Man arrested over police seizure of high-powered guns, including assault rifle linked to ADF


A man has been arrested over a stash of high-powered weapons — including an automatic rifle linked to the Australian Defence Force — which were seized from a property in suburban Adelaide.

SA Police yesterday arrested the 32-year-old from Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills and charged him with firearm and drug offences, after a Newton address was raided in January.

The property was one of several searched earlier this year as part of a joint investigation by police in SA and NSW, and the Australian Federal Police.

At the time, police allegedly discovered a “large commercial clandestine methamphetamine laboratory” in Harolds Cross in New South Wales and arrested two people.

Police also allegedly uncovered guns and methamphetamine stored in the tray of a Holden ute parked at the Newton property.

The ute was seized along with a Ford Territory for forensic examination, and sophisticated concealed compartments were allegedly located in both vehicles.

Police said they recovered a modified AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, two handguns, a revolver, ammunition, magazines, and a Steyr fully-automatic military rifle.

Steyr’s website states the weapon can function as a light machine gun, and is used by the military in several countries.

Assault rifles and handguns were among the firearms seized by police during the arrest.(ABC News: Brittany Evins)

The arrested man, Rohan Peter Wakefield, appeared via videolink in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with multiple firearm offences.

He was released on bail, after an application was not opposed by prosecutors, and will be back before the court in December.

Rifle capable of causing ‘massive’ damage

Detective Superintendent Stephen Taylor said police were concerned to have discovered such high-powered weapons, and that the investigation was ongoing.

“Since January 2019 across South Australia, there’s been a total of 20 drive-by shootings where houses have actually been shot up … six of those related to the drug trade.

“We have sufficient information to substantiate that the drug lab in Harolds Cross is probably linked to the drug lab that we got last month in Morphett Vale and also the drug lab at Panorama.

Superintendent Taylor also said police were “sharply focused on disabling and dismantling serious organised crime syndicates” who were putting lives “at risk”.

“The seizures made during these investigations are significant and reveal the breadth of the offending that serious and organised crime syndicates are involved in,” he said.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said there had been significant effort to remove “unlawful firearms from the community”.

“It is often the case that the types of firearms that give us the greatest concern are in the hands of criminals or outlaw motorcycle gangs,” he said.

“To remove these firearms from people who may use them unlawfully is a positive for safety community and it’s a validation of the effort we put in to identifying offenders.”



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Queensland records two new coronavirus cases including nurse who worked in COVID-19 ward, student from Staines Memorial College



Two new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Queensland overnight.

A 37-year-old nurse at Ipswich hospital and an 18-year-old student at Staines Memorial college, in Brisbane’s south are the two new cases in Queensland overnight.

The school remains closed, after another student had previously tested positive.

Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed the male nurse had been working in the COVID-19 ward at the hospital, where there were positive cases.

“He had identified abdominal pain which is not normally considered a symptom of covid-19, but he was incredibly wise and he identified that could have been a symptom and he went and got tested,” Mr Miles said.

Mr Miles said another positive case flew into Queensland yesterday despite testing positive in Victoria “some time ago”.

“Victorian authorities had been attempting to located him,” he said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised the actions of police.

“This is great work from the police that have been able to apprehend this man, who was trying to get into Queensland illegally,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

There will now be contact tracing for flight JQ560.

“Just imagine if he had come into our community,” she said.

Mr Miles added that the man was now in quarantine and authorities would investigate whether he had committed an offence.

There are now 28 active cases in Queensland, with 7,489 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

Border to remain closed

Ms Palaszczuk said the state’s southern border would remain closed for the month of September.

“There will be no changes for the month of September,” she said.

More to come.



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54 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 8 in the community


SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 54 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Aug 30), including eight cases in the community.

This brings the country’s total to 56,771.

The community cases comprise seven Singaporeans or permanent residents as well as one work pass holder, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary update. 

