Adelaide Oval hotel dog mauled to death weeks after venue opening


A popular puppy that welcomed guests at the new Adelaide Oval hotel has been mauled to death just weeks after the venue’s long-awaited opening.

Charli, a 20-week-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, featured prominently during the hotel’s official opening celebrations last month.

The hotel said Charli was attacked by another dog while on a walk in a suburban area on Wednesday evening.

“It is with heavy hearts that we have to advise that we have said goodbye to Charli, our beautiful Oval Hotel puppy, who passed away,” a post on the hotel’s Facebook page said.

“To lose her in such a way is heartbreaking. We will miss her so much.”

Members of the public expressed sympathy and support in comments on social media.

The hotel said the incident had been reported to the local council but declined to say where the attack occurred or give other details.

The Adelaide Oval hotel officially opened on September 25, but the project has been beset by controversy and financial concerns.

Last month, an SA Auditor-General’s report found the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (SMA) had lost significant income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A $42 million taxpayer-funded loan was provided to the authority to build the 138-room hotel at the oval.

SA Liberal MP Rachel Sanderson with Adelaide Oval hotel dog Charli.(Facebook)

Earlier this month, two cyclists were reportedly attacked by a pack of five dogs at Hallett Cove.

In May, another dog was captured on CCTV attacking a man outside a laundromat on Brighton Road in Adelaide.

Canine behaviour expert Celina Rebola said, despite those incidents, it was relatively rare for dogs to attack other dogs.

But she said some dogs could do more damage if they became violent, simply because of their physical size and strength.

Ms Rebola, a PhD student at Flinders University, said dogs that became violent tended to be poorly socialised or may be reacting to the agitation of their owner.

“I wouldn’t call it common relative to the number of interactions between dogs … very few would result in a mauling,” she said.

She added that owners are held responsible for their dog’s behaviour.



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The PM said there was similar arrangements already in place for seasonal workers to complete their quarantine on farms.

A committee of national cabinet will investigate how big companies could operate their own quarantine facilities “under strict guidelines and standards obviously overseen and accredited by state health authorities”, Mr Morrison said.

“The more of these options we can identify, the more of the other capacity it frees up,” he said.

Mr Morrison said decisions on alternative quarantine options would not be rushed through.

“There is no undue haste here. There are risks here. So what we agreed to today is, before we make any of those decisions, we want to know what the options are, we want to know whether they work and we want to know whether they’re safe,” he said.

“You don’t want to build that aeroplane in the sky, you don’t want to build it before it takes off and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”



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“[We asked about] entertainment for a seated diner to try and improve the outdoor experience,” Mr Canny said. “[The] original advice was a definite no.”

Many publicans, including Dean Belle, owner of the The Delatite Hotel in Mansfield, had already cancelled their weekend gigs as a result of the advice.

But late on Thursday night, the regulator clarified the position stating live music was allowed for venues with seated diners, in what Mr Canny described as a “backflip”.

“Under stage three restrictions in regional Victoria, pubs are generally not permitted to operate unless they are operating for the purpose of either a bottleshop, providing food/drinks or providing accommodation,” a spokeswoman for the regulator told The Age.

“When a pub is operating for the purpose of providing food and drinks, music can be played, but the pub must be operating for the purpose of providing food and drinks to seated diners.

“For example, a pub cannot operate solely as a live music venue – it must operate for seated dining. All other requirements of the restrictions must be also complied with (for example, maintaining distances between tables, density requirements, records requirements etc).”



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Judge dismisses one charge against former cop in George Floyd’s death


A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill’s ruling was dated Wednesday and made public Thursday. Judge Cahill said there was enough probable cause for the second-degree murder charge and manslaughter charge against Derek Chauvin to proceed to trial. Judge Cahill also denied defence requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

“In this court’s view, with one exception, the State has met its burden of showing probable cause that warrants proceeding to trial against each of these Defendants on each of the criminal charges the State has filed against them,” Judge Cahill wrote. He said it will be up to a jury to decide whether the officers are guilty.

