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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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Novak Djokovic: Judge orders immediate release of tennis star

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The judge hearing Novak Djokovic’s challenge to an order by the Australian government revoking his entry visa has dramatically overturned the decision.

Judge Anthony Kelly ordered the release of the tennis star from detention.

However, there has been no sign of the Serbian player since the verdict. And Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can still cancel his visa on new grounds.

The 34-year-old flew into Melbourne last week, hoping to defend his Australian Open title.

The government acknowledged in court that Djokovic was not given enough time to respond following the notification to cancel his visa.

The player was told he would have until 08:30 local time last Thursday to make comments about the visa cancellation under section 116 of the Australian Migration Act, but the Border Force made the final decision shortly after 07:40.

The Judge said Djokovic could have had more time to make a submission about why his visa should not be withdrawn if authorities had stuck to the original time.

“We all play by the same rules,” Judge Kelly said. “Stated in other terms: those rules were not observed.”

The trial began on Monday morning after delays caused by technical issues with a live stream of proceedings.

Lawyers for Djokovic argued that the 20-time Grand Slam winner entered the country on the understanding that his exemption from restrictions requiring travellers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 was valid.

Nick Wood told the court that the exemption had been granted to the player by two separate medical boards following a recent coronavirus infection and that he had presented all the necessary medical evidence to officials.

“He had done absolutely everything. He had engaged with everything that was required of him by Tennis Australia,” Mr Wood said.

Judge Kelly appeared to agree with Mr Wood’s argument and told government lawyers that he felt “agitated” by what he had heard so far.

“What more could this man have done?” he asked.

Where is Djokovic?

It is not clear. The judge’s order specified that the tennis star should be released from immigration detention within 30 minutes of the ruling.

Djokovic’s family and Serbian officials have said their hero has been arrested, but there is no evidence of that having happened.

Djokovic’s lawyers have also argued that his treatment by Australian Border Force officers after his arrival was “manifestly unjust”.

After being approached by officials at the airport, he asked to wait until the morning to hear from his team before deciding whether to leave the country. This was initially agreed to by officials.

He then went to sleep, but was woken up around 06:00 by officers who allegedly pressured him to respond “because it was better for him if they made the decision right away”.

Government lawyer Christopher Tran argued that Djokovic’s recent Covid infection did not qualify him for an exemption from travel rules, and denied there was any unfairness or unreasonableness in the decision.

Though Djokovic has not spoken publicly about his vaccination status, in his interview with border officials he confirms he is not vaccinated.

He told the interviewer that he tested positive for Covid twice – in June 2020 and on 16 December 2021. Copies of his positive PCR tests were provided to the interviewer – one was issued on the 16 December 2021, a day before Djokovic appeared at public events without a mask.

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NSW COVID-19 hospitalisations pass 1,000 as cases continue to balloon across Australia

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sbs– New South Wales has recorded another 18,278 COVID-19 cases and two deaths as the state’s outbreak continues to surge.

Sunday’s case numbers are slightly lower than Saturday’s 22,577.

The state recorded two deaths from the virus, while 1,066 people are hospitalised, up from 901 on Saturday. There are 83 in intensive care.

At the peak of the Delta outbreak, on 21 September, there were 1,266 people hospitalised with infections, and 244 in intensive care.

Testing numbers to 8pm on the first day of 2022 were down to 90,019, a drop from 119,278 on New Year’s Eve.

The high case numbers come as Premier Dominic Perrottet continues to focus on hospitalisation and intensive care numbers rather than the daily case total.

Despite comprising about six per cent of the population, unvaccinated people make up the majority of those in intensive care, Health Minister Brad Hazzard says.

To ensure hospital systems can cope, asymptomatic health workers who are in isolation due to being a close contact of a positive case will be permitted to leave isolation in “exceptional circumstances”, NSW Health announced on Friday night.

Victoria posts 7,172 cases, extreme heat closes testing sites

The first day of 2022 hasn’t been kind to 7,172 Victorians, the state’s latest residents to contract COVID-19.

A further three virus-related deaths have also been recorded for 1 January.

However the number of Victorian coronavirus patients in hospital care remains relatively stable at 472, up 19 on Saturday’s figure and 48 beyond the seven-day average.

Of them, 52 are classified as active ICU cases and 22 are in need of ventilation.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s daily update said on Sunday community sampling had revealed 76 per cent of all samples collected over the Christmas period were the Omicron variant. Further testing to confirm this is being undertaken over the next week.

In total, Victoria is managing 31,461 active COVID-19 cases.

Health authorities says virus testers managed to process 48,252 results in the 24 hours to Saturday evening.

The state is 93 per cent fully vaccinated for everyone aged 12 and over.

