What we know today, Tuesday November 17


Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Today, South Australia’s COVID-19 cluster has grown to 17, with authorities racing to ascertain its size and contain its spread.

More hot spots announced as SA braces for new cluster cases

Another COVID-19 case linked to the Parafield cluster has been announced as SA Health broadens the list of hot spots in a bid to prevent the further spread.

Premier Steven Marshall told 5AA about 6.30 am there had been one new case linked to the cluster overnight.

As of Monday night, the Parafield cluster had grown to 17 and more cases are expected today. There are also three children with suspected symptoms who are yet to be confirmed as positive.

SA Health is contacting everyone who was in the Emergency Department at Lyell McEwin Hospital between 5.30pm Friday and 8am Saturday.

It is also urging those who visited the northern suburbs hospital’s ED between those times and have not been contacted by SA Health to self-quarantine and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

There were 18 new cases reported in SA yesterday, 13 linked to the Parafield cluster and five in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.

An SA Health spokeswoman said it was unlikely there would be further case announcements until about 3.15pm this afternoon

The cluster was sparked when a woman in her 80s, who lives independently, went to the Lyell McEwin Hospital emergency department on Saturday and tested positive for COVID-19.

The state government has suspended further incoming flights of returned international travellers to Adelaide.

New locations added to the list of hot spots include:

Adelaide: Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from bus stop near train station, Wednesday 11 November 3.40pm-4.38pm

It’s Convenient, 63 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Saturday 14 November 6.00pm -6.15pm

Eastwood: Adelaide Eye and Laser Centre, 215 Greenhill Rd, Friday 13 November 10.00am – 12.00 pm

Edinburgh: SA Structural, 54 Kaurna Avenue, Thursday 12 November 7.00am – 3.30 pm

Elizabeth: Big W, Elizabeth Shopping Centre, Saturday 14 November 10.00 am – 11.00am

Findon: Woolworths Findon Road, Saturday 14 November 8.30 pm – 8.35 pm

Fulham Gardens: Fulham Gardens Community Centre – Festival of Lights Function, Sunday 8 November

Gepps Cross: Spotlight, 750 Main North Road, Thursday 12 November 8.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Kurralta Park: Coles, 153-164 Anzac Hwy, Friday 13 November 8.30 pm – 8.50 pm

Mawson Lakes: Foodland, 6/12 Capital St, Saturday 14 November 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Parafield Gardens: Martins Road Family Medical Practice (Podiatrist), Monday 9 November 2.00pm – 3.00 pm

Pooraka: On The Run Pooraka, OTR 126 Bridge Rd Pooraka, Thursday 12 November 11.35 am – 11.40 am

Bus 405 from Salisbury Bus Interchange, Monday 9 November 11.06 am – 12.00 pm

Bus 411 from Salisbury Bus Interchange, Wednesday 11 November 4.30pm – 5.30 pm Namaste Supermarket, Parabanks Shopping Centre, Saturday 14 November 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Salisbury Downs: McDonald’s Hollywood Plaza, Friday 13 November 10.00 am – 11.00 am, Star Discount Chemist, Hollywood Plaza Surgery, Tuesday 10 November 7.30 pm – 7.45 pm, Target Hollywood Plaza, Thursday 12 November 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm, Woolworths, Hollywood Plaza, Thursday 12 November 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm

South Plympton: Jai Shiv Fruit & Veg shop, 3/489 Marion Rd, Saturday 14 November 8.00 pm – 8.05 pm

These are in addition to an initial list of hot spots announced yesterday.

SA Health has advised people who visited any of the below locations during the listed times that they do not need to self-quarantine but should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever or chills, an acute respiratory infection, loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste, and get tested immediately if symptoms appear.

Cash, drugs seized in $1million border bust

Two men form the state’s Mid North are facing laundering and drug trafficking charges after police found $1 million in cash in a car as it crossed the South Australian border from NSW.

Police stopped a Holden Ute, driven by one of the men, 51, just before midnight on Saturday at the Oodla Wirra checkpoint.

During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered the cash – mostly comprising $50 notes – as well as illicit substances GHB and methamphetamine.

The man was arrested, sparking a police investigation.

Three properties were raided on Sunday, including one in the Mid North and two in the Barossa area.

Hydroponic cannabis set-ups were allegedly uncovered at the Mid North address and first Barossa property.

Equipment to grow cannabis hydroponically was seized at the second Barossa property where the other man, 47, was arrested and later charged.

The men have been refused bail and are expected to appear at magistrates courts in Port Pirie and Elizabeth today.

“SAPOL continue to police highways and roads used to travel to and from South Australia,” a spokesman said in a statement.

“This significant seizure of cash should serve as a warning to organised crime groups that transport illegal commodities across our border.”

Police chief backs medi-hotel system as restrictions return

South Australia’s police chief Grant Stevens says he has full confidence in the state’s quarantine hotels despite a worrying cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to one facility in Adelaide.

As of Monday night, the Parafield cluster had grown to 17 and more cases are expected.

An infected returned traveller is thought to have passed the virus onto a staff member of the hotel who has then infected family members.