There are also seven imported cases, all of whom had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore. 

More details will be announced on Sunday night, said the ministry.

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Global coronavirus cases surged past 25 million on Sunday. The official number of global coronavirus cases is now at least five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data.

Around the world, there have been more than 840,000 deaths linked to COVID-19.

On Saturday, MOH said it would offer COVID-19 testing to groups such as taxi drivers, food delivery workers and stallholders as part of efforts to expand the COVID-19 testing regime. 

While there has been “no local evidence” that these groups are at a higher risk of being infected, they will be offered tests “given the nature of their working environment, such as the high frequency of interactions with members of public”, the ministry said.

The costs of the tests will be fully borne by the Government, MOH said, adding that authorities will reach out to the groups progressively.

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Victoria records 15 deaths, including man in his 30s, and 725 new coronavirus cases on worst day yet of pandemic

Victoria has recorded 15 deaths and 725 new coronavirus bacterial infections on the state’s worst working day of the pandemic to date.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday explained 538 folks remained in medical center, with 42 of those people battling the infection in intensive care. 

Of the 15 new deaths recorded on Wednesday, just one was a gentleman in his 30s and twelve ended up joined to the state’s aged-treatment sector.

“Can I mail my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to every single of all those families,” Mr Andrews reported.

“This will be a terrible time and any and all help we can provide to you we will and we are with you in this pretty tough time.”

Mr Andrews stated elective operation would be postponed in regional Victoria, except for category one clients and the most urgent class two people. 

The same measures have presently been applied to elective surgeries in the metropolitan Melbourne region.

“We can’t have a circumstance in which we are making the sickest people wait longer simply because we are treating wholly worthy and crucial ailments, but not essentially time-critical ailments,” he informed reporters.

“We are not able to set those people ahead of men and women who will need that urgent treatment.”

Mr Andrews on Sunday declared a Condition of Disaster in Victoria as very well as the adoption of Stage 4 limitations for metropolitan Melbourne. 

The relaxation of Victoria is relocating into Phase 3 constraints. 

Metropolitan Melbourne inhabitants are subject matter to Stage 4 limits and will have to comply with a curfew concerning the hrs of 8pm and 5am. All through the curfew, people today in Melbourne can only go away their residence for function, and vital health and fitness, care or security reasons.

Amongst 5am and 8pm, individuals in Melbourne can leave the property for exercise, to store for necessary items and providers, for do the job, for health care, or to care for a ill or aged relative. The entire list of restrictions can be observed right here.

All Victorians must put on a face masking when they leave home, no make a difference where by they dwell.

Persons in Australia ought to keep at the very least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s limits on gathering limitations. If you are dealing with cold or flu indications, continue to be property and arrange a take a look at by calling your medical professional or call the Coronavirus Wellbeing Facts Hotline on 1800 020 080.





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Two new coronavirus cases confirmed in SA including possible community transmission


Another two people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in South Australia, prompting authorities to issue a health alert for three Adelaide businesses where one of the individuals spent time in recent days.

SA Health said the two new cases are both women in their 20s, with one of them a possible result of community transmission.

“It wasn’t clear that this was a person who’s returned from Victoria, so my team at the moment are getting information,” Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said.

The other is linked to the cluster identified yesterday linked to two Adelaide schools — Roma Mitchell College and Thebarton Senior College.

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It is believed the woman had been to several places while infectious.

“There were nine cases in 10 days yesterday and, of course, these two further cases.”

SA Health said anyone who attended the Najafi Carpet Gallery in Kilburn last Wednesday between 5:00pm and 8:00pm should immediately self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

That also applies to anyone who went to the Agha Juice House in Blair Athol between 5:00pm and 7:30pm on Friday, and Fernwood Fitness at Salisbury Downs between 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Saturday.

The advice extends to people who do not have symptoms.

People who attended the Walkers Arm Hotel at Walkerville on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of last week, or either of the schools, are also being told that, if they develop symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and get tested.

