Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA searches five locations in Malappuram, Kozhikode districts


Officials said in a statement that the searches were conducted at the residences of five accused

Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) on Friday carried out searches in five locations in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts in connection with the case of smuggling of gold through UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Officials said in a statement that the searches were conducted at the residences of five accused, namely Mohammed Aslam, Abdul Latheef, Nazarudheen Sha, P. Ramzan and Muhammed Mansoor. The suspects had conspired with the already arrested key accused – Swapna Suresh, Fazil Fareed, and Sandeep Nair – and facilitated them to smuggle gold through import cargo addressed to be UAE Consulate and its further disposal.

The case pertained to the seizure of 30 kgs of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore on 5 July. So far, 21 persons have been arrested in the case

A team of officers recovered several electronic items and documents during the searches. Further investigations are on, the statement said.

Previously the NIA had conducted searches at the houses of C. Jifsal, P. Aboobacker, Muhammed Abdu Shameem, Abdul Hameed, all hailing from Kozhikode- Malappuram districts, and arrested them in the case. Searches had been carried out on the Malabar Jewellery and Ameen Gold in Malappuram and Ambi Jewellery in Kozhikode. Several digital devices and incriminating documents had also been seized, officials said.

The NIA had registered a case under sections 16, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in July. It took up the case as it had national and international linkages. Initial enquiries had revealed that the proceeds of smuggled gold could be used for financing of terrorism in India, it said.



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Coronavirus | 17 districts in Karnataka report no deaths on October 30c


The State on Friday reported 3,589 new cases taking the total number to 8,20,398. With this, the positivity rate for the day came down to 3.47%.

With 49 new deaths, the toll rose to 11,140. This is apart from 19 non-COVID-19 deaths. With as many as 17 districts reporting zero deaths on Friday, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) touched 1.36%.

Highest and lowest CFR

At 2.7%, the CFR in Dharwad is the highest in the State followed by Bidar (2.4%), Dakshina Kannada (2.2%) and Koppal (2.1%) as on October 29.

Chitradurga has the lowest CFR at 0.5%. Although Bengaluru Urban contributes 34.5% of the total deaths in the State and has the highest deaths per million at 397, the CFR stands at 1.1%.

As many as 8,521 persons were discharged on Friday taking the total number of recoveries to 7,49,740. Of the remaining 59,499 active cases, 935 patients are being monitored in ICUs.

Bengaluru Urban reported 1,811 cases taking the tally to 3,34,848. With 27 of the 49 deaths from Bengaluru, the toll in the district rose to 3,847. Active cases in Bengaluru reduced to 37,534.

Over 1 lakh tests

As many as 1,03,281 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, including 79,369 RT-PCR tests. With this, the total number of tests rose to 78,04,312.



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From Central Australia to Central Districts


By JOHN P McD SMITH

A book just published tells the amazing story of gifted Aboriginal footballer, Sonny Morey.

He was born at Yambah Station north of Alice Springs in 1945 to an Aboriginal mother and a white father. 

His mother was Eastern Arrernte woman Nancy Pununga who worked at Yambah Station. 

His father was stationer owner Tom Gorey. 

John and Tom Gorey had come to the Northern Territory as contract water borers and were well known in Central Australia. 

In later years the Gorey brothers took up Yambah Station.  Sonny was given the surname of Morey as a way of keeping the name of the white father obscure. 

This was common practice at the time.  In fact his father’s name does not appear on his birth certificate.

In later years on one of his many trips back to the Alice, Sonny met up with his sister Phyllis Gorey which was a great joy to them both. 

He reminisced about his early life at Yambah leading up to the time he was taken by welfare officers.

One day in 1952 Sonny was playing with his friend Johnny Leo who was his first cousin and a full-blood Aboriginal. 

They were at The Bungalow when a dark sedan appeared.  A welfare officer got out of the vehicle walked over to where the two boys were playing and took Sonny placing him in the back seat.  Johnny stood and watched bewildered. 

