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  • Prince Harry, 33, was photographed sitting in the audience at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois
  • The British royal sat one row behind Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who were all smiles as they took the stage at the two-day event
  • Prince Harry joined Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters, on stage Tuesday evening
  • The two held a conversation about the ways young people can help drive community engagement
  • Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle surprised students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school located in Chicago's South Side

By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:05 EDT, 31 October 2017 | Updated: 20:25 EDT, 31 October 2017

Prince Harry and Barack Obama have become fast friends, and he was one of the many high-profile guests at the former U.S. president's first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old British royal was photographed sitting in the audience at the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, a few hours before he took the stage with Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters.

Prince Harry sat one row behind Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who were all smiles as they took the stage at the global summit aiming to cultivate a new generation of leaders.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday

Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience 

Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience

The British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summitThe British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summit

The British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summit

Prince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School MattersPrince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters

Prince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters

'Our goal is not to present some fixed theory of how change happens,' Obama said during the opening session.

'Our goal in this session is not to pump you with a whole bunch of power points, data and information or a blue print for how you can go back and do what you’re doing even better. In many ways, we want to learn from you,' he continued.

'In other words, this is a big brainstorming session, it's a big hackathon,' he said.

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie, while Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants.

When the they weren't on stage, the Obamas were seen sitting in the audience, leaving some space between them to hold their papers.

Prince Harry also opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar.

The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event 

The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event

The Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papersThe Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papers

The Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papers

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tieObama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie

Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pantsMichelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants

Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants

He appeared to be fiddling with a pen that he was holding in his hands while he kept his eyes locked on the state in front of him.

Prince Harry later joined Hobson on stage to hold a conversation about the ways young people can help drive community engagement.

He addressed the roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists chosen from 20,000 applicants from around the world, for what the Obama Foundation promises will be intensive workshops and opportunities to share ideas.

Prince Harry stated that the younger generation in the world has turned him into an optimist.

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' he explained.

Although she didn't appear to be in attendance, Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University, which is near Chicago.

The gathering in the Obamas' hometown was organized by their eponymous foundation, which is also building the former president's library in the city where the former president got his political start.

Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event  Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event  

Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event

Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'

Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'

The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit 

The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit

Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together 

Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together

'The Obama Foundation's goal is to encourage and empower young people to create positive change in their communities,' David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, said in a statement earlier this month.

Among the attendees highlighted by the foundation was Trisha Shetty of India, who started the organization SheSays to combat sexual abuse against women.

Other notable speakers include Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the Chobani yogurt brand.

Chance the Rapper, a socially active hip-hop artist who was born and raised in Chicago, has helped organize the concert finale.

Prince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collarPrince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar

Prince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar

The British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and developmentThe British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and development

The British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and development

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit 'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit 

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit

Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage 

Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage

'I want to help inspire and empower young people to change their world,' the artist said in an email released by the foundation.

Chance the Rapper and Gloria Estefan will perform in a public concert to cap the event.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to speak with 20 students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school located across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side.

'The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world,' Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady’s communications director, said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park AcademyEarlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy

The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library 

The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library

Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat 

Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat

The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other 

The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other

At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back 

At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back

Prince Harry and the Obamas are firm friends and have appeared in public together several times over the years.

Obama has thrown his support behind Harry's Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and women.

Last month, Obama and Harry were seen enjoying a warm, lively chat as they took their seats courtside to watch wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games, which took place in Toronto.

It later emerged that the former president had quizzed Harry about his girlfriend Meghan during their chat.

Obama enjoyed a hugely successful state visit to the UK in 2011, when he and his family stayed with the Queen, and last year he and his wife had dinner with William, Kate and Harry at Kensington Palace, where they met Prince George.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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