How Victoria Police uncovered $1m worth of cannabis in border drug bust

Victoria's locked down country roads have turned into contraband highways, bringing the state's border bandits under the spotlight.
9News can reveal police uncovered $1 million worth of cannabis inside a Mitsubishi pulled over in Barnawartha near the Victoria-NSW border this week.
The 28-year-old driver from the Melbourne suburb of Point Cook told police he was on his way to Sydney.
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But when he couldn't present a permit to officers, they searched the four-wheel drive and allegedly found 50kgs of the drug stuffed inside.
“It just shows that some of those in the criminal world are prepared to take the risks,” Inspector Brad Sprague said.
Ali Sadeghi-Iman was charged with trafficking and possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis and remains behind bars.
He is one of many alleged drug runners police have stopped in their tracks along the Hume Highway around Seymour, Shepparton and Wodonga in regional Victoria.
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Explainer: What Australian parents need to know about COVID-19 and children

Every day, parents in NSW and now Victoria, are watching the number of children infected with COVID-19 grow.
Our kids, it seems, are bearing the brunt of Australia's third wave of the disease, driven by the highly virulent Delta strain.
Just in NSW alone over the weekend, there were 204 cases of the virus reported in children aged 0-9. There were also 276 young people aged 10-19 who contracted COVID in the same period.
Parents are having to make agonising decisions about whether to send their children to daycare – which is still permitted in NSW even if parents are not essential workers – and they are also looking for answers on how soon their kids might be able to get vaccinated.
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Nine.com.au has asked infectious diseases paediatrician Robert Booy some questions about the issues worrying parents the most.
Dr Booy is a professor of paediatrics and child health at the University of Sydney. He is also a s..

Child care providers to be given COVID-19 payments during lockdown

Thousands of child care providers and after-school services will be eligible for new fortnightly payments to assist with the financial strain of being in a COVID-19 induced lockdown.
The government today announced that child care services who are in a Commonwealth-declared hotspot will be eligible for payments of 25 per cent of their pre-lockdown revenue.
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services will be eligible for payments of 40 per cent.
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The payments are expected to be available to around 3600 services in Greater Sydney, 900 after-school services in Melbourne and almost 300 services in the ACT.
These providers and services will see the payments in their accounts in around two weeks.
Providers will only become eligible for the payments seven days after a hotspot has been declared, and where states have directed families to keep children at home.
Where kids are still allowed to attend, the supports will k..

An Apple II manual signed by Steve Jobs just sold for massive sum

If you thought Apple computers were expensive, you haven't seen what their manuals go for.
Boston-based RR Auction on Thursday sold an Apple II manual signed by the company's late co-founder Steve Jobs for a whopping AU$1,099,838.
The computer's 196-page manual is signed and inscribed opposite the Table of Contents: “Julian, Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world! steven jobs, 1980.”
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It's also signed by Mike Markkula, an early investor in Apple and the company's second CEO.
The manual was signed while Jobs and Markkula were in the United Kingdom promoting Apple, RR Auction said in a statement announcing the sale. The recipient was Julian Brewer, the son of an entrepreneur who worked with Apple to distribute their products in the UK.
“I was sitting in my bedroom writing games on my Apple II when Dad called me down to meet some guests,” Mr Brewer said.
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TGA’s COVID-19 self-medication warning as Ivermectin imports spike

Increasing amounts of Ivermectin are being ordered into Australia, prompting a warning from the Therapeutic Goods Administration against using the drug to treat COVID-19.
Ivermectin is not banned in Australia, but is only approved for treatment of roundworm, scabies and inflammatory rosacea.
Neither Australia nor any OECD country has approved Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.
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“The TGA strongly discourages self-medication and self-dosing with Ivermectin for COVID-19 as it may be dangerous to your health,” the organisation said in a release.
“There is insufficient evidence to validate the use of Ivermectin in patients with COVID-19.”
The TGA warned that doctors who prescribed Ivermectin off-label must consider the potential risks and benefits, and obtain informed consent from patients about the condition and treatment options.
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Record warm weather in Sydney not seen for 150 years

Sydney has enjoyed 15 consecutive winter days above 20 degrees, marking a new record for the city not seen since 1859.
Conditions recorded at Sydney's Observatory Hill registered 20 degrees or more every single day since last Monday, August 9, up until today.
The last time a warm streak like this was recorded in winter was more than 150 years ago, when 10 consecutive days above 20 degrees were reported back in 1859.
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The unusually mild weather has been attributed to the lack of rain over the last two weeks, as well as no major cold fronts across the NSW east coast.
High surface pressure hovering over the state has also has acted like a shield, preventing cold weather from being swept across the state.
With little else to do under lockdown, residents across Sydney flocked to the state's beaches over the weekend, making the most of the sunny conditions.
Hordes of people along the coast enjoyed the warmth a..

Sydney girl’s skin blisters and tears at the slightest touch

It's been called the worst disease you've never heard of, and the unrelenting pain it brings upon sufferers is unimaginable, like being covered in third-degree burns.
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare disease affecting just 1000 Australians. It's a genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and peel, often at the slightest touch.
When Lylah, 4, from western Sydney was born, she was missing large patches of skin on her feet and hands.
Lylah's father, grandfather and uncle all have the same condition, although in a far milder form.
While her mother, Lara Scott, was aware there was a 50 percent chance of Lylah being born with EB, she told nine.com.au she was still unprepared for the severity of her condition.
“Lylah was born with no skin on either of her feet or her hands up to her wrists. When I saw her, I was in shock,” she said.
Lylah was transferred within hours to Westmead Hospital where a specialist team showed the new parents what would become their p..

Violent Melbourne anti-lockdown protest leaves 21 police officers injured

More than 20 police officers were injured in Melbourne's “disgraceful” violent anti-lockdown protests, Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner has revealed.
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the total number of police injured in Saturday's protest in the CBD had reached 21, while speaking on 3AW this morning.
Commissioner Patton said further reports of what would be considered “minor injuries” had come in on Sunday following previous reports nine police had been injured.
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Nine officers were assessed in hospital following the wild rally, two of those had suspected broken noses and one with a thumb broken in multiple places.
Commissioner Patton said one officer was still in hospital and being assessed for potential leg surgery.
He said a lot of officers were left with bruises and cuts, while some received minor burns from flares.
The Commissioner said two protesters repeatedly punched one office..

Hunt continues for Sydney COVID-positive man refusing to isolate

The hunt is still on for a COVID-positive man who is evading police and refusing to isolate after he was unable to be found over the weekend.
On Friday, NSW Police issued an arrest warrant for Anthony Karam, 27, who “has failed to isolate as directed by the Public Health Order”.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant also made a formal statement, warning the community about coming into contact with Mr Karam.
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Today, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said police have not yet been able to track the 27-year-old down.
“There is extensive police taskings around this gentleman,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“Clearly, we would like him to come forward and hand himself in.
“There was some suggestion that was going to happen.
“It didn't for whatever reason, but we are asking people, if they know where Mr Karam is, they should ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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