Sonny was taken to St Mary’s Hostel which was just south of Heavitree Gap. 

St Mary’s was an Anglican Church home established in 1946 by the then Rector of Alice Springs, Father Ken Leslie. 

It was designated as a place where Aboriginal girls from the bush could reside while working in Alice Springs, a place where Aboriginal children from the bush could reside while receiving an education and a place where recreational activities could take place for Aboriginal children in general. 

Children resided there at the request of their parents or legal guardians.  Sonny was frightened, confused with a feeling of overwhelming guilt. 

“Why am I here? What have I done wrong? Where is my mother?” 

What made things worse was that he could not read or write English and spoke the language with limitations. From the day he entered St Mary’s Sonny never saw his mother again. He felt abandoned.

Sonny went to the Hartley Street Primary School until the beginning of 1959. 

One day he was told that he was going to Adelaide with arrangements being made by NT Welfare. 

Sonny, Peter Butcher and Wally Gardiner packed their bags and the very next day were driven to the airport and flown to Adelaide. 

They’d never been in an aeroplane! 

They were driven to St Francis’ House at Semaphore South.  St Francis’ House was an Anglican Church home that had been established in 1946 by Father Percy Smith as a place where Aboriginal boys from the Northern Territory could reside while furthering their education.

Boys resided there at the request of their parents or legal guardians.  Sonny stayed there for one year because at the end of 1959 the home closed and children who were wards of the state were placed in foster care by NT Welfare in negotiations with the Anglican Church. 

Sonny was fostered by Roy and Ada Maguire who lived at Gawler. 

He was always a boy of pleasant disposition and he became part of the family. 

It was at Gawler where Sonny started playing football and started his working life. 

By 1962 Sonny was playing for the Gawler Central Football Club.  It was from here that his exceptional skill as a footballer was noticed. 

By 1964 Sonny was playing for the fledgling SANFL club Central Districts.  He was always one of the team’s best players and ended up playing 213 games for the club. 

In 1970 he won the best and fairest award for the club.  As well in 1972 he was runner up for the Magarey Medal to Malcolm Blight.

In 2011 was names playing coach of South Australia’s star-studded Aboriginal team of the century which included Wilburn Wilson, Richie Bray and modern stars such as Michael Long, Andrew McLeod, Byron Pickett, Gavin Wanganeen and the brothers Shaun and Peter Burgoyne.

At the end of 1970 Sonny married Carmel McSkimming. 

They had a wonderful married life, having two daughters Kim and Nicole. 

Sonny’s ebullient outlook towards marriage, sport and work meant that despite having been “stolen” he has had a very worthwhile life. 

He worked for Telecom and then was police aide for 13 years helping to bridge the gap between the police and Aboriginal people. 

Sonny Morey is admired by many people. 

Having resided at St Francis’ House he joins the ranks of an illustrious group of Aboriginal high achievers. 

This group includes Charlie Perkins AO, Gordon Briscoe AO, John Moriarty AM, Leslie Nayda AM, Vincent Copley AM, Ken Hampton OAM, Bill Espie (Queen’s Medal for Bravery), Harold Thomas, Wally MacArthur, Jim Foster, Malcolm Cooper and Richie Bray.

Sonny returned to Alice Springs recently to try and find out about his mother.

Accompanied by the authors he visited Canon Brian Jeffries who was the Rector of Alice Springs.  

Canon Jeffries told him about a Catholic nun, Sister Megali, who was now in her eighties and lived in retirement in Alice Springs.  She knew Sonny’s mother! 

The group met with her in an emotional encounter and Sister Megali told Sonny that she knew his mother Nancy.  She told Sonny that his mother never abandoned him and spent the rest of her life looking for him. 

Sonny was deeply overwhelmed.  His mother had never abandoned him!  He had some closure.

Sonny’s granddaughter Tarnee said recently about him: “He’s not only hardworking but inspirational because he has been through traumatic events in his life and has never let racism get in the way of achieving so many outstanding things.”

