A popular pub linked to the Sydney’s biggest coronavirus cluster will reopen its doors.
The Crossroads Hotel at Casula in Sydney’s south-west will reopen on Friday, followed by the bistro from Saturday.
The hotel has been closed since July 12 after an interstate freight industry worker attended a party at the venue on July 3 later tested positive.
At least 56 cases of the virus have since been linked to the pub.
The Crossroads Hotel will reopen on Friday, 12 days after it was shut down after a patron who attended the premises on July 3 later tested positive
‘Our team has worked closely with NSW Health, who cleared the hotel to reopen on Sunday 12th July, and we are officially registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government,’ Crossroads Hotel posted on Facebook on Thursday.
The venue will have limited entry points of entry manned with staff and security, along with with digital, contactless QR scanning procedures.
An on-duty COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall will enforce social distancing, cleaning and hygiene at the venue and ensure patrons remain seated at all times.
‘We would like to thank everyone for the support that has been shown by our community of loyal customers during this difficult period and we look forward to welcoming you back soon,’ the hotel ended the post.
At least 56 cases of the virus have since been linked to the Crossroads Hotel. Pictured is a resident being tested at a pop up clinic set up at the pub in Casula
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Bryson DeChambeau WINS the US Open… biting back at his detractors by in style
Now that’s what you call having the last laugh. Bryson DeChambeau, the man ridiculed for the dramatic transformation in his body shape and derided for thinking he could bully Winged Foot, is the new US Open Champion.
The 27-year-old American claimed his first major in astonishing style with the only round under par all day, demolishing the most difficult course on the US Open rota and everyone else in the field.
The final victory margin over fellow American Matt Wolff was a handsome six shots following a brilliant 67, as he broke the spirit of the 21-year-old over the back nine. No disgrace in that for Wolff, of course, who put in a fabulous debut showing in America’s national championship. South African Louis Oosthuizen finished third while Rory McIlroy was joint eighth after a disappointing 75.
Bryson DeChambeau is the new US Open champion for 2020 after a stunning final round
The 27-year-old kisses the coveted trophy after winning his first-ever major in his career
The American proved his doubters wrong with a stunning performance in New York on Sunday
‘It’s been a long journey and difficult at times but this makes it all worthwhile,’ said an emotional DeChambeau. ‘It’s been a dream of mine for so long to win this title and I can hardly believe it has come true.’
It would be easy to say DeChambeau muscled his way to victory but trite. The most important club was actually his putter, as he stroked home four putts over 20ft in a wonderful display on arguably the most treacherous greens in the sport. There were any number of exquisite iron shots, while the up and down he made on the 18th hole to seal his victory was worthy of Phil Mickelson. Add in those thunderous tee shots and this was the complete round, one of the finest in US Open history.
When the sport went into lockdown in March, DeChambeau hadn’t a single top 10 to his name in a major. It’s now well-documented how he changed his body shape to swing much harder and render traditional courses obsolete with his power.
The results speak for themselves. A victory in a regular PGA Tour event was followed by a tied-fourth finish in the USPGA Championship last month. Now this wonder show from the Mad Scientist for this mad world. He has challenged the accepted wisdom of his sport and surely sparked a revolution going forward.
He distanced 21-year-old Matt Wolff who was superb on his debut in the tournament
By the time DeChambeau joined Wolff on the first tee, it was quite plain this was going to be a typical final US Open round, with the course on the edge.
The opening hole had wreaked havoc, so how would the leaders fare? Two boomers down the middle followed by two wonderful approach shots. It wasn’t just off the tee where the two pacemakers were playing a different game.
DeChambeau quickly stamped his authority on his younger opponent, turning a two-shot deficit overnight into a one-stroke advantage over the first eight holes.
The par five ninth, the only breather hole on the course, was quite something. Two more great drives from the pair, with DeChambeau hitting his approach to 40ft and rolling in the eagle putt. Wolff’s response was impressive, hitting his short iron to 20ft and rolling in an eagle putt of his own.
It was DeChambeau who kept the hammer down. He went two ahead after a Wolff bogey at the 10th and then holed a 20ft birdie putt at the 11th. The Californian kept on going further and further away as Wolff got more desperate and made mistakes.
DeChameau sought to assert his authority over the 21-year-old by making big strides forward
McIlroy’s 21st major since his last victory came and went with him no nearer to finding the key to unlocking his six-year drought.
The Northern Irishman began the final round six shots off the lead, buoyed by his third round 68. ‘I’m right in it,’ he declared on Saturday night.
On Sky Sports, Paul McGinley pointed out that he would need help from the leaders to have a chance, a valid argument that presumed McIlroy would actually help himself. The hope he could do that lasted not much longer than his opening drive, where he split the fairway.
DeChameau put on three stones ahead of the tournament in an effort to improve his game
Thereafter, it was a nervous horror show with the club that has let him down so often in the past. He had just a wedge but the result left him a nightmare opening putt over one of Winged Foot’s most treacherous slopes. He’d need four in all to complete the hole for a calamitous double bogey.
