TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Up to 11 Australians are believed to have died in the volcanic explosion on New Zealand’s White Island.
Three Australians are among five people confirmed dead after being caught in the eruption.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said eight other Australians remained missing, with authorities no longer expecting any more survivors.
He added that 13 Australians were among 31 people being treated in hospital. Some are in a critical condition with severe burns.
Mr Morrison said authorities were working to identify people who were hospitalised.
“Obviously there are quite severe burns issues and that’s why they are in so many different hospitals because they have been taken to the various burns units across New Zealand, but the full details of all of their conditions is not yet known.”
He said 24 Australians, aged between 17 and 72, were on a tour of White Island at the time of the eruption.
The Prime Minister said the rescue mission had moved into recovery mode and feared there was “worse news to come”
New Zealand police said 47 people were on the tiny island, off the east coast of the North Island, when the volcano erupted yesterday afternoon.
The blast happened at 2:11pm local time, sending plumes of white smoke, ash and debris 12,000 feet into the sky.
Twenty-three survivors were taken off the island by rescuers, but five of those died.
PHOTO: Some tourists were rescued from the island after the eruption. (Twitter: Michael Schade)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said local teams were working to identify victims, acknowledging Australia’s offers of assistance.
“Can I say to our Australian family, there are no two countries closer,” she said.
“We’re devastated at what has happened here and particularly want to acknowledge those from Australia who have been caught up in this horrific, horrific incident.”
A geologist said there was “very little warning” that the White Island volcano was poised to erupt, despite New Zealand authorities ramping up the alert level three weeks ago from a level 1 to a level 2 volcanic alert level on November 18.
Despite this, a geology expert said volcanic eruptions are “very, very difficult to predict”
With more than 2.7 million hectares of New South Wales already destroyed by rampant bushfires, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) today faced another day of extreme danger as many fires still burning were getting perilously close to densely or highly populated areas.
The state is bracing for hot and gusty winds and temperatures of up to 42 degrees Celsius in some areas.
The RFS said dry thunderstorms were expected in the afternoon, prompting fears lightning will ignite more blazes
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said it would be a “very complex, very difficult day” for firefighters who had been taking advantage of cooler weekend conditions to conduct “critical backburning”.
Mr Fitzsimmons said hot and dry winds would bring humidity down to less than 10 per cent in some areas.
“We are going to see hot conditions [and] dry atmosphere, particularly dry air mass that’s bringing this heat from the centre of Australia,” he said.
“Fortunately they’re not as strong as what we’ve been experiencing in the last month.
“The drop in wind strength is being compensated for in the increase in heat.”
He said across NSW today, nine areas would have total fire bans in place and there would be more than 2,000 personnel and over 100 aircraft fighting more than 80 fires.
“All fires … are going to be of concern to us, but there are some that are much closer and with greater potential to impact on more densely populated or highly populated areas,” he said.
The commissioner said thunderstorms were expected, but there would be little rain.
“That means a potential for lots of lightning,” he said.
The RFS said at least 2.7 million hectares, with a perimeter of 19,235 kilometres, had been burnt so far this bushfire season.
One of the blazes, dubbed the “mega fire”, had a front of more than 60 kilometres and was a result of five separate fires which merged north of Sydney on Friday.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today would be a “very dangerous day” for the state and reminded residents to be vigilant.
“We can’t underestimate what it can be like over summer,” she said.
“As the conditions get hotter and drier, and also the wind picks up, this again is giving us a taste of what we’re likely to experience in the next few months.”
Australians scored five acting nominations, with Cate Blanchett and Margot Robbie recognised in the film categories and Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Toni Collette earning television nods in the 2020 Golden Globes.
The Netflix divorce drama Marriage Story led the film nominations with six nominations, followed by gangster movie The Irishman, also on Netflix, with five.
The two movies will also compete in the best drama category with war drama 1917, comic book villain film Joker, and papal story Two Popes.
The TV series Game of Thrones picked up just one nomination via its star Kit Harington for its eighth and final season.
The films nominated for best comedy or musical were Dolemite is My Name, Jojo Rabbit, murder mystery Knives Out, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Elton John biopic Rocketman.
Apple’s streaming service landed its first major award nomination for The Morning Show, along with its stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
British comedian Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes, which will take place on Monday January 6 Australian time.
Below is a list of nominees, with Australian nominees highlighted with an asterisk.
Best motion picture — drama
The Two Popes
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture — drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture — drama
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Best motion picture — musical or comedy
Dolemite Is My Name
Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture — musical or comedy
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette*
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture — musical or comedy
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Best motion picture — animated
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Toy Story 4
Best motion picture — foreign language
The Farewell (USA)
Les Miserables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell*
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood
Best television series — drama
Big Little Lies
The Morning Show
Best performance by an actress in a television series — drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies*
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Best performance by an actor in a television series — drama
Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
Best television series — musical or comedy
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Best performance by an actress in a television series — musical or comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best performance by an actor in a television series — musical or comedy
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
The Loudest Voice
Best performance By An Actress In A Limited Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine The Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice*
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
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