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‘Who takes from kids?’ Play equipment stolen from Melbourne yard

Thieves have stolen nearly $500 worth of play equipment from the front yard of a Melbourne home. Mum-of-two Annette Carter had constructed the make-shift playground in the front yard of her Rosebud house to make lockdown a little easier. "Who takes from kids, in a pandemic?" Ms Carter said. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search in Hunter The mum-of-two has been keeping her daughters occupied on a trampoline, swing set, a play table, and a slide that helped her youngest take her first steps. "Literally her first steps were in the garden from the slide to me," she said. Ms Carter is a part-time student with a compromised immune system, so she brought the playground to her front yard. "My husband leaves at 5.30am gets home at 6am… They took away the one thing that was saving our sanity throughout the day," the mum said.' READ MORE: State's hard border could stay until 2022 She suspects those responsible had watched her and girls play in the yard and the..

Pubs could re-open in Sydney in coming weeks

A visit to the pub could be just weeks away for fully vaccinated people in certain Sydney suburbs. Vaccine passport technology linked to the Service NSW app will be trialled in early October, but it comes with a catch. Pubs will only be initially opened in areas where vaccination rates are high and COVID-19 case numbers are low, 9News can confirm. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search Other things on the cards for people who are fully-vaccinated in October include the re-opening of hairdressers and barbers, and sporting events with crowds. But Sydney's west and south-west will miss out on the trial, with the government arguing the technology needs to be tested before it's rolled out more broadly when vaccinations hit 70 per cent double dose. "It makes sense to trial new technology especially in the environment it will be used it... in this case pubs," John Green from the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) told 9News. "It makes sense to put it into p..

Surfer mauled to death by shark leaves behind pregnant wife

A surfer mauled to death by a shark on the NSW Mid-North Coast had been married for just a few months and will never get to meet his child. Tim Thompson died on the sand at Shelley Beach, just north of Coffs Harbour at the weekend, despite the best efforts of fellow surfers to save him. Mr Thompson leaves behind his pregnant wife Katie and their first baby is due in January. READ MORE: Man dies after being bitten by shark near Coffs Harbour "My heart aches for our baby who will never get to meet you," she wrote on Facebook today. Mr Thompson was bitten on the arm by what's believed to be a great white shark while surfing yesterday morning. Hugh Riley was also out in the water just 20 metres away. "Saw the cloud of blood and him hanging onto his board trying to get himself to shore," Mr Riley told 9News. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search "It was a very harrowing experience - he had some pretty horrendous injuries." Mr Riley and his three mates dragged ..

NZ cameraman knocked over during live cross

Television viewers in New Zealand were left scratching their heads after a camera was knocked over during a live cross to a reporter. Shaun Hendy, who provides COVID-19 analysis for TVNZ, was speaking when a shirtless child abruptly ran past the camera. Moments later, the camera was knocked to the ground and a woman could be heard yelling. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search TVNZ then crossed back to the studio where presenter Wendy Petrie said she wasn't sure what happened, but hoped both reporter and camera operator were okay. An hour later, Mr Hendy posted on Twitter that everyone was fine, and it was simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. "Seems to have been a case of wrong place, wrong time. Camera operator and a member of the public were hurt, but both are on their feet now," Mr Hendy wrote. "I am fine. Thanks @nzpolice for prompt response." READ MORE: State's hard border could stay until 2022

New Zealand to ease COVID-19 restrictions

All of New Zealand outside of Auckland will move to level 2 at midnight on Tuesday while Auckland will stay at level 4 until at least next Tuesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. She also introduced face coverings and two metre physical distancing to level 2 restrictions for people inside facilities like hospitality and event venues. They will now have a limit of 50 people indoors while outdoor spaces can have up to 100 people. "We are making progress but there are some critical challenges ahead. We continue to see persistent cases connected to the outbreak," Ms Ardern said at the post-Cabinet announcement on Monday. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search "We have learned the hard way that Delta travels through the air." The country went into lockdown on August 17 as a response to the Delta outbreak before dropping to level 3 on August 31. But Auckland, the centre of the outbreak, remained at a strict level 4 and was set to stay there for at least anot..

Police issue $21,000 in fines after Nadia Bartel video leaked

Police have dished out more than $21,000 worth of fines after a video of influencer Nadia Bartel at an alleged illegal lockdown party hit social media. Police have revealed they have fined four women "following a gathering at a Richmond address in contravention of the Chief Health Officer's restrictions", which took place about 4pm on September 2. "A 36-year-old Windsor woman, a 32-year-old Richmond woman, a 33-year-old Pascoe Vale woman and a 35-year-old Strathmore woman have all be issued with a penalty infringement notice for failing to comply with requirements in relation to a private or public gathering," a Victoria police spokesperson said. READ MORE: Victoria records 246 new COVID-19 cases Each of the women have been fined $5452, while a fifth woman who was at the private home was not charged after police ruled she had been complying with CHO's restrictions. Police said they are still investigating possible drug offences at the gathering. Officers began investigating t..

Melbourne’s giant observation wheel closes permanently

Victoria's giant observation wheel has become another casualty of COVID-19, with the Melbourne tourist attraction set to be closed permanently. The directors of Melbourne Star have announced the wheel's operating company, MB Star Properties Pty Ltd, will go into liquidation this week. Travel restrictions and shutdowns imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are said to have been the final straw for the company. READ MORE: Victoria records 246 new COVID-19 cases "The global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions and sustained shutdowns, adding to pre-existing challenges of operating amid increased high-rise development and changes in the Docklands area, has made it impossible to sustain the business," the statement from the company reveals. The Docklands tourist attraction has been part of Melbourne's skyline for more than 15 years. Prior to the pandemic, it had more than 300,000 visitors every year, with international and interstate tourists making up about 45 per..

Bittersweet reunion for family torn apart by Kabul airport attack

Nearly 10 days after a deadly suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport that left them injured and tore their family apart, 13-year-old Ahmad Faisal and seven-year-old Mina made it to the United States. Their aunt Ferishta - the family's last name is being withheld to protect their safety - told CNN that the moment she saw the two children, who are being treated at the Walter Reed medical centre outside of Washington, DC, "it was like the best, best day of my life, not only for me, for them as well, because they've been through so much from Kabul to here." But it was a bittersweet reunion. READ MORE: Missing toddler AJ found alive on day four of search Ahmad Faisal and Mina are the only members of their immediate family who have been able to make it to the US. They, their parents, and their older brother had joined the crowds at the airport in a desperate attempt to leave Afghanistan after the capital fell to the Taliban. Then there was the explosion - an ISIS-K suicide atta..

Former Marine fatally shoots four people, including baby in mother’s arms

A former US Marine outfitted in body armour has fatally shot four people, including a baby, mother and grandmother, at a property outside Lakeland, Florida, early on Sunday morning in what the local sheriff called an "active shooter rampage". The suspect, identified as Brian Riley, 33, then engaged in a firefight with law enforcement officers before surrendering to authorities, but he later attempted to take a gun from an officer at a hospital, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. Afterward, deputies found four people dead: a 40-year-old man, a three-month-old baby and the baby's 33-year-old mother inside the home, and the baby's 62-year-old grandmother in a second house on the property, Mr Judd said. The family's dog, Diogi, was also fatally shot, he added. LIVE UPDATES: Victoria records spike in new infections, most aged under 50 An 11-year-old girl had been shot multiple times and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for surgery. She is expected to recover. Another..