Churchgoer, hospital emergency worker among new coronavirus cases in NSW

NSW Wellness is advising individuals who attended two Sydney church providers to be on notify for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 soon after an infectious person attended mass.

Just one of the state’s newly-noted cases was infectious but without having signs or symptoms when they attended early mass from 6.30-7am at St Agatha’s in Pennant Hills on both equally 5 and 6 August, health authorities reported in a media release on Sunday.

Folks who have been at the church at these occasions are urged to check out out for any indicators of COVID19, and if they arise, to quickly self-isolate and seek tests.

The church has been shut for cleaning.

NSW wellness authorities are also chasing individuals who attended the Hornsby Hospital on 6 August from 11am to midnight when a healthcare employee labored a comprehensive change in the facility’s crisis office even though infectious.

The staffer, who was sporting a mask at all periods although in speak to with patients, was asymptomatic at the time but grew to become unwell immediately after their change.

Staff members in contact with the worker have been determined and explained to to self-isolate for 14 days.

Authorities are also advising people today who frequented the PharmaSave Cherrybrook Pharmacy, in Appletree Shopping Centre, from 4pm to 7pm on 6 August to be notify for indicators of COVID-19.

Just one of the state’s new cases labored at the premises prior to the onset of indicators and was carrying a mask in the course of the shift.

The condition documented 10 new COVID-19 conditions in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday from 31,681 exams, with just just one circumstance in resort quarantine.

Two circumstances continue being underneath investigation, NSW Overall health said in a statement on Sunday.

NSW citizens are now mainly confined to their personal condition after Queensland closed its border, next similar moves by Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

NSW has ramped up its very own journey restrictions and is forcing people returning from coronavirus-strike Victoria into two months of lodge quarantine.

Entry to NSW from Victoria is now restricted to flights landing at Sydney Airport, except for border community people with permits.

Motorists are seen approaching a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland- New South Wales border.


In the meantime, a next college student at Tangara Faculty for Ladies in Cherrybrook has arrive down with COVID-19, with all students from several years seven to 12 despatched into two months of self-isolation. The secondary campus will stay shut until eventually 21 August.

Yet another confirmed virus circumstance on Sunday is a domestic speak to of a Tangara pupil.

Our Girl of Mercy School in Parramatta on Saturday evening also verified a schoolgirl experienced contracted COVID-19, with deep cleansing and get in touch with tracing now underway.

NSW Wellness has issued advice to customers who attended Bunnings in Campbelltown in Sydney’s west on 4, 5 AMD 6 August to be alert to COVID-19 signs and symptoms soon after an employee examined beneficial. The worker wore a mask during their shifts.

NSW recorded nine new COVID-19 scenarios in the 24 hrs to 8pm on Friday – the least expensive quantity in two weeks – but Leading Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday warned in opposition to complacency.

“No matter how tricky, properly-organised and well-resourced we are, we count on all citizens doing the appropriate detail, all of the time,” she wrote in an open letter revealed in The Sunday Telegraph.

“It is sadly no exaggeration to say that when it will come to COVID, complacency could practically be the variance among daily life and dying. Just one particular person can place the complete state in jeopardy.”

There are at the moment 111 COVID-19 conditions linked to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster, 59 to the funeral situations cluster and 34 joined to the Potts Issue cluster.

8 patients are at this time in intense treatment in NSW, with 6 on ventilators.

“Even though most scenarios in the past 7 days have been involved with regional clusters and close contacts with recognized situations, 11 instances have not been connected to acknowledged situations, indicating COVID-19 is circulating in the community,” NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty stated in a assertion.

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Brisbane Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jr under fire for COVID-19 breach

Brisbane Broncos star Tevita Pangai Jr has come under fire for his “stupid” COVID-19 breach, which has fuelled the ongoing downfall of his struggling club.

The gun forward will be out of action for two weeks for his infraction, which came shortly after returning home from Sydney, where his team lost 28-10 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday evening.

