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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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Secret archives give sneak peek of September 11, Tampa | Blue Mountain Gazette

Previously classified Cabinet documents from 2001 highlighted a pivotal year that firmly put national security at the forefront of Australian policy. Then Prime Minister John Howard struggled in the polls ahead of the 2001 election before his government addressed Australia’s national security needs in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the tampa crisis. He […]

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Poole’s Ironman wish in a perfect day chase | Blue Mountain Gazette

Matt Poole put social media wars aside with Kelly Slater to focus on his real beach battle with Ali Day next month. The 33-year-old is the oldest contender in the Ironman series, but after qualifying for the first time at 18, he will line up at North Bondi Beach for a 15th campaign, confident he […]

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Omicron fixes 1,000 additional flights in the United States | Blue Mountain Gazette

U.S. airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Boxing Day as crews grounded amid an increase in COVID-19 infections, causing misery for thousands of Christmas travelers. Commercial airlines had canceled 1,001 flights within, to or from the United States by mid-afternoon, according to a count on flight tracking site FlightAware.com. It was the third day […]

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‘Strange Limbo’ for Cryptocurrency in 2022 | Blue Mountain Gazette

Cryptocurrency is likely to be an electoral issue for millennials, according to a risk and compliance expert. TCM Capital’s Fred Pucci says some Australians rely on the crypto market to help them buy a home or get ahead, but without any guarantees. “Some millennials take it to the extreme and bet all the bets,” Pucci […]

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Trump asks court to block January 6 tapes | Blue Mountain Gazette

Former President Donald Trump has asked the United States Supreme Court to block the release of White House documents requested by the House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly Jan.6 attack on the Capitol. Trump’s request on Thursday came two weeks after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled […]

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Duty of Care to Block Mine, Minister Says | Blue Mountain Gazette

Environment Minister Sussan Ley is called on to stand up for Australian children and reject a proposed new coal mine for central Queensland. The Australian Conservation Foundation warns the minister that the Glencore mine producing up to 16 million tonnes of coal per year for 35 years would cause at least 1,344 million tonnes of […]

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Vic test system blocked by “bureaucracy” | Blue Mountain Gazette

A “bureaucratic” requirement for Victorians to get tested for interstate travel has been blamed for the state system’s woes, as Omicron coronavirus cases rise. Victoria on Wednesday reported 1,503 new cases of COVID-19 out of 92,262 test results – the most processed in a 24-hour window since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. […]

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Scary mythology and a touch of marble | Blue Mountain Gazette

They trained. They fought. They conquered. If there’s one thing to take away from Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, it’s that historic Mediterranean civilization was a melting pot of intense competition that prioritized excellence above all else. . From a boat-shaped lamp cradling the demigod Heracles […]

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Electoral chaos in Libya eight days from the end | Blue Mountain Gazette

Eight days before Libyans are due to vote for the presidential election, confusion reigns over the fate of an election that has yet to be officially delayed but which even an election official now says will be impossible to hold on time . The vote slated for Dec. 24, along with a parallel election for […]

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The driver who allegedly ran over a biker speaks | Blue Mountain Gazette

A former soldier who crashed into a Sydney motorcyclist and then fled the scene said it was an accident after the motorcyclist lost consciousness moments before. Glen Anthony Eaves, 59, is battling charges of angry driving, predatory conduct and assault causing actual bodily harm, after meeting Daniel Baptista on March 20, 2020. Eaves testified in […]

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The crypto ecosystem to fuel the digital economy | Blue Mountain Gazette

Nearly a quarter of a million Australians could make, trade and secure cryptocurrencies and digital assets by 2030, and the lights don’t need to go out. High-impact future careers include supercomputer technicians, market analysts and resellers, security and software architects, lawyers, data scientists and auditors, according to an Ernst & Young report released on Tuesday. […]

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Grundy supports Magpies position on De Goey | Blue Mountain Gazette

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has lent his support to the AFL club’s decision to wait until Jordan De Goey’s trial in New York “unfolds” before letting him return to the fold. The Magpies are still eyeing De Goey’s future as the star forward midfielder prepares for another court date next month. De Goey, who was […]

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Grundy supports Magpies’ position on De Goey | Blue Mountain Gazette

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has lent his support to the AFL club’s decision to wait until Jordan De Goey’s New York trial “unfolds” before letting him return to the fold. The Magpies are still eyeing De Goey’s future as the star forward midfielder prepares for another court date next month. De Goey, who has been […]

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Migrant truck crash in Mexico kills 54 | Blue Mountain Gazette

