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Recall issued for ice cream contaminated with COVID-19

<p>Coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in Eastern China, prompting an urgent recall of cartons from the same batch.</p> <p>According to the Chinese government, the Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin was sealed and 1,662 employees are being tested for the coronavirus and placed in quarantine.</p> <p>There was no indication that anyone had contracted the ice cream, but a recall has been issued regardless.</p> <p>A total of 935 boxes of ice cream were in Tianjin, with only 65 being sold to markets. This is out of 2,747 boxes that entered the market, with authorities notifying others of sales to their areas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Authorities in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin are tracing ice cream contaminated with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> after three samples produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. <a href="https://t.co/7oTLu2e1Us">pic.twitter.com/7oTLu2e1Us</a></p> — Sixth Tone (@SixthTone) <a href="https://twitter.com/SixthTone/status/1349944516938231808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The ingredients of the ice cream included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine.</p> <p>The Chinese government has suggested that the coronavirus came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food.</p> <p>Foreign scientists are sceptical of these claims, with a virologist claiming it's "probably a one-off".</p> <p>“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, told<span> </span><em>Sky News</em>.</p> <p>“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory.”</p> <p>Griffin also stressed that there is no reason to panic.</p> <p>“We probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus,” he added.</p>

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"Too much skin": Woman forced to change before takeoff

<p><span>A young woman was left embarrassed and confused after she claimed a Virgin Flight staff member approached her before she boarded her flight, telling her she was showing “too much skin”.</span><br /><br /><span>Catherine Bampton, 23, said she was waiting to board her flight VA1447 from Adelaide to the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning, when she said she was approached by a staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>The Gold Coast resident said she was “publicly embarrassed” by the female staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>“She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing,” Miss Bampton from Palm Beach said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839499/virgin-airline-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3fc9c931a434a679690244a62f3b579" /><br /><span>Miss Bampton then claimed that the crew member asked if she had another top to put on and was asked to change into it.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was so embarrassing and humiliating,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone else waiting to board the plane was sitting there watching … and you could see they were staring in shock with their mouths open.”</span><br /><br /><span>The university student went on to ask the staff member what was wrong with her previous attire.</span><br /><br /><span>According to Miss Bampton, the woman responded with: “The pilot doesn't like people showing too much skin.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>“I asked her if you couldn’t show your arms and back and she didn’t know what to respond.”</span><br /><br /><span>Miss Bampton was wearing sneakers with high-waisted trousers and a high-necked halter top at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>She is now wanting an apology from the pilot and wants the airline to be aware of the situation.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't want them to do it to other people because they shouldn’t be allowed to do that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia’s website states that there are minimum dress requirements that travellers must meet.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the website states that wearing singlets is acceptable.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia states: “The dress guidelines on our aircraft are similar to other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them,” a Virgin Australia Group spokesman said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As Australia’s most loved airline, it’s always been our intention that those who travel with Virgin Australia feel welcome and have a comfortable journey.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are undertaking a review of the incident, and while no formal complaint has been received by the guest as yet, we’ve proactively tried to reach out to better understand what happened.”</span></p>

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"I was petrified": Rebel Wilson reveals she was kidnapped at gunpoint

<p>Rebel Wilson has spoken about the horrifying moment she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men in rural Africa.</p> <p>The Australian actress appeared on the UK TV special Ant Middleton &amp; Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking, where she was interviewed by SAS Australia instructor Ant Middleton.</p> <p>Speaking to the 40-year-old, Wilson was asked about the moment where she felt the most fear in her life.</p> <p>She revealed that she had been travelling with a group of women in Mozambique when they were ambushed by armed men.</p> <p>“We were on this cattle truck and these men came on another truck with a lot of guns. (They pulled up beside us) with the big guns and they were like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to get off your truck.’” she said.</p> <p>Wilson said the group was taken to a house and held hostage overnight.</p> <p>“I felt like I was very good in the crisis. I was like a team leader,” she added.</p> <p>“They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something.”</p> <p>They were allowed to leave the next day.</p> <p>“They came and said, ‘Your truck is ready now. You can go, go, go,’” she said.</p> <p>“We just got back on that truck and got out of there and crossed the South African border a few hours later.”</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star still doesn't know the reasoning behind the kidnapping, but she's developed her own theory.</p> <p>“I think maybe those guys, maybe, used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck,” she added.</p> <p>She did not specify when the incident happened.</p>

