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I have just received an email from friends in the US who have been here to Australia and know what it is like!

They are not Trump fans!!

From US State Dept:

 Warning – Level 3, COVID-19 risk in Australia is highKey Points
CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Australia. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Australia.COVID-19 risk in Australia is high.If you get sick in Australia and need medical care, resources may be limited.Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of Australia or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.What is the current situation?

COVID-19 risk in Australia is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Australia. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Australia.

If you get sick in Australia and need medical care, resources may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.

If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.

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COVID-19 in New ZealandWarning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential TravelAlert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced PrecautionsWatch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

 

Watch – Level 1, COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low, new cases are decreasing or stableKey Points
CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 talk to their healthcare providers before traveling to New Zealand.COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low.Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand decreased or stabilized.Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of New Zealand or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.Protect Yourself, Protect Your Loved Ones, Avoid Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. It is not known whether one mode of transportation is safer than others; however, airports, planes, bus stations, buses, train stations, trains, and rest stops are all places where travelers might be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to maintain social distancing (keep 6 feet apart from other people).

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling. Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

What is the current situation?

COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand decreased or stabilized. CDC recommends older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness talk to their health care providers before traveling to New Zealand. 

If you get sick in New Zealand, you may need medical care. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.

If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) away from anyone who is not from your household. Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Do not travel if you are sick.What do I need to do after I travel?

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors.Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.See CDC’s After Travel webpage to learn if you should take additional precautions.

Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

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'Come get us, we're stuck!' Children are heard screaming for help after gas explosion leveled three Baltimore homes, killing one woman and seriously injuring six others as rescuers continue to search for possible survivors

Baltimore Fire confirmed a woman was killed and six others are in a serious condition following the blast that ripped through row homes at Labyrinth and Reisterstown Road Monday.

 

I have just received an email from friends in the US who have been here to Australia and know what it is like!

They are not Trump fans!!

From US State Dept:

 Warning – Level 3, COVID-19 risk in Australia is highKey Points
CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Australia. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Australia.COVID-19 risk in Australia is high.If you get sick in Australia and need medical care, resources may be limited.Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of Australia or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.What is the current situation?

COVID-19 risk in Australia is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Australia. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Australia.

If you get sick in Australia and need medical care, resources may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.

If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.

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COVID-19 in New ZealandWarning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential TravelAlert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced PrecautionsWatch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

 

Watch – Level 1, COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low, new cases are decreasing or stableKey Points
CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 talk to their healthcare providers before traveling to New Zealand.COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low.Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand decreased or stabilized.Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of New Zealand or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.Protect Yourself, Protect Your Loved Ones, Avoid Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. It is not known whether one mode of transportation is safer than others; however, airports, planes, bus stations, buses, train stations, trains, and rest stops are all places where travelers might be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to maintain social distancing (keep 6 feet apart from other people).

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling. Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

What is the current situation?

COVID-19 risk in New Zealand is low. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand decreased or stabilized. CDC recommends older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness talk to their health care providers before traveling to New Zealand. 

If you get sick in New Zealand, you may need medical care. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.

If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) away from anyone who is not from your household. Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Do not travel if you are sick.What do I need to do after I travel?

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors.Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.See CDC’s After Travel webpage to learn if you should take additional precautions.

Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

That is a bit over the top coming from a country that is still having 2,378,426 active cases! Although suddenly death rates have dropped according to this:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

death rates will drop as the infection moves through younger ages groups and hospital treatments improve outcomes

Elderly couple on a hike in California are evacuated by helicopter to escape an attack from a 'hostile cow' that chased them

An elderly couple were injured on Sunday when they were chased by a cow at the Lynch Canyon Regional Park in Solano County, northeast of San Francisco. The incident was reported on Sunday morning after a couple tried to walk past a cow which then ended up charging at them. The CHP Golden Gate Division sent a helicopter and found the man and woman on a trail with the cow and her calf standing feet away. The animals only moved away after the helicopter came down hovered over the scene and blasted a siren. Both hikers were injured and had to hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to a waiting ambulance which then took them to hospital.

THIRTY undocumented immigrants are found inside locked flatbed of a pickup truck after driver abandoned it on a residential driveway and fled

CBP finds 30 undocumented immigrants in truck's locked flatbed

Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection rescued 30 undocumented Mexican immigrants from the locked flatbed of a pickup truck when its driver abandoned it on a residential driveway in Arizona. CBP agents were alerted of a suspicious vehicle in the border town of Douglas last Monday. The driver of the pickup avoided the agents when they attempted to stop him, before abandoning the vehicle in the driveway of a home.

 

 

What is your point Celia?

No one knows where Australia is for a start so its not surprising that travel information is out of date, incomplete and just plain wrong.

And BTW, the Australian travel advice for USA is simple: DO NOT TRAVEL

 

Latest updateStill current at:13 August 2020Updated:30 July 2020Latest update:There are ongoing protests in a number of cities. Protestor numbers in the larger cities can swell quickly. Avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the ongoing potential for violence. Monitor the media for information on the latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities, including by obeying any curfews.