Officials said SA’s hotel quarantine arrangements had recently won praise after a national audit but no such facilities could be completely secure.

“I couldn’t be more confident that we are providing a secure arrangement as possible in relation to how we manage our medi-hotels,” Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.

“But, as has been pointed out, this is highly infectious, easily caught and even the very best medical officials can catch this while they’re doing their very best to avoid it.

“Given the circumstances, and our obligation to repatriate Australians, this is the reality that we’re now dealing with.”

As of Friday, SA had 17 of the 77 active coronavirus cases in Australia, but all were returned travellers.

That number has now grown to at least 34, including two security guards and another staff member at the quarantine hotel. There are 167 close contacts of confirmed cases being contacted daily for symptom checks.

From today, all gyms, recreation centres and play cafes will close for two weeks with community sports fixtures and training cancelled.

Funerals and family gatherings will be capped at 50 people, and all church gatherings at 100 people.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants will be limited to 100 people along with all other public gatherings.

All venues or functions must abide by a rule of one person to each four square metres.

Masks will be mandatory for workers in personal care businesses and for workers in aged care if physical distancing is not possible.

Aged care workers will be limited to just one site but schools will remain open.

The government has also asked all people to work from home if they can and to reconsider unnecessary travel of any kind.

Second COVID-19 vaccine ’94.5 per cent effective’

US pharmaceutical firm Moderna says early analysis suggests its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5 per cent effective based on interim data from a late-stage trial.

Together with Pfizer Inc’s vaccine, which is also more than 90 per cent effective, and pending more safety data and regulatory review, the United States could have two vaccines authorised for emergency use in December with as many as 60 million doses of vaccine available this year.

Next year, the US government could have access to more than 1 billion doses just from the two vaccine makers, more than needed for the country’s 330 million residents.

The vaccines, both developed with new technology known as messenger RNA (mRNA), represent powerful tools to fight a pandemic that has infected 54 million people worldwide and killed 1.3 million.

The news also comes at a time when COVID-19 cases are soaring, hitting new records in the United States and pushing some European countries back into lockdowns.

“We are going to have a vaccine that can stop COVID-19,” Moderna president Stephen Hoge said in a telephone interview.

Moderna’s interim analysis was based on 95 infections among trial participants who received either a placebo or the vaccine.

Of those, only five infections occurred in those who received the vaccine, which is administered in two shots 28 days apart.

“This news from Moderna is tremendously exciting and considerably boosts optimism that we will have a choice of good vaccines in the next few months,” said Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London.

Moderna expects to have enough safety data required for US authorisation in the next week or so and the company expects to file for emergency use authorisation (EUA) in the coming weeks.

A key advantage of Moderna’s vaccine is that it does not need ultra-cold storage like Pfizer’s, making it easier to distribute.

Moderna expects it to be stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2C to 8C for 30 days and it can be stored for up to six months at -20C.

The data from Moderna’s trial involving 30,000 volunteers also showed the vaccine prevented cases of severe COVID-19, a question that still remains with the Pfizer vaccine.

Of the 95 cases in Moderna’s trial, 11 were severe and all 11 occurred among volunteers who got the placebo.

Most side effects were mild to moderate.

A significant proportion of volunteers, however, experienced more severe aches and pains after taking the second dose, including about 10 per cent who had fatigue severe enough to interfere with daily activities while another 9 per cent had severe body aches.

Moderna, part of the US government’s Operation Warp Speed program, expects to produce about 20 million doses for the United States this year, millions of which the company has already made and is ready to ship if it gets FDA authorisation.

Local companies vie for subs work

More than 120 companies in Australia have applied to Naval Group to be high-level partners in the development and construction of Australia’s new Attack class submarines.

Naval Group last month called for expressions of interest from local companies with the release of a local manufacturing package worth almost $900 million.

The company is looking for local manufacturers to produce 20 separate items of equipment for the 12 subs to be built in Adelaide, including steering gear, weapon handling systems and the main shaft line.

Naval Group Australia Chief Executive John Davis said there had been an impressive response.

“Our local manufacturing package sent a clear message to Australian industry that we mean business,” Davis said.

“Australian manufacturers have shown in this response that they stand ready to step up and play their part in building submarines that will be critical for Australia’s defence.

“The potential benefits for the nation from this program are immense and will last a generation.”

A further 2000 Australian businesses have also registered to become part of the wider supply chain that will sustain the 50-year submarine construction program.

Naval Group Australia already employs almost 300 people in South Australia and expects that to grow to about 1700 direct jobs by 2028.

Trump adviser pledges ‘professional transition’

US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien says he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and “obviously things look like that now”.

The Republican Trump has insisted the November 3 election was “rigged” and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several US states.

Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O’Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris.

“If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies,” O’Brien said.

“If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner – obviously things look that way now – we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council, there’s no question about it.”

Trump’s campaign has so far failed to produce evidence that could overturn Biden’s 306-232 victory over Trump in the state-by-state Electoral College vote.

States face a December 8 “safe harbour” deadline to certify their elections and choose electors who will officially select the new president on December 14.

No time for virus complacency: WHO

The World Health Organisation says there is no time for complacency in confronting the global coronavirus pandemic despite positive news about possible vaccines.