The Courier-Mail reported Pangai was at a barber shop which has links to the Mongols bikie gang when police arrived to search the premises. Nothing illegal was uncovered, and there is no suggestion Pangai did anything wrong.

However, by being there, the 24-year-old was breaking the NRL’s strict biosecurity measures, which limit players to their homes unless travelling to and from games and training.

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As a result, Pangai is at risk of being kicked out of the club’s leadership group, which has already faced casualties this season — Origin star Darius Boyd reportedly quit the group after a rift with Broncos coach Anthony Seibold.

Speaking on Big League Wrap, Fox Sports reporter James Hooper ripped into the Tongan for his blatant “stupidity”.

“You can’t put brains in statues, and the stupidity from Tevita beggars belief,” Hooper saidon Sunday evening.

“He wasn’t in need of a fresh fade, we all saw him on Friday night against South Sydney, he didn’t need a haircut.

“He had mates that were involved in the opening of that barber shop, and for whatever reason, he’s decided to breach the bubble.”

Pangai has reportedly been in talks with rival clubs about a potential move, including the Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs.

Former Bulldogs star Michael Ennis conceded Pangai’s off-field controversies have added to the Broncos’ growing list of woes.

“It’s incredible selfishness,” Ennis said.

“Given where the Broncos are at at the moment, given everything we’ve just been through and that has transpired since Thursday, with Wayne Bennett then his coach. The fact Tevita has gone and done this is, seriously, he’s put so much at risk here.

“The fact he went and shopped himself around then put in a performance like they did on Friday night, it would have been alarm bells to have a quiet weekend. Get yourself home, get yourself ready to face the Raiders.

“He’s put more unnecessary spotlight on a club that’s been soaked in all this drama for a few months … it reeks of him not giving a rat’s arse about the club and where they’re at at the moment. That’s basically where it’s at.

“He’s made a decision for himself, and he’s let his teammates, let his club down, and more importantly put the game in jeopardy.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett, St George Illawarra prop Paul Vaughan and Brisbane Broncos legend Allan Langer each breached the COVID-19 protocols this week.

Broncos chief executive Paul White has warned these ongoing breaches put the entire premiership in jeopardy.

“This type of behaviour is just unacceptable,” White said, as reported by The Courier-Mail.

“I am aware of the pain out in the community and how tough everyone is doing it — there will be no sympathy here, and nor should there be.

“The COVID protocols could not have been clearer or more strongly worded because we are at a critical juncture of the competition.

“The Apollo rules allow our game to keep running and we cannot compromise when it comes to sticking to them.

“We simply cannot afford to take our position for granted, and any reckless breach of the COVID rules will be dealt with by the club.”

Brisbane are currently sitting at 15th spot in the NRL ladder, having only won one game since the coronavirus lockdown.

The Broncos are also currently without their head coach — Seibold is in self-isolation after staying in Sydney on Friday night for personal reasons.

Channel 7 reporter Chris Garry revealed the 45-year-old had broken the NRL’s strict biosecurity measures to deal with a “family emergency”.

For their round 14 clash, Brisbane will take on the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday evening.

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Drag racer lists insane home with car showroom and theatre

Australian drag racing driver Jason Hedges has listed a palatial home regarded as one of the finest in Sydney’s west.

The 10.12ha Wilberforce estate is an entertainer’s paradise with a home theatre, rumpus room and a stunning deck.

It is also the ultimate man retreat, with the Krahe Rd residence featuring a 560sqm garage with games room, a car showroom, secondary shed and enough undercover parking for 23 cars.

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The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property being offered for the first time via private treaty with a $3.9-$4.1m guide.

Cutcliffe Properties agent Craig Donkin said the home known as Meadowgrove Farm, is one buyers could not look past.

“In my 24 years of selling real estate this would be of the one best homes I have ever come across,” he said.

“Everything is immaculate, the land is stunning and it is an expensive build.”

Since coming to market a few days ago, Mr Donkin has been inundated with around 100 inquires from across Sydney.

