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World’s most relatable Olympic Athlete

<p><span>In a bittersweet moment, the entire nation watched as the affable hurdler Nicholas Hough battled in the semi-final of the 110m on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>While he sadly failed to reach the finals, he did cross the line in 13.88 - just half a second slower than his heat time.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Hough made international headlines after colliding with every single hurdle on his way through.</span><br /><br /><span>It has been revealed the Australian Olympian was dealing with an injury he’d suffered from due to his previous race.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nicholas Hough just put in a lovely trial to represent the <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWWaratahs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NSWWaratahs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/110mHurdle?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#110mHurdle</a></p> — Matt Taylor 🐎💨 (@DreamTeamMatt) <a href="https://twitter.com/DreamTeamMatt/status/1422740467934851083?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>"I'm just happy I got out there on the track today, I had a bit of a sore calf after the heat yesterday," Hough said.</span><br /><br /><span>While the sportsman was able to run on the injury, he was forced to limit his preparation for the big semi-final.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842844/nicholas-hough.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6b233c7062014609babcd7a49b0a332b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p><span>"I didn't know how bad it was gonna get, but I got through the race. Be a bit sore tomorrow, but that's OK.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was a bit of a struggle to warm up, didn't have much power getting going and driving through the hurdles - but it's great to be out here representing Australia."</span><br /><br /><span>American Grant Holloway qualified fastest for tomorrow's final, with a time of 13.13.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nicholas Hough is a legend.<br /><br />Injured, but still ran. He knew what it meant.</p> — Johnny Worthington (@jworthington) <a href="https://twitter.com/jworthington/status/1422774692591534081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Hough is determined to spend the next three years building up for the 2024 games in France.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's a big couple of years - Paris is my time, that's going to be the big one for me,” he said.</span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nick_hough/?hl=en" target="_blank">@Nick_Hough</a></em></p>

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Jacqui Lambie blows up over Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

<p>The Tasmanian Senator shouted her questions at Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, during question time on Tuesday, demanding to be told why the royal commission had been delayed for quite a few months.</p> <p>Senator Lambie – a veteran herself - asked: “You already decided you were having a royal commission back in April. Why couldn't you have asked for (legal) tenders back then?”</p> <p>“Why can't the government walk and chew gum at the same time?”</p> <p>Then she shouted: “Why are we so far behind?”</p> <p>Senator Cash said she didn’t agree the commission was falling behind and she said the government “recognises the importance of those engaging with the royal commission”.</p> <p>But Senator Lambie asked for more information – especially for those taking part in the commission. She questioned Senator Cash about what legal financial support would be provided to veterans.</p> <p>“They want to be called to give evidence at the hearing. But before they can do that, a lot of them need funding for legal advice,” Senator Lambie said.</p> <p>“It's been three months since the prime minister announced the royal commission. When will people know what the plan of attack is here?” she added.</p> <p>Senator Cash confirmed a legal financial assistance scheme would be provided for those who engaged with the commission, but as it was independent from government, the commission itself would ultimately determine how hearings would be run.</p> <p>This only seemed to frustrate Senator Lambie more and she retaliated: “To save everyone some hurt here – we just want to know: if we get called up in front of the royal commissioner will we have funding to use our own lawyers?”</p> <p>“That is what I would like answered, please. We need to know this!” she said.</p> <p>But the Speaker cut Senator Lambie off before she could say any more.</p> <p>Senator Cash then said that along with legal financial assistance, counselling and support services would also be made available to people engaging with the royal commission.</p> <p>Senator Lambie has been a vocal supporter of defence veterans having been discharged from the Australian Corps of Military Police herself after her career ended because of a spine injury.</p> <p>The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established in July after many people said it was necessary to address the high rates of mental illness and suicide among Australia’s returned servicemen and servicewomen.</p> <p>The commission will be required to deliver an interim report by August next year and a final report by June 2023.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Elderly man collapses when arrested for not wearing a face mask

<p>A video of the incident has been posted on social media, showing the elderly man crumpling to the ground and going into spasm just minutes after being arrested.</p> <p>The man was arrested for ‘not wearing a mask in public’ in Brisbane where there is a snap lockdown due to an increase in COVID cases and one of the conditions of the lockdown is that face masks must be worn in public at all times.</p> <p>However, this elderly man allegedly has an official exemption due to a serious medica condition.</p> <p>The distressing incident was filmed on Monday morning in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens after Queensland's lockdown was extended to stem the spread of Covid in the community.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/2472921.html" width="698" height="573" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>According to the man's son, who shared the footage online, the elderly man suffers from a medical condition which causes him breathing difficulties and heart problems.</p> <p>During the arrest, he fell to the floor and started to spasm, gasping for air with his hands waving as he tried to reach for his backpack - which contained his medication.</p> <p>When the police realised the man was in serious distress, they called an ambulance and paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after. They couldn’t identify a medical issue but they took the man to hospital as a precaution.</p> <p>The distressing scenes were filmed by the elderly man's partner. The video appears to show four police officers questioning the man as they arrest him and lead him away from the park for failing to answer their questions.</p> <p>The elderly man’s partner repeatedly tries to tell the officers the man has an exemption to wearing a mask. But an officer was recorded as stating he “was not confident [the man] would comply with directives” if he were to remove the handcuffs.</p> <p>As the man was led away from the park in handcuffs, the footage shows him dramatically dropping to the floor and beginning to spasm.</p> <p>The officers immediately respond, trying to turn the man on his side as his partner screams for help, explaining there is medication in a pocket of his bag.</p> <p>An officer was filmed explaining he was legally not allowed to administer the medication, while a female policewoman reassured the woman that an ambulance had been called.</p> <p>The elderly man’s son has posted the video on social media, stating: “He did not do anything illegal, he did not retaliate in a violent manner. He was conducting himself peacefully and not looking for trouble.”</p> <p>He then posed several questions to the officers who arrested his dad, wanting to know exactly what he did to wind up in handcuffs and under arrest.</p> <p>Queensland is in the midst of a Delta COVID variant outbreak. As a result, the Sunshine State is enduring a week-long snap lockdown in an attempt to keep cases at bay.</p> <p>Chief Health Officer, Jeanette Young, has mandated that face masks be worn everywhere outside the home to minimise the risk of spreading or catching the virus.</p> <p>Police have stated they are investigating the incident to check if any possible offences were committed on that day.</p> <p><em>Image: Courtesy of Instagram</em></p>

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Sunrise host reports at Tokyo Olympics in the middle of an earthquake