“Right now we are extremely concerned by the surge in COVID-19 cases we’re seeing in some countries,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet on Monday.

“Particularly in Europe and the Americas, health workers and health systems are being pushed to the breaking point.”

More than 54.67 million people have been reported infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,321,403​ have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

The US has topped 11 million infections and is expected to pass 250,000 deaths in the coming days.

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan also said on Monday that the news that US pharmaceutical firm Moderna appears to have developed a highly effective vaccine is “quite encouraging” but more data is needed.

Trial participants need to be monitored for two more months for possible side effects, she told a press conference in Geneva.

“There are many questions still remaining” about the Moderna product and about Pfizer’s rival vaccine candidate that has also shown to be very effective in trials, Swaminathan said.

More needs to be known about how long these vaccines protect against the coronavirus, to what extent they prevent severe cases of COVID-19 disease and what impact they have on elderly people, she said.

 

 

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Reopening day: Colleges in Karnataka gear up to resume partially from Tuesday


Many colleges and universities across Karnataka are gearing up to welcome final year undergraduate and post graduate students from Tuesday. Managements and faculties are supervising COVID-19 precautionary measures to be taken as per University Grant Commission (UGC) and the State Government guidelines.

This includes testing the teaching and non-teaching staff.

K.R. Venugopal, Vice Chancellor, Bangalore University said that they had set up five task forces for smooth functioning of the University. “The task forces include student monitoring, faculty coordination and timely availability of necessary resources, including water,” he said.

He also said he had directed all the 300 affiliated colleges to complete practicals for the final year students as soon as possible.

“A blend of online and offline classes along with homework will be the mantra. With this, we can also reduce the teaching portions which will also reduce the workload of the faculty,” he said.

Prof. Venugopal also said that at the university campus, canteens would be closed and library would only issues books. Students should compulsorily get sanitisers, masks, water bottles and food.

Many colleges have been testing their faculty members as precautionary measures ahead of college reopening on Tuesday.

C.B. Annapurnamma, principal, National College, Basavanagudi, said that they had tested over 70 teaching and non-teaching staff. “Out of them, two have tested positive. We are now sanitising the campus and will reopen from November 18. We are also deliberating on testing the teaching and the non teaching staff often, may be once in 10 to 15 days,” she said.

Ms. Annapurnamma also said that they had scheduled practical classes such that not more than 15 students would be there in a class. “Since only final year students are coming back, maintaining social distancing would not be a problem. Students will be allowed inside the college only if they get a no-objection certificate from parents. We have also instructed students to directly get back home after the college,” she said.

Meanwhile, even Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) is also allowing only the final year students from Tuesday.

P. Ishwara Bhat, Vice Chancellor, KSLU, said that all the 106 law colleges affiliated to KSLU have been directed to follow the guidelines issued by the UGC and the State Government.

“Our campus will reopen for only final year students initially. Exams for terminal semester students will begin from the 23rd of this month,” he said, and added that elaborate precautionary measures were in place to welcome students.

Mr. Bhat also added that depending on the situation, they would allow, after around 10 or 15 days, even intermediate semester students to come to colleges. “According to the Bar Council of India, conducting exams for intermediate semesters is also mandatory. Students have been promoted for the sake of taking admission. Hence, we will have to conduct exams for intermediate semesters also. Keeping in mind the best interest of students, we will take a call on it in the future,” he said.

RT-PCR test

With colleges and student hostels all set to re-open from Tuesday, students, teachers and non-teaching staff have to undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19. They may attend the college only if the report is negative, said N. Manjunath Prasad, Commissioner, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), who added that the RT-PCR is valid for 72 hours in the absence of any symptoms.

In a communique here on Monday, he said there are around 432 colleges in the city with more than 60,000 students, teachers and non-teaching staff. These educational institutions/colleges will be mapped to one of the nearby 141 Urban Primary Health Centres. The staff and students can go to the nearest UPHC for getting tested anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Apart from the UPHCs, around 450 mobile swab collection teams from each PHC will be deployed near educational institutions/colleges, with additional teams in areas with several educational institutions/colleges, the communique said.

Samples will be sent to laboratories to get reports within 24 hrs. The medical officers will monitor the situation to avoid any delays and send sample collection data daily to cpmobbmp@gmail.com. The laboratories will also upload results to ICMR portal within 24 hours. All test reports can be accessed at https://www.covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/service1. The reports can be downloaded as PDF copy as well.

The communique added that the colleges are expecting around 30% student attendance initially. The BBMP swab collection units would be able to cover these students in a couple of days. When more students are likely to start attending colleges, teams will deployed near the institutions on subsequent days.



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Race-by-race preview and tips for Gosford on Tuesday


How to play it: Don Arcangelo to win
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 2 CLASS 1 HCP (1600m)

Small but competitive field over the mile. Promising 3YO Warwick Farm filly 4. Harmony Rose is the one to beat after a dominant debut win at Kembla. Bred to get over further being by tough G1 Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium and gets in on the limit weight after the claim.