“The phone has been off hook from not only locals, but also inner city buyers after more space because of coronavirus,” he said.

Hedges, who races under the Jason Hedges Racing banner, purchased the 10.12ha parcel in 2012 before building sparing no expense with the build.

The master built country-style home has a modern stone kitchen, open plan family room and three of the five bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms.

The house also has a gigantic cinema with two rows of red couches, a rumpus room, study and an entertaining deck with a built-in spa and kitchen. Furthermore, the home has high ceilings, seven-zone ducted airconditioning, a fireplace, and a four-car garage.

The 560sqm garage is the stuff of dreams with a carport running down the entire length of the building, while inside has a workshop large enough to store a motorhome and work on multiple race cars at the same time.

“With those polished floors, the garage would have to be one of the best ever built,” Mr Donkin said.

To top it off, the garage also a showroom with a drag car on display and a fully stocked bar. Behind the garage is a games rooms, as well as a three-bedroom studio with kitchen that could be used for guest accommodation.

There is also a four-door machinery shed which includes a John Deere tractor, ride on mower, farm ute and kids buggy.

A full bitumen driveway, landscaped irrigated garden, dam and a heated swimming pool round out the epic features.

With a $3.9m-$4.1m guide, Mr Donkin said the property offers exceptional bang for buck.

“If you went 30 minutes down the road to Dural, you would not be able to find a property of this size and condition for this price,” he said.


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Bad debts, dividends in focus as COVID-19 dominates bank profits

Banks pencilled in almost $5 billion in COVID-related bad debt charges in their previous results in April and May, and whether lenders will take additional provisions this month is up for debate. While the economy has avoided the worst-case scenarios, the outlook remains highly uncertain.

Investment director at Investors Mutual, Anton Tagliaferro, said he was “pretty cautious” towards the banks, predicting lenders would need to take more provisions for bad loans at some point. “I guess the big question is the bad debt provisions. How do the banks handle all these lockdowns and shutdowns?” Mr Tagliaferro said.

Loans to larger corporations should be in relatively good shape, he said, thanks in part to the wave of capital raisings by ASX-listed companies, which has allowed firms to strengthen their balance sheets and avoid further financial stress.

“The positive side is on the corporate book,” Mr Tagliaferro said. “The big risk is the small and medium businesses and residential mortgages.”

Principal at fund manager Alphinity, Andrew Martin, said he did not think banks faced pressure to take higher provisions now than they took several months ago, though the bigger concern remained bad debts next year. “I don’t think we are going to be surprised by significantly higher provisions than what people expect,” Mr Martin said.


The extent of CBA’s final dividend and the dividend decisions of other banks will be key points of interest.

Mr Martin said: “I think boards in general will remain conservative [on dividends], at least until they know more.”

Mr Tagliaferro said it was debatable whether banks would pay dividends, after recent regulatory guidance that was “a bit vague”. “The dividends, if they pay them, probably won’t be much or they will have to be covered by dividend reinvestment plans,” Mr Tagliaferro said.

As a result of the uncertainty, analysts are unusually divided in their forecasts for CBA’s dividend. Jefferies analyst Brian Johnson has forecast CBA will pay a “miserly” 20¢ final dividend, JP Morgan’s Andrew Triggs has forecast 85¢ a share, and UBS analyst Jonathan Mott is forecasting 95¢.

Mr Mott said it would be prudent and in line with market expectations for ANZ and Westpac to not pay a dividend for the first half after both lenders deferred a decision on the payment several months ago.

‘The big risk is the small and medium businesses and residential mortgages.’

Anton Tagliaferro, Investors Mutual

Banks’ profit margins have also been affected by the pandemic after being flooded with deposits from households and businesses in recent months, driving down the cost of deposits.

Mr Mott said lower deposit costs and most banks’ not passing on the March official interest rate cut to borrowers could benefit banks’ net interest margins, which compare the cost of funding with what banks charge for loans.