From left to right: Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. (AAP)

Mr Floyd, a Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Mr Floyd’s neck as Mr Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became motionless. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond, and led to a nationwide reckoning on race.

Prosecutors argued there was probable cause for the officers to go to trial on all of the charges, saying Chauvin intentionally assaulted Mr Floyd, which is an element of the second-degree murder charge, and that the other officers assisted.

During the entire time that Mr Floyd was pinned to the ground, “the officers remained in the same position: Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, Kueng and Lane remained atop Mr Floyd’s back and legs, and Thao continued to prevent the crowd of concerned citizens from interceding,” prosecutors said.

The officers ignored Mr Floyd’s pleas to stop, cries from the concerned crowd, and their own training, prosecutors said.

George Floyd (9News)

Defence attorneys argued that there was not enough probable cause to charge the former officers. Chauvin’s attorney said his client had no intent to assault or kill Floyd, while attorneys for the other officers argued that their clients did not intend or conspire to help Chauvin.

Defence attorneys said Mr Floyd’s drug use was a factor in his death, with Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, saying Mr Floyd most likely died of “fentanyl or a combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine in concert with his underlying health conditions.”

The county medical examiner classified Mr Floyd’s death as a homicide, with his heart stopping while he was restrained by police and his neck compressed. A summary report listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use under “other significant conditions” but not under “cause of death.”

According to prosecutors’ notes, Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker told prosecutors that absent other apparent causes of death, it “could be acceptable” to rule the death an overdose, based on the level of fentanyl in Mr Mr Floyd’s system. A separate autopsy commissioned for Mr Floyd’s family concluded he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.

– Reported with Associated Press



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“[We] are very keen to have more people working in the CBD in the next few months … If we see mask wearing go up we can increase the number of people on public transport, but we’re not there yet.”

It’s understood mask wearing on NSW transport has dropped by 50 per cent.

The Premier also shot a stern message to Queensland, saying it was time they “cough up more than $35 million they owe us” for hotel quarantine expenses.

She said NSW had been doing the heavy lifting when it came to quarantine.

“We’ve welcomed Australians back from all the other states. It’s about time Queensland coughed up. I want them to pay their bill, especially given they keep their border shut when they really don’t need to,” she said.

“When other states aren’t respectful of that it does get your goat up.”

The Premier said the same message applied to Western Australia, which owes NSW “$7 – 8 million as well.”



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Josh Mansour life or death injury, Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm, Grand Final


Reborn Panthers flyer Josh Mansour has revealed the scary ultimatum he was given by a doctor after he suffered a horror facial injury against the Titans in 2018.

Mansour copped an accidental knee in the face after Anthony Don jumped over him to try and catch a ball in a Panthers clash against the Gold Coast.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the dire medical advice surgeon Dr Malcolm Lyttle gave him that not only threatened his career but his life.

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“He wasn’t confident for me to ever play again,” Mansour told the Herald.

“He kept stressing to me that if I copped another knock to the face, it was a matter of life and death; that if I cop a bad enough hit, I could die.”

Lyttle regards the five broken bones in Mansour’s face as one of the worst facial injuries he has ever seen.

“He [Lyttle] freaked out about how much bone was shattered,” Mansour said.

“He couldn’t believe the force that went through my face. He’d seen 12 people in his whole career as bad as me.

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“People who had that similar injury to me were car accident victims and army soldiers injured in bomb blasts.”

The injury took a long time to heal and there were questions about whether Mansour could return to the form that saw him represent the Blues in 2016 and the Kangaroos in seven Tests.

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2019 was a frustrating year for the man they call ‘Sauce’ as he scored just one try in 19 games and was dropped to reserve grade at one point.

However like the Panthers as a club Mansour has bounced back and thrived in 2020 to score 11 tries in 21 games, which is his best season since 2016.

He now sits just one win away from an 18th straight victory for his team and a first premiership since 2003 for the club.

“I love this place so much,” Mansour said of the Panthers.

“Words can’t even describe how much I love this place. It’s my home.”