Dangers: Randwick filly 2. Red Stiletto jumped sharply in trip and class third-off a long break and was never a hope on heavy ground. Up naturally in weight for this big drop back in grade and much better off on firmer footing. Rosehill 3YO 3. Keck surged home in the heavy to win his maiden here over the same distance at third start, although may need it wetter.

How to play it: Harmony Rose to win and quinella 2 and 4
Odds and Evens: Evens

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1200m)

Keen on Warwick Farm 3YO 4. Black Bolt who resumes as a gelding with blinkers off for a leading stable off two progressive trials. Should run this out strong, being by Cox Plate winner Savabeel, and was only gunned down in the last few strides on debut at Kembla over further. Also accepted for the postponed Hawkesbury meeting on Wednesday.

Dangers: Godolphin filly 9. Attribution is the clear threat having been placed in all three runs so far and draws to get a soft run right behind the speed. Former Kiwi 4YO 2. Jesse James (accepted for Hawkesbury) resumes for a new metro stable and won the second of two recent trials. Randwick mare 8. Indigenous made a mess of the start resuming at Kembla but, not surprisingly, picked up where she left off in the first half of the year as a punters’ nightmare. Has started clear favourite in most of her six starts and only placed twice, although has generally tackled deeper opposition. Watch the betting on Scone 3YO 6. Tipping Point who has trialled okay and draws the inside.

How to play it: Black Bolt each way
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 4 C, G & E MAIDEN PLATE (1100m)

Boys only here over the shorter trip, and there are a few strong chances. Warwick Farm 4YO 5. That’s Better was well backed at this track having his first run as a gelding since mid-winter and was only overhauled by a smart one. Fitter, and drawn to dictate again, he can break through.

Dangers: Ex-Victorian 4YO 1. Black Sage hasn’t started for a year but returns for a new Rosehill stable as a gelding. Looks well forward having won both lead-up trials, and trainers have made a stack of important gear changes. Godolphin colt 6. Chilliwack resumes for only his fifth start with no public trial. Was run off his feet behind two high-class speedsters in autumn, but beat all bar smart galloper Muntaseera on debut at Rosehill this time last year. Big watch! Another promising 3YO 10. Stumped resumes off a lengthy break with no official trial after two Victorian runs in good metro company late autumn.

How to play it: That’s Better to win and trifecta 1,5,6/1,5,6,10/1,5,6,10
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1100m)

Now the girls’ edition, and it’s a tricky affair with several debutants on show. One of them, 3YO Newcastle Press Statement filly 14. Skip To My looks ready to go off a nice trial win here. Draws a soft gate, and the stable is renowned for striking fresh.

Dangers: Expecting a big return from Randwick filly 11. Party Lady after an ordinary debut in heavy ground mid-winter. Won the second of two recent trials and looks to have strengthened up from her 2YO days. Rival filly and first starter 13. Shotgun Alli has been forward at the trials on rain-affected ground. Draws well and being by Smart Missile out of a More Than Ready mare, she may have a leaning towards wet tracks.

How to play it: Skip To My to win
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 6 F & M BM 64 HCP (1200m)

Good race with plenty of potential and depth. Got a lot of time for smart 3YO Randwick filly 4. Sahra who resumes for only her third start off a typical quiet trial but has also accepted for Hawkesbury. Charged home to destroy her opposition on debut at Kembla late June before again hitting the line in high-class 2YO company beating all bar North Pacific who of course was only beaten a long head in the G1 Golden Rose this spring. The one to beat.

Dangers: Similarly, Rosehill filly 7. Zoumist resumes for a leading metro yard, although no public trial. Made a big impression sailing home from the back to win her maiden at Kembla late autumn at only her second start, and will come to hand quickly. Progressive Randwick filly 6. Mrs Maisel has had two runs back from a spell in metro BM 68 grade working to the line OK and draws to get plenty of cover. Talented local mare 2. Wicked Wench has been given a little freshen-up since resuming with a dominant win here under a big weight. Second-up form, though, not as good, and this is significantly tougher. Under-rated Quirindi mare 3. Dreaming For More returns to provincial company fourth-up after sweeping home to win a handy CL1 at Muswellbrook. Well treated at the weights after the full claim.

How to play it: Sahra to win and quinella 4 and 7
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 7 C, G & E BM 64 HCP (1200m)

Now the boys’ turn, same grade and trip. All aboard beautifully bred Newcastle 4YO 2. Geo who didn’t get much go his way second-up in a stronger metro race but still finished off OK. Goes up a hefty 6kg but proven weight carrier and has since trialled smartly for what is a significant drop in class.

Dangers: Lightly raced 4YO speedster 6. Sir Rocket has been given plenty of time since a tough fighting first-up win here when he was challenged at the 150m. Has also since trialled nicely and will give a big sight from the low draw. Liked the way Warwick farm 4YO 3. Mercury ran home second-up in a similar race at Kembla.

How to play it: Geo to win
Odds and Evens: Evens

Race 8 BM 64 HCP (1900m)

We close with an open battle over the same distance we started. Keen on improving Randwick 4YO 4. Clever Man who can peak fourth-up down in grade over an ideal trip. Has hit the line hard in his last two and bred to perform over plenty of ground.

