Daily News Roundup

November 16, 2020

 

MONDAY, NOV 16

Seventeen coronavirus cases have now been linked to a cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer says.

The new cases are linked to four community cases announced yesterday.

Two of the new cases worked while infectious at the Anglicare SA aged care facility in Brompton.

In a statement AnglicareSA said the pair had not been at work since Friday, and tested positive on Sunday.

The site has been closed to all visitors for a deep clean, with all staff and residents to undergo mandatory testing.

All residents have been isolated.

AnglicareSA also said it was limiting access to all of its residential aged care and disability facilities for the next 48 hours.

Nicola Spurrier said the Port Adelaide Hungry Jack’s has closed because a staff member worked there while infectious.

Mawson Lakes Primary School and Preschool and the Parafield Plaza Supermarket have also closed.

Thomas More College in Salisbury Downs also announced it was closing today because of a positive coronavirus case.

SA Health yesterday said an 80-year-old woman tested positive after being treated at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in the city’s north.

She had visited the supermarket on Thursday.

Two of her close contacts — a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s — have also tested positive for the illness.

A pop-up testing clinic at Parafield Airport has attracted a long line of people waiting for swabs.

Long lines have also sprung up at the Aquadome and the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth and at the drive-through testing clinics at Victoria Park, Port Adelaide and the Repat hospital in Daw Park.

SA Health has released more places that infectious people have visited.

It said people did not need to self-quarantine but should get tested if they had any symptoms of coronavirus,

They include a number of buses to and from Salisbury from November 7–13, the Elizabeth Shopping Centre on November 8, Hollywood Plaza on November 13–14, Elizabeth’s Aquadome swimming centre on November 14, the Mantra on Frome on November 12–13, Salisbury City Fruit Bowl on November 13, Ekam Indian Groceries in Enfield on November 13 and the Mint Leaf Lounge in Mawson Lakes on November 12.

An employee of the Yatala Labour Prison tested positive yesterday.

State courts administrator Julie-Anne Burgess said no prisoners from Yatala would appear in court today — in person or via video link — and appearances from the Adelaide Remand Centre and Mobilong Prison will be via video link.

Other states have declared South Australia a coronavirus hot spot and ordered visitors from the state to quarantine.

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Nestle has settled on new names for two Allen’s Lollies products out of respect for those who might feel marginalised by them.

The company says Red Skins and Chicos will be renamed as Red Ripper and Cheekies.

The new packaging is due to appear in shops from early next year.

Nestle foreshadowed the name changes in June, explaining that they want to ensure “nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues”.

The word “redskins” is a derogatory term used to describe Native Americans.

Chicos, meanwhile, are brown, chocolate-flavoured jelly babies and “chico” is a Spanish word meaning ‘boys, ‘kids’ or ‘guys’.

Confectionary company Nestle announced plans to rename its Allen’s-branded Red Skins and Chicos lollies due to overtones “out of step” with its values.(Supplied: Allen’s Lollies)

The company said it changed the names “due to overtones which are out of step with the company’s values”.

“We hope Australians will support the evolution of these two much-loved lollies — while the names are new, the lollies themselves remain unchanged,” said Nestle general manager confectionery Chris O’Donnell.

Companies in the US and Australia have announced changes to branding amid the Black Lives Matter movement and an international push to remove monuments recognising colonial figures.

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New Kim is worth her weight in gold and then some — actually much, much more.

The ABC reports a wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan put down a record price of 1.6 million euros ($2.6 million) for the Belgian-bred bird, saying a lot more than merely what kind of money can be made in the once-quaint sport, which seemed destined to decline only a few years back.

During a frantic last half hour at the end of a two-week auction at the Pipa pigeon centre, near Bruges, two Chinese bidders operating under the pseudonyms Super Duper and Hitman drove up the price by 280,000 euros ($455,000), leaving the previous record that Belgian-bred Armando fetched last year well behind by 350,000 euros ($569,000).

Super Duper got the hen, and behind the pseudonym is said to be the same wealthy Chinese industrialist who already had Armando, allowing for breeding with the two expensive birds.

It was proof again that an age-old hobby in Western Europe identified with working-class men now has a new, elitist foreign lease on life.

Top breeders relying on generations of family experience can now sell their birds for prices unheard of merely a decade ago, and often China is their destination.

On this occasion, successful breeder Gaston Van de Wouwer retired at 76 and his son had too busy a professional life to continue the famed pigeon coop.

All 445 birds were put on auction and the overall sale was already pushing past 6 million euros ($9.8 million).

A second part of the auction is ending on Monday but did not include any bird that could match New Kim.

It still amounted to an amazing weekend for one pigeon breeder.

Belgians have long stood out as the best breeders, both because of their generations-long experience and the density of a network where many breeders can organise races close together.

It’s not a short-term endeavour, however, since becoming expert at genetic breeding with the constant mixing and mating of birds takes years, if not decades. Birds can live up to 15 years.

“Everybody is interested in our pigeons,” Pascal Bodengien, head of the Belgian pigeon federation, told The Associated Press.

Only a decade ago, the record price for a pigeon stood at one-tenth of New Kim’s price.

And the current price of gold stands about 26,000 euros ($42,000) per pound.

As so often, globalisation has made the difference.

With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling.

Somehow, pigeons fit the bill.