The book: “SONNY. Sonny Morey’s Inspirational Stolen Generation Story” by Robert Laidlaw and Robin Mulholland.  Published by the Government of South Australia, August 2020.

Photos: Sonny Morey depicted on Mobil footy card from the1970s • St Francis’ House in 1959, the year it closed • Names of St Francis’ House boys on memorial stone.

John P McD Smith is the Chair, St Francis’ House Project.



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Bus services resume within districts across Tamil Nadu


Day one of the resumption of bus services saw low patronage across districts, officials said

Intra-district bus services resumed across Tamil Nadu after a long gap on Tuesday, with the State government relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown. Patronage, however, was low. As inter-district bus services have not resumed, passengers had to get down at their respective district borders and board moffusil or town buses to reach their destinations.

Bus services across the State were stopped on March 23 due to the lockdown. However from June 1, the State was divided into eight zones and limited bus services were allowed in districts — except in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur. The services were again stopped on June 25, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Addressing reporters after inspecting the disinfection measures at a depot near Pallavan House in Chennai, Transport Minister M. R. Vijayabhaskar said that 6,000 of the total 22,000 buses were operated across the State.

“The patronage was very low on Tuesday. We expect the numbers to increase gradually and simultaneously, the number of buses operated will also be increased. In mofussil buses only 32 passengers will be allowed to travel and in town buses, including the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC), 24 passengers will be allowed. Passengers must board from the rear entry and alight from the front. Upon entering the vehicle, commuters should use the sanitiser provided at the entrance,” said the Minister.

He said the vehicles are disinfected frequently and masks are compulsory for passengers and crew. “We have provided safety gear for conductors and drivers. We have also made arrangements to ensure people don’t go near the driver,” he said.

The Minister added that in the first phase, the buses are being operated within districts. “However we ensure that the passengers are dropped at the bus stop closest to the district border to ensure that he/she can get a bus to his respective destination easily,” he explained adding that bus passes taken earlier are valid till September 15.

The Minister added that as of now, bus services will be available till 9 p.m as patronage is low.

Chennai

In Chennai, after a gap of five months, Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses resumed commercial services on Tuesday. However there were very few passengers on most routes on the first day. Officials and bus crew expect the numbers to increase in the coming days.

“Usually three singles fetch a revenue of ₹3,000. But today, it was just ₹200,” said an MTC conductor in Broadway.

The MTC has a fleet strength of over 3,600 buses and operates in over 650 routes. On an average, 36 lakh passengers travel by the MTC buses per day.

The MTC will ferry passengers up to the Greater Chennai Police limits and the passengers can hop onto moffusil bus services from there to reach their destination. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, only 24 passengers will be allowed to travel in an MTC bus. “Only one passenger will be allowed to occupy a seat. He/she will be allowed to board only with a mask. The buses are disinfected frequently and hand wash facility has been provided at all the termini. We have also resumed the small bus service,” said an MTC official.

However passengers said they were wary about the first day. “Now, many people have got used to travelling on their bikes or their relative’s vehicles. Besides, as many daily wage earners and domestic workers have lost their jobs, there is less patronage,” said N. Chitra, member, Tamil Nadu Domestic Workers Welfare Trust.

K. Natarajan, treasurer, Labour Progressive Federation, said that there were a few complaints about drivers and conductors not being provided with masks, gloves and lack of hand wash facilities in bus termini. “But services have resumed only on Tuesday. So we have decided to wait and check if things improve. There was very less patronage on Tuesday,” he said.

In some MTC buses, physical distancing was not followed on the first day.

Villupuram

Intra-district bus services resumed from depots in Cuddalore, Villupuram and Kallakurichi districts on Tuesday after a gap of nearly two months, with the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) adhering to guidelines and safeguards.

An official said that TNSTC was operating only 50 % of its buses and the passenger flow is expected to increase gradually in the coming days. No buses are being operated to neighbouring Puducherry, he said. A total of 600 buses resumed operations from Villupuram region — comprising 10 districts. Of these, as many as 125 buses were operated from Cuddalore district followed by 65 from Villupuram and 55 from Kallakurichi district.