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The blunt comment from Dan Andrews' wife that made him cut his holiday short

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has revealed that he returned to work two weeks earlier than planned after a cheeky comment from his wife.</p> <p>He had been taking a holiday over the Christmas and New Year's period but revealed his wife was the reason for his early return.</p> <p>“To be honest, Cath said to me last night ‘you’re on the phone, 20 hours a day, you should just go back’,” he told reporters when asked about his unplanned return on Thursday.</p> <p>This is due to Andrews monitoring the recent coronavirus spike in Victoria from home.</p> <p>“I’ve been at home. About 25 minutes from here,” he said.</p> <p>“So yes, I did not plan on being here with you today, but I am almost sure I think I was due to come back on about the 20th.</p> <p>“It’s not about me, I’m not, I’m not seeking your collective sympathy. Their job is a job to be done … I’ve been following things very closely and very actively and this is the right thing to do.”</p> <p>The premier came under fire for taking leave as Victoria recorded its first cases of community transmission in 61 days.</p> <p>"Why is Dan Andrews on holidays? I'm sure we all remember the outrage last year when Scott Morrison went on leave," one man tweeted.</p> <p>Another added: "Where is the faithful leader Dictator now? Martin Foley, said Victoria is in a crisis right now, panicking, scared, all the leftards wanted to smash Scott Morrison for being on his pre-arranged holiday. Where is the Dictator?"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Regional NSW on alert after positive test 200km from Sydney

<p>Residents at two popular holiday destinations are on alert after a person who tested positive to COVID-19 visited a local store and a restaurant.</p> <p>New advice has also been issued for those at a local cricket match.</p> <p>An infected person was at the Nostalgia Factor Shop at Kangaroo Valley on December 27. Anyone there between 11:20 am and 11:30 am has been told to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.</p> <p>The same goes for anyone who at the Taj Indian Restaurant in the beachside town of Huskisson.</p> <p>People who dined there on December 27 between 4:45 pm and 5:20 pm must get tested.</p> <p>Further, those who played a game of cricket at the Ollie Webb Cricket Ground in Parramatta for almost four hours on December 28 are considered close contacts and must get tested and isolate for two weeks regardless.</p> <p>Those sitting on the grand stand should also get tested and isolate until negative.</p> <p><strong>Here is the list of venue alerts:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Birdie Noshery &amp; Drinking Est, Orange:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12 pm to 2pm</li> <li><strong>BWS Berala:</strong><span> </span>Various times from December 22 to 31</li> <li><strong>Coffee Club, Stockland Shellharbour:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 11.30 am to 12.45pm</li> <li><strong>Gourmet Cribtin, Broken Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 2 from 10 am to 10.40am</li> <li><strong>Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 8.52 pm to 11.30pm</li> <li><strong>#HairManagement, Bass Hill:</strong><span> </span>December 24 from 11.15 am to 12.30pm</li> <li><strong>La Piazza, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 12 pm to 2pm, and 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Monkey Mania, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>OKS Beauty and Hair, Lidcombe:</strong><span> </span>December 31 from 10.30 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Ollie Webb Cricket Ground, Paramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 7.30 am to 11am</li> <li><strong>Reading Cinema Auburn:</strong><span> </span>December 30 between 10.10 am and 12.10pm</li> <li><strong>Saravanaa Bhavan Indian restaurant, Parramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10.20 am to 10.50am</li> <li><strong>St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Wollongong:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 9 am to 10.15am</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Takeaway, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 1 from 12.46 pm to 1.06pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Take Away, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Venus Nail Salon, Bass Hill:<span> </span></strong>December 24 from 12.30 pm to 1pm.</li> </ul> <p>The full list of venues, including for casual contacts, can be found<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Virus rules change mid-flight for shocked passengers

