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No quick fix to swimming culture issues | Blue Mountains Gazette

Swimming Australia says there is no silver bullet to the deep cultural issues revealed by a thorough examination of abuse in sport. But SA President Kieren Perkins is promising immediate action to rectify “top-down” cultural issues in swimming. SA on Friday released the recommendations of an independent review of swimming culture sparked by two-time Olympian […]

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New Zealand eyes new COVID border strategy | Blue Mountains Gazette

Jacinda Ardern will have to make one of the crucial decisions as Prime Minister this month; whether to stick or warp on New Zealand’s border maps. And she has new advice from public health experts, urging her to avoid a peak winter outbreak that would strain New Zealand’s health system. Pressure is mounting for Ms […]

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Indians defy COVID surge for holy dip | Blue Mountains Gazette

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshipers have gathered on the banks of the Ganges in India for a holy bath despite a 30-fold increase in coronavirus cases over the past month. Hindus believe that a swim in the holy river during the Makarsankranti festival on January 14 washes away sins. Large numbers of worshipers were […]

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Rangers rescue drunken teenager on acid at party in New York’s mountains

When a group of teenagers threw a New Years Eve party, they probably weren’t expecting to need to call for medical help. This is exactly what happened when a group of 19 years old were partying in the mountains early that evening, and one of them allegedly suffered from alcohol poisoning. Syracuse.com says the small […]

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Europeans relax rules as Omicron surges | Blue Mountains Gazette

European governments are relaxing COVID-19 rules to maintain hospitals, schools and emergency services as the far more contagious but less deadly Omicron variant changes their approach to the pandemic. Even though a record rise in infections has yet to peak in Europe, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the time had come to start assessing […]

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COVID cases in India set to reach new heights | Blue Mountain Gazette

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 117,100, a five-fold increase in one week and is on track to surpass its previous peak of infection as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant replaces Delta in cities . Government officials have said privately they are working under the assumption that daily infections will […]

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Omicron spreads to major Indian cities | Blue Mountain Gazette

Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, albeit without a corresponding increase in hospitalizations, but fears are growing that it will spread to rural areas in the coming days. India reported 90,928 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, nearly four times more since the start of the year, […]

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Israel hits record high virus cases | Blue Mountain Gazette

Israel has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus infections on record – due to the ultra-contagious variant of Omicron – despite travel restrictions and required quarantines, the government reports. Tuesday’s record 11,978 cases diagnosed marks the highest number of new infections reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous […]

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Explore Madeira’s natural landscape, from hiking and yoga in the mountains to kayaking around its coast

“I don’t know if it’s a road,” our driver Rui jokes. This particular path is “only 30% steep,” he says with a smile as we hurtle down one of Madeira’s notorious roads, through some of the lush greenery of the island. In front of the windows, I see tall sugar canes, avocado plants and bananas […]

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Why Omicron COVID-19 Cases Could Still Overwhelm NSW Hospitals Blue Mountain Gazette

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