Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Thursday, December 14. It’s set to be another hot day. Temperatures are expected to hit 35 in the city and up to 41 in the west. Enjoy your day!
Swimmers with diarrhoea warned to stay out of pools to avoid gastro risk
People with diarrhoea have been urged to stay out of swimming pools for at least two weeks after they recover to avoid spreading gastro.
NSW Health has warned that cases of cryptosporidiosis are expected to rise this summer as people flock to public pools to enjoy the sun and seek relief from the heat. Read more.
Sydney's first heatwave of summer may not crest until mid-next week
The first major heatwave of the summer started to lap Sydney's suburbs on Wednesday and is unlikely to fully recede for another week.
Sydney will be spared the worst of the heat for most of the coming eight days as cooling sea breezes are expected to keep the lid on temperatures on the worst extremes.
Western suburbs, though, will start to swelter from Wednesday with the mercury such as around Penrith likely to nudge 40 degrees. Read more.
Shots fired during police operation at Centennial Park
Shots have rung out in Centennial Park during a planned police operation.
It is understood at least one man has been arrested in the park in Sydney's east.
A large police presence was at the park just before 1pm, and officers could be seen photographing objects on the ground. Read more.
State government moves to suspend Blue Mountains council
Blue Mountains City Council has been threatened with suspension in the wake of allegations about asbestos management.
The mayor, Mark Greenhill, told the Blue Mountains Gazette the Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, had said she intends to suspend the council immediately.
Cr Greenhill said it was a politically motivated act. Read more.
Dugan and Moylan to add attacking spark at Cronulla
It is an image that should excite Cronulla Sharks fans – Josh Dugan wearing the black, white and blue.
Dugan is finally enjoying an off-season break after helping Australia win the rugby league World Cup earlier this month.
The 27-year-old signed a four-year, $3 million deal with the Sharks in May after deciding to leave Cronulla’s bitter local rivals St George Illawarra. Read more.
Perth is the last-chance saloon for England in this Ashes series
This is the defining Test match of the series. If England can win, it would be marvellous and a real tonic to themselves and all their supporters.
But if they cannot win, scrap a draw at whatever cost.
Keep the Ashes alive and stop all this talk of another 5-0 whitewash. If England lose, it all falls apart from here on in. Read more.
FFA deny approaching Scolari about Socceroos job
Football Federation Australia says it is yet to approach any Socceroos coaching candidates, after World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stated he was sounded out about the vacant position.
Scolari, who recently ended a two-and-a-half-year stint with Chinese top-flight outfit Guangzhou Evergrande, said Australia's governing body had been in talks with his agent about replacing Ange Postecoglou.
He was interested, but wanted a long-term contract. Read more.