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The Daily Recap - Monday 3rd October 2022

Your daily dose of news stories in the world of intersectional feminism.



Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett Criticises First Nations Players For Telling The Media Their Experiences Of Racism In The Club


Outgoing Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett claims it was "unfair" for the First Nations players and their partners to speak to the media about the club's history of racism.


An external review commissioned by Hawthorn contained allegations the club's staff were bullying First Nations players and making them choose between their families and careers.


Some players allegedly were forced to remove the SIM cards from their phones so they couldn't contact their loved ones.


One player even claims he was told by the Hawthorn coaches to tell his partner to abort their baby.


The allegations were made public through an ABC report.


Former Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and former assistant Chris Fagan were both named by the players. Source: ABC

Kennett says it was "unfair" for the players to publicly name the staff members involved in the allegations.


"That was unfair to those [people], so therefore we need to have this resolved," he says.


Outgoing Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett. Source: AFL

Despite the severity of the allegations, Kennett only sees these issues as a "bump along the highway."


"I don't see this as a crisis — I know this club, I know its history and I know its strength," he says, "we will deal with this and assist in any way we can."


 

People Call Out The Government's Decision To Stop Mandatory Covid Isolation Periods


From October 14th, people that test positive for Covid-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate.


With the exception of those that work in high-risk settings such as health or aged care, mandatory isolations will no longer be enforced on people that test positive to the virus.


However, vulnerable communities have called out the government's latest decision.


Author and appearance activist Carly Findlay says these regulations "will have a huge impact on disabled, chronically ill and elderly people."


"For the vulnerable people who have been isolating in various ways since early 2020, for those whose medical and allied health treatments have been impacted due to covid safety and staff shortages, and for the healthcare & other essential workers who are buckling from the immense strain - I'm so sorry," Findlay wrote on social media, "the pandemic isn't over."



John Paterson, chief executive of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT), says it's "too early" to lift mandatory covid isolation requirements.


"We've had more Aboriginal deaths in the Northern Territory from COVID than non-Aboriginal people," says Paterson, "we have to ensure that we keep the most at-risk population safe and prevent this very serious virus from entering into our vulnerable communities."


 

The Ice Bucket Challenge Helped Fund A New Drug To Treat ALS


In groundbreaking news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved the Relyvrio drug which studies show can slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)


Money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge helped fund the study to get this groundbreaking drug approved by the FDA.


Over $115 million was raised for the ALS Association thanks to the viral 2014 social media trend.


According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge helped increase the annual research funding by 187%.


"The approval of AMX0035 is further proof of how the Ice Bucket Challenge dramatically accelerated the fight against ALS," says ALS Association President and CEO, Calaneet Balas, "since then we’ve seen new genes discovered, new assistive technology developed to help people living with ALS, and far more people living with ALS have access to care services than ever before."



More than 17 million videos of people participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge circulated on social media in 2014.


Even some of our favourite celebrities like Barack Obama, Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Ian McKellen, Reese Witherspoon and Gordon Ramsay joined the important cause.


 

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