Relatives transport the bodies of Covid victims to a crematorium in New Delhi, India on May 1. Photo / AP
The Australian Human Rights Commission has disclosed that it has “serious concerns” about the threat of imprisonment or fines for Australians returning from India under the federal government’s travel ban.
Starting Monday, people who have been in India in the previous two weeks prior to their arrival in Australia will face a fine of A $ 66,600 (NZ $ 71,113), as well as five years in prison for entering the country.
The government has steadfastly defended the tough move, saying it was necessary to protect Australia’s public health and quarantine system, as India records more than 300,000 new Covid-19 cases every day.
The country reported more than 400,000 new cases on Saturday, the highest daily count globally, after 10 consecutive days of more than 300,000 new daily cases.
But human rights watchdogs say the shocking move “raises serious human rights problems”.
“The Commission is deeply concerned about the extraordinary new restrictions on Australians returning to Australia from India,” he said in a statement.
“The need for such restrictions must be publicly justified.
“The government must demonstrate that these measures are non-discriminatory and the only suitable way of dealing with threats to public health.
“The Commission is approaching the Australian Government directly with its concerns.”
The watchdog has urged the Senate Covid-19 committee to immediately review the restrictions.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Saturday rejected suggestions that the Government was leaving about 9,000 Australians in India.
“We have taken drastic measures to keep Australians safe,” said Frydenberg.
“This is a temporary measure … The situation in India is dire and very serious, and we need to take and act on the medical advice given to us.”
The government will reconsider the travel ban on May 15 following advice from Australia’s chief medical officer.
Australia has agreed to provide emergency medical supplies to India, including more than 1000 non-invasive ventilators, and has offered to supply personal protective equipment.
Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers said on Sunday the closure of international borders had caused a lot of damage to businesses and workers.
“The international border will be closed longer than it should because [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison has failed in his two main responsibilities – to administer vaccinations safely and quickly and effectively, and to administer the quarantine system, “Chalmers told Sky News.
Joseph Parker joins us in the studio ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora this weekend. Video / Spark Sport
New Zealand-born Samoan rugby league player Andre Savelio has spoken of being the subject of racial insults during matches in the English Super League, prompting the suspension of his opponent from the league.
Savelio, in his third season playing for Hull FC, filed a complaint with match officials after saying he was verbally abused by Wigan prop Tony Clubb.
Initially, Savelio said he wanted to face Clubb on the pitch after the incident, but he was substituted outside of the game, forcing a determined Savelio to go public by saying he “will not sit still”.
Posting on his Twitter account, Savelio outlined exactly what happened: “Look, there was absolutely no reason for me to lie, I didn’t report it at first because I was going to handle it myself the next time we met, she got released afterwards and never. back again.
“For her to call me ‘stupid Polynesian whore’ in that game where 30 percent is inherited, I’m not going to sit idly by.
“I’ve seen these things happen enough to know most of the time there’s never enough evidence of this – but I swear to my mom … I just hope the camera or microphone records it and it’s taken care of.”
In response, both Hull FC and Wigan clubs issued statements revealing that they had conducted a joint internal investigation.
“There is no room for racism in sport of any kind and we take the allegations made by Andre Savelio of Hull very seriously,” said Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski.
“Our immediate goal is to work with Hull and regulatory agencies to gather all the facts and support the existing investigative process.
“In the short term, Tony Clubb will be suspended from all club activities.
“Tony’s evidence will be considered by all parties to move forward and his welfare will remain the responsibility of the Wigan Warriors throughout the investigation.”
In 2017, Savelio signed a two-year contract to play for the Brisbane Broncos but suffered an ACL tear in the pre-season trials, ending his NRL dreams.