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Melbourne destroys Kangaroos by 57 points, West Coast Eagles beat Carlton for sixth straight AFL win

Melbourne has thrashed the Kangaroos by 57 points at Adelaide Oval to sit ninth on the AFL premiership ladder.

Earlier on Sunday, the West Coast Eagles claimed a sixth consecutive win after unleashing a devastating third-quarter blitz to beat Carlton by 22 points in Perth.

In Adelaide, Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw were outstanding in the Demons’ 13.14 (92) to 5.5 (35) win.

The pair combined for 58 disposals as Melbourne completed a remarkable reversal of fortunes in a five-day stint in Adelaide.

The Demons arrived in the South Australian capital last Wednesday under a blowtorch after club chairman Glen Bartlett labelled them insipid in a preceding loss to Port Adelaide.

But they crushed winless Adelaide by 51 points last Wednesday night and then dismantled North Melbourne to return to finals contention.

Melbourne is now just two points shy of the eighth-placed Collingwood — and with a match in hand on most other clubs — while the Kangaroos remain in the mire in 16th position.

The Demons’ victory was full of midfield substance with Petracca (29 disposals, one goal), Clayton Oliver (31 disposals, one goal) and Brayshaw — whose 29 touches included a goal and eight inside 50s — all instrumental.


Emerging key forward Sam Weideman kicked two goals and missed three other gilt-edged chances, Bailey Fritsch also slotted two majors, while Kysaiah Pickett (one goal) was eye-catching in patches.

The Kangaroos relied almost solely on Nick Larkey, who booted four of his side’s five goals with the other coming from Majak Daw in the second minute of the match.

North Melbourne led by 10 points at quarter-time but managed just two more goals in the match as the tide turned the Demons’ way.

The Demons booted three goals to one in both the second and third terms to create a 16-point buffer at three-quarter time.

And just as they did against Adelaide when they scored seven last-term goals, the Demons again went on a scoring spree in the final quarter.

This time, they kicked six consecutive goals while restricting the flagging Kangaroos to a solitary point.

Eagles maintain winning form

Alarm bells were ringing for the Eagles when Zac Fisher’s fourth goal gave Carlton a 19-point lead in the opening minute of the third quarter.

Josh Kennedy, however, settled West Coast’s nerves a few minutes later with his first goal of the match.

But the real damage was done in the dying minutes of the third term when West Coast slammed home four goals in the space of three minutes to go into three-quarter time with an 11-point lead.

Dom Sheed then booted two goals in the final quarter to help lift West Coast to the 11.6 (72) to 7.8 (50) win in front of 19,092 spectators.

Sheed was best afield with 26 disposals, nine clearances and two goals, while teammate Nic Naitanui (41 hit-outs, seven clearances) was a dominant force in the ruck.

The Blues lost Jack Martin to a calf injury in the second quarter and ruckman Marc Pittonet spent about 30 minutes off the field with what appeared to be a finger injury.

Carlton’s star midfielder Patrick Cripps tallied 19 disposals and eight clearances despite spending long stints up forward.

A West Coast Eagles AFL player marks the ball with two hands in the air as a teammate jumps up at the same time.
The Eagles got on top of the Blues late in the match to clinch the four competition points.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

West Coast’s win improved its standing to a 7-3 win-loss record. Carlton (4-6) now faces an uphill battle to make the top eight.

Both teams booted two goals apiece in the opening term, with the most notable moment coming when the Blues were on the wrong end of a controversial holding-the-ball free kick late in the quarter.

Sam Petrevski-Seton was powerless to get a disposal away after having his arms pinned in a bear-hug tackle from Jack Darling as soon as he got the ball.

The Carlton defender expressed his disbelief when the free kick was paid, with the subsequent 50-metre penalty gifting the Eagles a lucky goal.

Fisher booted his second and third goals in the second quarter to help give Carlton a surprise 13-point lead at half-time.

The sun peeked out from behind the clouds in the third quarter in what was a complete contrast to the pre-match downpour.

The conditions clearly favoured West Coast, who had Naitanui dominating in the ruck and the team’s midfielders feasting at ground level.


