- Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner were spotted for the first time this holiday at Mar-a-Lago on Monday night while attending Christmas dinner
- On Tuesday the group went fishing and Ivanka accidentally posted a photo Jared snapped of himself with a Confederate flag in the background
- On Monday, Ivanka and Jared sat opposite President Trump at family dinner and the three were in deep conversation
- The group, which also included Tiffany, Donald Jr and Vanessa with their children and President's siblings Maryanne and Roberta, sat behind a velvet rope
- Ivanka took some time to pose with the Ivana's mother Marie after dinner, and later noted that was celebrating her 92nd Christmas
Published: 13:48 EST, 26 December 2017 | Updated: 15:36 EST, 26 December 2017
Jared and wife Ivanka Trump were seen dining opposite the President and First Lady at Mar-a-Lago, where the group sat in the center of the dining room behind a velvet rope.
They were joined at the table by Tiffany Trump, Donald Jr and Vanessa with their children and President Trump's siblings Maryanne and Robert.
Ivanka and Jared also took some time to pose with the Ivana's mother Marie after dinner, and later noted that was celebrating her 92nd Christmas.
On Tuesday it was off to enjoy some fishing and snap a few family photos, though Ivanka's attempts at a picture perfect outing soured when Jared and son Joseph got photobombed by a Confederate flag in one image.
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They're there: vanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner were spotted for the first time this holiday at Mar-a-Lago on Monday night while attending Christmas dinner
Not so grand flag: On Tuesday the group went fishing and Ivanka accidentally posted a photo of Jraed and son Joseph with a Confederate flag in the background (above)
Big catch: 'To any kid, this fish is a trophy!' wrote Ivanka on the series of photos she posted after the group's fishing trip
forefathers: Ivanka took some time to pose with the Ivana's mother Marie after dinner, and later noted that was celebrating her 92nd Christmas
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Smiling boy: Jared even snapped a seflie of the pair while they enjoyed their day out on the water
Leisurely lives: President Trump also enjoyed some rest and relaxation on Tuesday as he headed off to enjoy some golf
'To any kid, this fish is a trophy!' wrote Ivanka on the series of photos she posted after the group's fishing trip.
They could be seen surrounded by at least two Coast Guard patrolers as well as a boat that had a US flag and a Confederate flag.
President Trump also enjoyed some rest and relaxation on Tuesday as he headed off to enjoy some golf.
It was an odd decision, especially since on Monday he tweeted: 'I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!'
Donald Jr and Eric were also seen in images from Christmas night, with Don Jr. posting a family shot after dinner of himself and wife Vanessa with their five children.
'Merry Christmas to you and yours from our family. May your day be as joyous as anyone could possibly hope for. #merrychristmas #christmas #family #traditions #family #familytime,' he wrote on Instagram.
Eric meanwhile was seen in an image with wife Lara, their baby son and two dogs while in North Carolina with her family.
Family time: 'Merry Christmas to you and yours from our family. May your day be as joyous as anyone could possibly hope for. #merrychristmas #christmas #family #traditions #family #familytime,' wrote Don Jr on Monday (above)
Newborn joy: Eric and Lara Trump with their pups and son in North Carolina on Monday (above)
Tiffany enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation over the Christmas holiday as she got off social media hid herself away at her father's Palm Beach Estate.
The Georgetown Law School student was seen being dropped off at Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon and heading out to dinner at the club on Saturday, and then did not emerge again until Christmas afternoon, when DailyMail.com spotted her heading out for a swim with an unidentified man.
President Trump's younger daughter wore a blush pink halter dress over a black bikini as she made her way to the pool while carrying a pink and blue suede handbag.
She was joined by a mystery man on the outing who looked similar in appearance to one of the dedicated Secret Service agents who has been with the First Daughter since her father's election.
The pair's poolside holiday comes one week after Tiffany was spotted linking arms with another mystery man in NYC, who also appeared to be part of her Secret Service team.
Meanwhile, Tiffany and boyfriend Ross Mechanic seem to have gone their separate ways after two years of dating, with the two having not been seen together since August.
Out and about: Tiffany Trump, 24, was spotted heading to the pool at mar-a-Lago on Chrostmas afternoon with a mystery man
Dress to impress: She wore a halter-neck romper over a bikini on the outing
Fun in the sun: This is Tiffany's first holiday in Palm Beach, having gone to Georgia with mom Marla Maples in 2016 and Idaho the prior year
Shut up and drive: Tiffany arrived in Palm Beach on Friday with her family (above waiting for her father)
Leon on me: Tiffany was seen leaning on a mystery man as she went to dinner one week before Christmas in NYC
This is Tiffany's first holiday in Palm Beach, having gone to Georgia with mom Marla Maples in 2016 and Idaho the prior year.
Marla has been posting photos of herself while spending the holiday with friends in Montana, and even shared a throwback nap of her and Tiffany when they were both children.
She also shared one of Tiffany and Ivanka from Christmas during the time she was married to Donald.
It was all about family this Christmas for the Trumps, who gathered at Mar-a-Lago in to celebrate the holiday.
President Trump was spotted smiling while posing for a photo alongside granddaughter Kai and grandson Spencer on Sunday night at Christmas Eve dinner.
The following day Don Jr. shared a picture of daughter Chloe and son Donnie enjoying time with their great grandmother Marie, whose daughter Ivana is believed to be in Palm Beach as well this holiday.
President Trump's third and current wife Melania also showcased her holly, jolly mood by posting a selfie of herself in an elf hat, writing: 'Merry Christmas!'
President Trump made a very concerted effort to wish everyone a 'Merry Christmas' on Monday, tweeting the phrase three times in less than 12 hours on Sunday and Monday.
'People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!' he wrote at 10pm on Sunday.
He then wrote a simple 'Merry Christmas' at midnight and 8am on Monday.
President Trump released a Christmas message on Monday as well, posting a video to twitter in which he stated: 'In the season of joy, we spend time with our families, we renew the bonds of love and goodwill between our citizens and most importantly we celebrate the miracle of Christmas.
'For Christians we remember the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph that began more than 2,000 years ago. As the book of Isaiah tells us, for to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
'This good news is the greatest Christmas gift of all, the reason for our joy and the true source of our hope.'
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
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.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
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.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
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.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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