However, private buses remained off the roads in the districts.

Virudhunagar

In Virudhunagar too, patronage was low for the limited number of buses operated on Tuesday. According to District Collector, R. Kannan, TNSTC Virudhunagar region was operating 82 urban services that were run within various towns and 12 rural services connecting different parts of the district.

Despite the TNSTC operating only around 25% of its buses, the patronage was very low, according to officials. “For most of their needs, people from different towns of Virudhunagar district tend to go to neighbouring districts, like Madurai, Tenkasi and Thoothukudi. With buses being operated within the district limits, the patronage is bound to be very low,” said an official.

Coimbatore

Meanwhile, the TNSTC — Coimbatore Division operated 800 buses in four districts. According to the officials, the maximum number of buses were operated within Coimbatore district with 401 buses, followed by Erode district with 153 buses, Tiruppur district with 142 buses and the Nilgiris district with 104 buses. The 800 buses, which included town buses and intra-district mofussil buses, were only around 30% of the total fleet, the officials said. The number of buses being operated will be increased depending on the demand, TNSTC officials noted.

V. Duraikannan, president of Coimbatore District Bus Owners Association (South), said that only around 12 private buses out of around 330 buses were operated in the district on Tuesday. “Most of the private bus operators are afraid to resume bus services because they feel that the number of passengers entering the buses cannot be controlled [in private buses],” he said.

(Inputs from Vivek Narayanan in Chennai, S Prasad in Cuddalore, S. Sundar in Virudhunagar and R. Akileish in Coimbatore)



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Flood-like situation in four Chhattisgarh districts, thousands shifted


CM Bhupesh Baghel chaired a meeting on Friday night with all District Collectors and Superintendents of Police through video-conferencing to assess situation and take stock of relief measures being undertaken in flooded areas.

Heavy rains battered several parts of Chhattisgarh over the last two days, creating a flood-like situation in some areas of at least four districts and causing rivers, including the Mahanadi, to flow above the danger mark, officials said.

Nearly 12,000 houses in various districts of the State were partially or completely damaged due to the incessant rainfall and thousands of people were shifted to relief camps, they said.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel chaired a meeting on Friday night with all District Collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) through video-conferencing to assess the situation and take stock of relief measures being undertaken in flooded areas, a Public Relations Department official said on Saturday.

“Flood-like situation has been created in many districts of the State due to incessant downpour, which has sent rivers and rivulets in spate. Settlements in low-lying areas have also been inundated in several urban areas,” the official quoted the CM as saying during the meeting.

Mr. Baghel instructed the officials to ensure proper arrangements for food, drinking water and health facilities to the affected people, he said.

The Chief Minister also asked the authorities to carry out timely evacuation of the people stranded in floods and shifting them to relief camps.

During the meeting, officials said that Raipur, Janjgir-Champa, Bilaspur, Durg and Raigarh districts witnessed “record rainfall” between Thursday and Friday, while there is flood-like situation in some parts of Jangir-Champa, Raigarh, Rajnandgaon and Balodabazar-Bhatapara districts, the official said.

As many as 11,942 houses were partially or completely damaged in various districts due to continuous rainfall, while 219 relief camps have been set up in rain-affected districts for people, he said.

During the meeting, Janjgir-Champa collector said that the Mahanadi river, considered the lifeline of central Chhattisgarh, was flowing above the danger mark and he had spoken to his Sambalpur counterpart in neighbouring Odisha about opening the gates of Hirakud dam (build on that river), he said.

“The gates of Hirakud dam have been opened,” he said.

In Janjgir-Champa district, around 4,000 houses were damaged due to rainfall and resulting flood and 2,091 affected people have been shifted to 45 relief camps, he said.

Similarly, in Raigarh district, 27 villages in Baramkela and Pusaur areas were affected due to the floods, wherein 2,389 people were moved to 21 relief camps, he said.

In Balodabazar district, 26 villages bore the brunt of the flood and 1,393 people were shifted to 24 relief camps there.

