- Australian cricket star Nathan Lyon, 30, was photographed kissing a Perth real estate agent
- The father-of-two flew into Western Australia early this week ahead of Thursday's third Ashes Test
- He was snapped kissing and cuddling with Emma McCarthy inside her luxury $120,000 BMW sports car
- Lyon shares two young kids with partner Melissa Waring, his long-term partner
- Family sources say Lyon and Miss McCarthy are in a 'committed and loving relationship'
Published: 02:49 EST, 14 December 2017 | Updated: 02:51 EST, 14 December 2017
Australian cricket star Nathan Lyon has been pictured kissing a glamorous blonde real estate agent.
The father-of-two flew to Perth, Western Australia, on Sunday ahead of Thursday's crucial third Ashes Test at the WACA so he could spend more time with the woman, Emma McCarthy.
Daily Mail Australia can exclusively reveal the pair were snapped kissing in Miss McCarthy's luxury $120,000 BMW before enjoying dinner with her parents and then spending the night together at her Mount Pleasant home.
Lyon's pre-match catch up comes just weeks after his long-term partner Melissa Waring was spotted supporting him at The Gabba Test in Brisbane with their two young children. Miss Waring, who has been with the spinner for 10 years, regularly posts happy family photos to her Instagram page.
On Wednesday, Miss Maring posted an image to her Instagram account showing the family-of-four together, captioning it: 'Can't believe it's this time of the year again! #Christmas #family.'
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Australian cricket star Nathan Lyon has been pictured kissing glamorous blonde real estate agent Emma McCarthy in a BMW
Lyon (right), a father-of-two, flew to Perth early this week ahead of Thursday's crucial third Ashes Test so he could spend more time with Miss McCarthy (left)
Lyon's partner Melissa Waring was spotted supporting him at The Gabba in Brisbane (pictured) with their two young children just two weeks ago
'It was like young love, even when they stopped at red lights they had another kiss,' an onlooker who saw the couple in Perth said
Lyon and Miss McCarthy, who are understood to be in a committed relationship, are believed to have had dinner with her parents
Other Instagram posts – including a photo showing Miss Maring posing with a group of other WAGs or 'Girls on Tour' as they prefer to be called – affectionately refer to Lyon as 'daddy', 'our man' and 'our world'.
On Sunday, Miss McCarthy was spotted driving to Lyon's hotel, Perth's Crown Metropol, picking him up in her BMW 420i sports coupé and heading to her upmarket four-bedroom home in Mount Pleasant.
The pair stayed indoors for hours, before Miss McCarthy drove him back to the hotel.
Later in the evening they enjoyed dinner with Miss McCarthy's parents at their home, returning back to her home, where they ended up spending the night.
Lyon and Miss Waring share two young children together and have reportedly been together for ten years
It's understood Miss McCarthy – a prominent businesswoman on the West Coast – has been in a 'committed' relationship with Lyon for over a year
Lyon arrived in Perth on Sunday ahead of his teammates to spend time with Miss McCarthy. He will be hoping to lead Australia to victory in the crucial third Ashes test at WACA
Happy together: Lyon pulled a strange face, prompting laughter from Miss McCarthy as they drove back to her upmarket Mount Pleasant home
It's understood Lyon and Miss McCarthy have been together for over a year
Miss McCarthy (pictured) is described on her real estate website as being 'a real team player' who was once an elite member of the Australian Rhythmic Gymnast Association
On Monday, Miss McCarthy drove Nathan back to his hotel and the couple were spotted enjoying another kissing session in her car before he headed back to his room and she went off to work.
An onlooker said: 'Nathan was obviously excited to see her when he first got to Perth. He was smiling as they drove away from the hotel.
'Later when he saw her again they starting kissing immediately. It was like young love, even when they stopped at red lights they had another kiss.
'They are clearly very excited to get together.'
It's understood Lyon and Miss McCarthy have been in a loving and committed relationship for over a year.
They are believed to have met at a time when Lyon 'considered himself a single man'.
But Miss Waring's public displays of support and loving posts on social media send mixed messages about the state of their apparent separation as a romantic couple.
Lyon has been in a relationship with Miss Waring for ten years after they met at a Canberra nightclub on the dance floor
Miss McCarthy (left) is described on her real estate website as being 'a real team player' who was once an elite member of the Australian Rhythmic Gymnast Association
'Girls on Tour': Miss Waring (pictured centre with the wives of other Australian cricket stars) regularly watches Lyon play in the WAGs supporter box
Lyon is widely considered to be one of the best bowlers in the world and holds the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler
The news is likely to encourage sledging from the England team during the latest Ashes match
The onlooker who watched Lyon and Miss McCarthy interact said 'Nathan was trying to be discreet about being picked up and dropped off but it was impossible for them not to be seen'.
The news is likely to encourage sledging from the England team during the latest Ashes match, which British fans no doubt hope will damage Australia and help them fight back from a two-Test deficit.
The English team have been rocked by scandals – wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australia's Cameron Bancroft inside a Perth bar in October, while batsman Ben Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink over bowler James Anderson.
The embarrassment continued on Thursday morning, the opening day of the Third Ashes, when two Indian men reportedly claimed they were able to fix the Test.
One of the men – known as the Indian Mr Big – claimed to know which overs to bet on and how many runs would be scored, prompting an investigation into the allegations to be launched by the world's governing cricket body.
First day of the Third Ashes Test: Lyon is pictured walking out onto the field at the WACA on Thursday morning
Lyon, pictured with Miss McCarthy on Sunday morning, is widely considered to be one of the best bowlers in the world
The pair were photographed inside of Miss McCarthy's luxury BMW 420i sports coupé, worth up to $120,000
Lyon is widely considered to be one of the best bowlers in the world, a fiercely competitive athlete who holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler.
His nickname amongst teammates of 'GOAT' – which stands for the 'Greatest Of All Time' – speaks volumes about the respect he demands from players in the dressing room.
Lyon was instrumental in powering Australia to its two Ashes victories so far, taking 11 wickets and sledging England's heroes with his boast 'Could we end some careers? I hope so'.
Miss McCarthy is described on her real estate website as being 'a real team player' who was once an elite member of the Australian Rhythmic Gymnast Association.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Lyon's management and Miss McCarthy for comment.
Lyon (centre) was instrumental in powering Australia to its two Ashes victories so far, taking 11 wickets and sledging England's heroes with his boast 'Could we end some careers? I hope so'.
Lyon (right) is widely considered to be one of the best bowlers in the world
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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