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Sydney CBD light rail's final stage opens.
Sydney Central Business District has begun its final stage of light rail. The multi-billion-dollar project came into effect on Friday morning, April 3, at 5 am. The light rail travelled the distance between Anzac Parade to Kingsford, and hence the $2.9 billion projects got operated amidst coronavirus outbreak. Four months ago, the tram service was started between Circular Quay and Randwick.
The light rail project is one of the commercial projects of Sydney which got completed after a year of projected time. Moreover, the disputes related to the project doubled the total costing of the undertaking. Transport Minister Andrew Constance said that this L3 tram service had been started to help the essential workers get to their workplace. He added that this tram would not be operated for local people as per the restrictions imposed by the government to combat coronavirus pandemic.
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Anglicare Villages are rendering housing solutions for retired people.
Anglicare and the Daily Telegraph has collaborated to help people finding their home to retire in. The Caddens Village of Anglicare provides various housing and living options suitable for people after retirement. The western Sydney couple, Peter McCann and Eileen, were looking for a house to settle in after retirement for six years. They discovered wonderful plans at the Caddens Village and got all the facilities and requirements fulfilled at a new home.
The couple was looking for a house for a community life so that they can live with the people of the same age. They appreciated their step for contacting Anglicare to find the home. "We've developed friendships really quickly. Everyone here has the same ideals," said Peter. These housing service provides all types of on-site facilities for older adults.
Staff members and students diagnosed positive of Sydney schools.
New cases of coronavirus infection have come up from three high schools in Sydney. St Mary's Senior High School, Kambala School and Wiley Park Girls High School of Sydney have been closed after the discovery of coronavirus cases. These schools were temporarily closed on Thursday, April 2, for cleaning and sanitization. Two staff members, each from Kambala School and Wiley Park Girls High School and a student of St Mary's Senior High School, were tested positive for coronavirus.
The NSW Department of Education has taken the reins of these new cases of coronavirus in Sydney schools. The schools are advised to conduct the contact tracing process to reduce the number of transmitted cases. Meanwhile, the students and other staff members of these schools have been asked for self-isolation as a safety measure. The schools of Sydney are directed to follow the social distancing and other standards to stay protected from this deadly virus.
Differences are seen in the Eastern and western parts of Sydney during the lockdown.
The government of Sydney has issues stay at home orders, along with social distancing and self-isolation measures. But, at the time of this pandemic, Sydney is seen to be divided into two parts, Eastern Sydney and Western Sydney. The western part of Sydney is following the lockdown rules strictly. All the malls, parks, churches, libraries, and other public places are found silent and vacant amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, people have given positive responses to the stay at home orders and social distancing standards.
However, people are seen openly violating these rules and regulations to combat the novel coronavirus at Bondi Beach of Sydney. Furthermore, police have discovered other cases in Sydney's East, where people have picked to pieces of the orders of government. The tourists were also seen disobeying the rules for prevention. It has been reported that the middle to low-income earners is taking coronavirus seriously, unlike the high-class society of Sydney.
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A driver who killed 4 children is sentenced
Beginning of the last February became fatal for four children who just come out of their house to get some ice-cream in Sydney's suburb. A 29-year-old driver allegedly knocked and killed three sisters and their teenage brother.
Today the alleged killer Samuel William Davidson has been charged with 14 crimes. On that day he was under the affect of drugs and exceeded the allowed speed. He is charged with dangerous driving that has led to injures and deaths as well as keeping drugs in his vehicle and consuming them.
The family of killed children decided not to attend the court today because of the quarantine.
Ruby Princess workers are self-isolated
A touristic ship Ruby Princess which embarked from Sydney to New Zealand has become one of the sources of coronavirus infection in Australia. After it had returned, all its passengers were allowed to go home without promise of self-isolation.
Yesterday all the crew of the ship has undergone a medical check up and a 66-year-old man has been announced infected with coronavirus. After this discovery more than 200 members of the crew were forced to be self-isolated for two weeks.
About 600 cases of infection and 7 deaths are connected with the ship. Yesterday an 85-year-old passenger of Ruby Princess died because of COVID-19.
There are 8 more ships in Sydney, crews of which must be checked by doctors.
