

  • Qantas and Jetstar have cut back their flights to China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Sydney-to-Shanghai Qantas route has been suspended. But Qantas long-haul flights to the US and UK haven’t been affected so far
  • Jetstar Australia flights to mainland China have been suspended, while its airlines in Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam have stopped flights to China and are also reducing their flights across the region
  • Virgin has cut back its flights to holiday destinations, while Tigerair and Virgin have stopped flying to Hong Kong
  • Tiger also quit flying several domestic routes, including Adelaide-Sydney, Sydney-Cairns, and Hobart-Gold Coast, noting coronavirus has had a “weakening effect” on domestic, as well as international, demand

For anyone planning to fly with these airlines domestically, flight schedules within Australia have also been pared back — so your flight may be moved to the next available service.


Some commercial international flights are attracting few passengers, like this recent British Airways service from London to Milan. (ABC News: Andrew Greaves)

How and when should I book?

With the travel industry under pressure globally thanks to the virus, the question of where you should lay down your money is all about who you trust.

There’s a small risk companies that can’t cope in the current environment could go under — and take your hard-earned holiday with them.

Keep the phone numbers for your bank, insurer, airline, travel agent and accommodation provider handy so you can check your booking is solid if you need to.

Has your travel been disrupted by coronavirus? Email: Specialist.Team@abc.net.au

The coronavirus outbreak is going to take months to play out — so if you’re booking a flight for later in the year, you need to consider what might change between now and then.

With new outbreak locations being reported all the time, it’s very hard to predict where will be affected next, and what that might mean for travellers.

So, I should probably get travel insurance…

You should check the fine print before you buy your policy.

The exclusions will be listed in the product disclosure statement, which may be a separate document to the policy that you sign.

COVID-19, SARS and the flu
Weeks after the novel coronavirus was first discovered, experts say incomplete data from China is limiting their ability to understand it — but they are seeing some differences between it and other infectious diseases.

There might also be a clear statement on your travel insurer’s website. It could be a good idea to save this statement when you pay for your insurance, in case the online version changes later on.

The Insurance Council of Australia says many insurers have exemptions for infectious diseases and pandemics, but the policies are different for each insurer.

Some policies will cover alternative plans if your trip is disrupted by coronavirus.

Others will cover any medical expenses while you’re travelling.

But this will all depend on when you bought your policy, and when you started your trip.

If you’re already on the road and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) upgrades its travel advice to ‘do not travel’ for your destination, you may also be covered if you have to cancel the rest of your trip.

Before you call your insurer, you should contact your travel agent, airline or hotel to make alternative plans or ask for a refund, the Insurance Council says.

Should I even go overseas?

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued travel warnings for a growing number of countries hit by the virus.

But there’s just one place with a ‘do not travel’ warning, and that’s China.

What happens when a pandemic is declared
Coronavirus is now hitting Europe and the Middle East. Experts say we all need to start preparing for things to get worse.

DFAT says there are four countries that have had their travel advice upgraded due to coronavirus, including China, South Korea and Japan.

On Wednesday, Italy was added to that list after 323 cases were identified there, including 10 people who died.

Those cases are concentrated in the north of the country, which is where the travel warning has been issued for.

Fresh cases of the virus have been reported in Austria, Switzerland, and Croatia.

There are also unconfirmed reports of new cases in Brazil.

Here are some measures you can take if you have to travel:

  • Talk to your doctor if you’re travelling with babies or young children, or if you’re pregnant. Likewise if you have a chronic health problem or weak immunity.
  • Check with your airline, travel agent, cruise line, and travel insurance company to work out what your options are if things change.
  • Check with your travel insurance company to see if you’re covered.

Can I still travel through transport hubs in Asia?

The short answer is yes — but expect to be checked for coronavirus on your way through.

And depending on where you’ve come from, you may be quarantined – whether you like it or not.


Passengers are subject to temperature checks in many Asian airports. (Reuters: Thomas Peter)

The rules for exit, entry and transit through airports can change at short notice.

DFAT is warning that not all airports or transport companies are applying their policies on coronavirus consistently.