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Two Victorian schools closed as COVID cases spread to social housing block, Alerts for Bathurst 1000 visitors after virus found in raw sewage, Coronavirus cases surge across US, Australia death toll at 905


“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are,” Victoria’s commander of testing and community engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said.

“We’re asking all these residents to come forward for asymptomatic testing at the dedicated testing station on site.”

The East Preston Islamic College has been closed for deep cleaning after it was revealed a student who was supposed to be self-isolating as they were a close contact of a positive case had attended school due to a misunderstanding.

“The college has taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning,” Mr Weimar said.

“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing. Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.

“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.”

The Dallas Brooks Primary School has also been closed for deep cleaning.

A text message was sent to residents in the northern suburbs, urging them to get tested if they experienced any symptoms.

Pop-up testing sites and a community outreach program will be launched today.

Banyule Community Health and Himilo Community Connect will doorknock the area on Thursday to alert residents to the outbreak and provide information about testing and supports like financial assistance for missing work.

“We’re asking everyone who lives in this area or who has loved ones linked to these suburbs to please get tested if they have symptoms and to share this information within their families and broader community,” Mr Weimar said.



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Penrith Panthers winger Josh Mansour reveals surgeon’s horrifying life or death warning after 2018 facial injury


“He [Lyttle] freaked out about how much bone was shattered,” Mansour said. “He couldn’t believe the force that went through my face. He’d seen 12 people in his whole career as bad as me. People had that similar injury to me were car accident victims and army soldiers injured in bomb blasts.”

Despite the warnings, including fears for his life, Mansour only cared about one thing. “Malcolm sat us down and spoke about all the details of the surgery and the potential risks,” Mansour’s wife, Daniella, recalled.

He kept stressing to me that if I copped another knock to the face, it was a matter of life and death.

Josh Mansour

“After he finished speaking he asked if we had any questions and Josh straight away said: “Will I play football ever again?’ That was his first question. Not what will I look like, not will I be able to play with the kids. It was about football. If the surgeon tells Josh he can play football again, to him that’s a full life. That was the only question he had to ask. I wasn’t going to influence his decision. It was his choice. It’s his dream. How do you tell someone, ‘No, you should stop living your dream now?’

“Everyone that plays knows the risk. Anything can happen on any given day, you just don’t know. It’s not my position to tell him he should stop. You could die in a car crash. I worry about that every time I take the kids in the car. But can you really live your life scared? He was living his dream. In everything you do there’s a risk. If you are scared you’ll never live life to the fullest.”

The dangers were real and Mansour had to wait two weeks for the swelling to go down before he could undergo surgery. There was also a possibility that he could lose his eyesight, given how delicate the surgery to repair the damage was expected to be. It’s why the memory of waking up from the seven-hour operation, which left him with three metal plates and 18 screws in his face, will forever be etched into his memory.

“I remember when I woke up, my eyes were completely shut and I didn’t know if I could see,” a teary Mansour said. “I lifted my eyelid with my fingers and the first people I saw were my wife and daughter. It’s a pictured memory in my head. I’ll never forget it. I’m getting emotional now thinking about it.”

Panthers player Josh Mansour, wife Daniella and children Andre, left, and Siana.Credit:Nick Moir

When Mansour left the field against the Titans in 2018, the team medical staff demanded he refrain from blowing his nose in fear of damaging his eye. But the former NSW and Australia winger was in such pain he forgot the warning and was rushed straight to hospital as a result of his actions.

“If you blow out of your nose with an orbital fracture, air can go through the pocket and pop your eye out,” Mansour said.

“I was in the shower and completely forgot about it because I was in all sorts and had so many thoughts going through my head wondering if I was ever going to play again. I forgot and I blew my nose and my whole eye puffed up. There was this massive air bubble and they rushed me straight to hospital.”

More than two years have passed since the ordeal and, while he’s made a near full recovery, there are a few lingering effects from the injury.

Josh Mansour clutches at his face in 2018.