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Today’s coronavirus news: Brazil tops 3 million coronavirus infections; Germany sends children back to school

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

8:51 a.m.: U.S. President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation’s lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Trump’s orders on Saturday encroached on Congress’ control of federal spending and seemed likely to be met with legal challenges. The president cast his actions as necessary given that lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement to plunge more money into the stumbling economy, which has imperiled his November reelection.

8:18 a.m.: The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive polices.

“I’m sure the Internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can’t believe any test,’ ” Mike DeWine said in a WCOL radio interview Friday, after a whirlwind of events the day before when the initial positive showing forced the Republican to scrub a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

The conflicting results come as Americans have grown frustrated about access to testing and by slow results.

8:12 a.m.: As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, the country’s famous sense of “Ordnung,” or order, has given way to uncertainty, with a hodgepodge of regional regulations that officials acknowledge may or may not work.

“There can’t, and never will be 100% certainty,” said Torsten Kuehne, the official in charge of schools in Pankow, Berlin’s most populous district where 45,000 students go back to school Monday. “We are trying to minimize the risk as much as possible.”

Germany has won plaudits for managing to slow the spread of the coronavirus quickly, efficiently and early, but the opening of schools is proving a new challenge as the country struggles to balance the concerns of anxious parents and children, skeptical scientists, worried teachers and overtaxed administrators.

6:16 a.m.: The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other animals normally used in Morocco’s tourist mecca. Visitors have vanished during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, or SPANA, says hundreds of Morocco’s carriage horses and donkeys are threatened amid the collapsing tourism industry. They are among the estimated 200 million horses, donkeys, camels and elephants worldwide providing various livelihoods for over a half-billion people.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. on Aug. 9, 2020:

There are 119,221 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 60,367 confirmed (including 5,692 deaths, 50,886 resolved)

_ Ontario: 39,967 confirmed (including 2,784 deaths, 36,131 resolved)

_ Alberta: 11,430 confirmed (including 208 deaths, 10,097 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 3,934 confirmed (including 195 deaths, 3,353 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,433 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,245 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,071 confirmed (including 64 deaths, 1,005 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 492 confirmed (including 8 deaths, 351 resolved), 15 presumptive

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_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 267 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 263 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 176 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 168 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 36 confirmed (including 36 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases

_ Total: 119,221 (15 presumptive, 119,206 confirmed including 8,976 deaths, 103,566 resolved)

8:14 p.m.: Brazil topped 3 million coronavirus infections as the disease flares up in parts of the country it had spared, spreading misery from the beaches of Bahia to the soybean fields of the vast interior.

The milestone comes less than a month after Brazil hit the 2 million-case mark and as the disease sweeps into more remote regions were access to health care was precarious even before the pandemic. So even as the virus recedes in some of the locations where it first hit —richer, densely populated urban centers like Sao Paulo —the country’s curve has yet to flatten.

The country reported 49,970 new cases Saturday and added 905 new deaths, bringing with the total fatality count to more than 100,000.

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Andaman and Nicobar will play important role in govt’s self-reliant India programme: PM Modi | India News

NEW DELHI: A day before inaugurating a submarine optical fibre cable facility for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Sunday that it will ensure that the region faced no problem in getting virtually connected to the outside world as he highlighted his government’s various development initiatives for the union territory.
Speaking at an interaction with BJP workers from the distant region, he noted that the islands are “strategically” located and can become a key centre for global sea trade, stressing that the central government is working to make it a blue economy hub and also an important place for maritime startups.
PM Modi said 12 islands of Andaman and Nicobar have been selected for high-impact projects, with an emphasis on boosting trade of sea-based, organic and coconut-based products of the region.
The region will play an important role in his government’s self-reliant India project and the growth of new India, the Prime Minister said, while referring to the ongoing work to expand Port Blair airport and boost air connectivity.
Over 300km of national highway in the region is expected to be completed in a record time, he said.

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