A view on the majestic Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Photo / Michelle Langstone
Be surrounded by beauty in Fiordland National Park, Michelle Langstone have a change of heart
I am 42 years old and I have never been on a guided travel tour. It is worth mentioning this as I am a bit of a group phobia and organized schedules. I don’t like to do things at the same time as everyone else, and I’ve always viewed onward travel as a kind of hell you can’t leave – getting into a bus or boat with a stranger, it can’t be said in your own destiny, has to get on go down and dutifully record your attendance at famous places. I want to state for the record that I was very wrong, and provide evidence of, a truly delightful one-day tour of Fiordland National Park.
My husband and I were picked up early in the morning from Te Anau by a very friendly man named Ross, from Trips and Tramps, a local tour company. We boarded the comfortable bus and gathered the rest of our group, then set off for Milford Sound, for a day that promised a little bit of everything – great views, some wildlife, the sound of its own, and the chance to hike several Routeburn trails.
Our coach doubles as the NZ Post van, and our guide stopped at a local butcher to pick up meat and other packages to be shipped further along during our trip, which was both interesting and very practical. We lost cell phone reception about 20 minutes after driving inland, and handed our shiny screen lights over to the silvery beech trunks of the forest we passed. That’s when I realized how much fun it is to drive through the landscape, once your itinerary is mapped out for you – it means you can really enjoy the experience, not worrying about roads or gas gauges.
I have never felt so relaxed in centuries, and Ross’s incredibly informative talk is the perfect companion to an environment that seems to deepen the beauty of every kilometer – Eglinton Plains in its shimmering expanse, calm, cool Lake Mirror on gray mornings, and kilometers. after kilometers of dark green moss and moss-filled rainforest. At every stop we make to walk and spy on beauties, I breathe clean air and feel grateful.
Tours are also great for collective fun shared as you witness the beautiful things. The first time I saw a kea glint through the trees, the ruby under her wings gave it away, there was a cry of joy and it brought us all together. I’ve never seen kea in the wild, and I’m not shy to say I got a little teary.
When we arrived at Milford Sound and stood on the dock near the fluffy white kōtuku, the day was clear, the view into the sound was clear, and the grin on the faces of fellow passengers would melt even a hardened bastard.
We went on a two-hour cruise, something I haven’t done since I was a kid, and I’ve forgotten its primordial majesty – it feels like you’re in a lost world. Even though we missed the dolphins, we saw lots of seals falling on the rocks, bathing in the sun. We sank the boat under a waterfall, and headed out to see the Tasman Sea, mocking our lunch as we headed back to the harbor.
The final part of the tour is what I look forward to the most – the chance to walk a few hours on the legendary Routeburn track. Our guides give us the option of taming, guided walking, or getting down on our own for a few hours, and we’ve chosen the latter. Routeburn holds a special place in my heart – there is a legend in my family about how Dad took Mom on a walk to winter in Routeburn, and then proposed to her a week later, impressed by his fortitude.
Key Summit is one end of Routeburn, accessed in The Divide, and about 2.5 hours drive back up steep terrain, through glowing green forest that opens up to panoramic mountain views. I will never be able to forget the health of Fiordland’s rivers and creeks, and filling my water bottle with clean, freezing water that flows down the mountainside is a joy to me. The bush is spectacular, and the views make a sweaty hike worthwhile every time – seeing the mountains reflected in the smudges at the top of Key Summit is simply awe-inspiring. Getting on the comfortable bus for a warm ride back to Te Anau feels like luxury, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.
DETAIL Trips and Tramps offers half-day, full and multi-day tours around the Fiordland region. tripsandtramps.co.nz
An Academy Awards crew member looks over the red carpet background elements at Union Station. Photo / AP
An Oscar like never before will take place today, with history at stake in major categories and television replays for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s ceremony.
When to watch
The 93rd Academy Awards will kick off at 12 noon NZ time today. Live red carpet coverage will start from 10.30am.
Where to watch
Thanks to the Monday public holiday, you can watch Oscars right from your couch. TVNZ 2 will start broadcasting the red carpet live from 10.30 and the ceremony from 12.00. You can also watch it via TVNZ On Demand.
How will everything unfold
There will be no hosts, spectators or face masks for the nominees attending the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the center of this year’s event that usually broadcasts from the Dolby Theater.