<p><span>Footage shared on Twitter by ABC journalist Bridget Fitzgerald shows the bizarre moment police told passengers they would be required to self-quarantine following a cluster of cases in NSW’s Northern Beaches.</span><br /><br /><span>Authorities boarded the flight soon after landing in Perth and informed passengers there had been “changes” to legislation while they were in the air.</span><br /><br /><span>“Unfortunately while your aircraft has been in the air, there have been some changes to legislation in relation to quarantining,” he informs the packed-flight.</span><br /><br /><span>Those travelling from NSW to WA will now be required to self-quarantine under changes that have immediately followed following a COVID-19 outbreak in the eastern state.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Things changing quickly this evening with regard to Sydney’s Northern Beaches covid cluster, which is now at 17 confirmed cases.<br /><br />Passengers on this flight that arrived in Perth from Sydney this afternoon told to get tested ASAP &amp; self-isolate while awaiting results. <a href="https://t.co/lIjkc6PWnW">pic.twitter.com/lIjkc6PWnW</a></p> — Bridget Fitzgerald (@msbfitzgerald) <a href="https://twitter.com/msbfitzgerald/status/1339484608681844737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>WA Premier Mark McGowan was forced to announce the changes on Thursday afternoon following a cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches that has ballooned to 17 cases.</span><br /><br /><span>Anyone who has arrived from NSW since December 11, or was in NSW from December 11 and subsequently arrived in WA, must self-quarantine as soon as possible.</span><br /><br /><span>Those people must also present for a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and then return to self-quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed.</span><br /><br /><span>Anyone that has been in NSW on or after December 11 must take a test at Perth Airport on arrival or at another COVID-19 clinic within 24 hours.</span><br /><br /><span>It is now required they follow the same self-quarantine requirement until a negative test result is confirmed.</span><br /><br /><span>Those who have arrived from NSW after December 11 will be contacted by police.</span><br /><br /><span>“These are extra precautionary and immediate steps the state government is taking to protect all Western Australians, based on our expert health advice,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As I have said previously, we will not hesitate to change our border controls if the health advice recommends,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I understand these changes will cause some frustration and uncertainty for some people.</span><br /><br /><span>“We ask for your patience and understanding as we take these steps to protect the health of all Western Australians.”</span><br /><br /><span>The first case was an aircrew van driver who lives in southern Sydney followed by two cases in the Northern Beaches that were confirmed on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>17 cases have since arisen in the Sydney area.</span><br /><br /><span>“Whilst that might be upsetting for people, we’ll do what we have to do to keep having a great record in WA and keep the health and welfare of West Australians paramount,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m very sympathetic to people who want to visit family and catch up with parents and children over the course of the Christmas period.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s been a long year and we know that many people are excited.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr McGowan said he was told one of the cases confirmed had been waiting on a test but had not quarantined, which was “unacceptable conduct”.</span><br /><br /><span>“These sorts of things are the threat vector to Australia,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Before the self-quarantine requirement was announced, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters “Mark’s a cautious guy” but he would make decisions based on advice.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know there are lots of people looking to reunite with their Western Australian families over Christmas,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They wouldn’t want to be seeing those plans disrupted, and I’m sure the Premier is very conscious of that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr McGowan said WA had set a world record of 250 days without a case of community transmission.</span><br /><br /><span>“Nowhere else in the world can say that,” the Premier said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It has now resulted in outstanding economic outcomes for our state.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just want to keep that record in place.”</span></p>

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"A first for me”: QLD snake catcher’s deadly find during heavy rains