New control centre, medi-hotel and testing facility

Premier Steven Marshall today said the Government was setting up a number of facilities to bolster the state’s COVID-19 response.

Speaking at a checkpoint near the Victorian border this morning, he said a new disease control centre and a medi-hotel were being set up in nearby Mount Gambier.

A drive-through coronavirus testing clinic is being set up at Victoria Park.(ABC News: Brittany Evins)

A new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility is being established at Adelaide’s Victoria Park.

“These are really important improvements we are making to strengthen that frontline for the men and women who are working here and to keep South Australia safe and strong,” Premier Marshall said.

“We continue to be extraordinarily concerned about the unfolding situation in Victoria.”

He foreshadowed possible additional restrictions on top of the new limits on in-home gatherings and licensed venues that begin at midnight tonight.

The number of people permitted at home gatherings will reduce from 50 to 10, while pubs, bars and restaurants will only be able to serve alcohol to patrons who are seated.



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Mainland China reports 34 new coronavirus cases, including 20 in Xinjiang


July 25, 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported 34 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland for July 24, up from 21 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Saturday.

Of the new infections, 20 were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National HealthCommission. Nine were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, while the remaining five were imported cases.

China reported 74 new asymptomatic cases, up from 43 a day earlier.

As of Friday, mainland China had 83,784 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by William Mallard)





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Workplace coronavirus transmission driving Victorian case numbers, including in aged care


The recent rise in coronavirus cases in Victoria has been attributed to the virus spreading in workplaces, including aged care facilities.

The state recorded 368 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, while 217 were announced on Saturday and a record-high 428 on Friday.

The latest wave of infections has been much more deadly than the last peak in March and April.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said “about 80 per cent” of the state’s new infections since mid-May “are being driven by transmission in workplaces, including private-sector aged care”.

The Government has announced Victoria Police, WorkSafe and Department of Health and Human Services officers will be focussing on high-risk workplaces.

This will include distribution centres, call centres and meat processing facilities.

An outbreak at a JBS abattoir in Brooklyn is linked to 35 infections, while a cluster linked to Somerville Retail Services has risen to 53 cases.

But the Premier said a law firm which did not allow staff to work from home was also linked to a number of recent cases.

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Victorians are told if they can work from home, they must do so.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

Businesses found to breach physical-distancing guidelines or other coronavirus restrictions already face an on-the-spot fine of nearly $10,000 and the possibility of further legal or financial penalties.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state’s new mandatory masks rule would help reduce the risk in workplaces.

Visitation limits for aged care, plan to limit staff to single facilities

Hospital staff in PPE at a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.
A number of health and aged care workers have contracted the virus in recent weeks.(AAP: David Mariuz)

Hospitals, medical facilities and aged care homes have been linked to a number of Victoria’s recent cases.

Three new aged care facilities — Bluecross Ruckers Hill in Northcote, Villa Maria Catholic Homes in Alphington and Japara Highbury in Glen Waverley — have detected a single case each.

All up, the virus has infected 112 staff or student staff, 93 residents and 11 household contacts across 40 aged care facilities.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said there had been incidences in recent days of staff linked to outbreaks who had worked across multiple facilities.

Aged care workers are some of the lowest-paid in Australia, making about $23 an hour, and workers last week told the ABC they would suffer financial hardship if they could not work across multiple jobs.

The Victorian and Federal Governments announced an aged care funding package on Sunday aimed at keeping aged care staff working in single facilities.

The package will include additional entitlement funding, infection control training and five mobile testing sites targeted at aged care.

It will also provide an additional 1 million masks for regional Victorian aged care facilities and 1 million more masks for disability workers across the state.

The State Government already provides a $1,500 one-off hardship payment to Victorians forced to miss work due to coronavirus quarantine.

From July 22, visitation will be restricted to those defined as carers only, with a limit of one hour per day.

