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Mother reveals five-month-old baby’s struggle to survive after contracting coronavirus in Victoria

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The mother of one of Australia’s youngest coronavirus victims has revealed her baby is still covid positive two weeks after coming down with the deadly disease. 

Nikki Boyle has opened up about the trauma of watching her five-month-old daughter deteriorate in front of her eyes after an incorrect diagnosis by health authorities.

Her daughter Stevie is on the mend after contracting the virus last month in Melbourne

Ms Boyle said it was heartbreaking to watch her youngest child knowing there was nothing she could do to lessen her pain.

Nikki Boyle (pictured) has opened up about the trauma of watching her five month old daughter Stevie deteriorate in front of her own eyes after an incorrect diagnosis by health authorities

Nikki Boyle (pictured) has opened up about the trauma of watching her five month old daughter Stevie deteriorate in front of her own eyes after an incorrect diagnosis by health authorities

Nikki Boyle (pictured) has opened up about the trauma of watching her five month old daughter Stevie deteriorate in front of her own eyes after an incorrect diagnosis by health authorities

‘Stevie was struggling to breathe and she had a nasty cough and just wasn’t herself,’ Boyle told 3AW radio’s Neil Mitchell.

‘She had stopped feeding, wasn’t taking any of her bottles – only drinking 30ml or 40ml at a time, whereas normally she has 180ml,’ Ms Boyle said.

‘She only had three or four wet nappies in a 24-hour period, and she was dehydrated.’

But after taking her to hospital she was told by doctors her baby was likely suffering a chest infection.

They conducted a covid swap to rule out the virus, and sent her home.

But health authorities confirmed the positive results the following day, and Stevie was rushed back to hospital in an ambulance. 

After taking Stevie to hospital Boyle was told by doctors that her baby was likely suffering a chest infection

After taking Stevie to hospital Boyle was told by doctors that her baby was likely suffering a chest infection

After taking Stevie to hospital Boyle was told by doctors that her baby was likely suffering a chest infection

But health authorities confirmed Stevie had coronavirus the following day, and she was rushed back to hospital in an ambulance

But health authorities confirmed Stevie had coronavirus the following day, and she was rushed back to hospital in an ambulance

But health authorities confirmed Stevie had coronavirus the following day, and she was rushed back to hospital in an ambulance 

She remained under the watchful eye of staff for two nights on a drip before being discharged.

The five-month-old had contracted coronavirus from her father after it was spread from a colleague at work.

But Stevie’s father was asymptomatic, which meant he wasn’t actually diagnosed with COVID-19 until after his baby started exhibiting symptoms. 

Even after the positive test, he was almost mistakenly sent back to work by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services.

‘Someone from the DHHS spoke to him for 30 seconds on the phone, asked him if he had any symptoms, he answered no to all of them, and she said “okay you’re cleared, I’ll send you a letter to say that you’ve been cleared, and you can go back to the community”,’ Ms Boyle said.

‘No more tests, you can go back into the real world tomorrow.’ 

Stevie has been discharged from hospital after her short stay and is slowly improving despite remaining positive for the virus

Stevie has been discharged from hospital after her short stay and is slowly improving despite remaining positive for the virus

Stevie has been discharged from hospital after her short stay and is slowly improving despite remaining positive for the virus

This was despite him showing no symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the first positive test.

Stevie has now been discharged from hospital after her short stay and is slowly improving despite remaining positive for the virus.

Ms Boyle said it’s comforting to see her baby bounce back, but warned parents to take the virus seriously as community transmissions spread across the state.

‘She’s shown a lot of improvement … she was on the drip for a while and improved. She’s still not 100 per cent but she’s making really good progress, drinking more and not so upset … almost back to her happy self,’ Ms Boyle told the Herald Sun. 

Nikki Boyle and her family smile in a happy snap before COVID-19 struck

Nikki Boyle and her family smile in a happy snap before COVID-19 struck

Nikki Boyle and her family smile in a happy snap before COVID-19 struck

Ms Boyle said it's comforting to see her baby bounce back, but warned parents to take the virus seriously as community transmissions spread across the state

Ms Boyle said it's comforting to see her baby bounce back, but warned parents to take the virus seriously as community transmissions spread across the state

Ms Boyle said it’s comforting to see her baby bounce back, but warned parents to take the virus seriously as community transmissions spread across the state

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Australian chemical weapons expert and British colleague die in explosion in the Solomon Islands 

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An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast.