Hong Kong

At Hong Kong airport, all departing passengers will undergo temperature checks — even if they’re just transferring between flights.

This could mean delays getting to your next flight.

If you’ve travelled through mainland China you will be quarantined for two weeks.

And if you’re arriving from Korea, you won’t be allowed to enter Hong Kong.

Kuala Lumpur

Travellers through all Malaysian airports are being told to wear a mask at all times, and anyone who has a cough or fever will be taken to hospital on arrival.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport has set up quarantine bays at its arrival gates for any passengers who appear to be unwell.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health is distributing Health Alert Cards for passengers to fill in, declaring any medical problems when they arrive.


You’ll have to undergo a temperature check on arrival at Changi or Seletar airports.

If you’ve arrived from China, so-called “healthcare teams” will be watching out for passengers who look unwell.

What if I want to go on a cruise?

The cruise ship industry body, the Cruise Lines International Association, says most itineraries outside northern Asia are operating as normal.

But it recommends checking with your travel agent or cruise ship operator.

Anyone boarding a cruise ship, including crew members, will be screened.

If they’re displaying symptoms, they won’t be allowed on board.


On the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, masked passengers were allowed out of their rooms for an hour every couple of days. (AP via Kyodo News: Sadayuki Goto)

The following measures have also been put in place:

  • You won’t be allowed to board a cruise ship if you have come through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the previous 14 days.
  • You won’t be allowed to board a cruise ship if you have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, or suspected of having, coronavirus or anyone being monitored for exposure to the virus.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

SA Premier apologises for overseas trip ‘confusion’ amid Kangaroo Island fire recovery

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An overseas trip during a bushfire crisis has created a headache for another Australian political leader, with SA Premier Steven Marshall apologising for “any confusion” created by his unannounced week-long trade mission to Singapore and Japan.

Key points:

  • Mr Marshall said it was important to promote South Australia to overseas tourists
  • He conceded the announcement of his upcoming trip could have been handled better
  • The Premier left for a week-long trade mission days after replacing David Ridgway as Tourism Minister

Mr Marshall left the state on Monday — two days after he announced he would take over as Tourism Minister from David Ridgway.

The Premier defended that decision on the grounds the portfolio would keep Mr Ridgway overseas too often to help Kangaroo Island’s bushfire-ravaged tourism industry, but Labor has accused the Government of hypocrisy.

“It perhaps wasn’t a good look for him to be leaving only hours after he told South Australians that he should be Tourism Minister, and that he needed to be here on the ground,” Shadow Treasurer Stephen Mullighan said.

Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman said it was important that Mr Marshall took “every opportunity” to ensure that “we sell to the world that we are open for business”.


A burnt timber plantation on the Playford Highway near Parndana. (ABC News: Haidarr Jones)

But Mr Marshall, who is currently in Singapore, today conceded the announcement of the trip could have been handled better.

“I think we should have made it definitely a lot clearer to the people of South Australia exactly what the trip was about, what it was intending to achieve,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“I think we probably should have called a press conference, but it was a busy morning that morning with one of three extraordinary Cabinet meetings … and if I’ve got it wrong, I apologise.

“I apologise if people have had any confusion, but this is a really important trip for South Australia.”

Correcting ‘misconceptions’ key for tourism, Premier says

Mr Marshall said the trip focussed on critical areas like tourism, attracting international students and investment, as well as correcting “some of the misconceptions” about Australia’s bushfires.

“While I’ve even been here in Singapore, people were saying to me ‘I hear the whole of Australia is burning down at the moment’,” he said.

“We’ve got to be on the front foot in terms of tourism and making sure that we can keep our tourism numbers up and our travellers up and continue to promote Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and of course, the whole of South Australia.

“It’s been planned for a long period of time … and while I’m here, it’s already proven to be extraordinarily beneficial.”


Fires have ripped through about half of Kangaroo Island. (Instagram: Trent Lawson/tmanadventure)

The Government previously said Mr Marshall made four trips to Kangaroo Island in two weeks, and would be heading there again upon his return.