<p>A prolonged heatwave followed by a downpour of heavy rain has created ideal conditions for snakes, with catchers in Southeast Queensland scrambling to relocate reptiles from homes and backyards.</p> <p>Noosa-based catcher Luke Huntley said “wildlife is thriving” compared to last summer when conditions were drier and destructive bushfires provided less water for snakes.</p> <p>Mr Huntley spoke to NCA Newswire and said he’s currently busy retrieving snakes from different hiding spots across the region, even spotting his first ever brown snake - one of the world’s most deadly - in the popular beachside town.</p> <p>“In the suburb of Noosaville, bang in the middle of Noosa,” he said.</p> <p>“I thought it was going to be a tree snake and I rocked up and I saw quite a big head and little neck poking out of a fence near a pool and I thought ‘wow, that is a big brown snake right in the middle of Noosa’.</p> <p>“That was a first for me.</p> <p>“Brown snakes are the second most venomous land animal, so they’re definitely one to show respect and keep away from or call a professional.”</p> <p>Mr Huntley said the perfect conditions for snakes had him relocating five reptiles by mid-afternoon on Monday, as Queensland was met with heavy rain for four consecutive days.</p> <p>“For the first couple of days of heavy rain, it’s quiet,” the operator of Snake Catcher Noosa said.</p> <p>“And the reason for that is all the snakes are sheltering — in holes underground, little caves, sometimes they go into roofs. Basically anywhere that’s dry.</p> <p>“As the water level increases as it rains and rains more, a lot of those underground little places get flooded so then snakes then come out the ground, out of their little holes and that’s when they come into houses.”</p> <p>The snake catcher has issued a warning to residents, saying it’s important to keep screens, garages and doors closed to make sure your home isn’t inviting to snakes.</p> <p>“Having screens and keeping everything closed, is going to absolutely ensure there is a very small chance of anything getting in,” he said.</p> <p>“If you do have it in the house — if it’s in a room, close the door and put a towel under the door and call a snake catcher.</p> <p>“If it’s in a big open area, remove any pets or kids and keep an eye on it from a very safe distance, like well over six metres away.</p> <p>“Same with if it’s in the garden — either wait for the snake to go away by itself, take any pets or kids out of the area so there’s no risk, and just let it do its thing.</p> <p>“Or if you don’t feel comfortable with that and you want it gone, just call your local snake catcher and they’ll come out and relocate it.”</p>

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Airline passengers kicked off flight after 2-year-old refuses face mask

<p><span>A Colorado-based mother has slammed United Airlines after her young family were kicked off a plane after her two-year-old daughter refused to wear a mask.</span><br /><br /><span>Eliz Orban recorded footage of a crew member speaking with her husband as he was trying to keep the mask on their daughter, Edeline.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Orban posted the clip on social media, which showed her husband telling the crew member that he was holding the mask on his daughter’s face but she refused to wear it without his assistance.</span><br /><br /><span>“We just got kicked off a flight because our two-year-old would not put on a mask,” Ms Orban, who was flying from Colorado to Newark, New Jersey, told the camera tearfully.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to speak to US talk show Fox and Friends, telling them that the ordeal from start to finish was “humiliating” and “traumatising”.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say that “the staff was rude” from “the get-go”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We felt like we got no warning, no working with us, no asking questions, nothing to help in the situation,” Orban added.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was just like, ‘Oh, well your two-year-old is not complying, you guys are off the plane.’”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Orban went on to say that she has “never been more confused in my life.”</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say “everyone else on the plane was also just watching this and thinking, like, ‘What is happening?’”</span><br /><br /><span>Edeline is also seen to be visibly upset and refusing to put the mask on before an airline crew member asked the family to step off the aircraft.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Orban’s husband responded with: “You gotta be kidding me. Why? We’re over here holding this mask on her face.”</span><br /><br /><span>The cabin crew member responds with: “I’m sorry sir. I gave you an opportunity. I’ve got to ask you to get off this plane.”</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement, a United Airlines spokesperson said the mask rule applies to all passengers over the age of two.</span><br /><br /><span>“The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have a multi-layered set of policies, including mandating that everyone on board two and older wears a mask.”</span><br /><br /><span>“These procedures are not only backed by guidance from the CDC [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and our partners at the Cleveland Clinic, but they’re also consistent across every major airline.”</span></p>

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Mother’s road rage abuse sends Gold Coast into tailspin

<p><span>Young children were forced to watch on as a motorist screamed expletives at a mother that he would “smash your f****** head in” during a road rage incident on the Gold Coast.</span><br /><br /><span>The minute-long length of abuse included low insults like “f****** b****”, “c***”, “c********** dog” and “lowlife”.</span><br /><br /><span>Carly Renee took to Facebook to share the clip, later admitting the incident was her “worst nightmare”.</span><br /><br /><span>She was reportedly on her way back from kindergarten with her son when the incident occurred.</span><br /><br /><span>“You’re very lucky, you’ve very lucky otherwise I would smash your f****** head in,” the man said in the video posted to Facebook on December 11.</span><br /><br /><span>Carly Renee said she was driving home when the incident unfolded.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.80661577608146px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839243/wld-man-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d622400143c44c89abef0700460edfa" /><br /><br /><span>The man reportedly stopped in the middle of Hope Island Road to confront her.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve got children in the car and you’ve stopped in the middle of the road,” Carly Renee said during the man’s tirade.</span><br /><br /><span>She claimed the incident has left her traumatised.</span><br /><br /><span>“It brings back so many horrendous memories from my past and to be honest it has shaken me pretty bad,” she said.</span></p>