Some 7,442 infections were reported on Saturday, another pandemic record. There were 51 actively infectious patients in intensive care and 21 ventilated.

Extreme heat caused the closure of eight of the state’s testing sites on Saturday.

Queensland records 3,587 new cases

Queensland has added 3,587 infections to its COVID-19 caseload as a new indoor mask mandate comes into effect across the state.

Some 16,688 Queenslanders now have the virus. However, hospital numbers remain low with 112 patients in care, five of them in ICUs and none requiring ventilation.

Health authorities say testers processed almost 34,000 results in the 24 hours to 7pm on Saturday.

Queensland is 86.60 per cent fully vaccinated for everyone 16 and over.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says despite a jump of more than 1,300 cases in a day, he’s not surprised. In part, the increase is related to a change in reporting protocols which saw case figures taken from a 12-hour window on Friday.

“This number is probably a bit smaller than we had expected,” he said in Brisbane on Sunday of the latest figures.

“It probably (also) relates to testing over the holiday period and so it will not be a surprise at all that in the next couple of days we see a significant increase in cases as more samples are tested and more people come forward.”

Dr Gerrard said what experts were now seeing with the virus was that it was “a vastly different disease” to that which was spreading in the community last year and prior to vaccination.

“With a degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less,” he said.

“We are going to see very large numbers of cases and a small proportion of a very large number (who fall ill) is still a large number.”

Masks were declared compulsory in “virtually all indoor spaces” in Queensland from 1am on Sunday.

Previously masks were only required indoors at supermarkets, shops, on public transport and ride share as well as airports and planes, cinemas and theatres in Queensland.

They now need to be worn at workplaces unless unsafe to do so, pubs, clubs and cafes unless when seated, indoor stadiums and sport arenas, libraries, hair dressers and nail salons, and medical centre waiting areas.

Queenslanders were also urged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.

SA hospitalisations ‘very much within capacity’

South Australia, meanwhile, recorded 2,298 COVID-19 cases on New Years Day from 21,140 tests.

The newest caseload is up from 2,108, while hospitalisations have also risen by 11.

There are currently 82 people in hospital, Premier Steven Marshall said on Sunday, a number which he said was “still very much within our current capacity”.

Seven people are in ICU.

“We see a lot of admissions but also a lot of people are leaving hospital on a daily basis after their conditions have stabilised,” Mr Marshall told reporters on Sunday.

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Double demerits: Police crackdown on speeding, mobile phones, seatbelt and helmet offences over Christmas period

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skynews– The countdown to Christmas is on – and motorists driving over the holiday season are at risk of copping further punishments if they break road rules.

Police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be patrolling roads for all driving offences, with double demerits applied in NSW, ACT, WA and QLD.

For example, drivers in NSW and the ACT caught using their phones will be hit with a $349 fine ($464 in a school zone) and 10 demerit points.

Police will also be cracking down on the Four Ds – drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving – to reduce injuries and fatalities on roads.

NSW and ACT

Double demerit points will be applied from December 24 to January 4 for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

Police Minister Paul Toole acknowledges it is a busy time of the year but urges motorists to plan ahead and be patient.

“For many, it will be the first time they’ve hit the road since COVID restrictions eased, so please plan ahead, take your time and be patient,” he said.

“No one wants to get a fine or worse still, lose their licence at Christmas, but we make no apologies for taking a tough stance so everyone can be reunited with their loved ones safely.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn, is calling on the public to report any dangerous driving incidents to Crime Stoppers.

“Keeping the public safe is our top priority – and we’re asking for you to help us protect yourselves, loved ones and the community on NSW roads,” he said.

“If you see or know anyone who is drink, drug, dangerous or distracted driving, please report it to Crime Stoppers and we will investigate.

“Our message to motorists breaking the law is clear: someone is watching you now and you will get caught.”

Western Australia

Double demerit points will be applied in WA from December 24 to January 9.

During holiday periods and long weekends, the following offences are subject to Double Demerits:

  • Speeding
  • Drink or drug driving
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt and child restraint
  • Running a red light
  • Illegal use of a mobile phone while driving
  • Drive a motor vehicle fitted with a device designed to evade detection by a speed camera (14 points during double demerits period)
  • Drive a motor vehicle in a manner to evade detection by a speed camera (14 points during double demerits period)

Queensland

Sunshine State residents are subject to double demerits over repeated offences, no matter what time of year it is.

Double demerit points are applied for certain second or subsequent offences committed within one year of the previous offence.

This includes:

  • offences for speeding more than 20km/h over the speed limit
  • mobile phone offences
  • driver seatbelt offences
  • motorcycle helmet offences.

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