BREAKING: Repatriation flight drama as dozens of Australians test positive to COVID-19

Dozens of vulnerable Australians who were due to fly home on the first repatriation flight from India have been barred from getting on board after testing positive to COVID-19.

It’s understood around 40 passengers have returned positive results for the virus, while another 30 people have been identified as close contacts and have also been blocked.

Around 150 people were booked to board the first flight home from New Delhi, which is scheduled to touch down in Australia tomorrow.

DFAT is now reportedly working to get other passengers on board the flight, however due to strict testing requirements it could prove difficult.

Those who have been given the all-clear to fly will spend two weeks in quarantine at the Howard Springs facility in Darwin upon touching down.

It comes as the Government’s controversial India travel ban is due to be lifted at midnight.

Three charter flights have been listed for this month.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor tops Forbes list of highest paid athletes

The ten highest-paid athletes in the world have been revealed, with UFC star Conor McGregor topping the list for the first time ever.

According to Forbes, McGregor pocketed a whopping $180 million in the past 12 months, joining Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as the only athletes to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing.

That’s despite only fighting once, with most of his earnings coming from outside the octagon.

“This year, McGregor lands the winning punch, having leveraged his unmatched popularity in mixed martial arts to build a lucrative hustle outside UFC’s Octagon,” Forbes wrote.

The 32-year-old Irishman took home around $22 million in his loss to Dustin Poirier, while the rest came from his successful business ventures, including the recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for $150 million.

It’s McGregor’s second appearance in the top ten, after coming in at number four with $99 million in 2018 after his fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Forbes 10 highest-paid athletes:

1. Conor McGregor, MMA: $180 million

2. Lionel Messi, Soccer: $130 million

3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer: $120 million

4. Dak Prescott, Football: $107.5 million

5. LeBron James, Basketball: $96.5 million

6. Neymar, Soccer: $95 million

7. Roger Federer, Tennis: $90 million

8. Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1: $82 million

9. Tom Brady, Football: $76 million

10. Kevin Durant, Basketball: $75 million

Five injured in New Zealand supermarket stabbing

Five people have been injured, three critically, after a man went on a stabbing rampage at a supermarket in the New Zealand city of Dunedin.

It’s believed at least two of the injured are staff members of the Countdown Supermarket.

The attack happened around 2.30pm local time with shoppers reporting they were alerted to the chaos by screaming coming from the aisles before people started to run from the store.

Customers reportedly helped tackle the armed man before Police arrived.

At least one person is suffering a wound to the neck and has been rushed to hospital.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was noting at this stage that suggested the attack was terror-related.

“Needless to say such an attack is hugely concerning,” Ms Ardern said.

More to come. 

Prince Harry Meghan Markle

Harry and Meghan share new photo of Archie on second birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared a rare photo of their son Archie to mark his second birthday.

The image, which was uploaded to Prince Harry and Meghan’s official website, shows Archie standing with his back to the camera while playing with balloons.

The photo was taken by the youngster’s parents and appears to have been snapped in a backyard.

Harry and Meghan shared the extremely rare image with a statement calling for community support for vaccine equity.

In the post, the couple asked people around the world to “join us in advocating for vaccine equity on Archie’s Birthday”.

“We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday,” the pair said.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess continued by saying how “deeply touched” they have been over the past two years to “feel the warmth and support for our family” in honor of Archie’s birthday.

“Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service — all through the goodness of your hearts,” they said.

“This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic.

“While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer.”

The coupled continued by saying “we will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine”.

“We are inviting you to contribute whatever you can – if you have the means to do so – to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.”

“Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.”

Billionaire Bill Gates and wife Melinda announce divorce

Billionaire businessman Bill Gates and wife Melinda have confirmed they’re getting a divorce after almost three decades of marriage.

The Mircosoft founder confirmed the news in a lengthy statement posted to his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in the joint statement.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” the statement concluded.