<p><span>Bizarre television footage has captured the moment a <em>Sunrise</em> TV host was caught in the middle of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake during the Tokyo Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>Reporter Mark Beretta was standing atop one of the 10-storey temporary broadcasting towers outside the stadium when the grounds were rocked by a quake.</span><br /><br /><span>“Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake, an earth tremor,” the startled journalist said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The roof above us is moving and you might notice our lights and camera are moving as well.”</span><br /><br /><span>The earthquake continued for around 30 seconds, before Beretta could shakily continue undisturbed</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake"<a href="https://twitter.com/MarkBeretta?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarkBeretta</a> just powered through his sports report while Tokyo was being hit by a tremor 👊🏻 <a href="https://t.co/O4pUxM1yHD">pic.twitter.com/O4pUxM1yHD</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1422664463157653507?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Japan is prone to shakes, so thankfully most of the buildings for the Tokyo olympics are “earthquake proof,” Beretta said.</span><br /><br /><span>“That was quite an unusual moment, I have not been through an earthquake before,” Beretta told concerned co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, who were watching from a Sydney studio.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’re in a tower, which at home would be made of scaffolding, but here it is made of construction steel.”</span><br /><br /><span>The 5.8 magnitude tremor hit at 5.33 am local time.</span><br /><br /><span>The German Research Centre for Geosciences reported that the epicentre of the tremor was out at sea, off Tokyo’s coast, at a shallow depth of 10km.</span></p>

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“Unacceptable behaviour”: Aussie Olympians blasted for rowdy flight home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A written complaint from Japan Air Lines to the Australian Olympic Committee has placed the Olyroos and rugby Seven’s mens Olympic teams under immediate investigation during their flight home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Both teams were engaging in rowdy and unsafe behaviour during the 10-hour flight from Tokyo to Sydney, with passengers telling News Corp they were “loud, singing, refusing to sit down when requested, rowdy and obnoxious”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Obviously they weren’t wearing their masks as they were drinking all the time,” said one passenger from the flight which touched down on Friday morning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About five hours into the flight, some players were drunk and more than one began vomiting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athletes refused to listen to instructions from airline staff to sit down and stop taking alcohol from the galley at the rear of the plane, to the frustration of the staff on board.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The soccer players were sitting at the rear of the plane while the rugby players were seated near the front, with the antics starting when some of the rugby players came to the back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Players hadn’t seen each other during the Olympics and so this was the first time they had a chance to catch up,” one source said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another passenger and member of the Australian Olympic Team said he was “mortified” by the players’ behaviour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rugby team was also read the riot act by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) in a separate incident, where players left their team meeting room in poor condition after a night of partying prior to their departure from Japan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, Rugby Australia said they have been made aware of the incident during the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rugby Australia has begun its own internal investigation into the matter based on the information provided by the AOC,” the statement said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokesperson from Football Australia said it was aware of the behaviour and will also investigate the incident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Football Australia is discussing the matter with the AOC and is taking responsibility to investigate the involvement of any footballer.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said the behaviour was “extremely disappointing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But both Rugby and Football have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologised to the Australian Olympic Team. The CEOs have undertaken to take the appropriate action and report back to us,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athletes remain under the control of the AOC until they exit two weeks of quarantine.</span></p>

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“I’m in shock”: Olympian stuns the world with “impossible” run

<p><span>Norway’s Karsten Warholm has had an incredible run by smashing his own “impossible” world record, taking the gold in the men's 400m hurdles.</span><br /><br /><span>Warholm clocked in at a remarkable 45.94 seconds.</span><br /><br /><span>He beat his previous world best of 46.70sec.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842812/norway-world-record-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a6da1c59057416f9b46990d2d57993b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>He went head to head with American Rai Benjamin, who came under the previous world record mark and won silver.</span><br /><br /><span>Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos claimed bronze in 46.72.</span><br /><br /><span>Warholm’s feat is something never-before-seen, as only four runners in history have ever clocked sub-47sec times, let alone sub-46.</span><br /><br /><span>Seven of the eight runners also recorded their personal best times.</span><br /><br /><span>The race was one that came down to the final 20m.</span><br /><br /><span>As Warholm’s world record time flashed on the big screen, he roared and ripped open his shirt.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842813/norway-world-record.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/60445dd9738a4b799bc26111795783a6" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>Aussie icon and commentator Bruce McAvaney, described the win as one of the most iconic performances ever seen at the Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>He said it competed with Usain Bolt's 9.63sec 100m run at the London Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>"It will go down as the greatest 400m hurdles ever run and arguably the greatest race we have seen at an Olympic Games. What a contest," McAvaney said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Karsten Warholm's 45.95 in the 400-meter hurdles took .75 of a second off of the world record.<br /><br />To take that much off of the WR in an event human beings have been running for 120+ years should not be possible. It should not be possible!</p> — Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) <a href="https://twitter.com/jgault13/status/1422399636698923010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Former Aussie athletics star Tamsyn Manou said the shock of the race left her speechless.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm in shock. Bruce, I'm in shock. I cannot believe for the men's 400m hurdles there is a 45 second run," she said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ppl, I don’t think you realize what you just watched. A man just ran Sub 46 in the 400M Hurdles. That’s Beamon’s jump in Mexico City, Bolt’s sub 9.6 in 100 meters. I saw Kevin Young run 46.78 in Barcelona, still can’t believe Warholm ran that fast. Geeeeezzz</p> — shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShannonSharpe/status/1422400410812252165?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>"We've taken this event to a place where I don't think anybody (expected).</span><br /><br /><span>"Everybody was talking about a world record, but I don't think anybody would have said it will be won in sub-46 seconds."</span><br /><br /><span>American sports commentator Tom Harrington said: "That 400 meters hurdles was the greatest in history".</span></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Christmas in July party at nursing becomes superspreader event

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">A party held at the Wyoming Nursing Home in Summer Hill in NSW so far has 18 residents and two staff members testing positive for COVID-19, leading to it being branded a "Delta superspreader event". <p>The Nursing Home stated on Monday that by Tuesday, just over half of the nursing home’s residents (including people who haven’t necessarily tested positive) will be in hospital as a precautionary measure.</p> <p>NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard said at the daily COVID press conference yesterday: “I understand that the actual numbers are believed to have occurred at a superspreading event that occurred in the aged care facility.”</p> <p>“Sometimes it is not a good idea to have a Christmas in July right in the middle of a pandemic but I do understand that it is an effort to try and provide entertainment and support to residents and those things have to be decided by the aged care facilities.”</p> <p>Since Hazzard spoke, the nursing home has hit back, saying the event was just a regular mealtime which had been made to look a bit festive with some Christmas decorations.</p> <p>In a statement, the Wyoming Nursing Home said: “To clarify, a normal lunch was held for our residents but with Christmas decorations and some carols played to them on our speaker.”</p> <p>Another worrying point is the fact not everyone at the facility has been vaccinated. Hazzard noted at the press conference that 10 of the facility’s 61 residents denied the jab in the past for various reasons, including medical ones.</p> <p>To make it more concerning, around 75% of the nursing home’s staff members had been vaccinated and so health authorities are now offering vaccinations to those workers who reportedly denied it the first time around.</p> <p>The nurse who first tested positive for COVID-19 last week had had her first dose of a vaccine and she was asymptomatic at the time.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty imag</em><em>es</em></p> </div>

