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Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday the government would “pursue all opportunities to provide more assistance” for those affected Sydney’s lockdown.

‘At risk of recession’: NSW lagging even before lockdown hit Sydney

Analysis by Australia’s biggest bank shows NSW was ranked fifth out of eight state and territory economies heading into the winter shutdown.

  • by Matt Wade
Nathaniel Atkinson in action.

Tokyo Olympics as it happened: Stage set for Ledecky and Titmus; Olyroos lose to Spain; France upset Team USA

Australia claimed its first gold medal thanks to the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. But the quartet weren’t the only Australians to win medals in the pool on Sunday.

  • by Sam Phillips, Michael Chammas, Daniel Cherny, Claire Siracusa and Anthony Colangelo
Anti-lockdown protests in Sydney’s CBD turned chaotic on Saturday.

Freedom to ... infect each other and punch animals?

Those protesters in our city streets have never faced a national crisis before and, thus, have no idea about social responsibility.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday.

Canberra considers further support for locked down businesses, workers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg were continually evaluating the rapidly changing economic circumstances.

  • by Rob Harris
NSW National Party leader John Barilaro.

Tougher conditions to force mining companies to rehabilitate sites in NSW

Mining companies will be forced to show plans for the ongoing rehabilitation of their mines.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Blowing up a storm: record levels of wind energy generation this week in Australia. The rise of renewables is delivering the bulk of emissions reductions in Australia.

Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions extended their declines into the first three months of 2021, driven lower by a roaring renewable energy sector that set fresh records this past weekend.

  • by Peter Hannam
Dr. Donald Taylor a Rubik’s Cube. July 24, 1981.

From the Archives, 1981: 43 million, million, million ways to froth at the mouth

Rubik’s Cube looked easy, but the puzzle toy had left millions baffled. The Herald sought help from local cube-master Don Taylor, a lecturer in pure mathematics at Sydney University.

  • by Geraldine O'Brien
In the Herald

In the Herald: July 26, 1978

Ethnic council gets $44,000, signals from the Milky Way, and Paddington move on hall

  • by Lyn Maccallum
Mission accomplished - the Giants leave Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast after their win over the Bombers.

Giants earn their place in the eight, Bombers blow their chance

After a torrid month away from home, Greater Western Sydney are back in the eight by half a game after running down Essendon at Metricon Stadium.

  • by Andrew Stafford
Harry Souttar clashes with Unai Simon.

Olyroos have destiny in their hands despite loss to Spain

The Olyroos can still dare to dream of an Olympic medal, but their task has become tougher after they succumbed to a late goal to suffer a 1-0 defeat against Spain on Sunday night.

  • by Michael Lynch

As it happened AFL 2021: Essendon Bombers v GWS Giants; Geelong Cats v Richmond Tigers

Follow along for all the major moments on our AFL Sunday live blog for round 19.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Postponed: Josh Piterman was to  star in Phantom of the Opera, coming to Sydney and Melbourne. 

Opera Australia gets $4 million boost after lockdown SOS

The federal government’s cash injection is a real morale booster, Opera Australia has said.

  • by Linda Morris
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Column 8

Misdialling a premature ending

AI with a sense of humour? The end is nigh.

Adriana Midori Takara, 38, died after contracting the coronavirus.

‘Adriana is not a number’: Sydney accounting student, 38, the latest NSW coronavirus death

Adriana Midori Takara, a 38-year-old Brazilian national, had no underlying health conditions but deteriorated quickly following her diagnosis.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Patty Mills

OK, Boomers: Australia fail to hit heights in first-up victory

The men’s basketball team, one of Australia’s highest-profile Olympic outfits, accounted for Nigeria as expected - but they were far from their best.

  • by Malcolm Knox
Annemiek van Vleuten thought she had won gold.

‘Have I got that wrong?’: Dutch cyclist thought she had won gold

Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line in the women’s road race on Sunday and celebrated with both arms in the air as if she had won gold. The only problem was that her rival had crossed the line one minute and 15 seconds earlier.

  • by Sophie Smith
Geelong’s Cam Guthrie fires off a handball against Richmond.

Tigers not running up the flag, Cats chasing one

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says that as long as the Tigers are alive, they’re up for the fight. But he’s in awe of Geelong.

  • by Greg Baum
Quade Cooper will make a stunning return to the Wallabies fold.
Bledisloe Cup

‘So happy for QC’: Rennie calls Cooper into Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe opener

In a shock move, forgotten Test playmaker Quade Cooper will travel to New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup Tests after an SOS from Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.

  • by Tom Decent and Iain Payten
Authorities have slammed protesters that shut the city down on Saturday.

Revealed: the fringe groups where Sydney’s lockdown protest began

Police have identified more than 200 people who attended a violent rally in Sydney on Saturday. But the event was fomented in secretive chat rooms linked to fringe groups.

  • by Fergus Hunter and Laura Chung
Julie Barrett with her children Bentley, 10, and daughter Bianca, 25, at their Claymore home. They are one of several families without stable access to internet or phone services since a communications tower burnt down in April.

