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Police Car Backs Up as Protesters March in West Philadelphia After Police Shooting of Black Man

Protesters took to the streets of West Philadelphia after a black man was shot by police in the neighbourhood earlier on October 26. Local media reported the man later died in hospital. A small crowd gathered at Malcolm X Park before marching towards a police precinct, shouting chants including “shut it down”, as heard in videos posted to Twitter by Jason N Peters. Video of the shooting incident on Locust Street circulated on social media, in which police officers can be heard telling the victim to drop a knife before multiple gunshots are heard. Local media identified the man as Walter Wallace Jr. Philadelphia Police said the man advanced towards police while holding the knife, according to reports. Credit: jpeters2100 via Storyful



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Emergency services urge caution as wet weather continues | Goulburn Post



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Emergency services are reminding the community to take precautions as wet weather continues across parts of the Southern Tablelands in coming days. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast rain with possible thunderstorms for the rest of the week. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has reminded the community how to prepare for heavy rainfall and strong winds: NSW Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner, Gary Worboys, said, “It has been a while since we’ve had significant rainfall, so I also want to remind all road users take extra care. Read also: Council meets with Taylor over aged care developer’s threat “The key for motorists is drive or ride to the conditions; reduce your speed to make sure there’s enough braking distance between you and the vehicle in front. “The weather will be particularly problematic for motorcycle riders and cyclists, so if you’ve got to be on the road, wear bright-coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles, and share the roads safely,” he said. “Those towing vans, trailers, and boats should also exercise added caution as roads will be slippery, and visibility will be impacted. Read also: Taralga ladies celebrate 50th reunion of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service “Most importantly, if the road conditions get dangerous – things like flash flooding, mud or landslides, debris or trees on the road – get off the road and wait somewhere away from trees, drains and low-lying areas and floodwaters,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said. For more information, visit bom.gov.au, ses.nsw.gov.au, and livetraffic.com.

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Melbourne, Victoria lockdown restrictions eased by Daniel Andrews for retail, hospitality; state records zero COVID-19 cases, NSW continues streak of zero transmission, Australia death toll at 905


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“Obviously in the context of very strong restrictions people aren’t having contact with many people, but we think that puts us in an extremely good position to use the app going forward,” she said.

The app was developed as part of the government’s COVIDSafe strategy, which included advertising for social distancing and good hygiene practices.

Opposition health spokesman Chris Bowen said Labor was supportive of any tool to ease the burden of the pandemic.

But given Australia has recorded 27,520 cases of COVID-19 and uncovered hundreds of thousands of close contacts the app was clearly ineffective.

“This app has been a huge bungle,” he said.

Senate estimates also heard on Monday that the level of mental distress has increased across Australia but soared in Victoria as the pandemic has worn on.

Outside Victoria and NSW, use of Kids Helpline increased 18 per cent, Beyond Blue use rose 8 per cent, and Lifeline calls increased by 18 per cent, senate estimates heard.

But in Victoria alone, Kids Helpline services rose by 61 per cent, Beyond Blue help went up by 67 per cent and Lifeline calls rose by 40 per cent.

Use of medicare mental health services in Victoria in the four weeks to October 11 was also 31 per cent higher than the equivalent four-week period a year earlier, first assistant secretary for the Department of Health Mark Roddam said.

Liberal Senator Dean Smith asked Mr Roddam if that showed the pandemic had affected Victorians more than the rest of the country.

“Clearly Victorians are reaching out for support in a much larger proportion than the rest of the country,” Mr Roddam said on Monday.

Senator Smith whether demand for mental health services was continuing to increase or whether it had peaked, Mr Roddam said he expected those numbers were coming back down.

“I would think senator based on what we saw in the rest of the country from May onwards that we would start to see those numbers come back now, as the pandemic in Victoria comes under control,” he said.



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AMP Capital sees $2.1 billion outflows as scandal continues to bite


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“At a board level, they need a complete refresh,” Ms Liu said, though conceding “it’s a really tricky position. Who within the business will be able to guarantee or present a plan to the investors of how they might come back from here?”

Redemptions by super funds and other institutional clients saw AMP Capital’s assets shrink to $189.8 billion in the three months to June 30. The company’s wealth management arm saw total assets increase by 2 per cent to $122.1 billion, but outflows persisted due to a loss of corporate super mandates and payments to clients accessing their superannuation early in the COVID-19 crisis, AMP said in a trading update to the ASX.