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Emma McKeon shines on Australia’s best ever day in Olympic history: “Very, very special”

<p><span>Australia has broken its own personal records, by having its anthem played four times on repeat in a single day.</span><br /><br /><span>Sunday will be known as the most successful day for the Australian Olympic team, with two gold medals coming from the pool, one in BMX freestyle and another in sailing – it’s no surprise the country cannot tear their eyes from the TV.</span></p> <p><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842778/tokyo-olympics-august-1-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9db99b5f6bb84ce2ac1ca80feb963bb7" /></p> <p><em>Image Credit: Getty Images</em></p> <p><br /><span>Day 9 also shone light on an incredibly humble Aussie who has already taken seven medals at the Tokyo 2020 swim meet, Emma McKeon. </span><br /><br /><span>The 27-year-old has clearly taken her undeniable success in stride, telling reports her monumental medal haul feels “very surreal”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I only hear from you guys [the media] those kind of stats. I look at the athletes that have come before me. I’ve been so impressed by what they’ve done, so inspired.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I’ve never really been into the stats of the medal counts. But to be in that kind of company, it’s an honour. I know that I’ve worked hard for it.”</span></p> <p><span>McKeon’s four golds and three bronze medals in Tokyo have made her the most decorated Australian athlete at a single Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>Only one other woman in history has won seven medals at the one Olympics – Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842777/tokyo-olympics-august-1-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bec8d9c90d8a464c993c6bac77b9581f" /></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em><br /><br /><span>Just two men – American swimmer Michael Phelps and Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin – have won eight.</span><br /><br /><span>In total, McKeon has swum in seven finals, three semi-finals and three heats.</span><br /><br /><span>In every event she has entered, the Wollongong-born swimmer walked away with a medal, four of them gold.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know how she does it,” said teammate Kyle Chalmers on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted … She does it day in, day out. to win seven medals just sounds out of this world, in one Games. To win one gold medal, or win one Olympic medal is an incredible achievement.</span><br /><br /><span>“To win seven is very, very special.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Strong police presence deters threatened COVID lockdown protest

<p>Police officers set up an exclusion zone around the city from 9 am to 3 pm with thousands of police officers on the streets of the CBD area, including three Public Order &amp; Riot Squad teams.</p> <p>Taxi and rideshare companies were banned from entering the area and faced $500,000 fines if they took passengers into the CBD.</p> <p>Cars were stopped by police at key check points entering the CBD area and people were asked where they were going. As a result, there were very few citizens in the CBD area and there was no repeat of last Saturday’s protest where thousands marched in protest in the city centre.</p> <p>The police still made eight arrests and more than 250 Penalty Infringement Notices were issued, the majority for breaching stay-at-home directions.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.1696658097687px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842776/police-um-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dbf3612c4aa34891a36dcde11bb1edf9" /></p> <p><em>Image: Pamela Connellan</em></p> <p>Taxi and rideshare companies faced fines of up to $500,000 dollars if they took passengers into the CBD. Seven taxi and rideshare services received a prohibition notice banning them from taking passengers to the CBD over the six-hour period.</p> <p>A notice in the Uber app said the orders prohibited transit through the large area, as well as any pick-ups and drop-offs.</p> <p>“This is likely to cause significant disruption and we advise you to consider alternatives for any essential travel to and from these areas during this period,” the notice read.</p> <p>The show of force coincided with news a man in his 60s died that same evening from COVID at his southwestern Sydney home, taking the death toll from the state’s current outbreak to 14.</p> <p><em>Images: Pamela Connellan</em></p>

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Why Sky News has been banned from YouTube

<p>The Sky News Australia YouTube channel has 1.85 million subscribers and had posted several videos which denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to prevent it or treat it. YouTube stated these videos violated its medical misinformation policies.</p> <p>YouTube imposed the ban last Thursday, the day after the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> ended Alan Jones’s regular column after there had been controversy about his Covid-19 commentary where he called the New South Wales chief health officer, Kerry Chant, a village idiot on his Sky News program.</p> <p>The <em>Guardian Australia</em> reported that News Corp informed them the termination of Jones’s column did not mean the company does not support the broadcaster.</p> <p>The ban by YouTube will impact the revenue Sky News’s earns from Google, which started when News Corp signed a partnership with Google in February under the media bargaining code.</p> <p>The ban from YouTube was revealed on the same day as Sky launched a new free-to-air channel Sky News Regional across regional Australia.</p> <p>The channel carries all the Sky After Dark commentators, including Andrew Bolt, Peta Credlin and Jones, as well as a new three-hour breakfast show.</p> <p>Videos from Sky News that did not violate policies and were posted before Thursday are still online. If an organisation is banned – or issued a strike such as this one – three times in the same 90-day period, this results in a channel being permanently removed from YouTube.</p> <p>A YouTube spokesperson told the <em>Guardian Australia</em>: “We have clear and established Covid-19 medical misinformation policies based on local and global health authority guidance, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 misinformation that could cause real-world harm.”</p> <p>“We apply our policies equally for everyone regardless of uploader, and in accordance with these policies and our long-standing strikes system removed videos from and issued a strike to Sky News Australia’s channel.</p> <p>“Specifically, we don’t allow content that denies the existence of Covid-19 or that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus. We do allow for videos that have sufficient countervailing context, which the violative videos did not provide.”</p> <p>YouTube’s decisive action is in stark contrast to the response from local media regulators such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority or the subscription television body, Astra.</p> <p>Sky News Australia said it “expressly rejects” claims that any hosts ever denied the existence of Covid-19 and that “no such videos were ever published or removed”.</p> <p>“We support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy,” Sky News Australia spokesperson told <em>the Guardian Australia</em>.</p> <p>Sky’s YouTube channel has grown in two years from 70,000 subscribers to 1.85 million, which is higher than ABC News or any other local media company.</p> <p>One of the most popular videos, with 4.6m views, is Jones’s “Australians must know the truth – this virus is not a pandemic”, which was posted at the height of the pandemic last year. YouTube is an important platform for Sky News and the more extreme the video, the more popular it is.</p>

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Emma McKeon shines on Australia’s best ever day in Olympic history