McIlroy holed gutsy putts on the next two holes for pars, but then came the fourth. Another wedge approach. Another one undercooked. Another bogey. Three strokes gone from two wedge approaches. At the short 7th, McIlroy had another short iron in his hands and again wrote down another bogey. Game over.
Still, a top-eight finish in the major that suits him least was eminently respectable, as he plots his schedule leading up to the one that means most of all to him these days – the Masters in November.
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Democrats threaten to pack Supreme Court if Trump’s nomination goes through
Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court if Donald Trump‘s nomination gets confirmed following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president on Saturday urged the GOP-run Senate to consider ‘without delay’ his upcoming nomination to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ginsburg, who died Friday. The move comes just six weeks before the election.
Since 1869 nine justices have served on the nation’s highest court.
Joe Kennedy III, who represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, tweeted Sunday: ‘If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple.’
Joe Kennedy III, who represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy
Kennedy III tweeted: ‘If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple’
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter: ‘If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session — before a new Senate and President can take office – then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court.’
And Sen. Ed Markey tweeted Friday: ‘Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year.
‘If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.’
Senator Elizabeth Warren, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke had already raised the possibility of adding as many as six seats to the nine-seat court, even before Ginberg’s death.
Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden is yet to wade in on the matter of packing the court.
Several Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court next year if Trump plows ahead and nominates a justice to full RBG’s position
What is court packing?
Court packing is the move to appoint extra justices to the Supreme Court in order to increase the stronghold of one party.
Franklin D. Roosevelt made attempts to pack the court back in 1937 when the Republican president wanted to pass his New Deal laws and needed more conservative justices in the court to vote in favor of them.
However, back in 2019, Biden spoke out against the practice.
‘No, I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day,’ he told Iowa Starting Line in July 2019.
As long as the GOP holds a majority in the Senate, it’s unlikely a Democratic president could add more justices.
It would take an act of Congress to change the number on the high court.
The concept of court packing is a controversial one.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to pack the court with new judgeships in 1937 after watching the high court deal setbacks to his New Deal initiatives.
That legislation was unpopular with the public and ultimately stalled.
He sought to expand the court to as many as 15 judges but many Republicans – as well as some Democrats – opposed his plan, slamming it as a move to enable him to appoint judges that would push through his laws.
Ginsburg herself has criticized the move, telling NPR in an interview last year that it is a ‘bad idea’ and would ‘make the court appear partisan’.
‘Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,’ she said.
‘I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.’
‘Well, if anything would make the court appear partisan, it would be that.
‘One side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who will vote the way we want them to.”
Democrats have argued Republicans set a standard in 2016 by preventing an appointment during an election year and so the standard must now be maintained
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not spoken about the option of court packing but has floated other measures to stop Trump plowing ahead with the Supreme Court nomination and flooding the court with more right-leaning judges.
Pelosi on Sunday refused to rule out pushing forward a privileged impeachment resolution that would have the effect of eating up Senate floor time and potentially stall the nomination.
‘We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,’ she told ABC’s ‘This Week‘ when asked about the prospect.
‘This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election,’ Pelosi continued. ‘Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.’
While court packing may be a divisive move, it comes as Democrats are scrambling to prevent Trump nominating Ginsburg’s successor – something that would directly contradict the stance Republicans took back in 2016 when the shoe was on the other foot.
Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016 and then-President Barack Obama planned to appoint Merrick Garland to fill the position on the court.
Republicans refused to hold hearings or vote on a replacement until after a new president took office with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying: ‘the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.
‘Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.’
The seat was not filled and two weeks after taking office Trump appointed his own choice Neil Gorsuch to the court instead.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (pictured 2009) died Friday after a battle with cancer
Democrats have argued Republicans set a standard in 2016 by preventing an appointment during an election year and so the standard must now be maintained.
They argued Republicans had ‘stolen’ a seat that should have been filled by Obama, and so Democrats could add more seats to reshift the balance.
In 2016, the position was empty nine months before the election, while Ginsburg died just six weeks before the nation heads to the polls.
However, McConnell issued a statement Friday after news of Ginsburg’s death broke that appeared to backtrack on his stance in 2016, saying Trump’s nominee would be voted for by the Senate.
‘President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the Unites States senate,’ he said.
Several Democrats have said it would be hypocritical if the president filled Ginsburg’s seat on the court before the election and have pointed out McConnell’s aboutface on such a move.
‘The Senate should not consider a Supreme Court nomination until after the presidential inauguration,’ Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted Sunday.
‘Those aren’t my words, they’re the words of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.’
Feinstein shared McConnell’s pledge in 2016 to block the Democrats from appointing a new justice and also quoted comments made by Graham in 2018.
‘If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the next election,’ Graham said back in October 2018.