Fifty-four people were killed after the truck they were in in Mexico overturned in one of the worst crashes involving migrants trying to reach the United States. The trailer opened, knocking people over, when the truck crashed into a sharp bend outside the Chiapas state town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, according to footage of Aftermath and […]

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Jab only partially effective on Omicron: study | Blue Mountain Gazette

The Omicron variant may partially escape the protection of two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to the research director of a laboratory in South Africa. Alex Sigal, a professor at the Africa Health Research Institute, said on Twitter that there was “a very large drop” in neutralization of the Omicron variant compared to an […]

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Estates reduce inequality: new report | Blue Mountain Gazette

For many, inheritances are a symbol of an ever-widening wealth gap that sees the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but new research shows they may actually reduce inequality. The amount of wealth transferred through inheritances and gifts to Australia has more than doubled since 2002, with a change of hands of $ […]

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WA Cricket demands compensation for Ashes | Blue Mountain Gazette

WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews said her organization would lose up to $ 5million after Perth had fifth test taken out of the ashes, but she hopes Cricket Australia will help soften the blow with compensation financial. The Optus Stadium will no longer host the fifth Ashes Test and the race is now on […]

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Greens criticize Queensland’s new parole laws | Blue Mountain Gazette

Queensland’s new parole laws pose a risk of indefinite arbitrary detention, say Greens. The laws, which allow child murderers and serial killers serving life sentences to be denied parole for decades, were passed by Parliament on Tuesday. Under the legislation, the Chairman of the Queensland Parole Board can prevent these offenders from obtaining early release […]

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Probably sixth Omicron case found in NSW | Blue Mountain Gazette

NSW Health has detected a sixth probable case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, as the Prime Minister urges the public not to panic. Initial testing has strongly indicated that another overseas traveler – who recently returned from Africa to Sydney – has the worrying new variant, NSW Health said. The man in his 40s, who […]

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Protesters block railroad to Qld coal mine | Blue Mountain Gazette

Campaigners secured railroad tracks and train cars in a bid to stop what they believed was the first shipment of coal from a controversial North Queensland mine. But Bravus Mining and Resources – formerly Adani Australia – says the Carmichael mine is still “on track” despite protests and has been hauling coal from the site […]

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CSIRO warns of more years of ‘mega fire’ | Blue Mountain Gazette

Climate change is fueling the risk of more “mega years of fire” in Australia and the country faces a longer fire season that extends into autumn and winter, according to a new study from CSIRO. Scientists have published a historical analysis of fire activity in 324,000 km2 of forest, mostly along Australia’s heavily populated east […]

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Amazon calls police on union inspectors | Blue Mountain Gazette

Police were called in to remove union inspectors from the safety of an Amazon Flex delivery center in northwest Sydney after the company said they “did not meet relevant entry requirements.” The Transport Workers Union said its officials were allowed into the facility to investigate “suspected serious security breaches” on Friday morning, only for management […]

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Activists block access to Woodside plant | Blue Mountain Gazette

Climate activists continue to block access to the Burrup Hub in Woodside, Western Australia in a protest that has frustrated the company and the workers’ union. Two women and a man chained each other to concrete barrels in vehicles blocking the road to facilities such as the Karratha gas plant in Woodside and the Pluto […]

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The Greens will test the position of climate work | Blue Mountain Gazette

Greens leader Adam Bandt calls on Labor to prevent ‘climate crimes’ and help stop taxpayer-funded fracking in the Beetaloo Basin. In what the Greens see as Australia’s first post-Glasgow test, the party will present a motion in the Senate on Wednesday to block the $ 50 million Beetaloo cooperative drilling program. Mr Bandt, who said […]

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CSIRO fears a new wave of extinctions | Blue Mountain Gazette

Australia is facing a brutal new wave of extinctions, but there is still time to limit the number of native species killed by foreign invaders, CSIRO warned. The national science agency released a report detailing what the country has already lost – and stands to lose in the future – to an army of alien […]

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WA mines ‘threat’ to rare marsupial mouse | Blue Mountain Gazette

With a length of 10-16cm, there isn’t much of the rare dune dunnart to see, even with extensive knowledge of the four remote places it inhabit. But now the pint-sized carnivore could disappear entirely from one of these sites, with fears that Western Australia’s proposed uranium mine at Mulga Rock could destroy its home among […]

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Murderer liar jailed for nearly 20 years | Blue Mountain Gazette

An angry middle-aged man who stabbed a neighbor for stealing a laptop computer and then told “outright lies” at trial has been jailed. Richard Archer, 49, who had previously been convicted of murder, was sentenced Thursday to 19.5 years in prison with a 13.5-year non-parole period. David Bradshaw, 54, was stabbed in a scuffle in […]

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Whistleblower summoned to end media crusade | Blue Mountain Gazette