After his demotion, Mr Pahari retained a key leadership role overseeing AMP Capital’s expansion of unlisted assets – a part of the company that has seen $688 million growth in infrastructure debt.

Morningstar analyst Shaun Lerr said AMP was exposed to “key person risk” as investment mandates linked to individual employees were closely tied to AMP’s performance. Mr Lerr said the high turnover of staff following the sexual harassment scandal had hurt the business, but it would be made worse if Mr Pahari was sacked.

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“Rightfully or wrongfully, Boe Pahari has been doing a very good job at managing money. He is quite a necessary evil they have to retain,” Mr Lerr said.

AMP chief executive Mr De Ferrari said the results showed “underlying improvement”, with its online fund management platform, North, seeing $818 million in net inflows over the quarter and wealth assets growing by 0.3 per cent to $121.4 billion.

“Our business has performed resiliently through the challenges of COVID-19 and a period of internal change in the third quarter,” Mr De Ferrari said.

AMP announced last month that it was exploring options to spin off parts of the company. Mr Lerr said AMP was undervalued but it appeared Mr De Ferrari did not want to splinter the company.

“I get the sense that [Mr] De Ferrari wants to keep it as is, he wants to continue running the empire but everyone else wants to see it torn apart and fed to the wolves,” Mr Lerr said.

AMP Bank saw deposits increase by $52 million but its total loan book decreased by $303 million to $206 billion. Mr Lerr said this was a “disappointing” result but could improve with the proposed axing of responsible lending laws.

“No doubt AMP will be a very turbulent investment, it will have its ups and downs, but when you look at long-term fundamentals, management is doing the right job of simplifying the business,” he added.

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Greater Manchester Covid tier status standoff continues – Channel 4 News


It was designed to bring clarity but instead the government’s tier system of Covid alerts seems to have caused division. The Mayor of Greater Manchester and Number 10 still can’t agree on whether the region should be put under tighter Tier 3 rules. Andy Burnham has accused the Prime Minister of exaggerating the severity of the crisis in the area.

Today Mr Burnham said today he’d had ‘constructive talks’ with Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser – but he wants MPs to vote on financial help for all regions put into the strictest local lockdown, calling for an urgent debate in parliament next week.

In today’s other developments, a further 16,982 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. 67 deaths were reported. And the total number of deaths is now 43,646.



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NSW reports one local coronavirus case as south-west Sydney outbreak continues to grow


NSW has recorded just one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 — another infection linked to the Great Beginnings childcare centre in Oran Park, in Sydney’s south-west.

There are now six cases associated with the centre.

The infections are connected to a known case linked to Oran Park cluster, which now has a total of 19 cases.

NSW Health said anyone who attended the Great Beginnings centre between October 2 to 13 needed to get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.

The centre has been closed since October 13 and will stay closed until October 28, health authorities said.

The Great Beginnings centre at Oran Park has been linked to coronavirus infections.(Supplied)

On Saturday, NSW Health reported four new cases connected to Great Beginnings — three in a family who attend the centre and another in an educator.

Another case reported on Saturday was a student at Oran Park High School.

Staff and students have been told to self-isolate and the school is being cleaned.

Later on Saturday, authorities issued an alert for new venues visited by the cases from the Oran Park cluster.

The warning included the Gregory Hills Hotel, the United Cinema in Narellan, and the Woolworths at Oran Park.

People have been told to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

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Oran Park has seen nearly 20 COVID-19 cases develop.(ABC News: Rani Hayman)

Four COVID-19 cases in the latest update were reported returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There were 12,985 tests reported to 8:00pm last night, compared with 14,378 in the previous period.

NSW Health is currently treating 73 COVID-19 cases, with one patient in intensive care.



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‘It has to stop’: Warnings after Trump continues attacks on Michigan governor | US News


Donald Trump has verbally attacked Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer, despite warnings about the effect his words can have.

During a rally in the state, Mr Trump called on Ms Whitmer, a Democrat, to axe the remaining restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

He called her “dishonest” and joked about an extremist plot recently uncovered by the FBI to kidnap her, saying: “Hopefully you’ll be sending her packing pretty soon”.

His words prompted the crowd to chant: “Lock her up!”

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Gretchen Whitmer was the target of a kidnap plot uncovered by the FBI

Ms Whitmer wrote on Twitter: “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans.”

Earlier this month, 13 men were charged with plotting to overthrow and kidnap her from her holiday home, with one saying he wanted to try her for “treason”.

