Italy blocks shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from heading down under

A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines bound for Australia have been blocked from leaving the European Union.

Italy has become the first country to ban the export of the COVID-19 vaccines under new export control guidelines.

It’s understood Italy’s new Prime Minister made the decision to stop around a quarter of a million doses of the jab from heading down under over supply concerns.

Around 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccines have already arrived in Australia and are set to distributed for the first time in South Australia today.

They will then be rolled out to other states across the country, with Queensland set to receive around 57,000 doses.

New South Wales will begin its rollout from next week.

HOLY ROSES! The new Bachelor Australia has been announced

Network Ten have announced who the 2021 Bachelor Australia will be, and for the first time in a while, it’s someone we haven’t met before!

After months of speculation, airline pilot Jimmy Nicholson has been confirmed as the leading man for this year’s season.

“Romance is ready to make its return and Cupid’s bow is poised to strike firmly in the heart of Australia’s next Bachelor, Jimmy Nicholson,” the network said in a statement.

“With love and a fairy-tale ending set firmly in his sights, the 31-year-old airline pilot is looking to take on his greatest adventure yet.”

Channel 10 has described Jimmy as a “self-confessed romantic”, who is an “intelligent and passionate go-getter who is ready to find his happily ever after”.

“Like most singles, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jimmy had time to reflect on his life and what he hoped to achieve in the future,” the network said.

“While recognising that his career is important, love is more important. And, The Bachelor seemed the perfect way to find the one.

Jimmy says he can’t wait to begin the adventure and hopefully find the one!

“I am a big believer in embracing any opportunity that presents itself, especially if it has the potential to change your life for the better,” he said.

“The journey ahead will be one of the most challenging experiences that I have ever undertaken, however, I am very excited to meet someone that I could potentially spend the rest of my life with.”

The Bachelor Australia will once again be hosted by Osher Günsberg and is set to air on Channel 10 soon, however an exact date has not yet been confirmed.


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Teen injured after car slams into tree, Gold Coast

A teenager is in hospital this morning after crashing his car into a tree on the Gold Coast last night.

Emergency services rushed to Hinkler Drive near Mckenzie Drive in Highland Park following reports of a single-car incident.

The car had crashed into a tree on the side of the road just after 10.30 pm.

Paramedics assessed a male in his late teens at the scene, before taking him to hospital for treatment.

He’s understood to be in a stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital with back pain and for spinal precautions.

Man arrested, another hospitalised after suspected stolen car crash

An 18-year-old has been arrested and a man in his 20s hospitalised after a crash involving a suspected stolen car on the northern Gold Coast.

Emergency services were called to Oxford Street in Pimpama just after 3.30 am following reports of the crash.

It’s understood the 18-year-old was throwing bottles at a car nearby a house of someone he knew before the other man came out to chase him off.

A short car chase ensued before the vehicles collided, with the man in his 20s suffering a knee injury.

He was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

The 18-year-old also sustained a minor arm injury, but he was arrested by police at the scene.

Charges are yet to be laid, with investigations continuing.

It’s understood he knew a woman at the address he first attended.

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Queensland Police launch massive drug driving operation

There will be more police out on the roads from today, as part of a massive operation targeting drug drivers.

It comes after a horror start to the year on Queensland roads, with 44 people killed already.

That’s more than 20 people more than this time last year.

It’s prompted a state-wide police operation – Operation Tango Anaconda – which will run from today through to the end of June and will include random breath testing.

Police are finding that one in every five drivers is now returning positive results for drugs.

Acting Inspector Paul Algie says that with drugs the cause of almost 10 per cent of road fatalities around the country, the likelihood of crashes is increasing.

“If you are driving with drugs in your system you are 10 times more likely to be responsible for a crash.

“We know all too well that these crashes have very serious consequences that can directly impact your life, and those around you,” Acting Inspector Algie said.