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Live: NSW Now: Star casino group cuts 400 jobs, Brexiteer Nigel Farage to speak in Sydney

Email Sydney news: Star casino group cuts 400 jobs as high-roller spend plummets, Nigel Farage to Sydney

Updated June 12, 2019 08:14:36

The Star, formally known as Star City Casino, Sydney. Photo: The Star's profits have dropped significantly (AAP: Marianna Massey, file photo) Map: Sydney 2000

This is what you need to know this morning.

Star jobs cuts

Star Entertainment will cut 400 jobs within days after announcing VIP spend at its casinos — including its flagship Sydney casino — is plummeting.

In its annual results out yesterday, the Star Entertainment Group admitted VIP spending would fall by 31 per cent in the six months to June, forecasting an $18 million profit downgrade.

Following the group's results, market commentators have questioned the viability of Crown's massive new Barangaroo Sydney casino — and its VIP focus— which will come online in 2021.

Commenting on the results, Star also blamed the impact of "disruption from capital works" at its Sydney site for its soft numbers.

Farage to Sydney

Nigel Farage holding a mini Union Jack flag Photo: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will be in Sydney in August. (AP: Jean Francois Badias)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will headline Australia's first "conservative political action conference" in Sydney.

The conference, which will take place in August, has been promoted as an Australia version of "CPAC" — an annual US event celebrating conservatism.

The 700-person August event — only a month before the UK is due to leave the EU — will also see speakers from the US and Australian conservative commentators.

Record hospital emergency admissions

Flu shot Photo: Public hospital emergency departments have had their busiest period on record, NSW Health says. (ABC News)

Public hospitals across NSW have had their busiest period of emergency department activity on record, with more than 750,000 patients coming for treatment between January and March this year.

The figures show an increase of about 42,000 people — 5.9 per cent higher than the same quarter in 2018 — and higher than any previous quarter on record.

While an early start to the flu season has contributed, NSW Health said the record numbers were due to a combination of factors, such as a higher than average number of triage 2 patients.

Police stabbing court appearance

A young policeman in uniform in an official portrait Photo: Constable Jacob Vella, who was allegedly stabbed in south-west Sydney. (Facebook/NSW Police )

Two men are expected to appear in court today over the alleged stabbing of a police officer in the neck and arm at Sadleir in Sydney's south-west on Tuesday.

Jacob Vella, 24, was stabbed in an alleged attack while he and another officer were trying to locate a 58-year-old man on an outstanding warrant.

The 58-year-old was charged with using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and assaulting an officer, while a 27-year-old has been charged with wounding a police officer and other charges.

The two are expected to appear in Liverpool Local Court today.

Wednesday's weather:

Partly cloudy.

Min. Max.
CBD 12 23
Parramatta 9 23

Topics: health, law-crime-and-justice, police, sydney-2000, nsw

First posted June 12, 2019 07:22:22

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