Dangers: Improving Rosehill mare 2. Off Her Roca (accepted for Hawkesbury) will be hard to beat from a handy trailing draw and out to an ideal trip. Finished strong to win here over the mile two runs back before doing her best work late less than two weeks ago. Warwick Farm mare 6. Duchess Of Windsor should be at peak fitness fourth-up and draws to get a soft run. Very well weighted carrying only 1kg more coming back from a metro BM 72. Local mare 3. Charmed Princess should have gone close last start after getting a mile back in a BM 66 at Grafton. Had powered home in her previous two. Blinkers have been replaced by winkers, but first time out over this journey.

How to play it: Clever Man to win and trifecta 2,4,6/2,4,6/2,3,4,6
Odds and Evens: Evens

BEST BETS

Race 5: (14) SKIP TO MY
Race 6: (4) SAHRA

BEST VALUE

Race 8: (4) CLEVER MAN

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Melbourne Cup jockey Jamie Kah hopes for a ‘whirlwind’ with Prince of Arran on Tuesday


Jamie Kah will be the only female jockey riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday but that’s not what makes her unique.

She rode miniature ponies as a toddler and broke in wild horses aged 8, and it’s her lifelong affinity with the animals that has taken her to the top of the Melbourne Jockey Premiership and to her first Melbourne Cup ride.

Her father John Kah says her innate ability with horses was evident from a young age.

“She had a couple of miniature ponies running around even when she was one or two years old,” he says.

“So instead of walking her in her pram, she got walked on the back of a miniature pony. On the second walk she said ‘no, I want to ride it by myself, thanks Mum’.

John Kah has been by his daughter’s side throughout her stunning rise in racing.(Supplied)

“We’ve always bought in young horses, green broken horses, or towards the end, basically unbroken horses, and we’ve had a lot of good people helping us with Jamie educating the horses.

Kah competed in mounted games competitions, show jumping and equestrian but as a young teenager it was a part-time job with horse trainer John MacMillan in the nearby Adelaide Hills that turned her to racing.

“She used to arrive before dawn, work in the stables and then she would come up to the house and have a shower and breakfast and her mum would pick her up ready for school at eight o’clock,” MacMillan recalls.

“She had this natural riding ability and balance combined with an ability to read a race and that sort of jockeyship you can’t easily teach.”

‘Riding like a girl’ put Kah in the race that stops the nation

She was late to racing but learned quickly, and by the end of her first full season in 2012/13 she won the Adelaide Jockeys’ Premiership at age 17, the first apprentice to do so in 20 years.

She took some time off but with three Adelaide jockey premierships to her name she moved to Melbourne in early 2019, where her success continued.

Jamie Kah rides a horse over the finish line at Bendigo Racecourse.
Kah rode Shandy to victory in the Donna Philpot Memorial Bm64 Handicap at Bendigo Racecourse in July.(AAP/Racing Photos: Brett Holburt)

She rode her first Cox Plate this Spring Carnival and finished 10th on Buckhurst but ran four other winners on the day.

Not only has she booked her first Melbourne Cup ride, she’s a genuine chance to win on Prince of Arran, which finished 3rd in the Cup in 2018 and 2nd last year.

Michelle Payne famously became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 on Prince of Penzance and enjoyed watching Kah’s ascent.

“That background has really held her in good stead in the racing industry because you can just see that she is at one with the horse,” Payne says.

“She’s really balanced, keeps her poise and composure and especially in the big races I think she just treats them like another race which is I think very important.

“Prince of Arran is a great chance, his run in the Caulfield Cup was great. He’s come out here probably looking to be in the best shape he’s ever come out to Australia before the Melbourne Cup.”

Payne is now a trainer and admits her jockey days are numbered.

She says Kah is ready to take on the baton as a pioneer.

Rehoming and educating horses ‘her passion’

Kah’s family have been a bit surprised with how quickly her success came in such a competitive industry.

“It’d be a pretty whirlwind thing to win a Melbourne Cup at your first attempt,” Mr Kah says.

A woman in a white top pats a horse.
Alongside her racing career, Kah finds time to educate and rehome horses.(Instagram: Jamie Kah)

“The main thing at the moment is she’s being recognised for her skills and being put on something that is competitive, it’s quite an achievement.”

Kah is in hot form on the track but despite being in demand, she still finds a way to give back to the animals she loves so dearly.

Mr Kah says she found new homes for more than a dozen ex-race horses in the last few years and does plenty of work with young horses.

“Her and her fiance are constantly buying yearlings, two-year-olds, educating that sort of thing,” Mr Kah says.



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AFL trades live | AFL trade news, rumours, updates, Tuesday November 3, 2020: Jeremy Cameron Geelong, Brad Crouch St Kilda


Geelong’s awareness of its list demographic could play a major role in how hard it works to strike a Jeremy Cameron trade.

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Greece to shut most bars, restaurants in country for month from Tuesday



FILE PHOTO: A woman stands outside a closed restaurant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Thessaloniki, Greece, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

October 31, 2020

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will expand a night-time curfew on movement and shut restaurants and bars in the most populous areas of the country for one month to contain a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the prime minister said on Saturday.