<p><span>Australia has broken its own personal records, by having its anthem played four times on repeat in a single day.</span><br /><br /><span>Sunday will be known as the most successful day for the Australian Olympic team, with two gold medals coming from the pool, one in BMX freestyle and another in sailing – it’s no surprise the country cannot tear their eyes from the TV.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842771/tokyo-olympics-august-1-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9f38dc13427f4c7f89d030a117a10efb" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Gold Medalist Logan Martin of Team Australia poses for a picture on the podium after Men's Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Image: Getty Images. </em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>Day 9 also shone light on an incredibly humble Aussie who has already taken seven medals at the Tokyo 2020 swim meet, Emma McKeon.</span><br /><br /><span>The 27-year-old has clearly taken her undeniable success in stride, telling reports her monumental medal haul feels “very surreal”.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842772/tokyo-olympics-august-1-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a0f6b7fac37c48269f13a4b3859f7ce6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Silver medallist Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic, gold medallist Australia's Matthew Wearn and bronze medallist Norway's Hermann Tomasgaard after the men's one-person dinghy laser radial medal race during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games sailing competition. Image: Getty</em></p> <p><span>“I only hear from you guys [the media] those kind of stats. I look at the athletes that have come before me. I’ve been so impressed by what they’ve done, so inspired.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I’ve never really been into the stats of the medal counts. But to be in that kind of company, it’s an honour. I know that I’ve worked hard for it.”</span><br /><br /><span>McKeon’s four golds and three bronze medals in Tokyo have made her the most decorated Australian athlete at a single Olympics.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842770/tokyo-olympics-august-1-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bb527a98ca6f4fdd90675ce1114980ae" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Emma McKeon after winning Gold. Image: Getty </em></p> <p><span>Only one other woman in history has won seven medals at the one Olympics – Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952.</span><br /><br /><span>Just two men – American swimmer Michael Phelps and Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin – have won eight.</span><br /><br /><span>In total, McKeon has swum in seven finals, three semi-finals and three heats.</span><br /><br /><span>In every event she has entered, the Wollongong-born swimmer walked away with a medal, four of them gold.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know how she does it,” said teammate Kyle Chalmers on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted … She does it day in, day out. to win seven medals just sounds out of this world, in one Games. To win one gold medal, or win one Olympic medal is an incredible achievement.</span><br /><br /><span>“To win seven is very, very special.”</span></p>

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“Australia straight-up cheated”: Why the US are not happy with our swimmers

<p>At a time when Australians were thankful to have something to be happy about it was all topped off by one of the last performances – the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay where we won gold.</p> <p>Kaylee McKeown (backstroke), Chelsea Hodges (breaststroke), Emma McKeon (butterfly) and Cate Campbell (freestyle) beat the United States for first place in a thrilling finish in an Olympic-record time of 3:51.60.</p> <p>Hodges received huge praise for her incredible second leg, then McKeon and Campbell brought it home in what could possibly be one of the most memorable performances we’ve seen in the pool in Tokyo.</p> <p>Back at home in Australia, everyone was very impressed but the Americans were quick to point out some points of contention.</p> <p>Some American sports fans complained that Campbell’s reaction time in leaving the block after Emma McKeon’s touch was too quick but it was 0.04 seconds which is inside the legal allowed time given.</p> <p>There was never more than 0.55 seconds between Australia and the United States during the final, and sizzling swims from McKeon and Campbell were needed to see Australia grasp the lead from their greatest rivals in the last 15 metres.</p> <p>If you consider the fact Australia won the race by 0.13 seconds, it could be argued Campbell’s well-timed start ultimately proved the difference.</p> <p>Campbell has spoken about the moment saying: “I saw a number one next to our names and I thought, ‘oh, my goodness, that’s incredible’,” Campbell told Channel 7.</p> <p>“I looked up and the girls were celebrating and I thought ‘my changeover was very quick, we’ve either just won an Olympic gold medal or we’ve just been disqualified’.</p> <p>“So, I was like we have to wait until the results are official. And they were official and we are Olympic gold medallists.”</p> <p>But the Americans on social media did not agree: “Australia straight up cheated. You can see on the replay the last swimmer jumped way before her tm8 touched the wall. Should have been a DQ. Shameful,” Twitter user Brian O’Cleary posted.</p> <p>“Australia woman cheated on that 4\100 medley that last woman was jumping in the water before the teammate touched the wall no wonder they got an Olympic record,” another American wrote on the site. “The USA woman won gold in my eyes. Great race.”</p> <p>These complaints aside, the result was a huge win for the Australian Olympic team. It gave Australia nine swimming gold medals in Tokyo — our most successful performance ever at an Olympics, surpassing the eight gold medals won by our swimmers at the 1956 Melbourne Games.</p> <p>Image: Getty Images</p>

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“Magnificent mullet man”: Support for downed hero Rohan Browning

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A slow start in the semi-finals of the Olympic 100-metre sprint has cost Rohan Browning the chance to become the first Australian man to qualify for the Olympic finals in 65 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Browning secured his spot in the semi-final with a personal best of 10.01 seconds, pushing him into the spotlight ahead of Sunday’s race.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the 23-year-old was unable to replicate his success in the final, with a slow start forcing him to play catch-up from the start.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Britain’s Zharnel Hughes took out the gold in 9.98 seconds, with Nigeria’s Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke and America’s Trayvon Bromwell tying at 10.0 seconds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following Browning’s loss, support for his effort poured out from Aussies back home who were proud of his achievements in Tokyo and excited to see what his future holds.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">not gonna make the final but hell of an effort from Rohan Browning to become the 2nd fastest Australian ever and the fastest ever at an <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympics</a></p> — Tom Hockman (@Tom_Hockman) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tom_Hockman/status/1421780452541566979?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sprinter has even earned a nickname among fans online, inspired by his wavy locks.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Gutted for Browning but we can streamline that mullet and get in that final in Paris, I just know it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/100m?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#100m</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympics</a></p> — Holly Byrnes (@byrnesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/byrnesh/status/1421781743124680711?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">My magnificent mullet man 😭😭 incredible effort by Browning to get this far! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympics</a></p> — Dani Brown (@itsdanibrown) <a href="https://twitter.com/itsdanibrown/status/1421780833032040452?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to Channel 7 after the race, Browning said it was a “tough” competition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just never got out and then I had my work cut out for me. I feel like I came back well through the end of the race but I left myself with too much work to do and it is only 100 metres,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You know, I’ve been consistent this year, and I’ve been knocking on the door of sub-10, a big breakthrough. Hopefully it comes later in the year in Europe. I’ll definitely walk away from this experience with a lot learned.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel like this season I’ve had all the component parts of the race. It has been about putting it together in one run. And it is coming. But, you know, that’s part of figuring out the event and racing at this championship level.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I mean in 2019 I came 40th. I ran basically dead last in my heat at the World Championships, so I’m heading in the right direction.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite being outpaced in the semi-final, Browning has become the second fastest Australian sprinter, coming behind Patrick Johnson’s 9.93-second record from 2003.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Rohan Browning / Instagram</span></em></p>