Ms Whitmer’s digital director, Tori Saylor, also urged the president to stop the dangerous words.

She wrote on Twitter: “Every single time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards (Ms Whitmer) immediately escalates on social media. It has to stop. It just has to.”

Mr Trump did rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, two states that were vital to his 2016 win but now seem to be slipping away.

He told undecided and moderate voters that they had a “moral duty” to join the Republican Party, adding that the “Democrat Party you once knew doesn’t exist”.

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He accused rival Joe Biden of wanting to “shut down the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic” – a pandemic that he tried to play down for a long time, despite warnings from public health experts.

He said a win for the Democrats would result in the “single biggest depression in the history of our country” and “turn Michigan into a refugee camp” but offered no evidence for his claims.

He also stoked fears that, even if he does lose November’s election, he might not leave the White House gracefully, saying in Michigan that he “better damn well be president” in January.

Mr Trump moves to Nevada on Sunday, Arizona on Monday and Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Despite Mr Biden leading the polls and having no public appearances scheduled on Saturday, his campaign manager warned against complacency.

Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in a memo published by The Associated Press: “If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal.”



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NT Government departments vow to help vulnerable children as petrol sniffing inquest continues


Government department heads in the NT have repeated promises to retrain staff, improve their record-keeping and coordinate support for children who sniff solvents.

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The commitments were made on day four of a joint coronial inquest into the deaths of 12-year-old Master W, 13-year-old Master JK and 17-year-old Ms B, who died in separate Arnhem Land communities in 2018 and 2019.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Kelvin Currie, told the court the children’s deaths bore similarities to a 2017 inquest involving Mr Laurie, who for cultural reasons is known by only his last name.

Mr Currie was concerned the departments were repeating mistakes made three years ago.

“[Mr Laurie] was case managed or monitored until they got severe injuries and in this case, the children seemed to be case managed or monitored until they died,” Mr Currie said.

One of the issues raised in the 2017 inquest was an “immediate need” to make sure staff were trained in and understood the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act.

This week’s inquest has heard — on multiple occasions — that health staff did not “understand” their legal obligations to raise cases involving patients at “high risk of severe harm” with the Chief Health Officer.

“When do you think the law and the guidelines would be abided by, by what time?” Mr Currie asked.

NT Health’s senior director for mental health, alcohol and other drugs Cecelia Gore objected to the question, and said the guidelines were being adhered to “most of the time”.

The joint inquest aims to understand why the kids were “unable to be assisted away from solvent abuse” despite multiple interactions with different government departments.(ABC News: Stephanie Zillman)

Ms Gore went on to say it would be a “priority” for the department to make sure workers were familiar with the act.

She said following the inquest, there “can be no doubt that people will be aware” of the guidelines relating to volatile substance abuse.

Another issue flagged in the 2017 inquest was a lack of treatment programs which were available to help “angry and potentially violent petrol sniffers”.

Ms B attended and was ejected from BushMob on two occasions — the first in 2016 and the second in 2018 — for behavioural issues.

She took her own life four months after the second occasion.

Ms Gore said NT Health had been working with service providers to ensure they make “every effort to provide a place for someone as referred”.

She said in 2019, 14 people had been ejected from treatment facilities across the Northern Territory due to poor behaviour.

She said so far in 2020, nobody had been kicked out due to behavioural issues.

“There are always going to be times when a service, for the safety of its staff and other clients’ needs to hold a place of discretion around not continuing to hold someone,” Ms Gore said.

“We haven’t had that happen in the last period of time.”

Education bureaucrats take the stand

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Shane Dexter from the NT Department of Education said they had recognised a number of areas for improvements since the deaths, and had started implementing change.(ABC News: Tiffany Parker)

Shane Dexter, the general manager of quality school systems and support with Department of Education, said a review into the children’s cases found “practices and policies at the time were in some respects unsatisfactory”.

“Unfortunately, the department was not successful in supporting these children to come to school regularly or to get good outcomes and for that we are truly sorry,” he said.

Mr Dexter went on to say the review highlighted a number of issues — including poor record-keeping and interventions which were “almost entirely compliance driven as opposed to engagement driven”.

“One of the most significant findings of my review is that records that I expected to find were not located and that means they weren’t made or weren’t kept appropriately,” he said.

Mr Dexter said Ms B’s earlier school records showed her progress and it was an “alarming red flag” for him when the child’s results begun to decline, but there was no evidence of an intervention.