At least 35 people were rescued from flooded areas in Balodabazar, he said.

Rajnandgaon Collector said the road link between Rajnandgaon and Kawardha towns snapped due to overflowing river on the route. Water of Aamner river was flowing above the bridge in Khairagarh town of Rajnandgaon, he said.

The Chief Minister asked the rescue teams to remain alert to deal with the emergency situation. He also instructed the Collectors to deploy a joint team of staff of Revenue, District Panchayat, Janpad Panchayat, Forest Department to provide relief to the affected people, the official said.

According to the disaster management department officials, Jangir-Champa district received 211.9 mm rainfall on Friday, while Raipur witnessed 160 MM rainfall. Other districts which saw heavy rainfall on Friday are Bilaspur (119.5mm), Durg (142 mm), Rajnandgaon (99.9 mm), Balodabazar (108.9 mm) and Raigarh (119.3 mm).

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Centre urges 140 tests per million in all districts as coronavirus surges across India


The meeting was convened at a time when coronavirus pandemic cases have refused to show a downward trend

New Delhi: Amid unrelenting spike in cases of coronavirus across the country, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday held a video conference with chief secretaries and health secretaries of nine states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka – which have recorded the most number of positive cases and deaths due to the pandemic – directing them to ensure effective containment, contact tracing and surveillance as well as to ensure a minimum of 140 tests per million per day in all districts.

The meeting was convened at a time when coronavirus pandemic cases have refused to show a downward trend and India has recorded more than 33 lakh registered cases and over 60,000 deaths.

 

Maharashtra tops the list of positive cases and deaths as it has 7 lakh cases and 23,000 deaths respectively. Tamil Nadu is second with 3.9 lakh positive cases and 6,800 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

According to official sources, Gauba directed the chief secretaries to ensure that at least in 80 per cent of new cases, all close contacts should be traced and tested within 72 hours. The chief secretary also suggested ensuring a minimum of 140 tests per million per day in all districts while targeting a positivity/confirmation rate of less than 5 per cent.

The states were also asked to conduct regular monitoring of home isolation patients (tele-calling and home visits) and ensure timely admission to healthcare facility. They have been directed to put in public domain, the availability of beds and ambulances across COVID-19 facilities, while significantly reducing ambulance response time.

 

Monitoring of week-wise fatality rates for each health facility with particular focus on vulnerable patients having comorbidities, upgrading COVID-dedicated facilities based on case load, and keeping track of the availability and usage of necessary drugs, masks and PPE kits in all the above mentioned facilities, were some other important directives given to the states.

Chief secretaries and health secretaries of Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, along with the Union Health Secretary, Director General of ICMR and Member (Health) of Niti Aayog Dr VK Paul were also present in the meeting.

 



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Southern Districts spark upset over depleted Sydney University


“It was an intense battle minute one to 80,” said Southern Districts skipper Tim Metcher. “We were able to claw our way back. What a way to finish the game. A game like this really shows that the heart of club rugby in Australia is well and truly thriving. This is a great day for the Shute Shield.”

When the sides met last year the Students prevailed 47-24. Their last loss in first grade came 414 days ago in a 22-21 defeat to Warringah.

Meanwhile, the Students’ preparation was thrown into disarray after 12 of their players were forced to self-isolate.

It is understood a group of players visited a Newcastle bar after their match with the Hunter Wildfires on August 1 and were informed by health officials they would need to stay at home for the next 14 days after coming into close contact with a positive coronavirus case.

The two-time reigning Shute Shield premiers have excellent depth across the grades but would have loved to call on a number of contracted Waratahs players to bolster their stocks against another undefeated side.

However, the Super Rugby AU “bubble” prevented that from occurring.

Paddy Ryan in action for Sydney University.

Paddy Ryan in action for Sydney University. Credit:Karen Watson

In March, a University player contracted COVID-19, resulting in more than 100 people who also attended a function that followed the Australian Club Championship being required to self-isolate.

