Nurse's story 'changed so many times'

The suspended aged care worker is under investigation for going back to work while waiting for test results when she returned from Malaysia two months ago. The new information only came to light two weeks after her Rockhampton case was revealed. Now authorities are urging her to start telling the truth, as she is probed for possible links to the death of a 30-year-old man in Blackwater. The woman said she drove the 400km from Rockhampton to “see a sunset” in the small town. Queensland’s chief medical officer Dr Jeannette…

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Woman bitten by lion at NSW zoo

Three ambulance crews and a specialist medical team are treating the injured woman, aged in her 30s, at Shoalhaven Zoo in North Nowra. An ambulance spokesman told news.com.au they were called just before 10.20am to treat the victim “bitten on the head and neck region”. She is believed to be in a critical condition. An ambulance spokesperson earlier told the South Coast Register they were responding to reports of an “unconscious zoo keeper in the lion enclosure”. According to its Facebook page, the family owned and operated zoo has been…

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Alan Jones retires from radio after 35 years

Jones, 79, is retiring from radio after three decades, finishing his final 2GB breakfast program at 9am. During his last show, Jones also criticised coronavirus restrictions, saying the “figures are made up”. Noting that NSW would be winding back some of its restrictions from Monday, including that 20 people will be able to attend weddings and up to 50 people will be able to attend funerals and other places of worship, Jones asked: “Where do they get these figures from?” “These figures are made up. “Can someone put a paper…

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Selfish new threat to restaurants smashed by COVID

Problems that plagued the restaurant industry before our altered times are now magnified as restaurants start to reopen; navigating restrictions on capacity and what that means for the bottom line. One of the biggest issues, no shows, are (unbelievably) alive and well; immune it seems to COVID-19. While many of the country’s fine diners have taken some degree of prepayment for a time it’s now looking like this will filter down to smaller, more casual venues. Stewart Parsons is owner-operator of Bronte Road Bistro in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. With a…

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COVID cops will patrol shopping centres this weekend

It comes as more stores begin to open their doors as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Research by one shopping centre owner found retail therapy was the third thing on people’s list of activities they wanted to get back into. Vicinity Centres said it had deployed extra staff across its malls which include the country’s busiest, Chadstone in Melbourne. The firm also operates Sydney’s grand Queen Victoria Building, Emporium Melbourne and DFO outlets nationwide. RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus updates “We have a range of stringent and protective measures in place…

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When can Australian police shoot to kill?

All police in Australia are armed and the rules surrounding the use of their guns is strict, constantly reviewed and heavily enforced. So much so, an officer merely drawing their weapon from its holster is reportable and subject to a probe. But there’s a rule than means a cop who believes it’s necessary to do so is able to not just shoot someone, but to do so with the intention of killing them. SHOOT TO KILL In a nutshell, police can ‘shoot to kill’ if they believe it’s absolutely, 100…

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Ask The Expert: How small businesses will lead the recovery

We started the year with many of parts of the country still in drought, other parts being consumed by devastating bushfires – then came floods and wild storms to NSW and Western Australia. Australians barely had time to catch their breath when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With it came the unprecedented collapse of employment, tourism, and businesses around the country. The country went into lockdown to try and reduce infections rates of the virus, which has now killed more than 100,000 people in the US. The hibernation has paid off,…

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Virus victim had party days before death

The 30-year-old was found unresponsive in his home in Blackwater by his fiance, Simone Devon, when she returned home from work on Tuesday afternoon. He could not be revived and was declared deceased at the scene. Despite having respiratory symptoms for weeks, Mr Turner and Ms Devon hosted a party in their home last Friday, according to 7 News. Mr Turner died just four days later, with tests conducted after his death returning a positive result for COVID-19. RELATED: Town ‘pointing fingers’ after virus death RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus…

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Worst-hit sectors are hiring again

SEEK data revealed a 124 per cent increase in consumer services jobs – including administration and office support, hospitality and tourism, sales, retail and consumer products, real estate and property, call centre and customer service, sport and recreation, and advertising, arts and media – in the fortnight ending May 24 compared to the April average. SEEK Australia and New Zealand managing director Kendra Banks said consumer services accounted for 19 per cent of new job ads during that two-week period. By comparison, the public sector made up 27 per cent…

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