The Sydney suburb that’s been without proper internet since April

Claymore has been without reliable internet access since a telecommunications tower burnt down three months ago, straining the community’s effort to work from home, learn remotely and maintain social connections online during the city’s lockdown.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
A man strikes a police horse during an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney on Saturday.

Anti-lockdown protests a coalition of the alienated and the far-right

Counter-extremism experts say the rallies in major cities had few definable leaders, and their numbers were swelled by people who feel disenfranchised by government.

  • by Miki Perkins
COVID-19 testing at Albert Park.

As it happened: NSW Police open probe into lockdown protests; federal government to buy 85m Pfizer booster doses

Protests highlight lockdown unrest as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in NSW; Victoria on track to end lockdown as scheduled.

  • by Laura Chung and Ashleigh McMillan
Ahmed Hafnaoui, of Tunisia, reacts after winning the 400m freestyle.

Glorious unpredictability tears up Olympic predictions

Sometimes the guy in lane eight is just too good.

  • by Chip Le Grand
The 20-point win over Canterbury moved Cronulla into the top eight.
Bulldogs 24 Sharks 44
Match report

Johnson injury scare mars Sharks’ big win over Bulldogs

Cronulla have moved up to seventh with a 20-point win over Canterbury but it could come at the cost of the service of Shaun Johnson for the next few weeks.

  • by Dominic Bossi
Osteopathic physician Joseph Mercola.

Little known osteopath in the spotlight as an anti-vaxx superspreader

The internet-savvy entrepreneur who employs dozens has published more than 600 articles on Facebook that cast doubt on COVID-19 vaccines since the pandemic began.

  • by Sheera Frenkel
Patrick Dangerfield.

Cats catch the Tigers cold in a grand final rematch

On another strange footy day at the MCG, Geelong took some satisfaction out of a big win over Richmond.

  • by Greg Baum
Jessica Fox

Flawless Fox on track for gold after qualifying fastest for K1 semis

The Australian world No.1 was three second faster than her nearest rival and is in with a huge shout of winning the gold medal on Tuesday.

  • by Vince Rugari
NSW Health mass vaccination clinics like the one at Homebush have plenty of AstraZeneca supply available.

‘Doesn’t matter how old you are’: Leaders urge people to get vaccinated

With new scientific advice that Sydneysiders should “strongly consider” the AstraZeneca vaccine, leaders are urging people to get the jab as soon as possible.

  • by Katina Curtis
Max Purcell

De Minaur’s replacement Purcell springs upset as Barty crashes out

Max Purcell wasn’t even in the Australian Olympic team a week ago, and not in the men’s singles event until Sunday morning. But the world No.190 is now into the second round.

  • by Vince Rugari
Netflix’s plans hit opposition from locals wishing to protect Byron’s social fabric, and from its traditional owners.

Netflix reality series ‘Byron Baes’ hits trademark snag

Byron Baes, the first Australian reality series from global streaming giant Netflix, has hit another obstacle.

  • by Zoe Samios
Mining sector profits are expected to underpin hefty dividends and potential share buybacks.

Corporate Australia to deliver ‘dividends bonanza’ despite fears lockdowns will derail economy

Investors are betting on hefty capital returns at the upcoming round of earnings results, despite COVID-19 lockdowns threatening to derail the economic recovery.

  • by Clancy Yeates
De-extinction explainer

‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?

New technology means we may soon be able to turn back the clock on extinction. In the final part of our series exploring the science behind science fiction, we meet the contenders for revival.

  • by Sherryn Groch
(L-R) Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell of Team Australia pose after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final.

IOC makes mid-Olympics change to mask rules on the podium

Athletes can now take their masks off for 30 seconds while on the podium to pose for photographs, according to an AOC statement.

  • by Anthony Colangelo
Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons competes during the first round of the women’s surfing competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tsurigasaki beach in Ichinomiya, Japan.

The Tokyo event where the pandemic is momentarily washed away

The surfers are in for another surprise in this most turbulent Olympic Games.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Brendan Smith Olympic medal composite image for sport

Smith’s cold, lonely swim to Australia’s first medal

Brendon Smith celebrated his 21st birthday while the Australian team was in training camp in Queensland and has now come of age in his sport’s toughest race.

  • by Chip Le Grand
Australia is dangerously dependent on imports for its stocks of medicines.

COVID-19 demand leads to Australian shortages of rheumatoid arthritis drug

The medicines regulator and pharma giant Roche are monitoring the availability of arthritis treatment Actemra, which has had supply constrained by overseas use for COVID-19.

  • by Emma Koehn
Santos has picked a couple of advisors for a required greenhouse gas advisory panel that CSG opponents say fail to meet the required “independence” despite being approved by the NSW government.,
Coal seam gas

Santos gets nod for advisers despite queries over their independence

The Berejiklian government has defended its decision to approve the choice of advisers by Santos for its $3 billion Narrabri coal seam gas project, rejecting critics who say their industry links raised doubts about their independence.

  • by Peter Hannam
A man punches a police horse during an anti-lockdown rally in Sydney’s CBD.

