Hi it’s Monday July 25. Here’s what you need to get started today.
One thing to know now
It has been revealed that prosecutors have dropped a major child abuse case against the former director of a Brisbane Boys Private School – who abused a child years later. Here’s more from the ABC Rory Callinan:
- The ABC uncovered the 2004 ruling as part of an investigation into the activities of alumni Nudgee St Joseph’s College director, Stephen David McLaughlin
- The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said it had dropped the child abuse case, saying there was little chance of a conviction
- The former Christian brother is also said to have been associated with Denis Norman Douglasan “old boy” Nudgee who confessed to being a child molester in the 1990s
- McLaughlin was sentenced earlier this year of abusing a child he was babysitting in 2015. His lawyers say he denies the offenses and they have appealed
- The Christian Brothers announced an investigation into the allegation
Read the full story here.
One thing you’ll hear more about: COVID reinfections
If that’s not you, then you probably know someone who has faced their third (or more) bout with the virus. So what do we know?
- Whereas Omicron appears to cause more reinfections than other variants, there are not enough substantial data to draw conclusions about the severity of reinfection
- The states hardest hit by COVID-19, such as New South Wales and Victoria, have ballpark numbers detailing reinfections in the tens of thousands
- But the states whose queensland do not track reinfections at all
- Lyndall Heather, a Darwin nurse, has long COVID symptoms and has had the virus three times in two years. She says there’s a ‘very real chance I could get it again’
- And one COVID survey begin today – it examines the deaths of 19 elderly residents during an outbreak in Sydney Newmarch House
News while you slept
Let’s get up to speed.
- More … than 6,000 people were ordered to clear out like a fire moving fast near Yosemite National Park in California continues to spread. The state‘s governor has declared a state of emergency for the county – and CalFire says “explosive fire behavior” is challenging firefighters. The Fire Oak is now one of the biggest wildfires of the year in California
- The New South Wales Parliament could be recalled for an emergency sitting this week, due to the government’s inability to produce documents regarding John Barilaro appointment to a plum business job in New York (from which he has since retired). Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet acknowledged delays in handing over documents to a parliamentary committee, but insists more will be handed over
The news Australia is looking for
- Jonas Vingegaard: He is now the first Dane to win the Tour de France in over 20 years. It wasn’t such a good day for the Aussie Caleb Ewanwho missed the final sprint to the Champs-Elysées, finishing eighth
- North Queensland Cowboys: This is the NRL side’s controversial victory against Western Tigers. Trailing by one point, the Cowboys requested a review with one second remaining, claiming the winger Kyle Feldt was hindered. They got it – and kicked for one 27-26 win
One more thing: a *huge* prize for Ali’s historic belt
It is without a doubt one of the most memorable moments in boxing – when Mohamed Ali released the dreaded George Foreman to win the heavyweight title.
Now the “Rumble in the Jungle” championship belt was sold for a huge (US$6.18 million) $8.9 million.
The happy owner? Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner:
Auction company director Chris Ivy said:
Maybe, but we bet that no blow was struck.
That’s all for the moment
We’ll come back later with more.