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“One silver lining”: Lisa Wilkinson offers glimmer of a bright side

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the announcement of 239 new COVID-19 cases in New South Wales on Thursday, Lisa Wilkinson has described the numbers as a “gut punch”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Like most people in NSW at the moment - that number that started with a two today felt like a real gut punch,” Lisa said on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">on Thursday night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think we thought that it might nudge close to 200 but the fact that it was so far over the 200 number really felt like the game has changed - we’re in a whole different realm. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think anybody thinks for a moment that we will be out of this at the end of August.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6QCEeHrOj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6QCEeHrOj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Project (@theprojecttv)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Wilkinson has found one positive during these dour times, pointing out that vaccine hesitancy has lowered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There is one silver lining, because I think a lot of us are looking for a silver lining at the moment, and that is that in NSW the vaccine hesitancy has halved from 33 percent at the end of May to down to 14.6 percent. So at least that’s going to lift those numbers and hopefully give a lot of people who get the vaccine a fighting chance,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And, unlike other states, there’s no supply issue, really, in NSW, because AstraZeneca is now being recommended for everybody to have,” co-host Waleed Aly added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So it’s not like you’re waiting for vaccines to arrive - and you can actually fulfil that increased enthusiasm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Melbourne Institute has found that the rate of vaccine hesitancy has been significantly reduced in NSW and Victoria following recent outbreaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seven percent of adults in NSW are still unsure about getting vaccinated, down from 14.3 percent at the end of May.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/publications/research-insights/ttpn/vaccination-report" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> produced by the institute has said “policies to reduce vaccine hesitancy need to be carefully targeted at populations most vulnerable and most likely to transmit the virus, as well as geographic areas with the lowest vaccination rates”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 10</span></em></p>

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“This is bulls***”: Kyle hits out on censoring of Pauline Hanson

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s has sparked more controversy, after she was censored for attempting to undermine Australia’s vaccine rollout on one of Sydney’s biggest radio shows.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hanson was sharing her anti-vaccination views on KIIS 106.5’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kyle and Jackie O Show</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, when producers intervened and began censoring the audio mentioning vaccinating.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Ms Hanson was describing why she was choosing not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, all the audience could hear was a drawn-out “bleep”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The show is on a 30-second delay and has a censor to block any comments that can’t be verified live or that could cause trouble for the network.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When callers alerted him to the censoring, host Kyle Sandilands had a strong reaction when he found out the reason behind it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Can somebody tell me what’s being beeped out and why it’s being beeped out?”, Sandilands asked producers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our censor is saying some of what Pauline is saying is not government approved,” one producer replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re not a government show,” he said. “This is not the ABC.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The same producer told Sandilands the show has to “be mindful of what we’re telling listeners”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Based on what?”, Sandilands queried.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Based on] the public health system and what they’re telling us,” they replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sandilands then apologised to Ms Hanson, who said it wasn’t the first time she had been censored for her views on vaccinations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve been censored also by Channel Nine and 2GB because they won’t have me on because of what I say,” Hanson explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You can’t have a difference of opinion in this country anymore because they shut you down. So therefore you’re letting the authorities control what you say and think.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m a member of parliament, surely I have a right to actually express my opinion.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokeswoman for ARN, which represents the popular radio show, said the live to air censor “monitors all content and makes a decision on what is appropriate to be broadcast on air and be published in accordance with the station’s regulatory obligations”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Kyle and Jackie O don’t shy away from talking about the hot topics that matter to their audience,” the spokeswoman told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“KIIS1065 makes every effort to fairly represent the views of its guests but has an obligation to balance freedom of expression against expression of views that may be out of step with government health advice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We take our responsibilities very seriously, and appreciate that some views expressed by guests on the station may not always be shared by the wider community.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ARN said the governing body for broadcast media, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, has a “focus on protecting the Australian public from misinformation about COVID-19 and information that is out of step with government advice.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pauline Hanson’s claim on the show that COVID-19 vaccines haven’t been tried and tested like those for diseases such as measles and mumps is unfounded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance’s (NCIRS) </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ausvaxsafety.org.au/safety-data/covid-19-vaccines" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">AusVaxSafety</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> surveillance initiative, 53.9 percent of Australians who have been vaccinated reported no adverse event, while 46.1 percent reported adverse side effects including fatigue, headaches, injection site pain, and muscle aches.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p>

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“Wonder woman on the water”: Jess Fox’s golden moment

<p><span>For nine years, disappointment has shrouded Australian olympian Jess Fox.</span><br /><br /><span>But now, she has just become an Olympic gold winner in Tokyo for the first ever women’s C1 Olympic final on Thursday afternoon.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox is the first slalom paddler to win an Olympic medal of each colour in canoe and kayak events.</span><br /><br /><span>The world watched on as Britain’s Mallory Franklin initially took an early lead in the final by registering an astonishing time of 108.68.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv6hdDjQV0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv6hdDjQV0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Fox (@jessfox94)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Germany’s Andrea Herzog also impressed with a time of 111.13, which earned her a spot in the provisional silver medal position.</span><br /><br /><span>Brazilian athlete Ana Satila also had a solid time, but she sadly copped a brutal 50-second penalty for narrowly missing Gate 22.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox quickly passed the first checkpoint more than two seconds ahead of Franklin‘s time.</span><br /><br /><span>She briefly got stuck at Gate 15, however she showed her talent by quickly escaping from the white water at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox secured a historic gold medal with an unbelievable time of 105.04.</span><br /><br /><span>She was three seconds faster than anyone else.</span><br /><br /><span>“She is a wonder woman on the water. What a performance!” <em>Channel 7</em> commentator David Culbert cried.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox’s mother and coach could be seen embracing the champion moments after she completed her run.</span><br /><br /><span>Australia has reacted in pure elation, with Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley tweeting: “JESS FOX!!!!!!!! You are my freaking hero!!!!! So amazing!!!!”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">JESS FOX!!!!!!!! You are my freaking hero!!!!! So amazing!!!! 😭😭😭😭 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a></p> — Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley) <a href="https://twitter.com/kurtfearnley/status/1420648484915400710?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Channel 7 reporter Tom Browne wrote: “I don’t think there has ever been a more deserved gold medal winner. Jess Fox is a legend. Completely compelling.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fox Sports presenter Sarah Olle shared her own message: “The Olympics are so cool because you become inexplicably happy for someone you don’t know. Thanks for the ear to ear smile, Jess.”</span><br /><br /><span>Aussie tennis star Dylan Alcott wrote: “JESS FOX YOU FLAT OUT LEGEND!!! OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Could not think of an athlete more deserving – an incredible athlete but an even better person. YES!”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">JESS FOX YOU FLAT OUT LEGEND!!! OLYMPIC CHAMPION!! Could not think of an athlete more deserving - an incredible athlete but an even better person. YES! <a href="https://twitter.com/jessfoxcanoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jessfoxcanoe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#olympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gold?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gold</a></p> — Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) <a href="https://twitter.com/DylanAlcott/status/1420648900738699268?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Fox promised she would return for the Paris Olympics in 2024.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was amazing to be a part of this women’s C1 event here in Tokyo for the first time ever,” she told <em>Channel 7</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was a tough couple of days – mentally, emotionally, it took everything out of me. So to put down a run that I’m proud of, I’m over the moon.</span><br /><br /><span>“I hope we’ve inspired some girls and boys today … I felt the love over from Australia.”</span></p>