Josh Mansour clutches at his face in 2018.Credit:NRL Photos

“I still have a bit of nerve damage,” he said. “I get a lot of tingling and numbness just above my cheek. When I go to clip my beard where my moustache is, it gives me a funny feeling in my face. But I’m OK. Daniella has been massive for me. I knew she was worried, but she never let that fear impact on me.

“If I had to worry about the fact that she was worried about me, it would have been hard to keep playing; it would have held me back. I wouldn’t have got through it without her support. I would’ve retired if she didn’t want me to play.”

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Mansour also felt he owed it to the club to continue.

“I love this place so much,” he said of the Panthers. “Words can’t even describe how much I love this place. It’s my home. This place is my home. Every time I’ve come off contract I’ve never ever wanted to leave. My heart is here. The club has always had my back and by playing on I wanted to pay them back.”

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Two more front court charged over death of ‘gentle giant’ Jarrad Lovison


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Mr Brown, who appeared in the same court via video link, was wearing a chequered blue and white shirt.

His lawyer, Elise Anselma, said her client needed antibiotics for a bite to the leg and required a visit from a psychiatric nurse.

He also needed help with withdrawal issues, she said.

“He instructs he’s an alcoholic and he’s going to need some assistance on that when he gets into custody,” Ms Anselma said.

Both men were remanded in custody and ordered to reappear in court on January 7.

Jake Brown, 28.

Jake Brown, 28.Credit: 

Mr Brown, of Willow Grove, near Moe, and Mr Price, of Newborough, also near Moe, were arrested on Wednesday morning along with two others – a 55-year-old Tanjil South man and a 44-year-old Trafalgar woman – who were both later released without charge.

The arrests follow the apprehension of 24-year-old Samantha Grace Guillerme, who was taken into custody on Tuesday before being charged with murder over the Mr Lovison’s death. She was also remanded to reappear in court in January.

Samantha Guillerme, 24.

Samantha Guillerme, 24.Credit: 

Police said on Tuesday that a white Toyota had been seized as part of the investigation and would be examined this week.

Ms Guillerme is accused of having murdered Mr Lovison in Moondarra on April 16.

Mr Lovison disappeared from the side of Moe-Walhalla Road during the early hours of April 16 and his body was found on May 23 following extensive appeals for information.

The arrests come just weeks after an emotional appeal from Mr Lovison’s father, John Lovison, who said his family was “living in hell” not knowing what had happened.

Missing persons squad detectives had previously thought Mr Lovison was last seen alive about 9.45pm on April 15, riding his bike along March Street in Newborough.

But early this month they said further investigations had uncovered a new sighting that led them to believe he was still alive at 3am the next day, riding his bicycle to meet an “associate” on Moe-Walhalla Road.

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Victoria records three COVID-19 cases, case average falls, Brett Sutton avoided emails to hotel quarantine inquiry, NSW restrictions to relax for churches, Australia death toll at 905


Businesses covered by the exemptions include restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, function and reception centres, and wineries.

Mr Andrews has flagged that hospitality could reopen even sooner, based on the low numbers of new coronavirus cases the state has recorded this week – but not before Saturday’s AFL grand final in Brisbane.

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne says they are encouraging hospitality venues to come up with “innovative” ways to operate outdoors.

This could include using car parks in the evening for pop-ups, he said.

“In talking with local government, it has been quite extraordinary the level of interest there is from hospitality venues to not only get up and thrive, but looking at really innovative ways that they want to operate in the future,” he said.

“We are looking, of course, at open space more generally, parks, and the innovation that local government and indeed the hospitality industry has shown really, I think, is going to be an exemplar not only for the state, but also for the nation, in terms of how we seek to move out of these restrictions to a more COVID-normal environment for the hospitality industry going forward.”

He said the government was removing “all hurdles” to support their efforts.

“We understand absolutely that for hospitality to really get back onto its feet, we need to not only provide the infrastructure support that we are providing, but today I can announce that the government has removed all hurdles to allow hospitality to in fact expand its operation outdoors,” he said.

“This planning scheme amendment is for the whole of Victoria. The opportunity is there for any hospitality venue that wishes to expand its existing legal operation to do so without having any hurdle in its way.”



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