We advise:

Do not travel to the United States of America, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands.

 

IF I was in the US I would be fleeing to Australia or New Zealand as quickly as possiblel. The US is the top leader of positive cases and deaths in the world, so I think it most unlikely to be able to travel to Australia. I'd rather be in Melbourne, where I live, than in the US. Au least our government is doing what it can to get on top of it, not like the US who used to consider it a hoax, come up with dangerous substances to 'cure' it, and don't take any precautions to combat it.

I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN:  Simpsons replies to Trump advisor -

http://a.msn.com/07/en-au/BB17YsbK?ocid=se2  

 

Marge Simpson responds to Trump advisor's insult   

 

a close up of a door: 'I'm feeling disrespected': Marge Simpson has responded after Trump senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis compared Kamala Harris' voice to the cartoon character 

The Simpsons has responded to a Trump adviser who compared Kamala Harris' voice to that of their much-loved animated matriarch Marge.

Jenna Ellis, the Trump campaign's senior legal adviser, tweeted on Wednesday that Harris - who was picked by Trump's opponent Joe Biden to be his running mate this week - sounded like Marge. 

 

Bald eagle attacks and destroys a $995 government drone by ripping off a propeller at 162ft over Michigan 

The bird of prey tore off the propeller of the $995 Phantom 4 Pro Advanced quodcopter which sent the drone plummeting to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Glad Australia doesn't have this culture!

 

Members of pro-Confederate and white supremacist organizations clashed with counter-protesters in Georgia on Saturday after a far-right rally turned into a violent standoff between opposing groups. 

Several dozen right-wing activists toting rifles and Confederate battle flags gathered in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, near Stone Mountain Park, home to a giant sculpture of Confederate leaders.

The Three Percenters militia, which organized the event, had applied last month to hold a more than 2,000-strong rally 'to defend and protect our history and Second Amendment rights' at the park, in response to a march by an all-Black militia held on July 4.

The application however, was denied by state officials who cited violence at a similar event in 2016. Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesperson John Bankhead said the park denied the permit on August 4.  

In a statement ahead of the planned rally on Friday, Stone Mountain Park announced it would close its gates to the public due to security concerns. 

But several online groups, including one dubbed 'Defending Stone Mountain,' that vowed to march in the park anyway, gathered in downtown Stone Mountain armed with rifles and military gear. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of counter-protesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, descended on the march. 

 

Tensions between the two rival groups reached a boiling point in Stone Mountain on Saturday as brawls broke out among members of opposing sides 
 

Tensions between the two rival groups reached a boiling point in Stone Mountain on Saturday as brawls broke out among members of opposing sides 

A counter demonstrator holding a placard calling for the removal of the Confederate monument is seen facing off with a member of an opposing group 
 

A counter demonstrator holding a placard calling for the removal of the Confederate monument is seen facing off with a member of an opposing group 

For the first few hours of the rally, things were relatively peaceful, aside from some shoving and pushing and spirited arguments 
 

For the first few hours of the rally, things were relatively peaceful, aside from some shoving and pushing and spirited arguments

Brawls eventually broke out among the crowd, prompting police to step in and disperse protesters  

 Brawls eventually broke out among the crowd, prompting police to step in and disperse protesters 

State and city officials braced for a violence ahead of the rally on Friday, closing Stone Mountain Park, where event organizers initially intended to hold the event 
 

State and city officials braced for a violence ahead of the rally on Friday, closing Stone Mountain Park, where event organizers initially intended to hold the event 

A man wearing a Trump 2020 cap was seen arguing with a woman protesting against racism and white supremacy 
 

A man wearing a Trump 2020 cap was seen arguing with a woman protesting against racism and white supremacy 

Stone Mountain Park is famed for its giant rock sculpture of Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial 
 

Stone Mountain Park is famed for its giant rock sculpture of Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial

Chaos unfolded in the city, just as officials had feared, as the rival groups faced off with each other for hours. People on both sides were seen carrying rifles.

Members of right-wing groups proudly waving their Confederate flags were seen coming face to face with anti-racism and anti-fascist activists. 

Several Black Lives Matter supporters were spotted in heated confrontations with far-right activists, many of whom were wearing Trump 2020 shirts and hats. 

For several hours, there was little visible police presence and things were largely peaceful, aside from some shoving and pushing and spirited arguments.

Some left-wing activists were also seen setting Confederate battle flags alight. 

But just before 1pm, tensions between the rival groups reached a boiling point, as brawls broke out among the crowd. 