The country has reported less cases of the novel coronavirus than most in Europe, but has seen a gradual increase in infections since early October.

Restaurants, bars, coffee houses, cinemas, museums and closed gyms will be shut from this coming Tuesday, Nov. 3, for a period of one month across northern Greece and Attica region, which includes the capital Athens.

A curfew on night-time movement, until now applicable to the hardest-hit areas, would be expanded across the country from midnight to 5.00 am.

“These new rules.. are focussed on two sources which are, verifiably, conducive to the spread of the virus; entertainment and the movement of people,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an public address.

Retail businesses, industry and schools will remain open, along with service industries like hotels and hairdressing salons.

Authorities have repeatedly expressed aversion to a broad lockdown like that seen from mid-March to early May to fight a pandemic which has impacted economic activity.

The regional lockdowns do however affect the most populous regions of the country; Attica has a population of 3.9 million and the northern regions about 1.5 million.

Greece registered a new peak of 1,690 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and five deaths bringing the number of victims since the onset of the virus in late February to 620. There were 1,211 new cases reported on Thursday.

(Reporting By Lefteris Papadimas, writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Angus MacSwan)





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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world Tuesday


The latest:

People in British Columbia and Alberta’s two largest cities are facing tighter restrictions around some social gatherings after an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday that while she has often spoken about the need to “balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions,” the province is now “losing the balance we have been seeking.”

The temporary measure, which caps attendance at 15 for events where people will be “mixing and mingling” like parties and baby showers, applies in the Calgary and Edmonton areas.

Alberta has reported a total of 25,733 cases since the pandemic began, with 4,477 of those listed as active cases. As of Sunday, health officials reported 118 people were being treated in Alberta hospitals, with 16 of those patients in ICU beds. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer in British Columbia, also placed restrictions on gatherings on Monday, with a focus on events in people’s homes. Henry said gatherings are now limited to people in an immediate household, plus their so-called “safe six” guests.

WATCH | Dr. Bonnie Henry said mask-wearing is expected in public in B.C.:

B.C.’s provincial health officer says British Columbians must wear non-medical masks in public, but stopped short of making them mandatory. 2:13

“This is a bit of a sobering weekend for us,” she said after provincial health officials reported 817 new cases since Friday.

B.C. has reported a total of 13,371 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 2,325 of the cases considered active. The most recent information from health officials said 77 people were in hospital with 26 in intensive care.


What’s happening across Canada

As of 10:40 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 221,040 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 184,997 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,977.

Manitoba’s provincial public health officer also urged people to avoid gathering in large groups, saying many of the 100 new cases reported in the province on Monday linked back to social gatherings — including Thanksgiving.

Dr. Brent Roussin said if the province’s trajectory continues, health officials expect to have a total of more than 5,000 cases by the end of the week. The province had 4,349 cases as of Monday, with 2,117 considered active. There were 80 people in hospital, with 15 in intensive care.

WATCH | Manitoba frustrated by rise in COVID-19 cases:

As Manitoba sees a continued increase in COVID-19 cases, it’s seeing an unprecedented surge in its hospitals and ICUs. As pressure to close parts of the province mounts — officials are pointing fingers and doctors are bracing for the worst. 1:55

Roussin wasn’t the only Manitoba official with words of warning. Premier Brian Pallister expressed frustration on Monday at people with too many close contacts as cases increase.

“Grow up and stop going out there and giving people COVID,” the premier said. 

Saskatchewan reported 54 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of reported cases in the province to 2,783, with 650 of those considered active cases.

In Ontario, a region west of Toronto is waiting for word on whether tougher measures will be imposed by the province as part of the effort to fight COVID-19. Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer, said while neither he nor Halton Region’s local medical officer are ready to make a decision on tighter measures for the area, they will be watching case counts and other metrics closely in the coming days. 

Ontario reported 827 new cases on Tuesday, with four new deaths. As of 10:30 a.m. ET, health officials said there were 312 people hospitalized in the province, with 75 in ICU.

Quebec Premier François Legault moved Monday to extend restrictions on people living in so-called red zones until Nov. 23, saying daily COVID-19 case numbers and deaths are still too high to allow an easing of limits in places like Montreal and Quebec City.

WATCH | How health authorities are trying to balance restrictions and COVID-19 caseloads:

Infectious disease physician Dr. Zain Chagla discusses how health officials try to balance restrictions and COVID-19 case loads when the data doesn’t show up for weeks after a decision is made. 1:35

In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick reported three new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 60. Health officials in both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland reported one new case, while there were no new cases reported in Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer, said Tuesday the province has so far been spared the “devastating impacts” of COVID-19, but she noted that one super-spreader event could “tax our capacity to conduct contact tracing and provide the necessary critical care for Islanders with COVID-19 and those with non-COVID related critical care needs.”

There were two new cases reported in Yukon on Monday, and a mine in Nunavut reported that two workers who had been reported as presumptive cases were confirmed as positive for COVID-19. The workers were flown to their home province of Quebec and instructed to self-isolate.


