Friday, September 17

Month: September 2021

Memphis Francis will be able to return to his parents from QLD

A three-year-old boy stranded in New South Wales will be able to see his parents again after the Queensland government promised to reunite the family urgently.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised that a 3-year-old boy who was left out of state after traveling to New South Wales on vacation with his grandparents will be reunited with his parents.After a national controversy erupted over the cruel decision to ban him from returning home to his mom and dad, the Queensland prime minister told parliament this morning that officials are working on a solution."They inform me that the waiver unit has spoken with their parents and they are processing and talking to them about that waiver," Ms. Palaszczuk said.Queensland government sources told news.com.au "we are trying to get h...

Russell Packer’s retirement the end of an era for himself and the Wests Tigers

Russell Packer will walk away from the NRL following 12 seasons, including 33 games at the Tigers. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesRussell Packer’s retirement officially ends the big dollar back-end deals that have plagued the Wests Tigers for years. Packer will walk away from the NRL following 12 seasons, including 33 games at the Tigers.The former New Zealand international joined Wests in 2017 on a reported $3m four-year deal, but he struggled to play consistent football due to injury.Read NextThe Tigers have recently had a host of players on long-term contracts, including Packer, Josh Reynolds, and Dragons-bound back Moses Mbye, but their departures will free up valuable space at the club.Packer, 31, who made his NRL debut in 2008, will retire with 184 first-grade games to his n...

Why do skunks stand on their hands?

At first glance, you might think that all skunks are the same. Not so.Meet the spotted skunks, "the acrobats of the skunk world." Scientists have discovered that there are more of these species than they thought, according to new research.More recently, the agreed number was four. But a new study published Wednesday in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution said there are seven species of spotted skunks.There are more spotted skunks than previously thought, according to new research. (Courtesy of Robby Fleischman)"North America is one of the most studied continents in terms of mammals, and carnivores are one of the most studied groups," said study author Adam Ferguson, manager of Negaunee's mammal collections at the Field Museum in Chicago. "Everyone thinks we know all about the syste...

Qld Covid-19: family rejects evidence while Palaszczuk reports new case

Fears of a new outbreak in Queensland are mounting as a family who traveled to a hotspot and returned was revealed to refuse to be tested.Queensland's golden race to contain threats from the Delta off Australia's east coast is in jeopardy after a new local case was infectious in the community for five days and a family refused to be tested after sneaking back to the Been from Melbourne.The new case was a 46-year-old trucker who lives between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and was contagious since Aug. 27, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath told parliament on Thursday.She said the man was potentially infectious in the Queensland community between Saturday and Wednesday."The man is currently in New South Wales and Queensland Health is trying to locate this man to begin contact tracing to identify ...

Chief psychiatrist urges Victorians to reach out to struggling residents

By 1:17PM September 2, 2021 Victoria’s chief psychiatrist Dr Neil Coventry has urged residents to “reach out” to those undergoing mental health struggles, saying feelings of confusion and uncertainty are “very normal” reactions to lockdowns. The state’s coronavirus outbreak continued to worsen after recording 176 new locally acquired cases on Thursday with just 83 of those linked to known cases. “It's a very uncertain situation that we find ourselves living within and I want to make sure that we actually think about the impact this is having for all of us,” Dr Coventry said. “It's impacting on our own sense of wellbeing, our anxiety, our stress level; we're all feeling, to some extent, confused and obviously very uncertain about the future....

ACT registers 12 new cases of COVID-19

the ACT has registered 12 new local cases of COVID-19, eight of which were contagious in the community.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said six of the cases are linked and the remaining six are under investigation.The state now has 13 people in the hospital, four of whom are in the ICU and two on ventilators, including an unvaccinated man in his 20s who has no prior health problems.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the next three months would be challenging. (9News)Barr said the next three months presented a "challenging scenario" for the ACT.He said he's encouraged by the number of ACT residents getting vaccinated, but wanted to see higher rates of testing.The territory has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve 80 percent complete immunization of people aged 75 to ...

The PM department will reject the offer of access to the documents

The Prime Minister's Department plans to reject a $ 660 million offer of access to documents related to the passenger parking scandal, arguing that it would "substantially and unreasonably interfere" with the work of Scott Morrison.9News requested correspondence during 2018 and 2019 between the Prime Minister's office and the office of then-Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge on the parking program and the $ 4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.The Prime Minister and Cabinet Department reported that it intends to reject the request, citing the two-year deadline.Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Minister of Infrastructure Alan Tudge. (Alex Ellinghausen / Sydney Morning Herald)"The Prime Minister is the head of the National Government and his application presents a significant challenge to ...

Melbourne Auctions: Ashburton’s ‘Covid-proof’ Retail Site Sells $ 1 Million Above Reserve

Ten bidders have pushed a 'Covid-proof' Ashburton property for a whopping $ 1 million past reserve in an hour-long online auction.A "Covid-proof" investment in southeast Melbourne has shattered its reserve by seven figures in an hour-long online auction.The point of sale of 550 square meters in 382-384 Warrigal Rd, Ashburton, which is rented by an Indian grocery store, has skyrocketed $ 1 million over the reserve to reach $ 3.201 million.The sale to a local investor came after the property was listed for the first time in two decades.RELATED: Victorian lockdown extension: housing market closed until September 23Australia's billionaire regional club hits new record during COVIDCOVID Lockdowns Hurt Seller Confidence, But Buyers Still InterestedRay White's commercial agent, Theo Karkanis, ...

New Used Car Sales Site Cars24 Profits From ‘Terrified’ Drivers

Anxious motorists who are not confident in their ability to bring home a deal will benefit from a change in the car sales model.Motorists who are not confident in their ability to close a deal or check their next car's hardware will benefit from a change in the used car market.Following Carsales.com.au's decision to sell vehicles directly to customers through its new Carsales Select website, Indian giant Cars24 launched in Australia.Both services will allow people to buy used cars online at fixed prices with a seven-day cash back guarantee.Cars24 Australia CEO Olga Rudenko says the new service is like shopping online: Customers choose a car for a fixed price that is then delivered to their doorstep, backed by a six-month warranty and peace of mind through a thorough technical inspection...

Australian Cameron Smith shooting for $20 million at the FedEx Cup playoffs

Cameron Smith needs to drive the ball better to win the FedEx Cup. Picture: Sarah Stier/Getty ImagesCameron Smith knows what has been holding him back from at least two massive paydays in the past month, and it isn’t the haircut that has become as famous as the world number 23.As he takes his shot at the FedEx Cup and its $20m prize pool at this week’s PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, getting one key club working in his favour is the Queenslander’s real focus.“I’d like to hit my driver a bit straighter,” Smith said on the eve of the final tournament of the season.Read Next“It’s been a bit frustrating over the last few months, I think it’s definitely let me down a little bit. I’ll try to fix it up a little bit.”Two errant drives have been the lone factor in Smith not winning two of his ...