- Donald Trump attended the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia on Monday night
- Before the commencement of the National Anthem, Trump placed his right hand over his heart and he was flanked by military members
- He appears to do pretty well in the beginning but later his mouth goes awry
- President 45 appears to give a quick side eye to the camera trained directly on him and at another point pats his chest while remaining silent
- Twitter was quick to take Trump – who has been a vocal critic of football players who do not stand for the National Anthem – to task
- Drew Gibson observed: 'When the camera panned to [Trump] he just had that mouth agape, thousand-yard stare going'
Published: 21:29 EST, 8 January 2018 | Updated: 21:46 EST, 8 January 2018
Donald Trump is being dragged on Twitter after he appeared to not know many of the words to the National Anthem during his appearance at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.
The Anthem was performed by the Zac Brown Band at Monday night's game. Trump placed his right hand over his heart and he was flanked by military members who saluted.
He appears to do pretty well in the beginning, clearly mouthing along to 'say can you see, by the dawn's early light…proudly we hailed'.
Donald Trump appeared to not know many of the words to the National Anthem during the Zac Brown Band's performance of it at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia
Trump was flanked by military members during the game between the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide
He appeared to mouth certain words and phrases properly but at other points remained silent or appeared to mouth gibberish
At one point (not pictured) Trump appeared to give side eye to the camera that was trained directly on him for the duration of the Anthem
But then his mouth appears to go awry. He utters something at 'gleaming' and appears to correctly mouth 'stripes and bright stars'.
Otherwise, he either keeps his mouth shut or appears to utter gibberish.
President 45 also appears to give a quick side eye to the camera trained directly on him and at another point pats his chest while remaining silent.
The former businessman gets back on track with 'red glare, The bombs bursting in air'. While singing this phrase, his eyes go wide for reasons unknown.
He sings along to 'gave proof through the night' before appearing to veer off again.
On 'wave,' when the Anthem crescendos before its last line and people generally start clapping, Trump gives an awkward smile.
He then states 'For the land of the free, and the home of the brave' – but appears to preemptively say 'brave'.
Twitter was quick to take Trump – who has been a vocal critic of football players who do not stand for the National Anthem – to task for appearing to mumble his way through it.
Vigilant tweeters were quick to take Donald Trump to task for appearing to bumble his way through the National Anthem
Kasey Dixon wrote: 'Does @realDonaldTrump even know the words of the Star Spangled Banner? Sure doesn't look like it…'
puppits said: 'Thought Trump looked ok until the camera close-up showed he clearly didn't know the words to the Star Spangled Banner'
Drew Gibson observed: 'When the camera panned to [Trump] he just had that mouth agape, thousand-yard stare going.'
Inderia Salter wistfully asked: 'Where is Obama?'
The fumbled Anthem came as Trump was jeered and booed by several protest groups that packed into an already crowded Atlanta, where the game is being held.
The Atlanta branch of the NAACP urged people to wear white to the game and to bring white towels to wave when the president enters the stadium.
The white is meant to mock the 'snowflake' insult that Trump supporters have made against those who oppose the president.
'We're going to make a snowflake turn into a mighty blizzard inside of Mercedes-Benz stadium when Mr. Trump comes,' Gerald Griggs, a vice president of the Atlanta NAACP, said at a news conference Monday.
Drew Gibson observed on Twitter: 'When the camera panned to [Trump] he just had that mouth agape, thousand-yard stare going'
Ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is pictured at center kneeling during the National Anthem before an October 2016 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He inaugurated the kneeling movement as a means to protest police brutality against African Americans
The organization also planned a 'Twitter storm' beginning at 6pm and continuing through to the end of the game.
The plan is to use the hashtag #AllTrumpsLies to highlight what they say are lies told by the president.
Another group, Refuse Fascism ATL, also demonstrated outside CNN's world headquarters near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the game was set to kick off at 8pm. The group planned to 'take a knee' there at 6.30pm.
Atlanta police stated earlier that they set up several designated areas for protesters and won't interfere with demonstrations unless protesters break the law.
Local, state and federal law enforcement authorities said last week that they've worked for months to develop security plans.
Earlier on Monday, Trump urged respect for the American flag and the national anthem at a farmers' convention on Monday.
Trump was there to deliver a partisan message about tax cuts and regulation-slashing to America's largest agriculture group.
The Georgia Bulldogs Marching Band performs on field prior to the game presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Brian Robinson Jr, #24 of the Crimson Tide, walks out of the tunnel with Jonah Williams #73 during warm ups prior to the game
Crimson Tide cheerleaders perform during the game held in Atlanta, Georgia
Trump waves to sports fans as he walks on the field before the game
However, he began talking about the 'great American flag' midway through.
'We are fighting for our flag. We want our flag respected. We want our flag respected,' he said twice. 'And we want our national anthem respected, also,' Trump added to whoops.
Kendrick Lamar, the game's half-time performer, could also take the opportunity to rip the president after saying in October that Trump's election was a 'mindf***' and it is 'building the fire' for him.
A track Lamar released earlier this year, 'The Heart Part 4,' hits Trump as a 'chump' and claims that Russia is 'up to something'.
Trump said Monday afternoon in Tennessee that there's 'plenty of space for people to express their views and to protest.
'But love our flag, we love our anthem, and we want to keep it that way,' the president stated.
At a rally in Alabama last year, Trump issued a sharply worded warning to players who do not stand for the National Anthem.
The move was inaugurated by ex-49ers Colin Kaepernick during the 2016-2017 season as a means to protest police violence against African Americans.
'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "Get that son of a b***h off the field right now! He is fired. He's fired!"' Trump boomed at the rally held in September 2017.
His crowd applauded and chanted 'USA! USA!'
We are fighting for our farmers, for our country, and for our GREAT AMERICAN FLAG. We want our flag respected – and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also! pic.twitter.com/16eOLXg6Fi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2018
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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