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Chinese developer hits back at Whitsunday locals

<p>A Chinese developer accused of kicking Aussies off a beach in the Whitsundays has fired back, saying locals are “anti-development” and are “actively working to undermine progress”.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>, wealthy developer China Bloom had become locked in a stand-off with land owners on Keswick Island, 30km from Mackay, after purchasing the head lease in 2019.</p> <p>The Hong Kong-based company has been accused of closing off beaches and putting fences up to prevent access to national parkland and banning short term accommodation and rentals.</p> <p>Locals had enough this week when a Christmas tree, which was decked out in ornaments for 12 years had been chopped down following reports of the feud in the media.</p> <p>The Queensland Government has been facing pressure to intervene after a member for Whitsundays, Amanda Camm released a statement, saying: “This is not Communist China, this is Australia. This is Queensland and this is the Whitsundays.”</p> <p>China Blooms finally issued a response after repeated requests for a statement.</p> <p>The company claims all national park areas are open and accessible and they are “implementing changes to the island’s operation to ensure compliance with the regulations set out in the headlease agreement”.</p> <p>China Bloom claims it is working to “increase visitation and access to the island for both tourists, current and future residents” but the work is being interfered with by a group of residents who it claims “have indicated they are anti-development for many years and are actively working to undermine the progress of any future development of the island”.</p> <p>The developer says it’s working to build houses, a hotel, a new boat ramp, a jetty and a boat marina and that “previous island management failed to manage operations to the standard required”.</p> <p>China Bloom has claimed that despite reports in the media, the developer is meeting “with sublessees on a regular basis, including providing monthly updates on the progress of works and other issues”.</p> <p>It says national parks are “open with unrestricted access” and that a locked gate “featured in media coverage is actually of a private track leading to a construction zone” and that “sub-lessees are able to easily walk around it”.</p> <p>But residents aren’t buying it, saying their statement is misleading.</p> <p>Rayna Asbury, who has owned a house on the island since 2005 is a member of the Keswick Island Progress Association spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">news.com.au</a><span> </span>on behalf of the residents on the island.</p> <p>She claims China Bloom is not being completely honest.</p> <p>On the issue of access to national parks, Ms Asbury claims “the famous locked gate is the only access from the island to the National Park lookout” and that “access is not unrestricted” as China Bloom suggests.</p> <p>According to Ms Asbury, almost 40 turtle nests were located earlier this year on Connie Bay in early 2020, and that China Bloom’s claim that none have been found for over a decade does not add up.</p> <p>“Turtles are common around the island and residents frequently see them swimming in the crystal waters of Basil Bay,” she said.</p> <p>China Bloom has claimed the beach where turtles used to nest was “not graded by the current developer”, but Ms Asbury has said that is a “blatant lie”.</p> <p>She revealed photos of machinery and turtle tracks were taken in November 2019 and the head lease was transferred to China Bloom in May that same year.</p> <p>Northern Beaches local Bed Lawson has organised a “peaceful protest” at Basil Bay for Australia Day.</p> <p>Her protest will include a “flotilla of boats” at the beach where the Queensland Government told news.com.au locals are not allowed to go “past the high tide line”.</p> <p>“I thought, being a boating community (Mackay), what better way to do that than get a flotilla of boats, let’s get out to Keswick Island,” she told 7 News.</p> <p>“China Bloom don’t have ownership below the high tide mark. So, technically, they can’t stop us getting on to the beach.”</p>

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Gladys Berejiklian reacts to another hotel quarantine breach

