Morning Buzz: Sydney to mark hottest September day in years

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Wednesday, September 13. It’ll be extremely warm and windy with a top of 32 degrees. 

Total fire ban as city to mark hottest September day in years

Summer to make an early appearance in Sydney. Photo: Brook Mitchell

Summer to make an early appearance in Sydney. Photo: Brook Mitchell

Sydney, the Hunter and two other regions of NSW will have total fire bans on Wednesday as the temperature spikes into the 30s and winds pick up.

The ban comes as 115 firefighters battled to bring an out-of-control grassfire at Beacon Hill to a halt using water tankers and back-burning near houses in the area. Read more.

Measles alert issued in south-eastern Sydney after infected person visits shops, eateries

The infected person visited Westfield Miranda.  Photo: Chris Lane

The infected person visited Westfield Miranda. Photo: Chris Lane

A person infected with measles has sparked a local warning after taking a trip to a shopping centre, eating at two restaurants and travelling on two trains .

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is warning people about a measles outbreak after the infected person visited a number of public areas between September 5 to 11. Read more.

Harassed teen calls to improve train safety

Furious: Deborah Day and her daughter Ashleigh could not believe other train passengers said nothing when Ashleigh was harassed by teens. Picture: Chris Lane

Furious: Deborah Day and her daughter Ashleigh could not believe other train passengers said nothing when Ashleigh was harassed by teens. Picture: Chris Lane

Bargo’s Deborah Day is calling for better security for passengers after her daughter was harassed on a Southern Highlands train last Monday.

The mother was livid that her daughter Ashleigh was yelled at and accosted by three teenage boys when travelling home from TAFE. Read more.

Blacktown suburbs at ‘crisis point’ of youth unemployment

Patients are waiting longer for treatment at Blacktown Hospital's emergency department this year. Picture: Geoff Jones

Patients are waiting longer for treatment at Blacktown Hospital's emergency department this year. Picture: Geoff Jones

The effects of the 2008 global financial crisis continue to be felt in western Sydney, where youth unemployment and disengagement has been growing for a decade.

A Western Sydney University study Youth Unemployment in Western Sydney, authored by Professor Phillip O’Neill, examines the problem of disengagement in the region. Read more.

Police still yet to formally identify woman killed in fiery Sydney CBD crash

Three people were killed in a fiery car crash in Darling Harbour on Saturday morning. Photo: Supplied

Three people were killed in a fiery car crash in Darling Harbour on Saturday morning. Photo: Supplied

Police will need to use DNA or dental records to formally identify a woman who burnt to death in a fiery high-speed car crash in Sydney's CBD over the weekend.

The woman died alongside brothers Steve and Jeff Nasr, aged 39 and 31, after the sports car they were in flipped and burst into flames in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Four days after the crash, a NSW police spokesman confirmed the woman's badly burned body was yet to be formally identified. Read more.

Cracks above mine spark fears for city's water catchment

Pic shows the front gates of the Dendrobium mine at Mt Kembla on September 7. Photo: Adam McLean

Pic shows the front gates of the Dendrobium mine at Mt Kembla on September 7. Photo: Adam McLean

The ground is bulging and cracks are showing on the surface in a section of Sydney's drinking water catchment that sits above a coal mine, according to an independent study commissioned by the state government.

The findings have prompted WaterNSW to seek greater scrutiny of future mining applications.

The extensive study, by consultants PSM and commissioned by the Planning Department, found the effects of bulging "do not appear to be recognised or incorporated into modelling" by the Dendrobium underground coal mine, near Wollongong. Read more.

Clowns return to north-west Sydney for IT movie

The effects of the 2008 global financial crisis continue to be felt in western Sydney, where youth unemployment and disengagement has been growing for a decade.

A Western Sydney University study Youth Unemployment in Western Sydney, authored by Professor Phillip O’Neill, examines the problem of disengagement in the region. Read more

Tigers fullback James Tedesco a surprise winner of Players' Champion award

James Tedesco has been voted by his peers as the players' player of the year. Photo: AAP

James Tedesco has been voted by his peers as the players' player of the year. Photo: AAP

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has emerged as the surprise winner of the Players' Champion award after pipping Storm star Cameron Smith for the honour.

Tedesco accepted the trophy, determined by his NRL peers throughout the season, at a star-studded ceremony at The Star on Tuesday night.

Most pundits expected Smith, the short-priced favourite for the Dally M award, to pick up the prestigious gong. However, Tedesco emerged as the players' player of the year, underscoring his value ahead of his switch to the Roosters during the off season. Read more.

Sharks fined $30,000 for Flanagan’s referee comments

Tough calls: Sharks back-rower Luke Lewis remonstrates with referee Ashley Klein during extra-time of Cronulla's loss to the Cowboys. Picture: Chris Lane

Tough calls: Sharks back-rower Luke Lewis remonstrates with referee Ashley Klein during extra-time of Cronulla's loss to the Cowboys. Picture: Chris Lane

Cronulla have been hit with a $30,000 for coach Shane Flanagan’s criticism of match officials in his post-match press conference after the Sharks had their premiership defence ended in controversial fashion on Sunday.

Manly were also fined $20,000 for coach Trent Barrett’s comments after his side’s elimination final was similarly marred by controversial decisions.

Cronulla’s fine was larger due to a "Cool Down" video filmed for club members in which Flanagan went on the attack further. The Sharks also claimed in an article on their website that finals crowds were beneath expectations because of blunders made by whistleblowers. Read more.

90 minutes for cancer charity football game raises $20,000

All for charity: Horsley Park Rams and Kemps Creek Tigers joined forces to raise money for charity. Horsley Park gained bragging rights with a 4-0 win.

All for charity: Horsley Park Rams and Kemps Creek Tigers joined forces to raise money for charity. Horsley Park gained bragging rights with a 4-0 win.

The result read Horsley Park Rams 4 Kemps Creek Tigers 0. But the real winner was the Cancer Council NSW.

The inaugural ‘90 minutes for cancer’ charity football game on Sunday smashed its initial fundraising target of $2500 and has broken the $20,000 barrier. Read more

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