Brekky Wrap: Athletes To Sleep In Cardboard Beds At Tokyo 2020

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Olympic Games officials are certainly thinking out of the box in their environmental approach to athletes' sleeping arrangements for Tokyo 2020.

The bed frames in the Athletes Village will be made of recycled cardboard, while mattresses will be formed of polyethylene materials that will be re-purposed for plastic products after the event.

All 18,000 beds are 2.10-metres long and can bear a weight of up to 200kgs -- which is more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Construction of some communal areas of the Olympic village, like the main dining hall and the village plaza, is still underway.

Organisers are making a conscious effort to reduce carbon emissions generated by the Games, and Japan has announced its official Olympic uniforms will be made from up-cycled clothes.

Victorian and NSW residents will once again brace for a day of extreme fire danger.

In Victoria parts of the state are facing severe to extreme fire danger with emergency services bracing for a challenging day as temperatures are predicted to soar into the 40s in the state's fire-ravaged east and north-east.

This heat will be followed by a cool change bringing winds with peak gusts of up to 90km/h and possible dry lightning.

A total fire ban has been declared for Friday in the Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, North East, East Gippsland, West and South Gippsland.

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‘Horror Night’ For Bushfire Ravaged Communities As Blazes Flare Up Again

Fire crews in NSW and Victoria are experiencing another horror night after already ravaged communities were told to leave as dangerous blazes flare up again across the southeast.

Two "evacuate now" alerts were also issued for a northeastern Victoria area west of Mt Buffalo that included Bennies and Cheshunt South.

Similar scenes are expected in parts of NSW which is preparing for a day of potentially "erratic" fire behaviour, authorities have warned.

Total fire bans are in place for much of NSW and extreme fire warnings are in place for the southern slopes while severe fire warnings have been issued for the Monaro alpine region, ACT, southern ranges and eastern Riverina.

A southwesterly wind change is expected to impact inland fires on Friday afternoon with a gusty southerly change forecast to impact coastal towns from the evening.

An Adelaide lawyer killed in New Zealand's White Island volcano disaster last month will be farewelled at a funeral service today.

Gavin Dallow, 53, was holidaying with his wife, Lisa Dallow, and her daughter, 15-year-old Zoe Hosking, when the volcano erupted.

Mr Dallow and Zoe were killed, while Mrs Dallow survived. She was airlifted to hospital with critical burns to more than half her body.

Gavin Dallow was killed in the eruption but Lisa suffered severe burns and survived. Image: Facebook

The family was touring White Island as part of a two-week cruise when disaster struck. Of the 47 people reportedly on the island at the time, 19 were killed instantly or later died from their injuries.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly ignored instructions from the Queen not to go public with their bombshell announcement.

The Queen and other members of the family were apparently left "hurt" by Harry and Meghan's decision to issue a personal statement outlining their decision to step back from their roles as senior royals.

It also painted a picture of their future lives as financially independent royals who plan to share their time between the UK and North America.

But it appears the head of state tried to forestall any announcements after her grandson asked to meet at her private Sandringham estate, according to London's Evening Standard.

Harry and Meghan went ahead and released their personal statement on Wednesday evening anyway.

British MPs have approved legislation that will allow Britain to leave the European Union on January 31 with an exit deal, ending more than three years of tumult over the terms of the unprecedented divorce.

MPs voted 330 to 231 in favour of the withdrawal bill, which implements an exit deal agreed with the EU last year, putting an end to the fears of an immediate disorderly exit.

Those fears had cast a shadow over the economy and triggered divisions over the 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU.

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Speaking in Parliament on Thursday Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay said: "It is time to get Brexit done. This bill does so."

The legislation will now head to parliament's upper chamber and is expected to become law in the coming weeks.

A Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian anti-aircraft missiles, U.S. officials say.

One U.S. official said that according to satellite data, the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 bound for Kiev was airborne for two minutes after departing Tehran when the heat signatures of two surface-to-air missiles were detected.



Ukraine Plane 'Brought Down By Iran', Trudeau Calls For 'Credible' Investigation

U.S and Canadian officials said it is highly likely Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board, as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau called for a 'credible' investigation into the crash. 

That was quickly followed by an explosion in the vicinity of the plane, the official said. Heat signature data then showed the plane on fire as it went down.

Iran's head of civil aviation was quoted by ISNA News Agency as saying that it was "impossible that a missile hit the Ukrainian plane".

Last year was the biggest ever for Hollywood actresses with an annual study revealing top-grossing US Box Office films featuring female protagonists climbed from 31 per cent to 40 per cent in 2019, marking a record high.

In 2019 females accounted for 37 per cent of major characters, up just one percentage point from 36 per cent in 2018.

However, the report by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film found black and minority ethnic (BAME) women are being left behind.

The percentage of black females in speaking roles fell from 21 per cent to 20 per cent last year.

Russia’s Daniil  Medvedev's  ATP clash against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman  got a little heated when he struck the umpire’s chair not once, but twice.

The players exchanged heated words at one point, earning Team Russia a warning, before Medvedev received a point penalty after waving his racquet at the umpire and hitting the umpire’s chair shortly after losing a service game in the second set.

The crowd turned against Medvedev following the incident.

Nevertheless, the world number five managed to pull off the win 6-4 4-6 6-3, propelling Russia into the semi-final. 

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