‘It broke my heart’: Berejiklian censures anti-lockdown protesters, with 57 charged overnight

Fifty-seven people have been charged, including two men for allegedly striking a police horse, following an anti-lockdown protest that shut down the city on Saturday.

  • by Laura Chung
Mitchell Marsh has hit consecutive 50s against the West Indies but he has not been well supported.

Double blow for Australia: Finch heads home after loss to West Indies

Australia squandered a lower-order revival on a dry Barbados surface to allow the West Indies to level the ODI series with a five-wicket victory.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Australian rowers Amanda Bateman and Tara Rigney.

Australian rowers up the creek as Tokyo storm causes delays

Australia so far have five boats in rowing finals but a looming storm is playing havoc with the schedule.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Shane O’Neill

‘The rubbers were melting’: O’Neill blames heat as medal bid comes off rails

Australian skateboarder Shane O’Neill said soaring temperatures Ariake Urban Sports Park were too hot to handle. But of skating at the Olympics? “It’s super cool.”

  • by Malcolm Knox
Australian catcher Belinda White successfully tags Haylie McCleney out at the plate.

Australia’s softballers push US to extra innings but lose in heartbreaker

The Spirit pushed the world No.1 Americans all the way in what was their best match of the tournament, but couldn’t come away with the win.

  • by Claire Siracusa
A billboard featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi is partially submerged in flood waters at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra state, India.

Monsoon ‘fury’ batters India, leaving more than 100 dead

The scenes in India echoed disasters around the world caused by deadly floods in recent weeks in China and in Germany and Belgium.

  • by Sammy Westfall
Michael Dwyer virtually attending Splendour in the Grass 2021.

I went to the world’s first virtual music concert and all I got was an unsexy robot suit and a headache

I never work out how or why I’m hearing that cartoon cow dude “moo” at me repeatedly.

  • by Michael Dwyer
34-year-old Stephen Harmon who tweeted about refusing to get the vaccine died earlier this week from COVID. Harmon was a graduate of Hillson College and attended Hillsong Church in Los Angeles.

Vaccine sceptic who joked he ‘got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one’ dies from COVID-19

After revealing the death of his church member, Hillsong founder Brian Houston said COVID-19 vaccines are a “personal decision for each individual”.

  • by Brian Niemietz
Thousands gather at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower, Paris, to protest against the COVID-19 pass which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues.

Protests against COVID measures escalate in France, Italy, Britain, Greece

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign.

  • by Patrick Hermansen
Alastair Clarkson is contracted to coach Hawthorn in 2022.
AFL 2021

Not a Rudd nor a Turnbull: discarded Clarkson takes the high road

Alastair Clarkson has been extremely disappointed by Hawthorn’s decision. Gutted. But he says he’s coaching Hawthorn in 2022 and we should believe him. He has given his word to players and staff.

  • by Jake Niall
Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday.

Two women have died in NSW, including one in her 30s, as the state records 141 cases

Of these locally acquired cases, 87 are linked to a known case or cluster – 71 are household contacts and 16 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 54 cases is under investigation.

  • by Laura Chung
Alan Parsons with former Newcastle Grammar students

‘Find a way to enjoy it’: How good HSC students become great

Alan Parsons studied a group of high-achieving HSC students to find out the character traits, strategies and attitudes they had in common.

  • by Jordan Baker

Could Sex and the City’s leaked script point to the real bigamist?

Specific details of the plot have remained largely under wraps until this week, when a scene from the upcoming reboot made its way onto the internet.

  • by Samantha Selinger-Morris
Matisse Thybulle has been explosive for the Boomers.

‘Did he really do that?’: Delly amazed at new Boomers in gold chase

Matthew Dellavedova is in awe of the athleticism of the Australian Boomers side at the Tokyo Olympics as the team begins its campaign against Nigeria on Sunday.

  • by Roy Ward
Natalie Imbruglia: “I feel blessed to still have a career. If the album does well, it’s the icing on the cake.”

‘I was successful, rich and terribly unhappy’: Natalie Imbruglia on life after Torn

After a rocket ride to stardom via Neighbours, the huge international hit Torn and a string of acclaimed releases, Natalie Imbruglia is back with a new album … and the child she’s always wanted.

  • by Rosamund Dean
The proposal would raise building heights at the Redfern end of Botany Road.

The plan to transform ‘overlooked’ Botany Road with offices, laneways

Building heights are set to rise south of Redfern station under a City of Sydney plan to provide more offices, entertainment space and affordable housing.

  • by Megan Gorrey
Faith groups of many traditions have been central to our resilience during the lockdowns and have gone about feeding, caring, supporting, and responding to many different needs without fanfare or wanting publicity.

Deeds, not words, the essence of faith

Let’s hope that as we rediscover the importance of community and relationships, we do not go back to old ways and lose sight of the richness of faith.

  • by Ray Cleary
Emma McKeon in the 100m freestyle at the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials.

‘A thing of beauty’: How do you build the perfect swimmer?

Power dives and snappy tumble turns – elite swimmers work hard to hone these “skills”, and there’s their stroke. What are their secrets?

  • by Phil Lutton