Mr Hunt said the “challenging” restrictions were something people would never want, but “we recognise they are necessary”.

Union concerned aged care workers will be ‘forced onto the poverty line’

The secretary of the Health Workers Union, Diana Asmar, said the single-site policy had been announced with “no consultation” with the union.

“Over half of the aged care members we represent are casual or part-time, which is reflective of the broader industry,” Ms Asmar said. “

“Working across multiple worksites for multiple employers is widespread, particularly amongst kitchen and food staff, cleaners and leisure and lifestyle workers.”

She said it was “highly unlikely” any government could cover the cost of lost wages, but it was more likely workers “will be forced onto the poverty line”.

Ms Asmar said until the detail of the announcement was made clear, the news “has created uncertainty for the industry and anxiety for thousands of low-paid aged care workers”.

She called on governments to provide more personal protective equipment for workers in health and aged care settings.



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US states reimpose coronavirus measures, including quarantines, as cases spike


Practically 4 months following the United States described its very first demise from COVID-19, the country faces a deepening health crisis as a wave of bacterial infections hits younger Us residents and authorities issue new acute warnings.

The world’s biggest overall economy is the country toughest strike by the pandemic, with a mounting loss of life toll of around 121,000 useless.

Some officials – like the Texas governor – who loosened limitations on business, eating, general public gatherings and tourism, are now urging residents to once more continue to be household.

Three northeastern states that manufactured development beating again the pandemic – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – on Wednesday urged people arriving from US hotspots to quarantine on their own.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated the advisory utilized to guests from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.

Quite a few states in the South and West which include heavily populated Florida and Texas are struggling what White Property adviser and best scientist Anthony Fauci described as “disturbing” new surges in bacterial infections.

Each day situation averages are becoming pushed to history ranges in the area, even as previous epicentres like New York and Detroit have witnessed their figures drop.

Mr Fauci warned that the subsequent two weeks would be “vital” to addressing the surges, which have also hit the nation’s most populous state, California.

Joseph Carter, 27, carries a surfboard on the seaside Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Santa Monica, California.

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Florida marked 5,508 new infections on Tuesday, bringing its full to additional than 109,000 confirmed circumstances and 3,281 deaths.

Governor Ron DeSantis reported the state was encountering “a serious explosion in new cases among the our youthful demographics,” and a spike in hospitalisations.

He warned that bars and restaurants could get rid of their alcohol licences if they do not comply with social distancing tips.

Mr DeSantis declined to purchase a state-large mandatory masking plan as leaders in California and Washington state have performed.

But that has not stopped Miami from employing its individual obligatory mask regulations.

Continue to be residence

In Texas, which was between the most intense states in reopening in early June just after months of lockdown, new cases strike a day-to-day high of 5,489 on Tuesday.

A worried Governor Greg Abbott warned Texans of the virus’s “rampant” unfold and explained the “safest” put to be was in their houses, adding that those people who necessary to go out ought to don masks.

“If those people spikes continue on, further steps are likely to be necessary,” he reported.

Mr Abbott is an ally of Donald Trump, but his warnings are at stark odds with the president, who proclaimed Tuesday that “we did a good position on coronavirus”.

Epidemiologist Rebecca Fisher claimed states like Texas need to have managed their mitigating initiatives for a longer time.

“It does not glimpse like we are coming close to the prime of the peak,” Ms Fisher instructed AFP. “And we are certainly not coming down the other side of this but.”

The southwestern border state of Arizona is observing perilous spikes as well.

A healthcare worker walks through the rain at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site in Houston, Texas.

A health care employee walks via the rain at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 tests web-site in Houston, Texas.

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Its verified COVID-19 scenarios have more than quadrupled since the remain-at-home order expired on 15 May, and persons finding infected are more youthful and youthful.

Arizona’s noted 7-working day rolling regular of 39 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants is a nationwide significant.