In contrast to the largely virtual Golden Globes, Zoom’s box has closed – although many international hubs and satellite feeds will connect candidates who are unable to travel.
That #Oscars the red carpet was ready and TV crews from around the world gathered at Union Station LA for what producers thought would be an “intimate” celebration of the film. pic.twitter.com/hhF9h5Z6Hc
There will be one more live audience but only 170 attendees will be allowed into the station at any one time, and they will be screened in and out during commercial breaks.
The show’s producers hope to return traditional charm to the Oscars, even in a pandemic year. The red carpet was back, although it wasn’t the crowd; only a handful of media will be allowed on the site.
No sweatpants will be allowed and the actors must wear their best skirts. “Formal is really cool if you want to go there, but not really relaxed,” said the organizer in a leaked email.
The pre-show will include pre-recorded performances of five Oscar nominated songs.
The ceremony will look ‘more like a movie’
Pulling a musical interlude (though not an in memoriam segment) from the three hour broadcast – and drastically reducing the time it takes for the winner to reach the podium – will free up a lot of time in the ceremony. And the producers, led by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, promised reruns.
That #Oscars producers promised a “much more intimate affair” on Sundays with Hollywood’s biggest stars and a new location: Union Station Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/zNxdhJJ1qr
The Oscar will look more like a movie, said Soderbergh. The show will be shot at 24 frames per second (not 30), appearing over the big screen and presenters – including Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Rita Moreno and Zendaya – are considered “cast members”.
The first 90 seconds of the broadcast, Soderbergh claims, will “immediately announce our intentions”.
But even a good show may not be enough to save Oscar from the expected ranking slide. Award show ratings have declined over the course of the pandemic, and this year’s nominations – many of them smaller dramas and lower budgets – won’t come close to the power of past Oscar heavyweights like Titanic or Black Panther.
Last year’s Oscar, when Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite film became the first non-English language film to win best picture, it was watched by 23.6 million, an all-time low.
Small screen films were a hit during a pandemic
Netflix dominated this year with 36 nominations, including the main nominee for Mank, David Fincher’s black-and-white drama about Citizen co-writer Kane Herman J Mankiewicz. The streaming service is still chasing its first best film win; This year, his best film is Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.
But the night’s top prize, the best picture, is widely expected to go to Nomadland Chloé Zhao, a contemplative character study of a traveling woman (Frances McDormand) in Western America. If it wins, it will be one of the best picture winners with the lowest budget ever. The film Zhao, populated by non-professional actors, was made for less than $ 5 million. (His next film, Marvel’s Eternals, had a budget of at least $ 200 million.)
Zhao was also nominated for best director, a category nominated by two female directors for the first time. Also nominated is Emerald Fennell for the scathing revenge drama Promising Young Woman. Zhao will become the second woman to win best director at the 93-year-old academy (after Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker), and the first woman of color.
History is also possible in the acting category. If the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Awards holds – Chadwick Boseman of Black Bottom from Ma Rainey for best actor, Viola Davis for best actress; Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) for best supporting actress; and Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) for best supporting actor – this is the first time a non-white actor has swept the acting category – and a dramatic reversal from the recent “OscarsSoWhite” years.
Some of the awards appear to be key, especially for the late Boseman, who will become the third actor to ever win a posthumous Academy Award after Peter Finch and Heath Ledger. Taylor Simone Ledward, the widow of Boseman, often received previous awards on her behalf.
If one category is less certain, it’s best actress. Davis, who previously won over her performances at Fences, will face Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) and two-time winner McDormand. Prognosticators call this the three-way throw.
The pandemic-postponed Oscar Cup on Sunday will close the longest-ever awards season – turning an industrial complex of cocktail parties and film screenings virtual. Eligibility was extended to February this year, and for the first time, theater performances were not a requirement for nominations. Some films – such as Sound of Metal – premiered in September 2019.