The latest headache is terrible luck for the club, who sent an SOS to former Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan.

The 32-year-old, who left NSW after the 2018 Super Rugby season to take up a contract with San Diego in Major League Rugby, got through plenty of work in a tough grind for forwards on both sides.

University broke a 27-minute deadlock when Kane sliced through a hole before throwing a crisp left-to-right pass that skipper Tim Clements finished off down the right edge.

Both sides traded tries as Southern Districts winger Apaola Tea Lama crashed over after the half-time siren to level scores 14-14 at the break.

Southern Districts hooker Joe Cotton, who had a one-off appearance for the Waratahs against the Rebels three weeks, burrowed over from the back of a driving maul to give the visitors a real chance.

Meanwhile, Gordon’s hot run continued on Saturday as they put Manly to the sword by 23 points.

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Under coach Darren Coleman, Gordon have now registered a bonus point in every one of their four wins.

The Hunter Wildfires fell 50-10 to Northern Suburbs and were unable to back up last week’s draw against Manly, Eastwood thumped the Western Sydney Two Blues 57-14, Randwick annihilated Penrith 59-3, while Warringah prevailed 28-14 against West Harbour.

Shute Shield round five results

Sydney University 31-32 Southern Districts
Manly 3-26 Gordon
Norths 50-10 Hunter Wildfires
Two Blues 14-57 Eastwood
Randwick 59-3 Penrith
Warringah 28-14 West Harbour

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Ladder-leaders Sydney University and Southern Districts face-off


Manly vs Gordon – Manly Oval

Manly could only manage a 29-29 draw against the Hunter Wildfires at the weekend and face a tough assignment against a red-hot Gordon side who put Warringah to the sword 52-7. Mick Adams shifts to fullback for the Marlins with Yool Yool moved onto the wing, while Gordon have named a settled back line and will be looking to continue their dominance.

Manly (1-15): Sio Tatola, James Hilterbrand, Conor Davidson, Van Stewart, Alex Dalzell, Harry Bergelin, Mitch Tye, Max Douglas, Tim Donlan, Brendan Hartmann, Fraser Toohey, Hutana Coffin, Dennis Pili-Gaitau, Yool Yool, Mick Adams.

Gordon (1-15): Brandon Faavae-Eli/Bosco Tagaloa, Mahe Vailanu, Rhys Brodie, Jack Margin, Brendan Mitchell/Peter Chanel-Tagaloa, Tom Silk, James Lough/J.Maguire, Jordy Goddard, Harrison Goddard, Rod Iona, Brandon Quinn, Tautalatasi Tasi, Lucas Price, Ahmu Tuimalealiifano, Jaline Graham/R.McDonald.

Manly during their clash with Norths earlier in the year.

Manly during their clash with Norths earlier in the year. Credit:Karen Watson

Northern Suburbs vs Hunter Wildfires – Bon Andrews Oval (North Sydney No.2)

Norths are coming off the bye and run into a Wildfires side improving every week. The home team are yet to drop a game in 2020 but the Hunter-based boys will give them a run for their money following a surprise draw with the Marlins.

Norths (1-15): Jack Brewer, James Margan, Isaac Cavu, Dave Henaway, Nick Palmer, Brad Hemopo, Heinrich Brendel, George Murrin, Nick Duffy, Angus Sinclair, Reece Mau’u, Harry Burey, Nathan Russell, Tom Gilbert, Max Burey.

Wildfires (1-15): David Puchert, Steve Lamont, Nicholas Dobson, Adam Edwards, Sevanaia Rokobaro, Piers Morell, Shawn Ingle, Marlon Solofuti, Mahe Fangupo, Michael Moloney, Rob Buserau, Angus Brown, Hayden Cole, Nimilote Qio, Chad Northcott.

Western Sydney Two Blues vs Eastwood – Lidcombe Oval

Can the Two Blues notch up their first win of the season? They’ll have to dig deep against an Eastwood side with three wins from four starts who welcome back Australian sevens representative Tim Anstee. He’ll start in the second row.

