Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Folau offered money to take down post
Embattled rugby union star Israel Folau wants an apology from the game’s officials when he heads into a Fair Work Commission hearing this morning.
Last night Folau told Sky News his faith was the most important thing to him, and that he wanted Rugby Australia to admit it was wrong in its handling of his social media post which said homosexuals and others would go to hell.
“I’m hopeful for an apology from them and an admission that they were wrong — that’s something that I would like to get,” he said.
Folau said officials offered to pay him to remove the controversial social media post but he declined.
End of the line for the iconic ‘sweat set’
After more than 40 years of operation, Sydney’s love-hate relationship with the S-Set trains, or the ‘spam cans’ as some say, will end tonight.
The S-Sets were the first double-deck trains in the world and considered state-of-the-art, but in recent years their lack of air-conditioning has made for some very sweaty journeys in the summer months.
All 24 of the Waratah Series 2 trains are now in service, with another 17 on the way, meaning 100 per cent of the Sydney fleet is air-conditioned.
The final S-Set will run on the T7 Olympic Park Line at midnight on Saturday morning.
Suspicious house fire near Dubbo
A man is in a critical condition after what police believe to be a deliberately lit house fire at Wellington, near Dubbo.
Just after 5:00pm yesterday emergency services were called to a home on Glasson Street that was well alight.
A 52-year-old man suffered serious burns and was airlifted to Concord Hospital in a critical condition.
Another man, 46, was later located at another Wellington residence and was taken to Dubbo Hospital for treatment.
Mascot Towers to be assessed ‘month to month’
Residents in the troubled Mascot Towers have been told it could be months before they are allowed to return to their homes.
Ahead of a meeting last night, owners said they felt helpless and frustrated by their situation since the building was evacuated two weeks ago.
The Owners Corporation said a conclusive engineering report was still unavailable at this stage, however, engineers now had access to information from the local council which would help in their assessment of the building.
It said a return to building occupancy in the short term was “unlikely at this stage” and that the situation would be assessed “on a month by month basis”.
Nursing homes to trial flu app
Residents at up to 30 aged-care facilities in Sydney will trial a new app designed to help staff quickly respond to flu outbreaks.
During the 12-month pilot, nursing home staff will record data about suspected cases of influenza among residents, with data analysed in real time to automatically trigger alerts if the criteria for an outbreak is reached.
The app will be rolled out to all aged-care homes across the Sydney local health district by 2020, and has the potential for other public health uses, such as identifying gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare centres.
Woman charged with drink-driving in school zone
A woman has been charged with high-range drink-driving after a crash near a Newcastle school.
Police were called around 3:10pm to a school in Wallsend after reports a Mazda 2 had crashed into an unoccupied parked car while driving through a 40-kilometre-per-hour school zone.
The 40-year-old driver alleged returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.296 and was charged with high-range drink-driving and had her licence suspended.