The pandemic pushed some of the anticipated films out in 2020, but some of the larger budget releases could still take home the accolades. Pixar’s Soul emerges as best animated film, and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet – who last September tried to lead a failed film revival when virus cases soared and many theaters were unable to reopen – will likely win over the visual effects.
But for the first time ever, Hollywood’s most prestigious awards will go to films barely screened on the big screen. The biggest ticket seller of best film nominations is Promising Young Woman, with a box office revenue of $ 6.3 million.
Lately, with the spread of vaccinations, signs of life are beginning to appear in theaters – most of which are operating at 50 percent capacity. Warner Bros. Godzilla vs Kong has made an estimated $ 400 million worldwide, which theater owners point to proof that moviegoers are eager for studios to re-release the regular diet of big films. Currently, the date circled on the cinema calendar is May 28, when Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s Cruella arrive in theaters – although Cruella will simultaneously stream for $ 30.
But that’s a punishing year for Hollywood. Around the world, cinema tents are replacing film titles with requests to wear masks. Streaming services are rushing to fill the void, pulling back the balance between studio and theater – and likely ending three months of theater exclusivity for new releases forever. Just weeks before Oscar, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic theaters, the Cinerama Dome, along with ArcLight Cinemas, went out of business.
After the pandemic, Hollywood – and Oscar – may never be the same again. Or as WarnerMedia’s new chief executive, Jason Kilar, put it when he announced plans to shift studio films to streaming: “We’re no longer in Kansas.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Praises New Zealand’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tonight’s Video / Show
Film star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has opened up about life in New Zealand and what it’s like to experience an effective Covid-19 response in the country.
In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gordon-Levitt praised New Zealand and its people after relocating their family downstairs.
The Hollywood actor moved to Wellington last year to escape the pandemic and resume production of new films and television series.
In October he told The Talk: “We couldn’t find a way that felt very safe for us, so we came here to New Zealand.”
Gordon-Levitt revealed that his children are enrolled in schools in New Zealand and that he is fascinated by the work of the Kiwi in keeping Covid-19 out of the country.
“It’s morning; I was just dropping my son off to school,” she told Jimmy Fallon, something kids across the US have not experienced in months.
“Geez, I feel so lucky. Sometimes I almost feel guilty talking about it. If you don’t know, New Zealand is one of only two countries in the world to have weathered a pandemic.”
Gordon-Levitt said it was unreal to think the whole world was sick, while he could freely go to work without even wearing a mask.
He also praised Jacinda Ardern and Kiwi for their leadership.
“I came here to work, fortunately. It’s hard, obviously, so much of the world is going through hard times and people are getting sick and dying. Here we and I go to work every day and don’t wear a mask, and deliver my son. to school, I feel very lucky.
“I have to leave it to the people of this country. They have an extraordinary leader, Jacinda Ardern, who I don’t think is a coincidence that a country led by a woman is handling it. [Covid-19]. “
In November, 40-year-old Gordon-Levitt, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, reached out to the wider Wellington community with the spontaneous announcement that he was going to the movies and asking others to join him.
He called the Wellingtonians to attend the evening screening of David Fincher Mank’s play at The Roxy Cinema in Miramar.
“I’m going to a movie tonight. It’s actually the first time I’ve been to a movie theater in nine months or so, since before the pandemic hit.
“I’m going to watch a film, with a friend of mine who I work with now, called Mank, an incredible new film made by David Fincher,” he continued.
“My friend Arliss Howard, he’s a wonderful actor, we’re working together here, and he’s in this film, and we’re going to see it in the theater.”
Gordon-Levitt mingled and mingled with the star cast who wanted to take pictures and chat with the Hollywood star.
The actor is one of a growing number of overseas film and TV industry workers granted entry to New Zealand, despite Covid-19 border restrictions.
Wellington’s newest Emmy-winning series, Create Together, premieres April 22 (US time) on YouTube.
Create Together invites friends and family from all over the world facing this unprecedented period of isolation to come together and show off their creativity and collaboration.