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Businesses left devastated following Sydney lockdown extension



Sydney businesses have received another blow with lockdown set to be extended for another week

Greater Sydney’s lockdown has been extended by seven days, with a threat of even tougher restrictions in the city’s southwest, after 27 new locally acquired cases were reported.

Only 13 of those cases were already in isolation.

The state premier expressed concern the Delta variant had now established a foothold in a number of suburbs in the south-west.

The existing lockdown will run until Friday midnight, 16 July, but Ms. Berejiklian said residents in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, and Liverpool may face stiffer orders to stop the movement of people.

Many businesses say they are on the edge of collapse and are calling for more government support.

Multiple industries have been forced to close, while others are resorting to operational changes – such as cafe shops and hospitality venues shifting to takeaway only.

The relief package available to businesses

A relief package to help Sydney businesses cope with the financial impacts of the city’s lockdown has been put into place to help operators recoup lost revenue and claim unused stock.

Lobbying from industry groups has meant the support package will echo the one provided to northern beaches businesses over the Christmas lockdown in 2020.

Sydney’s first two weeks in lockdown wiped around $2 billion off Australia’s gross domestic product , with a quarter of the national economy forced to stay home.

Restaurant and Catering Association chief executive Wes Lambert stated that hospitality organisations lost around $70 million in binned stock over the first weekend of lockdown.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Germany recalls Tesla models due to emergency fault



Tesla is in the spotlight again, with Germany’s road traffic agency recalling models Y and 3 due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system

It’s a fault that could possibly impact around 59,000 vehicles globally.

Germany’s watchdog says a software flaw is causing a breakdown of the e-Call, a system designed to alert authorities after a serious accident.

The glitch follows the company delivered almost 18 per cent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than in the previous.

This is largely due to China’s Covid-19-related shutdowns and the ongoing supply chain crunch.

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories in both Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting



If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Pubs in UK declining by thousands, new research



It’s no secret Brit’s love their Pub Grub, but plating up Bangers and Mash is a tradition on the decline

The number of pubs in England and Wales is continuing to fall, hitting its lowest level on record this year

After struggling through Covid the industry now faced soaring prices and higher energy costs, it warned.

There were just under 40-thousand pubs in June, down by 7,000 in the past decade, according to new research.

In fact, thousands of pubs have closed as younger people drink less, supermarkets sell cheaper alcohol and the industry complains of being too heavily taxed.

Pubs which had “disappeared” from the communities they once served had either been demolished or converted for other purposes, meaning that they were “lost forever”.

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