<p>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reacted to the news of another breach in the hotel quarantine system on ABC Breakfast.</p> <p>It was revealed on Wednesday morning that an aviation worker managed to avoid quarantine in Sydney and board a plane to Melbourne while Victoria was battling to contain its second wave.</p> <p>Ms Berejiklian said we have to "accept that human error and mistakes are going to happen".</p> <p>"I cannot promise that will not happen again. But we do need to do is make sure that anyone who may have been a close contact of that person or at risk is contacted and steps need to be taken and that is what is really important," she said.</p> <p>"When you are managing that many thousands of people every week, you're not going to have perfection as much as we would all like it.</p> <p>"I cannot guarantee that will not be incidents like that in the future. Of course they are infrequent. We hope they will not happen again but we cannot commit to that.</p> <p>"I want to thank the thousands of workers who are putting their safety at risk by keeping us safe and I take my hat off to them. We have to accept the rest."</p> <p>She also addressed the burden of international travellers arriving in Sydney.</p> <p>"Because Victoria has been out of action and the other state are not taking any people we are taking 3000 a week and 45 per cent of people who come through Sydney airport at this stage are not residents of NSW so we are taking care of people from all parts of Australia," she said.</p> <p>"We do that gladly because we have the capacity to do that but also because we are Australians and want to support residents coming back home."</p>

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Neighbour's bizarre behaviour over rubbish bin spat

<p>A woman has shared a video revealing the damage caused by her next-door neighbour after she parked on the street outside their house.</p> <p>While the US TikToker, who goes by Lena Cuisine on social media, didn’t do anything wrong, her frustrated neighbour claimed she parked in the spot for his rubbish bin.</p> <p>The neighbour then decided to stick an angry note on the window of her car and wrote a scathing message on the side of her white vehicle in Sharpie.</p> <p>“You illegally occupied our garbage canister location, please move your car ASAP,” both messages read.</p> <p>In the video, Lena said she attempted to talk to her neighbour who wouldn’t answer the door and asked for tips because the pen wasn’t coming off her car.</p> <p>“This is where I’m legally allowed to park, but my neighbours like to leave lots of notes saying I’m illegally parking where their garbage can goes – it’s not even garbage day,” she explains, showing the green bin pulled up right behind her car.</p> <p>The video has since gone viral, being viewed over 4 million times since it was shared on November 17.</p> <p>“A garbage can doesn’t get a reserved parking space,” one person raged.</p> <p>“This is so wrong, people can’t just write with permanent ink on your car,” another stated.</p> <p>While another said: “I don’t understand why they’re upset with you when you’re literally parked outside your own house.”</p> <p>Lena went ahead and shared a second video, showing footage of police asking the neighbour if he had vandalised the car with a marker - to which he replied: “Yes, they occupied my garbage location. I cannot put my garbage on the location.”</p> <p>The officer then informs him that what he did was illegal, to which the neighbour tries to argue she had broken the law first by parking in the spot - a point police state “no” to.</p> <p>After calling Lena a “bad woman”, the clip cuts to her neighbour – whose identity has been protected – cleaning her car.</p> <p>He even went one step further and sprayed perfume on the vehicle to make it smell nice, later gifting her the perfume to keep for herself.</p> <p>Many praised Lena for being kind when she could have been rightly angry.</p> <p>“He is clearly old, was bitter and confused. You handled it with grace and maturity, I’m honestly inspired,” one said.</p> <p>“This kind of hurts my heart, the confusion in old age is hard. Be kind always,” a woman wrote.</p> <p>“Aww, he sounded like a grumpy old man, he was so nice to give the perfume,” another said.</p> <p>“I think he feels bad now,” someone else mused, while one declared the update was “nothing I expected and everything I needed”.</p> <p>Many others agreed they were torn, writing he was in the wrong but couldn’t help but feel bad for him.</p> <p>Lena later shared another video updating everyone saying she was nice because she only ever wanted to have a “civil conversation” with her neighbour and for him to “clean up my car”.</p>

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Politician vows to stop “un-Australian” plan to rope off Bondi Beach for exclusive club