That compares with 14 per 100,000 citizens in Texas, 11 per 100,000 in California, and just a few for every 100,000 in New York state, in accordance to the Washington Article.

But the dire figures did not stop Trump from web hosting a rally Tuesday in Arizona’s most significant town Phoenix, wherever most attendees did not put on masks or apply social distancing.

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How much impact will that have? Well, the first thing to say is that it is still raining so there will be no drying out of the surface any time soon. The first two days have shown a clear advantage to the stands side on the straight course, but the bias shown by jockeys to that side means it will likely be more cut up now and could potentially have soaked in more rain than the fresher far side of the course, negating any advantage there may have been.

The rain could also have a big impact on the hopes of Stradivarius, the big-name favourite bidding to complete a Gold Cup hat-trick today. It is thought the extra tackiness in the ground will not suit him and his trainer John Gosden had this to say on ITV’s Opening Show earlier:

There’s little you can do about it but he loves to cruise … on fast summer ground and then put in that electrifying turn of foot which deals with his opponents. I think it’s a bit what Muhammad Ali said, he won’t be able to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee today, I’m afraid with the ground, it’s more likely to be rope-a-dope.

We will be running, we’re not going to disappoint people. He’s on his way down on the van now. Last year [on] Champions Day was a huge decision to run, that again was very soft ground, we actually used the hurdles course which hadn’t been raced on since the previous National Hunt season. He’s not the same horse on that, it’s more of a slog and he can’t show that same ability to quicken after two miles. He got chinned there, but look, we’re game on.

That headline act comes at 3.35pm and is the fifth of seven races from Ascot today.





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Bauer Media sells Australian magazine arm, including New Idea and Woman’s Day


German publishing giant Bauer Media will make a spectacular exit from Australia after eight turbulent years, offloading its local magazine division to a private equity firm.

A deal was struck last night for Mercury Capital to acquire the portfolio of magazines, including iconic titles The Australian Women’s Weekly, New Idea and Woman’s Day.

It’s understood on-again, off-again negotiations have been under way for several months.

Bauer Media entered the market in 2012 with the mammoth purchase of ACP Magazines, formerly owned by the Packer family, for $525 million.

The Australian Financial Review reports today that the Mercury deal is worth less than $50 million.

Neither party has commented on the purchase price. The deal is due to be finalised in July.

“We have been proud to be the custodian of these iconic titles in Australia. I am confident that under Mercury’s ownership they will continue to thrive,” Veit Dengler, Bauer Media group chief operating officer, said.

And speculation in The Australian today is that the entire Bauer business is now valued in the “tens of millions of dollars” following years of tumbling advertising revenue and shrinking circulation.

Mercury’s acquisition comes just months after Bauer finalised its $40 million purchase of Pacific Magazines from Seven West Media, which was negotiated before the coronavirus crisis.

Reports emerged earlier this year that Bauer was trying to get out of the transaction, which suddenly made much less commercial sense, but was legally bound to the contract.

Industry coverage of the Mercury deal today cites unnamed sources as saying the private equity fund is optimistic about the publisher’s digital expansion potential.

But the general outlook for magazines is grim.

Last year, professional services consultancy PwC described the “scale and frequency of titles (as being) unsustainable in an era of ubiquitous access to similar content at zero cost”.

Bauer, a family run, Hamburg-based publishing empire, has presided over the shuttering of multiple well-known Aussie titles, including Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Dolly and Men’s Style.

The shrinking landscape has resulted in hundreds of job losses and the complete closure of Bauer’s New Zealand operations.

Earlier this year, it suspended the printing of a handful of titles, such as NW and OK!, which have not resumed.

Hundreds of positions were also slashed at Pacific Magazines as a result of the merger.

That’s despite chief executive Brendon Hill insisting in October when the deal was signed that all editorial staff would come across.

Media Week magazine reports that Hill will continue to lead the company in the interim.

Mercury Group declined to comment.



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