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Karl fires up on Deputy Premier: "There's no playbook"

<p>John Barilaro, the NSW Deputy Premier, has admitted authorities are not sure “what’s working and what’s not working”, during a heated interview on <em>Today</em>.</p> <p>“One of the things we keep saying is, it’s difficult to quantify what’s working and what’s not working,” he said on Thursday morning.</p> <p>“And the reality is, even though we continue to see a rise in numbers, those numbers aren’t accelerating into hundreds and hundreds.</p> <p>“In one way the restrictions are working but, of course, more needs to be done and that’s why yesterday there were a number of changes in relation to being able to move out of your local government area.”</p> <p>The show’s host Karl Stefanovic appeared enraged by the Deputy Premier’s admission.</p> <p>“Sorry to put this to you, but I think you just said you don't know what’s working and what isn’t. Is that what you said?” Stefanovic asked.</p> <p>Barilaro responded: “Yeah, look, there’s no playbook, Karl. There is no rule book.”</p> <p>He went on to claim that reducing mobility is the key to success.</p> <p>“The reality is, to be able to say that I know how to get this under control or the government knows how to get this completely under control... is still testing the government and its resources.”</p> <p>Stefanovic then asked the politician: “If you don't know what’s working, how can they (people of NSW) have any level of confidence as to when they will come out of lockdown?”</p> <p>“Well, Karl, over the past 18 months we have managed a number of outbreaks. The Delta strain is really challenging us because it’s transmissible and contagious,” Mr Barilaro fired back.</p> <p>“We are putting in place all the learned experience of the last 18 months (and) the advice from health and we will continue to throw more at this.</p> <p>“I can assure the public that they should have confidence because (of) what we have done in the past. But we are not going to pretend that we have every answer because we don’t.”</p> <p>NSW announced 177 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, marking July 28th the worst day since the latest outbreak began on June 16.</p> <p>The state government’s inability to reduce numbers in positive cases has forced them to extend the lockdown for another four weeks at least.</p>

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Barty's brilliantly blunt take on Tokyo heat

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the weather in Tokyo reached the mid-30s, many players have been complaining about being forced to play at the peak of the heat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Aussie tennis star Ash Barty had no qualms about the inclement weather and gave a blunt response when asked for her opinion on the conditions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re Aussies, mate. We’re alright,” she told News Corp after her and Storm Sanders’ loss in the women’s doubles against Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, Spain’s Paula Badosa was taken off the court in a wheelchair after collapsing from heat exhaustion during her quarter-final match against Marketa Vondrousova.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Suspect scenes like these may have played a part in the decision of Olympic organisers to take tennis out of the worst of the heat.<br /><br />Paula Badosa taken off court in a wheelchair with heat exhaustion. <a href="https://t.co/I6GZ4Uq7KY">pic.twitter.com/I6GZ4Uq7KY</a></p> — James Gray (@jamesgraysport) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamesgraysport/status/1420352664236404739?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was a shame to finish my participation in this way,” Badosa said. “The conditions have been demanding from day one. We tried to adapt as best as possible but today the body has not responded as needed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have suffered a heat stroke as you all have seen and I did not feel ready to continue.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Russian Daniil Medvedev also struggled with the soaring temperatures during his third round win over Fabio Fognini.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Medvedev took two medical timeouts and asked who would be responsible for his death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can finish the match but I can die,” he told chair umpire Carlos Ramos when asked if he could continue. “If I die, are you going to be responsible?”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Still alive🥵 <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Olympics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Olympics</a> <a href="https://t.co/xEJqMGUNsq">pic.twitter.com/xEJqMGUNsq</a></p> — Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) <a href="https://twitter.com/DaniilMedwed/status/1420306048758554629?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just had darkness in my eyes, like between every point I didn’t know what to do to feel better.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was bending over and I couldn’t get my breathing together. I was ready to just fall down on the court.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After complaints from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and several other plays, organisers have since moved the start of play to 3pm local time to offer players some added protection against the heat.</span></p>

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Urgent alert as Sydney exposure sites explode

