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The great pile-on: Victoria gets the cold shoulder over hotspots – Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria, suffering alarming outbreaks of coronavirus, is shunned by other states.

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Was it really only a few weeks ago when a goodly slice of the nation was looking with envy at Victoria, which had managed to flatten its curve without closing its borders?
Can we recall the sneers d…

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Timeline points to Australian Defence Force offer of quarantine help – The Age

ADF top brass repeatedly made it clear that help was available to all states, but Victoria chose not to accept.

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In the early days of the quarantine regime, Defence COVID-19 taskforce head Major-General Paul Kenny briefed state and territory police chiefs on how troops had been deployed to manage the regime in Queensland and NSW.
Regular situational reports provided by Defence’s liaison team working inside Victorias State Emergency Centre show that over the next two months the force’s standing offer to help was met with no Victorian request for assistance on hotel quarantine.
The communications show that…

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo arrives on September 10th for $1,399 – The Verge

Microsoft is launching its Surface Duo Android phone for $1,399 on September 10th. Preoders start on August 12th, and the dual-screen device will be available in the US only at launch.

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Microsoft is launching its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10th, priced from $1,399. After months of Microsoft executives teasing the device on Twitter, the company is now allowing anyone to preorder the Surface Duo today in the US. Preorders will be available at AT&T, Microsofts online store, and Best Buy.
While Microsoft had revealed the design of the Surface Duo back in October, the company has kept the specs relatively secret. The device includes two separate 5.6-inch…

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Michelle Bright’s alleged killer made Facebook post after police appeal into her death – Sydney Morning Herald

Following more than two decades of work by Mudgee detectives and later the unsolved homicide squad, a former neighbour of the girl has been charged with murdering her.

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Police will allege the man responsible had once lived two doors from the Bright family.
Following more than two decades of work by Mudgee detectives, and later the unsolved homicide squad, Mr Rumsby was arrested on Tuesday night and taken to Mudgee police station where he was charged with murder in connection with her death.
His arrest followed an appeal on Monday by detectives attached to Strike Force Mitcham II who offered a $1 million reward for information into Michelle’s death. A video of…

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