    Scenes turned violent on Saturday with multiple clashes breaking out between protesters and counter protesters  
 

Scenes turned violent on Saturday with multiple clashes breaking out between protesters and counter protesters 

A demonstrator tries to keep hold of his American flag as counter demonstrators take it from him during the rally  
 

A demonstrator tries to keep hold of his American flag as counter demonstrators take it from him during the rally 

Right wing activists faced off against a few hundred counter-protesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement  
 

Right wing activists faced off against a few hundred counter-protesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement

A man armed with a rifle holds up an 'All Lives Matter' banner while other far-right participants waved Confederate and Trump 2020 flags  
 

A man armed with a rifle holds up an 'All Lives Matter' banner while other far-right participants waved Confederate and Trump 2020 flags

Hundreds of counter-protesters including members of anti-racist and anti-fascist organizations expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement descended on to the rally  
 

Hundreds of counter-protesters including members of anti-racist and anti-fascist organizations expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement descended on to the rally 

Anti-racism protesters were seen setting Confederate battle flags in the middle of the street  
 

Anti-racism protesters were seen setting Confederate battle flags in the middle of the street 

Protests had been generally peaceful up until 1pm when fights broke out, with people punching and kicking each other and throwing rocks  
 

Protests had been generally peaceful up until 1pm when fights broke out, with people punching and kicking each other and throwing rocks

Several dozen right-wing demonstrators wearing military gear attended the rally. A man holding a bible is pictured speaking to protesters during the event    

Several dozen right-wing demonstrators wearing military gear attended the rally. A man holding a bible is pictured speaking to protesters during the event 

People from opposing sides were seen punching and kicking each other and throwing rocks, prompting police officers in riot gear to move in to disperse the crowds.  

National Guard troops were also deployed to the scene as chaos erupted.

They are an exciteable bunch, you wonder sometimes if these people are just hanging for a civil war, a lot of frustrated people taking it out on each other.

President Trump was greeted with rapturous applause from a small crowd of supporters as he returned to Washington, D.C. following the death of his younger brother, Robert. 

The Commander-in-chief, 74, touched down at the White House on Sunday evening with his wife Melania, 50, and their son Barron, 14, following a short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey. 

It was the first time the trio have appeared together in public since the coronavirus pandemic upended American life more than five months ago. 

The President appeared somber as he made his way off Marine One, giving a tentative wave to the group of well-wishers as he walked across the lawn. 

Trump is not only grieving his late brother, who died Saturday at the age of 71, but he is also facing a growing number of political crises. 

President Trump arrived back at The White House on Sunday evening, one day after the death of his brother, Robert. He was accompanied by wife, Melania, and son Barron. It is the first time in more than five months that the trio have been seen in public together 

President Trump arrived back at The White House on Sunday evening, one day after the death of his brother, Robert. He was accompanied by wife, Melania, and son Barron. It is the first time in more than five months that the trio have been seen in public together

 The trio touched down in Marine One following a short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey The President appeared somber as he made his way off Marine One, giving a tentative wave to the group of well-wishers as he walked across the lawn Trump is not only grieving his late brother - who died Saturday at the age of 71 - but is facing a growing number of political crises Trump is not only grieving his late brother - who died Saturday at the age of 71 - but is facing a growing number of political crisesRobert Trump's death was announced by the president in an emotional statement Sunday, in which he called his younger sibling his 'best friend'. The pair are pictured together in the early 1990s Robert Trump's death was announced by the president in an emotional statement Sunday, in which he called his younger sibling his 'best friend'. The pair are pictured together in the early 1990s 

In addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Commander-in-chief is also dealing with continued civil unrest, a gloomy economic outlook, and accusations that he is trying to botch the upcoming election by undermining the US Postal Service. 

Additionally, a new poll shows Trump trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by nine points ahead of the party's conventions.

Meanwhile, Melania appeared in higher spirits as she strolled alongside her husband and smiled at the crowd. 

The First Lady looked typically chic in a camel colored shirt dress which she teamed with a matching brown Birkin bag and a pair of sky-high stilettos. 

However, even in her heels, the Sloevnian born beauty was still shorter than her strapping son Baron. 

The high schooler also stood taller than his 6ft,3in father as he made his way home to the White House. 

Melania appeared in higher spirits as she strolled alongside her husband and smiled at the crowd 
 

Melania appeared in higher spirits as she strolled alongside her husband and smiled at the crowd

The trio spoke briefly with the crowds as they walked home to the White House  The trio spoke briefly with the crowds as they walked home to the White House 

 

Barron looks miserable. It looks as though he would prefer to be somewhere else. Wonder where he gets his height from?

This makes a change from the rest of the news out of the USA.

Lovely to see something sweet and toughing.

 

We have assumed marriage is forever': Husband, 88, and wife, 81, celebrates 60th anniversary with a photo shoot in their original wedding attire in Nebraska - including a lace gown that was hand-sewn by the bride Couple celebrates 60th anniversary with a photo shoot in their original wedding attire in

Marvin and Lucille Stone (left and right) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a photo shoot. The couple donned their original wedding attire, including the lace wedding gown that was hand sewn. They were first married in 1960 at a small Lutheran Church in Sterling, Nebraska. The secret to marriage, according to the Stone family, was letting go of worry, rolling with the punches and communicating. The photo shoot was taken by Katy Autry and shared to Facebook, where it received a positive reaction and praise.

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