<p><span>Planning Minister Rob Stokes has labelled a man’s proposal to rope off part of Bondi Beach and charge visitors to enter as “un-Australian.”</span><br /><br /><span>Janek Gazecki, who is a Bondi local, is seeking approval from Waverley Council to take up a small section of Bondi Beach for an Amalfi Beach Club, where visitors can pay to sit in a cabana and be served food and drink right on the iconic beach.</span><br /><br /><span>Visitors will have to pay $80 for a two-hour spot on the sand.</span><br /><br /><span>However Mr Gazecki will have to fight to get approval for the club, as Mr Stokes has the ability to veto the proposal as the beach is Crown land and the club requires permission from the landowner.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Stokes has the ability to put himself forward as the consent authority, which means he can stop the plan dead in its tracks.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Stokes told the Sydney Morning Herald that the plan is “elitist and un-Australian”, and vowed to “step in and stop it”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Flogging off a bit of Bondi for the so-called beautiful people is one of the ugliest things that could be proposed,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our public spaces and beautiful beaches are to be enjoyed by all – not cordoned off like in the south of France or the United States for only those who can afford it.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838970/bondi-beach-club-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1ac27de2cb574882a1f631c94504dc80" /><br /><br /><span>While some people believe the idea for an exclusive beach club, others have criticised it for favouring the wealthy.</span><br /><br /><span>When speaking to NCA NewsWire back in October, Mr Gazecki said he was “frustrated” that some believed the club was only for the rich.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s not for the rich, it’s for everyone,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The 80 bucks comes off your food and alcohol for the session, it’s not an additional charge.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Gazecki said the club would only take up about 0.5 per cent of the beach and there would be enough space for visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>The proposal for the business plan states that they will be targeting people with a “high net worth” and a taste for luxury.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our database constitutes a select demographic comprising of individuals enjoying a high disposable income, within the 25 to 45 age bracket, with an interest in travel, fashion and luxury goods,” the proposal states.</span><br /><br /><span>The Daily Telegraph reported that the proposal also included an outline of the type of professionals that would frequent the facilities.</span><br /><br /><span>The proposal detailed men were likely to be doctors, surgeons, bankers, investors, professional directors and business entrepreneurs.</span><br /><br /><span>It went on to say women attending the beach club would “occupy a similar high-end platform”, and have roles in “publishing, advertising, fashion, beauty and modelling”, according to the proposal.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838969/bondi-beach-club-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2a4f624ea31445b58046f77127ff77ec" /><br /><br /><span>The club would also have a different restaurant host each month.</span><br /><br /><span>“At the moment restaurants are struggling because of the capacity limits. This will give them access to 100 people per rotating session,” Mr Gazecki said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Don’t forget they were shut for a long time, and the new restrictions are creating further (problems) for them – foot traffic at Bondi is dramatically down.</span><br /><br /><span>“Don’t forget, not every weekend is 30 degrees.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Waverley Council initially knocked back their first proposal to run the beach club between November and February, deeming it “unsuitable based on Council policies and in the interest of our local community”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beaches and parks are public open spaces, for the enjoyment of everyone,” a Council spokesperson said.</span><br /><br /><span>The proposal was denied due to Council policies not supporting events on the sand during December and January.</span><br /><br /><span>Bondi Beach also prohibits alcohol consumption on the sand due to the safety concerns around mixing drinking with swimming.</span><br /><br /><span>The beach club has now put forward new dates for the event to be held between February and May next year, which is still undergoing review by the council.</span></p>

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Carers at Epping Gardens break silence over deadly outbreak

<p>A group of aged care workers who came under fire for holding an “unauthorised” baby shower at their facility days before a deadly outbreak occurred have finally broken their silence. </p> <p>Heritage Care, owner of aged cared facility Epping Gardens, referred six of its carers to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency over the baby shower on July 16, claiming it was unauthorised.</p> <p>The first case of COVID-19 at the facility was found days later.</p> <p>The cluster ended up taking the lives of 38 residents.</p> <p>But the carers claim management knew of the baby shower as well as a birthday celebration that took place at the facility two days later.</p> <p>Appearing on A Current Affair, the carers made a series of allegations saying a COVID-19 outbreak was inevitable.</p> <p>Only two nurses were on duty at Epping Gardens when the Australian Defence Force took over in late July.</p> <p>Speaking to ACA reporter Christine Ahern, the carers who chose to stay anonymous painted a picture of confusion, chaos and a lack of infection control before the virus took place.</p> <p>And most seriously, one carer, Renee* alleges that she was required to continue working as she waited for the results of a COVID-19 test.</p> <p>"They say, 'you are waiting, you can work'," Renee* said.</p> <p>Jade* another carer was also told she needed to continue working after coming into contact with a COVID-positive resident.</p> <p>"They said to me, 'do you have symptoms?' And I said, 'no, I don't have symptoms.' And they said, 'don't worry, you have to go upstairs, you have to work today'."</p> <p>Jade* refused to work and tested positive the following day.</p> <p>She hasn't been back to Epping Gardens since.</p> <p>Renee* was also told to stop wearing a mask because it was scaring the residents.</p> <p>"(The manager said) 'just throw your mask in the bin… you're scaring the consumers and they think we're sick'," Renee* said.</p> <p>Heritage Care CEO Greg Reeve declined to comment when contacted by A Current Affair.</p> <p>*Carers names have been changed.</p>