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation’s capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday, their aid agency confirmed.

Mr Lee, believed to be in his 40s, was a bomb specialist working for Non-Government Organisation Norwegian Peoples Aid.

The men had been performing sweeps for World War II explosives when the blast occurred. 

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

Following the blast, residents rushed to the scene to find the men seriously injured, the Solomons Star newspaper reported. 

They were taken to Honiara’s National Referral Hospital. One of the men died at the scene while the other was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Mr Lee took to Facebook to talk about how dangerous the live bombs are, just a month before he was killed in an explosion.

‘Pretty much the most dangerous WW2 ammunition we find…it’s cocked and ready to fire…one bump and it’s all over,’ he wrote on August 13. 

Solomons police have sealed off the blast area and launched an investigation.

A police statement said officers of the police force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Forensics Department were at the scene.

The two men were conducting a non-technical survey on the contamination of unexploded ordnances in the Solomons, the police media statement said. 

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation’s capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

The US State Department funds the project, which works to remove undetonated explosives all over the world.

The Solomon Islands are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA. 

NPA deputy secretary-general Per Nergaard confirmed in a statement that Mr Lee and Mr Atkinson had died in the blast.

‘This is a tragic accident. So far, we know that there has been an explosion with fatal consequences,’ he said.

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

‘Our main priority now is to offer assistance to relatives and colleagues and to clarify what has happened.’

‘The safety and security of our staff is our highest priority.’

NPA secretary-general Henriette Killi Westhrin said the organisation was devastated by the loss of two good colleagues.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to their families, relatives and staff.’

The NPA has 1850 deminers working in 19 countries worldwide.

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White bar owner kills himself on the day he was meant to turn himself in for killing a BLM protester

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A white Nebraska bar owner charged with manslaughter over the shooting of a black man during a chaotic night of George Floyd protests in May has been found dead from suicide.  

Jake Gardner, an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock in Omaha on May 30.

On Friday, a judge signed paperwork to issue an arrest warrant for Gardner. 

He was supposed to turn himself in on Sunday – the day he was found dead near Portland, Oregon.

Bar owner Jake Gardner

Bar owner Jake Gardner

James Scurlock

James Scurlock

Jake Gardner (left), an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock (right) in Omaha back on May 30

Gardner shot himself after authorities in Hillsboro, Oregon, received a call of a suicidal party, two law enforcement sources told the Omaha World-Herald

The death happened this weekend, though Hillsboro police would not confirm the death or the time it happened.

Stu Dornan, Gardner’s attorney, confirmed his suicide, saying that his client – who he said had a traumatic brain injury and PTSD from his military days – would have been proved innocent. 

‘This is a sad day,’ said Dornan on Sunday evening. ‘It did not have to happen.’

Dornan said it was time to end ‘trial by media’, and said it was ‘a clear case of self defense’.

He added: ‘He was deathly afraid of coming back here, because he did not feel he could get a fair trial. And who would blame him?’ 

Dornan said: ‘I’m a fan of the constitution. I’m a fan of self defense. I am angry at the rush to judgement, and at not having the opportunity to defend a man who had acted in self defense three times, and was found to have acted in self defense.

‘Yes, I am angry he didn’t have his opportunity for a fair trial, and a fair hearing.’  

Gardner had been in northern California during the wildfires, and needed to be evacuated with other people.

Dornan said they were trying to arrange his reporting to Omaha authorities in the safest way possible.  

‘When you throw in COVID, with respect to that danger and risk, and that law enforcement itself – it is always much easier to have someone turn themselves in.

‘This had exceptional circumstances.

‘This doesn’t take away from the death of Mr Scurlock. This is a terrible tragedy, for everyone involved.’ 

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner's back and Gardner shot him

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner's back and Gardner shot him

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner’s back and Gardner shot him

Dornan’s partner, Tom Monaghan, said that Gardner had already been found guilty by the town of Omaha.

‘We need to stop the violence. What happened in Minnesota should not have caused a riot in Omaha,’ he said.

‘A peaceful demonstration did not need to lead to violence and damage to property. But it did.’

Monaghan said they believed they could have proved Gardner was not guilty.

‘Jake was worried that he was going to get shot on the way here; that some of those folks who gave him death threats on his phone would carry through with them. He felt the threats were probably not credible, but you never know. I didn’t think they were credible enough to need to see him.  