<p><span>A late-night alert has been issued by NSW Health, which has added 48 new exposure sites across Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>Authorities are urging anyone who may have attended the following venues during the times stated, is now considered a close contact and must isolate, get tested and stay inside for 14 days.</span><br /><br /><span>Sydney is currently undergoing its fifth week of lockdown, but local transmission of the Delta-variant remains high.</span></p> <p>FULL LIST OF EXPOSURE SITES:</p> <p><br /><span>GoVita, 1052 Old Princes Highway, Wednesday 21 July, 9:45am-9:55am</span><br /><br /><strong>GWYNNEVILLE</strong><br /><br /><span>Gwynneville Bakery, 3.168 Gipps Road, Saturday July 24, 9am-9:30am</span><br /><br /><strong>BELFIELD</strong><br /><br /><span>Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza, 21 Burwood Road, July 24, all day</span><br /><br /><strong>CAMPSIE</strong><br /><br /><span>Campsie Centre, Friday, July 23 all day; Saturday, July 24 all day</span><br /><br /><strong>SAN REMO</strong><br /><br /><span>Priceline, Friday, July 23 from 2.20 pm to 2.40pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ROSEBERY</strong><br /><br /><span>IGA, Friday, July 23 from 4 pm to 4.55pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ENGADINE</strong><br /><br /><span>GoVita, Wednesday, July 21 from 9.45 am to 9.55am</span><br /><br /><strong>BEVERLY HILLS</strong><br /><br /><span>Pizza Hut, Wednesday, July 21 from 1.45 pm to 2.15pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ROSELANDS</strong><br /><br /><span>Caltex Woolworths, Monday July 26 from 3.10 pm to 3.20pm</span><br /><br /><em>These bus routes are also considered exposure sites and anyone who travelled them must get tested and self-isolate.</em><br /><br /><strong>ROUTE 25</strong><br /><br /><span>From Tuggerah Station to Bateau Bay Square, Friday July 23 from 1.58 pm to 2.35pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ROUTE 21</strong><br /><br /><span>From Lions Park, Central Coast Highway, Long Jetty to Gosford Train Station, Stand N, Friday July 23 from 3.41 pm to 4.30pm</span><br /><br /><em>Anyone who attended these venues during these times are considered a casual contact. Those who were there must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.</em><br /><br /><strong>WENTWORTHVILLE</strong><br /><br /><span>Officeworks, Sunday, July 18 from 10.40 am to 11am</span><br /><br /><strong>BANKSTOWN</strong><br /><br /><span>Fields of Fruit, Sunday, July 18 from 11.10 am to 11.25am</span><br /><br /><strong>TOONGABBIE</strong><br /><br /><span>Toongabbie Fish Market, Sunday, July 18 from 11.10 am to 11.25am</span><br /><br /><strong>POTTS POINT</strong><br /><br /><span>Jeremy and Sons, Monday, July 19 from 7.30 am to 7.45am</span><br /><br /><strong>LEICHHARDT</strong><br /><br /><span>Leichhardt Marketplace, Monday, July 19 from 9.55 am to 10.10am</span><br /><br /><span>Blooms the Chemist, Saturday, July 24 from 10.30 am to 10.45am</span><br /><br /><strong>MARSDEN PARK</strong><br /><br /><span>Puma Energy Australia, Monday, July 19 from 11 am to 11.05am</span><br /><br /><strong>ULTIMO</strong><br /><br /><span>Aldi, Monday, July 19 from 12 pm to 12.10pm</span><br /><br /><strong>HORNSBY</strong><br /><br /><span>Dan Murphy’s, Saturday, July 24 from 5.20 pm to 5.40 pm</span><br /><br /><strong>PENDLE HILL</strong><br /><br /><span>Pendle Inn Hotel, Monday, July 19 from 12 pm to 12.10pm</span><br /><br /><strong>BASS HILL</strong><br /><br /><span>Kahil Meats, Monday July 19 from 3.30 pm to 3.55pm</span><br /><br /><strong>CANLEY HEIGHTS</strong><br /><br /><span>Carter &amp; G’s Coffee Shop, Tuesday, July 20 from 7.40 am to 7.50am; Wednesday, July 21 from 7.40 am to 7.50am</span><br /><br /><strong>BELLAMBI</strong><br /><br /><span>Bunnings, Tuesday, July 20 from 11 am to 11.15am</span><br /><br /><strong>LAKEMBA</strong><br /><br /><span>Chemist Warehouse, Tuesday, July 20 from 2.30 pm to 3pm</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Tuesday, July 27 from 2.30 pm to 2.45pm</span><br /><br /><strong>MERRYLANDS</strong><br /><br /><span>Hamze Bros Fruit and Veg, Wednesday, July 21 from 9 am to 9.05am</span><br /><br /><span>Services Australia, Tuesday, July 20 from 10.50 am to 11.05am</span><br /><br /><strong>BASS HILL</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Wednesday, July 21 from 9.05 am to 9.15am</span><br /><br /><strong>CHULLORA</strong><br /><br /><span>Aldi, Wednesday, July 21 from 9.20 am to 10am</span><br /><br /><strong>CABRAMATTA</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Wednesday, July 21 from 12.25 pm to 12.45pm; Saturday, July 24 from 1.30 pm to 1.35pm</span><br /><br /><span>Accounting Dynamics, Tuesday, July 27 from 4.20 pm to 7.30pm</span><br /><br /><strong>LONG JETTY</strong><br /><br /><span>7-Eleven, Friday, July 23 from 3.15 pm to 3.35pm</span><br /><br /><strong>BANKSTOWN</strong><br /><br /><span>Supa IGA, Wednesday, July 21 from 12 pm to 1.30pm</span><br /><br /><span>Bankstown Lebanese Fruit and Mixed Business, Thursday, July 22 from 10 am to 10.15am</span><br /><br /><strong>BLACKTOWN</strong><br /><br /><span>Kebab Express, Friday, July 23 from 8.40 pm to 8.50pm</span><br /><br /><span>Chester Jakes Supersave Chemist, Saturday, July 24 from 10.35 am to 10.50am</span><br /><br /><strong>NARELLAN</strong><br /><br /><span>Coles, Thursday, July 22 from 5 am to 10.10am; Saturday, July 24 from 5 am to 1.20pm; Sunday July 25 from 5 am to 10am</span><br /><br /><strong>BELMORE</strong><br /><br /><span>Belmore Hardware, Thursday, July 22 from 9.30 am to 11am</span><br /><br /><strong>LIVERPOOL</strong><br /><br /><span>Chemist Warehouse, Thursday, July 22 from 11 am to 11.15am</span><br /><br /><span>Westpac, Thursday, July 22 from 11.20 am to 2.55pm</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Thursday, July 22 from 7 pm to 8.15pm</span><br /><br /><strong>CAMPBELLTOWN</strong><br /><br /><span>Priceline, Thursday, July 22 from 11.50 am to 12.05pm</span><br /><br /><strong>CAMPSIE</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Thursday July 15 from 6.20 pm to 6.40pm; Friday July 23 from 1 pm to 1.20pm; Tuesday July 27 from 2 pm to 2.20pm</span><br /><br /><span>Campsie Growers Market, Wednesday, July 21 from 8.30 am to 6pm; Thursday, July 22 from 8 am to 3pm</span><br /><br /><span>Jin Mart, Wednesday, July 21 from 4.10 pm to 4.20pm</span><br /><br /><span>Chemist Warehouse, Thursday, July 22 from 6 pm to 6.15pm</span><br /><br /><span>Jono’s Cafe, Saturday, July 24 from 10 am to 10.15am</span><br /><br /><strong>CABRAMATTA</strong><br /><br /><span>Heng’s Garage, Friday, July 23 from 10.20 am to 1pm</span><br /><br /><strong>FAIRFIELD</strong><br /><br /><span>McDonald’s, Thursday, July 15 from 9 pm to 9.30pm</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Wednesday, July 21 from 12.30 pm to 1.30pm; Thursday, July 22 from 1.35 pm to 2.40pm; Friday, July 23 from 7.30 pm to 8pm</span><br /><br /><strong>FAIRFIELD HEIGHTS</strong><br /><br /><span>Fairfield District Medical Centre, Thursday, July 22 from 12 pm to 12.30pm</span><br /><br /><span>7-Eleven, Monday, July 19 from 7 pm to 7.10pm</span><br /><br /><span>Fairfield Heights Tobacconist, Wednesday, July 21 from 1 pm to 2pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ROSEMEADOW</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Thursday, July 22 from 12.20 pm to 12.45pm; Friday, July 23 from 1.25 pm to 2.10pm</span><br /><br /><strong>AUBURN</strong><br /><span>Woolworths, Saturday, July 17 from 10.40 am to 11.05am; Thursday, July 22 from 1.50 pm to 2pm; Saturday, July 24 from 11.10 am to 11.30am</span><br /><br /><strong>KINGSWOOD</strong><br /><br /><span>Freechoice, Monday, July 19 from 7 pm to 7.10pm</span><br /><br /><strong>KINGS PARK</strong><br /><br /><span>Subway, Friday, July 23 from 9 pm to 9.05pm</span><br /><br /><strong>THE PONDS</strong><br /><br /><span>Flash News, Thursday, July 22 from 3.35 pm to 3.50pm; Saturday, July 24 from 4.05 pm to 4.15pm</span><br /><br /><span>Costi’s Seafood and Grill, Saturday, July 24 from 4.05 pm to 4.10pm</span><br /><br /><span>Priceline, Saturday, July 24 from 4.10 pm to 4.20pm</span><br /><br /><strong>CASULA</strong><br /><br /><span>BP, Thursday, July 22 from 4 pm to 8pm; Sunday, July 25 from 7.35 am to 4.30pm</span><br /><br /><strong>PROSPECT</strong><br /><br /><span>Uncle Sid’s Oven, Friday, July 23 from 11.30 am to 12pm</span><br /><br /><strong>OLD TOONGABBIE</strong><br /><br /><span>Memphis 9 Cafe, Friday, July 23 from 8.10 am to 8.20am</span><br /><br /><strong>KOGARAH</strong><br /><br /><span>Fardoulis Sweet and Nuts, Friday, July 23 from 12 pm to 5.45pm</span><br /><br /><strong>LIDCOMBE</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Friday, July 23 from 2.30 pm to 4pm</span><br /><br /><span>Cafe Rodem, Saturday, July 24 from 11.50 am to 11.55am</span><br /><br /><strong>MOUNT ANNAN</strong><br /><br /><span>Aldi, Saturday, July 24 from 9.25 am to 10am</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Sunday, July 25 from 9.50 am to 10.15am</span><br /><br /><strong>WENTWORTH POINT</strong><br /><br /><span>Coles Wentworth Point, Saturday July 24 from 9.35 am to 10.05am</span><br /><br /><strong>REVESBY</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Saturday, July 24 from 2.45 pm to 5.15pm</span><br /><br /><strong>SMITHFIELD</strong><br /><br /><span>Bunnings, Saturday, July 24 from 3.30 pm to 4pm</span><br /><br /><strong>BURWOOD</strong><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Saturday, July 24 from 3.15 pm to 4 pm and 9.15 pm to 9.35pm</span><br /><br /><span>Hungry Jacks, Saturday, July 24 from 5.20 pm to 5.40pm</span><br /><br /><span>Coles, Saturday, July 24 from 9.30 pm to 9.50pm</span><br /><br /><strong>INGLEBURN</strong><br /><br /><span>Speedway, Saturday, July 24 from 1 pm to 2pm</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Saturday, July 24 from 2.50 pm to 3.05pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ST MARYS</strong><br /><br /><span>Liquor Stax, Saturday, July 24 from 9.30 pm to 9.45pm</span><br /><br /><strong>PETERSHAM</strong><br /><br /><span>Frangos Charcoal Chicken, Sunday, July 25 from 3.10 pm to 3.25pm</span><br /><br /><strong>SPRING FARM</strong><br /><br /><span>Choice Pharmacy, Monday, July 26 from 12 pm to 1pm</span><br /><br /><span>Woolworths, Monday, July 26 from 12 pm to 1pm</span><br /><br /><strong>ZETLAND</strong><br /><br /><span>Coles, Sunday, July 25 from 4 pm to 4.30pm</span><br /><br /><strong>HARRIS PARK</strong><br /><br /><span>Australia Post, Thursday, July 22 from 2.30 pm to 2.40pm</span><br /><br /><strong>GREENACRE</strong><br /><br /><span>Bunnings, Tuesday, July 27 from 3 pm to 3.20pm</span><br /><br /><strong>RIVERWOOD</strong><br /><br /><span>Riverwood Hot Bread, Friday, July 23 from 12.55 to 1pm</span><br /><br /><strong>LIVERPOOL</strong><br /><br /><span>Barbara Long Park, Wednesday, July 21 from 4.30 pm to 6pm</span><br /><br /><span>Hillier Oval, Wednesday, July 21 from 4.30 pm to 6pm</span></p>

