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  • St Edmund's and Marist to clash in ACT junior rugby grand finals at Viking Park

    1 September 2017 11:38 AM 19

    Premiership glory will be up for grabs when 18 clubs contest 23 junior grand finals as part of a bumper schedule at Viking Park this weekend. The ACT Junior Rugby Union will host a two-day jam-packed grand final schedule, with 18 of the 22 registered clubs having a chance to secure a title. It will double as the first year the competition will have grand

  • Seven people in Victorian aged care facility die in flu outbreak

    1 September 2017 2:59 AM 21

    Seven elderly residents from a nursing home in Victoria's north-east have died following a flu outbreak, the state's health authorities say. The deaths occurred at the St John's Retirement Village in Wangaratta. The Department of Health and Human Services said the retirement village had 146 residents and 200 staff, with 123 people affected by flu during

  • NSW hit by gastro with 350 cases at childcare centres, aged care facilities, hospitals and schools

    1 September 2017 2:34 AM 47

    ALMOST 350 people have been struck down with gastro across NSW after reported outbreaks at childcare centres, aged care facilities, hospitals and schools. NSW Health is renewing calls urging people suffering from gastroenteritis to stay home and follow medical advice after 39 outbreaks in the last two weeks. There were 10 gastro outbreaks in aged care facilities

  • US Open 2017: Maria Sharapova survives scare to extend New York stay

    31 August 2017 1:30 AM 14

    NEW YORK: Maria Sharapova showed she was willing to extend her grand slam comeback when the former world number one defeated Hungary's Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Open third round. The Russian, in her first appearance at a major since she returned from a 15-month doping ban in April, did not have the same inspiration

  • Warning over fentanyl-related overdoses

    31 August 2017 12:52 AM 14

    Synthetic opioid fetanyl is a highly potent drug and is escalating Australia's drug overdose crisis, warns an addiction expert. Australia's Annual Overdose Report 2017 released by the Penington Institute on Thursday found accidental overdose from opioids continues to overshadow accidental overdose from other drug types. During 2011-2015, 3601 people

  • Hospitals using armed police to fine smoking patients

    30 August 2017 9:39 PM 37

    QUEENSLAND Health are using armed police escorts to fine its most vulnerable patients for smoking. Queensland Health has admitted its environmental health officers are fining mental health inpatients for smoking on hospital grounds while they are in for desperately needed help. The admission comes after the mother of a patient complained her daughter

  • Appeal dismissed for WA police officers in $1.1 million Taser case

    30 August 2017 9:47 AM 16

    Three West Australian policemen at the centre of a $1.1 million Tasering damages case have had their appeal dismissed after failing to meet a payment deadline on a massive court costs bill. Peter Clark, Simon Traynor and Glenn Caldwell were found liable for battery, misfeasance in public office, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution in 2015 after

  • Sex worker attack accused wanted 'free sex' and drug money, court hears

    29 August 2017 1:02 PM 18

    "Tell police quick, quick, quick," the sex worker's text message read. The woman then sent another message to the same friend to say her colleague had been dragged into another room of the Reid apartment, the ACT Supreme Court heard. Rashid Mohamud Abuuh, 24, is on trial accused of being one of three offenders who attacked and raped the two female sex workers

  • Man charged with 'spitting on', fighting Kalgoorlie court officer

    29 August 2017 8:32 AM 22

    A 42-year-old man has been charged after he refused a security search while attending the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court and spat in the face of a court officer. At around 9.10am on Monday morning, the man was pulled aside for a security search with a metal detector wand by a court security guard and a custodial officer. Police said as the man left, the court

  • Muir family sells another Good Guys store

    29 August 2017 8:32 AM 21

    A corner property leased to The Good Guys, Goodyear and Burson Auto in Melbourne's Hoppers Crossing has sold for $11 million. The 8933 square metre property on Old Geelong Road had three showrooms fully leased for net rental of $754,651 a year. It was part of a portfolio of properties being offloaded by the wealthy Muir family who hit the jackpot last year with the sale of their