‘He became particularly worried when it was announced there was an arrest warrant. I can guarantee, there was not.’ 

Monaghan said that instead of an arrest warrant there was ‘an agreement to self-report’. 

Gardner did not leave a suicide note. 

Gardner, 38, was also facing charges of attempted first-degree assault, threats and using a weapon while committing a felony. 

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying he had reviewed witness statements and video and believed the bar owner acted in self-defense. 

Kleine, who was slammed for overlooking Gardner’s alleged racist history, asked the grand jury to review the case after he was heavily criticized. 

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin said the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that Kleine didn’t have, including texts from Gardner’s phone, messages on his Facebook profile and his interactions with bystanders before coming into contact with Spurlock. 

He declined to provide specifics of what the new evidence shows except to say it undermines the self-defense theory. 

‘There was significant evidence that was consistent with there being an intentional killing by Jake Gardner and that evidence comes primarily from him,’ Franklin said. 

The shooting happened outside Gardner’s bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd. 

Authorities have said Gardner shot Scurlock outside his downtown bar as he sought to ward off any theft or property damage.

Kleine later showed reporters some surveillance video that seemed to show Gardner, his father and protesters exchanging words before Gardner, flashing a gun, backed away. 

Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots, sending people scrambling. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner’s back and Gardner shot him. 

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner’s bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

While there was no audio with the video, Kleine said Gardner warned Scurlock to get off of him several times before he fired the fatal shot.

Critics of the initial investigation said Scurlock was trying to stop Gardner from hurting anyone.

Some witnesses initially said that Gardner had allegedly ‘taunted’ protesters and went out to the sidewalk yelling ‘n****r lover’. 

Scurlock’s death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges.  

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Scurlock's death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

Scurlock's death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

Scurlock’s death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

In the wake of the shooting, prosecutors were accused of turning a blind eye to the Gardner’s alleged racist views and background.  

Court documents have shown that he has a past criminal record stretching back to the late 1990s, which includes multiple weapons-related charges, as well as arrests on counts of assault and battery.

In 2016, Gardner, who reportedly self-identifies as a Libertarian, sparked a controversy when he posted on Facebook that transgender women should not use the women’s bathroom at his establishment, unless they have had their ‘appendage’ removed and their identification legally changed.

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest.

‘Just when you think, ‘what else could 2020 throw at me?’ Then you have to pull 48 hours of military style firewatch,’ Gardner wrote.

He was a retired Marine who served tours of duty in Iraq and Haiti between 2000-2004.  

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Climate activist bring peak hour traffic in Brisbane to a standstill by deliberately cycling slow

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Climate change activists have brought Brisbane‘s peak hour traffic to a crawl by cycling as slow as possible on a major road.    

Up to 45 demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion are riding bicycles through the city in a slow-moving blockade on Monday. 

Kicking off at Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane, at 7.30am the two-hour-long protest is part of a push for Australia to sign on to a binding target of zero net carbon emissions by 2025, overseen by a citizen’s assembly.

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia's climate change policies

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia's climate change policies

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia’s climate change policies

‘We will be riding as slowly as possible to disrupt peak hour traffic to bring attention to the climate and ecological crisis,’ organisers said in a Facebook post.

‘We are headed for complete annihilation. The amount of warming we are on track for, will literally mean the death of billions of people.’ 

‘Scientists say that at 4 or 5 degrees of warming, the earth could sustain a billion people. Our governments could push us to 7 degrees of warming.’

Rally organisers have told demonstrators to be COVID-19 safe by travelling in small groups of 10, social distancing and donning masks as they cycle towards King George Square. 

Organisers listed ‘legal tips’ in a Facebook post advising attendees not to communicate with police. 

‘There will be police liaisons at this protest, they will communicate between the police and activists,’ the post read.

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook 

‘If the police approach you please direct them to the designated police liaisons.’

‘In the past they have not arrested anybody for cycling slowly at similar events …’

Protesters live streamed the disruptive ride over Facebook, with footage showing them chanting ‘climate justice’ and blasting anthems, such as John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’. 

The group are known for conducting high profile stunts for the sake of their cause.  

Earlier this month, the activism group dumped manure outside News Corp offices around the city to protest against their coverage of climate change. 

During a demonstration last year, an activist in Brisbane hung from Story Bridge while other demonstrators glued themselves to the ground. 

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

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