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Harsh new restrictions for NSW

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a four-week extension of Greater Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown as the latest outbreak continues to grow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lockdown will be extended for the Greater Sydney area, including the Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and the Blue Mountains, until August 28.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes as the state recorded 177 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night, with 46 individuals in the community during their infectious period.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shopping rules have been tightened further, meaning no one can go shopping more than 10 kilometres away from their local government area (LGA).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, three more LGAs will be placed under stricter lockdown restrictions. Workers in the Parramatta, Georges River, and Campbelltown LGAs cannot leave the area for work unless they are an aged care or critical worker. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This comes as an expansion to the areas in lockdown, which already include Cumberland, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown, Liverpool, and Fairfield.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Construction rules have been loosened, allowing construction works to occur in non-occupied dwellings outside the eight LGAs in lockdown from Saturday, July 31. A maximum of two workers will be allowed inside a dwelling, while a maximum of five will be allowed to work outside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside of the lockdown areas, tradies will also be allowed to visit homes if they won’t come into contact with anyone while they are working.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Premier has also announced the use of rapid antigen testing for year 12 students so that they can recommence face-to-face learning on Monday, August 16.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Year 12 students within the eight affected LGAs are also expected to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These doses will be coming from the regions, not from other states or the Commonwealths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Teachers are encouraged to take the AstraZeneca vaccine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are no plans for face-to-face learning to resume for students in other grades over the next four weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state will also introduce a ‘singles bubble’, similar to the one used during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, which allows people living by themselves to nominate one person from outside their home that can come and visit. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The nominated person must be the same person for the next four weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those within the eight affected LGAs, the chosen person must be within the 10km radius and within the same LGA.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The death of a woman in her 90s from COVID-19 has been announced, following her passing yesterday at Liverpool Hospital.</span></p>

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