Obama on Friday penned a Medium blog paying tribute to Ginsburg and insisting Trump must not appoint a new justice until after the election because the Republicans refused to allow him to do the same thing back in 2016.
‘Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in,’ he wrote.
‘A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment… As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard.’
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Jaimi Kenny’s sister Morgan Gruell farewells her ‘loved and adored’ sibling after death aged 33
Morgan Gruelll has paid tribute to her older sister Jaimi Kenny after laying her to rest at a Sunshine Coast funeral over the weekend.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post on Sunday, devastated Morgan spoke of how Jaimi, who died aged 33 last Monday, saw the beauty in everyone and everything, calling her the ‘most sentimental person she has ever known’.
‘I will always remember her taking the time to stop and take a photo of a pretty flower, an interesting door, or her feet standing next to crunchy leaves that had fallen from the trees,’ she wrote, next to a recent photo of the pair posing together.
‘We will continue to miss and love you alway: Morgan Gruell (R) paid tribute to her late sister Jaimi Kenny (L) Sunday following her funeral, calling her the ‘most sentimental person she had ever known’, who she saw the beauty in everyone and everything
‘I promise to always appreciate these things as she did,’ Morgan continued.
‘You were surrounded by SO much love and beauty. Fairy lights everywhere, flowers everywhere, love everywhere. It was a service fitted for the queen of all things pretty, you would have loved it. We will continue to miss and love you always.’
Morgan went on to thanks the public for ‘all the messages of love and support that have been pouring in over the past week.’
Final farewell: Friends and family farewelled Jaimi on Saturday September 19 in a moving service on the Sunshine Coast, following her death aged 33 last Monday
‘It means the world to us to know how very loved and adored she was by all who met her,’ she concluded.
Jaimi died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital last Monday surrounded by her family, following a years-long battle with an eating disorder and alcoholism.
She was buried at a 100-person funeral at Sunshine Coast Chapel on Saturday, which was attended by Jaimi’s Olympian mother Lisa Curry, athlete father Grant Kenny, and brother Jett Kenny.
Support: Morgan (L) and Lisa (R) were seen embracing each other at the conclusion of the heartbreaking funeral service
Lisa’s new husband Mark Tabone was also seen comforting a distraught Lisa as Jaimi’s white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was carried out of the chapel and placed in the back of a hearse.
Morgan, who is pregnant, attended the church ceremony with her husband Ryan and their two-year-old son Flynn.
On Sunday, Lisa also shared a heartbreaking tribute to Instagram after farewelling her eldest child forever.
Beautiful: ‘It was a service fitted for the queen of all things pretty, you would have loved it’, Morgan (R) wrote of her sister’s (L) funeral
‘Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,’ she wrote of the funeral.
‘As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you… always our bubba.
‘It was just perfect… beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly… just the way you would have wanted it.’
Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (L), surviving daughter Morgan (R) and her grandson Flynn
Lisa alluded to her daughter’s battle with the demons that led to her death – that at least now they would haunt her no more.
‘Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully. Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be,’ she wrote.
‘Jaimi, as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last. Goodnight sweet girl… we hope you have a nice long sleep.’
‘Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you’: On Sunday, Jaimi’s Olympian mother Lisa (R) shared a heartbreaking tribute to Instagram after farewelling her eldest child forever
Tribute: Lisa posted this Instagram photo of Jaimi with her dog cropped into the shape of a heart and surrounded by flowers
Jaimi’s younger brother Jett penned his own somber tribute on Sunday, reflecting on the good times the close family had with his ‘biggest sister’.
‘You were there whenever I needed you, you taught me how to cook gourmet food like roast potatoes, chicken and salad, and tacos – the essentials in our household,’ he wrote.
‘You gave me a slight insight into fashion by dressing me in up in dresses and putting makeup on me when I was young. You’d sit behind me while I ate dinner and would pick at anything pimple looking on my back – even if it was just a mole.
Private battle: Jaimi had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan’s 2016 wedding)
‘You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end.
‘Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart. I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point.’
Jett also reflected on the funeral, thanking the people who were able to attend and those who couldn’t due to Queensland’s gathering limit due to coronavirus.
‘You were there whenever I needed you’: Jaimi’s younger brother Jett (L) penned his own somber tribute on Sunday following the funeral, reflecting on the good times the close family with his ‘biggest sister’
‘The condolences are so welcome and helpful’: On Friday night, Morgan’s (R) husband Ryan (L) thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death. Pictured with their son Flynn
On Friday night, Morgan’s husband Ryan thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death.
‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered kind words, gifts, support and love to Jaimi’s family and I. The condolences are so welcome and helpful,’ he wrote alongside a photo with bouquets of flowers.
‘We have been sharing the messages with each other and although we may not have been able to offer a response we have received the love from all of it and are very appreciative.
‘Jaimi was so very loved and will be so very missed but the love we all share for her will keep her memory alive.’
‘For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE
Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)
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