It said the overseas trip had been announced before the fire crisis, in the Government Gazette in December — a claim rejected by Labor.

“What was published in the Gazette was that Vickie Chapman would be acting premier during the Premier’s absence — it didn’t say where he would be absent to,” Mr Mullighan said.

The Opposition also said Mr Marshall had not learnt anything from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was widely condemned for holidaying while Australia’s bushfires intensified before Christmas.


A house at Middle River destroyed in the fire. (ABC News: Claire Campbell)

The Kangaroo Island fires have now burned through more than 200,000 hectares of land, killed 43,000 livestock animals, an estimated 30,000 koalas and affected over 200 producers, according to Livestock SA.

This week authorities said 65 homes were destroyed by the island’s fires which also claimed the lives of respected pilot Dick Lang and his son Clayton, an experienced surgeon.

Animal welfare agencies now hold grave concerns for the ongoing survival of koalas, kangaroos and pademelons still being found alive as starvation becomes a threat.

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Lupe Fiasco – Cripple Lyrics

Turn the beat up some more
Ay-yeah-yeah, [?]

[Verse 1]
Uh, rectangle full of color
Complicated man sits, dedicated to the rutter
Under Apollo, overfilling under [?], when [?] wallows
It’s said he looks for Yetis in tomorrow
And do-gooders become regretters for giving gobble
At the Oshawa in Park Slope
Broken dancers rather flatten [?] than work at Arco
Flippers who feat feets riff contortionists hips and [?] slippers
Tweezers release slithers
From lines with deep splinters, paws for sweet skippers
Another key-figure’s of East River’s who eat liver and drink liquor
And root for bird due to an unconscious urge to beat niggas
Who prefer sweet, steep sleep and to pour holes with the east of police triggers
Sikhs at the hair show, Arabs at the airport, Caucasians in the projects, niggas anywhere though

People lovingly exclaim
People lovingly exclaim
People lovingly exclaim

Beauty is the largest, obstacles to obsess
Decorate the seargent, community resistance, and progress

[Verse 2]
Pull out game strong like the [?] kid, but also like a life-guard
Now that don’t even make no sense—but since, if the swimmers ain’t got no rings on
Don’t be a fag, let me stab that yoo-hoo in my ding-dong
Fruits of interracials, my banana’s bigger than King Kong
Both ways seem wrong like nobody in China is good at ping-pong
Seem wrong? That’s evidence they shouldn’t be passing their genes on
That was racist, but I’ma run with it
Like every sagging pair of pants-ass that have a gun in it
So I undid it, like a Singapore with gum in it
Does that mean if I let you write that I can put my thumbs in it?
Uhn—nasty, but let the moment pass, only wave if they ask
And catch me at the scene of the crash, karma
They hate blood like Blade, so they hate ’cause like an English teacher grades

[Hook 2]
Beauty is the largest, obstacles to obsess
Diasporan sonnets, community resistance, and progress

People lovingly exclaim
People lovingly exclaim
People lovingly exclaim

[Verse 3]
The city: population control, occupation parole
Hope the [?] persuades and this conversation [?]
Not to be Enron, Alexander Hamilton to Cassandra’s Agamemnon
The environment is more than just a panda at the wind farm
Looks cool but it’s bull as cool fusers
And the abuse is fueled of duel-losers
To make fools of the schools and [?]
The crusade delegislate oxygen
And put it in the box just like Desiree Washington
Fortune cookie, First Panda excellerate in profiting
Hope Santa fill my socks with highly-decorated moccasins
My, how the roles have reversed
So now we gotta eat ’em for dessert
Bop the kids just to free ’em from the curse
Dress up the thots in lingerie and feed ’em to [?] (uh-huh)

[Hook 3]
Beauty is the largest, organize the objects
Diasporan sonnets, community resistance, and progress

Diasporan sonnets, community resistance, and progress
Woah—the people lovingly exclaim (people lovingly exclaim)
People lovingly exclaim (people lovingly exclaim)
People lovingly exclaim (people lovingly exclaim)
Community resistance and progress
Pe-pe-people lovingly exclaim (people lovingly exclaim)