Quarantine rules in Sydney
Australia has tightened quarantine measures and has banned mass gatherings of more than two people. In addition, people arriving in Sydney are taken to local hotels for a mandatory two-week isolation.
Arrivals at airports are escorted to hotels in the city under police and military escort, hotel rooms are prohibited from leaving, and keys are confiscated.
The state covers daily expenses of forced hotel guests in the amount of up to $90, at the same time, cleaning of rooms will not be carried out.
One of the Australians isolated at the hotel told reporters that the windows in her room do not open, which is why there is not enough fresh air in the "very dusty" room. At the same time, lunch, according to the woman, cost her $51. In addition, she complained about the lack of dry cleaning services.
At the same time, the New South Wales State Commissioner of Police stated that “there will always be discontent,” and recalled that “there are still people who live in tents and wagons after forest fires.”
A toughened quarantine regime in Australia on the eve implies a reduction in the permissible number of participants in mass gatherings from 10 to 2 people, a six-month moratorium on eviction from housing (including commercial space), a ban on leaving home without emergency, and more.
Last week in Australia, people who were not its citizens or residents were banned from entering the country.
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Dean Kemp talked about his matchwinning inning in 2008.
Dean Kemp, the former Broncos winger, brought up the victory to Brisbane against Eels in the Round 12 of 2008 season. The success was like a dream not only for the Rugby lovers but also for Dean Kemp. The team defected the Parramatta Eels with the magical final play of Darren Lockyer, who made a record-breaking kick at Suncorp Stadium. Over 25,000 Rugby football fans witnessed this heroic moment of the perfect cross-field chip of Lockyer.
Kemp make advantage of that bounce produced by Lockyer and scored on the corner making a record for the club. “I actually called for it (the kick) the play before, and it didn’t happen, ” said Kemp in a recent interview. He added that the shop was so perfect that the opponent team could do nothing about it.
Top Brisbane Eateries will start feeding hospitality workers.
All the non-essential businesses have been closed in the Brisbane city for battling the global spread of coronavirus. The pandemic has affected two groups the most, i.e., the restaurants and medical workers. The top eateries of Brisbane have initiated a program under which they will cook for medical workers so that they can be fed easily and the employees of restaurants will get work to do in the crisis.
The idea of feeding hospitality workers is brought up by Fleur Sharpe of Cook Live Love restaurant. He has started a GoFundMe page where people can donate food to help the heroes of this battle. Sharpe will make use of that donated money to cook meals for doctors, nurses and other medical employees. The famous restaurants in Brisbane city, i.e., E’cco, Proof BBQ & Booze, 85 Miskin St, The Wolfe and Moda will take orders of the health care workers under this program.
Japanese restaurant accused of racism in Brisbane.
Nobunaga Yakitori, a Japanese restaurant in Brisbane, released a controversial menu named as "Nobunaga Virus-Free Takeaway Menu." The restaurant added Wuhan Burger and Bat Wings on the menu, which led to outrage. The owner of the restaurant located in Morningside of Brisbane was threatened and accused of racism and the mockery of the Chinese culture. Wuhan is the city of China, where the outbreak of coronavirus was first seen.
The restaurant released the menu through an Instagram post, but after being denounced, the owner said that they have no bad feelings for the Chinese people based on race or nationalism. He also added in a post that he is getting threatened by people for introducing this menu. Moreover, he apologized for his actions and said that the menu was launched to add some humor, not to offend anyone.