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2020 word of the year announced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Collins English Dictionary has announced the 2020 word of the year, which is "lockdown".</p> <p>The term has quickly wormed its way into conversations around the world due to public health measures against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.</p> <p>"Our lexicographers chose '<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-restrictions-things-you-may-not-know-lockdown-ends-melbourne/1dd707e6-a1d0-44af-bef9-17196b1799db" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">lockdown</a>' as Word of the Year because it is a unifying experience for billions of people across the world, who have had, collectively, to play their part in combating the spread of COVID-19," Collins wrote after announcing the award.</p> <p>"It's not a shock to remember that lockdown was originally a piece of prison vocabulary: it's when inmates are confined to their cells because of some disturbance on the wing," it added.</p> <p>"2020 is year that the meaning of the word shifted irrevocably: in most people's minds, lockdown is now a public health measure — its use having increased exponentially since 2019."</p> <p>The dictionary asid it registered over a quarter of a million usages of the word "lockdown", which is an increase of more than 6,000 per cent.</p> <p>Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, virtually every major country has followed suit and enacted some form of lockdown.</p> <p>This makes 2020 a year unlike any other in modern history due to unprecedented social restrictions limiting human interaction.</p> <p>According to the dictionary, the choice of the word was easy.</p> <p> "It's no surprise that quite a few of the words on Collins Word of the Year 2020 shortlist have one big thing in common: the pandemic," the dictionary wrote.</p> <p>"Something that changed everyone's lives so profoundly — leaving no country or continent untouched — was bound to have a significant impact on our language."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Angel" killed in freak boating accident

<p>A young mum who died in a freak boat accident that her two-year-old daughter survived has been remembered as an “angel” with a “beautiful soul”, who overcame homelessness.</p> <p>Nicole Herbert, 21, of Ipswich, tragically passed way when the small boat she was in crashed into a private jerry on the Brisbane River on Wednesday.</p> <p>Emergency services were called to Chelmer in Brisbane’s southwest at around 4:40 pm where it is reported Ms Herbert was thrown off the boat and hit her head on the jetty.</p> <p>Her partner, Shaydon Harwood, 21, and their daughter, Kylah, 2, were also in the boat at the time but were not seriously injured.</p> <p>A 46-year-old friend also managed to escape without injury.</p> <p>Ms Herbert’s dad, Roger Herbert, told the Courier Mail that his daughter was a “truly remarkable person” who managed to overcome homelessness and made a life for herself.</p> <p>He said he had “a wound that will never heal” and that no one would say a bad word about her.</p> <p>Mr Herbert said his daughter was “full of life and caring beyond belief”.</p> <p>“She really was an awesome human – she started out essentially homeless at 16 and worked her way up to where she was with her partner, Shaydon,” he told the newspaper.</p> <p>Ms Herbert and her partner were high school sweethearts. </p> <p>Friends have also paid their respects to an “honest sweetheart” with “no bad bone in her body”.</p> <p>“You were a great friend, a great partner, a great daughter and beyond anything you are a fantastic mother,” friend Katie Sorensen posted on Facebook.</p> <p>“I give my heart out to all your family in this time of need. You have lost such a beautiful soul but they have gained an even better angel, she will forever be in our hearts.”</p> <p>Queensland Police are continuing to investigate the crash.</p>

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