Two Blues (1-15): Jacob Delailoa, Nick Blacklock, Kalafi Pongi, Airi Hunt, Tuitakau Kioa, Sione Fifita, Patrick Searson, Emmanuel Maliko, Liam Tully, Rory Garrett, Niko Dalivusa, Phillip Pale, Zac Campion, Jordan Williams, Leviticus Dodd.

Eastwood (1-15): Willie Leoso, Ed Craig, Rhys Sheriff, Tim Anstee, Charles Granger, Michael Icely, Tom Murphy, Sione Tau, Matt Gonzalez, Tane Edmed, Lachlan Shelley, Enoka Muliufi, Devan Stoltz, Fabian Goodall, Harry Wilson.

Randwick vs Penrith – Coogee Oval

The Galloping Greens have had a superb start to the season and remain one of five undefeated teams. Only Randwick and Sydney Uni have chalked up four wins, given they’re yet to have a bye. Randwick, who welcome back Dave Horwitz at No.10, should be too strong for Penrith at home. Influential Emus back Dean Blore moves from No.10 to inside-centre for this clash.

Randwick (1-15): Jake Turnbull, Dave Vea, George Hendry, Tom Nowlan, Nathan Den Hoedt, Sam Croke, Christian Poidevin, Ryan Powter, Tyzac Jordan, Dave Horwitz, Dylan Pietsch, Kristian Jensen, Zac Carr, Triston Reilly, Locky Miller.

Penrith (1-15): Mark Ropati, Delahoya Manu, Macia Latabua, Timoci Wasarua, Sevanaia Nadruku, Lucas Castle, John Tuivaiti, Sosifa Funaki, Terry Fanolua, Netane Masima, Jeremiah Fa’amausili, Dean Blore, Luke Nadurutalo, Jale Seninawanawa, Levi Tofa.

Warringah vs West Harbour – Pittwater Rugby Park

Warringah will be licking their wounds after getting a touch up against Gordon last week. They’ve slightly tweaked their back row, while the Pirates have named Dion Spice at halfback. They’ll need a big game from Rod Davies.

Warringah and Gordon pack down for a scrum at Chatswood Oval.

Warringah and Gordon pack down for a scrum at Chatswood Oval. Credit:Karen Watson

Warringah (1-15): Sateki Latu, Wes Thomas, Sam Needs, Andrew Davies, Sam Ward, Rory Suttor, Charlie McKill, Mungo Mason, Josh Holmes, Tom Halse, Charlie Tupu, Tyson Davis, Seb Wileman, Ben Woollett, Ben Marr.

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West Harbour (1-15): Sonny Satuala, Tonga Tangitau, Cam Bethan, Visiano Vaheo, Etienne Oosthuizen, Damien Flemming, Kaliova Nacina, Francis Iremia Saufio, Dion Spice, Patrick Pellegrini, James Turner, Tavite Gadeisuva, Connor Chittenden, Rod Davies, Josh Coward.

Bye – Eastern Suburbs

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Predominately black congressional districts got fewer PPP loans: study


July 30, 2020

By Imani Moise

(Reuters) – Congressional districts with the highest black populations received up to $13 billion dollars less in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding than districts with the lowest percent of black residents, a new study shows.

The 10 congressional districts with the lowest black populations got over 64,000 more PPP loans than the 10 districts with the most black residents, analysis of federal data by advocacy group Accountable.US found. The predominately black districts got as much as $23 billion in funding as of July 20th compared with $36 billion for the non-black districts.

The $600 billion government stimulus program was meant to bail out small businesses that have been slammed by mandatory shutdowns to stem the coronavirus outbreak and by reduced spending by consumers. As Congress debates the details of a new round of stimulus, more entrepreneurs are considering shuttering permanently against an increasingly uncertain economic backdrop.

Black-owned small businesses, which are highly concentrated in retail, restaurants and other service industries most affected by shutdowns, are expected to shutter at twice the rate of small businesses overall.

(Reporting by Imani Moise; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)





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