The Loop: Protesters interrupt Chinese ambassador, airports hit by school holidays, and more Australians have been named to the NBA

Written by Javed Iqbal

Hi there. It is Friday, June 24th and you read The Loop, a quick summary of today’s news.

Let’s start here: More Australians have joined the NBA

Two young Australian basketball players were drawn into NBA today, where they will play against the world’s best (and richest) ball players.

Dyson Daniels was drafted as number eight by New Orleans Pelicansleading to jubilant scenes in his hometown of Bendigo.

Here’s what you need to know about him:

  • The 19-year-old stands at 6’6 “and has a 6’11” wingspan
  • His starting salary as a rookie is expected to be at least $ 6.5 million a year
  • He spent most of the last year in the United States playing for the NBA development team G League Ignite


Here’s how his friends and fans in Bendigo reacted when he was elected:


Luke Traversa 20-year-old who has played for his home team Perth Wildcats in the NBL was selected by Cleveland Cavaliers at choice 56 in the draft.


Today we heard about school holidays at airports

Travelers are asked to expect long queues at airports this weekend for a few reasons:

  • School holidays starts in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory
  • Airports are expected to be busiest they have been since the beginning of the COVID pandemic
  • The aviation industry is still struggling to get on top of one critical labor shortages

If you are worried about getting to and from the airport or want tips on how to minimize airport stress, continue reading this story here.

News you may have missed

  • Researchers have found a bacterium, ie thousands of times larger than most bacteria. Meet Thiomargarita magnifica, the largest bacterium that researchers have found so far – about one to two centimeters long and visible to the naked eye
White threads floating next to the coin
The hair-like bacteria are larger than a fruit fly.(Delivered by: Tomas Tyml)
  • Several protesters interrupted China’s Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, while giving a speech on bilateral relations in Sydney today. The protesters intervened concerns about Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kongbut was taken away by the security guard and the speech continued
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Protesters interrupt Chinese ambassador to Australia’s speech on relations between two countries.

Here’s what Australia has been searching for online

  • Martin Foley. Victoria’s health minister is among four senior prime ministers who have just stepped out of their portfolios and will resign at the next election in November. The other three are Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education James MerlinoMinister of Police Lisa Neville and Minister of Sports Martin Pakula
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Daniel Andrews is ready to lose more than four decades of experience from his cabinet with the expected resignation of (L – R) Martin Foley, James Merlino, Martin Pakula and Lisa Neville.(ABC / AAP)
  • State of origin of women. Both New South Wales and Queensland have won two matches each under the women’s State of Origin banner. In the last year of single women’s Origin matches, there is even more on the way than usual when rivals meet in a cool Canberra tonight

One more thing: Are the Spice Girls considering an Australian tour?

Emma Bunton – known by fans as Baby Spice Has suggested that Spice Girls will likely go down under as part of another reunion tour at some point.

“Let’s just say yes, why not?” she told Sunrise.

“We’ve talked about it, of course we have, but with the pandemic and everything that happened, it’s been harder to organize.”

Bunton said she “absolutely loves coming to Australia” and “really hopes” that the Spice Girls will go down soon.

You are updated!

We return with new editions of The Loop from Monday.


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