What’s happening around the world

Several potential COVID-19 vaccines are seeing early results from Phase 3 trials, with AstraZeneca saying its has shown results in older and younger participants. Meanwhile, Moderna is so positive about its results it has applied to make its vaccine available earlier. 2:07

A case count maintained by Johns Hopkins University put the number of COVID-19 cases around the world at over 43.5 million as of Tuesday morning with over 29.2 million cases considered recovered. The Baltimore, Md.-based institution’s count of deaths stood at more than 1.1 million. 

In the Americas, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the United States is at a two-month high, straining health-care systems in some states.

The White House said on Tuesday it saw a potential deal on COVID-19 stimulus funding in “coming weeks,” casting doubt on whether a deal could be struck with Congress before the Nov. 3 election. A spokesperson for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that she was hopeful an agreement could be reached ahead of the election, but noted that there were still major issues that needed to be addressed.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people vote in the U.S. presidential election in the Jurassic Parking structure at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, Calif., on Monday. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

In the Asia-Pacific region, China reported the highest number of asymptomatic infections in nearly seven months. China detected 137 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases on Sunday in Kashgar in the northwestern region of Xinjiang after one person was found to have the virus the previous day — the first local new cases in 10 days in mainland China.

Hong Kong announced it would reopen public beaches and increase the number of people allowed to sit together in bars and restaurants starting Friday as the city continues to unwind strict COVID-19 rules put in place in July.

In India, authorities reported 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections. That’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the country’s health ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 119,502.

The case number reported Tuesday is the lowest since India had 35,065 newly confirmed infections on July 17. Last month, the country hit a peak of nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but daily infections have been decreasing since then.

In Europe, many governments prepared on Tuesday to introduce new restrictions to try to curb a growing surge of coronavirus infections across the continent and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. 

Italian police officers stand in front of a shattered Gucci store window during a protest of far-right activists against measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in downtown Turin on Monday. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets across Italy on Monday to vent their anger at the latest round of restrictions, including early closing for bars and restaurants, with demonstrations in some cities turning violent.

In neighbouring France, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin warned the country to prepare for “difficult decisions” after some of the strictest restrictions currently in place anywhere in Europe have failed to halt the spread of the disease.

South Africa remained the hardest hit country in Africa, with more than 716,000 recorded COVID-19 cases and more than 19,000 deaths according to the Africa CDC.

People in Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, faced new daily records of infections and deaths. Authorities have ordered residents in Tehran to wear masks in public, and many public sector workers in the capital have been told to stay home every second day.





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The Chinese financial technology titan is set to raise around $34 billion when its shares begin trading in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the coming weeks. That would make its initial public offering the largest on record.

Ant Group, Alipay’s parent company, priced its shares around $10.30 apiece, according to documents released on Monday by the stock exchanges in the two cities. At that price, its market value would be comparable to that of JPMorgan Chase and more than that of many other global banks.

Context: The sale puts another stamp on China’s importance as a digital powerhouse. Last year, Ant, which is backed by the billionaire Jack Ma, earned $2.7 billion in profit on $18 billion in revenue. It says it handled $17 trillion in digital payments in mainland China during the 12 months that ended in June.

Go deeper: For hundreds of millions of people in China, Alipay may as well be a bank. It is their credit card, debit card, mutual fund and even insurance broker — all in a single phone app. It is a lender to small businesses that might be ignored by China’s state-run banks. The question now is how much higher Ant can fly without provoking the Chinese authorities.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is expected to declare victory in a yearslong campaign to eliminate extreme poverty. But the coronavirus pandemic has exposed shortcomings in the effort to lift up China’s most vulnerable, especially in rural areas.

Experts warn that the government’s response to the crisis — favoring infrastructure spending and tax breaks instead of direct aid for families — may even widen China’s gap between rich and poor.

The lengthy lockdowns in China left rural residents stranded hundreds of miles from the factories where they work, and many were unemployed for months. And much pandemic aid went to businesses in urban areas.

How it works: Mr. Xi’s antipoverty campaign — which has mobilized millions of officials and cost billions of dollars — is focused on around five million people who earn less than 92 cents a day, down from nearly 56 million people five years ago. Local officials maintain detailed lists of the income levels of poor residents and hand out subsidies, housing and loans.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:


Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga laid out an ambitious climate goal even as Japan plans to build more than a dozen coal-burning power plants in the coming years. Japan is the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The announcement came just weeks after China said it would reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2060. It will require a major overhaul of the infrastructure in Japan, which relies on fossil fuels.

Mr. Suga offered few specifics on how the country would achieve the goal, saying only that he would harness the power of “innovation” and “regulatory reform” to transform Japan’s energy production and usage.

The White House was depending on a team of Wall Street Journal reporters to deliver a story that President Trump hoped would crush his opponent, Joe Biden. But the tip about Mr. Biden’s son Hunter and claims that the former vice president profited from his lobbying activities came up short, The Journal found.

Our media columnist wrote about the White House’s secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election.

Qatar Airways: Women on a flight to Sydney say they were strip-searched and given medically invasive exams to see if they had recently given birth. A newborn had just been found abandoned in an airport bathroom in Doha, where they were departing from. The episode sparked anger in Australia and called into question Qatar’s treatment of women.