A whistleblower has been barred from continuing a malicious media campaign against his former employer, as he is prosecuted for leaking documents revealing alleged money laundering through NSW poker machines. Troy Stoltz – a former ClubsNSW compliance auditor – last year denounced widespread and “alarming” non-compliance with money laundering laws in pubs and clubs across […]

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NSW Records 165 COVID-19 Cases, One Death | Blue Mountain Gazette

NSW has reported 165 new COVID-19 cases and one death as hospitals have been given the green light to resume elective surgery at full capacity. Locally acquired cases were recorded within 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Sunday and the total was down 30 from the previous day’s tally after 50,453 tests. The number of […]

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Social housing crisis needs $ 290 billion: survey | Blue Mountain Gazette

Advocates call for a national strategy to address a huge social housing deficit, with a deficit of more than 600,000 affordable housing expected over the next two decades. And government funding will need to reach $ 290 billion over that period if the shortage is to be remedied, heard a parliamentary committee investigating housing affordability. […]

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Qld locks down border town over COVID cases | Blue Mountain Gazette

Residents of the border town of Moree will not be able to enter Queensland from Friday after the state recorded three new cases of COVID-19. All three were in Goondiwindi, and two other people were found to be contagious while in the southern border town. Two of the new cases recently visited Moree in northern […]

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Amazon executives roasted over driver salaries | Blue Mountain Gazette

Amazon Australia executives have gone on the defensive after being asked the company is underpaying drivers by a third of the minimum recommended rate in Victoria. In a heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Thursday, committee chairman and Labor Senator Tony Sheldon urged executives on why they were paying Amazon Flex drivers a minimum […]

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Monash nurses lose ban on vaccine rejection | Blue Mountain Gazette

Monash Health has been given the green light to take disciplinary action, including firing nurses who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. About 90 nurses tried to block the planned action in federal court on Wednesday, arguing they had the right to be consulted on Monash Health’s mandatory vaccination directive. They sought an urgent injunction to […]

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Guilty pleas in NT quadruple murder case | Blue Mountain Gazette

A loving-sick man who terrorized Darwin in a drug-fueled shooting has changed his pleas and admitted to killing four people – ending his trial after seven weeks. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann had pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory to having committed four murders in less than an hour at four locations […]

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Storm-stricken Victorians hurt by delayed reconstruction | Blue Mountain Gazette

Residents of Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges have been hit by wilder weather, even as they struggle to recover from devastating storms five months ago. The Emerald SES handled 70 calls for help on Friday, while the eastern part of the state had more than 100,000 homes without electricity. But the region is still grappling with cleaning […]

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Barnaby and billionaire clash over climate | Blue Mountain Gazette

Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes have clashed over the government’s net zero emissions plan. In an often tense exchange at the Daily Telegraph’s virtual bush summit, the tech boss has repeatedly asked the leader of the Nationals how the government is going to meet its emissions targets. The co-founder […]

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Relatives recount pain from fatal stab wounds | Blue Mountain Gazette

The grieving family of a murdered man in a high-rise public housing in downtown Sydney have shared with a judge their grief over losing such a kind and gentle soul. “We will never be able to understand or deal with the fact that his life has been taken from him in such a malicious and […]

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Baldwin gun fired a lead projectile: sheriff | Blue Mountain Gazette

American actor Alec Baldwin fired a vintage Colt pistol loaded with a lead bullet in the accidental fatal shooting last week of a cinematographer on the set of his movie Rust in New Mexico, according to authorities. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies held a briefing six days after Baldwin […]

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Darwin killer accused protecting his ex-lover | Blue Mountain Gazette

In the days that followed a man in love who allegedly murdered four people in a drug-fueled rampage across Darwin, he expressed no remorse and remained unsure if he had killed his target. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann also admitted that he may have killed innocent people as he tried to “punish” those he believed responsible for […]

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Inmate hospitalized with COVID-19 | Blue Mountain Gazette

A lawyer defending those held at a Melbourne hotel with patients infected with COVID-19 has told a court their lives are in danger. Daniel Taylor has asked the Federal Circuit Court for an urgent injunction to prevent Australian Border Force officials from preventing paramedics from assessing detainees if ambulances are called. ABF confirmed this week […]

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Morrison defends the blocking of the Porter investigation | Blue Mountain Gazette

Scott Morrison has defended blocking an investigation into former Attorney General Christian Porter receiving anonymous donations for legal fees. The Prime Minister argues that the government’s decision to support a broader investigation into the crowdfunding of MPs’ court fees will solve the problem. House Speaker Tony Smith said it seemed appropriate to refer the issue […]

