Live: NSW Now: iCare insurer CEO quits, and two Sydney schools closed due to COVID-19

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Here’s what you need to know this morning:

iCare executive quits

The chief executive of the NSW Government’s troubled insurer iCare has quit, just hours after more damning claims were revealed at a State Parliamentary inquiry.

A man wearing glasses in a suit.
John Nagle has quit after claims about mismanagement at iCare.(ABC News)

In a statement, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said he had been informed that iCare boss John Nagle had resigned from his position as CEO and managing director.

It comes after claims at the inquiry about mismanagement and a serious conflict of interest involving his wife who was given a contract with the insurer.

Last week, a joint ABC Four Corners and Sydney Morning Herald investigation revealed the underpayment of injured workers in compensation claims by iCare, and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

Man in custody over woman’s fatal stabbing

A 25-year-old man is in custody as Sydney police investigate the fatal stabbing of a woman at Oatlands in northwest Sydney.

Police tape in front of a red brick unit block.
Police have established a crime scene at the Oatlands unit.(ABC News)

The woman, aged in her 30s, suffered fatal injuries late yesterday afternoon in a unit.

She died later in hospital and a man was arrested at the scene — he is being questioned at Granville Police Station.

A second man, who was also known to the woman, was treated for a minor injury.

Schools closed over virus infections

Two Sydney schools will be closed for on-site learning today, after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.

Primary school student
NSW Education says learning will take place at home.(AAP: Dan Peled)

Authorities say one student at Bonnyrigg High School, and two students at Greenway Park Public School, both in Sydney’s west, have tested positive to the virus.

All staff and students have been asked to self-isolate while authorities conduct contact tracing.

The schools will be thoroughly cleaned and will be told today when normal classes are to resume, NSW Education said.

Older single women face homelessness

A new report has found many older single women in the private rental market are struggling, and can’t cover the costs of basic necessities.

A pregnant woman lies on a footpath with a sign which says she is homeless, hungry, cold and asks for spare coins or notes.
Many women are facing homelessness for the first time, researchers said.(ABC News: Danielle Bonica)

Western Sydney University surveyed women from across Sydney and in the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

Single older women aged 55 and over are one of the fastest-growing groups of homeless people nationally, researcher Emma Power said

Dr Power said many women were forced to live in substandard accommodation but they did not want to reveal their circumstances.

“They’re often facing homelessness and housing insecurity for the first time,” she said.

“They’re not sure where to go to get support and they’re embarrassed about the situation they’re in because it’s the first time they’ve needed help in this way.”

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