Friday, September 17

Month: July 2021

‘Get back quickly’ Victorians in NSW urged

Victoria has notched up its 11th consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases, while the number of active cases has dropped from 23 to 20. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Luis AscuiVictorians in New South Wales have been urged to come home as soon as possible as the threat of a complete border closure between the states looms. Case numbers continue to soar in Sydney, jumping by 77 in 24 hours, with one death recorded as the Delta variant runs wild.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he would not hesitate to make all of NSW a hotspot if that was the advice of health experts, with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee meeting later on Sunday.Read Next“We can act as the state of Victoria based on our advice from our CHO (chief health officer) and others but it is always best if we ge...

‘Cynics’ think buyers are using Hunter’s canvases to ‘funnel money to the Biden family’

Sky News host James Morrow says some “cynics” think buyers on the prowl for an original Hunter Biden artwork might not be doing so for “beauty” but instead are using his canvases as a way to “funnel money to the Biden family”. “When you think of great American artists, which paintings come to mind?” he said. “Perhaps the stark profile of Whistler's Mother. Or maybe the heartwarming scenes of small town Americana depicted by Norman Rockwell. Then again, you may be a fan of Jasper Johns' modern depictions of the American flag. “Or, if none of these float your boat, then perhaps you've got the keen eye of the collector on the lookout for an original Hunter Biden. “Yes, that's right, Joe Biden's son Hunter, until now best known as a raconteur, bon vi...

Ask the masters to get priority hits

There are increasing calls for teachers to have priority access to COVID-19 vaccines amid concerns that the Delta variant could create a "dusty situation" within schools.Alisa Stephens, a member of the NSW Federation of Teachers and a teacher from Goulburn, said teachers have felt taken for granted during the last 18 months of the pandemic as state leaders insist schools remain safe for children. students, but little is done to protect staff at risk."We have been asked to show up, to stay at work, to stay with our students, to stay face to face. We understand that those things are important and yet they have not been prioritized," he told Weekend Today this morning.NSW Federation of Teachers member Alisa Stephens is calling for teachers to take priority when it comes to receiving the...

Melbourne council honours ‘wrong’ traditional landowners in NAIDOC week

Stonnington Councillor Alexander Lew says his council honoured the "wrong" traditional landowners for their NAIDOC week celebrations because they did not want to “offend” the community they had already booked. “There’s been a recent decision by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council which has resolved a dispute as to who the traditional owners of Stonnington are,” he said. “And our council had gone ahead and organised the wrong traditional owners to open events for NAIDOC week and, unfortunately, not wanting to offend them, we didn’t cancel them. “So we went ahead and did our NAIDOC week events with the not properly recognised traditional owners, going forward though we will be using the correct traditional owners.” Mr Lew told Sky News Austr...

The United States records the fourth consecutive day of 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant

The U.S has exceeded 20,000 new COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day, as the highly contagious Delta variant remains the most common form of coronavirus in the country.The last time the country had consecutive days of cases that exceeded 20,000 was in May, according to the data.Rochelle Walensky, who heads the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that more than nine million people live in counties where cases are increasing and where vaccination rates are below 40 per hundred.Respiratory therapist Robert Blas administers the Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic to residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood that has low vaccination rates, especially among young people. (CNN)"Many of these counties are also in the same places where the Delta vari...

NSW Police ‘need to be much more firmer than fairer’: Gary Worboys

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys says people across the state have been slapped with 106 infringement notices in the past 24 hours to his disappointment and warns officers will now be “firmer” than they are fair. “Police have always said that they will be firm but fair. We are now in a position where we need to be much more firmer than fairer,” he said. “Police are just getting a little tired of people that disguise their behaviour around the orders to try and give some legitimacy to it.” Mr Worboys said the “spread of the infringement notices” was right across the state, including around Orange, Kings Cross, Penrith and south-west Sydney. He offered three examples of people flouting the rules, including a large card-playing gathering....

NSW Police to Crack Down COVID-19 Lockdown Violations

Policeman across the state will begin cracking down on even tougher people isolation restrictions after another 106 fines were imposed in the last day.NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys said that while the vast majority of New South Wales residents are complying, several people are still not getting the message."The police have always said they will be firm, but fair. Now we are in a position where we need to be much more firm than fair," he said.New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said police will be tougher on people caught doing the wrong thing. (9News)"People understand orders more and more and the police are getting a little tired of people disguising their behavior around orders to try to give it some legitimacy."Fines have been imposed acros...

COVID ‘tunnel vision’: ‘Flow-on from this is going to be tragedy for years’

Sky News host James Morrow says health flow-on effects will emerge as “we have now basically weakened all of our immune systems” with “fanatical” face masking and social distancing. “Now we are seeing huge spikes in deadly respiratory viruses that normally we don’t see much at all in the community,” Mr Morrow said. “We are going to see huge health flow-on effects, I think, from the fact that we have now basically weakened all of our immune systems with the fanatical masking, with the fanatical social distancing, with everything else that goes along with this. “It’s the same thing with little kids who aren’t allowed to play in the dirt and they wind up developing allergies and things like that – we are doing this society-wide. “But the other day Ker...

Greater Sydney Prepares For Another COVID-19 Rise As Third Week Of Lockdown Kicks Off

New South Wales gears up for another daily record COVID-19 Figure today as Greater Sydney wakes up to its third week of COVID-19 lockdown.There is growing fear that Sydney and surrounding regions are now experiencing a prolonged shutdown similar to that seen in Victoria last year, and one of Australia's leading epidemiologists suggested yesterday closing orders likely to be needed after August.Police patrol the streets of Cabramatta in southwest Sydney, which is becoming the new epicenter of the current outbreak. (Nine)Data analysis by 9news.com.au has revealed how much more the current Covid-19 outbreak it has spread compared to the earlier Northern Beaches, which placed half the peninsula under strict stay-at-home orders for three weeks over the Christmas period.Yesterday was mo...