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This weekend we’re watching: Dethroning the ‘Tiger King’ - Daily Maverick
With the world still in lockdown, our personal worlds are shrinking to the size of our screens, and the hottest show on Netflix has become a big deal. This weekend, dive into ‘Tiger King’, but don’t stop there – dive as deep as you need to understand the mess…
'Tiger King' (Image courtesy of Netflix) Experts believe that in 1918, a man with the flu and a chicken with bird flu, came into contact with the same pig. The bird flu virus would have been fatal to humans but the two viruses could not infect each others host species. They could however, both be transmitted to pigs, and inside the infected pig, they fused to create a new virus that lead to the Spanish Flu. The pandemic killed over 50 million people. On the 7th of February, Daily Maverick broke the story that the current Coronavirus pandemic was likely created through a similar interaction between a bat and pangolin, the most trafficked mammal on the planet. Somewhere in a wet market in Wuhan, a variety of creatures were crammed together in a confined space, some already corpses, others still breathing kept alive for as long as possible before being consumed. It would have been under these conditions that the coronavirus cocktail could have been brewed. Covid-19 does not care whether you are an animal trafficker or conservationist a Coronavirus particle is roughly 14 million times smaller than a person, it has no emotions, intentions, or sense of justice. It seems fitting that the new true crime documentary series Tiger King is now the most watched show on Netflix. The series infiltrates the insane hidden world of animal trafficking, focusing particularly on the long-running stranger-than-fiction feuds between the outlandish big players of the big-cat industry in the United States. There are roughly twice as many tigers in captivity in the US alone as there are tigers living in the wild. Wildlife trafficking concerns most governments only in as much as it can endanger people and financial prospects. The pain and existential threat which it poses to animals seems only but a peripheral concern. In Tiger King, each of the colourful personalities we meet claims to love big cats, yet they are the very foundation of the global big-cat trafficking industry which threatens to wipe them out. They are personifications of hypocrisy who exalt these majestic beasts while sitting on their overfed bellies and feeding them milk through a baby bottle. They are superlative examples of the rejection of our own identity as fellow animals. The centerpiece of this controversial community is the Tiger-King himself a gun-toting, mullet-sporting, meth-smoking redneck who goes by the name of Joe Exotic. He is described in the show as a mythical character living out in the middle of bum-fuck Oklahoma. The self-obsession of this Napoleonesque egomaniac is part of the reason that Tiger King makes for such compelling television someone like that, so desperate for attention, is liable to unashamedly film everything they do with the determined self assurance that the attention it brings them is admiration rather than repulsion. There is so much jaw-dropping footage on this guy that it seems to have been a struggle to cram it all into the series. Joe Exotic is only one of the monsters in the big-cat menagerie, which includes a polygamist cult-leader, a drug lord, a strip-club owner, and a con artist. There is a historic connection between the trading of wild animals and organized crime and its no coincidence that big cat owners are typically flamboyant power-hungry men. They get a sick sort of high from the sense that they have subjugated a powerful creature. In Tiger King, Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue says, they want to use those cats to elevate their status. Baskin is the sworn enemy of pretty much everyone else in the industry. But the hate directed towards her is not only due to her preaching conservation, but also because of the hypocrisy of her doing so. While Baskin has devoted her life to thwarting practices like cub-petting and breeding, she herself started in those businesses; she represents an important question which Tiger King poses to its audience: if you deplore the likes of Joe Exotic, how can you approve of keeping wild animals in captivity at all? Is the difference between Joe Exotic and his arch-nemesis Carole Baskin really that big? Apart from the very beginning and the very end, Tiger King does not feel like its really about tigers. Tigers are merely the currency of sin in a suspenseful crime thriller. You are drawn in by the mystique of the cats and dropped behind the curtain of misogyny and madness that shrouds their caged lives. Just as always with high rolling psychos, everything comes crashing down and it all ends in fire. This story has ignited global rage and brought big-cat conservation into the public eye, but focusing so much on the story rather than the tigers themselves feels like a missed opportunity to not only enrage people, but educate them. Tiger King doesnt overtly punt big-cat conservation it gives you the numbers and tells you the story, and the facts speak for themselves. At one point in the series Tim Stark, one of the heavy weight traffickers, argues that breeding captive tigers in the United States is exactly what is needed to get tigers off the endangered list. This is not true, although the show never explains why. The tiger trafficking industry is characterized by gross levels of inbreeding; white tigers for example, suffer from an array of genetic disorders, which, if released into the wild could be the nail in the coffin of the species. Tiger King as a series is impeccable. The content is topical and more ridiculous than your wildest dreams, the footage is excellent and the production value is top notch. As an exposé on wildlife trafficking however, there could be so much more to be said. It is a must-watch but it is also a must-understand. After being enthralled by the crass theatrics of the morally bereft psychos who trade in big cats, you owe it to the animals to clue yourself up on why zoos and sanctuaries are not as much of an ethical grey area as we sometimes like to think they are. DM/ ML
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said four of the six patients who have died from the virus in the province were treated at the hospital.