“We could have had better impact on Ms B’s life,” Mr Dexter told the court.

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Karen Broadfoot, the northern region director of Territory Families, says all three children in the inquest were known to the department.(ABC News: Tiffany Parker)

But Mr Dexter said since his review, the department had started to overhaul its record-keeping and was looking at more proactive ways to keep at-risk children engaged in school.

He said this included building stronger relationships with families, linking at-risk kids with support services and making efforts to understand why students were not engaging with school or certain classes.

Karen Broadfoot told the court the department she works for, Territory Families, had started to focus on “cumulative harm” since an audit on 2017.

She explained this meant not just looking at each reported incident in isolation, but looking at past reports as well.

All three executives also said the newly developed local multi-agency community child safety teams, set up in May, would deliver better coordinated responses between the departments.



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Curtin University building collapse probe continues after fatality, questions raised over steel on site


The Electrical Trades Union says workers had previously raised concerns about safety on the site of a roof collapse at Curtin University yesterday, where a 23-year-old apprentice fell to his death and two others were injured.

The steel and glass structure caved in just after 12:00pm on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was working on top of the roof when it gave way.

His body was later pulled from the rubble, while the two injured men, both aged 27, were rushed to hospital.

One of them underwent emergency surgery and is in a critical condition, while the other is stable.

Investigators are expected to focus their attention on the steel beams used to hold up the glass panels.

Previous concerns about site: union

Electrical Trades Union official Damian Clancey was at the site when the collapse happened.

He said he was still coming to terms with what he saw.

“I was probably 25 or 30 metres away. I saw one of the men lying on the ground screaming,” Mr Clancey said.

“I stopped myself from rushing into the building. You want to help but you realise it could continue to collapse.

“That’s something I’m struggling with at the moment.”

Electrical Trades Union official Damian Clancey said workers had told him they had raised concerns about deflection in the steel used at the site.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

Mr Clancey said he had spoken to other workers after the collapse, who told him there had been previous concerns about the roof structure.

“(They) said they’d visually noticed a deflection in the steel, and there had been surveyors on site to check it out,” he told ABC Radio Perth.

“Several work crews raised it with management.

“I can only assume the attitude was ‘well we have to have faith in the engineers’ and continue working.'”

But Worksafe commissioner Darren Kavanaugh has told ABC Radio Perth his agency had not previously been aware of any issues at the site.

“These incidents invariably take a long time to investigate. The team will look at all of the evidence at the scene. ” he said.

A man in an orange Worksafe WA hi-vis vest stands with has back turned to the camera talking to two workers.
Worksafe commissioner Darren Kavanaugh said no issues had previously been raised with his agency about safety on the site.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

Cause of accident unknown

Mr Kavanaugh refused to speculate on what caused the tragedy.

“Obviously a roof has collapsed,” he said.

“There’s steel and glass framing that’s failed. We’ll need to look at all of the elements.

“I don’t know if our inspectors had been to the site, but there hasn’t been any formal complaints from the workplace.”

Mr Clancey stopped short of alleging any wrongdoing.

“I accept accidents can and do happen,” he said.

“Legitimate accidents that are not always the result of negligence.

“But from my experience, when this sort of thing happens, it is almost always preventable if things have been managed properly.”

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A student lays flowers at the site where a roof collapsed, killing one man and injuring two others.(ABC News: Charlotte Hamlyn)

This morning students laid flowers near the site of the accident, and flags on campus were lowered to half-mast.

Student Piper Brown, who was in an adjacent building when the accident happened, returned to the scene today.

“There were a few of us in the common room and we heard the crash so that was pretty scary,” she said.

“It’s horrible. Usually at this time of the morning there are construction workers everywhere and it’s busy but it’s quite a sombre mood today.”

Work safety bill before Parliament

WA’s most recent construction site death comes as a the Government’s long awaited Work Health Safety Bill edges closer to passing through Parliament.

That legislation would strengthen penalties for companies that fail to ensure worker safety, but faced strong opposition in the Legislative Council.

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The fatal accident occurred as legislation to strengthen worker safety remains stalled in Parliament.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

The bill has sat in the Upper House since February, and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Marmion has accused the WA Liberals of deliberately delaying its passage.

“The Liberal party simply will not allow the Bill to pass, and they will not vote on it,” he said.

“I don’t understand why they think they need to delay, delay, delay.”



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