Amy Coney Barrett: The judge is expected to be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. The vote in the Senate comes after one of the fastest confirmation processes in recent history.

Borat: Kazakhstan, which lashed out after the first “Borat” film, is now embracing the Sacha Baron Cohen satire and has created tourism ads adopting its catchphrase.

Chile: The country overwhelmingly voted in a referendum to scrap the dictatorship-era constitution and draft a new one. Chileans are now scheduled to vote in 2022 to approve or reject a new text drafted by an elected constitutional convention.

Snapshot: Above, workers and students protesting in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday. Workers across the country took part in a nationwide strike. The opposition is hoping to ramp up pressure on President Aleksandr Lukashenko to resign.

What we’re reading: This article in the magazine High Country News about pandemic struggles in Las Vegas, in one of the largest U.S. school districts. “This just felt so stark to me. Schools aren’t open, but slot machines are?” says Amelia Nierenberg, who writes the Coronavirus Schools Briefing.

With a week to go before Election Day in the U.S., we take a look at the Electoral College and its role in determining the winner of the presidency.

Many people, including some Americans, are under the assumption that citizens’ votes alone determine the next president. They do not. That responsibility falls to the Electoral College: When Americans cast their ballots, they are actually voting for a slate of electors chosen by their state’s political parties who are pledged to support that party’s candidate. (They don’t always do so.)

A total of 538 electoral votes are in play across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

The party that wins a state typically receives all of its electoral votes. Most states have clear majorities, either for Democrats or Republicans. But in swing states, the race is close enough that both candidates have a shot at winning.

Sometimes, because states with smaller populations are overrepresented in the Electoral College, a candidate can win the popular vote but lose the election. This occurred in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 3 million, and in a few other elections in U.S. history.

For years there have been debates about abolishing the system entirely to allow the popular vote to determine the winner. But the issue faces a partisan divide, since Republicans currently benefit from the electoral clout of less populous, rural states.


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— Melina


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An end to lockdown: Here’s what you can do in Melbourne from midnight on Tuesday


Melburnians have endured one of the world’s longest coronavirus lockdowns but they will have some relief from midnight on Tuesday as the city’s lockdown ends and widespread changes to restrictions are introduced.

The state recorded zero coronavirus cases on Monday, paving the way for Premier Daniel Andrews to declare that “now is the time to open up” the city.

No reason needed to leave home

From Wednesday the four designated reasons to leave home will be lifted, meaning Melburnians can now leave home for any reason – or for no reason at all.

However there will be limits to the distance you can travel from your home for just a little while longer.

The 25-kilometre limit will remain in place until midnight on 8 November to prevent Melburnians congregating in popular locations such as the Mornington Peninsular and the Dandenong Ranges.

Before 9 November, city residents will still not be allowed to travel outside of metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria.

After this date, the “ring of steel” will go and the city and state will become one again.

Cafes and pubs to open doors

Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, which have been operating for takeaway-only, will reopen for seated customers from Wednesday, though strict limits on the number of patrons will be enforced.

Venues will be allowed to serve a maximum of 20 indoor patrons at a time throughout the venue, and a maximum of 10 people per indoor space.

Outdoor seating will be limited to 50 people per venue.

Density limits will operate for both indoor and outdoor venues, and venues will be required to have COVID-safe plans and take the details of customers.

Retail to reopen

Retail will reopen from Wednesday onwards, as well as beauty services and tattoo parlours.

Retail outlets in Melbourne will be allowed to reopen from 9 November.

AAP

Questions over household gatherings

Outdoor gatherings will remain at a limit of 10 people, but the prior restrictions of those people only being from up to two households will be lifted.

The ban on indoor household gatherings will also be lifted, though the details of what restrictions will be in place have yet to be announced.

Premier Andrews said the details of what limits would be in place for household gatherings would be announced on Tuesday.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies

Up to 10 people plus one faith leader will be allowed to gather for indoor religious gatherings, with up to 20 people plus one faith leader allowed outdoors.

Weddings will be allowed to have up to 10 people, while up to 20 mourners will be allowed to gather at outdoor funerals. 

Outdoor community sport

Outdoor community sport for under 18s and outdoor non-contact sport for adults will also recommence.

What will change from 9 November 

The ban on travel outside of metropolitan Melbourne will lift at midnight on 8 November, with other major restrictions also lifting at this time. These will include: 

  • The reopening of gyms and fitness studios, which will allow a maximum of 20 people.
  • Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars will be allowed to accomodate 40 people indoors and 70 outdoors.
  • Religious gatherings will permit 20 people plus one faith leader for indoor events, and up to 50 people for outdoor activities.
  • Funerals will be allowed to take place indoors with up to 20 mourners, with 50 permitted to gather for outdoor services.
  • Some sport will be able to operate indoors, including non-contact sport for under 18s and sports able to abide by 1.5-metre distancing rules.
  • Indoor pools will allow up to 20 people.

Workers across all sectors are still being advised to work from home if they can.

All Melburnians will still be required to wear a mandatory face mask when leaving the home, despite the relaxing of other rules. 

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

News and information is available in 63 languages at https://sbs.com.au/coronavirus

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW,Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.



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