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Australia attacks Chinese trade bloc at WTO | Blue Mountain Gazette

Australian officials have lashed out at China’s tough trade policies against the nation, warning that the economic punishment measures risked undermining global confidence in Beijing. In a strong statement to the World Trade Organization, Australian Ambassador George Mina said China is increasingly testing global trade rules. It comes after China imposed export bans on a […]

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Rising COVID-19 cases in New South Wales | Blue Mountain Gazette

NSW will emerge from COVID torpor as fully vaccinated people embrace new freedoms that are likely to see daily cases increase in the weeks to come. Treasurer Matt Kean on Thursday unveiled a $ 2.8 billion plan to help the state’s economy recover from a “once-in-a-lifetime economic disaster.” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said it was […]

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Weapons network reported by the money watchdog | Blue Mountain Gazette

The money moved by “weapons of mass destruction networks” has been recovered by the Australian financial watchdog. Patterns of transactions within the Australian financial system that attempted to cover up what these networks wanted to buy were reported by Austrac as recently as last fiscal year. There has been a threefold increase in the number […]

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Mercedes-Benz dealers take legal action | Blue Mountain Gazette

Australian Mercedes-Benz dealers have launched legal action against the German auto giant, seeking to block major changes to their operations. The Australian Automotive Dealers Association reports that 80 percent of the company’s dealers have joined the action related to the proposed introduction of new contractual agreements. The changes shift dealerships from independent, self-managed companies with […]

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Shame of the murder of the accused NT on his dead companion | Blue Mountain Gazette

As a forensic scientist detailed the horrific gunshot wounds sustained by a man found dead in a Darwin parking lot, the man accused of pulling the trigger hid his face in his hands. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in less than an hour at four locations on June […]

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NT quadruple murder trial to resume | Blue Mountain Gazette

The trial of a loving-sick man accused of murdering four people in a shootout across Darwin is set to resume after a three-day delay. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in less than an hour at four locations on June 4, 2019. The Crown says Hoffmann was looking for […]

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Palmer loses High Court battle against WA | Blue Mountain Gazette

The Western Australian government will seize mine tycoon Clive Palmer’s plane if it flies within the state before paying a legal bill of $ 2 million, the attorney general has said. John Quigley’s warning comes as Mr Palmer lost his High Court battle with WA over legislation to prevent him and his company Mineralogy from […]

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The victim of the NT gunman tried to escape | Blue Mountain Gazette

The first man killed when an amorous gunman raged through Darwin attempted to defend himself with a frying pan, a forensic expert has said in court. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in four locations on the afternoon of June 4, 2019. The first man killed in the hour-long […]

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Dog weighed down with cement under water | Blue Mountain Gazette

A Sydney man has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges after a dead dog was found weighed down underwater with a block of cement. Swimmers found the dog at Yowie Bay in southern Sydney on Saturday and called police. Police divers recovered the two-year-old Belgian Malinois and took him to a veterinarian for a […]

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Accused NT murderer borrowed EU and ammunition | Blue Mountain Gazette

A man who left shotgun ammunition in a ute he loaned accused murderer Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann before he shot four people in Darwin says he did not give him the gun. The 47-year-old pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in less than an hour on the afternoon of June 4, 2019. Earlier today, […]

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Brave Message From Cancer Dad To Other Men | Blue Mountain Gazette

Andrei Norris is a fighter. At 45, he was diagnosed with aggressive and locally advanced prostate cancer and spent three years fighting it hard. The father of two underwent major surgery, was placed on hormone therapy and underwent radiation therapy. Things looked positive, but the cancer returned nine months later. More radiation this year has […]

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Palmer urged to stop WA lawsuit | Blue Mountain Gazette

Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan has urged Clive Palmer to end legal action against himself and the state as costs continue to rise. A defamation case brought by Mr. Palmer was again brought before the Federal Court on Monday in connection with the discovery of certain documents. But just before the hearing, the Prime […]

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Cousins ​​returns to AFL withdrawal at Brownlow | Blue Mountain Gazette

Ben Cousins ​​is back in the AFL fold, assisting at the Brownlow medal count in Perth. The 43-year-old former West Coast star, who arrived at Optus Stadium with Kellye Fergus, is in his first Brownlow role since retiring as a player in 2010. As a former winner, the 2005 Brownlow medalist is invited to the […]

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Woman Returns to Qld with Delta Variant | Blue Mountain Gazette

Queensland will close its border with South Australia from Thursday, fearing that a new coronavirus cluster has been seeded by a woman who has returned from Melbourne. Chief Medical Officer of Health Jeannette Young is anxiously awaiting test results from relatives and friends of the woman, who picked up the highly contagious Delta variant from […]