Published: 19:52 EST, 4 January 2018 | Updated: 15:08 EST, 5 January 2018
He admitted that competing in Dancing On Ice is a welcome distraction from his heartache, following his shock split from girlfriend of five months, Amber Davies, in November.
And Kem Cetinay seemed to be relishing honing his skills for the rebooted ITV skating competition, looking every inch the professional as he whizzed across the rink with his Alex Murphy during rehearsals on Thursday.
The Love Island star, 21, was joined by Bake-Off supremo Candice Brown, 32, who was the picture of confidence as she hit the ice with her pro partner Matt Evers during training in Hertfordshire.
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Looking good! Kem Cetinay (L) and his dancing partner Alex Murphy joined Candice Brown and her pro dancer Matt Evers looked utterly at home on the ice as they rehearsed for Dancing On Ice on Thursday
Hairdresser Kem appeared to be in his element, as he showed off a series of poses with Alex, holding her hand across his chest as they glided across the ice.
Wrapping up warm for the ice-skating session, the Essex-born reality star wore a black tracksuit and kept his hands toasty with a cosy pair of red woolly gloves.
The star seemed to be getting on well with Alex, although previously ruled out any chance of romance blossoming between the pair during a recent interview with Heat.
He insisted there was 'no chance' of anything romantic happening between him and Alex, saying he wants to stay single 'out of respect' to his former flame Amber.
Moving on: He admitted that competing in Dancing On Ice is a welcome distraction from his heartache, following his shock split from girlfriend of five months, Amber Davies (right), in November
Quite the double act! He waved enthusiastically as he skidded into co-star Jake Quickenden's rehearsal space
Double trouble: The pair appeared to be in great spirits as they donned builders hats during a break from training
He told the publication: 'I am still in love with Amber as we have just split. And anyway, Alex my partner is 10 years older than me and has a boyfriend.'
It comes after Kem revealed his stint on Dancing On Ice has simply been a welcome distraction from his breakup with Amber.
Speaking to the Mirror, he confessed it had been 'good to concentrate' on mastering the skill of skating, as it has taken his mind off his recent heartache.
Nailing it: Meanwhile, joining Kem on the ice rink was Candice, who looked utterly at home as she whizzed around with her professional partner Matt
Keeping it casual: The former PE teacher ditched her trademark vintage style for a more dressed-down vibe, rocking a simple khaki hooded sweatshirt and skintight jeans
Pals: She was joined by Donna Air (right), who wrapped up warm in a colourful navy and red gilet, layering a sleek grey poloneck top underneath
When asked whether training with partner Alex Murphy had distracted him from the split, he said: 'Yeah it's been good, even sometimes if I'm just on there on my own… just skating around, it's good to concentrate on something… really really good.'
Amber and Kem parted ways earlier this month, after falling for each other on ITV2's Love Island back in June.
Having rocketed to the heights of fame after the reality series, the pair decided to call time on their romance due to their conflicting time schedules.
Beating the blues: Stephanie Waring looked like a natural as she twisted her figure into some impressive lifts with partner Sylvain Longchambon
Elegant: The Hollyoaks star, 39, previously admitted she has never skated before and fears her lack of experience is the reason behind the accidents
Accident prone: Speaking to The Sun she said: 'I’m falling over more as the weeks are going by and I’m not sure if that’s because I’m pushing myself harder and doing more technical things'
Confirming the separation to MailOnline, they said: 'With sadness, we've decided to separate. We fell in love in the villa and want to thank all the fans of the show for supporting us.'
It was later claimed Amber had ended the relationship as she felt things were 'moving too fast' – with the pair openly discussing the prospect of marriage and children in the future, in a number of interviews.
Meanwhile, joining Kem on the ice rink was Candice, who looked utterly at home as she whizzed around with her professional partner Matt.
A tad awkward? Stephanie reunited with rugby hunk Max Evans, who she was seen passionately kissing at an ITV gala in November
Spot of tonsil tennis: The skating co-stars had locked lips in s passionate embrace as they enjoyed a rickshaw ride through central London
Share the joke! Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker, 63, cackled as she posed alongside Jake
Here come the girls! Donna, Candice and Cheryl flashed matching grins once they had stepped off the rink
The former PE teacher ditched her trademark vintage style for a more dressed-down vibe, rocking a simple khaki hooded sweatshirt and skintight jeans.
Sweeping her dark tresses into a tousled topknot, the former Great British Bake-Off winner appeared to go make-up free for the gruelling training session.
She was joined by Donna Air, who wrapped up warm in a colourful navy and red gilet, layering a sleek grey poloneck top underneath.
Having a whale of a time: Soap star Brooke Vincent, 25, who admitted she gave up smoking to focus on training, appeared to be in great spirits as she mingled with fellow competitor Perri Shakes-Drayton
Flashing those pearly whites: Track athlete Perri, 29, didn't let her competitive side take over as she soaked up the fun of the skating show
Impressive effort: Former X Factor star Jake Quickenden looked the picture of concentration as he lifted partner Vanessa Bauer
Incredible show: The 29-year-old former I'm A Celebrity appeared to show no fear as he pulled some gravity-defying tricks with his partner
Pre-show nerves: Jake previously admitted he also found the early training sessions tough, revealing: 'I’m terrified. I had my first training session yesterday – I was freezing! Ice is cold!'
Excited: He added: 'But it was amazing, the coaches are unbelievable. I just feel so lucky that I’ve been asked to do it. I’m so buzzing, I can’t even explain. It’s my mums favourite!'
The blonde beauty recently revealed she feared death for the upcoming Dancing On Ice show as she 'thought it was that dangerous'.
Despite her former worries, the 38-year-old actress went on to express her delight in taking on the figure skating role as she is 'having so much fun doing the show', and is already seeing the physical benefits.
The media personality made known of her initial fears when she took on the role: 'I really thought I’d probably die doing the show… I thought it was that dangerous.'
Getting on famously: The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star and 21-year-old German skater Vanessa seemed to have a great rapport
Don't look down! The singer looked utterly confident as he balanced a graceful Vanessa high above his head while an aide observed from the sidelines
Baby steps: Singer Lemar, 39, looked a tad tentative on the ice as he skated around with his French partner and stunt girl Melody Le Moal
She went on to reveal she was 'glad' at becoming a contestant for the imminent tenth series, explaining: 'I don’t like being scared of things so I thought it’s good… Life is about experiences and I thought it would be a real experience.'
She added: 'I’m so glad that I made the right decision because we’re having so much fun doing the show'.
Donna was right to be cautious about her safety, as among the injuries in the past series were Keith Chegwin breaking his shoulder and cracking his ribs; Jennifer Ellison cutting her head open with her own skate; and Samia Ghadie popping one of her ribs out.
Meet the gangDonna, Jake, Kem and Brooke grinned as they posed under an inflatable watermelon after a long day of training
Giving yourselves a round of applause? Stephanie, Max Evans, Cheryl Baker, Jake and Donna clapped as they practised a group dance routine ahead of the show's launch on January 7
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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